KFAI mourns the loss of Georgette Pfannkuch, programmer and founder of Bonjour Minnesota since 1984. Georgette passed away on Saturday, September 13th, 2008 at her home, surrounded by her family. She leaves behind her husband, Olaf, sons Georges and Johannes, daughters Karin and Barbara, and grandaughters Josephine and Isabelle. She will also be dearly missed by her childrens' spouses, many listeners, and friends.
Georgette was born in Paris where she trained for radio performance. She also appeared there in stage plays and in film before coming to Minnesota in the 1960's with her husband, Olaf, a professor in geology at the University of Minnesota.
In the Twin Cities, she founded and led a theater group, les Amis du Theatre, who performed in French at Hamline University in the '70's and '80's.
At KFAI, Georgette played music from the 19th-21st centuries from her extensive collection, and the newest music from the French government. She did great interviews of musicians (Paris Combo, Nana Mouskouri, Dan Newton), film directors (Regis Warnier), and celebrities (Marcel Marceau).
KFAI was honored to submit a letter of recommendation for Georgette to receive the Palmes Academiques from the French Legion of Honor for promoting the French language and culture. Georgette was always willing to expand her radio program and support the station in new initiatives; she had a positive impact on KFAI, its volunteers, and especially its listeners.
She was a great cook and hostess. Her home was filled with good food, happy friends and laughter. A celebration of her life was held on September 19th at the Cremation Society on Nicollet and E. 43rd St. Many friends of KFAI came to honor Georgette. Janis Lane-Ewart, Executive Director of KFAI spoke about Georgette's many talents.
Instead of flowers, the family prefers donations to KFAI in her memory. Please contact the Interim Program Director for more information.