Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1971 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1971 Mirror Class History.
Classmate seeking Letter Jacket/Sweater.....
"I was class of '71, golf team since '67. I have put requests out there for a good used Bomber Lettermans Jacket & or Sweater, (XL). I have not seen any responses back. I never recieved either of these items for those years as a Bomber. Could you help if you can? Lon Hall email". (Nov 5, 2013)
Connie M. (Mead) Scalise, IHS 1971, 65, passed away in the presence of her devoted family and comfort of her home on Sunday, October 28, 2018. She was born on November 26, 1952, in Little Falls, a daughter to her mom the late Amy (Brown). She was educated in Ilion schools. Her marriage to Joseph A. Scalise, Jr. took place on November 29, 1971, at St. Mary's Church, Frankfort, NY with Rev. Alfred A. Lamanna officiating. Connie had lived and worked here in the Valley her entire life. She was employed with the Folts Home for 15 years and lastly with Wal-Mart as a Department Manager for 16 years. She attended the Church of Sts. Anthony & Joseph and was a member and former Chaplain of the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary. Connie was loved so dearly by her family who were all so very important to her. She would spend hours cooking and baking for them and loved to sew as well. She had a great sense of humor and will be missed by all that knew and loved her. She is survived by her husband of nearly 47 years, Joe; her children, Joseph Scalise and his wife, Jannel, Sasha Zaleski and her husband, Tim, Tina Corso and her husband, Anthony, and Todd Scalise; her sisters, Bonnie Felshaw and her husband, Gene, and Judy Hogg; her grandchildren, Ashley Scalise, Brett Scalise, Temprance Corso, Hunter Corso, Jianna Scalise, James Scalise, Nicole Zaleski, John Zaleski and Katerinna Scalise; her In-Laws, Ron and Mamie Scalise, Kathy Scalise, Michael and Patty Scalise, Terry and Rich Virkler and Joe Tubia; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Amy Mogensen; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joseph (Sr.) and Carrie (Caruso) Scalise; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sharon Tubia and Ed Scalise; and her brother, Ronald Mead. Funeral services will begin on Wednesday October 31, 2018 at 8:15 AM with a prayer at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort) and at 9:00 AM at the Church of Sts. Anthony & Joseph, South Main Street in Herkimer where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated by Rev. Quy Vo, Pastor. Interment will take place privately at Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, NY. Friends and relatives are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Tuesday October 30th from 5 until 7 PM. The Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary is asked to gather for prayer at 7:00 PM at the funeral home. A very special thank you is extended to Wal-Mart with special mention to Chris Beaulac, as well as to her best friend Lori Putnam and her high school best friend Colleen Schultz and to all those who have offered care and compassion during this difficult time. It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Connie be considered to Bassett Tribute Fund through Outpatient Pharmacy, One Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements have been handled by Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. An online memorial page in honor of Connie has been established at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (January 1, 2019)
Mary E.(Pickett) Massaro IHS 1971, passed away June 15, 2018, after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. She was born May 10, 1952 in Ilion, NY, a daughter of Joseph and Genevieve (Robertson) Pickett. She married Michael A. Massaro in 1972 in Ilion and together they owned and operated Maple Crest Golf Course. This was where they embraced many friends through the years, all of whom were just like family to them. She is survived by her husband, Michael; her children, Michael Massaro, Jr., Angela Lyon & husband Joseph, Michelle Gilbert and husband Thomas P., and Beth Lyon and husband Robert, Jr., her mother-in-law, Ann Massaro, grandchildren, Nicole, Megan, Mikey, Joseph, Jr. and wife Casey, Jacob, Jenavieve, JoJo, Diesle, Isabelle, Emma and Bobbie; brothers, Joseph, Paul, and John and his wife, Debbie; In-Laws, Margaret DeCarr and husband Robert and Mary Ann Rice and husband Robert, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Genevieve, her father-in-law Michael Massaro, and grandson, Justin Lyon. A celebration of Life will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., July 14, 2018 at the Ilion Knights of Columbus. A special thank you to Dr. Atul Butala and nursing staff as well as Hospice and her loving extended members of her family, the members of the golf course. She loved you all. Memorial contributions may be made to Herkimer County Humane Society. Arrangements are with Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY. (June 21, 2018)
Sharon (Reynolds) Vorce, IHS 1971, passed away in MA on 9/4/2016 at the age of 63. She was born on 4/10/1953 in Ilion, NY. Sharon graduated from Ilion and Utica College. She was a Director at Emmaus House Women's Shelter, organist at Faith in Christ Fellowship, and Owner of Tax Services by Sharon Vorce. She lived her life full of passion for her family, friends, her faith, those in need, and her music. She is survived by her husband, Tom Vorce; two daughters; mother, Virginia Reynolds; and three siblings. She was predeceased by her father. A memorial service will take place 9/24/2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan St, Ilion at 1 p.m. Online memorials at www.facebook.com/sharon.vorce. Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Sept. 18, 2016 (September 29, 2016)
