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Doris E. (Jordan) McHarg, IHS 1952 age 86, passed away on June 26, 2020 at the Sitrin Long Term Health Care Center surrounded by her family. A graveside funeral service will take place on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00AM at St. Mary's Cemetery in East Herkimer, NY. Doris was born on June 9, 1934 in Plattsburgh, NY, the daughter of the late Roland M. and Doris G. (Sloan) Jordan. Doris graduated in 1952 from Ilion High School and in 1957 from Plattsburgh Teachers College, Plattsburgh NY with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education; she then taught full and part-time for over 25 years. She married Charles G. McHarg, Jr. on January 29, 1957 at Annunciation Church, Ilion NY. Doris was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren. She loved doing puzzles, traveling, camping, fishing, and the outdoors. Surviving are her husband, Charles, of 63 years; her son, David McHarg and his wife, Julie, of Castorland, NY; her three daughters, Terry Agel of Chicago, IL, Kathleen Russo and her husband, Thomas, of Hudson, OH, and Michele Muller of Hudson Falls, NY; her sister, Nancy DeLux of Charlotte, NC; her sister-in-law, Helen May and her husband, Ben, of Leesburg, FL; and 10 grandchildren: Zachary, Brandon, Nicholas, Kelsey, Zoe, Steven, Remy, Jacob, Marcellus and Isabella; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father and mother, Roland and Doris Jordan, her father-in-law and mother-in-law Charles and Katherine McHarg, Sr., sister-in-law Ann Venditte and her husband, James, and brother-in-law, John McHarg. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer's Association 225 North Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601. The McHarg family has entrusted Doris' final arrangements to the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea, Martin Ciaccia and Don Applegate, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Doris McHarg, please visit Tribute Store. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Doris McHarg. (July 5, 2020)

 

Patrick H. Donnelly, IHS 1982 Funeral services for Patrick H. Donnelly, age 56, of Morgan Street, in Ilion, New York, will be held privately at the discretion of his family and his parents are in Foxwood Memorial Park, Ogdensburg, New York. Pat died Sunday, June 7, 2020, after being stricken at home. Surviving are his siblings, Roger Donnelly, of Wisconsin and Robin Donnelly, of Stephentown, New York; brother-in-law, Carl Clary; nephew, Colin Clary, of Ogdensburg; and aunts, uncles & cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Linda Lou (LaRock); his father, Arlen "Hank" Donnelly; and a sister, Kimberly Clary. Pat was born on January 7, 1964, in Ogdensburg, New York and graduated from Ilion High School, 'Class of 1982.' His dad, having become a machinist at the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company in Utica, where he worked for 30 years. He retired in 1996. Pat worked with Central Valley Academy within the janitorial division. The family has worked with the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, at 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort) to secure all arrangements, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Patrick Donnelly, please visit Tribute Store. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Patrick Donnelly. (July 5, 2020)

 

Patrick H. Donnelly, IHS 1982 Funeral services for Patrick H. Donnelly, age 56, of Morgan Street, in Ilion, New York, will be held privately at the discretion of his family and his parents are in Foxwood Memorial Park, Ogdensburg, New York. Pat died Sunday, June 7, 2020, after being stricken at home. Surviving are his siblings, Roger Donnelly, of Wisconsin and Robin Donnelly, of Stephentown, New York; brother-in-law, Carl Clary; nephew, Colin Clary, of Ogdensburg; and aunts, uncles & cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Linda Lou (LaRock); his father, Arlen "Hank" Donnelly; and a sister, Kimberly Clary. Pat was born on January 7, 1964, in Ogdensburg, New York and graduated from Ilion High School, 'Class of 1982.' His dad, having become a machinist at the Chicago Pneumatic Tool Company in Utica, where he worked for 30 years. He retired in 1996. Pat worked with Central Valley Academy within the janitorial division. The family has worked with the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, at 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort) to secure all arrangements, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Patrick Donnelly, please visit Tribute Store. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Patrick Donnelly. (July 5, 2020)

 

Charlotte A. (Platts) Patterson., IHS 1962 age 76, formerly of E. River St., Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. She was born on March 25, 1944, in Ilion, the daughter of Charles W. and Esther (Senif) Platts. Charlotte graduated from Annunciation School, in 1958, Ilion High School, in 1962 and Herkimer Co. Community College. She was chairman for Ilion Days Beauty Pageant for several years, culminating her career as Chair of the 2005 Ilion Day's celebration "Hats off to Ilion" and was a former member of the D.A.R. Charlotte loved history, genealogy and was a Civil War buff. She also loved doing crafts. Surviving family members include her daughter, Christie Szpyrka, of Philadelphia, PA; her sons, Shawn Patterson, of Chadwicks and Scott Patterson and his wife, Carla, of Bridgewater; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; her brother, Hercules Platts; and several nieces nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brother, John Platts. Private graveside committal services will be held at the convenience of her children. A family celebration of Charlotte's life will be held at a later date. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Charlotte, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. Charlotte's service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Charlotte Patterson, please visit Tribute Store. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Charlotte Patterson. (July 5, 2020)

