Class of 1968

 
On this page, we remember and honor members of the Class of 1968 who have passed away. Two years ahead of us, they played an important role in enriching our experience, often as fellow members in extracurricular activities.
 
Please click on the name to see the tribute. 
 
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Legend: Name (married last name),  Military Service (details in tribute)
 
2018
 
 
2010
Kenneth Goodrich   (brother of classmate Doug Goodrich)
 
2009
Dennis Page (brother of classmate Cindy Page Siegler)
 
2007
 
2003
Jean White (Coombs) (sister of classmate Susan White)
 
2002
 
1996
 
1993
 
1991
 
1984
Richard Descheneaux  (sister of classmate Denise Descheneaux Frates)
 
1972
 
 
Carolyn Ouellette (Racicot)
(1951-2018)
 
  
 
Carolyn in 1968 (senior photo) and later in life.
 
Carolyn Ann (Ouellette) Racicot, 67, passed away on Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.
 
She was born in Springfield Jan. 1, 1951.
 
Carolyn was predeceased by her parents, Donald and Edith (Jordan) Ouellette. A 1968 graduate of East Longmeadow High School, Carolyn went on to earn a B.A. in English from UMass in 1972.
 
Carolyn's true passion was painting, and she was a talented artist. Carolyn had a gift for gardening and took great pleasure from her flowers, vegetables, and fish ponds.
 
She was the co-owner of The Saw Center, Inc. in Springfield, MA for over 40 years.
 
Carolyn was a devoted caregiver for her parents in their later years and became the matriarch of the family, and was someone who always put everyone first before herself. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
 
She leaves her loving and devoted husband of 39 years, Ed Racicot; her children, Christian Racicot of East Longmeadow, Alexander Racicot and his wife, Ammelia of Springfield, and Devin Racicot and his wife, Tara of Middletown, CT; a brother, Peter Ouellette and his wife, Beth of Easthampton; and a sister, Donna Zimmerman and her husband, Carl of East Longmeadow. She also leaves her beloved dogs, Lena and TiLou; and her grand-kitty and constant companion, Luna.
 
The family wants to thank Dr. Ochs, nurse Katie, the nursing staff at Mercy Infusion, and the nurses of Mercy post-op who stayed with us during a difficult time.
 
Carolyn loved animals and nature, and had a beautiful appreciation for all living things. Donations in her memory to the New England English Springer Spaniel Rescue at NEESSR, P.O. Box 407, Ashland, MA 01721 would be greatly appreciated. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Dennis Arbour
(1950-2018)
 
  
 
Dennis in 1968 (senior photo) and later in life.
 
Dennis Anthony Arbour was born on Jul. 7, 1950 in Springfield, MA. He died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at the Sussman House in Rockport, Maine.
 
Dennis was an exceptionally spiritual individual, and he bravely fought a long battle against bone cancer.
 
His life pursuits included art, West Coast Indian carvings, carpentry, music, boatbuilding, working for New York Illustrations, and writing his book, "Being the Phoenix." Spirituality and kindness were his guiding light.
 
Dennis is survived by his sister, Cynthia Smaldone; his brother, Richard Arbour; his wife, Lesley Arbour; and his two stepchildren, Emily Churchill and Jonathan Bernhard. (Excerpted from the Penebscot Bay Pilot, Camden, ME).
 
 
Linda Syrett (Long)
(1950-2017)
 
 
Linda's senior photo.
 
Linda J. Long passed away on Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017. (Excerpted from the New England Funeral and Cremation Center, Springfield MA website).
 
 
Douglas Nilson
(1950-2016)
 
 
 
Douglas in 1968 (senior photo) and later in life.
 
Douglas E. Nilson, 65, of Ludlow, MA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 in the comfort of his home after a courageous battle with bladder cancer.
 
Born in Springfield, son of the late Bertil and Mabel (Larson) Nilson, he spent his youth in East Longmeadow and was a 1968 graduate of East Longmeadow High School before settling in Ludlow.
 
Doug proudly served in the Army National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge in 1994.
 
He worked for many years at the former Milton Bradley and then retired from Sweet Life Foods after 25 years of service. Upon retirement, he worked for Big Y Corp., serving the Springfield area.
 
