Ilion High School

Class of 1956

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1956 Ilion Yearbook


Digitized Class Yearbook....

Mirror '56 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 1956 is at your published in the 1956 Mirror Class History. "The Mirror" was dedicated to George "Deke" White and Daniel "Murph" Murphy, "...two who have given us the most loyal support possible in all our athletic activities."

Mary Capes Ekstrom provided more information for the Class History. Patricia Stilwell was the Queen of the Junior Ball along with her attendants. Mary Capes was the Queen of the Senior Prom, along with John Cooper as king. (September 30, 2015).


Class Gift....

Are you curious about the Class of 1956 Gift to IHS?.



Beverly (Hool) Whelchel, IHS 1956 passed away on August 2, 2019. She resided in Niceville Florida area for over 40 years.


Donald Carl Bouck IHS 1956 & ICS Staff, 80, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, August 3, 2018, after a long courageous battle with heart disease, surrounded by the love of his family. Don was born at home in North Ilion April 21,1938 to Lewis and Harriette (Snyder) Bouck. He was a 1956 graduate of Ilion High School. On May 27th, 1961 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth (Betty) Geer at the Ilion United Methodist Church. They spent the next 57 years together living in Ilion at the home he grew up in. Don was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War having served from 1961 to 1967. He was stationed in Hawaii, Headquarters Company 35th Infantry. During his service he spent time in Thailand, Karot (Camp Friendship), Cambodia and Laos. When Don was 13 he built his first Model A. At the age of 16, he began working on cars for a local dealership (Smith's Ford). This began Don's life long love and hobby, cars. Don began his career with Ray Johnson Plumbing and Heating. He enjoyed his employment with Ray and his family for 20 years. He then was given the opportunity to work for the Ilion Central School District. Don was employed as the Superintendent of Maintenance and Grounds for the three facilities, retiring in 2001. During his employment with the school system, Don oversaw the construction of the Diss Memorial Athletic Project as the Project Coordinator. In his younger years he enjoyed boating and water skiing at the family camp at Kayuta Lake. Don was one of the founders of the Ilion Snowdrifters. Later, he thoroughly enjoyed perfecting his 1930 Model A Ford Coupe with a rumble seat and his 1930 Model A retractable top truck he built from a rolling chassis with his grandson at his side every step of the way. He enjoyed traveling to Maine and taking his family and friends to the Bouckville Antique Show. He enjoyed attending car shows and was a member of the Mohegan Model A Club. Most of Don's enjoyment came from spending time with his grandchildren. "Papa" and his grandson Collin were gifted with the same talents and interests. This included but was not limited to tree house construction, creating a spring fed pond, and making bridges and roads throughout his property . There was not a thing he could not repair, invent or build. Don was extremely resourceful and creative. He was always happy to help everyone and came to the rescue of many. Whether it involved the building of homes or businesses, to electrical, plumbing, heating or cars. Don enjoyed and loved his lifelong friends. He was commonly referred to as "Hap", because he always had a smile on his face. The neighborhood children to this day referred to him as "Uncle Donnie", which he so loved to be called. Of all his nicknames though, "Papa" was his favorite. Surviving are his wife Elizabeth (Betty), a daughter Jana (Bryan) Green, a very special son Ronald Russell. Grandchildren Collin Bouck Green and Hannah Paige Green. Both were his world. He is also survived by a sister in-law, Irene Bouck, and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Lewis and Harriette (Snyder) Bouck, his mother and father in-law Harold and Margaret (Bucek) Geer, a sister in-law Margaret (Geer) Russell, brothers Lewis (Loretta), Paul (Vivian), Myron (Mary), Frank (Gen), and David. Don was the youngest of the 6 Bouck boys. In keeping with Don's wishes there will a Memorial Service held at 11:00 AM on Saturday August 11, 2018 at the Ilion Baptist Church with Pastor John Partise officiating. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Betty, Jana and the family would like to offer special thanks to Central New York Cardiology for the exceptional care Don received and for giving us many special years. They followed him from the beginning through to the end with impeccable expertise and amazing kindness. Thanks also goes out to the Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center Emergency Department - the staff are like none other and always went above and beyond. Don faced many significant challenges throughout his life with heart disease. He confronted each and everyone with humor, tenacity, and most of all insurmountable courage. For those wishing to make a donation in Don's memory, please consider the Ilion Baptist Church, 8 Second Street, Ilion, NY 13357. (September 2, 2018)


