Ilion High School
Class of 1987
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
Class of '87 Contact Person
Jackie Sweeney email, Ilion, NY, is the latest Class Editor to come on board. (modified May 11, 2007)
1987 Facebook Private Group Created to share Reunion Plans....
Class of '87 Reunion Plans....
"Well, the reunion preparation is underway. I need information from everyone (even if you don't plan on attending) so please contact me. I have just recently moved to 185 Center St in Ilion and my new phone number is 315-895-0060. Email is the best way, but if you prefer to write or call, that is fine too. Thank you to everyone that has helped so far. I hope to hear from many more of you. Take Care." - Jackie Sweeney
Thomas E. 'Tom' Fort, Jr. IHS 1987, age 42, of Barringer Road, passed away on Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2011 in Ilion. He was born on January 25, 1969 in Ilion, son of Thomas E. Fort, Sr., of Ilion and Elaine P. (Baker) Billings of Ilion. He graduated from Utica College with a degree in Criminal Justice. On September 23, 1995 he was joined in marriage with Tina M. Failing in Annunciation Church, Ilion; a union of nearly 16 years. He entered into service with the New York State Police on October 12, 1992 and earned the rank of Investigator on February 4, 1999 and eventually the rank of Sgt. On May 3, 2007. During his 18 year tenure with the state police he was a hostage negotiator, crime scene technician and a polygraphist. Tom was successful in the personal roles of his life and devoted to his family which earned him the admiration and respect of his wife and children. He served as an excellent and inspiring role model while performing his duties as a New York State Trooper and eventually as a Sgt. and Investigator. He loved sports, golfing and especially coaching his children's sports teams. Tom will be forever remembered by his family and friends. Survivors include his beloved family; his wife, Tina (Failing) Fort of Ilion; a daughter, Morgan Fort; a son, Brett Fort; his mother and step father, Elaine and William Billings of Ilion; his father, Thomas Fort, Sr., of Ilion; mother in law, Donna Bailey of Little Falls; father in law, Marty Failing of Little Falls; grandmother, Eleanor Kuhner of Ilion; sisters and brother in laws, Nicole and Gary Stuart of Scotia and Kelly and Sam Dickenson of Glens Falls; brother in law and companion, Paul Failing and Adrian DePetro of Little Falls; step brother and sister in law, Steve and Amy Billings of Dolgeville; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many great friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Frank Baker; paternal grandparents, Leland and Betty Fort and by an uncle, Robert Fort. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home (Harry, Kevin, and Daniel Enea-Directors), 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000, on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 4-8 p.m. The funeral will commence on Wednesday, September 14, 2011 at 11 am from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort with the Rev. Ann Wicks pastor of First Calvary Baptist Church, Utica officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion where he will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the memorial fund that will be set up for Tom's children. Envelopes will be available at the funeral parlor. The family would like to thank the Ilion Police Department and the New York State Police for all their support at this difficult time. (Sept 14, 2011 - modified March 20, 2016)
Jeffrey B. Leach IHS 1987, age 42, of Higby Rd., Frankfort, NY, died unexpectedly at work, on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, in Rome, NY. He was born on January 25, 1968, in Ilion, the son of William F. and Marianne (Reider) Leach. Jeffrey was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1987 and St. John Fischer in Rochester, NY. He was employed with the Dept. of Defense as an Accounting Supervisor with DFAS, USAF, Rome, for over ten years. He attended Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, was a member of Adult Congenital Heart Assoc., Inc., and enjoyed cruises, cars, and tractors. Survivors include his mother, Marianne Leach and stepfather, Robert Anton, with whom he lived in Frankfort; his father, William Leach, of Depew, NY; one sister, Kimberly Leach and partner, Nikki Henry, of Cicero, NY; one brother, Aaron Leach of Atlanta, GA; his beloved support person, Kathy Tetoros, of Australia, (who suffers from the same congenital heart defect as Jeff did); also support persons and good friends, Tammy and Paul Tenerowicz; his seven beloved dogs, including his two favorites, Cameo and Mack; and his many, many friends. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Eugene and Evelyn Reider; and grandmother, Marjorie Leach. Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Saturday, June 5, 2010, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Father Anthony M. Barratt, Pastor of Church of the Annunciation, officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are on Saturday, June 5, 2010 from 9:00 am to noon, prior to the funeral home service. The family wishes to thank Pediatric Cardiology of Syracuse, AMCARE Ambulance of Rome, Rome City Hospital, Crouse Hospital of Syracuse, and all his co-workers at DFAS, especially their staff nurse. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Adult Congenital Heart Assoc., Inc. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. All funeral and burial arrangements are entrusted to Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (July 3, 2010)
From Dawn Jackson Robertson, email, from Virginia Beach, VA, about her brother, Ken Jackson, class of 87. (August 22, 2003)
"It is with mixed emotions that I must announce the death of my brother, Ken Jackson (class of 87). He passed away July 28th at Sitrin Healthcare Center after a courageous battle with Lupus, ITP and APS. Though he is finally at peace, he will be dearly missed. I am currently in Va Beach, but if you wish to send your condolences locally my Mom's address is as follows:"
