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Warren E. Beckwith IHS 1939, age 94, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. He had been a resident of the Masonic Care Community, Utica. He was born on July 27, 1918, in Ilion, the son of Arthur and Ella (Kinne) Beckwith. Warren graduated from Ilion High School, attended Clarkson College, and completed his education at Lincoln Extension Institute. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army. On August 11, 1951, he was married to Ruth Marion Wright, in Ilion. She died on September 21, 1997. Warren was employed as an engineer-draftsman at Sperry Rand Univac in Ilion and Utica for twenty-three years, retiring in 1973. He was a member and past Master of the Olive Branch Lodge # 40 Free and Accepted Masons. Warren was also a member of the DAV and AARP. Survivors include his two daughters and son-in-law, Barbara and Albert Kirchhoff, of Papillion, NE, and Ruth Beckwith, of Barneveld, WI; five grandchildren, Michael and Heidi Brink, of Bellevue, NE, Melissa Brink, of Chico, CA, Juli and Jerry Earley, of Austin, TX, and Darren Kirchhoff and Cameron Kirchhoff, both of Odessa, TX; three great-granddaughters; two nieces; three nephews; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Evelyn, in 1974, and his brother Herbert, in 2005. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 31, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Rabbi Albert Kirchhoff and Rev. David Zoeckler, officiating. Burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Sunday, December 30, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Masonic service will be held by the Olive Branch Lodge # 40 F & AM, on Sunday, December 30, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Warren, 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 or the American Cancer Society. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Beckwith family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (Jan 1, 2013 modified March 20, 2016)

Jon Backman IHS 1976, 55, of Fort Payne, AL, formerly of Ilion, NY passed away on November 29, from the results of a motorcycle accident. He was the son of the late Roy Backman and Joyce Backman, of Fort Payne, AL. Jon is survived by three daughters, Jasmine Vega, Holly Backman and Chelsea Vega, of Bakersfield, California, 12 grandchildren that he adored, and a special nephew, Army Special Forces, Donald LeRolland who he raised beginning in 1984. He also leaves behind a brother, Gary and his wife Ellen, and three sisters, Judy Matteson, Linda and her husband Vic Wood, and June and her husband Paul Keddell, with countless nieces and nephews. He also leaves to mourn his memory, hundreds of Motorcycle club buddies who loved him. He was preceded in death by his sister Sharon LeRolland and his brother Roy Backman. In addition to being a life-long, skilled carpenter, Jon was a self-less philanthropist avidly raising money to support cancer patients and Toys-4-Tots. Jon was an awesome fisherman and hunter who prepared his game with the skill of a master chef. He never met anyone who didn't become a good friend because he was so easy to love. We will all cherish our memories of him. Local arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Dec 13, 2012)

Julianne E. (McKeon) Palmer IHS 1946, 84, of George St. and formerly of Elm St., Ilion, passed away peacefully, November 23, 2012 in Mohawk Valley Healthcare Center, Ilion, where she had been a brief resident. She was born on August 2, 1928, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Burton and Agnes McKeon. Julianne attended Annunciation School until eighth grade and then graduated from Ilion High School. On April 8, 1961, she married Michael H. Palmer in Ilion. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer were lifelong residents of Ilion. Mr. Palmer passed away April 5, 1994. Julianne was a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion for many years and was a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. She was an avid baseball fan with her favorite team being the Yankees. She is survived by her son, Daniel J. Palmer and his companion, Julieann Allen of Ilion. Julianne was predeceased by her brother Burton "Bert" McKeon. Julianne's funeral service will be held, 10 AM, Saturday, December 1, 2012, at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Leo Potvin, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Julianne's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, Town of Frankfort. (Dec 2, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Deborah Ann 'Debbie' (Paugh) Baker, of El Paso passed away on Friday November 16, 2012 in Texas. Debbie was born on January 5, 1957 in Cleveland OH the daughter of Richard and Nina (Aliberti) Paugh Sr. She was a 1975 graduate of Ilion High School, following high school Debbie enlisted in the US Army serving for six years. On February 13, 1982 Debbie married David Baker. She was a member of Annunciations Church in Ilion. Debbie is survived by her Husband David, her mother Nina of Frankfort; two daughters Courtney of TX and Ashley of LA; two brothers Michael Paugh of Ilion and Richard and his wife Beverly Paugh Jr. of Frankfort; two sisters Lucy and her husband David Nichols of Malone and Kim LaVeck of Frankfort. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her father Richard Sr. A mass in in Debbie's name will be offered on Saturday December 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm at Our Lady Queen of The Apostles in Frankfort. Local arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (November 2, 2014)

Richard 'Rick' Rogers Jr. IHS Alumnus, 64, of Ilion, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 in St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Rick was born on August 4, 1948, in Ilion the son of the late Richard and Lillian Newberry Rogers and was a graduate of Ilion High School. At one time, Rick was employed with the former Library Bureau, Herkimer. He was very active in the Salvation Army and was of the Methodist faith. Rick is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Melissa Rogers III of Ilion; his sister, Janet Dodge of Ilion and his grandchildren, Richard Rogers IV and Joshua Rogers and several aunts, uncles, niece, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his son, Ken Rogers; his sister, Linda Perri; and his brother, Gary Rogers. His funeral will commence on Monday , November 5, 2012, at 12 p.m. from the chapel of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion with Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, November 5, 2012, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. (Nov 2, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

William 'Billy' Lozo IHS 1974, age 58, of Clementon, NJ, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, with his family by his side, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on May 1, 1954, the son of David and Florence (Blaise) Lozo. He is survived by his wife, Mary, of Clementon, NJ; his daughters, Crystal Smith and her husband, Bill, of Buffalo, and Kerry Wedemeyer, of Rome; his sister, Bev Sweeney and Tom Matthews, of Ilion; his grandchildren, Dakota, Alana and Adrian; several step children, step grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins; several friends from Ilion and his uncle, Gene Blaise and his wife, Ruth, of Herkimer. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, David 'Pee-Wee' Lozo. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Armory Hill Cemetery (Benedict Avenue entrance), Ilion. There are no scheduled calling hours. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, the family is asking for monetary donations to help with final expenses. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Billy, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The Lozo family has entrusted all Billy's funeral arrangements and supervision to their family funeral director, Don Applegate, of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Nov 2, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Patrick M. Rooke IHS 1968, 62, of Charles Street, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Patrick had been courageously battling several heath issues recently and, sadly, succumbed to them. He was born on Jan. 2, 1950, a son of the late Harry and Anne M. (Tumonis) Rooke. Patrick was educated in Ilion schools, graduating with the class of 1968. He went on to receive a bachelor of science degree at Oneonta State University, and then in 1993, he attained an associate applied science degree from Herkimer County Community College. Patrick was employed with PAR Technology in New Hartford and Herkimer High School. Patrick married the former Ann Marie DeCeglie in St. Anthony's Church on Oct. 15, 1976, and they recently celebrated 36 years of a devoted and loving marriage. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Ann Marie; devoted children, Michael Rooke and his wife, Jennifer Blincoe, of Harpursville, and Christopher Rooke and his wife, Audrie, of Frankfort; and his adored grandchildren, Dante and Cali. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters, Raymond and his wife, Diane, of Syracuse, Kathy Rooke, of Florida, Edward and Lori, also of Syracuse, and Marion Dell and her husband, Homer, of Key West, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Alfonza DeCeglie, of Herkimer; in-laws, Paul DeCeglie, Jr. and his wife, Mary Ellen, of Ilion, and Lorraine Tesoriere and her husband, Joseph, of Saratoga; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Patrick was a faithful member of Saints Anthony and Joseph Church and the Herkimer Polish Community Club. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer (866-1011). Patrick's funeral will commence with prayer at 9 a.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday, Oct. 30, followed by his funeral Mass, celebrated by the Reverend Thomas Lawless, at 9:30 a.m. in Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, South Main Street, Herkimer. Procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where he will be laid to rest. Those wishing may contribute in Patrick's memory to Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church, 344 S. Washington Street, Herkimer, NY 13350. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Kevin E. Enea, funeral director, is caring for the family. To leave an online condolence, please www.eneafamily.com.(Nov 2, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Anna (Shahan) Kelly IHS Alumnus, 99, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Hospice House in Naples. Anna, born on Jan. 29, 1913 in Newport, was the daughter of the late George and Rose Soukey Shahan. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and Ryder College. On July 12, 1941 Anna was united in marriage with Lewis M. Kelly, a union which lasted until his passing in 1969. Mrs. Kelly's professional career was as a payroll clerk for UNIVAC. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, the Business Women's Club and the Mohawk Valley Hospital Guild. Anna is survived by her children and their spouses, William and Sandra Kelly, of Naples, and Nancy and William Bronson, of Mohawk; grandchildren, Mary Anne Bronson and companion, Gary Crawford, of Houston, Texas; Michael and Mary Clare Bronson, of Sayre, Pa.; Jennifer and Marc Desimone, of Cumming, Ga.; Susan and Michael Nelson, of Clinton, S.C.; David Kelly, of Washington, D.C.; and Cheryl and John Erhardt, of Canandaigua. She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren. Anna loved animals, working in her yard, reading and doing jigsaw puzzles. She traveled with her family to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she treasured. In keeping with Anna's wishes there are no calling hours and funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Anna's family would like to thank the staff at Quail Summit in Canandaigua, and Hospeace House in Naples for their kindness and compassion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice House, 7824 Co. Rd. 33, Naples, NY 14512, or Ilion Free Public Library, West Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com.(Oct 26, 2012)

