Remembering Amy and Jocelyn Gannon, the Madison mother and daughter killed in Kaua’i helicopter crash

MADISON, Wis. – Officials in Kaua’i confirmed two of the seven victims in a helicopter crash along the Na Pali coast are Wisconsin residents Saturday.

According to a release from the Kaua’i Police Department, 47-year-old Amy Gannon and 13-year-old Jocelyn Gannon were found at the site of the helicopter wreckage in Koke’e Friday afternoon.

Amy Gannon is the co-founder of the Madison-based group Doyenne, which serves to empower female entrepreneurs in the Madison area and beyond.

“When Amy was in front of a room, she really came to life,” said Heather Wentler, who co-founded Doyenne with Gannon several years ago.  “She just brought this energy with her that nobody will ever be able to replace.”

Over the years, Wentler said Doyenne’s work benefited hundreds of women in the Madison area.

“When she worked with you, she made you feel like you were the only person that existed at that time,” she said.  “Her sole purpose was to help you achieve everything that you ever wanted to do. It’s personalities like that that are really hard to be able to replace. We really lost a huge asset in the community with this.”

A spokesperson for the Madison Metropolitan School District says Jocelyn was an 8th grader at Hamilton Middle School. In a letter to families, the school wrote “As individuals, we all have our own ways of coping with bereavement. For many of our students, this could likely be their first experience with this type of loss.” The district says it will provide emotional support to students on Monday.

Gannon is survived by her husband and 16-year-old son.

“With as many accomplishments as Amy had in her career, being a mom was always the number one accomplishment for her,” Wentler said.  “She adores her children.”

Wentler says friends and family are working on a way to benefit the Gannon family.