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Janice "Jan" Ingersoll IHS 1951, age 86, formerly of Ilion, passed away October 31, 2020, in Virginia. Jan was born December 30, 1933, in Elkhart, IN, the daughter of Allen and Bessie (Troyer) Ingersoll and grew up in Ilion, NY. She had one brother, Aldon, who passed away March 8, 2011. After graduating from Ilion High School in 1951, Jan worked in town before joining the US Navy in January 1955 and served until her discharge in 1959, receiving the Good Conduct Medal. Jan was stationed at the Pentagon, where she assisted with the office operations of an Admiral who was blind. She later transferred to the White House Social Office during President Eisenhower's second term. As a demonstration of her character, Jan was placing seating name cards when President Eisenhower and an aide entered the room and observed her for a time. Jan, working diligently, did not stop to acknowledge the President, who turned to his aide to ask, "Who is that little girl?" Jan worked at the White House until her early retirement in 1981. She very much valued and enjoyed her time at the White House and the seven Presidents and First Ladies with whom she served. During event rehearsals, Jan was sometimes asked to substitute for a First Lady. Jan had been a member of the Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA, and enjoyed Christian radio on SongTime USA. She lived an unassuming life and spent most of her retirement relaxing in Rehoboth Beach, DE, with her beloved pooches and kitties. Surprisingly, she became a baseball fan and rarely missed a Washington Nationals game. Jan was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt, great-aunt, and friend. She is survived by her niece and four nephews, including John Ingersoll, Cheryl (Ingersoll) Quartararo and her family, and Peter Ingersoll, his wife Leah, and children Mallory and James. She is also survived by several cousins. The Ingersoll and Quartararo families wish to extend a heart-felt thank you to Jan's longtime friend, Carole Farrar, who took such great care of Jan during her waning months. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Jan's Celebration of Life and Graveside Committal Service, at 1:30 p.m., on Friday, May 14, 2021, at Armory Hill Cemetery, Benedict Ave., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Janice, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will also be available at the cemetery service. Jan's service arrangements are entrusted to her former neighbor, family friend, and Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion.(May 9, 2021)

 

Rev. Susan J (Blowers) Hoke IHS 1959, age 79, of Orlando, formerly of New York, passed away on Saturday May 1, 2021 in Orlando. Susan was born on August 30, 1941 in Ilion, the daughter of, the late, John and Hazel (Fitch) Blowers. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and has a degree in Theology from Emory University. In 1976 she was united in marriage to Bennett Hoke, he passed away in 1981. She is a retired and HOSPICE minister having worked for 20 years in Syracuse and 20 years in Florida. She was a member of the National Chaplin's Association, the American Association of University Women and embroiders guild. She is survived by a brother Edward and a sister Ann as well as several nieces and nephews. A graveside service for Susan will be held on Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm, Rev Robert Wollaber will officiate. 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.(May 9, 2021)

 

Stewart C. Pelton IHS 1952, age 88, Bradenton, FL, passed away on May 2, 2021. Stewart served in the Army and is a veteran of the Korean War. He received several medals for his service. Stewart served his country with pride. He was born and grew up in Ilion, NY. He married Barbara and raised two children, Kari and Garret, in Liverpool, NY. Stewart had a successful career with Gulf Oil where he was afforded an early retirement. He got to enjoy many of his years going between their home in Raquette Lake, NY, in the Adirondacks and Bradenton, FL. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing throughout his years. He and his wife eventually settled in FL permanently. Stewart is survived by his wife, Barbara Garlock Pelton; his daughter, Kari Pelton Dillon; daughter-in-law, Darlene Pelton; and predeceased by his son, Garret Pelton. He also leaves six grandchildren, L. Timmerman, Stephen Dillon, Natasha Pelton Hill and husband, Mathew Hill, Brittany Pelton Goode and husband, Tyler Goode, Joshua Pelton, and Michael Kildow; two great-grandchildren, Winston Goode and Tripp (John) Timmerman; and close friends. He will be laid to rest at a private ceremony in the company of his family. (May 9, 2021)

 

Timothy L. Darling IHS 1985, age 54, of South Fourth Avenue, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away on Monday evening, May 3, 2021 at Albany Medical Center. He had the love and support of his children at his bedside, when his passing occurred. Tim was born on August 4, 1966 in Ilion, New York. He was the son of Carl Darling and Janet Johnson but was raised by his grandparents George and Dorothy Darling. He graduated from Ilion Jr/Sr High School in 1985. He was married to Cheryl March on May 21, 1988, with whom he shares three sons. He served as a Corrections Officer for New York State. He is survived by his three boys; Ethan and his wife Ashley (Stephens) Darling, Josh Darling and his fiancé Brittney Florian and Aaron Darling. He leaves behind four grandchildren; Reagan Darling, Braxton Darling, MaKenna Darling and Haislee Darling. Also surviving are his sisters, Pat Darling, Kim Javitz and Tammy Darling, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Passionate about many things, his interests including riding his Harley, boating and Go-Karting with his boys. He loved boating with his family and many friends on the St. Lawrence. From doing poker runs to para-sailing, his happy place was on the river. If he wasn't boating you would find him at the racetrack with Ethan, Josh and Aaron. He loved watching the boy's race. He was there, helping them and coaching them every weekend. Timothy and his family's care has been entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidleman Road), Little Falls, 315-508-5131. A celebration of Tim's life will take place Friday, May 14th from 4pm-6pm at the funeral home with a service commencing at 6pm, at MVFC. Burial will be private. (May 8, 2021)

