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Ruth E. (Myers) Bouck IHS 1934, 98, formerly of 64 West Montgomery Street, Ilion, passed away on Friday December 19, 2014 at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Ruth was born March 2, 1916 in Ilion the daughter of the late John and Mamie Hierholtzer Myers, and was a 1934 graduate of Ilion Schools. On November 20, 1937 Ruth was united in marriage with Glenn Bouck in Mohawk, NY, he passed away April 27, 1992. Ruth was employed as a clerk at Prine Cleaners in Ilion for several years and the Yarn Shoppe in Ilion and Herkimer where she taught knitting to adults and children. Knitting was Ruth's greatest pleasure, knitting several items for family and friends. Ruth was a member of the Morning Star Methodist Church in Ilion. She is survived by a daughter and son in law Suzanne and Michael "Mickey" Manore, of The Woodlands TX, her grandchildren John Allen of Middleville, Jim and Kim Allen of Mohawk, Michael and Dawn Manore of Montgomery TX, Michele R. Manore of The Woodlands TX, and SaraSue Manore of Montgomery TX, her great grandchildren Erika, Michael III, James, Justin Allen, Shelly Phillips and Timmy Allen, Amy Vogel and Greg Tom; great great grandsons Ryder Coreale and William Glenn Allen. Ruth was predeceased by a daughter Diane Allen who passed away November 17, 2004 and son in law William Allen who passed away April 26, 2006, two brothers Jack and Kenneth Myers, and a sister Helen White and her great­great grandson William Michael Allen. Friends are invited to attend funeral service for Ruth to be held on Wednesday December 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Calling hours will be from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at Whiter­Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She had an amazing laugh and smile. Her spirit of love and giving will live on through those whose lives she touched. The family would like to thank Mohawk Valley Health care for their tender loving care. (Feburary 11, 2015)

Brian M. Eller IHS 1969, 63, of Sun City, Florida, formerly of Paducah, Kentucky, died unexpectedly on Dec. 3, 2014, from cardiac complications. Brian was born Oct. 15, 1951, in Ilion to Connie L. and Mary Joan Eller, who both predeceased him. He was an Eagle Scott and graduated from Ilion High School in 1969 and Transylvania University in 1972. Brian taught for 27 years in Paducah, retiring in 1998. Brian enjoyed theater and wrote and directed several plays that enjoyed success in Chicago and New York. He is survived by his four children, Brian Thomas Eller, Matt Eller, Margaret Eller (John Clark) and Chrissy (Marcus) Rudd; four grandchildren, Lily Eller, Carley and Cooper Eller and Addison Rudd; four brothers, Christopher (Bobbie) Eller, Jack (Cyndy) Eller, Mike (Cyndi) Eller and Jeffrey Eller; and three sisters, Peggy (Warren) Farrington, Constance Juno and Maryjo (John) Kaler. His services were held Dec. 13 at Taylor Funeral Home in Pinellas Park, Florida. (December 22, 2014)

Mr. Ronald C. Leonis IHS 1956, 76, of First Avenue, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center, with his loving family by his side. Ron was born in Frankfort on Aug. 27, 1938, the son of the late Samuel and Evelyn Price Leonis, and he attended Ilion Central High School, graduating with the class of 1956. He was married to Peggy LaMondie on July 2, 1959, in Annunciation Church, Ilion. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Norris DDE 859 in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1959. After his military service, Ron was employed with Univac for 18 years until their closing. He then was employed with the village of Frankfort as a budget officer and account clerk for the water superintendent until his retirement in 2000. After his retirement, he worked as a consultant for the villages of Frankfort and Ilion. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 845, Frankfort, where he was a member of their bowling league. Ron was a Frankfort Pop Warner and Little League coach for many years. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and bowling and was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, the New York Giants and Boston Celtics. Ron is survived by his beloved wife, Peggy; one daughter and son-in-law, Saundra and Greg Macidyn of Syracuse; one son, Ronald Leonis II of Whitesboro; his beloved granddaughter and pride and joy, Alyssa Macidyn; two sisters, Eva Tripple of Mohawk and Marie Leonis; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Samuel Leonis, Jr. and his wife, Carol, of Ilion, and Gary Leonis of Mohawk; his in-laws, Karl LaMondie of Frankfort, Arthur Daz of Ilion and Cynthia Leonis of Georgia; his close cousins, Sally and Francis Manno of Ilion; and several nieces and nephews. Three brothers, Frank Leonis, Thomas Leonis and Paul Leonis, and one sister, Evelyn Daz, predeceased him. Ron's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the doctors and nurses of St. Elizabeth's ICU and Special Care Unit for the special care and comfort shown to him during his illness and passing. "My heart and love for you will go on beating till we are together once again." Your Wife, Peggy. His funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. in V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort, with Deacon Michael Carbone officiating. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of his family. Calling hours will be Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. until the time of services in V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Ronald's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (December 22, 2014)

Gertrude 'Trudy' (Hitchcock) Tangorra IHS 1961, 71, of 73 W. Rand St., Ilion, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Trudy was born on May 8, 1943, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Willis and Catherine Williams Hitchcock. She was a 1961 graduate of Ilion High School and graduated from Herkimer County Community College in 1988 with an associate's degree in applied science. Trudy was employed with the Ilion Housing Authority as a housing assistance representative, retiring in 2005. On July 21, 1990, she was united in marriage with Alexander Tangorra. Trudy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, and member and past treasurer of the American Morgan Horse Association. She loved spending time with her family, doing crossword puzzles and reading. Trudy leaves behind her daughters, Denise Scialdo and her companion, Jim Jurgelewicz, of Marlton, New Jersey, and Deborah Haggerty and her husband, David, of Ilion; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Elisabeth 'Chic' and Babe Del Grego of Ilion and Barbara Noffer of Ballston Spa; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Willis Hitchcock of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and Jerry and Debbie Hitchcock of Gainesville, Georgia; a sister-in-law, Irene Hitchcock; a son-in-law, Keith Scialdo; her grandchildren, Teresa Mears, Shannon Haggerty, Samantha Scialdo and Sarah Scialdo; great-grandchildren, Mason, Gabriel, Ayden and Eli; two special nephews, Lawrence Del Grego and Craig Gay; and also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Her husband, Alex; two brothers, Douglas and Robert Hitchcock; her sister, Jeanette Ridgeway; and her sister-in-law, Marion Hitchcock, predeceased Trudy. A special thank you for their kindness and caring go to Dr. Brehaut, Susan Griffing, N.P., Michelle, RN, and the EMTs from the Ilion Fire Department. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service for Trudy to be held on Thursday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Umidi officiating. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call from noon until the time of the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association or the Ilion Ambulance Fund. (December 22, 2014)

Margaret 'Peggy' Lacy Sadallah, age 51, New Hartford, NY went to be with her God on Thursday December 4, 2014 with her loving family by her side. Maggie fought a courageous five year battle with breast cancer. She was born on July 23, 1963 in Ilion, NY a daughter of the late Robert and Jane Daly Lacy and was educated in local schools, having graduated from MVCC. On October 3, 1986 in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, NY, she was married to S. Charles 'Chuck' Sadallah, a blessed union of 28 years. The simple things in life often meant the most to Jamie, spending time with family and friends, sharing good times and bad, and always being there for those she loved and cared about. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Maggie enjoyed reading, music, talking with friends at the coffee shop, watching the Yankees, being kind to others but most of all, being with her family. She loved being a Mom, and her family meant the world to her.

Margaret 'Peggy' Lacy Sadallah

She leaves behind her beloved husband Chuck, her two beautiful daughters Michelle and Danielle and her k-9 friend Max. She also leaves behind her loving sister Jane Kline who was a constant support and comfort, along with her brother in-law Mike Kline; She also leaves her mother in-law Vera Sadallah; two sisters in-law and two brothers in-law, Diane Cosenzi; Marianne and Mike Durham and Mike Sadallah; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and very special friends. Maggie's family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Faxton St. Luke's Regional Cancer Center, where the nurses took wonderful care of her. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday at 1:00 pm at St. John the EvangelistChurch, Oxford Rd. New Hartford. Private interment will be in CalvaryCemetery. There will be no public visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maggie's memory to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fund c/o Susan G. Komen CNY 5008 Brittonfield Parkway, Suite 300East Syracuse, NY13057. Envelopes will also be available at church. (December 10, 2014)

Betty J. (Hillegas) Archer, IHS Alumnus, age 81, a lifelong resident of Ilion, NY, passed away surrounded with family love on Monday evening December 8, 2014 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare in the town of New Hartford, NY. The family is grateful for the care extended by the CCU staff of the hospital during this unexpected time. She was born on December 12, 1932 in South Ilion, a daughter of the late LeRoy and Louise (Clemens) Hillegas and was educated in our area, namely in small, quaint country and Ilion schools. Betty retired several years ago from the housekeeping department of the Valley Health Services in Herkimer. She had worked at Duofold at one time for a ten year period. She was currently a member of the Ilion Moose Auxiliary and was of the Methodist faith. Betty loved to spend time watching her grandson's go-kart racing. She dearly loved those that loved her and was a soft and gentle soul. She is survived by her beloved family including her son Wayne Archer and his wife Laura of Ilion, her daughter Gail Smith and her husband James of Herkimer, a brother LeRoy Hillegas of Texas, her grandchildren James Smith, Jr. (Kristen), Melissa Smith (Aaron O'Bryan), Dylan Wayne Archer, and Kimberly Lasher (Zachary), five great ' grandchildren, Jordan, Logan, Emiley, Olivia, and Graclyn and her special friends through the years Alice Waldron, Colleen Cook, and Luci Enea. She was predeceased by a daughter Pam Archer, a sister Crystal Hillegas, and two brothers Raymond and Donald. Betty's funeral arrangements are with The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY. The funeral home can be reached at (315) 894-8000. Funeral services at the funeral home will be held on Thursday evening December 11, 2014 at 8 PM in the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Hans Drews officiating. Spring interment will take place in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, town of Little Falls. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home on Thursday evening prior to the funeral service from 6 until 8 PM. The Women Auxiliary of the Moose will not perform a ritual for Betty as they have a prior commitment earlier that evening. Those wishing to remember Betty in a special way are asked to consider a donation to the Amazing Gracie's Gift Foundation P.O. Box 134 Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com (December 20, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

George F. Capes, IHS 1958, 74 yrs of age, Peacefully, Dec. 5, 2014 surrounded by family. Born 1940 in Ilion, NY son of Frank 'Bud' & Alice (McLaughlin) Capes. After attending Annunciation, Ilion H.S., and Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps at Parris Island, NC. He started out as an Artillery Radio Operator, then he achieved the high honor of being selected to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group stationed at U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, S.America. While there he met and married his wife Petronila Davalos. After returning home, he settled in Rochester to start a career in telecommunications, with Rochester Telephone, AT&T, and Marconi Communications, with a couple year stint in Albuquerque, NM with Mountain Bell, where he was assigned to Sandia National Laboratories on Kirkland AFB. While there he had the opportunity to meet then Pres. Jimmy Carter. Known for a dry sense of humor, easy going nature, meticulousness & recordkeeping; he enjoyed babysitting his grandkids, trips overseas and regionally, hosting guests from various countries, reading spy and military novels, watching International soccer & the Bills, Sabres and Syracuse Univ sports, gardening, growing a veggie patch, fighting with squirrels, concocting homemade chili or beans & greens, BBQing, playing FreeCell online, his wine cellar, listening to ham radio and various music, and a 40+ year passion for geneological research tracing his families back to 1600's England and Ireland. He found that he descends from the Viscount Molyneux, the Earl of Sefton. He is predeceased by his parents, step-mother Izetta (Lonis-Fifield) Capes, mother-in-law Maria Librada Davalos-Bartomeu, brother-in-law Michael Ekstrom, sister & brother-in-law Arminda (Sperati) & Gaspar Ortiz, stepbrother Jon Fifield, stepbrother-in-law Edward Vandawalker. Survived by his wife of 51 years Nila, son Michael, daughter Marlene (Robert) Bettin, grandchildren: Robby, Julia, Christina, & Stevie Bettin all of Rochester. His sisters Frances (Vincent) Pellegrino of CT., Mary Ekstrom of CA., brothers Edward of CA. and Richard of NC., stepsisters Mary (Paul) Lupinski, Verna Vandawalker both of Ilion, many nephews, nieces & cousins, and close friends all over the USA, Paraguay and Europe. His family will receive friends Tuesday December 9, 3:00-7:00pm at the funeral home (570 Kings Hwy South, Rochester, NY 14617). A funeral mass will be held Wednesday 9:30am at St. Kateri at St. Margaret Mary Church (401 Rogers Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14617). Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre. Please consider donations to the American Heart Association, Memorials may be directed to American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit www.harrisfuneralhome.com. (June 28, 2015)

