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John (Stan) Merrick IHS 1938, age 85, passed away in his sleep on Sunday night, November 28th, 2004 just 14 days after celebrating his 85th birthday. Stan is survived by his daughter, Marilyn Merrick, his two sons Bob Merrick of Magalia, CA, Ken Merrick of Truth or Consequences, NM and 10 grand children. In honoring his request, there will be no viewing or service. Stan will be cremated and his remains will join those of Kay, his wife of 54 years. Stan will be greatly missed by his friends and family. If you would like to share your remembrances of this wonderful man with the family, please address them to:
Marilyn Merrick 79083 Delta St, Bermuda Dunes, CA 92203. (December 3, 2004)

Mary 'Jean' (Martin) Paestella IHS Alumnus, age 77, a longtime resident of 20 Center St., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 25, 2004, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion. She was born on December 15, 1926, in Frankfort, a daughter of the late Claude J. and Ethel (Miles) Martin. Jean was educated in Ilion schools and had also attended Jordan-Eldridge school in Syracuse. She had lived the greater part of her life in the Ilion area. On August 17, 1946, Jean joined in marriage with Robert A. Paestella at Annunciation Church in Ilion with the Rev. Daniel Horan officiating. Robert and Jean had spent their most joyous times together in the company of their family. They were very close with their children and grandchildren and have so many fond memories captured on film that will often be remembered. The couple had shared in a wonderful union of over 52 years until the passing of Mr. Paestella on February 15, 1999. Jean had last worked in the assembly department with Univac in Utica and was a member of the Ilion/Frankfort VFW Post No. 502 Auxiliary, along with the Ilion Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. At one time she had also dedicated time to her community and served as an election inspector. Jean always carried a warm smile and a friendly personality. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She is survived by her beloved family, including her son and daughter-in-law, Michael Paestella and his wife, Mary Lou, of Herkimer; a daughter and son-in-law, Anne Clive and her husband, Robert "Dobber," of Ilion; her cherished grandchildren, Andrea (Clive) Holmes and husband, Kevin, of Ilion, Michael Paestella and his wife, Melissa, of Oswego and Maria (Paestella) Cyr and her husband, Ryan, of Clarence; three great-grandchildren who were dear to her heart, Alexis, Melinda and Samantha Holmes; a brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Dolly Paestella of Liverpool; several nieces, nephews and cousins and her special feline companion, Socks. Jean was predeceased by her sister, Thelma Martin. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 29, 2004, at 12:15 p.m. from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort, where prayer will be offered and at 1 p.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, with the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor, celebrating her Mass of Christian Burial. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, where interment will take place. Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home on Sunday, November 28, from 5-8 p.m. Those wishing are kindly asked to consider donations in Jean's memory to either the Dialysis Unit at St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford or to the Nursing Scholarship Fund established at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Envelopes may be obtained from the funeral home (894-8000). A very special thank you is offered on behalf on Jean's entire family to the staff of the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, especially mentioning the third floor and Connie for the care and compassion extended. Special thanks is also offered to the nurses of the Dialysis Unit at St. Luke's for their love and concern. To add to her online memorial, please visit www.eneafuneralhomes.com (December 1, 2004)

Lois J. (Emerich) Hendrie IHS Alumnus, 64, of 4269 St. Route 5, Frankfort, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2004, at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. She was born January 11, 1940 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Earl and Helena Johns Emerich. Lois was a graduate of Ilion High School, and on July 3, 1964 she married Raymond Hendrie at the Ilion First Baptist Church. Lois was employed as a clerk with the Oasis Laundry Mat and Cleaners until her retirement in 1992. Mrs. Hendrie was a member of the East Herkimer Fire Dept. Aux. Lois is survived by her husband, Raymond; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Beth Hendrie of Little Falls; two daughters, Mary Hendrie of Ilion, and Kristen Hendrie of IL; four brothers and a sister-in-law, William Emerich of Frankfort, John Emerich of Ilion, Eugene and Elaine Emerich of Richfield Springs, and Allen Emerich of Ilion; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Catherine and George Van Nort of Schuyler, and Donna and Tom Conlin of Utica; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Victoria and Tom Bellinger of Mohawk; also several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Earl Emerich; a sister, June Loring; plus four young siblings; and a brother-in-law, LeRoy Hendrie. Funeral services for Mrs. Hendrie will be held on Saturday, November 27, 2004, at 11 a.m. form the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Pastor Chris Wintermute officiating. Interment will be in the East Schuyler Cemetery, East Schuyler, NY. Friends may call on Friday, November 26, 2004, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The East Herkimer Fire Dept. will conduct services on Friday, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank Drs. Roldan, Lei, and Wassel, also Rachael and the dialysis unit at St. Luke's Memorial Hospital for all their kindness and caring, and also a special thanks to Ilion and MOVAC ambulances. Memorial donations may be made to the East Herkimer Fire Dept., or the Ilion Ambulance Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (December 1, 2004)

Hazel F. (Fitch) Blowers IHS Alumnus, formerly of 19 South Fifth Ave., Ilion, passed away Thursday, Nov. 18, 2004, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. She was born Dec. 15, 1919, the daughter of the late Ethel Williams Fitch. Hazel received her education in the Ilion School District and on April 7, 1939, she married John Blowers in Ilion. He passed away Aug. 7, 2003. Mrs. Blowers was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ilion and was very active in church affairs. She was also a member and past district deputy of the Violet Rebekah Lodge in Ilion. Hazel is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Susan J. Hoke of Utica and Ann and LeRoy Blades of Irondequoit; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Sandra Blowers of Marcy; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Blowers will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 1:30 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Patti Lawrence officiating. Interment will be in the West Winfield Cemetery. Friends may call Monday, Nov. 22, from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Valley Health Services or the First Baptist Church, Second Street, Ilion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (November 20, 2004)

Gina M. Coroniti McLaughlin IHS 1983, passed away Oct. 29, 2004, age 39, after a courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by father, Joseph J. Coroniti; and father-in-law, Thomas M. McLaughlin. Survived by husband, Tim; children, Erin and Matthew; mother, Virginia Coroniti of Ilion, NY; sister, Mary (Mark) Wychowski; brother, John (fiancee, Amy Lenweaver) of Syracuse, NY; mother-in-law, Nancy McLaughlin; sister-in-law, Kathy (Ed) Garino of Roswell, GA; nieces and nephew, Lauren Wychowski, Emily and Tommy Garino; uncle, Robert Oliver of Frankfort, NY; aunt, Theresa (Salvatore) Ritz of Phillipsburg, NJ; many cousins and close friends. Gina graduated from Ilion High School (1983) in Ilion, NY and from LeMoyne College (1987) in Syracuse, NY. Upon graduation, Gina began her career as an accountant at Bonadio, Insero & Co., where she met her husband Tim, as well as many close friends. In 1997, Gina gave birth to her daughter, Erin, and in 2001 gave birth to her son, Matthew. The family is forever indebted to the staff at the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong for the lifesaving care they provided Matthew, and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center for the loving are they provided Gina. The family would also like to thank the staff at the Church of the Assumption in Fairport, NY, for their many acts of kindness, and would especially like to thank Dr. Christine Borghi-Cavallaro for her many years of care, guidance, support and friendship. Calling hours were held Monday at Falvo Funeral Home, 1295 Fpt. Nine Mile Pt. Rd., Webster (Rte 250 between 104 and Plank Rd.). Please meet the McLaughlin family Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the Church of the Assumption (East Ave., Fairport, NY) for her Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gina's memory may be made to Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14620. Interment, White Haven. (November 2, 2004)

Emmett J. Gollegly IHS 1946, age 78, of 75 Barringer Road, Ilion, passed away Saturday evening, Oct. 30, 2004, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. He was born Oct. 30, 1926, in Utica, a son of the late Emmett P. and Frances (Mahar) Gollegly and was a graduate of Ilion High School. He had been a lifelong resident of this area. Emmett was a veteran of the United States Army, having served his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 4, 1946, and upon relief from active duty held the rankof private, first class. His decorations and citations included the Army of Occupation Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.On June 5, 1948, Emmett married Audrey M. Stapp in Ilion. Throughout the entire course of their 56-year union, the couple maintained a steadfast commitment to their marriage. Together they shared the daily joys of family and created countless memories of their wonderful life together. Emmett retired in 1985 as a postal supervisor for the United States Postal Service in Ilion. He had worked with the Postal Service for 34 years, and began his career there as a letter carrier. He was a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Emmett also had a deep devotion to the Ilion Knights of Columbus, where he served currently as a guard, at one time as a financial secretary, and had attained the rank of 4th Degree Knight. He was also a member of the Ilion American Legion post 920, the Marine Corps League of Ilion, and had also served as a village trustee in Ilion along withthat of deputy mayor at one time. Emmett had also served for several years as a board member with the Herkimer Area Resource Center. A humble man with an easy going disposition, Emmett considered his most important priorities to be his wife, children and his home. He cared for his loved ones with the utmost attention and concern and worked constantly and selflessly to keep a secure and comfortable home for them. Most recently he could be found at his home feeding the birds in his back yard, a source of relaxation for him. Emmett was always eager to stop down to the Ilion Knights of Columbus to hang with the guys, and spent many pleasurable moments testing his luck with "pull tabs" and lottery "scratch off" tickets. He also loved to wander to the casino as of late, and will always be remembered for his innate story-telling ability and his coveted "Irish Jokes." Emmett was an avid sports fan, and loved to cheer on the New York Mets in baseball and the New York Giants in football. He will be dearly missed by his loving family including his beloved wife, Audrey (Stapp); his children, Pamela Griffin and her husband James Bradford of Whitney Point, James M. Gollegly of Daytona Beach, Fla., Sherri Morris-Schiebel and her husband Kevin Schiebel of Cedarville, Kevin P. Gollegly and his wife Marlene of Herkimer and Renee Gollegly of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Kristyn and Andrea Morris, Jana Moore, Melissa Gollegly, Ian Griffin, and Kyle and Alisha Gollegly, one great-grandchild, Skyler Moore; two sisters, Ann Jean Flanagan of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Carol Gollegly of Chadwicks; and a sister-in-law, Helen Gollegly of North Utica, along with many nieces nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Emmett P. and Frances (Mahar) Gollegly and a sister, Helen Urtz, and two brothers, Frank and John "Jack" Gollegly. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m. from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort, and at 9:45 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Monday evening (tonight) from 5-8. Those wishing are asked to consider donations in his memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. On Monday evening, the American Legion Post 920 of Ilion is asked to gather at the funeral home at 6:30 p.m. for services and the Ilion Knights of Columbus will gather at 7 p.m. for ritualistic service. The family extends its sincere gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Luke's Memorial Hospital and also to the those at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the kindness and compassion extended. To add to his online memorial visit www.eneafuneralhomes.com. (November 2, 2004 modified March 20, 2016)

D. Carlton 'Grandpa' Powers IHS Alumnus, age 97, of Millers Grove Road mobile home park, Schuyler, formerly of Ilion, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion. He was born on Jan. 10, 1907, in Boonville, the son of Dorr and Ida (Potter) Powers and attended Ilion schools. On Sept. 15, 1928, he was married to Blanche Hawks in Ilion. She died in 1994. Powers was employed as a district sales manager at Link-Belt Speeder Corp. of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for over 30 years, retiring in 1971. He was a member of the Ilion First Baptist Church, Ilion Masonic Lodge, Ziyara Shrine, Ilion Fish and Game Club and was active in Maple Crest Golf Leagues. He was a true gentleman who touched the lives of everyone he met and was loved by all. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Ben Lawrence of Ilion; five grandchildren, Debbie Copp and her husband Bill of Liverpool, David Lawrence and his wife Pam of Ilion, Dale Lawrence and his wife Lori of Herkimer, Dee Dee Maiolo and her husband Rick of Connecticut, and Dawn Lawrence and her fiancee Bob Pilkington of Connecticut; 12 great-grandchildren, Michael, Megan, Jessie and Billy, Matthew and Timothy, Dan, Melissa and Sarah, Giovanna, Samantha and Sophia; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Clyde and Glenn Powers, and two sisters, Pearl and Peachy. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at the Ilion First Baptist Church, 8 Second St., with the Rev. Paul Smith, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. To add to Carlton's online memorial, go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion First Baptist Church. For your convenience, envelopes will be available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (October 25, 2004)

