Nicholas “Nick” Babzien / West Palm Beach, FL Resident
Victor Bracero / New York City Resident
Jacquie Campion / WWI Charter Member / Los Angeles Chapter
Lois Cline / Marin Chapter
Edie DePetro / New Jersey Resident
Birgitta Doe / Member at Large
Doris Domenech / Miami, Florida Resident
Anna-Lena Dunn / Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Susan Elind / Oslo Chapter
Carole Davies Elwell / Member at Large
Phelps Euler / Oakland Chapter
Carolyn Ferguson / Portland Chapter
Anne-lise Fink / Annapolis Chapter
Fernanda Fronzi / Ridgefield, Connecticut Resident
Margit Sandaker Glomm / Oslo Chapter
Lidia Goldner / Palm Beach, FL Resident
Magdalena Grocholski / Miami, Florida Resident
Christel Guder-Pollitt / Long Island Chapter
Gerhard Hitziger / Proprietor, Baseler Eck, Frankfurt
Holly Hilton / Paris Chapter
Joan Foglia Holzer / Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Resident
David Kaplan / New York Resident
Barbara Hart Kennedy / Sacramento, California Resident
Jeffrey Kriendler / World Wings International Advisory Board
Tina Koehler / Reno, Nevada Resident
Brenda Benedict Lee / Miami, Florida Resident
Regina Macias / San Francisco Resident
Geraldine “Geri” Nakamitsu / Honolulu Chapter
Mary Barnett Noosinow / Los Angeles Chapter
Birgitta Pettersson / Stockholm Chapter
Camelia Valdez Riggins / Miami Chapter
Pete Runnette / World Wings International Advisory Board
Anna Salisbury / California Resident
Barbara Sharfstein / San Francisco Chapter
Laurence Simon / World Wings International Advisory Board
Diane Sinck / New Jersey Resident
Roxane Thomas / Member at Large
Katherine “Kathy” Van Fleet Woerheide / Marin Chapter
William H Waltrip / Naples Chapter (Honorary)
Betsy Wickes / Seattle Chapter
Kari Willcockson / Los Angeles Chapter
Margaret “Marty” Woodman / San Francisco Chapter
Gisela Zitzow-Peck / Heart of Florida Chapter
December 3, 1942 – March 12, 2022
With a rich sense of place and purpose, Ms. Judy Ash filled each room she entered with a distinctly powerful yet elegant energy. Her aura was that of a woman who was fortunate enough to know precisely where she’d come from and exactly who she is. Where she was headed, however, was generally a coin toss, and she would embrace any new adventure with open arms.
Born to Thomas Edward and Julia Parker Young in Pinopolis, SC, she was blessed to have a solid groundwork for her spiritual and personal development. Her mother expanded Judy’s childhood home to make room for Punch ’n Judy Kindergarten, where the focus of the curriculum was music, and Judy’s Shetland pony, Candy, made regular appearances. One of her best childhood friends was Beth Lacey, and the two of them enjoyed exploring the vast area where Lake Moultrie was being built. So much hustle and bustle! Just down the road, the Gills owned a huge horse. Ms. Judy knew that she’d be eternally lucky when she fell from the large equine on her 13th birthday and received 13 stitches on her scalp.
Many summers were spent on her paternal grandfather’s tobacco farm, where each day was orchestrated like a symphony. It was fun and interesting work for a young girl eager to learn, and every day there were at least a dozen people, many cousins and many hands, gathered for a hearty dinner. To balance the tough physical farm labor, Judy’s maternal grandmother was a seamstress who sewed for Ava Gardner, and also crafted a beautiful wardrobe for her granddaughter.
From the earliest memories of an idyllic youth, Judy was always encouraged to reach for any goal she might fancy. She took Flamenco dancing lessons in Charleston, captained the basketball team, and cheered for the Berkeley Stags while running school organizations. She toyed with the idea of becoming a detective or a doctor, but her love of travel was calcified when she spent her Converse College Junior year studying abroad in Paris and Rome. Judy had already seen much of America after working in Yellowstone during summer breaks. So, she traveled with three of her classmates Julie Cook and Sally Carr who sailed on the Holland American line from New York City to meet another friend Monies Smith to make the Hotel Lutetia their new home base in Paris. The Carrs had arranged for a case of champagne for the crossing, and absolutely nothing could’ve been finer as the young women savored every moment of that adventure.
After leaving college, she embraced an opportunity to live with her maternal grandmother in Miami. In Southern Florida, Judy fell in with a boisterous and worldly crowd. Delta was hiring women to learn their new computer system, and it was there that she learned an important lesson: Machines are only as smart as the people running them. That experience led to an introduction to the flight crews, for which Judy quickly signed up. It was a thrilling time to be a stewardess – first for Delta, and later for Pan American World Airways from the ’60s to the ’80s. She loved all of the stops from Tehran to Tokyo, but her favorite was Hong Kong. Another highlight of that job was being able to assist American soldiers flying out of Saigon for their R&R during Vietnam. Pan Am offered that service for free. It was in the World Wings International group that she continued to foster her loyalty to her Pan Am friends.
In time, she married the charming Charles (Chuck) Ash from Mahwah, NJ, and they settled in Litchfield, CT. She had a dual career of nurturing a family that includes two sons who now have families of their own, supporting her husband’s marketing career, then building herself another successful career in real estate, Ms. Judy retired to the comfort of her original childhood home on the Pinopolis peninsula, where Candy once roamed. Her myriad of close friends and family kept her busy and active. Each week was a fun and busy schedule of civic engagements on the Board of the Red Cross, Honorary Commander of Charleston Air Force Base, and the Advisory Committee for the Wings Club, Board Member of the Berkeley County Aviation Committee, Garden Club of America, women’s forums, competitive flower arranging, bridge, book clubs, and church meetings at Pinopolis Methodist Church where she maintained her membership for more than seven decades.
Most importantly, Ms. Judy treasured her friends and family, always ready to dispense humor and wisdom. She leaves behind a brother, Tommy Young and his wife Catherine Traynham of Folly Beach; her niece Isabelle Sydney Young, her husband Paul Pearson and their daughter June. Two sons, Bernard Snow Ash and wife Lize-Marie Hottegindre of Incline Village, NV (Lake Tahoe); Guyton Parker Ash and wife Susan of Charleston. Six adored grandchildren: Violette, Phebee, Max and Tallac Ash of Incline Village, NV (Lake Tahoe); Oliver and Charlie Ash of Charleston. She kept close to her heart dear friends who cared for her over the years, especially Clara Hampton, Bertha Lee and Frank Nelson, and Terry Griffin. She’s predeceased by her beloved husband of 34 years, Charles Frederick Ash II.
During a moment of recent reminiscence, Ms. Judy commented, “Most of my life, if I thought of something to do, I did it.”
Services will be held at Pinopolis Methodist Church on Thursday March 17th at 11am, immediately followed by a Celebration of Life gathering at 155 Broughton Hall Road, Pinopolis, SC. – Ms. Judy’s childhood home.
Memorials may be sent to the Lowcountry Red Cross at 1926 Kerry St., Charleston, SC 29406, Wings Club Foundation, or World Wings International.
May 11, 1931 – March 27, 2022
West Palm Beach, FL Resident
Nicholas “Nick” W. Babzien passed away peacefully and was called home to heaven on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the age of 90.
Nick was born on May 11, 1931 in Munich, Germany and emigrated from Germany to the United States in June 1952 and was hired as a chef at the Savoy-Plaza Hotel in New York City. He was was inducted into the Army in May 1953 and served in the United States Army during the Korean War Conflict and Army Reserves until his honorable discharge in 1961.
In 1955 Nick was recruited by Pan American World Airways and flew with them until the airline’s demise in 1991. During this time he was an In-Flight Purser and an instructor at the Pan Am Flight Flight Academy in Miami. In 1992 he transferred to Delta Airlines and flew until his retirement in 1997.
Nick met his wife, Vera, in 1957 in New York, where she was living after being recruited by Pan American in her home country of Norway. In his retirement years, they enjoyed traveling to Germany and Norway visiting family. Nicky and Vera celebrated 62 years of marriage on February 6, 2022. All through his married life he was an active member of his church, assisting the pastors, singing in the church choir and serving as an usher in both Long Island, New York and Hollywood, Florida. With his willing heart and hands, smile and good nature, he served the Lord for many years. He became a member of Divine Savior Lutheran Church in West Palm Beach in 2021. He will be deeply missed.
Nick is survived by his wife Vera, née Nicolaysen; daughter Sharon B. Joiner of Coppell, Texas and husband Gordon; daughter Cynthia H. Babzien, PhD and Luis Collado of Loxahatchee, Florida; granddaughter Viktoria Elisabeth of Loxahatchee, Florida; sister-in-law Brigitte Babzien of Smithtown, New York; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Rolf and Berit Nicolaysen of Oslo, Norway and extended family in Germany and Norway. He is preceded in death by his parents Heinrich Babzien and Anni Babzien, née Vater; brother Werner Babzien; Aunt Lisl Babzien of Munich, Germany; Aunt Viktoria Vater of Munich, Germany; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur Nicolaysen and Ruth Nicolaysen, née Wilhelmsen of Oslo, Norway.
