Tatyana -Bakalinskaya-Obituary

Tatyana Bakalinskaya

Brooklyn, New York


Brooklyn, New York


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Lived the American Dream

Tatyana Bakalinskaya did not love her job. But she loved where she worked.

She was a hostess at the offices of Marsh & McLennan, tending the kitchen and making sure that there was always a pot of hot coffee available. But she worked at the World Trade Center, on the 93rd floor. "For her, every day was like a vacation," said her daughter Natalie. "You could look out the window and see all of New York City. It was too good to be true."

Mrs. Bakalinskaya, 43, came to New York from Ukraine with her family in 1994 and started working at the trade center about three years ago.

The move to America was exciting for the whole family, but Ms. Bakalinskaya took to it the most. She worked out daily at the gym, went to school to become a hairdresser and when she turned 40, told everyone that her life had just begun.

Natalie Bakalinskaya, 24, a graduate of Brooklyn College who has inherited her mother's tough work ethic, said that everyone in the family — her father, sister and grandfather — has dealt with the loss in different ways.

The holidays were difficult, but the family tradition of celebrating New Year's Eve together at home was a powerful reminder of their strength. "We prepared dinner together and gave each other gifts," Natalie said. "It was hard, but because we were all together it made it a little easier."

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For Tatyana's family, I would like to say sorry for your loss. But deep in my heart, may every day be filled with memories of her.

You are remembered today and your life, celebrated. May God richly bless your family with continued peace

Sending our deep sympathy to your family for your loss. Tatyana touched the lives of others and will be sadly missed and always remembered. May the time finally come when families are not separated by these acts of violence and they will be a thing of the past.

I never knew you but I promise for as long as I live I will never forget the victims of this tragedy.

In a local ceremony for our 9/11 Memorial Day, they displayed over 3000 flags with names attached. After the ceremony they were selling the flags and we purchased one with Tatyana's name attached. I feel like I have a connection with her being of Ukrainian descent myself. May she be a bright star looking down on us all and I will remember her in my prayers.

I pray today for Tatyana's friends and family. Such a tragedy, and we will never forget. May you find some comfort in knowing that we honor Tatyana by visiting this site and pausing to thank her for the good work she did while she was here. With love from Texas

I know you don't know me but, I just would like to express my condolences. I will pray for you and your family that you'd find peace in this dark time.

On September 11, 2013, I rode in "The 2 Million Bikers to DC" memorial ride, honoring those who were lost in the 9-11 tragedy. Each rider was given a name label in honor of a victim, I was given Tatyana's name. I am having a permanent name patch made for my riding jacket, She will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace, Tatyana.

dear tati, we all miss you
foxy, sebastian