Stacie J. Angers, 29; once a friend, always a friend
Stacie J. Angers was always surrounded by friends, drawn to her joyful personality.
Lisa Cooper met Stacie through a mutual friend when they were in high school. More than a decade later, they still talked on the phone often. During their conversations -- always long -- Lisa would hear the clicks of call-waiting as Stacie's other friends beeped in.
"I considered her my best friend," Lisa says. "I think Stacie had a lot of best friends."
Nicole Lovett met Stacie one day at lunch, in the high school cafeteria in Auburn, Mass. They were sitting at the same table, and Stacie asked Nicole for some of her French fries. That brief encounter blossomed into a friendship that lasted more than 15 years.
"She had a way of making the simplest things extraordinary," Nicole says.
At Stacie's wake, a thousand people showed up.
"Every person she ever came in contact with, she managed to keep in touch with," Nicole said.
Great White was one of Stacie's favorite bands. She'd seen them in concert several times.
Stacie, 29, was always running late. When her family heard there'd been a fire at The Station, they prayed Stacie had come late and had been listening from the back of the room, near the door. Then they saw the video footage. Stacie was in the front row.
In the collages of photographs that fill her parents' living room, Stacie is pictured most often with her fiancé, Michael Wunschel. "They just had this strong, strong love for one another," said Stacie's father, Leonard Angers.
Stacie and Mike had been dating for eight years, and engaged for three. They were going to be married Aug. 14, 2004.
A childhood love of Charlie's Angels and mystery novels had turned into a career as a private investigator, and Stacie had spent seven years working for Insight Investigations in Worcester, where she lived.
It was a demanding career, but Stacie still found time to maintain literally hundreds of friendships, and to help those she didn't know. She had volunteered at a soup kitchen, walked to raise money for cancer research, tutored children at a juvenile detention center, and served as a mentor in the Big Sisters program. And she made sure to come home for dinner with her parents once a week.
"She was very busy," her friend Lisa said. "But she was always there when you needed her."-- Elizabeth Gudrais, Providence Journal staff