Joan Grozier Allen / San Antonio, TX Resident
Holly Burt Black / Asheville, NC Resident
Hilu Breunung / Frankfurt, Germany Resident
Mary Higgins Clark / Bergen County, NJ Resident
Carol Fagan / Boston Chapter
Kathleen Cook Gray / Reno Chapter
Mariana Holubar / Long Island Chapter
Margaret Bernsen Jacques / Boston Chapter
Gerda Jungbauer / Bradenton, FL Resident
Teresa Madden / Portland Chapter
Kathryn Peterson Marlin / Memphis, TN Resident
Kayla Lynn McMahan / Canyon, TX Resident
Deolinda “Linda” Miller / New Jersey Chapter
Mollie Roberts / Seattle Chapter
Robert “Bob” Schwartz / Manhattan Chapter (Honorary)
Elisabeth Wilson Stewart / Los Angeles Chapter
Sissel Halvorsen de Szekely / Oslo Chapter
Melanie Bradshaw Woolfenden / Paris-Brussels Chapter
May 23, 1941 – March 25, 2020
San Antonio, TX Resident
Joan Grozier Allen died on March 25th in San Antonio, Texas, with her husband Jerry, son Craig, and daughter Crystal at her side.
Joan was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in English Language and Literature. She then was a flight attendant for Pan American World Airways, flying to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. After three years with Pan Am, she took a job teaching high school English in Woburn, Massachusetts. In June of 1968 Joan married Jerry Allen, her brother John’s roommate from the United States Air Force Academy. During Jerry’s third Air Force assignment in Southeast Asia, Joan taught English to Thai Army officers in Bangkok.
When Jerry’s tours in Vietnam concluded, Joan started what she described as the best job she ever had: mother to Craig and Crystal. She was proud that Craig graduated from the Air Force Academy and served as a fighter pilot, and Crystal graduated from the University of Oklahoma and was a professional ballerina. Air Force assignments took the family to fifteen states and Germany.
Then Jerry worked at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, for twelve years. There Joan was active in the Episcopal Church, singing in the choir and as a member of Daughters of the King. She led a group of dog owners who visited Blacksburg elementary schools and encouraged reluctant students to read aloud to the dogs. Dozens of children thrived in this program during each of the ten years that Joan ran the effort. One of the maxims that Joan taught her grandkids is to serve others, and this reading program was her proudest service. Joan encouraged her grandchildren to always be kind. She gave them additional advice reflecting how she lived her life: “Don’t neglect your studies. Always love your parents. Go to Sunday School and church. Play an instrument so that you will learn to read music. Study art; it adds beauty to your life. Always read; this is the best thing you can do for your mind and you will never stop learning.”
Joan is survived by her husband Jerry; their son Craig (Colleen) and their daughters Reagan, Parker, and Avery; their daughter Crystal Skelton (Will) and sons William and Christopher; and her brother, John Grozier, Colonel, USAF (Ret), and his wife Fran. In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to the charity of your choice or Episcopal Relief and Development, P. O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058. Interment will be at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado, at a later date.
December 24, 1927 – January 31, 2020
Bergen County, NJ Resident
Mary Higgins Clark, international best-selling author of more than 50 novels, passed away in Naples, Florida, at the age of 92. Fondly known as the Queen of Suspense, her books sold more than 100 million copies, with her most recent novel published in November.
Mary was born on Dec. 24, 1927, in the Bronx. Her father, an immigrant from Ireland, died when she was eleven and left her mother with three children to care for. Her older brother died a few years later. She took after-school jobs to help pay expenses, including a period in which she worked as a switchboard operator at the Shelton Hotel in Manhattan.
She became a flight attendant for Pan American in the late forties and was a member of World Wings International—the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants—for many years. She resigned from her position with Pan Am upon marrying Warren Clark—a man from her neighborhood in the Bronx—in 1949. Together, they had five children: Marilyn, Warren Jr., David, Carol, and Patricia. In 1964, Warren Clark died of a heart attack, leaving Mary to provide for her family.
In addition to maintaining various jobs, she continued to write stories and novels, submitting them for possible publication. To set a good example for her children, she entered Fordham University in 1971. She graduated summa cum laude in 1979, with a BA in philosophy. After signing with publishing giant Simon & Shuster in 1975, her novels found their way to the best-seller lists. Her success allowed her to provide for her family in a way she had never dreamed possible.
In 1978, she married Raymond Charles Ploetz, a lawyer, but the marriage was later annulled. She wed former Merrill Lynch executive John Conheeney in 1996, and they remained together until his death in 2018. She is survived by her five children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
December 7, 1925 – January 4, 2020
Kathleen Marie Cook Gray, long-time resident and active member of the Reno community, passed peacefully away on January 4th with members of her family at her side.
