Ilion High School

Class of 1951

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1975 Ilion Yearbook


Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1951 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1951 Mirror Class History.

 

Class of '51 - 60th Reunion Plans 2011.....

The Class of 1951 is planning a 60th Class Reunion. Dinner at the Herkimer Elks Club on July 23rd. Let's make this a great success. Contact me for information. Joyce Loomis Earl - 224 S. Third Ave, Ilion, NY 315-894-2823 (submitted by Joyce Loomis Earl) (July 16, 2011)

 

1951 - 50th Class Reunion Report....

The Class of 1951 had a wonderful turnout for our 50th Class Reunion. A fun filled 4 days of renewing old friendships and and continuing ongoing friendships. It was certainly a great time for all of us.

We started the weekend with a pizza party on Thursday night at Parker's. Our float for the Doo Dah Parade was decorated on this night. We had a farm wagon pulled by a John Deere tractor and a 1951 red Chevy pick up truck.

On Friday morning we had a tour of Ilion High School conducted by Joe Collea, principal. Lots of nostalgia but not much of the old high school as we knew it. Things do change, right? Friday afternoon a tour of Remington Arms Plant was conducted by Tom Golden. This was enjoyed and appreciated by all that attended. Time for a quick bite to eat and then on to the Doo Dah Parade. Some rode on the truck, on the wagon or walked and this was another fun time. Following this there was a social hour (drinks and munchies again).

Saturday we had boat rides on the Erie Canal, golf, shopping at Ilion Craft Fair. The hi-lite of this day was dinner at the Stone House Restaurant. Excellent dinner, conversation, reminising, class picture taken. Great time was had by all.

Sunday AM brunch at Parker's which was catered by Donna Clapper. Our farewells were said and looking forward to the next reunion in 2006.

Some classmates were still here on Monday morning and we had breakfast at the KnightSpot.

"All good things must come to an end" and so did this. But......Thank God we had this time together.

Last, but not least: GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Our committee: Stan Ford, Jim Parker, Ted Allston, Margaret (Koerner) Fudjack, Helen (Moyer) Mickle, Maggie (Babcock) Papa, Barb (Francisco) Murphy, Rosie (Thibault) Squire, Joyce (Loomis) Earl

Submitted by: Joyce Earl

We are looking for the following classmates:

Bob Hingre, Harold Hunter, Jack Sullivan. If anyone knows of their whereabouts, contact Joyce Loomis Earl, email . (modified October 25, 2001)

 

1951 Class Album....

Thanks to Jane Russell Nile '50 for sharing some photographs from her photo album. Take a trip down memory lane with the Class of 1951. (August 1, 1998)


1950 JV Cheerleaders

 

Class of 1950 commissions painting.....

The Class of 1950 commissioned local artist and Ilion Class of 1951 Alumnus, Jim Parker, to create a painting of Ilion High School as it would have appeared in 1950. The painting was commissioned for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1950. Depicted in the painting are period vehicles and each of the 82 classmates, appearing in clothing stlyes of the era. The high school band is also shown. Proceeds from sales of the print will benefit the reunion fund and a scholarship fund. (Updated October 25, 2014)

Ilion High School Commissioned Art by James Parker
James Parker

 

Condolences.....

