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Christopher J. 'Chris' Overacker IHS 1973, age 54, of Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, at Mass. General Hospital, Boston, Mass. He was born on August 10, 1955, in Ilion, the son of Harold and Pearl (Kahrs) Overacker. Chris graduated from Ilion High School and attended MVCC, where he was listed on the Vice Presidents List. On May 17, 2003, he was married to Susan (Kerber) Gutheinz. Mr. Overacker was the owner and operator of Rooftop Chimney Sweeps, Inc., for 21 years, retiring in 2003. Chris was active in scouting, having been a scout leader and receiving the Eagle Scout Award. He was an excellent craftsman and built his own log home. Survivors include his wife, Sue; two sons, Erik of Ilion and Dustin of Louisville, KY; his sister and brother-in-law, Julie and Frank Pomodoro of West Peabody, MA; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Dana and Becky of Sandy, UT, Mark of Albany and Gregg of Mohawk; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and Sues children, Alyssa and Roxanne. He was predeceased by his father, Harold, in 2007. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service on Sunday, December 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion. There are no calling hours. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Chris or add to his 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 American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502-5949. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The Overacker family has entrusted all arrangements to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Dec 22, 2009)

C. Michael 'Mick' Petryk IHS 1968, 59, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2009, at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse. Mick was born on August 23, 1950, in Ilion, a son of the late Charles and Mary Jeanne (Boehlert) Petryk. He was educated in Ilion schools and graduated with the class of 1968. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College and then went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree from Empire State College. He was employed as a sales representative for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Syracuse, Buffalo, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Mick was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of the Pompey Lions Club. He also was involved with ARISE, the United Way, and other charitable organizations. Mick is survived by his daughters, Amanda Tirado and her husband, Adam, of Central Valley, and Katherine M. Petryk and her fiancé, Steven M. Grzelka, of Syracuse; one grandchild, Sarai Tirado; brothers, Steven Petryk and his wife, Muriel, of Watkins Glen; sisters, Mary Kathryn Murray and her husband, Edward, of Ilion, and Barbara Hribar and her husband, Dean, of Schuyler Lake; his aunt, Olga Mullins, of Great Neck, NY; and many, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Timothy. Memorial calling hours will be held on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, from 6-9 p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home, 1604 Grant Blvd., Syracuse. His memorial mass, celebrated by the Very Reverend Anthony Barratt, will commence at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, from Annunciation Church, Ilion. Amanda and Katherine would like to especially thank Elda Smith for the friendship and care she offered their dad. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider contributions in Mick's memory to Multiple Sclerosis Resources of Central New York, Inc., P.O. Box 237, East Syracuse, NY 13057. The family is being served locally by the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000. To add to Mick's online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (Dec 22, 2009)

Thomas Laverne Hoffman IHS 1962, age 65, died Monday, December 7, 2009, in Veterans Administration Hospital Durham. He was born in Iowa, and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1962. He was a veteran of the Navy. He worked for Remington Arms and later MDS until becoming disabled. He moved to North Carolina to be near his family. Surviving are two sons: Thomas Hoffman of Hillsborough, and Christian Hoffman of Mebane; one grandson, Henry Hoffman; one granddaughter, Ashlynn Hoffman of Hillsborough; and five brothers: David Hoffman of NY, William Hoffman of NY, Michael Hoffman of Buffalo Junction, VA, Steve Hoffman of Ilion, NY and Dennis Hoffman of Ilion NY. A memorial service will be held 3 PM Friday December 11 at Walker's Funeral Home Chapel, by Father Tom Tully, Pastor, Holy Family Catholic Church. Walker's Funeral Home of Hillsborough, 204 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278 (919) 732-2121 is assisting the Hoffman family. (Dec 17, 2009)

Ron Fuhrer IHS 1978, age 49, of Ilion, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2009, in Boston. Ron was born on October 29, 1960, in Ilion, the son of Walter and Elsie (Houghtaling) Fuhrer. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. On May 20, 1978, Ron married the former Jan Marie Barnard in Ilion. Ron was employed with HCCC as the grounds keeper at Wehrum Stadium. He was a former member of the Ilion Little Theater Club. He and Jan also volunteered with Canine Working Companions, training and fostering dogs for the hearing and physically impaired. Ron was an avid musician who played the bass guitar with the Honeybush Brothers for several years. As a craftsman, he loved to keep himself busy building furniture and remodeling his home. One of his many works included the Adirondack camp he and Jan built themselves by hand. Ron is survived by his wife, Jan, of Ilion; a son, Brian, of Ilion; a daughter, Karen and her fiancé, Brent Richardson, of Rochester; his parents, Walter and Elsie Fuhrer, of Ilion; and three brothers, Clint and his wife, Kathleen, of Ilion, Michael and his fiancée, Karen Chase, of Mohawk, and Steven and his wife, Christine, of Ilion. Ron also leaves several beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Ron will be private and at the convenience of his family. He will be interred in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Calling hours for Ron will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. Ron's family has requested any floral offerings be live plants so that they may be shared with others following the services. Friends are also asked to consider becoming an organ donor as a tribute to Ron. On line condolences and memorial candles may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Dec 14, 2009)

 

Arthur Applegate

Arthur H. Applegate, M.D., IHS 1936, a long-time resident of Ilion, New York, died November 21, 2009, in Granville, Ohio. He was born January 2, 1919, in Deansboro, N.Y., the son of Robert D. and Julia Alnetta Calhoun Applegate. Dr. Applegate was a graduate of Ilion High School class of 1936, and earned his bachelor's degree in French from Hamilton College, where he was a member of the Class of 1936. Shortly after graduation from college, and following a short stint at Harvard Business School, he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to the 69th Infantry Div. Because of his fluency in French and German, he was chosen to serve with the Central Intelligence Corps in Europe, and was awarded two bronze stars. He was honorably discharged at the end of World War II.

Following the war and using the GI Bill, he re-enrolled at Hamilton College as a pre-med student. He gained admittance to the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he earned his medical degree in 1951. Dr. Applegate served an internship at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and then returned to Rochester, N.Y., where he completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. While enrolled in medical school, he married Betty Jane Weeden, in Frankfort, New York, on June 25, 1949. They enjoyed a loving relationship of 55 years, until her death in 2004. In 1954, Dr. Applegate returned to the Mohawk Valley where he established a medical practice with his brother-in-law, G. Roger Weeden Jr., M.D., on S. Otsego St. in Mohawk. He continued his medical practice at the London Bridge Medical Office in Ilion, until his retirement on February 1, 1984. He was on the staff of Mohawk Valley General Hospital. Dr. Applegate thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of practicing medicine, the many people he worked with over the years, and his patients. In addition to his practice, Dr. Applegate was involved in his community and in a number of organizations. He was a member of the Ilion School Board, a member and past president of the Central N.Y. Academy of Medicine, a member and vestryman of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, a member and past president of the Ilion Conversation Club, and a member of the Ilion Water Board. Dr. Applegate was a man of varied interests. He was an accomplished organist and pianist, and loved to sing. He had a passion for other places and cultures and he and his wife, Betty, traveled extensively. He loved to read and enjoyed gardening, basket weaving and did beautiful needlepoint. Despite the fact that Dr. Applegate never learned to swim, he loved the fact that his backyard swimming pool was the favorite summer destination for his grandchildren. He was devoted to his family. Dr. Applegate is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Stephen and Terry Applegate of Granville, Ohio, and Robert and Kathleen Applegate of West Winfield; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Brady Boyd of Ilion; ten grandchildren, Elizabeth Applegate, Peter Glenn-Applegate, Katie and Benjamin Applegate, William, Thomas, and Maggie Applegate, and Andrew, Philip, and Matthew Boyd; and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Mandana Chesebro and Kathryn Stockbridge, predeceased him. He will be remembered as extremely intelligent, exceedingly generous, and the true leader of our family. A Memorial Service for Dr. Applegate will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church on Second St. in Ilion, with the Rev. Stephen H. Applegate officiating. Interment will be in the Kinne Cemetery, Town of Litchfield. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Free Public Library or a charity of one's choice. Local arrangements are entrusted to Dr. Applegate's cousin, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Nov 24, 2009 - modified March 20, 2016)

John Francis McGuiness IHS 1941, age 87, of Sandalwood Drive, died Sunday, October 18, 2009 at his residence. Born in Ilion, NY on October 16, 1922, he was the son of the late Eugene and Daisy Supple McGuiness. He was a US Army veteran, and was retired from the US Postal Service. Mr. McGuiness was also a member of St. Brendan's Catholic Church and was preceded in death by a son, Donald M. McGuiness. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte McGuiness of the home; three sons, Richard 'Rick' McGuiness of Murrells Inlet, SC, Brian McGuiness of Myrtle Beach, Paul K. McGuiness and wife Diane of Daytona Beach, FL; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at Brunswick Funeral Service from 12:00 until 1:00 PM, Thursday, October 22, 2009. A mass will be celebrated at a later date. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.brunswickfuneralservice.com. Brunswick Funeral Service & Crematory, Shallotte, NC. Brunswick Funeral Service & Crematory, Shallotte, NC. (Nov 24, 2009)

