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Theodore E. Leonard IHS 1936, age 91,of Worcester passed away Monday, September 17th, 2007, in the Kindred Hospital after a brief illness. His wife of 54 years, Winifred (Webster) Leonard, passed away in 1996. Ted is survived by his children; Linda L. Lockwood of Cape May, N.J., Theodore E. Leonard, Jr. and his wife Esther of Greenbay, Wisconsin and Katherine L. Mercadante and her husband Kevin with whom he lived; eight grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel and his wife Sylvia, and Katie Lockwood, Kristopher and his wife Jamie Mercadante, Michelle Mercadante and her fiancee David Elworthy and Melissa Mercadante, Theodore E. Leonard, III and Nicholas Leonard; six great grandchildren, his companion of eleven years, Ann Marie "Mary" Ciani; a sister in law, Bettye Douglas, and her two sons, David and Cary in California, and a host of friends. Ted was born in Ilion, N.Y. the son of Dr. Frederick J. and Editha M. (Smith) Leonard. He earned his degree in Industrial Engineering from Colgate University in 1940, lived in such places as Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Gloversville, Clinton, and Wells, N.Y., Cape May, N.J. and for the past 13 years Worcester. Ted was a U.S. Army Reserve officer over 25 years retiring as a Major. He was a World War, II and Korean War U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the 10th Armor Division under General George Patton, taking part in several battles in Eastern Europe including, the Battle of the Bulge, D-Day Invasion, Rhineland and the Ardennes. Ted also was one of the first U.S. soldiers who liberated Germany's Dachau Concentration Camp. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in battle. In civilian life, Ted worked as an Aerospace Industrial Engineer, more than 25 years for several corporations including Philco Ford, and General Electric in Pennsylvania and New York before retiring. Ted was one of the engineers who designed, tested and implemented the U.S. Cruise Missile system. He was a member of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, the Eastside Post 201, American Legion, the Mass and Cape May Retired Officers Associations. The Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and a 32nd degree Mason, of the South Jersey Lodge. Ted's funeral with Military honors will be held Saturday, September 22nd from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL; 370 Plantation St. with a mass at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, 24 Mulberry St. Entombment will follow in Notre Dame Mausoleum. A period of visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Kindred Care Hospital, Route 56, Rochdale, Mass or the American Heart Association, 22 Speen St. Framingham, Mass 01701. (May 8, 2012)

Earl Eugene Huyck IHS 1940 and Hamilton College graduate, died on March 4, 2007 in Redding, CA. (Apr 13, 2008)

David Wells IHS 1964, age 62, of Dewitt, NY, passed away Monday, December 17, 2007, at his home. David was born on October 11, 1945, in Ilion, NY. Dave was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 64. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Sandra Santmire, who was also an Ilion graduate from the class of 65. Dave was a retired Chief with the Dewitt Fire Dept and retired from teaching at J-D Middle Schoolin 2001. There was nothing that made David more proud than his eight grandchildren, who filled the house with happy noises that he loved so much. He was so courageous and capable that we believed we would have him forever. He found his faith most strongly with the congregation of the Abundant Life Community Church in Camden, NY. David taught us to be open to wonder, to look at the world and life as he did - a promise for adventure and fun, and to stay close to family and friends. He was blessed by so many of both and was deeply thankful for them. He is survived by his wife, the former Lynne Jones Murphy, who he married on October 12, 2003; a brother, Rob Wells; stepmother, Lucille Wells; children, Kimberly (Chris) LeBlanc and Michelle (Mike) Walsh; stepchildren, Shannon (Eric) Thayer, Staci (Keith) Lansley, and Erin and Amber Murphy; niece, Melissa Wells; nephew, Andrew Wells (Marissa); and grandchildren, Noelle and Emma LeBlanc, Ryan Walsh, Hannah and Lauryn Hollenbeck, Brennan and Alexander Wells, and Margaret Lansley. Service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Burns-Garfield Funeral Home with burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dewitt, NY. Calling hours will be Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home, 3175 E. Genesee St. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to his family or one's favorite charity. (Dec 20, 2007)

Alvin H. Bluett IHS 1950, 78, of 9 W. Montgomery St., Ilion, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, N.Y.He was born on Sept. 15, 1929, in Herkimer, the son of LeRoy E. and Olive (Waterman) Bluett and was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Tech, Utica. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. On May 10, 1952, he was married to Barbara Allen at the First Baptist Church of Ilion. Mr. Bluett was employed at Griffiss AFB, Rome, as a draftsman from June 1954 to September 1986. He was a member, past trustee, and past deacon of the First Baptist Church of Ilion and was a member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge and Mohawk Valley Square Dancers. At one time Alvin was very active in Boy Scouts and was known by local children as 'the bicycle man.' He held his family very near and dear to him and his greatest enjoyment was to have them all home together. During the past 20 years he enjoyed his winter trips to Florida. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; four children, Lynn Bluett and his wife Denise of Rochester, 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; seven grandchildren, Kevin Jay Bluett II and his wife Cathy, Heather Goerlich and her husband Steven, Gretchen Spencer and her husband Patrick, Christopher Bluett and his fiance Erin Fasolilli, Jennifer Bluett, Andrew Slowick, Sarah Slowik; five great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was predeceased by his parents, one brother, Danford Bluett and three sisters, Frances Sullivan, Peggy Kingsley, and Eleanor Wilks.Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Dr. Andrew D. Peloubet, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ilion, officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-7 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Friends and relatives wishing to share a memory of Alvin or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet.Anyone needing a ride to visitation and/or services may call the funeral home at 895-7722 for complimentary transportation assistance. As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions may be made to Ilion Ambulance Corps or Herkimer County Humane Society. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Dec 15, 2007)

Dorothy L. (Fear) Williams IHS 1946, age 78, formerly of 114 John St., Ilion, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion, where she had resided since 2002.She was born on Dec. 8, 1928 in Ilion, the daughter of Harold E. and Edith (Norton) Fear and graduated from Ilion High School in 1946 and Mount Ida College, Newton Center, Mass. Dorothy was a cashier at K-Mart, Herkimer for many years and was affectionately known as "the K-Mart Lady." She was also the manager at the Whiffletree Inn, Ilion. At one time, Dorothy was employed as a clothing buyer in Rochester and Schenectady. She also worked at the Empire Diner, Herkimer. Survivors include several cousins and many close friends and dear neighbors including Dan and Phyllis Curtin of Ilion, Dee Cook, Patty Caruso and Robin Hall of Herkimer, Bob and Betty Harter and Lois Manley of Ilion; her close K-Mart friends (both employees and customers), and friends from Whiffletree Inn and Empire Diner.She was predeceased by her parents.Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service for Dorothy on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007 at 1 p.m. at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Second Street, Ilion with Rev. Thomas Trees, rector officiating. Special thanks is given to the staff at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the excellent care and compassion given to Dorothy. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home New Renovations Fund. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion or during the memorial service on Tuesday. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Dorothy or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. All services were prearranged and entrusted to Don Applegate of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home of Ilion.(Dec 15, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Mr. John Cacciatore IHS 1935, age 90, formerly of South Frankfort St., most recently residing with his dedicated daughter and son in law Rose Mary and Dick Myers, 145 Litchfield Road, Frankfort, passed into the hands of the Lord on Sunday morning, Nov. 25, 2007, in the Siegenthaler Center, New Hartford. He was born on Jan. 27, 1917, in Frankfort, son of the late Joseph and Rose Cacciatore and graduated from Ilion High School, "Class of 1935." His marriage to the former Mary Manno took place on November 25, 1944 inSt. Mary's Church, Frankfort. The couple shared a blessed union of 58 years until Mrs. Cacciatore's passing on Nov. 20, 2002. John was last employed as a polisher/grinder with Kelsey-Hayes/Drop Forge, Whitesboro. He was a member of the Assembly of God faith. In his spare time Mr. Cacciatore enjoyed coin collecting and hunting. A loving husband, father and grandfather, his family will always remember the kindness and thoughtfulness that he provided to each and every one of them. Survivors include his beloved family: his daughter and son in law, Rose Mary Myers and husband Richard of Frankfort; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph J. Cacciatore and wife Lynda of Wappingers Falls; son-in- law, Jon A. Riddell of Port Orange, Fla.; the greatest joy in his life were his grandchildren: Lorie Gates and husband Roy, Jon A. Riddell II and wife Debbie, Catherine Cacciatore, Peter Cacciatore, Mary Cacciatore and John's great-grandchildren: Amanda Gates, Jessica Gates, Ashley Reed and Jon A. Riddell III. He also leaves many nieces, nephews, cousins and a special work friend: Stan Piekielniak. John was predeceased by his daughter, Vincie Riddell on Oct. 21, 2007; by two brothers, Sam and Frank Cacciatore and by four sisters, Rose Nicolette, Madeline Salvaggio, Josie Puleo and Jennie Pileggi. There will be no public calling hours. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to his funeral service commencing at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Frankfort and Ilion, 894-8000 with Mr. Cacciatore's nephew, the Rev. Dave Pileggi, officiating. Procession will follow to Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort,where committal service will take place. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider memorial contributions to Hospice/Palliative Care, Inc., or to the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department; envelopes and donations can be made at the funeral home. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to the following health care professionals for their tender love and care: Dr. Norman Freund, Hospice/Palliative Care, Inc., Siegenthaler Center, doctors,nurses and staff at Little Falls Hospital, At Home Care, Inc., and also to Karen Miers for her special friendship. We will never forget the special care that you all gave to our father. To add to Mr. Cacciatore's online memorial, please access your computer and visit www.eneafamily.com on the World Wide Web. (Dec 15, 2007)

Helen E. (Kennedy) O'Halloran IHS 1940, 84, of 1017 31st St., Peru, died at 5:05 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, at her home. Born Sept. 17, 1922, in Ilion, N.Y., Leo and Margaret (Carney) Kennedy, she married Jack O'Halloran March 2, 1946, in Ilion, N.Y. He died June 20, 1998. She was a World War II Navy Wave veteran, serving in the Pentagon as a yeoman second class for three years. She was a member of St. Patrick Church in LaSalle and the St. Anne Sodality of the church, and the LaSalle Women's Club. She also was a longtime member of Deer Park Country Club. Surviving are two sons, Michael (Linda Puvogel) O'Halloran of Oak Park and John (Barbara) O'Halloran of Seattle, Wash.; one daughter, Kathleen O'Halloran of Tumwater, Wash.; and five grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and one sister. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Patrick Catholic Church, LaSalle, with the Rev. Robert Rayson officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Spring Valley. Visitation will be one hour before the services Thursday in the church. (Nov 14, 2007)

Linda J. Schafer IHS 1960, age 65, of 238 William St., passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, at the Siegenthaler Center, Clinton. She was born July 11, 1942, in Ilion, the daughter of Lloyd C., and Jane Leary Schafer. Linda was a graduate of Ilion High School, and attended Fredonia College, majoring in music. Linda was employed as the court clerk for the village of Herkimer for 20 years. After her retirement she did medical transcripts from her home for the last 10 years. Linda attended St. Anthony and St. Joseph's Church in Herkimer. She is survived by her parents, Lloyd and Jane Schafer of Silver Springs, Fla.; her son, Larry Dack and his daughter Tianna of Herkimer; her daughters, Joanne Dack of Herkimer, and Nancy and Jim Phillips and their children Alyssa, Courtney and Shannon of Little Falls; a sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Jack Valent of Cashiers, N.C.; her nephews, Ronald and Michael Angelichio; an aunt and uncle, Louise and Orie Falzarino of Ilion; and a close friend Patty Panza. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9:30 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Ligato officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Friends may call Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Siegenthaler Center of the Herkimer County Humane Society in Linda's memory. Envelopes will be available at thefuneral home. The family would like to thank Folts Homes in Herkimer, the Siegenthaler Center and Dr. Butala for all the care and compassion shown to Linda during her illness. Online condolences may be left at whiter-hendrix.com. (Nov 14, 2007)

Carl L. Woolver IHS 1967, 58, of 214 Dise Road, Little Falls, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, while hunting in the town of Ohio. He was born on Jan. 17, 1949, in Oneonta, the son of the late Ernest and Helen (Wood) Woolver Jr. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended SUNY- Morrisville. He was united in marriage to the former Scarlett A. Walo on May 31, 1984, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Little Falls. An avid hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman having gathered many big game trophies from his may hours spent in the woods doing what he enjoyed most. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, NYS Snowmobilers Association, Salisbury Ridge Runners, Little Falls Municipal Golf Course and a long time NASCAR Fan, who enjoyed traveling to races several times a year. Mr. Woolver was the owner and operator of Carl's Citgo Service Station, Main Street, Little Falls. He is survived by his wife Scarlett; three sons, Jason M. Woolver, Rochester, Jeremy Woolver, Oklahoma and Jason A. Woolver and his wife Joette, Rome; his daughter, Jennifer Thompson and her husband James, Edison, N.J.; his sister, Carol Turkett and her husband Doug, Rochester; two stepbrothers, James Wilkins, Rochester and Lee Woolver and his wife Brenda, Johnstown; a stepsister, Deanna Fischer and her husband William, Ilion; a brother-in-law, Michael Walo, Irvine, Calif.; three grandchildren, Abby, Will and Jack Thompson and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at 10 a.m. from the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 512 E. Gansevoort St., Little Falls. Interment will take place in Holy Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Little Falls. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5-8 p.m. It is the wish of the family that contributions in memory of Mr. Woolver be considered to the Cure Autism Now Foundation, 5455 Wilshire Blvd. 2250, Los Angels, CA 90036. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose. www.chapmanmoser.com. (Nov 14, 2007)

