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John A. Koetteritz IHS 1935, 92, of Tannersville, Pennsylvania, died Wednesday, November 12, 2008. John was born on January 1, 1916 in Little Falls, N.Y., to the late Frederick Otto Koetteritz and Belle Golden Koetteritz. He had one brother, Frederick William, three years his junior. After spending his first few years in Little Falls, John and his family moved to Ilion in 1920 where his father Frederick became employed by the Remington Typewriter Company as Employment Manager and several years later as Assistant Factory Manager. John and his family resided at three different locations in Ilion, 41 2nd Avenue, 78 N. 3rd Avenue and finally at 109 N. 4th Avenue. He and his brother attended Ilion public schools starting with the West Hill School and finally Ilion High School. John attended Ilion High School until completing his junior year in 1934. John was active with high school activities including playing varsity football as a running back. During his youth, John worked summers as a survey crew member to his late grandfather Hans (John) Otto Bernhardt von Koetteritz, civil engineer and surveyor, of Little Falls, NY. J. B. von Koetteritz had been the Chief Engineer for the New York State Forest Commission and was commissioned by the State of New York to perform the first survey and mapping of the Adirondack Mountains. In 1933 John’s brother was stricken with tuberculosis and in 1934 was moved to reside at the Trudeau Sanatorium in Saranac Lake, NY, for the treatment of tuberculosis. John and his family moved to Saranac Lake, NY, to be close to his brother. Frederick William died in 1939. John attended Syracuse University and afterwards gained employment with the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in Bethlehem, PA. John worked for Bethlehem Steel as a combustion engineer in their blast furnace division for more than 35 years. In 1948 John married Antoinette H. Poggi of Quakertown, PA, to whom he was married for more than 60 years, until his passing. During the course of their marriage John and Antoinette resided in Quakertown, Richlandtown, and since 1978 in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. John and Antoinette have five children, Antoinette M. Phillips (b.1948) of New Knoxville, Ohio, John F. Koetteritz (b. 1949) of Green Lane, Pennsylvania, William J. Koetteritz (b. 1951) of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Eric B. Koetteritz (b. 1952) of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Frederick W. Koetteritz (b. 1957) of Dillon, Colorado. As his children grew up, whenever John wasn’t at work he was home with his family, playing football (quarterback) in the yard almost every evening or partaking in some other family adventure. John rarely had to open his car door when he pulled in the driveway after work as he had five ambassadors waiting there to do it for him! John and Antoinette have also been blessed with twenty grandchildren. Following retirement from the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, John worked as an independent engineering consultant traveling all over the world, as a civil engineering consultant for his son William J. Koetteritz at H. K. Dodge Associates, Inc. of Framingham, MA, and as a business associate with his son Frederick W. Koetteritz of Kodi Sports in Dillon, CO. In his retirement years, John also often traveled to the Dominican Republic to coordinate and execute a relief effort for those in poverty. John loved the outdoors and spent considerable time throughout his life hiking, camping and skiing in the wilderness of the Adirondack Mountains. For many years John would return to the Adirondack Park to spend his annual vacations with Antoinette and his children, in whom he instilled his love for the outdoors and its associated activities. John also loved the Mohawk Valley and would often travel back to Ilion and Little Falls to visit old friends and classmates. As an avid skier, John skied until he was 88-years old. His wife, Antoinette, and several of his children still ski! John was a Christian and strong believer in God and his Word, and was always a spiritual inspiration to his wife, his children and those close to him. Donations in honor of John A. Koetteritz can be made to: The Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks, 897 St. Davids Lane, Niskayuna, NY 12309. (Sept 27, 2009)

Donald S. Hathaway IHS 1949, 78, died November 28, 2008 in Ilion, NY. Mr. Hathaway graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1949. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Chris Hathaway of Long Beach, his son Donnie and a sister Carol Sweeney of Clinton, NY. A graveside service will be held Monday, December 8, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. (Dec 14, 2008)

Donna "Mimi" (March) Steele IHS 1957 and Superintendent's executive secretary, 69, of 30 Massachusetts Avenue, Ilion, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, December 3, 2008, comforted by her husband and three children. Donna was born November 27, 1939 in Ilion, the daughter of Nelson and Dorothy March. She graduated from Ilion CentralSchool in 1957 and married Robert "Banjo" Steele on August 8, 1959 at the Annunciation Church in Ilion. Donna was employed as an executivesecretary for the superintendent of the Ilion Central School District,retiring in 2002. Donna is survived by her husband, Robert "Banjo" Steele of Ilion, a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Kristin Steele of Lowville, NY, twodaughters and a son-in-law, Chrissy Peck of Fabius, NY and Wendy and Richard Cummings of Groton, NY, a brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Patricia March of Ilion, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Carol Steele of Cedar Lake, NY and Bluffton, SC, a sister-in-law,Marilyn Nencetti of Lithia, FL, her grandchildren, Jenny and Hattie Steele, Jacob, Hannah, and Maggie Peck, Kylie Zehr, and Samantha and Nicholas Cummings, her step-grandchildren, Josh, Andrew, and Erin Cummings, a great grandson, Chad Peck, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Donna is also survived by her many close friends. The family would like to thank Susan Griffing RN at the office of Dr. MarkGriffing, Dr. Mary Cunningham and her staff at GYN Oncology of Central New York and the Forth Floor South at Crouse Hospital for their excellent medical care and compassion. Donna was a board member for the American Cancer Society and a volunteer for Hospice. She was a member of Curves and an avid runner, competing in the Utica Boilermaker several times. Donna enjoyed camping and traveling with her husband. She also enjoyed playing Mah Jongg with her close friends. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 10a.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday, December 9, 2008 from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support ovarian cancer research, education, and outreach at The Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center at www.ovariancancercenter.org/contribution anddesignate your gift to Ovarian Cancer Gift Fund or through contact information provided at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at whfh1893@aol.com. (Dec 8, 2008)

Carlton Davis IHS 1958, 71, of 9 Tucker Ave., Ilion, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Carl was born September 9, 1937, in Mohawk, NY, the son of the late Charles and Delida Crouse Davis, and was a graduate of the Ilion High School, and was a veteran of the US Air Force. On July 25, 1964, he was united in marriage with the former Pamela Barnes in Ilion. Carl was employed as an expeditor with Remington Arms in Ilion, retiring in March 1996. Carl was a member of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church in Herkimer and active in the Men's Prayer Breakfast Group. Carl is survived by his wife, Pam; a son, Blake and his wife, Beth Ann Davis, of Cincinnatus, NY; a daughter, Bethany and her husband, Ken Swanson, of Peekskill, NY; his grandchildren, Michael, Ryan and Essia Marie Davis and Ian Gabriel Swanson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Fay Davis, of Ilion, and Robert and Mary Davis, of Herkimer; also several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. Davis will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2008, at 10:30 AM from the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church, German Street, Herkimer, with Pastor Tommy Dennis officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Friday, December 5, 2008, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The family would like to thank Dr. Desai and his staff and also all of Carl's friends and family who were so supportive during Carl's illness. Friend are asked to consider memorials to the local Food Pantry or one's favorite charity in Carl's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Friends may leave condolences at whfh1893@aol.com (Dec 8, 2008)

 

Kim S. Torbitt IHS 1972, age 54, of 52 Franklin Ave., passed away unexpectedly on November 21, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Ilion, the son of Shirlee Safford Torbitt and the late Robert M. Torbitt.Kim was a 1972 graduate of Ilion High School and was planning on going to Veterinary School when an automobile accident on September 8, 1972 left him a quadriplegic. While in high school, Kim excelled in baseball and wrestling, winning a number of awards in both sports. For a time, Kim was employed by the Mohawk Valley Hospital in Ilion as its computer technician before moving to Clinton. He was a wonderful person who could always make people laugh. He will be sadly missed


Kim Torbitt - 1972

Kim is survived by his mother, Shirlee, of Clinton, his brother and sister in law; Todd and Laura Torbitt, of Remsen, his sister in law; Kathy Torbitt and his niece; Emily Rose Torbitt, of Utica, his niece; Leah Miller and his nephew; Jeffery Miller, of Ilion, his fiance; Beverly Clarey, of Clinton, his son in law and daughter in law; Andrew and Janet Cleary, his beloved grandchildren; Samuel, Donald, Rachel, Christie and Drew Michael Cleary and his brother in law; Donald Kiefer, of Stuart, FL. Kim was predeceased by his father, Robert M. Torbitt, his brother, MacFarland 'Mac' Torbitt and his sister in law, Shirley Ann Jones. In Kim's memory, please consider donations in his name to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY 13502. In keeping with Kim's wishes, his body was donated to the Anatomical Gift Program at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. (Nov 24, 2008)

Palmer E. (P.G.) Gregg IHS 1962 65, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2008, at Heritage Health Care, Utica. P.G. was born October 20, 1943, in Ilion, the son of the late Palmer and Janice (Eckler) Gregg. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended Cobleskill College. On September 6, 1975, he was united in marriage with Kathleen Halenar. He served with the Navy from 1968 through 1977, servicing submarines, upon his return he was employed with Niagara Mohawk, until his retirement in 1999. P.G. then worked at the Ilion Marina and also the Evening Telegram. P.G. was a long time member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department and for several years was secretary for the fire department ambulance committee. He was also a member and former officer of Moose Lodge 1010, and a member of American Legion Post 920. P.G. was an avid Giants and NASCAR fan. P.G. is survived by his wife, Kathy; three sons, Robert, Brian and Brad and his fiancé, Jenne Frank, of Kissimmee, FL; a granddaughter, Hailey Marie Gregg; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Kyle, of Clearwater, FL; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. He was predeceased by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, John and Ella Halenar; and a brother-in-law, James Halenar. In keeping with P.G.'s wishes cremation will take place and a memorial visitation and service will be held at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, at a time to be announced. The family would like to thank Dr. El Amir, Dr. V. Sharma, Dr. Yoss, Dr. Desai and the wonderful staff of the C.T. ICU unit at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance Fund and envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at Whiter-Hendrix.com. (Nov 24, 2008)

Bertrand 'Bert' Warner Jr. IHS 1948 78, of 27 Frog Pond Road, Otter Lake, formerly of Ilion, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008, at StElizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Bert was born June 4, 1930 in Ilion, N.Y., the son of the late Bertrand and Florence Murphy Warner, and was a 1948 graduate of Ilion High school. After graduation Bert joined the military serving in the US Air Force. Bert was employed with Pennick and Ford, and Young Buick Cadillac untilhe purchased Fifield's Men's Shop in 1962 which later became Warner's Men's Shop in Ilion retiring in 1985. After his retirement Bert was employed with the Eldredge Agency in Old Forge, N.Y. Bert attended the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, a former board member of the Ilion Savings and Loan and the Village of Ilion Water Commission, a member of the Ilion Community Club, Quiet Birdman, and the Adirondack Museum. In his time away from work, Bert spent doing what he truly loved best: flying. Bert is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Glenn Rosenthal of Vienna; his grandchildren, Moira Jacobsen and her husband,Gregg, and Eric and Katherine Rosenthal; also one great-grand, son Samuel Warner Jacobsen. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Connick. Friends are invited to attend Bert's funeral service to be held on Saturday, November 22, 2008, at 2 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix FuneralHome Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Iinterment will follow in the St. John's Cemetery, Newport. Friends may call on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Team Continuum Inc., 401 Fifth Avenue, Fourth Floor New York City, N.Y. 10016, or th Adirondack Museum, PO Box 99 Blue Lake, New York 12812 in Bert's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Nov 24, 2008)

Harry A. Couchman IHS Alumnus, age 90, of 458 Otsego St., Ilion, passed away Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008 at home. He was born June 20, 1918 in Ilion, the son of the late Kenneth and Marie Keno Couchman and was educated in the Ilion schools. Mr. Couchman joined the United States Army on Aug. 26, 1942 and served with the 2011 Ordinance Company in the European African Theater, receiving the World War II Victory Medal and Ribbon, the European African Eastern Campaign Medal and Ribbon with four bronze service stars and the soldier's medal. He also received a conspicuous service commendation from the state of New York. He was discharged as tech fifth grade on Nov. 23, 1945. On June 22, 1946, he married the former Emily Tiber in St. James Church in Stratford, Conn., and was employed as an assembler with Remington Arms in Ilion, retiring in 1980. Mr. Couchman was a member of St. Augustine's Church in Ilion, the D.A.V. Post 82 in Utica, the Mohawk American Legion, the Ilion Fish and Game Club, the St. Augustine's Men's Club and was a former vestryman of the church. Harry was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing. Harry is survived by his beloved wife Emily, a brother and sister-in-law, Margaret Couchman of Richfield Springs and Patricia Couchman of Millers Mills also several nieces and nephews and many wonderful loving family and friends including his care givers Karen, Buffy Amy, Mary and Sara. He was predeceased by an infant son, Kenneth P., two brothers, Edward and Lee, and a sister, Mary Becker. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Thomas Trees officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. In keeping with Mr. Couchman's wishes, there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Disabled American Veterans in Harry's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com.. (Nov 24, 2008)

