GALVESTON - Janyce M. Johnston Blozinski passed away in her sleep Sunday evening, March 18, 2007 following an extended fight with ovarian cancer.
A memorial service will be held on March 31, 2007, 2:00 p.m. at the Galveston County Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 502 Church St in Galveston, Texas. Internment will be in the River View Cemetery in Hamilton, Montana later this year. Instead of flowers, Janyce requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, The Jesse Tree, or the Galveston Seafarer’s Center.
Janyce Johnston was born Jan. 4, 1936 in Hamilton, Montana to Joseph H. Johnston, Sr. and Dorothy Ernestine Larson Johnston Maraglia. Janyce graduated from Sacramento Junior College with recognition, and then attended Sacramento State University from which she graduated with honors in Social Work. She married Dr. Anthony Blozinski on May 5, 1962. She was named Purdue Dame of the Year for helping develop the first Head Start Program in Lafayette, Indiana. She served many years in Corrections and Social Service Agencies.
When Dr. Blozinski secured a position with Texas A&M at Galveston 30 years ago, the family, which now included two sons, Stefan and Andrei came to Texas. Here, Janyce worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the State Commission for The Blind. She received the Aubrey Boyd Tipps Award for Texas Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year. She then became Executive Director of Prevent Blindness Texas, Gulf Coast Branch. In this position, she hosted many “People of Vision” dinners. Following her retirement, she worked part-time at various places around Galveston, but her favorite was her time at the Galveston Seafarers’ Center.
Janyce always believed in community service, and her life reflected this belief. She served as a member and past President of Texas A&M Women’s Club. She served the City of Galveston on The Committee for Seniors and People with Disabilities, and the Committee for Unity and Tolerance. She was a member and past President of the Galveston chapter of AAUW, The American Association of University Women. She was a former member of the Galveston Lions Club and served as Secretary. She also served on the Board of the Strand Street Theatre. She was a member of the Steering Committee of Galveston County Interfaith and worked on the Parent Academy Project at Rosenberg School. Janyce also was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Galveston County, and served on several of the social action committees.
She was pre-deceased by her father, mother, beloved step-father Tim Maraglia and many other beloved relatives, too numerous to mention here. She is survived by her sons, Stefan and Andy Blozinski, Andy’s wife Christine Blozinski, all of Houston; her adored grandchildren Stevie Dawn, Joseph Vestal, and Anna Laura; brother Joseph “the best big brother ever” Johnston, and his wife, Barbie of Renton, Washington; niece Suzie, and her husband Greg Huard; nephew Michael Johnston; Uncle Martin Larson of Renton, Washington; Aunt Muriel and Uncle Frank Treese of Hamilton, Montana, and numerous cousins (whom it was so much fun to grow up with) and their families, including cousin Jean, who was a sister in the heart, and her husband Dan Paddock; and Donald Lee, “a young man very dear to me”.
Janyce wanted to be sure to extend special thanks to the loving members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship “who have walked every step of this journey with me”. Also, the Women’s Cancer Support Group, and “other wonderful friends who have always been there for me”, Chaplin Karen Lai, SFO, “who has constantly been by my side”, Dr. Ed Hannigan and his extraordinary teams in Gyn-Oncology at UTMB; as well as Odyssey Healthcare which gave us all great care and service, and helped ease Janyce into her final rest.
God Bless all of the many family and friends everywhere who have made this change in our lives bearable, with Love, The Blozinski Family.