Mr. Leslie F. 'Les' Noffer IHS Alumnus, age 86, of 611 2nd Ave., Ext., passed away on Thursday morning, Sept. 30, 2004. His passing occurred in Valley Health Services, Herkimer. He was born on April 14, 1919 the son of the late Anthony and Louise Noffer and was educated in Ilion schools. On Aug. 27, 1939, Les was joined in marriage with Ann C. Garnsey in Annunciation Church, Ilion. Prior to Ann's passing on April 25, 2003, the couple had shared a loving union of 64 years, one that was characterized by their true love, their mutual devotion and their admiration and respect for one another. Les and Ann were partners in all of their endeavors and joys. The family is comforted by the fact that they are together again. Mr. Noffer was self-employed as a car salesman for many years and owned and operated Noffer Motor's in Ilion. He is remembered by many selling Studabaker's prior to dealing in American Motors. He was formerly employed by Holt Brothers in Mohawk and Empire Auto Sales in Little Falls. He was a communicant of Annunciation Church, Ilion. Les was a former member of Rotary Club and the Ilion Elk' s Lodge No. 1444. First and foremost, Les was a family man who considered his loved ones as the primary focus of his life. He was dedicated and attentive husband who served his wife as a gentle and steadfast caregiver. He was also an outstanding father, one who offered his children his affection, support and guidance. His children and grandchildren will always cherish the memories that he leaves in their hearts. Throughout his life, he made a strong impact on other people and leaves his friends with many inspiring memories. His happiest times were spent in the camaraderie of his friends and could always be found enjoying a cigar and a glass of wine. He also enjoyed going out to dinner, antique cars and gardening. Survivors include three children, Leslie J. Noffer of New York Mills, Lawrence W. Noffer of Ft. Johnson, Robert M. Noffer of Whitesboro and Julie Lafayette and husband George of Herkimer, five grandchildren, Thomas Noffer of New York Mills, Scott Noffer of Whitesboro, Christopher Noffer of Ballston Spa, Michael Lafayette of Buffalo and Jason Lafayette of Albany. He was predeceased by five sisters: Rose Renshaw, Mary Noffer, Genevieve Hughes, Antoinette Noffer, Fedele Noffer and by a brother Albert Noffer. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the The Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Frankfort and Ilion, (894-8000) on Sunday, Oct. 3, from 5-8 p.m. His funeral will be held on Monday morning , Oct. 4, at 9:15 from the chapel of the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 10 a.m. from Annunciation Church, West St., Ilion where the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor, will celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial. Funeral procession will follow to Green Lawn Cemetery, New Hartford, where he will be laid to rest with his wife, Ann. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider contributions in his memory to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Foundation; donations may be made at the funeral parlor. The family extends its gratitude to the staff of Valley Health Services who strove to maintain the wonderful care given to Less and his family during his recent illness. To offer condolence's to the family or to share a memory, please visit Mr. Noffer's online memorial at www.eneafuneralhomes.com on the Internet. (October 1, 2004)

Marie V. Cormia IHS Alumnus, age 83, of 706 Forge Hill Estates, Ilion, passed away Saturday, September 18, 2004, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. Marie was born December 30, 1920, in Ilion, the daughter of the Late Howard and Emma Baker Cormia. She attended annunciation school and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Ms. Cormia was employed as a legal secretary and then as an executive secretary for a Miami Beach law firm for 27 years prior to her retirement. Marie returned to the Ilion area after her retirement. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, and was an avid golfer and bridge player. Marie is survived by a sister, Valerie Watchman of Ilion; also several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Howard Cormia, Conrad Cormia, and Keith Cormia; and a sister, Oleta Raux. Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass of Christian burial on Sunday, September 26, 2004, at 1:00 p.m., in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. In keeping with Marie's wishes there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Free Public Library, Second Street, Ilion, NY 13357, in Marie's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (October 1, 2004)

Dorothy M. Davis IHS 1937, of Ilion, New York, died peacefully on Wednesday, September 15, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, where she had been residing for the past few months. Dorothy was born on July 16, 1919, in Ilion, New York, daughter of Harold and Ann Davis. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1937. She received her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1940 from Crouse Irving Hospital. In 1941, she entered the Army Corp of Nurses. She served her country for four years, stationed primarily in Iran and was honorably discharged in 1945. Following her discharge, Dorothy attended Syracuse University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1949. Dorothy was employed as a public health nurse for the City of Utica and as a nurse in Galveston, Texas. From the late 1960's to the time of her retirement in 1979, Dorothy worked for the Department of Child Welfare for Oneida County. Dorothy was a member of Catholic Daughters of America and was a long time parishioner of Annunciation Church in Ilion, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and lector. Surviving Dorothy are her sister-in-law, Helen Davis, of Utica, New York; nephew, Denny Davis and fiancee, Diane Gallagher of New Jersey; Denny's daughter, Kristin; nephew, Christopher Davis and wife, Mary, and their daughters, Sasha and Kara, of Washington, D.C.; nephew, Jeffry Davis and wife, Lori, and daughters, Hannah and Camille, of California; nephew, James Davis of New York City; nephew, Brad Davis and wife, Mary, of Herkimer; and many dear friends, including lifelong friend, Frances Sullivan. Dorothy was pre-deceased by her brother, Robert Davis in 1996. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 19th, at Annunciation Church in Ilion where a Mass of Christian Burial will be offered. Burial will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery. Friends are invited to call on Saturdayafternoon, September 18th, from 1:00 to 3:00, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion. (October 1, 2004)

William M. 'Bill' Bunn IHS Alumnus, age 84, of Columbia Parkway, passed away at home Friday morning, Sept. 10, 2004. Bill was born May 31, 1920, in Ilion, son of Walter and Loretta (Fretts) Bunn. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. On Sept. 21, 1946, he was united in marriage to Frances White in Mohawk. She passed away Nov. 10, 1982. Bill was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II in the European Theater of War with the 100th Division Field Infantry. At one time he was employed by Herkimer County Fuel Co., Ilion, and later with the Ilion Lumber Co., with 38 years of dedicated service. Bill was a member of the Mohawk American Legion and the Ilion-Frankfort VFW. Survivors include his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and John Rathbun of Ilion, Marie Ray of Ilion, Ellen and Charlie Lowell of Herkimer, Bernard and Josephine White and John and Joanne White, all of Florida; several nieces and nephews, including Bob and Janice Rathbun of Schuyler, Jim Rathbun of Ilion, Sue and Bob Streeter of Ilion and Marianne and Al Miller of Jordanville; and his special friends, Vivian and James Herkel of Ilion. Bill was also predeceased by his friends, Clarence and Juanita Koch. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The Mohawk Crowley Barnum American Legion Post members are asked to gather at the funeral home on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. for services and the Frankfort/Ilion VFW Post members are asked to gather at 6 p.m. for service. Bill's funeral service will be held Monday, Sept. 13, commencing at 10 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Interment with full military honors will follow in Mountain View Memorial Gardens. In lieu of floral offerings, memorial contributions in Bill's name may be made to the American Heart Association. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Those wishing to add to Bill's online memorial may do so by going to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (October 1, 2004)

Robert J. Meade IHS 1953, age 68, of Sarazen, St., Saratoga Springs, NY, formerly of Slater Drive East, Glenville NY, passed away on October 7, 2003 with his family by his side. Born in Mohawk, NY, June 30, 1935, the son of John and Marion Duignan Meade, Robert was a graduate of Ilion High School. He was married June 30, 1956 to the former Ann Ahern and later moved to Scotia in 1963. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose in business administration and had been a graduate of the General Electric Apprentice Training Program. Mr. Meade was past president of the Ilion Jaycees and a leader with the Junior Achievement. A communicant and former altar server at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, he was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus Council 10004. An A.G.E. Quarter Century Club member, Bob was also a member of the Elfun Society. He enjoyed retirement immensely with his wife and their travels across the country in their motorhome.He sang with the Coyote Chorus of Tuscon, Ariz. and performed with the Voyager Playhouse. Survivors include his wife,Ann Meade of Saratoga Springs; three sons, Kevin Meade and his wife Mary Ann of Glenville, Robert Meade and his wife Kay of Scotia and Thomas Meade and his wife Michelle of Van Buren, Ark.; and his daughter, Kathleen Bradley and her husband Thomas of Ballston Lake. Surviving also are 10 grandchildren, Bryan, Chris, Michael, Kelly, Laura, Travis, Sierra, and Bradley Meade, Shaun and Jesse Bradley. A Mass of Christian Burial and Resurrection will be celebrated Friday at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Saratoga Road, (Route 50) Glenville. In lieu of flowers, rembrances may be made in Robert's name to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 12866 or to Bridging People and Places, 4 Sarazen St. Saratoga Springs, N.Y. 12866 (October 1, 2004)

Elizabeth Betty (Binney) Sterling IHS Alumnus, age 80, of Spinnerville Gulf Road, Ilion, passed away Sunday, Sept. 19, 2004, at home with her family by her side. She was born on April 22, 1924, in Ilion, the daughter of Frank and Helen (Steele) Binney and attended Ilion schools. On May 12, 1943, she was united in marriage to Gerald H. Sterling in the town of Columbia, a blessed union of 60 years. He died on Jan. 16, 2003. In her early years, Betty worked at the Herkimer County Cheese Factory, but spent most of her time raising her children. Betty was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a life member of the VFW Post 502 Auxiliary and the Herkimer County Detachment Marine Corps League Auxiliary of Ilion. Betty loved to be around her family and enjoyed feeding her birds, squirrels, turkeys and deer. In addition, she enjoyed going to and participating in flea markets. She also loved being at camp and riding on boats. Her life was deeply rooted and centered around her beloved large family. Survivors include her four daughters and two sons-in-law, Catherine "Katy" Trask and her husband Robert of Cedarville, Lillian "Penny" Nelon and her husband Claude "Bud" of West Virginia, Christine "Chris" Champion and her companion Robert of Florida and Geraldine "Cheeko" Marquissee and her companion Dave "Big D" Pettingell of Ilion; six sons and five daughters-in-law, Gerald "Jerry" and Sherry Sterling of Arizona, Lee "Peanut" and Betty Sterling of Ilion, Donald "Donnie" and Patti Sterling of Ilion, Ron and Deb Sterling of Ilion, Arthur "Ozzie" and Mary Sterling of Ilion and Jack Sterling of Ilion; two sisters, Delores Dibble of Ilion and Frances Keiser of Utica; two brothers, Frank Binney of Maryland and Ronald Binney of Florida; one stepbrother, Elmo Hovey of Florida; and one stepsister, Elaine Wood of Middleville; 21 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends, Eileen, George and Shorty Farley. She was predeceased by her daughter, Dorothy "Dody" Hotaling, four brothers, Jack, Harold 'Sonny' Donald and Robert Binney; three sisters, Katherine Scaparo, Louise Brown and Virginia Wheeler. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2004, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Hans Drews, pastor of the North Columbia United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in North Columbia Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. prior to the service. The VFW Post 502 Auxiliary service will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday and the Herkimer County Detachment Marine Corps League Auxiliary service will be held at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Herkimer County Humane Society because of Betty's love of animals. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (October 1, 2004)

