Ilion High School

Class of 1957

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1957 Mirror Cover Ilion


Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1957 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1957 Mirror Class History.

 

Class of 1957's Alternate Web site....

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Please send George C. Sitts, email, all your class news and updates. (modified May 31, 2015)

 

Janet Kirkland - Ilion's First Female Village Trustee ....

To honor the memory of Janet Kirkland and her dedication to the Village of Ilion, she was featured on the June 2014 Cover Story of the Alumni Site. In 1988, Janet researched and created a history of the Village of Ilion elected officials. She compiled information on every President/Mayor and Trustee as of that date. Janet's booklet chronicled the history of Ilion government, up to 1988. She dedicated and presented this booklet, which was titled, "The Honorable James F. Garnsey", to former mayor James Garnsey IHS '49. With the permission of James Garnsey, this wonderful booklet, the history of Village Elected Officials is now available. (June 7, 2014)

Janet C.Kirkland IHS 1957

First Female Village Trustee

Janet C. Kirkland

1957 Alumnus

Barringer Road 4th Grade Teacher
By Aileen Carney Sweeney
June 2014

 

Class of 1957 Reunion

The Ilion High School Class of 1957 50th year reunion was held the weekend of October 5, 6 and 7, 2007. See the photographs that are hosted on the Class of 1957 separate web site. (Oct 26, 2007)

 

Class of 1957 40th Reunion - Held in 1997

The Ilion High School Class of 1957 40th year reunion was held the weekend of October 3 and 4, 1997. See the photographs that are hosted on the Class of 1957 separate web site. (Jan 14, 2015)

 

2002 Reunion Pictures....

Now available... 2002 Reunion Pictures hosted on the Class of 1957 separate web site. (July 27, 2003)

 

Condolences....

Walter L. Smith, IHS 1957, age 80, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Folts Home, Herkimer. Walt was born on February 7, 1936 in Mohawk the son of the late Walter and Emma McClain Smith and graduated from Ilion High School. On April 12, 1957 he was united in marriage with Lillie Bacon, she passed away in 2012. Walt was a veteran of the U. S. Army and owned and operated Walt's Auto Repair in Ilion for many years, after retiring he was with Advanced Auto for almost ten years. He was a member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church and active in church affairs, he loved racing and worked many years at the Fonda Speedway where he was a Tech Inspector. Walt is survived by a daughter Pamela Latt of Mohawk, a son James Smith of Dunedin, FL, a brother Ronald Smith of Ilion and his daughter in law Judi Smith of Ilion also eight grandchildren: Courtney Witt (Lance Thompson), Dustin Jennette, Selina Latt, Thomas Walter Latt, Walter L. Smith III, Matthew Smith, Joleen Smith and Baliee Smith, also 2 great grandchildren Gavin and Christian Thompson, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Walter Jr. in 2011. Funeral service for Walt will be Friday October 28, 22016 at 11:00 AM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion with interment to follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call from 4-6 PM Thursday at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to whiter-hendrix.com. (November 24, 2016)

Mr. Charles L. "Larry" Conover IHS 1957 of Ilion, passed away very unexpectedly at the age of 77 on Sunday morning, December 13, 2015 at Faxton St. Luke’s Hospital, town of New Hartford, NY. He was born on March 8, 1938 in Ilion, a son of the late Charles H. and Helen Mary (Bartowicz) Conover. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, "Class of 1957." He went on to enlist and serve our country with the United States Air Force. His marriage to Justine C. "Judy" Harwood took place on December 27, 1969 in Ilion. The couple shared the utmost amount of respect and devotion to one another throughout their nearly 46 year union. Larry worked for 36 years with Remington Arms in Ilion. He held many jobs there inclusive to accounting and even ran the Remington Arms store. He retired in 2001 and at that time had been on the production line. He was a member and a Trustee of the First Baptist Church of North Utica. Thinking back on Larry’s legacy we reflect on his love of reading and history. He was always there to make us laugh and just be happy in general. His dancing ability, playing the harmonica, playing the bongos, going camping in the Adirondacks and especially Rockport, Massachusetts are all memories we will hold dear in our hearts forever. He is survived by his beloved family, his wife, Judy, his children, Jeffrey Conover of Ilion, Julie Conover-Rudwall and her husband Jamie of Ilion, Timothy Conover and his significant other, Mumba Chisunka of Syracuse, and Emily Conover of Ilion, his grandchildren, Morgan Rudwall, Isabelle Rudwall, and Jake Rudwall, his brother and sister-in-law, Jim Conover and wife Judy of Ilion, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special and dear friends deeply loved. He also leaves his faithful dogs, Charlie and Tawney. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY, (315) 894-8000. Calling hours for Mr. Conover will take place on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 5pm-8pm at the funeral home. His funeral will commence immediately following calling hours at 8pm with Pastor Ann Wicks officiating. Those wishing are asked to consider the following charities in memory of Larry: Herkimer County Humane Society or the First Baptist Church of North Utica. The family is appreciative toward the Ilion Ambulance and the professionalism and effort of the EMT’s involved. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (December 20, 2015)

