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


Mary E.(Pickett) Massaro IHS 1971, passed away June 15, 2018, after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing. She was born May 10, 1952 in Ilion, NY, a daughter of Joseph and Genevieve (Robertson) Pickett. She married Michael A. Massaro in 1972 in Ilion and together they owned and operated Maple Crest Golf Course. This was where they embraced many friends through the years, all of whom were just like family to them. She is survived by her husband, Michael; her children, Michael Massaro, Jr., Angela Lyon & husband Joseph, Michelle Gilbert and husband Thomas P., and Beth Lyon and husband Robert, Jr., her mother-in-law, Ann Massaro, grandchildren, Nicole, Megan, Mikey, Joseph, Jr. and wife Casey, Jacob, Jenavieve, JoJo, Diesle, Isabelle, Emma and Bobbie; brothers, Joseph, Paul, and John and his wife, Debbie; In-Laws, Margaret DeCarr and husband Robert and Mary Ann Rice and husband Robert, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Joseph and Genevieve, her father-in-law Michael Massaro, and grandson, Justin Lyon. A celebration of Life will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., July 14, 2018 at the Ilion Knights of Columbus. A special thank you to Dr. Atul Butala and nursing staff as well as Hospice and her loving extended members of her family, the members of the golf course. She loved you all. Memorial contributions may be made to Herkimer County Humane Society. Arrangements are with Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY. (June 21, 2018)

Patricia (Alexander) Morey IHS 1964, age 71, of East Campbell Avenue, passed peacefully in her sleep, Friday evening, June 8, 2018, in her residence. Born in Ilion, on December 22, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Neil and Helen O’Connor Alexander. Raised and educated in Ilion, Patty was a graduate of Annunciation School, Ilion High School and Albany Business College. She was employed with the City of Oneida, in the Planning and Community Development Office. Patty was a communicant of St. Helena’s Church, Sherrill, a member of the Old Erie Women’s Golf League and the Oneida Community Women’s Golf League, a member of the Oneida Community Golf Club and served on the Oneida County Board of Elections. She was a vibrant person, who lived life to the fullest, enjoying travel, playing golf in her best matching golf outfit and most of all, her family and everyone’s company. Her family summed up her outlook on life, "...we are not here for a long time, but we are here for a good time." Surviving are her three daughters, Michelle Morey Kelley and her husband Jeffrey and their son, Brendan, all of Newburyport, MA, Suzanne Morey of Sherrill and Allison Morey Dail and her fiance, Jason Rust and her son, Ayden Dail, all of Wake Forest, NC; the father of their three daughters, Kenneth D. Morey of Sanford, NC; her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Carol Alexander of Oneida; her brother-in-law, Sal Coriale of Penn Yan; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Barbara Coriale. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Wednesday, from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Paul Catena, pastor. Interment will be made in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call at the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc, 260 Main Street, Oneida, 3-7 PM, Tuesday. Contributions, in her memory, may be made to Special Olympics, 6315 Fly Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057. To leave a message of condolence, visit (June 21, 2018)

Virginia (Wood) Reynolds IHS Alumnus, age 91, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018, at home. Born in Ilion on April 27, 1927, to the late Leslie and Essie Helmer Wood, Ginny was a graduate of Ilion High School and received her RN Degree from St. Luke's School of Nursing. On December 10, 1949 she was married to Frederick Reynolds. Fred passed away November 13, 2003. Ginny was the founder/owner of the Valley Telephone Exchange until it was sold in 1961. She retired from Remington Arms after 15 years as a Visiting/Industrial RN. Her life was dedicated to her family and she was known for her good nature, generosity and personal strength. Ginny was an active member of Ilion First Presbyterian Church, a Girl Scout leader, and she enjoyed gardening, knitting, crocheting, quilting, playing the organ, and many other activities. Ginny is survived by two daughters, Linda (James) Marco of Ithaca and Phyllis (William) Laymon of Malone; a son, Donald (Terry) Reynolds of Whitesboro; a son-in- law, Thomas Vorce; nine grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Sharon Vorce and her sister, Beverly Herlehy. Virginia's funeral will be Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 11 am at the Ilion First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan St., with Pastor Rick Riggle officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Friends may call from 4-6 PM Friday at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. To leave an online condolence and light a candle, please visit (June 21, 2018)

