Joan Grozier Allen / San Antonio, TX Resident
Caroline “Coco” Carter Balea / Mallorca, Spain Resident
Hebe Annand Beard / Member at Large
Holly Burt Black / Asheville, NC Resident
Hilu Breunung / Frankfurt, Germany Resident
Nancy Burkhard / Marin Chapter
Mary Higgins Clark / Bergen County, NJ Resident
Jane Coursin / Member at Large
Hannelore Enfield / Jacksonville, OR Resident
Carol Fagan / Boston Chapter
Sidsel Fox / Annapolis Chapter
Kerri L Gill / Garden City, MI Resident
Patricia Goo / Oakland Chapter
Antonio Gooding / Forest Hills, NY Resident
Kathleen Cook Gray / Reno Chapter
Marianne Grofcsik / Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Mariana Holubar / Long Island Chapter
Mary Jo Hunt / San Francisco Chapter
Margaret Bernsen Jacques / Boston Chapter
Gerda Jungbauer / Bradenton, FL Resident
Barbara Klutinis / San Francisco Chapter
Teresa Madden / Portland Chapter
Ingrid Nilsson-Vackelin / Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Kathryn Peterson Marlin / Memphis, TN Resident
Kayla Lynn McMahan / Canyon, TX Resident
Deolinda “Linda” Miller / New Jersey Chapter
Beverly Pitchford Miller / Atlanta Chapter
Maryann Miller / Paris Chapter
Joanne Moore / Member at Large, Brevard, NC
Marjorie “Toogie” Reed / Naples Chapter
Mollie Roberts / Seattle Chapter
Patricia Forzono Rupp / Heart of Florida Chapter
Robert “Bob” Schwartz / Manhattan Chapter (Honorary)
Allen Randolph Scott / Hopewell, VA Resident
Joan Schwenk Shaver / Sarasota, FL Resident
Elisabeth Wilson Stewart / Los Angeles Chapter
Sissel Halvorsen de Szekely / Oslo Chapter
Lee Deamud Taylor / Bellevue, WA Resident
Carole Wasnesky / Phoenix Chapter
Melanie Bradshaw Woolfenden / Paris-Brussels Chapter
Cynthia Caigon Wood / Sonoma, CA Resident
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.
November 22, 1952 – July 6, 2020
Mallorca, Spain Resident
Loving Mother, Sister, and Friend. Survived by Daughters Marie-Claire, Veronique and Son, Steven and Son in Law, Daniel. Sibling of Catherine and Carlton, with Niece Sabrina and her Great Nephew Andrea.
She has touched the lives of so many with her unconditional love, generosity, pictures, letters and zest for life and food. She adored her two dogs: Juliet and Jean Luc whom were her fur babies and brought them everywhere she adventured. She also enjoyed bingo, reading, photography, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, eating pan amb oli, and writing long letters to her friends across the globe. She had a passion for helping the less fortunate, she became a foster parent as well educating and teaching those with disabilities.
In her life she was a Pan Am Flight Attendant, Teacher, and ESL Instructor. She strove for higher education and at the age of 50 she graduated Summa Cum Lade with 2 Bachelors of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development and Spanish and Latin-American Literature from San Francisco State, an achievement she was very proud of. She spent her childhood in Mallorca and was so happy to fulfill her lifelong dream to return to the island where she retired and spent her last days.
She will be undoubtedly never forgotten and forever missed by all those who knew her. We love you Mama Coco, rest in eternal peace you will always live in our hearts.
September 23, 1940 – October 4, 2020
Member at Large
Hebe Annand Beard, age 80, passed away on Oct 4, 2020, with her husband of 53 years, Jim, by her side at their home in San Francisco.
Hebe was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 23, 1940 to Alexander and Alicia Annand. Hebe grew up in Buenos Aires where she graduated from Northlands, a private school located in Olivios, a suburb of Buenos Aires. Hebe left Argentina in 1958 to attend Principia College in Elsah, Illinois. She completed 2 years at Principia before leaving to live in New York City. In New York she worked for the Argentine Embassy for 1 year before joining Pan American Airways in 1961 as a flight attendant, first working out of New York for 4 years, and then moving to work out of San Francisco for 2 more years where she met her husband, Jim.
