Friday, May 27, 2011

Norma Khan 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Norma Khan. She was 45 years old on 9/11 and was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77. Norma was a mother to a 13 year old boy on 9/11/01. She was the Manager of member services with Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association. The messages left for Norma on are touching and I hope that her loved ones take some comfort in them. Here are some of the messages and memories that have been left for her....

Bringing roses to your Reston memorial today. You are always in our hearts & will never be forgotten. I hope to see your son someday & tell him our funny real estate stories. Miss you & still feel the joy of your laughter. Sherry

Sleep in peace Normie. He's gone forever. Love,Carol

April 26, 2011 Normie --- Thinking of you on your birthday. Still love you. Still miss you.Carol

Happy Birthday in Heaven~Beautiful Princess....Always in my heart and mind, You are never forgotten!!Loving you eternally,ek

Norma, you are always remembered, loved & missed very very much.Your laughter & ever cheerfulness & great example lives on in our hearts. Norma, You were the Best Mom, teacher & friend & I pray for Imran & you today & always. Sherry DeReuter
Love and miss you "Girlfriend". And will never forget ..........Carol

Norma, you brightened each of our days at Association Management Group with your smile and your laughter. I could use that on this appropriately rainy day in Washington.
Rob Chenault, McLean, Virginia


Norma,You and your family are always in our prayers. We will never forget your smile and most of all, your dedication to your Son ! You are truly an inspiration to all of us you left behind. We love you Girlfriend ! We know you are bringing smiles up there to all who are with you !Deb
Deb Zelensky, Reston, Virginia

Norma, you are sadly missed by so many people. Your smile, your generosity of thought and your unselfishness will always be remembered by so many people, who loved you.Thank you for all you did for so many people. Ellen Graves, Reston, Virginia

Bryan Jack 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Bryan Jack. Bryan was 48 years old on 9/11. He was passenger on American Airlines Flight 77. Jack was a brilliant mathematician and top budget analyst who translated policy decisions by the defense secretary into hard numbers. He had recently married his long time girlfriend of 15 years. I found so many messages left for Bryan, he is very missed and was so loved. I'm sorry that he was killed on that awful day. Here are some of the memories that have been left for him....

Bryan, my dear cousin: U.S. forces killed bin Laden today in Pakistan. He is gone, and I am glad. But you are still gone, too. And nothing will ease that pain. Please know we love you and miss you. Leanne McGinty Perry

Bryan: In the 90s when I was working for OSD Comptroller and you were with PA&E, you encouraged me to finish up my PhD at Virginia Tech. I finally did so in 2004 and dedicated my dissertation to you. You were one of the smartest guys I ever knew, and I want to thank you publicly for your support. I'm sure you're in God's hands now, teaching math to the angels.
John Bourbeau, Huntsville, Alabama

Bryan, Your memory is a blessing. Peace forevermore, Susan

This tragedy still remains as a fresh wound in our hearts. As it will for the rest of our lives. My prayers still are with you and yours. Lou Ann Carter, Lincoln, Nebraska

As a member of the greater Jack family, I am always saddened by the loss of one of us. Bryan's loss is tragic to be sure, but I am heartened by the love he received in life and by the continuing love and remembrance he will have hereinafter. His memory will be in my heart each time I think of Texas or Japan (where I spent many years), the DoD (where I worked for years), or when I eat a piece of pecan pie (my favorite!).My love to his family and friends.
Daniel Jack, Hesperia, California

Your sacrifice lives within us now, and will every day to come. God will bless and watch over those who stayed behind.
James, Kelly, Marissa, & Jessica Jack, Garland, Texas
Brian Jack was the portrait of a true gentleman. I wish there were more men like him. What a gentle soul he was. He will be greatly missed here at the Pentagon. May God bless his wife and family.Cindy Alexander Woodbridge, Virginia
Brian - Enjoyed talking to you on the subway a few weeks ago before you passed away. I always enjoyed your company as we worked together in OSD PA&E from 1981-1985 with John Morgan and Milt Margolis. Sorry I did not get a chance to meet your bride or take up your invitation to visit you in the Pentagon. May god rest your soul and my sincerest condolences to your family. Regards, Frank Hall Alexandria, Virginia

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Barbara Edwards 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Barbara Edwards. She was 58 years old on 9/11/01 and was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77. Barbara was a teacher at Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas and taught French and German. She was a native of Germany, she came to the US with her family when she was little. From the messages left for her on various sites she was much loved and is very missed. She left such a positive mark on students and friends. I'm so sorry she was killed on that awful day. Here are some of the messages that have been left for Barbara from and Some are recent, others are years old but the hurt is still the same, message after message from students. They are tough to read.

Madame Edwards, You were one of my favorite teachers and I still shed a tear every year for you. You had one of the best smiles and personalities I was blessed to encounter. I know you are soaring with the eagles and chatting it up with God. You showed love and kindness and I wish that love and kindness was still here to cover the pain that this country is still feeling. love always, Lisa

Dear Mrs. Edwards, I am the Sailor who unveiled your bench yesterday at the the Pentagon Memorial. Your name stuck with me, so I decided to find out who you where. Upon finding you and reading the the things others have written, I am very honored to have unveiled your memorial bench. I would just like to send my heart out to your family, friends, and students. Even though I did not know you personally, I do know you had a major impact on many lives. We will always remember you and all the others who were lost that day.
AN Charlie Caldwell, U.S. Navy

I remember the news coming the next day. After such a horrible day the news just kept getting worse. I was very shocked; I had seen you just a few weeks before that: During the summer you had a broken arm, and you were telling me how much you looked forward to having me in your class again. It was very hard to swallow and didn't hit me fully for hours. Still today, over six years later, it still hurts to remember it. You were such a sweet and caring person and a great teacher. Without you I likely wouldn't have made it through high school; you inspired me. I will NEVER forget that. James Stephens

On this eve of 9/11 as it does every year my heart and thoughts are with Barbara and her family. Barbara your laughter lives on in my heart. You will forever be missed. Carmen Andrews, Henderson, Nevada

R.I.P. Ms. Edwards. You were my favorite teacher in high school, I looked forward to your german class every day. You are truly missed by me and many others.
Jennifer Jones, Las Vegas, Nevada

As we always think about Barbara, today I decided to google her, and came across this guest book, which makes me very glad that she lived such a fulfilled life. Barbara was my mom's best friend and also like a second mom to me. So many years later, I still remember her laugh and her sweet voice. She was funny, honest, and you always knew she was on your side. Barbara obviously made a great impact on her students, friends, and above all her family. I know she is watching over us all with all the other angels...because she definitely takes care of me each day. She was a great person, who loved Germany and teaching German more than anyone I one can replace her...and still no one has. Stacie Daigle, Las Vegas, NV

I was a senior at Palo Verde the year we lost Ms. Edwards. She was my french teacher during my junior year. She had the biggest heart and cared deeply for all who entered her class room. She touched my life personally by caring about me during a hard time. She was a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. Every class she would make sure I was doing ok. Losing her was very hard, not just for me, but for the entire student body and faculty at PV. I will never forget the day we all found out. I was one of the students who set up the memorial in the cafeteria for her. It was a very hard thing to do. Many tears were shed for her loss. It was a loss that has impacted my life. 9/11/01 has personal meaning to me and my family. My brother is a sophomore at Palo Verde, and he is taking french. It saddens my heart that she is not the one teaching him and that he will never get to know what a wonderful person she was. JaNae Bohac, Las Vegas, Nevada

