Joseph W. Janosko

UNION SPRINGS | Joseph W. Janosko, 89, of Cayuga Street, Union Springs, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in Auburn Community Hospital. Mr. Janosko was born in Auburn, the son of the late George and Elizabeth Varsho Janosko and had resided in Union Springs for several years. Prior to that, he lived in Charlottesville, Va., Pittsburgh, Pa., and Ohio. Mr. Janosko was employed at the Schneider Sheet Metal Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pa., as a project manager on commercial, industrial and hospital projects. His specialty was hospital construction in the heating, air conditioning and ventilation division. While at Schneider Sheet Metal, he worked with the U.S. Department of Energy on the Nuclear Enrichment Program in Portsmouth, Ohio. Mr. Janosko was an avid golfer. He attended many major golf tournaments and met outstanding golfers of his time. His most memorable golf experience was playing at St. Andrews in Scotland with his son, Joseph. Mr. Janosko served as president of the St. Francis Holy Name Society, past vice president and county director of the Notre Dame Retreat League of the Diocese of Rochester. In addition, he served as Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus No. 207, a member of the Fourth Degree Assembly No. 0375. Also, he was an active member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Community of St. Michael's in Union Springs, where he served as eucharistic minister and lector. Mr. Janosko served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a flight engineer during World War II. He participated in 51 combat missions with the 514th Bomb Squadron, 376th Bomb Group, and 15th Air Force in Italy. He was awarded five Bronze Stars, four air medals and several unit citations. He was a national member of the 376th Bomb Group Surviving Veterans Association, the oldest and most decorated bomb group in World War II. In addition, he served as past commander of the Carnicelli-Indelicato American Legion Post 1776. Mr. Janosko also served as past financial officer of the Purple Lancer Drum and Bugle Corps of Auburn. Surviving are his wife, Janet Duquette (Yakey) Janosko, of Union Springs; one son, Joseph W. Janosko, Jr. and his wife, Marcia, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four stepdaughters, Louise K. Yakey, of Santa Fe, N.M., Cheryl C. Yakey, of Chicago, Ill., Linda A. Yakey, of Syracuse and Sheila A. Fonner and her husband, John, of Whitesboro, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren, Cayla Clark, Stephen Wiley, Graham Fogle, Eric Wiley, Alex Yakey, Evan Fiedler, Lauren Fiedler, Jessica Fogle, Kendra Wiley, Ryan Fiedler, Howard Shanley, Emma Jo Fonner, Matthew Fonner and Matthew Aquino; two great-grandchildren, Madelyn Shank and Stephan Wiley; three nieces, Mary Rita Lawler, Theresa Gall and Joan Shuster and one nephew, Joseph Bigley. In addition to his parents, Mr. Janosko was predeceased by his first wife, Laura I. Janosko; two brothers, George and Frank Janosko; two sisters, Frances Bigley and Sister Mary Albert, SSJ. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial which will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in St. Michael's Church, Union Springs. Friends are may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the Shakelton Funeral Home, 418 Main St., Aurora. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Auburn. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Veterans Memorial Park, in care of John Barwinczok, 25 Levenworth Ave., Auburn, NY 13021, in memory of Joseph W. Janosko.

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