Thomas G. Janus, 70

JUNE 11, 1942-DEC. 24, 2012

December 27, 2012
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Thomas Gerald "Tom" Janus, 70, of Hagerstown, passed away Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at home, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 11, 1942, in Elmwood Park, Ill., Tom was the son of the late Chester Leonard Janus and Phyllis (Cukierski) Janus, both of Chicago. He grew up in Elmwood Park and Albuquerque, N.M., a member of the first graduating class of Sandia High School, and a walk-on for the University of New Mexico Lobos football team. From 1961 to 1964, he served in the U.S. Army as a cryptographer on the East-West German border. In 1969, he received an Industrial Engineering degree from Rutgers University (N.J.) and was a founding member of the Married Students Association and incorporator of Heights Hut, Inc. In 1971, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and was president of the Management Systems Club. 

In 1972, Tom joined First National City Bank (now Citicorp) on Wall Street. In 1988, he came to Hagerstown, and was promptly selected "Boss of the Year" by the Hager Chapter of Professional Secretaries International. He retired in 1999 from Citicorp Credit Services Inc. of Hagerstown, as senior vice president and member of the Citicorp Quarter Century Club (and the occasional volunteer Santa.) He taught Quantitative Decision Making at then Hagerstown Junior College and Total Quality Management at Fort Ritchie. For four years, he covered Tri-State area high school wrestling for The Herald-Mail.

Tom was a member of St. Augustine's Catholic Church in Williamsport, where he started the Christmas Giving Tree program. He served on the Diocesan Regional Council and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. He volunteered in prison ministry through the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the Alternatives to Violence program at Maryland Correctional Institution in Hagerstown, and at Project REACH of Washington County. He was a member of Potomac Post 202 American Legion, Beaver Creek Golf Club, Hagerstown Bridge Club and Penn State Wrestling Club. An active and vocal supporter of all Tri-State high school sports, he was a three-year president of the Williamsport High School Citizens Advisory Council. 

In retirement, Tom took a special interest in K-3 reading readiness, equally well-known for his definite opinions and his numerous letters to The Herald Mail. He ran three times for the Washington County Board of Education. He enjoyed the Washington County Tea Party, Maryland Interclub Senior Golf Association, rang handbells with the Little Heiskell ringers and John Wesley United Methodist church, loved poker, duplicate bridge, horse racing, assembling computers and was a dedicated online shopper. Last but hardly least, he was a die-hard Chicago Bears fan.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn R. Janus; children Erik R. Janus, wife Jennifer (Cox) Janus, M.D. and grandson, Theodore A. Janus, all of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; Vanessa H. Janus of North Bethesda, Md., and Mark A. Janus and wife, Leyna Janus, of Newark, Del.; sister, Judith R. Korus of Albuquerque, N.M.; brother, Michael J. Janus and wife Nona of Corona, Calif.; several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, from 6 to 8 p. m., at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown. Condolences may be made online at

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, 32 E. Potomac St., Williamsport, at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Project REACH of Washington County, 140 W. Franklin Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740; Community Free Clinic of Washington County, 249 Mill St., Hagerstown, MD 21740; and Hospice of Washington County, 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Online condolences are accepted at

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