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In memoriam

Shibin Yao, a 37-year-old Chinese national, came to the United States to work in Manhattan in 2007.

Yao was employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, whom she began working for in China in 2004. She was a manager in the company's financial services advisory practice.

Yao's husband, Pan Xiaojun, also works for the company and flew to Buffalo with her parents after learning of her death on Flight 3407.

-- Mark Sommer

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Mary Julia Abraham's co-workers at Invacare Corp. knew her for her outspokenness.

Co-worker and good friend Marc Schwartz remembers Abraham, on more than one occasion, climbing up onto the table at a business meeting to make a point more persuasively.

"That was Mary. She was passionate," Schwartz told The Buffalo News.

Abraham, 44, had worked at Invacare for about 12 years, most recently as a trainer for the region stretching from Maine to New Jersey.

She worked from her home in West Seneca, where she had moved to be close to her parents, but traveled frequently for her job, Schwartz said.

Schwartz and Abraham were at a Veterans Hospital in East Orange, N.J., last week to help set up a patient with new manual and power wheelchairs.

The patient, a Vietnam veteran, was so smitten with Abraham that he flirted with her throughout the consultation. Abraham, a retired Army Reserve first sergeant, bantered back with him and teased him about being a Marine.

At another point, Abraham and the occupational therapist took out their cell phones to share pictures of their dogs. Abraham was a greyhound rescuer and, Schwartz noted, a member of a women's motorcycle club.

Thursday, before Schwartz took her to Newark Liberty International Airport, they stopped by Junior's in Brooklyn.

Abraham was lactose intolerant, but she told Schwartz, "For the best cheesecake in the world, I'll take a risk."

Schwartz dropped her off at the airport that afternoon, gave her a hug and kiss and said goodbye. He learned the awful news about Flight 3407 the next morning.

"Everybody that knew her, loved her. She had such a strong personality," Schwartz said.

-- Stephen T. Watson

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Nicole Korczykowski, 29, whose parents live in Eden, worked for Barclays Capital, a New York City-area investment firm. After attending Nichols School, she graduated in 2001 from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where she had a concentration in finance. She lived in Manhattan with her boyfriend, Johnathan Perry, who also died aboard Flight 3407.

Perry had been in a relationship with Korczykowski for several years, according to friends of the couple who spoke to the New York Daily News.

"They were definitely in love," one source told the newspaper.

-- Aaron Besecker

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Dawn Monachino typically drove 10 hours round-trip, every two weeks, to be with her mother in Pennsylvania, who was afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.

That level of self-sacrifice was indicative of her.

"She was loving, caring and giving," said Michael Monachino, her husband. "She was the one who would remember the tiniest thing that would be important to someone else. "That's what she brought to the marriage. She was the center of joy in my life."

Dawn Monachino was from Carbondale, Pa., and graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She taught elementary school in her native state, as well as in South Carolina, before moving to Clarence after marrying in 1995. Her dogs, a golden retriever named Lady and a chocolate lab named Shadow, were constant companions.

"She cared for them as much as any child," her husband said. "It was her and me and the dogs."

Monachino was a pharmaceutical representative at Schering-Plough Corp., and was coming back from Newark on a business trip along with Jennifer Neill, also of Clarence, who also perished on Flight 3407.

Michael Monachino said his wife and Neill were initially booked on the flight, switched to another flight, but then rebooked on the ill-fated plane ride.

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