Our Classmates

Donna Tranghese (Parisi)

Donna's senior candid photo.

Our dear classmate Donna Tranghese (Parisi), who joined our class in third grade, passed away on Nov. 4, 2009. 

During her freshman year she was in the Spartanum Spectaculum variety show.

Here are excerpts from Donna's obituary, which appeared in The Republican newspaper: 

Donna M. (Tranghese) Parisi, 58, died Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Springfield to Dominic and Lucille (Bonavita) Tranghese and was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School.

She worked for The Deli on Shaker Rd. for many years. Donna enjoyed going to the casinos, traveling and going on cruises with very close friends and mostly spending time with her grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her parents, Dominic and Lucille Tranghese of East Longmeadow; her beloved husband of 38 years, Joseph P. Parisi of East Longmeadow; her beloved children, Joseph D. Parisi and his wife, Angela of Springfield; and Tanya M. Giordano and her husband, Rosario of Springfield; her brother, Felix Tranghese and his wife, Corrine of East Longmeadow; her sister, Carla Deangelo and her husband, Joe of East Longmeadow; her cherished grandchildren, Giuseppe, Gaetano and Sofia; sisters-in-law, Regina and Chris; her brother-in-law, Dan; and many nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at the D'Amour Center for Cancer Care and Baystate Hospice.

Contributions in Donna's name may be directed to the D'Amour Center for Cancer Care, 280 Chestnut St. 6th Floor, Springfield, MA 01199.
1962 Comets softball team at Mapleshade School softball field Seated: Cheryl Reed, Donna Tranghese, Susan Circosta, Marsha Coons, Sue Seppanen, Mary Lou Waterman, unknown, Pat. St. Peter, Barbie Darby, Mary Ellen Boyd. Standing: Mrs. Alice Maybury (manager), unknown, Joyce Hannah, Karen Maybury, Carolyn Swanson, Cyndi Maybury, Paula Zuccalo, Lori Pellegrini, Bonnie ?, Mr. Bill Maybury (coach), Patrice Lafferty. Photo courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. Maybury.
Close-up of photo above. Seated: Cheryl Reed, Donna Tranghese, Susan Circosta, Marsha Coons, Sue Seppanen. Standing: Mrs. Alice Maybury (manager), unknown, Joyce Hannah, Karen Maybury, Carolyn Swanson.
Homeroom photo in Donna's 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.
Homeroom photo in Donna's sophomore year. Front row: Maria Siano, Christine Stewart, Ann Tesoro, Nancy Steitz, Nancy Sroka, Mr. James Dowd. Row 2: Jeanne Symmes, Paula Seligman, Gail Taylor, Susan Sullivan, Pamela Stenard, Donna Tranghese, Dorothy Stellato. Row 3: Mark Simone, Wayne Soffan, John Stolecki, William Scheumann, William Stark. Row 4: Clark Swanson, Stanley Sroka, Paul Stilphen, Wayne Scully, Felix Tranghese, Charles Taylor. Not pictured: Thomas Sullivan.
Homeroom photo in Donna's junior year. Front row: Mrs. Fredlee Shore, Jane Viveiros, Regina Truitt, Gail Vagts, Teresa Villamaino, Donna Tranghese, Nancy Yacovone. Row 2: Nancy Vallett, Susan Wolcott, Valarie Weber, Melinda Wheeler, Susan Wicks, Sandra Brennan. Row 3: Deborah LaBorde, Nancy Wrinkle, Anthony Zampiceni, Malcolm White, Kurt Whitney, David Turnberg, Jarl Weyant. Row 4: Richard Willard, Felix Tranghese, James Wilkins, Robert Wenning, Edward Warren, Stephen Viger. Not pictured: John Vigliano, Mark Whyte, Bruce Carriere.
Donna with her husband, Joe in 2007. Photo courtesy of Felix Tranghese.
Donna's headstone in Saint Michael's Cemetery, Springfield, MA.
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