Ilion High School

Class of 1970

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1972 Mirror Cover Ilion

Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1972 is at your published in the 1972 Mirror Class History.


1972 Classmate Running for Election as Ilion Trustee....

Ron Schoonmaker was endorsed by the Ilion Democratic Party

U.S. Army Veteran

Board of Directors of the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition
Head Advisor for the Community Flood Advisory Group
American Cross Volnteer and Shelter Manager for Herkimer County Disaster Reponse
Herkimer Lions Club
Fallen Stars Memorial Mural Committee Member
Vice-Chair for the Ilion Democratic Committee
Oak Hill and Calvary Cemetery - Veterans Flags Memorial Day Project Leader

Born and raised in Ilion
IHS Graduate 1972

(June 2, 2018)

1972 Alumnus Ron Schoonmaker - Ilion Village Trustee Candidate



Ilion Alumnus Decorates Graves for Memorial Day

U.S. Army Veteran Ronald Schoonmaker, IHS 1972, of Ilion, led the effort to place flags on the gravesites of veterans in the Oak Hill and Calvary cemetaries. "Between the two cemeteries there are about 1200 veterans here in Oak Hill, and there's about 800 over in the Cavalry side. That's a lot of veterans."

Ron Schoonmaker, joins Fred Hartman IHS 1965 and Bridget Trevor McKinley IHS 1979 as the Democratic Party candidates for the 2018 Village June election. (June 2, 2018)


Mark Morris launches Photography Business....

Mark Morris High Peaks Photography - IHS 1972
Image courtesy of High Peaks Photography -

Ilion Alumnus, Mark Morris IHS 1972, is carrying on the family tradition. Mark's business, High Peaks Photography features many of the notable buildings and architectural landmarks in cities around the United States.

"My hope is to capture the history and great peaks in cities and towns across our great country. Hope you like us (yes, we’re on Facebook too!), and remember to always enjoy the view!"

Be sure to check out Mark's biography to learn the Morris family history in regards to photography in the Mohawk Valley. (June 28, 2015)


Nick Bonvino....

Ilion Alumnus, Nick Bonvino IHS 1972, is the new CEO of Greater Houston Healthconnect. The October 2014 announcement of his appointment stated, "Nick Bonvino is a seasoned healthcare executive with over 30 years in the information technology (IT) industry, applying IT-based products and services to enhance the financial, administrative, and clinical performance of healthcare organizations....He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and was selected to attend specialized programs at Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, IBM Sales & Marketing Education, and EDS Strategic Value Selling."

Congratulations to Nick Bonvino! (April 5, 2015)

Nick Bonvino IHS 1972
Image courtesy of Greater Houston Healthconnect and


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)



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 (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 (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)


Kim S. Torbitt IHS 1972, age 54, of 52 Franklin Ave., passed away unexpectedly on November 21, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Ilion, the son of Shirlee Safford Torbitt and the late Robert M. Torbitt.Kim was a 1972 graduate of Ilion High School and was planning on going to Veterinary School when an automobile accident on September 8, 1972 left him a quadriplegic. While in high school, Kim excelled in baseball and wrestling, winning a number of awards in both sports. For a time, Kim was employed by the Mohawk Valley Hospital in Ilion as its computer technician before moving to Clinton. He was a wonderful person who could always make people laugh. He will be sadly missed

Kim Torbitt - 1972

Kim is survived by his mother, Shirlee, of Clinton, his brother and sister in law; Todd and Laura Torbitt, of Remsen, his sister in law; Kathy Torbitt and his niece; Emily Rose Torbitt, of Utica, his niece; Leah Miller and his nephew; Jeffery Miller, of Ilion, his fiance; Beverly Clarey, of Clinton, his son in law and daughter in law; Andrew and Janet Cleary, his beloved grandchildren; Samuel, Donald, Rachel, Christie and Drew Michael Cleary and his brother in law; Donald Kiefer, of Stuart, FL. Kim was predeceased by his father, Robert M. Torbitt, his brother, MacFarland 'Mac' Torbitt and his sister in law, Shirley Ann Jones. In Kim's memory, please consider donations in his name to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY 13502. In keeping with Kim's wishes, his body was donated to the Anatomical Gift Program at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. (Nov 24, 2008)

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)

Brad Humphrey, Custom Motorcycle Builder,, email, from Stephentown, NY, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)

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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