Louis A. Spencer, IHS 1961, age 76, passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018 at Bassett Health Care, Cooperstown. He was born in Ilion on February 10, 1942, the son of the late Charles D. and Myrtle M. Smaldone Spencer, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. After school he joined the US Air Force and served from 1961-1965, with a tour in Germany, an honor which he was very proud of. Louie was married to the former Jean Jaworska on February 14, 1975 in Ilion. Jean passed away on July 26, 2012. Louie was of the Methodist faith and later converted to the Catholic faith. He had been employed as a shoe salesman at Wagner Shoes, and then was employed at M.D.S as an assembler until his retirement due to illness. Louie is survived by his daughter Halinka Spencer of Rochester, a son and daughter in law, Josef and Jeanna of Rochester, two grandchildren Skylar Ann and Maddie Jean, a brother and sister in law Charles and Diane of Charleston, SC. Also his nieces Kim Ward and Jeanine and Peter DiCaprio, and his nephew Andrew and Wendy Haefner. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 1:30 pm from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. View Memorial Gardens, Little Falls. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday June 1, 2018 from 4-6 PM. To leave an online condolence friends may go to (June 21, 2018)

Mr. Carl W. Dennis IHS Alumnus, age 81, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away on Friday morning, May 4, 2018, at the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center. Born on April 14, 1937, in Hornell, NY, Carl was the son of the late William C. and Leona Mae (Newman) Dennis. He was raised and educated in Ilion, before enlisting with the United States Army in 1954. He honorably served his nation in Germany throughout the Korean era, before receiving his honorable discharge in 1957. On March 15, 1958, Carl was wed to the former Sally Siver, and from their relationship came the blessings of five children. Their friendship continued throughout their lives, and Sally was by his side until the very end. On June 24, 1978, Carl was blessed with a second marriage, when he was wed to Gwen Dallas in Ilion. Together, they shared in over thirty-three years of love and companionship until Gwen's passing on May 4, 2012. Carl was a hardworking man who spent over twenty years with Vincent Manufacturing as a machine operator. He also held positions with Palermo Metals and the Allegro Shoe Company for many years. He was a community-oriented individual and was heavily involved with various locations throughout the Mohawk Valley. He was a life member of the Ilion/Frankfort VFW Post 502, serving as Commander for six of those years. He also served with All-State as a four-year Council Commander and a two-year Quartermaster. He was a member of the VFW Post 502 Disabled American Veterans for twenty years, the DADS 244 for twenty-five years, serving as President and Deputy President. He was a twenty-year member of the American Legion Post 920 in Ilion, was a past Commander of the Amvets Post 777, and a past member of the CB Club. Carl is survived by his former wife and close friend, Sally; his children and their spouses, Carl W. Dennis, Jr. and wife, Virginia of Ilion, Alva A. Dennis and wife, Nancy of Mohawk, Theresa P. Corsette and husband, Lawrence of Mohawk, Kathleen A. Boepple and husband, Stacey of Mohawk, and Michael L. Dennis and wife, Dawn of Richfield Springs; his half-brothers and half-sisters, Coreen Ketchum and husband, Marlo of Maryland, Harold Dennis and Marina of Little Falls, Brenda Looman and husband, Bob of Dolgeville, Kenneth Dennis of Florida, Brian Dennis and wife, Kelly of Herkimer, Diane Neale of Herkimer and Christine Blum and husband, Keith of Herkimer; his stepsister, Carol Showerman of Fort Plain; his brother-in-law, Richard Dallas of Dolgeville; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents and wife, Gwen, Carl was predeceased by his brothers, Richard in 1995, Billy, Jr. in 2004, Robert in 2010 and William in 2014; his granddaughter, Becky in 2004; and his stepson, William 'Spike' Neale in 2014. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Carl's visitation on Monday evening, May 7, 2018 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family's larger facility, located at 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Members of the Ilion/Frankfort VFW are asked to gather at the funeral home at 7:45PM for their ritualistic service. Carl's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Tuesday morning, May 8, 2018, at 10:00AM at the funeral home, with Rev. Brian Engle, officiating. Procession will follow to Mohawk Cemetery, where Carl will be laid to rest with military honors. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Ilion/Frankfort VFW Post 502, 4274 Acme Road, Frankfort, NY 13340. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Carl's funeral arrangements and final wishes were entrusted to Martin Ciaccia, Don Applegate and Harry and Kevin Enea, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (May 29, 2018)

