Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1947 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1947 Mirror Class History. "The Mirror" was dedicated to George "Deke" White and Daniel "Murph" Murphy, "...two who have given us the most loyal support possible in all our athletic activities." (February 19, 2002).
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Patricia A. (Murphy) Fletcher IHS 1947, died peacefully on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Eden Prairie, MN, with her children by her side. Patricia was born in Ilion, NY, on February 15, 1930, the second oldest of a family of six children of the late George J. and Mary (Luebbert) Murphy. She graduated from Ilion High School and furthered her education at the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She later was employed at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 40 years in various positions until her retirement in 1994 as Assistant Administrator. She thoroughly enjoyed her nursing career, including her role as Director of Nursing. After her retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Diabetes Association, Hospice, and the Abraham House. On June 26, 1954, she was married to James E. Fletcher at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. They shared a blessed union of 52 years until Jim’s passing on August 28, 2006. She and Jim were the proud parents of four wonderful children: daughters, Kathleen M. Reno, Jean T. Broich (Robert); sons, Timothy G. Fletcher (Maureen), and John D. Fletcher (Carryn). She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Michele (David) Trump, Katie Reno (Jacob Jewett), Meghan Reno, Jessica (Reed) Bergmann, Max (Sarah) Broich, Carryn (Justin) Schram, Major Daniel (Diana) Fletcher, USMC, Hayley (Brett) Karcher, Brian (Alison) Fletcher, Grace Fletcher, Emily Fletcher, and Marie Fletcher. She also is survived by eight great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved and cherished dearly. The best of times were those times spent with family. Surviving is her brother, Tom (Doreen) Murphy; sister-in-law, Gloria Murphy, and brother-in-law, Chuck Robinson. She also leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews whom she loved and enjoyed! Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her sisters, Joan Robinson, Mary Lalonde, Lois Manley, and brother, Larry Murphy, as well as brother-in-law, Ted LaLonde, brother-in-law, Rob Manley; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Robinson and son-in-law, Dennis Reno. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 4-7 p.m. at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 1, at 9:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Utica. In lieu of flowers, our family would appreciate donations sent to the Abraham House – 1203 Kemble St., Utica, NY 13501, where Pat had volunteered for many years or N.C. Little Hospice – 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435, where Pat was cared for so well during her final days with us. (January 26, 2020)
Mrs. Ann E. (McHarg) Venditte, IHS 1947, age 88, formerly a longtime Ilion resident and currently of Cedar Park, Texas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, March 8, 2018, at the Silverado Cedar Park Memory Care Community. Born on September 20, 1929, Ann was the daughter of the late Charles G. and Katherine M. (King) McHarg. She was raised and educated locally, graduating from Ilion High School and then going on to attain her Associate's Degree from Mohawk Valley Community College. On September 30, 1950, Ann was wed to Mr. James V. Venditte at Annunciation Church in Ilion, and together the couple shared in almost fifty-four years of marriage, until Mr. Venditte's passing on April 24, 2004. For over twenty years, Ann was employed with the Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center in Utica as a Mental Hygiene Therapist, working with children and teenagers to deal with their mental health challenges. She was very good at what she did and had a positive impact on all that she came across. At home, Ann was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a doting grandmother. She was devout in her Catholic faith and was a lifelong parishioner of Annunciation Church in Ilion. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, James and Cindy Venditte of St. Louis, Missouri, Charles and Cheryl Venditte of Stafford, NY and Jeffrey and Sue Venditte of Leander, Texas; her granddaughters, Jade and Joe Venditte-Page, Erin and Ben Martin, Lisa and Andy Stefaniak, Christina and James Williams and Eileen Frances Venditte; and her great-grandchildren, Malakai, Addison, Elizabeth, Nolie and Beckett. She also leaves her brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Doris McHarg of New Hartford, NY; her sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Ben May of Leesburg, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Ann's funeral service, which will commence on Thursday morning, March 15, 2018, at 10:30AM at Annunciation Church in Ilion, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of mass. Spring interment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery, where Ann will be laid to rest beside her husband, James. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions, in Ann's memory, by mail to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington D.C. 20090-6011, or by visiting www.alz.org on the internet. Envelopes will be avilable at the service. Funeral arrangements were pre-arranged and entrusted to Don Applegate, Martin L. Ciaccia, Harry J. Enea and Kevin E. Enea, funeral directors of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Homes. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.applegateandday.com. (March 12, 2018)
