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Ridgewood, N.Y.
Cantor Fitzgerald
Where Died
World Trade Center
Frank Koestner

Like many of the children who lost a parent in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Carolyn Koestner had a mother and father who were divorced.

The 5-year-old was living with her mother in Mamaroneck while her father, Frank Koestner, lived in New York City and worked at the World Trade Center.

"Frank was a terrific dad to his only child, Carolyn," her mother, Irene, wrote in an online tribute in 2006. "Unfortunately, they were only able to share five years together. Carolyn adores her dad and shares some of his endearing qualities. ... She enjoys life, and has a wonderful smile. ... She is very personable, caring. ... She has a deep inner strength that has kept her balanced. ... She has family and friends that love her deeply."

Carolyn Koestner and her mother also had a community that rallied around them.

Bob Meglio of Larchmont created the Friends in Deed charity to help support local families in Larchmont and Mamaroneck that were affected by the attacks.

"I wanted to create a way to assist the families financially in their initial time of need," Meglio said. "I also wanted to provide a venue for our community to come together to unite for this cause."

A community walk in November 2001 raised about $9,000 per family, and other charity events in the next few years raised an additional $10,000 for college accounts for each of the 17 local children who lost a parent.

The group also planted and continues to maintain a memorial garden and plaque in Larchmont's Memorial Park.

The plaque reads: "As this garden grows, so will the spirit of our friends, lost but never forgotten."

- Andrew Klappholz
View and sign victim's guest book

His daughter, Carolyn, lives in Mamaroneck.
A daughter, Carolyn.

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