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Ilion Central School District Faculty/Staff Memorials

Anderson, Bernard
Baldwin, Alice
Bechard Jr., Leo 'Bob'
Bean, Flora
Benes, Kathryn
Byrne, Mary
Bouck, David
Bouck, Myron 'Mike'
Chuff, Consuelo 'Connie'
Cormia, Elinor
Coroniti, Virginia
Conkling, Dorcas (Satterlee)
Cradall, Terrance
Crocker, Warren
Cunningham, Francis
Cunningham, Marie
Dempster, Jack
Dauten, Arthur
Dibble, Lydia Dibble Shaughnessy
Derby, Ruth
Dineen, Roberta 'Bobbi'
Durant, George
Durant, Vincent
Fake, John
Farrell, John
Gregory, James
Gordon, Ruth
Hebert, Raymond
Hendrix, Mayme
Hoffman, Marion
Hughes (Reynolds), Brenda
Hughes-Fake, Mary Jean
Lang, Charles
Johnston, Robert
Lunievicz, Sally
Keller, Martin
Kelpy, Cecilia
Kirkland, Janet
Klippel, Eileen
Manfreda, Robin
Manion, Martin 'Monk'
Manley, Jack
March, Margaret
Mays-Smith, Marsha
McLean (Genatiempo), Mary
McTiernan, Charles
Monohan, Helen
Monohan, John
Murphy, William
Murray, Bernard
Nicolette, Joseph
Morton, Raymond
Morris, Mary
O'Conner, Walter
Panarites, Constantine 'Gus'
Petty, Thomas
Potter, Jean
Pugh, John
Remis, Janet (Hannahs)
Sammon, Audrey
Sammon, Leo
Schierholtz, Vivian
Sorge, Joseph
Seifried, Allen
Skinner, Michael
Shelley, Catherine
Skinner, Michael
Steele, Donna 'Mimi'
Teeter, Barbara
Teeter, William 'Bill'
Thompson, Freda
Wallace, James
Ward, Elizabeth
White (Deyle), Barbara
Whiter, Leona
Urtz (Hayes), Agnes
Vivyan, Mark
Vail, Joseph

 

Mr. David 'Biggs' Bouck, IHS Class of 1954 and Faculty, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Dave was born at home in Ilion on March 20, 1936 to Lewis and Harriette (Snyder) Bouck. He was a 1954 graduate of Ilion High School where he was a standout athlete in football, basketball and track. A graduate of Oswego State Teachers College in 1958, Dave also excelled in basketball and track while in college. Dave continued his education at both Cortland and Oneonta, receiving his masters in teaching. After a one year stint at Oneida High School, Dave spent the next 31 years of his life teaching industrial arts at Ilion High School, retiring in 1990. He coached both football and track at Ilion, and was especially proud of coaching state champion shot putter Tom Deyle.

David Bouck - Ilion NY
David Bouck
1975 - Industrial Arts Teacher

In 1959, he met the love of his life at Ilion High School, Irene Pogonowski, a business teacher. They were married on October 7, 1961 in Newport. They spent the next 55 years together in Ilion, at their horse farm on Shells Bush Road in Herkimer, in retirement in Spring Hill, Florida and settled in Schuyler in 2002. Surviving are his wife Irene, children Kim (Michael), Kelly, Eric (Pam) and grandchildren Keith (fiancé Vanessa), Max, Jack and Richard. He is also survived by his baby brother Donnie (Betty), special nieces and nephews, Erin, Michael, Matt, Chris, Allison, Frank, Kathy, Jeff, Ron, and his extraordinary caregiver niece Jana. Other "special" family members include Smokey and Paula Kucerak, lifelong friends Bob Deming and Bob Haas, and his constant companion his German Shepard, Dutchess. Besides his parents, Dave was pre-deceased by his brothers Paul (Vivian), Lewis (Loretta), Mike (Mary) and Frank (Gen). Mr. Bouck's funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer rd., N. Utica. A spring interment will be held in St. John's Cemetery in Newport, NY. Calling hours for family and friends are Monday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in David's name, please consider the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 NY-5S, Mohawk, NY 13407 or the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY 13502. (March 12, 2017)

James Terry Crandall, IHS 1950 and Elementary Principal, age 84 passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning July 20, 2016 in Albany Medical Center. He had the support and comfort of his wife Barbara at his side. He was born on June 24, 1932 in Ilion, son of the late Arthur and Harriette Rasbach Crandall. A lifelong area resident he was a graduate of Ilion High School. In 1955 he enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1957. He then moved to Richfield Springs coming from Ilion. Mr. Crandall furthered his education at Oneonta State Teachers College where he received a Bachelor's Degree in education and Utica College where he received his Master's Degree. For seventeen years Mr. Crandall worked in School Administration. He served at Richfield Springs Central School, Barringer Road School in Ilion and the East Frankfort School. He retired in 1985. On July 19, 1975 he was united in marriage to the former Barbara Doig on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. Terry had a strong sense of community; he was a member of American Legion Post # 616 Richfield Springs, a member of the Canadrago Lake Association and had served as President of the Richfield Springs Lions Club. Mr. Crandall was an accomplished Scuba Diver. He at one time was President of the New York State Scuba Divers and a member of the Bateau Below Inc. at Lake George. To all who knew him he was a caring, energetic man with an exceptional intellect and an unforgettable smile. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Surviving are his devoted wife of forty –one years, Barbara, a daughter-in-law Joyce Crandall of Lafayette, LA, a brother-in-law Richard Doig and his wife Patricia, two nephews, Brandon, Kim, Wyatt and Derrick Doig all of Cape Neddick, ME, a cousin, Donna Angelichio of Ilion, and his faithful canine Brooke. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his son Mark Stuart Crandall. Calling hours for Mr. Crandall will be on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James Street; Richfield Springs. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00am in front of the flag pole at the Richfield Springs Veterans Club on Lake Avenue, Richfield Springs with the Reverend Kenneth Dingman officiating. Military Honors provided the US Army will follow. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery Herkimer. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the Richfield Springs Lions Club. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 27, 2016)

Dorcas (Satterlee) Conkling IHS 1941, 92 of Ilion passed away on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica with her family by her side. Dorcas was born on February 9, 1924 in St. Johnsville, NY. She was the daughter of the late Chris and Marjorie (Cross) Satterlee. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and Utica School of Commerce. On October 12, 1946 Dorcas married Alvin B. Conkling in St. Johnsville, he passed away November 6, 2000. Dorcas worked as a librarian's aid in Ilion Schools and was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star, Valley Chapter #82. She was also an avid New York Yankees and Syracuse University sports fan. Dorcas is survived by two daughters; Deborah and her husband Vincent Bonomo of Clinton and Cynthia Conkling of Ilion. Three grandchildren; Nick, Sara and Andrea and her boyfriend, Justin. She is predeceased by a sister and brother in law Helen and Richard Leek. Funeral services for Dorcas will be held on Monday April 18, 2016 at 11am the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Monday from 10 to 11 am at the funeral home and are asked to please consider memorial donations to either Ilion Ambulance Fund or Morningstar Methodist Church, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Dorcas's family wish to thank Tammy Loiacono for the care she gave Dorcas and Howard from Meals on Wheels for brightening her days. They would also like to thank the Presbyterian Home staff and St. Elizabeth's nurses for the excellent care and compassion given to Dorcas. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 16, 2016)

Marsha Mays-Smith Ed.D., Ilion Staff of East Herkimer, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Little Falls Hospital. She was born on June 10, 1963 in Estill County, KY, the daughter of Virginia L. (Bandenburg) Call and the late Kenneth Mays. She was a graduate of Little Falls High School and continued her education attending Seaton Hall University receiving her Doctorate in Education. On December 22, 1984, Marsha was united in marriage to James M. Smith at St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer. The couple shared a union of almost 31 years. She was last employed as a principal for Fisher Elementary School in Mohawk. She also held the position of assistant superintendent for the Ilion School District. Marsha was an avid outdoors person and enjoyed visiting national parks. She was a very dedicated educator and loved her family and friends dearly. She is survived by her beloved husband, James M. Smith of East Herkimer; her mother, Virginia Call of Stratford; her sons, Holden M. J. Smith of East Herkimer and William J. Smith; a daughter, Tiffany R. Smith of East Herkimer; a brother, John Withrow and companion JoAnn Adamovich of Frankfort; sisters, Sandy Mays-Brault and husband John of Mohawk and Karen Combs and husband Edward of Kentucky. She also leaves her father in-law and mother-in-law, James G. and Connie Smith of East Herkimer; sister-in-law, Mariann Smith of California; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She also left behind two loving and devoted canine companions: Umaga and Wooly. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home (F.K.A. Holleran Funeral Service), 220 N. Washington Street, Herkimer, NY (315)866-1011. Her funeral will take place on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with The Reverend Brian Engel, Pastor of the Mohawk Reformed Church, officiating. Those wishing to make a donation in Marsha's memory may consider the Marsha Mays-Smith Education Trust Fund that will be established for her children. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family is being cared for and guided by Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors. To add to her online condolences, please visit www.eneafamily.com (December 20, 2015)

 

Thomas Petty - Ilion NY
Thomas Petty
1988 - Music Teacher

Mr. Thomas Petty, IHS Faculty, 60, affectionately known by his students and friends as "T.P." and retired Music Department Director for Whitesboro High School, husband of Brenda, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, after a short illness, at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. He was born in Kenmore, N.Y., on Feb. 18, 1955, a son of Earl and Mary Gulino Petty. Tom grew up in Clarence, N.Y., where he graduated from high school, with the Class of 1973. Thereafter he attended Crane School of Music, Potsdam, graduating with the Class of 1977. Thereafter he began his career in music education at Cherry Valley School System and completed his master's degree studies in music performance at University of Oklahoma. On July 16, 1983, Tom was united in marriage with Brenda J. Olmsted at Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs. This marriage was a blessed and happy union of 32 years. After their marriage, the couple lived in Herkimer for many years. From 1983 until 2000, Mr. Petty taught instrumental music at Ilion School System.

In 2000, he began teaching instrumental music for Whitesboro High School, retiring as director of music in 2010. T.P. had a brilliant career in music education; he was a very dedicated and beloved teacher, band director and musician who always went above and beyond the call of duty for every one of his students. He will be fondly remembered for his participation in sending his students for instrumental solo and band competitions at NYSSMA festivals (N.Y. State School Music Association). He also participated in conducting several All-County and Area All-State concerts. For many years he served as director for school marching bands, pep bands and jazz, concert and symphonic bands. T.P. also played in and directed the pit band for various area high school Broadway musicals. Tom greatly enjoyed his part-time employment for Big Apple Music of New Hartford, where he taught individual instrumental music lessons and traveled to area schools delivering various musical instruments and supplies.

In 2010, Tom and Brenda converted their camp at White Lake to their year-round home, where they greatly enjoyed Adirondack living, including construction of a hunting camp and the enjoyment of deer and turkey hunting, fishing in area lakes and snowmobiling. Tom was the quintessential repairman and handyman; he greatly enjoyed working on automobiles and all sorts of home-related projects. He was a member of Abundant Life Fellowship Church, Boonville. While teaching in Ilion, Mr. Petty served as choir director at Ilion United Methodist Church for a period of 17 years. Tom's Christian faith was a central part of his life. In addition to his wife, Brenda, Tom is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Darren Cardenas, Billerica, Mass.; one son, Mike Petty, Nashville, Tenn.; one beloved granddaughter, Tabitha Cardenas; one brother, John, Williamsville, N.Y. and Tom's nieces, Emily and Jessica; stepmother, Dolores Petty, Williamsville, and her children and grandchildren; and Tom's mother- and father-in-law, Bev and Les Olmsted, Richfield Springs, N.Y., and his sister-in-law, Marylee Olmsted, Herkimer, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents. Tom will be dearly missed by many people. He is also survived by a host of friends, colleagues and former students. Tom's family expresses a note of special thanks and heartfelt appreciation to his brother in Christ and very close friend, Pastor Daniel Tabolt, of Abundant Life Fellowship Church, and friends Kelly and George Powers and Marianne Mclaughlin for their support of Brenda at Tom's bedside at the time of his passing. Tom's funeral will be Tuesday, June 16, at noon at Abundant Life Fellowship Church, Rt. 12, Boonville, where visitation hours will be Monday, June 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on the funeral day from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Following cremation, his ashes will be scattered. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abundant Life Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 22 Boonville, N.Y., 13309. His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home Inc., Boonville.For an online message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com. (June 13, 2015)

Janet (Hannahs) Remis IHS 1953 and Faculty Member, 79, beloved wife of John Joseph Remis, and a resident of Quinby, VA, formerly of Ilion, NY, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Born June 3, 1935 in Mohawk, NY, she was a daughter of the late John Clarence Hannahs and Mary Vincent Hannahs. Growing up in the neighboring small town of Ilion, Janet and John first met while still in grade school. Following high school, Janet attended and graduated from Cortland State Teacher's College. It was during this time that John and Janet's life-long relationship would begin. After two years spent teaching in Ballston Spa, Janet returned to Ilion to complete her twenty nine year vocation as an elementary school teacher. Alongside teaching, her greatest passions in life were God and family. A prior Eucharistic Minister, she attended both St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and the Onley United Methodist Church, where she was active with their church choir. Janet was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. In addition to her husband of fifty-five years, survivors include six children, Martin Paul Remis and wife Parichat of Hawaii, Mary Elizabeth Maynard and husband William of Quinby, John Andrew Remis and wife Vanessa Triscari-Remis of Prince George, VA, David Brian Remis and wife Karen of Topsham, ME, Janet Rae Getman and husband Alan of Pensacola, FL, and Ryan Christopher Remis and wife Sarah of Sacramento, CA; a sister, Judith Allen and husband Duane of Saugerties, NY; fourteen grandchildren, Whitney, Robert, Victoria, Kelli, Stephen, Serena, Amanda, Michaela, Jeffrey, Alexandra, Garrett, Gwenyth, Jacob, and Clara; three great-grandchildren, Nathan, Nicholas and Douglas; and six nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, John Carroll Hannahs. Funeral services will be held at the Onley United Methodist Church on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., with the Reverend Charles W. Parks III officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Flowers will be accepted and memorial donations may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, 608 Denbigh Blvd., Suite 700, Newport News, VA 23608. Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home. (April 16, 2015)

Mr. James Arthur Gregory, IHS Faculty, 84, of 128 Cemetery St passed away peacefully Thursday, April 10, 2014 in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. He was born in Rome on April 2, 1930, the son of the late Charles and Jeanette Boenlein Levison. He attended Rome schools and graduated from St. Aloysius Academy. He later attended Utica College and received two Masters Degree in English Education and Audio Visual. Jim served with the US Navy during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged on April 10,1953. He was at one time employed as a Contract Specialist at Griffiss Air Force Base and later taught high school in Herkimer and Ilion schools.

James Gregory - Ilion NY
James Gregory
1975 - English Teacher

James is survived by one brother and sister in law, John and Karol Sawatka of San Antonio, TX.; one sister, Charlene Haas of San Antonio, TX and his nephews, Mr. and Mrs. James Campbell and family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell and family. He was predeceased by two sisters, Jacqueline Campbell, and Veronica Ocain. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 11:00 AM in the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort with the Rev Fr, Michael Bundz, pastor of St. Vladimir Ukrainian Catholic Church, officiating. Interment will be in Saratoga National Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday morning, April 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc.. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on James's online memorial page by going to : www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com (April 12, 2014)

Carol Shaul - Ilion NY
Carole E. Shaul
1975 - Math Teacher

Carole E. Shaul, IHS Faculty, 78, passed away in the company of her family on Saturday, Dec. 28. She was born in Herkimer on April 14, 1935 to the late Laverne and Edward Eisenlord. Carole graduated from Herkimer High School and received a bachelor's degree in education from Albany State University Teachers College in 1955. She married her husband, Richard Shaul, the following year on June 15, 1956. Carole taught high school math, initially at Holland Patent High School, and then for over 30 years at Ilion High School.