 

Eric M. Kasper IHS 1969, age 69, of Little River, SC, passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Eric was born in Ilion on May 26, 1951. He was a 1969 graduate of Ilion High School. Shortly after high school, Eric enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He was honorably discharged in 1973. Upon returning to his hometown of Ilion, Eric started his career in the Fire Department. He worked in the Herkimer and Ilion Fire Departments, before having to retire in 1978 due to being injured in a motorcycle accident. After retiring, he decided to further his education. He was a 1984 graduate of Herkimer County Community College and a 1986 graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. After graduating, Eric started his career in Insurance. He was employed at WJ Cox in Williamsville, NY, Builders Mutual Insurance and then Stonewood Insurance, both in North Carolina. While retiring in Little River, SC, he still worked part time at the Mar Vista Grande in North Myrtle Beach. Eric was a very talented carpenter and took great pride in his work and all his projects that he was doing to make his house a home. When he wasn't working, chances are, you could find him out on the golf course doing what he loved to do most. Eric is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Erika and Ken Root and their daughters, Alexa and Makenna Root of Ilion. "His girls" were his pride and joy and it was obvious to anyone that knew him, that he loved them more than life itself; his brother Scott Kasper and wife Kimberly, of Florida; niece, Michelle Kasper of California; niece, Pamela Kasper and nephew Scott Kasper of Florida; brother, Mark Kasper; many friends, including those he was very close with: Mike Porter Sr. of Forestport, Chris Weeden of Cedar Lake, Jessica "RD" Elsass of Ohio and Cynthia Niner of Little River. He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Pauline Kasper, his brother Larry and close friends, Dennis Prior and Clark Swinehart. Eric's family would like to thank his special friends from the Diamondback Golf Course and the staff at Loris Hospital for their valiant efforts in trying to save his life. In keeping with Eric's wishes, there will be no funeral services. There will be celebrations of his life in NY and in SC planned for a later date. (May 8, 2021)

 

Hilda C. (Crouch) Parker IHS 1953, age 84, passed away April 30th, 2021, from complications related to dementia. She was born Hilda Klinkhart Crouch, daughter of James and Gertrude (Klinkhart) Crouch. A 1953 graduate of Ilion Central School, she participated in numerous community activities, choir, volleyball, basketball, softball and soccer. Her future husband, was a 1951 graduate, James Alden Parker and they were joined in marriage, in January of 1957. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2017. Hilda will be dearly missed by her husband, Jim; sons, James Jr., and Ben (Ray); daughter, Lany; grand and great- grandchildren, Brittany (Patrick) and Dominic Riebold, James III (Ela), Scarlett and Imaari Parker, Kelly (Gabriela) Wolfe, Megan (Otilio) Gonzalez, Amanda (Austin) and Nora Hester, Brent Parker and Drew Parker; In-laws, Lawrence, Karen and Linda and their families; cousins, Maris Keller and Lany Mankowski and their families; nieces and nephews. Hilda was a loving mother, wife and homemaker, active in PTA and Garden Club. She treasured antique furniture and inherited family heirlooms, was a pioneer in garage sales and village recycling projects, Bookkeeper for her husband's businesses from Boston to Utica, her store on Otsego Street, the Parker's Cider Mill and Ilion's Farmer's Market. Hilda's family wishes to offer their sincerest thanks to family friends, medical professionals and caretakers that provided her with comfort and assisted them. God bless all of you. A memorial service is planned for late summer, as relatives will be attending from Germany, California, Florida, New England and the Mid-West. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, NY, Funeral Directors, Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia. Online condolences may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (May 8, 2021)

 

Steven M. Morris IHS 1979, 59, of Utica, passed away on Wednesday April 28, 2021, after a brief illness, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. Steve was born on May 3, 1961 in Ilion the son of Michael and Joann (Moreau) Morris. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools. Steve is survived by his father Mike of Ilion; three sisters Laurie Maurer, Michelle and her husband Steve Waite and Susan and her husband Greg Hook all of Ilion. He is predeceased by his mother Joann Savicki and a brother John. A memorial service for Steve will be held on Monday May 3, 2021 at 10 am with Deacon James Bower officiating. (May 8, 2021)

 

