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Michael F. 'Mike/Mel' O'Connor IHS 1973, age 52, of Mabank, Texas formerly of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006 in Athens, Texas. Mike was born April 30, 1954 in Ilion, son of Francis T. 'Chant' and Hanna C. Henretty O'Connor. He attended Annunciation School and was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1973. At one time, he was married to Regina Davis, the mother of his daughter Lisé. Mike was a lifelong electrician, living and working in Texas for many years. Survivors include his children Lisé M. (O'Connor) Boss and her husband Troy of Rome, Desiree E. O'Connor, Kaity L. O'Connor, Tiffany M. O'Connor, Dustin E. O'Connor, and Michael F. O'Connor, all of Texas. His grandchildren were Brandon C. and Brooke A. Boss of Rome, Mike's parents Frances T. 'Chant' and Anne O'Connor of Ilion, his sister Christine Wellenstein of Schuyler, and brothers Kevin M. O'Connor of Liverpool, Thomas F. O'Connor of Ilion, and Patrick J. O'Connor of Ilion. Also his aunts and uncles, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Brian P. O'Connor in 2004. Mike's funeral service will be held today at the Eubank Cedar Creek Memorial Chapel in Mabank, Texas. Interment will take place in Payne Springs Cemetery, Texas. A local memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced. All local arrangements are by the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St. Ilion. To send a letter of condolence, share a memory or add to the online register, please go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Dec 14, 2006)

Mary E. (Murphy) LaLonde IHS 1945, 78, of 215 Elm Street, Ilion, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2006, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Mary was born on February 28, 1928, the oldest daughter of the late George and Mary Luebbert Murphy, and attended Annunciation School. She graduated from the Ilion High School, Class of 1945, and on November 24, 1951, she married Albert (Ted) LaLonde in the Annunciation Church by Rev. Daniel A. Horan. Ted passed away on February 22, 1996. Mary worked as a typist and the assistant cashier in Remington Rand and Sperry Rand from 1946-1952. She was later employed in the Purchasing Dept. at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital from 1982-1985. Anyone who knew Mary was well aware that her family was the most important thing in her life and she especially cherished her grandchildren. After her retirement, she spent her time making visits to the housebound for over 20 years, which gave Mary great satisfaction in helping others. Mary's driving for catholic charities fulfilled her and gave her a reason to get up each day. For over 6 years she drove residents and friends to many appointments. Mary was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, The American Legion Auxiliary Ilion Post 920, since 1950. She served many terms as President, Secretary, Cancer Crusade Chairman, Poppy Chairman and Hospital Equipment Loan Chairman, and a member of the national A.A.R.P. Mary drove for two years for Meals-on-Wheels. She was also a former member of the Ilionites Chapter Home Bureau and a former member of the Sweet Adeline's. Mary also worked as an Election Inspector for the Town of German Flatts for over 25 years. Mary leaves a daughter, Pam of Ilion; two sons, Robert and Chris of Mohawk, Dan and Carole of Ilion; five grandchildren, Chad Binney of Albany, Timothy and Emily LaLonde of Ilion, Bethany and Carol LaLonde of Mohawk. She also leaves two sisters, Lois Manley of Ilion, and Patricia Fletcher of Sauquoit; two brothers, Thomas and Doreen Murphy of Liverpool, and Larry and Gloria Murphy of Queen Creek, AZ; a brother-in-law, Warren (Chuck) and Mary Ann Robinson of Richfield Springs; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Also surviving, a longtime friend, Marie Duffy of Ilion. She was predeceased by a sister, Joan Robinson; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Manley and James Fletcher. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, with Father Anthony Barratt officiating at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Calling hours will 3-7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, in Mary's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Dec 11, 2006)

Rita Marie (Anderson) Tucker IHS 1943, 82, of New Hartford, passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, while at the Masonic Care Community. She was born on May 6, 1924, in Wilkes Barre, Pa., the only daughter of James S. and Charlotte Birk Anderson. Her family moved to Ilion, N.Y., when Rita was 10, and in 1943, she graduated from Ilion High School. After school, during World War II, she worked at Remington Arms Inc., then married Frederick Gordon Tucker, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, on Sept. 25, 1948. Together they built their house in Schuyler, where they resided for 42 years and on Nov. 8, 1954, their only child, Kathryn A. Tucker, was born. Rita chose to devote her full time and energy to raising their daughter. As Kathryn prepared for college, Rita returned to work, first as office manager at the Mohawk Valley Medical Center and then in the business office of Herkimer County Community College. Rita was predeceased by Gordon, her husband of 55 years, on Oct. 22, 2003, and is survived by her daughter, Kathryn, of Nantucket and New York and her eldest brother, Dr. James S. Anderson of Ilion. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Carl J. Anderson in 1998 and Father William P. Anderson in 1963. Rita leaves nieces and nephews on both the Anderson and Tucker family sides and many dear friends. As did Gordon, Rita chose to donate her body to medical research. A memorial Mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford shortly after the first week in January 2007. Arrangements are under the direction of Nunn and McGrath Funeral Directors and an announcement will be made several days in advance of the service. Anyone wishing to remember Rita may make a contribution to the charity of their choice. (Dec 6, 2006)

David A. Dunckel IHS 1963, 61, of Acme Road, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at his home. He was born April 5, 1945, in Little Falls, the son of the late Harvey Dunckel Sr., and Elizabeth (Levi) Dunckel, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Dunckel was an Army veteran, enlisting on Sept. 9, 1965, and was honorably discharged on Sept. 8, 1967, with the rank of SP5. For 44 years, Dave worked at Remington Arms in Ilion. Mr. Dunckel was of the Methodist faith. A marvelous friend, father and grandpa, he enjoyed spending time with his son and family. Dave was a member of the Mohawk American Legion Post 25. In his leisure time, he enjoyed traveling to the Adirondacks, amateur photography and the Drum Corps. Survivors include his son David A. Dunckel Jr., wife Jodi and their son Derek, of Tampa, Fla.; a special friend, Elizabeth Backus of Ilion; three brothers, Arthur Dunckel and wife Jenny, of Ilion, Harvey Dunckel and wife Marilyn of Herkimer, and Martin Dunckel and friend Judy Walawender of Mohawk; a sister, Beverly Matusik, of Frankfort, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kylie Dunckel, and a sister, Kathleen Farrell. Friends and relatives may call at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort, on Monday, Nov. 20, from 5-8 p.m. Burial will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Members of the Mohawk American Legion Post 25 are asked to meet at the funeral home Monday evening at 7 p.m. for services. All memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association or to the Herkimer Veteran's Agency. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Dave's online memorial, please go to www.eneafamilyfuneralhomes.com on the Internet.(Dec 1, 2006)

Stephen P. 'Steve' Tooney IHS 1960, age 64, of 305 1/2 Church St., Herkimer, formerly of Ilion, passed away at home unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006. Steve was born Jan. 19, 1942, in Ilion, son of the late Raymond and Marie (Schneider) Tooney. Following his high school graduation, Steve attended Utica College. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. Steve was an accomplished photographer, both as a profession and a hobby. At one time, he worked as a photographer for The Evening Telegram. He was a coin collector and was always interested in aviation, collecting literature and photos of aircraft. Those who knew Steve found him to be a polite, considerate and knowledgeable gentleman. He is survived by his sister, Nancy Tooney of Brooklyn. Steve was predeceased by his parents and brother, William. All arrangements will be private with interment on the Tooney Lot in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. There will be no public calling hours or public funeral services. To send a letter of condolence, share a memory or sign the online register go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, is proud to handle Steve's arrangements. (Dec 1, 2006)

Eleanor (Bluett) Wilks IHS Alumnus, age 82, of 162 S. Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away Tuesday morning, Nov. 7, 2006, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. Eleanor was born Dec. 9, 1923, in Herkimer, daughter of the late LeRoy and Olive E. (Waterman) Bluett. She attended Ilion schools. She was united in marriage to John Wilks. Mr. Wilks passed away in 1992. She was a telephone operator for many years at the Chrysler Corp. in Detroit. Eleanor enjoyed playing bingo, especially with her mother, Olive, for many years. She also loved her dogs 'Cookie' and 'Mitzi' which provided her with unconditional love and companionship. Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Barbara Bluett of Ilion. Her many nieces and nephews including, locally, Lynn Bluett and his wife Denise of Rochester area, Kevin Bluett and his wife Leslie of Ilion, David Bluett and his wife Maureen of Lockport, and Catherine Slowik and her husband Edward of Ilion. She also leaves her helper and personal friend, Linda Crim of Ilion. She was predeceased by her sisters, Frances Sullivan and Gertrude 'Peggy' Kingsley, and one brother, Danford Bluett. Family and friends are invited to Eleanor's funeral service Friday, Nov. 10, commencing at noon at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Paul Smith, pastor of the Ilion First Baptist Church, officiating. Visitation will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Procession to Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, for interment will follow the service. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial contributions in Eleanor's name to the American Cancer Society or the Herkimer County Humane Society. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home To send a letter of condolence, share a memory, or sign the on-line register, go to www.applegateandday.com. (Dec 1, 2006)

Roy Wagner Edick IHS 1944, age 80, of 460 Otsego St., Ilion, went to his heavenly home to join the Lord and his loved ones on Wednesday afternoon, November 1, 2006. He passed away at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Roy was born December 21, 1925 at his family home outside Ilion, son of the late Ross John and Reba (Wagner) Edick. Following graduation from Ilion High School in June of 1944, he entered the U.S. Army. During WWII, Roy served in the European Theater of War as a member of General Patton's 3rd Army, 1st Platoon H Co., 328th Combat Team, 26th Infantry (Yankee Division). He qualified for the Combat Infantry Badge and two Campaign Battle Stars. At the close of WWII, he was transferred to U.S. Forces in Austria (U.S.A.F.). For 10 months, Roy served and lived in an 800-year-old castle in the Austrian Alps taken over by Gen. Mark Clark. The GmundenCastle served as an enlisted men's rest center. Roy always considered this his "Shangri-La" period. Prior to WWII, the castle was home for an Austrian Forestry School, and during WWII was used by German Soldiers recuperating from wounds and illness. In 1946, Roy entered Utica College of Syracuse University in the first year of its existence. He went on to graduate from Hartwick College, Oneonta in 1950. On August 19, 1950, he married Frances B. Traver, a college classmate, in the First Oneonta Methodist Church. The marriage was blessed by three wonderful sons. During his life, Roy was involved with the family appliance business and accounting work at Sperry Rand UNIVAC and MDS. He also enjoyed working at Doyle Hardware in Utica for 12 years. Roy was a very active lifetime member at the North Columbia United Methodist Church, and for many years acted asSunday School Teacher, Superintendent, and Youth Leader. For some 20 years, Roy found enjoyment in being part of the Boy Scout movement, serving as committeeman with Ilion Methodist Church's "Troop 8." He enjoyed the fellowship of man and boy in the highest sense, and adult leadership in such activities as camping, hiking, campfires, etc. He was an active member of the American Legion - Ilion Post 920, and became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution - Oriskany Battlefield Chapter. His sense of humor was enjoyed by many. Roy felt blessed with a fine family throughout his life, and felt his life was greatly enriched by knowing so many finepeople as he passed through life. He always loved the Mohawk Valley, it's rolling hills, small towns, and the wonderful people. Survivors include his wife, Frances "Fran"; three sons, Ronald John Edick and his wife, Carolyn, of Poughkeepsie, Randall Ross Edick and his wife, Debbie, of Seattle, WA, and Lt. Col. Rudyard Grayson Edick (USAF) and his wife, Darina, of Albany; four grandchildren, Maxwell T., Garrett W., Calvin J., and Christian Ross Roy Edick; one aunt, Marion Edick; two cousins, Carol Wagner and Eileen MacIntyre; several nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Family and friends are invited to visitation Saturday, November 4th, from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion American Legion Post service will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Roy's funeral service will be held Sunday, November 5, commencing at 2 p.m. at the North Columbia United Methodist Church (Elizabethtown Rd.) with Pastor Hans Drews officiating. A walking procession to N. Columbia Cemetery for interment with full Military Honors will follow the service. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Roy's name to the N. Columbia Methodist Church, or the Boy Scouts of America Troop 8. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. A special thanks to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home 2nd Floor staff for the loving care, compassion, and dedication shown to Roy and is family throughout his stay there. To send a letter of condolence, share a memory, or sign the online register please go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Nov 5, 2006)

Kathleen M. (Dunckel) Farrell IHS Alumnus, age 57, of South Main Street, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening, October 25, 2006 in her home. She was born November 23, 1948 in Little Falls, daughter of the late Harvey and Elizabeth 'Betty' Leve Dunckel. A lifelong area resident she was a graduate of Ilion High School. She had lived in both Mohawk and Ilion before moving to Herkimer in 2004. For twenty-five years Mrs. Farrell worked as an assembler for the Salada-Redco Food Company in Little Falls. She had a strong belief in God and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Herkimer. Kathleen was also a member of the Herkimer American Legion Post #38 Ladies Auxiliary. In her leisure time she enjoyed cooking. To all who knew her they will remember a quiet, caring and loving person. We rejoice that she was a part of our lives. Surviving are a son, Daniel Smith of Mohawk, a sister, Beverly Matusik of Frankfort, four brothers, Art and his wife Jenny Dunckel of Ilion, Harvey and his wife Marilyn Dunckel of Herkimer, Marty and his companion Judy Walawender of Mohawk, David Dunckel of Ilion, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be on Saturday at 3:00pm in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. The Reverend Wrightson Tongue, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church Herkimer will officiate. Interment will take place on Monday at 1:00 pm in Fort Plain Cemetery. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Saturday two hours prior to the funeral service (1:00 to 3:00 pm.) (Nov 5, 2006)

