Ilion High School

Class of 1952

Alumni News

1952 Mirror Cover Ilion


Digitized Class Yearbook....

Mirror '52 from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 24, 2021)


Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1952 is at your published in the 1952 Mirror Class History.


The Blue Room Song

This little diddy was popular at least as far back as the 1950s. Watch Bill Pickett IHS 1952 perform The Blue Room. (added February 6, 2021)


50th reunion of Ilion High School Centennial Class....

The Ilion High School Class of 1952 celebrated its 50th reunion Oct 11-12. Starting with an informal gathering and buffet at the Marine Corp League, former West Hill School. Classmates attended from Virginia, California, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Nebraska, and throughout New York State.

Tours Saturday morning included Remington Arms and Ilion High School. Saturday evening dinner was held at the Ramada Inn New Hartford with Bill Hendrix, master of ceremonies, introducing class president Bill Young and guest of honor Mrs. Jane (Coach Mac) Bellinger and her husband Don. Sherli Jones gave the invocation and Jerry Angell led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom Morath gave a tribute to former classmate John Shibut and the necrology was read by Jerry Angell.

Classmates shared many pictures and stories of our school days. Jerry Angell was coordinator of our weekend events with committee members Paul Earl, June Pelliter Manion, Beatrice Donahue Turner, Lois Kennell Ford, Judy Bechard Soules, Ann Alvis Shibut, Bill Hendrix, Charlie and Doris Jordan McHarg, Ernestine Fay Johnson, Barney Brooks, Sherli Jones, and Bev Seymour Campisi. (updated October 14, 2002)


Notable 1952 Alumnus....

Ilion alumnus William H. Young - IHS '52 was nominated in 1989, by President Bush, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy). (modified July 18, 2020)


Induction Into Hall Of Fame...

Colonel Jerry W. Angell, Ilion High Class of 1952 was honored by Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Colonel Angell was a four-year letter winner in both football and lacrosse from 1952-1956. Angell was the first interior lineman elected to the hall. Angell was also captain of the 1952 undefeated (9-0) Ilion football team and was an all-state honorable mention.

Attending the induction ceremony with Angell, were his brother Dave and wife Karrol, Bill and Audrey (Pearson) Hendrix, Sherli Jones and Chuck Earl along with presenter Barney Brooks. All were Ilion graduates in the early 1950s.

Col. Angell flew 265 combat missions, as a fighter pilot, for the Air Force. Before retiring from the Air Force in 1982, Col. Angell earned the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with one oak leaf cluster, the Purple Heart and 14 air medals. He also taught high school in California for seven years. Col. Angell currently resides, in Redlands, California.



Stewart C. Pelton IHS 1952, age 88, Bradenton, FL, passed away on May 2, 2021. Stewart served in the Army and is a veteran of the Korean War. He received several medals for his service. Stewart served his country with pride. He was born and grew up in Ilion, NY. He married Barbara and raised two children, Kari and Garret, in Liverpool, NY. Stewart had a successful career with Gulf Oil where he was afforded an early retirement. He got to enjoy many of his years going between their home in Raquette Lake, NY, in the Adirondacks and Bradenton, FL. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing throughout his years. He and his wife eventually settled in FL permanently. Stewart is survived by his wife, Barbara Garlock Pelton; his daughter, Kari Pelton Dillon; daughter-in-law, Darlene Pelton; and predeceased by his son, Garret Pelton. He also leaves six grandchildren, L. Timmerman, Stephen Dillon, Natasha Pelton Hill and husband, Mathew Hill, Brittany Pelton Goode and husband, Tyler Goode, Joshua Pelton, and Michael Kildow; two great-grandchildren, Winston Goode and Tripp (John) Timmerman; and close friends. He will be laid to rest at a private ceremony in the company of his family. (May 9, 2021)


