ELHS Faculty

On this page, we remember and honor our high school faculty members who have passed away. We deeply appreciate their service and the wonderful ways in which they touched our lives.
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  Military service (details in tribute)
Mr. Stanley Bernatowicz  guidance counselor, industrial arts
Mr. James Binyon  - science
Mr. Gary Bunce - science
Mr. Charles Burtt  - industrial arts
Mr. Joseph Charron  - music department chairman
Mr. Thomas Clough - vocal music
Mrs. Jean Corliss - vocal music
Mr. Lloyd Dale - science
Mr. Robert Dobias, Jr.  - athletic director; football coach
Mr. James Dowd  - science
Mrs. Rachel Fleming - foreign languages
Mr. Eugene Gauthier  - industrial arts
Mr. Daniel P. Kane, Jr. - social studies
Miss Mary Kennedy - foreign languages
Mr. Irwin Kerson - English
Mr. Alexander Kotrotsos  - mathematics
Mr. Craig Low - mathematics
Mr. Manford Mann  - mathematics
Mr. Charles McKinney  English
Mr. Alexander Nickett  - foreign languages
Mrs. Marguerite Paul - foreign languages
Mrs. Kathy Payne - foreign languages
Mr. Harlow Pendleton  - social studies
Mrs. Elizabeth Powell - substitute teacher
Mr. William Reagan  - industrial arts
Mrs. Evelyn Resnick - remedial reading
Mrs. Alma Richards - foreign languages
Mr. John Roan  - social studies
Mr. Charles Rosoff - instrumental music
Mr. Ronald Sarazin - social studies
Mrs. Nola Sheldon - mathematics
Mr. Raymond Simonds - English, social studies, remedial reading, driver education
Mr. S. Gordon Smith - social studies
Miss Gayle Sweed - English
Mr. Paul Tarsa - mathematics
Mrs. Onaita Tibbetts - foreign languages
Mr. Robert Troutman  - science
Dr. Jakie Upshaw - physical education
Mr. Robert Vespaziani - athletic director; football coach
Mrs. Ruth Yetwin - English
Mr. William Reagan
Industrial arts teacher, 1967-1970; boys' varsity basketball and baseball coach
Mr. Reagan in 1970 and later in life.
William A. "Bill" Reagan, 83, of New London, CT, died on Monday, Aug. 22, 2022 at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, surrounded by family. He was born Oct. 28, 1938, in New London, the son of William T. and Blanche (Paquette) Reagan.

Bill was a graduate of New London High School. After graduating from high school, he joined the United States Navy, where he was deployed to the Mediterranean during the Suez Canal crisis. Returning home, he attended Central Connecticut State University, where he played baseball under Hank Majlinger.
Bill developed a passion for coaching basketball and dedicated his life to the game. He had a tremendous career coaching at Western New England College, East Longmeadow High School, East Lyme High School (boys and girls), St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Old Saybrook High School (boys and girls), Montville High School, Wheeler High School, Connecticut Storm AAU, Morgan High School, and most recently, the United States Coast Guard Academy women's basketball team.
Bill was highly accomplished and was the recipient of many awards throughout his career. In 2006, he was honored as a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, being one of a few (if not the only) coaches in Connecticut to win boys' and girls' state championships. Bill was a Doc McInerney Award winner, an award given to top scholastic coaches. He coached in six state basketball finals and had over 450 wins coaching at the high school level. Notably, Bill was proud to have coached his niece and nephew during their high school basketball careers, as well as to have coached alongside his former Connecticut Storm player, Alex Ivanscheck, at the Coast Guard Academy.
As a dual citizen of Ireland, Bill spent many years living in the Emerald Isle, where he brought his coaching talent to the Irish women's national team, serving as the national coaching officer, director of the national coaching camp, and was the national women's team coach. Additionally, he spent many years coaching in the Men's National League in Killarney, Ireland, and was also a head women's coach in Finland.
As written by his dear friend Enda Byrt, "Bill possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of basketball which he was constantly sharing with coaches, administrators, and players. Generous and giving to a fault, he communicated in a unique style, always with a good sprinkling of his own humor. As NCO, it is fair to say that he was in a dangerous place: ahead of his time. He had a single passion to see the level of Irish coaching rise to and compare with that of European and comparable situations in the U.S. His publication of "The Coaches Review" (quarterly) attracted contributions from the best of Irish, European, and American coaches, and formed a solid foundation for many coaches at a time when basketball literature was not easily available."
In addition to his impressive coaching resume, Bill taught for many years as a high school industrial arts and special education teacher. He had a love of woodworking and built/restored homes in both Old Lyme, CT and Ireland.
He is survived by his sister, Kathleen Lovetere (Michael) of Niantic; sister-in-law, Margaret Reagan of Niantic; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Kevin Reagan; sister, Ann Marie Heym (Richard), and nephew, Jay Augmon.
A special thank you to his medical team, especially Dr. Joseph Peters, and his favorite nurse, Courtney, as well as his family and friends for the unwavering support over the last year, including countless rides, picking up a daily newspaper, or stopping at McDonalds.
(Excerpted from The Day newspaper, New London, CT).
 Mr. Reagan's remains will be interred in St. Mary Cemetery, New London, CT.
Boys' varsity basketball team in our junior year. Front  row: Chris Colman, Bob Lundgren, John Corliss (co-captain), Tim Thompson (co-captain), Mr. Reagan (coach). Row 2: Dave Gallerani, Greg Naylor, Scott Seymour, Ed LeBlanc, Steve Newell. Row 3: Tim Lynch (manager), Jeff Crary, Bernie Sweeney, Carl Larson, Channing Orr (manager). Not pictured: Paul Lieberwirth.
Boys' varsity basketball team in our senior year. Front row: David Correale, Paul Lieberwirth, Greg Naylor, Craig Johnson. Row 2: Sebastiano Siano and Joseph DeAngelo (managers), Robert Shea, Steve Newell, Dave Gallerani, Mr. Reagan (coach), John DesRoches, Dennis Killoren, Steve Fairbanks, Brian Falk and Edward Fleming (managers).
Boys' varsity baseball team in our senior year. Front row: Brian Falk (manager), Wayne Scully, Dave Gallerani, Kurt Whitney, Mr. Reagan (coach). Row 2: David Correale, Steve Newell, Michael Keane, Charles Maurer, Paul Lieberwirth. Row 3: Sebastiano Siano, Dennis Killoren, Scott Grabowski, Alan Hubbard, Steven Lancor. Not pictured: Steve Fairbanks, Tom Mineo.
Mrs. June Johnson
Science teacher, 1963-1967
June Swanton Johnson, age 95, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, Jul. 8, 2022 following a short illness. June received superb care and loving support during her final days and hours from the staff of Seabury Skilled Nursing, where she had resided for many years.
June was born June Jacobsen on May 11, 1927 in Portland, ME to Heinrich and Effie (Ball) Jacobsen. Her mother died when she was a baby and due to difficult family circumstances during The Great Depression, she was later adopted by Henry and Lillian Pearl Swanton, also of Portland, who became her legal parents.
June graduated from Deering High School in Portland in 1944 and from the University of Maine at Oroni in 1958, majoring in speech and chemistry. She planned to pursue the path of a research chemist, but met the love of her life, Evan Johnson and decided on a career in teaching which, in 1948, was more compatible with marriage and family life. It turned out to be a fortuitous choice. In teaching she found her vocation in the truest sense of the word. 
June went on to obatin a Master's Degree in Education from Springfield College adn choosing the field of biology, studied further at Harvard, MIT, and Holy Cross, as she rigorously stayed current with the rapid changes in this field. She became a master teacher, whose particular passion and expertise was genetics. June's 30 year teaching career included high schools in Maine and Massachusetts, with the last 19 years being spent teaching biology at Brockton High School in Brockton, MA.
After retirement from public school teaching, June and Evan moved to Westport, MA where their home had a glorious view of the Westport River. Family members and countless friends and colleagues were blessed to spend time there enjoying June and Evan's generous hospitality.
June was an active member of the Methodist Church since childhood. Given her scientific knowledge and inquiring mind, she had an expansive understanding of spirituality, not containing God to any gender or particular religious framework.
June had a remarkable ability to connect with people and nurture lifelong friendships. Even at 95, she was exchanging Christmas cards with over a hundred people, including former students. She also had an adventurous side. Lest one think that June's lifelong learning was only academic, she took up scuba diving at age 50, overcoming a lifelong fear of the water. 
June's husband of 62 years, the Rev. Dr. Evan Johnson, was an ordained minister in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. They were both deeply committed to social justice causes within this framework and beyond.
June is survived by two daughters, Kathryn J. Johnson of Washington, D.C., and Karen Johnson Sprout (and her spouse, Howard Sprout) of Bloomfield; two grandchildren; and three nephews.
(Excerpted from the EastBayRI newspaper, Bristol, RI).
Mrs. Johnson's headstone in Beech Grove Cemetery, Westport, MA.
Mr. Lloyd Dale
Science teacher, September 1960 - October 1964; September 1965 - June 1989

Mr. Dale in 1969 and in 2010 with his wife, Nancy.
Mr. Lloyd Dale, who taught chemistry and physics at ELHS, passed away in Morehead City, NC on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022. He was a charter member of the ELHS faculty, serving as the chairman of the science department until 1964. After our time at ELHS, he coached lacrosse, football, and cross country running. 
Mr. Craig Low
Math teacher, 1968-1970

Mr. Low in 1969 and later in life.
Craig W. Low, age 75, of Duxbury, MA and Englewood, FL, passed away on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 in Florida.
He was the beloved husband of Kathleen "Kate" Shaughnessy-Low and son of the late William C. and Elizabeth M. Low. His brothers in law John Shaughnessy, Alie Shaughnessy, and Tom Shaughnessy also survive Craig, as well as several nieces and nephews, and his beloved Jack Russell Terrier, Chloe Rose.
Craig was born and raised in Ludlow and was a graduate of Ludlow High School and American International College in Springfied, where he played varsity soccer and baseball. Craig began his teaching career at East Longmeadow High School and Cushing Academy before teaching math at Hingham High School for 32 years.
Craig was a student council advisor at Hingham High as well as a director of the regional and state student council for many years. He also coached soccer and brought Hingham High to the state finals in 1974. 
(Excerpted from the C.C. Shepherd Funeral Home website, South Weymouth, MA).
 Mr. Low's remains are interred in Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree, MA.
Mr. James Dowd
Science teacher, 1967-1973; advisor to student bulletins "IT" and the "Red and Gray."
Mr. Dowd in 1969 and later in life.
James Joseph Dowd left this life on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021 at Heritage Hall North in Agawam, MA. 
Born on Oct. 3, 1933 to Matthew and Mary (Dowling) Dowd, who had emigrated from Country Kerry, Ireland, James began his rich and fulfilling life.
He attended the Westfield public schools and graduated from St. Mary's High School in Westfield.
Jim entered the United States Marine Corps in 1954 and was honorably discharged in 1957 at the rank of sergeant. He continued his educational career, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education from Westfield State College, now Westfield State University. He went on to obtain his educational doctorate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1981.
Jim taught science in the Westfield public schools, physics in the East Longmeadow public schools, and retired in 2002 as assistant to the president at Springfield Technical Community College.
Jim had a long history of being involved in civic and political activities at the city and state levels. He served a combined twenty years on the Westfield School Committee and Westfield City Council, having chaired both bodies during his tenure. He was a lector and eucharistic minister at St. Peter's/St. Casmir's Roman Catholic Church. Jim was a member of the American Legion, Post 124 and the Marine Corps League, River Valley Detachment. He served as master of ceremonies for a number of years at Westfield's Memorial Day services and many other military-oriented observances.

Two accomplishments that Jim was most proud of were his hole-in-one at Blandford Country Club in 2004, where he was a member for over 25 years, and in 1997 earning a black belt in karate.
Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife of 25 years, Elizabeth W. "Sally" Dowd. He is survived by his sister, Juneann Landers of West Springfield and her children. Jim is also survived by his other nieces and nephews, his sister-in-law, Peggy Dowd, and numerous loved grand-nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Charlotte Liptak. Jim was predeceased by his brothers John V. Dowd and Patrick H. Dowd, as well as four nephews.
Donations in Jim's memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Mr. Dowd's remains will be interred in St. Mary's Cemetery, Westfield, MA.
Student bulletin "IT" staff during our junior year. Albert Keinath, Joan Hutcinson, Susan Regnier, Kenneth Behan, Mr. James Dowd (advisor), J. Glenn Reardon, Mr. Richard Freeburg (advisor), Brian Falk.
Hot off the press during our senior year, the latest edition of the "Red and Grey" falls into the eager hands of staff members Al Keineth, Joan Hutchinson, Marlene Cabana, John Hire, Brian Falk, and advisor Mr. James Dowd. The hard working staff published seven issues of news, coming events, and polls.
Miss Judith Sessler
English and foreign languages teacher at ELHS, 1960-1961; third grade teacher at Pleasant View School, 1961-1962; English teacher at ELHS, 1963-1994; advisor to the Pegasus literary magazine

Miss Sessler in 1969 and in 2011.
Here is the obituary for Miss Sessler as received from her niece, Norma. 
Judith Ann Sessler
Dec. 14, 1938 - Jul. 4, 2020

Born in Plainfield, NJ to Matthias and Elsie Sessler, Judy grew up in Plainfield with her older brother, Bill. She lived the majority of her adult life in Brimfield, MA.

