Linda Gronlund
Linda Gronlund was a sailor, a scuba diver, a brown belt in karate, a lawyer, a car mechanic, a gardener, a photographer, a gourmet cook, a guitarist, an emergency medical technician and a volunteer with autistic children. She planned to start piano lessons in the fall. As manager of environmental compliance for BMW, she spearheaded the development of a hydrogen-fueled car.

Gronlund of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., would have turned 47 on Thursday. She was flying to San Francisco to celebrate in wine country with her boyfriend, Joe DeLuca. They met because they both loved car racing.

On Tuesday morning, Gronlund called her sister, Elsa Strong, from the airport. She was excited about taking a vacation.

Strong went to a meeting at her son's school. She heard about the World Trade Center and the hijacked planes. She rushed home, hoping that her sister had left a message, saying she was stranded at the airport.

Strong saw the blinking red light on the answering machine and pushed play. It was her sister, angry. She said she was on Flight 93 and the plane had been hijacked by terrorists with a bomb. Gronlund said others had already taken out the World Trade Center.

She said how much she loved her sister, how much she loved her parents. She said she was going to miss Strong so much.

"And then she said goodbye," Strong said. Fifteen minutes after the message was left, the plane crashed in Pennsylvania.
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Published by The Press-Enterprise on Sep. 13, 2001.
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Linda. Although I have never meant you, wasn't even alive the same time as you, I feel you were an amazing person. You seemed so talented and happy. After reading about you, I can always picture a smile on your face. You have such a successful and exciting vibe. You were the person that would make everyone else happy just by being there. All of the things you accomplished are so interesting. I mean Scuba Diving is super cool. Plus an EMT and a Lawyer, those are super hard careers and you managed to succeed in both. I know many people still think about you everyday because I read every single post on your page. May you rest easy. P.S. You and Paul seemed to be really close and I think that is the sweetest thing he posts and brings flowers every year for you.
Jenna Reppart
Student
September 29, 2020
Linda it has been 19 years and I have never stopped thinking of you and Joe. Such a shame, you were a special person. I always looked for you at the Black Flag station at Lime Rock whenever I went by. Both of you will remain in our hearts forever.
Gregg Cameron
Friend
September 12, 2020
Linda:
19 years, and it still feels like you were taken from us yesterday; indicative of your special spirit.
Thank you for the time with us.
Continue to Rest In Peace, Dear Friend.
Blessings to you and your Mom.
Paul Alexander
Friend
September 11, 2020
One of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure to know. The world goes on, but it would surely be a better world with Linda in it.
Doug McGregor
Coworker
September 11, 2020
another year has passed and we still remember, will always remember
dennis dodgen
September 11, 2020
Thank you for this wonderful obituary. Made me cry...
Karen Vedder
Acquaintance
September 11, 2020
We realize how incredible Linda was.. I graduated with Joe Vailsburg High in 1966. We will never forget!
Michael Kirsch
Classmate
September 11, 2020
Today would have been your
65th birthday. Just thinking of the wonderful things you would have accomplished in these last 18 years.
You are missed every day by all that knew you
R.I.P. in the Palm of the Lords Hand
Barbara Pane
September 13, 2019
Hello Linda.
High Noon, 18 years later; loss remains, and will forever be, tragic.
Comforted with knowledge you remain at peace, with your Mom.
Paul Alexander
Friend
September 11, 2019
I will never forget
Dennis Dodgen
Friend
September 11, 2019
We all miss you and Joe. I Always looked for you at the "Black Flag" station at Lime Rock when racing. I'll never forget when we saw the list of people in the newspaper and my wife said to me, "We could know some of them." A minute later your and Joe's names showed up on the list. It was like a cold chill ran over me. We will never forget.
Gregg Cameron
Friend
May 27, 2019
Hey there Linda,

My name is Alex Lai. I didnt know you well, but I do have knowledge of UA93 and how the passengers tried to take back the jet and thwart their horrible attack.