Mr. Kenneth Thomas Jackson IHS 1987, age 34, of English St., passed away Monday, July 28, 2003, after a courageous battle with ITP and APS in Sitrin Health Care Center. He was born in Ilion March 24, 1969, the son of Thomas and Joann Onofaro Jackson. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1989. He later attended and graduated from Herkimer County Community College with an AAS degree in Accounting. Ken was employed as a payment processor for Bank of New York, Utica branch. Ken's sense of humor touched all who came in contact with him. He was a devoted Yankee fan and sports lover and he especially enjoyed people, music and his computer. Kenneth is survived by his devoted mother, Joann; one sister and brother-in-law, Dawn and Mark Robertson of Virginia Beach, Va.; his nephew, Raymond Robertson and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his father, Thomas Jackson on March 30, 1977. His funeral was held Saturday morning at 9:30 in the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort with the Rev. Gene Kipper, officiating. Interment was in Oak View Cemetery. Ken's family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the doctors, nurses, aides and staff of Faxton Hospital's CCU and Sitrin Healthcare Center for the wonderful care and compassion shown to him during his illness and passing. (August 22, 2003)
Lori A. Bouck Aversa IHS 1987, age 34, of College Hill Road, died at home with her family by her side on her birthday, Dec. 1, 2002. She was born in Ilion Dec. 1, 1968, to Allen and Virginia "Linda" Brown Bouck and graduated from Ilion Central School, Class of 1987. On July 18, 1987, she married her high school sweetheart, David A. Aversa. Lori was a devoted mother and a loving wife. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Clinton. Lori is survived by her husband of 15 years, David A. Aversa of Clinton; her three beloved daughters, Kayla, Kortney and Morgan at home; her parents, Allen and Linda Bouck of Ilion; her brother, Allen Bouck Jr. and his fiance Melissa of Herkimer; her mother-in-law, Ida Aversa of Frankfort; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Frances and Robert Rudwall of Deerfield, brother-in-law, Joseph Aversa of Frankfort, sister-in-law, Lisa Fitzgerald of Utica; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Owens-Pavlot Funeral Service Inc., 35 College St., Clinton and 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Clinton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Friends are invited to call Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. The family extends their appreciation to the fourth floor nursing staff at Faxton Hospital for the care given to Lori and her family and to the Hamilton College community, neighbors and friends for their support. (December 4, 2002)
Patrick W. Murphy IHS 1987, age 33, of Herkimer, formerly of Ilion, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002. Pat was born May 17, 1968, in Cooperstown, the son of William and Ann Murphy. He attended Ilion schools. For the past five years, Pat worked at Precision Milling in Burbank, Calif., and at one time worked at Union Fork and Hoe in Frankfort and the Ilion Water Department. Pat loved to play his guitar. Survivors include his sister, Karen Murphy; two brothers and one sister-in-law, William and Donna Murphy; his twin brother, David Murphy; his aunt, Mary Bunce; and two nieces, Jennifer and Melissa Murphy, all of Ilion. He was predeceased by his father, William Murphy, in 1992 and his mother, Ann, in 1996. Pat's funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Alfred Lamannaofficiating. Interment was held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. (January 22, 2002)
David and Heather (Dickenson) Jennette, Class of '87, email, Thomasville, NC, announce the birthof their beautiful daughter, Reese Caleigh Jennette on July 2nd. She weighed 8lbs. 10 ozs. and was 20 inches. She is the final addition and joins her brother's Jeremy & Jacob. (July 23, 2002)
David & Heather Dickenson ('87) Jennette, of Thomasville, NC announce the birth of their son Jacob Chandler on Nov. 11th. He weighed 8 lbs. 9 ozs. and was 21 inches. He joins his brother Jeremy. - Heather (November 19, 1998)
Congratulations to Steven '87 and Shelly Wright, on the birth of their beautiful baby boy, Miller Steven, on 22 June 1998 in Savannah, Ga. He weighed in at 7lbs 10ozs, and he was 20.5 inches long. "We really have been blessed with a miracle." - Steven (July 12, 1998)
Congratulations to our uncle Eric "Emo" Matthews '87 and his wife, Aunt Kristin today, on the birth of their daughter Olivia!! More details to follow....
Love Tara and Marissa!!! (May 17, 1998)
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Michael Jensen, Quality Assurance Evaluator, email, Fort Montgomery, NY, registered. (March 24, 2016)
John Booth, Retired, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Feb 25, 2013)
Sandra Healey Moynihan, Medical Scheduler, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Aug 4, 2012)
Mike Jory, Detective, email, Herkimer, Ny, re-registered. (Mar 24, 2012)
Stephen Smith, US Army, email, Fort Huachuca, AZ, sent news. (Aug 20, 2010)
"I just wanted to say hello to Ilion....My family and I have arrived here at Fort Huchuca, AZ. Wow...a bit different than the east coast!."
Michelle McCormack Reiner, aircraft mechanic, email, from Fayetteville, NC, registered. (July 3, 2010)
Timothy Olmstead, machinist, from Ilion, NY, email, re-registered. (Aug 19, 2007)
Steve Hoffman, from Charlotte, NC, email, re-registered. (Aug 19, 2007)
Eric Hubbell, Pe Teacher, email, from Little Falls, NY, registered. (Aug 10, 2007)
Chris Conover, DJ/Videographer, email, from Newport, NY, re-registered. (Aug 10, 2007)
Alicia Helmer Townsend, Comptroller, Prudential First Properties, email, from Brewerton, NY, sent news. (July 15, 2007)
"Great reunion last night guys! Jackie, you did a great job organizing. It was wonderful catching up with old friends. I know personally, I intend to keep in touch with a few of you now that we've exchanged e-mails. To those of you that traveled in order to be there, thank you. Even though I only moved an hour away, I know how hard it can be to get back to Ilion, especially with balancing the schedules of a whole family."
