Vera Brosnahan / Cooper City, FL Resident
Marguerite “Sally” Chagnon / Flagler Beach, FL Resident
Barbara Gilot Clark, Palmetto Bay, FL Resident
Sherry Patterson Dargan / Key Largo, FL Resident
Sharon Fine / Marin Chapter
Joyce Jo Ann Hardin / Portland Chapter
Sandy Naff Keefe / Seattle Chapter
Joan Lardy / Bournemouth, England Resident
Yumi Massi / Reno Chapter
Francine McGinnis / Jupiter, FL Resident
Margaret Nolte / Oakland Chapter
Moira Notis / Stamford, CT Resident
Christina Palmstierna / Stockholm Chapter
SuAnne Fehr Ramsey / Wilton, CT Resident
Nadja Rosellen / Idaho Resident
Beth Schwalbert / Miami Chapter
Michael Spilios / Elmhurst, NY Resident
Douglas Edward Tyler / Seattle, WA Resident
Anne Venables Kyrke / Manhattan Chapter
Gabrielle Ward / Phoenix Chapter
Plantation, FL Resident
We are saddened to learn of the passing of Gen Born in the last week of February, 2021, at the age of 96. Gen was a member of the Miami Chapter in the sixties.
1930 – June 14, 2021
Cooper City, FL Resident
Vera Brosnahan passed away on June 14,2021, with her family by her side. Vera was born in Carroll, IA, attended Kuemper Catholic High School, and received her degree from Marycrest College in Davenport, IA. She moved to Miami in 1950 to begin a career in the airline industry first as a teletype operator and then as a flight attendant for Pan American Airways and National Airlines. Throughout her life she continued her love of travel with adventures across the Americas and Europe. She was a devoted working-mother of four raising a family in Miami Lakes, FL and a second “Mom” to many. Her six grandchildren were her pride and joy, and she loved attending every game, concert, or exhibit. Vera ran a successful family-owned concrete business for over 60 years. She was an active member of Saint Mark Catholic Church and previously Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children Thomas Brosnahan; Daniel Brosnahan; David Brosnahan (Kelly), and Kathy Stamm (Ren); and loving grandchildren, Tyler, Savannah, and Hunter Stamm; and Ryan, Sean, & Erin Brosnahan; as well as her siblings, Romayne Hugeback of Azuza, CA, Linda Scott (Richard) of Cooper City, FL, and Susan Hurst (Dick) of Wilmington, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Margaret Hugeback, and siblings, Inez Hugeback and Harvey Hugeback.
The family would like to express our thanks for the outpouring of love and support.
March 25, 1934 – July 21, 2021
Flagler Beach, FL Resident
Sally joined National Airlines in 1957 and continued her career with Pan Am after it acquired National in 1980. Living in a high-rise in Flagler Beach, she had a birds-eye view of the Flagler pier and was known for her annual Fourth of July parties. Sally proudly represented her city as president of the Flagler Beach Women’s Club and spoke often of her decades-long association with Alcoholics Anonymous.
A celebration of life will be held at the Flagler Beach Women’s Club at a later date.
January 15, 1953 – June 8, 2021
Palmetto Bay, FL Resident
Barbara Gilot Clark passed away unexpectedly at her home on June 8, 2021.
Barbara was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 15, 1953. She graduated from Miami Springs Senior High School, where she was a talented athlete and student, in 1971. She married Wayne H. Clark on February 26, 1977. They were married 36 years until his death in 2013.
Barbara worked as a stewardess for National, Pan Am and Delta Airlines. She was promoted to the rank of purser and received many commendations for her achievements. She traveled extensively and enjoyed skiing, boating and many other outdoor activities.
An ardent animal lover, Barbara was active with several pet rescue groups and the ASPCA. Diagnosed with Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in 1991, Barbara became an enthusiastic supporter of Southeastern Guide Dogs. The organization provides guide dogs and training for the visually impaired.
Barbara’s fun-loving personality and flair for storytelling are legendary among her family and friends. She loved to make people laugh and was always there to offer a kind word, encouragement and support.
Barbara is survived by her sisters, Dorothy M. Sowards and Donna Gilot Scherlacher, step-daughter Kim Clark Stovall, her nieces and nephews as well as many family and friends. In addition to her husband, Barbara is preceded in death by her mother Dorothy R. Gilot and her brother Richard D. Burns.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs Inc., 4210 77th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221 or visit guidedogs.org.
July 17, 1945 – April 6, 2021
Sherry grew up on a farm in small-town Wisconsin but ultimately explored the world.
