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If you would like the obituary for an alumnus, family member, to be included on the alumni site, please send the information via the Submit News form. Please include the URL of the originating obituary if it is available, and the Class year of the alumnus. (January 31, 2016)

Leo F. Griffin IHS 1981, age 57, a lifelong Ilion and Frankfort resident, passed away after a brief illness on Friday morning, February 19, 2021 at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Born on June 17, 1963, Leo was the son of the late Leo F. Griffin, Jr. and Alice (Fink) Griffin. He was raised and educated locally, attending Ilion schools. On November 3, 1985, Leo was wed to the former Tammy Treen at St. Mary's Church in Frankfort. Together, Leo and Tammy shared in a loving union of over eighteen years, until Tammy's untimely passing on November 23, 2003. Many would remember Leo from his over twenty years spent as an attendant at Chip's Gas Station in Ilion; you could always rely on Leo to have a smile and joke for you and he had an unforgettable sense of humor. He also spent time in the maintenance department for Park Edge Town Homes. Leo loved the game of golf and rarely missed an opportunity to participate in an outing or league event. He was also an avid sports enthusiast, rooting for the NY Giants, NY Mets and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Leo is survived by his daughter, Carly Griffin and her boyfriend, Patrick Parmer of Little Falls; his sister, Brenda Crane of Maine; and his in-laws, Cathy Treen- Altieri of Frankfort, Wendy Lambert of Tampa, Florida, Cindy and Dominick Alsheimer of Mexico, NY, Mark Treen of Whitesboro and John Medina of Ilion. He also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, with special mention of his good buddy, Steve Fish. Aside from his parents and beloved, Tammy, Leo was predeceased by his sisters, Linda Doolen and Denise Medina, his parents-in-law, James and Catherine Treen, and his brother-in-law, James "JJ" Treen. In keeping with Leo's wishes, there will be no formal funeral services at this time. His earthly remains will be laid to rest beside his wife in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frankfort in the Spring of 2021. Final arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (February 22, 2021, 2021)

Robert C. "Bob" Chrisman IHS Alumnus, age 63, of London Towers, Ilion, passed away Saturday February 6th, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on April 6, 1957 in Ilion, and was the son of the late Harold and Carrie (Humphreys) Chrisman. Bob graduated from Ilion High School. He was a United States Army Veteran, stationed in Oklahoma and Korea from 1976-1979. Bob previously worked at Kmart and lastly at Tractor Supply in Utica. He was an avid Nascar fan. Bob was one of nine children. He is survived by a son, Robert Chrisman Jr. of Florida; sisters, Beth Moss (John Brandt) of Ilion, Beverly Stanley (Earl) of East Herkimer and Connie Maxon (Max) of Dundin, Florida; brothers, Harold Chrisman Jr. (Lisa) of Ilion and Edward Chrisman of Dundin, Florida. Bob also leaves behind several nieces and nephews, as well as his extended family and friends at Tractor Supply. Bob was predeceased by his sister, June Kulp and brother, Steven and Fred Chrisman. The family wishes to extend a huge thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Strong Memorial Hospital for the care of Bob while he was there. Bob and his family's care has been entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidleman Road), Little Falls, 315-508-5131. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the convenience of the family. (February 22, 2021, 2021)

Michael Wayne Hoffman IHS Alumnus, passed away at home on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at the age of 72. He was born in Worthington, Minnesota on November 17, 1948, to the late Lawrence and Blanche Cox Hoffman. He was also predeceased by his sister, Phyllis Kocher and her son Richard Kocher, his brothers, David Hoffman, William Hoffman and his wife Carol, and Thomas Hoffman, his father and mother-in-law, Albert and Mildred Urtz, sister-in-law, Kathleen Urtz, and brother-in-law, James Gydesen. Michael is survived by his wife, Patricia Urtz Hoffman of the home, his son, Jonathan Hoffman, and his two grandchildren, Chloe and Charlie Hoffman, of Hillsborough, NC, brothers, Steve Hoffman and his wife Nancy of Ilion NY, Dennis Hoffman and his wife MaryAnn of Ilion NY, brothers-in-law, Greg Urtz and his wife Doris of Mohawk NY, Mike Urtz of Ilion NY, Matt Urtz of San Diego CA, Scott Urtz of Utica NY, and Mark Urtz and his wife Regina of Raleigh NC, sisters-in-law, Pamela Gydesen of Mohawk NY, Mary Megyeri and her husband Bela of Colonie NY, and Linda Hoffman of Ilion NY, as well as multiple nieces and nephews. Michael served in the USMC for two years and was stationed at Khe Sahn, Vietnam during the 1968 Tet Offensive. He was honorably discharged in 1969. In accordance to Michael's wishes, there will be no services. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at Arrangements are by Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home. (February 22, 2021, 2021)