Richard 'Dick' Aloysius Morris IHS 1940, died peacefully on Friday, November 28, 2014 in Holyoke, Massachusetts. A veteran of World War II, he piloted a P51D Mustang named 'Mart's Cart' in combat with the 77th Fighter Squadron of the Eighth Air Force over Western Europe.Dick was born in Ilion, New York on January 13, 1923, son of Thomas and Margaret (Curley) Morris. He was the middle child of nine siblings. His early education took place at North Street Elementary and Annunciation Schools where he excelled at Spelling and where he discovered his love of Football. He joined the 'Gimmicks' football team in 7th grade since he lived in the East side of Ilion ('Gimmickville'). At Ilion High School, Dick lettered in Football, Track and Basketball, garnering many Honors and Sportsmanship awards. According to him, his greatest achievement at IHS was to convince Martha Davala to fall in love with him. Many happy summers were spent at the Family Camp at Sylvan Beach on Oneida Lake. He began his long career with Remington Arms in 1941 and attended night classes at Syracuse University, and then volunteered for duty in the Army Air Corps in 1942. Victories piloting 'Mart's Cart' included 3 planes in the air and 6 more planes and 3 railroad trains on the ground in Germany. At one point, the eldest five Morris brothers were serving in the military during WW II.

Richard 'Dick' Morris IHS 1940
Richard Aloysius Morris IHS 1940

Dick married Martha in September, 1945 and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. degree in Industrial Labor Relations. At Remington Arms in Ilion, he was recognized for Managerial talent early and groomed for leadership in various gun manufacturing and powdered metal divisions during 39 years of service. During that time, Dick joined the 414th Civil Affairs Army Reserve Unit in Utica and was activated twice during the Korean War and Vietnam Conflict to train other units in Military Government functions. He temporarily moved his family to Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia after the Cuban Missile Crisis and remained in the Reserves for 20 years. He attained the rank of Major.While he still enjoyed playing softball and bowling, he became his children's spelling coach, carpooler and most avid athletic devotee. He was known to pilot the motor boat that towed the family's water-skiers, played Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, build the fire to roast marshmallows and manage back flips off the diving board; his nieces and nephews tell stories about Uncle Dick teaching them to play golf and poker. His 60th birthday was spent riding a bobsled down Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid. Retirement years were spent at Half Moon Beach on Piseco Lake, New York as well as Venice, Florida, where Dick enjoyed sailing, swimming, playing golf, bridge and cocktails on the beach with family. Dick is survived by his children, Anne ('Betsy') Klupa of Longmeadow, Massachusetts and R. William ('Bill') Morris of Ilion, New York and by brothers, James of North Port, Florida, Alfred of Ilion, Donald of Pensacola, Florida and Robert of Venice, Florida. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Martha Davala Morris and by his son, Stephen ('Steve') Morris. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Thomas, Edward and John Morris. Dick's only sister, Margaret ('Peggy') passed recently in April. He was the devoted Grandfather to Patrick, R. Michael, Mary and Kathleen Klupa, Scott, Greg, Kelly and Brian Morris and Melissa and Seth Morris. Dick was Great Grandfather to 11 children and Uncle to 33. His vitality, sense of humor, flair for dapper dressing and gentlemanly manner will always be lovingly remembered by his survivors. He exemplified the term 'A Life Well Lived.' Dick's funeral is scheduled at 11 AM on Saturday, December 13th at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, New York. Friends may call on Saturday from 9-10:30am at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home at 100 Otsego Street, Ilion will precede the Mass. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer, in the Spring. In lieu of all flowers, please consider donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, National Processing Center, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8541 or to Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, New York 13413. (Dec 20, 2014)

Aleithia 'Babe' (Crisler) Davis, IHS 1953, age 79, of St. Cloud, FL, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2014, at Oceola Health Care, St. Cloud, FL. She was born on April 21, 1935, in Ilion, the daughter of Tilford 'Til' and Ruth (Lyman) Crisler, and graduated from Ilion High School and BOCES LPN Program in 1979. On November 13, 1954, she was married to Francis A. Davis in Ilion. He died on April 1, 1997. 'Babe' was employed as an LPN at Stuart Nursing & Restorative Care in Stuart, FL. Mrs. Davis was a member of the Ilion Baptist Church and the Ilion OES. Surviving family members include her five children, Karen Dowd and her husband, John, of Mohawk, Daniel Davis and his wife, Tracy, of Deltona, FL, Dianna Davis and her companion, Dennis Borgemann, of FL, Michael Davis and his wife, Anne, of Palm Bay, FL, and Eric Davis, Lt. COL. (Ret.), and his wife, Jodi, of Cheyenne, WY; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; her stepsister, Dorothy Murphy, of Mohawk; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her stepmother, Marjorie Crisler; and her stepsister, Nancy McCleary. In keeping with 'Babe's' wishes, there are no scheduled calling hours or funeral services. Interment will be at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, on the family lot. Anyone wishing to share a memory of 'Babe', 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 VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Central Florida, 2201 Lucien Way, Ste. 100, Maitland, FL 32751. The family has entrusted "Babe's" service arrangements and supervision to Funeral Director Don Applegate, of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion (315-895-7722). (December 20, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Mrs. Rose (DiSano ) Iocovozzi Seppi, IHS 1944, 87, of 126 Mary St. formerly of Frankfort passed away Thursday, November 27, 2014 in her home with her family by her side. She was born in Frankfort on December 12, 1926, the daughter of the late Nunzio and Mary Terzo DiSano and she attended Ilion Schools, graduating from Ilion High School with the class of 1944, later Mildred Elley Secondary School, Albany and the College of St. Rose, graduating Cum Laude with the class of 1950 with high honors in Business and English. Rose was married to Vincent J. Iocovozzi on January 27, 1951 in St. Mary's Church, Frankfort. Vince was the owner and operator of V.J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. He passed away on February 1, 1973. She was later married to Frank Seppi on March 1, 1981 in St. Mary's Church, Frankfort. Frank passed away on November 20, 1997. Following Vince's death, Rose was the president of V.J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Frankfort, Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, Herkimer and Forget-Me-Not Pet Memorialization and Cremation Service, Herkimer. She was a communicant Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church and a member of the Columbianna Society, Addolorata Society and one of founders of the Young At Heart Senior Citizens. Rose will always be remembered as a loving and caring woman who served those in need. She loved to travel and visited all seven continents and the North and South Poles. Rose is survived by two daughters, Mary Iocovozzi of Herkimer and Geralyn M. Iocovozzi of Syracuse; three sons, Damiano J. Iocovozzi of Palm Springs, CA, Cosmas Iocovozzi of Newington, NH, Vincent De Paul Iocovozzi of Frankfort; one sister and brother in law, Violet and Joseph DiMaggio of Frankfort; five grandchildren, Alexander Zito, Marcus Zito, Vincent G. Iocovozzi, Gabe Iocovozzi and Matthew Iocovozzi; her in laws, Rose and Bennie Palmieri of Frankfort, John and Cookie Iocovozzi of FL, Celeste Iocovozzi of Savannah, GA and Angelo Long of Frankfort and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one sister, Nancy Christofaro and two brothers, Blase DiSano and 1st LT Onofrio DiSano USMC KIA Iwo Jima. Her funeral will be held Thursday morning at 9:15 from the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 10:00 in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Leo Potvin. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Tuesday, December 2 from 2-4 and 7-9 and Wednesday, December 3 from 2-4 and 7-9 at V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Rose's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (December 20, 2014)

Edward 'Ed' J. McKenna, IHS 1944, age 88, formerly of Charles St., Mohawk, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at the Alpine Nursing Home, Little Falls. He was born on July 10, 1926, in Ilion, the son of James and Julia (McCoy) McKenna, and graduated from Ilion High School. Ed was a veteran of WW II, serving in the US Navy. On May 1, 1948, he was married to Dorothy 'Dot' Buddenhagen at the Church of the Annunciation by Father Daniel Horan. Ed was the co-founder and manager of AARC, Frankfort, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, and a former member of Crowley-Barnum Post # 25 American Legion of Mohawk. Surviving family members include his wife, Dorothy 'Dot'; his daughter, Laurie Bradley, PHD, and husband, William, of Troy; his sons, Thomas McKenna, of State College, PA, and Michael McKenna and his wife, Connie, of Sommers, CT; his grandchildren, Elizabeth and Daniel Bradley, Ashley Munoz and her husband, Michael, and Sean McKenna; his brother, John McKenna, of Atlanta, GA; his sister, JoAnn Joy, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Greenfield, and his parents. Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, and 11:00 a.m. at the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Rev. Mark Cunningham, Sacramental Minister, assisted by Sister Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery. Calling hours will be held Sunday, November 23, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ed, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. n lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, 61 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357, or Blessed Sacrament Church, 54 E. Main St., Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The McKenna family has entrusted Ed's service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (December 20, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

 

Hiram J. Skinner IHS 1943, age 91, passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, November 5, 2014 in the Otsego Manor, Cooperstown. He had the support and comfort of his family, Hospice and the Otsego Manor Staff. He was born on August 3, 1923 in Columbia Center, son of the late Hiram J. Sr. and Joanna Fretts Skinner. A lifelong area resident he was a graduate of Ilion High School. Hiram was an honorably discharged US Air Force veteran of World War II. On February 26, 1944 he was united in marriage with the former Leanor Helmer in Herkimer. Together they shared a devoted union of forty-one years until her passing on November 17, 1985.

Veterans Day Tribute Hiram Skinner 1943
Hiram Skinner - 1943 Mirror

A well-known area car dealer since 1945, Mr. Skinner first owned and operated Skinner & Welch Auto Dealership until 1962. He then started the Skinner & Damulis Ford Dealership in Richfield Springs. He retired in 2014 after sixty-nine years of outstanding service to the Richfield and surrounding areas.

Hiram had a strong faith in God and was a member of the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs. He had a strong sense of community where he was a member of Richfield Springs Lodge #482 Free and Accepted Masons, Richfield Springs Rotary International, the Richfield Springs Zoning Board and the Richfield Springs Veterans Club. In his leisure time he enjoyed Hunting, fishing, playing golf and puttering around the house but most of all was building his log cabin at Big Moose in the Adirondack.