Lucia A. "Lucy" (Smaldone) Hight IHS Alumnus, 80 of Ilion, passed away on Tuesday April 27, 2021, at home with her family by her side. Lucy was born on September 12, 1940 in Jordanville the daughter of, the late, Anthony and Mildred (Snyder) Smaldone Sr. She attended Ilion schools and had several jobs throughout her life, but none more important than being a wife, mother and grand mother. On October 15, 1955 she was united in marriage to the love of her life Lloyd "Red" Hight, he passed away on November 26, 2015. She was also a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Utica. Lucy is survived by her three sons Ted and his wife Judy of Ilion, Dale and his wife Patricia of Schuyler and John and his wife Judy of Ilion; her daughter, and caregiver, LuAnn and her husband David Young of Ilion; a brother Anthony Smaldone Jr. of Frankfort; eleven grandchildren and 21 great grand children, with three on the way. She also leaves several nieces nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by a brother Lewis and two sisters Myrtle Spencer and Helen Jennison. Lucy's family wish to thank Lori Regilski for all of her love, help and compassion in caring for Lucy. A graveside service for Lucy will be held on Saturday May 1, 2021 at 11am at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, Pastor Paul Banister will officiate. 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. (April 28, 2021)

 

Elizabeth 'Liz' Faribanks Barrell Skinner - Ilion NY
Elizabeth "Liz" Fairbanks Barrell Skinner
1975 - IHS Teacher

Elizabeth "Liz" Barrell Skinner - IHS Faculty, 81, of Herkimer, passed away peacefully on April 20, 2021 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. Liz was born on October 7, 1939 in Providence RI, daughter of Joseph and Beth (Hawkey) Barrell. Liz began her teaching career in Frankfort, transferred to Ilion High School as a librarian, taught English and General Science while earning her M.Ed. from Syracuse University, then taught Regents Earth Science before retiring after more than 30 years as an educator. Beloved by her students, she supported them in everything from remedial reading to coaching Girls Cross Country to starting the Future Bikers of America organization with some Ilion students. She brought her deep love of geology to all she met, taking students on fossil hunts throughout the Mohawk Valley and never returning from a trip without a new rock. She read road cuts like great literature. To take a walk with Liz was to learn that everything in nature had a name, a history, a purpose. For her, there was no contradiction between science and religion -- it was all God's creation. In 1990 in Lewisburg, PA, she was united in marriage to James Skinner, with whom she shared over 30 years of loving companionship. Liz was a person of many talents and known throughout the northeast for her sewing and repair business, "Liz's Leather." She and her husband were regulars at regional motorcycle events, socializing while repairing leather garments and sewing patches onto jackets. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Herkimer, where she and her husband helped prepare and serve community meals for those in need. Liz is survived by her loving husband Jim, and her children: Kirsten "Bee" Tolman, Stacia Tolman, Ebenezer Tolman, Sorche Fairbank, Alex Fairbank, and Jose Keil. She is predeceased by her brother Renn Tolman and sister Sarah Webb Barrell. Her family wishes to thank the staff at Valley Health Services for their unceasing care and compassion given during her stay. In keeping with Liz's wishes, there are no public services at this time, services will be planned when weather improves and COVID restriction are eased. Friends and family are asked to please consider donation in Liz's memory to either Catholic Charities 61 West St. Ilion, NY 13357 or Christ Episcopal Church Community Outreach Dinner 300 N. Main St. Herkimer, NY 13350. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, NY. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 28, 2021)

 

Patrick Moylan - Ilion NY
Patrick Moylan
1975 - History Teacher

Patrick Michael Moylan - IHS Social Studies Faculty, age 82, passed away at home Tuesday on April 13th. Pat was predeceased by his loving wife of 52 years, Margaret Moylan, on March 12th. He is survived by his nephews and niece. Pat holds a master's degree at Colgate University. He taught history at Ilion High School, where he and Margaret met and where she taught English. They are both remembered fondly by former students. He retired to care for his wife after she was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, but they both remained active and were advocates for promoting treatment and research of Parkinson's. He had a wonderful memory and could recite the names and terms of service of all United States presidents, often while shaking a niece or nephew's hand in what they relished as an "Uncle Pat handshake." He and his wife were active in local theater, where he directed and acted. They created and performed shows explaining what living with Parkinson's was like. He was devoted to Margie's care and they were a wonderful team. A memorial service, for the couple, is planned on July 31st at 11 am, in the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Parkinson's Foundation - parkinsons.org or to the Presbyterian Homes Foundation, attn. Parkinson's Disease. 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. (April 23, 2021)

 