Donna (Coriale) Clapper IHS 1957, age 73, of 34 Green Street, Mohawk, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2012. She was born on April 25, 1939, in the Town of Frankfort, the daughter of Salvatore and Mary Rose (Lennon) Coriale. She attended Utica schools until 1954, at which time her family moved to Ilion. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1957. Donna worked for the New York Telephone Company until her marriage to Robert Tallman, and raised her four children. Her love of cooking and children led to a career of thirty-four years in food service at Mohawk and Herkimer schools. She later married Richard Clapper, Sr., a union of thirty-one years, and was co-owner of Clapper's Hollow Ice Cream Shop, and together they catered many functions in the Mohawk Valley area. She was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, forty-six year member and past president of the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary and the New York State Food Service Organization. Survivors include her husband, Richard "Dick"; daughters, Mary Kathleen and Todd Brentlinger, and Kelly and Eric Gehring; her sons, Robert and Kathy Tallman, and LCDR Daniel and Pam Tallman; her step-children, Richard and Linda Clapper, Jr., and Amy (Clapper) Netti and friend, Rick Potter; her grandchildren, Kristina (Gehring) and Jason Tomei, Jason Gehring, Emily Gehring, Jenna Brentlinger, Sharra Brentlinger, Lianna Brentlinger, Megan Tallman, Matt Tallman, Katie Tallman, Zoe Tallman, Zachary Tallman, Sascha Clapper, Jarhett Clapper, Cameron Platt, Grace Ann Netti, Ashley Fobare and Alexis Fobare; her siblings, Frances Brewer, Anthony and Pat Coriale, Salvatore and Barb Coriale, Chris and Mary Coriale, and Jim and Diedra Coriale; her in-laws, Robert (Tino) Valentine, Sharron and Jim Hale, Chapman and Sharon Clapper, Doug and Nan Clapper, Dick Tansley, Drew and Chris Shepard; and many nieces and nephews. Donna was predeceased by her father, Salvatore Coriale; her mother, Mary Rose Coriale; her children's father, Robert Tallman, Sr.; her sister, Pamela Shepard; her father-in-law, Chapman Clapper; her stepfather-in-law, Henry Pape; her mother-in-law, Bessie (Clapper) Pape; her brother-in-law, Fred Clapper; her sister-in-law, Beatrice Tansley; and her sister-in-law, Shirley Valentine.(Oct 26, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Ruth (Shepard) Getman IHS Alumnus, formerly of 1 Michigan Ave. Ilion, passed away Sunday October 7, 2012 at the Mohawk Valley Health Care, Ilion. Ruth was born August 9, 1930 in Utica NY the daughter of the late Lawrence and Mary Culver Shepard, and received her education in the Ilion Schools. She was married to Madison G. Getman , he passed away January 21, 1997. Ruth was employed with several grocery chains thru out the valley towns in the deli department including Loblaw's, Great American in Ilion, and Great American in Herkimer and Melrose in Frankfort before retiring several years ago. Ruth is survived by her children James, Madison, Robert, Kathleen and Cynthia, also several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Funeral services for Ruth were held on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 and in keeping with her wishes were private. Interment was held in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. (Oct 14, 2012)

Donald W. Tennant IHS 1967, 63 of Jones Rd. passed away on Thursday October 4, 2012 at his home. Don was born on September 24, 1949 in Ilion the son of Donald Q. and Therese (Paro) Tennant. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 27, 1970 Don married the former Deborah Sweeney at Annunciation Church in Ilion. Don worked as a cook from a young age, he retired from Herkimer County in August. He was a member of Annunciation Church in Ilion and enjoyed sports, especially the NY Giants. Don is survived by his wife Debbie; a son and daughter in law Matthew and Peggy Tennant and their children Zachary and Alexis of West Winfield; a daughter and son in law Stephanie and Stanley Malinowski and their son Samuel of Ilion; his mother Therese Heath of Ilion; sisters and brothers in law Beverly and Ray Bentz of Ilion and Mary and Bill Warner of West Winfield. He is pre deceased by his father Donald and a sister Judith Stannard. In keeping with Don's wishes there are no calling hours and funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Friends and family are asked to consider memorial donations to one's favorite charity. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Oct 14, 2012)

Michael Coyle IHS 1970, On Saturday, Sept. 29, Michael Coyle passed away suddenly from a heart attack. He was participating in a Bike Race, a 24.32 mile bicycle race in Cooperstown. He was the son of the late Robert L. Coyle and Helena Hoffman of Ilion, born on Oct. 22, 1951, in Ilion. Mike was a member of the Oneonta Elks, Sons of American Legion, and the Oneonta VFW. Michael was an avid runner and participated annually in the Utica Boilermaker and the Memorial Pit Run. Michael and his son, Shawn, were most recently proud participants in the 500-mile RAGBRAI cycling event across the state of Iowa. Michael also thoroughly enjoyed adventures outdoors such as camping, hiking and fly fishing. He recently went fly fishing with his friend, Jeffrey Whittemore 'Whitt' in Montana. He was a longtime guitarist and very passionate about music. Mike was also an avid golfer. Over the years he enjoyed golfing with his friends and family. He participated in many golf leagues throughout the years with his wife, Hazel. Michael was also a longtime rider of Harley Davidson Motorcycles and enjoyed outings and long distance trips with his friends. He recently rode his motorcycle out to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and to Maine with his friend, John Bullis. Michael recently participated in his first triathlon, the 'Ratsnake' at Gilbert Lake. This accomplishment, among many others, made his family very proud. Michael was a proud blood donor to the American Red Cross Association and donated regularly towards the cause in which he passionately supported. Michael was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Ann (Pilley) Coyle. They married on April 24, 1976, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Together, they moved to Oneonta in 1977. Mike graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1979, with his B.A. degree and received his master's degree from SUNY Albany in 1982. Michael was currently working as a Migrant Educator at SUNY Oneonta. He leaves three children: son, Scott Michael of Quincy, Mass., son, Shawn Phillip of Oneonta, and daughter, Eileen Frances of Canton. He also is survived by his sister, Cynthia Cabrera and husband Rene Cabrera of Ithaca. He leaves two nieces, Shana McKillop-Cabrera of Alexandria, Va., and Elena Cabrera of Ithaca. Mike "CoyDog" Coyle, will be greatly missed by all. He lived life to the fullest and was an inspiration to many. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at St. Mary's Church 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Bernard Ampong, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 101 Main St., Suite 5, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website at http://www.bennettfh.com. Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. (Oct 5, 2012)

Thelma Agnes (Reynolds) Hart IHS 1938 92, formerly of Fulmer St. in Mohawk, NY passed away on Friday September 28, 2012 at the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford, where she had been a resident for the past two years. Thelma was born in Ilion, NY, September 3, 1920, the daughter of the late Charles and Edna (Hempstead) Reynolds. She was a 1938 graduate of Ilion Central School and worked as an assembler at the Remington Arms Co. through the years of WWII. On June 24, 1944 Thelma married Edmund J. "Ned" Hart he passed away on June 8, 2011. After the birth of her twin boys, she left the war effort workforce and became a dedicated and active housewife, aunt and grandmother for the rest of her years. Thankfully her skills and love of cooking were joyfully shared and will be passed on through many generations. Thelma is survived by her children Brian (Julie) Hart of Honeoye Falls, NY; Cathy (Dennis) Prosser of Walworth, NY; Tom Hart of Truxton, NY; grandchildren Tammy (Joseph)Dyer; Tina (Scotty)Smith; Jed Hart; Matti Hart; and great grandchildren Jeremy, Joseph and Zachary. She also leaves two sister- in- laws, Sophie and Virginia Reynolds; as well as several special people that were close to her throughout her life; Beverly (Herbert-d. April 2012) McKinney, Barbara Wedow, Nancy F. Hart, Judy Dutcher, Lisa (Terry) Stanley and their children Sierra and Lorelei. She also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. Thelma was pre-deceased by her infant son David; brothers George, Fred, and Robert(Leola)Reynolds, sisters Arlene ( Gordon) Fike, Iola ( Jim) Stephens, Adelaide ( Ivan) Bunce. Thelma was a member of the Mohawk Blessed Sacrament Church and their Rosary Society. Calling hours for Thelma will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion, NY. A funeral service will begin at 1:00 pm at the funeral home; Sr. Mary Jo Tallman will officiate. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer, NY. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to The Presbyterian Home, the Meals On Wheels program, or Frankfort-Ilion food pantry. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Thelma's family would like to thank the staff at the Presbyterian Home for the special care given her during her stay. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Oct 5, 2012)