A private memorial service with military Honor Guard was held on Palm Sunday, April 10, 2022 at Divine Savior Lutheran Church. Donations can be made to Trustbridge Hospice Foundation, 5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407 or the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation.
June 22, 1950 – February 12, 2022
We have received the sad news that Victor Bracero passed away on February 12, 2022. Victor was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico on June 22, 1950. He began his flight attendant career with Pan Am in February 1978 and continued with Delta until he retired in June 2017.
Victor was popular with his co-workers for his soft spoken demeanor and sense of class. He was known for his excellent and elegant First Class service.
Information about a possible memorial service is not available at this time. It will be shared when it becomes available.
April 21, 1932 – April 24, 2022
Lois Wagner Cline passed away peacefully at her home in Corte Madera, CA surrounded by family on April 24, 2022, three days after reaching her 90th birthday.
Lois was born in Boston, MA on April 21, 1932 to Dr. Richard and Margaret Wagner. She was a graduate of Chamberlayne Junior College and Columbia University School of Nursing in New York City. Love of travel led her to Pan American World Airways where she soon became an inflight purser, taking her to then remote parts of the world as well as major cities. It was a very exciting and glamorous life having the opportunity to meet many notable people.
She moved to San Francisco and returned to nursing where she specialized in orthopedics, and then moved to the Visiting Nurse Association, and finally the San Francisco Home Health Service. She thought her move to San Francisco would be temporary, but she ended up marrying and raising a family. She then spent her final 25 years living in Marin County. She was an active member of the Marin chapter of World Wings and the Marin Lymphedema Group. She was a long-term survivor of Stage IV cancer after many years of successful treatment.
Her brother Captain George W. Wagner, USCG, of New Jersey and Massachusetts preceded her in death. She is survived by her two devoted children, son Joseph (Christine) Cline, and granddaughters Kaitlyn, Sienna, and Samantha; and daughter Kathleen (Ken) Yagen, and grandsons Andrew and Connor; Niece Jane Campagna (Tony) and Nephew Tom Wagner (Yvonne).
The family will hold a private celebration of life. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Salvation Army or your favorite charity.
May 8, 1946 – December 24, 2022
New Jersey Resident
Edie DePetro passed away on Saturday, December 24, 2022. Born in Plainfield, NJ, Edie lived in Allenwood, NJ before returning to her childhood home in Spring Lake, NJ.
After joining Pan Am in 1970, Edie was based at JFK until her retirement from Delta in 2011. She thoroughly enjoyed her flying career and traveled frequently on her time off. She particularly liked flying to Tokyo. At one point she held an import license which allowed her to bring Japanese bonsai into the US, gifting the miniature plants to family and friends. She had a keen sense for business and was a licensed tax preparer for many years.
Edie possessed a great sense of humor with a very dry wit. Coupled with her good sense of observation it produced extremely funny comments that left others in stitches. She could always be counted on to sum up a situation in a way that would leave everyone laughing. She organized fun get-togethers for her friends and was a wonderful hostess, welcoming many into her warm and lovely home. She was a wonderful friend and so many happy and fun times were had with her. She will be missed.
Edie was a member of St. Uriel the Archangel Episcopal Church in Sea Girt, the Spring Lake Women’s Club, Book Club, and the Toms River Yacht Club. She enjoyed her cats, golf and travelling. While travel was her passion, the light of Edie’s life were her two boys and her four grandchildren. She found wonderful happiness with her second husband Navy Captain Timothy Annin, with whom she sailed and traveled extensively until his death in 2021.
Surviving are her loving sons, Robert Edward DePetro, Jr. and his wife, Alison and Philip Andrew DePetro and his wife, Elizabeth Durzy; her cherished grandchildren, Robby, Charlotte, Andrew and Evelyn.
A Memorial Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 from 4-8 p.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy 35, Wall, NJ. A Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 4th at 11 a.m. at St. Uriel’s Church, Sea Girt. Committal will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Associated Humane Society, 2960 Shafto Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07753.
February 19, 2022
Miami, Florida Resident
We have received the sad news that Doris Domenech passed away on February 19th, 2022 in Miami after a lengthy illness. Doris began flying with Pan Am in the early 1970’s. She was based in New York and Miami. After Pan Am she worked as a substitute teacher for some time. We remember her wonderful smile and outgoing personality. She is survived by her daughter Nikki Sapp.
May 30, 2022
Florida Treasure Coast Chapter
Anna-Lena Dunn of Rangeley, died Monday May 30, 2022. She was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Olof Johansson and Inga Johansson. She is survived by her twin brother Ulf Johansson his wife Gunilla, and their sons Anders and Per; her son George Dunn, and grandson Robert Dunn; and her niece Anna Eberly her husband Paul and their sons Niklas and Kristoffer. She was predeceased by her loving husband Robert.
Anna-Lena was a Pan Am stewardess for 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed traveling the world. Second only to this was her love of fly-fishing. She was able to combine these two passions with her Fly Girls ever in search of unique, interesting and out-of-the-way fly fishing locales. While living in Princeton, NJ she attended Parsons school of design and worked for Soiffer Haskin of New York, with her long-time friend and partner in crime Beth Brunswick. She loved living by the water, spending half the year at the lake in Rangeley, Maine, and the other half in Vero Beach, Florida.
Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday, June 7, at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 2614 Main Street, Rangeley, Maine. Interment will follow services at Evergreen Cemetery with a Celebration of Life at Bald Mountain Camps, 125 Bald Mountain Road, Oquossoc, following the interment. Memories and a memorial video may be shared in her Book of Memories at http://www.wilesrc.com. Funeral Services are being cared for and provided by the Wiles Remembrance Center of Farmington.
In lieu of flowers. the family suggests that those who desire, consider memorial gifts to:
Rangeley Health & Wellness
Attn: Jeanne Thorvaldsen
PO Box 722
Rangeley, ME 04970
April 16, 2022
Member at Large
Carole Davies Elwell, age 84, died peacefully on the 16th of April 2022.
Hired by Pan Am in Frankfurt, Carole was afforded the extraordinary opportunity to fly for Pan American World Airways out of New York City. This pivotal opportunity would shape her future life. With great excitement and a real sense of adventure, she moved to Manhattan, where she flew out of the JFK base, and later relocated to Washington, DC and flew out of the Pan Am base at IAD. Carole travelled the world with this trailblazing airline for over 14 years. She became a Pan Am purser and her wings are still treasured by her loving family.
Carole is survived by her beloved daughter Dr. Vivian Anne Elwell, son-in-law Dr. Nigel Duncan Mendoza, and granddaughter Miss Charlotte Anne Mendoza. A Memorial Service was held on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, in the Little Sanctuary Chapel, Washington D.C.
1936 – February 15, 2022
Oakland Chapter Affiliate
Phelps Wendell Euler II was born in Alameda, California, in 1936. He passed away from natural causes on February 15, 2022 at the age of 85. A former Marine, he later worked for the railroad industry. In 1996, Phelps married Jane Euler. Jane was president of the OAK World Wings chapter for 19 years, and was was a previous recording secretary and president of World Wings International. Phelps and Jane traveled all over the world to attend the World Wings conventions. When Jane passed away in 2019, Phelps became an affiliate member of WWI’s Oakland Chapter. He was beloved by the Oakland Chapter and was an exceptionally generous supporter of World Wings charities. He be greatly missed.
August 30, 1943 – April 28, 2022
Carolyn Jean Yerkovich was born in Portland, Oregon August 30, 1943, to George and Marie Yerkovich. She attended Beaumont Grade School and Grant High School. In 1961 she entered the University of Oregon, where she earned an elementary education degree, was a member of Alpha Phi sorority, and became a Duck supporter for life.
After college, Carolyn was hired by Pan American World Airways and became a stewardess. Based in San Francisco, she met a charming, Southern-mannered gentleman and Pan Am pilot, Bill Ferguson. They married in 1968 and lived in Menlo Park, California where their first two sons, Will and James, were born. In 1971 they moved to Medford, Oregon where their third son, Michael, was born. Carolyn was a devoted mother, fiercely loyal, and she was an ever-enthusiastic supporter of her family, friends, communities, schools, country, and causes. Bill passed away in 1997.
Carolyn’s passion for cooking and her culinary wizardry were legendary. Her from-scratch preparations made any event deliciously memorable. She loved to travel with friends and family, but particularly enjoyed cooking school destinations, making multiple visits to her favorites, Yetabo (France) and the LaVarenne at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.
