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If you would like the obituary for an alumnus, family member, to be included on the alumni site, please send the information via the Submit News form. Please include the URL of the originating obituary if it is available, and the Class year of the alumnus. (January 31, 2016)

Doris E. (Mosseau) Lewis IHS 1941, age 93, formerly of State Route 5, E. Schuyler, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 28, 2015, at Folts Home, Herkimer, with her daughter and son-in-law, Marsha and Larry Madar, by her side. She was born on July 5, 1922, in Ilion, the daughter of Eugene and Hazel (Curry) Mosseau, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1941. Doris was a veteran of WW II, serving in the US Navy Waves. Doris enlisted in March, 1944, and was stationed at US Naval Supplementary Radio Station, Imperial Beach, San Diego, CA. She received a ribbon bar of the Navy Unit Commendation and awarded "The US Naval Communications Intelligence Organization" for her service. She was honorably discharged in November 1945. On October 20, 1945, she was married to Harry Lewis in San Diego, CA. He died on September 26, 2014. They made their home in Ilion for many years, then moved to E. Schuyler. Doris was the owner-operator of her own antique business called "Dor Dor's Antiques". Her business flourished for many years. She enjoyed doing flea markets and going to auctions. Mrs. Lewis was past President, Sec.-Treas. of the Mohawk Valley Antique Dealers Assoc. Doris bowled for many years and loved baseball and fishing. As a youth, she lived in Thendara and always loved the Adirondacks camping with her family at 8th Lake and her parent's camp in Eagle Bay. Surviving family members include her daughters, Marsha Madar and her husband, Larry, of Ilion, and Robin Benson and her husband, Paul, of Texas; two sons, Rodney E. Lewis and his wife, Donna, of CA, and Brett R. Lewis, of Lee Center; a special daughter-in-law, Jaymie Lewis, of Mohawk; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a niece; four nephews; and two cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her sister, Nancy Stefanec; and a special cousin, Art Mosseau. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 2, 2016, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened and renovated home at 102 West St., Ilion, with Rev. Janet Gleason officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, following the funeral home service. Visitation will be Saturday, January 2, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. just before the funeral home service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Doris, 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 American Red Cross, 1415 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Lewis family has entrusted service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate.(Jan 1, 2016)

Mr. Timothy G. 'Tim' Hyer IHS 1978 a longtime resident of Ilion, passed away suddenly on December 22, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica, NY. He was born February 9, 1959 in Norfolk, Virginia, a son to the late Robert and Mary Ellen (Guilfoyle) Hyer. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1978. Tim was an accomplished wrestler in his high school years in 1977 and in 1978 and enjoyed football as well. For the 1976 Olympics, Tim was chosen for wrestling. He went on to attend Appalachian State College in Boone, North Carolina and played football there. He was currently employed with Visions Hotels, LLC, of Corning, NY as a General Superintendent. Tim was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge, and loved sports, especially following the Georgia Bulldogs. He was talented with his woodworking skills. He is survived by his fiance Tina Riley of Ilion, his children, Shawn Hyer and his wife Jessica of Tuscon, Arizona, and Christopher Hyer of Saratoga Springs, NY, his step-children, Justin Riley and his wife Ashley of Tuscon, Arizona and Kyle Riley stationed in the USS Navy, Japan, his grandchildren, Cael, Winry, and Grayson and his siblings, Christine Hyer, Janice Stansberry and her husband Rick, Steven Hyer and his wife Dawn, Elaine Salinger, Daniel Hyer, Gregory Hyer, Shawn Hyer and his wife Colleen, Erin Brown and her husband Chris, and Travis Hyer. Also surviving are Tina's family, her mother, Juanita Burger and her siblings William Burger, Eric Burger and his wife Peggy, Sharman Richards and her husband Bob, Lance Burger and his wife Leslie, Kurt Burger and his wife Erin, and Julia Murray and her husband Roger, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins and his faithful and loyal canine companion, Shadow. He also leaves many, many special friends. Tim was a great friend to all. He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Mary Ellen, and a brother-in-law, Steven Salinger. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday December 29, 2015 from 4 until 7 PM with a funeral service to follow at 7PM at The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road in Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort), with Seminarian Frank Vivacqua officiating. The Ilion Elks are asked to perform their ritual at 6:00 PM on Tuesday at the funeral home. Services are under the direction of Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea (315) 894-8000. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (December 27, 2015)

Nancy A. (Mosseau) Stefanec, IHS Alumnus 79, of 227 Millstone Road, passed away on Monday December 21, 2015, at her home. Nancy was born on August 2, 1936, in Auburn, NY, the daughter of the late Eugene and Hazel Curry Mosseau, and received her education in the Ilion Central School District. On September 25, 1956, Nancy was united in marriage with Otto Stefanec at the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, NY. He passed away on April 8, 2006. Nancy is survived by her children, Brian Stefanec of Ilion, Heidi Farrell of Danville, KY, Scott and Kathy Stefanec of Ilion, Keith and Lissette Stefanec of Richfield Springs, Dana and Kathleen Stefanec of Mohawk, a sister Doris Lewis of Herkimer, 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and three childhood friends Betty, Nella, and Ginny. Nancy was proud to be a former majorette with the Mohawk Valley Drum & Bugle Corps. She loved gathering with family and friends and always made them feel welcome in her home. She also loved anything Elvis, silly jokes, and all of her knickknacks she collected over the years. Friends are invited to attend calling hours and a funeral service to be held on Saturday December 26, 2015, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Nancy's funeral will follow at 3:00 PM with Pastor Chris Wintermute officiating. The burial will be at a later date at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. The family would like to thank her Hospice caregivers Jen, Anna, and Elaina for all the love and caring of Nancy and her family during her illness. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 in Nancy's memory. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (January 1, 2016)

Ms. Sharon A. (Jacobson) Sluyter, IHS Alumnus 72, of 104 N. Washington St passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Albany Medical Center with her family by her side. She was born in Ilion on February 8, 1943, the daughter of the late Stewart W. and Marie E. Covell Jacobson and she attended Ilion schools. She was at one time married to Ross Sluyter. She was a member of Herkimer Reformed Church. She enjoyed knitting and painting, but most of all, she loved the time she spent with her family. Sharon is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Kimberly and John LiBritz of Ilion and Stephanie Sluyter and her fiancr, Jaycib Barker of Herkimer; one son, Scott Sluyter and his fiance, Patience Budine of Ilion; five grandchildren, Kelly Hopson, Josephine Berg, Caitlin Berg, Ethan Berg and Jaycib Barker, Jr.; her former husband, Ross Sluyter and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her step-father, John Kraeger and two sisters, Donna Ricci and Keitha Griffin. Her funeral will be held Sunday evening at 7:00 PM in the V.J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort with Brother Ed Bick, officiating. Calling hours will be Sunday, December 20 from 4-7 PM in the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Contributions in Sharon's memory may be made to Herkimer County Humane Society, PO Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407-1154. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Sharon's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (January 1, 2016)

Marsha Mays-Smith Ed.D.,Ilion Staff of East Herkimer, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Little Falls Hospital. She was born on June 10, 1963 in Estill County, KY, the daughter of Virginia L. (Bandenburg) Call and the late Kenneth Mays. She was a graduate of Little Falls High School and continued her education attending Seaton Hall University receiving her Doctorate in Education. On December 22, 1984, Marsha was united in marriage to James M. Smith at St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer. The couple shared a union of almost 31 years. She was last employed as a principal for Fisher Elementary School in Mohawk. She also held the position of assistant superintendent for the Ilion School District. Marsha was an avid outdoors person and enjoyed visiting national parks. She was a very dedicated educator and loved her family and friends dearly. She is survived by her beloved husband, James M. Smith of East Herkimer; her mother, Virginia Call of Stratford; her sons, Holden M. J. Smith of East Herkimer and William J. Smith; a daughter, Tiffany R. Smith of East Herkimer; a brother, John Withrow and companion JoAnn Adamovich of Frankfort; sisters, Sandy Mays-Brault and husband John of Mohawk and Karen Combs and husband Edward of Kentucky. She also leaves her father in-law and mother-in-law, James G. and Connie Smith of East Herkimer; sister-in-law, Mariann Smith of California; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She also left behind two loving and devoted canine companions: Umaga and Wooly. Relatives and friends may pay their respects on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home (F.K.A. Holleran Funeral Service), 220 N. Washington Street, Herkimer, NY (315)866-1011. Her funeral will take place on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with The Reverend Brian Engel, Pastor of the Mohawk Reformed Church, officiating. Those wishing to make a donation in Marsha's memory may consider the Marsha Mays-Smith Education Trust Fund that will be established for her children. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family is being cared for and guided by Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors. To add to her online condolences, please visit www.eneafamily.com (December 20, 2015)

