Donald Janush, 78 of Stamford, CT, passed away Friday April 25, 2014 at Greenwich Hospital. He was born in Chicago, IL on November 17, 1935. He was the son of the late Alfred Janush and late Rose Friedman. He served in the Army when he was nineteen years old, and from there he became a consummate salesman. Eventually, he moved to California where he climbed the corporate ladder with The Playtex Brand. Initially, he was a salesperson but, was so successful that he was appointed as a Regional Sales Representative. He was one of the top sellers so, when The Playtex brand required a National Sales Manager to oversee their east coast operations in New York, he moved his family to Stamford, CT in 1981.
Don was a simple man who was: quiet, calm, collective and one who rarely lost his temper. He was an avid bowler prior to his move to CT, and was so good that he was given the opportunity to go on the Pro Tour. He scored countless 300 perfect games but, succumbed to wanting a guaranteed salary as he had a family to provide for.
Later, he decided to leave The Playtex brand and open his own company in New York. It was called, Donel, LLC. The name of the company was composed of his and his wife's names. The company specialized in importing and exporting brassieres and undergarments.
Don is survived by a prior marriage with two sons: Scott and Randy who both reside in California. His daughter, Staci, who made the move to Connecticut resides in Redding, CT and is married to Mark Ralsky. They have (2) children: Jamie and Zachary.
On December 16, 1977 Don married his best friend, Ellen Janush, who he is survived by. The two of them have (3) sons: Jason, Evan & Brian. Jason Janush is married to Alice Janush, and they reside in Stamford, CT too. They have (2) sons: Daniel and Eddie. Evan Janush is married to Debbie Janush, and they reside in Westchester, NY. They have (3) daughters: Emily, Haley and Tory. Brian Janush the youngest of all the children also resides in Stamford, CT and gave the eulogy at his father's funeral.
The funeral ceremony was private and quiet much like the way Don had lived his life. The eulogy revealed his love of the game Blackjack, and how due to his workaholic personality what a wonderful provider he was for his family. Apparently, he acquired E.coli which spread through his body, and his heart could not fight it. The funeral service was held at Temple Sholom in Greenwich on Monday April 28, 2014. The burial took place afterward at the Temple Sholom cemetery on Memory Lane.
In lieu of sending flowers please consider making a donation to Greenwich Hospital in Don's name.
Published in StamfordAdvocate on May 7, 2014