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Via Dallas News:

Viola Trojacek Pierce was a caregiver throughout her adult life.

During World War II she was also a “Rosie the Riveter” factory worker in Dallas before becoming an Army technical sergeant in El Paso.

Back in civilian life, she taught kindergarten and cared for aging relatives.

She lived the last 10 years of her life at the Clyde W. Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, where she helped other residents.

Pierce, 90, died at the Cosper home Tuesday of complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen.

“My mom was a kind and generous woman,” said her daughter Nancy Duvall of Plano. “That’s what she did; she was a caregiver — that was her personality.”

Pierce was born in Ennis, where she graduated from high school. She answered the call to duty in World War II after her brother, Bob Trojacek, came home on leave from the Army. He died in 1990.

“He told her they needed women to help,” Duvall said.

In 1942, Pierce took a riveting and drilling course in Waco. She became an aircraft assembler at North American Aviation in Dallas, operating rivet guns and hand drills.

Wanting to do more, Pierce enlisted in the Army on Valentine’s Day 1945. She was trained as a medical technician at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., and assigned to William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso.

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Thank you ma'am for your service.

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We still have one working at Boeing at the age of 92 or 93. Though she was technically never a "riveter"she hired in as a clerk during WWII working on the B-17 program and is still working to this day as the oldest Boeing employee.  Retirement is not in her plans and when ask about it she says retire and do what?
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