Ilion High School
Class of 1991
Digitized Class Yearbook....
91 Mirror from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 26, 2021)
Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1991 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1991 Mirror Class History.
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1991 (added March 7, 2020)
Christopher J. Harris IHS 1991 - of Verona, NY passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2020 at the age of 47. Known to all as "Critter", a nickname affectionately given to him by his older brothers at a very young age. He was a lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1991 and received his Bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport in 1995. He dedicated his career to the needs of children and founded Community Support Services LLC with his business partner and best friend Mike Boutin. Chris was known to all for his love for the great outdoors and the Adirondacks, specifically the family camp on Otter Lake. You could always find him on the dock fishing or kayaking with his dog, Maddie. To those who knew him, Chris was known as the friend who would drop everything to help you. His kindness, sincerity and outgoing personality would light up the room. He was bound to make anyone laugh with his wit and humor. To those he loved, he made sure you knew it. His dedication to friends and family was inestimable. The best way anyone could ever describe him as simple, "he is just a great guy". He is survived by the greatest joys of his life, his two children, Erik and Meagan. His profound love and pride for them is immeasurable and eternal. Additionally, by his parents Wayne and Ann Harris; his siblings Steven Harris, Mark (Teresa) Harris, Kathleen (Michael) Johnson; his nieces and nephews Brittney, Kyle, Christina, Natasha, Alicia and Erica; his aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be held at a later date. (April 26, 2020)
Petrina Jo (Keddell) Hamm, IHS 1991, age 45, Apex, NC, died October 8, 2018. Our beloved and perfectly imperfect Petrina Jo Hamm died unexpectedly on Monday, October 8, 2018 at her home in Apex, NC. Petrina was born in Ilion, NY on December 7, 1972. She was the second child of Peter and Deborah (Miller) Keddell of Durham, NC. She grew up down in the peaceful valley of Ilion with her 4 siblings: Angela, Rebecca, Melissa, and Pete Jr. She was always the ring leader of mischief among the Keddell children. Her education began at Annunciation Catholic School and her family fondly remembers how her pigtails were always crooked, the tie to her uniform askew, and one knee high sock down at her ankle. Petrina later attended Ilion High School where she starred in school plays and excelled in her classes. She graduated in 1991 and was voted Most Unique of her graduating class. She went onto receive her Bachelor's Degree in English at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and graduated in 1995. She continued her studies at the University of Buffalo School of Law and graduated in May of 1998. It was following law school when Petrina (with her baby sister Lisa) drove her car Betsy down to North Carolina and relocated to the Triangle area to be closer to family. She had her firstborn child, Spencer Mackenzie Keddell, in 1998 and successfully passed the bar exam as a single mother with a baby. Petrina was immensely proud of this feat. In 2005 she met her best friend, Jonathan Thomas Hamm, and the two married in Las Vegas in early 2006. They had a second wedding ceremony later in the year at Duke Gardens for family and friends to witness their union. Petrina became step-mom to Jon's daughters, Kaila and Isabelle, and Jon officially adopted her son Spencer. It was in 2008 when their family was completed with the birth of their daughter Stella Rose Hamm. Petrina was diagnosed with breast and kidney cancer in 2016. She was fierce in her resolve to kick cancer's ass and developed a huge presence on social media where she bravely shared her fight and recovery. She inspired others (whether it be survivors, those still going through treatment, or her many followers on social media) with her honesty and openness. She decided that she wanted to help other women who were grappling with their mastectomy scars and created the nonprofit organization Art From Scars to help fund mastectomy concealing tattoos for survivors. She is survived by her loving family and online community who will always remember her as a caring, genuine, brave and strong woman. Petrina was quirky. She was quick witted and had the best sense of humor. She gave the best hugs that made others feel loved and accepted. Her laugh was infectious! And none of what is written here truly encapsulates this amazing woman. She will always be our raisin girl. Petrina will be missed but never forgotten. On November 17th, from noon to 2pm we will have a celebration of life at 519 Church located on 1100 Perimeter Park Dr #118, Morrisville, NC 27560. We also hope to broadcast the ceremony using Facebook Live and will provide any additional details as those become available. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Petrina Jo Hamm please visit our Sympathy Store. (October 25, 2018)
Paint Night 1991....