Marian T. (Taylor) Bishton IHS 1943, age 82, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2007 at the HardingNursing Home, Waterville, N.Y. where she had resided for the last three weeks. At the time of her passing she had her family at her side. She was born in Ilion, N.Y. on Dec. 15, 1924, the daughter of the late John and Almeta Hughes Taylor of Ilion. She attended Ilion schools and graduated in 1943. She was joined in marriage with Robert R. Bishton, Jr., on April 8, 1950, a blessed and cherished union of nearly 49 years. Mr. Bishton predeceased her on March 8, 1999. Mrs. Bishton worked at the Ilion Sentinel after graduating from high school. Later, she worked at the Aeroball Pen Factory in Ilion which was owned by her father-in-law, Robert R. Bishton Sr. and the Folts Home in Herkimer as a nurses aide. Some of her best memories were traveling the country with her husband, Bob, in their RV. She also enjoyed the wonderful summers spent with family and friends and winters snowmobiling at their camp on Piseco Lake in the Adirondacks. Later in life, she loved spending winters in their home in Sarasota, Fla. One of her fondest memories was swimming across Big Moose Lake when she was a teenager. She also enjoyed carrying on the tradition of cheering for the Yankees after Bob's passing. She enjoyed bible studies with her close group of friends and attended New Life Church in Herkimer. On Sept. 5, 1975, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her strong faith and love for the Lord brought her a deep peace and comfort and allowed her to lead others to know Him. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and her family will deeply miss and always remember the loving care, concern and wisdom she provided them. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert R. III, and Laurie Bishton of Waterville; her four cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth Bishton of Whitesboro, Adam Bishton of Madison, Taylor Bishton and Tanner Bishton of Waterville. She also leaves behind two sisters, Ethel Mehring, Zephyrhills, Fla. and Verna Tresohlavy, Melbourne, Fla.; her brothers, Donald Taylor of Ilion and Albert Taylor of Rocklin, Calif., many nieces and nephews, and dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Leona Hull of Herkimer and her brother, Robert Taylor of Canton. Visitation at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, will be on Friday, Nov. 9, from 4-7 p.m. Mrs. Bishton's funeral will commence at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, from New Life Ministries, 337 Protection Ave., Herkimer with the Rev. Joe Jansen, pastor, officiating. Procession will follow to Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer where she will be laid to rest. Marian's family extends their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Chabot and the wonderful staff of the Harding Nursing Home in Waterville, who treated her with such care and compassion. Memorial contributions can be made to New Life Church, Protection Ave. in Herkimer. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Those wishing to add to Mrs. Bishton's online memorial, please visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet (Nov 14, 2007)

Elizabeth A. (Pelletier) Backus IHS 1967, 58, of 519 Doty Drive, Ilion, passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2007 at the Abraham House in Utica. She was born March 12, 1949 in Herkimer, N.Y., the daughter of the late Alton and Inita Sexton Pelletier, and received her education in the Ilion Central School system. Elizabeth was employed as a customer service representative with ConMed in Utica and also was employed at Weiser's Jewelers in Herkimer. Elizabeth was a member of the Red Hat Society and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Elizabeth is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Gail Backus of Redford, Mich.; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Conrad Bottorff of Ilion; two brothers, William Pellitier of Brewster, N.Y. and Robert Pellitier of Naugatuck, Conn.; and two grandchildren, Timothy Eric Farmer, Jr. and Nathanial Craig Backus, as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. from the Ilion Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment to follow at the Fort Plain Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials in Elizabeth's memory to the Abraham House. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Oct 30, 2007)

Albert J. Gross Ilion Alumnus, 101, of G-25 Sherwood Acres, Herkimer, passed away Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. He was born Feb. 1, 1906, in Denver, Colo. Albert was educated in the Ilion School System, and attended Utica School of Commerce. Mr. Gross was employed with Remington Typewriter and then with Remington Rand as a print buyer for 32 years, and then employed in sales with William Feather Printing in New York City. Mr. Gross was married to Alice Towert. She passed away in 1985, and on April 20, 1996, Mr. Gross married the former Naomi Barnes at the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion. Mr. Gross was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, a member of the Ivy Lodge 397 F&AM, where he was raised in 1937. Mr. Gross is survived by his wife, Naomi, of Herkimer; a son, Richard A. Gross and his family Richard A., Scott G., and Amy Velez, all of Stamford, Conn.; a daughter and son-in-law, Leila and William Crain of Centralia, Ill., their family Jennifer and Brian Martin of Collinsville, Ill., Alison and Thomas Austin, Matthew and Danielle Crain, all of Centralia, Ill.; a step-daughter, Gale M. Myers and her family Robert and Alona Myers, all of Rochester, N.Y.; also 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret Greyback, and two brothers, Charles and George Gross. Funeral services for Mr. Gross will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m. from the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, with the Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Monday, Oct. 29 from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, or a charity of one's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Oct 30, 2007)

Paul L. Montalone IHS 1956, 70, of 12 Pennsylvania Ave., Ilion, passed away Sunday, October 28, 2007 at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born February 13, 1937 in Olean, NY, the son of the late Joseph and Lucille Green Montalone, and received his education in the Ilion School System. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1971 Paul married the former Ann Caouette in Yorkville, NY. Paul was employed as a supervisor with the Rich Plan in Utica where he retired, he was then a courier with Clinical Laboratories. Paul was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion and a member of the National Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are his wife, Ann, of Ilion; his daughters Louann Apel and her fiance John Zayas, Sr. of Utica, Louise Buehler of New York Mills, Paula and David Waldo of Frankfort, Tina Schuff of Ilion, and Kathleen and Michael Kane of Palatine Bridge; a son and daughter-in-law, Kurt and Louann Garrison of Palatine Bridge; his brothers Ken and April Parker of PA, Richard and Andrea Parker of PA, Jerry and Barbara Waldo of Frankfort, Jon Waldo and Sherron Quail of Frankfort and his sisters Mary and Robert Putnam of PA and Cheryl Waldo of Frankfort; his grandchildren Sean and Sheila Fenton, Kim and Ray Judway, Staff Sgt. Kyle Waldo (now serving overseas), Alexis and Benjamin Kane, Kimberly and Kara Garrison, Staff Sgt. Jeremy and Heather Buehler, Lauren Buehler, Michael and Stephanie Buehler, Ashley Buehler and her fiance Michael Staskowski. Also eight great-grandchildren and many friends at Centrex and clients he served while working there. He was predeceased by his brother Joseph and Funeral services for Mr. Montalone will be held on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. from the First United Methodist Church in Ilion with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorials Gardens, Town of Kirkland. Friends may call Tuesday October 30, 3007 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society in Paul'smemory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at the church. The family would like to thank Dr. Butala and his staff for all the care and compassion given to Paul during his illness. (Oct 30, 2007)

Jana Jo (Danforth) Doyle IHS 1965, 60, died peacefully in her home on Oct. 15, 2007, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Jana was known for her beautiful smile, her varied interests, her sense of humor, and her love for family and friends. Born March 31, 1947, in Ilion, N.Y., she was named Jana Jo after a horse that was racing in New York that weekend. The horse won the race. She attended Ilion Schools, and excelled in swimming, dancing and cheerleading. Upon graduation, she worked for the Oneida National Bank in Utica. Jana and her husband Mike were married in 1967 at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. They lived in Merced, Calif., in Syracuse, and then Rochester, where Mike practiced law, and Jana tended to a young family. They moved to Hammondsport in 1976 to begin a lifelong passion for winemaking and the Finger Lakes. In the mid-1990's Jana and Mike revived the historic Pleasant Valley Wine Company. Jana was a fixture in the Visitor Center, greeting people, sharing the history of the company and helping visitors find just the right wine. She loved golf and was a volunteer for many years at the LPGA Corning Classic. She was a member of the Bath Country Club, and on major weekends could be found perched in front of the television watching her idol, Tiger Woods. Jana had a passion for music and loved introducing friends to her newest favorites. She was known to play Neil Diamond, Barbara Streisand, Roy Orbison and Josh Groban, among others, over and over. Survivors include her husband, Michael; son, Patrick (Casey) of Binghamton; daughter, Pamela (Adam) Gee of Elmira; son, Matthew (Carre) of Hammondsport; grandchildren, Mary Katherine and Michael, Nathaniel and Samuel and Jacob, Gabrielle and Zachary; sister, Sandy Ebner of Parsippany, N.J.; brother, Robert Danforth of South Africa; brother, Glenn Danforth of Ilion; sister, Shelly Morris of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father, John, her dear mother, Wilma and her faithful companion, Tanner, a brittany spaniel. Friends and relatives are invited to call at Fagan's Funeral Home in Bath on Friday, Oct. 19, from 4-7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Gabriel's Church in Hammondsport on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 1316 College Ave., Elmira, N.Y. 14901, Finger Lakes Humane Society, 7315 Route 54, Bath, N.Y. 14810 or the Southern Tier Hospice 11751 E. Corning Road, Corning, N.Y. 14830. (Oct 26, 2007)

John L. Pugh IHS 1933, 92, a long-time resident of South Fifth Avenue, passed away at home Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007. John was born Dec. 7, 1914, in the town of Frankfort, son of the late John and Edith (Lindsay) Pugh. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, where he played on championship football teams under coach Joe Bemis. Following high school, John graduated from Oswego State College in 1940 with a bachelor of science in education degree in Industrial arts. He then taught industrial arts at Katonah John Jay High School in Westchester County. On June 28, 1941, he was united in marriage to Lois Clair at the Church of Annunciation. They were married for 50 years until Mrs. Pugh's passing in 1991. John was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees during World War II, serving in the Pacific islands. He was employed by Rockwell International for 31 years as regional sales director for the Northeast U.S. Following his retirement, John taught woodworking/refinishing for adult education. He was well known throughout the valley for master woodworking, cabinet-making and antique restoration. He was of the Catholic faith and a former member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus. John was a current member of the Oswego Alumni Association. He enjoyed the Adirondacks and the family camp in Old Forge. Survivors include his daughter, Linda (Pugh) Whittemore of Ilion; sister-in-law Betty (Torbitt) Pugh of Florida; aunt, Ruth Lindsay of Old Forge; two nephews, John and Richard Pugh of Vermont;a niece, Alicia (Pugh) Bussing of Vermont; several cousins, friends and past business associates; also friends from the morning' coffee' group. He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert of Frankfort/Florida, and Richard of Vermont, his niece, Phyllis Pugh and brother-in-law Curtis Clair. Family and friends are invited to a graveside committal service Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 11 a.m. at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with Father Anthony Barratt of the Church of Annunciation officiating. In keeping with John's wishes there are no calling hours. A very special thank you to Linda Evans and Marcia Mower, his home health care aides, for their quality care and concern for John which allowed him to enjoy living in his home over the past several years. Also to Dr. William Parker and his wife, Jo and staff for their care and willingness to accommodate John's needs. In lieu of flowers please consider memorials in John's name to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, c/o 1 Central Ave., Ilion, N.Y. 13357. Donation envelopes will be available at the cemetery. The Enea Family Funeral Home - John Day, director, 4309 Acme Road is honored to serve Mr. Pugh's family. (Oct 26, 2007)

John H. Chesebrough (Jack) IHS Alumnus, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 in Garner, N.C. at the age of 88. He was born on Aug. 12, 1919 to Margaret and William Chesebrough of Ilion. He was predeceased by his brother Russell Chesebrough. Jack enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1940, before the attack on Pearl Harbor and was fighting in the Philippines when Bataan and Corregidor fell. He was captured by the Japanese forces and survived the infamous 'Bataan Death March,' which covered 104 miles in 5 days. He remained a prisoner of war for three and a half years from April 1942 until September 1945. Upon his release, Jack wrote his father a letter in which he stated 'I wish I could describe how I feel but all I can say is it's wonderful. I hope to be with you very soon. To see you and the family and friends will make this deliverance a complete heaven on earth. We believe he has been reunited once more with his family and friends. Jack was awarded the Bronze Star for his service Jack married Marrion Armstrong on a weekend pass from Rhodes General Hospital in Utica on Feb. 1, 1946. Jack is survived by his wife and daughter, Sybil Higgins of Garner, N.C.; his stepson, Jeffrey and Sitta Schafer of New Hartford; four grandchildren, Lt. Cdr. Mark Schafer USN and his wife Anne of Virginia Beach, Va., Melissa Higgins Gallogly and her husband Chad of Garner, N.C., Julie Schafer of Washington, D.C., and Thomas Higgins of Essex Junction Vt. The true highlights of his most recent years are his three great-grandchildren, Nicholas (10), Noah (8), and Noelle (17 months) Gallogly. Noelle called him 'Poppy' for the first time shortly before he passed away. Jack will be buried with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007 at 9 a.m. (Oct 26, 2007)