James Michael Gollegly IHS 1969, age 69, a native of Ilion, New York, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 in Hobe Sound, Florida. He was born on June 9, 1951, in Ilion, a son of the late Emmett J. and Audrey (Stapp) Gollegly and was a graduate of Ilion High School. He had been a longtime resident of Daytona Beach, Florida, where he worked with Flav-o-Rich Milk Company and later Wal-Mart Produce Department in Ormond Beach. He was a man of Catholic faith who could complete any crossword puzzle handed his way. He loved sarcasm, bowling, coffee, and Old Westerns and will be dearly missed by his loving family. Surviving family members include his children: Jana Moore (Scott, Ky, Josiah, and Aniyah) and Melissa Gollegly, all of Seattle, WA; his siblings, Pamela Griffin, of Whitney Point, NY, Sherri Morris, of Ilion, NY, Kevin P. Gollegly and his wife, Marlene, of Herkimer and Renee Gollegly, of Herkimer; along with his Aunt Carol Gollegly, of Utica, NY; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held in the Summer of 2021, at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. There are no calling hours. Those wishing are asked to consider donations in his memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, Ilion, NY, Funeral Directors, Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia. (April 12, 2021)

 

Mary Ann (Smithson) Jory IHS 1969, age 71 of Ilion and Piseco Lake passed away April 1, 2021 with her loving family at her side. Mary Ann was a magnificent wife, mother, daughter, nana, sister, aunt and friend. Born February 11, 1950 in Ilion the daughter of the late Arthur and Virginia (Emrich) Smithson. She attended Ilion Schools with the Class of 1969. On May 7, 1971 she was united in marriage to Bernard Jory at the Church of the Annunciation. Mary Ann was employed by the Ilion Central School District at the former Remington Elementary School where she was very active in the PTO, retiring after 30 plus years of service. Mary Ann had a special place in her heart for the Adirondacks and her camp at Piseco Lake where she was the captain of her party barge, never letting anyone drive it but her granddaughters. A true matriarch of the family with a strong character always taking care of everyone before herself. Her unselfish ways and her unconditional love was a true inspiration to all who knew her. A great cook with dozens of recipes that will be surely missed. Mom was our rock and nothing made her happier than making Christmas special for her family. As a proud Nana she never missed a game or program as she was proud of her granddaughters' academic and sports achievements. She is survived by her husband Bernard, her sons Michael Jory and his wife Cheryl, Andrew Jory and his wife Martina, Matthew Jory and his friend Brian Senesac; four cherished granddaughters Chelsea Genevive Jory, Justine Mary Karin Jory, Emily Theresa Jory and Lauren Marie Jory; her in-laws Barbara Smithson, Jane Smithson, Jeanette and Bill Evans, Ann and Fred Joseph, Peggy and Bob Labuz, Paul and Christina Jory, Mary and James Crehan, Phil and Anne Jory, James Jory, Ed and Mary Lynne Jory; also several special nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by her beloved parents Art and Virginia, her brothers James Emrich, Richard Smithson, Ronald Smithson, Robert Smithson; her sister in-law Ann Smithson and her father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Mildred Jory. Funeral services for Mary Ann will be private. Graveside services for Mary Ann will be held on Wednesday April 7, 2021 at 1:30 at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, Deacon James Bower will officiate. Friends and family are asked to please consider memorial donations to the Piseco Lake Ambulance C/O Bernard Jory 148 E. North St. Ilion, NY 13357. 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. April 12, 2021)

 

Dorothy L. (Seelbach) Suits IHS Alumnus, age 87, of Herkimer passed away on Wednesday March 31, 2021 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. Dorothy was born on February 4, 1934 in Ilion. She was the daughter of, the late, Harold E. and Elizabeth (Clark) Seelbach. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and worked in various places as a housekeeper. On March 29, 1950 she was united in marriage to Carl E. Suits in Ilion. Carl passed away in 1991. Dorothy was a member of the Morning Star Methodist Church in Ilion, OES-Evening Star Chapter, Young at Hearts in Frankfort and was a HOSPICE Volunteer. She was also an avid crossword puzzle player. Dorothy is survived by her three sons Carl and Cathleen Suits of Frankfort, Richard Suits of Little Falls and Thomas and his wife Terry of Herkimer; a daughter Margaret Sanderson of E. Herkimer; two sisters Linda and her husband Donald Polly of Ilion and Eileen Price of Watkins Glenn; a sister in law Rosalie Seelbach of TX; several grand and great grandchildren. She is predeceased by several brothers and sisters and a son in law. A graveside service will be held on a date and time to be announced at Mt. View Memorial Garden in Little Falls. There are no public calling hours. Friends and family are asked to please consider memorial donations to HOSPICE and Palliative Care 4277 Middle Settlement Rd. New Hartford, NY 13413. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. (April 12, 2021)

 

