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1944 Mirror Cover

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Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1944 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1941 Mirror Class History.

In addition, you can also review the awards and program for the Class of 1944 Commencement Exercises, as published in "The Evening Telegram".


Class of 1943 planning 60th Reunion.....

The Ilion Class of 1943 is having a 60th reunion September 13, 2003 at Ilion Knights of Columbus. Members of the Classes of 1941, 1942, and 1944 are invited to join for dinner at 6 pm. For reservations, call Margaret (Peg) Marley 894-9039 or Mary Clark 8940-0109. (July 19, 2003)



Katherine 'Katie' (Panarites) Brown, IHS 1944, just shy of her 94th Birthday, (December 28), passed away on December 22, 2017, after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy, at the Charles Sitrin Rehabilitation facility, a mile from where she raised her family in Sherman Hills. Katie was the daughter of James and Helen Boosalis Panarites, and grew up in Ilion working in her parents restaurant, the Ilion Kandy Kitchen, later known as the J Panarites restaurant....affectionately known to generations of Ilionites as "the Greeks". Katie graduated from Ilion High School, received her Bachelors degree from Keuka College class of 1948, and completed her Masters at Syracuse University, and began her doctoral work at Syracuse, while working as one of the youngest Deans in the State College System at Potsdam State Teachers College. Katie married Crist J Brown on January 1954, in Grace Episcopal Church, with in a Greek Orthodox /Episcopalian officiated service and joined him in the operation of his family's multi generational business, Utica Floral Company, one of Utica's longest contiguously owned family retail businesses until the Browns retired in 1995. Katie worked tirelessly with Crist, in the floral businesss, and their various other family owned businesses that they were involved with, Herkimer Motel (Red Roof Inn), Georgian Courts/Woodside Apts., TV Facts. Possessed with an incredible work ethic, Katie, also enjoyed a wide range of activities, she learned to ski in Colorado in the 1940's, putting her own children on skis by 5 years old. she was a swimmer, a hiker, a tennis player, a gourmet cook, a history buff. Katie loved the Adirondacks, and for over 50 years savored time spent at the family compound on the South Shore of Fourth Lake, as well as her beloved home on Sanibel Island, Florida. Her ethnic pride in being Greek always came through, in the 1980's she was presented an award by the American Hellenic Educational and Professional Association for her lifetime efforts of promoting and organizing the small Greek American Population in Central New York, She was a former board member of Landmarks Society, AAUW, League of Women Voters, Ladies of Estia, and remained active in Keuka College's alumni association for decades. Katie was not only blessed with physical beauty as a young woman, but an inner goodness and " kooky " sense of humor that kept her grounded, and magnetic to a broad range of ages and personalities...paupers to princesses who all loved her. Katie is survived by Crist, her husband of 64 years, her children and their spouses John (Christopher) and James (Susan), three grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, Godchildren, also surviving are her special Godson, Gregory Savas (Joann)Herkimer, was identified as her 3rd son, and her Brother in law, Bela"Bill" Gaspar, Frankfort. Katie was pre deceased by her parents, her brother, Constantine (Gus) Panarites, Sisters, Anastasia Panarites Sprague, and Mary Panarites Gaspar, and most of her closest friends and family. Katie had an unusually close bond with her sister Mary, and sister in law, Angie, but always identified Catherine Francis Savas, Syracuse, June "Jerry" Murray Kiefer, Old Forge and "Betty" Marketos, New Hartford, (all deceased) as her lifelong best friends, there many others alive and many passed, that shared a special bond with Katie through the years. The past few years have been difficult for Katie, but she wanted to acknowledge the staff of Sitrin Rehabilitation, especially, Amy Land, R.N., for their kindness, attention, genuine kindness and love given. Greek Orthodox Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM at St. George Orthodox Church, 350 Higby Road, New Hartford. The family will receive friends from conclusion of the service until 2:30 PM at the church following the funeral. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Donations in memory of Katie may be made to Panarites Sisters Scholarship Fund of Keuka College, 141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478. Arrangements are with Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, New Hartford. (December 29, 2017)