Brian Carney, IHS 1956 78, formerly of Ilion, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, FL, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Betty J. Carney; his children, Jill St. Pierre of Morrisville, NY; Robert and Carol Carney of Ilion, NY; Sheila Carney and George Nowack of Utica, NY; his stepchildren, Jodi and Dean Oakley of Collierville, TN; and Michael and Melissa Denison of Lantana, TX. He was a beloved grandpa to his five grandchildren, Jason St. Pierre, Elizabeth (Justin) Reed, Justin Carney and fiance Michelle Maruyama, Emily Denison and Dayna Oakley. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Richard Holland and wife, Susan, and son, Michael of Plantation, FL. He will also be missed by his many close friends. He was predeceased by his first wife of 39 years, Judy Carney (nee Holland.) Born in Ilion, N.Y., the son of Alfred and Ellen (Watson) Carney, he made his home in Ilion until 1994, when he moved to Florida, where he has been a resident of Cape Coral for 15 years. After graduating from Ilion High School in 1956, he enlisted in the Navy, serving as a Petty Officer. After his honorable discharge in 1960, he became a firefighter for the Ilion Fire Department. He remained with the Department throughout his long and distinguished career, eventually being named Fire Chief, and later retiring in 1993. Brian had a zest for life. He was a jack of all trades, and loved fishing and hunting, and anything to do with the outdoors. He was a skilled woodworker, and enjoyed making keepsakes for all his family and friends. Jewelry boxes and wine cork trivets are just a couple of the items that will long be cherished. He loved to travel, and always took the opportunity to explore. From Ireland to Hawaii, Normandy to Costa Rica, there wasn't a place that didn't interest him. He and his wife, Betty, made the most of their retirement, traveling to places on their bucket list. He was an active member of the VFW, the American Legion, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the American Veterans, and the Cop Shop. He sincerely enjoyed the friendship and comradery of the patrons of these associations. He will forever be remembered as the man in the white hat. "Too late we came, too soon we must depart." A memorial service will be held at the VFW, Post 8463, 4709 SE 11th Place, Cape Coral FL, on Monday, July 10th, at 2PM. Please consider donations in Brian's memory to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy, Cape, Coral, FL 33909, or the VFW Post 8463, 4709 SE 11th Place, Cape Coral FL 33904. Arrangements have been entrusted to National Cremation & Burial Society. (July 1, 2017)


James Denison, IHS 1956, 78, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at home with his family by his side. Jim was born October 29, 1938, the son of the late Tuthill (Ted) and Marion Edick Denison. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. On May 16, 1959 he was united in marriage with Marie Conley in Ilion. Jim was employed with the maintenance department of Ilion Central School until his retirement. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, Ilion Fish & Game Club and a founding member of the Ilion Snowdrifters Club. He was an avid car lover, especially his 1955 Ford Victoria. He loved attending car shows, camping, fishing and above all spending time with his family. He was known as Poppy to his grandchildren, who were the light of his life. There was no distance that would keep him from attending his grandchildren's activities, whether it be soccer, baseball, basketball or school field trips in Arizona; or an entire baseball or field hockey season in Connecticut. He was known as Poppy to the entire team and their families. He was a master of all trades, there was nothing that could not be built or repaired by him. He was a truly talented individual and dedicated family man. Above all, he will be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. He will be missed by all that knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marie, three daughters and sons in law, Cindy and Phil Thomas of Baldwinsville, Sandra (Renee) and Mike Critz of Enfield, CT and Patti and Dwayne Kertanis of Enfield, CT, five grandchildren Derek Hatfield, Matthew Hatfield and fiancé Chelsea Brooks, Lindsay Hatfield and fiancé Jesse Kettle, Timothy Kertanis and Emma Kertanis. Jim is also survived by his siblings, Carol Denison, Gordon and Gail Denison, Gary and Enola Denison all of Ilion, Ronald Denison of LA, and Keith Denison of AZ.; sister and brother in laws Janice and Wayne Murphy of Ilion, Jim and Judy Conley of Utica, Allan and Luci Conley of TX; as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:00 AM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will be in the spring in Armory Hill Cemetery, friends may call Friday, March 31, 2017 from 4-7 PM at the funeral home. Our family wishes to acknowledge the care provided by the nursing and rehab staff at Valley Health Services. Their skill and compassion provided Jim the gift of returning to his home. We would also like to acknowledge the Hospice and Palliative Care team, especially Mary Ann and Lori. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY or Valley Health Services, 690 West German Street, Herkimer, NY 13350. To light a candle and send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.con. (April 1, 2017)