William F. "Bill" Pickett, IHS 1952, 87, son of Heenan and Ella (Whalen) Pickett, passed into eternal life on November 2, 2020 at Foltsbrook in Herkimer. In his younger years, he graduated from Ilion High School and served as an altar boy at the Church of Annunciation. He had a strong devotion to God and his religion. Bill worked most of his life at Remington Arms. He was a figure in the community, serving in local politics and he was instrumental in starting Pop Warner Football in the area. Everyone knew Bill. Bill married his high school sweetheart Shirley (Rasmussen) Pickett on June 23, 1956 and the two were inseparable for 64 years. He is also survived by three sons Billy of Farmington, NY, Jeff and his husband Tom of Hackensack, NJ and Andy of Ilion; a daughter Lisa Sweet and her husband Leigh of Canandaigua, NY; a sister Margaret Deptehereos of Watertown. Four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his brothers Jack and Joe and a sister Mary. Bill will be remembered for the love and kindness that he gave to everyone in his life. A memorial mass for Bill will be held on Tuesday November 10, 2020 at 10:30 at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, Fr. Paul Catena will officiate. A graveside service will follow at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Monday November 9 from 2 to 4 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. COVID guidelines for services will apply. To leave an online condolence please go to (November 28, 2020)


Shirley B. (Mead) Jones, IHS 1952, 84 of Ilion passed away on Sunday July 11, 2020 at The Grand in Ilion Shirley was born on September 17, 1935 in Ilion, she was the daughter of, the late, Howard and Ruby (Geary) Mead Sr. She was educated in Ilion and worked as a switchboard operator at Mohawk Valley General Hospital for several years. On February 26, 1971 she was united in marriage to William Jones, who passed away in 2002. Through her life Shirley enjoyed traveling. She is survived by her son Kurt of Ilion and a grandson Scott. She is predeceased by a son Scott and her 4 brothers. In keeping with Shirley's wishes all services are private. (July 18, 2020)


Doris E. (Jordan) McHarg, IHS 1952 age 86, passed away on June 26, 2020 at the Sitrin Long Term Health Care Center surrounded by her family. A graveside funeral service will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00AM at St. Mary's Cemetery in East Herkimer, NY. Doris was born on June 9, 1934 in Plattsburgh, NY, the daughter of the late Roland M. and Doris G. (Sloan) Jordan. Doris graduated in 1952 from Ilion High School and in 1957 from Plattsburgh Teachers College, Plattsburgh NY with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education; she then taught full and part-time for over 25 years. She married Charles G. McHarg, Jr. on January 29, 1957 at Annunciation Church, Ilion NY. Doris was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She loved doing puzzles, traveling, camping, fishing, and the outdoors. Surviving are her husband, Charles, of 63 years; her son, David McHarg and his wife, Julie, of Castorland, NY; her three daughters, Terry Agel of Chicago, IL, Kathleen Russo and her husband, Thomas, of Hudson, OH, and Michele Muller of Hudson Falls, NY; her sister, Nancy DeLux of Charlotte, NC; her sister-in-law, Helen May and her husband, Ben, of Leesburg, FL; and 10 grandchildren: Zachary, Brandon, Nicholas, Kelsey, Zoe, Steven, Remy, Jacob, Marcellus and Isabella; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Roland and Doris Jordan, her father-in-law and mother-in-law Charles and Katherine McHarg, Sr., sister-in-law Ann Venditte and her husband, James, and brother-in-law, John McHarg. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. The McHarg family has entrusted Doris' final arrangements to the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea, Martin Ciaccia and Don Applegate, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Doris McHarg, please visit Tribute Store. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Doris McHarg.. (July 5, 2020)


Lois A. (Kennell) Ford IHS 1952, 85 of Ilion passed away on Thursday January 30, 2020 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. She was born on May 29, 1934 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Francis and Helen (Schell) Kennell. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and on June 19, 1954 she was united in marriage to Stan Ford and they have shared a loving bond for their 65 years together. Lois was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She was a member of Annunciation Church and always maintained a strong faith in Christ and was devoted to her church. Lois was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She always followed her grandchildren through many years of sports and enjoyed every minute of that time with family. Lois is survived by her loving husband Stan; four daughters Lesley and her husband Lance Burger, Kathy and her husband Larry Smith, Andrea and her husband Glenn Seaton and Julie and her husband Dave Stone; a son Jeff and his wife Rose, 10 grandchildren Lance and Jordan Burger, Megan Robinson, Lars and Gabrielle Smith, Cassey and Emily Seaton, Ben, Camryn and Nolan Stone; 5 great grandchildren Katilyn Burger, Jax, Knox, Hunter and Harper Robinson; a sister Jean and her husband Gary Greig, a brother Alan Kennell and his wife Mayme. She is predeceased by a brother Robert Kennell. Funeral services for Lois will be held on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 7 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Deacon James Bower will officiate. Interment will be in the spring in Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 pm until the time of the service. Lois's family would like to thank the staff at Valley Health, especially Melissa and Nick, for all the love and care they gave to their mom during her time there. To send an online condolence please go to (February 7, 2020)


