Ilion High School
Class of 1961
Digitized Class Yearbook....
The Mirror 1961 from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 24, 2021)
Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1961 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1961 Mirror Class History.
Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1961", are available on the 1961 Class Roster page. (added February 20, 2022).
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1961 (added February 7, 2020)
Bernard 'Ben' Reape - IHS 1951 - Pharmacist
IHS 1961 alumnus, Bernard 'Ben' Reape, was among the graduates who pursued a career in pharmacy and was featured in the November 2020 Cover Story. His background information was published as Bernard 'Ben' Reape - IHS 1951 - Pharmacist. (December 2, 2020)
40th Reunion News.....
"The Class of 1961 is planning their 40th Reunion October 6, 2001 at the Ramada Inn in New Hartford, NY. There will be other activities planned during the weekend, Home football game, tour of school, class picture, etc. More news will be forthcoming shortly. We are currently looking for addresses for, Chuck Bowman, Judy Heintz Corey and Pat Luczynski Walter. If you have any information please to email. Hope everyone can come!!!" - Keay James Smith, email 5923 Cooper St. Vernon, NY 13476. (April 27, 2001)
Leonard Hendrix - County Legislature Chairman Retires from Legislature
Republican Leonard Hendrix, of Ilion, retired from the District 6 County Legislature seat after 37 years in November 2013. He was elected, unanimously, to serve as Legislature chairman in 2003. He took over the position held by Anthony Maneen. Hendrix was vice chairman under Maneen. He was first appointed to the Legislature in 1977 and served on each of the board's individual committees. He was nominated and unanimously approved by The Herkimer County Legislature to the position of chairman of the legislature in 2003. He was nominated and approved as the vice-chairman of The Herkimer County Legislature in 2002.
Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Anthony Maneen IHS 1964 passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in University Hospital, Syracuse. Maneen had battled diabetes, kidney and heart disease for some time. He represented District Four in Ilion for more than nine years. He was appointed to the Legislature to fill a vacancy on May 5, 1994. He was elected to the same seat, as a Republican candidate, in 1995. Anthony Maneen served on most of its major committees, including Education, Finance and Human Resources; he was also chairman of the Personnel Committee for a number of years. He was elected to a two-year term as chairman in January 2002.
The Legislature appointed Jean (Keddell) Maneen IHS 1965 to fill the seat left open by her husband's passing. She was administered the oath of office by County Judge Patrick Kirk. Her sons, Francis and Joseph, joined her for the ceremnoy which drew a standing ovation from legislators. Jean Maneen, R-German Flatts, retired from the District 4 seat after 10 years of dedicated service. (modified December 22, 2014 - published July 27, 2003)
Press Steward at the 1980 Winter Olympics
"I am writing regarding my dad, C. Edward Rhodes, IHS 1935. Dad was always very proud of the fact that he was a volunteer Press Steward at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. After he died in 2004, we donated his Olympic Collection - uniform, ID and numerous related items to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mt. Lake. There is a 1980 Olympic exhibit in place which uses several of those items including dad's full uniform. I know he would be very proud. If you go to the museum and visit the exhibit, the blue uniform is his and if you look closely, you will see that the ID badge on the manekin is his, picture and all. I know he would be so pleased that his experience is being shared in this way. They have done a beautiful job with the exhibit." (submitted by daughter - Cynthia Rhodes Smith) (April 5, 2006)
Wayne E. Darling, IHS 1961, age 77, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly on September 11, 2021. He was born to the late Ward and Elizabeth (Fitzer) Darling on October 18, 1943. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1961. In 1963 he enlisted with the United States Air Force, serving on several bases both within the U.S. and abroad. He retired from the military in 1983 after attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. Upon his return to Ilion, Wayne cared for both his mother and sister, Carol Ann, until their deaths. A confirmed bachelor, he moved to London Towers in 2004 and enjoyed the friendships of many residents who resided there. He was a frequent customer of Stewarts in Ilion. Wayne was a life member of the Ilion Elks Club, volunteering there for many years behind the scenes in the kitchen for many events. He was Elk of the Year in 1991. He was also a longtime volunteer at the Herkimer ARC, attending to his sister, Carol, and remained a volunteer even after her passing. He was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 2002 for his help with the bowling and the chorus. He also supported many veterans' organizations and other charitable causes. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his first cousins, Jack (Lynn) Fitzer, Jim (Joann) Fitzer and Mary (Steve) Morse, and their children and grandchildren. Wayne will be missed at family holiday dinners. In keeping with Wayne's wishes, a private service will take place at the convenience of his family and final burial will take place in the family plot at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions the Herkimer County Humane Society, PO Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407. The family has entrusted Wayne's final arrangements to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (September 24, 2021)
