Sharon Fine / Marin Chapter
Joyce Jo Ann Hardin / Portland Chapter
Joan Lardy / Bournemouth, England Resident
Yumi Massi / Reno Chapter
Margaret Nolte / Oakland Chapter
Nadja Rosellen / Idaho Resident
Beth Schwalbert / Miami Chapter
Michael Spilios / Elmhurst, NY Resident
Douglas Edward Tyler / Seattle, WA Resident
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.
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.
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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.
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.
April 4, 2021
Queen Creek, AZ Resident
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.
We invite all of Gaby’s friends and family to celebrate her life in the coming weeks at a date, time and location to be determined. Any comments, tributes or photos posted here in Gaby’s memory will be shared during her celebration of life gathering.
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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