Ilion High School

Class of 1955

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1955 Ilion Yearbook


Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1955 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1955 Mirror Class History.

 

Kenneth Dack Honored...

Kenneth Dack IHS was honored by Applegate & Day Funeral Home for his 50 years as an employee. Don Applegate, Jay Applegate and John Day presented Ken Dack with a commemorative plaque for his years of service with the family business. Mr. Dack began at the age of 13 working for Clayton "C.L." Applegate and worked for Clayton's two sons, Pliny and Mal. (February 5, 2000)

 

Greetings from Robert H. Fay - Physics/Chemistry Teacher .....

I graduated from IHS in 1937 and became a member of the faculty, teaching physics and chemistry in the fall of 1947. I left the summer of 1955 having been a senior class adviser for that class.

Now I am retired, a widower and an active RVer. Having lived in New Hampshire for over 30 years, my summer base is there where my 3 sons and their families reside. I have a companion, Gail, whose family is also in New England and we spend the winters in northern Florida. Coming and going can take a month or so each way as we explore the US on the way.

Robert H. Fay

Summer address is: P.O.Box 414, Greenville, NH 03048
(6/15 - 9/15) email is: pesasus@tellink.net phone: 603-878-0582

Winter address is: 106 Connecticut St. Carabelle, FL 32322
(9/15 - 6/15) email is: pegasus@istal.com phone is: 850-697-8861

Hope to see the class list grow and would be glad to correspond with them and also any members of the classes '48 - '55 who remember me. (February 8, 2000)

 

Condolences.....

Curt Henry Christian Preische Jr. IHS 1955, 75, of Shippensburg, Pa., and formerly of Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Chambersburg Hospital Chambersburg, Pa.. Born Sept. 26, 1937 in Saranac Lake to the late Curt Henry Christian Sr. and Gladys Mann Preische. He was a 1955 graduate of Ilion Central High School Ilion. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. After serving in the military he completed two years of pharmacy school at the University of Buffalo. He also completed advanced training in life insurance courses. He was a life insurance agent starting with Met Life in 1962 and finishing with Monumental Life in 1988 as staff manager. Before retiring Curt held various positions with Giant Food Stores most recently as a pharmacy assistant. He was a member of First Methodist Church of Ilion. He was very active member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 2500 of Shippensburg, Pa., where he held an office. He was a member of AARP. He also sang in various barber shop quartets and played the harmonica. Survivors include, daughter: Susan L. Duttweiler of Merrillville, Ind.; son, David A. Preische and his wife, Stephanie, of San Jose, CA.; son, Scott C. Preische and his wife, Holly, of Penfield; brother, David W. Preische and his wife Sharon of Williamsport, Md.; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Audrey L. Wiernicki. A memorial service will be held at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Md., on Monday, March 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ernest E. Witmer officiating. Burial services will be private. The family request the omission of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shippensburg Moose Lodge No. 2500, 32 Walnut Bottom Rd., Shippensburg, PA 17257 Online condolences may be made to the family at www.osbornefuneralhome.net. (March 10, 2013)

Elizabeth 'Liz' A.(Smith) Kennedy IHS 1955 age 75, of W. North St., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at home. She was born on May 27, 1937, in Mohawk, the daughter of Walter and Emma (McLain) Smith. Elizabeth graduated in the first class of Ilion Central School in 1955 and Mildred Elley School, Albany. On September 17, 1971, she was married to John L. Kennedy in Ilion. He died on February 21, 1987. In her early years, she was secretary to the advertising manager at Standard Furniture Co., Herkimer. She later worked at the YMCA of Herkimer Co. for sixteen years. Most recently, Liz was a secretary at the Boys and Girls Club of Utica. Mrs. Kennedy was an Elder and member of the Session at the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, where she had been a member for over sixty years and Sunday School Superintendent for over ten years. Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Kennedy, of Ilion; her sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Sheila Kennedy, of Mohawk, Gary Kennedy, of Richfield Springs, Mark and Renee Kennedy, of Central Square, NY, and Eric and Helen Kennedy, of Mohawk; sixteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her brothers, Walter Smith, of Mohawk, and Ronald Smith, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends, Jean Smith and Hilda Paddock. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her granddaughter, Alicia Grace Kennedy. Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. prior to the funeral home service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of 'Liz', or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Kennedy family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director Don Applegate.(Oct 5, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

