Joseph Ianelli

Joseph Ianelli
World Trade Center

A Life Taking Off


Joseph Ianelli's personal and professional lives were taking off. The 28- year-old Hoboken resident and his fiancée, Monica Palatucci- Lebowitz, had decided they would marry next September. Three months ago, Mr. Ianelli, an accountant formerly with an architectural recruiting company, went to work for a financial services conglomerate, Marsh & McLennan, on the 98th floor of 1 World Trade Center, the complex's north tower.

Normally, Mr. Ianelli arrived at work at 9 a.m., said his sister, Jennifer Thompson, but because he was preparing for a meeting on Sept. 11, he got there earlier. The last communication from him of which his family is aware is an e-mail message he sent to a friend at 8:35, 13 minutes before one of the hijacked planes smashed into the north tower.

Mr. Ianelli, the son of Joseph and Barbara Ianelli of Staten Island, was 6 feet 2 inches and about 200 pounds and an avid sports enthusiast, playing as well as watching baseball and basketball. His family, which also included two grandparents, Anthony and Theresa Capozzi, "was very important to him," Ms. Thompson said. Her 7-month- old son gave Mr. Ianelli plenty of opportunity to get a taste of life as a future father. "When he was here, he always played with him," she said.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 2, 2001.


JOSEPH IANELLI, 28, of Hoboken, N.J., and his fiancee, Monica Palatucci, were planning a Sept. 1, 2002, wedding. Palatucci said he was "an angel" sent for her. "I really believe that was true," she said. Ianelli was an accountant at Marsh & McLennan Cos. Inc. The day of the attacks, Ianelli had gone in to work early to get ready for a meeting. "He was one of those kids that had to have everything just so, so he went early to prepare," said his mother, Barbara Ianelli. "A big part of me is missing."

Copyright © 2001 The Associated Press




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