Raymond George Morton IHS 1953, 74, of 31 Richfield St., passed away Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Frankfort on Sept. 19, 1933, the son of the late Glenn and Anna Meisner Morton. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1953. He was united in marriage with Cecilia Caiola on July 2, 1955, in St. Louis Church, Buffalo, with the Rev. Alfred Bosack, pastor, officiating. Ray was employed as the head custodian for Ilion High School for many years. He was also the proud owner of "Morton's Front Page News" for eight years. Many may remember Ray for his love of Big Band music and his radio show "Ray's Rendezvous" on WYUT in Herkimer, "The music of your life" station. Ray was extremely patriotic, he loved his country dearly and displayed the American flag with great pride and filled his home with the symbol of freedom, the American bald eagle. He was a loving husband and father and took particular joy in his grandchildren, attending every sporting event, piano recital and school function. His great passions of life were Alan Ladd, John Wayne, Emeril LaGasse and the New York Yankees. Ray is survived by his beloved wife, Ceil Morton; his five children, Susan and Allan Brin of Ilion, Sandra and Randy Walls of Overland Park, Kan., Stephen and Sarah Morton of Frankfort, Sharon Morton of Rome, Stacey and Francis Kattato of Cold Brook and Shelly Morton our angel in heaven who passed away in 1966; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Robert Tibbits of Harleysville, Pa.; his cherished grandchildren, John Stemmer of Boston, Mass., Eric and his wife, Shanda Walls of Elmira, Adam and his wife, Amy Walls of Jamestown, N.Y., Brian Morton serving with the USAF in the Persian Gulf, Nicholas Kattato and James Kattato, both of Cold Brook and the twins, Jacob and Abigail Morton, both of Frankfort; his great-granddaughters, Isabella Walls and Mia Walls, both of Elmira; his in-laws, Marion Morton of Marietta, Ohio, Fanny Nicolette, Sam Caiola, Tina Caiola, Florence Caiola, Joan Murphy, Charles and Angie Caiola, all of Frankfort and Joseph and Rachel Caiola of Little Falls; Ray's close friends, Sam and Carol Leonis and Louis and Naomi Rossi, all of Ilion, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Walter Morton, Roderick Morton and Richard Morton; one sister and brother-in-law, Marion and her husband David Conover; his in-laws, Mary and Michael Ruffalo, Rose and Sam Piazza, Richard Murphy, Lillian Caiola, Angelo Nicolette and Peter Caiola. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 9 a.m. in the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort with the Rev. George Greene, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 4-8 at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc. The Morton family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the wonderful staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center, especially Dr. V. Sharma for his kindness and tender care, Dr. Aiello and Dr. Farkouh; all the nurses of 3C, 3B and Special Care, especially Frank and Valerie Fessia, Darlene Gubager and Pat from the transport department. Your visits, kind words and prayers will always be with us.Contributions in Ray's memory may be made to Ilion Ambulance c/o Central Fire Station, Ilion 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Ray's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (Sept 22, 2007)

Vivian M. (Day) Schierholtz IHS 1939, 86, of North Fifth Avenue, Ilion, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, with her loving family by her side. Vivian was born Aug. 12, 1921, in Ilion, daughter of the late Roy C. and Margaret (Farrell) Day. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School 'Class of 1939.' On Oct. 20, 1945, she was united in marriage to Charles R. Schierholtz at the Annunciation Parish house. They shared a loving and dedicated union of 48 years until Chuck's passing on June 13, 1993.Primarily a dedicated homemaker, firefighter's wife, mother and grandmother, most recently she was employed by the Ilion School District in the cafeteria for many years until her retirement, a job she truly enjoyed. Early in her life she worked at Baker's Pharmacy, another job she loved.She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, at one timevolunteered for the Democratic Committee, enjoyed cooking, and taking care of herhome and pool which she loved to swim in. She was an avid supporter of the 'Golden Bombers,' always seen in the bleachers rooting her boys and girls on. Vivian enjoyed reminiscing about the old days and had a very sharp memory. She could remember people and stories from years ago. Recently, Vivian would travel to her daughters' homes, spending holidays and extended vacations with them, which she and they loved. Her family was her life, and she was always there for all of them. She will be dearly missed by all. Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Charleen and her husband Robert 'Bob' LaGasse of Stow, Ohio, and Lynn and her husband Kyle Jenks of Clifton Park; four cherished grandchildren, Robert LaGasse of Birmingham, Ala., Bill LaGasse and his wife Lindsay of Akron, Ohio, Mike LaGasse of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Matt and Heidi LaGasse of Newburgh Heights, Ohio; her sister-in-law and very special friend, Charlotte Day of Ilion; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bud and Betty Schierholtz of South Carolina; several nieces, nephews, cousins, longtime friends and neighbors, including her close and dear friends, Martha Bechard, John Gilmartin and Marion Edwards. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles R. Schierholtz in 1993; three brothers, Roy, Bob and Jack Day; and one sister, Marion Cooper.Family and friends are invited to visitation Sunday, Sept. 16, from 3-6 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort. Vivian's funeral services will be held Monday commencing at 9 a.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where Father Anthony Barratt, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial assisted by Deacon Jim Bower. Procession for interment in Armory Hill Cemetery will follow. All arrangements are under the direction of Vivian's nephew, 'Johnny' Day. In lieu of floral offerings please consider memorial contributions inVivian's memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. (Sept 15, 2007)

Karen A. (Warner) Shaut IHS 1967, age 59, of High Street, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away at home Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, following a long illness. Karen was born June 3, 1948, at Mohawk Valley General Hospital, Ilion, daughter of the late John and Nona (Reyome) Warner. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1967." Following high school, Karen was enrolled in Stewardess training for the airlines in California. At one time she was married to William E. "Bill" Shaut, the father of her two daughters. Karen and Bill remained close till the end. He was her best friend and confidant. Karen was last employed by X-Tra Mart on West Main Street in Ilion. Prior to that she was a longtime employee of Dave Cramer's Video Plus, and at one time worked at Fay's Drug store in Ilion. Karen was an avid reader, loved gardening, was an excellent baker and a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants, and was affectionately known as "Ma Shaut" to her daughter's friends. She was a dedicated and devoted mother and grandmother whose life was centered around her loved ones. She will be dearly missed by those she touched. Survivors include her beloved daughters, Victoria L. "Vicki" Alexander and her significant other Tim Hagan, both of Ilion, and Kristin M. "Krissy" Matthews and her husband Christopher "Gwee" of Ilion; her cherished granddaughter, Abigail Victoria "Abby" Matthews; two brothers, John M. Warner and his wife Patricia of Ilion, and Daniel S. Warner and his significant other Robin, both of Ilion; a special aunt, Martha Wengert of Mohawk; her best friend and father of "her girls," Bill Shaut of Ilion; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends. She was predeceased by her parents and her aunt and uncle Jack and Rusty Reyome. Family and friends are invited to visitation Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. A celebration of her life will be held Wednesday commencing at 1 p.m. at the funeral home following visitation, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber of Morningstar Ministries conducting the funeral service. Procession to St. Agnes Cemetery for her interment on the Warner lot will follow the service. Karen's family would like to thank Dr. Dwyer, Cara and Michelle at Bassett Cancer Center, Herkimer, for their kindness and care during her illness. Those wishing to do so may consider memorial contributions in Karen's memory to the Bassett Cancer Center. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Sept 11, 2007)

Harold J. Casey IHS 1937, age 87, of Forge Hill Estates, Ilion, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2007, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. He was born Dec. 4, 1919, in Ilion, the son of the late James Daniel and Gertrude Roberts Casey. Harold received his education in the Ilion school system, and during World War II he served with the United States Army in the 36th Infantry Division, having served in Central Europe, Naples, Foggia, Rhineland, Rome-Arno and Southern France, and engaging in battles in Casino, Rapidro and Anzio. Harold received the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star medal, the Kame Service medal, Good Conduct medal and the World War II Victory medal. On Sept. 13, 1952, Harold married the former Joyce King in Ilion. Harold was employed with Sperry-UNIVAC, and then retired from I.C.L. in Utica several years ago. Harold was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion and was a lay reader at church. He was a former trustee for the village of Ilion, and also served on the Recreation Commission, the Traffic Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Harold is survived by his wife, Joyce; two daughters and a son-in-law, Cheryl O'Neill of Poughkeepsie and Carol and Greg Graf of Middletown, Mass.; three grandchildren, Ashley Elizabeth O'Neill, Zackary Casey Graf and Hanna Grace Graf; also several extended family members. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert, and a brother-in-law, Lester King, who was killed in action at Anzio during World War II. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m. from St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, with Fr. Thomas Trees and Fr. George G. Green officiating. Friends may call on Monday, Sept. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to American Red Cross, Shriner's Hospital or Hospice and Palliative Care in Harold's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. The family would like to thank all their friends and neighbors for all their help and kindness during Harold's illness. On-line condolences may be left at whiter-hendrix.com. (Sept 12, 2007)

Benjamin A. Russell III IHS 1957, 67, of Constantla, passed away peacefully on Sunday. August 12, 2007 at his home with his loving wife and family by his side. A 1957 graduate of Ilion High School, and a 1961 graduate of Colgate University. Ben was a veteran of the Army and served as a member of a Special Military Intelligence Advisory team (SMIA) in Vietnam, for our country, before graduating from the Syracuse University College of Law. In 1969. Ben went on to form a partnership with Charles J . Yorkey as "Yorkey & Russell Law Firm" then "Russell Law Firm", now known as -Russell, Russeli & Grasso, PLLC" of Central Square, New York. Ben was an avid golfer and held memberships over the years at Greenview, McConhelsviile, and In Scottsdale, Arizona, where he enjoyed winters with his family. A very caring, versatile and community-minded individual. He served as the Town of Constantia Attorney for 30+ years. During that time, one of his proudest moments was when he facilitated the donation of the Lakefront property previously owned by the local Bank, now owned by North Shore Library. Ben was always willing to make hospital and home visits anywhere to make life more convenient for his fellow man. For many years Ben donated his time and experience to the fire departments, various ambulance companies, libraries. the Masons, the VFW, many Denominations of Churches, Central Square Endowment Foundation and the Moot Court Program at Central Square High School, which he helped create. Ben also served as the anonymous Secret Santa from December to January at 'Good Gotlys Restaurant' for the dedicated SOVAC Ambulance crew. Along with his love for his family and friends, Ben enjoyed the beauty of nature and growing flowers. Ben is survived by his wife of 42 years, Joanne (Lay); two sons, Scott Alden, Liverpool, NY, formerly of Arizona and Nevada, and David Edward (Cheri) of Brewerton. NY; a grandson, Benjamin Thomas; a sister, Jane Russell Nile of Aptos, CA; and four nieces and two nephews in CA and M.A. As Ben wished, there will be no funeral services ar calling hours. Contributions may be made in Ben's name to the community Endowment Foundation, POBox 174, Central Square, NY 13036 or Hospice of Central New York, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088. Prayers said for the family are appreciated. (August 19, 2007)

