Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1953 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1953 Mirror Class History.
Two awards have been presented, since 1952, to graduating seniors in honor of IHS Class of 1953 member, Priscilla Burnham. The alumni site April 2018 cover story features the story of Priscilla Burnham. It also includes a brief history of the high school Industrial Arts Program because her father, Lamont Burnham, was the Industrial Arts Supervisor. (Added April 7, 2018)
Here is the 1953 Yearbook Memorial for Diane Monteau who died at the age of 10. (Added April 7, 2018)
Here is a tribute to the deceased members of the Class of 1953.
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Mary Ellen MacDonald Spring, IHS 1953, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2018 in Pensacola, FL. (December 31, 2018)
Shirley J. (Disotelle) LaValley, IHS 1953, 82, passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. She was born in Malone, NY on June 8, 1935 the daughter of the late Raymond and Laura Disotelle. Shirley was educated in Malone and was a graduate of Ilion High. On September 28, 1957 she was united in marriage with Bernard LaValley in The Church of The Annunciation, Ilion. Shirley was employed as a switchboard operator at Herkimer County Community College retiring in 1997. She was a member of the Annunciation Church, a life member and past president of the Ilion K of C Auxiliary, a member of the Herkimer Sr. Citizens, the Sr. Ladies Bowling League and a lifelong avid bowler. Shirley loved spending time at her camp of 42 years at Piseco Lake and enjoyed cooking, baking, ceramics, music, dancing, crafts and her garden and flowers. Shirley is survived by a daughter and son in law Beth and John Brant of Mohawk, a son Steven and his fiancé Tamara Heiland of E. Herkimer, two sisters and a brother in law Esther Viparina and Linda and Allen Edick all of Ilion. She is also survived by three grandchildren Brian Brant and his wife Jessica, Christopher Brant and Jennifer LaValley, two great grandchildren Frankie Ruthford and Hunter Pardee, her sister in law Florence Disotelle and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Shirley was predeceased by her husband Bernard, daughter Karen and brother Gordon. Funeral services will be Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:00 AM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion with Deacon James Bower officiating, interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 4-6 PM at the funeral home. Shirley's family would like to thank the staff and activities department at Valley Health for the excellent care she received. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Alzheimer's Association in Shirley's memory, envelopes will be available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (September 16, 2017)
Mr. William Paul "Bill" Murphy, IHS 1953 age 82, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away in his home on July 1, 2017, one day after his 44th Wedding Anniversary to the love of his life, Mary (Palmer) Murphy. Born on January 5, 1935, William was the son of the late William and Florence (Jordan) Murphy. After graduating high school in 1953, Bill worked for a time at GE Aerospace before joining the United States Air Force Reserves. Following that, Bill attended college at SUNY Brockport earning his Bachelor's Degree in Education in 1963. His tenure with the West Canada Valley Central School District lasted over thirty years. Throughout those decades, not only did he teach eighth and ninth grade math, but he also coached football, basketball and baseball. Bill loved sports. He loved playing them, watching them, and especially teaching generations of children how to play them. After his retirement, he spent his time reading, doing puzzles and word games, and watching the NY Yankees, NY Giants and Boston Celtics. While Bill couldn't get enough sports, his true love was his family. His marriage to the former Mary Palmer began on June 30, 1973 at the Church of the Annunciation, and spanned forty-four years filled with love, laughter and happiness. As the years passed, their family grew to encompass their children and grandchildren. The love that Bill showed to each one of them will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Although he taught and coached hundreds of children throughout the years, his true legacy lives on in his own family. Bill is survived by his beloved wife, Mary; his sons, William Murphy and wife, Katie, of New Orleans, and Michael Murphy and Emily Lattanzi, of Virginia; his daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and Greg Giovinazzo of Virginia; his seven grandchildren, William, Alyssa, Jacob, Dominick, Colin, Declan and Kieran; his brother and sister-in-law, Patrick "Wayne" and Janice Murphy of Ilion; his sister, Mary Jean Murphy of Ilion; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, former colleagues and friends. He was predeceased by his infant grandchildren, Anthony Vincent Giovinazzo and Lysette Lily Murphy. Bill's kindness, generosity and gentle spirit left an impression on everyone he met. He is truly loved and will be greatly missed. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Thursday, July 6, 2017, from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the original Enea Family Funeral Home (FKA Holleran Funeral Service), 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY 13350 (315) 866-1011. Bill's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Friday morning, July 7, 2017, at 10:00AM at the funeral home and at 11:00AM at Holy Family Parish in Little Falls, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Funeral arrangements and supervision have been entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors of the Enea Family Funeral Homes. Online notes of sympathy may be offered at www.eneafamily.com. (July 7, 2017)
