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August 22, 2019
Aunt Mary. I miss you so much it still brings tears to my eyes. Oh how I wish you were here on earth so we could celebrate this very special day with you. Happy Birthday in heaven! Xoxo
August 21, 2019
Happy Birthday Aunt Mary
i have always looked up to you. It makes me sad to realize I'm older now than you ever got to be. I remember you on your birthday as i do on other days. with love, sadness and more love. you are forever in my hear and will never be forgotten.
Love and miss you always
September 11, 2018
It's been 17 years Mary and I still miss you so much. I know you're preparing a place for me in heaven, you always were my best friend. We will meet again some day. Phil Heinen
August 22, 2018
Happy Birthday Aunt Mary.
If its true that your memory carries on your life then you will live forever. Un-replaceable influence in my life. I never miss you more then when i need your advice or comfort the most.
I will love you always!!!
September 11, 2016
Always loved and never forgotten,heaven has a great angle
September 11, 2016
Never Forget

September 11, 2015
another year in heaven but never forgotten here on earth
September 10, 2015
Hi Aunt Mary,
I didn't realize this page was here. I just want to say I love you.... never Forgotten. ♡♡♡
June 27, 2015
my beloved wife mary i sit here thinking of another year of you being gone this sept 11,2015 and still to this day it hurts me as these thoughts come to my mind.not one day goes by without me thinking of you,as i get older in life for some reason my love is as strong for you today as it was when we first met the memories we had together has kept this love going for 14 years now even when you have been gone all these years and is only because the years we had been together had made an impact on my life that today i wish i could still share with a father i could see that each one of your boys missed you so much,many times they ask me questions about you and i try to explain as i try not to fall apart with an answer.deep inside me it hurts when i try to talk about you but i know you are helping me from heaven to be would be so proud of your sons today for they have become great men.and also of your beautiful grandaughters and your 2 grandsons.sometimes when i am around and watch them play or when they visit i think about you so much hopeing you were here with us and sadness begins to sink in especially when Ricky became a father.i know you would have spoiled all these grandchildren with your love,kindness,and beautiful smile,the girls remind me so much of you,there is so much i could say about all these years that have past but i now you are looking down and reading my mind.on sept 11,2015 i will looking up and saying a special prayer for you my love. your loving husband Ramon
November 23, 2014
Mary you will always be in our hearts and our thoughts we will never forget you
November 18, 2014
In Memory
With Honor & Respect.
October 21, 2014
Its been 14 years without you and still as i sit here nights thinking about you i asked myself what did i do to deserve not having you here with me and the boys, such pain in my heart always thinking how wonderful you would have been here with your two beautiful grand daughters,and grandsons,i think about so much and yet and i can't seem to find happiness knowing that you were the best thing that ever happen to me in my life and since you been gone my heart has never been the same,the dreams i have thinking about you on that day when we last spoke that day always wishing i could have been there to hold your hand and guide you out.but they are only dreams as i wake up and look over and you are not there.every year as i hear your name being called out it just fills my heart with anger knowing that it is the only thing that's left of you.just a memory.but i know some day as i start walking up those stairs when i finally reach the top you will be there waiting with your beautiful smile that always greeted me when i finally came home to you and then we could finally be together again.there are so many freinds and family that have kept your legacy alive with memories of love and kind words about you and you will always be remember for your kindness and love you had for each and everyone of them.words cannot discrbe the change that has happen in my life since you been gone.and this chapter of my life continues hoping that the end has a happy ending with you at my side again.
September 11, 2014
Stunning that we are thirteen years without you. You live on in our hearts and minds, and that means you are immortal. Miss you and your sister. Rest in peace, Mary, and blessings on your family and friends.
September 13, 2013
Another year to shed more tears just because i can't seem to forget about you they say time heals pain but i just don't know why it has't work for me all these years.when i hear your name being called my heart starts to beat faster and i feel so much anger inside don't no why but i just can't let go i guess this is what my life will always be missing you so much and dreaming about the life we had together. love you dear and so do the kids until we meet again.
September 11, 2013
We love and miss you so was so easy too talk to knew the right words to say to make people feel better.Can!t believe its 12years
September 11, 2013
Hi Mary. I know you are with me in soul. You will always be a part of me. When you left us you took a piece of my heart with you. Miss you sooo much and you would be so proud of your family. Ramon pulled it off raising the boys properly and Ramon gave you two beautiful granddaughters. Love ya and miss you. Until we meet again.
September 11, 2013
Mary,Missing your smile most of all,your energy and giving spirit! I still talk to you all the time I hope you don't mind taking the time to listen. Wishing with all my heart you were still with us.
September 11, 2013
Mary, my cousin, and best friend in the world. It has been 12 years, and it isn't getting any easier. I miss you so very much. I miss our talks, you always knew what to say to make me feel better. We have 6 Grandchildren, and have taught each and every one about you. Today, my oldest Grandson, Sean called me to talk and I asked him how he was. He told me that he was upset because you weren't with us any more. I told him that you are always here in our hearts. It made him feel better. May God Bless you and we will be together again some day. Love you so much Mary. I want yu to know that not a day goes by without me thinking about you. You were one terrific Cosuin, Wife, Mother, and now Grandmother. XOXOXO
September 11, 2013
Your light and your smile still shine, Mary.
September 11, 2013
I remember going over to your house with Shay (my cousin) & you were always so kind, loving, gentle & welcoming. You have a smile that would light up a room! Your son & Shay have 2 beautiful, wonderful daughters together that I know you would just love. & I know they too would have loved you greatly with no doubt! You'll definitely never be forgotten!
September 11, 2013
September 11, 2013
I am the mother that I am bc I always ask myself "what would Mary do", I miss you & wish you were here to hug your grandchildren <3
September 11, 2013
Miss you as a "FRIEND" but now you are one of my "ANGELS"
September 11, 2013
Our Hearts and Prayers are always with you. God Bless
September 11, 2013
Gone but never forgotten.. Love and Miss You TiTi Mary;-)
September 11, 2013
Mary- I miss chatting with you on the bus- made our rides much shorter.
September 11, 2013
12 yrs has past and it is not getting easier. Miss you so much. I now have 10 grandchildren and you have 2 so far. Mary you would be so proud of Ramon. He is doing a great job. Love you!
September 09, 2013
September 12, 2012
From one Marine family to another, our prayers are with you Semper Fi!
September 12, 2012
Mary although I never met you I know you were an outstanding person because you raised such a fine son in Ricky. God bless
September 12, 2012
September 11, 2012
I often think about you and what a beautiful and thoughtful person you were. You always knew how to have fun and you made sure everyone around enjoyed the fun as well. You had a smile and laugh that would brighten anyone's day. I miss you so much. <3
September 11, 2012
I can't believe that is already 11 years since I heard through the phone that you were gone. It broke my heart knowing that the last time we actually saw eachother was when I also worked in the World Trade Center and was expecting your great niece, Tiffani Amber Melendez, Jose and Mary janes' first grand child. When we spoke we laughed because if this happy news( it was the fact that i was having a girl and not a boy). I always wondered if you were still there when I left in 96. I still have the I.d. that we had to wear to work. That will be my only token that I have left of the Twin towers. I will miss you forever.