Sharon A. (White) Berberick IHS 1971, age 61, of Jordanville Rd., Ilion (Cedarville-Town of Columbia), passed away peacefully on Friday, January 30, 2015, at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY, after a long illness. She was born on September 14, 1953, in Ilion, the daughter of Clarence and Gladys (Oviete) White, and graduated from Ilion High School. On July 28, 1973, she was married to Cary R. Berberick in Ilion. She was the owner/operator and hairdresser at Sheer Delights Beauty Salon in Ilion. She was also a seamstress at Joseph Feiss Co., Utica, and worked at the Ilion True Value Hardware. Sharon enjoyed knitting and crafts. Surviving family members include her husband, Cary; her mother, Gladys White, of Ilion; her son and daughter-in-law, Cary Berberick, II, and Courtney; her granddaughter, Paige Berberick; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence White, Jr., and Debbie, of Ilion, and Joseph White and Lynn, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In keeping with Sharon's wishes, there are no scheduled public calling hours or funeral service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Sharon, or add to her online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923; www.scleroderma.org (for online donations). The Berberick and White families have entrusted Sharon's arrangements to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 (895-7722). (February 22, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)
Michael J. Scanlan IHS 1971, 55, of Utica, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family on the morning of December 26, 2008, after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Michael was born July 31, 1951, in Ilion, NY, to the late John Francis and Mary Philomen Mulvey Scanlan. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1971, and attended MVCC. In 1978, Michael purchased Mall Liquors at Riverside Mall. He later began a long career with Seneca Turnpike Liquors in 1988, making many friends along the way. In 2006, Michael continued his career at Bremer's Wine and Liquors of New Hartford, where he was warmly welcomed. In 1977, Michael married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Scanlan, formerly Barbara McGrade. They would have been married 32 years in January and were blessed to find love and friendship together. They had two children, Johnathan and Mary Caitlin and they were Michael's world. He was more than an amazing father and showed them how to live a life of integrity and honor and most importantly, how to laugh. Michael's favorite hobby was automotive sports. He loved to spend time watching races and driving cars. Throughout the year, he and his family could be found at any number of automotive events. Michael was a prominent member and Vice-President of the North East Region Audi Club N.A., successfully holding the position of Event Master at Watkins Glen Speedway. In 2008, he was named the National Member of the Year for his hard work, success and dedication to the club. Michael is survived by his wife, Barbara; his two children, Johnathan and Mary Caitlin; Johnathan's wife, Jaclyn Scanlan, and Mary Caitlin's fiance, Brian Wight. He leaves behind a loving sister and brother-in-law, Karen and James McElhenny. He is predeceased by his other sister, Barbara Kamm, as well as his parents, John and Mary Scanlan. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom he cared a great deal for. He also leaves behind many amazing and caring friends, who laughed with him in the good times and who stood by him through the difficult ones. Calling hours for Mr. Scanlan will be held on Sunday, December 28, 2008, from 4-7 at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., North Utica. Mr. Scanlan's funeral mass will be held on Monday at 11:00 from St. Peter's Church, North Utica. A spring burial will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery, Ilion, NY. Those so wishing may make donations to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., or the Regional Cancer Center at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in Michael's memory. On line memorials may be made at www.Heintzfuneralservice.net.(Jan 20, 2009)
Ryan R. Schults IHS 2002, age 24, of 58 John St., Ilion, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2008. He was born on October 9, 1983 in Herkimer, the son of Robert and Colleen (Moran) Schults. Ryan graduated from Ilion Central High School, HCCC and attended SUNY at Oswego. At one time, he was employed at Taylor Rental in Whitesboro. Most recently, he worked in the Finishing Operation Dept. at Remington Arms Co. Ryan played base guitar in a local band which, at one time, toured the United States. He enjoyed reading books, literature and philosophy. He was very active in football, wrestling and baseball in high school. At one time, he played for the Utica Diamonds Baseball Team. Ryan was very compassionate and had a great sense of humor. Survivors include his mother and father, Colleen and Bob<; his maternal grandmother, Teresa Moran of Ilion; several aunts and uncles, Mary and John Reitz of Ilion, William Moran and Nikki Lorenz of Milwaukee, WI, Beatrice Nasypany of Mohawk and Dolores Gabberty of St. Petersburg, FL; five cousins, Colleen Reitz, Cailey Moran, Allen and Mickey Nasypany, Cindy Edwards and Kevin Gabberty; and many second cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Eugene Moran; paternal grandparents, Walter and Margaret Schults; and uncle, Terrence Moran. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2008, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Wednesday, August 20, 2008, from 4 -7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ryan R. Schults Memorial Fund. Envelopes are available at the Enea Family Funeral Home. Ryan's family has entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to Don Applegate, funeral director. (Aug 18, 2008)