Throughout her life, Carolyn found tremendous gratification and pride in volunteering or otherwise serving her community. At St. Mark’s Episcopal Parish, she was on the Altar Guild and served as Director of Religious Education. She volunteered in various long- and short-term capacities at Hoover Elementary and was also a Cub Scouts den mother. As a Medford Junior Service League member, she played a big role in creating and publishing a cookbook. Carolyn was a proud and contributing member of Hillcrest Committee (past president), PEO (past president) Rogue Valley chapter of the American Red Cross Board and Executive Board, the University of Oregon Alumni Board, University of Oregon Museum of Art council, the Colony Club (past president), Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Board, World Wings International, Friends of Alba, and the Twin Towns Olympic Committee.
Carolyn cherished her numerous lifelong friendships and rarely missed a reunion of any kind. She enjoyed annual getaways with college and high school friends. Locally, her Medford social connections meant the world to her. Water aerobics, book club, gourmet group, bridge, investment club, birthday group were longtime favorites. Carolyn was a loyal Oregon Ducks supporter, avid fan, and football season ticket holder for more than three decades. Around 2009, she met Birk—a widower who shared her love of all things Ducks and was a fellow Grant High alum. Their mutual affinity for scotch likely added to their chemistry. They quickly became dear friends and spent the next decade enjoying nightly dinners together and driving up and down the West Coast to Duck games and Carolyn’s family events.
Survivors include her sons, Will, James, and Mike (Amy); sister, Marybeth; brother, George (Jeanne); grandchildren, Walker, Graham, Bennett, and Audrey; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and faithful friend and companion, Richard “Birk” Birkenshaw.
Funeral service is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, at 1:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 85 South Holly Street, Medford, OR 97219. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Carolyn to The Hillcrest Committee, Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, University of Oregon Foundation, or the charity of your choice.
April 4, 1944 – April 22, 2022
Anne-lise Hoel Fink, longtime resident of Talbot County, MD, died on April 22, 2022. She was 78. The daughter of Arvid Hoel and Ester S. Hoel, Anne-lise was born in Hamar, Norway, She grew up and attended high school and college in Norway.
In 1966, Anne-lise was hired by Pan-American World Airways as a flight attendant and moved to New York City, where she met and married her husband, Walter L. Fink of Manhasset, NY. The two of them traveled and sailed the world for many years. The couple divided their time between Vero Beach, Florida, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She was a member of World Wings International, the Tred Avon Yacht Club, and the Moorings Yacht and Country Club of Vero Beach, FL.
Anne-Lise was preceded in death by her her parents, and by her husband Walter in 2014. She is survived by her sister Else-Marit Hoel of Norway, niece Ane Guro Skaare-Rekdal of Norway, and nephew Andrew K.L. Marsh of North Carolina, and their children. In addition to her family, she is survived by many special and loving friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD 21601. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 11 a.m. at the Church of Holy Trinity in Oxford, MD.
September 26, 1946 – March 5, 2022
Ridgefield, Connecticut Resident
Fernanda Fronzi, 75, of Ridgefield, died surrounded by her loving sisters on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
Fernanda was born in Ripe, Province of Ancona, Italy, on September 26, 1946, a daughter of the late Evo and Maria (Faccenda) Fronzi. She resided in Italy with her family and attended local schools until 1954 when the Fronzi family emigrated to the United States first settling with family in Danbury. In 1961, the Fronzi family relocated from Danbury to Ridgefield where they have been residents for the past sixty-one years. Fernanda was a graduate of Ridgefield High School and later Flight Attendant School.
Prior to her retirement, Fernanda was a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways and later with Delta Airlines. She enjoyed her position, always with a smile she assisted passengers and was able to travel and see the world.
She was a member of St. Mary Parish of Ridgefield. Fernanda is survived by two sisters, Giselda and Nara, and by a nephew, two grandnieces, and a grandnephew. She is also survived by many relatives and friends locally and in Italy and will be sorely missed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 11, 2022, at 10 AM in St. Mary Church, Ridgefield.
Interment will take place in St. Mary Cemetery, Ridgefield. There will be no calling hours.
Contributions in Fernanda’s memory may be made to St. Mary Parish, 55 Catoonah St., Ridgefield 06877, or to Regional Hospice of Western CT, 30 Milestone Rd., Danbury 06810.
1943 – February 10, 2022
West Palm Beach, Florida Resident
On Thursday, February 10th, 2022, Lidia Goldner passed away after an extended illness.
Lidia was born in 1943 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She attended international schools in Rio. She was fluent in five languages. In 1966 Lidia joined Pan American Airlines based in New York. For the next 16 years, she flew worldwide with Pan Am as a Purser. In 1979 she and the Pan Am flight crew were held hostage for weeks in Tehran at the InterContinental Hotel by the militia during the Iran Hostage Crisis. Finally, after many terrifying and tense episodes, Pan Am was able to negotiate their release.
Lidia studied Interior Design at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She especially used her design talents when together with her husband, Norbert Goldner, they created Cafe L’Europe in 1980 on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. The restaurant opened to sensational reviews for superb food, ambiance, wine selections, and service. In 1995 they moved to a larger location at Brazilian Avenue and South County Road.
For 40 years Lidia brought style and creativity to all aspects of the Cafe L’Europe. Additionally, she had a special focus on the wine program. Lidia became a renowned wine expert and was honored with a multitude of international wine awards. In particular, she was very proud of the award, Circle Des Amis De La Veuve, from the Champagne House, Veuve Clicquot. Additionally, Lidia received numerous local, national, and international awards for women’s leadership and a vast array of hospitality awards, including the prestigious Nation’s Restaurant News “Fine Dining Hall of Fame Award”, and the ultimate recognition in restaurant awards, “The Ivy Award”.
Her husband Norbert predeceased her in 2018. She is survived by close friends. In honor of her request, no services will be held.
July 17, 1943 – January 15, 2022
Miami, Florida Resident
The family of Magdalena Maria Grocholski mourns the passing of a beloved mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend to many. She is survived by her children Barbara, Adam, Anna, Jas, and Gabriel, and her grandchildren Niko, Izabella, Maximillian, Sophia, Gabriela, Lucas, and Mateo. Born on July 17, 1943 in Warsaw, Poland, to Andrzej Findeisen and Irena Findeisen – Bellert ( née Zieleniewska), she was the older sister of the late Andrzej Findeisen.
Magdalena lost her father at a young age, who died fighting in the Warsaw uprising. Shortly afterward, Magdalena’s mother was arrested by the Communists and imprisoned for 8 of her most formative years. Together with her brother, they were cared for in a Catholic orphanage until their mother’s release.
Magdalena supported five children with her job as a flight attendant for Pan American Airlines starting in 1969, then with Delta until 2001. Magdalena was a woman of immense faith, quiet fortitude, and incredible generosity to the many people who were welcomed to her home. She loved connecting with people and ensured that the family bonds would carry on with her frequent phone calls, letters, and travels.
Magdalena gave her heart freely to so many that in the end, it was not strong enough to keep her going. She passed away with her children by her side on January 15, 2022.
The Memorial Mass will be held for Magdalena on Saturday, January 22nd at 9:30 am at the Church of the Epiphany, 8235 SW 57 Ave, Miami, FL 33143. A viewing will take place on Friday, January 21st, from 2-5 pm at Stanfill Funeral Home, 10545 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156. Her ashes will be interred at the Laski Cemetery in the family grave.
February 10, 1936 –April 28, 2022
Long Island Chapter
Christel Guder-Pollitt, age 86, of Woodbury, New York passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Christel was born February 10, 1936.
Originally from Germany, Christel moved to the United States and joined Pan Am in the late fifties.
Beloved wife of the late Robert Guder and the late Donald Pollitt.
Loving mother of Astrid, Deborah, Jennifer, Mark and Matthew. Cherished OMI of Delaney, Bobby, Jake, Carly and Hunter.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.beney-fh.com for the Guder-Pollitt family.
June 1, 2022
Holly left us early in the morning of June 1st at the age of 73, after a long battle with cancer. She had moved to Marbella, Spain last December and was admitted to a care home in mid-March.
Holly joined Pan Am in 1970, and joined United after the sale of the Pacific routes in 1985. She was a long-time member of World Wings International and was the organization’s International Convention Coordinator for several years.
A more complete tribute to Holly will be posted when it becomes available.
Proprietor, Baseler Eck, Frankfurt
Sad news has reached us regarding the passing of Gerhard “Gerd” Hitziger owner and proprietor of Frankfurt’s Baseler Eck Restaurant which is known to Pan Amers as “the Gas Station”. Gerd passed away on Monday, February 28th, at the age of 76.
Gerd was born and raised in Frankfurt and it was there he chose to open his restaurant on the corner (“eck”) of Baseler Strasse in 1972 at the age of 26. Located just a few blocks from the Frankfurt Intercontinental, Pan Am crews soon discovered the Baseler Eck and continued to frequent it nightly.
Gerd’s hospitality was noteworthy, making the Gas Station a warm and welcoming place to which we returned again and again. It was our home away from home. The food was consistently good, the beer plentiful and Gerd treated each of us as though we were family. We certainly considered him to be part of ours.
