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Charlene Falkenberg
It is with great regret that I have to report that Charlene Falkenberg passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2010.    Char was an incredible influence within our organization, and a true example of the volunteer spirit.  She gave many years of service to the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund board, and she was editor and publisher for the North Central Section newsletter Waypoint for 25 years.  Her passion for aviation and the Ninety-Nines were evident to anyone who met her.  Her passing is a great loss, and I will miss her.

Shelley Ventura
Governor, NCS
Charlene H. Falkenberg, age 88, of Hobart IN passed away Sunday, January 10, 2010.  Charlene was chairwoman emerita of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Ninety-Nines International.  She also edited our North Central Section Waypoint newsletter for many years. She held memberships in the Aircraft Owners and Pilotís Association, Experimental Aircraft Association, German Womenís Pilot Association, the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and Silver Wings.  Charlene was an avid aviatrix and competed in many international and cross-country races, including the All-Woman Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR, forerunner of today's Air Race Classic.  She received many aviation related awards over the years and was the longest tenured ground school instructor and test examiner in FAA history.  Besides flying, Charlene was an adventurer in other areas including hunting and fishing with Walter, her husband, and then enjoyed finding ways to cook the results of these outings. Charlene and Walter loved their pet bulldogs and often took them along on their travels.  They both had a very big heart for animals.  Charlene worked for the Gary and Hobart school corporations for many years.  She was simply an amazing woman ahead of her time in many ways.  As a flight instructor and examiner, she trained and mentored many women pilots and advanced the role of women in aviation.  Memorials in Charlene's honor may be made to the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Last updated: 01/23/2010