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Marshall Victor (Vic) Lewis IHS 1943, age 76, of Palmetto, Fla., died Dec. 22, 2002, at Palmetto Hospice House, Palmetto, Fla.He was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Ilion and was in the Navy during World War II. He was a cabinetmaker. Marshall came to Manatee County, Fla., from Albany in 1984. He was a member of Tenth Street Baptist Church in Pametto, Loyal Order of Moose 2117 and American Legion Post 309, both of Palmetto. Survivors include his wife, Inga Lewis; daughters, Delores Davi, Fort Myers, Fla., Cynthia Susi, Tribes Hill, N.Y., Rebecca Rasmussen, Albany and Lynne Miller, Ilion; sons, Jarvis Lewis, West Palm Beach, Fla., Scott Lewis, West Palm Beach, Fla. and Lance Davi,South Bethlehem, N.Y. No service will be held. Kicliter Funeral Home, Palmetto, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. (December 29, 2002)

Mrs. Gertrude Dempster Getman IHS 1927, age 94, of South Third Ave., Ilion, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2002, at St. Luke's Medical Center. She was born October 29, 1908, in Garoga, NY, the daughter of the late Leonard and Bessie Dorn Dempster. Gertrude was a graduate of Ilion High School and Crouse Irving Hospital School of Nursing. She taught for several years at Crouse Irving Hospital after her graduation. She was an RN at the Ilion, Herkimer and Cooperstown Hospitals, retiring several years ago. On February 15, 1936, she married Lynn Getman in Ilion. He passed away December 24, 1983. Mrs. Getman was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion and was very active in the Church Women's Society. She was a member of the Valley Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star, the Mohawk Valley Hospital Guild and the Folts Home Auxiliary. She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Pilar, o! f Spain, Allan and Amy, of Wilmington, NY, and Paul and Tina, of Rochester, NY; a daughter, Elaine Getman, of Charlotte, NC; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Getman will be held on Monday, December 30, 2002, at 4:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Burial will be in the North Columbia Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Monday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service. (December 29, 2002)

Walter John Oram IHS Alumnus, age 77, passed away Friday, Dec. 13, 2002, at the Folts Home, Herkimer He was born Nov. 7, 1925, in Frankfort, the son of the late Carl and Anna Frank Oram. He was educated in the Ilion School system. Walt served with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific and on Feb. 2, 1949, he was united in marriage to Edith Grace Benedict in Mohawk. Mr. Oram was a member of the Ilion Baptist Church and a former member of the Mohawk American Legion. Walt is survived by his wife of the Folts Home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Cliff and Lillian of Ilion and David and Beverly of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Carl Oram of Herkimer; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Shirley and Keith Zabry of Herkimer, Virginia Wood of Ilion and Darlene Okusko of Florida; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Carol Foley. Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, and the Rev. Wesley Shipp officiated. Interment in the spring will be in the Mohawk Cemetery. (December 21, 2002)

Barbara J. (Deyle) White, Class of 1969 and IHS Secretary, age 51, of 39 Montgomery St., Ilion, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2002, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Barb was born January 26, 1951, in Ilion, the daughter of Frank E. and Winifred (Fritzie) Flock Deyle. On July 30, 1983, she married Joseph White in Ilion. Barb was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. She was employed as a secretary at the Ilion High School.

Barb Deyle White - Ilion NY
Barb Deyle White
IHS Class 1969 - IHS Secretary

Barb was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ilion, where she also taught Sunday School. She was active with her daughter in Girl Scouts and sports. Barb was an avid bowler in several leagues in the valley. Barb is survived by her husband, Joseph; her daughter, Kerri, of Ilion; a stepdaughter and her family, Theresa and Marc Kabot and their children, Cheyenna and Grace, of West Leyden; her brothers and their families, James and Annette Deyle and their daughter, Andrea, of Ilion, William and Dawn Deyle and their children, Kathy, William and Tom, of Ilion; a sister, Catherine Deyle, of Grayslake, IL, and her son, Tim; her mother-in-law, Helen White, of Ilion; also one aunt and three cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Frank Deyle, on July 19, 2001. Funeral services for Mrs. White will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Otsego and Second St. Ilion, with Rev. Wesley Shipp officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday, December 18, 2002, from 4-8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Barbara J. White Memorial Scholarship, c/o the Ilion High School, Weber Ave., Ilion, NY. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (December 16, 2002)

Matt O. Williams IHS 1935, age 87, of 98 Harrogate Road, New Hartford, formerly of Ilion, passed away Monday, December 9, 2002, at the Presbyterian Home. He was born May 22, 1915, in Poultney, VT. The son of the late Thomas James and Mary Elizabeth (Owens) Williams. Matt was educated in the Ilion School System and played on the 1935 Championship football team, he then attended college at his Alma Mater Northeastern University at Boston, where he was also a member of the football team. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the Army Air Corp., where for 5 years he was stationed in the Galapagos Islands, a place he became extremely fond of. On July 31, 1948, he married the former Helen Milstead. She passed away on September 30, 1998. Matt was employed as a design draftsman with General Electric in Utica, retiring in 1977. Mr. Williams was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, where he also served as Deacon, Elder and Trustee and was in charge of the Men's Breakfast Club. Matt wa! s also a volunteer for the Mohawk Valley General Hospital for 5 years, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was an avid golfer. He was a member of the Ilion American Legion Post 920, a member of the Ilion-Frankfort VFW Post 502, a life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, and a life member of the St. David's society. Matt enjoyed Syracuse University sports and was an avid New York Yankees fan. He was a jazz buff and spent many hours studying art in the local library's. Mr. Williams is survived by a sister, Dr. Ann L. Williams of New Hartford, with whom he resided for the past five years; two special nephews, Russell and Judd Finegan. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Lana Williams of Utica, and several other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Norman, Hayden, and Clifford, and three sisters, Ellen Brown, Edna Gorney, and Mary Connor. Funeral services for Mr. Williams will be Friday, December 13, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, Secon! d Street, Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at the Whiter-Henrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider Memorials to the Ilion Library, or the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Matt's family would like to thank the 4th floor staff of the Faxton Hospital, especially Chris and Dr. Gasparovich for the excellent care provided during his stay and also a thank you to the staff at the Presbyterian Home. (December 16, 2002)

Lori A. Bouck Aversa IHS 1987, age 34, of College Hill Road, died at home with her family by her side on her birthday, Dec. 1, 2002. She was born in Ilion Dec. 1, 1968, to Allen and Virginia "Linda" Brown Bouck and graduated from Ilion Central School, Class of 1987. On July 18, 1987, she married her high school sweetheart, David A. Aversa. Lori was a devoted mother and a loving wife. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Clinton. Lori is survived by her husband of 15 years, David A. Aversa of Clinton; her three beloved daughters, Kayla, Kortney and Morgan at home; her parents, Allen and Linda Bouck of Ilion; her brother, Allen Bouck Jr. and his fiance Melissa of Herkimer; her mother-in-law, Ida Aversa of Frankfort; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Frances and Robert Rudwall of Deerfield, brother-in-law, Joseph Aversa of Frankfort, sister-in-law, Lisa Fitzgerald of Utica; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 9 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at Owens-Pavlot Funeral Service Inc., 35 College St., Clinton and 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Clinton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Friends are invited to call Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. The family extends their appreciation to the fourth floor nursing staff at Faxton Hospital for the care given to Lori and her family and to the Hamilton College community, neighbors and friends for their support. (December 4, 2002)

John E. Champagne IHS 1975, age 45, of Cedarville Rd., Town of Litchfield, formerly of the Rochester area, passed away Saturday, November 30, 2002, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. He was born on July 26, 1957, in Ilion, the son of Edward and Patricia Thomas Champagne, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1975. John was a carpenter by trade and most recently was employed at Susquehanna Railroad inUtica. He attended the Church of the Annunciation. John was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. John was a kind and giving person who will be dearly missed by all. Survivors include his mother and father, Patricia and Edward Champagne, with whom he resided in the Town of Litchfield; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Peter Szewczyk, of Ilion, Therese and Richard "Skip" Colwell, of Herkimer, Barbara and Jim Lincourt, of Litchfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael and Dana Champagne, of Herkimer, Christopher and Sandy Champagne, of Cedarville; five nieces and six nephews who were very special to John; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many close friends. Funeral services will be held 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Joseph Benintende, Pastor of the Church of the Annunciation, officiating. Calling hours are Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Charities Food Bank. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (December 4, 2002)

Karen Colburn Umber IHS 1970, age 50, passed away peacefully Nov. 25, 2002. Her beloved family surrounded her in her Scottsdale home when she lost her courageous battle with cancer. Karen was born Feb. 1, 1952, in Herkimer, N.Y., to Everett and Suzanne Colburn. Karen attended Ilion High School from 1967 to 1970, and Herkimer County Community College from 1970 to 1972. From 1974 through 1982, she worked at Syracuse Upstate Medical Center as executive secretary and administrative assistant in the Department of Medicine. Karen met her husband, Dennis, while she was vacationingin Arizona in 1981. After a two-year courtship that spanned between New York and Arizona, Karen and Dennis were married in 1984, and made Arizona their permanent residence. Karen worked for the Salt River Project from 1984 to 2000, and she most recently served as a medical staff assistant at Scottsdale Healthcare, Osborn and Shea campuses. Karen will be remembered for her compassion, everlasting happiness and her willingness to help others. Her personality exuded sunshine wherever she went. She valued her family most of all and she was a perfect wife and mother. Karen's interests included vocal music, the performing and visual arts, writing, the outdoors and aerobic exercising. She was a free spirit and would always jump at the opportunity to travel or take on a new experience. Karen loved all animals and especially her beloved Basenji, Snickers. Karen will be intensely missed, yet her memory and presence will always live on in all those who knew her. Karen is survived by her soul mate and husband, Dennis; her son, Blake; her mother, Suzanne Colburn of Ilion; her twin sister and brother-in-law, Donna C. and Brent D. Wheat and their daughters, Courtney and Gillian of Catskill; her sister, Patricia Colburn and her children, Amber and Abe of Ilion; her brother and sister-in-law, James E. and Judith Colburn and their children, Jenny and Josh of Murrieta, California; as well as three aunts, Ann Hildebrandt, Kristina Pollak and Marion Pollak; and several cousins and close friends in New York. She was preceded in death by her father, Everett Colburn of Ilion. Services were held at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. As a memorial, donations can be made in Karen's name to the Virginia Piper Cancer Center and mailed to Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, 10001 North 92nd St., Suite 121, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85258. (December 4, 2002)

Scott V. Durant IHS 1985, age 35, of Kent Blvd, Ilion, died on November 26, 2002. He was born on March 12, 1967 in Ilion, the son of Vincent and Barbara Utter Durant. Scott was a member of the Ilion High School Wrestling Team and graduated from Ilion High School in 1985. He was the owner and operator of Durant Plumbing and Heating of Ilion for about ten years. Scott enjoyed his camp at Kaiser Lake and was an avid rock music fan. He also enjoyed motorcycling, 4-wheelers, snowmobiling and boating. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Vincent and P. Donna Durant, of Ilion; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Michael, of Ilion, David of Schuyler, Christopher and Jaimie, of Ilion; two nieces, Kelsie and Kasandra Durant, of Ilion; two stepsisters, M. Gina Sciortino and her husband, Joseph, of Utica, Lauren Hunter, and her friend, Tom, of Utica; one niece, Sarah Sciortino, of Utica; paternal grandfather, George Durant, of Ilion; maternal grandmother, Wanda Utter, of Cobleskill; aunts and uncles, Ann (Durant) and Tom Shepard, of N.C., Faye and Frank Panza, of Niagara Falls, Careen Wall, of Howe Caves, NY, Merton Utter, of Schoharie, NY, Steve and Connie Utter, of Vero Beach, FL., Mark Utter, of S.C., Nanci and Jim Arvanete, of Catskill, NY, Kathie Ann Utter, of Cobleskill; several great-aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara and his brother, Gregory in 1972, paternal grandmother, Mayme Durant, and maternal grandfather, Merton Utter. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and 11:30 a.m. at The Church of The Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, Pastor. Calling hours are Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (December 4, 2002)