She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family. She enjoyed crafts, baking, traveling, making ceramics, knitting, needlepoint and playing cards. Carole is survived by her husband, Richard (Dick), and three sons and their families, including five grandchildren, Richard Shaul, Jr., his wife, Dana, and sons, Benjamin and Zachary, of Bradenton, Fla., Michael Shaul, his wife, Anne, and children, Emily, Jake and Olivia, of Boulder, Colo., and David Shaul and partner, Gene Litton, of Redondo Beach, Calif. Her brother, Edward Eisenlord, Jr., wife, Ann, and family, of Williamsville, also survive her. Calling hours and a funeral service will be held at Fenner Funeral Home in April. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Cure PSP Foundation (www.psp.org). For additional information concerning calling hours and funeral arrangements, please contact Fenner Funeral Home or email to theshaulfamily@gmail.com. (March 6, 2014)

Mrs. Helen M. 'Lollie' Monohan, Barringer Road Elementary School Library Aide, 85, of Hamilton Place, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Siegenthaler Center with her family by her side. She was born September 7, 1928, in Frankfort, the daughter of Frank and Jennie (Valent) Sanders. She was a graduate of Frankfort High School Class of 1945 and the Utica School of Commerce. On August 19, 1950, she was united in marriage to John L. Monohan, a blessed union of 62 years, until his passing on July 8 of this year. The couple resided in Ilion for 50 years before moving to Clinton. Helen was a library aide at Barringer Road Elementary School for many years and worked at the Ilion Public Library, where she was the past president of the board. She was also past president of the Ilion Garden Club and Historical Club of Ilion. She was a member of St. Mary's Church, Clinton and its' 3rd Thursday Group and Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Helen was a NY Yankees fan and enjoyed time on Fourth Lake in the Adirondacks. She is survived by four daughters, two sons and their spouses, Christine and Dr. John Menard of Clinton, Kathleen and Matthew Romano of Moreau, Mary Ellen and Thomas Buccafurno of Rochester, Susan and Joseph Crua of Schoharie, John L. Monohan Jr. of Clinton and James and Nola Monohan of Clinton; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and Ben Coven of Boston, Sarah Menard of Boston, Christopher Romano of Boston, Mary Kate Monohan of NYC, Lt. James and Winnie Monohan of Washington, DC and John and Julia Monohan of Phoenix, AZ; a great-grandson, John Lawrence Monohan; many nieces and nephews and Godchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, John. All are invited to call Monday, September 16, 2013 from 4-7pm at Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., 35 College St., Clinton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 10am at Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Burial will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Please consider donations to The Siegenthaler Center, Clinton Fire Dept or Ilion Library - Friends of the library. The family thanks the nurses and staff at the Siegenthaler Center who treated Helen with such dignity and care. They gave peace and comfort to Helen and her family during this difficult time.

John Monohan Sr. - Ilion NY
Mr. John Monohan
1975 - Chemistry Teacher

Mr. John L. Monohan Sr., IHS '44, age 88, of Hamilton Place, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born October 3, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of Christopher and Blanche Getman Monohan, and grew up in Ilion and attended Ilion schools. John served in the US Army in the South Pacific during World War II. On August 19, 1950, he was united in marriage to Helen 'Lolly' Sanders, a blessed union of almost 63 years.

John was a graduate of Ilion High School and received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1950. He received his post-graduate work at University of Rochester, Albany State and Cornell University. John retired from Ilion Central School where he taught science. John also coached the Ilion tennis team for many years. He was an avid golfer and member of Maple Crest Golf Course, member of NYS Retired Teachers' Association and was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Utica Council 189 and its 4th Degree Assembly, and was a member of St. Mary's Church, Clinton. He is survived by his wife, Helen; four daughters, two sons and their spouses, Christine and Dr. John Menard of Clinton, Kathleen and Matthew Romano of Moreau, Mary Ellen and Thomas Buccafurno of Rochester, Susan and Joseph Crua of Schoharie, John L. Monohan, Jr., of Clinton and James and Nola Monohan of Clinton; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and Ben Coven of Boston, Sarah Menard of Boston, Christopher Romano of Boston, Mary Kate Monohan of NYC, Lt. James and Winnie Monohan of Washington, DC, and John and Julia Monohan of Phoenix, AZ; a great-grandson, John Lawrence Monohan; two brothers, Richard Monohan of Mohawk and Christopher Monohan of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. Mary's Church, Clinton. Burial with military honors will be held at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. All are invited to call Thursday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., 35 College St., Clinton. Please consider donations to Clinton Fire Dept. or Ilion Library - Friends of the Library. On behalf of the family, special thanks are given to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for the excellent care given to John. www.owenspavlotrogers.com (Sept 18, 2013)

Mary Jean (Lynch) Hughes Fake Ilion Elementary Teacher, 89, of 6735 31st. Way S., St. Petersburg, Fl. 33712, formerly of Ilion, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013. She was born on September 5, 1923 in Ilion the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Farrell Lynch. Mary Jean was educated in Frankfort and was a graduate of Potsdam Normal School, she married Earl Hughes who passed away in 1967 and she then was united in marriage with Lon Fake on June 30, 1973. Prior to her retirement, she taught school in Ilion for 30 years. Mary Jean is survived by her husband Lon, a son and daughter in law Bill and Lewanne Hughes of Gray, Me., a daughter Mary Ann Hughes Jarvis and her husband William of Shelton, Wa., and 3 grandchildren. A memorial mass will be celebrated in the spring at a time to be announced, with final interment in Mt. Oliviet Cemetery, Frankfort. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friend are asked to consider memorials to Strive, 28 Foden Rd., S. Portland, Me. 04106, in Mary Jean's memory. Envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix funeral home. To leave an online condolence, please go to whiter-hendrix.com. (March 4, 2013)

Robert C. Johnston IHS School Psychologist, 70, passed away Thursday evening, Sept. 13, at his home on Hotel Rd., Lake Bonaparte, under the care of his family, friends and Hospice of Lewis County. Bob also spent winters in Punta Gorda, Fla. Born Dec. 8, 1941, in Plainville, Conn., the son of Robert C. and Kathryn A. Andrews Johnston, he graduated from Plainville High School in 1960. He received his bachelor's degree from Colby College, Waterville, Maine, in 1964 and a master's degree in school psychology from St. Lawrence University, Canton, in 1966. He also completed many additional graduate hours from other schools and universities. Bob was employed as the school psychologist for the Ilion Central School from 1966-1978 and the Carthage Central School District from 1978-2005. He then worked at Family Practice Associates until 2007.

Robert Johnston - Ilion NY
Robert Johnston
1975 - School Psychologist

Bob married Charlene A. Rigabar Paragon on June 28, 1991. He held the title of Nationally Certified School Psychologist. He was a charter member of the National Association of School Psychologists and International School Psychologists Association. He published numerous professional articles in journals and the Communique, a publication of the Association of School Psychologists. Bob published a book of a collection of short stories, entitled "The Unicorn Beer Clock and Other Short Stories". Proceeds from the sale of the book were donated to the Carthage Free Library. He has been a member of the Elks Lodge BPOE #1762, Carthage since1991, was a Past President of the Carthage Lions Club and was a vice president of the Lake Bonaparte Conservation Club, where he received the John Spencer Award for Distinguished Service in 2005 and 2010. He was instrumental in starting the weevil program to control milfoil growth in the lake. He was a licensed amateur radio operator since the age of eleven. He was a partner in Long Falls Realty, Inc., since 1990 with his wife, Charlene. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, at home, 3 step children, John A Paragon, Brantingham, Tina Soukup and her companion, Tim Farley, Carthage, and Peter Paragon, and his wife, Patricia; eight step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, in the chapel of the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage, with Rev. Samuel P. Lundy officiating. Visitation will be held 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Prior to Bob's death, he made a special request instead of donations, give your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren a hug and spend valuable time with them because that is what life has always been about! However if you wish to donate; Memorial donations may be made to the Lake Bonaparte Conservation Club, PO Box 273,Harrisville, NY 13648 or Hospice of Lewis County, 7785 North State St., Lowville, NY 13367. Bob loved sports and especially the "Boston Red Sox." He also was an advocate of making Lake Bonaparte a better place to live and visit. Bob also enjoyed traveling, reading and writing. (Sept 23, 2012)

John Jack D. Dempster - Ilion NY
John "Jack" D. Dempster
1975 - Biology Teacher

Mr. John 'Jack' D. Dempster IHS School Biology Teacher, 76, of the Town of Schuyler, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2012, at his home, with his family by his side. Funeral services for Jack will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2012, at 12 noon from the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church, West German Street, Herkimer, with Pastor Dick Leonard, a close family friend, officiating, assisted by Pastor Chris Schumske.

Friends may call from 10:30 until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the church for a scholarship in Jack's memory. Envelopes will be available at the church or at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. To light a candle and leave online condolences, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Sept 3,2012

Mr. Raymond Lynn Hebert IHS Faculty, 71, of East Main Street, passed away on Monday afternoon, May 28, 2012, in his home. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side. He was born on Feb. 6, 1941, in Little Falls, son to the late Raymond and Irene Block Hebert. Raymond was raised in Little Falls and was a graduate of St. Mary's High School. He furthered his education earning a bachelor's degree from Utica College and receiving his Master's degree from Oneonta College. At one time, he was married to the former Linda Bramer. For 35 years, Mr. Hebert taught high school chemistry. He started his career at Owen D. Young School, where he also coached basketball, then later Ilion High School and last at Richfield Springs Central Schools where he retired in 1997.

Raymond Lynn Hebert - Ilion NY
Raymond Lynn Hebert
1975 - Chemistry Teacher

He was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church, Richfield Springs and an Auxiliary member of the Richfield Springs Veterans Club. Ray had a strong love for the outdoors, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and at one time owned a taxidermy business. In his leisure time, he enjoyed gardening, reading, watching college basketball and most of all spending time with his children and family. Surviving are a son, Marc and his wife, Nicole Chapman-Hebert of Frankliton, N.C.; two daughters, Christine Hebert of Liverpool and Cathleen Hebert of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, George Craig Hebert of Little Falls; a sister, Dale Oldick and her husband, Charles of Little Falls; his 1-month-old granddaughter, Haylee Nicolette Hebert of Frankliton, N.C.; and many cousins. At Mr. Hebert's request his funeral service will be private and at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820. Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. (October 28, 2012)

 

Catherine Ruth (Bedworth) Shelley IHS '33, age 98, formerly of 122 S. Fifth Ave., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 2, 2012, in Greenwood, SC, with her son, Harold and his wife, Barbara, by her side. She moved to Greenwood three years ago to be closer to her family. Catherine was born on Feb. 15, 1914, the daughter of Harold and Leona Bedworth. She was predeceased by her brothers, Harold and Ralph, and her beloved husband of fifty-two and a half years, Barthau Shelley. She is survived by her sister, Helen Spoor (Herkimer); her son, Harold Shelley and his wife, Barbara, (McCormick, SC); her grandson, Charles Shelley and his wife, Jennifer (Mooresville, NC); her granddaughter, Laurie Fagan and her husband, Gary, (Huntersville, NC); and her great-grandson, Alexander Fagan. Catherine graduated from Ilion High School in 1933 and University Hospital Good Shepard in 1936 as a registered nurse. After college, she worked part time in the hospital and attended Syracuse University, studying public health. She worked in Syracuse and the Ilion and Frankfort school systems as the school nurse. Catherine spent many happy hours with friends in Ilion and Mohawk playing cards and going on senior citizen bus trips. She was an active member of the Ilion First Baptist Church and lifelong member of the Eastern Star. She loved to be with her family while living in Wesley Commons in Greenwood, SC. Her great-grandson came to visit soon after his birth and she loved holding him. The family will cherish those memories. Catherine wrote in a grandmother's book to her granddaughter that her wish for her future was to "Have a happy, healthy home life with a loving partner to share it with. She suggested she experience the beauty of every moment, realize all her dreams and wished that the Good Lord bless her." That is how Catherine lived her life, may she rest in peace. Catherine will be intermed at Arlington Cementery in September, next to Barthau. (July 7, 2012)

 

Virginia E. Coroniti IHS Faculty, 69, of 8 W. Montgomery St., passed away Friday, December 16, 2011 in St. Luke's Memorial Hospital. She was born in Ilion on October 17, 1942, the daughter of the late August and Loretta Panaro Oliver. She attended Frankfort schools and graduated from Frankfort-Schuyler High School with the class of 1960. Virginia later attended and received her Bachelor's Degree from LeMoyne College in 1964 with her degree in French and with her Master's Degree in Reading from SUNY Cortland. She was married to Joseph J. Coroniti on August 8, 1964 in St. Mary's Church, Frankfort. Mr. Coroniti passed away on March 14, 1993. Mrs. Coroniti was a 9th grade Teacher for Ilion Central School for many years until her retirement in 2004. She was a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation where she served as a greeter and was a member of the Catholic Daughters. Virginia is survived by one daughter and son in law, Mary Elizabeth and Mark Wychowski of Penfield; one son, John Coroniti and his fiance, Bethany Saxton of Washington, NJ; one brother, Robert Oliver of Frankfort; her son in law, Tim McLaughlin of Penfield; her beloved grandchildren, Lauren Wychowski, Erin McLaughlin and Matthew McLaughlin as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter, Gina McLaughlin on October 29, 2004. Her funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 PM from the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort, and at 2:00 PM in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church will be celebrated by the V. Rev. Anthony Barratt and assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 4-8 at the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Virginia's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Nurses and staff of St. Luke's Memorial Hospital CCU and the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center for the wonderful care and compassion shown to her during her illness and passing. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Virginia's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502-5949 or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Virginia's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (Dec 17, 2011)

James Wallace - Ilion NY
James Wallace
1975 - Guidance Counselor

Mr. James W. Wallace Sr., IHS Guidance Counselor, 82, of 41 Arlington Rd. formerly of Pleasant Ave., Frankfort passed away Monday, August 22, 2011 in the home of his daughter and son in law, Suzanne and David Appleton with his family by his side. James was born in Milton, MA on November 25, 1928; the son of the late John Henry and Mary Agnes Slack Wallace, Sr. He attended parochial school in Milton and later attended Milton High School. He served with the US Navy during World War II. Following his Military time, he received his Bachelor's Degree from the College of the Holy Cross, his Master's Degree in English from Harvard University and completed his Doctoral work at the University of Rochester.

He was married to Anelia Bagdziewicz on July 1, 1950 in Sts. Peter & Paul's Church. Mrs. Wallace passed away on January 31, 1989. Mr. Wallace was a High School teacher for Frankfort-Schuyler High School and was later employed as the Guidance Counselor for Ilion High School until his retirement in 2008 after 56 years of teaching and aiding students. He was a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion and served as a Coach for Frankfort's Varsity Baseball team. He started Pop Warner in the Mohawk Valley, served as Past Director of the Herkimer County CYO, was a charter member of Frankfort Youth Baseball, served as Past President of Herkimer County Boces and was a member of the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School Board. He received a special award from the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials in March of 1987 for meritorious service for the youth of the Mohawk Valley in the field of athletics. Mr. Wallace loved teaching but his greatest love was his family.

James is survived by two sons and daughters in law, John and Maryel Wallace of Ilion and James and Nancy Wallace, Jr. of Mohawk; two daughters and sons in law, Suzanne and David Appleton with whom he resided and Sally Wallace and Brad Moore of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by one sister and brother in law, Joanne and William Stockhausen of NC; his grandchildren, Christopher and his wife, Laura Wallace, Eric Wallace, Elizabeth Wallace, Thomas Appleton, Sarah Appleton, Anelia Moore, Nora Moore and James Moore; two great grandsons, C.J. Wallace and Chase Wallace; his special niece, Monique and her husband, Daniel Marollo and their children, Sammy and Hannah and several cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, 1st Lt. John H. Wallace US Army Air Corps KIA WWII in 1945; three sisters, Mary Wallace, Alice Carrol and Kay Cornetta as well as his mother in law, Sophie Bagdziewicz. His funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9:45 AM from the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 10:30 AM in Church of the Annunciation where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the V.Rev. Anthony Barratt and assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-8 at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc.

Contributions in James' memory may be made to James and Anelia B. Wallace Scholarship Fund of Ilion High School, 1 Golden Bomber Dr., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. James' family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Alicia DeTraglia, Michele Misiaszek NP, Terry Smith FNP, the nurses and staff of the 6th floor of St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, Hospice and Fr. Joe Salerno for the wonderful care and compassion shown to him during his illness and passing. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on James' online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (Aug 28, 2011)

Mary Byrne - Ilion NY
Mary Byrne
1975 - Physical Education

Mary V. Byrne, IHS Faculty Member, 71, of Watertown passed away at Samaritan Medical Center on Saturday, June 18. Born Sept. 28, 1939, in Syracuse, the daughter of the late John Patrick and Louise "Cookie" Byrne, Mary grew up in Watertown, graduated from Watertown High School, and earned her bachelor's degree from SUNY Cortland in 1961.

 

She taught Phys Ed in the Illion School System for more than 30 years and coached tennis, softball, volleyball, basketball, and track. She valued the friendship of her colleagues and coordinated countless retiree roasts throughout her tenure to keep them smiling.         