Elizabeth 'Liz' A.(Smith) Kennedy IHS 1955 age 75, of W. North St., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 30, 2012, at home. She was born on May 27, 1937, in Mohawk, the daughter of Walter and Emma (McLain) Smith. Elizabeth graduated in the first class of Ilion Central School in 1955 and Mildred Elley School, Albany. On September 17, 1971, she was married to John L. Kennedy in Ilion. He died on February 21, 1987. In her early years, she was secretary to the advertising manager at Standard Furniture Co., Herkimer. She later worked at the YMCA of Herkimer Co. for sixteen years. Most recently, Liz was a secretary at the Boys and Girls Club of Utica. Mrs. Kennedy was an Elder and member of the Session at the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, where she had been a member for over sixty years and Sunday School Superintendent for over ten years. Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Kennedy, of Ilion; her sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Sheila Kennedy, of Mohawk, Gary Kennedy, of Richfield Springs, Mark and Renee Kennedy, of Central Square, NY, and Eric and Helen Kennedy, of Mohawk; sixteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her brothers, Walter Smith, of Mohawk, and Ronald Smith, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends, Jean Smith and Hilda Paddock. She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and her granddaughter, Alicia Grace Kennedy. Funeral services will be held 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 3, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Wednesday, October 3, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. prior to the funeral home service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of 'Liz', or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Kennedy family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director Don Applegate.(Oct 5, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Thomas H. Brown Jr. IHS Alumnus 75, of Clinton Street, died Thursday morning, September 27, 2012, in St. Elizabeth's Hospital, shortly after his admission, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Ilion, on November 16, 1936, he was the son of Thomas H. and Dorothy Nestle Brown, Sr. A resident of New York Mills for the past twenty years, Tom was a graduate of Ilion High School. He served with the United States Army from 1958 to 1962. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Brown was employed with the PAR Technology Corporation, and previously with Univac Corporation. He was very involved in volunteer activities with the Utica Zoo. Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Lance Rose, of Rochester; his two sons, Terrance J. Brown, of San Diego, California, and Christopher T. Brown, of Oneida Castle; his former wife and her husband, Jackie Brown Lottermoser and Edward, of Oneida Castle; two grandchildren, Danyella and Raven Brown; one daughter-in-law, Kelly Aylesworth Brown, of Oneida; and nieces and nephews, Keith and Barbara Dye, and Sharon and Jon Pedersen, of Ilion, Ken and Colleen Dye, of Cortland, and Mitch and Carrie Dye, of Frankfort. He was predeceased by his sister, Doris Dye. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 6 PM from the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc., 260 Main Street, Oneida, with Reverend Delores Cottet officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home 4-6 PM, Thursday. The family requests contributions, as an expression of sympathy, be made to the Utica Zoo, 99 Steele Hill Road, Utica, NY 13501. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. (Oct 5, 2012)

Beverly B. (Butler) Williams IHS Alumnus age 94, of Main Road, passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 25, 2012, in Folts Homes, Herkimer. She had the comfort of her cherished family at her side. She was born on June 28, 1918, in Hartford, Conn., daughter of the late Franklin and Margaret Streeter Butler. A lifelong area resident, she was a graduate of Ilion High School with the class of 1936. She was employed with the government Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Miami and then transferred to the Rome Air Force Base. While working in Washington, D.C., she met Joseph C. Williams. On April 1, 1945, they were united in marriage. They shared a loving and devoted union of forty-one years until his passing on Aug. 18, 1986. In 1965, she went to work as a senior service assistant for the Prudential Insurance Company in Herkimer, retiring from the Utica office in 1980. As an active member in the East Herkimer community, she joined the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the town of Herkimer Senior Citizen Group. She enjoyed golf, bowling, quilting and dancing and was a member of the dance team for the Herkimer County Bi-Centennial Celebration. However, her family was her fondest enjoyment. Proud of their accomplishment and shared in their sorrows, she cherished the time spent with each of her nieces and nephews and their families. They in turn considered her their second mom. Beverly will be remembered for her zest for life, her smile and willingness to lend a helping hand to her neighbors, friends and family. She will be dearly missed. Surviving are her thirteen devoted nieces and nephews, Richard Butler and his wife, Patricia, of East Herkimer, Barbara Baker and her husband, Myron, of Rock Hill, S.C., Gene Butler and his wife, Kim, of East Herkimer, Charlotte Brown Moffat, of Hobesound, Fla., Beverly Brown Frank and her husband, William, of Newport, Cathy Brown Olsen, of Harlem, Ga., Rebecca Brown Bunce and her husband, Randall, of Springbrook, Pa., Joyce Smith, of Liverpool, Curtis Smith and his wife, Kathleen, of Sonoma, Calif., Michael Smith, Gregory Smith and his wife, Karen, and Peggy Jo Smith, all of Liverpool, and June Ann Smith Walters and her husband, David, of Syracuse; many great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews, and one great-great-great-nephew. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gurney Butler, in 2009; sister-in-law, Frances Butler, in 2003; two sisters, Elizabeth Smith, in 1995, and Violet Brown, in 2006; and one niece, Celeste Smith Davis. Mrs. Williams� family will be present to receive relatives in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, on Sunday from 4 until 8 p.m. Funeral service will take place on Monday at noon in the Mohawk Reformed Church, 18 S. Otsego St., Mohawk. The Reverend Brian Engel, pastor, will officiate. Interment will follow in Mohawk Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Mohawk Reformed Church or the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Oct 5, 2012)

Paul G. Raymond IHS 1940 of Beecher Road, died on September 29, 2012 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Mr. Raymond was born on September 20, 1922 in Malone, a son of the late Frederick and Amanda (Robarge) Raymond. He graduated from Ilion High School and furthered his education at Clarkson University. In 1942, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force and served with the 549th Fighter Squadron during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1945 at the rank of Sergeant. On August 20, 1949, Paul was united in marriage with the former Eleanor G. Bennett at St. Patrick's Church, Utica. He was employed as a Civil Engineer for the NYSDOT, Utica Office, for over 40 years. Mr. Raymond was a member of Adirondack Post #1118 American Legion, Cold Brook. He was of the Catholic faith. Survivors besides his wife of 63 years, Eleanor, include a son, John J. Raymond of Poland; a brother, Frederick W. Raymond and his wife, Barbara, of Virginia; two granddaughters, Janelle Raymond of Rome and Kimberly Raymond Dipierro of Utica; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by two sons, William Paul Raymond in 2003, and Robert Guy Raymond in 1971. In accordance with Paul�s wishes, a Memorial Mass will take place at St. John�s Church, Newport on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. with Father William A. Gorman, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ilion where military honors will be accorded by the New York State Military Forces Honor Guard and Adirondack Post #1118 American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Poland Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 117, Poland, NY 13431. Envelopes will be available at the Church on Thursday. (Oct 5, 2012)

Iris J. (Hoffman) Archer IHS 1942 88, of Prindle Apts., formerly of East Ave Frankfort, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012, in Folts Home. She was born in Ilion, on August 30, 1924, the daughter of the late Paul J. and Marjory Hoffman. She attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School. She was married to Russell J. Archer on April 4, 1945 in US Navy Chapel, Macon, GA. Russell passed away on April 3, 2008. Iris was a Restaurant Manager for Schuyler Thruway Rest Area, Schuyler until her retirement in 1986. Iris is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Cynthia and John Bonfardici, of Frankfort and Bonnie Shipman and her companion, Robert Small, of Brea, CA; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sue Archer, of Ilion and Robert and Kim Archer, of Frankfort; her grandchildren, David, Kelly Archer, Daniel and his wife, Rhonda Archer, Paul Archer, Kimberly and her husband, Tyler Derby, Rebecca Archer, Amy Archer, Robin and her husband, Rashid Singano, John and his wife, April Bonfardici Jr., Jaime and her husband, Michael Coulhurst, Andrew Archer and his companion, Ida, Michele Johnson and Eric Shipman and his companion, Stephanie; her sister-in-law, Janet Hoffman of GA; special nephew, Lloyd "Rick" and his wife, Donna Bagg; thirty great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one brother, Paul Hoffman and two sisters, Joan Wilcox and Nancy Bagg. Her funeral will be held Tuesday at 12:00 noon in the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort with Rev. Robert Wollaber pastor of Frankfort United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday (today) from 5-7 at V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc.. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Iris' online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (Oct 5, 2012)

Gerald 'Jerry' Singleton IHS 1942 - Funeral services for Gerald "Jerry" Singleton, 89, of Kershaw will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Kershaw Second Baptist Church where he was a member. The Revs. Jamie Rogers, Randall Runion and Mr. Drew Dutton will officiate. Burial will follow in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Singleton died Sunday, September 16, in Lancaster Convalescent Center, Lancaster. Born in Glens Falls, New York, he was the son of the late Arthur and Ella Mae Black Singleton. He was a production and inventory control manager having worked for several companies before retiring from Duracell, Lancaster. Mr. Singleton was active in Midway and Kershaw Second Baptist Churches. He enjoyed the time he spent being involved with Andrew Jackson High School and Middle School girls' volleyball, softball, basketball and soccer teams. He was especially fond of any activities his granddaughters were involved with. Mr. Singleton was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and was most proud of his Irish heritage. He also served in the United States Army. He was widowed by his wife, Alma Taylor Singleton. Surviving are 3 daughters, Linda Roth of Clinton, Ohio, Donna Gouge (Steve) of North Canton, Ohio, Jeri Rogers (Johnny) of Kershaw; 2 granddaughters, Lauren Rogers and her fiance Jacob of Charlotte, N.C., Hannah Rogers of Kershaw; a sister, Eileen Richardson (Bob) of Galion, Ohio; 2 brothers, Ted Singleton (Cece) of Freemont, Ohio and Ray Singleton (Carol) of Groveport, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Bukszar and a brother, Jack Singleton. The family will receive friends, Tuesday, September 18 one hour prior to the service beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the church Family Life Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Andrew Jackson Booster Club for a Softball Scholarship for a Female Athlete, P.O. Box 182, Kershaw, S.C. 29067 (Nov 2, 2012)

