Sr Mary St. Canice Lyng

  • Birth 11 Oct 1914 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 1 Dec 1958 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 12164024

Sister Mary St. Canice Lyng was one of many fire victims killed at Our Lady Of The Angels Catholic School fire in Chicago.

On December 1st, 1958 a fire started in a trash can in the basement of Our Lady Of The Angels Catholic school, 3820 W. Iowa St. on the west side of Chicago, killing 92 children and 3 nuns. Sister Kelly and Sister Champagne. The fire and smoke spread quickly through the school because the door to the second floor hallway had been left open trapping the children and nuns in the classrooms on the upper floors.

Sister Mary St. Canice Lyng was born Mary Lyng on October 11, 1914 in Chicago. She entered the BVM Community on November 8, 1932. Previously, she was Sister Superior of St. Mary's School in DeKalb, Illinois, and before that had taught in California. On December 1, 1958, rather than abandon her students she heroically stayed with them to the very end.
BIO By: Steve Edquist


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  • Created by: Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~
  • Added: 25 Oct 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12164024
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sr Mary St. Canice Lyng (11 Oct 1914–1 Dec 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12164024, citing Mount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~ (contributor 46550986) .