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Our Lady of the Angels (OLA) School Fire, December 1, 1958



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Angeline Kalinowski
Room Age Birthdate Grade B/G/T
211 14 7/23/44 8 Girl
Teacher
Sister Mary Helaine O'Neill, BVM
Address
1127 N Harding 
Family
Father: Walter Kalinowski
Mother: Julia Lechniuk (Kleszcz) Kalinowski
Stepfather: Walter Lechniuk
Grandparents: Joseph and Angeline Kleszcz
Uncles: Stanley and Joseph Kleszcz 
About Angeline
Angeline was an only child. Her body was found under a windowsill in room 211. She had not been burned but died of smoke, heat and the crush of other children pushing to get to the windows. Angeline's mother, Julia, never recovered from this disaster - she continued to dress in black even years later. There was no counseling for the families, and life was expected to just continue on. Both of Angeline's uncles were in WWII, her Uncle Stanley was hospitalized at North Chicago Veteran's hospital with shell shock and her Uncle Joseph, a Lieutenant in the Air Force, died around 1995. Neither had been married. All of Angeline's immediate family members are now deceased; only her Godmother and cousins are still living. 
Interred: St. Adalbert (Niles, IL)
Memories of Angeline
I really didn't know Angeline, but my sister Carol Ann was in her classroom. I feel they might have talked together, held each others hands or even cried together. Of course we will never know. If you believe in God, then you know Angeline is with her family and happy. God bless all the little Angels.
    -- (Dolores Labuda, Friend)
When I was very young I lived at 916 N. Damen Ave. Angie was one of my playmates there. We lived there until 1948 or 1949.
    -- (Diane (Tartol) Faubl, Acquantance)