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Barbara (Stubbs) Sorokas IHS 1961, age 70, of Rome, died December 25, 2013, at Rome Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness. She was born June 20, 1943, in New York City, the daughter of the late Arthur and Frances Konicka Stubbs. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1961, received degrees from Herkimer Community college and Utica College, and a Masters Degree from Boston University. Her first husband, Thomas Shepherd was killed in action in Vietnam. Barbara later married Thomas Sorokas. She worked in several secretarial positions in her younger years, and later, for 8 years, as a Hospice Bereavement Counselor. Barbara is survived by her husband, Lt Col Thomas P. Sorokas, USAF, Ret’d; five children, Patricia McCallops of Barberton, OH, Robert Sorokas and wife, Laura of Plains, PA, Thomas Shepherd and wife, Leila of Cooksville, MD, Daniel Shepherd and Sara Gordon of Rockville, MD, and Andrew Sorokas and wife, Lilly of Mauertown, VA; 10 grandchildren, Zackary, Samantha, Robert, Aikira, Magnus, Abigail, Laith, Leo, Esher and Mikayla; and a great grandson, Thomas. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:00 AM from the Barry Funeral Home, 807 W. Chestnut Street, and a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM , at St. Joseph’s Church, Lee Center. Burial will be in Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home, Sunday 2 to 5 PM. (Dec 27, 2015)

Violet E. (Hand) Renaud IHS 1942, age 87, of New Jersey, formerly of Herkimer and Ilion, passed away on Dec. 11, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 1, 1926, in Norton Hill, the daughter of Ivan and Pearl (Mathews) Hand. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1943. She was employed at Decision Data Accounting in Pennsylvania for 20 years. She worked with Girl Scouts, VFW 4915 Auxiliary and Class of 1943 Reunion Committee. She enjoyed her family, knitting, baking and cooking. She is survived by her husband, John Paul Renaud, of 68 years; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Madelyn and Dominick Delucia; son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Kathy Renaud; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jane Marshall; grandchildren, Joanne and Tom Bisconti, Tommy Renaud, Ricky Marshall and Erica Beaver, John Paul and Kimberly Marshall; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister, Irene Devere, daughter, Deborah Marshall, and brother, Barry Hand. Spring burial will be held at Mohawk Cemetery at a date and time to be announced. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Violet, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com.In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to American Field Service AFS-USA, Inc., National Development Office, One Whitehall Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10004, or Compassionate Care Hospice, Inc., 9 Lamington Rd., Somerville, NJ 08876.Local arrangements are entrusted to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, Don Applegate, funeral director.(April 23, 2014)

Dorothy E. (Cosman) Trombley IHS Alumnus, 92, a lifelong Mohawk and Ilion resident, passed away on December 9, 2013 in Valley Health Services, Herkimer. Dorothy was born on January 25, 1921 in Ilion, a daughter of the late Edward and Jessie (Foster) Cosman. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. At one time, she was married to Everett Trombley. In her earlier years, she worked at Sperry Rand Co., Ilion; then she worked as a sales clerk for the former W.T. Grant Co., also in Ilion, and Nichols and K Mart of Herkimer. Dorothy was a former member of the Ilion Presbyterian Church and currently is a congregant of Assembly of God Church in Little Falls. She was a very caring person, and took care of many local families. She was a former member of the Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary. Dorothy is survived by two daughters: Sandy and her husband Edward Carcione of Herkimer, and Sharron and her husband Michael Ferrara of New York Mills; two sons: Thomas and his wife Margot Trombley of Florida, and Everett and wife Amelia Trombley of Ilion; six grandchildren: Lisa and Steve Thomopoulis of Florida, Kevin Trombley, also of Florida, Laurie Ferrara and Lynne Ferrara of New York Mills, Rebecca and Darren Simonds of Little Falls, and Michael Carcione of Herkimer, who is currently serving in the US Navy; four great-grandchildren: Cassandra, Allisandra, and Miranda Thomopoulis, Benjamin Carcione, and Kaden Simonds; along with several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Stephen Trombley, and brothers, Edward and Robert Cosman, and an infant brother, Walter Henry Cosman. The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 6:00 until 7:00 PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington Street, Herkimer. Pastor Joseph Chamberlin from Little Falls Assembly of God Church, will conduct Dorothy’s funeral service at the funeral parlor at 7:00 PM. Burial will take place in the spring in Mohawk Cemetery. Dorothy's family would like to thank the staff of Valley Health Services for the excellent care and kindness extended to her during her stay. Donald J. Applegate and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors, Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, are serving Dorothy’s family. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com. (Nov 8, 2014)

Naomi (Judy) Piper Steele IHS 1943, age 88, formerly of 164 Prospect Ave, Ilion passed away peacefully on December 9, 2013 at the Folt's Home. She was born May 21, 1925 in Ilion, daughter of the late Charles J. and Matilda E. Piper. She was educated in the Herkimer and Ilion school systems. In 1945, she married Raymond E. Steele, a blessed union of 50 years until his death in November 1995. Mrs. Steele attended the Utica School of Commerce, worked for Remington Rand during WW II and for Northrup Supply Corporation for many years. She also worked for the Ilion Water Department for over 30 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Ilion for over 70 years. She was a long-time volunteer for many organizations including RSVP, Ilion Food Pantry, and Meals on Wheels and was recognized by the Herkimer County Office for the Aging for Outstanding Contribution for Community Service in 2006. She was a long time member of the Ilion Memorial Post 920 American Legion Auxiliary, the Order of Eastern Star Valley Chapter, Village of Ilion Republican Committee and also served as an Election Inspector for the Town of German Flatts and Village of Ilion for many years. Judy was the Queen Mum of the "Red Hat Dolls of the Mohawk Valley" Society and so enjoyed everything she did. She loved swimming, going to rummage and garage sales and to the casino. She truly loved people, being around people and helping others and had a passion for hats and jewelry. Mrs. Steele leaves two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Harriet Steele of Coeur d'Alene, ID and Jeffrey and Sarah Steele of Eaton, NY; and four grandchildren, Ezekiel and his wife Whitney (Kona, Hawaii); Maggie and her husband Rob Parkinson (Kent, UK), Carolyn (Montreal, Canada) and Andrew (Eaton, NY). She also leaves several very special nieces and nephews who were so kind and loving to her. She was predeceased by her husband and infant daughter, and brother and sister-in-law Stanley and Olive Piper. She considered herself fortunate to have such helpful and caring neighbors and friends who always looked out for her. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Judy on Monday, December 16 at noon at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Rev. Victor McKusick will officiate. Friends may call from 10 AM until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Judy's memory to further the work of one of the many organizations she supported. (Dec 11, 2013)

Mr. Robert J. 'Jeep' Urtz IHS 1966, age 68, a native of Ilion, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, December 5, 2013, in Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, CA. He was born in Ilion on October 25, 1925, son of the late Richard and Margaret Urtz, and graduated with Ilion High School, Class of 1966. Jeep moved to San Diego, CA, in 1978. Survivors include his sister, Ann Cotter, of Little Falls; a brother, Steven Urtz and wife, Celena, of Arizona; a sister-in-law, Robin Urtz, of Tennessee; nephews, Jeffrey Urtz, of Ilion, and Christopher Urtz and wife, Shannon, of Frankfort; niece, Lisa Urtz, of Ilion; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Thomas Urtz, in June of 2009; and by his brother-in-law, Jimmy Cotter, on September 30, 2002. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to a graveside service at a time to be announced in the spring at St. Mary's Cemetery, Clinton. Funeral arrangements are in the caring guidance of Daniel J. Enea Funeral and Cremation Care, Route 5, between Herkimer and Little Falls, (508-5250). Those wishing may offer their condolences on his online memorial located at www.eneacaresvalley.com on the Internet. (February 21, 2014)

