Bernard L. (Bern) Janco, 85, of the Village of Briar Meadows died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Marion County Hospice after a brief illness.
He had been a resident of The Villages for 14 years, and was active in sports, particularly tennis and golf, and was deeply involved in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) work. He had been an active member of AA for 24 years.
Bern served in the Tank Corps in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict (1954-1956).
He was born in Chicago Aug. 5, 1931, to Bernard George and Louise Victoria Gerlach Janco. He attended St. Mel High School in Chicago (where he served on student council and was on the football and swimming teams), St. Louis University (BS), Xavier University in Cincinnati (MS), and Manitoba University in Canada, where he obtained his PhD in 1965. His degrees were in analytical chemistry, math and physics.
Bern’s career included work in sales and research and in lecturing and consulting. Companies and universities he served included Mojonnier Associates, St. Paul College in Winnipeg, Canada, General Foods, Xavier University, Monsanto Company, Mead Corporation, Sanford Corporation, Battelle Laboratory, Morton International, and Rose Color. He was an expert in the chemistry of inks.
Bern was married to the former Jeanie Hauserman and they had four children, Nancy, Bernard, L. George, and Susan. Nancy is married to James Budde, DDS, and they have three children, Kristen, Katie, and David. Bernard is married to the former Jennifer Kneeland. L George is married to the former Pam Hart, and their children are Margaret and Leslie. Susan is married to Rudolph Frizzi and they have three children, Emilia, Giuliana and Clara.
Bern also leaves his significant friend Francee Fitzharris of The Villages.
Celebration of Bern’s life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Hibiscus Recreation Center in The Villages, 1740 Bailey Trail. All of Bern’s friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bern’s name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Donations may be made to MS locally (www.mssupportgroup.org) or by mail to National MSS, PO Box 4527, New York, NY.