After receiving a bachelor's degree from Colby College in Waterville, ME and a Master's of Education from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, she continued her passion for learning with courses at Clark University, Worcester, MA in editing, etymology, cinematography, and creative writing.
Judy became an enthusiastic, caring, and committed teacher. She taught English at East Longmeadow High School for 33 years, retiring in August 1994. Her expertise at East Longmeadow High School included mainstreaming 11th and 12th grade Special Education students. Individualized instruction within her classroom tended to be challenging, so each spring she would bid for the Level 2 and 3 classes because of the many needy young men and women who, in turn, made her a successful teacher.
Retirement did not suit Judy, so between 1994 and 1996, she became a substitute teacher at Monson High School. Then, one year later she landed a position as an instructional aide for the Monson school system, and finally retired in 2016. She had been an educator for over 55 years.

She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Brimfield since she had moved to the town, during which time she was an enthusiastic participant on numerous church committees, enjoyed singing in the choir, and served as sexton.

In her mid-50s, Judy became involved in Brimfield's government. "The best man for the job is a woman," and in October of 1994, what a paradox. For the first time in its history, Brimfield had a woman selectman, and were the "boys" scared. The people of Brimfield voted to hire Ms. Judith Sessler to help run the town. But who really "wrote" her recall petition? Isn't it a pity that zealous work and an inquisitive mind can get you fired. On a journey of nearly 20 years, Judy tenaciously served taxpayers in various roles as assessor, selectman, and committee member in her beloved town of Brimfield.

Judy's love of nature, wildlife, and local history was undeniable. Her independent, articulate, and gutsy spirit was at home in the woods on her mountain. Her quintessential jeans, plaid shirt, and cowboy boots were Judy's signature style.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Judy is survived by two nieces, Norma Sessler and Anna Rice, and a nephew, Bill Sessler; a host of friends in Brimfield; and those she met at work and through the years.

Please consider donations to the Brimfield Public Library, Brimfield, MA 01010; Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge MA 01556; Monson Free Library, Monson MA 01057; and Wayne-Cary Library, Wayne ME 04284.
Literary Club during our sophomore year. Front row: Connie Haynes, Cecile Gauthier, Ann Giallanza, Judy Repossi, Amelia Ingram, Miss Sessler (advisor). Row 2: Beverly Hollman, Ellen Jette, Denise Ford, Helena Ellsworth, Vicky Haskell, Carol Wilson, Bonnie Paige. Row 3: Pat Donovan, Rosemary Dion, Marilyn Lasek, Barbara Wright, Mary Sambor, Karen Carlson.
Homeroom 215 during our junior year. Front row: Miss Sessler, Nola Olmsted, Patricia Olier, Adrienne Myers, Cynthia Page, Linda Redin, Kathleen Price. Row 2: David Radebaugh, Carol Porcelli, Susan Petronino, Priscilla Perusse, Debra Peterson, John Quinn, Channing Orr. Row 3: John Ouellette, Richard Pesto, Bruce Ostrander, Dennis Plante, Gil Paquette, David Owen. Row 4: Stephen Newell, Robert A. Price, Albert Raimondi, Robert M. Price, Enrico Oliveri, Gregory Naylor, Peter Ouellette. Not pictured: Kim O'Brien, Ross Overlock.
Pegasus literary magazine staff during our junior year. Front row: Ann Giallanza, Amelia Ingram, Judith Repossi, Cecile Gauthier. Row 2: Miss Sessler (advisor), Elaine Shea, Priscilla Perusse, Helena Ellsworth, Irene Gauthier, Ellen Jette.
Mr. Peter Cannone
Science teacher, 1969-1973; assistant principal, 1973-1979; principal, 1979-1987; associate superintendent, E. L. Public Schools system, 1987-1993
Mr. Cannone during our senior year and later in life.
Peter J. Cannone, 77, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Saturday, June 27, 2020 after a long illness.
Peter was born Sep. 9, 1942 in Holyoke, MA, son of the late Peter Cannone and late Rose Cannone-Ulshoeffer.
Peter attended Holyoke High School where he met his beloved wife, Catherine. The two were married 55 years. Peter loved his family and his work as an educator and the many thousands of lives he touched, and the friends he made along the way. When he was not working, his great joys were spending time with his family and all of his grandchildren at his home on Cape Cod or vacationing in Ogunquit, Maine. He was so proud of his entire family.
Peter graduated from the University of Massachusetts. He then went on to received his master's degree in school administration from Westfield State College.
Peter served in education for over 50 years. He started his career at Granby High School teaching biology and general science. Peter then went to East Longmeadow High School where he served for 24 years, starting as a biology teacher, assistant principal and principal. Peter rose to associate superintendent of East Longmeadow Public Schools. He then moved on to become superintendent of Sandwich Public Schools where he spent eleven years, enjoying every minute of his time. 
He retired in 2005, but that was short-lived, as his passion for education did not go away. He went on to become a professor at Bridgewater State University and was also a lead consultant at the Center for Executive Search, placing some of the top superintendents at schools on Cape Cod and the South Shore.
Peter is survived by his wife, Catherine and their three children and their families: Peter and Susan Cannone of Andover, MA and their four children; David and Cheryl Cannone of Bedford, NH and their three children; and Lynn and Paul Taft of Agawam. He is also survived by his brother, John Ulshoeffer of Yarmouth Port, MA.

(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Mr. Cannone's headstone in Sandwich Town Cemetery, Sandwich, MA. Photographer requests this photo not be copied or shared.
Mr. Manford Mann
Math teacher at Birchland Park Jr. High School, 1955-1961 and ELHS, 1961-1991; class advisor during our junior year

Mr. Mann during his time in the U.S. Army, in 1970, 1990, and later in life.
Manford Thomas Mann, 89, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, MA.
Born in Springfield, son of the late Murdock and Anna (Doherty) Mann, he lived in Longmeadow for over forty years and previously lived in Springfield.

Tom went to Sacred Heart Elementary School, and was a graduate of Cathedral High School, and received his Master's degree in Education from American International College.
He was a teacher in the East Longmeadow school system for forty years.
Tom was a member of the Springfield Boys and Girls Club, the Chicopee Lodge of Elks, and a lay minister at the former St. Joseph's Church in Springfield. Tom enjoyed ballroom dancing with his late wife, Claire, bowling, baseball, spending time on Cape Cod, and was on the rowing team throughout college. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren and attending his granddaughter Ally's softball games.
His wife, Claire E. (Papineau) Mann died on Jul. 20, 2017. Tom leaves his son, Paul T. Mann of Longmeadow and Harwich, MA; a daughter and her husband, Michele and James Shea of Franklin and Dennis Port, MA; and two grandchildren, Emily and Allison Shea. 
Donations may be made to the Soldiers' Home of Holyoke, 110 Cherry St., Holyoke, MA 01040.

(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
During our junior year, Mr. Mann served as one of our class advisors. Front row: Marlene Cabana, vice president; Sue Abel, treasurer; Debbie Campanella, president. Row 2: Mr. Mann, advisor; Sandra Cushman, member-at-large; Mrs. Rachel Fleming, advisor. Not pictured: Debbie Sawyer, secretary.
Mr. Mann's headstone in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. He served as a corporal (CPL) in the United States Army during the Korean War.
Mr. Charles McKinney
English teacher, 1966-1999; advisor to Debate Club
Mr. McKinney in 1970 and later in life.
Charles Harry McKinney died peacefully on Thursday, May 16, 2019, in Winchester, VA at the age of 80.
Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Donna (Cronin) McKinney of Winchester, VA; three children: Thomas McKinney of Marlborough, MA, Jeffrey McKinney of Somerville, MA; and Elizabeth (McKinney) Ignacio of Berryville, VA; daughter-in-law Angelica McKinney of Marlborough, MA, and son-in-law Joselito Ignacio of Berryville, VA; five grandchildren; one sister, Jayne (McKinney) Eldridge of Belchertown, MA; and three brothers-in-law, William Eldridge of Belchertown, Kenneth White, Sr., of West Springfield, and Neno Cronin of Forestville, NY; and many nephews and nieces he was very fond of. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Francis McKinney and Bertha Rosner McKinney of Hampden, MA; and two sisters, Myra (McKinney) White, and Gail (McKinney) Robbins.
Charles was born on Dec. 9, 1938 in Springfield, MA. He graduated from Technical High School in 1956 and went on to serve four years in the United States Air Force, from 1956 to 1960.

He graduated from AIC in 1965 with a major in English, and received an MA from the University of Connecticut, Storrs, in 1966. 
He taught English at East Longmeadow High School for 34 years, retiring in 1999.

He married Donna Cronin in 1969 in Springfield, MA. They moved to Wales, MA in 1971, where they lived on their small farmstead for 45 years, rearing three children, gardening, tending small livestock, and selling vegetables and fresh eggs at the roadside. The retired to Winchester, VA in 2016.

