Class of 1971

On this page, we remember and honor members of the Class of 1971 who have passed away. A year behind 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), year of passing,  Military Service (details in tribute)
John Keane (in our class from 1st through 5th grades)
David Lariviere  (in our class in 7th grade)
Brian Lavertue (brother of classmate Nancy Lavertue Hurst)
William Stark (in our class from 7th through 10th grades)
Bruce McClure (in our class from 1st through 3rd grades)
Donald Turnberg (twin brother of classmate Dave Turnberg)
Gary Serwatka  (in our class from 1st through 3rd grades)
John Moore (brother of classmates Bruce and Scott Moore)
Paul Messenger
Paul's senior photo.
Paul R. Messenger, beloved husband of Linda (Kaeser) Messenger, passed away on Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2018.
He was born Sep. 1, 1953 and was predeceased by his father, Carl "Frosty" and mother, Helen (Langan) Messenger.
As a child, he lived in Warren, MA, where he helped his grandparents at Sun Valley Farm race ponies and build show and race carts.
He graduated from East Longmeadow High in 1971.
After almost 40 years in the automotive and RV service industry, he was enjoying retirement. 
Paul lived in Somers, CT for 22 years, where many memories were made with his beloved family, friends, and pets. 
In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by his loving son, Patrick and wife, Amanda of Kuna, ID. He also leaves a brother, Philip and wife, Judith of Missouri; one niece; an aunt; cousins; and many close friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Paul may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or a charity of your choice. (Excerpted from The Hartford Courant, Hartford, CT). 
John Keane
John in 1971 (senior photo) and with his wife, Kathleen in 2016.
John Russell Keane, 65, former longtime resident of East Longmeadow, pssed away at Tidewell Hospice, Inc. in Port Charlotte, FL on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017.
He was born in Springfield to the late John and Dorothy (Duval) Keane and was a 1971 graduate of East Longmeadow High School.
John was employed by many area companies over his working career, including Imperial Insulation/U.S. Insulation Co. as a gutter installer; and as a truck driver for McKesson Wine and Spirits. He was also co-owner of Rainbow Enterprises Home Improvements, and a small engine mechanic for Acres Power Equipment until his retirement in 2007.
John was an auto racer and motorcycle rider. He built model cars and customized them into race car replicas. He had a zest for life, and his passions became an activity for the whole family to enjoy.
He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who will be dearly missed. He leaves his loving wife of 45 years, Kathleen (Docherty) Keane; his daughter, Shannon Rempp and her husband, Derren of Feeding Hills; his son, Darrell Keane and his companion, Nina of Enfield, CT; his grandchildren, Anna, Allie, and Nicholas; his brother, Barry Keane of Vernon, CT; and his uncle Richard Duval and his wife, Connie of Springfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St, Springfield, MA 01104. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
David Thodal
David's senior photo.
Per Nancy Savaria, ELHS 1971, "David Thodal suffered a fatal heart attack while skiing on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. He grew up on Hanward Hill and most recently lived in Minnesota. He was a carpenter by trade, and also a poet. He leaves his wife, Suzanne and a daughter, Ellie; a sister, Linda; and two brothers, Carl and Eric." 
Suzanne Laurion
Suzanne in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
Per Nancy Savaria, ELHS 1971, "Suzanne left us on Friday, Apr. 22, 2016 at the age of 62, after fighting a year-long battle with cancer in Golden, CO. In 2005, she selflessly cared for our former classmate Kathy (Allen) Sullivan until her passing on Jan. 30, 2006." 
Christine Decker
Christine in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
Doctor Christine Corrie Decker, 61, of Sunderland, MA, died Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Fisher House Hospice in Amherst.
Dr. Decker was a well-loved and highly respected naturopathic physician who maintained offices in both Massachusetts and Vermont. She was well-known for her entertaining and informative lectures and also for dispensing practical advice in the nutritional column which she maintained on her Facebook page.
Of a lively and witty disposition, Chris, as she was called by her friends, colleagues, and patients alike, was appreciated for her unique gift in distilling dense scientific concepts into accessible information for a popular readership. 
Dr. Decker, who was a graduate of Bastyr University in 2000, had previously completed degrees in biology, English, and women's studies in 1979 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As Chris, an enthusiastic and indefatigable student, contemplated pursuing a fourth major, the school's dean told her, "Christine, it's time to think about graduate school."