 

Edward Anthony Pendergrass Sr., IHS 1964 age 73 of Mentor, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday June 6, 2020. The following he authored. Ed entered this world on October 6, 1946, in Little Falls, NY. He was the son of the late Raymond Edward (Foreman at Remington Arms) and Louise Sophia (nee Bladek) Pendergrass (Sales Clerk at W.T. Grant). Moving to Ilion, NY at 6 months Ed grew up in the affluent 50's at the former 46 West State Street. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1964. He then attended Syracuse University, In his Senior year he was a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon fraternity and the undefeated track team. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. On June 17, 1968 General Electric hired Ed into their then Manufacturing Management Program with (3) 1-year assignments in Binghamton, NY, Tyler, TX and Utica, NY. He took an off program position at GE's Nela Park in Cleveland, OH where his career was either in Technology or Quality. In the course of his work he was granted (2) US Patents. After 33.5 years Ed accepted an early retirement offer the end of 2001 at 55. After spending an extended time in southern China he returned to Mentor, OH July 2014. Being doubled retired he enjoyed his time attending Bible Community Church, part-time teaching Consumer Math at Mentor Christian School, working around outside his home and church and training up his daughters, Vivian and Lilian. Ed's fatherhood began with Melanie Jill (11/1/70 NY) followed by Jennifer Jill (12/6/73 OH), Sarah Raye (10/6/77 OH) and Edward Jr. (6/11/82 OH) with former wife, Star; then resumed with Vivian Louise (4/29/09) and Lilian Li (9/13/11) both in Huizhou, PR China with wife Lijun (Lily) Li. God saved Ed from his sins on January 13, 1980 while at Maplegrove Christian & Missionary Alliance church in Willoughby Hills, OH. Before his major faux pas he served over 20 years in varied positions. His deeper walk in the Light came at Bible Community Church. Much indebtedness is owed to Pastors Mike and Denny, finally realizing that God controls every atom! His life verse was Galatians 2:20. He relished "his" SF Giants, LA Rams, LA Lakers and his college, 'Cuse. He became less enthralled with pro sports during his days in China. However, he greatly enjoyed ribbing followers of most teams, especially THE school in Columbus, OH! His sister, Pat, said he was a Type A person to wit Ed did displays a number of those traits. He liked ping-pong (3 sons-in-law never beat him [or quoted Scripture] for his daughters hands), card and board games, using chopsticks. He loved any 'chuz', his glider, surprising people. His wife, Lily, survives Ed along with his 6 children: Melanie Janka HD#1 (Dave; Olyvia, Grayce, Jennifer (Adam) Squires and David (Rachel) Janka) of Stow, OH, Jennifer Domenech HD#2 (Marc; Dallas, Taylor and Andrew) of Eastlake, OH, Sarah McMichael HD#3 (Julia {HGGS#1 Josiah} and Jacob) of Mentor, OH, Edward Pendergrass Jr HS#1 (Bianca) of Mentor, OH, Vivian and Lilian. His sister Patricia McElrath (Joe) plus niece Jodi and family, nephew Chris and family plus several cousins. All are invited to attend the calling hours for Ed to be held from 4:00-7:00 PM Monday, June 15th, 2020 at Bible Community Church, 8600 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor. A Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 PM Monday at the church with Pastor Mike officiating. In lieu of flowers, you are asked to consider gifts to Bible Community Church. Envelopes will be available at the church. Praise the Lord and rejoice everyone, as Ed is in Heaven to spend eternity. Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral and Cremation Services, 6330 Center Street, Mentor OH 44060. (July 5, 2020)

 

