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Mr. Roger J. Vandawalker, IHS 1964, age 73, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, September 30, 2019. At the time of his passing, he had the support and dedication of his loving wife, Pam, at his side. Born on September 15, 1946, Roger was a son to the late Leon and Marion (Steele) Vandawalker. He was raised and educated locally, graduating with the Ilion High School Class of 1964. He then went on to further his education at Mohawk Valley Community College and at SUNY IT, before enlisting with United States Navy. Roger honorably served his country during the Vietnam Era, conducting goodwill tours and achieving the rank of Aviation Electronics Technician (ASW) Petty Officer Third Class and receiving his honorable discharge on October 3, 1969. Roger always remained a proud veteran and patriot of the United States. Upon return from his military service, Roger met and fell in love with the former Pamela A. Pokorny. On August 25, 1972, the two were wed and recently celebrated forty-seven years of a marriage filled with love, devotion, and respect for one another. Hardworking by nature, Roger was employed with Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta, formerly GE) for over twenty-five years as a Microelectronic Technician in the Engineering Lab. He was a jack of all trades at home as well and there wasn't much he couldn't fix, including a white 1977 MGB that he restored and enjoyed for years to come. Roger could best be described as the strong, silent type, and all-around cool guy. He was extremely intelligent and could be found doing puzzles and Sudoku daily to exercise his mind. He also enjoyed history, genealogy, and ancestry; going so far as to trace his family's roots back to the 17th Century. At the time of his death, he was actively looking for the lost Vandawalker cemetery in Western, NY. Golf was an outlet for Roger for relaxation, enjoyment, and a round of drinks with his friends. He regularly played the game whenever he could and once achieved every amateur golfer's dream: a hole-in-one, which occurred at Quail Creek Golf Club in Conway, SC on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. Besides golf, Roger was also an avid sports enthusiast, rooting for the Syracuse Orangemen, NY Giants, and never missing a NY Yankees ball game. Roger and Pam were extremely blessed with their children, grandchildren, and extended family; an extended family that did not stop at only relatives. They had a wonderful group of friends that they spent a lot of their time with. For the last nine years their winters in the south were spent with an amazing and supportive group of friends. These memories and the values that Roger instilled to his family will be his lasting legacy. Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Pam; his daughters, Rebecca Vandawalker and Shawn Bell of Liverpool and Melissa Vandawalker and Brian Bacheller of Waltham, MA; his son, Roger J. Vandawalker, II and wife, Katie of Alexandria, VA; and his grandchildren, Brendan Rice and Carson Rice, along with grandson #3, Baby Boy Vandawalker, on the way. He also leaves his sister, Virginia Vandawalker of Ilion; brother-in-law, Kenneth Pokorny of East Herkimer; sister-in-law, Kathie Vandawalker of Herkimer; his godchildren, Debra and Dave; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends that he made throughout the years. Roger was predeceased by his brother, Ralph Vandawalker in 2001 and his sister, Jean Runyon in 2018. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Members of the Ilion Elks' Lodge are asked to gather at the funeral home at 4:45PM to perform their ritualistic service. Roger's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence at the funeral home at 5:00PM immediately upon the conclusion of visitation with Bishop Dan Herzog of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church officiating. Private interment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery at the convenience of Roger's family. The family would like to thank the staff at the Veterans Affairs medical centers in Syracuse, Rome, Albany, and Charleston. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Fisher House, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Roger's final arrangements have been entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors of the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (October 5, 2019)

Lisa Ann LaFountain, IHS Alumnus, age 47, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care, New Hartford after a long illness. She was born in Ilion on December 20, 1971 the daughter of Elizabeth Armstrong and the late Sherwood LaFountain and attended Ilion Schools. Lisa was a cook and most recently was employed at Crazy Otto's in Herkimer, prior to that she worked at Country Manor. Lisa is survived by her children Patrick Farley (Amanda Miller) and Samantha Farley both of Herkimer, her mother Elizabeth LaFountain Moynihan of Frankfort, her grandchildren, Andrew LaFountain, Molleigh Miller, Alexa Gauthier and Elleigh Farley, a brother and sister in law Paul and Cathy LaFountain of Cedarville, a sister and brother in law Trudie and Jack Picknell of Florida. She also leaves her sister in law Sheila LaFountain of Frankfort, also many nieces and nephews and a special friend Stacey Bujag, besides her father she was also predeceased by her brother Jim. In keeping with Lisa's wishes there will be no public services. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (October 5, 2019)

Frank J. Geloso, IHS 1959, age 78, a lifelong Ilion resident, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY with the love and support of family by his side. Born in Ilion on October 25, 1940 in Ilion, NY the son of the late Vincenzo and Anna (Terras) Geloso. He was raised and educated locally, a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1959 and a Golden Bomber through and through. After graduating he served with the US Air Force and went on to SUNY Cobleskill for an AAS Degree in Floriculture with a major in Ornamental Horticulture. In 1966, Frank and his brother's Sam and Joe opened Mohawk Valley Florist & Gift Shop, in Ilion, a staple business that is still operating today. He loved being a florist and would often tell stories about shenanigans at the shop. He was forced to retire as a florist in 2017, to face his battle with lung cancer. Other work throughout his life included Nextel, American Homes, Union, Fork & Hoe, Co., Library Bureau, Chicago Pneumatic, & Metropolitan Life. He was a member of the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion and St. Francis Club of Frankfort. At one time, he was vice president of the Little Falls Rotary Club and member of the B.P.O.E. in Little Falls, a member of the American Legion in Mohawk and Loyal Order of the Moose in Ilion. Frank was the proud Father of Ilion Softball, starting the league in 1983 after gathering his daughter Amy's friends to "travel" in 1982 in the Frankfort Girls Softball League. He initiated that first team, because there was nowhere for girls to play ball after aging out of Ilion Little League Baseball at age 12. Several community parents joined him to build Ilion Girls Softball to four teams in its first league season and eventually several more levels and teams for girls of all ages. His granddaughter currently benefits the fruit of his efforts in the Ilion Baseball/Softball league. In his last month of life, he still reminisced about his love for baseball and softball and loved to recite Casey at the Bat, just for the fun of it. His special accomplishments were raising his children of whom he was so proud and enjoying the many milestones, sports and events of his grandchildren. A man of simple means, he was knowledgeable, kind and patient- attributes that allowed everyone who knew him to love and respect him. He was a man of integrity, who never spoke a mean word about anyone. He lived a simple life, with no interest in brand new flashy things. Proud of his Italian heritage, he enjoyed learning about his ancestors from San Guiseppe Jato, Sicily, eating cuccidatis and Clancy's meals "from scratch" During his leisure time, he loved to garden, play bocce, spend time at Hart's Content, help his son with crazy projects, read the paper and watch Judy Judy. Frank is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Amy and Daniel D'Amato of Lancaster, NY, his son and daughter in-law David and Mary (LaPuma) Geloso, his loving companion of 25 years Maureen Clancy of Ilion, and her son and his wife Jason and Jennifer (Hecker) Darling of Albany, OR. His cherished grandchildren Daniel, Abigale, Mia, Olivia & Ava D'Amato, Dominick, Vincenzo & Angelina Geloso, Ethan and Jane Darling. He is also survived by his brother Salvatore (Dolores) Geloso of Ilion, sister Joan Conte of Ilion and sister Marion Gorman of Syracuse, his sisters-in-law Luella and Genevieve Geloso, hiis former wife Linda (Hart) Geloso and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Enaus and Joseph, sisters Rose Fell and Julia Robel and brothers-in-law Robert Robell, Harvey Fell, James Gorman and Michael Conte. To celebrate Frank's life, family will receive friends on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Deacon James Bower officiating a ceremony to follow. Frank's funeral procession will commence Monday, September 30, 2019 at 9:30am, from the funeral home to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion where he will be laid to rest. Those wishing to do so are asked to consider memorials to The James Wilmot Cancer Center or The Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House, both of Rochester. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (October 5, 2019)

Richard L. Stone, IHS Alumnus, age 69, of 80 E. North St. Passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at The Folt's Home Herkimer. He was born in Ilion on March 15, 1950 the son of the late David and Helen Sykes Stone and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Richard served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Richard was employed as a machine operator at Remington Arms prior to his retirement and was a member of Ilion American Legion Post 920. Richard is survived by his son Richard of S. Carolina, his daughter and son in law Lacy and Tom Nolan of S. Carolina and two grandchildren Jared and Audrey. He is also survived by a brother and sister in law David and Lois Stone and a sister and brother in law Hazel and Raymond Stillwell all of Ilion, he also leaves his former wife and friend Claudia and several nieces and nephews. Richard was predeceased by his brother and Sister Robert Stone and Susan Broxton. In keeping with Richard's wishes there will be no public services, arrangement are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friend wishing to do so are asked to consider memorial to St. Jude's Hospital. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. m (October 5, 2019)

Jean L. (Lyon) Wolfe, IHS 1944, age 93, passed away on Thursday afternoon September 19, 2019 at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, with the support and comfort of her loving family at her side. Jean was born on July 21, 1926 in Ilion, daughter of the late Merl R. and Esther Waldo Lyon. A lifelong area resident, she was raised in Ilion and was salutatorian of Ilion High School class of 1944. She continued her education atGeneseo State Teachers College, graduating in 1948. Jean was the first person to hold the position of librarian at Mohawk Valley Technical Institute (MVCC), where she met her future husband. On September 18, 1954 she was united in marriage to William G. Wolfe Jr., of Utica, in the Ilion United Methodist Church. They made their home in Herkimer in 1956, where Jean continued to live until her passing. After 57 years of a devoted union, Mr. Wolfe preceded her in death on November 10, 2011. Over the course of her career, Mrs. Wolfe held positions in the Ilion Public Library and as an elementary teacher and librarian in the Herkimer school system, retiring in 1985. Jean was a member of the Herkimer/Little Falls United Methodist Church, where she served as church librarian for many years. Camping and reading were among her favorite activities. Having a special interest in crafts, she was a long time member of the Ilion Piecemakers Quilt Guild. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Myrtle Beach, the Saint Lawrence, andthe Adirondacks. To all who knew her, she was a kind, caring,and generous lady. Always willing to help others while looking for nothing in return, she will be greatly missed by her many friends and family. Surviving are her three daughters: Carolyn Wolfe (Robert Blank) of Bernardsville, NJ, Susan Wolfe of Voorheesville, Barbara (Thomas) Clarke of Churchville; one sister, Doris M. Lyon of Ilion; three cherished grandchildren, Alex (Shannon) Clarke, Evan Clarke (Caroline Zink), and Audrey Clarke; and several cousins. Calling hours will take place Sunday afternoon 3:00 until 5:00 pm in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Reverend Joelle Faulks, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Herkimer/Little Falls officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made with donations to the First United Methodist Church of Herkimer Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the professionals in the Bassett Healthcare Network for their care, comfort, and compassion during Jean's health challenges. (October 5, 2019)

