Monday, September 11, 2006

2996 Honoring 9-11

In Tribute to Jacqueline Donovan
34 years old. From: New York, N.Y.
Died in World Trade Center

It's hard to believe that five years have passed, and already the memories are fading. These tributes are to help us re-focus so that we don't forget.

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Quotes from memorials on the web:

What was to have been a fun golf outing at Kutsher's Country Club in upstate Monticello turned into a horrific memory for James Donovan of Lynbrook. It was Sept. 11, and his daughter Jacqueline Donovan, 34, was at her desk on the 89th-floor office of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods when the hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into Tower Two.

"I was golfing upstate and only heard a plane crashed [into the first tower]," he said. "I thought it was a Piper Cub and she was all right." When he finally learned the second tower also was hit, he called his former wife, Marion Puiia of Long Beach, to learn if she heard anything about their daughter. He couldn't return home, since the bridges were closed.

"Jacqueline took away the myth that New Yorkers were cold," he said. A secretary at the brokerage firm for the past two years, she grew up in Malverne and graduated from Maria Regina High School in Uniondale, now known as Kellenberg High School.

Her two brothers-in-law, Charles Kelleher of Rockville Centre, a Suffolk County police officer, and Lincoln Wiese of Long Beach, a freelance TV cameraman, used their police badge and car with press plates to check hospitals and make phone calls to no avail.

A memorial Mass was held Sept. 29 at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church, Malverne. More than 800 people attended. And, Donovan said, "the family received letters [praising her] you wouldn't believe. She was one of five children, but she sticks out because she was so outgoing and friendly."

She collected stuffed and porcelain pigs, treasured her 7- year-old Mercedes-Benz and enjoyed traveling with friends to Las Vegas, Florida, Puerto Rico and Nassau, the Bahamas.

"It was ironic," her father said. "She worked from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but had a knack for going in a little late. But someone was on vacation, and she got there a little early. I believe she was cremated with the others. I hope they don't find anything. I don't want to go through this again."

In addition to her parents, Jacqueline Donovan is survived by her sisters, Patrice Kelleher and Jeanine Wiese, and brothers, James Donovan Jr. and Michael Donovan, both of Long Beach. Link.

Ms. Donovan made parties happen. She planned outings of six women, friends since Catholic grammar school, every two months and chauffeured them around Long Island clubs. A fearless clown, she once wore a Gumby costume so big she couldn't fit into her girlfriend's car and so just jogged next to it.

Jackie was a very close friend of my cousin Tommy. I liked her from the momentI met her. Her smile, her laugh, her of a kind. It may sound cliche, but she really did light up a room. Link.

If there is anyone who new Jacqueline and would like to submit more information please leave details in the comments.

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