Ilion High School
Class of 1983
Digitized Class Yearbook....
Mirror 1983 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 1983 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1983 Mirror Class History.
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1983 (added March 1, 2020)
The Kathleen 'Katie' Ann Tisci - Memorial Commencement Scholarship was presented, this year, to Elizabeth Wallace - Class 2001. Katie passed away on January 22, 1994, as a result of a snowmobile accident. The accident occurred on Stormy Hill Road, in the Town of Russia, at 9:30 P.M. She was born Kathleen Ann on May 20, 1965, to Vito and Antoinette (Driscoll) Tisci. Katie was a graduate of IHS and attended MVCC. She was employed as a night auditor for the Radisson Hotel in Utica. (submitted by Joanne Metz Sreca, July 21, 2001)
The Dr. Jeffrey Seymour Scholarship - Memorial Scholarship was presented, in 2001 to Kristen L. Carney.
"Norman Hale and I have 2 boys. Alexander age 12, and Colin age 7. We were married in 1985. He was born in Ilion. Norman was killed in an automobile accident in 1993, when I was pregnant for our second son. He is buried at Armory Hill Cemetery, behind the high school. His father still lives on Barringer Road, and his mother pre-deceased him in 1989. His brother Jeff is a corrections officer and lives in Cicero and is getting married on Saturday 10/21. I am now remarried and still live in on Forge Hill Drive." (submitted by Valerie White (Hale) Berie, October 20, 2000)
Ilion Central School District Foundation News.....
A scholarship to honor Ilion alumnus, the late Dr. Jeffrey J. Seymour, Class of 1983, has been established by family members and friends and will be administered by the Foundation. The award will be presented to a graduating senior, who is a science major, with high family and social values. Dr. Seymour, 31, resided in Ilion with his wife Pina and was the son of Alfred & Patricia Seymour, of Ilion. On January 6, 1997, Dr. Seymour, who was chief resident at Albany Medical Center, died in an automobile accident on Rt. 28, south of Mohawk. Contributions can be submitted to the Foundation at 6 Weber Avenue, Ilion. Donations should be earmarked for this fund.
Patrick J. O'Connor IHS 1983 - Patrick J. "Oakie" O'Connor, 55 of Ilion passed away on Friday April 10, 2020 in Utica. Funeral services for Pat will be held at a future date due to COVID-19 restrictions. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. (April 26, 2020)
Mr. Fred J. Chrisman IHS 1983, 55, a great dad, loving brother and a friend to many, of Main Road, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon, February 15, 2020, at Bassett Healthcare, in Cooperstown, New York. He was born on July 30, 1964, in Herkimer, New York, the son of the late Harold and Carrie (Humphreys) Chrisman, Sr. Fred received his education in Ilion schools. In the middle to late 1980's, Fred honorably served our country with the United States Navy. He was currently employed with Walmart, Marcy, New York, as a tractor trailer driver. Fred loved his yard equipment and took especially more of a liking to his tractor! He was a lover of Ford mustangs and trucks and was very knowledgeable when it came to car talk. You would never see Fred just sitting around. He would seldom, if ever, take a day off, that would be unheard of. Fred would do anything for us. He had a heart of gold. He was always there for everyone and anyone, no matter who it was. He was always in great health and we have even reflected upon his athleticism when he would enjoy running. All in all, he was simply a great guy that is really going to be missed by all of us. He is survived by his beloved family, including two sons, Corey J. Chrisman, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, and Christian Dutch, of Kannapolis, North Carolina; his special friend, Maryann Rando, of Herkimer; his sibings, Harold Chrisman, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of West Winfield, Connie Maxon and her husband, Max, of Florida, Beverly Stanley and her husband, Earl, of East Herkimer, Bethanne Moss, of Ilion, Robert Chrisman, of Ilion and Edward Chrisman, of Tampa, Florida; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his very special friend, Wesley Mason, of Herkimer. Fred was predeceased by his sister June Kulp and brother Steven Chrisman. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday evening, February 19, 2020, at 7:00 PM, at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer location and will consist of a veteran tribute by the United States Navy. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, in Herkimer, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the entire staff of Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, with special mention to the Intensive Care Unit for their dedicated care and compassion during this difficult time. Fred's loved ones have been planning all arrangements with his friends Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors (315) 866-1011. An online memorial page has been established at www.eneafamily.com on the internet. (March 14, 2020)
Steven Brown, IHS 1983, 53, passed away February 14, 2017. He was born February 22, 1965 in Peterborough, NH, the son of the late Robert and Gail Faunce Brown, and was a graduate of Ilion High School, he received his AS degree in Forestry from Morrisville Ag. And Tech. Steve was an accomplished self-employed carpenter and loved the outdoors including camping, hunting and cross country skiing. Steve is survived by his sister and brother in law, Allyson and Robert Hutson of Selma, NC and his nephews and nieces Charlie Barnes, Benjamin Barnes, Stacey Griffith and Ashley Hutson. A Celebration of Steve's life will be Friday February 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion with Rev. Robert Willable officiating. Friends may call Friday from 5-6 PM. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to consider memorials to Ilion Catholic Charities. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 12, 2018)