Mrs. Dorothy H. (Wheeler) Caulkins, IHS 1944 and Elementary Faculty, age 91, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully, in her sleep, late Tuesday evening, September 26, 2017, at the Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Little Falls. Dorothy was born on the 150th anniversary of our great nation, July 4, 1926. She was the daughter of the late Walter G. and Helen (Thompson) Wheeler. She was raised and educated in Ilion and upon her graduation from high school, attended Cortland State University where she earned her bachelor's degree in education. She spent her career of over forty years as an elementary school teacher with the Ilion School District, prior to her retirement in 1988. She was first wed to Mr. Elmer D. Myers, and together they started a family with the birth of their two sons, until Mr. Myers untimely passing in 1965. Her second marriage took place on July 26, 1969, when she wed Mr. Richard E. "Dick" Caulkins, and together they shared in a blessed and devoted union of over 41 years until Dick's passing on January 23, 2011. As a well-rounded woman, Dorothy enjoyed various activities, from her involvement in bowling leagues, to her enjoyment of family and friends around a nice fire at camp. She also had a love for Big Band music and was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge. She leaves behind her sons, Edmund D. Myers and Karen Randall and Kerry L. Myers and Lisa Lucas-Myers, all of Ilion; her grandchildren, Amanda and Chris DePaolo, Melissa and Tim Boepple, Meagan Strack, Kaitlin Myers and Lauren Myers; and her adored great-grandchildren, Kailynn, Aleigha, Brady, Hadley and Peyton. She also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 5:00PM – 7:00PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Dorothy's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Saturday morning, September 30, 2017 at 10:00AM at the funeral home, with The Rev. Dr. Steven A. Scarcia officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, where Dorothy's earthly remains will be laid to rest. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 2960 NY-30, Speculator, NY 12164. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements and supervision have been entrusted to Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (Octobr 6, 2017)

Mrs. Eleanora Theresa (Cahill) O'Connor, IHS 1944 and School Nurse age 91, a former longtime resident of Ilion, and currently of Pepperell, MA, passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon, July 24, 2017, in the privacy and comfort of the home of her son and daughter-in-law. Born on June 14, 1926 in Erie, PA, Eleanora was the daughter of the late Francis Cahill and Sara (Nickerson) Cahill-Armstrong. She was a graduate with the Ilion High School Class of 1944 and went on to receive her Bachelor's in Nursing from the College of St. Rose in Albany. For five years she taught as a health teacher with Herkimer BOCES, before returning to school in 1972 and earning her School Nurse Certification from Oneonta State. She then returned to her alma mater, Ilion High School, and held the positions of school nurse and health teacher until her retirement in 1988. On November 24, 1949, Eleanora was married to the late John James O'Connor, and the two shared in a blessed union of fourteen years until John's untimely passing in 1963. Eleanora's strength and determination was evident as she took on the job of raising her four children as a single mother. She was a hardworking woman who put the needs of her family first and was always there for her children, involving herself in everything from bowling to boy scouts. For many years she acted as the nurse for Camp Russell in White Lake. She was a parishioner of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and a lifetime member of the Court St. Bridget Catholic Daughters. Eleanora will be remembered for her kind, caring and sweet demeanor, and that beautiful smile which never left her face. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis and Maureen O'Connor of Pepperell, MA and David and Heidi O'Connor of Navarre, FL; her grandchildren, John and Carrie Raymond of Knightdale, NC, Ryan and Chelsey Raymond of Valley Park, MO, Kelly O'Connor and husband, Chris Kitchin of Fitchburg, MA, Kristen and Nathan McLaughlin, of Pepperell, MA, Brandon Capenia, of Orlando, FL, Corey Capenia, of Navarre, FL, and Alan O'Connor and Alicia Rowsey, of Salinas, CA; and six great-grandchildren. She also leaves a half-sister, Theresa Cahill of Melbourne, FL; a half-brother, Joseph Armstrong of Yardley, PA; a step-brother, Donald Gauding of Spring Hill, FL; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Eleanora was predeceased by her daughter, Eileen Raymond, and her son, Sean O'Connor. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation on Sunday afternoon, July 30, 2017, from 3:00PM - 5:00PM at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, 102 West Street, Ilion, NY (315) 895-7722. Members of the Court St. Bridget Catholic Daughters are asked to gather at the funeral home at 4:30PM to conduct their ritualistic service. Eleanora's funeral service will commence on Monday morning, July 31, 2017, with a 10:00AM prayer service at the funeral home, and at 10:30AM at the Church of the Annunciation, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor. Procession will follow to St. Agnes Cemetery in North Ilion, where she will be laid to rest beside her husband, John. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions in Eleanora's name to the American Cancer Society. All service arrangements have been entrusted to Don Applegate and Martin L. Ciaccia, funeral directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.applegateandday.com. (August 19, 2017)