Always humble, Gerd attributed the restaurant’s success not to his own hard work but to the Pan Am crews who came night after night. Former Pan Amers who visited the restaurant in recent years were amazed to find that Gerd still remembered their favorite dish all these years later!
Each of us likely has our own stories about Gerd and the Gas Station, what with so much fun being had there. It was a special place and Gerd was a special man who made Frankfurt layovers truly enjoyable for us. Thank you Gerd for all the good food and good times. You will be remembered.
July 26, 1947 – January 27, 2022
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Resident
Joan Morris Holzer passed away on January 27, 2022 after complications from a fall.
Joan was born July 26, 1947 in Cambridge, Mass. to Edythe and Frederick Morris. In 1951, her mother moved with Joan and her older sister, Edythe, from New York to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
She began her career with National Airlines June 28, 1968. After Pan Am acquired National, Joan was promoted to purser and was honored to be among those chosen to work the presidential charters. As a result of Pan Am’s demise, she joined Delta Air Lines in November 1991 and continued to fly until her retirement in October 2015. Known for her exceptional expertise in photography, Joan shared many photographs of wildlife, and captured the faces and festivities at many airline reunions.
Joan was preceded in death by her mother, Edythe, in 1998 and her sister Edythe Morris Macmurdo in 2020. She is survived by her husband Blaine H. Holzer, niece Mary Macmurdo Wilson, and nephew Robert Macmurdo. At this time there are no plans for a funeral or a celebration of life.
New York Resident
It is with sadness we learned of the unexpected passing of David Kaplan. David joined Pan Am in 1978 and was still flying for Delta at the time of his passing. David’s family provided this memory book email link where condolences and memories may be posted: Arusys@gmail.com.
The following announcement was made by Delta Inflight Service:
It is with great sadness we share the passing of NYC Flight Attendant David Kaplan as a result of a recent medical event. David began his airline career as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways on June 12, 1978, after graduating from Haifa University. David joined the Delta family in 1991 with the Pan Am acquisition. As many of you know, David loved flying in the Purser position and visiting with family on his TLV layovers. David was the eldest brother of nine siblings. He was adored by his siblings as well as his nieces and nephews. David was a kind, loving and joyful person who always tried to do good for others. His love for cultures and travel was derived from his love for people. David’s family’s hearts are shattered by his passing.
Please keep David’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
June 7, 1922 – May 26, 2022
Sacramento, California Resident
Barbara Hart Kennedy, a native of Sacramento, died peacefully on Thursday (May 26), just days shy of her 100th birthday. Her wide circle of friends and admirers spanned several generations, from those who grew up with her on 44th Street in east Sacramento to those who came to meet her during her final days. Born Barbara June Hart on June 7, 1922, she graduated from Sacramento High School and went on to study at the University of California at Berkeley, but her studies were interrupted by a call to service and to the skies. She joined an elite group of women: Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, who flew planes domestically during World War II.
In 2010, she was among about 180 surviving WASPs who received the Congressional Gold Medal. After the war, she worked as a flight attendant – then called stewardesses – for Pan American Airlines in the Pacific and Asia. In 1948, she married Douglas Kennedy, also a native of east Sacramento, and started a family. She was involved with several charitable and service groups, including the American Cancer Society, the Girl and Boy Scouts of America, the United Way, the American Red Cross and the Sacramento Junior League. She also served on the advisory board of KVIE and as a member of the board of the Sacramento Symphony. In 1975, she was appointed the jury commissioner for the U.S. District Court in Sacramento, a post she held for about a decade. She also was an avid golfer, as she and her husband were longtime members of Del Paso Country Club. Barbara was an accomplished duplicate bridge player, competing until recent years in tournaments. For three decades she was responsible for the floral arrangements on the altar of her church, Fremont Presbyterian Church. Most of all, she was devoted to her family, friends, church and country.
She is survived by her daughter, Kristie Carling of Reno and her husband Arthur; a son, John of West Tisbury, Mass., and his wife Jane Seagrave; four grandchildren, Amy Bodensteiner (and husband Todd); Douglas Carling and Molly Carling, all of Reno; and Emily Kennedy of Chicago; and three great grandchildren, Ayla and Ellie Bodensteiner and Crosby Carling of Reno. Her loving husband Douglas and dear daughter Judy predeceased her. Her wing man, brother Richard Hart, died in 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Barbara’s name to the charity of one’s choice. Services to be announced at a later time.
June 6, 1939 – February 26, 2022
Reno, Nevada Resident
Christina Ingrid Koehler (née Hagblom) was born in Uppsala, Sweden on June 6, 1939. Affectionately known as Tina or Mormor, Tina’s life read like an old Hollywood movie script. She had quite a spirited youth growing up in Linköping, Sweden with her parents Gunnar and Kerstin and siblings, Gunilla and Jan. In the early 60’s she worked in a hotel reception in Lysekil, Sweden and then as a surveyor in London, UK. She eventually landed in Heidelberg, Germany where she studied German and met interesting people from all over the world. This is where she found her wanderlust and love of adventure, along with an appreciation for good food and good wine. It was also in Heidelberg where she first met her future husband, Joe, a US Army serviceman.
In 1965, Tina was part of an elite group of smart and beautiful women recruited from Sweden to serve as stewardesses for Pan American World Airways. Upon arriving in New York, she reconnected with her old friend Joe Koehler. After living the single life in Manhattan for a few years, they were married in Linköping, Sweden and settled in New Jersey where they raised their two daughters, Louise and Anna.
Tina had an amazing career with Pan American World Airways and then worked for Delta Airlines as a flight attendant, until she retired in 2009. Tina traveled the world and took her family with her. Wherever she was, it was a party. She had a huge joy for life and laughter. Tina was mischievous and always coming up with a prank, a surprise or some crazy scheme to make people laugh. She was a matchmaker and took pride in helping facilitate many wonderful relationships! She left an undeniable and incredible impression on everyone she met, including President Nixon, Arthur Ashe, Ella Fitzgerald, Omar Sharif and Pavarotti among others.
Tina was known to be very spontaneous, hardworking, well-mannered and very cultured. She was kind and extremely generous. Most of all, she was a great wife, a true friend and an amazing mother and grandmother. She loved her family and friends deeply and even as her illness progressed, Tina never lost her toughness and tenacity. She fought the good fight. Tina also never lost her sense of humor and was still joking just hours before her passing.
In her final years she settled in Reno and lived with her daughter Louise, son-in-law Kurtis and her grandchildren, Joe and Charlotte. Together they enjoyed many adventures including trips to Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, as well as many lively visits to the casinos. She LOVED her Buffalo slot machines, and she especially loved a jackpot!
Tina passed away peacefully at home, with her daughter Louise at her side on February 26th. She leaves behind two daughters Louise (Kurtis) Koehler-Packer, Anna (Mike) Brewer, four grandchildren (Joe, Charlotte, Derek and Mia), sister Gunilla Karlfeldt of Danderyd, Sweden, cousins, nieces and nephews and countless friends and acquaintances around the globe. She is predeceased by her husband Joseph F Koehler and her brother Jan Hagblom.
A private service will be held in Reno, NV on March 18th followed by a celebration of her life and her spirit. Her ashes will be interred in New York with her husband Joseph and in Sweden at her family plot in Ängelsberg. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed in her memory at Seniorsinservicenevada.org
September 3, 2022
World Wings International Advisory Board
Jeffrey F. Kriendler, the public voice of Pan American World Airways during some of the airline’s most tumultuous years, and beloved by countless colleagues around the world, died on September 3 in Miami.
Jeff had been hospitalized after a fall in his home. He was 76 years old. Jeff joined Pan Am in 1968 as a management trainee in the Flight Service department. He went on to hold senior management positions with Pan Am in both Flight Service and Dining Services, and later in the Public Relations department. In 1982, he was named Vice President of Corporate Communications, and from that time until the airline ceased operations in 1991, Jeff was the airline’s chief spokesperson, an exceptionally high-profile job of dealing with the media, investors and the public.
Jeff loved Pan Am. “Jeff was Pan Am,” said Ed Trippe, son of the airline’s founder, Juan T. Trippe, and chairman of the Pan Am Historical Foundation. And Pamela Fiori, a friend and former editor of Travel & Leisure and Town & Country magazines, remembered, “He was such a wonderful and gifted man – totally dedicated to his career at Pan Am, both during and after his days in Corporate Communications.” No matter how serious the issues facing the airline, Jeff responded to the media and the public with sincerity and pride in the company — from the sale of the huge Pacific Division in 1985, to the tragic Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, to the airline’s eventual bankruptcy and cessation of operations in 1991.
Like so many airline employees, Jeff was an enthusiastic traveler. There was likely no Pan Am destination (in the 1980s, nearly 100 cities worldwide), that he had not visited, usually multiple times. Wherever he went, he made long-lasting friends. Sports was another of his passions. An avid golfer from a young age, he closely followed the PGA tour, and he was an avowed Yankees fan. And Jeff was a bit of a “news junkie”: Ask him about any current news event, and he would recite every detail of the issue, and never hesitate to give you a strong opinion of the matter.
