Nine-year-old girl with Wisconsin ties among dead in Moore, OK
FOND DU LAC (WITI) -- One of the young victims from the Moore, Oklahoma tornado has ties to Wisconsin. Nine-year-old Sydney Angle is one of the storm victims. Her parents, Dan and Nicole Angle, are both originally from the Fond du Lac area. Sydney is one of the seven students who died at Plaza Tower Elementary School.
Young Sydney was known as a girl who loved softball, had big blue eyes and a smile you had to notice.
"She had a smile that would light up; always had a smile. She was a wonderful young lady," said Laura Schneider, a friend of the Angle family.
"I just can’t get my head around it. (Myself and Sydney's mother) used to work together. I can’t even imagine what she’s going through," said Vicki Steinhardt.
Relatives left Fond du Lac Wednesday, headed for Oklahoma. Sharon Koll, an aunt, talked to Sydney's grandmother.
"She said to me 'what do you say to a couple who just lost their child?' There are no words to say," said Koll.
FOX6 News has learned Sydney's father, Dan Angle grew up in Oakfield, Wisconsin, and his wife Nicole in Fond du Lac. The two met, had two children, and then Dan's job took them to Oklahoma City, where they settled into the suburb of Moore.
On Monday, May 20th, the couple lost their youngest daughter, Sydney.
Now, friends are trying to reach out to the family to help them through this devastating loss.
"Real good friends with (Sydney's mother). Practically lived at her house back in elementary school and junior high. As soon as I heard they were affected I wanted to help them," Pam McCarthy said.
Fond du Lac radio station 97.7FM is helping publicize the fundraising effort -- and a Facebook page called the Dan and Nicole Angle Disaster Relief Fund conveys pictures, messages and information.
Faro's Restaurant in Fond du Lac is planning to donate ten percent of Wednesday's profits to the fund. Anyone can make a donation at any Hometown Bank.
Additionally, "The Dan and Nicole Angle Disaster Relief Fund" Facebook page has been established.
"I talked to her mom and asked her if it would be okay for us to set up some place for donations to go to and she said that would be fine," McCarthy said.
Sydney's father works at Quad Graphics in Oklahoma and used to work at the Lomira plant. The company says it is providing hotel rooms for any of its displaced employees and their families, and launching an internal relief fund to help those impacted.
"I'm just trying to put myself in how she must be feeling and I just, I can't imagine. I just want to jump in the car and go," Steinhardt said.
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