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1959 Mirror Cover

Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1959 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1959 Mirror Class History.


Class Book....

Ron Brown has created a book for the following: "...whole yearbook, pictures of interest, a deceased list with many obits, and a message for classmates to contact me for Class personal info." Visit - Ron Brown - 1959 Google Book. (June 23, 2009)


Ilion Class of 1959 - Leo Golicki - Yearbook In Memorium
Ilion Class of 1959
Leo Golicki Yearbook Memorium

Senior Leo Golicki 1959 Death Notices.

The Class of 1959 dedicated their 1959 Mirror in memory of classmate Leo Golicki.

Members of the class have researched and shared obituaries.

The Central Valley School District (formely Ilion High) still presents the Leo Golicki Memorial "Competitive Spirit Award" during the school's annual Athletic Awards ceremony.

This Ilion High Class of 1959 - Leo Golicki Memorial Page contains the newspaper notices about Leo Golicki's young death. The Ilion senior collapsed and died while playing basketball, in the Annunciation School Hall gymnasium. It was a sad January day for his classmates, family and fellow parishoners. (January 22, 2017)



Woman Seeks Help Finding Husband's Long-Lost Sister....

Kim Allen, Mohawk NY, spoke to reporters of "Oswego County Today", in hopes that she may help her husband, James Allen, locate his half-sister. His mother, Diane Bouck Allen, graduated from Ilion High School in 1959. Soon after graduation, she learned that she was pregnant. Per 1960s social norms, Diane was sent away to live with relatives, in the Oswego area, for the remainder of her pregnancy. The baby was born the following February. Diane never saw her baby and gave her daughter up for adoption right after the birth.

Diane later married William Allen and gave birth to two sons. John Allen was born in 1965 and James was born in 1966. Daughter-in-law, Kim Allen, added that "Diane Bouck Allen died in 2004 (see obit below) from a blood clot; her father had a stroke, high blood pressure and epilepsy...These are some health issues that my husbandís half-sister may suffer."

Ilion Class of 1959 - Diane Bouck Allen
Ilion Class of 1959 - Diane Bouck Allen

"My husbandís mother's name was Diane Bouck at the time she gave birth. Diane Bouck Allen died from a blood clot; her father had a stroke, high blood pressure and epilepsy. "These are some health issues that my husbandís half-sister may suffer." Read the full story here - Woman Seeks Help Finding Husband's Long-Lost Sister. (July 27, 2016)


Those Were The Days....

Annunciation Class Members as they appeared in 1955. (September 5, 1999)



Class of '59 - 50th Reunion July 17-19 2009.....

Class of 1959 50th reunion

All Events in Ilion
K of C Hall West St 7:30pm Friday 7-17-09 snacks-cash Bar
Francesca Banquet Hall Main St Buffet & Dancing Sat 7-18-09 6pm cash bar
K of C Hall West St 10am breakfast/lunch Sun 7-19-09
signup & pay before June 21, 2009 call
Peggy Wood Casale
phone 1-315-894-4902

(Submitted by Ron Brown - email ) (Updated June 19, 2009)


Class of '59 - 40th Reunion.....

40th Class Reunion.....Get Ready!!!

Reunion Pictures ARE HERE!

Album 1
Album 2
Album 3
Album 4

Reunion Details
40th Reunion Planning Committee
(November 3, 1999)


38th Year Class Reunion.....

The Class of 1959 held a 38th year class reunion July 5, 1997. Contact persons were Betty Bouck, Frank Geloso and Jane Smithson. Ron Brown submitted reunion photos, as well as a reunion report. (Updated November 10, 1997)


Those Were The Days....

Annunciation Class Members as they appeared in 1955. (September 5, 1999)




The In Memorium page honors the memory of our deceased classmates. (December 15, 1998)

