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



2/25/16 - Added the following class and graduation photos to the Old School (1949 and earlier) Class Photos, and the Graduation and First Communion Photos, respectively. Thank you Erin Goggin for sharing these photos from her Grandfather, William M. Goggin.
 

2/20/16 - Added Elizabeth Garvey's Remembrance of the OLA fire to the Documentation page. Thank you Elizabeth Garvey Quinn for sharing your recollections of treating OLA victims at St. Anne's Hospital.

10/13/15 - Added Kindergarten (1955) to the Old School (1950-1958) Gallery. Also added Room 211 (1961) (Grade 5) and Room 305 (1962) (Grade 6) to the New School (1961-1967) Gallery. Thank you Ken Giacomino for sharing these photos.

3/21/14 - Added the following class photos to the New School (1961-1967) Gallery:
 
Thank you Frank Fridono for sharing these photos.

10/29/14 - Added Class of 1964 50th Reunion Photo - Thank you Carol Scharlau for sharing this photo.

7/30/14 - Added recollections of firefighter Richard A. Welch, as told to his son, Robert, and written up Mary Jane Welch - Thank you Welch family for sharing this recollection, and to Bill Kugelman for submitting it.

3/6/14 - Added class photo - Grade 3 (1967) - Thank you Frank Fridono for sharing this photo.

1/12/14 - Added class photo - Room 209 (1961) (5th grade) - Thank you John Vainisi for sharing this photo.

12/27/13 - Added Joe Murray's OLA Graduation Diploma to the OLA Memorabilia section of the Happier Times Photo Gallery. Thank you Joe Murray for sharing this item.

8/18/13 - Added Elizabeth Albright's Remembrance of the OLA fire to the Documentation page. Thank you Elizabeth Albright for sharing your recollections. And thank you to Julie Segraves, without whose effort those recollections would not have been captured and shared here.

5/26/13 - Added photo of Helen Glowacki (daughter of candy store proprietor Barbara Glowacki) and Robert Johncola from spring 1958 to the OLA Family Photos section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you to Robert Johncola for sharing this photo.

5/26/13 - Added the prayer card for Richard and Kenneth Kompanowski to the Innocent Victims section of the photo gallery. Thank you to Rich Krzemien for sharing this item.

3/27/13 - Added Dr. Louis Dvonch's Remembrance of the OLA fire to the Documentation page. Thank you Dr. Louis Dvonch for sharing your recollections of treating OLA victims, and thank you to his son, Robert Dvonch, for providing photos of numerous St. Anne's physicians.

3/20/13 - Made a few minor revisions to the old school floor plans.

12/29/12 - Added four photos of the Our Lady of the Angels church in 2012 following restoration organized and directed by Father Bob Lombardo, to the Today section of the photo gallery. Thank you Stephen DiBrito for sharing these photos.

12/28/12 - Added six photos from the December 2, 2012 Royal Airs annual memorial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery to the Today section of the photo gallery. Thank you Burt Convey for sharing these photos.

12/12/12 - Added 10 photos to the Chicago Nostalgia section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Jerry Kasper for contributing these photos.

11/1/12 - Added photo (#533) to the Outside the burning school photo gallery showing ambulances and police squadrols lined up on Avers Avenue waiting to transport victims.

9/29/12 - Added photo (#531) of Engine 7 to the Outside the burning school photo gallery. Thank you Robert Minichino for sharing this photo. Also added photo (#532) of the boy suspected of setting the OLA fire to the People photo gallery.

7/4/12 - Added the book No Disposable Kids to the Book and Videos page.

6/13/12 - Added winning entry in the 2012 Rocco Longo Scholarship Competition, 12-year-old Gordy Scott's interview of survivor Matt Plovanich, to the Documentation page. Thank you Gordy Scott for sharing your document.

5/15/12 - Added the following class photos. Thank you Rocco Zucchero for sharing these photos (via Jean Mendey Gorman).
  In the New School (1961-1967) gallery: In the New School (1968 and later) gallery:
3/22/12 - Added photos (#499 & #500) of Sr. Andrienne in retirement in the 1990s, and Sr. Seraphica Kelly in her room in the convent prior to the fire, to the People section of the Photo Gallery. Photos contributed by an anonymous friend of Sister Andrienne.

3/16/12 - Added Elizabeth Soohen “First Day of Kindergarten” photo to the Family Photos section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Liz Soohen Grosset for sharing this photo.

2/26/12 - Added 8 photos to the Chicago Nostalgia section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Jerry Kasper for contributing these photos.

11/29/11 - Added Heroes of the OLA Fire page. Thank you James Gibbons for suggesting this page.

10/17/11 - Added the following class photos. Thank you Tom Griffin for sharing these photos.
  In the Old School (1949 and earlier) gallery: In the Old School (1950-1958) gallery:
1/12/12 - Added approximately 25 new photos to the photo gallery.

10/6/11 - Added articles from International Fire Fighter Magazine (January 1959) and The Saturday Evening Post (June 1961) to a new page for magazine articles, linked from the Documentation page. Magazine articles previously on the documentation page also consolidated to the new page.