Number ten of eleven children born to Anton and Ida Riehle, Sharon Lee Riehle arrived in the waning months of World War II in Wisconsin. She graduated from nearby Watertown High School in 1963. Encouraged by her older brother Fred, a pilot with United Airlines, Sherry applied to be a flight attendant. It was a highly competitive occupation at the time, but she was hired by United Airlines in 1965. In 1969, she began working for famed Pan American World Airways, an airline practically synonymous with jet-age glamour.
In 1970, on a blind-date orchestrated by friends, she met a young lawyer, Ned Fine, who would become the love of her life and husband of nearly fifty years. Ned had just graduated from the University of California School of Law in Berkeley and was a new associate at Morrison & Foerster law firm in San Francisco. Ned & Sherry were married in San Francisco in September 1972 and enjoyed a round-the-world honeymoon on Pan Am, with stops in many far flung destinations, new to them both.
The couple first lived in San Francisco and then bought a home in the Berkeley hills, where they began raising their two daughters, Rebecca (born in 1975) and then Jessica (1978). The growing family then built a home in Woodside, where the girls finished school before heading off to college. During this time Sherry returned to work, this time for United, and flew for another 15 years. Sherry and Ned moved to the Silverado community in Napa in 2006 after both Ned and Sherry had retired.
Sherry encouraged a love of travel, appreciation of other cultures and traditions in her children and often generously invited other friends and relatives on her global adventures. Sherry and Ned traveled almost everywhere possible in the world: safaris in Africa and the Galapagos; Antarctic excursions; visits to Machu Pichu, Morocco, Mongolia and even Olympics in Sydney; and other journeys to nearly every continent, often on her favorite cruise ships. Sherry always brought a token back from her journeys for her children and then grandchildren. And she loved to capture her journeys in photographs long before the iPhone made it so easy.
Back at home, she relished family and holidays and especially loved her four grandchildren: Isaac, Emmett, Logan and Emily. She was a notorious note-taker as well as a great organizer and planner (famous for her lists, she may have enjoyed the trip planning as much as the trip itself). Sherry found joy in entertaining, her regular book club, mah-jongg gatherings and walking groups. She always loved nature, volunteering in different capacities at Filoli, the house and garden estate in Woodside, and later at Copia in the Napa community.
Sherry suffered a fall in late February (no broken bones), but complications developed and she was cared for with hospice assistance at home and died peacefully on April 6 with family beside her. A couple minutes before her passing, her family played the song “I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane,” not only a song she loved from 40+ years ago, but befitting her usual voyages and this ultimate one.
Sherry is survived by 6 of her Riehle brothers (Dick, Archie, Bill, Frank, George and Tom). She is also survived by her husband, Ned, and her 2 children, Rebecca (Fine) Audiss and Jessica Fine and 4 grandchildren: Isaac & Emmett Kleinman and Logan & Emily Audiss.
Given Covid, no services are being planned at this time.
Visit her online memorial at: https://www.forevermissed.com/sherry-fine/about
April 23, 1933 – January 15, 2021
Our family and community have lost a wonderful member, Joyce Jo Ann Hardin, who passed peacefully in her home on Friday, January 15th. Born to Leonora and Ora Raine, she experienced 87 wonderful years as a wife, mother, teacher, world traveler, and community contributor. She leaves behind her husband of 58 years, Herb, two sons, Brett and Garth, stepson Kevin, brother Merton Raine, sister Karen Wyles, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
Jo Ann’s childhood years were spent in Bozeman Montana. She later moved to Selah, Washington, where she graduated from high school, and then started college at the University of Washington. In 1954, she spread her wings and became a Flight Attendant for Pan American World Airways. This coveted position allowed her to experience the world in the last years of propeller-driven passenger aircraft, such as the Lockheed Constellation, and the very first years of the new jet age on the Boeing 707. She flew out of NYC from 1954-1956. After Pan Am, she continued flying from SFO to the Orient with Flying Tigers and Riddle Airlines and with Trans Caribbean Airline from NYC to Puerto Rico.
After meeting her future husband, Jo Ann moved to Hawaii where she earned a teaching degree at the University of Hawaii and spent 24 years teaching French, Spanish, and English for the Hawaii Public School District. She was very active with her students and faculty and served as the President of the Hawaii Association of Foreign Language Teachers. One of the highlights of her teaching career was an original education program she created by taking 10 of her Hawaiian students on a study tour of England, France, and Spain. She remained in contact with some of these students through the years. She married Herb Hardin in Hawaii in 1962 and they honeymooned on Kauai. They raised their two sons, Brett and Garth, in the city of Kailua, Oahu.