Ms. Wendy Sue Aney, IHS 1983, age 52, a lifelong Mohawk Valley resident, passed away on Saturday evening, September 2, 2017, at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica. Born on May 20, 1965, Wendy was the daughter of the late William J. Dennis and Judith E. (Bowman) Bartron. She was raised in the Herkimer area and was a graduate with the Ilion High School Class of 1983. Wendy's hobbies included crocheting and collecting knick-knacks and porcelain dolls. She was a simple, kind-hearted and loving woman who enjoyed her time spent with her beloved family. She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Janessa and Aaron Wells of Tennessee and Jacqueline Aney of Bridgewater; her three grandchildren, Savannah Dennis, Dustin Wells and Felicity Wells; and her stepmother, Susan Dennis of Frankfort. She also leaves her brothers and sisters-in-law, Lyle and Ann Dennis of Rome, Jeffrey and Carol Dennis of Sauquoit, and Adam Bartron of Utica; her sisters, Melissa Vandelinder of Mohawk, April Dennis of Frankfort, Vanessa Dennis of Ilion and Sarah Dennis of Sauquoit; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and her best friend, Doris Guyer, along with her family, Bob, Jessica and Justin, all of whom were always there for Wendy, especially in her times of need. Besides her parents, Wendy was predeceased by her nephew, Jeffrey Dennis, her infant great-nephew, Dominick Proctor, and her infant brother, Nicholas Paul Bartron. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family at Oak Hill Cemetery in Herkimer, where Wendy will be laid to rest with her father. The Dennis family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Martin L. Ciaccia and Don Applegate, Funeral Directors. (September 16, 2017)
David J. Haggerty IHS 1983, 49, of West Rand Street, Ilion passed away at home on Monday, May 18, 2015 with his family by his side. Dave was born June 2, 1965, the son of Robert J. and Sheila (Christian) Haggerty. He was an Ilion graduate and graduated from SUNY Delhi in 1985. Dave worked for the James Jordan Associates Architects for several years before becoming an independent draftsman. On August 29, 1992 he married the former Deborah Rankins in Ilion. Dave was a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus and the Delhi Alumni Association. Dave is survived by his wife, Debbie, a daughter, Shannon, his mother, Sheila; all of Ilion. A brother, Thomas of Victor, NY. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many very close friends. Dave is pre-deceased by his father, Robert. Dave was a lifelong resident of Ilion. He loved life and enjoyed spending time with family, friends and listening to music. Special thank you to Mary Ellen and Elena from Hospice for their kindness. Funeral service for Dave will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, New York with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. To send an on-line condolence please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 31, 2015)
Ms. Deborah Massocco Castellano IHS '83, 47, of 307 N. Caroline St. passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Columbia, MD. She was born in Ilion on October 20, 1965, the daughter of Jolene Casale Massocco and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1983. She attended Herkimer County Community College and LaMoyne College, graduating with the class of 1986 as a Paralegal. Deborah was most recently employed as a Gaming Supervisor with Maryland Live Casino in Columbia, MD and had worked for Turning Stone Casino as a Gaming Supervisor for many years prior to her relocation. Deborah loved to bake and was known as "Mama Deb" to those who enjoyed her baked goods. She was also an avid Lakers fan. Deborah is survived by her beloved children, Bianca and Michael Castellano of Mohawk; her mother Jolene Massocco; one brother and sister in law, Peter and Kimberly Massocco of Herkimer; her children's father and step-mother, Anthony and Donna Castellano of Mohawk and their daughter and son in law, Samantha and her husband Aaron Manikas of Little Falls; her nieces, Kaylee and godchild, Meghan; her extended family; Mary Ann and Gary Murphy, Joe and Pat Castellano, Roc and Debbie Luppino, Denise Brown, Joe Brown, Sam Licari, Francis Grates and Eric Laffin and several cousins. Her funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer and at 9:30 in Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Lawless. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Deborah's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (May 21, 2013)
