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Thomas Lee  Janezic
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On December 2nd, 2017, Thomas (Tom) Lee Janezic, age 59, found peace after fighting a long and hard battle against cancer. Born in Milwaukee, Tom grew up in nearby West Allis with four brothers and three sisters. He went to grade school at Mary Queen of Heaven and graduated from DeSales Seminary High School. Tom was a self-taught musician and a multi-instrumentalist. He played guitar, bass, piano, flute, harmonica, and just about every instrument he picked up. He was a singer and a prolific songwriter. He was the founding member of the folk/rock band The Janes, and later co-founded Fred and Ethel the acoustic rock duo, (Two time WAMI nominees for Folk Artist of the Year). As T. Lee the Painter he thrived as a self-taught artist, painting with oil on canvas as well as drawing with pencil, and pen and ink. He leaves behind a legacy of music and art; a catalog of several hundred songs and nearly five hundred paintings and drawings; many of which are part of private collections across the United States. In between painting and playing music, Tom drove a school bus for special needs children in the Franklin area and a courtesy transportation bus for a local senior residential community in Hales Corners. Tom was a beacon of light in this often time cold, dark world. He touched so many lives with his art and music and brought joy to so many people in many different ways. He always had a kind word for everyone he met whether it was the CEO of a corporation or the homeless soul on the street. He put everyone at ease with his unpretentious, friendly personality. He always put everyone else’s needs before his own. He was a voracious reader, a student of art history, and compiled his own book of painting techniques. He loved nature and animals. He loved playing music and singing. He loved to laugh and to make people laugh. He loved his home and his family. He loved sitting in front of his easel in the park painting “en plein air”. He loved his life and life loved him. Tom is survived by his life (and music) partner of twenty-nine years, Judy (Jude) Kinnear; his father and mother, John and Lois Janezic; brother Mike (Cheryl) Janezic, Dave (Diane) Janezic, Jim (Shirley) Janezic, Johnny (Jenni) Janezic; sisters Kathy Janezic, Linda (Tom) Vita, and Judy Janezic. Tom is also survived by his beloved fur babies, Pinky and Bean, his cherished cousins, nieces, nephews, many friends and relatives, near and far. Visitation Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Funeral Home at 4PM until time of Memorial Service at 6PM. Private Interment Highland Memorial Park. Jude, John, Lois and the rest of Tom’s family would like to thank all the wonderful caring people that helped him fight this battle; family and friends for their endless love and support, the Reiman Cancer Center for giving him hope, and a special thanks to Zilber Hospice for making his final transition so peaceful. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to Happy Endings Cat Shelter in Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Humane Society, or any animal sanctuary/shelter of your choice.


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Visitation

Thursday

7

Dec

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Bevsek-Verbick Funeral Home

10210 W Lincoln Ave
West Allis, WI 53227

Visitation

Thursday

7

Dec

6:00 PM
Bevsek-Verbick Funeral Home

10210 W Lincoln Ave
West Allis, WI 53227

Cemetery Details

Location

Highland Memorial Park

14875 W. Greenfield Avenue
New Berlin, WI 53151-1515


Memorial Contribution

Happy Endings Cat Shelter - Milwaukee

5349 West Forest Home Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53220
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