Honestly, it is only at this point in time that I am able to begin to talk about 9/11 and the incredible loss of Barbara Edwards. Barbara helped train me as a foreign language teacher. She was incredibly patient and kind and she knew that teaching took a ton of daily work and preparation.I clearly remember her giving me some candy when I first observed her teaching. In between classes I saw her make the mental change from teaching German to teaching French. She was such a great example for me because I eventually became licensed in French and Spanish and had to switch languages just like her. It was incredibly difficult for me to change languages, but I knew it could be done because she was so successful at it.Barbara, I think of you very often, especially when I am teaching. Thank you for always exemplifying the quality of perseverance. Hilary Greene, Las Vegas, Nevada

was a student of Mrs. Edwards my sophmore year of high school which was the 98-99 school year. I had a lot of family and personal troubles that year and rarely made it to school, but when I could go I did a lot of times just because I loved her french class so much. She was a wonderful teacher, and I'm sure a wonderful person. Mrs. Edwards was the only person I knew that was taken in the attacks, but I just want you to know that I now serve in the United States Army as of March 2001 and if I am ever given the chance to bring any of the terrorists to justice, I will do whatever I can to make the loss of this great woman and all the others not be in vain.PFC Joanne Willey, US Army
Mike, Doug, Scott -When you were all growing up in Basking Ridge, I saw your Mother frequently, and she was always smiling, always had a nice word to say. She enjoyed life, and I know you boys have many wonderful memories of her. While she left you too soon, remember the good times, the laughter, and know that she is watching you. Susan Shale, Branchburg, NJ
God Bless this wonderful person. She gave knowledge to so many, and now so many must hurt. To all of her students, I give you my deepest sympathy, to her family, I wish I could take away the grief and the pain, but since I can't, I will see to it that she is never forgotten. May god bless those whom this beautiful soul has touched. Stephanie Scovell, Henderson, Nevada

William Caswell 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to William Caswell. He was 54 years old on 9/11/01. He was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77. From what I have read of him, he was a really smart guy. Crazy smart. He was a physicist that graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park and received his doctorate in elementary particle theory from Princeton University. He did postdoctoral research at Stanford and Brown universities and taught physics at the University of Maryland before beginning work for the Navy almost 20 years ago. He was said to have been very competitive, kind was loved, "He loved everything about life. He played pool and bridge and racquetball, and tennis with his daughter Jennifer. He liked folk dancing, too. That's how we met," his wife Jean Caswell.

Here are some of the messages from that friends and loved ones have left for Bill. He was loved and is missed...

It was my privilege to work with Bill for a number of years. Thoughtful, smart, and gentle are words that come to mind as I think of him.Today our guys got UBL for Bill and the others. God Bless you. Bill Caswell, and may God Bless your family. Mike

The Caswells have always been a patriotic and intelligent group, my condolences, Dana J. Caswell Albany NY

Gingi, it's so hard to believe five years have passed. I wanted to pay my respects to your brother today. My thoughts are with you and your family. Rise Shifra Shamansky, Kew Gardens, New York

Jennifer, you don't know me, but I am also a senior at your school in Silver Spring.Let me just say that I offer my deepest and sincerest condolences. I can only imagine what you and your entire family have been going through, but I do feel hurt and pain over this senseless attack and loss of innocent lives. Know that you, your father, and your family have been in my prayers. And also know that if you ever need someone for whatever, please let me know what I can do to help.Much love.God bless. Omar Guerrero, Silver Spring, Maryland

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Renee May 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Renee May. Renee was 39 years old on 9/11/01, she was a Flight Attendant for American Airlines on Flight 77. She loved art and worked as a docent at the Walters Art Museum and was engaged to be married. She made blankets for her friends and liked to travel the US.

Here are some of the memories that I found on - both to Renee and telling stories about her and how much she will be missed.

The 7th Anniversary has come and gone. We had a dedication for the 9/11 Memorial in Grapvine on 7-4-2008. I thought of you on my Maui trip last week, Renee. I flew with Shirley Hall and told her about you and why I had not visited any of the sights around the country. I was impressed with the speech she wrote and the results of the sculpture. I wish I could have been there to represent you but I had a trip. You would be proud of the volunteers who have worked so hard to make the monument come to fruition. I made a contribution and it is in your memory. I am ready to visit the sights, I will go to Ground Zero, the Pentagon and to Grapvine. Shirley has helped me make the first move, I think seeing the pictures and reading her speech did it for me. I know it will be tough but nothing compared to the bravery you exemplified 9-11-2001. As we leave the month of September for 2008, I will not forget you, ever. I think of you each time I take off on a trip and ask God to have the angels go with me. You are one of those I know is with me.Blessings to your family, I sure hope they get to read these entries and know how much you meant to all of us. You are my SHERO!Dawn Michelle Berry AA Classmate 87-27 (Goldi) Dawn Michelle Berry,
Frisco, Texas

Renee was my mother's best friend. My mom is Thais Schurder! Some one mentioned them always being together and loving Rod Stewart and it made me smile. She was the most warm hearted, sweet person. I would always get so excited when she would come visit! She is forever in our hearts. My mom tells me fun storys about her all the time. I look up to her, and wish that I can some day turn out to be half as good of a person as she was. I didnt get to know you for too long, but the time you spent in my life I will never forget. Please put my mother in your prayers. Emma Schurder, Barrington, Illinois

Dear Renee,Another September 11 has come and gone. I find myself trying not to think about it, but thoughts of you keep running thru my mind. Your AA family will always miss you!
Joni Williams, Baltimore, Maryland

My dear Renee.It the 2nd anniversary of that horrible day.I miss you so much but you live in my heart and memories and are in my eternal prayers.I wear your bracelet always and you are my angel when I fly at work. I know you have given me signs you are watching over me. I have felt your presence so deeply at times. You are now in a better world than which we live. One day we all will walk hand in hand in God's garden together again. I miss you so much. May God watch over your family and help them heal. your dear friend, Tina Newport Middletown, Delaware

Today is the 6 month anniversary. I am sitting at my computer in my office, the same place I did on that day. So today I am doing something different. I looked up someone who is the same age as me, exactly. And then I read everything on line about her. Wow, she was really well loved. I am sorry for your loss, we still feel it, here in Canada too, your war is our war, your loss is our loss, we are strong because you are, and believe in peace and brotherhood, the same as you do. Your neighbor to the north, sheds two tears for every one of yours.
Sherry Ballman, Winnipeg, Manitoba

It's been 5 month...I still hear Renee's voice each and everyday. I can see her in my mind's eye. I know we all have a crew of angels flying with us each and every day we put on the blue polyester...I miss you Renee. Thanks for the friendship and the memories
Betty Marzoa, Chester, Maryland

Renee May was my god mother. She was also fun to be around. I will never forget the sound of her voice and the great memories we had together. Brandon Worden, Escondido, California

Jennifer and Kenneth Lewis 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Jennifer and Kenneth Lewis. They were both flight attendants on American Airlines Flight 77 on that horrible day. They had been married since 1993.

Jennifer was 38 years old and had loved horses. She is said to have been a practical joker.

Kenneth was 49 years old and loved golf, and traveling and watching his wife at horse shows. They were a close and loving couple. I'm sorry that you lost them.

Here are some of the messages that loved ones and strangers have left for each of them, from the messages can tell stories of all these people much better than I can.