Albert Joseph Helmer Jr. IHS 1957 - (Al), 'Butch' age 76 of Ilion passed away on Monday August 24, 2015 at Little Falls Hospital. Al was born on August 22, 1939 in Herkimer, he was the son of the late Albert J. and Catherine Mary (Seaver) Helmer. He attended Ilion Schools with the class of 1957 and was employed at HCCC until his retirement in 2000. On October 12, 1968, Albert married the former Betty Doremus at the People's Undenominational Church in Cedarville. Al was a member of the Ilion Presbyterian church where he served as Deacon for 10 years, Herkimer German Maennerchor, a former member of Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, he was also an avid bowler. Al is survived by his wife Betty; two sons, Alec and his wife Jennifer, and Albert "Joe" and his wife Julie, both of Ilion; two daughters Alicia and her husband Kevin Townsend of Brewerton, NY and Ann and her husband Richard Farmer of Cornelius, NC; three brothers Robert and his wife Carol of Winterhaven FL, Richard of Cohoes, NY and David and his wife Heike of Berkley CA; three sisters Mary Bongiorno of Frankfort, Doreen Helmer of Herkimer and Joellen Schafer of Ilion; ten grandchildren Timothy Helmer-Hall, Jillian and Paige Farmer, Joey and Samantha Helmer, Matt and Morgan Townsend, Lucas Mickle Alyssa and Corinne Baerman; one great grandchild Aiden Townsend; a godchild Carissa Johnson; in laws Arthur Doremus and Tom Martin, Ruth Hanrahan, Marjorie Creaser, Jane Rood, Fred and Judy Doremus, Roy and Cheryl Doremus, Gene and Mary Doremus, John and Sherry Bouck, Keith and Pat Doremus, Karen and Jack Allen, Carl Doremus and Daryl Yerdon and Dennis and Thim Doremus; as well as several nieces, nephews. A memorial service for Al will be held on Sunday September 6, 2015, 2 pm at the Ilion Presbyterian Church, Rev. Ruth Kuo will officiate. In lieu of calling hours, family and friends are invited to join the gathering at the Ilion Moose Lodge following the service. Friends and family are asked to consider memorial donations to either the American Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association. Al's family wish to thank Bassett Little Falls ER and 3rd floor staff for the care given during his illness. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (September 9, 2015)

Jeffrey Lawrence Hopkins IHS 1957, lost a long battle with cancer on July 28, 2015. Born on January 11, 1940, in Ilion, NY, he joined the USMC and was honorably discharged in 1968. He graduated from Syracuse University. He worked for General Electric Company for 13 years and Motorola Government Electronics Department for 10 years. He has several dozen papers published plus 6 technical books on astronomy and one family history. He is survived by two younger sisters and their families, Pamela Rose and Erin Dunckel. He is also survived by two children and their families, Stephanie Ann Schramm and Charlie Ryan Hopkins. A Celebration of Life Gathering was held on August 8, 2015, at Haus Murphy's in Glendale, AZ. Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 16, 2015. (August 18, 2015)

Samuel Folsom Selwood IHS 1957, 76 of Penn Yan entered the gates of larger life, peacefully at home on June 3. This good man was born on January 16, 1939 in Ilion, NY to Helen Graham Selwood and S. Folsom Selwood. While at Union College he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and enjoyed the friendship of his brothers throughout the years. After graduating he began his career in insurance claims and eventually retired from Caliber (FedEx) in Akron, Ohio as the Risk Manager in 1997. He then moved to the house he had finished on Seneca Lake and began to pursue seriously his lifetime interests in archery and hunting, while continuing his woodworking. He especially enjoyed his ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) friends and working on the archery course at the Duck Club. He had truly enjoyed his 26 years in Penn Yan. In those years, he took pride in his work on the Torrey Town Planning Board and in helping to construct the columbarium at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where he will find his earthly resting place. He is survived by Pat, his wife of 53 years, daughter Michele Shaar, son-in-law, Tom, their two boys Hasan and Mark Shaar, his two sisters Joan Annutto(John) and Diane Williams (Steve Newton), as well as nieces and nephews. Samuel's funeral service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:00am at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Penn Yan. Memorials may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, or Ontario-Yates Hospice. Both have given him and his family excellent and loving care in these last weeks. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com. (June 13, 2015)

