Class of 1969

On this page, we remember and honor members of the Class of 1969 who have passed away. One year ahead of us, they played an important role in enriching our experience, often as fellow members in extracurricular activities.
To see other tributes, click on the "Life Tributes" link to the left and then on the page of interest.
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Legend: Name (married last name),  Military service (details in tribute)
Gary Lieberwirth (brother of classmate Paul Lieberwirth)
Walker, Robert (husband of classmate Debbie Peterson Walker)
Carol Sullivan (Acosta) (sister of classmate Sue Sullivan MacQueston)
Jonathan Birtwell (brother of classmate Nancy Birtwell)
Richard Symmes (brother of classmate Jeanne Symmes Stewart)
Wayne Kinney (brother of classmate Lynne Kinney Miner)
Peter David (husband of classmate Kris D'Angelo David)
Kathleen Cormier (sister of classmate Todd Cormier)
Gary Lieberwirth
Gary in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Gary Lieberwirth, 72, of Springfield, MA died early Friday morning, Oct. 20, 2023 in the comfort of his home, with his loving family by his side. 

He was born in Northampton on Aug. 25, 1951, a son of the late William and Jean (Miller) Lieberwirth.

Gary had a love for listening to music, especially the Grateful Dead, and watching the sunset at the Cape, but most importantly, he loved spending time with his family.

Gary is survived by his beloved wife, Dail (Driscoll) Lieberwirth, and leaves two loving daughters, Meghan Lunghi and her husband, Adam of Springfield, and Paige Coelho and her husband, Brian of Wilbraham; and three brothers, Paul Lieberwirth (Judi) of Dennis, MA; Robert Lieberwirth (Cheryl) of Westminster, SC; and Stephen Lieberwirth (Sharon) of Yarmouth, MA.  Gary also leaves behind three grandchildren who were the lights of his life, along with many relatives and lifelong friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the charity of your choice in his name.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Robert Walker
Robert in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
On Monday, Aug. 21, 2023, Robert A. Walker, a longtime East Longmeadow resident, departed this earth after a brave battle with prostate cancer.
Born May 25, 1951, he was predeceased by his parents, George A. and Rena E. (Alberghini) Walker and his sister, Carrie B. Walker.
Bob leaves his brother, George A. Walker, Jr., sister-in-law Linda, and niece and nephew Ashley and Dan Walker. Bob also leaves to cherish his memory his loving partner of 50 years, Debra (Peterson) Walker and his son, Robert, Jr. He also leaves his "other" son, Jeremy Munro and family.
Bob was a 1969 graduate of East Longmeadow High School and attended Springfield Technical Community College.
He worked for Stop & Shop for 17 years until he left to run a wholesale grocery franchise servicing the Springfield area and the Berkshires.
At age 40, Bob wanted to take a year off, which lasted until his death.

He was a perfectionist and knowledgeable of mechanics, machines, carpentry and all other things repairable. This talent served him well living in a house that was pieced together.
Donations in Bob's memory can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or to Baystate Hospice Patient Fund, 280 Chestnut St., 5th Floor, Springfield. MA 01199.
(Excerpted from The Reminder newspaper, East Longmeadow, MA).
Deborah Roesler (Demetriou)
Deborah in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Deborah Roesler Demetriou, who we knew as Deborah Roesler, passed away on Jan. 21, 2023, according to our classmate, Debbi Gray-Warrren, a close friend. Deborah was residing in Hyannis, MA. A very brief obituary simply mentioned her date of passing and final place of residence. We have no other details about her life at this time.
(Excerpted from the website).
Robert Rydell
Robert in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Robert James Rydell, 71, passed away in his sleep at Shore Medical Hospital, Somers Point, NJ, on Friday, Jun. 10, 2022 of complications from his two year battle with sinus cancer, and pneumonia.

His wife of 31 years, Beverly Gresham, passed away on Jun. 1, 2022, nine days before him.
Bob was born in Springfield on Jan. 18, 1951, and moved to East Longmeadow in July 1962. He attended Birchland Park Junior High School and ELHS, Class of 1969.
After various jobs in the Springfield area, he moved to Atlantic City, NJ and had been a card game dealer and floor supervisor for the Showboat Casino for 26 years, before his retirement in 2014.

Bob was predeceased by Beverly, and his parents, Art and Ellen Rydell, formerly of Shaker Rd.; older brother, Rick; and loving niece, Amanda Rydell Nagy. Survivors include Carl Rydell, Lt. Col, USAF (Retired), ELHS '65, and wife, Caroly (Byron) '67 of Salem, VA; two nephews, three nieces; an aunt; numerous wonderful cousins; and close friend Steve Gresham. 

