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Class of '46 Member Honored for 40 Years of Service ....

Lawrence 'Pete' Doty IHS 1946, owner of Doty's Golf Course, was recently honored by the YMCA of the Mohwak Valley. A special recognition award was presented to Mr. Doty, for his 40 years of volunteer service to the YMCA and community, as a member of the YMCA Board of Directors. During his tenure, Mr. Doty's hard work, dedication, and leadership, in program development and fund raising, led to the completion of numerous facility improvements. (August 3, 1999)

 

Congratulations.....

Bill and Anita Davis, email, Ocala, FL, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in July with a surprise luncheon given by their son Rick and his wife Laurie at the Hook Line and Sinker in Utica. The party was attended by all of their family and a few close friends. A gift opening session was held at their daughter and son-inlaws home (Betty Ann and Ronnie Engell). (August 18, 2002)

Lil Barger Gaherty and Bud Gaherty were honored at a SURPRISE 50th wedding anniversary by their four children:Jayne and Tom LeClair, Barb and Tom Korce, SallyJasewicz and Dan and Cheryl Gaherty.The surprise party was held at the American Legion in Mohawk on September 17, 1999. The actual wedding was on October 29, 1946 but Lil and Bud will be in Florida by then. The Florida address for the winter is:

Lil and Bud Gaherty
105 Howe Street
Port Orange, Fl 32127

Phone 904-767-9049

Lil and Bud have 5 granddaughters, 4 grandsons, 5 step granddaughters, and 3 greatgrandsons.

Emmett '46 and Audrey (Stapp) '47 Gollegly celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 5, 1998. Their address is 75 Barringer Road, Ilion, NY 13357. Or e-mail in care of their daughter Sherri at email. (June 3, 1998)

 

Condolences

Kenneth A. Lowe, IHS 1946, 89, passed away on February 7, 2017 in Florida. He was born on January 26, 1928 in Bridgeport, CT. a son of the late Kenneth John and Jane Hakes/Ashley Lowe and was a 1946 graduate of Ilion High School. In 1952 he graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, MA with Bachelor of Science Degree and a Physical Education Degree. Ken joined the U.S. Army in 1952 and was stationed at Fort Gordon, GA. While he was at Fort Gordon, he got the opportunity to marshal at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club and always had a special look in his eye when he spoke of that experience. In 1955 Ken received his honorable discharge with the rank of Sargent. On July 7, 1956, Ken and the former Norma Jean Quackenbush were united in marriage in Oriskany Falls, NY. Ken began his teaching career in 1955 at Oriskany Falls High School and taught at various high schools before settling at Sauquoit High School as an 8th grade earth science teacher, a position he held until his retirement in 1984. While at Sauquoit, he coached wrestling and cross country for over 20 years. His cross country teams went undefeated for 4 straight years with multiple class and sectional championships as well as an individual state championship. His wrestling teams would challenge any team anywhere and they also earned multiple class and individual sectional titles. In both cross country and wrestling, his invitationals were considered some of the toughest in the state of New York. All of the athletes he coached would tell you they were honored and privileged to have been coached by Coach Lowe. He also had an integral part in the formation of the Utica Board of Soccer Officials in 1963, served as interpreter & assignor, refereed wrestling and was a track meet starter. Ken also served as President and Chief Negotiator of the Sauquoit Teachers Union and created the Ralph Briggs Memorial Run in the summer of '71. In 1997 Coach Lowe was inducted into the Section 3 Wrestling Hall of Fame. Ken loved all animals from dogs to birds, especially "Sam" the macaw. He loved taking care of them and all and all were welcome in Ken's home. He connected with everyone everywhere and throughout his retirement he moved quite often but would always find a way to connect with new friends, whether it was at the "Big Bamboo" or at a sporting event. It has been said "Ken never met a stranger". He dearly loved his family and cherished his friendships. Ken will be greatly missed by all whom have been blessed to know him. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years; Norma, his nine children; Chris, Marty and wife Kim, Greg, Steve and wife Darlene, Doug, Brad and wife Rachel, Lisa, Janet, Curtis and wife Carrie, his brother Rodney, his stepbrother William Eysaman, his stepsister Anette Withington, his cousin Dale Johnson, 19 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers; Alan and Jeffery. Calling hours will be Friday, March 17 from 4-7 at the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St. Sauquoit. Services and Military Honors will follow immediately at 7:00 In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to either the Stevens-Swan Humane Society (www.stevens-swan.org) or Friends of Section 3 Wrestling (www.cnywrestling.com). To view Ken's online memorial, please go to: www.smith-funeralhome.com. (March 19, 2017)

