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Eleanor Morin Tucker IHS Alumnus, age 87 of Essex, MA., died in her home Oct. 27, 2000 following her extended illness. She was born in Ilion NY, June 19, 1913, daughter of the late Atherton and Eva (Morin) Tucker. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Smith College with a major in chemistry, and received her master's in 1936. She later did graduate work at Columbia Teacher's College and Oxford University. She was affiliated with Abbot Academy in Andover for 33 years. Joining the faculty in 1936 as a teacher of chemistry and algebra, she served as director of studies from 1956 to 1969 and as acting principal from 1966 to 1968. She continued to teach chemistry until 1969, when, following Abbot's merger with Phillips Academy, she left to become director of studies and headmistress at Winchester-Thurston in Pittsburgh, Pa. After serving as a camp counselor in Maine, New Jersey and Massachusetts for 15 years, and as dean of women at the Phillips Academy summer schools for three years, her summers were spent in travel and study. An associate member of Sigma Xi since 1936, she was active in numerous professional educational societies, as well as providing service to civic groups and her church. She also held office in the North Shore Smith College Alumni Association. Upon her retirement she moved to Essex, where she had established a home where she became involved in local organizations. She was active in the Essex Shipbuilding Museum, where she served as treasurer, and was president of the Arts and Crafts Club of Essex. She was a faithful member of the Essex Congregational Church, which she served in numerous capacities. Known for her charitable nature and steadfastness, she served as a model to her friends and relations, gaining the admiration of those who knew her by her unflagging courage and consideration for others during a 15-year siege of debilitating illness. She is survived by a sister, Elizabeth (Tucker) Dise and her husband, William Dise, of Middleville, NY; a niece, Eleanor Ucasz and her husband, John, of Middleville, NY; two nephews, John Dise and his wife, Sue, of Andover, William Dise of California, and several grandnieces and grandnephews. She will be missed by many former students, colleagues, helpers and friends, including Shirley Surrette Duffy of Essex, Ruth Toivainen of Maine, and her companion, Pussyfoot. (Jan 12, 2001)

Albert W. Sterling IHS Alumnus, age 72, Little Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 16, 2000, on arrival at Little Falls Hospital, after being stricken at home. He was born on June 10, 1928, in Ilion, the son of Elizabeth (Davis) Sterling of Utica and the late Albert R. Sterling. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. He was united in marriage to the former Mildred Dibble on December 11, 1954, at the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion. Mr. Sterling was a veteran of the US Army, entering the service in 1948. He served with the 117th Airborne Division at Camp Pickett, Va. Mr. Sterling was employed by the City of Little Falls Department of Public Works as a water meter reader for many years, retiring in January of 1995. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth of Utica; a son, Lance W. Sterling of Herkimer; three daughters, Wendy E. Davis and her husband, Roy, of Little Falls, Tammylynn M. Sterling of Little Falls and Florence J. Lawson and her husband, Vester, of Jacksonville, NC; nine grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two grand nieces, and several cousins. A dear and special friend, Anne Dincik of Little Falls. He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Delong, who died on September 3, 1994. Funeral services were held on Sunday, November 19, 2000, at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., Little Falls, with the Reverend Donald L. Dixon, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Little Falls, officiating. Interment will take place in Salisbury Rural Cemetery, town of Salisbury. It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Sterling by considered to the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. (December 1, 2000)

Keith Durgee IHS '51, age 68, Port St. Lucie, FL, died suddenly on Oct. 7, 2000. He leaves his wife of 46 years, Barbara Smith Durgee; 5 daughters; 3 grandsons and 6 granddaughters. (November 14, 2000)

Lt. Col. Retired Gertrude Mackin IHS '42, 76, Ilion, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2000, at home after a long illness. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Alfred La Manna officiating. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Town of Herkimer. Arrangements were in care of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (November 14, 2000)

Enaus 'Enie' J. Geloso IHS Alumnus, age 78, Ilion, died on Oct. 19, 2000 at the Rehabilitation Unit at the Masonic Home, Utica. He was born on Jan. 29, 1922 in Frankfort, NY, theson of Vincent andAnna Terras Geloso and graduated from Ilion High School. On June 4,1949, he was married to Luella N. McCoy at theChurch Of TheAnnunciation in Ilion. Their marriage was a blessed union of 51 years.Enaus worked as a data processing operations manager at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for over 20 years, retiring in 1985. Mr. Geloso was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. Survivors include his wife Luella 'Lue' Geloso; a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela J. Mitchell and Ronald J. Crans of Canastota, NY; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Jodi Geloso of Ilion; two grandchildren, Renee and Noah Geloso of Ilion; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Julia Robel of Auburn, Ala., Marion and James Gorman of Ilion, Joan and Mike Conte of Ilion; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Joseph andGenevieve Geloso of Ilion, Sam and Delores Geloso of Ilion, and Frank Geloso of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Rose and Harvey Fell. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Robert Shinos at theChurch Of The Annunciation, Ilion. Intermentwas held at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. (October 29, 2000)