Robert J. Mullaney, Jr. IHS Alumnus, 65, of Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born on June 6, 1947, in Ilion, a son of the late Robert J. and Cora (Skinner) Mullaney, Sr. He received his education in Ilion schools. His last employment was with Utica Tech in Whitesboro. Robert is survived by his loving daughters, Tina Congilaro, of Ilion, and Tiffeny Moore, of Rome; a brother, James Mullaney; sister, Susan Spencer; along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Relatives and friends may pay their respects to the family on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (town of Frankfort). A memorial service will be conducted by Deacon James Bower of Annunciation Church, Ilion, at the conclusion of calling hours. The family is being cared for by Kevin E. Enea, funeral director. To add to his online memorials, please visit www.eneafamily.com. (Oct 5, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Gertrude I.(Smith) Ecker IHS Alumnus, 94, formerly of Cross St., in Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at Folt's Home in Herkimer. Gert was born on September 30, 1917, in Ilion; she was the daughter of the late LaVerne and Myrtle (Jones) Smith. She was educated in Ilion, and on August 5, 1943, she married Ralph C. Ecker; he passed away on June 2, 1999. Gert is survived by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph, and her sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Joseph Johnson. In keeping with Gert's wishes, there are no calling hours and funeral services will be held at the convenience of her family. Online condolences may be sent by going to:www.whiter-hendrix.com. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. (Sept 23, 2012)

Charles 'Charlie' A. Noll IHS 1954, age 75, of S. Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion. He was born on July 1, 1937, in Ilion, the son of Alfred and Mildred (Van Valkenburg) Noll, and graduated from Ilion High School. Charlie served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. He later played Semi-Professional Football. On August 22, 1959, Charlie was united in marriage to Barbara Broat in Annunciation Church, Ilion. Charlie worked in many service fields. He was an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Marcy Psychiatric Center for many years. He became increasingly involved in representing the rights of state employees and was eventually elected Chapter President of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). Prior to his retirement, Charlie represented workers as a Field Representative for the Public Employees Federation (PEF) of New York State. Charlie had a passion for helping others. He coached hundreds of Ilion children at all levels of baseball, including Little League, Babe Ruth and American Legion. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to neighbors and friends and loved everything "Ilion". Charlie was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, Elks Lodge, and a former member of the Moose Club. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his daughter, Laura Bay and her husband, James, of Baldwinsville, NY; his sons, Eric Noll and his wife, Marianne, of Valatie, NY, and Brett Noll and his wife, Elizabeth Mahler Noll, of Yorktown, VA; his eight grandchildren, DeAnna and Michael Bay, Kenneth and Kathryn Noll, and Kelsey, Joseph, Isaac and Allison Noll; his sister-in-law, Carol Noll May, of Florida; one niece; two nephews; and his cherished dog, Squeakers. Charlie was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Jack Noll; his niece, Michelle Noll; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Elsie Broat. Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, at the convenience of the family. Calling hours are Friday, September 14, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. The Ilion Elks Lodge service will be held Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Charlie, 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 First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, Ilion Little League Baseball or Herkimer Co. Humane Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Noll family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (Sept 23, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

William S. Fay IHS 1939, 91 of the Galinsky Apartments, Herkimer passed away Monday August 6, 2012. Bill was born August 5, 1921 in Ilion the son of the late H. Stewart and Ellen (Foothorape) Fay, and was a graduate of the Ilion High School and later in life took courses in golf course equipment maintenance. Bill served his country serving in the US Navy during WW2. Bill's first marriage was to the mother of his children Jean Carroll, he later married Dorothy Southard who predeceased him. Bill was employed with Special Metals in Herkimer for many years as a Metallurgic Technician and after retiring worked with golf courses doing golf cart maintenance. Bill was a member of St Augustine's Church in Ilion, the Ilion Vol. Fire Dept. a former member to the Ilion Fireman's Band, The Beavers, was active with Veterans Clubs in the area, a Preservationist; collecting stamps as well as local history memorabilia. Bill also played with several local bands as a drummer, he was also a former boy scout. Bill is survived by a daughter and son in law Leslie and Roy Dillon of Columbus, OH, a brother Robert H. Fay of Milford, NH, a sister and brother in law Dorothy and William Slocum of Ilion, his grandchildren Andrew Riedel, Alison Cherry, Amanda, Doug, and John Fay, great grandchildren Matther, Bode, Sam and Emily, also several nieces and nephews. Bill was predeceased by his son Douglas Fay. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held on Friday August 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the St Augustine's Church, Second Street, Ilion with Rev. John Bassett officiating. In keeping with Bill's wishes there is no calling hours. Bill had many friends in the valley since he returned from South Carolina. A special thanks to Oneita and her family and Pat and Kathleen, for their friendship and kindness. Friends are asked to consider memorials to St. Augustine's Church in Bill's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. To light a candle please goes to www.whiter-hendrix.com (Aug 9, 2012)

Daniel 'Dano' 'Boone' David Ingraham IHS 1999, 31, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Born March 8, 1981, Dan was the son of Cathy Wildey Ingraham. Dan was a 1999 graduate of Ilion High School where he was active in basketball and football. At one time, Dan was employed at Robinson Bros. Appliances, Husted Concrete and Remington Arms. He recently became employed at Hale Mfg. Dan had a magnetic personality that drew people to him with his ever-present smile and jokester attitude. He was such fun to be around. The word "cool" can be defined in two words: Dan Ingraham. Dan gave love in heaping quantities and he gave it unconditionally. He was quick to hug and had a big, contagious laugh. The world is a quieter, lonelier place without him. Two years ago Dan was blessed with a beautiful son who was the light of his life. Dan loved being with Daniel, just hanging out, playing and laughing. He loved being a Dad. It is the goal of Dan's family and friends to keep his memory alive for Little Daniel. A kind and loving son, father, brother, nephew and friend, Dan is survived by his adoring and devoted mother, Cathy Ingraham, his big brother, Joe Ingraham who Dan admired and looked up to so much and Joe's fianc�, Jesse Llewellyn and their daughter, Dan's niece, Josie. His son, Daniel Brian Ingraham and Daniel's mother, Lindsay White and her daughter, Erin, who Dan loved like his own child. His god-children, Mercedes Sassone and Jeffrey Wildey. Dan was especially close to his Aunt Mary Tubia (Mrs. T.), his godfather, Uncle Jeff Wildey (UJ) and his lifelong best friend, party partner and cousin, Hollie Raux. He is also survived by his grandfather, Garrett Blake and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Dan was predeceased by his grandmother, Katherine Blake, his great grandmother, Helen LaPoint and his uncle and namesake, Daniel H. LaPoint. Friends are invited to attend Dan's funeral service to be held on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, New York with Deacon James Bower officiating. Calling hours will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral. For those wishing to contribute, a memorial fund is being established for Little Daniel's education. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Special thanks to Dan's friends, Adam and Patti Denicola, Steve Fuhrer, Brian Kinney, Jon Morehouse, Jason Denicola, Kyle Canipe, Scott and Brandon Zink, Dan's aunt and uncle Jim and Priscilla Wildey and Dan's grandfather, Garrett Blake. (Aug 5, 2012)

David C. Parker IHS Alumnus, age 65, of Oregon Road, Mohawk, passed away on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born May 24, 1947, in North Ilion, the son of the late Owen and Bernice (Wildey) Parker, and was educated in Ilion schools. His marriage to Eileen Guyer took place on May 23, 1987, at the North Columbia Church. Mr. Parker was a truck driver for the E.J. Willis Co. in Middleville. Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Eileen; his children, David Parker and family, of Ilion, Swayne Parker and family, of Ilion, Charles Parker and family, of Mohawk, Robert Horning and family, of Herkimer, Edward Horning, of Frankfort, and Cathy Benedict and family, of Mohawk; a brother, Owen Parker and family, of Ilion; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a graveside memorial service on Friday, July 13, 1012, at 11 a.m. at the Mohawk Cemetery located on Vickerman Hill. There are no calling hours. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, NY, 866-1500. To add to David�s online memorial, please go to www.vincenteneafuneralservice.com on the Internet. (Aug 4, 2012)

Timothy 'Tim' Crain 1977, 52 years young, took his journey into the next realm to find peace on Friday, July 13, 2012 at his home with his two faithful companions, Patches and Lancelot at his side. Too young for this journey to leave Earth, but in the last three years he has been fighting a very difficult battle with his heart condition. Before he passed, he managed to start working again; recently taking a job that he really enjoyed, working for the Major of Unadilla and driving, both very important parts of his personality and being. He leaves behind his spouse, Wanda and daughter (adopted granddaughter) Chyenne, who will miss him immensely. His parents, Mary Ann (Butts) and Richard Crain, along with one brother, Keith Crain welcome him to his new home as they have gone before. His brother Chris Crain of Plattsburgh, NY with his life partner and enduring friend, Linda Miller, and his sister, Wendy Tumolo of Rock Hill, SC with spouse Philip continue their journey on Earth. He has also left behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and granddaughters that will miss his enduring laugh and compassion. From his wife: "Dearest Timothy, My friend and companion, may you ride the highways above and find the perfect job with angel wings that are meant just for you. You will be missed always. With enduring love, Wanda." There will be no service for him as this was his wish. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.landersfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney. (October 28, 2012)

