~ IN MEMORY ~
Barbara Ann Schwartz, widow of NWA Capt. Eugene Schwartz
December 22, 1930 ~ July 25, 2019
Notification with the passing of Barbara Ann Schwartz, a former Northwest stewardess and the widow of Northwest Airlines Captain Eugene Schwartz who passed in September 2008. Barbara’s obituary information is available online at
As well, both obituaries appear below.
Per Barbara’s request, there was no funeral service. As noted below, a celebration of life event is planned for Sept. 22 at her son’s home in north Seattle, Washington.
~ Carol for the PCN
Obituary……………Barbara Ann Schwartz
Eugene Schwartz, age 92
February 7, 1916 ~ September 15, 2008
Born on February 7, 1916, Gene died peacefully at home on September 15 following a brief battle with brain cancer.
He was raised in Chicago and graduated from high school at 16 during the depth of the Depression. He went to work immediately at whatever job he could find. In 1935, he enrolled in a local junior college. The college offered a civilian aviation program where he learned to fly. He continued to work and go to school when he could, eventually graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in management.
After receiving his private and commercial licenses, as well as instrument and instructor ratings, he worked as a flight instructor and crop duster. In 1945, Gene was hired by Northwest Airlines. His 32-year career with the airline began on DC3s and ended with his retirement as a 747 captain.
Following retirement Gene audited numerous history courses at the University of Washington, specializing in Central Europe, the Middle East and India.
Few people were aware that Gene had been an accomplished musician in his youth on oboe and violin. He maintained an abiding affection for classical music, especially the works of Mahler, Berlioz and Mozart.
He was a champion bridge player and 50-year life master. His interests also included travel, photography, and, beginning at age 79, computers.
Gene is survived by Barbara, his wife of 53 years, son Doug and his wife Lejla, and granddaughter Lara, whom he adored, as well as many friends.
As he said on many occasions during the last weeks of his life, "I had the best job, I traveled the world and I had a family who loved me. I had a great life."
At his request there will be no services.