Vivian (Viv) Pocek, 68, left this earth to enter “The Big Pub way up in the Sky” after a brave, three year battle with Systemic Scleroderma. She is survived by her husband Don of over 43 years, two wonderful cats (Archie and Deacon), siblings Dennis Vidmar, Kevin Vidmar and the late Karen Crowe, and many nephews and nieces.
Viv received her BS from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and her MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Don and Viv lived in Lyndhurst (suburb of Cleveland) for 23 years. They enjoyed the shows and museums, and area attractions. In fact, Don and Viv became members of Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum from day one and continued to be members through 2021.
Don and Viv moved to Hermitage, Tennessee from Cleveland, Ohio 16 years ago. They thoroughly embraced all that Nashville had to offer – restaurants, concerts, the arts, shows, and of course the many places for good craft beer. Viv soon discovered Vanderbilt’s Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLLI) and took an amazing variety of courses. Upon retiring from a career in marketing and E-Learning, Viv became an avid volunteer in Nashville. She volunteered with Greenways for Nashville for several years. She joined the board of the Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association and was Treasurer for five years. She was an active volunteer for Vanderbilt’s Osher Life Long Institute where she was the coordinator for a Shared Interest Group (SIG) called Restaurant Adventures. She enjoyed the process of selecting places for lunch and dining with fellow OLLLI members. Her organizational ability and smiling face was always appreciated.
Along with her husband, she was an avid “tree hugger” and they supported many environmental organizations, both local and national. She loved feeding birds (and assorted critters), but most of all, she loved feeding and watching squirrels. In fact she has a rather impressive squirrel figurine collection.
A “Celebration of Life” is planned for early 2022. In memory of Viv, donations can be made to The Nashville Steam Preservation Society. The Scleroderma Foundation, New Leash On Life (an animal rescue organization), or Vanderbilt’s Osher Life Long Learning Institute. If desired, you may plant a tree in her honor, however, the family requests to please not send flowers.