I think about you often, Ken. And, I hope you know how much you are loved and missed. You and Jennifer are together forever in a much better place....watching over those have grieved. On this day, I pray that God has given you your much deserved wings...wings of an angel. ~ Mary Ellen Jesse, Cleveland, Ohio

Today is the 7th anniversary. It is hard to believe. You and Jennifer will always be in my heart. I miss you both so much. Patti Mayberry, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Kenny was the most wonderful man who so deserved a most wonderful life. To this day, March 6, 2006, I still love him so deeply. I am so grateful that he found such a wonderful, loving, fabulous woman to be his wife. I am so sad she had to die, I know how much she loved him, I am so happy she made his life here wonderful, therefore, although I never met or knew her, I love her too for the love she gave him. I'll never stop loving Kenney. I'll write more when I'm able-it's taken this long for me to be able to write this. His death has been extremely difficult to accept. His parents are beautiful people and anyone who knows them should be helpful to them because loss of their loving son is more than anyone can fathom-he called them every day-no son I know or have known does that-just Kenny!!! liz draper, orchid island, Florida

Ken, As your big 50th nears on February 28th, I feel your loss even more. You know I would have been there to help you celebrate! You were a special guy and one heck of a husband to my sister Jennifer. As time moves on, it only seems to get harder. I will forever miss our golf days, our ski and hike trips to Colorado and of course the Jimmy Buffett concerts and boating on Lake Anna. Riley and Chayley will miss so much in their lives by not having you and Jennifer around to watch them grow. I miss you and I send my birthday toast to you! People say you two are in a better place, hard for me to accept that but I sure hope " KENNIFER " are safe and happy!
Barry Gore, Dexter, Michigan

I found out today how Jen was no longer with us and I wanted to share some stories of her, I knew she had passed, but did not know the circumstances until today. I remember Jen when we were in jr high and high school together. She was one of my good friends at the time. We would sit in home room in 7th and 8th grade and laugh and giggle, plus we were in several classes together--Oh God, get us two together, who both loved to laugh uutt-ooo! I think that's what drew me to her, just wanting to laugh and have fun. Back then there was a "Dorothy Hamil" hair style which I "tried" to pull off. She called me "mushroom" or "smushmush" or "mushy" whatever hit her at the time. And the nickname stuck, no matter what hair style I got after that! It's funny how you can forget these things until something jars your memory. Jen's family moved away when she was in 9th or 10th grade, but she was only gone several months and when she came back for a visit she had the southern twang and it sounded awesome coming from her. I just said, "Jen you've only been gone 4 or 5 months and you've picked up the southern accent that quickly?!!!" I just laughed, as did she, hearing the difference in her accent. I think that was the last time I saw Jen, but I remember her smile and the sound of her laugh and her braces! She always seemed to want to joke around. And I remember this one distinct outfit she used to wear, which must have been her fave, a green and white checked shirt and green corduroys, whenever I think of her that's what I remember and her beautiful blonde hair, which I envied. I was honored to know Jen. My heart is heavy today, but she and others are truly American Heroes, she has my respect for what she and Ken and all the others who passed on that day went through and I will continue to keep her in my thoughts forever. Thank you for letting me share tidbits of my friendship with her. I hope this can give you some comfort, as you look back and can read about parts of her life with friends. I missed her then and I miss her now. RIP smiling angel, I hope to visit your memorial at the Pentagon some day :) Lorri Gauthier-Wood, Bennington, Vermont
hello, If you dont remember me, I am Chloe, Heidi Prayon, one of you old roommates and best friends, daughter. I used to ride Poet quite often. I am almost 13 now and I still remember the day that will be in our hearts forever. I still have the Poet horse stuffed animal that you gave me when I was a baby and whenever I see it it reminds me of you. Miss you lots. So does my mom.
Chloe Prayon, Chantilly, Virginia

I knew Jennifer through our mutual love of horses. I'll always remember her radiant smile, the way she could whistle SO loud, and the joy she had for life. I'll always miss seeing her and Poet in the ring. ~ Diane Cicak, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Friday, May 20, 2011

Michelle Heidenberger 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Michelle Heidenberger. Michelle was the Senior Flight Attendant on American Airlines 77 on 9/11/01. She was 52 years old. From what I have read of her Michelle was a loving, caring person and was a consummate professional that did her job very well.

Here is a video from the Washington Post that has very touching and heartbreaking words from Michelle's husband along with some wonderful family pictures:

Neighbors and relatives in metropolitan Washington, D.C., remembered Heidenberger for many reasons: as a good friend, a gardener, owner of a new golden retriever puppy, and as someone who delivered groceries to older people.
"She took care of everyone else besides herself," Johnson said. "She did lots of volunteer work."
"For every one of us, at some point of our lives when we needed help, she was always the one there for us," her sister-in-law, Betsy Heidenberger, told The Washington Times.
"She was a lovely lady," neighbor Peter Dove told the Post when he answered the telephone Tuesday at the Heidenbergers' house. "We were such over-the-fence neighbors that we cut a gate in the fence."
Here are some quotes that have been left for Michelle on I'm sorry you lost her.
They got him ~ A fellow f/a, Dca
Tom, Allison and Thomas,
Each and every year I think of the courage and sacrifice Michele made for all of us on September 11th. I feel blessed to have known her. Eight years does not take away the pain of her loss; but I pray that all of you have found a way to live your lives in honor of her. We must never forget! Marie Bradford, Salisbury, Maryland
Goodbye see on the next one ~ Edward, marysville, California
My name is PFC Kenneth Fritch, and I'm stationed at Ft. Myer, VA with the Old Guard. It was an honor to be the soldier to Unvail Michele's bench at the Pentagon. God bless her, and may she rest in everlasting peace. ~ Kenneth Fritch, Ft. Myer Virginia
MEMORIES....I was in Naples, Italy in the Spring, a woman passed by me & she looked so like Michele that I called out to her "Michele"! But a-last she was not you, but oddly enough her name was Michele! They say we all have a double; I may have met yours. She was British - hair a bit lighter; I told her our story (meeting when our daughters began kindergarten, of our life long friendship & of 9/11). I stopped at the Sansevero Chapel & said a prayer in memory of you ...You are still in my thoughts ~ VERONICA CRAWFORD-ROBINSON, CHEVY CHASE, Maryland
Michele, I don't know what to say except to thank you for being you. The good times playing tennis, swim meets, gatherings at your home, craft shows,making angels in your basement. Now you are the angel looking down on us. Love Lisa Garvey
Mrs. Heidenberger was an amazing lady. Although I only met her a few times, I feel that I have known her for years from the stories told by Allison. You are greatly missed by everyone, especially your family, who would make you so proud in the courage and strength that they have shown these past four months. God Bless!!
mike coffey, manhasset, New York
An angel has been sent to heaven.
I will never forget you, you were
my best friend. I will think of you everyday of my life.
With love, your sister,Suzie

Thursday, May 19, 2011

David Charlebois 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to David Charlebois. David was 39 years old on 9/11/01, he was the First Officer on American Airlines Flight 77. He was serving as copilot on that flight. He was survived by his partner of 14 years, Tom Hay, and his parents who live in Front Royal, Virginia. He attended Catholic services with his parents until his death. David helped carry the banner for the National Gay Pilots Association in the Millenium March on Washington in 2000 marching in uniform. He also helped raise money for the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League. He will be remembered fondly by many friends for his kindness, loyalty and positive attitude. Here are some of the messages I found for David. I'm so sorry to his loved ones and friends, he sounded like an amazing person to know and love....

"He was handsome and happy and very centered," Travis White, a neighbor in Charlebois' Washington, D.C. neighborhood, told the Washington Post. "His life was the kind of life I wanted to have someday."