Mary Elizabeth (Shepard) Gardner, IHS 1952, 84 of New Hartford, passed away on Monday March 11, 2019 at home, with her loving family by her side. Mary was born on August 31, 1934 in Florence, NY. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Culver) Shepard. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools. Following high school she served in the United States Air Force upon completing her service she worked as an inspector for GE in Utica for over 38 years. She was married to Harlow Gardner, he passed away several years ago. Mary was a member of the New Hartford American Legion. Mary is survived by her daughter Rebecca Babilon, with whom she resided; two sons Richard Gutheinz of NC and Wyatt and his wife Kimberly Gutheinz of New Hartford; a brother Larry and his wife Barb Shepard of Mohawk as well as several grand and great grandchildren. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is pre deceased by two sisters Helen Rose and Ruth Getman and a brother Harold Shepard. A very special friend Tammy Matys who gave Mary so much love and devotion, over the years. Also special friends Martha Smith and Ruth Madison. Funeral services for Mary will be held on Saturday March 16, 2016 at 3pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Bishop Dan Harzog will officiate. Interment will be in the spring at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, with military honors. Friends may call on Saturday from 1pm until the time of the service. Mary's family wish to thank the staff a HOSPICE and Palliative Care for their excellent care during Mary's illness and encourage friends and family to please consider memorial donations to HOSPICE and Palliative Care 4277 Middlesettlement Rd. New Hartford, NY 13413. To leave an online condolence, please go to (March 23, 2019)


Paul C. Earl, Jr., IHS 1952, age 83, a life-long Ilion resident passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2018 at home with his loving family by his side. Born on March 22, 1934 he was the son of the late Paul C. Sr. and Jeannette (DesRosiers) Earl. He was educated locally graduating from Annunciation School and Ilion High School, Class of 1952. On December 26, 1953, Paul was united in marriage to the love of his life, Joyce M. Loomis at Annunciation Church in Ilion and together the couple shared almost 65 years of marriage. Paul proudly served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956 as an Airman First Class at Cabanas Field, Corpus Christi, Texas and as a Petty Officer aboard the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier during the Korean Conflict. Upon discharge from military service, he operated his own business and was known for his workmanship refinishing hardwood floors, wallpaper and painting. For over 28 years, he was employed at Remington Arms as a First Line Supervisor retiring in 1992. At home, Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was devout in his Catholic faith and was a lifelong parishioner of Annunciation Church. He was active in the community as a Life Member of the Ilion Midget League, having served as Coach, then Manager of the Yankee Team. He also served as President, Coach and Manager of the Ilion Post 920 American Legion Baseball Team from 1967 to 1982. He was a member of the American Legion Post 920, the Ilion Lodge 1444 B.P.O.E., and the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Paul was an avid golfer and bowler; he loved all sports and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Joyce and their cherished children Kevin (Mary) Earl, Patricia (John) Wolber, Paul III (Gail) Earl, James (Linda) Earl, Sally (Kenneth) Infarinato, MaryBeth (Craig) Hartmann. He is lovingly remembered by his 22 grandchildren, Timothy (Tarrah) Earl, Lauren (Andrew) Earl Strack, Barret (Kelly) Wolber, Kathryn (Doug) Wolber Dionne, Patrick Wolber, Molly Wolber, Brandon (Hallie-Ruth) Earl, Neil (Rachael) Farnum, Leah (Ian) MacDonald, Patrick (Lisa) Farnum, Jake Earl, Katrina (Luke) Allen, Micala Earl, Jessica Stuckman, Laura Stuckman, Nicole (Ryan) Infarinato Platt, Kelly (Andrew) Infarinato Barbano, Matthew Infarinato, Sophie Infarinato, Kyle (Kait) Earl, Steven (Lindsay) Hartmann, and Lucas Hartmann. He was blessed with 10 great grandchildren, Ginny, Brody, Charles, Railynn, Cole, Joseph, Olivia, Jonathon, Alexandra, and Seumas. He leaves 3 sisters, JoAnne (Robert) Pierson, Nancy (Angelo) Semeraro and Marilyn (Alex) Rakowski and two sisters-in-law, Jo-Anne (Jack) Manley, Lynda (Martin) Merchant. He was predeceased by his parents, infant sister Jacquelyn and his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Linda Earl. He leaves many loved nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 16, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion from 4-7 PM. The Elks will conduct their service rites at 4:30 p.m. and the American Legion will conduct services at 4:45 pm during calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral service on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Annunciation Church in Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Fr. Paul Catena. Spring internment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery where Paul will be laid to rest. Joyce and her children would like to thank Dr. James Vanderhoof, MD for his excellent care and compassion as Paul's physician. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in memory of Paul to Ilion Ambulance Fund, 1 Central Ave. Ilion; Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 or you may donate online: or Annunciation Church 109 West Street, Ilion, NY. To leave an online condolence, please visit (March 30, 2018)


