Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1966 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1965 Mirror Class History.
1965 - Class 70th Birthday Bash Reunion
Donations Now Being Accepted to SOS - Save Our Stairs
1965 - Class 50th Reunion Cake
Class of 1965 - 50th Class Reunion Plans Update ....
We plan on starting things off by participating in the Ilion Doo Dah parade Friday starting at 6 pm.
1965 Class Page on Facebook....
The Class of 1965 Facebook Page is a publicly viewed page where you can also find Class News. The page is public so you do not need to be a facebook member to see it. You do need to be a facebook member to connect with IHS Class of 65 members on the page. Classmates shared news and photos about fellow classmate, Dan Haslauer, who was shot in the tragedy in Mohawk in March 2013. (June 27, 2013)
1965 Foreign Exchange Student....
Mohammed Hashim Makkawi - email member of the Class of 1965 and former Foreign Exchange Student, has been able to contact his host family - Bill Cornell '65, after almost 48 years, through this web site and other members of the Class of 1965. Thanks to Jean Maneen and Bridget.
"THANK YOUR FOR HELP TO CONTACT MISS JEAN AND BILL. AT LAST WE CONTACTED EACH OTHER AFTER LONG TIME. ALL THIS BY YOUR HELP. I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU IF YOU HAVE THE TIME. I WANT TO KNOW HOW ILION GOING. THANKS AGAIN AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU." - Mohammed Hashim Makkawi (Feb 7, 2013)
Jean Maneen - County Legislature Retires from Legislature
Republican Jean (Keddell) Maneen IHS 1965, of Ilion, retired from the District 4 County Legislature seat. She served on the Legislature for more than 10 years. She retired from her seat in November 2013. Jean's husband, Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Anthony Maneen IHS 1964, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in University Hospital, Syracuse. He 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. In 2003, The Legislature appointed Jean (Keddell) Maneen 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. (December 22, 2014)
1965 Alumnus - Joseph D. Collea Jr. authors book....
Joe Collea member of the Class of 1965 and former IHS Principal, has authored his first book - "The First Vermont Cavalry in the Civil War, A History". See an interview with Joe Collea (Interview Date: March 29, 2010.) (May 2, 2010)
IHS Combined Reunion Celebration Classes of 63 - 64 - 65 - 66 Reunion
IHS Combined Reunion
$15 Donation - Please RSVP with check by June 15th, 2010
40th Reunion Pictures.....
Virginia Miller Bajanen has a large collection of Old Ilion Photos on her Facebook page. Cynthia Cramer Hommey has also made a CD with 450 pictures and our 60's music, if anyone is interested in obtaining a copy, you can email her at email@example.com. Keep us posted as to any changes in snail mail or email so we can keep you all informed about any future gatherings our class may plan. It has been suggested we have a yearly picnic (for those that can make it), maybe a big 60th Birthday bash in 2007, then our 45th in 2010. It has also been suggested to maybe include the class of 64 and/or 66 to one of our functions, and possibly going on a Reunion Cruise. Gives us something to think about? Everyone is still talking about what a good time was had by all this year, so stay in touch and help us with ideas for another time. (Sept 10, 2005)
Ilion Days 40th Reunion Plans.....
We are planning our 40th class reunion for the Ilion Days Weekend July 22 - 24. We plan on being in the Doo Dah parade Friday night, informal gathering over at the Elks Club after. Probably tour the school Sat. with Dinner and DJ at the K of C Sat night and maybe end up with a picnic at my place on Sunday. Next meeting is March 13th at my house, 2 PM. Contacts are Jean Keddell Maneen, email, Pat Runge Jones, email, or Linda Disotelle Edick email. Looking for class members: Gary Brewer, Allen Dresner, Elaine Duminy, Gary Harris, Miles Levine, Mike McCarthy, Mohammed Hashim Mekkowi, Ronald Parshall, Betty Seamon Garlock, Patricia Sherman Wainwright, and Eileen Strait. (March 5, 2005)
IHS Principal Moving On
IHS Principal, Joe Collea, IHS '65, accepted a position as Principal of Hartford High School in Vermont. He began his new position on July 1, 2004. Congratulations and Best Wishes to Mr. Collea. (April 21, 2004)
A big thank you goes out to Gale Wells Hatch for serving as Chairperson of the Village Sesquicentennial Committee Chairperson. (Updated January 28, 2002)
Original Class of 1965 Contact Person....
