Amy E. Toyen

Amy E. Toyen
World Trade Center

A Proposal in Ireland

To catch her early flight on Sept. 11, Amy E. Toyen arose in Boston at 4 a.m. so she could arrive in New York City at 6:45 a.m., in plenty of time to attend the trade show in Windows on the World at 1 World Trade Center. Ms. Toyen, 24, was demonstrating a software product of her company, Thomson Financial in Boston, when her fiancé, Jeffrey Gonski, got a call at 8:58 a.m. — his caller ID showed it was her cellphone — but when he answered, no one was there.

They were engaged to be married next June 16. Mr. Gonski had met Ms. Toyen at their alma mater, Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., and had managed to pull off an elaborate proposal. Last spring he planned a vacation with her to Canada, then surprised her at the airport with a flight for two to Ireland — her favorite place. Then he stunned her again by proposing there, in a romantic locale on the Dingle Peninsula. How could she possibly have said no?

"We had just ordered her wedding dress," said her father, Martin Toyen. "She was so happy in her life — a woman in love, who loved her job."

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 30, 2001.

Amy E. Toyen, 24, beloved daughter of Martin and Dorine Toyen of Avon, died Tuesday, (September 11, 2001) as a result of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Born on June 20, 1977, Amy was raised in Avon. She was a 1995 graduate of Avon High School, and a 1999 graduate of Bentley College. She was employed by Thomson Financial in Boston and lived in Newton. Amy was in New York attending a technology conference in the World Trade Center. She loved music and art. Besides her parents, Amy is survived by her sister, Heather of Canton; her maternal grandparents, Ernest and Salena Blake of Longmeadow, MA; her paternal grandparents, Morris and Dora Toyen of Canton and Delray Beach, FL; her fiance, Jeffrey Gonski of Watertown, MA; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. We will dearly miss her. A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 23, 11 a.m. at Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford. The family will receive friends at 39 Rosewood Rd., Avon through Wednesday noon. Donations may be made to the Amy E. Toyen Fund at Beth El Temple, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Paid Notice published in HARTFORD COURANT on 9/18/2001.

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