List of victims of the Our Lady of the Angels school fire

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This is a list of victims of the Our Lady of the Angels School fire, in Chicago, Illinois in 1958.

Killed[edit]

All of the deceased victims occupied a set of classrooms on the second floor of the school's north wing. All of the deceased victims resided in Chicago.

Room 208[edit]

Room 208, a room located in the northeast corner of the north wing housing Sister Mary St. Canice Lyng's 7th Grade Class, had twelve student deaths out of forty-seven students. Sister Mary St. Canice also died. Several ladders were placed near Room 208's windows. Of them, the ladder placed by Mario Camerini, a janitor, successfully reached Room 208's windows and allowed several students, including all of the remaining boys, to escape.[1] The three deceased boys died while at their desks due to a spurt of heated gases. The conditions of 208 and the three dead boys are depicted in a black-and-white illustration by a Life magazine artist.[2]

  • Sister Mary St. Canice Lyng (44)
  • Helen Buziak (12)
  • Bernice Cichocki (12)
  • Rosalie Ciminello (12)
  • Patricia Drzymala (12)
  • Mary Fanale (12)
  • James Moravec (13)
  • Mary Ellen Moretti (12)
  • Lorraine Nieri (12)
  • Edward Pikinski (11)
  • Nancy Riche (12)
  • Philip Tampone (11)
  • Christina Vitacco (12)[3]

Room 209[edit]

Room 209, a room housing Sister Mary Davidis Devine's 8th grade class, had two student deaths. Of all of the students, one, Beverly Burda, died in the classroom, while the second, Valerie Thoma, died in a hospital three months later. The survivors credit Devine's decision to stack books at the door to slow entry of the smoke and an awning that provided an easier jump for their survival. Sam Tortorice, a parent of Room 209 student Rose Tortorice, climbed on the awning to assist the escapes of the Room 209 students. Father Joseph Ognibene joined Tortorice and rescued students.[4] Devine, mistakenly under the impression that all of the students were rescued from the room, agreed to be rescued. By the time Devine and the rescue crews noticed Burda lying in the classroom, conditions made her rescue impossible, and she was killed when the roof collapsed.[5] Devine died on October 14, 2006, at the age of 100.[6]

  • Beverly Burda (13)
  • Valerie Thoma (14)[7]

Room 210[edit]

Room 210, housing Sister Mary Seraphica Kelley's 4th grade class, had 28 student deaths out of the 57 students inside at the time of the fire, the most deaths of any of the classrooms. Kelley also died, making a total of 29 deaths in Room 210. The smaller and weaker bodies of the fourth graders contributed to the high death toll, as many of the children were unable to scale the window ledge. The fire entered the room at a quicker rate since two boys attempted to open the door to the room. Upon discovery of the fire, the flames forced the boys away from the door, preventing closure of the door and allowing the fire to attack the children.[8]

  • Sister Mary Seraphica Kelley (43)
  • Peter Cangelosi (9)
  • Kathleen Carr (9)
  • Margaret Chambers (9)
  • Joan Ann Chiappetta (10)
  • Joan Chrzas (9)
  • Roseanna Ciochon (9)
  • Nancy DeSanto (9)
  • Lucille Filipponio (8)
  • Janet Gasteier (9)
  • Victor Jacobellis (9)
  • Diane Karwacki (9)
  • Richard Kompanowski (10)
  • Joseph Modica (9)
  • Charles Neubert (9)
  • Yvonne Pacini (9)
  • Elaine Pesoli (10)
  • Mary Ellen Pettenon (9)
  • James Profita (9)
  • James Ragona (9)
  • Diane Santangelo (9)
  • Joanne Sarno (9)
  • Kurt Schutt (8)
  • James Sickels (10)
  • Paul Silvio (9)
  • Susan Smaldone (9)
  • Linda Stabile (9)
  • Mark Stachura (9)[9]

Room 211[edit]

Room 211, housing Sister Mary Helaine O'Neill's 8th grade class, had 24 deaths out of the 48 students inside at the time of the fire. Normally 63 students occupied the room; at the time, 13 boys helped with a clothing drive at the church and 2 male students stayed away from the school due to illness. The existence of a picket fence blocked firefighters and hampered the rescue of the middle schoolers in 211. The firefighters could not save all of the students before the room flashed over, killing the remaining students. Sister Mary Helaine O'Neill, the teacher, was severely burned and spent several weeks in the hospital. She died on September 27, 1975.