Kathy was born December 7, 1925 in Kearney, Nebraska, to Allen and Marguerite Cook. Raised in Nebraska and Southern California, she eventually made her home in Reno in 1957.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Worlin Gray, and is survived by her 5 children: Leslie Gray Manning (Scott), James Gray (Charissa), Allen Gray (Deanne), David Gray (Venetia), Doug Gray (Laura), and her step-son Richard Gray (Katherine), as well as 19 grandchildren and “bonus” grandchildren.
Kathy was a graduate of the University of Redlands and continued her education at the University of Southern California where she earned her RN. She loved flying and began her career with Pan American World Airways as a stewardess in 1948, where she met and married Worlin Gray, a Pan American pilot. She “retired” from Pan American to raise her family but managed to balance this with her work as a nurse, initially with the Reno Pediatric Clinic, then with the Washoe County School District. She went on to obtain a private pilot’s license and joined the Ninety Nines, an organization for women pilots, volunteering her time for club activities. She was an active member in the Reno chapter of World Wings International (the philanthropic organization of retired Pan American flight attendants) and Folded Wings (an organization of retired flight attendants in general). She was also active in AAUW (American Association of University Women), PEO International (a philanthropic organization promoting the advancement of women), and the USC Alumni Association. For many years, Kathy annually volunteered and staffed the information and registration booths at the annual Reno Air Races with both the Ninety Nines and her World Wings International chapter members.
Kathy’s daughter Leslie was also a Pan Am flight attendant. Her son Jim, a naval aviator, was the guest speaker on the Midway at the 2018 World Wings convention in San Diego. Kathy flew the last fight out of China on Pan Am. Some thirty years later, Leslie flew the first Pan Am flight back into China. You can see Kathy interviewed, with Leslie by her side, by CBS Sunday Morning at the Savannah convention.
Click here to view the video.
Those who knew Kathy quickly learned that she was a true sports nut (and a fierce competitor). For many years she was a member of the Reno Tennis Club and competed in numerous club round-robin tournaments. Later she joined the Washoe County Women’s Golf league and the Plumas Pines Women’s Golf League, participating in numerous tournaments up until her 90th birthday. When she couldn’t play golf anymore, you could find her at the High Sierra Lanes, competing in the women’s bowling league.
A memorial service will be held in celebration of Kathy’s life on Friday, January 24th, 1:00 pm at Mountain View Mortuary, 435 Stoker Avenue, Reno NV. The service and reception will be “Luau” themed, in honor of Kathy’s love of the South Seas. After the service, a reception will follow (location to be determined). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Kathy’s name to the Pan American Historical Foundation at www.PanAm.org .
April 27, 1940 – April 13, 2020
Long Island Chapter
The Long Island Chapter announces with great sadness that we have lost our dear friend Mariana Holubar on Monday, April 13th, after she was hospitalized with COVID-19. Mariana passed away just 2 weeks shy of her 80th birthday.
Mariana was a long-time member of the Long Island chapter of World Wings International and graciously hosted many of our meetings at her beautiful home in Old Field as well as our 2018 fundraiser.
Born in Sweden, Mariana came to America to fly for Pan Am, where she met her husband Joel who preceded her in death in 2012. She is survived by her sons Bjorn and Stefan and their families, including 6 grandchildren, as well as family in Sweden.
Due to conditions stemming from the pandemic, no service is being announced at this time.
April 26, 1937 – May 13, 2020
Margaret Louise “Peggy” (Bernsen) Jacques of Topsfield, Massachusetts, was called to heaven on May 13, 2020 after a valiant battle against COVID-19.
Peggy was born April 26, 1937 in Westwood, MA to Margaret Anne McNeill and James Sydney Bernsen. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School, Newton Center, in 1955 and obtained her nursing degree from the Catherine Labouré School of Nursing in 1958. After graduation, she joined the ICU nursing staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
In June 1962, Peggy began her second career as a stewardess with Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) based in New York. During her three years at Pan Am she traveled to Europe, Asia and Africa. She married fellow Pan Am employee Donald Jacques in 1965 and they
settled in Topsfield where they raised their two sons. In 1971 Peggy, along with 10 others, founded the Boston Chapter of World
Wings International, Inc., a philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants that contributes to many charities. Peggy served as the organization’s first president and remained actively involved until her passing.