Bob was loved by many and will be missed. At his request, no services or memorials will be held.
Phyllis MacDonald (Zuccalo)
Phyllis in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Phyllis (Phy) Zuccalo passed away on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021, after a very brief illness.
Daughter of the late William and Phyllis (Syphers) MacDonald, Phy was a lifelong resident of East Longmeadow. She graduated from ELHS in 1969, received a BA in elementary education from Smith College, and a master's degree in education from Westfield State University.
Phy began her career teaching third grade at Holy Cross School in Springfield and then took a break from teaching to raise her family. She returned to the workforce as the founder and manager of the Newspaper in Education program at The Republican, where was beloved by co-workers and school systems alike. She then returned to her passion for teaching at Tatham Elementary School in West Springfield, from where she retired in 2018. After retirement, she worked part-time in the Enfield, CT school district, in the special education department, working with students one-on-one, a job she thoroughly enjoyed.
Phy is survived by the love of her life, best friend, soulmate, and husband of 47 years, William Zuccalo. She also leaves behind her daughter, Cynthia Zuccalo of East Longmeadow; her son, Peter Zuccalo of Newton, MA; beloved grandson, Dominic Brown of East Longmeadow; brothers David MacDonald (wife, Dale) of Suffield, CT, and Thomas MacDonald of Lynn, MA; niece, Allie MacDonald and great-niece, Mia Slone of Ohio; sister-in-law Illya; sister-in-law Barbara Bordeau of Ludlow, MA; and nieces Katie Bordeau of South Grafton, MA and Carolyn Legere of Ludlow, MA. Family was always Phy's main priority and greatest joy.
Phy enjoyed playing guitar, spending time at her house in Vermont, and playing with Dominic. An avid reader and the kindest, gentlest soul, she will be dearly missed by family and friends.
The family would like to thank the staff on the 5th floor of the Daly Building of Baystate Medical.
Donations may be made in Phyllis' memory to Baystate Health Foundation, 280 Chestnut St., Springfield, MA 01199 or online at
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Jonathan Birtwell
Jon in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Boston lost their number one sports fan on Thursday, Jul. 15, 2021. Jonathan M. Birtwell passed away at home, surrounded by his family.

He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and friend. His easy-going personality and good nature were his trademarks. 
Jon's inspirational marriage of 38 years with the love of his life, Donna, was what he valued most. His treasured times were spent with the family they created together. He was a proud dad and grandfather, and enjoyed nothing more than listening, watching, and talking about his family and the Red Sox. After retirement, Jon enjoyed his daily routine, reading the newspaper, finishing the crossword puzzle, and spending time with his grandchildren.
A lifelong resident of East Longmeadow, Jon was the son of the late Rosemary (Money) Prendergast and Laurence Birtwell. He graduated from East Longmeadow High School and American International College.
He owned Jon's Mobil Station at the rotary in East Longmeadow, where he built cherished friendships in town and where he met his future wife. After selling the service station, Jon successfully transitioned to a career as a sales manager for a series of Marvin Window distributors, finishing his career managing Bonneville International's U.S. operation, where he retired.
Jon leaves his beloved wife, Donna (Michael) Birtwell; daughter, Kathryn Miller and her husband, Andrew of West Springfield; son, Jonathan Birtwell and wife, Kirstin of Boston; daughter, Cortney Bowen and her husband, Greg of Greenwich, CT; and son, Matthew and girlfriend, Dana of Springfield; five grandchildren; his sister, Nancy Birtwell and her partner, Fred Vanderbeck of Pelham, MA; and his dedicated dog, Brooks. 
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Richard Symmes
Richard in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.

Richard D. Symmes was a kind, friendly, and modest son, brother, uncle, and friend. He passed away on Sunday, Mar. 21, 2021 at Baystate Medical Center.

Born on Dec. 20, 1950 to the late Robert and Mary (Pond) Symmes, Richard was the eldest of three children.

A lifelong resident of East Longmeadow, Richard lived a quiet and humble life. He was a lover of anything in print and traveled the world through the portal of books of all genres and multiple daily newspapers.

He was an adventurous eater, a lover of Christmas, a great listener, and an even better talker. He loved to share a story about a family memory or his thoughts about a recent article that he read at any given opportunity. His quirky sense of humor, creative gift giving, love of suspenders, and polite and generous spirit will be dearly missed by those who knew him.

Richard leaves behind his sisters Jeanne Stewart of Enfield, CT, and Betsy Harms and her husband, Paul of Elizabethtown, KY. In addition he will be missed by his five nieces and nephews and twelve great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard's name to the East Longmeadow Public Library.

(Excerpted from the website of the Tazzini Funeral Home, Springfield, MA).
Carol Sullivan (Acosta)
Carol in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Carol Ann (Sullivan) Acosta, 69, formerly of the Hungry Hill section of Springfield, passed away on Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2021. 
Carol, daughter of the late Linwood and Velma (Furbush) Sullivan, was born in Springfield on Apr. 6, 1951.
She was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and went on to work at Buxton's and Stop and Shop for many years.

