Welcome to the Ilion High School
Class of 1963
Digitized Class Yearbook....
Mirror 1963 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 1963 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1963 Mirror Class History.
Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1963", are available on the 1963 Class Roster page. (added February 20, 2022).
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
SUNY-ESF Salutes Mr. Thomas Slocum
Alumni Director Emeritus, Justin Culkowki, featured 1963 Ilion alumnus, Thomas Slocum, in a cover story for the Winter 2015 edition of the 'SUNY-ESF Alumni News'. Thomas Slocum was the Director of Career and Counseling Services at SUNY ESF (College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry in Syracuse, NY). The insightful and lengthy article highlighted Tom's academic background and career. He majored in Biology in college at SUNY Brockport and while there, he was a Resident Advisor. He also attended SUNY Albany where he earned his master's degree in Higher Education Student Personnel Administration. Tom's first positions were with SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY New Paltz and finally at SUNY-ESF where he remained for 31 years. Tom's career at the college was so exemplary that he received the State University Chancellor Award for Excellence in Professional Service and was twice awarded with the student Special Recognition Award. The 2008 ESF yearbook was dedicated to Thomas Slocum. Many other of his career achievements were featured in the article. Since his retirement, Tom has been spending time with his four grandchildren, golfing, fishing, spending time in his woodworking shop and enjoying summers, with his family, at their Seventh Lake camp. In the article, Tom was asked to share some advice for students. One of his points was "Keep in touch with family, friends and the College. These all become very important to you after you leave ESF." Ilionites can keep in touch with Tom at email@example.com. The original cover story is available to read, online, at Winter 2015 edition of the 'SUNY-ESF Alumni News'. Note - (Aileen Carney Sweeney's daughter, Erin Sweeney, and Ken and Nancy Long's daughter, Kelly Long, graduated from SUNY-ESF in 2012.) (February 23, 2015)
Class of 1963 - 50th Class Reunion
"After talking to Bob Smith today, he has taken the initiative to start organizing our 50th Class Reunion. He has chosen July 19 - 21, 2013 as the dates which corresponds with the Ilion Days celebration. We need to get the word out to members of our class that are not on Face Book. Please contact any and all classmates that you have addresses or phone numbers to let them know the dates so they can plan to attend. Bob would like to start getting some numbers of people who think they will attend. If you are on Face Book, please reply right here to this posting or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you contact other classmates and they would like to attend, email me the names and numbers or you can call me at: 585.334.5493. We need to get the word out so people know when the reunion will be and will have a chance to make some travel plans. Thank you. A big thank you to Smitty for stepping up to get this event going." - Tom Deyle (October 6, 2012)
IHS Combined Reunion Celebration Classes of 63 - 64 - 65 - 66 Reunion
IHS Combined Reunion
$15 Donation - Please RSVP with check by June 15th, 2010
35th Reunion in the Works.....
The IHS class of 1963 hosted their 35th reunion September 5, 1998 at the Crystal Chandelier on Route 28 North( Middleville Road), from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. At 8 pm, that evening, they were together at the Ilion Elks Club for drinks, snacks, music, dancing and socializing. The cost was $20.00 per person, due by July 15th.
If you have any addresses or information on the Class of 1963 members, please call Betty Jean White, at 315-894-5611. Please send all correspondence to Betty Jean White, 54 East Street, Ilion NY or to email (Updated September 27, 1998)
Can anyone help us locate the following people:
Brian Burch Hill
Village of Ilion Wall of Fame Inductions - 1999
On Friday, November 26, 1999, the Ilion High School Boys Basketball Team of 1963 and the Ilion High School 1990 Football Team were inducted into the Ilion Wall of Fame. See Plaque Close-up.
The Basketball Team of 1963 went undefeated 18-0 and won their second consecutive Section 5 Championship. They brought their two year win streak to 24 games in a row without a loss. The Wall of Fame induction ceremony, which was sponsored by the Ilion Recreation Department, was hosted by Ilion Mayor Charles Haggerty. 1963 team-mates, Tom Deyle, Tom Bracken and Bob Smith were in town for the ceremony.
The 1997-98 boys' volleyball team was the first group to be commemorated on the village's "Wall of Fame". A plaque with its photo was dedicated at a ceremony November 27, 1998. The 11-by-13inch wood plaque is mounted near the stage at the Ilion Municpal Building. The 1997-98 team won the Section III title and was ranked No. 1 in the state by New York state sportswriters. (Modified April 6, 2014)
1963 Foreign Exchange Student Visits Website
It truly is a global village. Our website has finally been visited by one of our foreign exchange alumni.
"What a feeling after all those years!!!!You are right, I was the first exchange student and had a wonderful year in Ilion. My Mom - Mrs. Mutchler from 131 West St. - sent me the e-mail address and that was the beginning! I still have to look around the Website!!"