Joseph Brian Jones, IHS 1961, 77, of 3803 Prospect St., Oneida, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at his home. He was born on August 17, 1943, in Ilion, the son of George Thomas and Flora Durss Jones. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1961. Brian went on to receive his bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego. He then received his Master's degree in Education from SUNY Albany and later received his Master's degree in communications from Syracuse University. Brian proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army. On July 10, 1984, Joe was united in marriage to Winnie Jo James in Oneida. Brian was employed as a salesman for AT&T in Syracuse for over twenty years. Brian had a passion for wrestling. He was a college wrestler for SUNY Oswego and continued to promote the sport throughout his life. Surviving besides his loving wife of thirty-six years, Winnie; are five children, Brian Jones, of Atlanta, Sean (Jennie) Jones, of NYC, Ryan Jones, of Raleigh, NC, George Jones, of Oneida, and Jessica Jones, of Utica; four grandchildren, Anthony, Addison, Mason, and Nova; a brother, George Thomas "PeeWee" Jones, of Herkimer; and several nieces and nephews. Brian was predeceased by a sister, Noreen Jones, and a brother, Morgan Jones. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 4:00 PM at the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc., where the Deacon James M. Chappell will officiate. Family and friends are invited and may call on Tuesday prior to the service from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the funeral home, 342 Main St., Oneida. The funeral home staff respectfully asks that you wear a face covering into our facility and try to maintain proper social distancing protocols. Memorial contributions may be made to the Frankfort Schuyler Central School Wrestling Boosters, 605 Palmer St., Frankfort, NY 13340. You may view obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.ironsidefuneralhome.com. (September 13, 2020)
Diane (Selwood) Williams, IHS 1961 and Faculty member, of Ilion, went to be with her Lord on January 23, 2019. Diane was a lifelong resident of Ilion and passed away near her vacation home in Florida. Diane was born on August 4, 1943, the third child of S. Folsom and Helen (nee Graham) Selwood. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1961 and went on to receive her degree in English from the University of Albany. She started her teaching career in Rotterdam, NY, but Diane soon returned to the Mohawk Valley and began teaching at Herkimer High School, eventually retiring from Ilion High School where she taught 11th Grade Honors English, among other English classes. She was regarded by her colleagues and her students alike as a highly talented, dedicated, and engaging teacher. To aid her students' immersion in the literature she was teaching, she was known to become the characters from the stories; a particular favorite was Act IV of Macbeth when she would arrive in the classroom reciting, "double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble" in a high witch's voice to a group of bewildered and amused teenagers. Over the two decades since she retired, Diane was pleased to hear from many students, thanking her for all she taught them about literature, writing, and other subjects, and sharing with her the positive impact that her teaching had on their future education and lives. A member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, Diane also enjoyed planning and attending many luncheons with her former colleagues after retiring in 1999. Her commitment to English literature started early, when she set a childhood goal of reading all the books in the Ilion Public Library. She later served on the board of the library and remained an avid reader throughout her entire life. Her favorite question to friends and family was always, "Have you read anything good recently?" Diane was also a prolific crafts person, honed her talents when her kids were young making elaborate and beautiful birthday cakes, to extensive oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings later in life. She had success selling her artwork online and at various shops, most notably the Artworks cooperative in Old Forge, NY. Her creations live on in homes of friends, family members, and strangers all across the world. She also sewed, knitted, and crocheted beautifully. Diane enjoyed her home, flower gardens, and especially her beloved sons and five grandchildren. She is survived by Steve Newton, her fiance, who, for the last years of her life was also her dedicated caregiver; her sons Brian and his wife, Sara, of Kensington, MD, and Michael and his wife, Lauren, of Fairfax Station, VA; her grandchildren, Brady Dylan, Tanner Devin, Leah Rose, Samuel Eoin, and John Philo; her sister Joan Annutto and her husband John of Ilion, NY; her nephew Joseph Annutto and his wife, Margaret, and their family of New Hampshire; her, niece Lisa James (nee Annutto) and her husband, Chris, and their son of Colonie, NY; her sister-in-law Pat Selwood of Penn Yann, NY; her niece Michele Shaar (nee Selwood) and her husband, Tom, and their family of Colorado; and her brother-in-law Lawrence Williams of Indiana. Diane was predeceased by her husband, Dee, who died in 1999 after having been married for 33 very happy years; her parents, Helen and S. Folsom Selwood; and her brother, Samuel Selwood. Visiting hours will be Thursday, January 31st, 3pm-6pm at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion. A funeral service will be held at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home on Friday, February 1, at 11:00am. In the spring, Diane will be interned at Armory Hills Cemetery, next to her husband, Dee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ilion Free Public Library Foundation (78 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357). (February 2, 2019)