Before attending medical school, Chris worked as a freelance writer and editor of scientific journals and books. Additionally, she served as a copy editor at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, and later worked as a writer and editor in the biochemistry department, where she also taught a yearly writing course for undergraduates. Finally, in her early forties, Chris moved to Seattle, WA to pursue her longstanding goal of a career in medicine, opting to train as a naturopath with specialties in homeopathy and nutrition. After completing her medical degree, Chris returned to this coast to practice medicine, first in Connecticut and then in the Pioneer Valley and Vermont.
Chris was born Aug. 15, 1953 at the Shriners Hospital in Springfield to Ronald Decker and Myrtle Hawley Decker, both deceased, of East Longmeadow. From an early age, Chris excelled scholastically, and was one of a four member team from East Longmeadow High school which competed on the local television quiz show "As Schools Match Wits." She attended first Vassar College, later transferring to UMass where she completed her degrees.
In 1979, Chris was a central part of the historic women's occupation of the UMass school neewspaper, The Collegian. The occupation, which received national coverage, was successful in forcing the paper to revise its sexist policies toward women. 
Chris, both in her personal and professional life, was motivated by a powerful desire for social justice for all. In her free time, she was an avid photographer who loved chronicling her travels through nature, and was also a gifted cartoonist.
She is survived by a close loving circle of friends who cared for her in her final days. Chris will be remembered as an expert, kind, and empathic healer. She had a deep and genuine desire to help others achieve vibrant health and worked tirelessly toward that goal. She will be deeply missed.
Donations can be sent in Chris' name to the Fisher House Hospice in Amherst. (Excerpted from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, MA).
Ann Flanagan
Ann in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
Ann C. Flanagan, 61, of Phelps Road, Middletown, RI, died on Wednesday, Mar. 3, 2015 at home.
Born in Holyoke, MA on Feb. 27, 1954, she was the daughter of the late John E. and Rosetta (O'Neill) Flanagan.
Ann served as the SubLAN Assistance Coordinator for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, where she worked since 1976, and was admired for her professionalism and dedication.
A graduate of American International College in Springfield, Ann found enjoyment in her friends from work, who were like family to her; friends she met through years; and family (especially her nieces and nephew of whom she was so proud).
She loved dogs, particulary the family doberman, Clive, and Abbie, the chocolate lab, who she spoiled at every visit.
Ann had many challenges in her life, which she met head-on and generally with great fortitude. She will leave a hole in the lives of those to whom she was closest.
Ann is survived by her brother and sisters, John E. Flanagan, Jr. and his wife, Carol of McLean, VA, Mary E. Smiley and her husband, Michael of San Diego, CA, and Carol Palmer and her husband, Chip of North Kingston. She was the beloved aunt of her nieces and nephew Elizabeth Smiley, Tara Flagan Koenig, Colleen Smiley, Grace Palmer, and Samuel Palmer. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her niece, Nicole Flanagan Ayers.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann's memory may be made to Cure HHT, PO Box 329, Monkton, MD 21111. (Excerpted from The Newport Daily News, Newport, RI).
Robert Streeter
Robert during his junior year and while serving in the U.S. Army.
Robert L. Streeter, 61, died on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at Baystate Medical Center.
Born on Aug. 23, 1953 to Lester and Joyce (Porter) Streeter, he worked as a machinist at American Saw, East Longmeadow.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army.
Predeceased by his father, he leaves his mother, Joyce Streeter of Connecticut; brother, Mark Streeter of East Longmeadow; niece, Julie Ryan and her husband, Chris; and nephews Matthew and Joseph Streeter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 78517, Topeka, KS 66675. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA). 
Stephen Fairbanks
Stephen in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
Per Nancy Savaria, ELHS 1971, "Stephen passed away on Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 from injuries received in a slip and fall accident." At this time, we have no further details regarding his life.
Michael Keane
Michael in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
Michael Joseph Keane, 60, was called home by his loving Creator on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, after complications from an illness.
Michael was the son of Hugh and Theresa Kean, and the oldest of six children, Patti, Mary, Kevin, Brian, and James.
After starring as a varsity football and baseball athlete at East Longmeadow High School, Michael received an appointment to and attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD from 1970 to 1972. 
He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree fromthe University of Maryland in 1974. Michael came to St. Petersburg, FL to attend Stetson University College of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1978 and served as editor-in-chief of the Stetson Law Review in 1977-1978. 
After passing the Florida Bar, Michael clerked for the Honorable Ben F. Overton, Justice, Florida Supreme Court from 1978 to 1980. After completing his clerkship with Justice Overton, Michael returned to St. Petersburg in 1980 to begin a long and distinguished legal career. He was a founding partner in the law firm Keane, Reese, Vesely and Gerdes, P.A. in 1994.