Mrs. Catherine (Katie) D. (Emrich) VanNort IHS Alumnus of Ilion, passed away at the age of 73 on Monday, December 14, 2015 at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion. She was born on April 16, 1942 in Ilion, a daughter to the late Earl and Helena (Johns) Emrich and was educated in Ilion schools. Her marriage to George Calvin VanNort took place October 18, 1958 in the Ilion United Methodist Church. He passed away on February 11, 2005. She was a waitress for 43 years at several Valley restaurants, retiring in 2002 having last worked at Empire Diner in Herkimer. She is survived by her children, all who live in Ilion, Keith VanNort and his wife Anna, Debra VanNort and Leslie VanNort, her grandchildren, David VanNort and his fiance Heather Kupris of Brookfield and Beth VanNort and her partner Steve Johnson of Ilion, great-grandchildren, Cody, Mathew, Gabriel, and Jacob VanNort and Conner and Jordan DiBrango all of Brookfield and Ahrielle and Ariana Ellis of Ilion, her brothers and sister-in-law, William, John and Eugene and his wife Elaine Emrich, a brother-in-law, Raymond Hendrie, and sisters-in-law, Jane Johnson and Pauline VanNort, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and husband as well as an infant son, Kevin Charles, brothers Earl Emrich and Alan Emrich, sisters June Loring, Lois Hendrie and Donna Conlin, Inlaws, Lloyd VanNort, Albert Loring, Thomas Conlin and Locklin Johnson, and Florence and Michael Staffo and Kathleen and Bruce Bulkley. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (Town of Frankfort), NY (315) 894-8000. Family and friends may pay their respects at the funeral home on Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 4:00-7:00 PM. Her funeral service will commence immediately following calling hours at 7:00 PM at the funeral home, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will take place on Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:00 AM at Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Alzheimer's Association of CNY. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (December 20, 2015)

Mr. Charles L. "Larry" Conover IHS 1957 of Ilion, passed away very unexpectedly at the age of 77 on Sunday morning, December 13, 2015 at Faxton St. Luke's Hospital, town of New Hartford, NY. He was born on March 8, 1938 in Ilion, a son of the late Charles H. and Helen Mary (Bartowicz) Conover. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, "Class of 1957." He went on to enlist and serve our country with the United States Air Force. His marriage to Justine C. "Judy" Harwood took place on December 27, 1969 in Ilion. The couple shared the utmost amount of respect and devotion to one another throughout their nearly 46 year union. Larry worked for 36 years with Remington Arms in Ilion. He held many jobs there inclusive to accounting and even ran the Remington Arms store. He retired in 2001 and at that time had been on the production line. He was a member and a Trustee of the First Baptist Church of North Utica. Thinking back on Larry's legacy we reflect on his love of reading and history. He was always there to make us laugh and just be happy in general. His dancing ability, playing the harmonica, playing the bongos, going camping in the Adirondacks and especially Rockport, Massachusetts are all memories we will hold dear in our hearts forever. He is survived by his beloved family, his wife, Judy, his children, Jeffrey Conover of Ilion, Julie Conover-Rudwall and her husband Jamie of Ilion, Timothy Conover and his significant other, Mumba Chisunka of Syracuse, and Emily Conover of Ilion, his grandchildren, Morgan Rudwall, Isabelle Rudwall, and Jake Rudwall, his brother and sister-in-law, Jim Conover and wife Judy of Ilion, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special and dear friends deeply loved. He also leaves his faithful dogs, Charlie and Tawney. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY, (315) 894-8000. Calling hours for Mr. Conover will take place on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 5pm-8pm at the funeral home. His funeral will commence immediately following calling hours at 8pm with Pastor Ann Wicks officiating. Those wishing are asked to consider the following charities in memory of Larry: Herkimer County Humane Society or the First Baptist Church of North Utica. The family is appreciative toward the Ilion Ambulance and the professionalism and effort of the EMT's involved. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (December 20, 2015)

Mr. Carlton 'Sonny' Brown, IHS 1951, 85, of 305 Third Ave. passed away Saturday, December 12, 2015 in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born in E. Frankfort on December 7, 1930, the son of the late Carlton Scoville and Marion Foreman Brown and he attended Ilion schools. He served with the US Army during the Korean War and was Honorably Discharged on March 12, 1953 and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was married to Doris Krick on December 27, 1952 in Frankfort United Methodist Church. Sonny was employed by Univac, Utica Plant and later by Remington Arms, Ilion, until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of Frankfort United Methodist Church and St. Francis Di Paolo Society, V.F.W Post #502, Frankfort - Ilion and was an Exempt member of the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department. Sonny loved his family most of all and showed his love to his extended Third Ave. Family. He was an avid Frankfort-Schuyler School sports fan and participated in the Pop Warner program for many years. He loved camping, fishing, bowling and acquired a love for golf. Carlton is survived by his beloved wife, Doris Brown; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Alana Brown of Frankfort; three daughters and sons-in-law, Leigh and Allen Irons of Coppell, TX, Linda and Peter Fumarola and Missy and James Ferdula, all of Frankfort; eight grandchildren, Allison and her husband, Kalon Rice, Anthony Fumarola, Peter Fumarola, Nicholas Fumarola, Richard Sweet-Ferdula, Mercedes Sweet-Ferdula; Troy Brown and Nathan Brown; one great granddaughter, Kayleigh Rice; his in laws, Richard and Dorothy Krick of Dolgeville, Larry Brown of GA, Lucy Reina of NC and Linda Krick of SC and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandson, Allen Irons III; one sister, Janet Brown, his in laws, Donald Krick, Muriel and Frank Reina and Raymond Krick. His funeral will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 in Frankfort United Methodist Church, Acme Rd., Frankfort, with the Rev. Robert Wollaber, officiating. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery with full Military Honors. Calling hours will be Wednesday, December 16 from 4-8 at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort. Members of the VFW will meet Wednesday evening at 6:45 and the St. Francis Society at 7:15 at the funeral home for services. Contributions in Sonny's memory may be made to Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Sonny's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Ambulance crew from the Frankfort Volunteer Fire Department and the nurses and staff of St. Elizabeth's Medical Center for the wonderful care and compassion shown to him during his illness and passing. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Carlton's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (January 1, 2016)

Michael A. Letts IHS 1954 79 of 80 E. North St. in Ilion, passed away on Tuesday December 8, 2015 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica. Mike was born on October 10, 1936 in Ilion, he was the son of Allen and Martha (Bennett) Letts. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and received his Bachelor's Degree from Hobart University. Mike worked as a case worker for Herkimer County DSS, retiring several years ago. Mike is survived by his cousins; Jane Smithson, Bridgett Snyder, Bo Foisey, Joanne Smith, Carol Leonis, DeeDee and David Lutz. He also leaves special friends and Ann Picket and her family. Mike is predeceased by his sister Donna. In keeping with Mike's wishes funeral services are private and at the convenience of his family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.. (Jan 1, 2016)