John "Sparky" Emrich IHS Alumnus, age 74 of N. Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica, after a brief illness. John was born on November 30, 1944 in Ilion, the son of the late Earl L. and Helena (Johns) Emrich. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools. Following graduation he honorably served the US Army in Vietnam. Following his military service, he spent his working career at Remington Arms and Rome Cable. Sparky enjoyed participating in Revolutionary War Reenactments, coaching Pop Warner and his role playing Santa Claus. He was an avid lover of all types of cars, especially hotrods, as well as a diehard Yankee fan. John is survived by his children Michael Emrich of Ilion and Johanna Emrich of New Hartford; his grandchildren Jacob, Joshua, Domenika and Giavanna; brothers William of Ilion and Eugene 'Otto' of Richfield Springs; and his special friend/ex-wife Linda Rulewicz Hickey. He was predeceased by his siblings Earl, Allan, June Loring, Catherine VanNort, Lois Hendrie, Donna Conlin and Mary Emrich, as well as his beloved dog Zorro. Funeral services will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019, at 2 pm, with military honors, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will follow in the East Schuyler Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 11 am until 2pm. Please consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or Wounded Warrior Project; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix. The family sends a special thank you to the Ilion Fire and Police departments as well as the ICU staff at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for their compassion and care. (October 5, 2019)

Daniel S. Warner, IHS Alumnus, age 64, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, September 16, 2019 in the privacy and comfort of his home. Born on January 12, 1955, Daniel was the son of the late John and Nona (Reyome) Warner. He was raised in Ilion and received his education there. On August 25, 1975, Dan enlisted with the United States Army and proudly served his country. A few of his greatest accomplishments were attending the "Screaming Eagles" air assault school and being a recipient of the Air Assault and Sharp Shooter Badges. At one time Dan was married to the former Debra Ritton, and from that relationship came the blessings of their three sons. For many years, Dan was employed with the Village of Ilion DPW. He was a longtime softball player and an avid fan of the NY Giants and NY Yankees. He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Damien and Sarah Warner of Acworth, GA, Derek and Christina Warner of Frankfort, and Dillon Warner of Ilion; his grandchildren, Zachary Warner, Kaylee Warner and Connor Warner; and his brother and sister-in-law, John and Patricia Warner of Ilion. He also leaves his nieces, Kaylan Warner, Lacey Matrassi, Victoria Shaut, and Kristin Matthew; his great-nieces and nephew, Leah, Mikayla, Ron and Abigail; and his cousins, Norman Reyome, Marc Reyome, Jeff Reyome, Tracy Reyome, Barb Davis, Kathy Clark and Joan Stivers. Besides his parents, Dan was predeceased by his sister, Karen Shaut. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Dan's calling hours on Friday afternoon, September 20, 2019 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Dan's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence at 5:00PM at the funeral home, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. The Warner family has entrusted Dan's final arrangements to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com.. (October 5, 2019)

Eunice J. (Smith) Busher, IHS 1941, age 96, a lifelong resident of Mohawk passed away of Friday, September 13, 2019 at the The Grand, Ilion where she has been a resident since July of 2017. She was born in Mohawk, NY on February 12, 1923 the daughter of the late Leslie and Blanche (Cunningham) Smith. She was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1941. On July 3, 1948 she was united in marriage for 58 years to the late William Busher in the Mohawk Reformed Church, Mohawk. Mr. Busher predeceased her on October 22, 2006. Mrs. Busher was a veteran of WWII serving with the US Navy. Entering service January 15, 1944 working in the Office of Naval Logistics in Washington DC. She was honorably discharged March 21, 1946. Mrs. Busher was a 65 year life member of the Mohawk American Legion Post 25 Mohawk, NY. She was also a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, Mohawk. Mrs. Busher was employed by several insurance companies throughout the Mohawk Valley. Her last employment was with the Crocker Agency. She is survived by a son William Busher and his wife Elaine, Syracuse, her daughters Susan Traxler and her husband Bob, Dorr, MI and Ellen Gregory and her husband Donald, Ilion, three grandchildren Stephanie Lemere and her husband Phil, Brian Busher and his wife Tracey, Erin Paul and her husband Kevin, five Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her seven brother and sisters. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 2:00 pm from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY. with Rev. Brian Engel officiating. Interment will take place in Mohawk Cemetery, Mohawk. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 1-2 pm and to attend the funeral services that follow. It is the wish of the family that contributions be made either to Mohawk Reformed Church, 18 South Otsego Street, Mohawk, NY. 13407 or to American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY. 13502. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose. The family would also like to thank The Grand and its staff for their care and compassion shown to Mrs. Busher and her family the past two years. (October 5, 2019)

Robert 'Smally' M. Small, IHS 1965, age 71, of Rasbach Rd., Litchfield, passed away unexpectedly, on Monday, September 2, 2019, at home, after a long illness. He was born on December 18, 1947, in Ilion, the son of Robert I. Small and Mary (Yates) Small. Bob attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion Central School, in 1965. He was married to Linda Berberick, on August 7, 1982, at their Cook Road home, in Litchfield. Mr. Small was employed as a Tool & Die Setter, at Mele Manufacturing Co., Utica, for about 15 years, retiring in 1999. He had a love of music and liked outdoor life, including hunting, fishing and trapping. Smally liked a good party and being with family and friends. Surviving family members include his wife, Linda; his 2 daughters, Layla Sterling and her husband, Timothy, of Mohawk and Jenika Small and Jay Szczesniak, of Schuyler; His 5 sons, Robert D. Small and his wife, Lee, of Gouldsboro, PA, Daniel Small and his wife, Ingrid, of Lowville, Craig Small and his wife, Jodie, of Piseco, NY, Scot Raymond, of Poland and Joshua Small and Elaine Parker, of Litchfield; his 14 grandchildren, Tyler, Melanie, Megan and her husband, Mathew, Zacharie, Griffin, Nicholas, Nathan, Owen, Anne, Kurtis, Johnny, Madison and Caitryn and best buddy, Brenden; his great-grandchild, Arlo; his 2 sisters, Pamela Pestar, of Ilion and Patricia Upson and her husband, Bradley, of Irondequoit, NY; his brother, Russell Small and his wife, Kathy, of Fairfield, NY; several nieces; nephews; cousins; and his beloved beagle, Daisy. He was predeceased by his parents. Calling hours will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours, at 6:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Robert "Smally", or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Edwards Ambulance Service, 3440 Oneida St., Chadwicks, NY 13319. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The Small family has entrusted Smally's service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director and long time friend, Don Applegate. (October 5, 2019)

Mrs. Linda L. (Fauvelle) Hart, IHS Alumnus, age 79, of Eureka Avenue, entered into eternal rest, on Thursday evening, August 29, 2019, in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, New York. She was born on January 29, 1940, in Oriskany Falls, New York, a daughter of the late Alcid and Dorothy (Godfrey) Fauvelle. Linda was raised and educated in Ilion, a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 22, 1957, she married Robert B. Hart, Sr. in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, a loving union of sixty-two years. At one time, she worked for the General Electric Company, in Utica, the Montgomery Ward Company, in Herkimer and lastly with Wal-Mart in North Utica and Herkimer, as a Pharmaceutical Clerk. First and foremost in her life were her home and family. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed camping on 4th Lake, Bingo, and playing cards with "the girls" at the East Herkimer Fire Station. Surviving are her beloved husband, Bob; her five children, Patricia Hart and her fiancé, Ron Johnson, of Little Falls, Robert Hart, Jr. and his wife, Lissette, of Latham, Richard Hart and his wife, Christine, of Herkimer, John Hart and his wife, Heather, of Naples, Florida and Eric Hart, of Herkimer; grandchildren, Corey Adams, Andrew Oldfield, Andrea Hart, Lyndsay Fort, Devin Hart, Skylar Hart and Alicia Pasos; great-grandchildren, Haedyn Adams, Kaeli Ulatowski, Andrew Oldfield, Jr., and Brylee Fort; her sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Richard Englebrecht; brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Sandra Fauvelle; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Fauvelle. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at 12:00 Noon, in The Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer. The Reverend Joelle Faulks, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Herkimer / Little Falls, will officiate. Mrs. Hart will be laid to rest in the Rural Park Cemetery, Inghams Mills. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 10 AM until Noon services which all are invited to attend. Those wishing are asked to consider a contribution in Linda's memory to the East Herkimer Fire Department. Envelopes are available at the funeral home, with arrangement direction provided by Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 866-1011. A tribute page in her honor may be appreciated by visiting www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (September 2, 2019)

George H. Bracken, IHS 1957, age 80, of S. Main St., Herkimer, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019, at the VA Medical Center, Syracuse. He was born on February 2, 1939, in Utica, the son of James E. and Mary (Booth) Bracken and attended Ilion Central High School. George was a veteran serving in the US Navy. He was married to Carol Bundrick, on February 20, 1960, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, in Springfield Gardens, NY. George was employed as a Computer Technician at Sperry Rand UNIVAC, in Ilion and Utica. He later worked as a Maintenance Supervisor and Plant Engineer, at Duofold Co., in Ilion. Mr. Bracken was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and sang in the church choir. George served as a Trustee on the Ilion Village Board and was an Ilion Pop Warner Football coach for many years. He was a member of the Ilion Jaycees, the Maennerchor and the Ilion Moose Lodge. He was a volunteer at the Great American Irish Festival for 15 years. Mr. Bracken was also past President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He was an avid S.U. Basketball and Football fan and season ticket holder. Surviving family members include his wife, Carol; his daughters, Debra Bracken, of Buffalo and Patricia McDonald and her husband, Kevin, of Acworth GA; his sons, George T. Bracken and his fiancée, Cynthia Nasypany, of Gastonia, NC and Edward Bracken and his wife, Linda, of Ilion; six grandsons, Michael, Daniel and Bryan McDonald, Timothy Bracken and James and Sean Bracken; his sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Paul Grainger, of Ilion; his brothers and sister-in-law, Robert and Gail Bracken, of Ilion and William Bracken, of Waterford, NY; sister-in-law, Carol Bracken, of Bluffton, SC; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters and brothers, Mary Wood, Pat Burm, Nancy Bracken, Tom Bracken, Bernadette Bracken, Barbara Whitfield and Jim Bracken. Calling hours will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort). Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort, New York. Anyone wishing to share a memory of George, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.eneafamily.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. The Bracken family has entrusted George's service arrangements to Funeral Directors, Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea, Martin L. Ciaccia and Donald J. Applegate (315) 894-8000. (September 2, 2019)

Earl F. Goodman, IHS Alumnus, age 77, passed away Saturday, August 10, 2019 at The Grand, Ilion, where he has been a resident since January 2015. He was born September 24, 1941 the son of the late Wesley and Miriam (Bates) Goodman. He was Educated in Ilion schools. At one time, he was employed by Arby's, Herkimer. He is survived by a sister Phyllis Prentice, Mohawk, three nephews Howard C. Moss and is wife Kathy, Ilion, Arthur H. Moss and wife Mai-Uyen, CA., John W. Moss and his wife Teresa, Cedarville, a cousin Millie, West Winfield and a special friend Dale Nicodemus, West Winfield. He was predeceased by a niece Ellen Hoage. Funeral services will held at the convenience of the family. Interment with take place at Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville. Arrangements are by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY, 13357 To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (September 2, 2019)