Carol was a member of the Women of the Moose Lodge #1489 in Chicopee Falls. She was an avid reader. Above all, Carol enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Carol will be missed by all who knew her, including her loving husband, Paul "Butch" Acosta; her son, Frank Lynwood Acosta and his wife, Annalise of Chicopee; her grandchildren, Isabella and Trent; her brother, Patrick Sullivan and his wife, Lynn; her sisters Linda Gerbert, Susan MacQueston and her husband, Gary, and Kathy Wright and her husband, Craig; and many extended family members and friends. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother-in-law Raymond Gilbert.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Carol's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St, Suite 250, Framingham MA 01701.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Carol's remains are interred in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Timothy Thompson

Tim in 1969 (senior portrait) and at his 50th class reunion in October 2019.
Timothy Raphael Thompson, formerly of East Longmeadow, MA, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 in Lake Forest, CA.

Tim was born in Buffalo, NY in June of 1951 and graduated from East Longmeadow High in 1969 and Wesleyan University in 1973.
During his professional career, he held various executive positions in the bakery supply business, and retired from Bayco, Inc. of Haywood, CA in 2017.
He enjoyed golf and spending time with his loving companion, Kathleen Cross from Forest Lake, CA.
He is survived by his daughter, Mikala Thompson of New Milford, NJ and two brothers, Donald Thompson, Jr. of East Longmeadow and Michael Thompson of West Orange, NJ. He was predeceased by his parents, Don and Kay Thompson of East Longmeadow; his brother, Tom; and his sister, Mary Cruickshank.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Wayne Vogel
Wayne in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Wayne Vogel, who resided in Fort Myers, FL, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 from the effects of pancreatic cancer. He served in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
(Excerpted from posts on his Facebook page).
Robert Peirce
Robert in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Robert Peirce, age 66, of Farragut, TN, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Peirce. Robert is survived by his wife, Denise; daughter, Lisa; son, Michael (Amy); mother, Jean; sister, Betty (Don); and brother, Bill (Julie).
Robert was a lover of Disney, his cat, Sassy, and was devoted to his family. He touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a local animal shelter.
(Excerpted from the Knoxville News Sentinel newspaper, Knoxville, TN).
Raymond Adams
Ray in his sophomore year and later in life.
Note: Ray was in the class through his sophomore year.
Raymond G. Adams, Jr., 67, of Plainfield, MA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sep. 28, 2017 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Leeds, MA, where he had lived in the Communty Living Center for the last five years of his life.
Born in Springfield on May 6, 1950, he was the son of the late Raymond and Anna (Redin) Adams. He was a Mayflower descendant of Stephen Hopkins.
Ray lived and was schooled in East Longmeadow before entering the service in 1968. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star.
He leaves his three sisters, Marilyn A. Ziobrowski (Bill) of Russell, Janet B. Smith (Tim) of Hampden, and Diane L. Longtin (Al) of Somers, CT; one brother, Paul O. Adams (Lynn) of Montgomery; three nieces; two nephews; three great-nieces; and three great-nephews, along with many friends. His brother, Robert M. Southworth; sister-in-law, Barbara A. Southworth; and nephew, Robert M. Southworth, Jr. predeceased him.
Ray's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, CNAs, staff, and everyone there who came in contact with him at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center for the care, love, and affection they gave him through his last years there. Also, all his friends who stopped in to visit him. Thank you.
Memorial contributions may be made to CWM VA Voluntary Services (Central Western Massachusetts Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services), 421 N. Main St., Leeds, MA 01053 (please write "CLC-Ray Adams" in memo line), or to the National Stroke Association, 9707 East Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112.