Perry "Jack" Pierce, IHS 1963, age 78, of Ilion passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022 at home with his family by his side. He was born in Ilion, New York on March 25, 1944, the son of the late Perry and Mary Burnett Pierce Sr. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1963. He served during the Vietnam War with the US Marine Corps and was Honorably Discharged on August 18, 1967 with the rank of Sergeant. He was at one time married to Becky Upson Kasper. Jack was the owner and operator of A&J Associates, Mohawk, NY until his retirement in 2014. Jack was a devoted member of Emmanuel Bible Church and a former Trustee. He was a member of the Ilion Marine Corps League. Jack is survived by two sons and daughters in law, Rob and Kim Pierce of Seneca, SC and Scott and Linda Pierce of Ilion; two daughters and one son in law, Renee and Paul Grimes of Frankfort and Megan Pierce of Richmond VA; one brother and sister in law, Nick and Janie Pierce of Holiday FL; two sisters and one brother in law, Janet Dunn of Syracuse and Diane and Harold Pierce of Ilion; his grandchildren, Christopher and his wife, Elizabeth Pierce, Alex Matthews, Izzetta Matthews, Jack Pierce, Derek Pierce, Ryan Pierce, Kyle Pierce, Scott Pierce, Mary and her husband, Dwayne Thom, John Scalise and Aysia Pierce; his great grandchildren, Sylvanas Pierce, Celaenas Pierce, Artimis Pierce and Sirius Pierce and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, David Pierce and one sister, Virginia Miller. His funeral will be held Thursday afternoon, June 9, 2022 at 1:30 PM in the Emmanuel Bible Church, 54 W Main St Mohawk where a funeral service will be celebrated by the Rev. Gary Wilcox. Interment will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday, June 9 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Emmanuel Bible Church 54 W Main St, Mohawk. His funeral arrangements are under the direction of the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Avenue, Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jack's memory may be made to Emmanuel Bible Church, 54 W Main St, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the church vestibule on Thursday. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Jack’s online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (June 8, 2022)
Marie 'Cookie' Anjani Cirillo, IHS 1963 - It is impossible to think about the Sebastian Clambake and not remember Anjani Cirillo, whose drive popularized the annual November festival, drawing attention to the importance of the Indian River Lagoon. Cirillo, 76, died April 28, 2022, after a long fight with cancer. She is remembered for raising millions of dollars for local nonprofits through the annual clambake and lagoon festival. "She was the face and the center of the clambake for 20 years," said Sebastian resident and friend Teddy Hulse, the current vice president of the Sebastian Clambake Foundation. "Anjani gave her heart and soul to the clambake 365 days a year right up to the end." A native New Yorker, Cirillo grew up in upstate Illion, graduating from SUNY Brockport in 1967. She spent several years in the Peace Corps traveling across Asia, and later worked as a recruiter for the Peace Corps in New York City. An early supporter of the feminist movement, Cirillo helped raise awareness for women, working alongside other political activists and feminists including Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisholm. In 1975, Cirillo had a spiritual awakening and connected with Ma Jaya Bhagavati, the founder of Kashi Ashram on Roseland Road in Sebastian. Ma Jaya's teachings of service and kindness would become a powerful force in Cirillo's life and in 1979, she moved to Sebastian to live at Kashi Ashram. She served as principal of the River School at Kashi until retirement, and then joined the Kashi staff as community relations director, becoming a Swami and teacher in 2005. When the Sebastian Clambake began in 2002, Cirillo volunteered for the community event, working alongside Clambake founder Rich Stringer. Three years later, Cirillo became president of the Sebastian Clambake Foundation and served for more than a decade. In 2009, she was recognized as TCPalm/Sebastian Sun's Woman of the Year for her outstanding contributions to life in Sebastian. Cirillo is survived by her sister Pat Brooks, nieces Peyton Preslar and Shalon Olesko, and nephew Louie Bertino, and three great-nephews and one great-niece. Her parents, Mike and Louise Cirillo, died earlier. She is grateful for the love and support of her friend and partner Usha Quiyou who cared for her throughout her illness. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a future date. In her memory - Before her death, Cirillo said she was grateful for her amazing life and wants people to be kind to each other and take care of the earth in her memory. She encouraged contributions to Sacred Kashi, the 45-acre spiritual center that Cirillo called home for more than four decades. To support Kashi in Cirillo's memory, go to www.kashi.org/giving. (May 12, 2022)
Robert George Hamilton IHS 1963, age 76, passed unexpectedly to be with the Lord in His heavenly home on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Rob was born on March 28, 1945 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Edward Francis Hamilton and Phyllis Mae Hamilton. Growing up primarily in upstate New York, Rob enjoyed playing football, competing in track and field, and playing guitar in his band the Manhattan's (Ilion, NY). Rob graduated from Ilion High School in New York, with the class of 1963. He went on to obtain his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Professionally, Rob started his career as the director for the bureau of identification for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. He later would pursue his passion for information technology as vice president of product development with Bibliographic Retrieval Services, where he introduced new design methods for multi-user information retrieval for large IBM mainframes. Rob ultimately founded Enable Software which was pioneering in delivering multi-user mainframe technology and integrated products to desktop-computing with applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and database management. Enable Software would go on to be acquired by the Microsoft Corporation. Rob was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved watching his grandchildren's sports games, concerts and plays. He had many admirable attributes, but one of the most notable was his ability to uplift and encourage the lives of many - he shined God's love for others everywhere he went. One of Rob's favorite sayings was "It's not how you weather the