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Charles L. 'Charlie' Flint IHS 1972, age 52, of Currier Rd., died suddenly after a brief illness on Thursday, November 10, 2005, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born one of 11 children on April 22, 1953 in Lackawanna, NY, the son of Melvin and Arlene (Griffin) Flint. Charlie, as his family and friends knew him, was raised in Ilion, NY, and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1972. A longtime resident of NH, he has lived in Hill for the past 3 years. He had worked as a landscaper for New England Landscaping in Hopkinton, NH for about 20 years. He always loved doing landscaping. Even at home, he enjoyed landscaping and gardening. He was particularly proud of his roses! He also enjoyed tinkering as a mechanic. He was always helping his friends work on their cars, and could often be found at the River Edge Garage in Franklin, NH, helping his friend, John Sanborn. He leaves his best friend and his companion, Betty Clairmont of Hill, NH; his mother, Arlene Flint; and his uncle, Charlie, both of Cohcoton, NY; a son, Glendon Flint of Boscawen, NH; two daughters, Crystal Flint-Smith of Andover, NH, and Charity Cowley of NY; six brothers, George, Ray, Kenny, Paul, James, and Phil; four sisters, Carol, Rose, Joyce, and Pam; a grandson, Logan; three granddaughters, Skyler, Alyssa, and Ayla; and many nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family. AFCS - Affordable Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., is in charge of the arrangements. (Nov 14, 2005)

Florence L. (Fink) Crewell IHS Alumnus, age 87, of the Van Allen Nursing Home, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at the facility. She was born April 28, 1918, in Frankfort, the daughter of the late John and Bertha (Helmer) Fink and was educated in Ilion schools. She was married to Lewis Crewell who preceded her in death in 1966. Florence worked as a presser for the former P&K Dress Factory in Mohawk. Mrs. Crewell was of the Methodist faith. Survivors include her son, Ronald Crewell and his wife Kathy of Mohawk; her daughter, Sharon Crewell of Sterling Heights, Mich.; two brothers, Thomas Fink and his wife Mary of Ilion and Raymond Fink of Michigan; a sister, Pearl Kimble of Pennsylvania; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters and one brother. Funeral services and burial in Mohawk Cemetery will be private and held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Arrangements are underthe direction of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls. All memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Central New York Region, 100 Lomond Court, Utica 13502 or to the Herkimer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Mohawk 13407. To add to Florence's on-line memorial go to www.eneafamilyfuneralhomes.com on the Internet. (Nov 14, 2005)

Charles Conover IHS Alumnus, 89, of 109 Second St., Ilion, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2005. He was born in Herkimer on Jan. 11, 1916, the son of the late Albert and Lillian Conover. He was educated in the Ilion school system. On Oct. 16, 1937, he married Mary Bartosiewicz in St. Joseph's Church in Herkimer. Charlie and Mary enjoyed 62 years of blessed marriage together until her passing on Oct. 27, 1999. Charlie's love was Mary and together, their love was their children, their grandchildren and their great-grandchildren. He was a factory worker throughout his life, retiring from Remington Arms Co. in 1981. In his earlier years, he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps, and also served in Italy with the Army during the Second World War. Charlie is survived by two sons and daughters- in-law, Jim and Judy Conover and Larry and Judy Conover, all of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Chris Conover and his wife Tracey of Newport, Peter Conover and his wife Patty of Syracuse, Mike Conover and his wife Jen of Ilion, Julie and Jamie Rudwell of Ilion, Tim Conover of Liverpool and Jeff and Emily Conover of Ilion, 10 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Mariah, Madelyn, Benjamin, Mary, Danny and Sean Conover and Morgan, Isabelle and Jake Rudwell. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Phyllis Bajda of the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home and Steve and Josephine Sadlon of Little Falls. Charlie was predeceased by a sister, Rachael Remis, a brother, Russ and two half brothers, Bob and Barney Siver. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, Nov. 7, at 2:30 p.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. Friends may call Sunday, Nov. 6, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion or the Ilion Ambulance Fund in Charlie's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Charlie had a positive attitude about life and a sense of humor that was contagious and will never die. He could always find the good in every person and all situations. He lived and enjoyed life to the fullest. The family will be forever grateful to the staff at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the professionalism of care that Charlie received there. You allowed him to maintain his personal dignity during these last few months, and we know that he touched you as much as your care touched him. Donations may be made to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home and to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. (Nov 14, 2005)

James F. Burton IHS 1971, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 1. in Anderson, Ind., after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease. He was born Feb. 7, 1952 in Ilion, the son of Mrs. Joyce B. Fedele and the late Raymond W. Burton. James attended Ilion schools. Survivors include his wife Kathy of Indiana; mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fedele of Litchfield; stepmother Mrs. Jessie Burton of Ilion; sisters, Kathy and husband of Litchfield, Sallie and companion of Litchfield, Wendy and companion of Oneonta; brothers, William and companion of Herkimer, Dale and wife Kathy of Elmira, and Tracy and wife Florence of Rome; step-brothers and step-sisters; several aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews. James was predeceased by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Burton, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Bouck, all of Ilion; his father, Raymond; a sister, Debra; and a brother, Charles. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. (Nov 14, 2005)

Kathleen Mae Callister IHS 1971, 52, of Marcy, passed away on Monday, Oct. 24, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born June 11, 1953, in Ilion, daughter of the late Richard Callister and Agatha Lampman Callister McQuesten. A lifelong area resident, she was raised in Ilion and graduated from Ilion High School, where she was an outstanding athlete. She furthered her education at Herkimer County Community College and went on to SUNY-Cortland, where she earned her bachelor's and the master's degree in Health Education in 1976. During those years she continued to participate in basketball, softball and tennis. She was a multi-year participant in the Utica Boilermaker with her most recent race completed in 2003. Kathy was a true advocate for women's sports. She played a vital role in assigning and officiating of Section III basketball, field hockey, softball and volleyball. She began officiating field hockey in the fall of 1972. She was instrumental in establishing the Field Hockey Board and has remained as the only official assignor in the sport of field hockey. She had served as an official in several sectional, regional and state contests and in some years traveling as far as Albany and Buffalo. Kathy had coached basketball and softball for various schools throughout the section and in 1980 her New York Mills softball team won the Section III title. She was the recipient of the Section III Service Award. She considered this one of her proudest accomplishments. In addition to running, she enjoyed the time spent with friends in the Adirondacks. Her love for the outdoors allowed her quality time kayaking and jet skiing. For the past 27 years Kathy has been employed as a senior recreation therapist for the Central New York Psychiatric Center in Marcy. Kathy is the definition of a special personŠExceptionalŠEnthusiasticŠEnduring. She was a good Samaritan to all in need. Her undying energy to help the weak and elderly made her a truly remarkable person. She filled our lives with happiness and sweet feelings that we will carry in our hearts forever. Surviving are her endearing companion, Glory Stuhlinger, of Marcy; two brothers and their wives, Richard and Cindy Callister of Escondido, Calif. and David and Judith Callister of Westmoreland; two sisters, Diana Geno of Ilion and Mary-Lyn Swart and her husband Dennis of the state of Ohio; a special aunt and uncle, Veronica and Warren Rocque of Barneveld; special cousins, Bonnie Rocque and Rosemary Rees; several nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Edward and William Callister and one sister, Janet Callister. Funeral service will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, with the Rev. Rodney VonPackal officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday (today) from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made with donations to LUNGevity Foundation, 4541 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 303, Chicago, Ill. 60640. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Samir Desai, Windy Mitchell P.A. and their remarkable medical team for the dedication, genuine kindness, sensitivity and care they provided to Kathy, in making her feel special and learning to live with cancer. (Nov 14, 2005)