Hebe and Jim married in 1967 in Rochelle, Illinois, where Jim had moved to work with Del Monte Corporation. They moved to a couple more locations with Del Monte over the next 3 years before moving to Modesto, Jim’s place of birth, in late 1970, where they lived for the next 34 years. Hebe and Jim were active in the Modesto community where Jim worked for and ran the family business that had been started by his grandfather in 1909. Hebe and Jim moved to San Francisco after his retirement in 2004. Hebe joined the Marin Chapter of World Wings after moving to San Francisco.
Besides her husband, Jim, Hebe is survived by their daughter and son-in-law, Jocelyn and John Guite, living in Houston, Texas; their son and daughter-in-law, Philip Beard and Kelly Ault, living in Middlesex, Vermont; and four grandchildren, Jackson Guite, Alexandra Guite, Austin Beard and Carson Beard. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Suzanne Annand. Hebe’s greatest love was for her family. She and Jim traveled often to see them and to take them on family vacations.
October 14, 1923 – August 24, 2020
Nancy Lou (Thomas) Burkhard, the second of three children, was born in Highland Park Hospital in Michigan, to James O. and Virginia R. Thomas on October 14, 1923.
She grew up in Ferndale – Oak Park, Michigan – the city line literally went right through their lot. She could hear the Detroit Zoo lions roar from her house on hot summer evenings. When The Great Depression hit, her father was laid off from his engineering job at the Ford Motor Company and the family had to rent their house out to make ends meet. They moved into a tent in the vacant lot next door that her father owned. She said it was hard, as a small child, to see someone else living in your house. She remembers eating stewed tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Before the next school year, her mother took the children to Sunnyside, Washington to live with her mother’s family, while her father built a small house to replace the tent. They lived there for three years, until her father secured gainful employment. The family would escape every summer to her father’s hometown of Northport, Michigan. There, on the shores of Lake Michigan, she enjoyed hours of fun with her many cousins, who also came for the summer.
After graduating in 1941 from Lincoln High School in Ferndale, Michigan, she enrolled at Michigan State College (not yet a university). With a lack of men on campus due to the war, she enlisted in the Women’s Air Corps. Unfortunately, she was a quarter inch too short to qualify for flight school, and was not accepted. She still had an immense desire to fly so she enrolled in lessons to get her private pilot license. In 1946, she saw an ad for Pan American looking for stewardesses, and jumped on the opportunity. Her father drove her from Detroit to Chicago for the interview and she was subsequently hired. Her first assignment was in Miami, flying three round trip flights a day to Havana, Cuba. She worked her way up to the role of purser, which meant she was responsible for everything that came into the cabin of the plane. She was chosen to go on Pan Am’s inaugural flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina. She made it to Rio de Janeiro, where she was informed that the Argentines did not recognize a woman’s signature, so they would have to send a man in her place. She was not disappointed though, because she got to spend an all expenses paid week in Rio de Janeiro. After three years in Miami, Pan Am offered her and her stewardess roommates to transfer to San Francisco, to cover their expanding Asian routes. They accepted and moved to Burlingame to pursue new experiences. She made many exciting memories and loved to tell the family of her travels. She told us about serving Bob Hope and his family several times on her flights; as well as celebrating New Year’s twice in 24 hours, once on Wake Island and then crossing the date line and celebrating again in Hawaii. For a time, she was part of Captain Henry Kristofferson’s (father of Kris) crew. All of this was before jet plane travel. Then, at a party in San Francisco, she met Bob, her future husband. After six months of dating and sensing marriage on the horizon, she decided to quit Pan Am because you could not be married and a stewardess at that time. For her entire life, if you ever called her a “flight attendant” she would correct you and say she was a stewardess. She was very proud of her career.
Bob and Nancy were married in 1953 and settled in an apartment at Columbus and Bay in San Francisco. They had a view of Mt. Tam in the distance and were drawn to Marin, so in 1954 they purchased a lot in Greenbrae. After saving money for two years, they started construction on their home. In October of 1956, they moved into their new home with their infant son, Kurt, and over the next three years they had two more sons, Ken and John. They raised their family and lived in the house for 47 years. They were faithful members of St. Sebastian’s parish. Nancy was proud of being a housewife and would always say, “you don’t think raising three boys is a full-time job!?” In her 60s she volunteered for astronaut training at NASA Ames Research Center to test the effects of space travel on senior citizens. In 2003, Bob and Nancy sold their house in Greenbrae and moved to Villa Marin. They enjoyed traveling and over the years took many trips to Europe and Asia. In their later years, they rediscovered Northport, Michigan and enjoyed many trips to visit her sister, Jane, who retired there with her husband, Dick.