storm; it's how you dance in the rain." He was the nucleus of his family and loved to get the family together for holidays, family vacations, or just getting together up at the lake. Rob had a strong spiritual faith and close relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. While his time with us seemed too short and we will miss him dearly, we know he is exactly where he is supposed to be as he now rejoices with his Lord. Rob is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Joanne Trevino. Rob is survived by Mimi Hamilton, his loving wife of 57 years; Brother, Dale Hamilton and wife Caroline; Sister, Carolyn Hillegeist and husband Wayne; Daughter, Renee Reed and husband David; Sons, David Hamilton and wife Susan, and Gary Hamilton and wife Heidi; Grandchildren, Courtney Giuliana Falconieri and fiance Daniel Di Stefano, Cassandra Helms and husband Kevin, Christopher Reed, Caitlyn Reed, Lauren Hamilton, Jack Hamilton, Grant Hamilton, and Brady Hamilton; Great-grandson, Santana Patton. Services will be held in private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to St Jude's Children's Hospital. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Hamilton family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com. (May 28, 2021)
Thomas Price Stark Jr. IHS 1963, 74, formerly of Ilion, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at The Oak’s Rehabilitation Center, Avon Park, Florida. Tom was born on June 17, 1945 in Utica the son of Thomas and Pauline (Grenon) Stark. Tom was a 1963 graduate of Ilion High School. He was employed by New York State at the Albany Campus for his entire career. After his retirement he and his wife Evelyn (Ellie) moved to Sebring, Florida to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. Tom is survived by his mother Pauline MacDonald of Thendara and Mohawk, a sister Kathy and her husband Lee Welch of Ilion, his nieces Karen (Louie) Sportello, Julie (Patrick) Marshall and his nephew Daniel (Melanie) Welch and their children. Tom was predeceased by his wife Ellie and his father Thomas P. Stark. In keeping with Tom’s wishes there will not be any public services. Local arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 29, 2020)
William C. Day Sr., IHS 1963, 73 of Herkimer, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at Oneida Health Care in Oneida. Bill was born on August 16, 1945 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Stanley E. and Marion A. (Johnson) Day. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and worked at several places over the years. Bill is survived by a son William Jr; a daughter Brittani Haliquist; two brothers Donald and Charles (Boots) Day; two sisters Sally Bogardus(George) and Doneta Sporney. He is predeceased by a brother Darrell and sisters Esther and Arleta. In keeping with Bill's wishes there are no public calling hours. There will be a memorial service April 13, 2019 at American Legion Post 38 Herkimer, NY at 1:00 P M To leave an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 23, 2019)
Stephen Warren Crocker, IHS 1963, passed away on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the age of 74, at the Oneida Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing (Focus Nursing Home), Utica, NY. Born in Lynn, MA, Steve came to Ilion, NY in 1956. He was involved in scouting, achieving Eagle Scout and graduated from Ilion High School. A devote Catholic, he attended Ilion Annunciation Church, participating in masses and active in the life of the church. Steve was gifted with languages, able to speak in seven and pursuing an eighth. He had a life-long love of learning, taking courses at Mohawk Valley Community College and Utica Tech. Steve and his wife Linda were deeply in love, in that way that anyone who saw it was affected. He was a kind soul and a good man and he will be greatly missed from our lives. Steve leaves behind his wife Linda, brothers and sisters David & Lauri Crocker of Fairport, NY; Richard Crocker of Daytona Beach, FL; Judith Crocker-Raland of Belleville, MI; Sue Pilipczuk of Castleton, NY; Linda Crocker of North Oxford, MA; brothers-in-law Philip Douglas, from Mohawk, NY, and Steven and Dina Guido from Long Island; as well as 13 nieces and nephews and 12 great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife May and his parents, Warren and Dorothy Crocker. There will be calling hours for Steve on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 9:00 am at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion, NY, followed at 10:30 am with a Mass of Christian Burial at Ilion's Annunciation Church. Burial will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ilion Annunciation Church - that gave so much support and kindness to Steve throughout his life - are suggested by the family. (modified February 12, 2020)
Thomas Bradley Bracken, IHS 1963,70, of Bluffton, SC and a longtime Mohawk Valley resident passed away on August 5 at home with this family after a courageous battle with cancer. Thomas was born on October 7, 1945 in Ilion, and was the ninth of eleven children of James Bracken, Jr and Mary (Booth) Bracken. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1963 and received his Bachelors Degree in Education from SUNY Brockport in 1967. He received his Masters Degree from SUNY Cortland. He married Carol L.(Chiarino) Bracken on February 10, 1968 at St. Bartholomew's Church in Norwich, NY. Tom was a sixth grade teacher at Reese Road Elementary in Frankfort for many years and a basketball coach. He loved coaching and teaching but loved the kids more. His dedication to his students and players remained long after the school year or basketball season ended and he enjoyed lifelong relationships with many of them. Sports played a major role in his life. He played basketball for many years and was proud to be a member of the Ilion High School basketball team that won back to back Section III championships. He was instrumental in founding a youth basketball league in Ilion in the early 1980s. Tom loved to play golf and participated in many leagues and tournaments. He enjoyed playing golf with friends and family at Mohawk Valley Country Club in Little Falls, NY and Pinecrest Golf Club in Bluffton, SC. Tom was an avid fan of Syracuse University football and basketball. He was active in his community, a member of the B.P.O.E. 1444 and Ilion Jaycees. Tom was always willing to lend a hand to any person or organization who needed him, but never wanted any attention for his deeds. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk. Tom was proud Irishman and will be remembered for quick smile, sharp wit and dry sense of humor. Thomas is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Carol, and dedicated daughter and son-in-law Mary Lou and Gregory Notaro. He had two grandchildren, Patrick and Sara Notaro, to whom he was a devoted and adored Poppy. He is survived by two sisters, Bernadette Bracken and Suzanne Grainger and her husband Paul, of Ilion, and three brothers, George Bracken and his wife Carol of Herkimer, Robert Bracken and his wife Gail of Ilion, and William Bracken of Waterford. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Esther Bracken, Linda Delfs, Joanna Chiarino, and Mary Ann Taylor and her husband Radcliffe, and many nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, his sisters Mary Wood, Patricia Burm, Nancy Bracken, and Barbara Whitfield, and his brother James Bracken III. He was also predeceased by his father and mother in law, Louis and Mary Chiarino, and his brothers-in-law Adolph Chiarino, Jack Wood, Marvin Burm, and Lorenzo Whitfield. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, August 16 at 10am at Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk, which will celebrated by Reverend Mark Cunningham, assisted by Sister Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Calling hours will be held on Monday, August 15 from 4pm to 7pm at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. In lieu of flowers, as an expression sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Blessed Sacrament Church, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Tom never gave up, he just ran out of time. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (August 29, 2016)
Linda Ann (Kennell) Johnson IHS 1963, 68, of Herkimer passed away on Tuesday January 1, 2013 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. Linda was born on October 6, 1944 in Ilion the daughter of the late Peter and Margaret (Snyder) Kennell. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and on August 8, 1987 she married Mark Johnson, he passed away March 8, 2008. Although Linda was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis at an early age, she worked hard to maintain her independence and keep a positive attitude. Linda worked as a clerk in the medical records department at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital and was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Linda was a lifelong devoted New York Yankees fan and spent many nights cheering them on with her father. She was also an avid admirer and fan of Barry Manilow, and a true dog lover. Linda had many friends at Valley Health Services and will be dearly missed. Linda is survived by her daughter Courtney and her husband Tom Nacco of Fultonville; a brother in law Larry Paul of Mohawk; a sister in law Sally Kennell of Ft. Wayne IN., and several special nieces and nephews. She is pre deceased by a sister Barbara Paul and a brother Phillip Kennell. She also leaves behind a special friend, Laurence Goodstal, and was excited about the upcoming birth of her first granddaughter in March. Funeral services for Linda will be held on Saturday January 5, 2013 at 12 noon at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Sr. Mary Jo Tallman will officiate. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 11am until the time of the funeral. Memorial donation in Linda's name may be made to the MS Society Upstate NY Chapter Ste 100 1650 South Ave. Rochester, NY 14620; envelopes are available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Jan 5, 2013)
Theodore L. Trombley IHS 1963, 65, Leesport, died Dec. 2, 2010, of natural causes in Life Care Hospital of Chester County, West Chester. He was the husband of Linda L. (Hight) Trombley. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, he was a son of the late Theordore L. Trombley and Ruth (Rivers) Trombley French. He was a customer service manager for 25 years for Aydin Displays of Birdsboro, still working at time of death. Trombley was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. Surviving, in addition to his wife, Linda, are a son, Theodore L. Jr., husband of Cyndi Trombley, Douglassville; a daughter, Melissa B., wife of Jon Widdicombe, Birdsboro; two sisters, Kathleen Robertson, Northfield, Vt., and Deborah Murray, Ilion, N. Y.; and four grandchildren: Jacob, Abigail, Teagen and Nolan. Memorial services will be held in the Dengler Funeral Home Inc., 144 N. Spruce St., Birdsboro, on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at noon. (Dec 24, 2010)
Robert J. Haggerty IHS 1963, 69, of 78 N. Fourth Ave., passed away Saturday, August 28, 2010, in Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. Bob was born on July 4, 1941, in Ilion, the son of the late Edward and Marion Christman Haggerty. He attended Annunciation School and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On October 26, 1963, Bob was united in marriage with Sheila Christian in St. Josephs Church, West Winfield. Bob was employed as a meat cutter with P&C until his retirement in 2001 and then part-time with the Village Market for the next eight years. Bob was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Bob is survived by his wife, Sheila; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Laurie, of Victor, and David and Deb, of Ilion; three granddaughters, Kelley, Kirsten and Shannon, all of Ilion; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Charles Guile, of Ilion, and Cathy and William Hilts, of Mohawk; a brother-in-law and his wife, Barry and Karen Christian, of Cornelia, GA; a sister-in-law and her husband, Joanne and Peter Dugan, of Clayville; also several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Gerald and Edward. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, August 31, at 11:00 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with the Very Rev. Anthony Barratt officiating and Deacon James Bower assisting. Interment will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, August 30, 2010, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, from 4-7 PM. On line condolences may be left and candles lit at: www.whiter-hendrix.com Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance in Bob's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Aug 29, 2010)