After retiring in 1996, they moved to Pupukea on Oahu’s North Shore. Herb and Jo Ann decided to return to their roots in the Northwest, building their final retirement home in White Salmon, Washington, by the beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Jo Ann became active in community affairs, serving as a board member of the Gorge Heritage Museum, president of the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and as an officer with World Wings International. Jo was also an avid genealogist. She will be missed by all that knew her. Her loving spirit will live in our hearts forever. Aloha nui, Jo Ann, even after death do us part.
May 18, 1936 – February 26, 2021
Bournemouth, England Resident
It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Joan Lardy after a lengthy illness. Joan was one of those people who seemed to be known by so many people in Pan Am. She began flying in 1957. Eventually settling in the UK and opening the London Base in 1972, she became one of the very few In-Flight Directors at the base. She was the London base’s IUFA representative for many years.
A virtual memorial service will be held on March 9th at 2:15 GMT. Please contact Karolina Gantchar (London chapter) for details.
December 14, 1947 – April 4, 2021
We have received the sad news that Yumi Massi passed away on April 4th, 2021 in San Francisco.
Yumi was hired by Pan Am on February 6th, 1969. As a Japanese speaker she was originally based in Honolulu from 1969-1974. She then flew out of London from 1974-77 and New York from 1977-1991. After Pan Am she continued her flying career at Delta Airlines, retiring in 2016.
Yumi met her future husband, Bob Massi, on a flight from San Francisco to Tokyo. Bob was on his second flight as a “Silver Winger” (new hire). Yumi was the Japanese qualified flight attendant. They married on June 7th, 1975 in San Francisco.
Yumi was a member of the Manhattan Chapter for many years. After moving to Nevada she joined the Reno Chapter.
We remember Yumi’s grace and elegance.
On-line condolences may be posted at this link:
September 7, 1946 – July 10, 2021
Jupiter, FL Resident
Francine Virginia McGinnis, née Restivo, passed peacefully on July 10th after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Francine was a fierce independent spirit, creative talent, and beloved mother. Raised as one of four girls in a Sicilian-Polish family in Orange County, California, back when Orange County really was “actually a bunch of orange groves,” as she’d say, Francine learned to play the accordion and performed as a song leader at La Habra High School. As a young adult, Francine boldly ventured where few women of her generation had gone, traveling the world as an international flight attendant and purser for National, Pan Am, and Delta airlines. She was a member of World Wings for years, and was a former president of the Miami chapter. Later, she completed her undergraduate degree at Florida International University and a Master of Cinematography at University of Miami. She wrote numerous cookbooks and scripts, many revolving around her experience in the skies as a glamorous Pan Am “stew.”
Her primary life’s work, however, was as a mother and homemaker extraordinaire. In addition to raising her two youngest daughters alone, she kept a house that would make Martha Stewart jealous, earning both interior design and real estate licenses. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by daughters Julie, Heather, and Kimberly; son Ryan, son-in-law Sam; daughter-in-law Yasmin; granddaughters Tatiana and Samantha; grandsons, Toł and Ko’ehdan; and dearest pets, Mia and Eva. Her family will hold a celebration of her life on Saturday, July 17th, in Palm Beach. Please contact Kathy Demont, Florida Treasure Coast Chapter, if you are able to attend and provide Francine with a Pan Am worthy send-off.
September 14, 1936 to June 19, 2021
Santa Fe, NM Resident
Gigi Minke, world traveler, author, and great beauty, died peacefully June 19 at Kingston Residence of Santa Fe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lobsang Lhalungpa, whose teachings and Buddhist practice she lovingly supported. She is survived by two sisters and one brother in Germany; Richhild Glittenberg, Ute Minke-Koenig, and Dr. Dierk Minke; and two stepsons in Canada, Samphe Lhalungpa and Tenzin Lhalungpa.
Gigi was born in 1936 in Potsdam, Germany. She studied English at University of Cambridge, England; and French at Alliance Francaise in Paris. Wanting to see more of the world, Gigi became an International Stewardess for Pan American Airlines in 1960, working in luxurious Pan Am Clippers. The job required a college education, six weeks of intensive training, and facility in three languages. She would remain with Pan Am for 26 years.
In 1969, Gigi met Ernst Haas, a well-known Austrian-American photographer. They traveled together for many years and they collab- orated on the book, Himalayan Pilgrimage, 1978. Deeply affected by the Tibetan culture, she spent seven winters at Happy Valley, the Tibetan Children’s Village in Mussoorie, India, and in many other Tibetan Refugee villages in India, home to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government in exile.