Daniel Lewis Joseph Yule, age 48, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 6, 2012, in Faxton-St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born on November 20, 1963, in Utica, son of the late Moses and Marjorie Haines Joseph. A lifelong area resident, he was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of IlionHigh School with the class of 1983. He continued his education, graduating from Herkimer County Community College, and furthered his studies at the Crane School of Music at Potsdam University, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree. Mr. Yule was a New York State Licensed Security Guard, working for ACS and more recently the L.B. Security in Utica. On November 14, 2009, he was united in marriage to the former Susan E. Helmer in the Word Christian Center in Herkimer. Daniel was a member of the Word Christian Center and was active with their music ministry. A man to be admired, he accepted life's challenges, making him a kind, humble man who was always willing to help others, while seeking nothing in return. He will be greatly missed. Surviving besides his devoted wife, Susan, are his loving mother, Brittie Yule Collins, and stepfather, Robert L. Collins; his five sisters from the Joseph family; five brothers and four sisters from the Yule family; three brothers-in law; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves his little feline friend of thirteen years, "Kootie". A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer, with Pastor Eugene Kipper of the Word Christian Center, Mohawk, officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Utica. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Tuesday morning from 10 until 11 a.m. (one hour prior to the service). (Aug 4, 2012)
Gina M. Coroniti McLaughlin, passed away Oct. 29, 2004, age 39, after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by father, Joseph J. Coroniti; and father-in-law, Thomas M. McLaughlin. Survived by husband Tim; children, Erin and Matthew; mother, Virginia Coroniti of Ilion, NY; sister, Mary (Mark) Wychowski; brother, John (fiancee, Amy Lenweaver) of Syracuse, NY; mother-in-law, Nancy McLaughlin; sister-in-law, Kathy (Ed) Garino of Roswell, GA; nieces and nephew, Lauren Wychowski, Emily and Tommy Garino; uncle, Robert Oliver of Frankfort, NY; aunt, Theresa (Salvatore) Ritz of Phillipsburg, NJ; many cousins and close friends. Gina graduated from Ilion High School (1983) in Ilion, NY and from LeMoyne College (1987) in Syracuse, NY. Upon graduation, Gina began her career as an accountant at Bonadio, Insero & Co., where she met her husband Tim, as well as many close friends. In 1997, Gina gave birth to her daughter, Erin, and in 2001 gave birth to her son, Matthew. The family is forever indebted to the staff at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong for the lifesaving care they provided Matthew, and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center for the loving are they provided Gina. The family would also like to thank the staff at the Church of the Assumption in Fairport, NY, for their many acts of kindness, and would especially like to thank Dr. Christine Borghi-Cavallaro for her many years of care, guidance, support and friendship. Calling hours were held Monday at Falvo Funeral Home, 1295 Fpt. Nine Mile Pt. Rd., Webster (Rte 250 between 104 and Plank Rd.). Please meet the McLaughlin family Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the Church of the Assumption (East Ave., Fairport, NY) for her Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gina's memory may be made to Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. Interment, White Haven. (November 2, 2004)
Class of 1983 - 30th Class Reunion Weekend
Fri July 19th 2013 DooDah parade (we may have a 1983 float!) then casual gatherings between Elks' Club & Knights of Columbus.
Sat July 20th @ Moose Club on Barringer Rd. 5-10pm
Tickets: $25 per person will be available for advance sale only May 1st-July 1st. Price will include buffet dinner, coffee, tea & music, desserts donated by classmates. Cash bar.
We are extending ticket sales until July 8th. You may purchase them @ Wendy's Beauty Connection 100 Morgan St Ilion or call 894-8387 Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat. If you cannot pick them up, please send checks to Robyn Cadwell @ address listed below or call her @ (315)823-4060 so that we may have an accurate head count for caterer.:
Robyn Cadwell (memo line- "Class of 83")
She will hold your tickets & will hand out @ the door that evening.
For any questions-you can email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
CNN Money Magazine Features Classmate..
Larry DelGrego and his dad, Larry 'Babe' DelGrego were featured in the CNN Money Magazine Video How a fourth-generation gunsmith survives. Larry DelGrego and his family have been fixing and refurbishing Parker shotguns for four generations. (April 21, 2013)
Participants this year will run the 26.2 mile marathon in honor of Kayleigh Coupe IHS '10. Support "Run to Cure Kayleigh/Mott Marathon Challenge" on June 7, 3 pm Ilion High School Track by sponsoring a runner. Contact Mr. Mott or call 315-895-7118.
Classmate's Daughter - A Real Inspiration.....
Classmate Steve and Kendra (Burdick) Coupe's daughter, Kayleigh Coupe, is sharing her experience battling cancer. Kayleign has a facebook page chronicling her treatments.
"Promise2Live is about my experience living in NYC while I worked with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center fighting cancer."
Kayleigh also has a youtube channel, KCouper1 so you can tune in and see her latest videos.
Kayleigh has real spunk and a great sense of humor. We are all praying for her quick and speedy recovery. As her dad, Steve Coupe IHS '84, said in 2004....."just couldn't stand being away from the excitement here in Ilion", we all want Kayleigh back home, real soon, to enjoy the excitement in Ilion.
Send Kayleigh your best wishes by visiting her facebook page and/or youtube channel. (April 12, 2012)
We are going to have a 25th Class Reunion! .....
When: Sunday August 3rd, 2008
Dr. Seymour Scholarship Fundraiser..
