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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)

 

Jeffrey Stephenson, IHS 1965, 74, a lifelong resident, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 22, 2021. Jeff was born in Ilion, son of Jack and Ruth Stephenson. He attended Ilion High School and was drafted into the Marine Corps serving in Vietnam, immediately after High School. Jeff worked along side his father at Swan Pools, then with his wife Nancy and son Todd carrying on the family business. Although Jeff’s medical issues left him permanently disabled and in a Power Wheelchair, he could be found motoring down the streets of Ilion on a daily basis. His zest for life and hard work were qualities to be admired. Survivors include his Sister Jill (Tom) of Salisbury Center, daughter Tonya (Sue), Granddaughter Jordyn, Grandson Aryn of Albany, son Todd of Ithaca, Dana of Ilion, grandsons Colin & Xavier. Jeff was predeceased by his wife Nancy and infant daughter Lynn who died in 1969 and his brother Jon. He will also be sorely missed by Jeremy, Bill, Ed and the entire Swan Pools Crew. There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. (September 4, 2021)

 

Patricia Lynn Darling, IHS 1982, age 56, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021, unexpectedly in her home after many years of health issues. Patricia was born in Ilion on October 8, 1964 with her twin sister Pam who is predeceased. She was the daughter of Janet (Johnson) Darling and the late Carl Ray Darling. Patricia was raised by her grandparents, George & Dorthy Darling. She graduated Ilion High School with the class of '82. Patricia was a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home and also worked for the Ilion head start program, Busy Bee, and Crossway's bar for many years. She is survived by her four children, Kaleena Moshier, Kendra Warn, Jared Lidano, and Joseph Lidano. Also leaving behind her grandchildren, Charles and Keith Warn, Aiden Johnston, Beyonka and Logan Moshier, and Aurora Burdick. She is also survived by her sisters, Kim Javitz and Tammy Darling along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Tim Darling. Due to Patricia's own wishes no services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To leave a message of sympathy for Patricia's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com (August 29, 2021)

 

Commander Roland James "Rolly" Yardley IHS 1973 , age 66, a native of Ilion, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on August 16, 2021 in his home in Fairfax, Virginia. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a service to celebrate Roland's life on Saturday, September 25, 2021, commencing at 11 am, at Herkimer Reformed Church, Main Street, Herkimer with Elder Robert Nasypany, officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours. Local arrangements are under the care and guidance of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (between Little Falls and St. Johnsville), 315-508-5131.(September 4, 2021)

 

Ilion High School Class of 1973 - Roland Yardley
Roland YardleyIlion High School Class of 1973 and Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee 2018 passed away on August 16, 2021, at his home, after a long illness. Rolly's accomplishments and family background were featured as the September 2021 alumni site cover story. (August 29, 2021)

 

Barbara Ann Boucher, IHS 1971, age 67, of Dolgeville, an Ilion native passed away on Friday, August 13, 2021 at St. Peter's Hospital, Albany with the love and support of her family at her bedside. She was born on September 21, 1953, in Ilion, daughter of the late Leo Boucher, Jr., and Nora (Gour) Boucher of Ilion. She was educated in Ilion schools and graduated with the Ilion High School, Class of 1971. Barbara furthered her education attending the University of Rochester where she attended the school of radiology. She attended SUNY Empire State College receiving a bachelor's degree in health technology and then received her masters degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Barb was employed in nuclear medicine sales and service on the West Coast spending many years in California before returning home in 2006. She was a trustee for the village of Dolgeville and volunteered in many capacities throughout the valley. She was a dedicated mom and caregiver to her pets including Bobo, Quinn and Kato. Survivors include her beloved family; her mother, Nora of Ilion; siblings, Michele Borden of Chesapeake, VA, Chip Boucher of Fairfax, VA, Stephanie Boucher of Ilion and Donna LaDelia of Rochester, NY; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, including Robert Boucher and wife Alice of Florida. Also surviving are many cousins whom she was very close with. She was preceded in death by her father, Leo Boucher, Jr. on August 6, 2021, her sister, Mary-Beth Boucher-Spanfelner in 1995, grandparents, Leo and Lilla Boucher of Ilion and Ralph Gour of Herkimer. Kindly consider memorial offerings in Barbara's name to a charity of your choice. Services will be private and will take place at the convenience of the family. Barb's family would like to offer their gratitude to the staff at St. Peter's Hospital and to Barb's devoted friend, Sara Jaquay and family of Dolgeville. Final arrangements are under the care and guidance of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (between Little Falls and St. Johnsville), 315-508-5131. (August 18, 2021)

 