Michael was a loving and generous son, brother, father, husband, partner, and friend for all of his life. It was all he knew to do.
Over the past 34 years, Michael was a zealous advocate and respected counselor to his clients, and a respected lawyer and adversary among his peers. He conducted numerous trials to juries in environmental, construction, personal injury, contracts, real property, legal malpractice, and commercial disputes in federal and state courts throughout Florida, as well as presenting many more cases before judges, arbitration panels, and administrative law judges. He also had a sucessful appellate law practice. He was certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a civil mediator, and also served as an arbitrator and a voluntary trial judge on cases presented to him by other attorneys.
Michael gave of himself often and enthusiastically in service to the profession he loved. He had a longstanding and deep passion for legal education. He served as an adjunct professor at Stetson University College of law, teaching classes in professional ethics, Florida constitutional law, and alternative dispute resolution. He lectured at various continuing legal education seminares and authored a number of professional articles in legal journals and law reviews. 
Michael served on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, the body that considers competency and character to approve candidates for acceptance into the Florida Bar. He served as vice chair and chair of the board and continued to serve as an emeritus member of the board until 2010, when he returned to teaching at Stetson as an adjunct professor.
Michael was an outright baseball fanatic. He could not hear enough, listen enough, or talk enough about his beloved Boston Red Sox. He coached youth baseball and was a board member of Northwest Youth Baseball for ten years until 2010. Many of his players had successful high school baseball careers in St. Peterburg and some are still playing baseball in college. To those players he will always be known for his suncreen facial and his mantra, "Never, never, never, quit."
Michael was preceded in death by his father, Hugh (1986) and his brother-in-laws Michael Reese (Mary) and Danny Oswalt (Patti). He is survived by his mother, Theresa; his wife Corrine; his two sons, Patrick and Callaghan; five siblings, Mary (Cypress Run), Patti (North Carolina), Kevin (Linda) (St. Petersburg), Brian (Mindy) (Bradenton), and James (Cathy) (Tallahassee); two stepsons, Justin Tedder and Chad Crawford; 18 nieces and nephews; and his lifelong friends and confidants Charlie Maurer (Naples) and Diane Keane (St. Petersburg).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Michael J. Keane Foundation, c/o Hancock Bank, 100 2nd Ave. No., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (Excerpted from the Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, FL).
David Lariviere
David in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
David A. Lariviere, 63, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014.
He was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was a self-employed carpenter in the area for many years.
He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and vacationing on Cape Cod, and was a member of the American Legion in East Longmeadow. He also enjoyed collecting antiques, and was an avid New England sports fan.
He was predeceased by his wife, Constance (Walker) Lariviere on May 2, 2010. David leaves his children, Stephen Crafts and his wife, Elizabeth of Wilbraham, John Crafts of Springfield, Scott Crafts of Stafford Springs, CT; Lynne Bollum and her husband, Chad of Wilbraham, and Julie Rogers and her husband, Mike of Somers, CT; his much loved grandchildren, Courtney, Alex, Matt, Emily, Rachel, Braden, Norah, and Chris; siblings Raymond, Gerald, and Dennis Lariviere; and sisters Peggy Herman and Louise Grady; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinatti, OH 45250. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
Brian Lavertue
Brian in 1971 and later in life.
Brian Reed Lavertue, 59, a resident of Bay Meadow Apartments, Springfield, died unexpectedly Oct. 31, 2012.
He was born in Springfield but had been a resident of East Longmeadow, where he attended and graduated from its schools. He was also a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College.
Brian was a dedicated fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants, and a member of the Lions Club. He also participated in Civil War reenactments in Virginia.
He was predeceased by his father, Herbert Lavertue. He is survived by his mother, Frances (Ferrara) Lavertue of East Longmeadow; two brothers, Robert Lavertue and his wife, Dorothy of Ludlow and Paul Lavertue and his wife, Patricia of Longmeadow; two sisters, Nancy Hurst and her partner, Diane Q. Lee of Bloomfield, CT and Cheryl McDaniel and her husband, Ronnie of Albany GA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gail Rollins
Gail in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
Gail Rollins, 58, of 98 Petticoat Hill, Williamsburg, MA., died Friday, June 8, 2012 following a long illness.
Gail is survived by her husband of 32 years, Rick Barnard; their children and their spouses, Emily Barnard and Chuck Bobala, Zack Barnarad and Jin Chang, and Gabe Rudd-Barnard and Lexi Rudd-Barnard; her parents, Lorraine and Donald Rollins; and her sisters, Diane Farrell and Jan Rollins. 
