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



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John David Trotta
Room Age Birthdate Grade B/G/T
211 13 11/21/45 8 Boy
Teacher
Sister Mary Helaine O'Neill, BVM
Address
821 N Karlov 
Family
Father: John J. Trotta
Mother: Lydia (Verzani) Trotta
Sister: Judith Trotta 
About John
 
Interred: Queen of Heaven (Hillside, IL)
Memories of John
John David Trotta was our neighbor. I remember him as a very quiet boy and a very kind person. He was my brother's best friend. His family was very warm and caring, just as he was. I wish folks would remember him - he should not be forgotten.
    -- (Cathie V., Friend)
John David Trotta was my best friend at that time. While a little older than me he was not "above" me. If he had lived, I think we would still be friends today. His family was a gentle group at a time when mine was in turmoil. The kindness he and his parents showed, allowed me to see that there was something else possible. Family life with gentleness and peace.

I saw a joy in his life with his family that was very pleasent. His death and the events leading to lowering his casket into the ground were to alter my view of what strength really was. I still miss him.
    -- (Kenneth Lichon, Friend)


John David and I lived across the street from each other and were very good friends. We liked to play catch in the alley together. His family were very warm and kind and their love for John and Judy was evident. The summer before the fire John was visiting in Los Angeles and I was also visiting at the same time. I called him at his uncle's house and my relatives took me and John to a day at Farmer's Market. John had a wonderful enthusiasm for life and we had a splendid fun-filled time. That memory remained with me the day I helped lay him to rest and will always remain with me. May he rest in peace.
    -- (Donald Valentini, Friend)