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.
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Legend: Name (married last name),  Military service (details in tribute)
Kirk Dusenberry  (brother of classmate Lois Dusenberry Davis)
Claudia Taylor (Best) (sister of classmate Gail Taylor Skrip)
Gerard Tremblay  (brother of former classmate Doreen Tremblay Beliveau)
Carolyn Ouellette (Racicot) (sister of classmate Peter Ouellette)
Kenneth Goodrich  (brother of classmate Doug Goodrich)
Dennis Page (brother of classmate Cindy Page Siegler)
Jean White (Coombs) (sister of classmate Susan White)
Richard Descheneaux  (brother of classmate Denise Descheneaux Frates)
Susan Seppanen (Rousseau)
Susan in 1968 (senior portait) and later in life.
Susan J. (Seeppanen) Rousseau, 73, a longtime resident of Wilbraham, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 at home.
Born in Gardner, MA to the late Kalevin and Rita (Desbois) Seppanen, she was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and STCC with an Associate in Science degree in medical assisting.
Susan worked for many years at Baystate Eye Care in Springfield. She was a parishioner of St. Cecilia's Church.
Susan enjoyed her summer vacations at Laurel Lake in New Hampshire.
She leaves her husband of 62 years, James B. Rousseau; one daughter, Lisa M. Eglin and husband, Tom of Worcester, MA; two sisters, Janet Proulx and her husband, Paul of Manchester, NH and Lynn Driscoll and her husband, Robert of East Longmeadow; and many well-loved nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Susan's remains will be interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Francis "Fran" Merrigan
Fran in 1968 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Francis Mark Merrigan passed away on Friday, Dec. 29, 2023. 
He was born in Springfield, MA on Oct. 22, 1949 to Francis Thomas and Margaret (Sargent) Merrigan. Francis grew up in East Longmeadow, MA and was a graduate of the ELHS Class of 1968.
He resided in the 16 Acres section of Springfield with his wife and three sons, and following his retirement moved to Lake Wyola in Shutesbury, MA.
A majority of his career was in the field of telecommunications with New England Tel and Tel/NYNEX/Bell Atlantic, and Verizon.
He was predeceased by his parents and his oldest grandson, Patrick Francis Merrigan.
He is survived by his wife, Karen Nasman Merrigan; his three sons, Sean Francis Merrigan, Chad E. Merrigan and his wife, Chris, and Erik M. Merrigan and his wife, Elyse. He is also survived by his four sisters, Margo and her husband, Jim Manning, Kathy Bonnivita Merrigan, Susan and her husband, Dick Manning, Ellen and her husband, Dr. Tom Race; and a sister-in-law, Lynn Nasman and her husband, Gil Stringer. He is survived by eight grandchildren, a granddaughter, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Fran and his family would appreciate a contribution to Baystate Franklin Oncology Unit in memory of Fran Merrigan, mailed to Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01199.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Francis' remains are interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield, MA. 
Lesley Sleith Tremblay
Lesley in 1968 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Lesley Jean Tremblay, 72, of Richmond, VA, passed away on Saturday, Apr. 8, 2023 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born in Springfield on Sep. 15, 1950 to the late Ernest and Anne (Yule) Sleith and grew up in East Longmeadow. A graduate of East Longmeadow High School, Lesley went on to attend American International College and graduated from Western New England College (now Western New England University) with a degree in English.
She and her then husband, John Edward Murray Tremblay, upon both their WNEC graduations, moved to Pennsylvania and a few years later to Virginia, where she resided for most of her life. After having a very long and successful career in the construction industry, Lesley settled in at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA as the building manager for Sanger Hall, their medical research facility.
In recent years, she resided in Enfield, CT for a short period of time and ultimately returned to Virginia in 2021.
Lesley leaves her loving son, Nicholas Tremblay of Chesterfield, VA, her sisters Ann Sleith Cordis of East Longmeadow, and Jacqueline Sleith Seipel and her husband, James of Southport, NC, two nephews, and a niece. She was predeceased by her former husband, John Edward Murray Tremblay.
Lesley's wishes were that any memorial or charitable contributions could be made in her name to Western New England University or to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Jim Stratos
Jim in 1968 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Jim Stratos passsed away on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 from the effects of Merkel cell carcinoma, according to his son, Jim Stratos, Jr. During his career following high school, he was a banker, police officer, photographer, framer, mechanic, web designer, and finally a private detective. 
Grant Gagnon
Grant in 1968 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Grant A. Gagnon, 72, of Annville, PA, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2022 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, PA.

Born in Bayshore, Long Island, NY and raised in Massachusetts, he was the son of the late George E. and Mary E. (Brown) Gagnon.