Douglas Hall IHS 1952 - Douglas "Twenty Dollar Doug" Russell Hall passed away on Friday morning, September 11, 2015, at the Veteran's Home in Scarborough, Maine, with his loving family by his side. He was born on November 8, 1932 in Ilion, New York. He was the son of the late Arthur and Florence (Emrich) Hall, and was educated in Ilion Schools. In 1952, Doug was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played with them for a short time, before being drafted to the Army of the United States on November 21, 1952. He was honorably discharged after two years of service on November 20, 1954. After his discharge, Doug played AAA baseball for two years with the Brooklyn Dodgers and semi-pro football for two years. On February 23, 1957, Doug married the love of his life, Joan Elizabeth Smith. In 1961, Doug went to work at Remington Arms, where he worked until his first retirement in 1986. Doug was recruited by Saco Defense in 1988, and moved to Old Orchard Beach, Maine. He worked for six years at Saco Defense, while he and Joan also managed Acorn Self-Service Storage in Westbrook, Maine. Together, they managed Acorn for thirteen years, before retiring for the final time in 2005. Doug enjoyed being with his family, and loved summer vacations in Florida and California. He had fun with his trips to casinos and racetracks to play the horses. When he would take Joan and Rose to the casino, they would sit in the back seat and listen to Doug share stories about growing up in Ilion. They were the Three Musketeers. Doug was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is adored and loved by all, and never met a stranger. Doug has left behind his wife of fifty eight years, Joan Hall, his brother and sister-in-law Don and Alice Hall of Ilion, New York, his sister-in-law, Juanita Burger of Ilion, New York, and he and Joan's four children and their significant others: Scott Hall and Shelia Servadio of Ilion, New York, Kelly Hall of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Tracy Kelly and Danny Raye, and Wendy McCarthy and George Rizeakos, all of Saco, Maine. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Carly and Allie McCarthy and Sydney and Madison Kelly, all of Saco, Maine. He also leaves behind close, special friends Rose and Terry McCarthy, Scott McCarthy, Michael Kelly, Nikki Nadeau, Denise and Anthony Langella, Dale and Marlene Christie, and John Yavornitzki, as well as many nieces and nephews. Doug will also be missed by his loving dog Bella. Doug is predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Florence (Emrich) Hall, his brothers Arthur and Pete, his sisters Arlene, Flora, Doris, Betty, and Etta, and his sister-in-law, Margie Brewer. Friends and family in New York may call from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday September 19, 2015 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY. A celebration of Doug's life will be held in Maine at a later date. The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough for all of the care and compassion that they showed Doug in his final weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doug's memory may be made to the Central Valley Academy or the Maine Veteran's Home system.(September 18, 2015)


Alfred Edwin Smith, 79, of Ilion, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Al was born on January 19, 1933, in Ilion, the son of the late Edwin A. and Gladys F. (Beauchemin) Smith. He was educated in Ilion and worked for many years as a crossing guard for Ilion Central Schools. Al is survived by his brother, Joseph, of Chadwicks; and sisters, Katherine Smith, of Ilion, and Eleanor and her husband, Harold Riddell, of Mohawk. He also leaves his nieces and nephews, Judy Schneider, Tracy Miller, Scott Riddell, Mary Strafel, and Steve and Robert Tines; and his great-nephews, Luke and John Miller. A memorial service for Al will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Butternut room at Mohawk Valley Health Care. Deacon James Bower will officiate and interment will follow in the Woodgate Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to Mohawk Valley Health Care; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. Online condolences may be sent by going to (April 21, 2012)


