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>Golden Gate Chapter member, Patti Keown DeLuna, passed away on Thursday, September 17 at her home with husband, John.  She graduated in the AA Class of 1995.  Even though Patti suffered long with Parkinson Disease, she aimed to live her life with dignity, activity and passion.  See the News-Just-In page for a photo of Patti receiving a tray honoring her heroic role on an American Airlines 767 in which the Co-Pilot became ill during flight.  And see a video of an interview with her by clicking on:

Notes of condolence can be sent to:

    John DeLuna

    1061 Via Carina

    Vista, CA 92081

>Dorothy M. Krejci, member of the HOU Kiwi Club, passed away in November, 2019.  She had a 38-year career as a Flight Attendant for American Airlines.

>Betty Barlow Agee has Flown West - August 4, 2020 - at the home of one of her sons. She was surrounded by her loving family.  She was actively involved in several organizations through her years in Memphis.
As a flight attendant, she was based in Chicago, Dallas, & Detroit. She was also  proud of being the Skipper in charge of the Admirals Club in Detroit and Dallas.  She was in the Class of 1952/04.  The Memphis Kiwis shall miss her greatly.

Any condolences or Remembrances may be sent to

    Betty Agee's Family

    3625 South Galloway Dr.

    Memphis, TN 38112

Karen Cain Richardson , long time South Bay member, passed away on July 31, 2020.  Karen was AA Class 1965/01.  Condolences may be sent to daughter:

    Kelly Grant

   3228 Seaclair Dr.

   Rancho Palos Verdes , CA  90275

>Margie Pipkin Sanders passed away on June 22, 2020.  She was a long time member of the Memphis Kiwi Cub.  Marie graduated in the AA AA Class 1946/04.  She supported the local Humane Society because of her love for all furry animals or those with feathers.  She also loved playing bridge with various groups of friends.  Giving and sharing with others was a large part of her life.   We will miss her generous spirit!

>Kathy Star Dugan Shinkle passed away on July 18, 2020.  Kathy was in the AA Class 1959/14.  She first was a Kiwi in the LA Chapter then spear-headed Chicago/North Shore when it formed.  She has been President and Treasurer of Chicago/North Shore for many years. 

Condolences may be sent to her son:

     James Shinkle

     1539 Palmgren Drive

     Glenview, IL 60025

>Rita Jean Sinnott has Flown West.  She was in the AA Class of 1947 and a Golden Gate Chapter member.  Cards of condolence can be sent to:

   James Scott Sinnott and family 

   159 La Cuesta Drive

   Greenbrae, CA  94904

>Hilary Browne Coffman, AA Class 1965--passed January 14, 2019.  She was a member of the Hawaii chapter.  Hilary hasn't been a Kiwi for many years, but her daughter said she loved AA and the Kiwi Club.

>Betty Jean Davis Fitzgerald on June 10, 2020 has Flown West.  Betty was in the AA Class 1947/08. Obituary here

Condolences may be sent to her son:

    Ted Fitzgerald

    909 Yarmouth Rd,

    Raleigh, NC 27607

Juanita (Nita) Larson Starr of the AA Class 1941/11, passed away on May 26, 2020.  Nita was 100 years young.  See her obituary here

>Barbara Wulf Browne, Golden Gate Chapter, was in the AA Class of 1963.  She died on May 7, 2020. Click here for her obituary. Cards of condolence can be sent to:

    Jim Browne
   2490 Spanish Trail Rd
   Tiburon, CA   94920

>Ruth Colley Kennedy, AA Class of ‘46-53 and longtime very active Kiwi in several chapters, has flown West.

Ruth was a charter member of the FL Gulf Coast Kiwi Chapter and the Long Island Chapter.  She is pre -deceased by her husband Bill (also with AA). 

 She is survived by her son Bill and daughter Patty. Condolences can be sent to Patty Kennedy:

    2404 VT Rt 65

    Brookfield, VT  05036

>Jerry Bass Jennings, AA Class 1949/08, passed away 5/18/2020.  Jerry was a charter member of the Oklahoma City Kiwi Chapter.
Condolences may be sent to the family:

    6515 Avondale Lane

    Oklahoma City, OK  73116

>Manhattan Kiwi Nancy Redmond, passed away on May 7, 2020.  Nancy had been a Kiwi since 1998.  More information to follow.

>Beloved member of the Washington DC Chapter, Peggy Kuniewicz Hoffend died April 30, 2020.  Condolences can be sent to her husband Don:

    201 Princess Street

    Alexandria, Va. 22314

>Marian Roberts-McCarty 9/3/40-4/21/20 - 79 years young - member of the FL Gulf Coast Kiwi Club, will be missed.  She was in the AA Class of 1961.