The Dr. Jeffrey Seymour Scholarship Fund, St. Patrick's Day Dinner will be held on Saturday - March 17, 2007, at the Ilion Knights of Columbus, from 4 to 7 pm. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12. Live entertainment following the dinner, from 8 to midnight, provided by Justin Smithson downstairs. The dinner is sponsored by Jeff's friends and family. All are welcome! Jeff was a 1983 graduate of Ilion High School. He died unexpectedly, in a car accident, on January 6, 1997. (March 14, 2007)
Friends are Friends Golf Classic...
On August 12, 2001 the 10th annual Friends are Friends Golf Classic was held at the Pine Hills Golf Club in Frankfort. Co-chaired by Jim Callister and John Bechard, the tournament was able to donate over $2,400 dollars to the Oneida/Herkimer County Chapter of The American Cancer Society. Since inception, the tournament has raised over $8,000 for The American Cancer Society. This year's tournament was won by the team of Tom Elthorp (Ilion '83), Rob Slaughter (Ilion '83), Alan Steele (Ilion '82), and Tom Weldon (Schenectady). Other former IHS alumni include: Kevin March, Scott Hendrix, Mike Murphy, Billy Newkirk, Jack Bechard, Leo Griffin, Dean Bechard, & Don Eckler. (September 9, 2001)
Bombers Buzz Website.....
Kevin Sullivan, Retired law enforcement officer NY and FL, email, Branford, FL, registered. October 26, 2020)Todd Remis, Warehouse Specialist, from Ilion, NY email, registered. (April 21, 2013)
"I have been married to my wife Katie since August of 1999. We have a daughter, Elizabeth that is 7 years old and in the first grade at Barringer Road. I've been working at Northern Safety Frankfort NY for over 20 years. I'm looking forward to an exciting reunion weekend in July."
Debra Brigham, Accountant, email, Utica, NY, re-registered. (Mar 8, 2013)
Timothy Humphrey, Product Line manager, email, Rockford, MI, re-registered. (July 3, 2010)
JoEllen Bleaking Mula, Account Clerk Typist, email, Herkimer, NY, sent news. (Aug 18, 2008)
"Hi guys! Just saw that Class of 83 had a 25th reunion....I didn't find out about it until this 2 weeks after...oh well, guess I will just have to wait until the 30th!! ha ha....Update...our oldest son, Jimmy, will be getting married this October! Mark graduated this year and will be going to HCCC majoring in business, Alyssa is a senior at HHS, and Brian is in 4th grade at HES....Hope all is well with everyone and looking forward catching up with everyone at our 30th reunion!!"
Lisa Pickett Sweet, email, Canandaigua, NY, sent news. (June 6, 2008)
"Hello all, I am happily still married 23 years, two great sons and a beautiful new granddaughter Molly. I work for the NYS Apellate Division of the Supreme Court. Things are going great and looking for a class reunion."
Erin Burns Hantz, Management, email, Palm Coast, FL, registered. (June 6, 2008)
Ralph Bottini, email, Vestal, NY, sent news. (Apr 13, 2008)
"Well folks, this is our 25th year out of High School. Any plans for a reunion? Haven't heard from anyone or seen any information yet. Our site doesn't ever appear to change. I have been pretty busy like most of you. My wife and I opened a Family Entertainment Center in Endicott, NY. It inlcudes Laser Tag, Batting Cage, Indoor Miniature Golf, Token Redemption Games (like a Chuck E. Cheese), and most importantly an Indoor Paintball Facility. I also work in Syracuse at this time. Hope to hear from someone soon.."
Beth Wood Ackbar, email, West Melbourne, FL, sent news. (May 24, 2007)
"Hi everyone from Class of 1983, "We welcomed my newest and last little boy into the world on July 10, 2006. His name is Elijah Matthew and he came into the world at a tiny 3 lbs. 10 ozs. He's doing great though and at 10 months old is running me ragged. He joins his 3 very much older brothers. They range from the youngest of which is 19 and in the Marines to my oldest who is 22 and in the Air Force. Talk about starting over. Hope all is well with everyone in Ilion and everyone else scattered across the world."