Carolyn (King) Remis, IHS 1959 - Our beloved Carolyn Remis, entered into the Lord's kingdom on October 5, 2016 with her loving family by her side, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 17, 1942 in Ilion the daughter of the late Lawrence and Clara Moore King. Educated in the Ilion School system graduating in 1959, on November 25,1961 she was united in marriage with James Remis, sharing 53 years prior to his passing. Carolyn's devotion to her family and friends was her greatest works, through the years she was employed with Chicago Pneumatic and Herkimer County Cheese; where she developed some of her most cherished friendships. Working with children at Head Start and Herkimer Elementary were some of her most rewarding memories. She was a lifelong member of The Church of The Annunciation, Ilion and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. Charitable giving and finding quiet ways to help others was her way to share Faith, Hope, and Love. Carolyn is survived by two sons and a daughter in law, Todd and Kathryn of Ilion and Shawn Remis of Jackson Hole, WY. A daughter and son in law Deborah and Richard Schoff of llion, her sisters Barbara Kieft and Diane Fikes of Ilion, three grandchildren Elizabeth Remis, Jacob and Claire Schoff all of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Monday, October 10, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, at the Church of The Annunciation. With interment to follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery. The family extends joyous gratitude to all who helped with Carolyn's care; most especially Kriss and Michele at Bassett. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Carolyn's favorite charity Operation Smile, P.O. Box 5017, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (October 22, 2016)

Stanley "Stan" Thompson, 72, passed away on August 11, 2014. Stan was born in Ilion on December 13, 1941, the son of Seymour and Ruth (Lum) Thompson. He married Colleen Harris on February 15, 1969 in Paris, New York. Stan was a lifelong resident of Ilion, he was employed by Steffen Publishing Company, as well as various other advertising agencies. He was an active member of Valley Baptist Church in Frankfort, New York. Stan loved the outdoors, visiting the Adirondacks, and was an avid New York Giants fan. Stan is survived by his wife of 45 years, Colleen, his daughters and sons in laws, Tony and Tracey (Thompson) Coccitto of Spencerport and Michael and Kelly (Thompson) Getman of Webster, his beloved grandchildren: Olivia, Sophia, Madeline, and Michael: his brother in law, Todd (Donna) Harris, nieces and nephews and special neighbors. August 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion, NY. A memorial service will follow at the First Baptist Church of Ilion, 8 Second St., Ilion, NY at 2:00 p.m. The family wishes to thank the staff at Lipson Cancer Center at Linden Oaks for providing exceptional care and compassion for Stan throughout his treatments. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to R.G.H. Foundation- Lipson Cancer Center, 100 King Highway St., Suite 2300, Rochester, N.Y. 14617 . Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at church.To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.(August 26, 2014)

Howard D. 'Toby' Fink, age 72 of Pleasant Avenue passed away peacefully on Thursday morning September 22, 2011 in his home after a short illness. He was born on March 13, 1939 in the town of Warren, son of the late John D. and Bertha Helmer Fink. A lifelong area resident he was raised in Ilion and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of ď1959Ē. Toby was blessed when he met a young lady by the name of Mary Frescatore at a friendís wedding. On November 8, 1963 they were united in marriage in the First Baptist Church, Ilion and in 1971 they moved from Frankfort to Ilion, where they have resided since. For thirty-four years Mr. Fink worked as an assembler for the Remington Arms Company in Ilion. He retired in 1997. Toby had a strong belief in God and was a member of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church in Herkimer. In his leisure time he was a chess player, an avid reader and found a special interest in reading old history books and his bible. He was an accomplished fly fisherman and particularly enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren. Mr. Fink will always be remembered as a loving, caring and wise gentleman. He was a strong willed man and any conversation with him was straight and to the point, but you always felt a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great grandchild. Surviving him are his devoted wife of forty-seven years Mary, a daughter, Mary Cross of Little Falls, one brother, Raymond Fink of Flint, MI, a sister Pearl Kimble of Rome, five grandchildren, Rachael Cross and Michael Cross both of Utica, Kayla Cross, Andrew Cross and Stephen Cross all of Little Falls, one great-granddaughter, JaeLynn Brown of Utica, Several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend Nancy Burton. Beside his parents he was preceded in death by his son Roy Scott Vernum, a brother, John "Roy" Fink, five sistersí Florence Crewell, Regina Evans, Marjorie Evans, Alice Griffin and Evelyn Kimble. The family will be present to receive relatives and friends in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court Street; Herkimer on Saturday morning from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, with a funeral service to begin at 11:00am. The Reverend Christopher Schumske, pastor of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church, Herkimer will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Hospice Palliative Care Inc. or the Little Falls Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Sept 26, 2011)