Nancy C. Brown Stephenson IHS '65, age 53, of 54 Benedict Ave., a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly of heart failure Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Nancy was born March 14, 1947, in Ilion, daughter of Joseph and Anna (Getman) Brown. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1965. She later went on and obtained her Licensed Practical Nurse Certification. On Sept. 28, 1968, she was united in marriage to Jeffrey E. Stephenson at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Ilion. Nancy worked with her husband, Jeff and son, Todd, in the family business, "Swan Pools" of Ilion. She also worked as an LPN following her certification. Nancy loved the outdoors. She enjoyed the sun, working around the house, relaxing by the pool and keeping company with her beloved dogs. Survivors include her husband, Jeff, at home; one daughter, Tonya Stephenson of Albany and one son, Todd Stephenson of Ilion; her grandson, Colin Stephenson; one brother-in-law, John Stephenson of St. Petersburg, Fla., one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jill and Tom Balderston of Salisbury Center, and many good friends, including Sharon Dodge and Wendy Jackson, both of Ilion. She was predeceased by her parents and also her infant daughter, Lynn, who died on April 22, 1969. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow the funeral service. Memorial contributions in Nancy's name may be considered to the charity of your choice. (October 29, 2000)

Anne Stagg Tiel IHS 1941, 78, Ilion, passed away September 22, 2000, at Valley Health Services. She was born April 17, 1922, in Newark, NJ, the daughter of the late Horace C. and Helen O'Rourke Stagg. She was a 1941 graduate of Ilion High School, and also a graduate of Herkimer County Community College. Mrs. Tiel was employed with the New York Telephone Co. as an operator, retiring several years ago. On May 4, 1979, she married William S. Tiel in Ilion. Mrs. Tiel is survived by her husband William; a daughter, Marianne R. Shepherd of Ilion and her fiancee Francis G. Lee of Utica; a son, J. Michael Purcell of Ilion, a son and daughter-in-law, Timothy J. and Lynne Purcell of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; a stepdaughter, Lynn Cave of Ilion; a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Mary and David Thuma of Cooperstown; a brother, William Stagg of Ilion; two sisters, Rita Morrison of Sun City, FL, and H. Elizabeth Stagg, Syracuse; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Warren and Elizabeth Reardon of Sun City, FL; grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by an infant sister, Mary Rose Stagg; brothers, Clinton and Harry Stagg; a sister-in-law, Margaret Stagg; a brother-in-law, James Morrison; and a son-in-law, Thomas R. Shepherd II. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Herkimer County Hospice or to Make a Wish Foundation in Anne's memory. (October 19, 2000)

Arthur D. Kerr IHS 1930, age 89, formerly of Forge Hill Estates, Ilion, and a resident of Claxton Manor, Herkimer, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2000, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born March 9, 1911, in Herkimer, the son of the late Harry and Myrtle Harter Kerr. Mr. Kerr received his education in the Ilion School System and on September 11, 1937, he married the former Margaret (Peg) Cahill in Meriden, CT. She passed away January 8, 2000. Mr. Kerr was employed as a production superintendent with Remington Arms, retiring in 1976. Mr. Kerr was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, the Ilion Little Theater Club, Ilion Conversation Club and the Board of Directors of the Ilion Cemetery Association. Mr. Kerr is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Agrafina Kerr, of Nikolski, Alaska; three daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara and Mike Meola, of Utica, Sally Huthwaite, of Birmingham, MI, and Sheila Kerr, of St. Johnsville, NY; a stepbrother, William VanAlstine; a stepsister, Alice Ray, of Mohawk, NY; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Kerr. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, September 8, 2000, at 11:00 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Father Alfred Lamanna officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. In keeping with Mr. Kerr's wishes, there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Public Library in Mr. Kerr's memory. Arrangements are by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (August 27, 2000)

Ann M. Acquaviva-Nasca IHS 1967, age 51, of Fulton, died Monday, Aug. 14 2000 at Oswego Hospital after a long illness. A native of Fort Collins, Colo., Mrs. Acquaviva-Nasca had resided in Fulton for 25 years. She was a G.E.D. Educator in the Fulton Consolidated School System, Fulton. She was a communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Fulton. She was a past president of the Fulton Kiwanis Club. She was a graduate of Ilion High School class of 1967 and S.U.N.Y. Oswego, where she received her B.S. degree in Education. She was a member of the N.Y.S. Teacher's Association. She was predeceased by her father, Nicholas Acquaviva, who died in 1978. Surviving are a son, Charles J. Nasca III, of Fulton; her mother, Margaret Acquaviva of Fulton; four sisters, Mary Clark, Joan Dean, Catherine Acquaviva, and Peggy Acquaviva, all of Fulton; five brothers, Nicholas Acquaviva of Liverpool, Thomas Acquaviva of Middleburg Heights, Ohio, John Acquaviva of Land O Lakes, Fla., and Arthur Acquaviva and Patrick Acquaviva, both of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews. Services were held Thursday at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton and at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Fulton. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Fulton. Contributions may be made to the Fulton Kiwanis Club, c/o Jim Schreck, Nestle Company, 555 S. Fourth St., Fulton, N.Y. 13069. (Jan 13, 2001)