They got him David.... Rest my friend.
Dca crew member

David,I can still remember running into you at the gym on Monday 9/10/01 and as you always did, you had a big smile on your face and it was always very nice talking to you and getting to know you over those short two years. You had such a good heart and you are still very much missed. I still remember the last words you said to me. " I am leaving tomorrow for LA, I will see you when I get back". Stephen, Washington DC

Thank you for taking me around on career day to the airport when I was young. I'll never forget you. Elizabeth Kelley

I still miss you every day. I am so happy to have had you as my best friend. Love you always - Dianne Ihling, Reading, Kansas

I miss you very much my sweet friend!

Dave, I remember our pool side chats at River Run Apartments while we were attending Embry-Riddle. Thanks so much again for letting me borrow your vacuum cleaner all those many times. Remember my sister Val? She joined you in Heaven two years ago...bless you for all the great memories and your selfless actions
Ron LeBlanc, Bridgton, Maine

Uncle David was the shining star in our family. Whenever he walked into a room, it always brightened up. He always carried his head high with a smile on his face that would make anyone smile. We have so many fond memories with him growing up, and I can't believe that there will be no more memories to more teaching me how to steal cookies out of the cookie jar and arrange them so Grandma wouldn't notice... I am thankful that we have Tom here to share and make memories with because he reminds me so much of my uncle. They are alike in so many ways. I will continue to love and miss you Uncle David...please continue watching over us.
Danielle Lamb, Stephens City

You are a loving Uncle. I love you very much and you are missed very much by all of us.
Angela Bryner, Winchester, Virginia

Your airline pilot brothers and sisters will not forget you David!
Captain Andrew McKinley, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin
I flew with David only a couple of times and on the eve of this 5th Anniversary I do not, nor will I ever forget, the sacrifice he has made. It will not be in vain.On each and every flight I now make, I draw on his inner strength to prevent this from ever happening again.Rest well and peacefully my friend. Capt. Jay Monesterio, Florida

I very much miss Uncle David. I love him. Every memory that I have of him is treasured.
jessie charlebois, richmond, Virginia

Douglas Stone 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Douglas Stone, he was 54 years old on 9/11/01 and was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. He lived in Dover and was the co-owner of Odyssey Press. To know Douglas Stone was to know his distinctive brand of humor. "Cynical and dry" his son Zachary called it. "When he got going, everyone would be in tears." His business partner, Tad Parker, recalled the day that Mr. Stone, after dealing with some prickly personnel issue, sat down, looked up at the ceiling and stretched his arms out. "Can you feel the love?" he said, adding: "Human resources isn't my forte. Let's go have a toddy." From his son, their relationship "was better than a lot of father-son relationships; he was one of my best friends," said Zachary, who flew East every summer. "I worked in his printshop from the time I was tall enough to stand on a skid."Mr. Stone flew to California often, and was on hand to watch his son break two minutes in the 800-meter run — "one of the best things I got to share with him," Zachary said.

Doug sounds like he was a great guy and I know he is greatly missed. I'm sorry. Here are a few messages that have been left for him on as I have said many times before, it always touches me that most of the messages left are for the person, miss you, happy birthday.... so sad.

Doug was a good man, and father, and employer. He is mourned by many, and we think of him often. We wish peace and healing to his son, family, and employees.
Kathy and Dan Fishback & friends

We Love and Miss you Doug! We will Never Forget!!!!!!!!!!
Cherye Dickson, Villa Park, California

Zach, we here at Odyssey will never forget, and think of you often. We always will love you, as he did. Claire Odyssey Press


Dear Doug,To quote Rumi,"Anything you love comes around in another form."You are missed.With Loving Memories, Ginny
Virginia Sasaki, Los Alamitos, California

The recent news has overwhelmed us. I hope our son, Zach, can find closure. Doug, he misses you so much. We all do.
Beth Stone, Fountain Valley, California

Doug, Zach and I attended the third Doug Stone Classic Golf Tournament in Maine on 9/11 together this year. It was such a joy to see the family again and a bittersweet day celebrating your memory. We miss you every day. Love, Beth
Beth Stone, Fountain Valley, California
February 26, 2004
Doug, It's your birthdate - I miss you I miss talking to you. You were so good to everyone and asked so little in return. Love, Sister Jane
Jane Puhn, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

recall Saturday morning, September 15th, 2001 - on that day I was at Woodbridge High in Irvine to watch my son and Edison run in the Woodbridge Invitational, one of the first XC meets of the year. I don't recall all the details of what I saw there; the school and surrounding area is a madhouse as it is every year. There are literally thousands of kids and probably a hundred or so teams present. I think a lot of parents and fans wore red, white and blue clothing; a lot of people wore remembrance-type ribbons, but for the most part, most teams wore their regular uniforms and sweats. The best place to watch the finish is the last straightaway leading to the finish chute. It is about 30 yards wide and there you can watch parents scream at the top of their lungs at the kids as they finish... At one point between races, I remember looking across that straightaway and seeing the Fountain Valley canopy and their assembled team. I do recall they were a bit more "decked out" than the other teams; many (all?) of them had on black armbands, many carried small American flags, and some of the girls had spray-painted their hair red, white and blue. Zach wasn't there - at least I don't think he was - as he'd graduated a few months earlier. The image that I remember best from that day was the end of a Boy's D1 race - I believe it was Varsity, but am not sure: Parents and bystanders were lined up probably 5-7 deep on both sides of that last straightaway, and at one point, Josh Selley from Fountain Valley came barreling around that last corner before the chute at top speed, armband on, with both arms high overhead, holding two small American flags as he finished strong into the chute. It's normal to cheer for your own child/school at the end of the race, but EVERYONE cheered loudly for Josh as he finished that race. I was touched by what I saw, but then I was really sad. I looked around at all the parents and athletes and realized that they had no way of knowing that Fountain Valley had lost a "Baron Dad" earlier that week. I hope you family is doing well and that the time has moved on quickly for them. Go Barons. Rest in Peace.
James Lynn, Huntington Beach, California

Heather Lee Smith 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Heather Smith. Heather lived in Boston and was a real estate investment analyst with Beacon Capital Partners. Heather was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. Left behind were her parents, George and Judy Smith of Farmington, Conn.; a brother, Chad, of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; and her fiance, Michael Jammen of Boston. "She absolutely loved to travel," her mother said. "She never had a problem putting the backpack on and climbing on the plane."

Heather was loved and is missed, at 30 her life was barely started. I'm sorry. Here are some messages and memories that have been left for her and her family,

I worked briefly with Heather while she was at Koll Bren Schreiber. In that short time, her professional skills and kind nature were clearly evident. My sincere condolences go to her family Ralph Pena,
New York, New York

I remember heather when she was just a toddler at her uncle curtis and my sister nitas wedding. her and my daughter are one year apart but with their aunt and uncles they spent other times together. heather is greatly missed by the heflin and essen families. our hearts are with her family continually. barb kasandra brian and glenn heflin.
barb heflin,
bellflower, California

I am so sorry for the loss of Heather. She was a beautiful person and will be missed by so many people. Please know that I am here whenever you need me. Love, Joie
Jolie Hardwick,
Waterbury, Connecticut

Heather Lee Smith was 30 years old, embarking on a new chapter in her life & career. On her first business trip for a new employer. Getting married in the Fall of 2002. Terrorists murdered her on September 11, 2001 on Flight 11. Heather's parents are our dearest and most treasured friends. They are pure of heart & soul and their daughter was a perfect reflection of both of them. She had a wonderful nature and truly giving spirit - the world is a much darker place without her. Her loss has touched us in ways I never imagined. We have known her for nearly 10 years, through her parents. We had just started to get to know her for herself in the months before her death. She was an extraordinary individual - focused on her career, looking forward to getting married and starting a family, thinking about going back to school for her Master's Degree and always, always focused on her family. She was the light of her parents' lives and their grief for her will never end. Neither shall ours. To all who lost a loved one on September 11th - may the powers in this universe grant you some peace as the years go by. May our country stand strong for us, support us and never forget what we all went through - together. Heather took a piece of our hearts with her when she died - we will never seek to replace it, as a reminder for the person we knew.
Posted by Jim & Kris Payant

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jessica Sachs 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Jessica Sachs. Jessica was 23 years old on 9/11/01 and was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. She worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers after graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Her goal since her sophomore year had been to land a job at one of the top five accounting houses in the United States. She ended up having her choice, said her father, Stephen."A lot of people today live their lives with a lot of gray area, but for her, it was very black and white," he said. "She was a very determined, very strong young lady." She also was a devout Christian that started her own bible study and never missed Sunday service. "It was just one happy moment after another," her father said. "She wore Jesus on her sleeve, and there was nothing phony about that young lady."