Jane (Russell) Johnson, IHS 1946, 88, passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Folt's Home, Herkimer. Jane was born in Ilion on September 12, 1928, the daughter of the late James and Mildred (Nolda) Russell, and graduated from Ilion High School. Jane was united in marriage with Berton C. Johnson in Ilion on September 25, 1948. Bert passed away August 25, 2004. Jane was a member of the Church of The Annunciation and was very active with the Church, a member of The Autobahn Society, Mohawk Valley Alpiner's, Ilion Garden Club and Ilion Historical Club. She also enjoyed playing golf, hiking, birds watching and animals in general. Jane is survived by her son Thomas and his significant other, Debby LaMondie of Ilion, her daughter and son in law Susan and Bruce Ackerley of Sutton, Mass., also a special lifelong friend Beverly Cristman. In keeping with Jane's wishes there will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial from the Church of The Annunciation, to be held on Wednesday February 22, 2017 at 10:30 AM with Fr. Paul Catena officiating. Interment will be in the spring will at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society PO Box 73, Herkimer, NY 13350 in Jane's memory, envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com(Februay 26, 2017)

Donald Davis, IHS 1946, 88 of 31 North Third Ave, Ilion passed away Wednesday July 27, 2016 at Folt's Home in Herkimer. Don was born on May 28, 1928 in Ilion the son of the late Charles A. and Delida C. Crouse Davis and received his education in the Ilion School System, while in high school Don played football under Coach Ken Patrick and later played with the Frankfort Semi Pro Team. In 1948 Don served his country in the US Air Force from 1948 to 1952 serving in Korea and Japan Don was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Upon his discharge Don was employed with Remington Arms in Ilion, and later employed at the Herkimer County Home in Herkimer until his retirement. Don was a loving father, husband and friend. Don is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Fay and two sons, Brett and Shawn, he also leaves seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Don was predeceased by a daughter, Lendel in 2008. Don was also predeceased by his 6 brothers, Voris, George, Charles, Robert, Carl and Thomas Davis and a sister Vivian Davis. In keeping with Don's wishes there are no public calling hours, graveside services will be Friday, JULY 29, 2016, with family friend Ken Palmer officiating. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (August 29, 2016)

