Willy Stähle

Willy Stähle

Birth
Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Death 27 Aug 2015 (aged 61)
Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Burial Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Plot O-111-76
Memorial ID 154470253 · View Source
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Willy Juana Stähle was a Dutch girl who practised water skiing. She was born in Amsterdam in 1954 but grew up with her family in Venezuela. At the age of six she started training upon the water where she appeared to be a super-talent.
The Stähle-family went back to Holland in 1966. Willy was a Dutch champion in 1968 for the first time and won 26 European medals thereafter. She became a world champion in 1971 and was one of the best skistars in te world for the next four years. Her greatest achievement was probably the olympic gold medal water skiing figures during the 1972 Olympic Games in München.
She abruptly quit water skiing in 1975. Willy started studying to be a physical therapist and began the hobby of parachute jumping. In 1983 during one of these jumps she collided in air with a cameraman, became unconscious and landed hard on the ground. This unfortune incident caused paraplegics. From that time on she was paralysed and tied to a wheelchair.
It was very easy to feel great affection for Willy when she was young. She was a very beautiful, modest and kind girl. She had a tremendous impact on male persons in her neighbourhood and spectators of her sport. Willy was however an adorable woman later on as well. She was quite artistic.
She did not have children and lead an increasingly solitary life. She died in her home in Amsterdam-Noord. Willy was buried in the Stähle family-grave in Amsterdam where she joined her father who died in 2011. Her mother is not in this grave, she died in 2008 and was cremated. Her grandfather and grandmother are also absent. Their grave is in Toronto, Canada.


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  • Created by: Son of Jan
  • Added: 31 Oct 2015
  • Find a Grave Memorial 154470253
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Willy Stähle (16 Jun 1954–27 Aug 2015), Find a Grave Memorial no. 154470253, citing Amsterdam Begraafplaats Zorgvlied, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Municipality, Noord-Holland, Netherlands ; Maintained by Son of Jan (contributor 46796970) .