Theodore 'Teddy' R. Rowland IHS Alumnus, age 90, of 434 Tulip Dr passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 1, 2004 in his home with his family by his side. He was born in Herkimer on March 27, 1914, the son of the late Floyd and Marguerite Thiel Rowland and attended Ilion schools. He was married to Sophie Nemyj on October 22, 1937 in Annunciation Church Rectory, Ilion. Mr. Rowland was employed by Martin Green & Sons, Ilion for many years until his retirement in 1976. He was of the Episcopal faith. Theodore is survived by his beloved wife, Sophie Rowland, two daughters and one son in law, Loretta Gilhart of Farmington, NY and Marguerite & Richard Tulloch of Ilion; two sisters, Ella Cool of Mohawk and Ann Simonson of Rome; one brother, Kenneth Rowland of New York Mills; his grandchildren, Richard Tulloch, Randy & his wife, Lisa Tulloch, Kim & her husband, James Catalina, Tracy Skelton, Kelly Gilhart, Robert Tulloch and Cathi & Kevin Welch; his in laws, Joan Murphy and Adam Nemyj; eleven great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, Richard Murphy, two sisters, Thelma Kingwater and Minnie De Lisle, his mother in law, Mary Nemyj and his son in law, William Gilhart His funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:00 AM in the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi, & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St. Herkimer with the Rev. Thomas Trees, Rector of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling Hours will be Friday from 4-8 at the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi, & Burns Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Theodore's memory may be made to Hospice Care or the charity of one’s choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy maybe made at www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com (September 6, 2004)

Walter B. Wood IHS Alumnus, age 93, formerly of 424 Otsego Street, Ilion, passed away Friday, September 3, 2004, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. He was born March 22, 1911 in Ilion, the son of the late Russell W. and Bessie Balch Wood. He received his education in the Ilion School System and on June 16, 1935, he married the former Mabel Garvelink in Barneveld, NY, she passed away July 24, 1991. Mr. Wood was employed as a trucker with the railroad for several years, and then worked as a custodian with the Ilion Central School District. He also worked at the Clappsaddle Farms in Ilion. Mr. Wood was a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Ilion and The Presbyterian Mens Club. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Paula Wood of Vineland, NJ; a daughter and son-in-law, Peggy and George Casale of Ilion; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mr. Wood will be held on Sunday, September 5, 2004, at 1:00 p.m. from The Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Victor Mc Kusick, officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service. (September 6, 2004)

Thelma E. Stasco IHS Alumnus, age 92,formerly of 74 N. Fifth Ave., Ilion and Claxton Manor, Herkimer, died at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2004, at Little Falls Hospital. She had been a recent resident at Folts Home. She was born on October 18, 1911 in Ilion, the daughter of Roy H. and Mabel E. (Clark) Stitt and attended Ilion Schools and Utica Schools of Commerce. On January 27, 1940, she was married to John J. Stasco in Ilion. He died on October 5, 1979. Thelma was employed as secretary for Attorney Fred J. O'Donnell of Ilion for 25 years retiring in 1974. Mrs. Stasco was an 80 year member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. She was also a 50 year member, Past Grand Officer and Past Matron of The Evening Star Valley Chapter #82 O.E.S. Thelma was a member of AARP and enjoyed bowling. Survivors include her sister, Evelyn Stitt; her sisters-in-law, Ann Bubb of Mohawk, Margaret Stasco of Ilionand Helen Stasco of San Jose, CA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Roy and Mabel Stitt; her sister, Kathryn Stitt; and her half sister, Jane Peters. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 6, 2004, at the Ilion First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan St., Ilion with Rev. Patricia Lawrence officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Thursday, August 5, 2004, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The O.E.S. Ritualistic Service will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Folts Home Foundation or the charity of your choice. A large selection of various contribution envelopes will be available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (October 1, 2004)

Berton C. Johnson IHS Alumnus, age 79, of 11 High Street, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, August 24, 2004, at St. Luke's Medical Center. Mr. Johnson was born May 28, 1925, in Little Falls, the son of the late Bert and Ruah Catherine Fake Johnson. He was educated in the East Herkimer Elementary School and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Johnson was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army. On September 25, 1948, he married the former Jane Russell, in Ilion. Mr. Johnson was employed as a Postal Clerk in the Ilion Post Office, retiring in 1987. Mr. Johnson was a member of the Church of The Annunciation, Ilion. The Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, and The Mohawk Valley Alpiners. Bert enjoyed being with people and enjoyed playing pool with his friends at the Ilion Elks lodge. He also enjoyed being out doors and playing golf. Bert is survived by his wife, Jane; a son, Thomas; and his significant other Debra LaMondie, of Ilion; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Bruce Akerley, of Westboro, MA; a brother, Donald Johnson, of Camarillo, CA; also a niece and two nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, August 28, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. from the Church of The Annunciation with Fr. Anthony Barrett, officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. In keeping with Mr. Johnson's wishes, there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Catholic Charities, 61 West Street, Ilion, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (September 6, 2004)

Frederick S. 'Fred' Greyback IHS Alumnus, age 82, of 28 Brookside Dr., Mohawk, beloved husband of the late June Greyback, passed away at his home on Monday, August 23, 2004. He was born in Ilion on June 24, 1922, a son of the late Frank and Catherine (Kuba) Greyback and was a graduate of Ilion High School. He finished schooling in Attica, NY. He has resided in Mohawk since 1962. On June 22, 1946, he was united in marriage with the former June Mabbett in Richfield Springs. Mrs. Greyback passed away in September of 1988. Fred served with the United States Army during World War II, enlisting on December 30, 1942 and received an honorable discharge on November 26, 1945. He was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. His last professional employment was with Remington Arms, Ilion, where he was an engineering assistant, retiring after 37 years of loyal service. Fred was a member at large of the National VFW and the Ilion Fish and Game Club. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed visiting Donna and Tom and various other friends at Donna's Diner. The memory that was most vivid in Fred's mind was that of his late wife, June. His commitment to her was a source of inspiration to all who knew him. Throughout his wife's illness he never failed to extend every effort he could to keep her comfortable. Day by day, Fred deeply missed her and the love that she provided to him more and more. Survivors include many nieces and nephews; in-laws; Joseph and Shirley Schwasnick, of Mohawk; and several dear neighbors and friends. He was predeceased by a sister, Helen Stedman; and by a brother, Joseph Greyback. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a graveside service which will commence at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2004, at Mohawk Cemetery. His funeral arrangements are being handled by the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main St. between Ilion and Frankfort with assistance of Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home, 48 E. Main St., Mohawk. (September 6, 2004)

Harold K. Bennett IHS Alumnus, age 88, of 88 South Third Ave., and a lifelong resident of Ilion, entered into eternal rest on August 10, 2004 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Harold was born on January 19, 1916 in Ilion, the son of the late Roger and Lillian Kellogg Bennett. He was educated in the Ilion schools. Harold was a Communicant of the First United Methodist Church. In his younger years, Harold enjoyed his summers at the family camp on Canandarago Lake and his winters in Bradenton, Florida. Harold was a very loving uncle and was a simple man who appreciated the small things in life. He will be greatly missed. Survivors include his loving sisters and brother-in-law, Ruth and Joseph Collea Sr. of Ilion, with whom he resided for the past 38 years; his nieces and nephews, Nancy Collea Curley of Ilion, Joseph and Barbara Collea Jr. of Ilion, Kevin and Becky Collea of Canandaigua; his great-nieces and nephews, Julie and David Ball and their children, Brittany and Joseph of Ilion, Bridget and Scott Brownrigg and their children, Brandon, Kyle and Matthew of McGuire Air Force Base, NJ, Joseph Collea III of Afton, NY, Kristin Collea of Buffalo, Robert and Eric Collea of Ilion, Benjamin, Justin, Cassie and Samantha Collea, all of Canandaigua; and two cousins, Mary Beauchamp of Ilion and Al Werner of Saranac Lake. Funeral services for Mr. Bennett will be held on Friday, August 13, 2004, at 2:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Friday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion First United Methodist Church in Harold's memory. The family would like to thank the staff of the 4th floor at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for all the kindness and friendship Harold enjoyed during his stay. (September 6, 2004)

Richard R. 'Dick' Townsend IHS 1950, age 73, of 10 Spruce St., Ilion, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2004, at Faxton Hospital with his beloved family by his side. Dick was born June 24, 1931 in Mohawk, son of the late H. Roy and Bertha (Beck) Townsend. He attended Ilion schools and graduated with the "class of 1950." Dick was a proud veteran, serving with the US Navy during the Korean War. On July 25, 1959 he was united in marriage to Sheryll O'Connell at St. Augestines Episcopal Church, a blessed union of 45 years. Dick was employed by Bendix Corp., Utica, retiring in 1993 with over 40 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Ilion American Legion Post 920, Ilion fish and Game Club, Schuyler Senior Citizens, at one time United Steelworkers, and was an outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Dick especially enjoyed meeting with his good friends at McDonalds for his morning coffee and conversation. Survivors include his loving wife, Sheryll; one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Terri Townsend of Leominster, MA; two daughters and one son-in-law, Deborah Townsend of Syracuse, and Sandra and Bob Mersfelder of Syracuse; five cherished grandchildren, Christopher, Brian and Sarah Townsend, Luke and Austin Mersfelder; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Nicastro. Dick's funeral service will be held Friday, August 13, 2004, commencing at 10 a.m. at the APPLEGATE & DAY FUNERAL HOME, 102 West St., Ilion. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow. Family and friends are invited to visitation, Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the APPLEGATE & DAY FUNERAL HOME, Ilion. Dick's family wishes to thank the staff at Faxton/St. Luke's Cancer Center, especially Sister Maureen for the care and compassion shown to Dick and them during his illness. Memorial contributions in Dick's memory may be considered to Faxton/St. Lukes Regional Cancer Center, donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To express your condolences or add to Dick's online memorial go to www.applegateandday.com. (September 6, 2004)

Daniel J. Sporer IHS Alumnus, age 50, formerly of Herkimer and Crestview, Fla., passed away Saturday, July 31, 2004, at the Little Falls Hospital. He was born on June 8, 1954, in Herkimer, the son of the late Bertram and Louise (LaDeaux) Sporer. He was educated in the Ilion schools. Mr. Sporer is survived by two sisters, Mary Bogdan and her husband Michael of Frankfort and Judith Keefe of Schenevus; and two brothers, Robert Sporer of Mohawk and Howard Sporer of Crestview, Fla. Funeral service and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are by the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls. There are no calling hours. (August 7, 2004)

Thelma E. Stasco IHS Alumnus, age 92, formerly of 74 N. Fifth Ave., Ilion and Claxton Manor, Herkimer, died at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2004, at Little Falls Hospital. She had been a recent resident at Folts Home. She was born on October 18, 1911 in Ilion, the daughter of Roy H. and Mabel E. (Clark) Stitt and attended Ilion Schools and Utica Schools of Commerce. On January 27, 1940, she was married to John J. Stasco in Ilion. He died on October 5, 1979. Thelma was employed as secretary for Attorney Fred J. O'Donnell of Ilion for 25 years retiring in 1974. Mrs. Stasco was an 80 year member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. She was also a 50 year member, Past Grand Officer and Past Matron of The Evening Star Valley Chapter #82 O.E.S. Thelma was a member of AARP and enjoyed bowling. Survivors include her sister, Evelyn Stitt; her sisters-in-law, Ann Bubb of Mohawk, Margaret Stasco of Ilion and Helen Stasco of San Jose, CA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents Roy and Mabel Stitt; her sister, Kathryn Stitt; and her half sister, Jane Peters. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, August 6, 2004, at the Ilion First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan St., Ilion with Rev. Patricia Lawrence officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Thursday, August 5, 2004, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The O.E.S. Ritualistic Service will be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Folts Home Foundation or the charity of your choice. A large selection of various contribution envelopes will be available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. To add to Thelma's online memorial go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (August 5, 2004)