Randall "Randy" Johnson IHS 1982, 58 of Mohawk, passed away at home on Monday March 29, 2021 after a brief battle with cancer. Randy was born on March 3, 1963 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Bruce and Betsy (Warner) Johnson. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and received an associate's degree in botany while in California. He was an avid paver working for several paving companies over the years but most recently Jessie Brown in MA. Randy is survived by his companion and caregiver Betsey Dunckel a brother Greg "Scott" Johnson and his wife Patty of Birdsboro, PA; two daughters and a granddaughter; nieces and nephews Gabrielle, Mitchell, Lee, Asliyah and Anthony Johnson and JenniBeth Kalka; his very special great nephews Trent and Nikolai and close friends Mike Kelly, Jesse Brown and Billy Rivenburg. He also leaves his fur buddies Toogher, Kaiser, Diesel, Rosie, Bud and Lil. In keeping with Randy's wishes he was cremated, and his ashes will be scattered on North Hampton Beach, NH. (March 24, 2021)

 

Margaret Moylan - Ilion NY
Margaret Moylan
1975 - English Teacher

Margaret Fulmer Moylan - IHS English Faculty, age 76, passed away on March 12th. She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Patrick Moylan. She was predeceased by her brother, David McAdam Fulmer. She attended St. Bonaventure University and Colgate University. In 1966, she began teaching English in Ilion NY and was beloved by her students, with many considering her the best English teacher they had. She retired after 20 years due to Parkinson's disease. She and her husband were very active in local theater, and she performed even after her diagnosis. She loved music and singing and performed for three summers with the Saratoga-Potsdam chorus in Saratoga, with the Philadelphia orchestra. She was a prolific writer, with her poetry highlighting the ups and downs of living with Parkinson's. She will be missed. A memorial service will be planned for the summer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Parkinson's Foundation - parkinsons.org or to the Presbyterian Homes Foundation 4290 Middlesettlement Rd. New Hartford, NY 13413-attn. Parkinson's Disease. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send Margaret's family an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 24, 2021)

 

Robert T. 'Skeeter' Morris IHS 1949 age 89, of Venice, FL, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. His beloved wife of 64 years, Antoinette (Anne), was by his side. The youngest of nine children, Robert was born in 1931 to Thomas and Margaret Morris in Ilion, NY. Education was a priority for him and strongly emphasized to his children and grandchildren. In high school, he won the Lever Cup, awarded for scholastic and athletic achievement, two years in a row. Robert was a standout in football, basketball and baseball and excelled in academics. He attended Hobart College on a football scholarship, choosing to leave to join the US Army after his freshman year. He later graduated from Utica College with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. In 1957, he married Anne Mazzae, the love of his life and best friend. Early in his career, he served the US government in the Watertown and Binghamton IRS. Promoted to Group Manager, he led the Queensbury office for 18 years before retiring. In 1999, Robert and Anne moved to Florida. They spent summers at their camp in the Adirondacks, hosting family reunions every year. Children and grandchildren relaxed by the lake while catching up over a game of pitch or bean bag toss on the beach. Robert was the proud, generous and supportive father of Bob, Colleen, Donna, Gerry, Julie and Joe; and the delighted grandfather of nine. He was modest, patient and thoughtful to the end. A Celebration of Robert's Life will take place at 11 AM on Monday, July 26th at St. James Catholic Church, Lake Pleasant, NY. Donations can be made to Tidewell Foundation of Sarasota, FL at https://tidewellfoundation.org/donate/. (April 7, 2021)

 

Joseph P. "Sonny" Tamburro - Elementary Teacher age 91, a lifelong Frankfort resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, March 9, 2021, with the constant love and support of his family at his side. His passing occurred at the Foltsbrook in Herkimer where he has received compassionate care throughout his last days. Born in Frankfort on March 17, 1929, Joseph was the son of the late Dominick and Rose (Frank) Tamburro. He also knew the love and support of his stepmother, Stephanie "Fanny" Zito-Tamburro. His childhood years were spent in Frankfort and he was a graduate from Frankfort High School with the Class of 1947. Joe went on to further his education at SUNY Oneonta where he obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Education. On June 19, 1959, Joe was wed to the former Donna Lee Card and together they started a family and shared in a devoted union of over forty-two years until Donna's passing on October 19, 2001. After Donna's passing, Joe was once again blessed to find love with Eleanor (Hughes) Reina. They were married on August 25, 2007, surrounded by their children and grandchildren, and have spent the last 13 years in a constant companionship. Ellie was by Joe's side every step of the way and truly fulfilled her dedication as his wife until the very end of his life's journey. Joe's career as an educator was spent with the Ilion Central School District where he taught fourth grade at West Hill and Remington elementary schools. He truly loved what he did every day and even all these years later would delight in running into and catching up with his former students. He retired after a thirty-year career in 1989. Joe was a longtime member of the Frankfort Kiwanis and a life member of the St. Francis di Paola Society. He was devoted to his Catholic Faith, attending weekly mass at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church and participating in the S.S. Addolorata Society. Most people who met Joe would remember him as a man who loved to regale in a good story, share a joke and give others the gift of laughter. He had a great sense of humor and never held anything back; he truly had the "gift of gab" and was a genuine people person. In his spare time, he enjoyed tending to his garden, playing cards, traveling and spending time at the family camp on Lake Pleasant. He also had a knack in the kitchen and loved nothing better than a good meal surrounded by his extended family. Joe is survived by his devoted wife, Ellie; his sons, Jeffrey Tamburro and husband, Paul Durocher, of Largo, FL and Joseph Tamburro and wife, Karlee, of Frankfort; his daughter, Mary Rutnik and husband, Daniel, of Delmar, NY; his grandchildren, Alexandra, Kathryn and Olivia Tamburro and Nicholas, Andrew and Daniel Rutnik; his stepchildren, Kathleen and Thomas Grates of North Carolina, Michele and Gary Caiola of Frankfort, Christopher and Linda Reina of Mohawk, Bernadette Reina of Mohawk, Karen and Richard Wasielewski of Frankfort and Joseph and Pamela Reina of Frankfort; along with ten step-grandchildren and fifteen step-great-grandchildren. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends too numerous to mention. Aside from his parents and wife, Donna, Joe was predeceased by an infant brother, Peter Tamburro. Friends and relatives are invited to Joe's funeral which will commence on his 92nd Birthday, Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 10:30 AM at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Frankfort. In keeping with current health restrictions, those attending the mass will be asked to wear a mask and social distancing will be in effect. Spring interment will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Joe's final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors of the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (March 12, 2021)