Mary Byrne - Ilion NY
Mary Byrne
1975 - Physical Education

Mame's sense of humor was legendary. On Halloween, she once dressed in 1940s attire in her chosen original character of "Fern Baggs" (of the "Baggs Corners Baggs"). Accompanied by her similarly clad sister, Sheila (as Pearl Baggs), she met with Watertown city officials to express concerns about rumored development near their "namesake" crossroads. Never breaking character and donning her "signature piece" (an artificial fern affixed prominently to her lapel), the pair also visited a Watertown car dealer looking for "nothing newer than a 1950 model". Mary pioneered the "Do Not Call List" by turning the tables on telemarketers by attempting to sell them wares of her own, including "a very fine, not knotty pine, but gen-u-ine Birdseye Maple chifferobe." She wrote many limericks for colleagues, friends and family, and brought laughs to many with her hilarious impressions ranging from a clucking chicken to Pres. George W. Bush. She was an especially dedicated daughter, returning from Herkimer to Watertown to care for her mother on weekends for many years. In retirement, she enjoyed golfing at Watertown Golf Club, participating in the Watertown Irish Festival, and traveling widely to enjoy the music of the Irish Tenors. Firm in her Catholic faith, Mary was a communicant of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and a longtime, active member of the choir. She was also an avid volunteer, sharing her time, faith, and compassion with residents of Henry Keep Home whenever she was able. Mary was predeceased by her parents and a brother, John. She is survived by her beloved sister, Sheila (Donald) Curtis, of Watertown, her dear brother, Dennis (Mary Jane) Byrne of Norfolk, four nieces, Erin McGuire, Julie Byrne, Kathy Curtis, and Kelly Byrne and three nephews, Mark Curtis, Sean Byrne, and John Byrne. Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, at D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc. A prayer service will be held at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home with a 10 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Church with Rev. Donald Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Judes Place, Memphis, TN 38105. (July 9, 2011)

Francis Cunningham - Ilion NY
Francis Cunningham
1975 - American and Local History

Mr. Francis Cunningham, IHS Faculty, of Ilion, passed away on June 19, 2011. Francis William Cunningham was born on November 22, 1926 in Mohawk, N.Y., the son of John and Clara Furner Cunningham. A graduate of Mohawk High School and Utica College of Syracuse, Fran did his graduate studies at Oneonta and Colgate. On July 7, 1956, Fran married Marie Ballos of Garden City and Camden, N.Y. They shared a devoted union of forty-five years. Marie passed away on September 15, 2001. Employed by the Oneida Historical Society at Utica from 1951 to 1963, Fran then joined the faculty of Ilion High School as a Social Studies teacher, retiring in 1988.

At various times, Fran was a part-time instructor at Utica College, a lecturer on Mohawk Valley history at Mohawk Valley Community College, a consultant for the New York State Council on the Arts and, for several years, was Town of German Flatts Historian. Fran served in the army in the Pacific in World War II and was a member of Crowley-Barnum American Legion Post 25 in Mohawk. He is survived by three daughters, Mary Kathleen Cunningham and Patricia Anne Cunningham, both of Sherwood, Oregon, Elizabeth Marie (Philip) Welch of Pittsford, N.Y., and sons, Thomas Francis (Ann) Cunningham and Michael Joseph (Jan) Cunningham of Webster, N.Y. Fran had six grandchildren; Taryn and Bridget Welch of Pittsford, N.Y., John and Caroline Cunningham of Webster, N.Y., and Abby and Lily Cunningham of Irondequoit, N.Y. He is also survived by a brother, Eugene Cunningham of Mohawk, N.Y. and Catherine Scoones or Clinton, N.Y., two devoted cousins, Joan Duford and Sister Doris Thibault of Danbury, Connecticut, and several nieces and nephews. The family is especially grateful to Gerald and Lorie Gallagher of Mohawk and Eileen Kipper of Ilion for their kindness and assistance during Fran's last years. He also greatly appreciated the long years of devoted care and friendship given to him by Bill and Karen Hazlett who he called "the greatest neighbors on earth." A mass of Christian burial for Fran will be celebrated on Friday June 24, 2011, at 10 am in the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion. Father Leo Potvin will officiate assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will follow in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday June 23 from 4-7pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Special thanks to the staff of St. Luke's hospital for the kindness and compassion they showed our father. (June 22, 2011)

Arthur Dauten IHS Faculty, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, ended his long journey on this earth on May 26, 2011, at the age of 97. Arthur was born in Tottenham, England, on August 20, 1913, to the late Ludwig and Annie (North) Dauten. In the aftermath of WW I, the family moved from England to Lubeck, Germany, when Arthur was about 8 years old. Finally, his family immigrated to the United States in 1925, when Arthur was just 12 years old. Arthur lived much of his working life in upstate NY and retired from teaching to Ocala in 1976. Arthur was very talented in the arts and graduated from Boston University's College of Music in 1938. Later, after serving in WW II, he received his Masters from Syracuse University. He also attended Carnegie Tech, where he received fine training in Theatre. Arthur married Eleanor Greenizen in 1944. Their first daughter, Pamela, was born in 1946 and twelve years later came their second child, Dorothy. Arthur and Eleanor both shared the love of music, Eleanor was naturally gifted and played the piano by ear since the age of three, while Arthur was a trained musician blessed with a beautiful voice; he sang at many weddings of friends and family over the years and was an exceptional teacher. He taught music at Ilion High School from 1951-1961 and served on the Ilion High School Board of Education in the late 1960's. His fondest and most accomplished years were spent at Ilion High School, where he put on several successful musical productions, most memorable, Gilbert and Sullivan's "H & S Pinafore", and "Babes in Toyland". During his tenure, he formed and directed the "11 Belles", a select group of high school girls who performed concerts throughout Ilion and the Mohawk Valley. A group of these same students honored him back in 2004, when Arthur was 90. "The Belles" had such fond memories of him as a teach, so fond, in fact, that many kept in touch with him over the years; "The Belles" will always remember Mr. Dauten for instilling in them a love of music that has carried throughout their lives. "The fact that he appreciated music and taught us to appreciate music made us proud," said former "Belle", Janet Darling. Another former "Belle", Carol Hancock, said, "He ingrained confidence in group members and brought out their best with his kindness and ability to communicate his passion for music". Connie Burrell said, "He was so inspiring. He got all the talent out of everyone he possibly could. To this day we carry the love of music he taught us". He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Eleanor Dauten, in 1991; as well as his parents, Ludwig and Annie Dauten; sister, Emily; and brother, Frederick. He is survived by his two daughters, Pamela Turnley (W. Gary) and Dorothy Pohleven, both of Ocala, Florida; as well as three grandchildren, one great-grandson, and several nephews and nieces. Cremation has taken place and Arthur will be laid to rest alongside his wife at Dexter Cemetery, Town of Brownville, N.Y., later in the year. A Memorial Service, in honor of Arthur's life, will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 2:00 PM at Coventry Episcopal Church, 20 SW 87th Place, (Corner of CR 475 & 312), Ocala, FL 34476 and a future memorial is planned in the fall near Ilion, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Arthur's name to Coventry Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1962, Ocala, FL 34478. (June 11, 2011)

 

Vivian (Pat) Wright IHS Faculty, 98, formerly of Ilion, New York, passed away Tuesday morning, May 31st at Cypress Point Nursing Home in Englewood, Ohio. She was born on June 16, 1912 in Mt. Vernon, New York, the daughter of Lottie and Ranson Caygill. After graduating from Syracuse University in 1933, Pat came to Ilion to teach high school English. On New Year's Day in 1942, she was married to Leonard Wright in St. Augustine's Episcopal Church. After nine and a half years of teaching, Vivian enlisted in the Army on February 11, 1943. After basic training, she was transferred to the Women's Air Corps where she was assigned to the Flight Engineers' School for B-29's. The Flight Engineers' School was eventually moved to Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, Colorado where Vivian spent most of her time in the service. She was discharged in December of 1945. After the war, Vivian worked in the Unemployment Insurance Office in Little Falls. She returned to Ilion High School in 1958 and taught four more years of English until she completed her certification in guidance and worked as a counselor. In 1966, Vivian became Guidance Director at West Canada Valley Central School until retirement in 1979. Vivian had a wide range of interests. Nationally, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Theta Sigma Phi, and the Women's National Honorary Journalism Society. Vivian was a member of the St. Augustine's Church and was involved in the former Travelers' and Shakespeare Clubs. For over 70 years, she enjoyed participating in Little Theater Club plays and activities. Vivian was an avid reader and bridge player. The Wrights' spent many memorable summers at Cedar Lake, swimming, golfing and partying with friends. Vivian loved to travel and planned numerous trips through Europe and the United States. She was blessed with many caring friends and neighbors that made it possible for her to enjoy her home in Ilion for many years. Vivian was predeceased by her husband, Leonard. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Whipple, of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; a son, John Wright and his wife, Vicki, of Vandalia, OH; a granddaughter, Kendall, and her fiancé, Adam Stanley of Columbus, OH; a grandson, Bryan Wright of Vandalia, OH; and a niece, Suzanne Hawe of NYC, N.Y. In keeping with Mrs. Wright's wishes, there will be no calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a funeral service, at 10:00 A.M., on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. The service will be held at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church with Father John Bassett officiating. Following the church service, burial will take place at the Cherry Valley Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Public Library, Hospice, or a charity of your choice. Envelopes will be available at church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. in Ilion, N.Y. On-line condolences may be left at www.Whiter-Hendrix.com. (June 11, 2011)

Mark Vivyan - Ilion NY
Mark Vivyan
1995 - History

Mr. Mark Vivyan, IHS '69 and Faculty Member, 59, of Ilion, passed away on January 8, 2011, at Faxton-St. Luke's, with his loving family by his side. Mark was born in Ilion on March 29, 1951, the son of Gordon (Jim) and Margaret (Wright) Vivyan. He was educated in Ilion Schools and was a graduate of Oneonta State Teacher's College. Mark was a social studies teacher in Ilion until his retirement in 2006. Mark was an avid sports fan who enjoyed both playing and coaching, especially baseball and basketball. Mark once played for the Milford Macs. Most recently, Mark enjoyed golfing and working at Hidden Valley Golf Club in Whitesboro, where he had many friends. Mark was also a member of the Ilion Elks #1444 and was co-owner of Treasures in Herkimer.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Sue; his daughters, Michele, Jennifer and Krysten; his parents, Jim and Margaret Vivyan; his brothers and sisters, Kevin and Terri Vivyan, Robin Vivyan, Deborah and Joseph McCarthy, and Kelly Vivyan; his Aunt Pat and Uncle Bill White and their daughter, Paula; brothers and sisters-in-law, Judy Hartmann, Robert and Cathy Hartmann, and Dianne and Patrick McCuen; and his nieces and nephews, Wes, Emily, Joe, Kyle, Sara, Kevin, Emily, Jon, Katie, Jimmy, Matt, Lauren and Megan. Mark was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Marietta Wright, and his mother-in-law, Barbara Hartmann. A memorial mass for Mark will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Mark Vivyan Memorial Scholarship; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Mark's family extends thanks to Dr. Butala and his staff, along with the 6th floor staff at Faxton-St Luke's, for their care and compassion during his illness. Online condolences may be sent and memorial candles lit by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Jan 10, 2011)

Vincent F. Durant '56, age 72, of Schuyler, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully in his own bed, at his own home, surrounded by his loving family, on Thursday, November 11, 2010. He was born on October 16, 1938 in Ilion, the son of George and Mayme (Terzo) Durant. Vince graduated from Annunciation School in 1952 and Ilion High School in 1956. He also attended Mohawk Valley Technical Institute and graduated with a degree in Business Retail Management. He was blessed to have two true loves in his life. On December 18, 1960, he was married to Barbara Utter in Cobleskill, NY. She died in 1972. He later married P. Donna (Galinn) Hunter on June 12, 1982, in Utica. Vince was employed as a Sales Representative for Standard Register Co., a Fortune 500 Company, for twenty-six years. He was also the owner and operator of Dur-A-Form of Ilion for eighteen years. Vince was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, and St. Mark's Church, N. Utica, NY. Vince loved the community of Ilion and enjoyed giving back to the community. Some of his memberships included: Little League and Babe Ruth Coach, Jaycees, Knights of Columbus, Annunciation Parish Council and Kiwanis. Vince was a member of the Ilion Central School Board for twenty-four years, serving in the positions of both Vice President and President. He was also a member of many organizations affiliated with the school board. He was the founding member of the Ilion Central School Foundation that raised over $70,000 to improve the educational opportunities for Ilion students. Vince was a member of the Ilion Days Committee. He managed the Ilion Sports Calendar advertisement subscriptions, which raised tens of thousands of dollars for athletic programs at ICHS. Vince was an avid sports fan. His favorite teams were the Chicago Bears and Chicago White Sox. He enjoyed attending Ilion school sporting events and truly loved participating in his grandchildren's lives. Survivors include his wife, Donna; three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Katherine Durant, of Ilion, David and Pamela Durant, of Vernon, and Christopher and Jaimie Durant, of Ilion; his stepdaughter, Gina Sciortino and her husband Joseph, of Utica; six grandchildren, Gregory, Kelsie, and Kassandra Durant, Sarah Sciortino, and Katie and Megan Reed; his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and Tom Shepard, of North Carolina; two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Sandra and Joseph Bogan (who were like a rock of Gibralter for Vince and Donna), of Schuyler, and Elaine Galinn, of California; Barbara's sisters, Fay Panza and husband Frank, of Niagara Falls, NY, Kathi Utter, of Cobleskill, with respectful mention of Barbara's two sisters and two brothers; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Vince was predeceased by his first wife Barbara, the mother of his five sons. He was also predeceased by his two sons, infant Gregory Durant and Scott Durant; stepdaughter, Lauren Hunter; his parents, George and Mayme; Barbara's parents, Wanda and Merton Utter; her brother, Merton Utter Jr. and Donna's father, Jerome Galinn. Funeral Services will be held 9:15 a.m., Monday, November 15, 2010, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, assisted by Deacon James Bower, 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Calling hours are Sunday, November 14, 2010, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Ilion Central School Foundation or American Pancreatic Cancer Research. The Durant family requested that all funeral arrangements and services be entrusted to Vince's good friend, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Nov 13, 2010)

 

Consuelo Maria "Connie" (Savidge) Chuff, Remington Elementary School, age 59, of 2748 St. Rt. 51, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2010, in her home. She was born in Niagara Falls on June 16, 1951, the daughter of Edmond and Consuelo Llama Savidge. She attended and graduated from Fountain Valley High School, CA, and received her Bachelor's Degree in English from Cal State University, Fullerton, CA, and her Master's Degree in Reading Education from SUNY Oswego. Connie was married to Nicholas Chuff on July 26, 1980, in St. Theresa's Church, Frankfort Center. Connie taught Reading to Pre First Grade, First, Second and Third Grade for many years. She began her teaching career at Huntington Beach, CA, Department of Defense, Seoul, Korea, Fischer Elementary School, Mohawk, and lastly Remington Elementary School, Ilion. She was a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church and a member Delta Kappa Gamma, Ilion Food Pantry, Ilion Foundation, Catholic Charities, Historical Club, Ilion, American Association of University Women and Ilion Meals on Wheels Program. Connie is survived by her beloved husband, Nicholas Chuff; one son, Matthew Chuff, at home; her father and mother, Edmond and Consuelo Savidge, of Westminster, CA; one sister, Linda Savidge, of Westminster; her sister-in-law, who was like her sister, and brother-in-law, Mary Lynne and Douglas VanVliet, of Castleton, NY; two nephews, Bryan VanVliet and Tim VanVliet; her good friends, Carol Congilaro, Carol Bracken, Jody Janiki, Grace Osborne, MaryEl Wallace, Vicky Krenichyn, Kathy Murphy, Cheryl Robinson, Joanne French, Maggie Wesoleski, Wendy Jackson and the girls at the Salon, Mary Day, Patty Day and Mary Lamphere; and several cousins. Her funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 from the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort, and at 2:00 in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Alfred Lamanna, Pastor Emeritus, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-8 at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home. Connie asked for a very special thank you to her doctors, Dr. Kuzminski, Dr. Braven, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Jederlinic, Dr. Campbell, Dr. Mooney, Dr. Cramer, Dr. Kruse, Dr. Hogden and Dr. Priem, and her nurses, Doreen, Mary Ann, Crystal, Michele, Kelly, Barb, Brittany, Robin, Pat, Sandy, Gen, Dawn, Jim, Dana, Melissa, Mary, Reggie and Lou. "It was truly a pleasure and privilege to teach at Remington School with love, Connie." Contributions in Consuelo's memory may be made to Ilion Food Pantry, 60 West St., Ilion, NY 13357; Ilion Foundation, PO Box 480, Ilion, NY 13357-0480; Jody Tanner Karla Scholarship Fund, c/o Ilion Central School, PO Box 480, Ilion, NY 13357; or Catholic Charities Runaway Youth and Homeless Program, 61 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Connie's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (Aug 29, 2010)

Jack Manley - Ilion NY
Jack Manley

Jack Manley (John Steele Manley Sr.) 25 Year School Board Attorney, died peacefully in his home in Sterling, Virginia on Tuesday, August 25 after a short illness. He was born on April 6, 1917 in Fairmont, West Virginia to parents C. Roy Manley and Velma Rex Manley. He is survived by his son Jack Manley Jr. and daughter-in-law JoAnne Loomis Manley (7361 Willow Brooke Dr., Spring Hill, FL 34606); his daughter-in-law Lois Murphy Manley of Ilion, NY; three daughters and two sons-in-law, M. Kathleen Manley (248 Remington Lane, Lyndonville VT, 05851), Susan M. Homyk and Daniel Homyk (12627 Heritage Farm Lane, Oak Hill VA, 20171), Lynn A. Reichard and Dr. Peter Reichard (8 Cliffside Way Boonton Township, NJ 07005). He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Sr. Mary of the Assumption of Springfield, Ma. and Selma Manley of Forest Hills, NY and his grandchildren: Jon Manley, Joan Schubert, Jeffrey Manley, Janet Austin, Heather Manley, Shannon Manley, Kelley Calkins, Alyssa Homyk, Kaylee Homyk, Thad Reichard and Tess Reichard as well as eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Mary M. 'Rusty' Manley and his son Robert R. Manley.