Randolph G. Miller IHS Alumnus, age 62, a resident of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, January 18, 2021 in the privacy and comfort of his home. Born on April 4, 1958, Randolph was the son of the late Donald and Helen (Redhead) Miller. He was raised and educated locally and obtained his GED. On June 3, 1978, Randolph was married to the former Jill Rockefeller in Utica and together they shared in a loving and devoted union of over forty-two years. Randolph was employed as a machine operator at Remington Arms for many years until his recent retirement. In his spare time he loved to fish, hunt and try his luck playing online poker!He is survived by his three sons, Shaun Miller of Whitesboro, Nicholas Miller and Molly LiBritz of Frankfort, and Stephen and Taylor Miller of Cheyenne, Wyoming; his grandson, Ethan Miller of Clinton; his brothers and sister-in-law, Robert Miller and Philip and Cindy Miller, all of Central Square; and his sisters, Cindy Miller of Texas and Linda Overton of Central Square. He also leaves his in-laws, Karen Rockefeller, Gary Rockefeller, Diane and Pat Alfano, Bonnie Rockefeller, Pamela and Eddy Mendoza and Krissy and Sean Moore; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Aside from his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Donald Miller and Michael Miller; and by his mother-in-law, Joan Rockefeller. In keeping with Randolph's wishes, there will be no formal calling hours of funeral service. Final arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (January 30, 2021)


Robert Hailston, Jr. IHS Alumnus, age 60, currently of Herkimer and formerly of Georgia, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at his home. Born on August 1, 1960, Robert was the son of Robert Hailston, Sr. and Sharon (Newman) Barrett. He was raised and educated locally and attended Ilion schools. As a young man, Robert enlisted and served with United States Army and was a proud veteran. He lived for many years in the Mohawk Valley and spent a few years in the state of Georgia before returning to the valley where he worked in the maintenance department at Herkimer Walmart. He was an avid outdoors-man who enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends or by himself. He enjoyed cooking and trying out old and new recipes; and got a kick out of teasing his family on who could cook better. We let him think he won! He loved Harley's and was often rebuilding one. Bob was a great mechanic and knew his way around cars, trucks and bikes. He especially loved his Harley that he redid himself. He shared a special bond with his beloved siblings, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He is survived by his father, Robert Hailston Sr. and Cora Mueller of New York; he was predeceased by his mother, Sharon Barrett in 2016. He leaves his sisters, Cheryl (Hailston) Lupinski and husband, Brian, of Georgia, Anne Siriani and husband, John, of Florida, Letticia Hardy and Richard Hopkinson of New York and Lonnie Hardy of New York; his brothers, David Perry of Germany, Richard Perry and wife, Sheila, of Alabama and Larry Hardy of New York; along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and many, many friends. You will be missed. Rest easy…ride on big brother... Due to current health restrictions, there will be no formal funeral services at this time. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date and time to be announced. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (January 30, 2021)


Michael D. Murray, IHS 1992 Michael D. Murray, 47, of Frankfort, NY, passed away on January 9th after a courageous battle with cancer. Mike was born on October 27th, 1973, in New Hartford, NY. After graduating from Ilion High School, he attended Utica College, graduating with a master's degree in English Education. Mike was employed as a middle school English teacher in Little Falls for many years and was very devoted to his students. He was an avid listener of music and attended numerous live concert venues. He was an ardent collector of Marvel Comic Books. Mike was predeceased by his brother, Danny. He is survived by his parents, Ted and Joanne Murray, of Ilion, NY; sister, Lisa Beckerman (Steven), of Woodstock, NY; and his brother, Steven Murray (Rebecca), of Frankfort, NY. He is also survived by his five nieces and nephews, Matt Murray, Ryan Murray, Marisa Chiarello, Elena Chiarello and Kelsie Peterson. Mike is also survived by his beloved dog, Brandy. There will be no calling hours or funeral services. The family would like to extend sincere appreciation for the efforts of Mike's doctor, Alexander Shoushtari, of Sloan Kettering Memorial, in NYC. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Mike's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, NY, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315-894-8000). Online condolences may be left at on the Internet.(January 18, 2021)