Its gut wrenching and scary to have someone unjustly kill you. But youre in a place of sanctuary with no evil around! See you up there one day.
Alex
May 25, 2019
I think of Linda so very often. Now, I hold your parents in my prayers as well. Linda will never be forgotten!
Barbara Eberle - King
September 12, 2018
Thought of you on Sep 11 as I do every day. This year felt so different to me due to the passing of your beloved Mom. I no longer have that wonderful woman to talk to...
But I know that you are together,loving each other as always.
Rest in Peace, Linda & Doris
Barbara Pane
September 12, 2018
Never Forgotten!
Kathy
September 11, 2018
17 Years ago today I rushed into work as the USA was under attack. I arrived at work and was met by my Sgt. who had two very official men in suits from the joint terrorism task force requesting that I bring them to your home in Greenwood Lake. I wasn't quite sure why we were going to your home but after learning as much as I could about you I understand now. Although I never got a chance to meet you I know what a remarkable woman you were. I often think about you especially on this day. Rest in Peace.
Officer Mike, Warwick NY.
Mike Urso
September 11, 2018
To most people, 17 years is an eternity.
To those of us who lost you, it will always feel like moments ago.
Rest In Peace, My Dear Lost Friend.
Paul Alexander
September 11, 2018
Another sad year
Dennis Dodgen
Friend
September 11, 2018
I look this up and read it every year. Did not know Linda one little bit, but she worked for BMW as did I so she has become my personal connection to never forget this day and to never let it become merely symbolic.
Bob Clement
September 11, 2018
Randy Tetzner
September 11, 2017
Thinking of Linda and the Gronlund family today as we mark another sad anniversary. Our hearts go out to all of those who lost someone special and to the brave men and women of the FDNY, the NYPD, and our military.
Christian Haerter
September 11, 2017
Once again I say hello and goodbye.
September 11, 2017
Hello Linda.
It's my annual message; know you're looking down on all of us.
Beautiful, cloud-less day here, just like it was 16 years ago; hard to believe it's been so long.
We're all different now.
Prayers to all.
Paul Alexander
September 11, 2017
Linda and Joseph, on this day 15 years after 9/11/01 I'll always think of you both and your sacrifice. Linda, as an SCCA driver you were always a welcome site at the Black Flag station at Lime Rock and I usually waved to you as I went by. Joe, we still love your Raymond the Cat cartoons. Your both in my memory.