In 1953 he married his college sweetheart Maureen J. Doyle who together then raised four children. Don worked as a photographer for General Electric in Utica, NY and eventually opened his own business with his brother Al, Morris Brothers Photography. They operated the business until its sale in 1989. Many good times and holidays were spent with close family friends the Manleys, Paonis and Vayos. Summers were spent in Piseco, NY where Don was a founding member of The Piseco Lake Sailing, Skiing and Tubing Club. Don and Maureen moved to Clearwater, FL in 1989 eventually moving to Venice, FL to be closer to several of his brothers: Dick, Ted and Bob. Don and Maureen moved to Pensacola in 2005 to be closer to their daughter Nancy Morris, MD. In later years Don enjoyed playing bridge and was active in several bridge clubs in Pensacola. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maureen and survived by his brothers, Alfred (Sue) of Boston, MA and Robert (Anne) of Venice, FL as well as his children: Mark (Mary Jo) of Buffalo NY, Nancy (Joe Grossi) of Pensacola FL, Daniel of Pensacola FL and Maureen (Paul Arciero) of New City NY; and grandchildren, Bridget, Erin, Padraic, Ryan, Caile, Michael and Katie; as well as a great-granddaughter, Paige. Funeral Mass will be held 2:00pm Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, with Fr. Joseph P. Callipare Rector celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Joseph's Medical Clinic, 131 W. Intendencia St., Pensacola, FL 32502. The family wishes to express special thanks to Dr. Steve Lenga and the physicians and staff of The Medical Center Clinic, who took great care of him. (November 10, 2017)
Carolyn (Deming) Bayer, IHS 1947, age 87, of Ilion, NY died peacefully October 4, 2017. She was born May 2, 1930 to Milton and Ethel Kibbe Deming. She graduated from Ilion High School Class of 1947 and was employed at Remington Rand (Univac), Mohawk Data Sciences and the Ilion Board of Light. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ilion; the Colonel Marinus Willet-Mohawk Valley Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution; and American Legion Auxiliary Post #25. In May of 1951, she was married to Robert Bayer; together they had four loving children. Carolyn participated in a variety of activities. In her younger years she enjoyed bowling with the ladies, traveling for tournaments, knitting and crocheting for her family and friends, and watching NASCAR with her son. Carolyn spent many happy hours researching her family history. Many new friends were made during her genealogy adventures. Mom enjoyed cooking her delicious recipes for her family and friends. She was always ready with her quick wit, sense of humor and beautiful smile. The thing she loved the most was spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially when everyone could be together. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Surviving are her beloved children, Cheryl and her husband, Kim Robinson of Ilion, NY; two sons, Robert of Manchester Center, VT, and his companion, Barb Gardner, and Randy and his wife, Renee, of Ilion, NY. Cherished grandchildren include Travis Robinson and his wife, Megan; Kara Robinson and her companion, Matt Lipka; Jaimie Bayer; Julianne Bayer and her fiancee, Kevin Dell; Steven Bayer and his financee, Erica Candelaria; Jonathon Loomis, and Shaun Loomis; two precious great-grandchildren, Jax and Knox Robinson. She also leaves her brother, Robert Deming and his wife, Jean, of Lake Morane, NY; nephew David Deming and nieces Debbie Deming, Laura Haid, and Leslie Baxter: along with special friends Louise Williams, Ginny Barger and Lillian Gaherty, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Bayer, and her brother and sister in law, Richard and Doris Deming. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Per Carolyn's wishes there will be no calling hours. Family will receive friends Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 8 Second Street, Ilion with Pastor John Partise officiating. The service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with interment at Armory Hill Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church after conclusion of the services. Friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to either the Mulitple Sclerosis Foundation 1000 Elmwood Ave. Suite 900 Rochester, NY 14620 or the Ilion First Baptist Church. To send an online condolence please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Octobr 6, 2017)