Stephen Smith, US Army, Fort Bragg, NC, sent news. (June 1, 2007)
"I just wanted to drop a short note to let everyone know that we are headed back to Iraq in the next couple of days. I hope everyone has fun at the 20th reunion...it will be bitter sweet for me as that also means I could be retired from the Army!! Take care and please feel free to drop me a line if you would like."
Tina Nencetti Balasko, mom, email, from Lithia, Fl., re-registered. (June 26, 2007)
Jackie Sweeney, Military, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 11, 2007)
David Humphrey, Logistics Manager, email, Lewisburg, PA, registered. (April 13, 2007)
"I was trying to send a note to Jackie Sweeney, who is listed as the last contact for members of the class of 1987. However, I don't think her e-mail address listed is correct. Any idea how I can get a hold of an active member of the 1987 glass? Also, I wanted you to know that I really enjoy the website, it has brought back some very found memories."
Scott Stetson, Attorney, email, from Akron, OH, re-registered. (Oct 17, 2006)
Patricia Phelps Sohns, Claims Examiner, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Sept 14, 2006)
Jill Murphy Spence, Project Manager Asst, email from Green Cove Springs, FL, re-registered. (July 14, 2006)
Michele Yaddow Sklarz, email, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (Jan 18, 2006)
Andrea Jackson Goedken, Commercial Lines Specialist - Smith, Bell & Thompson, email, from Colchester, VT, re-registered. (Nov 14, 2005)
Tracy Lozo Loomis, Manager, email, from Chandler, AZ, re-registered. (Oct 15, 2005)
Melissa Cowen Lockwood, EMS, email, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (Sept 10, 2005)
Steve Lynch, Equity Trader, email, Warwick, NY, registered. (September 6, 2004)
Christian Kartanowicz, Senior Systems Engineer, email, Union Grove, AL, re-registered. (August 3, 2004)
Joann Seymour Miller, customer service representive, email, Poland, NY, re-registered. (July 18, 2004)
Shannon Smith, Nurse's Aide, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (July 18, 2004)
Eric Matthews, Attorney, email, Tampa, FL, registered. (May 18, 2004)
I do not know why I have not happened upon this site before now...better late than never, I guess. I agree with many of you who have expressed how nice it is to be able to get updates on people that you have not thought about, let alone seen, for some time. As I have enjoyed your postings, it is only fair that I do the same.
After 4 years of college in Rochester, I met my future wife and we relocated to Richmond, VA where I attended law school and Kristin obtained her masters in counseling education. We returned to her home town area in the Southern Tier of NY (Wellsville) where we lived for about 7 years. We have 2 wonderful children. Olivia will be 6 this month and Ethan will be 3 in July. We really have been blessed.
After working in private practice in the Wellsville area for 4 years, I went to work for Adelphia Communications as in house counsel. Yes, the same Adelphia that is now bankrupt and whose former owners are on trial for corporate fraud. Fortunately, that had nothing to do with the legal dept, but suffice to say it made for interesting times. I was relocated by Adelphia from Wellsville to Charlottesville, VA in July of 2003. Sensing that good things were not in store for Adelphia, I decided to move on and, in April, accepted a position as in house counsel with the Home Shopping Network (get your cz ring now, before we run out!) in Tampa.
We are really excited about this new phase in our lives but a bit nervous about being so far away from home. I guess that is about it. The last 14 years in 3 paragraphs. Keep the updates coming, it is really fun to "catchup".
Stephen Smith, US Army, Mosul, Iraq, sent news. (Jan 24, 2004)
"Just a quick note to say that my entire unit is headed home from Iraq. It has been a very long 10 months! We have all appreciated the support that everyone has shown us througout our entire deployment. I hope to visit Ilion sometime in Febuary, maybe I will see some of you guys while I am home. Take care and again we all want to say thank you!!"
Brian LaFountain, manufacturing, email, Black Mountain, NC, re-registered. (Jan 24, 2004)
Stephanie Treen Wheelock, Day care teacher, Edgewater, FL, email, registered. (December 23, 2003)
Christine Warner Rende, Office Manager, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)
Philip Turrell, Sales Manager, email, from Cicero, NY, registered in the directory. (October 6, 2002)
Shauna Phelps Wright, Deputy Sheriff, Ilion, NY, email sent news. (September 14, 2002)
"Hi everyone!!!! I just learned of this site. Currently, I am a Deputy Sheriff and work part-time for a police department. I have three children ages 11, 08, and 05. My husband works for the Department of Corrections. Hope to see everyone October 11."
Christian Kartanowicz, sent news. (June 30, 2002)
"Greetings, everyone, from the deep south! First off, kudos to Aileen Carney Sweeney for her dedication to making this website the pride of IHS Alumni all throughout the world! The saying about how time flies faster as you get older is so very true - already 15 years have gone by since the Class of 1987 graduated! I look in the mirror and cannot believe the gray hair has already started settling in! Although I did not get an opportunity to get know everyone in our class, I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting this website and reading the stories of everyone's life journey. Since about five years have passed since I last logged an entry here, I hope you won't mind if I bring you all up to date on my own life journey and the many adventures I've faced over the years.