Shirley (Trevor) Willoughby IHS 1951, 80, of Ilion passed away Thursday December 5, 2013, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Shirley was born December 15, 1932, in Mohawk, NY, the daughter of the late Clarence Lyle and Emmalean Farley Trevor, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On April 19, 1952 she was united in marriage to Robert D. Willoughby in Ilion, Bob passed away September 16, 1993. Shirley was employed as an inspector with Remington Arms in Ilion retiring several years ago. Shirley was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, Women of the Moose Lodge 1010 in Ilion, and the VFW Post 502 Auxiliary. Shirley is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Linda Willoughby, of Ilion; two daughters and a son-in-law, Leigh Ann Willoughby, of Chicago, IL, and Cathy and William Strzelewicz, of Waukegan, IL; a sister, Leona Holden, of Herkimer; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia Beachard, of Ilion and Doris Trevor, of Mohawk; also five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her companion of many years, Bill Burns, of Ilion; and several nieces and nephews. In keeping with Shirley's wishes the funeral will be private and at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. Shirley's family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Mohawk Valley Health Care, 99 Sixth Ave., Ilion, N.Y. 13357. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (February 21, 2014)

Mrs. Mary Anne (DeLong) Barnum IHS '69, 62, of W. Prospect Street, passed away in the comfort of her home, with her loving family by her side, on October 10, 2013. Mary Anne was born in Ilion on July 13, 1951, a daughter of the late Charles and Beverly (Murphy) DeLong. She was a lifelong Ilion resident, and received her education in Ilion Schools, graduating with the class of 1969. On July 10, 1971, she and John H. Barnum were married in the Ilion United Methodist Church. They shared 42 years of devoted commitment to each other. Mary Anne was employed as a secretary at Midtown Wings and Wheels in Ilion. Mary Anne derived her greatest pleasure from her family and home. She was a member of the Mohawk and Ilion American Legions and enjoyed her part-time bar tending job at both. She is survived by her devoted husband, John; her loving children: Malinda Lynch and her husband Ed of Ilion, Vicki Cusworth and her husband Dan of Mohawk, and Debra Dooley and Patrick Dooley of Ilion. She adored her grandchildren: Bryon and Jacob Lynch, Johna Cusworth, and Heylee and Hayden Dooley. She also leaves her siblings: Charles DeLong of Little Falls, Barbara Weeks and her husband John of Mohawk, Tom DeLong and his wife Marianne of North Carolina, Cathy Wiggins and her husband Terry of Mohawk, Susan Guyer and her husband Loren of Ilion, and Melissa Diehl of West Winfield; along with her in-laws: Paul and Barbara Barnum of Arizona, Tom and Sherry Panko, and Mike and Bernadette Mundorff of Mohawk; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, James DeLong. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (town of Frankfort) 894-8000. The Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:00 PM to conduct their service. Mary Anne's funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Friday, October 18 at 11:00 AM, conducted by Reverend Robert Wollaber. Burial will take place in Mohawk II Cemetery, Vickerman Hill, at the convenience of the family. Mary Anne's family would like to thank Hospice, Dr. Sikder and his staff, and the staff of the Faxton-St. Luke's Outpatient Infusion Unit for the wonderful care and compassion extended to her during her illness. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit website www.eneafamily.com. Harry and Kevin Enea, and Donald J. Applegate, Funeral Directors, are caring for the family. (October 17, 2013 modified March 16, 2016)

Ilion High School - Foreign Exchange Student - 1966 Karun 'Oby' Obyam

Karun 'Oby' Obyam, IHS 1966 passed away after a long illness on October 5, 2013 in Pathumthani,Thailand. Oby was an American Field Service Foreign Exchange Student in Ilion during the 1965-66 school year. He lived with the Menard family while in Ilion. Oby was active in many school activities including the Gymnastics team and Student Council and enjoyed the variety of social and sports events at IHS.

He returned to Thailand to attend college and received a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering. He came to the United States again in 1983 with his wife, Aparat, to attend the University of West Virginia where he received a Master's Degree in 1984. He visited Ilion during that time, stayed with the Menard Family for several days and renewed acquaintances with his many Ilion friends. Oby will always be remembered as a kind and outgoing person who was an excellent student. He greatly enjoyed interacting with teachers and fellow students. He is survived by his wife, Aparat, and two sons, Thanat and Tanan. Messages of sympathy may be sent to the Obyam family at: 125 Sivleel Village Rangsit-Nakhonnay Road, Prachatiput Thayaburi, Pathumthani, 1230 Thailand. (October 12, 2013)



Carol Baxter McLaughlin IHS 1941
Carol Baxter McLaughlin

Carol Jane Baxter McLaughlin IHS 1941, 89, passed away on Aug. 28, 2013 in Nassau Bay, TX. She was born on Jan. 14, 1924 in Ilion, NY to George Baxter and Beatrice Law-Baxter. Carol is survived by her: loving husband of 68 yrs., Paul Thomas McLaughlin; daughters, Jean Morris and husband, Jesse, and Karen Clement; son, Dennis McLaughlin and wife, Rene; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and numerous family members and friends. Paul and Carol had a warm and wonderful life together and with their very close family.

Carol graduated from Ilion, New York high school in 1941. Her family made the Houston/Clear Lake Area their home in 1962. Carol and her husband made Clear Creek Community Church their home church. Carol was a very talented painter. She was also an athletic, early in life as a cheerleader in high school and later on she enjoyed bowling, golf, and also loved to play bridge with her friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 6th, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Crowder Funeral Home, Webster, TX. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation in Carol's memory may do so to, Clear Creek Community Church for their Special Needs (R.E.A.C.H) Ministry, 999 Egret Bay Blvd. North, League City, Texas 77573. Condolences may also be sent to Mr. Paul McLaughlin, 2229 Broadlawn, Houston TX 77058 (Sept 4, 2013)



Fran Plano IHS 1967
Mr. Fran Plano

Everywhere I roam
Over land or sea or foam
You can always hear me singing this song
Show me the way to go home.
-Irving King

Frank 'Fran' Carl Plano IHS 1967, age 63, of Bowling Green, Kentucky entered into Heaven's rest August 21, 2013 at 10:23 a.m. Frank is survived by his wife of 39 years: Linda Plano; his mother: Theresa Plano of Holly Hill, Florida; three daughters: Angela Tavarez and husband Eddie of Brewer, Maine, Melissa Bieber and husband Brad of Holly Springs, North Carolina, and Amanda Plano and Alex McDougall of Santa Monica, California; and two grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Antonio Tavarez. He was preceded in death by his father: Carl Plano and his daughter: Tiffany Sue Plano. A native of upstate New York, Frank was the son of Theresa and Carl Plano. Frank dedicated his life to teaching and helping others. A high school English teacher for 7 years, Frank then went to work in Human Resources, specializing in training and retired in 2009. Frank loved life (especially retired life!), enjoying golfing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. He taught all his children and friends, old and new, to embrace life with laughter. He will be missed greatly as a husband, a father, a son, a grandfather, and a dear friend. Celebrate with us as we honor Frank on August 31 at 4 p.m. in the Spirit Hall of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Hosparus-Barren River of Bowling Green in Frank's memory. (Sept 1, 2013)