Doug was the beloved husband of 44 years to Florence "Floss" (Lovern) Nilson; a loving father to Brian Nilson of Pittsfield; and the late Jeffrey D. Nilson, who predeceased him in 2015; a cherished grandfather to Hannan and Jason Nilson of Ludlow, Jennifer Nilson of Philadelphia, and River Carbone of Maine; a dear brother to Joyce Templeman of Monson, and the late Ann Magill and Robert Nilson; a dear brother-in-law to Walter Lovern of Chicopee; and also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
 
Doug's family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses of Mercy Hospice for the wonderful comfort care they provided.
 
Those wishing to make donations in Doug's memory may do so to the family directly, or c/o Ludlow Funeral Home, 432 East St., Ludlow, MA 01056, to help offset family expenses. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Patricia Brouillard (Ellison)
(1949-2016)
 
 
Patricia's senior photo.
 
Patricia A. Ellison, of 257 Freely Rd., Donalds, SC, died Saturday, Mar. 19, 2016 at Self Regional Medical Center.
 
Patricia, affectionately known as "Pat," was born Jul. 27, 1949 in upper state New York. 

She was a retired home health aide for hospice in Springfield, MA, and a member of the Hodges Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.
 
Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Jack Ellison. Surviving her are two daughters, Helen (Anthony) Dotson of the home, and Gina Ellison (Jerod) Porter of Sauda, SC; and two gandsons of the home, Graeme Farrell and Seth Ellison.
 
Pat was loved by all she came in contact with and will be missed by many. She touched many with her sweet smile, loving demeanor, and caring hugs. (Excerpted from The Index-Journal, Greenwood, SC).
 
 
Mary Sambor (Swords)
(1950-2015)
 
 
 
Mary in 1968 (senior photo) and later in life.
 
Attorney Mary Mania C. Sambor (Swords), 64, daughter of Frank J. Sambor and the late Estelle Sambor, died suddenly at home on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.
 
Mary is survived by her husband of 38 years, Hon. Daniel J. Swords and the joys of her life, Dr. Susan Swords and her husband, Dr. Christopher Gudas of Hingham, MA, and her son, Daniel J. Swords II and his wife, Deidre Swords of Longmeadow, MA. Mary also leaves her precious grandson, Colin Daniel Swords. She also leaves her sister, Julianne Hirsh and her husband, Dr. Michael Hirsh of Northborough, MA;  her brother, Frank Sambor and his wife, Lori of Suffield, CT; and her nephews and nieces, Scott, Estelle, Frank, David, and Robert III.
 
Mary was a graduate of Springfield College and Western New England University School of Law. Mary worked as a public defender in the Hampden County criminal court system. 
 
First and foremost, Mary treasured her loving family. She also loved her community, her faith, and the many animal treasures in her life, Deanna, Brenna, Patty, and Taylor.
 
Mary was a tremendous contributor to her community, having served for over 30 years on the East Longmeadow Conservation Commission. Mary was responsible for helping the town acquire, primarily by donation, nearly 200 acres of conservation land and open space during her long tenure as chairperson of the Conservation Commission. The commission honored Mary by naming 40 acres of conservation land as the Mary Swords Conservation Area.
 
Mary also served as president of the Norcross House, leading the effort to preserve this historic home in the center of East Longmeadow.
 
Mary recently served as the vice president of the Pilgrim Doberman Pinscher Club, where she served as a longtime member and contributor to the club.
 
Mary loved her time with her family, her friends, her animals, and especially babysitting for her grandson, Colin. Mary and her family spent over 30 years on Cape Cod, enjoying time with family and friends.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mary Swords Memorial Fund, c/o Florence Savings Bank, 85 Main St., Florence, MA 01062 (for conservation purposes and animal rescue). (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Carol Gurney (Granger)
(1950-2014)
 
  
 
Carol in 1968 (senior photo) and later in life.
 
Carol Jean Granger (Gurney), 63, of Austin, TX, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.
 
She was born on Dec. 25, 1950 in Springfield, MA to Kenneth and Jeannette Gurney, who preceded her in death.
 
Carol attended school in East Longmeadow and graduated from there in 1968. She later attended Holyoke Community College.
 
Carol spent her professional career designing computer systems for banks and insurance companies. She had a deep appreciation for the arts and music, and was very active in the Austin Museum of Art and the Wednesday Morning Music Club.
 
She and her husband traveled extensively, across all seven continents. 
 