Betty Lou (Sprague) Whittemore, IHS 1941 96, died June 8, 2020, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home where she has lived since February 2016. She was born in Ilion, on March 8, 1924, the daughter of Clarence and Jennie (Wilcox) Sprague. She was the youngest of five children. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1941 and Utica School of Commerce in 1942. Betty Lou married her high school sweetheart Robert Whittemore on July 24, 1943, in Savannah, Georgia, where he served in the Army. They had four children. Betty worked many years in the advertising department at the Oneonta Daily Star and also worked at the Palladium Times in Oswego. She retired in 1992 as secretary of the First United Methodist Church in Oneonta. Betty Lou's family was the most important thing in her life and she loved each member dearly. She also enjoyed playing cards with her card club friends and her good friends at Nader Towers. She enjoyed attending the sporting events of her grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and other activities. She was a member of the Otego United Methodist Church where she served on the Pastor Parish Relations committee. Church was a big part of Betty's life no matter where she lived. Betty Lou is survived by her son, Brian (Jan Best) Whittemore, Remer, Minnesota; daughters, Barbara (Joe) Stanton, Otego and Bethany (Terry) Vargason, Meridian, Idaho; grandchildren, Erik (Amy) Whittemore, Marietta, Georgia, Ian (Amy) Whittemore, Bradenton, Florida, Lori (Matt) Mannina, Otego, Kevin (Wende Ebberts) Stanton, Otego, Kyle (Caroline) Vargason, Boise, Idaho, Derrick (Chelsea) Vargason, Warren, Oregon; great-grandchildren, Ashley (Ryan Martini) Mannina, Otego, Sarah (Joe) Stento, West Oneonta, Kylee Stanton, North Carolina, Alex and Emily Whittemore, Georgia, Nate and Abby Whittemore, Florida, Austin Vargason, Idaho, Maeve and Mila Vargason, Oregon; and great-greatgranddaughter, Adelyn Martini, Otego. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Betty Lou was predeceased by her husband, Bob; her son and daughter-inlaw, Brad and Charlene Whittemore; two sisters, Joan (Ronald) Ward and Edith (George) Graves; two brothers, Chuck (Helen) Sprague and Dick (Marge) Sprague and her brother-inlaw, Harold (Edna) Whittemore. Mom was a loving, caring and always supportive mother. She was very special to all of us and we will miss her more than words can say. We thank the many caring people at Fox Nursing Home for taking such great care of our mother. A very special thank you to Bob and Lucy Ingalls for the many rides to church and for the weekly visits to the nursing home. She always looked forward to seeing you. We so appreciate you. Also, a tremendous thank you goes to Mom's greatniece, Heida Armao, for the loving and special care you gave Mom in the nursing home. There was never a dull moment with Heidi around and Mom enjoyed your visits so very much. We also thank Carol Thayer for her weekly visits to Mom. A Memorial service will be held when it is safe and responsible to do so because of the coronavirus. Burial will be in the Otego Evergreen Cemetery, Otego, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Betty's name to the A.O. Fox Nursing Home Activities Fund, 1 Norton Ave., Oneonta, NY 13820, or the Otego United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 288, Otego, NY 13825. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta. A guest book is available to sign by visiting www.lhpfuneralhome.com. (July 5, 2020)

 

Frank G. Manion, IHS 1950 88 of Ilion NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 3, 2020 in Pittsburgh PA. Frank was born on May 22,1932 in Herkimer NY, the son of the late Martin and Genevieve (Knapp) Manion. On October 24, 1953 Frank married the love of his life, the former Eleanor June Pelletier at Fort Dix NJ. After serving in the United States Army and being stationed in Fort Benning, GA during the Korean War, they returned home to settle in Ilion NY. Frank received his primary education from St. Francis Parish, Herkimer NY and graduated from Ilion High School and received his teaching certificate from Utica College. Frank was employed by Loblaws, General Electric and as a data processing instructor retiring from Herkimer County BOCES in 1989. Frank is survived by what he referred to as his "Million Dollar Family": his wife June, two daughters Karen and her husband Steve Fogerty and Janet and her husband Don Crim all of Ilion and son Tom and his wife Patty of Greensburg, PA. Frank cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as there was not a conversation had without one or more of them being mentioned and celebrated. Poppies' team is represented by: Meghan Appley and husband Josh, Becky Fogerty, Mike Fogerty and partner Hanna Collis, and Katie Fogerty; Lisa Sands, Kelly Ward, husband Taylor and daughters Reagan and Parker, Suzy Sands and son Reese as well as Grace Manion; Dan Crim, wife Lauren, daughter Kinleigh and son Abel, Emily Crim, partner Matt Stickles and son Beau. Frank is also survived by a brother-in-law Jack Winchester as well as sister-in-law Kathy Revior as well as several nieces and nephews and is predeceased by a son David, who he missed dearly; three brothers Martin, Jack and James, two sisters Genevieve Winchester and Marie Curie as well as his mother-in-law Grace Heath, father-in-law James Pelletier and brothers-in-law Don and Jim. Frank was a parishioner of the Annunciation Church, a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus, Council 518 serving for many years on the John D. Buckley committee and a charter member of Friends of the Town Park. Frank was an avid sports fan with loyalties to Notre Dame, Syracuse University, the NY Giants and Yankees. One of his favorite pass times was spending time rooting on his family whether it was at a sporting event or dance recital. He was extremely dedicated to his children and grandchildren and rarely missed an event, yet alone a practice. He always opened his home to all and was dearly loved and appreciated by the many extended family members and friends who were a part of his life. On Thursday, June 11, the family has set aside time for private viewing after which he will be laid to rest at 11:00 AM in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion NY. Frank's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the care, compassion and support provided by the staff of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Shadyside Hospital. We cannot be more thankful for how he was treated and cared for during his last days with us. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. 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. (July 5, 2020)