Robert J. "Rob" Day, age 54, of Park St., a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away on Friday afternoon, January 18, 2008 following a brief illness. At the time of his passing, which occurred in Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, he had the love and support of his family at his side. He was born on April 3, 1953, in Ilion son of the late Robert and Anne (Furman) Day and graduated from Ilion High School. He furthered his education attending Albany School of Pharmacy and graduated from Utica College. Rob was united in marriage with Janice Caldwell on April 29, 1989 in Ilion, a union of 18 years. He was last employed with Faxton-St. Luke' s Healthcare as a lab technician and was at one time employed by the former Mohawk Valley Hospital and Herkimer Hospital. Rob was a dedicated family man. He enjoyed the time he spent bringing up his beloved huskies and will be sadly missed by family and friends alike. Survivors include his wife Janice at home; his children: Derek Day and fiancee Holly of Mohawk, Kristin Baker and husband Patrick of E. Herkimer, and Robert Day; his step-children: Rebecca Skandera of Vermont, Amanda Skandera of Frankfort and Martin Skandera of Albany; four grandchildren: Adin, Dakota, Emmie, Dylan; two brothers: Brian Day and wife Karen of Utah and Chris Day and wife Shelly of Little Falls; a sister: Leisa Merrick and husband Alan of South Carolina; in laws: Larry Caldwell and wife Barb of Rome, Susan Martin and husband Albert of Fort Plain and Lorraine Caldwell and husband David of Holland Patent; two aunts: Donna Angelichio and husband Anthony of Ilion and Charlotte Day of Ilion; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion on Monday morning, Jan. 21, 2008 from 10 am until 12 noon and also invited to attend Rob's funeral service commencing at noon following calling hours at the funeral home with the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor of Annunciation Church, Ilion, officiating. He will be laid to rest in the spring in Armory Hill Cemetery. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Herkimer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407 or to the Community Animal Program (CAP), c/o Larry Ortlieb, Valley Home Furnishings, Shoppers Square, Little Falls. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The family offers their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford for the care and compassion offered during this difficult time, especially those in the Intensive Care. (Jan 26, 2008)
James F. Burton, IHS 1971, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1. in Anderson, Ind., after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease. He was born Feb. 7, 1952 in Ilion, the son of Mrs. Joyce B. Fedele and the late Raymond W. Burton. James attended Ilion schools. Survivors include his wife Kathy of Indiana; mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fedele of Litchfield; stepmother Mrs. Jessie Burton of Ilion; sisters, Kathy and husband of Litchfield, Sallie and companion of Litchfield, Wendy and companion of Oneonta; brothers, William and companion of Herkimer, Dale and wife Kathy of Elmira, and Tracy and wife Florence of Rome; step-brothers and step-sisters; several aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews. James was predeceased by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burton, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Bouck, all of Ilion; his father, Raymond; a sister, Debra; and a brother, Charles.A memorial service will be planned for a later date. (Nov 14, 2005)
Kathleen Mae Callister IHS 1971, 52, of Marcy, passed away on Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 11, 1953, in Ilion, daughter of the late Richard Callister and Agatha Lampman Callister McQuesten. A lifelong area resident, she was raised in Ilion and graduated from Ilion High School, where she was an outstanding athlete. She furthered her education at Herkimer County Community College and went on to SUNY-Cortland, where she earned her bachelor's and the master's degree in Health Education in 1976. During those years she continued to participate in basketball, softball and tennis. She was a multi-year participant in the Utica Boilermaker with her most recent race completed in 2003. Kathy was a true advocate for women's sports. She played a vital role in assigning and officiating of Section III basketball, field hockey, softball and volleyball. She began officiating field hockey in the fall of 1972. She was instrumental in establishing the Field Hockey Board and has remained as the only official assignor in the sport of field hockey. She had served as an official in several sectional, regional and state contests and in some years traveling as far as Albany and Buffalo. Kathy had coached basketball and softball for various schools throughout the section and in 1980 her New York Mills softball team won the Section III title. She was the recipient of the Section III Service Award. She considered this one of her proudest accomplishments. In addition to running, she enjoyed the time spent with friends in the Adirondacks. Her love for the outdoors allowed her quality time kayaking and jet skiing. For the past 27 years Kathy has been employed as a senior recreation therapist for the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy. Kathy is the definition of a special person "Exceptional-Enthusiastic-Enduring". She was a good Samaritan to all in need. Her undying energy to help the weak and elderly made her a truly remarkable person. She filled our lives with happiness and sweet feelings that we will carry in our hearts forever. Surviving are her endearing companion, Glory Stuhlinger, of Marcy; two brothers and their wives, Richard and Cindy Callister of Escondido, Calif. and David and Judith Callister of Westmoreland; two sisters, Diana Geno of Ilion and Mary-Lyn Swart and her husband Dennis of the state of Ohio; a special aunt and uncle, Veronica and Warren Rocque of Barneveld; special cousins, Bonnie Rocque and Rosemary Rees; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Edward and William Callister and one sister, Janet Callister. Funeral service will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, with the Rev. Rodney VonPackal officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday (today) from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made with donations to LUNGevity Foundation, 4541 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 303, Chicago, Ill. 60640. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Samir Desai, Windy Mitchell P.A. and their remarkable medical team for the dedication, genuine kindness, sensitivity and care they provided to Kathy, in making her feel special and learning to live with cancer. (Nov 14, 2005)
Rodney Walter Wood, IHS 1971, age 50, West Winfield, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. He was born July 5, 1952, in Ilion, the son of Mike and Marjorie Knapp Wood. He was educated in the Ilion school system and on March 28, 1970, he married the former Patricia Miller in Ilion. Mr. Wood was self-employed as a carpet installer and also worked at Marcy Carpet in Marcy. Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Patricia; his father and stepmother, Mike and Shelva Wood of West Winfield; his mother, Marjorie Wood; a son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Cristy Wood of West Winfield; two daughters, Stacy Wood and her partner Christy Anguilli of Orlando, Fla., and Shannon Moon of Bridgewater; a brother and his companion, Kenneth Wood and Jeanne of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Pamela and Bill George of Jacksonville, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Brittany, Austin, Savannah, Lakota and Dawson. Graveside service for Mr. Wood will be held Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. in the Cedarville Cemetery, with Pastor Jerry Race officiating. Friends may call Monday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St, Ilion.(September 16, 2002)
John S. Janicki, IHS 1971, age 48, of Barringer Road, Ilion, died unexpectedly Wednesday, August 21, 2002. John was born in Ilion Nov. 8, 1953, son of John J. and Mary (Thompson) Janicki. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1971," and attended Herkimer County Community College. John was a self-employed canopy installer, most recently subcontracting for Steel Tech Inc. of Georgia. Prior to returning to the Mohawk Valley, John resided in Long Beach, Calif. and was employed on the docks as a shipwright, at one time working on Howard Hugh's ship the Glomar Explorer. John loved people, and he was known to many as a kind and generous friend. John cherished his beloved family above all else, as they did him. Survivors include his loving parents, John and Mary Janicki of Ilion; his devoted sister, Jody Janicki of Ilion, with whom he resided and Jody's friend, Rudy Gadziala, also of Ilion; his cousins, Mark Kasper of Massachusetts, Eric Kasper and his wife Julie of North Carolina, Larry and his wife Becky Kasper of Florida, Scott and his wife Verna Kasper, also of Florida, Jean and Paul Davis of Leonardsville, Skip and Millie Gregory of West Winfield and Teddy Lohnas and Elaine Samaniego of DeWitt; one uncle, Steve Janicki of Michigan and his very close and dear friends, Dott and Bob Daly and family of Ilion. John was predeceased by his beloved grandparents, "Nan and Pop" and his Aunt Pauline and Uncle Larry Kasper. John's funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, commencing at 1 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion with the Rev. George Greene, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, officiating. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment in the family plot will follow the service. Family and friends are invited to visitation Saturday from 10 am -1 pm prior to the funeral service at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in John's name to the Ilion High School Foundation. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. "John -- We will love you forever!" Mom, Dad, Jody. (August 23, 2002)
Meryl 'Buddy' Smith Jr. IHS 1971, age 46, died April 20, 1999, at Faxton Hospital with his family by his side. Buddy was born May 5, 1952, in Herkimer, the son of Meryl R. Sr. and Ruth Norton Smith. He was a graduate of the Ilion High School Class of 1971. He attended Morrisville College. He married Patricia 'Lee' Pross on December 19, 1992. Bud was employed as a maintenance machinist at the Remington Arms Co. for 26 years. He is survived by his wife, Lee; his daughters and sons-in-law Nancy and Scott Ratcliffe of Ilion, Jennifer and John Zahray of Indian Lake and Stacey Case and her fiance Mike Krasko of Little Falls, one daughter-in-law, Robin Case of Graseville; three grandchildren, his mother, Ruth Smith of Ilion; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Janis and Sam Colombo of Webster, and Jill and Phil Dale of Hamlin, one niece, three nephews;several aunts and uncles; and his in-laws. He was predeceased by his father, Meryl, in 1996, and his son Shawn, in 1997. Funeral services are under the care of Applegate & Day Funeral home. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery. Memorial Contributions my be made to the Faxton Hospital Foundation. "Buddy wants everyone to remember 'NOT TO WORRY!'". (April 22, 1999)
Miss Grace Jenny Bouten IHS 1971 died, after a long illness, at the home of her brother, September 30, 1997. Gracie was a friendly girl and always said 'hi' to everyone. She will be missed by those that knew and loved her. Our sympathy goes out to her family and friends. (October 17, 1997).
Class of '71 - 40th Reunion Plans 2011.....