Mary Helena Hoffman Coyle Yager Dempsey IHS 1940, age 78, of Ilion, passed away Monday, Aug. 14, 2000, at Oneonta Hospital. She was born Oct. 6, 1921, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Howard L. and Mary A. Coronkite Hoffman and was a 1940 graduate of Ilion High School. Mrs. Dempsey was married to Lynn Coyle, the father of her children, then married Francis Yager. He passed away several years ago. She then married Richard Dempsey. He passed away in 1999. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Hazel Coyle of Oneonta; a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Rene Cabrera of Ithaca; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Ruth Hoffman of Ilion, and Howard and Marion Hoffman of Ilion; five grandchildren, seven nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by a son, Lance Coyle, in 1963 and a brother, Donald. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at the Church of the Annunciation with Fr. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment was in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. (August 20, 2000)

George E. Webb, IHS Alumnus, age 83, of 54 Newton St., Ilion, passed away on Friday, Aug. 4, 2000 at Faxton Hospital in Utica. He was born on April 21, 1917 in Ilion, the son of the late William and Emma (Koppish) Webb. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and was married to Helen Alexander of Frankfort on June 27, 1941. She passed away in 1993. Mr. Webb was a World War II Navy veteran, enlisting on June 5, 1944 and was honorably discharged on March 14, included the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. George was last employed as a sales engineer for Upstate Machinery in Syracuse. He also, at one time, worked for Remington Arms Co., Remington Rand, Sperry Univac, the U.S. Navy and York Machinery in Rochester, while at those employments he held sales supervising positions. Mr. Webb is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James E. and Diane Webb of Sarasota, Florida; two grandchildren, Stacie and Shaun Webb; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Ginny Enea of Ilion; and two brothers, Albert and Earl Webb. He was predeceased by two brothers, Albert and Earl Webb and a sister, Winifred Bullock. (August 8, 2000)

Agnes I. Janis, IHS Alumnus, age 92, of 207 Second St., Ilion, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, at Mohawk Valley Nursing. She was born Aug. 28, 1907, in Little Falls, the daughter of James and Margaret Farrell Walsh and graduated from Ilion High School. On Oct. 27, 1934, she was married to Joseph C. Janis at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Mrs. Janis worked at the Remington Typewriter Co. in Ilion and also the Duofold Co. in Mohawk, retiring in 1974. Survivors include her husband, Joseph; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Barbara Janis of Ilion, Richard and Jane Janis of Syracuse; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces, She was predeceased by one daughter, Arlene Janis. Memorial contributions may be made to Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. (August 8, 2000)

Catharine (Daily) Boyle, IHS Alumnus, age 84, of Mount Holly, N.J., passed away early Monday, July 31, 2000, at Ventura Memorial Hospital after a short illness. She was born Sept. 23, 1915 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Cornelius S. and Grace Morgan Daily. After graduation from the Ilion School system, she graduated from the Utica School of Commerce and went to work for the Navy in Washington, D.C. for many years. She moved to Philadelphia, Pa., where she met and married Edward she worked in the pathology department of St. Christopher's Hospital. In 1957 she moved to Mount Holly, where she most recently resided. She worked for awhile at Burlington Memorial Hospital and was very active in Democratic politics. She was also a mixologist and worked at Buzz's in Mount Holly for many years. Along with her parents and husband, she is predeceased by a brother, Richard M. Daily of Ilion. She is survived by her daughter, Grace O'Donnell and her husband Hugh of East Aurora, N.Y.; sons, Edward J. III of Medford, N.J., and Richard D. of Mount Holly, N.J.; one brother, Bruce Daily of Ilion and a sister, Nancy Moore of Ship Bottom, N.J. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Andrew and Charlotte O'Donnell, and Amy and Edward Boyle IV; and many other nieces and nephews. (August 8, 2000)

Elinor A. Ackler Cormia, IHS 1931, age 86, of Ilion, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2000. She was born on June 7, 1914 in Ilion, the daughter of Roy and Carrie Mentz Ackler. She attended Ilion schools, graduating in 1931 and then went on to graduate from the Excelsior Business College in 1933. On Aug. 22, 1934, she married Conrad Cormia, Ilion. He passed away in 1998. Mrs. Cormia was employed by Remington Rand and then in 1954 she joined the Ilion school system as secretary to the superintendent, retiring in 1970. Mrs. Cormia is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Cormia of Sunnyvale, Calif.; a daughter, Janet Cormia of Hingham, Mass.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Richard and a daughter, Judith Cormia Schumacher. Friends are asked to consider memorial to St. Augustine's Church or St. Luke's Hospital as a special thank you to the fourth floor nurses. Arrangements are by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (August 1, 2000)