Ethel E. Tetlock IHS Alumnus, 89, of Ilion, passed away on Saturday, October 22, 2005, at the Masonic Home in Utica. Ethel was born on November 10, 1915 in Ilion, the daughter of the late George and Edith (Miller) Stacks. She was educated in Ilion and on March 8, 1936 she was married to Arthur F. Tetlock; he passed away in 1992. Ethel was employed as a clerk typist with Chicago Pneumatic, retiring several years ago. Ethel was a very active member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion and was also a member of the Home Bureau. She was an avid card player who also enjoyed traveling. Ethel devoted time to doing volunteer work in the area, and most of all enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Ethel is survived by two daughters, Nancy Johnston of Norway and Linda Stasco of Ilion; one brother, Earl Stacks of Oneida; and an aunt, Margaret Bius of Ilion; her six grandchildren and their spouses, Michelle and Patrick Cook, Robert and Sharon Berger, Christopher and Linda Berger and Timothy Berger, Pamela and Paul White and Patricia Stasco; her great-grandchildren, Jason and Katherine Berger, Nicholas, Emily, and Lucas Cook, and Lauren and Melanie White. She is predeceased by a son-in-law, Joseph Stasco, who passed away June 6, 2005. Funeral services for Ethel will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2005, at 10 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment will follow in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday (today) from 5-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. In Ethel's memory, friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the First Presbyterian Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Ethel's family would like to thank the Saranac Household at the Masonic Care Community for the care and compassion shown Ethel during her stay. (Nov 14, 2005)

George E. Gettle Sr IHS 1947, 76, of 24 Orchard St., Ilion, passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005, a home. He was born Sept. 18, 1929, in Ilion, the son of the late Peter and Elsie Livingston Gettle, and received his education in the Ilion School District. Mr. Gettle was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. On May 25, 1957, he married the former Shirley O'Driscoll in Rivena Queemans. He was employed as a postal clerk with the U.S. Post Office in Utica until his retirement in 1985. Mr. Gettle was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ilion, the Ilion Masonic Lodge 690 and the Ilion Lodge I.O.O.F. George is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Ilion; two sons and a daughter-in-law, George Jr. and Tina of Ilion and Phillip of Bridgeport; three daughters and sons-in-law, Helen and Keith Hutchins of Oregon, Debra and Clyde Haire of Kentucky and Michele and William Conrad of Texas; a sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Leon Becker of Herkimer; also 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services for Mr. Gettle will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care or the American Cancer Society in George's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Nov 14, 2005)

Edward T. Harter IHS 1958, 65, of Prospect Avenue, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 15, 2005, in his home. He was born July 2, 1940, in Herkimer, son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Roswell Harter. A lifelong Ilion resident, he was a graduate of Ilion High School with the class of 1958. He furthered his education, graduating from Mohawk Valley Community College. On Oct. 15, 1960, he married Gail Dolin in St. Paul's Church in Whitesboro. They have resided in Ilion ever since. Mr. Harter had first worked as an insurance agent. In 1972, he went to work for Kmart stores, where he managed the appliance departments in the Herkimer and New Hartford stores, retiring in 1989. He then worked for seven years at the Lexington Adult Care Home in Gloversville, retiring in 1996. Mr. Harter was a 40-year member of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010 and a life member of the Utica Bowling Association, where he served as secretary-treasurer. Ed enjoyed golf and shuffleboard, but his real love was bowling and the many years he spent as a member of the UBA. One of his proudest moments was when he was named to the Bowling Hall of Fame in Utica. Ed was a man who always put family first. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his many friends and family, especially his grandchildren. Surviving are his loving wife of 45 years, Gail; one son, Edward Raymond and his wife Lorrie Harter of Witherbee; two daughters and their husbands, Cindy Marie and Francis Grippe of Frankfort and Sally and Ben Juliano of Whitesboro; a sister, Marlene and her husband Dale Christie of Schuyler; eight grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Dolin who was very special to Ed and Eileen and her husband Everett Burr of Sauquoit; one brother-in-law, Gary Dolin and his wife Patsy of Newport; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, with the Rev. Anthony Barrett, pastor of Annunciation Church, officiating. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Monday from 4-6:30 p.m. Members of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010 are asked to meet at the funeral home today at 6:15 p.m. for ritualistic services. (Nov 14, 2005)

Philip J. 'Phil' Sassone IHS Alumnus, 44, of 236 N. Main St., Herkimer, passed away, Thursday, Oct. 13,2005 after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 13, 1960 in Ilion, the son of Audry Pryce Sassone and the late Joseph Sassone, and received his education in the Ilion school system. Phil was of the Catholic faith, and enjoyed sports and computers. He was a talented guitar musician and also a poem composer. Phil is survived by his mother Audry of Ilion, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Joe Rocco of Frankfort, Carol and John Natarelli of Herkimer, and Patricia and David Lennox of Pennsylvania; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Robert and Janet Bouck of Ilion, Joseph Sassone of Ilion; several nieces and nephews; also two great nephews and one great niece; a close friend Tom DiBrango of Herkimer; and his cat, Katie. Phil's funeral service will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion with the Rev. George B. Greene officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society in Phil's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the Herkimer Clinic, especially Joe, Kim, Kathy and Dr. Bonnie Melnick for their care, compassion and friendship, and aslo the staff at the Basloe Library for their kindness over the years. (Oct 15, 2005)

Catherine F.(Lyon) Smith IHS Alumnus, 75, of Prindle Apartments, Ilion, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005, following a long illness, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare with her family by her side. Catherine was born July 7, 1930, in East Frankfort, daughter of the late Walter H. and Frances E. (Loftus) Lyon. She attended local schools, graduating from Ilion High School and later SUNY Cobleskill ('77) and Oklahoma State Tech ('79). Catherine was married to Norman F. Wilcox in Herkimer in 1948; she later married Max H. Smith in 1981 in California and more recently was companion to Jessie J. Lott and Robert P. Hurteau. She was employed by various businesses in the Mohawk Valley, Oklahoma and California before retiring. Catherine was active in many organizations over the years, most recently the John Guy Prindle Association, and enjoyed attending the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home Adult Day Care Program. Catherine was a devoted and loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many. Survivors include two sons, William G. 'Bill' Wilcox and his wife Katherine of Ilion and Walter Wilcox and his wife Sharon of Oregon; one daughter, Deborah Bradley of Ilion; 12 cherished grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and many close friends and neighbors. She was predeceased by her husbands, Max and Norman, son, Michael C. Wilcox Sr. and companions Jessie and Robert. Catherine's funeral service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Thomas Trees, rector of St. Augustine's Church, officiating. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Tuesday from noon-2 p.m. at the funeral home prior to her funeral service. Interment will take place in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. To add to Catherine's online memorial go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Oct 15, 2005)

Bernard R. Smith IHS Alumnus, 76, of 1427 State Route 5S, Mohawk, formerly of Ilion, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. He was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Ilion, the son of the late Bernard G. and Mabel M. Pudney Smith, and received his education in the Ilion School District. Mr. Smith was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and was employed as a planner with Remington Arms, retiring in 1981. Mr. Smith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, a life member of the Ilion Little League, and a member of the Ilion Babe Ruth League. He also enjoyed his camp in Forestport. Mr. Smith is survived by his children, Daniel and Susan Smith of Montvale, N.J., Lawrence and Kathy Smith of Jacksonville, Fla., Alan Smith of New Hartford, Stephen 'Doozer' and Lori Smith of Ilion; a brother and sister-in-law, George and Margaret Smith of Mohawk and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Meryl Smith. In keeping with Bernard's wishes, there are no public calling hours or funeral service. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family, with final interment in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Little League, c/o Todd Gookins, 241 South Fourth Ave., Ilion 13357 in Bernard's memory. Envelopes will be available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (Oct 15, 2005)