Dawes L. Dunham, IHS 1953, age 81, a longtime Ilion resident, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, and his beloved wife, Doris, on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the Faxton-St. Luke’s Medical Center. Born on December 12, 1934, Dawes was the son of the late Dawes J. and Winifred (Scouten) Dunham. He was raised and educated in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On January 1, 1955, Dawes married the love of his life, the former Doris Hocking, and the two shared an inseparable union, spanning six decades, filled with love, laughter, devotion and companionship. As a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Dawes honorably served his country during the Korean Era. During his time of duty, he attained the rank of Corporal and was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal. As provider for his family, Dawes was a hardworking man who spent over 26 years as a shotgun production planner at Remington Arms, until his retirement in 1992. Family was of the utmost priority throughout Dawes' life. Together with his wife, Doris, he dedicated himself to raising his children based on traditional values. As a man of God, he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and truly lived to serve Christ, his family, and those that he leaves on this earth. In his spare time, Dawes enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be fishing and camping with his family, golfing, or going for a nice run. While wintering in Florida, he would plan summer-long trips with his wife, and as a couple, they visited 49 out of the 50 states of the United States. Dawes was a life member of the Ilion American Legion, as well as the Herkimer County Marine Corps League. He was a longtime parishioner of the First Baptist Church of Little Falls. Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Scott "Skip" Stalloch, of Ilion, Jane and John Forbes, of Ilion, Linda and Leo Crim, of Ilion, and Darlene Bawolak, of Little Falls; his son and daughter-in-law, Pastor Dawes J. and Brenda Dunham, of Danville, PA; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sisters and brother-in-law, Doris Gay, of Richfield Springs, and June and Russell Hocking, of Ilion; his brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Connie Dunham, of Ilion; his in-laws, James and Sandra Hocking, of Whitesboro; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Dick Dunham. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY, (315) 895-7722. Members of the Ilion American Legion are asked to gather at 5:30 PM and members of the Herkimer County Marine Corps League are asked to gather at 6:00 PM to conduct their ritualistic services. Dawes' funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016, at 10:30 AM at the funeral home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Reverend Chris J. Wintermute, of the First Baptist Church of Little Falls, officiating. Interment will follow in Mohawk Cemetery, where Dawes will be laid to rest beside his wife, Doris. The Dunham family would like to extend their appreciation to MOVAC and the staff of the ER at Faxton-St. Luke’s, for their efforts and compassion on that difficult day. Those wishing to do so are asked to consider memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502-5949. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and entrusted to Dawes' family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, and Funeral Director, Martin L. Ciaccia. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Dawes, or add to his online memorial, may visit www.applegateandday.com. (July 27, 2016)
Janet (Hannahs) Remis IHS 1953 and Faculty Member, 79, beloved wife of John Joseph Remis, and a resident of Quinby, VA, formerly of Ilion, NY, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Born June 3, 1935 in Mohawk, NY, she was a daughter of the late John Clarence Hannahs and Mary Vincent Hannahs. Growing up in the neighboring small town of Ilion, Janet and John first met while still in grade school. Following high school, Janet attended and graduated from Cortland State Teacher's College. It was during this time that John and Janet's life-long relationship would begin. After two years spent teaching in Ballston Spa, Janet returned to Ilion to complete her twenty nine year vocation as an elementary school teacher. Alongside teaching, her greatest passions in life were God and family. A prior Eucharistic Minister, she attended both St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and the Onley United Methodist Church, where she was active with their church choir. Janet was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. In addition to her husband of fifty-five years, survivors include six children, Martin Paul Remis and wife Parichat of Hawaii, Mary Elizabeth Maynard and husband William of Quinby, John Andrew Remis and wife Vanessa Triscari-Remis of Prince George, VA, David Brian Remis and wife Karen of Topsham, ME, Janet Rae Getman and husband Alan of Pensacola, FL, and Ryan Christopher Remis and wife Sarah of Sacramento, CA; a sister, Judith Allen and husband Duane of Saugerties, NY; fourteen grandchildren, Whitney, Robert, Victoria, Kelli, Stephen, Serena, Amanda, Michaela, Jeffrey, Alexandra, Garrett, Gwenyth, Jacob, and Clara; three great-grandchildren, Nathan, Nicholas and Douglas; and six nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, John Carroll Hannahs. Funeral services will be held at the Onley United Methodist Church on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., with the Reverend Charles W. Parks III officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Flowers will be accepted and memorial donations may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, 608 Denbigh Blvd., Suite 700, Newport News, VA 23608. Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home. (April 16, 2015)
