John and Virginia Janis
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John and Virginia Janis

John Joseph Janis was born to Evelyn Kajmowicz and Joseph Janis in Chicago, IL on November 13, 1946. John passed at Lagrange Memorial Hospital on May 7, 2020 at the age of 73.

Virginia H. Janis was born to Thomas and Carmen Hernandez in Fletcher, Arkansas on July 11, 1939. Virginia passed at Lagrange Memorial Hospital on May 11, 2020.

John was retired from CSX inc. in Chicago IL. He was a loving father and a devoted husband. He grew up in Chicago's Little Village and attended Farragut High School. John was an intelligent, kind, giving, and generous person who was loved and respected by those whose lives he touched. He had a younger sister named Nancy Berg, and a loving extended family. He is survived by his two stepsons Tony and Rolando Martinez.

Virginia was retired from John H. Harland in Burr Ridge, IL. She grew up in the Plainfield and Joliet area where she attended Joliet Central High School. She was a loving mother and a devoted wife. Her kind and gentle spirit will be missed by the people who were blessed to know her. She had great compassion and love for people and animals as well. She is survived by her sons Tony and Rolando Martinez. She is also survived by 6 younger siblings, two grandchildren, and a large extended family. She was loved and will be forever remembered for the wonderful person that she was.

John & Virginia were happily married for 47 years. They shared a love and a friendship that will last for all eternity in Heaven. Together they enjoyed traveling, antiquing, attending auctions and estate sales, as well as collecting. Virginia enjoyed gardening, cooking, bird watching, reading, and antique collecting, but her greatest passion was taking care of her family. Some of John's interests included cooking, hunting, fishing, watching sports, (especially the Chicago White Sox), traveling with family, and billiards. He was affectionately known around the Chicagoland area as "Pontiac John". He was also known to be a very respectable, knowledgeable, and talented player who loved the beautiful game of pool.

There will be a memorial mass in the future for John & Virginia, as well as a memorial at Red Shoes Billiards in Alsip, IL. Information will be posted at a later date.


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Published in Suburban Life Publications on May 21, 2020.
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June 1, 2020
Thank you for your kind condolences. I'm glad to know that you have fond memories of John & Virginia. They are forever in our hearts and minds. We wish you all the best in your own lives, and hope that you will always remember them. God Bless you. Rolando
ROLANDO MARTINEZ
Son
May 31, 2020
Dear Tony, Rolando, Aunt Lily, Hernandez, Lopez & Janis Families, We are so deeply saddened by the unimaginable loss of Virgina & John. They were a kind, beautiful and ageless couple. Dan & I will treasure our conversations with them this past October when we saw them at my Tia Rosas wake. We talked antiques and finding those perfect pieces, storing and refinishing them & how it was hard to let go of some :). They were a part of our extended Lopez family and we are all blessed to have known them. We hope that fond memories and being surrounded by loved ones, will help ease the pain during this most difficult time. Our deepest condolences Tony, Rolando & Aunt Lily. With love from CA, Dolores (aka Lolis), Dan, Alana & Noah
Dolores Lopez
Friend
May 31, 2020
Dear Tony, Rolando, Aunt Lily, Hernandez, Lopez & Janis Families, We are so deeply saddened by the unimaginable loss of Virgina & John. They were a kind, beautiful and ageless couple. Dan & I will treasure our conversations with them this past October when we saw them at my Tia Rosas wake. We talked antiques and finding those perfect pieces, storing and refinishing them & how it was hard to let go of some :). They were a part of our extended Lopez family and we are all blessed to have known them. We hope that fond memories and being surrounded by loved ones, will help ease the pain during this most difficult time. Our deepest condolences Tony, Rolando & Aunt Lily. With love from CA, Dolores (aka Lolis), Dan, Alana & Noah
Dolores Lopez
Friend
May 27, 2020
Thank you Gio. God Bless you.
Rolando Martinez
Son
May 25, 2020
They were very close to me and I will miss them, I don't really know what else to say I loved them a lot.
Giovanni Martinez
Family
May 22, 2020
Thank you for your kind comments Swaim family. We all had some great memories on our soccer trips with the Darien Express throughout our youthful years. They were big supporters of the Hinsdale Hornets, and the Allstar traveling teams we were a part of as well. They were loved and will be missed.
ROLANDO MARTINEZ
Son
May 21, 2020
We were blest to have known them. Loved Virginias smiling face. May their wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort.
Chris and Al Swaim
Friend
May 21, 2020
May your heart soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate lives well lived.
Kim and Steve Swaim
Friend
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