The Class of 1971 --- informal 40th class reunion the weekend of July 22, 2011. (submitted by Janice Louise (Merrick) Hill). (Feb 20, 2011)
1971 Alumnus Sets Bail for University of Vermont Coed Murder Suspect.....
Class of 1971 Alumnus, Honorable M. Kathleen Manley, Caledonia Superior Court Presiding Judge, set bail at $150,000 in the arraignment of suspect, Brian L. Rooney, age 36, on sex charges. In the course of investigating the disappearance and murder of University of Vermont senior, Michelle Gardner-Quinn, authorities uncovered evidence implicating Rooney in several acts of sexual misconduct in Caledonia and Essex counties. Kathy graduated from Western New England College of Law in Sringfield, Mass.. Prior to moving to Vermont, Kathy was a member of the law firm of Carter and Manley, in Ilion. She also served as Chief Assistant District Attorney in Herkimer County and Ilion village attorney. (Oct 20, 2006)
1971 Alumnus on CBS Evening News.....
Class of 1971 Alumnus, Stuart Strife, appeared on CBS Evening New on March 14, 2006 in a segment entitled, "Mixing Oil and Water." "As the Bush administration pushes for exploration of U.S. oil and natural gas reserves, one of the first frontiers is not far from treasured Florida beaches. Jim Acosta reports." Stuart Strife is the Director Of Exploration for the Anadarko Petroleum Company. (May 19, 2006)
John Peterson was recognized, by his community of Glen Eliyn Ill, for his rescue of a 15 year old neighbor. On August 13, 2002, during a rainstorm, 15 year old neighbor Vicky Bedlek attempted to remove a bale of hay which was blocking a large drainage tube in the road. Water was overflowing the ditch and flooding the Bedleck's driveway. John Peterson arrived at home and began assisting Miss Bedlek.The two were able to remove the blockage, however, moments later Bedleck slipped and struck her head on a pitchfork that she had been using. Both of her legs went into the drainage tube and the strong suction, caused by the strong storm waters, began to pull her whole body inside. John grabbed her arms, preventing her from being sucked into the drainage tube completely. John's wife heard his calls for help and came and braced him as he held on to the girl. When the rain subsided, they were able to pull Bedlek from the tube. She only suffered minor scrapes and buises. John needed eight stitches on a finger that was injured while removing the bale of hay. (September 28, 2002)
Dianne (Southwick) Shapiro, will receive the Educator of Excellence award for 2002 from NYSEC at their annual conference awards luncheon on October 18, 2002 in Albany. NYSEC is a professional organization for English Language Arts teachers, K through college, and serves educators throughout NYS. Dianne is a 25 year veteran special educator at Ticonderoga High School. She also currently serves as the coordinator of Teachers Helping Studens, at risk program; chairperson of the district's Excellence and Accountability Team; and member and past chair of the high school Building Leadership Team. Dianne was nominated for this honor with a portfolio submitted in March that highlighted her work, presented examples of exemplar teaching materials, and included recommendations from students Todd Trudeau and Tia Woodin, both members of the class of 2002, and two colleagues. (September 26, 2002)
Village Election Results.....
The Village of Ilion Election was held Tuesday, June 4, 2002. New-comers, Democratic candidates John Gilmartin - Mayoral Candidate and Lois Manley - Trustee candidate were elected. The Incumbant Democratic Trustee candidate, Tom Bechard, was also re-elected. John Gilmartin received 842 votes defeating Republican candidate Kevin Bluett who received 439 votes. Lois Manley was the high vote-getter with a total of 856 votes. Tom Bechard received 770 votes. Republican candidates for the four year trustee positions were Jan Burling - 534 votes and Charles 'Chuck' Lester - 380 votes. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all the candidates for offering to serve their community. Polls were open from noon until 9 pm, at five locations: Municipal Building, Forge Hill Estates carriage house, the Herkimer County Marine Corps League building on Second Street, London Towers and Prindle Apartments. (June 9, 2002)
Village June Election 2002.....
Current Ilion Mayor, Charles Haggerty, does not plan on running for re-election in June. John Gilmartin IHS '43 is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the mayoral position on the ballot. Current Village Trustee Kevin Bluett IHS '74 will seek election to the four-year mayoral post on the Republican ballot.
Lois Murphy Manley IHS '55 is seeking the Democratic nomination for a four-year Trustee seat. Incumbant Thomas Bechard IHS '72, who ran on the Democratic ticket in 2000, plans on seeking another term. The Republican Committee selected Charles 'Chuck' Lester IHS '74 and Janice Forbes Burling IHS '71 to run for four-year trustee terms in June.
April 1 is the deadline for nominating petitions to be submitted for the Republican Party. The Democrats have between April 9 and 16 to hold a caucus to choose who will run. Independent candidates can file between April 23 and 30. (April 11, 2002)
Class of 1971 - Reunion News.....
"We're working on the 30th reunion - Informal gathering: Friday, August 31 at the Elks Club, in Ilion (9pm til ?) - Formal Dinner and Dance: September 1 at the Holiday Inn, 1777 Burrstone Road, New Hartford (8 pm til ?) RSVP by August 8 - Dinner $27 (Rooms available at the Holiday Inn at $99 per night) Still can't find the following people: If anyone can help - it would be appreciated!" (May 30, 2001)
Top Scholar of the IHS Class of 2001 ....
Alison Haefele is the 2001 valedictorian. She is the daughter of Roberta Carney Haefele (IHS 1971) and John Haefele. Congratulations to Alison Haefele. (modified May 30, 2001)
Sister Colleen Moran!....
