‹ Return to Current Obituaries
Send a Sympathy Card

Graveside Service

Reedley Cemetery
Monday March 7th, 2022

View Details

Memorial Service

Dopkins Reedley Funeral Chapel
Monday March 7th, 2022

View Details

Waneta V. Janzen

Waneta Janzen was born to William and Fannie Jantz in Greensburg, Kansas on June 2, 1936, and passed away February 22, 2022, in Reedley, CA.  She spent her childhood in Africa with her missionary parents and sister Winnie.  In her teen years her parents left the mission field and returned to the U.S. where Waneta attended and graduated from Fresno High School and Fresno State University.  Waneta was a Kindergarten school teacher for 35 years.  Teaching at Windsor, Jefferson and Washington Elementary schools in Reedley. Each year she enjoyed organizing the Sierra Kings Hospital Kindergarten tour.  Approximately 400 children were given a tour of the hospital where they had lessons at several different stations about how a hospital works.  “Annie” the dummy that was used for CPR demonstration was the favorite of many children.  Waneta had many hobbies. She loved to decorate, bake, sew, read, and shop.  She also loved traveling, volunteering at Sierra Kings Hospital/Ladies Auxiliary, raising pure-bread Basset Hounds and spending time in her rose garden. 


In her retirement years, she loved spending time with her three grandchildren.

She took many cruises with husband Fran all over the world.  They went on many camping trips in their RV to Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Indio, and Pismo Beach. Fran was a pilot, and they took several cross-country trips together in their airplane.


She was a member of Reedley Mennonite Brethren Church for 48 years where she loved to serve. She had many great times at church with good friends and family.

One of her favorite bible passages is Psalm 139. 


Since selling the family home of 53 years in 2017, she was a resident of Palm Village Retirement Community.  She loved her life there, where she had many friends. She especially loved the social events where she enjoyed getting dressed up for the occasion, like the “Cowboy Breakfast” where she got out the red bandana, straw hat, blue jeans and western shirt.


She was preceded in death by parents William and Fannie Jantz, husband Fran Janzen, and sister Winnie Findley.  She is survived by two children: daughter Pam Janzen (husband Weyland) and son Todd Janzen and close family friend Mike Chrabaszcz. Three grandchildren: Daleene, Maxwell and Christopher Janzen. 


Services will be held on Monday, March 7, 2022

Committal service at Reedley Cemetery 10:00 AM

Celebration of Life service at Dopkins Funeral Home Chapel 11:00 AM


Donations made in lieu of flowers will be used to honor Waneta’s favorite cause:

Reedley M.B. Church/Missions


Growing up we spent many fun times together with Fran and Waneta camping at Shaver and Huntington Lakes with the Janzen family. And getting to visit the Reedly farm was always an adventure w Pam & Todd. Waneta always made everything fun and she was one very special "2nd mom" to us Unruh kids!!! She will be missed but remembered fondly with love ❤️

Marlene Atkinson Mar 3 2022 4:50 AM

Grandma Janzen will always hold a special place in my heart. I remember as a kid coming down to the ranch and feeling so much love in that house. Between the dogs and the orange trees, there was always laughs and fun to be had. I remember that on Christmas, Grandma would always have a themed Christmas tree that she spent so much time decorating. She would wake up early and make fresh orange juice and pancakes!! I'll miss her smiles from ear to ear and the joys she brought to my childhood.

Even at my work at Stanford Hospital, I had a patient a few months ago who recognized my last name and asked if I "was related to Waneta". Turns out he was a student of hers and remembered her as his teacher in elementary school. The joy she brought to her family and students was something that will never be forgotten.

I'll miss her so much, but I'm glad to know that she's traveling the heavens with Grandpa.

Love you Grandma Janzen, with all my heart.

Christopher Janzen Feb 28 2022 8:28 AM

Waneta was a wonderful woman, and she touched the lives of so many people (children especially through education). Waneta was my kindergarten teacher. May she rest in peace.

Katherine Hanline Feb 27 2022 5:56 PM