Elizabeth (Betty) Elinor (Pettengill) Casadonte IHS 1946, of Ilion, formerly of Mohawk, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion. She was born in Ilion, NY, on April 6, 1929, the daughter of Raymond A. Pettengill, Sr. and Harriette Evelyn (Buckley) Pettengill. She was educated in Annunciation Catholic School and graduated from Ilion High School in 1946. On September 19, 1952, she married Anthony Climek. He died on January 7, 1965. On March 29, 1968, she married Pasquale (Putch/PJ) Casadonte. He predeceased her in March of 2001. She worked for UNIVAC for several years and, at one time, was a dental receptionist for Dr. Fred Dutton, DDS, in Mohawk. She worked for the Mohawk Municipal Commission, first as a clerk typist, then as an account clerk typist, retiring in 1984. Betty was appointed to the Mohawk Municipal Commission Board in 2001, to complete PJís term as a Municipal Commissioner. She was reappointed to the board for the next ten years, retiring in 2011. Betty was an avid Bingo player, and she loved trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the Turning Stone. She was a long time member and past President of the Crowley-Barnum Legion Post #25 Auxiliary, having held several offices in that organization. She was also active in the Herkimer County Legion Auxiliary, having held several offices with that organization, including past President. She was also a past President of the NYS Legion Auxiliary, Fifth District, a former member of the Herkimer County Democratic Women, the local Zonta Club, the Ilion Women of the Moose, and past President of the Mohawk Seniors. She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Baum, of Mohawk; her son, David (Sandy) Climek, of Stittville; her brother, Alan Pettengill, of Herkimer; a stepdaughter, Mary (Fran) Pizzo, of San Diego, CA; a stepson, John (Shirley) Casadonte, of Mohawk; grandchildren, Ryan (Liz) Baum, of Canastota, Michael (Gina) Climek, of Baton Rouge, LA, Joseph Climek and his fiancee, Melody King, of Webster, NY, Christine Pizzo, of San Diego, CA, Fran Pizzo, Jr., of San Diego, CA, Melissa (Mark) Morris, of Ilion, Kelly (Gino) DeCarlo, of Saratoga, Amy (Rick) Miller, of Mohawk, David (Julina) Cefaly, of High Point, NC, and Joseph (Lindsay) Cefaly, of Boylston, MA; two sisters-in-law, Jennie Pettengill, of Herkimer, and Joan Casadonte, of Mohawk; twenty great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends, including Marion and Bernie White and her best friend, Albert Perry. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Climek; an infant daughter, Kyle Anne Climek; her husband, PJ Casadonte; two brothers, Raymond Pettengill, Jr., and Richard Pettengill; and two sisters-in-law, Theresa and Philomena Casadonte. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Homeís original location at 102 West St., Ilion. The Crowley-Barnum American Legion Auxiliary service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. The Women of the Moose service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Betty, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Crowley-Barnum American Legion Auxiliary Post #25, 43 W. Main Street, Mohawk, New York 13407, or the Ilion Women of the Moose, 302 Barringer Rd., Ilion, New York 13357. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Bettyís service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (May 29, 2016)

Lawrence 'Pete' Doty IHS 1946, 85 of Barringer Rd. in Ilion passed away on Tuesday July 23, 2013 where he lived, at the Doty family homestead that was built by his grandfather, with his loving family by his side. Pete was born on March 21, 1928 in Utica, the son of the late Elverton and Helen (Decker) Doty, he was a graduate of Ilion schools and attended Cornell University. On March 22, 1952 Pete married the JoAnn Shultz in Herkimer. Following in his father's footsteps Pete owned and operated Doty's Golf Course and Doty's Dairy in Ilion. Pete was a member of the United Methodist Church and was active in church activities. He was a member of F&AM Lodge # 591, the Mohawk Valley Course Superintendents Association and he served on the YMCA and the United Fund Boards. He enjoyed traveling, skiing and seeing the Phantom of the Opera. Pete is survived by his wife JoAnn, four daughters and a son: Deborah Doty White of Grainger IN, Donna Doty of Stuart FL, Karen Doty-Clark and her husband Steven of Ilion, Stephen and his wife Debora of Ilion and Anita Doty-Forney and her husband Kenneth of Honeoye Falls NY; a brother David and his wife Dorothy of Little River SC; grandchildren Brent Grygiel and his wife Kate, Carly Hixon and her husband Thomas, Sarah and Megan Forney and Matthew Clark; one great grandson Jaxon Hixon. He also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services for Pete will be held on Saturday August 3, 2013 at 11 am at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion; Pete's brother in law Pastor Fred Shultz will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday August 2, from 4-7pm, and are asked to consider memorial donations to the Masonic Care Community Rehab Unit or the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Pete's family would like to thank Michelle Goodbread, Stacey Shedd and Brenda Abrams for their kindness and care during Pete's illness. (August 5, 2013)