Louis A. Spencer, IHS 1961, age 76, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Bassett Health Care, Cooperstown. He was born in Ilion on February 10, 1942, the son of the late Charles D. and Myrtle M. Smaldone Spencer, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. After school he joined the US Air Force and served from 1961-1965, with a tour in Germany, an honor which he was very proud of. Louie was married to the former Jean Jaworska on February 14, 1975 in Ilion. Jean passed away on July 26, 2012. Louie was of the Methodist faith and later converted to the Catholic faith. He had been employed as a shoe salesman at Wagner Shoes, and then was employed at M.D.S as an assembler until his retirement due to illness. Louie is survived by his daughter Halinka Spencer of Rochester, a son and daughter in law, Josef and Jeanna of Rochester, two grandchildren Skylar Ann and Maddie Jean, a brother and sister in law Charles and Diane of Charleston, SC. Also his nieces Kim Ward and Jeanine and Peter DiCaprio, and his nephew Andrew and Wendy Haefner. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. View Memorial Gardens, Little Falls. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday June 1, 2018 from 4-6 PM. To leave an online condolence friends may go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 21, 2018)
Roger Owen Elmer, IHS 1961, of New Hartford, passed away Saturday, October 28, 2017, at St Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Ilion, NY the son of the late Charles and Anna Williams Elmer. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and Utica College of Syracuse University with a Bachelors Degree in History. He was a member of the Alphi Phi Omega service fraternity. Roger married Lyndalou Brady at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Roger taught Mathematics in Staley Junior High School, Rome and then at Westmoreland Junior High School, Westmoreland. He then embark on a career as a Pension Consultant with LA Stewart Associates. He is survived by his wife Lyndalou, a son Gregory of New Hartford, a daughter Kristen and her husband Thomas Foley of New Hartford; a twin sister Elizabeth Hurteau, and a brother and sister-in-law Milton and Janice Elmer of Ilion; a brother-in-law Richard Brady of New Hartford; a sister-in-law Kathy Montesano and her husband Nicholas of New Hartford. He also leaves a sister-in-law Carol Elmer of Glens Falls, NY and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was pre-deceased by two brothers, Richard Elmer and Clayton Elmer and three sisters, Phyllis Marriott, Esther Hurteau and Gwendolyn Zumbrun. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 PM at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Calling hours are on Thursday from 4-7 PM at Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Serices, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation,P.O. Box 5014,Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or online at www.michaeljfox.org. (November 11, 2017)
Harvey W. Dunckel, Jr., IHS 1961, age 74, of Herkimer passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 25, 2016. He was born June 28, 1941 in Little Falls the son of the late Harvey W. and Elizabeth (Leve) Dunckel, Sr. Harvey was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. He also attended SUNY Utica. Mr. Dunckel was a United States Army veteran during the Vietnam War, enlisting on October 3, 1961 and was honorably discharged on April 2, 1965 with the rank of SP4. His service to his country continued with him being a Drill Sergeant for the Army Reserves. Harvey was employed at Remington Arms in Ilion, NY for 34 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a life long member of the Michael Pliseck VFW Post #4915 in Herkimer. Harvey was also an active member of the Ilion Elks Lodge, #1444 and the Crowley Barnum American Legion Post #25 in Mohawk. A loving patriarch, Harvey truly cared for everyone in his circle of life, especially his granddaughters, Natalie & Gracie. In his younger years he enjoyed water skiing and always found much pleasure and tranquility in camping, hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife Marilyn; a daughter, Stephanie Schrader of Herkimer; two granddaughters, Natalie and Gracie Schrader both of Herkimer; two brothers, Arthur Dunckel of North Carolina and Martin Dunckel of Mohawk; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by a brother, David Dunckel and two sisters, Kathleen Farrell and Beverly Matusik. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service with full military honors accorded on Friday July 1, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Herkimer, with Deacon James Bower, officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, new location, 527 East Albany St., Herkimer, NY 866-1500. The family would like to sincerely thank Robert Schrader and their neighbors Matt and Kara for all the compassion shown to the family at this difficult time. (July 16, 2016 - modified August 11, 2021)
John R. Wright IHS 1961, age 73, of Second St., Ilion, passed away at home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, with his loving family at his bedside. He was born October 31, 1942, in Ilion, the son of Richard L. and Bernice E. (Sweeney) Wright. John was a graduate of Ilion High School and received his Associate Degree at the Community College of the Air Force. Mr. Wright was a retired Command Chief Master Sergeant in the USAF, having served his country for thirty years from 1961 to 1991. On September 15, 1966, he was married to Heidelore (Findling) in Ilion. During his military career in the USAF he served at Lackland AFB - TX, Evreux AB - France, Rhein Main AB - Germany, Travis AFB - CA, Hancock Field - NY, Dyess AFB - TX, Scott AFB - IL, and was retired and discharged from McGuire AFB - NJ, as the Wing Senior Enlisted Advisor. His past community service includes Ilion Village Trustee for six years, Steward at K of C, Agent for K of C insurance, Administrator at Ilion Moose Club. Past memberships include the Marine Corps League, Winter Club, and Ilion Fish and Game Club. His current memberships include AF Sgt. Association. AF Association, American Legion (47 years), VFW, Ilion K of C since 1991, 4th Degree Knight (1993), and Fourth Degree Navigator, Ilion Moose Lodge member (47 years), and awarded its Pilgrim Degree in 2010, volunteer for the Ilion Fire Department since 1993 and AARP. He was also a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation. Survivors include his beloved wife, Heidi; one daughter and son-in-law, retired Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Rupp and her husband, retired