Duane R. Runyon IHS 1956, age 76, of Pelton Place, Ilion, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion, after an extended illness. He was born on July 18, 1938, in Ilion, NY, the son of Richard E. and Wanda (Vandervoort) Runyon. He was a veteran serving in the US Navy. Duane graduated from Ilion High School in 1956. He was married to Jean Vandawalker on November 5, 1960, in Ilion. Duane was employed at Sperry-Rand UNIVAC, Ilion. He later was a computer specialist at General Electric Co. in Bethesda, MD. Surviving family members include his wife, Jean; two sons, D. Alan Runyon and his wife, Christine, of Rockville, MD, and Eric Runyon, of Ilion; two daughters, Laurel Griffith, of Wilkesboro, NC, and Sheila Runyon and her companion, James Corn, of Waynesboro, PA; four grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Runyon and his companion, Karen Ford, of Ilion, and Peter Runyon and his wife, Barbara, of AZ; and several nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Christine. Graveside services will be held at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, at the convenience of the family. In keeping with Duane's wishes, there are no calling hours or service at this time. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Duane, or add to his online memorial, may go to: In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601. The Runyon family has entrusted Duane's service arrangements to Funeral Director Don Applegate at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion.(February 22, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)


Katherine 'Kay' Smith, age 76 of Ilion passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Kay was born January 28, 1938 in Ilion, NY. She was the daughter of the late Edwin and Gladys (Beauchemin) Smith. Kay graduated from Annunciation School and Ilion High School, and was employed for many years by Friedrich in Utica, NY. Kay was an avid reader and loved working on handicrafts. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and brought laughter and happiness to her family. She was a devoted sister and aunt who always put her family first. She loved animals and was a friend to stray cats, especially her late companion, Bonkers. Kay is the beloved sister of Eleanor and Buck Riddell of Ilion and Joe Smith of Chadwicks, NY. She is the cherished aunt of Steve Tines (fiancée Amy) of Richfield Springs, NY, Bob Tines of Schoharie, NY, Judith Riddell Schneider (Darin) of St. Louis, MO, Tracy Miller (Rob) of Waxhaw, NC, Scott Riddell (An) of Charlotte, NC, Mary Strafel (Dave) of Matthews, NC, John Miller (Holly) of Charlotte, and Luke Miller of Chapel HIll, NC. Kay was predeceased by her siblings Alfred Smith, Ruth Abbey, Margery Tines, and Frank Smith, and her brothers-in-law Pete Tines and Clifford Abbey. The funeral service will be celebrated at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion on Monday April 14 at 11 AM. Deacon James Bower will officiate. Friends may visit on Monday April 14, 2014 from 10 to 11 am. The interment will take place at Woodgate Cemetery in White Lake, NY, in the spring. To send online condolences please go to (May 22, 2014)