Maria Sanchez-Melendez
September 11, 2012
My family knows it takes great tragedy to see tears falling from my eyes,and that day came when I heard you were gone.
I knew Mary from Jersey city and our kids went to OLM school together. In fact Mary told me about her moving to stroudsburg, she was so smart and was so inspired by her I moved there too.
As a mother I wished I were just like her, there was something very angelic and peaceful about her and one crazy day after getting off the phone with her I seem so convinced she was an angel in disguise. All I know in my heart she truly was, and God gave all those who knew her touched by an Angel. I always wanted to get together with her, but kept postponing it,until one dreaded weekend 10yrs ago I called and Ramon her husband picked up the phone and told me she died a year ago. Till to this day I remember that day and my eyes start to well up and my heart just tightens up. I shall never forget such a wonderful person. My prayers to the family and lets all smile, because I know our special Angel still watches over us.
Till we meet again
September 11, 2012
God bless your family you where taken away but you left a lagacy
September 11, 2012
It's been 11 years since I sat next to you on the bus. Miss our conversations and company.
September 10, 2012
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
September 10, 2012
September 10, 2012
Mary, tomorrow will be 11 years now that you were taken away from all of us. I think of you so very often and I miss you so very much. All the wonderful times we spent together and the long talks we would have. I miss that so very much. I have six Grandchildren now, and we are telling them all about what a terrific person you were. We named Anna Mary after my Mom and You (the two most importnat people in my life). Just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts today as well as tomorrow, which I know will not be such a great day. Mary, I love you and miss you so very much. I know in my heart that we will definitely meet again some day. Love you so very much.
September 09, 2012
As I sit here thinkin of you its been 11yrs since God took you from us. There isn't a day that goes by in the past 11yrs that I havent't thought of you. We are Grandmothers now and remember when we were young we were gonna take our grandchildren to Disney world. Mary I cry everytime I see a picture of you..I wished that awful day never happened..Ok now the tears are flowin cause I never got to say good-bye..I never wanted to say GoodBye to you..I LOVE YOU MARY..MY LIFE HAS NEVER BEEN THE SAME!!!
September 04, 2012
The first day I we met I knew that you were a great person, I was sadden when you passed on this day, I still remeber when I was working in the South Tower and saw you there buying shoes for work.... Many years have passed and you never got to meet Your nephews Raymond and my children (Jose's and Maryjanes' son)
August 25, 2012
Dear Aunt Mary