Norma M. (Dodge) Wilson IHS 1947, age 73, formerly of 610 First Ave. Ext., Ilion, died Monday, Nov. 18, 2002, at Folts Home, Herkimer, after a long illness. She was born Aug. 4, 1929, in Ilion, the daughter of Stanley and Margaret McNamee Dodge and was Born Again on Feb. 2, 1979. Norma graduated from Ilion High School in 1947, and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in 1950. On June 9, 1951, she was married to Jay H. Wilson in Ilion. At one time, Norma worked as a registered nurse at the Ilion Hospital. She was a member of the Word Christian Center of Herkimer and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Alumni Class of 1950. Norma loved her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Jay; her daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Dennis Dolan of Nazareth, Pa.; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Ronald "Ron" and Mary Ellen Wilson of Asheville, N.C. and John J. Wilson and his fiance Robin; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Joel Dolan; her sister, Katherine Hofstra of Ilion; her nephew, Joey Hofstra and her niece, Lois Hofstra; her brother-in law and sister-in-law, Bruce and Barbara Wilson of Auburn, Calif.; and her cousin, Louise Watson. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Gene Kipper and Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours are Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. The family wishes to thank the nurses and aides at Folts Home for the wonderful care given to Norma during the past nine years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Central New York.Donation envelopes will be available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (November 20, 2002)

Bertram I. 'Bert' Sporer IHS Alumnus, age 93, currently of Herkimer, formerly a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital, following a short illness. Mr. Sporer was born June 24, 1909, in Ilion, son of Bernhardt and Frances (Kirchner) Sporer. He attended Ilion schools, and was proud to say he attended the "Old Forge Road School." He was united in marriage to his loving wife, Louise Blanche LaDeaux, for 42 years until her passing Aug. 2, 1976. Mr. Sporer was a proud 43-year employee of Sperry Rand/Univac in Ilion and Utica, retiring in 1974. Bert was an avid outdoorsman, at one time loving to hunt and fish. Survivors include his children and their spouses, Daniel Sporer of Herkimer, with whom Mr. Sporer resided, Mary and her husband Michael Bogdan of Frankfort, Judith and her husband David Keefe of Oneonta, Joseph H. Sporer and his wife Marsha of Florida and Robert "Bob" Sporer and his wife Judy of Mohawk; 11 cherished grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; his nieces and nephews; and many friends, especially the Bienkowski family. He was predeceased by 10 brothers and one sister. All arrangements have been entrusted to the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (November 20, 2002)

Mr. Arthur Allston McCoy IHS Alumnus, age 72, of Lake Isabella, California, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2002, in California. He was born on Feb. 3, 1930, in Ilion, son of the late Allston and Alma (Fallon) McCoy, Sr., and was educated in Ilion schools. He had been a resident of California for many years. His wife, Mary McCoy, passed away on May 4, 2002. Art has served for many years as a counselor for AA, having been affiliated with Kuwala House. He is survived by his children including two sons, Daniel Bernard McCoy of Albany, and John McCoy of Utah; three daughters, Tammy, Tina and Barbara McCoy; two brothers, Allston McCoy, Jr. and his wife Eunice of Mohawk, and Robert McCoy and wife Josephine of Ilion; four sisters, Marion Worlock of Florida, Barbara McCoy of Dolgeville, Virginia Shaw of Schuyler and Theresa Foster of Arizona; many grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Art was predeceased by a sister, Esther Dubrava. Funeral services were held in Westminster, California. Those wishing are asked to consider donations locally to the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes may be obtained from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000). You may add to the on-line memorial of Art by visiting www.eneafuneralhomes.com. (November 20, 2002)

Robert M. Moolick IHS 1950, age 71, died suddenly Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, following emergency surgery at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Ilion Aug. 14, 1931, he was the son of Michael and Anna Clausen Moolick. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950, after which he served four years in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, he went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Oneonta State University and a master's degree in elementary administration from Syracuse University. He served for 34 years as a teacher and principal in the Schenectady City School District. Bob's passions in life were his family and his home. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his antique business, which he pursued after his retirement and his many neighborhood friends. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Betty, of 46 years. He is also survived by his grateful and loving children, Michael Moolick of Altamont, Matthew Moolick of Middleburgh, Mrs. Jeffrey (Lisa) Harvey of Berne and Mrs. David (Lora) Morrow of East Berne. In addition, he was the proud grandfather of Michael, Kelly and Ben Moolick, Samantha and Elizabeth Harvey and Riley and David Morrow. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1911 Fairview Ave. in Schenectady. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont. Interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Guilderland. Those who wish may make contributions in Robert's name to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1911 Fairview Ave., Schenectady 12306. (November 12, 2002)

Margaret V. Brown IHS Alumnus, age 97, Ilion, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2002 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion. Margaret was born on June 23, 1905, in Ilion, the daughter of the late C.T. and Nora Carr Van Alstine. She was educated in Ilion schools. On September 3, 1934, Margaret was united in marriage to Ernest Brown in Ilion. Mr. Brown passed away in 1968. Margaret was employed as secretary treasurer for Bedford Construction and then with Oneida National Banks in Ilion. Margaret was the first drive-up teller for Oneida National. Mrs. Brown was a member of the Ilion First United Methodist Church and was active in the Evening Star Chapter O.E.S. as well as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Margaret is survived by two grandchildren and their spouses, Susan and Russell Earl, of Ilion and Ross and Chong Mi Seibert, of San Diego, CA; a great-grandchild, Erin Earl, of Ilion; and her son-in-law, William Seibert, of Ilion. She was predeceased by her daughter, Gale Seibert. Funeral services for Mrs. Brown will be held Wednesday, October 23, 2002 at 5 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. The Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home and are asked to consider memorial donations to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home; envelopes are available at the funeral home. (October 24, 2002)

Harry L. Fike IHS Alumnus, Sherwood Acres Apts., formerly an Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Friday, October 11, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital. Harry was born April 16, 1916, in Ilion, son of Frank and Rosa (Squire) Fike. He attended Ilion schools. Harry was a proud veteran of WW II, serving his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1939, he was united in marriage to Mary Nagle in Herkimer, she passed away in 1958. Harry married Doris Milstead in 1960, she passed away September 24, 1982. He was a tool and die maker employed by Sperry Rand UNIVAC in Utica, retiring in 1975 with 38years of dedicated service. Harry was a life member of the Ilion American Legion Post 920. He was very devoted to his loving family, they were his pride and joy. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Mary "Sandy" Mitchell and her husband, John, of Herkimer; one son and daughter-in-law, John "Jack" Fike and his wife, Becky, of Medina; two very special grandchildren, Lisa Ann Fike and her fiance, Jason Smith, both of Hilton, and John Barrett Fike and his wife, Tracey, of Medina; one brother, Harold "Babe" Fike, of Little Falls; his sister, Betty Wellington, of Ilion; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Matt Williams, of New Hartford, Marilyn Nagle, of Herkimer, and Charles and Marguerite Nagle, of Idaho; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Gordon Fike. Family and friends are invited to visitation Monday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Harry's funeral service will commence Monday (tonight) at 7 p.m. following visitation at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, with Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. A graveside committal service will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. The Ilion American Legion will conduct their memorial service Monday (tonight) at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial contributions in Harry's name to MOVAC or the Herkimer County Humane Society. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (October 14, 2002)

Robert C. 'Bob' Austin IHS 1945, age 75, of Colonial Manor Apartments, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly at home Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002. Bob was born March 25, 1927 in Sherburne, son of Harold and Leila (Sprague) Austin. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1945. On Feb. 12, 1972, he was united in marriage to Maria S. Torres in Brooklyn. At one time, Bob was a woodworker employed by Standard Furniture Co. in Herkimer. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Bob was a volunteer with the Herkimer County Historical Society and loved the outdoors. Survivors include his beloved wife Maria, at home; his children, Susan Torres of Frankfort, Mari Grainger and her husband Matthew of Ft. Myers, Fla. and David Austin and his fiancee Jennifer Nichols of Ilion; his cherished grandchildren, Antoni "Toni" Tedesco and Frankie Anthony Murray; his mother-in-law Maria Camacho of Ilion; his sister-in-law Gloria Byrne of Ilion; three brothers-in-law, Francisco Torres and family, Anibal Torres and family and Richard Brown; his nephews Rodney, Greg, Tim and Kenny Brown and Jose Maldonado and family; his nieces Civita and her husband Jason Lape, Charito Byrne and Rose Valdivia and family; and his very special friends, Liz and Jim Skinner. He was predeceased by his sister Eleanor Brown. Family and friends are invited to visitation Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Bob's funeral services will be held Monday commencing at 12:15 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, and at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow the mass. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial contributions in Bob's name to the Church of the Annunciation. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (October 14, 2002)

Mary Gilchrist Cooley IHS 1921, age 99, a lifelong resident of Herkimer County, passed away Oct. 7, 2002. She was born in Ilion May 18, 1903. She was a pioneer for the education of women, earning her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in French Language Arts in the year 1924, and her master's degree in English Language Art. She taught English and French in area schools. Mary G. Cooley shared her life and times with her husband of 55 years, Ernest L. Cooley, a house builder and contractor well known in the area. Ernest died in 1982. Together they raised four sons, Dr. William S. Cooley of Remsen, Dr. James K. Cooley of Delanson, Dr. Daniel J. Cooley of Herkimer and Lake Pleasant and Thomas R. Cooley, pharmacist, of East Herkimer and Morgantown, W.Va. In addition, she has devoted her life to love of her grandchildren and love of her God. Arrangements are being handled by the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home. Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. (October 10, 2002)

Robin S. Nichols Williams IHS 1980, age 40, of 8341 Cardinal Road, Ft. Myers, Florida, passed away Friday, October 4, 2002, as the result of a truck accident. She was born August 11, 1962 in Ilion, the daughter of Edwin and the late Elaine Watson Nichols. She was educated in the Ilion school system. On November 14, 1989, she married Mark W. Williams. Mrs. Williams was employed as a truck driver with the Lee-Mar Construction Co. in Ft. Myers, FL. Robin is survived by her husband, Mark; a son, Cory Williams and a daughter, Melissa Williams, both of Ft. Myers, FL; her father, Erwin, of the State of Washington; three brothers, Gary Nichols, of Saudi Arabia, Steve Nichols, of FL and Kevin Nichols, of Ft. Myers, FL; and two sisters, Terry Nichols, of Ft. Myers, FL and Diane Pett, of Ilion. She was predeceased by her mother, Elaine Nichols, in 1963. Calling hours and a funeral service will be held in Florida on Tues! day, October 8, 2002, at the Bonita Funeral Home, Bonita Springs, Florida. Local calling hours for Robin will be held on Thursday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The funeral service will commence on Friday morning at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor David Greene officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. (October 8, 2002)

Mary A. Noffer IHS 1940, age 81, a longtime Herkimer resident, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002, at Valley Health Services. She was born May 20, 1921, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Tony A. and Louise (Asselta) Noffer. Mary was a graduate of Ilion High School - 1940 and lived most of her life in the Ilion and Herkimer area. Mary was a secretary for the former Noffer Motors in Ilion. Miss Noffer was a devout Catholic and a member of the Church of Saints Anthony and Joseph in Herkimer. Survivors include her brother, Leslie F. Noffer and wife Ann of Frankfort, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Genevieve Hughes, Rose Renshaw and Fedile Markus and a brother, Albert V. Noffer. Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 4, at 8:30 a.m. from the Holleran-Enea Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, andat 9 a.m. from the Church of Saints Anthony and Joseph where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Robert S. Shinos, pastor. Interment will follow at St. Agnes Cemetery, town of Herkimer. All memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. An online sympathy note may be sent to the family at www.eneafuneralhomes.com. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Valley Health Services for the care shown to Mary during her stay. (October 6, 2002)

