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



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John Joseph Mele
Room Age Birthdate Grade B/G/T
212 10 11/22/48 5 Boy
Teacher
Sister Mary Clare Therese Champagne, BVM
Address
1236 N Harding 
Family
Father: Carmen Baptiste Mele, Sr.
Mother: Angela (Mazzone) Mele
Sister: Mary Louise Mele
Brother: Carmen Baptiste Mele, Jr.
Grandparents: John and Battista Mazzone, and Joseph and Mariantonia Mele
Aunts and Uncles: Mary, Lucille, John, Beatrice Mazzone, and Bernard, Concetta, Ann, John, and Michael J. Mele 
About John
From Walter Decker: "I remember John had a nickname of SKIPPY." 
Interred: Mount Carmel (Hillside, IL)
Memories of John
John was my classmate. I used to play basketball with his older brother, Butch. I recently heard Butch became a preist, they were both great guys. Always, John Raymond.
    -- (John Raymond, Friend)
I lived at 1254 N. Harding. I played with John and his older brother, Butch. We were friends at a very early age and I just can't forget what a wonderful family he came from. I think I remember that his older sister was hurt in the fire also. The day of the fire I had a tooth pulled but did get to the fire late that afternoon. It is a day I will never forget.

I remember after finding out that John had died I just could not believe it. My mom was just in shock and not the same person for a long time.
    -- (Walter John Decker, Neighbor)