9/17/11 - Added photos of Frank Mason's OLA Class of 1944 Autograph Book to the OLA Memorabilia area of the Happier Times gallery. Thank you Frank Mason for sharing your Autograph Book.

9/9/11 - Added class photos for Room 205 (1956) (Grade 5) and Room A (1956) (Grade 2) to the Old School (1950-1958) gallery. Thank you Jane (Bondanza) Morrissey for sharing these photos.

6/30/11 - Added mini-reunion photos for some members of the OLA Class of '71 to the Reunion section of the Class Photos gallery.

6/2/11 - Added floor plans for the new school to Maps & Models area, based largely on photographs of the school interior taken at the time it opened in 1960.

5/19/11 - Added names to First Communion photos at the suggestion of Jon Velazquez.

5/2/11 - Added three additional family photos of Peggy Sansonetti to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Kathy Sansonetti for sharing these photos and to James Gibbons for sending them.

4/7/11 - Added Class of 1974 graduation photo. Thank you Andrew Mandrek for sharing this photo.

2/12/11 - Added the following class photos. Thank you Serge Uccetta for sharing these photos.
 

In the New School (1961-1967) gallery:

And in the New School (1968 and later) gallery:
1/30/11 - Added Faculty photo (1964) - Thank you Andreana Higgins for sharing this photo and to Jean Mendey Gorman for sending it.

1/30/11 - Added class photo - Room 204 (1964) (3rd Grade) and class photo - Room 204 (1965) (3rd Grade) to the New School (1961-1967) gallery. - Thank you Andreana Higgins for sharing these photos and to Jean Mendey Gorman for sending them.

1/3/11 - Added 4 photos (buses, Chicago businesses, song lyrics) to the Chicago Nostalgia section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Jerry Kasper for contributing these photos.

12/5/10 - Added two photos from the December 5, 2010 Royal Airs annual memorial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery to the Today section of the photo gallery. Thank you Serge Uccetta for sharing these photos.

11/18/10 - Added two items to the Documentation area, “Lawsuit Filed by Five Injured Survivors” and “Relevant Chicago Municipal Fire Codes in 1958.”

10/10/10 - Added two additional Sansonetti family photos to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Kathy Sansonetti for sharing these photos and to James Gibbons for sending them.

10/7/10 - Added four Sansonetti family photos to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Kathy Sansonetti for sharing these photos and to James Gibbons for sending them.

9/30/10 - Added Class of 1959 graduation photo. Thank you Richard Tyler for sharing this photo.

8/19/10 - Added the following class photos to the Old School (1949 and earlier) gallery. Thank you Marie Levar and family for sharing these photos.
 

2/27/10 - Added class photos for Room 205 (1949) (Grade 5) to the Old School (1949 and earlier) gallery, and Room 210 (1950) (Grade 6), and Room 209 (1952) (Grade 8) to the Old School (1950-1958) gallery, and Happier Times photo of Altar Boys (1952) to the OLA Activities Gallery. Thank you Ronald Bertolozzi and family for sharing these photos.

2/12/10 - Added class photo - PM Kindergarten (1951) - Thank you Kathy Sansonetti for sharing this photo and to James Gibbons for sending it.

1/28/10 - Added Class of 1963 25th Reunion (1988) photo to the Class Reunion Photos gallery. Thank you Michael Michalski for sharing this photo.

1/27/10 - Added class photos for Room 209 (1966) (Grade 5) to the New School (1961-1967) gallery, and Grade 7 (1968) to the New School (1968 and later) gallery. Thank you Fran Giannelli Johnson for sharing these photos.

1/26/10 - Added the following class photos. Thank you Ronald Bertolozzi and family for sharing these photos.
 
12/29/09 - Added burial locations for those who perished in the OLA fire, along with maps of the primary cemeteries where victims are buried, to the Maps & Models area. Thank you James Gibbons for researching and providing the information, including the cemetery maps.

12/13/09 - Added class photo for Grade 1 (1935) class photo to the Old School (1949 and earlier) gallery. Thank you Nancy Fiore for sharing these photos.

12/10/09 - Added Hal Bruno article from November 1974 Argosy Magazine to Documentation area of site.

11/11/09 - Added photo of OLA Class of 1944 Graduation Ribbons to the OLA Memorabilia area of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Frank Mason for sharing this item.

10/14/09 - Added class photos for PM Kindergarten (1968), Grade 1 (1969), Grade 2 (1970), Grade 4 (1972), Grade 5 (1973) and Grade 6 (1974) to the New School (1968 and later) gallery. Thank you Joseph Chiappetta for sharing these photos.

9/9/09 - Added class photo for Grade 7 (1975) to the New School (1968 and later) gallery. Thank you Joseph Chiappetta for sharing this photo.

8/18/09 - Added class photos for Room 210 (1961) (Grade 5), Room 303 (1962) (Grade 6) and Room 307 (1963) to the New School (1961-1967) gallery. Thank you John Doyle for sharing these photos.

8/17/09 - Added new school floor plans that are more accurate in both layout and scale.