Mr. Carlton 'Sonny' Brown, IHS 1951, 85, of 305 Third Ave. passed away Saturday, December 12, 2015 in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born in E. Frankfort on December 7, 1930, the son of the late Carlton Scoville and Marion Foreman Brown and he attended Ilion schools. He served with the US Army during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged on March 12, 1953 and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was married to Doris Krick on December 27, 1952 in Frankfort United Methodist Church. Sonny was employed by Univac, Utica Plant and later by Remington Arms, Ilion, until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of Frankfort United Methodist Church and St. Francis Di Paolo Society, V.F.W Post #502, Frankfort – Ilion and was an Exempt member of the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department. Sonny loved his family most of all and showed his love to his extended Third Ave. Family. He was an avid Frankfort-Schuyler School sports fan and participated in the Pop Warner program for many years. He loved camping, fishing, bowling and acquired a love for golf. Carlton is survived by his beloved wife, Doris Brown; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Alana Brown of Frankfort; three daughters and sons-in-law, Leigh and Allen Irons of Coppell, TX, Linda and Peter Fumarola and Missy and James Ferdula, all of Frankfort; eight grandchildren, Allison and her husband, Kalon Rice, Anthony Fumarola, Peter Fumarola, Nicholas Fumarola, Richard Sweet-Ferdula, Mercedes Sweet-Ferdula; Troy Brown and Nathan Brown; one great granddaughter, Kayleigh Rice; his in laws, Richard and Dorothy Krick of Dolgeville, Larry Brown of GA, Lucy Reina of NC and Linda Krick of SC and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandson, Allen Irons III; one sister, Janet Brown, his in laws, Donald Krick, Muriel and Frank Reina and Raymond Krick. His funeral will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 in Frankfort United Methodist Church, Acme Rd., Frankfort, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery with full Military Honors. Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 16 from 4-8 at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort. Members of the VFW will meet Wednesday evening at 6:45 and the St. Francis Society at 7:15 at the funeral home for services. Contributions in Sonny's memory may be made to Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Sonny's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Ambulance crew from the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department and the nurses and staff of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center for the wonderful care and compassion shown to him during his illness and passing. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Carlton's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (January 1, 2016)

James A. (Jim) Noffer 1951, 82, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his residence, after a long illness, with his loving family by his side. He was born October 18, 1932, in Ilion, NY, the son of Albert and Elizabeth VanValkenburgh Noffer. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, the class of 1951. On January 26, 1957, he married Nancy Bower, the mother of his children. He later married Barbara Pazdur Hojnacki in Rome on August 18, 1989. Jim was employed at Carparelli Brothers for over thirty years, retiring in 1994 as an Office Manager. He was also a part-time Police Officer for the Herkimer Police Department. Jim proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Transfiguration Church, American Legion, Teamsters Local 182, South Rome Senior Center, Rome Polish Home and the United Polka League. Jim loved to travel, hunt, fish, dance, play bingo and play cards. He will always be remembered for being a fun loving guy. Surviving besides his wife, Barbara, are two daughters and a son-in-law, Diane Dicob, of Mohawk, and Susan and Delbert Ball, of Herkimer; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Dawn, of Little Falls, and Timothy and Christie, of Ilion; one sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Richard Houck, of Florida; a daughter-in-law, Christine Noffer, of Newport; nine grandchildren, Brad Sherwood (Megan Tolman), Jennifer Dicob, Erika and Megan Ball, Jason (Catrina), Jordan, Kirsten, Cody, Bailey and Dylan Noffer; eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Aryanna, Aubrie, Christina, Samantha, Isabella, Hazel and Keilan; and step-grandchildren, Joseph (Shauna) Moshier, Chuck Eaker and Michael Jackson. Also surviving are stepchildren, Debbie (Larry) Roberts, of Rome, and Joe (Andrea) Hojnacki, of Rome; sister-in-law, Barbara Pazdur; brother-in-law, Joe (Mary) Pazdur; step-grandchildren, R.J., Rachael and Robbie Hojnacki, and Barbara (Joe) Klis; and step-great-grandchildren, Jaydin and Joey. He was predeceased by his son, Michael; son-in-law, Donald Dicob; brother-in-law, Frank Pazdur; and sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Walt Siepiola. The family wishes to express their gratitude to their family, friends and neighbors during Jim's long illness for their wonderful love and support. Special thanks goes out to Kathy and Tom. Funeral will be held Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George Street, Rome, and 11:00 a.m. at Transfiguration Church, where a Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Paul F. Angellichio. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, 4-7 p.m. You may light a candle and send a message of sympathy at: www.nunnandharper.com. (May 31, 2015)