"Diane P. (Bouck) Allen IHS 1959, age 63, of 32 Orchard St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. Diane was born Oct. 25, 1941, in Ilion, the daughter of Glenn and Ruth Myers Bouck. She was a 1959 graduate of Ilion High School and on May 2, 1964, she married William F. Allen in Ilion. Diane was employed as a secretary with Univac in Ilion and Utica several years ago and for the past two years, worked at Bimlic Kennels in Ilion. Diane is survived by her husband, Bill of Ilion; two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Kim Allen of Mohawk and John Allen at home; a sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Michael Manore of Woodlands, Texas; four grandchildren, James and Justin Bouck, Shelby Phillips and Timothy Bouck; a cousin, Ruth Gray of Cooperstown; and a good friend, Jerry Zajac of Herkimer. Funeral services for Diane will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the American Heart Association in Dianeís memory. (July 27, 2016)

"Donald Beach, passed on March 5th in Sommerville, SC. I was proud to be his brother, and will miss him." Submitted by Richard Beach. (May 5, 2009)

Ronald E. Hart, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at home. He was born June 30, 1941, in Herkimer, the son of John F. and Blanche De Long Hart. He received his education in the Ilion schools, and on July 11, 1964 he married Carol Turley. She passed away in 1991. Mr. Hart was employed as a machinist with Remington Arms, Ilion, retiring in 1999. Mr. Hart is survived by his mother Blanche Skinner of Middleville; two sons, Ronald and William, both of Ilion; a daughter and son-in-law, Lory and Mark McElwain of Clayville; two brothers, Robert Hart of Herkimer and Roger Hart of Louisiana; a sister Linda Geloso of Buffalo, NY; three grandchildren, Jami, Shannon and Erin McElwain; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father John and a brother Richard. A memorial service for Mr. Hart was held on Friday, March 23, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. (April 10, 2001)

Fred C. Paschke IHS 1959, age 84, of 3937 State Route 5, North Ilion, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000., at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 21, 1915, in North Ilion, the son of Fred H. and Margaret B. Cook Paschke and attended Ilion High School. On Dec. 23, 1939, he was married to Jeanne (Jennie) Kanarek of Herkimer. Fred was the owner and operator of the North Ilion Garage for over 25 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the CCS Camp National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1940. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; his son, Fred S. Paschke of North Ilion and his fiancee Barbara Fredel; two granddaughters, Penny Van Dusen and her husband John of Frankfort and April Paschke of New Hartford and her fiance Marc Scarafile; three sisters-in-law, Jane Paschke of Forestport, Helena Paschke of Ilion, and Nancy Fleming of Alaska; one brother, Henry Kanarek of Buffalo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Joe and Bob Paschke. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Applegate & Day Funeral Home. Spring interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Cardiac Care Unit. (January 27, 2000)


Bombers Buzz Website

Patricia Pendergrass McElrath, email, Rochester, NY, registered. (May 23, 2009)

Arlene Burns Doyle, Retired RN, email, from Kissimmee, FL, re-registered. (Apr 13, 2008)

Beverly Kelly Ames, retired, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Jan 8, 2005)

Jean Kennell Greig, housewife, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (October 5, 2003)

Carol Austin Williams, Retired, email, from Loganville, GA, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)

Charles Schmitt, Antique Dealer, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (February 8, 2003)

Elaine Stowell Pelletier, from Ilion, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (October 3, 2002)

Gloria Logar Murphy, RN State of Fl, , email, from Rockledge, FL, re-registered in the directory and is attending the mega-reunion. (September 29, 2002)

Carolyn Golicki Harvey, Insurance Executive , email, from Pittsford, NY, registered in the directory. (September 23, 2002)

Sally Siver Dennis, Disabled Nurse Assistant, email, from Herkimer, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 30, 2002)

"Hi...I didn't graduate from the class but I do have ties with a few of the classmates. I am a diabled CNA due to having knee replacements on both knees. I have five children: Carl Jr. & Ginny, who live in Florida, and have a son & daughter: Al & Brenda who live in Oneida and have a son & daughter, plus Al has 2 sons & daughter, by previous wife. Theresa & Larry, who live in Florida, have 4 children from previous spouses. Kathleen & Stacey live in Herkimer, have 3 daughters. Michael & Dawn who live in Mohawk & have 3 girls, 3 boys. So I am busy with all those grandchildren. I am active in my church in West Schuyler. I travel to Florida to see family. I would really love to see some of the people I went to school with. I love being online thanks, to my daughter Theresa, who set me up when she moved to Florida, so I could keep contact easier. I have also had contact with Carol Ostoski, who was a good friend to me, and also lived downstairs from me, when we were in school. I would love to come to some of the festivities, if possible."

