Local family talks about losing a loved one in 9/11 terrorist attacks

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LAMBERTVILLE (WTVG) - On this day 18 years ago, the world was forever changed. Robert Gschaar was one of the nearly 3,000 people killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He was working in the World Trade Center in New York City.
Many of his family members live in the Toledo area.

His granddaughter Cynthia Leitner was just 10-years-old when he died. She was sitting in her 5th grade class in Toledo when news of the attacks started to unfold.

She says her grandpa was a kind, fun-loving, history buff who she loved being around. She remembers many family trips to New York to visit her grandparents.

Mayra Leitner is Cynthia's mom. She says the family drove to New York the day after the attacks. She says they were holding out hope that Rob would be found alive. It was actually several years before Rob's remains were positively identified.

Rob's widow Myrta also lives in the Toledo area. She's shared her story with visitors at the 9/11 museum in New York City. She narrates his story as part of an interactive exhibit about the victims. Rob's wedding ring and wallet were found at the World Trade Center years after the attack They're now part of an exhibit at the museum too.

The family runs a school in Lambertville called God's Lighthouse. The students were not alive at the time of the attacks, but everyone works hard to make sure the lessons of that day are never lost.