Claremore Daily Progress

March 26, 2014

Theodore Joseph Janos

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Claremore Progress

CLAREMORE — Services celebrating the life of Theodore Joseph Janos will be 10 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Memorial Heights Baptist Church, Pastor Paul Simpson will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 26, from 1-8 p.m. with family receiving visitors from 6-8 p.m.

Theodore Joseph “Ted” Janos, the fourth child of Louis and Veronica “Smolik” Janos, was born Sept. 11, 1921 in Yonkers, New York. He passed away on Sunday, March 23, 2014 in Bentonville, Ark. at the age of 92.

Ted was reared and educated in his birth community and graduated from St. Casimir Catholic School in 1939.  After graduating he enlisted in the United States Army. He was deployed overseas during WWII and received numerous medals including the Prisoner of War and the Bronze Star. Once Ted was discharged he married the love of his life, Virginia May Kirkley on September 19, 1945 in Yonkers, New York. Three years later they moved to Virginia’s hometown of Claremore, where they had two sons, Michael and Mark. Ted became employed with the City of Claremore, retiring after 40 years of service.

  Ted was a true lover of the game of golf — he began that passion as a caddy at St. Andrews Golf Course in New York and eventually became the ‘King of the Course’ at Heritage Hills. He enjoyed teaching his tricks of the trade on the course, especially his short game. He was an avid artist. Ted was very proud to be a charter member of Memorial Heights Baptist Church. He devoted his life and love to the Lord and his faith was solid and strong. In his later years he enjoyed going to the Senior Citizen Center and visiting friends with his wife. They were happily married for 66 years. His son Mark took special care of him the last years of his life.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Veronica “Smolik” Janos; his wife Virginia Kirkley Janos; son Michael Joseph Janos; his siblings Stanley Janos, Eddie Janos, Matthew Janos and Frankie Janos, his twin brother.

  Survivors include his son Mark Janos of Rogers, Arkansas; grand children Chisanna Prescott and husband Anthony of Jacksonville, Florida; Kama Wilson of Broken Arrow; Jesse Janos and Danielle Mobra of Rogers; great-grandchildren Andy, Moriah, Christopher and Zachary Prescott, Rachel, Seth, Rebecca and Anna Wilson, Jacinda and Jalissa Wiley and Tayler Mobra and Lillian Beckett.

Those who wish to honor Ted’s memory may do so by making a memorial contribution to his church, Memorial Heights Baptist Church building fund, 1500 West Will Rogers Boulevard, Claremore, Oklahoma 74017. 

View and sign Ted’s online tribute at