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



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Joseph Maffiola
Room Age Birthdate Grade B/G/T
212 10 8/10/48 5 Boy
Teacher
Sister Mary Clare Therese Champagne, BVM
Address
614 N Springfield 
Family
Father: Mario Maffiola
Mother: Della (Luvisetto) Maffiola
Sister: Linda Maffiola
Grandparents: Anita and Abramo Lovisetto 
About Joseph
Joseph was officially the first victim removed from gutted school after fire. He died after arrival at the hospital. 
Interred: St. Joseph (River Grove, IL)
Memories of Joseph
Joey, I'm so happy to see this photo of you. You were such a nice looking boy, and a very nice person. I valued our friendship. I still remember our classroom photo of 1956, you were sitting right up front, next to me in that photo. But I lost that photo, and I was very sad when I lost you. Rest in Peace my little Angel friend.
    -- (Joyce Peneschi, Friend)
Joseph, I only knew you for a short time, yet your smile and jolly personality lit up the room. I shared a split room with you in 1957, you were in the fourth grade, I was in the fifth. Rest in peace. If you happen to see my little sister Joanie, tell her I love and miss her so. You are not forgotten. A friend from afar.
    -- (Bob Chiappetta, Acquaintance)
I didn't know Joey, but was a friend of his loving sister Linda in college. Linda was my piano accompanist for my senior recital. His story moved me to write an instrumental guitar piece in his name.
    -- (John Palermo, Other)