On October 25, 1963, Lorraine Mary Greene was born the youngest of six children to Thomas and Joan Greene of Eltingville, Staten Island. As the youngest child she was loved and adored by her entire family. We affectionately called her Baby Sweet Lorraine.
While working for the Bank of China, Lorraine met her husband to be, Johnny Lee. Lorraine and Johnny were married on November 15, 1986 in Staten Island at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. Two months after September 11, 2001 they would have celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary. Lorraine was a loving and devoted wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.
Of all the pastimes Lorraine loved, spending time with her family made her the happiest. Every summer Lorraine and Johnny would load their car full of nieces and nephews and go on great summer adventures. During the summer of 2001, Lorraine and Johnny took their two teenage nieces on a trip of a lifetime, a cruise to Bermuda. We are grateful the children have these special memories of Lorraine.
Lorraine had that unique quality few people have to make the people around her feel special. She never forgot a birthday, anniversary or special occasion. She always had a word of comfort for family and friends in need. You can’t talk of Lorraine and not mention her great sense of humor. She had a quick wit and always enjoyed a good joke. But most of all, Lorraine had an un-abiding faith in God. Lorraine’s husband said it best, “ Lorraine was an inspiration to her family.” She shared her love unconditionally and showed us through her example how to love more fully.” The lessons Lorraine taught us about love and commitment to family will live on in us just as our wonderful memories of Lorraine will keep her alive in our hearts always.
Lorraine graduated from Tottenville High School in 1981. Her first job was in Manhattan at the Bank of China, she then moved to Dunn and Bradstreet and then to JP Morgan where she worked as an Administrative Assistant. In 1999, Lorraine went to work at Aon Consultants in the World Trade Center.
Lorraine was a resident of Eltingville in Staten Island and a parishioner of Holy Child R.C. Church, Eltingville, where she was a lector. During Sunday mass she would read aloud the scripture selections. She was also a member of Holy Child’s Perpetual Adoration group. Her hour for praying and mediation at the Eucharist was every Tuesday from 9 to 10 p.m. That is where she would have been headed after work on September 11th. Lorraine was also the recording secretary for the Columbiette (women’s auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus at Stolzenthaler Council in Charleston, Staten Island, and a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernia.
On September 11, 2001, Lorraine was working as and Administrative Assistant for Aon Consultants. She was very happy at her job and loved the view from her office on the 101st Floor in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center. When the first plane struck the first Tower, true to character, Lorraine contacted many family members to let them know she was safe. She said she was told to stay at her desk because her building was secure. Once the decision was made to evacuate, as a fire searcher, Lorraine was probably one of the last to leave the floor.
There are no real words that could ever convey Lorraine’s beautiful spirit. She touched the lives of so many people with her kindness and love. Her loss will leave a void in our lives that will never be filled. We miss her everyday.