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Richard Janssen Sr.

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Richard Janssen, Sr. 1934 - 2012 PITTSFIELD Richard T. Janssen Sr., 77, of 15 Montvue St. died Saturday at home. Born in Pittsfield on July 31, 1934, son of the late Karl H. and Marguerite Borden Janssen, he was a lifelong resident of Pittsfield. He was educated in Pittsfield schools and was a 1952 graduate of Pittsfield High School. He then went on to take electrical courses after high school before serving his country in the Army with the Big Red 1 in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1956. Mr. Janssen was employed as an industrial electrician for over 40 years at the former E.D. Jones and its predecessor Beloit Corp. He retired in 1996. He was a member of Pilgrim Memorial Church and a member of the Mason's. He enjoyed country western music, ham radio operating, square dancing, camping and vacationing in Maine. A hard worker, he took great pride in doing electrical repair work. He leaves his wife, the former Ellen T. Drake of Pittsfield, whom he married on July 21, 1956, at Pilgrim Memorial Church; his son, Lawrence K. Janssen of Pittsfield; two daughters, Donna M. Janssen of Pittsfield and Coralie E. Barsalow and her husband, David, of Albany, NY; two sisters, Shirley J. Winnard and her husband, Philip, of Pittsfield, and Margaret Rice of Lee; a brother, Karl Janssen and his wife, Marlene, of Ormond Beach, FL. He also leaves his two daughters-in-law, Alice Janssen and Carolyn Janssen; six grandchildren;, Eric Bentz Jr., Aaron Bentz, Alden Bentz, Lindsay Janssen, Edward Hadley and his wife, Stephanie, and Nicole Bearse and her husband, Courtney. He also leaves his seven great-grandchildren, Naya, Rachael, Nathan and Lucas Bentz, Amelia Hadley, Zoe Bearse and Laney Bearse, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. He was also predeceased by a son, Richard T. Janssen Jr., who died Aug. 28, 2006. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Richard T. Janssen Sr., 77, of Pittsfield who died Jan. 14, 2012, will be held Thursday at 12 PM at the DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield, conducted by the Rev. Carol Killian. Burial will follow in Pittsfield Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 4 to 7 PM at the funeral home. Memorial donations in his name may be made to Pilgrim Memorial Church or to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, both in care of the Dery Funeral Home, 54 Bradford St. Pittsfield, MA 01201

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 17, 2012
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