Lucy (Urtz) Joy IHS Alumnus age 96, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, December 5, 2015, at the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion, where she has resided for the past two years. Born on November 13, 1919, Lucy was the daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Sins) Urtz. Raised in Ilion and educated in local schools, she was a graduate of Ilion High School. On November 15, 1941, she was united in marriage to the late Lewis Joy, who she shared over 40 years with until his passing on April 3, 1982. As a couple, they encompassed the true meaning of partnership and exemplified what marriage meant to the "greatest generation". Even after Lewis' passing, Lucy remained steadfast and dedicated to her husband through her remaining years. A hardworking woman who was ahead of her time, Lucy spent her career as a telephone operator for over 30 years with the New York Telephone Company in Ilion and Herkimer, a position from which she retired in 1978. Lucy's life revolved around those she loved, and they were always of the utmost priority to her. Compassion and support were two of her most inherent traits, and her family knew that she could always be counted upon for an open ear and words of advice. A proud grandmother and great-grandmother, her kindness was extended to the younger generations as her family continued to grow. She was a loving person who gave of herself freely and openly to others through her charitable nature. Lucy was a talent in the kitchen, and will always be remembered for her apple pies and lasagna! She was a lifetime member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and still kept in touch with those she met through that organization. As a devout Catholic, Lucy was a longtime parishioner of the Church of the Annunciation. Forever in the hearts of those she leaves behind, Lucy is survived by her three children and their spouses, Robert "Bob" and Kathy Joy, Christine and Bernard VanHatten, and Edward 'Ed' and Toni Joy, all of Ilion; her grandchildren, Jennifer and Rick Bachelder, of New Hartford, Kimberly Joy and her fiance, Matt Kenyon, of Ilion, Christina Joy and her fiance, Chick Scaparo, of Wilmington, NC, Amy and Jon Thomes, of Ilion, Holly VanHatten and her companion, Tony Corelli, of Utica, Richard and Gigi Bell, of Merritt Island, FL, and Christopher and Morgan Joy, of Ilion; and her cherished great-grandchildren, Derek, Kaitlyn, Logan, Jared, Drake, Kain and Colton. She also leaves her brother, Joseph Urtz; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews with special mention of Marilyn Maine and Lorraine Covell; and a special friend, Ruthie Reale. Lucy was predeceased by her infant grandson, Ryan VanHatten; her sister, Rita Wheelock; and her brothers, Clarence Urtz, Jerome Urtz, Robert Urtz and Paul Urtz. Visitation will be held from 4 PM - 6 PM on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened and renovated home at 102 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Lucy's memory are asked to consider the Church of the Annunciation or Catholic Charities of Herkimer County. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Lucy's funeral service and Celebration of Life will take place on Wednesday morning, December 9, 2015, at 9:00 AM from the funeral home and at 10:00 AM from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be officiated by The Very Reverend Mark Cunningham. A special thank you is extended to the staff of the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center for the compassionate care shown to Lucy through her stay with them. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Lucy, or to add to her online memorial, may visit www.applegateandday.com Lucy's family has entrusted all service arrangements to their family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate, and Funeral Director, Martin Ciaccia. (December 13, 2015)

Patricia Ann (Furrer) Esford IHS 1958 age 75, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 25, 2015, in Saint Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse. She had the support and comfort of her loving family at her side. She was born on August 26, 1940, in Little Falls, daughter of the late Henry Glen and Katherine Deyle Furrer. A lifelong Ilion resident, she graduated from Ilion High School with the "Class of 1958." She furthered her education at Utica College and graduated from the Faxton School of Nursing. On March 18, 1961, she was united in marriage with Timothy Esford at Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church, Ilion. They shared a devoted union of forty-three years until his passing on April 1, 2004. For thirty years Pat worked as a Registered Nurse in the Maternity Department of the Mohawk Valley General Hospital in Ilion. She retired in 1995. Mrs. Esford had a strong faith in God and was a member of the Paine's Hollow United Methodist Church where she had served as the church treasurer. She was proud of her fifty-seven year membership Order of the Eastern Star where she had served as Matron. In her leisure time she was an accomplished pianist. In her youth she played for the dance studio in Ilion. She later played for church services and Eastern Star meetings, as well as for friends and family. She found much relaxation in sewing and tailoring for local residents and businesses. She loved to knit and generously donated much of her knitting to the Lacota Indian children, a favorite charity. To her family, they will never forget the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen with her many baked goods. To her many friends, she will always be remembered as a kind, caring, and giving lady. She will be sadly missed. Surviving her are a son, Steven Esford and his wife Donna of Ilion, a daughter Terri Nichols and her husband Paul of Clinton, a sister, Audrey Sorenson of Ilion, two grandchildren, Kaitlin Esford and Tyler Esford both of Ilion. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins, along with a special companion of five years, Richard Empie of Schuyler who together with Pat ran the Empie Apple Orchard. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a beloved daughter, Leanne, and a brother, William Slocum. Calling hours for Mrs. Esford will be on Sunday, November 29th from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. in the Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. Evening Valley Star Chapter #82 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a service immediately following. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 11:00 am in Armory Hill Cemetery. Expression of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Paine's Hollow United Methodist Church, 2352 State Highway # 167; Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Jan 1, 2016)

James E. Farley IHS Alumnus 77, of 148 West North Street, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2015, at his home, with his loving family by his side. Jim was born on February 27, 1938 in Ilion, the son of the late Terrance and Elizabeth (Blais) Farley. He received his education at Annunciation School in Ilion and graduated from Ilion High School. Jim was married to Barbara Butler who passed away in 2000. Jim was then united in marriage on October 20, 2001 to the former Elaine Schoonmaker at the VFW, Herkimer. Jim enlisted in the US Air Force in 1955 where he served honorably until June of 1958. After his discharge from the Air Force Jim was employed as a mason for several years and then was employed with Acorn Plastics in Ilion, retiring in 2011. Jim is survived by his wife "babe" Elaine, his children Tammy and Steven Baum of Ilion, Tracy and Jeff of Herkimer, and Jamie of Ilion; a daughter-in-law Barbara of Whitesboro, a brother Tom Farley of North Carolina, sisters Peggy Orendorf of Ilion, Jean(Ron) Wilson of Ilion, Mary (Joe) Sangenetti of Herkimer, and Cindy (Roy) Gengler of Rome, NY; his beloved grandchildren Carli, Alexis, Tyler, Jasmine, Reeve, Jeb, Mariah and many children to whom he was known as "Poppy" especially Lyndsey and Alayah; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother Willard Farley and a sister Donna Mower. He also leaves behind his beloved K9 companion Savannah. During Jim's life he was always first and foremost a very proud Veteran. Friends are invited to attend calling hours for Jim on Monday, November 30, 2015 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St, Ilion, the funeral service will follow at 1:00pm with Deacon Dennis Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Agnes Cemetery, Town of Herkimer. The family wishes to give a special thank you to Phyllis, Andrea and Laura for all of their help. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the family or Hospice and Palliative Care. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (Jan 1, 2016)

Catherine 'Kate' M. (Lubey) Amendolare IHS Alumnus age 86, of Maple Place, Ilion, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, with her loving family by her side. She was born on August 10, 1929 in Ilion, the daughter of Thomas and Katherine (Crosby) Lubey. "Kate" graduated from Annunciation School and Ilion High School. On April 30, 1949, she was married to George D. Amendolare at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. He died on September 25, 2010. Mrs. Amendolare was employed at Grant's of Ilion, and was in charge of the Domestic Dept. of Fay's of Ilion. "Kate" was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and the Frankfort Young at Heart Senior Citizens. Surviving family members include her three sons, George T. Amendolare and his fiancee, Catherine Evans, of Yorkville, Raymond J. Amendolare and his wife, Catherine, of Mohawk, and Gary A. Amendolare, who lived with her at home in Ilion; nine grandchildren, Chris, George Michael, Tamra, Jennifer, Raymond James, Gary J.L., Ashley, James and Diane; her great-granddaughter, Faith; three step-grandchildren, David, Jennifer and Christopher; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Mary Hurteau; and her brothers, Thomas Lubey and US Army Private, Raymond Lubey. Funeral services will be at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened and renovated home at 102 West St., Ilion, and 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery next to her husband George D. Calling hours are Friday, November 27, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Catherine "Kate", or add to her online memorial, may go to: applegateandday.com In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. The Amendolare family has entrusted "Kate's" service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (December 13, 2015)