Carol Peak Ostroski sent news.


Louise Boyle Abeling, from Essex Junction VT, email is attending the mega-reunion. (June 15, 2002)

Barbara Hitchcock Noffer, Balston Spa, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Evelyn Hodom Lyman, Retired, email, Palm Bay, FL, registered. (April 11, 2002)

Edward Rebeaud, Retired, email, from Poteet, TX, re-registered. (March 28, 2002)

Louise Boyle Abeling, email has a new email address. (February 22, 2002)

Ronald Brown, email, or emai2l, magnetic resonance lab manager, Cranford, NJ, has a new email address. (February 22, 2002)

Ralph Bottini SR., email, Oneida, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 17, 2002)

Ronald Brown, email,or email email, magnetic resonance lab manager, Cranford, NJ, has a new email address. (February 22, 2002)

"After working for Merck Laboratories for 37 & a half years, I decided to to take early retirement in February 2001. The first half of my career was spent doing bench chemistry as a scientist and senior scientist. I worked in many areas like birth control, antibiotics, & animal health. I managed the instrumentation for the Basic Chemistry department in the last half of my career. As the use of Magnetic Resonance grew through the 1980's & 1990's to identify the compounds synthetized in the labs, it became my primaryresponsibility. When I retired, I was managing 11 instruments in 8 labs. I have volunteered to help a local NJ college setup one of my old instruments and I may do some consulting work in the future. We are staying in the NJ area for the time being and are near our only grandson in ScotchPlains, NJ. My wife, Rhea, is still employed by the visiting nurses until June, 2001. Our NJ daughter runs a daycare for a large hospital & her sister manages a distribution center for Harris Teeter supermarkets in Charlotte, NC. My goals are: I have started to do volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and a local assistance charity. We plan to take 3 trips a year and hopefully Alaska this year. I am trying to rekindle my passion for modern sculpture that I once had. I want to complete that 300 mile bicycle trip I had to postpone last year when I got hurt.I also hope to do some major renovation work on our cabin on a lake in the Deleware watergap area. I want to keep in touch with all my friends and classmate around the states." - Ron

Carol Peak Ostroski, Retired Teacher, email, from Lake Isabella, CA, registered. (modified Feb 15, 2001)

"I wanted to let friends know that we have retired and are now living in Lake Isabella, CA. We are in the mountains, above Bakersfield, CA, for those of you who might be familar with CA. We have the 4 seasons, something that we have missed since moving to CA 34 years ago. We don't have the heavy snow like NY, but enough to satisfy the want. My sons are living in AZ and NC, so we have places to visit. We haven't as yet because for some reason we are busier now then when we worked. We are planning on visiting Don Beach in GA if we ever get to NC to see our eldest." - Carol

Karen Smith Sauer, Mohawk NY, registered. (July 27, 2001)

Edward Rebeaud, email, from Las Vegas, NV, registerd. (July 17, 2000)

"Born in Ilion [1940] attended IHS 1953-54 as Freshman...Played freshman football...we lost only to Whitesboro...Retired Army warrant officer...Graduated Univ of Texas [Arlington]1974...Currently live in Las Vegas, NV with wife Elizabeth of 23 years...Planning to relocate on farm/ranch in southwest [San Antonio] Texas very soon...Great page! Very happy to see it...Would like to hear from anyone who are 58 to 61 who attended IHS in the 1953-54 time period." - Edward

Evelyn Hodom Lyman, retired, email, from Ilion, NY, and Palm Bay, FL registered. (September 17, 2000)