Robert K. 'Bob' Roe IHS 1939, age 86, of Concord Street, Ilion, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 14, 2007, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Bob was born on Feb. 14, 1921 in Ilion, the son of the late Frank and Mary (Kenyon) Roe. Bob attended Ilion schools, graduating from Ilion High School. He also attended Utica College. Bob was a proud veteran of World War II (1942-1946), serving as a Sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of War. He was awarded the following decorations and citations in recognition of his service to our country. The American Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Good conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. On June 26, 1948 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth 'Betty' Madigan in Ilion and shared a very special and devoted union of 59 years. Bob was employed by the Remington Rand/UNIVAC Co. in Ilion and Utica as a tool and dye inspector for 37 dedicated years. He last worked at the Remington Arms Gun Plant in Ilion also as a tool and dye inspector, retiring in 1985 with nine years of service for the 'Arms.' A Roman Catholic, Bob was a parishioner at the Church of the Annunciation, formerly an active member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus Sacred Heart Council 518, the Ilion-Frankfort Post 518 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a former member of the Herkimer County Family Caregivers. Bob was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather satisfied in that role and working hard to care for them. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth 'Betty' at home; three daughters and one son-in-law, Christine Roe of Ilion, Cheryl and Constantine Arcella of Garden City, Long Island, N.Y., and Ms. Betty Bowman of Ilion; three cherished grandchildren, Charles Roberts III, Jaclyn Roberts, and Francis Bowman; one brother, Frank Roe of Herkimer; his sister-in-law, Jean Madigan of Ilion; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Mark Andrew Roe in 1990, and his sister Dorothy Krawczyk. Bob's funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, commencing at 10:30 a.m. at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where Father Anthony Barratt and Deacon Jim Bower will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, will follow Mass. Bob will be laid to rest beside his son Mark. Full military honors will be accorded at the grave. Family and friends are invited to visitation Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. prior to Bob's funeral services at the Applegate-Day & Enea Funeral Home, Ilion By request of Bob's family, please omit floral offerings and consider memorials in Bob's name to the Herkimer County Catholic Charities or the Central New York Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home or church. To sign Bob's online register, send a letter of condolence to his family, or share a special memory, go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (August 19, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Hubert H. 'Rudy' Hess IHS Alumnus, age 84, formerly of Utica, passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center. He was born in Ilion on Aug. 10, 1922, a son of the late Daniel and Doris Clemons Hess and received his education in Ilion schools. Rudy was formerly employed with Bendix Corp. as a machinist and most recently at Faxton Hospital, retiring in 1989. He was a gunner in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and a former member of the VFW in Ilion. He was a joker at heart, had good family ties and was a strong person. He was an avid historian, loved Egypt, was a painter and enjoyed ceramics. Surviving Rudy is his significant other of 30 years, Ruth Platt of Ilion; two daughters, Jerri Lee and Mike Baretta and Carol Wildey; one stepson, Sidney Hobbs and significant other, Shirley of Rome; a special niece, Allyn Hess Perry of Lyons, N.Y.; several nieces who were his true family and very close to him, Michelle and Bob Husnay, Chris and Anthony Carbone, Valerie, Nicole and Toni Carbone, all of Frankfort, Vanessa Tubia and husband, Mike also of Frankfort, Mary Holden and husband, Trevor of Mohawk, and Debbie and husband, John Deater of Utica. Gravesides funeral services will be held for Rudy at the convenience of the family at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Whitesboro. Arrangements are in care of Surridge & Roberts Funeral Homes, 470 French Road, South Utica. Special thanks to the staff on 2 West at St. Luke's Hospital for the special care shown to Rudy and family, and to J.R. for all the rides up the hill. Online memorials for Rudy at www.surridgeandroberts.com. (August 19, 2007)

Judith Kay (VanDelinder) Slater IHS 1957, 68, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 2, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Judy was born on May 1, 1939, the daughter of the late Glenn and Lorrabelle VanDelinder. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert, who died in 1996. She graduated from Ilion High School and attended Alfred State University. She spent 25 years as a valued member of the Ilion School District cafeteria staff. She will be remembered for her steadfast commitment to her four children and her unwavering strength; as well as her love of antiques, reading and doing crossword puzzles. She is survived by her four children, Kerry and his wife Laura of Long Beach, N.Y., Kelly Webber and her husband Chet of Montvale, N.J., Jeff of Hull, Mass., and Amy DiMaria and her husband Frank of Cicero, N.Y.; as well as her longtime friend Bill Williams. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren who brought her so much joy and love, Emily and Alexander Webber, Lucas, Patrick and Colin Slater, and Nicholas and Hope DiMaria. A private funeral service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11. Following the service, Judy's children will be hosting a gathering at the Moose Club, 302 Barringer Road, Ilion from 2-5 p.m. and extend an invitation to Judy's friends to join them to celebrate her life. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund c/o Ilion Fire Department, 1 Central Ave., Ilion, NY. 13357. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be left by going to whiter-hendrix.com. (August 19, 2007)

Nora J. (Greig) Scanlon IHS 1949, age 75, of Onondaga Hill, passed away Wednesday, July 18, at her home. Born in Ilion, she resided in the Syracuse area over 50 years. She was the widow of Robert and mother of the late Kevin Scanlon. Nora was a retired secretary for General Electric and was a communicant of St. Michael's Church. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Scanlon-Edgar of Syracuse; son-in-law, Kenneth Edgar of Syracuse; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Scanlon of Central Square; three grandchildren, Gwendolyn Scanlon, Abigail and Kevin Edgar; her sister, Nancy Marleau of Utica; and two brothers, Gary and Donald Greig of Ilion. Services are 9:15 a.m. Monday at Butler-Badman Funeral Home, Inc., 4504 W. Seneca Tpk., and 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 3994 Split Rock Road, Camillus, NY. Interment is in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Butler-Badman Funeral Home, Inc. ONONDAGA HILL Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 7/20/2007. (August 19, 2007)

Ned James Bohr IHS 1971 - Ilion NY
Ned Bohr 1971

Ned James Bohr IHS 1971, age 53, passed away on July 16, 2007 at the Siegenthaler Center in New Hartford. Born on August 14, 1953 in Ilion, NY, Ned was the son of Ned and Iona (Terrell) Bohr. He was educated in Ilion Schools and attended Morrisville College. Throughout the valley, he was known as a self-employed contractor, specializing in roofing. Even as a small child, Ned loved being outdoors. Many of his happiest times were spent with friends hunting and fishing. He developed a keen interest in antiques and enjoyed going to garage sales, auctions, and antique shops. Ned was a 'simple man with simple needs,' as he said many times and will be truly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Iona and Ned Bohr of Ilion; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and John Hannon of Amherst, NY; a brother, Richard Bohr of Wellsboro, PA; two nephews, Steven and Scott Hannon of Amherst, NY; and a very special companion, Ginger Cooley of Waterville, NY; her children, Calvin and Lori Richards of Little Falls, Candice and Alex Roux of Ilion, Ryan Cooley of Dolgeville; and two grandchildren, Carissa and Alex Roux. Ned also leaves several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services for Ned will be held on Friday, July 20, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Pastor Ann Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Thursday, July 19, 2007, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Ned's memory to the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263; or the Siegenthaler Center, Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. His family would like to thank the physicians and staff at the Roswell Park Cancer Institution and the staff of the Siegenthaler Center for their kindness and understanding during this difficult time. Online condolences may be left by going to Whiter-Hendrix.com. (Jul 18, 2007)

David Peter Whalen IHS 1974, age 52, of West Clark Street, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 8, 2007. He was born June 12, 1955 in Ilion, NY, the son of the late John J. and Helen I. Bayzon Whalen, and received his education in the Ilion School System. He graduated with the IHS Class of 1974. Mr. Whalen was employed with the Ilion Central School District in the security division, and was also the supervisor of the Ilion community park. David was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, and an avid NY Yankees fan. He enjoyed fixing and working with computers. Dave had a heart of gold, and a great sense of humor. He took pride in everything that he did. His thoughtfulness of others is reflected in the fact that Dave was an organ and tissue donor. Dave is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Rodney "Skip" and Sharon Whalen of Herkimer, NY, and Patrick Whalen of Ilion; two nieces and their husbands, Robin and Dave Meszler of Herkimer, and Wendy and Michael Arner of Charlotte, NC; also several aunts and uncles. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Thursday, July 12, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Friends may call Wednesday, July 11, 2007 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the David P. Whalen Scholarship, c/o Ilion Central School, 1 Bomber Drive, Ilion, NY 13357. Online condolences may be sent by going to whiter-hendrix.com. (July 9, 2007)

Mrs. Florence (Porter) Pelletier IHS 1924, age 99, formerly of 80 South Fifth Avenue, Ilion, after a rewarding long life, died Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. Florence, the first daughter of the late George B. and Catharine Anna Porter, was born in Ilion, August 2, 1907. She attended Morgan Street School andthen graduated from Ilion High School, Class of 1924, and Utica School of Commerce. At the 2002 All-Class Ilion High School Reunion, she was honored as its oldest graduate who attended the reunion. On May 29, 1934, Florence married Joseph Pelletier of Ilion, and the two enjoyed 52 years of marriage. They were longtime Ilion residents, as well as members of the Otter Lake community, where they skated, boated, and swam with family and friends at the Porter Camps. Remington Rand was Florence's first employer. She went on to work as an associate in the Walker Agency, Ilion, the Crocker Agency, Herkimer, and Weeden and Sitts in Frankfort. Along with her friend,Mary Connick, Florence opened and operated the Trading Post on Fifth Avenue in Ilion. In this capacity she came to know well hundreds of Valley residents as they searched for secondhand ice skates, dining room chairs, antique teacups, and the like. She was also renowned for her excellent handwork, particularly weaving and crocheting. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Pelletier, in 1986; and her brother, Donald Porter, in 1991. Surviving are Florence's daughters and sons, Doreen and Tom Murphy of Liverpool, Elaine Stowell of Ilion, Joe and Mary Jo Pelletier of Ilion, and Ron Stowell of East Herkimer; and her grandchildren, Joan and Rob Robson, Liverpool, Lauren Murphy and Raymond Rocha, Tampa, Carl and Lisa Murphy, Fulton, Kristen and Frank Panzetta, Liverpool, Patrick and Margaret Murphy, Syracuse, Cece Murphy, Owings Mills, Cho Murphy, Palo Alto and Miami Beach, Scott and Beverly Stowell, Ballston Spa, John and Theresa Stowell, Cold Springs, Dan and Monica Stowell, Holland Patent, Matthew Pelletier and Emily Pelletier, Ilion; and her great-grandchildren, Zachary, Natalie, and Nate Robson, Rosanna and Ben Rocha,Samuel Murphy, Anna, Joe, Anthony, Maria, and Tommy Panzetta, Katherine and Maureen Murphy, Samantha Murphy, Aubrey and Abbey Stowell, Andrea, Andrew, and Adam Stowell; and her sister, Jeanette Drake, of Syracuse; her sisters-in-law, Eleanor Porter of Herkimer and Lois Pelletier of Newport, VT; her cousins, Veva Porter of Modesto, Karl and Margaret Anna of Camden, Helen Anna of Boonville; as well as other cherished cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Arrangements are by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Calling hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, 2007, with the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. with Father Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will follow at the Armory Hill Cemetery. Calling hours and funeral service will take place at the funeral home. In remembering Florence, please consider a donation to the friends of the Ilion Public Library. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 5, 2007)

John Morris IHS Alumnus, age 41, of Colorado Springs, Colo. passed away Thursday, June 28, 2007. He was born June 18, 1966 in Ilion, the son of Michael and JoAnn Moreau Morris, and received his education in the Ilion school system. John was a self-employed paint contractor. John was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, and was an avid fisherman and enjoyed the outdoors. John is survived by his parents, Michael Morris of Ilion, and JoAnn Savicki of Frankfort; a brother, Steven Morris of Herkimer; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Laurie Naurer of Kolla, Mo., Michelle andSteven Waite of Ilion, and Susan and Gregory Hook of Ilion; also several nephews. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass to be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 10 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be held at St. Agnes Cemetery in the town of Herkimer at the convience of the family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be sent to whiter-hendrix.com. (July 5, 2007)

Lawrence R. 'Larry' Miller IHS 1960, age 65, of Haynes Road, Beekmantown, N.Y., passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at his home. Larry was born in Amsterdam, N.Y., on May 1, 1942, the son of Ida (Labunski) Miller, and the late John Miller. Larry was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1960 and Buffalo State in 1964 with a degree in Industrial Arts. He started his teaching career in Plattsburgh High School in 1964 until 1966. Larry started at Beekmantown Central School in the fall of 1966 and taught until his retirement in 2005. Prior to his retirement, Larry served as liaison during the construction of the addition to Beekmantown Central School. In his retirement, Larry continued at Beekmantown Central School until 2006. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Peter's Church. Larry is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sharron (Deyo) Miller of Beekmantown; two daughters, Hope Costin and her husband Kevin of Plattsburgh, Faith Miller and her companion Holly Whipple of Diamond Point, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Kassandra, Keyden and Kordell Costin of Plattsburgh; his mother, Ida Miller of Ilion; a sister, Lorraine O'Connor of Chestertown, N.Y.; also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Church. Donations in Larry's memory may be made to the Multiple Myleoma Foundation of Myelofibrosis Research in care of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Anyone who knew Larry knows the tremendous loss his family has sustained. He will be surely missed by all. Local arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St.,Ilion. Online condolences may be sent to whiter-hendrix.com. (June 27, 2007)

Edward M. Couchman IHS 1937, age 90, of 211 Huxtable Road, West Winfield, N.Y., passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. He was born June 3, 1917, in Ilion, N.Y., the son of the late Kenneth and Marie Keno Couchman, and was a 1937 graduate of Ilion High School. After graduation from high school, Ed joined the C.C.C. before he entered the U.S. Army and served during World War II. In 1940, Ed married the former Beatrice Martin. She passed away Feb. 6, 1977. He then married the former Patricia Sponburgh on July 16, 1977. Ed was employed in the maintenance department with Herkimer County Community College, retiring in 1982. He was previously employed with Univac for 31 years. Ed was a member of the Ilion Fish and Game Club, the Mohawk American Legion, and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. Ed is survived by his wife, Patricia; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Nancy Couchman of Emporium, Pa.; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Beverly Huxtable of Richfield Springs, Patricia and Edwin Owens of Mohawk, N.Y., Linda and Jack Linsky of Geneva, N.Y., Marsha Phalen of West Winfield, N.Y., and Lisa and Jim Branthoover of Waterville, N.Y.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Dale Anne and Arthur Parmer of Little Falls, N.Y.; a stepson, William E. Boudry of Frankfort, N.Y.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry and Emily Couchman of Ilion, Carl and Betty Couchman of Mohawk; a sister-in-law, Margaret Couchman of Richfield Springs; 18 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, also many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Ed was predeceased by a sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Ray Becker and a brother, Lee Couchman. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, June 22, 2007, at 11 a.m. in the Highland Rural Cemetery, Jordanville, with the Rev. Scott Hocking officiating. In keeping with Ed's wishes there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Cedarville Ambulance, 960 State Route 51, Ilion, N.Y. 13357. Envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, or at the graveside service. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be sent to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 27, 2007)

