Friday, September 11, 2009

Never Forget

Noell Marez

The following, along with more information, can be found at /Home_97.htm

Please take a few minutes and follow the links to learn more about Noell

Noell's Story

"Noell Maerz was born and raised in the Lansdale area, and loved all sports from the time he was little. He went to St. Stanislaus Grade School in Lansdale, PA and moved on to high school at Lansdale Catholic where he was a star basketball player as well as the starting Quaterback. After high school he continued his education and his football career at Hofstra University. Upon graduation from college he continued his city life and moved to Long Beach, Long Island. He worked in New York City and began to compete in triathlons where his love for sports and competition could not leave him. Noell met his wife Jennifer on the train one morning and the rest is history. They were married in November of 2000 and in January of 2001 found out that they would be expecting their first child. Also that winter Noell decided to run the New York City Marathon which would be held in November of 2001. All of his dreams were coming true but on the morning of September 11th, on the 84th floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center, his life was suddenly taken from us. He left behind his wife, Jennifer and a beautiful little girl, born October 31, 2001 named Noelle Briana Maerz."

The thing that I learned from researching this young mans life was that he had a contagious smile. His friends said he could change a room with his smile. Indeed, some said that his face and smile, seen on the posters in the days following that fateful day, made them stop and read about him.

As a parent, I am so angered and hurt that his wife was denied the thrill that comes when husband and wife become mom and dad. My consolation comes from knowing that there is extended family there to help and keep his memory alive.

Though 10 years my junior, Noell sounds like someone I would have wanted to know. A man who stood out in a crowd, but made everyone feel important.

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Alicia said...

Very nice. Thank you.

I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

Kelly said...

So tragic. He sounds like a great guy.