Sister of classmate Dianne (Brunelle) Radebaugh
Linda Jean (Brunelle) Krause, 70, died peacefully on Friday, May 31, 2019, with her family by her side. Born in Nashua, NH to the late Wilfred and Eleanor (Waldron) Brunelle, she lived most of her life in East Longmeadow. She was a graduate of East Longmeadow High School and worked in activities in long-term facilities for 26 years, retiring as Recreation Assistant at Wingate at East Longmeadow Nursing Home in 2015. Linda loved spending time at Cape Cod collecting antiques, watching Jeopardy and enjoying good times with family and friends. She is survived by her daughter Alison Krause and Jon Cullins, and her son Brandon Krause, sisters: Karen Senecal and her husband Ron, Dianne Radebaugh and her husband David and Susan Curran and her husband James, sister in law Angela Nichting Brunelle, her life long companion David Ritchie and his children Scott Ritchie and Sarah Ritchie and her husband James Cronk as well as several nieces and a nephew and her grand-dogs. In addition to her parents, Linda was also predeceased by her brother Paul Brunelle. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 6th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Wilbraham Funeral Home, 2551 Boston Rd., Wilbraham. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Linda’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the nurses with Beacon Hospice for their exceptional care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to , 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
Mr. Charles McKinney - - - Teacher at ELHS
Charles Harry McKinney died peacefully on May 16, 2019, in Winchester, Virginia at the age of 80.Charles is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Donna (Cronin) McKinney of Winchester, Virginia; three children: Thomas McKinney of Marlborough, Massachusetts, Jeffrey McKinney of Somerville, Massachusetts, Elizabeth (McKinney) Ignacio of Berryville, Virginia; daughter-in-law Angelica McKinney of Marlborough, Massachusetts, and son-in-law Joselito Ignacio of Berryville, Virginia; five grandchildren: Marcella McKinney, Celeste and James McKinney-Hosken, Gabriel and Madeline Ignacio; one sister Jayne (McKinney) Eldridge of Belchertown, Massachusetts 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 is preceded in death by parents Harry Francis McKinney and Bertha Rosner McKinney of Hamden, Massachusetts, and two sisters Myra (McKinney) White and Gail (McKinney) Robbins. Charles was born on December 9, 1938 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from Technical High School in 1956 and went on to serve 4 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, Massachusetts. They moved to Wales, Massachusetts 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. They retired to Winchester, Virginia 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 secretary for the Connecticut Valley Debate League and 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 Boston Red Sox. He was an active member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Parish in Monson, Massachusetts and attended St. Christopher’s in Brimfield, Massachusetts; currently was a parishioner at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Winchester, VA and often attended St. Bridget of Ireland, Berryville, VA. Family and friends are invited to the Sampson Chapel of the Acres on Tinkham Rd in Springfield on Thursday, May 23th from 4-7pm for a period of visitation. The public is asked to meet directly at St. Patrick’s church in Monson on Friday, May 24th for a funeral liturgy beginning at 10am. Burial will then follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Charles may be sent to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21297-0303.
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Please visit the other ELHS class pages on the Class Creator website. They contain a wealth of information, pictures, videos, recollections and much, much more. Offered are: 1964, 1970 and 1974. I extend a huge debt of gratitude to those class administrators for doing all the hard work for the rest of us to enjoy.