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Emanuel "EJ" Janikis
Emanuel “EJ” Janikis passed away on March 1, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. EJ was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 22, 1952 to John and Athena (Fotiades) Janikis.
He graduated from Washington High School in 1971. He was a football player for the Massillon Tigers and his senior year they won the state championship. EJ went on to Mount Union College where he graduated in 1975. He followed that with later going back to school at the University of Akron where he earned his Master’s in Taxation.
In 1979, he met the love of his life, Leslie and they married in 1980. They lived in Hudson where they raised their three children. EJ was a strong man who loved with his whole heart. He was a man of strong faith which was evident in the way he lived life. EJ was kind, considerate, honorable, humble and a gentle soul. He was quick to analyze, but always careful to express the truth. He was a wonderful father who loved his kids and whose kids loved him dearly. One of the things EJ and Leslie enjoyed most was traveling with friends and family, most recently visiting Germany, Budapest and Austria.
He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity (ATO), the AICPA, AHEPA, and a Board member of his church, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. EJ always loved trains, ever since he was a boy, collecting trains and attending shows all over the area with friends who enjoyed it as much as he did. In 2019, he became a volunteer with the Cuyahoga Valley Railroad and worked as a train man for the Polar Express!
EJ was preceded in death by his parents, John and Athena Janikis and his in laws, Sam and Anita Costanzo. He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Leslie, son, J. Adam (Ashley), daughters Emily (Jassim) Vailoces and Samantha (Derek) Bass, granddaughter, Stella Mae Vailoces, brother Tom (Julie) and brother-in law, Gary (Leah) Costanzo, nieces, nephews and friends too many to name.
The family would like to thank all the family members and dear friends who rallied around them in the 7 short weeks EJ was ill. The love and support that was felt will never be forgotten. A very SPECIAL shout out to his ATO brothers who were with him every step of the way.
Funeral Service will be Friday, 11:00 am at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 129 S. Union St., Akron, Ohio 44304. Visitation will be Thursday, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Trisagion Service at 6:00 pm at Hennessy-Bagnoli-Moore Funeral Home (corner of N. Main St. and Mildred Ave.) and Friday, 10:30 am - 11:00 am at the church. EJ's final resting place will be Northlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers the family would like to request donations made to The Emanuel John Janikis Scholarship. Please make checks payable to The Emanuel John Janikis Scholarship, and send to 4466 Darrow Rd. Ste 8 C/O Leslie Janikis 44224.
You are invited to hbm-fh.com to view EJ’s tribute wall, offer condolences and share memories.
Often called Manny, EJ was my supervisor for several years at the Summit Cty Dept of human services In Akron. He was a fair and able supervisor in the Dept's accounting dept. I bought two used cars from him, a Chevy celebrity and a 1988 Chevy Corsica, after he was done with them; both cars ran quite well for several years.
A nice guy. In seeing the video it looks like he collected a great bunch of family and friends all around him.
Daniel Lenehan Mar 6 2020 12:00 AM
Leslie and family and Tom janikis:
Our sympathy for the loss of Emanuel.
The last time we saw you guys was at the locker wedding. We had a good visit and shared memories about his parents.
My sister and I could not attend calling hours but want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Patty and mary carmola
Patty carmola Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Leslie, Adam, Emily and Sam,
We were so shocked and heartbroken to hear about EJ's passing. What a beautiful tribute to him. We want you to know you are all in our hearts and praying for you during this time and the days to come.
Much love to all, Mindy and Steve Francis
Mindy Francis Mar 5 2020 12:00 AM
EJ and I were good friends/teammates during high school and afterwards. Great guy! You will be missed. My sincere sympathies to the family. Thoughts and prayers with you all.
Tim Willoughby Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM
Our Danube River Cruise was something we shared in the fall of 2019. We all met in Budapest, dined on goulash, shook Ronald Reagans hand, and followed the wanderings of that madman, Adolf Hitler. Even with all that, the most fun of all was dining, drinking wine, and especially playing euchre while eating cookies with hot chocolate at end of the night. Just being with EJ and Leslie topped everything. I am grateful beyond words for that time. Id pay a million bucks to do that all over again. Rest in eternal peace, dear EJ. We will miss you terribly. Love, Connie and Gary Adams
Connie Adams Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Leslie and family, Mark and I are heartbroken , and in shock. He was like a brother to Mark and he loved him. His hearty laugh and quick smile will be greatly missed. He was a good man.
Our prayers and sympathy and love , Mark and Denise Peranich
Deniseperanich@gmail.com Mar 4 2020 12:00 AM
Sending our deepest sympathy and prayers to your entire family.
Love the Patton family
Bob Patton Mar 3 2020 12:00 AM
Our sincerest condolences. May his memory be eternal.
Spanakis Family Mar 3 2020 12:00 AM
What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. EJ will be missed immensely and I will always treasure the memories of family holidays and get togethers. All our love, The Lugo/Anquillare Family
Heather Anquillare Mar 3 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Janikis Family,
EJ and I went to school together for many years. He actually worked with my firm on several School audits as a consultant
I will always remember EJ as true and kind friend. May God bless you and your family during these troubling times.
David J Wilson Mar 3 2020 12:00 AM