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In Remembrance
Place of Residence:
Staten Island, NY
Location on 9/11:
Keefe, Bruyette & Woods | Brokerage Firm Administrator

Born in Tompkinsville, Ms. LaVerde was raised in Meiers Corners and was a graduate of Susan Wagner High School. She later attended classes at the College of Staten Island before starting her career with another brokerage firm, Ernst & Co., more than a decade ago.

Ms. LaVerde began working in the World Trade Center in November.

A dedicated mother who had a way with children, she often told friends and family that Chris was her life. While he is her only son, she also played the "Neighborhood Mom" to several children in her community.

It wasn't unusual for Ms. LaVerde to lead a pack of neighborhood kids on bicycle rides to nearby Wagner High School. As the "Pied Piper" of 10-year-olds, she kept the peace among them with her uncanny ability to earn the respect and trust of children.

Her next-door neighbor and friend, Lucy Civiletti, remembers how Ms. LaVerde pressed her to baby-sit Chris last year during a massive snowstorm. Ms. LaVerde arrived at the door an hour later holding two snowboards for her son and Ms. Civiletti's son. The boys were elated.

"That's the kind of person she was," Ms. Civiletti said. "She was a good person and she was my friend."