Jack attended Fairmont University, graduated from West Virginia University and in 1941 received a degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence from West Virginia College of Law. He was admitted to practice law in West Virginia in 1941 and in New York State in 1953. Jack was also admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals in the Fourth Circuit (1945) and the Second Circuit (1966) and the United States District Courts of Northern New York and Northern West Virginia. Jack and his life-long friend Paul Carter started their own firm, Carter & Manley, where they practiced law from 1953 to 1988. Jack was a proud member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and was president of the Herkimer County Bar Association. Jack also served as Ilion's Village Attorney and Urban Renewal Attorney, and as school board attorney for Ilion, Herkimer, and Poland for 25, 10, and eight years, respectively. He served on the Board of Directors of the Mid New York Legal Aid Society, was the attorney for the Ilion Board of Water Commissioners for 17 years, and was a member of the National Panel of the American Arbitration Association. Jack served two terms as the mayor of Ilion from 1955-1959, during which time he organized the first Mayors Conference of Ilion, Mohawk, Frankfort and Herkimer, which then became the Mohawk Valley Conference of Mayors and Other Municipal Officials and the Central Mohawk Valley Alliance.

In 1965, Jack was appointed as the first administrator of the County Indigent Defendants Program where he organized and established the first program of its kind in Herkimer County.

Jack also had many personal and social interests. He was a member of the Syracuse Opera Club, the Piseco Yacht Club, the Piseco Fish and Game Association Clubs, the Ilion Conversation Club, the Ilion Shakespeare Club, the Ilion Little Theater Club, and was a life member, Exalted Ruler, and presiding justice for the Ilion Elks Lodge. He was most recently a member of the Galilee United Methodist Church of Sterling, Va. and was formerly a member of the First United Methodist Church of Ilion, NY where he served as the superintendent of the Sunday school and was on the board of trustees and administrative council.

Jack was a family man with a zest for life. He and his wife Rusty traveled extensively throughout their lives together but there was not a family dinner, cocktail hour, birthday celebration, or family social occasion that he missed. He was fond of sailing, a hobby he most recently enjoyed at his camp on Piseco Lake in July 2009, and loved fishing, skiing, reading and listening to music.

Services will be held at the Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling, Va. on Aug. 28, 2009 at 11 a.m. A committal service will be held at a future date in Ilion, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, Va. 22042 or Galilee United Methodist Church, 45425 Winding Rd., Sterling, VA 20165. (Aug 29, 2009)

Walter O'Conner - Ilion NY
Walter O'Conner
1975 - French

Mr.Walter 'Walt' P. O'Connor, IHS French Teacher, age 82, a retired school teacher and real estate agent, formerly of 38 W. Main St., Mohawk, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Born in Mohawk, July 15, 1926, he was the son of Frank and Carrie (Cook) O'Connor, and was a graduate of Mohawk High School and Hamilton College, continuing his studies and gaining a Master's degree from Syracuse University and a diploma from the University of Paris. Following high school graduation in 1944, he served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater of War, where he attained the rating of Cryptanalytic Specialist (Q) First-Class. He taught for a number of years in the Van Hornesville, Herkimer, and Ilion School systems, the American dependent schools in Poitiers and Verdun, France, and additionally taught adult education English at the Holy Trinity Monastery, Jordanville, and Mohawk Valley Community College. He traveled abroad in Europe, the Middle East and Far East.

Following retirement from teaching, he was a real estate agent in Mohawk for several years. He was a communicant of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk. He was a member of the Mohawk Kiwanis, Crowley-Barnum Post 25 American Legion, U.S. Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association, Ilion Lodge BPOE Elks, Mohawk Valley Alpiners, Adirondack Mountain Club, Adirondack Forty-Sixers, North Country Trails Association, Canal Society of New York State, Herkimer County Historical Association, Mohawk Valley Astronomical Society, Otsego Sailing Club, Flying Scot Sailing Association, Retiree Council 12 of the New York State United Teachers and American Federation of Teachers. An AARP member, he served that organization as a VOTE volunteer in the 23rd New York Congressional District and in the Herkimer County and New York State Retired Teachers Associations, he held several elective and appointive positions, including county president and state and federal legislative chairperson at both the county and zone levels. He is survived by nephews and nieces: Paul Streitz, Christine (O'Connor) Joynes, Martha (Streitz) Harausz, Frank O'Connor, Kurt Streitz, Terry O'Connor, Jerry O'Connor, Kathleen (O'Connor) Brigham, Peter Streitz, Kevin O'Connor, Denis O'Connor, Maryann (O'Connor) Snyder and several grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Julia (O'Connor) Streitz and two brothers, Edward and Francis. Funeral services will be held at 10:15 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2009, at Graves-Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 48 E. Main St., Mohawk, and 11 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church, 54 E. Main St., Mohawk, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Mark Cunningham, Sacramental Minister, assisted by Sister MaryJo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 6, from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the church service. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Herkimer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. All arrangements have been entrusted to Graves-Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Mohawk, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (July 11, 2009)

Mrs. Robin Manfreda, Remington Elementary School, of South Fourth Ave., entered into eternal rest peacefully on Sunday evening, January 11, 2009, in Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, after a valiant battle with cancer. When her passing occurred, she had the love and support of her husband, two daughters and family at her bedside. She was born in Troy, the daughter of the late Stanley and Dorothy (Ramroth) Rubel. She received her education in Troy Catholic High School. She graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with a degree in special education teaching. Her marriage to Kevin Manfreda took place in Sacred Heart Church, Troy, on June 21, 1975. Mr. and Mrs. Manfreda have maintained a devoted relationship throughout their 33-year union. They have resided in Ilion since 1977. Robin was currently employed with Remington Elementary School, Ilion, as special education assistant, a career that was filled with much-accomplishment and much-success. She was of the Catholic faith. Robin was a loving woman and devoted herself to her family and most recently her cherished grandson. She offered support, strength and encouragement to her loved ones and provided a happy and secure home for them. Throughout her life, she made an impact on people, both within her family circle and beyond. She leaves them with countless beautiful and inspiring memories of their association with her. Besides spending time with her family, she enjoyed reading and traveling, especially to Maine. Survivors include her beloved husband, Kevin, of Ilion; two loving daughters, Stephanie Urtz and husband, Joseph, of Ilion, and Jessica Manfreda and fiance, Kyle Marchese, of Clark Mills; a sister, Kimberly Lettko and husband, Paul, of Troy; a brother-in-law, John Manfreda and wife, Anne, of New Jersey; her cherished grandson, Joseph Matthew Urtz; an uncle and aunt, Donald and Eileen Ramroth, of Troy; nieces, Elizabeth, Laura and Allison Manfreda; a nephew, Zachery Lettko; and many cousins and friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Butala and the nursing staff of Faxton-St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center for the special concern and compassion with which they cared for Robin. Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Tuesday (today), January 13, 2009, from 4-7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000, and invited to her funeral service, commencing at 7 p.m. this evening at the funeral home with Father Mark Cunningham officiating. She will be laid to rest in the spring at a time to be announced. In lieu of floral tributes, kindly consider memorial offerings to the Faxton-St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center or to the Ronald McDonald Home; envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. To add to Robin's online memorial and to sign the online guest book, go to www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (Jan 20, 2009)

 

Donna "Mimi" (March) Steele, IHS '57 and Superintendent's executive secretary, 69, of 30 Massachusetts Avenue, Ilion, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, December 3, 2008, comforted by her husband and three children. Donna was born November 27, 1939 in Ilion, the daughter of Nelson and Dorothy March. She graduated from Ilion Central School in 1957 and married Robert "Banjo" Steele on August 8, 1959 at the Annunciation Church in Ilion. Donna was employed as an executive secretary for the superintendent of the Ilion Central School District, retiring in 2002. Donna is survived by her husband, Robert "Banjo" Steele of Ilion, a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Kristin Steele of Lowville, NY, two daughters and a son-in-law, Chrissy Peck of Fabius, NY and Wendy and Richard Cummings of Groton, NY, a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Patricia March of Ilion, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Carol Steele of Cedar Lake, NY and Bluffton, SC, a sister-in-law, Marilyn Nencetti of Lithia, FL, her grandchildren, Jenny and Hattie Steele, Jacob, Hannah, and Maggie Peck, Kylie Zehr, and Samantha and Nicholas Cummings, her step-grandchildren, Josh, Andrew, and Erin Cummings, a great grandson, Chad Peck, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Donna is also survived by her many close friends. The family would like to thank Susan Griffing RN at the office of Dr. Mark Griffing, Dr. Mary Cunningham and her staff at GYN Oncology of Central New York and the Fourth Floor South at Crouse Hospital for their excellent medical care and compassion. Donna was a board member for the American Cancer Society and a volunteer for Hospice. She was a member of Curves and an avid runner, competing in the Utica Boilermaker several times. Donna enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband. She also enjoyed playing Mahjong with her close friends. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support ovarian cancer research, education, and outreach at The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at www.ovariancancercenter.org/contribution and designate your gift to Ovarian Cancer Gift Fund or through contact information provided at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at whfh1893@aol.com. (Dec 8, 2008)

Mr. Bernard Anderson, IHS English Teacher, 71, formerly of Ilion and Mohawk, now a resident of 142 Hampton Circle, Bluffton, S.C., passed away Saturday, June 21, 2008, at home. He was born July 28, 1936, in Mohawk, the son of the late Frank and Margaret Lee Anderson. His family moved to Florida where he received his degree in education and taught in the Clermont High School from 1963 to 1967. He then moved to Ilion where he taught English in the Ilion High School until his retirement in 1997. On Dec. 26, 1977, he married the former Edwina Kleese. Bernie was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and St. Anthony Church in Hardeville, S.C. He was past president of the Ilion Teachers Association, past president of the Herkimer County Retired Teachers, a member of the Ilion Little Theater Club, Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, the New York State Teachers Association, and New York State Retired Teachers Association.

Bernard Anderson - Ilion NY
Bernard Anderson
1975 - English

In Sun City he was a member of the Community Theater, Chorus and the Pickleball Club. Bernie is survived by his wife Edwina, three daughters and a son-in-law, Kathryn and James Barickman of Vermont, Mary Anderson of Rochester and Bernadette Postato and companion Charles Clottin of Rochester, a son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Kristin Anderson of Bluffton, also several nieces and nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held on Monday, June 30, 2008 at 1 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion, with Sister Mary Jo Tallman officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Oliviet Cemetery, Frankfort. Friends may call Monday from 11 a.m. to the time of service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to St. Anthony's Land Acquisition Fund, 23049 Whyte Hardee Blvd., Hardeville, S.C. 29927, or Hospice Care of the Low Country, P.O. Box 3827, Bluffton, S.C. 29910. On-line condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 11, 2008)

John L. Pugh IHS 1933, 92, a long-time resident of South Fifth Avenue, passed away at home Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007. John was born Dec. 7, 1914, in the town of Frankfort, son of the late John and Edith (Lindsay) Pugh. He was a graduate of Ilion HighSchool, where he played on championship football teams under coach Joe Bemis. Following high school, John graduated from Oswego State College in 1940 with a bachelor of science in education degree in Industrial arts. He then taught industrial arts at Katonah John Jay High School in Westchester County. On June 28, 1941, he was united in marriage to Lois Clair at the Church of Annunciation. They were married for 50 years until Mrs. Pugh's passing in 1991. In 1945, John was an Industrial Arts Teacher at Ilion. A substitute teacher was named to replace him while John was in the service. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II, serving in the Pacific islands. He was employed by Rockwell International for 31 years as regional sales director for the Northeast U.S. Following his retirement, John taught woodworking/refinishing for adult education. He was well known throughout the valley for master woodworking, cabinet-making and antique restoration. He was of the Catholic faith and a former member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus. John was a current member of the Oswego Alumni Association. He enjoyed the Adirondacks and the family camp in Old Forge. Survivors include his daughter, Linda (Pugh) Whittemore of Ilion; sister-in-law Betty (Torbitt) Pugh of Florida; aunt, Ruth Lindsay of Old Forge; two nephews, John and Richard Pugh of Vermont; a niece, Alicia (Pugh) Bussing of Vermont; several cousins, friends and past business associates; also friends from the morning "coffee" group. He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert of Frankfort/Florida, and Richard of Vermont, his niece, Phyllis Pugh and brother-in-law Curtis Clair. Family and friends are invited to a graveside committal service Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with Father Anthony Barratt of the Church of Annunciation officiating. In keeping with John's wishes there are no calling hours. A very special thank you to Linda Evans and Marcia Mower, his home health care aides, for their quality care and concern for John which allowed him to enjoy living in his home over the past several years. Also to Dr. William Parker and his wife, Jo and staff for their care and willingness to accommodate John's needs. In lieu of flowers please consider memorials in John's name to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, c/o 1 Central Ave., Ilion, N.Y. 13357. Donation envelopes will be available at the cemetery. The Enea Family Funeral Home - John Day, director, 4309 Acme Road is honored to serve Mr. Pugh's family. (Oct 26, 2007)

 

Mr. Raymond George Morton IHS '53, 74, of 31 Richfield St., passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Frankfort on Sept. 19, 1933, the son of the late Glenn and Anna Meisner Morton. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1953. He was united in marriage with Cecilia Caiola on July 2, 1955, in St. Louis Church, Buffalo, with the Rev. Alfred Bosack, pastor, officiating. Ray was employed as the head custodian for Ilion High School for many years. He was also the proud owner of "Morton's Front Page News" for eight years. Many may remember Ray for his love of Big Band music and his radio show "Ray's Rendezvous" on WYUT in Herkimer, "The music of your life" station. Ray was extremely patriotic, he loved his country dearly and displayed the American flag with great pride and filled his home with the symbol of freedom, the American bald eagle. He was a loving husband and father and took particular joy in his grandchildren, attending every sporting event, piano recital and school function. His great passions of life were Alan Ladd, John Wayne, Emeril LaGasse and the New York Yankees. Ray is survived by his beloved wife, Ceil Morton; his five children, Susan and Allan Brin of Ilion, Sandra and Randy Walls of Overland Park, Kan., Stephen and Sarah Morton of Frankfort, Sharon Morton of Rome, Stacey and Francis Kattato of Cold Brook and Shelly Morton; our angel in heaven who passed away in 1966. He is also survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Robert Tibbits of Harleysville, Pa.; his cherished grandchildren, John Stemmer of Boston, Mass., Eric and his wife, Shanda Walls of Elmira, Adam and his wife, Amy Walls of Jamestown, N.Y., Brian Morton serving with the USAF in the Persian Gulf, Nicholas Kattato and James Kattato, both of Cold Brook and the twins, Jacob and Abigail Morton, both of Frankfort; his great-granddaughters, Isabella Walls and Mia Walls, both of Elmira; his in-laws, Marion Morton of Marietta, Ohio, Fanny Nicolette, Sam Caiola, Tina Caiola, Florence Caiola, Joan Murphy, Charles and Angie Caiola, all of Frankfort and Joseph and Rachel Caiola of Little Falls; Ray's close friends, Sam and Carol Leonis and Louis and Naomi Rossi, all of Ilion, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Walter Morton, Roderick Morton and Richard Morton; one sister and brother-in-law, Marion and her husband David Conover; his in-laws, Mary and Michael Ruffalo, Rose and Sam Piazza, Richard Murphy, Lillian Caiola, Angelo Nicolette and Peter Caiola. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 a.m. in the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort with the Rev. George Greene, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 4-8 at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc. The Morton family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the wonderful staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, especially Dr. V. Sharma for his kindness and tender care, Dr. Aiello and Dr. Farkouh; all the nurses of 3C, 3B and Special Care, especially Frank and Valerie Fessia, Darlene Gubager and Pat from the transport department. Your visits, kind words and prayers will always be with us. Contributions in Ray's memory may be made to Ilion Ambulance c/o Central Fire Station, Ilion 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Ray's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (Sept 22, 2007)

 

