Karl F. Janson



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Karl F. Janson, at age of 85 passed away peacefully on June 16th, 2023. Predeceased by his wife Linda, parents Olivia and Harold, brother Harold; sisters Barbara, Joyce, and Lynn; stepson John W. Cottone. Karl is survived by his children Jody M. Janson (Laura), Julie M. Hamm (Gerald), Joni M. Janson (Erle), Jeffrey M. Janson; stepdaughters Karen Corbin (Michael) and Lisa Pilato (Leonard); grandchildren Zachary Janson, Clayton Hamm, Logan Hamm, Jacob Janson, and John Paul Janson; step-grandchildren, Audrey (Phil) Nicolosi, Francis Pilato, Rhianna (Angel) Alvarez, Melanie (Zachary) Branciforte, Laura (Cody) Gagnon, Christian Cottone, Stacie Churchwell, Vanessa Burgess, Tara Cottone, and Angie Cottone; and several nieces and nephews. Affectionately known as “Butch” to much of his family, Karl graduated from Edison Technical and Industrial High School in Rochester, NY in 1956. Joining the United States Army shortly thereafter, he was soon transferred to Germany and became a microwave tower specialist. He treasured his time overseas and the friendships created, and upon his discharge and return to the U.S. swiftly married, produced a quartet of children, and commenced a 25+ year career at Eastman Kodak; first as a Darkroom Attendant and ultimately a Supervising Foreman in the 35mm film division. In his part-time, Karl also worked for Levi Strauss & Co. and assisted in the construction of residential homes. Karl was a devoted and loving husband, a proud father and grandfather, a respected role model, and a dog-lover. He was a passionate Buffalo Bills fan, loved to travel with his family, riding snowmobiles really fast, bowling, cherished time spent working in his yard and garden, and appreciated the beauty of a horizon. He, along with his subtle “I got you” wink, will be missed deeply. Karl’s Funeral Service will be celebrated Friday, June 23rd at 11AM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home in Rochester, NY. Burial, Riverside Cemetery in Rochester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Rochester Calkins VA Clinic or Lollipop Farm.


  1. Kim Gardner on June 20, 2023 at 8:01 pm


  2. Michele Parsons on June 21, 2023 at 9:41 am

    I will always smile when thinking of Karl and his warrior spirit!!

  3. John Enright on June 21, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    Growing up as a neighbor I knew him as Mr. Janson. Many years later, I got reacquainted with him through our jobs at got to know him as Karl. I enjoyed our conversations, often giving updates about his children and plans for the future. My condolences to Jody, Joni, Julie and Jeff and to all of those who Karl touched.

  4. Brian Lemon on June 22, 2023 at 6:49 am

    RIP Karl! Hope they aren’t so stingy with the Home fries up there!

  5. Tomward on June 22, 2023 at 9:08 am

    Tom ward. Always loved our conversations

  6. Lynette Sober on June 22, 2023 at 12:08 pm

    My condolences to the whole family. Karl was fortunate to have you all in his life. Best wishes and Love, Lynette Sober

  7. Curtis on June 22, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    Peace to All

  8. Sue Cuppini on June 22, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    May the memories of happier moments get you through this time of sorrow. Karl will be missed by all who knew him and kept close in our hearts. With deepest sympathy, Sue Cuppini

  9. Joanne Randall on June 25, 2023 at 9:36 pm


  10. Lollypop Farm on June 26, 2023 at 2:10 pm

    Our thoughts are with Karl’s family and friends at this sad time.

  11. Veterans Outreach on June 26, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    The Veterans Outreach Center extends our deepest sympathy in Karl’s passing. We acknowledge and are truly grateful for his service to our country.

  12. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    My dad was a beacon of goodness, embodying qualities that touched the lives of everyone he encountered. He was the epitome of an honorable and principled man. His humility was a testament to his character. Despite his accomplishments and the respect he garnered from those around him, he remained grounded, never seeking the spotlight for himself. Instead, he would quietly go about his activities, always willing to lend a helping hand without seeking recognition or praise. My dad was a very hard worker, his dedication and perseverance were truly inspiring. Often, he would finish his shift at Kodak and go onto another job, or two, driven by the obligations he had …but never ever grumbling or feeling sorry for himself. Having four kids, he was acutely aware of his responsibilities and never hesitated, never blinked. There were many significant hurdles he had to cross, but I never heard him complain. He just persevered and got it done. My parents’ commitment to raising us as a family unit was diamond solid. Like many marriages at the time, there was turbulence, but my mom & dad flew that plane until each one of us parachuted safely and were self-sufficient. That incredibly unselfish commitment alone is something I remain grateful for and in awe of to this day. My dad approached every task with diligence and integrity, pouring his heart and soul into everything he did. Whether it was his professional endeavors or the countless hours he spent ensuring our family’s well-being, his strong work ethic served as a shining example to each one of us. He taught us the value of commitment and the rewards that come from giving our all. Beyond his accomplishments, our father’s kindness touched the lives of countless people. His genuine care and concern for others extended far beyond our family circle. He truly epitomized living by “The Golden Rule” and he taught us the importance of kindness, selflessness, and empathy. I’d call him and when I’d ask him what he was doing, he’d say…” just sitting here looking at the back yard”. I don’t think he ever stopped being amazed at how fortunate he was to have survived a heart attack at 55 and to have what he had. He was truly happy being at home, working around the house, talking to neighbors, watching the sun set, & falling sleep in his chair with his dog snugged up beside him. Dad, I miss you so much, but we know you are now at peace and back with your loving wife Linda, along with your brother, sisters, and other friends and family that have been eagerly awaiting your arrival. Thank you for the precious memories, the love you bestowed upon us, and the lessons you taught me. You will forever be cherished and eternally missed. I really, really miss your phone calls. Rest in peace, my dear, wonderful father.

  13. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:03 pm

    Thank you Johnny. – Jody

  14. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you Kim. - Jody

  15. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you Brian. - Jody

  16. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you Tom. - Jody

  17. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you Lynn. - Jody

  18. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks Curtis! - Jody

  19. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you Sue. - Jody

  20. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you Joanne. - Jody

  21. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you Michele. - Jody

  22. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you members of Lollypop Farms. - Jody

  23. Jody on July 16, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you Veterans Outreach, he was VERY, VERY proud to be a veteran. - Jody

  24. Patricia Carey-Chambers on August 10, 2023 at 12:41 am

    Our family was so sad to learn of Mr. Janson’s passing. We have such wonderful memories of our time on Middle Road. Sending our thoughts and prayers to the family as we remember him. Love Patti, Jim. Kevin and Mike Carey.

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