Marina R. Gertsberg "Mishka"
Occupation:Cantor Fitzgerald | Accounting ManagerReflections:The New York Times Portraits of Grief
Marina was born on February 10 1976 on a sunny bright day. And the minute we brought her home from the hospital, our lives changed forever. Our home was filled with funny noise when her mom fed her. Tears when she needed a change. Laughs when she saw us. Cries when she did not see us. Marina grew up in New York since she was 4. Her interests as a child were music, tennis, skis, skates swimming and of course friends. She had a lot of friends. Marina also was a very good student and after finishing Mark Twain Junior High for the gifted and talented, she got into Stuyvesant High School. She graduated from Binghamton University with Bachelor s degree in finances and accounting.
Marina worked first at David Burden for a year and later in Morgan Stanley. Marina wanted to continue her education and got into the Master's degree program at Baruch College. To accommodate evening classes, Marina switched jobs and started her new position in the Accounting Department of Cantor Fitzgerald just one week before the disaster. She loved her new job, she was excited about a new program she just started in college, she was in the process of buying her own apartment. Everything was going the way she planned. She was very happy.
On September 11th her life stopped short. She vanished from 101st floor of the North Tower and now she is everywhere. And now it doesn't matter where we look what we say or what we think we remember Marina. Every day Marina called us to make sure that we are OK. We miss these calls so much. She was always was there for us. We remember Marina for her commitment to family. We remember Marina for her commitment to her friends. She respected her friends for who they are. She was always there when her friends needed her. And now Marina will be in our memories when we help each other through this difficult time.
Since September 11th we have often wanted to see Marina again to hug her one more time or to take just one more of our ski trips together. But now we know that she can be with us always no matter what we do. And if we keep her in our hearts she can be with all of her friends and family all the time. Marina, we hope you can hear us because we want to say that life-sized dent in our hearts we will fill with love and memories of you and that will help us to move day by day until we meet again. We are proud of you and we want to thank you for the best 25 years of our lives we had together. We will treasure your spirit forever.