James B. Cormia IHS 1964, 63 of 435 N. Bellinger St. Herkimer passed away on Sunday November 8, 2009 at home. Jim was born on April 8, 1946 in Ilion the son of the late Howard and Marion (Donovan) Cormia. He was educated in Ilion schools and attended MVCC. Jim was employed as a computer technician with UNIVAC, MDS, Hamilton Digital most recently Par Tech in Utica. On August 1, 1970 Jim married the former Barbara Osley. Jim was a member of The Church of The Annunciation in Ilion. He was a past member of the Ilion Elk's and a member of the Elk's bowling league. He was a Ham Radio Operator and was active with local radio clubs and MUFON. Jim was a soccer referee for AYSO and was instrumental in organizing soccer in this local area. He was a local musician playing with the Delphi's, The Villagers and Chapter Two as a vocalist and lead guitarist. Jim is survived by his former wife Barb, a son Brian Cormia and a daughter Michelle Cormier all of Ilion. He also leaves an Aunt Valerie Wachtman of Ilion and a niece Jennifer Paley of Rochester. He was pre deceased by his brother, Thomas Cormia. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday November 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm at the Church of The Annunciation with the Very Rev. Anthony Barrett officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Saturday from 11am until 1pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Memorial donations in Jim's memory may be made to Catholic Charities or the Ilion Frankfort Food Pantry. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. (Nov 11, 2009)

Dennis W. Prior IHS 1969, 58 of 319 Otsego St. in Ilion, passed away on Saturday October 31, 2009 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Dennis was born on November 6, 1950 the son of the late William and Ferne (Oswald) Prior. Dennis was educated in Ilion schools and SUNY Delhi. Following school Dennis enlisted in the US Navy serving in the Seabees earning the rank of Chief. After serving for 21 years in the Navy he retired and was currently employed as a truck driver for Pacemaker Steel and Pipe co. On June 9, 1973 Dennis was united in marriage to the former Kathleen Burch. Dennis was an avid golfer and bowler having bowled 13 perfect 300 games. Dennis was of the Methodist faith. Dennis is survived by his wife Kathy, a son and his family Dennis Jr. his wife Rhonda and children Ashley, Alexandria and Brooke of Georgia. His two daughters and their families Heather Prior and her companion Pete Downs and son Dylan of Ilion. Sheri and her husband Brian Evans and their children Damian and Chase of Frankfort. Dennis also leaves several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was pre deceased by a granddaughter Justine Nicole Prior. Funeral services for Dennis will be held on Thursday November 5, 2009 at 7 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will follow on Friday at 10;30 am in the Norwich Corners Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 4-7 pm at the funeral home. Dennis' family wish to thank the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Joe Lawrence, Anna and Ralph Wellington and all their friends for their kindness and compassion during Dennis' illness. (Nov 11, 2009)

John B. Morris IHS 1936, age 91, of 57 West St., Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY. He was born on August 16, 1918, in Ilion, the son of Thomas R. and Margaret (Curley) Morris, and graduated from Ilion High School. John was a veteran of WW II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On August 8, 1940, he was married to Elizabeth "Betty" Garvey at St. Francis De Sales Church, Herkimer. Betty and John have been married over 69 years. John was employed at Central New York Coach Lines in Utica for over 40 years, retiring as the Corporate Secretary in 1990. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Survivors include his wife, Betty; his children, Patricia "Pam" O'Toole of Spring, TX, John Michael Morris and his wife, Jeanne, of Sharpsburg, GA, Christopher Morris of Ilion, Andrew Morris and his wife, Diane, of Kentucky, and Patrick Morris of Ilion; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Alfred Morris and his wife, Sue, of Ilion, James Morris, and Donald Morris and his wife, Maureen, all of Florida, Richard Morris of Utica, and Robert Morris and his wife, Ann, of Florida; his sister, Margaret "Peg" Marley of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. John was predeceased by his son, Paul, in 1987; his brother, Thomas Morris and wife, Mary; and his brother, Edward Morris. In keeping with John's wishes, there are no public calling hours or services scheduled. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, c/o Central Fire Station, Central Ave., Ilion, NY 13357 or The Ilion Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund, c/o Ilion Elks Lodge, 8 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. The Morris family has entrusted all arrangements to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home (895–7722), Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Oct 23, 2009)

Raymond Pettengill IHS 1942, age 85, formerly on Maple Lane, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, October 8, 2009, in the Masonic Care Community, Utica. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side. He was born on July 7, 1924, in Ilion, son of the late Raymond, Sr., and Harriett Buckley Pettengill. A lifelong area resident, he was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On October 19, 1942, he enlisted in the US Navy. He served aboard the USS Housatonic in Casablanca, North Africa, Algeria and French Morocco. He was honorably discharged on March 15, 1946, attaining the rank of Machinist's Mate Second Class. On April 14, 1951, he was united in marriage with the former Jennie Abeline in Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. They first lived in Herkimer and moved to Ilion in 1987. Mr. Pettengill worked as a cutter grinder for the Remington Arms Company, Ilion, for forty years, retiring in 1982. He was a life member of both Michael S. Pliseck VFW Post #4915, Herkimer, and Crowley Barnum American Legion Post #25, Mohawk. He was a member of Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 B.P.O.E. and a former member of the Ilion Moose Club #1010. In his leisure time, he enjoyed music and dancing. Ray was happiest when he was surrounded by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. Surviving are his devoted wife of 58 years, Jennie; two sons and their wives, William and Deborah Pettengill, of Herkimer, and Michael and20Mary Jean 'Bea' Pettengill, of Pittsford; four daughters, Christine Semit, of Herkimer, Patricia Scalise and her husband, Michael, of Herkimer, Susan Knapp and her husband, David, of Little Falls, and Michele Sweet and her husband, Michael, of Herkimer; two brothers, Richard Pettengill, of Ilion, and Alan Pettengill and his wife, Sharon, of Herkimer; a sister, Betty Casadonte, of Mohawk; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Mark Semit. Funeral service will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. His son-in-law, Pastor Michael Sweet, of the New Life Church and Ministry Center, will officiate. Interment with military honors accorded by the US Navy will be on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, town of Little Falls. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. Members of Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 B.P.O.E. are asked to meet at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday for ritualistic services. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Masonic Care Community and especially the Woodgate20 staff for all the wonderful care and compassion shown to the man affectionately known as 'Papa' during his stay. (Oct 23, 2009)

Mrs. Patricia Ann 'Pat' (Bergin) Murphy IHS 1949, 78 of Second St. Ext., passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, October 2, 2009 at her residence. She was born on April 12, 1931, daughter of the late John and Katherine (Fleucher) Bergin and educated in Ilion schools. She resided in East Herkimer at one time moving to Ilion in 1999. On May 1, 1954, she was united in marriage with Daniel Murphy at Annunciation Church, Ilion. Mr. Murphy passed away in 2005, following a union of 51 years. Pat was of the Catholic faith and was a devoted parishioner of St. Francis deSales Church in Herkimer. She married Chuck Earl On January 18, 2007 and would have celebrated three years of marriage in January. Pat assisted in the operation of Dan Murphy Optical in Herkimer for many years and was formerly employed by Congressman Donald Mitchell, Herkimer County Office Building and the New York Telephone Company. Mrs. Murphy always went above and beyond for those seeking her assistance and was always lending a helping hand and putting the needs of others before her own. Many wonderful memories were created at her summer camp on Lake Pleasant. She enjoyed traveling and enjoyed sports often attending sporting events. Pat took great pleasure in being with her grandchildren and watching them grow. She will be forever remembered by her family and friends for her generosity and willingness to help. Survivors include her beloved family; her husband Chuck; three sons, Timothy Murphy and his wife Brenda of West Palm Beach, FL, James Murphy and his wife Linda of East Herkimer, and Daniel Murphy and his girlfriend, Christina of Herkimer; one daughter, Patricia Gugliotta and her husband Robert of Syracuse; her siblings: Bernice Hennessey, Shirley Goodman of Florida, Jack Bergin and wife Doris of Ilion and Robert Bergin and wife Connie of Florida; five cherished grandchildren Katherine, Kristina, Michael, Lisa, and Robert Murphy; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws and of course many devoted friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Mellie Petrie, Eleanor Helmer and Martha Bergin. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000,on Monday, October 5, 2009 from 4-7 p.m. Mrs. Murphy's funeral will commence on Tuesday morning, Oct. 6th at 10:15 a.m. from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home where prayer will be offered and at 11 a.m. at St. Francis deSales Church with the Rev. Mark Cunningham, Pastor officiating. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the St. Francis de Sales Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. (Oct 23, 2009)

 

1994 Homecoming Queen Jody Tanner - Ilion, NY
Jody (Tanner) Karla
Fall 1994 - Homecoming Queen
Photograph published and featured on the October 2007 Alumni Cover Story

Jody Lynn (Tanner) Karla IHS 1995 age 32 of November Lane, Syracuse, an Ilion native, passed away on Friday evening, September 25, 2009 in Community General Hospital. Jody succumbed to a courageous battle with Cystic Fibrosis and was currently on the lung transplant list at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She was born on June 15, 1977 in Ilion, daughter of Allen and Janet (Busher) Tanner and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On August 14, 2004 she was united in Holy Matrimony with Sean Robert Karla at the United Methodist Church, Skaneateles. Their union of 5 years was based on both respect and commitment. Jody graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and mathematics education. She was a graduate of LeMoyne College with a Master Degree in secondary education. While at Syracuse University, Jody was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Beta Sigma National Honor Society, and Eta Pi Upsilon Woman's Leadership Honorary. She was a student peer advisor for the School of Education and was a member of the Academy of Mathematics Education and was a member of the Academy of Mathematics Education. She was a recipient of the Chancellor's Scholarship and the Senior Honors Scholarship.