Beverly (Shaut) Koerner IHS 1949, age 87,formerly of Holland Patent and Bonita Springs, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford. She was born on October 19, 1930 in Little Falls the daughter of the late Leland H. and Francis (Phillips) Shaut. Bev graduated from Ilion High School and attended Edgewood Park School for Girls at Briar Cliff Manor, NY. Bev married "The Love of Her Life" George W. Koerner in Ilion on August 26, 1950. She assisted her husband in the operation of the George W. Koerner Funeral Home in Holland Patent, NY for 35 years. Bev was a member of the Ilion Little Theater Club and Garden Club. Past President of Leon R. Roberts Post 161 Auxiliary, of which she was a life time member. She also was a member of the Eastern Star Mappa Chapter and Past President of the Holland Patent Home Bureau, she was the Social Director of St. James Village Inc. and of the Eagles Auxilliary # 4002. She was a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary # 4254, in Bonita Springs, FL. Bev is survived by her daughters Alexius K. (Donald) Jones and Andrea K, (Douglas) Lillie; grandchildren, Ian (Brenda) Brucker of Holland Patent and Ashley K. (Joseph) Englehart of Canandaigua; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ruby Brucker, Sage Englehart, Marlysa Galarneau and Jake Galarneau, great great grandson, Brady Rogers and by her precious cat Kitty. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband George Koerner, and her son Adam G. Koerner. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The Leon R. Roberts Post 161 Ladies Auxiliary will have a service at the funeral home on Sunday at 2:30 PM. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 3:00 PM at the Dimbleby Funeral Homes Inc. 7944 Steuben St. in Holland Patent. Please join us at 16 Stones Holland Patent at 3:30. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Adam G. Koerner Fountain Fund c/o Holland Patent Cemetery. Holland Patent, NY 13354. For online expressions of sympathy please go to (May 29, 2018)

Mr. Donald J. 'Don' Miller, Jr. IHS 1977, age 58, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, April 14, 2018, in the privacy and comfort of his home. Born on July 26, 1959, Donald is the son of Donald, Sr. and Linda (Swartfiguer) Miller. He was raised and educated locally, graduating with the Ilion High School Class of 1977. Throughout the years, Don was employed with various places throughout the Mohawk Valley, including Remington Arms, and the Betsy Ross Nursing Home in Rome, where he served as a CNA. Don's marriage to the former Carol LaPorta took place on April 20, 1990, and together they shared in a caring and devoted union, symbolized by mutual affection and a deep love for one another. They would have celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary this upcoming Friday. Don was a very kind-hearted individual who could brighten everyone else's day in a heartbeat. He was a very giving and selfless person, taking in others to his home and raising them like they were his own. He was extremely devoted to his Christian faith. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; his sons, Jamie and Mary Miller of Albany and Steve and Tasha LaPorta of Herkimer; his daughters, Melissa Miller and fiancé, Damien Hepner of Ilion and Jennifer Miller and fiancé, Joseph Lukaczyk of East Herkimer; his grandchildren, Lillian Hunt, Leanna Hepner, Dustin Pettengill, Brady LaPorta and Gabriel LaPorta; and his grand-kitties, Link, Sylvester, Oreo and Crowley. He also leaves his brothers, David Miller and companion, Heather Polley of Ilion and Dale Miller and wife, Elana and family of Japan; his sisters, Deanna Miller-Decker and husband, Ron of Schuyler and Darlene Ayala and husband, Gilbert of Florida; his nephews, Brett, Brian, TJ and Vincent, Jr.; his niece, Ericka; and his in-laws, Carl LaPorta of Ohio and Christine Madonia of Rome. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Gabriella LaPorta; his son, Randy Thomas LaPorta; his nephew, Brandon King; his great-niece, Peyton Fresco; his special aunt, Carol Jones; and his good friend, Sal Regonese. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Don's calling hours on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 10:00AM – 12 NOON at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Don's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence at 12NOON, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, where he will be laid to rest. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to Don's family to help offset his funeral costs. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 20, 2018)