David A. Doty, 1930 - 2017 (Age 87) IHS 1947, David was born in Ilion, New York on February 11, 1930, to Elverton and Helen Decker Doty. He passed away peacefully with his loving wife, Dorothy at his side on April 5, 2017. Dave grew up in Ilion in the Doty Homestead on Barringer Road and was a proud descendant of Edward Doty, a Mayflower passenger and signer of the Mayflower Compact. Before becoming a golf course, the homestead was a strawberry farm. Workers from the valley would tend to the plants and help harvest the berries until they were ready to be sold locally or shipped downstate on the Erie Canal. Dave attended the Ilion public schools, graduating from Ilion High School in 1947. While in high school he played football and golf and enjoyed participating in the school’s theater as a cast member in many plays. In 1949, he enrolled at St. Lawrence University. Following his freshman year, Dave transferred to Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. While at Hamilton he studied pre-med, played football and golf, and was president of his fraternity. A Hamilton College classmate of Dave’s fondly recalled a rather lively party at the fraternity house in which Dave and his fraternity brothers tried to see who could slide the farthest on their stomachs on the beer soaked floor of the party room. He couldn’t recall if Dave won but he did recall how much fun Dave had getting as many people as possible to join in. Dave did graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1954. Dave’s playful and humorous nature encouraged others to laugh and find joy in life. Following graduation, as part of the conscription, better known as the draft, Dave joined the United States Army. After his boot camp training at Fort Dix, New Jersey Dave was sent to Nuremberg, Germany where he was part of the post-World War II occupation troops for two years. While serving his country in Germany Dave was able to travel to many neighboring countries with his first wife, and the mother of his five children, Suzanne. On his return to the United States, he taught English at the all-boys Trinity-Pawling Preparatory School in Dutchess County New York. The school’s mission was to educate and instill a value system that prepared young men to be contributing members of society amidst the challenges of an ever-changing world. Dave fit in perfectly as that mission mirrored his own ethics and values. He continued his education by attending Syracuse University, where he earned a Master’s Degree in School Administration. In 1958 he moved to Ilion, NY and began a long and fulfilling teaching career in the Science Department at Mohawk Central High School in Mohawk, NY. While Dave had many opportunities to work in administrative positions, he chose to stay in the classroom close to the students who brought such joy to his life. He taught high school science during the day, and during the season coached football, basketball, and golf after school and on weekends. He also was the coach for the high school Ski Club where he spent time joining in and supporting the students in their weekly ski trips all over the slopes of New York and Vermont. Dave was honored to receive a National Science Foundation grant which allowed him to attend college at the State University of New York at Oneonta in the evenings. Though Dave and his wife Suzanne had five active children, he was able to balance all his responsibilities and graduate with a second Master’s Degree. This one was in Secondary Science. Well into retirement Dave had many students calling to chat or stopping by to see him at the home he shared with Dorothy on the Eagle’s Nest Golf Course in River Hills, South Carolina. One of his former students is writing a book about the people in his life who have influenced him and led him to multiple successful careers as a college professor, musician, and author. A section will be dedicated to Dave. Along with his second wife and childhood friend Dorothy Moore (Warner) Doty, Dave was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach. The church helped with the local Helping Hands food pantry. One time Dave volunteered to fill in for Dorothy at the food pantry and though there are regulations and guidelines about how much to give out, Dave’s generous heart filled their hands a bit more than they were accustomed to, filling both his heart and theirs. As a member and former president of the Episcopal Men's Club Dave volunteered his time to help with the bi-annual rummage sale which also supports Helping Hands. Weeks before their church’s rummage sale Dave and Dorothy took the time to make ground chuck hamburgers and homemade chili for the hot dogs that were sold at the concession stand. He helped run the stand and received many compliments on the burgers and chili, often hearing from customers that those two delicious items brought many of them to the rummage sale. The Episcopal Men's Club also helped organize and sponsor the annual Rich Jacobs Memorial Pro Am Golf Tournament. As part of the men’s club, Dave volunteered to chair the event over the years. The tournament partners one pro golfer with three amateurs and brings golfers together for the love of the sport, the opportunity to play with pros, and the chance to win prizes solicited by the men’s club from local donors. As with the rummage sale, profits also went to Helping Hands of Myrtle Beach. A great quote attributed to the golfer Bobby Jones is one Dave seemed to live by. "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get bad breaks from good shots; you get good breaks from bad shots - but you have to play the ball where it lies." An experienced golfer who loved the sport, Dave got the Holy Grail of golf, a hole in one at age 80. The time was right. Dave looked on his life with the patience of a man who knew how good he had it. David is survived by his wife, Dorothy Moore Doty (IHS '48) and his five children with his wife Suzanne Scoones Mike-Mayer, a son, David Doty (IHS '73) and his wife, Linda (Burnside) Doty (IHS '73), of Clay, NY and their children Kristen Marino (Brian), David Doty, Jr., and Travis Doty (Nicole ); his daughter, (Mary) Jane Doty Fischer (IHS '75) and