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Congratulations to Chrisopher McGrath IHS 1974 - Grand Marshal of the 2016 Utica St. Patrick's Day Parade ....

Christopher McGrath was installed Tuesday as the grand marshal of Saturday's Utica St.Patrick's Day Parade.

Posted by Observer-Dispatch on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Chris McGrath was born and raised in Ilion. He attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School in 1974. Chris is a graduate of Herkimer County Community College and the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science. He has been a state-licensed funeral director since 1977. He and his wife, Debbie, own and operate Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, Myslinski Funeral Home and Surridge & Roberts Funeral Home in Utica. He is a member of the Tri-County Funeral Directors; William E. Burke Utica Council 189 Knights of Columbus; Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Justin F. Kelly Chapter; and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. You can watch the full 2 hour video coverage of the March 12, 2016 parade on the WKTV web site. The Times Telegram newspaper also carried the story with the headline "With shillelagh in hand, McGrath to lead upcoming local Irish events". Congratulations Chris! (March 13, 2016)


Nunn & McGrath President....

Chris McGrath, is President of Nunn & McGrath Funeral Home in Utica, NY. The facility is located on French Road in Utica. (April 16, 2015)

Class of 1974 - 40th Year Reunion Attendees Update....

As of August 20, 2014, below is the list of respondents who sent in their registration for the reunion. Where is YOUR name? It is not too late to register.

Kathleen Bouck Neary
Nancy Bruso Anton
Marlene Bush Gollegly
Marie Calicchia Tata
Katherine Canning McCann
Aileen Carney
Brian Day
Patrick Deforrest
Ulises Delgado
Cathy DeLong Wiggins
Mary Duffy Earl
Karen Gollegly
Linda Devine
William Deyle
Karen Gollegly
Paul Greenfield
Elaine Hyer Salinger
Stephen Hyer
George Jaquish
Jeff Johnson
Charles Lester
Christopher McGrath
Peggy Nile Albrecht
Lori Paoni Aiello
Robert Pelletier
Roberta Rohde Lutz
Laura Rigo
Janet Robinson Dodge
Geri Simonette-Hendrix
Stephen Smith
Kevin Sorge
Cathy Springer Bulinski
Margaret Vella
Patrick Waite
Pam Weller Lawrence


Class of 1974 - 40th Year Reunion....

Crazy Golf Tournament
Pine Hills Golf & Country Club
Date: August 30th 2014 - Tee off time is 2:00 pm

Choose your option
1. Afternoon of Crazy Golf (drinks must be purchased in the Club House) and in the evening Hors d'oeuvres, 1 1/2 hour of open bar starting at 6 p.m. and cook your own steak dinner following for $80.00 per person.

2. Evening only with Hors d'oeuvres, 1 1/2 hour of open bar starting at 6 p.m. and cook your own steak dinner following for $60.00 per person.


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Registration
2:00 pm - Shotgun start for 4 person scramble 9 Holes (Beverages must be purchased at clubhouse. No BYO.) You can bring a bag with brooms, baseball bats, hockey/lacrosse sticks, tennis rackets, pool sticks, croquet clubs, putters. (Please, no slingshots allowed)
6:00 pm - Cocktail hour with margarita pizza, pepper sheared tuna, bruschetta, assorted cheeses and fruit. 3 hours of open bar - includes top shelf.
7:00 pm - Rib eye steak (choice of chicken or fish available for those that do not eat steak. We need to know in advance if you want either chicken or fish), corn on the cob, salt potatoes, sald, garlic bread.

RSVP with your check and information by May 1, 2014. Make check payable to IHS Class of 1974.

Mail to:C/O Geri Hendrix, 161 Brook Street, Ilion NY 13357

Please respond by June 15th so we can give Pine Hills a number of attendees!