Joyce (Williams) Robinson IHS 1953, 78, of Utica, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the St. Luke's Home. Joyce was born in Ilion, NY on November 20, 1936, a daughter of the late Norman and Lana (Abeling) Williams. She was a 1953 graduate of Ilion High School. Joyce married John "Jack" Robinson on November 23, 1957 at Annunciation Church in Ilion, a blessed union of 29 years until his death in 1986. For many years Joyce was employed with Verizon until her retirement in 1997. Joyce was a member of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church of Herkimer, NY. She was an avid NY Mets, NJ Devils and NY Knicks fan. Joyce received the most enjoyment from her pool parties, her annual pumpkin display and spending time with family and friends at her camp on Okara Lakes in the Adirondacks. Joyce as a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose life centered around her family. To all who knew Joyce, they will always remember a kind, caring and generous lady with a beautiful smile. She will be truly missed and never forgotten by her many friends and family. Joyce is survived by her four children, Debra Contales and husband Joseph, of Utica, Diane D'Amore, of Whitesboro, Cheryl VanSlyke and husband James, of Westmoreland and John Robinson and wife Maureen, of Deansboro, her nine grandchildren, Bryon Pecorello, Cory Cantales, Nicholas Cantales, Jessica McGovern, John Robinson, Joe D'Amore, Chelsea D'Amore, Jamie VanSlyke and Kevin VanSlyke, a brother, Clifford Williams and wife Millie, of Ilion, a sister-in-law, Carol Okusko and husband Howard, of Vernon and several nieces and nephews. Joyce was predeceased by a brother Norman Williams. A funeral service for Mrs. Robinson will be held on Saturday evening, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm from the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., North Utica. A spring burial will take place in New Forest Cemetery, Utica. Calling hours at the funeral home are Saturday from 4-7. Those so wishing may make donations to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in Joyce's memory. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to friends and neighbors who have assisted Joyce in recent years. (February 22, 2015)
Aleithia 'Babe' (Crisler) Davis, IHS 1953, age 79, of St. Cloud, FL, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014, at Oceola Health Care, St. Cloud, FL. She was born on April 21, 1935, in Ilion, the daughter of Tilford 'Til' and Ruth (Lyman) Crisler, and graduated from Ilion High School and BOCES LPN Program in 1979. On November 13, 1954, she was married to Francis A. Davis in Ilion. He died on April 1, 1997. 'Babe' was employed as an LPN at Stuart Nursing & Restorative Care in Stuart, FL. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Ilion Baptist Church and the Ilion OES. Surviving family members include her five children, Karen Dowd and her husband, John, of Mohawk, Daniel Davis and his wife, Tracy, of Deltona, FL, Dianna Davis and her companion, Dennis Borgemann, of FL, Michael Davis and his wife, Anne, of Palm Bay, FL, and Eric Davis, Lt. COL. (Ret.), and his wife, Jodi, of Cheyenne, WY; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; her stepsister, Dorothy Murphy, of Mohawk; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her stepmother, Marjorie Crisler; and her stepsister, Nancy McCleary. In keeping with 'Babe's' wishes, there are no scheduled calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, on the family lot. Anyone wishing to share a memory of 'Babe', 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 VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida, 2201 Lucien Way, Ste. 100, Maitland, FL 32751. The family has entrusted "Babe's" service arrangements and supervision to Funeral Director Don Applegate, of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion (315-895-7722). (December 20, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)
Garland Arthur Sponburgh, IHS 1953, 79, of Mohawk passed away on October 13, 2014, in the comfort of his own home and with his loving family by his side, after a second brief courageous battle with Cancer. He was born on August 8, 1935, in Ilion, New York, the son of Frederick and Lepha (Coleman) Sponburgh. He was married to Nina Sponburgh, who predeceased him on September 2, 2014. They were married on April 27, 1957, a marriage that lasted 57 years. They resided in Ilion until 1966 when they moved to Mohawk and built their home, on Creek Rd., where they raised their family. He was born on August 8, 1935, in Ilion, New York, the son of Frederick and Lepha (Coleman) Sponburgh. He was married to Nina Sponburgh, who predeceased him on September 2, 2014. They were married on April 27, 1957, a marriage that lasted 57 years. They resided in Ilion until 1966 when they moved to Mohawk and built their home, on Creek Rd., where they raised their family.He is survived by his sisters Patricia Couchman and Winnifred Kiley; three children; Gary A. Sponburgh (wife Kim), Gregg A. Sponburgh, and Carin J. Hubbard (husband Steve), 6 grandchildren (Kara (husband Shawn), Renae, Kaylee, Ryan, Breanna, and Gabriella), 1 great grandson (Carter) and Nina's sister, Donna M. Poore. A memorial service for Gar will be held on Saturday October 18, 2014 at 3pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Dr. Roger Klossner and Pastor Peg Donaghy will officiate. Friends may call on Saturday from Noon until the time of the funeral. Donations in Gar's memory may be made to the Paines Hollow UMC, 1 Ward St. Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send an on line condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (December 9, 2014)