Ruth E. (Norton) Sherman, IHS 1944 93, of Ilion, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the Grand in Ilion. Ruth was born on May 17, 1927 in Oneonta, the daughter of the late, George and Myrtle (Scofield) Norton Sr. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and worked as a nurse's aide at St. Elizabeth's in Utica. On November 20, 1948 she was united in marriage to Meryl Smith, he passed away in 1996. Ruth then married Russell "Red" Sherman in January of 2000, he passed away in 2017. Ruth loved gardening, knitting, quilting, and doing arts and crafts for the family. She also loved traveling, spending summer at camp, be it on Kayuta or Canadarago Lake. She also enjoyed getting together with the "Upper Otsego St. Card Club". Over the years she was active with the dog census, worked with the Board of Elections and taught Sunday School. Ruth is survived by her daughters Janis and her husband Sam Colombo of Ilion and Jill and her husband Phillip Vale of Webster; five grandchildren Matthew Colombo, Jennifer Kau, Jason and Justin Vale and Nancy Radcliff; seven great grandchildren; a step son Ric and his wife Jill Sherman; three step grandchildren and great grandchildren all of Alabama and a special sister-in-law Jean Smith of Ilion. She is predeceased by a son Meryl Jr. a brother George Jr. and a sister Shirley Decker. In keeping with Ruth's wishes a graveside service will be held in the spring at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to For those wishing to do so please consider memorials to the Ilion-Frankfort V.F.W. Post 502 4274 Acme Rd. Ilion, NY 13357 in Ruth's memory. (January 18, 2021)


Patricia Entwistle Carney, IHS 1968 - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Patricia Jean Entwistle Carney, a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and friend. March 1950 - December 2020.
Patricia was the first born of Rita Ann (Horn) Entwistle and the late George Patrick Entwistle, Sr. She was raised locally, receiving her education from Ilion High School where she graduated with the Class of 1968. Shortly thereafter she met and fell in love with John C. Carney and the couple was married on July 21, 1974 at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Together, Patricia and John shared a loving and devoted union of over forty-six years. Pat's first and foremost priority in life were her three beloved children and granddaughter – the lights of her life.She spent many years at home with them, giving them a storybook upbringing. Her many talents, however, led her down multiple avenues in life and she held various positions throughout the years, each one giving her a purpose and the satisfaction of helping others. She was a small business entrepreneur, selling her perfectly crafted peanut brittle, Twistle's Brittle and operating Dove Tours. She spent time as a tour guide with the Remington Museum and as a representative of the American Red Cross, amongst others. She also spent time working in the family store, Carney's Corners. By far, Pat was most proud of her accomplishments with the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts; planning bus tours to take in the beauty of the theater and arts. As an artist, Pat held a deep affinity for painting. You could often find her in the countryside looking for idyllic scenes for inspiration. Pat played piano by ear and needed no formal training. These are just a few of her many gifts and talents. The world was her palette and she not only focused her abilities into her paintings, but also into the meticulous care she gave to her home, her garden, her cooking, her baking and her family. Her innocence and purity were qualities to be admired. Pat gave of herself endlessly and was a volunteer with Catholic Charities and the Utica Rescue Mission. She was faithful to her Catholic traditions and a parishioner of Historic Old St. John's Church in downtown Utica. In March, after many months of chemotherapy, Pat had won the battle of her life. She beat lymphoma and was embracing life, her family and her passions – all the things she had fought so valiantly for. Aside from all of her many ventures, Patricia's greatest accomplishment in her life was the family that her and John created together. She was a faithful and loving wife; a doting and caring mother; and above all else, the most amazing grandmother "Emma" to her beloved, Alexa Rose. Her legacy will live on through her family and through them her memory will never be forgotten. She is survived by her husband, John; her mother, Rita; her daughters, Maureen Carney and fiancée, Lou Aiello, and Kristen Carney; her son, John Carney; and her beloved granddaughter, Alexa Rose Aiello, all of Ilion. She also leaves her siblings, George and Georgia Entwistle of Binghamton, William and Annie Entwistle of Nevada, Karen and Ronald Urtz of Ilion, Eileen and Dave Renton of Nevada and Judith and Gregory Vieira of Florida; her in-laws, Joseph and Joan Carney of Little Falls and Madeline Carney of Herkimer; along with her aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins, with special mention of her three nephews, Jon Urtz and fiancée Christine Lang, Jesse and Alexis Urtz and Joseph and Stephanie Urtz. Besides her father, she was predeceased by her in-laws, Jack and Ann Carney; her brother-in-law, Brian Carney; and her beloved feline, Phoebe, and canine, Foca. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Monday, January 4, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Patricia's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Tuesday morning, January 5, 2020 at 9:30AM at Historic Old St. John's Church in Utica where her Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Thomas Servatius, Pastor. Spring interment will take place in the Entwistle Family Cemetery. The Carney family has entrusted the care of their beloved Patricia to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (January 2, 2021)


