"The Best and most Beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart" ...
"Laura was like a physical force in nature. She had this gravitational pull that sprang from a well of love. It brought people together and cemented family ties. She reached into your heart and made you feel good about yourself."
"Laura meant so much to all of us. That is why when we remember Laura, we must separate her memory from the horrific scenes of the September 11th. How she died does not define the meaning of Laura's life and the contributions she made in this world. Rather, when we remember Laura, we must remember the smiles, the warm embraces, her love of music and all things beautiful and good that made our lives on earth closer to heaven because she was with us."
Excerpts from eulogy given by
Peter Snik (brother-in-law)
Memorial Mass - 9/27/01
Tribute submitted by Maria Ragonese.
Always Ready to Perform
Laura Marie Ragonese-Snik had an angelic alto singing voice and musical tastes that ranged from religious folk to Madonna's "Open Your Heart." But she was also not one to hide her light under a basket. She loved to perform; given half a chance, she would. "At a party or get-together, she was the first one up," said Maria Ragonese, her sister-in-law and former backup guitarist. "If there was karaoke, there she was."
Mrs. Ragonese-Snik, 41, commuted in recent years from Bangor, Pa., to the World Trade Center for her job as a special risk consultant at Aon. Her business life focused on numbers and calculations. But beneath that, the big alto and the big personality that went with it was always there.
Her sister-in-law, Mrs. Ragonese, said that somewhere in her mind's eye it was still the mid-1980's, Brooklyn, where she and Laura met and where they first performed together. It's 10 a.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, and a young Mrs. Ragonese-Snik is stepping out front, banging on a tambourine, singing "Here I am Lord," and wowing them in the back pews.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 9, 2002.