William H. Clements IHS 1955, 74 of N. Third Ave in Ilion, passed away on Saturday December 10, 2011 at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion with his family by his side following a long illness. Bill was born on May 26, 1937 in Mohawk the son of the late Harold and Ruth (Brewer) Clements. He was educated in Ilion graduating in 1955. Bill began his career at Remington Arms following high school and held many positions in drafting and production supervisory capacities; he retired as a supervisor in 1992 after 35 years of dedicated service. In 1957 he married the former Marie E. Bongiorno who passed away in 1974. On November 1, 1975 he married the former Eleanor Schrader. Bill was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Herkimer. He was an avid and accomplished gardener and woodworker who loved his country and was very patriotic. He made many pieces of furniture in his home and cribs for his grandchildren until his health prevented him from pursuing this passion. Bill is a former member of the Ilion Fish and Game Club, the Jay Cees and the Ilion Winter Club. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with his family and had a love of the outdoors. He received much joy from his grand children who will dearly miss their "poppa," and most recently met and welcomed his great grandson into the family at Thanksgiving. Bill was also an avid historian and read widely about the history of the Mohawk Valley as well as conducted extensive research on his family's history, which culminated in a volume he compiled for his children so they would know about their roots. Bill is survived by his wife Eleanor; three sons William II and his wife Nancy of Northfield VT, Jon and his wife Amy of Ilion and Chris and his wife Tracy of Newport VT; a daughter Yvonne Winter of Mohawk; his grandchildren Briana Howard and her husband Eric of Milford NH, Alaina Clements of Montpellier VT, Sophia Clements of Newport VT, Amanda Clements of Mohawk, Bryce Jewell of Ilion, Lisa Clements and John Clements both of Ilion; and a great grandchild Ethan Howard of Milford NH. He is also survived by his sister Janet Clements of Utica, brother and sister-in-laws Donald and Kathy Schrader of Herkimer, Uncle Russell Brewer of Middleville, and Aunts Shirley Danielak of Ilion and Pearl Hoke of Clinton, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his first wife Marie Clements, his brother-in-law Wayne "Butch" Schrader and sister-in-law Linda Schrader. The family would like to thank Dr. Goodman for many years of exceptional care, the sixth floor staff of St.Luke's hospital for their kind care, and staff of the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home where Bill felt at home in his final weeks. The funeral service for Bill will be held on Tuesday December 13, 2011 at 11am in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Herkimer with Pastor Ann Zimmerman officiating, interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call TODAY from 4-7pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Dec 15, 2011)

Lois A. 'Loey'(Murphy) Manley IHS 1955, age 74, of 94 Otsego St., passed away Saturday, September 10, 2011 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. Lois was born March 19, 1937 in Ilion, the daughter of the late George and Mary Luebbert Murphy, she was a 1955 graduate of Ilion High School and on March 13, 1971 she was united in marriage with Robert (Robbie) Manley, he passed away on December 12, 1999. She was employed as a bank teller with H.S.B.C. retiring in 2003, prior to that she had a baby sitting service at her home and also in her early years she was with G.E in Utica. Loey was a member of the Church of The Annunciation, Ilion, she was involved with the church faith sharing groups and had served on the Pastoral Council she was a former village trustee, was involved with the Ilion Library, was active in organizing reunions for the Class of "55", she was also active with the Democrat Committee, the election board and was an avid golfer. Loey is survived by her two daughters, Heather Manley of New York City and Shannon Manley of Boston, a sister Patricia Fletcher of Sauquoit, two brothers and sisters in law Thomas and Doreen Murphy of Liverpool, N.Y. and Lawrence and Gloria Murphy Of Queen Creek, Az. a brother in law and his wife Chuck and Mary Ann Robinson of Monticello, N.Y. and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters Joan Robinson and Mary LaLonde and two brother in laws Ted LaLonde and Jim Fletcher. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at 10:00 AM from The Church of The Annunciation with Fr. Leo Potvin officiating and Deacon James Bower assisting, interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Monday, September 12, 2011 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion from 4-7 PM. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Susan G. Komen For The Cure, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX. 75265-0309. Envelopes will be available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Sept 14, 2011)