Here are some messages and memories that have been left for Jessica and for her family on I'm sorry you lost her.

To the Sachs family....I wrote in here a few years ago.... I said I would not forget Jessica. I have not. I though of her the other night when the news broke about the murderer finally being dealt some measure of justice.I know it does not bring her back.... I hope it brings some measure comfort.... To know he is not around to torment or taunt. I pray you have found peace.....
Matt Murphy,
Rochester, Minnesota

May 03, 2011
May you finally rest in peace Jessica :(
Jennifer Lawrence,
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
May 03, 2011
In Memory of Jessica , once our neighbor here in East Billerica. With the death of the man whose hand ended your life as well as many thousands, brings to us the memory of your life, taken, stolen, from your parents. Our neighborhood grieved for you then and remember you now. You are not forgotten. The neighborhood wont let this happen. Rest Softly now, sweet girl. Justice is now finally done.
joanne bevis,
e. billerica, Massachusetts

September 14, 2010
I met Jessica at PwC in Boston. I had a few conversations with her but I'll always remember her unwavering faith in Jesus. She spoke passionately about her relationship with Him, which I know comforted her on Sept 11, 2001. Jessica, thank you for being a shining inspiration for others about truly living a life given to Christ. Ephesians 3: 5-6

You will never be forgotten. I will see you one day again in heaven. I had the pleasure of working with Jessica at UMASS with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. She was a woman of integretity and faith.
wendy ingles,
oakland, Maine

Stephen and Karen I hope you are well. I have been thinking of you a lot lately...five years later. Still hard to believe...
Linda Gosselin,
Goffstown, New Hampshire

Mr.& Mrs. Sachs, I met Jessica as a student at UMass and recently wrote some of my memories I had of Jessica, along with several other entries from MERCY house church. My deepest sympathies to your family today. I am having a hard time focusing at work today. I have been escaping the restroom to cry. I can't imagine the anguish you must feel, my heart truly goes out to you. I pray that you rest in the comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ, knowing that Jessica is living in a mansion that He has prepared for her in Heaven. This is God's promise, and I place my full faith in it! I am confident that God is using Jessica's testimony to touch individual lives for His glory.
Jill Browning,
Seattle, Washington

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Tom Pecorelli 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Tom Pecorelli. Tom was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 on 9/11/01. He was returning home to California. At that time his wife Kia was 3 months pregnant, incredible that his baby is now almost 10 years old, a son named Nicolas. Tom worked for Fox Sports News and on the E channel, he was 30 years old.
I have found so many articles on Tom and his family, it's very apparent how loved and missed he is to them. I am very sorry you lost him. His sister Angela has dedicated this site to him:
Here are some of the messages that I found on left for Tom and his loved ones....
Tommy it is the 9th Thanksgiving since you've been gone. You are on my mind everyday. This year I have a beautiful part of you---your son, my Grandson Nicolas. You would be so proud of him. He has a great deal of his dad's handsome looks. I took him to a conservatory 2 days ago for injured animals who can not go back into the wild. It also had a Planetarium, and we saw 2 shows. I gave him my video camera to take pictures, you would have a great laugh, in that respect he is nothing like you. I love him so very, very much. I hope you hear me everyday I talk to you, and keep watching over Nicolas, I have told him all about his wonderful loving dad, and how much you wanted him in your life. Until I see you again,my love for you is un-ending MOM
Elaine Pecorelli-Dyer,
Tommy, you are so missed. You were a cool next door neighbor. You always made me laugh with your impersonations & your wit. Thanks for the memories
Phil Queirolo,
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nine years ago today,the 8th of September, you attended a wedding in Boston. It was a College friend. It gave you the opportunity to let all your buddies know you were going to be a dad. You also brought along a sonogram of your little baby. You were so proud, and happy that day. Kia didn't go with you on that trip, though you wanted her too. God works in unexplainable ways. You continued on to Leominster, Ma. to your sister Marie's home, and also met up with your dad and stepmom.ON the 9th of September, a Sunday, a Barbecue was held,your sister Angela, and your neice and nephews were there, and you all had a great time. No pictures were taken that day, I guess it was because you were all just enjoying each other, talking about the baby you so desperately wanted. the only thing in your life was to be a dad. You are a dad, and I will always let my grandson know what a great dad you are, and the best son in the world. Oh! how I miss your hugs, smiles, jokes, and songs. I love you more than all the stars in the sky MOM
Tom,Another year, yet the feelings and pain still feel so fresh. Even after seven years, I cannot bring myself to watch any of that video, despite the fact I work in TV news. All I can see is your smiling face, which brings me some comfort. I miss that smile and your infectious sense of humor. If everyone had your outlook on life, this certainly would be a much better place.God Bless your family, your son and most of all, you.Your friend,
Faye DeHoff,
Tucson, Arizona
Hi Tom,You will always be remembered and I will never forget 9/11. There were so many losses and it is hard to believe that one tragedy affected so many families. It is strange how people are brought together and I have the pleasure of working with your sister Angela. She is a hoot and always make us laugh here at the office. She loves you so much and thinks of you every day. I remember our high school days and am so sorry for your families two tragic losses. My heart goes out to your family......... Since graduation, I have married and been blessed with two beautiful children. I will be married 15 years this coming August!!!!!!! Love, Hollie
Hollie Perreault(Sarette),
Exeter, New Hampshire
I was a neighbor and classmate of Tommy's and I find myself reading for hours the memorials to him. I hope that Tommy and everyone who lost their life on 9/11 know they are not forgotten. Thank you to Angela and the Pecorelli family for being so open and sharing with us so many wonderful memories, I know it must be so difficult for you. God Bless all of you and especially little Nicholas.
Nicole Healy,
Nbpt, Massachusetts
It is impossible to believe you have been gone 4 year my friend.I see you each and every time I see a photo of your son and know you are alive in him. He is a wonderful boy and you would be very proud of him.I will always be there to help whenever the family need it and will always carry you deep within my heart.I can never forget you Tommy. Each time I see a little bug it always reminds me of you... I do miss you my friend...
Tommy it has been 4 years and not one day has gone by that you are not talked about. Your son so beautiful and smart I so wish you got to see his birth. Your wife so special to all of us. You are so sadly missed and so loved. You will NEVER be forgotten. I love you little brother. Angela
Thomas was my only brother. He brought more happiness and joy to our family in 30 years then anyone could imagine. Tommy was in the prime of his life.. expecting his first child he so wanted.. approaching his 2nd wedding anniversary, his career was booming. This devastating attack has taken away the best thing that ever happened to my family. Tommy your memories will last forever and I want to Thank You for the best 30 years of my life. I love you always and will never forget you. You are my guardian angel now. Thank you for watching over me still. As I look at photos and videos of you with a smile, something you were never without. May you Rest In Peace Tommy.. May God cradle you in HIS arms as you did to so many other people.. I cant say good bye Tommy.. I will say Good Nite.. sleep well little brother.. Angela

Charles Edward Jones 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Colonel Charles Edward ("Chuck") Jones was a United States Air Force officer, and an astronaut in the USAF. He was scheduled to go into space but his mission was canceled after the Challenger disaster. Colonel Jones was on American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001.