Peggy returned to nursing after her boys were in school and worked at various area nursing homes. She was a devout member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Topsfield and was part of the Topsfield Garden Club in the late seventies where she won first place for an ivy wreath she created. Peggy was an avid reader and enjoyed watching movies. She loved to cook and bake especially around the holidays. Family
members always looked forward to her Christmas Bûche de Noël dessert. Her love of travel continued after her time with Pan Am. Family vacation spots included Arizona, Hawaii, Bermuda and Barbados as well as ski trips to North Conway, NH, and many summers camping at Brandy Pond in Naples, ME.
Peggy is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Paul and James. She is survived by her husband Donald; her sons Jeff of Gloucester, MA and Brad (Limary) of Los Angeles, CA; sisters Anne of Hull, MA and Betsy of Alexandria, VA; brother John (Charlene) of Fort Washington, MD; granddaughter Gracie; numerous nieces and nephews; and her cat Annalise.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Peggy’s memory to the Pan Am Museum Foundation, c/o Linda Freire, One Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530 or via their website: thepanammuseum.org.
Condolences may be sent to her husband Donald Jacques.
7 Canterbury Hill Rd.
Topsfield, MA 01983
June 12, 2020
Bradenton, FL Resident
Gerda Jungbauer, 82, passed away on June 12, 2020, from leukemia after a couple of weeks in at-home Hospice.
Gerda was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, lived in England for a couple of years and moved to the United States, where she became a flight attendant for Pan American and then Delta. She was an avid world traveler either by herself, with her sister or one of her many friends. She was particularly fond of Hawaii.
Since moving to Bradenton in 1994, Gerda became deeply involved in Kirkwood Presbyterian Church. She loved the Lord and placed her whole life in the promises of the Resurrection. She was an elder, a tremendous witness for Jesus Christ, and when not involved with its outreach programs, she was an enthusiastic gardener who created lovely spaces that welcomed all into her home.
Her birthday was on Christmas Day, and the phone never stopped ringing from all around the world: Germany, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Hawaii as well as all of the time zones of the United States. She is sadly missed by the hundreds of people who knew and loved her.
Services will be held at a later date.
Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to her beloved church: Kirkwood Presbyterian, 6101 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34210.
Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
March 22, 2020
Teresa “Terry” Madden passed away on March 22, 2020 at the age of 73.
Terry Madden was hired in Portland by Pan Am in 1970 and flew out of NYC, LAX, and SEA. When Pan Am sold its Pacific routes to United Airlines, she continued flying until she retired in 2010—a thirty-year career in the air. Terry had several good stories of her flights in Africa.
After retiring, Terry spent her free time with her nieces and nephews and volunteered with the Eugene Symphony Guild. Terry is survived by her sister, Linda, in Eugene.
We hope to gather together in friendship this summer to honor her memory.
1935 – March 5, 2020
Vera Maidenburg passed away Thursday March 5th at her home in Chico. Long term resident of Peoria, Arizona, and the World Wings Phoenix chapter, Vera and husband Ben moved to Chico about 3 years ago to be closer to family. Vera is survived by her husband Ben and children Marla and Mark. She has 3 grandchildren Ben, Aaron and Charlie. Vera was gracious enough to donate her remains to science to help others.
August 5, 1943 – January 16, 2020
Memphis, TN Resident
Kathie was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Carl and Maurice (Schulte) Peterson. She shared a wonderful childhood in a loving home with her older sister, Carole. Kathie graduated from St. Agnes Academy in the class of 1961 and then attended the University of Arkansas.
Her adventurous spirit combined with her curiosity about people and their cultures, led her to a thirty-two year career working in Flight Service as a Purser for Pan American World Airways and Delta Air Lines. She never tired of exploring the world, trying new cuisines or learning about ethnic traditions. Kathie was always happy to share her favorite restaurants, shopping places and tips with friends and passengers. Kathie was always based in New York. She lived in the city for many years, as well as Miami and Connecticut, before returning to live in Memphis.
Kathie enjoyed fishing and both participating and watching sports. She played tennis, was an excellent angler and held records for several of her catches both in the US and Australia. She loved watching both college and professional football. She was very proud of the Memphis College Tigers and their participation in the Cotton Bowl this year. Without question, her favorite sport was snow skiing. She enjoyed trying new locations and comparing the slopes on the East coast and Austria, France and Italy in Europe to the joys of powder skiing in the West. Vale, Colorado is definitely the place she loved the most of all.
Kathie was quick to offer a gracious welcome, a warm smile and the hand of friendship. She had a fabulous sense of humor and had a natural ability to share a joke or a funny story. She was a gourmet cook and loved to entertain. She will be remembered as a loyal friend, a loving sister, a devoted aunt and great aunt. She will be greatly missed by all us whose lives she touched.
