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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)

Thomas Price Stark Jr. IHS 1963, 74, formerly of Ilion, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020 at The Oak’s Rehabilitation Center, Avon Park, Florida. Tom was born on June 17, 1945 in Utica the son of Thomas and Pauline (Grenon) Stark. Tom was a 1963 graduate of Ilion High School. He was employed by New York State at the Albany Campus for his entire career. After his retirement he and his wife Evelyn (Ellie) moved to Sebring, Florida to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. Tom is survived by his mother Pauline MacDonald of Thendara and Mohawk, a sister Kathy and her husband Lee Welch of Ilion, his nieces Karen (Louie) Sportello, Julie (Patrick) Marshall and his nephew Daniel (Melanie) Welch and their children. Tom was predeceased by his wife Ellie and his father Thomas P. Stark. In keeping with Tom’s wishes there will not be any public services. Local arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. To leave an online condolence please go to (March 29, 2020)


Mr. Fred J. Chrisman IHS 1983, 55, a great dad, loving brother and a friend to many, of Main Road, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon, February 15, 2020, at Bassett Healthcare, in Cooperstown, New York. He was born on July 30, 1964, in Herkimer, New York, the son of the late Harold and Carrie (Humphreys) Chrisman, Sr. Fred received his education in Ilion schools. In the middle to late 1980's, Fred honorably served our country with the United States Navy. He was currently employed with Walmart, Marcy, New York, as a tractor trailer driver. Fred loved his yard equipment and took especially more of a liking to his tractor! He was a lover of Ford mustangs and trucks and was very knowledgeable when it came to car talk. You would never see Fred just sitting around. He would seldom, if ever, take a day off, that would be unheard of. Fred would do anything for us. He had a heart of gold. He was always there for everyone and anyone, no matter who it was. He was always in great health and we have even reflected upon his athleticism when he would enjoy running. All in all, he was simply a great guy that is really going to be missed by all of us. He is survived by his beloved family, including two sons, Corey J. Chrisman, of Oxon Hill, Maryland, and Christian Dutch, of Kannapolis, North Carolina; his special friend, Maryann Rando, of Herkimer; his sibings, Harold Chrisman, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of West Winfield, Connie Maxon and her husband, Max, of Florida, Beverly Stanley and her husband, Earl, of East Herkimer, Bethanne Moss, of Ilion, Robert Chrisman, of Ilion and Edward Chrisman, of Tampa, Florida; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his very special friend, Wesley Mason, of Herkimer. Fred was predeceased by his sister June Kulp and brother Steven Chrisman. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday evening, February 19, 2020, at 7:00 PM, at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer location and will consist of a veteran tribute by the United States Navy. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, in Herkimer, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. We would like to express our sincerest appreciation to the entire staff of Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, with special mention to the Intensive Care Unit for their dedicated care and compassion during this difficult time. Fred's loved ones have been planning all arrangements with his friends Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors (315) 866-1011. An online memorial page has been established at on the internet. (March 14, 2020)


Richard Long - 1974
Richard Long
Class of 1974

Richard Alan Long, 64, of Punta Gorda, FL and Old Orchard Beach, ME passed away unexpectedly on Feb 12, 2020 in Tampa FL.

He was born on September 16, 1955, in Ilion, the son of the late Robert I. and Mary Yates Small. Russ was a graduate of Ilion Central School and Herkimer County Community College, Dick was born on Jan 22, 1956 to Richard James and Gloria (Stroud) Long. He graduated from Ilion (NY) schools. Dick was a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh and achieved his Master's in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

His career was spent in the manufacturing sector where he held leadership roles in Operations including 27 years at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen. He recently retired from Munters where he was VP of Global Operations – Americas.

Dick had many interests outside of work. Beside his family and friends, he enjoyed his "toys" – cars when he was in high school led to motorcycles, drones, boats…he always liked to try something new. He was planning to spend his retirement boating the waters of west Florida on the "Someday is Here" with his beloved wife, Debra and their many close and special friends. Super Bowl was always at their house where anyone was welcome, even if they didn't love the Pats like he did. He also enjoyed live music of all genres and went to concerts from Kenny Chesney to the Rolling Stones.

Dick put his heart and soul into his family, and they feel this loss deeply. Besides his father and wife Debra (Whalen) Long, he is survived by his three children Casey (Missy), Joshua (Jessica) and Brent (Laura) Long, and his stepchildren Kristy (Randazzo) Methot and Stacy (Randazzo) Palowski. He was blessed by and adored his two granddaughters Clara Long and Mackenzie Methot. He also leaves sisters Laurel Voultsios, Cyndie Long and Alison (Mark) Long Baker. Dick also had many nieces and nephews that he loved to spend time with. He was preceded in death by his mother and sister Deborah Long.