Nancy was predeceased by her parents, James and Ruth, and her older brother, Bronson. She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Bob; her sister Jane and husband Dick; her sons and spouses Kurt (Jane), Ken (Carol) and John (Steffanie); and her grandchildren: Rob, Tom, Carlie, Genna (Cole) and Joe. She was laid to rest at Mt. Olivet on August 24, 2020 with family in attendance.
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.
January 22, 1930 – December 7, 2020
Jacksonville, OR Resident
Hannelore Drab Enfield passed away peacefully on the morning of December 7th, after over 90 years of a full life. Hannelore, pronounced HannalorAH was born on January 22, 1930 in Bremen, Germany.
As a young teen during the hard years of World War II, she experienced the bombing of her home and community by the Allied Forces. She often told of taking a few treasures and going to basements and shelters for safety. At times, her role was to go around to inform people in other shelters of the continuation or ending of a bombing raid. Short wave radios were scarce, so those with information were required to share with others.
Her courage and intelligence were utilized during the Berlin Air Lift as she served as the early version of an airline stewardess. That led her, and her best friend, Erika, to come to New York City to work for the burgeoning Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) in the early 50’s. Hannelore had a long and successful career with Pam Am, flying all over the world. She took much pride in her part as a union organizer and representative of the interests of her flight attendant colleagues. The efforts of Hannelore and Erika Missler Olsen, led to policy changes that allowed stewardess that married to continue flying. Moreover, if a stewardess had a child, she could be reemployed as long as she met the physical requirements.
During a layover in London, Hannelore was getting tickets for the London Symphony at the hotel concierge desk. A handsome pilot was also asking about tickets. As the story goes, the concierge handed them tickets that just happen to be side by side. Hannelore and Captain Sam Enfield were married on the island of Kauai, in Hawaii, in 1976. They continued to fly for Pan Am until both retired.
When Hannelore and Sam moved to Jacksonville, Oregon in 1985, she and Sam stumbled upon the Britt Festival Orchestra rehearsing on stage one August day. Serendipity ruled, as they were not even aware of Britt’s existence prior to hearing music wafting from below their hillside residence. The Enfields began attending rehearsals and concerts with the BFO each August, happy to discover that their deep love of classical music could still be satisfied in a small town in rural Oregon. Through both their presence and contributions, they quickly became key members of the BFO family. Musicians would come off stage during their breaks to talk with Sam and Hannelore. She would share the incredible stories of her world-wide classical music experiences with members of our orchestra, forging special bonds with the musicians, conductors, and staff members of Britt alike. Over the years, Hannelore’s generous contributions in support of the BFO included endowing the Principal Oboe chair, in honor of Sam, and establishing the Sam and Hannelore Enfield Classical Annual Fund at Britt, to support the BFO’s operations. In 2018, the stage located in the Performance Garden, where our classical pre-concert lectures and children’s programs take place, was named the Sam and Hannelore Enfield Stage, in honor of the couple’s generous long-term support of the BFO.
Donna Briggs, CEO, of Britt Music and Arts Festival said, “Hannelore’s generosity, kindness of spirit, and deep love of the orchestra will be sorely missed in the orchestra community at Britt. We always appreciated her presence on the hill when the orchestra was rehearsing, and we will never forget her role in making Britt the special place that it is today.”
Hannelore was predeceased by her husband, Sam Enfield, Jr, January 16, 2010. She is survived by stepchildren Sam Enfield, III, Lee Enfield Lockwood; Step-grandchildren John Lockwood and Elizabeth Lockwood, one great step-grandchild; extended family members in Germany, cousins Rita Simon and Detlef Simon and family.
The Britt Festival Orchestra will hold a celebration of Hannelore’s life and legacy during its summer 2021 season. Details will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Sam and Hannelore Enfield Classical Annual Fund. Donations may be sent to Britt Festivals at P.O. Box 1124, Medford, OR 97501.