  • Michele Altobell (13)
  • Richard Bobrowicz (13)
  • Aurelius Chiappetta (14)
  • Millicent Corsiglia (13)
  • William Edington (13)
  • Nancy Finnigan (13)
  • Ronald Fox (13)
  • Carol Gazzola (13)
  • Lawrence Grasso (13)
  • Frances Guzaldo (12): Guzaldo, along with Janet Delaria and Karen Hobik, was one of the three students who first raised the alarm.
  • Kathleen Hagerty (13)
  • Karen Hobik (13): Hobik, along with Janet Delaria and Frances Guzaldo, was one of the three students who first raised the alarm.
  • Angeline Kalinowski (14)
  • Kenneth Kompanowski (14)
  • Rose LaPlaca (13)
  • Raymond Makowski (12)
  • Janet Olechowski (12)
  • Eileen Pawlik (13)
  • Nancy Pilas (12)
  • Roger Ramlow (13)
  • William Sarno (13)
  • Mary Tamburrino (13)
  • John Trotta (13)
  • Mary Virgilio (15)[10]

Room 212[edit]

Room 212, housing Sister Mary Clare Therese Champagne's 5th grade class, had 26 deaths out of the 55 students. The deaths all were due to smoke inhalation. Sister Mary Clare Therese also died.

  • Sister Mary Clare Therese Champagne (27)
  • Robert Anglim (9)
  • Karen Baroni (10)
  • David Biscan (10)
  • George Cannella (10)
  • Jo Ann Ciolino (10)
  • Karen Culp (10)
  • Maria DeGiulio (11)
  • Lawrence Dunn (10)
  • Richard Hardy (9)
  • Barbara Hosking (10)
  • John Jajkowski (10): LIFE magazine published a world-famous picture of a firefighter carrying John Jajkowski's lifeless body out of the school building, later used as a fire prevention poster in the US
  • Joseph King (10)
  • Margaret Kucan (10)
  • Patricia Kuzma (10)
  • Annette LaMantia (10)
  • Joseph Maffiola (10)
  • Linda Malinski (10)
  • John Manganello (10)
  • John Mele (10)
  • Antoinette Patrasso (11)
  • Carolyn Perry (10)
  • Frank Piscopo (10)
  • Marilyn Reeb (10)
  • Margaret Sansonetti (10)
  • Antoinette Secco (10)
  • Nancy Smid (10)
  • Wayne Wisz (10)[11]

Injured[edit]

Room 104[edit]

  • Teresa Cribari (7): Suffered a scraped knee while escaping the school.
  • Patrice Durkin Mayenschein (7): Fell down while escaping, suffering minor cuts.[12]

Room 202[edit]

  • Donald Muscolino (12): Trampled by other students while trying to get his coat, but was not seriously injured.[12]

Room 203[edit]

  • Kathryn Harte (11): Was rolled down the stairs by a teacher, causing the formation of a cerebral aneurysm which ruptured two years later, causing her death.[12]

Room 207[edit]

  • Henry Bertucci (10): Slightly injured when he jumped from the window to the fire escape, causing it to lower and allowing his entire class to escape.[12]

Room 208[edit]

  • Linda Barletta (12): Was pushed out a window, suffering minor burns and bruises.
  • Laura Bisconti (12): Was slightly burned on the nose and suffered singed hair while escaping.
  • Anthony Cardamone (12): Injured his back while jumping from a window.
  • Robert Early (12): Suffered a fractured foot when he fell from a window.
  • James Kalanges (12): Broke his hip, leg, and arm when falling from a window.
  • Elizabeth Koncel (12): Was burned on her arm and back when she tried to open the classroom door.
  • James Krajewski (12): Broke both ankles when he fell from a window.
  • Andrew Lego (12): Fell onto the awning over the entrance to the basement, suffering minor injuries.
  • Diane Marcheschi (12): Fell off the top of a ladder, suffering a broken arm.
  • Joann McDonald (12): Jumped out of a window, breaking her leg.
  • Patricia Montano (12): Suffered burns while escaping.
  • Irene Mordarski (12): Severely injured while escaping, and was the last victim of the fire to be discharged from the hospital.
  • Luciana Mordini (12): Suffered burns to her right arm and back.
  • Diane Palmisano (12): Suffered burns before escaping.
  • Emily Ruszczyk (12): Suffered minor burns and serious contusions when she was pushed out of the window.[12]

Room 209[edit]

  • Sister Mary Davidis Devine (52): Suffered burns and a deep cut on her face.
  • Gerry Andreoli (13): Was badly burned while escaping.
  • Jeanie Catalano (13): Broke her leg when jumping from a window.
  • Phillip J. DeChristopher (13): Suffered a severe skull fracture and hypovolemic shock, losing 50% of his blood volume, as well as minor burns and bruises.
  • Joseph A. Graziano (13): Was burned over 30% of his body.
  • James Jr. Howard (13): Was severely burned while escaping.
  • Michele McBride (13): Suffered severe burns which caused chronic problems, eventually resulting in her death in July 2001.
  • George O'Connor (13): Injured his arm but was able to run home.
  • Patricia Perryman (13): Fell down a ladder, suffering minor injuries.[12]

Room 210[edit]