James 'Jim' Duffy IHS 1997 age 29, of 2 John St., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008. He was born on Jan. 26, 1979, in Ilion, the son of James and Anna (Butkiewicz) Duffy and graduated from Ilion High School with honors. Jim also graduated from Nazareth College, Rochester, with a B.S. in Business Administration. At one time he was employed as a sales representative at Mutual Life Insurance Co., New Hartford, N.Y., and later at Pyramid Malls, Syracuse. Jimmy was a fun loving, generous, caring and compassionate person. He enjoyed watching sports, fishing with his brother and going away on occasional weekends, but mostly just having his brother near him and having his family around him meant the world to him. All who knew Jimmy loved him dearly. Survivors include his mother, Anna, his brother, Terence 'T-Man' of Ilion, his sisters, Alicia (Duffy) Joseph and her husband Garth of Dominica, West Indies, Sabrina Duffy of Ilion and her boyfriend Sean Roney, his nieces and nephew, Taylor, Ashley, Garth and Analda; one uncle and two aunts, Joseph and Emilie Duffy and Marie Duffy, all of Ilion; several cousins including Gertrude Kaczorowski and her husband David and their children David, Annie and Joseph; Billy Lucey and his wife Patty and their son Billy; Tom Duffy and his children Andrea, Patrick, Erin and Ryan; Mary Earl and her husband Kevin and their children Timothy and Lauren; Carol Carney and her husband Bob and their son Justin; Tom Moreau and his wife Carolyn and his children, Becky Moreau Dean and her husband Nick and their daughter Katie Rose, Eric Moreau and his wife Julie and their son Cannon; Debra Richards and her children Ryan, Kyle and Lauren; Diana Duffy, Greg Duffy and his wife Pam and their children Greg and Julie; Jana Mula and her husband Pat and their children Michelle and Kelly; Joe Duffy and his wife Samantha; Aunt Elizabeth Parker and her daughters Liz Ciganek and her husband Michael and their son Michael, Emily Peterson and her husband Joe and their children Lily and Anthony; Aunt Lucy Vilamill and her children Albert and David; Aunt Mary Mazzella and her husband Silvano and their daughters Rosamaria and Christina; Aunt Christine Santiago and her husband Bill and their sons Douglas, Dennis and Daniel; Uncle Eddie Butkiewicz and his wife Maria and their children Eddie and his wife Pam, Mike and his wife Alysa; Aunt Tanya Mackley and her husband Matt and their children Jeremiah and Ariana; Aunt Teresa Galarza and her husband Luis and their children Luis, Luis and his wife Miriam and their children Luis and Marissa; Uncle Chester Butkiewicz and his wife Stephanie; Aunt Pam Sackett and her husband Geoff and their children Erika, Eric Butkiewicz and wife Marie and their children Eric Jr. and Robert; Irene Fenstermacher and her husband Mark and their daughters Zoey and Addison; other cousins Jack Duffy; Joe Bechtel and his wife Isa and his best friends Greg Jones, George Amendolare, Zach Brooks and close Friend Carolyn DeJohn. He was predeceased by his father, James Duffy in 2004, his grandparents, George and Gertrude Duffy, Joseph and Luba Butkiewicz. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Alfred Lamanna, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery on the family lot. Calling hours are Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion.Anyone wishing to share a memory of Jim or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. As an expression of sympathy and in memory of Jim, please consider a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers to the Church of the Annunciation or American Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Nov 24, 2008)

Florence M. (Cashman) Plunkett IHS 1944 age 81, of 75 Fourth St., Ilion, passed away on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, after a courageous battle with cancer. Florence was born on April 11, 1927, in Meriden, Conn., the daughter of Frank and Josephine Cashman. She moved to Ilion with her family as a young girl and graduated from Ilion High School in 1944. On April 28, 1962, she was married to Joseph Plunkett at the Annunciation Church, Ilion. At one time she worked at LaTella's Bakery in Frankfort and Sperry-Rand Univac in Ilion. Florence was a long-time and loyal parishioner of Annunciation Church in Ilion. She enjoyed playing Bingo. Nothing made her happier that to cook for and be surrounded by her family. Florence took pride in her role as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Florence is survived by her husband, Joseph; her daughter, Susan of Hingham, MA; her sons, Steve of Ilion and Gary Tutty and his wife, Pamela of Ilion; her grandchildren, Sean Tutty and his wife Sonya of Ilion, Christopher Tutty and his wife Mary of Orange, CA, Maura Tutty of Quincy, MA, Rileigh Plunkett of Ilion; her great-grandchildren, Keeley, Devin, Connor and Nolan Tutty; 3 sisters and 2 brothers-in-law, Irene Pulley of Ilion, Catherine and George Snider of Frankfort, Elizabeth and Robert Luke of Ilion; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Cashman of Meriden, Conn.; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers and sister-in-law, Raymond and Beverly Cashman, John and Emily Cashman, and her brothers-in-law, Dominick Accattato and Earl Polley. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, 2008, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Annunciation Church, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. Calling hours are Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.Florence's family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Dr. Butala's office and the 6th Floor Oncology Unit at St. Luke's, Father Anthony Barratt, Father Mark Cunningham and Sister Maureen for their care, concern and compassion.Anyone wishing to share a memory of Florence or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Annunciation Church Memorial Fund. Envelopes are available at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Nov 24, 2008)

Scott A. Smith IHS 1973, 53, passed away on Friday, October 24, 2008 at Albany Memorial Hospital; following a 2 month stay with Leukemia. The Smith family thanks the Albany Memorial Hospital staff for being so hospitable and kind to not only Scott but the family as well. Allowing his wife to stay at his side 24/7, we would also like to thank Capital District Physician’s Health Plan where his wife works for allowing his wife to take this time and be with him. Scott was born on February 6, 1955 in Ilion, NY and was the son of the late James and Barbara (Pelrah) Smith. He has worked as a plastic laminate specialist for Myers Kitchens Specialties in Colonie for the past 28 years. Prior to that for 10 years he managed several retail drug stores, when a store was not doing well they sent him in to make it profitable and then sent him to the next store. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest, he leaving home after graduation and went to Florida for a year. He loved to be with his family and friends and to be outdoors with them. He was a Green Bay Packers fan and loved to watch football games in the back yard. He was a pistol instructor and a hunter and he always wanted to fire a machine gun and did so this year in Las Vegas. He enjoyed going to the YMCA to work out and was a man’s man as well as a family man. He always took care of anyone that needed help and came to know Jesus as his personal savior recently and now resides in Heaven. He was the greatest Husband and Father that anyone could ever ask for. He kept his word to anyone and everyone a character trait not seen much today. He went to work even if he was sick and he was a very skilled worker and always did his best which was phenomenal. Scott is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Heather (Breault) Smith; his daughter, Amanda Smith; his brother, Robbin Smith; his nephew, Brandan Smith; his mother-in-law, Daun Breault; his father-in-law, Ernest Breault; his brother-in-law, Ernie Breault; his sister-in-law, Shannan Breault; his dear friends, Missy and Judd Worden; and his special niece, Sarah Worden. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at New Comer-Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie (Rt. 155-south of Central Ave.). Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 5 to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made payable to the 'Guilderland YMCA Circle of Champs' with Scott Smith in the memo section of the check, 250 Winding Brook Drive, Guilderland, NY 12084 (518) 456-3634 in memory of Scott A. Smith. He would love this as the YMCA is all about family and health. (added Oct 11, 2010)

Mamie G. Spatol IHS Alumnus age 85, of 158 S. Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2008, at St. Luke's Home, New Hartford, where she had been a recent resident. She was born on October 18, 1923, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Carl and Frances (Castilla) Spatol and attended Ilion schools. Mamie was an assembler of circuit boards at Sperry Rand Univac for 25 years. She later worked at Duofold Co., in Mohawk. Mamie was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Survivors include her sister, Tena Milazzo, of District Heights, MD; her brother, James Spatol, of Vestal, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by four sisters, Margaret Payne, Mary Quayle, Jennie Quillen and Rose Spatol; and four brothers, Thomas, Anthony, Frank and Joseph Spatol. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m., Saturday, November 8, 2008, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family 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. Internment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours are Friday, November 7, 2008, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Mamie or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. As an expression of sympathy and in memory of Mamie, please consider a memorial contribution in lieu of flowers to the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, NY, or to Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home of Ilion. (Nov 24, 2008)

Michael J. Scott IHS 1967 age 59, died Sunday, October 26, 2008, at his home in Knox. Born in Lackawanna, NY, Mike grew up in Ilion, NY, the son of the late William and Lavina Scott. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1967 and Albany State University in 1971 with a degree in accounting. He worked for the State of New York for 30 years, retiring in 2004. Mike was an avid environmentalist and conservationist. He loved his land, his community and especially his children, his family and his friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Faye Anne Scott, in 2000. Survivors include his children, Emma and Charlie Scott; his sister, Mary Lois Scott Marotta, of Tallahassee, FL; his nieces, Sarah Marotta, of Orlando, and Danielle, Nicole and Michelle Sommers; his nephews, Michael (Denisha) Marotta, of St. Petersburg, and Jeremiah Sommers; his brother-in-law, Dennis Sommers; and many cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Lucy's Church, Grand St., Altamont. Friends may call on Wednesday (today) from 4-8 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Berne. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 or to the local animal shelter of one's choice. (Nov 1, 2008)

Joseph A. Johnson IHS Alumnus age 80, of 56 Otsego St., Ilion, passed away Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica.Joseph was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Ilion, the son of the late Frederick Arthur and Ellen Theresa White Johnson. On Aug. 5, 1948, Joe married the former Elizabeth 'Betty' Smith in Ilion. He was employed in system maintenance with the village of Ilion Water Department for 36 years, retiring several years ago. Joe was of the Catholic faith and was an avid stock car racing fan. He also enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and tending his rose garden that was located next to the Capital Theater Building in Ilion, where all enjoyed his love of roses. Joe is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters and a son-in-law, Marilyn Johnson of Dunedin, Fla., Marcia and Rich Hoffman of Dale City, Va.; a sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Calvin Dickenson of West Winfield, N.Y.; his grandchilren, Kaitlyn Ramos and Chrstopher Robbins; a great-grandson, Joseph Ramos. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Alfred, Edward and Norman. In keeping with Joe's wishes, there are no public calling hours or funeral service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Alzheimer's Association, 441 W. Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, N.Y. 13204 in Joe's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Iion. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com (Nov 1, 2008)

Charles R. 'Dick' Baker IHS 1939 age 89, of 157 Prospect Ave., Ilion, passed away on Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 at the Lutheran Home in Clinton, surrounded by his loving family.Dick was born on June 9, 1919 in Herkimer, the son of the late Charles and Della (Cretzer) Baker. He was a 1939 graduate of Ilion High School and attended Cornell University. On Sept. 26, 1942 he was united in marriage to the former Florence Shaw, Dick and Florence recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. In 1942, Dick enlisted in the United States Army, earning the rank of sergeant. He served with the 81st 'Wildcats' Division in the Pacific Theater and was part of the Battle of Peleliu and Anguar and the occupying force in Japan until he was honorably discharged in 1945. Following his service, Dick was employed for a brief time with Univac, he then served his community first in the Ilion Fire Department and then as superintendent of the Ilion Board of Water Commissioners, retiring in January of 1982. Dick was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444, the Ilion Winter Club, past president of the Ilion Community Club and he also held many leadership rolls in the state and national associations as water superintendent. He was also a former member of the American Legion. Above all else, Dick was a devoted family man who lived his life by the motto 'Family first, last and always.' We will treasure the memories of family celebrations, annual trips to Myrtle Beach, years of camping in=2 0the Adirondack Mountains and the special connection Dick had with the children in his life. His legacy will be defined by the values he leaves behind in the hearts of his loved ones. Dick is survived by his beloved and devoted wife of 66 years, Florence. A son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Judy Baker, Attleboro, Mass. Three daughters and a son-in-law, Cheryl and Werner Kleemann of West Henrietta, N.Y., Kathy Murphy of Ilion and Patricia Skinner of Cedarville. His 12 grandchildren, Amy (Kevin) Wilson, Kristen (John) LaBombard, Brian Kleemann, Lyndi (Vasillas) Toxavidis, Jason Baker, Karen (Patrick) Romeo, Kimberly (Paul) Passionino, Katie and Krissy Murphy and Matt, Jackie and Danny Skinner. His 10 great-grandchildren, Jenna, Alex and Ryan LaBombard, Allison and Robbie Wilson, Elizabeth Marcos, Lauren and Lilly Toxavidis, Grace and Michael Romeo. Dick is predeceased by two son-in-laws, Paul Skinner and David Murphy and his three sisters, Lolita Lohman, Rose Allen and Florence Humphrey. Funeral Services for Dick will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. The Rev. Sarah V. Lewis will officiate. Internment will follow with military honors at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call today from 4 to 7 p.m. a the funeral home and are asked to consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the Ilion ambulance. Envelops are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Oct 12, 2008)