Robert 'Bob' A. Hitchcock IHS Alumnus 79, of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Sept. 1, 2013, at the Siegenthaler Center, after a courageous battle with cancer. His real victory is the journey to a new life, one that is pain free. He was born Aug. 26, 1934, in Ilion, a son of the late Willis Lansing Hitchcock and Catherine Williams Hitchcock Goering. He was of the Presbyterian faith. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956; he spent one and a half years overseas during the Korean Conflict. He received the National Defense Medal. He was a member of the American Legion. Bob retired from the New York State Thruway Authority based at the Herkimer exchange. He spent many days helping out and golfing at Maple Crest Golf Course. Bob enjoyed playing and was very good at billiards, horseshoes, shuffleboard, darts and pinochle. He also enjoyed his younger days spent at the Mahogany Ridge. Bob loved telling stories, jokes and singing rhymes to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed family rides through the countryside, and maybe stopping for a bite to eat. Bob loved going to watch his grandson's play football and wrestle. He was a kind and loving man who will be missed by all those who knew him. Bob is survived by his beloved children, Keith Hitchcock, of Connecticut, Nancy Nabinger, of Ilion, Robert Hitchcock, Jr., of Herkimer, and Jerry (Linda) Hitchcock, of Rome; his siblings, Willis 'Bill' Hitchcock, of Ohio, Barbara Noffer, of Ballston Spa, Elisabeth (Lawerence) 'Chic and Babe' DelGrego, of Ilion, Gerald (Debbie) Hitchcock, of Georgia, Gertrude 'Trudy' Tangorra, of Ilion, and a sister-in-law, Irene Hitchcock, of Florida; his grandchildren, Andrew Owen and Jonathan Nabinger, of Ilion, Alan, Heather, Danielle and Jerrianne Hitchcock, all of Rome; and his great-grandchildren, Zoie Anne Smith, Craig Anthony Miles and Brysen D. Asher Hitchcock, all of Rome. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and great-nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by a brother, Douglas Hitchcock; a sister, Jennette Ridgeway; a sister-in-law, Marion Hitchcock; a nephew; also a special friend, Fred Davis. The family would like to thank Dr. Norman Freund of Little Falls Hospital for his honesty and Hospice Care and the staff of the Siegenthaler Center for their care and compassion. It was Bob's wish to donate his body for education and research to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. The family will receive friends on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nicholas J. Bush Funeral Home, Inc., 218 W. Court St., Rome. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, New York 13413. To offer online condolences, please visit www.njbushfuneralhome.com. 'There is a link death cannot sever, Love and remembrance last forever.'(September 5, 2013)

Marion Elsie (Gettle) Becker 1950 age 80, of McKennan Road, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning September 1, 2013 in her home. She was born on September 15, 1932, in Ilion, daughter of the late Peter and Elsie Livingston Gettle. A lifelong area resident she was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On October 6, 1950 she was united in marriage with Leon Becker in Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. They have made their home in Herkimer since that time. Mrs. Becker had a strong faith in God and was a devout member of Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. In her leisure time she found joy and relaxation in doing ceramics. She was especially fond of her home, the warmth, friendship and cherished times she shared with her husband and their many friends. She will be truly missed. Surviving are her devoted husband of sixty-two years, Leon several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great-nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother George Gettle, two brothers-in-law, Quentin Becker and his wife Janice, and Joseph Morse and wife Cynthia. Calling hours for Mrs. Becker will be on Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 pm in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday in Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. The Very Reverend Mark Cunningham, pastor will officiate. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery will take place at a later time. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.(September 5, 2013)

Darlene Milspaugh-Pelletier 1966, born September 3, 1948, died August 3, 2013 after a long illness. Daughter of James and Lois Patraw Millspaugh. She is survived by her devoted and longtime companion Kenneth Cleary; brother, Dennis (Grace) and a multitude of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend their thanks and gratitude to the wonderful, caring staff of the Albany County Nursing Home. A memorial service will be held on August 12, 2013 at 10 a.m. at the Shaker Road Loudonville Fire Department, 550 Albany Shaker Road. Published in Albany Times Union on August 11, 2013 (August 22, 2013)

Lawrence 'Pete' Doty IHS 1946, 85 of Barringer Rd. in Ilion passed away on Tuesday July 23, 2013 where he lived, at the Doty family homestead that was built by his grandfather, with his loving family by his side. Pete was born on March 21, 1928 in Utica, the son of the late Elverton and Helen (Decker) Doty, he was a graduate of Ilion schools and attended Cornell University. On March 22, 1952 Pete married the JoAnn Shultz in Herkimer. Following in his father's footsteps Pete owned and operated Doty's Golf Course and Doty's Dairy in Ilion. Pete was a member of the United Methodist Church and was active in church activities. He was a member of F&AM Lodge # 591, the Mohawk Valley Course Superintendents Association and he served on the YMCA and the United Fund Boards. He enjoyed traveling, skiing and seeing the Phantom of the Opera. Pete is survived by his wife JoAnn, four daughters and a son: Deborah Doty White of Grainger IN, Donna Doty of Stuart FL, Karen Doty-Clark and her husband Steven of Ilion, Stephen and his wife Debora of Ilion and Anita Doty-Forney and her husband Kenneth of Honeoye Falls NY; a brother David and his wife Dorothy of Little River SC; grandchildren Brent Grygiel and his wife Kate, Carly Hixon and her husband Thomas, Sarah and Megan Forney and Matthew Clark; one great grandson Jaxon Hixon. He also leaves several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services for Pete will be held on Saturday August 3, 2013 at 11am at the Whiter- Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion; Pete's brother in law Pastor Fred Shultz will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday August 2, from 4-7pm, and are asked to consider memorial donations to the Masonic Care Community Rehab Unit or the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Pete's family would like to thank Michelle Goodbread, Stacey Shedd and Brenda Abrams for their kindness and care during Pete's illness. (August 5, 2013)

John Monohan Sr. - Ilion NY
Mr. John Monohan
1975-Chemistry Teacher

Mr. John L. Monohan Sr., IHS 1944 and Faculty Member, age 88, of Hamilton Place, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born October 3, 1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, a son of Christopher and Blanche Getman Monohan, and grew up in Ilion and attended Ilion schools. John served in the US Army in the South Pacific during World War II. On August 19, 1950, he was united in marriage to Helen 'Lolly' Sanders, a blessed union of almost 63 years.

John was a graduate of Ilion High School and received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University in 1950. He received his post-graduate work at University of Rochester, Albany State and Cornell University. John retired from Ilion Central School where he taught science. John also coached the Ilion tennis team for many years. He was an avid golfer and member of Maple Crest Golf Course, member of NYS Retired Teachers' Association and was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Utica Council 189 and its 4th Degree Assembly, and was a member of St. Mary's Church, Clinton. He is survived by his wife, Helen; four daughters, two sons and their spouses, Christine and Dr. John Menard of Clinton, Kathleen and Matthew Romano of Moreau, Mary Ellen and Thomas Buccafurno of Rochester, Susan and Joseph Crua of Schoharie, John L. Monohan, Jr., of Clinton and James and Nola Monohan of Clinton; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and Ben Coven of Boston, Sarah Menard of Boston, Christopher Romano of Boston, Mary Kate Monohan of NYC, Lt. James and Winnie Monohan of Washington, DC, and John and Julia Monohan of Phoenix, AZ; a great-grandson, John Lawrence Monohan; two brothers, Richard Monohan of Mohawk and Christopher Monohan of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12, 2013, at St. Mary's Church, Clinton. Burial with military honors will be held at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. All are invited to call Thursday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., 35 College St., Clinton. Please consider donations to Clinton Fire Dept. or Ilion Library - Friends of the Library. On behalf of the family, special thanks are given to the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for the excellent care given to John. www.owenspavlotrogers.com (July 11, 2013)

