Tobias Funeral Home - Far Hills Chapel

5471 Far Hills Ave, Dayton, OH


Joseph Edward Janowski

June 19, 1941January 22, 2020

Joseph E. Janowski Jr. (1941-2020)

Joseph E. Janowski Jr., 78, of Dayton Ohio, succumbed to cancer in the comfort of Hospice of Dayton on January 22, 2020.

Joseph is survived by his siblings Edward and Eleanor, his son Joseph (Susan) Janowski, his daughter Mary (Harold) Henry, his grandchildren Emily, Mark, Anna, Elijah, Claire, and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife Marilou who passed in July 2013. Joseph was a dedicated father, husband, grandfather and friend.

Joseph was born June 19, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from LaSalle military academy in 1959 and from the University of Dayton in 1963. He met his wife Marilou while attending UD and got married in 1966. He was a part of the Army military police and had a tour in Vietnam from 1964-1965. His first employment was with NCR, then Frigidaire, and then General Motors in which he spent 27.5 years as an industrial engineer at the Moraine, Ohio diesel engine plant.

Joseph enjoyed working on projects around the house and Upstate New York including woodworking, minor electrical, plumbing, and general construction. He instilled a sense of reward for a hard day's work in everyone who helped out. He also enjoyed helping to coach youth soccer. He was an assistant coach for at least 10 different teams that his son and daughter played for. He also enjoyed reading, finances, travel, playing tennis and spending time with his children and grandchildren whenever he could.

A special thank you to the people of Hospice of Dayton for their loving care and support during his final days. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Tobias Funeral Home for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to one of the following charities: Hospice of Dayton, St. Jude's Medical Center, Shriner's Hospital. A private family service will be held on 2/2/2020 at Tobias


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Joel Linder

January 28, 2020

Mr. Joe, as we called him, was such a good man in our neighborhood. Although we only knew him for 8 years, we had the pleasure of talking to him many times. My son would go over and help him with his yard, and the two would talk about a wide variety of things. Sir, we will miss you and appreciate having had you as a friend. We truly mourn your passing and hope that you rest in peace.

Chris and Rusty Saunders

January 28, 2020

Joe, Sr. - Pappa Joe was a great man. So very caring with his family and offering his time and wisdom to his grandchildren. We enjoyed many family events with him and will really miss him.

Sandy Mefford

January 28, 2020

I have many great memories of the years Joe and I worked side by side at GM. I feel as if I know the family from all our talks, even Sadie-dog. Do you remember, Mary, when we went to see “Hair”? (way before Harold and the kids). The last 19 years since retirement have flown by, and I am sorry we didn’t keep in touch. My deepest condolences to all of you.

Richard Mikolajczyk

January 27, 2020

Cousin Joe will always have a special place in my heart. He made it a point always to ask how I was doing in school, interested in my playing basketball for Christ The King, even making a special trip with my dad to NYC during the Xmas Season to watch me play in a tournament. Whether we won or lost it never mattered as long as I did my best, he always let me know he was proud of me. A man always interested in how I was and how my classes were going. Learning was a big part of our conversations back then, he said I would understand when I got older and I did. I miss you already my Godfather, I will love and carry you in my heart always, ❤ Richie NYC.