her husband, Richard Fischer, of Highlands Ranch, CO and their son Ian; a son, John Doty (IHS '76) and his wife, Lendel (Davis) Doty (IHS '75) of Dayton, OH and their children Adrienne Doty (fiancé James Scherer), Claire Powers (Mark), and Barrett Doty; a son, Phillip Doty (IHS '77) and his wife, Beth (Carrig) Doty of Jacksonville, FL and their children Andrea (Ali) Besharat, and Austin Doty; a son, Erik Doty (IHS '79) and his children with his first wife Gina, (Corriero) Doty; Christopher Doty, Katelyn Doty Corriero (Chip Z’Nuff), Joseph Doty, and Andrew Doty; Erik’s second wife, Ann (Merrigan) Doty of Greenfield, MA and her children Molly Merrigan, Sean Merrigan, and Christopher Merrigan. Dave is also survived by Dorothy’s daughter with her first husband, Bert Warner (IHS '48) Pamela Warner Rosenthal (IHS '72) and her husband, Glenn Rosenthal, of Vienna, VA and their children Moira Jacobsen (Greg), Eric Rosenthal (Pamela), and Katherine Rosenthal. Great grandchildren are MacKenzie, Mia, Mischelle, and Madlynn Marino; Taylor and Kendall Doty; Trevor, Gavin, Xavier, and Amelia Doty; Samuel, Nathan and Hayes Jacobsen; and Olivia Rosenthal. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, April 17th, at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 801 11th Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. David donated his body to the Medical University of South Carolina for medical research. Final interment will be held at a future date in Ilion, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Men's Club at 801 11th Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582. Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is assisting the family. Published in Times Telegram from Apr. 12 to Apr. 13, 2017 (modified August 19, 2017)
Benjamin H. 'Ben' Lawrence, IHS 1947, age 88, a longtime Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center. Born on July 22, 1928, Benjamin was the son of the late Henry and Frances (Rice) Lawrence. He was raised and educated locally, graduating from Ilion High School with the Class of 1947. Ben then went on to proudly serve his country with the United States Army during the Korean War Era. On December 1, 1951, he was joined in marriage to the former Joanne M. Powers, and the couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. A hard worker with old fashioned values, Ben's primary focus was on supporting his wife and children. He was employed for a time with Chicago Pneumatic, and later in life, with Doyle Security Systems as a Security Guard; most, however, would remember him as an auto body and fender specialist with Ben's Body Shop in Utica. Ben's life was centered around his family, friends, community and faith in God. He was a past member of the Frankfort Stamp Club and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ilion as a former deacon and Past President of the Men's Club. Ben made a firm commitment in receiving Jesus Christ by faith and knew that he was eternally saved. He leaves behind his beloved family, including his wife, Joanne; his daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and William Copp of Liverpool, Dianna "DeeDee" and Richard Maiolo of Ridgefield, CT, and Dawn and Robert Pilkington of Danbury, CT; his sons and daughters-in-law, David and Pam (Weller) Lawrence of Ilion and Dale and Lori (Brosemer) Lawrence of Davenport, Florida; his grandchildren, Michael LaTuga, Megan LaTuga, Jessica Copp, Billy Copp, Giovanna Maiolo, Samantha Maiolo, Sophia Maiolo, Matthew and Calin Lawrence, Timothy and Ashley Lawrence, Daniel and Zoey Lawrence, Melissa and Christopher Fehringer and Sarah Lawrence; nine great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Donald and Kathy Lawrence; his sister-in-law, Iris Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, William Lawrence. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Ben's visitation, which will be held from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Ben's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Thursday morning, December 8, 2016, at 11:00 AM at the funeral home, with Rev. John Partise, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Ilion, officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, where Ben will be laid to rest with full military honors. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church, 8 Second Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the many caregivers at Valley Health Services in Herkimer for their kindness and compassion, as well as the staff of the ER and ICU at St. Luke's Hospital for their support and care during Ben's final days. The Lawrence family has entrusted all service arrangements to Funeral Directors, Don Applegate and Martin Ciaccia. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ben, or to add to his online memorial, may visit www.applegateandday.com. (December 17, 2016)