I did not attend Ilion Central Schools until I arrived from New Jersey to start our freshman year. It was the first time my family relocated us and it was a difficult period of adjustment for me - perhaps that was the main reason I wasn't as social with everyone as I wanted to be. Nowadays, I have tremendous difficulty in keeping my mouth shut - I love to talk with EVERYONE!
After high school, I stayed in New York State up until 1992 when I came to the realization that I needed to broaden my horizons after earning my Industrial Engineering degree. So, I rolled the dice and joined the Military Intelligence Corps of the U.S. Army for four years - a journey that sent me to the Missouri Ozarks, the deserts of West Texas, the DMZ in Korea, and the Georgia Pines in Augusta. I struck gold, at the end of my enlistment, by landing a training support position for the defense contractor that built and maintained the systems I worked on while in the Army - thus the start of a new life in Huntington Beach, CA and, along the way, I met the woman I'd fall in love with who would become my wife. My wife and I had five fun-filled years in Southern California, but struggling to make a decent living out there took a toll on us and I put in for a promotion/transfer and got the job - in the redneck capital of the world ... ALABAMA! Seriously, we relocated to the Huntsville, AL region (a.k.a. "The Rocket City" or "The birthplace of the U.S. Space Program") a year and a half ago and this has been an absolute blessing for both of us. As of current, we still do not have children yet, but will likely start soon after Ellen (my wife) finishes up her nursing degree this year. She inspired me to get back to school and, this coming fall, I'll be starting work on my Master's degree in Systems Engineering. In all, it's been an adventurous journey and I wish to thank our teachers at IHS and our counselor Mrs. Marenfeld for pointing us in the right direction. You never appreciate their hard work for us until you look back on your life and realize how they all had a hand in molding us into the people we are today. Sadly, I will be unable to attend the big reunion to let them know this. For those of you, however, who will attend and see one of your old teachers there, take a moment to see them and acknowledge the tools they gave you to face life head-on - they deserve to hear it!
One final story before I go (see, I told you I can't shut up!) - most of you who knew me remembered what a big fan I was of Australian Football. When I lived in California, I made a dream of mine a reality by joining the CAFL (California Australian Football League) and endured an illustrious two-year career filled with bumps, bruises, broken bones and pure excitement and reward! I had the privilege of playing with and against many former professionals I used to watch when they were on ESPN and that made it all the more special. OK, I'll stop here. Thanks for enduring my long-windedness! I would be most happy to hear from any of my former classmates to talk old times with or whatever you'd like. Take care and God Bless!"
Terri Dillon, Communications, email, from New Hartford, NY, registered. (April 2, 2002)
Jill Murphy Spence, Virginia Beach, VA, sent news. (March 16, 2002)
"Hi Everyone, glad to see most of you doing well and staying healthy. Was really looking forward to coming home for the 2002 Mega Reunion and getting together for that long overdue drink Amy but life has turned me in another direction once again. I was unable to make the 10 year reunion due to living so far away in CA at the time and now my husband (who is deployed right now onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt) will be returning shortly and due to job limitations we will be unable to remain in Virginia Beach. To make a long story short, we will be heading down to Jacksonville, Florida in October 2002 where we will make our final home as retirement occurs after this duty station. Will try to make it but if not, I hope you all have a great time. Would love to see you all since I haven't seen many of you since I departed in 1988. Aim, congrats on the 5th one. Let me know what you have."
Paula Scaparo Moore, Home Visitor, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (March 9, 2002)
Amy Geloso D'Amato, email, from Lancaster, NY, registered. (March 9, 2002)
"Hi everyone! Where does the time go? I am interested in putting together a Class of 1987 happy hour on the same weekend as the mega reunion (in place of our 15 yearreunion this year). Please email me if you are interested in helping. Dan and I have been married for 7 great years. We have 4 kids and one more on the way. Dan Jr. is 6, Abby 4, Mia 3, Olivia 19 mo. They are wonderful! I took some time off from teaching to pursue school administration. I hope to be a principal someday when the kids are all in school (scary isn't it)! Dan is teaching middle school. Hope to see many people at the mega reunion!" Amy (March 9, 2002)
Michael Mergenthaler, email, from Orlando, FL, re-registered. (March 7, 2002)
Tracy Feuerstein Casanova, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (February 25, 2002)
"Hello everyone! Great to see that everyone is doing well! Sad to hear about Patrick Murphy. That just goes to show that we should all enjoy each and every day to the fullest! To update those I have not seen, I am married to a great guy named Bob Casanova (only me right?) We have 4 beautiful daughters. April and Amber are my 10 year old twins, Carlie is my 3 year old and Bree is my 3 1/2 month old. I also work 3 part time jobs because I enjoy all of them and don't want to leave any of them and hubby works at Remington Arms. The only person I really keep in touch with regularly is Lori Bouck Aversa who has been fighting a battle with cancer for a year and a half now. Please say a prayer for her! It was nice to see some of the comments from people that I hadn't seen since H.S., especially Julie Farnham! I have always wondered where you were Julie! Well all be safe and be happy!" (February 25, 2002)
Pam Solin Fogerty, email, Ohio, NY, re-registered. (February 25, 2002)
Michele Wheeler, email Mt. Morris, MI submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 22, 2002)
Jodean Oldick Bracken, Legal Assistant, email, Poland, NY, registered. (January 21, 2002)
Heather Fresco Duesler, Medical/Psychiatric, email, Gloversville, NY, registered. (November 24, 2001)
"This Website is great!!! I was looking through the guest book and sighted a lot of people I know. It's good to see all of you are good and doing well in your lives. I left Ilion in 1989 and came home to Fulton County. I was divorced for 10 years and have been remarried for two years to a wondorful man. I have 3 degrees in various fields ranging from the Medical field, to Human Services, and finally to my favorite practice of Psychiatry. I'm hoping that by saying hello, I can also ask for some help. I, along with my dad and step mom who are still in Ilion, have been trying to find Melissa Krowicki for a very long time. She was my best friend and I would love to get in touch with her. If any one has any information on her were abouts, or if you can get in touch with her I would appreciate yourself or her getting in touch with me... Take care all, and thank you for any help you can give me in finding." Missy...