Colonel William Rupp, of Delaware; son-in-law and faithful caregiver in residence, Francis Fresco; one sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Deacon Dennis Jones, of Ilion; one sister-in-law, Ulrike Findling, of Frankfurt, Germany; one uncle, Loren Sweeney, of Ilion; nieces and nephews, Eric Jones and his wife, Maura, of Stuyvescent Falls, Heather Gay, of Albany, Adam and Dawn Jones and their children, of Schenectady; several cousins; and his beloved dogs, Trixie and Layla. He was predeceased by his parents and his precious daughter, Michaela Wright - Fresco. Calling hours will be held on Friday (today), May 27, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion Moose Lodge Service of Tribute will be held 5:30 p.m., Friday (today), and the Ilion Knights of Columbus Prayer Service will be held 5:45 p.m., Friday (today), at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral services will be held 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Church of the Annunciation where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Graveside services and Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with Full Military Honors by the United States Air Force. A special thank you to Dr. Mahesh Padmanabhan and Dr. Carolyn Jackson at the Donald J. Mitchell VA Clinic, Rome, and all members of the Home Base Primary Care Team. The Wright family also wishes to thank the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Hospice volunteers, and the Ilion Fire Dept. for their kindness, compassion and care. Anyone wishing to share a memory of John, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Feed the Vets of Utica, NY, P.O. box 1, New York Mills, NY 13417, or CNY Veterans Outreach Center, 726 Washington St., Utica, NY 13502, or Ilion Ambulance, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. John's funeral arrangements and supervision were prearranged and entrusted to his longtime friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (May 29, 2016 - modified August 11, 2021)
Anthony (Simi) J. Simonette IHS 1961, age 73 of Chesapeake, Virginia, formerly of Frankfort, New York passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Georgian Manor in Chesapeake. Simi was born on May 16, 1942 in Frankfort, New York the son of the late Anthony and Nina Rappa Simonette. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and following graduation he entered the U.S. Air Force serving for four years. During his enlistment he was stationed in Korat, Thailand where he taught local children to speak English and how to play baseball. On February 15, 1969 he married his high school sweetheart, the former Linda Kerr in Ilion. She passed away in 1986. Simi worked for the New York State Thruway Authority retiring in 2002. He loved to drive and drove coach bus part time for many years. Simi enjoyed traveling and visited much of the U.S., Costa Rica, Switzerland, and Italy. He wintered in Virginia Beach and Florida with his RV for several years and was an avid golfer. Simi was a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus, VFW, and Ilion Elk's Lodge 1444. Simi is survived by two daughters, Regina and her husband, Rick Fureno of New Bern, North Carolina and Kristen and her husband, Mike Messmore of Virginia Beach, Virginia, two granddaughters, Julia and Jillian Messmore, two step grandchildren, Ryan and Shayla Fureno and several nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by two brothers, Gerald (Joe) Simonette and Benedetto (Babe) Simonette. Funeral services for Simi will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, New York with Deacon Dennis Jones officiating. Interment will follow at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral. The Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 will be offering a service at 12:30 PM. Please consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To leave an on-line condolence please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 29, 2016 - modified August 11, 2021)
Donald G. Dack IHS 1961, 73 of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Sunday May 24, 2015 at FaxtonSt. Luke's Health Care in New Hartford. Don was born on February 9, 1942 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Marion (Kennedy) Dack Sr. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and in 1961 joined the Air Force serving in Vietnam. On October 4, 1975 he married the former Adeline Bergin in Ilion. Don worked as a machinist at Union Fork and Hoe until his retirement. Don was an active member of the the Ilion Elks Lodge, Mohawk American Legion, and the St. Francis Club. Don is survived by his wife Addie of 40 years, a daughter Megan and her husband Anthony Dischiavi and grandson Dax of Deerfield, a brother Kenneth and his wife Kitty Dack Jr. of Ilion and a sister Linda and her husband David Iamele of Utica, his many neices and nephews and many friends. He is predeceased by his son Robert James Dack and his brothers Bill and Dick Dack. Don was a loving and devoted husband, father and friend to all. Don loved camping, fishing, watching NASCAR (go Jeff Gordon!) and watching the New York Giants and The Dodgers. He was also a loving companion to Chance and Riley. A special thank you to Dr Manzurul Sikder and staff, the staff of the 6th floor, ICOU and David, Brian, Michele and Lucy of Radiology at Faxton St. Luke's Heathcare for their loving care and support. A funeral service for Don will be held on Friday May 29, 2015 at 5pm at the WhiterHendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Marianne Victor and family members will be sharing thoughts and memories. Friends may call on Friday from 2 pm until the time of the funeral. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. The Mohawk American Legion will be conducting services at 4pm and the Ilion Elks Lodge at 4:30 pm at the funeral home. Please consider a memoral dontation to the Herkimer Country Catholic Charities, 61 West St. Ilion NY 13357. To send an online condolence please go to www.WhiterHendrix.com. (June 13, 2015)