Shirley J. (Barger) Fernalld IHS Alumnus, 74, formerly of Prindle Apts. and 20 E. North St., Ilion, died Saturday, September 24, 2005, at Valley Health Services. She was born on June 28, 1931 in Ilion, the daughter of Douglas and Loretta (Dixon) Barger, and attended Ilion schools. On September 12, 1955, she was married to Arthur "Bud" Fernalld in Great Bend, Pa. He died on September 29, 1996. Shirley was an assembler at General Electric Co., Utica, and later was employed in the Returns Department at Duofold Co., Mohawk. She was a charter member of the Frankfort Hill Volunteer Fire Department LadiesAuxiliary and a member of the Litchfield Grange. Shirley enjoyed her time spent with her family and friends. Survivors include her three sons and two daughters-in-law, Brian and Punye Fernalld of Columbus, Ohio, Tim and Susan Fernalld of Herkimer and Dale Fernalld of Ilion; six grandchildren, Crystal, Brian Jr., Tim Jr., Sarah, Kourtnee and Justin; special nieces, Gloria Polley and Linda Snyder; several other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her son, Larry; three sisters, Betty Ashley, Jean Byard and Mary Brewer. Funeral Services will be held 12 Noon Tuesday, September 27, 2005, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion with Pastor Hans Drews and John Brewer (Shirley's nephew) officiating. Interment will be in Norwich Corners Cemetery next to her husband. Calling hours are Monday, September 26, 2005, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to add to Shirley's online memorial, visit www.applegateandday.com on the internet. A heartfelt thank you to the staff of Valley Health Services for their loving care given to Shirley and her family. Memorial contributions may be made to Valley Health Services Activities Dept. in Shirley's name. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Oct 3, 2005)

Irene B.(Busch) Selwood IHS Alumnus, 86, of 228 Brewer Road, Ilion, passed away at home, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2005. Irene was born on Aug. 30, 1919 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Harley and Neva (Hinman) Busch. She was educated in Ilion schools and was employed as a receptionist with Dr. Luke and later Dr. Goldstone. She also worked in Marie's Gift Shop in Herkimer. Irene was a former member and Sunday school teacher at the Little Falls Baptist Church, and more recently was the organist in the Columbia Center Church. Irene is survived by two sons and daughter-in-laws, Robert and Kirsten Selwood of Highbridge, N.J. and James and Sandy Selwood of Rockaway, N.J.; a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Jim Brewer Sr. of Ilion. She also leaves eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a special friend Pauline Lauer. Irene was predeceased by a brother, Robert Busch. Funeral services for Ms. Selwood will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005 at 11 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Hans Drews officiating. Interment will be in the Mohawk Cemetery, Mohawk. Friends may call Monday, Sept. 19, 2005 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home, and are asked to consider memorial donations to the Cedarville Fire Department of the Columbia Center Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. (September 18, 2005)

Hazel I. (Donohue) Getman IHS Alumnus, 97, of 100 W. Main St., Ilion, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2005, at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. Hazel was born Sept. 23, 1907, in Ilion, the youngest of 10 children of the late Frank and Hattie Woodard Donohue, and was educated in the Ilion school system. In July 1961, she married Fred Getman in Richfield Springs. He passed away May 1, 1969. Hazel was employed as an assembler with Univac in Utica, retiring in 1965. Hazel was a member of St. Augustine's Church in Ilion, the A.A.R.P., a volunteer with Catholic Charities, and a former commissioner of the Ilion Housing Authority. She is survived by five nieces and nephews, Beverly Doolen of Ilion, Eleanor Barney of Ilion, Richard Williams of Marietta, Robert Williams of Beaver Falls, and David Donohue of Loudon, Tenn.; also, many generations of nieces and nephews. In keeping with Hazel's wishes there are no calling hours or public funeral service. Interment will be in the Cedarville Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance in Hazel's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (September 10, 2005)

Betty Jean (Elthorp) White IHS 1963, 60, of 5001 SW 20th Street, Ocala, Florida, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2005, at the Monroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, FL. She was born June 15, 1945 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Robert and Gertrude Mosher Elthorp, and was raised by her adoptive parents, Howard and Janet Orr, who also predeceased her. Betty Jean was a 1963 graduate of Ilion High School, and on June 1, 1968 she married John White in the Methodist Church in Ilion. Betty Jean was employed as a food clerk with General Electric in Utica, Herkimer County Community College and the Great American Store in Herkimer before her retirement in 1995. Betty Jean was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ilion, and an avid knitter and donated her afghans to the Human Society. Betty Jean is survived by her husband, John; a son, Robert White of Ilion; and a daughter, Jennifer White of Ocala, Florida; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Alfred Elthorp, and William and Carolyn Elthorp; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary Edwards, Herriete Feldbrugge, and Roberta and Hollis Holmes; also 13 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her beloved pet, Clancy. She was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and George Elthorp. Funeral services for Mrs. White will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2005, at 10:00 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in the Exeter Center Cemetery, Town of Exeter, New York. Friends may call Wednesday, September 7, 2005, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society in Betty Jean's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 10, 2005)

Elizabeth H. "Betty" (March) Jones IHS Alumnus, 81, of Galinsky Apartments, Herkimer, a lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley, passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Betty was born in Ilion on Oct. 25, 1923, daughter of the late Harry and Vere (Lindsey) March. She attended Ilion schools. On March 6, 1970, she wasunited in marriage to Thomas N. "Partner" Jones in Mohawk. Tom passed away June 29, 1993. Betty began her career as a waitress at Mickey's Diner in Ilion, and also worked at the National Diner in Little Falls and the Empire Diner in Herkimer, retiring in 1980 after 42 years serving the public. Betty enjoyed many happy years with her husband, Tom, and her beloved family. She loved traveling to Germany to visit her loved ones. Survivors include one son and two daughters-in-law, William and Anita Ritton of Germany and Shirley Ritton of the state of Washington; her grandchildren, William Ritton, Ramona Nutti, Kristen Ritton and Aprile Lynch, Irene Willis, Mike, Andy and Sebina Schmidt, her great-grandchildren, Sarah Ann, Steven, David Jr., Sophie Elizabeth and Julia Mae, one great-great-granddaughter, Cloe Holly; one brother, Paul March and one sister, Arlene Corsillo; sister-in-law Rose March of Ilion, several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends. Betty was predeceased by her son, James Ritton, her grandson, Leslie Ritton and her great-grandson, Mason Ritton, her sisters and brothers, Alice March, Helen Bruce, Verenetta Bouck, Esther Bower, Richard, Nelson, Howard and Grant March. Betty's funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 29, commencing at noon at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Mark Anderson, pastor of the Herkimer Reformed Church, officiating. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, for interment will follow. Family and friends are invited to visitation from 10 a.m.-noon at the funeral home prior to the funeral service. The Village of Herkimer Senior Citizens will gather 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home for prayer service. Memorial contributions may be considered in Betty's name to the American ALS Disease Foundation (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Betty's online memorial, go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet.. (September 10, 2005)

Leola L. (Lester) Reynolds IHS Alumnus, 81, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed away Monday, August 15, 2005. Survivors include her husband, Robert J. "Bob" Reynolds; two sons, Lynn D. Reynolds and his wife, Bonnie, of Ft. Myers, Florida, and James E. Reynolds and his wife, Laura, of Ilion; her two daughters, Betty R. Brewer and her husband, Terrance, of East Greenbush, NY, and Nan A Grindle of Herkimer; six grandchildren, Nicole and Alex Reynolds, Jessica Reynolds, Hilary and Geoffrey Brewer, and Andrew Reynolds; one sister, Betty Pozniak, of Frankfort; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Leola was predeceased by her brother, Thomas E. Lester. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday, August 18th, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the APPLEGATE & DAY FUNERAL HOME, 102 West St., Ilion. Leola's funeral services will commence at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home following visitation. Procession to Mt. View Memorial Gardens for interment will follow the service. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Leola's name to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Leola's on-line memorial please go to www.applegateandday.com on the internet. (September 10, 2005)

Lewis A. Bouck IHS Alumnus, 80, of 1653 Barringer Road, Ilion, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born April 27, 1925 in Ilion, the son of the late Lewis Young and Harriette Ione Snyder Bouck, and was educated in the Ilion High School. Mr. Bouck was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army from 1943 until 1945. On May 10, 1947, he married the former Loretta Levee in Little Falls; she passed away February 1, 1984. Mr. Bouck was employed as a maintenance foreman with Mohawk Data Science in Herkimer, retiring several years ago; he then drove a school bus. Mr. Bouck was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, the Ilion Olive Branch 40 F&AM Lodge in Ilion, the Mohawk American Legion, and the Ilion Fish and Game Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping and was a true outdoorsman. He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Robert Neary of Ilion; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Betty Bouck of Ilion, and David and Irene Bouck of Schuyler; a granddaughter, Rebecca Neary of Ilion; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Paul, Myron, and Frank. Funeral services for Mr. Bouck will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at 12 Noon from the Whiter-Hendrx Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wallaber, officiating. Interment will take place in the Mt. View Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, August 16, 2005, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the St. Luke's Dialysis Unit or the St. Elizabeth Cardiac Unit in Lew's memory; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 10, 2005)

