Cathy Ruppelt passed away at her home in Naples, Florida, on April 13,
had been battling breast cancer for four years and it finally got the best of
Cathy attended Long Beach State University and graduated with a
bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She taught elementary education in San
Mateo, California, until she joined Hughes Airwest in 1972. She flew with
Airwest, Republic and then Northwest, until she retired in 1983. Except for
short details in SEA, LAS and MSP Cathy was based mainly in SFO. During that
time she called Foster City, California, home. After her retirement she married
James Ruppelt and they lived for a time in Hawaii, Minnesota and Florida.
Anyone who ever came in contact with Cathy will remember her. She was a
very likeable person. She had a bubbly personality and never, ever, had a bad
thing to say about anyone. She always had a positive attitude about
everything. Her happiness seemed to rub off on all who met her. If the world
had more people like Cathy it would be a better place.
Cathy had a long
list of friends, many that are still with the Airlines, that she stayed in
Any discussion that Cathy ever got into about her flying
career always ended with stories about the "Good old Fairchild days." She
enjoyed very much the time she spent being a flight attendant.