Julianne E. (McKeon) Palmer IHS 1946, 84, of George St. and formerly of Elm St., Ilion, passed away peacefully, November 23, 2012 in Mohawk Valley Healthcare Center, Ilion, where she had been a brief resident. She was born on August 2, 1928, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Burton and Agnes McKeon. Julianne attended Annunciation School until eighth grade and then graduated from Ilion High School. On April 8, 1961, she married Michael H. Palmer in Ilion. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer were lifelong residents of Ilion. Mr. Palmer passed away April 5, 1994. Julianne was a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion for many years and was a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. She was an avid baseball fan with her favorite team being the Yankees. She is survived by her son, Daniel J. Palmer and his companion, Julieann Allen of Ilion. Julianne was predeceased by her brother Burton "Bert" McKeon. Julianne's funeral service will be held, 10 AM, Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Leo Potvin, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Julianne's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, Town of Frankfort. (Dec 2, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Robert S. Eddy IHS 1943 and 1946, 84, a lifelong Ilion resident, after a long illness, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in St. Lukeís Healthcare, New Hartford. Robert was born on May 1, 1925 in Ilion, a son of the late Vernon and Florence (Diehl) Eddy. He was educated in Ilion schools, and was scheduled to graduate with the class of 1943. He postponed his graduation to enlist in the Navy Seabees, serving in the Pacific Theatre for 2 years. After honorably serving his country during WW II, he returned and graduated from Ilion High School in 1946. During his tenure with the Navy, he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon (2 Stars), the WW II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. On June 12, 1954, Robert married Carmel D. Barberio in St. Anthonyís Church, Herkimer. Together, they enjoyed a loving union of nearly 56 years. Mr. Eddy was a Senior Mechanical Engineer with Simmonds Precision (Goodrich) of Norwich, designing aerospace componentsfor jet engines. In fact, he and his team designed and built the alternator for the B-1-B Bomber. Prior to this, he was employed at UNIVAC, also as a Mechanical Engineer. Robert was a 70 year member of the Ilion Fish & Game Club, and at one time, was a Herkimer County Game Protector. Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Carmel; two sons: Mark R. and his wife Leslie (Steele) Eddy of Ilion, and Robert J. Eddy of Queens; sisters-in-law: Louise Eddy of Ilion and Carm Eddy of Frankfort; nephews: Dale Lewis and his wife Charlene of Ilion, and their children: Eric, Kevin and Ryan; and Ray Eddy and his wife Joelle, of Auburn; nieces: Connie Ingersoll and her husband Tim of Frankfort; and Joan Rudy and her husband Frank of Belleville, NJ; and many cousins especially Gene Saunders and his wife Cathy of Ilion. Robert was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Florence Eddy; brothers: Vernon, Albert, and Lewis; sisters: Irene Thomes and Virginia Eddy; and his favorite brother-in-law, Francis D. Barberio. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 5-8 pm at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000). Robertís funeral will commence on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 10 am with prayer at the funeral home. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Reverend Anthony Barratt, assisted by Deacon James Bower, at 10:30 am in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow in Calvary Cemetery, W. German Street, Herkimer. Robertís family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of St. Lukeís One West for the comfort and care provided, to Dr. Christopher Max for his special care, and to all the drivers who helped get Carm back and forth to the hospital. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider contributions in Robertís memory to Catholic Charities or the Herkimer County Humane Society. Donations may be made at the funeral home; envelopes will be available, as well. To add to Robertís online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com on the internet. (April 25, 2010)

