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Peter Janopaul Jr.
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Private services were held for Peter Janopaul Jr., 84, of Modesto. He died March 14, 2010 at Stanford Medical Center following a sudden illness.

Born April 20, 1925 in Conneaut, Ohio, Peter was the eldest son and child of Vera Matlin Janopaul and Peter Janopaul, Sr. His family moved to Turlock. in 1933, and then settled in South Modesto in 1937. After graduating from Modesto High School in 1943, Peter joined the Marines and served from 1943 to 1947, serving in North China. He then returned to U.C. Berkeley and graduated with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1953. Mr. Janopaul spent seven years working in heavy construction, building highways, bridges, dams and tunnels throughout the western United States and Alaska. In 1960, he assumed ownership and became president of Graystone Block Co. Inc., of South Modesto, which was founded by his parents in 1945. From 1984 until his passing, Peter shared the management of the company with his wife, Bridget Serrao Janopaul. Peter was an innovative leader in establishing several new products for the concrete masonry industry, and was granted four patents from the U.S. Patent Office in the fields of energy-conserving concrete masonry units and wall construction, and retaining wall construction and blocks. Over the last decade, he also served as a consultant to the concrete masonry industry, and as an expert witness in concrete masonry patent litigation cases.

Mr. Janopaul also served on many non-profit boards and committees, including Casa de Modesto and the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and was a recipient of the YMCA Golden Triangle Award for community service. He enjoyed sailboating, skiing, and fishing and hiking in Yosemite.

He leaves behind his wife of nearly 41 years, Bridget Janopaul; five children, Matthew Janopaul, Petra Janopaul, Mona Marie Janopaul, Peter Janopaul III, and Mimi Marie Janopaul; two brothers, Robert Janopaul and Richard Janopaul; and numerous grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Dr. Elizabeth Janopaul Thollaug.

Remembrances may be sent to The Salvation Army Modesto Red Shield Center, P.O. Box 1663, Modesto, CA 95353-1663.

-Ceres Courier/ July 7, 2010