Verna Martin Kasper IHS 1976, age 46 of Gulf Breeze, died in Baptist Hospital of injuries suffered in a multiple automobile accident on Wednesday, July 28 in Gulf Breeze. A native of Marlboro, MA, she grew up in Ilion, NY before the family moved to Gulf Breeze in 1995. Her husband, Scott Paul Kasper, is employed by Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Mrs. Kasper was billing supervisor at Seton Center of Sacred Heart Hospital. Surviving are her husband, Scott Paul Kasper, Sr. and a son, Scott Paul Kasper, II of Gulf Breeze; two daughters, Michelle Ann Kasper, Houston, TX; Senior Airman Pamela Kasper Riley, USAF, and her husband, Senior Airman, Kody Riley USAF, both of Balad, Iraq, 729th Air ControlSquadron; her parents, Roger and Theresa Martin, Ilion, NY and other relatives. She was a devoted member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Gulf Breeze. Visitation will be at Rose Lawn Funeral Home, Gulf Breeze, 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, with a Rosary at 5:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be said Monday, August 2, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Gulf Breeze, at 11 a.m. A reception in the Fellowship Hall will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to The Cody Foundation, P. O. 1195, Gulf Breeze, FL 32562. (August 3, 2004)

Constance 'Connie' (Smith) Morgan Valedictorian IHS 1942, age 79, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at the Abraham House in Utica. She was born August 19, 1924 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Harold and Grace Empey Smith. Connie was the valedictorian of the graduating class of 1942 at Ilion High School. Connie spent many years with her companion and friend, Walt Burrill. Mr. Burrill passed away in 1998. For many years, Connie was employed as secretary and office manager with various doctors in the valley, Dr. Applegate, Dr. Weeden, Dr. Davidson and Dr. Del Rosario, retiring in 1981 due to ill health. Connie was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, the Mohawk Chapter 319 Order of the Eastern Star, Post 25 Mohawk American Legion Aux., the Herkimer Zonta Club, the Herkimer Women of the Rotary, and the Better Breathers Club. She is survived by her son, Michael Morgan of Uncasville, CT; a grandson, Matthew of Uncasville, CT; a special cousin, Dorothea Boyle of Florida; and several other cousins. Funeral services for Mrs. Morgan will be held on Friday, July 30, 2004, at 1 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Paul Ackers officiating. Final interment will be in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. From Connie, a special thanks to Mary and Francis Latreille, all the nice things they have done since we became neighbors. The family would like to thank hospice and the Abraham House for the care given and to all the other nice people who helped Connie for the last few months. Memorials in Connie's memory may be made to the Abraham House, 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY 13501. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (August 3, 2004)

Jean Brand (McGowan) Ford Salutatorian IHS 1936, passed away on Sunday, July 25, at the age of 85. She died peacefully at Higgins Bay, on Piseco Lake, NY, with her family around her, in the place where she had spent many happy summers in her youth and throughout her life. Her given name was Jean, but she was known to everyone as Beam-the way her older sister, Janet, pronounced her name when they were toddlers. She was born in Ilion, NY, on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1919. Her parents were Archibald Kent McGowan and Edna Brand McGowan. Jean was the salutatorian at Ilion High School, and competed on the school team. She attended Adelphi College and graduated from St. Lawrence University, earning a B.S. in Chemistry. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and was elected vice president of the student body. She raced on the St. Lawrence women's downhill ski team-she made the team, she said because she was one of the few women students who owned skis. At one race at Lake Placid she was blown off the course by high winds and found herself trapped under an upturned tree. She was unhurt, but terrified, and that was the end of her racing career. During WWII she worked for the Remington Arms Co. as a metallurgist. And in 1944, she married Dexter Ford, of Middleville, NY, a long-time friend and fellow St. Lawrence graduate, who was on leave after winning his wings as a Naval Aviator. Beam and Dex, as they were known to their friends, first settled in Rochester, NY, moved to Wethersfield, CT, and later to Simsbury, CT. Along with raising their three children, Beam was active in those communities as a volunteer, was a member of Simsbury First Congregational Church, and served as president of the Simsbury Garden Club. After Dex retired from the Aetna Life & Casualty Co., the couple moved to Collinsville, CT, and later to Saratoga Springs, NY. They traveled the world, and spent their summers enjoying their cottage and lifelong friends on Higgins Bay. Jean was a loving wife, a warm friend and wonderful mother. Her intelligence, caring manner and wry sense of humor sparked the lives of everyone she met, and her spirit lives on in the hearts and laughter of her husband of 60 years, her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Dexter Ford; her children, David K. Ford of Brooklyn, NY, Dexter T. Ford of Manhattan Beach, CA, and Nancy E. Ford-Wallace of Wallingford, CT; and her grandchildren, Andrew Parker Ford, Nicholas Martin Ford and Tiffany Jane Ford. She is also survived by her sisters, Janet Irish of McCall, ID, and Barbara Sweeney of Ilion, NY. Jean was predeceased by her brother, Archibald McGowan. At Jean's request, there will be no calling hours or viewing. A graveside service will be held at Higgins Bay Cemetery in Piseco, the date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's memory to St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, or Mountain Valley Hospice, Gloversville, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway (888-584-5373 or burkefuneralhome.com). (August 3, 2004)

Katherine R. (Dodge) Hofstra IHS Alumnus, 85, a longtime resident of Ilion passed away Friday, July 16, 2004, in Richmond, VA. She was born on November 23, 1918 in Ilion the daughter of the late Stanley and Margaret McNamee Dodge. She attended Ilion Schools and on September 5, 1943 was united in marriage with William Hofstra in Ilion. He passed away February 21, 1998. Katherine is survived by her daughter Lois and her husband, Earl Rogers of Richmond; a son, Joseph and his wife, Janet of Boise, ID; three grandchildren, William, Jennifer, and Christine and her husband, Jason Ellis; also a great-grandson, Quincy; her nieces, Lori Dolan and Linda Adams; nephews, Ronald and John Wilson; brother-in-law, Jay Wilson and several cousins. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 21, 2004, from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., with the Rev. George B. Greene officiating. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, July 20, 2004, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends will remember Kay for her kind nature and gentle spirit and she will be greatly missed by all of us. (August 3, 2004)

Eileen (Murphy) Raymond IHS Alumnus, age 87, of Ilion passed away Saturday, July 10, 2004, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Mrs. Raymond was born January 17, 1917, in Ilion the daughter of the late James and Nora Byrnes Murphy. She was educated in Ilion Schools and on May 10, 1940 she married Maurice J. Raymond. They shared a happy marriage of 58 years until Mr. Raymond's passing in 1996. Mrs. Raymond was a member of the Church of Annunciation in Ilion. Mrs. Raymond is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Willem Nep, Jr. of Mohawk and Barbara and David Rosbrook of Rock Hill, SC; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Carol Raymond of Mohawk; six grandchildren, Heather and Christine Raymond, both of Mohawk, Stacy Smith and her husband, Justin of Raleigh, NC, Laura Rosbrook of Rockhill, SC, Christopher and his wife, Carla Rosbrook of Charlotte, NC, and Michelle Nep of Mohawk; two great-grandchildren, Charlie and Cameron Rosbrook of Charlotte, NC; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Paul and Eleanor Raymond of Poland, NY, and William and Barbara Raymond of VA; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Edward (Pauline) Raymond of Ilion, as well as several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Eileen's wishes there will be no calling hours and a private funeral will be held at the convenience of the family from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorial contributions to the Ilion Ambulance. Eileen's family would like to thank the third floor staff at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home and those on 3A at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for all their kindness during her stay. (July 12, 2004)

Erica Suzanne Backman IHS 1997, born Feb. 14, 1979, died July 2, 2004, from an accidental drowning. Erica was born and raised in Ilion, graduated from Venice High School in Venice, Fla., and later went on to earn a degree in massage therapy. Erica had an incredible and contagious love for life that greatly touched all of those she encountered. Of all her many joys, her greatest was her three children. Although her life here with us was much too short, her well blossomed spirit will live on forever in all of us. She is survived by her three beautiful children, Lincoln, Tria and Kenya Backman-Lowe and their father, David Lowe; her loving parents, Gary and Ellen (Morse) Backman; her brother, Brad and sister, Darcy and brother-in-law Chris Herron; grandmother, Joyce Backman, many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends whom she met and touched along the way. She is predeceased by her beloved grandparents, Gordon and Joyce Morse and Roy Backman. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established for Erica's children. Send donations to The Backman-Lowe Children Trust Fund, Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion 13357-1806. (July 11, 2004)

Nancy Daily Moore IHS Alumnus, ageb 78, of Ship Bottom, N.J., died Sunday, July 4, 2004, at her home. Mrs. Moore was born in Ilion, N.Y., and was formerly of Philadelphia, moving to Ship Bottom in 1983, where she was a summer resident since 1969. She graduated from Canton College of Technology in Canton. Mrs. Moore worked as a dietitian at Episcopal Hospital and was last employed at Soowal Knitting Mills, both of Philadelphia, before retiring in 1983. Mrs. Moore was a very active member of the Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, Beach Haven, AARP, two Mah-Jongg groups, the Long Beach Island Walkers, all of Long Beach Island. She also enjoyed traveling and Mah-Jongg. She had also attended St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion. Mrs. Moore is survived by six nieces and nephews, Grace O'Donnell, Edward Boyle, Richard Boyle, Mary Ellen Trueblood, Linda Gibbard and Andrea O'Connell. Also surviving are eight grand-nieces and nephews, Andrew, Richard, Amy, Edward, Charlotte, Michael, Callie and Allison and her beloved dog, Missy. Under the direction of the Bugbee-Riggs Funeral Home, Twelfth Street and Boulevard, Ship Bottom, a memorial service will be held on Monday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 78 Second St., Ilion. Interment of cremated remains will follow at St. Agnes' Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions should be made to the Popcorn Park Zoo, Humane Way, Forked River, N.J. 08731. (July 11, 2004)

Frances G. (Getman) Hitchcock IHS 1941, age 80, died Tuesday, July 6, 2004, at the C.M. Tucker Jr. Nursing Care Center, after an extended illness with Alzheimer's disease. Mrs. Hitchcock was born in Ilion, N.Y., Dec. 30, 1923, a daughter of the late Clarence F. Getman and Bessie C.Getman. She was the widow of the late Harold Clark Hitchcock. Mrs. Hitchcock lived in Ilion for most of her younger years, moving to Orangeburg, S.C., in 1962, where she livedfor many years prior to her illness. Surviving are her son, Gary F. Hitchcock and his wife Linda of Cordova, S.C.; daughters, Gail H. Risinger and her husband Monroe of Leesville, S.C., and Pam H. Eargle and her husband Edwin of Columbia; grandchildren, Jennifer T. Culler of Hanahan, S.C., Amy T. Union of Orangeburg, S.C., Jill A. Thompson of Orangeburg, S.C., Edwin S. "Sid" Eargle III of Columbia, Claribel "Clare" Eargle of Spartanburg, S.C., and Melanie H. Kittrell of Papua, New Guinea; seven great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Betty H. Speece and her husband Hiram of Speculator; six nephews and a special niece, Ellen P. Rowland of Ilion. She was predeceased by a sister, Clara G. Perry and brothers, Tracy F. Getman and William Jacob Getman. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church with visitation following the service. A graveside service will be held at a later date at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Palmetto Chapter, P.O. Box 7044, Columbia, S.C. 29202-7044, or C.M. Tucker Jr. Nursing Care Center, 2200 Harden St., Columbia, S.C. 29203. The family expresses much love and thanks for the staff at C. M. Tucker Jr. Nursing Care Center for their many years of loving service. (July 11, 2004)