Mr. Skinner will always be remembered as an honest, upright and caring man. Any conversation with him was straight and to the point yet you always felt a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be truly missed by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is survived by his companion Marie Hameister, a son Roger and his wife Mary Skinner of Whitesboro, two daughters, Carol and her husband the Reverend Kenneth Dingman of Fort Plain, Marie and her husband Vincent Guerra of Herkimer, two sisters, Barbara Baker of Old Forge, Lola Knorr of FL, five granddaughters, Melanie Kimball and her husband Jim, Cynthia Lamanna and her husband Sam, Sarah DeMarse and her husband Mike, Leanor Guerra and June, and Rebecca Root and her husband Chad, four great grandsons, two great granddaughters, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, wife Leanor and loving companion Nancy Meehan he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clayton and John Skinner, three sisters, Marguerite Hansen, Ada Gajdzis and Lula Welsh. Calling hours for Mr. Skinner will be on Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 pm in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James Street; Richfield Springs. Mark Ioset, pastor officiating. Interment with military honors accorded by the US Air Force will follow in the Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery, town of Columbia. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Richfield Springs Community Center, the Church of Christ Uniting or the charity of your choice envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Nov 11, 2014)

Alan Thomas Emerich, IHS Alumnus, 66, of 11 East Clark St. passed away Tuesday November 4, 2014 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care, New Hartford. Alan was born on April 12, 1948 in Ilion the son of the late Earl LeRoy and Helena Beatrice Johns Emerich, he was educated in Ilion schools and was employed as a laborer at Fermer Precision in Cedarville prior to his retirement. Alan is survived by three brothers John A. Emerich of North Ilion, Eugene Emerich and his wife Elaine Franklin of Richfield Springs. Bill of Mohawk, a sister Catherine VanNort of Ilion, his brother-in-law Raymond Hendrie of North Ilion. He is also survived by special nieces and nephews Debra and Leslie VanNort, Keith VanNort, Michael Emerich and Johanna Emerich also several other nieces and nephews. Alan Was predeceased by three sisters Lois Hendry, June Loring and Donna Conklin and his brother Earl. Friends may call Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion from 10:00 to Noon with brief service following. Interment will be at the convenience of the family in the East Schuyler Cemetery (Millers Grove) in Schuyler. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to whiter-hendrix.com. (December 9, 2014)

Diana Withington Mobley IHS 1965, age 67, of Medfield, formerly of Cambridge, Oct. 23, 2014, beloved wife of E. David Mobley. Loving mother of Nathaniel D. Mobley of Medfield and Jacob B. Mobley of Boston. Sister of Joan Wing of Boca Raton, FL, Karen Mancuso of No. Bellmore, NY, Mary Withington of Saratoga Springs, NY, John Withington of Sicklerville, NJ, Mark Wright of Gilford, NH and Paul Wright of Derry, NH. Funeral Services Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Advent, 28 Pleasant St., Medfield. Visitation Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Miller St., Medfield. Memorial contributions may be made to Camp Becket Scholarship Fund, 748 Hamilton Rd., Becket, MA 01223. (October 26, 2014)

Helen M. (Donahue) Brewer IHS Alumnus, 92, beloved mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on October 8, 2014. She was at home surrounded by the love of her family. Helen was born on June 2, 1922 in Ilion; the daughter of the late Albert and Josephine (Stewart) Donahue. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools. On October 20, 1941 she married the love of her life Robert Brewer. He passed away in 1992. Helen is survived by her son, Gary and his wife, Sheryl Brewer of Aiken, SC; three daughters, Joyce Adams of Ilion, Carol and her husband Robert Crossman of Blairsville, GA and Karen and her husband William Conterras of Anderson, SC; a brother in law, Russell Brewer and two sister in laws, Pearl Hoke and Margaret Brewer. She also leaves 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brothers Clifford, Clyde, Mike, Richard and Stewart Donahue; sisters, Pearl Fitzgibbons, Grace Heath and Mary Lynch; son in law, Thomas Adams, Sr and grandson, Brent Hurley. Her strong faith during the past months provided strength for her family and an unforgettable lesson in life about duty, dignity and grace. In keeping with Helen's wishes funeral services will be private and there are no calling hours. Interment will be at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Helen was an avid animal lover leaving behind her beloved cat, Vanna. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or Wounded Warrior Project. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an on-line condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (November 2, 2014)

Garland Arthur Sponburgh, IHS 1953, 79, of Mohawk passed away on October 13, 2014, in the comfort of his own home and with his loving family by his side, after a second brief courageous battle with Cancer. He was born on August 8, 1935, in Ilion, New York, the son of Frederick and Lepha (Coleman) Sponburgh. He was married to Nina Sponburgh, who predeceased him on September 2, 2014. They were married on April 27, 1957, a marriage that lasted 57 years. They resided in Ilion until 1966 when they moved to Mohawk and built their home, on Creek Rd., where they raised their family. He was born on August 8, 1935, in Ilion, New York, the son of Frederick and Lepha (Coleman) Sponburgh. He was married to Nina Sponburgh, who predeceased him on September 2, 2014. They were married on April 27, 1957, a marriage that lasted 57 years. They resided in Ilion until 1966 when they moved to Mohawk and built their home, on Creek Rd., where they raised their family.He is survived by his sisters Patricia Couchman and Winnifred Kiley; three children; Gary A. Sponburgh (wife Kim), Gregg A. Sponburgh, and Carin J. Hubbard (husband Steve), 6 grandchildren (Kara (husband Shawn), Renae, Kaylee, Ryan, Breanna, and Gabriella), 1 great grandson (Carter) and Nina's sister, Donna M. Poore. A memorial service for Gar will be held on Saturday October 18, 2014 at 3pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Dr. Roger Klossner and Pastor Peg Donaghy will officiate. Friends may call on Saturday from Noon until the time of the funeral. Donations in Gar's memory may be made to the Paines Hollow UMC, 1 Ward St. Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send an on line condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (December 9, 2014)

Robert 'Bob' S. Crossway IHS 1965, age 67, of W. Main St., Mohawk, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully, at home, on Sunday, September 28, 2014, with his loving family by his side. He was born on April 2, 1947, in Ilion, the son of Robert Crossway and Alice (Gregg) Crossway. Bob graduated from Ilion Central High School in 1965 and MVCC, receiving an Associate Degree in Business Administration. At one time, he was married to Angela Terzo. He later married Josephine Alabastro. Throughout his life, Bob had always been strongly involved in music. In his early years, he played with the Troubadours and the Magnificent Yankees. In 1964, he founded 'The Mersey Side 5' Band with Bruce Ward, Bill Ortlieb, Gregg VanValkenburg and Gary Rigo, performing on the Hank Brown Show and throughout the Northeast winning the Battle of the Bands at Three Rivers Inn, Syracuse. First touring with the "Dick Clark Caravan Stars" in 1965, Bob went on to perform with such great groups as 'The Shadows of Night', 'The Manhattans' and several other regional and national acts, performing as bassist, keyboardist or trombonist. He later founded the musical group "Soul Injection" and was actively involved for sixteen years retiring due to medical reasons. At one time, Bob lived in Tonawanda and was employed in management at the John Hancock Insurance Co. He was also actively involved in the family business "Crossway Tavern" in Ilion for many years. Survivors include his children, James Crossway, with whom he resided in Mohawk, Renee Fultz and her husband, Donald, of Laurelton, PA, Jennifer Crossway-Warner and her husband, Jay, of Ilion, Tiffany Brown and her husband, Dan, of Herkimer, Robert Brandon Crossway and his wife, Vicki, of Harrisburg, VA, and Melody Crossway, of Winchester, VA; twenty-four grandchildren, Kimberly, James, Alicia and Joseph, Jamie, Christina, Kara, Jerica, Jordan, Tony and Lauren, Derik, Brianna, Jennifer, Steffen and Amy, Althea, Amelia and Arlo, Jasmine, Jaysen, London, Ezra and Jonah; his sister, Debra 'Debi' (Crossway) Teutsch and her husband, Rob, of Ft. Washington, MD; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Alice Crossway and Robert N. Crossway. Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Thursday, October 2, 2014, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber, Pastor of the Ilion Morning Star United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Mohawk Cemetery on the family lot. Calling hours will be held Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. prior to the funeral home service at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bob, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Crossway family has entrusted Bob's service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director and longtime friend, Don Applegate. (October 15, 2014)

Patricia 'Pattie' (Paulus) Jensen IHS Alumnus, age 68, of Second St., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 22, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, with her family by her side. Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Saturday, September 27, 2014, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, NY, with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon prior to the funeral home service at 102 West St., Ilion. (October 15, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Helen (Lynch) Griffith IHS 1942, age 90, of Frankfort, NY, passed away peacefully surrounded with family love on Sunday evening, September 7, 2014. She was born on May 17, 1924, in Ilion, NY, a daughter of the late Frank J. and Katherine (Wake) Lynch. A graduate of Ilion High School, Helen went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree after four years of study with Utica College and Syracuse University. She was united in marriage to World War II Veteran C. Robert Griffith. She retired from the Utica City School System as an English teacher. She was a member of the Church of Annunciation, Ilion. She is survived by her children, Kathryn Griffith, of Vestal, NY, Joanne Boardman and husband, Joseph, of Rome, NY, and Barbara Vandish, of Utica; her sister, Ann Massaro, of Herkimer; grandchildren, Joseph Boardman, Jr., and wife, Kathryn, Emily Craft and husband, Scott, and Philip Boardman; two great-grandchildren, Bridget and Evelyn and soon to be great-grandson baby boy. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. Her funeral arrangements have been planned with The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY, and are under the direction of Funeral Directors Harry & Kevin Enea, (315) 894-8000. There are no calling hours. A memorial service shall be held on Thursday the 18th of September 2014 at 10:00 AM at the Church of Annunciation, West Street in Ilion, NY, with Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor, officiating. Procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Herkimer. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Helen, or add to her online memorial, may go to: www.eneafamily.com. (October 15, 2014 - modified March 20, 2016)

Stephen M. Morris IHS 1969, 63, of McGowan Rd., in Ilion, passed away on Thursday September 4, 2014, at home, with his family by his side. Steve was born on March 16, 1951, in Ilion the son of Richard and Martha (Davala) Morris. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools; Paul Smiths College and received his Bachelor's Degree from Niagara University. Steve was Operations Manager at Remington Arms Co. in Ilion until his retirement. He was a member of Ilion Elks Lodge #1444, the Ilion Knights of Columbus, and The Church of The Annunciation. He was also an avid golfer, belonging to Mohawk Valley Country Club, enjoyed fishing, and was his grandkids number one sports fan. Steve is survived by his four children; Scott and (Michelle), Greg and (Megan), Brian and (Theresa) and Kelly and (Bill) Cave all of Ilion; his father Richard of MA; a brother Bill of Ilion and a sister Betsy Klupa of MA; seven grandchildren Caden, Jake, Luke and Tanner Morris and Collin, Madelyn and Gavin Cave. Steve also leaves the mother of his children Shelly Morris. He is predeceased by his mother Martha. A memorial mass for Steve will be celebrated on Tuesday September 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion, Fr. Paul Catena will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Monday September 8, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion and are asked to consider memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care; envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence, please go to whiter-hendrix.com. (October 15, 2014)

John C. Sorenson IHS 1945, 87, of 80 E. North St., in Ilion, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. John was born on January 11, 1927, in E. Frankfort; he was the son of the late Martin J. and Adeline (Elthorp) Sorenson. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and worked as a production control supervisor at UNIVAC for 28 years, and he also worked his family farm. John was a WW II veteran, serving in the US Coast Guard. On September 25, 1948, John married the former Dorothy M. Dye in Edmeston. Dorothy passed away January 16, 2002. John is survived by two sons, Jeffery and his wife, Sylvia, of Mohawk, and Scott, of Alabama; two daughters, Elaine Parsons, of Mohawk, and Krista and her husband, Dan Beacraft, of Little Falls; one brother, Jim and his wife, Kathy, of Ilion; a sister-in-law, Audrey Sorenson, of Ilion; and a close friend, Ken Morris, of Cedarville. John also leaves his 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Robert, and granddaughter, Tiffany. A memorial service for John will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion, with Pastor Hans Drews officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral. Interment will be in the Cedarville Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials to The American Heart Assoc. To send an online condolence, please go to: www.whiter-hendrix.com (October 15, 2014)