8/11/09 - Added International Fire Fighter article to the Documentation area.

8/10/09 - Updated school floor plans (maps) to more accurately reflect the actual layout of the school at the time of the fire.

6/28/09 - Added June 2009 photos of Father Joe Ognibene's Memorial Garden to the FOLA Photo album - Thank you Luci Kuziw for sharing these photos.

6/15/09 - Added class photos for Room 202 (1965) (Grade 3), Room 206 (1966) (Grade 4) and Grade 5 (1967) to the New School (1961-1967) gallery, plus Grade 6 (1968) and Grade 7 (1969) to the New School (1968 and later) gallery. Thank you Bryan Metoyer for sharing these photos.

5/26/09 - Added two photos to the Photo Gallery, showing a priest in a hallway cloakroom, and investigators inspecting a classroom. Thank you Mike Leiteritz for sharing these photos.

5/20/09 - Added brochure celebrating elevation of Pastor Joseph Cussen to Monsignor in January 1954 to the OLA Memorabilia area in the Happier Times Gallery. Thank you Carol Scharlau for sharing this item.

5/12/09 - Added class photos for Room 307 (1961) (7th Grade) and Room 301 (1962) (8th Grade). Thank you Mike Michalski for sharing these photos.

4/30/09 - Added OLA Diploma and OLA Graduation Booklet from 1944 to OLA Memorabilia area in the Happier Times Gallery. Thank you Frank Mason for sharing these items.

4/17/09 - Added Room 101 (1956) (3rd Grade) and Kindergarten (1953) class photos - Thank you Kathy Sansonetti for sharing these photos.

3/23/09 - Added Class of 1950 graduation photo to the Graduation and Class Photos gallery. Thank you Shirley olzin Frassica for sharing this photo.

3/13/09 - Updated the list of Fire Companies that responded to the OLA fire. Thank you Joe Murray for providing and interpreting the information.

3/1/09 - Added Class of 1944 'Then and Now' photo (from a 1986 reunion) to the Class Reunion photo gallery. Thank you Frank Mason for sharing this photo.

2/22/09 - Added Class of 1948 and Class of 1951 graduation photos to the Graduation and Class Photos gallery, and class photo - Room 202 (1949) (7th Grade) to the 1949 and Earlier gallery. Thank you Rita Rudolph for sharing these photos.

2/19/09 - Added 5 photos (buses, license plates) to the Chicago Nostalgia section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Jerry Kasper for contributing these photos.

2/6/09 - Added Class of 1944 42nd Reunion (1986) to the Class Reunion Photos gallery. Thank you Frank Mason for sharing this photo.

2/3/09 - Added class photo - Room 306 (1961) (7th Grade), and class photo - Room 311 (1962) (8th Grade) - Thank you Mike Michalski for sharing these photos.

2/3/09 - Added Class of '63 Pizza Fun Night photos (of January 30, 2009) to the class reunion photos gallery - Thank you Mike Michalski for sharing these photos.

1/26/09 - Added the following class photos to the "Old School (1949 and earlier)" gallery. Thank you Joe Murray for sharing these photos.
 
1/26/09 - Added Class of 1942 photo to the Pre-Fire Era Class Photos gallery - Thank you Joe Murray for sharing this photo.

1/25/09 - Added Class of 1969 28th Reunion Photo to the Class Photos/Reunion Photos gallery - Thank you Theresa Vitacco Straub for contributing this photo.

1/22/09 - Added class photo for Grade 8 (1944), and Class of 1944 graduation photo. Thank you Frank Mason for sharing these photos.

12/26/08 - Added several photos to the “After the Fire is Out” gallery. Thank you John Pellettiere for sharing these photos.

12/19/08 - Added 12 more photos (#20-31) from the 50th Anniversary Mass and reception. Thank you Robin Rix and Carol Scharlau for sharing these photos.

12/18/08 - Added Chicago Fire Department Inspection Report for Our Lady of the Angels School dated October 7, 1958 to the Documentation and FAQ page.

12/17/08 - Added 33 photos from the 50th Anniversary. Photos include Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 50th Anniversary Mass, on-site memorial, etc.

11/25/08 - Added class photo for Room 211 (1956) (8th Grade), and Class of 1957 graduation photo. Thank you Joe Pertile for sharing these photos.

11/18/08 - Added the 50th Anniversary Page to display documents, photos and activities relating to the 50th Anniversary on December 1, 2008.

10/19/08 - Added 22 Class of 1968 40th Reunion Photos to the Class Photos/Reunion Photos gallery - Thank you Kathy Deitch for sharing these photos.

8/24/08 - Added Class of 1968 graduation photo. Thank you Martha Ruchniewicz for sharing this photo.

3/25/08 - Added 4 photos from around Chicago from the 1960s to the Chicago Nostalgia section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Jerry Kasper for contributing these photos.

3/15/08 - Added class photos for Room 102 (1965) (1st Grade), Room 212 (1970) (5th Grade), Grade 6 (1971), and Grade 7 (1972). Thank you Ron Gaddini for sharing these photos.