John C. (Jack) Lonis IHS 1969, 54, of 9501 Sessions Road, Sauquoit, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005. He was born Dec. 15, 1950, in Ilion, the son of David and Betty Frankish Lonis. He was a 1969 graduate of Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. On Aug. 18, 1984, he was united in marriage with Danelle Miller in New Hartford. Jack was an entrepreneur, being involved in many businesses over the years. Jack was involved in several car clubs and had been a car buff since about 2 years old. He loved his animals, enjoyed Maine and the outer banks and everyone loved him for his energy and thoughtfulness. He was a very loving person and had a fantastic smile and he enjoyed his family, his in-laws, and his nieces and nephews. Jack is survived by his wife and life partner Danny, who was his best friend and he her Prince Charming; his parents, David and Betty of Ilion; two brothers, David of Connecticut and Mark of Ilion; his red golden retriever Holly; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his pet dog Babe in 1996. Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., at 6 p.m. with the Rev. David Kirkpatrick officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Humane Society of Rome, Inc., P.O. Box 4572, Rome, NY 13442-4572. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (August 8, 2005)

Margaret Wynne (Russell) Williamson IHS 1951, 71, died at The Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with her children by her side after a long illness, Wednesday, July 20, 2005. She is the wife of the late Ernest Williamson. Mrs. Williamson was born, raised, andeducated in Ilion, NY. She graduated from high school in 1951. She also graduated from Edgewood Park College. She then married James Daly in 1955. She later married Ernest Williamson. She worked as an office administrator in a pediatric doctor's office in Sudbury, MA, for many years. She fulfilled her dream to move to Cape Cod in 1996 from Weston, MA, where she expressed herself by painting and playing the piano with an ocean view. She cherished her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bridge and was a member of the Brewster, MA, Baptist Church. She is survived by two sons, James L. Daly of Whitinsville, MA, David R. Daly of Ashland, MA; one daughter, Leila E. Sampson of Wellesley, MA; one brother, Benjamin A. Russell of Constantia, NY; one sister, Jane R. Nile of Aptos, CA; nine grandchildren; three nieces and two nephews. A memorial service will be held in The Brewster Baptist Church, Rte. 6A, Brewster, MA, on Wednesday, July 27, at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Assoc., 2 White's Path, Yarmouth, MA 02664. (August 8, 2005)

Mr. Jack 'Herbie' Reyome IHS 1945, 77, of Maple Street, Broadalbin, passed away Sunday morning at his home surrounded by most of his family. Born Oct. 11, 1927, in Ilion, he was the son of Herbert and Venona Wengert Reyome. He attended schools in Ilion throughout his life and went on to Valpariso College. In 1948, he joined the United States Air Force. During that time he met the love of his life and his reason for living, Florence "Rusty" B. Gerdin and was married Jan. 30, 1951, at Eglin Air Force Base in Pensacola, Fla. His wife predeceased him in September of 2000. He is survived by three sons, Marc S. Reyome and his wife Lynda McConnell of Attleboro, Mass., Norman L. Reyome of Broadalbin and Jeffrey P. Reyome of Valley, Pa.; one daughter, Tracy L. Fialkowski of Venice, Fla.; two brothers-in-law, Louis P. Gerdin and his wife Ellen of Little Falls and Frank Gerdin and his wife Jeannie of Williamsburg, Va.; one cousin, Martha Wengert of Ilion; four grandchildren, Zachary, Christian, Jocelyn and Jack Reyome; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Jeffords and Stewart Funeral Home, 85 W. Main St., Broadalbin. A funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. R.W. Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the Ilion Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville 12078. Sign the family's guest book at www.brbsfuneral.com. (August 8, 2005)

John C. Shaw IHS Alumnus, 63, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Friday, July 1, in Toronto, Canada. Born in Ilion on July 1, 1942, John was the son of the late John F. and Pauline (Strait) Shaw. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Delhi College of Technology and New York University. During his life, he was very active in real estate and at one time owned a Century 21 office. He also spent a number of years pursuing a writing career on Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, where he found his paradise and "Garden of Eden". He is survived by a son, Bryan of Toronto; a daughter, Marla and her husband Alex Flores of Passaic, N.J.; and a son, Steven and his wife Jennifer of Norcross, Ga.; seven grandchildren; his former wife, Verna of Toronto; a sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and William Slaughter; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Gloria; a brother, William; and sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Raymond Bennett. John's final wish was to be cremated with his ashes spread at a favorite childhood retreat. Final arrangements will be held Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. at White lake. His "Last will and Testament" from the high school year book read "Parting is such sweet sorrow." Those were his sentiments and are now those of his family and friends. (August 8, 2005)

Irma Blanche (Van Nort) Shaver IHS Alumnus, 91, of 629 Warren Road, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Irma was born November 2, 1913 in the town of Litchfield, the daughter of the late Roselle and Ada Belle (Perkins) Van Nort. She was educated in Crane's Corners and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 14, 1936 she was united in marriage to Raymond C. Shaver. He passed away in 1994. Together with her husband, they ran the Ferncliff Dairy, on Warren Road, Mohawk, where she was the bookkeeper for the dairy. Mrs. Shaver also had a chicken an egg business at the farm. Mrs. Shaver was a 50 year member of the O.E.S. Chapter 319 in Mohawk, the Mohawk Senior Citizens and the Farm Bureau. Mrs. Shaver is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Charles and Andrea Shaver, and Edward Shaver, all of Mohawk; three grandchildren, Charles A. Shaver and his wife, Rachael, Christen and Dan Gullis, all of Mohawk, Chad Shaver and his companion, Missy Filipczuk of Ilion; and eight great-grandchildren, Steven, Dylan, Hayden and Kendra Shaver, of Mohawk, Kharla and Karlee Gullis of Mohawk, and Logan and Nathan Shaver of Ilion. She is also survived by two nephews and one cousin. She was predeceased by a sister, Helen Phillips; and two brothers, Kenneth and Maurice Van Nort. Funeral services for Mrs. Shaver will be held Friday, July 29, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Kenneth Palmer officiating. Interment will follow at the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call today from 7-9 p.m. and Friday, July 29 from 10 a.m. until the funeral and are asked to consider memorial donations to Movac or Mohawk Reformed Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the fourth floor staff of the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for all their kindness and caring for the past eight years. (August 8, 2005)

John J. Mullen IHS 1941, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 11, 2005 at Wuesthoff Hospital in Rockledge. He was born in Ilion, N.Y. on March 9, 1924 and came to Port St. John in 1963. He was a US Army Staff Sergeant of WWII and a retired machinist from McDonnell Douglas in 1981. John is survived by his wife of 54 years, Miriam; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Shelly Mullen; grandson Jacob; sister Margaret (O.R.) Griffith. He was pre-deceased by his sister Jane Rebasz. Funeral service will be held at the 1st United Methodist Church in Port St. John at 10:00 am on Tuesday May 17, 2005. Interment will follow at Brevard Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of John J. Mullen to the Brevard Alzheimer's Foundation, 4676 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, FL. 32935. Arrangements by Funeral Solutions in Cocoa FL. 321- 638-1373. (August 8, 2005)

Joseph W. Stasco IHS 1963 61, passed away Monday, June 6, 2005, at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born February 29, 1944 in Ilion, the son of Joseph and Margaret Lohmann Stasco. He received his education in Ilion High School and Buffalo Institute of Technology. On April 29, 1967, he married the former Linda Tetlock in Ilion. Mr. Stasco was formerly employed as a computer technician with Momentum Technology, MDS, and UNIVAC. Mr Stasco was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, and the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, N.A.S.C.A.R. racing, working on the computer, and playing shuffle board. He especially enjoyed spending time with his two granddaughters. Mr. Stasco is survived by his wife, Linda; his daughters, Pamela White and her husband, Paul of Herkimer, Patricia and her fiance, Gregory Gieryic of Arlington, VA; his mother, Margaret Stasco of Ilion; his mother-in-law, Ethel Tetlock of Utica; two granddaughters, Lauren and Melanie White of Herkimer; two aunts, Ann Bubb of Mohawk, and Margaret Bius of Ilion; sister-in-law, Nancy Johnson; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Joseph J. Stasco. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, June 9, 2005, at a time to be announced. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, June 8, 2005, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The family would like to thank the staff at St. Luke's Medical Center, C.C.U. Department, for care given to Joseph during his stay, and the support the family received during his stay. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413, or the Herkimer County Humane Society, Ft. Herkimer Road, State Rt. 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407, in Joseph's memory. (June 20, 2005)