Kathie is survived by her loving sister, Carole Hoelen, of Auckland, New Zealand, and her children – Ingrid (Dave) Waddell, Natalie (Dion) Mortimer, Andrea (Nick) McLister, all of Auckland, New Zealand, her nephew, Paul Hoelen of Tasmania, Australia, and four great nieces and three great nephews. She was so very grateful that Carole and her nieces were able to come to Memphis to spend time with her in November.
At Kathie’s request, she has been cremated and her ashes sent to her family in New Zealand for a private service. A Mass will be offered in remembrance of Kathie at 12:00 P.M., on Thursday, February 13, at St. Louis Catholic Church, 202 S. White Station Road, Memphis, TN. Messages of condolences and or special memories may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
July 15, 1964 – February 27, 2020
Canyon, TX Resident
Kayla Lynn McMahan was born to Jimmie K and Beverly McMahan in Houston, TX on July 15, 1964 and is preceded in death by her brother, Jason Kenneth McMahan. Kayla is survived by her father, Jim, her stepmother, Jo Anne McMahan, sisters Virginia Meers of Canton, OH, and Barbara Fassetta, San Antonio, TX, and brother Robert Moore, Pearland, TX, and many nieces and nephews.
Kayla attended Bellaire High School in Houston, where she first discovered her love for the Russian language, and took her first trip to Russia in her senior year. She went on to attend Texas A&M, graduating in 1988, with a degree in modern language. She was instrumental in starting the Russian Club at Texas A&M. Right out of college, Kayla began her career as a flight attendant with Pan Am, and subsequently Delta Airlines, accumulating over 31 years of flying the friendly skies. Kayla was proficient in the Russian language and flew countless flights to Russia over her career. Kayla will always be remembered for her love of travel, food and cooking and her love for her friends and family. We love you and miss you, Kayla.
We encourage Kayla’s friends to join us to celebrate her life. Your presence is welcome at a Memorial Service to be held at:
Canyon Lake Presbyterian Church
230 Shepherd Hill Drive
Canyon Lake, TX. 78133
March 14th, 11:00 AM
Reception to follow
October 29, 1939 – April 6, 2020
New Jersey Chapter
Deolinda “Linda” Miller, 80, of Parsippany, New Jersey passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 at Arden Courts, Whippany, NJ.
Linda was born on October 29, 1939 in Providence, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James and Mary (nee Costa) Sousa.
She was a graduate of Grace Downs Airline and Business School in New York and magna cum laude from Morris County Community College with an Associate Degree in Arts. Fluent in Portuguese, she joined Pan American World Airways as a Stewardess based in New York and traveled to cities served by Pan Am in Europe, the Middle East, east Asia, and Africa. Her favorite destinations were Lisbon, Rome, Beirut and Istanbul. Before joining Pan Am, she worked on the foreign desk of the Chemical bank in the United Nations in NY and worked for Eastern Airlines.
Linda was a member of World Wings International and a past Republican committee woman where she took an interest in local politics.
Linda is survived by her husband of 58 years, George J. Miller. She was the loving mother of Janise and Jeanine and supportive grandmother to Teddy, Annamarie and Patrick.
Cremation was private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Foundation for Morristown Medical Center, 475 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07962. Due to the recent COVID-19 quarantine, memorial arrangements will be made at a later date.
March 10, 1927 – March 14, 2020
Manhattan Chapter (Honorary)
It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of our honorary chapter member Robert “Bob” Schwartz. Bob and his wife Betty Sue Bottorff Schwartz, who flew for Pan Am in the 1950s, were active members of our chapter for many years during which time Bob, an attorney, freely dispensed legal guidance to the chapter.
Bob never tired of hearing about World Wings activities. In his later years his son Stewart would read Jet Wings to him. Stewart explained that World Wings and Pan Am were a big part of his family’s life. “Our parents shared the stories of your reunions in locales all over the world. We were raised in awe of Pan Am, what the airline achieved and its record of humanitarian service. Our mother’s stories of her time flying for Pan Am instilled in us a love of travel and an international outlook.”
This link will take you to Bob’s obituary as it appeared in the New York Times:
NY Times Obituary for Robert “Bob” Schwartz
May 22, 2020
Los Angeles Chapter
Elisabeth (Wilson) Stewart passed away quietly in her sleep on May 22, 2020. Hired by Pan Am in 1972, she was originally based at JFK and then transferred to LAX. She later worked on the ground for SAS and Air New Zealand.
Per Elisabeth’s wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes will be spread in the Mediterranean Sea. She wants to be remembered as a woman who led an interesting life and had no regrets about her choices.
Cards may be sent to her husband, George Stewart, and daughter, Annabelle Stewart.
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