Daniel Lewis Joseph Yule IHS 1983, age 48, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 6, 2012, in Faxton-St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born on November 20, 1963, in Utica, son of the late Moses and Marjorie Haines Joseph. A lifelong area resident, he was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School with the class of 1983. He continued his education, graduating from Herkimer County Community College, and furthered his studies at the Crane School of Music at Potsdam University, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree. Mr. Yule was a New York State Licensed Security Guard, working for ACS and more recently the L.B. Security in Utica. On November 14, 2009, he was united in marriage to the former Susan E. Helmer in the Word Christian Center in Herkimer. Daniel was a member of the Word Christian Center and was active with their music ministry. A man to be admired, he accepted life's challenges, making him a kind, humble man who was always willing to help others, while seeking nothing in return. He will be greatly missed. Surviving besides his devoted wife, Susan, are his loving mother, Brittie Yule Collins, and stepfather, Robert L. Collins; his five sisters from the Joseph family; five brothers and four sisters from the Yule family; three brothers-in law; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves his little feline friend of thirteen years, "Kootie". A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer, with Pastor Eugene Kipper of the Word Christian Center, Mohawk, officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Utica. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Tuesday morning from 10 until 11 a.m. (one hour prior to the service). (Aug 4, 2012)

Catherine Ruth (Bedworth) Shelley IHS 1933, age 98, formerly of 122 S. Fifth Ave., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 2, 2012, in Greenwood, SC, with her son, Harold and his wife, Barbara, by her side. She moved to Greenwood three years ago to be closer to her family. Catherine was born on Feb. 15, 1914, the daughter of Harold and Leona Bedworth. She was predeceased by her brothers, Harold and Ralph, and her beloved husband of fifty-two and a half years, Barthau Shelley. She is survived by her sister, Helen Spoor (Herkimer); her son, Harold Shelley and his wife, Barbara, (McCormick, SC); her grandson, Charles Shelley and his wife, Jennifer (Mooresville, NC); her granddaughter, Laurie Fagan and her husband, Gary, (Huntersville, NC); and her great-grandson, Alexander Fagan. Catherine graduated from Ilion High School in 1933 and University Hospital Good Shepard in 1936 as a registered nurse. After college, she worked part time in the hospital and attended Syracuse University, studying public health. She worked in Syracuse, and the Ilion and Frankfort school systems as the school nurse. Catherine spent many happy hours with friends in Ilion and Mohawk playing cards and going on senior citizen bus trips. She was an active member of the Ilion First Baptist Church and lifelong member of the Eastern Star. She loved to be with her family while living in Wesley Commons in Greenwood, SC. Her great-grandson came to visit soon after his birth and she loved holding him. The family will cherish those memories. Catherine wrote in a grandmother's book to her granddaughter that her wish for her future, was to "Have a happy, healthy home life with a loving partner to share it with. She suggested she experience the beauty of every moment, realize all her dreams and wished that the Good Lord bless her." That is how Catherine lived her life, may she rest in peace. Catherine will be interned at Arlington Cemetery in September, next to Barthau. (July 7, 2012)

Mary Louise (Donahue) Lynch IHS Alumnus, Mary Louise Lynch, 96, of Fly Creek, passed away on Friday morning, June 8, 2012, in Valley Health Services Inc., Herkimer. She is now eternally present with and in the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born on May 26, 1916, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Albert and Josephine Donahue, and was educated in Ilion schools. She is survived by her daughter, Gail Jean Fouts, and her husband Clare (Rich) of Richfield Springs; her son, Edward George Lynch and his wife, Jacqueline of Herkimer, her son, Larry Lee Lynch and his wife, Barbara of Colorado Springs, Co., and her daughter, Susan Mary (Sarafin) Lynch of Cary, N.C. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. Additionally, she is survived by her sister, Helen Brewer of Ilion; and niece, Joyce Adams of Ilion. She also had a special place in her heart for the kind and loving folks at Valley Health Services and the Long-Term Care services through Otsego Manor of Cooperstown. She was predeceased by her siblings, Pearl Fitsgibbons, Michael Donahue, Grace Heath, Lawrence (Richard) Donahue, Clyde Donahue and Cliff Donahue. She was most recently a member of the Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest, N.C. Her life was dedicated to the nurture, and love of her four children through the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ who lived and dwelled in her heart. She cared for and prayed for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren right up to her last day here on earth. Funeral service and committal are private and at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs. (June 8, 2012)

Leah Marie Holtz IHS 2004, age 26, of Curtis Road, Little Falls, (town of Salisbury) passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 29, 2012. Leah was born on October 23, 1985 in Ilion, a daughter of Lee and Michele (Bluett) Holtz. She lived most of her life in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Leah was a member of the Ilion First Baptist Church. Leah is survived by her children, Victoria Marie Andrea, Loretta Lou Lamphere and Conor Wendell Bluett; her parents, Lee and Michele, sisters, Adaire Holtz and Vanessa Patrei; brothers, Lee Holtz, Jr. and Michael Holtz; a grandmother, Helen Bluett, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her grandfather, Danford Bluett, a grandmother, Mary Holtz, her stepmother, Kimberly Holtz, a cousin, Sonia Zeockler and Bradley Lamphere, the father of Loretta Lou. Leah loved life and enjoyed many things, such as music and fishing, but she especially cherished the time spent with her children, her sisters and her mom. She was an accomplished fisherman, much better than those more experienced than she was. She also liked to keep in touch with her friends, and her nieces and nephews on Facebook. She loved macaroni with butter and shaker cheese. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY on Thursday, July 5, 2012 from 11-1 pm. Her funeral service, also at the funeral home, will take place at the conclusion of calling hours, followed by procession to Salisbury Rural Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest. Arrangements are under the direction of Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Director, Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home. To add to Leah�s online memorials, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com. Leah had nothing, but gave everything. We are going to miss you!(July 7, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Gary Rogers Ilion Alumnus, 56, of Ilion, passed away peacefully, Monday, June 18, 2012, with his loving family by his side at his home. He was born on September 15, 1955, in Ilion, the son of the late Richard and Lillian Newberry Rogers, Sr., and attended Ilion schools. On March 14, 1981, Gary married the former Sharon Brewer. He has been a lifelong resident of Ilion. Prior to his retirement, he was employed with Feldmeier, Inc., Little Falls, for several years. Gary enjoyed hunting, camping, playing chess, learning about history, and most of all, enjoying his time spent with his family. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his daughter, Tammy Pizani of Picayune, MS; his son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Tricia Rogers of Ilion; his special caregiver and granddaughter, Samantha Groom, and his grandchildren, Rachel Domion, Sierra and James Springer, Andrew Liebing, Alechia Pizani, Christopher Pizani, Kaitlynn Rogers, Traci Rogers, and Dawn Rogers; his great granddaughter, Dakota Springer; his sister Janet Dodge; his brother, Richard Rogers, Jr., and several nieces and nephews. Gary was predeceased by his sister, Linda Perri, his brother, Randy Rogers, and his brother-in-law, Michael Dodge. Gary's funeral service will be 11 am, Friday, June 22, 2012, from the chapel of Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be made in Frankfort Center Cemetery, Town of Litchfield. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Thursday, June 21, 2012, from 4-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gary's memory may be offered to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. The family would like to offer a special thank you to Bassett Healthcare Network, Bassett Herkimer Cancer Center, and Hospice and Palliative Care of CNY for all of their loving and compassionate care they gave Gary. Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.applegateandday.com.The family is being served by Scott J. Pizer, Funeral Director for Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home. (July 7, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Albert 'Al' A. Pestar IHS 1964, age 67, of 9 Center St., Ilion, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on May 18, 1945, in Herkimer, the son of Henry and Dorothy (Trask) Pestar and was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. Al was a Navy veteran who served in the Mediterranean and Vietnam. On January 21, 1967, he was married to Pamela A. Small in Ilion. After his military service, he worked at various technical jobs at the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for forty-two years, retiring in 2009. He was a communicant at the Church of the Annunciation and life member of the Ilion-Frankfort VFW #502. This loving, gentle, and most beloved husband and father leaves behind his wife, Pamela Mary Small Pestar; his son, Albert Arthur II and his fiance, Bekki Jowett; his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Eric Wiegand; his daughter, Rachael Ann Pestar; his loved sisters and brothers, Janet and Jerry Orendorf, Barb Jones, Brad and Pat Upson, Robert and Linda Small, and Russell and Kathryn Small; special nieces and nephews; grandnieces and nephews; and also his very special Godchildren, Patrick and Catherine Hagerty-Mattern. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Al's Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, with Rev. Leo Potvin, officiating, assisted by Deacon James Bower. In keeping with Al's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. In Lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Herkimer Co. Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407, in Al's name. The Pestar family has entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to Al's friend and family Funeral Director, Don Applegate at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion (895-7722). (May 30, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)


