Ilion High School
Class of 1971
Digitized Class Yearbook....
Mirror 1971 from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 25, 2021)
Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1971 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1971 Mirror Class History.
Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1971", are available on the 1971 Class Roster page. (added February 23, 2022).
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1971 (added February 12, 2020)
1971 Facebook Group....
1971 alumni and friends have an active group on Facebook called "Ilion High School Class of 1971".
Administrator of the group is Mary Ann (Salvaggio) Hoffman. Photographs from the 50th Class Reunion have been posted there. (October 18, 2021)
Note - This is a Public Facebook group which means only someone with a Facebook account can see the group, its members and their posts. You must have a Facebook account to join the group. (Ilion High School Class of 1971)
Culinary Cookoff to benefit the Jan Burling Memorial Fund .....
The Burling family will host its annual Chili, Soup, & Dessert contest to benefit the Jan Burling Memorial Fund on Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 1pm to 3pm. The event will be held downstairs at the Ilion Elks and will include a Chinese Auction and 50/50 raffle. Following the judging everyone is encouraged to gather upstairs for music and entertainment.
The event began approximately 11 years ago as a chili contest at the Burling home. True to her giving and caring nature, as Exalted Ruler of BPOE #1444, Jan moved the event to the Elks in 2018 and reinvented the house party as a fundraiser to help families in need in our community. Following Jan's passing in 2019, the Burling family were grateful to the many people who made donations to the Community Fund in Jan's memory and were moved when Elks leadership changed the Fund's name in her honor.
The family now asks you to come out for a fun afternoon featuring some of Jan’s favorite things – food, parties, music, and community - in support of the Jan Burling Memorial Fund.
Contest entry is free; it costs $5 to taste.
Raffle tickets and auction tickets will be sold as well. All proceeds benefit the Jan Burling Memorial Fund. The contest will be judged by attendees who will enter a vote for their favorite entry in each division. Winners will receive a one-of-a-kind championship apron and bragging rights.
To enter the chili, soup, or dessert contest or to donate a basket, message us or leave a comment on this page, you can also sign up at the Ilion Elks, just ask the bartender for the signup sheet. (added October 20, 2020)
Class of 1971 - 50th reunion in 2021 .....
The Ilion HS Class of 1971 is having its 50 Class Reunion on Oct 9, 2021.
A Public facing Facebook Group was created for the Class of 1971 to share news. See Ilion High Class of 1971, administered by Mary Ann (Salvaggio) Hoffman. (May 18, 2021)
REUNION UPDATE! from Karen (Entwistle) Urtz
"Hi everyone, and thanks for getting back to us with your thoughts so we could make the best decision for all. It looks like Oct 9, 2021 works best, so we're proceeding with that as a firm date. Our choice of venues are limited if we want to stay local, which we think works best. But we did find a good one we hope you'll like!"
"It's the M.V. Golf and Event Center and Tin Cup Tavern (formerly Mohawk Valley Country Club), 6069 NY-5, Little Falls. That's just outside of Herkimer towards Little Falls. Depending on how many we are, we may be inside or outside under the big tent. There will be heaters if needed. The view will be beautiful, everywhere you look with the fall foliage on full display...
"Now that we have a date and place we'll start working on costs that will include dinner of course and we think a live band with people you probably know! We're thinking of other "things to do" if people are interested that will be at your own expense (i.e. golf, Herkimer canal cruise, new walking path along the canal from Ilion to Little Falls and beyond, and possible school tour?
