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Viola Regin Ivester
August 17, 1923 - May 21, 2010
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Viola Regin Ivester, 86, passed away on May 21, 2010 in Tracy.  Born Viola Regin Politzer to Charles and Ida Politzer on August 17, 1923 in Detroit, MI and has called Tracy/Manteca area her home for the past 15 years.

She was the owner/operator of an orchard and dairy along with her husband Daniel “Dan” Ivester.  She was an avid knitter and made 76 knit stocking caps for the men and women serving overseas.  Viola has lived in Merrill Gardens in Manteca for the past 2 years and loved Yosemite; it was her favorite place on Earth and loved being outdoors.  In her youth she enjoyed ice skating and played ice hockey.  On her dairy she did canning and enjoyed working in her garden that she loved.  Viola met her husband Dan in Tindale Field, Florida. They enjoyed sailing together in the sailboat made by Dan.  She was always there for anyone and everyone who needed her and was a very loyal friend to so many people.  Viola enjoyed cooking, and loved feeding her family.  Her passion was being with her family.

Her survivors include her sons Jacob Ivester Sr., Tracy, CA & wife Kathy, and Daniel Lee Ivester & wife Kaye of Choctaw, Oklahoma; her grandchildren: Regina M. Tucker & husband Richard of Acampo, CA; Jacob Ivester Jr. & fiancee Andrea Neiman of San Leandro; Amanda Thomas & husband Tony of Choctaw, Oklahoma; her great-grandson Richard Eston Tucker of Acampo, CA; and her sister Maxine Rassmusen of Tennesee.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles & Ida Politzer; her husband of 46 years Daniel W. Ivester; and her five sisters: Josephine, Fritzie, Gertrude, Bertha & her husband Carl Boschan; and Rose.

Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 1 p.m. at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery 32053 McCabe Road, Gustine, CA.  Her final resting place will be held at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery.

Donations in Viola’s memory can be sent to USO, PO Box 1831 Merrifield, Virginia 22116; 1-800-876-7469; or by going to their website at

An online guest book is available at to send your condolences to the family.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, May 26, 2010