IN MEMORIAM – 2017
Suzy Grillo Allen / Los Angeles & Houston Chapters
Urte Caroline Baaij / Atlanta Chapter
Lorraine Benson / Long Island Chapter
Anne-Marie Bjerkoe / Oslo Chapter
Monica Bolling / Paris-Brussels Chapter
Anna Brown / Member at Large
Doris Burke / Princeton-Philadelphia Chapter
Bernadette Busch-Berry / Long Beach, CA Resident
May Chorbajian / Long Island Chapter
Arlene Mazzulla Christen / Reno Chapter
Tullen Downing / Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Sylvia Farrington / Manhattan Chapter
Gisela Fava / Long Island Chapter
Bibi (Birgitta) Hulten / Manhattan Chapter
Katherine Koelsch Kriken / San Francisco Chapter
Rhoda Lewis / Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Marsha Litvack / Los Angeles Chapter
Joy Losee / Atlanta Chapter
Ann-Sophie Ly (Pihlgren) / Oslo chapter
Gudrun Meisner / San Francisco Chapter
Edelgard (Del) Mohr / Boston Chapter
David Alan Nadeau / St. Petersburg, Fl Resident
Linda Peterson / Marin Chapter
Valerie Pike / London Chapter
Joyce Barreto Rollo / Palm Desert Resident
Hope Ryden / Manhattan Chapter
Andy Schneider / Menorca, Spain Resident
Jane Taylor-Huseman / Peterborough, NH Resident
Lillian Terlizzi / New Jersey Chapter
Bonita Marie Wade / Miami Resident
AnnaBell (Abell) Leinbach Washburn / New York City Resident
Rosemary Elizabeth Wells / Member at Large
Judy Yoshimura / San Francisco Chapter
Lee Trujillo Yousri / Member at Large and Florida Resident
SUZY GRILLO ALLEN
October 2, 1942 – July 24, 2017
Los Angeles/Houston Chapters
Longtime Brookshire, Texas resident Suzy Grillo Allen died Monday, July 24th at M.D Anderson Hospital after bravely battling Leukemia. Born October 2, 1942 in Spangler, Pennsylvania to Joseph R. and Mary Ellen Grillo. Suzy considered herself a native Texan after the family moved to Rosenberg, Texas in 1953. She graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in 1960 and she attended the University of Texas in Austin studying Music, and graduated from California State College in California, Pennsylvania with a degree in Education.
Suzy began her career as a teacher at Taylor Ray Elementary in Rosenberg before taking a “flying leap” and becoming a Flight Attendant/Purser for Pan American World Airways. After accumulating over 5 million miles in the air and visiting every continent except Antarctica, she retired with 17 years of service. This made her a world class traveler, and, according to her family, a World Class Shopper.
After living in the cities of New York, Los Angeles, and Houston, Suzy met and married Col. Glenn Allen in 1981 and decided that Brookshire, Texas is where she wanted to live with her horses, donkey, dogs, cats and a peacock. She returned to teaching and taught in the Royal School District for another 15 years. Suzy loved teaching and was able to share her world travelling experiences with her students. Even after retiring from Royal, she continued to substitute teach in the Katy School district for many years. Her love for children was obvious and hundreds benefited and gained an international perspective because of her travels. Suzy was an accomplished musician and played the piano, organ and harp and served as a church organist for many years.
After losing her mother to colon cancer, Suzy became a board member and eventually the Executive Vice President of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Houston. She was instrumental in the creation of their biggest fundraiser, The Winter Ball which has become one of the most recognizable social events on the City of Houston’s calendar.
She continued to travel. She, and her husband Glenn, regularly visited Scotland where he pursued his love of golf and Suzy pursued her love of Scotch distilleries. She also travelled frequently to China accompanying her husband Glenn on his business trips.
Suzy is survived by her husband, Col. Glenn Allen USMC (ret). She is survived by two children, Denise Allen Andrew and husband, Daniel, and Glenn Edward Allen, II.
URTE CAROLINE BAAIJ
July 8, 1933 – September 2, 2017
Urte Caroline Baaij, 84, died Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Savannah Square. She was born July 8, 1933 in Berlin, Germany. Both her parents were artist. Her father died in 1944 and her mother re-married a Swedish gentleman. In April 1944 Urte moved to Sweden with her mother and stepfather. She grew up in Upsala where she attended the Royal Acadamie.
In 1948 the family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where Urte attended college. In her spare time, she worked at the Swedish Consulate. At a Consular party, she met a representative from Pan American Airlines who hired her to become a stewardess. She was a first-class stewardess on the International flights until she got married, which ended her career as a stewardess.