She continued her love of mathematics at Marcellus High School where she loved teaching for the past 10 years. At Marcellus, Jody served as a class advisor, mathematics league advisor, helped supervise school activities, and assisted with coaching. She was awarded the 'Mustang' award at Marcellus High School for excellence in teaching. Jody was also employed by Onondaga Community College as a math teacher for SAT exam students. Though Jody's life with us was short, she had a gift of reaching out to others and will be missed by all who knew her. Jody loved scrapbooking, trips to their camp at Canadarago Lake and playing with her chocolate lab 'Reno'. Just as in her professional life, Jody considered the numerous and varied relationships in her personal life to be her greatest joy, her foremost responsibility and her most rewarding privilege. She had many loved friends and was an avid fan of the Syracuse University Orange, Dallas Cowboys, and New York Yankees. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, cooking and number puzzles.

Survivors include her beloved family; her husband: Sean Karla of Syracuse; her parents: Al and Janet Tanner of Ilion; two sisters: Kerri Tanner of Saratoga Springs and Nicole (Tanner) Gadziala and husband Rudy of Selkirk; a special aunt: Lois Busher Arndt of Mohawk; a special niece: Marisol Annette Gadziala; father in law and mother in law: Robert and Norma Karla of Ilion; a sister in law: Jodi and Mark Arsenault of Newport; nephews: Tyler and Kyle Arsenault; and many loved cousins including: Kevin and David Arndt, Marc, Michael and Tara Tanner. She was preceded in death by her grandparents: Henry and Harriet Busher and Ernest and Joan Tanner. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000 on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. The funeral will commence at 11 am on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort with the Rev. Brian Engel, pastor of Mohawk Reformed Church officiating. Procession will follow to Mohawk Cemetery where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Cystic Fibrosis Association; envelopes may be obtained at the Enea Family Funeral Home. The family extends a heartfelt thank you to Jody's family members and friends, for their supportive, caring, and thoughtful acts of sympathy during this difficult time; also to the Community General Hospital for their compassion. (Sept 29, 2009)

Lewis R. Eddy IHS 1945, 81, of Elm Street, Ilion passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at home with his family by his side. Lew was born on November 22, 1927, the son of the late Vernon and Florence (Diehl) Eddy. He attended and graduated from Ilion Schools and played in a country band called the Countrymen in the 50's and 60's. Lew served in the United States Air Force, and was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi before becoming a radio receiver operator at Keesler Air Force Base in Washington. Lew worked many years for Landon Hughes in Utica and retired from the New York State Thruway. After retiring, the family traveled and spent a lot of time camping in the Adirondacks. He was a member of the Mason's for many years. Lew is survived by his wife, Mary, one daughter, Connie (Tim) Ingersoll of Litchfield, one son Raymond (Joelle) Eddy of Auburn, five grandsons, Andrew and Zachary Brown and Timmy Ingersoll all of Litchfield, Nicholas and Christopher Eddy of Auburn and one granddaughter, Leah of Auburn, three step-children, Julie of Las Vegas, Laurie of Livingston Manor, NY and Kenneth of Litchfield, one brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Carm Eddy of Ilion. Graveside services for Lew will be held on Monday September 21, 2009 at 11:00am in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. In keeping with Lew's wishes there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Ilion Fire Dept. Ambulance. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Sept 27, 2009)

John 'Jack' Winslow IHS 1966, 61, of state Route 4 in Hudson Falls, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Glens Falls Hospital, with his longtime companion, Betty Moynihan, at his side. Born on June 25, 1948, in Ilion, he was the son of Mary (Ingro) Winslow and the late John Winslow, who passed away in February 2008. Jack graduated from Ilion High School and SUNY College of Technology in Utica. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from November 1966 to December 1970. Jack was in the Security Police Squadron, stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base in Vietnam and he received many distinguished awards. Among those, he was selected as "Airman of the Quarter" from among 900 service men, earning him a five-day furlough from his duties in Saigon. He had previously won the title in his own 377th Security Squadron. In the citation, he was honored for his "outstanding professionalism in the performance of his duties, which leave nothing to be desired." Jack was a longtime resident of Ilion, where he was employed at Remington Arms, before relocating to Hudson Falls and becoming supervisor at Nibco in Glens Falls. Most recently, he was a part-time employee of Morlock News in Gansevoort. Jack was a very dedicated employee, giving 100 percent to every job that he ever had. Jack was an avid sports fan, who was passionate about the New York Yankees. He loved watching and cheering on his beloved team. Anyone that knew Jack, recognized that he would help anyone in need. Jack was deeply loved by his family and his many friends. He will be greatly missed. Besides his father, he was predeceased by his brother in law, George "Skip" Vandawalker. Survivors include his three children, Lisa Alexander and her husband, Robert of Ilion, John Winslow of Mohawk and Shelly Winslow of Ilion; his two grandchildren, Sarah Alexander and Nicholas Winslow; his brother, Steven Winslow of Ilion; his sister, Nancy Haugen of Ormond Beach, Fla.; his mother, Mary Winslow of Ormond Beach, Fla.; his longtime companion, Betty Moynihan, of Hudson Falls; and several cousins, nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. The family suggests that memorial donations be made to The Vietnam Veterans of America, 8605 Cameron St., Suite 400, Silver Springs, MD 20910. (Sept 27, 2009)

Samuel Sam Kovac IHS 1931, age 95 of Country Manor, Herkimer, formerly of 15 Marmet St., Mohawk passed away on Thursday, September 3, 2009 at Rome Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Sam was born on May 11, 1914 in the town of German Flatts, the son of John and Suzanne (Holovitz) Kovac and graduated from Ilion High School in 1931. On May 1, 1937, he was joined in marriage with Anne Sadlon in Trinity Lutheran Church in Herkimer, NY by Reverend Paetzmek. Before Annes passing on August 6, 2000, they were devoted partners for over 63 years in a blessed union and thankful members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Little Falls. Sam was employed by Remington Arms Co., Ilion for almost 37 years, retiring as a Foreman in 1976. He was a member of Remington Arms 25 Year Club and Herkimer County Chapter #1410 AARP. Sam is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Donna Kovac of Liverpool; his daughter and son-in-law Betty Ann and William Muir of The Villages, FL; his grandchildren, Lynne Kovac, Charles Kovac and wife Lori, Suzanne Cerio, Scott Muir and wife Jessica, Todd Muir; two cherished great-grandchildren, Halle and John Cerio; his sister, Evelyn Sweet of Mohawk and his brother Martin Kovac of Herkimer, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three sisters; Suzanne Olyer, Amelia Strickland, Anne Reckeweg and a brother, John Kovac. Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM, Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion with Theresa Grescheck officiating. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday, September 8, 2009 from 5PM to 7PM at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Sam or add to his 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 Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 512 Gansevoort St., Little Falls, NY 13413 or St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 904 Vine St., Liverpool, NY 13088. Envelopes will also be available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion (895-7722), Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Sept 27, 2009)

Lindsay A. Stagg IHS 1977, age 50, of Marion Street, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2009, in her home. She was born on April 19, 1959, in Herkimer, the daughter of the late Harry J. and Margaret 'Peggy' (Morris) Stagg, and graduated from Ilion High School. She furthered her education, attending nursing school at Mohawk Valley Community College. Lindsay earned a bachelor's degree and was last employed at Heritage Healthcare, Utica, as a registered nurse. She was also previously employed by various other nursing homes throughout the valley and taught in service nursing with BOCES. Lindsay was very involved with Herkimer County Public Health Nursing and also Hospice Care, Inc. Lindsay was a dedicated care giver and accomplished nurse with a successful career. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and loved spending time with her feline companions, Chloe and Phoebe. She will be sadly missed by her family: two aunts, Rita Morrison, of Sun City, FL, and H. Elizabeth Stagg, of Syracuse; an uncle, William S. Tiel, of Ilion; and cousins, Marianne Lee and husband, Francis, of Sauquoit, John Michael Purcell, of Ilion, Timothy Purcell and wife, Lynne, of California, William Stagg, of Herkimer, Jayne Stagg, of Ilion, Lori Geise and husband, Thomas, of Ilion, James Morrison, of Ouluth, GA, Steven Morrison, Kathleen Morrison, and Ellen and Stephen Leger, all of Florida, and Mark Morris and wife, Melissa, of Ilion. Besides her parents, Lindsay was preceded in death by her aunts and uncles, Clinton Stagg, Anne Purcell Tiel, William Stagg, George 'Bud' Morris and James H.G. Morrison. There are no public calling hours. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Lindsay's Mass of Christian Burial, commencing at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2009, from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, with the Very Rev. Anthony Barratt, Pastor, officiating, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Herkimer County Humane Society. Services are under the direction of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort. To add to the online memorial, please go to www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. The family would like to offer their heartfelt gratitude to those who responded to Lindsay's Home on Sunday evening and going above the call of duty, those being the Mohawk Police Department, Mohawk Fire Department and the Herkimer County Coroner. Also, a special thank you to Sandy Eysaman and family and Theresa Stevens for being loyal and dedicated friends to Lindsay. (Sept 27, 2009)

