September 30th,2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Professor/Instructor/Speaker: Yvonne Caputo

This is an In-Person Luncheon Event at the Jefferson Educational Society on 3207 State Street in Erie.

Prior registration is required. Please click on REGISTER below to reserve your ticket or call 814.459.8000 for assistance.

Boxed lunches including deli sandwiches and veggie wrap will be provided and are first come first serve.

There will be a book signing after the lecture.

All attendees will be required to wear masks if Erie County is in the "substantial" or "high" transmission rate of community spread on the day of an event. Attendees must also provide proof of full vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within the last 72 hours. Please see our FULL Covid-19 policy here.


Flying with Dad  is an Award-Winning Finalist: 2020 Best Book Awards American Book Fest, Health: Aging/50+


Join Yvonne Caputo, Author of Flying with Dad. It is written with vivid detail. This encouraging, life-giving book is a tale of a World War II Veteran father and his daughter, who found the relationship with him she'd always longed for.


Do you have a family member who served in the military, who perhaps saw war, and wondered what their experience was really like?


Do you suspect there are past traumas that might be affecting their ability to open up?


Do you wish you could feel closer and more connected to your mom, dad, or other family members? If yes, Flying with Dad will pull you into a real-life story that shows you how.


At age ten, Yvonne Caputo vied for her dad's attention. At twenty, they fought about race. At sixty, she struggled to talk with him about what mattered.


In Flying with Dad, Yvonne Caputo charts her journey to her father through the re-telling of why he went from repairing planes to being a B-24 navigator in WWII, how heavy German flak led to post-war nightmares, and why he suffered years of guilt after one particular bombing run over Unterschlauersbach, Germany.


Over the years, Yvonne would ask her father questions about this past. She'd listen, pay attention, and found that he was paying attention to her as well.


As she learned to meet him where he was, instead of where she wanted him to be, the result was an intimacy, deep abiding respect, and a no-regrets final goodbye.


Flying with Dad is a heart-wrenching and heart-warming story of a daughter striving to understand her father and him opening up about the experiences that shape so many soldiers and can get in the way of the rich relationships they and their children deserve.

Yvonne Caputo

Yvonne Caputo was a teacher in the Erie City School District for 18 years. She went on to be a therapist and a trainer for the Penn Foundation Employee Assistance Program, and as Vice President of Human Resources for Frederick Living, a retirement community. While she has retired from her full-time position, she continues to offer management training for St. Luke’s Penn Foundation and private counseling on a part-time basis.


She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.


Yvonne has presented the book, Flying with Dad to retirement communities, public libraries, podcasts, and national museums. She serves as a board member for the 467th (H) Bomb Group Association.


She is married to her best friend, and is the proud mother and step-mother to three wonderful children and three marvelous grandchildren. A delightful labradoodle rounds out her family.