PEGGY ALARIO: Time for Her
Peggy Alario's Bronco was always the first one in the
commuter lot and the last out, her friends on Staten
Island staved off alarm as the hours passed on Sept. 11
and her little green truck was still parked there. But
Mrs. Alario, a manager at Zurich North America, had been
at a meeting on the 105th floor of 2 World Trade
With only a high school diploma and some college
courses, Mrs. Alario, 41, put in 12- hour days and
Sundays, proudly building a career that had her working
on national and international corporate policies.
Her most successful partnership, however, was her
18-year marriage to James, who worked at home so he could
watch their two sons. "I did everything around the house
for her so she wouldn't have to worry and could spend
time with the boys," said Mr. Alario of his vivacious,
outgoing wife, whom he met on the dance floor and who
still loved dancing at Rod Stewart concerts.
Mrs. Alario always got home for the final Little
League innings, to supervise homework and put the boys to
bed, making the sign of the cross over their foreheads.
Only then would she put on running shoes and tool around
the neighborhood for a good 45 minutes. "She worked so
hard so we could retire early together," Mr. Alario