Charles was a dedicated teacher and was admired by many students over his long career. He also served as the English Department Chair at ELHS for several years, and as secretary for the Connecticut Valley Debate League, as well as adviser for the ELHS debate team. 
He was a great reader of a wide range of literature and loved discussing topics ranging from Shakespeare to philosophy, religion, and history. Charles was a lifelong avid baseball fan and devoted to his Red Sox. He was an active member of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Parish in Monson, MA, and attended St. Christopher's in Brimfield, MA. He was currently a parishioner at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Winchester, VA, and often attended St. Bridget of Ireland, Berryville, VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Charles may be sent to Catholic Relief Services, PO Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA.)
Note: Mr. McKinney was inducted into the East Longmeadow Public Schools Educators Hall of Fame in 2005.
Debate Club during our sophomore year. Front row: Steve St. Marie, Linda Bates, Dennis Plante. Row 2: Robert Holland, John Thurner, Gary Tarpinian, Charles Valliere, Mr. McKinney (advisor). Row 3: Bob Ireland, Bob Price, Mark Lacedonia, Stephen Fairbanks.
Debate Club during our junior year. Front row: Jeffrey Boulrice, Mark Lacedonia, Mark Safford, Mark Willis. Row 2: Mark Dunn, Patricia Behan, Arlene Breau, Paul Proulx, David Thodal, Mr. McKinney (advisor).
Mr. McKinney's marker in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Mr. Robert Vespaziani
Chairman, department of physical education and varsity football coach, 1963-1969
Mr. Vespaziani in 1967 and later in life.
Mr. Robert "Bob" Amadeo Vespaziani passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
He is loved and missed by his wife, Sheila and by his children Robert "Bob" (Franca) of Toronto; Michael (Debbie) of Denver, CO; Lori Beck (Jeff) of White Rock, British Columbia; Joseph of Everett, WA; and Jennifer Vespaziani-Grant (Matt) of White Rock, British Columbia. He was the loving grandfather of ten granchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
(Excerpted from the Hendren Funeral Home website, Lakefield, Ontario, Canada).
Note: After serving at ELHS, Mr. Vespaziani moved to Canada for the remainder of his life, where he coached college and professional football teams, retiring in 2011, then coming out of retirement for a final year of coaching in 2013.
Varsity and junior varsity football team in our sophomore year. Front row: Mr. Vespaziani (coach), Joe Marazzi, Ken Behan, Rick Willard, Rich Mondoux, Bill Zuccalo, Jerry Sawyer, Todd Cormier, Kurt Whitney, Mr. Daniel Kane (coach). Row 2: Bruce Ostrander, Bill Creighton, Felix Tranghese, Bob Fois, Roger Blood, Jim Manferdini, Wayne Scully, Paul LaBroad, Bill Snow. Row 3: Warren Kenyon, Peter Ouellette, Dave Gallerani, Tim Thompson, Greg Naylor, Donald Bonner, Bill Anderson, Peter Garafalo. Row 4: Jim Stratos, Mike Boucher, Erwin Belorusky, Howie Belliveau, Steve Gonyea, Dennis Ostrander, Jeff Crary, Mark Hadeler. Row 5: Bruce Tilden, Chris Colman, Bob Willard, Don Thompson, Mike Harton. Not pictured: Kim Hagopian.
Varsity and junior varsity football teams in our junior year. Front row: Coaches Mr. Robert Vespaziani, Mr. Daniel Kane, and Mr. Ralph Rinaldi, Jerry Sawyer, Bob Barney, Rick Willard, Todd Cormier, managers Steve Viger, Tim Lynch, and Channing Orr. Row 2: Scott Grabowski, Mark Pozzi, Peter Ouellette, Ken Behan, Tom Mineo, Bill Creighton, Wayne Scully, Rich Mondoux. Row 3: Richard Dion, Charles Maurer, Alfred Santos, Dave Gallerani, Greg Naylor, Bill Anderson, Peter Garafalo, Richard Cormier. Row 4: Allan Phillips, Tom McCabe, Felix Tranghese, Jim Manferdini, John Murphy, Jeff Boulrice, Sebstiano Siano, Mike Keane, John Wrinkle. Row 5: Howie Belliveau, John Haggerty, Bob Willard, Chris Colman, Jeff Crary, Tom Stewart, John Hire, David MacDonald. Not pictured: Tim Thompson.
Please click here for a video clip of Parents' Day, 1968 (you'll see Mr. Vespaziani on the sideline from 0:41- 0:51; please note this video is viewable using the Google Chrome browser but is not viewable using the Microsoft Edge browser), and click here for close-ups of the varsity football players in 1968. 
Mr. Vespaziani in 2010 in his role as a coach for the Queens University football team, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. 
Mr. Paul Tarsa
Math teacher, Birchland Park Jr. High School, 1961-1966; math teacher, ELHS, 1966-1970; Assistant Principal, Birchland Park Jr. High and Elementary School, 1970-1972; coach of varsity hockey team
Mr. Tarsa in 1969.
Paul Tarsa, 77, departed his beloved family on June 26, 2017 following a twenty-five-year battle with cancer.
Born in Indian Orchard, MA, the oldest of brothers Leo, Ray, and John, Paul earned early acclaim as a Cathedral hockey player and then later for AIC.
First employed as a high school math teacher in East Longmeadow, he coached the Spartan hockey team to an unprecedented Western Mass. championship. 
A series of vice-principal positions ensued until age 42, at which time Paul transitioned away from education to become a market analyst for Hamilton Standard. Post-retirement, Paul reveled in his opportunity to serve as Dean of Undergraduate Education at Western New England College, coach of the Ellington High School Girls' tennis team, and volunteered with the Springfield Public Schools "Read Aloud" program.
A devoted husband and father, Paul is survived by his adoring wife, Claudette; children Paul (53), Patti (50), and Buffy (47); their spouses; and fifteen grandchildren. A loving father and doting grandfather, Paul proudly instilled strong values across his large family, maintaining a special loving relationship with each member. All pursuits in Paul's life fell a distant second to his unwavering commitment to family and the joyful pride he took in their accomplishments.
His youthful experience in hockey gradually gave way to his lifelong passion for tennis. Paul and Claudette's love of tennis carried them off on a memorable trip to Center Court Wimbledon, heralded as their best vacation ever. Paul will be forever missed on the courts, but moreover, he will be missed for the extraordinary husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend he was.
Heartfelt gratitude is extended to physicians Dr. Phillip Glynn, Dr. David Kelley, Mercy Oncology Center and Hospital, and the Deacon Hospice for their wonderful care.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Varsity hockey team in our freshman year. Front row: Rich Mondoux, Todd Cormier, Peter Benton, Dave Griffin, Bill Zuccalo, Dave Stockwell, Mr. Tarsa (coach). Row 2: John Beery, Rick Willard, Bill Creighton, Bob Bradley, Jon Birtwell, Dan Melien, Tom Mineo. Row 3: Mr. Ralph Rinaldi (assistant coach), Donald Bonner, Howie Belleveau, Russ Morton, Bob Barney, Rich D'Amato, William Bonin.
Varsity hockey team in our sophomore year. Front row: Matt D'Amato, David Griffin, Rich Mondoux, Danny Thomas, Rick Willard, Todd Cormier, David MacDonald, Jon Birtwell. Row 2: Mr. Tarsa (coach), Brad Towle (manager), Bob Bradley, Bill Creighton, Russ Morton, Barry Ruffenacht, Howie Belliveau, Bob Barney, Bill Zuccalo, Mr. William Whiles (assistant coach). Not pictured: Donald Bonner.
Varsity hockey team in our junior year. Front row: Russ Morton, Danny Thomas, Rich Mondoux, Matt D'Amato, Bob Manning , David MacDonald, Dave Griffin. Row 2: Mr. Tarsa (coach), Brad Towle (manager), John Lasek, Michael Grigely, Leo Hood, Alan Hubbard, Mr. William Whiles (assistant coach). Row 3: Steven McHugh, Bob Barney, Barry Rufenacht, Howie Belliveau. Not pictured: Todd Cormier, Bob Bradley.
Varsity hockey team in our senior year. Front row: Matty D'Amato, Leo Hood, Todd Cormier, David MacDonald, Kenneth LaBroad, Michael Grigely, Brad Kites, Bob Ayers. Row 2: Mr. Tarsa (coach), Tom Mineo, Rich Mondoux (captain), John Perella, Michael Donohue, Steven McHugh, John Lasek, Kevin O'Brien, Bob Manning. Not pictured: Mr. Thomas Nolan (coach), John Glassanos.
Mr. Tarsa and his wife, Claudette in 2015.
Mr. Tarsa's marker in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield, MA. Photo by Mark Wing (www.markwing.com).
Mr. Robert Troutman
Science, social studies, and phys ed teacher, Birchland Park Jr. High School, 1951-1960; science teacher, ELHS, 1960-1988 (department  chairman, 1964-1987); coach of junior varsity soccer team
Mr. Troutman in 1970 and 1988.
Mr. Robert Troutman, 89, passed away on Mar. 19, 2017 from the effects of multiple myeloma, according to his wife, Cheryl. 
Mr. Troutman coached the junior varsity soccer team during our time at ELHS.
Junior varsity soccer team in our freshman year. Front row: Andy Farquharson, John Penstock, Peter Benton, John Corliss. Rows 2: Bill Passburg, David Weferling, David Griffin, Bob Bradley, Mr. Troutman (coach). Row 3: Paul Lieberwirth, Scott Seymour, Frank Miorandi, Rich Malmstrom, Barry Rufenacht. Not pictured: Bill Kenyon, Michael Dimonaco, Dave Carpenter.
Junior varsity socer team in our sophomore year. Front row: Bill Kenyon, Robert Moran, Mark Willis, Thomas Kurowski, Andy Byrne, Gary LaFave. Row 2: Mr. Troutman (coach), Dave Carpenter, Ken Kurowski, Ed Kopec, Jonas Robinson, David Thodal, Paul Gasperini. Row 3: Andy Farquharson, Larry Cooper, Frank Miorandi, John Penstock, Gary Lieberwirth, Alan Hubbard.
Junior varsity soccer team in our junior year. Front row: Rick Pesto, Andy Byrne, Mark Willis, Leo Hood, Kenneth Butler. Row 2: David Correale, Gary LaFave, Richard Nimmo, Dave Carpenter. Row 3: David Thodal, Robert Serafin, Thomas Kurowski, James Westberg, Ed Kopec. Row 4: Peter Rybacki, Gil Paquette, Daniel Messier, Rick Oliveri. Row 5: Larry Cooper, Steve Fairbanks, Bill Kenyon, Don Jacobson. Not pictured: Mr. Troutman (coach), Curtis Geoffrion, Kenneth Williams.
Mr. Troutman's headstone in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. He served as a sergeant (SGT) in the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during World War II. The emblem at the top symbolizes the United Church of Christ.
Mr. Daniel P. Kane, Jr.
Social studies teacher, 1965-1970; guidance counselor, 1970-1971; coach of varsity football and freshman basketball teams; advisor to Model Congress Club 
Mr. Kane in 1966, 1967, and later in life.