TenEyck J. 'Joe' Hennessy IHS 1951, age 68, of Camp Hill, died Tuesday in Holy Spirit Hospital, East Pennsboro Township. He was born March 21, 1934, in Amityville, N.Y., to the late TenEyck J. and Mabel Doyle Hennessy. He attended Utica College and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a retired manager from Nextel Communications. A member of the Navy League, the Knights of Columbus 4068, West Shore Council, a fourth degree Knight with the Bishop Shannahan Assembly, Harrisburg, an active member with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg, he enjoyed traveling and was an active golfer. His loving family and wonderful friends will sadly miss him.< Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Aloisio Hennessy; two daughters, Elizabeth A. (David) Achenbach of Harrisburg, Pa. and Donna H. (David) Bryant of Tucson, Ariz; one son, Thomas J. (Terry) Hennessy, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and seven grandchildren, Andrew, Ian and Ashley Nichols, Erin and Joseph Hennessy and Sean and Stephen Bryant. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Burial will be held in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Upper Allen Township. Viewing is today (Friday) from 6-8 p.m. in Malpezzi Funeral Home, Mechanicsburg. A prayer service will follow at 7:30 p.m. and a fourth degree Knights of Columbus memorial service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Friday, both in the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 310 Hertzler Drive, Mechanicsburg, Pa. 17055. (September 27, 2002)

Dr. Warner J. Connick IHS 1956, age 64, Melbourne, FL, formerly of Ilion, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2002, as a result of an auto accident. He was born June 23, 1938, in Ilion, the son of the late Stanley and Mary Warner Connick. Warner was a 1956 graduate of Ilion High School, a 1960 graduate of Notre Dame University, and received his master degree at George Washington University and his doctorate from Florida Institute of Technology. Dr. Connick served as an aide to President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson during their administrations. He was most recently employed as a psychologist at the Burnham Woods Counseling Centers of Florida in Coca, FL. He was the former president of the Brevard County Chapter of the American Psychological Association and was active in many professional associations. He was formerly employed with the Dept. of Defense Schools as a school psychologist. Warner enjoyed traveling and had a lifelong interest in history. Dr. Connick was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and St. Mary's of the Snow in Otter Lake, NY. Senator Edward Kennedy, when eulogizing his brother, Bobby, once said: "Let us not idealize my brother in death beyond that which he was in life." Likewise, let us remember Warner as a man with an unmistakable Irish charm and disarmingly unconventional life spirit that reminded child and adult alike that it is with the humor and kindness of our heart that we heal the sadness and sorrow of our soul. He is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Linda Murphy, and her husband, David Cheal, of Olympia, WA, and Eleanor Connick, of Otter Lake, NY; two aunts, Eleanor Porter, of Ilion, and Dorothy Doty, of Little River, SC; one uncle, Bert Warner, of Otter Lake, NY; three nephews, Eric, Brian and Kyle Murphy, of the State of Washington; and two special close friends, Dr. A. Nick G! roth, of FL, and Josh O'Conner, of CA. A Memorial Mass will be offered on Wednesday, September 25, 2002, at 3:00 p.m. in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home,100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Library in Warner's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 21, 2002)

Linda M. (Peters) Seiselmyer IHS 1967, age 54, Harriett Ave., Ilion, died Sunday, September 15, 2002, at home, after a long illness, with her family by her side. She was born on July 28, 1948, in Ilion, a daughter of Francis and Viola Perry Peters, and graduated from Ilion Central High School and Herkimer County Community College. Linda was a legal secretary at O'Donnell & O'Donnell Attorneys at Law of Herkimer for 17 years. She attended the Church of the Annunciation and enjoyed gardening and crafts. Survivors include her parents, Francis and Viola Peters, of Ilion; her son, John Seiselmyer and his wife, Patty, of Clinton; her sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Stephen Martin, of Ilion; her grandson, Trevor; two nieces, Tina Vance and Shannon Loomis, of Ilion; her nephew, Charles Humphreville, of Litchfield; three great-nephews; one great-niece; several cousins; and very special friends and neighbors, Jen Iglesias and her family. Thank you for being there and for all the hel! p and support you gave while Linda was ill. Funeral services will be held 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, September 18, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, Pastor. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Tuesday, 5-8 p.m., at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. A special thanks to Dr. Razia and her staff for all the care given to Linda during her recent illness. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Herkimer County Humane Society. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (September 16, 2002)

Rodney Walter Wood IHS 1971, age 50, West Winfield, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. He was born July 5, 1952, in Ilion, the son of Mike and Marjorie Knapp Wood. He was educated in the Ilion school system and on March 28, 1970, he married the former Patricia Miller in Ilion. Mr. Wood was self-employed as a carpet installer and also worked at Marcy Carpet in Marcy. Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Patricia; his father and stepmother, Mike and Shelva Wood of West Winfield; his mother, Marjorie Wood; a son and daughter-in-law, Sean and Cristy Wood of West Winfield; two daughters, Stacy Wood and her partner Christy Anguilli of Orlando, Fla., and Shannon Moon of Bridgewater; a brother and his companion, Kenneth Wood and Jeanne of Jacksonville, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Pamela and Bill George of Jacksonville, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Brittany, Austin, Savannah, Lakota and Dawson. Graveside service for Mr. Wood will be held Tuesday, Sept.17, at 11 a.m. in the Cedarville Cemetery, with Pastor Jerry Race officiating. Friends may call Monday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St, Ilion. (September 16, 2002)

Evelyn Leona Crandall Rogers IHS Alumnus, age 89, of 104 N. Washington St., formerly of Midtown Apts., 315 N. Prospect St., entered into eternal rest, to join her family, on Wednesday, September 4, 2002, in Folts Homes, Herkimer. She was born on February 22, 1913, in Columbus, NY, the first born of Elmer L. and Gertrude B. Jowels Crandall. At an early age, she moved with her family to Ilion. She received her education in the Ilion School and through extension courses following her high school graduation. She was a member of the Ilion Baptist Church in which she married Arnold W. Rogers of St. Johnsville on December 24, 1952. They had lived on the Creek Rd. in Mohawk and in 1972 moved to the Midtown Apts. in Herkimer. Mr. Rogers passed away on August 13, 1982. Mrs. Rogers was employed by UNIVAC for 40 years, retiring in 1972. She belonged to its 25 Year Club, where she served as secretary. She was also a member of the Amaranth, the Order of Rebekahs Lodge #126 as well as the AARP. Surviving her a! re a sister-in-law, Nellie Crandall, of Herkimer; three nephews, Francis and Garre Crandall, and their wives, and Ronald Cool; great-nieces; great-nephews; and cousins. Besides her parents and husband, Arnold, she was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Shenk, in 1982, and her brother, Francis Crandall, also in 1982. Funeral service in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, on Monday at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. J. Wesley Shipp, Pastor of the Ilion Baptist Church, will officiate. Mrs. Rogers will be laid to rest with her husband in the Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Town of Little Falls. Her family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends two hours prior to the funeral service (12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m.). Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Association or the Central New York Association for the Blind. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 6, 2002)

John S. Janicki IHS 1971, age 48, of Barringer Road, Ilion, died unexpectedly Wednesday, August 21, 2002. John was born in Ilion Nov. 8, 1953, son of John J. and Mary (Thompson) Janicki. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1971," and attended Herkimer County Community College. John was a self-employed canopy installer, most recently subcontracting for Steel Tech Inc. of Georgia. Prior to returning to the Mohawk Valley, John resided in Long Beach, Calif. and was employed on the docks as a shipwright, at one time working on Howard Hugh's ship the Glomar Explorer. John loved people, and he was known to many as a kind and generous friend. John cherished his beloved family above all else, as they did him. Survivors include his loving parents, John and Mary Janicki of Ilion; his devoted sister, Jody Janicki of Ilion, with whom he resided and Jody's friend, Rudy Gadziala, also of Ilion; his cousins, Mark Kasper of Massachusetts, Eric Kasper and his wife Julie of North Carolina, Larry and his wife Becky Kasper of Florida, Scott and his wife Verna Kasper, also of Florida, Jean and Paul Davis of Leonardsville, Skip and Millie Gregory of West Winfield and Teddy Lohnas and Elaine Samaniego of DeWitt; one uncle, Steve Janicki of Michigan and his very close and dear friends, Dott and Bob Daly and family of Ilion. John was predeceased by his beloved grandparents, "Nan and Pop" and his Aunt Pauline and Uncle Larry Kasper. John's funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, commencing at 1 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion with the Rev. George Greene, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, officiating. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment in the family plot will follow the service. Family and friends are invited to visitation Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in John's name to the Ilion High School Foundation. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. "John -- We will love you forever!" Mom, Dad, Jody. (August 23, 2002)

Joseph W. Ferguson IHS Alumnus, formerly of First Street, died Aug. 18, 2002, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer, where he had resided for the past one and one-half years. Mr. Ferguson was born in Ilion Nov. 6, 1927, a son of the late Arthur and Mary Jane (Hyde) Ferguson. He graduated from Ilion High School and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1946. Joe served through the end of World War II and was honorably discharged in 1951. On June 14, 1952, he was united in marriage with the former Patricia Finnigan at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Frankfort. Joe furthered his education at Utica College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. For 40 years, he was employed by the U.S. Government as an engineer at the Rome Area Developmental Center, from where he retired in 1990. The couple had resided in Newport since 1960, and Patricia preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2002. Mr. Ferguson was a member and past secretary of Newport Volunteer Fire Department and was a past commander of West Canada Valley Post 1524 American Legion. He was also a member of St. John's Church, Newport, Little Falls VFW Post 4612, Utica Lodge 33 B.P.O.E. and the Utica Eagles. In his earlier years, Joe helped form the Newport Little League and had served as scoutmaster of the Newport Boy Scout Troop. Survivors include one brother, Harold Ferguson and his wife Terry of Little Neck; a sister-in-law, Helen McLean of Kinderhook; several nieces and nephews, including Eric McLean and his wife Linda of Tennessee, David McLean and his wife Valerie of Newport, Janice McLean of Utica, Jeff McLean and his wife Jill of California and Mary Ellen Oles and her husband Tim of Kinderhook; and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John's Church, Newport, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Leo F. Potvin, pastor, officiating. Interment will follow at St. John's Cemetery, where West Canada Valley Post 1524 American Legion will offer military honors. There are no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Valley Health Services Development Fund, 690 West German St., Herkimer 13350. Envelopes will be available at the church on Wednesday morning. A special thanks is extended to all the staff at Valley Health Services for the compassionate care that Joe received. Arrangements are under the direction of the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport. (August 20, 2002)

G. Louise Plunkett Safford IHS 1934, of Armory St., Ilion, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002, at Folts Homes, Herkimer. She was born Nov. 7, 1916, in Ilion, the daughter of the late William and Anna Wilson Plunkett. Mrs. Safford was a 1934 graduate of Ilion High School, and on Jan. 31, 1936, she married Randall H. Safford in Ilion. He passed away July 22, 1988. Mrs. Safford was employed as an accountant with Duofold in Mohawk, retiring in 1974. Mrs. Safford was a member of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church in Herkimer and the Violet Rebekah Lodge in Ilion. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara McGraw of Mohawk and Phyllis and Donald Brien of Ilion; a sister, Lillian Anderson of Flint, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and their spouses, Richard and Leslie McGraw of Schuyler, Mark and Renee McGraw of Florida, Scott and Dawn McGraw of Ilion, Lou Ann and Kurt Garrison of Palatine Bridge, Barbara and Chris Seeger of Virginia, Randall Brien of Florida, Major Donald and Karla Brien of Japan, Jodi and David Dunckel of California, Michael and Erin Brien of Albany and Patrick Brien of Ilion; also 23 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Plunkett and a sister, Elizabeth Williams. Funeral services for Mrs. Safford will be held Monday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. G. Robert Wells officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, town of Little Falls. Friends may call Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the funeral home.Memorials in Mrs. Safford's memory may be made to Hospice Inc. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (August 17, 2002)