Traditions such as Paint Night, have been a source of great fun for Alumni for many generations. Tom Seymour, Class of 1991, painted his name and class year on the West Shore bridge over Steele Creek. (November 26, 2014)
Kevin Hoyt, MD is an Emergency Room Physician at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Kevin is among other Ilion educated physicians who returned to live in their hometown, Ilion NY. (December 22, 2014)
1991 Facebook Group....
Administrator of the group is: Gail Fletcher Hoffman. (November 28, 2014)
Note - This is a public Facebook group which means anyone with a Facebook account can see the group, its members and their posts. However, you must have a Facebook account to access the group. Alumni without a Facebook account will not be able to see any of the posts
10 Year Reunion for Class of 1991.....
Deadline has been dropped...all interested parties are encouraged to register for the event as soon as possible. Please print off a copy of the registration form and send in with a check and any photos or additional information you may wish to present. (October 29, 2001)
A Ten Year Class Reunion is planned for Thanksgiving Weekend 2001. So tell your parents you are coming for dinner and bring your loved ones to Ilion for a traditional holiday and a look into your past. A formal celebration, including dinner and entertainment, will take place on Saturday, November 24, 2001 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm. We will also have an informal gathering (Happy Hour?) on Friday, November 23, and breakfast on Sunday, November 25. Ticket prices are$28.00 per person. Spouses/significant others are welcome Friday and Saturday evenings. Show your children off at breakfast on Sunday morning.
We request that you complete the questionnaire so that we may compile a booklet on all class members to be available at the reunion. Please return the questionnaire and your ticket order by September 28. We will also have a pictorial display at the reunion. Please send any photos that you wish to share (we cannot guarantee that the photos will be returned). If you are unable to attend, but still wish to include information for the booklet or display, please forward that to us and we will make sure that it is included.
If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or would like to be a part of the planning process, please contact Jennifer Polus (315-866-8896) or Tammy Smith (315-894-3216). We look forward to hearing from all alumni and hope you plan to attend!
The Class of 1991 Reunion Committee:
Jennifer (Getman) Polus
Cherine (Mead) Wynn
Jennifer (Ruff) Olds
Tammy (Smith) Ulinski
PLEASE HELP US FIND THE FOLLOWING CLASSMATES:
Web Site News......
Susie Pannes is the Official Home Page Class Contact for the Class of 1991. Susie is no longer maintaining an additional web site for the Class of 1991 but her work has been archived here. (Sept 5, 2008)
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training......
Petrina Keddell Hamm, sent news regarding the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.
"Guess what? My husband, Jon, and I have decided to run a marathon! Yes, you are reading this right- on October 21, we're going to run the Nike Marathon in San Francisco. The good news is that you don't have to - but you can help! We've joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training to help raise funds for leukemia & lymphoma research. As a Team in Training member, we have accepted two important challenges- to prepare to endure a marathon and, more importantly, to support the fight against blood cancers by each raising $4000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society."
"By joining Team in Training, we have committed ourselves to a summer full of learning how to run and of raising money for a cause that we truly believe in. Personally, our race is inspired by an amazing individual who is currently battling cancer: Paul Keddell, Sr. (Petrina's uncle, a 1970 IHS graduate). As some of you know, Paul was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May of 2006. [He has a website, made by his daughters: caringbridge.com/visit/paulkeddell. Please keep Paul in your prayers.] Knowing of the fight he is fighting -each and every day- and the tremendous spirit & courage that is carrying him is our motivation to run "
This run will be a labor of love for both of us. Please support us and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by sending a tax-deductible donation by August 1st. In doing so, you will be supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's vital mission to finding a cure. You can mail a donation to us at 600 Brickstone Drive, Apex, NC 27502. Please make sure checks are made payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Alternatively, you may donate by credit card at my website:www.active.com/donate/tntenc/phamm. You can also check this site for regular updates on our training and fund raising progress. Please keep in mind our fund raising deadline is August 1st.