  • Aurelia Abbatiello (age unknown): Suffered severe burns on both her legs.
  • Margaret Jane Akin (age unknown): Suffered numerous splinters in both hands while climbing down a ladder.
  • Concetta Bellino (8): Was slightly injured and suffered singed hair after being knocked off a ladder by a hose.
  • Joseph A. Borrelli (9): Suffered severe 3rd degree burns and broken bones.
  • Charlene Campanale (9): Fell from a window, breaking her back and hip.
  • LeeRoy Diciglio (9): Was severely burned.
  • Frank Della (9): Was severely burned on his face, scalp, and arms.
  • James DePhillips (9): Suffered burns to his ear, face, and leg.
  • Steven Friedeck (9): Sprained his ankle while jumping from a window.
  • Frank Gallo (9): Suffered minor burns and other injuries.
  • Marie Hartman (9): Suffered severe burns over much of her body.
  • Kenneth Leonard (9): Suffered burns on his legs.
  • Louise Loveless (9): Was severely burned while escaping.
  • Fred Lubke (10): Burned before he managed to climb down the underside of a ladder.
  • Dina Losurdo (9): Burned from the waist down and crushed by students falling on top of her.
  • Vito Muilli (13): Injured his leg when he fell down a ladder.
  • Maureen O'Brien (10): Suffered smoke inhalation and burns on her leg, and was trampled by other students.
  • Mary Linda Rocco (9): Suffered severe burns over her entire body.
  • Joseph Spatafore (9): Burned on the shoulder and arm.
  • Diane Traynor (9): Suffered severe burns on her back and upper arms.
  • Teresa Whittaker (9): Was badly burned.[12]

Room 211[edit]

  • Sister Mary Helaine O'Neill (56): Suffered severe burns.
  • Michelle Barale (14): Received only minor burns before she was pulled from the window by a fireman.
  • Marne Hudson (13): Suffered a lacerated tongue, multiple broken bones, and cinders and stones embedded in her face.
  • Thomas Kinsella (14): Suffered broken shoulder bones, shattered teeth, broken bones in his back and arms, and severe burns all across his back and shoulders.
  • James Kowalczyk (13): Was severely burned on his back, ears, and hands.
  • John Lubke (13): Suffered a back injury when falling from a window.
  • Anthony Sacco (14): Suffered smoke inhalation and burns to his left arm.[12]

Room 212[edit]

  • Mary Brock (10): Suffered burns on her face.
  • Theresa Depalma (10): Suffered burns.
  • James Arthur Erbstoesser (10): Broke one wrist and both ankles when he fell from a window.
  • Carolyn Hanneman (10): Escaped with minor burns.
  • Johnna Mass Uting (age unknown): Broke five bones in her right ankle jumping from the window.
  • Donald Oenes (10): Was badly burned, but survived.
  • Richard Ouimet (10): Suffered severe burns, smoke inhalation, and a collapsed lung.
  • Marianne Pawelek (age unknown): Sustained a fractured hip and a minor cut on her chin from falling from a window.
  • George Pomilia (10): Broke his femur falling from the window.
  • John Raymond (11): Sustained a back injury and a badly bruised hip when he fell from the window.
  • Sebastian Rivan (age unknown): Suffered from smoke inhalation.
  • Don Traynor (10): Suffered smoke inhalation and minor burns on his hands.
  • Diane Voskresenski (10): Was injured and spent several weeks in the hospital.
  • Rosemary Zagone (10): Suffered severe burns on the face and arms and broke four bones on each of her arms when she fell from the window, as well as severe head injuries.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ A listing of survivors of the Our Lady of the Angels Fire Archived 11 January 2011 at WebCite
  2. ^ http://www.olafire.com/Images/Gallery/LifeDrawing1.jpg Archived 11 January 2011 at WebCite
  3. ^ "Individual victim photos for Our Lady of the Angels School Fire December 1, 1958 Chicago Illinois". Olafire.com. 1958-12-01. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  4. ^ A listing of survivors of the Our Lady of the Angels Fire Archived 11 January 2011 at WebCite
  5. ^ OLAFire.com FAQ for Our Lady of the Angels School Fire, Chicago, Illinois, December 1, 1958 Archived 11 January 2011 at WebCite
  6. ^ People involved with Our Lady of the Angels School Fire December 1 1958 Chicago Illinois Archived 11 January 2011 at WebCite
  7. ^ "Individual victim photos for Our Lady of the Angels School Fire December 1, 1958 Chicago Illinois". Olafire.com. 1958-12-01. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  8. ^ Our Lady of the Angels Chicago School Fire Photo gallery - December 1, 1958 Archived 11 January 2011 at WebCite
  9. ^ "Individual victim photos for Our Lady of the Angels School Fire December 1, 1958 Chicago Illinois". Olafire.com. 1958-12-01. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  10. ^ "Individual victim photos for Our Lady of the Angels School Fire December 1, 1958 Chicago Illinois". Olafire.com. 1958-12-01. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  11. ^ "Individual victim photos for Our Lady of the Angels School Fire December 1, 1958 Chicago Illinois". Olafire.com. 1958-12-01. Retrieved 2012-06-10. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "A listing of survivors of the Our Lady of the Angels Fire". Olafire.com. Retrieved 2012-06-10.