Richard Paul Frank IHS 1969 65, of Warren Road passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home late Tuesday night, November 10, 2015 surrounded by the love and warmth of his family. He was born in Ilion on January 14, 1950, the son of the late George Rocco and Theresa Marie DiPiazza Frank. He attended Annunciation Parochial School and later attended and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1969. While there, he met his soul mate, Barbara Bereza and they later married on November 20, 1971 in Annunciation Church, Ilion. Richard was the proud owner and operator of Frank's Body Repair, which was started by his father, George, in 1938. Together with his sons they also expanded to create Frank's Mohawk Motors. Richard and Thomas continue to carry on the legacy of both family businesses. Richard devotedly worshiped at St. Francis DeSales Church in Herkimer. Some of his favorite pastimes included his love for The Beatles, the New York Yankees, and being a passionate season ticket holder for the Syracuse Men's Basketball Program. Those who knew Rich know how important humor was in his life. He found true joy in making people laugh and was always the life of the party, be it through his jokes, stories, or taking center stage on the dance floor. He was a genuinely selfless man, always putting the needs and wants of others before his own and most importantly he loved his family more than anything else. His love was unwavering, and he took great pride in being a loving husband, father, and Poppie to his cherished grandchildren. Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Barbara Frank; two sons, Richard Frank and Thomas Frank both of Mohawk; two daughters and sons in law, Erika and Collin Miller of NH and Ashley and Matthew Simon of MA; two grandchildren, daughters of Richard, Gianna and Kamryn Frank and Baby Miller on the way; a sister and brother in law, Donna and Nicholas Yagey of Whitesboro; his uncle and aunt, Barry and Mary Frank of Amsterdam; his father in law and mother in law, Walter and Shirley Bereza of Herkimer; his in laws, Carol and Joseph Raymond of Richfield Springs, Janet and Robert Yardley of Herkimer, Steven and Diane Bereza of Ilion, William Bereza and his wife, Laurie Holzer of Saranac, and Julie Traglia of Vernon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends Tom and Bunny Seymour, and numerous other close friends. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 8:30 am from the V.J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 10:00 in St. Francis DeSales Church, N. Bellinger St. Herkimer where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Rev. Mark Cunningham. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frankfort. Calling hours will be Sunday 1-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Richard's many caretakers; Dr. Le, Dr. Sikder, Dr. Iyer, the care team at the Slocum Dickson Infusion Room, the Respiratory Therapists and 6th floor Oncology Unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Hospice and Palliative Care, and all other supporting staff and team members that contributed to his care and wellbeing. Donations and contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Amazing Gracie's Gift Foundation PO Box 134 Mohawk, NY 13407 or amazinggraciesgift.org. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Richard's on line memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhome.com (November 14, 2015)

Robert 'Buddy' D. Lonis IHS Alumnus 85, of Mohawk passed away on November 8, 2015 at Bassett Health Care, Cooperstown, after a short illness surrounded by his loving family. He was born on May 2, 1930, in Ilion, son of the late William and Julia ( Donnelly) Lonis. On August 27, 1955 he was united in marriage with Margaret Kramer at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Little Falls. Theirs was a loving union which lasted over 60 years. Robert served in the United States Air Force from 1948-1951. He was stationed in Okinawa. He was last employed at Beech Nut in Canajoharie. Robert was a dedicated family man. He enjoyed going to camp at Piseco Lake, trips to Atlantic City, swimming, snowmobiling, gardening and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was nicknamed 'Mr. Fixit' as he could fix almost anything. He was a very big Al Jolson fan and him and his family would enjoy listening to his music together. Robert was very proud of his Irish heritage. He will never forget his beloved pet Bella. Robert was the Best Father and Grandfather that his 3 daughters and grandson could ever had. He put them above all else in his life. He did anything ever asked of him by his wife Margie, who he not have wanted to live without. He also loved having another guy around : his son in law Dale. Survivors include his beloved wife Margie; his 3 daughters Sandy Lonis, Mary Jo Carrig and Linda Skibinski and her husband Dale; his grandson Brian Robert Carrig, wife Rebecca, great granddaughter Paisley of Fernley, Nevada; his sister Eleanor Hanley and her husband Bob, many cousins, nieces and nephews and brother in law Anthony Gabriel. He was predeceased by his infant daughter Donna Marie Lonis; his brothers: Elwood , David and Donald Lonis and his sisters: Elizabeth Schneider and Patricia Gabriel and his beloved son in law Paul Carrig. Calling hours will take place from 5-8 pm on Friday November 13, 2015 at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 W. Monroe St., Little Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery. The family would like to extend a big thank you to the Physical Therapy Dept. at Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and the staff at Bassett Health Care for their love and support. The family is being cared for by Harry J. Enea, Kevin Enea and John P. Lewandowski, Funeral Directors. To offer an online message of sympathy please go to www.eneafamily.com (November 14, 2015)

Michea S. (Ludden) Supry IHS 1966 age 68, of N. Columbia Rd., Ilion (Town of Columbia), passed away peacefully on Sunday Nov. 8, 2015 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, with her loving family by her side. She was born on April 12, 1947 in Ilion, the daughter of Myron C. and Bertina (Curtis) Ludden. Michea graduated from Ilion Central High School and Utica School of Commerce, receiving an Associates Degree in accounting. On July 23, 1983, she was married to Fred L. Supry at the Ilion Baptist Church. Michea was employed as a bookkeeper at Williams Furniture Store, Herkimer, for over thirteen years. She later was a bookkeeper at the Evening Telegram newspaper, Herkimer, for over ten years. Mrs. Supry was a member of the Ilion Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Fred; her sons, Chuck Boulia and his wife, Kelli, of Ilion, and Randy Supry, of Lake Luzerne, NY; her daughter, Patti Cook and her husband, Ron, of Hadley, NY; eleven grandchildren, Jessica, Randy II, Christopher, Bridget, Daniel, Laura, Beth, Justin, Fred III, Zachary and Autumn; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Faith Smagalski and her husband, Gary, of FL; many nieces and nephews, who lovingly referred to her as 'Aunt Mike'; and several cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Betsy Warner; her son, Fred Supry, Jr.; and her grandson, Jared Cook. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger location at 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (old Main St., between Ilion and Frankfort). Funeral services will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the funeral home with Pastor Chris J. Wintermute, officiating. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Michea, or add to her online memorial, may go to: applegateandday.com In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Jesus Never Fails Community Church, c/o Sandy Dievendorf, 446 Spohn Rd., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home during calling hours and services on Thursday. The Supry family has entrusted Michea's funeral arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (November 14, 2015)

M. Louise (Younglove) Owens IHS 1948 Sun City Center, FL and New Hartford, NY age 85, passed into spirit on October 29, 2015 at her daughter's home in Hermitage, TN. Born on May 5, 1930, Louise was the daughter of David and Edna (Cole) Younglove. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1948, and attended college at Cornell University and the State University of New York at Cortland. She taught second grade in the New Hartford Central School District. United in marriage with Richard E. Owens on November 23, 1957, they were married for 53 years before his passing on December 14, 2010. Louise was ordained a Universal Life Minister in 1987. She lived in New Hartford, NY for 36 years before moving to Sun City Center, FL in 1993, while still continuing to spend the summers at the family camp on Kayuta Lake in Remsen, NY. Louise was very active in the Sun City Center Metaphysical Society and enjoyed playing cards. She had recently moved to live with her daughter in July 2014. Louise was LOVE. The way she lived her life with love in her eyes, mind and heart is her legacy. Louise is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Deborah Owens, Westmoreland, NY; one daughter, Cynthia Owens, Hermitage, TN; three grandchildren Bryan, Trevor and Danielle Owens; one brother, Robert Younglove, Latham, NY; one niece Linda (John) Laccetti, Latham, NY; one nephew Robert (Ellen) Younglove, Amsterdam, NY, and several great nephews and nieces. In keeping with Louise's wishes, there will be no memorial service. Those wishing may make donations to their favorite charity in Louise's name. (November 13, 2015)