Dorothy (Ayers) Murphy IHS 1955, age 80, formerly of Mohawk, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at home, with her family by her side. She was born on November 22, 1937, in Auburn, NY, the daughter of Kenneth Ayers and Marjorie (Suydam) Ayers. Dorothy graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1955. In 1957, she was married to Joseph Scire. She later married Harry Murphy in 1963. She then married Egbert "Dutch" Ray in 1977. He died in 1984. Most recently, Dorothy married Donald E. Murphy on January 28, 1989, at the Mohawk Reformed Church. He passed away on July 16, 1998. At one time, she was a secretary at the Skenandoa Rayon Corp., Utica. Mrs. Murphy then became Chief clerk at Herkimer Co. A.S.C.S.-U.S.D.A. Mrs. Murphy later owned and operated the Crisler Electric Motor Repair Co., in Ilion. Later, Dorothy was employed at the Applegate Funeral Home and Monument Service of Ilion and Mohawk for many years as a secretary-receptionist and hairdresser-cosmetologist. She was also a part-time secretary to the Herkimer County Coroner, Don Applegate. Dorothy enjoyed working very closely with Don and Judy Applegate in their family business and all three of them became best friends for life. In fact, Dorothy soon became a very special part of the entire Applegate family and was treated as a member of the family. More recently, she was a Floral Designer at N. Myrtle Beach Florist for 10 years where she resided with her husband, Don. Ten years later, she moved back to Mohawk to be closer to her family. Dorothy was the former Mayor of the Village of Mohawk from 1973-1978. She was a member of the Mohawk Cemetery Board of Directors and Supt. Of the cemetery and a member of the Town of German Flatts Board of Health. She was also a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church and a Deacon in the Reformed Church Consistory. Mrs. Murphy was also a member and former officer of the Order of the Eastern Star, Evening Star Valley Chapter #82. Most recently, she became a member of the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving family members include her daughters and son-in-law, Nancy and Lee Watkins and Rebecca 'Becky' Samsel, all of Ilion; her son, Steven Murphy and Sue Lowery, of Mohawk; her grandchildren, Eric Watkins and Robert and Justin Samsel; 2 stepsons, Dan Murphy, of Millers Mills and Lee Murphy, of Mohawk; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Marjorie (Ayers) Crisler; her father, Kenneth Ayers; stepfather, Tilford Crisler; 2 sons, Robert H. Ray and Kenneth Murphy; 1 daughter, Susan Lee Murphy; and her 2 sisters, Alethia Davis and Nancy McCleary. Calling hours will be held Friday, April 20, 2018, 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 Mohawk American Legion service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday and the O.E.S. service will be held at 5:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2018, at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion immediately following calling hours. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Dorothy, or add to her online memorial, may go to In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Dorothy's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate, assisted by her close friend, Judy Applegate. (May 20, 2018)

Sheila J. (Fancher) Brown Karges IHS 1965, age 71, passed away on Monday April 16, 2018. She was born on October 22, 1946 in Ilion, a daughter of the late Emmett and Dorothy (Truax) Fancher. She was a resident of the Mohawk Valley most of her life, and was a Graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1965. She received her Certified Nursing Aide and was employed by Mohawk Valley Nursing Home and most recently for the Masonic Home for 30 plus years. She was a member of the General Herkimer Riding Club and the Valley Voices for Christ. She is survived by her son, Christopher Brown of Ilion, NY, her daughter Tori Ghabour of Marlboro, MA, four grandchildren, Christina Brown, Hailey Manley, Taylor Brown, and Paige Manley, two great-grandchildren, Jackson Klumbach and Deacon Klumbach and is also survived by several cousins. Funeral services and Celebration of the Life of Sheila will be held on Thursday April 19, 2018 at 7:00 PM at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort) Ilion, NYwith Rev. Dr. Steven A. Scarcia officiating. Friends and family may attend calling hours prior to the services from 5 until 7 PM Thursday evening at the funeral home. The family recognizes the staff of the Mohawk Valley Healthcare Center as well as Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare and University Hospital for their support and care. (May 20, 2018)

John Hilts, Sr. IHS Alumnus, age 73, of the Town of Exeter, passed away unexpectedly at his home with his beloved wife at his side on Friday March 30, 2018. He is the husband of Robin (Bala) Hilts. They were married on October 23, 1975, a loving union of 42 years. He was born in Ilion, NY on April 9, 1944 a son of the late Elwood and Ann (Wardzinski) Hilts. John went to school in Ilion, NY and later served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era and was honorably discharged. He was a 100 % Disabled American Veteran. The most important thing for John was spending time with his family. He was a passionate deer hunter. He enjoyed collecting antiques with his brother Chuck (They were true "American Pickers"), refinishing furniture, fishing and auctions. He just absolutely loved to be in the presence of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include his beloved wife Robin L. Hilts; his children: Jake Hilts and his wife Janet of Edmeston, NY, John Hilts, Jr. and his wife Vickie of Garrattsville, NY, Melissa Conkling and her husband Jake of Fairport, NY, Angela Harrer of Schuyler Lake and Alicia Hilts of Burlington Flats, NY; grandchildren: Brandon Hilts, Erica Hilts, Daniel Hilts, Stephanie Hilts, Andrew LaPorte, Nicholas LaPorte, Wyatt Hilts, Ember Hilts, Cayden Green, and Miya Conkling; three great-grandchildren; his brothers: Elwood (Neva) Hilts, Robert (Juanita) Hilts, Donald (Michelle) Hilts, Richard (Ruth) Hilts, sisters: Marilyn Murphy, Bev Fike, Carlotta (Cap) Fuller; In laws: Kathleen Hilts, Ann Hilts, Wendy & Lester Fort, and Shawn and William Fuller and over a hundred special nephews, nieces, and cousins. He was predeceased by brothers Ronald, William and Charles Hilts and a sister Shirley Gay. Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 3pm - 5pm and the funeral will be held at the funeral home Saturday at 5:00 pm, with Pastor Sue Holland, officiating. Both at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Main Street), Ilion, NY. Interment will take place later in the Spring of 2018 at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Herkimer where full military rites will be accorded. Anyone wishing to share a memory of John, or add to his online memorial, may go to: on the Internet. (April 21, 2018)