William 'Bill' Davis IHS 1946, 79, of Prindle Apartments, Ilion died on Tuesday, June 17, 2008. He was born on Feb. 4, 1929, in Granville, NY, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Schmidt Davis and was an Ilion High School graduate. Mr. Davis was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Navy. On May 31, 1952, he married Anita Biron in West Warwick, R.I. At one time he was employed in production control at Sperry Rand Univac, Ilion for 24 years. Bill later worked in quality control at MDS, Herkimer. Most recently, he was employed at Herkimer County Community College. He attended Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Bill is a former member of the Ilion VFW Post 502 and Ilion Moose Lodge 1010. Survivors include his wife, Anita; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Ann and Ronald Engell of Ilion and Janet and Eric Scholl of Louisville, Ky.; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Laurie Davis of Evans Mills, NY; four grandchildren, Frederick and Jason Engell, Christopher Prentiss and William Davis; his favorite cousin, Kaye Moynihan and husband Mike and family of Fort Edward, NY. In keeping with Bill's wishes there are no calling hours or services. Interment will be in the National Cemetery at Saratoga Springs, NY. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation. Envelopes are available at the church or by calling the funeral home at 895-7722. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bill or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet.All arrangements were prearranged and entrusted to Bill's longtime friend, Don Applegate at Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (July 13, 2008 modified March 20, 2016)

Dorothy L. (Fear) Williams IHS 1946, age 78, formerly of 114 John St., Ilion, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion, where she had resided since 2002.She was born on Dec. 8, 1928 in Ilion, the daughter of Harold E. and Edith (Norton) Fear and graduated from Ilion High School in 1946 and Mount Ida College, Newton Center, Mass. Dorothy was a cashier at K-Mart, Herkimer for many years and was affectionately known as "the K-Mart Lady." She was also the manager at the Whiffletree Inn, Ilion. At one time, Dorothy was employed as a clothing buyer in Rochester and Schenectady. She also worked at the Empire Diner, Herkimer. Survivors include several cousins and many close friends and dear neighbors including Dan and Phyllis Curtin of Ilion, Dee Cook, Patty Caruso and Robin Hall of Herkimer, Bob and Betty Harter and Lois Manley of Ilion; her close K-Mart friends (both employees and customers), and friends from Whiffletree Inn and Empire Diner.She was predeceased by her parents.Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service for Dorothy on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 at 1 p.m. at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Second Street, Ilion with Rev. Thomas Trees, rector officiating. Special thanks is given to the staff at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the excellent care and compassion given to Dorothy. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home New Renovations Fund. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion or during the memorial service on Tuesday. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Dorothy or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. All services were prearranged and entrusted to Don Applegate of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home of Ilion.(Dec 15, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Robert 'Rook' L. Gage Sr. IHS 1946, age 78, of 208 E. North St., Ilion, died Sunday, October 15, 2006, at home. He was born on September 4, 1928 in Ilion, the son of Roy and Iva Mae (Reed) Gage, and graduated from Ilion Central High School as a "Three Letter" man in sports (baseball, football and basketball). On September 10, 1952, he was married to Joyce Rank in Ilion. In his early years, he helped his parents at Gage's Dairy, Ilion. Bob was a school bus driver for 34 years at Whitesboro Central School and 10 years for Bernie Bus Co. During his employment, he was very proud of the service he performed and felt it very important to perform your work to the best of your ability, as a professional. He attended North Columbia United Methodist Church. Sports, especially baseball, were a big part of his life. "Rook" toured the Eastern United States with the House of David (semi-pro) baseball team. He also played in the PanAm League. "Rook" once tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mr. Gage played on many local baseball teams. Bob also played softball in various leagues in Ilion, Utica, Richfield Springs, and received the Most Valuable Player award at age 57. He coached Little League and won the championship with the Ilion Elks Tigers in 1971. "Rook" was an avid Boston Red Sox and Oklahoma Sooner fan. Bob enjoyed camping, playing jarts and cards, Sunday drives to Lake George and Old Forge, and spending time with his family. His family will always remember him for his quiet, humble demeanor, dry sense of humor and highly competitive edge. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; his children, Lynda Baum of Mohawk, Iva Trevett and husband, Dan, Robbin De LaRosa and husband, Carlos, Donna Gage and fiancee, Greg Austin, all of Ilion, Jackie Volo and husband, Dave of Little Falls, Ted Gage and wife, JoAnn, Terri Vivyan and husband, Kevin, Robert Gage Jr. and wife, Madelyn, Rose Greig and husband, Bryan, all of Ilion; 20 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, James "Tom" Riddell and wife, Roberta; his sister-in-law, Christine Brownrigg; two nephews and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his son, James Roy Gage; and his grandson, Steven Scaparo. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2006, at the North Columbia United Methodist Church with Rev. Hans Drews, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in North Columbia Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday, October 17, 2006, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory or add to Mr. Gage's online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Memorial contributions may be made to North Columbia United Methodist Church or Ilion Ambulance Fund. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Oct 17, 2006 modified March 20, 2016)

