Jeanette LaFond-Menichino "Kiddo"
Occupation:Marsh & McLennan | Senior Account AnalystEducation:Lincoln High School
Jeanette LaFond-Menichino was the kind of woman who took pictures of sunsets. She would take her car, leave the city and drive for hours, enjoying nature. Later, her observations — the blossoming flower, the flowering tree, the imposing mountain and the sparkling waterfalls — would end up on the canvases that surrounded her at home in Brooklyn. Ms. LaFond-Menichino, 49, an accounts analyst for Guy Carpenter Insurance Company in the World Trade Center, was an artist at heart.
"I guess that if you don't have flowers and trees around you, you become fascinated by them," said Dina LaFond, 77, who keeps dozens of her daughter's paintings in her home. "Her winter scenes are out of this world and she painted Halloween pumpkins that looked so alive they seem to come out of the painting."
Ms. LaFond-Menichino, who lived with her parents until her late 30's and married four years ago, was especially close to her mother. The two went shopping every weekend. Mrs. LaFond, who relied on her daughter for matters of taste in everything from winter coats to furniture style, calls Ms. LaFond-Menichino her "second right arm." (source)