Ilion High School

Class of 1945

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1945 Ilion Yearbook

 

Digitized Class Yearbook....

Mirror 1945 from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 24, 2021)

 

Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1945 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1945 Mirror Class History. Of special interest is the Yearbook Class Members in Service page, which proudly recognized all the class members who were serving in the armed forces. (February 19, 2002).

 

Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "Mirror 1945", are available on the 1945 Class Roster page. (added February 14, 2022).

 

Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1945 (added January 13, 2022)

 

Ronald McLean Albany College of Pharmacy Graduation 1951

Ronald McLean - IHS 1945

IHS 1945 alumnus, Ronald McLean, was among the graduates who pursued a career in pharmacy and were featured in the November 2020 Cover Story. His education, career and obituary were published as Ronald McLean - IHS 1945. (January 30, 2021)

 

Sidney Partington Albany College of Pharmacy Graduation 1951

Sidney Partington - IHS 1945

IHS 1945 alumnus, Sidney Partington, was among the graduates who pursued a career in pharmacy and were featured in the November 2020 Cover Story. His education, career and obituary were published as Sidney Partington - IHS 1945. (November 27, 2020)

 

Condolences

Robert (Bob) James Haughton, IHS 1945, age 93, died peacefully with family by his side on June 29, 2021, at his home in Palm Coast, FL. He was born in Little Falls, NY on January 14, 1928, the son of Claude A Haughton and Nellie Mae (Satterlee) Haughton, and was raised in Ilion, NY. He was a member of Ilion High School, Class of 1945, where he lettered in football and track, boxed and played trumpet in the dance band. Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps one week after his 18th birthday. After his discharge, he enrolled in Syracuse University, where his studies were interrupted when recalled to proudly serve in the Korean War. Bob married his beloved Anne Marie Harris on June 14, 1952, in Bogota, NJ. Early in their marriage, Bob completed his studies at Syracuse University, earning a BA in English and Journalism and a MA in Education. While attending Syracuse, he boxed, played lacrosse and worked at Pepsi Cola. In 1956, Bob began a 32-year career with General Electric highlighted by his time in Daytona Beach working on the Apollo program. With a growing family in tow, they relocated many times, including time spent in Norristown, PA, and Scottsdale, AZ, culminating in 1971 when he and Anne unpacked the six kids and settled in Wilton, CT. Bob retired from GE in 1988 as Manager, Employee Relations, International and Canadian Group. Bob had a beautiful camp built (Ravens' Rest) on the shore of Fourth Lake, Old Forge, NY. It was here that Bob found solace while enjoying a serene view of the lake, a great book or newspaper (as he was a voracious reader), his favorite seat on the deck, with his sweet Anne reading in a chair beside him while blasting jazz on his stereo. He loved planting and caring for beautiful flowers in pots that adorned the deck, chopping firewood and teaching the grandkids about picking wild berries while telling tales of his youth. The hummingbird feeder was always full. He and Anne enjoyed the Adirondacks, taking hikes and walks, breathing in the fresh air. It was here at Ravens' Rest that good times were had with frequent visits from friends and family. For years, Bob hosted the annual "Ravens' Reunion”, attended by many high school friends and spouses. The Ravens were legendary in his hometown of Ilion, and Bob, an aspiring author, took special delight in regaling them with his poems of youth and the passage of time. Bob was an avid Syracuse University sports fan; he was particularly fond of Jimmy Brown and Jim Boeheim. An avid golfer, he was a past member of Silvermine (CT) Golf Club, Hammock Dunes (FL) Club, and Thendara (NY) Golf Club. The American & US Marine flags were always flown on the camp's dock. Bob was a man of integrity; self-reliant, dedicated, resourceful, and courageous, he was a true Marine. Bob is survived by his six children, Katherine Morgan, of Flagler Beach,FL, Camille (Fred Ellegard), of Newington, CT, Michael (Kathleen), of Orange, CT, James (Roseanne), of Monroe, CT, Matthew (Lisa), of Fairfield, CT and Mary Schuchman (Peter Jr.), of Sinking Spring, PA. He was a loving grandfather to ten grandchildren, Timothy (Laura) Haughton, Christina (Dennis) Griecci and Joseph Haughton, Katie, Peter III and Annie Schuchman, Sean and Ryan Haughton, Padraig and Christopher Haughton; and five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Caroline Haughton and Henry, Emilia and Anna Griecci; his sister, Jane Anne Dial, of Odessa, TX; sister-in-law, Theresa Haughton, of Wilmington, NC; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Anne Marie Harris Haughton; brother, Milton A. Haughton; brother-in-law, Keith Dial; sisters-in-law, Joyce Harris and Mary Duncan and her husband, Jim Duncan. Donations may be sent to Old Forge Fire Department, PO Box 1170 Old Forge, NY 13420. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Bob's Funeral Mass on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 11:00AM at Holy Family Parish in Little Falls, NY, officiated by Rev. Brian Slezak, Pastor. Procession will follow to St. Johnsville Cemetery where Bob's earthly remains will be laid to rest, with military honors. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, St. Johnsville, NY, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E, Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (518) 568-2300. (July 19, 2022)