Kim David Holden IHS 1973, age 59, formerly of Ilion and Minnesota, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014, at Focus Rehabilitation Center, Utica. He was born on April 9, 1955, in Ilion, the son of LaVal and Leona (Trevor) Holden. Kim graduated from Ilion High School in 1973 and SUNY Canton. At one time, he was married to Deborah Gay. Mr. Holden was employed as a draft engineer at Library Bureau, Herkimer, for 25 years, and later for Jones Library Sales in Carlisle, Iowa, for 10 years. Kim was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 and a former member of the Ilion Moose Lodge. Survivors include his mother, Leona Holden, of Herkimer; his daughter, Candace Gage and her husband, Charlie, of Newport; his son, Justin Holden and Summer Holden, of Ilion; nine grandchildren, Kyleigh, Kadence and Kendra Gage, and Andrew, Mason, Lium, Briar, Autumn and Aubrey Holden; his two brothers, Butch Holden and his wife, Sue, of Florida, and Scott Holden and his wife, Lois, of Preble, NY; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a close friend, Carrie Vukelich, of Minnesota. He was predeceased by his father, LaVal, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held 5:00 p.m., Friday, September 5, 2014, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, NY, with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. Calling hours are Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Kim, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegate andday.com In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association , Utica NY Office, Lomond Office Park, 110 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Holden family has entrusted Kim's service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (October 15, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Carl R. Bleau IHS 1932 - Forge Hill Estates, Ilion, NY, a lifelong resident of the Mohawk Valley, passed away peacefully at his home on August 17th. He was pleased to have achieved his 100th year and celebrated the event at gatherings with family and friends. Carl, son of Louis and Bessie Suters Bleau, was born in Ilion on August 16th, 1914. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1932 and attended St. Lawrence University. Carl married Mary Anhel on March 2nd, 1940 at St. Mary's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Herkimer. Mary passed away in 1993. Carl was employed by Remington Rand for several years before becoming Plant Manager at Martin Automatic Fishing Reel Company in Mohawk. He was involved in civic activities including former treasurer of the Ilion Cemetery Assn., Deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church of Mohawk and treasurer of the Mohawk Weller Library. He was also a former member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge, Conversation Club, the Mohawk Volunteer Fire Department, Cedar Lake Club, and was past president of the Ilion Little Theater Club. Carl enjoyed retirement years with his son Peter on the St. Lawrence River and with his son Kenneth on Maui, HI. He loved golf and skiing and was a member of the 90+ Ski Club, finally hanging up his skis at the age of 93. He especially enjoyed playing golf with his grandson, Kevin, and all his golfing buddies at Doty's Golf Course in Ilion. He played his final round of golf on his 100th birthday and shot a 60 for nine holes. He was predeceased by his loving wife Mary, four brothers and three sisters. Carl is survived by his sons, Peter and his wife Sue of Chippewa Bay, NY and Ken and his wife Chieko of Paia, Maui, HI and special friend and former daughter-in-law Caren Pepper and her husband Paul. He also leaves three grandchildren, Kevin Bleau and his wife Annie of Milton, MA, Darcelle Bleau of Ilion, NY and Andrew Bleau of Honolulu, HI as well as two great granddaughters, Helena and Carle Bleau. Carl leaves several nieces and nephews including Mary Seifritz, Paul Bleau, David Bleau and Cynthia Kaples. Carl was much loved by family and friends and was an inspiration to all who knew him. Gifts may be made in Carl's honor to the charity of one's choice. Interment will be held at the Ilion Cemetery at a later date. - See more at: www.whiter-hendrix.com. On the day of his 100th birthday, he was featured on the Ilion Alumni Cover Story August 2014. (August 27, 2014)

Stanley 'Stan' Thompson IHS 1959, 72, passed away on August 11, 2014. Stan was born in Ilion on December 13, 1941, the son of Seymour and Ruth (Lum) Thompson. He married Colleen Harris on February 15, 1969 in Paris, New York. Stan was a lifelong resident of Ilion, he was employed by Steffen Publishing Company, as well as various other advertising agencies. He was an active member of Valley Baptist Church in Frankfort, New York. Stan loved the outdoors, visiting the Adirondacks, and was an avid New York Giants fan. Stan is survived by his wife of 45 years, Colleen, his daughters and sons in laws, Tony and Tracey (Thompson) Coccitto of Spencerport and Michael and Kelly (Thompson) Getman of Webster, his beloved grandchildren: Olivia, Sophia, Madeline, and Michael: his brother in law, Todd (Donna) Harris, nieces and nephews and special neighbors. August 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion, NY. A memorial service will follow at the First Baptist Church of Ilion, 8 Second St., Ilion, NY at 2:00 p.m. The family wishes to thank the staff at Lipson Cancer Center at Linden Oaks for providing exceptional care and compassion for Stan throughout his treatments. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to R.G.H. Foundation-Lipson Cancer Center, 100 King Highway St., Suite 2300, Rochester, N.Y. 14617. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at church. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.(August 26, 2014)

Frank Marsden IHS 1942, 90, formerly of Ilion, NY, Stanhope, NJ, Stroudsburg, PA, and presently of Greece, NY, left this earth to join his Savior on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. He was born on February 11, 1924, in Sheffield, England, the son of Leonard and Doris (Boot) Marsden. Frank was a WW II Veteran who served 2 1/2 years in the Army in Northern Africa and Italy. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and Canton A&T College. Frank played semi-pro baseball for the Cincinnati Reds in Watertown, NY, in 1947. He retired from Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ, as a management analyst. He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Marie Marsden, and two daughters, Beth (Anne E.) Murphy (James) and Mary Lynn Parsloe (Robert). He was predeceased by two sons, David L. Marsden, in 1951, and William E. Marsden, in 1992. He is also survived by several grandchildren, Kathryn Burns (Jeffrey), Adam D. Murphy, Melia Parsloe, Corinne Parsloe, Victoria Parsloe, Amanda Watson and Sarah Marsden, and several great-grandchildren. (Dec 20, 2014)

Ilion High School Baseball Team 1941 - Frank Marsden
Ilion High School Baseball Team 1941 - Frank Marsden

Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of his life to be held at St. Peter's Church, 105 E. Liberty St., Rome, NY, on September 20 at 10:30 a.m. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the Vescio's Franklin Hotel, 301 S. James St., Rome, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to St. Mark's Catholic Church, 54 Kuhn Rd., Rochester, NY 14612.

Professor Elwyn Swarthout taught public speaking at Ilion High School and was also the baseball coach. During World War II, he wrote a tribute titled 'THE SONS OF SWARTHOUT-IN-SERVICE'. Coach Swarthout's wrote poems in honor of his Ilion Baseball players who were serving during World War II. Frank Marsden was among THE SONS OF SWARTHOUT-IN-SERVICE.

Raymond 'Mike' Brayton IHS 1974, 59, of Jefferson St. in Little Falls passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on July 12, 2014 at home. Mike was born on January 19, 1955 in Ilion the son of the late Raymond and Mary (White) Brayton. After graduation from Ilion High School, Mike joined the Army, honorably discharged in 1980. His service in the Medical Corp led him to pursue a career in nursing. He graduated from HCCC and received his RN from MVCC. Mike worked at Little Falls and various other local hospitals. Many of his patients, especially the elderly and their families, praised him for his caring and gentleness. Mike, a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe, was very proud of his Native American heritage, an avid Yankees and SU Basketball fan and a voracious reader. Also a lover of all animals especially his dog and 3 cats, all rescue animals. Mike is survived by his son Eric of Cortland; a sister Barbara and her husband Joe Bono and a brother Thomas and his wife Debra all of Frankfort; three grandchildren, Jevon, Josie and Keira, a niece Jackie and a nephew Christopher. As well as many cousins and lifelong friends, too numerous to mention. Visitation for Mike will be held at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion on Monday July 21, 2014 from 4-7pm. Deacon James Bower will officiate at the Memorial service at 7 pm. Interment will be Tuesday July 22 at 10 am at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.(August 9, 2014)

Anastasia 'Ann' Panarites Sprague IHS 1936, passed away in Phoenix, Arizona July 2014, with her loving family by her side. Ann was born in Ilion, the daughter of James 'Jim' and Helen Panarites. She attended local schools and graduated from Ohio University. Ann married George Sprague, living in Miami, Florida. George passed away when the children were young. Ann was a school teacher and raised her four children. Ann is survived by her sister, Katherine (Crist) Brown and their children. Ann had one son, Demetri; three daughters, Goldie Burge (Richard) and sons, Nicholas and Zachary, of Phoenix, Arizona, Mary Anne Spencer and son, Cody, of Florida, and Georgianna (Donald) Mlsna and their children, Anastasia Ann and Richard George, of Phoenix, Arizona.

Anastasia was predeceased by her sister, Mary Panarites Gasper, and her brother, Constantine 'Gus' Panarites. Ann and her children were a close and loving family. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, on the Panarites family lot at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Benedict Avenue, Ilion, with Father David Smith of St. Sophia's Church of Syracuse officiating. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ann, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. Ann's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, Don Applegate, funeral director. (July 18, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)


Anastasia 'Ann' Panarites Sprague - 1936

Susan (Stone) Tayler IHS 1976, 56, of Ilion passed away on Sunday July 20, 2014, at the Siegenthaler Center in New Hartford. Sue was born in Ilion on January 11, 1958, the daughter of the late Horace M. and Mildred (Sturgess) Stone. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and Utica School of Commerce and worked as an office assistant at the NYS DOT until retiring in 2013. On October 29, 1977, Sue married Alan Tayler in Ilion. Sue was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, the Zen-Do Kai Martial Arts Association and was an Instructor at Bailey's Karate School in Herkimer, where she earned her 4th Degree Black Belt. Sue is survived by her beloved husband Alan, their sons Keith, his wife Jennifer and their three children, of Mohawk, and Kyle of Herkimer; three brothers, Bill and his wife Debbie, Paul and his fiancee, Carolyn Bowers, of Ilion, and Brian and his wife Mary of Richfield Springs; two sisters, Kathleen Bryden of Voorheesville and Eileen and her husband, Chuck French of Richfield Springs. Sue also leaves her mother and father-in-law, Bernie and Doris Tayler of Ilion; sisters-in-law Robin Tayler of Yorkville and Tammy and her husband Donald Devins of Newport; a brother-in-law Scott and his wife Marlene Tayler of Ilion, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by a brother Daniel Stone and a brother-in-law Wayne Tayler. A memorial service for Sue will be held on Friday July 25, 2014, at 1pm at the Mohawk Reformed Church in Mohawk with Pastor Brian Engel officiating. Interment will be on Saturday in Mt. View Memorial Gardens in Little Falls. Friends may call on Thursday, July 24, from 2-6 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Donations may be made to the Susan Tayler Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Bailey's Karate, 309 Miller Avenue, Herkimer, NY. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Sue's family wishes to thank Tom Arcuri and the entire Bailey's Karate family, Larry and Laura Brooks, of Brook's Karate, Terry and Lisa Gollegly and the staff of HOSPICE for all of their care and support during Sue's illness. To send an on line condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 20, 2014)