May 13, 1943 – June 23, 2020
Carol Avery Fagan, born May 13, 1943 in Springfield, MA, lived her life as if joy and laughter awaited around every corner. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, daughter and friend who captured the hearts of everyone she met. On June 23, 2020, she passed to a brighter place where she will be reunited with many loved ones. Carol was a free spirit who loved living and faced each day full of energy and with a sparkle in her blue eyes.
Carol’s life adventures began in Longmeadow, MA. She attended Green Mountain College and American International College, traveled throughout Europe, and lived in San Francisco as a flight attendant for Pan Am. Her favorite place was Melvin Village, NH, where she was an integral part of an extended lake family. She raised her children, Chris and Courtney, with former (late) husband Albert in Sudbury, MA. She blended volunteering, work in the school system, and healthcare administration while welcoming anyone into her lovely home and warm kitchen. One of Carol’s most treasured relationships was with her granddaughter, Dani. Carol’s faithful partner Jock Wallace was her rock, and the steady hand that met hers.
No matter what backroads she was roaming, which country she was in, or the company she was surrounded by, Carol always had a laugh or smile to offer. Her warmth, humor, kindness and strength was captivating. She will be deeply missed but forever a part of our lives.
A family service will be held in NH, and a celebration of Carol’s life will take place at a later date in Sudbury.
March 11, 1941 – November 12, 2020
Sidsel Engebretsen Fox, 79, passed away suddenly on November 12 in Annapolis, MD. Born in Oslo, Norway to Sigrun and Kaare Engebretsen in 1941, she left home at the age of 18 and moved to London. Shortly after, she became a stewardess for Pan American World Airways (Pan Am), an opportunity that she proudly took on through the 1960s. During that time, she met the late Kenneth J. Fox, a pilot for Pan Am and the United States Navy. They married in 1968. Following the birth of their son, Jason, Sidsel began a long career as a dental hygienist. She lived in many parts of the United States, including California, Florida, and Texas, before settling in Annapolis in 1983. After the passing of her husband, she was granted many enjoyable years with her partner in life, the late Peyton “Pete” Latimer.
Sidsel treasured her family and friends, embracing every moment with them. She especially loved her role as Bestemamma to Emily. She had a vivacious personality and tremendous lust for life. She was an avid world traveler, boater, tennis player, lover of the outdoors, and consummate hostess. She was also a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, Sailing Club of the Chesapeake, and World Wings International&emdash;where she spent several years on the international board as Treasurer and Recording Secretary.
Sidsel is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jason “Rick” and Stephanie Kuehn Fox; granddaughter, Emily; brother and sister-in-law Kaare and Sidsel Engebretsen; niece, Cecilie; nephews, Marius and Richard; and many other family and friends who love her dearly. A private memorial will be held for family. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery as well as a celebration of Sidsel’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Wings International or Habitat for Humanity.
February 22, 1950 – August 8, 2020
Garden City, MI Resident
We have received the sad news that Kerri Gill passed away on August 08, 2020 in Michigan. Kerri was based in New York with Pan Am and then Delta. She loved Brazil. Her favorite flight to work was JFK – Sao Paulo. She kept the crew and passengers laughing with her great sense of humor. Kerri was always kind and helpful to junior flight attendants. She retired from Delta in 2019.
Dear sister of Sherryl Sexton, Lori (Paul) Sitto, Scott (Joy), Leslie Moser and the late Greg Gill, daughter of the late Robert & Colleen Gill, and aunt to her nieces and nephews, Kerri will be missed by all.
Kerri loved dogs, especially Cocker Spaniels. Her family has suggested that donations be made in her memory to: Bed Bark-Beyond Animal Rescue of Michigan: www.bbbanimalrescue.com
April, 1946 – August 25, 2020
Patricia Ann Goo, nee White, passed away on August 25th after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Patricia first started flying with Pan Am in 1968 out of Miami and then JFK. She became a Flight Service Director and transferred to Honolulu. She became Manager Labor Relations HNL during the late Seventies and later held the position of Flight Service Base Director, Los Angeles. She remained with the airline until 1987.
After Pan Am she worked as a data analyst for Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA.
Patricia is survived by her daughter, Gena.
June 17, 2020
Forest Hills, NY Resident
We have received the sad news that Antonio Gooding passed away on June 17th, 2020 from cancer. Antonio started with Pan Am in 1973, class #13. He was always based in New York. After Pan Am he continued in the airline industry. He worked for British Airways in Manhattan at the Concierge desk, was assistant manager at MGM Grand at JFK, and was a freelance corporate flight attendant for JPMorgan Chase and others.