Cynthia Lane, Resident Counsellor for United Cerebal Palsey, email, from Ilion, NY, sent news. (October 24, 2001)
"Hi all! Some things have happened since the last time I wrote in. My son Schuyler is 4 going on 5 now. He is still a sweetie, but he is such a smarty pants! (No idea where he got that! lol) I have changed jobs. I left UCP in March and started at Human Technologies Corporation as an Employment Specialist. I work primarily with people with disabilities, helping them get competitive employment. I really enjoy what I do. Does anyone remember Bill Luppino? He was a year ahead of us. Well, he is my boss. Well, that's all for now. Hope everything is going well for everyone." Cindy
Michele Wheeler, Owner of Heads n Tails Grooming, email, Mt. Morris, MI, registered. (June 21, 2001)
Heather Dickenson Jennette, Vet Tech & Mom to 2 boys, email, Thomasville, NC, registered. (May 23, 2001)
Jacqueline Smith, Executive Secretary, email, Utica, NY, registered. (May 5, 2001)
Alicia Helmer Townsend, email, Brewerton, NY, sent news. (April 18, 2001)
"It is great reading up on the lives of so many of our classmates! So much has happened to all of us. I wish I had gotten to the website in the past few months since I've traveled to cities where some of you now live. For me, I graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 1991 with a BA in accounting, worked for a CPA firm in Syracuse for a couple of years and then went to work for Prudential Real Estate in Syracuse. Have been the accountant for the company for 8 years now. Five years ago, I had a son, Timothy(6/1/96). Absolute joy of my life. Spent four years living in Ilion again and commuting to work. Glad to have had the chance to run into classmates now and again. Married a wonderful man, Kevin, 6/30/00 and moved back to the suburbs of Syracuse. Life has been very good to me since IHS and I look forward to everything else to come!"
Scott Alexander, email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (March 14, 2001)
"Well, where should I begin. Last weekend marked the 11th anniv. for Lisa and me, and a lot has happen in those eleven years. After we were married, I started to work at several jobs and attended school full time, until I became burned out and decided to take a semester off. Well, that was in the spring of 1992 and I haven't been back since. Worked at a couple of different jobs and finally landed one at a local printing company. Luckily, I was able to make enough money to force Lisa to go back, in between kids, to earn her teaching degree. She now teaches English at Holland Patent and is finishing up her masters at Cortland. While Lisa was going to school, I worked my way up through the company and now I am a sales rep living part-time in NYC(3 days a wk). I miss being away from the kids(Drew-10, Amanda-7, Zach-4), but they have adjusted pretty well to it and the company is good about letting me stay in Utica when the kids have something going on. So, if anyone is in NYC, let me know. I would to love have a drink with some old classmates. Lisa and me bought Scott Stetson's old house on Otsego St. in the spring of 1998, so if anyone is in town, stop by.. we would love to see ya. Just a little note that I think some of you will find amusing, my mom and dad were remarried a couple of years ago. Do you believe that, after 22 years of tormenting us they decide to get back together. Well, I guess I have rambled on long enough. Take care and feel free to drop me a line."
Tammy Kinville Johnston, email, from Dolgeville, NY, signed the Guest Book. (Feb 19, 2001)
"Hi, everyone! My brother Rocko (Billy) told me about this web site, it's pretty interesting reading about everybody. Hope to hear from someone soon."