Jeff was born in New York City, the son of Florence and Bob Kriendler, one of the owners of the legendary “21 Club” – or the “Numbers,” as Jeff would call it. He graduated from Cornell University’s well-regarded hotel school. But hotels were not to be in his future; it was the airline business he loved. In 1991, shortly after Pan Am’s bankruptcy, Jeff suffered a mild stroke, and he moved from New York to Miami (he always hated cold weather, he would say). In Miami, he was active as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pan Am Historical Foundation, and worked with the City of Miami on many Pan Am history-related projects. In 2011 and again in 2017, he collaborated with James Patrick Baldwin on books about Pan Am — Aviation History Through the Words of its People and Personal Tributes to a Global Aviation Pioneer. He also wrote anthologies of Eastern Airlines and Trans World Airlines, and was a contributor to various aviation publications.
He is survived by Catherine DeMoura Kriendler, his daughter by his former wife, Melanny Aoas; a sister, Karen Kriendler Nelson and her two children, Mark Kriendler Nelson and Christopher David Nelson (spouse Amy Rees and daughter Simone Rees Nelson); and a brother, Jack Kriendler and Jack’s wife, Wendy, and their two daughters, Jennifer Kriendler (spouse Julius English), and Dana Kriendler, as well as many beloved cousins.
October 7, 1946 – March 11, 2022
Miami, Florida Resident
Brenda Lee was born on October 7, 1946 in Nashville, Tennessee. She was one of three children born to Stephen and Picola Benedict. Brenda completed her elementary school education at Saint Vincent De Paul, and went on to graduate from Pearl High School in 1964. Brenda excelled in her studies and continued her formal education at Fisk University, where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Foreign Languages in 1968. Brenda was also a member of the Fisk Miami Alumni Club for 25 years and served as President for 10 years.
The Lord would use Brenda’s interest in languages to prepare her to become a flight attendant for Pan Am Airways. Brenda enjoyed her career as a flight attendant. She loved visiting new countries and made it a point to make friends wherever she went. Brenda was employed by Pam Am for twenty years and retired in 1986. It was on one of her trips to Brazil that she met Perry Lee, the man she would fall in love with. They were wed on February 2, 1980.
Brenda was passionate about serving others. She often spoke fondly of her experiences working with young children as a substitute teacher. Brenda also served as a teacher for the Miami Jewish Home in Miami Beach for four years. One of her other interests was real estate. Brenda earned a license as a real estate broker in Dade County. She later became an appraiser for the state of Florida.
Brenda was a sweet spirit who loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She became a Believer and was baptized in Nashville on December 26, 1976. Brenda’s greatest delight was studying the Bible and reading Our Daily Bread. She constantly witnessed to everyone she met about Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind. Brenda became a leader in Bible Study Fellowship in 1975 where she served as a Group Leader, Class Administrator and Treasurer for 35 years.
After two-and-one-half years of illness, Brenda’s savior called her home on Thursday, March 17, 2022. Brenda leaves to cherish her memory, husband Perry Lee, Frank S. and Carole of DeSoto; Ronald Benedict, Sr. Nashville; Aunt Addie M.K. Crawford of Atlanta; nephews: Kenneth, Darren Sr, (LaKeisha), Ronald Jr; nieces & nephews: Karren (Manson), Cheryl (Freddie), Rhea, Tiffany (Byron),LaToya, Crystal, Brando, Darren Jr., Corisha, Coreyon, Cecelia, Jarren, Ashton, Kalia, Kayla, Nasya, Noah, Nyomi, Cameron; cousins Jewel L., Elaine, Delores; Stephen (Dora); and a host of lifelong beloved friends.
September 3, 2022
San Francisco Resident
Regina Macias passed away in San Francisco on September 3, 2022.
Born and raised in Southern California, Regina had a long and productive life and career. Among her many outstanding achievements was her work with General Eisenhower in Paris, France, where she–as one of his secretaries–supported his efforts to create NATO (SHAPE).
Regina then worked for National Airlines, Pan American Airlines, and United Airlines. Regina loved to travel and circled the globe many times often with her numerous friends. One of many of Regina’s accomplishments was her work as a union representative in leading the charge to end smoking on commercial flights.
As a long-time resident of San Francisco, Regina continued her activism in helping defend tenant rights. She loved to visit the San Francisco Ferry Building and wonder at the beauty of the Bay and its surroundings. She always hurried home to watch Jeopardy which was second only to her solving of the New York Times crossword puzzle on awakening. A mass will be said for Regina at Old St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.
Words do not describe how much she is missed. A truly irreplaceable, well-loved, and beautiful lady.
1942 – December 3, 2022
The Honolulu Chapter was saddened to learn that our dear friend and fellow World Winger Geri Nakamitsu passed away unexpectedly on December 3, 2022 from a heart attack. Geri flew from 1963 – 1969, married Jake, a United Airlines flight attendant, and later made countless friends working as a postal carrier in Hawaii Kai.
She originally joined World Wings in the 70’s and when asked to rejoin WWI in 2008, she hesitated because she didn’t really want to sell fashion show tickets again. Fortunately, it was the era of garage sales and she thrived in the Children’s Department with May Tsukiyama. Geri was the epitome of a Nisei stewardess – kind, friendly and hard working. She was planning to attend the Christmas luncheon at Jade Dynasty before her untimely passing.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Jake and her two sons. She was everyone’s friend and is missed by all. Aloha, Geri…
November 22, 1934 – July 29, 2022
Los Angeles Chapter
Mary Francis Barnett Noosinow will always be remembered as an incredible force of nature with an indomitable spirit. Her life embodied her motto, Carpe Diem, “seize the day”. We will miss her intellect, fierce passion, and her delightful sense of humor.
The daughter of James Andrew Barnett and Mary Catherine Glos, Mary Francis Barnett was born November 22, 1934 in Washington, D.C., spending her childhood and adolescent years in Danville, Virginia. Tragedy to her family came early as her father passed away in 1937 from Leukemia when Mary was only three. As a widow, her mother would move to Attleboro, MA for better job opportunities to support their family. Mary would finish Attleboro High School in 1952.
Then in 1954, at 21 years of age, she dared to reach for her dreams. Gathering her funds and without telling her mother, she paid her way to fly from Providence, RI to LaGuardia Airport in New York. Mary was vying with the many hopeful young women ambitiously seeking the life of world travel. Interviews were being held with the prestigious Pan American World Airways, a pioneering airline and first to fly worldwide.
Of course, Mary landed the job. The Pan American training young women had to undergo was rigorous. Back then called stewardesses, these young women were schooled in charm, etiquette, cooking, languages, appropriate dressing, VIP handling and many other rules set forth by Pan American World Airways. A further requirement in those years: one had to be attractive. Pan Am stewardesses then set the standard all others attempted to emulate. Mary was then assigned Pan Am routes to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. At one point she was based in West Berlin, where Americans had the air-rights and Pan Am operated a hub.
Stewardesses were glamorous women during those early days. Attractive and beautifully uniformed, they were personified elegance. Long layovers meant they could experience the cities they flew to. Pan Am stewardesses did see the world. However, the job was also demanding. They were expected to remain gracious and keep their countenance in stressful situations. They had to cook when assigned to first class. Those were eggs made in a frying pan. There were no microwaves on board. She even served Eleanor Roosevelt who at the time flew coach with the people.
It was in Istanbul, Turkey that she would meet her future husband, Jerry Noosinow, a Pan American flight engineer. In 1958, they discovered the Lake Mohawk community of Sparta Township. This lake town located in northern New Jersey was a popular homebase for many in the airline industry due the close proximity to Newark, Laguardia and JFK airports. Mary fell in love with this village called Sparta and soon became a mother with the birth of Lisa and thirteen months later her son, David. She fully immersed herself in many aspects of the community. She acted in the local theater, Magic Mountain. She had a passion for photography which led to converting a spare room into a darkroom to develop pictures. To this day we still share those black and white pictures of the 1972 Lake Mohawk Red Devils and Sparta Warriors. She used her talents for fundraising for the teams, setting up her table full of action photos to sell to the parents at the next game. Seeing a lack of places for teenagers in the sixties she worked with others to create the creative space “The Barn”, a safe place for kids to hang. Our home was always the place where all our friends wanted to hangout. She loved sharing herself with our friends. If someone was having trouble at home, they were welcome at our house. Mom gained the moniker “the cool Mom”
Her love of cooking blossomed in this small-town setting, starting with her passion for Julia Child and French cooking. But Mary didn’t stop there. There was a Time Life series at the time, with each volume devoted to a particular country’s cuisine. We can remember our childhood through the variety of food cuisines she taught herself: Mexican, Mediterranean, Thai, and let’s not forget the seven-course Chinese banquet with whole fish. She would host huge parties back then of 50-60 people and loved entertaining her friends from around the lake or down at the Jersey Shore. Food was definitely her love language throughout her lifetime.