Gail was born in East Longmeadow on Jun. 23, 1953. She attended East Longmeadow schools and graduated from the School of Education at UMass.
Gail loved kids and worked for the mass migrant program in Holyoke, MA and in the pediatrics unit at the Northampton Nursing Home in Northampton.
Gail was also the cofounder of the Baroco Corporation, the family busines providing services to people with developmental disabilities throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Gail was a longtime board member of the Pioneer Valley Ballet, and for many years coordinated child care for the Nutcracker at the Academy of Music.
She also loved gardening, was an avid skier, a member of the school committee, and was active in the PTO.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Head Start, 494 Main St., Greenfield, MA 01301.
Gary Ritchotte
Gary later in life.
Gary J. Rictchotte, 58, of Arnold Rd., Sturbridge, MA, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Apr. 7, 2012, surrounded by his family, in Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He leaves his first love, soulmate, and wife of 18 years, Rosemary (Herard) Ritchotte; two sons, Paul Ritchotte and his wife, Shantell of Southbridge and Phillip Ritchotte of Yucaipa, CA; two daughters, Trish Carleton and her husband, Jay of Oakham and Jessica Town of Spencer; two brothers, Kenneth Ricthotte of Shickshinny, PA and Randy Ritchotte of Corona, CA; his mother-in-law, Patricia Pratt of North Brookfield; his uncle, Donald LoMascolo and his wife, Mary of East Longmeadow; eight grandchildren, Nathan Carleton, Mikayla Ritchotte, Nolan Carleton, Dylan Ritchotte, Makenna Carleton, Brayden Ritchotte, Brendan Carleton, and Leahyana RItchotte; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was born in Springfield, the son of Kenneth and Barbara (LoMascolo) Ritchotte.
Gary was a salesman for Raymour and Flanigan Furniture in East Springfield until his illness. He previously worked for Rotman's Furniture and Jordan's Furniture.
Gary was an avid photographer. He loved music and playing guitar. He also loved fishing and golfing.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Center at Harrington Memorial Hospital, 100 South St., Southbridge, MA 01550. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
Janice Ouellette (Cacciapuoti)
Janice in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
Janice Ouellette Cacciapuoti, 57, of West Milford, NJ, passed away after a long illness on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
She was born in Springfield, MA on Dec. 8, 1953 to Sara Jean (Carew) and Robert Ouellette.
Mrs. Cacciapuoti was a 1971 graduate of East Longmeadow High School.
She earned a B.S. in mcirobiology from the University of Massachusetts in  Amherst; a B.S. in nursing from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond; and a Master's of Education with a concentration in school nurse education from Cambridge College, MA.
Janice worked for 17 years as a school nurse at West Milford High School where she was involved in the Relay for Life.
She was an active member of the Newfoundland United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday School and vacation Bible school teacher, a confirmation mentor, and a member of various committees and missions. 
Janice was a strong supporter of all Boston sports teams, with a lifelong devotion to her beloved Boston Red Sox. Every year, she attended the Boston Pops Fourth of July concert on the banks of the Charles River.
A lifetime of generosity was highlighted by the personal attention she showed to others, and by her thoughtful giving of gifts and beautiful homemade crafts on every occasion and visit.
She was a talented photographer, and was passionate about lighthouses, visiting more than 50 through the U.S.
Janice is survived by her loving husband, Anthony of 35 years; her dear sons, Michael Cacciapuati of West Milford and David Cacciapuoti and his fiancée, Melissa Boring of Tustin CA; her parents, Robert and Sara Jean Ouellette; her sister, Judith Brown of East Longmeadow; her brothers John Ouellette of Longmeadow and Thomas Ouellette and his wife, Lisa of Vernon, CT; her niece, Dana Ouellette; and nephews Jeffrey Brown and Nathan Ouellette.
Memorial donations may be made in Janice's name to Newfoundland United Methodist Church, PO Box 288, Newfoundland, NJ 07435. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
Gail Pallatino (Falzone)
Gail in 1971 (senior photo) and later in life.
Gail A. (Pallatino) Falzone, 57, died Thursday, Apr. 2, 2011 at the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Home.
She was born in Springfield to the late Quito and Mary (Allison) Pallatino, and was a graduate of East Longmeadow schools and North Adams State College.
Gail worked as a teacher for over 32 years in the Monson school department. She served as the vice president and president of the Monson Teachers' Association.
She loved traveling with her husband, Richard to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and all over Massachusetts with the Elks Lodge.