Dorothy E. (Oviatt) Foster IHS Alumnus, 74, an Ilion native, most recently of Galinsky Apartments and Folts Homes, passed away Monday, May 9, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. She was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Ilion, a daughter of the late James and Lillian Oviatt and was educated in Ilion schools. She was last employed by the Folts Homes, Herkimer, and was of the Baptist faith. A beloved mother, grandmother and sister, she will be dearly missed by her loved ones. Survivors include a son, Robert E. Foster Jr. and wife Patricia of Ilion; two sisters, Gladys White of Ilion and Lillian Rose and husband Edward of Cedarville; two grandchildren, Robert E. Foster III and special friend Jenn Caleo of Ilion and Lori Poehler and husband Matthew of Dolgeville; three great-grandchildren, Makayla, Desarae and Hailey; several nieces and nephews and a special aunt, Ruth Riddell of Ilion. She was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Stanley and Alice Beach. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000) on Wednesday, May 11, from 6-8 p.m. Dorothy's funeral will commence at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Smith, pastor of the Ilion Baptist Church, officiating. Funeral procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where she will be laid to rest. Arrangements were made by the Holleran & Enea Family Funeral Home, Herkimer. (May 28, 2005)

John R. Durkin IHS Alumnus, age 88, of Utica, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. John was born on April 23, 1917 in Granville, New York, the son of Arthur and Margaret Brown Durkin. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and in 1946 married Grace Hauber in St. Agnes Church, Utica. John was a US Army Air Corp veteran serving in the Pacific Theatre from 1942-1946. John was employed at Remington Arms retiring in 1963. Surviving besides his beloved wife, Grace; are two sisters, Jane Smith and her husband, Alfred of W. Winfield, Margaret Gibson of Lake Jackson, TX; two brothers, Arthur Durkin, and Joseph Durkin and his wife, Joan, all of Ilion. He also leaves a niece, Beth White and her husband, David of New York City; and a nephew, William Durkin of Greenville, SC. John was predeceased by a brother, Harry Durkin who was killed in WWII. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Utica. There will be no calling hours. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Utica. The Durkin family is being served by Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. (May 28, 2005)

Raymond F. 'Pete' Bleau IHS 1936, age 87, of S. Otsego St., a longtime Mohawk resident, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 1, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Pete was born February 27, 1918 in Ilion, son of the late Louis and Bessie (Suters) Bleau. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. A veteran of WWII, Pete served with the US Army Air Corps in the European Theater of War. On June 25, 1942, he was united in marriage to Mildred "Millie" Anhel, a blessed union of 62 years. Pete was employed in the publication department at Sperry Rand-Univac in Ilion for 30 years. He was later employed by the Remington Arms Co., retiring in 1982. Pete was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, Ilion-Frankfort Masonic Lodge, and AARP. Survivors include his beloved wife, Mildred "Millie" Bleau; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Donna and Stephen Seifritz of Syracuse; one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Donna Bleau of Colorado; one sister, Betty Seymour of VA; one brother, Carl Bleau of Ilion; four cherished grandchildren, Christopher Bleau, Niccole Bleau, Caitlin Seifritz, Molly Seifritz; one great-grandson, Edison Bleau; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Pete was predeceased by his sisters, Ardel Lockyer and Dorothy Finnegan; two brothers, Kenneth Bleau and Louis Bleau. Family and friends are invited to Mr. Bleau's funeral service Thursday, May 5th, commencing at 2 p.m. at the Mohawk Reformed Church. Following the funeral service, a gathering will be held in the church hall for refreshments and fellowship. Interment will take place 4 p.m. (Thursday) at Armory Hill Cemetery. There are no public calling hours. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Pete's name to the Mohawk Reformed Church. Donation envelopes will be available at the church. To send a letter of condolence to the Bleau family, or to add to Pete's online memorial, please visit www.applegateandday.com on the internet. All arrangements have been entrusted to the Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home, 48 E. Main St.,Mohawk. (May 28, 2005)

Charles W. G. 'Andy' Anderson 1941, 81, of Fulton, Missouri passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2005 at his home. He was born March 1, 1924 in Ilion, New York the son of the late William Geeves Anderson and Annie Crossland Anderson. On May 22, 1943 he was united in marriage to Iris Ducote who preceded him in death on April 16, 2004. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by one son Charles Anderson II and his wife Rachelle of Fulton, Mo.; two daughters, Carole Lany Jones and her husband Troy of Jefferson City, Mo., and Ashley Anderson of Fulton, Mo.; five grandchildren, Trent, Sean, Holly, Dylan, and Austin; other relatives and many dear friends. Mr. Anderson worked at the Fulton State Hospital and then retired form the Missouri Department of Corrections as a psychologist. He was a veteran of the US Army. He was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, the Masonic Lodge, and was involved in Boy Scouts for many years. He enjoyed traveling, reading, writing poetry, camping, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Memorial services will be held 11a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2005 at St. Albans Episcopal Church in Fulton, Mo. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005 at Maupin Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until service time on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at St. Albans Episcopal Church. (April 25, 2005)

Thomas E. 'Tom' Lester IHS 1939, age 84, formerly a longtime resident of Ilion and Oneida Lake, passed away Thursday, April 7, 2005, at the Presbyterian Home, Town of New Hartford. Tom was born August 17, 1920 in Detroit, Michigan, son of the late Elliott and Frances (VanDelinder) Lester. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. Tom was a proud WWII Veteran serving with the US Navy from 1942-46 as an Aviation Machinist Mate Third Class with the VPB 209 Squadron. He was the recipient of the Combat AirCrew Insignia, American Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and on October 3, 2004 was presented the NYS Medal of Merit at his VFW Post. On November 13, 1948, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Eysaman at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk. They shared a special and devoted union of almost 47 years until Carolyn's passing on September 16, 1995. He was employed as a toolmaker at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, retiring in 1980. At one time, Tom was co-owner and co-operated Reynolds and Lester Garage in Ilion for many years. He later owned and operated T. Lester and Sons of Ilion. In his early years, he attended the Ilion Baptist Church, and later attended the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and St. Mary's of the Lake in Verona Beach. A dedicated and concerned citizen, Tom was elected as a Trustee in the Village of Ilion for many years, and also served as Mayor. He was a former member of the Ilion Light Commission, a 58 year member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Dept., a former member of the Volunteer Fire Dept. Marching Band, the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, Ilion American Legion Post 920, Life member of the Yorkville VFW Post 6001, Former President and Secretary of the Kyser Beach Association, a charter member of the Do Nothing Club, a member of a special group of friends called "The Beavers," and at one time, was an avid bowler and softball player. Tom was known as a devoted and dedicated family man. He loved to laugh and enjoyed the camaraderie of his family and many acquaintances. Surviving are his two daughters and son-in-law, Barb Lester of Oneida Lake, and Carol (Lester) Swart and her husband, Keith of FL; four sons and daughters-in-law, John and Diane Lester of FL, Thomas II and Cathleen Lester, Charles 'Chuck' and Marion Lester, all of Ilion, David and Pamela Lester of Ohio; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty Pozniak of Frankfort, and Leola and Robert "Bob" Reynolds of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews; and many friends, including his special friend, Father Robert Bogan. Family and friends are invited to Tom's calling hours Sunday, April 10, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral services will be held Monday, commencing at 9 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor. Procession to Mohawk Cemetery for interment with Full Military Honors accorded by the US Navy will follow Mass. The Ilion Volunteer Fire Dept. will pay their respects 5 p.m., Sunday, and the Yorkville VFW Post service will commence Sunday, 5:30 p.m., both at the funeral home. Tom's family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone at the Presbyterian Home and Dr. Taylor for the excellent and professional loving care provided during his stay. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Tom's name to the Ilion Volunteer Fire Dept. or the Presbyterian Home. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. Those wishing to add to Tom's on-line memorial or send a letter of condolence to his family may do so by going to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (April 9, 2005)