Gertrude 'Trudy' (Hitchcock) Tangorra IHS 1961, age 71, of 73 W. Rand St., Ilion, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Trudy was born on May 8, 1943, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Willis and Catherine Williams Hitchcock. She was a 1961 graduate of Ilion High School and graduated from Herkimer County Community College in 1988 with an associate's degree in applied science. Trudy was employed with the Ilion Housing Authority as a housing assistance representative, retiring in 2005. On July 21, 1990, she was united in marriage with Alexander Tangorra. Trudy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, and member and past treasurer of the American Morgan Horse Association. She loved spending time with her family, doing crossword puzzles and reading. Trudy leaves behind her daughters, Denise Scialdo and her companion, Jim Jurgelewicz, of Marlton, New Jersey, and Deborah Haggerty and her husband, David, of Ilion; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Elisabeth 'Chic' and Babe Del Grego of Ilion and Barbara Noffer of Ballston Spa; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Willis Hitchcock of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Jerry and Debbie Hitchcock of Gainesville, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Irene Hitchcock; a son-in-law, Keith Scialdo; her grandchildren, Teresa Mears, Shannon Haggerty, Samantha Scialdo and Sarah Scialdo; great-grandchildren, Mason, Gabriel, Ayden and Eli; two special nephews, Lawrence Del Grego and Craig Gay; and also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her husband, Alex; two brothers, Douglas and Robert Hitchcock; her sister, Jeanette Ridgeway; and her sister-in-law, Marion Hitchcock, predeceased Trudy. A special thank you for their kindness and caring go to Dr. Brehaut, Susan Griffing, N.P., Michelle, RN, and the EMTs from the Ilion Fire Department. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service for Trudy to be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Umidi officiating. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call from noon until the time of the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association or the Ilion Ambulance Fund. (December 22, 2014)
Robert J. Ortlieb, Robert J. Ortlieb, 71, of Baldwinsville passed away peacefully Sunday, April 6, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born in Atlantic City, was a graduate of Ilion High School and SUNY Delhi. Bob founded the R.J. Ortlieb Construction Co., Inc. in 1985. He was a member and former board member of the Syracuse Builders Exchange. He was a communicant of St. Mary's church in Baldwinsville and also of St. Bernadette's in Constantia. He was also a 4th degree Knight of Columbus Assembly # 777 Council #5082. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Robert H. and Lucia Ortlieb and two brothers, Thomas J. and James M. Ortlieb. Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Erminia; his children, Renee (Eric) Ames of Constantia, Robert J. (Charulata) Ortlieb of Staten Island and Joseph M. Ortlieb of New York city; his grandchildren, Quinn, Claire, Fiona and Hailey; a brother, William (Judy) Ortlieb of Charlotte, NC; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to extend gratitude to Dr. Scalzo and the staff at HOA and to the many friends who supported Bob with their companionship, loyal friendship and love. Bob enjoyed spending much of his free time at the cottage on Oneida Lake fishing and on the golf course. Calling hours are 4-8pm Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Falardeau Funeral Home, 93 Downer St., Baldwinsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am Friday, April 11, 2014, in St. Mary's Church. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville. Contributions: Hospice Of CNY, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088-6148 or Hope For Bereaved, 4500 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13219.(April 12, 2014)
Barbara (Stubbs) Sorokas IHS 1961, age 70, of Rome, died December 25, 2013, at Rome Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. She was born June 20, 1943, in New York City, the daughter of the late Arthur and Frances Konicka Stubbs. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1961, received degrees from Herkimer Community college and Utica College, and a Masters Degree from Boston University. Her first husband, Thomas Shepherd was killed in action in Vietnam. Barbara later married Thomas Sorokas. She worked in several secretarial positions in her younger years, and later, for 8 years, as a Hospice Bereavement Counselor. Barbara is survived by her husband, Lt Col Thomas P. Sorokas, USAF, Ret'd; five children, Patricia McCallops of Barberton, OH, Robert Sorokas and wife, Laura of Plains, PA, Thomas Shepherd and wife, Leila of Cooksville, MD, Daniel Shepherd and Sara Gordon of Rockville, MD, and Andrew Sorokas and wife, Lilly of Mauertown, VA; 10 grandchildren, Zackary, Samantha, Robert, Aikira, Magnus, Abigail, Laith, Leo, Esher and Mikayla; and a great grandson, Thomas. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:00 AM from the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street, and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM , at St. Joseph's Church, Lee Center. Burial will be in Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home, Sunday 2 to 5 PM. (Dec 27, 2015)