Gail was predeceased by her mother, Mary in September 2010 and by her father, Quito in March 2011. She is survived by her beloved husband of 23 years, Richard A. Falzone of Longmeadow; her brother, David Pallatino and his wife, Susan of Wilbraham; four stepdaughters, Tina, Lisa, Jeni, and Viki; 11 grandchildre; and three great-grandchildren.
Contributions in Gail's name may be directed to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60018. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
William Legree
William's senior photo.
William J. Legree, Jr., of Springfield, died Tuesday evening, May 18, 2010 at his home.
William, a son of the late William J. Legree, Sr. and Jacqueline (Cote) Legree, was born in Lowell, MA on Oct. 14, 1952. Raised in East Longmeadow, he graduated from East Longmeadow High School.
William resided in Springfield for the past 35 years. He was employed for 40 years at the former Ring Nursing Home, now Wingate of Springfield.
William was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Evelyn M. (Karakla) Legree, who died Sep. 13, 2008, and a daughter, Carolyn. He is survived by a son, Christopher W. Legree of Norfolk, VA; three sisters, Shirley Mitchell of Springfield, Brenda Thompson of Springfield, and Janice Pelletier of Hampden, along with many nieces and nephews. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
Janice Debour (Pomeroy)
Janice's senior photo.
Janice L. (Debour) Pomeroy, 56, of Woodstock Valley, CT, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 9, 2010 at Palmer House Healthcare, Palmer, MA, surrounded by her loving family.
Born  Jan. 8, 1954, in Springfield, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude (Streeter) Debour.
She was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School. She later graduated from the medical assistant program at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, and worked many years as a medical assistant for several Springfield physicians. Janice also worked for many years at the big E.
She married Richard A. Pomeroy May 11, 1974.
Janice had a true passion for live. She loved country music, spending time with her family, and had the gift to become friends with anyone she met.
She was a member of the Church of St. Mary of the Visitation, Putnam, CT, and was a former member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Agawam, MA.
She was a cancer survivor, and participated in the Relay for Life program.
She is survived by her loving husband of nearly 56 years, Richard; sisters Beverly Korzec of Bondsville, MA, and Annette Debour of East longmeadow; nieces Heather Korzec of Monson, MA, and Erin Korzec of Bondsville, MA; and nephew Brian Korzec of Thorndike, MA. She will also be missed by her faithful K-9 companion, Phoebee.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Janice's name to Palmer House Healthcare, Attn: Family Council, 350 Shearer St., Palmer, MA 01069. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
Susan Hiller (McCormack)
Susan in 1971 (senior photo) and with her husband, James later in life.
Susan J. (Hiller) McCormack, 55, passed peacefully with her family at her side on Jun. 2, 2009 at Baystate Medical Center.
She was born in Springfield to Dave and Lois (Keane) Hiller and was a 1971 graduate of East Longmeadow High School.
Susan was employed as a secretary for the Hartford Insurance Co., a legal secretary for Pellegrini and Seeley, and most recently was a noon aide at Mapleshade Elementary School.
A longtime resident of East Longmeadow, she was a member of the East Longmeadow United Methodist Church, volunteered at the East Longmeadow Lions Club with her husband, loved music and dancing, and was an avid bowler and poker player.
Susan met her husband through the Springfield Chapter of Parents without Partners.
Susan is survived by her parents, Dave and Lois Hiller of East Longmeadow; her beloved husband, James McCormack of East Longmeadow; her loving children, Scott G. Monson and his wife, Lisa M. of Feeding Hills, Jill C. Monson of Springfield, Kevin J. McCormack of Westfield, and Lori J. Sampson of Rochester, NY; her brother, Dave H. Hiller of Springfield; her sister, Judy A. DelNegro and her husband, Andy of East Longmeadow; her brother-in-law, John McCormack and his wife, Joyce of Minden, NV; her sisters-in-law, Nancy McCormack of Chicopee and Rosemary Waite and her husband, Rick of Sturbridge; her cherished grandchildren, Vanessa, Edgar, Trisha, and Aaron; her aunt, Marion Hiller of East Longmeadow; her godson, Joe Ferrero; and many nieces and nephews.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made in Susan's name to the East Longmeadow Lions Club, 25 Greenacre Lane, East Longmeadow, MA 01028 or to the East Longmeadow Council on Aging. (Excerpted from The Republican, Springfield, MA).
Marc Smith
Marc during his junior year.
Per Nancy Savaria, ELHS 1971, "Marc Smith passed away on Friday, Mar. 6, 2009 in Milford, NH from a brain aneurysm." At this time, we have no further details regarding his life or passing.
Richard Frey
Richard's senior photo.