Sister Renee Marie (Sharon Cudhea) Cudhea, RSM IHS 1956, died Wednesday, April 9, in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. She had been a Sister of Mercy for 54 years. Born in Tupper Lake and raised in Ilion, New York, she was the daughter of the late William and Anne Lester Cudhea. Sister Renee earned a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose, Albany, and a master's degree from State University at Albany. She did graduate study at Syracuse and Colgate Universities. Sister Renee ministered as a teacher at St. Patrick's, Johnstown; Our Lady of Mercy, Colonie; St. Mary's, Oneonta; St. Mary's, Waterford; Catholic Central High School, Troy, and Maria College, Albany, where she also served for a time as Admissions Director. A much admired teacher, Sister Renee particularly enjoyed the years she spent teaching English at Catholic Central High School. The school yearbook and literary magazine took shape under her competent guidance. She held both herself and her students accountable to attention to the tiniest detail. Her appreciation of nature and her fun-loving disposition made it easy for her to persuade others to participate in the outdoor activities she planned. Sister Renee was gifted with a gentleness of spirit, remaining calm even when those around her gave in to stress and anxiety. In her ministry in student placement at Maria College, she exhibited a genuine care for those she was guiding. She had a way of encouraging, indeed of urging students to go beyond what they perceived to be their limits, often resulting in their making life-changing decisions. In addition to her parents, Sister Renee was predeceased by her brother Michael. She is survived by her sister Brenda, her brother Anthony (Shirley), her nephew Gordy, grandnieces and grandnephews as well as by her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy. Viewing hours will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Chapel of the Convent of Mercy, 634 New Scotland Avenue, Albany. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Prayer Service of Remembrance in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Chapel. Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. The Sisters of Mercy are grateful to the staff of St Peter's Hospital and the Hospice Inn for the tenderness with which they cared for our Sister. Contributions may be made in Sister Renee's memory to the Sisters of Mercy, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, New York 12208. (April 12, 2014)


Rodney F. Perkett passed away May 30, 2010 in Roswell, NM. Submitted by his daughter - contact. "I am interested in obtaining any info pertaining to my father from his high school for inclusion in our family tree. Please contact me to let me know if you have anything. Thank you." (May 5, 2012)


John R. Cooper IHS 73, a native of Ilion, passed away in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, after a lengthy illness. John was born on Aug. 26, 1938, in Mohawk, the son of the late Charles and Ruth Cooper. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, where he excelled in the baseball, basketball and football programs. He had resided in Miami for many years, where he managed and sold multi-family housing units. John is survived by his wife, Anna Maria, daughter, Anne Marie, and son, Edward C. Cooper, all of the Miami area. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his sister, Ruth Brown, of Carlsbad, Calif., and brother, Jacob Cooper, of Buffalo. Burial was in Miami, Fla. (Jan 9, 2012)


Mr. Francis J. Bucky De John, 72, of 140 Rockwell Dr passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, FL. He was born in Ilion on October 20, 1938, the son of the late Joseph and Grace Cinquino De John. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1956. Following his schooling he served in the US Air Force. Bucky was married to Cecilia Gillette on March 26, 1960 in St. Mary's Church, Frankfort a blessed union of 51 years. He was at one time employed By General Electric, Utica, later as a Mail Carrier at the Frankfort Post Office, a Village of Frankfort Police Officer and lastly as the Chief of Police for the Town of Frankfort for many years. He was a Communicant of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church. Bucky was a very active firefighter and was a member of the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department and served as Assistant Chief and the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Corps and served as Captain, St. Francis Di Paolo Society, Ilion Moose Lodge #1010, Ilion Elks BPOE Lodge #1444, Ilion Marine Corps League and the Young At Heart Senior Citizens. Bucky is survived by his beloved wife, Cecilia De John; one son, Joseph De John of Frankfort & his companion, Corey Fellone of Richfield Springs; one daughter & son in law, Jacqueline & Scott Kelly of Frankfort; his grandchildren, Joseph De John, Jessica De John, Anthony Walsh, Zachary De John, Celia Rose De John and Chloe De John; two brothers & sisters in law, James Chip & Brenda De John and Richard & Debra De John all of Ilion; his brother in law, Joseph Gillette of Frankfort and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, Joseph Skip De John. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 10:00 from the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 10:30 in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Alfred Lamanna, pastor emeritus and assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 4-8 at the V. J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Members of the Young at Heart Senior Citizens will meet Sunday afternoon at 4:15, member of the St. Francis Society at 6:30 and members of the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department at 7:00 at the funeral home for services. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Corps, 158 S. Litchfield St., Frankfort, NY 13340. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Bucky's online memorial page by going to (April 11, 2011)