Gordon R. Disotelle IHS 1957, 76, a long-time Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Folts Home, Herkimer with the love and support of his family. Born in Ilion, NY on May 15, 1938, he was the son of the late Raymond and Laura (Peters) Disotelle. Raised and educated in Ilion and Malone, Gordon was an Ilion High School graduate and honorably served his country by enlisting in the United States Army. On July 13, 1963 he was united in marriage to the former Florence Volo at Annunciation Church, Ilion. During his employment years, Gordon worked as a technician for Univac, was a supervisor at PAR Technology in New Hartford and was a manager at one time for the Ilion Elks Lodge. He was a fan of the New York Yankees, an avid golfer, and was a handyman, enjoying painting and wall papering as a side job. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge and Annunciation Parish of Ilion. He is survived by his wife Florence, his son, Michael Disotelle of Mohawk; his daughter, Shelly Disotelle of Columbia, MD; his sisters, Shirley LaValley and husband Bernie of East Herkimer, Esther Viparina, and Linda Edick and husband Allen all of Ilion. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mildred Volo of Mohawk; in-laws, Elaine and Jim LaPietra, Brian Volo, Bill Volo, Patty Volo and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to acknowledge Hospice and the staff of the Folts Home for the care and compassion given to Gordon during his time spent there. Those wishing to express an act of kindness may make a donation in Gordon's memory to Alzheimer's of Central NY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204. There will be no public calling hours. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1PM at the Folts Home Chapel 2nd Floor, 104 N. Washington Street, Herkimer, NY, officiated by Deacon James Bower. Interment will follow at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort) 315-894-8000 under the direction of Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors. (May 31, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

James S. Remis IHS 1957, 77 of Ilion passed away on Friday April 17 2015 at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Jim was born on August 25, 1937 in Ilion; he was the son of the late John and Rachael (Conover) Remis. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and served in the US Navy. On November 25, 1961 Jim married the former Carolyn King. Jim worked for 20 years as an installer for Martin Green and Sons and then for 19 years as Maintenance Director for the Ilion Housing Authority. Jim was a member of Annunciation Church, the Knights of Columbus joining at eighteen, received his 4th degree and was a life member, the Ilion Fish and Games Club and the IFD Company 1 for over fifty years, the IFD Rescue Squad where he participated in many compaticians. Jim's other passions were being a member of the Annunciation Bazaar Committee and was a co-chair of the Bazaar for several years. Jim is survived by his wife Carolyn; two sons Todd and his wife Kathryn of Ilion and Shawn of ; a daughter Debbie and her Husband Richard Schoff of Ilion; a brother John of MD and three grandchildren Jacob and Claire Schoff and Elizabeth "Lizzy" Remis all of Ilion. He is predeceased by a daughter Paula and two brothers Michael and Charles. A memorial mass for Jim will be celebrated on at at The Church of The Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Paul Catena officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on from to at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St in Ilion. Jim's family would like to thank the staff of the second floor at Mohawk Valley Health Care for all their care and compassion during his stay. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 18, 2015)