I will never forget you,you are the most beautiful person I ever met.
I have the most amazing memories of growing up with you and uncle Raymon I still have not seen a better relationship .
I mainly want to say i will always miss and Love you.
always loved never forgotten!

Love Richie.O
August 23, 2012
Wow I didn't know this page was here or I would have wished you a happy birthday yesterday. I miss you so much and love you even more.
August 23, 2012
August 22, 2012
Happy B-day!!!! Very much missing you on this special day! We love you & miss you always!
August 22, 2012
Happy Birthday in heaven Mary, we miss you and love you even now !
August 22, 2012
Happy Birthday in heaven Mary.We miss you and love even now .
August 20, 2012
Love and miss you TiTi....always missed but Never Ever you
August 20, 2012
Love you will always be missed but never ever forgotten...
August 19, 2012
wow i didnt even know this was here. Well i want to first say that i miss you so much but in so many ways i get to see a part of you eveyday when i look into my girls eyes. I think Mariah favors you in some ways & Mia has your cheeks lol. It makes me sad a lot to know that you would have been a huge part of their lives & they would of been spoiled & endlessly loved by you. Its now going on 17yrs for me & your son Ramon Jr. & I am so grateful I had the opportunity to have a close relationship with you, i hear so many of my friends say how they have a horrible relationship with their MIL & I tell them I had the best MIL there could have been, & you would of been the best Grandmother my girls could of ever had (they are the girls you always wanted lol) & through them you will live on. You know sometimes I still wake up in the morning & want to call you to see what your doing for lunch, then i shake my head & my heart breaks a lil & reality hits. This family definitely lost the glue that held them together but Daddy & the boys are doing good & have all come a long way but their lives & mine forever changed when you were taken. I love you dearly & will embrace the day we see each other again.
August 19, 2012
Hi Mary. Your birthday is right around the corner. Want to wish u a happy birthday in person but I can't so this is the closest I will be to you. I miss u so very much and even though its been forever since u were taken from us it feels like yesterday. The pain is sometime so unbearable. I am kind of looking forward to reuniting with u and catching up on all the gossip like we used to do when u were here with us. Please watch over us and say hi to momie, daddy and Kathleen for me and give them a great big hug from me. Love and miss u so much.
August 19, 2012
its been 11 years now and I still hurt from you being gone from my has been hell since you left our world. I think so much about you and wish you were by my side again.i missed
you so much,I find myself watching home video of us as a family especially on holidays only because i want to hear your voice and see your smile Oh god there is so much i miss about you,sometimes i just want to give up and end it all but looking at the kids I remember what we always talked about and i want to keep my promise and make sure the kids grow up to become men and be on their own then i know that i have kept my promise to you.I still have dreams about that day
when we were on the phone talking while the tower were burning and the phone went dead all i see in my dreams is you crying and i could"nt do anything to help you,how i wish i could go back in time just to be able to save you and have you by my side again but i know i am just dreaming again.going to the anniversary on sept 11 always break my heart and makes me so angry as i stand and listen as your name is being called out i just break down and can't help myself from breaking down,as i leave that place to go home I think so much about what a life we had together, My Beloved Mary
I love You so much,Hope to be there with you so we can be together again. Your loving Husband and Freind Ramon
September 11, 2011
Dear Aunt Mary,

It has already been ten years, I was only four when it happened. Although I can't very well remember you or the day, I somehow still love you dearly. My mom and dad, Amy and David Rosario still talk about you often and how wonderful you were; your unconditional love towards everyone. I really wish I would've gotten the chance to get to know you. I bet we would've had a lot in common, but I know and understand that you've passed on and you are looking down on us with the angels. I'm sure you would like to know how my family is doing and your godson, David. We are doing well, in school and learning and we think about you often. Rebecca is now fifteen and almost driving and I am now thirteen. I don't know if you ever met me or Michael, but Michael is ten now. There is also little Spencer, who is almost Eight!