Lillian 'Lill' M. (Burke) Hathaway IHS Alumnus, age 79, of 167 E. State St., Ilion, died Saturday Oct. 21, 2006, at St. Luke's Home, New Hartford, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 30, 1927, in Ilion, the daughter of Frank and Nellie (Burke) Hathaway and graduated from Ilion Central School. She was employed as a key punch operator at Sperry Rand Univac in Ilion and Utica for 25 years, retiring in 1977. She enjoyed puzzles and reading. Survivors include her brother, Donald Hathaway and his wife Christine of Ilion; her sister, Carol Sweeney of Clinton; several nieces and nephews including Diane Boswell and her husband Scott of Canastota, Kelly Webster and her husband Dennis of Clinton, Randall Hoover and his wife Dolores of Virginia, Susan Richards of Westmoreland, and Donald Hathaway and his wife of Florida; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her aunt, Myrtle Burke. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service for 'Lill' on Friday, Oct. 27, at 2:30 p.m. at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. There are no calling hours. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Lillian or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. People needing a ride to her memorial service may contact the funeral home anytime at 895-7722 for complimentary transportation assistance. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion.(Nov 5, 2006)

Robert 'Rook' L. Gage Sr. IHS 1946, age 78, of 208 E. North St., Ilion, died Sunday, October 15, 2006, at home. He was born on September 4, 1928 in Ilion, the son of Roy and Iva Mae (Reed) Gage, and graduated from Ilion Central High School as a "Three Letter" man in sports (baseball, football and basketball). On September 10, 1952, he was married to Joyce Rank in Ilion. In his early years, he helped his parents at Gage's Dairy, Ilion. Bob was a school bus driver for 34 years at Whitesboro Central School and 10 years for Bernie Bus Co. During his employment, he was very proud of the service he performed and felt it very important to perform your work to the best of your ability, as a professional. He attended North Columbia United Methodist Church. Sports, especially baseball, were a big part of his life. "Rook" toured the Eastern United States with the House of David (semi-pro) baseball team. He also played in the PanAm League. "Rook" once tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Mr. Gage played on many local baseball teams. Bob also played softball in various leagues in Ilion, Utica, Richfield Springs, and received the Most Valuable Player award at age 57. He coached Little League and won the championship with the Ilion Elks Tigers in 1971. "Rook" was an avid Boston Red Sox and Oklahoma Sooner fan. Bob enjoyed camping, playing jarts and cards, Sunday drives to Lake George and Old Forge, and spending time with his family. His family will always remember him for his quiet, humble demeanor, dry sense of humor and highly competitive edge. Survivors include his wife, Joyce; his children, Lynda Baum of Mohawk, Iva Trevett and husband, Dan, Robbin De LaRosa and husband, Carlos, Donna Gage and fiancee, Greg Austin, all of Ilion, Jackie Volo and husband, Dave of Little Falls, Ted Gage and wife, JoAnn, Terri Vivyan and husband, Kevin, Robert Gage Jr. and wife, Madelyn, Rose Greig and husband, Bryan, all of Ilion; 20 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, James "Tom" Riddell and wife, Roberta; his sister-in-law, Christine Brownrigg; two nephews and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his son, James Roy Gage; and his grandson, Steven Scaparo. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2006, at the North Columbia United Methodist Church with Rev. Hans Drews, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in North Columbia Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday, October 17, 2006, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory or add to Mr. Gage's online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Memorial contributions may be made to North Columbia United Methodist Church or Ilion Ambulance Fund. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Oct 17, 2006 modified March 20, 2016)

David Paul Vandawalker IHS 1977, age 47, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 8, 2006, at his home in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland. David was born in Ilion, N.Y., on June 30, 1959, the son of Virginia Daley Vandawalker and the late George A. Vandawalker. David attended Ilion schools. Upon his graduation from Ilion High School, he entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Capodanno (FF1093) out of Newport, R.I. After being discharged from the Navy, David resided in Massachusetts. David was joined in marriage to Charlene Corcoran of Plymouth, Mass. in October of 1993. Besides his wife and best friend Charlene, David leaves his stepchildren, Patrick, wife Missy and their daughter Ayla of Massachusetts, and Lindsey, who is presently a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. David also leaves his mother, Virginia Vandawalker of Frankfort, N.Y.; brother, Timothy and his wife of Elizabeth of Hopedale, Mass., and brother Robert and his wife Michele of Ilion, NY; his father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Ann Brady of Plymouth, Mass.; brothers-in-law, Brian and Terrance and their families. David also leaves many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles throughout the United States. David was preceded in death by his father, George A. Vandawalker, and a brother, George L. (Skip)Vandawalker. David leaves three very special lifelong friends, Pat Sweeney, Danny Herkel, Cheryl Netti and their families, all part of David's extended family. David was employed by Atlas Box and Crating, Inc., Sutton, Mass., as director of international operations. For the past three years David has been assigned to manage the European Headquarters in Little Island, County Cork, Ireland. His position gave David and Charlene the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe and Asia. One of David's true pleasures was working alongside his wife Charlene on their restored historical Shrewsbury, Mass., home. A memorial service will be held this week for friends in County Cork, Ireland. Funeral arrangements in the U.S. are incomplete at this time. (Oct 12, 2006)

Jon Stephenson IHS 1966, age 58, of 5821 Cypress St., N. St. Petersburg, Fla., passed away Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006, in St. Petersburg. He was born in Ilion, the son of the late John and Ruth Alexander Stephenson, and received his education in the Ilion Central schools. Mr. Stephenson served with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was employed as a traffic controller with the city of St. Petersburg, retiring in 2005. John is survived by a son Eric, of St. Petersburg, a brother Jeff Stephenson, of Ilion, and a sister Jill Balderston, of Salisbury. Funeral services were held in Florida. Cards of sympathy may be sent to his son Eric Stephenson, 5821 Cypress St., N. St. Petersburg, FL 33703. Local arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion.(Oct 11, 2006)

Edna C. Marley IHS 1947, age 76, of West St., a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away early Wednesday morning, September 27, 2006, in Mohawk Homestead where she had been a resident for the past year. She was born in Ilion on December 9, 1929, daughter of the late Adelbert and Jennie M. (Loughlin) Marley and was educated in Ilion schools. She was last employed with Remington Arms, Ilion, and she was a faithful member of Annunciation Church, Ilion. Edna will be sadly missed by her sister with whom she resided with for many years: Marian Marley, Ilion; many nieces and nephews including locally: Kevin and Judi McGrellis of Ilion, Melinda Marley of Ilion, Dean and Meg Liberty of Ilion, Matthew and Debra Marley of Ilion, Peter and Jane North of Ilion, and James and Katie LaPaglia of Utica; and in-laws: Margaret Marley and Mary Marley both of Ilion. She was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers: Ruth McGrellis, Helen North, Lila Andrews, John Marley and Frank Marley. The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to every staff member at Mohawk Homestead for the tender love and care offered to Edna. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, on Friday Sept. 29, 2006, from 4-7 p.m. Edna's funeral will be held on Saturday, Sept., 30, commencing at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m in Annunciation Church, Ilion, with the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor, officiating. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Annunciation Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are being handled by the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort. (Oct 11, 2006)

Francis Fletcher IHS 1937, 88, formerly of 29 Main St., Bloomingdale, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2006, at the Uihlein Mercy Center. Born in Herkimer, N.Y., on July 5, 1918, he was the son of Carlos and Catherine (Murray) Fletcher. Mr. Fletcher had been a resident of the Saranac Lake area for over 60 years, coming from Ilion, N.Y. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1937. Following graduation he went to work for Remington Arms in Ilion until 1942. He is a veteran of World War II serving in the United States Army Air Corps, 376th Bomb Group from 1942 until 1945. Following his military service he attended and graduated from Paul Smiths College of Forestry in 1947. He was employed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Lands and Forest, until his retirement in 1983. Mr. Fletcher is a past member of the Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department and the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club. He is survived by one son, Terry Fletcher and his wife Debra of Ontario, N.Y; two daughters, Dawn Martin and her husband Joseph of Saranac Lake, N.Y., and Bonnie Branch and Doug Lockwood of Sodus, N.Y.; four grandchildren, James Amell, Holly Martin Borner, Angela Martin Hoffman and Heidi Karpp. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; two sons, Gary and Timothy Fletcher; one grandson, Matthew J. Amell; and one granddaughter, Shanon G. Branch. The family received friends at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6-8 p.m. A memorial prayer service was held at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Patrick O'Reilly officiating. Following cremation, burial will take place in Brookside Cemetery. Friends wishing to remember Francis Fletcher may make memorial contributions to Uihlein Mercy Center or Bloomingdale Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home. (Oct 11, 2006)

Camilla J. (Jarvis) Caswell IHS 1943, 81, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at the Folts Homes, Herkimer. Camilla was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Ilion, daughter of Albert and Johanna (Bogle) Jarvis. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 1, 1968, she was united in marriage to Jack Caswell in Amsterdam. They shared a special union of 22 years until Mr. Caswell's passing on May 31, 1990. At one time she was employed by Beechnut in Canajoharie and later worked as head teller at the Mohawk Valley Savings and Loan, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. Camilla was devoted to her beloved family. Survivors include her two daughters, Cynthia 'Cindy' Susi of Tribes Hill, N.Y., and her fiance Frank Fattoruso, Lynne Miller and her husband Scott of Ilion; one son, Scott Lewis of Lakeworth, Fla.; five cherished grandchildren, Stephanie Gray of Niskayuna, Kayleigh and Joshua Miller of Ilion, Jeffrey Susi and his wife Julie of Rochester, and Jason Corapi and his wife Vickie of Johnstown; five great-grandchildren, Charles and Joseph Susi, Jackson Gray and Dakota and Dylan Corapi; one sister, Leona Cramer of Minnesota; one brother-in-law, Don Garlock of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Jack, son Jarvis 'Jay' Lewis, infant sons, Scott M. and Victor Jon Lewis, and sisters, Edith McDaniels, Mary Shea, Wilma Danforth, and Roberta Garlock. Family and friends are invited to Camilla's memorial service Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, commencing at 10 a.m. at the Ilion First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Victor McKusick, pastor, officiating. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow the service. In keeping with Camilla's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. (Oct 11, 2006)

Cynthia J. 'Cindy' Redmond Morris IHS 1974, age 50, of Lafayette, Indiana died at 12:35 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2006, at her home. She had battled cancer for four months. Born Sept. 16, 1956, in Dover, Delaware, she was a 1974 graduate of Ilion HighSchool. She received her associates degree in accounting from the Indiana Business College and attended Purdue University. She had resided in Lafayette most of her adult life. She served in the US Navy from 1974-1977 in Hawaii. She was married to Tom Morris on September 22, 1976 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Cindy was employed as a secretary in the organic chemistry department at Purdue University. At one time she was the owner and operator of the White Glove Cleaning Company. She was active in her community as a girl scout leader and enjoyed tennis, quilting, fishing, camping, and volunteer work. She is survived by her husband Tom, son Brian C. Morris of Lafayette; a daughter, Danielle B. Morris of Phoenix, Arizona; her parents Wayne and Pearl (Shaw) Redmond of Ilion, NY; a sister Cathy (Redmond) Matthrusse of Deerfield, NY; brother Wayne Redmond Jr. and his wife Linda (Murphy) Redmond of Baldwinsville, NY; brother Steven Redmond and Brooke (Bechard) Redmond of Lee Center, NY. Visitation will be 5-7 pm Tuesday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. with the service to follow, Spiritual Counselor John T. Johnson officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lafayette Urban Ministry, 525 N. Fourth St., Lafayette, IN 47901. (Oct 3, 2006)

Todd Thomas Hagan IHS 1985, age 39, passed away on September 28, 2006, in West Winfield, after a long battle with cancer. His loving family was by his side. Todd was born on October 19, 1966 in White Plains, NY,the son of Joyce and Thomas Hagan, and was a graduate of Ilion schools, where he was very active in sports. He attended HCCC and served in the US Marine Corps. Todd was employed as a boat builder with The Boston Whaler Co., in Fl. Todd enjoyed playing foosball and at one time placed fourth in a statewide tournament. Todd is survived by his mother, Joyce Hagan Rafferty of Ilion; a son, Todd Jeremy Pickett of Ilion; and a daughter, Alexis Mary Travis of Ilion; two brothers Timothy of Florida and Thomas and his wife, Patty of Texas; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Laura and Pat Dillon of Little Falls, Dawn and Todd Wheeler of Florida, Tammy and Joe Griffiths of West Winfield and Sherrie and Michael Rowland of West Winfield, a special friend, Wendi Travis; as well as several nieces and nephews. Todd was pre-deceased by his father, Thomas K. Hagan. The Class of 1985 will always remember Todd for his energetic, boyous personality and his willingness to always take on a challenge, even if it meant jumping out of a 2nd floor classroom. Our memories of Todd will remain forever part of our souls. Our thoughts and prayers extend to Todd and his family. (Oct 3, 2006)