Leo E. Boucher, Jr., IHS 1948, age 91, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his South 3rd Ave, Ilion home on Friday afternoon, August 6th, 2021, with his beloved wife and family by his bedside. He was born on March 28, 1930, in Claremont, NH, son of the late Leo E. and Lilla A. (Irving) Boucher, Sr. and graduated with the Ilion High School, "Class of 1948". Mr. Boucher answered the call of duty enlisting in 1948 with the US Navy during the Korean War Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1951. He was united in marriage with the former Nora Gour on March 21, 1952, in Ilion and the couple would have celebrated 70 years of marriage next year. Their union was a relationship filled with love, friendship, and loyalty. Mr. Boucher was employed with General Electric, Utica, retiring after 35 years of dedicated service. A steadfast and simple man, Leo made friends easily and kept them forever. He never let things bother him and was affectionately remembered by his family for his "If you say so" quote. In his leisure time he enjoyed woodworking. He was an avid fisherman and found enjoyment working in his vegetable garden. Mr. and Mrs. Boucher treasured the times when spending part of the year at their home in Florida and also loved to travel. Survivors include his beloved family; his wife of 69 years, Nora at home; Barbara Boucher of Dolgeville, Michele Borden and husband Frederick of VA, Leo Boucher III "Chip" and wife Gail of VA, Stephanie Boucher of Ilion, and Donna Ladelia and husband Salvatore of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Mary Beth Boucher Spanfelner and infant son, James Charles Boucher. Also surviving is a brother, Robert Boucher and wife Alice of FL; ten cherished grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family offers their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff on the 3rd floor at Little Falls Hospital for their thoughtful concern and also to home health care aid, Laurel for her compassion. For those wishing, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Hospice Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Leo and his family's care has been placed in the trust of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, Little Falls (corner of Bidleman Road), 315-508-5131. The Boucher family will conduct a private memorial service at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Steven A. Scarcia, officiating and military honors will be offered by the US Navy. There are no calling hours. Burial will take place privately at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. (August 11, 2021)

 

Richard E. Adams, IHS Alumnus age 82, was the son of Edward and Mary (Kamp) Adams of Ilion, NY. He passed away peacefully at his home in Jensen Beach, FL, on July 27, 2021, in the loving care of his wife, Nancy (Tomasik) of 52 years. "Dicky" was a graduate of Ilion High School, where he was an All-Star basketball player. He was previously married to Joan Meays of Ilion, NY. Together, they had one daughter, Linda (Adams) Fraley. His employment history consists of Union Fork & Hoe, Frankfort, in his early years and then as a store manager at National Auto, Utica. From there he began a career working at Marcy State Hospital, which became Central New York Psychiatric Center, where he retired from after 26 years. Dicky was an avid sports enthusiast. There was not a sport he didn't enjoy! He loved sharing his knowledge of all the games with others, especially the younger generation! Through the years he and Nancy enjoyed playing golf, tennis and volleyball together on different leagues. In the early years of marriage, Dick and Nancy spent much time with his father on the family property in Gray, NY, building a log cabin from scratch with the help of many family members and friends. When Dick's father became ill, their focus turned to getting his father to a warmer climate for the winters. This brought them to Jensen Beach, FL. Dick and Nancy shared a devoted relationship throughout their life together. You would never see one without the other. Richard was predeceased by his sisters, Nancy Adams Pitluga (2018) and Carol Adams (2010). He leaves behind his one and only much-loved sister, Mary Adams White and her husband, James; along with Carol's special friend, Debbie Kraeger. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Charles J. Fraley, Jr. and Christina L Fraley; two great-grandchildren, Tanika and Madison Fraley; as well as many precious nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, whom he shared many memorable moments with. In accordance with Richard's wishes, there will be no calling hours or services at this time. A Memorial Service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to any youth sports programs in Ilion or Holland Patent schools. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Nancy Adams, 10725 S. Ocean Drive, Lot #439, Jensen Beach, FL 34957, Linda Fraley, 720 Vermont View Drive, Watervliet, NY 12189 and Mary Adams White, 53 West North Street, Ilion, NY 13357. (August 5, 2021)

 

Jessica Ann Medina, IHS 2001 of Frankfort, New York, passed away suddenly at the age of 40, on Thursday evening, July 22, 2021, at MVHS, Faxton-St. Luke's Campus, always in the hearts of all of those who so dearly loved her. She was born on June 16, 1981, in Ilion, New York, and was the youngest of her two sisters, Michele Medina and Christine Medina. She was the daughter of Denise Marie Griffin and John J. Medina. She was raised in the Valley and attended and graduated from Ilion High School. Jessica was loved by her family and friends. A few of her favorite activities were Uno, Skip Bo, Super Mario Brothers and so much more. She enjoyed travelling, going to the casino and getting her nails done up with the girls. Jessica was loved and cared for by cousins, Tammy Bell, Mellisa Doolen, Tiffany Robinson, Carly Griffin and Nicole Spencers. Jessica had an aunt, from Maine, named Brenda Craine, whom she cared for deeply; as well an uncle named Owen Doolen, from Herkimer, who loved her dearly. Jessica had touched many hearts along the way as she has also worked at the Herkimer Area Resource Center for over twenty years doing a variety of jobs. She was a hard worker and a kind soul. You will always be remembered and in our hearts forever. We will always love you Jess. We invite family and friends to join us for a very special Memorial Service that we have planned to take place in the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home Chapel, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 2:00 PM. The funeral home is located at 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion (Town of Frankfort). A calling hour will be held prior from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. Jessica's family has entrusted all arrangements to Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors of the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home (315) 894-8000. There is an opportunity to offer an online condolence at the funeral home website www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (August 5, 2021)

 