Mr. Kane taught social studies at East Longmeadow High School from 1965 through 1970, then served as a guidance counselor for one year before transferring to Longmeadow High School. During his time at ELHS, he also coached the varsity football and boys' freshman basketball teams, and served as advisor to the Model Congress Club. Following his time at ELHS, Mr. Kane had a long and distinguished career at Longmeadow High School, where he coached the varsity lacrosse team to seven state championships. Although there is no mention of his time at ELHS in his obituary below, we have the fondest memories of the time he spent with us.
Daniel Patrick Kane, Jr., "COACH," 74, died with support from his family on Jun. 14, 2015.
This August he would have been married to his "Bride" and beloved wife, Joyce (Murphy) Kane, for 51 years. They met at his favorite place, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. He and his wife spent 53 summers there with their children and grandchildren. He spent endless days reading on the beach, swimming, playing in the water with his children and grandchildren, and walking along the beach.
He is the oldest of five children from Lowell, MA, of the late Daniel P. Kane and Evelyn (Nichols) Kane. He was raised and educated in Lowell. Dan attended Keith Academy with his late brother, Joseph Kane. He pursued his education at St. Anselm's College and completion of his masters at Florida State University.
Dan was a dedicated educator. He worked as a teacher, coach, guidance counselor, and vice principal at Longmeadow High School. He was especially passionate about coaching. Dan coached freshman, JV, and varsity football, but lacrosse was his legacy. From 1975-1981, he was the assistant coach to his dear friend, the late David Stockwell. They won six state titles and seven Western Mass. titles. He was the head varsity coach from 1982-1991 with 173 wins. He led the Longmeadow Lancers to seven state titles and ten Western Mass. Championships. In June 1997, he was inducted into the National Hall of Fame for Coaching of Lacrosse. In January 2015, he was inducted into the Western MA Chapter Hall of Fame of Lacrosse.
In addition to his career at Longmeadow High School, he worked a variety of jobs during the summer. He was a camp director at a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed children in Holyoke; he established the Longmeadow lacrosse mini-summer camp; and he managed the Tides Motel in Hampton Beach.
Dan's favorite words were always to be kind and generous. This was noted by his actions in how he cared for his wife and raised his four children. 
Lastly, Dan was an avid golfer into the fall of 2014 with dedication from Joyce driving him to the country club unconditionally.
In addition to his wife, Joyce, he is survived by his daughters Kimberly A. Arnold of Westfield; Kelly M. Kane of Greenfield; his son, Sean M. Kane and his wife, Jennifer, of Southington, CT; his daughter, Shannon J. DePodesta and her husband, Michael of Southington, CT; his sisters, Margaret Dineen and her husband, Michael of Lowell, MA; and Mary Murphy and her husband, Gerry of Andover, MA; sister-in-law, Eileen Kane of Dracut; brother-in-law, Leonard Francois of Springfield; cousins Jack and Gail Arsenault of Vernon, CT; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was also the brother of the late Martha Thorburn and Joseph R. Kane, and sister-in-law Rosemary Francois.
The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Hospice of Western and Central MA for their care and compassion during this time.
Memorial contributions in Dan's name may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, New York, NY.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Mr. Kane, Model Congress Club advisor, and other members signal their favor of classmate Scott Moore's bill during our freshman year.
Freshman basketball team in our freshman year. Front row: Rich Malmstrom, Paul Lieberwirth, Dave Carpenter, Kurt Whitney, Mr. Kane (coach). Row 2: Don Eddy, Andy Farquharson, Bill Kenyon, Scott Moore, Mike Rafferty. Row 3: Greg Naylor, Carl Larson, Jeff Crary, Michael DiMonaco, Dave Gallerani.
Varsity and junior varsity football teams in our sophomore year. Front row: Mr. Robert Vespaziani (coach), Joe Marazzi, Ken Behan, Rick Willard, Rich Mondoux, Bill Zuccalo, Jerry Sawyer, Todd Cormier, Kurt Whitney, Mr. Kane (coach). Row 2: Bruce Ostrander, Bill Creighton, Felix Tranghese, Bob Fois, Roger Blood, Jim Manferdini, Wayne Scully, Paul LaBroad, Bill Snow. Row 3: Warren Kenyon, Peter Ouellette, Dave Gallerani, Tim Thompson, Tom Mineo, Greg Naylor, Donald Bonner, Bill Anderson, Peter Garafalo. Row 4: Jim Stratos, Mike Boucher, Erwin Belorusky, Howie Belliveau, Steve Gonyea, Dennis Ostrander, Jeff Crary, Mark Hadeler. Row 5: Bruce Tilden, Chris Colman, Bob Willard, Don Thompson, Mike Harton. Not pictured: Kim Hagopian.
Varsity and junior varsity football teams in our junior year. Front row: Coaches Mr. Robert Vespaziani, Mr. Kane, and Mr. Ralph Rinaldi, Jerry Sawyer, Bob Barney, Rick Willard, Todd Cormier, managers Steve Viger, Tim Lynch, and Channing Orr. Row 2: Scott Grabowski, Mark Pozzi, Peter Ouellette, Ken Behan, Tom Mineo, Bill Creighton, Wayne Scully, Rich Mondoux. Row 3: Richard Dion, Charles Maurer, Alfred Santos, Dave Gallerani, Greg Naylor, Bill Anderson, Peter Garafalo, Richard Cormier. Row 4: Allan Phillips, Tom McCabe, Felix Tranghese, Jim Manferdini, John Murphy, Jeff Boulrice, Sebastiano Siano, Mike Keane, John Wrinkle. Row 5: Howie Belliveau, John Haggerty, Bob Willard, Chris Colman, Jeff Crary, Tom Stewart, John Hire, David MacDonald. Not pictured: Tim Thompson.
Assistant varsity football coach Mr. Kane, far fight, celebrates a touchdown during a game in our junior year.
Mr. Alexander Nickett
 Foreign languages teacher, 1961-1980; coach of varsity tennis team
Mr. Nickett in 1970 and 1978.
Alexander Nickett, 96, a lifelong Springfield resident, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 at Reed's Landing in Springfield.
Born June 22, 1917 in Springfield, Alex was the son of the late Feodor F. and Agafia S. (Kovalchuk) Nikitiuk. He was educated in local schools and went on to receive both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois. He served with the Army's 282nd Engineer Combat Battalion during World War II and was stationed in Germany.
Alex began his teaching career at the Prospect Hill School in Westfield. He later taught at the Howard Street School in Springfield and then moved on to the East Longmeadow school system and taught German, Russian, and English at East Longmeadow High School for many years.
He was a member of St. Peter and St. Paul Russian Orthodox Church in Springfield. Alex was also a lifelong member of the YMCA and the Springfield Boys Club and was also a member of the JCC.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Nickett and also by his sister, Mary Nickett Mercolino Daigneault. He is survived by his nieces, Marie Mercolino Kirk and Linda Nickett Champagne, both of Springfield; his nephew, Daniel F. Nickett of Southwick; three grandnephews, two great-grandnieces; one great-grandnephew; his cousin, Michael Nikitiuk and his wife, Laurie of Otis; and their children, Alexander and Angela.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield Boys Club, the Springfield YMCA, or to the Springfield Russian Orthodox Church.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Homeroom 227 in our freshman year. Front row: Donna Tranghese, Dorothy Stellato, Doreen Tremblay, Paula Seligman, Debra Simons, Ann Tesoro, Maria Siano, Nancy Steitz, Jeanne Symmes, Mr. Alexander Nickett. Row 2: Stanley Sroka, Mark Simone, Barry Tuck, Kenneth Sheret, Clark Swanson, Regina Truitt, Pamela Stenard, Susan Sullivan, Gail Taylor. Row 3: Paul Stilphen, Charles Taylor, Wayne Scully, Willard Troy, William Stark, John Stolecki, Thomas Sullivan, Wayne Soffan, Felix Tranghese. Not pictured: William Schmitter, Sharon Soares, William Soares, Nancy Sroka.
Mr. Nickett with classmates Debbie Campanella and Nancy Birtwell during our senior year.
Varsity tennis team in our senior year. Front row: Kevin Porter, Alex Hunter, Rich Malmstrom, Andy Farquharson, Mr. Nickett (coach). Row 2: Kevin O'Brien, David Hansen, Scott Abel, Edward Fleming.
Left: Mr. Nickett with business teacher Mrs. Marina Herschuk Luff, in the ELHS cafeteria in July 2011, during the open house portion of the ELHS 50th Birthday Party. Right: Mr. Nickett with foreign languages teacher Mr. Dennis Dowling,  in January 2013, at the Celebration of Life remembrance for foreign languages teacher Mrs. Rachel Fleming.
Mr. Nickett's headstone in Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield MA. His name is seen along with those of his parents, Feodor and Agafia Nikitiuk.
Mr. John Roan
Chairman, social studies department, 1960-1986; advisor to National Honor Society
Mr. Roan in 1967 and 1986.
John R. Roan, 92, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2013. John was born in Brockton, MA to the late Christopher and Lillian (Reynolds) Roan and was a fifty-year resident of Hampden. Prior to retirement, he was Chair of the History Department for East Longmeadow High School. Previously, John taught history at Monson Academy (now Monson Wilbraham Academy).
He was a veteran of World War II, having honorably served in the United States Army Air Forces.
Mr. Roan was predeceased by his wife, Anita (Phaneuf) Roan. He is survived by two daughters, Denise Benel and her husband Russ of Huntsville, Alabama, and Gail Gondon and her husband Ken of Wilbraham; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
In our freshman, sophomore, and junior years, Mr. Roan served as the advisor to the National Honor Society. Here, he is pictured with National Honor Society members during our junior year. Front row: Mr. Roan, Ann Giallanza, Susan Pauly, James Weigand, Christine Boucher, Phyllis MacDonald, Sally King, Joanne Vedovelli. Row 2: Cynthia Burr, Beverly Dion, Debra Campanella, Gail Taylor, Deborah Sawyer, Susan Abel, Lois Ramey, Michelle Meunier, Elaine Shea. Row 3: Clark Swanson, Mark Lacedonia, Bernard Pozzi, Barry Rufenacht, Barbara Gorman, Robert Lundgren, Mark Safford, Sally Benoit, Timothy Thompson, Paula Finn.
Mr. Roan's headstone in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. He served as a sergeant (SGT) in the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) during World War II.
Mr. Thomas Clough
Vocal music teacher; director of Mixed Chorus, Harmonaires, Troubadors, Crescendo Choir, and Singing Spartans, 1967-1969
Mr. Thomas Clough, who taught vocal music during our sophomore and junior years, passed away on Apr. 6, 2013. Although an obituary was not written, we are working with his sister, Susan on a tribute. When it is completed, we'll add it here.