William "Bill" Fullem IHS 1958 75 of Ilion, passed away on Thursday October 22, 2015 at Alpine Rehab Center in Little Falls. Bill was born on August 17, 1940 in Ilion, he was the son of the late George and Virginia (Wheelock) Fullem. He was a 1958 graduate of Ilion and attended Utica College. Bill also served his country in the Army National Guard. Bill is survived by his brother Mike and his wife Marie of Rome and a sister Ginny Phelps of Ilion. In keeping with Bill's wishes funeral services will be private and at the convenience of his family and there are no calling hours. 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. (November 13, 2015)

Deborah J. Long IHS 1970 63 of New York Mills, passed away on Thursday October 15, 2015 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care. Debbie was born on January 16, 1952 in Ilion, the daughter of Richard and Gloria (Stroud) Long. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and Colgate University, where she was a member of the first class to include woman. Deb was employed for a number of years by Syracuse University, later accepting an assignment to Utica College where she managed the College Bookstore. At the time of her passing she was employed as a Medical Claims Supervisor at United Health Care in Utica. Deborah is survived by her father Richard of Ilion; a brother Richard and his wife Debra of FL; three sisters, Laurel R. Voultsios of Syracuse, Alison M. Long and her husband Mark Baker of CT and Cynthia L. Long of Syracuse; she also leaves 11 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Gloria. Stroud Long. Debbie had two major interests throughout her life her nieces and nephews, who she especially loved to read to and entertain as children, and books for she was a voracious reader throughout her life. Collecting books was not her interest reading them was, and she typically either gave them away, or recycled them. Upon her death, the entirety of her books have been donated to the Salvation Army. In the early years after graduating from Colgate, Deb enjoyed the outdoors, and spent time hiking including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. A memorial service for Deborah will be held on Saturday November 7th at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Ilion, NY with Rev. Ruth Kuo officiating. Calling hours will be 10:00 am to 11:00, with the service at 11:00 am. A friendship celebration will follow up the street from the church at the Ilion Masonic Temple. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, NY. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (November 13, 2015)

Beverly (Rasmussen) Rapenske IHS 1960, 73, passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at home with her family by her side. Bev was born on December 3, 1941 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Avery and Ivah McIntyre Rasmussen and was a 1960 graduate of Ilion High School. She was employed as an account clerk with RCIL, Utica prior to her retirement and was a member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. Bev is survived by her daughter and son in law Robin and Dale Gregory, with whom she resided, a sister and brother in law Shirley and William Pickett and a brother and sister in law Andrew and Sandra Rasmussen all of Ilion, three grandchildren, Grace Victoria, Lincoln Avery and Luka Jagger, she also leaves two special friends Erminia Guido and Debbie Roberts. In keeping with Beverly's wishes there will be no calling hours and the funeral will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (October 11, 2015)

Mr. William R. Elthorp IHS 1973, age 60, a longtime resident of Mohawk, NY and a very well respected and important first responder to our area, passed away with his loving family with him at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY on Thursday September 24, 2015. Upon arrival back to the Valley, he was met by his loving Fire Department and MOVAC friends, who led him back to the funeral parlor. Carolyn was very thankful for this. His passing occurred following a four - year courageous bout with liver disease. He was born on September 7, 1955 in Herkimer, NY, a son of the late Robert and Gertrude (Mosher) Elthorp. He was educated in Ilion schools. Bill was a Charter Member 36 years with the Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corps. He was a 33 year member of the Mohawk Fire Department, EMS1, and also a past volunteer of the Ilion Fire Department. He was a member of the Mohawk Fire Department Fire Corps and Past Chief of MOVAC. He was a member of the Friends of the Town Park of German Flatts. He was of the Methodist faith. Bill and the former Carolyn Jaworoski were united in marriage on June 13, 1980 in Mohawk, NY with Rev. William Preuss officiating. Their union was over 35 years of love and togetherness. Bill worked for 20 years with St. Luke's Hospital (town of New Hartford) as a respiratory therapist, where he especially loved the Pediatric and Nursery Departments. First and foremost, Mr. Elthorp dedicated his life to the needs of the community, namely the fire department and ambulance corps. He was the head of the EMS and worked the ambulance for over 25 years. He spent many pleasurable moments hunting, fishing, and going for rides and vacations. He missed his dog companion "Beauty" as well. Survivors include his wife Carolyn Elthorp, his brothers Don and his wife Carol Elthorp of Mohawk and Richard Elthorp and his wife Gerry of Frankfort, his sisters, Mary Edwards of Herkimer and Roberta Holmes and her husband Hollis of Florida, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Joanne Valentine and her husband Dick of Mohawk and Mary Fusillo and her husband David of Schuyler. He was predeceased by three brothers, George, Charles and Alfred Elthorp, and two sisters, Betty Jean (Elthorp) White and Herriete (Elthorp) Feldbrugge and parents Robert and Gertrude. His beloved wife Carolyn has planned all funeral and burial arrangements with her family funeral directors at The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort). Funeral Directors, Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea and Donald J. Applegate (315) 894-8000. Services will be held at the funeral home on ACME ROAD on Saturday, October 3, 2015. There will be calling hours from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. At 1:00 PM a memorial service shall begin and will be lead by Chaplain Kenneth Palmer. All emergency responders, EMS, MOVAC, and Fire Departments are welcome to attend the service and stand honor to their fallen comrade. Their tribute to Bill will be a combined effort and will be incorporated into the 1PM service and carefully assisted by the funeral home staff. A private family committal service with honor guard representation will take place at Exeter Center Cemetery at a time convenient to the family. To remember William Elthorp in a special way, please consider the Strong Memorial Hospital @ the University of Rochester, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY Organ Donation Program. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. A very special thanks is offered to the doctors and staff of St. Luke's Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com. (October 11, 2015)

Ms. Mary Susan Timperlake IHS 1981 , age 52, currently of Ilion, and formerly of Midway, North Carolina, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, September 24, 2015, at the Siegenthaler Center, surrounded by the comfort of her family at her bedside. Born on July 23, 1963, in Oxford, NY, Mary is the daughter of Sun Y. (Cho) Timperlake and Peter Andrew Timperlake. Raised in Ilion, she was a graduate of Ilion Jr./Sr. High School with the Class of 1981. Upon graduation, Mary furthered her education at Herkimer County Community College where she earned an Associate's Degree in Travel and Tourism. Mary's career in the airline industry spanned over 30 years. She began her employment as a reservation specialist with Empire Airlines in Oriskany and through a series of mergers, relocated to Winston-Salem, NC, where she was currently employed by U.S. Airways/American Airlines. An easy going and fun loving woman, Mary loved her time spent with family and friends and she especially loved the holidays. She also loved spending time with her nephew, Robert, especially their walks in the woods and playing golf together. She was a true people person and a kind soul who always put others before herself. She thoroughly enjoyed travel, and took advantage of her position in the airline industry to take many trips throughout the world. She was an avid reader and sports fan, the constant supporter of both NASCAR and Syracuse Men's Basketball. Mary will be dearly missed by those she leaves behind. She is survived by her parents, Sunya Timperlake and her fiancee, William Szablak of Ilion and Peter Andrew Timperlake and his wife, Nancy, of Oxford; her sister and best friend, Janet Brown and her husband, James of Mohawk; her beloved nephew, Robert H. Brown, also of Mohawk; and her half-brother, Andrew Timperlake. Her memory will live on in the hearts of many dear friends she made throughout her life, especially Patricia Moynihan, Beverley Sweeney and Pamela Marsh. She was predeceased by her fiance, Jimmy Tolbert. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 1:00PM to 3:00PM at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West, St. Ilion. Mary's funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 3:00PM immediately following visitation, at the funeral home, on 102 West St., Ilion with Reverend Sally M. Heiligman, Priest-In-Charge, of Grace Episcopal Church of Mohawk, officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. The family would like to extend gratitude to the healthcare team at the Siegenthaler Center for their compassion and care shown to Mary in her last days. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 9 E. Main St., Mohawk, NY 13407, or The Siegenthaler Hospice Center 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Mary's service arrangements and supervision were entrusted to family friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate and Funeral Director, Martin L. Ciaccia. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Mary, or add to her online memorial, may visit our website at www.applegateandday.com. (October 11, 2015)