Robert H. 'Bob' Gleed IHS Alumnus, age 58, of 1113 Oakwood Lane, Town of Frankfort, passed away Saturday, July 3, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital following a long illness. Bob was born Oct. 16, 1945 in Ilion, son of the late Harry R. and Minnie I. (Gay) Gleed. He attended Ilion schools. On April 23, 1983 he was united in marriage to Gloria Reel of Cold Brook. Bob was employed by the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, most recently as a final assembler. He retired in October of 2000 with approximately 45 years of dedicated service. At one time Bob was a member of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, Ilion Fish and Game Club, Remington Arms 25 Year Club and the Ilion Jaycees. Bob was an avid photographer and enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and his trips to the Thousand Islands. Bob's life has been centered around his beloved family. Survivors include his loving wife Gloria at home, four daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia "Patty" Sitterly and her husband Randy of Watertown, Beth Wood and her husband Dennis of Mohawk, Jennifer "Jen" Gleed of Herkimer, and Sarah Gleed and her fiance, James Willoughby, both of Ilion; five cherished grandchildren, Samantha Overacker, Nicholas and Matthew Wood, Kayla Sitterly and Chloe Gleed; his sister, Beverly DeRocco of Frankfort, his mother-in-law and father-in-law, William and Ruth Reel of Cold Brook; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and his nieces and nephews, including his niece Pamela Lindsay and her husband Kenneth of Frankfort. Bob was predeceased by his parents. Bob's funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 6, commencing at 2:30 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. G. Robert Wells Jr., pastor of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church, officiating. Procession to Mohawk Cemetery for interment will follow the service. Family and friends are invited to visitation Tuesday, July 6, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. prior to Bob's funeral service at the funeral home. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Bob's name to the Frankfort Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the American Lung Association. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Bob's on-line memorial or offer condolences to the family, go to www.applegateandday.com on the internet. (July 11, 2004)

C. Edward Rhodes IHS 1935, age 88, formerly of 137 Brook Street, Ilion, passed away Friday, July 2, 2004 in Saranac Lake, NY. Mr. Rhodes was born May 29, 1916 in Ilion, the son of the late Rowland C. and Barbara I. Dutcher Rhodes. He received his education in the Ilion School System, and on April 2, 1942, he married the former Jane Melvin in Bridgewater, NY. Mrs. Rhodes passed away January 7, 2001. Mr. Rhodes was employed as a supervisor with time and production at Remington Arms, Ilion, for 39 years, retiring in 1978. Mr. Rhodes was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion and the First United Methodist Church in Saranac Lake, and was active in volunteer work with D.D.S.O. and R.S.V.P. Mr. Rhodes is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Mitchel Smith of Saranac Lake; two grandsons, Rev. Steven Smith and his wife Heather of Schenectady, NY, Eric Smith and his wife Sheri of Stowe, VT; five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Samuel and Jonathan of Schenectady, NY, Rachel and Chesley of Stowe, VT. Funeral services for Mr. Rhodes will be held on Wednesday, July 7, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber and his grandson, Rev. Steven Smith, officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Tuesday, July 6, 2004 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the First United Methodist Church, Second Street, Ilion, or High Peak Hospice in Saranac Lake in Ed's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 11, 2004)

Mildred (Hammond) Bailey IHS Alumnus, age 95, formerly of 17 Spring St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Valley Health Services. Mrs. Bailey was born Feb. 22, 1909, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Frank and Jessie Anderson Hammond and was raised by her father and stepmother, Jean Cook Hammond. On May 28, 1933, she married Vernon F. Bailey. He passed away May 28, 2004. Mrs. Bailey was a member of St. Augustine's Church, Ilion. Mrs. Bailey is survived by a son, Niel, residing at the Mohawk Homestead. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 2, at 2:30 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Thomas Trees officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Friday, July 2, from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service. (July 11, 2004)

Jeanette S. (Mills) LaCelle IHS Alumnus, age 82, formerly of Elizabethtown Road, entered into eternal rest on Sunday evening, June 27, 2004 in Valley Health Services, Inc., Herkimer. She had the comfort of knowing her family was at her side. She was born on August 21, 1921 in East Frankfort, the daughter of the late George and Elsie May (Mead) Mills. Raised and educated in Ilion, she graduated from Ilion High School. On January 25, 1941 she married Merrill Dean LaCelle in Mohawk. He predeceased her on January 3, 2001. For over 40 years she worked as a cook in the Stone House Restaurant, retiring in 1988. Jeanette was involved in community organizations. She was a past member of the Ladies Aide and the Home Bureau. She enjoyed her home and her heart was always focused on her family. She loved preparing meals and having the whole family gather around the table. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she will be missed but live on in their hearts. Surviving are two sons and their wives, Merrill George and Alice LaCelle of Albuquerque, NM, Riley Paul and Corliss of Herkimer; three daughters, Bonnie Zobrist of Ilion, Carol Ann Elthrop and her husband Donald of Mohawk, Melanie and her husband Mario Gazzilli of Ilion; one sister, Betty Gage of Ilion; 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Fay Dean LaCelle; three sisters, Alberta Engells, Winifred Elliott, and Esther Werthman; and one great-grandson, Michael Francis. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. Reverend Mario Gazzilli, Pastor of the Earlville Methodist Church, will officiate. Interment will follow in Cedarville Cemetery. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. (July 11, 2004)

Robert E. Remmell IHS 1948, 73, of Utica, formerly of Ilion, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on January 15, 1931 in Binghamton, NY, the son of John W. and Madeline (Brown) Remmell. Bob was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1948; Utica College in 1955; and Syracuse Law School in 1956. On June 26, 1954, he was married to Barbara Stucko at St. Joseph's Church, Utica. Bob was an attorney at Steates Remmell Steates & Dziekan of Utica since 1956. Mr. Remmell was a member of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Utica, the Yahnundasis Golf Club, Utica Knights of Columbus, Utica Elks, and the Utica American Legion Adrean Post. Bob was a member of the Board of Directors of CONMED Corporation and an avid golfer and gin player. Bob was a cherished and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Loved and respected by his family and friends, he is irreplaceable and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lou Ann and Paul Obernesser of Clifton Park, NY, Lori Ann and John Miano of Utica; five beloved grandchildren, Alexis and Sean Obernesser, Kaitlyn, Justin and Jack Miano; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Patricia Remmell of Orange County, CA; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Jesse Haley of Barryville, NY, Penelope and Paul Huening of Utica; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his long time law partner and friend, Francis C. Steates, with whom he held in high esteem. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004 at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee St., Utica, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Richard Stuczko (Barbara Remmell's cousin). Interment will be in St. George's Cemetery, Whitesboro. Calling hours are Friday, June 18, 2004 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. Fellow attorneys and members of the legal profession will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004 in front of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes to form an honor guard for Mr. Remmell. Special thanks to all his friends who 'held court' and supported him through his recent illness. Also, the family wishes to thank the nursing staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for the compassion and care given to Bob. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation, Thoracic Research Fund, 600 S. Taylor, Suite 120, St. Louis, MO 63110, or The Resource Center for Independent Living, 409 Columbia St., Utica, NY 13502. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home during calling hours. All funeral and burial arrangements entrusted to Don Applegate of Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion (895-7722) (July 11, 2004)

Leo L. Cline IHS Alumnus, age 88, of 6123 Grenache Lane, Portage, Mich., formerly of Little Falls and Deltona, Fla., passed away Monday, June 14, 2004, at the Bronson Methodist Hospital, Kalamazoo, Mich. He and his wife, Wilhelmina, have been residing in Michigan for the past two years. He was born Dec. 17, 1915, in Indian Castle, the son of the late Floyd and Rosina (Hayes) Cline. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. He was united in marriage to the former Veronica Reardon on Oct. 27, 1937, at St. Mary's Rectory, Little Falls. She predeceased him on Oct. 28, 1982. He was again united in marriage to the former Wilhelmina (Van Eyk) Blue on Oct. 24, 1987, in Oshtemo, Mich. Mr. Cline was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Navy. He entered the service on Dec. 12, 1942, in Little Falls. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 30, 1945. He was a member of the Inghams Mills Baptist Church, the Elks Lodge 42, B.P.O.E., Dolgeville-Little Falls Masonic Lodge 796 F&AM, the Scottish Rite and Bahia Shrine. Also, while residing in Florida, he was a member of the Deltona Civic Center, AARP, Deltona Chapter and the Scottish Rite Social Club. He is survived by his wife, Wilhelmina; his sister, Gladys Donlin, Ilion; a niece, Eleanor Hayes and her husband William, Lasselsville and a nephew, Barry Johns and his wife Kathy, Little Falls; his great-nieces and nephews, Celene Rogers and her husband Edmund, Little Falls, Keith Johns, Dolgeville, Matthew Johns, Camden, Luke Johns and his wife Toni Anne, Little Falls, Blaise Johns, Little Falls and Kathy Johns, Little Falls; three great-great-nieces and nephews, Veronica and Eddie Rogers and Alexa Johns. He was predeceased by a brother, Donald F. Cline, who died July 22, 1999. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 18, at 10 a.m. from the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, with Pastor Gertrude Ortlieb of the Inghams Mills Baptist Church officiating. Interment will take place in Rural Park Cemetery, Inghams Mills. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Friday, June 18, from 9-10 a.m. and to attend the funeral services to follow. It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Cline be considered to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica 13502. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose. Members of the Dolgeville Masonic Lodge 796, F&AM, will call in a body at the funeral home on Friday morning at 9:30 to conduct their ritualistic services. (July 11, 2004)

Mary L. (Plumb) McEvoy IHS 1943, age 79, of 100 West Main Street, Ilion, passed away on Monday June 7, 2004 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. She was born on September 4, 1924 in Ilion, daughter of the late William and Katherine (Quinn) Plumb and received her education in Ilion schools. She attended Annunciation, and later went on to attend Ilion High School. She had been a longtime resident of this area. Mary had last worked with the Prospect Inn in Herkimer as a desk clerk. She was of the Catholic faith and enjoyed reading. Beside reading books, Mary loved British T.V., action movies, John Travolta movies, and musical artists including: the Bee Gee's, Barry Manilow, and Paul Anka. She was the wife of James M. McEvoy and is survived by her son John McEvoy of South Portland, ME; a daughter: Michele McEvoy of Biddeford, ME; several nieces and nephews and a sister in law: Mrs.Sara Aloisio of Ilion. She was predeceased by three sisters. In honor of the wishes of Mary, cremation has taken place under the direction of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street Between Ilion & Frankfort (894-8000). There are no public calling hours or services. (July 11, 2004)

Howard G. Hoffman IHS Alumnus, age 85, of 319 Second St., Ilion, passed away Monday, June 7, 2004, at the Masonic Home, Utica. Howard was born Oct. 4, 1918, in Ilion, son of Howard L. and Alma (Cronkhite) Hoffman. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On Aug. 27, 1948, he was united in marriage to Marion Hollandt in Ogdensburg, a devoted union of 55 years. Howard was retired from the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, and at one time was employed by Blue Cross. He was a longtime member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444. Years ago, Howard was a well known and much sought after vocalist, singing at many funeral services and various events. Survivors include his wife, Marion; his stepson, Robert Hollandt of Ilion; stepdaughter, Dr. Barbara Hollandt of New Jersey; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert "Bob" and Ruth Hoffman of Ilion; one nephew, seven nieces and their families; his sister-in-law, Laura Lawrence of New Jersey and many friends, including his best friend, John Morris of Ilion. Howard was predeceased by his sister, Helena. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion Elks will pay their respects Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Howard's funeral service will be held Thursday commencing at 9 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, and 10 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father John Yanas, pastor. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Boonville, on the Hoffman family lot, will follow Mass. (July 11, 2004)