George T. 'Keoki' Harris, MAJ USAF (Retired) IHS 1940, age 81, of Gulfbreeze, Fl died at the family’s Kailua, HI home on Aug. 18, 2004. Burial of cremains will be at the Natl. Cemetery of the Pacific, Aug. 30, 1 pm. Born October 7, 1922 in Utica, New York. Harris was a pilot in the Army Air Corp, a veteran of WWII, and an original founding member of the Hawaii Air National Guard. He later served as Chief of CERAP, Guam and finally retired from civil service as the FAA Area Manager of Guam. Harris received the Federal Aviation Administration’s Meritorious Service Award and is in the FAA’s Hall of Fame, Washington D.C. He also participated as a pilot in the movie "From Here to Eternity" simulating a "zero" attack aircraft. Harris served two terms as President of the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay, Guam; a member of the Quiet Birdmen, Elks Lodge, Mason and a Shriner. He is survived by wife, Dianne; son, William; two daughters, Georgianne Riehle and Kathleen DiTommaso; three grandchildren, Leilani, Noelani, Denise; and great-granddaughter, Djuna. (April 9, 2005)

"Born without arms, Tim Bulson faced life daily against incredibly steep odds."

Timothy S. Bulson IHS 1977, age 45, of 2461 Illinois Ave., Carbondale, Ill., passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at St. Louis University Hospital. Tim was born Sept. 5, 1959, in Ilion, the son of Robert and Sylvia Reed Bulson, and was a graduate of Ilion High School and South Illinois University, with a bachelor of science degree in Product Design. He received his master's degree in instructional design in 1999. Tim was self-employed as a computer animator. Tim had worked at the Resource Center for Independent Living in Utica from 1984-87, and then for a center in Berkeley, Calif. He also taught classes at South Illinois University in Computer Design. Tim loved music, computers and enjoyed his many friends, both here and in Illinois. Tim is survived by his mother and father, Sylvia and Robert Bulson of Leconto, Fla., and Caroga Lake; maternal grandmother, Alice Reed of Floridaand Caroga Lake; his sisters, Robin and Steve Reardon of Clarkston, Mich., Michele and Paul Conigliaro of California, Md., and Patricia Johnson of Ilion; his aunts, Janice Lehowicz of Utica, Betty Sumner of Utica, Genevieve Lehowicz of Baltimore, Md., Mary Scheel of Brewerton, N.Y., Cathy Fuller of Bernards Bay; his Uncle Richard and Aunt Peggy Reed of Camden; five nieces and one nephew and several cousins, and friend and former brother-in-law, Brian Johnson. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 6, a 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation with Father Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, April 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Timothy S. Bulson Memorial Scholarship for Music at the Ilion High School. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (April 3, 2005)

Elizabeth "Betty" (Mills) Gage IHS Alumnus, age 85, of Elizabethtown Road, Ilion (town of Columbia), diedunexpectedly on Saturday, March 26, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center, Utica. She was born May 12, 1919, in Ilion, the daughter of George and Elsie (Gee) Mills and attended Ilion schools. On Aug. 5, 1942, she was married to Arthur "Art" Gage at the Millers Mills Church. He died Sept. 9, 2003. At one time Betty was a cook at the Mohawk Homestead. She later was employed as a cook at the Folts Homes, Herkimer, retiring in 1981. Betty was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at the Ilion First Baptist Church for over 40 years, and was a member of the American Baptist Women's Association. She was a member of the Joseph Berberich Hose Co. Auxiliary of Cedarville, WIMAC Rebekah Lodge 516 of Unadilla Forks, Millers Mills Grange, Litchfield Ladies Home Bureau and Litchfield Senior Citizens. Betty was a volunteer for Catholic Charities and the American Red Cross and received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP). She was an active member in the Southern Herkimer County Republican Club and was a former Girl Scout and Brownies leader. Betty enjoyed playing bingo in Cedarville and bowling in the Queens of Sports Bowling League in Bridgewater for over 40 years. She was past president of the Herkimer County Firemen's Auxiliary. She was a longtime worker at the annual turkey dinners and chicken barbecues in Cedarville. Cooking and helping others was very important to Betty. Survivors include her son, Arthur Gage of Elizabethtown Road; her daughters and son-in-law, Susan Rex of Frankfort, Lorri and Mark Ingersoll of Elizabethtown Road; five grandchildren, Cecilia, Michael, Timothy and Cassandra Rex and Noel Newkirk; two great-granddaughters, Noelle Maltais and Gabrielle Moreau; her sisters-in-law, Irene Townsend of Cedarville and Gloria (Gage) McCarthy of Herkimer; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends. She was predeceased by her son, Noél, in 1992; her great-granddaughter, Cheyanne Allen; four sisters, Winifred (Beckstead) Elliott, Esther Werthman, Alberta Engells and Jeanette LaCelle. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Rick Waite, of the People's Undenominational Church of Cedarville, and Pastor Paul Smith, of the Ilion First Baptist Church, officiating. Spring interment will be in Cedarville Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. The Joseph Berberich Hose Co. Auxiliary service will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and the WIMAC Rebekah Lodge service will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the staff at the MVNH Social Day Care, where Betty had attended for the past two years. To add to Betty's online memorial, visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of floral offerings, memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Berberich Hose Co. in Betty's name. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home in Ilion. (April 3, 2005)

Alfred J. Maury IHS Alumnus, age 88, originally of Ilion, most recently residing at the Galinsky Apartments, Herkimer, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. Mr. Maury was born in Ilion on Jan. 6, 1917, son of the late Alfred D. and Margaret J. (Crough) Maury. He was agraduate of Ilion High School and attended the University of Alabama. Mr. Maury was a proud veteran of WorldWar II, serving with the U.S. Army 253 Combat Engineers. Survivors include his nephews, Ralph E. Maury of Hilton Head, S.C., Kenneth N. Maury of Albany, N.Y., Stephen B. Maley of Kendall, N.Y., Philip M. Maley of Irvington, N.Y., Alfred J. Maley of Hampstead, N.H., James F. Maley of Penfield, N.Y., Karl F. Ehrmantraut, Philip C. Ehrmantraut and Joseph P. Ehrmantraut, all of Rochester; first cousins, Jeanne Kotary of Herkimer, Frances Thomas of Frankfort, Paul Griffin of Albany, George Maury of Plantation, Fla. and Helen Brown of Norwich Conn. He was predeceased by his parents, and stepmother, Blanche; two sisters, Frances Ehrmantraut and Helen Maley; two brothers, Thomas and Robert Maury; his niece, Sharon M. Hughes and nephew, Thomas A. Maury, both of Herkimer. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Monday, March 14, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral services will commence Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home following visitation and 2 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where Father Anthony Barratt, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, on the Maury lot with full military honors, will take place later this spring at a date and time to be announced. If you wish to add to Mr. Maury's online memorial, go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. All arrangements are with the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (April 3, 2005)

Bettie J. (LeFever) Tibbitts IHS 1941, age 82, of 1884 State Route 169, Little Falls, passed away Friday, March 4, 2005, at Little Falls Hospital where she had been a patient since March 1, 2005. She was born on May 30, 1922, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Roland and Jennie (Bowen) LeFever. She was a gradate of Ilion High School, class of 1941, as well as a graduate of Herkimer Nursing School, class of 1965. She was united in marriage to her husband of 60 years, Morton B. Tibbitts Jr., on May 19, 1945, at the home of the bride's sister in Ilion. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Little Falls, and was an avid golfer. Mrs. Tibbitts was employed at onetime as a bookkeeper for the Herkimer County Trust Company, Little Falls. She was later employed in the Maternity Department of Little Falls Hospital from 1965 until her retirement in 1975. She is survived by her husband, Morton; a son, Roger C. Tibbitts of Little Falls; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Tibbitts of Little Falls; a grandson, Garth L. Tibbitts of Little Falls; a brother, Russell LeFever and his wife, Mary, of Westfield; a sister, Anne Lane of Baldwinsville; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Gary A. Tibbitts, who died on July 29, 2003; a sister, Margie Warburton; and by a daughter-in-law, Holly E. Tibbitts, who died on December 19, 2004. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family from the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, with the Rev. Donald L. Dixon, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Little Falls, officiating. Interment will take place in Rural Park Cemetery in the spring. There are no public calling hours. It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mrs. Tibbitts be considered to the First Baptist Church, 555 Albany St., Little Falls, NY 13365. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for this purpose. (March 8, 2005)