What a great man and American that was said to have had "The Right Stuff." Here are some messages and memories that have been left for him.

To Chuck's Family & friends;I want to pass on my condolences on this day; I still remember my jealousy when HE got a chance to fly a T-38, after I taught him to fly!
Doug Freeman,
Prescott Valley, Arizona

To Chuck, family & friends My heart is heavy today.It has been 5 years since that ill-fated trip.We toasted your tragic loss at our 4th squadron table during our 30th reunion.I still find it hard to believe that you are gone.I pray that dear friends, classmates, and loved ones will continue to reach out to those whose lives were changed so much by your loss.I pray that God will carry them, guide them, and lead them again to a full life.I have visited ground zero. Rest assured, I will not forget.Chuck, God bless you. Rest in peace.Your old roommate and Astro buddySal
Sal Alfano,
Monument, Colorado

Chuck,Your friends and classmates from USAFA Class of '74 will never forget you. You inspired us all and kept us laughing while sending the message of leadership by example. The deep pain we feel from your loss is thoroughly cleansed only by the fact that we knew such a bright and talented professional. Your memory continues to brighten our lives every day.
Tully Brown,
Austin, Texas

At this time of remembrance of the Columbia crew & others, I would like to recognize the accomplishments of this man who also served his country in the Air Force and in other ways. His skills qualified him to be on a space shuttle flight crew, but he left the program after the tragic Challenger accident in 1986. May God bless his family & friends.~ From an Army vet.
Sally Majestic,
Sacramento, California

Col. Jones, or as my husband secretly called you, Chuck E. J-I still cannot believe that you are gone. I didn't know you too well, but I do know that you were a great person. Marty admired you so. He always had something nice to say about you, and I can understand why. The one thing that I love to remember about you is that we shared the same birthday, Nov. 4th. Do you remember calling me and singing me "Happy Birthday?" It was so very sweet of you. I'll never forget it! In fact, I always wish you a happy birthday every Nov.4th, and I'll keep doing so... Thank you for serving our country, for always being kind to Marty and I, and for letting us have a chance to know you.
Regina Bowe,
Canton, Ohio

Col Jones,You taught me more than you can imagine. First you taught me what it meant to be a good officer, then a good boss, and above all a good person. Thanks for your inspiration, I use it every day. Gina misses you too--you were always her favorite!
Marty Bowe,
Canton, Ohio

You are not forgotten Chuck, I will always think of you whenever I look at the Oceans that I know you loved so much. Peace be with you.
Jay DiPietro,
Swampscott, Massachusetts

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Nick Humber 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Nick Humber, he was 60 years old on 9/11/01. Nick was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. Nick was an executive of Enron Wind Corporation and was an adviser to the World Bank, a founder of Energia Global, and past president of BioMed of Boston. Nick left behind a son, a sister and a brother. From what I have read of him, Nick sounded like a great guy. He played football and lacrosse in college and was a steward for the environment. Here are some of the messages that have been left for Nick and his family.... I'm sorry you lost him.
September 10, 2010
Thinking of you Nick on this sad day - September 11th. Your cousin Rob.
I was a classmate and fellow lacrosse player of Nick at RPI. He was an absolute prince of a man. Nick, I grieve your tragic death and pray for your friends and family
Bill Wilkes
Class 1963
Here in Somerset, PA, we have a half-dozen windmills spinning on a windy hill, in view of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Near the base of one of the windmills is a plaque describing the wonderful affect that the windmills have on our world ecology. At the bottom of the plaque is an honorary mention of Mr. Humber's name. I did not know Mr. Humber, so I searched until coming to this site.
The windmills are beautiful, Mr. Humber.
Dane Cramer
I didn't know Nicholas or anyone that did know him.I attend a small catholic high school in Los Angeles on on 9/11 we had a prayer service for everyone who we lost that day. I received Nicholas name for the person for me to pray for.Well when I got home yesterday I went to see who the man I was praying for.From what I have read about him he seems like a great man.And I want him family to know that he is in my prayers today and tomorrow and forever. I'm sorry for you loss.
Nick, I have thought of you every day since that unspeakable one. I think of the fun at your 60th birthday, and the great night at the bull riding last summer. How you loved to tease me about my unknown age and I you about your orange juice cereal.
My heart is broken. I miss you. Kath ~ Kathy Berton
Nick, You're passion for the environment and dedication to sustainability has been an inspiration to me. It was nice knowing someone with your background and skills would focus his career on making the world a better place. How wonderful it would be everyone followed your example. As for me, I'll try -- but wish you were around to lead the way.
~ Laury Saligman

Hey Nick. I'm so sorry.
I'm sorry we missed you on the Vineyard this summer. Next year, at the Fourth of July party in front of my grandmother's cottage, we'll raise a toast to you and how you loved riding your bike and sitting on the beach and enjoying friends. I always appreciated that you came to the Independence Day potluck dinner; I thought it was respectful of my grandmother, and it meant a lot to me.
We've had fun watching our boys grow up, haven't we? Was it Ninja Turtles they used to play with? I'm sorry you didn't get to meet Peter, our baby, who is now four months old.
Bye Nick. Say hey to my Grandpa Jim for me. We'll be on the lookout for Jordan next summer, and Jordan, if you're reading this, we're so sorry. Your father was a gentle man.
Lots of love,
Heather, Beau, Alex, Ben and Peter McClain

Friday, May 06, 2011

Robert Hayes 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Robert Hayes. Bob was 37 yrs old on 9/11/01. He was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. Bob was married and had two young boys.

From Robert Hayes sported a year-round tan because almost everywhere he went, he also sported his surfboard. It did not matter whether he was headed for business or pleasure.In fact, his wife, Debbie Hayes, said it was not uncommon to see him walking through Logan International Airport in Boston in a business suit with a briefcase in one hand and his black-and-white surfboard in the other."It was kind of funny to see him," she remembered.

Bob was loved by family and many friends, he was a husband, a son and a father. Here are some very touching messages that have been left for him throughout the last 10 years....