Margaret I. (Unsinn) Powell IHS Alumnus, died Friday, June 4, 2004 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born on April 28, 1907 in Ilion, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Paul) Unsinn and graduated from Ilion High School. In 1946, she was married to William Powell in Norwich, CT. He died in 1983. At one time, Margaret was an assembler at Remington Typewriter Co. and later was employed at General Electric Co., Utica. She attended the First Baptist Church of Ilion. Margaret enjoyed singing, playing the piano and her winter vacations in Florida. Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Martha Unsinn of Ilion; several nieces and nephews, including Karen Macrina and her husband Robert and their children, Don Unsinn and his wife Jackie and their children, Douglas Unsinn and his wife Joan and their children, Shirley Miller and her children; and close friend, Henry Loopman. She was predeceased by her sister, Pauline Miller; her nephew, Kenneth Miller; and her close friend, Ross Zimmerman. Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2004 at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Rev. Paul Smith, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday, June 7, 2004 from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society in Margaret's memory. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, IlionMargaret I. Powell, age 97, of 56 Columbia St., Mohawk, died Friday, June 4, 2004 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born on April 28, 1907 in Ilion, the daughter of Joseph and Kathryn (Paul) Unsinn and graduated from Ilion High School. In 1946, she was married to William Powell in Norwich, CT. He died in 1983. At one time, Margaret was an assembler at Remington Typewriter Co. and later was employed at General Electric Co., Utica. She attended the First Baptist Church of Ilion. Margaret enjoyed singing, playing the piano and her winter vacations in Florida. Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Ron and Martha Unsinn of Ilion; several nieces and nephews, including Karen Macrina and her husband Robert and their children, Don Unsinn and his wife Jackie and their children, Douglas Unsinn and his wife Joan and their children, Shirley Miller and her children; and close friend, Henry Loopman. She was predeceased by her sister, Pauline Miller; her nephew, Kenneth Miller; and her close friend, Ross Zimmerman. Funeral services will be held 7 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2004 at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Rev. Paul Smith, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday, June 7, 2004 from 5 to 7 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society in Margaret's memory. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (July 11, 2004)

Robert L. Zeh IHS 1949, age 73, died Friday, May 14, 2004, in a Jacksonville Beach hospital. Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Arlington Park Funeral Home, 6920 Lone Star Rd., with Rev. Al Hicks officiating. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Zeh was a Mason, a member of Sons of American Revolution and the Scottish Rite. He was retired from the St. John's River Power Park. Robert enjoyed playing golf in his leisure time. Survivors include his wife, Jean Zeh; two brothers, Dr. Frederick Zeh and Charles Zeh; two sisters, Muriel Zeitvogel and Dorothy Malone; and several nieces and nephews. Please the guest book at Jacksonville.com. Local arrangements by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (June 3, 2004)

Sam Hyde, IHS 1964, age 59, of 8th Street, Chadwicks, NY died suddenly Thursday, May 6, 2004, at his residence. Born in Ilion, he was son of the late Harry J. and Ada Waldron Hyde. He was a 1964 graduate of Ilion High School. Sam has been employed for the past 24 years as a senior stores clerk at the New York State Police Troop G Headquarters in Loudonville. He was uncle of Paula D. Carey and her husband Charlie of Yorkville, brother of the late Beulah E. Angle, and uncle of the late Ruth E. Abeling. Sam thought of his friends Brian and Ann Wright and their family as members of his family. (May 22, 2004)

Robert H. Wood IHS 1931, 91, formerly of Brook St., Ilion, died Monday, May 17, 2004, at Heritage Health Care, Utica. He was born on December 6, 1912 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Lesley V. and Anna Marie (Schoeneberg) Wood. Bob attended Morgan St. School and Ilion High School where he graduated in 1931. At one time, he was employed at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, and later was an assembler at the UNIVAC Division of Speedy Rand Corp. for 30 years, retiring in 1976. Bob was a member of Unitarian Universalist Church, Utica. Bob studied cello with Dudley Ely Rowland of Rome and Fred Miller of Syracuse University and played with the Little Falls Symphony Orchestra. He also studied voice with Dr. Frank Cavallo and John Wainman and sang with Herkimer County Chorus, the Utica Civic Chorus, the Utica Maennerchor, the Herkimer Maennerchor and was a soloist at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, John W. Wood and James Wood; and his sisters, Catherine Sanford and Marie Good. In keeping with Bob's wishes, there are no scheduled calling hours or services. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown. All arrangements were prearranged and entrusted to Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (May 22, 2004)

James 'Jim' Duffy IHS Alumnus, 68, of 2 John St., Ilion, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 17, 2004, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on May 8, 1936, in Utica, the son of George and Gertrude Garland Duffy. He graduated from Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. Jim was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. On April 6, 1974, he was married to Anna Butkiewicz at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. In his early years, he worked at Remington Arms Co., Ilion. At one time, Jim was the owner and operator of Duffy's Tavern in Ilion. Most recently he was a salesman for Colony Liquor Co. of Syracuse. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and a former member of the Northside Athletic Club, Ilion Knights of Columbus, Ilion Moose Lodge, and the Ilion American Legion. Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Anna; four children, Alicia of Albany, Sabrina, James and Terence Duffy; his sister, Ann Lucey; his brother and two sisters-in-law, Joseph and Emilie Duffy and Marie Duffy, all of Ilion; several nieces and nephews, including Gertrude Kaczorowski and her husband David and their children, David, Annie, and Joseph, Billy Lucey and his wife Patty and their son Billy, Tom Duffy and his children Andrea, Patrick, Erin, and Ryan, Mary Earl and her husband Kevin and their children Timothy and Lauren, Carol Carney and her husband Bob and their son Justin, nephew-in-law Tom Moreau and his wife Carolyn and her son Dagan and his children, Becky Moreau, Eric Moreau and his wife Julie and their son Cannon; other nieces and nephews include Debra Richards and her husband Bill and their children, Ryan, Kyle and Lauren, Diana Duffey, Greg Duffey and his wife Pam and their children, Greg and Julie, Jana Mula and her husband Pat and their children, Michelle and Kelly, Joe Duffy and wife Samantha; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Parker and her daughters Liz and Emily and her daughter Lily, sister-in-law, Lucy Vilamill and her children Albert and David, sister-in-law Mary Mazzella and her husband Silvano and their daughters Rosamaria and Christina, sister-in-law Christine Santiago and her husband Bill and their sons Douglas, Dennis and Daniel; brother-in-law, Eddie Butkiewicz and his wife Maria and their children Eddie, Mike and his wife Alysa, Tanya Mackley and her husband Matt and their children Jeremiah and Ariana, sister-in-law, Teresa Galarza and her husband Luis and their children Luis, Luis and his wife Miriam and their children Luis and Marissa; brother-in-law, Chester Butkiewicz and his wife Stephanie; sister-in-law, Pam Sackett and her husband Geoff and her children Erika, Eric Butkiewicz and wife Marie and their children Eric Jr. and Robert, Irene Fenstermacher and her husband Mark; cousins, Jack Duffy and his wife Joan; Joe Bechtel and his wife Isa; close friends, Don and Nina Van Valkenburg. He was predeceased by his parents, George and Gertrude Duffy, a brother, Francis "Bud" Duffy; a niece, Kathy Moreau (mother of Becky and Eric Moreau); brother-in-law, William Lucey; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joseph and Luba Butkiewicz; and brothers-in-law, Walter Butkiewicz and Donald Parker. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 20, at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Alfred Lamanna. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or American Heart Association. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (May 22, 2004)

William A. Best Jr. IHS 1950, of New London, N.H., passed away Saturday, April 24, 2004, after a short illness. Bill was born in Ilion Aug. 16,1932, the son of the late William A. and Corinne (Lockman) Best Sr. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950 and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from RPI, Troy, in Chemical Engineering. Bill's career working for Cal Tech Oil Co. included New York City, Madrid, Spain and Hong Kong. On Dec. 17, 1955, he married the former Marion Wendt in Lakewood, N.J. After his retirement in 1988, Bill and Marion moved to New London. N.H., where they could enjoy the mountains and continue the hiking and camping they loved. Bill is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Leslie and Byron Barnes, Austin, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Bill III and Lorraine Best of Montclair, N.J.; four grandchildren, Kathryn and David Barnes, Austin Texas and Andrew and Alex Best, Montclair, N.J. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Judie and Jim Conley of Schuyler; nephews, Jim Conley Jr. (Mary) and their children Lizzie and Zack Conley of Plano, Texas, Todd A. Conley (Maria) and son Federico of Arlington. Mass.; and niece, Paige Conley Rossman (Kent) and their children Alex and Olivia of Durham, N.C. There were no calling hours. Cremation took place at the Concord Crematorium, Concord N.H. A memorial service to "Celebrate Bill's Life" will be held in New London, N.H. Please consider donations in Bill's memory to the American Cancer Society. (May 22 2004)

Miss Margaret Maria (Suhanchak) Stephens IHS 1942, age 80, formerly of Route 5, Frankfort, passed away Friday, April 16, 2004, in Mohawk Valley Nursing Home after a long illness. She was born in Spinnerville, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 1923, the daughter of the late Stephen and Catherine Ostash Suhanchak. As a young girl the family moved from Spinnerville to Ilion. She attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School. She later attended nursing school and received her Nursing Degree from the Utica School of Practical Nurses and later received her Registered Nursing Degree from the University of the State of New York on Aug. 7, 1957. Miss Stephens was a Registered Nurse for Dr. Calman at the Rutger House, Utica, for many years. She was a communicant of St. Francis de Sales Church. Margaret loved to take care of young children and was well known for her hand crafting of dolls around the world. Margaret is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Peggy Shane of De Land, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Weiderman of Mohawk and Ann Dawling of Utica; her nieces and nephews, Curtis and his wife Mathea Shane of Brunswick, Ga., Susan and her husband Larry Dykes, Matt and his wife, Donna Shane, Joseph and his wife Teresa Shane and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins. Her funeral will be held Monday morning at 10:30 from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, and at 11 a.m. in St. Francis de Sales Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Cunningham, pastor. Interment will be in St. Mary's Ukranian Orthodox Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home. (May 22, 2004)

Fred A. Limpert IHS 1939, passed away April 6th 2004. "Thanks so much for your kindness during the Celebration in October 2002 when we came to the reunion from Arizona. We live at 10701 W. Pinion Lane, Sun City, AZ 85373-1831.(623) 974-0007. The viewing is at Lundberg's Mortuary 1121 Michigan Ave Youngtown, AZ. Apr. 9th 4-7 PM. (623)979-7111. The memorial service is at 10 AM April 15th at St. Christopher Episcopal Church 10233 W. Peoria Sun City, AZ 85351 (623) 972-1109." Marti Limpert email (April 8, 2004)

Anne G. (Zimmer) Shepherd IHS 1936, age 85, of East North Street, Ilion, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2004 at home. She was born September 25, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Hugo and Anna Werner Zimmer. Mrs. Shepherd was a 1936 graduate of Ilion High School, and on November 23, 1940, she married Thomas Murray Shepherd in Ilion. He passed away on October 26, 1987. Mrs. Shepherd, along with her husband and family, operated Schesch the Florist in Ilion for many years. She retired several years ago. Mrs. Shepherd is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Cindy Shepherd of Ilion, George and Liz Shepherd of Syracuse, and John and Nancy Shepherd of Washingtonville, NY; her grandchildren, Tom, Dan, Michelle, Mike, Mark, Sam and Christine; and her great-grandchildren, Zach, Patrick, Branden, Akira, Magnus and Mickey; also a nephew, Bob Harvey. Funeral services for Mrs. Shepherd will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at 10 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment will be in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, April 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Abraham House, 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY 13501 in Anne's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (April 8, 2004)

