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Vicky Haskell (Gillison)

Vicky Haskell (Gillison)

Vicky's senior candid photo.
Our dear classmate Vivian "Vicky" Haskell Gillison passed away on Saturday, Jun. 29, 2019. 
Vicky joined our class in first grade. Very active in extracurricular activities, she was on the varsity  swimming and softball teams all four years; served as the basketball team manager during her junior year; was a library aide during her freshman through junior years; was in the Literary and Spanish Clubs during her sophomore year; and was a member of the Aegis yearbook staff during her senior year.
Here are excerpts from her obituary which appeared in the Evansville Courier Press newspaper, Evansville, IN:

Vivian Evelyn "Vicky" Gillison, 67, of Evansville, IN passed away Saturday, Jun. 29, 2019 at her home in Evansville, IN.
She was born Mar. 1, 1952 in Stafford Springs, CT to Melvin F. and Barbara (Sorel) Haskell.

She enlisted in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation from high school. After her honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, she went to work for the federal government, retiring after 28 years at a grade of GS-13.

She earned her Bachelor's in Business Administration from Central Pacific University in Hawaii. She was an active member of the Order of Eastern Star, Tri-State Women Veterans, Marine Corps League, and was an avid bowler.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cherish and Christopher Bobbitt of Oakland City; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Susan and husband, Kevin Graham of Windham, ME, and Sandra and husband, Ed Lachtara of Bridgton, ME; brother, Donald and wife, Ann Haskell of East Longmeadow, MA; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Thomas F. Smith, Jr. in 2013.
Services will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jul. 7, 2019 with a military service, followed by an Eastern Star service, then a memorial service at the Corn-Colvin Funeral Home in Oakland City, with Pastor Alec Hensley officiating. There will be a gathering of friends from 2 until 3 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Library Aides during Vicky's freshman year: Front row: Debbie Roesler, Beth Dusenberry. Row 2: Vicky Haskell, Barbara Darby, Ann Giallanza, Connie Haynes, Pat Hendrick, Melissa McIntire, Diana Fisher, Linda Illig. Row 3: Jeri Mercier, Kerry McRae, Sandy Haskell, Valerie Jamison, Paula Seligman.
Girls' swim team in Vicky's freshman year. Front row: Deborah Shuart, Susan Muller, Kathleen Quinn, Donna Desmond, Karen Driscoll, Ann Woodworth, Pam Wegman, Diane Belliveau. Row 2: Nancy Muller, Kathleen Barry, Susan Waterman, Jane Laliberte, Anne Daly, Carol Byron, Barbara Harton, Cindy Richardson, Sue Abel, Debbie Sawyer. Row 3: Mrs. Carol Taylor (advisor), Gail Howe, Jeanne Mercier, Nancy Dalessio, Ruth Ferguson, Linda Haetinger, Karen Nasman, Vicky Haskell, Nancy Cauley.
Girls' softball team in Vicky's freshman year. Front row: Miss Jakie Upshaw (coach), 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.
Libray aides in Vicky's sophomore year. Front row: Paula Seligman, Bonnie Paige, Connie Haynes. Row 2: Joanne Buendo, Pat Donovan, Ellen Hopkins, Vicky Haskell, Pat Hendrick. Not pictured: Mrs. Lois Lopes (advisor).
