At 48, after two bad marriages and a lifetime in Elkhart, Ind. (pop. 45,000), Karen Hawley Juday fell in love and moved to New York City, which she had seen only in movies. She found a world unlike anything she had imagined. The streets of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn were crowded with people and lined with small shops. She gazed down at the city from her job at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 101st floor of 1 World Trade Center.
''She couldn't believe we don't have malls,'' said Richard Pecorella, the Wall Street manager Karen followed to New York.
She loved the neighborhood restaurants and Italian bakeries and devoured pastries. On weekends, she and Mr. Pecorella went to the ocean or gambling in Atlantic City. They planned to grow old together. But they only had four years.
''She left everything to move in with this tough little Brooklyn guy,'' he said. ''Her children said she'd never been happier.''
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on September 21, 2001.