I love to look at old pictures of you from years and years ago, you always looked so happy, which makes me happy too. I'm sad you had to go, but I hope to join you and Aunt Kathleen up there someday. God bless you.

Jennifer Rosario, your great Neice
September 11, 2011
Mary, 10 years on, you continue to touch the lives and hearts of so many people, near and far. May your gift of love continue to bring peace and consolation to your family and friends who love you so much and miss you more than words can say.
September 11, 2011
I have had the pleasure of getting to know your son, Ricky. He is a wonderful gentleman and you would be proud of him. I know he loves you and misses you dearly. Reading all the posts on here, I can see where he gets his charm. He was lucky to grow up with such a caring, wonderful mother. My thoughts are with you and your family today and everyday.
June 08, 2011
Its going to be 10 years and still as i sit in my room and write this i still feel the pain left in my heart thinking about you and asking god why must i be left alone here without you everyday i struggle just to keep my mind clear but you are always on my mind.there are days i just feel like given up but i think of the kids and continue with my life but its been such a loney journey without you by my side.i think of all the memories of us and it just gives me goosebumps and i just want to break into tears because i wanted to spend the rest of my life with you.i know the boys missed you so much i can see it as life goes on. i wish to god i could have you back in my life and i still can;t beleive after so many years i have dreams about you and me.getting up in the morning and looking over i wish you were by my side but that space is always empty. god bless you my dear and nothing will ever fill that huge hole left in my heart. your husband Ramon and loving boys will always love you and keep you in our hearts.
September 11, 2010
Mary, It has been 9 years now, and believe me it still hurts as much as it did on that day. I miss you so very much. There is not a day that goes by that I don't think of you. I hung up my Memorial Flag in my window and surrounded it by candles just for you. We also went to the Park to see the Memorial Lights. I still can't believe that you are gone. I know you are up there looking down on all of us.

Just couldn't let this day go without sending a message to you.

Mary, I love you so very much and miss you more and more.

Love Ya,
September 11, 2010
Eternal rest grant her O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon her.
September 11, 2010
September 11, 2010
you are very missed we love you.Love John and Pat Cleary
September 10, 2010
Dear Mary,
I talk to you so often in my mind it almost seems silly to write this but...I miss you and it is even more profound because that day is shared by the world in sorrow.I don't need the reminders you are very much with me.
Love Ann
September 10, 2010
Well Mary its been 9yrs since God called you to him. There has not been a day that went by that I didnt think of you. Mary I know you are lookin down and see us cryin for you. Remember when we were kids and we use to play house, we always said that when we have grandchildren we will take them to Disney world. Mary I have 9 grandkids now and I hear you have 2. As I type this the tears just flow..My best friend..I will never have another friend like you..I see your smile,,,I hear your laugh..and what a laugh you had..This world is Not a better place without you..You were so so loved by everyone you came in contact with...Ok I am gonna end this now..I LOVE YOU SO VERY VERY MUCH..