Shirley (Trevor) Willoughby IHS 1951, 80, of Ilion passed away Thursday December 5, 2013, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Shirley was born December 15, 1932, in Mohawk, NY, the daughter of the late Clarence Lyle and Emmalean Farley Trevor, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On April 19, 1952 she was united in marriage to Robert D. Willoughby in Ilion, Bob passed away September 16, 1993. Shirley was employed as an inspector with Remington Arms in Ilion retiring several years ago. Shirley was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, Women of the Moose Lodge 1010 in Ilion, and the VFW Post 502 Auxiliary. Shirley is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Linda Willoughby, of Ilion; two daughters and a son-in-law, Leigh Ann Willoughby, of Chicago, IL, and Cathy and William Strzelewicz, of Waukegan, IL; a sister, Leona Holden, of Herkimer; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia Beachard, of Ilion and Doris Trevor, of Mohawk; also five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her companion of many years, Bill Burns, of Ilion; and several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Shirley's wishes the funeral will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. Shirley's family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Mohawk Valley Health Care, 99 Sixth Ave., Ilion, N.Y. 13357. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (February 21, 2014)

Carl Sidney Pfeifer IHS 1951, age 81, of Elba and formerly of Cedarville, NY entered into eternal rest on Sunday January 27, 2013 at his home, with his family by his side. He was born January 14, 1932 in Cherryville, NC, a son, of the late Carl and Katherine (Beam) Pfeifer, also preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Ruth Anna LaBumbard in 1998, infant daughter, Sally Jane and brothers, David, Robert and Howard. Carl graduated in 1951 from Ilion High School and served honorably in the United States Navy. He was a retired truck driver, an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and harvesting wild fruits and berries. Carl was most pleased when in the presence of his large family. Surviving is his current wife, whom in married July 15, 2000, Sandra (Metz) Shultz-Pfeifer of Elba; loving daughters; Joya Lee of Frankfort, Corrina "Renie" Pfeifer of Waterville, Shelby (Vincent) Borello of TN, Katherine (Anthony Sottosanti) Pfeifer of OH and Billie (Joseph) Aiello of Herkimer; step-sons, Jeffery (Lisa) Shultz of East Pembroke and Edward (Charleen) Shultz of Elba; brother, Jack (Lisa) Pfeifer of FL;16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren along with many well loved nieces & nephews. Family and friends may visit from 2-4 &7-9 PM on Friday February 1, 2013 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion, New York 13357 where Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Saturday February 2. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carl's memory are suggested to Community Church of Columbia Center c/o Rev. Hans Drew 17 Center Street St. Johnsville, NY 13452, United Methodist Church of Elba c/o Sandra Hoo 6199 Quaker Hill Rd. Elba, NY 14058 or a charity of the donor's choice. He will be laid to rest in Cedarville Cemetery in the spring. To share memories with the Pfeifer family please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. The Pfeifer family wishes a special thank you to Homecare & Hospice of Batavia and the staff at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. THE FAMILY OF CARL SIDNEY PFEIFER IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020. (Feb 7, 2013)