Colleen Renee (Wildey) Welch, IHS Alumnus, age 52, of Country Meadows Drive, Town of Schuyler, passed away surrounded by cherished loved ones after a courageous battle on Saturday evening, July 27, 2019, in her home. She was born in Utica, New York on January 4, 1967, the daughter of the late Gerald Edward and Jean Carol (Armstrong) Wildey and educated in Ilion schools. On May 14, 2014, she was united in marriage with Randy L. Welch, in Frankfort, New York, a union of love and companionship. Colleen was last employed with the DDSO in Dolgeville, New York, Van Buren Street house, offering support as a Developmental Aide. She also served at one time as a human service practitioner assistant at United Cerebral Palsy of Utica, New York. Colleen's family fondly looks back upon her wonderful friends from work, how really, super - nice they were and all the many friendships that she held so dear to her heart. She was of the Methodist Faith. Colleen considered as the foremost priority in her life her combined roles of a giving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. A woman of strong will and character, she was a constant support for her family, always there for them when they needed her. In her leisure time she enjoyed trips to the Turning Stone Casino, going on car rides and appreciating the beauty of the outdoors. Colleen had two dogs Rocky and Rambo who she loved like her kids (sometimes maybe more!!). She loved spending time with her grandkids and cooking them their favorite meals. She leaves her loving family, her husband with whom she resided with in Frankfort, Randy Welch; two daughters, Trista Evans and her fiancée Thomas Mitchell of Ilion and Ryleigh Welch of Frankfort, her son Kyle Evans and his fiancé, Erin Callahan, of Frankfort; her grandchildren, Joshua Gantz, Jr., Aaron Crim, Brayden Crim, Aliyah Evans, and soon to be born Jaxson Evans; and her sister, Christy Grescheck; along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, and cousins. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Steven Wildey and Fredrick Wildey; aunts; uncles; a niece and nephews. Colleen's funeral service will commence on Thursday, August 1, 2019, at 7:00 PM from the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 ACME ROAD, BETWEEN ILION & FRANKFORT, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the funeral home from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM prior to the funeral service on Thursday. Those wishing to remember Colleen in a very special way are asked to consider a donation in her memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, www.mda.org, 161 N. Clark, Suite 3550, Chicago, Illinois 60601. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for this opportunity. The family is so very appreciative towards Judy from Hospice as well as Travis and Michelle of Bassett Healthcare. They have thoughtfully prepared all arrangements for Colleen with Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. (September 2, 2019)

Dennis Chester Smith, IHS 1970, age 66, of Ilion passed away Friday, July 26, 2019 peacefully at home. He was born in Ilion on September 2, 1952, the son of the late Curtis and Mary Louise Wilson Smith He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School. He later attended and graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations. He served with the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, Desert Shield and Desert Storm and later during the Persian Gulf War. He retired from the US Air Force and attained the rank of Tech Sergeant. Dennis is survived by his aunts, Marilyn Hughes of Whitesboro, Carol Rex of Ilion, Nancy Ebersold of Chittenango and Rosetta Smith of Madison and several cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Erik Smith on April 19, 2013; his aunts and uncles, Warren and Helen Wilson, Kendall Hughes, Wallace and Janet Smith, Curtis and Betty Vanderbilt, Lyman Rex, Leonard and Muriel Lasher, Ray Richmond, Hollis Smith, Clair Ebersold and Harriet Wilson. His funeral will be held Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 9:30 AM in the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort with the Rev. Dwayne Durand, officiating. Calling hours will be Friday, August 9 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Ave., Frankfort. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Dennis's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (September 2, 2019)

William 'Dinny' Steele, IHS 1954, age 84, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 29, 2019, with his beloved wife, Carol, and granddaughter, Jocey, holding his hand. Dinny was born on May 17, 1935, the son of William and Mary (Grainger) Steele. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1954. At graduation, Dinny received the 'Lever Cup' athletic award and was proud that his son, Alan, IHS Class of '82, received the same award. They have the distinction of being the only father and son to receive this award. Dinny served in the US Army from 1955-56. On February 4, 1956, Dinny married Carol Marriott in St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer, a union of 63 years. Dinny was employed in the auto industry for over 40 years beginning with Benson Ford, Holt Brothers, and Bob Marriott Chevrolet. He was a longtime member of the Cedar Lake Club. Dinny is survived by his beloved wife, Carol 'CJ', Florida; daughter and son-in-law, Tami and Mike Rogowski, Ilion; son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Susie Steele, Herkimer; four cherished grandchildren, Carly and Jocelyn Edick and Zachary and Tyler Steele; brother, Robert 'Banjo' Steele; sister, Marilyn Nencitti and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Randy; in-laws, Carl and Irma Marriott; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Nencitti, Donna Steele, Don and Millie Marriott, Bob and Barbara Marriott and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass to be celebrated on Thursday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, 219 N. Bellinger St, Herkimer. Family will receive guests immediately following. Inurnment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. Remembrances in Dinny's name may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org or VITAS Healthcare. Envelopes will be available at the Mass. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of William "Dinny" Steele please visit the Nunn and McGrath Sympathy Store. (July 20, 2019)

John W. Wright, IHS 1967, Age 70, of Vandalia, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at his home surrounded by his wife and children. John was born May 12, 1949 in Ilion, New York, to the late Leonard H. and Vivian (Pat) K. Caygill Wright. John graduated from Ilion High School in Ilion, New York and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His time at Miami was incredibly special to him as he made lasting friendships and memories as well as met the woman who would become his wife. His love and pride for Miami never ceased, going back year after year to attend football and hockey games with those very people he met and formed lasting friendships with during his time at Miami as well as visiting his daughter while she attended. After college, John worked to become one of the country's foremost stamp experts traveling around the country dealing in rare stamps and covers. He collected not only stamps & covers, but also a variety of collectibles throughout his life. Besides his passion for historical pieces and the stories they told, he loved his family, his friends, music, golf, Troy Country Club, and fishing. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, the Irish Club, the American Legion, and a variety of Philatelic organizations connected with his work. John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Vicki Wright; sister, Peggy Whipple of Plattsburgh, New York; son, Bryan Wright; daughter, Kendall (Wright) Stanley (Adam Stanley); three grandchildren, Gavin Wright, Lucas Stanley, & Vivian Stanley; and by his extended family and many good friends. The family will host a Celebration of John's life with friends and family from 11:00 am -1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Vandalia United Methodist Church, 200 S. Dixie Dr, Vandalia with Chaplain Rhonda Alderman officiating. There will be a short service immediately following at 1:00 p.m., followed by the committal service and inurnment at Poplar Hill Cemetery, Vandalia. If friends and family desire, contributions may be made in memory of John either to The Hospice of Dayton or another charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, Vandalia. (July 4, 2019)

Terrance (Terry) John Sweeney, IHS 1964, 73, died on June 15, 2019 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Terry was born in Ilion, NY on July 21, 1945 the son of John and Arletta (Armstrong) Sweeney. Terry graduated from Ilion High school in 1964 and attended The University of Houston on an Athletic scholarship. He served in the US Army here and in Germany. Terry traveled extensively as a field representative and as a technical writer for G.E./Lockheed Martin. Terry is survived by his sons, Kenneth & his wife Robin of Georgia, Kevin & his wife Wendy of Charlotte, as well as 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth and John Jr. and his sister Deborah Tennant, all of NY, and by many nieces and nephews. Terry is also survived by Jeri Anderson, his girlfriend for the past 3 years. Also playing a large role in Terry and his children lives is their mother Christine Sweeney. We would like to thank all the wonderful and loving nurses and staff at the McClure Miller Respite House. In lieu of flowers please forward donations to UVM McClure Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446. A finer facility will be hard to find. Services will be held at the Georgia Plain Baptist Church in Georgia Plains, VT on June 21, 2019 at 11 am. Burial will be in Ilion, NY at a later date. (July 4, 2019)

Carol S. 'Shortie' Mentzer, IHS 1955, age 81, of Shippensburg, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, June 20, 2019 surrounded by her loving family. Born Saturday, July 31, 1937 in Mamaroneck, NY, she was a daughter of the late Lester Leroy and Anna Dzuban Short, Sr. Carol was of the Catholic faith. She was a 1955 graduate of Ilion High School, Ilion, NY, and graduated in the fall of 1958 from Albany Medical Center for Nursing, as a Registered Nurse. Carol continued her nursing career working for Albert Freeman MD from July 1963 until August 1976, until retiring as Nursing Supervisor from the Shippensburg University where she worked from August 1976 until August 1997. She is survived by one son, William L. (Sharon) Mentzer; three daughters, Donna M. (Dean) Conway, Brenda L. (Dale) Satterfield, and Sally J. (companion Daryl Wileman) Reed, all of Shippensburg; one brother, Lester L. Short, Jr., Kenya, Africa; two sisters, Joanne Short MacIntyre, Long Island, NY, and Marla Short Wood, Sammamish, WA; four grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. 'Butch' Mentzer, who died April 17, 1993; one brother, Joseph D. Short, one half-brother, Norman Short; one half-sister, Helen Short Worchol; and two sons in-law, Lincoln E. Reed, and Samuel G. Kelley. Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium Inc., with Father John E. Ograh officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. A viewing will be held Friday, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Resident Home Health & Residential Hospice, 100 Sterling Parkway, Suite 110 Mechanicsburg, PA 17050. Online condolences may be expressed at www.fogelsanger-brickerfuneralhome.com. (July 4, 2019)

Brett Davis, IHS 1976, 61 of Ilion passed away on Saturday June 8, 2018 after a brief illness. Brett is survived by his Mother Fay; his children Brandon Davis and Audrey Stewart and his brother Shawn Davis. In keeping with Brett's wishes there will be no public services or calling hours. (July 20, 2019)

Danielle Marie (Patrick) Jeck, IHS 2000, age 37, of North Gardiner Road, Town of Little Falls, passed away very unexpectedly, too young, on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Ellis Hospital, Schenectady, New York. Danielle was spending a relaxing day with her mom on Sunday and her passing was graced with her beloved mother at her side. She was born in Herkimer, NY, on May 18, 1982, a daughter of Mary Irene (Tillinghast) Gonzalez and the late Randolph Scott Patrick. Danielle graduated from Ilion Central School, Class of 2000. The most important thing for Danielle was spending time with her family. She just absolutely loved to be in the presence of her children. She loved to read and being outdoors as well Survivors include her beloved family, her husband, Jeremy K. Jeck, joined in marriage on November 1, 2015; her cherished children, Isaiah Ackler, Isabella Ackler, Ionna Ackler, Kenneth Jeck, Ryan Jeck and Emily Ellis – Jeck; her mother and stepfather, Mary Gonzalez and her husband, Joe; her brothers, Greg Patrick, Corey Patrick and Nathan Patrick; her stepmom, Lisa Patrick; her stepsiblings, Alicia, Levitta and Jose; and so many other family members of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to mention. Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 4pm - 6pm, at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Main Street), Ilion, NY, (Town of Frankfort). A funeral prayer service will be held after the calling hours at the funeral home, at 6pm, with Pastor Sue Holland, officiating. Arrangements have been secured with Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000.(June 2, 2019)

 

John Gilmartin 1943 - Ilion NY
John Gilmartin
Class of 1943 - Ilion Mayor 2002-2006

John Gilmartin, IHS 1943, age 93, of Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, May 23, 2019. He was born on February 8, 1926, in Oneonta, NY and moved with his late parents, George E. and Marie Starring Gilmartin to Ilion when he was six months old. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1943; President of his class. He attended Siena College for one year before entering service in the U.S. Navy, in June 1944. He served aboard the USS Benevolence in the Pacific until reaching Tokyo Bay, where this hospital ship rescued and treated American prisoners of war. He was transferred to the USS New Jersey to become part of the Occupational and Surrender forces of Japan and was honorably discharged in June 1949. Upon his return he graduated from Siena College.