Cathryn (Pratt) Propheter IHS 1963, 65, of 1032 New Briton Ave. Rock Hill ,CT 06067 passed away Wednesday March 24, 2010 at Gaylord Rehabilitation, Wallingford, CT. with her family by her side after a long illness. Cathy was born March 19, 1945 in Louisville, KY. the daughter of Thomas and Gladys Anderson Pratt. Cathy was a graduate of Ilion High School and Potsdam Teachers College. She taught fifth grade for most of her career in Cromwell, CT. retiring five years ago. Cathy was a member of the Rocky Hill United Methodist Church where she served as organist and was also involved with the choir. She was the recipient of the "Teacher of Excellence Award " for the State of Connecticut. Cathy also enjoyed traveling. Cathy is survived by her husband Charles, two daughters Amy of Saco, ME. and Susan of W. Hartford, CT., her mother Gladys Pratt of Herkimer, a step son Chuck Propheter of Glastenbury, CT, a sister and brother in law Lorraine and Thomas Stubley of Cedar Lake, two nephews Ben and his wife Mary of Cedar Lake, Ted of Great Bend, N.Y. also a special great niece and nephew Morgan and Tommy Stubley. Cathy was predeceased by her father Thomas, and a brother Thomas. Funeral services will be Monday, March 29, 2010 at 10:00 AM from the Rose Hill Funeral Home, 580 Elm St., Rocky Hill, CT. The family will receive friends from 9:00 am until the time of the service. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, at a time to be announced. Memorials may be made to one's favorite charity. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. Online condolences may be left at whiter-hendrix.com. (April 4, 2010)
Richard L. Fikes IHS 1963, 61, of Linden Street, died Thursday evening at St. Clare's Hospital, after a brief illness. Richard was born in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Gordon and Anna Boland Fikes. He was educated in Ilion schools and was a 1963 graduate of Ilion Central High School. He attended Mohawk Valley and Hudson Valley community colleges for design, math and computer aided design. In 1968, he started his career for Northern Industrial Services in Albany. Throughout the years, until his retirement in December 2004 from M & W Zander Corporation in Tech Valley, he ran the gamut of mechanical design from Intermagnetics General Corporation in Latham, where he was involved with MRI's, to architectural design and detailing with Schafer Engineering in Schenectady, covering local companies and work at Ground Zero. Richard was a member of the Harley Owners Group. The highlight of his life was his wife and children. He supported them throughout their lives and college educations. He enjoyed fishing and camping on Sacandaga River, 1 Lewey and Indian Lakes. Survivors include his loving wife Kathleen Moran Fikes, whom he married Oct. 19, 1968; his children, Laurie A. and her husband Omari Fulton, Jeffrey R. Fikes and Steven J. Fikes, all of Schenectady; his brothers, Ronald G. Fikes, of Ilion, Rodney J. 'Bud' and his wife Dolly Fikes, of Mohawk, and William and his wife Sandy Fikes, of Utica; his sisters, Karen and her husband Jack Jewell, of Ilion, and Kay Juteau, of Herkimer; several nieces and nephews. A private memorial service was held. Interment will be in Cedarville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Richard's memory to St. Luke's Church, 1241 State St., Schenectady, 12304, or to Calvary Tabernacle Church, 1840 Albany St., Schenectady, 12304. (May 13, 2007)
David A. Dunckel IHS 1963, 61, of Acme Road, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at his home. He was born April 5, 1945, in Little Falls, the son of the late Harvey Dunckel Sr., and Elizabeth (Levi) Dunckel, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Dunckel was an Army veteran, enlisting on Sept. 9, 1965, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 8, 1967, with the rank of SP5. For 44 years, Dave worked at Remington Arms in Ilion. Mr. Dunckel was of the Methodist faith. A marvelous friend, father and grandpa, he enjoyed spending time with his son and family. Dave was a member of the Mohawk American Legion Post 25. In his leisure time, he enjoyed traveling to the Adirondacks, amateur photography and the Drum Corps. Survivors include his son David A. Dunckel Jr., wife Jodi and their son Derek, of Tampa, Fla.; a special friend, Elizabeth Backus of Ilion; three brothers, Arthur Dunckel and wife Jenny, of Ilion, Harvey Dunckel and wife Marilyn of Herkimer, and Martin Dunckel and friend Judy Walawender of Mohawk; a sister, Beverly Matusik, of Frankfort, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kylie Dunckel, and a sister, Kathleen Farrell. Friends and relatives may call at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort, on Monday, Nov. 20, from 5-8 p.m. Burial will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Members of the Mohawk American Legion Post 25 are asked to meet at the funeral home Monday evening at 7 p.m. for services. All memorialcontributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to the Herkimer Veteran's Agency. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Dave's online memorial, please go to www.eneafamilyfuneralhomes.com on the Internet. (Dec 1, 2006)
Betty Jean (Elthorp) White IHS 1963, 60, of 5001 SW 20th Street, Ocala, Florida, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2005, at the Monroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, FL. She was born June 15, 1945 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Robert and Gertrude Mosher Elthorp, and was raised by her adoptive parents, Howard and Janet Orr, who also predeceased her. Betty Jean was a 1963 graduate of Ilion High School, and on June 1, 1968 she married John White in the Methodist Church in Ilion. Betty Jean was employed as a food clerk with General Electric in Utica, Herkimer County Community College and the Great American Store in Herkimer before her retirement in 1995. Betty Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ilion, and an avid knitter and donated her afghans to the Human Society. Betty Jean is survived by her husband, John; a son, Robert White of Ilion; and a daughter, Jennifer White of Ocala, Florida; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Alfred Elthorp, and William and Carolyn Elthorp; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Edwards, Herriete Feldbrugge, and Roberta and Hollis Holmes; also 13 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved pet, Clancy. She was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and George Elthorp. Funeral services for Mrs. White will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in the Exeter Center Cemetery, Town of Exeter, New York. Friends may call Wednesday, September 7, 2005, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society in Betty Jean's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 10, 2005)
