Roseann Wixted, ex-US Airways employee, dies at 50
Roseann Wixted of Ronkonkoma was devoted to her family and cared so much about others that she was the "go to" person if anyone had a problem to sort through, her husband said.
The former US Airways customer service agent was also "crazy active" in her children's pursuits, attending her son's baseball and volleyball games, and co-leading her daughter's Girl Scout troop, Joseph Wixted said.
"She beat the odds several times," Joseph Wixted said. "She was a strong fighter. She fought to stay alive for her kids."
He said his wife was very giving. "She would try to talk to anybody, help anybody, donate to things."
"We met at the airport, believe it or not," Joseph Wixted said, noting that "Roe" was at MacArthur when he worked for the airport fire department. "It was an airport romance."
The couple married in 1994 and had two children, Patrick, now 16, and Kylie, 9.
Wixted was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Massapequa. After graduating from Amityville High School, she earned an associate degree from Nassau Community College. She was hired by the airline in 1985 -- a fitting career for a woman who loved to travel.
"When you work for airlines, you fly for free on standby," Joseph Wixted said. He said two big trips his wife took with friends were to London and Japan.
She remained with the airline until 2006, when she took a buyout. She then worked at temporary office jobs.
Spending time with her extended family was a major focus in her life, Joseph Wixted said.
"After my brother Glen died after Sept. 11, we did a family trip every two years," he said of his stepbrother, Glen Pettit, an NYPD officer who died on 9/11.
Visiting is Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Moloney's Lake Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Lake Ronkonkoma. The funeral Mass is Friday at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Nesconset, with burial at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale.