William Jaenicke, 62, Computer Engineer, Manager Copyright 2002.

Friday, May 17, 2002

Lifelong Staten Islander William G. Jaenicke, 62, of West Brighton, a retired computer field engineer and repair manager, died yesterday in St. Vincent's Medical Center, West Brighton, of an apparent heart attack.

Born in Great Kills, he moved to New Brighton in 1961 and settled in West Brighton in 1967.

Mr. Jaenicke worked in the computer repair field for more than 25 years. He began his career in 1959 as a computer field engineer at Honeywell in Manhattan, keeping computer systems running properly. He left Honeywell in 1978 to join the staff of Data General, and worked in offices in Manhattan and Long Island, supervising computer technicians. He retired in 1993.
He then began working part time as a plant manager at Notre Dame Academy, Grymes Hill, where he was employed until his death.

Mr. Jaenicke graduated from Tottenville High School in 1957, and earned a diploma from the former RCA Institutes, a technical school in Manhattan.

Computers were his business, but family was his passion, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Jaenicke arrived home each day eager to work on an addition to his West Brighton home, which he was building as the place for family functions on holidays and special occasions.

"He was a dedicated husband, father and grandfather who planned his daily routine around his family," said his son, Gregory. "He was a gentle, compassionate man, whose kind spirit touched the lives of his family and friends."

A sports fan, Mr. Jaenicke closely followed the New York Yankees and the Staten Island Yankees. He enjoyed reading, gardening and the occasional round of golf. He was active in his parish, Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church in Tompkinsville, most recently as a member of the finance committee. Previously, he was a CYO branch president, coach and moderator at the church.

In addition to his son, Gregory, surviving are his wife of 41 years, the former Kathleen Lyons; two more sons, Jeffrey and Brian; three daughters, Christine Gaiser, Maureen Tallerico and Eileen McKenna; a sister, Elaine Bryant, and seven grandchildren.

The funeral will be Monday from the Harmon Home for Funerals, West Brighton, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, West Brighton.


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