Ilion - Vincent Durant

Vincent F. Durant, age 72, of Schuyler, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully in his own bed, at his own home, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, November 11, 2010. He was born on October 16, 1938 in Ilion, the son of George and Mayme (Terzo) Durant. Vince graduated from Annunciation School in 1952 and Ilion High School in 1956. He also attended Mohawk Valley Technical Institute and graduated with a degree in Business Retail Management. He was blessed to have two true loves in his life. On December 18, 1960 he was married to Barbara Utter in Cobleskill, NY. She died in 1972. He later married P. Donna (Galinn) Hunter on June 12, 1982, in Utica. Vince was employed as a Sales Representative for Standard Register Co., a Fortune 500 Company, for twenty-six years. He was also the owner and operator of Dur-A-Form of Ilion for eighteen years. Vince was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, and St. Mark's Church, N. Utica, NY. Vince loved the community of Ilion and enjoyed giving back to the community. Some of his memberships included: Little League and Babe Ruth Coach, Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Annunciation Parish Council and Kiwanis. Vince was a member of the Ilion Central School Board for twenty-four years, serving in the positions of both Vice President and President. He was also a member of many organizations affiliated with the school board. He was the founding member of the Ilion Central School Foundation which raised over $70,000 to improve the educational opportunities for Ilion students. Vince was a member of the Ilion Days Committee. He managed the Ilion Sports Calendar advertisement subscriptions, which raised tens of thousands of dollars for athletic programs at ICHS. Vince was an avid sports fan. His favorite teams were the Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox. He enjoyed attending Ilion school sporting events and truly loved participating in his grandchildren's lives. Survivors include his wife, Donna; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Katherine Durant, of Ilion, David and Pamela Durant, of Vernon, and Christopher and Jaimie Durant, of Ilion; his stepdaughter, Gina Sciortino and her husband Joseph, of Utica; six grandchildren, Gregory, Kelsie, and Kassandra Durant, Sarah Sciortino, and Katie and Megan Reed; his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Tom Shepard, of North Carolina; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Sandra and Joseph Bogan (who were like a rock of Gibralter for Vince and Donna), of Schuyler, and Elaine Galinn, of California; Barbara's sisters, Fay Panza and husband Frank, of Niagara Falls, NY, Kathi Utter, of Cobleskill, with respectful mention of Barbara's two sisters and two brothers; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Vince was predeceased by his first wife Barbara, the mother of his five sons. He was also predeceased by his two sons, infant Gregory Durant and Scott Durant; stepdaughter, Lauren Hunter; his parents, George and Mayme; Barbara's parents, Wanda and Merton Utter; her brother, Merton Utter Jr. and Donna's father, Jerome Galinn. Funeral Services will be held 9:15 a.m., Monday, November 15, 2010, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Calling hours are Sunday, November 14, 2010, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Ilion Central School Foundation or American Pancreatic Cancer Research. The Durant family requested that all funeral arrangements and services be entrusted to Vince's good friend, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Nov 13, 2010)


William 'Bill' Reed, 71, of Ilion passed away on Friday July 17, 2009 at Faxton - St. Luke's Hospital. Bill was born on September 21, 1937 inIlion the son of the late Roscoe and Kathleen (Williams) Reed. Bill was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany. He was a member of the Olive Branch Lodge 40 F&AM. He also enjoyed visiting Florida and always planned to move there. Bill spent his time caring for his mother, Kathleen Reed, who passed away on July 9, 2009. Bill is survived by his son Jeffrey Reed and his wife and their sons Julius and Preston Reed and his son Andrew Reed; his older brother, Roscoe P. Reed, and his wife, two sons and daughter. Also his younger brother, Robert Reed and his family. Funeral services for Bill will be held Monday July 20, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Pastor Hans Drews will officiate; interment will follow in Crown Hill Memorial Park in New Hartford. Friends may call onMonday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to the VA Hospital, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 25, 2009)