Gene T. Zimmerman IHS 1966, age 55, of South Fourth Ave., Ilion, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 27, 2004, at home. He was born Aug. 11, 1948, in Ilion, the son of Ross and Lorraine (Bennett) Zimmerman. He graduated from Ilion High School and SUNY at Stonybrook. On July 30, 1978, he was married to Helen Kubik at St. Killians Church, Farmingdale, L.I. During his career, Gene was employed for many companies in which he was instrumental as a troubleshooter on the A-10 aircraft, Harrier Jet, Howitser Tank and was a draftsman in designing the hull of the U.S.S. Nimitz. Most recently he worked at McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft in St. Louis, Mo., retiring in 1992. He also was a lecturer at the Archeologist Institute of America and was a professional photographer. Gene was an adviser for Boy Scout Troop 8 of Ilion and was a member of the Ilion Fish and Game Club and the Church of the Annunciation. He loved to write stories and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. Survivors include his wife, Helen; three sons, Gene A., Carl and Thomas Zimmerman, all at home; father-in-law, Joseph F. Kubik of South Farmingdale, L.I.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, George and Kathy Boyle of Farmingdale, L.I., N.Y., Christine Kubik and Neil of Massapequa, Kenneth and Lorrie Kubik of Lake Ronkonkoma; several nephews, one niece and one cousin, Carol. He was predeceased by his mother, Lorraine Zimmerman on April 20, 1983, and his father, Ross Zimmerman on Jan. 10, 2000. Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 1, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, pastor. Spring burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion. Calling hours are Thursday, April 1, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made directly to the family in Gene's memory. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (April 3, 2004)

Robert E. Jones Jr. IHS Foundation President, age 53, of 29 Massachusetts Ave., passed away Sunday, March 28, 2004, with his loving family by his side. Bob was born Nov. 14, 1950, in Little Falls, the son of Robert and Helen Grescheck Jones. He graduated from Little Falls in 1968, and earned his bachelor's degree in Marketing from Siena College in 1972. On June 15, 1974, he was united in marriage with Patricia Kazor in Utica. Prior to his retirement, Bob was manager and assistant vice president of HSBC at the Ilion branch. He had been employed with HSBC for over 25 years. Mr. Jones was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. He was also a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, the Ilion Community Club and the Ilion Kiwanis Club. Bob also was very active with the Ilion schools, serving as president of the Marion Brill Scholarship Foundation, president of the Ilion Foundation of the Ilion school district, founder of the Ilion Athletics schedule poster project and had been the primary person responsible for raising over $28,000 in the last four years for the purpose of buying uniforms for the Ilion athletic teams. He also kept the scorebook for the varsity boys basketball team for many years. His love of sports was evident, especially when Notre Dame University and Siena were involved. Bob was a member of the Siena Coaches Club, the Albany Chapter of the Siena College Alumni Association and the Notre Dame Club of the Mohawk Valley. Bob had also served as treasurer for CYO while his sons were involved and also coached several of the youth teams they played for. He was a member of the planning board for Ilion's Summer Fest and most recently served as a trustee of Herkimer County Community College. Bob also enjoyed spending time at his summer home at Caroga Lake with his family. Bob is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, Kevin and Gregory and a special friend Sara DeRosa; his father, Robert Sr. of Little Falls; a sister and brother-in-law, Ann Marie and Jeffery Starring of Van Hornesville; a brother, Richard of Whitesboro; his father and mother-in-law, Chester and Bertha Kazor of New Hartford; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Arlene and John Cahill of Guilderland and Christine and Michael Dubiel of Utica; nine nieces and nephews, David Jones, Jacqueline Fairbrother, Mary Starring, Bobbi Starring, Andrew Starring, Patrick Cahill, Aaron Cahill, Jennifer Dwyer and Matthew Dwyer; also one great-nephew, Eric Jones. He was predeceased by his mother and a sister, Cynthia Jones. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 31, at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street in Ilion with the Rev. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, March 30, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, from 4-8 p.m. In keeping with Bob's wishes, friends are asked to omit flowers and consider memorials to the Notre Dame Alumni Club of the Mohawk Valley Scholarship Fund, c/o Paul Heintz, 50 Chenango Ave., Clinton 13323 or Hospice and Palliative Care Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford 13413. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home for convenience. Bob's family wishes to thank his hospice nurses, Sue, Joan, Janice, Judy and Violet for all their kindness and compassion and also would like to thank the Ilion High School staff and students for their participation in the blood drive supporting Bob. (April 3, 2004)

Robert MacFarland 'Mac' Torbitt IHS 1968, 53, of Utica, passed away Saturday, March 13, 2004, at his home with his family at his side. Born in Ilion Nov. 1, 1950, Mac was the son of Shirlee Mae (Stafford) Torbitt and the late Robert William Torbitt. He was raised and educated throughout Central New York, graduating from Ilion High School with the class of 1968. Upon graduation, Mac attended Herkimer County Community College for two years as a liberal arts major. He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving around the world as a cryptologic technician for a period of eight years. Mac then returned to HCCC, attaining an associate's degree in Mortuary Science. One of the happiest days of his life was May 28, 1993, when he was united in marriage with the former Kathy Ann Zacek. The couple has shared a truly loving relationship of over 10 years. A licensed funeral director for over 20 years, Mac was employed locally by Eannace Funeral Home Inc. He currently held a position as a pre-need counselor with Farone and Son Funeral Home in Syracuse. Surviving are his beloved wife and best friend, Kathy; his cherished daughter, Emily Rose; his mother, Shirlee Torbitt of Clinton; a sister, Kelly Miller of Whitesboro and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kim and Beverly Torbitt of Clinton and Todd and Laura Torbitt of Clark Mills. Also surviving are his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Rose Zacek of Utica; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Debbie and Gary Cusano of Los Angeles, Calif.; his nephew and niece, Michael Sage and Melissa Cusano; and the Talaricos, Uncle Frankie and Aunt Giorgia, Aunt Marie Heistand, Aunt Tar Torbitt, Aunt Betty Pugh, Rosemarie and Michael Pezzolanella, Frank and DeeDee Talarico, Kenny and Lorraine Talarico, Johnny and Betsy Talarico and all their children. Visitation will be held Monday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at the Scala Roefaro Funeral Home, 1122 Culver Ave. In keeping with Mac's wishes, please omit floral offerings. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Mass of resurrection which will be celebrated Tuesday at 9:45 a.m. from Scala Roefaro Funeral Home and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church. Interment will take place privately at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Farone and Son Funeral Home, 1500 Park St., Syracuse 13208. Mac's family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Dr. Samir Desai and his staff, the third floor nurses and staff of Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Facility and the many friends and family for their constant support. (March 15, 2004)

Anna 'Chick' (Kovac) Reckeweg IHS Alumnus, age 87, Mohawk, died Friday, March 5, 2004, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. She was born on Feb. 6, 1917, in Herkimer, the daughter of John and Suzanna (Holovits) Kovac and graduated from Ilion High School. On Feb. 11, 1939, she was married to Max Reckeweg in Herkimer. He died on Sept. 9, 1986. In her early years, Ann was a sales clerk at Mungers and Montgomery Wards and later was employed at Herkimer County Department of Social Services. She also served as deputy clerk at the town of German Flatts. Ann was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church and at one time was active in the Reformed Church Women (RCW). She was a member of Mohawk Senior Citizens, Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary and its color guard, AARP and was a former member of the Ilion Women of the Moose. Ann was active in volunteer work, serving various local organizations, including the American Red Cross. She was also an accomplished seamstress and possessed the gift of artistic ability. Survivors include two sons, Ronald Reckeweg and close friend Evelyn Pomeroy and Michael Reckeweg, all of Mohawk; six grandchildren, Randy and his wife Annette, Michael, Aaron, Brian and Cory Reckeweg and Robin Patrick; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Samuel Kovac and Martin Kovac; one sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Barrie Sweet, all of Mohawk; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two sisters, Susanna Olyer and Emilia Strickland and one brother, John Kovac II. Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, at the Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home, 48 E. Main St., Mohawk, with Rev. Paul Akers, pastor of the Mohawk Reformed Church, officiating. Spring interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. The Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary service will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Mohawk Reformed Church or Alzheimer's Association of CNY. Donation envelopes are available at the Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home, 48 E. Main St., Mohawk. (March 15, 2004)

Robert Humphrey Salutatorian IHS 1927 and Mega Reunion Guest of Honor, 95, of Ilion, passed away Wednesday, February 18, 2004. He was born November 15, 1908 in Ilion, the son of the late William Benjamin and Nellie Olga Schneider Humphrey. He received his musical talent from his family as his grandfather, Oswald Richard Schneider, was conductor of the German Men's Manachor Chorus of Ilion. Mr. Humphrey graduated from Ilion High School in 1927 as salutatorian. After high school, he attended and graduated from Excelsior Business School in Utica, NY. He then worked for Utica Gas & Electric in parts and inventory control to earn enough money to attend Ithaca College. He waited on tables at the Ithaca Infantile Hospital while at college and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music in 1935. After graduation, he worked as an instrumental teacher at Van Etten Grade School for two years, and then moved to West Hemstead, Long Island, to teach in their grade school. While teaching on Long Island, he would take the subway on Saturday into Manhattan to attend the opera at the Metropolitan Opera House. He was drafted and entered the Army in the Military Police in 1941. He was shipped to Oran, North Africa, and by sea to Italy, France, Austria and Germany. He was honorably discharged from the Army as a Corporal in 1945. While in the military, he also served as a bugler. Once returning to the United States, he entered Columbia University under the G.I. Bill, graduating with a Master of Arts in 1947. He lived on Cape Cod for a few years, and later moved back to Ilion, NY at his mother's request and taught instrumental music in Utica and then the Ilion school system. He received a piano tuning certificate from Chautauqua School of Music in 1963, and was a founding father of the Albany Chapter of the Piano Technicians' Guild and was a member of the National Guild for over 29 years. He taught piano tuning at Utica College of Syracuse University for several years. Mr. Humphrey taught chair canning for continuing education at the Ilion High School. Bob enjoyed doing wood working and refinishing projects, including bookcases, tables, chairs, shelves, desks and other items. Bob was an organist studying with renowned concert artist Clair Cocci and local artist Stephen Best. He attended the Church Music Institute at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, for ten years and studied with nationally recognized organists. He was a member of the American Guild of Organists for years. He was a life time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion. He is survived by his close friend and caregiver, Marvin Nellenback; and loyal friend, Glen Goodrich. He was grateful for his longtime friendship with John and Jeanne Briggs. Special thanks goes out to Hospice for the care he received in his final weeks. Funeral services for Mr. Humphrey will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2004, at 1:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, Second Street, Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Friends may call Friday, February 20, 2004 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, February 21, 2004 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Organ Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (February 19, 2004)

Richard W. Sprague IHS 1939, age 83, formerly of Ilion, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2004 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. He was born March 4, 1920 in Ilion, the son of the late Clarence and Jennie Wilcox Sprague and was a graduate of Ilion High School. He served with the US Army during WW II and in August of 1952, he married the former Marjorie L. Hoyt. Mr. Sprague was employed as a machine setter with Remington Arms in Ilion, retiring in 1980. Mr. Sprague was a Methodist, and was a member of the National American Legion. Dick is survived by his wife, Marjorie, of Ilion; his children, David and Christine Sprague of Restin, VA, John and Tammy Sprague of Cave Creek, AZ, Wayne and Maria Mumford of East Haven, CT, Charles and Pam Mumford of East Hartford, CT, Linda and Yuon Thierault of Prospect, CT, Barbara Perkett of Frankfort, and June Lewis of Ilion; his two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joan Ward of Watkins Glen, NY, and Betty Lou and Robert Whittemore of Oneonta; also several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Sprague; and a sister, Edith Graves. A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family, with final interment in the Kinne Cemetery, Town of Litchfield, in the spring. In keeping with Mr. Sprague's wishes, there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Dick's memory. Envelopes are available at the funeral home or may be sent to Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, 99 Sixth Ave., Ilion, NY 13357. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (February 19, 2004)