William Gerald Venema IHS 1941 and 1942, 91, of Hammondsport, died at 5:30pm on Sunday June 2, 2013 at the Taylor Health Care Facility. He was born on January 8, 1922, in Ilion, New York, to Siebolt and Wilma (Namminga) Venema. He married Florence Alice Cox on December 21, 1947 at the First Presbyterian Church, Baldwinville, NY, and she survives. Bill was a graduate of Ilion (NY ) High School. He attended Oswego State Teacher's College and graduated from Syracuse University in 1950. Bill was a veteran of World War II. He worked as a credit manager for Carrier Corporation, Cherry-Burrell Corporation and the Wilbur B. Driver Company; was a talented designer and woodworker who built and repaired homes and furniture; and served as the treasurer and a board member for a number of civic and church organizations. He was predeceased by his parents, and brother Benard Venema. He is survived by his wife Florence Venema, two daughters Faith Showers of Palmyra, PA., and Ruth Gundersen of Colchester, VT., two sons Scott (Kathryn) on Tiffin, OH., and Todd of Hammondsport, NY ., 5 grandchildren, Jacob Showers, Rachel Searfass, Ellen, Paul and Grant Venema. A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30pm on Saturday June 8, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church of Bath. Burial will follow at a later date at Riverview Cemetery in Baldwinsville, NY . Memorials contributions may be made to the Building Restoration Fund at the First Presbyterian Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are being handled by Bond-Davis Funeral Home of Bath. (July 3, 2013)

Henry J. Scott IHS Alumnus, age 85, of Ilion, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, with his family by his side. He had been a resident of Valley Health Services, Herkimer. He was born on March 2, 1928, in Ilion, the son of Henry J. and Florence (Dillenbeck) Scott, and graduated from Ilion High School. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force. On November 28, 1953, he was married to Margaret 'Maggie' Rumsey in Ipswich, England. She died on March 1, 2012. Henry was a machine operator at Remington Arms Co. for twenty-six years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, and a former member of the Ilion American Legion and Herkimer County Marine Corps League. Survivors include two daughters, Carol Scott and Thomas Koehler, of Fairfield, and Helen Reese and her husband, James, of Fairfield; four sons, Stephen Scott and his wife, Dawn, of Mohawk, John Scott and his wife, Debra, of Beaver Falls, PA, Peter Scott, of Utica, and Kenneth Scott, of Mohawk; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife; his son, Daniel James Scott; and his sister, Helen De Laurier. Funeral services will be held 9:00 a.m., Thursday, June 13, 2013, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, and 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Leo Potvin assisted by Deacon James Bower. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion. Calling hours are Wednesday, June 12, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the staffs of Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare and Valley Health Services for the excellent care and compassion shown to their father. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Henry, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The Scott family has entrusted all Henry's funeral arrangements and supervision to their family friend and Funeral Director Don Applegate and Funeral Director Kevin Enea. (modified March 20, 2016)

Ms. Deborah Massocco Castellano IHS 1983,47, of 307 N. Caroline St. passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in Columbia, MD. She was born in Ilion on October 20, 1965, the daughter of Jolene Casale Massocco and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1983. She attended Herkimer County Community College and LaMoyne College, graduating with the class of 1986 as a Paralegal. Deborah was most recently employed as a Gaming Supervisor with Maryland Live Casino in Columbia, MD and had worked for Turning Stone Casino as a Gaming Supervisor for many years prior to her relocation. Deborah loved to bake and was known as "Mama Deb" to those who enjoyed her baked goods. She was also an avid Lakers fan. Deborah is survived by her beloved children, Bianca and Michael Castellano of Mohawk; her mother Jolene Massocco; one brother and sister in law, Peter and Kimberly Massocco of Herkimer; her children's father and step-mother, Anthony and Donna Castellano of Mohawk and their daughter and son in law, Samantha and her husband Aaron Manikas of Little Falls; her nieces, Kaylee and godchild, Meghan; her extended family; Mary Ann and Gary Murphy, Joe and Pat Castellano, Roc and Debbie Luppino, Denise Brown, Joe Brown, Sam Licari, Francis Grates and Eric Laffin and several cousins. Her funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer and at 9:30 in Sts. Anthony and Joseph Church where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. Thomas Lawless. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday from 4-8 PM at the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Deborah's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (May 21, 2013)

Patricia "Patty" (Adams) Austin IHS Alumnus, 57, formerly of East Clark Street, Ilion, passed away on Nov. 9, 2012, at MUSC, Charleston, SC. She was born on Oct. 13, 1955, in Ilion. Patty graduated from Ilion High School in 1974. She was married to Robert "Bob" Austin on Oct. 27, 1973, in Frankfort. Mrs. Austin attended Ilion United Methodist Church. She enjoyed going out with her daughters and friends. Survivors include her loving husband, Robert "Bob" Austin, who was by her side for two months, twenty-four hours a day; her children, Heidi Pettengill and her husband, Russell, Todd Austin and his wife, Michele, William Singer, Richard Austin, and Connie Varieur and her husband, Shawn; her grandchildren, Sean, Joshua, Alexis, Gabrielle, Michael, Todd, Jr., Marissa, Paige, Julia, Katlyn, Gavin and Jace; her siblings, Carol and Ron Gillette, Sharon Putnam, Robert and Donna Adams, Donna and Doug Rockwell and Gary Ray; her in-laws, Grace McDonough, Jean Suiter, John and Vicki Austin and Brian Muzzy; several aunts, uncles and cousins; many special nieces and nephews; and her close friends, Kim, Corky and Jean, just to name a few. She was predeceased by her parents, Paul Adams and Jean and Frank Laventure; a sister, Judy Ray; sisters-in-law, Margaret "Peggy" Everson and Evie Muzzy; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Putnam, Donald Suiter and Elmer "Skip" Austin. A Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Armory Hill Cemetery, Benedict Avenue, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor of Morning Star United Methodist Church, officiating. A dinner celebration of Patty's life will follow at the Herkimer VFW Post in Herkimer. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Patty, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The Austin family has entrusted all service arrangements to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion, Don Applegate, funeral director. (May 21, 2013 modified March 20, 2016)

Robert Weeden Applegate Esq. IHS 1971, age 60, of West Winfield, died unexpectedly on April 20, 2013. He was born in Rochester on April 3, 1953, the son of the late Dr. Arthur H. and Betty Weeden Applegate. Bob was a graduate of Ilion High School class of 1971, and earned his bachelor's degree in English from Hamilton College, where he was a member of the class of 1975. Bob received his degree from Albany Law School in 1979. After graduating from law school, he went into private practice in the Village of West Winfield. On October 9, 1982, at the Hamilton College Chapel, he married Kathleen Conway of Clinton. In 1991, he joined the legal practice of Getman & Franchi on Morgan Street in his hometown of Ilion. He cared greatly for his clients. Bob was involved in his community and in a number of organizations. He was a member of the New York State and Herkimer County Bar Associations, New York State Grievance Committee, a member and past president of the West Winfield Rotary Club and the Ilion Conversation Club, a former volunteer firefighter for the West Winfield Fire Department, and a member of the Mid York Library System Board. He served as an attorney for the Village of Ilion, the towns of Schuyler and Frankfort, the Village of West Winfield, Mount Markham School District, and the Ilion and Herkimer Housing Authorities.