2/27/08 - Added combo photo of Sister Remi from 1960 and 2003 to the People section of the Photo Gallery (photo #453). Thank you Jim Hamick for suggesting the addition.

2/10/08 - Added five photos from the January 26, 2008 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Jennifer Murano and Betti Wasek for sharing these photos.

2/2/08 - Added the following class photos to the "New School (1961-1967)" gallery. Thank you Andrew Mandrek for sharing these photos.
 
2/2/08 - Added the following class photos to the "New School (1968 and later)" gallery. Thank you Andrew Mandrek for sharing these photos.
 
1/27/08 - Added ten photos from the January 26, 2008 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Theresa Straub for sharing these photos.

12/28/07 - Added three photos from the 49th Anniversary Mass on 12/2/07, and six from the dedication of the new OLA Memorial (at the former OLA rectory), to the Today section of the Photo Gallery - Thank you Luci Kuziw for sharing these photos.

10/4/07 - Added recent (9/28/07) photos of the former OLA school, church, convent and rectory (including the new OLA Memorial) to the Today section of the Photo Gallery - Thank you Bob Johncola for sharing these photos.

9/23/07 - Added photos of Father Joe Ognibene's Memorial Garden in September 2007 to the FOLA Photo album - Thank you Luci Kuziw for sharing these photos.

9/19/07 - Added Room 108 (1961) (2nd Grade), Room 204 (1962) (3rd Grade) and replaced Room 105 (1960) (1st Grade) class photos - Thank you Mark Bello for sharing these photos.

8/17/07 - Added 3 photos of Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago to the Chicago Nostalgia section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Connie Straube for contributing these photos.

6/27/07 - Added photo of Little League Parade in front of Tiffin Theater to the Chicago Nostalgia section of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Jerry Kasper for contributing this photo.

5/31/07 - Added Chicago Nostalgia section to Happier Times photo gallery, including first entry, The Alamo Theater. Thank you Connie Straube for contributing the Alamo Theater item.

3/4/07 - Added 'Next' and 'Prior' links to photo gallery image pages, allowing quicker and easier navigation of images.

2/7/07 - Added 22 photos from the January 27, 2007 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Luci Kuziw and Rosemary Bieker for sharing these photos.

2/1/07 - Added 11 photos from the January 27, 2007 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Bill Kugelman and Patricia Meja for sharing these photos.

12/28/06 - Added photo (#431) of Sister Davidis Devine, teacher in room 209, to the photo gallery. Thanks to Jim Hamick for suggesting this addition.

12/23/06 - Added photos (#429-30) from the Royal Airs annual commemoration ceremony at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in honor their fallen members, and all OLA victims. Thank you Serge Uccetta for sharing these photos.

12/5/06 - Added photo of Barbara Stobierski at the OLA organ in 1955 to the OLA Memorabilia area in the Happier Times Gallery. Thank you Barbara Moran and Terry Lowe for sharing this photo.

12/1/06 - Added eight photos from the January 29, 2005 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Jerry Kasper for sharing these photos.

8/25/06 - Added information about the book “Mount Carmel and Queen of Heaven Cemeteries”, by Jenny Floro-Khalaf and Cynthia Savaglio, to Books, Videos and Museums page.

8/24/06 - Added class photo Room 208 (1953) (6th Grade). Thank you Kathy Crossin and the Class of 1956 Reunion Committee for sharing these photos.

8/1/06 - Added class photos: Room 104 (1949) (2nd Grade), Room 105 (1950) (3rd Grade), Room A (1950) (3rd Grade), Room 205 (1953) (6th Grade) and Room 206 (1953) (6th Grade). Thank you Kathy Crossin and the Class of 1956 Reunion Committee for sharing these photos.

7/31/06 - Added information about the Summer 2004 Chicago History Magazine article “Stunned with Sorrow”, by Suellen Hoy, to Books, Videos and Museums page.

7/8/06 - Added class photos: Room 105 (1949) (2nd Grade), Room 109 (1949) (2nd Grade) and Room B (1950) (3rd Grade). Thank you Class of 1956 Reunion Committee for sharing these photos.

6/27/06 - Added six more Class of 1961 45th Reunion Photos to the Class Photos/Reunion Photos gallery - Thank you John Colletti for sharing these photos.

6/21/06 - Added Class of 1956 graduation photo. Thank you Grace Brown and Harry Schultz, who both coincidentally submitted this photo.

5/26/06 - Added class photos: Room 102 (1949) (2nd Grade), Room 110 (1950) (3rd Grade) and Room 212 (1953) (6th Grade). Thank you Grace Brown for sharing these photos.

5/12/06 - Added class photo - Room 309 (1966) (8th Grade) - Thank you Richard McDavid for sharing this photo.

5/10/06 - Added five more Class of 1961 45th Reunion Photos to the Class Photos/Reunion Photos gallery - Thank you Connie Straube for sharing these photos.

5/4/06 - Added Class of 1961 45th Reunion Photos to the Class Photos/Reunion Photos gallery - Thank you Joe DiCiolla for sharing these photos.