If you or someone you know has had their life touched by cancer, please feel free to write their name on the enclosed donation form and and send it along with their donation. Or, if you're sending a donation using my website, feel free to email the name to me. We would be honored to write these names on individual ribbons and pin them to our jerseys on race day, running in tribute to their struggles, strength, hope and memory as well.
Thank you so much for your support. Feel free to forward this message to your family, friends and coworkers as well. You are making a real difference in the fight against blood cancer!" (July 5, 2007)
Bombers Buzz ......
Walter Slentz, Oil Field Truck Driver, from San Antonio, TX email, re-registered. (April 21, 2013)
James 'Jimmer' Brownrigg, Walmart Distribution, email, from Ilion, NY., re-registered. (Jan 26, 2013)
Marc Desimone, Engineering Manager, email, Cumming, GA, registered. (Nov 14, 2011)
William Forster, Professor, email, Coopersburg, PA, registered. (Dec 15, 2010)
Michael Reed, Recruiter, email, San Antonio, TX, re-registered. (May 5, 2009)
Kevin Beadle, email, Phoenix, AZ, registered. (May 5, 2009)
Thomas Seymour, email, from Dolgeville, NY, sent news. (Jan 9, 2009)
"Married Penny Leavitt on May 14th 2005, we just had our 4th child today!!!! (Jan 8th 2009) Blake Thomas Seymour, he is our first together, I have two from my first marriage and she had 1 so we have 2 boys and 2 girls, perfect, no need for anymore.."
Jennifer Lytwynec Costello, Software Engineer, email, Newton, MA, re-registered. (Aug 16, 2008)
Victoria Bunce Brunette, Full Time College Student, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 13, 2008)
Petrina Keddell Hamm, Attorney, email, from Apex, NC, re-registered. (April 13, 2007)
Jennifer Wildey, Adjustment Clerk - Federal Reserve Bank of NY, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Jan 25, 2007)
Sean Madison, email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (Dec 1, 2006)
"Hey classmates of '91. Just here to give an update. Still living in Ilion with (Rachel) my wife of 7yrs. We now have 2 children Emily age 4.5, and Ethan who turns 1 at the end of November. All is going as well as it can go, but still not happy with the weather here in Upstate, NY. Still working for a firm in Frankfort, Ny coming up on 12 yrs. Hope all is well with my fellow class mates."
Elsie Everton Windecker, email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (Nov 5, 2006)
"Well I just wanted to say hi to everyone. I am now working for an abstracting company. I have two wonderful kids Dale Jr. who is 5 and Bethany who is 7.Both my kids attend Barringer Rd. and are doing great. Happy Holidays to all."
Joe Short, stay-at-home Dad, email, from Kingston, NY, sent news. (Sept 14, 2006)
"Hi all! Haven't been on this site in quite awhile so I figured I would update. Well since our 10 year reunion I moved to Frankfort for a few years, then to Kingston, NY, for the last year. I'm currently a happily, unemployed, stay-at-home Dad. I was married in April of 2003 in Las Vegas to my wonderful wife Briana, from El Monte, CA, shortly after my mom's death. Since then we've given birth to our daughter Madison Emily, who recently celebrated her second birthday. Other than that not a whole hell of a lot has gone on. On a sad note, both my mother and father passed away in the last 3 years. My mom died in March of 2003 from cancer and my dad passed away February of 2005, stemming from his long battle with diabetes and depression from my mom's death. I hopefully will be moving back to the Valley/Syracuse area once my wife finds out where her job transfers her. She's been with Target for 19 years and is currently a human resources manager for them. I'll keep the site updated with news once I have more to share. Take care all!."