Dr. Anthony 'Tony' V. Angelichio, DMD, of 94 West St., Ilion, passed away on his birthday, Monday, March 12, 2012, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, after a brief illness, with his loving wife, Donna, by his side. He was born on March 12, 1943, in Herkimer, the son of Vito and Frances (Licari) Angelichio. Tony attended Herkimer Schools and graduated from Ilion High School in 1961. He was also a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1968. Dr. Angelichio started his dental practice in Ilion in 1968 and served local valley residents for over forty-three years. Tony married Donna on June 28, 1973. 'Doc' was a Football official for many years and member and past President of Mohawk Valley Certified Football Officials. He was a member of Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and was a past Exalted Ruler, past State Vice President and past District Deputy. Dr. Angelichio was a member of the American Dental Society, NYS Dental Society and Fifth District Dental Society. He was also a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus and its 4th Degree Assembly, Marine Corps League and Herkimer Co. Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife, Donna; his mother, Frances; his children, Ronald, of Cashiers, NC, Michael and his wife, Elizabeth, and Tony's grandchildren, Emily and John Anthony, all of Kennebunk, Maine, and Joseph Laura and his wife, Stacie, and Tony's grandchildren, Anthony Joseph 'A.J.' and Jake, all of Chester, NY; his brother, Gerald, and sister-in-law, Karen Angelichio, and their family, of Ilion; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. Tony was predeceased by his father, Vito Angelichio; his son, Anthony Angelichio, Jr.; and his daughter, Jamie Laura Carter. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services at 12 noon, Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Friday, March 16, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (formerly Main St., old Rt. 5S, between Ilion and Frankfort) (895-7722). The Ilion Elks Lodge # 1444 Funeral Ritual will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2012, at the funeral home, and will be conducted by the past District Deputies from the NY Central District. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 or St. Jude Children's Hospital Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Please omit flowers. Thank you. Donna and her family have entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to Tony's close friend and neighbor, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Mar 24, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)
Douglas William Fay Sr. IHS 1961 age 63, passed peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning, June 13, 2007. He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Amanda, sons Doug and John, as well as his mother Jeanne Nabinger, father Bill, and his sister Leslie. Doug was born in 1943 in Ilion, N.Y., where he spent his childhood. He left Ilion to attend the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated in 1965 and fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a metallurgist. Doug married Betty in 1972 and they moved to Claremont in 1978 to raise their three children. Doug spent the majority of his career at Pine Tree Castings, where he became one of the industries' leading and most well respected metallurgists. Doug was a brilliant metallurgist whose ideas helped reshape the industry he loved so much. He had recently retired at the end of April to spend more time with his family. To his wife Betty, he was an adoring and devoted husband. To his daughter Amanda and his sons John and Doug, he was an amazing father. To his grandson Sam, he was a superhero and they shared a bond stronger than any alloy he had ever cast. In his spare time, Doug enjoyed many activities. He loved reading about all subjects and was a sponge for knowledge. An antique muscle car would always stop him in his tracks and taking sunrise photos of Lake Champlain would always bring a smile to his face. Nothing could compete however with sipping a good cup of coffee while being enveloped by a favorite blues record emanating from one of his many vintage stereos, perfectly tuned to feel every crack and hiss from the speakers. Doug Fay was a loving husband, and a devoted father and grandfather, but he was also a renaissance man, a brilliant man, with the mind of a scientist and a soul of a poet. His love warmed everything, like rays of sunshine and he will always be loved and truly be missed by all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. A time of fellowship and sharing will be held Tuesday evening, June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont, N.H. The family suggest that donations may be made in his memory to the Sullivan County Humane Society, P.O. Box 111, Claremont, NH 03743. To view an online memorial, send a message of condolence or for more information visit, www.stringerfh.com. (June 27, 2007)
Marilyn J. (Deller) Caruso IHS 1961, age 57, of Frankfort,passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, in Faxton Hospital after a courageous year long battle with cancer. She was born in Utica Dec. 17, 1943, the daughter of the late Harry and Muriel Schwartz Deller. She attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1961. Marilyn was married to Lee Caruso Jan. 20, 1968 in St. Mary's Church. In 1962, her employment began with the Utica State Hospital and she later became the data clerk for the town of Frankfort for many years. Marilyn embraced the Catholic faith on Dec. 4, 2001, when she received all her sacraments through Father Lamanna. She was a communicant of the Roman Catholic Community of Our Lady Queen of Apostles and was an Avon lady for 24 years. Mrs. Caruso is survived by her beloved husband, Lee; one son, Mark Caruso and his special friend, Peggy, both of Ilion; three daughters and one son-in-law, Susan and Dominick Sciorilli Jr., Oriskany, Patricia Caruso and Michele Caruso, both of Frankfort; her grandchildren, Tanya Sciorilli and Dominick Sciorilli III; one brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Joanne Deller, West Winfield; her sister-in-law, Josephine Lee, Rome; her nieces and nephews, Loralei and Phineas Marr III, Amy and Rodger Pape and Christopher Deller; her beloved feline companion Ernie; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Her funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:15 a.m. from the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort, and at 10 a.m. in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church with the Rev. John Yanas, pastor, and the Rev. Alfred Lamanna, pastor emeritus, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc. Contributions in Marilyn's memory may be made to the Frankfort Volunteer Ambulance Corps or Mount Olivet Cemetery Chapel Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Marilyn's family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Samir Desai, Dr. Fayer Chahfe, Dr. John Crawford, Dr. William Parker and Tom Givens and their staff for all the care and compassion shown to her during her illness and passing. A special thank you is given to Father Alfred Lamanna for his spiritual guidance during this trying period of their lives. (December 6, 2001)