Janet Manion Crim, email, from Ilion, NY, sent news. (October 29, 2000)
"Well, I finally did it. I returned to college after all these years. I am attending HCCC to get my associates in Liberal Arts and transferring next year to The College of Saint Rose for a bachelors degree in communication disorders. I hope to work for a school district. I is really different going back when you are "older". I am really enjoying it, although it is very difficult juggling a full time family and a full time course load. I just tell myself that it will be worth it in the long run. Still nice to see how others are doing. Bye for now." - Janet
Heather Dickenson Jennette Veterinary Technician, from Thomasville, NC., email, registered. (modified October 13, 2000)
Jackie Sweeney, Scale Operator/Air National Guard, from Ilion, NY, registered. (September 17, 2000)
"Hello everyone. I had heard about this web site, but had never visited. Tracy Lozo Loomis sent me the address, so I decided to check it out. It's great to see that so many of us have responded. Well, I bought the house I grew up in. I am currently a scale operator at the recycling center in Utica and I am a member of the Air National Guard in Syracuse. I guess I just cant stay away from the military! I have two great kids, Jasmine is 11, and Statcher is 7. I just started full time internet courses through HCCC and I love it. It's nice to see that everyone is doing so well. Take care and God Bless." - Jackie
Steve Hoffman, Environmental Contract Administrator from Lake Norman, NC., email, sent news. (September 17, 2000)
"Well, It's been three years since I signed onto the Alumni Page. Needless to say a lot has happened since then. Here's the short version: I no longer work for Republic Industries as a plant manager, now I work for the Local Government (Mecklenburg County) as an Environmental Contract Administrator. And believe it or not I'm going back to school at ECU (East Carolina University) part time to get masters degree in Environmental Planning. I married Shannon Connors (Class of 89) on 12/31/99. A lot of old friends joined our new years eve/millennium celebration and just like old times, we had a blast! Shannon works for the Charlotte Observer as the Advertising Manager, but now she's out on maternity caring for our twins. Stephen and Sydney Hoffman were born August 7th 2000. A boy and a girl, I think we'll stop there but who knows! We really have enjoyed the Charlotte area and high recommend it. If you're ever in the area, give us a call." - Steve, Shannon, Steve Jr, Sydney
Scott Vogel, email, registered. (August 3, 2000)
Rob Raymond, Liverpool, NY, master control operator, email, sent news. (June 22, 2000)
"Hello everyone, my sister Sherri told me about this website. I graduated from H.C.C.C. in 89 and SUNY Brockport in 91. After having lived in California and Texas I decided to move back to central NewYork. I've been at WSTM-NBC3 in Syracuse for almost 6 years. I'm a master control operator. I'm happily married to my wife Tracy. We got married on a carnival cruise ship in the caribbean. We have two beautiful sons: Tyler (Born May 1, 1997) and Noah (Born January 4, 2000). We missed having a millenium baby by 3 days. No doubt having two sons keeps us very busy and happy. Take care..." - Rob
Scott Alexander, Salesman, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (March 29, 2000)
Mike Wardle, Underwriter, email, from Frankfort, NY, registered. (January 24, 2000)
Cyndie Savage Nicodemus, email, from Plano, TX, sent news. (November 17, 1999)
"Amy G. D'Amato told me about this web site & I found it via Julie Farnham Seaver's web site. The offical news is I've been married for 4 years to a wonderful man named Brian. He is teaching & attending school at the University of Kentucky working on a graduate degree in Architecture. I had been a teacher for the past nine years, but recently I've moved on to a second career working for American Airlines. The real story is that I hit the lottery and we are living in the South Pacific with no responsibilities."
Michael Mergenthaler, from Orlando, FL, registered. (November 16, 1999)
"It's great to hear how everyone is doing! After joining the Marines, as you know, I married my wife Kelli, we have no children. I then went to work for Walt Disney World. I did some artwork, as well as work with the entertainment department on shows. I was picked up by Universal Studios to run shows for them, including opening Terminator 2/3D. I've done several films and do a great deal of stage acting as well. (one that ending up shooting at the same time as the reunion) I'm currently the safety manager over Universal Studios Escape in Orlando, FL. Would love to hear from any of the gang!" - Michael
Tina Nencetti, Senior Accountant, email, from Tampa, FL, registered. (November 9, 1999)
"Hey everyone. I loved reading what everyone is up to. Amy G. D'Amato just told me about this website. It sounds like we all are doing pretty well. Well, I'm in Tampa, FL working for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Accountant. I've been in Tampa for about 5 years, loving the hot/sunny days. I'm in the process of planning my wedding, on Sept. 3, 2000, to my soulmate, Stephen Balasko. Yes, I'm alittle behind on the marriage and kid deal, but I'm working on it(although, I do have the cutest 3 yr. old black lab, Jamie). Please if anyone is ever near the Tampa area, give me a call. I would love to get together." - Tina
Stephen Smith, US Paratrooper, from Fort Bragg, NC, registered in the directory. (modified November 5, 1999)
Amy Geloso D'Amato, High School Phys Ed Teacher, email, from Lancaster, NY, registered. (October 12, 1999)
"This web site was an excellent idea! Just thought I would let everyone know that I am alive and well here in Buffalo, New York. I have been married to the greatest guy in the world fo five years. We have three children, Daniel 4, Abby 20 mos., and Mia 7 mos. They are a blast. I am a Physical Education Teacher at East Aurora High School, but I am on a one year leave of absence to be with my babies. (Who knows...maybe I'll take longer.) Congrats to Mr Collea and I would love to here from anyone." - Amy
Julie Stanburg Fernalld, Ilion, NY, email, signed the Guest Book. (October 1, 1999)
"Just heard about this site.It is great. I am working at Remington Elementary School as a teacher assistant-got my bachelors in elem ed-still working towards my masters. I have 2 beautiful but wild children. Kourtnee is 7 and Justin is 5. Separated after 9 years but happy. Drop a line anytime." - Julie
Chrissy Warner Phillips, email, from Ilion, NY, registered.(September 22, 1999)
"Wow, hello everyone..this site is so cool. Hope everyone is doing well. I finally bought my own computer now I can play on the net at home and not at work. Only one problem..it took me a long time to find this site because I spend too much time chatting. Hope to hear from someone soon. Take Care!!" - Chrissy
Don Brien, email, from Yokota Air Base, Japan, signed the Guest Book. (June 4, 1999)
"My mom, who is still on the School Board in Ilion, sent me some info on this website. I love it!! My kids get a good kick out of it also. It's nice to hear how everyone is doing. I haven't kept in touch with anyone really except Tony and Christine Marro.
