Thursday, February 07, 2013
JoAnn M. Eichner, 80
JoAnn Mansfield Eichner, a former Westport resident, died Feb. 2 at her home in St. Simons Island, Ga. She was 80.
JoAnn Eichner: former Westporter. Contributed photo
She was born Feb., 11, 1932 in Etowah, Tenn. She graduated from Grady High School and then attended Ward Belmont, a girl’s school in Nashville, Tenn. Upon graduation she entered the airlines business with Delta and became the reservation manager with Southern Airways.
In 1958,, she met her future husband, I. John Eichner, Jr., when their respective airlines had an air route case that lasted several months in Atlanta. They were married on May 17, 1958 in Atlanta and their first son, I. John Eichner (Jay) was born in February 1959.
They settled in Houston where her husband was in the airlines business, when their second son Patrick was born on Nov. 14, 1960. In 1961 they moved to Westport because her husband became an officer of American Airlines for five years.
During that period their daughter, Malinda was born on July 20, 1963.
In 1966, he joined two friends in forming a new airline consulting firm SH&E, which kept them living in Westport and working in New York and many foreign countries for the next 29 years until 1995.
In 1986, she became an Ada Comstock Scholar at Smith College for 18 months. In 1994 they purchased a retirement home in the Island Club and they moved to St. Simons Island, Ga.
By then their family consisted of Jay, Patrick and Malinda and they respective spouses, Margaret, Darlene and Krister. By then there were seven grandchildren, Jay and Margaret had L. John IV, Matthew and Joseph in Geneva, Fla., Patrick and Darlene had Meghan and Patrick Mansfield Eichner of Mountainside, N.J., Krister and Malinda Johnson had Ingrid and William in the Eichner Home in Westport.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Monday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m. in the St. Simons Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Robert Brearley officiating.
The family will receive friends in the Social Hall of the church after the Services.
The family request in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either St. Simons Island Presbyterian Church Sunday School of the Hospice of the Golden Isles, Brunswick, Ga.
Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home and Oglethorpe Crematorium in charge of arrangements.
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