Don Taylor Class of 1947 - Ilion's Number 1 Fan

Top: 1947 Alumnus - Donald 'Dynamite' Taylor
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Don Taylor IHS 1947, 82, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed into the arms of the Lord on Saturday afternoon, May 19, 2012 in St Elizabeth's Hospital in Utica, NY. The past year he has resided in the Harding Nursing Home in Waterville, NY. He was born in Ilion, New York, on February 1, 1930 the son of the late John and Almeta Hughes Taylor of Ilion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1947. Don enlisted in the US Army on February 9, 1951 and was honorably discharged on October 16, 1956. He began his local legendary coaching career in 1953. For the next 43 years he was the CYO basketball coach at Annunciation Catholic School where he taught hundreds of young men, not only the finer points of playing basketball but what it took to be a man of integrity. The Annunciation gymnasium was dedicated in his honor as the Don Taylor gymnasium. Mr. Taylor was the official timer at the track and field events at Ilion High School. He worked as a tool maker by trade at Mohawk Tool and Die. His favorite baseball team was any team that was playing the New York Yankees. He is survived by many nieces and nephews and leaves behind one sister, Ethel Mehring, of Akron, OH. He was predeceased by sisters, Marian Bishton of Ilion, NY; Verna Tresohlavy of Ilion and FL; Leona Hull of Herkimer, NY and brothers, Robert Taylor of Canton, NY and Albert Taylor of Rocklin, CA. and many, many dear friends. Don's funeral will commence on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 12pm, from the chapel of Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, with Rev. Cindy Makarchuk, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort, where he will be laid to rest next to his parents. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home from 10-12 pm, Saturday, prior to his funeral service. Memorial contributions, in Don's memory, can be made to the Ilion Sports Boosters. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.eneafamily.com. The family is being served by Scott J. Pizer, Funeral Director for Enea Family Funeral Home. (May 12, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Miss Nicole M. Dukerich IHS 2007, age 22, of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 19, 2012 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. She was born on September 25, 1989 in New Hartford, a daughter of Gary Dukerich and Karen M. Anguish. Educated locally she attended Remington Elementary School and was a graduate of Ilion High School in 2007. She was a member of the New York State Champion Small School Cheerleading Team in her senior year. Nicole was employed as a Residence Counselor by the Sitrin Health Care Facility in the Mill St. IRA Household in New York Mills. She has been in that field for four years working for various organizations. She had a passion for modeling and had just completed a fashion shoot last week. She entered many beauty pageants since the age of 13 years old, and at the age of 17 she won the Teen Miss Fingerlakes contest. Nicole was also very involved locally in Autism Awareness. She had many diverse interests and she and her fiance loved to spend time mud bogging with four-wheelers and just recently they have enjoyed target practice together at a local range. Nicole is survived by her precious son, Antonio, her beloved fiance, Christopher Soullas; her loving father, Gary Dukerich, her loving mother, Karen Anguish and Fran Bowman; one sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Rodney Swavely of PA; one brother, Kenneth Dukerich of Binghamton; her maternal grandmother, Angela Gambino; maternal grandfather, Andy and Rosemary Anguish; uncle and aunt, David and Denise Anguzza; aunt Lori Piacentino; and several great aunts and great uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Daphne and William Dukerich; her maternal great-grandparents, Beatrice and Andy Gambino; and her uncle Russ Gambino. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home, Inc. 1122 Culver Ave. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of visiting hours at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Please omit flowers. (May 24, 2012)

Florence E. (Hoke) Barnes IHS 1930, age 99, of Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, formerly of Ilion, passed away Tuesday April 24, 2012 at the Albany Memorial Hospital. Florence was born July 25, 1912 in Frankfort the daughter of the late Jacob and Lillian Hughes Hoke and shortly after moved to Ilion with her family where she attended the Ilion Public School, graduating in 1930. In the early 1930's Florence and her family moved back to Frankfort. Florence married Raymond R. Barnes in 1934 and returned back to Ilion soon after, Raymond passed away March 3, 1987. Florence was a homemaker, she served in volunteer positions at the First Baptist Church in Ilion where she taught and supervised the Children's Christian Education program, served on the Board of Trustees, and was a member of various other committees at church. Florence also served as a volunteer at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital, in Ilion. Florence enjoyed sewing clothes and especially doll clothes for her children and children of relatives and friends, she loved children and was always able to entertain them. Florence was a very kind and caring person. She had lived thru two World Wars, and the Great Depression. During the Depression her family ( mother, father and three brothers and a sister) purchased a farm on the hill overlooking the Mohawk Valley outside of Frankfort, they were able to produce their own food and sell some; her brothers worked other jobs when they were able. Following the depression, two brothers kept the farm, Florence and her Ray continued to help out occasionally after they moved to Ilion in the 30's. Florence is survived by a son James R. Barnes of Albany, and a daughter Ann E. Adams of Merceed, Ca. and several grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Barnes will be held on Monday April 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion with Rev. Andrew Peloubet officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call from 12:30 -1:30 PM at the funeral home. Florence's family wishes to thank Barnwell Nursing Home and especially the staff of unit 4 for all their kindness and compassion Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion First Baptist Church in Florence's memory, envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (April 26, 2012)

Robert Christopher Grower IHS Alumnus, 23, of 306 Kernan Ave passed away unexpectedly Sunday, April 1, 2012 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Dover, TN. He was born in Ilion on June 12, 1988 the beloved son of Debbie Grower Coyne and he attended Ilion schools. Robert loved music and singing. He enjoyed being a jokester and bringing a smile to everyone's face. Robert is survived by his mother, Debbie Grower Coyne and her fiance, Charles Irla of Frankfort; his brothers and sisters, Kristi Raymonda and Kaleigh Coyne both of Frankfort, Rennie Perkett, Carrie Perkett, Kelly Perkett and Gary Perkett, all of Ilion; his grandparents, Bruce and Carol Phillips of Ilion; his aunts and uncles, Heather Grower, Joseph Grower, Jamie Phillips and John Grower all of Ilion, Sherri Grower of Ft. Plain, Terry Grower of West Burlington, Cindy Daniels of Rome and Jennifer Grower of Frankfort; his close friends, Debbie Palmer and Randy Decker and several cousins. Calling hours will be Thursday evening from 6-8 at the V.J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Ave., Frankfort. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Robert's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com (April 26, 2012)

Sandra (Pierce) Wentworth IHS Alumnus, 71, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Little Falls Hospital. She had the comfort of her loving family at her side. She was born on April 11, 1941, in Herkimer; daughter of the late Harold and Marie Bronson Pierce. A lifelong Ilion resident, she was raised and educated in Ilion Public Schools. On April 13, 1957, she was united in marriage with Lawrence A. Wentworth in the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion. They have shared a caring and devoted union of fifty-five years. Mrs. Wentworth had a strong belief in God and was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Ilion. In her leisure time, she enjoyed camping trips, baking and cooking for her family especially during the holiday seasons. To all who knew her, they will remember a kind, caring, and gentle lady with an unforgettable smile. Her family was the most important thing in her life. She was always there for them whether in good times or bad. Sandra will be greatly missed by her many friends and family, especially her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving are her husband, Lawrence A. Wentworth; three sons and their wives, Lawrence A. Jr. and Virginia Wentworth, Michael and Holly Wentworth, and Richard and Sandra Wentworth; two daughters and their husbands, Cathy and Paul Rouillier, and Brenda and Dominic Sabatino; one brother, Harold Pierce Jr. and his wife, Diane, all of Ilion; two sisters, Linda Montgomery and her husband, Harry, and Jill Ingraham, all of Mohawk; nineteen grandchildren; forty great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two children, Lou Ann Marie and Daniel Wentworth. Calling hours for Mrs. Wentworth will be on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. A funeral service will follow immediately after at 1:00 p.m. The Reverend Robert C. Wollaber, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Ilion, will officiate. Interment will follow in Middleville Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Relay for Life or the National Kidney Foundation. Envelopes will be available at funeral home. (April 26, 2012)

William A. Owens IHS 1947, 85, of 138 West Clark Street, Ilion passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at his home. Bill was born July 26, 1926 in Ilion the son of the late William J. and Dorothy Perry Owens, he received his education in the Ilion School System and on February 14, 1945 Bill enlisted in the US Navy serving until July 13, 1946. Bill was employed with Remington Arms as a toolmaker retiring several years ago. During his free time Bill enjoyed his family, especially his great nieces and nephews, he loved animals and enjoyed bowling, hunting and especially his camp. Bill is survived by a nephew and his wife Richard "Rick" and Debbie Owens of Westmoreland, a niece Cindy Owens of Nashville, TN, a sister in law Louise Owens of Sun City, FL, his great nieces and nephews, Bryan, Trevor and Danielle Owens and several cousins. Bill was predeceased by his brother Richard. In keeping with Bill's wishes there will be no calling hours. A graveside service with military honors will be held at a later date in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com (April 21, 2012)

Alfred Edwin Smith IHS 1952, 79, of Ilion, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Al was born on January 19, 1933, in Ilion, the son of the late Edwin A. and Gladys F. (Beauchemin) Smith. He was educated in Ilion and worked for many years as a crossing guard for Ilion Central Schools. Al is survived by his brother, Joseph, of Chadwicks; and sisters, Katherine Smith, of Ilion, and Eleanor and her husband, Harold Riddell, of Mohawk. He also leaves his nieces and nephews, Judy Schneider, Tracy Miller, Scott Riddell, Mary Strafel, and Steve and Robert Tines; and his great-nephews, Luke and John Miller. A memorial service for Al will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Butternut room at Mohawk Valley Health Care. Deacon James Bower will officiate and interment will follow in the Woodgate Cemetery. There are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to Mohawk Valley Health Care; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 21, 2012)

Dr. Anthony 'Tony' V. Angelichio, DMD, IHS 1961, of 94 West St., Ilion, passed away on his birthday, Monday, March 12, 2012, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, after a brief illness, with his loving wife, Donna, by his side. He was born on March 12, 1943, in Herkimer, the son of Vito and Frances (Licari) Angelichio. Tony attended Herkimer Schools and graduated from Ilion High School in 1961. He was also a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1968. Dr. Angelichio started his dental practice in Ilion in 1968 and served local valley residents for over forty-three years. Tony married Donna on June 28, 1973. 'Doc' was a Football official for many years and member and past President of Mohawk Valley Certified Football Officials. He was a member of Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and was a past Exalted Ruler, past State Vice President and past District Deputy.