He married Jane Cronin, in Brant Lake, NY, in September, 1952 and that blessed union of 36 years ended with her early death, after battling cancer, in 1988. Together they were the proud parents of John Jr., Mary, Margaret and James. Love of family dominated their life together.

John's occupation in Laboratory Animal Research led him to become Director of Laboratory Animal Medicine, at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine until his retirement in 1990. He was Vice President of Marmotech Corp. from 1990 – 1997.

He was a Charter Member and President of the Upstate NY Branch of AALAS (American Association of Laboratory Animal Science) and a Trustee of the National Association of AALAS. During his career he was Author or Co-Author of several scientific publications.

John returned to Ilion, in 1996 and served as Mayor of Ilion from 2002 – 2006. His home parish in Ilion was always the Church of the Annunciation where he was active in his youth as an altar boy and in later years, served on several committees and as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister.

In May 2012, John and Jane Collins Carter were married at Annunciation Church following the death of her husband, Jack, in 2008. Jack, Jane and John had been life-long friends and the two families had close relationships. The new couple decided to "grow old together, the best is yet to be".

He is survived by his wife, Jane; his children, John Jr. and his wife, Stacey, Mary Musumeci, Margaret Kingsley and her husband, Les and James with his husband, Colin; nine beloved grandchildren, Courtney, Grace, Alex and Ted, Megan, Matthew, George, Sage and Aria; his "Uncle John"; nieces and nephews, Tom and David Morris, Susan Foltz, Michael and Greg Gilmartin, and Ann Mudgett; his "Uncle Gil"; nieces and nephews, Maureen Cronin Rossley and Michael and Pat Cronin; one brother-in-law, James Cronin, and his wife, Mary and family, Mark, Laurie, Tim, Claire and Bill; and 23 grand-nieces and nephews; the Carter family, John and his wife, Susan, Tim and his wife, Kathleen, Nancy Manion and her husband, Bob, Mary Toot and her husband, Walt and Matthew and his wife, Masako; and special friends Dr. Ed and Judy Casey.

John was pre-deceased by his father, George E. Gilmartin and his wife, Marie (Starring) Gilmartin; his sister, Mary Morris and her husband, Tom; his brother, George Gilmartin and his wife, Eleanor (Bickhart); and his brother, Gerald Gilmartin and his wives, Nancy (Burnham) and Helen (Matchett).

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019, at 10 a.m., at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Anthony Barratt. Burial will be at Brant Lake Cemetery, following the Mass.

Anyone wishing to share a memory of John, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com.

In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to "The Gilmartin Scholarship Fund", Central Valley Academy, 111 Frederick St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home.

The Gilmartin family has entrusted John's service arrangements and supervision to their Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (June 2, 2019)

 

Nancy R. (Ruszala) Hecox, IHS Alumnus, age 77, of Fitzer Dr., Ilion, passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare, Utica. She was born on June 26, 1941, in Schuyler, the daughter of Stanley and Alberta (Rose) Ruszala and attended Ilion schools. Nancy married David J. "Dave" Hecox, on September 26, 1958, at the Mohawk Methodist Parsonage, by Rev. Rollo Pierce. She was a past Brownie Mother and active in her children's school activities. Nancy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving family members include her husband, David "Dave"; her daughters, Susan Hecox, of Herkimer and Sally Boyle and her husband, Mike, of Fayetteville, GA; her son, Dale Hecox and his wife, Lisa, of New Hartford; her 6 cherished grandchildren, Kaleigh Blando and her husband, Jon, Amanda Riccardi and her husband, Jimmy, Zachary Hecox and his wife, Siobhan and David, Ryan and Josh Boyle; her 3 great-grandchildren, Rocco Blando and Angelina and Marco Blando; her brother, Robert Ruszala and his wife, Sharon, of Herkimer; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her special friend, Molly Evola and her husband, Mike, of Frankfort. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Stanley Ruszala, Jr.; her sister, Rosemarie Williams; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Harold and Louise Hecox. In keeping with Nancy's wishes, there will be a Memorial Service including a Celebration of her life, held privately at the convenience of the family, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Nancy, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357, or the American Parkinson's Disease Association, Inc., 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305-1425. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Hecox family has entrusted Nancy's service arrangements and supervision to the Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (May 24, 2019)

Alice R. (Ingraham) White, IHS 1957, age 79, of Shull St., Ilion, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born on March 20, 1940, in the Town of Herkimer, the daughter of Walter and Grace (Bowman) Ingraham and graduated from Ilion High School in 1957. She was married to Donald "Pete" J. White, on September 26, 1959, at the Free Methodist Church, Herkimer. In her early years, Alice was employed at J.B. Wells Dept. Store, Utica and Chicago Pneumatic Co. She later was a cook at the Ilion Hospital and most recently, Alice worked at the Mohawk Homestead. She was a former member of the Ilion Women of the Moose. Alice enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching QVC, and also liked watching NCIS and Law & Order T.V. shows. Surviving family members include her husband, Donald "Pete" J. White; her son, Donald V. White, of Ilion; her daughters, Lisa Marie Whitmore, of Easton, PA and Wendy Rae White, of Ilion; her 6 grandchildren, Amanda Burritt, of East Meridith, NY, Samantha Charlotteen, of Ilion, Bradley and Kaleena Whitmore, of Easton, PA, and Jessica Bowman and Crystal Boyett, of Ilion; several great-grandchildren; her sisters, Joyce Sanderson, of Ilion, Jeanette Young and her husband, Jack, of Town of Columbia; her brothers, Gary Ingraham and his wife, Roberta, of Ilion and Vaughn Ingraham; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Walter Ingraham; her sisters, Jean White and Linda Schrader; and her brothers, Ingram Ingraham and Richard Ingraham. Calling hours will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. A Memorial Service including a Celebration of Alice's Life will be held immediately following calling hours, at 6:00 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Alice, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The White family has entrusted Alice's service arrangements and supervision to their Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (May 24, 2019)

David W. Menard, IHS 1955, age 81, who had resided in Villanova, PA for the past forty years, passed away peacefully on May 13, 2019 in Audubon, PA. He was born on February 5, 1938 in Watertown, NY, the son of the late Norman and Elizabeth Menard. He was raised in Ilion, NY and graduated from Ilion High School in 1955. He then entered Cornell University where he received a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics and an MBA degree. Davids professional career included positions in public accounting, financial management, international shipping and mergers & acquisitions. In 1999 he founded Moro Corporation, a publicly traded company based in Wayne, PA which specializes in construction materials and services. The Company employs approximately 250 people. He retired in March of this year. He served for more than a decade as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Eagleville Hospital (PA) and was a member of The Union League of Philadelphia. David enjoyed gardening, collecting antiques and international travel. David is survived by his wife Jacqueline and his three step children: Greta Kessler of Doylestown, PA, Vivian Israel (husband Ehud and children Shoshanna and Anneliese) of Maple Glen, PA and Neil Kessler (wife Mariya and children Maxwell and Rose) of Sherborn, MA. He is also survived by his two brothers: James Kirk Menard (wife Ellen and sons Matthew and Jeremy) of Averill Park, NY and Dr. John Menard (wife Christine and daughters Elizabeth and Sarah) of Clinton, NY. He was predeceased by his son, Peter, in 2011. A funeral service was held on May 16, 2019 at the Chapel of Peace at West Laurel Hill Cemetery in Bala Cynwyd, PA. (May 24, 2019)

 

James Garnsey 1974 - Ilion NY
James Garnsey
Class of 1974

James Kevin Garnsey, IHS 1974, age 63, a lifelong Mohawk Valley resident, passed away unexpectedly on Monday afternoon, May 6, 2019 at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica. Born on February 14, 1956, James is the son of James F. and Dorothy E. (Loopman) Garnsey. He was raised and educated in Ilion and graduated with the Ilion High School Class of 1974. At one time, Jim shared in a marriage with the former Georganne Celio, a relationship from which came the blessings of their three sons. Jim was currently employed as a gunsmith with Remington Arms, a company who he has been employed with for 37 years. He appreciated the camaraderie of his co-workers throughout the years and his presence will be deeply missed.

In his free time, Jim could be found puttering around his garage where he practiced the craft of woodworking or out in his garden tending to his annual vegetables. He also enjoyed cooking, canning and hunting. He was a known musician who played the guitar and held an affinity for Bruce Springsteen. He also had a love for vintage snowmobiles and was a member of the Ilion Snowdrifters Club.

Most importantly, however, Jim was a man of family. He held a special place in the hearts of his parents, son, siblings, nieces and nephews, and his legacy will forever live on through them.

He is survived by his son, Chad Vincent Garnsey of Ilion; his parents, Jim and Dot Garnsey of Ilion; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Eric Burger and Susan and Richard Hillyard; his brothers and sister-in-law, Thomas and Bridget Garnsey and Robert Garnsey; his nieces and nephews, Courtney and Paul Valasek, Shannon and Philip Buttacaroli, Heather and Steve Maley, Eric Burger, Jeffrey Burger, Kate Hillyard, Michael Hillyard, Camille Garnsey, Ryan Garnsey and Alison Garnsey; and his great-nieces and great-nephews, David, Jenna, Olivia, Anthony, Avery and Riley. He also leaves numerous other family members, co-workers and friends.