A viewing will be held on Sunday, June 28th from 1-3 PM. A private memorial service will be held on Monday, June 29th at 9:00 AM. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance will be limited. Funeral Home information is listed below.
Leo F. Kearns, Inc.
103-33 Lefferts Blvd
South Richmond Hill, NY 11419
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.
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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 .
June 17, 1947 – July 29, 2020
Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Marianne was born on June 17, 1947 in Skovde, Sweden and passed away on July 29, 2020 in Vero Beach, Florida.
Marianne passed away in the company of her immediate family by her bedside after courageously battling cancer for many years. She never lost her fighting spirit or let circumstances get the best of her, remaining optimistic and involved with activities, friends and family.
Marianne is survived by her husband John, her sons; Stephen, Christian, and Mark Grofcsik and her sisters; Margareta Wilkmar (NYC), Lena Duvoisin (Eplignes, Switzerland) and Ewa Wretman (Mougins, France).
Marianne attended teachers college in Sweden and taught primary school in Gothenburg, Sweden. She then joined Pan Am as a flight attendant based in New York City. She met her husband John Grofcsik (a pilot) on a flight to Munich October Fest. Their work assignments for the airlines transferred them from NYC to San Francisco, Los Angeles and then Dallas. They had three sons, all born in California (Stephen, Christian & Mark). Once the family settled in Texas, she transitioned to a stay at home mom, managing all parental/household activities. Upon her husband John’s retirement in 1999 they moved to Delray, Florida, then Boynton Beach, and finally ending up beachside in Vero beach since 2014.
Along with raising three sons, she was an avid tennis player, occasional golfer, adventurous skier, seamstress/tailor, quality painter, and most of all a gourmet cook! She always had something to do. Her experience as an international flight attendant gave her the knowledge to guide her family on annual international trips and adventures.
She was a very active member of the “Swedish Women’s Educational Association International (SWEA).
Any Donations in Lieu of flowers should be directed to the American Cancer Society or to Memorial Sloane Kettering, NYC.
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.
February 2, 1943 – July 7, 2020
San Francisco Chapter
Barbara Klutinis—loving mother, grandmother, wife, filmmaker, fly-fisher, and feminist—passed away on Jul 7th, 2020 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 77.
Born in 1943 in St. Louis, MO, Barbara spent her formative years in Kingsport, TN. She studied bacteriology at the University of Tennessee, and later worked as a lab assistant on the rubella vaccine with Georgetown University. It was late one night at work that a colleague said, “you’re going to grow old in this lab!” which sparked a whole new chapter of Barbara’s life.
Barbara joined Pan American Airways as a flight attendant in 1970, where she had the privilege of traveling the world, all the while making lifelong friends.
Barbara married her husband, Jerry Steiner, in 1978, and together they had two children: Daniel and Matthew.
While raising her children, Barbara received her masters degree in filmmaking from SFSU, and taught film theory at that school as well as Skyline College for 16 years.
Barbara retired in 2005 and took up fly fishing. She fished all over the world, from Argentina to Iceland, and again made unshakeable friendships with so many.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 40 years, Jerry Steiner; her two children, Matthew and Daniel; her daughter-in-law, Hannah White; and her two grandchildren, Hazel and Leo; and her siblings Pam, Becky, and David. She will be remembered for her infectious laughter, and unconditional love for all who knew her.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
August 20, 2020
We were deeply saddened to learn the passing of our dear friend Maryann Miller this past Thursday, August 20th, at the age of 81, with her three children by her side. She had been ill for some time. She is survived by her daughters Corinne Touzeau and Valérie Férat, her son Marc Touzeau and his wife Gladys, and her grandchildren Thomas, James, Max, Kimberley, Olivia, and Alicia.
The following tribute was written by her good friend, Réjeanne Touzot. They met on a Pan Am plane when they first started flying nearly sixty years ago.