Martha l. Wengert IHS Alumnus 88 of 1 Greenwood Terrace Mohawk passed away on Wednesday October 1, 2008 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. Martha was born June 29, 1920 in Ilion the daughter of the late Walter and Hilda Quick Wengert. She received her education in the Ilion school system, and was employed with New York State Electric and Gas, the Walker and Walker Insurance Agency in Ilion and retired as business manager at Mohawk Valley General Hospital in Ilion. Ms. Wengert was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church and was very active in church affairs an held several offices with in the church. She was also a former member and past matron of the Valley Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star and the Eastern Star Bowling League. Martha is survived by her nieces Denise Grier and her husband Robert of Gibsonia, Pa, Kimberly Montez of Daleville, Ala., Shari Wengert of St. Cloud Fla., a sister-in-law Eileen and her husband Joseph MacIntire of Ilion, a cousin Eunice Van Hatten of Salem Ore., four great-nephews and onegreat -niece. She was predeceased by her brother Donald Wengert. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Ms. Wengert on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at6 p.m. at the Mohawk Reformed Church with Pastor Brian Engel officiating. Interment will be private and at the convience of the family. In keeping with Martha's wishes there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Mohawk Reformed Church in Martha's memory. Envelopes will be available at the church..Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. On line condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Oct 12, 2008)

Mary Jane (Wheeler) Wilson IHS 1943 84, of Barringer Road, town of German Flatts, devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, in the comfort of her home. She was born in Ilion, on Jan. 15, 1924, daughter of the late Harold and Margaret (Albin) Wheeler and was a proud graduate of Annunciation Catholic School, Ilion. Mrs. Wilson considered her job to be home and taking wonderful, thoughtful care of her loved ones. A job that she performed with dedication and pride. She was a lifelong communicant of the Annunciation Church, Ilion and held faith close to her heart. Besides her loving husband of over 66 years,Charlie of Ilion, she leaves her son, Charles 'Chuck' Wilson, Jr., of Springfield; a daughter, MaryAnn (Wilson) Scott of Las Vegas, Nev.; her cherished grandchildren, Kevin Scott and wife Andrea of Milton, Vt., Tammy Scott and companion Tony Wiggins of Santa Monica, Calif., and Chuck Wilson III; her adored great-grandchildren, Kyle Scott, Ashley Scott both of Vermont and Faith Wilson of Johnstown; many nieces and nephews inc luding JoAnne Collins and Colleen Loefler. She was predeceased by her son, Danny Wilson in 1995; her sisters, Margaret Loefler, Dorothy Tyson, Gladys Crimm and Doris Bacon; her brothers, Bobby, Charles, Luther, Harold and George Wheeler. In honoring Mrs. Wilson's wishes, there will be a private funeral service at the Enea Family Funeral Home, between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000. There are no calling hours. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to the Church of the Annunciation or to the Herkimer County Humane Society; envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. Interment will take place privately in Mohawk Cemetery. Those wishing to add to the online memorial may do so by going to www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (Oct 12, 2008)

Mary Alice (Cobb) Grippe IHS Alumnus - The Grippe family of Frankfort, mourn the loss of their beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother, Mary Alice (Cobb) Grippe, 81, who went home to be with the Lord in the presence and love of family members peacefully on Monday evening, September 29, 2008 in her Acme Road residence. Mary Alice was born on April 16, 1927 in Schuyler, NY, daughter of the late Rex & Mildred (Austin) Cobb and was educated in Ilion schools. She has resided her entire married life in Frankfort, NY. On June 19, 1948 Mary Alice was united in marriage to Joseph J. Grippe at Annunciation Church, Ilion. Mrs. Grippe was at one time employed by UNIVAC and also Remington Typewriter, Ilion, prior to her co-founding J. Grippe Industrial Supply Co., Inc., Frankfort, in 1964, with her husband, Joseph. Mary Alice was deeply loved and cherished by her family. She was a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, a devout Catholic, and raised her 10 children as such. She treasured time spent with her husband and family. Early on in her marriage she was an avid fan of "Joe Grippe and the Top Hatters", a "Big Band Dance Orchestra," conducted by her husband Joseph. As the family grew her summers were spent with her children at their camp in Pine Lake & Sylvan Beach. Her winters were enjoyed with Mr. Grippe at their home in Ormond Beach, Florida, with her children coming to visit. Most recently Mary Alice has enjoyed being "at home" with her Children, Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren always visiting and bringing a smile to her face. She loved to cook, bake, and shop. Mary Alice loved the Holidays and all the celebrations that went with them. She enjoyed Family Gatherings, Clam Bakes, BBQ's, Weddings and anything that brought her children together. Mary Alice had a strength to be admired and the patience of a saint. She was a beautiful, wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will be sadly missed yet never forgotten and her spirit will never leave those she touched. Survivors include her loving husband of 60 years, Joseph J. Grippe; ten adored children and their spouses: Gary Grippe and wife Sylvia of Frankfort; Jody Grippe and wife Mary Jean of Frankfort; Kimberley Grippe and Roy Fuller of Frankfort; Karen Rumrill and husband Garry of Frankfort; Jack Grippe and Suzanne Douglas of Syracuse; Wendy Button and husband John of Frankfort; Crystal Reina and husband Rick of Frankfort; Mary Alfano and husband Joe of Albany; Brian Grippe and wife Maria of Frankfort and Bridget Foti and husband John of Frankfort. Also surviving are her 39 beloved and cherished grandchildren and 10 blessed great-grandchildren. Mary Alice is survived by one brother and sister in law; Gene and Martha Cobb of Schuyler; sisters in law; Evelyn Grippe, Frankfort, Grace Grippe, Herkimer, Florence Cushman, Ilion, a brother in law: Tony Grippe and wife Arlene; Frankfort. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Rex & Mildred Cobb, a grandson, Christian Celi; her In Laws, Philip & Franchesca Grippe, Sam & Lena Grippe, Louise & Jane Grippe, Frank & Mary Grippe, Dorothy Grippe, & Marie Grippe (all of Frankfort). The Grippe family will be present at the Enea Family Funeral Home of Frankfort (4309 Acme Rd.,) to receive loved ones and friends on Thursday, October 2, 2008 from 4-8 pm. Mrs. Grippe's funeral will commence at 9:00 am on Friday, Oct. 3, 2008 from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held, and at 10 am from Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. The funeral cortege will follow to Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort where committal service will take place. Memorial donations may be made in her honor to Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort, Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., American Heart Association, Breast Cancer Foundation, or a charity of your choice. Donations may be made at the funeral home; envelopes will be available as well. Those needing a ride to the services may contact the Enea Family at 894-8000. (Oct 12, 2008)

Paul Ingraham IHS Alumnus 56, of Rockwell Drive, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008, in Little Falls Hospital. He was born on Sept. 3, 1952, in Herkimer, a son of Grace (Bowman) and the late Walter Ingraham. A life long area resident he attended Ilion schools. He was presently employed with Herb Philipson's Army and Navy Store in Herkimer. A NASCAR fan, and sports enthusiast, he especially enjoyed watching the Kansas City Chief's Football games. To all who knew him, he will be remembered for his friendly manner and willingness to help others. Ingram enjoyed life and never complained. His family was foremost in his life. He was a friend to many and will be greatly missed especially by his family. Surviving are is mother Grace Ingraham of Ilion, two sons, Jason Ingraham and his wife Jamie of Mohawk, Dewey Ingraham and his wife Tanya, two brothers Vaughnn Ingraham, Gary Ingraham and his wife Roberta, three sisters Alice White and her husband Donald, Joyce Sanderson and her husband Jack, Jeanette Young and her husband Jack all of Ilion, six grandchildren, Ashley, Shiann, Dalton, Brendan, Briana, and Aliee, one great grandchild, Ryliee, a devoted companion of seventeen years, Sandy Fikes and her family AnnMarie, Michael, and Brianna many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides his fathers he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and Walter Ingraham, two sisters, Linda Schrader and Jean White. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Expressions of sympathy through donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 120 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502. Funeral arrangements are with Fenner Funeral Home Inc.,Herkimer. (Oct 12, 2008)

Edward J. Grainger IHS Alumnus age 91, formerly of 105 Ray St., Ilion, and 332 Third Ave., Frankfort, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2008, at Faxton-St. Lukes Healthcare, New Hartford. He was born on July 15, 1917 in Ilion, the son of Edward H. and Mary Elizabeth (Murphy) Grainger and graduated from Ilion High School. On Aug. 2, 1941 he was married to Florence Ludwig in Ilion. She died on June 21, 1994. Ed was employed in the service department at Remington Arms Company, Ilion, for over 35 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and a former greeter. He was also a member of AARP and a former member of the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department and Sts. Peter and Paul Church Choir in Frankfort. Ed enjoyed bowling and his family camp at Kyser Beach on Oneida Lake. Survivors include his songs and daughters-in-law, Edward W. and Janet Grainger of Stephens City, Va., Paul and Suzanne Grainger of Ilion; four grandchildren, Michael and wife Shauna of Fayettville, Matthew and wife Mari of Ilion, John and fiancee Brittney Posnick of Syracuse and Stephanie of Stephens City, Va.; eight grandchildren, Michaela, Daniel, Elisabeth, Kathryn, Lauren, Luke, Tristan and Jonah; his sister Lucille Stevens of New Hartford, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by four sisters, Margaret Scherer, Gertrude Sokolowski, Catherine Fullem and Estelle. Friends and relatives are invited to attend funeral services at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours are Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the fourth floor staff at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion for their excellent care and compassion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ed or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Oct 12, 2008)

Michael C. Helmer IHS 1975 age 51, of 1893 U.S. Highway 20, Richfield Springs,passed away Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born April 15, 1957, in Herkimer, N.Y., the son of Betty Williams Helmer and the late Leon Helmer, and received his education in the Ilion Central School System. On Nov. 23, 1979, he married the former Christy Collins at St. Augustine's Church in Ilion. Mike was employed as a HVAC specialist at Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, and was a former member of the Ilion Moose Lodge1010 and the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department. Mike is survived by his wife, Christy; their son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Shalynn of Chadwicks; his mother, Betty Helmer of Ilion; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Leon and Theodora Helmer of Frankfort, Gary Helmer of Ilion, Kenneth and Lucy Helmer of LittleFalls; one grandchild, Christopher Michael Daniel Helmer; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, James and Darlene Collins of Millers Mills; his best friend and his wife, Mike and Marge Berrie of Mohawk; Christy's family and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. Friends are invited to attend funeral services for Michael to be held on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, at noon from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Pastor Edward Woodworth officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery Herkimer. Friends may call Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Otsego County Hospice or the American Cancer Society in Mike's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank their family and friends, Herkimer County Community College, Dr. Desai and his staff, the Otsego County Hospice for all their support kindness and compassion shown them during Mike's illness. (Sept 4, 2008)

