John Emil Janitz

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John Emil Janitz, Jr., 87, of Gatineau, Quebec, died on Friday, February 4, 2022 in Hospice care. As he often joked, he had a checkered career. After graduating from Providence College, he spent five years in the US Army, mostly in Germany, before retiring as a Captain. He graduated from Boston College to become a teacher at Amherst College, after which he became an archivist at the Maine Historical Society and Syracuse University. Then he worked in the NYS Labor Department in Syracuse and Albany. He switched careers again in 1982 to become an ICU nurse at Upstate Medical Center and St Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, where he retired in 1998, after which he earned an English degree at LeMoyne College, Syracuse. To learn Spanish he spent a few years in Mexico where he met his second wife.
He is survived by his wife Aurora Leticia Amaro Tapia and her two daughters, Lorena Yanes Levy and her husband Carlos Levy of Ottawa Ontario, and Mariela Yanes Amaro of Bergamo, Italy; sister-in-law Patricia Amaro Tapia of Merida, Mexico; and from John’s first marriage, David Atlas of Syracuse, son of deceased Mona Freeman Atlas Janitz. Other family members include his two cousins Susan Piette and Carol Ann Goudreau of Providence, RI; and two nieces, Susan Schapiro of Washington DC, and Sally Schapiro Vernon of London, Ontario; two good friends: Col. Gerard Landry of Monterey, CA, and Thierry Verley of Beziers, France.
Funeral services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)

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