Marjorie (Thompson) Conway IHS 1953, passed away August 25, 2010 in Anaheim, CA surrounded by friends and family. Marjorie (Thompson) Conway and twin sister Marilyn were born in Utica, NY March 10, 1935. They were daughters of Mildred and Ernie Thompson, Elm Street, Ilion. Marge was survived by her husband John (Barney)Conway; two daughters Leigh of Boise, ID and Terri of Sunset Beach, CA; two grand sons Brent Lawson of Long Beach, CA and Don Carey of Deer Island, OR; two grand daughters Jill Carey of Anaheim, CA, and Lenzie Lawson of Castle Rock,CO; two great grand daughters Gwen and Illyria Carey of Deer Island,OR. Marge quickly became a volunteer in Anaheim for community organizations such as the foreign exchange student program Youth for Understanding, Anaheim Sister Cities and Anaheim Beautiful, just to name a few. In the 1980s, as a citizen, Marge was a positive force to be reckoned with when she helped found the city of Anaheim's Code Enforcement Department. When the dream of the Anaheim!. Code Enforcement department became a reality she found herself joining the department's administrative staff. Those who knew Marge wrote; she was always a very active, energetic and spirited person who had a kind and pleasing word with everyone she met and touched. She recognized that the true richness of life was the trip and not the stops and stations. She counted her life by smiles and not tears and counted her age by friends and not years. Marge was not interested in fame, notoriety or fortunes in life. Her goal was like John Wooden, the former wizard of Westwood, - to be the best wife, the best mother to her children, and to be a shining example to her family -- and she was. From this day forward there will be less love, less compassion, and less light in the world because she will not be around showing us the way and brightening our day. Marge loved the mountains, the beaches, the desert, the L.A. Lakers, the Aneheim Angels and her dog Mack. She loved boating on the Colorado River in the summer and skiing in the winter, especially Mammoth Mt. California. She cried every time an animal was hurt in a movie. When our kids were in high school we had foreign exchange students living with us. We are still in contact with them. Marge loved going to places like Alaska, Ireland, Japan, Finland, Denmark and Germany. Marge was an active member of Anaheim Kiwanis "K club" working with children. She was past president of Anaheim Sister City and Chairperson of the Anaheim YMCA Camp Osceola Board in the San Bernardino Mts. She taught school in the Anaheim, Savanna School district for six years. She worked for School Research Inc. for ten years. In 1985 she started working for the City of Anaheim Code Enforcement Dept. In 2007 she received the prestigious Annie Accolade Award from the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. She received recognition from the California Assembly and Senate for her outstanding and dedicated volunteer work. The good Marge did while she was with us will never be lost, it never dies. Her goodness, charm, integrity and her values will live on in the hearts and minds of all of us not the forsaken but to be saved and remembered. On the eve of Marge's death the Anaheim Police helicopter circled Marge's home shining the spotlight on the front lawn. (April 29, 2011)
Marilyn Lou Thompson IHS 1953, passed away June 17,2010 in Las Vegas, NV surrounded by friends and family. Marilyn and her twin sister Marjorie were born March 10, 1935 in Utica,NY the daughters of Ernest and Mildred Thompson of West Winfield NY. The Thompson famiy moved to Ilion New York in 1938 where Marilyn lived the normal small town life of those growing up during depression, World War II and the fabulous fifties. Marilyn graduated from the University of Connecticut's Nursing School and interned at White Plains Hospital Center. She became a nurse at the Mohawk Valley General Hosptal in her home town of Ilion. Marilyn continued her work in nursing until she decided to change professions and became a long distance operator for AT&T retiring in 1990. Marilyn loved camping trips and going on long walks. Her favorite teams were the Dodgers and the Anaheim Angels. She liked any movie with John Wayne. One of her favorite past times was playing the dollar slots in Las Vegas some times playing several machines at a time until her hands turned black from the siver coins. She played the bag pipes, and was seen at the boy's footall games in Ilion and later at the Loara High School games in Anaheim, California. She enjoyed skiing, bowling, playing the bag pipes and the computer game Mario Brothers. She liked working in the garden taking care of her flowers. At holiday time, prime rib and bread pudding were the main menu. Marilyn was marriad three times during her natural life and was the mother of seven children from her first marriage. Marilyn will be remembered as a wonderful caring and strong willed woman who loved her children deeply. She had many long time friends from high school, her working career and multiple of neighborhoods in which she resided. Marilyn was loved by all who knew her. Marilyn was preceded in death by her son Mark Andrew Bouck in 1961. Marilyn survived by her twin sister Marge Conway of Anaheim, CA. Her daughters Jacqueling McIntyre of Ilion, NY, Donna Bouck of Dolgeville, NY and four sons Scott Edward Bouck of Graham, WA, Thomas Mathew Bouck of Las Vegas, NV, Kenneth Michael Bouck of Tustin, CA and Steven Allen Bouck of Las Vegas, NV and a large extended family of 12 Grandchildren and 6 Great Grandchildren. (June 11, 2011)