 

Mr. Enos Nicolette IHS 1944, of South Washington Street, Mohawk, New York, went to be with Jesus at the age of 94, on Tuesday morning, March 9, 2021, at the home of his son in the Town of Columbia, NY, with his loving wife at his bedside. He was born on July 27, 1926, in East Frankfort, NY, a son of the late Joseph and Rose (Cacciatore) Nicolette and was educated in East Frankfort & Ilion schools. He joined in marriage with Lillian D. Davis, on January 10, 1953, at the Mohawk Blessed Sacrament Church. Mr. and Mrs Nicolette shared many wonderful years together. He was a longtime member of the Redeemer Church and had served our country with the United States Army and was in Belgium at the war's end with occupation troops. He was last employed with Library Bureau, in Herkimer, NY as a Woodworker for 40 years. He was a member of the Mohawk American Legion and the Fort Herkimer Amateur Radio Association, Inc. Enos spent much of his time woodworking in his shop and especially loved his Sunday family dinners. He also enjoyed bread making and was a devoted New York Yankees fan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Lillian; five sons, Robert Nicolette and his longtime friend, Carla Luther, of Waterville, New York, Alan Nicolette and his wife, Sara, of Ilion, New York, Francis Nicolette and his wife, Connie, of Watertown, New York, Thomas Nicolette and his wife, Josephine (Sohn), of Frankfort, New York, and David Nicolette and his wife, Leslie, of Ilion, New York; his two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marion Pizer, of Ilion and Madeline Stephenson and her husband, John, of Ilion; grand and great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Joseph Kline and children Alexandra, Ariana, Christopher and Sophia and Ellen Nicolette and children, Madison Nicolette and Sebastian Duvall, Lauren and Jeremiah and their son, Noah, Alexandra Nicolette, Timothy and Juliana Nicolette, Jeremiah Stewart and their child, Noah, and Joseph and Kiara Nicolette and their child, Nixon, Katherine and Caroline, Tyson and Janet Ford and their daughter, Maggie and Tyson's sister, Cassidy Nicolette; along with many special and close nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Rose Baldwin and Julia Nicolette; and his brothers, Salvatore, Joseph, John, Vincent "Babe" and Angelo Nicolette. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 12th, at 7:00 p.m. from the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY, (Main Street between Frankfort and Ilion). Interment will be in the spring with full military honors, at Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 5 until 7p.m. and attend the funeral service to follow at 7p.m. If you plan to attend calling hours or the funeral services, due to COVID restrictions, a mask will be required. Thank you. Those wishing to remember Enos in a special way in lieu of floral offerings, may consider a donation in his memory to the Compassion Coalition, 509 Lafayette Street, Utica, New York 13502. A special thank you is extended to the Veteran Administration, especially Amanda and the Acacia Homecare. The aides and the equipment allowed Enos to be in the comfort of the family home and it is appreciated. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. (315) 894-8000. (March 12, 2021)

 