In 1975, Gigi met Lobsang Lhalungpa, Tibetan scholar and former member of the 13th Dalai’s government in Tibet, at the Newark Museum’s Tibetan Symposium. They married in 1981 and lived in New York City. After Gigi’s retirement from Pan Am in 1986, they moved to Virginia outside Washington, DC where she worked for the World Bank. In 1989, they moved to Santa Fe and Gigi worked for the Santa Fe New Mexican and the Eugene V. and Claire E. Thaw Charitable Trust.
“Gigi la,” as she was known in Santa Fe’s Tibetan Buddhist community, was a warm, generous person who shared her grace and intelligence with all who knew her. We will not forget her undaunted energy and her delight in so many aspects of life.
A memorial ceremony for Gigi will be held this fall. For information about the memorial or to share memories, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remembrances may be made to: Tibetan Children’s Village: https://www.sos-usa.org/take-action/donate-for-a-child/general-donation-form or to Tibetan Association of Santa Fe.
May 19, 1946 – April 19, 2021
Stamford, CT Resident
Moira (Lynch) Notis of Stamford, CT, passed away on April 19, 2021. She was born May 19, 1946, in Ashington, Northumbria, England, the only child of George and Winnie (Haggerty) Lynch.
Her family relocated to Dusseldorf, West Germany and remained there until the late 1950’s. They then relocated back to London, settling at Dockwell Close, Feltham, where she attended secondary school at a Catholic School for girls in Hunslow. She graduated high school (took her “A Levels”), at age 18.
Shortly after graduating, she obtained a ground crew position at Heathrow Airport. In 1968 she was accepted by Pan American Airways as an Airline Attendant and moved to America for her training. By this time Moira could speak French and German as well as English which made her an extremely valuable employee. She retired in 2008 after working for Pan Am and Delta Airlines for a combined total of 40 years.
Moira met her beloved husband, Tom Notis (deceased), while both were working for Pan Am. They were married on June 6th, 1981, and were together for 29 years before Tom passed away.
She leaves behind her cousins: Jean Greenwood, Sarah and Christopher Skinner, as well as other cousins living in England. She also leaves her family by marrage; Brothers in Law, Paul Notis and Richard Constantin, and nieces Janet Constantin Stuart and Linda Constantin.
A memorial Mass will be held at Saint Clement Church, 535 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT on June 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Moira’s name to Saint Clement Church or to a charity of your choice.
For the safety of all those attending her funeral services, please wear face coverings and maintain social distancing.
To leave an expression of sympathy for Moira’s family online, you may sign the guestbook at www.bosakfuneralhome.com or visit the funeral home Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bosakfuneralhome .
February 19, 2021
Christina Staaf Palmstierna, a member of WWI Stockholm, passed away on February 19 after a short illness. Her maiden name was Leander. In 1965 she was elected Queen of Mälaren (Stockholm is surrounded by the Lake Mälaren) and she officially represented Stockholm for a year. That position goes to a young lady with excellent language skills and a pleasant personality. During that year she also shot a short movie with Roger Moore. When the year was over Pan Am was lucky enough to hire her.
After returning to Sweden she started a company together with her husband and she had a very active part in running it all through her working career. In recent years, she became a skilled bridge player and an equally good golfer. We mourn with her family.
May 31 1949 – July 4, 2021
Wilton, CT Resident
SuAnne Fehr Ramsey, born in Peoria, IL, was the daughter of the late Milton and Marian O’Marah Fehr. She was the wife of Edward C Ramsey. Services will be held on Friday July 16, 2021 at 11:00 am at Hoyt Funeral Home located at 199 Main Street, New Canaan, CT 06840, followed by a short reception to be announced. For more information, please call Michael Ramsey at 203.984.9509. Inurnment will be at a later date in Athens, IL at the convenience of the family.
She was the second oldest of four daughters and was raised on a farm in Eureka, IL. She graduated from Eureka High School in 1967 and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 from Illinois State University with a focus on French, Spanish and German. After graduating college, she flew off to New York City, NY to begin her career with Pan American World Airways after accepting the highly coveted position of flight attendant. She later transitioned to Delta Air Lines, where she culminated her 40 plus years of flying to far away destinations, absolutely loving her job. She just recently retired.
SuAnne loved her life! She especially loved hosting dinner parties in her home for friends and family. She was a talented singer, enjoyed all types of music, believed in staying strong and fit, and adored cuddling with her precious kitty, Lolly. SuAnne will be greatly missed for her big smile, generous heart and her fun personality. She will be remembered by her family and many friends for her strength, independence, and determination to not merely survive, but thrive.
