Ilion High School
Class of 1972
Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1972 is at your fingertips...as published in the 1972 Mirror Class History.
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
1972 Classmate Running for Election as Ilion Trustee....
Ilion Alumnus Decorates Graves for Memorial Day
Mark Morris launches Photography Business....
1972 Impromptu 40th Reunion.....
Members of the Class of 1972 are encouraged to visit the Ilion Elks Club - Saturday, July 21, 2012 for a mini-reunion. Nick Bonvino wondered.....facebook.
"I (Nick Bonvino) will be in the weekend of Ilion Days. Maybe we could spread the word of a mini-reunion at the Elks that Saturday." (July 7, 2012)
1972 Alumnus - Inspirational Teacher featured on CBS The Early Show.....
Ilion Alumnus, Karen Cranney '72, was cited as an inspirational teacher, on the CBS Early Show, Thursday November 30th. Locally on Channel 5 - (7am - 9am) (November 30, 2006)
William 'Bill' D. Gahan IHS 1972 "Bill" also known as "Lipper", 66 of Ilion, passed away peacefully with his children by his side, leaving this Godly Earth too soon on Thursday April 30, 2020. Bill was at Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford, NY when he passed. Bill was born on September 22, 1953 in Ilion, NY. Bill's death was preceded by his Father Francis A. and Mother Cecelia D. (McNinney) Gahan. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. Bill worked as an Electrician at Remington Arms for 26 years. Following retirement from the Arms he was working at Fiberdyne Labs as an Electrician in Frankfort, NY. Bill was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444. He enjoyed spending time with his family at Piseco Lake camping and fishing, golfing and working on cars and engines. Bill was known by many as "Lipper", a High School nickname that continued throughout his life. Bill will always be remembered for enjoying good times with his family and friends. Bill is survived by his fiance Gwen; three sons William Gahan and his fiance Erica Branck, Andrew Gahan and his wife Jennifer (Gilbert) of Ilion, NY and Garrett Conroy and his fiance Stephanie Caines of Syracuse, NY; four daughters Kristin Gilpin (Gahan) and her husband Joe of Fredericksburg, VA, Adrienne Lewis (Gahan) and her husband Dean of Port Saint Lucie, FL, Paula Dixon (Gahan) and her husband Merlin of Rome, NY, and Kayla Kineke (Conroy) and her husband Kevin of Pigeon Forge, TN; a brother Edward Gahan and his wife Sheila (Wiernicki) and their sons, 2 beloved nephews, Douglas and Eric Gahan of Ilion, NY; 22 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. In keeping with Bill's wishes there are no calling hours and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, NY. Friends and family are asked to please consider memorial donations in Bill's name to the Ilion Firefighters Local 1185 1 Central Ave. Ilion NY 13357. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 7, 2020)
David K. Waldo, IHS 1972, age 63, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Faxton-St.Luke's Health Care in New Hartford. Dave was born in Utica on December 21, 1953, the son of the late Richard and Marjorie Miller Waldo. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and for most of his working career was employed as a mechanic with Phelps Repair in Ilion. On May 8, 1982 Dave was united in marriage with Paula Schuff. Dave is survived by his wife Paula a son Sean Fenton of New Hartford, a daughter and son in law Kim and Ray Judway of Sauquoit, two brothers and their wives Gerald and Barbara of Herkimer and Jon and Sherron of Ilion, a sister Cheryl Waldo of Frankfort and his grandchildren Megan, Alec, Kelsey, Ali and Kate. He is also survived by his mother in law Anne of Ilion and several nieces and nephews. Dave was predeceased by his son Kyle and his brother Paul Montalone. In keeping with Dave's wishes there will be no public services, a memorial service will be at the convienience of the family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Sitrin Veterans Rehab Program in Dave's memory. To light a candle and leave an online condolence please go to whiter-hendrix.com. (September 16, 2017)
Michael J. Kubica, IHS 1972, 62, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care Center after a long illness. Mike was born February 14, 1954 in Ilion the son of the late Daniel and Norma (Smith) Kubica. He was a graduate of Ilion Central School, class of 1972. Mike was married to Catherine Olsen on November 22, 1980 in Salisbury. He was employed at Remington Arms and was a landscaper and mason. He was a very active member of The Church of The Annunciation and he ran the Annunciation Fishing Derby for several years. He enjoyed golfing, and fishing with his son. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time with his animals. Mike is survived by his wife Cathy, his son Jeremiah of Ilion, his sister Donna Tallman of Farmington, N.Y. and four nieces and a nephew. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:30 am on January 28, 2017 at The Church of The Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Paul Catena officiating. Spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer. In keeping with Mike's wishes there are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society or The Church of The Annunciation. Envelopes will be available at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home and Annunciation Church. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Februay 26, 2017)