He was predeceased by his infant sons, Evan James Garnsey on November 12, 1992 and Nicholas James Garnsey on January 8, 1995; and by his grandparents, Silas and Anna (Jefts) Garnsey and George and Margaret (Dack) Loopman.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation on Friday, May 10, 2019 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Jim's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence at 6:00PM at the funeral home, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation, with Deacon James Bower, officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, funeral directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com.(May 24, 2019)

 

Joyce A. (Riddell) Gage, IHS Alumnus, age 86, of Ilion, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully, at home, on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. She was born on October 9, 1932, in Ilion, to Guy Rank and Ruth Hathaway (Riddell). She was educated and graduated from Ilion schools. She worked as a cashier at Loblaws, in Ilion, where she met her husband, Robert L. Gage. They were united in marriage on September 10, 1952, a union that lasted 54 years until his death in 2006. She was a master of knitting and enjoyed making gifts for her family. She cherished her time with her family and especially enjoyed playing bingo and penny ante. Throughout her life, she demonstrated great inner strength and her religious faith to get through difficult times. Her family will remember her kind and friendly nature, her sense of humor and her dill pickle dip recipe. She leaves behind 6 daughters, Iva and Danny Trevett, Robbin and Carlos DeLaRosa, Donna Gage and Greg Austin, Jackie and David Volo, Terri and Kevin Vivyan, Rose and Bryan Greig; 2 sons, Ted and JoAnn Gage and Robert and Madeline Gage; stepdaughter, Lynda Gage; sister-in-law, Roberta Riddell; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her mother, Ruth and stepfather, James Riddell; a son, James R. (JR) Gage; a grandson, Steven Scaparo; 2 brothers, Carlton Rank and Tom Riddell; and a sister, Christine Brownrigg. Calling hours will be held on Friday, April 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. Joyce's Funeral service will follow at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Chris Schumtske, officiating. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Joyce, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Rescue Mission-Utica, 293 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13501, Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413, or Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Joyce's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director and long-time friend, Don Applegate. (May 24, 2019)

Ellen (Eastwood) Lanphier Arnold, IHS 1957, age 79, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, April 20, 2019, in her home. She had the support and comfort of her loving family at her side. Ellen was born on July 24, 1939, in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1957. On May 23, 1959, she was united in marriage to Howard J. Lanphier in the First United Methodist Church in Ilion. Mrs. Lanphier first worked as a secretary for the John Bergan Law Office in Rochester. In 1978, she joined her husband, Howard, in their business, Murphy Funeral Service, Mohawk. She retired when Mr. Lanphier passed away on February 18, 1998. Ellen had a strong belief in God and was a very active member of the Mohawk United Methodist Church. For a number of years she had served as the church secretary, was a past president of the Mohawk United Methodist Women, served as Sunday School Superintendent, Chairman of the Church Administrative Council, member of the Eveready Class and Tri-D; she directed the Junior Choir. She was a member and past secretary of Mohawk Chapter #319 Order of the Eastern Star and also served as a Girl Scout leader. On July 12, 2003, she married Winfred C. Arnold in the Mohawk United Methodist Church. They were members of the local chapter of the Jayco Travel Club. Together they enjoyed their retirement by traveling, meeting and making new friends. They made their home in both Burlington Flats where they attended the Burlington Flats Baptist Church and Mohawk where they attended Morning Star Ministries. Ellen will always be remembered as a very loving, caring and helpful lady who was totally devoted to her family, especially her cherished grandchildren. She will be deeply missed. ​With warm and tender love, she leaves behind her devoted husband, Winfred C. Arnold, a son, Howard Lanphier of Herkimer, a daughter, Marsha Griffith and Steve Schiavi of Mohawk, granddaughters Sarah Pavia and Rick of Rochester, Stephanie Fransman and David of Cold Brook, Stacey Griffith and Ben Gurtowski of Herkimer, and Andrea Pearl Lanphier of Herkimer; two sisters, Joyce Bateman of Brocton, and Nancy Bouck of Ilion, several nieces and nephews; Winfred's children Kathleen Cournoyer of Burlington Flats, Charlene Liddell of Oneonta, Charles Arnold and Audrey of Burlington Flats, and Darlene Benjamin and Robert of West Exeter, grandchildren Dustin, Leanne, Spencer, Brent, Britney, BJ, Mike, and Roger, as well as several great-grandchildren. Calling hours for Mrs. Arnold will be held on Wednesday from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Fenner Funeral Home, Inc.,115 Court Street, Herkimer. A funeral service will follow immediately after at 7:00 pm with the Rev. James Henderson, Pastor of the Burlington Flats Baptist Church, and the Rev. Robert Wollaber, Pastor of Morning Star Ministries officiating. Internment in Mohawk Cemetery will take place at a later time convenient to the family. Members of the Evening Valley Star Chapter #82 are asked to meet at the funeral home at 4:00 pm for ritualistic services. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care, New Hartford. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 24, 2019)

Sharon Lou (Wedemeyer) Bennett, IHS Alumnus, age 74 passed away peacefully on Saturday morning April 6, 2019 in Faxton-Saint Luke's Medical Center. She was born on November 4, 1944 in Ilion, daughter of the late John and Hazel M. Wedemeyer. A lifelong area resident, she was raised in Ilion where she attended Ilion High School. On August 4, 1962, she was united in marriage to Spencer D. Bennett in the Ilion United Methodist Church. It was love at first sight and their love endured and deepened for over 56 years. Sharon worked as a nurse's aide at Ilion Hospital. A loving, caring and giving person, Sharon also volunteered her time caring for the sick and elderly for many years. She took great joy in caring for her home and family. She loved to read and was a talented writer, authoring a number of beautiful poems throughout her life. She made an impact on many people's lives and was a faithful and devoted wife, mother, sister and friend. She loved and cherished her children as well as her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be sadly missed. Surviving beside her devoted husband of fifty six years, Spencer, are one son Todd Bennett and his wife Janet of Schuyler, New York, two daughters, Kimberly Bennett of Dallas, Texas and Courtney Walton and her husband Richard of Houston, Texas, a brother Donald Wedemeyer of Mohawk, a sister, Sandra Murray of Wichita, KS, as well as thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Family members will be observing a seven day period of mourning at their residence and friends are invited to visit and share in the remembrance and celebration of Sharon's life. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to Hospice & Palliative Care, arrangements are with Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., Herkimer. (May 24, 2019)

Sharon A. 'Sherry' (Finnegan) Seymour, IHS 1962, age 75, a true woman of faith and family, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, April 4, 2019, in the privacy and comfort of her home. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by the love and support of her devoted family at her bedside. Sherry was born on December 18, 1943, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Dorothy M. (Richburg) Finnegan. She was raised and educated locally and was a graduate of Ilion High School. She went on to further her education at SUNY Cobleskill where she earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. At one time, Sherry shared in a marriage with the late Kenneth Seymour, a relationship from which came the blessing of their three children. Kenneth passed away on November 1, 1996. Sherry spent her life caring for the needs and well-being of others. Throughout her working career, she spent time at the Saint Catherine's Infant Home in Albany, Panda's Express Nursery School in Gray, Maine, as a House Manager with the Oneida County ARC, and at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, before retiring due to health reasons. She was a selfless and giving person who made it her life's work to look out for those less fortunate. Her Roman Catholic faith was the central focus of Sherry's life and she was committed to sharing it with those she loved, in the promise that someday they'd all be reunited in Heaven. She was an active and involved parishioner of Sts. Anthony & Joseph Church in Herkimer, serving on the Church Bereavement Team, the Christian Service Committee, the Liturgy Committee, and acting as a Eucharistic Minister, Extraordinary Minister and Lector. She was also involved with the Crafty Ladies and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Second only to her dedication to God was Sherry's dedication to her beloved family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her everything and nothing made her happier than being able to gather them together at cookouts, family gatherings and holidays. Lovingly known as "Grandma Muffy" she was a creative and interactive grandmother; hosting sleepovers, having campfires and playing Skip-Bo with her beloved grandchildren. She shared a special bond with her sister, Mary, and together they enjoyed trips, outings and weekly ceramics night. She also had a knack for crafts, reading, long phone conversations and especially camping! One of her favorite places to travel to was Maine, a place she's loved since her childhood, and she shared this love of the ocean and beach with her family. She is survived by her daughters, Joann Miller of Cold Brook and Cynthia Seymour of Frankfort; her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Penny Seymour of Ilion; her "sis", Mary Jones and life companion, Bob Raux, Sr. of Ilion; her grandchildren, Natashia and Corey Fuller of Fairfield, Maegan Miller and Jason Randazzo of Remsen, Kassie Miller and fiancée, Andrew Schaffner of Little Falls, Taylor Seymour, Grant Seymour, Meaghan Ruppert and Blake Seymour, all of Ilion; and her great-grandchildren, Chase and Payton Fuller, Colton Randazzo, Lucas Hurteau, Abel Schaffner, and #6 on the way! She also leaves behind her dear friends, Beth and Ron, Joanne, Connie and Ann. Besides her parents and former husband, Sherry was predeceased by her special friend, Lois W. A special thank you is extended to Hospice and Palliative Care for making Sherry comfortable during her final journey. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY (315) 866-1011. Sherry's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Tuesday morning, April 9, 2018 at 8:15AM at the funeral home and at 9:00AM at Sts. Anthony & Joseph Church in Herkimer, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Quy Vo, Pastor. Spring interment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the ARC Herkimer or to Sts. Anthony &Joseph Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Sherry's final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (May 24, 2019)

Charles F. Allen, IHS 1969 - Charles "Charlie or Chuck" Frank Allen, Jr. passed away at Albany Medical Center on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the age of 68. Charlie was born on December 18, 1950, in New Hartford, NY, to Charles Sr. and Philomena "Fay" (Julian) Allen. He attended Ilion Central Schools, where he helped manage the Varsity Baseball Team, graduating in 1969. He attended Morrisville Community College for Culinary Arts. Charlie worked at Remington Arms, and was a resident at the Herkimer Area Resource Center, most recently living at Brookside in Mohawk, NY. Charlie was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants, and he also enjoyed dogs and cats, family gatherings, and coffee; lots and lots of coffee. He had a great sense of humor, a contagious laugh, loved his independence, and everyone who knew him or worked with him talked about his charm. Charlie is survived by his sister Patricia Cofrancesco and husband James of Liverpool, NY, his brother Edward Allen and son Kenneth of Covington, Louisiana and son Edward of Herkimer; his niece Fay Cofrancesco (and Michael Ellison) of Lake Lure, North Carolina; his nephew Michael Yelle, Jr. of Ilion, NY; his nephew James Cofrancesco, wife Jena, and children Dominic, Zachary, and Skye, of Liverpool, NY; his Aunt Helen Buttiglieri; Aunt Connie Gigliotti; and many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, and sister, Julianne Allen, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A Celebration of Charlie's Life will be held at the Enea and Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000 on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2:30PM – 5:00PM, with a funeral service commencing at 5:00PM, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Burial in Mt. View Memorial Gardens will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to HARC or the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Charlie's final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (May 24, 2019)

Doris (Dunham) Gay, IHS 1948, age 88, formerly of the Town of Columbia, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY. She was born on April 28,1930, in Ilion, the daughter of Dawes J. Dunham and Winifred (Scouten) Dunham and attended Ilion High School. On May 1,1948, she was united in marriage to Ernest "Ernie" M. Gay. He passed away on February 16, 1999. Doris was an active member of the Richfield Springs Bible Church for more than forty years. As part of her ministry, she sent out many cards on behalf of the church family over the years. Surviving family members include her daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Don Urtz, of Richfield Springs and Karen and William Schorer, of Millers Mills; her grandchildren, Wendy Urtz-Chapman and her husband, Bradlee, Melissa Hoage and Desiree Wentworth, William Shorer and his fiancée, Hillary; her great-grandchildren, Bambi Chapman, Rock Chapman, Lillian Hoage and Zachary Hoage; her sister and brother-in-law, June and Russell Hocking, of Ilion; her brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Connie Dunham, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her son, David Gay; and her brothers, Richard and Dawes Dunham. Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 4, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. The funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home, with her nephew, Rev. Dawes Dunham, officiating. The family would like to thank the staff at Valley Health Services for their excellent care and compassion given to Doris. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Doris, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Richfield Springs Bible Church, 17 Church St., Richfield Springs, NY 13439. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. The family has entrusted all service arrangements and supervision to their long-time friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (May 24, 2019)