Mixed Chorus during our sophomore year. Front row: Debra Lawson, Cynthia Robbins, Elizabeth Soffan, Debra Hamilton, Martha Heenan, Pat Donovan. Row 2: Bill Scheumann, Chuck Taylor, Larry Cooper, Jim Wilkins, John Hire. Row 3: Cindy Richards, Rosanne Reis, Charlotte Merton, Elaine Reall, Ellen Hopkins, Linda Gray. Not pictured: Sandy Brennan, Lee Mazzaferro, Gary Monson, Mr. Clough.

Harmonaires during our sophomore year. Front row: Phyllis Vagts, Pat Hendrick, Irene Gauthier, Ann Giallanza, Judy Repossi, Amelia Ingram. Row 2: Pamela Murphy, Melissa McIntire, Susan Regnier, Gina Truitt, Patricia Vadnais, Martha Heenan. Row 3: Marsha Brodeur, Linda Earnshaw, Linda Gray, Janice Debour, Beverly Debour. Not pictured: Alison Cox, Susan Fleming, Lee Mazzaferro, Virginia Martin, Kathy Newton, Sandra Rosati, Jane Washburn, Dianne Hobbs.

Troubadors during our sophomore year. Ronald Rennell, Richard Clark, William Bryce, Jim Wilkins (secretary), Jim Mayher, Mr. Clough. Not pictured: Louis Cangro (president), Dale Goddard, Donald Hutchinson (librarian), Jonas Robinson, David Taylor, Patricia Tilden, Wayne Vogel.

Crescendo Choir during our sophomore year. Mr. Clough, Amelia Ingram, Susan Wolcott, Susan Garner, Karen Scott, Cynthia Torrey, Barbara Wright, Eunice Langevin, Connie Haynes.

Singing Spartans during our junior year. Front row: Mr. Clough, Betsy Barclay, Suzanne Florence, Alison Cox, Rosanne Reis, Martha Heenan. Row 2: Susan Regnier, Susan Garner (secretary), Ellen Hopkins (treasurer), Susan Fleming, Valerie Jamison, Melissa McIntire. Row 3: Carl Haetinger, Brian Falk, John Webber, Jim Wilkins (president), Jim Mayher.

Singing Spartans (continued). Front row: Mr. Clough, Marcia Earnshaw, Deborah Parron, Irene Gauthier, Dorothy Goorich, Amelia Ingram. Row 2: Beverly Debour, Janice Debour, Pam Murphy, Pat Donovan, Charlotte Merton. Row 3: Ronald Rennell, Mark Allen, James Gilmartin, Kevin Gilmartin, Richard Hiller.

Singing Spartans (continued). Front row: Mr. Clough, Daria Daniele, Nancy Kiernan, Julie Crosier, Anna Dimauro, Janice Winn. Row 2: Rosemary Cangro, Beth Lacey, Regina Bean, Cynthia Panico, Debra Babcock, Lois Melbourne. Row 3: Charles Taylor, Mary Johnson, Nina Nascimbeni, Susan Langevin, Janice Paige, Karalee Shaw, Francis Cooley.

Gestures and expressions from the choral master, Mr. Clough, guides this co-ed chorus through a Christmas standard as hundreds of parents and students listen appreciatively.
Mrs. Rachel Fleming
Foreign languages teacher, 1965-1992 (department chairman, 1968-1992); class advisor during our freshman and sophomore years
Mrs. Fleming in 1970, 1980, 1990, and in 2011 at the ELHS 50th Birthday Party.
Rachel C. Fleming, 88, died Sunday, January 6, 2013. Mrs. Fleming was born Dec. 5, 1924 in Ware, MA, a daughter of the late Victor Euclide and Eva (Bousquet) Charpentier.
She was a graudate of Smith College and Middlebury College and had studied in France at The Sorbonne.
She was a foreign language teacher at East Longmeadow High School for twenty-eight years.
Rachel is survived by her twin sons, Patrick V. Fleming and his wife, Elle, of Red Lion, PA and Michael J. Fleming of Allentown, PA; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Eva Mullaly.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
During our freshman year, Mrs. Fleming served as one of our class advisors. Left to right: Debbie Campanella, member-at-large; Bev Dion, treasurer; Mr. S. Gordon Smith, advisor; Bill Creighton, president; Mrs. Fleming, advisor; Suzanne Dreyer, vice president; Nancy Holland, secretary.
During our sophomore year, Mrs. Fleming served as one of our class advisors. Front row: Mrs. Fleming, advisor; Marlene Cabana, secretary; Debbie Campanella, member-at-large. Row 2: Mr. Raymond Simonds, advisor; Jeff Crary, president; Jim Manferdini, vice president. Not pictured: Sue Abel, treasurer.
Mrs. Fleming's headstone in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Ware, MA.
Mrs. Ella LaBarre (later Mrs. Ella Richter)
English teacher, 1966-1970
Mrs. LaBarre in 1969 and 1970.
Mrs. Ella C. Richter, who we knew as Mrs. Ella C. LaBarre, passed away in Broken Arrow, OK on Thursday, August 16, 2012. 
(Excerpted from the Tulsa World newspaper, Tulsa, OK).
Note: Mrs. Richter joined the ELHS faculty in September 1966. After her departure from ELHS at the end of our senior year, she attended graduate school and later married Mr. Daryl Richter, who joined the ELHS faculty as a science teacher in our senior year.

From our senior yearbook: "They don't know how to lose --- Don Jacobson, Mrs. LaBarre (advisor), Mark Willis, Alison Cox, Christine Decker, and alternate Clark Swanson brought home this silver cup after finals competition where they trounced Chicopee Comp. 205-90 and Suffield Adacemy 229-110. Members of the undefeated "Match Wits" team were awarded $100 scholarships to help defray college expenses."


Left: Mrs. Richter in 1998 while she was teaching in the Sapulpa, OK school system.  Right: Mr. and Mrs. Richter in Maine in 2010. Photos courtesy of Daryl Richter.
Miss Joan Bereswill
English teacher, Birchland Park Jr. High School, 1959-1964; English teacher, ELHS, 1965-1972
Miss Bereswill in 1967, 1970, and around 2007.
Joan Ann Bereswill, of Fairfax, VA, passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2012. Survived by her cousins Robert D. Finer and his wife, Karen L. Himes; and Gary A. Finer and his wife Arlene; her nephew Clifford and Ann Burns, as well as her dear friend Nancy Prizio. Joan was predeceased by her brother Robert Burns.
Joan attended school in East Chester, NY, graduating in 1949. She then attended Our Lady of the Elms College in Chicopee, MA, graduating in 1955. She was a lifelong school teacher and retired from the Fairfax County Public Schools as a fifth and sixth grade teacher.
(Excerpted from the Washington Post newspaper, Washington, D.C.).
Note: Prior to her arrival at ELHS, Miss Bereswill taught English at Birchland Park Junior High School, where some of us had her for a teacher in seventh grade.
Homeroom 213 during our junior year. Front row: Miss Joan, Pamela Johnson, Nancy Jenne, Dorothy Keller, Katherine LaBerge, Margaret Izzo, Lynne Kinney. Row 2: Susan Jasinski, Diane LaFave, Ellen Hopkins, Elizabeth Lasek, Allison Lipp, Mary Ann LaLima, Nancy Lavertue, Eileen Jordan. Row 3: Paul Lieberwirth, Carl Larson, John Illig, Bruce Lindwall, Roger Gamache, Patricia Hendrick. Row 4: Dennis Kronenberg, Victor Linden, Paul LaBroad, William Kenyon, Robert Ireland, Edward Lemanski. Not pictured: Edward Kopec, Jean Kelly.
Miss Bereswill's headstone in Holy Mount Cemetery, Eastchester, NY.
Mr. Harlow Pendleton
Social studies teacher, 1964-1977
Mr. Pendleton in 1966, 1967, 1969 and 1977.
Harlow Edward Pendleton, 85, longtime resident of Leominster, MA died peacefully on Monday, Apr. 18, 2011 of an unexpected illness.
Born in Pelham to Harlow L. Pendleton and Margaret Thompson Gaskell, Mr. Pendleton grew up with his sister Rosalie in Fitchburg, where he developed his love of music, and began a lifetime association with many church choirs. Besides the piano he played the flute, frequently performing in local town summer concerts, and soloing at the commencement ceremonies of his graduation from Fitchburg High school in 1944. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Pendleton joined the Army Air Corps immediately after graduation and became a gunner on a bomber aircraft. His aircraft crashed while on a training exercise, and he was one of only two crew members to survive.
After the war, Mr. Pendleton studied at the Universities of Massachusetts and Connecticut, receiving a Master's of Education degree in 1953. Over his twenty-four year career he taught junior and senior high school-level English and social studies in Attleboro, Springfield and East Longmeadow, MA school systems. He continued his love of teaching well into his retirement years, giving his time to local community college students. Mr. Pendleton also had a passion for reading and creative writing, composing many poems and short stories during his life.
"The most important day of my life . . ." was when Mr. Pendleton met his soul mate and wife of fifty-eight years, Esther I. Hawkins in 1952. They had two children, Karen Louise and Thomas Jeffery, settling first in Attleboro, then East Longmeadow and finally in Longmeadow, where they lived until moving to Leominster.
Mr. Pendleton was an active member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Leominster and other church communities throughout his life, holding the various positions of vestryman, senior warden and assistant director at Bement Church Camp in his early years. Having a profound interest in theology, Mr. Pendleton briefly studied at the seminary of Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.
Mr. Pendleton is survived by his wife Esther; their son, Thomas and wife, Suzanne; and their children, Maxwell and Grace. He is also survived by many other close relatives and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mark's Church Memorial Fund or to the Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA.
(Excerpted from the Leominster Champion newspaper, Leominster, MA).
Homeroom 211 during our junior year. Front row: Mr. Pendleton, Denise Descheneaux, Donna Colapietro, Nancy Cauley, Stephanie Chmielewski, Susan Circosta, Kristine D'Angelo. Row 2: Debra David, Julia Devine, Sandra Cushman, Marsha Coons, Patricia Donovan, Beth Davidson. Row 3: Michael Doe, Mitchell Dante, Todd Cormier, Frederick Doersam, Ralph Donohue, David Carpenter, Steven Corey. Row 4: Jeffrey Crary, Michael DiMonaco, Thomas Churchill, Henry Dickinson, Robert Clark, Lawrence Cooper, Patrick Casey. Not pictured: Jeffrey Burton, Roger Campbell.
Mr. Pendleton's headstone in Evergreen Cemetery, Worcester, MA.
Mr. Stanley Bernatowicz
Chairman, industrial arts department, 1964-1967; guidance counselor, 1967-1969; industrial arts teacher, 1969-1984 (department chairman, 1983-1984); coach of varsity baseball team
Mr. Bernatowicz in 1969 and 1983.
Stanley J. Bernatowicz, 82, of Tower Road, Ludlow died Monday, October 4, 2010 in Westerly Nursing Home, Rhode Island, after a long illness. Born in Gardner, MA November 13, 1927, he was the son of the late Joseph and Valeria (Ambrowicz) Bernatowicz.
A Navy veteran of WW II, he attained the rank of Yeoman second class. He was a graduate of Gardner High School, and received his bachelor's degree from Fitchburg State College, and his master's from Tufts University, Boston. He moved to Ludlow in 1956, and was a communicant of Christ the King Church.
Stanley became a teacher and guidance counselor with a life-long interest in high school and collegiate sports, particularly baseball and soccer, and for many years coached at East Longmeadow and officiated soccer throughout New England. He was a member of and former president of the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association.
He was the husband of Alice (Barr) Bernatowicz, who passed away September 23, 2009. After retirement, they spent many winters in Zephyrhills, Florida. Stanley is survived by his former wife, Phyllis (Hill) Knecht, and their children, Mark of Herndon, VA; Gary of Chicopee, MA; Michael of Westerly, RI; and Jeffrey of Yakima, WA. He also leaves three much-loved grandsons. He leaves a brother, Tony Bernatowicz of Bethel, CT; a sister, Frances Coutts of San Diego, CA; and many extended family members and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Varsity baseball team during our freshman year. Front row: Paul Mondoux, Frank Miorandi, Jim Latourelle, Roger Rinaldi, Bob Fois, Mark Grabowski, Frank Petruzzello. Row 2: John Corliss, Dan Thomas, Don Eddy, Jerry Sawyer, Scott Seymour, Ralph Donohue (manager). Row 3: Robert Houghton, Ned DeGray, Michael Beaulieu, Dave Weferling, Steve Swayger, Mr. Bernatowicz.
Mr. Bernatowicz' headstone in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. He served as a Yoeman (typist) Petty Officer Second Class (YNT2) in the United States Navy during World War II. 
Mrs. Margaret "Jean" Corliss
Vocal music teacher, Birchland Park Jr. High School, 1960-1983; vocal music teacher and director of chorus, glee club, and Charmers at ELHS, 1960-1967
Mrs. Corliss in 1964, 1966, 1967, 1982, and 2007.
Margaret "Jean" (Sullivan) Corliss, dedicated to the family history, was given the name of "Jean", daughter of John F. & Isabel (O'Keefe) Sullivan on April 8, 1925. Jean passed peacefully at home, entering into eternal life, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 at the age of 84.
Jean was born in Cambridge, MA and grew up throughout the Boston area showing that everyone can be an Irish Star and shine. However, Jean found Gloucester, MA a true homestead with her father and loving sisters Francis, Nancy and JoAnne, at which time, Jean Corliss realized her calling. Jean graduated from St. Mary's High School with the class of 1943.
She then attended and graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1947, becoming an extremely accomplished musician and teacher with the school system of Chelsea, MA. Her creativity and individual character blossomed with music interpretation, developing scores and albums to share with those of insight, without compromising her true love, time to dedicate giving children a harmonic voice. Her love of music complemented her love of family; she was always encouraged by her sisters and father to share her talents.
When married and moving to East Longmeadow with her husband, she continued to teach while building her family. Through many years of her musical principles, Mrs. Corliss has given such abundance to the town with her musical talents and the talents she attributed to her students. Mrs. Corliss sprang to life a collaboration to create and publish the Town of East Longmeadow's High School Alma Mater which is continually celebrated through the memories of many students over many years and residences that have been touched by her talents and memories.
Reaching out further, Mrs. Corliss was instrumental with the productions of the many musicals performed at Birchland Park Junior High School (later Birchland Park Middle School), such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Oliver, Camelot and The Sound of Music, as well as her involvement with Spartanum Spectaculum sponsored by the East Longmeadow High School.
Mrs. Corliss was extremely committed to St. Joseph's Church, East Longmeadow as the organist and choir director. She then moved to St. Patrick's Church in Springfield, following her parishioners and Father Crombie, where she assisted in the musical coordination for families who recently lost their loved ones, as well as confirmations and first communions.
Another exquisite talent was the love of knitting the most beautiful sweaters, quilts and dresses for her friends and family. Other talents were dancing, singing, playing all musical instruments, painting, gardening, cooking, and spending time at the pool with her family and friends.
As well as being a beautiful role model for her children and grandchildren, no one was more generous and full of life. Margaret Jean leaves her two loving daughters, Margaret Corliss Byrne and Marianne Corliss of East Longmeadow; and her affectionate son, John F. Corliss and his wife, Sharon Corliss, both of Hinsdale, MA.
The family would like to extend our gratitude to all who gave such care to Margaret Jean Corliss, especially Dr. Thau and his staff at Medical West; the staff at Baystate Hospital; the Baystate VNA; Sherri and Jamie and the rest of the staff, as well as the hospice program, with our greatest thanks to Brenda and Angela, and their support staff with the loving attention to comfort and care.