Shirley A. (Lewis) Miller IHS 1951, 73, of Ilion, passed away on Saturday, September 9, 2006, in the St. Luke's Home. Shirley was born July 21, 1933 in Ilion, the daughter of the late John and Charlotte (Moore) Lewis. Shirley was a graduate of Ilion High School and, on September 22, 1956, she was united in marriage to Russell V. Miller; he passed away on July 3, 1986. Shirley is survived by her nieces, Robin Tii Gay of Dolgeville, Terra and Dominic Rodio and their children, Dominic Jr., Scarlett and Charlotte, all of Frankfort, and Jackie and Cory McDowell of Syracuse; and her nephew, Kyle Gay of Ilion. She was predeceased by a brother, Jack; and a sister, Charlotte Kowalsky. A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, September 13, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Frankfort, with Fr. Alfred Lamanna officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. View Memorial Gardens in Little Falls. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Shirley's family would like to thank Shirley's hairdresser at the St. Luke's Home, Grace, for all of her love and support. (Sept 14, 2006)

Christopher Charles DeLong IHS Alumnus - Born in Cooperstown on January 16, 1989 to Cynthia (Kovac) and Charles DeLong, Chris left us all too soon on Thursday, September 7, 2006. In his short time here, he was educated at Remington Elementary School and Ilion High School. On weekends, he volunteered at the Utica Zoo and recently worked his first job at JoAnne Fabrics in New Hartford. In his free time he enjoyed computers, art, travel, animals and above all his niece, Angelina; and nephew, Robert. For them, like many, he provided laughter, animation and creativity for their enjoyment. Chris leaves his companion, "TJ"; brother, Andrew Phillips of Seattle, WA; sisters, Jennifer Ferguson and Christina DeLong, both of Utica; and brother, Dennis Godlewski. His siblings will remember his amazing imagination and determination. Chris will also be missed by his godmother, Pattiann Crossett; great-grandmothers, Ruth Currie and Elizabeth Oberle; a special aunt, Ann Parganski and good friend, Chris Rizzo. Many cousins shall remember him as "Kissy-Fur" while aunts and uncles may remember a baby nickname, "Moose." Chris was preceded in death by grandparents, Beverly DeLong, John Kovac, William and Patricia Currie; along with his godfather, Robert McCarrell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John's Church, Newport, on Monday at 11:00 a.m. by the Rev. Leo F. Potvin, Pastor. Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours at the Autenrith Funeral Home, 7479 Main Street (State Route 28), Newport, are Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Utica Zoo, 99 Steele Hill Road, Utica, NY 13501. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Sept 14, 2006)

Donald E. 'Don' Avery IHS Alumnus, age 71, of 207 Jack St., Ilion, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, Aug. 24, 2006. Don was born June 27, 1935, in Ilion, son of the late John Samuel and Gertrude Avery. He attended Ilion schools. Don was a proud veteran, serving with the United States Navy from 1956-1962. On May 20, 1967, he was united in marriage to Mary Willems. She passed away April 13, 1995. On April 31, 1996, Don married Una Nellis. Don was employed by the Remington Arms Company, retiring in 1992 with 29 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Ilion Presbyterian Church. Don was a long time member of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, serving in many roles including Past Governor, Trustee, recipient of the Fellowship Degree, and Legion ofthe Moose, a member of the Remington Arms 25 year club and the Ilion Elks Lodge. Survivors include his wife Una, his step-children; Marie Smith and her husband Scott of Mexico, Ralph Palmatier of Herkimer, Betty Jane Caruso of Minoa, Cathy Biviano of Chittenango, Jonathan Christman and his wife Judy of Frankfort, Gregory Nellis and his companion Tricia Evans of Cedarville, and Yuanita Charles of Ilion; 13 cherished grandchildren; one brother Kenneth Avery of Mohawk; and one sister, Marylin Willems of Ilion, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law John Willems and his sister-in-law Lena Avery. Don's funeral service will be held Monday, Aug. 28, commencing at 11 a.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Victor McKusic, pastor of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Procession to Litchfield Cemetery for interment with the full military honors will follow. Family and friends are invited to visitation Sunday from 3-6 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. The Ilion Moose Lodge 1010 service will be Sunday, 5 p.m., at the funeral home. In lieu of floral offerings please consider memorials in Don's name to Mooseheart. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To sign the online register, send a letter of condolence, or share a memory, go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (September 7, 2006)

Keith Richard Crain IHS 1982, 42, of 210 Second St., Ilion, passed away Monday, Aug. 7, 2006, while visiting his sister in South Carolina. He was born Oct. 21, 1963, at Fort Stewart Army Hospital in Georgia, the son of Richard J. and Mary Ann Butts Crain, and was a 1982 graduate of Ilion High School. He was employed as a certified nurses aid with the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion, and also worked at the Subway Shop in Ilion. Mr. Crain was an avid dart player with the dart team at JD's Lounge in Ilion. Mr. Crain is survived by his parents, Richard and Mary Ann Crain of Ilion; his children, Kaleena and Michael Moshier and Kendra Crain, all of Ilion; and Loren Crain of Utica; his brothers, Timothy and his wife Wanda Crain of Sidney, N.Y.; and Chris and his companion Linda of Plattsburgh; a sister and brother-in-law, Wendy and Phil Tumolo of Rockhill, S.C.; two grandchildren, Aurora and Trevor; also several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends and family on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2006, from 3-5 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, where a memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. with Fr. George B. Greene officiating. (September 7, 2006)

Gerald J. 'Joe' Simonette IHS Alumnus, age 75, of Ilion, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2006, at home with his family by his side. Joe was born on March 1, 1931, in Frankfort, the son of the late Anthony and Nina Rappa Simonette and was educated in Frankfort and Ilion schools. In 1952, Joe joined the Army and served in Korea until 1953. On April 30, 1955, he married the former Sylvia E. Camerota in Utica. Joe was employed as a truck driver. He was very dedicated to his work, he loved driving tractor trailers and loved the road. Joe was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Joe is survived by his wife, Sylvia; a daughter and son-in-law, Geri and Scott Hendrix; a son, Frank and his fiancé Ruth Martin, all of Ilion; a brother, Anthony of Ilion and Florida; two grandchildren, Tori and Jackie Hendrix, several nieces and nephews, and a special grand-dog, Tiki. He was predeceased by a brother, Benedetto 'Bill' Simonette. In keeping with Joe's wishes, his calling hours and funeral will be private and at the convenience of the family from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, N.Y. 13413 or the Herkimer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Mohawk, N.Y. 13407. Envelopes are also available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Joe's family would like to extend a special thank you to Lori Aiello and Dr. Butala and his staff for all the love, care and supportgiven to Joe and his family during his illness. (September 7, 2006)

Donald R. Ferguson IHS 1941, 83, of Military Road died on July 24, 2006, at the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. Mr. Ferguson was born in Ilion on July 3, 1923, a son of the late Raymond Sumner and Alice (Innes) Ferguson. He graduated from Ilion High School, and in 1944 joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served as a Flight Officer until his honorable discharge in 1946. On May 4, 1945, he was united in marriage with the former Gladys Butler in Ilion. Donald was employed as a machine operator/assembler at the former Chicago Pneumatic, where he worked for 38 years before retiring in 1986. In 1988 he moved to the town of Norway. Donald was of the Methodist faith, and a former member of the Citizens Band Radio Club and Valley Boating Club, both of the Mohawk Valley area. In addition to his wife, Donald is survived by four sons, Jerry Ferguson of New Mexico, Kevin Ferguson of North Dakota, Shane Ferguson of Washington, and Chad Ferguson and his wife, Joanna of North Carolina; two daughters, Diana Gilbert and her husband, Ronald of California, and Laurie Crawley and her husband Duane, of North Carolina; one sister, Shirley Gentner of Long Island; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins; and his caregiver of 23 years, Carol Tucker. He was predeceased by a daughter, Elaine, in 1999. Friends are invited to join the family at a graveside service to be held at the Norway Rural Cemetery on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joan Holdsworth, Pastor, Newport United Methodist Church officiating. Military honors will be accorded by the United States Army. Calling hours at the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport, are Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. (September 7, 2006)

Dale Maurice McPherson IHS Alumnus, age 73, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2006, at his home with his loving wife Dolores and stepdaughter Ramona by his side. Dale had been suffering from cancer during the past few months of his life. Dale was born July 15, 1933, in Cornwall, Ontario, the son of the late Roy and Blanche McPherson. Following the family's relocation to Ilion, NY, Dale attended local schools, and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. In June 1950, Dale married Evelyn J. Riley, Ilion NY (deceased in 1993). In 1976, Dale moved to Melbourne, Fla., and on Oct. 3, 1980, he married the former Dolores (Dee) Brunick of Binghamton, NY. Dale had been employed at several local establishments, including Univac, Sperry Rand Corp., MDS, OMI Inc., DRS, and Documation Corp. in Melbourne, Fla. He retired in 2005 and moved to Seneca, S.C. Dale enjoyed a good game of golf, classical music, and was an avid classic film fan. Dale is survived by his loving wife, Dolores; sons, Gary and wife Diane McPherson, Sumner, Me., Vern and wife Cindy McPherson, Moultrie, Ga., Sean McPherson and companion, Kristin Benedix, Canton, Me.; daughters, Bonnie DeRosa and husband John, Mohawk, NY, Laurie McPherson and companion Dave Sobers, Westminster, S.C., Tina Hicks and husband Duane, Canton, Me., Mary Ryder and husband Ralph, Livermore, Me.; son in-law, Bob Helmer, Mohawk, NY; stepchildren, Darcey and husband Leroy Salada, Winsor, NY, Ramona and husband Phil Matthews, Melbourne Fla., Doreen and husband John Hasslin, Deerpark, NY, Dana and wife Fritzie Brunick, Binghamton, NY, and Michael Brunick, Winsor, NY. Dale's sister Donna Sheffield and husband Louis, Ilion NY, and brothers Vaughn and wife Emily McPherson, Central Square, NY, Glenn McPherson, Syracuse, NY, Vernon and wife Emily McPherson, Massena, NY, 25 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews also survive Dale. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Blanche; a brother, Duane; daughters, Erin McPherson, and Karen Helmer; and two grandchildren, Peter and Leah McPherson. Dale's eldest son Gary had respectfully offered his father a burial plot in the McPherson name, alongside his late son Peter in Sumner, Me., and his father proudly accepted. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 29, 2006 at St. John's Church, Rumford, Me. Donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Foothills Foundation, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, S.C. 29672. At the end of Dale's life, his family witnessed his courage, dignity and grace. Without concern for himself, or the disease that would take him from us, his last deed was to comfort his family. With love and reverence for Dale, Dee was always by his side. She was truly his 'angel' on this earth. We will all celebrate Dale's life and hislegacy of love. (September 7, 2006)

Robert E. (Bob) Whittemore IHS 1939, a newspaperman in New York state for more than 60 years, died Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at his home in Oneonta after a long battle with cancer. He was 84. Bob was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Utica, son of Ernest and Minnie (Monroe) Whittemore. The family moved to Ilion when he was 3years old. He married Betty Lou Sprague of Ilion in Savannah, Ga., on July 24,1943. He is survived by his wife, Betty Lou of Oneonta, two daughters, Barbara (Joe) Stanton of Otego, Bethany (Terry) Vargason ofOswego, and a son, Brian (Jan Best), of Prior Lake, Minn. A younger son, Brad, and his wife Charlene died in a fire in 1979. He isalso survived by six grandchildren, Erik (Amy) Whittemore of Marietta, Ga., Lori (Matt) Mannina of Otego, Kevin Stanton of Otego,Ian (Amy) Whittemore of Kennesaw, Ga., Kyle Vargason of Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Derrick Vargason of Portland, Oregon, and six great grandchildren, Ashley and Sarah Mannina, Alex and Emily Whittemore, Kylee Stanton, and Nate Whittemore. He is also survived by a nephew, Jeffrey Whittemore of Dolgeville. He was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Whittemore. Bob was a veteran of World War II, having served with armored divisions in the European Theater, earning five battle stars. He began his newspaper career with the Utica Observer Dispatch in 1938 covering high school football in the Mohawk Valley. He joined his brother, Harold, who had purchased the weekly Ilion Sentinel, in 1950. When the brothers decided to close The Sentinel, Bob became sports editor of the Oneonta Daily Star in 1954. He was transferred in 1957 to Endicott as editor of the former Endicott Daily Bulletin. He returned to The Oneonta Daily Star in 1961 and was sports editor and then news editor of that newspaper. Bob also worked on the Utica Newspapers copy desk, was editor of the Evening Sun in Norwich, worked on the sports staff at the Press in Binghamton and was editor of the Palladium-Times in Oswego. He won several awards for sports writing, for page layout and for his column, 'Rambling.' Bob wrote two books, 'All We Had Was Us,' the story of the Milford Macs baseball team; and 'Baseball Town,' a history of pro baseball in Oneonta, featuring the Oneonta Yankees. Both sold out. Bob was a member of a very special group called The Beavers, friends since high school in Ilion, and is survived by Beavers Frank Hart, Kink Steber, William Fay, Jack Berkemeyer, and Lynn Coyle and was preceded in death by Tom Lester and Vernon Cool. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice or the charity of your choice. Funeral services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2006 at the Lewis, Hurly, and Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz Street, Oneonta 13820. Calling hours will begin at 4 p.m. Burial will be at a later date at the convenience of the family. (September 7, 2006)

