Joseph Hugh Canney passed away Monday, May 14, 2012, surrounded by his family.
A Catholic Mass of Resurrection will be held Friday, May 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Rochester. Visitation will be held one hour before the Mass at St. Francis.
Mr. Canney was born Dec. 10, 1926 in Jamestown, N.D., to B.L. and Kathryn Canney. He graduated from Rochester High School in 1944 and enlisted in the Army on July 1, 1944. He then entered the pre-flight training program at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. He was united in marriage to Winifred E. Schlitgus on Nov. 11, 1946.
Mr. and Mrs. Canney were long-standing members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Mr. Canney was employed at the Olmsted Medical Group for 30 years where he retired as the Controller. He played the cornet in the Chatfield Brass Band for many years. He was a member of the Rochester Widowed Persons Group for the last five years.
He was preceded in death by his wife Winifred; brothers, Lewis, Terry, Bob and Bernie; sister, Ann Lampman; and granddaughter, Molly McGuire Schild
He is survived by his sons, Christopher (Judy) Canney of Bloomington; Mark (Mary) of Honolulu, Hawaii; Sean (Mary) of Faribault; Tony (Joni) of Lakeville; daughters, Jane (George Borer) Canney of St. Paul; Margaret (Steve) Schild of Winona; and Kate (Tony) Tarvestad of Medina; and daughter-in-law, Patricia Canney of Minneapolis. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Chris (Emily) Canney, Suzanne Canney, Annie Canney, Winifred Canney, Joseph Borer, Elizabeth (Elliott Augst) Borer, Jake Schild, Sam Schild, Emily Canney, Patrick Canney, Joseph Tarvestad, Hugh Canney and Maddy Canney; great-grandchildren, Ben and Grace Canney. He is also survived by special friend, Helen Sell.
Mr. Canney was a soft-spoken Irishman with a quick wit who was kind to everyone. He was a devoted husband and a wonderful dad, granddad and great-granddad who will be missed tremendously.
Special thanks to the Silver Lake Boys Choir (his Thursday Coffee Group).
Memorials can be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.