Donna (Coriale) Clapper IHS 1957, age 73, of 34 Green Street, Mohawk, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2012. She was born on April 25, 1939, in the Town of Frankfort, the daughter of Salvatore and Mary Rose (Lennon) Coriale. She attended Utica schools until 1954, at which time her family moved to Ilion. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1957. Donna worked for the New York Telephone Company until her marriage to Robert Tallman, and raised her four children. Her love of cooking and children led to a career of thirty-four years in food service at Mohawk and Herkimer schools. She later married Richard Clapper, Sr., a union of thirty-one years, and was co-owner of Clapper's Hollow Ice Cream Shop, and together they catered many functions in the Mohawk Valley area. She was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, forty-six year member and past president of the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary and the New York State Food Service Organization. Survivors include her husband, Richard "Dick"; daughters, Mary Kathleen and Todd Brentlinger, and Kelly and Eric Gehring; her sons, Robert and Kathy Tallman, and LCDR Daniel and Pam Tallman; her step-children, Richard and Linda Clapper, Jr., and Amy (Clapper) Netti and friend, Rick Potter; her grandchildren, Kristina (Gehring) and Jason Tomei, Jason Gehring, Emily Gehring, Jenna Brentlinger, Sharra Brentlinger, Lianna Brentlinger, Megan Tallman, Matt Tallman, Katie Tallman, Zoe Tallman, Zachary Tallman, Sascha Clapper, Jarhett Clapper, Cameron Platt, Grace Ann Netti, Ashley Fobare and Alexis Fobare; her siblings, Frances Brewer, Anthony and Pat Coriale, Salvatore and Barb Coriale, Chris and Mary Coriale, and Jim and Diedra Coriale; her in-laws, Robert (Tino) Valentine, Sharron and Jim Hale, Chapman and Sharon Clapper, Doug and Nan Clapper, Dick Tansley, Drew and Chris Shepard; and many nieces and nephews. Donna was predeceased by her father, Salvatore Coriale; her mother, Mary Rose Coriale; her children's father, Robert Tallman, Sr.; her sister, Pamela Shepard; her father-in-law, Chapman Clapper; her stepfather-in-law, Henry Pape; her mother-in-law, Bessie (Clapper) Pape; her brother-in-law, Fred Clapper; her sister-in-law, Beatrice Tansley; and her sister-in-law, Shirley Valentine.(Oct 26, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Mrs. Ann E. (Palmer) Vivacqua IHS 1957, age 70, of West River Dr., went home to be with the Lord on Saturday evening, April 17, 2010 in the comfort of her home after a courageous battle with cancer. At the time of her passing she had the comfort of her children by her side and the rosary being recited. She was born in Ilion on November 29, 1939, daughter of the late Elmer J. and M. Lillian (Brothers) Palmer and graduated from Ilion High School.. She furthered her education and began following her dream of becoming a teacher attending Herkimer County Community college, Saratoga Empire State College, and finally Oneonta State University eventually obtaining her certification in elementary education. Her last professional employment was with Annunciation Catholic School as a 2nd grade teacher and served in the same capacity formerly with St. Mary's Academy in Little Falls. Ann was also employed as the first woman foreman for Remington Arms, Ilion. Her marriage to Fred Vivacqua took place in Annunciation Church, Ilion. He passed away November 12, 2008. Mrs. Vivacqua was a strong and faithful Catholic belonging to Annunciation Church, Ilion. Religion was very important to her. She was past regent for the Catholic Daughters. Survivors include her children: Donald Vivacqua and wife Lorraine of Falls Church, Virginia, Maryjo Pedersen and husband Tom of Ilion, Ritamarie Vivacqua of Ilion; sister: Mary Murphy and husband Bill of Ilion; in laws: Jeanne Marie Palmer of Rome and Juliann Palmer of Ilion; two adored grandchildren: Trinity Ann and Taylor Alexis; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by brothers: Richard B. Palmer and Michael H. Palmer and by a sister, Margaret. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 from 4-7 p.m. Mrs. Vivacqua's funeral will commence at 9:15 on Wed., April 21st from the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 10 am from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion where the Rev. Leo Potvin, will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will take place at a later date in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Members of the Catholic Daughters will conduct a service at the funeral home on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. The family offers their deepest gratitude to the staff of At Home Care and Hospice Care, Inc. for their kindness and compassion. In lieu of floral tributes, kindly consider contributions to Hospice Care, Inc; envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family is being served by Mrs. Vivacqua's former second grade student, Daniel J. Enea, funeral director. (April 25, 2010)