4/21/06 - Updated school floor plans with grade labels for each classroom, plus updated 3-D north wing map.

3/15/06 - Added more photos (#56-69) from the January 28, 2006 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Bob and Carol Kuhn for sharing these photos.

3/13/06 - Added FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page for the OLA fire. Thank you Melanie Massengale for inspiring the idea of an FAQ page.

3/12/06 - Added photos from the FOLA Officers Election held on March 11, 2006, to the FOLA Photo Gallery. Thank you Connie Straube for sharing these photos..

3/1/06 - Added report cards for Andy Lego from grades 2-5, along with a new OLA Memorabilia area in the Happier Times Gallery. Thank you Andy Lego for sharing your report cards.

2/28/06 - Added more photos (#28-55) from the January 28, 2006 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Luci Kuziw for sharing these photos.

2/4/06 - Added photos from the December 1, 2004 Memorial Mass to the photo gallery. Thank you Betti Marino-Wasek for sharing these photos.

2/4/06 - Added more photos from the January 28, 2006 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Betti Marino-Wasek for sharing these photos.

2/1/06 - Added transcript of Jane Cozzi introduction of FOLA's 2006 James Raymond Scholarship Award Winner, Daniel Bowery at the FOLA Dinner on January 28, 2006. Thank you Betti Wasek for providing this transcript.

1/30/06 - Added photos from the January 28, 2006 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Connie Straube for sharing these photos.

12/14/05 - Modified 'Books and Videos' page to include Museums, for the purpose of adding information about the "Fire Museum of Greater Chicago"

11/24/05 - Added photos from the September 23, 2005 FOLA Pizza Night at Jim and Pete's Restaurant to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Betti Wasek and Connie Straube for sharing these photos.

11/1/05 - Added 4 photos (#420-423) to the photo gallery taken at the Illinois National Guard Armory during the December 5, 1958 funeral mass for 27 victims of the fire - Thank you Witold Szmyd for sharing these photos.

10/5/05 - Added photo of Edward Pikinski to his Memorial Page - Thank you Witold Szmyd for sharing this photo.

10/5/05 - Added Holy Communion photo of Edward Pikinski, and family photo of Edward Pikinski and Witold Szmyd to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Witold Szmyd for sharing these photos.

9/17/05 - Added class photo - Room 211 (1952) - (8th Grade) - Thank you John Colletti for sharing this photo.

9/17/05 - Added class photo - Kindergarten AM (1952) - Thank you John Colletti for sharing this photo.

7/30/05 - At the request of FOLA, altered Survivor's Message Board to be accessable to survivors and OLA alumni only, for both reading and posting. Previously, all users could read but only survivors and alumni could post.

4/17/05 - Added photos of John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) before he became Pope, to the Happier Times photo gallery - Thank you Tom Margherone for sharing these photos.

3/7/05 - Added the following class photos to the "New School (1961-1967)" gallery. Thank you John Zarem for sharing these photos.
 
3/1/05 - Added photo of restored Chicago Fire Department "Quinn Snorkel" truck, used to fight the OLA school fire, to the photo gallery - Thank you Patricia Meja and Ken Soderbeck for contributing this photo.

2/17/05 - Added Class of 1962 42nd Reunion Photo to the Class Photos/Reunion Photos gallery - Thank you Jim Grosso for contributing this photo.

2/12/05 - Added nine more photos from the January 29, 2005 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Connie Straube for sharing these photos.

2/3/05 - Added three photos from the January 29, 2005 FOLA Dinner/Dance to the FOLA Photo album. Thank you Jim Grosso for sharing these photos.

1/30/05 - Added Tuition Envelope photo to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times galleries. Thank you Carol Scharlau for sharing this photo.

1/30/05 - Reconfigured Message Boards to provide separate "Survivor and Alumni" board. Also added new posting rules, and made a few cosmetic changes to the boards.

1/17/05 - Added 11 more FOLA quilt progress photos (#38-48) to the Friends of OLA photo album, showing details of the Angels Quilt - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photos.

1/15/05 - Added the following class photos to the "New School (1961-1967)" gallery. Thank you Carol Robles for sharing these photos.
 
1/5/05 - Added picture of Margaret Kucan and her family, taken shortly before the fire, to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Susan Kucan Musil for sharing this photo.

12/27/04 - Added class photo - Room 212 (1966) (5th Grade) - Thank you John Zarem for sharing this photo.

12/19/04 - Added 8 more FOLA quilt progress photos (#30-37) to the Friends of OLA photo album, showing progress and details of the Angels Quilt - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photos.

12/10/04 - Added 3 FOLA quilt progress photos (#27-29) to the Friends of OLA photo album, showing the long-arm quilting machine at work on the Angels Quilt - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photos.

12/7/04 - Added panoramic photo of Royal Airs Drum and Bugle Corps ceremony at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on 12/5/04 to the Today section of the Photo Gallery - Thank you Serge Uccetta for sharing this photo.

12/3/04 - Added photo of William Edington, the final victim of the OLA fire, to his Memorial Page - Thank you Vito Grimaldi for sharing this photo.