Mary B. (Dayton) Beauchamp, IHS 1944, 90 of Herkimer and a former Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday February 23, 2017 at Homelife at Folts with her loving family by her side. She was born August 9, 1926, in Ilion the daughter of the late Samuel and Christine (Bennett) Dayton. Mary was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1944. Mary was united in marriage to Ernest D. (Babe) Beauchamp on November 11, 1955 in Ilion. The couple shared a blessed union of 40 years until the passing of Babe on August 29, 1995. For 35 years until her retirement, Mary worked at the Herkimer Village Office where she held the position of Deputy Clerk. After her retirement she volunteered her time for the Folts Home, Ilion Methodist Church and worked on the Board of Elections. Mary's life was centered around her loved ones, proving herself a loving and caring mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed the quality time spent with her grandchildren camping in the Adirondacks. Mary found much peace visiting the ocean with her loved ones. In her leisure she enjoyed knitting, arts and crafts, shopping and the beach. 'Minnie' brought the fun. Always quick with a smile. She was a blessing to all who knew her. Survivors include her children, Denise Bascom and husband David of Herkimer, Donna Beauchamp and companion Larry Mackey of Herkimer, David H. Cole and companion Judith Lennox of Ilion, John F. Cole and wife Kathy of Herkimer, and Mitchell A. Beauchamp and wife Gail of Utica; a daughter-in-law, Carol Cole; her loving grandchildren, John Cole, Jeffrey Cole, Rebecca (Cole) Wheelock, Christina (Cole) Beckwith, David Cole, Debbie (Cole) Mower, Jodie (Cole) Bard, Jennifer (McEvoy) Stack, Nicole (Beauchamp) Dutcher, Mitchell Beauchamp, Michael Beauchamp, Michelle Beauchamp, Rachel (Bintliff) Huyck, Andrew Bintliff, Robert Gross, and Jessica (Gross) Kleeman; and 24 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday February 25, 2017 at 11:00 am from the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (Next to NBT Bank) 527 East Albany St., Herkimer, NY 315-866-1500. Burial will take place in the spring at Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer, NY. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday February 25, 2017 from 10:00 am until the time of the services. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. (April 1, 2017)

Mrs. Rose (DiSano ) Iocovozzi Seppi, IHS 1944, 87, of 126 Mary St. formerly of Frankfort passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 in her home with her family by her side. She was born in Frankfort on December 12, 1926, the daughter of the late Nunzio and Mary Terzo DiSano and she attended Ilion Schools, graduating from Ilion High School with the class of 1944, later Mildred Elley Secondary School, Albany and the College of St. Rose, graduating Cum Laude with the class of 1950 with high honors in Business and English. Rose was married to Vincent J. Iocovozzi on January 27, 1951 in St. Mary's Church, Frankfort. Vince was the owner and operator of V.J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. He passed away on February 1, 1973. She was later married to Frank Seppi on March 1, 1981 in St. Mary's Church, Frankfort. Frank passed away on November 20, 1997. Following Vince's death, Rose was the president of V.J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Frankfort, Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, Herkimer and Forget-Me-Not Pet Memorialization and Cremation Service, Herkimer. She was a communicant Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church and a member of the Columbianna Society, Addolorata Society and one of founders of the Young At Heart Senior Citizens. Rose will always be remembered as a loving and caring woman who served those in need. She loved to travel and visited all seven continents and the North and South Poles. Rose is survived by two daughters, Mary Iocovozzi of Herkimer and Geralyn M. Iocovozzi of Syracuse; three sons, Damiano J. Iocovozzi of Palm Springs, CA, Cosmas Iocovozzi of Newington, NH, Vincent De Paul Iocovozzi of Frankfort; one sister and brother in law, Violet and Joseph DiMaggio of Frankfort; five grandchildren, Alexander Zito, Marcus Zito, Vincent G. Iocovozzi, Gabe Iocovozzi and Matthew Iocovozzi; her in laws, Rose and Bennie Palmieri of Frankfort, John and Cookie Iocovozzi of FL, Celeste Iocovozzi of Savannah, GA and Angelo Long of Frankfort and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one sister, Nancy Christofaro and two brothers, Blase DiSano and 1st LT Onofrio DiSano USMC KIA Iwo Jima. Her funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9:15 from the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 10:00 in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Leo Potvin. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 2 from 2-4 and 7-9 and Wednesday, December 3 from 2-4 and 7-9 at V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Rose's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (December 20, 2014)

Edward 'Ed' J. McKenna, IHS 1944, age 88, formerly of Charles St., Mohawk, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Alpine Nursing Home, Little Falls. He was born on July 10, 1926, in Ilion, the son of James and Julia (McCoy) McKenna, and graduated from Ilion High School. Ed was a veteran of WW II, serving in the US Navy. On May 1, 1948, he was married to Dorothy 'Dot' Buddenhagen at the Church of the Annunciation by Father Daniel Horan. Ed was the co-founder and manager of AARC, Frankfort, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, and a former member of Crowley-Barnum Post # 25 American Legion of Mohawk. Surviving family members include his wife, Dorothy 'Dot'; his daughter, Laurie Bradley, PHD, and husband, William, of Troy; his sons, Thomas McKenna, of State College, PA, and Michael McKenna and his wife, Connie, of Sommers, CT; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Daniel Bradley, Ashley Munoz and her husband, Michael, and Sean McKenna; his brother, John McKenna, of Atlanta, GA; his sister, JoAnn Joy, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Greenfield, and his parents. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, and 11:00 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Rev. Mark Cunningham, Sacramental Minister, assisted by Sister Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ed, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. n lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, 61 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357, or Blessed Sacrament Church, 54 E. Main St., Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The McKenna family has entrusted Ed's service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (December 20, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)


John Monohan Sr. - Ilion NY
Mr. John Monohan
1975 - Chemistry Teacher

Mr. John L. Monohan Sr., IHS 1944, age 88, of Hamilton Place, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born October 3, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of Christopher and Blanche Getman Monohan, and grew up in Ilion and attended Ilion schools. John served in the US Army in the South Pacific during World War II. On August 19, 1950, he was united in marriage to Helen 'Lolly' Sanders, a blessed union of almost 63 years.