Mr. Richard 'Dick' Pettengill IHS 1953, Conway, SC/Ilion, 75, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2011, in Conway, SC, at the home of his daughter. Until 2 months ago, he lived at Prindle Apts. in Ilion. Dick was born January 14, 1936, to the late Harriette Buckley Pettengill and the late Raymond Pettengill, Sr. He was of the Catholic faith. Dick served in the Naval Reserve from January 1953 until January 1961. "Tricky Dick" spent 35 years as a horse trainer and owner at the Finger Lakes Race Track. In his younger years, he was an equestrian rider and raced cars and motorcycles locally. Dick was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He enjoyed being with his buddies Grant Bouck, Tom Goodale, Dave Hecox, Ed McMahon and many others. Survivors include three daughters, Donna Hale, of Winter Park, FL, Diane (Scot) Hence, of Conway, SC, and Lori (Bill) Doudry, of Winter Haven, FL; three sons, Keith (Janet) Pettengill, of Rome, NY, Richard (Trina) Pettengill, of Ilion, NY, and Russell (Heidi) Pettengill, of Conway, SC; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several loving nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by a brother, Alan (Sharon) Pettengill, of Herkimer, NY; a sister, Betty Casadonte, of Mohawk, NY; and a sister-in-law, Jennie Pettengill, of Ilion, NY. He also leaves behind his former wives, Elaine Applegate Pettengill and Becky (Chuck) Acre. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Raymond Pettengill, Jr. There are no calling hours. His cremation will take place in SC. The family will hold a memorial service at a date and time to be announced. In Dick's memory, contributions can be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society, Mohawk, NY. Online memorials can be placed at email@example.com. (April 26, 2011)
Mr. Raymond George Morton IHS 1953, 74, of 31 Richfield St., passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Frankfort on Sept. 19, 1933, the son of the late Glenn and Anna Meisner Morton. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1953. He was united in marriage with Cecilia Caiola on July 2, 1955, in St. Louis Church, Buffalo, with the Rev. Alfred Bosack, pastor, officiating. Ray was employed as the head custodian for Ilion High School for many years. He was also the proud owner of "Morton's Front Page News" for eight years. Many may remember Ray for his love of Big Band music and his radio show "Ray's Rendezvous" on WYUT in Herkimer, "The music of your life" station. Ray was extremely patriotic, he loved his country dearly and displayed the American flag with great pride and filled his home with the symbol of freedom, the American bald eagle. He was a loving husband and father and took particular joy in his grandchildren, attending every sporting event, piano recital and school function. His great passions of life were Alan Ladd, John Wayne, Emeril LaGasse and the New York Yankees. Ray is survived by his beloved wife, Ceil Morton; his five children, Susan and Allan Brin of Ilion, Sandra and Randy Walls of Overland Park, Kan., Stephen and Sarah Morton of Frankfort, Sharon Morton of Rome, Stacey and Francis Kattato of Cold Brook and Shelly Morton our angel in heaven who passed away in 1953; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Robert Tibbits of Harleysville, Pa.; his cherished grandchildren, John Stemmer of Boston, Mass., Eric and his wife, Shanda Walls of Elmira, Adam and his wife, Amy Walls of Jamestown, N.Y., Brian Morton serving with the USAF in the Persian Gulf, Nicholas Kattato and James Kattato, both of Cold Brook and the twins, Jacob and Abigail Morton, both of Frankfort; his great-granddaughters, Isabella Walls and Mia Walls, both of Elmira; his in-laws, Marion Morton of Marietta, Ohio, Fanny Nicolette, Sam Caiola, Tina Caiola, Florence Caiola, Joan Murphy, Charles and Angie Caiola, all of Frankfort and Joseph and Rachel Caiola of Little Falls; Ray's close friends, Sam and Carol Leonis and Louis and Naomi Rossi, all of Ilion, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Walter Morton, Roderick Morton and Richard Morton; one sister and brother-in-law, Marion and her husband David Conover; his in-laws, Mary and Michael Ruffalo, Rose and Sam Piazza, Richard Murphy, Lillian Caiola, Angelo Nicolette and Peter Caiola. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 a.m. in the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort with the Rev. George Greene, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 4-8 at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc. The Morton family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the wonderful staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, especially Dr. V. Sharma for his kindness and tender care, Dr. Aiello and Dr. Farkouh; all the nurses of 3C, 3B and Special Care, especially Frank and Valerie Fessia, Darlene Gubager and Pat from the transport department. Your visits, kind words and prayers will always be with us.Contributions in Ray's memory may be made to Ilion Ambulance c/o Central Fire Station, Ilion 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Ray's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (Sept 22, 2007)