Gary J. Fauvelle IHS 1962, age 76, of Prospect Ave., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 8, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford. He was born on June 3, 1944, in Herkimer, the son of Alcid and Dorothy (Godfrey) Fauvelle. Gary attended Annunciation School and Ilion High School. On November 27, 1985, he was married to Sandra "Sandy" Forbes in Mohawk. Mr. Fauvelle was employed at the Union Fork & Hoe Co., Frankfort. He also worked as a machine operator and sub-assembler at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for many years. He was a member of the United Mine Workers. Gary enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving family members include his loving wife, Sandra; his sister, Sandra "Sandy" Engelbrecht and her husband, Richard, of Ilion; his brother-in-law, Robert Hart, of Herkimer; his sister-in-law, Carol Matthie, of Mohawk; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Richard Fauvelle; and his sister, Linda Hart. Gary's Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, with Father Paul Catena, Pastor, officiating. If you are planning on attending the Memorial Mass, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Thank you for your understanding. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Gary, 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 Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, 61 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 or Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the church before the Mass. Gary's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his long time friend, classmate and family's Funeral Director, Don Applegate, of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). (April 23, 2021)

 

John W. Ludden IHS 1965, age 74, of Bellevue Ave., Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at The Grand, in Ilion, with his wife, Virginia "Ginny" by his side. He was born on September 10, 1946, in Ilion, the son of John L. and Bernice (Schroll) Ludden and graduated from Ilion High School, in 1965. John was married to Virginia Parkhurst, on December 19, 1969, in Ilion. Mr. Ludden was employed as a driver and later a warehouse worker at the Association for the Blind, Utica. He also worked as a school bus driver for Bernie Bus Co., Utica. John had attended the Ilion Baptist Church and at one time was Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Surviving family members include his wife, Virginia "Ginny"; his sons and daughters-in-law, James and Lynn Ludden, of Ilion and Robert and Nancy Ludden, of Toledo, Ohio; 5 grandchildren, Antonia, Kimberly, Rosaleigh, John and Catherine Ludden; 2 great-grandsons, Jaiden Ludden-Pendolf and Kayden Coons; his sister, Christine Fort, of Balston Spa, NY; one niece and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents. Due to COVID restrictions, there will be a private family service at a later date at the convenience of the family. Any family member attending will need to wear a mask. Thank you. Anyone wishing to share a memory of John, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. John's service arrangements were prearranged and are entrusted to his Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Homes, of Ilion (315-895-7722). (March 12, 2021)

 

Sharon L. (Chambers) Kerns IHS 1965, age 74, of Canon City, Colorado, formerly of Kansas and New York, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 7, 2021 while at Parkland Medical Center in Pueblo, CO. Sharon was born February 26, 1947, in Little Falls, New York, daughter of Harold Lewis Chambers and Eva Mae (Hall) Chambers. She graduated from Ilion Jr-Sr High School, Ilion, NY in 1965. After high school she attended Washburn University of Topeka, KS, where she majored in music education. She and Alvin Preble married in 1969 in Salina, KS, and shortly thereafter moved to Casper, Wyoming, where her son Wesley was born in 1970. Sharon returned to Kansas in 1972 with her son, and completed her college degree at Marymount College in Salina, Kansas. While in Salina, Sharon was a dedicated member of the French horn section of the Salina Symphony. Life took Sharon back to New York for several years, and then back to Hillsboro Kansas, where she stayed until moving to Colorado in 2005. While in Kansas she met and married Ron Kerns, who passed away in 1985. Sharon has been a church musician since high school, playing for nearly 55 years in many churches, including St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Ilion, NY, Good News Christian Fellowship Church, Marion, KS, and concluding her career in Canon City at St. John's Lutheran Church until her retirement last year. She also used her musical education to teach music appreciation in community colleges, and was a substitute teacher both in Hillsboro, KS and in Canon City, which were endeavors she thoroughly enjoyed. Sharon was a very caring individual, and spent much of her working life in the medical field, serving as a nurses' aide and CMA in several nursing homes and assisted living centers in Kansas. She also expanded her world view by hosting many foreign exchange students, some with whom she has remained in contact. Sharon was a devout Christian and gave much energy and dedication to her spiritual life, to the churches she played in, and to the churches she called home, such as Good News Christian in Marion, KS, and Vineyard Church in Canon City. Sharon is survived by her son, Wesley, daughter-in-law, Jeri, and their children, Samantha and Tyler Phillips, Sean and Logan Preble, all of Oklahoma City, and grandchildren Kylie and Joshua Preble/Reagan of Sherman, Texas. She is also survived by her sister Caryl Chacey-Guba (Tom Guba) of Lawrence, KS, and brothers Roger (Joyce) Chambers of Utica, NY and Edward (Salvacion) Chambers of Lafayette, IN. Additionally, she leaves nieces Karen Chacey Gipson of Kansas, and Kalynda Chambers of Indiana, as well as nephews Larry and Victor Chambers of New York and Michael Chacey of Kansas. Sharon was predeceased by her parents, and granddaughter Kelli Preble/Reagan Funeral services will be held at The Vineyard Church 245 S. Raynolds Ave., Canon City, on Saturday March 13, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. with internment next to Ron Kerns in Hillsboro, Kansas later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations either to The Vineyard church, Canon City or to St. John's Lutheran Church also in Canon City. The family wishes to thank Sharon's friends Stacy Swaggart, Rebecca Cooling, and Celeste Wilson for their love and support of Sharon in the physical absence of family due to the pandemic, as well as the doctors and staff of Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO for their skill and care during her illness. (March 12, 2021)