She and her husband settled in Sutton Place, New York City until he was promoted and settled in Lake Forest, IL. They joined the Country Club where she played golf, tennis, and bridge.
In 1984, she and her husband moved to The Landings on Skidaway Island, GA. There she started The Landings Welcome Service, which she ran until 2006.
She lost her husband in 1982. In 1983, she married Hendricus Baaij, a widower. They both enjoyed playing tennis and golf, and in 1994 they joined the America Contract Bridge League and enjoyed playing in tournaments, and with their many friends at the local bridge clubs. She attained the rank of Gold Life Master.
Hendricus has a son, Chris who is mentally retarded and has Cerebral Palsy. For 23 years she was a loving and devoted stepmother.
She is survived by her husband Hendricus Baaji, two sons, Lars and Eric, two grandchildren, Geanine and Erica, and her many golf and bridge friends.
December 24, 2017
Anne-Marie was a flight attendant for Pan Am from 1967 to 1973. She was based in Los Angeles, Chicago, and London, and was a member of the Oslo chapter of World Wings for many years.
September 4, 1940 – March 25, 2017
It was with great sadness that we learned that Monica had passed away after being ill for several years.
Monica was from Stockholm and flew for Pan Am 1961 until 1962, when she returned to Sweden to marry her Swedish boyfriend, John-Jacob Engellau. They had four wonderful children together but eventually grew apart. Monica found a new love in her life, Tomas Bjäringer, and in 1981 they moved to Paris. They have a daughter together. After many years abroad, and just a few months before she passed away, she moved back to Stockholm to be close to her children.
Monica was introduced to the Rosen Method, therapeutic body work, while still living in Sweden. The Rosen Method is a vision of the whole person in which the body can function fully and breathe freely; a vision of human beings experiencing the whole range of emotions and sensations. This new part of Monica´s life brought her to training in Berkley and the Rosen Center. She trained as a Rosen Method professional. After moving to France, she introduced the Rosen Method there and became quite successful. She also travelled to camps in India and Brazil with the Rosen Method.
Monica was one of the founding members of WWI Stockholm and after her move to Paris she became a member of the Paris chapter.
Monica was always a gracious and unusually nuanced and soulful person. She will never be forgotten.
~Stockholm Chapter of WWI
December 23, 1939 – February 16, 2017
Member at Large and Savannah Resident
Anna Katherine Brown Asche, 77, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 16, 2017 under the loving care of Hospice Savannah.
Anna was born December 23, 1939 in Hartford CT to Joseph Brown and Barbara Seidl Brown who immigrated to the United States in the 1930’s from Germany. After graduating from East Hartford High School, Anna graduated in 1963 from Pan American Airways Stewardess School at Idlewild Airport, NY. She worked as a Pan Am Stewardess for two years. On October 24, 1964, she married Walter H. Asche. Walter and Anna have resided at the Landings on Skidaway Island for the last seventeen years. Anna was such a gift to everyone, so thoughtful and kind and always ready to give a gift to those she held dear. She was and will always be our gift from the Lord.
Surviving are her husband, Walter Asche of Savannah; sister, Elsi Barnes of Radnor, PA; nieces, Barbara Barnes Stephano of Radnor, PA, Laurie Barnes Foy of Malvern, PA, Kelly Anne Barnes of Bryn Mawr, PA and Susan Newell Watts of Lake Bluff IL; nephews, Thomas Newell of McLean, VA, Robert Newell of Springfield, VA, and Michael Newell of Milton, GA.
November 27, 2017
Doris Burke, of Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, died Monday, November 27, in Geisinger Community Medical Center.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Clarence and Frances Bolt Bartleson, she was a graduate of East Stroudsburg College. Before retirement, she was employed as an airline stewardess at Pan Am and was a physical education teacher. She was a member of the Big Sisters organization.
Doris enjoyed going to church, skiing, golfing and horseback riding. During college she competed in the Olympics women’s archery.
She is survived by two brothers, Bill Bartleson and Keith Cron; two sisters, Shirley Metchulat and Beatrice Zalinski; numerous niece, nephews and cousins
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Pearl London and June Strada; three brothers, Janse Bartleson, Jay Bartleson and Richard Cron.
ARLENE MAZZULLA CHRISTEN
February 23, 1932 – September 7, 2016
Arlene Christen passed from this life September 7, 2016 at her home in Reno surrounded by her family; Juli, Caren, Robin and dear forever friends, Alaina and Debbie. She was 84 years old, and courageously battled Multiple Sclerosis for the last 57 of those years.
