Centenarians

Seven wonderful people associated with our class have lived to 100 years. Here are their names and some details about their lives. May our lives be as long and as fulfilling as theirs!
 
Mr. Henry Vagts
(May 5, 1918 - Apr. 17, 2020)
 
 
Mr. Vagts on the occasion of his 100th birthday in 2018.
 
The father of classmate Gail Vagts Manning, Mr. Vagts passed away at the age of 101. Please click here for a lovely article on his 100th birthday celebration.
 
Mrs. Grace Dickinson
(Aug. 29, 1919 - Aug. 30, 2019)
 
 
The mother of classmate Henry Dickinson, Mrs. Dickinson passed away one day after celebrating her 100th birthday. She resided in Manchester, NH. During her time in East Longmeadow, she worked at Forbes & Wallace, Shawmut Bank, and J. C. Penney.
 
Mrs. Estelle Krause
(Jun. 1, 1917 - Jun. 30, 2019)
 
 
 
Mrs. Krause in 1977 and in 2016.
 
Mrs. Krause taught English at Birchland Park Junior High School from 1961-1987. She passed away at the age of 102. Please click here for her Life Tribute.
 
Mr. Kenneth "Ken" Blaisdell
(May 21, 1917 - Jan. 28, 2018)
 
 
 
Mr. Blaisdell during World War II and later in life.
 
The father of classmate Nancy Blaisdell Kotowitz, Mr. Blaisdell passed away eight months after celebrating his 100th birthday, at the Soldier's Home in Holyoke, MA. He was a pilot during World War II.
 
Mrs. Nathalie Fiske, R.N.
(Dec. 1, 1910 - Mar. 14, 2016)
 
 
 
Mrs. Fiske during our school years and later in life.
 
Mrs. Fiske served as a school nurse from 1961-1967. She passed away at the age of 105. Please click here for her Life Tribute.
 
Mrs. Pauline Borodkin
(Nov. 14, 1915 - Dec. 31, 2015)
 
 
 
Mrs. Borodkin in 1963 and later in life.
 
The mother of classmate Koby Borodkin (in our class from first through ninth grades), Mrs. Borodkin passed away a month and a half after celebrating her 100th birthday. She resided in Cumberland, RI. During World War II, she worked in the British Ministry of War Transport. Following the war, she went to work as a librarian at the New York Public Library, and then at the East Longmeadow Public Library.
 
Mrs. Doris Cruikshank
(Jul. 8, 1910 - Jan. 18, 2012)
 
 
Mrs. Cruikshank served as the secretary to the superintendent of East Longmeadow Public Schools. She passed away at the age of 101. Please click here for her Life Tribute.