Robert Weeden Applegate - Ilion NY

Robert Weeden Applegate

Robert Weeden Applegate - Ilion NY

Robert Weeden Applegate
April 3, 1953 - April 20, 2013

Bob was an avid runner, participating in local 5K races and several Boilermakers. He loved the beach and loved to swim. He had an eclectic taste in music, was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Broadway theater, and had a superb collection of neckties. Bob had an unmistakable sense of humor and an unshakable ability to see every situation in a positive light. He was intellectually curious, well read, and current in his interests. Well respected by his peers and clients, nothing mattered more to him than family.

Bob is survived by his wife Kathleen, his sons William and Thomas, his daughter Margaret, his brother The Rev. Stephen H. and his wife Terry Applegate of Granville, OH, his sister Mary and her husband Brady Boyd of Ilion, and several brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service for Bob will be held on Saturday April 27, 2013 at 11 am at the Hamilton College Chapel, with Rev. Stephen H. Applegate officiating. Friends may call on Friday April 26, 2013 from 4 to 8 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion; and are asked to consider memorial donations to the Mohawk Valley Heart Institute, 2209 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13501, the Masonic Research Laboratory 2150 Bleeker St. Utica, NY 13501 or ones favorite charity. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 28, 2013)

Ruth Mary (Bennett) Collea IHS 1938, 92, Ilion, passed away peacefully at home, Monday, April 8, 2013, with her loving family there with her. She was born September 28, 1920, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Roger and Lillian Kellogg Bennett. She was a 1938 graduate of Ilion High School and earned her nursing degree from Memorial Hospital, Utica. On July 21, 1945, Ruth married Joseph Collea at Historic St. John's Church, a union blessed for 67 years. She retired in 1981 from the Mohawk Valley General Hospital, after many years of dedicated service as an RN. She belonged to the Morning Star Methodist Church in Ilion. She was a member of AARP and former officer of the Col. Marinus Willett-Mohawk Valley Chapter of DAR. Ruth's life was dedicated to her church and family. Ruth is survived by her husband, Joseph Collea, Sr., sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph Jr.& Barbara Collea, Ilion; Kevin & Becky Collea, Canandaigua; and daughter Nancy Curley, Ilion. She leaves 10 grandchildren; Julie & David Ball, Ilion; Bridget & Scott Brownrigg, Delran, NJ; Joseph III & Laurena Collea, Afton; Kristin Collea, Williamsville; Robert Collea, Rochester; Benjamin Collea, N. Tonawanda; Eric Collea, W. Yarmouth, MA; Justin, Cassie, & Samantha Collea, Canandaigua. She also was blessed with 9 great-grandchildren: Brittany & Joey Kinch, Brandon, Kyle, & Matthew Brownrigg, Benjamin Collea, Kiley & Connor Ball, and Joseph Collea IV. She also leaves in-laws: Jerome & Joyce Collea, Robert & Jeanne Collea, Eileen Philo, Mary Ann Collea, and Marilyn Miner, plus many nieces and nephews. Ruth was predeceased by her brother, Harold Bennett. Her family thanks the staff of Hospice & Palliative Care and St. Luke's Hospital, Allen Calder Wing, for their compassion and support through this very difficult time. A very special thanks go to Nancy and Emily for their wonderful, loving care of Ruth. Calling hours for Ruth will be Thursday, April 11, 2013, from 2-3 p.m., followed by a funeral service, Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in Ruth's memory to Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. For online condolences, go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 21, 2013)

Harold A. Waite IHS Alumnus, 92, of Ilion, passed away Wednesday April 17, 2013 at Mohawk Valley Health Care, in Ilion. Harold was born July 27, 1920 in Ilion the son of the late Harold and Dora Wendell Waite and received his education in the Ilion Schools. After graduation Harold served in the South Pacific (Villa LaVella, Solomon Islands) with the US Marines during WW2. On October 20, 1951 he was united in marriage to the former Theresa Mackin at the Annunciation Church in Ilion, Theresa passed away April 1, 2013. Harold was employed as a mechanic with Quackenbush Auto in Herkimer, retiring in 1985; he also worked at Asno's Garage in Frankfort, and was a former mail clerk, and a machine operator with Remington Arms in Ilion. Harold was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, member and past Commander of the Ilion American Legion Post 920 in Ilion, a past member of the VFW Post 520, and was an avid golfer and bowler for many years. Harold is survived by his children Larry Waite of Albany, Tom and Liane Waite of Everett, WA, Patrick and Carol of Fulton, NY, Raymond Waite of Balston Lake, NY, Steven and Michelle Waite of Ilion, and Kenneth and Tanya Waite of Newbury, NY, two brothers and a sister in law Ernest and Diane Waite of Denver, Co, and Donald Waite of Floral City, Florida, also 12 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his four sisters: Arelene Briest, Marion Dzmitrowicz, Caroline Simorowski, and Ernestine Pavlot. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday April 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the Church of the Annunciation with Fr. Leo Potvin officiating, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will follow for both Harold and Theresa in the St. Agnes Cemetery, Town of Herkimer (North Ilion), Military Honors will be presented for Harold by the US Marines. Friends may call on Monday April 22, 2013 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. The Waite family would like to extend their great appreciation for the care the Mohawk Nursing Home staff provided to our parents. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Mohawk Valley Health Care in memory of Harold and Theresa Waite. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com (April 21, 2013)

Theresa H.(Mackin) Waite IHS Alumnus, 86, of Ilion, passed away on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Theresa was born on December 28, 1926, at her family home in North Ilion, the daughter of the late James C. and Elizabeth (Sheehy) Mackin. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and New York State Institute for Home Economics in Cobleskill. Theresa worked for a time as a dietitian at St. Luke's then as a florist at Schesch Florist in Ilion until her retirement. On October 20, 1951, Theresa was united in marriage to Harold Waite in Ilion. Theresa was a member of the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion and served on the Parish Council. She was also a member of the Mother's Club. Theresa is survived by her husband, Harold, of Ilion; six sons, Larry, of Albany, Tom and his wife, Liane, of Everett, WA, Patrick and his wife, Carol, of Fulton, Raymond, of Ballston Lake, Steven and his wife, Michelle, of Ilion, and Kenneth and his wife, Tanya, of Newbury, FL. She also leaves her twelve grandchildren. She was predeceased by her four brothers, Tom, Jim, John and Leo, and her four sisters, Anne Mackin, Sr. Mary Ruth, Frances Kocyba and Gertrude Mackin. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion; Fr. Leo Potvin will officiate assisted by Deacon James Bower. Interment will be in the St. Agnes Cemetery in N. Ilion. Friends may call on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 5, 2013)

Donna Darlene (Perkett) Barrett IHS 1966, age 66, of County Highway No. 24, passed away on Monday evening, March 18, 2013, in Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown. She was born on Oct. 13, 1946, in Ilion, daughter of the late Ellery and Mary Martin Perkett. A lifelong area resident, she was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. For forty-two years, she had shared a loving and devoted marriage with Leo E. Barrett. For many years, Mrs. Barrett was employed by the Canajoharie Knitting Mills that were located in Richfield Springs. She retired in 2006. Donna had a strong belief in God and was a member of Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Richfield Springs. To all who knew her, she will always be remembered as a happy go lucky lady who loved to cook, listen to music and go hunting. To her many friends and family, she will be greatly missed. Along with her husband, Leo, she is survived by a son, William Barrett, of Richfield Springs; two brothers, Reuben Perkett and his wife, Barbara, of Schenectady, and Robert Perkett, of Melbourne, Fla.; two sisters, Betty Dubay, of Williamson, and Dawn Broadbent, of Dolgeville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Vincent, Gary (Rendell), Richard, Rodney and Randy Perkett, and three sisters, Dianne Snyder, Gloria Perry and Bertha Ellen O'Connell. A graveside funeral service for Mrs. Barrett will take place later this spring in Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Richfield Springs. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the American Lung Association of Mid New York, 311 Turner St., Suite 415, Utica, NY 13501. Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs. (March 24, 2013)