"So for now, hang tight, make travel reservations if necessary. More to come down the road, but we wanted to get this update out to you sooner than later. Please spread the word as there are many we haven't heard from who may not know about this. Hope you are all well....look forward to seeing you this year! (May 19, 2021)
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 Letterman's Jacket & or Sweater, (XL). I have not seen any responses back. I never received either of these items for those years as a Bomber. Could you help if you can? - Lon Hall email". (Nov 5, 2013)
Thomas E. Eysaman, IHS 1971, age 69, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2023, at the MVHS St. Elizabeth Campus after a brief illness. At the time of his passing he had the support of his loving wife and family at his side. Born in Herkimer on November 7, 1953, Thomas was the son of the late Earl and Nancy (White) Eysaman. He was raised and educated locally and attended Ilion schools. On May 6, 1972, Thomas was wed to the former Ellen Moore and together they shared in a blessed and devoted marriage of over fifty years. Tom was a hardworking man who spent the majority of his career at Remington Arms where he retired from the final assembly department. In his spare time he was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and for the last thirty years has been a very avid turkey hunter. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; his son, Michael Eysaman, Sr. and his girlfriend, Kortny and her daughter, Hensley, of Ilion; his daughter, Sarah Tillinghast and her husband, Adam, of Ilion; his grandchildren, Tyler Coolidge and girlfriend, Amber, Michael Eysaman, Jr., Leah Davis and Salem Tillinghast; his great grandchildren Malory Eysaman, Elliot Eysaman; his brothers and sister-in-law, Tim and Sandy Eysaman and William Eysaman; his nephew, Shaun Eysaman; his niece, Shannon Brzezinski and husband, Michael; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. A special thank you is extended to the Ilion Ambulance Corp and to the nursing staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center's CTICU for their kindness and compassion shown to Tom and his family. In keeping with Tom's wishes, there will be no formal services at this time. For those wishing to do so, gestures of condolence may be sent to his wife, Ellen, at 127 South Third Avenue, Ilion, NY 13357. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (Jan 17, 2023)
Andrew J. Morris, IHS 1971, 68 of Elsmere, KY, passed away on July 17,2022 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Florence. Andrew was an Engineer. He is survived by his Son; Jason Morris. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Don Catchen & Son Funeral Home, Elsmere assisting the family. (August 2, 2022)
Alton Bernard Donahue IHS 1971, age 69 years of age, passed away on July 10, 2022. He was born and grew up in Ilion, New York. He graduated from Ilion High School (1971), Herkimer County Community College (1974), and Clarkson College of Technology (1977). In 1977, Alton began working as a Sales Representative at Rawlings Sporting Goods which took him to St. Louis, Missouri and then on to La Habra, California. He was married in 1978 to wife, Karen, in Mohawk, New York, but continued living in California where they had 2 daughters. Alton worked for a number of different companies over the years including Remington Arms, Gertler Industries, and Airshow. He retired from ABC Unified School District in Cerritos, California. Alton loved all kinds of sports and enjoyed playing golf and attending a variety of sporting events, especially the National Hot Rod Association drag races. Other interests included classic cars, Christmas movies, going to concerts, particularly the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Celtic Woman, and spending time with his loving family. Alton was a member of Pomona First Baptist Church, now Purpose Church. Alton was very personable and outgoing. He was interested in learning about others and had no difficulty carrying on conversations with complete strangers. He had a great sense of humor and was known for telling "dad jokes" and a variety of stories. He is survived by his wife, Karen Donahue, and two daughters and their spouses, Lindsay and Greg Halverson, Riverside, California, and Megan and Jason Smith, Irvine, California, and one grandchild, Aubrey Halverson. He is also survived by his sister and her husband, Patricia and Larry Hubbell (Frankfort, New York), a sister-in-law and her spouse, Shelly and Al Polge (Syracuse, New York), several nieces and nephews and their spouses, Eric and Alisa Hubbell (Little Falls, NY), Heather and Don Bishop (Ilion, NY), Jodi and Mark Mondo (Syracuse, NY), Tim and Jessica Polge (Syracuse, NY), Brenda and Rick Hayden (Campbellsville, Kentucky) as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews. Calling hours for Alton will be held on Monday, August 1, 2022 from 10 am - 12 pm in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. A funeral service will take place immediately following at 12 pm in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home with Pastor John Partise, officiating. Interment will be in Cedarville Cemetery. To leave condolences for Alton's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com (August 2, 2022)