George L. (Skip) Vandawalker IHS 1970, age 51, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Ormond Beach, Fla., on Feb. 7, 2004, after a long illness. Skip was the beloved son of Virginia Daley Vandawalker of Frankfort and the late George A. Vandawalker. Skip was born March 24, 1952, in Ilion and was educated in Ilion schools, graduating from Ilion High in 1970. He also graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College in 1972, and from SUNY at Fredonia, majoring in Art. He was employed at the Bendix Corp. and then LucasAerospace. Skip is survived by his beloved daughter and son, Amy Jacelyn Vandawalker of Astoria, N.Y., and Todd Steven Vandawalker of Ormond Beach, Fla. He is also survived by his mother, Virginia, of Frankfort; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Timothy and Elizabeth Vandawalker of Hopedale, Mass., Robert and Michele Vandawalker of Ilion and David and Charlene of Shrewsbury, Mass. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. Skip leaves special friends, Betty Moynihan of Glens Falls and Susan Reed of Schuyler. A special thanks to Nancy Winslow of Ormond Beach, Fla., Skip's former spouse, who was always there in his time of need and with whom a special bond always remained. Skip enjoyed art and was known by his family and friends for his drawings. Skip will also be remembered for his unique sense of humor. Skip's family would like to thank all those who helped Skip during his illness. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced at a later date when arrangements are complete. (February 19, 2004)

Jennifer M. Snell Ilion Alumnus, age 23, and her 3-year-old son Dylon Robert (Farouche) Snell of 306 S. Frankfort St., Frankfort, formerly of Ilion, died unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, as a result of an automobile accident in the town of Schuyler. She was born Jan. 1, 1981, in Ilion, the daughter of Robert H. and Deborah Hughes Snell and attended Ilion schools. At one time, she was employed as a cashier at Wal-Mart in Herkimer. Jennifer was an excellent mother and loved spending time with her son, Dylon. She also enjoyed camping. Jennifer's survivors include her parents, Deb and Bob Snell; two brothers, Tim and Matt Snell, all of Ilion; one nephew, Anthony Joseph Snell; maternal grandmother, Peggy Hughes of Ilion and paternal grandparents, Harold and Teresa Snell of Little Falls; goddaughter, Jasmine Richardson, family friends and Dylon's grandparents, Deborah and Ray Cyr and Don Farouche; several aunts, uncles, cousins and many, many special friends, including her best friend, Tracy Richardson of Ilion; Jennifer's loving companion, Tom Bunce, also died in this automobile accident with her and Dylon. Dylon's survivors include his father, Tony Farouche of Frankfort; maternal grandparents, Deb "Grandma" and Bob "Papa" Snell of Ilion; paternal grandparents, Deborah 'Nonnie' and Ray 'Pa' Cyr, Don 'Grandpa Don' Farouche, all of Frankfort; great-grandparents, Peggy Hughes of Ilion; Harold and Teresa Snell of Little Falls, Tom and Eleanor Cardinal of Fort Plain; two uncles, Tim and Matt Snell of Ilion; aunt and uncle, who were also his godparents, Corey and Heather Scialdo and aunt and uncle, Ray and Roseanne Cardinal, all of Frankfort; two cousins, Anthony Joseph Snell and Dominick Scialdo; two special friends, Tommy Bunce and Chantelle Lynch and Tony's friend, Lisa Schuyler. Funeral services for Jennifer and Dylon will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort, under the direction of Don Applegate, with Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. Calling hours are Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 4-7 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. All arrangements and funeral services were entrusted to Applegate & Day Funeral Home of Ilion (895-7722). (February 10, 2004)

Janet C. Kirkland IHS 1957 and Barringer Road Teacher, age 64, Ilion, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2004, at Faxton Health Care, Utica. She was born August 9, 1939 in Utica, the daughter of the late Robert and Pearl McWilliam Kirkland. Ms. Kirkland was a graduate of Ilion High School, LaMoyne College, and received her Master's Degree at Potsdam College. She was employed with the Ilion CentralSchool District, teaching 4th Grade at the Barringer Road School until her retirement in 1995. Janet also served as a trustee with the Village of Ilion from 1979 to 1983, and again in 1987 and 1988. Ms. Kirkland was a member of the Herkimer County Retired Teachers Association, the NYS Retired Teachers Association, and was appointed to the Marion Burrill Scholarship Foundation Review Committee in 2000 at the Ilion High School. Janet is survived her a sister, Roberta Danforth of Ilion; two nieces and their husbands, Sheila and Daniel Brindisi of Whitesboro, Debra and Francis Knowlton of Ilion; a nephew and his wife, Robert and Doreen Danforth of Albany; a great-niece and nephew, Alec and Kaley Brindisi of Whitesboro; and special friends, Edwina and Bernard Anderson and their son, Lawrence of Mohawk. She also leaves many other close friends. Funeral services for Ms. Kirkland will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2004, at 1 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with the Rev. George B. Greene officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Saturday, January 24, 2004, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Janet C. Kirkland Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ilion High School, PO Box 480, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Dr. Atul Butala, Dr. Eric Yoss, Dr. Kenneth Novak, Dr. Mark Blaker, and Dr. John Crawford and the nurses and their offices, also the staff at Faxton 3rd floor for all the care and compassion given to Janet during her illness. The Ilion Fire Dept. will meet at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home to pay their respects. (January 23, 2004)

Doris Grace Jordan IHS Alumnus, age 95, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2004 at the Van Allen's Nursing Home, Little Falls. Mrs. Jordan was born on July 12, 1908 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Ralph L. and Edith Trenham Slone. She attended Ilion schools and on August 14, 1931 she married Roland M. Jordan in Ilion. He passed away on August 28, 1991. Mrs. Jordan was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, the Mohawk Valley General Hospital Guild, and the Herkimer County Chapter of A.A.R.P. Mrs. Jordan is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Doris and Charles McHarg of Ganesvoort, NY, and Nancy and Thomas DeLux of Morrseville, NC; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Graveside services for Mrs. Jordan will be held in the spring at a time to be announced in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. There will be no calling hours. Friends may consider memorials to the Alzheimer's Association in Mrs. Jordan's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (January 23, 2004)

Ruth Bishton Breakiron IHS 1930, devoted wife to the late Harold Breakiron and sister to eight brothers, died in Boca Raton, FL, January 10, 2004. She was the daughter of the late Frederick and Helena Bagans Bishton. She was born in Ilion, NY, on February 1, 1912. Ruth moved to Washington, DC, in 1930 after graduation from Ilion High School to attend Sibley Memorial School of Nursing, Class of 1934. She was a private duty and public health nurse, a nurse at the Hecht Company in downtown Washington, DC, and a school nurse at the Montgomery Blair High School for 15 years. Ruth was admired for her generosity of spirit, her zest for life, and for the devotion and comfort she offered family and friends. Survivors include two brothers, Robert Bishton of Albany, GA, and James Bishton of Lake Geneva, WI; and numerous nieces, nephews, great and grandnieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and six brothers, Eugene, Thomas, Frederick, Harry, Albert, and Charles Bishton. Friends may call at Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD, on January 16, 2004 from 6 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Services will be at the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 13925 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may made to the Church of the Transfiguration. (January 23, 2004)

Charles E. Sullivan IHS 1934, age 87, Ilion, passed away Monday, Jan. 12, 2004, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. He was born March 6, 1916, in Ilion, the son of the late Ross and Edith Catmull Sullivan. He was a 1934 graduate of Ilion High School. On Dec. 23, 1936, he married the former Florence Manwarren in Fulton. Mr. Sullivan drove truck for most of his life with Swatling-Peattie Oil Co., Herkimer County, and retired as a heavy equipment operator with the village of Ilion in 1980. Mr. Sullivan was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, a 50-year member of the Mohawk Valley Umpires Association, secretary and treasurer of the Valley Town Bowling Association for 18 years. He was also a fast pitch softball manager for 15 years and an umpire for 25 years with several softball leagues in the valley. He was also an avid bowler for over 50 years and served as secretary of the Mohawk Valley Business Men's Bowling League from 1946 to 1992. He was recognized on numerous occasions for his innovative secretarial ideas by the American Bowling Congress. He was a former member of the Ilion Nohomis Tribe, the Ilion Winter Club, the Ilion Moose Club, the Ilion Fish and Game Club and the AARP. He is survived by his beloved wife, Florence; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles W. and Patricia Sullivan of Ilion; two grandchildren, Kevin Sullivan of Ilion and Robin DiBetro of Richfield Springs; and three great-grandchildren, Anthony, Alex and Nichole. He was predeceased by two brothers, Ralph and Albert. Funeral services for Mr. Sullivan will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in the Oak View Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Wednesday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. The family would like to thank the staff on the second floor of the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, all shifts, and the OT and PT units for the care and compassion shown to Charley during his stay. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorials to the American Diabetes Association or the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Mr. Sullivan's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (January 23, 2004)

Warren A. Crocker IHS Science Teacher, age 84, of Ilion, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004, at St. Luke's Medical Center. He was born Sept. 2, 1919, in Lynn, Mass., the son of the late Irving S. and Edith Noyes Crocker. After graduating from Lynn High School, Warren received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University. Warren entered the U.S. Army as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Corps in 1941, and served in India during World War II. On Jan. 12, 1942, he married the former Dorothy L. Clemence in Champaign, Ill. Together they celebrated 62 years of marriage. After the completion of his military duty, Warren worked for General Electric as an engineer until he returned to Tufts University to receive his master's degree in education. He then taught high school science in Springfield, Mass. In 1956, the Crocker family moved to Ilion, where he taught science courses at Ilion High School until his retirement on June 30, 1981. His love of teaching was evident, as he enjoyed his years of teaching at Ilion High School. Mr. Crocker is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Stephen Crocker of Little Falls, David Crocker of Fairport, Richard Crocker of Ilion, Judith Roland of Belleville, Mich., Susan Pilipczuk of Clinton and Linda Crocker of Ilion; his grandchildren, Kristine and Thomas Crocker, Jennifer, William and Michael Roland, James Crocker and Sheba Hargrove and Jon and Christa Pilipczuk; also a sister, Hazel Carr of Sarasota, Fla. Funeral services for Mr. Crocker will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Friday, Jan. 9, from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, or the American Heart Association in Warren's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (January 9, 2004)

Charles J. 'Chuck' Wheeler IHS 1964, age 57, of 156 Rockwell Drive, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 28, following a long illness. Chuck, who was affectionately called "Muggs" by his family, was born April 21, 1946, in Ilion, son of Charles A. and Pearl F. (Swart) Wheeler. He attended Ilion schools. At one time he was married to Bonnie (Fink) Wheeler Moore, the mother of his children. Bonnie predeceased Chuck. Chuck was last employed by the village of Ilion, retiring from the Department of Public Works in 1998, after many years of dedicated service. Prior to that he worked at the Remington Arms, Union Tools and Hennesey's Cigarette Service. Chuck attended St. Augustine's Church; at one time he was a member of the Ilion Elks. One of his greatest pleasures was to be Santa and the Easter Bunny for the village children at events, and he volunteered his time going to the hospital and nursing home at Christmas and Easter. He enjoyed watching TV, movies and doing crossword puzzles. Years ago he was an avid card player and loved to shoot pool. Survivors include his three daughters, Dee and her husband Dan Sanders of Flint, Mich., Michele Wheeler of Prescott, Mich., and Renee Arnott of Millington, Mich.; six grandchildren, Charles, Caliegh, Justin, Tommy, Ashley and Adraina, all of Michigan; two sisters, Charlotte Wheeler and her friend Mark Kinsella of Ilion and Charlynne and her husband John Harter of Mohawk; three brothers, Tim Wheeler and his wife Susan of Ilion, Thomas Wheeler of Ilion and Terry Wheeler and his wife Jean of Mohawk; his very special friend, Leona Comes of Ilion, with whom he resided, and her family; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Pearl Wheeler in 1993, his son, Charles Jr. and his grandson, Josh Sanders. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Dec. 31, commencing at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church, with Father Thomas Trees, rector, officiating. Interment will take place this spring on the Wheeler lot at North Columbia Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visitation Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the (January 4, 2004)

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