Specify one of these 2 choices:

Dinner Only
Include one Guest name only
(Modified June 28, 2014)

A public facing Facebook Page was created for the Class of 1974 to share 40th Reunion ideas/news. see IHS Class of 1974, administered by Janet Robinson Dodge, Geri Simonette Hendrix and Cathy Springer Bulinski. (Nov 8, 2013)


1974 Facebook Public Page Created....

A public facing Facebook Page was created for the Class of 1974 to share 40th Reunion ideas/news. see IHS Class of 1974, administered by Janet Robinson Dodge, Geri Simonette Hendrix and Cathy Springer Bulinski. You do not need a Facebook account to see the page and you do not need to be a member of a special Facebook group to see the posts made to the page. Thanks to Janet, Geri and Cathy for stepping up to manage this page. Reunion ideas are being shared now. (Nov 8, 2013)


Larry Thibault - Distinguished Service Award....

Lawrence Thibault was re-elected to the board Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES School Board. Larry represented the Mount Markham Central School District. He graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College. After graduation he worked in maintenance and as an engineering draftsman. He became president and owner of Utica Valley Electric Supply Co. in 1977 and remains in that position. He served three years on the Ilion Central School District Strategic Planning Committee, 15 years on the St. Augustine's Church Vestry, 20 years on a consultant committee for Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, 14 years as an Ilion Board of Education member and served a term on the Mount Markham Board of Education. In May 2008, he received the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties School Boards Institute Distinguished Service Award. Read more: The Evening Telegram Article (June 21, 2014)


Bob McCann Tribute.....

Ilion High School - Robert 'Bob' McCann - 1974

The Central Valley Central School District, with regret, accepted the retirement notice of Robert McCann from the position of Physical Education Teacher, effective July 2013.

Thus, ends the era of Ilion's last Athletic Director, long time Ilion resident, IHS graduate, IHS teacher and coach, Bob McCann. Read the complete tribute to Coach, Bob McCann.


The 4th Annual Dave Whalen Memorial Park Golf Outing.....

In memory of David P. Whalen, Ilion Class of 1974, plans are currently underway for a golf outing to benefit The David P. Whalen Community Park.

(4 person scramble format)
Saturday June 18th, 2011
The Hidden Valley Golf Course - located on Castle Road, Whitesboro, NY
1st Place Prize $200
start time is 12:00 NOON
Lunch PRIOR to golf 11:00AM Cost:$75 per person (includes golf, cart, lunch & steak dinner)
Non-Golfers are welcome for dinner ($20)

If interested, Call Larry Woody at 894-3773

Make checks payable to: David P. Whalen Memorial
Mail to Larry Woody, 160 Barringer Road, Ilion NY 13357

Anyone wishing to sponsor a golf hole for this outing, the fee is $25.00. Please call Larry Woody at 894-3773
All proceeds donated to the David P. Whalen Field Improvements Fund (April 29, 2011)


Ilion Community Park to be renamed David P. Whalen Community Park.....

In memory of David P. Whalen, Ilion Class of 1974, plans are currently underway for a renaming memorial ceremony, renovations, and additions at the Community Park Fields in Ilion. More information is available for those wanting to help. (Oct 19, 2007)



Mr. David L. Rex IHS 1974, 60, of River St. passed away, Friday, March 18, 2016 at home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Ilion on February 15, 1956, the son of Carol Smith Rex and the late Lyman Rex and he attended Ilion Schools, graduating with the class of 1974. David was at one time employed with Martin Reel and Remington Arms and later was employed in Research and Development for Dupont, Troy, MI, for many years. David had a deep love for music which he shared with his husband, David Bunal. They enjoyed their weekends at their creekside camp in Jewel, NY and trips to antique shops where David put his antique eye skills to work. Nothing brought him more joy than time together with family and friends. He was their helper, protector and counselor, always willing to share his wisdom, kindness and inner strength with those he knew and loved. To know him was to love him. David is survived by his loving husband, David Bunal; his mother, Carol Rex of Ilion; three daughters and their families who affectionately called him Papa, Carrie Plows, her husband Jerry Plows and their children Charity, Chloe and Chelsy; Terrie Rex, her companion Charles Howard and their children Adah and Aaxavier, and Maggie Rex, her fiancé Joshua Tucker and her child Paul, all of Ilion; their daughters' mother and David's previous spouse and lifelong friend Paula Kinney Rex; two sisters and brothers in law, Sherry and David Krick and Kathy and Kim Marlowe, all of Ilion; his step-children and their families, Deanna and Jason Procopio of Chittenango and Adam and Kim Bunal of Rome, his child Faith and their children, Paige, Liam, Zachariah and Lorelei; his In Laws, Stanley and Patricia Bunal, Joan and Tom Bowen and Mark and Elizabeth Bunal; his Godson and nephew, Shannon Marlowe; special cousin, Debbie Johnson and her husband, Scott; three women he affectionately called 'daughter', Eden Entwistle, Lashika Pierce Camara and Jolene Walker; his beloved canine, Molly and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Brian Rex; a sister, Patricia Charles; his nephew, Robert Charles and his granddaughter, Abigail Bunal. A memorial service will be held in David’s memory on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 4 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 127 North Prospect St., Herkimer, NY. Fellowship immediately following. Arrangements are under the direction of the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Ave. Frankfort. In keeping with David’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours. David's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Hospice Care, Dr. Amy Gorczynski and staff, Dr. Alicia Detraglia and staff, the Cancer Center of the Mohawk Valley Health System, Carrie Buchannan Rex and Nancy and Bill Anton for the kindness shown to him during his illness and passing. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on David’s online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (April 3, 2016)