Kevin Michael O'Connor IHS 1970, age 63, of Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by the love and support of his family at his bedside. Kevin is the son of Francis T. O'Connor and the late Anne (Hanretty) O'Connor. Raised in Ilion, he was a graduate of Ilion High School. Upon graduation, Kevin enlisted in the United States Navy. He attended the prestigious US Naval Great Lakes Training Center in Illinois and was educated in electrical engineering and graduated from the rigorous program. Kevin was a model Navy man and proudly served his country until being honorably discharged in 1974. For over twenty years he was a partner in a major electrical contracting business in Central New York. In his spare time, Kevin enjoyed many activities but especially enjoyed fishing the St. Lawrence River, taking part in his children's activities, discussing history and politics. Kevin leaves a long legacy of love for those who were blessed to have him in his life. He is survived by his beloved wife, Brenda; his father, Francis; former wife, Christine Francis the mother of his daughter Bridgette (Kevin) Birardi; his sons Kevin (Michelle) O'Connor, Matthew (Stacey) O'Connor, Robert (Marcy) O'Connor and Phillip (Akane) O'Connor. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Justin, Colin, Allison, Sophie and Olivia; his step-daughters Amy (Maida) and Heather (Jeremy); and their children Caleb, Chloe and Claire. Survivors also include Kevin's siblings, Christine (Mitch) Wellenstein, Thomas O'Connor and Patrick O'Connor; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Kevin was predeceased by his mother, Anne, and three of his brothers Michael, Brian and Daniel O'Connor. In keeping with Kevin's wishes, his family honored his legacy in a private gathering. Anyone who would like to pay tribute to Kevin, are asked to make a memorial contribution to the Syracuse VA Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210. Kevin's family has entrusted his funeral arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate and Funeral Director, Martin L. Ciaccia. (October 11, 2015)

Douglas Hall IHS 1952 - Douglas "Twenty Dollar Doug" Russell Hall passed away on Friday morning, September 11, 2015, at the Veteran's Home in Scarborough, Maine, with his loving family by his side. He was born on November 8, 1932 in Ilion, New York. He was the son of the late Arthur and Florence (Emrich) Hall, and was educated in Ilion Schools. In 1952, Doug was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played with them for a short time, before being drafted to the Army of the United States on November 21, 1952. He was honorably discharged after two years of service on November 20, 1954. After his discharge, Doug played AAA baseball for two years with the Brooklyn Dodgers and semi-pro football for two years. On February 23, 1957, Doug married the love of his life, Joan Elizabeth Smith. In 1961, Doug went to work at Remington Arms, where he worked until his first retirement in 1986. Doug was recruited by Saco Defense in 1988, and moved to Old Orchard Beach, Maine. He worked for six years at Saco Defense, while he and Joan also managed Acorn Self-Service Storage in Westbrook, Maine. Together, they managed Acorn for thirteen years, before retiring for the final time in 2005. Doug enjoyed being with his family, and loved summer vacations in Florida and California. He had fun with his trips to casinos and racetracks to play the horses. When he would take Joan and Rose to the casino, they would sit in the back seat and listen to Doug share stories about growing up in Ilion. They were the Three Musketeers. Doug was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is adored and loved by all, and never met a stranger. Doug has left behind his wife of fifty eight years, Joan Hall, his brother and sister-in-law Don and Alice Hall of Ilion, New York, his sister-in-law, Juanita Burger of Ilion, New York, and he and Joan's four children and their significant others: Scott Hall and Shelia Servadio of Ilion, New York, Kelly Hall of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Tracy Kelly and Danny Raye, and Wendy McCarthy and George Rizeakos, all of Saco, Maine. He is also survived by his four grandchildren: Carly and Allie McCarthy and Sydney and Madison Kelly, all of Saco, Maine. He also leaves behind close, special friends Rose and Terry McCarthy, Scott McCarthy, Michael Kelly, Nikki Nadeau, Denise and Anthony Langella, Dale and Marlene Christie, and John Yavornitzki, as well as many nieces and nephews. Doug will also be missed by his loving dog Bella. Doug is predeceased by his parents, Arthur and Florence (Emrich) Hall, his brothers Arthur and Pete, his sisters Arlene, Flora, Doris, Betty, and Etta, and his sister-in-law, Margie Brewer. Friends and family in New York may call from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday September 19, 2015 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY. A celebration of Doug's life will be held in Maine at a later date. The family would like to extend their most heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Maine Veteran's Home in Scarborough for all of the care and compassion that they showed Doug in his final weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Doug's memory may be made to the Central Valley Academy or the Maine Veteran's Home system.(September 18, 2015)

Marjorie H. (Ford) Hadsell IHS Alumnus, 97, passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Mohawk Valley Health Care, Ilion. Marjorie was born December 17, 1917 in Burlington, N.Y. the daughter of the late Lyle and Sarah Ford Washburn. Marjorie was educated in the Ilion School System and on July 4, 1951 was united in marriage with Harrie Hadsell, he passed away in 1982. She was employed in the assembly department of UNIVAC retiring several years ago and attended the Herkimer United Methodist Church. Marjorie was an avid gardener and loved her backyard. Marjorie is survived by two sons and daughter-in- laws, Gary and Monica Hadsell of Ilion, and David and Terry Hadsell of Mohawk, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her Son, Harrie Jr. in 1965 and two brothers, Orville and Edgar Washburn. Funeral services for Mrs. Hadsell will be 12 noon Saturday, September 12, 2015 from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Interment will take place in Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 AM until the time of the service Saturday. Please omit floral arrangements. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to her great grandsonJohnny F. Drapalski, 80 N. Fourth Ave., Ilion, NY. The family would like to thank the 3rd floor at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center for the excellent care given to Marjorie during her stay. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (September 18, 2015)

 

Edward J. Capes IHS 1962 71, formerly of Second Ave., Ilion, passed away on Thursday. September. 4, 2015 at his home in Port Hueneme, CA. He was born on August 26, 1944 in Ilion, the son of the late Frank E. "Bud" and Alice J. (McLaughlin) Capes. He graduated from Annunciation and Ilion HS, Class of 1962. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, on board the aircraft carriers USS Oriskany and USS Kitty Hawk in Heavy Attack Squadron Four, achieving rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. Eddie was known for his easy going nature and witty humor. He was predeceased by his parents, stepmother Izetta Capes and older brother George of Rochester.

Edward J. Capes - Ilion NY
Edward Capes
Photo submitted by Mike Capes

He is survived by his sisters Frances (Vincent) Pellegrino of Connecticut and Mary Ekstrom of California; brother Richard of North Carolina; sister-in-law Nila Capes of Rochester; nephews Thomas and Robert Pellegrino, Michael Capes, Lars, Noel and Thor Ekstrom; nieces Ellen and Sarah Pellegrino, Marlene Capes, Kathryn, Leighanne, and Shannon Capes, many cousins; and his dear friends and caretakers Terry and Sarah Fitch of California. Friends and relatives are invited to a graveside memorial service to be held 12 noon, Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Benedict Ave., Ilion, NY, with full military honors. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ed, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Cal Vet Veterans Home of California-Ventura, 10900 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93004 (website address calvet.ca.gov). Envelopes will be available at the graveside memorial service. Local service arrangements are entrusted to Ed's childhood friend, Don Applegate, Funeral Director at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). (modified October 17, 2015)