Carol L. Denison, IHS 1966, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday December 20, 2020. She was born on November 7, 1948 in Ilion, the daughter of Tuthill (Ted) and Marion (Edick) Denison. Carol worked for the Ilion School district until her retirement. She continued to dedicate her time to helping the district for many years after by, volunteering to work the polls at the local elections, working as a bus monitor and coming in on occasion when a position needed filling. She loved the job and she loved the people she worked with and made many lifelong friends that she considered family. Although she was never blessed with children of her own, she was always so grateful that she got to be an 'Auntie' at a very early age. She loved every one of her nieces and nephews as if they were her own, and took great pride in spending as much time as she could with them. Eventually having to travel near and far, whether it be Connecticut, Arizona or everywhere in between, as they all grew and went on to have lives of their own. She would go there, just to get to spend one more day with them, as she was so happy to get to see as many of her great and great great nieces and nephews as she could. Being the children of one of Carol's younger siblings, she had a unique relationship with her nieces Sara Denison of Little Falls and Shannon (Denison) Stewart of Ilion. Carol was always proud of how close the girls were to her and how much of their lives they got to share with her and their grandmother, in the home the two resided in together, for most of their lives. Carol was an almost daily part in their lives, and continued to be an important part in the lives of Shannon's children, Fiona & Royal. She could often be seen at a school concert or in the bleachers at one of their games or just coming by to do a puzzle and spend the day. She cherished their time together and it was always worth it to see how happy it made her and to see how much it made her laugh and enjoy life. Carol had many friends that she enjoyed doing exciting things with, like traveling, shopping, dinners in and nights out. But she also enjoyed the simple things like long walks and sitting by the ocean. Once an avid bowler, she enjoyed participating in a bowling league. She also took great pride in her dedication to fund raising for 'Team Cassandra' for the Relay For Life. Carol was survived by three brothers, Gordon and wife Gale, Gary and wife Enola, all of Ilion, Keith of Arizona, and a sister-in-law Marie, of Ilion. She also leaves her beloved fur babies Sophie and Bella. She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers James and Ronald and her nephew Billy. Carol's service will take place in the spring, at a time later to be announced, due to COVID concerns. Family and friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society at 514 NY-5S Mohawk NY 13407 Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. in Ilion. To send Carol's family an please go to (December 31, 2020)