William 'Billy' Lozo, age 58, of Clementon, NJ, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, with his family by his side, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on May 1, 1954, the son of David and Florence (Blaise) Lozo. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Clementon, NJ; his daughters, Crystal Smith and her husband, Bill, of Buffalo, and Kerry Wedemeyer, of Rome; his sister, Bev Sweeney and Tom Matthews, of Ilion; his grandchildren, Dakota, Alana and Adrian; several step children, step grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins; several friends from Ilion and his uncle, Gene Blaise and his wife, Ruth, of Herkimer. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, David 'Pee-Wee' Lozo. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Armory Hill Cemetery (Benedict Avenue entrance), Ilion. There are no scheduled calling hours. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, the family is asking for monetary donations to help with final expenses. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Billy, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The Lozo family has entrusted all Billy's funeral arrangements and supervision to their family funeral director, Don Applegate, of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Nov 2, 2012)

Carolyn (Reid Geiss) Dove, age 54, of Snowbird Lake, Little Beaver Lake Rd., Forestport, NY, formerly of Ilion (long time resident), passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2011, at home, after a brief illness, with her daughters by her side. Carolyn was born on October 15, 1956, in Stratford, CT, the daughter of David E. and Marjorie (Reid) Geiss. She was a graduate of Ilion High School 'Class of 1974' and went on to graduate from HCCC and SUNY Utica/Rome. For many years, Carolyn was employed as a Case Manager at various Healthcare facilities, including Valley Health Services, Herkimer, and the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Most recently, she was employed at the Masonic Care Community, Utica, since 2004. She attended the Universalist Church in New Hartford. At one time she was a member of the US Daughters of the American Revolution and Order of the Eastern Star. Carolyn loved the outdoors and being close to nature. She also enjoyed music and adored her felines and other animal friends. Survivors include her daughters, Miranda Dove, and her fiance, Stephen Wade, of Utica, and Melinda (Dove) Culver, and her husband, Dave, of Ilion; her grandson, Colin David Culver; her cousins, Jane Shallcross and Samuel Shallcross and his wife, Karen, all of Harrisburg, PA; hercousin Sandra's husband, Brian Fabian, and their children, Will and Lilly Fabian, of Monson, MA; and many close friends who have walked the journey withher. She was predeceased by her father in 1981, her mother in 2004 and her cousin, Sandra Fabian, in 2010. Friends and relatives arecordially invited to attend Carolyn's Memorial graveside service on Friday, June 24, 2011, at 3:00 p.m. at Armory Hill Cemetery, Benedict Ave., Ilion. There are no calling hours scheduled in keeping with Carolyn's wishes. Miranda and Melinda wish to thank Carolyn's many friends and HOSPICE who provided support and compassion especially during her recent illness. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to HOSPICE, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association, c/o Miranda Dove, 224 Hillcrest Manor Court, Apt. C, Utica, NY 13501 The Dove family has entrusted Carolyn's service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director Don Applegate at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (June 22, 2011)