Dr. Phillip Allen Kennell IHS 1951, age 73, retired Director of Admissions and founder of the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne International Division, died peacefully Sunday, April 22, 2007, surrounded by family. Dr. Kennell was born May 7, 1933, in Ilion, N.Y. He was a multi-letter winner at Ilion High School, where he was a basketball, baseball and football standout. He graduated from Colgate University where he received his A.B. and M.A. degrees. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He also took classes at Syracuse and Indiana Universities. He was a lover of learning. World War II was his specialty area. He began his career as a history teacher at Baldwinsville (N.Y.) Central High School. He then became an Assistant Professor of History at Indiana Institute of Technology. He later became an associate faculty at Purdue University in Fort Wayne. He was an associate professor of History at West Liberty State College (West Virginia) before he became Director of Admissions at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He taught a variety of classes on campus. He founded the department of International Services, where he served as director until his retirement in 1998. That year he was awarded the Bob F. Jesse Medal for unique and significant contributions to Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He was a member of many organizations, including serving as President of the Indiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRAO), and Director of the Foreign Applicant Information/Referral Committee. He also served on the IACAO International Education Committee. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and Pi Delta Epsilon. He loved sports and he coached for much of his adult life. He was varsity football coach and director of the swimming program at Baldwinsville High School. At Colgate University he was director of intramurals and played on the Colgate football team. He was assistant athletic director, assistant basketball coach, varsity baseball coach and cross country coach at Indiana Institute of Technology. He was the head baseball coach at IPFW. He coached many years for St. Joe Little League and Senior League, where his team won the championship and was runner-up in the city tournament. Additionally he volunteered as a football coach for Bishop Dwenger High School's first football team. He will be remembered for his skill as a counselor, and for his love of people. He knew no stranger and had many close friends. He enjoyed reading, traveling, playing bridge, and was a connoisseur of chocolate milkshakes. He was a frequent blood donor at the American Red Cross. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sally (Paul) Kennell; and his five children: Debbie (Lynn) Kennell-Gonzales, Sue (Tom) Zeisig, Mark, Mike (Cherie) and Paul (Pam) Kennell. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Kelleigh and Jason Lauer, Nikole and Ryan Zeisig, Danny, Sean, and Will Kennell, Paul Jr. (PJ), and Joe Kennell, and one great-grandson, Jack Rodenbeck. He is additionally survived by his sister, Linda (Mark) Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Margaret (Snyder) Kennell and his sister, Barbara Paul. Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home 4017 Maplecrest Road. A Mass of Christian Burialwill be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church with calling one hour prior. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery. Preferred memorials are to the Dr. Phillip A. Kennell scholarship Fund. (May 13, 2007)

Margaret Babcock Papa IHS 1951, age 73, of Huntsville, Ala., died Sunday, April 1, 2007. She was born May 12, 1933. Mrs. Papa worked as assistant to controller at New York State University College of Oneonta. She was a founding member of Alabama Auntaloons Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Papa; sisters, Betty Babcock and Nancy Babcock Donowick and her parents, Alton and Alice Kennedy Babcock. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Papa Donovan of Cincinnati; a son, Thomas Christopher of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Kyle and Ryan Donovan and Lucy, Stephanie and Daria Papa; sisters, Marion Costello, Syracuse, and Barbara Babcock and Kay Hammonds, both of Huntsville, Ala., and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville with Father Louis Giardino officiating. Memorials may be made to a local hospice. (April 4, 2007)

Shirley A. (Lewis) Miller IHS 1951, 73, of Ilion, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2006, in the St. Luke's Home. Shirley was born July 21, 1933 in Ilion, the daughter of the late John and Charlotte (Moore) Lewis. Shirley was a graduate of Ilion High School and, on September 22, 1956, she was united in marriage to Russell V. Miller; he passed away on July 3, 1986. Shirley is survived by her nieces, Robin Tii Gay of Dolgeville, Terra and Dominic Rodio and their children, Dominic Jr., Scarlett and Charlotte, all of Frankfort, and Jackie and Cory McDowell of Syracuse; and her nephew, Kyle Gay of Ilion. She was predeceased by a brother, Jack; and a sister, Charlotte Kowalsky. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 13, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Frankfort, with Fr. Alfred Lamanna officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. View Memorial Gardens in Little Falls. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Shirley's family would like to thank Shirley's hairdresser at the St. Luke's Home, Grace, for all of her love and support. (Sept 14, 2006)

Margaret Wynne (Russell) Williamson IHS 1951, 71, died at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with her children by her side after a long illness, Wednesday, July 20, 2005. She is the wife of the late Ernest Williamson. Mrs. Williamson was born, raised, and educated in Ilion, NY. She graduated from high school in 1951. She also graduated from Edgewood Park College. She then married James Daly in 1955. She later married Ernest Williamson. She worked as an office administrator in a pediatric doctor's office in Sudbury, MA, for many years. She fulfilled her dream to move to Cape Cod in 1996 from Weston, MA, where she expressed herself by painting and playing the piano with an ocean view. She cherished her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Brewster, MA, Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, James L. Daly of Whitinsville, MA, David R. Daly of Ashland, MA; one daughter, Leila E. Sampson of Wellesley, MA; one brother, Benjamin A. Russell of Constantia, NY; one sister, Jane R. Nile of Aptos, CA; nine grandchildren; three nieces and two nephews. A memorial service will be held in The Brewster Baptist Church, Rte. 6A, Brewster, MA, on Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Assoc., 2 White's Path, Yarmouth, MA 02664. (August 8, 2005)