Robert R. Hilliard IHS 1946, age 77, of Ilion and 15550 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, Florida, 33935, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda. Bob was born April 21, 1928, in Ilion and was a mechanical engineer with General Electric's Aerospace Division retiring after 38 years of service. In 1956, he married the former Harriette Phillips in Ilion. They became winter residents of Punta Gorda in 1983. Among his many interests were skiing, snowmobiling, and golf. He held a private pilots license and was a member of the Utica Hanger of the QB, and was a life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 B.P.O.E. Bob is survived by his wife of 49 years, Harriette; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer Hilliard of Middletown, DE; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Paul Smith of Rochester, and Ellen and Mark Miller of Ilion, NY; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles "Bud" Hilliard of Hollywood, CA, and John and Marilyn Hilliard of Liverpool, NY; a sister, Jean Karabelas of Ilion; three grandchildren, Jason and Susan Monohan of Herkimer, NY, and Sarah Monohan of Mohawk; one great-grandchild, Aeriana Monohan of Ilion, NY; also several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, December 19, 2005, in Punta Gorda, Florida. There will be a Memorial Service at a time to be announced in the spring in Ilion, with interment in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be made to the American Heart Association of Florida, PO Box 21475, St. Petersburg, Florida 33742, in Bob's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (Jan 7, 2006)

Emmett J. Gollegly IHS 1946, age 78, of 75 Barringer Road, Ilion, passed away Saturday evening, Oct. 30, 2004, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. He was born Oct. 30, 1926, in Utica, a son of the late Emmett P. and Frances (Mahar) Gollegly and was a graduate of Ilion High School. He had been a lifelong resident of this area. Emmett was a veteran of the United States Army, having served his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 4, 1946, and upon relief from active duty held the rankof private, first class. His decorations and citations included the Army of Occupation Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.On June 5, 1948, Emmett married Audrey M. Stapp in Ilion. Throughout the entire course of their 56-year union, the couple maintained a steadfast commitment to their marriage. Together they shared the daily joys of family and created countless memories of their wonderful life together. Emmett retired in 1985 as a postal supervisor for the United States Postal Service in Ilion. He had worked with the Postal Service for 34 years, and began his career there as a letter carrier. He was a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Emmett also had a deep devotion to the Ilion Knights of Columbus, where he served currently as a guard, at one time as a financial secretary, and had attained the rank of 4th Degree Knight. He was also a member of the Ilion American Legion post 920, the Marine Corps League of Ilion, and had also served as a village trustee in Ilion along withthat of deputy mayor at one time. Emmett had also served for several years as a board member with the Herkimer Area Resource Center. A humble man with an easy going disposition, Emmett considered his most important priorities to be his wife, children and his home. He cared for his loved ones with the utmost attention and concern and worked constantly and selflessly to keep a secure and comfortable home for them. Most recently he could be found at his home feeding the birds in his back yard, a source of relaxation for him. Emmett was always eager to stop down to the Ilion Knights of Columbus to hang with the guys, and spent many pleasurable moments testing his luck with "pull tabs" and lottery "scratch off" tickets. He also loved to wander to the casino as of late, and will always be remembered for his innate story-telling ability and his coveted "Irish Jokes." Emmett was an avid sports fan, and loved to cheer on the New York Mets in baseball and the New York Giants in football. He will be dearly missed by his loving family including his beloved wife, Audrey (Stapp); his children, Pamela Griffin and her husband James Bradford of Whitney Point, James M. Gollegly of Daytona Beach, Fla., Sherri Morris-Schiebel and her husband Kevin Schiebel of Cedarville, Kevin P. Gollegly and his wife Marlene of Herkimer and Renee Gollegly of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Kristyn and Andrea Morris, Jana Moore, Melissa Gollegly, Ian Griffin, and Kyle and Alisha Gollegly, one great-grandchild, Skyler Moore; two sisters, Ann Jean Flanagan of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Carol Gollegly of Chadwicks; and a sister-in-law, Helen Gollegly of North Utica, along with many nieces nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Emmett P. and Frances (Mahar) Gollegly and a sister, Helen Urtz, and two brothers, Frank and John "Jack" Gollegly. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m. from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort, and at 9:45 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Monday evening (tonight) from 5-8. Those wishing are asked to consider donations in his memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. On Monday evening, the American Legion Post 920 of Ilion is asked to gather at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. for services and the Ilion Knights of Columbus will gather at 7 p.m. for ritualistic service. The family extends its sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Luke's Memorial Hospital and also to the those at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the kindness and compassion extended. To add to his online memorial visit www.eneafuneralhomes.com. (November 2, 2004 modified March 20, 2016)