William L. Hendrix, age 77, passed away on Monday September 5, 2011 in Herkimer, NY, after a long illness. Bill was born on June 6, 1934 in Ilion the son of the late Clarence and Mayme "Dutch" (Stephens) Hendrix. Bill married the former Audrey Pearson in Ilion, she passed away in 1999. Bill joined the New York National Guard in 1950 and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1952. Following graduation, Bill enlisted in the United States Marine Corp retiring in 1973. Bill was most proud of his service as a drill instructor at both Paris Island and San Diego, training over 630 recruits. In 1967 Bill was commissioned as an officer. He served two tours in Viet Nam. Bill was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for valor, a Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon with 5 stars for additional awards, the National Defense with 1 star, Viet Nam Service Ribbon with 3 stars, the Drill Instructor Award with 7 stars, and the Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation. Bill loved being a Marine. Bill is survived by his daughters and son in laws; Judith Hendrix of Jacksonville NC, Patricia Hendrix and Dennis Wright of Ilion, Diane and Talbot Balla of Herkimer, Ida and GySgt. Chat Dickinson of Okinawa, Jennifer and Gregg Goble of Burgaw NC and Timothy and Karen Kellogg of Longmont CO. He is also survived by his grandchildren Shawn and Kirsten Kellogg and Benjamin Kellogg of Denver Co, Lyndsay and Brett Bala of Herkimer, Jenna and Gage Dickinson of Okinawa; 3 great grandsons; his brother and sister in law Donald and Shirley Pearson of Ilion; niece Cynthia (David) Garrett and nephews Doug (Ruth) Pearson and Dale Pearson. He was predeceased by his daughter Suzanne Hendrix Kellogg. Funeral services for Bill will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 11:30 am, with the V. Rev. Anthony Barrett officiating, from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:30 am until the time of the funeral. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp LeJuene, NC. Envelopes will be available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. On line condolences may be sent by going to (Sept 7, 2011)


Joyce A. (Hungerford) Thibault IHS 1952, age 76, of Ilion and Sarasota, Florida, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 4, 2011, with her loving family by her side. She was born on December 26, 1934, in Malone, NY, the daughter of Ulysse and Beatrice (Perry) Hungerford. Joyce graduated from Ilion High School and attended Rider College in New Jersey. She was married to Charles E. Thibault on June 4, 1955, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. In her early years, she was employed at General Electric Co., Utica. Joyce was Secretary-Treasurer at Utica Valley Electric Co. for over twenty years retiring in 1997. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, NY and St. Thomas More Church, Sarasota, Florida. Joyce was a longtime member of the Cedar Lake Club, TPC Prestancia Golf Club and was a past officer of the Gulfgate Library Club. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and homemaker. Survivors include her husband, Charlie; her children, Larry Thibault and his wife, Terry, of Cedar Lake, NY, Kathy Buckley and her husband, Mike and Paul Thibault and his wife, Chris, all of Ilion; nine grandchildren, Donna Flescher and her husband, Nathan, Matt Thibault and his wife, Kacey, Stacey Thibault, Ashley Adams, Charlie Buckley, Rene Centolella, Cassie Thibault and Nicki Thibault; two great-granddaughters, Addyson Thibault and Zoey Buttenschon; her brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Larry and Jeanne Thibault, of Dallas Texas and Rosie Squire, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Judy DiBrango. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, and 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Friday, July 8, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (between Ilion and Frankfort). The family would like to thank the nursing staffs in CCU and on the 6th. and 5th. floors at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. Also a special thank you from the family to the many doctors who took care of Joyce during her recent illness. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The Thibault family has entrusted all Joyce's funeral arrangements and supervision to their longtime family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (July 9, 2011 modified March 20, 2016)