(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Ray's headstone in Greenlawn Cemetery, East Longmeadow, MA. The inscription SP5 stands for Specialist 5. The emblem above his name symbolizes the United Methodist Church.
Robert Bangs
Robert's senior portrait.
Robert Bangs passed away on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 from the effects of esophageal cancer, according to his sister, Joanne Lamson. She said Bob had worked for Goodwill and as a custodian. He resided in Springfield, MA.
 Bob's remains are interred in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Marcia Gacek
Marcai's senior portrait.
Marcia Gacek was born on Oct. 6, 1951 and passed away in Coral Springs, FL on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. She was a resident of Florida at the time of passing.
(Excerpted from the Coral Springs Funeral Home website, Coral Springs, FL).
Beverly Debour (Korzec)
Beverly in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Beverly J. (Debour) Korzec, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sep. 11, 2016 at her home.
Born Mar. 23, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude (Streeter) Debour.
Beverly had lived in Chicopee for the past six years, and previously was a longtime resident of Palmer.
For almost 25 years, she worked in the medical records department of Baystate Medical Center at their Holyoke office.
Beverly was a member of the New England Doo Wop Society and took much enjoyment in shopping, car shows, live music, and trips to the beach, most especially Ocean Park in Maine with her family. She loved animals and frequently visited the Thomas J. O'Connor animal shelter. Her family agrees that she was a collector of many things.
Beverly will be missed by her children, Heather Korzec and her partner, Theresa McDonald of Monson; Brian Korzec of Palmer; and Erin Gibbs and her husband, Greg of Three Rivers; her sister, Annette Debour of East Longmeadow; brother-in-law, Richard Pomeroy of Chicopee; and the father of their children, Michael Korzec of Palmer.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Janice Pomeroy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Thomas J. O'Connor Animal Control and Adoption Center, 627 Cottage St., Springfield, MA 01104.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Erwin "Wyn" Belorusky
Erwin in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Major Erwin "Wyn" Belorusky, Jr., United States Air Force (Retired), 64, of Titusville, FL, passed away suddenly at home on Saturday, May 21, 2016.
Born on Oct. 4, 1951 in Cambridge, MA and raised in East Longmeadow, MA, Wyn was the son of the late Erwin, Sr., and Nadia (Michaelchik) Belorusky.
Wyn graduated from East Longmeadow High School (Class of 1969), where he was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. He was a five-time Western Massachusetts swim champion, a two-time Massachusetts State champion, and a two-time New England champion in the medley relay and/or 100 yard breaststroke.
Wyn received a swimming scholarship to attend the University of Connecticut, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1974.
Wyn then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force. He started his Air Force career as a navigator on the C-130 Hercules cargo plane while stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. He then became a navigation instructor at Mather Air Force Base, California. From there, he moved to Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, where he became a captain and wrote and designed the navigators' course taught at Mather. His final move was to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, where he attained the rank of major.
A man of many interests, Wyn excelled at everything he was passionate about. While in the Air Force, he was a bass player in the award-winning bluegrass Red Devil Fish band.
In Texas and Okinawa, he used to build huge, beautiful handcrafted salt water fish tanks as a hobby, and raised and sold coral, becoming an authority on the matter.
After retiring and settling in Titusville, Fl, Wyn was held in high esteem as a master motorcycle (sports bike) builder and will perhaps be remembered best for this. He was very proud of the Yamaha RZV 500s he created and rode, and loved nothing more than going for a "bike ride." Wyn's many unique RZV creations have been featured in numerous motorcyle enthusiast publications.
Highly intelligent, talented, funny, brutally honest, and boisterous, you could not miss this big guy in the bright yellow truck or motorcycle, nor could you forget his big, booming voice, hearty laugh, or his larger-than-life personality.
Predeceased by his parents, Wyn leaves behind a son, Eric Barrett, and daughter-in-law, Stephanie Foran, of Cherry Hill, NJ, as well as other family members, cousins, and countless friends who shared his interests.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Association (
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Inscription on Erwin's marker in the columbarium at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. The inscription includes MAJ for Major; USAF for United States Air Force; MSM for Meritorious Service Medal; and AFCM for Air Force Commendation Medal.
Mark Safford
Mark in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Mark Safford, who resided in Warwick, RI, passed away on Friday, Jul. 24, 2015. 
Although no obituary for him was written, we've excerpted some details about his life from a tribute prepared by his last employer, Futures Strategy Group (FSG), Glastonbury, CT:
It is with hearfelt sadness that we note the sudden passing of our good friend and FSG colleague Mark Safford in late July. Mark's intelligence was matched only by his warmth, compassion, and unfailing sense of humor. He loved ideas, history, nature, music (of all kinds, but especially music from around the year 1969), the Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins, good conversation, and bad puns. Mark was a humanist, in the purest and most ennobling sense of the term.
Most of all, Mark loved people, and none more than his family. He felt great joy and took special pride in the virtues and accomplishments of his sons.
Before joining FSG, Mark had a highly distinguished career with the federal government, initially with the Department of State and later for the U.S. Navy, and then the Department of Transportation's Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA, where he worked on projects that focused on exploring the future of transportation.
In addition to his impressive federal experience, Mark brought to FSG outstanding academic credentials, starting with a B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Gettysburg College; an M.A. in English history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
For his warmth, wit, and humanity, we miss Mark greatly. We extend our sincere condolences to his family.
Wayne Kinney
Wayne's senior portrait.
Wayne Bruce Kinney, 63, of Greenville, NC, died Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.
(Excerpted from The Daily News newspaper, Jacksonville, NC).
Louis LaLiberte
Louis during his junior year.
Louis F. LaLiberte, age 63, passed away in Graham, WA on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. 
Louis was born on Jun. 6, 1951 to Minnie J. (MacDonald) LaLiberte and Robert F. Laliberte, Sr. in Springfield, MA.
He lived in East Longmeadow, MA for most of his childhood and graduated from East Longmeadow High School in the class of 1969.
He joined the Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Louis is survived by his sons, Jason LaLiberte of Graham, WA, and Rob LaLiberte of Tyler, TX; and five grandchildren, Meghan, Kailee, Katelyn, Chris, and McKenna. He is also surved by his mother, Minnie (MacDonald) LaLiberte and his brothers Robert Jr., Harold, Donald, and David LaLiberte; his sister, Susan R. Creighton, and their families; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, and nieces. He was predeceased by his father, Robert, Sr. and his sister, Jane L. Butler.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Raymond Dudley
Raymond in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Raymond John Dudley, age 63, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Born in Springfield, he lost his battle with cancer.
He was known to all his friends and family as a talented theater actor, artist, and costume designer. While living in Springfield, MA, he owned his own costume shop for many years on Worthington St., Springfield, and designed costumes for Bay Path College.
The last 24 years of his life were spent in Atlanta, where he passed. While in Atlanta, he continued to design costumes and big decorations for malls and holiday events. He was a designer for the companies of Panache and the Atlanta Ballet, and was an independent contractor working for various companies.
Raymond is the son of the late Millard Alfred Dudley and Mary Louise (Bojarski) of Springfield. He leaves behind four brothers, Alfred Dudley and his wife, Beverly of Agawam; Richard Dudley and wife, Pat of West Springfield; David Dudley and wife, Mary (deceased) of Springfield; and Paul Dudley, who passed in 1962; five sisters, Theresa (Dudley) Moreau and husband, Henry of East Longmeadow; Sylvia (Dudley) Smith and husband, Francis of Windsor Locks, CT; Jennie Gerow and husband, Francis (deceased) of East Longmeadow; Mary Ann (Dudley) Brunetti and husband, Joseph of Florida; and Rose Dudley of Springfield. Raymond also leaves behind 24 nieces and nephews along with copious second and third generation nieces and nephews.