Carol was also an avid collector of silver.
 
She was a member and past president of the Wednesday Morning Music Club of Austin, and a volunteer docent for the Austin Museum of Art.
 
She is survived by her beloved husband, Gordon R. Granger of Austin; step-children Tricia Palka of Austin and Dwight Granger (Irinia) of Austin; step-grandchildren Nicholas Palka of Austin and Alex Granger of Austin; siblings, Anne Louise Moulton (John) of Etson, NH, John Kenneth Gurney (Julia) of Enfield, CT, and Andrew Warner Gurney (Cindy) of Westfield, MA; sisters-in-law Patricia Granger Morris of South Carolina and Sharon Marchant Granger of North Carolina; and many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends. (Excerpted from the Austin American-Statesman, Austin, TX).
 
 
Kenneth Goodrich
(1950-2010)
 
   
 
Ken in 1968 (senior photo) and during his time in the U.S. Marine Corps.
 
Kenneth Arthur Goodrich, 60, of Springfield, MA, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 at Mercy Medical Center.
 
He was born in Springfield, a son of Alice (Chandler) Goodrich of East Longmeadow and the late Earl Goodrich. He resided in Springfield for the past 32 years.
 
Ken was raised in East Longmeadow and graduated from East Longmeadow High School, where he ran track and obtained a Masschusetts track and field record. 
 
He was a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving as a corporal during the Vietnam War.
 
Ken worked for many years as an aluminum and vinyl sider.
 
Besides his mother, Alice, he is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Margaret "Peggy" E. (O'Malley) Goodrich of Springfield; his seven siblings, Phyllis Manzi of Springfield; Martha Nulph and her husband, Clifford of Monson; Roberta Sheltra of Springfield; Ronald Goodrich and his wife, Kathy of Sunderland, MA; Douglas Goodrich and his wife, Linda of Springfield; Dorothy Ingram and her husband, Donald of Florida; and Wendy Lennox and her husband, John of Springfield; and by many nieces and nephews.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kenneth's name may be made to the ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter, 430 Norwood Park S., 2nd Floor, Norwood, MA. 02062. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Jane LaLiberté (Butler)
(1950-2010)
 
 
Jane's senior photo.
 
Jane LaLiberté Butler died after a long illness on Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010 in Fargo, ND.
 
She was born on Jun. 8, 1950 in Springfield, MA.
 
Jane was a public school teacher, avid flower gardener, and was especially interested in the preservation of historic homes and buildings. She spent many years restoring her 96-year-old home on South Terrace in Fargo.
 
Jane was the vice president of the Oak Grove Neighborhood Association, a member of the Fargo Moorhead Heritage Society, and served on the Fargo Planning Commission. She was also an active member of the Fargo Moorhead Unitarian Universalist Church.
 
Jane was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and attended graduate classes at Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Jane taught in the public schools for nearly 30 years, and was a Special Education teacher in Moorhead Public Schools for over 20 years, certified for emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children. She started the Moorhead Community Alternative Program at Moorhead Public Schools.
 
Jane is survived by her husband of 38 years, Malcolm Butler; her son, Nicholas Butler; and her mother, sister, and five brothers; as well as nieces and nephews in southern New England. (Excerpted from the Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home website, Fargo, ND).
 
 
Dennis Page
(1950-2009)
 
 
Dennis' senior photo.
 
Dennis John Page, the son of the late John and Joyce Page, formerly of East Longmeadow, died at home in Feeding Hills, MA on Thursday, Jun. 4, 2009.
 
Dennis was a 1968 graduate of East Longmeadow High School. Majoring in sound technology, he was a 1972 graduate of Graham Junior College in Boston.
 
Dennis was the sound tech for many local bands. He was also a hi-fi and television/video salesman.
 
Dennis loved music, reading, and being at Daytona while cheering on Rusty Wallace and NASCAR.
 
To cherish his memory and his indomitable spirit are his sister, Cynthia (Page) Siegler, and her husband, Steve, with whom he lived; nieces Jessica Cleveland, Rebecca Siegler, and Sabrina Sobczyk; his sister Deb (Page) MacDonald and her husband Glenn; two grandsons, Giorgio and Joseph; his daughter, Sarah Holohan; and aunts Terry Angotti and Rose Garvey.
 