Timothy Abraham Stubley IHS 1972, age 58, of Ilion, passed away on Nov. 12, 2010, at Indian River Medical Center. Mr. Stubley was born and raised in Ilion and had been a resident of Melbourne, Fla. He was a carpenter, loved hunting, fishing and motorcycles, but most of all loved his family and truly loved his children, Abe and Amber, as well as Glenna. Survivors include his son, Abe Stubley, of Galloway, NJ; daughter, Amber Stubley, of Ilion; mother, Frances Stubley, of Ilion; sister, Robin Baker, of Plantation, Fla.; sister, Judy Cox, of Ilion; sister, Barbara Lozano, of Plano, Texas; sister, Jacqueline Thomas, of Northville; brother, Thomas Stubley, of Cedar Lake; brother, Charles Stubley, of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; brother, John Stubley, of Ilion; and two grandchildren, Hunter and Mason. Mr. Stubley was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Day, and his father, Herman (Ben) Stubley.The family welcomes everyone to attend a memorial service at the Knights of Columbus in Ilion on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Dec 11, 2010)
Joseph A. 'Joey' DeRocco IHS 1972, age 52, of 6 Mauser Place, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 29, 2006, with his loving family by his side at University Medical Center, Syracuse, following a brief illness. Joey was born August 2, 1953, in Ilion, son of Alphonse and Grace (Onorato) DeRocco. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1972." Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy proudly serving from 1972 to 1976, and then as a reservist until 1972. On June 13, 1980, he was united in marriage to Regina A. McCann in Ilion, a special union of 26 years. Joe was employed by Homogenous Metals Corporation for 29 years; currently he was the Pilot Plant Supervisor at the Clayville facility. Joe was a member of the Herkimer County Detachment Marine Corps League. Always a car buff, Joe enjoyed following NASCAR, tending his garden, and found the History Channel fascinating. A true family man and friend he was always willing to put others before himself.Survivors include his beloved mother, Grace DeRocco of Ilion; his wife Regina at home, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Joneane DeRocco of Md., Patrick and Sarra DeRocco of Frankfort; his cherished grandchildren, Joselyn, Joey, Jaylene, Jonathan, and Hannah DeRocco; his brothers, Samuel "Sam" DeRocco of Ilion, and Fred DeRocco of Fla.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Craig Gilker of Ga., and MaryAnn and John Wallace of R.I.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Patrick and Sharon McCann of N.H., Anthony and MaryEllen Bonvino of Ilion, Russell and Teresa Linthicum of Ilion, Michael and Katherine McCann of Ilion, Robert "Bob" McCann of Ilion, James and Sally Kramas of Nevada, and Daniel and Laura McCann of Ilion. Also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was predeceased by his father, Alphonse, in 1955, mother-in-law Ann McCann and father-in-law. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday June 1, 2006 from 5-8 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Acme Rd. between Ilion and Frankfort. Joe's funeral service will be held Friday, June 2, commencing at 9 a.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where father Alfred Lammana will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment with full military honors will follow mass. In lieu of floral offerings please consider memorial contributions in Joe's name to the Herkimer County Detachment Marine Corps League "Holly Days" toy program. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home and church. All arrangements have been entrusted to John Day of Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (September 7, 2006)
Charles L. 'Charlie' Flint IHS 1972, age 52, of Currier Rd., died suddenly after a brief illness on Thursday, November 10, 2005, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born one of 11 children on April 22, 1953 in Lackawanna, NY, the son of Melvin and Arlene (Griffin) Flint. Charlie, as his family and friends knew him, was raised in Ilion, NY, and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1972. A longtime resident of NH, he has lived in Hill for the past 3 years. He had worked as a landscaper for New England Landscaping in Hopkinton, NH for about 20 years. He always loved doing landscaping. Even at home, he enjoyed landscaping and gardening. He was particularly proud of his roses! He also enjoyed tinkering as a mechanic. He was always helping his friends work on their cars, and could often be found at the River Edge Garage in Franklin, NH, helping his friend, John Sanborn. He leaves his best friend and his companion, Betty Clairmont of Hill, NH; his mother, Arlene Flint; and his uncle, Charlie, both of Cohcoton, NY; a son, Glendon Flint of Boscawen, NH; two daughters, Crystal Flint-Smith of Andover, NH, and Charity Cowley of NY; six brothers, George, Ray, Kenny, Paul, James, and Phil; four sisters, Carol, Rose, Joyce, and Pam; a grandson, Logan; three granddaughters, Skyler, Alyssa, and Ayla; and many nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family. AFCS - Affordable Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., is in charge of the arrangements. (Nov 14, 2005)