Mrs. Patricia 'Pat' A. (Willoughby) Bechard, IHS 1947, age 86, formerly of 91 N. Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 3, 2016, at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion, with her family by her side. She was born on March 28, 1930, in Ilion, the daughter of Raymond and Marion (Fenwick) Willoughby, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1947. Pat was married to Leo R. 'Bob' Bechard on October 8, 1949, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. He died on January 1, 2005. In her early years, she was employed as a nurse’s aide at Mohawk Valley General Hospital, Ilion, and later was employed at MDS. Most recently, she was employed at Herkimer County Dept. of Social Services as a data processor for over twenty years. Pat was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. In her early years, she enjoyed bowling and motorcycling with her husband, Bob, on their 1947 Indian Chief. She also enjoyed camping and swimming. Pat was on the board of Foothills Girl Scout Council and was a Hospice volunteer. She was very skilled in knitting and crocheting. Pat and Bob enjoyed spending winters at Myrtle Beach for many years. Pat was a dedicated homemaker and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving family members include five children, Cynthia 'Cindy' Speranza and her husband, Anthony, of Ilion, Gail Mount, of Oklahoma, Brad Bechard and companion, Carol, of Ilion, Dean Bechard and his wife, Carol, of Ilion, and Brooke Redmond and her husband, Steven, of Lee Center; her cherished grandchildren, Anthony Speranza and his wife, Megan, Amy (Mount) Bobo and her husband, Brad, Aaron and Sean Mount, Eric Bechard, Dean 'Rob' Bechard and his wife, Kerri, Jessica Martin, Steven, Elizabeth, Daniel and Dylan Redmond, and Michelle Santillo; great-grandchildren, Ryann and Bryce Bobo, Kianna, Isiah, Adrianna and Alanna Santillo, Cadence Speranza, Aubrey and Derek Martin, Kamryn Redmond, and Jackson Bechard; sisters-in-law, Ann Davis, of Rome, and Julia Soules, of Ilion; brother-in-law, Jay Goodman, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, including special cousins, Ann Seymour and Betty and Fred Kenyon. She was predeceased by her husband, 'Bob', and brother, Robert Willoughby. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s original location at 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the conclusion of calling hours at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Brian Engel, of the Mohawk Reformed Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Pat, 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 the Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357, or the Mohawk Reformed Church, 20 S. Otsego St., Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. The Bechard family has entrusted Pat's service arrangements and supervision to Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (October 22, 2016)
Mary H. (Thompson) Janicki, IHS 1947, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Mohawk Valley Heath Care Center, Ilion. Born in Ilion, Mary was the daughter of the late John and Hortense (Gregory) Thompson. Mary began her education at Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School in 1947. She was united in marriage to John J. Janicki in 1949. Mary was employed in the Business Office at Mohawk Valley General Hospital for many years. During her retirement, Mary enjoyed many activities including tending to her home, gardening, playing cards and baking for others. For many years Mary knit and gave away countless dishcloths to family and friends. Mary was a parishioner of The Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Mary is survived by her husband, John; her daughter, Jody and her companion, Rudy Gadziala. Mary was predeceased by her son, John; her sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Larry Kasper; and many other relatives and friends throughout the years. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Razia and her staff and the staff at MVHCC for the kindness and care they extended to Mary. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (Town of Frankfort), 315-894-8000. Mary’s funeral service will take place immediately following calling hours at 12:00 PM at the funeral home. Procession will then follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where she will be laid to rest. In keeping with Mary's wishes and to honor her giving nature, please omit all floral offerings and consider a memorial contribution to a charity of one’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors. (July 16, 2016)
William A. Owens IHS 1947, 85, of 138 West Clark Street, Ilion passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at his home. Bill was born July 26, 1926 in Ilion the son of the late William J. and Dorothy Perry Owens, he received his education in the Ilion School System and on February 14, 1945 Bill enlisted in the US Navy serving until July 13, 1946. Bill was employed with Remington Arms as a toolmaker retiring several years ago. During his free time Bill enjoyed his family, especially his great nieces and nephews, he loved animals and enjoyed bowling, hunting and especially his camp. Bill is survived by a nephew and his wife Richard "Rick" and Debbie Owens of Westmoreland, a niece Cindy Owens of Nashville, TN, a sister in law Louise Owens of Sun City, FL, his great nieces and nephews, Bryan, Trevor and Danielle Owens and several cousins. Bill was predeceased by his brother Richard. In keeping with Bill's wishes there will be no calling hours. A graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 21, 2012)