Donald 'Don' Judson IHS Alumnus, age 76, of 205 First Ave., Frankfort, formerly of Ilion, died unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, N.Y. He was born on Oct. 19, 1932, in Ilion, the son of Everett and Esther (Miller) Judson, and graduated from Ilion High School. Don was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Navy. In February of 1955, he was married to Theresa Collette in Ilion. She died in 1995. Don was employed as a roofer with Norman's Roofing and Siding for over 20 years, retiring in 1987. Survivors include his children, Debra Burdick and her husband Charles of West Winfield, Daureen Hunt of Richfield Springs, Donna Judson of Frankfort, Sherry Lawlor of Clinton, Theresa Reesh and her fiancee Ken Edick, Michelle Penree and her husband Peter, and Sonya Pavia and her husband Charles, all of Frankfort, Rebecca Hatmaker and husband Donald of West Winfield, Barbara Covey and her husband Chuck of Barneveld, N.Y., Michael Judson of North Carolina, and Kim Matthew and her husband Brian of Liverpool, N.Y.; 53 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Don was predeceased by his daughter, Darlene Judson in 1995; and his son-in-law, Ed Hunt in 2008. Funeral services will be held at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours20are Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, from 12:30-2:30 p.m., prior to the funeral services. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Don or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The Judson family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion, Don Applegate, funeral director. (Sept 27, 2009)

Roberta May (Kirkland) Danforth IHS 1960,67 of 78 W. North St. in Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday August 16, 2009 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Roberta was born on December 9, 1941 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Robert B. and Pearl N. (McWilliams) Kirkland. She was a 1960 graduate of Ilion High School. She formerly was employed at Mohawk Valley General Hospital. Most recently she was a client aid with the H.A.R.C., where she was dedicated to her clients and was rewarded daily through their interactions. She retired in 2005. Roberta was a loving mother, aunt, and grandmother. She was devoted to her family and friends and was always there in times of need to lend a hand. She made many sacrifices to provide for her children and to give them a better life. She was adored by her grandchildren and she took great joy in watching them grow and hearing the funny things they said. Roberta's favorite time of day was the early morning where she was often found in her back yard enjoying a cup of coffee, listening to the birds, and waiting for the sun to rise. She loved gardening, decorating, and wandering around garage sales in hopes of finding that special item she's been searching for. Roberta was strong and determined. Her family and friends were very proud of her most recent achievement of quitting smoking after 50 years. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Roberta is survived by a son Robert and his wife Doreen of Schodack Landing, NY. Two daughters Sheila and her husband Daniel Brindisi of Whitesboro, and Debra and her husband Kelly Knowlton of Ilion. Her grandchildren Alec and Kaley Brindisi and Courtney and Kyle Danforth. She also leaves a brother in law Glenn and his wife Bonnie Danforth of Ilion, two sister in laws Shelley Morris of Ilion and Sandy Ebner of Rockaway NJ. An aunt Mary McWilliams of Mexico, NY, and a brother in law Michael Doyle of Hammondsport, NY. As well as several nieces and nephews. Roberta also leaves her many friends including her special friends Kay Balch of Ilion and Barb Goodson of Mohawk. Roberta was predeceased by her sister Janet Kirkland, her uncle Francis McWilliams and her sister in law Jana Doyle. Funeral services for Roberta will be held on Wednesday August 19, 2009 at 10:30 am at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Rev. Victor McKusick will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday August 18, 2009 from 5-8 pm at the funeral home. Roberta's family wish to thank the Ilion Ambulance and the staff at St. Elizabeth's for the care given her. Memorial donations may be made to the Ilion Ambulance, envelops are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (August 19, 2009)

Ginger L. (Wellington) DeForrest IHS 1973, 55, of 293 East Clark Street, Ilion, passed away on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, N.Y. She was born on Dec. 27, 1953, in Herkimer, the daughter of John and Virginia (Piper) Wellington and graduated from Ilion Central School. On Dec. 17, 1977, she was married to Albert D. DeForrest in Ilion. He died on Dec. 14, 2000. Ginger worked as a sales clerk at Lowe's of Herkimer. She enjoyed her family, friends and canine companion, Max. She always looked forward to attending the annual Albert DeForrest Benefit Golf Tournament. Survivors include her children: Shannon DeForrest and her friend Dennis Breshears of Amsterdam; Rory DeForrest and his friend Jennifer Patten; Virginia DeForrest of LittleFalls; her grandson Joseph Lawrence of Ilion; her step-father Gerald Wellington of Mohawk; her sister Sharon Penman and her husband Norm of Mass.; her brother Fran Wellington and his wife Donna of Mohawk; her sister-in-law Donna Wellington of Mohawk; her step-brothers, David Ball of Little Falls, Jeffrey Ball of New Hartford, Adam Grimshaw of Syracuse, Ken Ball of Cleveland, Ohio; her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Theresa Hermes of Florida, Edna and Frank Campione of Little Falls; Patrick and Ruthann DeForrest, Danny and Sandy DeForrest, all of Florida; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, brother Tom Wellington and sister Donna Wellington. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a memorial service and celebration of life on Friday, Aug. 14, 2009 at5:30 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 ACME RD., Ilion with Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Friday, Aug. 14, 2009, from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. prior to the service. (August 19, 2009)

Cheryl (Miller) Lesniak IHS 1964, of Thoroughbred Dr. passed away Tuesday, August 11,2009 at her home surrounded by her family, she was 63. Born on May 12,1946 in Utica, NY, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Hilda Howell Miller. Cheryl attended Ilion Central High School, Ilion, NY, graduating in 1964. She then went on to receive a degree in Political Science from Briarcliff College in Briarcliff Manor, NY. For several years Cheryl worked for Saratoga Associates in Saratoga Springs. Shealso volunteered her time at the Hawley Foundation, Flower and Fruit Mission and Community Hospice of Saratoga. Survivors include her two daughters, Dana (Adam) Thibodeau of Westbrook, ME and Keri (Kurt) Solonof Houston, TX; her son, Kyle Lesniak and his fiance, Megan McDonald of Denver, CO; two sisters, Judith (Dr. Duane) Thurman of Berwyn, PA and Beverly (Dr. Hiram) Garber of Portland, ME; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 10am Friday, Aug. 14,2009 in the Chapel of Christ Episcopal Church, Corner Rt. 50 and 67, Ballston Spa. A service will be celebrated at 10 am in the church by the Rev. Derik Roy, pastor. Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway (518-584-5373). Online remembrances may be made at: www.burkefuneralhome.com. (August 19, 2009)

William 'Bill' Reed IHS 1956, 71, of Ilion passed away on Friday July 17, 2009 at Faxton -St. Luke's Hospital. Bill was born on September 21, 1937 in Ilion the son of the late Roscoe and Kathleen (Williams) Reed. Bill was a U.S. Army veteran serving in Germany. He was a member of the Olive Branch Lodge 40 F&AM. He also enjoyed visiting Florida and always planned to move there. Bill spent his time caring for his mother, Kathleen Reed, who passed away on July 9, 2009. Bill is survived by his son Jeffrey Reed and his wife and their sons Julius and Preston Reed and his son Andrew Reed; his older brother, Roscoe P. Reed, and his wife, two sons and daughter. Also his younger brother, Robert Reed and his family. Funeral services for Bill will be held Monday July 20, 2009 at 1 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Pastor Hans Drews will officiate; interment will follow in Crown Hill Memorial Park in New Hartford. Friends may call on Monday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to the VA Hospital, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 25, 2009)

Merriell (Thayer) Fake IHS 1941, age 85, of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away on Sunday June 28, 2009 in Florida. Merriell was born on November 8, 1923 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Claude and Mariam (House) Thayer. She attended Ilion schools graduating from Ilion High School in 1941 where she was crowned Prom Queen. She was a graduate of the University of Rochester-School of Nursing. Merriell was married to Charles Fake who passed away in 1990. She lived in Newtonville, New York and worked as the Town Nurse for the Town of Colonie until her retirement in 1985. Merriell is survived by two sons and daughters in law; Michael and Sharon Fake of NH, Thomas and Shirley Fake of Hawaii, a daughter and son in law Judy and Bill Cummings of TX. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Graveside services for Merriell will be held on Thursday July 2, 2009 at 2:30 pm in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Online condolences can be left at www.whiter-hendrix.com. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Donations in her memory may made to Hope Hospice at Shell Point, c/o The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, 15010 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908. (July 11, 2009)

Mr. Thomas A. 'Tom' Urtz IHS 1969, 58, a lifelong Ilion resident (James/Elm Streets), most recently of Ocala, Florida, entered into eternal rest on Friday evening, June 5, 2009 in Tampa General Hospital. At the time of his passing he was surrounded with the love and support of his family. Tom was born in Ilion on July 5, 1950, a son of the late Richard and Peggy (Dwyer) Urtz and graduated from Ilion High School. In July of1970, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in July of 1974. On April 2, 1977, he was united in marriage with Cecelia Jones, a marriage of 25 years until her passing on January30, 2002. Tom found happiness again when he married Robin Schimborski on November 18, 2006 in Ocala, Florida. He was employed as a cutter grind operator at Remington Arms, Ilion retiring after 31 years of dedicated service and then worked for Sorrento's Pizza in Ilion part time. In his leisure time Tom enjoyed listening to music and bluegrass, playing guitar and especially the banjo. He also was an accomplished woodworker. Mr. Urtz treasured the time spent with his family and will be dearly missed by all who met him. Tom is survived by his beloved family; his sons: Jeffrey Urtz of Ilion and Christopher Urtz, and his wife Shannon of Frankfort; daughter: Lisa Urtz of Mohawk; two brothers: Steven Urtz and his wife Celena of Arizona and Robert Urtz of San Diego, Ca; a sister: Ann Cotter of Little Falls; his cherished grandchildren, Damian, Angelina, Olivia, and Anthony Urtz and one granddaughter on the way in October. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Joseph Thomas Schimborski, Jr. and wife Joy of Ocala, FL, David A. Schimborski and wife Jessica of Nashville, TN; step-grandchildren: Harold, Tia, Alyssa Beth, and Hayden; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (between Ilion and Frankfort), 894-8000, on Thursday, June 11, 2009 from 5 to 8 pm. His funeral will commence at 11 am on Friday, June 12, 2009 from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort, with the Rev. Thomas Trees, officiating. Funeral procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, Clinton where he will be laid to rest and full military honors will be offered by the United States Navy. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations in his memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 29119, Phoenix, AZ 85038-9119. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Tom's online memorial or add to the online photo gallery, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (June 9, 2009)