"I'm moving to Palm Bay, Fl in Sept.,'00. Bob and I brought land in Palm Bay, where our son lived. Bob passed away in Sept. '98. He worked for Remington Arms for 36 years. He had a variety of jobs, production, planner, Employee Relations and Supervisor. I also worked for Remington Arms. I also worked in production and the Arms Service Dept. as a clerk. We had four children. Leslie, our first daughter, who works for the State and is living in Albany; our son, Jeff, who worked on Construction, as a forman. He had an ATV accident on Feb. 21, l999, and passed away. He left his wife, Vimon, and two children, Jami, 7 and a daughter, Amanda,3. Our second son, Keith, who joined the Sea Bees, and is retiring in Sept. '00, with twenty years service. He lives in Gulfport, MS. Keith is married. His wife's name is Judith and they have a son, Brian, 15, and a daughter, Andrea, 10. And our second daughter, Michelle. She lives in King George, Va, along with her husband, Blase and their two!" - Evelyn

Joan Selwood Annutto, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (May 6, 2000)

Carol Geragi DeBiase, email, tried Guess the Graduate. (March 10, 1999)

Maureen Mason Bortel, email, from Irmo, SC, registered in the directory. (modified September 9, 2001)

Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin, Professor Stanford University, email, from Palo Alto, CA, registered in the directory. (December 29, 1998)

Michael Hamilton, Photographer, Boston University, email, from Newton, MA, registered in the directory. (modified October 12, 1999)

Mayme Maneen Fluharty, a Receptionist, from Frankfort, NY, registered in the directory. (April 24, 1998)

Lorita Keddell, Retired School Librarian, email, Johnstown, NY, registered in the directory. (March 2, 1998)

Terence Bowers, Home Business(GENEALOGY), email, Milpitas, Ca, registered in the directory. (February 24, 1998)

Evelyn Hodom Lyman, Ilion, NY, paid a visit to the website. (February 16, 1998)

Sally Noffer Houck, an HARC resident counselor, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (February 6, 1998)

Frank Geloso, a florist from Ilion, email, registered in the directory (November 15, 1997)

Charlie Campione, formerly of Ilion and Frankfort, NY, email, signed the Guest Book. (September 28, 1999)

"Hi, I recently stumbled on to your site accidently and was pleasantly suprised. Although I moved to Frankfort NY in 1956, I attended Annunciation School, graduating in 1955 with the likes of T-Bowers, Ben Leach and Frank Geloso. I was shocked to see the Annunciation School Class of '55 photo, posted on your site. As I grew up, lived (59 Pine Street), and went to school in Ilion during my impressionable years, I still know many people there. Can you imagine, living in Ilion until a sophomore, moving to Frankfort and then playing football, basketball and baseball against all your good friends. As for me, I graduated from Frankfort High School in '59, joined the Air Force with Ben Leach, serving as a crew member on Weather Recon aircraft for four years. After the Air Force, I worked for Antenna Vision in Ilion, until beginning a civilian career with the Federal Government, as a Television Technician in 1966, at Griffiss AFB. From there, I served overseas, providing American radio and television services to military bases, for about 23 years in Thailand, Phillippines and Europe. I married a wonderful lady from South Dakota, in 1963, and we have two children, Scott in San Francisco and Tracy in Scottsdale Arizona. Presently, I live in Folsom CA, a suburb of Sacramento and work as the Deputy Director for the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service. I'm lining my ducks up to retire soon and just play golf....38 years is just enough. It was great to drop you a line. Keep up the good work and hopefully, some of my old friends in Ilion will e-mail me...." Charlie Campione

Ralph Bottini, Sales Engineer, email, from Oneida, NY, registered in the directory. (modified March 30, 2001)

"I finally jumped into the 21st century thanks to the urging of my children Angie and Ralph Jr. and got an e-mail address. This is a great idea ....Hope to hear from some of our old alumni."

"This web page is great. The e-mail address is my daughter Angie Sayles but I am going to jump into the 21st century and get my own soon. I did go to our 38th re-union but I was late because I still have two boys at home still in high school and they had a baseball game that day. Living here in Oneida is great and still go to Bomber territory for my sons Steve and Sam Baseball, Football and Basketball games. On the road selling every day but still find time to make my contribution to the casino here in town. Keep up the web site--great job." - Ralph (January 31, 1998)

Jean Bennet Ganey, entered the Ilion Days Bloomin' Crazy Contest, by planting flowers in the Pedestrian Mall. Her efforts and beautiful results were dedicated in honor of village beautification efforts. Jean adopted the Ilion Marina for the 1998 Ilion Days Bloomin' Crazy contest and (May 2, 1998)


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