Eventually, Mary would move to Ft. Lauderdale. In 1979, Pan Am would gain the right to have tour groups going into China and formed their World Tours division. The airline put in the call to their past stewardesses to join them by leading these first tours into China. Mary was ready and embraced the opportunity to travel and adventure again. Pan American World Tours eventually went out of business, and she continued her tour guide work with Club Universe. She had great fun helping people experience China in the most positive way. After divorcing, Mary would establish herself in Los Angeles, CA and continue her adventures in the travel industry.
She then moved away from tour guiding and got a job with the wholesale travel company InterPacific Tours International and rose to Vice President of Sales (1984 – 1995). She was a sponge for knowledge and immersed herself in every culture this company and following companies would expose her to. She became a top expert in her field, all the while battling four significant bouts with cancer from 1999 to 2022. Nothing stopped Mary. When asked how she manages all of that travel, trade shows (alone) and selling, she just smiled and said, “I rely on the kindness of others”. And in turn, she herself was always ready to help others when needed, whether it was in a work situation or personally.
With her experience gleaned from InterPacific and then Pacific Delight Tours (1996 – 2008), she later started her own small concierge travel business. By the last portion of her career, she had traveled to China close to 100 times, coupled with many trips to India, Thailand, most of Asia. She globe-trotted around Europe as well, with Italy holding a special place in her heart, and all along the way meeting and befriending people around the world.
In 2012, Mary found her final work family with SITA World Tours. There she flexed her skills creating custom travel itineraries. She was especially proud of their work on specialized Women’s Travel opportunities. She finally retired in November of 2021. Mary was sad to leave her work family and friends but ready for that well-deserved time to devote to family. She continued to be a member of World Wings International, the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants, Skal Los Angeles, and Proshttps://support.curebound.org/team/439878t.
In addition to her achievements in her travel career, she was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She showed the family the world, every trip would include a culinary lesson in that country. Each grandchild was taken on a special individual trip with Grammy to China when they reached twelve years old. Many meals at home were prepared with flavors from around the world. Laughter and love filled the kitchen with experiments in cuisine and fancy new cocktails.
Mary is survived by her son, David Noosinow, her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Jim Rule, plus three granddaughters Averi Noosinow and Andrea and Amber Rule.
Visit her memorial site at www.mykeeper.com/profile/MaryBarnettNoosinow/
We welcome Mary’s friends across the globe to share their experiences of Mary and contribute to this memorial site through pictures and stories. We will keep this site up and when missing her the most treasure these heartfelt tales.
“In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting Mary’s favorite cause in finding a cure for cancer Curebound: Team Grammy link
September 8, 1941 – March 18, 2022
Birgitta K. Pettersson was born in Grangärde, Dalarna. Dalarna is a beautiful part of Sweden and it was always close to her heart, as was her family in Sweden. Birgitta returned to her roots after her long career of flying.
Birgitta finished her education in Stockholm with a degree as a middle school teacher. Her desire was to explore the world and she worked for a couple of years for a big travel company in Sweden and in Rhodes, Greece. During the 60’s and 70’s Pan Am hired many well-educated and language-proficient women from Scandinavia. Birgitta worked for Pan Am from April 19, 1965 until the airline’s demise at the end of 1991. She continued flying for a few years for an airline based in the Middle East.
Birgitta was devoted to Pan Am and very proud to be a part of the Pan Am family. She was an organized, service-minded, and representative employee, always ready to help others. Her long life with Pan Am gave her unforgettable memories that she was happy to share. For those of us who had the privilege of flying with Birgitta, it is difficult to accept that she is no longer with us. Birgitta will always be part of us and of the Pan Am family.
A service will be held in the church of Västervåla on April 21 at 12 PM, immediately followed by a celebration of her life at Restaurant Engelbrekt in Norberg. Further information is available through Runo´s Funeral Home, phone +46 223 219 11.
July 5, 1944 – February 15, 2022
Camelia Valdes Riggins, age 77, of Wimauma, Florida passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. Camelia was born July 5, 1944.
A private family visitation for Camelia will be held Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home, 2323 West Brandon Blvd., Brandon, FL 33511. A funeral mass will occur Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM at St . Stephen Catholic Church, 10118 St Stephen Cir, Riverview, FL 33569. A graveside service will occur Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens, 2323 West Brandon Blvd, Brandon, FL 33511.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Camelia’s memory may be made to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, https://ssvpusa.org/.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.HillsboroMemorial.com for the Riggins family.
November 5, 1952 – December 24, 2022
With sadness we have learned of the passing of Anna Salisbury on Christmas Eve. Anna was hired by Pan Am in 1980 and was based in New York, London, and Los Angeles. After Pan Am, Anna continued her flying career with Delta also working in Delta’s LAX Flight Service office.
Anna was born in the U.S. but grew up in Spain and was educated in Switzerland. She was fluent in Spanish, German, French, and English. Anna was predeceased by her twin brother Edward Salisbury of Peekskill, NY. Earlier in 2022, Anna’s older brother Henry Salisbury of Marco Island, FL, and Majorca, Spain, passed away. Anna’s pride and joy were her niece and nephew, Alana Salisbury Treubig of Bellmore, NY, and Evan Salisbury of San Francisco, CA. Anna was also very close to her half-sister Nancy Cooper of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Anna’s passion for travel never ended and she made good friends wherever she went. Her great beauty, unforgettable laugh, mischievous charm, and loving spirit drew so many friends to her. Her generosity and compassion for others were well known to all who knew her. Anna’s little black dog, “Gypsy” was most certainly a family member. Anna was planning on moving to Majorca, Spain, with Gypsy at the time of her passing. Anna will be greatly missed by her friends and extended family.
Donations in Anna’s memory may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue New York, NY, 10065, and to the San Clemente Animal Shelter, Pet Project Foundation, 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, CA 92673.
June 13, 1930 – September 23, 2022
San Francisco Chapter
Barbara Frances Sharfstein, 92, of San Francisco, CA, passed away on September 23, 2022. Barbara was born in Chicago, IL and attended Roosevelt High School and continued her studies abroad majoring in Spanish.
After college, Barbara worked as a flight attendant for Pan American Airways and United Airlines where she made lifelong friendships and fostered her passion for and love of travel. It is through her time at Pan Am that she became involved with World Wings International, not only reuniting her with her Pan Am family, but proudly raising money to provide much needed humanitarian assistance across the globe.
After moving to her adopted hometown of San Francisco, Barbara welcomed and opened her home to everyone’s family and friends hosting and showing them all around the city she truly loved. Barbara also never missed an opportunity to return home to Chicago to be with family, celebrating any and all happy occasions and events.
Barbara is survived by her loving sister, Kathie (Lee) Greenberg and sister-in-law, Joan Sharfstein. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents Lillian and Robert Sharfstein, her sister and brother-in-law, Harriet and Jack Sham, and her brother, Richard Sharfstein. Barbara was a devoted aunt to and dearly loved by Brad Sham, Eric Sham, Jamye (Ken) Jesser, Jeff (Carter) Sharfstein, Stacy (Haskell) Weiss, Doug (Shelley) Sharfstein, Jon (Abby) Provus, Cory (Dana) Provus and all of her great nieces and nephews. To all those who knew and loved her, she was everyone’s Aunt Barbara.
Funeral services will be private. Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to World Wings International https://worldwingsinternational.net/donate/ or the charity of your choice.
November 22, 1938 – January 17, 2022
World Wings International Advisory Board
Laurence Simon (Larry), a longtime resident of Stamford, CT passed away on January 17, 2022. He was 83.
Born on November 22, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of Dr. Moses Charles Simon and Dorothy Feldman Simon. He attended Bronx Science and Abraham Lincoln High School and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance. He pursued his graduate studies at NYU Law School.
Mr. Simon served in the United States Army in the early 1960’s and had a Wall Street career of more than half a century as a stockbroker and financial advisor.
He was a prolific fundraiser and served for many years on the Board of Directors of The Windward School in White Plains, NY. He also served on the Advisory Board of World Wings International, Inc., the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am Flight Attendants.
He was an avid tennis player and remained a fan of the sport through the end of his life. Despite their recent, long losing streaks, Laurence was also a fan of the New York Giants and Knicks. He cheered on Jackie Robinson and the Brooklyn Dodgers as a child and became a fan of the New York Mets after they replaced the Dodgers. Laurence was also a fan of classic movies, classic cars and classical music and what he himself admitted were cheesy jokes.
Laurence is survived by his wife of 53 years, Norma Boogaard Simon, his son Alexander Cornelis Simon, his daughter-in-law Donnece McKinnie Simon and his Grandaughter Sanai Alexander, all of Stamford, CT, as well as his sister Deborah Fallenberg, of Sarasota, FL.