Nyna Jeanne (Warburton) Salsburg IHS 1943, 84, of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of New Hartford, NY, passed away on May 4, 2009. Jeanne was born in Ilion, NY, in 1925, the second child of Paul and Kathryn MacDonald Warburton. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1943. During World War II, she worked at Remington Rand, and then as a telephone operator. In 1947, Jeanne wed Glenn W. Salsburg and moved to Canton, NY, where he was a student at St. Lawrence University. They moved back to the Mohawk Valley in 1950 to Van Hornesville, then to Dolgeville in 1956. Jeanne and Glenn lived in New Hartford from 1965 until 1995, where she was a wonderful homemaker and caregiver for her parents and a member of the St. John the Evangelist Church and the American Legion Post 1376 Auxiliary, in addition to working at Sears Roebuck. In 1995, they moved to Florida to be closer to their son, Kurt. Jeanne was predeceased by her brothers, Paul and Charles. She is survived and sadly missed by Glenn, her husband; her daughter, Kevyn, and son-in-law, Steven Bass, of St. John, Virgin Islands; and her son, Kurt, of Jacksonville. She always saw the bright side of life, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was so very accommodating to her family and friends. Burial will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, 7 May 2009, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. If anyone wishes to make a memorial donation, Jeanne requested them to the Alzheimer's Association or to the donor's favorite charity. Please visit our online Tribute at www.quinn-shalz.com. Services under the care and direction of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL. (May 23, 2009)

Gary E. Hailston IHS 1969, 59, formerly of Ilion, passed away on April 27, 2009 at Highland Hospital, Rochester. Mr. Hailston was born on April 25, 1950 in Herkimer, a son of George "Roy" and the late Norma June (Yates) Hailston. Gary has resided in the Rochester area the last 15 years. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1969, and then attended the Air Force NCO Academy. Mr. Hailston was a member of the Air Force from 1971-1975 and 1977-1993, and attained the rank of Tech Sergeant, stationed at various Air Force bases internationally. Gary is a veteran of the Vietnam War and also served in support of Operation Desert Storm. He was previously employed as a courier for ACM Medical Laboratory in Rochester. Gary was a member of the Chili VFW Post and the ABATE motorcycle group. Gary is survived by his father, George 'Roy' Hailston of Ilion; a daughter, Laura Hailston and Derek Alexander of Mohawk; two sons: Kenneth Hailston of South Carolina and Steven Hailston and his wife Tiffany of Alabama; a brother Alan Hailston and his wife Marcia of Virginia Beach; his girlfriend Jean Kosiorek of Rochester; special cousins, the Upson family of Rochester; two nieces: Robyn and husband Steve Spencer and their children Abby and Noah, and Kristine Hailston of Virginia Beach; his former wife, Sharon Scanlon; and several cousins and extended family members. He was predeceased by his mother, Norma June. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000). Committal will take place in Crown Hill Cemetery, New Hartford, directly following the service. There are no calling hours. Gary will be remembered for his love of the outdoors and many hobbies, including RC planes, his Harley, and making friends with everyone he met. To add to Gary's online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (May 5, 2009)

Harold Joseph McIntyre IHS 1944, age 82, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at the Winter Haven Hospital, Winter Haven, Florida. He was born July 2, 1926 in Ilion, NY to Harold and Genevieve McCabe McIntyre. He attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School in 1944. After graduation, he enlisted in the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II. Following an honorable discharge, he attended Mohawk Valley Community College where he earned an Associate's Degree in accounting. He was employed by Remington Arms until his retirement in 1985. On February 28, 1953 he was joined in marriage to the former Florence Pohlman, a union that lasted until her death in 1972. On August 31, 1985 he married Eileen E, Wengert, with whom he enjoyed his retirement years. Surviving are his wife, Eileen, daughter Susan Chas(James) of Turin, NY, son Michael McIntyre (Jackie) of Ilion, NY, one brother, Charles McIntyre (Nancy) of Endicott, NY and seven grandchildren, Andrew (Brooke) Chase, Kathryn Chase and fiancee, Shawn Karney, Maureen Chase, her fiancee, Joshua Bush and their daughter,Kaelyn, Christopher, Elizabeth, and Patrick Chase and Shelby McIntyre. Also surviving are three stepdaughters, Denies Grier (Robert) of Gibsonia, PA, Kimberly Montez, of Daleville, AL, and Shari Wengert of St. Cloud, FL and their children, Brian and Stephen Grier, Tabitha Cole and Donald Montez, three step great grandchildren, Devon Montez, Areva and Rachon Cole, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters and their husbands, Molly and Doug Monroe and Betty and Chet Groch and two nephews, Gregory McIntyre and Mark Monroe. There will be a memorial service at the Mohawk Reform Church, Mohawk, NY on June 6 at 2 o'clock. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to may contribute to a charity of their choice. (May 5, 2009)

Steven 'Sandy' M. Sadlon IHS Alumnus, age 58, of Port Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Ilion, N.Y., and Kansas City, Mo., passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Port Charlotte, Fla., after a long illness. He was born on Dec. 24, 1950, in Little Falls, the son of Steven D. and Helen P. (Yaworski) Sadlon and graduated from Ilion High School and Rochester Institute of Technology. Sandy was a commodities broker in Kansas City for over 20 years. In his early years, he attended the Ilion United Methodist Church, receiving several perfect attendance pins. Survivors include his parents, Helen and Steven Sadlon of Ilion; his brother, Richard Sadlon and his wife Beth of Little Falls; his niece, Natasha Sadlon of Albany; his nephew, Jeff Sadlon of Little Falls; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Jack Cogar officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the funeral home service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Sandy or add to his 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 American Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis Resources of CNY, Herkimer County Humane Society or your favorite charity. Envelopes=2 0are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (May 5, 2009)

Verna M. (Nichols) Arnold IHS 1941,Verna M. Arnold, 86, of Hancock, died on Friday, April 10, 2009, at Countryside Care Center in Delhi. She was born on Feb. 9, 1923, in New Hartford, the daughter of Wallace and Ethel (Storms) Nichols. Verna married Clifford Arnold on Nov. 24, 1952, in Hancock. She was a member of the Emory United Methodist Church in Hancock and was a secretary for 20 years and retired from Mallery Lumber Corp., also in Hancock. Surviving are her husband, Clifford, Delhi; two sons, James VanLoan, Albuquerque, N.M., and Thomas Arnold, Binghamton, N.Y.; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Joyce Backman, and two brothers, Leland and Lyn of Mohawk and Ronald and Patsy of Florida; and sisters-in-law, Dusty and Ellen Nichols. She was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Keeler and brother, Irwin Nichols; and parents, Wallace and Mae Nichols and Ethel Storms Nichols and John Wisheart. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, April 15, from noon to 2 p.m. and a service will follow at 2 p.m. at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. The Rev. Andrew Weidner of the Emory United Methodist Church, Hancock, will officiate and interment will immediately follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Hancock. Donations can be made in Verna's memory to the Emory United Methodist Church, Hancock. Arrangements are by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. (May 5, 2009)

William A. Robotham IHS Alumnus, age 66, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica. Bill was born May 7, 1942, in Ilion, NY, the son of the late Arthur and the late Hazel (Niles) Robotham. He was educated in Ilion Schools and attended HCCC. Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1961 until 1964. On June 6, 1966, Bill was united in marriage with the former Patricia Harter in the Ilion Methodist Church. Bill was employed with Remington Arms Company before retiring in 1997. Following his retirement, he was a currier with Velocity Express for five years. He was a member of the Columbia Center United Methodist Church, the Herkimer Elks and the Mohawk American Legion. Bill is survived by his wife, Pat; one brother, James and his wife, Charlotte, of Dolgeville; a sister, Elizabeth Backus, of Mohawk; a brother-in-law, Dick Harter, of Madison; and his nieces and nephews, Deb, Lynn, Ed, Tom, Tim, Teresa, Jimmy and Debbie. Funeral services for Mr. Robotham will be held on Tuesday, April 14, at 11:00 a.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Hans Drews officiating. Interment will follow at Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday, April 13, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, NY. The Mohawk American Legion will conduct services at 6:00 p.m. and the Herkimer Elks will conduct ritualistic services at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia Center United Methodist Church. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. (May 5, 2009)