Vivian M. (Day) Schierholtz, IHS '39, 86, of North Fifth Avenue, Ilion, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, with her loving family by her side. Vivian was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Ilion, daughter of the late Roy C. and Margaret (Farrell) Day. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1939. On Oct. 20, 1945, she was united in marriage to Charles R. Schierholtz at the Annunciation Parish house. They shared a loving and dedicated union of 48 years until Chuck's passing on June 13, 1993. Primarily a dedicated homemaker, firefighter's wife, mother and grandmother, most recently she was employed by the Ilion School District, in the cafeteria, for many years until her retirement, a job she truly enjoyed. Early in her life, she worked at Baker's Pharmacy, another job she loved. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, at one time volunteered for the Democratic Committee, enjoyed cooking, and taking care of her home and pool which she loved to swim in. She was an avid supporter of the 'Golden Bombers,' always seen in the bleachers rooting her boys and girls on. Vivian enjoyed reminiscing about the old days and had a very sharp memory. She could remember people and stories from years ago. Recently, Vivian would travel to her daughters' homes, spending holidays and extended vacations with them, which she and they loved. Her family was her life, and she was always there for all of them. She will be dearly missed by all. Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Charleen and her husband Robert 'Bob' LaGasse of Stow, Ohio, and Lynn and her husband Kyle Jenks of Clifton Park; four cherished grandchildren, Robert LaGasse of Birmingham, Ala., Bill LaGasse and his wife Lindsay of Akron, Ohio, Mike LaGasse of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Matt and Heidi LaGasse of Newburgh Heights, Ohio; her sister-in-law and very special friend, Charlotte Day of Ilion; her brother in-law and sister-in-law, Bud and Betty Schierholtz of South Carolina; several nieces, nephews, cousins, longtime friends and neighbors, including her close and dear friends, Martha Bechard, John Gilmartin and Marion Edwards. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles R. Schierholtz in 1993; three brothers, Roy, Bob and Jack Day; and one sister, Marion Cooper. Family and friends are invited to visitation Sunday, Sept. 16, from 3-6 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort. Vivian's funeral services will be held Monday commencing at 9 a.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where Father Anthony Barratt, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial assisted by Deacon Jim Bower. Procession for interment in Armory Hill Cemetery will follow. All arrangements are under the direction of Vivian's nephew, "Johnny" Day. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Vivian's memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. (Sept 15, 2007)

Joseph Vail - Ilion NY
Joseph Vail
1975 - History

Joseph Vail - History Teacher, age 65 of Higgens Bay, Piseco, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. Survivors include his wife, Helen Penrose Vail, and two sons, Joseph and Michael. Condolences may be made to the family at their residence, 110 Higgens Bay, Piseco, on Monday, August 13, 2007, from 4-7 p.m. Arrangements are by the Enea Family Funeral Home 24 W. Monroe St. Little Falls. (Aug 22, 2007)

Jean (Jones) Potter, 78, passed away with her family at her side in her home in Baldwinsville on Sunday, June 3, 2007. Jean was born June 4, 1928 in Herkimer, the daughter of Everett C. and Vera (Lawton) Jones. She was a graduate of Mohawk High School, class of 1948, and a graduate of Syracuse University, class of 1950. At one time she was married to George L. Potter MD, the father of her children. She taught in Fulton, the Chicago, Illinois public school system and The Harris School of Chicago. Mrs. Potter then taught English for grades 7-9 in the Ilion School District as well as being advisor of the IHS Drama Club, retiring in 1988.

Jean Potter - Ilion NY
Jean Potter
1975 - English

She was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association and the Eastern Star of Mohawk. She had been a member in the past of the Ilion Little Theater. Jean was a volunteer at the General Nicholas Herkimer Home in Little Falls for many years where she enjoyed demonstrating hearthside cooking, making candles and soap.

Survivors include two daughters, Janice P. Miller of Webster and Susan P. Nicholson of Baldwinsville, N.Y. with whom Jean resided; two grandsons, Benjamin Miller of Denver, Colo. and James Nicholson of Baldwinsville; her brother and sister-in-law, Donald R. and Ann (Smith) Jones; her brother-in-law and his wife, Edwin and Lee Potter of Dewitt; her sister-in-law; Mildred Potter Plumley of Guatemala. She had several nephews and nieces. Calling hours for family and friends will be from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2007 at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Family may attend Jean's graveside committal service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 at the Armory Hill Cemetery with Rev. Edwin Potter officiating. Donation envelopes for memorial contributions in Jean's name to the Shriners' Children Hospital will be available at the funeral home. To sign the on-line memorial, send a letter of condolence, or share a memory go to, www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Jun 12, 2007)

Marion Hoffman - Ilion NY
Marion Hoffman
1975 - School Nurse

Marion (Hollandt) Hoffman, 95, formerly a longtime Ilion resident, passed away Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Marion was born Oct. 9, 1911, in Manhattan, daughter of Edward and Catherine (Schaefer) Vail. She was a high school graduate and attended the Jersey City Medical Center School of Nursing, where she obtained her registered nurse degree. In 1937, she was united in marriage to Dr. Erwin Hollandt. Dr. Hollandt died in 1944. She later married Howard G. Hoffman in 1948. Mr. Hoffman died in 2004. Marion was employed by the Ilion School District as a teacher and school nurse from 1945 to 1976.

Survivors include one son, Robert E. Hollandt of Thendara; one daughter, Barbara Hollandt, MD, of New Jersey; one sister, Laura Lawrence of New Jersey; her grandchildren, Susan Simonelli, James E. Hollandt, MD, Sally Taylor, Jennifer Dasilva, and Karl Hollandt. Mrs. Hoffman's funeral service will be held Thursday, June 7, commencing at 3 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Deacon James Bower of the church of the Annunciation, officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-3 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Entombment will follow the service in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Online memorials may be made at www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Jun 12, 2007)

Mayme (Stephens) Hendrix, Ilion Teacher, age 97, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2007, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born November 21, 1909 in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late Lester and Ida Smith Stephens, and she was a graduate of Lake Placid High School and Brockport Normal School. In 1933, she married Clarence Hendrix. He passed away in 1984. Mrs. Hendrix was employed as a teacher with the Ilion Central School System, retiring in 1971. Mrs. Hendrix was a member of St. Augustine's Church in Ilion, the Marine Corps league auxiliary, and the Herkimer County Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Hendrix is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William and Marilyn Hendrix of Ilion; her grandchildren, Judith, Patricia Hendrix, Diane and Talbot Bala, Ida and Chad Dickinson; and a grandson-in-law, Tim Kellogg; five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Sue Kellogg; a daughter-in-law, Audrey Hendrix; a brother and sister-in-law, James and Iola Stephens; and a sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Robert Pierce. Funeral services for Mrs. Hendrix will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2007, at 11:00 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with the Rev. Thomas Trees officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. In keeping with Mayme's wishes, there are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion PBA. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to Whiter-Hendrix.com. (May 16, 2007)

 

Cecilia A. Kelpy, Ilion Elementary Music Teacher, age 93, formerly of 33 Massachusetts Ave., Ilion, passed away Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Ms. Kelpy was born March 27, 1913, in Port Leyden, N.Y., the daughter of the late James and Agnes Mackey Kelpy. Ms. Kelpy was educated in Port Leyden and Potsdam Normal School and was employed as an elementary music teacher in Ilion. She retired in 1972. Ms. Kelpy was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and was former lector and choir director at the church. She was a member of the AARP and RSVP. She was a former member and teacher of the Mohawk Valley Braille Transcribers. She is survived by her nieces, Marianne Hardies, of Indiana, and Patricia and John Staton of Boonville; her nephews, Thomas Knowles of South Carolina and James and Barbara Kelpy and Dennis and Joanne Kelpy, all of Boonville. She is also survived by several great- and great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Irving and Michael Kelpy, and two sisters, Mary Niles and Kathleen Kelpy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 12:30 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with the Rev. John Yanas officiating. Interment will take place in the spring in Calvary Cemetery in Port Leyden. Friends and relatives may call on Tuesday, Jan. 2, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral, Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to Annunciation Church or a favorite charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Jan 2, 2007)

Charles McTiernan - Ilion NY
Charles McTiernan
1975 - English

Charles McTiernan, 15 Montgomery St. Ilion, passed away on June 6, 2006, at the age of 80. Charles was born on Feb. 18, 1926, in Little Falls, the son of Thomas and Gertrude McTiernan. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and sailed aboard the USS Macon. Following his military experience, he attended Niagara University and graduated with degrees in English and History. Charles devoted more than 30 years at Ilion High School, teaching English and Driver Education. In addition, he coached numerous sports and led a number of extracurricular activities. He was proud to be part of IHS and the school community, and truly appreciated all of the friendships he developed.

Charles left behind Joyce Grys McTiernan, his loving wife of 52 years; his sons and daughters, Jeff and Diane McTiernan, Jan (McTiernan) and John Jehring, Jay and Linda McTiernan, Julie McTiernan and Cherie Simmons, and Chuck McTiernan. In addition, he left four wonderful grandchildren, Johanna, Jason, Jonathan and Jack. Also Charles was the brother of Tom and the late Jack McTiernan. A Memorial Mass for Mr. McTiernan will be held on Friday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Fr. Alfred Lamanna will officiate. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in Little Falls. Friends may call on Thursday, June 8, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Those who wish may send memorial contributions to Hospice Care Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, N.Y. 13413, or a charity of the donor's choice. (July 14, 2006)

Joseph R. Nicolette, mathematics teacher/coach at Ilion High School, age 66, formerly of Frankfort and Oneonta, passed away March 11, 2005, at Scottsdale Health Center, Scottsdale, Ariz., after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Those he loved were by his side. He and his wife, Sandra, resided at 1226 E. Harbor View Drive, Tempe, Ariz. Joseph was born April 26, 1938, in Frankfort, the son of the late Joseph and Rose (Fragale) Nicolette. He was a graduate of Frankfort High School, the class of 1955, where he was senior class president and salutatorian of the class. While in high school, he excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He will always be remembered for his leadership qualities. He attended Hamilton College, graduating with the class of 1959. While in attendance, he earned a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts. Joseph was also a starting member of the Hamilton College football and baseball teams. He then earned a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Colgate University, and his doctorate of Higher Education Administration from the State University in Albany. Mr. Nicolette taught mathematics at Ilion High School, along with serving as head coach for the baseball team and as assistant coach for the football team. He is fondly remembered as not only a teacher and coach, but as a special friend and adviser. Joseph married Sandra J. Card on June 27, 1964, a blessed union they held until his death over 40 years later. Sandra was her husband's constant support during his battle over cancer. In 1966, Mr. Nicolette began his career at the State University of Oneonta, where he held several administrative positions including vice president of academic affairs. He retired in 1994 as acting provost of the college. In Oneonta, he advised, mentored and befriended many, many students. Following his retirement, Joe and Sandra relocated to Arizona, where he kept up with his passion for golfing and working out. Joseph came to make many new friends who came to admire and respect him for his courage and strength. The measure of a man is not by the years he lives, but by the legacy that he leaves behind. He lived life to the fullest and savored every day. He always showed courage and determination. He had an indomitable spirit and strength that never wavered, even when illness took its toll on his body. Joe was a shining example for all those who crossed his path. He had a great devotion to his faith, even in his darkest hours. He had deep-rooted family values. He was the strength for his family. Even in the face of his illness, he never let his family down. He was always proud of his children's accomplishments, and instilled in them love, devotion to family, good values and dedication to the well-being and happiness of others. He shared a loving and protective relationship with his sisters, Doris and Joanne. He was always ready and willing to help or advise anyone, especially family, friends or students. He was a confidant, friend and mentor to his nieces and nephews, who loved and respected their "Uncle Joe." All of those who knew and loved him recognized that he was special and their lives were more full and better for having had him in it. He was deeply admired for his courage and strength during his illness. He continued to encourage all those around him to be strong, even as his life was coming to a close. He was a truly loved man. He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra; a daughter and son-in-law, Dr. JoDean Nicolette and Dr. Ben Fritz of Santa Rosa, Calif.; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Diane (Ritola) Nicolette of Fort Myers, Fla. He is also survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Charlie Amento and Joanne and Don Oyer, both of Frankfort, who will love him and miss him forever; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bonnie (Card) and Don Polsin of Syracuse; a brother-in-law, Joseph Tamburro of Frankfort; an aunt and godmother, Fanny Nicolette of Frankfort; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whose lives were enriched by him. He was predeceased by his parents, his mother-in-law, Jean Card, and a sister-in-law, Donna Tamburro. There will be no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held May 7 at 12:30 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church on Frankfort Street in Frankfort, with Father Anthony Chiaramonte, friend of the family, officiating. No matter where life's path took him, Joe's roots were always in Frankfort. He will be brought home to be buried with his parents in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Following the interment, respects may be paid to the family, at the American Legion Post 845, on Litchfield Street, in Frankfort, from 2-5 p.m. A memorial gathering will be held at that time to celebrate Joe's life. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations for sarcoma research in Joe's memory to MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 72210-4486. Make the check payable to "MD Anderson" and write Joseph Nicolette's name on the check. Donations may also be made in Joe's memory to Wine Country Greyhound Adoption Fund, P.O. Box 6266, Santa Rosa, Calif. 95406. His funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc., Frankfort. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Joe's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (May 28, 2005)

Martin 'Monk' Manion - Ilion NY
Martin 'Monk' Manion
1975 - History

Mr. Martin 'Monk' Manion, 75, of 27 Richfield St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. He was born July 19, 1929, in Ilion, the son of the late Martin H. and Genevieve Knapp Manion. Monk was a graduate of Herkimer High School, Utica College and completed his graduate work at Oneonta State Teachers College. He served with the U.S. Army 11th Airborne during the Korean conflict, and on Aug. 21, 1954, he married Ann Brooks. She passed away Dec. 29, 1986.

Mr. Manion was employed as a history teacher with the Ilion School System for 38 years, retiring in 1998. Monk was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, the Ilion Knights of Columbus, the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, was an original member of the Herkimer County Legislature, serving from 1968 until 1995, and a former member of the American Legion Post 920, Ilion. Monk excelled in football and track during his high school years, and continued his love for the sport as he coached football at Ilion High School for 43 years. Monk is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Lt. Col. Robert and Nancy Manion of Ilion; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lyn and Lt. Col. John Cipriano of Herkimer, Sarah and Ted Schoff of Little Falls and Amy and Vince Ponder of Thomasville, Ga.; a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and June Manion of Ilion; his grandchildren, Kathleen and Tom Manion, Michelle and Erica Cipriano, Ann, Susan, Genevieve and Theodore Schoff and Ellen Ponder, a great-grandson, Alex Dihrberg, also several nieces, nephews and close friends. He was predeceased by two brothers, Jack and James Manion and two sisters, Genevieve Winchester and Marie Currie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Father Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, April 29, 2005, from 4-8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ann and Martin Manion Scholarship at the Ilion High School. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff at Valley Health Services for their tenderness and compassion. The family would like to thank Dr. Fisher, at Bassett Hospital, in Cooperstown. (April 29, 2005)

Margaret March, elementary teacher, age 95, of 624 Shoemaker Hill, Mohawk, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005, at home. She was born July 14, 1909, in Cold Springs, N.Y., the daughter of the late William and Louise Riggs Lahey. Margaret was a graduate of Mohawk schools and Oneonta Normal School. On Feb. 1, 1933, she married Lester March in Fort Plain. Mr. March passed away Dec. 23, 1969. Mrs. March was an elementary teacher in the Ilion School District for 35 years, retiring 35 years ago. Mrs. March was a member of the Mohawk Dutch Reformed Church, the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary, the New York State Retired Teachers Association and a former member of the Mohawk Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. March is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Lela March of Alden, N.Y.; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and John Ammermann of Mohawk; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Rosemary Wood of Fort Myers, Fla., and Mary and Doug Dievendorf of Framington, Mich.; her grandchildren, Rhonda and Bruce Johnston, James and Ellen March, Stephen Ammermann and his friend Patty, John and Maureen Ammermann, Jennifer and John Nelson and Peggy and James Hyde; 17 great-grandchildren, a special niece and her husband, Maryann and Jim Stekyl of Mohawk, also several other nieces, nephews and cousins.Margaret was predeceased by a grandson, Keith, her sister, Lillian Yager and five brothers, James, William, George, Samuel and Herbert. In keeping with Margaret's wishes, there will be no calling hours, and a graveside service will be conducted at the Mohawk Cemetery at a time to be announced. Friends are asked to consider memorials to MOVAC in memory of Margaret. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. (Jan 8, 2005)

 