April 16, 2010
As i read the many tributes to my wife mary tears roll down because i know she was loved by many. and i know how she is missed among us. our lives have change without her here. there is not one day in my life now that i wish she was here with me and the boys but i try to give them the love she would have given them if she were here. i miss you baby and every time i think about our 30 years together i just cry because i know in my heart that we were meant to be together for life and its been 9 years now and i feel so alone without you here. you were my other half of my life and since you have gone my life as never been the same.i know you are up there looking down and as a angel because that is what you love for you will always be. your boys love you very much and miss you so much. thank you all for all the nice things said about mary. i always wish i could turn time back just to be with you again. i missed your beautiful smile and how you always comfort me your personality,your beautiful long hair the life we had together and the wonderful mother you were.i thank you for given me 4 wonderful boys who will always remember how great you were as a person and mother,most of all i miss you as the most inportant person in my life. your husband ramon and your boys will always miss you dearly . love you. Ramon .Ramon jr. ricky,jesse.and tyler. love you. miss ya.
April 16, 2010
September 10, 2009
Well Aunt Mary I miss you everything isn't the same around here anymore. We still think about you I'll keep you in my heart forever and ever I love and miss you <33
September 11, 2008
To Mary's family: I was on the phone with Kathleen when the second plane hit, and to this day can hear her voice when she put me on hold to talk to her son on the cell phone to see if he'd heard from Aunt Mary. I pray every day for Mary and for Kathleen, may God hold them both in his warm embrace, and may God grant your family peace of mind and ease in your grief on this the seventh anniversary of Mary's death. I remember. I always will.
September 11, 2008
Dear Mary: Well here we go again. It has been 7 years and it still hurts as much as it did the first day. Mary, you have been on my mind and in my heart this day. I told myself that I wasn't going to sit in front of the television and watch all the ceremonies today, but for some reason I just had to sit and watch unil I saw and heard your name. I had Ramon and the boys on my mind today also, and I hope that God will watch over and protect them all. I just want you to know how much I miss you and that I think of you very often. God watch over you and keep you safe. I know that some day I will be there and we will have a great time talking. Until then, I love and miss you very much...Love Ya, Josie
September 11, 2008
Dear Mary, It has been a long time and it doesn't get any easier, I still miss you very much and think of you often. I will cherrish our childhood memories forever. God bless you Raymond, I know you loved Mary very much, you were a good husband.
September 10, 2008
To the Melendez family,
As another year passes there is not a moment I do not think about Mary walking past my parent's porch with her hair flowing wearing her white sneakers and socks. I always admired her dedication. Although I have not seen the boys in years I do think about everyone. When I drive through Pennsylvania I think about Mary and wonder how everyone is. She truelly left a mark in my heart.
August 23, 2008
Dear Mary: I thought that this year I would be a day early to wish you a very happy birthday. I have been thinking about you so much lately, and missing you so very much. It still hurts so very much, but I know that you are in a better place and that you are always watching over all of us.

Love you,
September 11, 2007
6 years later and it feels like it just happened this morning. I miss you so much, but your legacy and personality live on through my little girl (her middle name is Mary in your honor). We love you so much.

Love Ann Marie, Carlos, Anna Mary, and Juan
September 11, 2007
Dear Mary: I could not let today go by without writing you and telling you how very much I miss you. It has been 6 years and it still hurts so very bad. I have had you on my mind all day today, and the tears were falling for you. You were my best friend in the world and I miss you tremendously. My girls all miss you very much. We have been telling the new kids in the family, Sean Patrick, Anna Mary, and Juan Carlos all about you. We want them to grow to feel that they also knew you. I know that you are looking down on us and that some day we will all be together again. Until then, Please know how much I miss you and that I love you so very much.
Love Ya,
September 11, 2007
Daer Mary,
We are still missing you on this your 6th anniversary in heaven. Say hi to those who have joined you there.Keep smiling, I need the extra light.Keep a seat warm for me.
Love and miss you
September 11, 2007
I read my uncle Raymond's message to my aunt Mary and it brought tears to my eyes as everyone in my family knows the strong love and bond they shared. I loved my aunt Mary and remember being her flower girl at her and my uncle's wedding. It's been six years and I still cannot believe she is gone. I know God is with you aunt Mary and has you watching over your family. You were a very beautiful, kind, caring woman that will always be remembered. I love you with all my heart. You neice, Marixsa Jimenez-Romanella, Westerly, Rhode Island
September 11, 2007
August 24, 2007
Happy Birthday!!!
December 31, 2006
In memory....
November 02, 2006
As I stitched your name on the memorial that I am doing for all of the victims, I prayed for you and your family. Please know that your death was not in vain. We will always remember. God Bless.
September 11, 2006
It's been 5 years and I still can't believe Mary is gone. I sold Mary and Ramon their house in Stroudsburg. Mary was very determined to move to the Poconos and nothing was going to get in her way! She had this incredible drive to make things happen. And she did it with that wonderful smile of hers, absolutely sure that you were going to help her! And you did! Who could not help Mary? She was the sweetest person I have ever worked with. But, under that sweetness, was a very strong woman, who wanted the best for her family and who made sure they got it.
I know how hard the last 5 years have been for you, Ramon, but try to remember the good times and just look at your boys and see Mary shining at you.
After 9/11, I decided that I lived too far away from my children and I sold my house and moved to San Francisco where 2 of my children live. My daughter lives in Portland, Or, so she is closer to me also. I don't ever want to be that far from my kids again.
September 11, 2006
To Mary Melendez and family, I know I had the pleasure of working and meeting Mary when she worked at U.S. Trust Co. I believe she worked as part of a high school co-op program, she was always so sweet. I recognized the wedding picture that was listed in the Pocono Record as part of her tribute, we were at that wedding. Raymond, my heart was hurting that day for you and your family. My husband worked at the trade center for 2 years, he left in 96, and it was hard for him to realize the devastation, and still is. Be well.
March 19, 2006
To the Melendez Family,
I just finished reading a book about the Twin Towers and it brought to mind your family and what a wonderful person your mom was. I knew her from the Our Lady of Mercy Mother's Club and distinctly remember her warm smile and very, very long hair! Mostly, though,I remember what wonderful sons she had in Ricky and Jesse. So polite, so respectful. A tribute to great parenting. I also remember Ricky visiting OLM upon his graduation from the Marine Corp. just days after 9/11. What an inspiration; so handsome and grown up in his Marine uniform. His mom and dad must be so proud of the man they raised. I think about you all often and pray that God keeps your family in the palm of his hand.
September 11, 2005
Dearest Mary:
I could not let today go by without remembering you. It has been four years now and it still hurts as much today as it did then. I can still remember sitting in front of the television hoping to see you come out from the buildings. I can still see your smile and remember all the good times that we shared. We all miss you very much and know in our hearts that we will all be together again some day. God Bless you and we love and miss you very much.
August 26, 2005
Dear Mary:
Happy Birthday. I know that I am a little late, but I did think about you on your day. I Love and miss you more and more every day. Just wanted you to know that I am still thinking of you and that I miss you very much. Love Ya, Josie
February 05, 2005
This is the first time I am writing in this guest book. I guess that's because just the other day, I wound up passing through the WTC PATH station on my way to an interview. It was the first time I was every over that way. I found Mary's name on the plaque outside and asked her to help me get through the interview.