Carol J. (Burns) Salvagni, IHS 1971, age 68, beloved wife of Robert Salvagni, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, NY. She was born July 8, 1953 in Ilion, NY the daughter of the late Ernest J. and Violet (Harter) Burns. Carol was a graduate of Ilion High School and later attended Herkimer County Community College. On April 6, 1974, Carol was united in marriage to Robert Salvagni at the Ilion Methodist Church. Carol was last employed at the former Evening Telegram newspaper in Herkimer. Prior to that she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hartford. She also worked for the Schools Out Day Care and after School Program in Herkimer. Carol devoted herself to be a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She always put the needs and concerns of her loved ones first. She was the happiest when she was surrounded by her grandchildren. In her leisure, she along with her husband Bob, enjoyed testing their luck at the local casinos. Carol enjoyed talking with everyone she ran into and especially having coffee talks on the porch with her sisters. Survivors include her devoted husband of 47 years, Robert; a daughter, Jennifer Salvagni; sons, Jason (Jessica) Salvagni and Jonathan Salvagni; sisters, Beverly (Joseph) Lopata, Linda O'Keefe and Colleen Burns; a brother, Jerry Burns; three cherished grandchildren, Dominick, Jordan and Isabelle Salvagni; in-laws, Barbara and Dominick Stagliano and MaryAnn and Gary Jones; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her sisters, Katherine Nitka and Donna Kent and a brother, Ernest Burns. In keeping with Carol's wishes funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank), 527 E. Albany St., Herkimer, NY. (March 25, 2022)
Barbara Ann Boucher, IHS 1971, age 67, of Dolgeville, an Ilion native passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021 at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany with the love and support of her family at her bedside. She was born on September 21, 1953, in Ilion, daughter of the late Leo Boucher, Jr., and Nora (Gour) Boucher of Ilion. She was educated in Ilion schools and graduated with the Ilion High School, Class of 1971. Barbara furthered her education attending the University of Rochester where she attended the school of radiology. She attended SUNY Empire State College receiving a bachelor's degree in health technology and then received her masters degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Barb was employed in nuclear medicine sales and service on the West Coast spending many years in California before returning home in 2006. She was a trustee for the village of Dolgeville and volunteered in many capacities throughout the valley. She was a dedicated mom and caregiver to her pets including Bobo, Quinn and Kato. Survivors include her beloved family; her mother, Nora of Ilion; siblings, Michele Borden of Chesapeake, VA, Chip Boucher of Fairfax, VA, Stephanie Boucher of Ilion and Donna LaDelia of Rochester, NY; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, including Robert Boucher and wife Alice of Florida. Also surviving are many cousins whom she was very close with. She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Boucher, Jr. on August 6, 2021, her sister, Mary-Beth Boucher-Spanfelner in 1995, grandparents, Leo and Lilla Boucher of Ilion and Ralph Gour of Herkimer. Kindly consider memorial offerings in Barbara's name to a charity of your choice. Services will be private and will take place at the convenience of the family. Barb's family would like to offer their gratitude to the staff at St. Peter's Hospital and to Barb's devoted friend, Sara Jaquay and family of Dolgeville. Final arrangements are under the care and guidance of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (between Little Falls and St. Johnsville), 315-508-5131. (August 18, 2021)
Robert H. Bennett IHS 1971, age 69, a longtime resident of East Herkimer passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday afternoon, May 12, 2021, with his devoted wife Liz and his children at his side. He was born on March 26, 1952, in Ilion, New York, where he was raised and educated, the son of the late Robert S. Bennett and his mother Virginia (Blaisdell) Bennett. He was an Ilion High School graduate, 'Class of 1971.' He always greeted everyone with a smile and he was always ready to help anyone. He was an avid golfer and cherished his family. He Retired from Remington Arms in January 2017, after 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Liz; his mother, Virginia; as well as his children: Brian Bennett (Hope), Heather Eberle (Aaron Pratt), Christopher Duesler (Miriam Parraga), and James Duesler (Tracy Massaro); Grandchildren: Jonathan Eberle, Abigail Eberle (Justyn Weaver), Aaden Pratt, Alyssa Duesler (Justin Edwards), Kaitlyn Duesler (Doug Howe), Dylan Fullington (Kayla), Nichole Massaro (Mike Haman); his siblings: Ray Bennett (Sandy), Earle Bennett, Jeanne Ganey, Sharon Carlisimo (Peter), and Kathy Gardner (John); brother-in-law, (James Smith) (Helene); close friend, Karen Bass; many nieces and