Darlene M. (Entwistle) Russell IHS 1979, age 54, of Spohn Road, passed away suddenly on Friday September 4, 2015 at her home with her family there. Born in Ilion, NY on April 14, 1961, daughter to the late Joseph and Eleanor Entwistle. She went on to attend Ilion, NY schools. She was a graduate of Ilion High School and also attended nursing school. Her marriage to Larry E. Russell, Jr. took place August 8, 1981 in the town of Columbia. She worked at Folts Homes and Valley Health Services in Herkimer as an Licensed Practical Nurse. She is survived by her husband Larry, a son Larry E., III and wife Nicole, a daughter Heather and her husband Bill, four grandchildren, Chloe, Madison, Larry and Bella, her sisters, Donna Loomis and Sharon Entwistle, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends Cindy and Dave Lowe. Funeral service will be held Thursday September 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM from The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Calling hour at the funeral home prior to the service on Thursday 9 until 10:00 AM. Funeral and burial arrangements have been planned with The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY. Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea (315) 894-8000. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit www.eneafamily.com. (September 9, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Jay H. Wilson IHS 1948 age 86, of First Ave. Ext., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 4, 2015, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, after a long illness, with his loving family by his side. He was born on March 29, 1929, in Utica, the son of Parker L. and Merrell (Durfey) Wilson. Jay attended E. Frankfort School and graduated from Ilion High School in the class of 1948. Mr. Wilson was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the US Air Force. On June 9, 1951, he was married to Norma M. Dodge at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. She died on November 18, 2002. Jay was employed as a surveyor for NYS Dept. of Transportation District Office in Utica for thirty-seven years, retiring in 1991. He then worked as a part-time surveyor for William Tiel. Mr. Wilson was a long time member of the Word Christian Center in Mohawk and a member of the NYS Engineer's Assoc. Surviving family members include his daughter and son-in-law, Lori and Dennis Dolan, of Nazareth, PA; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald 'Ron' and Mary Ellen Wilson, of Port Byron, NY, and John J. and Robin Wilson, of Ilion; two grandchildren, Jennifer Dolan, of Germany, and Joel Dolan and his wife, Lindsay, of Walnutport, PA; his great-grandson, Jax Dolan; and Jay's friend, Kathryn Knewasser, of Ilion. He was predeceased by his wife, Norma; brother, Bruce Wilson; and his sister, Barbara Wilson. Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Friday, September 11, 2015, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours are Friday, September 11, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon prior to the funeral home service at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Jay, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet. The family wishes to thank all the nurses, doctors and staff of the Critical Care Unit at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare for their kindness, compassion and excellent care. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Jay's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (September 9, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Walter D. Martin IHS Alumnus , age 65, of Oriskany St. West, Utica, formerly of Ilion and Saranac Lake, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at home. He was born on November 17, 1949, in Lake Placid, the son of Stephen and Catherine (Boula) Martin, and graduated from Ilion Central High School. Walter was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict, serving in the US Army, and receiving a Purple Heart Award and several other awards and ribbons of honor. On April 4, 1997, he was married to Nellie (Spencer) Hunt in Saranac Lake, NY. Walter was employed in mortuary services in the US Army for twenty-six years. He was service officer at the American Legion Post 38 of Herkimer and a member of the VFW of Saranac Lake. Surviving family members include his wife, Nellie; his daughters, Stephanie Martin Cardidakis, of Everett, WA, Hope Thomes and her husband, Bill, of Ilion, and Rebecca Hunt, of Ilion; his grandchildren, Savannah, Erika, Robyn, Robert, Jordan, Frank, Jr., and Isabella; his great-grandson, Delano; two sisters, Kathleen Lee and Mike Jackman, of Herkimer, and Joyce Dennison, of RI; several nieces, including a special niece, Roberta Spencer; and several nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Carol Ashley. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 2, 2015, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger facility, located at 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (old Main St. between Ilion and Frankfort). Calling hours are Wednesday, September 2, 2015, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral home service at 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion (old Main St. between Ilion and Frankfort). Anyone wishing to share a memory of Walter, 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 directly to Walter's wife, Nellie Martin, c/o Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Donation envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Walter's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his family's Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (September 9, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Albert Joseph Helmer Jr. IHS 1957 - (Al), 'Butch' age 76 of Ilion passed away on Monday August 24, 2015 at Little Falls Hospital. Al was born on August 22, 1939 in Herkimer, he was the son of the late Albert J. and Catherine Mary (Seaver) Helmer. He attended Ilion Schools with the class of 1957 and was employed at HCCC until his retirement in 2000. On October 12, 1968, Albert married the former Betty Doremus at the People's Undenominational Church in Cedarville. Al was a member of the Ilion Presbyterian church where he served as Deacon for 10 years, Herkimer German Maennerchor, a former member of Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, he was also an avid bowler. Al is survived by his wife Betty; two sons, Alec and his wife Jennifer, and Albert "Joe" and his wife Julie, both of Ilion; two daughters Alicia and her husband Kevin Townsend of Brewerton, NY and Ann and her husband Richard Farmer of Cornelius, NC; three brothers Robert and his wife Carol of Winterhaven FL, Richard of Cohoes, NY and David and his wife Heike of Berkley CA; three sisters Mary Bongiorno of Frankfort, Doreen Helmer of Herkimer and Joellen Schafer of Ilion; ten grandchildren Timothy Helmer-Hall, Jillian and Paige Farmer, Joey and Samantha Helmer, Matt and Morgan Townsend, Lucas Mickle Alyssa and Corinne Baerman; one great grandchild Aiden Townsend; a godchild Carissa Johnson; in laws Arthur Doremus and Tom Martin, Ruth Hanrahan, Marjorie Creaser, Jane Rood, Fred and Judy Doremus, Roy and Cheryl Doremus, Gene and Mary Doremus, John and Sherry Bouck, Keith and Pat Doremus, Karen and Jack Allen, Carl Doremus and Daryl Yerdon and Dennis and Thim Doremus; as well as several nieces, nephews. A memorial service for Al will be held on Sunday September 6, 2015, 2 pm at the Ilion Presbyterian Church, Rev. Ruth Kuo will officiate. In lieu of calling hours, family and friends are invited to join the gathering at the Ilion Moose Lodge following the service. Friends and family are asked to consider memorial donations to either the American Diabetes Foundation or the American Heart Association. Al's family wish to thank Bassett Little Falls ER and 3rd floor staff for the care given during his illness. 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. (September 9, 2015)

Florence 'Flossie' E. (Strong) Cotton IHS Alumnus age 96, formerly of Columbia Center, Ilion, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion. She was born on February 4, 1919, in East Frankfort, the daughter of Henry and Iva (Best) Strong, and attended Ilion High School. On June 24, 1939, she was married to Robert 'Bob' Cotton in Cedarville. He died on January 8, 2000. Flossie was a member of the Columbia Center Methodist Church and past President of WCTU. She was also a former Sunday school teacher and member of the church choir in the South Ilion Methodist Church. Surviving family members include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Allen Cotton, of Cana, VA, Carl and Janet Cotton, of Cedarville, and James "Jim" and Nancy Cotton, of North Columbia; her daughter, Cynthia Cotton and Annette Anderson, of Ilion; a daughter-in-law, Kay Cotton, of Columbia Center; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Bob; her son, Kenneth; eight brothers; four sisters; and two great-grandchildren, Jonathan Combs and Chad Cotton. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m., Saturday, August 15, 2015, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Hans Drews, of the Columbia Center Community Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Cemetery of Reformed Church of Columbia Center, next to her husband, Bob. Visitation will be held Saturday, August 15, 2015, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., prior to the funeral home service at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Flossie, or add to her online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cedarville Ambulance Fund, 960 State Route 51, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and entrusted to Flossie's family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (September 9, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Jeffrey Lawrence Hopkins IHS 1957, lost a long battle with cancer on July 28, 2015. Born on January 11, 1940, in Ilion, NY, he joined the USMC and was honorably discharged in 1968. He graduated from Syracuse University. He worked for General Electric Company for 13 years and Motorola Government Electronics Department for 10 years. He has several dozen papers published plus 6 technical books on astronomy and one family history. He is survived by two younger sisters and their families, Pamela Rose and Erin Dunckel. He is also survived by two children and their families, Stephanie Ann Schramm and Charlie Ryan Hopkins. A Celebration of Life Gathering was held on August 8, 2015, at Haus Murphy's in Glendale, AZ. Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Aug. 16, 2015. (August 18, 2015)

Winifred (Davis) Metter IHS 1935 age 97, of Vero Beach, FL, passed away on August 28, 2015. Mrs. Metter was a 1935 graduate of Ilion High School and attended Utica School of Commerce. She married Richard Metter April 18, 1943, in Ilion. Winifred also worked in the Remington Arms, as a secretary, during World War II. She and her husband, Richard Metter, never had children of their own. (May 30, 2016)

Jack Day IHS 2011

August 25, 1993 - August 7, 2015

Jack Day IHS 2011, 21, of Ilion passed away at home on August 7, 2015 with his family by his side, after a courageous 6 year battle with cancer. Jack was born on August 25, 1993 in Little Falls, and is the son of Tim Day IHS 1981 and Pattie (Vayo) Day IHS 1986. He was a 2011 graduate of Ilion High School and recently received his degree from Utica College in Criminal Justice.