Audrey M. (Stapp) Gollegly IHS 1947 age 78 of 75 Barringer Road, Ilion, passed away on Good Friday April 6,2007 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home with her loving family at her side. She was born on January 19, 1929 in Pierce, Ohio, a daughter of the late Fred & Alice (Brumagem) Stapp. Her family had moved to Ilion where Audrey had lived the majority of her life. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 5, 1948 she joined in marriage with Emmett J. Gollegly in Ilion, a blessed union of 56 years. Emmett passed away on October 30, 2004. Audrey had worked with the former Ilion Hospital for twenty years, retiring in 1990. Audrey will be remembered for her kind and gentle way. She devoted herself to her family. She is survived by her beloved family including her children: Pamela & Brad Griffin of Whitney Point, NY; James M. Gollegly of Daytona Beach, FL; Sherri & Kevin Schiebel of Cedarville; Kevin P. & Marlene Gollegly of Herkimer; and Renee Gollegly of Ilion; Grandchildren: Kristyn & Andrea Morris; Jana Moore, Melissa Gollegly; Ian Griffin, Kyle & Alisha Gollegly; and Michael & Heather Schiebel; great grandchildren: Skyler Moore; Josiah Moore; Aniyah Moore, Zachary Morris Davis, William, Jonathan, and Matthew Schiebel; sisters in law: Ann Jean Flanagan of Oklahoma City, OK; Carol Gollegly of Chadwicks, and Helen Gollegly of North Utica; two step sisters: Mary Jackson of Herkimer, and Arlene Pritchard of West Winfield, a step brother: William Dibble of Alabama; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a grandson, Craig W. Schiebel. Funeral services will be held on Friday April 13, 2007 at 10:00 AM from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street Between Ilion & Frankfort with Deacon James Bowers of the Church of the Annunciation, officiating. Interment will follow at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Thursday evening Apr. 12 from 5-7 pm. In lieu of flowers it is the wish of the family that donations be considered to either the Ilion Ambulance Fund or the Herkimer Area Resource Center. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the Meals on Wheels program, to Dawn (Public Health Home Health Aid), the Claxton manor and the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the compassion. (April 13, 2007)
Edna C. Marley IHS 1947, age 76, of West St., a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 27, 2006, in Mohawk Homestead where she had been a resident for the past year. She was born in Ilion on December 9, 1929, daughter of the late Adelbert and Jennie M. (Loughlin) Marley and was educated in Ilion schools. She was last employed with Remington Arms, Ilion, and she was a faithful member of Annunciation Church, Ilion. Edna will be sadly missed by her sister with whom she resided with for many years: Marian Marley, Ilion; many nieces and nephews including locally: Kevin and Judi McGrellis of Ilion, Melinda Marley of Ilion, Dean and Meg Liberty of Ilion, Matthew and Debra Marley of Ilion, Peter and Jane North of Ilion, and James and Katie LaPaglia of Utica; and in-laws: Margaret Marley and Mary Marley both of Ilion. She was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers: Ruth McGrellis, Helen North, Lila Andrews, John Marley and Frank Marley. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to every staff member at Mohawk Homestead for the tender love and care offered to Edna. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, on Friday Sept. 29, 2006, from 4-7 p.m. Edna's funeral will be held on Saturday, Sept., 30, commencing at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m in Annunciation Church, Ilion, with the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor, officiating. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Annunciation Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are being handled by the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort. (Oct 11, 2006)
Ferd M. Ames IHS 1947, age 77, of 275 McGowen Road, Ilion, passed away Monday, June 19, 2006, at Alexandria Bay, NY. He was born August 1, 1929, in the Town of German Flatts, the son of the late Walter and Floy Mae Ackler Ames, and was a 1947 graduate of the Ilion High School. On August 1, 1948, he married the former Winifred Belfield in Waterville, NY, a union that lasted 57 years. Mr. Ames was employed as a supervisor with Remington Arms in Ilion, NY, retiring in 1985. Mr. Ames was a member of The Church of the Annunciation and also attended St. Anthony & Joseph Church in Herkimer. Ferd was past president of the Ilion Little League. During his term he had the first girl on a little league team in Ilion. He was a member of the Junior Achievement Program, a member of the Route 5S Expansion Study, The Remington Arms 25 Year Club. Ferd also enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling and he especially enjoyed his boat at Alexandria Bay. Ferd is survived by his wife, Winnie; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Floy and David Baldwin of Ilion, Gwen Collis of Richmond, VA, Dona and Donald Carpenter of Salisbury, NY; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Walter (Skip) and Beverly Ames of Ilion, Donald Ames of Ilion; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Barbara and ChetSzczesniak, Sandra Richards, and Mary and Dick LaPoint, all of Ilion; his grandchildren, Eric and Marc Neff, Chad and ReneeBaldwin, Gregg Baldwin, and Amy and Chris Collis; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter Collis, Chelsea Collis, Matthew Baldwin,and Joshua Baldwin; also several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his canine companion, "Maggie." In keeping with Mr.Ames' wishes there are no public calling hours and the funeral service will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to theAlexander Bay Rescue Squad, 110 Walton Street, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, The American Heart Association or The American Diabetes Association in Fred's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 7, 2006)