John was a graduate of Ilion High School and received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1950. He received his post-graduate work at University of Rochester, Albany State and Cornell University. John retired from Ilion Central School where he taught science. John also coached the Ilion tennis team for many years. He was an avid golfer and member of Maple Crest Golf Course, member of NYS Retired Teachers' Association and was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Utica Council 189 and its 4th Degree Assembly, and was a member of St. Mary's Church, Clinton. He is survived by his wife, Helen; four daughters, two sons and their spouses, Christine and Dr. John Menard of Clinton, Kathleen and Matthew Romano of Moreau, Mary Ellen and Thomas Buccafurno of Rochester, Susan and Joseph Crua of Schoharie, John L. Monohan, Jr., of Clinton and James and Nola Monohan of Clinton; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and Ben Coven of Boston, Sarah Menard of Boston, Christopher Romano of Boston, Mary Kate Monohan of NYC, Lt. James and Winnie Monohan of Washington, DC, and John and Julia Monohan of Phoenix, AZ; a great-grandson, John Lawrence Monohan; two brothers, Richard Monohan of Mohawk and Christopher Monohan of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. Mary's Church, Clinton. Burial with military honors will be held at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. All are invited to call Thursday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., 35 College St., Clinton. Please consider donations to Clinton Fire Dept or Ilion Library - Friends of the Library. On behalf of the family, special thanks are given to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for the excellent care given to John. www.owenspavlotrogers.com (July 11, 2013)

Mrs. Irene H. (Cashman) Polley IHS 1944, 87, of South Third Avenue, Ilion, passed away in Mohawk Valley Healthcare Center, surrounded by her loving family, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. Irene was born on Aug. 6, 1925 in Meriden, Conn., a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Tomkiewicz) Cashman. She was educated in Ilion and was a member of the class of 1944. On Aug. 3, 1946, she and Earl Polley were united in marriage, and they shared a loving union of twenty-nine years, until his passing in June 1975. Irene worked as a sales clerk for many years in Howland's Department Store, Herkimer. She was a faithful communicant of Annunciation Church in Ilion. Irene was a member of the Catholic Daughters, and the Ilion Moose Club, attaining the positions of Senior Regent and the Green Cap Degree. She enjoyed crocheting, baking and bowling, but most of all, she enjoyed the company of her loving family. She leaves two daughters, Carol Mocko and her husband, Robert, and Diane McTiernan and her husband, Jeffrey, all of Ilion; a son, David Polley and his wife, Judith, of Ohio; beloved grandchildren, Kenneth and Carol Mocko, of Hawaii, Lisa and Geoffrey Lawton, of Mohawk, and Nicholas and Nolan Polley, of Ohio; along with a great-grandchild, Luke Lawton. She is also survived by her sisters, Catherine Snider and her husband, George, of Frankfort, and Elizabeth Luke and her husband, Robert, of Ilion; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving her are her in-laws, Donald and Jane Polley, of Ilion. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Earl; a great-grandchild, Gracie Lawton; brothers, John and Raymond Cashman; and a sister, Florence Plunkett. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, (town of Frankfort). Irene's Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Very Reverend Anthony Barratt, assisted by Deacon James Bower, on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at 10 a.m., in Annunciation Church, West Street, Ilion. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband. Irene's family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of Mohawk Valley Healthcare Center for the excellent care and compassion shown to her and them during her stay. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider gifts in Irene's memory to the Amazing Gracie's Gift Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family is being served by Kevin E. Enea, funeral director. To add to her online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com. (Sept 3, 2012)