Kathy Dennis Boepple, Sales Clerk @ Family Dollar, email, Mohawk, NY, re-registered. (Mar 24, 2007)
Lisa McEvoy Bernier, Unit manager, email, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (Jan 25, 2007)
Erin Burns Hantz, Assist. Body shop MGR, from Palm Coast, FL, email, re-registered. (Feb 28, 2006)
John Coveleski, attorney/looking for work in something else, email, from Minneapolis, MN, registered. (Feb 28, 2006)
Pamela Sanchez Peoples '83, email, from Snow Camp, NC, re-registered. (April 25, 2005)
Dr. Joanne Detore-Nakamura, Professor of Literature, email, from Port Orange, FL, sent news. (October 4, 2004)
"Joanne Detore-Nakamura, class of 83, and her husband, Eric Nakamura, welcomed their newest (and last!) addition, a son, Luke Richard Nakamura, on April 23, 2004. He weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long. Luke joins his six year old sister, Emily. They live in the Port Orange, FL area." (October 4, 2004)
Joanne Metz Sreca, email, Mechanicsville, VA, sent news. (May 22,2004)
"Hi! My family and I have recently relocated to the beautiful (and warm!) state of Virginia. There IS definitely something to be said about that "Southern Charm"!! My husband got a "big fat promotion" and, as they say, the rest is history. Both my sons are loving it and didn't miss a beat with the transition. Their teachers say it's like they've been here all along. Jake is 8 now and is in 3rd grade and Sam is 6 and in Kindergarten. Jake has been accepted to the "Gifted and Talented" program at school. So smart ... just like his Mama. tee, hee I am volunteering just as much down here as I did in Westmoreland and loving every minute of it! I wouldn't trade this time with my boys for all the money in the world!! I'd love to hear from all of you too ... same e-mail address. Take care, jo"
Kelly Dack Swienton, Mom/Medical Transcriptionist/Rubber Stamp Artist, email, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (November 24, 2003)
Kim Bruso, Self Employed, from Ilion, NY, email, registered. (November 13, 2003)
Laurie Willems Archer, self-employed/student, email, from Rome, NY, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)
Jana Dedla Brooks, graphic artist, email, from RI, re-registered. (August 7, 2003)
Debra Brigham-Manley, accountant, from Utica, NY, sent news. (July 13, 2003)
"My son, Kyle Wallace Matteson was born on August 22, 1999 at 8:21PM in St. Luke's Hospital weighing in at 7lbs. 13 1/2 oz. He is my first and 'one and only' child. I currently reside in Utica, NY and am an accountant for a local child care agency, The House of the Good Shepherd."
Fred Chrisman, Truck Driver, email, from Mohawk, NY, registered. (July 13, 2003)
Monique Patenaude, Doctoral Student, email, from Ithaca, NY, registered. (July 13, 2003)
Beth Wood Ackbar, email, from West Melbourne, FL, sent news. (July 13, 2003)
"This is a great site. I just came back from Ilion last week. My mother passed away. Nothing has changed at all. Kudos to you all. I enjoyed hearing all the news about our graduating class. GO BOMBERS!!!!!!!!!!" (June 8, 2003)
Denise Burling Harter, Manager, Medical Staff Affairs, email, Mohawk, NY, re-registered. (May 29, 2003)
Erin O'Bryan Felshaw, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (May 29, 2003)
Bonnie Robinson Charles, email, from Camillus, NY, re-registered. (March 3, 2003)
JoEllen Bleaking Mula, Account Clerk Typist, email, Herkimer, NY, re-registered. (January 11, 2003)
Sally Vandawalker Johnson, email, from Herkimer, NY, re-registered in the directory. (October 6, 2002)
Wendy Hall McCarthy, email, from Saco, ME, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)
Stephen (Doozer) Smith, email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (August 14, 2002)
"Hello everyone! I still live in Ilion with my Lori(married on June 8, 1990) along with our three children Zachary (9), Zane (7) and Zoey (6). I have been working in Mohawk for the past 9 years as Comptroller of a Federal Economic Development Agency called the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District, Inc. I have been coaching Babe Ruth Baseball since 1987 in Ilion and loving every minute of it. Take Care Everyone, The Dooz!!!!!!!!!!"
Dr. Joanne Detore-Nakamura, Professor of Literature, email, from Port Orange, FL, sent news. (August 6, 2002)
"After teaching for six years at Brevard Community College and serving as department chair for two years, I decided to pursue my dream of teaching at a four-year university where my scholarship would be encouraged. I'm happy to report that I was offered and accepted a tenure-track position at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach where I will be teaching Humanities and Literature courses. An essay that I wrote about teaching feminist theory will be a book chapter in the anthology, Fractured Feminisms, published by SUNY at Albany Press for 2003. Currently, I'm writing a book on working class women and childcare with my former professor, Kim Landon, from Utica College. We're interested in hearing stories from working mothers, especially those who worked and relied on childcare (family, neighbors, day nurseries, etc.)prior to the 1980s. If you have a unique story, please contact me at my e-mail address. I'd love to interview you to include your story in the book!" (August 6, 2002)
Ken Baldwin, email, Stockton, CA, sent news. (June 15, 2002)
"Hey all!!! Just came across this web site while I was looking up Ilion. Great Job! I currently reside in Stockton, CA with my wife of almost 10 years (Allyson). I am a California Highway Patrol Officer and Allyson is a teacher. I have 2 daughters from my previous marriage (Megan 13 and Mollie 11). I have been here in CA for the better part of 12 years now. I love CA but I still miss Ilion. Feel free to send me an E-mail if you would like. I'm looking forward to the 20 year reunion. Take Care and Be Safe." (June 15, 2002)