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Dr. Angelichio was a member of the American Dental Society, NYS Dental Society and Fifth District Dental Society. He was also a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus and its 4th Degree Assembly, Marine Corps League and Herkimer Co. Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife, Donna; his mother, Frances; his children, Ronald, of Cashiers, NC, Michael and his wife, Elizabeth, and Tony's grandchildren, Emily and John Anthony, all of Kennebunk, Maine, and Joseph Laura and his wife, Stacie, and Tony's grandchildren, Anthony Joseph 'A.J.' and Jake, all of Chester, NY; his brother, Gerald, and sister-in-law, Karen Angelichio, and their family, of Ilion; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. Tony was predeceased by his father, Vito Angelichio; his son, Anthony Angelichio, Jr.; and his daughter, Jamie Laura Carter. Relatives and friends are invited to attend Funeral Services at 12 noon, Saturday, March 17, 2012, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Friday, March 16, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (formerly Main St., old Rt. 5S, between Ilion and Frankfort) (895-7722). The Ilion Elks Lodge # 1444 Funeral Ritual will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2012, at the funeral home, and will be conducted by the past District Deputies from the NY Central District. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 or St. Jude Children's Hospital Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Please omit flowers. Thank you. Donna and her family have entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to Tony's close friend and neighbor, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Mar 24, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Edward James Conte IHS 1960, 69, born in Ilion, and a former resident of Tellico Village in Loudon, Tenn., passed away peacefully on March 8, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. A graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University, Ed grew up as a leader in church and school. A gifted athlete, Ed excelled in many sports including baseball, basketball and golf. Although Ed battled muscular dystrophy throughout his adult life, he continued to find ways to enjoy sports and remain active. A humble and humorous man with a keen wit and sense of mischief, he is remembered as someone whose inner strength prevailed over hardship and 'as a hero who laughed in the face of adversity.' Known for his courage and his jokes, Ed was a great humanitarian. Selected to carry the Salt Lake City Olympic Torch in 2002 as a community champion, Ed was the first board chair of the Kids First Child Advocacy Center in Lenoir City, Tenn. He also organized local golf tournaments and other fundraisers to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation in North Carolina. He was a founding member and officer of clubs including Elks and Kiwanis in North Carolina and Tennessee. The author of poetry that tackled subjects serious and light, Ed took up fiction, free-lance writing and blogging in recent years, delighting his readers with insights into the profound and inane. He was in the process of selling his first suspense/thriller manuscript at the time of his death. Ed is survived by his beloved daughters, Danielle Conte Broadstreet, of Summerfield, NC, and Kristen Conte Bunting, of Virginia Beach, Va., and their husbands, Glen Broadstreet and David Bunting; adored grandchildren, Drew and Joshua Broadstreet and Madeline and Elena Bunting; his devoted companion and Gal Friday Benay Leff, of Ocean View, Del.; brother-in-law, Jack Bowers, of Winston-Salem, NC; many adoring nieces and nephews; and a multitude of loving friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Iva Mae and Louis Conte; brothers, Robert Mathews and William Mathews; sisters, Norma Bowers and Donna Fifield; and wife, Jeanette Freeland Conte. Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 16, 2012, at Hanes Lineberry Funeral Home, 515 N. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401. Memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. The family wishes to thank the caring professionals at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Beebe Medical Center and, in lieu of flowers, suggests contributions to the Kids First Child Advocacy Center, P.O. Box 928, Lenoir City, TN 37771. The website is www.kidsfirsttn.org. Online condolences may be sent to www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com. (Mar 13, 2012)

Arthur 'Art' Kerber IHS 1942, age 87, formerly of Prindle Apts., Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Masonic Care Community, Utica, NY. He was born on April 16, 1924, in Ilion, the son of Walter and Hazel (Bastow) Kerber, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Art was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On September 29, 1951, he was married to Edith Barnum at Calvary Church in Utica. She died on June 17, 2000. For thirty-three years, Mr. Kerber was a Produce Manager at Loblaws and later, Great American in Ilion. Art was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion and advisor of the Presbyterian Youth Group. He was also a member of the Olive Masonic Lodge #40, Scottish Rite of Utica, and was an advisor of the Ilion Demolay. Art enjoyed his annual vacations with his wife, and time spent with his family. Survivors include two daughters, Laurel Kerber, of Little Falls, and Susan Overacker, of Ilion; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Susan Kerber, of Ilion; six grandchildren, Jeremy Kerber and his wife, Francine, of Richmond, VA, Kelly Archer and her husband, David, of Ilion, Aaron Burkhart and his wife, Susan, of Herkimer, Heather Cloutier and her husband, John, of Ilion, Alyssa Kerber and her fiance, Kevin, of Ilion, and Roxanne Gutheinz, of Ilion; fourteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife; his son-in-law, Chris Overacker; his great-grandson, Chase Sterling; and his brother, Elton. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, officiating. Burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The Masonic Olive Branch Lodge #40 service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Care Community, the Masonic Olive Branch Lodge #40, or the Herkimer Co. Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Kerber family has entrusted all service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (Mar 3, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

Jennie 'Jane' (Durkin) Smith IHS Alumnus, 91, of West Winfield, died February 28, 2012, at St. Luke's Home in New Hartford, where she had resided since 2009. She was born August 20, 1920, in Granville, NY, a daughter of Arthur and Margaret (Brown) Durkin, and attended schools in Ilion, NY. Jennie married Alfred Smith, Jr. in 1945, in Ilion. She worked together with her husband in a family business, A.J. Smith & Co., producing "Smith's Famous Sausage". Jennie later worked as a secretary for Associated Textile & Linen in Utica. She also worked for the Board of Elections. Mrs. Smith was a member of Federated Church in West Winfield, and served on the Women's Guild and Women's Circle. She was also a member of the West Winfield Garden Club. Survivors include a son, Jack, and his wife, Linda, of GA; a daughter-in-law, Sandy Smith, of West Winfield; a daughter, Jean Lewis and her husband, William, of Leonardsville; grandchildren, Mike and Christine Smith, Brad and Caroline Smith, John Smith, Andrew Smith, Zachary Lewis, and Janine and Adam Hogue; six great-grandchildren, Emma, Matthew, and Courtney Smith, Colin and Brady Smith, and Reagan Hogue; and two brothers, Arthur Durkin, and Joseph Durkin and his wife, Joan, of Ilion. She was predeceased by her son, Peter H. Smith, in 2003; and her husband, Alfred, in 2007. The family would like to thank the entire staff of Barton North for the kind and compassionate care given to Jennie. A memorial service will be held Friday (today) at 12:00 p.m. at the Federated Church, 452 E. Main Street (US 20), West Winfield. Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the start of the service at noon. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Jennie's memory to the Federated Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, West Winfield. (Mar 3, 2012)

Janice Lynn (Wohler) Reginelli IHS 1968, 61, of 19 S. Fifth Ave., passed away Saturday, February 18, 2012 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany where she was surrounded by the love and comfort of her daughters after a long and courageous battle against cancer. Janice was born November 10, 1950 in Ilion the daughter of the late Gerald and Helen Preston Wohler. She was a member of the Ilion High School Class of 1968 and at one time was married to Frank Reginelli. Janice was employed by United Cerebral Palsy Center for over 25 years as a Teacher's Aide. In her spare time Janice enjoyed bowling, horseback riding, traveling with her children and she adored animals. Janice is survived by three daughters, Nicole and Jennifer Reginelli both of Raleigh, N.C.; Lori Reginelli of Delmar, N.Y.; her companion of nearly 20 years, Robert Smaldone; two sisters and their spouses Margery and Robert Murray and Barbara and Walter Maine all of Ilion; a special niece, Missy Wohler of Frankfort and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins and friends. Janice was pre-deceased by her parents and two sisters Karen and Carol Wohler. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating; interment will be in the Middleville Cemetery in the spring. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Mar 3, 2012)

Edna E. (Farley) Strong IHS 1938, 90, formerly of 5 Miles Ave., Passed away Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Mohawk Valley Health Care. Edna was born on July 8, 1921 in Frankfort the daughter of the late Charles and Helen Edah (Soper) Farley. She was educated in Ilion. On July 13, 1939 she married Henry Strong in Little Falls, Henry passed away May 23, 1997. Edna worked as a group leader at G.E. in Utica and then as a LPN at the Herkimer Memorial Hospital retiring in 1981. Edna was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Church and was a volunteer with the Salvation Army for many years. Edna is survived by her son Charles of Mohawk; sisters Dorothy Cioch of Herkimer and Lillian and her husband Henry Loacano of W. Winfield; her grandchildren Wendy and Robert Swanson of Phoenix AZ, David and Barbara Strong of Ilion, Lisa and Don Peterson of Ilion, James Strong of Mohawk and Andrew Strong of Little Falls. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son David; sisters Marie DesGrossliers and Evelyn Edgett and a brother Charles Farley. In keeping with Edna's wishes there are no calling hours or funeral service interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to either Catholic Charities or HOSPICE, envelopes are available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. Funeral arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (Feb 20, 2012)

