Ilion High School
Class of 1968
Digitized Class Yearbook....
Mirror 1968 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 1968 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1968 Mirror Class History.
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
Couple loses home to fire
A GoFundMe Page has been set up by the grandchild of Anne (Paestella) Clive and Dobber Clive. The Clives were permanently displaced due to a fire within their home caused by a damaged hot water tank on March 24, 2019. March 31, 2019
50th Year Class Reunion for Class of 1968
A closed Facebook group named Ilion High School Class of '68 50th Reunion has been created to share information about the 50th Class Reunion. Glenn Smith is the Admin of that Facebook group.
"I trust it comes as no surprise that the IHS Class of '68 is busy planning its 50th Reunion for the weekend of July 21, 2018. One of the biggest challenges has been contacting all of our class members. If anyone out there could provide some contact information for the following members of the Class of '68, it would be very much appreciated." - Glenn Smith - February 11, 2018
Pam Charles Arrayo
Alumni Memorial Monument Relocated
2015 October - The Memorial Stone Class of 2003 Gift has finally been relocated. Linda Pugh, IHS 1968 and former faculty member worked with Rob Fahey to have the Class of 2003 Gift relocated to a new site. (October 12, 2015)
Donations Were Returned for the Save Our Stairs Campaign
The Save Our Stairs Committee, in early 2017, returned the funds that were donated to the project described below. The Village was seeking a grant from NYS for the project and the Committee believed they could no longer continue because they thought it would be a conflict of interest for their volunteer Engineer is also employed by NYS. (Feburary 2018)
Donations Now Being Accepted to SOS - Save Our Stairs
Bill Richards and Charles Walz of Walz Engineering, volunteered their time to repair the Otsego Street to Armory Hill stairs. Others in the community have joined in the effort. Jody Janicki pointed out they are volunteering their time to repair the stairs, and added, "The least we can do is get the materials together." (December 20, 2016)
Those who would like to donate can make checks made payable to S.O.S. and send them to
"The Sixties are Back" Celebration (1962-1968) Reunion
The reunion committee is planning a special event for the Class of 1968 in the year 2010 when our members are turning (or HAVE turned) 60!!
"The Sixties are Back" Celebration (1962-1968) Reunion
Our special weekend is planned for Friday, July 16 and Saturday, July 17 in Ilion during "There's No Place Like Home" Ilion Days Weekend. Friday at 6:00 PM is the "DOO DAH" Parade passing by the Ilion Elks. After the parade there will be an informal celebration at the Elks so we can socialize with our classmates. On Saturday from noon until 6:00 PM we are having an informal, private cookout at the Ilion Fish and Game Club (cash bar). There will be fireworks on Saturday evening at dusk at the Remington field near the former North Street school.
If you are planning on attending (and bringing a guest) please let us know the number of people by April 15, 2010. If there are not enough reservations by April 15th deadline, we may be forced to cancel the event. Our expenses include: facility rental, catering and supplies. Price per person is $20.00; per couple $35.00. Please make checks payable to Linda Whittemore and send to 75 South Fifth Ave. Ilion, New York 13357. (Checks should be received by July 1, 2010). Please let us know your current home address and your e-mail address. Also, if you know this information regarding any of our classmates, we would appreciate it as we are always trying to update our records. You may contact any committee member listed below:
Linda Pugh Whittemore email@example.com (315-894-6455)
40th reunion - Ilion Days Reunion Plans.....
The class of 1968 will celebrate their 40th reunion with an informal get-together on Friday, July 18, 2008. We will meet at the Ilion Elks following the annual Doo-Dah Parade. Please pass this information on to other classmates. You can contact Betsy Rathbun Tanner at email, if you have questions or comments. Hope to see you there! (June 23, 2008)
Jim Sitterly Receives Omer Tucker Citizen of the Year Award....