Dr. Charles (Chuck) Brown IHS 1955, age 62, of 10 Sunset Ave., passed away Thursday, June 29, 2000, at his home. Dr. Brown was born July 1, 1937, in Ilion, the son of the late Alfred and Eileen Fitzgibbons Brown. He married Gail Waldbillig on Oct. 4, 1958, in Ilion. She passed away in 1991. He graduated with honors from Utica College and McGill University. He proudly served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, including a tour of duty from October 1970 as combat surgeon and commanding officer of Delta Company, 1st Medical Battalion, 1st marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, DaNang, in the Republic of Vietnam. He left the Navy in 1972 and returned with his family to Ilion. He was employed as staff surgeon at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital and opened a private practice in general and reconstructive surgery. He was a member of a number of medical societies in New York. Dr. Brown is survived by his sons, Stephen of Los Angeles, Calif., Christopher of Pasadena, Calif., Matthew of New Orleans, Lal, and his daughter, Regan Commins of Fairport. He also leaves behind three grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; two brothers, Jim and Larry Brown, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and his longtime companion, Melanie Green of Ilion. Friends may call Monday from 5-8 p.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Homes, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. A service will be held immediately following calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Herkimer County Hospice in his memory.(November 26, 2000 - modified September 4, 2021)

William L. Grimshaw, IHS 1935, 82, of Ilion, passed away Monday, June 12, 2000. He was born May 1, 1918, in Ilion, the son of Fred and Ethel King Grimshaw. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and Colgate University. Prior to World War II, he worked as a chemist metallurgist for the Remington Arms Company. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served overseas in the ETO, in several posts, finally as a Staff Weather Officer of the 410th Bomb Group. He was discharged in 1945. Following the war, he worked as a college representative and later as science editor for two major college textbook publishers, John Wiley & Sons, and Prentice Hall, Inc., retiring in 1978. Mr. Grimshaw is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, James and Ruth Grimshaw, Rochester; two nieces; two favorite nephews, Peter Costello of Cooperstown and Edward Costello of Durham, N.C.; step-daughter and her husband, Paula and Jerry Burns of Ilion; three step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.He was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Edward Costello of Cooperstown. Arrangements were by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (June 17, 2000)

Betty Kittle Hoke, IHS 1940, died June 3, 2000, at Valley Health in Herkimer. She was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Mohawk, the daughter of Marvin J. and M. Lois Brunner Kittle. She attended Ilion schools and graduated in 1940. On June 7, 1941, she married Leslie C. Hoke. The Hokes took over the florist business owned by her parents, known as the Brunner Floral Co., later changing its name to Hoke's Flowers, which they operated for over 30 years. Mr. Hoke passed away in 1970. Mrs. Hoke is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Barbara and Richard Ingersoll of North Syracuse, Claudia and Wayne Perrone of Mohawk and Janet and Paul Gogol of Ilion; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two nieces. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Interment will be in the Mohawk Cemetery. (June 5, 2000)

Charlotte (Lewis) Kowalsky, IHS Alumnus, 71, of Silver St., passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at her home with her family by her side. She was born July 10, 1928, in Frankfort, the daughter of the late John and Charlotte Moore Lewis and was educated in Ilion schools. On March 17, 1983, in Las Vegas, Nev., she married Melvin L. Kowalsky. For many years, Mrs. Kowalsky, was a cabinet designer and interior decorator as well as the head of the homebuilding department of Ilion Lumber company, retiring in 1985. She is survived by her husband, Mel; one daughter, Robin (Tii) Gay and her companion Bernie Weaver of Dolgeville; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley A. Miller of Ilion; and two uncles, Irving Moore of Ilion and Clayton Moore of Lombardi Ill. She was predeceased by one brother, John Lewis.Interment was in Temple Emanu-El Cemetery, New Hartford.Memorial donations may be made to Herkimer County Hospice or the American Cancer Society. (June 17, 2000)

Ethel Joyce (Pierce) Bathke, IHS 1926, died May 9, 2000, eleven days short of her 92nd birthday. She was born May 20, 1908 in North Ilion daughter of Louisa Coleman and Seymour Simpson Pierce. She graduated from Ilion high school class of 1926 and married Ralph Bathke of Poland NY. Ralph predeceased her in 1979. She had no children and leaves two nieces Joyce (Smith) Degenshein class of 1948 and Karen (Smith) Sauer class of 1959. Eppy was a true lover of nature and spent most of her life in the areas of Raquette and Blue montain lake working at the private estates there. Her remains will be scattered over 'North Point' where she was happiest. (May 19, 2000)

John A. Delaurier IHS 1979, age 39, of 20 Marshall Ave., passed away Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Pleasant Lake. He was born Feb. 9, 1961, in Herkimer, the son of Arthur J. and Helen Scott Delaurier. He was educated in the Annunciation School and a graduate of Ilion High School and Herkimer County Community College. Mr. Delaurier was employed with Human Tech. in Utica. He is survived by his father, Art; a sister and brother-in-law, Joann and Larry Sickler of Ilion; an uncle and aunt, Harry Jr. and Marge Scott of Ilion; an aunt, Sister Mary Arthur Delaurier of Graymore; and a niece and a nephew, Sierra Sickler and Colin Sickler, both of Ilion. He was predeceased by his mother Helen in 1992. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Friday at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (May 4, 2000)

