WARREN - Viva A. Politte, 85, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren.
Mrs. Politte was born May 14, 1928, in Plumfield, Ill., the daughter of Melvin and Cora Pinkham Wallace.
A 1946 graduate of West Frankfort High School in Illinois, Mrs. Politte worked at General Motors in St. Louis for 18 years making springs for automobile seats in the cushion room. While working at GM in St. Louis she got to see the first Corvette roll off the assembly line.
Viva enjoyed spending time on her computer, talking with family and friends across the country, traveling, and tending to her frog garden. She also enjoyed photography, which she learned during high school with the yearbook staff. Lastly, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and grand-dog, Graycee.
Her two beloved husbands preceded her in death, Troy Edgar Swafford, whom she married March 1, 1946, died Jan. 6, 1989, and Charles Robert Politte, whom she married Jan. 27, 1968, died Dec. 13, 1981.
Viva is survived by her two children, Michael Lee Swafford of Pine Island, Fla., and Chara Lea Politte, with whom she made her home in Warren; and her adopted daughter, Genevea Chittom (Jason) Anderson of Vienna; four grandchildren, Kathryn Cora Swafford, Troy Jacob Swafford and Sarah Ann Fagan, all of Pine Island, Fla., and Rhyan Elizabeth Anderson of Vienna; three great-grandchildren, William James Fagan, Dawson James Fagan and Benjamin Michael Plumber of Pine Island, Fla.; and four siblings, the Rev. Melvin Lee (Ruth) Wallace of Zeigler, Ill., Verna Mae (Ferris G.) Coffman of St. Peter, Mo., Vada Sue McClure of Freeman Spur, Ill., and Mark William Wallace of Illinois.
She also leaves behind her beloved companion of 14 years, John Rosko of Youngstown, with whom she spent her afternoons visiting friends around town.
In addition to her parents and husbands, Mrs. Politte was preceded in death by siblings Violet Covert, Viola Hargis Triplett, Marvin Wallace, Merle Wallace, Vivian Wilson and Victoria Wallace; and her daughter-in-law, Susan Jean Swafford.
In lieu of calling hours and services, the family requests donations take the form of contributions in Viva's name to St. Joseph Health Center, 667 Eastland Ave. S.E., Warren, OH 44484.
The family would like to thank Dr. Martin Escobar and the staff at St. Joseph for the devotion and care for their mother over the past year.
Please visit www.beckerobits.com to send condolences.