9/11, 15 years later: Family celebrates life of WNY woman killed in terrorist attack

NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Loved ones are remembering the victims in their own ways Sunday. News 4’s Marissa Perlman sat down with a family who comes together every year to remember Margaret Walier Seeliger.

Every year 9/11, without fail, Margaret Walier Seeliger’s famliy gets together at a restaurant in New York City to celbrate her life. She is considered a hero for giving up her spot on an elevator after the second plane hit the World Trade Center.

Over guacamole, drinks and a few laughs, the Walier family celebrates Margaret’s life. Beth Schlehr, Margarets’ sister, said, “We tell lots of Margaret stories and we laugh our heads off. Because she was funny, and she was full of life, and she loved people- and we want our children, this next group of children, to know that.”
That includes Katrina Margaret Walier, 12, who never had the chance to meet her Aunt, but hears stories all the time. She said, “I was told she wasn’t afraid to tell her opinion, but she was nice about it. She knew wha to do in certain situations, she was very responsible.”
Responsible, and always worried about others. Family tells News 4 after the the plane hit the first tower, Margaret made sure her entire floor left the building safely.
But she and a colleague made the ultimate sacrifice

Schlehr said, “They were getting on the last elevator, and they had realized that two of the people wouldn’t fit. So, Vinny and Margaret got off the elevator, and all of them got off safely. Then, of course they hit the elevator and they had shut them down. If you didn’t leave and head down the stairs, you didn’t make it out because the building collapsed.”

So now this family celebrates their hero every year, both in New York City and back home in Buffalo.” Being in her city on that day makes them feel closer to her. Her brother , Matthew Walier said, “15 years, it seems like yesterday, so we get together and we celebrate Margaret.”

Schlehr said, “she was just always the of the party. Still now, she is always bringing people together.”

 

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