Harold Joseph McIntyre IHS 1944, age 82, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Florida. He was born July 2, 1926 in Ilion, NY to Harold and Genevieve McCabe McIntyre. He attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School in 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. Following an honorable discharge, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College where he earned an Associates Degree in accounting. He was employed by Remington Arms until his retirement in 1985. On February 28, 1953 he was joined in marriage to the former Florence Pohlman, a union that lasted until her death in 1972. On August 31, 1985 he married Eileen E, Wengert, with whom he enjoyed his retirement years. Surviving are his wife, Eileen, daughter Susan Chas(James) of Turin, NY, son Michael McIntyre (Jackie) of Ilion, NY, one brother, Charles McIntyre (Nancy) of Endicott, NY and seven grandchildren, Andrew (Brooke) Chase, Kathryn Chase and fiancee, Shawn Karney, Maureen Chase, her fiancee, Joshua Bush and their daughter,Kaelyn, Christopher, Elizabeth, and Patrick Chase and Shelby McIntyre. Also surviving are three stepdaughters, Denies Grier (Robert) of Gibsonia, PA, Kimberly Montez, of Daleville, AL, and Shari Wengert of St. Cloud, FL and their children, Brian andStephen Grier, Tabitha Cole and Donald Montez, three step great grandchildren, Devon Montez, Areva and Rachon Cole, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters and their husbands, Molly and Doug Monroe and Betty and Chet Groch and two nephews, Gregory McIntyre and Mark Monroe. There will be a memorial service at the Mohawk Reform Church, Mohawk, NY on June 6 at 2 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may contribute to a charity of their choice. (May 5, 2009)

Florence M. (Cashman) Plunkett IHS 1944, age 81, of 75 Fourth St., Ilion, passed away on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, after a courageous battle with cancer. Florence was born on April 11, 1927, in Meriden, Conn., the daughter of Frank and Josephine Cashman. She moved to Ilion with her family as a young girl and graduated from Ilion High School in 1944. On April 28, 1962, she was married to Joseph Plunkett at the Annunciation Church, Ilion. At one time she worked at LaTella's Bakery in Frankfort and Sperry-Rand Univac in Ilion. Florence was a long-time and loyal parishioner of Annunciation Church in Ilion. She enjoyed playing Bingo. Nothing made her happier that to cook for and be surrounded by her family. Florence took pride in her role as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Florence is survived by her husband, Joseph; her daughter, Susan of Hingham, MA; her sons, Steve of Ilion and Gary Tutty and his wife, Pamela of Ilion; her grandchildren, Sean Tutty and his wife Sonya of Ilion, Christopher Tutty and his wife Mary of Orange, CA, Maura Tutty of Quincy, MA, Rileigh Plunkett of Ilion; her great-grandchildren, Keeley, Devin, Connor and Nolan Tutty; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Irene Pulley of Ilion, Catherine and George Snider of Frankfort, Elizabeth and Robert Luke of Ilion; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Cashman of Meriden, Conn.; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers and sister-in-law, Raymond and Beverly Cashman, John and Emily Cashman, and her brothers-in-law, Dominick Accattato and Earl Polley. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Annunciation Church, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. Calling hours are Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.Florence's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Dr. Butala's office and the 6th Floor Oncology Unit at St. Luke's, Father Anthony Barratt, Father Mark Cunningham and Sister Maureen for their care, concern and compassion.Anyone wishing to share a memory of Florence or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Annunciation Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes are available at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Nov 24, 2008)

Jean (Hilliard) Karabelas IHS 1944, age 82, formerly of 110 South Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born November 23, 1925 in Ilion, NY, the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Reed Hilliard, and received her education in Ilion School. On April 29, 1950 she married Speros "Spike" Karabelas in Ilion, he passed away on October 20, 1969. Jean worked at the Victory Restaurant and Fish Market, Remington Arms before serving asthe Deputy Village Clerk with the Village of Ilion for 20 years, retiring several years ago. Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, was active in church affairs and with the presbytery. Jean is survived by a daughter and son-in-law,Ann and Warren Cross of Ilion; two brothers and a sister-in-law, John and Marilyn Hilliard of Liverpool, NY and Ft. Myers, FL; Charles Hilliard of Los Angeles, CA; a sister-in-law, Harriette Hilliard of Ilion. She was predeceased by a son, James Charles Karabelas who passed away as an infant, and a brother, Robert Hilliard. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service to be held on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 11:00 am from the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. The family will receive friends from 10 am until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church in Jean's memory. Envelopes willbe available at the church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be left at www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Apr 13, 2008)

Roger Arthur Hunt IHS 1944, died on Dec. 17, 2007, in Woodland, Wash., after an extended illness. He was born June 18, 1927, in Ilion, N.Y., where he graduated from high school. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics from the State University of New York at Albany. In 1964 he was awarded the Ph.D. degree in biophysics by the Pennsylvania State University. Roger taught physics at the State University of New York and Hamilton College. He then became director of research at the Interscience Research Institute in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., where he worked on visualization for the artificial heart project, the early use of clinically applied ultrasonics, mapping the topography of the brain and cancerresearch. His next position was at the United Medical Labs in Portland, Ore. (later to become ICN, International Chemical and Nuclear), where he was head of biophysics research. He then became president of Interscience Inc., Portland, Ore., and developed controls for use in hospitals and laboratories. The last position he held was as researcher and consultant for Hematronix in Benecia, Calif. The holder of several patents in the hematology field, he enjoyed his vocation and worked well into his retirement years. Roger enjoyed singing and was a soloist in his younger years in musicals and churches in New York state. He also loved camping and hiking with his family, reading, gardening and, last but not least, the family dogs and cats. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Elizabeth Hunt, and his brother, Edgar. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; his sons, Daniel, of Tacoma, Wash., and Galen, of Lebec, Calif.; his sister, Ardyth Burch, of Cottonwood, Ariz., as well as three nieces and four nephews. The family requests any donation be given to the Salvation Army. Funeral services will be private. (Jan 26, 2008)

