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Roseann Sdoia, 45, may have lost part of her right leg at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, but not her sense of humor, says her sister Gia Buckley. “My husband said something sarcastic to her, and she told him, ‘If I could kick you, I would!’ ”

Sdoia, who is petite and “chemically blond,” her sister quips, lives in the North End, where she assigned herself the goal of eating at every single restaurant. She grew up in Dracut, earned a degree in business administration at UMass Lowell, and has amassed so many close friends over the years, according to her sister, “that I don’t think the hospital intensive care unit has ever seen so many people.”


Sdoia is vice president of property management for National Development, a Newton-based real estate development and investment firm.

Her friends call her “Mama hawk,” says Amy Dowe, one of her oldest friends, who now lives in Arizona. “She is always looking out for you.”

Dowe describes Sdoia as fun, impulsive, and extroverted, with a prodigious love of travel.

“I know this sounds kind of ridiculous, but she actually has a twinkle in her eye,” Dowe says. “Since the accident she’s had her serious moments of course, but she doesn’t want to change the person she is.

The day before the bombing, Sdoia ran a 5K course ending at the Marathon finish line. On Marathon Day she did the same thing she does every year: She went to the Red Sox game, then to the Marathon to watch her friends finish the race.

“The first thing she said in the hospital when she woke up was, ‘I didn’t do anything different,’ ” her sister said. “It’s given her some comfort. She had no control over it. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, doing the things she loves to do.”


Linda Matchan can be reached at L_Matchan@globe.com