Chris Bickelman
 Dec 23, 2011



Chris Bickelman was born on December 8, 1921 in Yonkers, NY to Charles and Margaret Foley.  After a brief illness, she passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of December 15, 2011 at the age of 90.

Chris began her airline career in Albany, NY in 1942 with Canadian Colonial Airways, a career that was to span 5 decades.  Chris also worked for both American and Eastern.   Along the way, she met Robert W. (Bob) Bickelman who was working for TWA at the Albany airport and they were married in 1946. She retired from Hughes Airwest in 1979. 

Chris and Bob along with their five children moved to California in 1962.
  Bob continued his career with TWA and Chris found her way to Pacific Air Lines where she worked in reservations. 
Bob passed away in 1996 just two months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary.

Chris has been living with her daughter Christina in Tucson for the past 14 years.   She often sat on the front patio where she enjoyed watching the planes circling to land at Tucson Intl.  Chris once commented to her daughter that if women had been allowed to be pilots back when she started her airline career, she would have jumped at the chance.

Chris requested the family to not have any memorial service on her passing.  Remembrances can be sent to her daughter Christina at  A beautiful tribute to Chris done by her grandson can be seen on YouTube.  Just click on the link below.