nephews; and Gracie Mae Bennett, his constant companion. His previously deceased family includes Robert Bennett, father, Bertha Bennett, sister, Nancy Davis, sister-in-law, Joseph Smith, brother-in-law and close friend, Dave Bass. A Graveside service for family will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 11:00 AM, at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Herkimer, New York, with Pastor Sue Holland, officiating. There are no calling hours. The family has requested that donations in his memory be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413, who were there for Bob and his family during this difficult time. Arrangements are with The Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, in Herkimer, New York (315) 866-1011, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia. (May 16, 2021)
Carl Edward Marhaver, IHS 1971, age 67, passed away on Friday, July 24, 2020, on Amelia Island, Florida, his home since 2014. Carl was born in Ilion, New York, and graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. An analytical thinker and problem solver who loved a tough challenge, Carl built a long and successful career in refining, business development, and operations management, primarily with Koch Industries, Inc. in Wichita, KS, Pine Bend, MN, and Atlanta, GA. Carl retired as President of Georgia-Pacific Packaging Division in 2014 and led an Executive leadership consulting practice with Marhaver Associates, LLC, until his death.Carl is survived by his wife, Robin Ferst Marhaver, of Amelia Island; daughters Kristen Marhaver (Mark Vermeij) of Willemstad, Curacao and Kelly Marhaver Klempay (Corbett Klempay) of Austin, TX; their mother Jill Marhaver of Apple Valley, MN; adored grandson Ames Klempay. He was Chairman of the board of his surviving siblings: Joanne Marhaver Smith of Herkimer, NY, Brian Marhaver of Little Falls, NY, David Marhaver (Lynne Marhaver), and Robert Marhaver (Tami Johnson Marhaver), both of Ilion, NY, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews, whom he loved coaching and caring for during summer holidays at Fourth Lake in the Adirondacks. Carl was predeceased by his parents, Laura Katherine "Katie" Marhaver and Edward "Ned" Arleigh Marhaver, and his brother-in-law, David A. Smith. At the time of his death, Carl served as President of the Beachside Villas Condominium Association and on the Governance Committee of the Amelia Island Equity Club. Carl was a lifetime member of the Amelia Shotgun Sports club, where he enjoyed much success shooting sporting clays with Team Winchester. Carl was an avid scuba diver for over twenty years, and he nurtured his daughters' love of traveling, science, sports, and sunshine on many Caribbean dive trips. Due to the coronavirus, a memorial service will be held in his birthplace of Ilion, NY, at a later date. A date and time for friends and family to gather at the home of Robin and Carl will be announced. As an expression of sympathy, any memorial contributions may be made to the Marhaver Lab, Trust for Conservation Innovation, 405 14th Street, Suite 164, Oakland, CA, 94612. (August 3, 2020 - modified May 15, 2022)
Ms. Deborah A. 'Debbie' (Doty) White, IHS 1971, 67, of Granger, passed away unexpectedly at Elkhart General Hospital on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 7:10 pm. She was born in Herkimer, NY on March 22, 1953 and was the daughter of the late Lawrence "Pete" Doty and Jo Ann (Shultz) Doty, who survives her in Ilion, NY. Also surviving is her daughter Carly (Thomas "TJ") Hixon of Elkhart; siblings Donna Doty of Stuart, FL, Karen (Steven) Doty-Clark and Stephen (Deborah) Doty, both of Ilion, and Anita (Kenneth) Doty-Forney of Honeoye Falls, NY; grandchildren Jaxon and Aubrey Hixon and step-grandchildren Thomas and Ashton Hixon of Elkhart; nieces and nephews Brent (Kate) Grygiel of Harrison, ME, Matthew Clark of Portsmouth, NH, and Sarah and Megan Forney, both of Honeoye Falls; former spouse and father to Carly, Stephen White of Henderson, KY and a host of loving extended family, work associates, and good friends. Deborah's life will be celebrated locally in Elkhart at Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm EST, with visitation beginning at 3 pm. Deborah's uncle, Pastor Fred Shultz, will officiate. Following the services, Deborah's remains will be returned to Ilion. NY, where graveside services will be held on Monday September 21, 2020 at 11 am in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Local arrangements are by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home inc.in Ilion. Deborah was a graduate of Ilion Jr.