11/30/04 - Added Class of 1964 40th Reunion Photo - Thank you Steve Lambesis for contributing this photo.

10/30/04 - Added 8 more FOLA quilt progress photos (#19-26) to the Friends of OLA photo album - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photos.

8/31/04 - Added class photo - Room 306 (1963) (7th Grade) - Thank you Alice Mujica for sharing this photo.

8/31/04 - Added a new Message Board where anyone (especially those not directly involved in the OLA fire) can ask questions and discuss issues that might be be deemed offensive to those more closely involved with the fire.

8/23/04 - Added 4 more FOLA quilt progress photos (#15-18) to the Friends of OLA photo album - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photo.

8/18/04 - Added class photo - Room 107 (1965) (2nd Grade) - Thank you Elizabeth Grosset for sharing this photo.

8/11/04 - Added 2 more FOLA quilt progress photos (#13-14) to the Friends of OLA photo album - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photo.

8/8/04 - Added 3 new FOLA quilt progress photos (#10-12) to the Friends of OLA photo album - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photo.

7/31/04 - Added class photo - Room 304 (1961) (6th Grade) - Thank you Marian Longo for sharing this photo.

7/14/04 - Added family information to most individual Memorial Pages. Thank you Daniel E. Niemiec for researching and providing this information.

6/27/04 - Added 7 photos to the Friends of OLA Photo Album from the Dedication of Father Joe Ognibene's Memorial Garden at Our Lady Mother of the Church - Thank you Vicki Tortorich for sharing these photos.

6/21/04 - Added class photo - Room 101 (1952) (1st Grade) - Thank you Don Wessel for sharing this photo.

6/21/04 - Added class photo - Room 102 (1956) (2th Grade) - Thank you Dawn Simmons for sharing this photo.

5/24/04 - Added final class photo from "new" school dedication book, PM Kindergarten 1960, to Class Photos-1960 gallery.

5/24/04 - Added 49 photos to Faculty Photos area of Class Photos gallery.

5/23/04 - Rearranged photos in the Class Photos and Happier Times Galleries. Moved Graduation, First Communion and faculty photos from Happier Times to Class Photos.

5/20/04 - Added the following 17 photos from the 1960 "New" School Dedication book to a new gallery, Class Photos - 1960 - first year of "new" school.
 
4/25/04 - Added articles from Fire Engineering Magazine, January 1959 to Documentation area of site.

4/21/04 - Added 2 more FOLA quilt progress photos (#8 and 9) to the Friends of OLA photo album - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photo.

4/19/04 - Added 3 photos to the Friends of OLA Photo Album showing construction progress on the Memorial Garden for Father Joe Ognibene at Our Lady Mother of the Church - Thank you Vicki Tortorich for sharing these photos.

4/18/04 - Added photo of Jim Grosso and friends at graduation time 1962 to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Jim Grosso for sharing this photo.

4/14/04 - Added 2 FOLA quilt progress photos (#6 and 7) to the Friends of OLA photo album - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photo.

4/7/04 - Added a form that allows anyone interested to add their name to the Friends of OLA official mailing list. This list is separate from the Message Board emailing list and is maintained by Friends of OLA, not this site.

3/28/04 - Added several photos to the Photo Gallery.

3/20/04 - Added class photo - Room 212 (1961) (5th Grade) - Thank you Alice Mujica for sharing this photo.

3/18/04 - Added photo of Lorraine Senorski to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Lorraine King for sharing this photo.

3/15/04 - Added class photo - Room 310 (1961) (8th Grade) - Thank you Pat Francione for sharing this photo.

3/13/04 - Added class photo - Room 201 (1961) (3rd Grade) - Thank you Lorraine Senorski King for sharing these three photos.
3/13/04 - Added class photo - Room 302 (1961)
3/13/04 - Added class photo - Kindergarten (2) (1956)

2/20/04 - Added stages of fire progression diagrams, showing 6 distinct stages of the fire as it progressed. Thank you Mr. Jan Peczkis for contributing these diagrams.

2/8/04 - Added class photo - AM Kindergarten (1960) - Thank you Carol Neill for sharing this photo.

2/5/04 - Added Friends of OLA By-Laws menu item (by-laws not yet written), and FOLA Meeting Minutes menu item (allows FOLA Secretary to add minutes directly)

2/2/04 - Added 4 FOLA quilt photos to the Friends of OLA photo album - Thank you Chris Anderson for contributing these photo.

2/2/04 - Added class photo - Room 105 (1956) (4th Grade) - Thank you Lorraine Senorski King for sharing this photo.

2/1/04 - Added photos of young Joe and Phyllis Cannello to the Family Photo Album of the Happier Times gallery. Thank you Joe Cannello for sharing these photos.

1/27/04 - Added name chart to OLA 1964 Football Team photo, and moved it from Family Photos to Communion, Faculty and Team photos gallery. Thanks Bob Mujica for the great suggesting.

1/25/04 - Changed Victims By Room menu to show pictures of each fatality by classroom. Moved previous page to bottom of the Shocking Statistics page.