Charles "Chuck" W. Conley IHS 1954, of Gambrills, Md., formerly of Ilion, passed away July 14, 2002. Chuck was born Nov. 9, 1936, in Ilion, the son of the late Walter Conley and Margaret (Jennings) Conley. He was a 1954 graduate of Ilion Central High School and served his country in the Air Force. He is survived by his wife Ailsa; his children, son, Christopher and his wife Christine; daughter, Sara C. Sorrells; granddaughter, Kaila M. Sorrells. Also surviving Chuck is his uncle, Charles Jennings of Ilion; cousins, Janice Murphy, Marie Dennison, Frank Jennings, all of Ilion; James Conley of Utica, Allan Conley of Houston, Texas, Donna Houseknecht and Diane Parmalee, both of Norwich. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by several aunts, uncles and cousins.Interment was in the Maryland Veteran's Cemetery, Crownsville, Md. (August 17, 2002)

Harry M. Huyck IHS Alumnus, passed away July 14, 2002 at Orange Park Medical Center, Orange Park, FL., after a long illness. He was born in Fort Plain, New York, on April 1, 1926, He was the son of Harry D. and Margaret Martin Huyck. He attended Ilion schools joining the Navy in 1943. He was a radio man 1st class aboard the USS Abner Read. During an attack by a Japanese bomber it was struck and sank in the Pacific. Harry took charge of a lifeboat picking up Navy survivors that had gone overboard. After his discharge he returned to work with his father. After the retirement of his father, he became the owner of the H.D. Huyck Trucking Co. Later he joined the United Van Lines which led to his coverage of 48 states. Harry was first married to Shirley Hailston. In 1949 he married Joan Ashley for a marriage of 53 years. They adopted three children, Lauren, Cheryle and Deron. From Ilion they moved to Piseco Lake, an area they were very fond of. After his retirement they traveled with their RV! settling in Phoenix, AZ., later Tamarac, FL. and finally in Middleburg, FL. Harry was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Ilion Lodge of Masons, the Ilion Lodge of Elks #1444 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #502, Ilion. He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Dec of N.J., a brother, Robert, of Rochester. He was predeceased by two sisters, Helen and Marion. Harry was cremated and a Memorial Service was held July 18, 2002 at the MiddleburgPresbyterian Church. Memorial Services will be held at Piseco Lake, N.Y. at a later date. (August 10, 2002)

Dr. James Patrei IHS Class of 1966 Valedictorian, age 54, a Syracuse-area ear, nose and throat doctor, died Friday August 2 of an apparent allergic reaction after being stung by a bee while at his family's summer home on Skaneateles Lake in Spafford. Dr. Sean Hodge, one of four physicians in practice with Patrei at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Syracuse, said "This is just such an unbelievable tragedy, something that just comes out of nowhere. Jim was really a wonderful guy, a great doctor. He was a very nice person, he has two boys that they raised, he and his wife, Sharon." Born in Ilion, he graduated from Hamilton College and Upstate Medical Center. He was a partner and physician with Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Syracuse for 18 years. He also was an attending physician at Crouse Hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center and Harrison Outpatient Center. He previously was an assistant resident in otolaryngology at Upstate Medical Center. Survivors: His wife of 31 years, the former Sharon Antonucci; two sons, Matthew and Jonathan, both of Syracuse; his parents, Gil and Katherine Patrei of Easton, Pa.; a sister, Linda Lesko of Allentown, Pa. Services: 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pirro & Sons Funeral Home and 11 a.m. in Grace Assembly of God. Burial, Lakeview Cemetery. Calling hours, 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, 514 Turtle St., Syracuse. Contributions: Grace Assembly of God, Fay Road, Syracuse 13219. (August 3, 2002)

Elizabeth J. Warner IHS Alumnus, age 57, Ilion, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. She was born April 3, 1945 in Jackson, Miss., the daughter of the late Austin and Bertina Curtis Miller. She attended Ilion High School and was employed as a sales clerk with several retail stores in the area. Mrs. Warner is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Randall Johnson of Ilion and Gregory and Patricia Johnson of Birdsboro, Pa.; two sisters and two brother-in-laws, Michea and Fred Supry of Ilion and Faith and Dr. Gary Smagalski of Petaluma, Calif.; six grandchildren; and four nephews. Funeral services for Mrs. Warner were held Monday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment was in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. (July 23, 2002)

Mary J. Williams IHS 1950, age 71, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2002, in Pine Lake. Mary was born June 1, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Evan and Ina Mae Holt Williams. She was educated in Ilion schools and in 1951, she entered the United States Marine Corps, reaching the rank of first sergeant. She retired from the Marines in 1973, after 21 years of service. Mary was a member of the Marine Corps League in Ilion and the Valley Voices for Christ. Mary is survived by a brother, Walter of San Antonio, Texas as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Evan Jr., Frederick and Noel Williams; also a sister, Karen Brown. Full military funeral services for Miss Williams will be held Friday, July 19, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion at a time to be announced. Pastor Ameen Aswad will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion.Friends may call Thursday, July 18, from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Mary's name may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, 12078. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 18, 2002)

Delores E. Hubbel IHS 1949, age 70, Frankfort, passed away Saturday, July 13, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. She was born July 14, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Fayette W. and Ruth Moyer Hubbel. She was educated in the Ilion School District. Delores was employed as program director secretary with WKTV for 35 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ilion. Dolores is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Patricia Hubbel of Ilion; an uncle and aunt, Robert and Marge Hubbel of Rome; a nephew and his wife, Eric and Alisa Hubbel of Little Falls; a niece, Heather Hubbel and her fiance Donald Bishop III of Remsen; great-nieces, Miranda Nichol Hubbel, Jordyn Alexis Bishop, Jessica Ryan Bishop; great-nephews, Nicholas Robert Hubbel and Eric Todd Hubbel Jr.; two special friends, Audrey Sorenson of Ilion and Marjorie Niermeyer of Utica; and her loving cat, Joshua.Funeral services for Delores will be held Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Wesley Shipp officiating. Final interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Frankfort Fire Department or the First Baptist Church, Ilion, in Delores' memory. (July 15, 2002)

Clarence L. "Mo" Schoonmaker IHS 1940, age 82, a long time resident of W. North St., Ilion, passed away at home Monday, July 8, 2002 with his loving family by his side. Mo was born August 18, 1919, in Walden, NY, son of Clarence and Marguerite (Moore) Schoonmaker. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1940. Mo was a proud veteran serving his country during WW II in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War. On May 8, 1943, he was united in married to Helen Spellicy at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk. A blessed union of 52 years until Mrs. Schoonmaker's passing on June 4, 1995. Mo was a long time employee of Bendix Fluid Power Division in Utica serving as supervisor of the Drafting Dept., prior to that he was employed by Sperry-Rand UNIVAC in Ilion for about 15 years. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and was a 50 year member of the Crowley Barnum American Legion Post 25, Mohawk. Mo enjoyed his occasional retired Bendix employees dinners and loved his driv! es up north. Mo was an accomplished artist following his retirement. He loved to draw pictures of local buildings and historical interests. Mo donated all his work to those that appreciated his talents and was proud to have had two art shows at the Ilion library showcasing his work. Mo loved the company and companionship of his feline friend, "Sassy". Survivors include his two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Marilyn Schoonmaker, of Oneida and Ronald Schoonmaker and his special friend, Laura Hailston, both of Ilion; one daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and James Farley, of Ilion; six cherished grandchildren, Kimberly, Rebecca, Tammy and her husband, James Wheelock, of Ilion, Tracy, Jason, and Krista; four great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Joyce Spellicy, of Mohawk; one nephew, Dick Quackenbush, of Mohawk; and several extended family members and many special friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Helen and a sister, Marguerite Quackenbus! h. Mo's funeral service will be held Thursday, July 11 commencing at 9:15 a.m. at the 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. Procession to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer for interment will follow Mass with full Military Honors. Family and friends are invited to visitation Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Mo's family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Charles Eldredge and his staff and the staff at Faxton Regional Cancer Center for the care and compassion show to him during his illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mo's name may be considered to the Mohawk American Legion or the American Cancer Society. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (July 9, 2002)

Virginia H. Wheelock Fullem IHS Alumnus, age 83, of West St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2002, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. Virginia was born Oct. 18, 1918, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Charles and Clara Brown Wheelock. Virginia was a graduate of Ilion High School and on July 24, 1939, she married George "Bill" Fullem. He passed away in 1992. Together they owned and operated Bill's TV in Ilion. Virginia is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, William of Ilion and Michael and Marie of Ilion; one daughter, Ginny Phelps of Ilion; a brother, Charles Wheelock Jr. of Boulder, Colo.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Norma Fay. Funeral services for Mrs. Fullem will be held Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Agnes Cemetery in North Ilion. In keeping with Virginia's wishes, there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations in Virginia's name to Valley Health Services, 690 W. German St., Herkimer 13350. Virginia's family would like to thank the staff of second floor east and the social workers at Valley Health for the excellent care given to Virginia during her time there. (July 9, 2002)

Eleanor B. O'Brien Sullivan IHS Alumnus, age 91, passed away on July 2, 2002 at the Norwalk Hospital Medical Center in Norwalk, Conn. after a brief illness. She had resided for the past several years in Darien, Conn. near her daughter, Mrs. John E. Brink (Beth) who lives in Westport, Conn. Mrs. Sullivan was born in Ilion to the late Patrick and Mary (Mahoney) O'Brien on July 30, 1910 and attended Ilion public schools. She was a 1931 graduate of the Crane School of Music at Potsdam, where she received a bachelor of arts degree and taught for several years in the Waterford, New York public schools. Upon her marriage to the late Dr. W. Edward Sullivan in 1936, she made her home in Little Falls and was active in many community affairs. In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Crosby of Jackson Heights; her three grandchildren, Mr. John Brink of Williamstown, Mass., Mrs. Carolyn Poole of Fayetteville, Ga., and Mrs. Suzanne Tienken of Ridgefield, Conn., as well as seven great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 5 at 9 a.m.. from the Holy Family Parish Church, corner of Main and John sts., Little Falls, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. There will be no calling hours, but the family will receive visitors at the Holy Family Parish on Friday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral mass. It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mrs. Sullivan be considered to Little Falls Hospital. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for this purpose. Arrangements are by the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls. (June 26, 2002)

Mary Joan Hammond EllerIHS 1946, age 74, of Pinellas Park, FL, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2002, at Fairfax Hospital. She was born May 13, 1928, in New York City, to the late Brian R. and Margaret Mary (Orr) Hammond. She is survived by husband, Connie L. Eller; eight children, Christopher (Bobbie) Eller, of Woodstock, VA, Margaret (Warren) Farrington, of Pinellas Park, FL, Brian (Lynn) Eller, of Paducah, KY, Jack (Cynthia) Eller, of Herndon, VA, Mike (Cyndi) Eller, of Poolesville, MD, Constance (James) Juno, of McKinney, TX, Mary Jo (John) Kaler, of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Jeffrey (Kellie) Eller, of Garland, TX; as well as 15 grandchildren. Services were held at First Baptist Church in Herndon, VA, on Tuesday, July 2, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. Arrangements by Adams-Green Funeral Home, Herndon, VA. (July 2, 2002)

Eleanor Austin Brown IHS 1943, age 76, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2002 in Utica. Eleanor was born on September 3, 1925 in Sherburne, New York, the daughter of the late Harold and Lelia Sprague Austin. Eleanor was a graduate of Ilion High School and was employed in the school cafeteria until her retirement. On November 16, 1946 she was united in marriage to Richard Brown in Ilion. Eleanor was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, the Valley Chapter #82 Order of Eastern Star for 50 years. She was also a member of Ilion Violet Rebekah Lodge #198. Eleanor is survived by her husband, Richard; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Kenneth of Ilion, Rodney and Diane of Herkimer, Timothy and Bertha of Little Falls, and Gregg of Albany; one brother, Robert Austin of Ilion. She also has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Brown will be held Friday, June 28, 2002 at 11 AM from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mt. View Memorial Garden in the Town of Little Falls. Friends may call on Thursday June 27, 2002 from 7-9 PM and Friday June 28, 2002 from 10-11 AM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations in Eleanor's memory to the First United Methodist Church,Second Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (June 26, 2002)