Stewart L. Hicks IHS Alumnus, age 91, formerly of 71 W. North St., Ilion, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. He has been a recent resident of Folts Home, Herkimer. He was born on Sept. 12, 1914, in Ilion, the son of David L. and Lettie (Johnson) Hicks and attended Ilion schools. On Feb. 17, 1934, he was married to Mary Burdick in Frankfort. She died on March 28, 1963. Mr. Hicks was employed as a grinder at Sperry Rand Univac and a machine operator at Chicago Pneumatic Co. and Bendix Corp., Utica. Stewart was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and N.Y.S. National Guard - 101st Infantry. Survivors include two sons, Raymond Hicks and his wife Patricia of Ilion, Stewart Hicks and his friend Winnie of the town of Ohio; three daughters, Marjorie Bartiakiac of Utica, Mary Conroy of Herkimer, Sharon Besig and her husband Paul of Mohawk; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, Richard Hicks and his daughter, Joanie Hicks.Funeral services will be held at 11:45 a.m., Saturday, July 1, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 12:30 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor.Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Winfield.Calling hours are Friday from 4:15-7:15 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Stewart or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com. (September 7, 2006)

Shirley (Jordan) Compeau IHS 1940, 84, formerly of 164 E. Clark St., Ilion, died Tuesday, June 27, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. She was born on February 20, 1922 in Ilion, the daughter of Daniel and Clara (Rashford) Jordan, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1940. On July 26, 1941, she was married to Arthur R. Compeau at Annunciation Church, Ilion. He died on December 9, 1991. Shirley was a cashier at the Ilion A&P for over 10 years and was later employed as an inspector at Remington Arms Co. for 16 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and its choir, and Ilion K of C Auxiliary. Shirley was past President of the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary and past President of the Herkimer Co. American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed music and playing cards. Her family and her church were most important in her life. Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Melanie Greene, Ilion, Donna and Douglas Riter of Rochester, Edward Greene of Mohawk; seven grandchildren, Aaron Greene of AZ, Petty Officer 2nd Class HM 2 Brendan Greene of New Orleans, Senan Greene of Ilion, Stacie Shedd and husband, Matthew of Mohawk, Lauren Traut and husband, Timothy of PA, Craig Van Winkle and wife, Lisa, Bradford Johnson and wife, Tricia, all of Rochester; seven great-grandchildren, Allison and Nicholas Shedd, Jordan and Brandon Traut, Rachel VanWinkle, Joshua and Ashlynn Johnson; her sister-in-law, Alice Jordan of MA; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She waspredeceased by three brothers, Eugene, Donald and Maxine Jordan; three sisters, Geraldine Jordan, Helen Connors and Florence Murphy. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m., Saturday, July 1, 2006, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor. Calling hours are Friday, June 30, 2006, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The Mohawk American Legion service will be held at 7 p.m., Friday. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Shirley or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation or the Mohawk Homestead in Shirley's name. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home,Ilion. (September 7, 2006)

Dorothy L. Rankins IHS Alumnus, 71, of 2035 State Route 28, Mohawk, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2006, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. She was born Jan. 15, 1935, in Ilion and received her education in the Ilion High School. On April 10, 1954, she married Richard 'Dick' Rankins in Ilion, a union of 54 years. Mrs. Rankins is survived by her husband, Dick; a son, Douglas and his fiancé Susan of Ilion; a granddaughter, Samantha Rankins of Johnstown; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Verna Vandawalker of Ilion; a sister, Evelyn Hepburn of Niagara Falls; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, David and Mary Rankins of Mohawk; Ivan and Nioga Rankins of Richfield Springs; Willis and June Rankins of Mohawk; Ernest Rankins of Mohawk; Walter and Penny Rankins of Houston, Texas; and Edwin and Wilma Rankins of Mohawk; her close friends, Harriett and Jake Phetterplace of Mohawk; also four nieces, Donna, Sharon, Katherine and Barbara, and one nephew, John. In keeping with Dorothy's wishes, there are no public calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be at Mountain View Memorial Gardens, town of Little Falls. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends may consider memorials to the American Cancer Society in Dorothy's memory. Envelopes will be available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (September 7, 2006)

Steven G. Wildey IHS 1982, age 42, of 3665 Southside Road, Frankfort, formerly of Ilion, died Friday, June 16, 2006, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. He was born on Aug. 13, 1963, in Ilion, the son of Gerald and Jean (Armstrong) Wildey and graduated from Ilion Central High School and Herkimer County Community College. Steve was a competition pool player, participating in several state and nationaltournaments sponsored by the American Pool Players Association, Inc. Survivors include his mother, Jean Wildey, of West Winfield; his grandmother, Mildred Sheppard of Ilion; his sisters and brother-in-law, Colleen Napoli of Herkimer, Christy and Jamie Grescheck of Frankfort; several nieces and nephews including, Shelby, Abigail, Morgan, Trista, Kyle, Ryleigh, Frederick, Tamara and Michael; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and his best friend, Carl Johnston of Ilion. He was predeceased by his father, Gerald; his grandfather, George Armstrong and his brother, Frederick. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of the Ilion United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Frankfort Center Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday, noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Steve or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (September 7, 2006)

Ferd M. Ames IHS 1947, age 77, of 275 McGowen Road, Ilion, passed away Monday, June 19, 2006, at Alexandria Bay, NY. He was born August 1, 1929, in the Town of German Flatts, the son of the late Walter and Floy Mae Ackler Ames, and was a 1947 graduate of the Ilion High School. On August 1, 1948, he married the former Winifred Belfield in Waterville, NY, a union that lasted 57 years. Mr. Ames was employed as a supervisor with Remington Arms in Ilion, NY, retiring in 1985. Mr. Ames was a member of The Church of theAnnunciation and also attended St. Anthony & Joseph Church in Herkimer. Ferd was past president of the Ilion Little League. Duringhis term he had the first girl on a little league team in Ilion. He was a member of the Junior Achievement Program, a member of the Route 5S Expansion Study, The Remington Arms 25 Year Club. Ferd also enjoyed fishing, hunting and bowling and he especially enjoyed his boat at Alexandria Bay. Ferd is survived by his wife, Winnie; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Floy and David Baldwin of Ilion, Gwen Collis of Richmond, VA, Dona and Donald Carpenter of Salisbury, NY; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Walter (Skip) and Beverly Ames of Ilion, Donald Ames of Ilion; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Barbara and Chet Szczesniak, Sandra Richards, and Mary and Dick LaPoint, all of Ilion; his grandchildren, Eric and Marc Neff, Chad and Renee Baldwin, Gregg Baldwin, and Amy and Chris Collis; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter Collis, Chelsea Collis, Matthew Baldwin, and Joshua Baldwin; also several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his canine companion, 'Maggie.' In keeping with Mr. Ames' wishes there are no public calling hours and the funeral service will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Alexander Bay Rescue Squad, 110 Walton Street, Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, The American Heart Association or The American Diabetes Association in Fred's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 7, 2006)

Genevieve M. 'Jan' (Joy) Bishop IHS 1939, 86, 11 Brookside Place, Mohawk, passed away Friday, June 16, 2006, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. She was born Jan. 10, 1920, in the town of Frankfort, the daughter of the late Joseph and Jennie Smaldone Joy. Jan was a 1939 graduate of the Ilion High School. In 1945, she married Paul G. Bishop in Connecticut. He passed away in 1972. Mrs. Bishop was employed as an executive secretary with Union Fork and Hoe in Frankfort. In later years she was involved with the Boy Scouts of America and the United Way. Most recently she was employed as the clerk at the Whiffletree Motel Inn in Ilion for two and one-half years. Mrs. Bishop was the former secretary-treasurer of the Mountain View Memorial Gardens Cemetery in the town of Little Falls, former secretary of the Mohawk Valley Business Women's Club, former secretary of the Herkimer County Historical Society and a former member of the Audubon Society. Jan is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Paul G. Bishop Jr. and his wife Susan Heckamn of Frura Bush, N.Y. and agranddaughter, Katy. She was predeceased by two sisters, Rose Joy and Marguerite Johnson; two brothers, Louis and James Joy. In keeping with Mrs. Bishop's wishes, the funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Historical Society in Jan's memory. Funeral arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 7, 2006)

Anne Doolen Tanguay IHS 1967, 56 of 72 Spruce St., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 4, 2006, at St. Luke's Hospital in Utica after a long illness. Anne was born on June 8, 1949, in Utica, the daughter of the late Owen E. and Betty (Williams) Doolen. Anne was a graduate of Ilion High School and was employed by Duofold for many years in the accounting department. Anne leaves behind her six cherished sisters, Mrs. Joseph (Bonnie) Pettograsso of Guilderland, Mrs. Richard (Ida) Akullian of Guilderland, Betty Mae Pye of Ilion, Mrs. Lance (Linda) Crisman of Ilion, Mrs. Douglas (Darlene) Bauer of Guilderland and Mrs. Richard (Deborah) Stacks of Apollo Beach, Fla. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Anne was predeceased by her loving husband, Rosaire Tanguay, in October of 2001. Anne's family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100Otsego St., Ilion. Anne's funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, with the Rev. KristineJane Jensen officiating. Interment will follow in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends have been asked to consider memorial donations in Anne's memory to the Dialysis Center at Little Falls Hospital, the IlionAmbulance, or the Herkimer County Humane Society. (September 7, 2006)

Ella D. (Christiana) Thierfleder IHS Alumnus, 89, formerly of Ilion and most recently of the Folts Home, Herkimer, passed away Sunday, June 4, 2006, at Faxton-St. Luke's Medical Center in New Hartford. She was born Aug. 8, 1916, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Isaiah and Evelyn (McAndless) Christiana, and received her education in the Ilion schools and the Utica School of Commerce. On Nov. 16, 1935, she married Emil Thierfleder in Herkimer. He passed away in 1981. Mrs. Thierfleder was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, the A.A.R.P. and she was an avid and accomplished quilter and needleworker. Mrs. Thierfleder is survived by two daughters, Carol Frank of Stanley, and Christine Thierfleder of Watertown; a sister, Virginia Hamilton of Wappingers Falls; her five grandchildren, Scott Frank, Barbara Frank, Keith, Kevin and Julie Roach; and nine great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Edward, and a sister, Leona Sheppard. Friends are invited to a Memorial Service to be held on Friday, June 16, 2006, at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. In keeping with Mrs. Thierfleder's wishes there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Folts Foundation in Ella's memory. Envelopes will be available at the church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St, Ilion. (September 7, 2006)

Joseph A. 'Joey' DeRocco IHS 1972, age 52, of 6 Mauser Place, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 29, 2006, with his loving family by his side at University Medical Center, Syracuse, following a brief illness. Joey was born August 2, 1953, in Ilion, son of Alphonse and Grace (Onorato) DeRocco. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1972." Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy proudly serving from 1972 to 1976, and then as a reservist until 1978. On June 13, 1980, he was united in marriage to Regina A. McCann in Ilion, a special union of 26 years. Joe was employed by Homogenous Metals Corporation for 29 years; currently he was the Pilot Plant Supervisor at the Clayville facility. Joe was a member of the Herkimer County Detachment Marine Corps League. Always a car buff, Joe enjoyed following NASCAR, tending his garden, and found the History Channel fascinating. A true family man and friend he was always willing to put others before himself. Survivors include his beloved mother, Grace DeRocco of Ilion; his wife Regina at home, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Joneane DeRocco of Md., Patrick and Sarra DeRocco of Frankfort; his cherished grandchildren, Joselyn, Joey, Jaylene, Jonathan, and Hannah DeRocco; his brothers, Samuel "Sam" DeRocco of Ilion, and Fred DeRocco of Fla.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Craig Gilker of Ga., and MaryAnn and John Wallace of R.I.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Patrick and Sharon McCann of N.H., Anthony and MaryEllen Bonvino of Ilion, Russell and Teresa Linthicum of Ilion, Michael and Katherine McCann of Ilion, Robert "Bob" McCann of Ilion, James and Sally Kramas of Nevada, and Daniel and Laura McCann of Ilion. Also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was predeceased by his father, Alphonse, in 1955, mother-in-law Ann McCann and father-in-law. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday June 1, 2006 from 5-8 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Acme Rd. between Ilion and Frankfort. Joe's funeral service will be held Friday, June 2, commencing at 9 a.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where father Alfred Lammana will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment with full military honors will follow mass. In lieu of floral offerings please consider memorial contributions in Joe's name to the Herkimer County Detachment Marine Corps League "Holly Days" toy program. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home and church. All arrangements have been entrusted to John Day of Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (September 7, 2006)