 

Marlene Ann (Harter) Christie IHS Alumnus, was born on March 25, 1942 to Raymond J. Harter and Dorothy Rowell Harter in Herkimer, New York and grew up in Ilion, New York. Marlene was very proud of her heritage, being a direct descendant of the Palatine Harter's that arrived in America in 1710 and settled the Mohawk Valley. Marlene would often remind people that "SHE BELONGED HERE." One of Marlene's ancestors, Lawrence Harter, a patriot, fought at the Battle of Oriskany during the Revolutionary War and by virtue of her descent from a patriot, Marlene was approved to be a member of the Daughter of the American Revolution in 2006. Marlene was married on August 19, 1961 to Dale Christie in Annunciation Church in Ilion. A truly loving union of almost 60 years!!. Marlene and Dale have two children, Marie Christie of Palm Beach Gardens FL and Lou Christie of Schuyler; she also has one grandson, Cole Zarecki of W. Palm Beach, Fl. Marlene resided in Schuyler and in Pompano Beach, Fl. And was elected as Pompano's Palm Aire's building 51 President for 11 years, representing 80 families. Marlene has been a resident of the ST. Johnsville Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for the past three years. The Christie family is grateful for the love and compassionate care shown to Marlene by their staff. Marlene was active in the Frankfort-Schuyler PTO and was a devout supporter of the Frankfort-Schuyler Girls Varsity Sports, The Schuyler Recreation Commission, Our Lady Queen of Apostle's Religious Education Staff, the East Schuyler Community Club along with the Col. Marinus Willett Chapter of the DAR. Marlene was predeceased by her parents, Dale's parents, Louis and Minnie Christie, her brother , Edward and his wife, Gail Harter, brother in law, Harry Christie and nephews, Edward Harter and Harry Christie Jr. Marlene leaves behind her sister in law, Patricia Christie and her nieces, nephews and cousins. Her funeral will be held Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:30 AM in Annunciation Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Paul Catena. Spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Her funeral arrangements have been entrusted to of the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Avenue, Frankfort. There will be no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marlene's memory may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Marlene's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (March 12, 2021)

 

Margaret Wright Vivyan IHS Cafeteria Staff - With heavy hearts, the family of Margaret (Wright) Vivyan said goodbye to her on Friday, February 26, 2021. She was our rock. Her love for us, and our love for her, knew no bounds. She will be dearly missed and remembered every single day. Margaret was born on April 3, 1930 to her loving parents, Charles and Marietta (Turner) Wright. Margaret married the love of her life, Gordon (Jim) Vivyan on April 15, 1950. They shared almost 65 years of adventures. Margaret and Jim raised five children. They were always there for their children and later their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Margaret and Jim went to every game, concert, play and recital to cheer their loved ones on. Margaret and Jim loved to travel. They took many trips in their van and R.V. Camping was a favorite pastime for the whole family. We all loved the many hikes and campfires we shared. Margaret also loved her swimming pool and many happy hours were spent there. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren loved it, too! Margaret also loved going on family trips, particularly vacations to Delaware. Margaret worked for many years in the cafeterias of Ilion Central Schools. When they were not traveling, Margaret and Jim spent many joyful hours with their grandchildren. Margaret belonged to the Methodist Church in Ilion. Margaret was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her son, Mark, and her great-grandson, A.J. They were always in her thoughts and she missed them very much. Margaret is survived by her children, her daughters-in-law and son-in-law, Susan Vivyan, Joe and Deb McCarthy, Kevin and Terri Vivyan, Robin Vivyan and Kelly Vivyan. She also leaves her grandchildren who adored her, Michele and Chris Hinkley, Jenn Vivyan, Krysten and Shane Dutch, Joe McCarthy, Kyle McCarthy and fiancee, Courtney Jones, Wes Vivyan, Emily Vivyan, Sara Vivyan and fiancée, Aaron Gorton. She was GiGi to Mark, Elizabeth and Gracie Dutch, Vivyan and Emilia Hinkley and Scarlet Gorton. They had a great time with their GiGi and spent many hours with her. Margaret is also survived by a special sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and William White and their daughter, Paula (Leo) Sterns. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who she thought very highly of. Margaret will live on in the hearts of all who loved her. The family would like to thank Hospice for all of their care and support. In keeping with Margaret's wishes, a graveside service will be held in the spring at a date and time to be announced. Please consider a donation in Margaret's memory to the Mark Vivyan Memorial Scholarship Fund, which can be sent to the Central Valley High School Administrative Office. Donations may also be made in Margaret's memory to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Arrangements by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, New York 13357. To leave an online condolence please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 12, 2021)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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