Henry F. Marks IHS 1939, age 83, died Saturday, February 19, 2005 at Albany Medical Center after a long illness. Born in Ilion, N.Y., Mr. Marks was the son of the late Minnie (Jones) and Howard Marks. Mr. Marks interrupted his college education to serve his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the local chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge. Following the war, Henry returned to Rider College where he met his wife of 56 years, Eleanore Case Marks. He was a purchasing agent for Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer, retiring in 1983. Henry's Welsh background showed in his love of music. He was a 41 year member and past president of the Mendelssohn Club of Albany and a tenor soloist at the First United Methodist Church of Delmar. Henry built the house where he lived for 52 years and enjoyed volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. He also loved building clocks and gardening. A special pleasure for Henry was helping to restore his 1930 Model A Roadster. After driving for several years for the Red Cross, he drove a Town of Bethlehem Senior Van for many years and also delivered Meals On Wheels. In addition to his wife Eleanore, Henry is survived by a son, Tom (Wendy) Marks of Delmar; a daughter, Cheryl Stees (The Rev. Dr. Ray R. Stees) of Colonie; a sister, M. Elizabeth Marks of Herkimer, N.Y.; and two grandsons, Greg and Eric Stees. He was predeceased by a daughter, Cynthia Marks in 1999. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 from 12 to 2 p.m. and may attend the funeral services which will be held at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery, Delmar. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc., 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054. (Feb 22, 2005)

John 'Yohno' F. Smallwood IHS 1943, age 79, of North Reading, Mass., formerly of Ilion, Syracuse, Buffalo and Boston, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005, at the Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass. He was born June 30, 1925, in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Frank and Clara (Ostenkamp) Smallwood. John graduated from Ilion High School, Utica College and Syracuse University. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1944-46 as a private first class and acting squad leader. John served in Europe, participated in the Battle of the Bulge and received two Purple Hearts. On Thanksgiving Day in 1946, he was married to Katherine "Kay" Ochodnicky (of Little Falls) in Ilion. For over 30 years John was employed with the IRS, working as an auditor and group manager. He retired as the assistant division chief in the Boston office of the IRS. After his retirement, John was the administrator of the Thomson Country Club, North Reading, Mass., and most recently worked as an accountant for Bill Flynn Golf Courses. At one time he was a member of the Tuscarora Country Club in Camillus. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Katherine "Kay"; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and John Hobson of Falmouth, Mass., Judy Smallwood and husband Jerry Bowles of Luray, Va.; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and George Comins of Ilion; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Helen Smallwood of Medfield, Mass., Robert and Michelle Smallwood of Rochester; three grandchildren, Elizabeth Hobson of San Diego, Calif., Greg Hobson of Portland, Maine and Katherine Bowles of Luray, Va.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday (today) at the Croswell Funeral Home, North Reading, Mass. and 10:30 a.m. at St. Theresa's Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, North Reading, Mass. Calling hours were held Friday from 4-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in John's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 36 Cameron Ave., Cambridge, Mass. 02140-1102. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. To add to John's online memorial visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Feb 20, 2005)

Carl W. Peterson, Jr. Valedictorian Class IHS 1949, Venice, Florida, was the son of Judge Carl W. Peterson, and his wife, Anna Fisher Peterson. He attended Ilion (NY) public schools, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and from Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY. In 1957 Carl entered the U.S. Air Force and served three years in the Judge Advocate General's department. He became associated with the Syracuse law firm of Estabrook, Burns, Hancock and White in 1960, and later joined the legal department of the City of Syracuse where he became Corporation Counsel of the City in 1968. In 1970 he became a partner in the law firm of Hancock and Estabrook, where he remained until his retirement in 1997. Mr. Peterson participated in bar association and other civic activities. He served as Director and President of the Onondaga County Bar Association, Director and President of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society, and Chairman of the Fourth Department Attorney Grievance Committee. He was also a longtime Director and President of the Former Volunteer Center of Syracuse and an organizing Director of PEACE, the Syracuse anti-poverty organization. Mr. Peterson married Virginia Wood in 1957, who survives him. He is also survived by two sons, Carl W. Peterson, III, of Syracuse, David H. Peterson; a daughter-in-law, Julia M. Peterson; and two grandchildren, Spenser and Olivia, all of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Services will be held at 10:30 on Friday, February 11, 2005 at The Ewing Funeral Home, 140 E. Venice Ave, in Venice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Association for Retarded Citizens, 600 South Wilbur Avenue, Syracuse, NY. (Feb 20, 2005)

Frederick Allan 'Fred' Fischer IHS 1972, of Walnut Spring, Texas, formerly of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 1, at his home. Fred was born Feb. 12, 1954, the son of the late John and Audrey Fischer. Fred is survived by three sisters, Linda and Stanley Bilinski of Salisbury Center, Larry and Corky Bull of Herkimer and Elaine Salek of Dolgeville; a brother, David and his wife Laurie of Ilion; and several nieces and nephews. As Fred wishes, he is to be buried in Texas. Fred was a free spirit who did his own thing, loved motorcycles and the open road. Fred will be missed by those who knew him and loved him. (Feb 6, 2005)

Joseph D. Short IHS 1965, age 57, of 248 South Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away Thursday, February 3, 2005, at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born March 6, 1947 in Ilion, the son of the late Lester and Ann Dzuban Short. Joe was a 1965 graduate of Ilion High School and attended Albany State College. On April 18, 1970, he married Corrine Madison in Herkimer. She passed away March 9, 2003. Mr. Short was employed as a tool designer with Remington Arms in Ilion for 34 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, the Blessed Sacrament Choir, and a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Joe is survived by his children, Joseph and his wife, Briana Short of Frankfort, Adam Short and his friend, Lori Curtin of Oneida, Matthew Short of Ilion, Peter Short of Ilion, John Short and his friend, Kristina Stewart of Herkimer; a granddaughter, Madison Emily Short; a brother and sister-in-law, Lester and Jenny Short Jr. of Nanyuki, Kenya; three sisters, Carol Mentzer and her special friend, Kurt Prische of Shippensburg, PA, Joann and William MacIntryre of Medford, NY, and Marla and Stephen Wood of Sammamish, Washington; a sister-in-law and close friend, Sandy Majka of New York Mills; a special cousin, Ruth Keddell of Ilion; also many nieces and nephews and cousins; his close friends, Eric and Michelle Deutchman of Mohawk; and his best friend, Ace the cat. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 5, 2005, at 12:00 noon at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call on Friday, February 4, 2005, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., and Saturday, February 5, 2005, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the American Diabetes Association in Joe's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Feb 6, 2005)