Paul L. Montalone, 70, of 12 Pennsylvania Ave., Ilion, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2007 at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born February 13, 1937 in Olean, NY, the son of the late Joseph and Lucille Green Montalone, and received his education in the Ilion School System. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1971 Paul married the former Ann Caouette in Yorkville, NY. Paul was employed as a supervisor with the Rich Plan in Utica where he retired, he was then a courier with Clinical Laboratories. Paul was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion and a member of the National Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are his wife, Ann, of Ilion; his daughters Louann Apel and her fiance John Zayas, Sr. of Utica, Louise Buehler of New York Mills, Paula and David Waldo of Frankfort, Tina Schuff of Ilion, and Kathleen and Michael Kane of Palatine Bridge; a son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Louann Garrison of Palatine Bridge; his brothers Ken and April Parker of PA, Richard and Andrea Parker of PA, Jerry and Barbara Waldo of Frankfort, Jon Waldo and Sherron Quail of Frankfort and his sisters Mary and Robert Putnam of PA and Cheryl Waldo of Frankfort; his grandchildren Sean and Sheila Fenton, Kim and Ray Judway, Staff Sgt. Kyle Waldo (now serving overseas), Alexis and Benjamin Kane, Kimberly and Kara Garrison, Staff Sgt. Jeremy and Heather Buehler, Lauren Buehler, Michael and Stephanie Buehler, Ashley Buehler and her fiance Michael Staskowski. Also eight great-grandchildren and many friends at Centrex and clients he served while working there. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph and Funeral services for Mr. Montalone will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Ilion with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorials Gardens, Town of Kirkland. Friends may call Tuesday October 30, 3007 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society in Paul'smemory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church. The family would like to thank Dr. Butala and his staff for all the care and compassion given to Paul during his illness. (Oct 30, 2007)


Dr. Warner J. Connick, age 64, Melbourne, FL, formerly of Ilion, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2002, as a result of an auto accident. He was born June 23, 1938, in Ilion, the son of the late Stanley and Mary Warner Connick. Warner was a 1956 graduate of Ilion High School, a 1960 graduate of Notre Dame University, and received his master degree at George Washington University and his doctorate from Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Connick served as an aide to President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson during their administrations. He was most recently employed as a psychologist at the Burnham Woods Counseling Centers of Florida in Coca, FL. He was the former president of the Brevard County Chapter of the American Psychological Association and was active in many professional associations. He was formerly employed with the Dept. of Defense Schools as a ! school psychologist. Warner enjoyed traveling and had a lifelong interest in history. Dr. Connick was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and St. Mary's of the Snow in Otter Lake, NY. Senator Edward Kennedy, when eulogizing his brother, Bobby, once said: "Let us not idealize my brother in death beyond that which he was in life." Likewise, let us remember Warner as a man with an unmistakable Irish charm and disarmingly unconventional life spirit that reminded child and adult alike that it is with the humor and kindness of our heart that we heal the sadness and sorrow of our soul. He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda Murphy, and her husband, David Cheal, of Olympia, WA, and Eleanor Connick, of Otter Lake, NY; two aunts, Eleanor Porter, of Ilion, and Dorothy Doty, of Little River, SC; one uncle, Bert Warner, of Otter Lake, NY; three nephews, Eric, Brian and Kyle Murphy, of the State of Washington; and two special close friends, Dr. A. Nick Groth, of FL, and Josh O'Conner, of CA. A Memorial Mass will be offered on Wednesday, September 25, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Library in Warner's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.(September 21, 2002)


David N. Murphy, age 63, of New Milford, N.J., died at Hackensack Hospital on Jan. 19, 2002. A 1956 graduate of Ilion High School, Mr. Murphy was a partner in Dave Murphy and Associates in Dumont, N.J., for 35 years. He was a member of New Milford Teaneck Lodge 2290 B.P.O. Elks, and Sgt. Walter Brown Post American Legion in River Edge, an Eagle Scout and former scoutmaster of Troop 291, Boy Scouts of America, New Milford and parishioner of Ascension Royal Catholic Church, New Milford. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn; sons, Darryl of Greenwich, Conn., David of Palisade Park and Kevin and his wife Mary Clark of California; his mother-in-law, Betty Jeanne Thompson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Murphy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. at the Boulevard Funeral Home, 151 River Road, New Milford (corner of New Bridge Road). A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. at the Ascension Roman Catholic Church. Cremation will be private. Friends may visit Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. (January 22, 2002)


