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Gene D. Sims

  • On April 11, 2020

Gene D. Sims of Daytona Beach, Florida, formerly of Ohio passed away April 10, 2020.

She was the loving daughter of the late Dorothy and Howard Hlawati.  Born in Pittsburgh on August 19, 1930, Miss Sims was a Marine Veteran, expert marksman and pilot.

After a 20 year career with the FAA as the air traffic controller, supervisor and Tower Chief she retired to Florida.

Miss Sims was inducted into the Womens National Aerospace Museum as the 1st Female Air Traffic Tower Chief in the Country.  She loved RV Travel, model trains, Corvettes and her puppy Chi Chi.

Surviving Miss Sims is her sister Mona L. (Benjamin) Macioszek; brother, Howard (Jeanne Martin-Hlawati) Hlawati; Niece, Michelle (Barry) Miller; Nephew, Ben (Emily) Macioszek, Chris Macioszek, Ian Hlawati; Great nieces Alexandra and Olivia; and Great nephews Benjamin and Evan.

A service and gathering will be held at a later date.

Please view and sign the family’s online guestbook at pittsburghcremation.com.

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Jenny Barney
  • Apr 11 2020
Hearing stories of how Gene loved her family and was such a giving person, I feel I know her a little. She evidently was way ahead of her time as it is very impressive to be a Marine and a pilot and inducted into the Women’s National Aerospace Museum! My sympathy and prayers to Howard and Jeanne and all of Gene’s family.
Sharon Hlawati
  • Apr 12 2020
So very sorry for the passing of Gene. My condolences to her entire family. She definitely was one of a kind. A true free spirit,who loved her family and her dogs. I’m so thankful that Ian gave me the opportunity to see her again in recent years. She was so delightful,it was like time had never passed. She knew she was loved and will be missed by many. Gone to her spiritual home but never forgotten.
Duncan Kennedy
  • Apr 12 2020
Condolences to all. Ian paid a lovely tribute to her on FB. May she Rest In Peace.
  • Apr 12 2020
You are loved and missed Gene! You will always hold a very special place in my heart! My condolences to the family.
  • Apr 17 2020
Well gene was my hero I loved her more than anything in this world !!!! I loved spending my time with her watching football game with her bc she loved her Pittsburgh Steelers . Gene could brighten up the whole world with her smile and caring loving ways ...... she was just so special to me in so many ways life will not be same without my gene but my heart goes out to Mona and Ben and howdy Jeanie and Ian love you guys so much thank you for letting me be part of her life
Marnie Bechtold
  • Apr 18 2020
I fell in love with Gene right away! She was always wearing a smile and along how my day was going. When I would have a bad day I would go and sit with her and Chichi. She was always so positive. I loved listening to her stories of when she was young. I think we all loved Genie bean. I know you are at peace now. I send my deepest sympathy to the family. You guys all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Deborah Miller-Gurchak
  • Apr 18 2020
Thank you for the pleasure of introducing me to Gene and her sweet companion. She will be missed.