Arlene was born February 23rd, 1932 in Denver Colorado to Fred M. Mazzulla and Leona Bivens. She grew up in Los Angeles, attended Uni High and graduated from UCLA in 1954 with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Arlene went to work for Pan American as a Flight Attendant in 1954 and then her career ended when she met the dashing Captain Robert Christen in Wake Island in 1955. They were married in Beverly Hills in 1956 and had 2 beloved girls, Caren in 1958 and Robin in 1963. Arlene and her family lived in the Bay Area and briefly in Hong Kong until they made their move to Reno in 1972 and had lived since.
Arlene’s death was preceded by her late Husband Bob Christen in 1998. She is survived by Sister Juli M. Noland of Naples, Florida, Daughter Caren Christen of Reno, Daughter Robin Christen Ward and Son-In-Law Kevin Ward, both of Truckee, California, kitty companions Ashley and Sunshine and dedicated care givers whom she adored; Alaina, Debbie and Nick Helmandollar, Olivia Thome, Sonia Peoples, Michelle Hahn and Lauren Alpizar.
Arlene was a World Wings International, Folded Wings, (Former Flight Attendants) and Reno Sparks Assistance League Member most of her adult life. She arranged and participated in many beneficial fund raisers for these groups and loved every minute of her charity work. She loved to travel, anytime, anywhere and everywhere – making over 20 trips to Hong Kong and Korea to “shop” with groups of friends. She loved to play bridge, entertain and help others volunteering in any way that would better those that needed assistance. Of recent if you were one of her Words with Friends opponents, beware! Her dear friend Jo Karhohs challenged Arlene and herself with word scrambles each day, her mind ceased to rest!
Our deepest thanks to A+ Hospice, especially Drew, Sara, Mo and Jacci.
November 16, 1926 – June 30, 2016
Flight attendant turned book indexer, lover of dachshunds, raspberries, jazz, theater and all things New York, Sylvia Stark Farrington died June 30 while hospitalized near her summer home in Center Harbor, New Hampshire. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, November 16, 1926, to an American father and Cuban mother, she joined Pan American in its glory days to see the world. While airborne she met the love of her life– whom she noticed because he was reading D.H. Lawrence–and with whom she traveled widely. Africa was a favorite destination. She is survived by her pilot husband, Robert “Bob” Farrington, extended family in Texas and Florida, and a wide circle of friends who will miss her keen intelligence, dry wit and loving embrace.
KATHERINE KOELSCH KRIKEN
June 29, 1940 – June 5, 2017
San Francisco Chapter
Katherine Koelsch Kriken, artist, world traveler, and beloved wife of John Lund Kriken, died at her home in San Francisco on June 5, 2017.
Katherine was born on June 29, 1940 in Boise, Idaho to the Hon. Montgomery Oliver Koelsch and Virginia Lee Daley Koelsch. Her father was the prosecuting attorney for Ada County, Idaho at the time of her birth and went on to become Idaho district probate judge, taking the place of his father Charles Frederick Koelsch, until he was appointed in 1959 to the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Her family was centrally involved in the history of the state of Idaho, a place she remained strongly connected to throughout her life even after she moved to San Francisco. She loved growing up in the wholesome environment of the Rocky Mountains and enjoyed the colorful cross-section of people who were drawn to Idaho, particularly the hip musicians in the Boise music community and their idols like Duke Ellington, Clark Terry, Louie Ventrella and Errol Garner who all frequented Cliff’s House of Music & Hi-Fi where she had her first summer job.
Travel and art, design, music and architecture represented the two poles Katherine would gravitate to for the rest of her life. She received a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Idaho, Moscow in 1962, where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority, SPURS National Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa. At the University of Idaho she began to paint the vivid and graphic watercolors of the exotic places and people she would then go on to see firsthand over the course of her life. Her paintings were, on the one hand, precise and exacting, but on the other hand, reflected the lightness, creativity and elegance that could be seen in all areas of her life.
Katherine’s insatiable curiosity about the world and all the people in it motivated her to begin what would become her “flying life.” After working in the Virgin Islands during college, she set out on her first major international trip: a one-year trip to Europe with a Eurail pass, a youth hostel card and her first suitcase with wheels. While in Europe she worked at Eastman Kodak in Stuttgart, Germany and then at the advertising agency McCann Erickson in San Francisco when she returned. Katherine then joined Pan American World Airways as a stewardess in 1966. Her decision to take up that work was not to fly with just any airline, but instead to be part of the golden age of air travel that Pan Am represented. The iconic blue globe logo spoke to her keen interest in graphic design and the elegance of upper deck first class travel – like a formal dinner party – appealed to her fascination with people and her love of language and communication. At the same time she never forgot the stark contrast of flying young soldiers to Vietnam on those same airplanes. At first her family was shocked by her decision to become a stewardess but they eventually enjoyed how the people she met and the places she visited became part of their lives, too. Although she knew that she should have left the airline industry many years before, Katherine’s time with Pan Am was a pivotal period her life and how she made several of her closest friends.
Katherine loved to explore cities and was always proud of her excellent sense of direction wherever she was in the world. Regardless of her destination, she always had a swimsuit, books and a transistor radio in her suitcase. She had a particular love for Tahiti and for the exotic atmosphere and terrain of Latin America, its flora, fauna, folks and even its fragrance – apart from the diesel. But after being out in the world, she was always happy to return to her local life in San Francisco. In 1979, while living on Telegraph Hill, Katherine first met her husband John Lund Kriken, renowned urban planner and senior partner at the architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Their conversation began about Tahiti, Pago Pago, Guatemala, Iran, India, and the thousands of other destinations on all continents they had both visited in the course of their careers. They married on August 8, 1988 in Olema, which she described as the best day of her life.
Katherine loved San Francisco’s historic neighborhoods, steep streets and hill climbs which she scaled with boundless energy until the last months of her life. She was an active member of a variety of local civic groups and a contributor to a number of social, cultural and environmental causes. She fondly recalled her volunteer work for the San Francisco Symphony, the Telegraph Hill Dwellers Association, the Sunday Afternoon Watercolor Society, Food Runners, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research, the San Francisco Airport Commission Museum Library and the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum. In particular, she supported Save the Bay, a non-profit organization that fights for the conservation of the San Francisco Bay and the restoration of its natural habitats (1330 Broadway, Suite 1880, Oakland, CA 94612), as well as the Californians Against Waste Foundation (922 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814), two central organizations in California’s environmental movement in recent years. She and her husband also established the John Lund & Katherine Koelsch Kriken Urban Design Graduate Student Award, a family endowment to the University of California, Berkeley (230 Wurster Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720), to support exceptional graduate students in urban design. Donations to these causes in memory of Katherine are sincerely appreciated.
Friends and family agree that she made everything around her more beautiful – but not without challenging us all to become better people at the same time. She made sure we all moved forward and reflected on the world around us, encouraging a strong sense of independence, an awareness for global community and an openness for all the experiences a fully lived life can offer. At the same time she was very conscious of the importance of family, which she understood to include the many close friendships she so treasured throughout her life. To sit at her table was always an encounter with culture, not just through her love of cooking but much more so for her remarkable ability to bring together fascinating people of all generations for stimulating conversation and new ideas.
Katherine is survived by her husband, John Lund Kriken, her brother and sister-in-law John Oliver Koelsch and Leslie Haas Koelsch of San Francisco, her sister Dorothy Jane Koelsch Houghton and her husband Dean Palmer of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rolf Nord Kriken and Rita Abbey Kriken, her nephew Ryan Nord Abbey Kriken, all of Kelseyville, California, her nephew Luke Lund Abbey Kriken of Umbuto, New Mexico, her brother-in-law Dennis Patrick Houghton of Benton City, Washington, her nephew Peter Gabriel Houghton of Los Angeles, his wife Sara Pelone Houghton and daughters Audrey Neil and Piper Jane, and her niece Katherine Jane Houghton of Kiel, Germany, her husband Jens-Michael Jensen and their son Henning Oliver.
Her ashes will be scattered in Idaho.
September 13, 1932 – November 22, 2017
Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Rhoda Joan Haber Lewis passed away surrounded by family on November 22, 2017 at VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach, Florida. She was 85 years old. Her love for art and gardening remained a passion throughout her life, enchanting and enriching all she encountered. Literature, music, poetry and the arts infused her world and she enjoyed sharing the beauty that brought her so much pleasure. Whether it was teaching children to make puppets, taking teens on adventures, cooking up big family dinners or cultivating spectacular orchids and luscious melons, she poured her love into whatever she did and encouraged others to live their dreams.
Rhoda was born in Yonkers, NY in 1932. She graduated from Miami High School in 1950 and Hunter College in 1971. Before her marriage to Herb Dlugatch Lewis in 1952 she was a flight attendant for Pan Am and Eastern Airlines and later taught art in Carmel, NY.