Girls' swim team during Vicky's sophomore year. Front row: Peg Izzo, Nancy Muller, Mardel Stranch, Kerry McRae, Charlotte Merton, Sally King, Susan Muller, Nancy Blaisdell, Diane LaFave. Row 2: Beth Davidson, Kathy Barry, Frances Byron, Jane Passburg, Susan Waterman, Barbara Harton, Cynthia Sabourin, Sue Abel, Debbie Sawyer. Row 3: Cindy Richardson (manager and diving assistant), Sandy Albano, Vicky Haskell, Jane Mertz, Lynne Wallace, Nancy Burritt, Nancy Cauley, Jeri Ellen Mercier, Diane Belliveau, Mrs. Pamela Grazio (coach).
Girls' softball team in Vicky's sophomore year. Front row: Margaret Bean, Nancy Cauley, Nora Brayley, Margaret Cauley, Edna Hanson, Jeanne Mercier, Pat Hendrick, Miss Jakie Upshaw (coach). Row 2: Nina Nascembeni, Judith Douglas, Bonnie Duley, Vicky Haskell, Patricia Vadnais, Barbara Foote, Joan Bartone.
Library aides in Vicky's junior year. Front row: John Gilmartin, Lynette Chavez, Marie Roy, Lori Roberts, Elaine Shea, Beth Lacey. Row 2: Bruce Carriere, Joanne Buendo, Kerry McRae, Linda Williams, Collette Chavez, Gail Van Valkenburg, Elaine Stewart, Ellen Hopkins, Vicky Haskell, Geraldine Spaulding.
Girls' swim team in Vicky's junior year. Front row: Nancy Rybacki, Jeri Ellen Mercier, Nancy Cauley, Debbbie Sawyer, Sally King, Sue Abel. Row 2: Susan Snow, Kathleen Barry, Sandra Albano, Geraldine Spaulding, Nancy Kulik, Jane Wrinkle, Kristine White, Vicky Haskell, Kathleen Weisse. Row 3: Mrs. Pamela Grazio (coach), Nancy Birtwell (manager), Marcia Earnshaw, Patricia Behan, Laura Cairns, Carla Ireland, Jennifer Campbell, Martha Hazen, Nancy Saacke, Jane Stolecki, Diane Halon, Debbie Campanella (manager). Not pictured: Frances Byron, Nancy Sroka, Kathleen Brown.
Girls' softball team in Vicky's junior year. Front row: Gail Van Valkenburg, Lori Roberts, Sharon Bode, Mary DeGray, Patricia Farrell, Kathleen Malloy, Lorraine Rennell, Elizabeth Newell, Pamela Cushman. Row 2: Kathleen Brown, Pat Hendrick, Vicky Haskell, Christa McCormick, Miss Jakie Upshaw (coach), Edna Hanson, Nancy Steitz, Joanne Young, Jacqueline Aiken, Judith Douglas. Not pictured: Maureen Booth.
Leaning into one against West Springfield is Vivian Haskell.
Girls' swim team in Vicky's senior year. Front row: Suzanne Florence, Susan Snow (co-captain), Nancy Rybacki, Kristine White, Miss Janet Kerr (coach), Lynn Freedman, Diane Halon, Joanne DiPalma, Debbie Campanella (manager). Row 2: Nancy Sroka (co-captain), Cynthia Johnson, Barbara Sheldon, Beth Lacey, Patricia Docherty, Jenny Campbell, Beth Pomeroy. Row 3: Jaye Hutchison, Nancy Kulik, Vicky Haskell, Roberta Hire, Linda Deming, Martha Hazen, Pat Hendrick, Carla Ireland. Not pictured: Nancy Birtwell (manager), Cheryl Macintosh.
Girls' softball team in Vicky's senior year. Front row: Sharon Bode (manager), Janice Bergamini, Nancy Steitz, Adrienne Mitchell, Maureen Booth, Gail Oakes, Marian Roncarti, Donna Perosino. Row 2: Miss Janet Kerr (coach), Debra Moodie, Vicky Haskell, Roberta Hire, Nancy Bouchard, Gail Van Valkenburg, Jacqueline Aiken, Carrie Walker. Row 3: Sandra Gallerani, Cynthia Johnson, Nancy Lavertue (co-captain), Christa McCormick, Patricia Farrell, Pamela Cushman, Virginia Bailey.
On her toes, Vivian Haskell tenses for the throw to the plate. Viv turned in many a sparkling performance.
Vicky later in life, left, and in September 2018.
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