He cherished his stalwart friends Dave and Annie, Danny, Fred, and John, and his amazing hospice caregivers Jen and Moe.
 
Memorial contributions in Dennis' memory may be made to the Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, Springfield, MA. Play a Moody Blues CD or watch NASCAR in his memory --- he'd love that. (Excerpted from The Sunday Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Donald Kattler
(1949-2009)
 
 
 
Donald in 1968 (senior photo) and later in life.
 
Donald D. Kattler, 59, of Wilbraham, MA and formerly of Monson, died Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2009 surrounded by his family in Baystate Medical Center, Springfield.
 
Donald, a son of the late William and Katherine (Dame) Kattler, was born in Springfield on Nov. 14, 1949.
 
Raised in East Longmeadow, he graduated from East Longmeadow High School. 
 
Donald worked for the former Zero Company in Monson for 32 years as a supervisor. He resided in Monson for almost 40 years and for the past five months in Wilbraham.
 
Donald loved nature and taking walks at Quabbin and on the beach at Cape Cod.
 
In addition to his parents, Donald was predeceased by his brother, William D. Kattler III. He is survived by a son, Christopher A. Kattler and his fiancée, Kandis Russell of Ware; a daughter, Pamela Jane Kattler of Indian Orchard; a brother, John J. Kattler and his wife, Peggie, of Springfield; two granddaughters, Paige and Hannah; two nieces, Carla and Katherine Kattler; and a nephew, Jay Kattler, all of Springfield; his wife, Ester (Fox) Kattler of Ware; two stepsons, Timothy and David Fox, both of Ware; a stepdaughter, Shelly Fox of Wilbraham; and his former wife, Claire Forgues of Hadley.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Marilyn Bean
(1950-2007)
 
 
Marilyn's senior photo.
 
Marilyn A. Bean, 56, of 249 Hampden Rd., East Longmeadow, died on Thursday, Mar. 1, 2007.
 
Born in Springfield, she was the daughter of Genevieve (Barry) Bean and the late Robert Bean.
 
Marilyn lived most of her life in North Truro, Cape Cod, and East Longmeadow. She worked for many years as a guide at the Provincetown Monument and loved to travel and be at the ocean. She leaves her mother, Genevieve (Barry) Bean of East Longmeadow; two sisters, her twin sister Margaret Bean Wright of New Hampshire, and Patricia Bean of East Longmeadow; a brother, Richard of Virginia; and six nephews, Dana, David, and Matthew Bean; Benjamin Wright; and Jason and Andrew Balog.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Whispering Horse Therapeutic Riding Center, 253 Hampden Rd., East Longmeadow, MA, or to Heifer International. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Jean White (Coombs)
(1951-2003)
 
 
Jean's senior photo.
 
Jean M. White Coombs of Chantilly, VA, formerly of Plainville, CT, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003. She was 51.
 
She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Coombs; her mother, Ruth Gustafson White; a son, Wesley Coombs of Chantilly, VA; a brother, David White of Cape Coral, FL; and a sister, Susan White of Bristol, CT. (Excerpted from the Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT).
 
 
Michael Layne
(1951-2002)
 
 
Michael's senior photo.
 
Mr. Michael N. Layne, 51, of Main Street, South Egremont, MA, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2002 at his home.
 
Born Jan. 1, 1951, he was the son of Evangeline Kantos Layne and the late Michael M. Layne.
 
He attended schools in Northampton and East Longmeadow, graduating from East Longmeadow High with the class of 1968. He attended St. Anselm's College in New Hampsire before moving to Colorado.
 
He worked in and managed several restaurants in Colorado and Massachusetts. In 1991, he realized his long-standing dream of owning an eating establishment, the Gaslight Cafe in South Egremont, MA, which he operated until his death.
 
He was an avid crossword enthusiast, animal lover and student of the English language.
 
Besides his mother of East Longmeadow, Michael is survived by his wife, Catherine (Doran) Layne. The couple met on May 3, 1993 and were married on Jul. 11, 2001 in South Egremont. He also leaves his stepdaughter, Elissa MacDowell, at home; and his brother, Evan Layne of Boston.
 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Catherine Layne beneficiary for the Michael Layne Fund. (Excerpted from the Sunday Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
John Aitcheson
(1950-2002)
 
 
John's senior photo.
 