In a note to World Wings, Rhoda’s daughter, Shanna Lewis, wrote, “She was very proud of her time with Pan Am, and she loved being a part of World Wings. Her time with Pan Am is among her fondest memories, and she often told her favorite stories from that time.”
Rhoda is survived by her brother Wallace Haber, children Shanna Lewis (husband Brett Mach), Jeff Lewis and Seth Racusen and grandchildren Ryan Lewis (wife Elena Zaurova), Samantha Lewis, Jesse Racusen and Rachel Racusen (husband Max Gleischman).
JOY E. LOSEE
December 29, 1941 – December 11, 2017
Joy E. Losee age 75 of Gainesville, GA passed away on December 11, 2017. She was born on December 29, 1941, in Asheville, NC and was a Flight Attendant for Pan Am Airlines. With a degree in cultural anthropology, she developed an interest in the garments worn by the different cultures of the world. After beginning to collect more than 35 years ago, she amassed more than 50 garments from five continents. In 2011, she donated 27 garments to the University of Texas Fashion Collection—one of the largest fashion museums in the country. The donation dramatically expanded its holdings of non-western traditional cultural garments.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jeff Losee. She is survived by Son, Jeff Losee of Gainesville, GA; Son & Daughter-in-law, Cliff & Melissa Losee of Pagosa Springs, Colorado; Two Grandsons, Jeffery Losee, Jacob Losee both of Gainesville, GA.
ANN-SOPHIE PIHLGREN LY
July 23, 1945 – August 1, 2017
Our dear friend Ann-Sophie passed away on August 1 at the age of 72 following a short illness. She was a Pan Am flight attendant from 1968 until 1979, based in Seattle, New York, and London. Ann-Sophie was an active member of the Oslo chapter of World Wings, and served as an Oslo chapter Board member from 2014 until her death.
Following her career as a flight attendant, Ann-Sophie returned to Scandinavia, settling in Oslo. In 1981, she took a year off from her studies of sociology to work in at psychological educational services in the municipality of Baerum. As a volunteer, she helped immigrant women and their families.
Ann-Sophie possessed a great sense of justice and was genuinely engaged with the lives of her fellow human beings. Insights from her great interest in literature helped make her a thoughtful conversationalist. She will be deeply missed.
EDELGARD (DEL) ROESEMARY MOHR
November 14, 1934 – June 8, 2017
Edelgard (Del) Rosemary Mohr, 82, passed away on June 8th in North Andover, MA surrounded by her loves. She was born on November 14, 1934 to August Albert Walter Priess and Anna Charlotte Priess.
Del grew up in Usingen, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1957 where shortly thereafter she became a proud citizen.
Del married Carl H. Mohr in 1959 in Miami, Florida. They were happily married for 57 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Del is survived by her spouse Carl H. Mohr of North Andover, MA; Her son Greg of Randolph, NJ; Her daughter Noreen Britt of North Andover, MA; Her son Roger of Monroe, NY: Her grandchildren Christopher, Tyler, Lexi, Erica, Clayton, Heather, Jason and Ryan and her sister Heidi Garcia of Farmington, NM.
DAVID ALAN NADEAU
January 21, 1963 – January 16, 2017
St. Petersburg, Florida Resident
David Alan Nadeau, 53, formerly of Waterbury, died suddenly on January 16, 2017 at his home in St. Petersburg, FL.
Born in Waterbury on January 21, 1963, David was the son of Richard N. and Joyce (Crichton) Nadeau of St. Petersburg and Waterbury. He graduated from Crosby High School and completed art programs in California, Florida, and Manhattan. He was a flight attendant for 25 years, beginning his career with Pan Am and eventually retiring from United Airlines.
An adventurer at heart, David traveled all over the world and made lifelong friends wherever he went. One of his greatest joys was introducing his family and friends to his favorite places. David was a kind and gentle man, an inspiration to everyone who knew him. He opened his heart and his home to all. He will be deeply missed by his family, his many friends and his pets, Spike, Mia and Baby Girl.
Besides his parents, David leaves his sister Laurie Anton and her husband Doug of Wolcott; his niece Amy Rossi and her husband Lou of Allendale, NJ; great nieces Emerson and Sydney Rossi and great nephew Colin Rossi; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Richard J. Nadeau and his beloved niece Katie Anton.
January 14, 1942 – May 30, 2017
Linda was born on January 14, 1942, in Florida. She joined Pan Am in 1963 and flew out of the San Francisco crew base for most of her career. Following the sale of Pan Am’s Pacific routes to United Airlines, she joined United and continued flying until 2007.