Donna "Mimi" (March) Steele IHS 1957, 69, of 30 Massachusetts Avenue, Ilion, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, December 3, 2008, comforted by her husband and three children. Donna was born November 27, 1939 in Ilion, the daughter of Nelson and Dorothy March. She graduated from Ilion Central School in 1957 and married Robert "Banjo" Steele on August 8, 1959 at the Annunciation Church in Ilion. Donna was employed as an executive secretary for the superintendent of the Ilion Central School District, retiring in 2002. Donna is survived by her husband, Robert "Banjo" Steele of Ilion, a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Kristin Steele of Lowville, NY, two daughters and a son-in-law, Chrissy Peck of Fabius, NY and Wendy and Richard Cummings of Groton, NY, a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Patricia March of Ilion, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Carol Steele of Cedar Lake, NY and Bluffton, SC, a sister-in-law, Marilyn Nencetti of Lithia, FL, her grandchildren, Jenny and Hattie Steele, Jacob, Hannah, and Maggie Peck, Kylie Zehr, and Samantha and Nicholas Cummings, her step-grandchildren, Josh, Andrew, and Erin Cummings, a great grandson, Chad Peck, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Donna is also survived by her many close friends. The family would like to thank Susan Griffing RN at the office of Dr. Mark Griffing, Dr. Mary Cunningham and her staff at GYN Oncology of Central New York and the Forth Floor South at Crouse Hospital for their excellent medical care and compassion. Donna was a board member for the American Cancer Society and a volunteer for Hospice. She was a member of Curves and an avid runner, competing in the Utica Boilermaker several times. Donna enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband. She also enjoyed playing Mah Jongg with her close friends. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support ovarian cancer research, education, and outreach at The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at www.ovariancancercenter.org/contribution and designate your gift to Ovarian Cancer Gift Fund or through contact information provided at the funeral home. (Dec 8, 2008)

Benjamin A. Russell III IHS 1957, 67, of Constantla, passed away peacefully on Sunday. August 12, 2007 at his home with his loving wife and family by his side. A 1957 graduate of Ilion High School, and a 1961 graduate of Colgate University. Ben was a veteran of the Army and served as a member of a Special Military Intelligence Advisory team (SMIA) in Vietnam, for our country, before graduating from the Syracuse University College of Law. In 1969. Ben went on to form a partnership with Charles J . Yorkey as "Yorkey & Russell Law Firm" then "Russell Law Firm", now known as -Russell, Russeli & Grasso, PLLC" of Central Square, New York. Ben was an avid golfer and held memberships over the years at Greenview, McConhelsviile, and In Scottsdale, Arizona, where he enjoyed winters with his family. A very caring, versatile and community-minded individual. He served as the Town of Constantia Attorney for 30+ years. During that time, one of his proudest moments was when he facilitated the donation of the Lakefront property previously owned by the local Bank, now owned by North Shore Library. Ben was always willing to make hospital and home visits anywhere to make life more convenient for his fellow man. For many years Ben donated his time and experience to the fire departments, various ambulance companies, libraries. the Masons, the VFW, many Denominations of Churches, Central Square Endowment Foundation and the Moot Court Program at Central Square High School, which he helped create. Ben also served as the anonymous Secret Santa from December to January at 'Good Gotlys Restaurant' for the dedicated SOVAC Ambulance crew. Along with his love for his family and friends, Ben enjoyed the beauty of nature and growing flowers. Ben is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joanne (Lay); two sons, Scott Alden, Liverpool, NY, formerly of Arizona and Nevada, and David Edward (Cheri) of Brewerton. NY; a grandson, Benjamin Thomas; a sister, Jane Russell Nile of Aptos, CA; and four nieces and two nephews in CA and M.A. As Ben wished, there will be no funeral services ar calling hours. Contributions may be made in Ben's name to the community Endowment Foundation, POBox 174, Central Square, NY 13036 or Hospice of Central New York, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088. Prayers said for the family are appreciated. (August 19, 2007)

Judith Kay (VanDelinder) Slater IHS 1957, 68, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 2, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Judy was born on May 1, 1939, the daughter of the late Glenn and Lorrabelle VanDelinder. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert, who died in 1996. She graduated from Ilion High School and attended Alfred State University. She spent 25 years as a valued member of the Ilion School District cafeteria staff. She will be remembered for her steadfast commitment to her four children and her unwavering strength; as well as her love of antiques, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by her four children, Kerry and his wife Laura of Long Beach, N.Y., Kelly Webber and her husband Chet of Montvale, N.J., Jeff of Hull, Mass., and Amy DiMaria and her husband Frank of Cicero, N.Y.; as well as her longtime friend Bill Williams. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren who brought her so much joy and love, Emily and Alexander Webber, Lucas, Patrick and Colin Slater, and Nicholas and Hope DiMaria. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11. Following the service, Judy's children will be hosting a gathering at the Moose Club, 302 Barringer Road, Ilion from 2-5 p.m. and extend an invitation to Judy's friends to join them to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund c/o Ilion Fire Department, 1 Central Ave., Ilion, NY. 13357. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be left by going to whiter-hendrix.com. (August 19, 2007)