Leo R. "Bob" Bechard Jr., IHS Faculty, 80, a longtime resident of 91 North Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, following a long illness. Bob was born Sept. 5, 1924, in Utica, son of Leo R. Sr. and Mary (Jorgenson) Bechard. He attended West Winfield schools. Bob was united in marriage to Patricia "Pat" Willoughby on Oct. 8, 1949, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. They shared a blessed and devoted union of 55 years. Bob was employed by Chicago Pneumatic in Utica, retiring in 1988 as supervisor with 37 years of dedicated service. Following his retirement, Bob was employed by the Ilion School District for four years as a teaching assistant in the Technical Education Department. He also worked part-time at the Ilion Tru-Value Hardware Store. He was a life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, at one time the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, a longtime member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department and the 25-year club at Chicago Pneumatic. Bob was an aviation enthusiast, attending air shows and at one time taking flying lessons. In his early years, Bob enjoyed riding his 1947 Indian "Chief" motorcycle. He and Pat enjoyed riding and traveling on his motorcycle. An avid fan of "The Duke," Bob amassed a collection of John Wayne films. He and Pat enjoyed winters in Myrtle Beach for many years. His life was centered around his beloved family and their home on North Fourth Avenue. Survivors include his loving wife, Pat, at home; five beloved children, Cynthia "Cindy" Speranza and her husband Anthony of Ilion, Gail Mount of Oklahoma, Brad Bechard of Ilion, Dean Bechard and his wife Carol of Ilion, Brooke Redmond and her husband Steven of Lee Center; his cherished grandchildren, Anthony Speranza, Amy (Mount) Bobo and her husband Brad, Aaron and Sean Mount, Eric, Rob and Jessica Bechard, Steven, Elizabeth, Daniel and Dylan Redmond, and Michelle Santillo; four great-grandchildren, Ryann Bobo, Kianna, Isiah and Adrianna Santillo; his brother and sister-in-law, John "Jack" and Martha Bechard of Ilion; sisters, Ann Davis of Rome and Julia Soules of Ilion; and his brother-in-law, Lewis "Jay" Goodman of Ilion and his sister-in-law, Shirley Willoughby. Bob also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including a special cousin, Ann Seymour. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Goodman and his brothers-in-law, Reginald Davis and Paul Soules. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Tuesday, Jan. 4, from 4-7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (between Ilion and Frankfort). Bob's funeral service will be held Tuesday commencing at 7 p.m. following visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home with Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. Interment will take place in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Members of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 will conduct their memorial service Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The Bechard family wishes to thank the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, especially the third floor staff, for the care and compassion shown to Bob during his stay. Memorial contributions in Bob's name may be considered to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Those wishing to do so may add to Bob's online memorial by going to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. All arrangements have been entrusted to John Day of Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Jan 8, 2005)

 

Martin S. Keller, IHS Faculty, age 85, entered into eternal rest of Wednesday afternoon, May 19, 2004, in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. He was born on July 19, 1918 in Herkimer the son of the late Elmer Leroy and Myrl Beatrice (McVoy) Keller. A lifelong Herkimer resident, he graduated from Herkimer High School in 1936. He continued his education at Utica School of Commerce and graduated with the class of 1938. At the outbreak of World War II, Martin was working at Remington Arms. On April 24, 1942, he joined the Army Air Force where he attended and graduated from two radio schools. He served state side in the Air Inspector's Office and had obtained the rank of Sergeant before his honorable discharge in December of 1945. While stationed in California, on May 15, 1943 he married Helen Webster. When he returned home from the military, he worked as a licensed barber in local barbershops for 20 years. During that time, he continued his education, earning his bachelor's degree from Utica College in 1953 and then pursued a Master's degree at Oneonta State Teachers College in 1955. His postgraduate work was done at Syracuse University and Plattsburg State College. For twenty years, he taught special education at Ilion High School, retiring in 1973. After retiring from education, Martin became a volunteer at Herkimer ARC. He later agreed to work part-time and spent 10 years of enjoyment watching a small organization develop into a very meaningful program. He enjoyed armature photography and was a past member of the Ilion Camera Club. Martin had a strong believe in God and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Herkimer for over 70 years. He had been a past Deacon, served as a trustee, Church School Supt, and had been currently teaching adult Sunday School classes which he had started over 50 years ago. He was also active as a lay preacher. He was a member of Friends of Library, the Citizens Advisory Committee and the Neighborhood Watch. His hobbies included woodworking, locksmithing, music and gardening. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Helen, a stepson, Harley W. Gamel, of Cortland, his granddaughter Ann Adams and her husband Mark of Skaneateles, one grandson, Sam Mancini of Denver, CO, a great-granddaughter Brianna Adams two cousins, Janet Burt and Robert Burt both of Cold Brook, four nephews, Norman Turner and his wife Marsha, Gordon Turner and his wife Sharon all of Herkimer, Donald Turner of Syracuse, Kevin Turner of Virginia and several great-nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Martin was preceded in death by his three sisters, Joyce Keller, Margaret Keller, Evelyn Turner and a niece Barbara Maiorano. Funeral service will be on Saturday 10:00 am in the First Baptist Church Herkimer. The Reverend Patricia Lawrence, pastor will officiate. Interment will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery, Poland. The family will be present in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer, to receive relatives and friends on Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist church or the Frank Basloe Library. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 22, 2004)

Ruth Derby - Ilion NY
Ruth Derby
1975 - History
National Jr. Honor Society Advisor

Ruth Derby, IHS History Teacher, age 90, of 72 4th St. in Ilion passed away on Monday, April 19, 2004 in Nashua, NH. Mrs. Derby was born in Ogdensburg, NY, on April 19, 1913. The daughter of the late Lester L. and Carrie Belle (Ashwood) Freeman, she was educated in Red Creek School, Oswego Normal School and graduated from Albany State with a Teaching Degree. Ruth was a long time social studies teacher in Ilion, retiring in the 1970's. In 1950, Ruth was united in marriage to Earl F. Derby.

Mrs. Derby was a member and very active in the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion. She was also a member of the NYS Retired Teachers. Ruth was active in many schools groups during her career including being Cheerleading Coach, Faculty Advisor to the Drama Club and the Honor Society. Ruth was also a member of the Herkimer County Historical Society, and had a passion for making mini dollhouses. Ruth is survived by her husband, Earl of Ilion; as well as many nieces and nephews. A funeral service for Ruth will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at 1 p.m. in The Ilion First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment will follow in the North Columbia Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends at the church, Thursday from noon until the time of the funeral. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion. (April 21, 2004)

George F. Durant, IHS Staff, age 93, peacefully passed from the loving arms of his family to the waiting arms of the Lord on March 11, 2004. George was born Nov. 23, 1910, in Frankfort, the son of James and Ann (Currod) Durant. George was orphaned at age 10 when both his parents died during the influenza epidemic of 1920. George currently resided at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home; prior to that, he lived at 13 Elm St., Ilion. In 1934, George was wed to Mayme Terzo in Frankfort, a blessed union of 57 years. Mayme died May 15, 1991. George was last employed as a custodian at Ilion Central School. During his youth, George enjoyed playing in minstrel shows and going to dances. George was an avid sports fan. He loved his family and was a gentle person who was always ready to lend a strong hand when one was needed. George is survived by his son, Vincent F. Durant and his wife P. Donna Durant of Ilion; his daughter, Ann M. Shepard and husband Tom of Hendersonville, N.C. He also leaves to mourn five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren, Michael V. Durant of Ilion, David V. Durant of Schuyler, Christopher V. Durant and wife Jaimie of Ilion, Deborah Shepard of North Carolina and Lynda Marziale and husband David of North Carolina; step grandchildren, Gina Sciortino (Joseph) and Lauren Hunter (Tom) of Utica. Survivors also include great-grandchildren, Kelsie and Kassandra Durant of Ilion and Rebecca and Rachele Marziale of North Carolina; one step-great-grandchild, Sarah Sciortino of Utica. He also leaves his nieces, Amelia Wood (Harvey) and Anne Jenks (Robert) and a nephew, Jim Chippoletti, who were dear to him. George was predeceased by his wife, Mayme; his sisters, Frances Chippoletti and Genevieve Lolio, daughter-in-law, Barbara Durant in 1972, two grandchildren, Gregory V. Durant in 1972 and Scott V. Durant in 2002, and a nephew, John Lolio. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Wednesday, March 24, from 5-8 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion Knights of Columbus memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. George was a life member. George's funeral services will be held Thursday, commencing at 9:15 a.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where Father Joseph Benintende, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment in Armory Hill Cemetery on the Durant lot will take place later this spring at a date and time to be announced. George's family would like to thank the staff at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the care and kindness shown to him. In lieu of flowers, contributions in George's name may be made to the Ilion Central School Foundation. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (April 3, 2004)

 

Janet C. Kirkland, IHS '57 and Barringer Road Teacher, age 64, Ilion, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2004, at Faxton Health Care, Utica. She was born August 9, 1939 in Utica, the daughter of the late Robert and Pearl McWilliam Kirkland. Ms. Kirkland was a graduate of Ilion High School, LaMoyne College, and received her Master's Degree at Potsdam College. She was employed with the Ilion Central School District, teaching 4th Grade at the Barringer Road School until her retirement in 1995. Janet also served as a trustee with the Village of Ilion from 1979 to 1983, and again in 1987 and 1988. Ms. Kirkland was a member of the Herkimer County Retired Teachers Association, the NYS Retired Teachers Association, and was appointed to the Marion Brill Scholarship Foundation Review Committee in 2000 at the Ilion High School. Janet is survived her a sister, Roberta Danforth of Ilion; two nieces and their husbands, Sheila and Daniel Brindisi of Whitesboro, Debra and Francis Knowlton of Ilion; a nephew and his wife, Robert and Doreen Danforth of Albany; a great-niece and nephew, Alec and Kaley Brindisi of Whitesboro; and special friends, Edwina and Bernard Anderson and their son, Lawrence of Mohawk. She also leaves many other close friends. Funeral services for Ms. Kirkland will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2004, at 1 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with the Rev. George B. Greene officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Saturday, January 24, 2004, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Janet C. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ilion High School, PO Box 480, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Dr. Atul Butala, Dr. Eric Yoss, Dr. Kenneth Novak, Dr. Mark Blaker, and Dr. John Crawford and the nurses and their offices, also the staff at Faxton 3rd floor for all the care and compassion given to Janet during her illness. The Ilion Fire Dept. will meet at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home to pay their respects. (January 23, 2004)

 

Allen Charles Seifried, Remington Principal and Barringer Road Teacher, age 58, of Ilion, loving husband of Cheryl (Haughton) Seifried, went to be with the Lord early Monday morning, January 19, 2004 after a courageous and heroic battle with cancer. His loving family was at his side. He was born on December 2, 1945 in Little Falls, a son of the late Jacob Seifried and Armetta (Youker) Seifried who resides in Little Falls. He was raised and educated in Little Falls. He received a bachelor's degree of Sociology from Utica College, a Master's degree in education from SUNY Oneonta, a Master's degree in counseling from Liberty University, a certificate of advanced studies from SUNY Cortland and was currently completing requirements to receive a degree in Education Administration from Nova Southeastern College. On July 2, 1982, Allen was united in marriage with the former Cheryl Haughton in the Baptist Church, Waterville. His last professional association was with Remington Elementary School in Ilion where he was principal for eight years. Prior to this job, he was a teacher for twenty-seven years at the Barringer Road Elementary School in Ilion. He was the recipient of the Who's Who award in the East for outstanding achievement in the field of education. He taught psychology part time at Utica College and at SUNY IT in Marcy. Allen truly enjoyed sports and coached track, basketball and baseball at the Ilion Jr-Sr. High School. Over the course of his career, Allen gained the respect of his fellow teachers and students. He was an individual of integrity and honor as well as a man of his word. Imbued with a great strength of character, Allen undertook all projects and fulfilled all responsibilities, both in his professional pursuits and his personal life, with unshakable determination and commitment. Allen especially enjoyed spending time in the rewarding and gratifying company of his family. He was blessed with a sincere concern for others with a willing generosity to offer his help, support, and understanding in order to fix any situation or meet any need. Allen was gifted with a wonderful sense of humor and a sociable personality even displaying these qualities during his illness. Greatly loved and respected by all who knew him, he will be remembered as a good companion and a true friend. He was an avid outdoorsman often retreating to his camp, where he loved to relax and appreciate his leisure time. Deeply devoted to religion, he was a member of the First Baptist Church, Little Falls. Survivors include his mother, Armetta Seifried of Little Falls, wife Cheryl of Ilion, his son who held a special place in his heart, Nathaniel A. Seifried of Ilion, a loving and devoted daughter, Tricia C. Seifried of Charlotte, NC, a beloved sister, Marlene C. Seifried of Little Falls, in laws, Suzanne Haughton of Charlotte, NC, and Mark and Lea Haughton of Fulton, NY. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins one niece, two nephews and many wonderful friends. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home Main Street, between Ilion and Frankfort, on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004 from 4-8 p.m. Allen's funeral will commence at 10 am on Thursday, Jan. 22, from the First Baptist Church, Albany St. Little Falls. Rev. Donald Dixon, pastor, the Rev. Dawes Dunham, and the Rev. Chris Wintermute, will be officiating. He will be laid to rest in Rural Park Cemetery, Inghams Mills this spring. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider Memorial contributions to the Allen C. Seifried Scholarship Fund c/o the Ilion Central School District, the Little Falls First Baptist Church Softball Team Uniform Fund or to Hospice Care, Inc. Envelopes are available at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort. The Seifried family would like to thank Hospice Care, Inc., for the tender love and care given to them and to Dr. James and Linda Ward for graciously opening their hearts and their home. A special thanks to the Little Falls First Baptist Church family for their spiritual guidance and to the Remington Elementary School and Barringer Road School families for their concern and compassion. Allen's family is also grateful to all their relatives, friends, co-workers, neighbors and students who offered such supportive compassion and concern throughout his illness. (January 21, 2004)

Warren Crocker - Ilion NY
Warren Crocker
1975 - Science

Warren A. Crocker, IHS Science Teacher, age 84, of Ilion, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at St. Luke's Medical Center. He was born Sept. 2, 1919, in Lynn, Mass., the son of the late Irving S. and Edith Noyes Crocker. After graduating from Lynn High School, Warren received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University. Warren entered the U.S. Army as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps in 1941, and served in India during World War II. On Jan. 12, 1942, he married the former Dorothy L. Clemence in Champaign, Ill. Together they celebrated 62 years of marriage. After the completion of his military duty, Warren worked for General Electric as an engineer until he returned to Tufts University to receive his Master's degree in education. He then taught high school science in Springfield, Mass.

In 1956, the Crocker family moved to Ilion, where he taught science courses at Ilion High School until his retirement on June 30, 1981. His love of teaching was evident, as he enjoyed his years of teaching at Ilion High School. Mr. Crocker is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Stephen Crocker of Little Falls, David Crocker of Fairport, Richard Crocker of Ilion, Judith Roland of Belleville, Mich., Susan Pilipczuk of Clinton and Linda Crocker of Ilion; his grandchildren, Kristine and Thomas Crocker, Jennifer, William and Michael Roland, James Crocker and Sheba Hargrove and Jon and Christa Pilipczuk; also a sister, Hazel Carr of Sarasota, Florida. Funeral services for Mr. Crocker will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion, with the Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Friday, Jan. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, or the American Heart Association in Warren's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (January 9, 2004)

Bernard C. Murray, IHS '42 and Science Teacher, age 79, of George St., Ilion, passed away on December 7, 2003 at his home. Bernard was born on May 21, 1924 in Ilion, the son of the late Frank and Julia (O'Hara) Murray. He was raised in North Ilion and was a 1942 graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Murray was married to the former Eloise Ford. During WW II, Mr. Murray was a member of the Army Air Corps and served as a Staff Sgt., with the 434 Bomber Squadron, in the BCI Theater. After returning from the war, he went to Utica College where he earned his teaching degree. Bernard was employed as a teacher in the Ilion School System, retiring in 1979. He was also employed with the Ilion Board of Light. Mr. Murray was a long time member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 and the Ilion Knights of Columbus.

Bernard Murray - Ilion NY
Bernard Murray
1975 - Science

Mr. Murray was also a former mayor and trustee of the Village of Ilion and a former town councilman for German Flatts. Bernard enjoyed hiking and the outdoors, especially his camp in Forrest Port. He also enjoyed working in his hobby shop and engaging in spirited conversation with his many friends. Bernard is survived by his longtime companion, Linda Knight; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brian and Deb Murray of Ilion, and Fran Murray of West Winfield; two daughters, Pam Murray and her fiance Sam Noti of Ilion, and Mary and Art Collis of Harleysville, PA; a sister-in-law, Helen Murray of Cincinnati, OH; seven adored grandchildren, Theresa, Janice, Gail, Nicole and Joe Murray, and Andrea and Catherine Collis; two cousins, Lonnie Jull of Utica, and June Ellen Kiefer of Old Forge. He was predeceased by two brothers, Fran and Allan Murray; and a cousin, Robert Murray. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony and St. Joseph's Church with Fr. Robert Shinos officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. (December 10, 2003)

Roberta C. (Bobbi) Dineen, Barringer Road and Music Teacher, age 48, of Dolgeville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 1, 2003. She was born on September 9, 1955, in Oneida, the daughter of Beatrice (Healey) Jones and the late Clifford H. Jones. She was a graduate of Vernon, Verona, Sherrill (VVS) High School class of 1973 and for the year 1973-1974, she was in Japan as a Rotary Exchange student. She was also a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant, IA. She received her Master's Degree in Special Education from SUNY Geneseo and her Master's Degree in Music from Hartwick College. She was united in marriage to Terry L. Dineen, on April 10, 1993, at the Vernon United Methodist Church. Mrs. Dineen was a very active member of the First Baptist Church, Little Falls, and was a member of the church choir. She was also the director of the Valley Voices for Christ and the Power Company of Vernon. She began her teaching career after her graduation from Iowa Wesleyan College, where she taught for a year in the Crawford, IA school district before returning to New York State. Since 1979, she has been the Music teacher at the Barringer Road Elementary School, Ilion. She is survived by her mother, Beatrice Jones, Vernon; her husband, Terry, Dolgeville; her son, Jonathan J. Dineen, Dolgeville; a step son, Stephen Dineen; her brother, Henry C. Jones and his wife, Lorraine, Webster; her sister, Kathy J. Jones, Houston, TX; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, Clifford H. Jones, on July 30, 2003. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 5, 2003, at 10 a.m. from the First Baptist Church, 555 Albany Street, Little Falls, with the Rev. Donald L. Dixon, pastor officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann Street, Little Falls, on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 from 5 to 8 p.m. and to attend the funeral services Wednesday morning. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Vernon. A time of fellowship will follow the graveside service at United Methodist Church, State Route 5 Vernon. It is the wish of the family that contributions, in memory of Mrs. Dineen, be considered to the Hand Bell Choir of the First Baptist Church, 555 Albany St. Little Falls NY 13365. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose. (November 3, 2003)

Myron Bouck - Ilion NY
Myron Bouck
1975 - Industrial Arts Teacher/Coach

Myron 'Mike' Bouck, IHS '47 & Industrial Arts Teacher/Coach, age 74, of Palmetto, FL, passed away after a heroic battle with heart disease and cancer on Oct. 23, 2003. Born April 15, 1929, in Ilion, he earned his teaching degree from Oswego University; his Master's Degree from Oneonta University and was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. "Mr. Bouck" was an Industrial Arts and Physical Education coach at Ilion High School and a member of the United Federation of New York State Teachers. He and his wife, Mary, moved to Palmetto, Fla. in 1981.