 

Robert (Bob) James Haughton, IHS 1945 age 93, died peacefully with family by his side on June 29, 2021, at his home in Palm Coast, FL. He was born in Little Falls, NY on January 14, 1928, the son of Claude A Haughton and Nellie Mae (Satterlee) Haughton, and was raised in Ilion, NY. He was a member of Ilion High School, Class of 1945, where he lettered in football and track, boxed and played trumpet in the dance band. Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps one week after his 18th birthday. After his discharge, he enrolled in Syracuse University, where his studies were interrupted when recalled to proudly serve in the Korean War. Bob married his beloved Anne Marie Harris on June 14, 1952, in Bogota, NJ. Early in their marriage, Bob completed his studies at Syracuse University, earning a BA in English and Journalism and a MA in Education. While attending Syracuse, he boxed, played lacrosse and worked at Pepsi Cola. In 1956, Bob began a 32-year career with General Electric highlighted by his time in Daytona Beach working on the Apollo program. With a growing family in tow, they relocated many times, including time spent in Norristown, PA, and Scottsdale, AZ, culminating in 1971 when he and Anne unpacked the six kids and settled in Wilton, CT. Bob retired from GE in 1988 as Manager, Employee Relations, International and Canadian Group. Bob had a beautiful camp built (Ravens' Rest) on the shore of Fourth Lake, Old Forge, NY. It was here that Bob found solace while enjoying a serene view of the lake, a great book or newspaper (as he was a voracious reader), his favorite seat on the deck, with his sweet Anne reading in a chair beside him while blasting jazz on his stereo. He loved planting and caring for beautiful flowers in pots that adorned the deck, chopping firewood and teaching the grandkids about picking wild berries while telling tales of his youth. The hummingbird feeder was always full. He and Anne enjoyed the Adirondacks, taking hikes and walks, breathing in the fresh air. It was here at Ravens' Rest that good times were had with frequent visits from friends and family. For years, Bob hosted the annual “Ravens' Reunion”, attended by many high school friends and spouses. The Ravens were legendary in his hometown of Ilion, and Bob, an aspiring author, took special delight in regaling them with his poems of youth and the passage of time. Bob was an avid Syracuse University sports fan; he was particularly fond of Jimmy Brown and Jim Boeheim. An avid golfer, he was a past member of Silvermine (CT) Golf Club, Hammock Dunes (FL) Club, and Thendara (NY) Golf Club. The American & US Marine flags were always flown on the camp's dock. Bob was a man of integrity; self-reliant, dedicated, resourceful, and courageous, he was a true Marine. Bob is survived by his six children, Katherine Morgan, of Flagler Beach,FL, Camille (Fred Ellegard), of Newington, CT, Michael (Kathleen), of Orange, CT, James (Roseanne), of Monroe, CT, Matthew (Lisa), of Fairfield, CT and Mary Schuchman (Peter Jr.), of Sinking Spring, PA. He was a loving grandfather to ten grandchildren, Timothy (Laura) Haughton, Christina (Dennis) Griecci and Joseph Haughton, Katie, Peter III and Annie Schuchman, Sean and Ryan Haughton, Padraig and Christopher Haughton; and five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Caroline Haughton and Henry, Emilia and Anna Griecci; his sister, Jane Anne Dial, of Odessa, TX; sister-in-law, Theresa Haughton, of Wilmington, NC; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Anne Marie Harris Haughton; brother, Milton A. Haughton; brother-in-law, Keith Dial; sisters-in-law, Joyce Harris and Mary Duncan and her husband, Jim Duncan. Donations may be sent to Old Forge Fire Department, PO Box 1170 Old Forge, NY 13420. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Adirondack Mountains. The family will privately gather for interment, on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at St. Johnsville Cemetery. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, St. Johnsville, NY, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E, Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (518) 568-2300. (August 5, 2021)