1/24/04 - Added class photo - Room 207 (1960) (4th Grade) - Thank you Betti Wasek for sharing these two photos.

1/24/04 - Added class photo - Mary Hall Kindergarten (1956)

1/21/04 - Added 72 photos to individual Memorial Pages - Thank you Marie Pellettiere for contributing these newspaper photos. We are now missing only a few photos on the Memorial Pages!

1/18/04 - Added class photo - Room 311 (1961) (8th Grade) - Thank you Frank Vainisi for sharing this photo.

1/15/04 - Added Fund Raiser photos to the FOLA Fund Raiser Photo Album 1 and FOLA Fund Raiser Photo Album 2.

1/13/04 - Added photos to the Today section of the Photo Gallery showing the OLA school, church, rectory and convent as they appear in January 2004.

1/13/04 - Added photos to the Today section of the Photo Gallery showing Holy Family Church, the present location of the Our Lady of the Angels Memorial that was dedicated and placed in OLA school by it's last graduating class, 1999.

1/13/04 - Added photos to the Today section of the Photo Gallery showing the OLA Memorial inside Holy Family Church including two courtesy of Jim Grosso -- Thank you Jim for sharing these photos.

1/8/04 - Added photos from the 45th Anniversary Mass at Holy Family Church on December 1, 2003 to the Today section of the Photo Gallery - Thank you Alice Mujica for sharing these photos.

1/7/04 - Added faculty photo of four OLA teachers (1968) - Thank you Mr. Jan Peczkis for sharing this photo.

1/6/04 - Added class photo - Room 108 (1956) (4th Grade) - Thank you Connie Straube for sharing this photo.

1/4/04 - Added photos of replacement schools in the After The Fire Is Out section of the Photo Gallery - Thank you to Archdiocese of Chicago’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center, and to John Treanor in particular, for providing these photos. Thank you also to Renee Jackson, Anthony Fanone and Charlene Jancik who helped facilitate obtaining these photos.

12/29/03 - Added Class of '64 Football Team photo to Family Photos area of the Happier Times photo gallery - Thank you Frank Lombardo for sharing this photo.

12/28/03 - Added a few new photos in the photo gallery

12/21/03 - Added Memorial Page for Charlene Jancik

12/18/03 - Added confirmation photo of Lorraine Senorski, Phillip Maita and Christine Karkoszka to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Phillip Maita for sharing this photo.

12/17/03 - Added class photo - Room 106 (1956) (6th Grade) - Thank you John Guerrieri for sharing these three photos.
12/17/03 - Added class photo - Room 204 (1956)
12/17/03 - Added class photo - Room 207 (1956)

12/15/03 - Added photo from survivor Joe Karkoszka working in Iraq to Family Photos area of Happier Times Gallery - Thank you to Joe Karkoszka for sharing this photo.

12/9/03 - Added class photo - Room 308 (1962) (7th grade) - Thank you Cathie Lichon Vitaioli for sharing this photo.

12/8/03 - Added 5 photos to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times photo gallery - Thank you Joyce Peneschi for sharing these photos.

12/7/03 - Added panoramic photo of Royal Airs Drum and Bugle Corps ceremony at Queen of Heaven Cemetery on 12/7/03 to the Today section of the Photo Gallery - Thank you Serge Uccetta for sharing this photo.

11/28/03 - Added class photo - Kindergarten (1961) - Thank you Michele and Ralph Deyo for sharing this photo.

11/28/03 - Added highlighting of found words in Message Board search facility.

11/17/03 - Added OLA ID card photo from 1954-55 to Family Photos area of the Happier Times photo gallery - Thank you Michele and Ralph Deyo for sharing this photo.

11/16/03 - Added class photo - Room 103 (1953) (2nd Grade) - Thank you Michele and Ralph Deyo for sharing these 3 photos.

11/16/03 - Added class photo - Kindergarten (1952)

11/16/03 - Added class photo - Kindergarten (1954)

11/7/03 - Added First Communion photo from 1976 to the First Communion and Faculty photos area of the Happier Times gallery for comparison to those of the 1950s. Thank you Carol Robles for sharing this photo.

11/7/03 - Added photo of little Patricia Meja to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times photo gallery. Thank you Pat Meja for sharing this photo.

11/7/03 - Added class photo - Room 210 (1962) (5th Grade) - Thank you Louise Biancalana for sharing this photo.

11/7/03 - Added class photo - Room 204 (1960) (3rd Grade) - Thank you Louise Biancalana for sharing this photo.

11/6/03 - Added photo of 10-year-old Joyce Peneschi to the Family Photos area of the Happier Times photo gallery - Thank you Joyce Peneschi for sharing this photo.

10/30/03 - Added floor plans for south wing first and second floors. I believe these are fairly accurate -- please notify me if you notice any errors.

10/22/03 - Added OLA faculty group photo from 1967 to the First Communion and Faculty photos in the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Mr. Jan Peczkis for sharing this photo, which includes individual signatures of each faculty member.

10/15/03 - Added OLA faculty group photo from 1968 to the First Communion and Faculty photos in the Happier Times gallery - Thank you Mr. Jan Peczkis for sharing this photo, which includes individual signatures of each faculty member.