Mary Joan Hammond Eller IHS 1946, age 74, of Pinellas Park, FL, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2002, at Fairfax Hospital. She was born May 13, 1928, in New York City, to the late Brian R. and Margaret Mary (Orr) Hammond. She is survived by husband, Connie L. Eller; eight children, Christopher (Bobbie) Eller, of Woodstock, VA, Margaret (Warren) Farrington, of Pinellas Park, FL, Brian (Lynn) Eller, of Paducah, KY, Jack (Cynthia) Eller, of Herndon, VA, Mike (Cyndi) Eller, of Poolesville, MD, Constance (James) Juno, of McKinney, TX, Mary Jo (John) Kaler, of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Jeffrey (Kellie) Eller, of Garland, TX; as well as 15 grandchildren. Services were held at First Baptist Church in Herndon, VA, on Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by Adams-Green Funeral.

Joanne Smith Winsor IHS 1946 passed away on November 17, 1994. She was married to JerryWinsor (IHS'44). "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)

William E. 'Bill' Irwin IHS 1946, age 74, of First St. Ext., Ilion, passed away Monday, March 11, 2002, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Bill was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Ilion, son of William E. and Alice E. (Smith) Irwin. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1946" and attended Potsdam College. Bill was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. On Sept. 30, 1983, he was united in marriage to Cynthia 'Cindy' Jenne in Ilion, a blessed union of 18 years. At one time Bill was employed by Sperry Rand/Univac in Ilion. Bill was a Christian and at one time sang with the "Valley Voices for Christ." He was a talented musician, playing the baritone saxophone, often with the Mohicans Orchestra, for over 20 years. He was a former member of the Musicians Union of Utica and was a former member and trustee on the board of the American Federation of Musicians. Bill was a life member of the Herkimer DAV Post 162. Survivors include his beloved wife, Cynthia "Cindy" Irwin; one sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Jim Grimshaw of Rochester; two nieces, Allison LaFeve and Barbara Ann Wilson, both of Rochester; his brother-in-law, Francis Jenne of Port Charlotte, Fla.; also several cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents. Funeral services for Mr. Irwin will be held Thursday, March 14, commencing at 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. George Greene, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church and the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of the Ilion United Methodist Church, co-officiating. Interment in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, will take place later this spring with full military honors at a date and time to be announced. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m. prior to Bill's funeral service at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (March 14, 2002)