 

Doris M. Lyon, IHS 1945, age 92, formerly of Ilion and Boonville, passed away peacefully, on Friday, July 10, 2020, at Foltsbrook Center, in Herkimer. She was born on April 17, 1928, in Ilion, daughter of Merl and Esther (Waldo) Lyon. Doris graduated from Ilion High School and Rochester Business Institute. She was employed as a purchaser at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for many years, retiring in 1985. She then co-owned and operated Rocky's Recreation Area, in Boonville. Doris was active in many local organizations during her life, including the Ilion United Methodist Church, Methodist Youth Fellowship, Remington bowling leagues, Mohawk Valley Squares, and IHS Class of 45 alumni. She was a caring and generous aunt and friend to many. Surviving family members include her nieces, Carolyn Wolfe (Rob Blank), of Bernardsville, NJ, Susan Wolfe, of Voorheesville, NY and Barbara Clarke (Tom), of Churchville, NY; her grand-nephews, Alex (Shannon) and Evan (Caroline Zink) Clarke; her grand-niece, Audrey Clarke; and several cousins and close friends. She was predeceased by her mother and father; her sister and brother-in-law, Jean and William Wolfe, of Herkimer; and her partner, William "Rocky" Russell, of Boonville. A Celebration of her Life and Prayer Service for Doris will be held on Friday, July 17, 2020, at 12 noon, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger location, at 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (Town of Frankfort). Visitation will be Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon, prior to the service. Please wear a face mask if you plan to attend. Thank you. Following the service, burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, next to her parents. A gathering for Doris' friends will be held at a later date, in Boonville. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Doris, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. Expressions of sympathy may be made with donations to a charity of your choice. The family would like to thank Doris' friends and neighbors and the staff at Foltsbrook, for their care and compassion. Service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Homes, of Ilion (315-895-7722). (July 18, 2020)

 

Ronald W. McLean IHS 1945, our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, father-in-law and friend passed away on April 22, 2020, quietly and comfortably at St. Luke's Campus of MVHS, New Hartford, under the watchfulness of the amazing nurses and doctors who provided kind and compassionate care throughout his stay. Our Dad, Ron, was born on November 11, 1927, the only child of William and Bessie (Soutar) McLean in Ilion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1945 and enlisted in the army until the end of World War II. He was honorably discharged from the 82nd Airborne, Glider Division, and enrolled in the Albany College of Pharmacy, class of 1951. In 1953, our dad and mother, Helen Finnegan, moved to Newport, where he opened his first pharmacy. He later opened a second pharmacy in Barneveld. Our Dad was well respected for his dedication to his profession and his commitment to the community, his friends and neighbors who affectionately called him "Doc." It was in this setting that our Dad became an avid fly fisherman, golfer and downhill skier. He was instrumental in the formation of the Honey Hill Country Club, now known as Newport Golf course, and was the first president and charter member of Honey Hill. Dad left Newport in 1976 to start his second career at Albany College of Pharmacy. Again, he gained the respect of colleagues and students. He retired in 1996 as the acting dean of the college. In his retirement, he pursued a third career painting watercolors. He was co-owner and contributor (paintings) to A Touch of Color Art Gallery along with Sue and Anne White of Albany. Dad also enjoyed fly fishing in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, listening to and conducting classical music from his favorite chair and he golfed into his early 80's. As a proud Scots, he enjoyed watching and teaching his grandchildren their heritage as they grew and started families of their own. In 2016, our Dad moved to Whitesboro, to be closer to family. He is survived by his five children, Eric and Linda McLean of Chattanooga, Tenn., David and Valarie McLean of Newport, Janice McLean of Utica, Jeffrey and Jill McLean of Whitesboro, and Mary and Tim Oles of Ghent. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Mary E. (Betsy) McLean, Dr. Meredith Bassett, Nathan McLean, Mary Helen McLean, Ronald J. McLean, Van Oles and Brady Oles. In addition, he is survived by his four great-grandsons, Ian and Sam Bassett and Kellen and Owen McLean. Special mention to the White family of Albany. Due to recent restrictions, memorial contributions, visitation and a memorial Mass in St. John's Catholic Church, Newport, will be announced at a later date. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Newport, with military honors by the United States Army Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport.Online tributes at: www.autenrithfuneral.com. (January 30, 2021)

