The Trentinis, who lived in Rowley, Mass., were headed to Irvine to visit their grown daughter, her husband and three grandchildren.
James, 65, was a retired high school teacher, administrator and coach. Mary, 67, was a retired administrative assistant to a high school athletic director. Their children were scattered coast to coast: a son in Florida and two daughters in Massachusetts, as well as their daughter, Patti Trentini, in Irvine. They had four grandchildren.
The night before the flight, Mary and Patti, 41, a nurse at Hoag Memorial Medical Center in Newport Beach, chatted lightly about what they planned to do. Mary was carting an extra suitcase filled for with toys and clothes she had made for her daughter's children, ages 2, 3 and 7.