Shannon M. Fava

Shannon  M.  Fava
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She Dances in His Heart


Frank and Shannon Fava would have celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary on Monday, so Mr. Fava was in a reflective mood this week. He remembered the first time he saw his wife. She was walking into a bagel shop in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. She was 18, and he was shy.

"I had seen her once or twice before, and I just had to talk to her," Mr. Fava said. "I'm a shy guy, but we started talking and just clicked."

What he thought might have been a fling turned into "my first true love," he said. "I watched her grow into a woman."

The woman Shannon Fava became loved to hug their 3-year-old son, Joseph Anthony, rent movies and laugh. Mrs. Fava, 30, worked as an assistant broker for Cantor Fitzgerald and lived in Bensonhurt. Mr. Fava said he can almost still see his wife dancing around the house to whatever is on MTV. He thinks that might be because she called after the plane hit her tower and said, "Tell the baby I'll always be with him, and you."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 24, 2001.




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