In lieu of flowers, our mother has requested donations be sent to St. Patrick's Parish Fund or Baystate VNA and Hospice, Springfield, MA.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Note: During our freshman year, Mrs. Corliss served on the ELHS faculty as the vocal music director. She directed the glee club, chorus, and Charmers and assisted in the Dramatics Club presentation of the play "Finian's Rainbow." Many of us remember her even more from our time at Birchland Park, where she taught vocal music and was one of the directors of the play "Oliver," in which many of our classmates appeared.
On June 9, 2016, Mrs. Corliss was inducted posthumously into the East Longmeadow Public Schools Educators Hall of Fame. Please click here for the video of her induction. Please note our alma mater was actually composed in 1964 or 1965, not around 1967 as mentioned in the video.
"A crescendo in the fourth measure," explains Mrs. Corliss as she points out the complexities of a song to Jeanne Symmes, Donna Bishop, and Susan Regnier of the Glee Club.
Our alma mater was composed in a collaborative fashion by Mrs. Corliss and Roy Grundstrom, ELHS 1964, during Roy's senior year or during his freshman year at the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford. It was first performed at commencement by the ELHS Class of 1965. This version is in Mrs. Corliss' handwriting. Photo courtesy of Margaret Byrne, Mrs. Corliss' daughter.
Mrs. Corliss' headstone in Greenlawn Cemetery, East Longmeadow, MA.
Mr. Robert Dobias, Jr.
Director of Athletics, 1969-1975; physical education teacher, 1975-1983; coach of varsity football team
Mr. Dobias in 1970 and later in life.
Robert "Coach" Dobias, Jr. of 330 Green River Road, Greenfield, MA passed away at home surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the age of 82. Born and raised in Greenfield, Robert was the only son of Robert, Sr. and Laura (Smith) Dobias.
Bob was a graduate of Greenfield High School. He graduated from Worcester Academy in 1949 and earned a football scholarship to attend Boston University where he graduated with a BE degree in 1953.
Bob served with the US Navy in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of War during World War II and attained the rank of gunner's mate third class. He was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign ribbon with two battle stars.
After graduating from BU, Bob married the former Joan Crowley of Melrose, MA, started a family and began a long career in high school education and coaching. He taught and coached first in New Hampshire at Keene and Lebananon High Schools. In 1959 he continued his career in Massachusetts, first at South Hadley High and then East Longmeadow High School where he served as athletic director, physical education teacher and head football coach until his retirement, and return to Greenfield, in 1983.
His passion for coaching young men earned him the honor of induction to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003, the same year he was also inducted to the Worcester Academy Athletics Hall of Fame. While pursuing his career, Bob also furthered his education, receiving a masters degree in education from Boston University in 1957.
Upon his retirement he and his wife Joan traveled the country including extended stays in Florida and Texas where they had the pleasure of meeting other retirees from all over the U.S. Bob enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in all of their endeavors as well as fishing and spending time in his workshop.
Bob leaves Joan, his loving and devoted wife of fifty-five years, and five caring children, Robert and his wife Sharon Dobias of Swampscott, MA; Linda Midland and her late husband Jim Midland of Easthampton, MA; Jeffrey and his wife Kathleen Dobias of Clinton Township, NJ; Debra and her husband John Boyd of Charlemont, MA; and Lauri and her husband Jimmy Vaillancourt of Fitchburg, MA. Bob also leaves twelve talented grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the renovation fund for Holy Trinity Church, Greenfield, MA.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Notes: Mr. Dobias arrived at ELHS in the fall of 1969, so we only had him for one year as our football coach. In 2009, he was inducted posthumously into the East Longmeadow Public Schools Educators Hall of Fame. In 2010, Mr. Dobias was inducted posthumously into the East Longmeadow High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Varsity football team in our senior year. Front row: Coaches Mr. Edward Modzelewski and Mr. Dobias, Jim Manferdini (co-captain), Felix Tranghese, Jeff Crary, Mike Keane, Rick Willard, Mr. Francis Dutille (coach). Row 2: Bill Creighton, Tom Mineo, Wayne Scully, Peter Garafalo, Dennis Killoren, Donald Thomas, Michael Creighton. Row 3: Richard Cormier, Mark Pozzi, Rene Young, Todd Cormier, Kurt Whitney, David Correale, Robert Bailey. Row 4: Sebastiano Siano, Kevin Keilty, Timothy Bartlett, William Gowash, Richard Dion, William Marazzi. Row 5: Bill Stark, Gary Halon, Scott Grabowski, Allan Phillips, Craig White, Kevin Porter, Tom McCabe. Not pictured: Greg Naylor, managers Paul Messenger and Steve Viger.
Mr. Dobias' marker in Green River Cemetery, Greenfield, MA. He served as a Gunner's Mate Third Class (GM3) in the United States Navy during World War II.
Mr. Karl Owen
Chairman, art department, 1960-1968
Mr. Owen in 1966 and 1968.
Karl Owen passed away on Mar. 17, 2009 in Pageland, SC.
He began working in the East Longmeadow Public School system as the chairman of the art department, when ELHS opened on Sep. 7, 1960. He continued in this capacity until the end of our sophomore year in June 1968, when he was named assistant professor and head of the art department at Delaware Community College, Media, PA.
Mr. Owen graduated from El Karkh High School and the University of Baghdad, Iraq. He obtained a B.A. degree from Atlantic Union College, Lancaster, MA, and did graduate work at the University of Massachusetts and Pratt Institute, New York, NY. He received an M.Ed. degree from Assumption College, Worcester, MA.
Prior to his arrival at ELHS, Mr. Owen taught in Basra and Baghdad, Iraq, and in Beirut, Lebanon, as well as in private schools in New York. He served as art director for two years at the YMCA camp in New York. He exhibited works at the New York Center and Greater New York Academy, and just prior to joining the ELHS faculty, exhibited his water colors and oil paintings at the WHAI Art Gallery in Greenfield, MA.
(Excerpted from articles in the Springfield Union newspaper, Springfield, MA and his entry in the Social Security Death Index).
Mr. Owen's marker in Shepherd Memorial Park, Naples, NC.
Mr. Alexander Kotrotsos
Mathematics teacher, 1965-1968
Mr. Kotrotsos in 1966 and 1967.
Alexander Kotrotsos, 78, of Thomas St., Westfield, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008 at Noble Hospital.
Born in Springfield, MA Dec. 31, 1929, he was the son of the late Peter and Maria (Manolakis) Kotrotsos.
Alexander grew up and was educated in Springfield where he graduated from the High School of Commerce. He received his B.A. and B.S. degree from UMass Amherst. Alexander was a mathematics and accounting teacher at East Longmeadow High School and later at Greenfield High School. He later taught at St. John's School in West Springfield where he taught computer programming.
During the Korean War, Alexander served with the Army National Guard.
He was an active mason, belonging to the Hampden Lodge of Masons where he served as Master of the Lodge three times. He was also a member of all Scottish Rite Bodies and the Melha Shrine Center. He was an avid and accomplished ballroom dancer as well.
Alexander was a lifelong member of St. George's Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Springfield.
He is survived by his sister Kal Perazzola of Agawam.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital, Springfield, MA.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Mr. Kotrotsos' remains are interred in Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Homeroom 115 during our sophomore year. Front row: Marlene Cabana, Stephanie Chmielewski, Susan Circosta, Donna Coliapietro, Nancy Cauley, Mr. Kotrotsos. Row 2: Arlene Breau, Sandra Brennan, Marsha Coons, Andrea Burger, Alison Cox, Nancy Burritt. Row 3: Todd Cormier, Lawrence Bradley, Debra Campanella, Nancy Bryson, Debra Butler, Janice Breen, Lawrence Cooper. Row 4: Thomas Churchill, David Carpenter, Roger Campbell, Robert Clark, Charles Ackerman, Steven Corey, Jeffrey Crary. Not pictured: Jeffrey Burton.
Mrs. Dorothy Allard
English teacher, 1965-1984; advisor to Drama Club
Mrs. Allard in 1967, 1970, and 1976.
Dorothy Allard, 86, formerly of Wilbraham, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2008 in Wingate of East Longmeadow.
Born April 14, 1921 in Springfield, MA she was the daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Papageorge) Cosmos. She was a graduate of American International College in 1964, a member of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke in East Longmeadow, and a member of Springfield College's Learning in Later Life.
Dorothy was a teacher in the East Longmeadow Public School System for twenty years, retiring in 1984.
She is survived by her loving husband of sixty-five years, Edward J. of Agawam; son Edward "Paul" of Hamilton, Canada; and two grandchildren. She also leaves her sister, Dr. Ethel Cosmos of Ontario, Cananda. She was predeceased by her brother, Nick Cosmos of Holyoke, MA.
Memorial contributions may be made in Dorothy's name to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Luke in East Longmeadow.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Homeroom 117 during our sophomore year. Front row: Linda Gray, Nancy Holland, Mary Holotka, Patricia Hendrick, Ann Marie Hearn, Mrs. Allard. Row 2: Vivian Haskell, Deborah Gray, Donna Fiorentino, Deborah Hanson, Andrea Hastings, Andrew Farquharson. Row 3: Dale Goddard, Brian Falk, Stephen Geoffrion, Steven Gagner, John Haetinger, David Gallerani. Row 4: Richard Grimaldi, David Farioli, Mark Hadeler, Douglas Goodrich, David Farrell, Armand Gamache, Peter Garafalo.
During our senior year, Mrs. Allard served as the Drama Club advisor, directing the plays "The Odd Couple" and "Up the Down Staircase." Here, she receives a bouquet of roses from Steve St. Marie following the conclusion of "Up the Down Staircase."
Mrs. Allard around 2004 with classmate Jim Mayher, ELHS 1971.
Mrs. Allard's headstone in Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Mr. Raymond Simonds
Teacher of English, social studies, reading, and driving education, 1964-1991
Mr. Simonds in 1970, 1977, 1985, and 1991.
Raymond Anthony Simonds, 80, of Hampden, passed away Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008 at Baystate Medical Center. Born August 11, 1928, in Medford, MA, he was a longtime resident of Hampden.
Raymond was the beloved husband of forty-nine years to Audrey G. (Bevis) Simonds of Hampden.
He graduated from Staley College of the Spoken Word in Boston with a Master's degree in Speech and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II and the Korean War.
Raymond worked locally as a barber and radio announcer for several years as well as a realtor for twenty years at Accent Realty Company and at the Wings Over restaurant in Springfield.
Raymond's career was that of a teacher of English and Driver's Education at East Longmeadow High School, for twenty-seven years. After his retirement, he substituted at Ludlow and Wilbraham schools. Raymond was also an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
Besides his wife Audrey, he is survived by his two children, Mark David Simonds and Diana Marie Simonds, and his daughter-in-law, Jana Smith, all of Springfield; his sister Mary Ann Kelley of Santa Fe Springs, CA; three grandsons with whom he enjoyed fishing; and several nieces and nephews. Raymond was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Pratt.
In place of floral decorations, donations may be made to the Hampden, MA Police Association Dare Fund.
(Excerpted from the Sunday Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
During our sophomore year, Mr. Simonds served as one of our class advisors. Front row: Mrs. Rachel Fleming, advisor; Marlene Cabana, secretary; Debbie Campanella, member-at-large. Row 2: Mr. Simonds; Jeff Crary, president; Jim Manferdini, vice president. Not pictured: Sue Abel, treasurer.
Homeroom 121 during our sophomore year. Front row: Joanne Rinaldi, Kathleen Price, Deborah Sawyer, Susan Regnier, Linda Redin, Debra Peterson, Mr. Simonds. Row 2: Jane Passburg, Eleanor Ramey, Priscilla Perusse, Patricia Ryan, Cynthia Richards, Susan Petronino, Pamela Sakakeeny. Row 3: Richard Pesto, John Quinn, Robert A. Price, Carl Porcelli, Stephen St. Marie, Dennis Plante. Row 4: Joseph Roy, David Sabourin, Robert Reis, Albert Raimondi, Robert M. Price, David Radebaugh, David Sand. Not pictured: Cynthia Page.
Mr. Simonds' headstone in the Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. He served as a Ship's Serviceman Third Class (SH3) in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War.
Dr. Jakie Upshaw
Physical education teacher, 1961-1983; coach of girls' softball, basketball, and field hockey teams 
Dr. Upshaw in 1969, 1978, 1979, and later in life.
Dr. Jakie S. Upshaw, 80, of Marietta, GA died Thursday, January 18, 2007.
Dr. Upshaw was born in Cobb County. She was a graduate of Concord Teachers College in West Virginia and completed her education at Peabody in Nashville where she received her master's and doctorate from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Dr. Upshaw taught at Marietta High School in physical education and coached the girls' basketball team. She led her team to the state championship in 1952. She also taught at Georgia Teachers College and Weslyan College in Macon after she received her doctorate degree in physical education. Dr. Upshaw later taught at East Longmeadow High School in Massachusetts for twenty-two years.
After she retired, Dr. Upshaw returned to Marietta. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marietta and the Sports in Gold and Tennis.
Survivors include her sister, Mary Jean Whitfield of Marietta; nieces, Mary Louise Upshaw of Atlanta; Melanie Upshaw and Judy Upshaw, both of Marietta; nephews, Bobby J. Townsend and Edward Townsend, both of Mableton; other nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews; and great-great nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the building fund of First Baptist Church of Marietta, Marietta, GA.
(Excerpted from the Atlanta-Journal Constitution newspaper, Atlanta, GA).
Note: In 2011, Dr. Upshaw was inducted posthumously into the East Longmeadow High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Girls' basketball team in our freshman year. Front row: Sue Seppanen, Kathy Price, Nancy Steitz, Susan Garner, Miss Upshaw. Row 2: Joyce Newton, Frances Lorent, Gail Linden, Karen Maybury (co-captain), Lois Hutchinson. Row 3: Margaret Cauley, Patricia Filipek, Diane LaFave, Nora Brayley, Diana Fisher, Edna Hanson. 
Girls' softball team in our freshman year. Front row: Miss Upshaw, Nancy Cauley, Pat Hendrick, Edna Hanson, Susan Herrick, Patricia Filipek, Linda Earnshaw. Row 2: Diane LaFave, Margaret Cauley, Marilyn Bean, Susan Seppanen, Nancy Vallett, Vicky Haskell. Not pictured: Nancy Steitz, Susan Circosta, Frances Lorent, Susan Whalen.
Girls' basketball team in our sophomore year. Row 1: Sharon Bode, Genevieve McDyer, Joanne Rinaldi, Kathy Price, Mary Ellen Boyd. Row 2: Miss Upshaw, Nora Brayley, Nancy Wrinkle, Patricia Filipek, Lois Hutchinson, Frances Lorent. Row 3: Pat Hendrick, Susan Seppanen, Margaret Cauley, Diane LaFave, Edna Hanson, Susan Herrick, Pamela Ellsworth. Not pictured: Nancy Steitz (co-captain).
Girls' softball team in our sophomore year. Front row: Margaret Bean, Nancy Cauley, Nora Brayley, Margaret Cauley, Edna Hanson, Jeanne Mercier, Pat Hendrick, Miss Upshaw. Row 2: Nina Nascembeni, Judith Douglas, Bonnie Duley, Vicky Haskell, Patricia Vadnais, Barbara Foote, Joan Bartone.
Girls' field hockey team in our junior year. Front row: Miss Upshaw, Patricia Farrell, Sharon Bode, Nancy Steitz, Rosanne Reis, Edna Hanson. Row 2: Karen Gardell, Pamela Cushman, Patricia Hendrick, Christine Boucher, Mary Ellen Boyd, Bonnie Duley, Genevieve McDyer. Row 3: Julianne Sambor, Diane Passburg, Jane Duggan, Gail Rollins, Carolyn Anderson, Judith Child, Gail Van Valkenburg, Bernadette Downie. Not pictured: Elizabeth Lasek, Joanne Cangro, Georgia Emerson, Carol Van Wagner, Constance King.
Girls' softball team in our junior year. Front row: Gail VanValkenburg, Lori Roberts, Sharon Bode, Mary DeGray, Patricia Farrell, Kathleen Malloy, Lorraine Rennell, Elizabeth Newell, Pamela Cushman. Row 2: Kathleen Brown, Patricia Hendrick, Vicky Haskell, Christa McCormick, Miss Upshaw, Edna Hanson, Nancy Steitz, Joanne Young, Jacqueline Aiken, Judith Douglas. Not pictured: Maureen Booth.
Girls' field hockey team in our senior year. Front row:  Nancy Steitz (co-captain), Sharon Bode, Rosanne Reis, Beverly Repossi, Melinda Oakes, Donna Napolitan, Claudia Barney. Row 2:  Karen Gardell, Ellen Hansen, Elaine Pauly, Martha Heenan, Gail VanValkenburg, Elizabeth Newell, Sandra Gallerani, Nancy Bouchard, Pamela Cushman. Row 3 Debra Moodie, Diana Passburg, Suzanne Dreyer, Patricia Farrell, Genevieve McDyer, Carla Tranghese, Susan Collins, Georgia Emerson. Row 4: Joanne Bergamini (manager), Janice Bergamini, Pearl Mahlo, Maryann O'Melia, Gail Bortle, Susan Garvey, Miss Upshaw. Not pictured: Judith Child, Gail Rollins.
Girls' basketball team in our senior year. Front row: Miss Upshaw, Maryann Dion, Joanne Young, Sharon Bode, Rosanne Reis. Row 2: Lori Roberts, Lynda Maybury, Cheryl Macintosh, Nancy Steitz (co-captain), Kathy Price (co-captain). Row 3: Nina Nascimbeni, Melinda Oakes, Sandra Gallerani, Julie Crosier, Cynthia Johnson, Claudia Barney.
Dr. Upshaw's marker in Kennesaw Memorial Park, Marietta, GA.
Mr. Charles Burtt
Industrial arts teacher, ELHS, Sep. 1969 - Jun. 1973, Sep. 1974 - Jun. 1982; industrial arts teacher, Birchland Park Jr. High School, Sep. 1982 - Jun. 1993 (department chairman, 1984-1993); advisor to Audio Visual Club
Mr. Burtt in 1970 and 1983 at ELHS, and in 1985, when he was teaching industrial arts at Birchland Park Junior High School.
Charly Burtt, 67, "The Master Toy Maker" and a pioneer volunteer at the Orange Grove Area Museum, passed away in his sleep on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2006 at his home at Lake Corpus Christi, Texas.