John T. McKenna, IHS 1947 age 91, formerly of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly, on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at his home, in Suwanee, GA. Born in Ilion NY, Jack graduated from the Annunciation School in Ilion and Ilion High School class of 1947. Jack was a stand-out basketball player serving as team captain his senior year. He enjoyed watching High School and College basketball through his life and was an avid fan of Syracuse U. basketball. After high school, Jack continued his education at MVCC. Majoring in marketing and minoring in fast-pitch softball, Jack had a great time until he was drafted into the military. The Korean conflict was underway and he was given the choice of services in which he could enlist. He joined the US Navy and served 4 years, most of it on the Aircraft Carrier escort Kula Gulf. His Navy cruises were in the Mediterranean where Jack was able to visit many gulf countries and experience a variety of cultures. While at their home base in Virginia Beach, VA, Jack met his future wife, Nira. After his enlistment ended, Jack returned to Ilion with Nira where they married and started a family. He joined Oneida National Bank as a teller. He worked his way up the ranks within Oneida National bank starting with general bank management and moving eventually into business lending. While serving his bank customers, Jack served the community in the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanas Club, United Way, Chamber of Commerce and county development corporations. He was especially proud of his participation in the American Cancer Society. Though several mergers, Jack continued to serve his business customers in New York State before retiring as an Executive Vice President of Bank of America. He had a busy career but found time to take his family on vacations to Nira's family in the mountains of West Virginia, lakes in the Adirondacks and trips to New England and Maine. In spite of a demanding career, his zest for life and energy enabled him to maintain a healthy balance between work and family. Jack enjoyed his retirement years. After retiring from Bank of America, Jack and Nira moved to Panama City Beach FL where they lived for several years. Jack's retirement allowed him to spend more time with his family. He especially enjoyed time with his grand and great grandchildren. After several years they moved to the Atlanta GA area, near his sons, Jim and John and lived there until his death. Jack, as he was known to family and friends, is survived by his sister Joann Joy and children, Jim McKenna, Kevin McKenna, Suzanne Gerling, John McKenna and Sharon McGuire. Grandchildren: Heather Sides, Jim McKenna, Christine Goux, Kevin McKenna, Megan McKenna, Jason Gerling, Nicholas Gerling, Ryan Gerling, Johnny McKenna, Katelynn McGuire, Caroline Sorriento and John Patrick McGuire, great grandchildren include Riley and Jakob Sides, Jackson, Brantley and Sullivan Goux, Andrew and Nolan McKenna, Nathan Skinner, Parker Gerling. Jack was predeceased by his parents James J McKenna and Julia C McKenna of Ilion, brother Edward McKenna, sister Mary Greenfield as well as his beloved wife Nira McKenna. Calling hours will be held Monday, July 12, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger location, at 4309 Acme Rd. (Old Main St.), Ilion (Town of Frankfort). Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. Burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of John, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. John's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (July 17, 2021)

 

Robert (Bob) James Haughton, IHS 1945 age 93, died peacefully with family by his side on June 29, 2021, at his home in Palm Coast, FL. He was born in Little Falls, NY on January 14, 1928, the son of Claude A Haughton and Nellie Mae (Satterlee) Haughton, and was raised in Ilion, NY. He was a member of Ilion High School, Class of 1945, where he lettered in football and track, boxed and played trumpet in the dance band. Bob enlisted in the United States Marine Corps one week after his 18th birthday. After his discharge, he enrolled in Syracuse University, where his studies were interrupted when recalled to proudly serve in the Korean War. Bob married his beloved Anne Marie Harris on June 14, 1952, in Bogota, NJ. Early in their marriage, Bob completed his studies at Syracuse University, earning a BA in English and Journalism and a MA in Education. While attending Syracuse, he boxed, played lacrosse and worked at Pepsi Cola. In 1956, Bob began a 32-year career with General Electric highlighted by his time in Daytona Beach working on the Apollo program. With a growing family in tow, they relocated many times, including time spent in Norristown, PA, and Scottsdale, AZ, culminating in 1971 when he and Anne unpacked the six kids and settled in Wilton, CT. Bob retired from GE in 1988 as Manager, Employee Relations, International and Canadian Group. Bob had a beautiful camp built (Ravens' Rest) on the shore of Fourth Lake, Old Forge, NY. It was here that Bob found solace while enjoying a serene view of the lake, a great book or newspaper (as he was a voracious reader), his favorite seat on the deck, with his sweet Anne reading in a chair beside him while blasting jazz on his stereo. He loved planting and caring for beautiful flowers in pots that adorned the deck, chopping firewood and teaching the grandkids about picking wild berries while telling tales of his youth. The hummingbird feeder was always full. He and Anne enjoyed the Adirondacks, taking hikes and walks, breathing in the fresh air. It was here at Ravens' Rest that good times were had with frequent visits from friends and family. For years, Bob hosted the annual “Ravens' Reunion”, attended by many high school friends and spouses. The Ravens were legendary in his hometown of Ilion, and Bob, an aspiring author, took special delight in regaling them with his poems of youth and the passage of time. Bob was an avid Syracuse University sports fan; he was particularly fond of Jimmy Brown and Jim Boeheim. An avid golfer, he was a past member of Silvermine (CT) Golf Club, Hammock Dunes (FL) Club, and Thendara (NY) Golf Club. The American & US Marine flags were always flown on the camp's dock. Bob was a man of integrity; self-reliant, dedicated, resourceful, and courageous, he was a true Marine. Bob is survived by his six children, Katherine Morgan, of Flagler Beach,FL, Camille (Fred Ellegard), of Newington, CT, Michael (Kathleen), of Orange, CT, James (Roseanne), of Monroe, CT, Matthew (Lisa), of Fairfield, CT and Mary Schuchman (Peter Jr.), of Sinking Spring, PA. He was a loving grandfather to ten grandchildren, Timothy (Laura) Haughton, Christina (Dennis) Griecci and Joseph Haughton, Katie, Peter III and Annie Schuchman, Sean and Ryan Haughton, Padraig and Christopher Haughton; and five great-grandchildren, Tyler and Caroline Haughton and Henry, Emilia and Anna Griecci; his sister, Jane Anne Dial, of Odessa, TX; sister-in-law, Theresa Haughton, of Wilmington, NC; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Bob was predeceased by his loving wife of 63 years, Anne Marie Harris Haughton; brother, Milton A. Haughton; brother-in-law, Keith Dial; sisters-in-law, Joyce Harris and Mary Duncan and her husband, Jim Duncan. Donations may be sent to Old Forge Fire Department, PO Box 1170 Old Forge, NY 13420. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Adirondack Mountains. The family will privately gather for interment, on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at St. Johnsville Cemetery. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, St. Johnsville, NY, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E, Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (518) 568-2300. (August 5, 2021)

