Keeping Her Focus
As a child, Michelle Henrique's life had revolved around her family and church - and at 27, she saw no reason to change her focus. A secretary at Fiduciary Trust, she split her week between her parents' home and her grandparents' home in Staten Island, lending a hand at each. At her grandparents', she was a house-sitter. At her parents', she helped care for her orphaned cousins, 5 and 8, who were being adopted by the family.
At the Church of the Holy Child, she was president of the Columbettes, the women's Knights of Columbus group. She mainly organized and helped run benefits - grilling hamburgers, singing Broadway hits and doing a bit of acting. She played, for instance, an over-the-top mother of a male bride in drag.
With discount tickets from her fiancé, Craig Castro, a Continental Airlines employee, she vacationed in Hawaii, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. She did not know it, but Mr. Castro had bought a ring, a surprise for her birthday in December.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 2, 2001.