Richard A. Frey of Industry, ME, formerly of East Longmeadow, MA, died on Tuesday, Jul. 25, 2008 of natural causes.
He was a 1971 graduate of East Longmeadow High School and a graduate of Northeast Institute of Technologies in Boston.
He leaves behind his loving mother, Sue F. (Whitacre) Frey of East Longmeadow; and brothers Joseph Frey of Springfield and David Frey of the Boston area. He also leaves behind a sister, Viki St. Jacques and her husband, Glenn of Chicopee, along with a nephew, Jason and a niece, Elizabeth St. Jacques, also of Chicopee.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Robert Roy
Robert during his junior year.
Robert J. Roy, 49, of Edy Road, Barkhamsted, CT, died suddenly on Monday, Jan. 13, 2013 at his home.
Born on Feb. 4, 1953, he was the son of Robert C. and Janine (Yans) Roy, and the husband of Nancy (Baisselait) Roy.
Mr. Roy moved from East Longmeadow in 1977 and had lived in Barkhamsted ever since.
He was a devoted fisherman, loved the outdoors, and enjoyed the ocean.
In addition to his wife, Nancy, he leaves a brother, John P. Roy of East Longmeadow; a sister, Suzanne Tyrell of Ludlow; two nieces, Courtney Tyrell and Emily Roy; and a nephew, Evan Nyman. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union-News).
William Stark
Bill's senior photo.
William E. Stark, 49, of Butternut St., Springfield, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2001 at Baystate Medical Center.
Born in Chicopee, he was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School, and had lived in Springfield for more than 20 years.
He worked as a correctional officer at the Osborn Correctional Facility in Somers, CT for 19 years.
He is survived by his wife of eight years, Shirley A. (Harrison) Stark; two daughters, Samantha A. Stark of Springfield and Alexandra M. Stark of Holyoke; two stepsons, Robert C. Meadows of Springfield and Michael H. Meadows of Bristol, CT; as well as one granddaughter, Kali Meadows, and a niece, Christina Pellegrino of Springfield.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill's memory to Brightside for Families and Children, 2112 Riverdale Rd., West Springfield, MA 01189 would be appreciated.
Michael Daigle
Michael's senior photo.
Michael D. Daigle, 46, of 1504 Shadow Lane Drive, Saint Marys, GA, died on Saturday, Apr. 17, 1999 at home.
He was a machinist's mate first class in the Navy for 18 years.
Born in Springfield, he graduated from East Longmeadow High School in 1971 and from Springfield Technical Community College.
He leaves his wife, Aileen Daigle; three sons, Paul, Ryan, and Michael, all of Saint Marys; a daughter, Lola Daigle of Hollywood, FL; and his parents, Albert and Lola (Pultro) Daigle of East Longmeadow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union-News, Springfield, MA).
Michael Harrison
Michael's senior photo.
Per Nancy Savaria, ELHS 1971, Michael Harrison passed away on Saturday, May 30, 1998. At this time, we have no futher details regarding his life or passing.
Bruce McClure
Bruce's senior photo.
Bruce Allan McClure, 44, of 39 Celtic Court, Enfield, a teacher in the Springfield school system, died Wednesday, Sep, 10, 1997 after an illness.
He was an eighth grade special education teacher at Gerena Middle School in Springfield for the past five years. Previously, he was employed at Preston Engravers in Windsor Locks, CT for several years.
Born in Springfield, he was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at American International College in Springfield.
He lived in East Longmeadow for several years, prior to moving to Enfield in 1983.
He was a member of the Springfield Wesylan Church, where he was involved with the youth group and a member of the Gideons. He also belonged to the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association. He was active in the Enfield Soccer Club as a volunteer and assistant coach.
He leaves his wife, Patti (Crowley) McClure; his twin daughters, and a son, Kristen Mary, Kari Anne, and Kenneth Michael, all at home; and his father, Kenneth W. McClure of East Longmeadow. He was predeceased by his twin brother, Kenneth W, McClure, Jr.
James Wilson
James' senior photo.
James C. Wilson, 40, of 331 Sunrise Way, Palm Springs, CA, the assistant manager of the Palm Springs Marquis Hotel, died on Saturday, Dec. 18. 1993.
He previously held management positions at hotels in Los Angeles and in Palm Springs.
Born in Springfield, MA, he was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and lived in California from 1978.
He leaves his mother, Mary (West) Wilson of East Longmeadow and a brother, Wayne D. of Wilbraham, MA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Desert Communities, PO Box 2739, Palm Springs, CA, or the Pioneer Valley Hospice, PO Box 51946, Springfield MA 01151-5946. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union-News, Springfield, MA).