They got him Bob! May you rest in peace my friend! Paul
Paul Hebert, Sydney

Good evening Bob, It's taken most of this day for me to get here, but I am not about to let this date pass without leaving you a note.I want you to know that, nine years later (HOW is it that so much time has moved by?!?) I am still thinking about you, Debbie, and your boys, who must be getting so big now... (14 & 9, right? Unbelievable.)You have been on my mind, in my heart, and in my prayers lately, and you remain there now and in the future as well.I'll be in Amesbury for a cancer fundraising event tomorrow, so you know I will feel you close by then, as I did today. I love you and care about you and I always will. I promise to ALL of you, Bob, Debbie, Robby, and Ryan, that I WILL NEVER FORGET.God Bless You and may you all have Peace.Love you, Always, Becky Warren

Still missing you 8 years later! Did you like the blue balloon, Becky and I sent up?Love always,Liz Warren

I grew up surfing w/ Bob in the 80's when there were less than 50 surfers on the NH seacoast and everyone new each other. Bob's favorite place to surf was the North side of Boar's Head in Hampton and mine also. I could always count on Bob being there when the surf was good.Bob settled down to raise a family in the mid 90's and I didn't see Bob for quite some years. But Bob returned around 2000 surf stoked and glowing from the love of family life. Something I didn't know about at the time, but I do now. Bob was a great father,husband,and friend. Miss ya buddy. Debbie swing by the shop would love to see you and the kids. Steve O'Hara

I met bob while working at Eva-Tone. I managed the cd manufacturing department. and I instantly liked him. We ran netstal equipment. And he was very helpful in the development of our department. The last time I saw him was at Replatec in Miami. I was sitting pool side and it was windy having a drink with Paul Herbert, and here comes Robert with his surf board wanting to catch some waves on South Beach. To this day I still have his business card in my wallet. He was a great man and I miss him greatly. His friend in Florida, William Russell.

I just have to say, that Bob was one of the finest Husbands, and Fathers that there ever was! Whenever I saw Bob & Debby, they looked liked they had just been married the day before! They use to stop as they walked by my house, and always had time to chat, and let me play rough house with young Robbie. I will never forget the day, that Bob asked me to go fishing with him, and I had things that needed to be taken care of, and was unsure if I should go, and he said, "come on fishing, that stuff will still be there tomorrow"! How true it was, and how glad I listened to him, and went fishing! Bob was the Best!! Rest in Peace Dear Friend, and I hope that there are many good waves up in Heaven for you! Jim Beers

Bob I miss you. Mom misses you. The pain Deb and the boys have with your loss is at depths that only God can heal. By the way your son was in the sugar bowl this morning. He likes chocolate too. You were supposed to get old with Deb. Give me away someday. Bob I miss you. I know you are with Dad now, Grandpa & Grandma too. Your hair was to turn gray, maybe even loose some. I can only hope to be a help to Deb in the future. It will never compare to the help you have been to me. I am the only one who has had the privilege to be called your sister. Thank you for two beautiful nephews and a sister. I will see you someday, not today. These beautiful children will all be raised as gentleman. That's the only way I want all of our children to be. You have gone home, to God's home. My selfishness wants one more day, one more laugh, one more Hello. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son..." John 3:16. See you when it's my time to go home Rob. I Love You. Pam (Hayes)Caiado

Peter Hashem 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Peter Hashem. Peter was 40 years old on 9/11/01. Peter was survived by his wife, Rita; two children. His mother and seven siblings. Hashem and his family moved to the Lawrence area from Lebanon in 1970. Peter was a senior software engineering manager at Teradyne, Inc. in Boston, MA, Peter was a devoted Maronite Catholic parishioner of St. Anthony’s Church and an active member of his community.

In 2002 Teradyne, Inc. announced the establishment of the Peter Hashem Memorial Scholarship. "Peter was a strong believer in the value of education," said George Chamillard, Teradyne chairman and CEO. "We hope this scholarship will, in some small way, honor his memory."The Peter Hashem Memorial Scholarship will be available annually to children, stepchildren and grandchildren of Teradyne employees, beginning with the 2003-2004 academic year.

Peter was loved and is missed by firends and family. I can't imagine their grief, I'm sorry. Here are some memories and messages that have been left for Peter over the years...

Peter, we will never forget. Not in nine years, or nine thousand. Amen, brother.
Joe T, Cohasset, Massachusetts

PeterMay you find yourself in the warm loving arms of God. There is peace and comfort there. Although we miss you very much, we hope to see you again. Abdo and Samaria

Years are passing,but we will never forget.
Kam Mereb

My, hard to believe it has been one year since the tragedy which took your Peter from you occurred. Just know that all of the Hashem family is always on my mind and in my heart. If we can be of any help during this painful anniversary time, don't hesitate to call and I'll be there for you. Peter is safe now and he looks down over each of you each day to give you the courage and strength to go on without him. You are a very unique family with an amazing bond; I thank God for giving that to each of you. Love, Martha & Family

To the Hashem family,It is January, 4 months after the tragedy and not one day goes by that Peter isn't in my thoughts and prayers. I see the many comments of my co-workers and I still find myself speechless, even after all this time. He was a wonderful person, funny, charming and fun to work with. He will never be forgotten by all of his friends at Teradyne. How lucky you are to have two carbon copies of him in your sons! If you ever need anything - all you have to do is ask. God Bless. Melinda Guarino

This message to Peter is one that I identify with the most as it's how I would feel:

Dear Peter,

That you are in heaven means you know who I am and remember the friendship we started one day, and which will last for eternity. I will never forget you. And I will never forgive those who murdered you.-VotingFemale

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Paige Farley-Hackel 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Paige Farley-Hackel. Paige was 46 years old on 9/11/01. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. Paige was a writer and motivational speaker from Newton, Mass., and was looking forward to having the first few episodes of her new radio program, "Spiritually Speaking," hit the airwaves. She had a dream: in two years or so, she wanted to either be featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" or be Oprah's biggest rival. Paige was married to Allen Hackel, "I cry at the feeling that these murderers took her life away so prematurely."
Now, a year later, Paige's family is making sure her life's work continues...
They've established the victory programs Paige Farley Hackel Free Care Fund, which provides no cost treatment to women and children struggling with addiction, AIDS or psychiatric problems. In less than three months more than $100,000 has been donated in Paige's memory. From her son, "She made that the foundation of her life. Giving back was a big thing."
And from her daughter, Jodi Hackel Miller,"That was her whole reason for living. To give back what other people gave to her…. Kindness, tolerance… She wouldn't want it any other way."

Paige sounded like an incredible and well loved person. Here are some message that have been left for her over the years....
Your voice is still strong. Missing you more today than other days. You know I love you - as I said before, always have, always will!Leah(Lisa) Donahue Nashua, New Hampshire
May 02, 2011
You are sadly missed. On this wonderful day May 2, 2011. The man who took you and so many lives before their time is gone. You can all rest easy. See you in the future. Love RIP, Woburn, Massachusetts
Missing you today and every day Paige Marie..will never forget our great adventures in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Allen, Weare, New Hampshire
You are missed. I still expect you to walk in the door each Sunday afternoon! KMD, Newton, Massachusetts
And this last one.... I'm so sorry you lost her...
How are we going to get along without you my darling Paige. Your spirit made our house a wonderful home. Your daily love notes for 15 years to me will be cherished forever. Love truly was your gift to the world. I was so honored to be your husband.
Allan Hackel

Natalie Janis Lasden 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to Natalie Janis Lasden, she was 46 years old on 9/11/01. Janis was traveling to California with her boyfriend Don DiTullio on American Airlines Flight 11. Janis was adept at quilting, sewing, gardening, and computers. Janis and Don met about four years ago at a country-western dance. After they became a couple, they danced every Friday night at the Moose Club. They doted on their dogs, Shiloh, Sasha, and Jessie—they called them their “kids.” They loved to celebrate with family at birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. They loved to travel. And they loved each other.
Janis has many messages that have been left for her, she was loved and is missed. These are some of the messages that I found from her friends and family. The messages from her sister Linda are especially heart breaking.