Mrs. Frances C. (Loeffler) Morath IHS 1921, age 96, a resident of Valley Health Services, Herkimer, passed away May 1, 2000. She was born July 26, 1903, in Ilion, the daughter of the late George Loeffler and Elizabeth (Fuller) Loeffler. Frances was educated in Ilion schools and graduated from nursing school as a licensed practical nurse.She was married to James Morath in 1930. Mr. Morath passed away in 1973. For many years, she was a nurse in the maternity department of the former Herkimer Memorial Hospital and the former Mohawk Valley General Hospital. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Camille Morath of Bronx; her grandchild, Elizabeth Bernstein and husband Steven of Amherst; and a great-granddaughter, Caroline Bernstein. She was preceded in death of a son, James Morath in 1953, and granddaughter, Diane Frances Morath in 1971. Funeral services will be held Friday at 9:30 a.m. from St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer, with the Rev. Peter Nabozny, pastor, celebrating a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frankfort. Contributions, in memory of Frances, may be made to the Herkimer Area Resource Center, 333 S. Main St., Herkimer. Envelopes will be available at St. Francis de Sales Church prior to the service. Arrangements are by Enea Family Funeral Home (Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort) (May 2, 2000)

Kenneth 'Ken' V. Wright IHS 1961, age 56, Ilion, passed away Monday, May 1, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Ken was born Aug. 3, 1943, in Ballston Spa, son of Harry and Vivian (Hodom) Wright. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1961 and a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving his country in Vietnam war. On Nov. 29, 1964, he married Jeannie DeGristina. He was currently employed at Utica Corporation in Whitesboro and prior to that the Bendix Corporation and Chicago Pneumatic. Survivors include his beloved wife, Jeannie; three devoted sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth "Ken" J. Wright and his wife Abbie of Ilion, Michael A. Wright at home in Ilion and David M. Wright of Mohawk; three granddaughters, Courtney, Christina and Carol Wright; his brothers and sisters and their spouses, Harriet Spine of Frankfort, Grace Sweet of Ballston Spa, Frances Cardone and her husband John of Utica, Jon Wright and his wife Marsha of Newport, Robert Wright and his companion Kathleen Darling of Ilion, his mother-in-law, Florence DeGristina of St. Johnsville and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; his special friends, Jimmy McKinney of New Hartford and Kathy and Larry Cole of Sylvan Beach. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Harry Wright Jr. and sisters, Faith Kozma and Marion Niznik. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:15 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, and 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, pastor, and Father Alfred Lamanna. Interment will follow Mass in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with full military honors. Family and friends are invited to visitation Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Memorial contributions may be made in Ken's name to the Church of the Annunciation or the Ilion Ambulance Fund. Donation envelopes are available at the Funeral Home. (May 2, 2000)

Harold S. Hemstreet IHS 1937, age 79, of Little Boars Head, diedWednesday, Aug. 18, 1999, at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Born Sept. 25, 1919, in Ilion, N.Y., he was the son of the late Adelbert S. and Emma L. (Schultz) Hemstreet. He was Salutatorian of Ilion High School Class of 1937 and a graduate of the Engineering School of the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He had lived in the Seacoast since 1991, coming from Wilton, Conn. During World War II, he was a lieutenant in the Navy, assigned to the radiation lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was vice president of the Perkin-Elmer Corp. of Norwalk, Conn., manufacturers of electro-optical instruments, retiring in 1985 after 31 years with the company. He was the recipient of the annual 'Semmy Award' from the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials Institute Inc.; the Apollo Achievement Award from NASA; and the Alan Gordon Memorial Award by the Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. He also worked for 10 years for Link Aviation of Binghamton, NY, where he was involved in the design of helicopter flight simulators. He was a member of the Abenaqui Country Club in Rye Beach. He was the husband of Jean (McMillan) Hemstreet for 55 years. In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Nancy H. Eaton of Glastonbury, Conn., and Katherine Hemstreet of Boston; two granddaughters, Heather Jean Eaton of Vernon, Conn., and Kristin Carroll Eaton of Glastonbury; a sister, Marion Manion of Brewster, Mass.; two nieces and a nephew. (April 28, 2000)

Gale B. (Brown) Seibert IHS 1957, age 60, of 67 Center St., Ilion, passed away Monday, April 10, 2000, at Faxton Hospital. She was born Feb. 12, 1940, in Ilion, the daughter of Ernest and Margaret Van Alstine Brown. She was a graduate of Ilion High School and C.C.B.I. in Syracuse. On July 23, 1960, she married William Seibert in Ilion. Gale was employed as office manager with Kitchens by Nicholas in Herkimer. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, the Ilion Little Theater Club and White Otter Fish and Game Club. Gale is survived by her husband, William; a son and daughter-in-law, Ross and Chong Mi Seibert of San Diego, Calif.; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Russell Earl of Ilion; her mother, Margaret Brown of Ilion; and a granddaughter, Erin Earl of Ilion. Funeral services for Gale will held at 11 a.m. Friday in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Little Theater Club or one's favorite charity in Gale's memory. (April 12, 2000)

Thelma (Compeau) Connors Ilion Alumnus, age 86, of of 213 Flower Drive, Ilion, died Sunday, April 9, 2000, at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 3, 1913, in Croghan, the daughter of Edward and Verna Buckingham Compeau and attended Ilion schools. On Sept. 27, 1943, she was married to Vincent D. Connors in Ilion. He died Jan. 29, 2000. Mrs. Connors was a timekeeper at Sperry-Rand Univac in Ilion and Utica, retiring in 1966. Thelma was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Survivors include her two sisters, Shirley Orr and Margaret Loftis, both of Ilion; one sister-in-law, Shirley Compeau of Ilion; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Arthur Compeau. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Funeral services were Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, pastor. Interment will be later this spring in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. (April 12, 2000)

