Andre Romuald Janisse, age 85, of Roscommon died Thursday, August 6, 2020 at home in the presence and comfort of his family.

The rosary and memorial mass will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Jerry Hunko officiating with burial immediately following the mass in Pioneer Cemetery, Roscommon.

Andy, as he was known, born on August 29, 1934 in Saint André-Avellin, Quebec Canada the son of Anthony and Ann Marie (Belanger) Janisse. Married Patricia Groover on June 25, 1955 in Farmington, Michigan and together they raised nine children in Clarkston, before relocating to Roscommon in 1969. Andre is survived by his children: Theresa (Ken) Ames of Clare, Edmund of Baraga, Valerie of Kalamazoo, Andre (Trina), Roscommon, and Patricia Stephan-Bradford of Roscommon, Danielle (Randy) Troub of Glen Rose Texas, James of Elk Rapids, and Michael of Roscommon. He is also survived by two brothers Maurice (Jeanne) of Roscommon and George (Lois) of Rockville, two sister-in-laws Catherine (Russ) Tomes of St. Helen, and Sharon (Don) Foehr of Ocala, Florida, and brother-in-law Keenan (Sue) Hoag of Goodview Virginia. He was very proud of his 26 grandchildren and his 25 great-grandchildren, as well as a loving and caring uncle to over 50 nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Patricia 2018, infant daughter Anne Catherine, grandson Joshua Edmund, daughter-in-law Mardy Janisse, great granddaughter Paige Elizabeth Ames, and infant baby Ames, his parents Anthony and Anne Marie Janisse, his brother Marcel Janisse, in-laws Helen and Edmund Zbikowski, Harold and Lucielle Hoag, sister-in-law Mary Jeanne Dowd, and brother-in-law John W. O. Groover.

He was a 1953 graduate of Farmington High School (FHS) and an active member of the FHS Glee Club, FHS Choir, and the FHS Chamber Ensemble. He was known among his family and friends for his ability to sing the “Ave Maria”.

In his lifetime, he was a carpenter and a sawyer. He and his brother successfully partnered to create two lifelong businesses, the first was A. Janisse Construction Company and the second Janisse Sawmill and Construction Company. In addition, he was a founding member of the Michigan Timberman’s Association.

Andy served his country in the United States Armed Forces from December 5, 1955 until honorably discharged on September 30, 1962 at the rank of Private 2, Company M., 125th Infantry Division, based in Pontiac, Michigan.

For 60 years, he was a member of and served a term as Grand Knight for Council #4764 in Lake Orion, and ended his membership with Council #6593 in Roscommon.

Andre was a faith-filled family man, who loved his wife, children, family, and church. Andre was a member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Lake Orion for fourteen years and a member of Saint Michael’s Catholic Church for fifty-one years. His dry sense of humor entertained many individuals and he never addressed his “grandchildren” as anything other than “Hoods”, so the entertainment began when they adopted his humor and he became Grandpa Hood.

One of his favorite passions was gaming and charitable gaming; he knew the games, the odds, and best of all he knew when to walk away, a win or lose.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that individuals consider memorial contributions in the name of Andre Janisse to St. Lawrence Seminary, 301 Church Street, Mt. Calvary, WI 53057 or to the Knights of Columbus Knights of Columbus Prince of Peace Council #6593, P. O. Box 695, Roscommon, MI 48653.

Arrangements were entrusted to Wagner and Walsh Funeral Directors, Roscommon. Please share a memory or a message online at