Robert J. Meade IHS 1953, age 68, of Sarazen, St., Saratoga Springs, NY, formerly of Slater Drive East, Glenville NY, passed away on October 7, 2003 with his family by his side. Born in Mohawk, NY, June 30, 1935, the son of John and Marion Duignan Meade, Robert was a graduate of Ilion High School. He was married June 30, 1956 to the former Ann Ahern and later moved to Scotia in 1963. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose in business administration and had been a graduate of the General Electric Apprentice Training Program. Mr. Meade was past president of the Ilion Jaycees and a leader with the Junior Achievement. A communicant and former altar server at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, he was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus Council 10004. An A.G.E. Quarter Century Club member, Bob was also a member of the Elfun Society. He enjoyed retirement immensely with his wife and their travels across the country in their motorhome.He sang with the Coyote Chorus of Tuscon, Ariz. and performed with the Voyager Playhouse. Survivors include his wife,Ann Meade of Saratoga Springs; three sons, Kevin Meade and his wife Mary Ann of Glenville, Robert Meade and his wife Kay of Scotia and Thomas Meade and his wife Michelle of Van Buren, Ark.; and his daughter, Kathleen Bradley and her husband Thomas of Ballston Lake. Surviving also are 10 grandchildren, Bryan, Chris, Michael, Kelly, Laura, Travis, Sierra, and Bradley Meade, Shaun and Jesse Bradley. A Mass of Christian Burial and Resurrection will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, (Route 50) Glenville. In lieu of flowers, rembrances may be made in Robert's name to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 12866 or to Bridging People and Places, 4 Sarazen St. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866. "WE WERE SO HAPPY THAT HE COULD ATTEND OUR 50TH RE-UNION--HEWILL BE SADLY MISSED!" (October 1, 2004)
Keith Durgee IHS 1953, age 68, Port St. Lucie, FL, died suddenly on Oct. 7, 2000. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Barbara Smith Durgee, - email (IHS 1953); 5 daughters; 3 grandsons and 6 granddaughters. (November 14, 2000)
Antoinette F. 'Annie' (Cuda) Grogan IHS 1953, age 66, of 9 Orchard St., Ilion, passed away at home unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000. Annie was born July 8, 1933, in Herkimer, the daughter of Thomas and Josephine (Monacco) Cuda. She attended Herkimer schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1953. At one time, she was married to Robert B. Grogan, the father of her children. Mr. Grogan passed away in 1984. At one time, she was employed by Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Herkimer as manager and, more recently, worked part time at Denny's Restaurant in Herkimer. Survivors include her beloved children and spouses, Tammy and Randy Dawley of Little Falls, Debbie Grogan, William 'Bill' and Susan Grogan, Robert Grogan and his fiance Angela Agne, all of Herkimer; her cherished grandchildren, her loving sister, Charlotte Cuda with whom she resided; a special aunt and uncle, Lee and Sal Martignetti of Brooklyn; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and her very good friends Sue, Debbie, Eleanor, Sam and Angela. She was predeceased by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Joseph Benintende officiating. Spring interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. (January 27, 2000)
Class of '53 50th Reunion Plans....
The date for the 50th reunion has been set as August 23, 2003. (September 20, 2002)
Bombers Buzz Web Site
Eleanor Smith Riddell, retired, Mohawk, NY, re-registered. (Oct 26, 2007)
Barbara Garlock Pelton, retired, email, Raquette Lake, NY, re-registered. (October 4, 2004)
Nancy Denapole Smith, email, The Villages, FL, re-registered. (May 29, 2003)
Tom Pavliga, called to say he will be attending the mega-reunion. (October 6, 2002)
Doreen Pelletier Murphy, from Liverpool, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 29, 2002)
Fran Capes Pellegrino, from Wallingford, CT, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 19, 2002)
Janet Hannahs Remis, St. Inigoes, ND, re-registered. (June 11, 2002)
Joyce Williams Robinson, email, Utica, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 3, 2002)
Eleanor Smith Riddell and Harold Riddell, Ilion, NY, are attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
John Stephenson, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Marilyn Thompson Hendrix, Ilion, NY, sent news. (April 2, 2002)
"I WAS READING MY MESSAGE OF A FEW YEARS AGO AND THOUGHT I BETTER UP DATE IT. WELL HERE GOES, MANY CHANGES IN MY LIFE. HAVE SINCED REMARRIED OH YES I DID. BILL HENDRIX AND I MARRIED 2 YEARS AGO. I AM VERY HAPPY AND FINALLY GOT IT RIGHT. WE ARE LIVING IN ILION NOW - NOT PERMANENTLY. HIS MOM IS NOT DOING WELL. WE WILL BE RETURNING TO LAS VEGAS PROBABLY A YEAR FROM NOW. HOPE TO SEE YOU AT REUNION." - Marilyn
Richard Hall, Avocational Archaeologist, email, from South Pasadena, CA, registered. (March 28, 2002)
Leta Sterling, from Ilion, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 10, 2002)
Margaret Carr Riddell, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 7, 2002)
Sally Paul Kennell, email, Fort Wayne, IN, sent news. (October 7, 2001)
"I am living in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I retired after teaching elementary school for 26 years. Phil and I have two daughters and three sons and nine grandchildren. The oldest grandchild is nineteen years old and is a freshman at Indiana University and the youngest is two years old. He lives in Fort Wayne. Summers are spent at Dallas Lake, Indiana and January through April are spent at their home in Jekyll Island, Georgia. I would like to hear from classmates. Keep in touch now that I have an email address." - Sally
James Fennell, email, San Angelo, TX, sent news. (August 18, 2001)
"Hi to all the classmates from IHS. Have been retired from my Chiropractic practice since 1992. My wife owns a Catholic Religious store here in San Angelo, Texas since that time. She had four children which adopted me since I never had any and we have 11 grandchildren. We keep busy as any one who has their own business knows. Ten months of each year go to my wife and the other two are mine so I spend them at a gold mining camp outside of Nome, Alaska. Have a blast!! We are not to far from Jane Ann Haughten and had dinner with she and her husband last year on a trip to Odessa. If anyone would like to chat they can contact me by e-mail. If your ever down this way we have lots of room for guests."