Jean (Morton) Baker IHS 1935, 89, of 10 Fourth St., Ilion, passed away Friday, May 26, 2006, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Jean was born May 21, 1917, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Frank and Agnes Rauscher Morton, and graduated in 1935 from Ilion High School. She was employed with Remington Arms from 1936 until 1941, working in the payroll section for Grover Radley. She was then united in marriage to Philo Baker on Nov. 22, 1941, in Merriam, Kan., by Fr. Bigalow, assistant pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Mo. During World War II, Jean was employed in the office of chief of ordnance personnel section of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., placing disabled discharged veterans. Mrs. Baker was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion, the Mohawk Valley General Hospital Guild, and was an avid golfer and bridge player. She also loved knitting and reading. Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband, Philo of Ilion; a daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Frank Austin of Greece, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Matthew Baker Austin of Greece, N.Y., and David Baker Austin and his wife Katrina of Bethesda, Md.; three nieces, Mary and Don Ruland of Annapolis, Md., Catherine Way of Jamestown, N.Y., Vicki and Gregory Saga of Oneida, N.Y. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In keeping with Jean's wishes there are no calling hours. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the American Cancer Society in Jean's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (September 7, 2006)

M. Lillian (Brothers) Palmer IHS 1929, age 94, of 25 E. River Dr., Ilion, died Monday, May 22, 2006, at the home of her daughter, Ann, after a long illness, with her family by her side She was born on July 21, 1911, in Gloversville, the daughter of Fred and Margaret (McCabe) Brothers and graduated from Ilion High School in 1929. On Jan. 11, 1930, she was married to Elmer 'Dick' J. Palmer in Ilion. He passed away in 1961. In her early years she was employed at Ilion Sentinel and W.T. Grant Co. She was later employed by Dr. James Connors, local dentist in Ilion, as his receptionist for 15 years. Most recently, she worked as an organist and housekeeper at St. Anthony's Church, Herkimer. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Court St. Bridget No. 265 Catholic Daughters of the Americas and a former member of the Altar Rosary Society. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Fred Vivacqua, Mary and William Murphy of Ilion; two daughters-in-law, Jeanne Palmer of Rome and Juliann Palmer of Ilion; eight grandchildren, Michael Palmer and his wife Sharon of Whitesboro, Daniel Palmer of Ilion, Donald Vivacqua and his wife Lorraine of Falls Church, Va., Maryjo and Ritamarie Vivacqua of Ilion, William Murphy and his wife Katherine of Somerville, Mass., Michael Murphy and his wife Corie of Dumfries, Va., Margaret Mary Giovinazzo and her husband Gregory of Woodbridge Va.; three great-grandchildren, Dedra Palmer of Whitesboro, Will Murphy of Dumfries, Va., and Alyssa Giovinazzo of Woodbridge, Va., and several cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Elmer, her brother, Father Donald Brothers, two sons, Richard and Michael Palmer, her daughter, Margaret Mary Palmer and her granddaughter, Marguerite Anne Palmer. Funeral services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor assisted by Deacon Donald McCabe and Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion. Calling hours are Friday, May 26, 2006 from 5-8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. The Court St. Bridget No. 265 Catholic Daughters of the Americas prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Members of the Catholic Daughters will also meet at the Annunciation Church on Saturday at 9:50 a.m. to form an honor guard for Lillian's Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, Mass cards for Lillian would be very much appreciated. The family would like to express their gratitude for the care, compassion and love shown by the following: Father Anthony Barratt, Annunciation Parishioners and all the people who kept Lillian in their prayers. Dr. Teng and Gerry; Melissa and staff from Senior Network Health, Dr. James Anderson; Ilion Fire Department especially Tom Pedersen, Dan Trevor, Scott Hendrix and Lawrence Del Grego, Hospice staff Joyce, Sister Sharon Ann, Violet, Pat and Jan; Visiting Nurses Association, Superior Home Care and Heidi from Mohawk Valley Home Care. All funeral and burial arrangements were prearranged and entrusted to Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (September 7, 2006)

George L. 'Bud' Hendrick IHS 1947, age 78, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2006, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. He was born April 3, 1928, in Ilion, the son of the late Charles and Dorothy Lyman Hendrick. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and served with the Navy during World War II. Upon his return from the Navy he attended S.U.N.Y., graduating in 1951 and was a graduate of the FBI Academy in Washington, D.C. In 1973, Bud was united in marriage to Carol LeBaron. She passed away in 1997. Bud was employed as an investigator with Equifax Insurance Corp., retiring in 1988 after 33 years of service. Following his retirement he worked for several years at Kmart in Herkimer. Bud was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion and Ilion Post 920 American Legion. He enjoyed going to diners and was a familiar face at most of them in the area. Bud is survived by five sons, Kurt of Dousman, Wis., Mark of Cicero, Paul of Ilion, Ehrich of San Jose, Calif., and Hans of Mohawk; his sister, Phyllis Hamilton of San Jose, Calif.; 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at 6 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Thomas Trees officiating. The family will receive friends from 4-6 Tuesday prior to the service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, N.Y. 13413. Envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (September 7, 2006)

Warren M. Angell PhD, IHS 1925, 98, died May 6, 2006. Dr. Angell was one of Illion's most celebrated graduates. He was Dean Emeritus of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK. Dr. Angell built one of the finest fine arts colleges in the nation. Funeral services were held May 12 on the OBU campus. (May 18, 2006)

Lewis R. Watson IHS 1936, age 89, a resident of the Masonic Care Community, formerly of Guy Prindle Apartments, Mohawk and Fourth Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Mr. Watson was born on March 12, 1917 in Ilion, the son of the late Emery and Mabel (Devine) Watson. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and was employed as a machinist with Chicago Pneumatic, retiring in 1979. On June 17, 1946, he was united in marriage with the former Anne Shedd, a union of 59 years. Mr. Watson was a WWII Army Veteran. He was a member of the Crowley Barnum Post American Legion, The Ilion Lodge # 591 F&AM, and the Ilion Presbyterian Church. He will always be remembered for his quiet ways and family pride. His happiest moments were spent at Camp Wildwood in the Central Adirondacks, where he enjoyed countless hours fishing, feeding white-tailed deer, and sitting on the front porch enjoying the scenery and contemplating his next project. Mr. Watson is survived by his beloved wife, Anne of Utica; two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Carolyn Watson and their children, Robert and Ryan of Ilion, Bruce and Karen Watson and their children, Brian and Mark of Richfield Springs; and a daughter and son-in-law, Lewanne and William Hughes and their children Katelyn and Eric of Gray, ME. He is also survived by a nephew, Robert Griffith and his wife, Jane of SC; as well as extended family members from the Shedd, DeCoursey, Kane, and Griffith families. He was predeceased by his sister, Mrs. Hugh (Margaret) Griffith of Sherrill in 1979. In keeping with Lewie's wishes, a brief memorial service will be held Friday, May 12, 2006, at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion, beginning at 11:00 with a committal service immediately following in Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. There are no calling hours, however, the family will be present an hour prior to the service for those who wish to express condolences. Please omit floral arrangements. Those wishing may consider donations to: St. Olaf's Chapel, c/o Rolf Brynilsen, 8479 Turin Road, Rome, NY 13440, or The Williams Syndrome Association, P.O. Box 297, Clawson, MI 48017-0297. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. He was a devoted husband, dad and grandfather and will be greatly missed. (May 18, 2006)

Mildred A. (LeFever) Rogers IHS 1941, 83, widow of Ira D. Rogers, passed away on May 4, 2006. A native of Ilion, Mildred was born on May8, 1922. She was active in the Ilion Garden Club, Ilion Historic Society, and the First Baptist Church. Millie was a fifty yearmember of the Order of the Eastern Star, Valley Chapter number eighty two. She is survived by her brother, James LeFever ofFlorida; her two daughters, Barbara R. Shelley and Sandra R. Cowen, both of South Carolina; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Millie will be held on Monday, May 8, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Paul Smith officiating. Interment will follow at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Sunday, May 7, 2006, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. (May 18, 2006)

Charles F. Jennings IHS Alumnus, 94, of Ilion, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2006, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. He passed peacefully while sleeping. He was born on October 26, 1911 in East Frankfort, the son of the late Frank E. Jennings and Minnie Deanault Jennings. He attended Ilion schools. In Herkimer on December 18, 1947, he was married to the former Rose Ganci. Mr. Jennings retired from Remington Arms in 1971 where he was employed as a Filer for over 34 years. Mr. Jennings served in the United States Army from June 1942 to October 1945, attaining the rank of Sergeant. During World War II, he fought in North Africa, where he was briefly held captive by the German Army, Sicily and Normandy, where he was severely wounded. For his service he was awarded the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Jennings was a Life Member of the Utica Stars and Stripes Disabled American Veterans, Ilion Fish and Game Club and the Remington Arms 25 Year Club. In his younger days he was an avid hunter and fisherman. Mr. Jennings is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Donna (Robert) Houseknect and Mrs. Diane Parmalee, both of Norwich; and a nephew, Mr. Frank (Thomasine) Jennings of Ilion. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife in 1987; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Mrs. Lilah (Willard) Sterling, Mrs. Jennie (Stanley) Olsen, Mrs. Bertha (Leland) Backer, Mrs. Margaret (Walter) Conley and Mrs. Marion (Homer) Moss; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Mr. Frank (Helen) Jennings and Mr. Raymond (Ada and Elizabeth) Jennings; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mrs. Mary (Ganci) and Raymond Longeretta; a niece and her husband, Mrs.Jane (Olsen) and Charles Skramko; a nephew, Mr. Charles Conley. Mr. Jennings' funeral will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at 9:00 a.m. from the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West Street, Ilion. Calling hours at the funeral home are Friday, May 5th, from 5 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Charles or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Please omit floral offerings. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Free Public Library. Envelopes are available at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (May 18, 2006)

Louise M. (Carver) Dempsey IHS Alumnus, age 88, currently of Riverside, Calif., formerly of Ilion and New Port Richey, Fla., passed away Monday afternoon, April 17, 2006, in Riverside, Calif., with her daughter, Mary Lynn, by her side. Louise was born Nov. 25, 1917, in Ilion, daughter of the late Clair Lynn and Blanche (Naylor) Carver. She attended Ilion schools. On March 28, 1945, she was united in marriage to Forrest E. Dempsey in Ilion. They shared a blessed union of 53 years until Mr. Dempsey's passing Dec. 18, 1997. Louise was last employed by Sears and Roebuck Co. in Middletown, N.J., and Miami, Fla., retiring in 1983 after 15 years of service. Louise was a devoted and caring wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Lynn and David West of Perris, Calif., and Diana Louise and Walter Lynch of Cuppertino, Calif.; five cherished grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; her cousins, Fred Jacox and Elizabeth Jacox, both of Fort Dodge, Iowa. She was predeceased by her brother, Ward Carver, in 1968. A graveside committal service will be held on Monday, May 22, commencing at 1 p.m. at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with the Rev. Victor McKusick, pastor of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church, officiating. There will be no public calling hours. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial donations in Louise's memory to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. To add to her online memorial, visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. All arrangements have been entrusted to Applegate and Day, Ilion. (May 18, 2006)

Jean R. (Wakefield) Darling IHS 1966, age 60, of London Towers, Ilion, formerly of 27 E. Clark St., Ilion, died on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. She was born March 18, 1946, in Utica, the daughter of Frank and Nellie (Ward) Kasprzyk. She attended Holy Trinity School,Utica, until 1954. Jean then attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion Central High School in 1966. She also attendedHerkimer County Community College and Herkimer County BOCES for nursing. At one time she was married to Henry B. Wakefield. In her early years, Jean worked at the Masonic Home and also at Mac's Taxi as a dispatcher. For several years, she was an assembler and clerk at Snyder's Bicycle Shop and also worked as an assistant teacher at Oneida County Head Start Program. Jeanalso worked as a residential counselor for five years at Herkimer County ARC. For many years she was a school bus driver and later office manager at Cook's Taxi. To further show her love for people, Jean put a lot of her time into volunteering for the Herkimer County Helpline and the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, helping people who had disasters in their life. She also worked in the military division of the Red Cross. She was of the Catholic faith and a former member of the Ilion Chapter 31 Women of the Moose. Survivors include her six children, Henry Wakefield and his wife Wendy of Greenville, Tenn., Robert Wakefield of the town ofOhio, John Wakefield and his wife Cathy of Ilion, Tammy VanHorne and her husband Robert of the town of Ohio, Hope Darling of Florida and Kenneth Darling Jr. of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Kendra, Samantha, Jennifer and John (Jr.) Wakefield; her sister, Terry Simpson of Syracuse; two nieces, several cousins and her special companion, Donald Trask. She was predeceased by her grandson, Anthony Darling and her nephew, Warren Simpson. Funeral services will be held at 8:45 p.m. Friday evening, April 21, at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Alfred A. Lamanna officiating. Interment will be in Holy Trinity Cemetery, Utica. Calling hours are Friday from 5:45-8:45 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Jean or add to her online memorial go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (May 18, 2006)