 

Thomas C. Stubley, IHS Alumnus age 84, of Columbia Parkway, Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, July 4, 2021, at Little Falls Hospital, with his family by his side. He was born on July 18, 1936, in Ilion, the son of Abraham and Regina (O'Shea) Stubley and attended Ilion schools. Tom was a veteran of the US Marines, serving in the Korean Conflict. On October 12, 1957, he was married to Diane Yavornitzki, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Tom was employed as a custodian at the Herkimer School System. In his early years, he was an Ilion police officer. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion and was a charter member of the Herkimer Co. Marine Corp. League. Surviving family members include his wife, Diane; his sons, Kevin Stubley and his wife, Teresa and Matthew Stubley and his wife, Deanna, all of Ilion; 3 granddaughters, Hannah Rae, Mikala and Mackenzie Stubley; his sister, Sylvia Essenter; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Emily and Joe Duffy, Fran Stubley, Bill Yavornitzki and Marilyn Yavornitzki; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters, Rita Stubley, Isabelle Murray, Elizabeth Brunn and Marilyn Lahey; his brothers, Herman "Ben" Stubley and Richard Stubley; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Ruth Yavornitzki; his brother-in-law, John Yavornitzki. Calling hours will be held on Friday, July 9, 2021, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger location, at 4309 Acme Rd. (Old Main St.), Ilion (Town of Frankfort). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger location, at 4309 Acme Rd. (Old Main St.), Ilion (Town of Frankfort). Anyone planning to attend calling hours or funeral service are asked to please wear a mask inside the funeral home and practice social distancing for everyone's safety. Thank you. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Tom, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In keeping with Tom's wishes, the family entrusted his service arrangements and supervision to his Family Funeral Director and long time friend, Don Applegate. (July 17, 2021)

 

Martha Jane "Marty" (Waterstreet) Murtaugh - Teacher passed peacefully on June 26, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born Martha Jane Waterstreet, on July 7, 1923, in Rockford, IL. She graduated from Syracuse University in 1945, with a BS in Home Economics. She then moved to NY City to be a buyer in the fashion district. She loved the independence, fashions, restaurants, theater and big bands. She met George Murtaugh at a friend's wedding. They were married on June 16, 1948, in Frankfort, George's beloved hometown, where they spent the next 40 years. She got her Masters' Degree in Special Education and taught at Ilion High School. She was a member of the Garden Club, the Fortnightly Club, Ilion Little Theater and an avid bridge player. The Murtaughs were great hosts and had a very active social life. The Murtaugh home was open to everyone. Throughout her life she still was a "city girl", reading the New York Times, New Yorker Magazine and keeping up with the latest fashions A close friend called Marty "Schmetterling," which is "Butterfly" in German, "Because she is the life of every party. She flits about with a sparkle in her eye and a quick joyful laugh. She is bright and colorful and reflects the light. She makes everything better because she is there." As a mother, she was devoted to her five children and strived to give them the best education possible. She taught them many things, but mostly to think for themselves and be independent. Marty and George retired to the Myrtle Beach area to the sun and ocean. Marty then came to Baltimore, MD, to be closer to her daughters, who cared for her in her later years. She is survived by her five children, H. Frank Murtaugh, Christopher Murtaugh, Malinda (Mindy) Murtaugh, Margaret (Meg) Murtaugh Silva and Mary Murtaugh Shaw; her sons-in-law, Charles (Chuck) Silva and Henry Shaw; daughter-in-law, Kathryn (Kathy) Levy Murtaugh; her grandchildren, William Murtaugh and Russel Buhr, Emily Murtaugh, Moira Murtaugh, Christopher Silva and Patrick Silva. Her only brother, John R. Waterstreet, predeceased her. She is also survived by her niece, Sharon Waterstreet and and nephew, Ronald Waterstreet. Debbie Goodwin Peterson, was her "fourth daughter." A burial and celebration of life will be held, post-Covid, at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to an educational cause of your choice in her memory and suggests the Herkimer County ARC. Arrangements are under the direction of the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Ave. Frankfort, NY 13340. (July 8, 2021)

 

Todd A. Rasmussen, IHS 1984 age 55, of High Street, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Sunday, July 4, 2021. He was born on September 25, 1965, in Ilion son of Andrew and Sandra (Fresco) Rasmussen and graduated from Ilion High School. He furthered his education attending SUNY Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a bachelors degree in business administration. He was last employed with Staffworks, Utica where he was a nursing recruiter. He also served a four year apprenticeship as a bricklayer. Todd treasured the times he spent at his camp on Canadarago Lake which he owned for many years and where he loved to fish and hunt. He also loved the Grateful Dead and attended many of their concerts with his best friend Corey. Survivors include his beloved family; his children, Jacob Rasmussen and Mary of Johnstown and Zackary Rasmussen of Ilion; his parents, Andy and Sandra of Ilion; his sister, Andrea and John Mark Behe of Michigan and niece, Erin Behe. A celebration of Todd's life will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Friday, July 9th, 2021 at Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidleman Road), Little Falls, with Deacon James Bower, officiating a service at 7 pm. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at this time. Burial will be private in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Kindly consider and send memorial contributions in Todd's memory to the Herkimer County Humane Society. The Rasmussen family would like to offer their gratitude to Jenn, Patty and Liz for their kindness and compassion. If you are not vaccinated, a face mask is required. (July 8, 2021)

