Tatiana Ryjova

Somers, New York


Somers, New York


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Tatiana Ryjova was thinking about changing jobs, but working in the meantime as a meeting coordinator for Regus Business Centres at the World Trade Center was still worth the long commute into the city.

Though Ryjova had been with the company for the past year, her friend Deborah Monroe said Ryjova wanted to work closer to home to spend more time with her husband, Vasily, and their two young sons.

"She told me she didn't want to go into the city," Monroe said. It was a two-hour commute from the Ryjovas' home in Somers, N.Y., and she had been asking about jobs in Connecticut, where Monroe and Ryjova had worked together in the past.

Ryjova came to the United States in the early 1990s as a tour guide for a Russian vacation company. She held a master's degree in education from a Russian university and had a penchant for languages. She persuaded her husband--who was still living in Russia at the time--to move to the states and settle permanently in New York.

More or less.

Together, they bought houses in the New York suburbs, fixed them up and sold them, a process they repeated a number of times in recent years, Monroe said.

At the same time, Tatiana Ryjova had worked in the training and development office of a Medicaid group, at a computer training and professional development organization and, most recently, at Regus.

Along the way, she collected friends like stamps, Monroe said. Other Russian emigrants were instant friends, of course, but so were fellow churchgoers, coworkers and clients from every place she had worked. Ryjova went beyond compassion, said Monroe. "She'd take your side. She'd get all mad and angry at people for you."

When laid off from a Connecticut company a year ago, Ryjova was quickly hired by Regus as the company opened its offices on the 93rd floor of the trade center's south tower.

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Beautiful woman, beautiful spirit. Loved life, her husband, her sons. Her smile is the first thing to come to mind on every September 11th.

We still remember Tatiana and her family from church. Every year when we're reminded of the attack, she rings clearly in our hearts and minds. She did have a spark about her, and was outspoken when she needed to be. Her arms were always opened for new friendships.

Tatiana was a beautiful wife and mother.
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Thinking of you and your family. I worked with Tatiana at Oxford Health Plans for several years. I think of her often. She was quick to light up the room with her natural beauty and whit. She was always a pleasure to be around.

I knew Tatiana at the beach. She loved the ocean and sailed upon her windsurfer free as a bird soaring in the drafts. Far from sight, I would begin to worry and then she would return, beaming with pleasure, greeting her two handsome young sons.

Tatiana is one of those people you do not forget. We often swapped stories about our children as I came into the Visiocom office where we were both working. I tell my children about those stories and I believe it helps keep her memory. I feel lucky to have spent some time learning abut her story where she came from, what she believed. I know she loved her family, her life and others. feel so grateful to have known her.

Thoughts of my favorite Russian teacher, someone who taught me so much - especially how to live from your heart. Used to always make me smile every time I called in to the Visocom office where we both were employed and she would answer. "??????," (pri-VET) I'd say when I heard her kind and gentle voice. I am certain Heaven is a much better place now that Tatiana is up there making everyone feel so loved. I'm guessing she's teaching them conversational Russian too! :)

Tatiana, your smile was infectious. Remembering shared moments with you and your boys. With love, Liz, Scott and Vanya

To all you are Tatiana....10 years, thousands of tears, Your beautiful smile, kind eyes, your inspiring life.