10/14/03 - Added photo of Phyllis Cannello in May 1958 to Family Photos section of Happier Times photos - Thank you Joe Cannello for sharing this photo.

10/12/03 - Added the January 1959 NFPA Quarterly Report on the OLA fire to the Documentation area

10/10/03 - Added class photo - Room 103 (1960) (1st Grade) - Thank you Vicki Tortorich for sharing these 5 photos.
10/10/03 - Added class photo - Room 203 (1960) (3rd Grade)
10/10/03 - Added class photo - Room 106 (1961) (2nd Grade)
10/10/03 - Added class photo - Room 212 (1965) (5th Grade)
10/10/03 - Added class photo - Room 302 (1966) (6th Grade)

10/9/03 - Added OLA Girl Scout Troop photo to Happier Times photos - Thank you Vicki Tortorich for sharing this photo.

9/25/03 - Added photos of Stuart Gootnick's OLA scale model in Maps and Models section.

9/12/03 - Added class photo - Room 104 (1956) (3rd grade) - Thank you Frances Calvacca for sharing this photo (and to Charlene Jancik who facilitated obtaining it).

9/11/03 - Added class photo - Room 305 (1960) (6rd grade) - Thank you Frances Calvacca for sharing this photo (and to Charlene Jancik who facilitated obtaining it).

9/7/03 - Added Search Capability to Personal Stories.

9/6/03 - Added Class (graduation) Photos from 1962 to 1967 - Thank you to Archdiocese of Chicago’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center, and to John Treanor in particular, for providing these photos. Thank you also to Renee Jackson, Anthony Fanone and Charlene Jancik who helped facilitate obtaining these photos.

8/30/03 - Added Books and videos page with information about significant books and videos about the Our Lady of the Angels school fire.

8/25/03 - Added class photo - Room 209 (1960) - Thank you Carol Scharlau for sharing these 2 photos.
8/25/03 - Added class photo - Room 211 (1960)

8/24/03 - Added three more photos to the Friends of OLA Photo Album - Thank you Charlene Jancik for sharing these photos.

8/23/03 - Added Friends of OLA (FOLA) Menu

8/23/03 - Added photos to the Family Photo Album of the Happier Times menu.

8/22/03 - Added George Santayana quote on home page - thanks to Todd for suggesting this.

8/12/03 - Added class photo - Grade 4 (1968) (in Post-Fire Era Class Photos area) - Thank you Carol Robles for sharing these 4 photos.
8/12/03 - Added class photo - Grade 7 (1971)
8/12/03 - Added class photo - Grade 6 (1974)
8/12/03 - Added class photo - Grade 7 (1974)

8/12/03 - Added class photo - Grade 1 (1944) (in new Pre-Fire Era Class Photos area) - Thank you Norman Stobierski and Carol Robles for sharing these 3 photos.
8/12/03 - Added class photo - Grade 2 (1944)
8/12/03 - Added class photo - Room 211 (1949) (8th grade)

7/24/03 - Added class photo - Grade 3 (1967) (in new Post-Fire Era Class Photos area) - Thank you Mr. Jan Peczkis for sharing this photo, which includes individual signatures of each class member!

7/15/03 - Added class photo - Room 208 (1961) (4th grade) - Thank you Barbara Hock for sharing this photo.

7/13/03 - Added over 20 photographs to the Photo Gallery - Thank you to The Catholic New World, and in particular to Tom Sheridan, Editor and General Manager, for generously donating these photos to olafire.com. Thank you also to Renee Jackson for working closely with Mr. Sheridan to obtain these images.

7/1/03 - Added class photo - Room 208 (1956) (8th grade) - Thank you Joan Woodward Riley for sharing this photo.

6/25/03 - Added recent photos of the OLA church, rectory and convent to Photo Gallery. Thank you Renee Jackson for providing these photos.

6/24/03 - Added user-to-user anonymous email capability. You can now send an email to any user on the message board who provided an email address, even if they specified that it be kept private. The email is sent directly from olafire.com, and the person sending the message will not see the recipient's email address unless that person chooses to reply. To use, go to the profile of the user you wish to email, and click the "Send an email to this user" link.

6/9/03 - Added class photo - Room 109 (1956) (2nd grade) - Thank you Loralei Saraniec for sharing these 4 class photos.
6/9/03 - Added class photo - Room 304 (1960) (6th grade)
6/9/03 - Added class photo - Room 308 (1961) (7th grade)
6/9/03 - Added class photo - Room 312 (1962) (8th grade)

6/8/03 - Added Chicago American newspaper front page from December 5, 1958. Page shows photos of 72 child victims of OLA fire. Thank you Renee Jackson for providing page image.

6/7/03 - Added Class of 1961 graduation photo under Happier Times menu. Thank you Annette C. for sharing this photo.

6/7/03 - Added What's New page, which you are looking at.

2/3/03 - Added Message Board.

9/21/02 - Added Personal Stories page.

9/10/01 - OLAFire.com goes online.