Melvin (Mel) George Darling, IHS 1960, 76 of Ilion, New York passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at home with his loving family by his side. Mel was born on February 23, 1943 in Ilion and was the son of the late George and Dorothy (Slade) Darling. He was a 1960 graduate of Ilion High School and following high school he served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1966. Mel was married to Janet Price Darling in Ilion on August 21, 1965 in the Ilion Methodist Church. He worked for many years as a electronics technician for Martin Lockheed in Utica. Mel is survived by his son, Scott Darling of North Carolina and his daughter, Renee Darling Lisowski and her husband, Todd of MA; his grandchildren, Erica Darling Solesby, Aelan Lisowski and Sawyer Lisowski; great grandchildren, Ryker and Xander Solesby; his brothers and sisters, Dick Darling and his wife Diana, Dawn Wilson, Gary Darling and his wife Lareeta and Cheryl Hennessey; his in-laws, Steve and Cathy Price, Tom and Carol Price and Eileen Price, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mel also leaves his faithful companion, Lacey. Mel was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Carl; brothers in law, Gary Price and Richard Wilson and his sister in law, Dawn Ludwig and father and mother in law, Virgil and Jane Price. Mel was a devoted family man. He often traveled to his family's homes to do a remodeling project and was especially proud of the home he and his wife renovated. He was quite a handyman and could fix just about anything. Mel was a patient, quiet, kind and gentle man who will be deeply missed. The family wishes to thank Hospice and Palliative Care for their compassion. Many thanks to Steve Price and his wife, Cathy who took such good care of Mel through his time at home before passing. Also, a huge thank you to Mel's doctors for their care. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday June 15 at 11 am in the Ilion Presbyterian Church, Rev. Rick Riggle will officiate. Arrangements are being made by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, New York 13357. To leave an online condolence please visit at: www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 24, 2019)

Mr. Keith D. Kolar, IHS 1977, 59, of 3 Church Street, Mohawk, NY, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes, on Friday evening, March 22, 2019, in Mohawk, NY. He was born on August 11, 1959, in Utica, NY, the son of John W. and Barbara (Brockway) Kolar. He has been a resident of the Ilion and Mohawk areas for many years. He attended and graduated from Ilion schools, Class of 1977. Throughout the years, Keith worked with MetLife in Oriskany call center, customer service. He served in the US Army for two years. He married Kimberley S. Hunt, in the park in Mohawk, on July 4, 1998, a union that lasted over 20 years. Keith had a great love for Kim, for his feline fur babies and for all New York Sports teams (especially the Giants and Knicks). He was a WWE wrestling fanatic and excitingly anticipated going to the event tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center with his brother. They watched and enjoyed a lot of events together. He was an avid reader, particularly favoriting Sci-Fi novels and excelled at golfing in his time. Keith is survived by his loving wife, Kim, at home; his parents, John and Barbara; a brother, Kevin Kolar, all of Ilion; his brothers – in - law and sisters – in – law, Mark and Kim Hunt, of North Dakota, Paul Hunt, of Mohawk and Randy and Renee Bayer, of Ilion. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents; and his mother – in – law, Rodena "Dee"" Sauer. There are visiting hours on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort). Soon after the conclusion of visitation, funeral services will be held at 5:30 PM with Lay Pastor Greg Sponburgh, of the Paines Hollow United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring interment will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. The family arrangements are with Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, (315) 894-8000. (March 31, 2019)

David A Lewis (Louie), IHS 1976, 61 of Herkimer, passed away on Tuesday March 20, 2019, in Cooperstown hospital with his loving family by his side. Dave was born in Ilion on July 18, 1957. He was the beloved son of Harold and Marie Isabelle Lewis (Leonis). He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and after graduation, Dave served in the United States Navy for several years. Dave worked as a contractor with his lifelong friend, Brian Volo, for many years working throughout this area, as well as in Maine. David enjoyed many things in life such as hunting, fishing, cooking and most importantly spending time with his family and friends. He had a zest for life and lived life to its fullest and cherish every moment. Dave is survived by his mother Marie Lewis Leonis; step mother June Lewis, his former wife Kathy and his daughter Claudia of Houston Texas, brother Daniel Lewis his wife and daughter and his son Justin Lewis, Cindy and Richard Armstrong and their son Brian Armstrong, Robert and Julie Lewis and their children; Kelsey and Tayler Lewis, Donna and Ray (Putt) Watson and their children; Bridgett White, Nicole Shanin, Allie and Ray Watson, Alan and Leisa Merrick and their children; Brandon and Jordan and so many more family members and close friends. He was predeceased by his father Harold Lewis, step father Harold Heimster and his favorite nephew Brad Armstrong. We would like to send a special thank you to Sonya and Laurie of Herkimer for their continued support and close friendship with Dave. A memorial service for Dave will be held on Tuesday March 26, 2019 at 6 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 pm until the time of the service. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 23, 2019)

Amanda M. Barretta, IHS 2004, 33, passed away unexpectedly, on March 18, 2019. She was a beloved mother of Brielle Pearl and Ava Seymour; devoted daughter of Michael Barretta and the late Jerri Lee (Hess) Barretta; loving family member to brother, Todd Barretta; aunts and uncles, Kathy Barretta, Carol Hazzard, Louie Barretta, Paula Barretta and David Barretta; many cousins; and her step-mother, Pam. Amanda graduated from Ilion High School. She lived in Rome, NY and had worked with MetLife, Utica. She was dearly loved. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY, Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors (315-894-8000). (March 23, 2019)

Ryan Mikol Donato, IHS 2010, age 26, left this world early Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, after a brief but determined battle with cancer. At the time of his passing, Ryan had the love and support of his family at his side. Born on August 24, 1992, Ryan is the son of Mikol Donato, Jr. and Erin (Lynch) Donato. He was raised and educated in Ilion, graduating with the Ilion High School Class of 2010. He then went on to further his education at Herkimer County Community College. Currently, Ryan was employed with the Hannaford Pharmacy in Herkimer where he worked as a pharmacy technician. He formed many close bonds with his co-workers and thoroughly enjoyed the field; as of late he had considered pursuing a career as a Pharmacist. Ryan could only be described as a one-of-a-kind individual. He was eccentric, zany and extremely intelligent; self-taught in a number of things, from the French language (which he became very fluent in) to various musical instruments. He was skilled in playing the harmonica, accordion and bass guitar, which he used in jam sessions with his group 3M2F. As an artist, Ryan was dedicated to drawing and painting. Not only would he create the artwork, but also the frame and canvas which he would display it on. Some of his work was so desirable that he was even able to sell it through his online art gallery. One of his greatest passions in life was the game of tennis. Not only was he a fan but a gifted player; competing with the tennis team through high school and achieving the rank of First Team All-Star. Ryan was a loving and caring son to his parents and their companions, Mikol Donato and Jennifer Macero of Ilion and Erin Donato and Rob Howe of Utica; and a devoted brother to his sister, Makayla Donato of Rochester. He also leaves his paternal grandmother, Doreen Donato and Al House of Oneida Lake; his paternal great-grandmother, Audrey "Bobo" Mahley of Florida; his aunts and uncles, Lori and John Russo of Marcy and Lori and Doozer Smith of Ilion; his cousins, Johnny Russo, Samantha Russo, Zachary Smith, Zane Smith and Zoey Smith; his longtime best friend, Kyle Grosse; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and his canine buddies, Mila, Kobe, Jagger and Rex. Ryan was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, John and Patricia Lynch and his paternal grandfather, Mikol Donato, Sr. A special thank-you is extended to the doctors and nurses of the Faxton-St. Luke's ICU; and to Dr. Atul Butala, Ryan's oncologist, for the compassion, care and genuine concern shown to him throughout this illness. Family and friends are invited to attend Ryan's visitation which will be held on Wednesday afternoon, March 20, 2019 from 4:00PM – 7:00PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Ryan's funeral service will commence on Thursday morning, March 21, 2019 at 10:30AM at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor. Spring interment will take place in Armory Hill Cemetery. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Herkimer County Humane Society OR to the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Ryan's family has entrusted his final arrangements to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (March 23, 2019)

Eleanor J. (LeClair) Bly Serow, IHS 1942, age 94, formerly of Ilion and Dolgeville, passed away on Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, 2019, at Folts Home, Herkimer. She was born on September 6, 1924, in Ilion, the daughter of Earl David LeClair and Marion L. (Williams) LeClair and graduated from Ilion High School. On May 12, 1946, she was married to Richard "Dick" Bly, in Maryland. He passed away in 1985. Eleanor was employed as an account clerk at the Herkimer County Treasurer's Office, in Herkimer, for over 30 years. Her greatest pleasures in life were her children, grandchildren and family. Eleanor believed in very strong family values and instilled them in all who knew and loved her. Her sense of humor will be remembered by many. Surviving family members include her children, Dick Bly, of Ilion, Jeff Bly and his wife, Kathy, of Tupper Lake, Beth Gagnon and her husband, Paul, of Datona Beach, FL, Doug Bly and his wife, Rena, of Holden, MA, Peggy Bly and Tim, of Dolgeville, and Matt Bly and his wife, Bobbi, of Speculator; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren; her sister, Verna Lang, of Myrtle Beach; her brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Hazel LeClair, of Clinton; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who were near and dear to her heart. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Donald Bly and his wife, Priscilla; her mother, Marion LeClair Smith and her father, Earl LeClair; 6 brothers, Tom, Dick, Jim, Jack, Ken and Gail LeClair; and her sister, Betty Nakoneczny. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. Her funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m., with Rev. Brian Engel, officiating. A special heartfelt thank you from the family to the nurses and staff at Folts Home. Also, a thank you to the Hospice staff for their love and compassion during Eleanor's final days. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Eleanor, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Eleanor's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate.m. (March 23, 2019)

William C. Day Sr., IHS 1963, 73 of Herkimer, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday March 12, 2019 at Oneida Health Care in Oneida. Bill was born on August 16, 1945 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Stanley E. and Marion A. (Johnson) Day. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and worked at several places over the years. Bill is survived by a son William Jr; a daughter Brittani Haliquist; two brothers Donald and Charles (Boots) Day; two sisters Sally Bogardus(George) and Doneta Sporney. He is predeceased by a brother Darrell and sisters Esther and Arleta. In keeping with Bill's wishes there are no public calling hours. There will be a memorial service April 13, 2019 at American Legion Post 38 Herkimer, NY at 1:00 P M To leave an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 23, 2019)