Frederick Allan 'Fred' Fischer IHS 1972, of Walnut Spring, Texas, formerly of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 1, at his home. Fred was born Feb. 12, 1954, the son of the late John and Audrey Fischer. Fred is survived by three sisters, Linda and Stanley Bilinski of Salisbury Center, Larry and Corky Bull of Herkimer and Elaine Salek of Dolgeville; a brother, David and his wife Laurie of Ilion; and several nieces and nephews. As Fred wishes, he is to be buried in Texas. Fred was a free spirit who did his own thing, loved motorcycles and the open road. Fred will be missed by those who knew him and loved him. (Feb 6, 2005)
Dr. Michael Dekin IHS 1972, Medical Scientist/Writer - University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, died December 15, 1998. No further information is available at this time. (March 22, 2002)
Albert D. Albs DeForrest IHS 1972, age 46, of 172 West St., Ilion, passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at home with his loving family by his side. Albert was born in Herkimer April 25, 1954, son of Daniel and Edna (McCoy) DeForrest Jr. He attended Ilion schools. He was a proud veteran serving with the U.S. Army and was a member of Ilion American Legion Post 920. On Dec. 17, 1977, he was united in marriage to Ginger L. Wellington in Ilion, a blessed union of 26 years. Albert was employed by Fiberdyne Labs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family and many friends. Albert and Ginger enjoyed socializing with friends at the Club BA, where he will be dearly missed. Survivors include his beloved wife, Ginger; three children, Shannon DeForrest and her friend Joe Lawrence, Rory DeForrest, and Virginia DeForrest and her friend Justin Estey of Little Falls; one grandson, Joseph Lawrence Jr.; his mother, Edna DeForrest of Ilion; his brothers and sisters, Daniel J. DeForrest and his wife Sandra of Trumbull, Conn., Theresa Herms and her husband Joseph of Naples, Fla., Edna Campione and her husband Frank of Little Falls, and Patrick DeForrest and his wife Ruthanne of Tampa, Fla.; his father-in-law Gerald Wellington of Ilion; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Norman Penman of Cape Cod, Mass., Francis and Donna Wellington of Mohawk, and Donna Wellington of Little Falls; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves many close and special friends. Albert was predeceased by his father, Daniel J. DeForrest Jr.; his son, Eric Johnson; mothers-in-law, Virginia Wellington and Bernie Wellington; and his brother-in-law, Thomas Wellington. Albert's funeral service will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, commencing at 5 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Family and friends are invited to visitation Sunday from 3-5 p.m. prior to the funeral service at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Interment with full military honors will take place this spring in Armory Hill Cemetery at a date and time to be announced. Memorial contributions may be considered in Albert's name to Herkimer County Hospice. (Decmeber 16, 2000)
Top Scholars of the IHS Class of 2002 ....
Janice Murray is the Valedictorian for the class of 2002. Janice is the daughter of Brian Murray '72 and Deb Trombley Murray '73 (April 13, 2002)
Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite....
Kenneth Brink, Mechanic, email, Bellevue, NE, re-registered. (June 29, 2014)
Karen Fox-Talbot, Researcher, email, Aberdeen, MD, re-registered. (May 8, 2010)
Steve McGrath, Logistics Manager, email, Mount Pleasant, SC, re-registered. (Feb 19, 2010)
Dick Jones, Process Technician, Tessy Plastics, Elbridge, NY, email, Homer, NY, registered. (Oct 12, 2008)
Richard William Morris, Senior Test Lab Tech, Remington Arms Co, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Aug 13, 2008)
Penny Jones Beason, Retired Navy, email, from San Diego, CA, re-registered. (Mar 6, 2008)
Kenneth Smith, Lab Tech, email, from Little Falls, NY, re-registered. (Mar 6, 2008)
Darlene Doolen Bauer , GE Money, email, Guilderland, NY, re-registered. (April 13, 2007)
Patricia Fitzgibbons, Legal Management, email, Alexandria, VA, re-registered. (Feb 15, 2007)
William Falzareno, Manager, email, from Kingston, NY, sent news. (Nov 5, 2006)
"My wife Diane and myself just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. As I like to say, I have been married for 30 longgggggggggggggggggggggggg happy years.