 

Mr. Donald C. Ray, Jr., IHS 1989 of Benedict Avenue, Ilion, passed on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at the age of 50, after a long courageous battle with cancer. We affectionately remember him as "Cliffy" and he was loved by all of us. He was born on October 17, 1969, in Herkimer, NY, a son of Joyce (Whaley) Ray and the late Donald C. Ray, Sr. Don attended and graduated from Ilion High School, 'class of 1989'. He was a lifelong area resident. Cliffy had worked with Union Tools, Orion Bus and most recently with Remington Arms as a machinist. He was interested in many hobbies throughout his life including racecars (NASCAR and Utica/Rome Dirt Racing), hunting, farming, snowmobiling and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. We would like to offer our most very special thank you to Dr. Manzurul Sikder, Debra Iselo, the Oncology Department and Infusion Room as well as his co-workers at Remington Arms for all the support and love extended. Don is survived by his beloved family, his mother, Joyce Ray; his sisters and brother-in-law, Donna Ray, of Ilion and Elizabeth Colburn and her husband, James, of Ilion; his nephews, Daniel Colburn, of Kansas and Clay Colburn and Brady Colburn, both of Ilion. He is also survived by a special aunt, Wendy Giachetti; cousins, Heidi Emrich, Tanya LeMay, Sarah Giachetti, and Billy Giachetti, who was like a brother to Don; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Donald C. Ray, Sr., on September 9, 2017. Don's funeral service arrangements are with the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (Town of Frankfort). There will be a graveside service next week at Armory Hill Cemetery, in Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating, where interment will take place. Those wishing are asked to consider a memorial donation in memory of Donald Ray, to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Suite 6, Utica, NY 13502. We have decided on this fine organization as an honor and tribute to Don. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family is being served by Funeral Directors, Harry J. Enea, Jr. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, of the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (Town of Frankfort) 315-894-8000. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Donald Ray, Jr., please visit Tribute Store. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Donald Ray, Jr. (July 5, 2020)

 

Jennifer R. Harris IHS 1998 40, of Herkimer, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday morning, April 30, 2020. She was Born to parents Gerald Edwin and Mary Jan (Hardy) Harris, on May 6, 1979, in Stoughton, Massachusetts. She was a graduate of Ilion High School, 'Class of 1998'. After completing high school, she went on to graduate from Eastern Nazarene College, in Quincy, Massachusetts, later earning her Master's Degree in Special Education. She had worked at the House of Good Shepard for over nine years and most recently with Herkimer County BOCES as a Special Education Teacher, fulfilling her lifetime dream. Survivors include her mom and dad, Rev. Gerald and Jan Harris, of Ilion; her sisters, Barbara Fish (Bill) and Stephanie; her brother, Philip (Susan); her very special daughter, Natasha and she was mommy to Haidyn; her nieces, Abby, Angie, Scottia and Celia; nephew, Edwin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A private family funeral will be held at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort) and interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, in Herkimer, New York. The family would like to thank Dr. Kachare and Dr. Din for their compassion and care for Jennifer. Donations may be considered to Living Hope Church of the Nazarene, PO Box 366, Westmoreland, NY 13490 for Compassionate Ministries. An online memorial page has been established in honor of Jenn at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (315) 894-8000. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Danielle Lawrence. (July 4, 2020)

 