“We both married our French boyfriends. Maryann became Madame Touzeau and I became Madame Touzot. Of course in Paris, we stayed in touch regularly. We were not involved with World Wings at the time and knew very little about the organization. I had joined as a member-at-large and, in 1983, I found out that a World Wings convention was being organized in London. I asked Maryann to send in her application form and dues—and off we went to London. We reconnected with the Pan Am world that we had known and loved and had left behind many years earlier. What fun and enjoyment those four days were. Of course, we were highly encouraged to start a chapter in Paris. Names of ex-Pan Amers who lived in Paris were given us by those attending : Kay de Farcy, Michele de Swaan, Monica Bolling, Ingrid Leygonie, Ann Panel, Cobi Camberlein, with contacts for them as well. Both Maryann and I were very enthusiastic about this and we decided to go ahead with it. These ladies were all contacted and they, in turn, had a few more names to give us : Michel Capello, Pierrette Aymar, Eva Gagny, Sidsel Daroczi, Kristin Schiano, Eve Bark, Noelle Berti. We organized our first get-together on March 1st, 1984 and met at my place. This gathering lasted until 19h and everybody needed to call home to let them know that they were running late. Yes, everybody was excited about starting this chapter. Monica Bolling offered to host our first official meeting on her lovely terrace in Neuilly. And that’s how our chapter started !!!
Maryann has been a very special friend throughout these years. She was a very kind, good-hearted and cheerful person, and she never complained. She stayed busy and until the end of last year, she continued her dance classes. Did you know that she was a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in NYC in her earlier years ? She was indeed a beautiful and talented lady. She’s been the best of mothers to Corinne, Valerie and Marc and a dear grandmother to her 6 grandchildren. She will be dearly missed!”
A service is being held on Friday, August 28, 2020, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, Crematorium of the Pere Lachaise, la Coupole, Paris.
There are no attendance limits at the Pere Lachaise cemetery although face masks are necessary.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph’s Church, 55 Avenue Hoche, Paris 8, and to Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, the international charity of World Wings International.
November 22, 1938 – July 5, 2020
Member at Large
JoAnn Moore, 82, of Brevard, N.C., died July 5, 2020.
She was born to the late Joseph and Margert (Ihrie) Meil, Nov. 22 , 1938, in Montgomery Pa. JoAnn graduated from Nether Providence High School, Wallingford, PA in 1955 and attended Louisiana State University. She studied Spanish and lived in Puerto Rico before becoming a flight attendant for Pan American Airways. She was in the airline’s Latin American Division and was based in Miami, Florida. She married the late George A. Moore in 1973, and they lived together in Pennsylvania, before relocating to Beaufort, SC in the 1980s.
JoAnn was a flight attendant for Pan Am until she retired in 1984. She had a passion for flying, attaining her Private Pilot’s License, and was known for her love for animals .
JoAnn is survived by five step children: Christine Mohar, of Hauula, Hawaii, Kathleen Moore of Boynton Beach, Florida, Patti Moore of Boca Raton, Florida, Diane Taradash of Jacksonville, Florida, George Moore of Jenson Beach, Florida, and her Brother J. Donald Meil of Myerstown PA. She also is survived by seven grandchildren and nephews.
December 28, 2020
Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Ingrid was a stewardess for Pan Am. Originally from Sweden, she eventually settled in Stuart, Florida. Ingrid had a big heart. Her whole life she always helped people who had a hard time, even in the end, when she was suffering so much herself. She had a beautiful soul.
May 14, 1926 – October 13, 2020
Marjorie was born and raised in Dania, Florida, the youngest child of Evan Kinsey (of Aucilla-Monticello, Florida) and Margie Horne Kinsey (of Madison, Florida). As the second “Margie”, in the Kinsey family, Marjorie was also known as “Toogie”.
Toogie grew up in the South Florida of the 1920’s-40’s, surviving many hurricanes and the Great Depression—during which, her father sometimes hunted, fished and traded with the Indians to feed his family. Growing up on the edge of the Everglades, Toogie learned to love the wildlands and wildlife. She also had many fond memories of the Indians helping her family survive, during those tough times, and she spoke highly of them. In High School, Toogie was a Drum Majorette, and she was also a runner-up in the Miss Miami Beauty Contest.