Diane (Luke) Getman IHS 1951 - After a long and courageous battle, Diane Luke Getman found peace at Middlesex Hospice while surrounded by her loving and devoted family on Sunday, May 25, 2003. Diane was born on May 20, 1932 in Troy, NY, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Robert A. Luke. She was raised in Ilion, NY and graduated from the College of St. Rose in Albany with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She used her considerable nursing skills in Pediatrics, Long Term Care and School Nursing. Diane married Capt. Robert Getman in 1956 and began a wonderful journey of love as a Wife, Mother and Grandmother. They settled in Old Lyme in 1975. She was active in the community as a member of the Board of Directors of Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association and Old Lyme Commission on Aging. Diane was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Duck River Garden Club and the Coast Guard Officers Spouses Association. She was very active in her Church, Christ the King, as a member of the Pastoral Council, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, and Chairman of the Altar Society. She was a very well known and popular parishioner. In addition to her best friend and husband, she leaves her daughter, Ashley Bergeron and her husband Donald of Niantic, CT; sons, Scott and his wife Anita of Clinton, CT, Shawn and his wife Mary of Collinsville, CT, Christopher of Greenwich, CT; daughter, Kelly Danahy and her husband Robert of Sewell, CT; and eight grandchildren, Kate, Megan, Kristian, Trevor, Emily, Erin, Brian and Josh. Diane also leaves her brother, Robert Luke; and many special nieces and nephews. Diane was predeceased by her first son, Robert T. II. Diane also leaves a host of friends throughout the country who will always remember her for her warm, engaging, outgoing and enthusiastic personality who could light up a room with her very presence. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 11 a.m. in Christ the King Church, Old Lyme. Interment will follow in Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2003 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Beckwith Ln., Old Lyme, 06371. In lieu of flowers, friends may make donations to Christ the King Parish Building Fund, P.O. Box 443, Old Lyme, CT 06371, or Old Lyme Visiting Nurse Association, P.O. Box 56, Old Lyme, CT 06371. (May 28, 2003)

Joe Hennessy IHS 1951 The following is information received today from Tom Hennessy regarding his father and our 1951 classmate, Joe Hennessy. - Submitted by class contact, Joyce Earl

"It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of my father Joe Hennessy. Dad passed away suddenly on Tuesday the 24th of September. He had been recovering from colon surgery and undergoing preventative chemotherapy treatments, his prognosis was good. His condition deteriorated quickly on Tuesday, for as yet unexplained reasons, and he was gone very quickly. Thankfully he did not suffer. We still do not have all of the answers and hope to find out later the exact cause of death."

"I know Dad kept in touch with many of you and thought I should get a note out as soon as possible. Dad valued the friendship of you all, and I know many of the names on this address list are old and dear aquaintances, either from school, work, or former neighbors. My Dad was one of the good guys and enjoyed his life and family, he will be missed greatly by us all. Thank you" - TomHennessy - (September 25, 2002)

TenEyck J. 'Joe' Hennessy IHS 1951, age 68, of Camp Hill, died Tuesday in Holy Spirit Hospital, East Pennsboro Township. He was born March 21, 1934, in Amityville, N.Y., to the late TenEyck J. and Mabel Doyle Hennessy. He attended Utica College and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a retired manager from Nextel Communications. A member of the Navy League, the Knights of Columbus 4068, West Shore Council, a fourth degree Knight with the Bishop Shannahan Assembly, Harrisburg, an active member with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg, he enjoyed traveling and was an active golfer. His loving family and wonderful friends will sadly miss him.< Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Aloisio Hennessy; two daughters, Elizabeth A. (David) Achenbach of Harrisburg, Pa. and Donna H. (David) Bryant of Tucson, Ariz; one son, Thomas J. (Terry) Hennessy, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and seven grandchildren, Andrew, Ian and Ashley ichols, Erin and Joseph Hennessy and Sean and Stephen Bryant. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Burial will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Upper Allen Township. Viewing is today (Friday) from 6-8 p.m. in Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. A prayer service will follow at 7:30 p.m. and a fourth degree Knights of Columbus memorial service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Friday, both in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 310 Hertzler Drive, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055. (September 27, 2002)