-Sr. High School, Endicott Jr. College and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She loved to teach and spent over 20 years with the Penn-Harris-Madison School System at Discovery Middle School as Teacher, Librarian, and Chair-Person of the Ski, Tennis, and Craft Clubs as well as POMS. She also taught a Japanese Culture Enrichment class during the summer. She was very artistically talented and enjoyed doing all sorts of home décor crafts as well as being the "go-to" girl at school for all of the bulletin boards. Deborah also loved traveling, having visited Europe and lived in both Japan and Iceland. She also loved road-tripping with her Mom, Jo Ann, through Florida and the South, and traveling with her sister in the RV headed to the Outer Banks. In fact, she was actively trying to pass her taste for adventure on to her grandchildren; especially Jaxon, who was often her "co-pilot" until Aubrey came along, then the adventures took a sharp turn into the kitchen. She also enjoyed watching Jaxon play hockey, and, as his number one fan, she never missed a game. Debbie loved animals and spending quiet time reading. She was also known for taking a trip or two to the casinos, working on all of her art projects, and doing a bit of amateur photography when the mood struck her. She was also raised in a Masonic family and she was a Triangle Girl for many years during her youth. Warm, endearing, and eager to pass on knowledge from generation to generation, Deborah will be best remembered for her dedication to education and love she displayed to her family, friends, and students. Memorial donations may be given to your local public library. You are encouraged to share Deborah's obituary, leave online condolences, or order memorial tributes by following the prompts on our website. Thank you so much for your interest in Deborah's story. (September 20, 2020)
Mrs. Cynthia (Kirkey) 'Cindy' Albin, IHS 1971, age 66, of Spinnerville Gulf Road, Ilion, passed away surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, November 18, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, New York. Her passing occurred following a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Herkimer, New York, on November 22, 1952, Cindy was the daughter of Glenford and Barbara (Bean) Kirkey. She was raised and educated in Ilion, a graduate of Ilion High School. On March 28, 1977, Cindy married Donald J. Albin and they've spent over forty-two years of marriage together. Cindy was employed by Wendy's Beauty Salon, in Ilion, for many years. She was a devoted and active member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk. She taught church school there and was also an avid painter. Family meant everything to Cindy. She is survived by her father, Glenford, of Ilion; her husband, Don; her children, Carole Fitzer, of Ilion, Michele Hummel and her husband, Harrison, of Ilion and Todd Albin and his partner, Lindsey Liepke, of Ilion; grandchildren, Matthew Coria, Michael Coria, Kara Lewis, Andrew Fitzer, Paige Fitzer, Alexander Albin and Zachary Albin; great-grandchildren, Dean and Samuel Coria; her brother, Albert Kirkey, of North Carolina; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and in-laws, Rick Albin & Robin, of Oregon and Patricia Diercksen and Peter, of Vermont. Cindy was predeceased by her mother, Barbara Kirkey; and her son-in-law Michael R. Fitzer.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 25, 2019, at 10:30 AM where A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered from the Blessed Sacrament Church, East Main Street, in Mohawk, New York, with Rev. Leo Potvin, officiating, assisted by Sr. Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends and relatives are invited to gather for Calling Hours at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, on Sunday, November 24, 2019, from 4:00PM – 7:00PM. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions in Cindy's name in Lieu of flowers to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Envelopes are available at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home. A very special and sincere thank you is extended to all staff of Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare and St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, as well as Dr. Sultana R. Razia, MD for the utmost compassionate care extended to Cindy and her family. Cindy's family has entrusted all arrangements to Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors (315) 894-8000. Online notes of sympathy may be left on her memorial page by visiting www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (November 29, 2019)
Janice (Forbes) 'Jan' Burling, IHS 1971, 65, of Ilion passed away peacefully at home on Monday October 21, after a brief illness, with her loving family by her side. Jan was born on January 8, 1954 in Utica, she was the daughter of the late John and Fannie (Rose) Forbes. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and HCCC. On August 26, 1972, Jan married her high school sweetheart James. Jan worked as Vice President of Systems East, based in Cortland. Jan was very active in the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 BPOE, currently serving as Exalted Ruler, she is also PER and served as State VP. Jan also started the Elk's Community Fund, to help families affected by disasters. Jan is survived by her loving husband and best friend Jamie; two daughters Christine and her husband Andy of Clifton Park and Carrie and her partner Charlene of Ilion; a brother Jack and his wife Jane of Ilion; two sisters Chris Arno of Ilion and Mary Beth and her husband Tom Harter of Columbia Center; she also leaves her beloved grandsons Garrett and Cooper, who were the light of her life. Jan also leaves several nieces and nephews, and her companion Straus.