James E. Ainsworth IHS Alumnus, age 57, of London Towers, Ilion, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2009, in Rome Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ainsworth was born on Oct. 18, 1951, in Ilion, a son of the late Charles and Betty (Gilman) Ainsworth. James received his education in Ilion schools. In 2006, he married Georgia Nelson. He was a campground attendant at Whiteface Mountain KOA in Wilmington, NY. James is survived by his beloved wife, Georgia; his son, Jeremiah of Utica; a stepson, Richard Dousharm of Utica; a sister: Linda Leonard and her husband Terry of Ilion; aunts: Louise Ainsworth and Rose Librera; and several in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no calling hours. Jimmy's family will gather privately to celebrate his life. Arrangements are with the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000), Harry J.Enea, Jr., Funeral Director. (May 5, 2009)

Helen (Lonis) Merena IHS Alumnus, age 92, formerly of 404 West German Street, Herkimer, passed away Friday, March 13, 2009, at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion. Helen was born August 3, 1915, in Ilion, NY, the daughter of the late James and Helena Schwartz Lonis, and was a graduate of the East Frankfort School, Ilion High School and the Utica School of Commerce. During her career overseas, she served first in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, from 1941-1942, later with the American Red Cross in the Philippine, Korea, Japan, Germany and Austria. She joined the US Department of State Foreign Services in 1950, and was stationed in India, Italy, Ethiopia, Mexico, Sudan and Japan until her retirement from the Dominican Republic in 1974. Helen was a member of the American Red Cross during WW2, serving in Europe and the Far East, the Herkimer County Historical Society, the Herkimer County Chapter of the Audubon Society and the Herkimer County A.A.R.P. Helen is survived by her sister, Evelyn Reile, of Herkimer; her niece and nephews, Jerome White, Mitchell Reale, Valerie Duncan, all of Herkimer, Dr. Steven White of MD, James Reale of FL; also several great-nieces and nephews. In keeping with Helens wishes, there are no public calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. On line condolences may be left by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 5, 2009)

Spencer C. Hall IHS Alumnus, age 70, of Columbus Ave., Utica, formerly of Ilion and Syracuse, died Wednesday, March 11, 2009, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, N.Y. He was born on Dec. 29, 1938, in West Exeter, N.Y., the son of Clyde and Doris(Wiggins) Hall, graduated from Ilion High School and attended Utica College. He was a Vietnam veteran and served in the U.S. Army. Spencer was a station manager with the U.S. Postal Services, Syracuse, for 27 years, retiring in 1992. Most recently, he was a Hospital Patient Sitter at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford for four years. Mr. Hall was a member of the Norwich American Legion No. 189, a Hospice volunteer and active in Boy Scouts for many years, receiving the Eagle Scout Award. He was also a Registered Camping and Canoeing Guide with NYSDEC. Survivors include one sister, Ormetta Dodson of Seattle, Wash.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, William and Selma Hall of Washington, D.C., Richard and Helen Hall of Forestport, N.Y., and David and Rosemary Bryant of Norwich, N.Y.; a lifetime friend and companion, Nancy Jarose of Clifton Park, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a close friend and companion, Brenda Fox of Rome, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Charlotte Clancy. Funeral services will be held later this spring at a time and date to be announced. Burial will be in West Exeter Cemetery next to his sister, Charlotte. There are no scheduled calling hours at this time. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Spencer or add to his 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 Loretta Utica Nursing Home Resident Counsel Fund. All arrangements are entrusted to Funeral Director Don Applegate of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (May 5, 2009)

Kirsten E. (Prentice) Czupryna IHS 1982, age 44, passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home with her loving family by her side on March 6, 2009. Kirsten waged a terrific battle with breast cancer for nearly eight years. She was born in Ilion, NY, on June 2, 1964, and graduated from Ilion High School. She attended HCCC, graduating with a degree in Travel & Tourism. Her love of life and desire for learning allowed her to return to SUNY IT for a BS degree in Professional and Technical Communication in 2003. While battling cancer she obtained a Master's degree in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the University of Albany in 2007. At the time of her death she was employed by BAE Systems, Rome. Her last days were spent at home surrounded by her family. Kirsten was a loving wife, mother and daughter. She enjoyed snowmobiling with her friends and family, in Old Forge, and was an avid football fan. Survivors include, her loved husband and best friend, Steve; her cherished son, Michael; her parents, Gerald and Verla Hill; her sister, Rebecca Degroat; in-laws, Timothy and Paula Czupryna; sister-in-law, Julie Czupryna; nieces, Stephanie and Brooke Degroat; also aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends, especially Mark and Krista Rodzinka, Nancy and Den Anderson and Candace Cilbrith. A memorial service for Kirsten will be held Tuesday, March 10, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Wolanin Funeral Home, Inc., 266 Main St., New York Mills. Memorial calling hours will be Monday, March 9, 2009, from 47 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider the Susan G. Komen for the Cure or Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.(May 5, 2009)

Donald Beach IHS 1959, 67, formerly of Ilion, passed away March 5, 2009, in the Summerville Hospital, Summerville, SC. He was born April 3, 1941, to Frances and the late Howard Beach. Donald is survived by his mother, Frances, of Utica; his wife, Martha; two daughters from a previous marriage; two grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; also a sister, Sharon Reese, and a brother, Richard Beach. His funeral was held at the funeral home in Summerville, SC. He is greatly missed. Local arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion.
"I was proud to be his brother, and will miss him." Submitted by Richard Beach. (May 5, 2009)

Marie (Stevener) Emden IHS 1935, age 91, formerly of Wilson St., Ilion passed away peacefully Thursday, March 5, 2009 in Masonic Home. She was born in Ilion on June 20, 1917, the daughter of the late John and Rose Millbower Stevener. She attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1935. She was married to Fred Emden on December 31, 1942 in Annunciation Church, Ilion. Mr. Emden passed away on March 17, 1990. Marie was at one time employed by Remington Rand, Ilion and later was the owner and operator of the Smart Shop, Ilion. Following her retirement she enjoyed helping her daughter, Dawn, in the operation of Hilltop Greenhouse, Frankfort for many years. She was a communicant of Church of the Annunciation. Marie was known for being a devout Catholic and living her faith in her acts. She loved to help at church and would visit her neighbors, the sick at the hospital and nursing homes. Her hobbies which were more acts of love were baking, fritter maker, reading, her garden and prayer. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Marie is survived by her devoted daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Jon George Hosney of Frankfort; her grandchildren, Jon Scott and his wife, Amy Hosney and Maria and her husband, Jeff Engelbrecht; four great-grandchildren, Jarrett Engelbrecht, Katelyn Engelbrecht, Jon Paul Hosney and Scott Haejoon Hosney; her special niece, Beverlyan Tutty and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one brother, John Stevener and three sisters, Anna Joly, Bertha Forsythe and Veronica Tutty. Her funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 1:15 pm from the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 2:00 pm in Church of the Annunciation where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the V. Rev. Anthony Barratt assisted by Deacon James Bower. Spring interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday from 12-1 at the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Marie's family would like to extend t heir sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of the Masonic Care Community's Manhattan Neighborhood and especially Dr. O for the wonderful care and compassion shown to her during her stay and passing. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Marie's memory may be made to Church of the Annunciation, 109 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Marie's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (May 5, 2009)

Joseph E. Plunkett IHS 1941, age 87, of 75 Fourth St., Ilion, passed away on Monday, Feb. 16, 2009, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. Ed was born in Ilion on Oct. 20, 1921, the son of Frederick and Mary Plunkett. He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School. He was married to Florence Cashman Tutty at the Annunciation Church, Ilion on April 28, 1962. Florence passed away on Nov. 3, 2008. Ed enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and loved his vacation at Cape Cod each year surrounded by his family. He also enjoyed watching the Red Sox, Celtics, Notre Dame football and Syracuse basketball. He was an avid golfer. He was especially proud of his service to his country as a veteran of World War II in the 8th Forward Artillery Observation Battalion. He worked for UNIVAC and Remington Arms and was a member of the Elks, VFW, and American Legion. Ed is survived by his daughter Susan of Hingham, Mass.; his sons Steve of Ilion and Gary Tutty and his wife, Pamela of Ilion: his grandchildren, Sean Tutty and his wife Sonya of Ilion, Christopher Tutty and his wife Mary of Orange, Calif.; Maura Tutty of Quincy, Mass., Rileigh Plunkett of Ilion; and his great-grandchildren, Keeley, Devin, Connor and Nolan Tutty; sisters-in-law, Irene Polley of Ilion, Catherine and George Snider of Frankfort, Elizabeth and Robert Luke of Ilion, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Fred Plunkett and his wife Minerva, and his sister Mary Garren and her husband Gary, and his aunt Agnes McShalley; as well as his in-law's Raymond and Beverly Cashman, John and Emily Cashman, Dominick Accattato and Earl Polley. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, 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 the spring in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. Calling hours are Wednesday, 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Joe's family would like to thank the VA staff in Rome and Dr. Richter, the ICU staff at St. Luke's, Father Anthony Barratt, Father Mark Cunningham, and Sister Maureen for their care, concern and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please consider giving to your favorite charity in Ed's name. A large selection of envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Feb 22, 2009)

