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1947 Ilion Yearbook


Class History....

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).

 

Donald Taylor 1947 - Headstone fund

GoFundMe Headstone Fund - Donald Taylor IHS 1947

Ilion Alumni raised funds, in one day, for the The Don Taylor Headstone Fund. Coach Donald J. Taylor was a lifelong resident of Ilion and a true Ilion Golden Bomber. He passed on May 19, 2012. He was laid to rest next to his parents in the Oak View Cemetery in Frankfort on May 26, 2012 and does not have a proper headstone. The campaign was begun by Chris Walsh and $3,415 of the $1,500 was raised in 24 hours.

Facebook post by Chris Wallace - "It has come to my attention that there is no headstone where Don Taylor is buried in Frankfort, next to his parents. There is a Memorial 800 Meter Run in his honor on Sunday, July 24 at Noon at the CVA track. Anyone who would be interested in attending the Run they will be taking donations to buy Mr. Taylor a headstone at the event. Or if you are unable to attend I would be more than willing to deliver donations myself. Mr. Taylor had a huge impact on a lot of our lives and it would be nice to give back. Let me know if you're interested."

Please join us for the Ilion Days "Don Taylor Memorial 800 Meter Run/Walk" on Sunday, July 24th at the CVA track in Ilion starting at 12:00pm. The Don Taylor Memorial Run (July 5, 2016)

Donald Taylor 1947 gravesite
Photograph courtesy of David William IHS 1970

 

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)

 

Congratulations.....

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

 

Details of events:

Friday Aug 15th Informal "Dutch Treat" get to-gether,
at Knights of Columbus, 74 West St., Ilion

Saturday Aug 16th Guided tour of High School
at 10:AM.

Saturday Aug, 16th 5:30-6:30 "poolside champagne hour"
at Dott VanSteinburg Daly's house, at 137 South Third Ave Extension, Ilion.

Saturday night, at 7:PM, a Buffet dinner,
at Knights of Columbus

Class photo, at the dinner.
(Save those reunion photos, we'll put them on your Class homepage)

Sunday morning breakfast
at 9:AM at Knights of Columbus.


This completed the three day reunion. We all had a great time!

Carolyn (Deming) Bayer graciously provided some candid reunion photographs, as well as the Official Reunion Class Picture....

 

Class of 1947 Statistics:

Graduating class consisted of 97 students, 29 are deceased, 39 attended the reunion - Check here for details.
Myron Bouck has largest family: 8 children, 24 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren
Farthest attendee: Ralph Joy from Morro Bay, California

 

The following members of the Class of 1947 are no longer with us...

Ferd M. Ames (June 19, 2006)
Charles Askham
LLoyd Baulch (IHS Spanish Teacher)
Myron Bouck (IHS Industrial Arts Teacher & Coach)
Margaret (Peg) Bruso Miller died Feb. 4, 2007
Mary Bump Fay
Rosemary Coleman Tracy
Jean Conboy West
Mary Alice Corwin Brodie (May 17, 2005)
William Coupe
Darrell Day
Norma M. Dodge Wilson (November 18, 2002)
David A. Doty (April 5, 2017)
Charles Farley
Robert Folmsbee
Ann Furman Day
George Gettle (October 16, 2005)
Marian Green Evans
Doreen Hailston Daniels
Harry Heiland (June 4, 1998)
Shirley Hendry Hermann
George L. 'Bud' Hendrick (May 13, 2006)
Doris Judson Harvey
Benjamin H. 'Ben' Lawrence (December 5, 2016)
Grace Lever Bullis (September 9, 2003)
Phyllis Ludden Schroll
Lois Lyman Eaton (October 28, 1997)
Edna Marley died Sept 27, 2006
Thomas Mills
Samuel Nile
Joseph Richard 'Dick' Norman
Jane Olsen Skramko
Leroy Outtrim
Audrey Preische Wiernicki (March 4, 2001)
Harvey Robinson
Robert Rowlands
Robert Sanders
Felix Scanlon (November 11, 1997)
Edward Schafer
Alfred Seymour (March 15, 2014)
Elmer Shute
Audrey Stapp Gollegly died April 6, 2007
Donald Taylor (May 19, 2012)
Mary H. Thompson Janicki (July 12, 2016)
Betty Townsend Nicastro
Ada Van Valkenburg Celi (Aug 29, 2004)
Kathleen Vayo
William Vayo
Patricia 'Pat' (Willoughby) Bechard (October 3, 2016)
Milford Yardley

 

Class Directory.....