Mary Elizabeth (Shepard) Gardner, IHS 1952, 84 of New Hartford, passed away on Monday March 11, 2019 at home, with her loving family by her side. Mary was born on August 31, 1934 in Florence, NY. She was the daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Culver) Shepard. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools. Following high school she served in the United States Air Force upon completing her service she worked as an inspector for GE in Utica for over 38 years. She was married to Harlow Gardner, he passed away several years ago. Mary was a member of the New Hartford American Legion. Mary is survived by her daughter Rebecca Babilon, with whom she resided; two sons Richard Gutheinz of NC and Wyatt and his wife Kimberly Gutheinz of New Hartford; a brother Larry and his wife Barb Shepard of Mohawk as well as several grand and great grandchildren. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is pre deceased by two sisters Helen Rose and Ruth Getman and a brother Harold Shepard. A very special friend Tammy Matys who gave Mary so much love and devotion, over the years. Also special friends Martha Smith and Ruth Madison. Funeral services for Mary will be held on Saturday March 16, 2016 at 3pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Bishop Dan Harzog will officiate. Interment will be in the spring at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, with military honors. Friends may call on Saturday from 1pm until the time of the service. Mary's family wish to thank the staff a HOSPICE and Palliative Care for their excellent care during Mary's illness and encourage friends and family to please consider memorial donations to HOSPICE and Palliative Care 4277 Middlesettlement Rd. New Hartford, NY 13413. To leave an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 23, 2019)

David H. Cole, IHS 1964, of Ilion, passed away on Sunday March 10, 2019 at St. Elizabeth's Medical center in Utica, with his loving family by his side. Dave was born on July 24, 1946 in Ilion. He was the son of Arlington Cole and Mary (Dayton) Beauchamp. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and following graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corp. Following his service in the Marines, Dave served as a New York State Trooper, retiring in 1990. Dave was a member of the Marine Corp League in Ilion, Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, St. Francis, Ilion Knights of Columbus, The Ilion American Legion and was a founding member of the West Hill Social Club. Dave is survived by the love of his life Judy Lennox; four children Deborah Mowers of Little Falls, David Jr. and his wife Sarah of Ilion, Jodi and her husband Alan Bard of Cedar Lake and Jenny McEvoy-Stack and her husband Tom Stack of Fairfield; a brother John Cole and his wife Kathy of Herkimer; sisters Denise and her husband David Bascom and Donna Beauchamp all of Herkimer; a step brother Mitchell Beauchamp and his wife Gail of Herkimer; grandchildren Jamie and Derek Mowers; Madeline, Jonah and Evan Bard; Trey, Alanna, James and Jasper Stack. Dave also leaves "The Boys" at JD's. A celebration of life for Dave will be on Friday March 15, 2019 at 6 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Friends may call on Friday from 4 pm until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to please consider donations to Sitrin Military Rehab 2050 Tilden Ave. Box 1000 New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 23, 2019)

Laura (Bahr) Harris, IHS Alumnus, age 88, formerly of Prindle Apts., Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at the Grand Nursing Home, Ilion, with her family by her side. She was born on June 5, 1930, in Ilion, the daughter of Arthur Bahr and Madeline (Currier) Bahr. Laura attended North Street Elementary School, Ilion, Annunciation School, Ilion and Ilion High School. At one time, she was married to Edwin J. Harris. She later married Fred Smith who died in 1967. In her early years, she was a sales clerk at Nichols Dept. Store, Herkimer. Surviving family members include her children, Janet Evans and her husband, Dennis, of Clay, NY, Gerald Harris and his wife, Janice, of Ilion and Ken Harris, of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Barbara Fish, Jennifer, Stephanie, Phillip and his wife, Susan Harris, Gary, Trisha and Stacy Evans; nine great-grandchildren, Nate, Elisa and Olivia Evans, Abigail, Angela and Edwin Fish, Scottia and Celia Harris and Haidyn McCarthy; and several half-sisters and half-brothers. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger location at 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (old Main St. between Ilion and Frankfort). Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours, at 4:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Laura, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. Laura's service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (March 23, 2019)

Robert T. Harter, IHS 1946, 91, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. He was born September 13, 1927 in Ilion, the son of the late Thomas Devoe and Mary (Mamie) Twamly Harter and was educated in Ilion leaving school in his junior year to enlist in the Navy during WW2. Upon his return from the Navy he went back a graduated in 1947. Bob continued his education graduating from the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1949 receiving his food administration certificate. On June 23, 1952 he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Studer in Brazil, In. she passed away on June 8, 2012. Bob for many years was employed as a machinist with G.E. and Chicago Pneumatic, Bob and Betty owned and operated the Otsego House (Harter's Beach) in Ilion for many years and he was employed with the N.Y.S. Department of Labor as a Safety and Health Inspector, he retired as supervising inspector for the Syracuse-Binghamton area. Following his retirement he went on to work at K-Mart in various positions and then Walmart. Bob is survived by three sons and their wives Tom and Mary, Dan and Lisa and Dick and Rosemary, two daughters, Kathy and Jerry Doxtader and Joyce and William Dack, his grandchildren Bridgett White, Eric White, Dan Harter, Matthew Barton, Megan Barton, Luke Tubia, Elizabeth Hafner, Thomas Hafner, Tom Harter, Andrew Dack, Alex Dack, Erica Dack and Samuel, Silas, Salome Sharon Seth Susanna, Sarah Doxtader, Tanya and Randall Fogel and Shawn and Lauren Quinn. He is also survived by his greatgrandchildren Owen and McKenna White, Scarlett Haman and Grayson Barton. Amy Shawn Jr. Kyle, Philip, Andrew, and Faith Quinn, Randall 111, Cody, Blake and Caitlan Fogel. Funeral services will be Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6:00 PM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating, friends may call Monday from 4:00 until the time of the service. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Bob's family would like to thank the staff at Valley Health for all their care, kindness and compassion during his stay. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Morning Star Methodist Church, 36 Second St., Ilion. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 2, 2019)

Christopher Scott Stephens, IHS Alumnus - On February 23, 2019 Christopher Scott Stephens finished his earthly travels and went to join his grandparents, James and Iola Stephens, Tony and Barbara Romano and his uncle Michael Romano, in heaven. Christopher was born on March 21, 1971 the middle son of Christi and Lester Stephens in Ilion. He attended Ilion schools until he was 16 and then left to begin his journey thru life. Christopher, in his youth, carried on the family tradition of playing hockey as a member of the Greater Utica Youth Hockey. Christopher enjoyed his camping trips and collecting knick-knacks. Christopher is survived by his parents Christi and Les of Ilion, his older brother Mike and his wife Melinda of Goodwell, OK, his younger brother Jeremy and his wife Katie of Frankfort, his son Christopher and his mother Misty; daughter Shadow and her mother Becky. He also leaves his girlfriend Laura Guyer and children Amber, Joe, Dakota and Destiny, whom he was with for seventeen years. He also leaves behind his nephews James, Henry and Ayden and his nieces Riley and Trista as well as a host of friends; his grandchildren Sophia and Dalton. He also leaves his aunts, uncles and cousins. To the Ilion Ambulance crew; Thank you for all your efforts to save Chris. Christopher's funeral service will be held on Friday March 1, 2019 at 1 pm at 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 Friday from 11am until the time of the funeral. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to The Mohawk Valley Challengers, special needs flag football team, 2916 St. Rt. 168 Mohawk, NY 13407. To Christopher, we love you and miss you, RIP and God speed until we meet again on the other side. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 2, 2019)

Charlene Ann (Abeline) Putch, IHS 1970 - age 66, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, February 22, 2019 in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica with the support and comfort of her family at her side. She was born on August 3, 1952, in Herkimer, a daughter of Shirley (Furcha) Abeline and the late Charles A. Abeline. A lifelong area resident, she attended Herkimer Elementary School. The family then moved to Ilion where she graduated high school with the class of 1970. She later continued her education at Herkimer County Community College, graduating with an Associate Degree. On September 20, 1975, she married James J. Putch in St. Joseph Church, Herkimer. Her working career started at MDS. When they closed, she went to work for Herkimer County Trust Company in the Marketing Department. Her last employment was with Con-Med in Utica in the Corporate Contracts Department, retiring in 2015. Char's talented creativity was apparent in the knitted and crocheted items that she lovingly created for her family through the years. Char was a true friend. When you met her you had the feeling you were the most important person in her life. She would listen, lend a helping hand when needed, always knowing the right thing to do say or do. She will be greatly missed. Her smile and twinkle in her eyes will live in in our hearts forever. Surviving are her loving husband of forty-three years James, her mother, Shirley of Clinton, two sisters, Judith McGrellis and her husband Kevin of Ilion, Teresa Carden and her husband Gary of Stittville, sister in law Mary and her husband Frank Tamburrino of East Herkimer. She is also survived by eleven cherished nieces and one nephew, several grand-nieces and nephews, and cousins. She leaves her long time best friend Carol Okusko. The funeral service will be held at Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer, on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer will be later this spring at the convenience of the family. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 4:00 until 7:00 pm. Memorial Donation may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 381059959 Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff of the ICU and SCU at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center for the outstanding care and love shown to Char. (March 24, 2019)

 

George Getman - Ilion NY
George Getman
Class of 1940

George Getman Esq., IHS 1940, was born September 24, 1922 in Ilion, N.Y., the son of George B. and Bertha Myers Getman. He passed away at The Courtyards in Sun City Center, FL on February 20, 2019. He is survived by his nine children and their spouses: Attorney G. Stephen Getman and his wife, Suzanne, of Ilion; Susan Cadwallader of Bristol, VA; Dr. Margaret Getman and her husband, Dr. Russell Ludeke, of St. Paul, MN; Attorney William H. Getman and his wife, Suzanne, of Waterville; Sarah Steele and her husband, Jeff of Eaton; Attorney Ross E. Getman and his wife, Maureen, of Syracuse; Carole Halpin and her husband, Howard, of South Windsor, CT; Attorney Anne M. Getman and her husband, Attorney Robert Baldwin, of Barneveld; and Attorney Gail Prosser and her husband, Joel Prosser, of Cape Coral, FL. He also leaves stepdaughter Jessica Stone of Seattle, WA. He is also survived by 24 grandchildren and their spouses, 23 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Hazel Ross Getman, whom he married July 1, 1944 in Sage Chapel at Cornell University. They were married for 51 years before her death in 1996. He was predeceased by his wife Neva Hart Getman in January, 2019, his son-in-law Rick Cadwallader, his great-granddaughter Julia Stolte, his sister Clara Carley and his brothers Burrill, Frank and Fayette.

He received his A.B. degree from Cornell University and his J.D. degree from Cornell Law School. He did graduate work at Yale and the University of Michigan. While an undergraduate, he was Senior News Editor of the Cornell Daily Sun and president of his fraternity. In law school he was a member of the Cornell Law Review. Since graduation from law school he has served as Chairman of his Class' Annual Fund Drive.

Immediately after Pearl Harbor, Getman enlisted in the U.S. Army. After first serving in the Army Air Corps, he was assigned to the Japanese Military Intelligence Branch. At the end of WWII, he was selected to translate for the War Crimes Trial in Tokyo, but opted to return to civilian life. After completing law school, he returned to his hometown to practice law with Albert W. Schneider. In 1950 he became a partner with Schneider and Getman and continued as Senior Partner with successor firms with attorneys James Spellman, Henry LaRaia, James Franchi, Robert Applegate, his son Stephen and daughter Gail. He served as Village of Ilion Attorney during several administrations, as Ilion Central School District and Ilion Board of Water Commissioners Attorney for 20 years and as a New York State Tax Attorney for 15 years. He served as President of the Herkimer County Bar Association, a member of the New York House of Delegates, Fifth Judicial Character Committee and Grievance Committee. He was a member of the Herkimer County, New York State and American Bar Associations and of the NYS Trial Lawyers' Association. He was admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court.