Donald Turnberg
Don during his senior year.
Donald Turnberg of East Longmeadow, affectionately known as "Twinby," passed away at home on Thursday, Feb. 11, 1993. 
Following graduation, Don enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for four years.
He was the twin brother of classmate David Turnberg.
David Smith
David's senior photo.
Per Nancy Savaria, ELHS 1971, David Smith passed away on Monday, Jul. 13, 1992 in Shingle Springs, CA. At this time, we have no further details regarding his life or passing.
Robert Hafey
Bob's senior photo.
Robert D. Hafey, 33, of 420 Sumner Ave., Springfield, co-owner and operator of the South Main Street Guest House in Great Barrington, died on Monday, Sep. 16, 1986 in Mercy Hospital after a long illness.
Hafey had been proprietor of the guest house for three years.
He was born in Springfield and had lived here most of his life. He was a member of the Springfield Music Club and the Stockbridge Chamber Concert Group.
He leaves a brother, David F. of Boston; two sisters, Mary T. Hafey of Springfield and Patricia A. Aleks of East Longmeadow; and his grandparents, Francis I. and Mary (Gavin) Hafey of Key Biscayne, FL.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tuesday Morning Music Club, in care of Lois Barnes, 202 Falley Drive, Westfield, MA 01085. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA).
Kevin Brown
Kevin's senior photo.
Kevin J. Brown, 29, of 414 Chestnut St., Springfield, died Sunday, Mar. 6, 1983 in Baystate Medical Center, Wesson Unit after a long illness.
Born in Springfield, he lived in East Longmeadow 20 years, returning to Springfield nine years ago. 
He was a 1971 graduate of East Longmeadow High School and was a member of the Greater Springfield Association of the Blind.
His mother, Muriel A. (Ryan) Brown, died in 1973. He leaves his father and stepmother, Dr. James P. and Mary M. Brown of East Longmeadow; six sisters, Karen Craven of East Longmeadow, Maryellen Brown of North Andover, Margaret Sullivan of Tewksbury, Kathleen Beasile, Christine Conway, and Colleen Rivas, all of Springfield; and his grandmother, Mary C. Ryan of Springfield.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Greater Springfield Association of the Blind. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA).
Gary Serwatka
Gary in 1971 (senior photo) and on active duty in the U.S. Navy following graduation.
Navy Engineman First Class Gary A. Serwatka, 20, of 276 Parker St., East Longmeadow, died of natural causes Monday, Dec. 27, 1982 in Davis Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, Calif. He was stationed at Mare Island Navy Yard, Calif.
Born in Chicopee, he was a 1971 graduate of East Longmeadow High School.
Before his enlistment, he worked for Hano Business Forms, Inc., and Banner Machine Co., both in Springfield.
He played the accordion and bass guitar for numerous bands, including the Royels.
He was a member of the Springfield Musicians Union and Bethany Assemby of God Church, Springfield.
He leaves his parents, Stanley and Jean (Walzcak) Serwatka. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA).
Arthur Yeaton
Arthur's senior photo.
Arthur B. Yeaton, 30, of 112 Elm St., East Longmeadow, affectionately known as "Clam," died Friday, Sep. 10, 1982 in the emergency room of Baystate Medical Center, Wesson Unit, from multiple injuries suffered in an accident on Interstate 91 in Longmeadow.
Police said Yeaton was directing traffic around a disabled automobile in the breakdown lane when he was struck by a car driven by Alice Greary.
Miss Geary, 85, is believed to have suffered a heart attack shortly before the 7:35 p.m. accident in the northbound lane of the highway, police said.
A lifelong resident of East Longmeadow, Yeaton was a student of speech therapy.
He graduated from East Longmeadow High School in 1971 and the Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Hartford, Conn.
He attended Emerson College in Boston, and Springfield Technical Community College.
He leaves his parents, Seth and Rose B. (DuBois) Yeaton with whom he lived; a sister, Sandra F. Yeaton of Springfield; and his grandmother, Helen DuBois of Enfield, Conn.
Donations may be made to Retina Associates, Inc., 110 Charles River Plaza, Boston, or the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, Springfield Unit. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA, with an added note).
Thomas Thompson
Tommy's senior photo.
Tragically, according to the police, Tommy apparently ended his life at home. Here are excerpts from an article on Tommy's passing, published in the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA:
Thomas H. Thompson, 26, of 182 Florida St., Springfield, member of the junior class at Western New England College, was found dead on Monday, Nov. 12, 1979 at home.
Born in Buffalo, NY, he lived in East Longmeadow several years and in Springfield a year.
