American Veteran 04

John V. Janacek

November 7, 2019

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John V. Janacek, 91, of East Hanover, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Montreal, Canada, to parents John and Pauline, John and his family immigrated to the United States in 1936.

As a young man, John served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, earning an honorable discharge.

He received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering (now part of NJIT), and spent decades applying his skills in commercial and government sectors. John culminated his career in Quality Assurance for the Department of Defense during the Reagan era, inspecting many of the futuristic military systems that helped end the Cold War. 

A devoted husband, John brought joy to his wife Eleanor (Natalewicz), the love of his life, for more than 62 years. Rarely separated, their love was inspirational and evidenced in their beloved sons Douglas (wife, Regina) and Bob (wife, Cindy). His four grandchildren, Benjamin, Caeli, Jennifer and Brian filled him with pride and were sources of profound happiness.

John was a dear brother to Joseph and his wife, Janet, and to the late Mary Stajek, and her late husband, Hank. A loving Uncle, John leaves behind two nieces and four nephews.

He will be deeply missed.

Arrangements are as follows: 

Visitation at Leonardis Memorial Home, 210 Ridgedale Avenue, Florham Park, NJ on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00pm.

Funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church, 312 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover on Monday, November 11 at 11:00am, with the interment immediately following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Tel. 1-800-805-5856, Web:



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November 10, 2019

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Leonardis Memorial Home
210 Ridgedale Ave
Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

Funeral Assembly
November 11, 2019

10:00 AM
Leonardis Memorial Home
210 Ridgedale Ave
Florham Park, New Jersey 07932

Funeral Mass
November 11, 2019

11:00 AM
St Rose of Lima Church
312 Ridgedale Ave
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936


Gate Of Heaven Cemetery
225 Ridgedale Ave
East Hanover, NJ 07936


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

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