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!

 

Scholarship Established.....

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.

 

Condolences.....

David A. Doty, IHS 1947, David was born in Ilion, NY, on February 11, 1930. He is the son of Elverton and Helen Decker Doty. He passed away peacefully with his loving wife, Dorothy, at his side, at the Grand Strand Memorial Hospital in Myrtle Beach, SC, on April 5, 2017. David attended the Ilion public schools, graduating from Ilion High School in 1947. In 1949, he enrolled in St. Lawrence University for one year, transferring to Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, graduating with a BS in 1954. Following graduation, he spent two years in Nuremburg, Germany, as part of the occupation troops. On his return to the US, he taught English at Trinity-Pawling Prep School in Pawling, NY. He then attended Syracuse University, earning an MA in School Administration. In 1958, he moved to Ilion, NY, where he began a teaching career in the Science Department at Mohawk Central High School, Mohawk, NY. While at Mohawk, he received an NSF grant to Oneonta and earned an MA in Secondary Science. David not only played on high school and college football and golf teams, but he devotedly went on to coach his students in football, basketball and golf. David is survived by his wife, Dorothy. His family includes a son, David Doty and his wife, Linda, of Clay, NY, and their children, Kristen and Brian Marino, David Doty, Jr., and Travis and Nicole Doty; his daughter, Jane and husband, Richard Fischer, of Highlands Ranch, CO, and their son, Ian; son, John and his wife, Barbara Doty, of Dayton, OH, and their children, Adrienne Doty, Claire and Mark Powers, Barrett Doty, Madison and Morgan Doty; son, Phillip and his wife, Beth Doty, of Jacksonville, FL, and their children, Andrea and Ali Beshurat and Austin Doty; son, Erik and his wife, Ann Doty, of Greenfield, MA, and their children, Christopher, Katie, Joseph and Andrew Doty and Molly, Sean and Christopher Merrigan; daughter, Pamela, and her husband, Glenn Rosenthal, of Vienna, VA, and their children, Moira and her husband, Greg Jacobsen, Eric and his wife, Pamela Rosenthal, and Katherine Rosenthal; and great-grandchildren, MacKenzie, Mia, Mischelle and Madlynn Marino, Taylor and Kendall Doty, Trevor, Gavin, Xavier and Amelia Doty, Samuel, Nathan and Hayes Jacobsen and Olivia Rosenthal. David was a member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in North Myrtle Beach and a former president of the Episcopal Men's Club. He was on the golf committee and helped organize the Rich Jacobs Pro Am Tournament. He was also an excellent golfer and loved the game. 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 (April 17, 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)

Alfred E. 'Sig' Seymour IHS 1947, 84, of Ilion, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at home, with his loving family by his side. Al was born on April 4, 1929, in Ilion, the son of the late William and Margaret (Kenefick) Seymour; he was a graduate of Ilion Schools. On November 7, 1953, he married the former Patricia Lints at Annunciation Church in Ilion. The couple recently celebrated their 60th anniversary with family and close friends. Al was a retired Sergeant of the Ilion Police Department. Following his retirement, he worked as an Investigator for the Herkimer County District Attorney and Sheriff's Department. Al ended his career in 2002 with a combined total of over 44 years in law enforcement. (April 12, 2014)

Alfred Seymour 1947
Alfred Seymour 1947

He was a member of the Annunciation Church and the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. Throughout his life, Al was proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed backyard barbeques by the pool with his children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats; he also enjoyed following the New York Giants and Yankees, as well as being an avid Notre Dame football fan. In his leisure time, Al enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing pitch and especially Scrabble with Pat and yes they did keep score. Al is survived by his loving wife, Pat; a son, Timothy and his companion, Heather Polley, of Ilion; a daughter, Lisa and her husband, Jason Adamek, of Herkimer; four grandchildren, Erica, Daniel, Libby and Mackenzie; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Dr. Jeffery Seymour, and by his brothers and sisters, Chris, Harry, Burton, Joe, Willie, Jack, Bud, Rita and Margaret. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion; Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in the spring at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. The Knights of Columbus will hold ritual services at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.; envelopes are available at the funeral home.Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 12, 2014)