A celebration of Jan's life will start at 1 pm on Friday October 25, 2019 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. The service will be led by the Elk's Memorial Service followed by Rev. Robert Wollaber. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends and family may call on Friday from 10 am until the time of the service and are asked to please consider memorial donations to Jan's favorite charity, The Ilion Elk's Community Foundation 8 West St. Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Jan was a wonderful, loving and caring person who touched so may lives' in so many ways, she will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Nov 29, 2019)
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)
Robert Weeden Applegate Esq. IHS 1971, age 60, of West Winfield, died unexpectedly on April 20, 2013. He was born in Rochester on April 3, 1953, the son of the late Dr. Arthur H. and Betty Weeden Applegate. Bob was a graduate of Ilion High School class of 1971, and earned his bachelor's degree in English from Hamilton College, where he was a member of the class of 1975. Bob received his degree from Albany Law School in 1979. After graduating from law school, he went into private practice in the Village of West Winfield. On October 9, 1982, at the Hamilton College Chapel, he married Kathleen Conway of Clinton. In 1991, he joined the legal practice of Getman & Franchi on Morgan Street in his hometown of Ilion. He cared greatly for his clients. Bob was involved in his community and in a number of organizations. He was a member of the New York State and Herkimer County Bar Associations, New York State Grievance Committee, a member and past president of the West Winfield Rotary Club and the Ilion Conversation Club, a former volunteer firefighter for the West Winfield Fire Department, and a member of the Mid York Library System Board. He served as an attorney for the Village of Ilion, the towns of Schuyler and Frankfort, the Village of West Winfield, Mount Markham School District, and the Ilion and Herkimer Housing Authorities.
Bob was an avid runner, participating in local 5K races and several Boilermakers. He loved the beach and loved to swim. He had an eclectic taste in music, was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Broadway theater, and had a superb collection of neckties. Bob had an unmistakable sense of humor and an unshakable ability to see every situation in a positive light. He was intellectually curious, well read, and current in his interests. Well respected by his peers and clients, nothing mattered more to him than family.
Bob is survived by his wife Kathleen, his sons William and Thomas, his daughter Margaret, his brother The Rev. Stephen H. and his wife Terry Applegate of Granville, OH, his sister Mary and her husband Brady Boyd of Ilion, and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service for Bob will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013 at 11 am at the Hamilton College Chapel, with Rev. Stephen H. Applegate officiating. Friends may call on Friday April 26, 2013 from 4 to 8 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion; and are asked to consider memorial donations to the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute, 2209 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13501, the Masonic Research Laboratory 2150 Bleeker St. Utica, NY 13501 or ones favorite charity. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 28, 2013)
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 fiancée 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)
Ned James Bohr 1971
Ned James Bohr IHS 1971, age 53, passed away on July 16, 2007 at the Siegenthaler Center in New Hartford. Born on August 14, 1953 in Ilion, NY, Ned was the son of Ned and Iona (Terrell) Bohr. He was educated in Ilion Schools and attended Morrisville College. Throughout the valley, he was known as a self-employed contractor, specializing in roofing. Even as a small child, Ned loved being outdoors. Many of his happiest times were spent with friends hunting and fishing. He developed a keen interest in antiques and enjoyed going to garage sales, auctions, and antique shops. Ned was a "simple man with simple needs," as he said many times and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his parents, Iona and Ned Bohr of Ilion; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and John Hannon of Amherst, NY; a brother, Richard Bohr of Wellsboro, PA; two nephews, Steven and Scott Hannon of Amherst, NY; and a very special companion, Ginger Cooley of Waterville, NY; her children, Calvin and Lori Richards of Little Falls, Candice and Alex Roux of Ilion, Ryan Cooley of Dolgeville; and two grandchildren, Carissa and Alex Roux. Ned also leaves several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services for Ned will be held on Friday, July 20, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Pastor Ann Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Thursday, July 19, 2007, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Ned's memory to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263; or the Siegenthaler Center, Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. His family would like to thank the physicians and staff at the Roswell Park Cancer Institution and the staff of the Siegenthaler Center for their kindness and understanding during this difficult time. Online condolences may be left by going to Whiter-Hendrix.com. (Jul 18, 2007)
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 fiancée 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 Springfield, 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 bruises. 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 Students, 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 Incumbent 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. Incumbent 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!....
Colleen Moran Schultz isn't really a nun, she just played one in the recent musical production of Nuncrackers. Colleen starred as Sr. Mary Hubert in "Nuncrackers." She lives in Ilion with her husband, Bob, and her son, Ryan. (January 15, 2001)
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 Springfield, 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.....
Roberta Pederson Mahlmeister, updated her email address. (June 16, 2021)
Patricia Nestle Buchinski, now resides in Beatrice, NE where she is retired and enjoys her 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. email. (Sept 2, 2019)
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 President of 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 officially 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 similar 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 granddaughter, I was also blessed with twin girl granddaughters 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 licenses to satisfy my entrepreneur 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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