John B. Aitcheson, 51, died unexpectedly at his residence at Lake View Tower in Madison, SD on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002.
 
The son of John and Shirley (Davis) Aitcheson, he was born on Aug. 15, 1950 in Springfield MA. He grew up in the Springfield area.
 
He moved to Wentworth, SD in 1990. He worked as a truck driver for B & G Transportation in Madison, SD until ill health forced his retirement in 1998.
 
He served in the U.S. Air Force.
 
He married Elmire Mincy in Madison on Jun. 19, 1992. They were divorced in 2000.
 
He is survived by two sons, John Dalvs of Port Charlotte, FL and Mitch of Wentworth; his mother, Shirley Davis; and sister Linda Pigliano, both of East Longmeadow; sister, Sandra Gingras of Feeding Hills, MA; and three stepchildren, Richard, Tracey, and Kyla. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Victor Petrone
(1949-1996)
 
 
Victor's senior photo.
 
Victor Frank Petrone, Jr., 46, of Robins Road, Framingham, MA died Monday, Nov. 12, 1996 at Framingham Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
 
He was a computer repairman, and worked previously for Empire Battery Co., and Chrysler-Plymouth in Springfield.
 
He leaves his wife, the former Bonnie Bowl; his mother, Josephine Loretta (Lizzio ) Petrone of Springfield; and a brother, Erminio V. of Cape Cod. His brother, Roger W., died in 1982.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the National Kidney Foundation. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union-News, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Lauretta Henderson-Clarke
(1950-1993)
 
 
Lauretta's senior photo.
 
Lauretta Frances Henderson-Clarke, 42, of 47 Princeton St., Leominster, MA, a 10-year financial assistant social worker for the State Department of Public Welfare, died Friday, Nov. 15, 1993 at Leominster Hospital.
 
She worked in the Springfield and Worcester offices before being transferred to Fitchburg.
 
Born in Springfield, she lived in East Longmeadow most of her life, before moving to Leominster nine years ago.
 
She was a 1968 graduate of East Longmeadow High School, and attended Boston Community College and Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester.
 
She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Leominster.
 
She leaves her husband, Clyde M. Clarke, Jr. of Leominster; two sons, Kyle E. and Christopher M., both of Leominster; her parents, Crusoe E. Henderson of Springfield and Beatrice (Bracey) Wright of East Longmeadow; three brothers, George P. Bracey of Springfield's Indian Orchard section; Joe B. Wright of Springfield; and Geoffrey Wright, stationed with the Army at Fort Campbell, KY; six sisters, Lorna B. Homes of Montgomery, AL; Toni Lynn Henderson of Hartford, CT; Alycia Wright, Kimberly Wright, Raakeebah Henderson, and Okeemah Henderson, all of East Longmeadow; and several nieces and nephews.
 
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union-News, Springfield, MA).
 
 
Nora Brayley (Black)
(1950-1991)
 
 
Nora's senior photo.
 
Nora Brayley Black, of Rockport, MA passed away on Thursday, May 16, 1991. Our only source of information on her passing is the Social Security Death Index. At this time, we have no further details regarding her life.
 
 
Richard Descheneaux
(1951-1984)
 
 
Richard's senior photo.
 
Technical Sergeant Richard Descheneaux, of Wellesely Hills, Mass., formerly of East Longmeadow, Mass. and Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 1984.
 
He was the beloved husband of Jan (Eccles) Descheneaux and the father of Christopher Descheneaux of Ontario, Canada.
 
He was the son of Harold R. Descheneaux and the late Doris (Fredette) Descheneaux; and the brother of Raymond Deschenaux, Denise Frates, and Donna Marie Descheneaux of East Longmeadow. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA)
 
 
John Parks
(1949-1972)
 
 
John's senior photo.
 
Funeral services will be held this morning at Hafey Funeral Home for John C. Parks, 23, of 52 Maple St., East Longmeadow, who was killed in a truck crash in Dallas Plantation, Maine on Saturday night, Nov. 4, 1972. 
 
He was on a hunting trip with four other Springfield area residents when the truck he was driving veered off the road, struck a tree, and turned over three times, police said.
 
He was graduated from East Longmeadow High School in 1968 and was employed by the town's Public Works Department.
 
He leaves his parents, Martin J. and Ernestine (Bliss) Parks, and a brother, Martin, at home.
 
Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, Springfield MA).