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Pacifica Nursing and Rehab Center


Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church of Pacifica



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In 1908 Theodore Roosevelt was President, the Ford Model T rolled off the assembly line and in the city of Ottumwa, Iowa a little girl named Ivyle was born.
Ivyle Zander, who can be contacted in care of the Pacifica Nursing and Rehab Center, will turn 100 on April 30.She will celebrate her day with family and friends at a nearby restaurant.
"My father's name was Charles Peck," Ivyle said.
"We had kerosene lamps when I was growing up," Ivyle said.
Ivyle particularly remembers the flu epidemic of 1918."My father didn't even stay at home," Ivyle said.
Ivyle had private lessons and then went to and graduated from the Ottumwa Conservatory.
Nevertheless Ivyle got a job as theater organist in Rhinelander, Wisconsin."The picture was screened for you so you would know when there were breaks or when to change the music.You had one line of music in front of you, proper music for the film and it also contained the cues: door opens, hero enters and so forth."Much later in life, Ivyle would be invited to play the Castro Movie Theatre organ.
The first movie the organist accompanied was a Clara Bow film.However, Ivyle lost her enthusiasm for Rhinelander, Wisconsin when the nearby church refused to let her play their organ."I wanted to keep up my skills on the church organ which is very different from a movie theater organ.But I was told anyone playing at a theater was not allowed to play at their church.That made me very homesick," said Ivyle.
Back home, Ivyle played at three big theaters, filling in during the organist breaks.
Ivyle and Jimmy married in 1931.
"We got our wedding rings in the Five and Ten Cent Store," said Ivyle.
"We never paid for a show at Harrah's," said Ivyle.
After they married, Ivyle and Jimmy became small movie theater owner/operators.
"When we were in Bastrop it was the time of Bonnie and Clyde," said Ivyle.
"She was a precious girl who brought us into fields we never heard of," said Ivyle."My living daughter Lillian is an absolute angel on earth."
Ivyle and Jimmy enjoyed running the movie theater.
"We were in Washington D.C. when Lyndon Johnson was Vice President," said Ivyle.
Ivyle and Jimmy moved to the Bay Area in 1950 when Lederer was offered a cameraman job in San Francisco.
A few years later Ivyle bought a Dolger home where she lived for 36 years."I was a widow for any number of years and came to really like it," laughed Ivyle."I knew I would never meet someone because I had a handicapped daughter to support."By that time Ivyle was teaching music through the Westlake Music Company and then the Serramonte Music Company.She would eventually meet and marry Maury Zander.
"I got married at 75," said Ivyle.
"We had 25 wonderful years together," said Ivyle."We traveled and did stuff we would never have done otherwise."Maury died not long after both he and Ivyle entered Pacifica Rehab.
Ivyle Zander who is a mom, grandmother and great grandmother to many 'precious' people, who served for 12 years as organist for Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church of Pacifica and who is also a member of at least the American Guild of Organists and the Musicians Union has seen a lot of changes in this world since she first arrived; too many for one article.
But she does have this bit of advice to offer on longevity.

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