Gregg Cameron
Punta Gorda, FL
Gregg Cameron
September 11, 2016
Hello, Linda.
Much has changed, but our feeling of loss? It never will.
Finally made it to Shanksville last month.
Continue to Rest in Peace, My Dear Friend.
Paul Alexander
September 11, 2016
Fifteen years. Wow. Its been about 26 years since I talked to you. Did not know then that it would be the last time. Shows you that you should always treat a visit, a friend as if it were the last time. We all miss you.
September 10, 2016
Christa
September 13, 2015
Hello Linda.
A testament to your spirit is how we all greet you like you're with us...and you truly are...neither gone nor forgotten.
Paul Alexander
September 12, 2015
Another year has passed. I think of you often and keep in touch and visit your mom as often as possible. She is a wonderful, strong woman and I love her.
Barbara Pane
September 12, 2015
I think of Linda every time I drive down 114 on my way into Sag Harbor. God bless Linda and all the victims of 9/11.
Ellen Campbell Cooper
September 11, 2015
Hugs and Prayers as her spirit lives on .....
Bonnie Wingate Jackson
September 11, 2015
Thinking of Linda and your family and friends today. Much peace, Ellen and Doug McGregor
September 11, 2015
My prayer today is for Linda's friends and family, May you find comfort knowing that there are many who pause each day to remember you. Much love from Texas,
Del Newberry
June 29, 2015
To the Family & Friends of Linda,
I am so sorry for the loss of such a special person in your life!
We often wonder when these tragedies happen; Why bad things happen to good people? You can find comfort in knowing that the causes of pain & sorrow were never Gods original purpose for families. Psalms 37:10 & 11, Isaiah 45:18. It strengthens us with hope that soon he will eliminate all the suffering we experience and restore peace & unity. He will not forget our Dear Loved Ones!
Sending Warm Greetings,
Elvia
Elvia Ferrell
December 23, 2014
Just remember the good times.She gave her life to save countless others.Remember her last goodbye was the happiest.May god bless you she will always be in your heart.She was a wonderful person.
Mary
September 15, 2014
Another year, another candle to be lit. I don't have the faith that some others do but somehow I believe that you hear us...ALL of us.
September 11, 2014
Linda was one of the loveliest students I every had the pleasure of teaching. A wonderful piece of her family remains here and to you Doris I send my love on this special day of remembering that horrible and tragic time.
Ellen Campbell-Cooper
September 11, 2014
Good Morning Linda...it's me, your Admissions and EMS friend.
Still unsure how to feel today, other than...empty with the loss of you. Wearing your picture as always with my Red Card today.
Rest in Peace....????
Paul Alexander
September 11, 2014
I knew Linda when I was a senior st Southhampton College.She was a wonderful person,always smiling and laughing. We had a date,and she taught me how to make pasta,and laughed at my Kansas album.
I still remember her and my heart goes out to those who knew her even better.
steve randall
September 11, 2014
You know I was the first of your EMT friends, and, ironically, worked Ground Zero (Red Card).
Will always carry your picture behind my lanyard, and wear it every Sept. 11th.
You are missed...by many.
Rest in Peace, My Friend.
Paul Alexander
September 24, 2013
Visited the WTC Memorial. Touched my hand to your name & prayed.The sound of the water flowing is very tranquil. You are missed
Barbara Pane
September 17, 2013
BELLA B
September 12, 2013
Y0U ARE IN THE HEARTS 0F THIS NEW 0RLEANS FAMILY F0REVER. MAY THE L0RD BLESS Y0U AND Y0UR FAMILY AS THE YEARS MARCH BY.
April 29, 2013
Eleven years later,finding the right words is still hard. I think of you daily. God Bless and keep you in the Palm of His Hand.... Forever
Barbara Pane
September 13, 2012
Linda:
It's now two days after The Date, and also after your birthday. I'm still in Boston; bet you know that!
I will never forget you; you know that, too. Will get to your Park this year as always, but privately. Rest in Peace, My Dear Friend.
Paul Alexander
September 13, 2012
Another year, another note, another moment of fond memories.
September 12, 2012
I miss you so much. I think about you everyday when I look at my boys and wish they could know you. It hurts so much that they can't get to know the most amazing person I have ever know, the woman who inspires me everyday. I do take comfort in knowing that you check in on us and watch out for my babies. Love you always. I know you would be so proud of who I have become.
Victoria
September 11, 2012
Linda, I worked with Joe for 28 yrs at Warner Lambert-I called him "the nodder" as he always nodded his head whenever we passed in the hall. I am sure you and he took part in the heroic effort to take over Flite 93 11 years ago today. God rest your souls, I'll lay a rock and flowers on your memorials tomorrow.
BiBi Bennett
September 11, 2012
I think of you always with much love. Your picture rests on my fridge and gives me strength every day. I miss you.
Debra
October 16, 2011
Linda and I both graduated from Southampton College in 1976. Co-Editor of our yearbook, she produced a wonderful keepsake, which brings back fond memories to this day. When the college notified us by e-mail that Linda was on that fateful flight, my heart sank in disbelief. It was an honor and a privilege to have made her acquaintance so many years ago.
Mary Jean ("MJ") Matthews (nee Marvin)
September 14, 2011
Linda:

Happy Birthday, kiddo.
Decided against the Shanksville trip this year (too crowded), so went back to your park and left flowers as usual; can't belive my bungee cord is still there. It was a beautiful day in Sag Harbor.
I'll get there sometime soon, after all the cameras are gone.
Remember me as your First EMT Friend, WTC Red Card #2516.