William Burke - 1966

William I. 'Burkie' Burke IHS 1966, age 66, of Herkimer, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 2, 2014, at St. Luke's Medical Center, New Hartford. He was born May 21, 1948, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of the late Irving and Corrine (Nottage) Burke. Bill was a graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Burke was a United States Army veteran, enlisting on March 4, 1968, and was honorably discharged on Feb. 23, 1970, and re-enlisted on Feb. 2, 1981, and was honorably discharged on June 19, 1981, with the rank of second lieutenant. His marriage to Judy A. Hamberger took place on Sept. 2, 1988, in Clinton. Bill was last employed as a security guard for the New York State Court System. Prior to that, he worked for the Herkimer County Sheriff's Department, the Mohawk Police Department and also the Frankfort Police Department. Also, he was once employed by the Mohawk Central School District as a school bus driver. Burkie was an active member of the Dolgeville F&AM Lodge No. 796 and Ilion Masonic Lodge, having held the degree of Master Mason. He was also a member of the Shriners, MOVAC, the Army National Guard, the Hillbilly Club (Okie Dokie), the East Herkimer Volunteer Fire Department and the Amateur Radio Club. Bill was also active with the Herkimer County Sheriff's Boat Patrol. In his spare time, you could often find him teaching a boating safety course or a firearm course. He took great pleasure as an instructor. As patriarch of the family, Bill proved himself a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Bill was one of the first IHS graduates to volunteer as a Class Page Editor for the ilionalumni.com web site. He sent Bill Burke's 30th Reunion Report, which contained the Black & White Hero Recipe. (July 5, 2014)

Survivors include his loving wife of 25 years, Judy; his loving daughter, Heather Burke of Herkimer; two sons, Brent Burke of Utica and Carl Burke of Waterville; a brother, Daryl Burke of Ilion; three sisters, Sue Hildreth of Massachusetts, Sharon Jarrell of Ilion and Lougene Michaud of Mohawk; several grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. In keeping with Bill's wishes, funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, 866-1500. All memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104. To add to Bill's online memorial, please go to www.vincenteneafuneralservice.com. The family would like to express a sincere thank you to Marty Benedict for caring for Bill like a brother and always being there to lend a helping hand. The family would also like to thank the staff of St. Luke's Critical Care Unit for the care and compassion that was shown to Bill during his stay. (July 5, 2014)

Gerald Orendorff Sr. Ilion Alumnus, 97, formerly of Mohawk, NY and currently a resident at Valley Health Services in Herkimer, passed away on Friday June 6, 2014 at Little Falls Hospital. Gerald was born on February 11, 1917 in Ilion, NY, the son of the late Orlando and Estella Streeter Orendorff. He was educated in the Ilion Central School System. Gerald was united in marriage to the former Bernadette Frechette on February 2, 1938 in Herkimer, NY. Gerald was a retired toolmaker from Chicago Pneumatic in Utica, NY, and he also worked with the Herkimer County Highway Department. Gerald attended the Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk. In his earlier years Gerald served with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He was an avid camper, snowmobiler, and ice hockey fan. Gerald also loved working on stock cars at the old Brookfield and Fonda Speedways with Theron Moore of Herkimer, and he continued to enjoy local racing and NASCAR. For many years, Gerald greatly enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida. Gerald is survived by his loving family, his wife Bernadette, three sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald Jr. and his wife Janet of Camillus, NY, Gary and his wife Janice of Mohawk, NY, and Alfred and his wife Nickie of Canajoharie, NY, two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia and Bernie Rockwell of Mohawk, and Mary and John Rucco of Richfield Springs, NY, as well as his grandchildren Christine, Mark, Melinda, Gerald III, Jason, Mike, Shaun, Trevor, Andrea, Carrie and Lucas, and his great-grandchildren Cody, Curtis, Henry, Brianna, Nicholas, Anthony, Sarah, Claire, Mason, Dane, Zoey, Joslyn, Michael, David, Katie, Tyler, Gabryela, Makayla, and Lauralye, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, Floyd Orendorff of Ilion and Arthur Orendorff of Mohawk, and a sister, Laura Kinney of Orlando, Fla. Friends are invited to attend calling hours for Gerald from 12:00 to 2:00 PM with funeral services immediately following on Monday, June 9, 2014 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY, with Sister Mary Jo Tallman officiating. Interment will follow in the Upper Mohawk Cemetery. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Valley Health Services for the exceptional personal care given to Gerald, and to the 3rd floor staff at Little Falls Hospital for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to the Blessed Sacrament Church of Mohawk. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.(July 5, 2014)

James E. Maddocks, Jr. IHS 1966 SAUGERTIES - James E. Maddocks, Jr., 66, passed away suddenly, Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at his residence. Born October 7, 1947 in Ilion, he was the son of the late James and Addie M. Davis Maddocks, a former resident of Ilion and Herkimer, had resided in Saugerties since 2000. Jim was a truck driver for Spindler Bulk Transport in Washingtonville. He was a member of International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 182 in Utica, and had driven for several companies over his career. He was a boy scout in his youth and later was a scout leader. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1966. He enjoyed camping in the Adirondacks and was fond of all animals. He lost his beloved pets, Gus and Mandy. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Georgia Myer Maddocks, a daughter Chrystal Maddocks of Marcy, a son James E. Maddocks III of Pa., and his pets, Rosie and Miss Kitty. Friends will be received Saturday 11a.m. to 1p.m. at Lasher Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Tinker St., Woodstock. The funeral service will follow at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Saugerties. Contributions to the UCSPCA, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, 12401, would be appreciated. Published in the Daily Freeman on July 4, 2014 (October 23, 2016)

Margaret R. 'Peg' (Sparrin) Byrnes Ilion Alumnus, 84, formerly of Ilion passed away on Friday June 6, 2014 at Oneida City Hospital. Peg was born July 20, 1929 in Utica, NY the daughter of the late Louis A. and Laura Sparker Sparrin and was a graduate of the Ilion High School. Peg was married to Wesley A. Byrnes, Wes passed away in 1989. Peg was employed as a Key Punch Operator with UNIVAC in Utica in the 1960's and 1970's, in Utica then Mohawk Valley General Hospital in the 1970's. Upon moving to Florida, Peg was employed with E. Systems in Bushnell, Florida as a Time Keeper retiring in the 1990's. While a resident in Ilion Peg was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and the Catholic Daughters. Peg was a loving mom and grandmother and will be missed by her family. In her spare time Peg was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Surviving her are her children David and Theresa Byrnes of Delmar, NY, Susan and Carl J. Menge of Malta, NY, Priscilla and James West of Canastota, NY, and Margaret and Joseph Annutto of Merrimack, NH, a brother and sister in law Michael and Nancy Sparrin of Ilion, NY, also 8 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, one nephew and four nieces. She was predeceased a brother Louis Sparrin, and a sister Madeline (Sparrin) Houck. Friends are invited to attend calling hours for Peg from 12-2 on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 with her funeral to follow at 2:00PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, and NY with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com (July 5, 2014)

Mary Elizabeth (Bowers) Morton IHS 1964, 68, of Reston, Virginia, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2014, at her home, after a short battle with cancer. Ms. Morton was the fourth of five children, born May 13, 1946, to Albert and Elizabeth (Cranney) Bowers of Ilion. She graduated from Ilion High School in June 1964 and married John L. Morton on July 3, 1965. After raising her family in Mohawk, she returned to college to earn a BS and MS in psychology. Ms. Morton spent her professional career working with children in a vocation she loved. Her shining smile, heartfelt hello and intense interest in each child's development were her hallmarks. She is survived by her loving husband, John; daughters, Anne Morton of Reston, Virginia, and Christine (Mark) Zigadlo of Leesburg, Virginia; sons, James of Johnstown, William (Michelle) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Brian Morton of Reston, Virigina; her seven grandchildren, Kevin, Victoria, Allison, Katherine, Jacob, Noah and Luke; her beloved brothers, Jack, Ed and Terry Bowers; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Morton was predeceased by her son, John, and sister, Kathleen. A celebration of life memorial for Mrs. Morton will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 8 at Brown's Chapel (11300 Baron Cameron Ave.) in Reston, Virginia. Mrs. Morton's remains will be interred in upstate New York at a later date, after a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mary's favorite charity: Cornerstones - www.cornerstonesva.org. The family wishes to thank the dedicated professionals at Inova Hospitals (Fairfax and Mount Vernon) and Reston Hospital Center for the wonderful care Mrs. Morton received as she fought the rapidly spreading cancer. The family would also like to thank the Optum Hospice team for their care and support; the team worked to ensure the last days of Mrs. Morton's life were pain free and comfortable. (July 5, 2014)

George W. Giddings IHS 1948, age 86, formerly of 39 N, Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. George was born on July 23, 1927, the son of the late Charles W. and Myrtle J. Bates Giddings and was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1948. For many years, George was the custodian at the Ilion Municipal Building, retiring several years ago. George was a member of the Ilion Winter Club, Ilion Elks Lodge No. 1444 and the Ilion Fish and Game Club. George is survived by his cousins, Suzanne and Niels Bates-Mortensen of Mohawk, Diane and John Bigg of Vails Gate, Terri Telesca, of Waterford Kathleen McNamara of Schenectady and Lorrie Godfred of Colonie. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service for George to be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at noon from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 5, 2014)

Nelson A. Pardee IHS 1943, age 89, of Ilion, passed away on Sunday, June 1, 2014, in the Veterans Hospital, Syracuse. Nelson was born on Dec. 1, 1924, in Norway, the son of the late Charles and Mildred Lanphier Pardee, and attended East Frankfort school and received his diploma following his military service. Nelson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, obtaining the rank of T/Sgt. While serving overseas in the 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group, 350th Squadron, his plane was shot down over Berlin, on his 26th mission; he was captured and held prisoner and spent nine months in Stalag Luft IV as a POW. He was part of what was known as the Black March. They were forced to march under guard of German troops while sleeping in barns and fields and eating whatever food they could find. The march lasted approximately 86 days until they were liberated by the British. He was awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters and received a Purple Heart. Nelson Pardee was featured in the book, The Star in the Window: Select Stories of World War II Veterans under the chapter - Ball Turret Gunner/The Black March. On Oct. 19, 1946, he was united in marriage to the former Thelma Denton; she passed away on Nov. 25, 2000. Nelson was a former commander of Ex POWs, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, a member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge and also coached Little League many years ago. Nelson is survived by two sons and two daughters-in-law, Robert and Laura Pardee of Ilion and Dennis and Lisa (Rider) Pardee of Ilion; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Deborah Pardee and Tom Miller of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Patricia Ann and Steve Quest of Illinois; a brother, Merrill Pardee of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Adam, Shawna, Erica, Alex, Allison, Arrielle and Andrew; also three great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to attend Nelson's funeral services on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at noon from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with funeral celebrant Carolyn McPeak-Fletcher officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with military honors. Calling hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. To leave an online condolence, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 5, 2014)

David W. Miller IHS 1975, age 57 of S. Litchfield St. in Frankfort, passed away on Wednesday April 30, 2014 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica. Dave was born on March 16, 1957 in Ilion he was the son of the late Donald and Shirley (Roe) Miller. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and attended MVCC. Throughout his life Dave worked at Nice and Easy, Remington Arms and JDA Management; he also owned and operated Dave's Liquor in Frankfort. Dave was an avid bowler and golfer and was active in the Frankfort Kiwanis. Dave is survived by his sister Susan Miller of Schodack, NY and his close friends Art and Lynn Johnson of Essex Jct., VT. A celebration of Dave's life will be held at a place and time to be announced. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 22, 2014)