Douglas William Fay Sr. IHS 1961 age 63, passed peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning, June 13, 2007. He is survived by his wife Betty, daughter Amanda, sons Doug and John, as well as his mother Jeanne Nabinger, father Bill, and his sister Leslie. Doug was born in 1943 in Ilion, N.Y., where he spent his childhood. He left Ilion to attend the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated in 1965 and fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a metallurgist. Doug married Betty in 1972 and they moved to Claremont in 1978 to raise their three children. Doug spent the majority of his career at Pine Tree Castings, where he became one of the industries' leading and most well respected metallurgists. Doug was a brilliant metallurgist whose ideas helped reshape the industry he loved so much. He had recently retired at the end of April to spend more time with his family. To his wife Betty, he was an adoring and devoted husband. To his daughter Amanda and his sons John and Doug, he was an amazing father. To his grandson Sam, he was a superhero and they shared a bond stronger than any alloy he had ever cast. In his spare time, Doug enjoyed many activities. He loved reading about all subjects and was a sponge for knowledge. An antique muscle car would always stop him in his tracks and taking sunrise photos of Lake Champlain would always bring a smile to his face. Nothing could compete however with sipping a good cup of coffee while being enveloped by af avorite blues record emanating from one of his many vintage stereos, perfectly tuned to feel every crack and hiss from the speakers. Doug Fay was a loving husband, and a devoted father and grandfather, but he was also a renaissance man, a brilliant man, with the mind of a scientist and a soul of a poet. His love warmed everything, like rays of sunshine and he will always be loved and truly be missed by all who ever had the pleasure of knowing him. A time of fellowship and sharing will be held Tuesday evening, June 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont, N.H. The family suggest that donations may be made in his memory to the Sullivan County Humane Society, P.O. Box 111, Claremont, NH 03743. To view an online memorial, send a message of condolence or for more information visit, www.stringerfh.com. (June 27, 2007)

Harold P. Mogensen Jr. IHS 1942, age 83, of 241 Otsego St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at home. He was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Utica, N.Y., the son of the late Harold P. and Mary Dorn, and was educated in the Ilion school system. Mr. Mogensen was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. in Burma and Indo China. On June 30, 1945, he married the former Elizabeth J. Brennan. She passed away Dec. 21, 1984. Mr. Mogensen was employed with Sperry-Rand and then with Remington Arms, retiring as a foreman several years ago. Mr. Mogensen was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, member and past president of the Ilion Veterans of Foreign War, Ilion Moose Lodge 1010 and was an avid gardener. Harold is survived be three sons, Harold III of Ilion, Russell of Seattle, Wash., and Jay of Kansas City; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Johnny Leslie of Sari Vista, Ariz.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, William and Ona Mogensen of Ilion, and Joseph Mogensen of Ilion; a sister, Mary Rivard of Massachusetts; also six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Mark. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 12, at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Lamana, officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Monday, June 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Catholic Charities in Harold's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to Whiter-Hendrix.com. (June 27, 2007)

Funeral services for James E. LeFever IHS Alumnus, age 72, Lancaster Avenue, Orange City, Fla., who died Sunday, May 27, 2007, at Florida Hospital, DeLand, Fla., were at 10 a.m., Friday, June 1 at Allen-Summerhill Memorial Chapel in Orange City with Pastor Frank Hoglen officiating. Burial was at 2 p.m. on Friday at Florida Memorial Gardens in Rockledge. Calling hours were Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. LeFever was born Aug. 26, 1934, in Ilion and moved to the Florida area in 1992 from there. He worked for LeFever Arms until 1968 and then Remington Arms in Ilion from 1968 to 1992 when he retired and moved to Orange City. He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Orange City and an avid artist. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elaine LeFever, Orange City; son, Brian LeFever, Lavergne, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Edward J. LeFever and daughter Susan LeFever. Memorial donations suggested to the American Cancer Society, 1620 Clyde Morris Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Fla., 32119. Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home, 163 S. Volusia Ave., Orange City, is in charge of arrangements. The funeral home can be reached at (368)775-4664. (June 27, 2007)

Alfred 'Al' C. Costello IHS Alumnus, age 70, of Frontier Road, Arab, Ala., passed away Saturday morning, May 19, 2007, in the Huntsville Hospital. His service was held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at St. William Catholic Church in Guntersville. Al was born July 24, 1936, in Ilion, N.Y., the son of Alfred John Costello and Agnes Ann Hopkins Costello. Al is survived by his wife, Bonnie B. Costello of Arab; one son, Daniel Costello of New York; four daughters, Theresa Kennedy of Huntsville, Chrissy Simpson of Arizona, Margaret 'Peggy' Erks of Arizona and Erin Holmes of New York; his aunt, Margaret Cook of New York; 20 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. (June 27, 2007)

Lorraine A. (Miller) Beach Robbins IHS Alumnus, age 72, formerly of Ilion, died Thursday, March 8, 2007, at Health Central Hospital, Orlando, FL. She was born on June 20, 1934 in Ilion, the daughter of Fred W. and Dorothy (Countryman) Miller and attended Ilion Schools. Lorraine was employed at Lockheed Martin, Datamax and Boise Cascade. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, enjoyed deep sea fishing, and loved to play Bingo. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Michael Sciortino of Herkimer; her son, John Mento of Orlando, FL; her sister, Pat Sebastian and close companion, Ron Stowell of Herkimer; six grandchildren, Lisa, Matthew, Jessica and Michael Sciortino, John and Michael Mento; her sister-in-law, Clare Beach of Ilion; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother and stepfather, Dorothy (Beach) Miller and Fred Miller; three brothers, George, Charles and Carl Beach; and one sister, Louise Brinkerhoff. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Saturday, May 19, 2007, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. Interment will be in the family plot at Millers Mills Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, 12 Noon- 1 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Friends and relatives wishing to share a memory of Lorraine or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Anyone needing a ride to visitation and/or services onSaturday may call the funeral home at 895-7722 for complimentary transportation assistance. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate Funeral Home. (June 27, 2007)

Florence E. (Nichols) Seibert IHS Alumnus, age 99, passed away Saturday, May 5, 2007. She was born July 14, 1907 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Frank B. and Madora Dodge Nichols. She attended Ilion High School and on June 27, 1932 was united in marriage with C. Borden Seibert; he passed away May 2, 1964. Florence was employed as a secretary, retiring in 1979 from the law firm of Getman, LaRaia and Getman. She was a member of the Ilion First United Methodist Church, the Evening Star Valley Chapter 82 of the Eastern Star and was past matron. She was also a member of the Oriental Court Amaranth and past matron. Florence is survived by her son, William of Ilion; three grandchildren and their spouses, Ross and Chong Mi Seibert of San Diego, Susan and Russell Earl of Ilion, and Thomas and Kathy Dollins of MN; three great-grandchildren, Erin Earl, Debbie and Kelly Dollins; and her son-in-law, Thomas Dollins of Roanoke, VA. She was predeceased by her daughter, Jean Dollins; her grandson, Sam Dollins; and her great-grandson, Thomas Dollins; also her sister, Eleanor Webster; and her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Wagner and Elizabeth Klipple. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 9, 2007, at 5:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service. The family would like to thank the staff at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for their kindness, understanding and care during Florence's stay. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home; envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Online memorials may be sent to www.Whiter-Hendrix.com. (May 13, 2007)

Ruth (Brown) Van Alstine IHS Alumnus, age 92, formerly of Church Street in Mohawk, passed away March 23, 2007, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. Ruth was born on May 7, 1914, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Joseph H. Sr. and Rose (Graber) Brown. Ruth was educated in Ilion and on Sept. 11, 1937, she married Charles Seth Van Alstine in Ilion. He passed away on Dec. 13, 1987. Ruth was of the Protestant faith and was a member of the Racom Club of Ilion. Ruth is survived by a great-nephew, Todd Stephenson; a great-niece, Tanya Stephenson; her close friends, Kenneth R. and Patti Cook, Margaret Berrie, Robert and Ruth Engells and Linda Cockett. She was predeceased by her son, Donald, and her brother, Joseph Brown. A memorial service for Ruth will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at 1 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery. In keeping with Ruth's wishes, there are no calling hours.(May 13, 2007)

Richard L. Fikes IHS 1963, age 61, of Linden Street, died Thursday evening at St. Clare's Hospital, after a brief illness. Richard was born in Baltimore, Md., son of the late Gordon and Anna Boland Fikes. He was educated in Ilion schools and was a 1963 graduate of Ilion Central High School. He attended Mohawk Valley and Hudson Valley community colleges for design, math and computer aided design. In 1968, he started his career for Northern Industrial Services in Albany. Throughout the years, until his retirement in December 2004 from M & W Zander Corporation in Tech Valley, he ran the gamut of mechanical design from Intermagnetics General Corporation in Latham, where he was involved with MRI's, to architectural design and detailing with Schafer Engineering in Schenectady, covering local companies and work at Ground Zero. Richard was a member of the Harley Owners Group. The highlight of his life was his wife and children. He supported them throughout their lives and college educations. He enjoyed fishing and camping on Sacandaga River, 1 Lewey and Indian Lakes. Survivors include his loving wife Kathleen Moran Fikes, whom he married Oct. 19, 1968; his children, Laurie A. and her husband Omari Fulton, Jeffrey R. Fikes and Steven J. Fikes, all of Schenectady; his brothers, Ronald G. Fikes, of Ilion, Rodney J. 'Bud' and his wife Dolly Fikes, of Mohawk, and William and his wife Sandy Fikes, of Utica; his sisters, Karen and her husband Jack Jewell, of Ilion, and Kay Juteau, of Herkimer; several nieces and nephews. A private memorial service was held. Interment will be in Cedarville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Richard's memory to St. Luke's Church, 1241 State St., Schenectady, 12304, or to Calvary Tabernacle Church, 1840 Albany St., Schenectady, 12304. (May 13, 2007)

Rodney Lennox Sr. IHS 1957, age 67, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2007. He leaves his loving wife of 43 years, Carol; three children, Susan Lennox, Heather Manou and her husband Nick and Rodney Jr. "Corky" Lennox and his wife Mindy; four grandchildren, Alex Mosher, D.J. and Leah Manou and Gavin Lennox; three brothers, Warren and his wife Sharon, David and his wife Pat, and William and his wife Barb Lennox; brothers-in-law, Robert DeVos and his wife Jan and Douglas DeVos and his wife Linda; nieces, nephews and many close friends. Rodney was a retiree of Fison Pharmaceuticals. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at Willard H. Scott Funeral Home, 12 South Ave., Webster, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Al Sigl Center, Inc., 1000 Elmwood Ave., Suite 300, Rochester, NY 14620. (May 13, 2007)

Dr. Phillip Allen Kennell IHS 1951, age 73, retired Director of Admissions and founder of the Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne International Division, died peacefully Sunday, April 22, 2007, surrounded by family. Dr. Kennell was born May 7, 1933, in Ilion, N.Y. He was a multi-letter winner at Ilion High School, where he was a basketball, baseball and football standout. He graduated from Colgate University where he received his A.B. and M.A. degrees. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He also took classes at Syracuse and Indiana Universities. He was a lover of learning. World War II was his specialty area. He began his career as a history teacher at Baldwinsville (N.Y.) Central High School. He then became an Assistant Professor of History at Indiana Institute of Technology. He later became an associate faculty at Purdue University in Fort Wayne. He was an associate professorof History at West Liberty State College (West Virginia) before he became Director of Admissions atIndiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He taught a variety of classes on campus. Hefounded the department of International Services, where he served as director until his retirementin 1998. That year he was awarded the Bob F. Jesse Medal for unique and significant contributions toIndiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. He was a member of many organizations, including serving as President of the Indiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (IACRAO), and Director of the Foreign Applicant Information/Referral Committee. He also served on the IACAO International Education Committee. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and Pi Delta Epsilon. He loved sports and he coached for much of his adult life. He was varsity football coach and director of the swimming program at Baldwinsville High School. At Colgate University he was director of intramurals and played on the Colgate football team. He was assistant athletic director, assistant basketball coach, varsity baseball coach and cross country coach at Indiana Institute of Technology. He was the head baseball coach at IPFW. He coached many years for St. Joe Little League and Senior League, where his team won the championship and was runner-up in the city tournament. Additionally he volunteered as a football coach for Bishop Dwenger High School's first football team. He will be remembered for his skill as a counselor, and for his love of people. He knew no stranger and had many close friends. He enjoyed reading, traveling, playing bridge, and was a connoisseur of chocolate milkshakes. He was a frequent blood donor at the American Red Cross. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sally (Paul) Kennell; and his five children: Debbie (Lynn) Kennell-Gonzales, Sue (Tom) Zeisig, Mark, Mike (Cherie) and Paul (Pam) Kennell. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Kelleigh and Jason Lauer, Nikole and Ryan Zeisig, Danny, Sean, and Will Kennell, Paul Jr. (PJ), and Joe Kennell, and one great-grandson, Jack Rodenbeck. He is additionally survived by his sister, Linda (Mark) Johnson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Margaret (Snyder) Kennell and his sister, Barbara Paul. Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Maplewood Park Funeral Home 4017 Maplecrest Road. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church with calling one hour prior. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery.Preferred memorials are to the Dr. Phillip A. Kennell scholarship Fund. (May 13, 2007)