Constance M. Fletcher IHS 1955 age 73, passed away peacefully on Thursday , July 28, 2011, in her home in Spring Hill, Fla., with her loving family by her side. Connie was born on Nov. 22, 1937, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Mary (Kaune) Seymour. She was raised in Ilion, graduating from Ilion Central School in 1955. On Oct. 25, 1958, Constance was married to G. Earle Fletcher at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. Connie lived in Ilion most of her life until retirement, when she and her husband made Spring Hill, Fla., their winter home and Cedar Lake in Clayville their summer home. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her husband, Earle; her son, Scott Fletcher and his wife, Hallie, of King Ferry; her daughter, Gail Hoffman and her husband, Todd, of Ilion; her beloved grandchildren, Braden and Peyton Hoffman; her mother, Mary Seymour; sisters, Lorraine and husband, Bob Loomis, and Mary and husband, Art Hornett; brother, John Seymour; brother-in-law, Jack Campisi; and a number of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her special friends, Clark and Ann Workman. Besides her father, she was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Fletcher; sister, Beverly Campisi; and a brother, Kenneth Seymour. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday , Aug. 1 5, 201 1 , at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 78 Second St., Ilion, with Fr. John Bassatt officiating. Interment will take place at the Oak View Cemetery , Cemetery Road, Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy , memorial donations can be made to St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 7 8 Second St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be av available at the funeral home or at church. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (August 28, 2011)

Shirley (Wildey) Piper IHS 1955, 69, a lifelong valley resident, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 28, 2006, in Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. She was born in Herkimer Aug. 19, 1936, the daughter of the late Frederick and Gladys (Wheeler) Wildey and graduated fromIlion High School. Her marriage to James Piper took place on Nov. 23, 1955. She was last employed with Herkimer A.R.C.Industries and was employed for many years as a waitress for several local restaurants. She was a communicant of St. Francisde Sales Church, Herkimer, and a member of its Rosary Society. She held memberships with the Crafty Ladies, Village of Herkimer Senior Citizens, was formerly a member and past president of the Herkimer German Maennerchor Auxiliary, and was past president of the Monday night girls bowling league. Shirley was an avid camper and was a charter member of the Misfit Canoe Club. She is survived by her loving family: her husband of 50 years, James of Herkimer; four daughters, Nora Kornbrust and husband George of Frankfort, Karol Anderson of Herkimer, Amanda Viscomi and husband Anthony 'Chipper' of Herkimer and Paula Dygert and husband John of Herkimer; a son, Jay Piper and his wife Tera of East Herkimer; 11 grandchildren, Kathryn Tulloch and husband Gideon, Michaeline and Alexander Dygert, Ashley Hawkins, Anthony, Armand and Adrian Viscomi, Jordan, James and Justin Piper and Sara Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Luke Tulloch, Trenton Hawkins and Lukas Krenichyn; many beloved nieces and nephews who were very special to Shirley. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins and treasured friends including Mary Edwards and Carol Finley. She was predeceased by two grandsons, Baby Boy Viscomi and George James Kornbrust; six brothers, Robert, James, Donald, John, Raymond and Jerry Wildey; by a sister, Margaret Wildey and by a sister in spirit, Virginia 'Ginny' Schrader. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Holleran & Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, on Thursday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m. Shirley's funeral will commence at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, March 31, from the chapel of the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 11 a.m. from St. Francis de Sales Church, North Bellinger Street, Herkimer, where her funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Cunningham, pastor. Procession will follow to Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial contributions to the St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To share a memory of Shirley with the family you may add to her online memorial at www.eneafamilyfuneralhomes.com on the Internet. (April 5, 2006)