Roy Wagner Edick IHS 1944, age 80, of 460 Otsego St., Ilion, went to his heavenly home to join the Lord and his loved ones on Wednesday afternoon, November 1, 2006. He passed away at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Roy was born December 21, 1925 at his family home outside Ilion, son of the late Ross John and Reba (Wagner) Edick. Following graduation from Ilion High School in June of 1944, he entered the U.S. Army. During WWII, Roy served in the European Theater of War as a member of General Patton's 3rd Army, 1st Platoon H Co., 328th Combat Team, 26th Infantry (Yankee Division). He qualified for the Combat Infantry Badge and two Campaign Battle Stars. At the close of WWII, he was transferred to U.S. Forces in Austria (U.S.A.F.). For 10 months, Roy served and lived in an 800-year-old castle in the Austrian Alps taken over by Gen. Mark Clark. The GmundenCastle served as an enlisted men's rest center. Roy always considered this his "Shangri-La" period. Prior to WWII, the castle was home for an Austrian Forestry School, and during WWII was used by German Soldiers recuperating from wounds and illness. In 1946, Roy entered Utica College of Syracuse University in the first year of its existence. He went on to graduate from Hartwick College, Oneonta in 1950. On August 19, 1950, he married Frances B. Traver, a college classmate, in the First Oneonta Methodist Church. The marriage was blessed by three wonderful sons. During his life, Roy was involved with the family appliance business and accounting work at Sperry Rand UNIVAC and MDS. He also enjoyed working at Doyle Hardware in Utica for 12 years. Roy was a very active lifetime member at the North Columbia United Methodist Church, and for many years acted asSunday School Teacher, Superintendent, and Youth Leader. For some 20 years, Roy found enjoyment in being part of the Boy Scout movement, serving as committeeman with Ilion Methodist Church's "Troop 8." He enjoyed the fellowship of man and boy in the highest sense, and adult leadership in such activities as camping, hiking, campfires, etc. He was an active member of the American Legion - Ilion Post 920, and became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution - Oriskany Battlefield Chapter. His sense of humor was enjoyed by many. Roy felt blessed with a fine family throughout his life, and felt his life was greatly enriched by knowing so many finepeople as he passed through life. He always loved the Mohawk Valley, it's rolling hills, small towns, and the wonderful people. Survivors include his wife, Frances "Fran"; three sons, Ronald John Edick and his wife, Carolyn, of Poughkeepsie, Randall Ross Edick and his wife, Debbie, of Seattle, WA, and Lt. Col. Rudyard Grayson Edick (USAF) and his wife, Darina, of Albany; four grandchildren, Maxwell T., Garrett W., Calvin J., and Christian Ross Roy Edick; one aunt, Marion Edick; two cousins, Carol Wagner and Eileen MacIntyre; several nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Family and friends are invited to visitation Saturday, November 4th, from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion American Legion Post service will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Roy's funeral service will be held Sunday, November 5, commencing at 2 p.m. at the North Columbia United Methodist Church (Elizabethtown Rd.) with Pastor Hans Drews officiating. A walking procession to N. Columbia Cemetery for interment with full Military Honors will follow the service. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Roy's name to the N. Columbia Methodist Church, or the Boy Scouts of America Troop 8. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. A special thanks to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home 2nd Floor staff for the loving care, compassion, and dedication shown to Roy and is family throughout his stay there. To send a letter of condolence, share a memory, or sign the online register please go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Nov 5, 2006)