Kenneth "Ken" V. Wright IHS 1961, age 56, Ilion, passed away Monday, May 1, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Ken was born Aug. 3, 1943, in Ballston Spa, son of Harry and Vivian (Hodom) Wright. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1961 and a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving his country in Vietnam war. On Nov. 29, 1964, he married Jeannie DeGristina. He was currently employed at Utica Corporation in Whitesboro and prior to that the Bendix Corporation and Chicago Pneumatic. Survivors include his beloved wife, Jeannie; three devoted sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth "Ken" J. Wright and his wife Abbie of Ilion, Michael A. Wright at home in Ilion and David M. Wright of Mohawk; three granddaughters, Courtney, Christina and Carol Wright; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Harriet Spine of Frankfort, Grace Sweet of Ballston Spa, Frances Cardone and her husband John of Utica, Jon Wright and his wife Marsha of Newport, Robert Wright and his companion Kathleen Darling of Ilion, his mother-in-law, Florence DeGristina of St. Johnsville and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; his special friends, Jimmy McKinney of New Hartford and Kathy and Larry Cole of Sylvan Beach. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Harry Wright Jr. and sisters, Faith Kozma and Marion Niznik. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:15 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, and 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, pastor, and Father Alfred Lamanna. Interment will follow Mass in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with full military honors. Family and friends are invited to visitation Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Memorial contributions may be made in Ken's name to the Church of the Annunciation or the Ilion Ambulance Fund. Donation envelopes are available at the Funeral Home. (May 2, 2000)
Philo D. (Dee) Williams, IHS '55, age 63, of Ilion, passed away November 25, 1999. He was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Cortland, the son of Richard and Euphemia Bentley Williams. He graduated from Ilion High School ind 1955 and served with the U.S. Army. He married Diane Selwood, on July 30, 1966. He was employed as an electronic and radar technician with GE, Martin Marietta and Lockheed Martin, and retired in 1996. He also served with the Ilion Housing Authority as a board member and chairman. He is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons, Brian, of Alexandria, Va. and Michael, of Arlington, Va.; a sister, Arlene Marchione, of Rome; and a brother, Lawrence of Seymour, Ind. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm, November 28, 1999 from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Leukemia Association. (November 27, 1999)
Mr. Jerry Bourgois IHS 1961, age 55, of Ilion, passed away on December 20, 1998. He was the son of Joseph and the late Estella May Wright Bourgois. Mr. Bourgois was employed as a gunsmith with Remington Arms. He was married on September 24, 1994 to the former Caroline Barringer in Ilion. He was a member of the Remington Arms 25 Year Club, a member and Secretary of the Ilion Fish and Game Club, and Trap Chairman at the Fish and Game Club. He traveled extensively, throughout the country, for Remington Arms and was well known in his field. He is survived by his wife, Caroline, his father, a son, Jeffery of Ilion, and a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Shawn Hall of San Antonio; a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Elwood Wainwright of Ilion, a step-son, Matt Masur, his mother-in-law, Sylvia Barringer and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were December 24, from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, with internment in Armory Hill Cemetary. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Fish & Game Club, Frankfort Ambulance or Ilion Ambulance funds. (December 24, 1998)
Susan Walrath Edick IHS 1961, 55, passed away Thursday, November 12, 1998 at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown after a long, courageous battle. Susan was the daughter of S.J. and Gladys Smith Walrath. She was a 1961 graduate of Ilion High School. Survivors include her husband Ken Edick, two sons and two daughter-in-laws, one daughter, five grandchildren, her parents, three sisters and two brothers-in-law, two brothers and two sisters-in-law. Susan was predeceased by her daughter Bonnie, who died in 1962, and her son Mark, who died in 1968. Memorial contributions may be made in Susan's name to the Mid-County Ambulance Corps. Funeral arrangements were by the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (November 21, 1998)
Bombers Buzz Website.....
Roger Jones, retired, email, from Sharon Springs, NY, registered. (Sept 20, 2015)
Edwin Button, Engineer-Retired, email, Shortsville, NY, registered. (July 3, 2010)
Kenneth Sweeney, email, Quezon City, Philippines, sent news. (May 8, 2010)
"Retired as of January 1, 2010 and living in the Philippines."
David Paul, retired, email , from Mohawk, NY, registered. (Mar 26, 2009)
Nancy Widger Zaffarano, Retired, email from Frisco, TX, registered. (Feb 22, 2009)
Martin Gienke, email, from Cambridge, United Kingdon, registered. (Mar 6, 2008)
Retired from Cambridge University, Audio Visual Aids Unit 10 years ago. Now active as lay minister of a Unitarian congregation in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England. Living in Cambridge with spouse Gillian. Two children Charlie, living nearby in Newmarket, and Helen, running a ski chalet business in Winter Park, Colorado (see Chalets-USA onweb.)
I came across a gold record of the Ilion High School Orpheus Choir 1958-59 and put it on audio CD if anyone is interested, or I can send it as a Quicktime file.