James E. Maddocks IHS 1929, age 89, of of 46 W. North St., Ilion, passed away Saturday, April 1, 2000, at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center, New Hartford. He was born March 18, 1911, in Derby, England, the son of James and Mary Parry Maddocks and graduated from Ilion High School in 1929. On Oct. 15, 1936, he was married to Adeline Davis in Ilion. She died Feb. 7, 1985. Mr. Maddocks was a bus driver at Central Coach Co., Utica, for 17 years. Most recently, he was a bus driver and custodian at Oneida County BOCES for 11 years, retiring in 1973. Survivors include his son, James Maddocks Jr. and his wife, Georgia Lee of Ilion; two grandchildren, James Maddocks III, stationed in Junction City, Kan. in the U.S. Army, and Crystal Maddocks of Utica; two great-grandchildren, Cameron James and Jasmine Maddocks; and several nephews and nieces, including a special niece, Carol Perry of Ilion. He was predeceased by two sisters, Olive Shepard and Florence Peters. Funeral services were held April 4 at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father George Greene, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment was in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. (April 5, 2000)

Shirley A. (Morrisette) Lockwood Ilion Alumnus, age 70, of 1180 County Highway 27, Richfield Springs, passed away Thursday, March 30, 2000, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital as a result of an automobile accident on Route 20 in Sangerfield. The car, driven by Mrs. Lockwood's husband William, 72, was struck by a state trooper's cruiser. The trooper was responding to a Madison County logging accident. The Lockwood's vehicle had been making a U-turn at the crest of a hill, on Route 20, when it was struck. Shirley was born Jan. 31, 1930 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ethyl Meacham Morrisette. She was educated in Ilion schools. On July 31, 1948, she married William Lockwood Sr. in Herkimer. She attended the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. She is survived by her husband, William, six sons and three daughters-in-law, William J. Lockwood Jr. of South Carolina, Edward and Norma Lockwood of Texas, James and Anita Lockwood of Ilion, Daniel and Jean Lockwood of Ilion, Michael C. Lockwood of Nunda, N.Y., John P. Lockwood of Pennsylvania; two daughters and a son-in-law, Kathleen and George Kisle of Richfield Springs and Teresa R. Lockwood, also of Richfield Springs; and two sisters, Joyce Countryman of Mohawk and Laurel Morrisette of Ilion. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at a time to beannounced, from the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Arrangements are by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (April 2, 2000)

Mr. John W. Fake, Class of 1949 and Faculty Member, age 68, passed away on March 22, 2000 in South Carolina. He was born in Ilion, the son of the late Alonzo and Margaret Meehan Fake. He was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1949. He taught business courses at Ilion High School. He last resided in Myrtle Beach, SC. He is survived by his wife, Constance Foster Fake; a son, John of Seattle; daughters, Tracey Scalata of Carver, Mass., and Susan Hogan of the Netherlands; grandchildren, Ryan and Jamie Scalata; brothers, Leo Fake of Bethesda, MD and Lon Fake of Ilion; and sister, Jane Starring of Syracuse. A memorial Mass was held Saturday, March 25 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Garden City Beach, SC. Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Building Fund, PO Box 2659 Murrells Inlet SC 29576. (March 26, 2000)

John Fake - Ilion NY
John Fake
Business Teacher

Allen A. Wheelock IHS 1941, 76, a lifelong resident of Wheelock Rd., Town of Litchfield, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Allen was born May 12, 1923, at the Wheelock homestead on Wheelock Road, son of Danford and Cecil Comes Wheelock. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1941. He attended Morrisville College. He was a lifelong dairy farmer on the Wheelock Farm, town of Litchfield. Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Danford and Elizabeth Wheelock, town of Litchfield, and his sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Ivan Lawrence, of Horseheads. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Allan was predeceased by his parents and his aunt, Mildred Wheelock. Mr. Wheelock's funeral service was held at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. Interment, in Litchfield Cemetery, will take place later this Spring, at a date and time to be announced. (March 26, 2000)

Harold C. 'Hitch' Hitchcock IHS 1939, age 80, of the C. M. Tucker, Jr./ Dowdy Gardner Nursing Care Center, died Tuesday, February 15, 2000. Born in Ilion, NY, he was a son of the late Fayette and Mabel Joesbury Hitchcock. He was retired from the Utica Tool Company and was an Army Veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Elks Club, the American Legion, Post #4, Orangeburg, the Ilion Winter Club, and the First Baptist Church of Orangeburg. In his early years, Mr. Hitchcock played professional baseball and was active in other sports. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Frances Getman Hitchcock; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Linda Hitchcock of Cordova, SC; daughters and sons-in-law, Gail and Scott Hosick of Columbia, and Pamela and Edwin Eargle of Columbia; sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Hirim Speece of Speculator, NY; six grandchildren, Jennifer Culler, Amy Union, Jill Thompson, Sid Eargle, Clare Eargle and Melanie Kittrell; and nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Foundation, South Carolina Chapter. (February 28, 2000)

