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My passion is helping others defend themselves and their families. I am an NRA Certified pistol instructor, a NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - North Cincinnati, and the state leader of TWAW Shooting Chapters - Ohio. I also have a heart for the Lakota people and lead mission teams to the Pine Ridge Reservation each year, am founder and director of Backpacks For Pine Ridge,, and do various volunteer work in my own community. My greatest joy is being a grandma and hanging out with my husband of 30+ years.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ann M. Cramer

Ann Marie Martino Cramer worked as a tax specialist for Fiduciary Trust on the 90th floor of Tower 2 at the World Trade Center. She loved traveling and reading and being with her family. She was 47 years old when she died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

It was obvious to everyone who knew her that Ann loved her family. She continued to live with her mother in West Brighton, Staten Island where one of her favorite things to do was to hang out with her niece and nephews.

Her older sister, Patricia Nilsen says that, “There was a seven-years difference, yet I looked up to her… She was somebody we all looked up to, even my brother. She had a good job, and was a dedicated person. And I wish I could've been more like her”."

My sister was the type of person who never brought attention to herself, she never liked a fuss," she said. "Even as a kid, if she got hurt, if something went wrong, it was no big deal: she'd get up and walk away”."She just picked up and would just keep going. That's just the way she was."

Ann was also well known for her love of all things Snoopy and her office was decorated with the Snoopy-related gifts her friends and family gave her. Her entire Snoopy collection parished with her on that terrible day.

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She loved her job and considered going to work a pleasure. Her co-workers were like a second family to her. At work she was known as someone who truly cared for her coworkers. Jack Leahy, who worked with Ms. Cramer at Fiduciary Trust in the World Trade Center, said she was difficult to replace. "She was somebody you could confide in when things weren't going well," he said. "She'd support you in any and all decisions you had to make."

Another long-time coworker had this to say about Ann, “I first met Anne Martino ("little Annie") in 1974 when she was a "kid" delivering the mail at FTCo. She was so full of fun! It was such a long time ago and yet I can still see her smiling face. We extended greetings through mutual FTCo. friends over the years. I know she is at peace and that she is watching over her family. Keep smiling, Annie!”

The unconditional acceptance that Ann gave to others, her infectious smile, the time she took time to listen ... those things will never be forgotten. Albert Pine once said something that seems a fitting tribute to the way Ann lived her life ....

"What we do for ourselves dies with us.
What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal."


Bar Bar A said...

Amber, this was very touching, you did an excellent job of sharing Ann with us. Its an emotional time reading all these tributes.

David Cho said...

Thanks for the great tribute. To think that these were very ordinary people just like us

Weary Hag said...


This tribute to Anne was very touching ...

Anne was my best childhood friend for many years in Staten Island. We grew up two doors away from one another. Through our adult lives, we lost touch for a bit, but still remembered one another at Christmastime with a card in the mail.

About two years before 9/11 ... we got in touch again through the Internet. We kept in touch fairly regularly via email and we had planned to get together for a little reunion in SI at our favorite pizza place.

The reunion never happened. Instead, September 11th happened.

I just googled Annie's name and found this item on your blog. It's lovely that you chose her to remember this year.

I have two posts regarding our friendship on my blog (I haven't posted in a long while now -- I'm on a hiatus). One is in my archives dated August 17, 2005 "I Don't Want to Know" and there is a link on that one to the other. They might give you more insight to a really wonderful person.

Again, lovely of you to make a tribute to someone you never even knew. How sweet!

Amber said...

weary hag, I am SO glad you found this. It was difficult to write about someone I had never met but by the time I was finished I felt like I "knew" Ann. She sounds like she was an amazing lady. I'm glad you were able to get back in touch with her.

I'll check out your posts about her.

Bar Bar A said...

WOW! I bet this made your day having her find this tribute!!!