David Haggerty, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 5, 2002)
Deborah Rankins Haggerty, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 5, 2002)
Andrea Ford Seaton, Secretary, Ilion, NY, registered. (April 11, 2002)
Jodi Theobald Geloso, Fleet Boston Financial, email, from Ilion, NY, registered and submitted the reunion survey. (March 23, 2002)
William Dack, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 19, 2002)
Joyce Harter Dack, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 19, 2002)
Henry Wakefield, Truck Driver, email, from Greeneville, TN, registered. (Feb 27, 2002)
Janice Leonard Bortner, email, Dayton, TX, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 25, 2002)
Laura Price Lockwood, email, Westernville, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 24, 2002)
Alan Salvagni, email, Ilion, NY,submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 24, 2002)
Robin Stubley Baker, email, Plantation, FL, registered. (February 22, 2002)
Lori Hazlett Furjes, Electronics Technician. email, from King George, VA, sent information. (modified September 12, 2001)
Bambi Hoffman Luchock, RN orthopedics, Athol MA., an RN, email, the third alumnus from the Class of 1983, has a new email address. (modified January 12, 2002)
Bonnie Robinson Charles, Domestic Engineer, Camillus, NY, registered. (December 28, 2001)
"Well, my sister Janet sent me news about the plans for a multi-class reunion so I finally went on the site & learned a lot! I thought I would put in my update- as I registered on the site-I am a domestic engineer ie...stay at home mom! I am Registered in Diagnosic Sonography (do Ultrasound)& keep up my credit hours but haven't done it since my 2nd round of full bed rest with our son Grant who is now almost 9! I have to say I haven't missed the stress & have enjoyed being home with our kids - Danietta will be 11 yrs old in April. I do work a few hours a week for my husband who is a Family Physician here in Syracuse & he is overloaded with work (somehow still patient & kind!) so I am able to keep things going here & get the kids to where they need to be. I volunteer at school & also at my former employer - Crouse Hospital in Pastoral Care bringing Communion to patients one day a week. Also help out at Church & last year my husband & I had the challenge of finishing teaching Confirmation class for the 2 yr program. I have learned a lot since Annunciation (since we didn't really learn too much in Rel. Ed.!)but we also learned a lot about what teenagers face these days (they were too comfortable with us & told a lot!) For those of you who have teenagers or who are done like the Salvagni's- any other advice?! I have also done some traveling- to Bosnia twice & for our 10th Anniversary my husband & I went to Italy which was so neat on a pilgrimage with about 80 other people & a friend who is a Priest. Thankfully he was originally from Italy so he could find out where the best restrooms (if there are any!) & restaurants were!! I obviously have a great mother in-law who loves to take care of her grandkids. I plan on doing the same for my kids someday! So needless to say, I don't know where my days go but they go by too fast! Like the almost 20 yrs we have been out of High School! Hope the Fall 2002 reunion works out as my siblings would also like to come! too & I would be able to see all of you! God Bless" Bonnie (Robinson)Charles
Ida Hendrix Dickinson, Stay at home mom, email, Midway Park, NC, registered. (September 9, 2001)
Pamella Pryor Stafford, accounting clerk, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (May 20, 2001)
"Hello Class of 83. I am married to Carl Stafford and we have 5 daughters between the 2 of us. We have been married for 8 years now. Carl has worked 20 long years at HCCC and I am working 3rd shift at Herkimer. Walmart in the accounting division. We now live on E. North Street, but soon I will be back on John Street where I grew up. My kids keep us very busy as they are very much into soccer! Feel free to e-mail us to let us know what's up with you. Take care." Pam Pryor Stafford
Larry DelGrego, Ilion Fireman, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (modified April 27, 2001)
"Hi everybody, still living here in Ilion and wouldn't be anywhere else! Still married to Kim Day and have 3 children. Luke 10, Troy 7 & Paige 4. I am working as an Ilion Fireman and still running the family gunshop. Life is great, see you at the next reunion if not sooner." Larzy
Dema Wheeler Sanders, cashier, email, Flint, MI, registered. (modified April 18, 2001)
"Hello everyone!!!! It sure was a nice surprise to stumble on this page. I miss being there but I don't miss the snow. I'm married (10 long years)and have two boys, joshua who would be 13 (he was killed by a drunk driver about 6 years ago) and justin who is 11. i work at a local toll booth and love it. i get to meet a hundred people a day! as you can tell i'm not shy or quiet anymore. looking forward to our next reunion so i can see everyone. take care everybody!!!!!" - Dee
Erin O'Bryan Felshaw, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Feb 26, 2001)
"I got married last May 20 2000 to Bryan Felshaw. We have a daughter Alyssa Bryanne who is now 20 months old. My son Ryan Morris is now 11 soon to be 12 in March. We live on Old Forge Rd. in Ilion and love it! It is so peaceful up here but still close enough to town. You know how it is being from here and all. anyhow I am working part time at believe it or not ILION HIGH SCHOOL cooking! Who would have thought! I was at home with Alyssa and needed something part-time so decided to do that for now. I have my associates degree as an Activity Director Assistant but being all over in the health field for 14 years and with a new addition to the family I needed a break." - Erin