Paul A.
Paul. Alexander
September 13, 2011
worked all day yesterday but when I got off I realized again that we really miss both you and Joe. Your friendship, your laugh and your presence are all missed.
Dennis Dodgen
September 12, 2011
I watched the Memorial Dedication on TV Saturday as I was unble to attend in person. It was beautiful and very emotional! It can't be 10 years, it feels like yesterday. You & Joe are missed by all and that will never change. I look at your smiling face everyday and proudly wear your name on a bracelet.I will visit the park named for you in Sag Harbor in the next few days,leave a flower by your tree and stop to visit your Mom.
As Always,
Barbara
Barbara Pane
September 11, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Linda's mom ,Doris, on flight to SFO a few years ago. She shared with me Linda's story and my crew and I cried with her. The beutiful thing that came out of our meeting was our mutual connection to Sag Harbor and that our families in Sag Harbor actually knew each other. I have visited the beautiful land decicated to Linda and kept in touch with Doris over the years.For this I am fortunate. I am so sorry for their loss.Though I did not know you Linda,I am sure you were a beautiful person,like your mom.
Joyce Sammis
June 1, 2011
DONE.
You rest in peace; he'll rest in pieces.
Paul A.
May 4, 2011
Linda: I know that you know he's gone. Two taps in the head, Seal Style! See you in September in Shanksville.
Kinda' ironic...I'M in Boston now!.
Paul Alexander
May 4, 2011
We never met but we are related. So I am happy to report we got him yesterday.

John Greenland (Gronlund)
John Greenland (Gronlund)
May 2, 2011
Those of you who were on that flight, are the TRUE HEROS of 9/11. You all knew what was going to happen, needed to happen, and made it happen.

God Bless America......God bless you all. God does not seperate us....not even in Death.

See you on Big Bend!
Terry Dunne
May 2, 2011
Never. Forgotten.
Jen Z
April 27, 2011
Linda:

I'm still leaving flowers at your park every September 11th, but it's getting tougher now; I moved from NJ to Boston.
Still think of you and how much it hurt, after so many years, to learn of your passing on Flight 93.
I'm still riding EMS, but after 36 years, it's time to make changes there, and turn in my gear.
This September, I will go to Shanksville on the 11th; I'm ready now to say farewell where we all lost you.
Rest in Peace, My Friend.
Paul Alexander
December 22, 2010
kesha pavlik
September 15, 2010
Dennis Dodgen
September 13, 2010
Any lack of notes on your guestbook do not mean that we have not thought of you...frequently. All of us miss you and wish that we had at least one more opportunity to see and talk to you, at least to say goodbye. Someday I will be back to Lime Rock to place a wreath somewhere around Big Bend just for you.
Dennis Dodgen
September 13, 2010
Its been 9 years today since the angels took you away. i think about you all the time and wonder how Elsa and Tonta Doris are. I hope your at peace where you are because we still suffer here. You are my cousin but most of all you are my hero. I will always remember you in my prayers. fly with the angels cause now your free.
Tracy Iversen
September 12, 2010
Another year has past and I think of you daily and always will.

Love to your family always
Barbara
September 11, 2010
recently I received family history to the 1500's, and wonder if you'd be interested in it. It was forwarded from Sweden from Martin Gronlund now 80 years of age, and one of two surviving relatives there. If your interested in receiving a copy please reach me at 1-509-765-4237, or mail me at Bruce Gronlund 120 W. Valley Rd. Moses Lake Wa. 98837
Bruce Gronlund
December 15, 2009
Dear Doris and Elsa,
Though so many years have passed, the losses of that day are ever fresh in my mind. With every memory, there is the memory of Linda; strong, brash, take no prisoners. I imagine her words upon hearing of the takeover. And I have no doubt she was at the front of the crowd taking back control of the aircraft.

Unfortunately is it the Lindas of the world we can least afford to lose.

God Bless you and comfort you in your grief.

Love,
Barbara Howard & Christopher Freeberg
Barbara Howard
October 7, 2009
I have never met Linda, but I read about her in a BMW corporate email this week. As I read the rememberances from her family and friends, please note that her BMW family still honors her legacy.
Kathy Krause-Combs
September 13, 2009
Dearest Doris & Elsa,
Not a day goes by without my looking at Linda's photo. You know my thoughts are always with you. I love you both.