The NEW MEXICO LAND TITLE ASSOCIATION presented Clovis resident, Jim Sitterly, the Omer Tucker Citizen of the Year Award. Jim Sitterly is President of Curry County Abstract in Clovis, and is currently Immediate Past President of the Association his second term as President. The OMER F. TUCKER CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARD honors those individuals who have been identified as a credit to their profession by their commitment to the promotion of the title industry within the industry and within the community. The New Mexico Land Title Association is a voluntary association comprised of title companies, title agencies,title insurance underwriters and associate members. (Nov. 1 ,2008)
30th Year Reunion.....
The IHS class of 1968
hosted their 30th reunion
November 28, 1998
The Elks Club, Ilion
at 7:00 pm
The legendary Mersey Side Five
for our musical enjoyment
The dance was open to ALL Ilion alumni and friends.
Kathryn Stark Welch - email
"Hey Everyone, Look for the details of the 30 Year Class Reunion for the "Bombers" of 1968, recently held at the Ilion Elks, on November 28, 1998. 30 years, is this possible? Anyway, there were approximately 175 in attendance. The actual class of 1968 was well represented by 70+ individual graduates. The longest travel was Jim Sitterly, from Clovis, New Mexico. The shortest was Jim Bernard, 1 block. Check the Ilion Web site for pictures of this event. They will be posted there as soon as Sue Bachorik gets them to me. All had a great time dancing to the music of the Mersey Side Five. Yes, they are still playing, with the aid of a few new faces. Many stories were exchanged of our mighty exploits of the last 30 years. Keep tuned for an update." - Mike Sparrin (Updated December 5, 1998)
See Reunion Photographs Here!!!
Mike Sparrin provided some candid reunion photographs. (December 15, 1998)
'The Boss V' - take a trip down memory lane.....
Revisit 60s & 70s bands with some photos provided by Joe Rossi '68. (March 27, 1999)
Band Links and Photos
Patricia Entwistle Carney, IHS 1968 - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Patricia Jean Entwistle Carney, a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and friend. March 1950 - December 2020.
Capt. Glenn Smith, USN, Ret., IHS 1968 Valedictorian, age 70, died unexpectedly but peacefully in his sleep at the family cottage at Oteyokwa Lake in Pennsylvania. Glenn was born to Marcus and Martha Smith on February 1, 1950 in Morristown, NJ. He graduated as Valedictorian of Ilion High School, and went on to earn a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from RPI in 1973. He joined the Navy Civil Engineer Corps as an Ensign in 1973 and retired as a Captain, after 24 years, in 1997. During that time, he earned several medals, was the Executive Officer (XO) of NMCB 40, and earned a Master's of National Strategy from the National War College in 1995. Glenn then became the Director of Facilities at Bryn Mawr College for 19 years, retiring in 2018. He was an active member of APPA (an organization supporting Leadership in Educational Facilities). In the Navy, Glenn was a pioneer in Total Quality Leadership, and continued his role as Leadership trainer in APPA for the next 20 years. Throughout his years in the Navy, at Bryn Mawr, and as a part of APPA, he was known as a true leader who was kind and generous, often described as "an officer and a gentleman." He was a lifelong student of leadership skills, mentoring men and women in every job assignment. He demonstrated his leadership skills as president of the local and international APPA organizations. Glenn was a man of wide-ranging interests. His love of track and field grew from his time as a high hurdler in high school and college. He followed the sport closely throughout his life. For each transfer for Navy assignments, Glenn planned the cross country moves, arranging for his family to see as many aspects of America as he could fit into the trip. This love of travel continued throughout his life. A card-carrying Roller Coaster Enthusiast, he and his family rode roller coasters from coast to coast. A member of the Music Box Society, he and his wife Sue have a small collection of antique music makers. Their favorite, a player piano, will continue to provide hours of fun and entertainment for family and friends alike. For many years he played the baritone horn in the Marple Newtown Community Band. Aside from his faith and family, his biggest passion was cycling. He was a member of the Media Cycling Club and was a strong, competitive rider admired by all. Glenn enjoyed working with wood, making, amongst other things, a beautiful cherry dining table, and his final project with Sue, a wooden kayak named "Grace." He was a faithful member of Springton Lake Presbyterian Church. Most important to Glenn was his family. He was a deeply loving and playful husband, father, and grandfather. He cherished his parents, Marcus (97) and Martha (98) Smith, who survive him, as does his mother-in-law Ann Patterson (96). His wife of 48 years, Susan Patterson Smith, and his four children, Michael (Justine) Smith, Kathryn (Justin) Meeks, Tina (Jason) Horn, and Peter (Niff) Smith, will dearly miss him. His eight grandchildren - Noah, Riley and Madeline Horn; Elsa, Liliana, Larsen, and Juniper Meeks; and Alden Smith - will miss his laughter and love. He is also survived by his three sisters, Marcia (Doug) McCoy, Gail Krueger, and Maureen (Craig) Cashman and many nieces and nephews. A private family memorial will be held September 12 at Springton Lake Presbyterian Church, led by Pastor Rick Marshall. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Springton Lake Presbyterian Church (Mortgage paydown: 3090 South Newtown Square Street Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073) or the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association (SMSA, P.O. Box 667, Gulfport, MS 39502). Arrangements by the Frank C. Videon Funeral Home, Sproul and Lawrence Roads, Broomall, PA 19008. (August 21, 2020)
Mr. Thomas J. Hart IHS 1968, age 70, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, February 14, 2020 in the privacy and comfort of his home. Born on November 27, 1949, Thomas was the son of the late Francis and Jean (Downs) Hart. He was raised and educated locally, graduating from Ilion High School. Thomas received his call to duty on August 12, 1969 when he enlisted with the United States Navy. He proudly served his country as an Aviation Structural Mechanic until his honorable discharge on August 12, 1973. On November 26, 1983, Thomas was wed to the former Nancy (Quesnel) Dawley and together they've shared in over thirty-six years of a loving and devoted union. Thomas' working years began with tenures at both MDS and with the Ilion Light Department. His career, however, was spent mainly with United States Post Office, retiring as a Clerk out of the Ilion branch. Thomas was a longtime member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus as well as a parishioner of Annunciation Church. His friendly, upbeat and kind demeanor will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; his stepsons, Randy Dawley and companion Shari Hysack of Little Falls, Kent Dawley and wife, Debbie of Little Falls and Mark Dawley of Miami Beach, FL; his sister, Patricia Trimboli and husband, Frank of Ilion; his five step-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Darryl Piper, Richard Brant, Robert Rowan, Carol Simpson and Gene Simpson. Besides his parents, Thomas was predeceased by his sister, Kathy Hamilton, and his stepson, Scott Dawley. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Thomas' funeral service will commence on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home and at 10:30 a.m., at Annunciation Church, in Ilion, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor. Spring interment will take place in the Entwistle Family Cemetery. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Herkimer County Humane Society, PO Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Thomas' final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (February 16, 2020)
Clinton W. "Clint" Fuhrer, IHS 1968, age 67, a longtime resident of Ilion, passed away, peacefully, early Wednesday morning, November 8, 2017, at the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center. He waited for the arrival of his entire family, to properly bid their farewells, before he passed. Born on May 6, 1950, Clinton is the son of Elsie (Houghtaling) Fuhrer and the late Walter Fuhrer. He was raised and educated locally, and was a graduate of Ilion High School with the Class of 1968. On June 29, 1979, Clint was wed to the former Kathleen Seymour. Their marriage could only be described as excellent, never enduring a fight or a harsh word. Together they shared in a blessed and devoted union of almost thirty-eight years. Hardworking by nature, Clint worked from the time he was a young man on farms and in various positions, before obtaining a position with Otis Eastern Services, based out of Wellsville, NY. He spent over twenty years traveling throughout the northeast for the pipelining business until his retirement in 2015. Clint was a selfless, giving and stoic man who leaves a wonderful legacy to his children and grandchildren. He had been a member of the International Laborer's Union since 1969. He will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind. "You might find a man like him, but you will NEVER find a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather better than him. You'll be forever in our hearts." Survivors include his beloved wife, Kathy; his mother, Elsie; his daughters, Becky Eysaman (Robin) of Barneveld and Vicky Lynch (John) of Ilion; his four grandchildren, Nicole Marchese, Thomas Marchese, Mackenzie Lynch and Noah Lynch; and his three great-grandchildren, Kaiden, Jace and Parker. He also leaves his brothers, Michael Fuhrer and Steven Fuhrer; along with numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and special friends. He was predeceased by his father, Walter, his brother, Ron Fuhrer, and his parents-in-law, Burton T. and Lola Seymour. A special thank you is extended to Drs. Razia and Manela and the staff at Slocum-Dickson for the kind and compassionate care given to Clint for the past two years. The family is also thankful for Dr. Barr and the staff of Strong Memorial hospital and the generosity of the Hope Lodge in Rochester. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Clint's calling hours which will take place on Tuesday morning, November 14, 2017, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 NOON at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West Street, Ilion (315)895-7722. A memorial service and Celebration of Life will commence on Tuesday at12:00 NOON immediately upon the conclusion of visitation, with Elder Ken Palmer officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery where Clint's earthly remains will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Thomas Golisano Hope Lodge, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620 OR to the Ilion Fire Department, 1 Central Ave, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Martin L. Ciaccia and Don Applegate, funeral directors of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family funeral homes. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.applegateandday.com. (November 11, 2017)
Craig Dolan IHS 1968, 65, passed away at home on February 15th after a long valiant battle with cancer. Born in Herkimer, N.Y., Craig was the son of Frank Dolan and was predeceased by his mother, Shirley, in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his dad Frank and his wife Betty, his daughter, Alexis, his son, Todd Kirton and his wife Mary, his five grandchildren, Ryan, Brighid, Julia, Luke and Lily Kirton and his brother Dennis and his wife Lori and their two children, Jennifer and Joel. Craig attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1968 – 1972 and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. He then served in the U. S. Navy from 1972 – 1976 and was assigned to an ammunition ship while in Vietnam. Craig then went on to practice his career as a civil/environmental engineer both in the public and private sector focusing on producing fertilizer from biosolids (waste water sludge) and employing biosolids to energy proprietary technology. Craig was curious about the world around him and never stopped learning. He loved family, friends, golf, and driving anywhere, preferably on the back roads. He enjoyed horse racing and any good bet, and was generous to a fault. Craig was larger than life, a one-of-a-kind man and he was dearly loved and respected by all his family and many friends and will remain in their hearts and minds always. The funeral will be held Monday, February 22nd, from the Avery-Storti Funeral Home in Wakefield, Rhode Island. There are visiting hours from 9 – 10:30 AM followed by a service at The Church of the Ascension. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Office of Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. (Feb 20, 2016)
Patrick M. Rooke IHS 1968, 62, of Charles Street, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Patrick had been courageously battling several heath issues recently and, sadly, succumbed to them. He was born on Jan. 2, 1950, a son of the late Harry and Anne M. (Tumonis) Rooke. Patrick was educated in Ilion schools, graduating with the class of 1968. He went on to receive a bachelor of science degree at Oneonta State University, and then in 1993, he attained an associate applied science degree from Herkimer County Community College. Patrick was employed with PAR Technology in New Hartford and Herkimer High School. Patrick married the former Ann Marie DeCeglie in St. Anthony's Church on Oct. 15, 1976, and they recently celebrated 36 years of a devoted and loving marriage. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Ann Marie; devoted children, Michael Rooke and his wife, Jennifer Blincoe, of Harpursville, and Christopher Rooke and his wife, Audrie, of Frankfort; and his adored grandchildren, Dante and Cali. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Raymond and his wife, Diane, of Syracuse, Kathy Rooke, of Florida, Edward and Lori, also of Syracuse, and Marion Dell and her husband, Homer, of Key West, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Alfonza DeCeglie, of Herkimer; in-laws, Paul DeCeglie, Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Ilion, and Lorraine Tesoriere and her husband, Joseph, of Saratoga; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Patrick was a faithful member of Saints Anthony and Joseph Church and the Herkimer Polish Community Club. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer (866-1011). Patrick's funeral will commence with prayer at 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 30, followed by his funeral Mass, celebrated by the Reverend Thomas Lawless, at 9:30 a.m. in Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, South Main Street, Herkimer. Procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where he will be laid to rest. Those wishing may contribute in Patrick's memory to Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, 344 S. Washington Street, Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Kevin E. Enea, funeral director, is caring for the family. To leave an online condolence, please www.eneafamily.com.(Nov 2, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)
