Her body has not been found, but the family desperately wants to find some way to honor her now. So Monday, they will celebrate a life in a garden that one woman, especially, loved dearly.
Mary Lenz Wieman
There was a rumor that someone saw her. On Saturday, an ironworker called and said he had found her business card.
But this is what Lionel Lenz knows for certain: His daughter, Mary Lenz Wieman, 43, an Aon Corp. marketing executive who grew up in Arlington Heights, had gathered 40 people for a meeting about a new client Tuesday morning on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower.
After the plane hit the north tower, a co-worker and Wieman made it to the 78th floor. The co-worker took the stairs and made it out. Wieman opted for the elevator.
Lionel Lenz, his wife, Marianne, and their two sons drove from Arlington Heights to New York last week to wait with Wieman's husband and three children in their Rockville Centre, N.Y., home.
Lionel Lenz sees no point in making a missing poster for his daughter. He is sure she is dead.
The family has filled out the paperwork to identify her. She wore a blue square ring on her right hand, with the initials "SHM," for Sacred Heart of Mary High School, from which she graduated in 1976.
On Sunday, Lionel and Marianne Lenz went to the armory in New York to give DNA samples. They brought hair from their daughter's hairbrush.
It had not been an easy life that brought David Rice, 31, to his job as an investment banker with an office on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center.
He was a C-minus high school student whose classmates elected him "most likely to succeed" because of the illegal warehouse parties he threw, profited from and was arrested for.
He was a drug and alcohol addict who flunked out of the University of Oklahoma, but who sobered uptwo years later, enrolled at Loyola University in Chicago, finished first in his class, won a Fulbright Scholarship, and got a master's degree from the prestigious London School of Economics.
"David was very human," said his brother, Andrew, 28. "You'd be having a lot of problems with him and he'd be driving you crazy, but you loved him to death."
He moved from Chicago to Evanston. He lived in Lake Forest until February, when his firm, Sandler O'Neill & Partners, transferred him to New York.
Before he died--his body was one of the first to be found--Rice had been sober for nine years and still was rediscovering himself.
His efforts had reached a pinnacle in recent weeks, family and friends say, that climaxed with his last phone call, to his parents, after the plane struck the north tower.