The family would like to thank the staffs at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, FL and the CTICU staff at Tampa General Hospital for their hard work and dedication on behalf of Dick and the family. (November 29, 2019)

Memorial services will be held in Rochester, NH and Ilion, NY in the spring. Arrangements are being handled by R.M. Edgerly Funeral Home in Rochester and Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be directed to the American Heart Association. (February 16, 2020)

Mr. Thomas J. Hart IHS 1968, age 70, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, February 14, 2020 in the privacy and comfort of his home. Born on November 27, 1949, Thomas was the son of the late Francis and Jean (Downs) Hart. He was raised and educated locally, graduating from Ilion High School. Thomas received his call to duty on August 12, 1969 when he enlisted with the United States Navy. He proudly served his country as an Aviation Structural Mechanic until his honorable discharge on August 12, 1973. On November 26, 1983, Thomas was wed to the former Nancy (Quesnel) Dawley and together they've shared in over thirty-six years of a loving and devoted union. Thomas' working years began with tenures at both MDS and with the Ilion Light Department. His career, however, was spent mainly with United States Post Office, retiring as a Clerk out of the Ilion branch. Thomas was a longtime member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus as well as a parishioner of Annunciation Church. His friendly, upbeat and kind demeanor will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He enjoyed fishing and gardening. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; his stepsons, Randy Dawley and companion Shari Hysack of Little Falls, Kent Dawley and wife, Debbie of Little Falls and Mark Dawley of Miami Beach, FL; his sister, Patricia Trimboli and husband, Frank of Ilion; his five step-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Darryl Piper, Richard Brant, Robert Rowan, Carol Simpson and Gene Simpson. Besides his parents, Thomas was predeceased by his sister, Kathy Hamilton, and his stepson, Scott Dawley. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Thomas' funeral service will commence on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home and at 10:30 a.m., at Annunciation Church, in Ilion, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor. Spring interment will take place in the Entwistle Family Cemetery. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Herkimer County Humane Society, PO Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Thomas' final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (February 16, 2020)

Lois A. (Kennell) Ford IHS 1952, 85 of Ilion passed away on Thursday January 30, 2020 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. She was born on May 29, 1934 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Francis and Helen (Schell) Kennell. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and on June 19, 1954 she was united in marriage to Stan Ford and they have shared a loving bond for their 65 years together. Lois was happiest when she was surrounded by her family. She was a member of Annunciation Church and always maintained a strong faith in Christ and was devoted to her church. Lois was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She always followed her grandchildren through many years of sports and enjoyed every minute of that time with family. Lois is survived by her loving husband Stan; four daughters Lesley and her husband Lance Burger, Kathy and her husband Larry Smith, Andrea and her husband Glenn Seaton and Julie and her husband Dave Stone; a son Jeff and his wife Rose, 10 grandchildren Lance and Jordan Burger, Megan Robinson, Lars and Gabrielle Smith, Cassey and Emily Seaton, Ben, Camryn and Nolan Stone; 5 great grandchildren Katilyn Burger, Jax, Knox, Hunter and Harper Robinson; a sister Jean and her husband Gary Greig, a brother Alan Kennell and his wife Mayme. She is predeceased by a brother Robert Kennell. Funeral services for Lois will be held on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 7 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Deacon James Bower will officiate. Interment will be in the spring in Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 pm until the time of the service. Lois's family would like to thank the staff at Valley Health, especially Melissa and Nick, for all the love and care they gave to their mom during her time there. To send an online condolence please go to (February 7, 2020)

Madeline M. (Ciociola) Webber IHS 1969, age 68, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse. Born in Ilion on December 1, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Carmella (Salvaggio) Ciociola. On February 18, 1984 she was united in marriage to Gerald Webber. Madeline loved to help people and her home was always open to those who needed comfort or a home cooked meal. She loved spending time with her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving besides her beloved husband, Gerald, is a daughter, Michelle Campos; a son, James (Angela) Dye; two brothers, Michael (Karen) and Ralph Ciociola; five grandchildren, Courtney (Michael) Forester, Bethany Vaitkus, Emily Dye, Rio Boehl and Jillian (Greg) Morgan; four great-grandchildren, Zionah, Jahzara, Jahdava and Willow; her in-laws, Marion and Walter Webber; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome. Interment will take place in Rome Cemetery in the spring. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home prior to the service on Saturday from 12-2:00 p.. (February 7, 2020)

Pearl A. Overacker IHS Alumnus, age 88, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at Ledgewood Rehab & Skilled Nursing, Beverly, MA. She was born on August 25, 1931, in Lebanon, PA, the daughter of Herman and Idabelle (Eldred) Kahrs. Pearl attended Ilion High School. On May 30, 1951, Pearl was married to Harold Overacker, at the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. Harold passed away on August 9, 2007. Pearl was employed as an assembler at General Electric Co. and also worked at J's Children's Shop and ladies Shop, in Ilion. She was also a compassionate Caregiver to seniors. Surviving family members include her daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Frank Pomodoro, of Peabody, MA; her three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dana and Becky Overacker, of Utah, Mark and Allison, of NC and Gregory Overacker, of Mohawk; her grandchildren, Adam, Benjamin and his wife, Caitlyn, Linnea, Dustin, Erik, Kyle and his wife, Samantha and Samantha; five great-grandchildren, Cloe, Lucy, Harold, Charlotte and Ruby; her brother, Frank Kahrs and his wife, Birdie; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Christopher Overacker, of Ilion. Services will be held later this spring at a date and time to be announced. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Pearl, or add to her online memorial, may go to In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Treatment Center of America, 2520 Elisha Avenue, Zion, IL 60099, in memory of her son, Christopher. Pearl's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 (315-895-7722). (February 1, 2020)