Barbara
Barbara Pane
September 11, 2009
Dear Mr. & Mrs. Gronlund, Elsa, and other members of Linda's family:

For years, I have wanted to contact you, but could never quite find the right way, 'til today, when I found this website.

Linda and I met at a Bible study, held in the Amagansett Presbyterian Church, in 1972. From the Bible study, a musical group "The New Life Singers" was formed. I had the privilege of singing in the group with Linda, who was one of our featured guitarists. We sang in many venues around the East End of Long Island. Linda was a student at Southampton College and many in the group were attending or had already graduated from East Hampton High School. Later, the musical group disbanded, and I met Linda once again when she worked in the Admissions Office of Southampton College. Linda interviewed me, and was instrumental in my decision to enroll there (as a transfer student). It was wonderful to see Linda that day to catch up on old times, and discuss new ventures. Linda was soon to start law school in Washington D.C., and was looking forward to it. I was happy our paths crossed again, and we went to lunch in Southampton village to continue our visit. She moved to Washington D.C. and American University, while I graduated from Southampton College. Going back to our years in the Monday night Bible study as well as the singing group, I have photos of Linda that I'd like to share with you. I trust that you would all like to see them. I'd also like to apologize for waiting so long to contact you. Please contact me, if you'd like. Linda was a special friend. My memories of her live on. Thank you, God bless you.
Alice Ragusa
January 9, 2009
Alice Cary-Ragusa
January 9, 2009
Dear Mrs. Gronlund and Elsa,
First off, I apologize for not writing sooner although you were both in my prayers. I get back to Sag Harbor at least once a year from Managua, Nicaragua, where my husband (Rev.)Ken and our 2 kids have been in mission service since 1995. I appreciated your being my Sunday School teacher and have used you and Carrie D'Andrea of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church as examples of the importance of that role for children's spiritual and emotional development. So 40 years later, thank you! The other story I tell about you is when Ken came into your store to buy some socks in Aug. 1978 for our wedding the next day. You were so nice to him and he was halfway down the street when he remembered that he never paid for them. I was so embarrassed that my pastor husband to be would steal from my former Sunday School teacher! We still laugh about his nerves that day but you were great. I am sorry that never stayed in touch with Linda after we were kids, but heard things from time to time and knew that we both had a kind of curiosity that pushed us out of the "nest" to learn and try new things. Last night I finally had the courage to rent the video of United 93. I had never felt ready as I had seen it in our Managua store. I appreated the interviews with the two of you as well. It was very powerful for us to watch. I pray that you both have found your peace now. Ken and I have worked with the survivors of Casita Volcano mudslide that killed 3000 in 1998, so we have a special heart for those left behind. On Christmas Eve in this community of Santa Maria, we organized the children's acting out of the story, served dinner for 84, and had a pinata. Many of the children had not been born yet when that tragedy happened. To listen to Tamara, now 12, read the Luke test so well brought us all so much joy, remembering the 2 year old that we met in the shelter soon after the mudslide. May this Christmas time also be one of new beginnings for both of you, and give you a glimpse of the Heavenly Angels Song, where Linda is surely delighting in God's presence. Peace be with you all.
Kim Freidah Brown