Linda Kaye (Murray) Klink, IHS 1978, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 50 on Sunday, December 20, 2020 peacefully, with her husband Richard and her best friend Joanne at her side. Linda was born in Ilion on August 17, 1970 the daughter of the late Robert Murray and former Margery Wohler. She was raised and educated all her life in Ilion. She continued her education to be an LPN and was employed by New York State in DDSO group homes for the past 17 years. She worked till her cancer physically took it from her. Linda never had children but her love of her animals were her children especially her dogs, cats, bird and favorite of all Wilbur (Pig) the pot belly pig. She loved being a homebody and hostess enjoying her green thumb in the garden where she grew numerous plants especially roses. There were many good times spent around a bonfire or a video game. She is survived by her husband of 23 years Richard, her mother Margery Murray of Ilion, her brothers James Murray and his wife Theresa, Ilion, David Murray and his wife Therese, Ilion, Roger Murray and his wife Julia, NC, her best friend Joanne Sickler, special cousin Walter Maine and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her brother John Murray. In keeping with Linda's wishes there will be no formal services. Her friends and family will celebrate her life privately when our current health situation is safe to do so. Linda was a loving, caring, kind person with a big heart and will be missed by all those she touched. (December 31, 2020)


John Joseph Remis, IHS 1954, 86, husband of the late Janet H. Remis passed away Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Gold Country Retirement Community in Placerville, CA. Born January 4, 1934 in Ilion, NY, he was the son of the late John Anthony Remis and Rachel Conover Remis. Both John and Janet grew up in the small village of Ilion, where they first met during grade school. Soon after high school, their love story began, one filled with beautiful memories shared throughout their 55 years of marriage. John worked for the Village of Ilion's municipal power division, in what was referred to as "the light department." Although he was dedicated to his career, family and faith always came first. Unwavering in his service to the Lord and his community, John was a devout Catholic and a lifelong member of both the Knights of Columbus and Boy Scouts of America. He was the patriarch of the Remis family in every sense of the word, leaving behind a noble legacy for loved ones to continue. Left to cherish his memory are his children; Martin Paul Remis and wife, Parichat, of Hawaii, Mary Elizabeth Maynard and husband, William, of Quinby, VA, John Andrew Remis and wife, Vanessa Triscari-Remis, of Prince George, VA, David Brian Remis and wife, Karen, of Topsham, ME, Janet Rae Getman, of Pensacola, FL, and Ryan Christopher Remis and wife, Sarah, of Sacramento, CA; grandchildren; Whitney, Robert, Victoria, Kelli, Stephen, Serena, Amanda, Michaela, Jeffrey, Alexandra, Gwenyth, Jacob, and Clara; eleven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving John are his sister and brother-in-law, Judith and Duane Allen of Saugerties, NY, as well as their children and families. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Michael, Charles Joseph, and James Remis. The family will gather for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, in Onley, VA, followed by interment in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery, were Mr. Remis will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife. Memory tributes may be shared with the family at Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home. (January 3, 2021)


Beverly A. (Williams) Doolen, IHS Alumnus, age 88, formerly of London Towers, Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, December 19, 2020, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Utica. She was born on March 10, 1932, in Utica, the daughter of Richard W. and Marion (Donohue) Williams and attended Ilion schools. She married George E. Doolen, in 1948 and together they had nine children. Beverly was blessed with the gift of music from her Irish Welsh heritage and she enjoyed singing. She attended the Presbyterian Church, in Ilion and sang in the choir for a time. During her last years, she resided at the Utica Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in Utica. She is survived by her brother, Robert Williams (Pam), of Beaver Falls, NY; her children, including Edward Doolen, of New York Mills, Lester Doolen (Eleanor Jones), of Clark Mills, Christine Lamberson, of McKinney, TX, Albert Doolen, of Fort Plain, Patricia Ruller (Marty), of Utica and Barry Doolen, of Herkimer. She also leaves behind several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Beverly was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Betty Doolen; her brother, Richard Williams; granddaughter, Denise Doolen; and grandson, Chad Lamberson. There are no scheduled calling hours or funeral services because of the extreme risks of COVID 19, at this time. Spring burial will be held at the convenience of the family, at Grand View Cemetery, Whitesboro, NY. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bev, or add to her online memorial, may go to Service arrangements were prearranged and are entrusted to Bev's long time friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 (315-895-7722). (December 31, 2020)


Robert "Bob" J. Smithson, IHS 1959, age 80, of Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford. In keeping with the family's wishes, there will be no scheduled calling hours or services at this time, due to the current extreme COVID health risks. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bob, or add to his online memorial, may go to Please omit flowers. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Thank you. Bob's family has entrusted his arrangements to their Family Funeral Director and long time friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 (315-895-7722). To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Smithson, please visit Tribute Store. (December 31, 2020)