James F. 'Jesse' Deyle IHS 1970, age 56, of 56 Third St., Ilion, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, in Cape Cod, Mass., while mountain bikingwith his family and friends. He was born Jan. 22, 1952, in Ilion, N.Y., the son of Winifred 'Fritzie' Flock and the late Frank Deyle, and was educated in the Ilion School System. On Aug. 10, 1974, Jim married the former Annette Makohen inHerkimer. For over 30 years he worked with his father and then eventually owned and operated Deyle Vending. Jim also was employed with Crainsville Cement in Utica, and had driven bus for the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Jim was an active member of the National Ski Patrol, American WhiteWater Association, Friends of Russell Park in Ilion, served as a memberof the Park Board, he was an Eagle Scout, and was an avid rock climber, mountain climber, ice climber, mountain biker, kayaker and skier. Jimalso participated in the 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic for 17 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Annette of Ilion, his daughter and son-in-law Andrea and Christopher Toher of Ilion; two grandchildren ,Brady and Natalie; his mother, Winifred "Fritzie" Deyle of Ilion, abrother and sister-in-law, William and Dawn Deyle of Ilion; a sister, Catherine Deyle of Greylakes, Ill., his mother-in-law, Catherine Makohenof Herkimer, also several nieces, nephews and many close friends with whom he shared his love and knowledge of the outdoors. He was predeceased by a son, Jerimiah James in 1978, and a sister, Barbara White. Funeral services for Mr. Deyle will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008,at 10 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St.,Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Ligato officiating, interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery Herkimer. Friends may call on Wednesday Aug. 27, 2008, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Sts. Anthony & Joseph Church Herkimer or the Snow Ridge Ski Patrol in Jim's memory. Envelopes will bea vailable at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Sept 4, 2008)

Ryan R. Schults IHS 2002, age 24, of 58 John St., Ilion, passed away on Saturday, August 16, 2008. He was born on October 9, 1983 in Herkimer, the son of Robert and Colleen (Moran) Schults. Ryan graduated from Ilion Central High School, HCCC and attended SUNY at Oswego. At one time, he was employed at Taylor Rental in Whitesboro. Most recently, he worked in the Finishing Operation Dept. at Remington Arms Co. Ryan played base guitar in a local band which, at one time, toured the United States. Heenjoyed reading books, literature and philosophy. He was very active in football, wrestling and baseball in high school. At one time, he played for the Utica Diamonds Baseball Team. Ryan was very compassionate and had a great sense of humor. Survivors include his mother and father, Colleen and Bob; his maternal grandmother, Teresa Moran of Ilion; several aunts and uncles, Mary and John Reitz of Ilion, William Moran and Nikki Lorenz of Milwaukee, WI, Beatrice Nasypany of Mohawk and Dolores Gabberty of St. Petersburg, FL; five cousins, Colleen Reitz, Cailey Moran, Allen and Mickey Nasypany, Cindy Edwards and Kevin Gabberty; and many second cousins. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Eugene Moran; paternal grandparents, Walter and Margaret Schults; and uncle, Terrence Moran. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 21, 2008, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, pastor. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Wednesday, August 20, 2008, from 4 -7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ryan R. Schults Memorial Fund. Envelopes are available at the Enea Family Funeral Home. Ryan's family has entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to Don Applegate,funeral director. (Aug 18, 2008)


Jerry Walsh - 1966

Mr. Eugene G. 'Jerry' Walsh IHS 1966 age 61, of First St., passed away in the comfort of his home under the loving care of his family on Wednesday morning, August 13, 2008. Born in Johnson City on April 2, 1947, he was the son of the late Jerry and Catherine (Gardner) Walsh and graduated from Ilion High School. On August 1, 1970, Jerry was united in marriage to Carol A. Seymour at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Frankfort; a devoted and blessed union of 38 years. He was a well-known and well-respected barber for 32 years in both Syracuse and Ilion. For more than 25 years, he captured the memories and dreams of countless local residents as owner and videographer of Walsh's Video.

He was a communicant of Annunciation Church, Ilion, Annunciation Parish Council, AYSO coach and board member, Ilion Elks Lodge and the Elks Golf League. Jerry's greatest enjoyment came from those times shared with family. The dearest times were those spent with his grandchildren. He was a remarkable husband, father, son, son in law, grandfather, brother, brother in law, uncle and friend. Jerry had the knack of making everyone around him feel special. A generous and caring man, Jerry was always ready to assist those who needed a hand; his gentle ways were a sign of his kind-hearted nature. An avid golfer, he had many good times and many friendships on the links. Jerry was loved and respected by many in Ilion and throughout the valley and will be sadly missed. Survivors include his beloved family; his wife of 38 years, Carol; his son: Jerry Walsh and wife Amanda of Rochester; his son: Christopher Walsh of Utica; his cherished grandchildren: Patrick and Grace. He is also survived by his brother: John Gardner and wife Kathy of Old Forge; three sisters: Sharon Applegate of Chapel Hill, NC, Mary Catherine Pasquariello and husband Charles of Exeter, PA and Mary June Wainman and husband David of Ilion; his mother-in-law: Adela Seymour of Ilion; in-laws: John and Mary Margaret Freedman of Skaneateles and Burt and Laurie Seymour of Florida; many loving and special nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and by his father-in-law: Christopher Seymour. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000) on Friday, August 15, 2008 from 5-8 p.m. Members of the Ilion Elk's Lodge #1444 will gather at the funeral home to conduct their service at 6:15 p.m. on Friday. Jerry's funeral will commence at 9:15 am on Saturday, Aug. 16 from the chapel of the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 10 am from Annunciation Church, West St., Ilion where the Very Rev. Anthony Barratt, Pastor will celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial. Funeral procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion where he will be laid to rest. In Jerry's memory, kindly consider a contribution to the Jerry Walsh Scholarship Fund, Muscular Dystrophy Association or to the ALS Foundation (Lou Gehrig's Disease); envelopes may be obtained at the funeral parlor. "You made me so very happy."
(Aug 15, 2008)

Charles G. Squire Jr. IHS 1950 - On July 25, Charles G. Squire Jr., of Brooksville, Fla., formerly of Ilion, lost his courageous battle with cancer. He was74. Chuck was educated in East Frankfort schools and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1950. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and worked as a photographer. Upon returning to the states, he served many years in the Army Reserves. Chuck enjoyed a 34-year career at General Electric in Utica, working in photography and microfilm. As a youth, Chuck earned the rank of Eagle Scout and remained active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his lifetime. He was a Vigil Honor member and advisor to Kamargo Lodge, Order of the Arrow, Scoutmaster, active council member and Silver Beaver Recipient of the General Herkimer Council, BSA. Upon retirement, he and his wife Rosie served several years on the staff at Camp Russell on White Lake. He was also active in the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the Mohawk Drum and Bugle Corps, the American Legion and Amateur Radio Clubs of Herkimer N.Y. and Cloverleaf Community in Brooksville, Fla. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Rosemarie (Thibault); his children, and grandchildren, Bob (Rachel), Jason, Kristen, Christopher, Gregory, Michael, Patrick, Cooper, Matthew and Laura. A celebration of his life is being planned for Aug. 23 in Ilion, N.Y., with details to be published at that time. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a contribution to the Charles G. Squire, Jr. Memorial Campership Fund C/O Revolutionary Trails Council, BSA, 1401 Genesee St., Utica, N.Y. 13501.(Aug 13, 2008)

Rev. Robert B. McCumber IHS Alumnus age 91, formerly of Ilion and Frankfort, died Friday, July 11, 2008. He graduated from Ilion High School, Pepsi-Cola Sales Training and Sales Management Schools, local Pastor's School, and Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. In 1938, he was married to Edna Lasher in Ilion. She died in 1969. He later married Betty (Watson) Basher on November 22, 1970, in Westernville, NY. Bob was employed in Sales Management at Pepsi-Cola, Utica, for 19 years. He also was a United Methodist Minister in 9 churches in the Mohawk District for 26 years. Rev. McCumber was a member of F & AM #455 of Newport, Past Master Olive Branch F & AM #40 of Frankfort, Past Assistant Grand Lecturer Herkimer District, Past District Deputy Grand Master Herkimer District, Grand Chaplain Emeritus, and 32nd degree member of the Scottish Rite of the Valley. In May 2008, he received his 60 year Masonic Membership Certificate. He also served on the Newport Village Board and was accessor for Village of Newport and Secretary of Board of Directors Trenton Assembly Park Association. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Edna Werthman, of Texas, and Janice and Elwood Barrows, of Missouri; two sons and daughters-in-law, Melvin and Patricia McCumber, of Stony Brook, NY, and Robert, Jr., and Linda McCumber, of Frankfort; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; step daughter, C. Jill Yager and husband, Mark, of Texas; stepson, G. Christopher Basher and wife, Sandra, of Cicero; his sister, Betty LaVenture, of Virginia; his brother, Clarence McCumber, of TN; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Everson; his son, Thomas McCumber; sisters, Ruth Oliver, Theresa Bouton, Lillian Lasher, Mary Elizabeth Maida and Marion Anthony; and brothers, Ralph, Charles, Fred and Henry McCumber. Friends and relatives are invited to his memorial service at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 2, 2008, at the Frankfort United Methodist Church, Frankfort, NY. Interment will be in North Columbia Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Utica Masonic Research Lab. Envelopes are available at the service or at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bob or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. All arrangements are entrusted to Don Applegate at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion (895-7722). Rev. McCumber.(Aug 15, 2008)

The family of Lloyd C. Schafer IHS 1935, age 91 and Jayne M. (Leary) Schafer IHS Alumnus age 88, were saddened by their deaths only three weeks apart. Lloyd passing away on Sunday, June 8, 2008, in Ocala, Florida, and Jayne passing away Sunday, June 28, 2008, at her daughter Joanne and Jack Valent's home in Cashiers, NC. Lloyd was born in Utica, N.Y., the son of the late Charles and Blanche Schafer on November 24, 1916, and received his education in the Ilion School District. After graduation Lloyd served in the Marines during WWII in the South Pacific. On October 26, 1940, he married the former Jayne M. Leary. Jayne was born in Ilion, N.Y. on October 16, 1919, the daughter of the late John and Mary Walsh Leary, and received her education in the Ilion School District. Lloyd was employed as a design engineer with Remington Arms in Ilion, Jayne was a stay at home mom, raising their children Linda and Joanne. Lloyd was a well-known artist in the area for many years. After his retirement they moved to Old Forge where Lloyd has his Singing Waters Art Studio in Old Forge, N.Y., and later in Silver Springs, Florida. During his retirement, Lloyd completed and sold over four thousand watercolor paintings as well as helping out in community projects such as painting the signage on the Inlet Fire Dept.. trucks, and the train bridge in Old Forge. Both Lloyd and Jayne were members of the Old Forge Art Council and members of St. Joseph's Mission Church in Silver Springs, Fla. Surviving them is a daughter and son-in-law, Joanne and Jack Valent of Cashiers, N.C.; five grandchildren and six great-grand children. Lloyd is survived by a sister, Ruth Hanson in Silver Springs, Fla., and Jayne is survived by a sister, Louise Falzareno of Ilion. They were predeceased by their daughter, Linda Schafer and a grandson, Anthony (Chipper) Angelichio. In keeping with Lloyd and Jayne's wishes, there are no calling hours. There will be a memorial service held in Cashiers, N.C. and Springlake Village at a later date. Lloyd and Jayne were married for 68 years and will be laid to rest together in Old Forge, N.Y. in the fall. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials in Lloyd's and Jayne's memory to the Arts Guild Endowment Fund, PO Box 1144, Old Forge, New York, 13420. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 13, 2008)