Bob Joy, email was the original developer of the Class of '65 pages.
2003 Ilion Days Reunion Held.....
Class Reunions for the classes of 1953 (50th), 1958 (45th) and 1968 (35th) was held the weekend of the July 25 - 27. These reunions coincided with Ilion Days and the Alumni JamFest 2003. Working in conjunction with The Ilion Days Committee, was the Special Events Committee and members of the Ilion High School Class of 1968, who wanted their 35th reunion to coincide with Ilion Days and a Jam Fest music event. The events committee scheduled the Jam Fest for Friday, July 25, following the annual Doo-Dah Parade, which started at 6:30 p.m. from Remington Arms. The Jam Fest was outside Eckerd's Mall where music was provided from 8 to 9:30 p.m. by Boss V, 2002's Mega Reunion band that also played from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Ilion Elks. The Steve Rigo Band played outside from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Disc jockey Ron Clive was at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and Dale Edwards performed in the evening at the Marine Corps League. Classmates met from 8-11 a.m. Sunday for breakfast at the Masonic Home on Otsego Street.
The committee sponsored tours of the high school from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., July 26, and raffled a "travel package" that included a voucher from Liberty Travel, good for any travel, committee chairman Dick Bly said. Only 1,000 tickets at $5 each were sold by local merchants and at the village offices. A winner was drawn prior to the July 27 fireworks.
The raffle and a donation booth set at the mall during Ilion Days helped fund several projects the committee had undertaken, including erecting a memorial to deceased classmates in the school's new courtyard, the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium Project at the municipal building and the committee's efforts to save the Ilion Pool. (July 14, 2003)
Owen R. Roberts, Jr., IHS 1965, age 71, of Jordanville, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018. He was born on January 10, 1947, in Herkimer to the late Owen R. Roberts Sr. and Marion Kane. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Abeling) Roberts; their son Eric Roberts and his wife Desiree and granddaughter Nyssa of Plano, TX; daughter Violet Wolfe, and her spouse, Ehren, of Edwardsville, IL; and his in-laws, Ralph and Louise Abeling of Essex Jct., VT, and Pam and Dale Abeling of Fletcher, NC, Diane and Russell Bouck of Raleigh, NC, Dave and Sheila Abeling of Fairport, NY Owen graduated from Ilion High School in 1965. He served honorably in the United States Navy upon graduation. He married Linda on December 27, 1969. Owen worked as Maintenance Supervisor for Remington Arms Company, at the Ilion Firearms Plant, before retiring. He continued to work after retirement, most recently as Asset Protection for Walmart at the Distribution Center in Sharon Springs. Owen was a hard-working man, determined to give everything he had to those that he loved or to lend a helping hand to those in need. He enjoyed tinkering around the house on small projects and spending time with his wife and the dogs at camp in the summers. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family in keeping with Owen's last wishes. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to consider Memorial donations in Owen's name to www.carrytheload.org. To leave an online condolence and light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 12, 2018)
Allen E. Desmond, IHS 1965, age 70, of Barringer Rd., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, with his family by his side. He was born on May 14, 1947, in Ilion, the son of Cornelius Joseph Desmond and Ruth (Allen) Desmond. Allen graduated from Ilion Central School and Utica College of Syracuse University. Mr. Desmond was a veteran of Vietnam serving in the US Army. On July 22, 1978, he was married to Linda Vokins at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Al worked as an Industrial Engineer at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for thirty years and also worked for the Dept. of Defense at West Point for ten years. He attended the Church of the Annunciation and was an avid golfer. Allen was a family man and cherished his time at home with his family. Surviving family members include his wife, Linda; his children, Frank Desmond and his wife, Faith, of Middleville, Corey Desmond, of Punta Gorda, FL, Joelle Desmond and her fiancé, Brad Looman, of Ilion and Danielle, of McCall, Idaho; his grandchildren, Michael, Morgan, Gwendolyn and Ophelia; and his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandra and Ted Mosenthin, of Salisbury Center, NY; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Don Desmond. Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, E. Herkimer. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Allen, 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 the Ilion Ambulance Fund, c/o Ilion Fire Dept., Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Desmond family have entrusted Allen's service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (December 15, 2017)