Samuel Folsom Selwood IHS 1929, passed away peacefully Friday evening, June 21, 2002 with his loving family at his side. Born in Fort Plain, NY, on May 10, 1908, to the late Roselle and Lucy Blowers Selwood, he came to Ilion at the age of 9 and for 56 years lived at 11 Remington Place, Ilion, before moving to 270 S. Third Ave. for the past 14 years. He was a graduate of Ilion Central School. On September 16, 1934, he was united in marriage to Helen Graham, a marriage which lasted for 53 years before her death on April 23, 1988. Folsom was employed as an accountant at Remington Arms for 37 years before retiring in 1973. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and for more than 25 years was the church Treasurer. He also kept the financial records for the Thompson Gift Shop, Ilion that was owned and run by his wife, Helen, for over 25 years before her retirement in 1987. That business had been family run for more than 50 years. He played the saxophone for Ilion's Firemen's Band and enjoyed marching in many parades as well as performing in concerts through the years. He was a member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge. Surviving are his beloved children: son, Samuel Selwood and his wife, Pat, of Penn Yan; daughter, Joan Annutto and her husband, John, of Ilion; and daughter, Diane Williams, Ilion; grandchildren, Joseph Annutto and his wife, Peggy, of New Hampshire,Lisa Annutto James and her husband, Christopher, of Loudonville, NY,Michele Selwood Shaar and her husband, Tommam, Ohio, Brian Williams,Annabor, Michigan and Michael Williams, Arlington, VA; five great-grandchildren, Kyle Annutto, Hasan Shaar, Mark Shaar, Joshua James and Alex Annutto. Besides his parents and wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, James Gordan Selwood and Richard W. Selwood and a son-in-law, Philo 'Dee' Williams. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St.,Ilion with Rev. Victor McKusiek officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Family will be present to receive relatives and friends at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Monday from 2-4 and7-9 p.m. Memorials can be made to Ilion Ambulance or the First Presbyterian Church. (June 23, 2002)

Phyllis Sarah Miner IHS 1922, age 98, of Hudson, passed away Saturday, June 1,2002 at her residence. She was born on April 4, 1904 in Little Falls the daughter of the late Frederick A. and Mathilda (Peck) Miner. She was a graduate of Ilion High School class of 1922 and a graduate of Syracuse University class of 1926 with a bachelor's degree in music with piano major. Miss Miner was a music educator for 33 years at the former New York State Training School, Hudson, retiring in 1967. For six years prior to the NYS Training School she taught at the Drew Seminary, Carmel. She is survived by her cousins, Jeanette Geist of California, Marilyn Allaire of Bristol, Conn., Shirley DuBay of Weston, Vt., Jeremy Gloo of Cape Cod, Mass., Walter Highland of Stoneridge, Thomas Hyla, Raymond and Alice Frezza, all of Little Falls, as well as many other cousins. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, June 11, at 1 p.m. at Church Street Cemetery, Little Falls. Arrangements are by the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls. There are no calling. (June 7, 2002)

MaryLou (Hayes) Barton IHS Alumnus, age 67, a longtime resident of Vosburg St., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly following a brief illness, Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at St. Luke's Medical Center. MaryLou was born June 14, 1934, in Ilion, daughter of Charles and Mae (Kibbe) Hayes. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. She was last employed by the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, and prior to that was employed by Sperry Rand Univac in Utica, and at one time the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home and Loblaws in Ilion. She was a member of the Ilion First Baptist Church. MaryLou's life was devoted to her beloved children and grandchildren. She really enjoyed her cats. Survivors include her loving children and their spouses, Steven D. Barton and his fiancee Tracy Fulton, both of Frankfort, David Barton and his wife BettyAnn of Frankfort and Lisa and her husband Timothy Humphrey of Ilion; nine cherished grandchildren, Luke Tubia, Megan and Matthew Barton, Lindsay, Lacee, Zachary and Brandi Barton and James and Justin Allen; one sister and brother-in-law, Katherine and Charles Vogel of Ilion; one brother-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Joe and Peg Barton of North Carolina and Marilyn Barton of Ogdensburg; several nieces, nephews and many close and dear friends, especially Sharon and Don Perry and Bill and MaryLou Anderson, all of Ilion. She was predeceased by her sisters, Pauline Guile, Betty Pardee, Eleanor Allen and a special niece, Pam Oriole. MaryLou's funeral service will be held Friday, June 7, commencing at noon at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Patti Lawrence, pastor of the Herkimer First Baptist Church, officiating. Procession to Mountain View Memorial Gardens, town of Little Falls, for interment shall follow the funeral service. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (June 5, 2002)

Donald E. 'Don' Walby IHS Alumnus, age 84, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 28, 2002 at Little Falls Hospital. Don was born February 19, 1918, in Herkimer, son of Edwin and Mae (Brown) Walby. He attended East Frankfort School and Ilion High School. Don was a proud WW II veteran serving with the U.S. Amry Infantry in the European Theater of War. He was awarded the following medals and ribbons in recognition of his dedicated service to our nation: Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. On April 12, 1947, Don was united in marriage to Dorothy Sterling in South Ilion; a blessed and happy union of 41 years until Mrs. Walby's passing on January 7, 1989. Don retired from General Electric Co., Utica, in 1983 after 24 years of service. He was a former member of the South Ilion United Methodist Church where he was a trustee and served on many committees, Disabled American Veterans Stars and Stripes Chapter 82, Utica and at one time was an avid fisherman. He was an ace at playing pool and was a competitive horseshoe player with his good friend, "Mooch". Don was well known throughout the valley as a drummer. Years ago, he played drums with the "Acesof Rhythm" a popular local dance band. He loved to travel with his wife, Dorothy, and was known to be a very devoted family man, who loved to be with hischildren and grandchildren. Survivors include his two beloved daughters and one son-in-law, Donna and Dexter Smith, of Binghamton and Sandra E. "Sandie"Walby, of Ilion, who affectionately called her Dad, "My little DB" or "The Budster"; three cherished grandchildren and their spouses, Dana (Smith) and her husband, Michael Darrow, of Buffalo, Denise (Smith) and her husband, Douglas Clark, of PA, and Danielle (Smith) and her husband, Jeff! rey Chickanosky, alsoof PA; five great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Leta Sterling and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gerald and Betty Sterling, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, Floyd Walby and his sister, Edna Gross. Don's funeral service will be held Friday, May 31, 2002 commencing at 12 noon at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, minister of the Ilion United Methodist Church officiating. Procession to Mt. View Memorial Gardens for interment beside his beloved wife, Dorothy, shall follow the service. Full Military Honors will be conducted graveside by the U.S. Army. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday (today) from 6-9 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Don's familywould like to express their sincere gratitude to the Ilion Fire Dept. Ambulance crew for the care, compassion and valiant efforts made on their father's behalf. Aspecial thank you to the ER staff at Little Falls Hospital and also Officer Tim Shumaker for his help at a difficult time. Last but not least, Jean and Monty Perlock who have been long-time friends and neighbors, especially over the past few months. In lieu of floral offerings, memorial contributions in Don's name may beconsidered to the Ilion Ambulance Fund; donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (May 30, 2002)

Marion Antoinette Ross Morse IHS 1928, age 92, died May 25, 2002, at Faxton-St. Luke's Medical Center. Marion was born May 19, 1910, in Harrisburg, Pa. She was predeceased by husband Richard H. Morse of Binghamton; her parents, Arthur S. Ross and Antoinette (Hoefler) Ross; and a brother, Arthur H. Ross. She is survived by a brother, Frederic Duane Ross and his wife Marion Ross of Ballston Lake; cousins, Frederic Hoefler of Alaska and Robert Humphrey of Ilion; nieces, Nancy R. Bellamy, Barbara R. Oberdieck, Diane R. Pastore, Sharon R. Tudone; nephews, Frederic D. Ross Jr., Arthur S. Ross, Richard P. Ross, Robert T. Ross, all of Ballston Lake; grandnieces, Barbara Bellamy, Kathleen Pastore, Ana Oberdieck, Killeen Ross, Caia Ross, Jamie Ross, Caitlin Ross, Jackie Ross; grandnephews, Edward Bellamy, Michael Pastore, Evan Ross, Casey Ross, Jacob Ross and Camden Ross; and dear friend, Christine Miller of Springfield Center. Marion, a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1928, was planning on attending the Big Class Reunion in October.

She attended Potsdam Normal School and was employed for many years with Curtis Publishing Company. She was a member of St. Augustine's Church, Ilion, and the Ladies Guild, Finger Lakes Chapter of American Society of Dowsers and the Herkimer County Historical Society. Marion had resided in Chenango Bridge, N.Y. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., returning to Ilion in 1976 to care for an ill relative. Marion was a bellringer for the Salvation Army, Herkimer Citadel. She often participated in the Ilion Days Doo Dah Parade, riding her electric vehicle on behalf of Habitat for Humanity. Marion was very artistic, loved flower arranging and interior decorating, was a great walker often seen carrying the American flag to promote patriotism. Marion was affectionately known, throughout Ilion, as 'The Flag Lady'.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Faxton-St. Luke's Medical Center for the wonderful care and the doctors who were so understanding, including Dr. Solo, Dr. Shilling, Dr. Mattern and Dr. Dhabhar and their staff; the employees at Mohawk Valley Nursing Facility; the Ilion Fire Department and Ilion Police Department for their care and concern. Also the Ilion Free Public Library staff for handling all her special requests. A thank you also to Rev. George Greene for making visits at the hospital and for all the prayers offered. At Marion's request, there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Flag Day June 14 at 3 p.m. at St. Augustine's Church, Second St., Ilion, withinterment at Armory Hill Cemetery with the Rev. George Greene officiating. All arrangements are being made by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made in her name to St. Augustine's Church; the Salvation Army, Herkimer Citadel, or charities of one's choice. (May 27, 2002)

George Orick IHS 1940, died in his sleep during a flight from Paris to San Francisco. He died in the company of his wife, Gigi, at 12:20 PM PST while the plane was flying over Canada. A private memorial service will be held, in the home of his daughter Sarah Ratliff, on his birthday, July 2nd. George Orick retired in 1986 from ABC Network News in New York. He spent fifteen years of his career working for network television (one of them at NBC News, 14 at ABC Network News) as a writer/editor/producer. His adventures included a trip to the South Pole with Hugh Downs for 20/20. The sad news about George Orick was submitted by Maynard Berkowitz, a contributer to The Circle, a mailing list and associated Web site offering support for wives, families, friends, and significant others of men with prostate cancer. (May 27, 2002)

Arthur O. Burgess IHS 1923, age 96, of Mohawk, NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, May 26, in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, with his loving family at his side.Born on Sept. 12, 1905, in Ilion, he was the son of the late Jesse Maine and Alys Osgood Burgess. Raised and educated in Ilion, he graduated from Ilion High School in 1923. Art continued his education, receiving a bachelor's degree from Colgate University in 1928 and his master's of education from Columbia Teachers College in 1934. On Aug. 23, 1930, he married Vera Hurlburt in Springfield, Mass. They shared a loving and devoted union of 68 years until her passing on June 6, 1999. From 1930 through 1945, he and his wife resided in Ludlow, Mass., where he taught high school history and English, was a guidance counselor, and the school newspaper advisor. Art was an energetic man who enjoyed helping the youth. In 1945, he took the position of YMCA youth work director in Norristown, Pa. He continued his career for more than 45 years, organizing Hi-Y Clubs throughout the areas in Ludlow and Amherst, Mass., Norristown, and Corry, Pa., where he was instrumental in building a YMCA. In the fall of 1957, he and his family returned to Mohawk. He then joined the staff of New York State YMCA as director of the Central District of New York. While director of the Central NY YMCA, he organized Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y clubs; a Y's Men's Club and Industrial Management Club throughout Herkimer County. Upon his retirement from the YMCA in 1970, Art was happiest when he was helping others. He recognized the need for activities for the senior citizens population throughout the county. He was instrumental in organizing the AARP Chapter 1410 and in 1971 served as its first president. Art later became an assistant state director for AARP and eventually state director, helping to organize new chapters in Utica, Rome, Oneida and Oneonta. He was the managing editor of the monthly Chapter News, an instructor in the 55 Alive Programs, organized a men's cooking class in cooperation with the Cooperative Extension. In 1989, after more than 20 years of active work with AARP he received an Emeritus Recognition. His community activities also included his assistance in organizing the combined United Way of Mohawk Valley. He previously served on the Red Cross Board of Directors, the United Fund, RSVP and Office for the Aging and had served as treasurer for the historic Fort Herkimer Church Memorial Fund. He had a strong belief in God and lived a devoted Christian life. He was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, where he served on the Consistory, sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was the first editor of the church newsletter, "The Way." He had managed a local campaign for funds for the Reformed Church Camp in the Adirondacks. Surviving are his son, John W. and his wife Catherine Burgess of Lutherville, Md.; his daughter, Carolyn "Lynn" and her husband James Drury of Mohawk; four grandchildren and their families, Alyson Drury, Katherine Alys Drury-Dayton and her husband Jason, all of Mohawk, Vera Burgess-Ramsey and her husband Michael of Winston Salem, N.C., Elizabeth Anne Sales and her husband Tom of Lutherville, Md.; four great-grandchildren, Alesis Drury, Leo Burgess-Ramsey, Madyson Drury-Lennon and Isobel Ramsey; a niece, Frances Bonnie Hurlburt; a nephew, Dr. Ward Hurlburt; and a very special friend and caregiver, Marilyn Stone. Funeral service will be on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Mohawk Reformed Church. The Rev. Donald Pangburn will officiate. Interment will follow in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer. Memorial donations may be made to the Mohawk Reformed Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 27, 2002)