Mrs. Dorothy B. (Bruso) McKinney IHS 1954, 71, formerly of Ilion and most recently of Herkimer clicked her heels three times and went home to the Lord early Tuesday morning, February 17, 2009. Her passing occurred in Valley Health Services, Herkimer, following a lengthy illness. She was born on April 13, 1937 in Ilion, daughter of the late William and Margaret (Rowland) Bruso and educated in Ilion schools. On March 10, 1957 she was joined in marriage with Carlton "Tom" McKinney in the First United Methodist Church, Herkimer; the couple have enjoyed a union of 51 years. Dorothy dedicated her life to taking care of her husband, children and grandchildren. She was at one time employed with Decision Data in Pennsylvania and was of the Catholic faith. Dorothy was proud of her country and more so of those who gave of their selves to protect it. A great source of satisfaction to her was to be surrounded by "those who served", never missing a veteran function. She was affiliated with several veterans' groups and was a life member of the following: Remsen VFW Auxilary #982, Little Falls American Legion Post #31, Disabled American Veterans Auxilary, 17th infantry regiment, VFW National Home, and the AM Vets #777; was an associate member of the Korean War Vets Chapter 239, member of the Chosen Few, past 4th district president of the VFW Herkimer County Council, past secretary of the Town of Herkimer Veterans Council, serving in this capacity for over 10 years, was a member of the Moms of Dads of Foreign Service Vet's #244, and past president of the Herkimer VFW Post #4915 Auxillary. Dorothy was previously honored as "Good Citizen of the Year" by the Herkimer VFW Post 4915 and served as den mother for the 1st handicap Cub Scout den in Herkimer County. Dorothy's life centered on family and community: caring for her loved ones occupied her time, her energies and her constant attention. She was never happier than when she was surrounded by her beloved grandchildren and cherished great grandchildren. In addition to her family interests and concerns, she enjoyed collecting frogs and especially collecting Wizard of Oz Memorabilia. Dorothy was extremely talented with plastic canvas. She leaves her beloved husband; Carlton 'Tom' of Mohawk; two daughters: Michele Conklin and husband Mark of Oriskany Falls and Marcia McKinney and Phil Williams of Remsen; her son: Michael McKinney and wife Debra of Ilion; a brother: William Bruso and wife Bea of Ilion and a sister: Violet Mainer of Frankfort; ten grandchildren: Amy and Ken Smith, Tami and Phil Wojik, Eric McKinney and fiance Lisa, April Hurren, Michael J. McKinney, Kelly Lynn Hurren, Justin McKinney, Krystal McKinney, Allyson McKinney, and Sean D. McKinney; five great grandchildren: Zoe, Ty, Brook, Cooper and Ruby; in-laws: Leonard & Helen McKinney of GA, Gloria Bunce of Herkimer, Herbert & Beverly McKinney of Mohawk and Robert McKinney also of Mohawk; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by a daughter: Mary Magdelyn; a son: Sgt. Matthew McKinney; a brother: Edward Bruso; two sisters: Marion Schwerdt and Lola M. Miller. The family will be present at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, (894-8000) to receive relatives and friends on Saturday, February 21, 2009 from 12-3:00 p.m. Her funeral will commence at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kent Trievel, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Remsen, officiating. Interment will take place in the spring in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Because of the numerous veteran memberships that Dorothy held, one ritualistic service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home on Saturday in which any member of the above mentioned organizations are invited to take part. The family offers its heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and staff at Valley Health Services, Herkimer especially those on the second floor who attended and cared for Dorothy and who provided excellent care that was both compassionate and professional. As an expression of sympathy to the family, kindly consider memorial offerings to Valley Health Services, 690 W. German St., Herkimer or to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes may be obtained at the Enea Family Funeral Home. (Feb 22, 2009)

Mr. Edward O. Wood IHS 1938, age 88, formerly of Ilion, NY and 17 year resident of Molokai Park, Leesburg, FL passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 10, 2009 at the home of his son, in Winterville, NC. His wife, Mary Palmer Wood, predeceased him. They shared 60 wonderful years of marriage before her passing on July 29, 2007. He attended Akron University, fought in the 87th Infantry Division during World War II in the European theater, and after the war, returned to Ilion to manage the family business. In 1959 he was appointed Ilion postmaster, and retired from that position in July, 1980.During his retirement, he enjoyed volunteer work for the Lake County Sheriff's Department, and Florida Waterman Hospital. He is survived by his two sons Kenneth E. Wood and wife Carol (Robbins), of Macedon, NY, Victor H. Wood and wife Linda (Backman) of Winterville, NC, sister Carolyn Roberts of Utica, NY, brother Harry Alan Wood of Melbourne, FL, sister-in-law, Joyce Prosser of Leesburg, FL, six grandchildren, Nathan Wood and wife Deborah of Macedon, NY, Melanie Rellinger and husband Brian of Bowling Green, OH, Jason Wood, Justin Wood and wife Christi, Jonathan and Jerrod Wood, all of NC, and four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned for 10:00 am, Friday, February 20, 2009 at St. James Episcopal Church, Leesburg, FL. Commitment will follow at The Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Ilion, NY, St. James Episcopal Church, Leesburg, FL, or Florida Hospital Waterman, Tavares, FL. (Feb 22, 2009)

Silas 'Si' William Garnsey IHS 1943, 83, of Lynchburg, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of the late Eleanor Travis Garnsey. Silas was born May 21, 1925, in Utica, N.Y. He was the son of the late Silas Dwight Garnsey and the late Anna Murphy Garnsey. Silas was retired from General Electric and a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Silas enjoyed singing with The Ageless Wonders. He is survived by two sons, Steven Garnsey of Tucson, Ariz., and Daniel Garnsey and wife Shari of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Patricia Lynch and husband Joe of Burke, Va., and Jane Mote of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, James Garnsey of Ilion, NY; 11 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; and his dearest friend, Mary Lee Johnson of Lynchburg. In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by his sister Ann Noffer. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A service will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Mooney officiating. The interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends are welcome to join the family following the interment for a reception at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the D-Day Memorial, 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford, Va. 24523. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, 434-237-9424. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tharpfuneralhome.com. (Feb 22, 2009)

Joseph 'Skip' F. Holovitz, Jr. IHS 1973, age 53, of 13 Frederick St., Ilion, died on Monday, January 26, 2009, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. He was born on February 15, 1955, in Ilion, the son of Joseph and Joy (Colman) Holovitz, and was a graduate of Ilion High School and Alfred State University. On January 31, 1981, he was married to Penny Ploof in Elco, NV. Mr. Holovitz was a Computer Consultant for N.Y.S. Office of General Services, Albany, for 13 years. Survivors include his wife, Penny; three children, Christopher Holovitz and his fiancee, Audra Schultz, Sarah Holovitz, and Erica Holovitz, all of Ilion; one granddaughter, Maya Joy Holovitz; his sister, Dana Lou Holovitz, of Endwell, NY; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and nephew, Philip Holovitz. Funeral services will be held 7 p.m., Thursday, January 29, 2009, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber, Pastor of the Ilion United Methodist Church, officiating. Calling hours are on Thursday, January 29, 2009, from 4 to 7 p.m., prior to the service, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Ilion Ambulance Fund. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Feb 22, 2009)

Mrs. Margaret H. (Hopkins) Cook IHS Alumnus, age 90, of Warren Road, Mohawk, entered into eternal rest peacefully on Monday afternoon, February 2, 2009, in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica, with the love and support of her family by her side. She was born in Ilion on June 26, 1918, daughter of the late Charles and Lucy Hopkins, and educated in Ilion schools. On June 22, 1940, she was joined in marriage with Douglas F. Cook in Mohawk. Mr. Cook passed away on October 5, 1972. Margaret was last employed with Mohawk High School in the cafeteria, retiring in 1979 after many years of dedicated service. She was a member of the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and swimming in her pool. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Nancy Cook, of Mohawk; two grandchildren, Joshua Cook, of Mohawk, and Colleen Thomas and husband, Nathien, of Frankfort; many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her son, Timothy Cook, on August 29, 2007. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, February 5, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. at the Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home, 48 E. Main St., Mohawk. Her funeral will commence at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, February 6, from the funeral home where prayer will be offered and at 1 p.m. from Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, where Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by the Rev. Mark Cunningham, Sacramental Minister, assisted by Sister Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Spring interment will be held in Mohawk Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider memorial offerings to the American Heart Association; envelopes are available at the funeral parlor. The Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary will conduct their service at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Margaret's family would like to thank the nurses and staff, especially mentioning those on the 4th floor and CT and ICU Units, all of whom took wonderful care of Margaret. To add to the online memorial, go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. (Feb 22, 2009)

