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John J. Jenuskevice

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- John J. (Johnny Jack) Jenuskevice, 86, died peacefully on Monday, March 6, 2006, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt.

John was born on Dec. 22, 1919, in Hoosick Falls, the son of the late John and Mikalina (Walkaukas) Jenuskevice. He graduated from St. Mary’s Academy and enlisted in the United States Navy. While in the Navy, he served in the Aleutian Islands, Philippines and South Pacific during World War II. He was stationed aboard his beloved Markab II, a recovery-repair ship.

Following his discharge in November 1945, he was a machinist at the Watervliet Arsenal, and then a tool and die specialist at Noble and Wood until it closed. He retired from Oak Mitsui in 1988.

In May 1946, he married Eleanor Rowe, who died in 2003, and they made their life together on Clay Hill, where John was also born and raised. There they also raised three daughters, Lynn (Craig) Ryan of Satellite Beach, Fla., Mary Lou Clouse of Waterford, and Joni (Tim) Conlon of Albany. He is also survived by his brother, Victor (Pamela) Janus of Woodbridge, Va.; seven grandchildren; his great-grandson, Zachary; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, and his sister, Bernice.

John loved life in Hoosick Falls and could not imagine being anywhere else. He was a devoted communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church, where he also served as lector for many years and participated in the early Smorgasbord shows. He was a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge No. 178, the V.F.W. and the Derby Club, all in Hoosick Falls. John also served as a village trustee in the 1960s.

His pleasures in life were simple ones, enjoying the company of his family, soaking up the early morning sun for many winters in Florida before and after retirement, and he was an enduring and forgiving Yankee and Giants fan. He was a good and kind man, father and citizen and will be truly missed by all.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 9:15 a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St., in Hoosick Falls. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. from the Immaculate Conception church on Main Street. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hoosick Falls.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Academy through the funeral home.

John’s family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at the Danforth Home who gave great care and attention to John this past year, and also to Dr. Marcus Martinez, who showed his extreme and unique sense of caring and compassion above and beyond his skilled medical care. Thank you to all.

Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 8, 2006
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