Vincent D. Connors IHS Alumnus, age 85, of 213 Flower Dr., Ilion, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born Feb. 17, 1914, in Fairfield, the son of Daniel and Mary Crowley Connors and graduated from Ilion High School. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army military police. On Sept. 27, 1943, he was married to Thelma Compeau in Ilion. Mr. Connors was a machine setter at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for 39 years, retiring in February of 1975. Vincent was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion Knights of Columbus 518, and Ilion American Legion 920. Survivors include his wife, Thelma; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and three sisters-in-law, Shirley Orr, Margaret Loftis and Shirley Compeau, all of Ilion. He was predeceased by four sisters, Sister Edmund Joseph, Mother Mary Harriett, Loretta Burns and Theresa Burns and six brothers, James, Joseph, Anthony, Frank, Daniel and Edmund Connors. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende. Spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. (February 2, 2000)

Antoinette F. 'Annie' (Cuda) Grogan IHS 1953, age 66, of 9 Orchard St., Ilion, passed away at home unexpectedly Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2000. Annie was born July 8, 1933, in Herkimer, the daughter of Thomas and Josephine (Monacco) Cuda. She attended Herkimer schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1953. At one time, she was married to Robert B. Grogan, the father of her children. Mr. Grogan passed away in 1984. At one time, she was employed by Howard Johnson's Restaurant in Herkimer as manager and, more recently, worked part time at Denny's Restaurant in Herkimer. Survivors include her beloved children and spouses, Tammy and Randy Dawley of Little Falls, Debbie Grogan, William 'Bill' and Susan Grogan, Robert Grogan and his fiance Angela Agne, all of Herkimer; her cherished grandchildren, her loving sister, Charlotte Cuda with whom she resided; a special aunt and uncle, Lee and Sal Martignetti of Brooklyn; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and her very good friends Sue, Debbie, Eleanor, Sam and Angela. She was predeceased by her parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Joseph Benintende officiating. Spring interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. (January 27, 2000)

Fred C. Paschke IHS Alumnus, age 84, of 3937 State Route 5, North Ilion, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2000., at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 21, 1915, in North Ilion, the son of Fred H. and Margaret B. Cook Paschke and attended Ilion High School. On Dec. 23, 1939, he was married to Jeanne (Jennie) Kanarek of Herkimer. Fred was the owner and operator of the North Ilion Garage for over 25 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of the CCS Camp National Guard and was honorably discharged in 1940. Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; his son, Fred S. Paschke of North Ilion and his fiancee Barbara Fredel; two granddaughters, Penny Van Dusen and her husband John of Frankfort and April Paschke of New Hartford and her fiance Marc Scarafile; three sisters-in-law, Jane Paschke of Forestport, Helena Paschke of Ilion, and Nancy Fleming of Alaska; one brother, Henry Kanarek of Buffalo; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his two brothers, Joe and Bob Paschke. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2000, at Applegate & Day Funeral Home. Spring interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Cardiac Care Unit. (January 27, 2000 - modified June 29, 2020)

David J. Murphy - Class of 1968, 50, died Friday, January 14, 2000, at Faxton Hospital. He was born Jan. 12, 1950, in Herkimer, the son of Shirley Hailston Murphy and the late John Murphy. He graduated from Ilion High School and Brockport College. He completed graduate work through Utica College. He married Kathy Baker on March 29, 1975. He was employed as a teacher in the New Hartford school system, teaching government and psychology. He was a resident of Ilion.

David Murphy Ilion
Dave Murphy - 30th Class Reunion

On January 15, 2000, The Observer Dispatch in a front page story featured Dave's courageous battle with cancer, his career as a teacher, his optimism, giving nature, and positive and unforgetable effect on his students, colleagues, relatives and friends. An Assembly was conducted by seniors at New Hartford Central High School, on Friday, January 14 to honor their longtime teacher. The students viewed a video that was created at Christmas. In the video, teachers and students honored their co-worker, teacher and coach. At Thanksgiving, Dave's illness forced him to discontinue his teaching. Prior to his career at the high school, Dave taught at the elementary level. He spent a total of 26 years in the New Hartford school district.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; four daughters, Karen, Kimberly, Katherine and Kristina; his mother, Shirley Murphy of Ilion; his in-laws, Charles (Dick) and Florence Baker; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Timothy Murphy of Ballston Lake, Michael and Jill Murphy of Bristol, RI; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Colleen and Garry Cook of Ilion, Cynthia and James Dennis of Clarence, and Kelly and Keith Herringshaw of Greenvile, SC.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Terry and Judy Baker of Attleboro, Mass.; two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Cheryl and Werner Kleemann of West Henrietta and Patricia Skinner of Cedarville; nieces and nephews, two great-nieces, many special friends and colleagues. He also leaves is dog, Kasey. He was pre-deceased by his brother-in-law, Paul Skinner. Dave donated his body to medical research to help other people in the battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held Monday at 11 am from the First United Methodist Church, Second Street, Ilion. Friends may call Sunday from 1-4 and 7-9 pm at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials, in Dave's memory, to scholarships being established at New Hartford and Ilion High Schools. (January 15, 2000)

"To our courageous friend
who lived his 50 years of life
to the fullest,including the spirit
he left within each of us."