Janice Lynn (Wohler) Reginelli, 61, of 19 S. Fifth Ave., passed away Saturday, February 18, 2012 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany where she was surrounded by the love and comfort of her daughters after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Janice was born November 10, 1950 in Ilion the daughter of the late Gerald and Helen Preston Wohler. She was a member of the Ilion High School Class of 1968 and at one time was married to Frank Reginelli. Janice was employed by United Cerebral Palsy Center for over 25 years as a Teacher's Aide. In her spare time Janice enjoyed bowling, horseback riding, traveling with her children and she adored animals. Janice is survived by three daughters, Nicole and Jennifer Reginelli both of Raleigh, N.C.; Lori Reginelli of Delmar, N.Y.; her companion of nearly 20 years, Robert Smaldone; two sisters and their spouses Margery and Robert Murray and Barbara and Walter Maine all of Ilion; a special niece, Missy Wohler of Frankfort and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and friends. Janice was pre-deceased by her parents and two sisters Karen and Carol Wohler. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating; interment will be in the Middleville Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Mar 3, 2012)
Richard Burling, age 62, of 80 E. North St. in Ilion passed away on Saturday August 6, 2011 at his home. Richard was born on January 8, 1949 in Batavia, the son of James and Joyce (Crane) Burling, he was educated in Ilion and graduated in 1968. Following high school Richard enlisted in the US Air Force serving during Vietnam. Richard was self-employed working as a finish carpenter; he was also an artist and musician. Richard is survived by his mother Joyce of Ilion; his brothers Daniel and his wife Jean of Warsaw, James and his wife Jan of Ilion and Mark and his wife Stephanie of Largo FL., he also leaves a sister Denise Harter and her companion Dan O'Tool of New Hartford; his nieces and nephews Mary and her husband Joe Ryan, David Burling, Christine and her husband Andy Rush, Carrie Burling, Marc Burling, Melissa Burling, Dakota Beck, and Daniel Harter and his great niece and nephew Alyssa and Joseph Ryan. He was predeceased by his father James on August 9, 2010. A memorial service for Richard will be held on Friday August 12, 2011 at 1 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Rev. Dr. Andy Peloubet will officiate, and interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Herkimer. Friends may call on Friday from 11am until the time of the funeral and are asked to consider memorial donations to Veteran's Outreach Center, 726 Washington Street, Utica, New York 13502. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (August 28, 2011)
C. Michael "Mick" Petry, 59, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2009, at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. Mick was born on August 23, 1950, in Ilion, a son of the late Charles and Mary Jeanne (Boehlert) Petryk. He was educated in Ilion schools and graduated with the class of 1968. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College and then went on to receive a Bachelors Degree from Empire State College. He was employed as a sales representative for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Syracuse, Buffalo, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mick was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of the Pompey Lions Club. He also was involved with ARISE, the United Way, and other charitable organizations. Mick is survived by his daughters, Amanda Tirado and her husband, Adam, of Central Valley, and Katherine M. Petryk and her fiancée, Steven M. Grzelka, of Syracuse; one grandchild, Sarai Tirado; brothers, Steven Petryk and his wife, Muriel, of Watkins Glen; sisters, Mary Kathryn Murray and her husband, Edward, of Ilion, and Barbara Hribar and her husband, Dean, of Schuyler Lake; his aunt, Olga Mullins, of Great Neck, NY; and many, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Timothy. Memorial calling hours will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, from 6-9 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home, 1604 Grant Blvd., Syracuse. His memorial mass, celebrated by the Very Reverend Anthony Barratt, will commence at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, from Annunciation Church, Ilion. Amanda and Katherine would like to especially thank Elda Smith for the friendship and care she offered their dad. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider contributions in Mick's memory to Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central New York, Inc., P.O. Box 237, East Syracuse, NY 13057. The family is being served locally by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000. To add to Mick's online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (Dec 22, 2009)