 

Alfred J. Morris IHS 1945, age 92, formerly of Ilion passed away peacefully on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Peabody, MA. Al was born on April 4, 1928 to the late Thomas and Margaret (Curley) Morris in Ilion and was the seventh of nine children. He was a graduate of Annunciation School, Ilion High School and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Throughout his education he was an athlete and a scholar playing football in both high school and college and graduated from both schools with honors. Al proudly served in the US Army following WWII at the rank of Sergeant. He was assigned to the redevelopment of the communication infrastructure in Japan. In his professional life, Al was an entrepreneur, opening Morris Brothers Commercial and Industrial Photography Studio in Utica, NY with his brother Don. Their work contributed to nationwide advertising campaigns, to component design capabilities for the Apollo space program, and memorialized many of life's milestones for countless families across Central New York. After retiring from the Photography Business, Al worked as a commercial real estate broker in the Mohawk Valley. Al was an active member of the Church of the Annunciation where he served as a lecturn and a proud member of the New York State Democratic Party. He was a great fan of all Ilion Sports Teams and volunteered as a Little League Coach for many years where he ensured that everyone played, long before that became widely practiced. That exemplified his view that dedication and hard work was expected but would always be met with fairness, respect, and appreciation. After retiring from professional life, Al continued with two of his passions; watching Ilion HS sports and helping his neighbors whenever needed. Al became "that guy" that quietly touched so many lives. If you were a player, he was the guy in the hat that came to every practice and game, and you'll always remember that day when he said your name and "great job!" He was the guy that was up before dawn in the winter running his snow blower and clearing driveways so that everyone could get on with their day a bit easier. He was the guy that would take two hours to get a newspaper because he had a smile and a good word for everyone he met along the way. In his later years, he and his wife Sue lived north of Boston near their daughters. They shared family celebrations with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, visited family in Florida and the Adirondacks, and enjoyed Red Sox games together. Al would watch the Patriots with his daughters and remained an avid fan of Syracuse University's football and basketball teams. Al leaves behind his wife of 64 years Suzanne (O'Brien) Morris, a brother Robert of Florida, and three children, Kathleen Duggan of Peabody, MA, Sheila Driscoll and her husband Michael of Beverly, MA and Tim Morris and his wife Kelley of Chittenango, NY. Al also had six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services for Al have been postponed at this time due to the COVID-19 restrictions. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ilion Public Library Foundation 78 West St. Ilion, NY 13357. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 26, 2020)

 

