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Joseph Janica Sr. '57 December 13, 2016 10:39 AM updated: December 13, 2016 10:43 AM

Chapel of Hope obituary
3321 North Dal Paso
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-392-5683
Fax: 575-392-3321

Joseph Thomas Janica
November 1, 1923 - December 5, 2016

Long-time Hobbs resident, Joseph Thomas Janica, passed away December 5, 2016 in Lubbock, TX.

Joe was born on his family farm near Ganado, TX on November 1, 1923 to Joseph and Frances Janica. He is preceded in death by his parents and all of his 5 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son, Jay (Joseph T., Jr.) and his wife Melanie, of The Woodlands, TX, daughter, Vanessa Janica, and wife of 69 years, Ann Janica, both of Hobbs, NM. He has two granddaughters, Elizabeth Janica, and, Katherine Janica Kalina, both of New Orleans, La.

With the onset of WWII, Joe enlisted in the US Navy where he served for 10 years, as an aviation mechanic and crew chief. During WWII, Joe was based in the Pacific Theater at many locations including Kuwajleen and Guam. After the war, Joe remained in the Navy until 1952, and during that time he participated the establishment of the ''Little America'' Antarctic research base (operation ''High Jump'') commanded by Admiral Richard Byrd.

Upon leaving the Navy, Joe enrolled in William and Mary College to pursue a degree in engineering; in 1955 he transferred to Texas A&M where he received a bachelor's of science degree in Geological Engineering.

After graduation in 1957, Joe joined the Humble Oil and Refining Company (later to become Exxon) and moved with his family to Houston. Joe worked for Exxon for 23 years, retiring early in Hobbs to start his own engineering and consulting business, ''Natural Resources Engineering'' which has operated for many years up to this year.

Joe was a member of the Hobbs Rotary Club, served on the Hobbs Utility Board, and the St. Helena Parish council.

Joe was a beloved brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He was especially good at listening, leaning in attentively, making others feel what they were saying mattered. He always lent a helping hand to his family and others, and he enjoyed participating in all the events of his family without complaint. His sense of humor was a joy to be around. His humble devotion to his faith, family and country was inspiring. He will be missed very much.

Visitation Schedule

Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso
Hobbs, NM 88240
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Service Schedule

Chapel of Hope
3321 N. Dal Paso St.
Hobbs, NM 88240
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
6:00 pm
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Funeral Mass
St. Helena Catholic Church
100 East Bender
Hobbs, NM 88240
Thursday, December 08, 2016
10:00 am
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Memorial Contributions

St. Helena Catholic Church
100 E. Bender
Hobbs, NM 88240

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