Jeannine M. LaVerde

Jeannine M. LaVerde
World Trade Center

A Soft Spot for Snow

When the snow comes, the real stuff, deep enough to keep most Staten Islanders indoors, the hardy few on skis or sleighs in the hills of LaTourette Park will remember a joyful Jeannine M. LaVerde on her sled. Her dream, she said, was to tackle some real snow, Alaska. She was fearless, her Aunt Janet recalls. Her response to the fiercest of snowstorms was to trudge out to take somebody fresh bread and milk.

Ms. LaVerde drew on her courage last year to take a tougher job, in new accounts at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, on the 89th floor of 2 World Trade Center. So high, her mother-in-law fretted. "Don't worry," replied Ms. LaVerde, 36. "I can run down the stairs. Any problem, I'm out of there."

She had a son, Christopher Sodano, 10. The whole family would gather each Labor Day at Daniels, a Poconos resort, where she would cheer as Christopher socked home runs on the softball diamond. When he took home this year's batting trophy, she pronounced the vacation "the best ever."

Then, back to work.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 10, 2001.

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