James G. “Jim” Morin, age 70, passed away on January 5, 2020 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts and grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School in 1968. After high school he graduated from Massachusetts Bay Community College with an associate’s degree and went to work in the banking industry and later the IRS for several years as a tax examiner. Jim left the IRS to work at Donahue Associates in South Boston as a tax preparer. In 2017 he moved to St. Augustine where he continued to work for himself as a tax preparer. He lived in Middleton, MA and worked from his home there until moving to Florida. He competed in competitive rifle shooting in several national competitions with the New England Service Rifle Association and Reading Rifle and Revolver Club in North Reading, MA. This is a sport that he shared with his son, Jeffrey. He also enjoyed photography and even attempted a photography business in college with his cousin, Ken. In his later years he enjoyed bird watching and orchid growing but more than anything he was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patricia Morin; son, Jeffrey Morin; siblings, Gary Morin of Everett, Mass, Anne Berni of Salem, NH and Gail Bruno of North Easton, Mass. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fernand and Pascaline Morin and brother, Glen Morin.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 pm on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at St. Johns Family Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the following two organizations:
(1) Lahey Hospital & Medical Center - Institute of Transplantation, c/o Philanthropy, 41 Mall Road,Burlington,MA 01805 and (2)Contributions to for the purpose of ICU care and family support in Jacksonville,FL can be made t Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55901.
Donations should note that gifts are in memory of James Morin.
Mrs. Nancy Ward - 3rd grade teacher at Mt. View School
Nancy A. (Streeter) Ward, formally of East Longmeadow, 90, died peacefully surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, in Westwood, MA. Born in Orange, Ma, Nancy was the daughter of the late Herbert and Myrtle Streeter. She was married to John Ward in 1956. They had one son, Christopher, of Wrentham, MA. Nancy graduated from Orange High School and then attended the University of Massachusetts from 1947-1951, graduating with a degree in education. During her college years, she was a member of CHI OMEGA Sorority. Nancy began her teaching career in Seekonk and Beverly MA. From there, she moved to East Longmeadow with her husband John and was a teacher for 31 years. Nancy was active in multiple area clubs including Learning in Later Life at Springfield College, The East Longmeadow Garden Club, and Springfield Museum activities. Nancy enjoyed traveling, gardening, and taking pictures of her flowers and beautiful birds, reading and taking daily walks in the neighborhood. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren John and Michael. Some of their favorite times were spent in East Longmeadow on the Fourth of July and during vacations to Ogunquit, ME. Nancy is survived by her loving son, Chris, his wife Mary and their sons, John of Brooklyn, NY, and Michael of Wrentham; her sister-in-law, Mariann Herk, of Orange; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her husband John Ward, sisters, Jeanette Moore, Janice Lee, and a brother, James Streeter. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Witty's Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nancy's memory to; Springfield Museums online or by mail to 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103 or to Old Colony Hospice 321 Manley St. West Bridgewater, MA 02379. You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.
Mother of classmate Jon Botta
Alice (Burns) Botta Phaneuf, 98, of East Longmeadow, MA, was called to Heaven Thursday, December 12, 2019. She was born October 26, 1921 in Springfield, MA, the daughter of Charles and Louise (Starke) Burns. Alice was a loving dedicated wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister and friend. Alice was a congregant of St Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow, who had a love for baking chocolate chip cookies and sharing with everyone. She loved her daily morning tea and donut at the Donut Dip. Alice had a love of horses, always reminiscing about helping her dad tend to his horse. She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-laws, Jim and Linda Botta, Jon Botta, Mark Botta, Jeff and Susan Botta, daughter and son-in-law Joy and Don Moriarty. Step son and daughter-in-law Paul and Jeanne Marie Phaneuf, step daughters and sons-in-law Nancy and Jim Reese, Jean and Henry Zola, Bettyann and Richard Mekal, Peggy and Bill Puza. Her grandchildren, Carrie Payne, Krista Callahan, Jonathan Moriarty, Lauren and Chelsea Botta, Gabrielle and Mark Botta. Alice was predeceased by her husbands Harold Botta and Phil Phaneuf, and grandson Kevin Botta. Visiting hours on Friday, December 20th from 4-8PM at Forastiere Smith Funeral Home, 220 North Main St., East Longmeadow. Funeral Saturday, December 21st from the funeral home at 8:45AM followed by a funeral Mass at St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow at 10AM. Burial will follow at Gates of Heaven Cemetery, Springfield. Donations may be made to Whispering Horse Therapeutic Riding Center, 253 Hampden Rd., East Longmeadow, MA 01028. For more information or to leave a condolence for the family please visit: www.forastiere.com.
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If you graduated from East Longmeadow High School in 1971, your name appears in the menu at the top of the page under the tab labeled "Classmate Profiles." Find your name, click on it, and you will be brought to the "Join Here" link. Follow the instructions on that page. If you have any questions, click on the "Contact Us" link at the top right of the home page. When you find your name on the Classmates list to create your profile, please include a narrative about your life since Graduation Day, June 15, 1971. Guest members are listed at the bottom of the profiles page. Thank you very much.
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.