Rodney Lennox Sr. IHS 1957, age 67, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2007. He leaves his loving wife of 43 years, Carol; three children, Susan Lennox, Heather Manou and her husband Nick and Rodney Jr. "Corky" Lennox and his wife Mindy; four grandchildren, Alex Mosher, D.J. and Leah Manou and Gavin Lennox; three brothers, Warren and his wife Sharon, David and his wife Pat, and William and his wife Barb Lennox; brothers-in-law, Robert DeVos and his wife Jan and Douglas DeVos and his wife Linda; nieces, nephews and many close friends. Rodney was a retiree of Fison Pharmaceuticals. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Willard H. Scott Funeral Home, 12 South Ave., Webster, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Al Sigl Center, Inc., 1000 Elmwood Ave., Suite 300, Rochester, NY 14620. (May 13, 2007)

Janet C. Kirkland IHS 1957 and Barringer Road Teacher, age 64, Ilion, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2004, at Faxton Health Care, Utica. She was born August 9, 1939 in Utica, the daughter of the late Robert and Pearl McWilliam Kirkland. Ms. Kirkland was a graduate of Ilion High School, LaMoyne College, and received her Master's Degree at Potsdam College. She was employed with the Ilion Central School District, teaching 4th Grade at the Barringer Road School until her retirement in 1995. Janet also served as a trustee with the Village of Ilion from 1979 to 1983, and again in 1987 and 1988. Ms. Kirkland was a member of the Herkimer County Retired Teachers Association, the NYS Retired Teachers Association, and was appointed to the Marion Brill Scholarship Foundation Review Committee in 2000 at the Ilion High School. Janet is survived her a sister, Roberta Danforth of Ilion; two nieces and their husbands, Sheila and Daniel Brindisi of Whitesboro, Debra and Francis Knowlton of Ilion; a nephew and his wife, Robert and Doreen Danforth of Albany; a great-niece and nephew, Alec and Kaley Brindisi of Whitesboro; and special friends, Edwina and Bernard Anderson and their son, Lawrence of Mohawk. She also leaves many other close friends. Funeral services for Ms. Kirkland will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2004, at 1 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with the Rev. George B. Greene officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Saturday, January 24, 2004, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Janet C. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ilion High School, PO Box 480, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Dr. Atul Butala, Dr. Eric Yoss, Dr. Kenneth Novak, Dr. Mark Blaker, and Dr. John Crawford and the nurses and their offices, also the staff at Faxton 3rd floor for all the care and compassion given to Janet during her illness. The Ilion Fire Dept. will meet at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home to pay their respects. (January 23, 2004)

Gale B. (Brown) Seibert IHS 1957, age 60, of 67 Center St., Ilion, passed away Monday, April 10, 2000, at Faxton Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1940, in Ilion, the daughter of Ernest and Margaret Van Alstine Brown. She was a graduate of Ilion High School and C.C.B.I. in Syracuse. On July 23, 1960, she married William Seibert in Ilion. Gale was employed as office manager with Kitchens by Nicholas in Herkimer. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, the Ilion Little Theater Club and White Otter Fish and Game Club. Gale is survived by her husband, William; a son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Chong Mi Seibert of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Russell Earl of Ilion; her mother, Margaret Brown of Ilion; and a granddaughter, Erin Earl of Ilion. Funeral services for Gale will held at 11 a.m. Friday in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Little Theater Club or one's favorite charity in Gale's memory. (April 12, 2000)

Gerald John "Jerry" Reape IHS 1957, 57, a retired University of Idaho professor, died of a heart attack Thursday, November 27, 1997. After graduating from Ilion High School in 1957, Jerry attended Syracuse University. He later began a career in the U.S. Navy and retired as a lieutenant commander in 1981. He earned a degree in Architecture and Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho. Jerry leaves behind his wife, Harriet Nortman Reape of Troy, Idaho. He is survived by two sons, James of Turlock, CA and Gerald of Boise, Idaho, a daughter, Lodi Price of Moscow, Idaho, a sister, Betty Manore of Goleta, CA, and a brother, Bernard Reape of Newport, NY. (December 31, 1997)

 

Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite.....