Condolences can be sent to her husband:

    Michael McCarty

    5055 Faberge Place

    Sarasota, Fl 34233

>Catherine MacMillan Seaman has Flown West.  She died on March 27, 2020.  For her photo and more, click HERE.

Catherine was hired as an AA Stewardess in 1940.  She was also one of the Kiwi Club's original members dating back to its origins in the 1950's.  For many years she was a member of the DC Chapter and served on its BOD.  She then became a MAL.  She was 102 years young  when she passed away.  Condolences may be sent her daughter:

    Barbara Seaman

    14 Woodgate Ct

    Ormond Beach, FL  32174

>Denver Kiwi Paula Yochum Blackmar passed away April 6, 2020.  Paula was last a Kiwi during the 2002 term and AA Class 1964/03.
Condolences may be sent to her husband:

    Rick Blackmar

    387 S. Camino Holgado

    Green Valley, AZ 85614

>Debbie Speegle, OKC Kiwi, has Flown West. She passed on March 2, 2020 in Henderson, NV.  She was a flight attendant for over 30 years and once an instructor at the Learning Center.  

>Ginny(Virginia) Cox La Fon, passed away peacefully at her home on April 10, 2020.  Ginny's  AA Class was November, 1946.  She will be missed by the Memphis Kiwis.
Condolences may be sent to her daughter:

   Dawn La Fon

   740 Holly Street

   Memphis, TN 38112

>Phyllis Ryan Gareis, beloved member of the Atlanta Kiwi Club, has flown West.  After a long fight with cancer, she succumbed on April 6, 2020.  She was in the AA Class of 51-14.  Phyllis served as President of the ATL chapter more than once, and was an active and faithful member for many years.

Cards of condolence many be sent to:

    Sarah Wilson (daughter)

    4390 Cornwallis Court 

    Marietta, GA  30068


    Lisa Korslund (daughter)

    4606 Casco Avenue

    Edina, MN  55424

>Barbara O'Brien Miller, long time Dallas Kiwi, passed away on March 27, 2020.  Barbara was a past President and a very devoted member. She was a member of AA class 51-06. There will be no service due to the Pandemic situation. Cards can be sent to the family at: :

    Linda Coffin

    14458 Tanglewood

    Dallas, Texas  75234

> Denise McCormick Chapman flew West on March 2, 2020.  Denise flew in the 50's.  She was a charter member of the Albany Kiwis and a longtime member of the Twin Cities, Minneapolis chapter.  She leaves a beautiful family in Minneapolis.

Condolences may go to her daughter:

    Sara D. Chapman

    102 W. Diamond Lake Rd,

    Minneapolis, MN 55419

>Marilyn Oslar Klein has passed on 12/22/2019.  She was AA Class 1955/01 and a MAL.   Marilyn, a former member of Houston for many years, was a long-time, devoted Kiwi.  Her daughter, Lynn Klein is donating many of her mother's cherished Kiwi items for the auction at Convention.

>Devi Wright Bellows, AA Class 1968, passed December 18, 2019.  She was an active member of the OC/LB Kiwi Chapter.

Condolences may be sent to her husband:

     Dr. David Bellows

     9972 Bailey Way

     Villa Park, CA  92861

>Hilary Browne Coffman, an active member of the Kiwis in Hawaii for years. She graduated in 1965 and passed away January 14, 2019.

>Mim McGill Strickler, of the OC/LB Chapter and the AA Class 1950/11, passed while on a cruise in December.

>Mary "Mickey" Irene Bragiel, 83 years young and a long-time Chicago North Shore Kiwi, on November 5, 2019, had Flown West.  She was AA Class 1960/13.  Condolences may be sent to the family:

    Family of Mickey Bragiel

    923 East Waverly Dr.

    Arlington Heights, IL 60004

>Gene Carroll Null was a long time member of  the Memphis Kiwi Chapter.  She passed away on October 12, 2019.  Gene was AA Class of 1946.  Her charming personality will be sorely missed by all who knew her.


>Joan B. Corcoran, AA class of February, 1951, has passed away.  She was a Central Arkansas Chapter charter member.  

>Peggy Wright Lane has flown west:  July 9th,  after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and passed peacefully. Peggy had been the President of the Kansas City Kiwi Chapter. She was hired by AA in 1955 as a Stewardess. Two weeks ago she was presented with The Kiwi Award in recognition of her dedication and service to the Club and her Chapter (see News-Just-In page).  Cards of condolence may be sent to her family:

    (Son) Al Lane 
    2575 E Evans Creek Rd
    Rogue River, Oregon 97537

    (Daughter) Leslie LaNave
    5609 Outlook
    Mission, KS 66202

>Sheila Byrne Cody, former Dallas Kiwi, passed away on July 2.  Sheila was AA Class of 1959.  She has been living  in Atlanta with her daughter, Mrs. Krickett Harrison.  Condolences may be sent to her at:

    2374 Hyde Park Court 

    Atlanta, GA.  30318. 