Since graduation I have been all Air Force. I graduated from the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO in May 1991. After that I went to Vance AFB, OK for pilot training and then to Little Rock AFB, AR for six years. I just arrived in Japan this past January and love it so far. As a C-130, "Four Fans of Freedom," pilot I have been to almost every state in the Union, Guam, Puerto Rico, and 22 foreign countries. My greatest achievement has been marrying my wife Karla. We met on a blind date that I had to receive special permission to go on because I was on a six-month restriction at the Academy. (But that's another story...:)) Since then I haven't gotten into too much trouble and she keeps me in line. We have four beautiful, but sometimes rambuncious, children - Kate, 6, Sean, 4, Joel, 2, and Seth at six months. Karla and the kids keep me going and the Grace of God keeps Karla and I sane! Hope to hear from some of you soon and if anyone needs a place to stay in Japan just drop me a line. Sayonara! - Don (June 4, 1999)
Stephen Lynch, Stock Trader, email, from Mahwah, NJ, registered. (April 14, 1999)
"The past 12 years went by so fast...it's scary. It seems like only yesterday I was playing pool at Boyles Pit in Herkimer with Matt, Ted, and Bob. It was a nice surprise to find this web site. It brings back alot of great memories of people I have not thought of in a long time. It sounds like everyone is very happy. I've been married for almost 5 years to my wonderful wife Stacie. In that time, We've been blessed with our two boys...Kaelan and Owen. Thats been my greatest accomplishment. I've been working for a small brokerage firm in New York City for the past 7 years. I trade stocks and commodities in a proprietary trading account (no, I don't trade internet stocks - too rich for my blood). Anyways, its great to hear from everyone via this web site. I hope everyone is doing great. Take care." - Stephen
Jackie Zito Hoffman, guidance counslor, email, from Castleton, NY, registered in the directory. (September 10, 1998)
Steven Wright, airline mechanic, email, from Kingsland, GA, registered in the directory. (modified October 26, 1999)
Julie Farnham Seaver, email, from Ft Lauderdale, FL, signed the Guest Book. (modified June 1, 1999)
"I actually only went there until tenth grade and then moved to Ft Lauderdale, for my junior and senior years, however, I always felt like this was my home school and the friends and memories at Ilion High will always be my favorite!"
"Daughter of Geoffrey Nehr Class of 66? (he will kill me for not knowing for sure and Deborah Harris Class of '67"
"I am looking for any information someone can give me on two members of my class: Sheila DeCarr (maiden name) and Kimberly Fielder (also maiden name). No one I keep in touch with knows and I would love to hear from them! Happy Holidays everyone!"- Julie (modified November 21, 1998)
Stephen Smith, from Fayetteville, NC, signed the Guestbook. (June 1, 1998)
"Just thought I would say hello to everyone from Ilion, I have been in the Army now for 10 years, I have been all over the world some places nicer than others....:) I am married with a 5 year old daughter named Stephanie Alexandria (supposed to be Stephen Alexander... Had to make a quick change at impact!!) Life has been good, I hope to get home this summer for a couple of weeks. Please feel free to send mail I would love to hear from the class of 87!!! Take Care..." - Stephen
Karen Welch Sportello, email, from Ilion, NY, is interested in being the Class Editor for the Class of '87. (May 20, 1998)
Christine DePaola Marro, from Jacksonville, NC, email, registered in the Directory. (April 2, 1998)
"Hi there! This is a great site. WOW I can't believe it's almost been 11 years...time goes by so fast. Tony and I have been married for 7 years and wehave a wonderful little girl, Jessica (15 months). I am a School Psychologist for a local school district and Tony's a Pilot in the Marine Corps. Have a great day!"
Jolene Kinville Day, from Ilion, NY, email, sent news about the recent reunion. (modified Jan 20, 2000)
"This is in regards to our 10 year reunion we had in Nov. I was really surprised at the turn out on Friday night at the K of C. I think everyone had a great time. I didn't attend the dinner Sat. The brunch on Sunday was a little reminisent of our class all through the years! No one showed up!! However I think Mike Jory made a great effort, and I think people were surprised we were even having a reunion! Maybe our 20 will be better!" - Jolene
Becky Hacker Etienne, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (March 7, 1998)
Tracy Crim Wameling, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (March 4, 1998)
Alicia Helmer, Director of Operations, Prudential 1st Sterling Realty, email, from Ilion , NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 28, 1997)
Jill Murphy Spence, an Executive Secretary, from Virginia Beach, VA, registered in the alumni directory. (modified July 17, 2000)
"WOW! I've finally found this page. It's great to hear from some of our old classmates. Glad to hear everyone is doing well. I live in California where I have lived for the past 9 years. I am married and have two boys ages 5 1/2 and 4. Wish I could have been at the Class Reunion. I heard all about it from Amy (Geloso) D'Amato. Love to hear from you. Take Care and God Bless."