George L. Trapp IHS 1942, age 78, died May 6, 2002. He was born in Flushing, he lived in Cleveland 50 years and graduated from Syracuse University. He retired in 1989 as an engineer for General Electric after 48 years and was a member of its Elfun Society. He was a former member of Northshore Lions Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II. A son, Jeffrey, died in 1985. Survivors: His wife of 51 years, the former Henrietta Kultchar; a daughter, Susan Trapp of New York City and three grandchildren. Watson Funeral Home, Central Square, has arrangements. Contributions: Nature Conservancy, 1815 N. Lynn St., Arlington, VA 22209. (May 15, 2002)

Jean Adelaide Roberts Wilson IHS 1924, died May 8, 2002 at Folts Home, Herkimer. She was born in Ilion, May 19, 1907, the daughter of Edward and Jennie Martin Roberts. Jean was raised in a family of music and was an accomplished soprano. Her father was a concert baritone and manager of a music store. Her sister, Luella Roberts Schwartz, was a well known concert pianist, organist and music teacher. Jean was active in musical events during her school years and graduated with honors from Ilion High School in 1924. Jean was a member of the Junior B Sharp Club and sang frequently for musical events in Utica and the Mohawk Valley. She was employed at Remington Cash Register in Ilion and was married to Frank Edward Wilson on August 2, 1927. Moving with her husband and two children to Old Forge in 1931, she became active in the Presbyterian Church as a choir member and was a charter member of the Twenty Twigs of the church. Jean also joined the Old Forge Chapter #449 of the Eastern Star and was a life member. Returning to Ilion in 1935, Jean became active in St. Augustine's Episcopal Church as a choir member and soloist. She was also a charter member of the Alter Guild Sewing Circle, member and past President of St. Augustine's Guild, a member and past President of the Parish Aid. She chaired the annual church fair and was an energetic crafter, rug hooker and knitter, having learned to knit when she was eight years old. Every member of the family has been privileged to own at least one of her handmade hooked rugs and hand knit sweaters and in later years, striped afghans became her passion, calming her as she knit. She knit wool socks for her husband during frequent blackouts of the second World War. While raising a family of 5 children, Jean also belonged to the Ilion Little Theater Club, the Ilion Travelers Club, New Century Club in Utica, Friends of the Ilion Library, AARP and was very active in the Girl Scouts of America, being a board member and Commissioner of Ilion Girl Scouts in 1945 and 1946. She was also employed at Utica Knitting and Sperry Rand/UNIVAC retiring in 1969. Music was her life and her day started and sometimes ended with an opera, a symphony or even some good jazz. Her record collection numbered in the 1000's and she enjoyed her opera collection, CD's and videos. It was a special treat for her to attend an opera at Glimmerglass in Cooperstown. She was an avid bridge player until her eyesight failed. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Robert (Marty) and Elizabeth Wilson; a daughter, Jo Ann Nunneker, all of Ilion; son-in-law, Dale Lane, San Jose, CA; daughters-in-law, Lois Wilson, of Burneyville, OK and Marian Wilson, of Utica, NY;grandchildren, Jennifer Whiteman, Tom Lane, Peter Lane, Jill Marhaver, R. Cory, H. Scott, and Mark W. Nunneker, Kristen and Matt Wilson, Lisa J. Whitner andMisti R. Bourman, Jon, Ben and Courtney Wilson; and 19 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a niece, Barbara S. Maxwell, of Webster, NY and a nephew, Arthur Roberts, of Naples, FL. She was predeceased by her parents; her beloved husband in 1971; her sons, Edward (Ted) Wilson, Berry J. Wilson; her daughter, Carol Jean Lane; her brother, Arthur M. Roberts; and sister, Luella Schwartz. In accordance with Jean's wishes, there are no calling hours. Cremation will take place at the Chenango Valley Crematorium on May 9, 2002 and a Memorial Service will be celebrated at a date to be announced. All arrangements are entrusted toWhiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Memorials may be made in her name to the St. Augustine's Church, Second Street, Ilion. Jean's familywishes to thank the nurses and staff of the Folts Home, 4th Floor for the excellent care Jean was given during her stay there. (May 9, 2002)

Eleanor H. Hayes Allen IHS 1943, age 77, formerly a longtime resident of Litchfield St., Frankfort, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center. Eleanor was born July 1, 1924, in Ilion, daughter of Charles W. and Mae (Kibbee) Hayes. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On May 4, 1946, she was united in marriage to John H. Allen in Ilion, a blessed union of 50 years until Mr. Allen's passing May 15, 1996. Eleanor was last employed by the Frankfort-Schuyler School District, working in the cafeteria. Eleanor retired in 1985, after 26 years of dedicated service. At one time she enjoyed bowling in her league in Frankfort. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Eleanor's life was devoted to her beloved family. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Karen Allen of West Winfield; seven cherished grandchildren, Jeff and JoAnn Oriole, Kristen Oriole and Matt Stephens, Matt Oriole, Tina and Joseph Sudakow, Tracy and Tom Reesh, Teira Allen and Bob Davis and Teresa Allen and Randy Tennant; one great-granddaughter, Samantha Oriole; her son-in-law, Vic Oriole of Frankfort; one sister and brother-in-law, Katherine and Charles Vogel of Ilion; and her sister, Mary Lou Barton of Ilion; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a very special friend, Peg Bianchi. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Pam Oriole on March 1, 2001. Memorial contributions, in Eleanor's name, may be considered to the Central New York Association for the Blind. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (May 2, 2002)

Iola M. Reynolds Stephens IHS 1932, age 88, formerly of Ilion, passed away Monday, April 15, 2002, at Folts Homes, Herkimer. Born in She was born March 20, 1914, in Mohawk, the daughter of the late Charles and Edna Hemstead Reynolds. Mrs. Stephens was a 1932 graduate of Ilion High School and in December 1945, she married James Stephens in Ilion. He passed away Jan. 21, 1999. Mrs. Stephens was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, the W.O.T.M. Lodge 1010..Mrs. Stephens is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Donna Stephens of Charlotte, N.C., Charles and Carol Stephens of Forestport and Lester and Chris Stephens of Ilion; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Leola Reynolds and Fred and Virginia Reynolds, all of Ilion; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Thelma and Ned Hart of Mohawk and Adeline Bunce of Frankfort; two sisters-in-law, Mayme Hendrix of Ilion and A. Mildred Pierce of Herkimer; nine grandchildren, John Stephens, Patricia Trevett, Matthew, Mark, Michael, Christopher, Jeremy, Gregory and Andrea Stephens; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, April 20, at 12:30 p.m. from the Church of the Annunciation with Fr. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. The family would like to thank the staff of the fourth floor at Folts Homes for all the care and compassion shown Iola. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Folts Homes, Herkimer, in her memory. (April 19, 2002)

Edward J. Winsor IHS 1944, age 77, of Fanwood, NJ,died on Saturday, March 3, at home. Born in Ilion, NY, he lived in Fanwood for 47 years. Mr. Winsor, a licensed professional engineer, had worked for the Exxon Research and Engineering Company in Florham Park for 33 years before retiring as adviser to the Vice President for Engineering in 1984. He was an expert in the field of large motors and did assignments at Exxon refineries throughout the world. Mr. Winsor received a bachelor's Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, in 1951.During World War II, he served in the United States Army Signal Corps in the South Pacific. He was a life member of Father John S. Nelligan Council No. 5730 of the Knights of Columbus in Scotch Plains and Fanwood. In addition, Mr. Winsor volunteered at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield and with Children's Specialized Hospital in Fanwood. He also served as commissioner of the Fanwood Sidewalk Commission. Surviving are his wife of 54 years, Jean Daly Winsor; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Winsor of Fanwood; a son, Ned J. Winsor of Dunwoody, Ga.; three brothers, Richard Winsor of Port Richie, Fla., Dr. Frederick Winsor of Fanwood and Gerald M. Winsor of New York, and three grandsons. A Mass was offered, Wednesday, March 7, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains, following the funeral from the Memorial Funeral Home, 155 South Avenue in Fanwood. Interment took place at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fanwood Rescue Squad, 218 Forest Road, Fanwood, 07023, or to the Center for Hope Hospice, 176 Hussa Street, Linden, 07036. (March 28, 2002)

Arthur E. Barnum IHS 1934, age 84, of Brewster, MA, died January 13, 2002 at his home. He was the husband of Jane (Fitzgibbons) Barnum. Mr. Barnum was born in Ilion, N.Y., and lived there for 39 years, where he had a great love of the Adirondack Mountains. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1934 and was a member of the state champion football team, receiving a football scholarship to St. Bonaventure University. Over the years, Mr. Barnum lived in Newington, Conn., Whitesboro, N.Y., and Westfield. He loved the Cape and was a resident of Brewster for the past 24 years. Mr. Barnum worked for Sperry Rand for five years before joining Univac, where he worked for 40 years, retiring in 1989. He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Cape Church, where he ushered and worked at bingo games for 23 years and was a member of Our Lady of the Cape Men's Club.He was also a member of the Brewster Men's Club, Brewster Historical Society and Friends of Brewster Elders, where he drove for Meals on Wheels. Mr. Barnum was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Bishop Feehan General Assembly Provincetown Council, past grand knight of the 3rd Degree Pope Paul VI Council in Chatham, past faithful navigator of Bishop Feehan 4th Degree General Assembly and past member of the Honor Guards. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Peter K. Barnum of Tempe, Ariz.; two daughters, Penny B. O'Malley of Agoura Hills, Calif., and Susan B. Egan of Eaton, N.H.; a brother, Herbert Barnum of Rome, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of the Cape Church, Stoney Brook Road, Brewster. Funeral arrangements were through Beal & Ames Funeral Home, 729 Route 134, South Dennis. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, 3055 Main St., P.O. Box 953, Barnstable, MA 02630. (March 28, 2002)