M. Elizabeth Marks IHS Alumnus, age 90, formerly of 47 South Third Ave., Ilion, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2006, at St. Luke's Medical Center. She was born April 19, 1915, in Canastota, the daughter of the late H. Burton and Millie Jones Marks. She was a graduate of Ilion High School, Potsdam Normal School, Buffalo State and received her master's from Potsdam College. Ms. Marks was employed as ateacher at the Plattsburgh, Ilion and Pearl River school districts prior to coming to the Mohawk Central School District, where she taught for 16 years, retiring in 1971. Miss Marks was a 75-plus year member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion. Miss Marks is survived by a sister-in-law, Eleanor Marks of Delmar; a niece and her husband, Cheryl and the Rev. Ray Stees ofClifton Park; a nephew and his wife, Thomas and Wendy Marks of Delmar; and two great-nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Henry Marks. In keeping with Miss Marks' wishes, an anatomical donation has been made to the S.U.N.Y. Health Science Center, Syracuse. There are no calling hours or funeral service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan St., Ilion 13357 in Betty's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (May 18, 2006)

Joyce L. (Smith) Degenshein IHS 1948, 75, of Prindle Apartments, 80 E. North St., Ilion, formerly of Frankfort, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of Kenneth and Martha (Pierce) Smith, and graduated from Ilion High School. Joyce was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force. In 1952, she was married to Irving Degenshein in Virginia. He died in 1976. Joyce was employed as a secretary at H.M. Quackenbush Co. of Herkimer for 20 years. She was an active member and current vice president of the Mohawk Valley Garden Club. Joyce was an active member and organist at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. Her church activities included children's primary organization with music, Family History Center worker and member of the church's Relief Society. Joyce was always working with the children in the church's annual talent shows. She taught the children different songs in English and some in German, and was always performing with her ventriloquist "friend," Penelope. Joyce was also very famous for her annual Christmas cookie party, baking hundreds of different kinds of cookies. Survivors include her daughter, Susan "Sue" Roeder of Uncasville, Conn.; her granddaughter, Rebekah Roeder; her grandson, Jared Roeder; her sister, Karen Sauer of Mohawk, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Frances Goewey. Friends and relatives are invited to attend funeral services on Monday, April 17, at 11 .m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 317 Gros Blvd., East Herkimer. Dedication and interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17, at the Graham Cemetery, Hubbardsville. Calling hours are Monday from 9-11 a.m. at the church prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mohawk Valley Garden Club or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, or during the calling hours at the church on Monday. The family offers special thanks to the third floor staff at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the excellent care and kindness given to Joyce. Joyce's family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to Don Applegate of the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion (895-7722). (Feb 28, 2007)

Russell J. Chesebrough IHS Alumnus, 88, of 101 North Fifth Ave, Ilion, passed away Monday, April 3, 2006, at University Hospital in Syracuse. Russ was born on April 17, 1917 in Ilion, NY, and was a graduate of Ilion High School and Syracuse University. On July 3, 1941 he married the former Edith S. Speece at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion; she passed away January 8, 1999. Russ served with the U.S. Navy during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Mr. Chesebrough was a member of the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion, a life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus, the Mohawk American Legion, and the Ilion Fish and Game Club. Russ is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, John and Joyce Chesebrough of Pittsburgh, PA, Russell and Dale Chesebrough, Jr. of Monrovia, MD, and Robert Chesebrough of Kalamazoo, MI; a brother, Jack Chesebrough of Charlotte, NC; also six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, April 6, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of The Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Friends may call Wednesday, April 5, 2006, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the American Diabetes Association in Russ's Memory, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (April 5, 2006)

Shirley (Wildey) Piper IHS 1955 , 69, a lifelong valley resident, passed away on Tuesday morning, March 28, 2006, in Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. She was born in Herkimer Aug. 19, 1936, the daughter of the late Frederick and Gladys (Wheeler) Wildey and graduated fromIlion High School. Her marriage to James Piper took place on Nov. 23, 1955. She was last employed with Herkimer A.R.C.Industries and was employed for many years as a waitress for several local restaurants. She was a communicant of St. Francisde Sales Church, Herkimer, and a member of its Rosary Society. She held memberships with the Crafty Ladies, Village of Herkimer Senior Citizens, was formerly a member and past president of the Herkimer German Maennerchor Auxiliary, and was past president of the Monday night girls bowling league. Shirley was an avid camper and was a charter member of the Misfit Canoe Club. She is survived by her loving family: her husband of 50 years, James of Herkimer; four daughters, Nora Kornbrust and husband George of Frankfort, Karol Anderson of Herkimer, Amanda Viscomi and husband Anthony 'Chipper' of Herkimer and Paula Dygert and husband John of Herkimer; a son, Jay Piper and his wife Tera of East Herkimer; 11 grandchildren, Kathryn Tulloch and husband Gideon, Michaeline and Alexander Dygert, Ashley Hawkins, Anthony, Armand and Adrian Viscomi, Jordan, James and Justin Piper and Sara Anderson; three great-grandchildren, Luke Tulloch, Trenton Hawkins and Lukas Krenichyn; many beloved nieces and nephews who were very special to Shirley. Also surviving are many aunts, uncles, cousins and treasured friends including Mary Edwards and Carol Finley. She was predeceased by two grandsons, Baby Boy Viscomi and George James Kornbrust; six brothers, Robert, James, Donald, John, Raymond and Jerry Wildey; by a sister, Margaret Wildey and by a sister in spirit, Virginia 'Ginny' Schrader. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Holleran & Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, on Thursday, March 30, from 5-8 p.m. Shirley's funeral will commence at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, March 31, from the chapel of the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 11 a.m. from St. Francis de Sales Church, North Bellinger Street, Herkimer, where her funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Cunningham, pastor. Procession will follow to Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial contributions to the St. Francis de Sales Regional Catholic School. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To share a memory of Shirley with the family you may add to her online memorial atwww.eneafamilyfuneralhomes.com on the Internet. (April 5, 2006)

Linda Mae (Rogers) Perri IHS Alumnus, 55, of Galinsky Apartments, Herkimer, a lifelong 'Valley' resident, passed away Monday, April 3, 2006, after a long illness, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. Linda was born June 15, 1950, in Ilion, daughter of the late Richard Sr. and Lillian (Newberry) Rogers. She attended Ilion schools. Linda shared 34 special years with James F. 'Jim' Perri. Linda was last employed by Helmont Mills in St. Johnsville until 1991, after 26 years of dedicated service. She was of the Methodist faith. Linda loved camping, crafts and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was a true friend to many and enjoyed spending Saturday afternoons with her aunt Shirley and her cousins, sharing special times. Linda is survived by her longtime companion, James F. 'Jim' Perri of Herkimer; one daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Daryl Lyon of Dolgeville; two grandsons, Hunter Loccia and Austin Rockwell; one sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Mike Dodge of Ilion; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Sharon Rogers and Richard Jr. and Linda Rogers, all of Ilion; several aunts, including her special aunt, Shirley Elthorp, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Randy. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, April 6, from 4-6 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Linda's funeral service will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the funeral home following visitation with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of the Ilion United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment in Frankfort Center Cemetery will take place later this spring at a date and time to be announced. To add to Linda's online memorial visit www.applegateandday.com. on the Internet. (April 5, 2006)

Joseph F. Bates IHS 1942, 81, of Otsego Street, Ilion, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2006, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. He was born April 14, 1924 in Rome, NY, the son of the late Leon A. and Mary Sullivan Bates, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1942. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. On May 3, 1952, he married the former Lucy Russo in Canastota, NY, at the St. Agatha Catholic Church with Fr. Charles Borgagnoni officiating. Joe served a N.Y.S. Apprenticeship as a tool and die maker and was employed with Remington Arms in Ilion, retiring in 1985. Joe was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, the Ilion K of C #518, the Ilion American Legion Post 920, an avid golfer, loved playing baseball and was proud of his skills and accomplishments as a player. Joe is survived by his wife, Lucy; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Diane and John Bigg of Vails Gate, NY, Suzanne and Niels Mortensen of Mohawk, Terry Telesca of Waterford, NY, Lorraine Godfrey of Colonie, NY, and Kathleen and Gary McNamara of Niskayuna, NY; six grandchildren, Paul, Marisa, Matthew Telesca, Adam McNamara, and Christopher and Mark Godfrey. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Tuesday, March 21, 2006, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The Ilion K of C Council 518 will conduct services at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance, the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, or the American Diabetes Association in Joe's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. (April 4, 2006)

Lawrence G. Kasper IHS 1965, 58, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, in Pace, Fla. Mr. Kasper was born July 8, 1947, in Ilion, and attended Ilion High School and Herkimer CountyCommunity College. He was also a member of Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. He served twotours in the United States Army from 1969-1972 during Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts. Mr. Kasper also enjoyed his hobbies of reading, sports, wildlife and his beloved dog, Travis. Mr. Kasper was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Pauline Kasper; grandparents, Samuel 'Pop' and Hortense 'Nan' Marshland; a sister-in-law, Verna Kasper and one cousin, John Janicki. He is survived by his wife, Becky Kasper and three stepchildren, Robert S. Pierce and wife Kimberly, Scott Pierce and Renee K. Matthews and husband Thomas Jr.; five stepgrandchildren, Christopher Pierce, Alexander Matthews, Izzetta Matthews, Scott Pierce and Jack Pierce; three bothers, Eric Kasper and wife Julie, Mark Kasper and Scott Kasper; two brothers-in-law, Barry and Kathy Upson and Bradley and Patricia Upson; also nieces and nephews, Michelle Kasper, Pamela Kasper, Scott Kasper and Erika Root; a special aunt and uncle, Mary and John Janicki and one cousin, Jodi Janicki. Arrangements were by Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, Fla. 32506. (850)453-2321. (Feb 28, 2006)

Frank A. Marley IHS 1944, 78, a longtime resident of 65 N. Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away at home on Friday, February 3, 2006, with his loved ones by his side.Frank was born May 27, 1927 in Herkimer, the son of the late Bert and Jennie (Loughlin) Marley. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School, "Class of 44." Frank continued his education at Utica College, graduating in 1951, and went on to obtain his Master's degree in Social Work from the University of St. Louis. A veteran of WWII, Frank served with the US Navy. On July 4, 1953, Frank as united in marriage to Mary H. Daly at St. Francis DeSales Church in Herkimer. They shared a blessed and devoted union of over 52 years. Frank was employed as the Director of Herkimer County Mental Health, retiring in 1989, but still working part-time up to a few weeks ago. Prior to that he was employed by the New York State Office of Mental Health, retiring in 1983. Frank began his career helping others at Catholic Charities in Utica. He was of the Roman Catholic faith, a member of the University of St. Louis Alumni Assoc., Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, and at one time a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Frank was truly dedicated to his profession and enjoyed his work. A private man, Frank's life was centered around his beloved family. Survivors include his loving wife, Mary, at home; one daughter and son-in-law, Kate and Jim LaPaglia of Deerfield; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joe Marley and his wife, Pina, of Rochester, Dr. David and Dr. Elizabeth Marley of Winston-Salem, NC; his cherished grandchildren, Jim, Alyssa and Kathryn LaPaglia, Dustin, Melina and Mathew Marley, Megan and Logan Marley; his sisters, Marian Marley of Ilion and Edna Marley of Mohawk; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joan and Joe Durkin of Ilion; and sister-in-law, Peg Marley of Ilion; many nieces, nephews, dear friends and neighbors; including his special friends, Mary and John Janicki, Marilyn and Bob Salisbury, all of Ilion, and Mike and Carol McGuirl of Utica. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth McGrellis, Helen North, Lila Andrews; and his brother, John Marley. Family and friends are invited to visitation on Monday, February 6th, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion Elks ritual will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Frank's funeral services will be held Tuesday, commencing at 12:15 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, and 1 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where Father Terrance Healey and Deacon Jim Bower will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow Mass. A special thanks from Frank's family to Dr. Garg, Dr. Desai and Hospice for all their care and assistance. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Frank's name to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or Mass cards in his memory. Ambulance donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. To add to Frank's online memorial or send a letter of condolence to his family, visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Feb 28, 2006)