George L. 'Bud' Hendrick IHS 1947, age 78, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. He was born April 3, 1928, in Ilion, the son of the late Charles and Dorothy Lyman Hendrick. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and served with the Navy during World War II. Upon his return from the Navy he attended S.U.N.Y., graduating in 1951 and was a graduate of the FBI Academy in Washington, D.C. In 1973, Bud was united in marriage to Carol LeBaron. She passed away in 1997. Bud was employed as an investigator with Equifax Insurance Corp., retiring in 1988 after 33 years of service. Following his retirement he worked for several years at Kmart in Herkimer. Bud was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion and Ilion Post 920 American Legion. He enjoyed going to diners and was a familiar face at most of them in the area. Bud is survived by five sons, Kurt of Dousman, Wis., Mark of Cicero, Paul of Ilion, Ehrich of San Jose, Calif., and Hans of Mohawk; his sister, Phyllis Hamilton of San Jose, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 6 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Thomas Trees officiating. The family will receive friends from 4-6 Tuesday prior to the service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, N.Y. 13413. Envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (September 7, 2006)
George E. Gettle Sr IHS 1947, 76, of 24 Orchard St., Ilion, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005, a home. He was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Ilion, the son of the late Peter and Elsie Livingston Gettle, and received his education in the Ilion School District. Mr. Gettle was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. On May 25, 1957, he married the former Shirley O'Driscoll in Rivena Queemans. He was employed as a postal clerk with the U.S. Post Office in Utica until his retirement in 1985. Mr. Gettle was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ilion, the Ilion Masonic Lodge 690 and the Ilion Lodge I.O.O.F. George is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Ilion; two sons and a daughter-in-law, George Jr. and Tina of Ilion andPhillip of Bridgeport; three daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Keith Hutchins of Oregon, Debra and ClydeHaire of Kentucky and Michele and William Conrad of Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Leon Beckerof Herkimer; also 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services for Mr. Gettle will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care or the American Cancer Society in George's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Nov 14, 2005)
Grace Lever Bullis IHS 1947, passed away September 9, 2003 after an extended bout with cancer. Grace and Dick Bullis were here for our 50th class reunion in 1997 and it was great to see them. They have been living in Rochester for the past few years. She will be missed by all!!. (July 11, 2004)
Norma M. (Dodge) Wilson IHS 1947, age 73, formerly of 610 First Ave. Ext., Ilion, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Folts Home, Herkimer, after a long illness. She was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Ilion, the daughter of Stanley and Margaret McNamee Dodge and was Born Again on Feb. 2, 1979. Norma graduated from Ilion High School in 1947, and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1950. On June 9, 1951, she was married to Jay H. Wilson in Ilion. At one time, Norma worked as a registered nurse at the Ilion Hospital. She was a member of the Word Christian Center of Herkimer and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Alumni Class of 1950. Norma loved her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Jay; her daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Dennis Dolan of Nazareth, Pa.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Ronald "Ron" and Mary Ellen Wilson of Asheville, N.C. and John J. Wilson and his fiancĹ˝e Robin; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Joel Dolan; her sister, Katherine Hofstra of Ilion; her nephew, Joey Hofstra and her niece, Lois Hofstra; her brother-in law and sister-in-law, Bruce and Barbara Wilson of Auburn, Calif.; and her cousin, Louise Watson. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Gene Kipper and Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours are Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. The family wishes to thank the nurses and aides at Folts Home for the wonderful care given to Norma during the past nine years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Central New York. Donation envelopes will be available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (November 20, 2002)
Audrey (Preische) Wiernicki IHS 1947 passed away March 4, 2001. (April 10, 2001)
Lois (Lyman) Eaton IHS 1947 passed away Oct. 28, 1997. Lois lived in Chelmsford, Mass. Lois was unable to attend the reunion. She suffered from multiple sclerosis for a number of years. (March 17, 1997)
Harry (Fred) Heiland IHS 1947 died June 4, 1998. Fred lived in Ilion. (March 17, 1997)
Felix Scanlon IHS 1947, who attended the 50th reunion, in August, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 1997 in Houston, Texas. Our condolences are extended to the friends and family of Felix. (November 13, 1997)
Dr. Seymour Scholarship Fundraiser..