Jamie (Laura) Carter IHS 1981, age 41, of 194 E. North St., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 28, 2005, at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Jamie was the beloved daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Anthony (Donna) Angelichio of Ilion, and the late Manny Laura and Prudence Laura of Frankfort. Jamie was born April 26, 1963 in Ilion, daughter of Emanuele "Manny" and Donna (Furman) Laura. She was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1981," and graduated with honors from Herkimer County Community College with an Associates Degree. At HCCC she was a member of PHI BETA KAPPA. Jamie was employed as the office manager at Dr. Anthony Angelichio's Dental office on West St. For the past 20 years, Jamie was a dedicated and caring manager, assistant, and co-worker. She provided professional and personalized assistance to the patients, often going the extra mile to make sure everything was done to their satisfaction. The simple things in life often meant the most to Jamie, spending time with family and friends, sharing good times and bad, and always being there for those she loved and cared about. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Survivors include her loving parents, Dr. Anthony and Donna Angelichio of Ilion; and Prudence Laura of Frankfort; her devoted brother and sister-in-law, Joseph "Joey" and Stacie Laura, and their children, AJ (Jamie's Godson) and Jake Laura, all of Chester, NY; four stepbrothers and their families, Ronald Angelichio of N. Utica, Dr. Michael and Elizabeth Angelichio, and their daughter, Emily of Maine, Michael and Diane Altamuro, and their children, Michael and Danielle, all of NJ, and Paul Altamuro of FL; her grandmothers, Grace Laura of Frankfort, and Frances Angelichio of Ilion; her aunts, uncles, cousins, many close friends, and her dear neighbors, Pat and Leo Bala. Jamie also leaves her beloved feline companion, Rusty. She was predeceased by her father, Manny Laura, and her stepbrother, Anthony Angelichio, Jr. Family and friends are invited to visitation Monday, January 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd. (between Ilion and Frankfort.) A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, February 1, commencing at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation with Father Anthony Barratt, pastor, officiating. Interment in Armory Hill Cemetery will take place this spring at a date and time to be announced. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial contributions in Jamie's name to her favorite charities, the Herkimer Co. Food Pantry or the Herkimer Co. Humane Society. A memorial scholarship in Jamie's memory is being established at HCCC for annual presentation to a student in the business curriculum. Donation envelopes for all intentions will be available at the funeral home. All arrangements have been entrusted to Jamie's friends, Don Applegate and John Day of Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Jan 30, 2005)

Helen M. Eastham IHS Alumnus, age 85, of John St., Ilion, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2005, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion. Helen was born on February 18, 1919 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Aspinall) Eastham. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and attended the Utica School of Commerce. Helen was employed with the Library Bureau in Herkimer for 43 years. She retired several years ago. Helen was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, and also a member of the O.E.S. Evening Star Chapter. Helen is survived by her sister, Gladys Hendrix of Ilion; as well as several cousins, including a special cousin, Eleanor Kuhn of Washington Mills. Funeral services for Ms. Eastham will be held Monday, January 31, 2005, at 4 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, in the spring. Friends may call on Monday from 3 p.m. until the time of the funeral at the funeral home. Friends are asked to please consider donations in Helen's memory to the Ilion Ambulance or the Ilion Library. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Jan 30, 2005)

Donald 'Buckshot' L. Bunce IHS Alumnus, 82, of 10 Marmet St., Mohawk, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at home. He was born March 1, 1922, in Ilion, the son of Delavan and Mary Bunce and attended Ilion schools. Don was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. On Jan. 10, 1947, he was married to Mary Palante in Ilion. She died Jan. 8, 2004. At one time Mr. Bunce was employed at Sperry Rand Univac, Ilion, for 26 years. He later worked at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for 15 years. Don was a member of the Mohawk American Legion and the Ilion Fish and Game Club. Survivors include his son, Stewart Bunce of Ilion; his daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Jim Aversa of Mohawk; five grandchildren, Rick Bunce and his wife Nancy, Ronald Bunce and his wife Colleen, Jason Bunce and his wife Lori, Brittany and Justin Aversa; six great-grandchildren, Shauna, Ashley, Audrey, Anna, Isabella and Jacob; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Lillian Steele of Broadalbin, Ella Chrisman of Herkimer, Helen Maurice of Syracuse, Margaret and George Smith of Mohawk; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by several sisters and brothers. Relatives and close friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Monday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Anthony Barratt, pastor of the Church of the Annunciation, officiating. Spring interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Visitation will be held Monday from 9:30-10 a.m. prior to the memorial service in the funeral home. To add to Don's online memorial, visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the World War II Memorial Trip, P.O. Box 479, Ilion 13357 (895-7737). Donation envelopes will also be available for your convenience at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion (895-7722). (Jan 8, 2005)

Ronald 'Ronbow' M. Saunders IHS Alumnus, age 58, of N. Main St., Herkimer, formerly of Ilion, died unexpectedly on Friday,December 31, 2004 at Little Falls Hospital. He was born on November 15, 1946 in Ilion, the son of Merle and Marion(Rieck) Saunders and attended Ilion schools. At one time, he was married to Donna Swald. He later married DeniseEvans. Ron was employed as a gun inspector at Remington Arms Co., Ilion for over 38 years. He attended The Word Christian Center of Herkimer. Ron formed the Josey Wales Band and was its drummer for many years. His motorcycle and music were important in his life. Survivors include his fiancee, Linda Workman, with whom he resided in Herkimer; three daughters, Denise (Saunders) Bowman and her fiancee, Joel LaJuett, of Herkimer, Jackie Saunders and her fiancee Mike Robb of Oriskany, Jennifer (Saunders) Bennett and her husband, Justin of Utica; one stepson, Randy Saunders of Ilion; 12 grandchildren, Amanda Nichols, Latasha and Kasandra Bowman, Brandon Frantz, Dustin, Danielle and Thomas Saunders, Heather Heinrich and Kyree Lewis, Judith, Justin, and Baby Bennett; and one great-grandson, due in April 2005. He was predeceased by his father, Merle, in 1975; and his mother, Marion, in 1988. Funeral services will be held, 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St.,Ilion, with Pastor Eugene Kipper of The Word Christian Center of Herkimer officiating. Spring interment will be in North Columbia Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday, January 4, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. To add to Ron's online memorial visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Memorial contributions may be made to The Word Christian Center of Herkimer. Donation envelopes are available, for your convenience, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Jan 8, 2005)

Myrtle 'Frieda' (Fralick) Miller IHS Alumnus, age 85, of 104 N. Washington St., formerly of Skinner Road, Cold Brook, entered into eternal rest on Friday morning, Dec. 17, 2004, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. She was born Nov. 17, 1919, daughter of the late Earl and Alice Bowen Fralick. A lifelong area resident, she was raised and educated in Ilion. On Sept. 13, 1947, she married Bernard L. Miller in Vermont. A loving and devoted union of 54 years, he passed away on Oct. 3, 2001. Since 1970, Frieda and her husband resided in Cold Brook, coming from Fairfield and Hinkley. More recently, Mrs. Miller has resided at Folts Homes in Herkimer. All who knew her will remember a warm and caring person who was happiest when she was surrounded by her many friends and family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren. Frieda loved her home and spent hours cooking and baking for all to enjoy. Her leisure time was spent crocheting, reading and enjoying the natural beauty of her home and its surroundings in Cold Brook. She and her husband Bernie also enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida in the cold weather. She will be greatly missed. Surviving are a daughter Judy and her husband Charles Sommers of Herkimer; seven grandchildren, Robert and his wife Carolyn, Sharie and her husband Michael, Bernie and his wife Kelly, Mark and his wife Tina, Danyel and her husband John, John and his wife Tracy, Becky and her husband Scott, along with 20 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, three great-great-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents and husband Bernie, she was preceded in death by a son, Lawrence Miller; three sisters, Margaret Davies, Frances Pomitcher, Dorothy Fralick; and a great-great granddaughter, Caroline "Carly" Shae Wainwright. Funeral service will be on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer. The Rev. David Oertel, chaplain of Folts Homes, will officiate. Mrs. Miller will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Graysville, next spring. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4. The family wishes to thank the staff and doctors at St. Elizabeth Medical Center and the staff on the first and fifth floors of Folts Homes for the care, compassion and understanding during Frieda's stay. (Jan 8, 2005)

Brian Patrick O'Connor IHS 1981, age 42, of 9 Park St., Ilion, died unexpectedly Wednesday, November 24, 2004, at his home. Brian was born July 28, 1962 in Ilion, son of Francis T. and Hannah "Ann" C. (Hanretty) O'Connor. He attended Ilion Schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Brian worked as a Highwire Lineman for over 20 years as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1249, Syracuse, and was a Tree Surgeon, owning and operating Oaks Tree Service. He was of the Roman Catholic faith. Brian enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a member of the Ilion Fish and Game Club, and the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444. Survivors include his parents, Francis T. "Chant" and Ann O'Connor of Ilion; five brothers; one sister; and many extended family members. There will be no public visitation. All services were held privately. All arrangements were entrusted to the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (Jan 8, 2005)

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