Aleithia Crisler Davis is living in Stuart, FL. Aleithia, who retired from nursing after 20 years, lost her husband on April 1st. He had been sick quite a while, and they were put on Hospice just a week before. They would have been married 43 years in November. Aleithia now has her home up for sale and hopes to go into a Condo as soon as it sells. She is now helping daughter Dianna with her new Sub Shop in Stuart, Fla. they have a great time and all the help calls Aleithia Grams. Aleithia has a granddaughter working at the Sub Shop too. Her son Dan and grandson Matt come over to take care of problems with the house and the pool, and her neighbor does my lawn. All told, Aleithia has 5 kids and 6 grandchildren ranging in age from 5 to 21 years. Karen is in Mohawk, Dan, and Dianna are in Pt. St. Lucie. Mike is in Palm Bay, Eric is a Captain i the Air Force at Vandenberg AF Base. They are quite scattered. Aleithia spent last summer at White Lake, and hopes to return this summer, but "I could never move back to the valley, I can't take the cold." Aleithia sends her best to all. Her email address is email.
Shirley Disotelle LaValley signed the guestbook. Shirley lives in Herkimer and is retired.
John Remis '81 wrote in for his parents, Janet Hannahs Remis and John Remis, '54. The Remises are living in Valley Lee, MD.
Jane Anne Haugton Dial, email, is living in Odessa, TX . Jane Anne is retired.
Richard Hall lives in Los Angeles where he is the Executive Director of Saint Barnabas Senior Center. He plans to retire soon and is taking up archeology.
Ronald F. Jones, email is a retired writer. Ron lives in Muncie, IN.
Bob Meade and his wife Ann, email, are enjoying Tucson for the winter.
Bill Murphy lives in Ilion. Bill, a former math teacher and JV basketball coach, has just retired.Bill has three lovely children a son and twins (girl and boy). Bill says, "Mary and I are still as happy as ever! Good luck to all of you and hope to see you around the towns."
Marge Thompson Conway checked in from California. She and Barney are still confirmed Californians with the beaches, mountains, skiing, sunbathing all the amenties of paradise. They have 5 grandchildren ranging in ages 8 to 16. Don the 16 yr old grandson is 6'6" a Jr. in H. S. and a varsity basketball player now for 2 years. He's one of the top scorers and rebounders in Orange County. Phillip 14 is also tall 5'10" and on the Freshman team; Jill 13 is in track all three are honor students and Daughter Leigh's kids. They are in Anaheim with their dad, Paul. Marge and Barney are now 'basketball groupies'! Brent is 11 and Lenzie is 9 and live in 'surf city' Huntington Beach. Brent is a Little Leaguer, but prefers the ocean and roller blades, Lenzie is a future cheerleader and ice skater. Terri, their mom is in college with one semester to go and works at The Club at the Anaheim Arrowhead Pond where the Ducks call home. So they naturally follow the hockey team. (No comments this year, but wait till next year!!??) Barney is semi-retired and working at a commerical construction company managing the warehouse, buying etc. Marge is still at the City as Secretary to the Code Enforcement Manager. Things are pretty exciting with the new Disneyland expansion. They are all fine even though they have had a few 'shakes' for the past couple of weeks. Barney will witness more as he and Brent head for Mammoth for a ski trip next weekend. Barney and Marge still have open house for the exchange students we've had as Leen from Finland was here this past summer for 2 weeks and she and Marge traveled and visited friends in Santa Barbara and vicinity. Marge hopes to hear from Class of 53ers and get a quick update.
Marilyn Thompson MacIntyre found out about the site from her daughter Donna in Ilion. Marilyn retired with 25 yrs from AT&T and does alot of traveling. She was back in the valley for Christmas -- in time for all the snow. She spent 3 weeks in January in Huntington Beach, Ca. She is now back in Las Vegas at her son, Steven Bouck's. Steve is married and has 2 children. Marilyn's son Tom is in Vegas attending UNLV grad; he's on the deans list this year. Ken is also married; he lives in Orange,Ca and has 3 children. Scott has married, lives in Tacoma, Wa, and has 1 daughter. Jackie and Mike McIntyre are in Herkimer; they have 2 children. Donna is in Ilion with 3 daughters. Marilyn has 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Marilyn asks, 'Where did the time go to guys? If you waant to reach me, you can contact me at email.' Marilyn, Maryanne (Marine) Schriber and Marge (Thompson) Conway and Barney Conway met at the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA to recall old memories and catch up on the latest happenings! Marilyn reports that "it was great seeing Maryanne, who has not changed a bit!" Found out later that Jerry Angell lives in Redlands where Maryanne was visiting her son -- small world. Barney also has had "running conversations", via email, with Gary Kidder in Texas.
