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
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.
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.
requested the family to not have any memorial service on her passing. Remembrances can be sent to her daughter
Christina at email@example.com. A beautiful tribute to Chris done by her grandson can be seen
on YouTube. Just click on the link
A TRIBUTE TO CHRIS BICKELMAN ON THE
OCCASION OF HER 90TH BIRTHDAY