Joseph W. Stasco IHS 1963, 61, passed away Monday, June 6, 2005, at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was bornFebruary 29, 1944 in Ilion, the son of Joseph and Margaret Lohmann Stasco. He received his education in Ilion High School and Buffalo Institute of Technology. On April 29, 1967, he married the former Linda Tetlock in Ilion. Mr. Stasco was formerly employed as a computer technician with Momentum Technology, MDS, and UNIVAC. Mr Stasco was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, and the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, N.A.S.C.A.R. racing, working on the computer, and playing shuffle board. He especially enjoyed spending time with his two granddaughters. Mr. Stasco is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughters, Pamela White and her husband, Paul of Herkimer, Patricia and her fiancée, Gregory Gieryic of Arlington, VA; his mother, Margaret Stasco of Ilion; his mother-in-law, Ethel Tetlock of Utica; two granddaughters, Lauren and Melanie White of Herkimer; two aunts, Ann Bubb of Mohawk, and Margaret Bius of Ilion; sister-in-law, Nancy Johnson; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph J. Stasco. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, June 9, 2005, at a time to be announced. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, June 8, 2005, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Luke's Medical Center, C.C.U. Department, for care given toJoseph during his stay, and the support the family received during his stay. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413, or the Herkimer County Humane Society, Ft. Herkimer Road, State Rt. 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407, in Joseph's memory. (June 20, 2005)
Jim Ortlieb IHS 1963, age 55, of Lewisville, Texas, passed away Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Medical Center of Lewisville. Jim was born May 24, 1945, in Ilion, the son of Robert Herman and Lucia Marie Mihalik Ortlieb. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Jim married Sue Brandt Dec. 12, 1987, in San Antonio, Texas and worked as director of logistics at Compucom in Dallas. He is survived by his wife, Sue of Lewisville; daughter, Alexandra Ortlieb of Lewisville; sons, Travis and Michael Ortlieb, both of Seattle, Wash.; his father, Bob Ortlieb of Charlotte, N.C.; brothers, Bob Ortlieb of Syracuse and Bill Ortlieb of Charlotte, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lue Ortlieb in 1991 and by a brother, Tom Ortlieb in 1989. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alexandra Ortlieb Education Fund, c/o Bank of America. Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home of Lewisville is in charge of arrangements. (Feb 28, 2001)
Fay Edwards IHS 1963 "For those of you who were unaware of it, Fay passed away 12 years ago in Arlington, Texas after a long fight with cancer. My sister was not afraid to speak her mind and lived her life accordingly. I wish I had her courage. I love her and I will miss her. If you get a chance, I know my mother would greatly appreciate getting a card from you." Keith Edwards - Brother (Class of '67) (Updated March 14, 2000)
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Ed Woodrick, Retired, email, from Louisville, KY, re-registered. (April 5, 2013)
David Lennox, V.P., email, from Erie PA, re-registered. (Dec 13, 2009)
Thomas McClave, Retired, email, from Parkesburg, PA, re-registered in the directory. (July 11, 2009)
Richard Beach a Medical Technologist, email, Myrtle Beach, SC, re-registered. (Oct 12, 2008)
William Mitchell, Teacher, from Bakersfield, CA, email, re-registered. (June 6, 2008)
"I graduated from California State University, Bakersfield with a BA in English on my 60th birthday in 2005 and headed directly into CSUB's Graduate Program for English. As a result, after 39 years of technical positions with Mohawk Data Sciences and its descendent's, I started a new career in January of 2008: I am now teaching English at Bakersfield College. This is an exciting opportunity, and I find that each day is a delightful new challenge."
Robert Hamilton, Consultant, email, from Mooresville, NC, re-registered. (Apr 13, 2008)
Dennis Jones, VP Quality, email from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 18, 2006)
Samuel Geragi, Finance Director, email, from Fairless Hills, PA, re-registered. (August 3, 2005)
Betty Orr White, retired, email, from Ocala, FL, re-registered. (Jan 8, 2005)
Chris Drury Marcin, Self-employed, Mountlake Terrace, WA, email, registered. (December 23, 2003)
Sandy Hull Finster, Self Employed, from Frankfort, NY, email, registered. (November 13, 2003)
Wayne Keller, Retired Teacher , email, from Phelps, NY, registered. (July 13, 2003)
Cecilia Dodge Moreau, LPN, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (May 29, 2003)
Anjani 'Cookie' Cirillo, email, Sebastian, FL, re-registered. (May 28, 2003)
Dave Dunckel, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (October 19, 2002)
Jennifer Rota, Ilion, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (October 9, 2002)
Cathy Pratt Propheter, Rocky Hill, CT, attended the mega-reunion. (October 2, 2002)
Helen (Ginny) Webb Enea, Administrator-Medical Office, email, Ilion, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (September 11, 2002)
David Haggerty, email, Ilion, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)
Samuel Bottini, Utica, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (August 13, 2002)
Barbara Rogers Shelley, a Retired teacher, email, from McCormick, SC, re-registered in the alumni directory. (August 5, 2002)
Russ Bouck and Diane Abeling Bouck, email, Wildwood, MO, attended the mega-reunion. (August 3, 2002)
Bill Day, Herkimer, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (August 3, 2002)
Nancy Schaepe Flanagan, email, from West Winfield, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (July 23, 2002)
Karen Abeling Cooper, Personal Asst to Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, email, from Falls Church, VA, registered. (July 7, 2002)
Frances Polley Retzloff, from Ilion, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)
Gregory Campbell, email, from Brockport, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (June 11, 2002)
James Willey, email, Franklin Lakes, NJ, attended the mega-reunion. (June 11, 2002)
Susan Wood Willey, email, Franklin Lakes, NJ, attended the mega-reunion. (June 11, 2002)
Vincent Bonvino, email, Herkimer, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (June 7, 2002)
Janet Price Darling, email, from Ilion, NY, attended the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Sam Geragi, from Fairless Hills, PA, re-registered and submitted the reunion survey. (modified March 27, 2002)
"JUST WANT TO THANK AGAIN MY SPECIAL LIFELONG FRIENDS WHO CAME TO SEE ME WHEN I WAS SICK, DAVE HAGGERTY, MIKE ABEL, SAM BOTTINI, RUSS BOUCK, DAVE LONIS,AND JIM AND SUSAN WILLEY. (YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IT MEANT TO ME AND MY FAMILY, AND I WILL NEVER FORGET ANY OF YOU. JUST ANOTHER SOLIDARITY STORY ABOUT THE PEOPLE FROM ILION HIGH SCHOOL AND THE CLASS OF 1963.)"
