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John Janowski

Published March 24,2021

Obituary's Biography:

John Janowski, age 90 of Grayslake, Illinois, passed away on March 22, 2021 due to complications from the COVID19 virus. John was born in Chicago on April 16, 1930 and started his own metal spinning business after he served 2 years in the Korean War. John was married to Josephine Larek on October 24, 1953, and they were married for 68 years at his time of death. John is survived by his wife Josephine, his son Robert, daughter Susan, and his grandchildren Eric (Molly), Jonathan, Lucas, Anna and Tyler, as well as many family and friends. John was an avid concertina player and loved to dance the polka. He cut his first record “The Windy City Polish” with family members which was a big hit in the Polka field in the 80’s. He was inducted into the Concertina Hall of Fame on September 25th, 2004 which is the highest honor conferred in the recognition of his many outstanding, unselfish endeavors to promote and perpetuate the concertina as a musical instrument. John also loved fishing, boating, old western movies, and was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan. John is preceded in death by his mother, Victoria Kurpiel, father Michael Janowski, brothers Michael, Joseph and Edward and his sister Kay. A visitation and funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 10:00am until 11:00am with the funeral mass commencing at 11:00am  at St. Gilberts Church 301 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  The interment will follow the service at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL.  All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

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  1. Our deepest condolences to Josephine and the entire family on the passing of such a great human being and friend. John was like your favorite Uncle, you’d always enjoy being in his company. He and Josephine traveled across the country with us and we have so many found memories, Laughs galore, and it was a our pleasure to know him for over 40 yrs. May he Rest In Peace.

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle John was loved by many. My fondness memory was of him and my dad (Edward) playing the concertina. Those Janowski boys really loved their Polish Poka music. My prayers to the family

  3. Dear Josephine, Bobby & Susan,
    Our very sincere condolences along with our heavy hearts over the loss of John, who was always a very Dear Friend during more years then we can even remember. We were so appreciative, humbled & honored that Josie & John spent our wedding weekend with us in Vegas and we will always see John playing concertina alongside me for the enjoyment of all of our Family and Friends. Both of You always had a very special place in our hearts and our minds, all those memories of the past 40+ years our truly cherished by the both of us. May the Good Lord give John’s body and Soul eternal rest and peace, and we Pray that He gives all of You the extra strength to endure this difficult time. Love You All, Patricia and Tadz

  4. Our deepest sympathy on John’s passing. We remember both John and Josephine as being very caring and fantastic neighbors. We will pray for all of you

  5. Dear Josephine, Susan, Robert, and Family,

    As the Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus, I offer you the sympathy and prayers of the Saint Viator/Sacred Heart of Mary community, as well as my own, as you deal with the loss of John’s physical presence in your life.

    Our hearts go out to you as you move through your journey of grief. We pray for you as you share the stories, laugh and cry, and find ways to celebrate John and the love you shared.

    Reading the obituary and posts on the Tribute Wall about this husband of 68 years, who was a caring man who brightened the lives of so many with his music, reminded me of a reading from the book of Sirach.

    “Let us praise an illustrious man,
    faithful to his family and friends, strong in his love.
    At peace in his heart and his world,
    he has left us his good name, and we recount his life of praiseworthy deeds.
    A generous man his good works will never be forgotten.
    Among his family and friends there remains a rich inheritance born of him….
    His name lives on from generation to generation.
    We gather to sing his praises.
    We will proclaim his wisdom and love of life all our days.”

    May memories of John and the love you shared comfort you!
    May the knowledge John lives on in your goodness give you peace and hope!

    Take care and God bless you with the gifts you most need!
    Judith

    Judith Wampach Amberg – Saint Viator High School Director of Alumni Relations Emeritus

  6. Josephine and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Had alot of fun and laughter with John and Josephine at a Polka dance or when we got together on New Year Eve dinner. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Love ya, Jo-Jo Malinowski

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