Linda adored all animals, especially cats, and rescued many. This love of animals led to the ASPCA becoming a major part of her life. Her other passion was her house, in the foothills of Mt. Tam in Mill Valley. Her last months were spent there, with its magnificent views of the Marin hills.
JOYCE BARRETO ROLLO
January 7, 1943 – January 25, 2017
Palm Desert Resident
Joyce lost her courageous battle with cancer after two and a half years and passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home, in the company of her husband, David Rollo and her daughter Kristin Barreto.
Joyce was born in Seattle, Washington to Cuthbert and Ione Harry.
At an early age Joyce’s family moved to San Clemente, California, where she graduated high school in San Jan Capistrano and then attended San Diego State University. Joyce then had a wonderful, long, career and lifestyle as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways and subsequently with United Airlines.
After an earlier marriage to Roger Barreto, Joyce subsequently married David Rollo in 1992.
Joyce always enjoyed the companionship of her horse “Benny” at Sycamore Stables, San Juan Capistrano. She was also an enthusiastic participant in “Saddlebred” horse shows where she successfully competed in both riding and driving events.
After retiring from the airlines in 2000 Joyce moved to a small horse ranch in Bonsal, San Diego County, California and then in 2004 relocated to Indian Wells. She enjoyed many social activities at Indian Wells Country Club and attending Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert on a regular basis.
August 1, 1929 – June 18, 2017
Hope Ryden, author, film producer, naturalist and photographer, died June 18 at Cape Cod Hospital, of complications following hip surgery. She was 87.
Ryden devoted much of her life to studying American wild animals in the natural setting. She spent years camping in the field observing and recording animal behaviors, some of which had not been previously described. Her twenty-six books are illustrated with her own photographs and include titles such as America’s Last Wild Horses (1970), God’s Dog: A Celebration of the North American Coyote (1975), Bobcat Year(1981), Lily Pond: Four Years with a Family of Beavers (1989), and children’s books such as The Raggedy Red Squirrel (1992). Her books earned three prestigious awards, including the Library Journal Best 50 Books Award in 1975 for God’s Dog. Her book on beavers was translated into five languages and drew international acclaim. Her lifelong concern for the wellbeing of animals led her to become a wildlife activist and she testified before Congress numerous times in behalf of wild animal rights.
Her testimony helped pass the Wild Horse Act of 1971, and when the law was challenged her testimony before the Supreme Court helped to uphold its constitutionality. For her work on behalf of animals Ryden earned numerous awards, among the Animal Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Animal Protection Institute,the Humane Excellence Award from the ASPCA, and the Joseph Wood Krutch Award from the Humane Society, which recognizes individuals who have made a “significant contribution toward the improvement of life and environment on the planet.” Earlier in her career Ryden produced films for ABC-TV Evening News, including coverage of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis. The following year she filmed the confrontation between Governor Wallace and African American students attempting to enter the University of Alabama (the “stand in the schoolhouse door”). The power of this footage led her away from filming topics after they became news and instead toward capturing events in real time. In doing so she became a pioneer documentary filmmaker in a new genre of film, “cinema verite”.
Ryden also made films with Bob Drew and Associates. She was the producer of “The Loving Story”, for which in 1965 Ryden embedded herself and her team with Richard and Mildred Loving at home and in the courtroom as they and their ACLU lawyers fought Virginia’s anti-miscegenation laws as far as the Supreme Court. Footage was finally released in 2011, at which time it received an Emmy award and provided material for the 2016 Hollywood film “The Lovings”.
Prior to becoming a filmmaker Ryden worked as a model. She also was a flight attendant for Pan Am, and flew on the airline’s first jet powered commercial transatlantic flight.
Hope Ryden was born in 1929 to E.E. and Agnes Johnson Ryden in St. Paul Minnesota. Her Father was a Lutheran clergyman and editor of a national church publication, and her mother a pianist and organist. Early in her years in public schools in Moline, Illinois Hope demonstrated great facility for writing, often choosing to complete her homework assignments in verse. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from both Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and the University of Iowa. She made her home in the Upper East Side of Manhattan for over 50 years. She was married in 1989 to John Miller, whom she met while researching beavers in Massachusetts.
Hope was preceded in death by a brother Richard in childhood, and sisters Cecile Johnson and Jean Eley, both formerly of New York. She is survived by her brother, Ernest Ryden of Cape Cod, three nieces and nephews and their children.
April 2, 2017
Menorca, Spain Resident
Andy Schneider, former Pan Am flight attendant and husband of Romy Schneider, also a flight attendant for Pan Am, passed away from a possible heart attack on April 2nd in Menorca, Spain. He was 60 years old.
