Ruth Georgene "Tappy" Schonenberg, 91
Ruth Georgene "Tappy" Schonenberg passed away on Nov. 8, at her home at Ocean Breeze in Edmonds, Wash.
Tappy was born to George and Katherine Mae (Johnson) Tappins on Oct. 10, 1922, in Hudson, Wis. She graduated from Hudson High School in 1940. She attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated with a degree in Economics. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
Following graduation Tappy moved to Miami to become a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. She later worked for Pan American Airlines as a stewardess and purser during the Golden Age of Flying. Tappy loved flying to exotic locations with Pan Am, including Hong Kong, Central America and her favorite, the Fijian Islands. She married Hans Peter "Pete" Schonenberg on Treasure Island in San Francisco on March 25, 1957. Pete was a naval officer, and they moved often, living in San Diego, Honolulu, Key West, Washington D.C., Long Beach and Solana Beach before retiring in 1976 to Edmonds, Wash. While living in Hawaii, Pete and Tappy had their only son Peter Michael "Mike" Schonenberg. Tappy was an incredibly loving mother and shared her sense of adventure and humor with Mike. Tappy enjoyed playing bridge and cribbage, reading the paper, watching horse races, celebrating St. Patrick's Day and spending time with friends.
She also enjoyed spending time on the water with Pete and their many sailing friends at the Corinthian Yacht Club of Edmonds. Tappy loved to give back to her community and spent many hours volunteering with children at Deaconess and assisting new families through Edmonds Welcomers. She was also involved with World Wings International, the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants. Life was one big adventure for Tappy and her enthusiasm for people and life was contagious. Even as her condition diminished, Tappy retained her sense of humor, beautiful smile and sparkling blue eyes.
Everyone who met Tappy enjoyed her zest for life and positive attitude.
Tappy is survived by her son Mike, daughter-in-law Tracy, and her beloved grandchildren AJ, and Kendall of Palo Alto, Calif. Tappy treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren and shared her joy of travel with them by accompanying them on many adventures.
Tappy was preceded in death by her husband, Pete; her parents; and her sisters Katherine Kelly and Margaret Vye.
A Celebration of Life was held at Anthony's Home Port Restaurant in Edmonds, Wash., from 12-2 p.m. on Nov. 16.
Remembrances may be made in Tappy's name to the organization of your choice, or to Seattle Children's Hospital.