Jim Wheat is in Florida for the winter, and promises to send more news soon.
Joyce Robinson Williams was married in '57 to Jack Robinson. Joyce and Jack have 4 children: Debra, Diane, Cheryl and John, and 7 grandchildren. Joyce worked for 8 yrs. until '61 and quit to raise her children. She went back to work in '78 as a directory assistance operator for NYNEX, giving out information to customers living in New York City. What a nightmare!!! Joyce retired in '95 and is enjoying it a lot. Jack passed away in '86, so Joyce finds herself pretty busy. She still enjoys all kinds of sports--hockey, baseball, and basketball. She and her Mom, who will be 90 in June, were season ticketholders for the local hockey team that was in Utica until they left. Now another team is coming in, so they'll be getting more tickets. Joyce's grandchildren take up a lot of her time, as they are also in sports. Joyce has a swimming pool, so her grandchildren visit a lot, which she loves. Joyce also walks for her health. Sheparticipate in the March of Dimes walk and also the American Heart Walk every year, if possible. It's very rewarding. Joyce's father passed away in '90, and her Mom lives with her now. Joyce and her Mom do a lot together. Joyce hopes to see everyone at the class reunion!! Her email address (she has 2 cockatiels!). "My Mom will be 90 yrs. old in June, and she is living with me. I still enjoy all kinds of sports."
Class Newsletter from Class secretary: Ellie Smith Riddell
John and Madeline Stephenson have just returned from a cruise to Alaska. They brought back some fabulous pictures, some of them taken with a panoramic camera. Upon their return, the Stephensons and Buck and Ellie Riddell got together with Bob and Ann Meade at Beardslee Castle for dinner. All had an enjoyable evening and all attended the races at Saratoga the following week. The Meades are doing well and are off in their new motor home as often as possible.
Dawes and Doris Dunham stopped to visit the Riddells en route to their cross-country tirp. They also joined Ron and Carolee Jones for dinner somewhere along the way. Dawes always manages to find someone from the class of '53 in his travels. Congratulations to Dawes and Doris, who both lost 50+ pounds since last November!
Buck and Ellie Riddell ran into Joyce Williams Robinson at a Utica Blue Sox game. She looks terrific as always! She reported that Mary Ann Marine Schriber recently was in Ilion to attend her brother's funeral. The Schribers have relocated to California. Joyce's brother Cliff Williams is still involved with his Revolutionary period group. He attends a retreat each year where the group re-enacts the era, even dressing in period clothing.
Larry and Jeanne Thibault have relocated to Canandaigua, NY from New Hampshire. Larry is still with the Boy Scouts of America and loves his job. They will be unable to attend reunion because they will be in Texas for the National Boy Scout Meeting. Larry says hi to all.His address - is email .
Charlie and Joyce Thibault occasionally run into the Riddells at the Cedar Lake Club.
Florence Korrie is busy with her children and grandchildren, and will soon be heading to Florida for the winter.
Bertha Johnson Hayes, Nancy Denapole Smith, Margaret Carr Riddell,and their spouses got together with Buck and Ellie Riddell at the Smiths' home in Pennsylvania in 1994 and at the Riddells' home in 1995. Due to various problems, they were unable to do so in 1996 and 1997, but hope 1998 will find them all together again.
Mary Lou Meiser Gorman's daughter gave her a new grandchild last year, and is expecting another child this year! ML was in Ilion to move her mother to New Jersey, so she and the Riddells will probably no longer have their occasional get togethers. We'll miss you, ML!
Rita Stagg Morrison was in Ilion from Florida last month. Please call the Riddells the next time you're in town, Rita. We'd love to see you.
Ellie Riddell heard through the grapevine that Dale Connors had talked to Jim Wheat. She has been unable to contact Dale to find out what's new in Montana, though.
Betty Cashman Luke and her sister Florence had coffee with Ellie Riddell earlier this year. Betty is doing well and looks as young as ever!
Barb and Dick Coupe still reside in Arizona. It sounds like they are very busy with their children and grandchildren, as well as their volunteer work.
Buck and Ellie Riddell's daughters Tracy Riddell Miller('81) and Mary Riddell Strafel('84) have relocated to North Carolina, giving Buck and Ellie a good excuse to go south when the snow starts to fly. Their son Scott('82) teaches in Oswegoa good place to avoid in winter, but beautiful in warm weather. Their eldest daughter, Judith Riddell Messimer,('79) is a Producer in St. Louis. If anyone has class news or information to pass on, please forward by snail mail to Ellie at 3147 State Rte. 168, Mohawk, NY 13407.
Hope to see everyone at Reunion 1998! !
Ellie Smith Riddell
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