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



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Edward Pikinski
Room Age Birthdate Grade B/G/T
208 11 1/5/47 7 Boy
Teacher
Sister Mary St. Canice Lyng, BVM
Address
532 N Springfield 
Family
Father: Jozef Pikinski
Mother: Helen Szmyd (formerly Pikinski, maiden name Danowski)
Step-father: Roman Szmyd
Half Brother: Witold (Vic) Szmyd
Brother: Edward Szmyd (born 6 years after the fire and named in his memory)
Grandfather: Bronislaw (Bruno) Danowski
Grandmother: Jozefa (Josephine) Danowski 
About Edward
Edward was born in Germany. His mother divorced and remarried in 1952 in America. Edward, for some reason, probably at his grandfather's insistance, lived with his grandparents and visited other family on weekends. 
Interred: St. Adalbert (Niles, IL)
Memories of Edward
Being five I have few memories of my brother. My fondest memory: My brother used to take a bus to visit us. I remember one day that a bully was taking me by the arm and spinning me around. Just then my big brother turned the corner, chased the bully and confronted him. That bully never bothered me again!

I remember him playing with me in the back yard, and me getting upset when he had to go back home (he lived with his grandparents).

I often thought how wonderful it would have been to have gone through life having a big brother. I know that Edward has been my Guardian Angel all my life.
    -- (Witold (Vic) Szmyd, Brother)