Lynn Luther, email, from Bellevue, WA, sent news. (Oct 26, 2007)

Reunion - "....informal get-together idea number seven: Western ihs alumni: ~salmon bake at my house in Seattle on any sunny day (not probable in Northwest) this fiscal quarter...!? limited to first five to remember me and my Philadelphia peggedpants of 1953-4-5 {when i was known as "KAT"...how silly it all seems in retrospect)...W.O.W...planes (jets!!) do fly here to the far corner of our land...every day..from every state and wacky hamlet!"

"on other matters...ihs re-union: old friend coming, for a week, from Cour d'Alaine ID(sp?) this saturday...; Lucy and i then to go to Gearhart, OR to plan 2008 family reunion (!!) when she leaves...; then sisters and niece from Buffaloand San Francisco on 20 Oct for a week here...; Lucy in hospital tomorrow (9/27) for injury treatment due to feb 2005 accident (Hwy-405 rear-ender)...i'm working daily w/atty to AVOID feb '08 lawsuit...; finally, i started back to evening school to learn Spanish or get phd credits (whichever is easiest!!)...so...sadly (i.e., very sadly!), i don't see me flying in to buffalo aerodrome in oct. REMEMBER ME to all...they were/are a big part of my life....and i'm still playing the Benny Goodman 33/rpm album they gave me as i moved to Virginia in '56...!! keep in touch...regards...lbl/seattle"

Carolyn Wood Birr, Librarian, email, from Derry, NH, re-registered. (Oct 26, 2007)

Patricia Googin Kellogg, retired nursing MVGH, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (April 13, 2007)

Frances Spatol Turner, Retired Bookkeeper, email, re-registered. (Jan 29, 2007)

Sandra Curtis Crump, Tour Guide, email, from Middletown, RI, re-registered. (Jan 25, 2007)

Linda Swartfiguer Miller, Retired, email, from Apopka, FL, registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

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

Janice Staley Rudmann, retired - teacher, email, from Annapolis, MD, registered. (Nov 14, 2005)

James Huffman, Engineer, email, from Montrose, CO, re-registered. (Feb 20, 2005

Charles Thomas, retired, email, Kingsport, TN, registered. (November 20, 2004)

Lee Purple Bent, retired, email, from Marco Island, FL, registered. (March 3, 2003)

George Bracken, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 26, 2002)

George Sitts, email, from Oakhurst, CA, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 3, 2002)

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

Clarence James Sorenson, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 3, 2002)

Dale Abeling, New City, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 13, 2002)

Carolyn Wood Birr, Derry, NH, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

Charles Nile, email, from San Gregorio, CA, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 11, 2002)

Karen Parker Abrams, email, from Mission, TX, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Peggy Whalen Goucher, Tampa, FL, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Veronica Caffrey Pullyblank, retired, email, Caledonia, NY, registered. (May 21, 2002)

Sally Donahue Cook, retired appraiser, email , Rome, NY, registered. (May 9, 2002)

Samuel Selwood, Retired, email, from Penn Yan, NY, registered. (March 8, 2002)

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

Patricia Petersen Soukup, Retired, email, Vero Beach, FL, registered. (January 20, 2002)

Larry Conover, employed at Remington Arms, living at 17 English Street in Ilion, NY, registered. (September 17, 2000)

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

William Schaepe, Marketing, email, from Bedford, MA, registered. (March 26, 2000)

Jeffrey Hopkins, Computer Consultant, email, web sites are HPO SOFT and Welcome to HPO Soft, from Phoenix, AZ, registered. (March 21, 2000)

Veronica Caffrey Pullyblank, email, Caledonia, NY, signed the Guest Book. (March 13, 2000)

"This is my first visit to the Web site and I have found several interesting things. Nice page and I'll be back." - Veronica

Robert Fager, Consultant, email, from Port Leyden, NY, registered. (January 28, 2000)

Richard Hegeman, US Treasury Dept. - Retired, email, from Lakeland, FL, registered. (November 8, 1999)

Charles Nile, Owner-horse training facility, email, from San Gregorio, CA, registered in the directory. (modified March 17, 2001)

George Bracken, Plant Engineer, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (June 26, 1999)

Judy VanDelinder Slater, Ilion, NY, left a message in the Guestbook. (December 3, 1997)

"The class of '57s reunion was a great success. It was great to see everyone. Send me email at my new grandson's (four weeks old) address." Judy

Gordon Disotelle, Ilion, Ny, the second member of the Class of 1957 to register in the alumni directory. (November 1, 1997)

Mr. Rod Lennox, Rochester, NY, the first alumnus from the Class of 1957 to register in the alumni directory. (September 13, 1997)


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