Eugene A. "Geno" Jankowski, Sr., 84 of Batavia and recently Elba, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Thursday (June 14, 2018) at United Memorial Medical Center, one day shy of his 85th birthday.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Amelia "Molly" Jankowski after almost 60 years of marriage.
He was born June 15, 1933 in Batavia, a son of the late Frank and Jennie Brzeczkowski Jankowski.
Geno was dedicated to his wife and his 5 children, as well as his grand and great- grandchildren, often mentioning how much his family meant to him. He and Molly were snowbirds for many years, spending winters in Largo, Florida and summers at Silver Lake in Perry, NY. His sense of humor was a trait that drew people in.
He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing. He was also a lover of all sporting events and spent many of his younger days coaching baseball as well as watching his children and grandchildren engage in their individual sports.
He was a diehard Buffalo Bills fan who hoped every year for a Super Bowl win, and was a season ticket holder for many years. He passed on that love (and heartache) of the Bills to many of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of Ascension Parish in Batavia and St. Joseph's Church in Largo, where he was an usher.
He was employed for almost 50 years as a Chief Draftsman at Graham Manufacturing prior to his retirement and took up a job in Largo at a golf course during the winter.
He was a Korean war era veteran, having served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, and traveled throughout Europe before coming home and marrying his wife.
Geno was a loving father and husband and will be missed but never forgotten.
Eugene is survived by his five children, Eugene (Leanne) Jankowski Jr. of Batavia, Sandra (John) Wojtaszczyk of Elba, Donald (Jeni) Jankowski of Marana, AZ , Mary Klein and Daniel Jankowski of Batavia. Grandchildren, Bryan Jankowski, Jennifer (Josh) Price, Dr. Julie Thomas, Lisa Wojtaszczyk, Matthew (Danielle) Wojtaszczyk, Nathaniel Mullen, Marissa Klein, Arielle Arsenault, Kristen Klein, Jessica and Blake Jankowski. Great-grandchildren, Austin, Ella and Gina Price, Dawson, David, Annabella and Deacon Wojtaszczyk, David III and Alexander Thomas. He was also fondly remembered by several nieces, nephews and his sisters and brother, Rita Byrne, Jeanette (Robert) Terry and John (Marilyn) Jankowski.
He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
The family will celebrate Eugene’s life during a Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish (corner of Swan and Sumner) on Friday, June 22nd at 9:30am. Burial and full military honors will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his honor be made to the National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org). Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J.. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.