Lendel (Davis) Doty IHS 1975, 51, of Oakwood, passed away early Thursday, Jun 19th after a 3 1/2 year long, courageous battle with colon cancer. Lendel was born March 7, 1957 in Ilion, New York to Donald and Fay Davis. Lendel graduated from Ilion High School in 1975, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1980. She was a member of the Organization of Triangles and in 1974 won the title as the New York State Sweetheart of DeMolay International. In that capacity she traveled the State of New York performing community service for hospitalized children and giving speeches about the importance of education and one's duty to home, God, and country. She married her hometown sweetheart, John Doty on May 31, 1980 and thereafter became a loving and supportive wife and mother. Her oldest daughter, Adrienne (24) was born in Dayton, while Claire (19) and Barrett (18) were born in West Lafayette, Indiana. Her children were the joy of her life. During her 28-year marriage, Lendel lived in Buffalo, NY, West Lafayette, IN, Annapolis, MD, and three different times in Dayton, OH. Lendel loved gardening, sewing, and being a sports mom. She was a talented seamstress and worked for some time at the Stitching Post in Dayton. She also generously volunteered her skills by making the drapes for E.D. Smith Elementary School's Library, the costuming for Miss Camille's annual Ballet Recitals, and the costumes for Oakwood High School's musicals including "The Princess and The Pea", "The Music Man", and "Anything Goes". She also made personalized tea cozies, kitchen towels, and surgeons' caps for the doctors and nurses who took care of her. In addition, Lendel was an incredible cook and generously donated her many delicious creations to the Oakwood Orchestra's Cherry Pie Concerts and the Oakwood High School Football & Volleyball Teams. Her favorite yearly donation was dressing her husband up in a Santa Clause costume she made, decorating their car, and bringing homemade cookies to the young service members who had to pull Christmas Eve and Christmas Day guard duty at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. But Lendel's selfless spirit was also evidenced both during and after her battle with colon cancer; she participated in a Clinical Trial at Duke University in the hopes of finding a cure and then, upon her death, donated her corneas to a living recipient, and her body to the Wright State University Medical School. Lendel is survived by her loving and devoted husband John of 28 years; her children Adrienne Lourdes (Alejdin Vishi), Claire Elizabeth, and Barrett Winslow, all of Oakwood; her parents, Donald and Fay (Guhring) Davis of Ilion, NY; two brothers from Ilion, Brett Davis and his children Brandon (Mystic, CT) and Audrey (Ilion, NY), and brother Shawn Davis and his children Amanda (Schuyler, NY) and Ashley (Schuyler, NY), her uncle, Dr. Donald T. Olson (Jupiter, FL) and his children Caron (South Bend, IN), Jean (Chicago, IL), Jon (South Bend, IN), Lori (Valparaiso, IN), and all their family of South Bend, IN; her wonderful parents-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, and their children, and her beloved German Shepherd, Heika. Lendel was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Charles Davis of Ilion, NY; her maternal grandparents, H. Frederick Guhring and Agnes (Lenz) Guhring of Litchfield, NY; a very special maternal aunt, Elinor Olson (South Bend, IN), a maternal uncle, Jon Frederick Guhring of Ilion, NY; and a host of other Davis relatives. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, June 29th, 2008 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 33 West Dixon Avenue, Oakwood at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Lendel asks that you contribute to her daughter Claire's "Relay for Life" Team. She also asks "you honor my memory by enjoying each day, loving your children, and not sweating the small stuff." (June 23, 2008)

William 'Bill' Davis IHS 1946, 79, of Prindle Apartments, Ilion died on Tuesday,June 17, 2008. He was born on Feb. 4, 1929, in Granville, NY, the son of Richard and Elizabeth Schmidt Davis and was an Ilion High School graduate. Mr. Davis was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the United States Navy. On May 31, 1952, he married Anita Biron in West Warwick, R.I. At one time he was employed in production control at Sperry Rand Univac, Ilion for 24 years. Bill later worked in quality control at MDS, Herkimer. Most recently, he was employed at Herkimer County Community College. He attended Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Bill is a former member of the Ilion VFW Post 502 and Ilion Moose Lodge 1010. Survivors include his wife, Anita; two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Ann and Ronald Engell of Ilion and Janet and Eric Scholl of Louisville, Ky.; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Laurie Davis of Evans Mills, NY; four grandchildren, Frederick and Jason Engell, Christopher Prentiss and William Davis; his favorite cousin, Kaye Moynihan and husband Mike and family of Fort Edward, NY. In keeping with Bill's wishes there are no calling hours or services. Interment will be in the National Cemetery at Saratoga Springs, NY. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation. Envelopes are available at the church or by calling the funeral home at 895-7722. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bill or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet.All arrangements were prearranged and entrusted to Bill's longtime friend, Don Applegate at Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (July 13, 2008 modified March 20, 2016)

John (Jack) Brewer Jr. IHS 1962, age 63, of PO Box 436, Woodward Dr., Speculator, NY, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008, at Nathan-Littaure Hospital, Gloversville, NY. He was born July 21, 1944, in Ilion, the son of John and Marjorie (Smith) Brewer. John was a graduate of Ilion High School and Cortland College with a Master's Degree in Education. John was employed as the Superintendent of the Lake Pleasant School District, retiring in August 2007. On November 8, 1986, he married the former Melanie Wilson. John was of the Methodist faith and a member of the NewYork State Council of School Superintendents. Surviving are his wife, Melanie; his mother, Marjorie, of Ilion; three sons and a daughter-in-law, John, of Speculator, Shane, of Scotia, and Bub and Candice, of Munnsville; five daughters and sons-in-law,Monica and Jon Swift, of Speculator, Andrea and Abdul Ballard, of Columbia, SC, Christina and Eric Hall, of Mohawk, Johonna and Andrew Pelletier, of Baldwinsville, and Rachel and Michael Stead, of Niskayuna; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Douglasand Carol Brewer, of Wyndom, and Terrance and Betty Brewer, of East Greenbush; a sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Ed Myers, of Little Falls; also 19 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his father, John, on May 13, 2008. Funeral services for Mr. Brewer will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Fr. Steven Scarcia officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and are asked to consider memorials to the John Brewer Scholarship or the Speculator Vol. Ambulance Fund in John's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. On line condolence may be sent by going to: www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 10, 2008)

Dr. Donald Morgan Watkin, IHS Valedictorian 1939, died in Washington DC on October 29, 2007. He was born on June 17, 1922, in Waterford, NY. Dr, Watkin was the only child of Mary Ellen (Morgan) Watkin and Earl P. Watkin, Superintendent of Ilion schools. He was a physician and medical researcher and administrator who managed the employee health division of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was a graduate of Hamilton College, Class of 1943. He earned his M.D. degree in 1946 from Harvard Medical School under the U.S. Navy's V-12 program. More on Dr. Watkin's distinguished career is available on the Hamilton College web site. (June 6, 2008)

John R. Braren IHS 1945, 81, of 50 Richfield St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2008, at St. Luke's Medical Center in Utica. He was born April 13, 1927, in Jaybrook, Conn., the son of the late George and Elizabeth (North) Braren. John grew up in Ilion and was a graduate of the Ilion High School. He then enlisted with the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. On Feb. 14, 1947, he married the former Pauline E. Rivers in Ilion. John was employed as a manager with Oliver Distributors in New York Mills, retiring several years ago. John was a devoted and loving husband and father who touched the lives and hearts of those who knew him. He is cherished by his five children who survive him. John leaves three sons and two daughters and their families, Terry Braren and Joelle Claps and Jerimy Braren, Jack and Roberta Braren, Alana Braren, Linda and Robert McCumber, Robert and Scott McCumber, Susan and Donald Bach, David and Michael Bach. He was predeceased by his wife, Pauline, on Dec. 17, 2000. In keeping with John's wishes, his funeral services are private and at the convenience of the family. Friends are asked to consider memorials to one's favorite charity in John's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 6, 2008)

Marcia Ann (Miller) Smith IHS Alumnus, 61, of West Clark Street, Ilion, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, May 29, 2008, in her home.She was born on January 8, 1947, in Herkimer, a daughter of the late Harold and Lucy Miller, and was educated in Ilion schools. Her marriage to her husband of 42 years, Ronald Smith Sr., took place on November 26, 1966, in the Ilion Methodist Church. Marcia worked as a homemaker for many years taking wonderful care of her husband, children and grandchildren. She was at one time employed at the Empire Diner, Herkimer. Survivors include her beloved family who she loved dearly; her husband, Ronald, of Ilion; two daughters, Patricia Bennett and husband, Dale, of Ilion, and Bobbie Jo Smith, of Turin; a son, Ronald Smith Jr. and wife, Amy, of Mohawk; eight brothers and sisters, George Miller and wife, Linda, of Little Falls, Susan Reed, of Florida, Donald Miller and wife, Linda, of Little Falls, Ralph Miller and wife, Mildred, of Little Falls, Beverly Gloskey and husband, Richard, of Canajoharie, Harold Miller, of Florida, Jack Miller and wife, Lisa Volk, of Herkimer, and Pam Miller, of Florida; her cherished grandchildren, Dale Jr., Amanda, Lisa, Shane, Samantha, Desiree, Steven, Jennifer, Garry Jr., Andrew, Journey, Drake, Colton, Shaylynn, Logan and Tamra and Tanya; her adored great-grandchildren, Dale III, Zachary, Cory, Carlee, Raelynn and Mia; in-laws, WalterSmith and wife, Lily, of Mohawk and Elizabeth Kennedy, of Ilion; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Miller. Mrs. Smith's funeral will commence at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 2, 2008, from the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Victor McKusick, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where she will be laid to rest. Calling hours will be from 1-2 p.m., prior to the service at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. To add to the online memorial, please go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet.. (June 10, 2008)

Gladys Susman IHS 1941, 85, of Holland Patent, died Friday, May 23, 2008 at her home in Lauderhill, FL. She was born April 29, 1923 the daughter of Esther and Fred Smith. She married Richard Susman on August 5, 1961. Gladys was predeceased by her one daughter, Susan Edick in 1998. Surviving besides her husband, are two sons, David Walrath of TX, Martin Susman and his wife, Shelly of NY, three daughters, Terry Minozzi and her husband, Nicholas of FL, Jackie Jones of New York, Carolyn Allen and husband, Donald of NY, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at a time to be announced. (June 6, 2008)

Carl R. Darling IHS Alumnus, 62, of Ilion, died on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born on November, 20, 1945, in Ilion, NY, the son of George and Dorothy (Slade) Darling and attended Ilion schools. He was a machinist at Remington Arms Co., Ilion for 38 years, retiring in 2005. Mr. Darling was a member of the Oneonta Moose, Ilion Elks, Sixth Ward Athletic Association of Oneonta, Ilion American Legion, Polish Community Home of Herkimer, St. Francis DiPaola of Frankfort, Dolgeville Rod and Gun Club, and Ilion Marine Corp. League. Survivors include: Laura Piper, his near and dear lifetime companion; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Patricia Darling of Ilion, Pamela and Michael Mann of Webster, NY, Kimberly and Joe Javitz of Ilion, and Tammy Darling and her fiance Gerald Jock of Utica; one son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Cheryl Darling of Ilion; one stepdaughter, Kelly Jones of Frankfort; two sisters, Dawn Wilson of Charlotte, NC, and Cheryl Hennessy of Montclair VA; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Dick and Diana Darling of Eclectic, Alabama, Melvin and Janet Darling of Ilion, Gary and Lareeta Darling of Columbia, Kentucky; 16 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and his cat, Snowball. Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, May 23, 2008, at the Apllegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 11 a.m. to noon prior to the services. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Carl or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (June 6, 2008)

Elizabeth 'Betty' (Sullivan) Edwards IHS 1938, 88, of Ilion, passed away on Sunday, May 18, 2008, at St. Luke's Hospital, with family members at her side. Bette was a long time resident of Ilion, raising her family and residing for over 50 years at her home on Old Forge Rd. Bette was born on June 24, 1919, the daughter of the late James and Kathleen (Keefe) Sullivan. She began her education in Little Falls and later attended Annunciation School in Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School in the Class of 1938. On July 7, 1945, she was united in marriage to Lester W. Edwards. They were married for 30 years until his passing on November 25, 1975. Mrs. Edwards was employed as a telephone operator for over 40 years, working for New York Telephone, Griffiss Air Force Base and finally with the Library Bureau, retiring in 1983. She enjoyed working as an election inspector for many years. She had a love of history, government and politics and felt that it was every American's responsibility to take advantage of their right to vote. Bette was an avid reader and a lifelong member of the Ilion Public Library, where she was once a literacy volunteer. Most of all, Betty was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. She loved and enjoyed her family and will be dearly missed by all. Mrs. Edwards is survived by her children, Mark and Shirley Edwards, of Raleigh, NC, Dale Edwards and his fiancee, Sue Harrod, of Mohawk, Susan and Scott Kerber, of Ilion, and Beth Edwards, also of Ilion. She is also survived by her brothers, Jack and his companion, Beverly, of Virginia, and Jim and Noreen Sullivan, of NJ, and her grandchildren: Brenden Edwards; Scott and Kim Allen and their children, Nick and Ben; Kari and Rick Slaughter and their son, Stephen Shepardson; Kate and Gary Clark and their children, Stephanie, Angela and Christopher; Jeremyand Francine Kerber and their twins, Ellainah and Samantha; and Kelly and David Archer and their children, Victoria, Jennifer, Michelle, Stephanie, Alyssa and Emma. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by hersisters, Kathleen McLean and Anne Sullivan. Funeral services for Mrs. Edwards will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2008, at Noon at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will follow in theArmory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday, May 21, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Bette's name may be made to the St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 6, 2008)