Ann M. (Stasco) Bubb IHS 1936, age 94, of Prindle Apts., Ilion, formerly of Walnut St., Mohawk, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born on September 5, 1918, in Ilion, the daughter of Michael and Mary (Kissel) Stasco and graduated from Ilion High School in 1936. On September 2, 1940, she was married to Samuel A. Bubb in Ilion. He died on May 20, 1988. At one time, Ann was an office manager at W.T. Grant Co., Ilion. She later owned and operated Bubb's Dairy in Spinnerville with her husband for thirty-seven years, retiring in 1983. Mrs. Bubb was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk and its Altar Rosary Society, Ilion Council of Catholic Women, AARP and Mohawk Valley Businesswomen. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jean Purdy and husband, Michael, of Pottstown, PA, and Kathleen Lamprich, of Fort Mill, SC; four sons, Robert Bubb, of Mohawk, Wayne Bubb and his wife, Janice, of Fort Mill, SC, John Bubb and his wife, Jody, of Ilion, and Peter Bubb, of California; fifteen grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Ann was predeceased by her daughter, Shirley (Bubb) Kroll; her parents; her sister, Mary Wells; and her brothers, Michael, John, Joseph, Robert and Steven Stasco. Funeral services will be held 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, and 10:00 a.m., at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Mark Cunningham, Sacramental Minister, assisted by Sister Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, E. Herkimer, NY. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ann, 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 Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, or Hospice & Palliative Care, New Hartford. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. All funeral and burial arrangements were prearranged by Ann and entrusted to longtime family friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (March 24, 2013 - modified March 20, 2016)

Bruce G. Clark IHS Alumnus, 79, of 599 Spinnerville Gulf Rd. passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in St. Luke's Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. He was born in Frankfort on December 3, 1933, the son of the late E. Richard and Hazel Innens Clark and was educated in Frankfort and Ilion schools. Bruce served with the US Air Force during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged on November 4, 1954. He was married to Joan Gala on September 3, 1955 in SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, E. Herkimer. He was employed as a Supervisor for Union Fork and Hoe Co., Frankfort for 39 years until his retirement in April 18, 1997. He was a member of Frankfort United Methodist Church and the St. Francis Di Paolo Society. Bruce is survived by his beloved wife, Joan Clark; two sons and one daughter in law, Bruce John Clark and his companion, Cheryl Leatz of Jamesville, NY and Lawrence and Tina Clark of W. Winfield; his cherished grandson, Joseph Clark; two brothers and one sister in law, Gary and Arlene Clark of Kissimmee, FL and Adrian Clark of Herkimer; two sisters and one brother in law, Nella Mae Harter and Marilyn and Michael Paragi, all of Ilion; his in laws, Dorothy Kaltoff of Ilion, Mildred and Ted Alexandrowicz of Mohawk and John and Rose Gala of Cape Coral, FL and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one sister, Barbara Dickerson and one brother, Richard Clark. His funeral will be held Friday morning at 10:30 AM in the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday from 4-8 PM at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Members of the St. Francis Society will meet Thursday evening at 6:30 at the funeral home for services. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Bruce's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (March 24, 2013)

Dale J. (Reed) Ritton IHS Alumnus, 62, of 288 E. Clark St., Ilion, passed away on Thursday March 7, 2013, at Little Falls Hospital. Dale was born on Jan. 22, 1951, in Rome, the daughter of the late Glenn. L. and Betty B. (Barber) Reed. She was educated in Ilion and worked as a nursing administrator at Utica Psychiatric Center, retiring in 2007. On April 7, 1979, Dale married Richard Ritton in Ilion. Dale was a member of the Ilion United Methodist Church and the American Nurses Association. She enjoyed sewing, reading, camping and most of all, her grandchildren. Dale is survived by her husband, Richard 'Rick;' a son, Michael and his wife, Heather, of Mohawk; a daughter, Jessica and her husband, Robert Wellington, of Ilion; a brother, Ronald Reed, and his wife, Dianne, of Ilion; three sisters, Joan and her husband, Skip Crookes, of Ilion, Pricilla and her husband, James Wildey, of Ilion and Deborah and her husband, Pat Donohue, of Mohawk. She also leaves her nine grandchildren, Garrett, Reese and Carson Wellington, Madisen, Mackenzie, Camron and Leah Ritton and Raekwon and Alois Willis. Also surviving is her aunt Pearl Zagurski, of Boonville, and her canine companion Mack Dean. A memorial service for Dale will be held on Monday March 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate; interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com (March 10, 2013)

Curt Henry Christian Preische Jr. IHS 1955, 75, of Shippensburg, Pa., and formerly of Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Chambersburg Hospital Chambersburg, Pa.. Born Sept. 26, 1937 in Saranac Lake to the late Curt Henry Christian Sr. and Gladys Mann Preische. He was a 1955 graduate of Ilion Central High School Ilion. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. After serving in the military he completed two years of pharmacy school at the University of Buffalo. He also completed advanced training in life insurance courses. He was a life insurance agent starting with Met Life in 1962 and finishing with Monumental Life in 1988 as staff manager. Before retiring Curt held various positions with Giant Food Stores most recently as a pharmacy assistant. He was a member of First Methodist Church of Ilion. He was very active member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge No. 2500 of Shippensburg, Pa., where he held an office. He was a member of AARP. He also sang in various barber shop quartets and played the harmonica. Survivors include, daughter: Susan L. Duttweiler of Merrillville, Ind.; son, David A. Preische and his wife, Stephanie, of San Jose, CA.; son, Scott C. Preische and his wife, Holly, of Penfield; brother, David W. Preische and his wife Sharon of Williamsport, Md.; and six grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Audrey L. Wiernicki. A memorial service will be held at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Md., on Monday, March 11, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ernest E. Witmer officiating. Burial services will be private. The family request the omission of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shippensburg Moose Lodge No. 2500, 32 Walnut Bottom Rd., Shippensburg, PA 17257 Online condolences may be made to the family at www.osbornefuneralhome.net. (March 10, 2013)

Frank G. Hart IHS 1939, age 92, of 8 Harriett Ave., Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer He was born on April 11, 1920, in Ilion, the son of George and Anna (Krause) Hart, and graduated from Ilion High School. Frank was a veteran of WW II, serving in the US Navy. On June 27, 1952, he was married to Jean De Lavergne in Ilion. Mr. Hart was employed as a mechanical engineer at Remington Arms Co. of Ilion for over forty years, retiring in 1981. Much of his life revolved around the game of golf. In 1960, he won the club championship at Doty's Golf Course, where he also had three holes in one. Frank was also fond of his seven schoolmates known collectively as 'The Beavers'. They stayed in touch for over sixty years, and he is survived by two of these cherished friends. Survivors include his wife, Jean; his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Teresa Hart, of Ilion; his granddaughters, Kelly Wilkerson and Amy Antonio, of Greensboro, NC; six great-grandchildren; and two nieces. He was predeceased by his son, Donald J. Hart, and two sisters, Lucille Beck and Marie Edgett. A Contemporary Funeral Service will be held 7:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion. Spring burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, N. Ilion, NY. Visitation will be held Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., prior to the funeral home service. Special thanks to Dr. Ward and staff at Valley Health Services for care and support. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Frank, 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 Herkimer County Humane Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Hart family has entrusted all service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (March 10, 2013 - modified Mar 20, 2016)