Dorothy (Towne) Rathbun Snow IHS 1937, age 89, of 7 Miles Ave., Ilion, died Friday, January 16, 2009, at home with her family by her side. She was born on September 25, 1919, in Schrett, PA, the daughter of Raymond and Ada (Hurley) Towne. Dorothy graduated from Ilion High School and attended HCCC. On November 15, 1941, she was married to Allan V. Rathbun. He died on March 9, 1971. She later married Edward Snow on June 21, 1986, in Ilion. He died on December 1, 1991. Dorothy was employed at Herkimer County Dept. of Social Services for 16 years, retiring in 1986. She was a member and soloist singer at The Ilion Baptist Church. She was also a 63 year member and Past Regent of the Mohawk Valley Chapter D.A.R. and a 57 year member of the Historical Club of Ilion. Dorothy sang with various choirs throughout the Valley for many years and was a soloist singer for Christian Scientist's Church. Survivors include her two daughters and sons-in-law, Betsy and Greg Tanner, of Mohawk, Lynn and David Sellers, of Ilion; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Allan 'Skip' and Diane Rathbun, of Ilion, William Rathbun, of Utica, Dean and Lorel Rathbun, of Ilion, Arthur Rathbun and friend, Deb Pett, of Ilion; 11 grandchildren, Jennifer Rathbun, Tara Tanner, Marc Tanner and wife, Katherine, Michael Tanner and wife, Denise, Jason and Benjamin Rathbun, Allison, Robert and Justin Luther, Erica and Cortney Sellers; six great-grandchildren, Jordyn and Ava Lanaux, Aidyn Sellers, Justin Luther, Julia and Lillian Tanner; two step-daughters, Martha Barilla and husband, John and family, of Morris Plains, NJ, Mary Ellen Snow, of Pompton Plains, NJ; one step-son, Edward Snow, Jr. and wife, Lynn and family, of Canton, NY; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a sister-in-law. She was predeceased by three brothers, Colonel Raymond Towne, William Towne and Daniel Towne; and two infant children, Laurel Ann and Raymond Duncan. Funeral services will be held 6 p.m., Monday, January 19, 2009, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Rev. Dr. Andrew D. Peloubet, Pastor, of The First Baptist Church of Ilion, officiating. Spring Interment will be in Springfield Center Cemetery. Calling hours are Monday, 4-6 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Dorothy or add to her online memorial may go to on the Internet. As an expression of sympathy, floral arrangements or memorial contributions to Ilion Baptist Church or Ilion Ambulance Fund would be appreciated. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Jan 20, 2009)

Mrs. Frances Estelle (Binney) Keiser IHS Alumnus, 83, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2009, at the Sitrin Health Care Center. She was born in Ilion, NY, August 10, 1925, and was raised and educated in Ilion. In 1944, Frances was married to Merwin Charles Keiser. Mr. Keiser passed away on June 7, 1973. Mrs. Keiser was employed at Abelove's Laundry and Avon Theater for many years. She is survived by her children, Mel and Charles Keiser, and her grandson, John Keiser, who she raised as a son and his wife, Elizabeth; son-in-law, Robert Bonner; sister, Dolores Dibble; brother, Ronald Binney; grandchildren, Christopher, Damien, Tara, Samantha and Natasha Keiser, Heather Smith, Bobby and Trisha Bonner, Gina and Walt Urdan and Kelly Bonner; also many great and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two daughters, Mary Bonner and Linda Lee Keiser; and several brothers and sisters. Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at The Matt Funeral Home, 700 Rutger St., corner of Mohawk St., in Utica. There will be a memorial service at the conclusion of calling hours. Private interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Online Memorials at www.mattfuneralhome.com.(Jan 20, 2009)

Donald E. Doxtader IHS Alumnus, age 71, of Sheldon Avenue, Frankfort, formerly of 11 W. River St., Ilion, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, town of New Hartford. He was born on June 29, 1937, in Salisbury, the son of Carl H. and Mayme (Weber) Doxtader, and attended Ilion schools. He was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. Don was employed at Sperry Rand Univac for 16 years and later for Palermo Metal Products, Ilion, for eight years. Survivors include his sister, Arlene Williams of Ilion and several nieces and nephews including Jerry Doxtader of Dexter, Maine. He was predeceased by his sister, Shirley Dove and his brother, Carl Doxtader. Spring burial will be held on his parents' lot at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. There are no calling hours or services scheduled. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Don or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com. All arrangements were entrusted to Funeral Director Don Applegate at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion.(Jan 20, 2009)

Frances K. Sullivan IHS 1937, 89, of 29 Pine St., Ilion, died unexpectedly on Christmas Day morning at Auburn Memorial Hospital in Auburn, while visiting her cousin, Mary Ann Skardinski of Jordan, N.Y. She was born on Oct. 3, 1919, in Ilion, the daughter of Dennis and Mary Ann (Smyth) Sullivan. Frances graduated from Annunciation School, Ilion High School (class of 1937), the Crouse Irving School of Nursing, Syracuse University (B.S. Degree) and Oneonta College (M.S. Degree). She was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Frances was employed at Oneida City Hospital, Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, the Herkimer County Public Health Department, and the West Canada School District as a school nurse for 20 years before retiring in 1982. She was a member and greeter at the Church of the Annunciation, and a former member of the Altar Rosary Society. Frances was also a member of Court St. Bridget No. 265; the Catholic Daughters of the Americas; Crouse Irving Nurses Association Alumni, the N.Y.S. United Teachers, the Red Hat Society, and a former member of the Catholic Nurses Association. She enjoyed quilting, golf, bowling, traveling and playing bridge. She is survived by several cousins, including Mary Ann Skardinski and her husband, William 'Bill' and their children, MaryBeth Elliot and her husband Perry; Kathleen and Michael McHale; Andrew Skardinski; Ronald Tanner, of Florida; Bud and Carole Dempsey of Webster, N.Y. and several other cousins in Ireland. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister Virginia A. 'Ginny' Sullivan on Sept. 28, 1998. Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at 1:15 p.m. at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 2 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, assisted by Deacon James Bower. A Spring interment will be held in St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion, on the Sullivan family plot. Calling hours are Monday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Members of the Court St. Bridget No. 265 CDA will conduct a prayer service at 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and will also form an Honor Guard for Frances at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Frances or add to her online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the internet. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, friends and relatives may obtain mass cards at the Annunciation Church Rectory, or make contributions to the Herkimer County Humane Society. Envelopes for the Humane Society are available at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion.(Jan 20, 2009)

Michael J. Scanlan IHS 1971, 55, of Utica, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family on the morning of December 26, 2008, after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer. Michael was born July 31, 1951, in Ilion, NY, to the late John Francis and Mary Philomen Mulvey Scanlan. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1971, and attended MVCC. In 1978, Michael purchased Mall Liquors at Riverside Mall. He later began a long career with Seneca Turnpike Liquors in 1988, making many friends along the way. In 2006, Michael continued his career at Bremer's Wine and Liquors of New Hartford, where he was warmly welcomed. In 1977, Michael married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Scanlan, formerly Barbara McGrade. They would have been married 32 years in January and were blessed to find love and friendship together. They had two children, Johnathan and Mary Caitlin and they were Michael's world. He was more than an amazing father and showed them how to live a life of integrity and honor and most importantly, how to laugh. Michael's favorite hobby was automotive sports. He loved to spend time watching races and driving cars. Throughout the year, he and his family could be found at any number of automotive events. Michael was a prominent member and Vice-President of the North East Region Audi Club N.A., successfully holding the position of Event Master at Watkins Glen Speedway. In 2008, he was named the National Member of the Year for his hard work, success and dedication to the club. Michael is survived by his wife, Barbara; his two children, Johnathan and Mary Caitlin; Johnathan's wife, Jaclyn Scanlan, and Mary Caitlin's fiance, Brian Wight. He leaves behind a loving sister and brother-in-law, Karen and James McElhenny. He is predeceased by his other sister, Barbara Kamm, as well as his parents, John and Mary Scanlan. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, all of whom he cared a great deal for. He also leaves behind many amazing and caring friends, who laughed with him in the good times and who stood by him through the difficult ones. Calling hours for Mr. Scanlan will be held on Sunday, December 28, 2008, from 4-7 at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., North Utica. Mr. Scanlan's funeral mass will be held on Monday at 11:00 from St. Peter's Church, North Utica. A spring burial will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery, Ilion, NY. Those so wishing may make donations to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., or the Regional Cancer Center at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in Michael's memory. On line memorials may be made at www.Heintzfuneralservice.net.(Jan 20, 2009)

Mrs. Yulonde M. (Murray) Jull IHS Alumnus, 98, of Sitrin Health Care Center, formerly of Sauquoit and Utica, entered into rest Sunday, December 21, 2008. She was born in Lyons Falls, NY, April 26, 1910, the daughter of the late Robert and Cora O'Hara Murray. She was educated in the Ilion School System and Ilion School of Business. On June 23, 1956, she was married to John H. Jull. Mr. Jull died August 1, 1971. Mrs. Jull was an employee of Marcy State Hospital, retiring in 1965. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Carol Prichard, Sauquoit, NY; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by her sister, Florence M. Phillips, and a brother, Robert Murray. Special thanks is given to Teresa Simmons for her loving care and friendship and Barbara Catlin for her kindness. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 23, 2008, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 25 Oxford Rd., New Hartford, NY. The family will receive visitors at the conclusion of the service. A spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, NY. Arrangements under the comfort and guidance of John L. Matt, Jr., Funeral Director F.W. Fisk Funeral Home, Chadwicks, NY. (Jan 20, 2009)

Carol Bowers IHS Alumnus, 71, of Lady Lake, Fla., died Tuesday, Dec. 9, at The Villages Regional Hospital after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 6,1937, in Ilion, N.Y. She moved to Florida from Valatie, N.Y., and has lived here for seven years. She worked as a librarian and was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake, Fla. She is survived by her husband, Edward W. Bowers of Lady Lake, Fla.; three daughters, Mary Granger of Ticonderoga, N.Y., Susan Streiff of Malone, N.Y., and Judy Bowers of Delmar, N.Y.; a son, David E. Bowers of Concord, N.H..; a brother, Garry O'Connell of Herkimer, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Viewing will be at Beyers Funeral Home today (Wednesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, Dec. 11, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake, Fla., with Father Ralph Duwell, Celebrant. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, North Central Florida Area, 237 East Marks St., Orlando, Fla. 32803. Arrangements have entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home, Lady Lake, Fla. (Jan 20, 2009)

 

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