SuAnne is survived by her two sons, Michael of Springfield, MA and Aaron of Middletown, CT, and one grandson, the apple of her eye, Lincoln. Also surviving are her two sisters, Sandra Fehr Davis (Byron) of Charleston, WV and Kate Fehr Osipowich (Tom) of Windsor, CA, and nieces, JoAnnaHinrichsen Hall, Eureka, IL and Halle Taylor Fehr, Windsor, CA, and one great nephew, James Hinrichsen.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to be made to the Stanley Medical Research Institute for Mental Health, 10605 Concord Street, Suite 206, Kensington, MD 20895 or the charity of your choosing. For online condolences
and directions, please visit www.Hoytfuneralhome.com
April 19, 2021
We have received the sad news that Nadja Rosellen passed away on April 19th, 2021 in Idaho. Nadja started with Pan Am in 1967, class 23 and was based in New York. An avid skier, she was a member of the Pan Am ski team. After Pan Am she continued her flying career with Delta Airlines. In retirement she enjoyed skiing and hiking. She is survived by her husband Tim Taylor.
We remember Nadja for her energy and enthusiasm.
Elmhurst, NY Resident
It is with great sadness that we must tell you that Michael Spilios passed away at the end of January 2021 from a heart attack. He began his Pan Am career in 1973. He flew out of New York and London as Purser. After Pan Am, he continued his flying career with United Airlines until retiring in 2012.
We remember Michael for his exuberance and great sense of humor.
June 1, 1948 – January 11, 2021
Seattle, WA Resident
Douglas Edward Tyler left this world on January 11th, 2021. He entered on June 1st, 1948. His parents, Gussie and Bonnie Tyler preceded him in passing. Scott Norman, his partner of 40 years survives him.
He saw the world. With his years at Pan American World Airways, Braniff, and United Airlines, his work took him to all parts of the planet. Local art from Lima. Lebanon before the war. Teheran before the revolution. Istanbul, where the cherries were as big as golf balls. The gold markets in Bangkok, antique stores in Shanghai, and the Great Wall at dawn. He stole towels from The Helmsley in New York and The Phonecia in Beirut. And India. Amazing India. His favorite part of each far-flung trip was returning to home, to Seattle. He learned to love cats and Democrats. The good people at Kaiser made the end of his life better than it would have been without them.
1937 – June 23, 2021
It is with deep sadness that the Manhattan chapter announces the passing of their chapter member and dear friend Ann Venables Kyrke. “Annie” succumbed to cancer just before midnight on Wednesday, June 23, 2021.
Annie was vivacious, energetic, and a dedicated lover of life who lived it fully. Born in London in 1937 and raised in Dublin, Annie was hired by Pan Am in December,1963. She enjoyed several bases, particularly HKG and JFK for many years. After Pan Am ceased operations Annie continued her flying career with Delta where she was still employed at the time of her passing. This year would have been Annie’s 57th year of flying. She was quite determined to see it through to 60 years, at which point she said she “might” consider retiring. Not that retirement would have kept Annie on the ground. There was too much life to live to sit still.
Annie flew extensively around Pan Am’s world and made many friends along the way. She befriended an African chief and an Indian maharaja and outdrank Australian men to win a beer drinking competition in Sydney. Annie never forgot the war-weary GIs she interacted with on Vietnam R&R flights or the traumatized passengers who survived death and destruction during the 1986 hijacking of Flight 73 in Karachi. Despite a 55-hour duty day, Annie and her crew provided solace and support to those survivors as they brought them to their final destination of JFK.
During her years with Delta Annie discovered the delights of Las Vegas, particularly its gaming tables where she became well-known for her skill and penchant for winning. She also enjoyed flying the New York Mets charters, befriending the team, all of whom knew her by name. Annie became a dedicated Mets fan.
Annie is survived by a cousin in England and many, many friends worldwide. There are no plans for a service at this time.
Annie loved life and had an amazing journey along the way. She graced us with her presence, sharing friendship, laughter and good times. She truly was a legend in her own time. Fly onward, Annie.
April 4, 2021
It is with heavy hearts that we, Karin Furrh and Kristen Tolbert, share with you that our mom, Gabrielle Ward, passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.
Gabrielle joined Pan Am in 1962 and remained with the airline until 1972, flying out of New York to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Memories were shared at a Celebration of Gaby’s Life gathering in May.
For those who wish to express sympathy, please consider making a donation in Gaby’s name to Good Shepherd Healing Ministries Horse Rescue (gshmhorserescue.org or 602-615-7075).
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