Eileen Anne (O'Connor) Raymond, of Popular Bluff, Mo., formerly of Ilion, died Jan. 31, 2007, after a brief illness. She was born April 7, 1950, in Ilion, the daughter of John "Jack" and Eleanora (Cahill) O'Connor. She graduated from Ilion Central School, '68; Delhi Community College, and earned a B.S. in Accounting in Texas. Eileen married Michael Raymond on Feb. 6, 1971, at Annunciation Church, Ilion. She is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years; sons, John and his wife Carrie, Ryan and his wife Chelsey; grandson, Caleb; her mother, Eleanora and her brothers, Dennis and his wife Maureen of Pepperell, Mass., Sean and his friend and caregiver Joe Fix of St. Louis, Mo.; David, U.S. Navy stationed in Charleston, S.C.; nieces, Kelly and Kristen; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her father in 1963. Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister and loved by all who knew her. Caleb was the light of her life and she was looking forward to another grandson in June. Knitting and crocheting afghans for family and friends were favorite pastimes. The funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Church in Valley Park, Mo., and burial will take place in March at Holy Cross Cemetery, Ellisville, Mo. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Annunciation Church, Ilion, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at 2 p.m. All are invited. (Feb 18, 2007)
Robert MacFarland "Mac" Torbitt, 53, of Utica, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2004, at his home with his family at his side. Born in Ilion Nov. 1, 1950, Mac was the son of Shirlee Mae (Stafford) Torbitt and the late Robert William Torbitt. He was raised and educated throughout Central New York, graduating from Ilion High School with the class of 1968. Upon graduation, Mac attended Herkimer County Community College for two years as a liberal arts major. He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving around the world as a cryptologic technician for a period of eight years. Mac then returned to HCCC, attaining an associate's degree in Mortuary Science. One of the happiest days of his life was May 28, 1993, when he was united in marriage with the former Kathy Ann Zacek. The couple has shared a truly loving relationship of over 10 years. A licensed funeral director for over 20 years, Mac was employed locally by Eannace Funeral Home Inc. He currently held a position as a pre-need counselor with Farone and Son Funeral Home in Syracuse. Surviving are his beloved wife and best friend, Kathy; his cherished daughter, Emily Rose; his mother, Shirlee Torbitt of Clinton; a sister, Kelly Miller of Whitesboro and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kim and Beverly Torbitt of Clinton and Todd and Laura Torbitt of Clark Mills. Also surviving are his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Rose Zacek of Utica; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Debbie and Gary Cusano of Los Angeles, Calif.; his nephew and niece, Michael Sage and Melissa Cusano; and the Talaricos, Uncle Frankie and Aunt Giorgia, Aunt Marie Heistand, Aunt Tar Torbitt, Aunt Betty Pugh, Rosemarie and Michael Pezzolanella, Frank and DeeDee Talarico, Kenny and Lorraine Talarico, Johnny and Betsy Talarico and all their children. Visitation will be held Monday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at the Scala Roefaro Funeral Home, 1122 Culver Ave. In keeping with Mac's wishes, please omit floral offerings. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Mass of resurrection which will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. from Scala Roefaro Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Interment will take place privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Farone and Son Funeral Home, 1500 Park St., Syracuse 13208. Mac's family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Samir Desai and his staff, the third floor nurses and staff of Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Facility and the many friends and family for their constant support. (March 15, 2004)