2000 Graduate Selected One of The Observer Dispatch Teen All-Stars
Rebecaa Goldin, a member of the Class of 2000, daughter of Diane and Tom Goldin '71, was selected as an outstanding youth in the newspaper's annual Teen All Star feature. Becky tutors fifth graders at Remington Elementary School. She is president of Honor Society, Student Council, and Key Club. Her other school activities include varsity volleyball, basketball, soccer and parade band. She will attend Elmira Collage with career plans to eventually teach English. (June 5, 2000)
School Board Election - Congratulations Tom Goldin!...
Tom Goldin won the five-year seat on the Ilion Central School District School Board. Tom was elected on May 16, 2000.School board member Phyllis Brien, after serving the district for more than 20 years, has decided not to seek re-election for a five-year term seat. The following candidates had filed petitions to run in the election: Thomas Goldin of 27 Harriet Ave., Tammy Mosher of 213 E. North St., Robert Michaud of 207 East Clark St., and Deanna Stubley of 36 Highland Ave. (modified May 19, 2000)
25th Wedding Anniversary....
Congratulations to John and Bonnie McPherson DeRosa '71, from Mohawk NY, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary, on August 10, 1999. John is an electronics engineer at Rome Labs in Rome and Bonnie is a program secretary for the employment services department at the Herkimer Area Resource Center in Herkimer. (September 25, 1999)
Congratulations to Patrick '71 and Dawn Shaefer Devere who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on September 14, 1999. (September 19, 1999)
Governor Howard Dean appointed attorney Kathy Manley, email email, to serve on Vermont's Superior Court. She recently served, for the past five years, as a family court magistrate and acting district judge. Kathy graduated from Western New England College of Law in Sringfield, Mass.. Prior to moving to Vermont nine years ago, Kathy was a member of the law firm of Carter and Manley, in Ilion. She also served as Chief Assistant District Attorney in Herkimer County and Ilion village attorney. Congratulations and best wishes to Kathy on her new appointment. (May 9, 1999 - email modified Feb 27, 2002)
Karen Wohler '71.....
"My mother, Karen Wohler, graduated with the class of 1971. She died when I was an infant. I was hoping that some classmates of hers might be willing to share some memories or stories of my mom that I could share with my own children someday." - send responses to Melissa Wohler (Dec 14, 2008)
Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite.....
Ronald Francesco, Truck Driver, email,from Waitsburg, Wa, re-registered. (modified April 8, 2018)
Mary Hoy Richards, Retired, email, from Tallahassee, Fl, re-registered. (Feb 7, 2014)
Shirley Heintz Ross, email email, from Canton, MI, re-registered. (December 22, 2013)
David Callister, retired, email, from Westmoreland, NY, registered. (Oct 17, 2013)
Evelyn Griffith Moore, email, Durham, NH, re-registered. (Jan 8, 2012)
Vicki VanWinkle Barker, email, Camden, NY, registered. (Aug 28, 2011)
Richard Capes, GM Partspro, email, registered. (Mar 21, 2011)
Richard Denny, Human Resources, email, Canastota, NY, registered. (Jan 12, 2010)
Sharon Peters Martin, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (Aug 19, 2009)
Gary Bouck, Materials Management Manager, email, Houston, TX, is seeking news about friends. (May 23, 2009)
"I have been in Houston, Texas for 33 years. I am trying to contact Danny Lewis, Gary Nicholes, or David (Rocky) Rothwell. These are a few of my buddies from Ilion, class of 73. Do you have any information on their whereabouts? If you can locate them, give them my e-mail address."
Alton Donaue, Sr. Buyer, email, from Pomona, CA, registered. (May 23, 2009)
Ross Raymond, Retired for the summer, email, Vergennes, VT, re-registered. (May 5, 2009)
Marcia Smith McCoy, email, Rincon, GA, re-registered. (Oct 12, 2008)
Barb Boucher from Dolgeville, NY email sent news.
"In March, I was elected to the position of Dolgeville Village Trustee. I still can't believe it! The Village Board is now comprised of 4 Democrats and 1 Republican. Three of the members are also women. In addition, I've been appointed as Presidentof the Mohawk Valley Center of the Arts Board of Directors for 2008-2009. Since retiring, most of my time has been spent in volunteering with several local non-profit organizations and participating in a reading program for students at Dolgeville Elementary School. Life is full and busy.." (June 6, 2008)
Shelley Rice, Project Coordinator, email, from Kissimmee, FL, re-registered. (Oct 26, 2007)
Jan Merrick Hill, Document Specialist, State of Florida, email, from New Port Richey, FL, re-registered. (Oct 26, 2007)
Ronald (Francisco) Fransesco, Truck Driver, email, Waitsburg, WA, re-registered. (Dec 14, 2006)
Barb Boucher from Dolgeville, NY email sent news.