Richard E. "Dick" Greene, IHS 1965, 70 of Mohawk passed away on Thursday November 30, 2017 at Little Falls Hospital. Dick was born June 30 1947 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Ernest and Florence (Ares) Greene. He was a graduate of Ilion and attended Adirondack Community College. Dick was employed at Remington Arms Co. in Ilion as an assembler, retiring several years ago. On April 3, 1976 Dick married the former Mary Lou Giangregorio in Mohawk. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk, the Mohawk Community Club and the Mohawk Exempt Fireman. Dick is survived by his wife Mary Lou; a daughter Johanna and her husband Jonah Levi of Mohawk; a sister Carolyn Clark of SC; two grandchildren Jude and James Levi; a sister in law Theresa and her husband Anthony Casale of Cooperstown; he also leaves several nieces and nephews. A funeral mass for Dick will be celebrated on Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 10am at Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk. Fr. Mark Cunningham will officiate, assisted by Sr, Mary Jo Tallman. Interment will be in the Mohawk Cemetery Annex, St. Rt. 28 in Mohawk. Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to the Amazing Gracie Foundation, envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (December 15, 2017)
Sharyn M. (Hicks) Besig, IHS 1965, age 70, of the Town of German Flatts, passed away peacefully on Wednesday November 29, 2017 with her loving family by her side. She was born November 3, 1947 in Ilion, NY the daughter of the late Stewart and Mary (Burdick) Hicks and was educated in Ilion schools. Her marriage to Paul Besig, Jr. took place on September 7, 1991 at the Annunciation Church in Ilion by Father Turner. For several years, Sharyn was a dispatcher for the Mohawk Police Department. A woman devoted to her family, Sharyn’s life was centered around her loved ones, especially cooking for the yearly clambake and parties. In her earlier years, she enjoyed traveling with her husband Paul to Florida and Hilton Head Island with her close family and friends. Sharyn loved the outdoors and found much relaxation camping with her family. In her leisure she enjoyed visiting with her friends and her shopping sprees to the malls. Survivors include, her loving husband of 26 years, Paul; a daughter, Eva Renee Smaldone and Norm Babcock of Utica; two sons, Randy Smaldone of Litchfield, NY and Scott Smaldone and fiancée Vanessa Hoage of Little Falls; three grandchildren, Kasandra Smaldone, Nate Smaldone, and Joseph Smaldone; a sister, Marjorie Bartkowiak of Utica; a brother, Stewart Hicks of Cold Brook; and several nieces, nephews cousins and in-laws. She is also survived by her canine companions Baby and Zoey. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Mary Conroy and a brother, Raymond Hicks. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Annunciation Church, Ilion, NY with Reverend Paul Catena, officiating. Burial in the spring will take place at Mohawk Cemetery, Annex at a time to be announced. Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank), 527 East Albany St., Herkimer, NY 315-866-1500. All memorial contributions may be made to the Steven Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes will be available at the church. (December 15, 2017)
Virginia "Ginny" A. (Miller) Bajanen, IHS 1965, age 70, of Herkimer previously of Greenwood Terrace, Mohawk, passed away on Sunday morning April 30, 2017 in Homelife at Folts. She was born November 1, 1946 in Ilion a daughter to the late Charles J. and Jane B. Alexander Miller. Virginia was raised and educated in Ilion graduating from Ilion High School. For many years she owned and operated the Whistle Stop, later Fish Dance on South Main Street in Herkimer, retiring in 1998. Virginia enjoyed photography especially photographing and video recording wildlife from her window. She loved posting her videos and photographs to YouTube and Facebook. Surviving are her daughters Ginny and Nina Guidi of Herkimer and her grandchildren; Jordan Reinhardt, Salena Reinhardt, and Jessi Pfaff all of Herkimer and Ginny's children Aaron Dorn of Utica, Heather and Vanessa Kubick of Virginia, Sarah Stevens and her husband Joshua of S. Korea, Matthew, Elijah and Joshua Kubick of New York, Elishama, Zephaniah, and Othiniel Johnson of Minnesota; four brothers: Stephen Miller of Ilion, James Miller and his wife Patty of Newport, Richard Kirkum and his wife Ann of Ontario, NY, Mike Terenzetti of Vermont, five sisters; Jeanne Miller of Herkimer, Jane Lombardo and her husband Savey of Ilion, Debra Duteau of Ilion, Carol Kirkum of Las Vegas, NV, Pamela Zuis Bowers and her husband John of St. Johnsville. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her sister Christine Miller in 2006. Funeral service for Virginia Bajanen will be private and held at the convenience of her family. Funeral arrangements are with Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. Virginia wanted to be remembered by these words she wrote before her death; "Stricken with polio as a child. So I never really could run wild; Life on Earth wasn't that bad. Because a sense of humor is what I had". (June 19, 2017)
Paul E. Thomas IHS 1965, 70, of 6 North St. passed away Tuesday June 14, 2016 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care. He was born January 9, 1946 in Kingston, N.Y. the son of the late Paul and Helen (Wells) Thomas. Paul was raised in Ilion and worked at Remington Arms for 46 years, retiring in 2012. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and coached Little League Baseball, where he was never shy about arguing a call by the umpire. Paul enjoyed going to the Casino, playing cards with his buddies on Friday nights, sitting on the porch in the summer, visiting with the neighbors and his high school reunions. He stayed in close touch with family and friends and was famous for his early Sunday morning phone calls. He loved sports, especially the NY Giants, NY Yankees and NY Rangers. Paul is survived by his wife, the former Tanis Mondrick, his son Scott and his wife Christine Thomas, his daughter Rachel and her husband Gary Eychner, a brother and sister in law; Richard and Carol Thomas two granddaughters; Emily and Madilyn Thomas. Paul is also survived by his stepson J. K. Mondrick, a step-granddaughter Korina Holt and four step-greatgrandchildren. Paul was predeceased by his sister Beth Ladd. In keeping with Paul's "explicit instructions" there will be no public calling or funeral service. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials in Paul's memory to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund Inc., 14 Technology Drive, Setauket, N. Y. 11773, in honor of his mother and sister. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 27, 2016)
Diana Withington Mobley, age 67, of Medfield, formerly of Cambridge, Oct. 23, 2014, beloved wife of E. David Mobley. Loving mother of Nathaniel D. Mobley of Medfield and Jacob B. Mobley of Boston. Sister of Joan Wing of Boca Raton, FL, Karen Mancuso of No. Bellmore, NY, Mary Withington of Saratoga Springs, NY, John Withington of Sicklerville, NJ, Mark Wright of Gilford, NH and Paul Wright of Derry, NH. Funeral Services Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Advent, 28 Pleasant St., Medfield. Visitation Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Miller St., Medfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Becket Scholarship Fund, 748 Hamilton Rd., Becket, MA 01223. (October 26, 2014)
Robert "Bob" S. Crossway, age 67, of W. Main St., Mohawk, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully, at home, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, with his loving family by his side. He was born on April 2, 1947, in Ilion, the son of Robert Crossway and Alice (Gregg) Crossway. Bob graduated from Ilion Central High School in 1965 and MVCC, receiving an Associate Degree in Business Administration. At one time, he was married to Angela Terzo. He later married Josephine Alabastro. Throughout his life, Bob had always been strongly involved in music. In his early years, he played with the Troubadours and the Magnificent Yankees. In 1964, he founded "The Mersey Side 5" Band with Bruce Ward, Bill Ortlieb, Gregg VanValkenburg and Gary Rigo, performing on the Hank Brown Show and throughout the Northeast winning the Battle of the Bands at Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse. First touring with the "Dick Clark Caravan Stars" in 1965, Bob went on to perform with such great groups as "The Shadows of Night", "The Manhattans" and several other regional and national acts, performing as bassist, keyboardist or trombonist. He later founded the musical group "Soul Injection" and was