 

Donald 'Don' S. Perry, IHS 1960 Beloved family patriarch Donald "Don" S. Perry, age 79, of E. River St., Ilion, peacefully ascended into Heaven, on Friday, July 2, 2021, surrounded by his family after succumbing to illness at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Don was born on June 15, 1942 to Stewart and Norma (Shepard) Perry in Herkimer, NY. He was educated at Annunciation Catholic School and the Ilion School District. On June 4, 1960, he wed the love of his life, Sharon Matthews, at Ilion's Church of the Annunciation. From this union, the pair were blessed with three children as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately knew him simply as "Pa." Don was passionate about his 50 year career in sales and repair for Electrolux Vacuum Co. where he received many awards and never forgot a customer. In his free time, Don was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, the Herkimer Polish Club and local bowling leagues. He especially enjoyed time with his family, during birthday parties, holidays, etc. He also enjoyed camping trips, watching NASCAR, and attending stock car races in Fonda, NY and Utica-Rome Speedway. He cherished going boating and fishing. Don was always quick with a joke or anecdote and was notorious for his ability to strike up conversation with anyone. He made new friends wherever he went. Surviving family include his wife of 61 years, Sharon; his children, Don and his wife Kim Perry, of Ilion, Ruth and her husband, William "Sonny" Klink, of Mohawk and Patricia (Perry) Vandawalker and her partner, Steve Diehl, of Maryland, NY; as well as his brother, Robert "Bob" Perry, of Frankfort. He also leaves 8 grandchildren, Luke Perry, Holly Polidori and her husband, Michael, Jeremy Klink and his wife, Amanda, Matthew Klink and his wife, Kayla, Shannon Vandawalker and her husband, Joseph Sabin, Zachary Vandawalker, Brandi Perry and her partner, Justin Murray, Cody Coleman and her husband, Aaron Coleman; many great grandchildren, Andrew Perry, Jazper, Jude and Lena Polidori, Brian Reile, Adalyn Klink, Liam and Wesley Klink, Silas, Talon and Forrest Murray, Harper, Isaac and Aaron Coleman, Jr.; several nieces and nephews including Robert "Bobby" Perry, Jr., Nathan Perry and his wife, Nicole and their children Nicholas and Olivia Rose; as well as several cousins. Don will also be sorely missed by his faithful dog, Harley. Don was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Carol Ann Perry and Mary Rose (Perry) Trask; and his nephew, Lenny Perry. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home at 4309 Acme Rd. (Old Main St.) Ilion, NY. (Town of Frankfort). Anyone planning on attending visitation or services are asked to please wear a mask. Thank you. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., at the Church of the Annunciation, in Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. Burial will be in Cedarville Cemetery. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Don, or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204, or the American Heart Association, 125 Business Park Drive, Ste 106, Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Don's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his Family Funeral Director and long time friend, Don Applegate. (July 8, 2021)

 

Earle C. Bennett IHS 1976, age 64, of Ilion, New York, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 29, 2021. He was born on April 3, 1957, in Ilion, New York, the son of Robert S. Bennett and Virginia (Blaisdell) Bennett. He was raised and educated in Ilion, graduating with the Ilion High School, Class of 1976. In his early years, he was an avid hunter and enjoyed snowmobiling. He had spent many years selling Christmas trees and making wreaths at his Tree Lot in Ilion. Later in life the simplest pleasures brought great joy to Earle, having coffee and doing his daily scratch off's with friends at Stewart's in Ilion. Earle was a very caring person, always willing to help someone out. He is survived by his beloved mother, Virginia Bennett; his three daughters: Leigh Parks-Brewer and husband, John, of Ilion, Brooke Palumbo and husband, Matthew, of Frankfort and Nicole Bennett, of Frankfort; grandchildren: Ryan Parks and Blake & Levi Palumbo; his siblings: Raymond Bennett and wife, Sandy, Jeanne Ganey, Kathy Gardner and husband, John, Sharon Carlisimo and husband, Peter, Liz Bennett (sister-in-law); as well as many nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Cookie & Michelle for always being there. Earle was predeceased by: Robert S. Bennett (father); Bertha Bennett (sister); Robert H. Bennett (brother); and Ryan Parks (son-in-law). Family is invited to attend a graveside memorial service on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at 10:00am, at the Armory Hill Cemetery, in Ilion, New York. Family and Friends are welcome to join the Celebration of Life following the services at 11:00am at the St. Francis Society, in Frankfort, New York. For those wishing to do so, in lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Ilion Fire Department and Ambulance, 1 Central Ave., Ilion, NY 13357. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. (July 2, 2021)

 