David Bouck - Ilion NY
Judith McMillan
1975 - Music Teacher

Mrs. Judith H. McMillan, IHS Faculty, age 83, of Canajoharie, NY died peacefully on April 10, 2018 at St. Mary's Hopsital. Born in Hinsdale, NH she was the daughter of the late Rex and Eda Higgins. On August 18, 1956 she was united in marriage to William 'Stan' McMillan. Together for over 60 years, they had a wonderful life together built on faith, love and music Judy was employed for the Ilion School District and the Canajoharie School District as a music teacher until her retirement. She served as the Director of the Orchestra and Strings as well as Director of the Performing Arts. She was also an active member and past president of the Canajoharie Library Board of Directors.Judy was also a member of the White Iron Stone Collectors Association and the Reformed Church of Canajoharie. She is survived by her loving husband, Stan; nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Judy was predeceased by her siblings, Ken, Harris and Phyllis. A Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 2 o'clock at the Reformed Church of Canajoharie, 19 Front Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317 with Pastor Matthew Draffen presiding. Private burial will take place in the Canajoharie Falls Cemetery. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Music Program at Canajoharie High School. (April 21, 2018)


Werner Kleemann, physical education teacher and coach, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on April 4, 2018 at the age of 76. He is predeceased by his parents Alex and Louise, In-laws Richard and Florence Baker, Brothers-in-law Paul Skinner and David Murphy. He is survived by his wife Cheryl of 48 years, three children, Amy (Kevin) Wilson, Kristen (John) LaBombard, Brian (Linda) Kleemann, Grandchildren Ally & Robbie Wilson, Jenna, Alex, & Ryan LaBombard, Cole & Jack Kleemann. Sister Peggy (Ross) Ahntholz, Brother-in-law Terry (Judy) Baker, Sisters-in-law Kathy Murphy and Patricia Skinner, nieces and nephews, Elisabeth (Art) Scheffer, Nancy Zimmerman, Lyndi Baker, Jason Baker, Karen Romeo, Kim (Paul) Passionino, Katie Murphy (fiancé, Gary Dellacerra), Krissy Murphy, Matt Skinner, Jackie (Matt) Nentarz and Dan Skinner (Brooke Hecker) and many great nieces, nephews and family friends. Werner was a graduate of Hastings-on-the Hudson High School. He attended Springfield College where he played and coached football. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1960. Werner was a true leader who set the example for all. He started his career in education in Ilion, New York. He then became the University of Buffalo defensive line coach. In 1971 he started in Rush Henrietta Central School District, which has been his home ever since. He had such pride and love of the R-H School District, sports programs, and his community. He had a special place in his heart for all RH athletes, especially anyone who was part of the RH Football Family. Werner loved his role in Section V. He served on the football committee and was the league liaison for the hockey officials. He was so proud to be inducted into the inaugural Section V Football Hall of Fame. He was later inducted into the NYSAAA Hall of Fame. Werner was a master storyteller who could recall events from the past with vivid detail. He passed along his wisdom and passion for life through the stories he told and inspirational speeches he gave. He was a loving husband and a true gentleman. He and his wife Cheryl lived a charmed life with his pride and joy being his children and grandchildren. He instilled the love of family and the true meaning of happiness. He was one of the most selfless people you would ever meet. Werner had a way of making everyone feel special. He believed in family traditions. Summers at camp, Spring Break in Myrtle Beach and Indy in May just to name a few. He was a true outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and spend time in the woods. He passed this love of the outdoors on to his children and grandchildren and could often be found at Martin Road Park Pond with his grandkids. He was a one of a kind and has left his legacy in all that knew him. He will be greatly missed but always remembered. The family would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the Wilmot Cancer Center and to the 6th floor staff for their loving care. Friends and family are invited to call Monday, April 9, 2018 from 3-7 at Miller Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., 3325 Winton Rd. S. Funeral Service at Rush United Methodist Church will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wilmot Cancer Center or Werner Kleemann Scholarship Fund, C/O Kristen LaBombard, 21 Covered Wagon Trail, West Henrietta, NY 14586. (April 7, 2018)

