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Stacey McGowan
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Age: 38
Occupation: Senior Trader
Worked for: Sandler O'Neill & Partners
Originally from: Upper Grandview, NY
Resided in: Basking Ridge, N.J.
College: Boston College '85

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From Westchester Journal News Oct 29

Stacey Ann Sennas McGowan was remembered yesterday for her friendliness toward all, her love of life and the fun it offered.

The 38-year-old mother of two daughters B Kelly, 5, and Casey, 4 B was among more than 6,000 people missing and presumed dead following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. McGowan worked as managing director of Sandler O'Neill and Partners on the 104th floor of Tower 2.

Yesterday more than 1,000 friends and family gathered at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack to remember their Stacey and to comfort themselves with a touch or quiet exchange.

A photo of a smiling, dark-haired Stacey McGowan dressed in blue faced the congregation under the glow of a burning candle. A simple bouquet of pink roses filled a white basket below.

In a front pew stood McGowan's parents, Semo and Fran Sennas, her brother, Christopher, and husband, Tom McGowan.

Stacey McGowan, a former Upper Grandview resident living in Basking Ridge, N.J., at the time of her death, was memorialized by her mother with a poem she wrote.

"With Tom, Ryan and Casey to love and to cherish," Fran Sennas read, "there's a part of you, Stacey, that will never perish. Each night we'll look up, we'll see a bright star, and know that you, Stacey, shine down from afar."

Although much of the hourlong service was somber, Patrick Corey, a longtime friend of McGowan's, provided a bit of relief in the eulogy.

"Martha Stewart couldn't carry her spatula," Corey said in recalling his lost friend's culinary skills, then her joy of travel, backgammon and cribbage.

"She wanted to hear laughter," Corey said. "She wanted everyone having more fun than they ever had in their lives. ... Stacey didn't regret anything. She celebrated everything. So practice some Staciness. ... We'll carry the wonderful blessing of Stacey for the rest of our lives."

The Rev. Richard Gressel, rector of the church, reminded the gathering of those first days of school when their children leave home alone, and how wonderful it is when they return.

"On the 11th of September the doorway swung open in heaven," Gressel said, "and Stacey walked in and said, 'I'm home.' She would not have chosen this way. ... Nevertheless, the Lord was there to say, 'Welcome home, welcome home.' "
-- Irish Tribute (Friend)
22 Oct 2001

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