George W. Allen IHS 1940, age 80, of DeKalb Junction, died Monday, March 25, 2002 at the Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, N.Y. Funeral services will be 10 a.m, Friday, March 29, 2002 at the Allen-Denesha Funeral Home, DeKalb Junction. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery Utica. Calling hours will be Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 at the Allen-Denesha Funeral Home. Surviving one son and daughter-in-law, William and Charlene Allen, of DeKalb Junction; one daughter and son-in-law, Georgianne and Peter Muench, of North Lawrence, N.Y.; two brothers, Alfred Allen of Utica, N.Y. and Charles Allen of Vista, CA; one step-brother, Bernard Tayler, Ilion, N.Y.; two half-sisters, Barbara Snyder, of Kewanna, IN., and Patricia Baker,of Blackfoot, ID; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one son, Lawrence Allen, one daughter, Lauren Bray, andone step-brother, Robert Taylor. He was born June 27, 1921 in Ilion, N.Y., the son of George E. and Anna Pearl Parker Allen. He graduated from Ilion High School and then graduated from SUNY Morrisville and Utica College. He married Rose C. Velocci, June 21, 1947, she died in October of 1989. He served in the Army from 1942-1946. He was a Dairy Lab Technician and last worked for the Queensboro Co-Op in Canastota. Prior to that he worked at the Mohawk Dairy Services of Utica. He was a life member of the American Legion Post #229 of Utica, St. Henry's Church, DeKalb Junction, the DeKalb-Herman Senior Citizens Club, past member of the St. Anthony of Padua Church, Utica, past member of the VFW in Canastota,and past member of the Canton Kiwanis Club. Contributions may be made to the DeKalb-Herman Senior Citizens Club, DeKalb Junction, NY. (March 28, 2002)

Dr. Michael Dekin IHS 1972, Medical Scientist/Writer - University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, died December 15, 1998. Mike was the brother of Timothy Dekin. No further information is available at this time. (March 23, 2002)

Timothy Dekin IHS 1960, from Wilmette, IL, English Instructor, and Poet at Loyola University Chicago, died last year. "A book of his poems is being published posthumously and it received a good review in the March 1, 2002, issue of Booklist, a publication of the American Library Association." Tim's biography, found at Amazon.com, contains the following: "Timothy Dekin has taught in writing programs at Loyola University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University. He is the recipient of several Illinois Arts Council Grants, and his poems have been published in Poetry, American Scholar, Southern Review and Threepenny Review. He is the author of four chapbooks, Occasional Uncles (Knife River Press, 1975), Winter Fruit (Elpenor books, 1983), Carnival (Robert L. Barth, 1986) and Errand (Robert L. Barth, 1989). Dekin died in March 2001." His poetry book Another Day On Earth is available for purchase at Amazon.com. (March 23, 2002)

Donald K. Crouch IHS 1950, age 70, of Addison Terrace, Ilion,passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was born Sept. 2, 1931, the son of James R. and Gertrude K. Crouch. He was a lifelong resident of Ilion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1950 and on July 30, 1966, he married Donna L. Ecker in the Ilion Presbyterian Church. Don was employed at Beechnut-Lifesavers, the Masonic Home and for many years at the Remington Arms Co. He was affectionately called "Double D," by his co-workers at Remington. He served in the New York State National Guard and eight years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Maine, Germany and Morocco. He was a member of the North Columbia Methodist Church. He enjoyed the hobby of miniature trains and was very knowledgeable in railroad history. He spent many pleasant hours at the Ilion Marina, socializing and watching the trains pass by. Don is survived by a daughter, Nadine Patterson and her fiance Peter Nasypany of East Herkimer; his sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and James Parker Sr. of Ilion; his grandchildren, Kayla and Cody Patterson and former son-in-law, Donald Patterson of Frankfort; his niece, Lany Wolfe; nephews, Jim Parker Jr. of Sandwich, Mass., and Ben L. Parker of San Diego, Calif.; his aunts, Mrs. Edward Crouch of Rensselaer, Mrs. Robert Crouch of Albany and Miss Emily Klinkhart of New York City; his mother-in-law, Julia Lane of Ilion; a sister-in-law, Janice Massad of Mesa, Ariz.; and many cousins. Don was predeceased by his wife, his parents and his son, Donald Crouch Jr. A prayer service was held March 22, at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Hans Drews officiating. A church service will be held at a time and date to be announced in the spring at the North Columbia Methodist Church, with interment in the North Columbia Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Marina in Don's memory. (March 23, 2002)

William E. "Bill" Irwin IHS 1946, age 74, of First St. Ext., Ilion, passed away Monday, March 11, 2002, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Bill was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Ilion, son of William E. and Alice E. (Smith) Irwin. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1946" and attended Potsdam College. Bill was a proud veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. On Sept. 30, 1983, he was united in marriage to Cynthia "Cindy" Jenne in Ilion, a blessed union of 18 years. At one time Bill was employed by Sperry Rand/Univac in Ilion. Bill was a Christian and at one time sang with the "Valley Voices for Christ." He was a talented musician, playing the baritone saxophone, often with the Mohicans Orchestra, for over 20 years. He was a former member of the Musicians Union of Utica and was a former member and trustee on the board of the American Federation of Musicians. Bill was a life member of the Herkimer DAV Post 162. Survivors include his beloved wife, Cynthia "Cindy" Irwin; one sister and brother-in-law, Ruth and Jim Grimshaw of Rochester; two nieces, Allison LaFeve and Barbara Ann Wilson, both of Rochester; his brother-in-law, Francis Jenne of Port Charlotte, Fla.; also several cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents. Funeral services for Mr. Irwin will be held Thursday, March 14, commencing at 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. George Greene, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church and the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of the Ilion United Methodist Church, co-officiating. Interment in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, will take place later this spring with full military honors at a date and time to be announced. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m. prior to Bill's funeral service at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (March 14, 2002)

Maurice U. Goldin IHS 1934, age 88, of South Third Ave., Ilion, passed away Friday, March 8, 2002, at home. He was born Feb. 4, 1914, in Ilion, the son of the late Harold and Mabel Fitch Goldin. He was educated in the Ilion school system and on Aug. 3, 1940, he married the former Martina Warner in Ilion. Mr. Goldin was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the European Theater with the rank of sergeant. He was in the Battle of the Bulge where he received the Bronze Star. Mr. Goldin was a retired chief of police with the village of Ilion, starting as a patrolman in 1947, and served as chief of police from Oct. 1, 1952, until his retirement Jan. 18, 1976. He was then employed as chief of security at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion, from 1976 until 1997. He then joined the staff at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion, where he was employed until he retired in 2000. Mr. Goldin was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ilion, a 66-year member of Ilion Olive Branch 0040 F&AM, a 57-year member of the Ilion Post 520 American Legion, a life member of the N.Y.S. Association of Chiefs of Police, a member of the Ilion Cemetery Board and a member of the Ilion Fish and Game Club. Mr. Goldin is survived by his wife, Martina; two sons and daughters-in-law, Maurice and Leveta Goldin of Shell Knob, Mo. and Thomas and Diane Goldin of Ilion; two daughters and a son-in-law, Janet and John Palmer of New Hartford and Jean George of Ilion; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Goldin will be held Monday, March 11, 2002, at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, the First United Methodist Church or the Ilion Central School Foundation. (March 9, 2002)

Jacqueline A. Barber IHS 1968, died February 27, 2002 after a courageous battle with cancer. Jacqui is survived by her dear son, Chad Cherubin and his godfather and Jacqui's longtime friend, James Duffus. She is also survived special friends, Karen, Jake, and Peggy. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday afternoon March 4, 2002 at 4 o'clock in St. Paul's Church, Park Ave. Whitesboro, NY. Expressions of sympathy in Jacqui's memory can be made to her son, Chad Cherubin, c/o The Adirondack Bank, Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro, NY. Chad and Jim would like to thank Hospice Care and St. Luke's Hospital for all the kindness and care shown to them and especially to Jacqui. Arrangements were in the care of the Ryczek Funeral Home, Inc., 604 Cottage Place, Utica. (March 8, 2002)

Ronald E. Miller IHS Alumnus, age 59, of Mohawk, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2002, at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center, New Hartford. He was born March 11, 1942, in Rochester, a son of Carl and Edna Young Miller. Ronald graduated from Ilion High School and attended MVCC. On June 8, 1963, he was married to Ruth Briggs in Ilion. Mr. Miller was employed at Remington Arms Co., Ilion for over 24 years, retiring in 1989. Ron enjoyed camping and fishing and was a former assistant scoutmaster and former coach in the Mohawk Little League. In his early years, he participated in a bowling league in Ilion. Survivors include his wife, Ruth; his daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Ralph Hale of Ilion; two sons and daughters-in-law, Karen and Ronald Miller Jr. of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., Rick and Amy Miller of Ilion; four grandchildren, Nicole Miller, Rebecca and Daniel Hale and Kaylee Miller; one brother, Carl Miller of Ilion; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, Feb. 25, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber,pastor of the Ilion United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oriskany Cemetery. Calling hours are Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (February 23, 2002)

Ernest Claude Niles IHS 1932, age 88, of Dolgeville, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born on Jan. 23, 1914, in Fly Creek, a son of the late Claude and Bessie (Burns) Niles. Ernie graduated from Ilion High School class of 1932. Survivors include two nephews and their wives, James and Charlotte Robotham of Dolgeville, and William and Patricia Robotham of Mohawk; and one niece, Betty Backus of Ilion. There will be no calling hours. A service will be scheduled for the family in the spring. Arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts-Buck Funeral Home, 3 Faville Ave., Dolgeville. (February 23, 2002)

Salvatore F. 'Sam' Nicolette IHS 1940, age 81, of Ilion, passed away at home Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, with his beloved family by his side. Sam was born in Frankfort on Jan. 20, 1921, to the late Joseph and Rosalie Cacciatore Nicolette. He was a lifetime resident of the area, receiving his education in the Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Sam served his country with the U.S. Army during World War II as a member of the field artillery in the European Theater of War. He was honorably discharged in December 1945. On Feb. 23, 1946, Sam was united in marriage to Ann Dougher at St. Patrick's Church, Utica, a blessed union of 55 years. Sam retired from General Electric after 35 years of faithful employment. He then worked as a school crossing guard in Mohawk for the past 10 years. He was a 23-year member of the Mohawk American Legion Crowley-Barnum Post 25. Sam was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His life was his beloved family. Sam would often be seen supporting his children and grandchildren in sporting events and in every other way he might be of help or assistance. Survivors include his beloved wife, Ann, at home; four sons, Gerald and his wife JoAnn of Manlius, James of Leesville, La., Douglas and his wife Lori of Ilion and Martin and his wife Mary of Herkimer; two daughters, Jean Scram and her husband Walter of Berne, N.Y., and Carol Dufresne of Ilion and her fiance Michael Perez of Whitesboro; 10 cherished grandchildren, Colin and Cory Nicolette, Jennifer Frias and her husband Jun, Walter Scram III and his wife Stefanie, Andrew Scram and his fiance Florence Desantis, Derek and Christopher Nicolette, Brandon Nicolette and Gene and Alysia Dufresne; one step-grandson, Kevin Whatley of Louisiana; two great-great grandchildren, Blake and Grant Scram; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Joseph and Charlotte Nicolette of Herkimer, Enos and Lillian Nicolette of Mohawk, Vincent and Emilie Nicolette of Schuyler and John and Rosemarie Nicolette of California; three sisters, Rose Baldwin of Mohawk, Marion Pizer of Frankfort and Madaline Stephenson and her husband John of Ilion; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Rita and Thomas Jurkowski of Utica; also many dear nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, one sister, Julia Nicolette, his daughter-in-law, Anne Nicolette and his brothers-in-law, Lee Dougher and James Baldwin. Sam's funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, commencing at 9:15 a.m. at the 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. Procession to Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort, for interment with full military honors will follow Mass. Family and friends are invited to visitation Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. The Mohawk American Legion memorial service for Sam will be held Friday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Sam's name may be considered to Hospice Care. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. (February 14, 2002)

Alice E. O'Neil IHS Alumnus, age 90, of High St., Ilion, and formerly of New York City, passed away Friday, February 8, 2002, at the Little Falls Hospital. Alice was born September 26, 1911, in Ilion, daughter of Joseph and Ellen (Manning) O'Neil. She was a graduate of Ilion High School and Syracuse University. Alice was a buyer and merchandise manager for Mercantile Stores in New York City for approximately 25 years. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Survivors include one niece, Ellen Woods and her husband, Peter, of Silver Spring, MD; four great-nieces, Catherine, Caroline, Jennifer and Elizabeth Woods; one great-great-niece, Taryn; and severalcousins in Maine and Florida. Funeral services for Miss O'Neil will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2002, commencing at 10:30 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where Father Joseph Benintende, Pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ilion, will take place later this spring at a date and time to be announced. Family and friends are invited to visitation Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral service, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alice's name may be considered to the "O'Neil Memorial Scholarship Fund" care of the Ilion Central School Foundation. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. (February 10, 2002)