Paul C. Earl, Jr., IHS 1952, age 83, a life-long Ilion resident passed away peacefully on Monday, March 12, 2018 at home with his loving family by his side. Born on March 22, 1934 he was the son of the late Paul C. Sr. and Jeannette (DesRosiers) Earl. He was educated locally graduating from Annunciation School and Ilion High School, Class of 1952. On December 26, 1953, Paul was united in marriage to the love of his life, Joyce M. Loomis at Annunciation Church in Ilion and together the couple shared almost 65 years of marriage. Paul proudly served in the US Navy from 1952 to 1956 as an Airman First Class at Cabanas Field, Corpus Christi, Texas and as a Petty Officer aboard the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier during the Korean Conflict. Upon discharge from military service, he operated his own business and was known for his workmanship refinishing hardwood floors, wallpaper and painting. For over 28 years, he was employed at Remington Arms as a First Line Supervisor retiring in 1992. At home, Paul was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was devout in his Catholic faith and was a lifelong parishioner of Annunciation Church. He was active in the community as a Life Member of the Ilion Midget League, having served as Coach, then Manager of the Yankee Team. He also served as President, Coach and Manager of the Ilion Post 920 American Legion Baseball Team from 1967 to 1982. He was a member of the American Legion Post 920, the Ilion Lodge 1444 B.P.O.E., and the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Paul was an avid golfer and bowler; he loved all sports and gardening. He is survived by his wife, Joyce and their cherished children Kevin (Mary) Earl, Patricia (John) Wolber, Paul III (Gail) Earl, James (Linda) Earl, Sally (Kenneth) Infarinato, MaryBeth (Craig) Hartmann. He is lovingly remembered by his 22 grandchildren, Timothy (Tarrah) Earl, Lauren (Andrew) Earl Strack, Barret (Kelly) Wolber, Kathryn (Doug) Wolber Dionne, Patrick Wolber, Molly Wolber, Brandon (Hallie-Ruth) Earl, Neil (Rachael) Farnum, Leah (Ian) MacDonald, Patrick (Lisa) Farnum, Jake Earl, Katrina (Luke) Allen, Micala Earl, Jessica Stuckman, Laura Stuckman, Nicole (Ryan) Infarinato Platt, Kelly (Andrew) Infarinato Barbano, Matthew Infarinato, Sophie Infarinato, Kyle (Kait) Earl, Steven (Lindsay) Hartmann, and Lucas Hartmann. He was blessed with 10 great grandchildren, Ginny, Brody, Charles, Railynn, Cole, Joseph, Olivia, Jonathon, Alexandra, and Seumas. He leaves 3 sisters, JoAnne (Robert) Pierson, Nancy (Angelo) Semeraro and Marilyn (Alex) Rakowski and two sisters-in-law, Jo-Anne (Jack) Manley, Lynda (Martin) Merchant. He was predeceased by his parents, infant sister Jacquelyn and his brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Linda Earl. He leaves many loved nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 16, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion from 4-7 PM. The Elks will conduct their service rites at 4:30 p.m. and the American Legion will conduct services at 4:45 pm during calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral service on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:30 AM at Annunciation Church in Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Fr. Paul Catena. Spring internment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery where Paul will be laid to rest. Joyce and her children would like to thank Dr. James Vanderhoof, MD for his excellent care and compassion as Paul's physician. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in memory of Paul to Ilion Ambulance Fund, 1 Central Ave. Ilion; Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 or you may donate online: or Annunciation Church 109 West Street, Ilion, NY. To leave an online condolence, please visit (March 30, 2018)

James Richard Pelletier, IHS Alumnus, age 73, passed away, Saturday, March 10, 2018. Jim was born September 16, 1944 in Ilion, the son of the late James and Grace Donahue Pelletier. Jim is survived by his sister and brother in law, Eleanor (June) and Frank Manion of Ilion and their family. In keeping with Jim's wishes there will be no public services. Interment will take place in Armory Hill Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion. (May 20, 2018)

Lisa Ann (Plunkett) Harris, IHS 1989, passed away on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at the young age of 46, with her loving wife, family and friends by her side. Lisa fought brain cancer with unimaginable grace, beauty and strength. Born to Ann and Everett Fical on July 5, 1971 in Ilion, NY, Lisa attended Ilion High School and graduated from St. Elizabeth's School of Radiology. Lisa was the Assistant Director of Radiology at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, where she worked for 25 years. Lisa loved radiology and the co-workers she shared her days with. Lisa was a fun-loving, loyal woman with a passion for music, the New York Yankees, dancing and time spent laughing with friends. Lisa is survived by her loving wife and soulmate, Melanie; along with Lisa's two children, Rileigh Plunkett and Jaxson Denny, both whom she adored. Lisa also leaves behind her brothers and sisters: Rob and Stephanie Tyoe, of Dolgville, Kim Fical and significant other, Ngoc Vu, of Utica, Keith Fical, of Ilion, Robin Hilts, of Little Falls, Tammy and Ed Mosher, of Ilion and Eric Fical, of Ilion. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Diane Harris, of Port Orange, FL; her brother-in-law, Ray Harris and significant other, Marty Ripley, of Winslow, ME; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Lisa had an amazing circle of friends, too many to mention, but were all very near and dear in her heart and there by her side from beginning to end. A special "thank you" to Wilmot Cancer Center, Strong Memorial Hospital and Hope Lodge of Rochester, especially Dr. Chinazom Ibegbu, Dr. Namish Mohile and Beth Ann Sayer, RN. Lisa fought an amazing battle and will be forever missed by so many. She wanted to leave you all of with this quote, written by Maya Angelou: "You may not control the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them". At Lisa's request, there will be no calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be at a later date for family and those closest to her. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations, in Lisa's honor, to American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge, 1120 S. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620. Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home. To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online, go to (March 12, 2018)