Gregory Campbell, Supervisor- AcademicBldgs Maint and alterations, email, from Brockport, NY, registered and submitted the reunion survey. (March 19, 2002)
Thomas Bracken, email, from Mohawk, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 14, 2002)
Mary Rossi Aiello, Teacher -Retired, email, from Frankfort, NY, submitted the survey and registered. (March 13, 2002)
Betty Orr White, submitted the reunion survey. (March 6, 2002)
"Hi Folks, Just acquired a computer and am learning more every day. My family and I never got out of NY. Have made visits to Hawaii and Florida but, have lived in Ilion all my life. Found out that I was adopted as a baby (2 yrs) and come from a family of 10 children after being raised and only child. My husband, daughter and I will be moving to Ocala, Florida next Feb. and am looking forward to that. Both sets of parents are now deceased. Hope to hear from my former classmates soon." - Betty (March 6, 2002)
James (Chip) DeJohn, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 3, 2002)
Thomas Slocum, email, Syracuse, NY, sent news. (June 23, 2001)
"I guess I was among the 'lost' 1963 alumni. I am so glad to find this site and so many old friends listed. I have been here in Syracuse at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry for nearly 25 years. I have two grown children and one grand child. When not working, my wife and I enjoy our cottage in Inlet, golf, some travel, and thinking about retirement activities. Thanks to this page, I hope to connect with some folks from the "good old days" at Ilion High. I am in Ilion on occasion to visit my mother and enjoy seeing all the changes as well as some of the things that haven't." - Tom
Janice (Jan) Riddell Diuguid, Govt Worker, email, Germany, registered. (Modified July 1, 2017)
"I went to work at the Central Intelligence Agency in 1965 and had tours in Thailand and Laos. I quit the agency in 1973; married in 1975 to an Air Force pilot I met while living in Laos and lived in England and Germany. I divorced in 1975; moved to Phoenix, Ariz and returned to the agency in 1988. I then spent the next 16 yrs (after one year at Hqs.) living and working in The Philippines, Brazil, Honduras, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland. I retired in 2005 and became an Independent Contractor and still traveled although then my travels consisted of 3 math tdy's only. Although I no longer travel for work, I continue to work as an IC on a part time basis." - Jan
Richard (Luczynski) Luce, Circuit Judge, email, from Seminole, FL, sent news. (Jan 27, 2001)
"How excited I was when I found the site that you created...Its GREAT! THANKS. I graduated in 1963. My name was Luczynski, but I abbreviated it to Luce prior to graduating from college. I live in Seminole with my wife Paula. We have two daughters ... Andrea who recently graduated from college and is working in DC for a Congressman (Porter Goss.R Naples) ... My other daughter is going to graduate this May and will be college bound. I just completed my 20th year as a Trial Judge in Fl. I'll check the site for new updates from now on. Again thanks for creating the site." - Richard
John May, electronic tech, email, from Rochester, NY, registered. (November 2, 2000)
Mary Pat Kerr Smith, Elementary School Teacher, email, from Schenectady, NY, registered. (July 30, 2000)
Ted Trombley, signed the Guestbook. (June 29, 2000)
"Great Web Site, super job. Graduated in 1963, moved to PA after the service in 1971, married Linda Hight from Franfort (still married). Been living in Horsham, PA. ever since. Have two kids, first is Ted Jr., 30 years old, an Electrical Engineer, he is married with 1 son lives in Upper Moreland, PA. Second is Melissa, a Registered Nurse, 26 years old and lives in Gwynedd, PA. Both live within 20 minutes of Horsham. Anyway great to see pictures of the old town." - Ted
Nick Pierce, Lithographic Reproduction Engineer, email, from Holiday, FL, registered. (March 21, 2000)
Susan Wood Willey, Nurse, email, from Franklin Lakes, NJ, registered. (October 24, 1999)
Mary Moody Burch, law enforcement/telecommunications, email, from Holly Hill, FL, registered in the directory. (February 19, 1999)
"I finally got a computer, now all I have to do is learn all the special things I can do with it. I still work at the Volusia County Sheriff's Dept here in Florida. I am now a training officer for new dispatchers ,radio operators and 9-1-1 call takers. It is an exciting job and I love it. My children are grown and on their own now. So I do have lots of free time to keep in touch with old friends. Pls email me any time. Love to hear from you. Bye you all." - Mary
Kenneth Cowen, Shipping/Receiving Sears Corp., email, from Myrtle Beach, SC, registered in the directory. (January 4, 1999)
Thomas Stark, Retired State of New York, Sebring, FL, email, registered in the directory. (modified September 17, 2000)
Katherine (Kathy) Tuttle Cantrill, email, from Eden Prairie , PA, sent news for the Class of '63. (November 27, 1998)
"Have lived in the Minneapolis area for last 20 years with husband, Herb, and three daughters. Would like to be included on correspondence list. Spent all but my Junior and Senior years in the Ilion school system. Wish I had known about your recent get together in September. Hopefully, will be able to join you next time." - Kathy
Sam Geragi, from Fairless Hills, PA, sent news for the Class of '63. (modified email Jan 27, 2001)