Lawrence M. Manion Sr. IHS 1942, age 84, of 126 West Street, Ilion, passed away Monday, April 23, 2007, at the Folts Home in Herkimer. Larry was born October 23, 1922 in Ilion, N.Y., the son of the late Dr. Edward and Margaret O'Conner Manion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended Niagara University. Larry served with the US Army's 99 Infantry in Europe during WWII. On July 28, 1951 he married the former Wilma Browning in Ilion. Wilma passed away November 18, 1996. Larry worked with the N.Y. Central Railroad during the late 1940's and early 1950's. He then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service retiring as Postmaster in the Mohawk Post Office. Larry was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, a life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, of which his father was a founding member, a member of the N.Y.S. Historical Society, Maple Crest Golf Course, and a classical music buff. Larry will always be remembered for his quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew him. Larry is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Dr. Lawrence Manion Jr. of Glenfield, NY, William Manion of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Daniel and Irene Manion of Burlington, VT; two daughters, Margaret Manion of Lowell, MA, and Sarah Steele and her companion, Mark Bisignani of Ilion; three grandchildren, Jessica and her husband, Brain Lampert of Newton, MA, Robert and Alicia Steele of Mohawk, NY, and Liam Manion of Burlington, VT; one great-grandchild, Aaron Steele of Mohawk, NY. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Margaret Manion; and two brothers, Joseph and Edward Manion. In keeping with Larry's wishes, he will be part of the S.U.N.Y. Science Center Anotomical Gift Program. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 27, 2007, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, and all are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion P.B.A. or the Ilion Ambulance in Larry's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff of Folts Home in Herkimer for all their care and compassion given to Larry over the past year. (May 13, 2007)

Leroy T. Button IHS 1932 age 92 - On April 14, 2007, Leroy T. Button died at his home on Lake Buchanan near Burnet,TX. Born January 25, 1915, in Ilion, NY, Mr. Button lived in the Washington, DC area and Bethesda, MD, until June 1989. As part of the "greatest generation", Rangeroy served with HQ Company of the elite 5th Ranger Battalion. He participated in the H-Hour landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with two clusters. In addition to his wife Patricia, he is survived by his sons Thomas, Michael and Kyle, and grandson Taylor Button. A memorial servicewith military honors will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 29th, at the Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet. He will be interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on June 6, 2007, Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Girling Hospice Health Care in Burnet, TX, or to the Leroy and Patricia Button Endowed Scholarship at the California State University, Los Angeles, CA. Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 4/22/2007. (May 13, 2007)

Jeanne (Fuller) Comstock IHS Alumnus 93, of 11 Buchanan Street, Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2007, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born May 25, 1913 in Ilion, NY, the daughter of the late Charles and Minnie Ferris Fuller, and was educated in the Ilion School System. On October 11, 1941, she married Willard (Bill) Comstock. He passed away on October 1, 1977. Jeanne was employed with Remington Arms in Ilion for over 40 years, retiring several years ago. Jeanne was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, where she was active with the church choir from the time she was five years old. She was very active with the Valley Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star having served as matron. Jeanne was also an avid bowler. Jeanne is survived by a sister, Gladys Walrath of Ilion; a sister-in-law, Fernie Comstock; her nieces and nephews, Clay Fuller, Sue Petro, Terry McGavern, Mary Lee Lynch, Jim and Burt Comstock and Sherry Lacy. She was predeceased by a brother, Lester Fuller; and a sister, Muriel Mc Gavern. Funeral services for Jeanne will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2007, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion with Rev. Victor Mc Kusik officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Wednesday from Noon until 1:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The Valley Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct services at 12:20 p.m. at the funeral home. (May 13, 2007)

Robert Lynn Coyle IHS 1941 84, of 80 East North Street, Ilion, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007, at the Lakeside Nursing Home in Ithaca. He was born on September 2, 1922 in Oriskany Falls, New York, the son of the late Harold and Alma Burnett Coyle. He attended Annunciation School in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Coyle was a veteran of WWII, serving with the US Army, and was employed as a salesman with various companies, retiring in the late 1990's. Bob was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing at Doty's Golf Course in Ilion. Bob is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Rene' Cabrera of Ithaca, NY; and a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Hazel Coyle of Oneonta, NY; five grandchildren, Scott, Shawn and Eileen Coyle, Shana and Elena Cabrara. He was predeceased by a son, Lance, in 1963. A Memorial Service for Bob will be held on Friday, April 13, 2007, at 2:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Alzeheimer's Association, Mohawk Valley, Chapter 4947, Commercial Drive, Yorkville, NY 13495; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to: Whiter-Hendrix.com. (April 13, 2007)

Audrey M. (Stapp) Gollegly IHS 1947 age 78 of 75 Barringer Road, Ilion, passed away on Good Friday April 6,2007 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home with her loving family at her side. She was born on January 19, 1929 in Pierce, Ohio, a daughter of the late Fred & Alice (Brumagem) Stapp. Her family had moved to Ilion where Audrey had lived the majority of her life. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 5, 1948 she joined in marriage with Emmett J. Gollegly in Ilion, a blessed union of 56 years. Emmett passed away on October 30, 2004. Audrey had worked with the former Ilion Hospital for twenty years, retiring in 1990. Audrey will be remembered for her kind and gentle way. She devoted herself to her family. She is survived by her beloved family including her children: Pamela & Brad Griffin of Whitney Point, NY; James M. Gollegly of Daytona Beach, FL; Sherri & Kevin Schiebel of Cedarville; Kevin P. & Marlene Gollegly of Herkimer; and Renee Gollegly of Ilion; Grandchildren: Kristyn & Andrea Morris; Jana Moore, Melissa Gollegly; Ian Griffin, Kyle & Alisha Gollegly; and Michael & Heather Schiebel; great grandchildren: Skyler Moore; Josiah Moore; Aniyah Moore, Zachary Morris Davis, William, Jonathan, and Matthew Schiebel; sisters in law: Ann Jean Flanagan of Oklahoma City, OK; Carol Gollegly of Chadwicks, and Helen Gollegly of North Utica; two step sisters: Mary Jackson of Herkimer, and Arlene Pritchard of West Winfield, a step brother: William Dibble of Alabama; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a grandson, Craig W. Schiebel. Funeral services will be held on Friday April 13, 2007 at 10:00 AM from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street Between Ilion & Frankfort with Deacon James Bowers of the Church of the Annunciation, officiating. Interment will follow at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours at the funeral home will be on Thursday evening Apr. 12 from 5-7 pm. In lieu of flowers it is the wish of the family that donations be considered to either the Ilion Ambulance Fund or the Herkimer Area Resource Center. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the Meals on Wheels program, to Dawn (Public Health Home Health Aid), the Claxton manor and the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the compassion. (April 13, 2007)

Richard H. Brown IHS 1941, 84, of Country Manor, Herkimer, and formerly of 73 Hoefler Ave., Ilion, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2007, in the Little Falls Hospital. He was born June 14, 1922, in Ilion, the son of the late William and Iva Hess Brown and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1941. Dick served in the South Pacific with the Navy during World War II and on November 16, 1946, he was united in marriage with Eleanor Austin. She passed away June 25, 2002. Dick was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion and a member of the Ilion Odd Fellows, where he held many offices including that of Noble Grand. He was also a very active member of the Olive Branch 40 of the Masonic Lodge, where he held various offices, and was a member of Evening Star Valley Chapter 82, where he had served as Sentinel. Dick was a scout leader with Troop 8 Boy Scouts in Ilion and was an avid bowler. He enjoyed spending time at his camp in Pine Lake in the summer. Dick is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Diane Brown of Herkimer, Rodney and Diane Brown of Ilion, Timothy and Bertha Brown of Little Falls and Gregg and Charlene Brown of Albany; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Leon. Funeral services for Dick will be held on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with, the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be at Mount View Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Little Falls. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Olive Branch 40 of the Masonic Lodge will conduct services at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the First United Methodist Church in Dick's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to Dick's family at www.whiter-hendrix.com on the Internet. (April 13, 2007)

Donald Edward Thom IHS 1954, age 71, of 145 E. North St., Ilion, passed away Friday, April 6, 2007, at the Albany Veterans Hospital. He was born Feb. 29, 1936, in Ilion, the son of the late Louis and Emma Voelcker Thom, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Thom was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army, and was employed in the construction field. Mr. Thom was affiliated throughout the years with the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Don is survived by two brothers, Howard Thom of Herkimer and Warren Thom of Ilion; a sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and James (Ed) Snedeker of Ilion; also several nieces and nephews. (April 13, 2007)

Robert E. Foster III IHS 1996 28, of 141 West North St., Ilion, passed away on Wednesday morning, April 4, 2007, in Faxton/St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, following a long illness. At the time of his passing he was surrounded with the love and support of his family. Robbie was born on October 24, 1978 in Herkimer, son of Robert E. Foster, Jr., and Patricia (Rende) Foster, and graduated with Ilion High School, "Class of 1996". The most important part of Robbie's life was being surrounded by family and friends. His daughter Hayley was the light of his life and enjoyed and cherished every moment he spent with her. In his spare time he enjoyed playing video games and working on the computer. Survivors include his loving family; his parents: Robert and Patricia of the home address; his cherished daughter: Hayley Foster and her mother Jennifer Caleo who is Robbie's close friend; his maternal grandmother: Nellie Cline of Ilion; a close sister: Lori Poehler and her daughters who were very close with Robbie, Makayla Latour and Desarae Fiato; several aunts, uncles, cousins and close family friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather: Joseph Rende, his maternal step-grandfather: Raymond Cline; paternal grandfather: Robert Foster and his paternal grandmother: Dorothy Foster. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., (Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort), 894-8000, on Friday, April 6, 2007 from 5-7 p.m. His funeral will commence on Saturday morning, April 7, at 10 am from the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Ilion, officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where he will be laid to rest in the family plot. (April 13, 2007)

Mary A. (Murphy) Bunce IHS Alumnus, 84, formerly of London Towers, Ilion, and 291 E. State St., Ilion, passed away on April 6, 2007, at Folts Homes, Herkimer. She was born on Sept. 27, 1922, in Frankfort, the daughter of John V. and Rose (Hoffman) Murphy. Mary attended Annunciation School and Ilion High School. She was once employed at the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, as well as Chicago Pneumatic Co., Utica, as a draftsman. For many years Mary was employed in the food service business retiring in 1982 as Manager of the Ilion Dan Dee Donuts. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, the RSVP group and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Karen Bunce of Venice, Fla.; three grandchildren, John Bunce and his wife Mary of Rochester, N.H., Susan Jones and her husband Steve of Sterling, Mass., and Julie LaBelle and her husband Tim of Sutton, Mass.; three stop-grandchildren, Paul Dructor of Coral Gables, Fla., James Dructor and his wife Chris of Litchfield, N.H., and Amy Hayden and her husband Adam of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two great-grandchildren, Samantha Bunce and Mitchell Dructor; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Ann Murphy, and three brothers, James, Edmund and Leonard Murphy. Friends and relatives are invited to attend funeral services on Tuesday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Anthony Barratt, Pastor of the Church of the Annunciation, officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Mary or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (April 13, 2007)

James T. 'Tom' Riddell IHS Alumnus, 60, of Huntsville, Ala., of Sandy Lane Road, Mohawk, formerly of Ilion, passed away Sunday, March 25, 2007, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, with his loved ones by his side, following a long illness. Tom was born on Nov. 3, 1946, in Ilion, son of the late James Albert and Ruth (Hathaway) Riddell. He attended Ilion schools. On Aug. 13, 1966, he was united in marriage to Roberta J. 'Bobbie' Peltier at the Ilion United Methodist Church and they enjoyed a loving and devoted union of almost 41 years. Tom was last employed at MDS in Herkimer. At one time he worked for the Evening Times, Evening Telegram and as a bartender at Duffy's Tavern. He was a member of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, a Fellowship life member, a 25 year club member, Legion of the Moose, past Governor, administrator and steward. At one time he was a member of the Northside Athletic Club. Tom was active in the Boy Scouts obtaining the 'Order of the Arrow,' and "Eagle Scout," andserved as Scout Master and on the commission. Tom was a ham radio operator and assisted in the sky warning program. He also enjoyed his computer, watching television, cooking, camping and was a football and baseball fan. At one time he was a member of the Starlighters, and Troubadours Drum and Bugle Corps, playing the bugle. Tom was known as a jokester and loved to pull pranks. His family meant everything to him, and Tom loved the family gatherings. Survivors include his dedicated wife, Bobbi; two sisters, Joyce Gage of Ilion, Christine Brownrigg and her fianc Joe Kalinowski, both of the town of Frankfort; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law James and Robert Waterfield of Florida, Joan McCumber of Mohawk, William Peltier and Karen Barile of Long Island; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, great-nieces and great-nephews, many friends, and his beloved canine companion, Lady. He was predeceased by his brother, Carlton Rank in 1943, his nephew, James Roy Gage in 1965, and his in-laws Robert and Mary Peltier. Tom's funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 28, 2007, commencing at 7 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Hans Drews officiating. Interment will take place later this spring in Mountain View Memorial Gardens at a date and time to be announced. Family and friends are invited to visitation Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. The Ilion Moose Lodge will conduct their service at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Tom's memory to the charity of choice. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Go to www.applegateandday.com to access Tom's online memorial. (April 13, 2007)