Helen May (Burdick) Gardner, IHS Alumnus, age 93, passed away Friday, February 23, 2018. Helen was born in Ilion on May 10, 1924 the daughter of the late Authur and Lila Burdick and attended Ilion Schools. On September 22, 1963 she was united in marriage with Donald C. Gardner in Sherburne NY with Rev. Carlton VanOrnum officiating. Don passed away on November 9, 1980. Helen was employed with Loblaw's as a cashier for many years and also with Duo fold at one time. She was an Election Inspector for fifteen years retiring in 2009. Helen was a member of the Morning Star Methodist Church, a life member of the DAVA Aux., DAVA member at large, a member of the Violet Rebekah Lodge since Jan. 16, 1945 and was also a life member, a member of the E. Winfield VFW 2338, a Life Member the American Legion 920 Aux. Helen is survived by her longtime friend and caregiver Linda and Frank Kopczenski, nephews and a nieces, William (Chip) and Robin Gardner of FL, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Gardner , Mr. And Mrs. Christopher Gardner, Melinda Gardner and her sister in law Elizabeth Gardner, all of Pa. She also leaves her many friends whom she considered family, Charlotte Durse of Frankfort, Charles and Tara Durse, Ilion, Ryan Durse, George Durse, Debbie Durse and her boyfriend Jeff Farley all of Frankfort. Helen leaves other beloved friend and neighbors, Patricia Gillon of Frankfort and her son Joseph. They were very caring and loving to Helen over the years. Patti and Joe loved Helen and she loved them. Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Engle and sons for their Christian love over the years, Don and Lisa Pederson, Jim Crossway who considered her his second grandmother, Jack and Kelly Bono and Jack Jr. for their love and cookies, Bob and Ellen Culver, for their cards and candy. Nick Pianella, Mr and Mrs Corey Chrisman and family and Michael Latell Jr.She also leaves her church family that meant so much to her over the years, Brad and Harriett Haynes, Barb Horwald, Verla Hill, her friend Beverly Mallet, Morris, NY, Sherry Tucker and her family, especially Arthur, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bellino and family of Ilion. Helen also wanted to send a special thank you to the Knight Spot, Frankfort; the Village Market, Mohawk, the Medicine Shop, lion, Warren and Bill Lennox, Ilion, Nick Parella, Frankfort and a special thanks to Michael Latella of Cassville for her Sidewalk. Helen was a true friend and a gift from God. She loved and cared for all her friends in this life. Helen was a great lady and true Christian woman, who will be greatly missed by many people. Linda would like to the Helen's Dr. Constaline and all his staff for all their love and caring over the long years. And to Hospice for their love, hope and caring. Especially Lori, Carrie, Alania and Michelle. God bless them all. A Celebration of Helen's Life will be held 4:00 PM Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion with her friends, Pastors Gail and Michael Jay officiating. Friends may call Tuesday from 2:00 PM until the time of the service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care or the Herkimer County Humane Society. To leave an online condolence please go to (March 12, 2018)

Steven Brown, IHS 1983, 53, passed away February 14, 2017. He was born February 22, 1965 in Peterborough, NH, the son of the late Robert and Gail Faunce Brown, and was a graduate of Ilion High School, he received his AS degree in Forestry from Morrisville Ag. And Tech. Steve was an accomplished self-employed carpenter and loved the outdoors including camping, hunting and cross country skiing. Steve is survived by his sister and brother in law, Allyson and Robert Hutson of Selma, NC and his nephews and nieces Charlie Barnes, Benjamin Barnes, Stacey Griffith and Ashley Hutson. A Celebration of Steve's life will be Friday February 23, 2018 at 6:00 PM from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion with Rev. Robert Willable officiating. Friends may call Friday from 5-6 PM. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to consider memorials to Ilion Catholic Charities. To leave an online condolence please go to (March 12, 2018)