Susan (Mickle) Lasher, 53, passed away on Friday, August 20, 2010. She was born in Ilion, NY and worked at the Holmes Regional Medical Center and was a member of the Saint Joseph's Catholic Church. Susan is survived by two sons, Matthew and Michael Lasher; granddaughter, Savannah; brother, Mark Mickle; and parents, Harold and Helen Mickle. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 from 11:00-11:30 am at Saint Joseph�s Catholic Church, with a Mass service following at 11:30. Susan Graduated from Ilion Central High School in 1974 and attended Herkimer Community College. Susan spent her life working as a secretary in the medical field. Donations in Memoriam for flowers or funeral expenses can be made to Matt or Mike Lasher at the visitation. (Sept 6, 2010)

David Peter Whalen, age 52, of West Clark Street, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 8, 2007. He was born June 12, 1955 in Ilion, NY, the son of the late John J. and Helen I. Bayzon Whalen, and received his education in the Ilion School System. He graduated with the IHS Class of 1974. Mr. Whalen was employed with the Ilion Central School District in the security division, and was also the supervisor of the Ilion community park. David was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, and an avid NY Yankees fan. He enjoyed fixing and working with computers. Dave had a heart of gold, and a great sense of humor. He took pride in everything that he did. His thoughtfulness of others is reflected in the fact that Dave was an organ and tissue donor. Dave is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Rodney "Skip" and Sharon Whalen of Herkimer, NY, and Patrick Whalen of Ilion; two nieces and their husbands, Robin and Dave Meszler of Herkimer, and Wendy and Michael Arner of Charlotte, NC; also several aunts and uncles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, July 12, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Friends may call Wednesday, July 11, 2007 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the David P. Whalen Scholarship, c/o Ilion Central School, 1 Bomber Drive, Ilion, NY 13357. Online condolences may be sent by going to whiter-hendrix.com. (July 9, 2007)

Cynthia J. "Cindy" Redmond Morris, age 50, of Lafayette, Indiana died at 12:35 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at her home. She had battled cancer for four months. Born Sept. 16, 1956, in Dover, Delaware, she was a 1974 graduate of Ilion High School. She received her associates degree in accounting from the Indiana Business College and attended Purdue University. She had resided in Lafayette most of her adult life. She served in the US Navy from 1974-1977 in Hawaii. She was married to Tom Morris on September 22, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Cindy was employed as a secretary in the organic chemistry department at Purdue University. At one time she was the owner and operator of the White Glove Cleaning Company. She was active in her community as a girl scout leader and enjoyed tennis, quilting, fishing, camping, and volunteer work. She is survived by her husband Tom, son Brian C. Morris of Lafayette; a daughter, Danielle B. Morris of Phoenix, Arizona; her parents Wayne and Pearl (Shaw) Redmond of Ilion, NY; a sister Cathy (Redmond) Matthrusse of Deerfield, NY; brother Wayne Redmond Jr. and his wife Linda (Murphy) Redmond of Baldwinsville, NY; brother Steven Redmond and Brooke (Bechard) Redmond of Lee Center, NY. Visitation will be 5-7 pm Tuesday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. with the service to follow, Spiritual Counselor John T. Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lafayette Urban Ministry, 525 N. Fourth St., Lafayette, IN 47901. (Oct 3, 2006)

Samuel Patrei, age 45, Countryside Lake, Mundelein, Ill., died Saturday, June 9, 2001, at his home. He was born Jan. 13, 1956, in Ilion, N.Y., son of Louis and Viola Patrei of Apalachin, N.Y. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1974, then received his degree from Mohawk Valley Community College in 1976. He worked for D.T. Industries in Springfield, Mo., then served as president of D.T. Midwest Automation Systems in Buffalo Grove, Ill., D.T. Sencorp in Hyannis, Mass., and D.T. Assembly Machines in Erie. He was a member of St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church in Indian Creek, Ill. He enjoyed golf, fishing and raising and showing English bulldogs. Survivors include his wife, Margie Patrei; four daughters, Whitney McGonigal of Erie, Heather McGonigal of Chicago and Jamie and Elizabeth McGonigal of Mundelein; two brothers, Arthur Patrei and his wife, Karen, of Liverpool, N.Y., and Louis J. Patrei and his wife, Suzanne, of Ilion; a sister-in-law; a granddaughter; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Friends may attend a Mass of Christian Burial today at 1 p.m. at St. Mary of Vernon Catholic Church, Route 45, Indian Creek. Calling hours will follow. Arrangements are being handled by the Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave., Libertyville. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 777 Central Ave., Highland Park, IL 60035. (June 12, 2001)


30th Reunion Rolled into Mega Reunion.....

