Christopher Ernst Janensch

December 24, 1949December 15, 2020

Christopher Ernst Janensch, formerly of Winnetka and Long Lake in Lake County, died peacefully December 15, 2020, after a long battle with kidney failure. He was born on Christmas Eve,1949. Since 2015, he was a resident of Westminster Place, a continuing care retirement community in Evanston. Before that, Chris lived in the family's home in Winnetka and at the family's summer place on Long Lake, west of Waukegan. He was the son of the late Carl Janensch and the late Ruth Enright Janensch. Chris graduated from Saints Faith, Hope and Charity parochial school in Winnetka and New Trier Township High School. He attended St. Louis University. Chris worked at the Fell Company men's and boys' clothing store in downtown Winnetka. Many young fellows on the North Shore wore blue blazers and khaki trousers bought from Chris. Chris was a bachelor and lived a quiet life. He enjoyed being with friends and family members and was an avid reader of history. Chris was especially close to his late Uncle Paul Janensch and his Aunt Patricia Gockel Janensch, his cousin Thomas Enright and Patric Crowley, his friend since childhood. Chris' older sister Susan Janensch Ross died in 2007. He is survived by his older brother Carl Paul Janensch, who lives with his wife Gail Evans Janensch in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His nieces and nephews around the country had great affection for "Uncle Chris." Chris' remains are to be cremated, as arranged by the William H. Scott Funeral Home in Wilmette, and the ashes are to be buried at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Northbrook. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation, 1033 University Place, Suite 450, Evanston, IL 60201, or online at Condolences can be sent by email to Carl Paul Janensch at

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