A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home located at 2900 Summer St., Stamford, CT 06905 at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at Long Ridge Union Cemetery located in Stamford, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
1941 – December 11, 2022
The Manhattan Chapter has received the sad news that Diane Sinck passed away on December 11th, 2022.
Diane was a registered nurse before joining Pan Am in 1967. Based out of New York, she was fluent in Polish and was a Purser for most of her career. She joined Delta after Pan Am’s demise in 1991 and remained with the airline until her retirement.
On Monday, March 29th, 1993, Diane was the Coordinator (Purser) on Delta flight 84, from SFO to JFK. Also on the crew were five former Pan Am flight attendants Harriet Cooper, Marlys Edwards, Eva Porshed, Dana Moore, and Ann Blumensaadt, along with Leah Kelly and Judith Steury. The flight departed San Francisco at about 8 AM. Right after takeoff the Tower notified the Captain that thick, black smoke could be seen on one side of the aircraft. The flight immediately returned to SFO and the Captain ordered an evacuation on landing. The evacuation was “textbook” and there was no fire or structural damage. Through it all, Diane remained calm and reassuring to passengers and crew.
Diane is remembered for her kindness and generosity. She was predeceased by her husband John, and her parents, Joseph Gasior and Rose. She is survived by her sister Irene Fisher (Howard) and her step-daughters, Joyce, Judy and Janeen.
January 18, 1944 – January 31, 2022
Member at Large
Roxane Thomas, 78 of Hopkinsville, KY died Monday, January 31, 2022 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.
Roxane was born in Philadelphia, PA on January 18, 1944 to the late George Burr Deacon Peterson and Rebecca Jane Speer. Moving with her father’s occupation with Alcoa Aluminum, she lived in Irvington, NY; Bloomfield Hills, MI and finally settled in Pittsburgh, PA where she considered home.
After graduating from the University of Miami, Roxane enjoyed traveling the world as a flight attendant with Pan American Airlines which is where she met her husband, the late William Madison “Bud” Thomas. After leaving the airlines to raise her family, she became a business owner by opening a boutique store, Especially Kentucky. She sold the store and became a private caterer where she shared her love of cooking with many of her friends and family. But her greatest passion was helping the community with her many volunteer roles which gave her great joy.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club, Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville-Christian County, Military Affairs committee (MAC), Leadership Hopkinsville-Christian County, St. Luke Free Clinic and was a founding member of Sanctuary, Inc. She was also a former member of First Presbyterian Church in Hopkinsville.
Survivors include her daughter: Nicole Thomas (Mike) Fredrick of Cincinnati, OH; her son: Matthew D.L. (Mary Beth) Thomas of Clarksville, TN; her companion of over 20 years, Jack Monteverde of Hopkinsville, KY; her sister: Toni (John) Chapin of Charleston, SC; her sister in-law: Ellen (Richard) Zachary of Hopkinsville, KY; her grandchildren: Lillian Fredrick, Alexandra Fredrick, Elizabeth Fredrick, Avery Russell, Madison Thomas, Kate Russell, Hatton Thomas and Sydney Thomas; her niece Sonjia Thomas and several other nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Grace Episcopal Church in Hopkinsville. Visitation will be Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions are suggested to Hopkinsville Kiwanis Club, Sanctuary, Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Hopkinsville-Christian County, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
August 6, 1945 – January 23, 2022
Former Oak Ridge resident, Katherine Josephine Van Fleet Woerheide passed away on January 23, 2022, in Novato, California, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Kathy was born on August 6, 1945, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the “home of the atomic bomb.” The Oak Ridger dubbed her the “Atomic Bomb Baby” as that was the same day that the world’s first atomic bomb was dropped over the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Kathy was the youngest of six children of Walter A. and Katherine E. Van Fleet (Tony, Robert, John, Patty, David, and Kathy). She had a long career with Pan Am as a flight attendant where she met her husband, Andy Woerheide. She was a perfect fit to be a Pan American flight attendant. She was very true to all of her friends, ready to help no matter the task and effort required. She was the person to get things done, always willing to try something new. Her main interest was home decorating. She enjoyed a comfortable home with her pet rabbits and cats. Always working to please them. They were all very close to her heart. Her love of animals led to her being a docent for the San Francisco Zoo.
Kathy and Andy were among the subjects of a short film about how couples deal with Alzheimer’s. The film, The Sum Total of Our Memory: Facing Alzheimer’s Together, is available on multiple websites and libraries. Please take a look; it’s only 57 minutes long and will help you understand what they have been through. Andy says, “She handled the scourge of Alzheimer’s with more grace than one would expect given her infirmity. Kathy was always for what’s next, discovering ways to solve problems and how to enjoy the moment.”
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Walter Anthony Van Fleet, Robert Simon Van Fleet, and John Michael Van Fleet. She is survived by her loving husband, Andy; her sister, Patricia Petruzzi (Olean, NY); and her brother, David Van Fleet (Scottsdale, AZ).
To send condolences: Andy Woerheide, 472 Via Del Plano, Novato, CA 94949.
September 18, 1937 – October 11, 2022
Naples Chapter (Honorary)
William Hugh Waltrip, age 85 of Southport, CT and Naples, FL, passed peacefully surrounded by family on October 11, 2022. He was the loving husband of Donna Rackleff Waltrip.
Born in East St. Louis, IL on September 18, 1937, he was the son of the late Remis Porter and Rachel (Smith) Waltrip. He attended the University of Oklahoma, and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he served in active duty and with the Marine Corps Reserves.
Following his service, Bill was very fortunate to spend over 25 years in the airline industry beginning as a clerk in the Accounting Dept at American Airlines, and was recruited to positions with more responsibility at Continental Airlines and Eastern Airlines eventually being named President of Pan American World Airways. Bill’s love of travelling was a gift to his family, children and grandchildren to see the world.
Bill also served on multiple boards including Thomas & Betts, IU International, Chairman and CEO of Bausch & Lomb, Chairman of the Shelter for Abused Women & Children in Naples, Florida and Chair for the Marine Corps Command and Staff College Foundation Ball in New York City.
Bill is survived by the love of his life for over 64 years, Donna. Bill and Donna have known each other since their youth, when Bill convinced his fellow members of “The Treehouse Club” in Tulsa, OK to allow Donna entry into the boys-only club. Bill is also survived by his two daughters, Karen Bennewitz and her husband Dan and their three children Tom (Ashley), Trip and Kendall (Ilias Roshi); and daughter Janie Barber, and her two daughters Kylie (Brad) and Chandler. Bill is also survived by his sister, Dee Dee.
Bill lived a life of endless determination, hard work, love for his family, and the belief in service and community. A private family service and interment will be held in Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Bill’s name be made to the US Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation , The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, Florida, or the Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, CT.
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (mcsf.org) 909 N. Washington St. – Ste. 400 Alexandria, VA 22314
The Shelter for Abused Women and Children (naplesshelter.org) – checks payable just to The Shelter P.O. Box 10102 Naples, FL 34101
Norfield Church, 64 Norfield Road, Weston CT 06883 (norfield.org/).
December 3, 1944 – May 9, 2022
Mary Elizabeth Wickes, a/k/a Betsy/Auntie Mopsy, departed for her last journey on May 09, 2022, in Seattle, WA. Betsy was a World War II baby, born on December 3, 1944, to Navy Commander John F. Wickes, on assignment in the European theatre, and Winifred G. Wickes, in Portsmouth, VA. The family moved post-war to Miami, FL, where John began his career as a pilot with Pan American World Airways. Three of Betsy’s siblings, Jack, Cecelia, and Nancy, were born in Miami. The family relocated to Long Island, NY, and finally to Randolph Township, NJ, where Betsy’s youngest sibling, Stephen, was born. She graduated from Dover High School in 1962.
Betsy headed off on her first solo adventure at the University of Idaho, where she studied home economics and Spanish. There she joined the Campus Union Party and the Debaters Club and developed lifelong friendships. In 1966 she graduated from the Pan Am International Flight Academy in Miami and began a 53 year career as a flight attendant and purser with Pan Am and United Airlines, traveling throughout the world. Work routes in Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Europe were supplemented by vacations all over the world – safari and pyramids in Africa, an environmental tour of the Galápagos Islands, annual theatre trips to London, museums in Paris, Hobbiton in New Zealand, the Panda Breeding Center in China – she visited all seven continents!
Many things brought joy to Betsy. NPR was her constant companion wherever possible, opera anywhere she could find it, and theatre of all genres. Newspapers, in which she always found amusing articles or ads. Searching for, and finding, great bargains. Good food – of all kinds. Siamese jewelry, introduced to Betsy by her father, became a treasure to find and to share. She loved penguins. All penguins.