April 16, 1945 – July 26, 2017
Peterborough, New Hampshire Resident
Jane Taylor-Husemann died of natural causes on July 26, 2017. Her passing came as a sorrowful gift as she had been struggling to overcome the ongoing complications of a massive stroke. Jane was born in London, raised in Sussex and “finished” in Switzerland, where she attended secretarial school. Always a lover of expressive arts — Jane pursued poetry competitions — winning a number of awards and did regular radio commercials for Harrods. A position with Pan Am Airlines brought Jane to Chicago in the 60s and later sent her to Hawaii where she trained future flight attendants. Jane eventually settled and made a home for herself on Beacon Hill in Boston. It was in the sky that she met her first and last husband, a Pan Am Captain. Their love couldn’t survive the gravity of reality but together they created Jane’s greatest love, her daughter.
Jane made her home with Sarah Jane, Crabapple Cottage in Peterborough. For over twenty years she was known in the community as a vibrant and humorous soul. Her wit was quick but it was her compassion and desire to please others that set her apart from the crowd. She loved working with the public and did so proudly at The Bond Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough and Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. Jane was never one to settle for the mundane and always wished to broaden her horizons — through arts, culture and conversation. She loved learning so much that at the age of 65 she attended Keene State College and earned her first Bachelor’s Degree. She had hoped to pursue adult academic advising — so she could assist other baby-boomers grow their minds and futures.
Jane is survived and loved eternally by her daughter, Sarah Jane Husemann and brother, Barrie Giffard-Taylor. Her ashes were scattered on August 26, 2017 in the Portsmouth Harbor. Jane loved the sea and Portsmouth, especially. It is Sarah Jane’s hope that her mother is now traveling peacefully wherever the sea may take her — perhaps on a nice yacht.
BONITA MARIE WADE
December 24, 1921 – May 7, 2017
Bonita Marie Wade (nee Cramer), 95, of Miami, FL passed away peacefully early morning on Sunday May 7, 2017. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 24, 1921. She played violin in the Chicago Women’s Symphony and attended college briefly before joining Pan American World Airways as a stewardess in the 1940s. After marrying her pilot husband, she settled in Miami, FL where she raised her family. She was a devoted parishioner at Church of the Epiphany, working in the library and as school nurse from 1966-1997. Her Catholic faith and kindness to all of the parishioners, students, and faculty was a model for everyone to follow. “Bonnie” is predeceased by her husband Malcolm Sparky Wade, Sr, and parents Walter and Helen Cramer. She is survived by her older sister Rita McCrossen; her children Patty Bennett (Ted), Malcolm Sparky “Bubba” Wade, Jr. (Jennifer), Rick Wade, and Tudi Young; her grandchildren Morgan Lang (Ryan), Crystal Reynolds (Jake), Courtney Wade, Wade Young, and Haylie Young; her great-grandchildren Jayce Lang, Peyton Lang, and Ransom Reynolds; and her beloved pets Boo and Tasha.
ANNABELL (ABELL) LEINBACH WASHBURN
February 22, 1927 – August 12, 2017
New York City Resident
AnnaBell (ABell) Leinbach Washburn, a longtime Edgartown seasonal resident whose devotion to saving animals earned her many citations and awards including from a U.S. President, died in New York city on August 12. She was 90.
She had founded P.A.W.S., the Vineyard’s Pet Adoption and Welfare Service Inc., and had an outstanding record as a rescuer of hundreds of homeless Island dogs and cats.
In 1991 she was honored by President George Bush with a Presidential Citation for community service. The year before that, the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy had presented her with its Distinguished Service Award for having made a significant difference in the lives of animals.
Through dramatic advertising that she initiated during her tenure as P.A.W.S. president, Mrs. Washburn saved the lives of more cats and dogs through adoption than were saved at any other shelter in the commonwealth, according to the materials endorsing her that were sent to President Bush.
Mrs. Washburn, through fundraising and her own gifts, was responsible for the construction of the MSPCA shelter in Edgartown that is now the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard. With the late Katherine Tweed of Vineyard Haven, she began distributing coupons to Island pet owners to reduce the owners’ costs when having their pet cats and dogs spayed or neutered. She also founded a program on the Island to trap and neuter and then release feral cats.
Sometimes referred to as the cat lady of Martha’s Vineyard, ABell Washburn could often be seen in her aging silver Mercedes Benz with the license plate FELINE, outside the Washburns’ 19th-century South Water street home and elsewhere around the Island.