Christian Kartanowicz, sent news. (Modified March 21, 2001)
"I can't believe it's been 10 years since I last set foot in IHS! Technology is such a wonderful thing - this website is a perfect example! I never thought I'd be in southern California 10 years ago, but I love it and am enjoying life with my wife Ellen. I'd love to hear from others from my class or from those who remember me. Proud member (goalkeeper) of the first ever IHS Soccer team in 1985. " (modified September 12, 1999)
Steve Hoffman, Plant Manager from Lake Norman, NC., the second alumnus from the Class of 1987 to register in the alumni directory. (September 13, 1997)
Baby Mason Ritton .....
From Kris Ritton, email, from Vancouver, WA, about his son, Mason. (November 20, 2004)
"A quick update on our son Mason: After almost 3 wonderful post-transplant years, Mason went to be with the Lord Wed. Nov. 11th He got sick this summer, and underwent 10 surgeries this fall and spent 4 months in the hospital in Omaha to correct some issues with his transplanted bowel. He fought hard till the end, and died quietly out of the hospital with Kim and I, His sister Sophia, and Gramma Shirley nearby. Thanks to many of you for the kind words of support through the years. Aileen Carney can get you in direct contact with us if you need." Peace, Kris (November 20, 2004)
On December 7, 2001, Kris and Kim Ritton, of Holland, Mich., returned to Omaha, where their 1-year-old son Mason underwent 10 hours of successful surgery to replace his liver and small bowel and also to remove his spleen. Mason Ritton was born nine weeks premature on July 30, 2000. After his premature birth, half of his colon was removed when he developed an infection. Doctors later had to untangle the infant's small intestine, removing all but an inch of it. Kris and Kim Ritton realize how many friends they have both in Michigan and here in the Mohawk Valley, some long forgotten about. Mason is doing fine and progressing every day despite the occasional setback, according to his parents. Mason could be in the hospital for up to six months, with his mother staying with him. The little boy faces a lifetime of drugs with the possibility of his body rejecting his new organs. Kris said friends seem to be coming out of the woodwork in support of Mason, having heard recently from many that he has not seen or heard from in several years, including some from high school. "We've gotten a lot of support from friends and friends of friends," said Kris. "You realize how big peoples' hearts are when you go through something like this." Kris said another positive that has shone through during the family's struggles has been the entire city of Holland, which he describes as a strong Christian community of about 50,000 people that is characterized by an extremely giving nature. The Rittons are fortunate with Kris having good medical insurance, however, there has been a strain financially in terms of travel and various extra expenses. Also, a special health care service for children run by the state of Michigan covers a good percentage of the cost. Also, the medications that Mason will have to remain on will be expensive. (Source "The Evening Telegram - December 24, 2001)
Kris Ritton, from Holland, MI, sent news. (November 17, 2000)
Update on our son Mason: After being home with Kim and I for a month, on October 30th, Mason became severely ill. To make a long story short, Mason was flown via medi-vac to Grand Rapids where the doctors found out during emergency surgery his small intestines were twisted and the blood flow was compromised. There was a lot of uncertainty if Mason would even make it through the night. By the grace of God he did, and on Wednesday that week, Mason went back to surgery so the doctors could find out if any of his intestines had survived. They found only one inch of three feet. We had two options: Let the docs sew him up, keep him comfortable, and let him pass, or remove the dead intestine, hope that he got better, and try to get a transplant. (Intestines are somewhat rare, and have lower success rates) We opted for hope. Mason is now doing better, and may come home next week on IV nutrition. We will then go to Omaha and Pittsburgh to get him on transplant lists. Then wait... Keep us in your prayers!
Kris Ritton, email, from Holland, MI, sent news. (September 17, 2000)
"A lot has happened in the last few years, so I thought I would bring everyone up to date. My wife Kim and I were married in June of '98 in Seattle.
The prior fall my dad (some of you probably remember him�) had been diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gherig's disease). For more than a year after our wedding, Kim and I made monthly (and sometimes more) trips to Ilion. The 10+ hour trip from Michigan wore on us, but it was good quality time.
In October of this past year, my dad lost his battle with ALS, but moved on to a better place.
Less than three months later, Kim and I found out that she was pregnant. (We wish my dad could have been around to be a grandpa�) The months flew by and my tiny thing of a wife became bigger and bigger. Then on July 30, two months before our due date, Kim went into labor, and after a very scary evening we had a 3lb 13oz baby boy.
Mason James was transferred to a hospital in Grand Rapids (30 miles away). He had a good first week and the doctors had decided to transfer him back to Holland. During his exam of Mason the doctor found that a duct in the heart that should have closed at birth, was still open. In just a few days, the doctors were able to close the duct with medication, only to discover that the open duct had led to an infection in Mason's intestines. With more pharmaceutical intervention and time, it looked as though the infection had been controlled.
Unfortunately, on August 14, Mason had to have emergency surgery to remove half of his large intestine. Currently, we are waiting for his reconnection surgery (9/19) and his return home (hopefully by the end of the month). Mason is recovering well, having gained over 2 lbs. since birth. Life will change all over for us when he comes home!!!
Sorry for being so long winded. Hope everyone is doing well!" Kris
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