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Brown IHS 1955, died on June 28th, 2000 in Ilion. (November 26, 2000)

Philo D. (Dee) Williams IHS 1955, age 63, of Ilion, passed away November 25, 1999. He was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Cortland, the son of Richard and Euphemia Bentley Williams. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1955 and served with the U.S. Army. He married Diane Selwood (IHS '61), on July 30, 1966. He was employed as an electronic and radar technician with GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin, and retired in 1996. He also served with the Ilion Housing Authority as a board member and chairman. He is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons, Brian, of Alexandria, Va. and Michael, of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Arlene Marchione, of Rome; and a brother, Lawrence of Seymour, Ind. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm, November 28, 1999 from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Leukemia Association. (November 27, 1999)

 

Bombers Buzz Website.....

David Menard, an Investment Banker, email, Villanova, PA, re-registered. (December 31, 2014)

Malcolm "Mac" Gienke, email, Juneau, WI, is now your Class contact. (Nov 13, 2010)

David Pelko, Retired, email, from Geneva, NY, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Ruth Winsor Higley, email, Cartersville, Ga, sent news. (Feb 28, 2006)

"I want to thank everyone connected to the planning of the 50th Class Reunion of the Class of 1955 last September. It was the first class reunion I was able to attend. From the get together at the Elks Club in Ilion on Friday night to the Reception and Dinner at the Mohawk Valley Country Club in Herkimer on Saturday night,everything was super. I had contact with a few of my former classmates through the years since we had graduated and it was so nice to see so many people that felt the need to join former classmates again. It was nice to see that we all looked good for our age. It was sad to realize that so many classmates had died,also to know that there were a great many that could not attend because of ill health. Thanks again for a super reunion and lets now wait 10 years to have another one." - Ruth Higley February 3, 2006

Ron Wheeler, Finance Mgr, email, East Syracuse, NY, registered. (Jan 7, 2006)

Tom Hackman, retired, email, from Charlottesville, VA, registered. (Oct 3, 2005)

Ermina Whiter Polce, Manage Art Gallery, email, from Vero Beach, Fl, re-registered. (August 3, 2005)

Beverlyan Tutty, retired, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 28, 2005)

"I have been retired from the R.C.Diocese of Albany for 1 year. My position was that of Computer Support for an accounting program, which included payroll for all parishes in the Albany Diocese. At the present time, I spend approximately 6 months in Florida and 6 months in Ilion. It is great to be away from the cold weather in the winter months. My friend Joyce Sanchez and I purchased a home in a 55 and over community. Joyce retired from the Ilion Public Library and is a widow and the mother of Elissa and Pam."

William Fifield, retired toolmaker, email, from Herkimer, NY, sent news. (Jan 8, 2005)

"Retired like to play golf and hunt. Looking forward to our 50 reunion. Would like to hear from my class mates."

Nancy Jones Stanga, email, from Deephaven (Wayzata), MN, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)

William Fifield, Retired-toolmaker, email, from Herkimer, NY, registered. (March 3, 2003)

Judy Hannahs Allen, email, re-registered. (January 11, 2003)

Larry Murphy, retired, email, from Rockledge, FL, re-registered in the directory and is attending the mega-reunion. (September 29, 2002)

Elizabeth Smith Kennedy, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 21, 2002)

Barbara Irving Pregent, email, Whitesboro, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 13, 2002)

Jon Momberger, email, Apopka, FL, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 19, 2002)

Lois Murphy Manley, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

Ann Anderson Juliano, Secretary, email, Naples, FL, re-registered. (May 2, 2002)