John F. 'Jack' Fischer IHS 1938, age 83, a long time resident of Otsego St., Ilion, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Jack was born March 17, 1918, in Ilion, son of William and Mabel (Staley) Fischer. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1938. Jack was a proud veteran of WW II, serving his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Staff Sgt. He was a prisoner of the Japanese for 3 1/2 years during WW II and a survivor of the Battan Death March. On July 19, 1947, he was united in marriage to Audrey L. Jarvis in Middleville. Mrs. Fischer passed away May 18, 2001. Jack was last employed by the Dept. of Environmental Conservation in Herkimer, retiring in 1997. Prior to that he worked for many years at Sperry Rand/UNIVAC in Ilion and Utica. He was a member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church, a life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, Mohawk American Legion Crowley Barnum Post 25, American Defenders of Battan and Corregidor, and the Ilion Fish and Game Club. Jack was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and many treasured times at the family camp at Pleasant Lake. Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda and Stanley Bilinski, of Salisbury Center, Cora and Larry Bull, of Herkimer and Elaine Salek, of Dolgeville; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Fred Fischer, of Walnut Springs, TX and David and Laurie Fischer, of Ilion; nine cherished grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by three brothers, William, Albert and Clifford Fischer and a sister, Emily King. Jack's funeral service will be held Friday at 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion with Rev. Victor McKusik, Pastor of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment in Armory Hill Cemetery with Full Military Hon! ors will take place later this spring at a date and time to be announced. Family and friends are invited to visitation Friday from 5-8 p.m. prior to the funeral service at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. The Ilion Elks will conduct their memorial service for Jack at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Jack's family would like to express their sincere gratitude tothe Masonic Home staff on 3N for the care and compassion shown to him during his stay, and also Kathy and Dennis Prior for all the special favors. Memorial contributions in Jack's name may be considered to the World War II Memorial, Washington, DC or the Alzheimer's Assoc. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (January 22, 2002)

Patrick W. Murphy IHS 1987, age 33, of Herkimer, formerly of Ilion, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002. Pat was born May 17, 1968, in Cooperstown, the son of William and Ann Murphy. He attended Ilion schools. For the past five years, Pat worked at Precision Milling in Burbank, Calif., and at one time worked at Union Fork and Hoe in Frankfort and the Ilion Water Department. Pat loved to play his guitar. Survivors include his sister, Karen Murphy; two brothers and one sister-in-law, William and Donna Murphy; his twin brother, David Murphy; his aunt, Mary Bunce; and two nieces, Jennifer and Melissa Murphy, all of Ilion. He was predeceased by his father, William Murphy, in 1992 and his mother, Ann, in 1996. Pat's funeral was held Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Alfred Lamannaofficiating. Interment was held at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. (January 22, 2002)

David N. Murphy IHS 1956, age 63, of New Milford, N.J., died at Hackensack Hospital on Jan. 19, 2002. A 1956 graduate of Ilion High School, Mr. Murphy was a partner in Dave Murphy and Associates in Dumont, N.J., for 35 years. He was a member of New Milford Teaneck Lodge 2290 B.P.O. Elks, and Sgt. Walter Brown Post American Legion in River Edge, an Eagle Scout and former scoutmaster of Troop 291, Boy Scouts of America, New Milford and parishioner of Ascension Royal Catholic Church, New Milford. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn; sons, Darryl of Greenwich, Conn., David of Palisade Park and Kevin and his wife Mary Clark of California; his mother-in-law, Betty Jeanne Thompson; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Murphy. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services Thursday, Jan. 24, at 9 a.m. at the Boulevard Funeral Home, 151 River Road, New Milford (corner of New Bridge Road). A funeral Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. at the Ascension Roman Catholic Church. Cremation will be private. Friends may visit Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. (January 22, 2002)

Bill "Babe" Simonette Ilion Alumnus, age 66, of Chandler, Ariz., formerly of Ilion, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2002, in Gilbert, Ariz. He was born Jan. 16, 1936, in Frankfort, the son of Anthony and Nina Rappa Simonette and attended Ilion schools. On April 21, 1956, he was married to Sarah Dacquino in Utica. She died on March 17, 1966. He later married Sandra Jones Lozo on Oct. 11, 1974, in Ilion. Bill was employed in test construction at General Electric Co., Utica, for 34 years, retiring in 1991. He attended the Church of the Annunciation and was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge. Mr. Simonette was also a former member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus and the Ilion Moose Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Sandy; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Sandra and Jim Theobald of Chandler, Ariz., Tracy and Kevin Loomis of Solvay, N.Y., Shannon Simonette and her fiancŽ Shawn Riley of Ilion; one son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Theresa Lozo of Ilion; six grandchildren, Deja, Sara, Todd Jr., Dallas, Andrea and Jacob; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Joe and Sylvia Simonette and Anthony Simonette, all of Ilion; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Eva Mancuso and Josephine Dacquino, both of Utica, Nancy and Dennis Stanga of Minnesota, Cheryl and Tom Deyle of Rochester, Ron and Carolee Jones of Tucson, Ariz.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three children, Anthony, Joseph and Susan Simonette; his parents; two brothers-in-law, Jack Mancuso and Tom Dacquino; one sister-in-law, Linda Simonette; and one nephew, Joseph Dacquino. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, pastor. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours are Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5-8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. The Ilion Elks service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (January 18, 2002)

William L. Prior IHS 1939, age 80, East North Street, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at Faxton Hospital, Utica. He was born June 24, 1921 in Ilion, the son of the late Samuel and Dora Prior. Bill was a 1939 graduate of Ilion High School, and attended the Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse. He served with the US Army during WW II. On March 26, 1948 he married the former Ferne Oswald in Syracuse. She passed away on November 10, 2000. Mr. Prior was first employed as a guard with Chicago Pneumatic, and then as Plant Operator with the Ilion Water Commission for 23 years, retiring several years ago. Bill was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, the Ilion Lodge 591 F & AM for 50 years, a charter member of the Ilion Winter Club, and was an avid golfer and bowler. He enjoyed his grandchildren and also enjoyed playing pitch and pinochle. Bill is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Kathleen Prior of Ilion; three grandchildren, Heather! of Ilion, Sheri of Ilion, and Dennis, Jr., serving with the USN Sea Bees in Rota, Spain; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Damian of Ilion; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Frank Baer of Utica, Sandy and Dave Alm, of Chittenango; several cousins, Carlton and Mary Prior of Clayville, Jack Price and Joan, of Waterville, Ed Prior of Clayville, James and Tony Burke, of Cedarville, Brad Burke, Jr. of Cedarville, also several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Louis Prior. Memorial services for Mr. Prior will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 3:00 from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating. Interment will be in the Norwich Corners Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Saturday, January 19, 2002 from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance. (January 18, 2002)

Samuel J. Manino IHS Alumnus, age 82, of Broad St., Frankfort, beloved husband of Rose (Nicastro) Manino passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday morning, Jan. 8, 2002 at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital, New Hartford. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing. Mr. Manino was born on Nov. 21, 1919 in Ilion, son of the late Samuel J. and Rose (Tedesco) Manino and received his education in Ilion schools. He was a lifelong area resident. Sept. 2, 1946 marked the beginning of a 56 year union filled with mutual love and devotion for one another when Samuel married the former Rose Nicastro in St. Mary's Church in Frankfort. Samuel was the owner and operator along with his wife Rose of Dari-Del Dairy. Samuel and Rose both had their heart and soul in the family business. For over 50 years, the Manino family built the Dari-Del to what it is today and Samuel always made sure his family members each hada role in doing so. Survivors include his beloved wife Rose; three devoted children, Cecelia Manino Gaetano and husband William of Schuyler, Samuel Manino and his wife Kim of Frankfort, and Charles Manino and his wife Clare of Frankfort; 13 cherished grandchildren, Anthony, Bill, and Mary Rose Gaetano, Samuel, Karina, Michael, Nicole, and Nicholas Manino, Mary Beth, Susan, Rose, Charles Jr., and Frances Manino. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and several loyal friends and customers throughout the area. He was preceded in death by a brother, Anthony Manino and a sister, Josephine Leo. The Rev. Joseph Benintende celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial, at the Church of Annunciation - Ilion, on Friday morning, Jan. 11. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet, Cemetery, Frankfort. Remembrances in honor of Samuel may be made to a charity of one's choice. An on-line sympathy note may be sent to the family atwww.eneafuneralhomes.com. (January 12, 2002)

George F. Hildebrandt IHS Alumnus, age 96, of Shull St., Ilion, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2002, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born March 14, 1905, in Ilion, the son of the late George and Emma Ammen. Mr. Hildebrandt was educated in the East Frankfort and Ilion school systems. On April 4, 1926, he married the former Erva E. Littell. She passed away in 1990. Mr. Hildebrandt was employed as an assistant secretary with the Ilion Savings and Loan in Ilion, retiring several years ago. Mr. Hildebrandt was a member of the North Utica Baptist Church. He originally joined the Ilion Methodist Church in May of 1911. He was financial secretary for over 35 years. He also served as Sunday school superintendent and teacher. He was a member of the board of trustees of the church for over 50 years, also serving as treasurer. He was a life member of the United Methodist Women's Society. He joined the Boy Scouts of America on March 14, 1917, and was still active. He served as scout master for Troop 17 of St. Augustine's Church for 17 years. He was a member of the Ilion Lodge 591 of the Masons, and an exempt fireman for the village of Ilion. He also served as trustee, assessor and police commissioner. He was a trustee of the East Frankfort School Board Association for 17 years, past president of the Herkimer County School Boards Association, chapter chairman of the Herkimer County Infantile Paralysis for over 25 years, and was president of the Central New York Hospital Association, a member and past president of the Ilion Cemetery Association, serving over 50 years; past district deputy of Improved Order of Red Men, a life member of the Herkimer County Historical Society, and during World War II served as Ilion salvage chairman and assistant county salvage chairman. Mr. Hildebrandt is survived by a nephew, George Hildebrandt of Troy and a sister-in-law, Ann Hildebrandt of Ilion. In keeping with Mr. Hildebrandt's wishes there will be no calling hours or public funeral services. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (January 9, 2002)

Ruth M. (Allen) Desmond IHS Alumnus, age 84, of North Third Ave., Ilion, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2002, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. She was born July 23, 1917, in Herkimer, the daughter of Edward and Carrie Stadler Allen, and graduated from Ilion High School. On April 23, 1942, she was married to C. Joseph Desmond in Albany. He died Aug. 6, 1983. She was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church of Ilion and the AARP. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Linda Desmond of Ilion; one brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Ann Allen of Herkimer; four grandchildren, Corey, Joelle and Danielle Desmond and Frank Desmond and his wife Heather; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Morgan Desmond; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her son, Donald Desmond in 1989; and her brothers, Charles and Bob Allen. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 4, at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Ilion, with Father George Greene, rector, officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Herkimer. (January 5, 2002)

Viola A. (Pfeifer) Waite IHS Alumnus, age 78, formerly of W. Clark St., Ilion, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2001 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born Feb. 7, 1923, in Edmeston, the daughter of the late Carl and Lena Osborn Pfeifer. She was educated in the Ilion school system and was employed as an assembler with Univac, retiring several years ago. After retiring, Viola was employed as a clerk at the Whiffletree Inn, in Ilion. Mrs. Waite was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Marcy. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Patricia Waite of Ilion; two stepbrothers, Carl Pfeifer of Batavia and Cedarville and Jack M. Pfeifer of Sanford, Fla.; and one grandson, Eric Waite of Ilion. She was predeceased by a son, Gary Douglas Waite in 1990 and her sister, Charlotte Rowland in 1966. Funeral services for Mrs. Waite were held on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Patrick Hilkey officiating. Interment will be in the Cedarville Cemetery in the spring. (January 5, 2002)

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