Jacqueline A. Barber, died February 27, 2002 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jacqui is survived by her dear son, Chad Cherubin and his godfather and Jacqui's longtime friend, James Duffus. She is also survived special friends, Karen, Jake, and Peggy. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday afternoon March 4, 2002 at 4 o'clock in St. Paul's Church, Park Ave. Whitesboro, NY. Expressions of sympathy in Jacqui's memory can be made to her son, Chad Cherubin, c/o The Adirondack Bank, Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro, NY. Chad and Jim would like to thank Hospice Care and St. Luke's Hospital for all the kindness and care shown to them and especially to Jacqui. Arrangements were in the care of the Ryczek Funeral Home, Inc., 604 Cottage Place, Utica. (March 8, 2002)
Deborah A. (Mabbett) Brown, age 51, passed away August 5, 2001, at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center after a long and hard fought struggle. She was born July 4, 1950, in Herkimer, the daughter of Dorr and Betty Johnson Mabbett. She was a graduate of Ilion Central School and Utica School of Commerce. In October of 1971, she was married to Stan Brown in Mohawk. Deborah was employed by Herkimer County BOCES in East Herkimer as a senior account clerk. She was also the co-owner of Richfield Auto Supply in Richfield Springs. She enjoyed working with the Davis racing team and assisting in all the Cedarville Fire Department Auxiliary and had been a member for over 25 years. She was also a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America. Besides her husband, Stan, she is survived by her mother-in-law, Lillian Brown; two sons, Michael Brown and Jimmy Brown, of Cedarville; a step-son, Dale Brown, of West Winfield; step-grandchildren, Todd and Kathleen, of West Winfield; other family members; also a special canine friend, Dutchie alias "Booboo." She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Sharon Mabbett Confair. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Wilcox-Dimbleby Funeral Home, West Winfield. Interment will be in Cedarville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider the American Cancer Society or the Cedarville Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.(August 7, 2001)
David J. Murphy - Class of 1968, 50, died Friday, January 14, 2000, at Faxton Hospital. He was born Jan. 12, 1950, in Herkimer, the son of Shirley Hailston Murphy and the late John Murphy. He graduated from Ilion High School and Brockport College. He completed graduate work through Utica College. He married Kathy Baker on March 29, 1975. He was employed as a teacher in the New Hartford school system, teaching government and psychology. He was a resident of Ilion.
On January 15, 2000, The Observer Dispatch in a front page story featured Dave's courageous battle with cancer, his career as a teacher, his optimism, giving nature, and positive and unforgettable effect on his students, colleagues, relatives and friends. An Assembly was conducted by seniors at New Hartford Central High School, on Friday, January 14 to honor their longtime teacher. The students viewed a video that was created at Christmas. In the video, teachers and students honored their co-worker, teacher and coach. At Thanksgiving, Dave's illness forced him to discontinue his teaching. Prior to his career at the high school, Dave taught at the elementary level. He spent a total of 26 years in the New Hartford school district.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; four daughters, Karen, Kimberly, Katherine and Kristina; his mother, Shirley Murphy of Ilion; his in-laws, Charles (Dick) and Florence Baker; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Timothy Murphy of Ballston Lake, Michael and Jill Murphy of Bristol, RI; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Colleen and Garry Cook of Ilion, Cynthia and James Dennis of Clarence, and Kelly and Keith Herringshaw of Greenvile, SC.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Terry and Judy Baker of Attleboro, Mass.; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Cheryl and Werner Kleemann of West Henrietta and Patricia Skinner of Cedarville; nieces and nephews, two great-nieces, many special friends and colleagues. He also leaves is dog, Kasey. He was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law, Paul Skinner. Dave donated his body to medical research to help other people in the battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 am from the First United Methodist Church, Second Street, Ilion. Friends may call Sunday from 1-4 and 7-9 pm at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials, in Dave's memory, to scholarships being established at New Hartford and Ilion High Schools. (January 15, 2000)
"To our courageous friend
who lived his 50 years of life
to the fullest,including the spirit
he left within each of us."
- From Dave's Friends
The Murph Award, in memory of David J. Murphy - Class of 1968, was presented during the Class of 2001 IHS Commencement ceremony to Maggie L. McCann.
The Kathleen (Duffy) Moreau
Memorial Football Award
was presented during the
Class of 2001 IHS Senior Assembly
to Joseph E. Day
(July 21, 2001)
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