Norman Lawrence Hess IHS 1941, 82, 4 Parkside Drive, Lake Placid, N.Y., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, after a short illness. He was born on Sept. 17, 1923, in Ilion, N.Y. Norm was the first son of Myron D. and Marion E. Hess. Norm graduated from Ilion High School in 1941, Colgate University in 1949 and Cornell University Law School in 1951. He married Edith "Jayne" Myers on Dec. 31, 1944, in West Winfield, N.Y. A veteran of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps as a Combat Aircrewman aboard the U.S.S. Lexington in the Pacific Theatre. He was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in 1951. He practiced law with Schneider and Getman in Ilion, N.Y., from 1951 to 1954. In 1954, Norm moved to Lake Placid to become a partner in the law firm Isham and Hess. He has practiced law in Lake Placid since that time until the present. Shortly after moving to Lake Placid in 1954, Norm became involved in a number of civic and sports related organizations. He and wife Jayne became active in the Lake Placid Ski Club. Norm donated hundreds of hours as an alpine gate checker, cross country timer, ski jumping calculator, biathlon official and bob run volunteer. He served as president of the Lake Placid Ski Club during the 50's and was an active member of the Lake Placid Youth Commission. Other organizations to which he belonged, the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club, Kiwanis Club, North Elba Historical Society and he became a member of the Adirondack Community Church. Norm served as Chief of Calculations for Lake Placid Ski Jumping competitions from 1960 to 1982. He served as Lake Placid Village Attorney from 1954 to 1976, Attorney and General Council for the Lake Placid 1980 Olympic Organizing Committee 1974 to 1979 and zoning Attorney for the Town of North Elba and the Village of Lake Placid planning boards board of appeals 1960 to 1975. He served as a New York State Estate Tax Attorney 1966 to 1975. He was a founding member of the Lake Placid Sports Council and served as Chairman from 1964 to 1967. During his term as Chairman of the Sports Council he moved to bring the FISU games to Lake Placid and became the Executive Director of the 1971 Winter World University Games and worked in the Kennedy Games 1969 to 1971. He became a member of the 1969 Olympic Bid Committee in 1962 and was active in every bid committee leading to the 1980 Olympics. He served as Chairman of the 1972 Bid Committee, Council and Chairman of the 1976 Bid Committee, Council for the 1980 Olympic Organizing Committee. During the 1980 Olympics he served as Assistant Chief of Ski Jumping Calculations and Special Transportation Consultant for athletes and officials. Norm also served as a member of the Advisory Committee to New York State Olympic Development Authority 1981 to 1982. Norm was elected to the Lake Placid Hall of Fame in 1989. He has served on the Hall of Fame nominating committee since that time. He was predeceased by his wife, Jayne M. Hess who died June 20, 1979; and a brother, Austin Hess who died Sept. 2, 1997. Norm is survived by his four children, son, Marc Hess and his wife Robin Adair Logan of Stockhohn, Sweden and Tivoli, N.Y., son, Eric Hess and his wife Georgia of Galax, Va.; daughter, Heidi Griffeth and her husband Robert M. Griffeth Jr. of Bluffton, S.C.; daughter, Lori Evangel and her husband Chris of Morris Township, N.J., and Lake Placid N.Y.; a brother, Milton Hess and his wife Ginny of Long Island, N.Y., and N. Fort Myers Fla.; a sister, Marilyn Hilliard and her husband John of Liverpool, N.Y., and N. Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Peggy Hess of Mohawk, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Also survived by his very special friend of many years, Elizabeth "Bette" Snow of Lake Placid. Per Norm's request there were no visitation or calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the Adirondack Community Church during May 2006. The time and date will be announced later. Friends wishing to remember Norm are asked to consider donations to the Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department or the North Elba Historical Society in his memory. The Clark Funeral Home in Lake Placid is in charge of arrangements. (April 5, 2006)

Dr. Joseph Anthony Leistyna IHS Valedictorian 1948, 74, peacefully passed on Jan. 6, 2006, after a long illness. A dedicated pediatrician, Dr. Leistyna worked tirelessly for 42 years as a champion for children and families at risk. Born Feb. 26, 1931, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Dr. Arthur and Margaret (Maresch) Leistyna. Raised in Ilion, N.Y., he graduated Valedictorian from Ilion High School in 1948. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College in 1952 and earned an M.D. from the University of Rochester in 1956. Upon completion of a Pediatric Internship at Yale University School of Medicine in 1957, he enlisted as a captain in the United States Air Force and was Chief of Pediatric Services, Rhein Main Air Force Base in Germany. In 1960 he returned home to complete his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center, where he then served as Chief Resident from 1961-1962. He then received a Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Ohio State University. In 1963 he opened a private practice in pediatrics and was Chief of Pediatrics at Oneida City Hospital and Medical Director for the Madison County Physically Handicapped Program, New York State Department of Health. In 1972 he opened a pediatric practice in Culpeper, Va.; chaired the Department of Pediatrics & Family Medicine at the Culpeper Memorial Hospital; was Project Pediatrician, County Pediatric Screening Program, Virginia State Department of Health; and chaired the County Child Protection Team (the first community based team in Virginia). He was a member of the pediatric staff at the University of Connecticut Health Center and School of Medicine, Farmington, from 1975-79; director of the University of Connecticut Child Protection Program and Chairman of the UCONN Child Protection Team; project pediatrician, State of Connecticut Child Abuse & Neglect Demonstration Center; medical consultant, Governor's Case Incident Review for Child Abuse, Department of Children and Youth Services. From 1979-91, he was a member of the medical staff at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester. He also was on the medical Staffs of Monson Developmental Center and Belchertown State School, where he became Director of Emergency Medical Services and Medical Director. In 1988, he was Director of Medical Support Services, a staff physician for the Mental Retardation Unit, and medical consultant for Worcester State Hospital. In 1991, he went on to become the Medical Director at the Western Carolina Center in Morganton, NC. In 1998 he retired to Massachusetts from his long career in medicine. Surviving are his children Lori Leistyna of Hatfield, Mass., Tracy Carey of Hollywood, Md., Jeff of Hatfield, Mass., Pepi Leistyna of Scituate, Mass., and Kara Leistyna of Whately, Mass.; five grandchildren, Evan and Lyle Carey, Dylan and Katherine Merrill and Bebe Leistyna; his sister Sylvia (Leistyna) Lahvis and Dr. Frederick Lahvis and their sons, Garet and Matthew. His wife of 30 years, Rita (Geoffrion) Leistyna, died in 1988. Service was held at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006. Memorial serviceto be held in the spring Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org or call 800-272-3900. (Feb 28, 2006)

Gerney F. Butler IHS Almunus, 91, of Main Road, passed away on Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2006, in Folts Homes, Herkimer. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side. He was born March 4, 1914, in Ilion, son of the late Frank and Margaret Streeter Butler. A lifelong area resident, he was raised in Ilion and was educated in Ilion schools. On June 26, 1937, he was united in marriage with the former Frances Richard in the Herkimer Reformed Church, a loving and devoted union of 65 years until her passing on March 17, 2003. At the age of 22, Gerney enlisted in the National Guard of the United States, where he was a rifleman with the 10th Infantry. He served until Feb. 2, 1939, when he was honorably discharged, attaining the rank of corporal. Then in World War II, heagain answered the call of his country in 1942 by enlisting in the U.S. Navy, where he served with the Sea Bees, attaining ther ank of seaman first class. He was honorably discharged in 1946. For 36 years he had worked as a cutter-grinder and inspector for the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, retiring in 1976. Mr. Butler was a member of the Herkimer Reformed Church where he served as elder and deacon, and in more recent years attended the Mohawk Reformed Church, where he served as elder and deacon, and in more recent years attended the Mohawk Reformed Church. He was a 50-year member of Herkimer Lodge 423 Free and Accepted Masons, a past patron of Eastern Starchapters in Herkimer and Little Falls, as well as grand lecturer for Herkimer, Fulton and Montgomery counties. He was also amember and had served as 'Daddy' of Silver Triangle. Gerney was a strong willed man who enjoyed the outdoors and nature; hewas a 55-year member of the East Herkimer Fish and Game Club as well as scout master of Troop 22, East Herkimer. Dedicatedto his community, he was a 64-year member of the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department, and served three years as its firechief. Members of the department remember Gerney as an outstanding man who worked many hours and truly enjoyed helping others. He was also a member of the East Herkimer Senior Citizens. He and his wife enjoyed square dancing and were members of the Mohawk Valley Squares. They both loved to travel and had been to Germany and Hawaii. Their membership in the Good Sam's Club took them all over the continental United States. Gerney had a down-to-earth manner and any conversation with him you knew would be straight and to the point, but yet you could sense a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He was a friend to many and will never be forgotten. Surviving him are two sons and their wives, Richard and Patricia Butler, Gene and Kim Butler, all of East Herkimer; one daughter, Barbara and her husband Myron Baker of Rock Hill, S.C.; two sisters, Violet Brown of Ilion, Beverly Williams of East Herkimer; nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces nephews and close friends, Joe Kowalczik, Walter "Bozo" Kalynycz and Charles Lowell. Besides his parents and wife, Frances, a sister, Betty Smith, preceded him in death in 1995. Funeral service will be on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Mohawk Reformed Church. The Rev. Brian Engel, pastor, will officiate. Interment will be later this spring in Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will be present in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, to receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department or Alzheimer's Unit of Folts Homes. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the third floor staff of Claxton Manor and the first floor staff of Folts Homes for their comfort, care and compassion extended to Gerney and family during his residence and the very special care shown during his passing. Members of the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department are asked to meet in the funeral home on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. for services. Members of Herkimer Lodge 423 F.&.A.M. are asked to meet in the funeral home on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. for ritualistic services. (Feb 28, 2006)

Andrew L. Tjeerdsma IHS Almunus, 64, of Utica, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2006, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, after a long illness. Andrew was born in Ilion on June 19, 1941, the son of Andrew and Jane Caswell Tjeerdsma. He was raised and education in Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School. He went on to graduate from Mohawk Valley Community College and later from Mohawk Business and Vocational School in Utica. Andrew served his country in the U.S. Army for six years. He went on to work for Burns Security Inc. in Ilion. Andrew was of the Episcopal faith.Andrew is survived by a sister, Nancy Moore, Michigan; and a brother, Victor Tjeerdsma, Florida. He is also survived by two nieces, two nephews, three great-nieces and one great-nephew. A graveside service in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, Little Falls, will take place at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Those wishing may donate to Hospice and Palliative Care Inc. or the American Cancer Society in Andrew's memory. Arrangements are entrusted to the Heintz Funeral Home, Utica. (Jan 18, 2006)

Helen M. (Bunce) Maurice, IHS Almunus, age 87, of Bennett Manor Drive, East Syracuse, formerly of Woodland Avenue, Ilion, passed away Friday Jan. 13, 2006, at Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse. Helen was born April 21,1918, daughter of Devalan and Mary (Perry) Bunce. She attended local schools. On May 11, 1946, she was married to Richard H. Maurice, a blessed union of almost 37 years until Mr. Maurice's passing on June 2, 1983. Primarily adedicated wife, mother and homemaker, Helen was employed as a nurse's aid in Utica for many years. She was a member of theOran Community Church and a past member of the Ilion United Methodist Church. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen H. and the Rev. Nelson Stafford of Manlius; three sons, Kenneth Maurice of Rochester, Keith R. Maurice and his wife, Judith of New Holland, Pa., and Kevin J. Maurice of Stevenson, Wash; her grandson, Daniel J. Maurice, and granddaughter, Stephanie Stafford; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Lillian Steele of Broadalbin, Ella Christman, and Margaret and George Smith of Little Falls, and her nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, five brothers, five sisters and their spouses. Helen's funeral service will be held Monday, Jan. 17, commencing at noon at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Helen's son-in-law, the Rev. Nelson Stafford officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Family and friends are invited to visitation Monday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the funeral home service. In lieu of floral offerings, memorials may be considered in Helen's memory to the Oran Community Church. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Jan 18, 2006)

Pauline A. (Burger) Mackin IHS 1936, age 87, currently of 80 E. North St., a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Pauline was born March 2, 1918 , in Ilion, daughter of William and Abigail (Foisy) Burger. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1936, and attended Crouse Irving School of Nursing in Syracuse. On May 24, 1941, Pauline was united in marriage to John J. Mackin in Ilion, a blessed union of over 39 years until Mr. Mackin's passing on Jan. 4, 1980. Pauline was employed as a nurse at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital in Ilion, retiring in 1980 with 25 years of dedicated service. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, and at one time served as a eucharistic minister. She was a charter member of the Beta Chi sorority at Ilion High School, past president of the Mothers Club, past vice grand regent Catholic Daughters Court St. Bridget, past president Ilion Council of Catholic Women, Ilion K of C Auxiliary and was past president of the London Towers Tenants Association. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen 'Kathy' Coffin and her husband Bill, Gail Trosset and her husband Jon, all of Ilion; two sons and daughters-in-law, David Mackin and his wife Mary Ann of Ilion and John Michael Mackin and his wife Nancy of Jacksonville, Fla.; 12 cherished grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins, several great-grandchildren and many dear friendsand neighbors.She was predeceased by her husband, John and brother, William 'Bill' Burger. Pauline's funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, commencing at 9:15 a.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where Father Anthony Barratt, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment in North Columbia Cemetery will take place later this spring at a date and time to be announced. Family and friends are invited to visitation Friday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Pauline's memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home Foundation. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. (Jan 7, 2006)