Margaret Babcock Papa IHS 1951, 73, of Huntsville, Ala., died Sunday, April 1, 2007. She was born May 12, 1933. Mrs. Papa worked as assistant to controller at New York State University College of Oneonta. She was a founding member of Alabama Auntaloons Society. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Papa; sisters, Betty Babcock and Nancy Babcock Donowick and her parents, Alton and Alice Kennedy Babcock. Survivors include a daughter, Karen Papa Donovan of Cincinnati; a son, Thomas Christopher of Tampa, Fla.; grandchildren, Kyle and Ryan Donovanand Lucy, Stephanie and Daria Papa; sisters, Marion Costello, Syracuse,and Barbara Babcock and Kay Hammonds, both of Huntsville, Ala., and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home Chapel in Huntsville with Father Louis Giardino officiating. Memorials may be made to a local hospice. (April 4, 2007)

George 'Shorty' Comins IHS 1943, age 80, of 342 Otsego St., Ilion, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on May 7, 1926 in E. Frankfort, NY, the son of Theodore and Mabel (Conkling) Comins, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1943. Shorty was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy. On September 4, 1948, he was married to Mary Smallwood at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. He was the owner and operator of Shorty's Amoco, W. Main St., Ilion, from 1956 - 1962 and Shorty's Chevron, E. Main St., Ilion from 1962 - 1980. He was the sponsor and avid fan of the Shorty's Chevron slo-pitch softball team for many years. Shorty was a very active bowler in the Herkimer Major League. He was also the #1 fan of the Syracuse University Basketball Team. Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, and daughters-in-law, William and Josephine Comins of Sayville, LI, NY, Thomas and Mary Comins of Ilion, James and Regan Comins of Fairpoint, NY; two daughters and one son-in-law, Margaret and James Lehah of Jordan, NY, Kathleen Matthews of Stratton, Maine; 20 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; his sister, Alice of Ridgewood, NJ; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Ted. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 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. Calling hours are Tuesday, March 27, 2007, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends and relatives wishing to share a memory of Shorty or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Anyone needing a ride to the calling hours or services may call the funeral home at 895-7722 for complimentary transportation assistance. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation Memorial Fund. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Mar 26, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Mary E. (Sheehan) Egleston IHS Alumnus, 80, a life long Ilion resident, passed away on Tuesday March 6, 2007 at Little Falls Hospital. She was born June 17, 1926 in Ilion the daughter of the late John J. & Mary E. (Leahy) Sheehan, and was educated in Ilion schools. Her marriage to Harold Egleston took place on July 4, 1945 at the Annunciation Church in Ilion. Mrs. Egleston was a member of the Annunciation Church in Ilion, and the Herkimer County Humane Society. Mary was the former owner of the Valley Poodles, Dog Grooming service in Ilion. Mary was a loving wife and mother, and had a special place in her heart for dogs and all types of animals. Survivors include her husband, Harold of Ilion; a daughter, Dawn Dowd and husband George of Ilion; two grandchildren, Shevaun E. Dowd of Rome, and Meaghan E. Dowd of Ilion; nieces & nephews, Kathie Gzanowicz of Herkimer; Dan Conroy of Geneva, NY; Sean Conroy of South Carolina; and Kelly Conroy Myrtle and husband Rod of Colorado. She was pre-deceased by a sister Katherine Conroy and a brother, John J. Sheehan, Jr. In keeping with Mary's wishes there are no calling hours. A memorial serve will be held later in the spring at the Annunciation Church with burial at St. Agnes Cemetery, with the date and time to be announced. Arrangements are by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, (between Ilion and Frankfort). All memorial contributions may be made to Herkimer Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407. (Mar 24, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Mae F. (VanAlstine) Bishop IHS 1932, 94, of McGraw, N.Y., formerly of Benedict Avenue, Ilion, died Saturday, March 3, 2007, at Northwoods Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility in Cortland, N.Y. She was born on Jan. 19, 1913, in Ilion, the daughter of Irving and Mabel (Tuttle) VanAlstine and was a 1932 graduate of Ilion High School. On July 31, 1940, she was married to Charles R. Bishop in Mount Rose, Pa. He died in 1990. At one time, Mae was employed for seven years at the Ilion Hospital. She later worked as a housekeeper for Dr. Jones in Ilion for seven years. Mrs. Bishop was a former member of the Ilion United Methodist Church.Survivors include: her sister, Marion Griswald of Cortland, N.Y.; two grandsons, Jay Brewer and wife Barb of Snow Camp, N.C., and Corey Brewer and his wife Amy of Clayton, N.C.; two great-granddaughters, Crystal Brewer of Snow Camp, N.C., and McKenzie Brewer of Clayton, N.C.; one great-grandson, Logan Brewer of Clayton, N.C.; one son-in-law, William Brewer of North Carolina; several nieces including, Susan Porter and Linette Welsh of McGraw, N.Y. and Sharon Wagner of Maryland, N.Y.; and two nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Nancy Brewer, her sister, Arlene Tibbets, and one great-granddaughter, Lindsay Brewer. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of the Ilion United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. prior to the funeral home service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Mae or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Mar 24, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Edward M. 'Ed' Champagne IHS 1942, 82, of Cedarville Road in the Town of Litchfield, a life long valley resident, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. Ed was born July 4, 1924, in Ilion, son of the late Roy and Frances (Morris) Champagne. He attended Ilion Schools. Ed was a proud veteran of War World II, serving with the U.S. Navy. Ed enlisted Sept. 2, 1942, and was honorably discharged Jan. 12, 1946, with the following honors; European, Asiatic-Pacific and American Theater Ribbons and the World War II Victory Medal. On Jan. 8, 1955, Ed was united in marriage to Patricia 'Pat' Thomas at St. Joseph's Church in West Winfield, a blessed union of 52 years. Ed retired from the Remington Arms Co. in 1985, and drove school bus for many years. He was owner/operator of Champagne's Market on Second Street for many years, closing in 1975. At one time he was co-owner of Maple Crest Golf Course. At one time he enjoyed bowling with his league, golfing, and fishing. Ed was a family man whose life was centered around his loved ones. He was a lifetime member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus, and the Ilion American Legion Post 920. He was of the Roman Catholic faith.Survivors include his wife Pat; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Szewczyk and her husband Peter, of Ilion, Therese Colwell and her husband Richard 'Skip,' of Herkimer, and Barbara Lincourt and her husband Jim, of Litchfield; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Champagne and his wife Dana, of Herkimer, Christopher Champagne, of Cedarville, and Sandy Champagne of Ilion; his cherished grandchildren, Michael Taylor, Emily and Jason Champagne, Andrea Szewczyk, Jeremiah, Carley and Jamie Lincourt, Christopher, Benjamin, Abby and Jack Champagne; one great-grandchild, Brooke Champagne; two brothers-in-law, George and Mike Thomas of West Winfield; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his very special friend, Frank "Fran" Jenne of Florida. Ed was predeceased by his son John in 2002, and his sister, Therese Warburton. Ed's funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, commencing at 4 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Terrence Healey officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. The Ilion Knights of Columbus will pay respects at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Ed's name to the Frankfort/Ilion Food Pantry or the Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Corps. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. To share a memory, send a letter of condolence or add to Ed's online memorial, go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Feb 26, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Donald Lang Sr. IHS 1948, died Monday, Jan 22, while vacationing in Las Vegas. He was 77. He lived in Farmingdale for the past 44 years. He was an elementary schoolteacher in the Massapequa school district for 36 years. He retired in 1991 and spent his free time playing golf and bridge. Lang Sr., was inducted into the Massapequa Hall of Fame in 2006. He led Berner High School to Nassau County baseball championships in 1971 and 1977. He earned the Nassau County Coach of the Year four times, in 1965, 1974, 1976 and 1977, and amassed 414 career wins. Lang was born in Ilion, NY in 1929. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1948, attended Brockport State and signed a professional baseball contract to play for the Dodgers for three years. He married Mary McCormack in 1962 and the couple was together for the past 45 years. Besides his wife and son, Donald Lang Jr., of Wantagh, he is survived by daughters Donna Simmons of Syosset, Debbie Greenblatt of Massapequa, and Diana Lang of Northport. Viewing hours were at McCourt and Trudden Funeral Home, 385 Main St., Farmingdale. A Mass was said Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Killian's Church on Conklin Street in Farmingdale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Massapequa Hall of Fame scholarship fund. Checks can be sent to Massapequa High School, 4925 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, N.Y., 11758-6201. (Feb 15, 2007)

Mr. William R. 'Bill' Heiland IHS Alumnus, age 79, of Brennan Rd., Ilion, entered into eternal rest on Monday evening, Feb. 12, 2007, in Faxton/St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. He was born on July 5, 1927, in Ilion, son of the late Harry F. Heiland, Sr., and Thelma (Hadcock) Heiland and was educated in Ilion schools. On November 12, 1958, he was united in marriage with Glenis Shipman in the Episcopal Church, Ilion. Mr. and Mrs. Heiland has shared a blessed and devoted union of 48 years. A proud veteran of World War II, Bill served with the United States Navy and was honorably discharged on September 23, 1947. He was the recipient of the World War II Victory Medal and served with the following ships/stations: USS Oklahoma, USS LST, USS Lesuth, USS Chipola, ComFltAct, and the USNH. Bill was last employed with the Ilion Central School District as a custodian. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and a life member of the Frankfort/Ilion VFW.In his earlier years, he enjoyed long drives with his wife and daughters especially to the St. Lawrence area and to Speculator Lake. He enjoyed catching up on world history and being surrounded by family and friends. Bill will be sadly missed by his loved ones. Survivors include his beloved wife, Glenis, at home; two loving daughters, Tamara J. 'Tami' Rice and husband Dana of Ilion and Laurie A. Heiland-Crouch and husband James, also of Ilion; a sister, Jean Cioli of Melbourne, Fla.; his adored grandchildren, Christina Williams and husband Jeff, William Bellstedt, Janelle Crouch, Karl Rice, and Journey Crouch; a cherished great grandson, Syd Austin Williams; a beloved sister-in-law, Joyce Plumley of Herkimer and a nephew, David Heiland of Watervliet. He was predeceased by a brother, Harry F. 'Fred' Heiland Jr., and by his twin brother, David 'Bud' Heiland. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 W. Street, Ilion, on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007, from 4-6 p.m. His funeral will commence at 6 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home on Thursday evening with the Rev. Thomas Trees, rector of the Episcopal Church, Ilion, officiating. Bill will be laid to rest in Armory Hill Cemetery, in the spring, where full military honors will be accorded. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Cedarville Ambulance; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Members of the Ilion/Frankfort VFW will conduct their service at 5:30 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. To add to his online memorial, please visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Feb 15, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Alice G. (Gregg) Crossway IHS Alumnus, age 80, of 122 W. Main St., Mohawk, formerly of Ilion, died Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. She was born on March 6, 1926 in Johnson City, NY, the daughter of Arno and Ethel (Eldred) Gregg and attended Ilion schools. In 1942 she was married to Robert Crossway. He died in February 1998. At one time she was a key punch operator at Sperry Rand UNIVAC, Ilion. Later, Alice owned and operated Remington Inn in the Ilion Gorge, Northside Inn in Schuyler, and Crossway's Tavern in Ilion for many years. She was a very well known and respected restaurant-tavern owner and operator. Alice was also a major contributor to the local community in so many ways and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. In her early years she taught Sunday school at the Mohawk United Methodist Church. Alice sponsored many bowling and softball teams. She started Crossway's Fishing Club and was secretary/treasurer of the Liquor Dealers Association for many years. Alice was a lifetime member of the Ilion Women of the Moose and was a member of the Ilion American Legion Auxiliary. She was a former member of the Mohawk O.E.S. Survivors include her son, Robert "Bob" Crossway of Mohawk; her daughter, Debra "Debi" (Crossway) Essert of Southern Maryland; seven grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, James Crossway and his children, James, Kimberly, and Alicia of Ilion, Renee Fultz and husband, Don and children, Jamie, Christina, Kara, Jerica, Jordan, Tony, and Lauren of Laurelton, PA, Jennifer Crossway and her children, Derik and Brianna of Edgewater, FL, Brandon Crossway and wife, Jennifer of Harrisinburg, VA, Melody Crossway and her son, Ezra of Winchester, VA, Shawn Gregg Essert and wife, Lori and daughters, Makenli, Riley, and Sedona of Waldorf, MD, Shea Renee Gronau and husband, Joe and children, Shawn, Jobilynn and Savannah of Bryans Road, MD; her sister, Vicki Gilbert of St. Petersburg, FL and her three children, Edward and wife, Ora Anne and family, James and wife, Barbara and family, Sharon Fournier and husband, Ted and family; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brother, Chester 'Chet' Gregg who is survived by his son, Chester Jr. and wife, Becky and family. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, February 17, 2007, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. Spring interment will be held at Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday, February 16, 2007, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends and relatives wishing to share a memory of Alice or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. Anyone who needs a ride to the calling hours or the funeral services may call the funeral home at 895-7722 for complimentary transportation assistance. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Hospital For Children. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Feb 15, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Eileen Anne (O'Connor) Raymond IHS 1968, of Popular Bluff, Mo., formerly of Ilion, died Jan. 31, 2007, after a brief illness. She was born April 7, 1950, in Ilion, the daughter of John "Jack" and Eleanora (Cahill) O'Connor. She graduated from Ilion Central School, '68; Delhi Community College, and earned a B.S. in Accounting in Texas. Eileen married Michael Raymond on Feb. 6, 1971, at Annunciation Church, Ilion. She is survived by her beloved husband of 35 years; sons, John and his wife Carrie, Ryan and his wife Chelsey; grandson, Caleb; her mother, Eleanora and her brothers, Dennis and his wife Maureen of Pepperell, Mass., Sean and his friend and caregiver Joe Fix of St. Louis, Mo.; David, U.S. Navy stationed in Charleston, S.C.; nieces, Kelly and Kristen; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her father in 1963. Eileen was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister and loved by all who knew her. Caleb was the light of her life and she was looking forward to another grandson in June. Knitting and crocheting afghans for family and friends were favorite pastimes. The funeral Mass was held at Sacred Heart Church in Valley Park, Mo., and burial will take place in March at Holy Cross Cemetery, Ellisville, Mo. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Annunciation Church, Ilion, on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at 2 p.m. All are invited. (Feb 18, 2007)