Kevin Hoyt, email, re-registered. (Feb 28, 2006)
Mary Enjem Fish, email, from Hermitage, TN, re-registered. (Oct 3, 2005)
Andrew Jory, Target - Executive Manager, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (August 3, 2004)
Melissa Knowles DePan, Accountant, email, from Liverpool, NY, sent news. (September 29, 2003)
"Melissa and her husband Alan are proud to announce the birth of their second son Ian Machenna Depan. He was born on 5/09/03 weighing in at 7 lbs 9 oz. 20 inches long. He joins his big brother Brady and stepsister Haley."
Cherine Mead Wynn, Supervisor, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (May 29, 2003)
Becky Moreau, RN BSN, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (May 29, 2003)
Jennifer Quail, from Frankfort, NY, email, re-registered. (April 10, 2003)
Tracy Larson Squatrito, Registered Sales Assistant, email, from Manchester, CT, re-registered. (March 10, 2003)
Colleen Murphy, Closing Specialist, email, from Charlotte, NC, re-registered. (March 3, 2003)
James Farnham, Sales Representative, email, Key Largo, FL, re-registered. (August 27, 2002)
Bethanne Williams Congilaro, Teacher Assistant, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 31, 2002)
"Hello all, I still live in Ilion. I am a mother of 3 handsome boys. They are 8,4, 2. I will be married for 9 years in August. I work for Ilion School District as a teacher Assistant in special education at Reminton Elementary"
Melissa Fitch Dunham, email, from Herkimer, NY, sent news. (July 26, 2002)
"HELLO TO ALL MY FORMER CLASSMATES OF 1991. I AM CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY FOLTS INC. ON THEIR PALLATIVE/REHAB FLOOR. I HAVE BEEN IN NURSING FOR ALMOST 14 YRS. I'LL BE ATTENDING HCCC FOR PRE-RECS IN THE FALL TO TRANSFER TO ST.E'S SCHOOL OF NURSING FOR MY RN. I HAVE 2 BEAUTIFUL KIDS DANNY & NICOLE THEY ARE MY PRIDE AND JOY."
Christopher Hoover, Manufacturing Engineer, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 18, 2002)
Sharon Downs Garofalo, certified nurses assisant, email, Daytona Beach, FL, registered. (July 14, 2002)
Thomas Hancock, Sanitation Engineer, email, Charlotte, NC, registered. (June 29, 2002)
Jason Wood, email, Manteo, NC, sent news. (May 9, 2002)
"HELLO TO ALL MY FORMER CLASSMATES OF 1991. I AM CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY FOLTS INC. ON THEIR "HELLO TO ALL MY FORMER CLASSMATES OF 1991. I AM CURRENTLY EMPLOYED BY FOLTS INC. ON THEIR "Well I have now thrown my hat in the ring & am running for political office. This March, I registered as a candidate for Dare county, NC Commissioner. Having been involved in politics for several years & made several contacts, I will try my luck in the political arena. I am in the process of preparing for a fund raising event with Elizabeth Dole. Well wish me luck this November."
Wendy Spina, Software Quality Senior Analyst, email, Buffalo, NY, registered. (April 11, 2002)
Dale Corria, set-up (union tools), email, Ilion, NY, registered. (April 11, 2002)
Robert Raffle, Nursing Home Administrator, email, Asheboro, NC, registered. (February 3, 2002)
Jennifer Sweeney (Rorke) , email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (November 4, 2001)
"Still in Ilion, married since Oct '91 (kept maiden name), no kids - 2 dogs. I work as an independent contractor in the property preservation/inspection field and have also been self-employed in lawn care since '96. In my spare time I'm a long-distance runner."