The Ilion High School Class of 1974 will NOT be holding a 30th reunion in the year 2004. Out-of-state members of the class, who will be attending this year's October 11-13 Mega Reunion, requested that local class members utilize the October event as the Official Reunion for the Class of 1974. Local 1974 classmates are asked to extend their hospitality and welcome these out-of-town class members by registering for the Mega Reunion. Registration forms for the reunion are available at the Ilion Library, the Village Clerk's office, area merchants and from committee members and on this website. Family members of 1974 classmates are asked to notify any alumnus who may not yet know about the Mega Reunion and to let them know that it will also be the Official Class of 1974 reunion. The next possible reunion will then be in the year 2009 - the 35th year reunion. (August 26, 2002)


All-Classes/Sesquicentennial Mega-Reunion .....

Ilion Alumni All-Classes/Sesquicentennial Mega-Reunion - Columbus Day Weekend - 2002!!

Click here for all the information regarding this once in a lifetime event.

This event replaced a 30 Year Reunion for our class!

The full list of attendees registered for the reunion was posted.

Below are the classmates who responded to the request to fill out the survey as of Feburary 25, 2002 or those who officially registerd. Those with an * officially registered to attend the mega-reunion. (updated October 23, 2002)

1974 Sue Bates Mortenson *
1974 Robert Bala *
1974 Kevin Bluett *
1974 Kathy Bouck Neary *
1974 Tom Bowes *
1974 Nancy Bruso Anton *
1974 Karen Burke Mansell CA
1974 Donald Bush MS *
1974 Marlene Bush Gollegly *
1974 Marie Calicchia Tata *
1974 Katherine Canning McCann *
1974 Aileen Carney Sweeney *
1974 Jim Coupe *
1974 Patrick DeForrest FL
1974 Cyndy Davidson Eller
1974 Brian Day UT *
1974 John Deasey (unfortunately can't attend)
1974 Dave Dudish (unfortunately can't attend)
1874 Mary Duffy Earl *
1974 Constance Eller Juno TX *
1974 Bill Entwistle *
1974 John Forbes *
1974 Paul Greenfield *
1974 Gretchen Jeffreys Murray *
1974 Scott Kerber
1974 Kenneth Lynch AZ *
1974 Elaine Hyer Salinger CA *
1974 Stephen Hyer NC *
1974 Christopher McGrath *
1974 Scott Miller
1974 Kathleen Morris Duggan MA *
1974 Nancy Morris *
1974 Peggy Nile Albrecht *
1974 Kathleen O'Connor MO *
1974 Lori Paoni Aiello *
1974 Paula Raymond
1974 Laura Rigo *
1974 Janet Robinson Dodge PA *
1974 Deb Seymour Howe *
1974 Geri Simonette Hendrix *
1974 Charlie Stubley (unfortunately can't attend)
1974 Larry Thibault *
1974 James Thomas (unfortunately can't attend)
1974 Robert Vandawalker *
1974 Margaret Vella *
1974 Pam Weller Lawrence *


Randy Steele Memorial....

July 1997, marks the two year anniversary of the death of our classmate Randy Steele. Randy's mother, Carol Steele, has kindly shared a mother's, loving tribute to her beloved son and our late classmate.... Randy, God Bless You. We'll miss you always.

Donna L. Thibault, 1997 Class Valedictorian and daughter of Larry Thibault, was the 1997 recipient of the "Randall W. Steel Medical Research Memorial Scholarship". (Modified March 20, 2014)

The Randall W. Steele - Medical Research Memorial Scholarship was presented in 2001 to Nicole M. DeGregoria. (July 21, 2001 - Modified March 20, 2014)


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