Nancy A. Read IHS 1940, a Middlebury-educated native of Ilion, who lived most of her life in Connecticut pursuing her passions of sailing, skiing and community involvement, died Feb. 5, 2013, at age 90. Nancy was the daughter of the late E. Earl Read and Ruth (Platner) Read. She spent her final years in Tampa, Fla., not to escape the cold, but to embrace the closeness of family. She never married, yet she enjoyed the gift of a strong, lifelong family bond with the Wetmores: Jean, Clay, Andy, Nancy and Paul. She was gregarious, adventurous, inventive, optimistic, confident, passionate about politics and beyond all, the most loyal, devoted and enduring friend. If you have been blessed to count Nancy as a friend, you understand the joy she brought. She was an only child who loved life and the people in it. She remembered her father to have said, 'We have the perfect child; why would we want another?' We quite agree. Online memories: www.nancyread.forevermissed.com (Feb 28, 2013)

Michael R. Fitzer, IHS 1989, age 41, of 123 Elm Street, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 11, 2013. Michael was born February 24, 1971 in Herkimer, the son of James and Joann Mc Cumber Fitzer and was a graduate of the Ilion Central School and received his BA from S.U.N.Y. I.T. Michael was united in married to the former Carole Albin on September 9, 1995 in Ilion. Michael was employed as Assistant Comptroller with F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica. Michael was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk, and Vice President of St. Francis De Sales Regional Catholic School Board of Education, where he previously served as President.

Michael J. Fitzer IHS 1989 - Ilion NY
Michael J. Fitzer

Michael is survived by his wife Carole, a son and daughter Andrew and Paige, his mother Joann Fitzer and his father James Fitzer, his in laws Don and Cindy Albin of Ilion, and his maternal grandparents Michael and Joan Conte of Ilion, also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk with the Very Rev. Mark Cunningham officiating, assisted by Sr. Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Thursday February 14, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the St. Francis De Sales School, Herkimer in Michael's memory. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Feb 16, 2013)

Carolyn Jean Sommer IHS Alumnus, age 64 of Clark Place passed away on Friday evening February 1, 2013 in Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. She had the comfort and support of her loving family at her side. She was born on October 15, 1948 in San Bernardino, CA, daughter of Lois Lillie Horning and the late Edward Horning. A lifelong area resident she was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On July 21, 1984 she was united in marriage with Robert F. Sommer in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Herkimer. The Reverend Norman Heide officiated. For fifteen years, Mrs. Sommer was first employed by the Duofold Company in Mohawk. She later became a Certified Nurse's Aide, working at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. She then went on to work for the Herkimer Area Resource Center, first as a House Manager and later as a Supervisor at Herkimer Industries. She also did part time work with Lutheran Care Helping Hands and as Home Health Aide. Carolyn was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 502 Ladies Auxiliary, Ilion-Frankfort; she was a member and served secretary of TOPS.  In her leisure time she enjoyed scrap booking, shopping, baking and traveling, especially camping at Black Lake. She was an avid sports fan and cheered for the New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills and her beloved Florida State Seminole Indians. To all who knew her, she will forever be remembered as a gal always on the go. Carolyn was a loving, caring and hopeful person who found great satisfaction in helping others while looking for nothing in return. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and family, especially her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her devoted husband of twenty-eight years Robert, a daughter, Cathy Benedict of Mohawk, two sons, David Parker, Dwayne Parker and his fiance Cora all of Ilion, her mother, Lois Horning, one brother, Robert Horning of Frankfort, a sister, Linda Puelleo of Mohawk, four grandchildren, Catrina Noffer and her husband Jason, Amy Zabry all of Ilion, Shauna Parker and Kayla Parker both of Mohawk, five great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will be present to receive relatives and friends in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc. 115 Court Street; Herkimer on Saturday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm and 4:00 until 6:00 pm. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 pm in the funeral home with the Reverend An Zimmerman, Pastor of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to The American Heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Feb 16, 2013)

Carl Sidney Pfeifer IHS 1951, age 81, of Elba and formerly of Cedarville, NY entered into eternal rest on Sunday January 27, 2013 at his home, with his family by his side. He was born January 14, 1932 in Cherryville, NC, a son, of the late Carl and Katherine (Beam) Pfeifer, also preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Ruth Anna LaBumbard in 1998, infant daughter, Sally Jane and brothers, David, Robert and Howard. Carl graduated in 1951 from Ilion High School and served honorably in the United States Navy. He was a retired truck driver, an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and harvesting wild fruits and berries. Carl was most pleased when in the presence of his large family. Surviving is his current wife, whom in married July 15, 2000, Sandra (Metz) Shultz-Pfeifer of Elba; loving daughters; Joya Lee of Frankfort, Corrina "Renie" Pfeifer of Waterville, Shelby (Vincent) Borello of TN, Katherine (Anthony Sottosanti) Pfeifer of OH and Billie (Joseph) Aiello of Herkimer; step-sons, Jeffery (Lisa) Shultz of East Pembroke and Edward (Charleen) Shultz of Elba; brother, Jack (Lisa) Pfeifer of FL;16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren along with many well-loved nieces & nephews. Family and friends may visit from 2-4 &7-9 PM on Friday February 1, 2013 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion, New York 13357 where Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Saturday February 2. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carl's memory are suggested to Community Church of Columbia Center c/o Rev. Hans Drew 17 Center Street St. Johnsville, NY 13452, United Methodist Church of Elba c/o Sandra Hoo 6199 Quaker Hill Rd. Elba, NY 14058 or a charity of the donor's choice. He will be laid to rest in Cedarville Cemetery in the spring. To share memories with the Pfeifer family please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. The Pfeifer family wishes a special thank you to Homecare & Hospice of Batavia and the staff at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. The Family of Carl Sidney Pfeifer is being cared for by the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. (Feb 7, 2013)

Beverly (Wood) Herlehy IHS 1941,89, of 80 E. North St.in Ilion passed away on Monday January 14, 2013 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care in New Hartford. Bev was born on September 12, 1923 in Ilion the daughter of the late Leslie and Essie (Helmer) Wood, she was a graduate of Ilion Schools and St. Luke's School of Nursing as well as a 1979 graduate of Utica College. Bev worked as an RN at Little Falls Hospital for 27 years before retiring to Old Forge, after 20 years she returned to Ilion. On November 23, 1946 she married David K. Herlehy in the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, David passed away in September of 2011. Bev was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion and was a former Elder of the Church, she was Past Regent for the Asten-Rogan Chapter of DAR a former member of the American Organ Guild. Bev enjoyed gardening, reading and music, especially organ and piano. Bev is survived by her daughter Gail of Utica; a sister Virginia Reynolds of Ilion and her nieces and nephews Sharon and Tom Vorce, Linda and Jim Marco, Phylis and Bill Layman, Don and Terry Reynolds and Tim Herlehy. In keeping with Beverly's wishes there are no calling hours and funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family, interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Herkimer. Friends and family are asked to consider memorial donations to the Utica Rescue Mission or the Ilion Ambulance Fund, in Bev's memory. Envelops are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Jan 26, 2013)

