Jeannette H. Riley 90, WWII cockpit inspector

By on February 29, 2012

Jeannette Hazel Platt Riley, 90, died Friday, Feb. 24, at Lancashire Hall following declining health.

The widow of Joseph S. Riley, she is survived by a daughter, Lisa J. Riley, of Lititz, and a son, Craig S. Riley, of Sarasota, Fla.

The daughter of Helene T. Scheid Platt Hollingsworth and Ralph S. Platt, and step-daughter of Raymond Hollingsworth, Jeannette was born on March 18, 1921 in Lancaster, where she lived until 1991 and thereafter in Lititz.

A past member and secretary of the Lancaster Cotillion Club, she served the World War II effort as the only local female inspector of wingtips and cockpits at the nationalized Armstrong fabrication plant. She supervised the first directory of membership at her church (formerly St. John’s United Church of Christ), participated as a Cub Scout and Brownie mother and was a member of the League of Women Voters. In earlier years, she and her husband were members of the Conestoga Country Club. Leisure reading, home decorating, fashion and needlework were among her lifelong pleasures. Penn State was her favorite team and she never missed a televised game. Throughout her life she was known for her intelligence, generosity, humor and loyalty to those dear to her, including Gerry Walker, whom she looked upon as another son.

Services were held at the Church of the Apostles, Lancaster, Feb. 29.

Remembrances to celebrate her life will be welcomed in her name to the charity of one’s choice.

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