In her twenties, Toogie joined Pan American Airlines as a Flight Attendant, and she flew all over South America and the Caribbean. Her first marriage ended her flight attendant career, and soon Toogie went to work for the Department of Immigration at Homestead, Florida, where she eventually met her second husband, David Gilman Reed (Lt. Col. United States Air Force). David was transferred to Hunter Air Field in Savannah, Georgia, in 1961, where their only child was born in 1962, and the family was soon transferred back to Florida, settling in at Eglin Air Force Base, at Shalimar, Florida. In 1968, the family was transferred again to Yokota Air Force Base, Japan, where Marjorie was active in the Officer’s Wives Club and joined Ikebana International (Floral Arranging Society), while David fought in the Vietnaam War. After David’s medical retirement from the Air Force, due to injury, the family moved back to Shalimar, Florida, where Marjorie became a Real Estate Salesman, and eventually achieved the rank of Realtor.
After David’s death, Marjorie decided to move back to South Florida, settling in on the “other coast”, in Naples, Florida, where she joined several groups and made many new friends. Marjorie was a member of World Wings International, The American Legion, The Military Officers’ Association of South Florida, The Military Officers’ Wives’ Luncheon Group; she supported the local ROTC functions; and she was a season ticket-holder at the Sugden Theater.
Marjorie leaves behind many friends and loved ones and is survived by her only child, Kathleen Reed.
Visitation will be Tuesday Oct. 20 2pm – 4pm Fuller Funeral Home 4735 Tamiami Trail East Naples, Fl. 34112. Burial will take place at Barrancas National Cemetery Pensacola, Fl.
January 17, 1947 – December 7, 2020
Heart of Florida Chapter
Patricia J. Rupp, 73, of Hernando, Florida, passed away December 7, 2020 at Vitas Hospice in Lecanto. Patricia was born on January 17, 1947, in Philadelphia, PA, to the late Carmine and Marie (Coyne) Forzono. She came to Citrus County 24 years ago from Woodbury, CT. She was a graduate of the University of New York in Oswego, NY.
Patricia was a flight attendant with Pan Am airlines for over eighteen years. She was very involved with animal rescues for more than twenty years. She loved her horses and all the dogs she had over many years.
Left to cherish her memory are her husband of over 39 years, Ned Rupp; two step-sons: Jeff and Steve Rupp; and her brothers: James, John and Carmine Forzono. Memorial services for Patricia will be deferred for several months. Cremation with care is under the direction of the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory in Inverness, FL.
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
October 12, 2020
Hopewell, VA Resident
Allen Randolph “Randy” Scott, 68, of Hopewell, VA passed away on October 12, 2020. Born in Newport News, he was the son of the late Alfred Robert Scott, Jr. and Anne Mae Wilson. He is survived by his father, Alfred (Clara); sister, Jeanell Hernandez (Jose), Cynthia Scott Beckett; nephew, LaMont Mitchell; adopted love parents, Gus and Gertie Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Anne Mae; brother, Michael Scott; and sister, Tarnyal Mitchell.
Randy was a graduate of William & Mary and collected a masters from Virginia Commonwealth University. He devoted 40 years of work with to Pan American Airlines, where he was based in London, and later United Airlines, where he was known as “Mae.” He spoke fluent French, German and Italian. Special thanks to Merv Gordon (Germany) and Jean Louis (Paris) for their meaningful friendship.
The family is being served by the Hopewell J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association at https://diabetes.org/donate or the American Heart Association at https://www2.heart.org/. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Allen Randolph Scott please visit their Sympathy Store.
April, 1935 – November 20, 2020
Sarasota, FL Resident
Joan Shaver died Friday morning, November 20, 2020 in her home. She was 85, born in Yonkers, NY in April of 1935 to Walter and Margaret Schwenk.
Joan spent her early years in the New York area, graduating from Pelham Memorial High School and Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, graduating in 1956. She was a stewardess for Pan Am Airways for over 30 years, based out of California and New York, where she met her husband James (Jim) Shaver, a Pan Am pilot. They married in February of 1981 and resided in Norwalk, Connecticut.
She and Jim retired to Sarasota. They both enjoyed the outdoors including sailing, curling and gardening. Joan was a volunteer for the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens for several years.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and husband. She is survived by a brother Robert (& Mieke) Schwenk, Switzerland and numerous nephews and nieces.
Memorials may be made to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens at 1534 Mound St., Sarasota, Florida 34236
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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November 26, 1927 – November 9, 2020
Bellevue, WA Resident
Lee Taylor passed peacefully in her sleep, just the way she hoped it would go, at 4:30 a.m. on November 9, 2020. She was 92 years old (born Nov. 26, 1927 in Trenton, MI).