actively involved for sixteen years retiring due to medical reasons. At one time, Bob lived in Tonawanda and was employed in management at the John Hancock Insurance Co. He was also actively involved in the family business "Crossway Tavern" in Ilion for many years. Survivors include his children, James Crossway, with whom he resided in Mohawk, Renee Fultz and her husband, Donald, of Laurelton, PA, Jennifer Crossway-Warner and her husband, Jay, of Ilion, Tiffany Brown and her husband, Dan, of Herkimer, Robert Brandon Crossway and his wife, Vicki, of Harrisburg, VA, and Melody Crossway, of Winchester, VA; twenty-four grandchildren, Kimberly, James, Alicia and Joseph, Jamie, Christina, Kara, Jerica, Jordan, Tony and Lauren, Derik, Brianna, Jennifer, Steffen and Amy, Althea, Amelia and Arlo, Jasmine, Jaysen, London, Ezra and Jonah; his sister, Debra "Debi" (Crossway) Teutsch and her husband, Rob, of Ft. Washington, MD; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Alice Crossway and Robert N. Crossway. Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber, Pastor of the Ilion Morning Star United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery on the family lot. Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. prior to the funeral home service at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bob, 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 Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Crossway family has entrusted Bob's service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director and long time friend, Don Applegate. (October 15, 2014)
Allan L. Dresner. "I would like to announce the death of my brother, Allan L. Dresner. He passed away February 8, 2008 in Texas due to coronary complications." Submitted by Steven Dresner IHS '69, Desert Hot Springs CA - email. (May 4, 2011)
Mrs. Nancy (Rossi) A. Clark, age 62, of Tulip Drive, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. At the time of her passing, she was encircled by her loving husband and family. Nancy lived in the Adirondack Park (the North Country) for eleven years, before moving to Ilion, where she has resided for the past year. Nancy was born on June 15, 1947, in Ilion, a daughter of Frank B. and Martha (Salvaggio) Rossi. She attended Annunciation School and then graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1965. She then attended the University at Albany for one year, before enrolling at Herkimer County Community College and attaining an Associate's Degree. She was employed for many years with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Subsequently, she operated a medical transcription service from her home. On August 12, 1988, Nancy married Richard E. Clark in North Creek, NY. She is survived by her beloved husband, Richard; her parents, Frank B. and Martha Rossi, of Utica; a son, Bernard K. Cushman and his wife, Lorie, of Saranac Lake; a daughter, Laura L. Cushman, of Holualoa, Hawaii; also, a son, Richard E. Clark, II, and a daughter, Pricila Clark; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Joseph F. Rossi, of Ilion; two sisters, Mary M. Caruso and her husband, Lee, of Frankfort, and Gloria M. Burdick and her husband, Darrell, of Mohawk; in-laws, Mary Clark, Nancy Clark, Anne Lemery and Jack Clark; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves her loving friend, Joanne Sterling, and her beloved dog, 'Lil Skabooch'. Nancy was gifted with a great intelligence and will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She had many good friends and everyone who knew her loved her dearly. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, April 23, 2010, from 5-8 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000). Her funeral will commence on Saturday, April 24, 2010, at 9:15 a.m., with prayer at the funeral home. Procession will follow to Annunciation Church, Ilion, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. She will be laid to rest in St. Bernard's Cemetery, Saranac Lake, NY. Nancy's family would like to thank the doctors and nurses, especially Brad and Donna, at St. Luke's Healthcare for the care and compassion shown to Nancy and her family during this most difficult time. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider contributions in her memory to the American Diabetes Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral home; envelopes will be available as well. To add to Nancy's online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. The family is being served by Kevin E. Enea, Director. (April 25, 2010)