November 25, 2010
janis wish you were here happy thanksgiving, Hailey first thanksgiving she is beautiful we love her so much, wish you got to meet her miss you linda
September 02, 2010
janis been 9 years now, still feels like yesterday , I usually find someplace to go or something to do on sept 11, this year cant find any place to hide out , gonna be a long day miss you linda
Auntie Janis,Im an Auntie now too!! It is such a good feeling. Im hoping she is a Lefty so I have someone to sit next to on Holidays. miss you
Lucille LeBlanc,
peabody, Massachusetts
So happy you will have a park named for you to honor your memory; such a lasting tribute to a life taken too early. You will never be forgotten. Eight years have passed since Mom's surprise birthday party of which you were a big part. Love and miss you.Janice (Don's sister)
Jan, we got the best news today, Peabody is finally putting up a memorial park in memory of you on your street, thanks to leo & sandy they never gave up and will never forget you, Miss you so much Linda
Dear JanisI want to remember you as I saw you at Arthur's and my 50th anniversry party at the Ramada on july 4th, 1998. You were such a bright, intelligent girl full of hope and dreams for the future. I wish you had never taken flight 11. We all miss you. Auntie Jane(Jeanne Lavoie Plourde) Lewiston,, Maine

Donald Americo DiTullio 9/11/01

I have the honor of paying tribute to to Donald DiTullio. Don was 49 years old on 9/11/01. He was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. He was a Harley fan and friend Sue Farnsworth said "I see you riding free and forever, wind blowing in your face, leaning into long smooth turns, spitting out the occasional bug." Don loved his girlfriend, Janis Lasden, country and western line dancing, Harley-Davidsons, his children, Jessica and James, and the rest of his tight-knit family. Sadly, Janis was on the flight with him, they were traveling to California for a vacation. Here are some very touching tributes that have been left for Don from family and friends, I'm so sorry that you lost him, he was obviously well loved:

We knew Don from Line dancing at the Salem Moose lodge in MA. He was an outstanding Line Dancer and brought joy to those who watched him dance. Line Dancing isn't the same without him. He is greatly missed by many. I am sure that Don would like others to enjoy life as much as he did. He always wore a smile....and a cowboy hat.. He'll never be forgotten. He is thought of often, and our hearts are with his family!Sherry & Sue
Posted by Sherry & Susan Welch on 2004-05-10

May 04, 2011
At last justice has been served. It's been a long time coming. We feel a sense of relief but that doesn't bring you and Janis back. Think of you all the time. Keep sending those message; they are well received and honored. Mom is well and misses you daily. All my love Janice

May 02, 2011
Dear Uncle Donnie,We finally heard the words we've been waiting for. Osama Bin Laden is officially dead. It was announced on Sunday night, May 1, 2011. President Obama spoke about the mission and how diligent they were to find Osama. One quote that stuck out from his speech was: Disrupt, Dismantle, Defeat. That's exactly what our military (Navy SEALs) carried out. Osama hid for 9 years, 7 months and 20 days but he finally met his fate and the USA found its justice. On another note, I received the signs you sent me. Your first sign was Friday night through a scratch ticket. The winning numbers on the ticket were 9 and 11. What were the chances of me getting that when a bunch of tickets were handed out before I received the one I was given. The second sign was Saturday night. I was driving w/the kids and looked up at the sky and there was a shooting star going over us. I hope you still give me and others your signs. We love getting them because it shows that you're still with us even though we can't see you. We all love and miss you. I hope you and Janis are dancing the nights away. Love always,Colleen

Hi Don: Watching the memorial service from NY. Seems like yesterday. Watched home movies of when we were kids and missing you more and more. You are always with us. Love and miss you. Janice

Hi Uncle Donnie - Wanted you to know that you continue to be missed. You would be proud of Nana - how strong she has been even though her heart hurts and she misses you so much. As Colleen said, keep sending the signs...All our love,Ellen, Kevin, Connor, Collin & Colton "Donald"
Ellen Lemire,
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Hi Don: Thinking of you as the 8th anniversary is approaching. Not going to be a good day. Another birthday has gone by- don't like the numbers. Visiting with Jan and George and remembering you and Janis paddling off in the paddle boat to visit your friends. I think of you all the time. Love & Miss you much Mom

Hi Don: Happy Birthday! M&M's not disappearing as fast as they used to. I keep the dish filled anyway. Guess what - - I got sick-- imagine that!I had pneumonia, but I'm fine now. Want another guess? Joanna and Janice are suddenly becoming "parents". Stay close, I may need some help. Thinking of you on your birthday. Love and miss you. Mom

Hi Donnie,I miss the country western dancing with you and Joanna at the KOC.Love,Cousin Donna Happy New Year!from Donna, Rob, Dave & Paula
Donna DiTullio,
Lynn, Massachusetts

David DiMeglio 9/1/11

David DiMeglio was 22 on 9/11/01, he lived in Wakefield Mass and had recently finished computer school and was starting a business in computer services -- helping people upgrade hard drives. He was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11. His 2-year-old nephew got so excited when he saw Uncle David that he could not stand still. He wrote and sang rap songs and loved to draw. He loved motorcycles, and he was an avid wrestling fan. He is survived by his father John DiMeglio of Wakefield & Patti (Snider) DiMeglio of California. Brother of Daniel & his wife Stacy of Stoneham. Grandson of Dorothy DiMegilo of Everett. Great-grandson of Rose Cieri of Boston & Valmore Cantin of Wakefield. Dear uncle of Daniel & June DiMeglio.

David was so young and obviously very loved. I'm sorry you lost him. Here are some remembrances that have been left for David from friends and family...
David... Thinking of you and your family. Rest in Peace my friend, you are missed...
Posted by Kristen Uglietta on 2011-05-03

Thinking of you always... Posted by Michelle on 2011-04-22

Hey, Dave! Remember confirmation?! You and Ray were so funny! I don't think I heard a word that poor priest uttered. It was the benefit and the curse of having alphabetical last names. You were such a treat, funny and sincere, and I know, I KNOW, that you are in heaven now, making all the angels laugh on end! Rest in peace, friend. Posted by Alicia on 2010-11-28

I grew up with David, and I remember his smiling face in school. I'll never forget the funny jokes, and I will always remember his kindhearted nature. <3 Forever eternal. Posted by Rachel on 2010-11-14

Dave, I still can't believe it, bro.... 9 years already... I remember the good times we had together working at Bacci's for Paul and Mike (the Barrel) and Bobby.. delivering pies and pasta all around Saugus, all the laughs and good times we had I will never forget.... It just seems so surreal to me still, never gets easier. I still get goosebumps and that sinking feeling in my stomach this time of year... My heart and thoughts with prayers still go out to you and your fam and I know your up there looking down on everyone watching over us... R.i.P. Dave I will never forget... ;(
Posted by Rob Rizk on 2010-09-10

I miss you, Dave. You were one-of-a-kind, kid. You will always be with me, kid. Love, Dave R.
Posted by David Rogers on 2009-09-21

Dave, I mourn for you again today, my life was better having had known you. You were a good friend and brought a smile to my face everytime I saw you.
Eileen Moynihan,

David, you will forever be in my heart. Not a day goes by when I don't think about you. "What if's" play through my mind all the time. I miss you and love you...
Siobhan Farrell,
Qincy, Massachusetts

To those of you that never were able to know David, it is a shame. David was like a diplomat, he was friends with everybody and loved people. He is sorely missed. It was a blessing just to know him and laugh with him, he was funny, I have expected to show up at the memorial service and ask us why we were there, I guess I was hoping... Thank you David. You are in my heart and your family is in my prayers.
Eileen M,
Saugua, Massachusetts

Dave, what can I say. You have truly touched the hearts of many. You are a great friend and always will be. Monday's and Thursday's wont be the same without the Dangerzone's thoughts. AOV, What!?!
Ed Amoroso,
Saugus, Massachusetts