In between flights Betsy lived in Seattle, the city she loved, and traveled around the US to visit her 11 “niblings”, the children of her brothers and sisters. Auntie Mopsy was a loving, eccentric, challenging presence in their lives… creator of wonderful Halloween costumes and Christmas stockings, cheerleader at soccer and hockey games, glamorous date when needed, and enthusiastic attendee for plays, debates, and concerts. Cooking lessons, museum visits, expeditions of all kinds were de rigeur when Auntie Mopsy visited. And with her came the magic suitcase… always containing something unusual. Australian butter. Chinese pupus. Bizarre finds from the rummage sales she loved. Artwork, framed in Beijing. And even, on one occasion, a melon. She taught all of the niblings the joy of traveling, the value of exploring, the worth of trying new things, and the art of packing. These were put to good use on solo Mopsy-nibling trips to London, Paris, Baltimore, and Washington DC.
Betsy retired from United Airlines with plans for more family visits, increased social activity with the Seattle Chapter of World Wings International, Soup and Cinema at the Nordic Heritage Center, garden parties with friends, “treasure” hunting, and continued travel adventures, all of which were put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic. She gracefully made the adjustment from world traveler and social butterfly to being house-bound by the pandemic, and was able to maintain her quirky sense of humor, but she missed the her active life she was used to and seeing her family, especially her niblings.
Betsy was pre deceased by her parents, John and Winifred. She is survived by her brothers, Jack (Julia) of Indianapolis, IN, and Stephen (Lisa) Wickes of Bloomington, IN; her sisters, Cecelia (David) Knapp of Bloomington, IN, and Nancy Volpe of Albuquerque; and her beloved niblings, Katie Conovitz (Brandon), Michelle Roe (Brad), Elizabeth Knapp, Maggie Wickes (Kevin Callahan), Adrienne Knapp, Andrew Volpe, Anna Brodie (Andy), Teresa Volpe, Matthew Wickes (Samantha), Hilary Wickes (Justin Bailey), and Caroline Wickes. “Griblings” (great nephews/nieces) Sawyer, Coco, Jack and Asher Conovitz, Henry, Augustus, Ulysses, and Wilma Roe, Vivi and Chip Callahan, Winnie Volpe, Oscar Brodie, Josephine Wickes and Walden Bailey also survive, along with her many dear friends.
Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens in Bloomington, IN, next to her parents, and a memorial service will be held at a future date. Memories and messages can be left with https://www.fergusonlee.com/obituaries . In lieu of flowers, donations to KUOW Public Radio, 4518 University Way NE, Seattle WA 98105 (“In memory of Betsy Wickes,” Attn: Melissa Laird) or
https://www.kuow.org/donate , and the Pan Am Historical Foundation ( https://www.panam.org/remembrance-donations ) would please Betsy. Her headstone, at her request, will portray the Seattle Space Needle and the Pan Am 707, her favorite jet. Betsy was never boring and certainly never average… she was truly a unique spirit.
January 26, 2022
San Francisco Chapter
Wife, mother and retired Pan American turned United Airlines Flight Attendant, Margaret Woodman passed away quietly in her sleep at 0600 on Wednesday January 26th. Marty was surrounded by her loving family, including her husband of 50 years, Eric Woodman. Rick retired early to care and watch over her, spending the last 9 years taking every midweek lunch and dinners with her, so Marty always knew she was cherished.
She was born to an Italian-American US Army Air Corps soldier, Nicholas Vitolo and Italian local firebrand Ann Longo Vitolo at the tail end of WWII in Bari, Italy. Not yet 2, Marty moved to the United States with her mother on one of the many “War Bride” ships carrying the next generation of Americans to their new home country. The family eventually settled in Orange County, CA and, much to the consternation of papa Nic, had 3 more daughters, Roseanne, Sheri Jo & Donna.
As a Pan Am stewardess, Marty traveled the World from 1968 until 1986 when she transitioned to United Airlines as part of their acquisition of Pan Am’s Asia-Pacific routes. She would continue with United until her retirement in 2008. Marty immersed herself in an education only world travel provided: from adventurous treks in Nepal, to photo safaris in East Africa, to Israel after the 1973 War, and so much more. One of her fond memories was the time she spent flying Military Air Charters during the Vietnam War, transporting servicemen & orphans back to the US. She had the privilege of meeting heads of state, entertainment stars and more during her flying career. Marty had compassion and tolerance for all humans regardless of race, religion or financial status. Meeting new friends was her forté.
No beautiful, young professional of the time could avoid a stop at the Squaw Valley ski resort in Lake Tahoe, CA. Pay no mind to never having skied before, the proper attitude & attire can pave the way to an entirely different adventure! That last sentence WOULD be on her gravestone – if she was the kind of person to spend eternity lying down. She would meet her life partner Rick on March 31, 1971 at The Chamoix while trying to pretend to have the first clue about skiing. She accomplished this feat momentarily by wearing all of the most fashionable ski clothes (most likely purchased on whirlwind tours of Europe & Asia) to the best Après Ski spots in the resort. She just chose to skip the actual skiing. Absolutely brilliant!! It wasn’t until just after their marriage that her ski-addicted future husband discovered the ruse. Luckily for all of us, he had already fallen head over heels for the beautiful woman of the world – they would be married SIX Months after meeting. They shared 50 years of marriage together, allowing her to learn to ski and for them to share the beauty of snow-clad mountains all over the world.
After 8 years of partnership circling the globe on wild adventures with her beau, the pair decided to settle down in Redwood City, CA and have their first child, Garrett, followed shortly thereafter by their next son, Gavin. Now, as a team of 4, Marty made sure to avail her family of all that the planet had to offer. Global travel and a world of education ensued which eventually led her boys to follow in her footsteps, now with their own careers in aviation.
Son Gavin started his new position as a pilot for United Airlines exactly 1 week before Marty shed her mortal coil. She saw him receive his United Airlines pilot wings and was wearing his new pilot wings on her deathbed. She was prepared for her final flight. All passengers are accounted for, Margaret. You are clear to close the cabin doors for departure. Son Garrett is currently a corporate pilot based out of the SF Bay Area and although he missed her passing, he’s rather certain that she said her final goodbye to him on his flight home from Paris with the most dazzling display of Aurora Borealis seen from the cockpit that anyone on board the aircraft had ever seen.
Marty is survived by her adoring husband Rick, her sons Gavin, and Garrett who is married to Ginae, and 2 equally wild grandchildren Grant & Genevieve. Somehow she managed to give life to 2 full generations of GW monogrammed towels.
We’ll miss you forever! Every time we get a seat as a non-rev passenger, we’ll know it’s because you put in a good word for us with the archangel of Space Available travel. Every mimosa served when we take our seats will be in your honor! “Woodman party of 4, please report to the gate agent for your seat assignments.”
Instead of burial, her ashes will be scattered with bits of chiffon and brightly colored silk from a mountain top, to be carried by the wind to the four corners of the earth.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research charity.
A celebration of Marty’s life is scheduled for 6:30 pm, Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the Hiller Aviation Museum, 601 Airport Road, San Carlos California. More information will be posted at https://www.mykeeper.com/profile/MargaretWoodman/. RSVPs on the web site are requested no later than February 25th.
July 15, 1934 – February 8, 2022
Heart of Florida Chapter
Gisela passed away peacefully on February 8th after suffering a stroke. She was 87 years old.
Born in Berlin, Germany on July 15, 1934, to Gerhard & Johanna Zitzow, they lived in Cameroon, West Africa where her father worked as a mechanical engineer. In 1940, shortly after WWII started, they were interned by the British and taken to Jamaica where they lived in camps until the end of the war. They moved to the Dominican Republic in 1947, where Gisela attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and then immigrated to the United States in 1952.
Fluent in 3 languages (German, Spanish & English) Gisela worked for Pan American World Airways from 1957-1960. Based in Miami, she flew all over South America, Central America, Cuba, and the Caribbean. She married in 1960 and had to give up her career and love of flying since stewardesses could not be married in those days.
She lived on Key Biscayne, raising her two children who were the love of her life. She later divorced and remarried. In 1981, she moved to Ormond Beach with her late husband, Charles Peck and worked in retail sales for many years at Belk’s in Bellair Plaza and Bealls at Ormond Towne Center. She was an amazing woman who was so full of life and joy. She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
Gisela is survived by her brother, Uwe Zitzow, son, Michael Manning (Susan), daughter, Marianne Smith, 6 grandchildren, Jason Smith, Justin Smith (Lisa), Kristin Weiss (Justin), Jedediah Smith (Joy), Kimberly Manning (Joseph), Joshua Smith (Kay); 4 great-grandchildren, Reagan, Amy, Rylee & Kai; 3 nephews, Eric Zitzow (Tina), Kevin Zitzow, Mark Zitzow (Beth); great-nephews Adam & Lucas and a great-niece, Ellen.
Visitation on Wednesday, February 16th, 6:00-8:00 pm at Lohman Funeral Home, Ormond Beach Chapel. Funeral Mass on Thursday, February 17th, 1:00 pm, Prince of Peace Catholic Church followed by entombment at Volusia Memorial Park. Donations can be made to Halifax Hospice. Memories can be shared with the family at lohmanfuneralhomes.com
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