He was born November 23, 1938 in Springfield, Mass., to Harold and Kathleen Burtt. He attended Catholic schools in Hartford, Conn., throughout grade school and high school, graduating with honors. He was a dedicated lifelong member of the Catholic church.

Following graduation, he joined the 101st Airborne Unit and was a paratrooper for four years. After his tour with the service, he worked for ten years in the metal business with his father at Storms Drop Forge Company.

He attended Springfield Technical Institute and Westfield State College. He graduated with honors from both schools. He was a secondary school teacher in the vocational department at East Longmeadow High School in Massachusetts. At the time of his retirement, he was the head of the department and had developed a love of teaching students to use their hands as tools to build things.

Following his retirement, he relocated to South Texas, where he filled his time volunteering at the Orange Grove Area Museum, where he was instrumental in developing and building many of the exhibits in the museum expansion.

Survivors include two sisters, Kathleen Kocon of Franklin, Mass., and Mary Pat Burtt-Henderson of Whitman, Mass.; and one brother, John Burtt of Lake Corpus Christi, Texas.
(Excerpted from the Alice Echo-News Journal newspaper, Alice, TX).
Mr. Burtt served as the advisor to the Audio Visual Club during our senior year. Here, he is pictured with club members. Left to right: Curt Le Duc, Donald Haskell, Richard Hollman, James Banning, Mr. Burtt, Edward Lemanski, William Wheeler, Thomas Santanello.
Mr. Norman Gary Bunce
Science teacher at Birchland Park Jr. High School, 1965-1967, and at ELHS, 1967-1974; advisor to Ski Club
Mr. Bunce in 1969 and 1970.
Norman "Gary" Bunce, 63, who resided in Snelling, GA, passed away on Monday, Oct. 9, 2006.
He earned his bachelor's degree at Springfield College.
In September 1965 he was appointed as a science teacher at Birchland Park Junior High School, a position he held until September 1967, when he joined the faculty at ELHS, teaching biology, earth science and general science. 
Active with the Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Heart Association, he served as the chairman of the CPR committee, project director of emergency medical services for the planning council, and in 1976, was elected to its board of directors.
A compelling story unfolded in July 1970, when Peter Chipouras, one of his fifteen-year-old high school students, used the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation technique he had learned in Mr. Bunce's science class to revive a boy who was pulled unconscious from a pool.
(Excerpted from articles in the Springfield Union newspaper, Springfield, MA and his entry in the Social Security Death Index).
Homeroom 125 during our sophomore year. Front row: Susan Wicks, Nancy Vallett, Teresa Villamaino, Nancy Yacovone, Gail Vagts, Mr. Bunce. Row 2: Susan White, Susan Waterman, Valarie Weber, Susan Wolcott, Jane Viveiros, Nancy Wrinkle, Melinda Wheeler. Row 3: Regina Truitt, Richard Willard, Jarl Weyant, Anthony Zampiceni, Malcolm White, David Turnberg. Row 4: Stephen Viger, Barry Tuck, John Vigliano, Kurt Whitney, Robert Wenning, Mark Whyte, James Wilkins.
Mr. Bunce served as the advisor to the Ski Club in our sophomore and junior years. Here, he is seen with the Ski Club in our junior year. Front row: Rick Pesto, Paul Kinney, Bob Price, Mark Kinney, Paul Munzert, Mr. Bunce. Row 2: Fleda Weyant, Susan Quimby, Joanne Bergamini, Katherine Evans, Jane Stolecki, Beth Lacey. Row 3: Valarie Weber, Mary Mitchell, Deborah Angers, Nancy Wrinkle, J. Glenn Reardon, Timothy Redin, David Sabourin.
Ski club in our junior year (continued). Front row: Bill Creighton, Chris Colman, Lynne Kinney, Linda Feathler, Joanne Alexander, Dale Goddard, Michael Kane. Row 2: Cynthia Sabourin, Nancy Rybacki, Mary DeGray, Ellen Aldrich, Christine McCormick, Patricia Farrell, Peter Garafalo, Mark White. Row 3: Jim Manferdini, Martha Hazen, Sally King, Jayne Anderson, Therese Malone, Nancy Blaisdell, Karen Wenning, Eileen Jordan, James Westberg.
Mrs. Ruth Yetwin
English teacher, 1964-1984
Mrs. Yetwin in 1967, 1970, and 1983.
Ruth H. (Horowitz) Yetwin, 87, of 29 Williamsburg Drive, Springfield passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2006. She was born on October 9, 1918 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Samuel and Hannah (Nelson) Horowitz.
Ruth was a former English teacher at East Longmeadow High School for twenty years. Ruth was educated in Elizabeth, New Jersey and received a B.A. in English from New York University and her M.A. in English/guidance counseling from American International College in Springfield, MA.
She was a member of the Women's League of Temple Beth El, a life member of Hadassah, and a member of the Silver Foxes and Belles at the Jewish Community Center. Ruth was an active volunteer at Rachel's Table and the Jewish Nursing Home.
She leaves her three children, her daughter, Barbara Y. Sanofsky and spouse, Aaron of Longmeadow, MA; sons, Neil B. Yetwin and his wife, Rachel Horowitz of Schenectady, NY, and Richard M. Yetwin and his wife Deborah of Tucson, AZ. Ruth also leaves her six grandchildren, Joshua, Alexander, Arik, Hannah, Jennifer, and Brian. She was precedeased by her husband, Dr. I. Jacques Yetwin in 1972.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the activities fund of the Jewish Nursing Home, Longmeadow, MA and the Fannie Price Scholarship Fund, c/o Women's League Temple Beth El, Springfield, MA.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Homeroom 214 during our junior year. Front Row: Mrs. Yetwin, Virginia Martin, Brenda Misitano, Marilyn Medbury, Janet McCarthy, Lee Mazzaferro, Doreen Meyer. Row 2: George Lull, Karen Martin, Pamela Murphy, Catherine Maurer, Lois Melbourne, Jane Mertz. Row 3: Paul McNamara, Richard Mondoux, James Manferdini, Thomas Mineo, Franklin Miorandi, Richard Malmstrom. Row 4: Bruce Moore, Edward McDonough, Richard Maurer, John McGrady, Andrew Malloy, Douglas Milroy. Not pictured: Glenn Kelly, Scott Moore, Marilyn Man, August Maserati.
Mrs. Yetwin's headstone in Beth El Cemetery, West Springfield, MA.
Mr. Ronald Sarazin
Social studies teacher at Mountain View School, 1961-1966, and at ELHS, 1966-1998; advisor to Spartanum Spectaculum
Mr. Sarazin in 1961 (college graduation photo), 1969, 1976, and 1991.
Ronald G. Sarazin, 65, of 80 Damon Rd. and a lifelong resident of Northampton died Monday, Dec. 5, 2005 at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
Born in Northampton March 23, 1940, he was the son of the late Edward and Helen (Torrey) Sarazin. He was a 1957 graduate of Northampton High School. He graduated from Westfield State College in 1961 and later attended Trinity College.
He was a history teacher at East Longmeadow High School for thirty-two years and also the longtime owner of the Bay State Hotel in Northampton.
He is survived by two sisters, Jean Cook of Florence and Janet Bibeau of Northampton; a brother, William Sarazin of Belchertown; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be made to the Forbes Library, Northampton, MA.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Note: Prior to his arrival at ELHS, Mr. Sarazin taught at Mountain View School, where he served as the teacher for some of us during sixth grade.
Homeroom 212 in our junior year. Front row: Mr. Sarazin, Linda Gray, Vivian Haskell, Karen Esposito, Deborah Gray, Barbara Ducharme. Row 2: Thomas Gorman, Dale Goddard, Stephen Geoffrion, Steven Gagner, Lois Dusenberry, Deborah Hanson, Donna Fiorentino. Row 3: Armand Gamache, Douglas Goodrich, John Haetinger, Roy Esposito, John Evans, Bruce Duncan, Andrew Farquharson. Row 4: Brian Falk, Mark Hadeler, Richard Grimaldi, David Gallerani, David Farioli, Peter Garafalo. Not pictured: Donald Eddy, Ann Marie Hearn.
Mr. Sarazin served as an advisor to Spartanum Spectaculum during our sophomore, junior, and senior years. Here, he is pictured with Sandra Cushman, Rich Malmstrom, Beverly Dion, and Mr. Joseph Charron at the conclusion of the 1970 Spartanum Spectaculum.
Mrs. Evelyn Resnick
Reading teacher, 1967-1969
Evelyn (Sinelnikoff) Resnick, 89, of 780 Converse St., Longmeadow, formerly of 350 Meadow St., Agawam, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2004 at Mercy Medical Center.
Born in Central Falls, RI, she had lived in Springfield since 1944, in Agawam since 1972, and moved to Longmeadow this past year.
Evelyn received a bachelor's degree in education from Rhode Island College and was a longtime teacher for the East Longmeadow school system.
She was a member of Hadassah and the Jewish Geriatric Services.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jack J. Resnick, who died in 1992. Evelyn leaves two sons, Robert and William Resnick, both of South Hadley, MA, and a daughter, Maggie "Marilyn" Resnick of Richmond, CA.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Mrs. Resnick's headstone in Beth Israel Cemetery, West Springfield, MA.
Mrs. Kate "Kathy" Payne
Foreign languages teacher, 1967-1991
Mrs. Payne in 1970, 1978, 1988, and 1990.
Kate (Connors) Payne of Field Road in Longmeadow, died Monday, Sep. 13, 2004 at Baystate Medical Center.
She was a foreign language teacher at East Longmeadow High School until her retirement in 1991.
Prior to teaching she worked in New York City as editor for several magazine and book publishers, and as director of subsidiary rights at Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 
Born in Holyoke, she attended local schools and graduated from Mount Holyoke College, receiving a master's degree from Columbia University.
Her husband, Robert H. Payne, died in 1995.
(Excerpted from The Republican newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Homeroom 201 in our junior year. Front row: Mrs. Payne, Laura Bradley, Leslie Bergeron, Janet Betterley, Donna Anderson, Arlene Breau, Kendra Bowker. Row 2: Patricia Berard, Teresa Bagnall, Donna Bitzer, Debra Butler, Jean Bonin, Nancy Blaisdell, Christine Bortle. Row 3: Paul Battige, Lawrence Bradley, Janice Breen, Lynn Belliveau, Andrea Burger, Nancy Bryson, Sandra Andrews. Row 4: Leonard Beaulieu, William Anderson, Charles Ackerman, James Bourque, David Sabourin, John Beery. Not pictured: Adele Archie.
Mrs. Payne's marker in Longmeadow Cemetery, Longmeadow, MA. 
Miss Gayle Sweed (later Mrs. Gayle Nittler)
English teacher, 1964-1967
Gayle E. (nee Sweed) Nittler returned to the arms of her shepherd, Jesus Christ on Friday, Dec. 20, 2002.
She was the beloved wife of the late Bert Nittler, dear sister of the late Ernest B. Sweed, Jr., dear aunt of Lisa Marie Ross (nee Sweed); and dear friend of Phyllis, Mark, Mary, Jim, and Debbie.
Gayle was a Master of Divinity student at Eden Seminary, a lay chaplain in Massachusetts, a teacher in New Jersey, and a breeder of Tibetan terriers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tibetan Terrier Club of America, Ipswich, MA.
(Excerpted from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper, St. Louis, MO).
Note: Miss Sweed was an English teacher at ELHS from 1964 until the end of our freshman year in 1967. She married Mr. Bert Nittler in August 1969, and was then teaching high school English in Westborough, MA. 
Mr. Joseph Charron
Chairman, music department, East Longmeadow Public Schools, 1956-1988; ELHS band director, 1960-1969
Mr. Charron in 1964 and 1966, during our time in Birchland Park Junior High School; in 1970, 1982, and 1985.
Joseph G. Charron, 69, of 77 Baldwin Drive, Hampden died Saturday, Sep. 23, 2000 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield.
He was chairman of the music department at East Longmeadow High School for thirty-two years, retiring in 1988. He also played with the Joe Charron Quartet for many years. He especially enjoyed the accordion and also played French horn and trombone.
Born in Roxbury, he received a bachelor's degree in 1953 and a master's degree in music education in 1954 from Boston University.
He was a member of the Ludlow Elks, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and the Rhode Island Mobile Sportfishermen Club. He was also a member of the Army National Guard. He lived in Hampden for the past forty-one years.
He leaves his wife, the former Helen J. Vanelli; a daughter, Marjorie Bergeron of Hampden; a brother, Roy Charron of Weymouth; a sister, Lorraine Cantalupo of North Weymouth; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
(Excerpted from the Union-News newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Note: in addition to his service at ELHS, Mr. Charron also directed the instrumental music program during our time at Birchland Park Junior High School.
Mr. Charron at Birchland Park Elementary and Junior High School in 1957.
Mr. Charron conducted the band during all our years at ELHS. Here, he is pictured with the band during our freshman year. Front row: Karen Martin, Ginger Martin, Judith Martin, Barbara Darby, Laura Powers, Pamela Nelson, Jeanne Symmes, Rosemary Dion, Rebecca Martin, Brenda Misitano. Row 2: John Corliss, Bob Bradley, Bruce Eldridge, Patricia Oswald, Valerie Jamison, Karlene Carlson, Bob Ireland, Kenneth D'Angelo, Jarl Weyant. Row 3: Dave Gee, Paul Krasnovsky, Charles Brooks, Douglas Best, Koby Borodkin, Andy Malloy, Rick Oliveri, Jim Douglas. Row 4: John Rosati, Earl Hanks, Bob Reis, Frank Miorandi, Gary O'Gorman, Steve Viger, Mike Doe, Kim O'Brien, Donald Burgess. Row 5: Fred Hebert, Chester Hobbs, Dennis Gee, Scott Moore, Mark Hadeler, Ralph Nooney, Bob Lundgren, Mr. Charron.
Spartan band in our sophomore year. Front row: Valerie Jamison, Joanne Cangro, Sharon Bode, Pamela Nelson, Brenda Misitano, Karen Carlson, Barbara Darby, Mr. Charron. Row 2: Kim O'Brien, Douglas Best, Gus Maserati, Jeanne Symmes, Laura Powers, Nola Olmsted, Fleda Weyant, David Hansen. Row 3: Steve St. Marie, Bruce Eldridge, Paul Krasnovsky, Jim Douglas, Robert Driscoll, M. Pratt, Steve Viger, William Tyler, Charles Rossi. Row 4: Allan Phillips, Robert Moran, Jarl Weyant, D. Bartone, Gary O'Gorman, Bob Bradley, Bob Lundgren, John Corliss. Row 5: Bob Ireland, Bob Reis, Andy Malloy, Dennis Plante, Charles Brooks, Mark Hadeler, Scott Moore. Not pictured: Dave Gee, Richard Clark, Mike Harton, Judith Martin, Karen Martin, Frank Miorandi, Robert Peirce, Bob Roy.
Spartan band in our junior year. Front row: Steve St. Marie, Brenda Misitano, Fleda Weyant, Rebecca Mackintire, Valerie Jamison, Nola Olmsted, Sharon Bode, Jeanne Symmes, Paul Kinney, Mark Kinney, George McGrath, Alvin Roy. Row 2: Bob Ireland, Lynne Kinney, Barbara Gorman, Pamela Nelson, Claire Haggerty, Gail Oakes, Judith Martin, Barbara Darby, Karen Martin, Susan Carlson, Joanne Cangro. Row 3: Robert Roy, Deborah Perron, Kathleen Malloy, Kim O'Brien, Richard Clark, James Westberg, John Corliss, Dennis Plante, David Hansen, Jeffrey Garner. Row 4: David Gee, Suellen Tracy, Nadeen Martin, Holly Martin, Charles Rossi, Robert Driscoll, Mark Hadeler, Allan Phillips, Jarl Weyant. Row 5: Andy Malloy, Bob Reis, Scott Moore, Gus Maserati, David Reese, John Haggerty, Bob Bradley, Gordon Bradley, James Magee, Robert Peirce. Row 6: Conductors Mr. James Harwood and Mr. Joseph Charron. Not pictured: Laura Powers, Robert Lundgren.
Mrs. Nola Sheldon
Chairman, math department, Birchland Park Jr. High School, 1959-1964; math teacher, ELHS, 1964-1979
Mrs. Sheldon in 1966, 1967, and 1977.
Nola Sheldon, 85, a resident of San Antonio, TX, passed away on Jan. 7, 1999.
She was awarded a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon and a M.Ed. degree from Springfield College. Before joining the East Longmeadow Public School system, she taught nursing in several hospitals and colleges around the country.
(Excerpted from articles in the Springfield Union newspaper, Springflield, MA and her entry in the Social Security Death Index).