Grant graduated from East Longmeadow High School, and, to his chagrin, he could not participate in sports due to his bleeding disorder, so he became a numbers person, studied accounting and business, and developed an interest in art and travel.
He took great joy in spending time with his family, especially holidays and cookouts when he could participate in the cooking --- and he was a great cook.

After moving to Pennsylvania with his family, he enjoyed college life, earning two bachelor's degrees  at Alvernia University, and then worked in the community. He was an accountant at Reading School District, then served on the Daniel Boone School District Board, was active in political organizations, and made friends with many people. Later in life, he lived in Annville and spoke highly of the community.

Family would like to thank the staff of Hershey Medical, Hershey Rehab, Spang Crest Rehab, and Good Samaritan Hospital for their professional care and patience.

He is survived by his sister, Doreen M. Layman, wife of Carl, Sarasota, FL; nieces, Tammy L. Hepler, wife of Kent, of Myerstown, and Tracy L. Noll, wife of Arthur, of Reading; and his beloved dog, Billie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
(Excerpted from the Reading Eagle newspaper, Reading, PA).
Kirk Dusenberry
Kirk's senior portrait.
Kirk Dusenberry passed away on Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021. He was a resident of Fort Myers, FL.
Following high school, Kirk enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served six years, including service in Vietnam.
Wayne Kim
Wayne's senior portrait.
Wayne Kim passed away on his birthday, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. 
Wayne was very close to his parents and siblings in Montana. He had a great life and many friends. He especially enjoyed country western dancing.
Wayne worked for many years as a general contractor.
He suffered from chronic lung problems contracted as a result of his service in Vietnam.
(Info provided by Paula Marshall, ELHS Class of 1968).
Gerard Tremblay
Gerard in 1968 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Gerard N. Tremblay, 71, was born in Springfield on Oct. 14, 1948 and left this world peacefully on Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2020.

He was raised in East Longmeadow, graduating from high school there in 1968, and later settled in Agawam.