Last but not least, he leaves behind a dear family friend, Mary Griffin of Atanta, GA, who was always there for Raymond and who loved him like her own son.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Vincent Fahey
Vincent's senior portrait.
Vincent Fahey was born on Oct. 1, 1948 and passed away on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. He was a resident of Boston, MA.
(Excerpted from
Charles "Chuck" Powell
Chuck's senior portrai).
Charles (Chuck) E. Powell, 63, passed away Sun. Feb. 24, 2013 in Baystate Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 25, 1949 to the late Donald and Eileen (McDonald) Powell.
Chuck graduated from East Longmeadow High School in 1969.
He enjoyed golfing, camping, the beach, and spending time with his family and friends.
Chuck was a member of the Hampden Lions Club and the Springfield Elks Lodge 61. He was a former trustee of the Massachusetts Elks Association, past Exalted Ruler, and former Irish Elk of the Year.
Chuck leaves his best friend and loving wife, Barbara (Boris); his daughters, Christine Skiffington and her husband, James of East Longmeadow; Jennifer Cavanaugh and her husband, Donald of East Longmeadow; and Katherine Powell of Springfield; his sons, Nicholas Moretti and his wife Ashley of Springfield, and Mario Moretti of West Springfield; and his 12 grandchildren, Breanne, Kayla, Cailin, Madison, Liam, Owen, Griffin, Eileen, Nora, Traigh, Declan, and Dominick. Chuck was predeceased by his angel, granddaughter Brianna Donovan. 
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to help with the education costs of Katherine Powell. Make checks payable to Katherine Powell, c/o Christine Skiffington, 473 Chestnut St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Chuck's remains are interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Robert DeShay
Robert in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Robert V. DeShay, Jr., a former machine operator for Strathmore Paper for over 20 years, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
Born in New Brunswick, NJ on Oct. 24, 1960, he was the son of the late Robert V. DeShay, Sr. and Alice May (McGorvin) DeShay.
He lived in Huntington for the past 25 years, coming from East Longmeadow, MA.
He was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and attended Springfield Technical Community College.
Robert worked at Strathmore Paper, which became International Paper, as a paper maker, and then went to work as a car attendant for Amtrak in Springfield, MA.
He leaves his sister, Ruthanne Bozenhard of Douglassville, PA and many nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association, Western Massachusetts Region, 1111 Elm St., West Springfield, MA 01089.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Valerie Jamison (Sloan)
Valerie in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Valerie Jamison Sloan, 61, wife of David R. Sloan, died Sat. Jan. 5, 2013 at the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills.
Valerie was born in Philadelphia, PA on Dec. 5, 1951. She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Josephine Rhodes Jamison.
Valerie graduated with a bachelor's degree in music from Keene State Teachers College, Keene, NH.
She was employed by the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind for 15 years, where she taught music. After teaching music, she became a stay-at-home mom.
Valerie enjoyed volunteering for local day care centers. She was a past member of the El Bethel choir and a member of the Catholic Church of Jesus Christ Our Risen Savior.
Valerie was vice president of the Cross Flags Corvette Club of Spartanburg, and a member of the Speedway Club at Charlotte Motor Speedway. She was an avid NASCAR and football enthusiast, and enjoyed pulling for the New England Patriots.
In addition to her husband of 39 years, Valerie is survived by three sons, Stephen J. Sloan, Eric M. Sloan, and Andrew J. Sloan and his wife, Jennifer, and their son, Aiden W. Sloan, all of Simpsonville, SC; brother-in-law, Robert "Worm" Sloan of Moore; a niece, Michelle Sloan of Atlanta; a nephew, Michael R. Sloan and his wife, Jessica; and a great-niece. She was preceded in death by their son, William Russell Sloan.
Memorials may be made, in Valerie's name, to the Cancer Center of the Carolinas, PO Box 10735, Greenville, SC 29603-0735.
(Excerpted from the Herald-Journal newspaper, Spartanburg, SC).
Valerie's headstone in Heritage Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Roebuck, SC. The headstone of her son, William is on the right. The inscription at the bottom of it reads, "Often in our thoughts, forever in our hearts..." Photo by Labonte18.
Paul Munzert
Paul's senior portrait.
Paul I. Munzert, 60, passed away at his home in Feeding Hills on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009. He lost his battle with cancer.
He was born in Springfield, the son of Dolores "Dolly" (Coulumbe) Munzert and the late Ivan Munzert, who precedeased him in 1966.
He was raised in Springfield and then in East Longmeadow. He attended and graduated from East Longmeadow High School in 1969, and then attended and graduated from Hampshire College.
Paul worked as a senior loan consultant for Countrywide. He was a communcant of St. Michael's Church, East Longmeadow and later Sacred Heart Church, Feeding Hills.
Paul loved conversing with others, giving them moral support, and always thought of others before himself. He loved going to his family home in Stonington, CT. It was a place where he would spend time with family and friends.
He was a member of the Springfield Exchange Club and worked many hours helping out at the Worthington Street soup kitchen.
Paul leaves behind his beloved wife, Christine; son, Paul II; and his mother, Dolores "Dolly" Munzert. He also leaves many dear relatives, friends, and coworkers.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may directed in Paul's name to the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, D'Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main St., Springfield, MA 01199; Sacred Heart Church, 1103 Springfield St., Feeding Hills, MA 01030; St. Michael's Church, 128 Maple St., East Longmeadow, MA 01028; or Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Paul's remains are interred in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield, MA. 
Helen Goodrich (Campbell)
Helen's senior portrait.
Helen (Goodrich) Campbell, also known as Tooie Campbell, who joined the class in her senior year, and whose last known residence was in Brewster, MA, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. 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.
Robert Dunn
Robert's senior portrait.
Robert Edward Dunn, 56, of Florence died peacefully on Monday, May 5, 2008 at home, surrounded by his loving family after a heroic and inspiring thirteen month struggle with esophageal cancer.
Born Sep. 10, 1951 in Springfield, MA., Bob was the son of the late John J. and Doris (McKracken) Dunn. 
Bob grew up in East Longmeadow and graduated from East Longmeadow High School in 1969. He continued his education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he graduated with honors in 1973 with a degree in pre-veterinary science.
Bob had a variety of occupations over the years, and eventually ended up in the health care field. Bob was a particularly successful entrepreneur. At his death, he owned and operated Support and Relief Services, Inc., a local home health care business.
From an early age, Bob's passions were birds and animals. Over the years, he had a wide variety of pets. Bob bred show chickens and racing pigeons, and was an active member of the Central Massachusetts and Northwestern Racing Pigeons clubs. He also trained, showed, and bred dogs, including great danes and most recently his beloved champion French bulldogs.
Bob was a beloved husband, father, brother, and friend. In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by his brother, Mark. He is survived by his husband, Russ Carrier; his children, Crystal M. Dunn, Seth M. Carrier of Florence, and Julia E. Carrier of Seattle, WA; his brother, James and his wife, Ines of Longmeadow; his brother, John and his wife, Robin of Wilbraham; his aunt, Margaret McCraken of Longmeadow; his cousins Richard McCracken and his wife, Diane of Holland, MA; Patricia Morowsky and her husband, Stephen of Farmington, CT; Mary Quick and her husband, Kevin of East Longmeadow; and Jean-Anne Turcotte and her husband, James of Wethersfield, CT; several nieces and nephews; and his very special friends Susan Shepard of North Hatfield, Linda Garner of Amherst, and Julian Briar of Conway.
Known for his grit, independence, resourcefulness, wit, infections grin, and legendary generosity, as well as his empathy for those going through tough times, Bob will be greatly missed.
Bob's family would like to thank Drs. Lindsay Rockwell and Linda Bornstein, along with the wonderful staff at Cooley Dickinson Hospital; the dedicated and compassionate nurses in the oncology unit at Baystate Hospital; and the awesome Support and Relief Services hospice team.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Bob's name to the Northampton Council on Aging or to the Lathrop community's recreation fund.