Scott Kamp, Naval Weather Forecaster, email, from Norfolk, VA, registered. (Feb 8, 2001)
Dawn Lawrence, email, from Ridgefield, CT, registered. (October 29, 2000)
Joanne Metz Sreca, Financial Service Rep., email, from Westmoreland, NY, registered. (May 19, 2000)
"Hey guys! I just found the web-site and noticed that the class of 1983 had no "contact person". So ... I said "what the heck" ... I might as well.How is everyone?!? I'm living not too far away in little ol' Westmoreland, NY. I been married (the second time-as most of you know!) for 5 years and have two beautiful sons. Jake is 4 1/2 and will start Kindergarten in September and Sam is 2 (born on April Fool's Day). They are the joys of my life!! There is nothing like motherhood! I work, and have been for the past 8 years, at First Source FCU in New Hartford. I'm only part-time now (20 hours a week). I just couldn't go back full-time after Jake was born. My husband Ray works as and Ops Manager for the Wal*Mart Distribution Center in Marcy. Any news about a 20 year reunion? I missed the 10 year one. :( I'd love to hear for you all." joanne :)
Ron Hart, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 12, 2000)
John Hazlett, retired contracting owner, email, from Elmira, NY, registered. (May 12, 2000)
Matthew Brown, Data Systems Analyst/Network Engineer, email, from Slidell, LA, registered. (May 8, 2000)
Karen Reese Dragon, Program Coordinator, email, from Cadyville, NY, registered. (modified March 30, 2001)
"Hi Everybody! I would really like to hear from old friends! I am working as a Program Coordinator at CCARC for Adults with Disabilities. I have been with this agency for 8 years. They have been very good to me. I am working on my Master's in Special Education. My son, TJ, is 4. My husband Tim and I have been married for 8 years. It is very, very, very cold up here but as beautiful as it is cold in the other 3 seasons. Please e-mail and let me know how you are doing." Karen:)
Richard Dzimitrowicz, System Engineer, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (April 10, 2000)
"Hello All Surfers of 83. I stumbled across this site by accident. I have been married since 7/31/93 to Pauline M.(Brown)of Frankfort. I am a Computer System Engineer Working for Entex Services, INC. currently providing MetLife with Network/PC support. I want to hear from the Class of 83. I added this site to my favorites, and will be checking back often. Later..." Richard
Barbie Chesebrough Kotary, email, from Little Falls, NY, registered. (March 21, 2000)
"Hey everyone, WHAT'S ZUUUHHP! I think I'm probably the last one to register on the web page. I think this is a terrific way to keep updated on all of us. I've been married for 11 years to Jeff Kotary from Mohawk, some of you may remember him from the last reunion. We have three kids, Jake,11 Karlee,7 and Sara(named after my grandmother) who is 21/2. We live in Little Falls. Jeff works for Burrows, Coroc division as an operator/mechanic. They make the boxes for the McDonald's sandwiches. I have been working at Herkimer County Multi-Bench Courts as a Senior Office Assistant for about a year now. Prior to that I was babysitting, Yep, believe it or not! We just added a new addition to our family, a dog named Cody. I can't believe how many of you I haven't seen since graduation. You would think I would run into more of you, I only live in Little Falls! Glad to hear so many of you are doing so well. Can you believe in 3 years it'll be our 20th reunion! WOW! Time flies when! you're having fun! Think about everyone often and wonder how you are and what's going on in all our busy lives! It would be nice if we all had time to keep in touch more. As you can see, my mouth still doesn't shut-up! Some things never change! Miss you all and hope to see everyone in 3 years. Whoever decides to start organizing a 20-year reunion, let me know and I would be more than happy to try and help in any way possible. Feel free to e-mail me anytime. Take Care and God Bless!" - Barbie
Lori Hazlett Furjes, Electronics Technician, email, from King George, VA, registered. (modified September 12, 2001)
William Dack, US Post Office, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (February 28, 2000)
Jackie Moore Salvagni, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (February 27, 2000)
"Hi everyone! Thought I'd give you a little update on The Salvagni family since I got to read about how everyone else is doing. Alan and I are still living in Ilion with our 2 sons, Jeremy and Brandon. It just so happens that Jeremy will be graduating from Ilion High this June 2000! Can you believe it???? My how time flies! Jeremy is 17 now and Brandon is 11. Brandon will also be graduating this year as well- from the 6th grade that is. Then he heads to the BIG JUNIOR HIGH. They both certainly keep us busy! It's so funny to see a lot of you just starting your families and we have one graduating already. Pretty Scary huh?! We're sure we shocked a few of you out there! Well, it certainly was great to find out what a lot of you are up to and where you are living now. What a great way to communicate!! Alan and I wish the best to all of you and your families and hope to keep seeing the newest updates. Take Care!" - Jackie
Steve Harris, Attorney, email, from Albany, NY, registered. (February 23, 2000)
Rudyard Edick, Environmental Scientist, email, from Albany , NY, registered. (February 18, 2000)
Ralph Botini, MIS manager at the Isle of CapriVestal, NY, email, sent news.