John (Jack) Brewer IHS 1943, age 82, of 80 East North St., Ilion, beloved husband of Margie, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at St Luke's Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 17, 1925, in the town of Columbia, the son of the late Charles and Mae Patton Brewer. He received his education in the Ilion School System, and was a graduate of the Small Business Program sponsored by the N.Y.S. Department of Commerce. On Sept. 4, 1943, he married the former Marjorie Smith in Ilion. Jack was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Coast Guard receiving Asiatic Pacific and European Middle Eastern Campaigns Medals. After his return he was employed with the Freeman's Clothing and Department Store in Ilion and later was the owner of the Statia Specialty Shop in Ilion for many years. He then was employed as resident manager for Forge Hill Estates for 25 years. Mr. Brewer was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a Life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and was the 'Elk of the Year' in 1985, a member of the Lake PleasantV.F.W, a Charter founder of the Ilion Midget League, where Charles 'Boots' Day played his first game for him, past Village of Ilion Trustee, past Herkimer County Legislator, and was active with the legislature in bring establishing Herkimer County Community College. He also enjoyed woodworking. Jack is survived by his wife Margie of Ilion, three sons and two daughters in law John Brewer Jr. and his wife Melanie of Speculator, N.Y., Douglas Brewer and his wife Carol of Wyndom, N.Y., and Terrance L. and his wife Betty Brewer of East Greenbush, N.Y.; a daughter and son in law Cynthia L. and Ed Myers of Little Falls, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Rachael, Johanna, Christina, Andrea, John III, Shane, Bub, Monica, Devon, Derek, Hilary, Geoffrey, Amanda and Melissa, also several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, a brother, Russ Brewer of Middleville, NY, and two sisters, Shirley Danielak of Ilion, and Pearl Hoke of Ilion. Funeral services will be held on Friday May 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Jon Noble of the Little Falls Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery Ilion. Friends may call Thursday, May 15, 2008, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance or the Presbyterian Church in Jack's memory, Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 will conduct services at 6:30 on Thursday, at the funeral home. (June 6, 2008)

Robert Fennell IHS 1948
From Dr. James Fennel email, "It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of my Brother Robert Fennell (class'48) on May 21, 2008 in Guntersville, Alabama." (Jun 6, 2008)

Ethalynd 'Lynn' (Burke) Weeden IHS 1940 died Saturday, May 10, at Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital. A native of Ilion, N.Y., she had lived in Tully since 2002. Lynn grew up on her parents farm in the Ilion Gorge and raised her own family in Ilion after graduating from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. She returned to college as a mother of three and received her bachelor's degree from Utica College in 1975. Lynn's lifelong love of gardening, birds and the out-of-doors was obvious to all who had the chance to enjoy a relaxing moment in her yard. An activist both politically and socially, she was recognized by the Utica-Rome Metropolitan Area League of Women Voters in 1984 when she received the Citizen of the Year Award for exemplifying their principles of informed and active citizenship. She tirelessly worked to promote all women's rights, especially the right to control their own reproductive lives.


Lynn Burke Weeden - 1940

Lynn was the widow of G. Roger Weeden Jr., MD, and was predeceased by her son G. Roger Weeden III. Surviving are her son, Chris (Patsy) Weeden of Cedar Lake, N.Y.; daughter Judy (Rick) Shafer of Tully, N.Y. and five grandchildren. Lynn requested that her body be donated to medical research. Friends and family may call at the home of her daughter: 7460 Song Lake Road, Tully, N.Y. on Sunday, May 18, from 2 until 4 p.m. Friends may want to remember Lynn with a gift to their local Planned Parenthood, or Tully Free Library, P.O. Box 250, Tully, N.Y. 13159. Remember our little feathered friends when the snow flies. They may need a little more help next season. (May 14, 2008)

 

Thomas Francis Trevor IHS 1979, age 48, of 189 Applewood Drive, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly as the result of a motorcycle accident onThursday, May 8, 2008. Thomas was born Feb. 14, 1960, in Ilion, N.Y., the son of the late William and Margaret Vayo Trevor, and received his education in the Ilion Central School. Mr. Trevor was employed by as maintenance supervisor with Ilion Housing Authority. Mr. Trevor was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and the Ilion Marine Corps League. Tom enjoyed riding his motorcycle and camping. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved being with family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Tom is survived by his wife, Cathy of Seneca Falls, N.Y.; his children, Jessica and her companion Chris Dye of South Utica, Sara of Seneca Falls, and Chrissy of Ilion; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Kevin of Herkimer, William and Rhonda of Ilion, Michael of Ilion, and Daniel and Linda Trevor of Ilion; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Rich Reynolds of Newport, Bridgette and Kevin McKinley of Ilion, and Kelly and Frank Scheffield of Ilion; a granddaughter Emily Dye, also several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will tentatively be offered on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation with Fr. Anthony Barrratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Monday, May 12, 2008, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion.Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 in Tom’s memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 14, 2008)

Donald Alfred Starks IHS Alumnus, 98, formerly of Ilion, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2008, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. He was born Aug. 15, 1909, in Ilion, N.Y., the son of the late Alfred E. and Lena Coe Starks. He received his education in the Ilion High School and was a graduate of Oswego Normal School.Mr. Starks was employed as a tool and die maker at his own shop and contracting with several area factories, retiring several years ago. Mr. Starks was a member of the Endicott Masonic Lodge and was active in the Ilion Masonic Lodge. He worked with the CCCs in Rocky Mountains and Lewiston, Idaho. He enjoyed hunting, trout fishing and enjoyed working with his hands. He started building his own home when he turned 70. Mr. Starks is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Janet Starks of Cooperstown, C. Richard and Shirley Bostwick of Georgetown, Texas; a sister,Hazel Will of Bremen, Ohio; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and twogreat-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Hazel Gollegy.Friends are invited to attend a graveside service to be held on Saturday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with the Rev. Richard Stackhouse officiating.In keeping with Mr. Stark's wishes, there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Richfield Springs Senior Center in Donald's memory. Envelopes will be available at the cemetery and the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (May 14, 2008)

Gladys (Fuller) Walrath IHS 1929, 96, formerly of 60 Sixth Ave. Ilion, N.Y., passed away Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the Mohawk Valley NursingHome, Ilion. She was born July 11, 1911, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Charles O. and Minnie Ferris Fuller, and was a graduate of the IlionSchool System. On Aug. 1, 1936, she married Harold E. Walrath in Ilion. He passed away Jan. 31, 1998. Mrs. Walrath was employed as a Legal Secretary with the law firm of Schneider & Getman in Ilion for many years, retiring several years ago. Mrs. Walrath was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, and active in church affairs. She was also a member of Valley Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star, and a former member of the Mohawk Valley Hospital Guild. Mrs. Walrath is survived by a daughter, Mary Lee Lynch and her companion Frank Helmer of Herkimer, her grandchildren, Darin and Crystal Lynch and their son Bryce, Jason Lynch, Shayla and Josh Gifford and their children Sydney and Abby, also several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, G. Lester Fuller, and two sisters, Muriel McGavern, and Jeanne Comstock, and a son-in-law, Thomas Lynch. Friends are invited to attend a Memorials Service for Gladys to be held on Tuesday April 29, 2008, at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, with the Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. the church. The family asked that you consider memorials to the First Presbyterian Church in Gladys's memory. Envelopes will be available at the church. Valley Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct services at 6:50 p.m. at the church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (May 14, 2008)

Mrs. Ruth I. (Short) Keddell IHS 1935, age 90, of West State St., Ilion passed away on Thursday, April 17, 2008 in Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford surrounded by her loving family. She was born on September 19, 1917 in Troy, NY daughter of the late Benjamin and Emma (Thiede) Short and graduated with the Ilion High School, "Class of 1935". She was united in marriage with Francis W. Keddell on January 13, 1940 in St. Francis Rectory, Herkimer. He passed away after 58 wonderful years of marriage on June 14, 1998. Ruth was last employed with Remington Arms, Ilion as an inspector. She was of the Catholic faith. At one time she was a member of the Catholic Daughters, was active with the Annunciation Church PTO, served as a girl scout leader, volunteered her time with Meals on Wheels, and also belonged to the Herkimer County Historical Society. Ruth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family. In her spare time she enjoyed researching genealogy and visiting the historical society. She is survived by nine children; Lorita Keddell of Johnstown, Sister Margaret 'Peg' Keddell, CSJ of Albany, Jean Maneen of Ilion, Barbara Griffin of Ilion, Mary Patelos of Loudenville, James and Patricia Keddell of Ohio, Paul and June Keddell of Va., Peter and Deborah Keddell of Ne., and Kenneth and Francine Keddell of Little Falls; twenty two grandchildren, twenty five (and counting) great grandchildren; two sisters in law: Rita Turner of Herkimer and Katherine Hadcock both of Herkimer; sister in law and brother in law: Robert and Ruth L. Keddell of Naples, Fl.; a sister in law and brother in law: Joseph and Betty Keddell of Oneonta; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; by a son Daniel in 1971, a brother: Jack Short; a sister: Gladys Fake; a son in law: Anthony "Tony" Maneen in 2003. The family will be present in the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort to receive relatives andfriends on Sunday, April 20th, 2008 from 3-6 p.m. Father Anthony Barratt will conduct a prayer service at the funeral home on Sunday. Mrs. Keddell's funeral will commence at 9:30 am on Monday, April 21st, from the chapel of the funeral home where aprayer service will take place and at 10am from Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort where the Rev. Alfred Lamanna, pastor emeritus and the Rev. John Yanas will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial. Procession will follow to Armory HillCemetery, where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Sisters of St. Joseph or to Catholic Charities; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Apr 18, 2008)

Jean (Hilliard) Karabelas IHS 1944, age 82, formerly of 110 South Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born November 23, 1925 in Ilion, NY, the daughter of the late Charles and Ethel Reed Hilliard, and received her education in Ilion School. On April 29, 1950 she married Speros "Spike" Karabelas in Ilion, he passed away on October 20, 1969. Jean worked at the Victory Restaurant and Fish Market, Remington Arms before serving asthe Deputy Village Clerk with the Village of Ilion for 20 years, retiring several years ago. Jean was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, was active in church affairs and with the presbytery. Jean is survived by a daughter and son-in-law,Ann and Warren Cross of Ilion; two brothers and a sister-in-law, John and Marilyn Hilliard of Liverpool, NY and Ft. Myers, FL; Charles Hilliard of Los Angeles, CA; a sister-in-law, Harriette Hilliard of Ilion. She was predeceased by a son, James Charles Karabelas who passed away as an infant, and a brother, Robert Hilliard. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service to be held on Friday, April 11, 2008 at 11:00 am from the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. The family will receive friends from 10 am until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church in Jean's memory. Envelopes willbe available at the church. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be left at www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Apr 13, 2008)

Louis J. White IHS Alumnus, 85, formerly of 15 Cottage Street, Ilion, and the Folt's Home Herkimer passed away Tuesday April 8, 2008 at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born may 4, 1922 in Ilion ny the son of the late Mitchelland Elizabeth (Jacobs) White and was educated in Ilion Schools . Louis served in the US Army during WWII. Upon his return he was employed as a machinest with Univac for 22 years, and then with Remington Arms for another 20 years until his retirementseveral years ago. Mr. White was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, and a life member of the Ilion-Frankfort VFW. Louis is survived by his daughter Louellyn White of Tuscon, Arizona. Also several relatives on the St. Regis (Akwesasne)Reservation. He was predeceased by three brothers Stewert, Fred and Mitchell White, also two sisters Ruth Silvernail and Mary Brayton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 10:00 am from the Church of theAnnunciation, Ilion with Father Anthony Barratt officiating. Friends may call on Friday, April 11, 2008 from 5:00 at 8:00 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The VFW will conduct ritual services at 6:00pm on Friday.Louis's family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of St. Luke's Hospital for their care and compasion during his illness. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Apr 13, 2008)