Survivors include his loving wife of 31 years, Mary; daughters Erin and partner Brian of Pasadena, Calif., Jacqueline Murphy of Mohawk, Judy Nudo and husband William of Mohawk and Jan Nudo and husband Robert of Saratoga; sons Christopher and wife Jeanine of Dolgeville, Michael and wife Barbara of Littleton, Colo., Matthew and wife Shannon of West Melbourne, Fla., and Donald Casey and wife Theresa of Mohawk; brothers, Lewis, Donald and wife Betty of Ilion, and David and wife Irene of Schuyler; 24 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Paul, Frank and grandson, Daniel. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 31st, 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in West Palmetto. Another memorial service will be held in Ilion in the Spring. Mike will always be remembered for his love of life and he believed a positive attitude could help you achieve anything. He will be missed by everyone who loved him. Donations can be made to Hospice of Southwest FL, 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238. (October 31, 2003)

Mrs. Barbara R. Teeter - History Teacher, age 76, a long time Ilion resident passed away Saturday, August 2, 2003 following a brief illness. Barb was born August 28, 1926 in Oneida, daughter of Edward J and Alyce Rose (Murphy) Brophy. She was a graduate of Oneida High School, received her BA from Georgian Court College, Master's Degree from Syracuse University and attended the University of Mexico for Doctorate studies. On August 25, 1956, she was untied in marriage to William F. "Bill" Teeter at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Rome, which was a blessed union of 43 years until Bill's passing on December 10, 1998.

Barbara Teeter - Ilion NY
Mrs. Barbara R. Teeter
1975 - History

Barb was a dedicated educator, teaching Social Studies, Economics and Latin American Studies since 1948. She was employed by the Ilion Central School District for 22 years retiring in 1982. At one time, she coached Softball and Basketball. Prior to that, she was employed by the Addison, VVS and Chittenango School Districts. She was past President of the NY State Social Studies Council. Barb was a member of Our Lady Queen of Aplostles Church, Frankfort, Ilion Little Theater Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution. Barb enjoyed reading, traveling (especially with Bill) and rooting for the NY Yankees. Her greatest pleasure came from her devoted relationships with her grandchildren. She loved to follow all their sporting events and activities. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Anne and James Beehner of E. Syracuse; one son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Deborah Teeter of Ilion; four cherished grandchildren, Nicholas and Matthew Beehner and Seth and Jillian Teeter; one brother, Edward B. Brophy of FL; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Ellen and Everett Leggett of FL; two nephews, William and Robert Teeter and their families all of Cicero. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 6, commencing at 9 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion and at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, where Father John Yanas pastor will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. A graveside committal service will be held Saturday, August 9, 10 a.m. at the Litchfield Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visitation Tuesday, from 6-9 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Barb's name to the Ilion Alumni Memorial Fund or the Ilion Central School Foundation. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (August 4, 2003)

Freda M. Thompson - Ilion NY
Mrs. Freda M. Thompson
1975 - English

Mrs. Freda M. Thompson - English Teacher, age 78, of Forge Hill Estates passed away July 2, 2003 at her home. Freda was born in Arnett, Oklahoma on August 22, 1924. Her parents, Dewey Charles and Mary Fritts Mosshart, and her brothers Fritts and DC, predeceased her. Freda was married to Lt. Col. Robert W. Thompson, an Ilion native, for 46 years, until his death in 1988. While her husband pursued his military career, Freda taught school in Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, Massachusetts, Germany and the Panama Canal Zone, finally retiring in 1984 after spending 15 years with the Ilion School District.

Freda belonged to several organizations in the Mohawk Valley, including the Retired Teachers of New York State and Ilion Little Theater Club. She was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion. A devoted wife, mother and grandma, Freda is survived by daughters, Dianne Morrisette and her husband, Gary, Oswego, NY; Nancy Long and her husband, Kenneth, Ilion; and son, Neil Thompson and his wife, Tarsilla, Wolcott, NY. She also leaves six adoring grandchildren, Julie and Michael Morrisette, Andrea and Kelly Long and Christopher and Eric Thompson. The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday July 5, 2003 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion with interment to follow at Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 to 2 p.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ilion Public Library or the Ilion Little Theater Club. (July 13, 2003)

Kathryn L. Benes, Barringer Road Teacher, age 56, of Mohawk, passed away peacefully Friday morning, June 13, 2003, in her home with the comfort of her family by her side. She was born March 21, 1947, in Herkimer, the daughter of Dorothy Jane Anderson Lescynski and the late Raymond Lescynski. Raised and educated in Mohawk, where she graduated with the "Class of 1965," Kathryn furthered her studies by attending Syracuse University, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1969. Upon the conferral of her bachelor's degree, she continued further in her studies by obtaining her Master's degree at SUNY-Cortland. For 29 years, she was an elementary school teacher at the Barringer Road Elementary School, Ilion. This is where she touched many lives. Kathryn was an active member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Herkimer. She also served on the Church Council and at one time, she was the financial secretary. She was also a member of the New York State Teachers Association, AARP and Embroiderers Guild of America. Kathryn was a special person with enormous strength. She provided constant encouragement and counseling for many other cancer patients. She was hopeful during the course of the disease to remain hopeful, active and optimistic. She fought her disease with dignity and determination. Because of her positive attitude, she was an inspiration to many other cancer survivors as well as others who knew her. Among many pleasures in life were her family, quilting and other handwork, travel and fine music. Her life revolved around her family. She was happiest at times of family gatherings and togetherness. Kathryn proved to be a loving, caring and devoted mother whose major concerns were fulfilling the needs of her loved ones. Kathryn is survived by her mother, Jane Lescynski of Mohawk; two daughters, Rachel Madison and her husband Sean of Ilion and Rebecca Benes of Mohawk; a granddaughter, Emily Rae Madison of Ilion; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will be present to receive relatives and friends on Tuesday morning from 9 until 10:30 a.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in Trinity Evangelical Church, Herkimer. The Rev. Alice Moberg-Sarver will officiate. Mrs. Benes will be laid to rest in Mohawk Cemetery. The family of Kathryn asks that in lieu of floral tributes, please consider donations in her memory to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society or Hospice Care Inc. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Thanks to Dr. Samir Desai, Dr. M. Stephen Piver and Dr. Robert Hammond. A special appreciation also goes to the nursing staff at Dr. Desai's office and the wonderful care given by Hospice. The family is grateful to all those loved ones and friends who showed their love and friendship with care, compassion and assistance during this most difficult time. (July 13, 2003)

 

John F. Farrell, Ilion High Faculty, age 43, Herkimer, died peacefully at his home March 15, 2003, following a courageous battle with cancer. John was born in Herkimer June 18, 1959, a son of John F. and Joan (Tallman) Farrell of Newport. He received his education at West Canada Valley Central School, Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh. John later received his Master's degree from the College of Saint Rose. His teaching career began at the Ticonderoga School District and then at Herkimer County BOCES, where he was an alternative education teacher. John had last worked as an earth science teacher at Ilion Central School, until the onset of his illness three years ago. On July 17, 1991, he was united in marriage with the former Gail M. Parrow, in Middleville. John was an outdoors enthusiast and thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping in the Adirondacks. One of his greatest joys was serving as a camp counselor at Adirondack Woodcraft in Old Forge. He was also an assistant forest ranger in Old Forge at one time. John was a member of St. John's Church, Newport, and the Little Mountain Hunting Club in Old Forge. Survivors besides his wife, Gail and parents, John and Joan, include three special sons, Anthony Goodman of Virginia Beach, Va., Erik Goodman of Utica and Jason Goodman at home; six sisters, Kathryn Dixon, Nora Taft and her husband John and Patricia Farrell, all of Tampa, Fla., Anne Dickquist and her husband Matthew of Ilion, Bridgett Williams and her husband Walter of Newport and Mary Bartlett and her husband Mitchell of the town of Norway; two brothers, Mark Farrell and his wife Shannon of East Liverpool, Ohio, and Timothy Farrell and his wife Kimberley of Newport; aunts and uncles, Pat and Ernie Waterbury of Utica, Steve Mankouski of Newport, Gene Tallman of North Syracuse and Marion and George Hoyle of Pawleys Island, S.C.; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rose and Cal Parrow of Sundown; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and dedicated friends. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at St. John's Church, Newport, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Leo F. Potvin, pastor, will officiate. Cremation will take place with interment in the Middleville Rural Cemetery in the spring. There are no calling hours. By family request, please omit flowers and consider memorials to Forever Woodcraft, P.O. Box 219, Old Forge 13420, to be used for underprivileged children to attend camp. The Farrell family extends a sincere thanks to all of John's friends and co-workers for their continued kindness and support during the past three years. They are also grateful for the concern and dedicated care provided by Dr. Patrick Dwyer, Nurse Mary Ellen and the entire staff of Bassett Healthcare in Herkimer and Cooperstown, is deeply appreciated by John's family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Autenrith Funeral Home. (April 3, 2003)

Barbara J. (Deyle) White, Class of 1969 and IHS Secretary, age 51, of 39 Montgomery St., Ilion, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2002, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Barb was born January 26, 1951, in Ilion, the daughter of Frank E. and Winifred (Fritzie) Flock Deyle. On July 30, 1983, she married Joseph White in Ilion. Barb was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. She was employed as a secretary at the Ilion High School.

Barb Deyle White - Ilion NY
Barb Deyle White
IHS Class 1969 - IHS Secretary

Barb was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ilion, where she also taught Sunday School. She was active with her daughter in Girl Scouts and sports. Barb was an avid bowler in several leagues in the valley. Barb is survived by her husband, Joseph; her daughter, Kerri, of Ilion; a stepdaughter and her family, Theresa and Marc Kabot and their children, Cheyenna and Grace, of West Leyden; her brothers and their families, James and Annette Deyle and their daughter, Andrea, of Ilion, William and Dawn Deyle and their children, Kathy, William and Tom, of Ilion; a sister, Catherine Deyle, of Grayslake, IL, and her son, Tim; her mother-in-law, Helen White, of Ilion; also one aunt and three cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Frank Deyle, on July 19, 2001. Funeral services for Mrs. White will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Otsego and Second St. Ilion, with Rev. Wesley Shipp officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday, December 18, 2002, from 4-8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Barbara J. White Memorial Scholarship, c/o the Ilion High School, Weber Ave., Ilion, NY. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (December 16, 2002)

Flora Bean - Ilion NY
Mrs. Flora Bean - IHS Faculty

Mrs. Flora Bean, IHS Faculty, age 93, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2002, at the Folts Home, Herkimer. She was born Dec. 6, 1908, in the town of Stark, the daughter of Charles and Cora (Smythe) Welden. On Friday, Feb. 13, 1942, she married Daniel Bean; he predeceased her Aug. 3, 1994. Mrs. Bean was a 1927 graduate of Cherry Valley High School, received her bachelor's degree from Albany Teachers College in 1931 and her Master's degree from Syracuse University in 1941. She did additional studies at Utica College and Syracuse University. She was a teacher from 1932-1965 in Ilion High School and one year in Oriskany Falls School.

For 18 years, she and her husband operated the Sleepy Hollow Cottages in Richfield Springs. Mrs. Bean was a member of the Albany State Teachers Alumni Association, Herkimer County Retired Teachers Association and the New York State Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Bean's name may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 52, Amsterdam 12010. Graveside funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, in the Fort Plain Cemetery, Fort Plain. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley. (July 23, 2002)

Michael Skinner - Ilion NY
Mr. Michael F. Skinner
History Teacher and Coach

Mr. Michael F. Skinner, IHS Faculty and Coach, age 61, of 38 Harriet Ave., Ilion, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2002, after a long illness. He was born April 14, 1941, in Utica, the son of the late Francis and Helen Lafferty Skinner. He received his education at St. Mary's Academy in Little Falls, graduating in 1959. He then attended and graduated from Lemoyne College and SUNY- Brockport. On April 14, 1978, he married the former Juliann E. Piccione at St. Ann's Church in Whitesboro. Mike was a history teacher at Ilion High School for 30 years and coached in the sports program there until retiring from teaching in 1997.

Mike served with the U.S. Army from 1963 until 1966, and taught high school in New Castle, Australia, for a year. Mike was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, and devoted a great deal of time and effort to the youth of Ilion. He was a member of the board of directors of Ilion Little League for over 10 years, a coach for Ilion High School, helped start the Ilion youth basketball program, and he was also a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 BPOE. After his retirement, he was employed with the American Automobile Association in Utica.

Mike is survived by his loving wife, Juliann; and his beloved children, Christopher and Matthew, both at home. He is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Joseph Maurice of Salt Lake City, Utah; an aunt, CSJ James Margaret Lafferty of Latham; his mother and father-in-law, Jerry and Julia Piccione, of Whitesboro; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kathryn and Peter Dellerba of Whitesboro and Nancy and Patrick Clark of Marcy; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, June 3, at 1 p.m. in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Interment will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Little Falls. Friends may call Sunday, June 2, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. At the family's request, please omit flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Michael F. Skinner Memorial c/o the Ilion High School, Weber Avenue, or the Miracle House, P.O. Box 30931, New York 10114-0269. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 30, 2002)

Agnes (Hayes) Urtz, Ilion Elementary Faculty, age 94, of Mystic, CT, died April 29, 2002 in Mystic after a brief illness. Mrs. Urtz, a longtime resident of Ilion, NY, was employed as a first grade teacher, in the Ilion Public School system, from 1928 until her retirement in 1972. Her husband, Jerome L. Urtz, died in 1993. Mrs. Urtz is survived by her daughter, Jill Urtz, of Mystic with whom she made her home; a granddaughter and a great-grandson. A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated for the immediate family. The family requests donations to the Mystic Manor Helping Hands Fund, 475 High St. Mystic 06355. The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl Street, historic downtown Mystic, is assisting the family. (May 4, 2002)

 

Audrey L. Sammon, Ilion High Faculty, age 72, of Lowville, died Monday evening at the Lewis County General Hospital, after a long battle with emphysema. Funeral services will be held Friday, April 12, at 9:30 a.m. at the Virkler-Percoski Funeral Home with the Rev. Mary K. Guy, pastor of the Lowville United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Pittsfield Cemetery, Pittsfield, Mass., at 3 p.m. on Friday. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday evening, April 11, from 5-8 p.m. Contributions may be made to Lewis County Public Health, Specify Teen Smoking Prevention 7785 N. State St. Lowville 13367. Surviving Mrs. Sammon are her son and daughter-in-law, Leo J. Sammon III and Theresa of Lowville and her daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and John Alexanderowicz of Vernon, Conn.; a sister, Mrs. Richard (Joyce) Levitre of Skaneateles; six grandchildren, Keely, Tanner and Kelsey Sammon and John "JR," Amy and Seth Alexanderowicz; and nieces and nephews. Born June 5, 1929, in Watertown, Wis., a daughter of Lynn and Irene Pounder Harsh, Mrs. Sammon graduated from Northport High School in Northport, L.I., in 1947, and from Plattsburgh State Teacher's College in 1951. On Dec. 19, 1953, she married Leo J. Sammon Jr. at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Northport, L.I., with the Rev. Robert F. Ramm, officiating. She taught home economics in various school districts, including Hudson, Frankfort, Mohawk and Ilion districts, retiring due to illness. Mr. Sammon died Aug. 4, 1974, and Mrs. Sammon moved to the Lowville area in 1992. Mrs. Sammon was a past regent of the Mohawk Valley DAR and a past member of the American Association of University Women (Herkimer branch) and a past member of the Ilion Historical and Garden clubs. She enjoyed gardening and reading. (January 9, 2002)