Jennifer R. Harris IHS 1998 40, of Herkimer, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday morning, April 30, 2020. She was Born to parents Gerald Edwin and Mary Jan (Hardy) Harris, on May 6, 1979, in Stoughton, Massachusetts. She was a graduate of Ilion High School, 'Class of 1998'. After completing high school, she went on to graduate from Eastern Nazarene College, in Quincy, Massachusetts, later earning her Master's Degree in Special Education. She had worked at the House of Good Shepard for over nine years and most recently with Herkimer County BOCES as a Special Education Teacher, fulfilling her lifetime dream. Survivors include her mom and dad, Rev. Gerald and Jan Harris, of Ilion; her sisters, Barbara Fish (Bill) and Stephanie; her brother, Philip (Susan); her very special daughter, Natasha and she was mommy to Haidyn; her nieces, Abby, Angie, Scottia and Celia; nephew, Edwin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A private family funeral will be held at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort) and interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, in Herkimer, New York. The family would like to thank Dr. Kachare and Dr. Din for their compassion and care for Jennifer. Donations may be considered to Living Hope Church of the Nazarene, PO Box 366, Westmoreland, NY 13490 for Compassionate Ministries. An online memorial page has been established in honor of Jenn at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (315) 894-8000. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Danielle Lawrence. (July 4, 2020)

 

William 'Bill' D. Gahan IHS 1972 "Bill" also known as "Lipper", 66 of Ilion, passed away peacefully with his children by his side, leaving this Godly Earth too soon on Thursday April 30, 2020. Bill was at Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford, NY when he passed. Bill was born on September 22, 1953 in Ilion, NY. Bill's death was preceded by his Father Francis A. and Mother Cecelia D. (McNinney) Gahan. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. Bill worked as an Electrician at Remington Arms for 26 years. Following retirement from the Arms he was working at Fiberdyne Labs as an Electrician in Frankfort, NY. Bill was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444. He enjoyed spending time with his family at Piseco Lake camping and fishing, golfing and working on cars and engines. Bill was known by many as "Lipper", a High School nickname that continued throughout his life. Bill will always be remembered for enjoying good times with his family and friends. Bill is survived by his fiance Gwen; three sons William Gahan and his fiance Erica Branck, Andrew Gahan and his wife Jennifer (Gilbert) of Ilion, NY and Garrett Conroy and his fiance Stephanie Caines of Syracuse, NY; four daughters Kristin Gilpin (Gahan) and her husband Joe of Fredericksburg, VA, Adrienne Lewis (Gahan) and her husband Dean of Port Saint Lucie, FL, Paula Dixon (Gahan) and her husband Merlin of Rome, NY, and Kayla Kineke (Conroy) and her husband Kevin of Pigeon Forge, TN; a brother Edward Gahan and his wife Sheila (Wiernicki) and their sons, 2 beloved nephews, Douglas and Eric Gahan of Ilion, NY; 22 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. In keeping with Bill's wishes there are no calling hours and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, NY. Friends and family are asked to please consider memorial donations in Bill's name to the Ilion Firefighters Local 1185 1 Central Ave. Ilion NY 13357. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 7, 2020)

 

William George Sheppard IHS Alumnus, 81 passed away on Wednesday April 29, 2020 at Foltsbrook Center in Herkimer. Bill was born on June 14, 1938 in Utica, he was the son of the late Harold and Winifred (Pritchard) Sheppard. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools, MVCC and SUNY Oswego. On July 25, 1959 he was united in marriage to, the former, Jessie C. Eberle. He was a teacher in the Utica School System and was an Adjunct Professor at MVCC, until retiring several years ago. After retirement Bill remained very active, having worked as a manager and engineer at several local companies, including Martin Reel Co. in Mohawk, where he received a patent for a fishing reel he designed. His most recent job was with Orion Bus Industries, where he worked for 16 years. He also enjoyed Big Band music and motorcycles and owned and operated Sheppard's Cycle Shop for many years. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Mohawk and the BMW Motorcycle Club. Bill is survived by his loving wife Jessie of Herkimer; a son William J. and his wife Varinya Sheppard of New Hartford; a daughter Connie and her husband Tom Giordano of Herkimer; a sister Gail Jay of Cold Brook; his grandchildren Bryn and Justin Albro, Tyler and Morgan Sheppard, Christina Ferrucci and her fiancé John Deschambeau and Michael Ferrucci; step grandchildren Anthony and Alexandra Giordano; one great grandchild Finn Albro and one on the way, Emerson Albro as well as many special cousins. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines Bills funeral service will be private. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 St. Rt. 5S Mohawk, NY 13407. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. (May 7, 2020)

 