>Rosemary Barbati Koljan, LAX Kiwi, passed away June 21, 2019 after a short battle with Pancreatic cancer.  Rosemary was AA Class 1966/06.  Her husband had passed just a few days before.

Condolences may be sent to her brother:

    John Barbati

    20431 Arminta St.

    Canoga Park, CA 91306

>Elissa Daly Cooper, long time member of Dallas chapter and past President passed away on June 19, 2019.  Elissa was AA Class 1953/05.   

Condolences may be sent to her husband:

    Bob Cooper

    6773 Northcreek Lane

    Dallas, TX 75240

Shirley Sweeney Konen, AA Class 1959/01, passed away on June 8, 2019.  Shirley was a long time PHX Kiwi--former PHX president for years--and a very active Kiwi.  Condolences for PHX Kiwi Shirley Sweeney Konen may be sent to her daughter:

    Kerrie Konen-Pelenytschka

    Lower School Science Teacher

    6300 North Central Avenue

    Phoenix, AZ 85012

>Barbara Isganderian Burt, long-time and well-loved Chicago Kiwi, has passed away.  Barb graduated in the AA Class 1957/4.  She served Chicago in various offices, attended many convention and was co-chair of the last Chicago convention.  She will be missed by Chicago and The Kiwi Club.  
Condolences may be sent to Barb's husband:

    Jeffrey Burt 

    3 S. 126 N. Glen Drive 

    Warrenville, IL 60555

Carolyn Self Stelling, class 1960/6, passed away May 6, 2019 after a long illness.  She was a long-time member of the Denver Kiwi Club.  

Cards can be mailed to   :

    Matt and Mary Kay Stelling
    3842 W 99th Avenue

    Westminster, CO  80031-2644.


Donations may be made to SafeHouse: 1649 N Downing St, Denver, CO 80218


>Wanda Jean Mathias Walker-Zamka, who had been a Kiwi for years and an active MAL, has Flown West.  Cards of condolence can be sent to her husband:

    Conrad Zambka

    8140 Township Line Rd  HC 216

    Indianapolis, IN  46260

>Peg Hoey Heiligman (93 years young) passed away April 29, 2019.  Peg was a long-time LA Kiwi before moving to SC many years ago and joined the Lowcountry Kiwi Chapter.  She attended nearly every convention until recent years.  Peg had a wonderful sense of humor and is greatly missed.  She was in the AA Class of 1947/11.

>Pamela Fiske Bennett passed away peacefully at the hospice center in Durham NC on April 27.  Pamela Fiske graduated in the AA Class 67-08. She was a long time member of the RDU Kiwis. The funeral for Pamela will be on Monday, May 6 at 2:00 pm. at  St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.  The address is 82 Kimberly Dr.  Durham, NC 27707.

Notes of condolence may be sent to her husband John Bennett:

                      5105 Longwood Dr.

                      Durham, NC  27713

>Dorothy 'Dot' Berry passed away on April 3, 2019. She worked for American Airlines for over 33 years, first as a stewardess and
then as a supervisor in Chicago She is the 'stewardess" on the left in the photo. Dot graduated in the AA Class of 1951. 

> DeAnne Cole, longtime SAN member, has flown West.  She passed away on April 2, 2019.  DeAnne graduated in the AA Class 60/9 and flew for American for 45 years.

Condolences may be sent to her twin sister:

     Dicelle Curtis

     11307 Crystal Oaks Way

     San Diego, CA 92131

>Kathleen (Kay) Watt Harris - past Dallas Kiwi President - passed away on January 3, 2019.  She graduated in the AA Class 61-06.

Of note, Kay & her parents were at Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 when it was attacked.  Condolences may be sent to her daughter:

    Kim Vernor

    P.O. Box 1412

    Ennis, TX 75119


>Carol Debursey Sullivan - past Dallas Kiwi President - died on February 3, 2019.

Kiwi Deanna Scoggins Welch, (82 years young) flew west on February 1, 2019.  She was AA Class 1959.  Deanna was a long time, active member of the South Bay Chapter.  A celebration of life was held February 18th, when she was remembered as 'a real firecracker and beautiful woman who will be very much missed'!
Condolences may be sent to her sons Wade and Tim Welch:

    The Welch Family

    421 Via Media

    Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

>Becky Simor, OC/LB long-time member, passed January 26, 2019.  She was in the AA Class of 1954/04.

Condolences may be sent to her daughter:

    Krista Simor

    12582 Lemona Lane

    Santa Ana, CA 92705

>Eveline Feltz, former member of the PHX Chapter, passed away December 23, 2018, at the age of 96.  She was in the class of 1948/5.

Condolences may be sent her her son:

    Glenn Feltz

    1746 W. Citrus Way

    Phoenix, AZ 85012



















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