"Wow! I've moved back to the Valley after living away for over 35 years. While living in California for most of that time was blissful, lifestyle changes made the move back east a reality. It took over 10 months to find and ultimately purchase the "perfect" house. As of July I offically became a real "429r" and Dolgeville resident. While living in Ilion, I never spent much time east of Herkimer. This has been a real experience getting into the very small town life. It sure isn't Berkeley, CA any longer!! How I miss the cuisine and cultural aspects of a large urban area BUT I know chances are slim to none of having a homeless person sleeping on my front porch now. The only scary thing is dodging ATV's zipping up the sidewalks and grass on their way to the trail up the hill from the house. I purchased an 1880 fully restored Victorian house complete with fish scale exterior, a butler pantry, built in china cabinets, stained glass windows, and most importantly recently gutted/remodel kitchen with a family room added to the back of the house. Look forward to hearing from members of the class of '71." (Oct 10, 2006)
Beth Lynch, RN / Case worker, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (April 4, 2006)
Christine Gorman Francis, Mortgage Loan Officer, email, from Liverpool, NY, registered. (April 3, 2005)
Sheila Skevnick Bush, email, Bonifay, FL, re-registered. (November 20, 2004)
Claire Bunce Sudakow, Chico, CA, email, re-registered. (July 11, 2004)
Cynthia Kirkey Albin, Cosmetologist, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (April 3, 2004)
Brad Mogensen, NYS-DOT (Herkimer), email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (July 13, 2003)
Paul Werthman, Boston, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 7, 2002)
Ed Gahan, from Ilion, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (October 4, 2002)
Roberta Pederson Mahlmeister, from Schenectady, NY, email, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 29, 2002)
Tom Goldin, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 28, 2002)
Sherri Gollegly Morris-Schiebel, School Counselor, email, from Ilion, NY, went news. (September 22, 2002)
"I have been the school counselor at Brookfield Central School for five years now. And I'm completing the classes and internship for my administrative certification. Its all keeping me very busy! I'd love to hear from former school mates. Good health to all!"
Susan Bowler, Medical Secretary, email, Baltimore, MD, registered. (September 7, 2002)
Judy Weeden Shafer, email, Tully, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 6, 2002)
Karen Entwistle Urtz, Insurance Underwriter, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered and is attending the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)
Don Unsinn, from Frankfort, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 28, 2002)
Ronald (Francisco) Fransesco, Waitsburg, WA, sent news. (August 11, 2002)
"It's been really good to hear from a few former classmates. Even though we left Ilion in '68 to move to Hawaii, I still consider the Class of '71 to be the best! Although I can't make it to the re-union due to work, I'll be thinking of you. I still live in Waitsburg, WA., a town simular to Ilion with wife Lara (14 Yrs.) & son Jonathan. I'm still an Asphalt Transportation Technician (fancy huh, LOL) for a Paving Co. Take care & hope to hear from a few more 'old' classmates. Aloha, Ron"
Jane Sullivan Bass, Consultant, email, from Mclean, VA, registered. (August 10, 2002)
Jan Forbes Burling, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 8, 2002)
Francine LaPuma Keddell, email, from Little Falls, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 4, 2002)
Mary Keddell Patelos, email, from Loudonville, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 4, 2002)
Margaret (Peggy) Prentice Childress, email, Jacksonville, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 2, 2002)
Pamela LaLonde, from Herkimer, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)
Colleen Moran Schults, email email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)
Judi Abeline McGrellis,email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (modified August 8, 2002)
Charles Leitz, Accountant, email, Tustin Ranch, CA, registered. (May 21, 2002)
Danny Travis, TTO USPS, email, Tacoma, WA, re-registered. (May 21, 2002)
Deborah Streeter Bullis, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 3, 2002)
Sheila Skevnick Bush, Bonifay, FL, re-registered. (May 2, 2002)
"New news, not only do I have a beautiful almost three yr old grandaughter, I was also blessed with twin girl grandaughters ten months ago. I am remarried, happily. I am in the ministry , and truly love the Lord. I am truly blessed in all areas of my life. God has really been good to me. I am still in Florida, and miss my home town very much. I hope to get back there sometime."
Priscilla Reed Wildey, Clerk, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (April 19, 2002)
Dick Capes, Winston-Salem, NC, signed the Guestbook. (April 2, 2002)
"I was in Ilion last week and Rick DeJohn sent me this site. It's fun reading about people you don't see anymore. Great site."
Peggy Prentice Childress, email, from Jacksonville, FL, re-registered and submitted the reunion survey form. (March 16, 2002)
Theresa Lane LaPoint, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 9, 2002)
Kathleen Manley, email, from Lyndonville, VT, re-registered. (March 7, 2002)
Jay Mogensen, Kansas City, KS, re-registerd. (Feb 28, 2002)
Jack Eller, US Navy Consultant, email, Herndon, VA, registered. (February 18, 2002)
Roberta Carney Haefele, email, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)
Mike Bugal, email, from Centralia, MO, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)
Donna Doty Pridgen, email, Stuart, FL, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)
Michael Bugal, email, Centralia, MO, registered. (July 8, 2001)
"I just found out about this site and am pleased to find out where some of our classmates are presently. I was saddened to read of the death of Bud Fischer and Grace Bouton at such an early age. Just shows that no one is guaranteed how long we'll live and that NOW is the time to answer the question that Jesus asked of Peter, "Who do men say that I am?". I was very pleased to see that Tim Parkinson is serving the Lord in an excellent ministry at Lakewood Church. As for me and my house, as Joshua said, we will serve the Lord. God bless everyone!"