(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Bob's remains are interred in Calvary Cemetery, Chicopee, MA.
Deirdre Kelly (Zepke Nelligan)
Deirdre's senior portrait.
Deirdre M. (Kelly) Zepke Nelligan, 56, of Springfield, died late Tuesday evening, Apr. 8, 2008 in Heritage Hall Nursing Home, West Agawam, surrounded by her loving family.
Deirdre was born in Springfield on May 25, 1951, a daughter of the late Ramona (Ingraham) Kelly.
She was raised in East Longmeadow and graduated from East Longmeadow High School.
Deirdre received her LPN from Greenfield Community College and then graduated as a registed nurse from New York University School of Nursing. She had worked for various nursing homes and for the past year as a registered nurse educator at the Westover Job Corp. in Chicopee.
Deirdre resided in East Longmeadow most of her life, in Springfield for the past five years, and was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church, Ludlow.
Besides her mother, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward M. Nelligan, and a son, Matthew Zepke. Deidre is survived by two sons, Mark C. Zepke and Stephen K. Zepke, both of Springfield; a brother, John Kelly of New Hampshire; a sister, Deborah Lyons of Spokane, WA; her best friends Patricia Canavan of Springfield and Sharon Pinkerton of Chicopee; two nieces and a nephew; her beloved cat, Molly; and dogs Nala, CJ, and Kane.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 171 Union St., Springfield, MA 01105.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Deirdre's remains are interred in Calvary Cemetery, Chicopee, MA.
Daniel Thomas
Danny's senior portrait.
Daniel D. Thomas, 54, of Chicopee passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005 in Mercy Medical Center, Springfield.
Born in Springfield and a resident of East Longmeadow for most of his life, he was the son of the late Deane and Jessie (Smith) Thomas.
Daniel was the owner of the Danny Thomas Artesian Well and Pump Service of East Longmeadow.
He is survived by two daughters, Cheryl A. Thomas and Jessica E. Thomas, both of Springfield; a brother, Edward B. Thomas of Chicopee; two sisters, Deanna T. Otkowski of Bloomfield, CT, and Roberta G. McMahon of Washington state; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Division of Development, Boston, MA, and to the Jimmy Fund, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445-7216.