Donald Taylor


Don Taylor Class of 1947 - Ilion's Number 1 Fan

Top: 1947 Alumnus - Donald 'Dynamite' Taylor
Bottom: George 'Deke' White, Daniel 'Murph' Murphy and Charles Luce

Don Taylor IHS 1947, 82, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed into the arms of the Lord on Saturday afternoon, May 19, 2012 in St Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica, NY. The past year he has resided in the Harding Nursing Home in Waterville, NY. He was born in Ilion, New York, on February 1, 1930 the son of the late John and Almeta Hughes Taylor of Ilion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1947. Don enlisted in the US Army on February 9, 1951 and was honorably discharged on October 16, 1956. He began his local legendary coaching career in 1953. For the next 43 years he was the CYO basketball coach at Annunciation Catholic School where he taught hundreds of young men, not only the finer points of playing basketball but what it took to be a man of integrity. The Annunciation gymnasium was dedicated in his honor as the Don Taylor gymnasium. Mr. Taylor was the official timer at the track and field events at Ilion High School. He worked as a tool maker by trade at Mohawk Tool and Die. His favorite baseball team was any team that was playing the New York Yankees. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and leaves behind one sister, Ethel Mehring, of Akron, OH. He was predeceased by sisters, Marian Bishton of Ilion, NY; Verna Tresohlavy of Ilion and FL; Leona Hull of Herkimer, NY and brothers, Robert Taylor of Canton, NY and Albert Taylor of Rocklin, CA. and many, many dear friends. Don's funeral will commence on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 12pm, from the chapel of Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, with Rev. Cindy Makarchuk, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort, where he will be laid to rest next to his parents. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home from 10-12pm, Saturday, prior to his funeral service. Memorial contributions, in Don's memory, can be made to the Ilion Sports Boosters. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.eneafamily.com. The family is being served by Scott J. Pizer, Funeral Director for Enea Family Funeral Home (May 12, 2012 modified March 20, 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)

Myron Bouck - Ilion NY
Myron Bouck
1975 - Industrial Arts Teacher/Coach

Myron 'Mike' Bouck, IHS '47 & Industrial Arts Teacher/Coach, age 74, of Palmetto, FL, passed away after a heroic battle with heart disease and cancer on Oct. 23, 2003. Born April 15, 1929, in Ilion, he earned his teaching degree from Oswego University; his Master's Degree from Oneonta University and was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. "Mr. Bouck" was an Industrial Arts and Physical Education coach at Ilion High School and a member of the United Federation of New York State Teachers. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Palmetto, Fla. in 1981.

Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Mary; daughters Erin and partner Brian of Pasadena, Calif., Jacqueline Murphy of Mohawk, Judy Nudo and husband William of Mohawk and Jan Nudo and husband Robert of Saratoga; sons Christopher and wife Jeanine of Dolgeville, Michael and wife Barbara of Littleton, Colo., Matthew and wife Shannon of West Melbourne, Fla., and Donald Casey and wife Theresa of Mohawk; brothers, Lewis, Donald and wife Betty of Ilion, and David and wife Irene of Schuyler; 24 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Paul, Frank and grandson, Daniel. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 31st, 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Palmetto. Another memorial service will be held in Ilion in the Spring. Mike will always be remembered for his love of life and he believed a positive attitude could help you achieve anything. He will be missed by everyone who loved him. Donations can be made to Hospice of Southwest FL, 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238. (October 31, 2003)

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 fiancŽe 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)

 

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 ddoty@sccoast.net, 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)

 

Mr. Glenn McPherson from Marcellus, NY., the first alumnus from the Class of 1947 to register in the alumni directory. Glenn writes... "Will report back after the reunion. Keep up this great page. You are doing a great job for all of us. I will tout this page at the reunion. Keep in touch"

 

Class of '47 Contacts....

Carolyn Deming Bayer, email,
has a new email address (July 13, 2003)

 


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