Donald 'Don' W. Crimmins III IHS 1993, age 33, Ilion died unexpectedly Sunday, March 30, 2008. He was born on March 5, 1975, in Syracuse, the son of Donald W. Crimmins II and Louise Ann (Waryas) Crimmins and graduated from Ilion High School in 1993. He was employed as a sales rep at Marcy Carpet Outlet and previously had been a commercial flooring installer for Syracuse Flooring. Survivors include his father and step-mother Donald W. Crimmins II and Carrie Dygert of Ilion, paternal grandmother Sue Crimmins of Herkimer, his mother Louise Stefanko of Indiana, his maternal grandfather Harvey Pederson of Liverpool, N.Y.; two sons, Andrew 'Drew' Crimmins of Utica, and Donald 'Diddy' Crimmins IV of Ilion; two sisters, Carrie Crimmins and her friend Johnnie Ocean of Long Beach, CA, and Kelly Cirelli and her husband Vincent of Mohawk; three brothers, Dale Dygert Jr. of Herkimer, and Duane and Jason Dygert of Ilion, two nieces, Kaitlyn and Kierstin Paracka, several aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends, Jaime Boyd, Randy McCaw, Bob and Beck Knoblauch, and many other close friends. Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Alfred Lamanna officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Calling hours are Wednesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of 'Don Don' or add to his online memorial may go to www. applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, contributions may be made at the special memorial fund for the benefit of his sons. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Apr 13, 2008)

Mrs. Sherry L. (Harter) Cote IHS 1964, age 61, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2008, in Valley Health Services. She attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1964. She was married to Lawrence A. Cote on June 27, 1964, in Annunciation Church, Ilion. She was employed as a technician for MDS and later General Electric, Utica plant, for many years. Sherry is survived by her beloved husband, Lawrence A. Cote. (Apr 18, 2008)

Wanda (VanDerVoort) Runyon IHS 1936, 88, formerly of 20 Marshall Ave., Mohawk and formerly of Ilion died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. She was born on August 4, 1919 in Fly Creek N.Y., the daughter of Guy and Ina (Scutt) VanDerVoort and attended Ilion schools. In August 1937, she was married to Richard "Dick" E. Runyon in Ilion. He died on December 29, 2000. Wanda was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ilion and it's Women's Group. She was also a member of O.E.S. Survivors include her three sons and two daughters-in-law, Duane and Jean Runyon, Kenneth Runyon and his companion, Karen Ford, all of Ilion, Peter and Barbara Runyon of Arizona City, AZ; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter, Christine; her brother, Ken VanDerVoort and her sister, Marguerite Butterworth. In keeping with Wanda's wishes, there are no scheduled calling hours or funeral services at this time. Spring burial will be held at Mohawk Cemetery, at a time and date to be announced. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Wanda or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the internet. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ilion. The Runyon family has entrusted all arrangements to the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (Apr 13, 2008)

Mr. Frank Acquaviva IHS Alumnus, 83, of 4321 Acme Rd., Ilion, (town of Frankfort), a Frankfort native, passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, March 7, 2008 in Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion with the comfort of his wife by hisside. He was born on Sept. 15, 1924, in Frankfort, son of the late Salvatore and Mary (Papa) Acquaviva and attended Ilion schools. On March 1, 1943, Frank enlisted with the United States Army and served until Dec. 23, 1945 when he received an honorabledischarge, holding the rank of Quarter Master Tech. Sergeant. He was joined in marriage with Laura Kirkey in the First United Methodist Church, Herkimer on Oct. 6, 1951 with whom he shared a loving and devoted union of 56 years. The Rev. Fred Cotnam officiated the ceremony. Frank's last professional employment was with Hale Manufacturing in Herkimer where he was a shipping and receiving clerk. He retired in September of 1986 following years of dedicated service. He was formerly employed with Standard Furniture. A proud U.S. Veteran he was a member of the Michael S. Pliseck Post No. 4915, VFW of Herkimer andwas at one time a member of the Herkimer Masonic Lodge No. 423, F&AM. Mr. Acquaviva was an exemplary role model, mentor and friend to his family. He touched and influenced the hearts and lives of his loved ones. He was a proud husband, father and grandfather whose whole life was a gift of love to those he leaves behind. In his spare time he enjoyed bowling and was a huge Yankees fan and loved watching sports. He leaves his beloved wife Laura of Ilion; a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Dorothy Acquaviva of Korea; a granddaughter, Crystal Rose Acquaviva of England; a grandson, Chris James Acquaviva; a sister and a brother-in-law, Anne and Neil Goslin of Chesterton, Ind.; a brother-in-law, Lloyd Gallup of Ilion; a brother-in-law, Glen Kirkey; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters, Catherine Gallup on July 20, 1989, Amy Moreau and Angie Monus. The family will receive relatives and friends at calling hours on Tuesday, March 11, from 5-8 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & EneaFamily Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Mr. Acquaviva's funeral will commence at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 12, from the funeral home. Spring interment will beheld in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Please omit floral offerings. Memorial contributions may be offered to the American Lung Association or to the American Cancer Society; envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion and St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica for their kindness and compassion offered. Members of the Herkimer VFW will conduct their service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday evening. To share an online memory with the family, please visit www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Apr 18, 2008)

Beulah 'Billie' (Carroll) Luther IHS Alumnus, passed away in Buffalo on Sunday, March 2, 2008, having lived a life long in years and rich in experience. Born in Ilion, 1919, the second child in the Carroll clan. Known as Billie to her friends, she attended Ilion schools and in 1938 married Lee Irvin Luther. Together they started a family and when Lee I. enlisted in the Army, they began an adventure that took them all over the world. Billie worked in the Arms during WW 2 - and after Lee I. returned from the European theater, they lived on bases in Kobe, Japan; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Anchorage, Alaska;Connecticut and Massachusetts. Billie always made a comfortable home no matter where they were. They returned to Ilion in the late 60s and settled at 199 Elm Street which was Lee I.'s family home. Billie went to work for Flo and Lyle Neely and later BettyBouck at J's Ladies Shop, not so much for a job but a chance to schmooze all day with Evelyn Morrisette and the customers. She was a fantastic schmoozer! She was very active in Saint Augustine's Church with Father George Greene and Father Tom Trees, putting in many hours with the vestry and the Ladies guild. Billie loved the twice weekly quilting bees at the Capitol building with Betty Johnson and all the other quilting ladies. Bee volunteered at the London Towers lunch program well into her eighties. She was lifelong best friends with Viv Schierholtz and rarely went past Jane Strife's house on Otsego Street without stopping to sit on the porch. She and Lee I. adored the camp at Half Moon Beach for 40 plus years - there was nothing as great as a beach day with Rusty Manley and Joan Rohmer! When you came home for a visit, she made all of your favorites: chicken and biscuits,1-2-3-4 cake, orange pudding or a fresh red raspberry pie made from berries picked in her own backyard. She was always ready for a day trip out to Bouckville antiquing or lunch at the Otesaga in Cooperstown. Billie did all the crossword puzzles (in ink!) thatshe could get her hands on and seamed to know ninety eight percent of the questions on Jeopardy. And even though she thought Fraser the Jack Russel Terrier was a nippy little s--t, she scratched behind his ears and gave him a Milk Bone before bed. Billiewas predeceased by her parents, George and Edna Fraser Carroll; her husband of fifty years, Lee Irvin; siblings, Bea Endries, Blackie Carroll and Joyce Bullis; nephew, Doug Fay; and sister-in-law, Ione Luther Harrington. She is survived by her children,Lynn (Lucy) Luther, Lee Luther Wilson (Thomas Banigan) and Lisa Luther Waldman (Michael); grandchildren, Christie Guttuso (Dr. Tommy), Lisa Amatura (Danny), Devin and Meghan Luther; and great-grandchildren, Campbell and Frankie Amatura and T.J. and Gia Guttuso. She is also survived by the youngest sister of the Carroll girls, Jean Nieberger, and her sister-in-law, Sylvia Carroll. Special nieces and nephews include Sheila Shudt, Kevin Carroll, Leslie Fay, Jack Harrington, John, Gene and Peter Bullis, JudyBurgeson and Beth Jones. Memorials? - Yes of course one will be held at a later date, perhaps in April on what would have been Big Bees eighty-ninth birthday - so for today call someone up that you care about and tell them you love them - and if you wouldlike to make a donation to a charity in her name we think Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion is a good one. Bee, we all hope you are sitting at Joyce's kitchen table right now with a cuppa coffee and a Kent - or maybe by the campfire with Lee I. atthe end of a long summer evening at Piseco. Rest in Peace. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Donation envelopes for St. Augustine's Episcopal Church are available at the funeral home. On line condolencesmay be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Mar 7, 2008)

Roy Bachman IHS 1967, of San Diego Calif., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, after a battle with cancer. He was 58 years old and the son of LeRoy and Joyce Backman, formerly of Ilion. Roy was predeceased by his father, LeRoy and his sister Sharon.He leaves behind his mother Joyce 'Muzz'; his brothers and sisters, Judy, Gary, Linda, June and Jon and their familes. He also leaves his children, Heather and Brandon and their children Talia, Jayden, Joslyn and Jeremiah. He leaves many brothers and sisters-in-law as well as nieces and nephews and friends who all loved him very much. We would like to thank the San Diego Hospice group who gave such good care to him. Please direct any contributions to your local Hospice in Roy’s memory. Thank you. The Backman Family. (Mar 7, 2008)

Jack H. Carter IHS 1943, 83, of 14 Cross St., Ilion, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at home with his family by his side. He was born on Sept. 27, 1924, in Ilion, the son of Robert and Lywena (Hughes) Carter. Jack graduated from Ilion High School and Utica College of Syracuse University. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Jack was awarded the Bronze Star with a V device for valor. His unit was at the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria. On May 5, 1951, he was married to Jane C. Collins in Frankfort. Mr. Carter was employed as superintendent in the planning department at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, retiring in 1981 after 30 years of employment. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and at one time its Nocturnal Adoration Society. Jack was a member of the Ilion Boardof Light Commissioners, Board of Directors of American Red Cross and organized many local blood drives. He was also active in the Council of Churches and the Boy Scouts. Survivors include his wife, Jane, two daughters; Nancy C. Manion and husband Robert of Ilion, and Mary C. Toot and Husband Walter of Rochester; three sons; John P. Carter and wife Susan of St. Clair, Michigan, Timothy G. Carter and wife Kathleen ofKennebuck, Maine, and Matthew J. Carter and wife Masako of Essex Junction, Vermont; 13 grandchildren; Kathleen Bugeya and husband Josh, M. Thomas Manion, Christopher Toot and wife Amanda, Daniel Toot, Shannon Toot, Maureen Boullard and husbandMike, Meredith Carter, Ellen Carter, Laura Shore, Kevin Keeley, Alexandra Carter, Evanne Carter, and Lisa Carter; 3 great grandchildren, Alex Dihrberg, Carter and Colin Boullard; his brother Robert Carter of Ilion, Several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was predeceased by his brother Glenn. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102West St., Ilion and at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor. Calling hours are Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Jack or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Mar 7, 2008)

Lyle H. Neely IHS Alumnus, age 92, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2008, in Sandhill Gardens Retirement Home, Port Charlotte, Fla. He was born on March 22, 1915, in the family home in Ilion, the only child of Harry David and Inez Chismore Neely. He was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Lyle lived in the family home until he retired and moved to Port Charlotte in 1978. On Sept. 29, 1951, he was united in marriage to the former Florence Adams Loefler in the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, a loving and devoted union of 55 years. She preceded him in death on June 20, 2007. Until their retirement he and his wife Florence owned and operated Jay's of Ilion. Neely was a member of the Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Port Charlotte, he held memberships in both Ilion and Port Charlotte Elks Lodges B.P.O.E., he was a member of Ilion-Olive Branch Lodge No. 40 and a 32nd degree Mason, Valley of Utica A.A.S.R.. Those who knew him will always remember his friendly manner and caring way. He will be greatly missed. Surviving are his daughter, Carol and her husband Edwin Zutter of Punta Gorda, Fla.; four grandchildren, Steven and his wife Carolyn Zutter of Port Charlotte, Fla., Sandra and her husband James Melo of Punta Gorda, Fla., Robert Zutter of Ilion, BethAnne Hartt of Port Charlotte, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Kayla Jones, Steven Zutter Jr., Andrea Zutter, Jamie Melo; a niece, Nancy and her husband Al Young of Ilion and a nephew, Gary and his wife Dianne Morrisette of Oswego. Besides his parents and wife, Florence, he was predeceased by brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Albert and Evelyn Morrisette along with several aunts, uncles and cousins. A Memorial Service was held in the Pilgrim Church, Port Charlotte, on Friday Feb. 8. Interment will take place later this spring in the family plot at Armory Hill Cemetery at a time to be announced. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Ilion Ambulance Fund. Funeral arrangements are with Fenner Funeral Home Inc. 115 Court St., Herkimer. (Mar 7, 2008)