(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Danny's marker in Baptist Village Cemetery, East Longmeadow, MA. 
George Palombella
George during his junior and senior years.
George J. "Jay" Palombella, 54, died Sunday, Sep. 19, 2004 at his Woodbridge St., South Hadley home.
Born in Springfield, he had lived in South Hadley for the past three years. He was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and Assumption Prep School.
He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. 
He was a graduate of the Elkins Institute in Atlanta, GA, where he also taught. He later taught at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.
He was known by the name of "Jay Richards," working as a nutrition consultant and a freelance nutrition writer.
He had previously worked in many capacities for the radio stations WHYN, Springfield; WNNH, New Hampshire; WKSS, Hartford; KDGE, Dallas, TX; WKLS, Atlanta, GA; and KITY, San Antonio, TX.
The son of the late Joseph Palombella, he is survived by his mother, Lillian (Bianchi) Palombella of East Longmeadow; a sister, Lisa Belanger of Palmer; and his nieces and nephews, Sarah, Joelle, Hillary, Rachel, and Joseph Zundell.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 George's remains are interred in Saint Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Peter David
Peter in 1969 (senior portrait) and later in life.
Peter L. David, 52, of Pheasant Run, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2004 in South County Hospital, Wakefield, RI.
Born in Springfield, the son of Virginia (D'Amico) David and the late Peter L. David, Sr., he was a 1969 graduate of East Longmeadow High School.
He received his BA from Holy Cross College, and his MBA and Masters in International Affairs from Columbia College in New York.
Peter was a depreciation analyst for Northeast Utilities, retiring after 20 years of employment.
He was an avid reader, truly enjoyed studying history, and enjoyed painting miniatures.
Peter leaves his wife, the former Kristine D'Angelo; daughters Kimberly "Kimby" David of Torrington, and Kathryn "Katy" David at home; a brother, Keith David and his wife, Lynn of Southwick; his mother, Virginia David of East Longmeadow; sisters-in-law Karen Begg and her husband, Alex of Longmeadow; and Kathy Godwin and her husband, Norman of Easthampton; a brother-in-law, Kenneth D'Angelo and his wife, Toni of Montrose, NY; many cousins, nieces, and nephews; and his special friend, Rick Collins of Suffield. He will be sadly missed by his pet beagles, Molly and Spice.
Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to National Parkinson's Disease, William Black Building, Columbia University, 710 West 168th St., New York, NY 10032 or Couple to Couple League International, PO Box 111184, Cinicinatti, OH 45211. 
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Peter's marker in Saint Thomas Cemetery, West Springfield, MA.
Doris "Dolly" Pelletier (Lyons)
Dolly's senior portrait.
Doris "Dolly" (Pelletier) Lyons, 52, of Midway St., Springfield, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2003. 
Doris was born in Springfield, the daughter of Doris Pelletier and the late Paul Pelletier.
She was a 1969 graduate of East Longmeadow High School and had lived in Springfield for the past 30 years. She was a certified home health aide.
Besides her mother, she will be missed by her husband of 33 years, Cornelius J. Lyons; a son, William P. Lyons of Springfield; a daughter, Tammy Jutras of Wales; a brother, Peter Pelletier of East Longmeadow; and three grandchildren, Nykolas, Elexis, and Sierra. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, and many others whose hearts she touched.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).

