Nancy Bueche: Her Daughter's
Bueche had a 10-year-old daughter, Bridget, and a
full-time job at Aon Corporation in the World Trade
Center, and was within months of receiving a bachelor's
degree in business administration. Bridget was a primary
reason for Mrs. Bueche to push herself to attend night
classes for three years, said Jim Bueche, her
"She wanted to show our daughter you can do it," he
said. "Anything she did, she did for our daughter."
On weekends, he said, Mrs. Bueche, 43, and Bridget
were inseparable. "Starting Friday night all the way
through Sunday," he said. In the summer, they would pick
up Mrs. Bueche's mother, go to the beach and return to
their home in Hicksville, on Long Island, for Mr.
In the winter, he said, they would shop.
"As soon as it started to get cold," he said. "Clothes
for Bridget. Christmas presents for her mother. They'd
hit the mall or some big sale somewhere. When they got
tired of that, they'd go to children's movies. Or the
library." Now, he said: "I try to keep her busy with
friends and her softball team. But it isn't the
A few weeks ago, Mr. Bueche and Bridget went to
Briarcliffe College, which was giving Mrs. Bueche a
posthumous honorary degree. Despite her grief, Bridget
has kept up grades, he said. "I tell her: `Mother got all
A's. You can do it, too.'"