Richard D. Mattison IHS Alumnus, age 65, of E. North St., Ilion, passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at home. He was born on November 10, 1948, in Ilion, the son of Richard and Mary (Sedakow) Mattison, and attended Ilion High School. At one time, he was employed as a machine operator at Homogeneous Metals in Clayville. Survivors include three brothers and one sister-in-law, Mark Mattison, of Ilion, Craig and Virginia Mattison, of Ilion, and Gary Mattison, of Whitesboro; his aunt, Julia Ferdula, of Herkimer; his niece, Sandra Ham and her husband, Jasper, of Mohawk; his nephew, Rodney Broadbent and his wife, Barbara, of Little Falls; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents. In keeping with Richard's wishes, there will be no scheduled calling hours or funeral services. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Richard, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com The Mattison family has entrusted all Richard's arrangements to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (May 22, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Margaret P. 'Peg' (Morris) Marley IHS 1943, age 88, passed away peacefully on Holy Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Folts Home, Herkimer. Born in Ilion, NY on June 7, 1925, Peg was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret (Curley) Morris. Raised and educated locally, she attended Ilion High School and was a graduate of the Class of 1943. She furthered her education attending Rochester Institute of Technology and was the first class to graduate from Mohawk Valley Technical Institute with an Associate's Degree. On September 11, 1948, she was united in marriage to John J. Marley at Annunciation Church in Ilion with whom she shared 42 years of love and devotion to until his passing on July 4, 1991. During her younger years, Peg sold real estate and later worked as a bookkeeper for the Village of Ilion Light Department, retiring in 1982. Peg served on the Board of Directors of the Mohawk Homestead for 25 years, was active in the Ilion Democratic Party, the Ilion Historical Club, Friends of the Ilion Library and was a faithful communicant of Annunciation Church. Peg was blessed with an optimistic spirit and a love of life. She embraced those around her into her enthusiasm and sense of fun. She enjoyed growing up; 35 years of gatherings at the family camp at Sylvan Beach and then 35 years at camp at Piseco Lake. In her leisure time she loved to play bridge and travel, especially taking trips with her husband John and family throughout the United States, Europe and spending winters in Florida. She was a skilled seamstress, had a gift for needlework, quilting and making pressed flower arrangements. survived by her children, Matthew and Deborah Marley, Melinda Marley and Meg and Dean Liberty all of Ilion; her beloved grandchildren, Allison Marley and Jacob Linderberry, Ashley and Kyle McDonald, Benjamin Marley and Samantha Fox, Jack Liberty, Connor Marley and Ted Liberty; her 2 cherished great grandchildren, Dash and Ryder McDonald; her brothers, Alfred Morris and his wife Suzanne of Ilion, Donald Morris, James Morris and Robert Morris and his wife Anne all of Florida, and Richard Morris of Massachusetts; her sister-in-law, Mary Marley of Ilion and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her brothers, Thomas, John and Ted Morris. In lieu of floral arrangements, those wishing to express an act of kindness in Peg's memory may donate to the Ilion Public Library Foundation or The Mohawk Homestead; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 4-7 PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort) 315-894-8000. Her funeral will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 1:15 PM from The Enea Family Funeral Home and at 2:00 PM from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Paul Catena, Pastor. Procession will then follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, John. The family is being cared for by Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors. (May 22, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Gary Ladd IHS 1973, age 59, of Barneveld, passed away peacefully on April 18, 2014, at his home, with his family by his side, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Gary was born in Ilion on November 20, 1954, the son of the late Robert and Evelyn (Neale) Ladd. Gary was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. He recently retired from Envipco, where he enjoyed being able to travel all over New York State. Gary is survived by his wife, Bonnie; two sons, David Small, of Barneveld, and Jonathan and his wife, Amanda Roy-Small, of Eugene, OR, and Gary's grandson, Zander; two daughters, Kelly and Megan Ladd; two brothers, Paul Ladd and Robert and his wife, Fran Ladd; a sister, Mary and her husband, Mark Paul; his mother-in-law, Betty Biamonte, of Marcy; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Chris and Tom Burlin; and special friends, Diane and Ron Carvin, of Bridgewater. Besides his parents, Gary was predeceased by his first wife, Kathleen Turner Ladd; a brother, Mike; two sisters, Judy and Linda; and his father-in-law, Ronald Biamonte. Gary enjoyed time spent hunting and fishing, but mostly loved taking rides on his motorcycle with his wife and friends. The family would like to thank Hospice for their wonderful care, with a special thanks to his nurse, Lori. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice and Palliative Care, Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY, in Gary's memory. In keeping with Gary's wishes, his service is private at the convenience of his family. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are entrusted to the Heintz Funeral Service, Inc., North Utica. (May 22, 2014)

Teresa Ann (Johnson) Keogh IHS 1973, age 58, of Arizona, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Nov. 22, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz. She was born on Aug. 5, 1955, in Rome, the daughter of Norman and Kathryn Johnson. Teresa graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1973, and Herkimer County Community College, class of 1975. She met her husband, Michael, at work in Ilion, in 1973. They were married two years later on Sept. 6, 1975. They extended their family with three beautiful girls, Michelle, Tracy and Christina. After living in New York and Pennsylvania, the Keogh family moved to Arizona in 2002. Terry worked in the health care industry for over 20 years, most recently at Southwestern Eye Center in Mesa, Ariz., where she spent a lot of time caring for others, but her biggest passion was caring for and spending time with her family. She loved reading, adventure and traveling with her family, especially to Walt Disney World. She was a loving mother, committed wife and delighted grandmother. Terry is survived by her husband, Michael; her daughters, Michelle and Christina; her granddaughter, Marissa; her sister, Jean Johnson; three brothers, Norman Johnson, Mark Johnson and Darryl Johnson; and her mother, Kathryn Johnson. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tracy, and her father, Norman Johnson. Friends and relatives are invited to attend graveside services to be held 10 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, at St. Mary's Cemetery, state Route 5, East Herkimer, with Father Terence Healy officiating. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Teresa, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. Local arrangements are entrusted to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion, Don Applegate, funeral director. (May 22, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Dr. Ann L. Williams IHS 1942, passed away peacefully at her home in the Masonic Care Community on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 with her loving family by her side. Ann was born and raised in Ilion, NY daughter of Mary Elizabeth and Thomas James Williams. She lived for many years in Whitesboro and New Hartford, but spent the last three years in her favorite place, Acacia Village. Dr. Ann, as everyone knew her, had an amazing academic and professional career. She received a BS Degree in Education from Syracuse University, a MA Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Colgate University, summa cum laude. Several years later she made twenty crossings in three years between the United States and United Kingdom where she studied at the University of Wales/Cambridge and Oxford University. It was here that she received her PHD in Dyslexia and Psychology. Her employment career started as a physical education teacher for the Utica School District and later as a fourth grade teacher at New York Mills. She worked for fifteen years as a clinical psychologist for Marcy Psychiatric Center, Rome Developmental Center and for Herkimer County Health Clinic. Most recently she was in private practice and was also a certified hypnotherapist. She has been an instructor for MVCC where she taught Introduction to Psychology for MVLIR. She was also very proud to serve as a docent at Munson-Williams Proctor Institute for 8 years. In preparation for this position she trained two summers at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. For the past few years she was still conducting Psychology Seminars to groups at Acacia Village as well as serving on the Board of Governors for the Children's Dyslexia Center of Central NY. Ann is survived by her eldest son Russ Finegan, Jr. and his wife Judy of Cedar Lake and Myrtle Beach; their children Erin Donovan and husband Brent of Glenwood Springs, CO; Kelsey DelMedico and husband Mike of Cedar Lake. Her second son Judd Finegan and his wife Sue of Cedar Lake and Bonita Springs, FL; their children Lisa Varga and husband Joe of Rochester, NY; Jeff Finegan of Bonita Springs, FL; Stacey Finegan and Matt Bevivino of Philadelphia, PA. She is also survived by great grandchildren Austin Varga, Clare and Max Donovan. Ann was predeceased by three sisters Edna Gorney, Ellen Brown, and Mary Connor; four brothers Clifford, Haden, Norm and Matt Williams. A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at a later date. If you would like to remember Dr. Ann please consider a donation to The Children's Dyslexia Center of Central NY, A Scottish Rite Charity, 8280 State Route 69, Oriskany, NY 13424. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 22, 2014)

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Katherine 'Kay' Smith IHS 1956 age 76 of Ilion passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease. Kay was born January 28, 1938 in Ilion, NY. She was the daughter of the late Edwin and Gladys (Beauchemin) Smith. Kay graduated from Annunciation School and Ilion High School, and was employed for many years by Friedrich in Utica, NY. Kay was an avid reader and loved working on handicrafts. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and brought laughter and happiness to her family. She was a devoted sister and aunt who always put her family first. She loved animals and was a friend to stray cats, especially her late companion, Bonkers. Kay is the beloved sister of Eleanor and Buck Riddell of Ilion and Joe Smith of Chadwicks, NY. She is the cherished aunt of Steve Tines (fiance Amy) of Richfield Springs, NY, Bob Tines of Schoharie, NY, Judith Riddell Schneider (Darin) of St. Louis, MO, Tracy Miller (Rob) of Waxhaw, NC, Scott Riddell (An) of Charlotte, NC, Mary Strafel (Dave) of Matthews, NC, John Miller (Holly) of Charlotte, and Luke Miller of Chapel Hill, NC. Kay was predeceased by her siblings Alfred Smith, Ruth Abbey, Margery Tines, and Frank Smith, and her brothers-in-law Pete Tines and Clifford Abbey. The funeral service will be celebrated at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion on Monday April 14 at 11 AM. Deacon James Bower will officiate. Friends may visit on Monday April 14, 2014 from 10 to 11 am. The interment will take place at Woodgate Cemetery in White Lake, NY, in the spring. To send online condolences please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 22, 2014)

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Fr. Edson Jerome Wood, O.S.A. IHS 1964, was born on September 17, 1946, in Ilion, New York, the son of Edson J. and Marion K. (Young) Wood. He had two brothers. He was baptized on September 28, 1946, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, New York. He attended Annunciation Parish School, Ilion, New York (1951-1956) and Saint Joseph’s Parish School, Danbury, Connecticut, (1956-1960), for his primary education. He attended Central Catholic High School, Norwalk, Connecticut, (1960-1962), and Ilion High School, Ilion, New York, (1962-1964), for his secondary education. He was received into the Order as a novice on September 9, 1964, and after a year at Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York, he professed first vows on September 10, 1965. He then attended Villanova University and obtained a BA in Philosophy, (1965-1969). While in the Collegiate Seminary, he served as Master Organist for the Seminary and University, Director of the Seminary Choir, and Coordinator of the Seminary Dramatics Department. He then was assigned to Augustinian College, Washington, DC, where he studied theology at the Catholic University of America, where he received the STB and the STL, (1969-1973). He professed solemn vows on September 14, 1968.

Fr. Edson Jerome Wood - Ilion NY
Fr. Edson Jerome Wood

While in the Collegiate Seminary, he taught Theology at Archbishop Carroll High School and Latin at The Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland. He served as keyboard accompanist at Carroll High School and at the Drama Department of Catholic University, and he assisted in preparing the Carroll High School Marching Band for international competition [Ireland and Rome] in 1972 and 1973. He also was instrumental in implementing a pilot program for Grounds and Building Maintenance Operations at Carroll. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1972, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, New York, by Bishop Edward Maginn, Auxiliary Bishop of Albany, New York. From 1970 to 1979, he was assigned to Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, DC, where he taught theology and was Dean of Students. From 1979 to 1982, he worked as the Assistant to the President at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. From 1982 to 1983, he taught Latin at Good Counsel High School, in Wheaton, Maryland. From 1983 to 1993, he was assigned to Malvern Preparatory School, where he taught theology, was Director of Student Activities and School Chaplain. In 1984, he accepted the position of Chairman of the Steering Committee for the decennial Middle States’ evaluation of Malvern Prep, and he successfully guided the school through the year of preparation for the Committee’s visit in 1985. He was also commissioned a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy in 1985 [honorably discharged in 1991]. Beginning in 1993, he served first as Assistant Chaplain and then as Brigade Chaplain at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NewYork. Fr. Wood was known for his ready smile, youth like enthusiasm, keen sense of humor and friendly personality. His entire religious life was spent in either teaching or ministering to the needs of students in high schools and higher educational institutions. The Rule of St. Augustine states that “Before all else, dear brothers, love God then your neighbor, because these are the chief commandments given to us.” Fr. Edson followed in the spirit of St. Augustine by his sincere love of God and dedicated service to the needs of others.