He honorably served his country in the United States Army, and then chose a career as a carpenter and HVAC specialist.
Jerry enjoyed target shooting, fishing, and the outdoors. His favorite destination was Maine.
He will be fondly remembered and missed by his family. Jerry is survived by his dear children Gerard N. Tremblay, Jr., and his wife, Tara; Michael Tremblay and his wife, Jennie; and Dawn Tremblay; and by his grandson, Tyler. He will be greatly missed by his loving companion, Christine Jeserski. He also leaves his sister, Doreen Beliveau and her husband, Simon; and extended famiy and friends. Jerry was predeceased by his sister, Germaine Tremblay; his mother, Mildred Deblois, and his stepfather, Roland Deblois.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Gerard's headstone in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. He held the rank of Specialist 5 (SP5) in the United States Army. The landing eagle emblem at the top represents freedom.
Claudia Taylor (Best)
Claudia in 1968 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Claudia J. Taylor (Best), 69, passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at Bay State Hospital in Springfield.
She was born in Niagara Falls, NY, the daughter of William and Lois (Brookins) Taylor, and lived in Wilbraham and East longmeadow for many years before moving to Westminster over 21 years ago.
Claudia graduated from high school in east Longmeadow and attended Salem State College and Quinsigamond Community College before earning a Bachelor's in social work from Assumption College.
She married rhe love of her life, Douglas Best, in 1972. The couple was blessed with a son, a grandson, and over 47 years of marriage.
Claudia began her career as a secretary at American Saw in East Longmeadow. She later worked at the Tom McCann Shoe Co, and Norton C0. in Worcester.
For over four years, Claudia devoted her skills to assisting people find employment with Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. in Whitinsville. She had just retired in 2019. Claudia also worked at Heifer International and several area churches over the years.
Faith and family were central to Claudia's life. She had attended several chirches thrrroughout her life. Most recently, she enjoyed being a part of First Church in Sterling.
Claudia had a passion for art and expressed herself through her paintings. She also used her skills as a knitter to create prayer shawls for local churches,
Her greatest joy in life was her family, and she was thrilled at the arrival of her grandson, Joshua.
Claudia will be lovingly missed by her husband, Douglas E. Best; her son, David Best and his wife, Sovary and their son, Joshua of Leominster; and her sisters, Gail Skrip and her husband, Thomas of Oxford, and Jackie Nascimbeni and her husband, Paul of Agawam.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Massachusetts Audobon Society.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Claudia's headstone in Woodside Cemetery, Westminster, MA.
Cynthia Torrey (Bedard)
Cynthia in 1968 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Cynthia "Cindy" L. Bedard, 68, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019 with her loving family by her side.
Cindy was born on Feb. 6, 1951 in Springfield, MA to Richard and Barbara (Vantine) Torrey. She attended local schools and later became a nurse, working for Holyoke Hospital for over 30 years.
She enjoyed hiking, horseback riding, time spent on the Cape, and needle point, but loved her family most of all.
To cherish her memory, Cindy leaves behind her two sons, Michael Bedard and his wife, Melissa of Agawam, MA, and Christopher Bedard and his wife, Sarah of Southwick, MA; daughter, Andrea Rakaska and her husband, Ron of Southwick; her three grandchildren whom she had always wished for, Elliot Bedard, Harlan Bedard, and Paxton Rakaska; brother Bruce Torrey and his wife, Christine of East Longmeadow; and former husband and friend, Robert Bedard. Cindy was predeceased by her father, Richard Torrey, Sr., and her brother Richard Torrey.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Cindy may be made to the University of Massachusetts Memorial Foundation (UMMF) in support of the transplant program. Gifts can be made online at or mailed to: Office of Advancement, UMass Memorial Medical Center, 333 South St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545. Checks should be made out to "UMFF - Transplant Program" and should note that the gift is in memory of Cynthia Bedard.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Majorettes during Cindy's senior year. Front row: Andrea Scott. Row 2: Diane Rosati, Sue Sullivan. Row 3: Gina Truitt, Cindy Torrey (band majorette), Kris D'Angelo. Row 4: Paula Finn, Debbie Butler.
Majorette Cindy Torrey conducts the band during a home football game in the fall of 1966.
Carolyn Ouellette (Racicot)
Carolyn in 1968 (senior portrait) 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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Carolyn's headstone in Greenlawn Cemetery, East Longmeadow, MA. Just above the rose are two wedding rings, inscribed with Carolyn's wedding date to Ed, Apr. 20, 1979.
Dennis Arbour
Dennis in 1968 (senior portrait) 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 newspaper, Camden, ME).
Linda Syrett (Long)
Linda's senior portrait.
Linda J. Long passed away on Sunday, Sep. 3, 2017.
(Excerpted from the New England Funeral and Cremation Center, Springfield MA website).
Douglas Nilson
Douglas in 1968 (senior portrait) 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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Patricia Brouillard (Ellison)
Patricia's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Greenwood, SC).
Mary Sambor (Swords)
Mary in 1968 (senior portrait) 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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Carol Gurney (Granger)
Carol in 1968 (senior portrait) 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 newspaper, Austin, TX).
Kenneth Goodrich
Ken in 1968 (senior portrait), during his time in the U.S. Marine Corps, and later in life.
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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Kenneth's headstone in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. He held the rank of corporal (CPL) in the United States Marine Corps.
Jane LaLiberté (Butler)
Jane's senior portrait.
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 website of the Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, ND).
Dennis Page
Dennis' senior portrait.
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; nephews Chad (predeceased), Scott, and Cory MacDonald; his brother, George and his wife, Debbie; nephew, Adam Page; his former wife, Susan (Daniele) MacGilvray, his daughter, Kristen Giuliano and her husband, Joe; 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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Donald Kattler
Donald in 1968 (senior portrait) 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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Marilyn Bean
Marilyn's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Jean White (Coombs)
Jean's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Hartford, CT).
 Jean's remains are interred in West Cemetery, Plainville, CT. 
Michael Layne
Michael's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Michael's remains are interred in Elmwood Cemetery, Great Barrington, MA.
John Aitcheson
John's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
John's marker in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, MA. 
Victor Petrone
Victor's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Victor's remains are interred in Saint Stephen's Cemetery, Framingham, MA.
Gary Newton
Gary's senior portrait
Gary R. Newton, 42, of 863 Maple Road, Longmeadow, a corporate travel planner at Carroll Travel Co. in Springfield, died at home on Monday.
He was previously a corporate travel planner for American Express in Bloomfield, CT.
Born in Springfield, he lived in East Longmeadow before moving here in 1971.
He leaves a brother, Dale B. of East Longmeadow; a sister, Joyce M. Newton of Jupiter, FL; and an uncle and niece.
Memorial contributions may go to the American Heart Association.
(Excerpted from the Sparingfield Union-News newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Lauretta Henderson-Clarke
Lauretta's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Lauretta's headstone in Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA. 
Nora Brayley (Black)
Nora's senior portrait.
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.
Nora's marker in Locust Grove Cemetery, Gloucester, MA. The inscription reads: Line 1 --- DAVID M. BLACK; Line 2 --- APR 14 1945; Line 3 --- HIS WIFE; Line 4 --- NORA L. (BRAYLEY) BLACK; Line 5 --- JAN 9 1950 MAY 16 1991.
Richard Descheneaux
Richard's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Richard's marker in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA. On the second line, TSGT stands for Technical Sergeant, the rank he held in the United States Air Force.
John Parks
John's senior portrait.
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 newspaper, Springfield MA).
John's marker in Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, MA. The names of his mother's parents are also inscribed on the headstone.