Ralph L. Vandawalker IHS 1951, age 67, Ilion, passed away Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at home after a long and very courageous battle with cancer. Ralph was born Aug. 17, 1934, in Ilion, the son of the late Leon M. and Marion I. Steele Vandawalker. He was a 1951 graduate of Ilion High School and worked with the Ilion Board of Light from 1951 to 1960. In 1960, he joined the Ilion Fire Department, working his way up to the rank of deputy chief in 1982, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. He also worked part time for Edick Appliances for 22 years. On May 22, 1970, he married the former Kathleen "Kathie" Weber in Ilion. Ralph is survived by his wife Kathie; his children, Lawrence and Pat Vandawalker of Youngsville, N.C., Julie and Allyn Zelie of Cicero, Joel and Catherine Vandawalker of Utica, Andrew and Erin Vandawalker of Frankfort Center, Regina and Michael Moreau of Ilion, Sally and Mark Johnson of Herkimer, Carmen and Sue Iagulli of Utica and Christina and Fred Letts of Palm Bay, Fla.; a brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Pamela Vandawalker of Ilion; two sisters, Virginia Vandawalker and Jean Runyon, both of Ilion; 13 grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be sadly missed by his faithful canine companion, Holly. Funeral services for Ralph will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 10! 0 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. George B. Greene officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery.Friends may call Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family would like to express a special heartfelt thank you to Dr. Jorge Ferriero and his staff and Dr. Samir Desai and staff at Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital and Cancer Center, also the staff of Sue Campagna Hospice for the care and love and compassion shown to Ralph during his illness. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Ralph's name to Ilion Firefighters Local 1185, Faxton-St. Luke's Cancer Center, Herkimer County Hospice Foundation, or the American Diabetes Association. Ilion Career and Volunteer Firefighters will conduct a service Wednesday night at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. (December 13, 2001)

"Our classmate, Ralph Vandawalker, passed away Monday, December 10, 2001, at home after a long and corageous battle with cancer. Ralph and his wife, Kathie, were at our 50th reunion recently and we were all happy he could be there. Kathie told the committee it meant a lot to Ralph to share that time with us. May he rest in peace." - Joyce Earl (December 13, 2001)

Keith Durgee IHS 1951, age 68, Port St. Lucie, FL, died suddenly on Oct. 7, 2000. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Barbara Smith Durgee; 5 daughters; 3 grandsons and 6 granddaughters. (November 14, 2000)

Word has been received of the death of classmate Dorothy Kidder IHS 1951, Atlanta, GA. The information I received is that Dodie had a heart attack followed by a stroke and passed away on Tuesday, 12/14/99. - Joyce Earl

Rendle James McDonald IHS 1951, age 65, died Thursday, Feb.4, 1999, at his home in Pensacola. Mr. McDonald was born in Herkimer and lived in Ilion before moving to Pensacola, 29 years ago. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1951. He retired after 38 years of service, as a Systems Analyst. He was a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, in Pensacola, Florida. He is survived by his daughter Sandra, and her husband Gary Greve; four sons; Dale, Danny, Scott and Stephen; a daughter-in-law, Stephen's wife Marie; six grandchildren and one brother, Richard who resides in Newport, N.Y. He was predeceased by two sons; Kevin and Tommy. Rendle had a wonderful sense of humor and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him. (March 5, 1999)

 

Bombers Buzz Website....