"On August 7th, 2000, my wife, Laurie, and I became the proud new parents of a baby girl. Tori Angeline was born at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City. She weighed 8lbs. 2oz. and 21" long. She has made both her mother and I very happy. Her sister Kaylee came up with her first name and her middle name is named after Great Grandma Bottini." - Ralph (August 20, 2000)
Ron Bunch, Economic Development Executive Director, email, from Abbeville, SC, registered. (December 26, 1999)
Linda Fike Engert, Occupational Therapist, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (February 6, 1999)
"Hello Everyone! I have finally found time to get online. I'm looking forward hearing from you all and catching up on things. I think this web page is great! I have done a lot since graduation, but more recently my husband, Dan and I have just completed building a house on Applewood Drive here in Ilion. We love it up here. It's a great place to raise our 3 daughters, Brittany-6, Kaleigh-4, and Dani Lynn-2. I am working at St.Lukes Hospital in Utica as a Registered Occupational Therapist and loving it. Life does get crazy at times, however I would change a thing. I am hoping to find time to spend on line. Sure hope to hear from any of you soon. Hope life is treating you all good!" - Linda
Dr. Joanne Detore-Nakamura, Professor of Literature, email, from Viera, FL, registered in the directory. (January 9, 1999)
"I had a busy year. I finally finished my doctorate in American Literature at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Il. in November. Earlier in the fall, I received tenure and a promotion at Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Florida where I am an Associate Professor of Communications and Literature. Most importantly, my husband, Eric, and I had our first baby in March, a beautiful little girl named Emily Paige. She's the joy of our lives! My Mom & Dad watch her during the day while I'm teaching (my folks retired to Florida & live 5 minutes away!)."
Since high school, I kept up with my writing and published some poetry, critical articles, and presented numerous papers at conferences like the Mid-west Modern Language Association, the 20th-century Literature Conference, and the Irish Studies Conference. In addition, I've been involved with the Margaret Atwood Society for a number of years, and I'm listed on their WEB page as a former bibliographer."
I love living in Florida, but I really miss the fall leaves. Whenever I hear about the blizzards and the below zero temps, I don't miss the snow."
What's Ilion High School up to these days? Apparently we're high tech now with our WEB page. It looks wonderful, by the way. Congratulations to theWEBmistress!"
Sally Vandawalker Johnson, email, from Herkimer, NY, re-registered in the directory. (January 4, 1999)
Deneen Muller Walton, Homemaker/mom, email, from Magnolia, TX, signed the Guestbook. (modified email January 22, 2002)
"Hi Ya'll! I know I am not an official alumni of I.H.S. but I have alot of fond memories while I lived in Ilion and wanted to look up some old friend. I have lived in Houston since 1983, but still feel that I am a "Ilionite." I've been married for 7 year and am expecting my fist baby in May. My family is doing great, lots of grand children for Mom, (as some of you know, Dad died suddenly in a car accident in 1984), Clay lives in N.C. and has 3 children and his own business, Jeff is a dad too (one son) and lives in The Woodlands, TX and Andrea lives in Wimberley, Tx and has 2 kids. I'd better stop now or I won't have anything to tell anyone. I'd really love to hear from some old friends and catch up on old times."- Deneen (modified November 2, 2000)
Sherry Brant Ashwood, cna and college student, email, from Theresa, NY, registered in the directory. (September 10, 1998)
Scott Hendrix, Funeral Director, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (August 25, 1998)
John Kenealy, Attorney, email, from Utica, NY, registered in the directory. (modified June 16, 2001)
Bette Cook Davidson, Restaurant Manager, email, Inman, SC, registered in the directory. (modified February 18, 2000)
Michael Murphy, Purchasing, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (Modified September 15, 1999)
Kelly Swienton Dack, Frankfort, NY, signed the Guestbook. (February 7, 1998)
"Hello to all. I work at home doing medical transcription and taking care of my three beautiful children. My husband and I live in a new house out the outskirts of Frankfort, so we're not too far away. I would love to hear from old friends."
Frank Dudish, email, registered in the directory. (January 26, 1998)
Corey Fitzgibbons, Project Engineer, email, from Littleton, CO, registered in the alumni directory. (modified October 13, 2000)
Deborah Massocco Castellano, Dealer at Turning Stone Casino, from Herkimer, NY., registered in the alumni directory. (modified March 19, 1999)
Kim LeClair Pavlus, an accountant from Litchfield, NY, email, registered in the alumni directory. (December 7, 1997)
JoEllen Bleaking Mula, an Account Clerk-Typist from East Herkimer, email, the first alumnus from the Class of 1983, to register in the alumni directory.
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