Thelma M. (Watson) Robertson IHS Alumnus, 90, a longtime resident of 154 Prospect Ave., Ilion, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, following a brief illness. Mrs. Robertson was born Oct. 10, 1916, in Dolgeville, the daughter of the late Robert and Eva (Folts) Watson. She was a graduate of Ilion High School and continued her education in Cortland. On June 21, 1941, she was united in marriage to Douglas Robertson in Ilion. They shared a blessed union of 50 years until Mr. Robertson's death, July 10, 1991. Thelma was employed at Sperry Rand-Univac in Ilion andUtica, retiring in 1977 with over 30 years of dedicated service. She was a longtime member of the Church of the Annunciation, AARP, Ilion Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, and at one time volunteered with the Mohawk Valley General Hospital Guild. Survivors include her nieces, Pamela S. Waner and her husband Thomas of Canajoharie, and Nancy Schiller of N.C.; her nephew, Christopher Watson and his wife Margaret of Palatine Bridge; a great-niece and great-nephew, Christine O'Connor of Sprakers and Patrick J. O'Connor III of Canajoharie, friends, neighbors, and her faithful companion, Buffy. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Harvey and Robert Watson. Mrs. Robertson's funeral service will be held Saturday Feb. 3, commencing at 10 a.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor. Family and friends are invited to visitation Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Interment will take place this spring in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort, at a date and time to be announced. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Thelma's name to the Herkimer County Humane Society. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Go to www.applegateandday.com to sign the online memorial, share a memory or send a letter of condolence to her family. (Feb 6, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)

Doris (Hartleb) Hartmann IHS 1941, 82, formerly of 50 Wilson St., Ilion, and for the past four years of Easy Living in Ilion, passed away Friday, Jan. 26, 2007, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion. She was born March 31, 1924, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Mary (Schuck) Hartleb, and was educated in the Ilion schools. She was a 1944 graduate of Nathan Latoure Hospital. On Aug. 3, 1946, she married Frederick Hartmann in Ilion. Mr. Hartmann passed away Nov. 23, 1997.Doris was employed as a registered nurse night supervisor with Mohawk Valley General Hospital in Ilion, retiring in 1981. Mrs. Hartmann was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion. Surviving Doris are two sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Rose Marie Hartmann of Ilion and Kurt and Maureen Hartmann of Baldwinsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Joe Baggetta of Albany; her grandchildren, Rob, Dan and his wife Sarah, Jim and his fiance Bree Zerrahn, Brian, Margie and Colleen Hartmann, Jennifer Clark and Christina and Joe Baggetta; three great-grandchildren, Olivia Hartmann, Sascha Clapper and Seth Colangelo; a nephew and his wife, Henry and Deanna Crofoot; and her dear friend Marge Dolch. She was predeceased by two sisters, Pauline Hartleb and Louise Crofoot. Funeral services for Mrs. Hartmann will be held on Monday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Thomas Trees officiating. Interment will be held in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Sunday, Jan. 28, from 3-7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Sue and Carmen Denicola and the fourth floor at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for all their kindness and care. (Jan 29, 2007)

Harold Edward 'Mac' MacNeill IHS 1941, 83, of Barberton passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2007. He was born October 27, 1923 in Ilion, New York, the second of four sons born to William and Mary Reardon MacNeill. 'Mac' was a 1941 graduate of Ilion High School. During World War II he served in the U.S. Navyin the Battle of the Atlantic. His career as a Manufacturing Engineer for G.E. and Babcock and Wilcox brought him to Barberton. 'Mac' loved to travel and has many friends across the globe. 'Mac' was once the Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks in Ilion, NY. He is loved and dearly missed by many people. Preceded in death by parents; brothers, Robert, William and Thomas. Surviving are, stepdaughter, Beverly Carlisle of Louisiana; brother Robert's children, Barbara Murphy of New York, Robert J. MacNeill Sr. of Florida, Deborah MacNeill O'Crowley of Minnesota. He will be loving missed by his family of care givers, especially Lisha Cutlip who assisted him for five years as well as Val, Elizabeth, Jason and others. Following "Mac's" request, there will be no services, cremation has taken place. (Jan 29, 2007)

James H. Gorman Jr. IHS Alumnus, 82, passed away on Jan. 7, 2007, at Syracuse Home in Baldwinsville, N.Y., after a long illness. Born in Ilion on Sept. 19, 1924, the son of James H. and Marie B. Gorman, he attended Ilion schools and, at one time, Utica College. Jim served this country during World War II as a sergeant in the USAAF with duty in the Pacific Theater of War. On June 5, 1948, he was joined in marriage with Marion J. Geloso at the Church of Annunciation in Ilion, with the Rev. Gerald Millett officiating. They shared a union of marriage of 58 years. Jim was employed at Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. as Chief Tool Engineer, retiring in 1986 after 31 years. As leisure activities, Jim and Marion enjoyed traveling the New England states. He was an avid fly fisherman, tied flies and spent over 65 years fishing local streams. He was a communicant of the Church of Annunciation in Ilion. He is survived by his wife, Marion J.; his son, James T. and wife Barbara Gorman of St. Johnsville and his daughter, Christine L. and husband Ronald Francis of Liverpool; also 10 grandchildren, Kevin T. O'Connor and wife Michelle, Matthew J. O'Connor, Robert M. O'Connor, Phillip J. O'Connor, Bridgette M. and husband Shawn Humphrey, Brianne M. Billingsley, Audrie L. Gorman, Morgan A. Gorman, James J. Gorman and Jacey J. Gorman; and four great-grandchildren, Keegan Schuler, Ryan P. O'Connor, Justin H. O'Connor and Tatyana J. Billingsley; many in-laws, cousins and good friends, John and Madge Campbell and Cousin Arthur Durkin with whom we shared many laughs. He was pre-deceased by his parents and a brother, Thomas Gorman. Visitation will be held at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion with calling hours on Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held on Thursday, Jan. 11, from the Church of Annunciation at 12:30 p.m. with Father Terance Healy officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Pray for me and ask St. Therese to accompany my soul to meet my maker for judgment. Love you all. (Jan 10, 2007)

Roy J. Gurney IHS Alumnus, 84, a former Ilion resident, died Jan. 2, 2007, in Blake Hospital. He was born Aug. 6, 1922, in Maryland, N.Y., the son of Ralph D. and Nellie Cross Gurney. He lived in Ilion, NY, most of his life until moving to Bradenton full time in 2002. He lived on Holmes Beach, Royal Garden Mobile Estates and the last three years in Freedom Village. Roy attended Ilion schools and enlisted in Company I 106th Infantry, 27th Division at Mohawk. He was wounded in the invasion of Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Infantry Combat Badge and the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal. In 1972, he retired from the Ilion Post Office. Later he drove a school bus. He was the first World War II commander of VFW Post 502, past grand of Ilion Lodge of Odd Fellows, a 50-year member of Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, and a member of the American Legion Post 24 in Bradenton, Fla. He is survived by a daughter, Carol Searle of Bradenton; a son, Ronald J. and his wife Laurie of Bradenton; three step-daughters and their husbands, Barbara and John Natarelli of Chatham, Mass., Beverly and Michael Feinman of Ilion, and Patricia and Philip Clark of San Diego, Calif.; eight grandchildren, David Plunkett of Ilion, Christopher Plunkett of Colorado, LeAnn Gurney of New York, Ronald I. Gurney Jr. (Brenda) of Michigan, Linda Hall (Stephen) of Overland Park, Kan., Teresa McGuirl (Joel) of Seminole, Fla., David Wright (Suzette) of Ilion and Daniel Wright of Rochester, N.Y.; six great-grandchildren, Ryan and Evan Gurney of Michigan, Liam and Colin McGuirl of Florida, Stephanie Lin Hall of Kansas and Lynn Wright of New York. Roy was predeceased by his wife, Helyne, and a brother, Lee. A memorial service will be held at the Harvey Memorial Community Church. Arrangements are incomplete. Burial will be at the Maryland, N.Y., cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, a nonprofit organization located at 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, Fla. 34238. (Jan 10, 2007)

Mr. Joseph F. Enjem IHS 1940, 84, of 705 Walnut St., passed away Saturday, December 30, 2006, in Valley Health Services. He was born in Ilion on April 2, 1922, the son of the late Francis and Matilda Hattem Enjem. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1940. He served during World War II in the Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged on March 6, 1945. He was at one time married to Rose Joseph. He was married to Edith Caliguire on June 10, 1971. Joe and his brother, David were the co-owners and operators of Enjem's Carpets, Rome, Utica, Herkimer, and its contract division for many years until his retirement in 1985. He was a Communicant of Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, and was a member of Knights of Columbus #518, Ilion, Ilion Elks BPOE Lodge #1444, Civil Air Patrol, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the Aero Club and Galaxy Aviators. He was an avid pilot who had attained his commercial multi-engine rating and he was a very well respected pilot in the local aviation community. Joseph is survived by his beloved wife, Edith Enjem; three sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony and Eileen Enjem of New Hartford, Francis and Bonnie Enjem of Frankfort, and Joseph and Mary Enjem of Herkimer; one brother and sister-in-law, David and Rose Enjem of Ft. Myers, FL and Clayville; his sister-in-law, Rose Caliguire of Herkimer; seven grandchildren, Julie and her husband, Jerome Masi, Francis and his wife, Kristen Enjem, Anthony Enjem, Valerie and her husband, Scott Moore, Mark and his wife, Jennifer Enjem, Mary Margaret and her husband, Larry Fish, and Natalie and her husband, Jason Fitch; eight great-grandchildren; a very special nephew, Vincent Caliguire of Port St. Lucie, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandson, Anthony J. Enjem Jr. on August 25, 1965. His funeral will be held Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. in Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, S. Main St., Herkimer, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated by the Rev. Anthony Ligato. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. There will be no public calling hours. Joe's family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of Valley Health Services for the wonderful care shown to him duringhis stay and passing. His funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi, & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Joseph's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (Jan 4, 2007)

Ruth Kent Murray IHS 1941 passed away on December 24, 2006, at home. She had been weakened by osteoporosis during the past year. Ruth was born in Utica, New York, on December 29, 1923. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in music teaching. This was the start of her activities as a piano teacher for 35 years. She was much beloved by her students and their famililes. Music filled her life and spirit. Ruth's cheerfulness and enthusiasm brought inspiration, energy and happines to many. She and her husband, Bill, lived for many years in Encino, California, with their two children, Douglas and Robert. Ruth and Bill retired to Escondido 20 years ago, where they played tennis and enjoyed concerts and walks. They also traveled the world. They were married for over 60 years. Ruth also had a lifelong interest in English literature. Their son, Dr. Robert Murray and his wife, Cathy, live in Seattle with their two children, Alex and Graeme. Her husband, Bill, lives in Escondido.Their son, Douglas, lives in Escondido. Ruth will be in our hearts forever. (April 13, 2007)

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