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9/11 Widow: The U.S. ‘Didn’t Forget’ Bin Laden

Robert Rasmussen was killed in Tower Two of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. (CBS)

Robert Rasmussen was killed in Tower Two of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. (CBS)

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HINSDALE (CBS) — There are more than a dozen families in the Chicago area that lost loved ones on 9/11.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker has the story of one widow who still hears her husband’s voice because she saved it. 

Anna Rasmussen Stansbury and her current husband, Chris, on Monday watched a DVD of her late husband, Bob.

In addition to the great memories and the family photos of Bob with the couple’s three children when they were younger, Anna has something else: Bob’s voice, saved on her cell phone.

“Just calling to let you know I’m in one piece, standing in 2 World Trade,” her late husband says in one message.

He was attending a meeting at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. He worked for a financial firm and was on the 79th floor in Tower 2.

“Apparently, a plane hit One World Trade. Don’t know the details, but there’s stuff flying everywhere. Anyway, I’m in one piece. Don’t worry. I’ll talk to you later,” he said.

Anna listened to that message every day for nine months after her husband’s death. Monday was the first time she’d heard it in several years.

What came rushing back?

“Just how much I love him, and what the kids are missing,” she said.

The couple’s children are 11, 12 and 16. Anna remarried about three years ago. Like many relatives of 9/11 victims, she has been hoping Bin Laden would be caught.

“I think it gives me a measure of safety. I think it reinforces for all of us that (the U.S.) didn’t forget,” she said.

Anna said she’s not sure she’ll ever have complete closure. She was among the families that never had a body to bury. But she still has her late husband’s voice.