Her work saving animals was not confined to the Vineyard. At her vacation home on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, when she learned that the island was overpopulated with strays, she began a spay-and-release program there for feral cats. At her winter home in New York, she supported the animal charities BARC (Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition), Alley Cat Allies (Support for Feral Cats), the Animal Medical Center and NYSAVE (Save Animals in Veterinary Emergency).
She was born in Reading, Pa., on Feb. 22, 1927, a daughter of Dr. Howard M. Leinbach, an orthopedic surgeon, and Gertrude (Hyndeman) Leinbach. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1948 and a master’s degree in speech pathology at Teachers’ College at Columbia University.
She worked briefly as a speech therapist in Reading, before moving to New York city to teach speech and poise to students at the John Robert Powers Modeling School. She later initiated the flight attendant training program at Pan American World Airways. There she met Stanley Washburn Jr., the director of promotions for the airline. Stan’s work with Pan Am took him to 67 countries and three continents, and often ABell would accompany him — especially to such destinations as Africa, where animals might be involved.
Stan had spent summers in his early years on Pease’s Point Way in Edgartown. In adulthood, he bought the captain’s house with a widow’s walk at 101 South Water street so he and ABell could spend their summers there. They decorated it below its widow’s walk with carved black wooden whales that had been part of the Pease’s Point home of Stanley’s youth.
The South Water street house was home to the Washburns and also sometimes to more than a dozen cats. Occasionally, there would be even more than that number when a cat awaiting adoption became a temporary member of the household. One stray named Madame who had a penchant for walking near water, liked roaming down along Edgartown harbor to the summer home of Walter Cronkite, who lived a half-mile away. With patience and understanding, the famous television news anchor would carry Madame back to the Washburns. An animal lover himself, Mr. Cronkite aided Mrs. Washburn in her campaign to raise money for the Edgartown animal shelter.
Cats were not her sole interest on the Vineyard. She and Stan were Edgartown Yacht Club members and had a sailboat of their own, and they frequently flew together out of the Katama airport in their single-engine plane, The Coupon Clipper.
When summer ended, and it was time to return to the Washburns’ New York apartment near the United Nations, the many Washburn pet cats and adoptees would be put in their carrying cases and set in the back of a Barnes Moving and Storage Truck. A settee and an Oriental rug were also put into the truck to provide comfort for the Washburns, who always stayed with their menagerie during the end-of-season journey.
“We called it the Cat Lift,” Trip Barnes recalled, adding that the trips were delightful ones, with ABell and Stan supplying entertaining conversation as well as picnic lunches for the drivers. “And there wasn’t too much meowing,” he added.
Stanley Washburn died in 2005 and for some time ABell Washburn continued to come to the Vineyard. In recent years, she and her one cat, Sally, a black-and-white rescue, remained in New York at her apartment above the East River. In 2010, Mrs. Washburn made her last trip to the Vineyard and the South Water street house was sold.
She is survived by two nephews, Tyler Leinbach of Norfolk, Va., and Thomas Leinbach of Staten Island, N.Y., and their respective families; and by a stepdaughter, Nancy Wyles of Sydney, Australia, and a stepson, Stanley Washburn 3rd. of Eugene, Ore., and their respective families.
LIGIA “LEE” TRUJILLO YOUSRI
February 7, 1924 – August 31, 2017
Member at Large and Florida Resident
Born Ligia Trujillo in Trinidad, Lee and her family settled in New York when Lee was 7. She attended Notre Dame convent school, studied at the Actor’s Apprentice Theater, and the American Theater Wing. She performed for several years on and off Broadway. Career highlights include appearances in both young female roles in “Harvey” with Bert Lahr, and a role in “Young and Fair” with Julie Harris and Mercedes McCambridge. She was a member of Actors’ Equity, the Screen Actors’ Guild and AFTRA.
Lee became a stewardess with Pan American World Airways in 1951 and she traveled the world until she was offered a management position in charge of hiring and training stewardesses, which led to assignments in Tehran, Hong Kong, and Washington, DC. She stayed with Pan Am for 30 years and was one of the first women in Pan Am to attain a Director’s position.
Lee was married briefly to Abbas Yousri, an Egyptian by birth, who was a professor and consultant to the insurance industry. They lived in Cincinnati and New York.
A long-time resident of New York before retirement in Florida, Lee was a member and volunteer at St. Bartholomew’s church. She was also active in theater circles, writing, and she continued to travel extensively. In Sarasota, she was a member of All Angels by the sea Episcopal Church in Longboat Key.
Lee was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, and a sister. She leaves behind many friends around the world. Her final resting place is at the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church’s Memorial Chapel in New York City.
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