Getman was active in fraternal and charitable organizations. He served as the first president of the United Fund of Frankfort, Herkimer, Ilion and Mohawk. He served as a Deacon, Trustee and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion. An active Mason, he was Master of the Ilion Masonic Lodge, District Deputy of the Herkimer Masonic District and in 1975-76, Grand Marshal of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York. For 15 years he served on the Board of Governors for the Shriners' Hospital for Children in Springfield, MA. For 25 years he served on the Board of Directors of the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory in Utica, first as Treasurer and later as President. In 1970 he was elected as Potentate of Ziyara Shriners in Utica. He later became a member of Egypt Shriners in Tampa and its Shrine Club in Sun City Center. He was a member of many York Rite bodies and received the Red Cross of Constantine. In 1986 he received the honorary 33° of the Scottish Rite.

Active in youth work, he was awarded the DeMolay Cross of Honor, Legion of Honor and Medal of Appreciation. In 1988, General Herkimer Council, B.S.A. selected Getman as Distinguished Citizen of the Year. He also served on the Foothills Girl Scout Council.

Getman was a past president of the Ilion Chapter of the American Red Cross and on the Salvation Army Advisory Board in Herkimer. He served on the Board of Directors of the Manufacturers National Bank of Ilion and subsequently on the Advisory Boards for Oneida National and Norstar Banks. Interested in the development of Ilion, he was one of the partners in the construction of the Ilion Towpath Motel and Restaurant and of the Forge Hill Estates complex. For almost 25 years he served on the Executive Committee of Blue Cross/Blue Shield. He also served on the Presbyterian Home Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of Central New York Abstract Corporation. He was a member and past president of the Ilion Conversation Club, a life member of the Ilion American Legion Memorial Post, Ilion Elks Lodge and Ilion Moose Lodge. For almost 50 years he was a member of the Cedar Lake Golf Club; and in Florida, a member of the Sun City Center Golf and Racquet Club. He and his wife, Neva, were co-presidents of the Sun City Center Audobon Society.

He enjoyed travel and made it to every continent except Antartica and excelled at passing on to his family fascinating letters describing those travels. In 1969 the Utica newspapers selected him as Father of the Year. In spite of a busy professional and civic life and world travels, he found time for each member of his large family. It is in his role as Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather that he will be best remembered and loved.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan Street, Ilion, NY on April 13, 2019, at 10:30 AM with Rev. Rick Riggle officiating A Masonic ceremony will precede the memorial service. Memorial gifts can be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion. To leave an online condolance please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 3, 2019)

Warren Thom, IHS Alumnus, 97, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019. Warren was born on February 23, 1921 in Ilion, the son of the late Louis and Emma Voelker Thom and was educated in Ilion. He was an Army-Air Corps veteran of WW11 and served during the Korean Conflict. Warren was retired from the US Air Force in 1964 as a Chief Master Sargent. After his retirement, he worked for the NYSDOT. In his younger years, he also was a caddie at Doty's Golf Course and worked for the Ilion Water Department. Warren is lovingly remembered and survived by his nieces Carol Jayne Snedeker, Janice (Robert) Frank, nephews Philip and Timothy Snedeker, also his nieces Jessica Emery and Samantha Frank and grandnephews David Frank, Matthew and Michael (Jennifer) Snedeker. He also leaves one great grandnephew Morris Emery. He was predeceased by his brothers Frederick, Howard and Donald and his sister and brother in law Elizabeth and James Snedeker. In keeping with Warren's wishes there will be no visiting hours, a graveside service will be at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 2, 2019)

Dale B. Lewis, IHS Alumnus, 70 of Ilion, passed away, unexpectedly, on Saturday February 16, 2019 at Little Falls Hospital. Dale was born on December 18, 1948 in Herkimer. He was the son of the late Ben and Virginia (Eddy) Lewis, he was a graduate of Ilion Schools and served in the US Army stationed in Anchorage, AK. In 1974 he was united in marriage to the former Charlene Wentworth. Dale worked as a gunsmith at Remington Arms, retiring in 2014 after 47 years of service. Dale was President of the Ilion Fish and Game Club and taught hunter safety for over 30 years. He was also a member of the Mohawk American Legion. Dale is survived by his wife Charlene; his sons Ryan of Ilion and Kevin and his wife Jenny of Mohawk; sister in law Maureen and her husband Dave Chisholm of VA. A brother in law and George and his wife Jayne of Oneida; sisters in law Shireen and Coleen Wentworth of Oneida; 2 grandchildren Kara and Nicholas; a cousin Charles Thomes of IN, as well as several nieces and nephews and close friends. He is predeceased by two sons Neil in 1989 and Erik in 2018 and a sister Deborah. A funeral service, for Dale, will be held on Friday February 22 at noon, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Deacon James Bower will officiate. Friends may call on Friday from 10 am until the time of the funeral. Interment will be in the spring in Armory Hill Cemetery, with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, Dale's family request donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the American Diabetes Association, envelopes are available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 2, 2019)

Barbara (Smith) Durgee, IHS Alumnus, 83 formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Monday February 4, 2019. Barbara was born on March 26, 1935, in Ilion, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Helen Smith. In 1981, Barbara received her nursing degree from the Otsego Area School of Practical Nursing in Oneonta, NY. Soon after she began her career in nursing at Fox Hospital and retired from Port St. Lucie, FL, Nursing Restorative Care in 2013. She is the loving mother of Susan McCarthy, Sharon Fry, Victoria Aquaro, Laurel Gyes and Bethany Przestrzelski and proud grandmother of Justin Durgee, Jessica, Trisha and Kayla Fry, Aaron and Emily Gyes, Nadine Przestrzelski, Kaitlyn and Kyle Salmons; and loving great grandmother to Dylan and Luke Durgee, Chatham Przestrzelski and Luna Gyes. She is also survived by her loving brothers Bob and Jim Smith; a sister Deborah Smith-Becker as well as many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is predeceased by her loving husband and daughter Keith and Bethany Przestrzelski. Barbara is predeceased by a brother Nicholas Smith and two sisters Pat Smith McAndrew and Joanne Smith Windsor. We will always remember her acts of love, kindness and her wonderful sense of humor. A memorial mass for Barbara will be held on Saturday May 4 at 10:30 am at The Church of The Annunciation in Ilion, Fr. Paul Catena will officiate. Interment will follow in the St. Agnes Cemetery in N. Ilion. Following the interment a Celebration of Life will be held at the Ilion Elks Lodge. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 2, 2019)

Diane (Selwood)Williams, IHS 1961 and Faculty member, of Ilion, went to be with her Lord on January 23, 2019. Diane was a lifelong resident of Ilion and passed away near her vacation home in Florida. Diane was born on August 4, 1943, the third child of S. Folsom and Helen (nee Graham) Selwood. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1961 and went on to receive her degree in English from the University of Albany. She started her teaching career in Rotterdam, NY, but Diane soon returned to the Mohawk Valley and began teaching at Herkimer High School, eventually retiring from Ilion High School where she taught 11th Grade Honors English, among other English classes. She was regarded by her colleagues and her students alike as a highly talented, dedicated, and engaging teacher. To aid her students' immersion in the literature she was teaching, she was known to become the characters from the stories; a particular favorite was Act IV of Macbeth when she would arrive in the classroom reciting, "double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble" in a high witch's voice to a group of bewildered and amused teenagers. Over the two decades since she retired, Diane was pleased to hear from many students, thanking her for all she taught them about literature, writing, and other subjects, and sharing with her the positive impact that her teaching had on their future education and lives. A member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association, Diane also enjoyed planning and attending many luncheons with her former colleagues after retiring in 1999. Her commitment to English literature started early, when she set a childhood goal of reading all the books in the Ilion Public Library. She later served on the board of the library and remained an avid reader throughout her entire life. Her favorite question to friends and family was always, "Have you read anything good recently?" Diane was also a prolific crafts person, honed her talents when her kids were young making elaborate and beautiful birthday cakes, to extensive oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings later in life. She had success selling her artwork online and at various shops, most notably the Artworks cooperative in Old Forge, NY. Her creations live on in homes of friends, family members, and strangers all across the world. She also sewed, knitted, and crocheted beautifully. Diane enjoyed her home, flower gardens, and especially her beloved sons and five grandchildren. She is survived by Steve Newton, her fiance, who, for the last years of her life was also her dedicated caregiver; her sons Brian and his wife, Sara, of Kensington, MD, and Michael and his wife, Lauren, of Fairfax Station, VA; her grandchildren, Brady Dylan, Tanner Devin, Leah Rose, Samuel Eoin, and John Philo; her sister Joan Annutto and her husband John of Ilion, NY; her nephew Joseph Annutto and his wife, Margaret, and their family of New Hampshire; her, niece Lisa James (nee Annutto) and her husband, Chris, and their son of Colonie, NY; her sister-in-law Pat Selwood of Penn Yann, NY; her niece Michele Shaar (nee Selwood) and her husband, Tom, and their family of Colorado; and her brother-in-law Lawrence Williams of Indiana. Diane was predeceased by her husband, Dee, who died in 1999 after having been married for 33 very happy years; her parents, Helen and S. Folsom Selwood; and her brother, Samuel Selwood. Visiting hours will be Thursday, January 31st, 3pm-6pm at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion. A funeral service will be held at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home on Friday, February 1, at 11:00am. In the spring, Diane will be interned at Armory Hills Cemetery, next to her husband, Dee. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ilion Free Public Library Foundation (78 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357). (February 2, 2019)

Patrick J. "Dick Knowz" Sweeney, IHS 1977, 59 of Mohawk, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday January 5, 2019 after a brief illness. Pat was born on March 19, 1959 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Leo and Shirley (Miller) Sweeney. Pat was a 1977 graduate of Ilion schools and served in the US Air Force. He worked as an electronics technician working for GE, Lockheed Martin and Martin Marietta. On November 23, 1996 he married the former Kristie Broadwell in Mohawk. Pat was an active member of the Ilion Winter Club and was a social member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a proud step father to a US Marine. Pat is survived by his wife Kristie; a step-son John and his wife Nicole Green of Ilion; a step-daughter Sharon Green and her fiancé Christopher Burger of Auburn; two brothers Mike and Jeff and his wife Cassie Sweeney all of Mohawk; a sister Theresa Sweeney of Whitesboro; two granddaughters Chloe and Delaney of Ilion; his father in law Charles Broadwell of Sharon Springs; brother in laws Brian (Jamie) Broadwell of Cobleskill, Randy (Mary Lou) and Michael (Mari Jeanne) Broadwell of Carlisle; a sister in law Kelly (Stephen) of Cobleskill. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Pat was predeceased by his parents and his mother in law Anne Broadwell. Pat's family would like to thank his friends from the Ilion Winter Club and the Ilion Volunteer Fire Dept. for all their care and support during Pat's illness. In keeping with Pat's wishes there are no public calling hours or services. Friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to either the Ilion Winter Club 13 Pleasant Ave. Ilion, NY or the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department C/O Jack Fitzer, 101 Fitzer Dr. Ilion, NY. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (January 11, 2019)

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