Both of us were laid off from the insurance industry and now I work for New York State Office Of Real Property, based out of Newburgh NY. I am a Real Property Analyst Trainee and enjoy my new career. Far less stress and I get to travel throughout the southern region from Greene County to Westchester, doing data collection and then valuating commercial, vacant land, and homes. We also work with assessors, providing information and determining municipality equilization rates. Diane works for the Sheriff at the jail and even was a plant where she carried drugs into the visitors area to test the drug dogs and let visitors see that she was "caught" with drugs so they won't be tempted to smuggle contraband into the jail.
I look forward to hearing from '72 Alumini and can be reached at email address. Put 72 alumni in your RE line so I will know it isn't junk mail."
Barbara Beckwith Kirchhoff, Estate Administrator / Event Coordinator, email, from Papillion, NE, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)
Frank Sheffield, Quality Assurance Gage Inspector, email email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (May 18, 2006)
Jean Whittaker Ford, LPN, email, from Zephyrhills, FL, re-registered. (Oct 15, 2005)
Patti Meehan Carter, teacher, email, Andover, MA, registered. (October 22, 2004)
Karen Fox-Talbot, Aberdeen, MD, sent news. (July 13, 2003)
"Just had a paper published in 'Circulation', a journal of the American Heart Association.
Hearts From Rodents Exposed to Intermittent Hypoxia or Erythropoietin Are Protected Against Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury
Zheqing Cai, PhD*; Dominador J. Manalo, PhD*; Guo Wei, MD, PhD*; E. Rene Rodriguez, MD; Karen Fox-Talbot, MA; Huasheng Lu, MD, PhD; Jay L. Zweier, MD; Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD
From the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine (Z.C., D.J.M., G.L.S.), Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine (G.W., J.L.Z.), and Department of Pathology (E.R.R., K.F.-T.), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.
Robert Bishton, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, email, from Waterville, NY, re-registered. (March 3, 2003)
Lorry Pratt Stubley, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 7, 2002)
Thomas Stubley, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 7, 2002)
Kathleen Coupe Aiello, email, Utica, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (October 5, 2002)
Christopher Coriale, from Penn Yan, NY, email, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 30, 2002)
Mary Kenealy Kline, School Administrator, email, Clinton, NY, registered in the directory. (September 27, 2002)
Karen Cranney, email, from Temecula, CA, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 20, 2002)
Patti Urtz Hoffman, Hillsborough, NC, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 20, 2002)
Micky McCann, Ilion, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 20, 2002)
Charles Venditte, Caseworker, email, from Batavia, NY, re-registered. (September 15, 2002)
Tom Falzareno, email, Georgetown, MA, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 9, 2002)
Kevin Gollegly, Herkimer, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 5, 2002)
Pamela Warner Rosenthal, email, from Vienna, VA, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)
Sue Garnsey Hillyard, email, from Burlington, VT, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 19, 2002)
Pamela Urtz Gydesen, from Mohawk, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 15, 2002)
Douglas Bowler, email, from San Bernardino, CA, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 15, 2002)
Karl Tripple sent news. (August 11, 2002)
"I would like to let you know that I will be attending the Mega Reunion with my wife."
James Burling, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 8, 2002)
Karen Doty Clark, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 1, 2002)
Sarah Getman Steele, Personnel Director, email, Clinton, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 30, 2002)
Diane Bates Bigg, from Cornwall, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 14, 2002)
Diane Polley McTiernan, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)
Cynthia Pearson Garrett, Barneveld, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)
Vinny Pugliese, email, Poland, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 13, 2002)
Susan Crocker Pilipczuk, Accountant, email, Clinton, NY, registered and is attending the mega-reunion. (June 1, 2002)
David Henrickson, email, Webster, TX, re-registered. (May 30, 2002)
Joe Derocco, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
William Gahan, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Donald Peterson, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Brian Murray, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Mark Morris, email, E. Amherst, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)
Kenneth Brink, Mechanic, Bellevue, NE, registered and is attending the mega-renion. (April 13, 2002)
"I get back to Ilion every now and then and remember the good times I had there. Sometimes I see some classmates when I am there. I miss the friends I had when I lived there. I am going to try and make it back for the reunion."
Steve Winslow, Press/Coin Operator @ Remington Arm's, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (April 11, 2002)
Ronald Schoonmaker, from Ilion, NY, registered. (March 25, 2002)
Nancy Burton Sparrin, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 8, 2002)
Mike Eller, email, from Poolesville, MD, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (Feb 28, 2002)
Dwight (Dusty) Dodge, email, Newport, NY, registered. (February 9, 2002)
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