Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Eagle-Tribune Sept. 20, 2011.
As she struggled to cope with the death of her partner of 13 years, Nancy Walsh remembered Plaistow resident Carol Flyzik, 40, for her warmth and ability to accomplish any task that challenged her.
"She would just step right up to the plate and she had a solution for everything," Walsh said. "She just took care of whatever she had to take care of and nothing was ever too big for her and nothing was ever too small."
She pointed to Flyzik's decision to purchase the Victorian house on Palmer Avenue they shared and renovate it. The task of tending to the house became Flyzik's labor of love, Walsh said.
And she remembered how days before Flyzik was killed when hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center, they shared a meal on the porch.
"We sat and had a great lobster dinner," Walsh said.
Flyzik was extremely close and a role model to Walsh's three children — Joey, Kevin and Kristin — who are now in their 20s.
When the children were teenagers, it was Flyzik who gave them driving lessons and played football or basketball with them.
On weekends Flyzik would visit her brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Cathy Flyzik, in Plaistow.
She and Walsh would take the couple's twin boys, Nathan and Benjamin, 3, to Hampton Beach to build castles and let them run on the sand.
"She'd bring her convertible and take them for rides," Mark Flyzik said.
Flyzik's sister, Claudia Flyzik of Atkinson, and brother, Mark Flyzik, said their sister was the one who always organized family events and outings, from ski trips to family dinners.
Flyzik was always surprising her family and friends, too.
So it was a difficult, but successful, task when her family planned to surprise her in April for her 40th birthday party at her home on Palmer Avenue. They had to hold the party a month after her actual birthday, just so she wouldn't find out.
"She was just so proud of the house," Walsh said. "And she was so happy to be with her friends and her family."
Flyzik also leaves her parents, Janet and Charles Flyzik; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Ed Pritchard; and nephew, Edwin Pritchard, all of Maine.
A supervisor for Medical Information Technology Inc., Flyzik was planning to demonstrate medical computer equipment to hospital and facilities in California. Though she was a supervisor and didn't have to travel, Flyzik often volunteered so that other, less senior employees didn't get stuck traveling all the time.