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Arthur from Unknown wrote on September 13, 2017:
Dear Hanie and Suri Morgenstern, Hi! About 20 years have passed since I briefly met your daughter, I still remember her quite vividly. I was reminded of the tragedy while looking at Linkedin this week and someone posted a tribute to people who perished from Cantor Fitzgerald. I lived on the Upper West Side from 1996 to to 1999 and I remember meeting Nancy. There are two strong memories. One I was cycling in Central Park on the bike path and she zipped right by me. I didn't have a race bike and I was just riding for fun. It was evident that she was a strong cyclist. I have a good memory for faces and I think I may have remembered her from a shabbos at Jewish Center. This is probably true to this day that singles gather in the lobby and talk after the t'fillah. I have lived... Read more
Dear Hanie and Suri Morgenstern,

Hi! About 20 years have passed since I briefly met your daughter, I still remember her quite vividly. I was reminded of the tragedy while looking at Linkedin this week and someone posted a tribute to people who perished from Cantor Fitzgerald.

I lived on the Upper West Side from 1996 to to 1999 and I remember meeting Nancy. There are two strong memories. One I was cycling in Central Park on the bike path and she zipped right by me. I didn't have a race bike and I was just riding for fun. It was evident that she was a strong cyclist. I have a good memory for faces and I think I may have remembered her from a shabbos at Jewish Center. This is probably true to this day that singles gather in the lobby and talk after the t'fillah. I have lived in New Jersey for many years so I don't attend services in Manhattan very often.

Anyhow, the next time I saw her after she flew by on her bicycle I approached her after davening at Jewish Center and talked to her a bit. Just like someone wrote how Nancy was welcoming to her at a shabbos meal when she didn't know anyone, Nancy took the time out to talk to me and was very friendly. This sounds like a minor thing, but the groups talking in the lobby and outside the shul can be quite cliquey and it can be hard for a newcomer to go up and talk to people. Nancy made an impression.

I left New York for a few years and was gone when 9/11 happened. I heard somehow about Nancy's tragic death; I don't remember where I read it, but I was so impressed about reading her devotion to Shabbos when she competed in cycling races outside of NYC. I used to big into cycling when I was in high school and I still watch events like the Tour de France on TV, so I found that to be amazing how she could be compete and be true to Judaism.

Anyhow I moved back to NYC in early 2002 and not too long after coming back I attended an Orthodox wedding in Brooklyn and a couple of people behind me were talking about Nancy and said that you were not able to bury her at that point. I didn't try to eavesdrop; they were talking loudly and this was quite a coincidence that they did not realize that someone who knew Nancy may hear them. That was the last time I heard about her, but I did a bit of research yesterday and read that you were able to bury her and I read about your beautiful tributes to her. I grew up in St. Louis and a few of my friends moved to Bet Shemesh in the past 20 years or so. One friend married someone that probably knew Nancy from the Jewish Center.

I plan to read more of the letters on the memorial site. I just met her a couple of times and briefly talked to her. I think her relatives and close friends were very fortunate to have her part of their lives. The death of each and every person who perished on 9/11 was a tragedy and others may have already said this, but each life that was taken was either father, mother, brother, sister, friend or co-worker and had a profound effect on a large circle of people when they died, even people like me that only had a quick chat with them.

Arthur