Bill Yavornitzki, Retired School Superintendent, email, New York Mills, NY, re-registered. (Oct. 26, 2007)
Karen Angell Suker, Retired, email, from Newport Beach, CA., re-registered. (May 24, 2007)
Kathleen Seymour Fuhrer, Office Manager, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Mar 24, 2007)
Brian Hamilton Retired, email from Millsboro, DE, re-registered. (May 18, 2006)
Louis Spencer, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Oct 3, 2005)
Beverly Dunckel Matusik, email, Frankfort, NY, registered. (May 29, 2003)
Mike Morris and Jeanne Castle Morris, email, from Atlanta, GA, will be attending the mega-reunion. "I am anxious to come back and listen to my brother Steve Castle play in the Boss Five after all these years!!" (September 2, 2002)
Ermina Fortuna Ortlieb, and Robert 'Corky' Ortlieb, email, Baldwinsville, NY, are attending the mega-reunion. (August 24, 2002)
Thad Smith, Construction Manager, from Saratoga Springs, NY, email, re-registered.(August 19, 2002)
Teddie Wilkinson, Utica, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 26, 2002)
Sal Coriale, email, from Penn Yan, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 26, 2002)
Cynthia Rhodes Smith, email , from Saranac Lake, NY, will be in Ilion for the mega-reunion weekend but will not be attending the Saturday evening dance. (June 24, 2002)
Leonard Hendrix, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 23, 2002)
Gail Mackin Trosset, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 5, 2002)
Trudy Hitchcock Tangorra, Ilion, NY, registered for the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Jerry Hitchcock, Gainseville, GA, registered for the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Paul Getman, email, Rochester, NY, registered for the reunion. (May 2, 2002)
Leonard Hendrix, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 16, 2002)
Marianne Kurkowski Feuerstein, email, from Wildwood, MO, re-registered. (March 13, 2002)
Cynthia Rhodes Smith, Retired, email, from Saranac Lake, NY, re-registered. (March 4, 2002)
Ann Durant Shepard, Semi-Retired, email, from Hendersonville, NC, registered. (March 3, 2002)
Matilda (Mattie) Enjem Sagaas, from Ilion, NY, registered. (email modified February 18, 2002)
"I work at Ilion Junior - Senior High School as the Library Media Specialist for the Junior and Senior High Libraries." - Mattie
Bev Seaman from Fort Edward, NY, email, sent news. (October 13, 2001)
"Hi Had a ball at our 40th class reunion sorry for you guys who didn't come." - Bev
Don Tibbits, Sun Lakes, AZ, Retired Cost Accountant, Semiconductor Product Engineer, Macintosh Administrator. Now, in retirement I do free-lance photographer, web desing, computer graphics, and teach computer graphics at Phoenix College. I also have produced a music CD of old rock and country songs with my synthesizer, guitar and voice. email, from the Class of 1961 registers in the alumni directory. (modified July 8, 2001)
Kenneth Sweeney, home base is Fairfax, VT., email. Kenneth retired in July 1999, from his position as a Sr. Technical Support Rep. with Lockheed Martin Corp - Burlington, VT. He is now employed by General Dynamics as a Senior Company Representative and is stationed in Abu Dhabi in The Unite Arab Emirates until July 2001. (December 1, 2000)
Maxine Kay Nichols Sitts, email, from San Leandro, TCA, registered. (November 14, 2000)
John Wright, Retired USAF, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (September 17, 2000)
Carol Rohmer Sorbello, Pre-k teacher. email, from Rome, NY, registered. (September 17, 2000)
Jane Hollar, from Liverpool, NY, registered. (May 12, 2000)
Judy Kerr Graham, email, from Chesapeake, VA, registered. (April 12, 2000)
Janet Bowen Kelsey, email,Secretary, College Admissions Assistant, from Ilion, NY, sent news. (February 10, 2000)
"Hi everyone! Just an update I never thought that I would be working at a College as an Admissions Assistant but here I am, guess I'll always be in Ilion. Hope all is well with everyone." - Janet
Eileen Catlin Carson, Social Worker, email, from Republic Marshall Islands, registered. (November 26, 1999)
Ben Reape, Pharmacist, email, from Newport, NY, registered. (October 20, 1999)
Lloy DeReus Kappel, email, from registered in the directory. (March 17, 1999)
"Does anyone know where or what happened to Dick Holland?" - Lloy
Nancy Widgar Zaffarano, Customer Service, email, from The Colony, TX, registered in the directory. (January 16, 1999)
Keay James Smith an Office Manager, email,from Vernon, NY., registered in the alumni directory. (modified January 14, 1999)
Barbara Stubbs Sorokas, Retired Bereavement Counselor, email , from Rome, NY, registered in the directory. (January 10, 1998)
Paul Getman, Director of Inpatient Psychiatric Activities, Dept of Psychiatry, from Rochester, NY, registered in the directory. (January 2, 1998)
Cynthia Rhodes Smith, from Saranac Lake, provided much needed information about "Mother's Restaurant", for the Retro-Vision pages. (December 01, 1997)
Mrs. Diane Selwood Williams from Ilion, email , the second alumnus from the Class of 1961 to register in the alumni directory.
Class of '61 Co-Contacts....
Dave "DJ" Paul, email, from German Flatts, NY and , Bill "Yavor" Yavonitzki, email, from New York Mills, NY are the latest Class Editors to come on board. Please contact Dave and/or Bill with all your class news. (modified August 13, 2021)
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