Patricia A. (Murphy) Fletcher IHS 1947, died peacefully on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Eden Prairie, MN, with her children by her side. Patricia was born in Ilion, NY, on February 15, 1930, the second oldest of a family of six children of the late George J. and Mary (Luebbert) Murphy. She graduated from Ilion High School and furthered her education at the College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She later was employed at St. Elizabeth Hospital for 40 years in various positions until her retirement in 1994 as Assistant Administrator. She thoroughly enjoyed her nursing career, including her role as Director of Nursing. After her retirement, she enjoyed volunteering at St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Diabetes Association, Hospice, and the Abraham House. On June 26, 1954, she was married to James E. Fletcher at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. They shared a blessed union of 52 years until Jim's passing on August 28, 2006. She and Jim were the proud parents of four wonderful children: daughters, Kathleen M. Reno, Jean T. Broich (Robert); sons, Timothy G. Fletcher (Maureen), and John D. Fletcher (Carryn). She is also survived by 12 grandchildren, Michele (David) Trump, Katie Reno (Jacob Jewett), Meghan Reno, Jessica (Reed) Bergmann, Max (Sarah) Broich, Carryn (Justin) Schram, Major Daniel (Diana) Fletcher, USMC, Hayley (Brett) Karcher, Brian (Alison) Fletcher, Grace Fletcher, Emily Fletcher, and Marie Fletcher. She also is survived by eight great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved and cherished dearly. The best of times were those times spent with family. Surviving is her brother, Tom (Doreen) Murphy; sister-in-law, Gloria Murphy, and brother-in-law, Chuck Robinson. She also leaves many cousins, nieces and nephews whom she loved and enjoyed! Besides her parents, she is predeceased by her sisters, Joan Robinson, Mary Lalonde, Lois Manley, and brother, Larry Murphy, as well as brother-in-law, Ted LaLonde, brother-in-law, Rob Manley; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Robinson and son-in-law, Dennis Reno. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Friday, January 31, 2020, from 4-7 p.m. at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 1, at 9:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Utica. In lieu of flowers, our family would appreciate donations sent to the Abraham House – 1203 Kemble St., Utica, NY 13501, where Pat had volunteered for many years or N.C. Little Hospice – 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435, where Pat was cared for so well during her final days with us. (January 26, 2020)

Nancy Ann (Tetlock) Johnson IHS 1954, 83 of Ilion, passed away on Friday January 17, 2020 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center with her family by her side. Nancy was born in Ilion on December 12, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Ethel (Stacks) Tetlock. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and BOCES LPN program. She worked for 30 years at the Masonic Care Community, a job she truly loved. Nancy was a member of the OES and was a cub scout den mother and was active in the PTA, when her children were younger. She was an avid reader who loved classic movies and taking long drives. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Nancy is survived by her four children; Robert Berger and his wife Sharon of Ilion, Chris Berger and his wife Linda of Ilion, Tim Berger and his wife Kathy of Rexford and Michelle Cook who was Nancy's caregiver. A sister Linda Stasco of Midlothian VA, six grand children; Jason and his wife Courtney Berger, Kathy and her husband Travis McClure, Nicholas Cook and his girlfriend Cerina Spofford, Emily Cook and Lucas Cook and Kara Berger. Two great grandchildren Kailee and Archer Berger. Her nieces Pam and her husband Paul White, and Patty Stasco and her husband Greg Gieryic. She also leaves her four beloved K-9 friends. In keeping with Nancy's wishes there are no public services. She will be laid to rest in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends and family are asked to please consider memorial donation to the Ilion Library 78 West St. in Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To leave and on line condolence please go to (February 1, 2020)

Mark M. 'Honker' Mattison IHS Alumnus, age 69, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away on Sunday evening, January 5, 2020 in the privacy and comfort of his home. Born on October 10, 1950, Mark was the son of the late Richard and Mary (Sudakow) Mattison. He was raised in Ilion and received his education there. For many years, Mark was employed as a nighttime custodian at Ilion High School; he thoroughly enjoyed his job and worked there until his retirement. Honker can best be remembered as a guy who enjoyed breaking chops, playing his harmonica and having an all around good time. He is survived by his brothers, Craig Mattison and Gary Mattison; his niece, Sandra Ham and her husband, Jasper, of Mohawk; along with several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Richard Mattison; and his sister-in-law, Virginia Mattison. Honker's Celebration of Life will take place at a date and time to be announced. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea , Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. (January 25, 2020)

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