Attorney Thomas R. Morath, age 70, an Ilion native, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth Bernstein, after a two-year illness. He was born July 11, 1935, in Utica, the son of the late James R. and Frances C. (Loefler) Morath. Thomas attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1952. He also graduated from Fordham University and Fordham Law School and attended Notre Dame University. His marriage to Camille Visconti took place on June 13, 1959, at St. Clare's Church in Bronx, N.Y. Mr. Morath was a United States Army veteran, enlisting in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1958 with the rank of corporal. Until his retirement in 1996, Mr. Morath was an attorney and practiced law in the Bronx. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Camille of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Elizabeth Bernstein and her husband Dr. Steven Bernstein of Williamsville; a granddaughter, Caroline Frances Bernstein; his in-laws, Nicholas and Carol Visconti and Immaculate and Thomas Paluzzo, and many nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by his daughter, Diane Frances Morath on July 14, 1971, and a brother, James R. Morath Jr. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. from Annunciation Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor. Spring interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. There are no calling hours. Arrangements under the direction of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street (between Ilion and Frankfort). To add to James' online memorial go to on the Internet. (Jan 7, 2006 modified March 20, 2016)


Dorothy Elizabeth Ploutz, Highland Ave., Ilion, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2003, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Dorothy was born on August 12, 1933, in Pittston, PA, the daughter of the late Jonas and Elizabeth Shellhammer Burnside Sr. She was a 1952 graduate of Ilion High School and on August 3, 1953, she was united in marriage to Edward Ploutz Jr. The couple recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with family and friends. Dorothy retired in 1995 from Fleet Bank, where she was employed as a clerk. She also worked for MDS, Momentum, and also Horton's and Lennox Bros. Pharmacy. Dorothy was a member of the Ilion Presbyterian Church, a former member of Ilion O.E.S., and was an avid Nascar fan. Dorothy is survived by her husband, Edward; two sons and daughters-in-law, David Edward and Lynn, Rock Hill, SC, and Daniel and Nancy, Hampton, VA; a daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Jean and Michael Cirillo, Greer, SC; a sister-in-law, Joyce Burnside, Dolgeville; and ten grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Jonas Burnside Jr. Funeral services for Mrs. Ploutz will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2003, from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (September 29, 2003)


Frances Smith Goewey, age 66, passed away December 16, 1999 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse NY, after a lengthy illness. She was born September 9, 1933, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Martha Smith. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. She is survived by her husband, Alvin Goewey; one daughter, Anafred Smith-Carlton and her husband Dave of Cold Brook, a grandson and great-grandsons. She is also survived by her sisters and their families, Karen Sauer of Mohawk and Joyce Degenshien of Frankfort. (December 18, 1999)


Joseph 'Joe' Kinville, age 66, died June 5, 1999, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Joe was born October 16, 1932, in Ilion, the son of Joseph and Genevieve Rice Kinville. He was a member of the IHS Class of 1952. He served his country with the US Navy from 1952-1956. He married Ruth Fay, the mother of his children. Joe later married Patricia 'Pat' Young, in 1981, in Ilion. He was employed by Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for 34 years. He retired as a foreman in the gas department in 1990. After his retirement, he later worked part-time at the Ni-Mo auctions in Rome. He was a former elected trustee for the Village of Ilion from 1972 to 1976. He was one of the founders and coaches with the Ilion Pop Warner Football League. Survivors include his wife Pat; five daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Scott Krenichyn of Herkimer, Michelle and George Koury of New Hartford, Lori and Terry Tucker of Mohawk, Lynne and Rodney Von Packal of Clinton, Jolene and John Day of Ilion; one son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Patricia Kinville, of Ilion; two stepsons, Michael Young of NYC, and Donald Young and his wife Lynette of Nebraska; 14 grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Ruth Kinville of Keene, NH; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many close friends. Funeral services are June 9, from the Church of the Annunciation, followed by interment in White Lake Cemetary. Funeral arrangements are by Applegate & Day Funeral Home. Donations may be made in Joe's memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. (June 7, 1999)


Marie Audrey Pearson Hendrix, age 64, passed away Monday, February 22, 1999. She was born in Ilion, November 22, 1934, the daughter of the late Carl and Marie Leach Pearson. She was a 1952 graduate of Ilion High School, and she married William Hendrix, in Annunciation Church on August 19, 1961. She was employed as a clerk with Mungers, The Telephone Co., and McLaughlins. She was a member of the Church of Annunciation, the Herkimer County Unit Marine Corps League Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband Bill; five daughters and two sons-in-law, Judith Hendrix of Ilion, Patricia Hendrix of Ilion, Diane and Talbot Bala of Herkimer, Ida and Chad Dickenson of Camp LeJuene, N.C., Jennifer Quail of Ilion; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Shirley Pearson of Ilion, her mother-in-law, Mayme Hendrix of Ilion, a son-in-law, Timothy Kellogg of Lyons Co. and four gradnchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Suzanne Kellogg, and a sister, Arlen Pearson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday at 9:30 a.m. at Annunciation Church, Ilion. Funeral arrangements are by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Memorials may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. (February 24, 1999)