Margaret G. (Culver) Nemyier IHS 1949, age 90, of East Main Street, Ilion, New York, passed away suddenly, on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, in Utica, New York. She was born on December 23, 1930, in Herkimer, New York a daughter of the late Franklin C. and Reba (Jones) Culver and was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1949. She went on to attend and graduate from Oneonta State in 1953 and then attended Geneseo College where she received her master's degree in 1973. She was united in marriage to Charles Nemyier in the Ilion United Methodist Church, on July 22, 1978 and he passed away October 20, 2003. The couple had lived in Richfield Springs prior to moving to Ilion in 2000. Margaret was a teacher for 23 years, retiring in 1985, namely at the Webster Central Schools in Webster, New York, subsequently a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Ilion and at one time the financial secretary and a member of the Esther Circle, as well as Forever Young, Red Hat Society, active Democratic Party member in Ilion, Little Theatre Club of Ilion and the Young at Heart Seniors of Frankfort. We will miss Margaret as a member of our community where she did so much volunteer work particularly with the American Red Cross portraying Clara Barton, active with the General Herkimer Home and reach to recovery, of Rochester, New York. She was an Avon lady for over twenty years. She volunteered for Mount Hope Cemetery, in Rochester, for over five years and was in Who's Who in America and American Women for two years. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy West, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; nephews, Michael (Shawn) West and Anthony (Regina) West; and a great-nephew, Steven West. Funeral services will be held in the form of a graveside service, on Friday, July 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM, at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, New York. There will be no calling hours preceding the service. In honor of Margaret's wishes, please consider a donation in her memory to the World Wildlife Federation, 1401 19th Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340, or to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Margaret established all her arrangements with her friends at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. (July 2, 2021)

 

Donald H. "Donnie" Wedemeyer IHS Alumnus, age 75, of Greenwood Terrace, Mohawk, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 17th, 2021, at his home. Donald was born on January 1, 1946 in Ilion, a son of the late Mack and Hazel McCauley. Donald was educated in Ilion Schools and went to join the United States Army at the age of 17. He is a Vietnam Veteran from 1965-1967. Donald was a past commander of the Ilion Frankfort VFW Post 502. He was the voice of democracy, very active within the post, always attending parades, honors for funerals and helping out at BINGO. Donald was also a member of the Mohawk American Legion, as well as a member of the Vets United. Donald retired from Remington Arm Co. Plant after 43 years. He was an avid sports fan, always attending his grand-children's games, being their biggest fans and a real CVA Legend. Donald was also a baseball and soccer coach, but he also was a member of a local bowling league and played softball. Most of all, Donald was a loving father, grandfather, brother, friend and so much more to his community; Donald will truly be missed by all who knew him. Donald was predeceased by his beloved wife, Justine Wedemeyer. He is survived by his loving children; Tracy (John) Sommer, Wendy (Tim) Weakley and Brian Wedemeyer; dearest grandchildren, Zachary & Connor Weakley and Kaylee & Savannah Sommer; sisters, Sandra Murray and Jan Norman. Donald was predeceased by his siblings, Sharon Bennett, Buddy Wedemeyer, Nan Legere, June Smith, Gladys Hefner and Charles Wedemeyer. Donald and his family's care has been entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, Little Falls. 315-508-5131. The Mohawk American Legion Post 25 will be conducting a service at the funeral home at 5:45pm. Donald's funeral service will commence at 6 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at the funeral home with Chaplain Kenneth Palmer, Elder of Mohawk Reformed Church, officiating. Music will be offered by Sharon Palmer. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home from 4 pm until 6 pm, prior to the service. (June 27, 2021)

Mrs. Frances (Speer) Bailey IHS 1968, age 70, of Herkimer, passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, June 16, 2021, at the MVHS St. Luke's Campus. Born on August 30, 1950, Frances was the daughter of the late Joseph John and Mildred (Murray) Speer. She was raised and educated in Ilion, graduating with the Ilion High School Class of 1968. She went on to attend Eisenhower College and Utica Business School. On February 6, 1971, Fran was married to H. Robert Bailey at St. Francis de Sales Church in Herkimer. They were a devoted couple who were blessed to share in a loving union of fifty years together. For twenty-one years, Frances was employed with the Herkimer County Public Health Department as a Principle Account Clerk, retiring in 2011. In her free time she loved taking care of her flowers. Fran is survived by her beloved husband, Bob; her son, Joseph John Bailey of Alexandria, VA; her daughter, Anna Irene Bailey (Heidi Arnott) of Stillwater, MN; her three grandchildren, Jessica Lynn, currently serving with US Air Force in Maryland, and Graham Michelle and Sawyer Henry of Stillwater, MN; her in-laws, Clinton (Becky) Bailey of Smyrna Beach, FL, Marianne (Tim) Schanthal of Fairview Heights, IL, Cynthia (John) Carleton of Citrus Heights, CA, and Glen A. Kroft of Moline, IL; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins, with special mention of Judy Brignall of Waterloo, Mary McCoy of Waterloo and Norma Smith of Geneva, NY. Frances was predeceased by her parents, her sister, Joann Sickles and her sister-in-law, Julia Bailey Kroft. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours for Fran on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the original Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY (315) 866-1011. Fran's memorial service and Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday at 6:00PM, immediately upon the conclusion of calling hours. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (June 27, 2021)

 