Michael Biggin


Left: Michael during his freshman year. Right: Michael during his sophomore year (top).
Michael Biggin, who was in the class through his sophomore year, passed away on Sunday, Jun. 8, 2003. He resided in West Kingston, RI.
(Excerpted from The Valley Breeze newspaper, Cumberland, RI).
Lorna Henderson-Holmes
Lorna during her junior year.
Mrs. Lorna B. Henderson Holmes, age 50, a resident of Montgomery, AL for 32 years, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002.
She is survived by Ernest Lee Holmes, Jr., her loving and devoted husband of 32 years; four children, Ernest Lee Holmes III, 32; Myron W. Holmes, 29; Mashona L. Holmes, 24; Levarus V. Holmes, 19; and five grandchildren, all of Montgomery, AL; her mother, Beatrice B. Henderson-Wright of East Longmeadow, MA ; her three brothers, George P. Bracey, Sr., Springfield, MA; Joe B. Wright III, Springfield, MA; and Geoffrey M. Wright, Clarksville, TN; two sisters, Okeemah S. and Raakeebah L. Henderson; two aunts, Phyllis Bracey and Anna Potter-Henderson; one uncle, Orin L. Bracey, all from Springfield; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
She was predeceased by her father, Crusoe Henderson, and three sisters, Lynn Henderson, Antoinette Henderson, and Lauretta Henderson-Clarke.
(Excerpted from the Montgomery Advertiser newspaper, Montgomery, AL).
Lorna's marker, along with that of her husband, Ernest, who passed away in 2010, in Alabama Heritage Cemetery, Montgomery, AL.
Close-up of Lorna's inscription on the right side of her marker above.
Kathleen Cormier
Kathleen's senior portrait.
Kathleen E. Cormier, 50 years old, of Marshfield, MA., died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2001 at the Norwell Nursing Home. 
Born in Pittsfield, MA, she graduated from East Longmeadow High School.
She is survived by her parents, Philip and Virginia (Carr) Cormier of Marshfield; one sister, Christine Rzepka of Longmeadow; two brothers, Todd Cormier of Westport, and Richard Cormier of Hopkinton; and eight nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Stephen Cormier.
(Excerpted from the Springfield Union-News newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Kathleen's headstone in Greenlawn Cemetery, East Longmeadow, MA. Her older brother, Stephen, ELHS 1967, passed away in 1998.
Kathleen Lawson (Stevens)
Kathleen's senior portrait.
Kathleen L. (Lawson) Stevens, 50, of 47 South St., Auburn, MA, a bank worker, died Sunday, Sep. 10, 2000 at home after a six-year battle with cancer.
She leaves her husband of 28 years, Mark C. Stevens; her mother and stepfather, Marjorie (Austin) Lawson Austin and Chauncey Austin of Auburn; three brothers, Daniel Lawson of Agawam, Paul Lawson of Palmer, and Steven Lawson of San Francisco; two sisters, Debra Loffburrow of Edmonds, WA, and Judith Cronnelly of Aurora, CO;  and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

She was born in Worcester, the daughter of James Lawson, graduated from East Longmeadow High School, and attended Quinsigamond College, Worcester. She lived many years in East Longmeadow before returning to Auburn in 1972.
Mrs. Stevens worked in the banking industry many years as a clerk and teller for several area banks, including Commerce Bank and the former Guaranty Bank, both in Worcester, as well as First Bank in East Longmeadow. She also worked for Paul Revere Insurance Co. in Worcester. 

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Auburn.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VNA Care Hospice, 120 Thomas St., Worcester, MA 01608 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.
(Excerpted from the Worcester Telegram and Gazette newspaper, Worcester, MA).
Kathleen's headstone in Hillside Cemetery, Auburn, MA.
Dianne Simpson (Harding)
Dianne's senior portrait.
Dianne (Simpson) Harding passed away on Saturday, Oct. 10, 1998. She resided in New Hampshire. Our only source of information on her date of passing is the inscription on her headstone in Greenlawn Cemetery, East Longmeadow. At this time, we have no further details about her life.
Dianne's headstone in Greenlawn Cemetery, East Longmeadow, MA.
Amelia Ingram (Johnson)
Amelia's senior portrait.
Amelia R. (Ingram) Johnson, 44, of 24 Bartlett Court, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 1995 in Springfield's Baystate Medical Center after a long illness.
She was a sales worker for Sears Roebuck Co. at the Eastfield Mall in Springfield.
Born in Springfield, she was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School, and attended the First Congregational Church of East Longmeadow.
She leaves her husband, Richard G. Johnson; three sons, Jason R., Jeremiah J., and Joshua M. at home; and her mother, Lucy (Pearson) Ingram of East Longmeadow.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 393 Maple St., Springfield, MA 01105 or to the National Kidney Association of Massachusetts, 105 Eastern Ave., Dedham, MA 02026.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Inscription on Amelia's marker in the columbarium at the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. Her husband, Richard served as an Engine Fireman (ENFN) in the United States Navy (USN). 
Jeri Mercier (Walker)
Jeri's senior portrait.
Jeri's date of passing is uncertain. This excerpt from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA was published on Sep. 16, 1993:
Jeri Ellen (Mercier) Walker, 42, of 145 Elm St., a special education teacher in the Springfield schools, died recently at home. She taught at the Forest Park Middle School.
Born in Springfield, she lived here most of her life, and was graduated from East Longmeadow High School. She also was graduated from American International College in Springfield, and belonged to PAIIRS.
She leaves two sons, David A. and Eric L., at home; her parents, Edward C. and Shirlee (LeBlond) Mercier of Hendersonville, NC; and two brothers, Marc E. of East Longmeadow and Wayne C. of Northampton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 383 Dwight St., Holyoke, MA 01040 or to the East Longmeadow Public Library, 60 Center Square, East Longmeadow MA 01028.