Mary, you were like a second mom to me. You asked us to watch your kids for you yet all the while you watched after us as well. I miss you so much.

Thank you for helping me through my interview. And thank you for watching over all of us.

I love you, Mary. I miss you very much.

~Josie Ann~

P.S.- Thank you for also watching over my Sean for me.
November 10, 2004
as i sit here at 3 in the morning i think of you. i just want 1 more day with you. you were my best friend and now my life hasnt been the same since that dreadful day that took you from all of us. there isnt a day that goes by that i dont shed a tear. Who said things get easier with time? well it doesnt to me? you see things happened in my life that i dont have that best friend to share it with. i love you Mary and I miss you so so very much. my love to ramon and the boys

missin you xxxxxoooo
September 11, 2004
My Dear Cleary Family

She was family even though I never was fortunate enough to know her. You see, my grandmother is Josephine Cleary Scalza. Mary was my mother's second cousin. My mother remembers her.

We all cried that day for her loss as we found out quickly that she was missing. We cried "for all" as we watched in disbelief at the horror unfolding. I only wish I could have known her. I would have been blessed with knowing such a wonderful, giving woman who was so typical of the Cleary family. I miss that side of my family and only wish I could have been there to comfort you.

Always in our prayers

Cynthia Jenkins Opitz
September 11, 2004
It has been three years now. I still miss you so very much. I just couldn't let today go by without saying just how much you meant to all of us here and how much we really miss you. May God be with you always. Love and Miss you bunches.
December 23, 2003
I know you are looking down on us gettin ready for this holiday season. But it's not the same with out you. MERRY CHRISTMAS MARY..AND I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU SO MUCH..