Warren Austin Steiner IHS 1948, 91,a life long resident of Mohawk, died peacefully at the Masonic Care Community, Utica on April 25, 2020. Warren was born on March 11, 1929 in Ilion the son of the late Fred and Clara (Santmire) Steiner. He was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1948 and received his BS Degree in 1952 from Michigan State University in Political Science. After graduation he went to work for the N.Y.S. Department of Transportation as a Safety Engineer in the Utica office for 30 years. On November 26, 1960 Warren was united in marriage with Mary Horton at the Ilion Methodist Church. They shared a devoted relationship until Mary's passing in March of 2007. Warren was an active member of the Methodist Church serving on several committees and teaching Sunday School, he was a life member of the Ilion Masons and was very active with the Shriner's where he served on the Shriner's Hospital Board in Springfield, Ma.for 10 years. He was a member of The Valley of Utica Consistory, The Ziyara Shrine, the Ilion 1444 BPOE and the Ilion Winter Club. Warren was an avid reader and was especially interested in history. He was a gentle man who was always ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed it and took much pride in working around his home on Vickerman Hill, Mohawk. He was kind and caring with a great scene of humor, if he was asked how he was his response always was"Top Shelf". Warren is survived by his daughter Barbara (Kevin) Davis, his cherished granddaughter Isabella and grandson Cayman of Hurricane, Utah; his sister Shirley Pearson, Ilion; a special niece Cynthia (David) Garrett of Barneveld; his nephews Doug (Ruth) Pearson and Dale Pearson of Ilion and his loving companion Delores McGraw of Ilion; also several other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother in law Donald Pearson. In keeping with recent N.Y.S and C.D.C guidelines a private service and burial will be conducted at this time, a public Memorial Service and Celebration of Warren's Life will be held at the Ilion United Methodist Church when allowed. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Friends wishing to do so are requested to consider memorials to Morning Star Ministries, 32 Second St., Ilion, The Olive Branch Masonic Lodge, 118 Morgan St., Ilion or The Shriner's Children's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, Ma. 01104. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. . (May 7, 2020)

 

Daniel P. Morris IHS 1976, son of the late Donald and Maureen Morris, formally of Ilion, NY, peacefully passed away on April 20, 2020 at his home in Pensacola, FL. Dan graduated from Ilion HS and received his BS from Utica College. Upon graduation Dan traveled throughout the country, working in many different capacities. He loved music, playing guitar and following The Grateful Dead. Those concerts took him to almost every state in the union. He eventually settled in Venice, FL, living and working there for almost 15 years. Dan ultimately moved to Pensacola, Fl. where he worked as a contractor and operated a Handy Man business. "Trapper" as he was known to family friends, loved fishing, golf, and enjoyed the outdoors. He was also an avid reader and a huge fan of the NY Giants and the Yankees. His love of the Pensacola Ice Flyers was fostered with the help of Dr. Don Dewey and he rarely missed a game. Dan was also a great caregiver. He lived with and cared for his father, Donald, until his passing in 2017. His care, attention and company helped to allow his Dad to live out his life in his own home. Above all, Dan was most proud of his 10-year AA sobriety coin which he received in January. He was very appreciative of the friends and associates that helped him reach this achievement. Dan's family wishes to thank Drs James Smith, Gerald Lowrey and Ranjith Dissanayake who took such good care of Dan. Lastly, thanks to his dear friend Janice Bozant. Janice gave Dan a reason to get up every day, and her support is greatly appreciated. Dan is survived by his brother Mark (Mary Jo), sisters Dr. Nancy Morris (Joe Grossi) and Maureen (Paul Arciero), and seven nieces, nephews, and a great niece. The family asks any donations in Dan's memory be made in his name to the St. Joseph Medical Clinic, c/o David M. Conkle MD, PO Box 13566, Pensacola, FL 32591. Due to Covid-19, a celebration of Dan's life will take place at a future date to be determined. Published in Pensacola News Journal from Apr. 22 to Apr. 26, 2020. (April 26, 2020)

 

Christopher J. Harris IHS 1991 - of Verona, NY passed away unexpectedly on April 18, 2020 at the age of 47. Known to all as "Critter", a nickname affectionately given to him by his older brothers at a very young age. He was a lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1991 and received his Bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport in 1995. He dedicated his career to the needs of children and founded Community Support Services LLC with his business partner and best friend Mike Boutin. Chris was known to all for his love for the great outdoors and the Adirondacks, specifically the family camp on Otter Lake. You could always find him on the dock fishing or kayaking with his dog, Maddie. To those who knew him, Chris was known as the friend who would drop everything to help you. His kindness, sincerity and outgoing personality would light up the room. He was bound to make anyone laugh with his wit and humor. To those he loved, he made sure you knew it. His dedication to friends and family was inestimable. The best way anyone could ever describe him as simple, "he is just a great guy". He is survived by the greatest joys of his life, his two children, Erik and Meagan. His profound love and pride for them is immeasurable and eternal. Additionally, by his parents Wayne and Ann Harris; his siblings Steven Harris, Mark (Teresa) Harris, Kathleen (Michael) Johnson; his nieces and nephews Brittney, Kyle, Christina, Natasha, Alicia and Erica; his aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, services will be held at a later date. (April 26, 2020)