Mr. William E. Mogensen, IHS 1945, age 89, a lifelong Mohawk Valley resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, February 5, 2017, at the Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare Center. Born on December 11, 1927, William was the son of the late Harold P. Sr. and Mary (Dorn) Mogensen. He was raised and educated locally and was a graduate of Ilion High School with the Class of 1945. Upon completion of his education, William enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps and proudly served his nation until his honorable discharge in 1946. In July of 1947, he was married to the former Barbara Jean Briggs in Frankfort and together they raised a family for 22 years until Barbara's untimely passing in 1969. On July 21, 1974, William was blessed to share in a second union with the former Ona J. (Franklin) Scialdone, and as a couple they spent over 42 blessed years together. William was a hardworking man who spent a 38-year career as a Pricing Analyst with the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. in Utica from October of 1949 until his retirement in October of 1987. He was organized, proficient and detail-oriented, not only in his work, but also in his personal life, where he kept an impeccable home, both inside and out. He enjoyed gardening, trimming trees and taking care of his lawns, and most importantly, he loved any time that was spent with his family. His great sense of humor and one-of-a-kind personality will never be forgotten. He is survived by his beloved wife, Ona; his sons, William E. Mogensen, Jr. of Pennsylvania and Brad W. Mogensen and his wife, Vicki of Ilion; his stepchildren, Sam Scialdone and his wife, Susan of Forestport, Mark A. Scialdone of Herkimer and Felecia Burchett and her husband, Howard of Queen Creek, Arizona; his brother, Joseph Mogensen of Ilion; his sister, Mary "Honey" Rivard and her husband, Robert of Massachusetts; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his stepson, James Scialdone, Sr. in 1991; his grandson, Sgt. Robert Mogensen, a member of the Special Forces and Green Beret who gave his life in service to his country in Afghanistan in 2004; his brothers, Arthur Mogensen and Harold Mogensen, Jr.; and his sister, Louise LaGoy. Friends and relatives are invited to attend William's visitation, which will be held on Wednesday afternoon, February 8, 2017 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (Town of Frankfort) NY (315) 894-8000. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 110 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. William's funeral service will commence on Thursday at 12:00 NOON at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Frankfort, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor. Spring interment with military honors will take place in Lakeview Cemetery in Richfield Springs. All service arrangements 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. (Februay 26, 2017)

 

John C. Sorenson, 87, of 80 E. North St., in Ilion, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. John was born on January 11, 1927, in E. Frankfort; he was the son of the late Martin J. and Adeline (Elthorp) Sorenson. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and worked as a production control supervisor at UNIVAC for 28 years, and he also worked his family farm. John was a WW II veteran, serving in the US Coast Guard. On September 25, 1948, John married the former Dorothy M. Dye in Edmeston. Dorothy passed away January 16, 2002. John is survived by two sons, Jeffery and his wife, Sylvia, of Mohawk, and Scott, of Alabama; two daughters, Elaine Parsons, of Mohawk, and Krista and her husband, Dan Beacraft, of Little Falls; one brother, Jim and his wife, Kathy, of Ilion; a sister-in-law, Audrey Sorenson, of Ilion; and a close friend, Ken Morris, of Cedarville. John also leaves his 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert, and granddaughter, Tiffany. A memorial service for John will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion, with Pastor Hans Drews officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral. Interment will be in the Cedarville Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials to The American Heart Assoc. To send an online condolence, please go to: www.whiter-hendrix.com (October 15, 2014)

 

Robert Irving Mulvey IHS 1945, age 82, passed away at Legacy Hospice House on November 29, 2009. Mr. Mulvey was born in Frankfort, NY to Robert C. and Esther M. (Seeber) Mulvey. He moved to Ocala, FL from Macedon, NY in 1997. He retired after 40 years from American Express as Distribution Manager. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. Mr. Mulvey was a member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala and a member of the American Legion Post #0494 of Macedon, NY. He enjoyed woodworking, making toys for the grandchildren, hunting, travel and the outdoors. Mr. Mulvey leaves behind his loving wife of 44 years, Donna Mulvey of Ocala; two sons, Robert C. Mulvey, II of Hodgdon, ME and Richard K. Mulvey of Rochester, NY; one daughter, Rebecca A. Pontera of Rochester, NY; and seven grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 8:30 AM at Queen of Peace Catholic Church SR200 with Father Patrick J. O'Doherty officiating. Military Honors provided by Angela Santos Post #4781 of Ocala. Internment will be Spring of 2010 in Ilion, N.Y. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Marion County, c/o Legacy House, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, FL 34478, or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. Condolences may be posted to hiers-baxley.com.. (November 16, 2020)

 

