Nothing could have prepared me to read the story about Lorraine Antigua. When you read it, you don't want it to end with 9-11, you don't want that part of it to be true.
Lorraine worked in the securities lending department of Cantor Fitzgerald. She was 32 years old. From Middletown NJ, she was the mother of two children (Caitlin and Aaron) from a previous marriage. She was also the fiancee of Brian Wilkes; they were to be married, perhaps in the fall.
I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Lorraine personally, but reading about her, it's easy to see that she came from a loving family, and was a Light in many people's lives.
The following tribute appeared in the NY Times:
In the Garden, Under the Sea
The plan, Brian Wilkes said with a gentle laugh, was that he and Lorraine Antigua would marry at a drive-through chapel, maybe in Las Vegas, maybe this fall, while on a Harley-Davidson. "She said she would buy the Harley," he said.
Mr. Wilkes met Ms. Antigua, 32, at a going-away party two years ago, on the cusp of a move to North Carolina. They nurtured a long-distance relationship, until he decided to return north to marry Ms. Antigua.
Ms. Antigua loved working in the securities lending arm at Cantor Fitzgerald so much that she refused other job offers. At 8:50 a.m. on Sept. 11, she left a message for Mr. Wilkes on his mobile phone, saying a plane had rammed her building but she was O.K. He never managed to reach her.
They lived together in a house Ms. Antigua had bought in Middletown, N.J., where they had planned to make a new family with her two children from a previous marriage. They filled the garden with azaleas and sunflowers. To hear Mr. Wilkes tell it, Ms. Antigua was all good things -- an avid reader, a scuba diver and a dear friend. "She's awesome," he said, slipping from habit into the present tense. "She ruined me for other women."
I'm going to reprint just a few comments left on memorial sites by people who knew her:
From: GARY MANFRE
Message: TODAY IS YOUR BIRTHDAY AND I AM THINKING OF YOU. WISH YOU WERE HERE!
From: Laura Schwartz
Message: Wishing your mother, father, brothers, children, aunts, uncles, inlaws a peaceful holiday season. I know this is a difficult time.
From: Brad Memoli
Message: Lorraine, My Best Friends Mother. You were one of the best moms i have ever met. You always brought a smile to my face whenever i felt bad. Your smile could light a room up. i will never gorget you. I hope you're still smiling in heaven. God Bless You
09/10/2002 4:18:59 PM
Hey Lorraine, Or Rainey like Maria used to call you,
I still can't believe that a year has gone by so quickly. We all miss you terribly. I know you're with God because the day after this whole thing happened I had a vision that you were looking down at us and smiling as if you were letting us know that you were OK and in a better place. And I truly believe that. Kaitlin and Aaron have a lot of Guardian angels who will look after them. I really wish you were here. God bless Rainey! And may you rest peacefully!
Love your cousin
And to my Aunt Ramona,I love you and I know you miss her but She's in a much better place.God Bless!
December 30, 2005
One more year has passes but your memory is still with us all. Your laughter your smile and your wit is remebered fondly. Know that your children are taken care of with love and are always protected by all of us. During the holiday as well as year around you are missed. Be at at peace as you said Al is always there. We miss the morning breakfasts we all shared now we still have them but you are in our hearts. Thank you for being part of all of us.
Sleep with the angels that is where we look for you .
Lidia Antigua (New York, NY )
July 25, 2006
My dear Lorraine,today I was looking at you pictures, and fell like it was just yesterday that you was cooking, and playing around whith AAron, and Caitlin, making plans for the vacation, you know that is not a minute or a hour that you face comes to my mind. Lorraine I miss you so much. God Bless you always. Love mom.
Ramona Schroeder (Davenport, FL )
Lorraine had a lot to live for, and is greatly missed. She would have been 37 now. Her children remember her fondly; she lives on in the memories and hearts of her family and friends. God bless her, and her family.
Here are some of the on-line Memorials where Lorraine is remembered.
Guest Book for
Lorraine D. Antigua
The family photos here are from the photo album there. This site has a large guest book, with 18 pages of entries. It's a great way to remember Lorraine.
Lorraine has a memorial page set up to honor her, at:
Cantor Fitzgerald Families Memorial
HT to Tammy Bruce:
Remembering: Your 9/11 Resources