December 26, 2008
Thank You
Shandi
September 11, 2008
To the family of Linda Gronlund:
Linda gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. My deepest sympathy to you. We must never forget!
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
www.IraqWarHeroes.org
Peggy Childers
September 11, 2008
Seven years in heaven,you are in my thoughts daily.
Barbara Pane
September 11, 2008
I remember when you and Elsa used to tease me when I was little and how Tonta Doris and Uncle Gunar would bring you to my grandma Iversens house to visit (your aunt). I am your cousin Tracy. Cliff Iversens daughter. May the angels be with you, you are missed very much.
Tracy Iversen
August 23, 2008
I'm looking at a memory band that I wear daily which I obtained from my church. It says Linda Gronlund's name and UA #93, two lines, but it says so much more because people always ask about it. I am director of a crisis pregnancy center and I use it as a teaching tool to demonstrate the sanctity of human life. Her's was so full!
Kitty Widgeon
June 27, 2008
Visited the crash site, was very over whelmed. Looked for Linda's name and found her angel. My prayers are with her family.
Sally Gronlund-Michaels
February 21, 2008
Happy Birthday!!!
Doug Abraham
September 13, 2007
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Debbie , Kenny Coffey
September 9, 2007
In remembrance....
P Tabbernor
September 1, 2007
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Leigh Ann Allred
April 28, 2007
I must have missed your profile in the NY Times...only noticed your name as the passengers' names scrolled at the end of the A&E film a few weeks ago.
How many Linda Gronlunds from Southhampton could there be? I felt my body temperature drop 10 degrees with the answer.
Linda, we worked together in Admissions, albeit for competing institutions. We became friends and often went camping in Upstate NY (remember Frank's Alarm Clock?).
Always wondered what happened after law school; never thought the answer could be so painful.
Rest in Peace, My Dear Friend.
I will come to The Park every year from now on.
Paul Alexander
April 11, 2007
From Chris Bassoo and family...I just saw the A & E movie and our hearts go out to your family (we wanted to send our prayers to every family from this flight)...Our prayers and thoughts are with you...we will never forget..warmest of regards Chris Bassoo (your northern friends)
Chris Bassoo
January 8, 2007
Somehow it has now been just over 5 years since that terrible day. You favored me with your company for a brief time in the 1980's. I valued your friendship then and miss it today. Somehow, as it seems to happen, we lost touch. It was my loss. Your gentle nature and beautiful smile still reside in my mind. I hope that you have been able to find the happiness that was stolen from you in 2001. You will always be a part of my heart.
Dennis Dodgen
November 12, 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.
Kristine
November 2, 2006
I met Linda Gronlund in the Spring of 2000 at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, at the flag station at corner number one-- Big Bend. I was there to film a documentary essay about racing at Lime Rock that would one day be seen by many people around the world. As I was setting up my camera it was apparent to Linda, who had a headset on, that I was new to the track. "Be careful cameraman, these cars are formula fast!" I never forgot her stern introduction, and as I went to rest lazily on the guardrail she followed-- "if a racecar slams into that while you're sitting on it you're going to experience one heck of a vibration". It was her opening words on that first sunny day-- one of scores of trips that I would eventually make to Lime Rock--that still indeed "reverberate", that still make me aware of the need to think and act intelligently, and to work safely.