Frank A. Marley IHS 1944, 78, a longtime resident of 65 N. Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away at home on Friday, February 3, 2006, with his loved ones by his side.Frank was born May 27, 1927 in Herkimer, the son of the late Bert and Jennie (Loughlin) Marley. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School, "Class of 44." Frank continued his education at Utica College, graduating in 1951, and went on to obtain his Master's degree in Social Work from the University of St. Louis. A veteran of WWII, Frank served with the US Navy. On July 4, 1953, Frank was united in marriage to Mary H. Daly at St.Francis DeSales Church in Herkimer. They shared a blessed and devoted union of over 52 years. Frank was employed as the Director of Herkimer County Mental Health, retiring in 1989, but still working part-time up to a few weeks ago. Prior to that he was employed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, retiring in 1983. Frank began his career helping others at Catholic Charities in Utica. He was of the Roman Catholic faith, a member of the University of St. Louis Alumni Assoc., Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, and at one time a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Frank was truly dedicated to his profession and enjoyed his work. A private man, Frank's life was centered around his beloved family. Survivors include his loving wife, Mary, at home; one daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Jim LaPaglia of Deerfield; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe Marley and his wife, Pina, of Rochester, Dr. David and Dr. Elizabeth Marley of Winston-Salem, NC; his cherished grandchildren, Jim, Alyssa and Kathryn LaPaglia, Dustin, Melina and Mathew Marley, Megan and Logan Marley; his sisters, Marian Marley of Ilion and Edna Marley of Mohawk; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joan and Joe Durkin of Ilion; and sister-in-law, Peg Marley of Ilion; many nieces, nephews, dear friends and neighbors; including his special friends, Mary and John Janicki, Marilyn and Bob Salisbury, all of Ilion, and Mike and Carol McGuirl of Utica. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth McGrellis, Helen North, Lila Andrews; and his brother, John Marley. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Monday, February 6th, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion Elks ritual will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Frank's funeral services will be held Tuesday, commencing at 12:15 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, and 1 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where Father Terrance Healey and Deacon Jim Bower will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow Mass. A special thanks from Frank's family to Dr. Garg, Dr. Desai and Hospice for all their care and assistance. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Frank's name to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or Mass cards in his memory. Ambulance donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. To add to Frank's online memorial or send a letter of condolence to his family, visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Feb 28, 2006)

Katherine E. (Sis) Tracy IHS 1944, age 78, of London Towers and formerly longtime resident of Daytona Beach, Florida, passed away January 1, 2006 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born May 11, 1927 in Rome, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha Keating Tracy, and received her education in the Ilion school system. She was employed as a supervisor with Bell South in Daytona Beach for many years, retiring several years ago. Sis was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 B.P.O.E. and the Classie Lassies. Sis is survived by two nieces, Sally and Mike Hayden of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Sue Tracy and Tim Leon of Ilion; a cousin, Doris Warner of MA; a special friend, Pat Murphy of Ilion; and three great-nieces, Sara, and Tracy Haden and Tera Leon-Tracy. She was predeceased by her twin brother and his wife, Joe and Rosemary Tracy. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, January 5, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion in the spring. The family will receive friends following the Mass at the church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (Jan 7, 2006)

Joanne Smith Winsor IHS 1944, passed away on November 17, 1994. She was married to Jerry Winsor IHS 1944. "At the time of her death, my parents had been married for 46 years, had 2 daughters, 2 granddaughters, and 1 grandson. My mother had very fond memories of IHS and kept many of her friendships until her death. I wish she could be able to attend the mega-reunion but I'm sure that she will be there in spirit. I hope everyone has a great time and I will be checking the website from time to time to keep my Dad up to date." (submitted by Jennifer Campbell - June 21, 2002)

Edward J. Winsor IHS 1944, age 77, of Fanwood, NJ,died on Saturday, March 3, at home. Born in Ilion, NY, he lived in Fanwood for 47 years. Mr. Winsor, a licensed professional engineer, had worked for the Exxon Research and Engineering Company in Florham Park for 33 years before retiring as adviser to the Vice President for Engineering in 1984. He was an expert in the field of large motors and did assignments at Exxon refineries throughout the world. Mr. Winsor received a bachelor's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, in 1951.During World War II, he served in the United States Army Signal Corps in the South Pacific. He was a life member of Father John S. Nelligan Council No. 5730 of the Knights of Columbus in Scotch Plains and Fanwood. In addition, Mr. Winsor volunteered at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield and with Children's Specialized Hospital in Fanwood. He also served as commissioner of the Fanwood Sidewalk Commission. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Jean Daly Winsor; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Winsor of Fanwood; a son, Ned J. Winsor of Dunwoody, Ga.; three brothers, Richard Winsor of Port Richie, Fla., Dr. Frederick Winsor of Fanwood and Gerald M. Winsor of New York, and three grandsons. A Mass was offered, Wednesday, March 7, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains, following the funeral from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fanwood Rescue Squad, 218 Forest Road, Fanwood, 07023, or to the Center for Hope Hospice, 176 Hussa Street, Linden, 07036. (March 28, 2002)