 

Alfred J. Morris IHS 1945, age 92, formerly of Ilion passed away peacefully on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Peabody, MA. Al was born on April 4, 1928 to the late Thomas and Margaret (Curley) Morris in Ilion and was the seventh of nine children. He was a graduate of Annunciation School, Ilion High School and the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Throughout his education he was an athlete and a scholar playing football in both high school and college and graduated from both schools with honors. Al proudly served in the US Army following WWII at the rank of Sergeant. He was assigned to the redevelopment of the communication infrastructure in Japan. In his professional life, Al was an entrepreneur, opening Morris Brothers Commercial and Industrial Photography Studio in Utica, NY with his brother Don. Their work contributed to nationwide advertising campaigns, to component design capabilities for the Apollo space program, and memorialized many of life's milestones for countless families across Central New York. After retiring from the Photography Business, Al worked as a commercial real estate broker in the Mohawk Valley. Al was an active member of the Church of the Annunciation where he served as a lecturn and a proud member of the New York State Democratic Party. He was a great fan of all Ilion Sports Teams and volunteered as a Little League Coach for many years where he ensured that everyone played, long before that became widely practiced. That exemplified his view that dedication and hard work was expected but would always be met with fairness, respect, and appreciation. After retiring from professional life, Al continued with two of his passions; watching Ilion HS sports and helping his neighbors whenever needed. Al became "that guy" that quietly touched so many lives. If you were a player, he was the guy in the hat that came to every practice and game, and you'll always remember that day when he said your name and "great job!" He was the guy that was up before dawn in the winter running his snow blower and clearing driveways so that everyone could get on with their day a bit easier. He was the guy that would take two hours to get a newspaper because he had a smile and a good word for everyone he met along the way. In his later years, he and his wife Sue lived north of Boston near their daughters. They shared family celebrations with their grandchildren and great-grandchildren, visited family in Florida and the Adirondacks, and enjoyed Red Sox games together. Al would watch the Patriots with his daughters and remained an avid fan of Syracuse University's football and basketball teams. Al leaves behind his wife of 64 years Suzanne (O'Brien) Morris, a brother Robert of Florida, and three children, Kathleen Duggan of Peabody, MA, Sheila Driscoll and her husband Michael of Beverly, MA and Tim Morris and his wife Kelley of Chittenango, NY. Al also had six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services for Al have been postponed at this time due to the COVID-19 restrictions. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Ilion Public Library Foundation 78 West St. Ilion, NY 13357. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 26, 2020)

 

