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John Janik
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1928
Death: Dec. 18, 2008

John Janik, 80, of St. Charles, passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008, surrounded by his family at Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles. John was born in Sucany in the former Czechoslovakia on June 16, 1928. He was born of a Slovak mother, Mary (Balko) and a U.S. citizen father, John Janik. He emigrated to Stamford, Conn., with his sister and mother in 1935. He graduated from Stamford High School in 1946 and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1946 to 1949. John worked on Radar Ground Controlled Approach Systems while in the service. In 1950, he was employed by Gilfillan Bros. Inc of Los Angeles and served as their field engineer representative on Ground Controlled Approach Systems with the U.S.A.F. in Japan until 1951. John married Mary Ann Lester in 1951 and attended New York University, receiving a BSEE Degree in 1954. While at the university, John received the University Heber Dunham Award in Engineering Drawing and Descriptive Geometry, he was an instructor in Engineering Drawing and Descriptive Geometry, president of Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honor Society), member of Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society), and also worked in the Electrical Engineering Research Department. John went to work for the Bell Telephone Laboratories (AT&T) in 1954. He attended the Bell Labs three-year Communications Development Training Program. During his 35 years at the Bell Labs, he worked in Systems Engineering, Research and Development. John worked on Military Systems and Electronic Switching Systems. John started working on digital systems in 1957 and worked on the design of initial transistorized digital systems for the military applications. His specialty was memory systems for digital systems. He was the inventor of the Permanent Magnet Twister Memory, which was used extensively in the initial Electronic Switching Systems. John's field of activities in Electronic Switching Systems included research, systems planning, hardware and software design, field support, and quality efforts. On Dec. 31, 1989, John retired as Director of Switching Systems Performance Verification Laboratory. John had many interests, including golf, oil painting, and gardening. Since his retirement he and his wife spent winters in Sarasota, Fla., and traveled to Arizona to be with family at holiday time. John was a member of Saint Patrick Church in St. Charles and St. Charles Country Club. He also was a member of the Literacy Volunteers of America. John is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Ann; three children, Larry Janik of Maui, Hawaii, Thomas (Stacey) Janik of Batavia, Amy (Thomas) Schlangen) of Gilbert, Ariz.; seven grandchildren: John, Lizzy and Becky Schlangen, Logan and Evin Janik, and Chris and Jason Roby; and two great-grandsons, Dillon and Gage Roby. He is also survived by his sister, Ann Dexter of Stamford; son-in-law, Steve Roby of Cortland; and sister-in-law, Lucille Lester of Stamford. John had a special place in his heart for all his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by them all. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary (Balko) and John Janik; and daughter, Susan Roby. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, at Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third Street (three blocks west of the Fox River and one block south of Route 64), St. Charles. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, at St. Patrick Crane Road Church, 6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles, with Monsignor Joseph B. Linster, celebrant. Interment will immediately follow the Mass at Prairie Cemetery, Crane Road, St. Charles. 
Prairie Cemetery
Saint Charles
Kane County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Jul 30, 2013
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