Benjamin Thomas Fletcher, IHS 1967, age 71 of Winter Garden, Florida, went home to our Lord on December 16, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. Benjamin was born on November 4, 1949 in Ilion, New York, the son of Benjamin and Clydia (Hosler) Fletcher. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1967 and joined the US Navy. Benjamin proudly served his country aboard the USS America, CVA 66. His dedication to service continued as a firefighter, medic and Herkimer county deputy sheriff. He was a volunteer with the town of Colonie Fire Department and later the Van Hornesville Fire Department. He joined the Ilion Fire Department 1978. Affectionately known as "Fletch" and "Benji" he loved his time in the fire service and went on to retire as Deputy Chief of the Ilion Fire Department. Benjamin was also a New York state fire instructor. He earned numerous awards and certifications throughout his career. After retirement, he relocated to Winter Garden, FL and worked in security. He volunteered with the ESL and special needs ministries at church. Benjamin touched countless lives and leaves a legacy of Faith,patriotism and service. A beloved Dad, "Ampa" and friend, he will be missed by all. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and John Main, daughter and son-in-law, Tricia and Ken Claiborne, beloved grandchildren, John Charles Main and Ryleigh Ann Claiborne, as well as brother and sister-in-law John and Bonnie Fletcher, sister Betty Johnson, special friend Karen Kriener and several niece and nephews. A celebration of life will be held January 9, 2021 in Winter Garden, FL with a firefighter service in the summer of 2021 in New York. (December 31, 2020)


Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Wildey, IHS Alumnus, age 62, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away early Monday morning, November 9th, 2020 after being stricken at home; with his loving wife, Katherine, at his side. Jeff was born on December 6, 1957 in Ilion, son of the late James and Kathryn (LaPoint) Wildey and graduated from Ilion High School. On October 14, 1978, he was joined in marriage with the former Kathy Sedore in Ilion in the Ilion Methodist Church on 2nd Street; a loving, devoted and blessed union of forty-two years. Jeff worked at being a carpenter as his professional occupation. He at one time worked for Lahey's Home Improvement, Warren Cross, and later owned and operated his own construction business, JAW Construction, Ilion. An accomplished contractor, there wasn't anything Jeff couldn't do. He loved his NY Yankees and Miami Dolphins, but most of all, he loved his family and they meant the world to him. Jeff loved to work on old cars as a hobby and boating, fishing and hunting. Jeff leaves his loving wife of forty-two years, Katherine (Sedore) at home in Ilion; his son, who he worshiped, Michael Wildey and wife, Lena; his daughter, Julie Ann and husband David LaCelle, who was "daddy's little girl". Also surviving are his most cherished an loved grandchildren, Mercedes, Jeffrey, Isabella, Courtney, Margaret, Joseph and James, all of Ilion, Lexi and her husband Daniel, Ian all of Herkimer, Cerria, Johnny, Jamiee, Aydin and Andrew of Ilion; a great granddaughter, Veleria Mae. He also leaves his siblings Cathy Ingraham, James Wildey (Priscilla), Mary Tubia (Jim) and Lisa, all of Ilion and Brian Blake. He also leaves his stepfather, Garry Blake and is also survived by his sisters in law, Sharon, Barb and Rodney Smith, Linda Scott and Karla Jean, Tricia Davis and a brother in law, Don Sedore; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins and his faithful canine companion, Cara Ann. He was predeceased by his mother, Kathryn and father, James; his buddy an nephew, Dan Ingraham, his mother-in-law, Marge, and by his brothers in law and a few special friends. The family would like to offer their deepest gratitude to Kelly, Jamie and Lisa Keeler for all of their kindness and compassion offered during this difficult time. Also, a heartfelt thanks to the EMT's and the NYS Troopers for their professionalism. In respecting Jeff's wishes, there are no public services. A celebration of his life will take place at a later date to be announced. The family will have their final goodbyes at the funeral home. Jeff and his family's care has been placed in the trust of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (between Little Falls and St. Johnsville), 315-508-5131. Please click above to add to his online tribute. (December 4, 2020)

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