Lynne P. (Purple) Baker IHS 1959 - Lynne P. Baker 1941 - 2020 CORNWALL - Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away, quietly and comfortably at Noble Hospital, under the watchfulness of the nurses and doctors who provided kind and compassionate care throughout her stay, despite the relentless demands they face at this trying time, on April 15, 2020. Lynne was the 4th of 5 children born to George and Ella Purple. The Purples moved several times in Central New York State during her childhood, eventually settling in Hamilton, NY. After graduating from Ilion High School in 1959, Lynne matriculated to Middlebury College, where she graduated in 1963. At Middlebury, she met her first husband, Ted Buhl, of Batavia, NY. They were married in April of 1965. They had three children, Chris, Mickey and Amy. On September 1, 1977, Lynne married the love of her life, Dr. John (Jack) W. Baker, II. His daughters, Karen and Laura Baker, became Lynne's 4th and 5th children. The only steps in the Baker home were the staircases leading up or down. The Baker family resided together in Cornwall, NY for over 40 years. We often heard Lynne say that all she ever really wanted to be was a mother. She did that and did it wonderfully. None of her children can remember a night during our childhood that Lynne failed to have dinner for seven of us on the table at 6 p.m. sharp, or a day she and Jack didn't find a way to get all five of us to whatever practice, recital, game or event we were participating in throughout our school years. She did all that while also managing the myriad details of Jack's successful and ever expanding psychology and consulting practice for 35+ years. Lynne and Jack enjoyed travel, with their children and on their own, sports (particularly tennis) and music. More than anything else they valued family and were always sure to see that all the various grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins were an active part of the Baker family's life. As their children grew up and ventured out on their own, Lynne and Jack dove headlong into the roles of loving, doting grandparents to their (eventually) ten grandchildren. Many of Lynne's greatest joys and fondest memories were of times with her grandchildren as they grew. Lynne was predeceased by her parents, George and Ella Purple; her older brother, Rick Purple; and her granddaughter, Annie Buhl. She is survived by her husband, Dr. John (Jack) W. Baker, II; her children, Karen Baker Pinkham, Chris Buhl, Mickey Buhl, Laura Baker Green and Amy Buhl Conn; her sons-in-law, George Pinkham, Frank Green and Adam Conn; her daughters-in-law, Sarah Buhl and Stacy Buhl; her grandchildren, Trevor, Tristan and Trey Pinkham, Sam, Chloe and Robinson Buhl, Cody Green and Savannah and Soren Buhl. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Jo Purple; sister-in-law, Jere Purple; sister, Lee Bent; and sister, Les Purple; as well as by her nine nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces and nephews. A Memorial to Celebrate her Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate face masks or shields to either Armbrook Senior Living Village, 551 N Rd., Westfield, MA 01085 (where Lynne resided the final five years of her life) or an assisted/senior living center of your choice. Those facilities are in great need of personal protective equipment at this time. Also, donations can be made in Lynne Baker's name to the Alzheimer's Association of the Hudson Valley, Orange/Sullivan Regional Office, 384 Crystal Run Road, Suite 102, Middletown, NY 10941-4103. Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 19 to Apr. 23, 2020. (April 26, 2020)

 

Patrick J. O'Connor IHS 1983 - Patrick J. "Oakie" O'Connor, 55 of Ilion passed away on Friday April 10, 2020 in Utica. Funeral services for Pat will be held at a future date due to COVID-19 restrictions. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. (April 26, 2020)

 

Dorothy VanSteinburg Daly IHS 1947, 90 of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Saturday April 4, 2020 at The Grand in Ilion. Dott was born in Ilion, the daughter of Clayton and Marjorie Coleman VanSteinburg on June 7, 1929. She attended Ilion schools and the St. Luke's School of Nursing. On October 19, 1957 she married her husband of 62 years, Robert J. Daly, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk. Together they raised their five children in the wonderful South Third Ave neighborhood of Ilion. She enjoyed a 40 year career at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital and was a nurse's nurse with a take-charge attitude. She was a long time, active, member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and the Ilion Historical Club. Dott was the matriarch of her family, and always the "go to girl" in all her circles, be it family, neighbors, friends or co-workers. If someone had a project, challenge or problem she could always be called upon. She also lived up to her married name, Daly, which in Irish means "place of assembly". She was a tireless worker who was always happiest when assembling groups to share time and experiences with. Whether it was a poolside picnic with her baked beans and fireworks, a holiday gathering with more people than could fit or a summer vacation to Cape Cod, she enjoyed having family and friends together, especially her grandchildren. In her last few years, when she couldn't assemble groups easily, she would always say: "you never know, and you won't know". She might have been saying to us, you never know when your health will fail or when some problem is just around the corner, so make sure you assemble now, when you can, and share life with each other. Finally, it's worth mentioning, she loved every color, as long as it was pink! Dorothy is survived by her loving husband Bob; five children Leigh and Brian Lytwynec of Sparta, NJ, Timothy Daly and Scott Vaughan of Ilion, Kathleen and John Reese of Ilion, Mary and James Salamone of Liverpool and Erin and Kurt Burger of Ilion; eleven grandchildren Andrew and Jill Lytwynec, Beth Lytwynec, Christine Lytwynec and Steve Eckenrode, Jacqueline Reese, Daniel Reese, Stephen and Jennifer Salamone, Sarah Salamone, Emily Salamone, James Salamone, Lauren Burger and Ryan Burger; three great grandchildren Gabriel and Rowan Lytwynec and James L. Salamone. Dorothy was predeceased by her brother Robert E. VanSteinburg. Funeral services for Dorothy will be private, due to the COVID-19 restrictions. She will be laid to rest in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, Fr. Paul Catena will officiate. Friends are asked to please consider a memorial donation to Annunciation Church 50 West St. Ilion, NY 13357. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, New York 13357. To send an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 18, 2020)

 

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 www.whiter-hendrix.com. (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 www.eneafamily.com 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 www.eneafamily.com. (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 www.whiter-hendrix.com. (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 www.applegateandday.com. 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 www.whiter-hendrix.com. (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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