Jay Andrew McTiernan IHS 1981, of Highland, NY died on January 4th, after a long illness. Andrew was born in Ilion, NY in 1963 to Charles and Joyce McTiernan. He graduated from Ilion High School and received his Bachelor's Degree from East Carolina University. Andrew was the beloved husband of Linda Halaska McTiernan and the devoted father of Jack and Ewan. In building their family together, Andrew achieved his greatest accomplishment. Most recently, Andrew was part of the team at Studio Macbeth in Kingston, NY, that was awarded an Emmy for outstanding digital animation. And together with Linda, Andrew opened the Zipper Theater in Manhattan, which premiered several highly acclaimed off-Broadway productions. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the college savings accounts for Jack and Ewan to help ensure the bright future Andrew wanted for his boys by visiting www.AndrewMcTiernan.org. Memorial services for Jay Andrew will be held both near Highland and in Ilion. On Saturday January 12, 2013 at 11:30 a.m., a service will be held at The Falcon in Marlboro, NY. On Sunday, January 13, 2013 services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Annunciation followed by a reception at 1:30 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 74 West Street, Ilion, NY. Arrangements are under the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Inc., 38 Main Street, Highland, NY 12528. For online condolences, please visit our website at www.torsonememorial.com. (Jan 11, 2013)

Betty (Bleau) Seymour IHS 1941, formerly of Ilion, NY died January 3, 2013 following a lengthy illness. She was born September 30, 1923 and graduated from Ilion High School and the Utica College of Comptometry. An accomplished student, civic leader and athlete, she earned varsity letters in tennis, bowling and cheerleading. She was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award. An excellent swimmer, she earned advanced certifications in life saving from the American Red Cross. Following WWII, she accompanied her husband to Hamilton College and to Syracuse University where they collaborated to earn him AB, MA and Doctoral degrees. They raised eight children in McLean, VA before retiring to Spring Valley, CA. She recently resided at the Sunrise Senior Living facility in Fairfax, VA. Survivors include sons Jon, Donald and James; daughters Kathleen, Betsy, Linda and Mary; thirteen grandchildren; and brother Carl of Mohawk, NY. Cremation will be followed by memorial services for family members and interment in Arlington National Cemetery. (Jan 11, 2013)

Robert "Bob" E. Hollandt IHS Alumnus, age 74, of Thendara, formerly of Ilion, passed away with his family by his side, on Friday, December 28, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on November 26, 1938, in Ilion, the son of Erwin and Marion (Vail) Hollandt. Bob graduated from Ilion High School and Syracuse University. Mr. Hollandt was employed as a surveyor for NYS Dept. of Transportation for over thirty years, retiring in 1998. Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Susan Hollandt Simonelli and her husband, Frank, and Sally Hollandt Austin and her husband, Barry, all of Clinton; his son, James E. Hollandt, M.D., and his wife, Valerie, of Endicott, NY; his grandchildren, Jessica and Hannah Taylor, and Anderson, Alexander and Avery Hollandt; his sister, Barbara Hollandt, M.D., of Somerville, NJ; a step-grandson, Dylan Austin; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Erwin Hollandt, M.D., and Marion (Hollandt) Hoffman; and his father, Howard Hoffman. In keeping with Bob's wishes, a private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no scheduled calling hours. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 120 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502, or American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Suite 6, Utica, NY 13502. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bob, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The Hollandt family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Jan 5, 2013 modified March 20, 2016)

Linda Ann (Kennell) Johnson IHS 1963, 68, of Herkimer passed away on Tuesday January 1, 2013 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. Linda was born on October 6, 1944 in Ilion the daughter of the late Peter and Margaret (Snyder) Kennell. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and on August 8, 1987 she married Mark Johnson, he passed away March 8, 2008. Although Linda was afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis at an early age, she worked hard to maintain her independence and keep a positive attitude. Linda worked as a clerk in the medical records department at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital and was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Linda was a lifelong devoted New York Yankees fan and spent many nights cheering them on with her father. She was also an avid admirer and fan of Barry Manilow, and a true dog lover. Linda had many friends at Valley Health Services and will be dearly missed. Linda is survived by her daughter Courtney and her husband Tom Nacco of Fultonville; a brother in law Larry Paul of Mohawk; a sister in law Sally Kennell of Ft. Wayne IN., and several special nieces and nephews. She is pre deceased by a sister Barbara Paul and a brother Phillip Kennell. She also leaves behind a special friend, Laurence Goodstal, and was excited about the upcoming birth of her first granddaughter in March. Funeral services for Linda will be held on Saturday January 5, 2013 at 12 noon at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Sr. Mary Jo Tallman will officiate. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 11am until the time of the funeral. Memorial donation in Linda's name may be made to the MS Society Upstate NY Chapter Ste 100 1650 South Ave. Rochester, NY 14620; envelopes are available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Jan 5, 2013)

Mr. Ronald P. Unsinn IHS Alumnus, 91, of George Street, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012 in Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford. Mr. Unsinn was born on March 7, 1921 in Ilion, a son of the late Joseph and Katherine (Paul) Unsinn. He was a lifelong Ilion resident and a graduate of Ilion High School. Ronald is a veteran of World War II, and served proudly in the United States Navy aboard the USS Hornet. On June 7, 1947, Ronald and Martha Mary Stewart were married in Richfield Presbyterian Church. Ronald's beloved Martha passed away on September 29, 2011, after a long, happy, and wonderful marriage of 64 years. Mr. Unsinn was a Foreman for many years with Remington Arms of Ilion. Upon his retirement, he and his wife, Martha, traveled to many places, including Aruba, Alaska, Branson, Missouri, Hawaii, and St. Thomas. He spent his summers at his camp on Canadarago Lake with his family and many friends, and many winters in Florida. When Ron was a young child in the 1920s, he performed in minstrel shows with his sisters and mother "Kitty." This began his love of singing, and later in life, he was a member of the "German Flatts Barber Shop Quartet." He also enjoyed singing at the Presbyterian Church of Ilion. He was a man of many interests, and particularly enjoyed bowling and golfing, and he participated in both up until just recently. He was part of the WW II Veteran's trip to Washington DC with the Herkimer VFW and derived much pleasure from it. Regardless of the many interests he held, nothing gave him more happiness than his family. Mr. Unsinn was a member of the Ilion Elks Club and was a recipient of Elk of the Year award. He was also a member of the Mohawk American Legion, Herkimer VFW, and the Ilion Masonic Lodge. He was a Board member of the Remington Arms Employees Club, and started its annual golf tournament. Ronald leaves behind his loving family; sons, Donald and his wife Jackie of Frankfort, and Douglas and his wife Joan of Florida and Ilion; a daughter, Karen Macrina and her husband Robert of Little Falls; grandchildren, Bethany and Mike Hicks, Melissa and Kevin Macrina, and Brianna, Alyssa, and Amy Unsinn; and great-grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, and Lauren Hicks; and niece, Shirley Miller and her family. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Martha, and sisters, Margaret Powell and Pauline Miller-Moore. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, December 27, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (town of Frankfort). Ronald's funeral will be conducted by the Reverend Victor McKusick, commencing at 10:00 am on Friday, December 28, at the funeral home. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest next to his beloved Martha. Full military honors will be accorded by the United States Navy Honor Guard. The family will receive guests at the Ilion Elks Club immediately following. The following groups will meet on Thursday evening to conduct their ritualistic services: Herkimer VFW at 5:00, Mohawk American Legion at 5:15, Ilion Elks at 6:00 and Members of Olive Branch #40 of the Masons at 7:00 pm. As per Ronald's request, arrangements are under the care and concern of his longtime close friend, Donald Applegate, assisted by Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors, working together. To leave a message of condolence, please visit our website at www.eneafamily.com. (Jan 1, 2013 modified March 20, 2016)

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