Katherine E. (Sis) Tracy IHS 1944, age 78, of London Towers and formerly longtime resident of Daytona Beach, Florida, passed away January 1, 2006 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born May 11, 1927 in Rome, NY, the daughter of the lateJoseph and Bertha Keating Tracy, and received her education in the Ilion school system. She was employed as a supervisor withBell South in Daytona Beach for many years, retiring several years ago. Sis was a member of the Church of the Annunciation inIlion, the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 B.P.O.E. and the Classie Lassies. Sis is survived by two nieces, Sally and Mike Hayden of Jeffersonville, Indiana, and Sue Tracy and Tim Leon of Ilion; a cousin, Doris Warner of MA; a special friend, Pat Murphy of Ilion; and three great-nieces, Sara, and Tracy Haden and Tera Leon-Tracy. She was predeceased by her twin brother and his wife, Joe and Rosemary Tracy. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, January 5, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion in the spring. The family will receive friends following the Mass at the church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (Jan 7, 2006)

Isabelle E. Cook IHS Alumnus,age 91, formerly of 17 Third St., Ilion, died Monday, December 26, 2005, at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, where she currently resided. She was born on September 23, 1914 in Utica, the daughter of Morgan and Hannah (Crean) Cook, and graduated from Ilion High School. In her early years, Isabelle was employed at Remington Rand Co., Remington Arms Co., and the Ilion Board of Light. She was also a secretary for 29 years at General Electric Co., retiring in 1984. Isabelle was an active member of the Church of the Annunciation, a member of the AARP, and a former member of the Ilion Council of Catholic Women. Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Mary Lou Cook of Latham, NY; three nephews, Joseph Cook of Saratoga Springs, NY, Mark Cook and his wife, Rebecca, of Bethlehem, GA, and Matthew Cook of Fairfax, GA; two nieces, Mary Kathleen Russell and her husband, Stanley, of Vooresville, NY, and Judith Ann Mulroy and her husband,Christopher, of Latham, NY; seven grandnephews and two grandnieces. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m. Friday, December30, 2005, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where aMass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Alfred A. Lamanna. Spring interment will be held in St. Agnes Cemetery, N. Ilion, NY. Calling hours are Thursday, December 29, 2005, from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to add to Isabelle's online memorial may visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Jan 7, 2006)

Robert R. Hilliard IHS 1946, age 77, of Ilion and 15550 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda, Florida, 33935, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at the Charlotte Regional Medical Center in Punta Gorda. Bob was born April 21, 1928, in Ilion and was a mechanical engineer with General Electric's Aerospace Division retiring after 38 years of service. In 1956, he married the former Harriette Phillips in Ilion. They became winter residents of Punta Gorda in 1983. Among his many interests were skiing, snowmobiling, and golf. He held a private pilots license and was a member of the Utica Hanger of the QB, and was a life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 B.P.O.E. Bob is survived by his wife of 49 years, Harriette; one son and daughter-in-law, David and Jennifer Hilliard of Middletown, DE; two daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Paul Smith of Rochester, and Ellen and Mark Miller of Ilion, NY; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Charles "Bud" Hilliard of Hollywood, CA, and John and Marilyn Hilliard of Liverpool, NY; a sister, Jean Karabelas of Ilion; three grandchildren, Jason and Susan Monohan of Herkimer, NY, and Sarah Monohan of Mohawk; one great-grandchild, Aeriana Monohan of Ilion, NY; also several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service was held on Monday, December 19, 2005, in Punta Gorda, Florida. There will be a Memorial Service at a time to be announced in the spring in Ilion, with interment in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Memorials contributions may be made to the American Heart Association of Florida, PO Box 21475, St. Petersburg, Florida 33742, in Bob's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (Jan 7, 2006)

Gladys (Gleason) Drake IHS Alumnus, 92, of 117 Harts Drive, New Hartford, formerly of Ilion, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2005, at the Eastern Star Home in Oriskany. She was born Dec. 28, 1912, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Jerry and Bridgett (Scanlon) Gleason and received her education in the Ilion school. On Jan. 12, 1933, she married James W. Drake in Ilion. He passed away in 1992. Mrs. Drake attended St. Francis de Sales Church in Utica and was formerly a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, where she was a very active member in church affairs while she was a resident of Ilion. She was also a member of Catholic Daughters, the League of Women Voters and a member of the Daughters of the Nile. Mrs. Drake was a volunteer at Faxton Hospital and also enjoyed many summers at her residence at Piseco Lake. Mrs. Drake is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Glen and Christine Drake of New Hartford, with whom she resided; a daughter, Sue Ann Powers of Surfside Beach, S.C.; also six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 22, at the convenience of the family from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. AnthonyBarratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery.In keeping with Mrs. Drake's wishes there are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (Jan 7, 2006)

Attorney Thomas R. Morath, age 70, an Ilion native, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2005, at the home of his daughter, Elizabeth Bernstein, after a two-year illness. He was born July 11, 1935, in Utica, the son of the late James R. and Frances C. (Loefler) Morath. Thomas attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1952. He also graduated from Fordham University and Fordham Law School and attended Notre Dame University. His marriage to Camille Visconti took place on June 13, 1959, at St. Clare's Church in Bronx, N.Y. Mr. Morath was a United States Army veteran, enlisting in 1956 and was honorably discharged in 1958 with the rank of corporal. Until his retirement in 1996, Mr. Morath was an attorney and practiced law in the Bronx. Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Camille of Pennsylvania; a daughter, Elizabeth Bernstein and her husband Dr. Steven Bernstein of Williamsville; a granddaughter, Caroline Frances Bernstein; his in-laws, Nicholas and Carol Visconti and Immaculate and Thomas Paluzzo, and many nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by his daughter, Diane Frances Morath on July 14, 1971, and a brother, James R. Morath Jr. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. from Annunciation Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor. Spring interment will take place at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. There are no calling hours. Arrangements under the direction of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street (between Ilion and Frankfort). To add to James' online memorial go to www.eneafamilyfuneralhomes.com on the Internet. (Jan 7, 2006 modified March 20, 2016)

Ruth A. (Hathaway) Riddell IHS Alumnus, age 95, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away Monday, November 28, 2005, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Ruth was born January 6, 1910 in Ilion, daughter of Thomas and Alice (Donahue) Hathaway. She attended Ilion schools. On August 8, 1941, Ruth was united in marriage to James A. "Cappy" Riddell in Alabama. They shared a dedicated and loving union of 37 years until Mr.Riddell's passing on June 25, 1978. Ruth was last employed by the Folts Home in Herkimer, retiring in 1976. She wasa life member of the Ilion First United Methodist Church, a life member of the Ilion-Frankfort Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 502 Auxiliary, enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casino, and being with her loving family and all the pets. Survivors include her two daughters and one son-in-law, Joyce and Robert Gage of Ilion and Christine Brownrigg and her significant other, Joseph Kalinowski, both from the Town of Frankfort; one son and daughter-in-law, James "Tom" and Roberta Riddell of Mohawk; ten cherished grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Carlton Rank; her sister, Lillian Hathaway; two brothers, Frank and Thomas Hathaway, Jr.; one grandson, James R. Gage; and one great-grandson, Steven Scaparo. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday, December 1st from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Ruth's funeral service will be held Thursday commencing at 7 p.m. at the funeral home following visitation with Rev. Hans Drews officiating. Interment will be held privately in Mt. View Memorial Gardens. The Ilion-Frankfort VFW Auxiliary service will be Thursday 6:30 p.m. at thefuneral home. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Ruth's name to the "Ilion Ambulance Fund." Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Ruth's family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staffs at St. Luke's and the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home (especially 3rd floor) for their care and compassion, and also to her nurse, Connie at MVNH who Ruth and her family trusted completely. To add to Ruth's online memorial please go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Jan 7, 2006)

Margaret F. (Fay) Ainslie IHS 1934, age 89, of the Cedar Community in the town of West Bend, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005 at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center. She was born on Sept. 9, 1916 in Dolgeville, N.Y., to the late H. Stuart and Ellen (nee Futherup) Fay. In 1934 she graduated from Ilion High School in Ilion, N.Y. One year later, in 1935 she graduated from the Utica School of Commerce. Margaret's ambition was to become a nurse, and in 1939 she graduated with an MS in nursing from the Presbyterian School of Nursing and began working at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, NY. She was united in marriage to Robert B. Ainslie, on Dec. 28, 1940, at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion, N.Y. Together she and her husband lived in Syracuse for six months before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 1941 where her husband completed a Fellowship in Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. In 1942 Margaret and Bob were appointed as missionaries to China; Bob left in March of 1943; however Margaret was unable to get passage because of the war and so she returned to Ilion. In 1947 Margaret followed Bob to West China, with their daughter Susan, where they lived until May 1949 when they had to leave due to Communist infiltration. From 1949 to 1952 Margaret set up home in the Philippines and taught student nurses at the American Baptist Hospital in Iloilo. She and her family returned to the United States in 1952 and moved to Cleveland, Ohio where they lived until 1954. The family then moved to Madison, Wis., where they remained until 1983. Margaret was not only a skilled nurse but also a devoted wife, mother and homemaker. She loved sewing, knitting, embroidering and gardening; she served many hours as a member of the Methodist Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary in Madison. Margaret was also an active member at Lake Edge United Church of Christ, Madison. When she and Bob moved to Penney Farms Retirement Community, in Florida in 1983, Margaret was again active in sewing and quilting activities. She also reestablished herself as a trumpet player, which she had played in high school. Margaret returned to Wisconsin with Bob in December of 2002 where they resided atCedar Community in West Bend. Margaret is survived by her daughter, Susan (Roy) Sellars of Sheboygan; three sons, John (Christine) Ainslie of Sun Prairie, Fred (Christine) Ainslie of Ironwood, Mich. and William (Vicki) Ainslie of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Terry Ainslie of Milwaukee; a sister, Dorothy (William) Slocum of Belleview, Fla.; and two brothers, Robert Fay of Carrabelle, Fla., and William Fay of Little River, S.C. She is further survived by 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert, a son, Tom, and her great-great-granddaughter, Breanna Maree Loomis. A memorial service for Margaret will be held on Saturday, December 3 at 11 a.m. at Lake Edge United Church of Christ, 4200 Buckeye Rd., Madison. The Rev. David Michael will officiate the service. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Alzheimer's Association (6130 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214) or to Cedar Community (5595 Cty. Rd. Z, West Bend, WI 53095). Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service (1315 W. Washington St., West Bend, WI 53095) is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com. (Jan 7, 2006)

Grover W. Radley Jr. IHS 1933, age 90, of 358 Second St., Ilion, and Otsego Lake, passed away Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, at Bassett Hospital,Cooperstown, with his family by his side. Grover was born April 10, 1915, in Ilion, the son of the late Grover W. and Pearl Risley Radley, and in 1933, he graduated from Ilion school and then attended Colgate University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1937. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Colgate. He received his master's degree in history from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1938, and received his LLB degree from Harvard Law School in 1949. Mr. Radley was a veteran of World War II, serving as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he was with the Medical Administration Corps. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart during his tour of duty. On Sept. 9, 1945, he married the former Patricia Rheinhardt in Evansville, Ind. Mr. Radley was a prominent attorney in the village of Ilion for many years and, with the return of his son, Jeffrey Rheinhardt, he established the Radley and Rheinhardt law firm. He also served as the attorney for the town of German Flatts from 1967 to 1985. Mr. Radley was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion where he was the senior member of the church, the Olive Branch Masonic Lodge and he was also active in many local clubs and civic organizations. He was known for his love of classical music and was an accomplished pianist. His love of music was surpassed only by his love for his family. Grover is survived by his devoted wife of 60 years, Pat; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffrey and Brenda Rheinhardt of Ilion and Eric and Lynn Rheinhardt of Cooperstown; two daughters and sons-in-law, Marcia and John Minehan of Westport, Conn., and Sarah and Robert Stein of Rockport, Maine; 18 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Lois Radley Arthur. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. A memorial service will be held at a later date at a time to be announced. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Colgate University c/o the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, the Ilion Ambulance Fund or a charity of one's choice in Grover's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Jan 7, 2006)

Carleta Sterling Mixer Cox IHS Alumnus, departed this life on Friday, November 18, 2005, at her home in Lynchburg, Virgina. She was born in January 1909 in Ilion, NY, the daughter of the late Frank Bredstreet Sterling and Daisy Fletcher Sterling, and was educated in the Ilion Public School and Business School. She was active in educational and civic affairs, and was an officer of the D.A.R. of Frankfort, Daughters of the Founders of Patriots of America, The Eastern Star Chapter 82, The Girl Scouts and church work. In 1959, with her husband, Murry Mixer, she moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, where she was active in church, the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of American Colonists. She is survived by her little dog, Mini-Cox; and her cousins, Harwood and Nancy Burns of New Hartford, NY, and Jeanette McCoy of New Hartford, NY. She was twice married, first to Murry Mixer, who passed away in 1971, and then to Commander Gideon Cox, who passed away in 1996. Friends are invited to attend the interment of Mrs. Cox today, Tuesday, November 22, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. at the Sterling-Mixer Family Plot in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Memorial donations may be made to the Patrick Henry Boys Plantation. Donations may be sent in care of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (Jan 7, 2006)

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