Ilion High School

Class of 1945

Alumni News

1945 Ilion Yearbook

Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1945 is at your 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).



    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 3:00PM - 5:00PM 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 (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: (October 15, 2014)

    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 (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 (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 (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 1945Buffalo 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)


Bombers Buzz Website......

    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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