He suffered a stroke on Friday, March 21, 2014, was taken to Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York where he died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. May he rest in peace. In addition to his religious brothers, he is survived by his brothers Gary and Leonard Wood. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova (Univ. Campus), Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA, on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 11:00 AM. A viewing will precede the Mass from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM. There will also be a viewing later on Monday from 6 to 9 PM and on Tuesday April 15th from 8 to 10 AM both at The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will then follow at 11 AM at The Cadet Chapel of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Interment will take place on Wednesday April 16, 11 AM in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, NY in the Wood family plot. In lieu of flowers, the Augustinian Community of which Father Wood was a beloved member wishes contributions to be made to The Augustinian Fund, Care of Sick and Elderly, c/o Augustinian Provincial Office, P.O. Box 340, Villanova, PA., 19085-0340. (April 25, 2014)

Robert 'Corky' Ortlieb - Ilion NY
Robert 'Corky' Ortlieb

Robert J. Ortlieb IHS 1961, Robert J. Ortlieb, 71, of Baldwinsville passed away peacefully Sunday, April 6, 2014, surrounded by his family. He was born in Atlantic City, was a graduate of Ilion High School and SUNY Delhi. Bob founded the R.J. Ortlieb Construction Co., Inc. in 1985. He was a member and former board member of the Syracuse Builders Exchange. He was a communicant of St. Mary's church in Baldwinsville and also of St. Bernadette's in Constantia. He was also a 4th degree Knight of Columbus Assembly # 777 Council #5082. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Robert H. and Lucia Ortlieb and two brothers, Thomas J. and James M. Ortlieb.

Survivors: his wife of 50 years, Erminia; his children, Renee (Eric) Ames of Constantia, Robert J. (Charulata) Ortlieb of Staten Island and Joseph M. Ortlieb of New York city; his grandchildren, Quinn, Claire, Fiona and Hailey; a brother, William (Judy) Ortlieb of Charlotte, NC; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to extend gratitude to Dr. Scalzo and the staff at HOA and to the many friends who supported Bob with their companionship, loyal friendship and love. Bob enjoyed spending much of his free time at the cottage on Oneida Lake fishing and on the golf course. Calling hours are 4-8 pm Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Falardeau Funeral Home, 93 Downer St., Baldwinsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am Friday, April 11, 2014, in St. Mary's Church. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Baldwinsville. Contributions: Hospice Of CNY, 990 7th North Street, Liverpool, NY 13088-6148 or Hope For Bereaved, 4500 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13219. (April 12, 2014)

Sister Renee Marie (Sharon Cudhea) Cudhea, RSM IHS 1958, died Wednesday, April 9, in the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. She had been a Sister of Mercy for 54 years. Born in Tupper Lake and raised in Ilion, New York, she was the daughter of the late William and Anne Lester Cudhea. Sister Renee earned a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Rose, Albany, and a master's degree from State University at Albany. She did graduate study at Syracuse and Colgate Universities. Sister Renee ministered as a teacher at St. Patrick's, Johnstown; Our Lady of Mercy, Colonie; St. Mary's, Oneonta; St. Mary's, Waterford; Catholic Central High School, Troy, and Maria College, Albany, where she also served for a time as Admissions Director. A much admired teacher, Sister Renee particularly enjoyed the years she spent teaching English at Catholic Central High School. The school yearbook and literary magazine took shape under her competent guidance. She held both herself and her students accountable to attention to the tiniest detail. Her appreciation of nature and her fun-loving disposition made it easy for her to persuade others to participate in the outdoor activities she planned. Sister Renee was gifted with a gentleness of spirit, remaining calm even when those around her gave in to stress and anxiety. In her ministry in student placement at Maria College, she exhibited a genuine care for those she was guiding. She had a way of encouraging, indeed of urging students to go beyond what they perceived to be their limits, often resulting in their making life-changing decisions. In addition to her parents, Sister Renee was predeceased by her brother Michael. She is survived by her sister Brenda, her brother Anthony (Shirley), her nephew Gordy, grandnieces and grandnephews as well as by her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy. Viewing hours will be from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Chapel of the Convent of Mercy, 634 New Scotland Avenue, Albany. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Prayer Service of Remembrance in the Chapel at 7:00 p.m. The Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Chapel. Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. The Sisters of Mercy are grateful to the staff of St Peter's Hospital and the Hospice Inn for the tenderness with which they cared for our Sister. Contributions may be made in Sister Renee's memory to the Sisters of Mercy, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, New York 12208. (April 12, 2014)

Mrs. Martha L. (Salvaggio) Rossi IHS 1942, 90, of 120 Fitzer Dr., Ilion passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in Mohawk Valley Health Care Center with her family by her side. She was born in Ilion on November 14, 1923, the daughter of the late Santo and Madeline Cacciatore Salvaggio. She attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1942.Martha was married to Frank Rossi on June 3, 1944 in St. Mary's Church, Frankfort. She was employed by Univac Ilion & Utica Plants for 20 years and was later employed by Par Technologies until her retirement in 1988. She was a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church and a former member Young At Heart Senior Citizens. Martha was an avid bowler and loved to play bingo. Martha is survived by her beloved husband, Frank Rossi; one son, Joseph Rossi of Ilion; two daughters and sons in law, Mary and Lee Caruso of Frankfort and Gloria and Darrell Burdick of Mohawk; her son in law, Richard Clark of Ilion; her in laws, Mary Salvaggio of Frankfort and Louis and Naomi Rossi of Ilion; thirteen grandchildren, Lisa Lo Re, Joseph and Stephanie Aiello, Bernard and Lori Cushman, Laura Cushman, Regina Rossi, Joseph Rossi Jr, Adrienne and Michael Amidon, Vicki Callaghan, Michael and Stephanie Lawrence, Kerri Smith, Jose' and Chris Lopez, Nina and Norman Watson and Katherine Burdick; twenty great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by daughter, Nancy Clark on April 21, 2010, two brothers and one sister in law, Enos and Agnes Salvaggio and Joseph Salvaggio and her sister and brother in law, Carmella and Ralph Ciociola. Her funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 from the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 10:00 in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated by the Rev. Paul Catena, pastor. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 5-8 at the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Martha's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff especially Amanda of the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center's 4th floor for the wonderful care and compassion shown to her during her stay and passing. Contributions in Martha's memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1508 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Martha's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (April 15, 2014)

Alfred E. 'Sig' Seymour IHS 1947, 84, of Ilion, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at home, with his loving family by his side. Al was born on April 4, 1929, in Ilion, the son of the late William and Margaret (Kenefick) Seymour; he was a graduate of Ilion Schools. On November 7, 1953, he married the former Patricia Lints at Annunciation Church in Ilion. The couple recently celebrated their 60th anniversary with family and close friends. Al was a retired Sergeant of the Ilion Police Department. Following his retirement, he worked as an Investigator for the Herkimer County District Attorney and Sheriff's Department. Al ended his career in 2002 with a combined total of over 44 years in law enforcement.

Alfred Seymour 1947
Alfred Seymour 1947

He was a member of the Annunciation Church and the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. Throughout his life, Al was proud of his Irish heritage and enjoyed backyard barbeques by the pool with his children, grandchildren, grand dogs and cats; he also enjoyed following the New York Giants and Yankees, as well as being an avid Notre Dame football fan. In his leisure time, Al enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, playing pitch and especially Scrabble with Pat and yes they did keep score. Al is survived by his loving wife, Pat; a son, Timothy and his companion, Heather Polley, of Ilion; a daughter, Lisa and her husband, Jason Adamek, of Herkimer; four grandchildren, Erica, Daniel, Libby and Mackenzie; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Dr. Jeffery Seymour, and by his brothers and sisters, Chris, Harry, Burton, Joe, Willie, Jack, Bud, Rita and Margaret. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion; Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor, will officiate. Interment will be in the spring at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. The Knights of Columbus will hold ritual services at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 12, 2014)

Martena J. (Warner) Goldin IHS 1936, 95, of Ilion, passed away on Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the Masonic Care Community in Utica. Martena was born on August 10, 1918, in Ilion. She was the daughter of the late Tracy and Katherine (Reed) Warner. She was a 1936 graduate of Ilion High School and in her younger years she worked at Remington Typewriter, Mulvey's and Lennox Pharmacy. On August 3, 1940 Martena married Maurice U. Goldin in Ilion; he passed away on March 8, 2002. Martena was a member of the Morning Star Ministry and was active volunteer of their Corner Stone shop. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the American Legion Aux. and the Order of the Eastern Star. In Martena's high school years she was a charter member of the Beta Chi sorority. Martena is survived by her two sons, Maurice and his wife, LeVeta, of Battlefield MO and Thomas and his wife, Diane, of Ilion; two daughters, Janet and her companion, Fred Liddle, of Munnsville, and Jean George, of Ilion; seven grandchildren; three step grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Martena will be held on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the funeral at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Masonic Care Community or Morning Star Ministries. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Martena's family wish to thank the staff at the Masonic Care Community, especially the Bronx unit, for all of the care and compassion given during her stay. Online condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 12, 2014)