Mr. Earl M. Polley, Jr., IHS Alumnus, of Ilion, NY, passed away on Sunday February 11, 2018 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, town of New Hartford, NY. Earl was 77 years of age. He was born on February 28, 1940 in Ilion, NY, a son of the late Earl M., Sr. and Frances (Maneen) Polley. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and a lifelong area resident. Earl worked for many years with P & C as a meat cutter. He retired in 1999. He was a member of the District Union Local One UFCW and at one time the Ilion Moose Lodge. Being outdoors was the most ideal time for Earl. He loved camping, fishing and the serenity of the lakes. He was also fond of the state of Florida and traveling there by car was something he thoroughly enjoyed. Earl was formerly married to Theresa J. (Schilingo) Polley who passed away on July 3, 2016. He is survived by his beloved family: his son Earl J. Polley and his wife Janie and their children Brittany and Jonathon of Ilion, his daughters, Linda Zellwager and her daughter Amber of Ilion, and Cynthia Maneen and her husband Thomas and their children Tommy and Nicky of Frankfort, his sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Larry Retzloff of Ilion, his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Josephine Fetterly and her husband Howard of Ilion, and Vicky Schilingo of Frankfort, and his very special friends, Marilyn Willems and Sam Jess, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday evening February 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road in Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort), with Father Paul Catena officiating. Spring interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frankfort. Calling hours at the funeral home are on Wednesday prior to the funeral service from 4 until 7 PM. Those wishing to remember Earl in a special way are asked to consider a donation to the National Kidney Foundation of Central New York, 731 James Street Ste 408, Syracuse, NY 13203. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home for this purpose. The family would like to extend thanks to Earl's many caregivers. A memorial tribute has been established at on the Internet. (March 12, 2018)

Owen R. Roberts, Jr., IHS 1965, age 71, of Jordanville, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018. He was born on January 10, 1947, in Herkimer to the late Owen R. Roberts Sr. and Marion Kane. He is survived by his wife, Linda (Abeling) Roberts; their son Eric Roberts and his wife Desiree and granddaughter Nyssa of Plano, TX; daughter Violet Wolfe, and her spouse, Ehren, of Edwardsville, IL; and his in-laws, Ralph and Louise Abeling of Essex Jct., VT, and Pam and Dale Abeling of Fletcher, NC, Diane and Russell Bouck of Raleigh, NC, Dave and Sheila Abeling of Fairport, NY Owen graduated from Ilion High School in 1965. He served honorably in the United States Navy upon graduation. He married Linda on December 27, 1969. Owen worked as Maintenance Supervisor for Remington Arms Company, at the Ilion Firearms Plant, before retiring. He continued to work after retirement, most recently as Asset Protection for Walmart at the Distribution Center in Sharon Springs. Owen was a hard-working man, determined to give everything he had to those that he loved or to lend a helping hand to those in need. He enjoyed tinkering around the house on small projects and spending time with his wife and the dogs at camp in the summers. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family in keeping with Owen's last wishes. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. In lieu of flowers friends are asked to consider Memorial donations in Owen's name to To leave an online condolence and light a candle, please go to (March 12, 2018)

Kenneth James Gonyea, IHS Alumnus, age 80, formerly of Herkimer, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, January 9, 2018 at New Rock Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Rochester. He was born on April 14, 1937, in Brandon, a son of the late Cecil and Erma Marshall Gonyea. He was educated in Ilion High School and at one time worked as a machinist with Remington Arms in Ilion. He moved to Rochester in 1980. Surviving are his sister Joyce Maytan and her husband Walter of Herkimer a brother Richard Gonyea and his wife Vita of Frankfort, a half-brother David Clookey and his wife Donna of Rochester, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Lloyd Gonyea and a sister Elizabeth Buchinski. A graveside service at Mt. View Memorial Gardens will take place in the spring at a time to be announced. Funeral arrangements are with Fenner Funeral Home Inc., Herkimer. (January 20, 2018)

Jean (Goldin) George, IHS 1967,68 of Ilion, passed away peacefully at home, on Friday January 5, 2018. Jean was born on January 26, 1949 in Ilion, she was the daughter of the late Maurice and Martina (Warner) Goldin, and she was a 1967 graduate of Ilion Schools and attended Utica Computer and Business Machines. She had various jobs, in the area, throughout her life. Jean was an active member of the Ilion First United Methodist Church and the church choir as well as the UMW. She is survived by her son Thomas of Liverpool NY; two brothers Maurice and his wife LeVeta Goldin of Battlefield MO, and Thomas and his wife Diane Goldin of Ilion; a sister Janet Palmer and her companion Fred Liddle of Otego. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Jean will be held on Tuesday January 9, 2018 at 5 pm, Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 pm until the time of the funeral, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Interment will be in the spring at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. In lieu of flowers Jean's family ask the memorial donations be made to Morning Star Ministries 36 Second St. Ilion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to (January 20, 2018)

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