- From Dave's Friends

Roland M. Yardley IHS 1944, 76, of 34 Barringer Road, Ilion, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2000, at St. Elizabeth Hospital after a courageous long, illness. He was born Nov. 10, 1923, in Ilion, the son of the late Clinton and Anna Yardley. He was educated in the Ilion schools and was a proud veteranof World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy as a gunner's mate aboard LCI in the Pacific Theater. On Oct. 21, 1950, he was united in marriage to Ann (Peg) O'Connor. He served 25 years with the Ilion Police Department, where he retired as a sergeant in 1972. Roland was last employedas a custom repair specialist with Remington Arms, retiring in 1985.He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Peg;two sons and daughters-in-law,Robert and Janet Yardley of Ilion,and Commander Roland and Chris Yardley of Fairfax Station, Va.;three daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and John Richards,Gail and Shawn Carney and Lynne and Rich McGraw, all of Ilion;his brother, Richard Yardley of Pocatello, Idaho;and two sisters, Janice Carver and Barbara Chard. Roland enjoyed keeping up with his 13 grandchildren,Robert and Michael Yardley, Patricia, Erin and Kelly Richards,Sarah, Alex and Sam Yardley, Stephen and Catherine Carney, and Casey, Paige and Erin McGraw. He was predeceased by a daughter,Patricia Lynn on Jan. 14, 1961, at the age of 24 months;his brothers, Harry and Milford; and a sister Alyce. Funeral services for Mr. Yardley were held Friday at 1 p.m. from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion, with Fr. AlfredLamanna officiating. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, Newport. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance in Roland's memory. (January 15, 2000)

Marion B. Doukas - Class of 1941, age 78, of Beaumont, Texas died January 10, 2000 at her residence. Crematiion will be at Beaumont Haven of Rest Cemetary under the direction of Kelley-Watkins Funeral Home. A native of Ilion, New York, she lived in Beaumont 38 years and was a homemaker. Survivors include daughters, Dimitra Doukas of New York City, Leslie Doukas of Reno, NV and Andrea Doukas of Beaumont: and brother Willard Brown of Lacona, NY. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Three Rivers, No. 51 N. 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702. (January 21, 2000)

Joseph K. Kenefick - Ilion High Alumnus, age 83, passed away January 7, 2000 at his home on Tucker Ave, Ilion. He was born August 23, 1916 in Cork City, Ireland, the son of the late Joseph and Mary Duncan Kenefick. After coming to America, Joe and his father made their home with an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. William Seymour of Ilion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. He attended Utica College and MVCC. He worked for 41 years for Sperry UNIVAC as a tool maker, process engineer, and manufacturing engineer. He retired in 1977. He married Eileen Higby in February 1942. He served in the U.S. Army from Feb. 1941 to Oct. 1945 in Europe during World War II. He was a member of the 3rd BN. HQ of the 22nd INF. 4th Division. He landed in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He received the Purple Heart, American Defense Service, European-African-Middle Eastern Service with Arrowhead, Distinguished Unit, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry medals. He is survived by his wife, Eileen of Ilion, a daughter Mary Kenefick of Mass.; a grandaughter, and special cousins, Alfred and Pat Seymour of Ilion, Rita Korniat of Herkimer, Harry and Betty Seymour of California, and several cousins in Ireland. Funeral arrangements are by Whiter_hendrix Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered January 10, 2000 at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials in Joe's memory to the Leukemia Society or the American Heart Association. January 9, 2000

Brad Michael Armstrong IHS 1998, age 19,of 43 Maple Place, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 1, 2000. He was born in Herkimer July 22, 1980, the beloved son of Richard L. and Cindy A. (Lewis) Armstrong, and the sole brother of Brian R. Armstrong. Brad graduated from Ilion High School in 1998. Survivors include his loving mother and father, Richard and Cindy Armstrong, at home; his only brother, Brian, attending school at Ithaca College; his paternal grandmother, Martha Armstrong of Frankfort; maternal grandparents, Marie Leonis Hameister, and Harold and June Lewis of Ilion; great-grandmother, Dorothy Patterson (and Patty) of Ilion; his aunts and uncles, Sharon and Ronald Pizer of North Ilion, Barbara and Donald Lowell of Virginia, Daniel and David Lewis, Robert and Julie Lewis, and Donna (Lewis) and Raymond 'Putt' Watson; and his cousins, Russell Elthorp, Sheryl McCumber, Scott J. Pizer, Brigette Harter, Justin, Kelsey and Tayler Lewis, Alexandria Watson, Deborah Kimball and Kevin Elthorp. He was predeceased by his great-grandfather, Edward Patterson, and his grandfather, Leland H. Armstrong in 1983.Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where Father Joseph Benintende, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a new memorial scholarship fund being established in Brad's name at the Ilion High School. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (January 5, 2000)

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