Thomas Adams, Attorney, email, Richmond, KY, re-registered. (Sept 4, 2012)

William Morton, retired, email, from Oklahoma City, OK, registered. (Feb 28, 2006)

"I can't think of a better place to be born and brought up than Ilion. The longer you're away the more you appreciate the small town atmosphere that we once knew."

Joyce Williams Robinson, email, from Utica, NY, sent news. (February 8, 2003)

"Just an update. Mom still lives with me and now is 94. We still have our birds. I have 3 daughters and a son and 9 grandkids. My children live close to me, so we always are having get-togethers. The grandkids participate in many sports which I enjoy."

Emilie Yavornitzki Duffy, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 11, 2002)

Nancy Russell McGowan, email, from Little Falls, NY, signed the GuestBook. (July 26, 2002)

"The work done last year on our class reunion was excellent and theturnout was great. The Mega reunion committee should be highly praised. The whole idea superb. Again, thats the way Ilion has always done things. GREAT, GREAT. Shows what a great education we received in Ilion School system."

Jack Kennell, email , from Grand Island, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 30, 2002)

Lucille DeFazio Howard Kelly, Utica, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 30, 2002)

Rosemarie Thibault Squire, Retired (ha ha) Homemaker, email , Ilion, NY, registered. (May 19, 2002)

Fred Turner, Retired Teacher, email , Mohawk, NY, registered. (April 19, 2002)

Robert Voelcker, email , Rome, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 20, 2002)

June Dunham Hocking, retired, email , Ilion, NY, registered. (October 24, 2001)

Jack Kennell, email , from Grand Island, NY, sent news. (June 21, 2001)

"I will have been married to my wife Marty for 41 years this Sep 3rd. We have four children: John, Christina, Suzanne and Michelle. They have blessed us with five grandsons; we're still looking for that first granddaughter. My wife and I are both retired and looking forward to the 50th reunion bash. I am lucky I happened onto this website. I think it's great, although I was greatly saddened to read of fellow classmates who have passed away. I suppose we should invest in a bottle of wine to be kept in the archives, to eventually be consumed by the last survivor. (Sorry for being so morbid!)" - Jack

Pat Sutherland Richardson, email , from San Diego, CA, sent news. (Feb 25, 2001)

"I did not graduate from Ilion High. However, I lived in Ilion for 14 years and would have been in the Class of '51. We moved to Los Angeles in 1950. But I feel like an alumnus." - Pat

Pat Sutherland Richardson
5851 Antigua Boulevard
San Diego CA 92124
858-277-4933

Joanne Parks Jourde, email , from Houston, TX, signed the Guest Book. (Feb 19, 2001)

Lester Short, from Nanyuki, Kenya, East Africa, signed the Guestbook and registered in the directory.

Lester retired as the curator of ornithology (birds!) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Lester and his wife, Jenny, retired to Nanuki, Kenya, East Africa, a small town near the base of Mt. Kenya, where they built their retirement home. (modified December 31, 1999)

"Please contact me at P.O. Box 1121 - I am planning on returning for our 50th Reunion in 2001 !!!!"

Helen Moyer Mickle, Ilion, NY, Retired from G.E. in Utica,N.Y. email , registered. (July 27, 1999)

Kenneth Roberts, Retired, email , from Robertsdale, Al, registered in the directory. (March 12, 1999)

Robert Boucher, Retired, email , from Boca Raton, FL, registered in the directory. (March 2, 1999)

Robert Voelcker, Retired, email , from Rome, NY, registered in the directory. (modified email Dec 18, 2001)

Joyce Loomis Earl, email , from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified February 18, 2000)

"My brother-in-law, Jack Manley, told me about this site. This is the first time I have accessed this page. I found it very informative and most of all, fun to see where old friends are. I will be browsing from time to time so will be glad to hear from you."

 

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Please email updates to: Joyce Loomis Earl, Ilion, NY email, or send updates to Class of 1951, PO Box 294, 224 S. Third Ave, Ilion, NY 13357, all of your Class of '51 news.

 


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