Joseph F. Janish of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired tool-and-die worker, died Monday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, after a lengthy illness. He was 74.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Janish was a 1950 graduate of Technical High School. He also completed the Dale Carnegie course and became an instructor.
From 1953 to 1956, he served as a staff sergeant with the Army in Austria.
Mr. Janish earned his tool-and-die apprenticeship at McCaig & Hatch in Buffalo, where he worked as a die sinker. He worked for several other companies in similar capacities, retiring in 1998 from American Axle.
He had recently studied Italian and loved all forms of music. He was a former member of Buffalo Choral Arts Society and the Suburban Serenaders.
Survivors include his wife, the former Joanne Taravella; four daughters, Mary Tamrowski, Catherine Bernier, Ann Schieder and Karen Dziuba; and three sons, Rick Busse, John and James.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Friday in St. Amelia Catholic Church, 2999 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.