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    Florence E. (Hoke ) Barnes IHS 1930, age 99, oof Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Ilion, passed away Tuesday April 24, 2012 at the Albany Memorial Hospital. Florence was born July 25, 1912 in Frankfort the daughter of the late Jacob and Lillian Hughes Hoke and shortly after moved to Ilion with her family where she attended the Ilion Public School, graduating in 1930. In the early 1930's Florence and her family moved back to Frankfort. Florence married Raymond R. Barnes in 1934 and returned back to Ilion soon after, Raymond passed away March 3, 1987. Florence was a homemaker, she served in volunteer positions at the First Baptist Church in Ilion where she taught and supervised the Children's Christian Education program, served on the Board of Trustees, and was a member of various other committees at church. Florence also served as a volunteer at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital, in Ilion. Florence enjoyed sewing clothes and especially doll clothes for her children and children of relatives and friends, she loved children and was always able to entertain them. Florence was a very kind and caring person. She had lived thru two World Wars, and the Great Depression. During the Depression her family ( mother, father and three brothers and a sister) purchased a farm on the hill overlooking the Mohawk Valley outside of Frankfort, they were able to produce their own food and sell some; her brothers worked other jobs when they were able. Following the depression, two brothers kept the farm, Florence and her Ray continued to help out occasionally after they moved to Ilion in the 30's. Florence is survived by a son James R. Barnes of Albany, and a daughter Ann E. Adams of Merceed, Ca. and several grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Barnes will be held on Monday April 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion with Rev. Andrew Peloubet officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call from 12:30 -1:30 PM at the funeral home. Florence's family wishes to thank Barnwell Nursing Home and especially the staff of unit 4 for all their kindness and compassion Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion First Baptist Church in Florence's memory, envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (April 26, 2012)

    Ruth Bishton Breakiron, devoted wife to the late Harold Breakiron and sister to eight brothers, died in Boca Raton, FL, January 10, 2004. She was the daughter of the late Frederick and Helena Bagans Bishton. She was born in Ilion, NY, on February 1, 1912. Ruth moved to Washington, DC, in 1930 after graduation from Ilion High School to attend Sibley Memorial School of Nursing, Class of 1934. She was a private duty and public health nurse, a nurse at the Hecht Company in downtown Washington, DC, and a school nurse at the Montgomery Blair High School for 15 years. Ruth was admired for her generosity of spirit, her zest for life, and for the devotion and comfort she offered family and friends. Survivors include two brothers, Robert Bishton of Albany, GA, and James Bishton of Lake Geneva, WI; and numerous nieces, nephews, great and grandnieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and six brothers, Eugene, Thomas, Frederick, Harry, Albert, and Charles Bishton. Friends may call at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD, on January 16, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Services will be at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may made to the Church of the Transfiguration. (January 23, 2004)

    Arthur D. Kerr, age 89, formerly of Forge Hill Estates, Ilion, and a resident of Claxton Manor, Herkimer, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2000, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born March 9, 1911, in Herkimer, the son of the late Harry and Myrtle Harter Kerr. Mr. Kerr received his education in the Ilion School System and on September 11, 1937, he married the former Margaret (Peg) Cahill in Meriden, CT. She passed away January 8, 2000. Mr. Kerr was employed as a production superintendent with Remington Arms, retiring in 1976. Mr. Kerr was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, the Ilion Little Theater Club, Ilion Conversation Club and the Board of Directors of the Ilion Cemetery Association. Mr. Kerr is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Agrafina Kerr, of Nikolski, Alaska; three daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara and Mike Meola, of Utica, Sally Huthwaite, of Birmingham, MI, and Sheila Kerr, of St. Johnsville, NY; a stepbrother, William VanAlstine; a stepsister, Alice Ray, of Mohawk, NY; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Kerr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, September 8, 2000, at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Father Alfred Lamanna officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. In keeping with Mr. Kerr's wishes, there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Public Library in Mr. Kerr's memory. Arrangements are by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (August 27, 2000)

    Mrs. Rachael Helen Conover Remis, 85, passed away Saturday, January 24, 1998, in The Masonic Home, Utica. Mrs. Remis was a 1930 graduate of Ilion High school and was employed as a bookkeeper with John A. Remis Plumbing & Heating. She married John A. Remis, on April 18, 1931; he passed away in 1986. Mrs. Remis is survived by four sons and three daughters-in-law. She was a grandmother to 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion K of C Benevolent Fund. Funeral arrangements are through the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (January 28, 1998)

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    Ruth Bishton Breakiron, retired nurse, from Silver Spring, MD, registered. (February 25, 2000)


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