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 Name


Lisa L. Trerotola



 Maiden Name


N/A


 Residence


Hazlet, NJ




 Approximate Date of Death


09/11/2001


 Notice


Perished in the World Trade Center Attack.  More information available at the group Memorial:  World Trade Center  The night before the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Lisa L. Spina Trerotola stayed awake until 2 a.m., lovingly putting the finishing touches on a handmade canvas bookbag for her 3-year-old daughter, Amanda. By Mrs. Trerotola's side was her father, Mario, to whom she always turned for advice on her artistic endeavors. Although the 36-year-old mother had to get up at 6 a.m. to get ready for work, she was determined to finish painting daisies and roses on the bag and stenciling on her daughter's name, so she could see Amanda's reaction when she presented it to her in the morning.   This would be the last happy memory Mrs. Trerotola would share with her family before leaving for her job as an administrative assistant for the Port Authority on the 64th floor of Tower 1.  "She was a very family-orientated person," said her husband, Michael. "She always put her children first."   Amanda's bag and another for her twin brother, Michael -- decorated with footballs, basketballs and soccer balls -- are the last cherished craft projects that Mrs. Trerotola would make.  "I told her that she could go into business with all the beautiful things that she made," said her mother, Irene Spina, explaining that her daughter made afghans for all her friends and family members. "There's a lot of her handiwork around."   Mrs. Trerotola and her sisters-in-law, Linda Trerotola and Marlene Spina, had even talked about opening a craft store and naming it "The Three Libras" -- the trio shared the astrological sign -- once their children were older.  "When I get emotional, I like to put her afghan around me because I feel that her arms are around me," added Mrs. Spina.  Mr. Trerotola spoke to his wife once after the attack, and urged her to leave the tower. Terror at the Trade Center was not new to the family: After the bombing in 1993, Mrs. Trerotola had to be treated at Staten Island University Hospital for smoke inhalation because she evacuated the tower down a smoke-filled stairwell.   The Trerotolas would have celebrated their 14th wedding anniversary on Nov. 14.  The couple met in 1983 when he was working in the men's department at Sears in the Staten Island Mall and she worked in the women's department. He fondly remembers that he and his future wife had their first date on March 26, 1983, during Sears' 10th anniversary party.  They dated for four years before marrying in 1987.   Born Lisa L. Spina in the Bronx, she was brought to Great Kills as a child in 1965. She moved to Grant City in 1987 and to Hazlet, N.J., in 1993.  A graduate of Tottenville High School, Mrs. Trerotola earned an associate's degree in business from the College of Staten Island in 1985.  She had worked for the Port Authority since 1989.  Mrs. Trerotola's creative talents were apparent even as a child, when she would amaze teachers with her ability to draw cartoon characters. As a teen-ager, Mrs. Trerotola's knack for arts and crafts, coupled with her love of children and CPR training, made her a much-sought-after baby-sitter and summer camp counselor.  "Our house was the neighborhood clubhouse," said Mrs. Spina, warmly remembering how her then-teen-age daughters' many friends would gather for hours at her home to play pingpong and socialize.    Formerly a parishioner of St. Clare's R.C. Church, Great Kills, Mrs. Trerotola was a parishioner of St. Benedict's R.C. Church, Holmdel, N.J.  "My sister was a jewel," said Paul Spina. "She never gave herself a second thought."  A touching tribute to Mrs. Trerotola's selflessness and love has come in "the outpouring of love from people you don't even know," he said.  The funeral will be tomorrow from the Casey-McCallum-Rice South Shore Funeral Home, Great Kills, with a mass at 11 a.m. in St. Clare's Church. Burial will be in Holmdel (N.J.) Cemetery.


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