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



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Helen Buziak
Room Age Birthdate Grade B/G/T
208 12 (Unknown) 7 Girl
Teacher
Sister Mary St. Canice Lyng, BVM
Address
1118 N Central Park 
Family
Father: Walter Buziak
Mother: Josephine Buziak 
About Helen
The Buziaks emigrated from Poland and had no relatives in the U.S. 
Interred: St. Adalbert (Niles, IL)
Memories of Helen
Helen was an only child. We lived across the alley from her. Her mother had a difficult time during her pregnancy and had to remain in bed almost the entire time. I had three children and when my third child, a little boy, was born, Helen came over to my house to ask if she could push him in his buggy and take him for a walk. When I told her she could, her eyes lit up and she had the biggest smile on her face, saying she had no brothers or sisters and was so happy that I would let her watch Jimmy. She was a darling girl. Her parents were from Europe and I don't think they had any family here in the States. My oldest child, Beth, was in the fire also, and did return home unhurt. She was in second grade.
    -- (Joan Strickland Troka, Neighbor)