Bryan Thomas Fischer IHS 2007

Bryan Thomas Fischer IHS 2007, age 32, of Ft. Lauderdale, formerly of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly at home on Monday, May 31, 2021. Bryan was born on February 10, 1989, in Ilion, the son of David and Laurie (Devins) Fischer. He graduated from Ilion High School with honors, from Syracuse University Cum Laude, earned his JD from the University of Miami Law School and worked as an Attorney in Ft. Lauderdale. Bryan was a member of the Florida Southern District Bankruptcy Court, U.S. District Court, and the Southern District for Florida. He also was a member Psi Upsilon Chapter at Syracuse University. He was awarded the Leaver Cup from IHS as well many scholastic awards and scholarships. He was an avid sports fan especially soccer, volleyball, baseball, and "Cuse" basketball. Bryan is survived by his parents, Laurie and David "Chubs" Fischer of Ilion and his brother, Jon of Ilion; his aunts and uncles, Patty and Jim Miller of Newport, Phil and Sheri Devins of Wisconsin, Don and Tammy Devins of Middleville, Ed and Shelly Devins of Texas, Corky and Larry Bull of New Hartford and Linda and Stan Bilinski of Salisbury. His special friends, Dennis Basler, Matt and Adam Day, Kyle Hawkins, Scott Kamp, Brian Morton, Dean Viti . . . and many more special friends (you all know who you are). His extended Ilion family, his Cuse girls and his South Florida family; his Godchildren, Hayden and Cannon Basler as well as several special cousins, great aunts and uncles. He is predeceased by his grandparents, a special cousin Erick C. Miller and several aunts and uncles. A memorial mass for Bryan will be celebrated on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1 p.m. at the Annunciation Church, 10 West St., Ilion, NY with Fr. Paul Catena, officiating. He will be laid to rest at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery, Clinton, NY. There are no calling hours. Friends and family are asked to please consider memorial donations to the CVA Bryan T. Fischer Memorial Scholarship, envelopes will be available at the Church. All attending are asked to please wear orange to the services. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Mama "Sue" Morton, her husband Greg, and Uncle Mike and Tom for all their love, care and support for Bryan during his years in Florida. "Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts." - Dorothy Ferguson, poet Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 11, 2021)

 

Kevin "Wheels" Wheelock IHS Alumnus, 62, of Frankfort, passed away on Saturday June 5, 2021, at the Grand in Ilion with his family by his side. Kevin was born on November 30, 1958 in Ilion. He was the son of the late Howard and Doris (Crim) Wheelock. He attended Ilion Schools and was a working supervisor at Mohawk DPW until his retirement. On April 29, 1989, he married the former Cathy Eaker in the Ilion Presbyterian Church. Wheels was very active in fire service throughout his life serving in both the Ilion and Frankfort Volunteer fire dept. He was active and loved firematics serving as President of both the NNYP & DTCA and NYSP & DTCA. In addition, he was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Ilion Elk's, Ilion K of C, St. Francis and FOE. Along with firematics, Wheels loved camping and boating and often combined his loves into weekends with friends and family. Kevin is survived by his wife Cathy; three sons, Jason and his wife, Heidi Wheelock and Jim and his wife Stephanie Wheelock, all of Carmel, Brett and Dana Eaker of Lyons and a daughter Jennifer and her husband, Joe Jasek of Dolgeville. He also leaves his 14 grandchildren, siblings and many nieces and nephews. In keeping with Kevin's wishes, all services are private at the convenience of his family. Friends and family are asked to please omit flowers and make donations to the FASNY, Fireman's Home, 125 Harry Howard Ave. Hudson, NY 12534. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 11, 2021)

 

Christopher N. Gayhart IHS Alumnus, age 32 of Herkimer, passed away on Friday May 28, 2021, at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. Chris was born on October 4, 1988, in Ilion, he was the son of Robert Gayhart and Susan (Grann) Slabe. He attended school in Ilion and worked as a food prep at Yetty's in Herkimer. Chris had a love of artwork and crafts, drawing numerous scenes, portraits and creating Origami art for friends and family. He had a passion for music, helping with the family deejaying business for years. He loved the outdoors and found enjoyment in rock and crystal collecting, fishing, planting flowers and feeding wildlife - especially his flock of wild birds. He also had a love for socializing and would have a specialized greeting for everyone he came in contact with. He cultivated many friendships with people of all ages, and was always there to help anyone in need. Chris' special gift was making people forget their troubles, and making them smile at life, even if it took an amazing Yo-Yo trick to do so. Chris is survived by his mother Sue Slabe and her companion Mike Marro of Ilion; daughters Hayden Wood of Herkimer and Brittany Robidoux of Clarks Mills. His siblings are: brother, and best friend, Robert "Bud" Gayhart of Herkimer; sister Ashleigh and husband Kent of Herkimer; brother Brett and wife Lacy of Syracuse; brother Duane and companion Shayla of Ontario,CA; sister Cheyenne and companion Bobby of Utica; brother Seth of Clayville and sister Dakotah of Ilion. His grandmothers Marilyn Reed of Mebane, NC, Donna Grann of Utica, NY, and Gladys Gayhart of Painted Post, NY - and many nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles. Very special friends include Dan O'Day, Dawn Wood, Felicia Netti and The Yettys Crew. He was predeceased by his father Robert and sister Tashia. In keeping with the families wishes there are no public services, but there will be a Celebration of Life at a later date for family and friends. He will be laid to rest in the West Winfield Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 11, 2021)

 