September 21, 2003
Mary was not only my cousin, but she was my Best Friend. Mary and I shared a lot of good times and also some bad times together. I enjoyed watching Jesse and Tyler for her. She would come home from work every day, and you could see how her face lit up when the boys ran to hug her. If I needed a shoulder to cry on, Mary was there for me, and I for her. I was sad when they moved to Pennsylvania, because I missed the boys, but I also knew this was the best move that she could make. Mary was a loving Wife, and Mother She always tried to keep the family together. She loved to have parties. The last party that she had was when Ricky was going into the Marines. What a blast that was. Again, she had the whole family (as many as could attend) together. This is what Mary was about. I miss Mary very much and not a day will go by that I don't think about her. Mary, I love you, and I miss you. I lost my Best Friend in thw world. I still can't believe that you are really gone. I talk to you often. I know that you are up there looking down on Ramon and your boys. Some day we will all meet again, until then, I love you and miss you.
Love you, Josie
September 11, 2003
I am very glad to see that we have not forgot, and I am not the only one still writing. My life has certainly been impacted by our loss, and I for one will probably never forget. But keep your faith friends and family and one day our pain will ease up, and when the good lord thinks we are ready he will lift our pain from our hearts. God rest your soul Mary, I Love and Miss you, Philip
September 11, 2003
Some of my happiest childhood memeories were spent at Aunt Mary's house in Jersey City. We lived in an apartment but she had a house with a backyard and pool. I remember after playing all day when we would leave she would give me and my sisters each a sandwich baggie filled with candies and crackers or cereal. We would munch on them while riding home on the bus and talk about our day with her and her family. This little "snack bag" idea is something that I am doing with my neices an nephews when they come to visit and play in my backyard. I will always remember her for her smile and her beautiful hair and most of all for those happy summer times in her backyard.
September 11, 2003
Aunt Mary I miss an love you very much. Not a day goes by I don't think of you. You were very special to me I remember goin over your house all the time and when i wasn't there i was asking to go there. I love you and will always have you in my heart and prayers.
September 09, 2003
There is not a day that goes by that i don't cry, you see she was my best friend. as far back as i can remember she was there for me when i needed her. her laugh was something i will always remember. i was there when she told me she love ramon and she was gonna marry him. she loved him and her boys more than life itself. she sent me a email the morning of 9/11...i still have it. it is something i will treasure for the rest of my life. i now hav 7 grandkids and it hurts so bad that she never got to meet them. I have a grand daughter named Julianna daughter said she looks like Mary with those beautiful blue eyes. GOD BLESS YOU RAMON AND BOYS!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU MARY AND ALWAYS WILL!!!!

September 08, 2003
As a child i couldn't wait to go to Aunt Mary's house. The party's and holiday's alway's seem bigger and brighter there. The laughing and smiles, food and music will live on in the thousand memories i have in my heart. My love to Uncle Raymond and to Raymond, Ricky, Jesse, and Tyler. Love always Colleen...
March 13, 2003
So glad to see others are still writing. The statement we keep hearing holds true. "We will never forget" God bless you Mary, All My Love Philip
September 12, 2002
In Sept. '01, my church let us pick names from a basket of people to pray for who had perished on 9/11/01. My family picked four names; one was Mary Melendez. Since that time, daily, we've prayed for Mary, her family, friends, relatives, and loved ones. How we wish we knew the words to comfort you on your loss of Mary. For the past year, Mary's name has been on my refrigerator, as a daily reminder for me and my family to think of her and to pray for her, and her loved ones, family, relatives, and friends. Yesterday, I printed Mary's picture & info for my 15 & 13 yr old children. I wanted them to know what Mary looked like, and what she was like. We cried for your loss of Mary. Although we didn't know Mary, nor do we know you, we will pray daily for you and Mary. We will not forget Mary, and we will not forget you. God bless you and your family and all of Mary's loved ones, now and always. God bless America.
September 12, 2002
May God comfort your family and your hearts during this anniversary in which you all lost the most precious person in your lives. May she rest in peace and may god bless you all...........Tener fe que ella esta a la mano derecha del Padre en el cielo, bendiciendolos en cada momento y protegiendolos de todo lo mal y peligroso.
September 12, 2002
When I picked up the Star-Ledger newspaper and saw the picture of Mary--I was in a state of shock. No, not that sweet, wonderful, kind person! We were the same age. We had been introduced by a mutual friend--Roxanne Picurro (nee Cotrone). What I remember most about Mary was her beautiful, angelic smile and her calm demeanor. I used to see her at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Jersey City (where she was a Eucharistic Minister) on Sundays--usually with one or two of her well-behaved sons. Then I got married and left Jersey City and we lost track of each other. But I will always remember her for her smile, the gentle arm on her son's shoulder, her long, long ponytail and the kindness that radiated from her. A saint in civilian clothes!!
September 11, 2002
May god bless your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
September 09, 2002
To the family of Mary Melendez:

I send my sympathy and support to you in your time of sorrow. I did not know Mary personally, but at a spiritual ceremony honoring those who died last year, I drew Mary's NY Times obituary, and agreed to pray for her and her family all year.

The picture of Mary showed a lovely, smiling woman and I could tell she brought happiness wherever she went. I was deeply saddened to learn she left behind her beloved husband, Raymon, and four treasured children. I know your lives must seem so empty without her.