Joan (Billington) Van Arsdale IHS 1945, 63, a long-time summer resident in Piseco, died Jan. 30, 1991, at Wuesthoff Hospital, Rockledge, Fla., following a short illness. She was born Oct. 15, 1927, in Ilion, daughter of Harvey Edgar and Olive Beatrice Williamson Billington. She was a 1945 graduate of Ilion High School and a 1949 graduate of Oswego State College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She moved to Piseco from Ilion in 1989. Mrs. Van Arsdale was employed by the Holland Patten School District from 1949 until 1954. From 1954 to 1958 she worked for the New Hartford School system. From 1972 until retiring in 1984 she worked for the Ilion Central School system. She was a member of the Ilion High School alumni association, the Piseco Volunteer Fire Dept., and the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion. She was married to Richard H. Van Arsdale Dec. 23, 1950. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother,; a son and daughter-in-law, a son, a daughter, two grandchildren; a niece, nephews and cousins. Burial was at the Higgins Bay Cemetery. (Mar 7, 2008)

Lewis G. Smaldone IHS Alumnus, 84, of 100 West Main St., Ilion, passed away Sunday, January 27, 2008, at St. Luke's Medical Center. Mr. Smaldone was born September 1, 1923, in Ilion, NY, the son of the late Anthony and Mildred Snyder Smaldone, and received his education in the Ilion schools. In 1946, he married the former Edith Mower. She passed away September 9, 1992. Mr. Smaldone was employed with Union Fork and Hoe in Frankfort, NY, retiring in 1978. In his early years, Lewis enjoyed softball, bowling and snowmobiling with his wife, Edith. Lewis was an avid N.Y. Yankees and N.Y. Giants fan and found great enjoyment playing bingo, shuffle board and cards with his friends at London Towers. His greatest joy was spending time with his granddaughter, Renee, and great-granddaughter, Kasandra, who loved him dearly and will miss him deeply. "Rest in peace poppy." Mr. Smaldone was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the Mohawk Valley C.B. Club and the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010. Mr. Smaldone is survived by a son, Bob of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Eva Renee and her fiance, Norman Babcock, and her daughter, Kasandra, of Mohawk, Randy, Scott, Sandy, Bud, Robbie and Tanya; six great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Gloria of Frankfort; and three sisters and one brother-in-law, Helen Jennison of Ilion, Myrtle Spencer of Ilion, and Lucy and Lloyd Hight of Ilion. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith, and a son, Grant "Skip" Smaldone. Funeral services for Mr. Smaldone will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Interment will be in the Mt. View Memorial Gardens Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call Thursday from 4:00 until the time of the service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Faxton-St. Luke's Dialysis Unit, 1676 Sunset Ave., Utica, NY 13502. A special thank you to Dr. Eldredge and staff, especially Vicki, at the Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care Dialysis Unit for all the care and compassion given during our grandfather's illness. On line condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Feb 1, 2008)

Bette (Limpert) Mayhew IHS 1936, formerly of Canton, NY, died January 10, 2008 in Sun City, AZ. The funeral will be January 21, 2008 at 11 AM, at the St. Christophers Episcopal Church, Sun City, AZ. Bette Catherine Limpert Mayhew was born February 16, 1918 in Ilion, NY, to Mathilde E. (Thaule) and Frederick L. Limpert and died January 10, 2008 in Sun City, AZ. She grew up in Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School in 1936. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she became a member of Psi Branch of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, graduating with a BS in 1940; she was also a member of mortar board, an academic honorary society. She was an avid alumna her entire life, returning to the campus for her 65th reunion and serving in numerous ways over the decades. After graduating she became a Home Demonstration Agent with St. Lawrence County, traveling throughout the county assisting many of the families on farms with a variety of tasks. She and Karl M. Mayhew Jr. married on March 23, 1946 and lived in Canton, NY, about 40 years. Bette became Town Historian, involved in 4-H, worked tirelessly for the St. Lawrence Figure Skating Club from the mid 50s through the early 70s, was active in Grace Episcopal Church, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Canton Garden Club. Over the years she hosted foreign exchange students and visitors to St. Lawrence University. Bette returned to school in the mid 1960s to complete her teaching degree and then taught Home Economics in the Madrid-Waddington School District until retiring in 1979. She spent summers in Canton and winters in Sun City until 2001. She was very active in Sun City as a long-time member of St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, local president for AAUW and Kappa, a lawn bowler, a traveler within AZ and to nearby states. She also enjoyed trips across the USA, to Mexico, Europe, South America and Thailand. Since June 12, 2004, she’s been a beloved resident of Encore Senior Village at Peoria, a Specialized Alzheimer’s Care Community. Bette is preceded in death by her husband Karl Mayhew Jr. and her brother Fred (Fritz) Limpert. She is survived by her children: Stella Ardire and significant other Dave Renn of Tolleson, AZ; Grayce Elizabethe Mayhew of Sun City, AZ; James and daughter-in-law Sharon Mayhew of Vancouver, WA; and Karl Mayhew III of Ogdensburg, NY; her granddaughters: Meredith and grandson-in-law Carl Poggi-Jenkins of Flagstaff, AZ; Amanda Mayhew of Highlands Ranch, CO; and Grace Mayhew of Peru, NY; her great-grandson Alden Rhys Poggi-Jenkins of Flagstaff, AZ; her cousin Marge W. Male of Tomball,TX; cousin-in-law Harriet Limpert of Piseco, NY; sister-in-law Marti Limpert of Sun City, AZ; brothers and sisters-in-law Kenneth Mayhew of Brantingham Lake, NY; Rita Mayhew of Canton, NY; Douglas and Hope Mayhew of Horseheads, NY; Donald and Joan Mayhew of Cooperstown, NY; and many nieces and nephews. Her memorial service is at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church,10233 W Peoria Ave, Sun City, on January 21 at 11 AM. Another service will be in the summer near her final resting place, with her beloved husband Karl, at Trinity Chapel Cemetery in Morley, NY; those arrangements will be made through Lawrence Funeral Home in Canton, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Bette’s name to the Employee Appreciation Fund of Encore Senior Village at Peoria, 9045 W Athens St, Peoria, AZ 85382, attention: Leah; St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church (address above); Hospice Family Care Inpatient Unit, 9045 W Athens St, Bldg 1, Peoria, AZ 85382, attention: Nonie or an organization of your choice. (Dec 15, 2010)

Robert J. 'Rob' Day 1971, age 54, of Park St., a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away on Friday afternoon, January 18, 2008 following a brief illness. At the time of his passing, which occurred in Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, he had the love and support of his family at his side. He was born on April 3, 1953, in Ilion son of the late Robert and Anne (Furman) Day and graduated from Ilion High School. He furthered his education attending Albany School of Pharmacy and graduated from Utica College. Rob was united in marriage with Janice Caldwell on April 29, 1989 in Ilion, a union of 18 years. He was last employed with Faxton-St. Luke' s Healthcare as a lab technician and was at one time employed by the former Mohawk Valley Hospital and Herkimer Hospital. Rob was a dedicated family man. He enjoyed the time he spent bringing up his beloved huskies and will be sadly missed by family and friends alike. Survivors include his wife Janice at home; his children: Derek Day and fiancee Holly of Mohawk, Kristin Baker and husband Patrick of E. Herkimer, and Robert Day; his step-children: Rebecca Skandera of Vermont, Amanda Skandera of Frankfort and Martin Skandera of Albany; four grandchildren: Adin, Dakota, Emmie, Dylan; two brothers: Brian Day and wife Karen of Utah and Chris Day and wife Shelly of Little Falls; a sister: Leisa Merrick and husband Alan of South Carolina; in laws: Larry Caldwell and wife Barb of Rome, Susan Martin and husband Albert of Fort Plain and Lorraine Caldwell and husband David of Holland Patent; two aunts: Donna Angelichio and husband Anthony of Ilion and Charlotte Day of Ilion; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends may pay their respects at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion on Monday morning, Jan. 21, 2008 from 10 am until 12 noon and also invited to attend Rob's funeral service commencing at noon following calling hours at the funeral home with the Rev. Anthony Barratt, pastor of Annunciation Church, Ilion, officiating. He will be laid to rest in the spring in Armory Hill Cemetery. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Herkimer County Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407 or to the Community Animal Program (CAP), c/o Larry Ortlieb, Valley Home Furnishings, Shoppers Square, Little Falls. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The family offers their gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford for the care and compassion offered during this difficult time, especially those in the Intensive Care. (Jan 26, 2008)

Florence R. Borden IHS Alumnus, 85, of 3754 State Route 168, Mohawk, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. She was born on Nov. 18, 1922, in West Turin, N.Y., the daughter of Charles and Dora (Scouten) Mullin. Florence attended Schuyler schools and graduated from Ilion High School and Faxton Hospital School of Nursing. On Nov. 4, 1944, she was married to Lyle Borden in Ilion. In her early years she was an R.N. at Ilion Hospital. Florence later was employed as an R.N. at Herkimer Hospital for 23 years, becoming a second floor head nurse where she was affectionately known as 'Bordie.' She was a member of the Mohawk United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Lyle; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and James Harter, Virginia and William Jaquish, all of Mohawk; her son, Lyle A. II of Mohawk and his companion Jean Coones of Richfield Springs; three grandchildren, James Harter II and wife Rachel, S/Sgt. David Harter and wife Lysa, L. Peter Rovazzi III; two step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Dylan Harter; her sister, Elizabeth Farnell of Mohawk; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Betty Borden of Clinton; four nieces, one nephew and several cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Addie Oaksford in 1994. Funeral services will be he held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Brian Engel, pastor of the Mohawk Reformed Church, officiating. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park, town of Kirkland. Visitation will be Friday from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Florence or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society or MOVAC. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Jan 26, 2008)

Roger Arthur Hunt IHS 1944, died on Dec. 17, 2007, in Woodland, Wash., after an extended illness. He was born June 18, 1927, in Ilion, N.Y., where he graduated from high school. He received his B.S. and M.S. Degrees in physics from the State University of New York at Albany. In 1964 he was awarded the Ph.D. degree in biophysics by the Pennsylvania State University. Roger taught physics at the State University of New York and Hamilton College. He then became director of research at the Interscience Research Institute in Champaign-Urbana, Ill., where he worked on visualization for the artificial heart project, the early use of clinically applied ultrasonics, mapping the topography of the brain and cancer research. His next position was at the United Medical Labs in Portland, Ore. (later to become ICN, International Chemical and Nuclear), where he was head of biophysics research. He then became president of Interscience Inc., Portland, Ore., and developed controls for use in hospitals and laboratories. The last position he held was as researcher and consultant for Hematronix in Benecia, Calif. The holder of several patents in the hematology field, he enjoyed his vocation and worked well into his retirement years. Roger enjoyed singing and was a soloist in his younger years in musicals and churches in New York state. He also loved camping and hiking with his family, reading, gardening and, last but not least, the family dogs and cats. Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Elizabeth Hunt, and his brother, Edgar. He is survived by his wife, Dolores; his sons, Daniel, of Tacoma, Wash., and Galen, of Lebec, Calif.; his sister, Ardyth Burch, of Cottonwood, Ariz., as well as three nieces and four nephews. The family requests any donation be given to the Salvation Army. Funeral services will be private. (Jan 26, 2008)

Charles Irving Moore IHS Alumnus, age 92, passed away December 21, 2007, at M.I. Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. He was born January 28, 1915, in Ilion, the son of the late George and Liddy Ann Marshall Moore, and was educated in Ilion schools. Mr. Moore served in the Navy from 1932 to 1935 and, in 1939, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving as Chief Bosons Mate until his discharge in 1945. He was employed with Remington Arms as a nylon press operator until his retirement several years ago. He also attended St. Augustine's Church in Ilion. Mr. Moore is survived by a brother, Clayton Moore, of Lombard, IL, and a niece, Connie Butler, of Herkimer. In keeping with Mr. Moore's wishes, there are no public calling hours. The funeral service will be at a time to be announced in the spring at Mt. View Memorial Gardens, Little Falls. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, NY. (Jan 26, 2008)

Michael Lasky IHS 1966, age 59, of Mohawk, died December 17, 2007. Arrangements by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., Ilion. (Jan 26, 2008)

 

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