Robert George Hamilton IHS 1963, age 76, passed unexpectedly to be with the Lord in His heavenly home on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Rob was born on March 28, 1945 in Klamath Falls, Oregon to Edward Francis Hamilton and Phyllis Mae Hamilton. Growing up primarily in upstate New York, Rob enjoyed playing football, competing in track and field, and playing guitar in his band the Manhattan's (Ilion, NY). Rob graduated from Ilion High School in New York, with the class of 1963. He went on to obtain his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Professionally, Rob started his career as the director for the bureau of identification for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. He later would pursue his passion for information technology as vice president of product development with Bibliographic Retrieval Services, where he introduced new design methods for multi-user information retrieval for large IBM mainframes. Rob ultimately founded Enable Software which was pioneering in delivering multi-user mainframe technology and integrated products to desktop-computing with applications such as word processing, spreadsheets and database management. Enable Software would go on to be acquired by the Microsoft Corporation. Rob was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved watching his grandchildren's sports games, concerts and plays. He had many admirable attributes, but one of the most notable was his ability to uplift and encourage the lives of many - he shined God's love for others everywhere he went. One of Rob's favorite sayings was "It's not how you weather the storm; it's how you dance in the rain." He was the nucleus of his family and loved to get the family together for holidays, family vacations, or just getting together up at the lake. Rob had a strong spiritual faith and close relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. While his time with us seemed too short and we will miss him dearly, we know he is exactly where he is supposed to be as he now rejoices with his Lord. Rob is preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Joanne Trevino. Rob is survived by Mimi Hamilton, his loving wife of 57 years; Brother, Dale Hamilton and wife Caroline; Sister, Carolyn Hillegeist and husband Wayne; Daughter, Renee Reed and husband David; Sons, David Hamilton and wife Susan, and Gary Hamilton and wife Heidi; Grandchildren, Courtney Giuliana Falconieri and fiance Daniel Di Stefano, Cassandra Helms and husband Kevin, Christopher Reed, Caitlyn Reed, Lauren Hamilton, Jack Hamilton, Grant Hamilton, and Brady Hamilton; Great-grandson, Santana Patton. Services will be held in private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to St Jude's Children's Hospital. Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Hamilton family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com. (May 28, 2021)

 

John Sorge IHS 1972, age 67, passed away on May 16, 2021. John was born on February 21, 1954, in Ilion, the son of Joseph and Mary Rose (Tyburski) Sorge. He was employed as a toolmaker with TECT Power, Whitestown. In keeping with John's wishes there will be no public visitation or funeral services. (May 19, 2021)

 

Robert H. Bennett IHS 1971, age 69, a longtime resident of East Herkimer passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday afternoon, May 12, 2021, with his devoted wife Liz and his children at his side. He was born on March 26, 1952, in Ilion, New York, where he was raised and educated, the son of the late Robert S. Bennett and his mother Virginia (Blaisdell) Bennett. He was an Ilion High School graduate, 'Class of 1971.' He always greeted everyone with a smile and he was always ready to help anyone. He was an avid golfer and cherished his family. He Retired from Remington Arms in January 2017, after 45 years. He is survived by his wife, Liz; his mother, Virginia; as well as his children: Brian Bennett (Hope), Heather Eberle (Aaron Pratt), Christopher Duesler (Miriam Parraga), and James Duesler (Tracy Massaro); Grandchildren: Jonathan Eberle, Abigail Eberle (Justyn Weaver), Aaden Pratt, Alyssa Duesler (Justin Edwards), Kaitlyn Duesler (Doug Howe), Dylan Fullington (Kayla), Nichole Massaro (Mike Haman); his siblings: Ray Bennett (Sandy), Earle Bennett, Jeanne Ganey, Sharon Carlisimo (Peter), and Kathy Gardner (John); brother-in-law, (James Smith) (Helene); close friend, Karen Bass; many nieces and nephews; and Gracie Mae Bennett, his constant companion. His previously deceased family includes Robert Bennett, father, Bertha Bennett, sister, Nancy Davis, sister-in-law, Joseph Smith, brother-in-law and close friend, Dave Bass. A Graveside service for family will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at 11:00 AM, at Oak Hill Cemetery, in Herkimer, New York, with Pastor Sue Holland, officiating. There are no calling hours. The family has requested that donations in his memory be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413, who were there for Bob and his family during this difficult time. Arrangements are with The Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, in Herkimer, New York (315) 866-1011, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia. (May 16, 2021)

 

William Francis Hughes IHS 1974 - On Monday, May 10, 2021, Bill Hughes, loving husband and father of two children, passed away at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer. Bill was born in Ilion, New York to Mary Jean and Earl Hughes. He moved to Maine in 1976 and received his master's degree from the University of Southern Maine in 1980. Bill worked for the State of Maine for 34 years beginning as a direct support professional at Pineland Center and ending his career as Program Manager for Intellectual Disabilities for the State of Maine. He then worked at PSL/STRIVE. Bill was very proud of his profession and learned a great deal from the people with disabilities he worked with and their families. He valued the friendships of fellow workers and took pride in supporting employees to reach their professional goals. Bill had a passion for his faith and his family. His relationship with God was very important to him and supported him and his family through some difficult times. He loved his family very much. He married Lewanne in 1979. She was the love of his life and his best friend. They did everything together. He was so proud of her work as a pharmacist and couldn't wait to tell people what she did for work. His pride for his two children knew no bounds: his daughter Katelyn and son Eric. He was so proud of the young woman Kate had become and of her husband Tom. He had such joy with the birth of his granddaughter, Emily Lewanne. Bill was so proud of his son Eric. He marveled at the spirit Eric has for life and his commitment for doing things the right way. They were a team working to achieve Eric's Eagle Scout Award and later his business on Commercial Street – Eric's Pizza Express. Bill was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his immediate family, his sister Mary Ann and family, and his stepfather Lon. He was very grateful for the love and care that Lon gave to his beloved Mom. He is also survived by his loving in-laws Bruce and Karen, Terry and Carolyn, and their children. The family would like to thank all the medical professionals for their support, including Dr. Ervin, Dr. Howell, and Dr. Dugan. A funeral mass will be held privately for the family. Donations may be sent to PSL Services/STRIVE, 28 Foden Road, South Portland, ME 04106 or at https://www.pslstrive.org/donate-to-strive. (May 16, 2021)

 

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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