Later that summer Linda was directing a race from the control tower with intense perfection, a few moments that I actually managed to capture on film. The footage is of a dedicated person, a thoroughly no-nonsense individual with a passion for doing things right.

The experience in 2000 of making this racing film was a strain, as it became a crazed, perhaps unhealthy obession to capture the essence of the sport. On Labor Day of that year, a cold front came in right after the last race, and as any SCCA corner worker will tell you, it is the end of the race day at Lime Rock when everyone gathers to socialize that matters the most. Linda came up to me and quietly said "thank you for doing this". She is the only person who ever said those words to me there, and I have never forgot them, nor her.

For five years now,I have wondered if she ever saw the final product, for she was one of the most inspiring people-- in a place where many legends have passed through. When I found out that she was on board Flight 93, and that the passengers took a stand-- I knew-- it was not some fantasy-- that Linda Gronlund always had the courage and the strength to place herself squarely in the thick of things-- to do the right thing. It was who she was.

I guess it is my turn now, five years after September 11th, to finally say "thank you" --to Linda Gronlund.
Chris Szwedo
September 15, 2006
I just saw a few days ago the movie about your flight, all I can say is that you are a true hero as all the passengers on Flight 93.
God Bless you.
Ana
September 12, 2006
I worked with Linda at SAE on the Automotive Environmental programs of the 80s and 90s. She was always personally involved in our quest for better refrigerants. Our competing companies never made a difference and we were all a part of a cross company team with one goal. I am writing this on the 5th year anniversary.
Tony Abraham, P.E.
September 11, 2006
It is impossible to believe it has been five years since you & Joe were taken from your loved ones.I think of you every day. I cherish the relationship I now have with your mother,Doris & sister Elsa. You will live in our hearts forever. May God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand.
Barbara Pane
September 11, 2006
Linda is a true American Hero & will always be remembered on this day & forever by so many of us who will never forget. God Bless Her Family!!! Denise, Deanna, Angie & Cristina
Denise Christian
September 11, 2006
I have just seen the movie Flight 93. I am so sorry.
August 19, 2006
Everyone on this flight was, and IS my hero.
Pam Beers
January 13, 2006
Linda was my cousin and altho we never actually met i miss her very much and everyday i wish that she was here with me because she meant the world to me we only spoke when i was a baby and i hardly remember her but enough to kno that i luv her and always will ELSA IF U READ THIS SEND ME AN EMAIL DAD HAS BEEN TRYING SO HARD TO CONTACT aunt doris and you
Kimberly Iversen
November 18, 2005
To think, it's almost 4 years ago we were both anticipating a long awaited reunion.

I'll never forget our conversation the evening of Sept 10, 2001. We were like school girls, chatting excitedly about our upcoming vacation on the Mendocino coast and lookiing forward to showing off our respective beaus.

I remember thinking I should let you go, as it was late on the East Coast and I would see you the next day. If only I knew then what "letting you go" really meant.

I have since deeply savored my phone conversations with dear friends, and, everytime I hang up, I say a prayer for you, dear Linda.

Thank you for the gift of your friendship!
Carol Cole-Lewis
August 20, 2005
I met Linda when I was 16, spending the summer in Sag Harbor with my grandfather. We were both involved in a youth group at the Presbyterian church. I saw a lot of her that summer, and I still have a bundle of letters she wrote to me over the next couple of years. Even then she was special. She had a unique combination of intellect, heart and drive that stood apart from all the rest. I remember the Aardvark that she and her dad built, an achievement about which she was deeply and rightfully proud, and which she drove just a little too fast sometimes. I remember her family's cat, which is still the biggest cat I have ever seen in my life. I remember her family too. I feel deeply for your loss. I apologize for how long it took me to find this site. But I want you to know that Linda has always had, and will always have, a special place in my heart. I have thought about her many times over the years because she had that kind of impact on me. She was an uncommon person. I will never forget her.
Rick Lambert
August 12, 2005
Sept 11,2004--Today I attended the dedication of the Linda Gronlund Memorial Nature Preserve in Sag Harbor,L.I. What a wonderful way to honor you.Your mother & sister were their usual gracious,wonderful selves.I am honored to have them in my life and love being with them.
You are indeed a hero in my heart & always will be.Rest in peace in the field of angels.
Barbara Pane
September 12, 2004
I just stumbled upon this site, it is July 4, 2004. I went to the same school as Linda in Sag Harbor, NY. I remember her from going to some of the same parties and other activities as me and some of my other friends. My sympathies to her family and friends.
Bonnie Fenner (Muller)
July 4, 2004
May God Bless you all of you. Know that you are in my Daily prayers
January 21, 2004
I didn't know Linda personally but I do know her mom Doris - it's taken me two years to even be aware of this site so here on 9/11/03 I'm posting. Anyone who knows Doris would understand that her children would be good, interesting, bright, hardworking people just like their mom. Reading and hearing things about Linda and seeing how her sister has carried herself through all this I can only say I see Doris so strongly in them both. Of all the people I have known in Sag Harbor Doris is at the top of the list of people I would wish to never have gone thru this and yet I know in their own way Linda's family has taken as much of the good and positive as it is possible to from a tragedy. I know that Linda is one of the reasons that flight never made it's final destination and I know everyone who grew up with her in Sag Harbor feels exactly the same way. She is truly our local hero. I think of her smiling face, so much like her moms, every time I think of 9/11, and I feel inspired.
Ellen Dioguardi
September 11, 2003
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