Ludvick 'Sonny' B. Janota


Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Former Kenai resident Ludvick "Sonny" B. Janota died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008, in Oregon. He was 76.

A celebration of life was held Friday, Jan. 18.

Mr. Janota was born Aug. 15, 1931, in El Campo, Texas, to Joseph and Veronica (Novosad) Janota. He grew up in Scio. He moved to Oregon and lived in the Stayton and Salem area for a while.

He and his wife, Joyce (Henderson) Janota relocated with their family to Alaska. They lived in Anchorage and then Kenai until 2002.

He worked in the lumber and building supply industry and owned two bars and restaurants during his life in Oregon and Alaska. For the past 10 years he commercial fished salmon during the summers in Alaska.

"Jo passed away in May 2002 and Sonny began traveling and visiting his children in the Lower 48 and Alaska. He moved back to Scio in 2003 to be close to family and friends. He lived there with his special friend Jean Bacak for the last four years," his family said.

Mr. Janota is survived by his children, Renee Janota of Michigan, Jerri and Mike Chivers of Alaska and John and Magaly Janota of Virginia; grandchildren, Travis, Trenton, Kellyn Beish, Makayla and Dain Chivers and Jared, Jacob and Isabella Janota; great-grandchildren, Melysa and Owen Beish; sisters, Millie Konopa and her husband, Tommy and Mary McDaniel and her husband, "Mac"; and many nephews and nieces.

Arrangements were made by Weddle Funeral Home in Satyon.

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