Sean Madison, email, Herkimer, NY, sent news.(October 24, 2001)
"Still living in area working as a Metallurgical Tech at a firm in West Frankfort. Married in October of 1999. Expecting our first child in May of 2002. Also attending college and looking to enter career in Conservation."
Elsie Everton Windecker, email, Ilion, NY, sent news.(October 7, 2001)
"I am currently employed at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, where I have been working since Jan. 1995. I am a Nurses Aide and work in the Adult Day Care program. On February 14, 1998, I married Dale Windecker. We have two kids, Bethany who is 2 yrs. and Dale Jr.(DJ) who is 1 month. I also have a stepdaughter, Katie, who is 18 and attends MVCC."
Jennifer Lytwynec, Programmer/Developer, from Liverpool, NY, sent news. (September 2, 2001)
"I have moved to Liverpool, NY because I have accepted a position at Lockheed Martin as a Computer Systems/Programming Engineer." - Jennifer
Tanya Smaldone Neff, email, from Mohawk, NY, sent news. (August 15, 2001)
"Hello, I am now a mother of 2 wonderful & beautiful children. Will write more soon."
Kristopher Dickenson, Accountant, email, Thomasville, NC, registered. (May 23, 2001)
Gail Fletcher Hoffman, sent news. (May 20, 2001)
"Todd and I are proud to announce the arrival of our son, Braden (Brady) Fletcher Hoffman, who was born April 11, 2001. He was just 4 days shy of being born on our 1st anniversary! Great timing!"
Mindy Rigo, English Teacher, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified June 23, 2001)
Jennifer (Getman) Polus currently lives in Herkimer, NY. She is employed with Fiberdyne and was married to Chad Polus. Chad & Jennifer gave birth to their first child, Zachary Arthur on Sept 9, 2000.(modified Jan 13, 2001)
Rob Gray, History Teacher, email registered. (October 13, 2000)
Matt Stephens is living in Tacoma, WA. email (July 22, 2000)
"Hi everyone. Just wanted to update this it has been awhile. I am currently The Assistant Northwest district manager for a trucking company called Quality Transport. I live in the wonderful city of Tacoma Washington (about 45 min. South of Seattle) with my wife to be Robin and Spaz the cat ( trust me the name fits him well) Life is going good. Robin is currently going to college to get her degree in communications (the GI bill great) Other than that not much going on in the great Northwest, Seattle is great I recomend visiting if you ever get the chance. You can Email me. I will be in Ilion at the end of July hope to see some of you then." - Matt
Tim Moynihan, student, email, from Herkimer, NY, registered. (May 12, 2000)
Robert Bracken is a Manufacturing Engineer living in Clifton Park, NY. Bob and his wife, Molly, have recently relocated to Clifton Park, NY. email . (modified April 12, 2000)
Stacy Baker Stockbridge, email, from Waterville, NY, registered. (March 13, 2000)
"Stacy Stockbridge(formerly Baker)was married in June of 1993. She currently resides in Waterville, NY with her husband, Phil and their two daughters where she runs her own Daycare."
