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



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Susan K. Smaldone
Room Age Birthdate Grade B/G/T
210 9 10/29/49 4 Girl
Teacher
Sister Mary Seraphica Kelley, BVM
Address
1112 N. Ridgeway 
Family
Father: Louis Smaldone
Mother: Sylvia (Dryler) Smaldone
Sister: MaryAnn Smaldone
Sister: Sandra Smaldone
Sister: Sharon Smaldone
Sister: Cathy Smaldone
Sister: Carolyn Smaldone
Brother: Steve Smaldone
Brother: Kurt Smaldone 
About Susan
Susan was the first child of parents, Louis and Sylvia Smaldone, who lived at 1112 N.Ridgeway. Both Susan and her sister MaryAnne (a 2nd grader at OLA) had been staying at home with a cold. But Susan begged her mother to let her go to school that Monday, an unfortunate decision. With burns over most of her body, she survived just 3 weeks at St. Ann's hospital, becoming the 93rd fatality of the fire when she passed away on December 22, 1958. Two pre-school age sisters, Sandra 3 and Sharon 2, were at home on the day of the fire. Four other siblings were born after Susan's death: Cathy, Carolyn, Steve, and Kurt. Mother Sylvia lives in Wisconsin [as of 2015] with her family. 
Interred: Queen of Heaven (Hillside, IL)
Memories of Susan
Susie, you were one of my best friends. You, Connie and I were called the three musketeers. You were so beautiful with your blonde hair and blue eye's, in our Italian neighborhood. I was so sad when God took you away from us. You were no longer suffering. I will never forget you, and someday we will all be together again, until then my little friend, rest in peace.
    -- (Joyce Peneschi, Friend)
Happy Birthday Susie, October 29, 2004. Today you would have been 55 years old, if God hadn't taken you away from us many years ago. In some ways it doesn't seem that long ago, just yesterday we were kids playing around and having fun. When I look at your photo I see the beautiful little angel that you were, and will always be. Someday when God calls me up to Heaven, we can play together again...
    -- (Joyce (Cookie) Peneschi, Friend)
This was my sister. She was also my best friend. Life has never been the same since I lost her. I was never given a chance to say goodbye. She will always live in my heart. Someday I will be with you again.

Love Mary
    -- (Mary Mrnak, Sister)