Margaret R. (Latt) Urtz IHS 1938, age 96, of Debary, Florida, formerly of Ilion and Frankfort, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Halifax Health Hospice, Orange City, FL. She was born on January 3, 1918, in Frankfort, the daughter of Charles Ellis Latt and Maude (Jones) Latt, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1938. She was married to Paul S. Urtz on February 14, 1946, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. He died on July 30, 1995. Margaret was employed as a bookkeeper at Herkimer Tool and Machining Corp. for twenty-seven years, retiring in 1978. She has been a resident of Florida since 1979. Margaret attended the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, and was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church, Debary, FL. She was also active in amateur radio (KD40PQ). Survivors include her sister, Helen Avery, of Inlet, NY; her sister-in-law, Cathy Latt; her brother-in-law, Joseph Urtz; and her sister-in-law, Lucy Joy, all of Ilion; her special niece, Linda Rider; and several other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by three brothers, Charles, Frederick and Robert Latt; a sister, Cecilia Latt; and an aunt, Reba Culver. Friends and relatives are invited to attend her funeral services on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, and at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Shane M. Lynch. Spring burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours are Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Margaret, 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 the Halifax Health Hospice, 1625 Veteran's Memorial Pkwy., Orange City, FL 32768. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Margaret's service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and entrusted to family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (April 23, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Cortney Marie Sellers IHS 2002, 31, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. At the time of her passing, she had found peace and happiness. Born in Ilion on July 10, 1982, Cortney is the daughter of David and Lynn (Rathbun) Sellers. She was educated in Ilion schools and in her spare time she enjoyed journaling and reading. The greatest joy in her life was the birth of her son, Aidyn, and spending time with her precious son was most important to her. Cortney will be sadly missed. She is survived by her parents, David and Lynn Sellers, of Ilion; her beloved son, Aidyn Sellers, of Ilion; her sister, Erica Sellers, of Herkimer, her grandmother, Jeanne Sellers, of California; a niece, Ava Lanaux; a nephew, Jordyn Lanaux; aunts and uncles, Allan and Diane Rathbun, William Rathbun, Betsy Tanner, Dean and Lorel Rathbun, Art Rathbun, Stephen Sellers, Dennis and Norma Sellers, and Chris Lindeman. Many cousins also survive her. She is predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Rathbun Snow, and her uncle, Greg Tanner. A Memorial Mass will take place on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, and will be offered by the Rev. Paul Catena, pastor. Burial will take place privately at the Springfield Center Cemetery later in the spring. The Sellers family has entrusted Cortney's funeral arrangements to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (town of Frankfort) (894-8000.) Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea are serving the family. To add to her online condolences, please visit www.eneafamily.com. (April 23, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Jeffrey 'J.J.' James Dennis, Jr., IHS 2011, age 20, of Second St., Ilion, passed away Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, NYC. He was born on October 29, 1993, in Cooperstown, the son of Jeffrey and Carol (Covey) Dennis, and graduated from Ilion High School. 'J.J.' really enjoyed working on cars with his Dad and friends at Top End Auto and helping out at Tara Lyndaker’s Bottle Redemption. His hobbies included skate boarding, camping, fishing, riding bikes, spending time with all his friends at Rock & Bowl, and listening to music. Most of all, Jeffrey enjoyed spending time with his Nana Dennis. She was his world. She was always by his side when in and out of the hospital. He also enjoyed texting his favorite sister, Sam. Jeffrey 'J.J.' was the happiest person when he spent time with his son, Zayden. He was the light of his life. Surviving to cherish his memory are his parents, Jeff and Carol Dennis; two sisters, Tabitha Dennis and boyfriend, Ralph Walker, and Samantha Dennis, all of Ilion; his son, Zayden Michael, who “J.J.” loved very much; his girlfriend, Tia Lee Williams, of Herkimer; his grandparents, Susan and William J. Dennis, and Steven and Donna Jowett, all of Ilion; several aunts, uncles and cousins, including his two closest cousins, Sean Covey and Devon Flannagan; and many friends, including his very close friend, Ciearra Camarata. Funeral services will be held 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (old Main St., between Ilion and Frankfort), with Sister Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director of the Blessed Sacrament Church, Mohawk, officiating. Calling hours are Friday, March 28, 2014, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of 'J.J.', or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. A very special thank you from the family to Joseph Kimball and Natasha Clark, Melody Jowett, Randy Stannard and Theresa Corsette for all the help and guidance that you have done. A special thank you from the family to Upstate Medical Center, of Syracuse, especially (Uncle) Dr. Frank Smith, and Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, of N.Y.C., for their excellent care, kindness and compassion to Jeffrey 'J.J.'over the years. The Dennis family has entrusted J.J.'s service arrangements and supervision to Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (May 1, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Kenneth E. Wood IHS 1966, died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 65. Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Robert L. Yost Funeral Home, Inc., 123 W. Main St., Palmyra. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, at Zion Episcopal Church in Palmyra. In memory of Ken, please consider donations to Zion Episcopal Church, 120 E. Main St., Palmyra, NY 14522, Rochester Breast Cancer Coalition, 840 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 or the Macedon Emergency Squad, 1620 Wayne Port Rd., Macedon, NY 14502. Ken was an active member of Zion Episcopal Church, where he served in several capacities including as a Steven Minister and longtime choir member. He was a 38-year member and past board member and president of the Rochester Curling Club. Ken had been active with the Finger Lakes Chorale. An old hippie at heart, Ken loved rock and roll and was also a civil war enthusiast. Ken is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Melanie (Brian) Rellinger; son, Nathan (Deborah) Wood; brother, Victor (Linda) Wood; grandchildren, Evan and Elise Rellinger and Leah and Bryce Wood; mother-in-law, Minerva Robbins; aunts, Carolyn Roberts and Joyce Prosser; uncle, Harry Wood; nephews, Jason, Justin, Jonathon and Jerrod Wood; and his faithful companion, Zeus. Online condolences at www.rlyostfuneralhome.com. (February 21, 2014)

Sandra (Kowalczik) McMahon IHS 1958, of Liverpool, passed away on Wednesday February 12, 2014, at St. Joseph's Hospital. She was born July 20, 1940, in Herkimer, the daughter of the late John and Mary Pozniak Kowalczik. Sandy graduated from Ilion High School, the class of 58. She then moved to Syracuse and worked for the State Courts Fifth Judicial District for over 30 years retiring in 1999. While working for New York State she met the love of her life, Joe McMahon. They married on November 27, 1982, a loving union until his passing in 1996. Sandy enjoyed traveling, cooking and visiting the Kowalcziks camp at Half Moon Beach. She lived her life with grace, class and utmost courage. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Besides Joe and her parents, Sandy is predeceased by infant sister, Maryann. Surviving are her brother and sister-in-law, John and Sharon Kowalczik, of Ilion and their children, whom she loved as her own, John, Charlotte, NC, Julie (Jeff) Steele, of Cicero, Jeff (Beth), Fort Mill, SC, Jamie (finance, Justina O'Neil), Ilion; sister-in-law, Jeannie McMahon Coleman, Solvay; Uncle Joe Kowalczik, East Herkimer; and aunts Julia Kowalczik, Herkimer, and Betty Pozniak, Frankfort. Sandy also leaves many loving cousins and McMahon nieces and nephews along with best friends Lorry, Barb, Gaff, Phyllis, Carol, Donna and Kathryn The family would like to thank the staff of floors 3-1 and 1-5 at St. Joes along with her home health nurses as well as Dr. John Nicholson and Dr. Theresa Ruddy for the wonderful care and compassion given to Sandy over the years. Calling hours will be 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday February 16, 2014 at the Maurer Funeral Home Moyers Corners, 3541 State Route 31, Baldwinsville. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 3494 State Route 31, Baldwinsville. The Rite of Committal and burial will be in the spring in Oakhill Cemetery, Ilion. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208 or the SPCA. (February 21, 2014)

Jay Earl Sickler IHS 1941, 91, of Military Road, Newport, died on February 11, 2014 at the Masonic Care Community, Utica, where he was a patient for the past week. Mr. Sickler was born on January 4, 1923 in Utica, a son of the late Jay E. and Mabel (Penner) Sickler. He graduated from Ilion High School and furthered his education at Utica College. On February 28, 1942, Jay was united in marriage with the former Marcia J. Weakley in Mohawk. He was employed as a Manufacturing Engineer at the former Univac, Utica, for 38 years. Marcia preceded him in death on April 15, 2005. A Mason for 61 years, Jay joined Mohawk Valley Lodge #276 F. & A.M. and later affiliated with Newport Lodge #455 F. & A.M. He was currently still active with the Lodge and was the recipient of the Dedicated Service Award in 1989, an honor he well deserved. Jay was of the Methodist faith and a member of the former Russia Grange. Survivors include one son, David Sickler of Ogdensburg; two grandsons, James (Ellen) Sickler of Amherst, NH and Jeffrey (Karen) Sickler of Milford, NH; two granddaughters, Laurel Sickler of Burlington, VT and Rachel Sickler of Barre, VT; seven great-grandchildren, Shannon, Ryan, Jacob, Kayla, James and Kassandra Sickler and Tucker Mitchell; and many nieces and nephews of the Weakley family. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, James; and his sister, Mary Sickler. Funeral services will be held at the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport on Friday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Deborah Waldron, Pastor of the Newport United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring interment will take place in Newport Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Newport Masonic Lodge will conduct their ritualistic service on Thursday at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Masonic Brotherhood Fund or Shriners Hospitals for Children. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. (February 21, 2014)

Rita (Seymour) Korniat IHS Alumnus age 89, of Pine Ave., Herkimer, formerly of Ilion, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, with her family by her side. Rita was born in Ilion, New York, on January 24, 1925, the daughter of Margaret Kenefick and William J. Seymour. She attended the Annunciation School and Ilion High School. She was a life-long member of the Annunciation Church of Ilion. In 1946, Rita married Howard F. Mead, Jr., the father of her children. In 1971, Rita married John Korniat, with whom she shared some of the happiest years of her life. They lived in the Herkimer home that John built and it became the social hub for family and friends. John died in 1989. Rita worked in the payroll department at Univac in Ilion and Utica for 25 years. In addition to working full time, Rita had the even tougher job of being a single mom in the 1950's and 60's from the time her youngest child was still an infant. Rita successfully raised three children on her own, justifiably proud of her independence and her ability to provide for them. Rita knew how to stretch a dollar and her children were always dressed just so for every occasion, as was she. Rita had a keen fashion sense and loved to dance, never passing up an invitation, especially to jitterbug. Rita and John were accomplished polka dancers. She enjoyed time together with her siblings and family, and was a fierce competitor when playing the card game Pitch, no matter who the opponent. She was a gracious hostess, with a ready invitation to join her in a "five o'clock highball". Rita had a special passion for the New York Yankees, and her sitting room was bedecked with Yankee memorabilia. One of Rita's proudest moments was when she secured through the Veterans Administration a headstone in memory of her brother, Joe, who was killed in combat on Guadalcanal on November 1, 1942, and had it placed in the Veterans area at Ilion's Armory Hill Cemetery on November 1, 2000. Rita is survived by her daughter, Cindy Mead, of Herkimer; her son, Clifford Mead and his wife, Mary, of Corvallis, Oregon; her son, Larry Mead and his wife, Denise, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine; her grandchildren, Tracy and Ian Mead, Dan Gilbert and Ken Dicob; her step-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Michael O'Hara, Caitlin, Christopher and Seth Albert; her great-grandchild, Jonathan Gilbert; her brother, Al Seymour and his wife, Pat; sister-in-law, Ella Seymour; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Margaret O'Mara; her brothers, Willie, Jack, Chris, Joe, Burt and Harry; and a special cousin, Joseph 'Bud' Kenefick, who had been raised in Rita's family as another sibling. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, February 13, 2014, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Leo Potvin, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Spring interment will be held in St. Agnes Cemetery, North Ilion. Calling hours will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Rita, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. The family is very grateful to the staff at Valley Health Services of Herkimer for their gentle and caring attentions to Rita over the past seven months. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made in Rita's name to St. Agnes Cemetery Association, 109 West St., Ilion, NY 13357, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Rita's family has requested that her services be held at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and that all arrangements and supervision be entrusted to Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (February 21, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)

Gene Alan Wedemeyer IHS 1975, age 56, of 60 High St., Ilion, died on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at home. He was born on January 22, 1957, in Ilion, the son of John A. and Irma (DeLora) Wedemeyer and graduated from Ilion High School. Gene had been assistant manager of the Smoker Friendly Store in Ilion. He attended Annunciation Church. Gene also was a very good drummer and loved music. Survivors include his mother, Irma M. Jaquish, of Ilion; children, SSG Gene 'Buddy' A. Wedemeyer, Jr. (US Army Reserves) and his wife, Tiffany, of Mohawk, and Emily Wedemeyer, of Mohawk; one sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Bill Duhaime, of Rome; one brother, John Arthur Wedemeyer II, of Phoenix, AZ; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A private Memorial Mass for Gene will be held at the Church of the Annunciation at the convenience of the family. Spring interment will be at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. There are no scheduled calling hours. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Gene, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. The Wedemeyer family has entrusted Gene's funeral arrangements to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (February 21, 2014 modified March 20, 2014)

Charles 'Chuck' J. Earl IHS Alumnus, age 81, of Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on Aug. 28, 1932, in Herkimer, the son of Paul and Jeanette (DesRosiers) Earl, and attended Ilion schools. Chuck was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the U.S. Navy. In May 1957, he was married to Linda Gail Schueler at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. She died on June 13, 1996. He later married Patricia Murphy, who died several years ago. Chuck was a professional firefighter for the village of Ilion Fire Department for 30 years, retiring in 1993. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion Elks Lodge No. 1444 and Ilion Knights of Columbus No. 518.Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Tracey and Kevin Stevens, of Rexford; his son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Susan Earl, of Ilion; three grandchildren, Erin Earl and Charles and Cailyn Stevens; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Joann and Robert Pierson, of Rochester, Nancy and Angelo Semeraro, of Seattle, Wash., and Marilyn and Alex Rakowski, of Ithaca; his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Joyce Earl, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, where Father Paul Catena, pastor, assisted by Deacon James Bower, will celebrate a Funeral Mass. Spring burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Chuck, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Earl family has entrusted Chuck's service arrangements and supervision to their family funeral director and friend, Don Applegate. (February 21, 2014 modified March 16, 2016)

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