Homeroom 115 in our sophomore year. Front row: Sandra Cushman, Suzanne Dreyer, Beverly Dion, Lois Dusenberry, Debra David, Denise Descheneaux, Mrs. Sheldon. Row 2: Kristine D'Angelo, Patricia Donovan, Beth Davidson, Karen Esposito, Anna D'Angelo, Barbara Ducharme, Julia Devine. Row 3: William Davis, Donald Eddy, Michael Doe, Roy Esposito, Ralph Donohue. Row 4: Fred Doersam, Mitchell Dante, William Creighton, Michael DiMonaco, Bruce Duncan. Not pictured: Henry Dickinson, John Evans.
Mrs. Onaita Tibbetts
Foreign languages teacher, 1968-1985 
Mrs. Tibbetts in 1970, 1978, and 1985.
Onaita E. (MacIntyre) Tibbetts, 67, of Wilbraham died on Tuesday, Mar. 25, 1997 at home.
She was a language teacher in the East Longmeadow schools, and retired in 1985. After retiring, she taught conversational French at the East Longmeadow Senior Center.
She also had taught at Longmeadow High School, where she was an original faculty member. She also taught French in Hawaii.
Born in Nashua, N.H., she was a graduate of Wheaton College and Middlebury College, where she received a master's degree in French.
She was a longtime resident, and had lived in Hawaii for a time. 
She attended the Federated Church of Hampen, and was a deaconess. She belonged to the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
She leaves her husband, Hayden B. Tibbetts Jr. of Wilbraham.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Federated Community Church, Hampden, MA or any other charity.
(Excerpted from the Union-News newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Mrs. Tibbetts with her husband, Hayden, in the home of our principal, Mr. Ralph Shindler, likely in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Photo courtesy of Louisa Teixeira Bushey (ELHS 1975).
Mrs. Tibbetts' headstone in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Hampden, MA.
Mr. Irwin Kerson
English teacher, 1967-1994; advisor to Spartan Spirit newspaper
Mr. Kerson in 1969, 1983, 1988, 1990, and 1994. 
Irwin J. Kerson, 61, of 100 Fernwood Drive, a twenty-seven year English teacher at East Longmeadow High School, died Monday, Feb. 5, 1996 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
He was also the advisor to the high school newspaper, Spartan Spirit (later the Spartan Spectator), and in 1974 the high school yearbook was dedicated to him. He founded the town's tennis program in 1968, and was the high school tennis coach for several years.
He was the former owner of House of Paperbacks, and a founder of the former Harvard Outlines. He ran the New York City publishing company in 1962-67.
Born in North Adams, he lived in Springfield before moving here fourteen years ago.
He was a graduate of Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, and received a master's degree from New York University.
He was in the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and was a judge for the Columbia National Scholastic Journalism Award for many years. He received an achievement award from the Rotary Club.
He leaves his wife, the former Martha "Marty" Hill; three stepsons, Frederick Hundertmark of Hampton, N.H., Blair Hundertmark of Portsmouth, N.H., and Craig Hundertmark of Walpole; a stepdaughter, Alicia Hundertmark of Concord, N.H., and a sister, Eleanor "Lee" Grayboff of Springfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Irwin J. Kerson Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of East Longmeadow High School.
(Excerpted from the Union-News newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Homeroom 114 during our junior year. Front row: Nancy Birtwell, Debra Campanella, Beverly Dion, Jayne Anderson, Mr. Kerson. Row 2: Susan Abel, Marlene Cabana, Gail Taylor, Judith Bliss, Deborah Sawyer, Nancy Holland. Row 3: Clark Swanson, Barry Tuck, Thomas Ouellette, Alison Cox, Andrea Hastings. Not pictured: Deborah Andwood, Robert Bradley.
Mr. Kerson's marker in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, MA. Photo credit: M. Simonds.
Mr. Stanley Gordon Smith
Social studies teacher, 1964-1972; class advisor during our freshman year
Mr. Smith in 1969 and 1970.
S. Gordon Smith, 83, of Sarasota, Florida died on Thursday, Nov. 16, 1995 in a local nursing home. He was a social studies teacher at East Longmeadow, Mass., High School, and retired in 1972.
He also was a school principal in the Bay State and New Hampshire. Born in Hartford, Conn., he lived in Springfield, Mass. before moving here twenty-three years ago.
He was a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and Boston University. He worshiped at the First Congregational Church of Christ here, and Foster Memorial Church in Springfield.
He leaves his wife, the former Hazel Wilcox; a daughter, Sandra Fort of Dodge City, Kan.; a son, Bruce of Haddonfield, N.J.; a sister, Audrey Terpo of Worcester, Mass., four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congretational Church of Christ, Sarasota, FL or to the American Diabetes Association.
(Excerpted from the Union-News newspaper, Springfield, MA).
During our freshman year, Mr. Smith served as one of our class advisors. Left to right: Debbie Campanella, member-at-large; Bev Dion, treasurer; Mr. Smith; Bill Creighton, president; Mrs. Rachel Fleming, advisor; Suzanne Dreyer, vice president; Nancy Holland, secretary.
Mrs. Elizabeth Powell
(Year of birth unknown-1994)
Substitute teacher
Mrs. Powell in 1970 and 1971.
Mrs. Elizabeth Powell, who served as a substitute teacher during our senior year, passed away in 1994, according to a relative. At this time, we have no additional details on her life or passing. Please contact us if you have any information we may add to Mrs. Powell's tribute.
Mrs. Marguerite Paul
Foreign languages teacher, 1969-1970
Mrs. Marguerite Paul, a foreign languages teacher at East Longmeadow High School from September 1969 to June 1970, passed away on Aug. 15, 1991, according to the Social Security Death Index. At this time, we have no additional details on her life or passing. Please contact us if you have any information we may add to Mrs. Paul's tribute.
Mr. Eugene Gauthier
Industrial arts teacher, 1960-1982 (department chairman, 1967-1982); coach of varsity golf team
Mr. Gauthier in 1967 and 1980.
Eugene H. Gauthier, 69, of 557 Lyons St., a retired 22-year teacher at East Longmeadow High School, died Tuesday, Apr. 23, 1991 in a West Springfield nursing home.
He retired in 1982. He had also been the school's hockey and golf coach.
A lifelong resident of Ludlow, he was a graduate of Ludlow High School.
He received a bachelor's degree from Western New England College in Springfield and a master's degree in education from Westfield State College.
He was a communicant of St. Mary of the Assumption Church. He was a life member of the National Education Association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association. He was an honorary member of the New England Association of Technology Teachers and the Massachusetts Industrial Education Association. He was a member of the executive board of the Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association, representing the Hampden County Western District. He was a member of the Ludlow Country Club.
He was also a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.
He leaves his wife, the former Catherine H. Thomas; a brother, Kenneth R. of Ludlow; and six sisters: Dolores Corliss, Eleanore Lavoie, Claire Coache and Norma Gauthier, all of Ludlow; Alma Audette of Chicopee, and Lorraine Artruc of Palmer.
(Excerpted from the Union-News newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Mr. Gauthier served as the coach of the varsity gold team during our sophomore, junior, and senior years. Here, he is pictured with the team during our sophomoreyear. Front row: John DeAngelo, Brian Falk, Barry Tuck, Dave Carpenter, Jeff Boulrice, Mark Willis, Mark Simone. Row 2: Mr. Gauther, Bob Lundgren, Donald Hutchison, William Meehan, Bob Boulrice, Mark Allen. Row 3: John Dempsey, Joe DeAngelo, Barry Rufenacht, Brad Towle, Tim Thompson, Greg Naylor. Not pictured: Skip Clevenshire.
Varsity and junior varsity golf team during our junior year. Front row: Mr. Preston Jones (coach), Don Hutchison, Rob Lundgren, Tim Thompson, Brad Towle, Mr. Gauthier. Row 2: John DeAngelo, Michael Grigely, Mark Simone, Jeff Boulrice, Joe DeAngelo. Row 3: Tommy Thompson, Rich Malmstrom, Greg Naylor, John Lasek. Not pictured: John Dempsey, Rick Maurer, Barry Tuck.
Varsity golf team during our senior year. Front row: Joseph DeAngelo, Greg Naylor, John Lasek, Tommy Thompson. Row 2: Mr. Gauthier, Mark Simone, Michael Grigely, John DeAngelo, John Dempsey.
Mr. Gauthier's marker in Hillcrest Park Cemetery, Springfield, MA. Below his name, the words "CPL USMC WWII" stand  for Corporal, United States Marine Corps World War II. In the center are the words Together Forever, a tribute to his marriage to his wife, Helen. 
Mr. Charles L. Rosoff
Band Director, 1969-1971
Mr. Charles L. Rosoff passed away on Thursday, Aug. 9, 1990, according to the Social Security Death Index. At this time, we have no additional details on his life or passing. Please contact us if you have any information we may add to his tribute.
Mr. Rosoff's marker in Beth El Cemetery, Moreau, NY.
Mr. James Grocott
English teacher, 1960-1988 (department chairman, 1960-1984)
Mr. Grocott in 1970, 1985, and 1988.
James M. Grocott, 54, of 14 Lester St., East Longmeadow, an English teacher at East Longmeadow High School, died Friday, June 17, 1988 in Baystate Medical Center.
He taught English at East Longmeadow High School for the past twenty-eight years, and formerly was chairman of the English Department. Previously, he had taught at Swansea High School.
He was born in Fall River and moved from Swansea more than twenty years ago. A graduate of Case High School in Swansea, he received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts.
He was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church of East Longmeadow, a twenty-four-year member of its choir, and a vestryman. He had also served as a lay reader. He was a member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
He leaves his wife, Phyllis D. (Davenport) Grocott; three sons, J. Christopher Grocott of North Hollywood, Calif., David E. Grocott of West Springfield, and Peter G. Grocott at home; a daughter, Kimberly Ann Vassallo of Ware; his parents, Herbert and Jean (Valentine) Grocott of Swansea; and one grandson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mark's Episcopal Church Bell Choir or to the James M. Grocott Scholarship Fund, c/o East Longmeadow High School.
(Excerpted from the Springfield Union newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Mr. Grocott's ashes were scattered in Saint Mark's Memorial Garden, on the grounds of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, East Longmeadow, MA.
Headstone in Saint Mark's Memorial Garden on the grounds of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, with the names of some of those whose remains are interrred in the garden. Mr. Grocott's name is in the upper left corner. In the bottom right corner, the wording on the colored granite stone reads, "souvenir d'amitie," which translates "memories of friendship."
Mr. James Binyon
Science teacher, September-December 1966
James F. Binyon, 53, of Nolanville, Texas, a former science teacher in the East Longmeadow, Mass. public school system, died on Saturday, Aug. 11, 1986 in Temple Care Center, Temple, Texas, after a long illness.
Born in Chicopee, Mass., he graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield, Mass., and Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He lived in Florida before moving to Texas in 1984.
He leaves a brother, Colin B. of Springfield.
(Excerpted from the Springfield Union newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Mr. Binyon's marker in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Nolanville, TX. He served as an Airman First Class (A1C) in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.
Mrs. Alma Richards
Foreign languages teacher, 1964-1974; advisor to French Club
Alma E. (Pierce) Richards, 62, of 162 Elm St., East Longmeadow, retired ten-year local school teacher, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1980 in Baystate Medical Center. 
Born in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston, she lived in East Longmeadow thirty-five years and taught French at East Longmeadow High School from 1964 to 1974. She also taught five years in the 1940s in St. Johnsville, N.Y. 
She graduated from Melrose High School and Middlebury (Vt.) College, in 1940, with a degree in teaching.
She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Massachusetts Retired Teachers Association, East Longmeadow Women's Club, and the East Longmeadow Garden Club.
She leaves her husband, Elmer J. Richards; two sons, Bruce W. Richards of Windsor, and Donald J. Richards of Agawam; a daughter, Cheryl A. McMahon of Millinocket, Maine; her mother, Ruth H. Pierce, of Epping, N.H.; two sisters, Doris Swift of Kensington, N.H., and Marilyn Reid of Keene, N.H.; and three grandchildren.
(Excerpted from the Springfield Union newspaper, Springfield, MA).
Mrs. Richards served as advisor to the French Club during our sophomore, junior and senior year. Here, she is seen with the French Club during our senior year. Front row: Mrs. Richards, Patricia Orlando, Donna Tesini, Christine Kosmas, Gail Taylor, Ann Giallanza, Sally King. Row 2: Linda Deming, Jane Viveiros, Janet Betterley, Kerry McRae, Susan Chapdelaine, Susan Carlson, Dennis Plante. Row 3: Judy Douglas, Cecile Gauthier, Edna Hanson, Kathy Shea, Jennifer Campbell, Bev Dion, Jean Bonin, Scott Moore. Not pictured: Sue Abel, Michelle Meunier.
French Club in our junior year (continued). Front row: Karen Moodie, Deborah Angers, Nina Lodigiani, Patricia Saunders, Nancy Radebaugh. Row 2: Lee Moffett, Sandra Cushman, Nancy Bryson, Nancy Holland, Sandra Andrews. Row 3: Bill Creighton, Susan Paquette, Jeanne Symmes, Marc Smith, Betsy Barclay, Jane Wrinkle.
Mrs. Richards' headstone in Prospect View Cemetery, Saint Johnsville, NY.
Miss Mary Kennedy
Foreign languages teacher, Birchland Park Jr. High School, 1954-1960; chairman, foreign languages department, ELHS, 1960-1968
Miss Mary K. Kennedy, 44, of 114 Woodlawn St., Springfield, chairman of the language department at East Longmeadow High School, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 1968 in Mercy Hospital.
She was born in this city June 3, 1923, daughter of Thomas W. Kennedy and the late Katherine (Brosnahan) Kennedy, and had lived in this city all her life.
She was a graduate of Cathedral High School and Syracuse University, where she received a B.A. degree, and from Springfield College, where she received a master's degree in education.
She was employed in the East Longmeadow school system for the past fifteen years.
Miss Kennedy was a communicant of Holy Name Church and a member of the Rosary Altar Society of that church.
Besides her father, she is survived by three cousins, the Rt. Rev. Msgr. John F. Mitchell, pastor of Holy Cross Church, and Mrs. Catherine C. and Julia M. Guiheen, both of Burlington, Vt.
(Excerpted from the Springfield Union newspaper, Springfield, MA).
 Miss Kennedy's remains are interred in St. Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
Homeroom 225 during our freshman year. Front row: Lee Mazzaferro, Adrienne Myers, Eva Nichols, Jane Passburg, Patricia Olier, Priscilla Perusse, Pamela Murphy, Linda Mottle, Cynthia Page, Kathleen Newton, Nola Olmsted, Miss Kennedy. Row 2: Gregory Naylor, Richard Mondoux, Bruce Ostrander, Ralph Nooney, Enrico Oliveri, Channing Orr, Bruce Moore, Ross Overlock, Stephen Newell. Row 3: Kim O'Brien, David Owen, Alan Morris, John Ouellette, Peter Ouellette, Thomas Ouellette. Not pictured: Scott Moore, Doris Pelletier.
Page 212 of our sophomore yearbook features a poignant tribute to Miss Kennedy by social studies teacher Mr. Richard Stenta.