Thomas M. Janusz Jr.

Janusz Sr., Thomas M. Age 78, late of South Holland and Marco Island, FL, formerly of Dolton and Chicago's Avalon Park/Grand Crossing's "Pennytown" neighborhood. Dearly beloved husband and best friend for 57 years of Betty Lou (nee Janke); devoted and extraordinary father of Thomas M. Janusz, Jr. and Lynn Ann Janusz; proud seventh son of the late Thomas and Mary (Postrozny) Janusz; cherished son-in-law of the late Louis A. and Bette (Maras) Janke. Preceded in death by his loving brothers, the late Stanley, Edward, Alexander "Alex", Chester, Julius and John Janusz, Sgt. C.P.D. Dear brother-in-law of Elaine (late Robert) Costello; kind uncle of many nieces and nephews; wonderful cousin and loyal friend of many; dearest best and loyal friend of the late Robert (late Sandra) Devine; courageous man of faith; loving master of "Keiko", "Hector", "Mr. Meowski", "Snowball" and "Persha". Founder and owner of the THORNRIDGE FUNERAL HOMES LTD, INC. in Dolton/South Holland and Orland Park for over 40 years. Tom not only built it, he practically built it brick by brick. Truly a self made business man. A Quintessential "Rags-to-Riches" entrepreneur, to its finest. Tom not only had good mentors, he became an exemplary mentor and example to many funeral directors, colleagues, and associates. A Licensed Funeral Director with 53 years of dedicated service. 4th Degree Knight of Columbus Genoa Council #1659. Past President of St. Jude the Apostle Holy Name Society. Past President of St. Jude the Apostle Athletic Board. Lifetime member of Mt. Carmel Alumni Father's Club. As an active member of St. Jude the Apostle Church and the local community, Tom honorably volunteered for many memorable church and social functions. Visitation Thursday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at his funeral home, 14318 S. LaGrange Rd. (Northbound traffic: U-turn permitted at 143rd St.) Orland Park. Visitation Friday 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Funeral Saturday 9:30 a.m. from his funeral home, 15801 S. Cottage Grove Ave., (four blocks North of 162nd St./Rt. 6) Dolton/South Holland to St. Jude the Apostle Church Mass 10:45 a.m. Rev. John Boivin, officiating. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials directed to St. Jude the Apostle Church or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, appreciated. 708-460-2300, 708-841-2300 or

Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Dec. 11, 2013