 

Alice E. Baldwin, Ilion Elementary Faculty, age 84, of Center St., Mohawk, a longtime Mohawk resident, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital. Alice was born May 29, 1917, in Herkimer, a daughter of Henry and Julia (Murphy) Byrnes. She was a graduate of Herkimer High School and "class of 1935," attended Geneseo State and Buffalo State college and received a Master's in education degree from St. Lawrence University. On Aug. 9, 1952, she was united in marriage to Raymond "Pete" Baldwin at St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer, a loving and devoted union of 49 years. Alice started her teaching career in the West Canada School District and later in the Huntington Station, L.I. School District during World War II. She was last employed by the Ilion School District as an elementary school teacher at the North Street School, retiring in 1973 with 28 years of dedicated service. She was a parishioner at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, and at one time was a member of the Rosary Society. She was a member of the Mohawk Crowley Barnum American Legion Post 25 Auxiliary, and the Herkimer County and New York State Retired Teachers Association, and at one time was a member and volunteer with the Mohawk Valley Hospital Guild. Survivors include her loving husband, Raymond "Pete" Baldwin; one sister, Marion Bates of Lakeland, Fla.; one brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Joan Byrnes of Guilderland; her sister-in-law, Rose Baldwin of Mohawk; several nieces and nephews and many good friends, including her dear friends Audry Chapman and her family of Newport. Alice's funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 8, and commenced at 9:45 a.m. at the Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home 48 E. Main St. Mohawk and 10:30 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, with Father James Steuer, pastor, celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be considered in Alice's memory to the Alzheimer's Association. (January 9, 2002)

 

Marie Cunningham, Ilion Elementary Faculty, age 73, Second St, Ilion, passed away Saturday, September 15, 2001, in Faxton hospital after a long battle with cancer. She was born October 14, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY. She was a graduate of Camden High and SUNY Oswego in 1950. On July 7, 1956, she married Francis Cunningham, in Williamstown, NY. She was employed as an elementary school teacher in Williamson, NY and in Ilion's North Street School. She is survived by her husband, Francis, two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Ann Cunningham of Irondequoit, NY , and Michael and Jan Cunningham, of Rochester; three daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Kathleen Cunningham and Patricia Cunningham, both of Tualatin, OR, and Elizabeth and Philip Welch, of Pittsford, NY; and four grandchildren, Taryn and Bridget Welch, and Abbey and John Cunningham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 10 am in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Interment will follow in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call Monday from 6-9pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Memorials in Marie's memory may be made to the American Cancer Society. (September 16, 2001)

William Murphy - Ilion NY
Mr. William Murphy
Science Teacher and Coach

Mr. William Murphy, IHS Faculty and Coach, age 81, East Herkimer, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2001, in Folts Homes. He was born Aug. 27, 1919, in Buffalo, the son of the late Frank and May (Wright) Murphy. In 1946, he married the former Caroline Maltzahn in Kenmore. Mr. Murphy was a veteran of World War II, where he served for nearly five years with 102nd Coast Artillery Anti-Aircraft Battalion from Buffalo, including over three years in the South Pacific. After his military service, William attended Brockport State Teachers College, where he graduated in 1950. Mr. Murphy taught physical education and general science, as well as coaching gymnastics and football. His teaching career started in Altona, then Middleburgh and finally Ilion, where he retired in 1978.

Mr. Murphy's special interest was amateur bicycle racing, which he competed in before the war, and after his retirement, he again competed as a master class rider. William is survived by his wife of 54 years, Caroline of East Herkimer and his daughter, Deborah Lahey of Utica. A memorial service for Mr. Murphy will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2:30 p.m. in the Ilion Baptist Church. The Rev. Harry Teuchert will officiate. Cremation will take place at the Chenango Valley Crematory, Earlville. In keeping with Mr. Murphy's wishes, there are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion. (August 2, 2001)

M. Elizabeth Ward, Ilion High Faculty, age 98, Arlington, Va., formerly of Ilion, a retired Ilion schoolteacher, died Friday, May 4, at the Jefferson Nursing Home Arlington, Va. Funeral arrangements were by the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. She graduated from Moravia High School and from Cortland Normal School. She continued graduate work at Syracuse University and New York University. She taught Arithmetic and Social Studies at Ilion High School. Her photograph was included in the 1941 Mirror. (September 16, 2001)

M. Elizabeth Ward - Ilion NY
Joseph Sorge - Ilion NY
Mr. Joseph Sorge
Athletic Directory and Coach

Mr. Joseph Sorge, Director of Physical Education and Athletics, and Coach, age 74, of Ilion, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2000, unexpectedly at his home. He was born in Silver Creek, N.Y., Feb. 11, 1926, to Charles and Francesca Leone Sorge. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a graduate of SUNY College at Brockport, class of 1950, with a degree in health and physical education and then attended SUNY-Cortland and received a certificate as director of health, physical education and recreation. While employed with the Ilion school system in 1953, Joe met and married Rose Mary Tyburski. She died March 22, 1995.

In 1992, Mr. Sorge was inducted into the SUNY Brockport Hall of Fame. Mr. Sorge had an extensive career in scholastic athletics. Some of the highlights of his career include: he was a member of the SUNY-Brockport varsity basketball team, 1947-50; co-captain during the 1949-50 season; Most Valuable Player, 1949-50; a member of the varsity track and field team, 1948-49; set records in 100-yard dash, shot put and javelin; and was undefeated in the 100-yard dash in collegiate competition. He was employed as the director of physical education and athletics at Ilion Central School from 1960-1972. He was districtwide director of physical education and athletics at Utica City schools serving from 1972 until his 1985 retirement. Mr. Sorge coached champions in cross-country, track and field and basketball. He established Section III Football Championships and was Section III representative to both the NYSPHSSA Central Committee for Athletic Directors and the Executive Committee. As a Rotarian, he chaired a committee that honored outstanding educators in seven school districts; president of Herkimer County Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and Board of Education; president of the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame Committee; first vice-president of the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer Counties Board of Education. His survivors include his three sons, John Sorge of Ilion, Kevin Sorge of Ilion and Christopher Sorge of Branford, Conn.; a daughter and her husband, Joanne and Bill Iman of Clinton; a sister, Etta Mayles of California and a sister-in-law, Louise Sorge of Silver Creek. He also leaves a granddaughter, Sarah of Utica. He was predeceased by his brothers, Vincent and Gerald Sorge. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be held Saturday morning at 10 at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Burial will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery. (December 16, 2000)

Elinor A. (Ackler) Cormia, IHS '31 and Staff Member, age 86, of Ilion, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2000. She was born on June 7, 1914 in Ilion, the daughter of Roy and Carrie Mentz Ackler. She attended Ilion schools, graduating in 1931 and then went on to graduate from the Excelsior Business College in 1933. On Aug. 22, 1934, she married Conrad Cormia, Ilion. He passed away in 1998. Mrs. Cormia was employed by Remington Rand and then in 1954 she joined the Ilion school system as secretary to the superintendent, retiring in 1970. Mrs. Cormia is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Cormia of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a daughter, Janet Cormia of Hingham, Mass.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Richard and a daughter, Judith Cormia Schumacher. Friends are asked to consider memorial to St. Augustine's Church or St. Luke's Hospital as a special thank you to the fourth floor nurses. Arrangements are by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (August 1, 2000)

 

Mrs. Sally B. Lunievicz, Barringer Road Faculty, age 76, passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2000, in Little Falls Hospital. She was born in Frankfort Oct. 6, 1923, the daughter of the late John and Sophie Lucas Bagdziewicz. She attended Frankfort schools, graduating from Frankfort-Schuyler High School. She later attended and graduated from Utica College. Sally was at one time married to L.A. Powelson. She was later married to John Lunievicz in 1974 at St. Joseph's Church, Herkimer. Mr. Lunievicz passed away on June 24, 1979. Following her high school education, she was employed as a dental assistant prior to leaving the area. After returning to the area, she was employed as a second grade teacher at Barringer Road Elementary School in Ilion for many years. Following her retirement, Sally was employed at Hummel's Office Plus in Herkimer. Sally is survived by her beloved daughter and son-in-law, Monique and Daniel Marollo of Rochester; one sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Larry Lyons of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; her brother-in-law, James Wallace of Frankfort; two beloved grandchildren, Samuel Marollo and Hannah Marollo, both of Rochester; her nieces and nephews, John and his wife, Maryel Wallace, James Wallace, Suzanne Wallace Moore and her husband Brad Moore, Joanne and her husband Bernie Rogers and Gary Lyons; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her infant son, Robert and her sister, Anelia B. Wallace. Her funeral will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in Saints Anthony and Joseph Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be no public calling hours. Contributions in Sally's memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-9929. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St. Herkimer. (May 11, 2000)

Mr. John W. Fake, Class of 1949 and Faculty Member, age 68, passed away on March 22, 2000 in South Carolina. He was born in Ilion, the son of the late Alonzo and Margaret Meehan Fake. He was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1949. He taught business courses at Ilion High School. He last resided in Myrtle Beach, SC. He is survived by his wife, Constance Foster Fake; a son, John of Seattle; daughters, Tracey Scalata of Carver, Mass., and Susan Hogan of the Netherlands; grandchildren, Ryan and Jamie Scalata; brothers, Leo Fake of Bethesda, MD and Lon Fake of Ilion; and sister, Jane Starring of Syracuse. A memorial Mass was held Saturday, March 25 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Garden City Beach, SC. Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Building Fund, PO Box 2659 Murrells Inlet SC 29576. (March 26, 2000)

John Fake - Ilion NY
John Fake
Business Teacher

Miss. Leona M. Whiter, Elementary Faculty, 86, passed away on August 4, 1999, in St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, Utica. She was born, Dec. 22, 1912, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Roscoe and Anna Wenner Whiter. She graduated from Ilion High School, Oneonta Normal School and received her Master's degree at Buffalo State. Miss Whiter was employed in the Ilion Central School System, teaching at the East Frankfort School and the West Hill School for 35 years retiring in 1971. She is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Erminia Hendrix of Ilion and Verna and Robert Sampson of Blairsville, Ga.; four nephews, Len Hendrix of Ilion, Brian Hendrix of Merrick, Jeff Samson of Denver, Co., and Jerry Samson of Ravenna, Ohio. She was predeceased by a nephew, Wayne Hendrix. Funeral services will be Saturday, at 11 a.m., from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider donations to the Ilion Ambulance or the First United Methodist Church, Ilion. (August 5, 1999)

 

Mrs. Eileen Klippel, IHS Staff, passed away on July 6, 1999, in St. Joseph's John Knox Village, Tampa, Florida. She was born in Herkimer, the daughter of the late Atty. William J. and Minnie Gardinier. She graduated from Herkimer High School and Utica School of Commerce. Mrs. Klippel was secretary-treasurer of Ilion High School for many years. She was predeceased by her husband, Erwin Klippel, and lived in Ilion until moving to Orange City, Fla, in 1983. She is survived by three children, Carol J. Piser of Tampa, Fla, Ardis E. Gilbert of Oxford, Conn, and Kenneth Klippel of Raquette Lake; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Klippel was cremated and was interred in Cedarville Cemetery beside her husband, Erwin. (July 10, 1999)

 

Mrs. Mary (Genatiempo) McLean, IHS Faculty, 48, passed away on June 14, 1999, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Mrs. McLean was a faculty member, in the Math Department, of the Ilion Junior Senior High School. Our deepest sympathy is with her husband, Timothy, her family, students, co-workers, and friends. Calling hours at the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, Herkimer, are Wed, 7-9 pm, Thurs, 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer, on Friday at 9:30 am. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery , Herkimer. (June 15, 1999)

 

Brenda Reynolds Hughes - Ilion NY
Brenda (Reynolds) Hughes
Barringer Road Teacher

Mrs. Brenda (Reynolds) Hughes, Barringer Road Faculty, 34, of Herkimer and formerly of Newport, passed away on January 22, 1999, at Faxton Hospital, following a courageous battle with cancer. Mrs. Hughes was a former student and faculty member at Barringer Road Elementary School. (January 28, 1999)

Mr. William 'Bill' Teeter, IHS Math Teacher, age 73, of West Melbourne, passed away on December 10, 1998, in Florida. Mr. Teeter attended Cornell University, Muhlenberg College and Columbia University with the Navy V-12 officers program. He resumed his education, after World War II. He received his bachelor's and Master's degrees from Alfred University in 1946. He was awarded a National Science Foundation Scholarship for graduate school in 1955-56. Prior to his retirement in 1980, Mr. Teeter was a faculty member in the Mathematics Department, at Ilion High School. He was active as a student council adviser and was chairman of the mathematics department for many years.

William Bill Teeter - Ilion NY
Mr. William 'Bill' Teeter
Math Teacher

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, one son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Deborah Teeter of Ilion, one daughter and son-in-law, Anne and James Beehner of East Syracuse, four grandchildren, and many friends and relatives in Florida and New York. Funeral arrangements were held in Florida, on Friday, December 11, 1998, followed by cremation. Memorial contributions in Mr. Teeter's name may be made to the American Heart Association or Ilion Central School Foundation. (December 15, 1998)

Constanine Gus Panarites - Ilion NY
Mr. Constantine 'Gus' Panarites
Superintendent
Athletic Director
and History Teacher

Mr. Constantine 'Gus' Panarites IHS 1938, passed away, at home, Monday, December 7, 1998, after a brief illness. Mr. Panarites was a lifelong Ilion resident. He was born April 5, 1919. He graduated with the IHS Class of 1938. He received his Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree and Certificate of Advanced Study from Syracuse University. During WW II, he served his country as a Marine.

'Gus' grew up in his family's restaurant, the "Ilion Candy Kitchen", later known as the "J. Panarites Restaurant". He began his career in 1944, when then-Superintendent Earl P. Watkins asked him to serve as athletic director at Ilion High School. Mr. Panarites resigned, after a year as athletic director, to manage his family's business, the J. Panarites Restaurant on Otsego Street, Ilion. While running the restaurant, he earned his Master's degree in business education from Syracuse University. In 1959, he rejoined the Ilion High School Faculty, teaching History. He ended his career with his appointment to the post of Superintendent of the Ilion Central School District, in 1975. As school superintendent, Mr. Panarites led the district through construction of the Remington School and the subsequent elementary school consolidation. He retired in 1978.

Gus was an avid fan of Ilion Central School and Syracuse University sports and scholastic programs. He was a a director on the Ilion Central School District Foundation Board. A scholarship fund was established by Gus and his sister Mary, at the Ilion High School, and is awarded annually in their parents' name. Those wishing to contribute to the "James C. and Helen Panarites Family Memorial Scholarship Fund" may do so, c/o Ilion Central High School, Weber Avenue, Ilion NY 13357.

He leaves two daughters and one son, Dr. Helen Panarites of Atlanta, GA, Febronia and her husband, Steven Murphy, of Whitesboro, and James C. and wife, Tammy Panarites, of Ilion. He also leaves the mother of his three children, Dorothy Annes Panarites, of Syracuse, his three sisters and two brothers-in-law, three grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and many close and dear friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 10 at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home and at 10:30 at St. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, East Herkimer. (December 8, 1998)

 

Mrs. Lydia Davis (Dibble) Shaughnessy, IHS 1943 and Faculty, age 72, a retired Ilion teacher passed away on July 16, 1998, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Mrs. Shaughnessy graduated from Ilion High School with IHS Class of 1943. She was also an English teacher at Ilion High School for approximately 20 years, retiring in the 1980s. She married Eldon W. Dibble on April 19, 1947. He passed away April 16, 1956. She later married Dr. Daniel C. Shaughnessy on November 4, 1977. Dr. Shaughnessy passed away on May 15, 1993. Mrs. Shaughnessy is survived by her two daughters, Sharon Halpin and A. Leigh Desens and their families. She is also survived by Dr. Shaughnessy's children and grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in Lydia's name to the American Cancer Society or the Mohawk Homestead. (July 16, 1998)

 

Mrs. Mary Morris, IHS 1935 and Elementary Teacher, age 76, a retired Ilion teacher was tragically killed in an automobile accident, in Canaan, 20 miles southeast of Albany, on October 14, 1997. Thomas Morris, her husband, an attorney was injured in the accident. Mr. Morris was admitted to Albany Medical Center where he was listed in fair condition. The car's driver, Mr. John Gilmartin (Mary's brother), age 71, was also injured and was a patient in a Pittsfield, MA hospital. Mr. Gerald Gilmartin (Mary's brother), age 69, and his wife, Helen age 62, of Bernville, PA were also killed in the accident. Village residents and alumni are greatly shocked and saddened by her death. Mrs. Morris, a graduate of Ilion High School, was an elementary teacher in the Clinton School District from 1941 to 1945. She began her career with the Ilion district, in September 1945, as a third-grade teacher. She later taught at Barringer Road Elementary School. We extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Our prayers are with them, as well. Mrs. Mary Morris will be greatly missed by many. (October 16, 1997)

 



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