Gail Fletcher is set to wed another IHS alum, Todd Hoffman, in April of 2000. (January 10, 2000)
Wendy Spina has been promoted to Auction Services Senior Associate at Remarketing Services of America. She's currently living in North Buffalo. email (January 29, 2000)
Jason Woods is now living in Kitty Hawk, NC & is a veterinary technician & president/founder of a non-profit organization known as the Northern Outer Banks Wildlife Rehabilitation. He is also a wildlife rehabilitation instructor. email (February 1, 2000)
Melissa (Knowles) DePan and her husband, Alan, live in Liverpool, NY along with their infant son. She is currently an Accounts Receivable Supervisor with United Radio in Syracuse, NY. email (November 15, 1999)
Chris Tutty is now an Events Manager for Expo International He is currently living in San Francisco, California. email (November 1999)
Julie Christenson has begun her last semester at Boston College School of Social Work. She will earn her Masters of Social Work in May. (December 26, 1999)
Jody Travis has earned a Masters in Psychology and is finishing up plans for her April 2000 wedding. She's currently living in New Jersey. (December 26, 1999)
Patricia Stasco is still living in the Boston area - Somersville, MA to be exact. She's recently been promoted as the Director of Development for a non-profit organization. She will be attending law school in the fall of 2000. email (December 26, 1999)
Petrina Keddell is currently living in Apex, North Carolina with her toddling and ever-charming son, Spencer. She recently been named as Corporate Counsel to the collections division of Konover Property Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust company. She received a BA in English literature from Ithaca College in 1995 and a Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law. She became licensed to practice law in North Carolina in March of 1999. Petrina joined the Corporate Counsel division of Konover Property Trust. She practices commercial lease law. email
Casey Connors delivered a healthy, 6 lb. 1 ounce baby girl, Shea Riley Connors, on April 21, 1999. She earned a bachelors degree in International Studies from Utica. She is currently employed with MetLife. email
Tracy Larson is currently a mortgage closing specialist in Manchester, CT. She is also planning her wedding in October. email
Carrie (Rowley) Windecker is a Speech Pathologist living in Phoenix, AZ with her husband, another fellow IHS alum (Class of '90), Mike Windecker. She is also currently working on earning her Masters in Speech Pathology. The couple are slated to return to the East Coast next August. email
Tammy (Smith) Ulinski was wed to Mark Ulinski in July of 1996. The couple recently gave birth to a baby boy, Brendan, on February 21 of this year. They reside in Ilion, NY where Tammy works as a Customer Service Representative for Charter One Bank. email
Kathy (Staffo) Farmer is an Accounts Payable Specialist at Stadium Seating. She is currently living in Killeen, TX with her husband, Captain Timothy Farmer. email
In Other News......
Brian Angelichio has been appointed assistant linebacker coach and assistant varsity baseball coach at Ithaca College. Brian graduated from St. Lawrence with a bachelors degree in sports leisure in 1995. He also earned a masters degree in sports pedagogy from Ithaca College this year.
Martin (Butch) Benedict is living in Zephyrhills, FL. email
Amy Blandin is a math teacher in the New Hartford school system and is currently well on her way to earning a masters degree in special education. email
Victoria (Bunce) Brunette is married and the proud mother of three children- two girls and a newborn boy born on April 7th of this year. She and her family reside in Ilion. email
Julie Christenson has enrolled in the Boston College School of Social Work as a graduate student.
Lisa Crisman Hoskey recently accepted the Assistant Director of Admissions position at Utica College. She and her husband, Don, live in Mohawk, NY. email
Dale Coria is living in Syracuse, NY. email
Mary Enjem is working as a Food Broker for Empire State Venture Corp. in Amherst. She is living in North Buffalo and spends her spare time promoting some local bands.
Gail Fletcher has recently been promoted as an Account Representative for Kelly Services and transferred to the New Hartford, NY office.
Scott Lennon is living in Winthrop, MA and is planning to return to school.email
Heather Manley has been living in the Big Apple (New York City, that is) since 1995. She recently left the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for employment in the litigation department of Merrill Lynch. She currently attends the St. John University School of Law in the evenings. email
Wendy Spina is working as a Title Research Specialist for Remarketing Services of America in Amherst, NY. She lives in North Buffalo and spends her spare time promoting some local bands. email
Patricia Stasco has recently been named Development Coordinator of the Committee for Boston Public Housing, a multicultural non-profit group focused on economic and social justice issues for public housing residents. She is currently preparing to take the Law School Admissions Test. She lives in Somersville, MA. email
Chris Tutty is living in Winthrop, MA employed as Head of Purchasing at Expo International. email
Jon Urtz is living in South Boston, MA working as an Accounting Assistant. email
Jenifer Wells is an Account Executive for a Direct Marketing company in Braintree, MA. She lives in Rhode Island She was wed in June. email. (modified March 16, 2000)
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