Vivian Baldwin Janetski Blakeman
May 15, 1933 - October 10, 2021
Clovis, California - Vivian Baldwin Janetski Blakeman, a Fresno County native whose warm-heartedness was beloved by all she met, went to be with her Lord Jesus on Oct. 10 in Clovis. She was 88.
Vivian, or Nan as her grandchildren knew her, was born May 15, 1933 at the ranch home of her parents, Charles and Bonnie Baldwin, near Laton. Her early education occurred at the one-room Liberty School, and in 1950 she graduated from Riverdale High.
Vivian attended the University of La Verne, was Dorm Queen her senior year, and graduated in 1954 with a degree in education. She got a job teaching at West Side Elementary School. There she met a fellow teacher, John Janetski, who promptly fell in love with her bubbly, outgoing personality, and they were wed on June 11, 1955.
The couple moved to Tranquillity, where Vivian taught at the elementary school and John began working at the high school. He later became the principal of Tranquillity High and the superintendent of the rural district.
Vivian and John raised their three children in Tranquillity: Donna, Paul and Dale. They all were involved in school activities, and John was a coach for football and baseball teams. The family attended the United Methodist Church, and she was also involved in the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Before his death, John and Vivian purchased a beach house in Cayucos. That became their new home upon retirement, and they attended the Cayucos Community Evangelical Free Church, where she was choir director.
After John's passing in 1986, the high school's baseball field was named in his honor as Janetski Field.
A few years following John's death, Vivian met Donald Blakeman at a conference at Mount Hermon Christian Camp, and they got married on March 17, 1990.
Don and Vivian enjoyed extensive travel, including trips to Europe and the East Coast, as well as cruises to Alaska and through the Panama Canal. Vivian and Don were active at Sanctuary Bible Church of Carmel Valley.
Don passed away in 2013, and Vivian then moved in with Donna and her family in San Luis Obispo. A new job for her son-in-law Tad Weber brought the family to Fresno later that year.
Vivian was renowned for her generous spirit and ability to connect with anyone, no matter where she went. To Vivian, no person was a stranger. To Nan, the Thanksgiving meal meant a whole pie for every person at the table, and she loved to bake them.
Vivian is survived by Donna and Tad Weber of Clovis; Paul Janetski of Cayucos; Dale and Bonnie Janetski of Monterey; grandsons Matthew Janetski, Lucas Janetski and John Weber; granddaughters Katherine Weber, Delaney Janetski and Natalie Janetski; brother Chuck Baldwin of Santa Margarita; sisters Kathleen Blackwell of Riverdale and Karen Crawford of North Bend, Oregon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside gathering will be held Sunday, Oct. 17, at Cementerio El Encinal in Monterey, California.
Many thanks to the staff of Apricot Mornings for their loving care of Vivian in her final years.
Published by Fresno Bee on Oct. 17, 2021.