Edward Kibbe, email, Lutz, FL, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (modified February 22, 2002)

Larry Paul, mostly retired, Ilion, NY, email, has re-registered. (February 20, 2002)

Lois Murphy Manley, Ilion, NY, is helping with the All-Classes Mega-Reunion. (February 16, 2002)

James Brown, email, from Jacksonville, FL, sent news. (email modified December 14, 2001)

"I am retired and living in Jacksonville for the last 10 years after working for the Department of Defense. My 4 children live in the Washington, D.C area and we have 4 grandchildren, with another expected. I visited Ilion last June, on the sad occasion of my brother's death. Chuck, my twin, who served as a doctor in Ilion for many years after his service in the Navy, died on June 28th in Ilion. I was surprised and pleased to find out about this Alumni website and I surely will visit it often to find out the news of the survivors of the class of 1955." - James

Noralie Lyons Brunette, Retired, email, from Caledonia, NY, registered. (August 13, 2000)

"First time on the site and have really enjoyed the last half hour spent here. Brian says "HI" to his 1957 crew. We are both retired and enjoying it tremendously. We have seven grandchildren - five of them living very close to us. Hope the 54-55-56 reunion was a success. Drop us a line. we'd love to hear from you!" - Brian and Noralie

Jon Momberger, Engineer, from Apopka, FL, email, has a new email address. (August 8, 2000)

Really enjoyed being at our class reunion."

Barbara Morton Tibbits, Beautician(retired), email, from Harleysville, PA, registerd. (July 17, 2000)

Jennie (Genevieve) Manion Winchester, Homemaker, email, from San Jose, CA, registered. (April 8, 2000)

Betty Hand Backman, Retired, from Ft. Myers, FL, registered in the directory. (November 10, 1998)

"I've lived in Florida for 4 years and I love it. I work part time seasonal at a golf and country club as a receptionist. I found the web page at my daughter's in Phoenix, AZ. I don't have a E-mail address but if any of you '55 graduates get to Ft. Myers, come see me and I'll show you around. Great Place!!" - Betty

Nancy Jones Stanga, Secretary - Part time, Deephaven (Wayzata), Minnessota, answered correctly in The Guess the Graduate Feature and signed the Guestbook. (email modified April 19, 2002)

"My brother, Ron Jones, class of '53 got me started on this page. I love it. I even found a couple of class of '55 people. My husband, Dennis, who is retired, and I have lived here for about 19 years now and I absolutely love it. He has four grown kids and I have 4 grown kids also, plus 15 grandchildren between us. I have a wonderful black arabian horse which is the love of my life. He is boarded near a gorgeous 3000 acre park full of trail and lakes and ponds and wildlife. I haven't been back to Ilion since our last reunion - hopefully we will have another one soon. My brother is in Muncie, Indiana; sister, Cheryl in Rochester,NY and sister, Sandy in Chandler, Arizona. Would love to hear from classmates or whoever - especially if you love horses!" (May 17, 1998)

Carol Short Mentzer, RN - retired, email, Shippensburg, PA, registered in the directory. (April 26, 1998)

Malcolm "MAC" Gienke, IS consultant, from Juneau, WI, email, registered in the Directory. (March 27, 1998)

Don Young, Retired, email, Coupeville, WA, registered in the directory. (February 15, 1998)

Kenneth Dack, Jr., email, Ilion, NY, sent news for the Class of 1955. (February 7, 1998)

"Just purchased our new computer and was anxious to get online to say hello to all my classmates. Seven grandchildren, and I'm told that's all I'm going to get. Drop a line at your convenience. Have a great day!"

Dorothy Ayers Murphy, Retired and living in North Myrtle Beach, SC, registered in the directory. (January 31, 1998)

 

Class Contact....

Please email your class news to:Malcolm "Mac" Gienke, email, Juneau, WI, your Class of 1955 News! (Nov 13, 2010)

 


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