Joe Janowicz Memorial and Charity

In  Honor  of  Doctor Joe Janowicz                 1956-2008

This website is a tribute to my husband. It include photos, his obituary and  ongoing charity fund raising efforts. There is also a list of contributions made in his memory to date.

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PLEASE, DONATE IN JOE'S NAME.   THANK YOU.

   Smile Train    www.smiletrain.org

   Heifer International   www.heifer.org

 Margaux and I have chosen these two charities for our long term fundraiser efforts, plus our favorite local charities.

 Heifer International is a non-profit organization with a proven solution to ending hunger and poverty in a sustainable way. Heifer empowers millions of families to lift themselves from hunger to self-reliance through the gifts of cows, goats and other livestock and extensive training, which provide a multiplying source of food and income.

The Smile Train is different from other cleft organizations
Instead of sending teams of doctors and nurses on medical missions like every other American cleft charity, The Smile Train empowers local doctors, nurses and hospitals to solve the problem themselves. This unique approach not only reduced our cost-per-surgery by 90+%, it is a far safer, faster, smarter and more productive way to help children in developing countries. Dollar-for-dollar we help ten times more children than mission groups and we do it every day of the year.
By providing free equipment, free education and training and on-going financial support, The Smile Train is helping very poor but very proud communities become self-sufficient one smile at a time.

Fundraising

  INITIAL CONTRIBUTIONS IN JOE'S NAME WERE MADE TO :

Smile Train $ 1,850.00 (ongoing)

Heifer International  $ 1,680 (ongoing)

 Humane Soceity  $ 1,200.00

First Congregational Church Washington $1,200

 09-25-10 UPDATE

 ONCE AGAIN, THERE HAVE BEEN MANY GENEROUS FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO, DESPITE THE CHALLENGES OF THE PAST TWO YEARS, HAVE ADDED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ABOVE IN THE 2 YEARS SINCE JOE'S DEATH.

. I DO NOT HAVE AN ACCURATE TALLY BUT I DO HAVE A GRATEFUL HEART FOR ALL OF YOU AND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.

SMILE TRAIN HAS RECEIVED OVER 5 THOUSAND DOLLARD IN JOE'S NAME AND MANY HAVE PLEDGED ONGOING SUPPORT.

We are looking forward to making another large contribution in Joe's honor upon the sale of our home. In the meantime, I am touched and grateful to all of you who love Joe and honor him with your generosity.  (and we love those who love and honor him in different ways as well :) THANK YOU ALL

 

 4-27-09 UPDATE

THERE HAVE BEEN MANY GENEROUS FRIENDS WHO HAVE ADDED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE ABOVE IN THE YEAR SINCE JOE DIED. I DO NOT HAVE AN ACCURATE TALLY BUT I DO HAVE A GRATEFUL HEART FOR ALL OF YOU AND YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS.

 FOR VARIOUS REASONS, BOTH PRACTICAL AND PERSONAL, THE EVENT PLANNED FOR SEPTEMBER 12TH HAS BEEN CANCELED. 

A BETTER, DIFFERENT WAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHARITY IN JOE'S MEMORY WILL  BECOME EVIDENT IN TIME, NO DOUBT.

THANK YOU ALL WHO OFFERED TO HELP AND TO COME .

                                                                                       

Obituary

 

Joseph Michael Janowicz, D.M.D

 

age 51, died at his home in Washington, CT on Saturday, July 26th.  Dr. Joe, as he was often called, was born and raised in Moscow, Pennsylvania. He was a 1974 graduate of North Pocono High School. He graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in biology; Temple University School of Dentistry, and a four-year residency in Oral Maxoillofacial Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He graduated both programs with many academic honors. He served as an assistant professor of surgery at Thomas Jefferson before moving to Connecticut, where he worked in private practice and was on the teaching staff at Danbury Hospital. He lived in Bridgewater, CT., where he met Tamara Sachs, M.D. They were married in 1994 and moved to Washington CT. In 1996, they had a daughter, Margaux  Janowicz. She was the light of his life and he was her best friend.

 

In 1998, Dr. Joe was in a serious automobile accident and was no longer able to practice as a surgeon. He was able to gracefully let go of his past career and build a new one, based on his background in biochemistry and his strong lifelong interest in nutrition and athletics. For the past nine years he has been a leader in promoting better nutrition and health, lecturing, teaching all over the country. Seven years ago, he became a National Marketing Director for NSA, Juice Plus+. Along with his wife, he was committed to teaching nutrition and developing business franchises all over the country, helping others to do the same. He was very successful at this and helped several hundreds of people develop their own business franchise, teaching good nutrition and promoting health and prevention. He had a passion and a gift for this second career. It was also a family business that he was able to do with his wife and often, with his daughter by his side.

 

Dr. Joe had many other interests and accomplishments. He was an avid bicyclist and swimmer. He loved fly-fishing and was a member and one time President of the Laurel Bank Fishing Club in Roxbury, CT.  His family is a member of the Lake Waramaug Country Club, where he loved to play golf, often remarking on the serene beauty of the course and lake. He loved bringing friends and family to the Club at Lake Waramaug and he would often cycle around the lake twice, as fast as possible, as his preferred form of regular exercise. He once swam the entire lake lengthwise, a distance of 8 miles. He loved hiking with his wife and their dogs, especially at the Roxbury Land Trust by the river.

 

His most recent accomplishment, of which he was very proud, was building an addition to the family home, which he did entirely, learning each trade as he went along. His father and brothers were all involved in carpentry. Joe, both surgeon and builder, could and did built and fix most everything and every job he did, he did well.  He helped build another home in Washington, CT. with Habitat for Humanity; a project he greatly enjoyed. He served in many other charitable endeavors, including co-creating a fund raising ride around Lake Waramaug for several years and being a local Chair for the American Heart Association, from whom he received several honors for his contributions as local Chair.

Joe died at home, doing what he loved, taking care of his family and their home. He died of a heart arrhythmia, suddenly and without warning. He did not have a heart attack or any signs of coronary heart disease.

 

He is survived and cherished by his wife and daughter and a large, loving family in Moscow, Pennsylvania, including his mother, Dolores Janowicz. Also surviving are brothers, Jack, Madison Twp.; Michael and wife Ann, Madison Twp.; Stan and wife Michele, Spring Brook Twp. Surviving sisters are Ann Marie Kelly and husband Jerry; Rita Nye and husband Terry, both of Spring Brook Twp.and Jaclyn Schaeffer and husband Wes of Moscow; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph, ten years ago and his beloved sister in law, Althea, who died only a few months ago.

 

The funeral mass was held on Friday,  August 1st at 9:30 a.m. at St. Eulalia’s Church, Elmhurst PA. Private interment in Washington, CT at Judea Cemetary. 


A celebration of his amazing life was held on Saturday, August 9th at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational Church in Washington, CT.  Many came to honor and remember him. Thank you all.

 

ONGOING FUNDRAISING IN JOE'S NAME CONTINUES, SEE ABOVE

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