I have talked to Mary over the past year, saying prayers for all of you and asking her to keep her eye on you. As the first anniversary of her tragic death approaches, I want you to know I will be thinking of you all and sending extra strength, prayers, and love your way.

May God bless and keep you.

Mary Pat Rafferty
August 16, 2002
I would just like to say that i am so very sorry for your loss. I used to work with Mary as her assistant in 2000 and she was the absolute best. Anyone would have been lucky to be working under her supervision. Although i only me her sons a few times i felt as if i knew her family personally because of all of the wonderful stories she would tell me of how proud she was of her boys. I think about her all the time. I often look at the gifts that she has given me in the past and just sit and reflect. She will forever be missed and in our hearts. Mary, i love you always and know that you are smiling down on us from up above.
June 11, 2002
To my Dearest Mary, Raymond, and Boys. I grew up with Mary, for 17 years we shared all ourcrets, sorrows, and desires, and happiness. We played togeather as children and Loved one another. We had the bond of a brother and sister. I remember her asking me if she should date you Raymond. I remember when you got your first car and I helped you change a tire at her Mom's house. I remember your fiyour First born, and I remember her first tear.Most of all, I remember her happy smile and how happy she was with you Raymond.Mary, lived a verry happy like and was a perfect wife and mother. This could not be if she didn't have the perfect husband. Raymond, I am very happy that you were part of Mary,s life, I knew I didn't have to worry about her as long as she was with you. Now she is gone and a long with her went the biggest part of my childhood, and a big part of my heart. God,Bless Her In Heaven And I Pray You Watch Over Her Family Comfot Their Hearts. Amen! I was allways the brother she never had. All My Love Philip Heinen, June 11h 2002.
May 07, 2002
May God Bless you and the family and friends that you left behind on 9/11/01. Rest in peace..........
May 07, 2002
Thank you for exchanging the stories of your children. I've always said that if any of them were girls they'd be knock outs! May the Lord continue to bless them in all they do...
April 10, 2002
Mary, I pray for you and your family. I remember having brief conversations with you and out of that I got to know something about you... you were a great human being. You were a devoted mother and wife. May God have you by his side and may He bless your family. I will always remember you.
March 26, 2002
She was the most beautiful person in my life. she was the perfect mother, and the perfect wife, her smile always brighten me up. she gave me 4 beautiful boys that will always remember how a great mother she was to them. and for that i will truly missed her cause she was everything in my life and now that she is gone my life has change forever. she was an angel send to us to keep us happy. our 30 years together will never be forgotten by me caused they were all happy ones. honey i know you are up there watching us and i will take good care of the little ones just like you would have done yourself. i will miss you forever and my love and the childrens love will always be in our hearts for you cause you were everything a person would want in their lives and in our hearts you will live forever. your husband who will always love you and your 4 sons who missed you very much and love you. may god take you into his arms.good by for now my love.xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxxoooxoxoxoxoxooxoo hugs and kisses from your babies.
March 12, 2002
I am very sorry for the whole Family.I was Ricky's Senior drill Instructor at Parris Island he was looking foward to seeing everyone It was such a life altering event. We all felt the pain. Mary will watch over us all. God bless
March 07, 2002
January 27, 2002
I am so very sorry for your terrible loss. I have known Ricky since the beginning of high school and Mary worked with my dad. I will always remember her and all of you. Let Ricky know I am thinking of him as well. I will continue to pray for all of you and wish that you will find peace.

Mary-Kate Leahy
January 18, 2002
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. My daughter, Sonja, is well aquainted with your son, Ricky. When we heard the news we were heart-broken. We wish you courage to get through these hard times.

The Wajih Family
January 08, 2002
I remember Mary from my brother's (Bob Scollan) wedding to Liz. I remembered her long hair and carrying her son as she received communion. That was back in 1996.

I offer my sincere condolances for your loss and think of you often.
December 21, 2001
We are very sorry for your loss of Mary. Words cannot describe our sorrow for your loss. May Mary's life and love live on through all who love her. Our hearts cry with you.
America Cries
We see your sorrow-
and our hearts cry....
We can not erase your pain
but you do not have to face the anguish alone-for we-
-the American people-
are beside you.
We so desperately want to have the touch that brings you comfort,
the strength that gives you courage,
and the words to lighten your spirits.
And when we are left speechless
may the silence of our nation weave love into your hearts
to ease your sorrow.
May you find healing through our nation's strength as we-
-the American people-
face this difficult time together. Our hearts are with you. Teresa Jahn
Dixon, IL
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