Jana Jo (Danforth) Doyle, 60, died peacefully in her home on Oct. 15, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jana was known for her beautiful smile, her varied interests, her sense of humor, and her love for family and friends. Born March 31, 1947, in Ilion, N.Y., she was named Jana Jo after a horse that was racing in New York that weekend. The horse won the race. She attended Ilion Schools, and excelled in swimming, dancing and cheerleading. Upon graduation, she worked for the Oneida National Bank in Utica. Jana and her husband Mike were married in 1967 at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. They lived in Merced, Calif., in Syracuse, and then Rochester, where Mike practiced law, and Jana tended to a young family. They moved to Hammondsport in 1976 to begin a lifelong passion for winemaking and the Finger Lakes. In the mid-1990's Jana and Mike revived the historic Pleasant Valley Wine Company. Jana was a fixture in the Visitor Center, greeting people, sharing the history of the company and helping visitors find just the right wine. She loved golf and was a volunteer for many years at the LPGA Corning Classic. She was a member of the Bath Country Club, and on major weekends could be found perched in front of the television watching her idol, Tiger Woods. Jana had a passion for music and loved introducing friends to her newest favorites. She was known to play Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, Roy Orbison and Josh Groban, among others, over and over. Survivors include her husband, Michael; son, Patrick (Case) of Binghamton; daughter, Pamela (Adam) Gee of Elmira; son, Matthew (Carre) of Hammondsport; grandchildren, Mary Katherine and Michael, Nathaniel and Samuel and Jacob, Gabrielle and Zachary; sister, Sandy Ebner of Parsippany, N.J.; brother, Robert Danforth of South Africa; brother, Glenn Danforth of Ilion; sister, Shelly Morris of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, John, her dear mother, Wilma and her faithful companion, Tanner, a brittany spaniel. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath on Friday, Oct. 19, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Gabriel's Church in Hammondsport on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, N.Y. 14901, Finger Lakes Humane Society, 7315 Route 54, Bath, N.Y. 14810 or the Southern Tier Hospice 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, N.Y. 14830. (Oct 26, 2007)
Lawrence G. Kasper, 58, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, in Pace, Fla. Mr. Kasper was born July 8, 1947, in Ilion, and attended Ilion High School and Herkimer County Community College. He was also a member of Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. He served two tours in the United States Army from 1969-1972 during Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts. Mr. Kasper also enjoyed his hobbies of reading, sports, wildlife and his beloved dog, Travis. Mr. Kasper was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Pauline Kasper; grandparents, Samuel "Pop" and Hortense 'Nan' Marshland; a sister-in-law, Verna Kasper and one cousin, John Janicki. He is survived by his wife, Becky Kasper and three stepchildren, Robert S. Pierce and wife Kimberly, Scott Pierce and Renee K. Matthews and husband Thomas Jr.; five stepgrandchildren, Christopher Pierce, Alexander Matthews, Izzetta Matthews, Scott Pierce and Jack Pierce; three brothers, Eric Kasper and wife Julie, Mark Kasper and Scott Kasper; two brothers-in-law, Barry and Kathy Upson and Bradley and Patricia Upson; also nieces and nephews, Michelle Kasper, Pamela Kasper, Scott Kasper and Erika Root; a special aunt and uncle, Mary and John Janicki and one cousin, Jodi Janicki. Arrangements were by Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, Fla. 32506. (850)453-2321. (Feb 28, 2006)
Joseph D. Short, age 57, of 248 South Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2005, at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born March 6, 1947 in Ilion, the son of the late Lester and Ann Dzuban Short. Joe was a 1965 graduate of Ilion High School and attended Albany State College. On April 18, 1970, he married Corrine Madison in Herkimer. She passed away March 9, 2003. Mr. Short was employed as a tool designer with Remington Arms in Ilion for 34 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, the Blessed Sacrament Choir, and a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Joe is survived by his children, Joseph and his wife, Briana Short of Frankfort, Adam Short and his friend, Lori Curtin of Oneida, Matthew Short of Ilion, Peter Short of Ilion, John Short and his friend, Kristina Stewart of Herkimer; a granddaughter, Madison Emily Short; a brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Jenny Short Jr. of Nanyuki, Kenya; three sisters, Carol Mentzer and her special friend, Kurt Prische of Shippensburg, PA, Joann and William MacIntryre of Medford, NY, and Marla and Stephen Wood of Sammamish, Washington; a sister-in-law and close friend, Sandy Majka of New York Mills; a special cousin, Ruth Keddell of Ilion; also many nieces and nephews and cousins; his close friends, Eric and Michelle Deutchman of Mohawk; and his best friend, Ace the cat. