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Paul J. Janke

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PAUL JANKE Paul J. Janke, 83, a long-time Lansdale resident, passed away July 22, 2013 at Elm Terrace Gardens. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Ann Janke who passed away in 2011. Born May 3, 1930, he was a son of the late Gustav L. and Pauline (Herrman) Janke. Paul was a graduate of the former Lansdale High School, class of 1948. He later served with the U.S. Army engineering battalion in Salzburg, Austria as a member of the General's staff. Upon returning home, he operated his family's general contracting business, G.L. Janke, Inc., and Liberty Bell Realty Company, which was known for specializing in commercial real estate development. His work for the family businesses became Paul's passion. He was proud to have built many buildings throughout Lansdale and the surrounding areas and according to his family, never truly retired. In addition to his work, Paul also enjoyed traveling the world and did so extensively. He was a long time and active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansdale, a member of the Lansdale Library board of directors and was a member of the Shiloh Masonic Lodge. Surviving are Paul's children, Olga Koren of Isernhagen, Germany, Susan Gorter and her husband, Uko, of Kirkland, WA, Philip Janke and his wife, Bonnie, of Gwynedd Valley, and Lynn Smith and her husband, Brian, of Lansdale; and his grandchildren, Alexander, Andrew and his wife, Sarah, Natascha, David, Leah, Mark, Jeffrey, and Lauren. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert H. Janke. Relatives and friends are invited to greet the family from 9 to 10:30AM, Thursday, July 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St. Lansdale, PA 19446, followed by the funeral service at 10:30AM. Interment will be in Whitemarsh Memorial Park, Ambler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul's name to the Janke Family Trust Educational c/o Trinity Lutheran Church, address above. Arrangements are by Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale.

Published in The Reporter on July 24, 2013
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