Judith Abeline McGrellis, Ilion, NY, registered. (March 9, 2001)
Bob Bennett, email, from Herkimer, NY, registered. (May 29, 2000)
Cheryl Dove Brown, Asst Mgr Kay Jewelers, email , from Clifton Park, NY, registered. (May 29, 2000)
Patricia Nestle Buchinski, Insurance, from Lincoln, NE, re-registered in the alumni directory. (April 21, 2000)
Cherie Greene, from Daytona Beach, FL, registered. (February 2, 2000)
Wanda Bluett Horner, email, from Ilion, NY, visited the Class of '71 page. (October 30, 1999)
Faith Ludden Smagalski, email, from Petaluma, CA, visited the Class of '71 page. (October 30, 1999)
Lynn Hull, Flight Controller/Pilot, email, from Cordova, TN, registered. (July 4, 1999)
Tom 'Bing' Hart, Fishman, email, from Herkimer, NY, registered. (June 15, 1999)
John Richards, from Ilion, NY, signed the Class of '71 Guestbook. (modified May 8, 1999)
Patricia Devins Miller, email, from Newport, NY, registered in the directory. (January 2, 1999)
Barbara Tomei Harrison, email , from Oswego, NY, registered in the directory. (November 4, 1998)
Patrick Devere, Truck Driver, from New Smyrna Beach, FL, registered in the directory. (modified May 20, 2001)
Linda Bachman Wood, Moorehead, NC, registered in the directory. (March 3, 1998)
Roberta Pedersen Mahlmeister, email, signed the Guestbook.(updated January 2, 1999)
Bill Lucey, Supervisor/Master Scheduler, from Mohawk, NY, registered in the directory. (January 9, 1998)
Karen Entwistle Urtz, Ilion, drops a line.....
"Just found this website. Nice job Aileen. My brother Bill said there was something out there but I never got a chance to look when he was home. "
Don Yule '71, from Mississippi, sent news for the Class of '71. (September 6, 1998)
"Hello Class of 1971..."
"My younger brother told me about the site while I was visiting him in Dallas. So I thought I'd chime in with what I'm up to..."
"Don Yule is a Civil Engineer, specialized in Earthquake Engineering. He is living in the deep south, Mississippi. He is married with 4 children... well, not really children anymore. "As your class president... Shouldn't I get at least ONE intern... I mean Christ... I didn't dodge the draft. I inhaled. I never used a trooper to get a date. Come on people... help me out here!"
"Nice site. Definitely brings back some memories."
"Y'all (Mississippi speak) take care." - Don Yule
Dennis Maxfield, Publisher, from Canandaigua, NY, registered in the directory. (July 18, 1998)
"Well, finding this website sure brought back a lot of memories. It's great! Not only for the information, but for the ability to find some of the people that you spent a lot of time with, but lost track of over the years. (It has been 27 years now). My wife of 23 years, Jennifer, and I are living here in Canandaigua where I publish an international trade paper. Our son Justin just turned 18 and will be attending Roberts Wesleyan College this Fall. Our daughter Kristen just turned 16 today and hopes to go into Musical theater some day. Once again, this site is great, and I look forward to returning many times in the future."
Ed Joy, from Ilion, NY, signed the Guestbook. (May 22, 1998)
"How is everyone doing? I stumbled across this page looking for some Ilion history. I guess I found some. A brief history, I've been married for 20 years to my wife and best friend Toni and have two boys. Richard will be 21 in Sept. and Chris will be 16 in Sept. I'm retired from Remington Arms after 25 years of service due to back problems. My wife and I also own and operate Hilltop Video & Photography here in Ilion, Ph: 895-7898. Stop in and pay us a visit if your in town. We are located at 159 Second St. Hope to see some of you in the future." - Ed Joy
Francine LaPuma Keddell, a Housewife, from Little Falls, NY, registered in the directory. (April 24, 1998)
Tim Parkinson, from Kingwood, TX, signed the Guestbook. (April 11, 1998)
"Since leaving Ilion, I became a drugged out musician, then got saved and have been happy ever since. My wife and I lead the music at Lakewood Church, in Houston, TX. I also run the church's website. It's great to know that people from Ilion are able to keep in touch through the internet. Feel free to drop me an email. God bless you." - Tim
Nick Dudish, from Cerritos, CA, email, signed the Alumni Website Guestbook. (December 12, 1997)
"It's nice to visit your website and take a walk down memory lane! I am currently employed by The Boeing Company at their Space Systems Division on the Space Station program.Living in So. Calif. has sure been one experience that I never would have dreamed of when I was back in Ilion. Earthquakes,fires,riots,freeways,floods, and now El Nino! Sounds like a country&western song? But it has been good to me. I am married to Donna,(a California princess and have one son Eric. I've picked up a slew of licences to satisfy my entreprenuer urges (General Contractor, Stock Broker,Life insurance,and Real Estate)and also to buffer the aerospace hiring cycles. I would like to wish all my former classmates the best and hope that their life cycle is one of peace and prosperity."
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