Lewis R. Eddy, 81, of Elm Street, Ilion passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at home with his family by his side. Lew was born on November 22, 1927, the son of the late Vernon and Florence (Diehl) Eddy. He attended and graduated from Ilion Schools and played in a country band called the Countrymen in the 50's and 60's. Lew served in the United States Air Force, and was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi before becoming a radio receiver operator at Keesler Air Force Base in Washington. Lew worked many years for Landon Hughes in Utica and retired from the New York State Thruway. After retiring, the family traveled and spent a lot of time camping in the Adirondacks. He was a member of the Mason's for many years. Lew is survived by his wife, Mary, one daughter, Connie (Tim) Ingersoll of Litchfield, one son Raymond (Joelle) Eddy of Auburn, five grandsons, Andrew and Zachary Brown and Timmy Ingersoll all of Litchfield, Nicholas and Christopher Eddy of Auburn and one granddaughter, Leah of Auburn, three step-children, Julie of Las Vegas, Laurie of Livingston Manor, NY and Kenneth of Litchfield, one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Carm Eddy of Ilion. Graveside services for Lew will be held on Monday September 21, 2009 at 11:00am in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. In keeping with Lew's wishes there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Ilion Fire Dept. Ambulance. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Sept 27, 2009)

 

John R. Braren, 81, of 50 Richfield St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Utica. He was born April 13, 1927, in Jaybrook, Conn., the son of the late George and Elizabeth (North) Braren. John grew up in Ilion and was a graduate of the Ilion High School. He then enlisted with the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. On Feb. 14, 1947, he married the former Pauline E. Rivers in Ilion. John was employed as a manager with Oliver Distributors in New York Mills, retiring several years ago. John was a devoted and loving husband and father who touched the lives and hearts of those who knew him. He is cherished by his five children who survive him. John leaves three sons and two daughters and their families, Terry Braren and Joelle Claps and Jerimy Braren, Jack and Roberta Braren, Alana Braren, Linda and Robert McCumber, Robert and Scott McCumber, Susan and Donald Bach, David and Michael Bach. He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline, on Dec. 17, 2000. In keeping with John's wishes, his funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. Friends are asked to consider memorials to one's favorite charity in John's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 6, 2008)

 

Joan (Billington) Van Arsdale, 63, a long-time summer resident in Piseco, died Jan. 30, 1991, at Wuesthoff Hospital, Rockledge, Fla., following a short illness. She was born Oct. 15, 1927, in Ilion, daughter of Harvey Edgar and Olive Beatrice Williamson Billington. She was a 1945 graduate of Ilion High School and a 1949 graduate of Oswego State College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She moved to Piseco from Ilion in 1989. Mrs. Van Arsdale was employed by the Holland Patten School District from 1949 until 1954. From 1954 to 1958 she worked for the New Hartford School system. From 1972 until retiring in 1984 she worked for the Ilion Central School system. She was a member of the Ilion High School alumni association, the Piseco Volunteer Fire Dept., and the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion. She was married to Richard H. Van Arsdale Dec. 23, 1950. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother,; a son and daughter-in-law, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren; a niece, nephews and cousins. Burial was at the Higgins Bay Cemetery.(Mar 7, 2008)

 

Mary E. (Murphy) LaLonde, 78, of 215 Elm Street, Ilion, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2006, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Mary was born on February 28, 1928, the oldest daughter of the late George and Mary Luebbert Murphy, and attended Annunciation School. She graduated from the Ilion High School, Class of 1945, and on November 24, 1951, she married Albert (Ted) LaLonde in the Annunciation Church by Rev. Daniel A. Horan. Ted passed away on February 22, 1996. Mary worked as a typist and the assistant cashier in Remington Rand and Sperry Rand from 1946-1952. She was later employed in the Purchasing Dept. at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital from 1982-1985. Anyone who knew Mary was well aware that her family was the most important thing in her life and she especially cherished her grandchildren. After her retirement, she spent her time making visits to the housebound for over 20 years, which gave Mary great satisfaction in helping others. Mary's driving for catholic charities fulfilled her and gave her a reason to get up each day. For over 6 years she drove residents and friends to many appointments. Mary was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, The American Legion Auxiliary Ilion Post 920, since 1950. She served many terms as President, Secretary, Cancer Crusade Chairman, Poppy Chairman and Hospital Equipment Loan Chairman, and a member of the national A.A.R.P. Mary drove for two years for Meals-on-Wheels. She was also a former member of the Ilionites Chapter Home Bureau and a former member of the Sweet Adeline's. Mary also worked as an Election Inspector for the Town of German Flatts for over 25 years. Mary leaves a daughter, Pam of Ilion; two sons, Robert and Chris of Mohawk, Dan and Carole of Ilion; five grandchildren, Chad Binney of Albany, Timothy and Emily LaLonde of Ilion, Bethany and Carol LaLonde of Mohawk. She also leaves two sisters, Lois Manley of Ilion, and Patricia Fletcher of Sauquoit; two brothers, Thomas and Doreen Murphy of Liverpool, and Larry and Gloria Murphy of Queen Creek, AZ; a brother-in-law, Warren (Chuck) and Mary Ann Robinson of Richfield Springs; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving, a longtime friend, Marie Duffy of Ilion. She was predeceased by a sister, Joan Robinson; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Manley and James Fletcher. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, with Father Anthony Barratt officiating at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will 3-7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, in Mary's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Dec 11, 2006)