Margaret 'Maggie' Vayo (Trevor) Davidson IHS 1944, 74, Ilion, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away at home Saturday, Dec. 23, 2000, with her beloved family by her side. Maggie was born July 9, 1926, in Ilion, daughter of Edwin J. and Margaret A. (Drumm) Vayo. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1944. Maggie was united in marriage to William 'Bill' Trevor in Ilion on June 12, 1948. Mr. Trevor passed away in 1975. She later married Dr. Donald R. 'Doc' Davidson on Aug. 12, 1995, in Ilion. Maggie was employed by New York Telephone Co. in Utica, retiring in 1991 with over 30 years of dedicated service. She was a parishioner at the Church of the Annunciation, where she served as a Eucharistic minister, greeter and was a member of the Bereavement Committee. She was also a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus Council 518 Ladies Auxiliary. Maggie was a longtime member of the Telephone Pioneers, often volunteering for a good cause. She was also a volunteer with the Ilion School District Grade School Reading Program. An avid golfer belonging to two leagues in the summer, she also bowled with a league in the winter. A strong and dedicated woman, Maggie's life was centered around the Lord and her beloved family. She loved being outdoors, enjoyed gardening and could always be found at the various sporting events cheering for her cherished children, grandchildren and always the "Golden Bombers." Survivors include her husband, Donald "Doc" Davidson; her loving children, Patricia "Pat" and her husband Rich Reynolds of Newport, William "Bill" and his wife Rhonda Trevor of Ilion, Michael "Mike" and his wife Robin Trevor of Ilion, Kevin Trevor of Ilion, Daniel "Dan" and his wife Linda Trevor of Ilion, Thomas 'Tom' and his wife Kathy Trevor of Cedarville, Bridgett and her husband Kevin McKinley of Ilion, and Kelly and her husband Frank Sheffield of Ilion; her stepchildren, Marcia Lyons and her husband Charles of Clifton Park, Cindy Eller and her husband Jack of Herdon, Va. and Donald R. Davidson IV and his wife Joanie of Laguna Nigel, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; her sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Jewel Vayo, Leona Holden, Shirley Willoughby and Doris Trevor, all of Ilion, and Fred and Phyllis Davidson of Laconia, N.H. Maggie also leaves many nieces, nephews and countless special friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, her son Mark Andrew Trevor in 1966, her brother, William 'Bud' Vayo, and her sisters, Kay Cooper and Mary Ann Bentz.Maggie's funeral service will be held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, commencing at 9:15 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where Father Joseph Benintende, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment in Armory Hill Cemetery will take place this spring at a date and time to be announced. Family and friends are invited to visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions in Maggie's name to the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or Herkimer County Hospice. (December 27, 2000)

Roland M. Yardley IHS 1944, 76, of 34 Barringer Road, Ilion, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Hospital after a courageous long, illness. He was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Ilion, the son of the late Clinton and Anna Yardley. He was educated in the Ilion schools and was a proud veteranof World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate aboard LCI in the Pacific Theater. On Oct. 21, 1950, he was united in marriage to Ann (Peg) O'Connor. He served 25 years with the Ilion Police Department, where he retired as a sergeant in 1972. Roland was last employedas a custom repair specialist with Remington Arms, retiring in 1985. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Peg; two sons and daughters-in-law,Robert and Janet Yardley of Ilion,and Commander Roland and Chris Yardley of Fairfax Station, Va.;three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and John Richards,Gail and Shawn Carney and Lynne and Rich McGraw, all of Ilion;his brother, Richard Yardley of Pocatello, Idaho;and two sisters, Janice Carver and Barbara Chard. Roland enjoyed keeping up with his 13 grandchildren,Robert and Michael Yardley, Patricia, Erin and Kelly Richards,Sarah, Alex and Sam Yardley, Stephen and Catherine Carney, and Casey, Paige and Erin McGraw. He was predeceased by a daughter,Patricia Lynn on Jan. 14, 1961, at the age of 24 months;his brothers, Harry and Milford; and a sister Alyce. Funeral services for Mr. Yardley were held Friday at 1 p.m. from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion, with Fr. AlfredLamanna officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Newport. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance in Roland's memory. (January 15, 2000)


Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite.....

Carolyn Hoeschele Normile, Retired Educator, from Ilion, NY, email, re-registered. (Sept 22, 2007)

Ruth Norton Sherman, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 15, 2002)

Jerry Winsor, from Walworth, NY, registered. (June 19, 2002)

Carolyn Hoeschele Normile, Retired Educator, Ilion, NY, sent news. (May 2, 2002)

"I graduated From SUC at Fredonia with a B.S. in Music Ed. and from SU=C at Potsdam with an M.S. in Education. I taught 27 years-married in 1950,have 3 children and as a retired educator, I am past V.P. State Legislation for the NYS Retired Teachers Assn.'I am curently on the AARP/NRTA Pension Round Table and I am on the Guidance Com. for the NRTA (National Retired Teachers Assn.)I hope that any retired educator who has not joined the NYS RTA will contact me so that you can join." - Carolyn

Ella Momberger Hammond, from Ilion, NY, registered. (March 10, 2002)

Eileen Edick McIntyre, email, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

Doris Seymour Myers, Quality Control-Retired, email, from Ghent, NY, registered. (Jan 27, 2001)

Ella Momberger Hammond, Ilion, NY, signed the Guestbook from Florida. (February 8, 1998)

"I am visiting my brother , Jon, in Orlando, Florida. My husband, Donald, is with me."

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