Carol Jane Smith IHS 1946, age 73, of Marcy, also of North Lauderdale, FL, passed away March 30, 2001, at University Hospital, Tamarac, FL, with her loving family by her side. She was born March 8, 1928, in Utica and was raised and educated in Ilion. Carol graduated from Ilion High School in 1946 and from St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1946. On September 16, 1950, in Ilion, she married Donald E. Smith. He died in December 1982. During her married life, Mrs. Smith lived in Whitesboro. She was employed at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital Center and by area doctors for many years, before moving to Florida in 1985. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be missed by four daughters and two sons-in-law, Judith and Jack Sylvester, Ravena, NY, Janet Penge, Marcy, NY, Jo Ellen and Jim Frederick, North Lauderdale, FL, and Jill Gentile, New Port Richey, FL; seven grandchildren of whom she was very proud, Steven, Renee and husband, Tim, Dawn, Chris and husband, Jim, Kim, Amy and Mark; two very special great-grandsons, Bradley and Jesse; an aunt, Marion Spry, New Port Richey, FL; a sister-in-law, Louise Engle, Madison, CT; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and many dear friends, especially acknowledging Mary Russell of FL. In memory of Carol, please consider Hospice Foundation, VITAS Charitable Fund, 123 SE 3rd Ave., P.B.M. 110, Miami, FL 33131-2003. 'Remember me not as I am now, but as I used to be. As long as I have the love and prayers of each of you, I can live my life in the hearts of all of you.' Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 23, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, Whitesboro. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Newport. Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 23, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the J.W. Dimbleby Funeral Home, Forty Main St., Whitesboro. (April 10, 2001)

 

Bombers Buzz Website....

Shirley (Burns) Momberger Tippet White, Full time Wife, email, Naples, FL, re-registered. (Feb 3, 2015)

Robert (Bob) Eddy '43 (1946), from Ilion, NY registered. (Jan 18, 2010)

"Robert (Bob) Eddy enlisted in the Navy in 1943 at age 17, the year he was supposed to graduate. He then returned home and graduated in 1946. No record for either yearbook was ever logged due to certain information being omitted on returning veterans. He was a highly decorated Navy veteran and proud member of the Seabees. He earned varsity letters in 3 sports and held a school 880 yard track record 30 odd years until it was broken in the 70's. He grew up him on the North end of town on North St.> He was a great amateur boxer too and fought small bouts on the 4th floor of the long Remington Arms building where there was a boxing ring.> Bob spent 40 years in the computer and then aerospace industry until retiring in 1991."/p>

Lil and Bud Gaherty will have a permanent address of 5 Garden Street - Mohawk, Ny 13407

Bill and Anita Davis now have a permanent address of the 80 East North St - the Prindle apartments #105 in Ilion, NY 13357 (September 6, 2004)

Mary Ingro Winslow, and Jack Winslow live in Ormond Beach, FL. (August 19, 2002)

William (Willy) Davis, retired, email, from Ocala, FL, has a new email address. (August 18, 2002)

Milt Haughton, email, lives in Wilmington, NC, and has a new email address. (August 18, 2002)

Annemarie Hansel, Johnstown, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 3, 2002)

Joan (Hammond) Eller, lived in Pinellas Park Florida had planned on attending the mega-reunion. (July 2, 2002)

Dr. David White, email email, Tempe, AZ, is attending the reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Jane Russell Johnson, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 6, 2002)

Betty Folmsbee Powers, housewife, email, Santa Barbara, CA, registered. (March 17, 2001)

Betty Pettengill Casadonte, email, from Mohawk, NY, registered. (December 31, 2000)

Dolores (Dee) Fragale Merrick, email, Frankfort, NY, registered. (February 4, 2000)

Milton Haughton - Senior Class President, Retired, from Wilmington, NC, registered in the directory. (June 7, 1998)

 

Class of '46 Contact Person....

Lillian (Lil) Barger Gaherty, from Mohawk and Daytona Beach, email is the latest Class Editor to come on board. (modified November 9, 1999)

 

Please Lillian (Lil) Barger Gaherty, email with all your classmate news. (June 10, 1999)

 


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