Sad news from Ann Alvis Shibut, email . (July 16, 1998)

"I am sad to report the death of John Shibut, Class of 1952, on June 17, 1998, following a 3 year struggle with a brain stem/spinal cord tumor. John and I, both of the class of 1952, had been married for almost 43 years. We had been living in Richmond, VA since 1959. John had been a banker and had served as head of the International Division of Crestar Bank in Richmond. This job involved a good deal of international travel.,..a wonderful opportunity. We have 2 sons, both married, and 3 grand-daughters."


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Sherli Jones, Retired, email, from Lakeland, FL, re-registered. (Aug 10, 2007)

Jerry Angell, USAF(Ret) Teacher(Ret), email, from Redlands, CA, registered in the directory. (Sept 10, 2005)

Thomas Murphy, from Liverpool, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 29, 2002)

Bea Donahue Turner, email, Mohawk, NY, sent news. (September 21, 2002)

"The Mega Reunion and class of 1952 50th reunion are fast approaching. The Class of '52 welcoming get together buffet is set for 6:00 pm Friday October 11th at the Marine Corp League (formerly West Hill School). Many activities are planned for Saturday with a social hour at 6:00 and dinner at 7:00 pm, at the Ramada Inn, New Hartford. Contact Paul Earl at 315-894 2823 for dinner reservations before Friday October 4th. We would like to see as many classmates as possible at some, or all, of the weekend activities. Be sure not to miss Friday's welcoming get together."

Douglas Hall, Westbrook, ME, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 5, 2002)

Robert Furlong, Retired, email, Warren, MI, registered and sent news. (September 4, 2002)

"Graduated IHS 1952. Joined USAF same year. Under auspices of USAF spent one year studying Chinese Language in School of Far Eastern Languages at Yale University. Subsequently spent one year (1953-54) in Korea in USAF Security Service. Spent 3 years (1954-57) in USAF Foreign Liaison Branch at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. After being discharged from Air Force in 1957 obtained a BA degree (1962) in Geology from Harpur College in Binghamton, NY (now State University of New York at Binghamton). Completed my Masters and Ph D degrees in Geology at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1966. Accepted position as Assistant Professor of Geology at Wayne State University in Detroit in 1966. Promoted to Full Professor in 1976. Selected as Geology Department Chairman in 1974 and served as Department Chairman until I retired in 1999. Married Dorothy MacDermott in 1960. Two Children Patrick (29) and Carolyn (24). Divorced 1990, married Rosemarie Cubba same year. Now reside in Warren, Michigan where I am enjoying retirement and part-time teaching while Rosemarie works as a City Planner for the City of Warren."

Doneta Day Sporney, Retired, email, Woodbridge, VA, registered. (July 18, 2002)

Paul Earl, Jr., Retired, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (April 2, 2002)

Ruth Fay Kinville, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 1, 2002)

Bea Donahue Turner, Retired teacher. Four children, twelve grandchildren, email, Mohawk, NY, registered. (February 3, 2002)

Doris Jordan McHarg, Retired Teacher, email, Gansevoort, NY, registered. (April 18, 2001)

Charles McHarg , Retired-School Administrator, email, Gansevoort, NY, registered. (April 10, 2001)

Robert Hand, Retired, email, from Dryden, NY, registered. (Feb 8, 2001)

Donna Frank Yagey, email, from Whitesboro, NY, sent news. (December 27, 2000)

"This is Donna (Frank) Yagey in Whitesboro New York. Florence Korrie contacted me yesterday. It was Great to see what I found on the computer. Sad to see who passed on. I was very good friends with Audrey and her sister. In fact, I used to live right behind them years ago. I knew about Joe, too bad. I have taken the e-mail of some of the people that are on e-mail and will contact them soon. I am retired along with my husband, who has served with the Utica Police Force for 45 yrs. Nick & I have 3 great sons: David, Stephen and Michael. They are all married and we have 4 grandsons and only 1 granddaughter (who is 4, acting like 44.) She is our joy, to say the least. David is a UPS Captain in Louisville KY, and Stephen is in North Carolina, working for a dentist, as a accountant. Michael works at the court house.... soon to change his job. Well I will be waiting to hear more about the rest of our classmates. Until then take care."