"After visiting the web sight a couple of times, I've decided it's time to get out there and get in touch with old friends. I've talked to a couple of people already, including Gisa Schroder from Germany, but would like to hear from more friends. My phone # is area code 215-946-1881. I'm going on my 28th year in the auto industry, and am working as a Finance Mgr. for a FORD-LINCOLN-MERCURY and AUDI dealership in Princeton, New Jersey. I have three children: 2 boys (24 and 22), and a little girl who will be 11 in December, a lovely wife and a Bassett hound, named Fred. I think this is a great idea, and my friends down here can't believe that we have a website like this, because they have all checked, and they don't." - Sam
Richard Fikes, from Schenectady, NY, registered in the directory. (September 27, 1998)
Linda Pribis Duspiva, email, from Port Ewen, NY, registered in the directory. (September 4, 1998)
Bill Mitchell, Computer Service, email, from Bakersfield, CA, registered in the directory. (modified May 2, 2002)
"Having moved to the southwest in the mid '70s, I married the lovely Denise Sanguinet (formerly from Chicago) and we have enjoyed living in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and for the past 9 years, Bakersfield, CA. Denise teaches English at Bakersfield College and I still work as a Field Engineer for a descendant of Herkimer county's Mohawk Data Sciences. We are bibliophiles, aviators, and enjoy the out-of-doors. This is a great web-site--it provides a nice modern way to stay in touch with old friends." - Bill
Cheryl Jones Deyle, a merchandiser, email, Henrietta, NY, registered in the directory. (modified March 26, 2000)
Thomas Deyle, email, a teacher from Henrietta, NY, registered in the directory. (modified March 26, 2000)
Edward Murray, a Buyer, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified March 13, 2002)Bob Heneka, a teacher, from Rochester, NY, email, registered in the directory. (April 9, 1998)
"This website is very impressive and I congratulate all that contributed to it. The pride of Ilion certainly is shown here." - Bob
"Hello from Virginia! Harry (Class of 62) and I (Class of 63) send our compliments to Aileen Carney for a job well-done. Both of us deal with computers and we know how much work goes into an endeavor like this! We have two grown children..both living in Charlotte, NC. Our son is married and is a manager of a mortgage company. Our daughter graduated from Tech and is an engineer like her dad. We are enjoying our empty nest and have taken on life with a zest. We have taken up hiking, biking and golf. I also like to Rollerblade but Harry won't try it (yet). I am a teacher and Harry works for the government. My sister (Sandy Rogers Cowen) and Ken Cowen (Class of 63) left Ilion two years ago and are now living in Myrtle Beach. Would love to hear from alumnae!" - Barbara
John May, an Administrator, Rochester, NY, registered in the directory. (March 7, 1998)
"Currently service center administrator at Computer City Service Dept't here in Rochester, active camper - have pop-up, will travel. Still much married to Ellen, for almost 27 years now. Have 3 kids, oldest boy, Chris in Navy in Virginia Beach, Va is responisble for future grandad-hood in October; middle boy, Bob, graduates RIT this May in Chem; daughter, Michelle, junior at Brockport State in Bio." - John
Thomas Stark Jr., Ravena, NY, sent news for the Class of 1963. (March 5, 1998)
"All is well down in the Capitol of N.Y.S. I have been down here now for 26 years and I am getting ready to retire any day now with 33 years of State Service. I have a Condo in Sebring Florida, which I plan to call home after retirement. Maybe some day I will have the class down for another Party. Get ready!" - Thomas
Elizabeth (Betsy) Anderson Tobin, Assistant Cashier - First National Bank of Scotia, email, from Scotia, NY, registered in the directory. (February 8, 1998)
"Hello- I've just finished reviewing this web page and it's the greatest. It's been far too many years since we have all had time to talk and laugh about old times - I would love to hear from you Also for anyone with messages for my sister- Ann- class of 1955 - she doesn't have a computer but would love to hear from you- she's in Naples Florida now. Send me a message and I'll be sure she receives it."
Jack Pierce, General Contractor/A&J Associates (893-3513), email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 29, 1997)
Linda Tetlock Stasco, a Registered Nurse, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 26, 1997)
Joseph Stasco, a Computer technician, from Ilion, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 26, 1997)
Dave Lennox, V.P. Marketing & Eng. services, from Erie, PA, dropped a note in the Guestbook. (modified May 12, 1999)
"When are we getting together again? My brother's flowers in front of the police station are beautiful, aren't they? This is my son Dave's computer so get in touch."
Tom Bracken, a teacher from Mohawk, NY, email, the third alumnus from the Class of 1963, to officially visit the website. (modified May 22, 2000)
Carol Dibble Hoffman, Ilion, NY, retired retail mananger email, the second alumnus from the Class of 1963, to officially visit the website. (September 3, 1997)
Anjani "Cookie" Cirillo, Sebastion, FL, the first alumnus from the Class of 1963, to officially visit the website.
"I run a small private school here in Sebastian, Florida, called the River School. We have just completed our 18th year. Preschool thru grade 12, with alumni at Brown, Northwestern, New College, Univ. of Miami, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Florida Tech, etc.....I love working with kids. I never had any of my own, so I get to be with everyone else's!" (August 12, 1997)
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