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 5, 2005, at 12:00 noon at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call on Friday, February 4, 2005, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 5, 2005, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the American Diabetes Association in Joe's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Feb 6, 2005)
Deepest sympathy is extended to Jean Keddell Maneen, Class of '65 on the death of her husband, Anthony Maneen '64. Tony passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2003,in University Hospital after a long and courageous battle with diabetes, kidney and heart disease. His funeral will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2003, at 10:15 a.m. from the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort, and at 11 a.m. in Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. John Yanas,Pastor. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Members of the Knights of Columbus will meet Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home for services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney, Diabetes, or Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
Deepest sympathy is extended to Sandy Jones Simonette, Class of '65 on the death of her husband, Bill "Babe" Simonette. Bill died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, in Gilbert, Ariz. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, pastor. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. (Jan 18, 2002)
Nancy C. Brown Stephenson, age 53, of 54 Benedict Ave., a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly of heart failure Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Nancy was born March 14, 1947, in Ilion, daughter of Joseph and Anna (Getman) Brown. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1965. She later went on and obtained her Licensed Practical Nurse Certification. On Sept. 28, 1968, she was united in marriage to Jeffrey E. Stephenson at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Ilion. Nancy worked with her husband, Jeff and son, Todd, in the family business, "Swan Pools" of Ilion. She also worked as an LPN following her certification. Nancy loved the outdoors. She enjoyed the sun, working around the house, relaxing by the pool and keeping company with her beloved dogs. Survivors include her husband, Jeff, at home; one daughter, Tonya Stephenson of Albany and one son, Todd Stephenson of Ilion; her grandson, Colin Stephenson; one brother-in-law, John Stephenson of St. Petersburg, Fla., one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jill and Tom Balderston of Salisbury Center, and many good friends, including Sharon Dodge and Wendy Jackson, both of Ilion. She was predeceased by her parents and also her infant daughter, Lynn, who died on April 22, 1969. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow the funeral service. Memorial contributions in Nancy's name may be considered to the charity of your choice. (October 29, 2000)
Richard E. Maury Jr., of Rome, passed away November 2, 1999 at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital. He wa born Feb. 27, 1946, in Ilion, the son of Richard and Constance Atchisen Maury. He graduated from Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. He entered the US Navy in 1971, as an aviation technician. He married Mary Lynn MacKinnon in 1972. He was employed with Pepsi Cola In Utica for 20 years. He was predeceased by his wife. He is survived by his children, Scott of Pittsfield, Mass., and Jennifer of Yorkville; his mother, Constance of Zephyfills, Fl.; one sister, Jean Maury of Ilion; and a close friend, Kate Ketchum of Rome. Funeral services will be held November 5, 1999 from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Interment will be in the Crown Hill Memorial Park, town of New Hartford. (November 3, 1999)
Deepest sympathy is extended to Dave Wells, Class of '64 on the death of his wife, Sandy Santmire Wells, Class of '65. Sandy died on 30 December, 1998, from breast cancer. (July 27, 1999)
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