He was a 1971 graduate of East Longmeadow High School, and a communicant of St. Michael's Church, East Longmeadow.
He leaves his parents, Donald E. and Kathleen A. (Scannell) Thompson of East Longmeadow; three brothers, Donald E., Jr. and Timothy R. of Longmeadow; and a sister, Mary E. of East Longmeadow.
Donations may be made to the Mental Health Association of Greater Springfield, 53 Van Buren Ave., Springfield. (Excerpted from The Springfield Union, Springfield, MA, with an additional note).
Mark Dunn
Mark's senior photo.
Mark D. Dunn, 26, of Lexington, KY, formerly of 21 Savoy Ave., East Longmeadow, a caterer for the Turf Catering Co., Lexington, died Monday, Aug. 27, 1979 in Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, of an aneuryism of the brain.
Born in Springfield, he lived in East Longmeadow most of his life, before moving to Kentucky three years ago.
He was graduated from East Longmeadow High School and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Class of 1975.
He leaves his parents, John J. and Doris (McKracken) Dunn, and three brothers, Robert E. of Amherst; and James M., and John P., both of East Longmeadow.
Memorial donations may be made to the Computer Scanner Fund, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis.
Amos Jette
Amos' senior photo.
Amos R. Jette, Jr., 26, of 395 Somers Rd., East Longmeadow, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 1979.
He was the beloved son of Amos R., Sr., and Elsie R. (Dugay) Jette, with whom he made his home; and the brother of Ellen A. and Tina M., both at home; Mrs. Cindy Thomas of Springfield; and Mrs. Susan Boisvere of Petaluma, CA. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA).
John Moore
John's senior photo.
John's brother, Scott Moore, ELHS 1970, provides this account of John's passing, supplementing the death notice in the Springfield Union newspaper:
"Tragically, my brother, John ended his life on Friday, Dec. 20, 1978 at his residence in Groton, CT.
"He had been employed as a pipe fitter by General Dynamics Electric Boat Corp., Groton CT, assisting in the construction of submarines.
"The circumstances surrounding his passing indicate he was depressed, due to several factors, but he had given no prior warning he would end his life.
"I will always remember John as a gentle soul with a big heart."
Left to cherish John's memory are his parents, Robert and Jean Moore of East Longmeadow; brothers, Scott Moore, attending Officer Training School for the U.S. Air Force in Texas, and Bruce Moore of Hampden; and a sister, Laura Moore at home.
Paul Oswald
Paul's senior photo.
Excerpts from articles on Paul's passing, published in the Springfield Union, Springield, MA:
An East Longmeadow man died Sunday, Jul. 21, 1974 at Springfield Hospital Medical Center from a head wound he apparently suffered during target practice with a .44 Magnum revolver at a friend's home in Belchertown, MA.
Police chief Ernest Gay identified the victim as Paul Oswald, 23, of 15 Orpheum St. Chief Gay said the shooting was apparently accidental, occurring when Oswald lost his balance on the steps. 
Paul was the son of Paul and Barbara (O'Neil) Oswald. Besides his parents, he is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Patricia Jewett of Springfield, and Misses Deborah and Joan Oswald at home.
Joseph Stranch
Joe during his senior year.
Here are excerpts from articles published in the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA, with additional notes, regarding Joseph's passing:
Joseph F. Stranch passed away Saturday, May 8, 1971 from injuries in a car crash in Somers, CT which claimed the lives of the four passengers.
Pronounced dead at the scene were Joseph Stranch, 17, a senior at East Longmeadow High School; Gary Halon, 18, a junior at East Longmeadow High School; and James McCalligett, 17, of Somers, CT. A fourth passenger, Donald Thomas, 16, a junior at East Longmeadow High School, died at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. 
Connecticut state police said the car, driven by McCalligett, failed to negotiate a turn on Billings Rd. in Somers, ran off the left side, then recrossed the road and struck a tree shortly after 12:30 a.m. Donald Thomas was taken to Hartford Hospital where he died Saturday night of head and internal injuries.
Born in Springfield on May 15, 1953, Joseph was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Stranch of 680 Prospect St., East Longmeadow. 
He was an East Longmeadow resident all his life and was a member of the high school football team.
He was a member of St. Mary's Church, Hampden.
Besides his parents, Joseph leaves three sisters, Mardell, Heidi, and Gretchen; and his grandparents, Anthony Stranch of East Longmeadow, and Mrs. and Mrs. Alfred C. Vorce of Jaffrey, NH. (Excerpted from the Springfield Union, Springfield, MA).