 

Mr. Jack "Herbie" Reyome , 77, of Maple Street, Broadalbin, passed away Sunday morning at his home surrounded by most of his family. Born Oct. 11, 1927, in Ilion, he was the son of Herbert and Venona Wengert Reyome. He attended schools in Ilion throughout his life and went on to Valpariso College. In 1945, he joined the United States Air Force. During that time he met the love of his life and his reason for living, Florence "Rusty" B. Gerdin and was married Jan. 30, 1951, at Eglin Air Force Base in Pensacola, Fla. His wife predeceased him in September of 2000. He is survived by three sons, Marc S. Reyome and his wife Lynda McConnell of Attleboro, Mass., Norman L. Reyome of Broadalbin and Jeffrey P. Reyome of Valley, Pa.; one daughter, Tracy L. Fialkowski of Venice, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Louis P. Gerdin and his wife Ellen of Little Falls and Frank Gerdin and his wife Jeannie of Williamsburg, Va.; one cousin, Martha Wengert of Ilion; four grandchildren, Zachary, Christian, Jocelyn and Jack Reyome; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Jeffords and Stewart Funeral Home, 85 W. Main St., Broadalbin. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. R.W. Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the Ilion Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville 12078. Sign the family's guest book at www.brbsfuneral.com. (August 8, 2005)

 

Harold D. Lyman, age 75, of Tucker Ave., Ilion, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2003, at home. He was born December 8, 1927 in Ilion, the son of the late Paul K. and Edna Kibbe Lyman. He was a 1945 graduate of Ilion High School, and served with the Army Air Corps during WWII. On July 23, 1955, he married the former Dolores Cook in Ilion. Harold was employed with the Ilion Board of Light Commission as an electrician and lineman. After his retirement from the Board of Light Commission, he was employed at Herkimer County Community College. Harold was also a self-employed electrician. Harold was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ilion, a past member of Ilion Kiwanis, a member of Retired Public Employers Association, I.B.E.W., the Ilion Volunteer Fire Dept. Co #1, and the Ilion Fire Dept. Benevolent Association. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; two daughters and a son-in-law, Deborah Lyman of East Greenbush, NY, Dorothy and William (Doug) Riley of Dell Valley, TX; brothers-in-law, Gary Cook of Ilion and William Eaton of Chelmsford; sisters-in-law, Selena Cook of Arizona, Evelyn Lyman of Ilion and Pompay, FL, and Irene Lyman of Ilion; his grandchildren, Jason, Jessica and Erin Kinney, all of Texas; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Russell and Robert Lyman; and a sister, Lois Eaton. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, July 13, 2003, at 1 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Paul Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of the memorial service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the First Baptist Church, Ilion, or the American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 13, 2003)

 

Robert C. "Bob" Austin age 75, of Colonial Manor Apartments, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly at home Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002. Bob was born March 25, 1927 in Sherburne, son of Harold and Leila (Sprague) Austin. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1945." On Feb. 12, 1972, he was united in marriage to Maria S. Torres in Brooklyn. At one time, Bob was a woodworker employed by Standard Furniture Co. in Herkimer. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Bob was a volunteer with the Herkimer County Historical Society and loved the outdoors. Survivors include his beloved wife Maria, at home; his children, Susan Torres of Frankfort, Mari Grainger and her husband Matthew of Ft. Myers, Fla. and David Austin and his fiancee Jennifer Nichols of Ilion; his cherished grandchildren, Antoni "Toni" Tedesco and Frankie Anthony Murray; his mother-in-law Maria Camacho of Ilion; his sister-in-law Gloria Byrne of Ilion; three brothers-in-law, Francisco Torres and family, Anibal Torres and family and Richard Brown; his nephews Rodney, Greg, Tim and Kenny Brown and Jose Maldonado and family; his nieces Civita and her husband Jason Lape, Charito Byrne and Rose Valdivia and family; and his very special friends, Liz and Jim Skinner. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Brown. Family and friends are invited to visitation Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Bob's funeral services will be held Monday commencing at 12:15 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, and at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow the mass. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial contributions in Bob's name to the Church of the Annunciation. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (October 14, 2002)