Phyllis Reed Cassidy, retired, email, from Oviedo, FL, registered. (modified May 29, 2000)

Stewart Pelton, retired, email, from Raquette Lake, NY, and Bradenton, FL, registered. (April 28, 2000)

Jo Ann McKenna Joy, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (February 12, 2000)

June Pelletier Manion, Retired from the Town of German Flatts as Sole Assessor on March 30, 2000, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified April 21, 2000)

Ann Alvis Shibut, email sent news. (July 20, 1999)

"I thought I should send an update as a year has passed since my last message. I have been getting along as well as can be expected following John's death in June 1998. Thanks to friends, family, and neighbors I have been supported every step of the way. In early June 1999 I was able to fulfill a promise made to my 90 year old father and bring him to Ilion for a visit. Our trip had been planned for last summer and when that had to be canceled I was glad I could do it this year. He thoroughly enjoyed seeing old friends, the archives area and museum at Remington Arms, "our" old house, etc. I was happy to get to see several classmates, though there was not time for much of a visit. I continue to work in the Music Library at the University of Richmond. In addition I am looking forward to taking a trip to Germany and Austria in May 2000. Meanwhile, I will take a short trip to the mountains of South Carolina with my older son and his family. Life goes on. "

Beverly Seymour Campisi, Retired NYNEX, email, from Red Hook, NY, registered in the directory. (March 2, 1999)

Robert May, Contracts Manager, email, from West Chester, OH, registered in the directory. (modified November 2, 2000)

Ann Ahern Meade, retired teacher, email, from Scotia, NY, registered in the directory. (May 25, 1998)

Ann Alvis Shibut, Music Library Associate, U. of Richmond, Richmond, VA, email, sent news for the Class of '52. (April 10, 1998)

"I've just enjoyed catching up with some news of several classes wish there was more from the class of 1952. I can add information about 2 of us: John and I have been living in Richmond for 38 years after the Marines sent us to Quantico and then Hawaii! We have two married sons and 3 granddaughters. I work in the Music Library of the Univ. of Richmond (3/4 time), and John is retired on disability. He has a spinal cord tumor which was discovered 3 years ago and has undergone some surgery and two courses of radiation. He does remarkably well, though his balance is poor since he has no feeling in his feet and legs! I am pretty busy keeping things going for both of us, but I am an avid quilter have done this professionally as well as just for fun for about 30 years. Hello to all others from the 50s era!" - Ann

Norman Johnson, Retired, email, Davenport, FL, registered in the directory. (March 11, 1998)

William Hendrix, USMC - Retired, Las Vegas, NV, sent news. (May 19, 2000)

"Bill married Marilyn (Thompson) Hendrix (Class of 53) in October of last year and they presently reside in Las Vegas Nevada. They plan on returning to Ilion for an approximate three month stay around the first of July. Between Marilyn and Bill they have a grand total of eleven children, seventeen grandchildren and two great grand children. The children and grandchildren are scattered from New York, Colorado, Washington State, North Carolina, California and Nevada. Bill has thought seriously of buying a motor home and spending the entire year 'visiting' children! In their present status as apartment dwellers, Marilyn finds herself missing the space afforded by a home but Bill revels in the fact that there is no yard work involved. Both are enjoying their 'Golden Years' and invite all to give us a call should you ever be in Las Vegas!"

Norman Johnson, email, from Davenport, FL, sent news to the Class of 1952. (January 2, 1998)

Are there any old timers looking in? I retired to Florida, near Dizzyworld, in 1995. Very nice down here but still miss the valley. Would enjoy contact from classmates as I am on line nearly every day, not much to do during the cold winter months when it gets down in the 40's :-) Very good job on the site, keep up the good work. I have been looking for a site for the Herkimer Telegram to keep up with the 'obits' by no luck. If anyone sees Bill Hendrix or Bill Pickett say 'hi' from Norm. Bye for now. Very nice site, keep up the good work."

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