Robert Manley, age 61, passed away December 12, 1999 at his home in Ilion. He was born March 1, 1938, in Fairmont, W.Va. He was a 1956 graduate of Ilion High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. He married the former Lois Murphy, in Ilion on March 13, 1971. Rob was employed with General Electric in Utica and Mohawk Valley Printing. He earned his degree in food services from Mohawk Valley Community College in Rome, and was employed at the Masonic Home and was currently employed with the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion, as a dietary supervisor. He is survived by his wife, Lois; two daughters, Heather Manley of New York City and Shannon Manley of Boston, Mass.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Manley of Ilion, and his mother, M.L. Scott of Florida; a brother, Jack Manley Jr. of Spring Hill, Fla.; three sisters, M. Kathleen Manley of Lyndonville, Vt., Susan Homyk of Herndon, Va., Lynn Manley Reichard of Montvale N.J.; and several nieces and nephews including his godchild, Kelley Caulkins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Saints Anthony and Joseph Church, Herkimer, with Fr. Robert Shinos officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to consider memorials to Saint Anthony and Joseph Church of Herkimer or Herkimer County Hospice in Robbie's memory. (December 13, 1999)


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Patricia Stilwell Tibbits, retired, email, Webster, NY, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Earl Tibbits, email, from Webster, NY, registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Barbara Cress Letts, Owner-Treasure Coast Jewelers & Music, Vero Beach, email, from Fort Pierce, FL, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Katherine (Kay) Babcock Hammonds, email, from Huntsville, AL, re-registered. (Feb 28, 2006)

Clay Fuller, Retired, email, from Cape Coral, FL, re-registered. (May 28, 2005)

Brian Carney, retired, email, from Cape Coral, Fl, re-registered. (December 1, 2004)

Charles Matteson, Retired, email, Jacksonville, FL, re-registered. (November 20, 2004)

Paula Solin Hall, email, Rochester, NY, registered. (June 2, 2004)

Kaye Hoffman Broda, email, Puyallup, WA, re-registered. (April 3, 2004)

Jo-Anne Loomis Manley, from Spring Hill, Fl, email, re-registered. (November 13, 2003)

Sally Farrington Reardon, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 6, 2002)

Sam Geloso, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 15, 2002)

Mary Capes Ekstrom, RN/Chef Ret., Austin, TX, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 10, 2002)

Carol Letts Leonis, Retired, email , Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 23, 2002)

Shirley Mills Groat, email , Fort Walton Beach, FL, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 18, 2002)

Donna Lewis Weidner, email , from The Villages, FL, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 5, 2002)

Dawn Darling Wilson, email , Charlotte, NC, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 28, 2002)

Jean Allen Surowiec, Homemaker, email , Marriottsville, MD, re-registered. (April 11, 2002)

Carolyn Bowen Craska, Retired, email , from Port Orange, FL, re-registered. (March 19, 2002)

Shirley Mills Groat, email , Fort Walton Beach, FL, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 19, 2002)

Dawn Darling Wilson, email , Charlotte, NC, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 19, 2002)

Mary Capes Ekstrom, RN/Chef Ret., Austin, TX, registered. (January 20, 2002)

Gail Bedworth Miller, Homemaker, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (January 15, 2000)

Shirley Mills Groat, President/Owner Dixie Mini Maid Services Inc., email , from Fort Walton Beach, FL, registered. (October 26, 1999)

Dawn Darling Wilson, Homemaker, email , from Charlotte, NC, registered in the directory. (March 1, 1999)

David Fama, Professor of Mathematics, email , from Fredericksburg, VA, registered in the directory. (October 28, 1998)

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