 

Irene Beach Holden, passed away in July 2000. (May 19, 2002)

 

David L. Loftis, 69, passed away Thursday, June 25, 1998 at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital. Mr. Loftis graduated from Ilion High School in 1945 and attended RIT. He was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, serving in the U.S. Air Force from 1949-1969. At one time, Mr. Loftis was employed by Remington Arms Co., Ilion and IBM in Fishkill. Mr. Loftis was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth Daley, who died February 28, 1988. He is survived by his sister, Noreen Brown, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements were by the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (July 19, 1998)

 

Mildred (Paulus) Yaffe IHS 1945 Buffalo NY Courier Express, January 29, 1966 - Private memorial services for Mrs. Sumner J. Yaffe, 38, wife of the director of the Clinical Research Center at Children's Hospital, will be held tonight in the Amherst Unitarian - Universalist Church, 6320 Main St. Williamsville. Burial will be in Ilion. Mrs. Yaffe, of 335 Berryman Dr., Amherst, died Thursday in Buffalo General Hospital after a nine-month long illness. Mrs. Yaffe, the former Mildred Paulus, was an artist and sculpter. She was a member of the members advisory council of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. She was born in Little Falls Feb. 12, 1927, and was a graduate of Pratt Institute, New York City. She was working as a home economist for the New England Dairy Council when she met Dr. Yaffe, then with the Boston, Mass., Children's Hospital. Dr. and Mrs. Yaffe lived in Boston, England and in Palo Alto, Calif., before moving to the Buffalo area in 1963. Dr. Yaffe is associate professor of pediatrics at the State University at Buffalo. Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two children, Steven P. and Kristine, both at home; her foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Forbes D. Mutchler of Ilion, two sisters, Miss Kris Paulus of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Mrs. H. Lee Hummel of Columbus, Ohio, and a brother, Samuel of Ilion. (May 30, 2016)

 

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Anthony Soper, Retired, from Spring Hill, FL, email, registered. (April 3, 2003)

Nancy Costanza Diliberto, Frankfort, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 15, 2002)

Mary Murphy LaLonde, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

Beverly Rutherford Cristman, Rome, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

John Sorenson, Mohawk, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 5, 2002)

Robert Mulvey, email, Ocala, FL, registered. (May 12, 2002)

Beverly Rutherford Cristman, from Rome, NY, submitted the survey. (March 14, 2002)

Margaret Harris Gilbert, Retired Secretary, email, from Carbondale, CO, sent news about mega-reunion. (February 20, 2002)

"I am not sure I can even come but will help in anyway I can. Live in Colorado so will not be much help." (February 20, 2002)

Patricia Dunham Prestin, retired teacher, email, Orlando, FL, registered. (modified November 20, 2001)

Margaret Harris Gilbert, Retired Secretary, email, from Carbondale, CO , registered. (June 15, 1999)

Louise Leary Falzareno, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified May 4, 1999)

Glenwood Scanlon, email, Chapel Hill, NC, registered in the directory. (modified February 18, 2000)

"Kudos and many thanks for the Great Web site for Ilion and IHS and it's alumni. It's definitely one of the best I've seen. Will try to get some more 45'ers to register." - Glenn

Robert Haughton, retired, email, Palm Coast, FL, registered in the directory. (May 6, 1998)

 

Please contact: Patricia (Dunham) Prestin, email, phone: 407-894-0105, address: 1218 Roscomare Ave., Orlando, FL 32806, with all your classmate news. (Dec 4, 2011)


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