, Salem, MA

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September 6, 2011

For North Shore families, Sept. 11 a 'deeply personal' day


On Sunday, the town will hold a memorial parade that will pass near her home. Several of Martin's relatives will be there. That's where they want to be on this 10th anniversary.

"I feel like she is home," said Joan Greener, an aunt from Salem, who became almost a surrogate parent after Martin's mother and father died years earlier. "I feel like she's here," she said, trying to hold back sobs. "She just loved Danvers."

Karen's brothers, John and Paul, will be in New York on Sunday. Paul, in fact, is one of the people reading victims' names, according to Greener.

"That was his hope, to be able to do that one year," she said.

In different ways, and at different places, Martin's family will honor her on Sunday, just as they have for the past decade through the Karen A. Martin Memorial Fund, which has donated more than $40,000 to a number of children's causes, including the Danvers Public Library's children's room.

"I'm at a point where I'm not grieving," Greener said. "I'm celebrating her life. When you look at a blue sky, we call that a Karen Martin day."

Dr. Frederick Rimmele

Kim Trudel doesn't know where she will be on Sunday — either at home in Marblehead or way up in Maine.

"Maine was a special place for my late husband and I," said the widow of Dr. Frederick Rimmele, a 32-year-old Marblehead physician who was aboard United Airlines Flight 175.

"9/11 is a deeply private matter," Trudel said. "How we remember our loved ones is a deeply private and deeply personal decision. And, for me, it's a time of reflection and a time to think back on all the wonderful times we had together."

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