Lee joined Pan Am as a stewardess and flew the Alaska/Hawaii route. She was one of the charter members of the Seattle chapter of World Wings International. In the span of her lifetime, she lived several lifetimes, found great love, gave back to her community, and created celebrations that will live forever in the memories of her family.
Lee is survived by her daughters, Sue Kernen and Tracy Rubstello, and her son, Porter Ross Taylor, III; her grandchildren, Holly and Callin Regan and Leah Taylor; and her great-grandson, Aeden Rice. Her life will be honored with a service for immediate family only (date TBD). She will be laid to rest at the Memorial Gardens at BelPres Church in Bellevue.
1944 – December 15, 2020
Carole Ann (Dye) Wasnesky, 76, of Scottsdale, passed away peacefully at home on 15 December 2020, after an extended illness.
Born in Anderson, South Carolina, Mrs. Wasnesky was the daughter of the late Howard Edward Dye and Frances Campbell Dye. She graduated from Anderson College (now University) in 1964, followed by Erskine College in 1966, with a B.A. in Education and Psychology.
She graduated flight school in 1966, then spent her first three years following college travelling extensively internationally as a flight attendant for Pan American World Airways. She was an active member of World Wings for many years.
She completed her Master’s Degree in Education at San Jose State University in 1978.
Mrs. Wasnesky served for 39 years as a reading specialist and elementary to middle school teacher. She specialized in early assessment and intervention, enjoyed mentoring student teachers in her classroom simultaneously, and particularly loved teaching first and second grades. While teaching full time, she completed an additional 150+ hours of graduate education beyond her Master’s Degree, attaining multiple advanced specialty certifications in education.
She was a faithful member of Valley Presbyterian Church of Paradise Valley for 35 years, where she served as a deacon; she additionally volunteered for many years welcoming everyone as lead usher.
Among her favorite activities, she enjoyed crossword puzzles, scrabble, reading, music, world travel, genealogy, exercise, attending Phoenix Suns basketball games, spending time with her family, and animals, especially her German Shepherds. She will also be remembered as a talented pianist and home cook.
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Peter (“Sonny”) Paul Wasnesky, Jr. of the home; a daughter, Cindy Wasnesky, and son, Chris Wasnesky (Cristal), of Scottsdale; two grandchildren, Hayden Wasnesky and Harper Wasnesky, of Scottsdale; a sister, Gail Dye Cole (Dewitt) of Powder Springs, GA, several nephews, and great nephews and nieces.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Tricia Renee Wasnesky, and a brother, Robert E. Dye, Sr.
A private graveside committal will be held on 28 December 2020, with Rev. Dr. David Joynt (Valley Presbyterian Church).
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Alzheimer’s Disease Research.
August 9, 1947 – October 10, 2020
Sonoma, CA Resident
Cynthia was born in Dallas, Texas in 1947. She lived many places throughout her childhood, and attended the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.
Cynthia was a beloved wife and mother, avid gardener, and competitive swimmer qualifying for the Olympic trials. She volunteered for many local causes and contributed much to her community. Cynthia was a flight attendant for Pan American airlines and a realtor and broker for Sotheby’s International Realty in Sonoma. She was a member of The National and California Associations of Realtors, serving as Director of the CAR for many years, and President of NorBar in 1999. She was also a member of the US Swimming Association and a stroke and turn official.
Cynthia is survived by her husband Francis X Wood, Sonoma, CA; daughter Adrienne Morolla, husband Marc Morolla, and their son Marcantonio Morolla, of Sonoma, CA; daughter Madeline Yankee, husband Alex Yankee, and their children Zachary, Jack and Charlotte, of Sonoma CA; son Byron Wood and wife Lauren Wood, of Ventura, CA; sister Denise Caignon and daughter Chiara, of Chapel Hill, NC.
The funeral and memorial are being held privately with family only due to Covid-19, but a website has been started for comments and well wishes: https://cynthiawoodmemoria.wixsite.com/cwood
A post-Covid Celebration of Life will be scheduled for some time in 2021.
In lieu of flowers you may choose to make donations to the UCSF Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Division by visiting https://makeagift.ucsf.edu/AIBMT Donations may also be made to the Cure Alzheimers fund in memory of Cynthia at https://curealz.org/outreach/in-memory/cynthia-wood/
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