The Dr. Jeffrey Seymour Scholarship Fund, St. Patrick's Day Dinner will be held on Saturday - March 16, 2002, at the Ilion Knights of Columbus, from 4 to 8 pm. A Boiled ham dinner will be served. Other events include raffles and entertainment provided by DJ Ron Clive. The dinner is sponsored by Jeff's friends and family. All are welcome! Jeff was a 1983 graduate of Ilion High School. He died unexpectedly, in a car accident, on January 6, 1997. Dr. Seymour, 31, resided in Ilion with his wife Pina and was the son of Alfred & Patricia Seymour, of Ilion. (February 19, 2002)
Golden Anniversary Congratulations to:
Virginia Nelson and Cliff Barger were married July 5, 1952. A party was held in their honor at Charlton, NY.
Bob Harter and his wife, the former Elizabeth Studer were married June 23, 1952. They have 5 children and 14 grandchildren.
Margaret Wright and Jim Vivyan were married April 15, 1950.
Ann McHarg and Jim Venditte were married September 30, 1950.
Mary Thompson Janicki and John Janicki recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They were married on August 20, 1949. They were feted at a party given by their children, Jody and John S. Janicki. The affair was held at the Crystal Chandelier, Route 5, Herkimer. Many friends and family members attended to celebrate the occasion. Congratulations to Mary and John from all your classmates!!(September 25, 1999)
Emmett '46 and Audrey (Stapp) '47 Gollegly will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary on June 5, 1998. (May 26, 1998)
The 50th Reunion!!!
The Class of 1947 held a 50th reunion on August 15,16,17, 1997.
Carolyn (Deming) Bayer was in charge of the reunion. Carolyn's address is 68 North Fourth Ave, Ilion NY, 13357
Reunion Committee: Dott VanSteinburg Daly, Mary Thompson Janicki, Al Seymour, Patricia Willoughby Bechard, Carol Deming Bayer
This completed the three day reunion. We all had a great time!
Class of 1947 Statistics:
Graduating class consisted of 97 students, 29 are deceased, 39 attended the reunion - Check here for details.
The following members of the Class of 1947 are no longer with us...
As a result of the reunion, Classmate Addresses are now available. Almost 25 percent of the Class of 1947, continue to call ILION their home!
A scholarship to honor Ilion alumnus, the late Dr. Jeffrey J. Seymour, Class of 1983, has been established by family members and friends. Dr. Seymour, 31, resided in Ilion with his wife Pina and was the son of Alfred & Patricia Seymour, of Ilion.
Bombers Buzz Website.....
Dick Powers , Retired, email, Santa Barbara, CA, registered. (Mar 26, 2009)
Carolyn Deming Bayer, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered in the directory. (Oct 12, 2008)
Barbara Bowie Combar, Retired R.N., from Torrance, CA, email, re-registered. (November 13, 2003)
Glenn McPherson, email, from Marcellus, NY, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)
Marilyn Waters Francisco, RETIRED BUT NOT SHY, from Melbourne, FL, email, registered. (April 3, 2003)
Robert Harter is attending the mega-reunion. (September 28, 2002)
David Doty, email email@example.com, Little River, SC, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 25, 2002)
Helen Latt Rider, from Inlet, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Robert Harter, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 4, 2002)
Harry Staley, Consultant, email , Westerly, RI, registered.
Mr. Staley, an attorney, is the Founder and Chairman of Staley/Robeson firm, a national leader in not-for-profit fund-raising counsel. "In a distinguished career exceeding 30 years, Mr. Staley has earned a reputation as one of the nation's leading fund-raising consultants. Institutions and organizations across the nonprofit spectrum in the United States and in Europe have benefited from his advice and counsel. Widely recognized as one of the profession's leading problem solvers, Mr. Staley led the development of the S/R CLASS Program and the firm's Annual Giving Seminar." You can find Mr. Staley's biography at the Staley/Robeson site. (June 10, 2001)
Ralph Joy, Retired, email , Morro Bay, CA, registered. (April 27, 2001)
Rosemary Harris Hohu, email , from Dewey, Arizona, registered. (December 27, 2000)
Ralph Joy, Retired, email , from Morro Bay, CA, registerd. (July 17, 2000)
Barbara Bowie Combar, email , tried Guess the Graduate (February 23, 2000)
Dorothy Van Steinburg Daly, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (October 10, 1999)
Patricia Willoughby Bechard, email , from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (September 13, 1998)
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