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Elizabeth Remembers…

An eight foot tall monument in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is located in front of the Midtown Elizabeth train station on West Grand Street and honors the six residents who died in the attacks of September 11th, 2011.

Arcelia Castillo came to the United States from Columbia when she was a young woman and worked hard to educate herself, working two jobs and night school as a single mother. Her characteristic hard working attitude was exemplified on September 11 when she reported to her job at Marsh & McLennen on the 98th floor of the World Trade Center early. Had she not done so, she would have survived the attacks. Arcelia is survived by her two sons, daughter in law, four grandchildren, and long time companion.

Carlos S. DaCosta and his father in law built a Portugal style concrete and wrought iron fence around their property so that he would always be reminded of Portugal. In fact, he sometimes took Portuguese pastries with him when he went to work as a general manager for the Port Authority. When he died on September 11th, he was survived by his parents, sister, two sons, and a niece and nephew. Memorial donations can be made to the Elmora Youth League, Elmora Avenue, Elizabeth, or to the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, 150 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ 07092.

Colleen Laura Fraser wanted to make the world a better place for people with disabilities, which she understood because of her own disabilities. She was vice chair of the NJ Developmental Disabilities council and was flying to a grant writing seminar aboard United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in Pennsylvania. She is survived by her sister, brother, stepmother, two step sisters, five step brothers, and several nieces and nephews. Memorial donations can be made to the Progressive Center for Independent Living in Ewing Township.

Margaret Susan Lewis loved to travel to Atlantic City from her native Elizabeth and did so often when she wasn’t working at her job as a legal secretary for the Port Authority on the 68th floor of the World Trade Center. She is survived by her two sons and her brother, as well as her mother, sister, and ten grandchildren.

Frankie Serrano’s dog Dino was a mastiff who was man’s best friend. Serrano worked for Genuity on the 110th floor of the World Trade Center. He is survived by his mother and sister with whom he lived in Elizabeth.

Anthony Tempesta was a broker at Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. Anthony proposed to his wife Ana at the Windows on the World and they later had two children, a son and a daughter.  Anthony loved to play the bass guitar for his children.  He was at work when the Twin Towers collapsed.

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