Lola (Mullen) Seymour IHS Alumnus, age 91, formerly of Second Street and Center Street, Ilion, passed away in her sleep, at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion, with her family at her side, on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. She was born July 6, 1920, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Martin and Ida Hopkins Mullen. She was educated at Annunciation School and Ilion High School. On April 19, 1941, Lola married Burton T. Seymour, enjoying a union of twenty-two years filled with mutual love and commitment. Burt was a veteran of the Ilion Fire Department when he tragically died in the line of duty, while fighting the Ilion High School fire on April 21, 1963. Throughout the years Lola worked at the town clerk's office in Mohawk, Mohawk Data Sciences, and Wardle's Drug Store in Ilion. Lola was a member of the Annunciation Church, former member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 6025 in Mohawk, the Women of the Moose, as Chapter No. 31 Past Senior Regent, and a member of the College of Regents. Lola is survived by four daughters, Patricia and husband, Tony Coriale, of Seneca Falls, Kathleen and husband, Clint Fuhrer, of Ilion, Barbara and husband, Daniel DeGouff, of Ilion, and Deborah Seymour, of Ilion; two sons, Michael Seymour and wife, Anne, of Ilion, and Thomas Seymour and wife, Bunny, of Ilion; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a lifelong friend, Theresa Heath, of Ilion. She was predeceased by her brother, Floyd Mullen, of Akron, Ohio, who passed away Jan. 28, 1996. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, and 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Spring interment will be held at St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion. Calling hours are Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, between Ilion and Frankfort on Acme Road. The family would like to thank the administration of Mohawk Valley Health Care, their nurses, aides, physical therapy department, her beautician and all others who took care of Lola on the second floor. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Jude Hospital or the Ilion Fire Department. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Lola, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The Seymour family has entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to their family funeral director, Don Applegate. (Jan 31, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)

James Michael Morehouse IHS Alumnus, age 38, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, January 19, 2012, in his home, after an extended illness. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side. He was born on August 24, 1973, in Little Falls, son of Larry M. and Jaquie L. Bowman Morehouse. A lifelong Ilion resident, he was educated in Ilion Schools. Mr. Morehouse worked as a self-employed carpenter. Jim had a strong love for the outdoors; in his leisure time enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing. To his many friends and family, he will always be remembered as a caring man with an unforgettable smile. He will be greatly missed. Surviving besides his parents, Jaquie and Larry, of Ilion, are one son, Dylan Morehouse, of West Winfield; a brother, Jon Morehouse, of Ilion; two step-sisters and their husbands, Tammi and Mark Netti, of Herkimer, and Helena and Larry Mead, of Wilmington, NC; his maternal grandmother, Mary Jean Bowman, of Herkimer; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. His family will be present to receive relatives and friends in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer, on Wednesday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow immediately after at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home; the Reverend Janet Gleason, pastor of the First United Methodist Church Herkimer/Little Falls, will officiate. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. (Jan 31, 2012)

Ronald J. Miers PhD IHS Alumnus,Ronald J. Miers, Ph.D., age 57, a long time St. Johnsville resident, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in Berlin, CT. Ron was born on May 13, 1954 in Ilion, a son of the late Lawrence and Gertrude (Knowles) Miers. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. Dr. Miers continued his academic studies at Herkimer County Community College, receiving a Associates Degree in Accounting; Syracuse University at Utica College, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Construction Management; and furthered his path in education by returning to college later in life to receive a Master's Degree, along with a PhD in Construction Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry (ESF). Dr. Miers was currently working as an Associate Professor at Central Connecticut State University. At one time, he also held positions at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC and Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Dr. Miers, extremely proud of his accomplishments, served professional affiliations at the national level, serving as Director of the Northeast Region for the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC), the Journal of Construction Education and Research, the American Institute of Constructors (AIC) Journal, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal, and the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Journal of Construction Management. Although he had many professional accomplishments, his greatest passion and strongest loyalties belonged with his family, spending time with his grandchildren, who adored their 'Poppy'. Ron derived much pleasure from tending to his flower garden, golfing, fishing and woodworking. He truly enjoyed working on home projects. Ron is survived by his companion of 22 years, Diane Brown; a son, Ronald J. Miers II and his wife Kristina of Deep River, CT; a daughter, Melissa Miers and her companion Fredy of Ivoryton, CT; grandchildren, Anthony Miers and Sofia Yumbla; a brother, Gary Miers and wife Karen of Ilion; a uncle, Robert Miers and wife Mary, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe Street, Little Falls, NY. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend Ron's funeral service which will commence on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with Carolyn Fletcher, officiating. Interment will take place in the spring at Mountain View Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harry J. Enea. (Jan 14, 2012)

Robert 'Bob' Bluett IHS Alumnus, age 88, of 32 N. Fifth Ave., Ilion, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. He was born on January 29, 1923, in Herkimer, the son of Harry and Ruth (Stafford) Bluett, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Bluett was a WW II Veteran in the US Army Air Corps. On November 1, 1958, he was married to Lula Doolittle Lynch in Pennsylvania. She died on September 1, 1998. At one time, he was employed at Sperry Rand Univac, Ilion, for fifteen years. For three years, he was a Police Officer with the Ilion Police Dept. He later worked as a mail carrier for the Ilion Postal Service for twenty-five years, retiring in 1983. Bob also worked part time at C.J. Applegate and sons, Inc., Funeral Home, Ilion, for several years. Robert was a member of the Ilion United Methodist Church, former member of the Ilion Odd Fellows and member of the Ilion Elks Lodge # 1444. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Brad Mogensen, of Ilion; his son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Melanie Bluett, of Athens, GA; his stepson and wife, Robert and Coleen Lynch, of Mohawk; his foster daughter and her husband, Sandra and Ken Perry, of Cold Brook; one sister, Mavourneen Woodard, of Fulton; half sister, Bernice; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Lucille Beckett and Doris Morse; and one brother, James Bluett. Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours are Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., prior to the funeral home service. The Ilion Elks Ritual Service will be held at 12:45 p.m., Saturday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in Bob's name. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Bluett family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (Jan 14, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)



Glenn Goodrich IHS 1935, age 96, of 15 Arlington St. Ilion, passed away Friday January 6, 2012 at his home. He was born December 3, 1915 in Herkimer the son of the late Edward B and Grace Moore Goodrich. Glenn was a 1935 graduate of Ilion High School and was employed as a Registered Professional Nurse, graduating from the Brooklyn State Hospital School of Nursing. He was a graduate of St. Petersburg Junior College in Florida and New York University. He held a MA Degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, a national honorary education society. He was also a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, receiving his diploma from the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Glenn Goodrich

Glenn was employed for a number of years with the Federal Government. For several months in 1944 he was with the Medical Department of the Maritime Service Training Station in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and then to Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, the Marine Hospital on Ellis Island, and St Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington DC. Later he was also employed , before retiring, with the New York State Board of Social Welfare, inspecting hospitals and nursing homes, retiring in 1976 as a senior consultant of Adult Institutions. Following his retirement he returned to Ilion and became active in various organizations, serving on the Board of Directors of the Central New York Health Systems Agency in Syracuse. Glenn also served on the Village Of Ilion Planning Board, and was Chairman of the Ilion Democratic Committee. Glenn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, and was an Elder of the Church. He was also a member of the Collectors Club of New York, the Precancel Stamp Society and the Bureau Issues Association as well as other Philatelic organizations. Glenn also wrote and published several articles on the postage stamps of Korea. Glenn is survived by a nephew Edward Crough of Jenson Beach, Fl., he was predeceased by his sister June Crough. Funeral services for Glenn will be held on Tuesday January 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion, with Rev. Victor Mc Kusick officiating, Burial will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery Ilion at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Tuesday January 10th from 1:00 - 3:00 PM at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the First Presbyterian Church in Glenn's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Jan 8, 2012)

Mabelle (Burke) Fernandez IHS 1942, age 87, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the home of Eric and Lynne Fernandez. Mabelle grew up on her family's farm in the Ilion Gorge, Ilion, NY. She was a graduate of Ilion High School '42, the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and completed graduate programs at both Columbia University and UNC Chapel Hill. Her careers included public health nursing, school nursing in the Mohawk School District, and teaching reading at St. John's School in San Juan. Mabelle had many interests, among them watercolor painting, reading, writing and playing bridge. She is survived by Steven Fernandez (son), Alex Fernandez (husband) and step-sons Eric (Lynne) and Alex (Wanda) Fernandez, all of San Juan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Irving and Elma Burke; two sisters, Clarice Meijer and Lynn Weeden; and a brother, Lewis Burke. (Jan 8, 2012)

John R. Cooper IHS 1956, 73, a native of Ilion, passed away in Miami, Fla., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, after a lengthy illness. John was born on Aug. 26, 1938, in Mohawk, the son of the late Charles and Ruth Cooper. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, where he excelled in the baseball, basketball and football programs. He had resided in Miami for many years, where he managed and sold multi-family housing units. John is survived by his wife, Anna Maria, daughter, Anne Marie, and son, Edward C. Cooper, all of the Miami area. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers. He is survived by his sister, Ruth Brown, of Carlsbad, Calif., and brother, Jacob Cooper, of Buffalo. Burial was in Miami, Fla. (Jan 8, 2012)

 

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