Jack Day - Ilion NY
Jack Day

Jack was a member of the Church of The Annunciation and the Ilion Knights of Columbus 1st Degree. He enjoyed all sports, participating in football and wrestling during his school years and was an avid snowmobiler. Being with family and friends was his favorite place to be. Many of his favorite memories were of camping at Moffitt Beach and Piseco Lake each summer and more recently, time spent at the St. Lawrence River with his family.

Jack Day - Ilion NY
Jack Day with classmates at Barringer Road Elementary School

Jack loved his family and friends and was always the one to look out for them, always taking care of others and putting them first. His strong faith, determination and positive attitude in life, especially as he faced his toughest battle have inspired all who knew him.

"Creep down into the heart of Jesus. He alone can comfort you in your supreme hour of sorrow."
Mother Marianne Cope 1904

Jack Day - Ilion NY
Jack Day - 2011 Yearbook

Jack is survived by his parents Tim and Pattie; two brothers William "Connor" and Timothy Day all of Ilion; a sister Amanda Favreau of Malta; his special niece and nephew, Sophia and Jacob; his maternal grandmother Jewel Vayo of Ilion; aunts and uncles John and Jolene Day, Greg and Mary Day, Kim and Larry DelGrego, Peggy and James Marosek, Robert and Tracy Vayo and Terry and Ruth Vayo; many loved and special cousins and friends, and his faithful companion Champ.

Jack is predeceased by his paternal grandparents Jack and Charlotte Day and maternal grandfather William "Bud" Vayo.

Jack's family wishes to give special thanks to Barb Lennox, Troy DelGrego and their family and friends who were by their sides with their loving care and support; Ann Lindsay and all of the HOSPICE staff, and Jack's doctors and staff at Mass General Cancer Center whose level of care and compassion was beyond words.

A funeral mass for Jack will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 10:30am at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, Fr. Paul Catena and Fr. Anthony Barratt will officiate. Interment will follow at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 from 3-6pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion and are asked to please consider memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to either the Amazing Gracie Foundation, PO Box 134, Mohawk, NY 13407 or the RDH-12 Eye Love Cecelia Fund, C/O Jon Cole 1738 Barringer Rd. Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (August 15, 2015)

 

Kris Lennox Fahey IHS 1984 shared this beautiful video of the memorial tribute to Jack Day. The ceremony was held Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at the Ilion High School football field. The video shows how much his friends and classmates loved him and how much everyone will miss Jack.

 

IHS Class of 2011 (+/-) getting the football field ready for Jack Day's memorial. <3

Posted by Kris Lennox Fahey on Tuesday, August 11, 2015
(August 15, 2015)

 

Steven Maley 'Boss' IHS 1979, 53, of Ilion, passed away on Friday July 31, 2015 at home, after abrief illness, with his family by his side. Steve was born on August 24, 1961 in Canton, NY. He was the son of George and Barbara (Willse) Maley. He attended Watertown Schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Steve was a master jeweler for over 34 years and owned and operated Steve's Custom Jewelry in Ilion. He was also the President of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club, Bridge Street. On June 5, 1982 Steve married the love of his life and best friend Kim (Steele) in East Herkimer. Steve is survived by his wife Kim; a son Tyler and his wife Sara; two grandchildren Mason and Jaxson; his parents George and Barb; a brother Lee and his wife Kim all of Ilion; three sisters, Lynn and her husband Ted Mowers of Ilion; Jan and her husband David Heap of Herkimer and Lois Holden of Little York Lake, NY; his in laws John and Joyce Steele of Ilion; along with nieces and nephews. His extended family included his Highwaymen brothers. He was predeceased by his best canine friend and co­worker, Lady, and his brother­in­law Scott Holden. Funeral services for Steve will be held on Monday August 3, 2015 a 7pm at the Whiter­Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Friends may call on Monday from 4 pm until the time of the service and are asked to please consider memorial donations to his grandchildren's college fund, in lieu of flowers. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (August 15, 2015)

Margaret V. 'Peg' (Christman) Eberle IHS Alumnus, 70, of Frankfort, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Monday, July 27, 2015 at her home. Born in Ilion on March 2, 1945, Margaret was the daughter of the late Gus and Marion (Lewis) Christman. Raised and educated locally, she attended Ilion schools and in 1974 was united in marriage to George Eberle in Mohawk, NY. Mr. Eberle passed away in 1982. During Margaret’s employment years, she worked as daycare provider, was a cook at Annunciation Church and retired from Annunciation Church as a secretary. Margaret enjoyed playing Bingo in her leisure time and loved traveling with the church. She is survived by a son, Claude (Tom) Eberle of Frankfort; her daughters, Joanne Falcone and her husband Santo and Claudia Miller all of Frankfort; her beloved grandchildren, Jonathan and Abigail Eberle and Christine and James Falcone; great grandchildren, Bella and Lucca Falcone and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Carl Miller. Funeral Services will take place on Saturday, August 1, 2015 beginning at 10:00 AM from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort) Ilion, NY (315)894-8000 and at 10:30 AM at Annunciation Church, West Street, Ilion where her Funeral Mass will be offered by The Reverend Paul Catena, Pastor. Procession will then follow to St. Agnes Cemetery, Ilion where she will be laid to rest. Family and friends may pay their respects from 9:00-10:00 AM at the funeral home. The family is being guided by Funeral Directors, Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea. (August 15, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Robert R. Rose IHS 1962, 71 passed away after a valiant battle against cancer on Tuesday July 7, 2015 in Jamesville, NY surrounded by his loving family. Bob, son of Clark and Loretta Rude Rose, was born on January 28, 1944 in Ilion NY. He graduated from Ilion High School Class of 1962 and studied Civil Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. He had a career of over 45 years in the construction industry, most recently as a Superintendent for the Bell and Pike Companies of Rochester. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Helen Tucker Rose, children Robert (Robin) of Rush, NY, Elizabeth (Brian) Clapper, Jamesville, NY and Eileen (Michael) Chappell of DeWitt, NY, his grandchildren, Cassidy Rose, Emily, Matthew and Abbey Clapper, and Nevin Chappell. Bob joyfully awaited the birth of his granddaughter, Charlotte Chappell, due any day! Bob is survived by his brother Floyd (Veronica) Rose of Ilion, Edward (Lillian) Rose of Cedarville and Mary Willis of Mexico, NY. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Raymond, Charles, Beatrice and Dorothy Rose and Hazel Eaker. Bob is also survived by his in-laws John (Peggy) Tucker, Mary (Roger) Rommel, Marjorie Weeda, Nora (Charles) Borso and Catherine (Alex) Rosemyer. Bob was an active member of St. Francis de Sales Church, Scoutmaster of Troop 22 East Herkimer, and member of the EH Fire Department. Bob loved the outdoors; hunting, fishing, golfing, and most especially enjoyed time at his hunting camp with Bobby, Matthew and the guys. Bob cherished his grandchildren and family. His unique gift was to make each feel special and his favorite. Bob's funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer. Family will greet friends before Mass from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the entrance of the church. Internment will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort immediately following the service. Bob's family would like to extend special thanks to the medical staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, especially, Remona, and the other nursing staff on Thoracic Oncology. Their care and compassion was always reassuring to Bob and his family. In lieu of flowers expression of sympathy may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Regional School in Herkimer or the Golisano Children's Hospital, Syracuse. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Fenner Funeral Home Inc., Herkimer. (July 17, 2015)

Barbara J. (Alexander) Coriale IHS 1966, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 7, 2015. There are no prior calling hours. A mass will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at St. Michael's Church, Penn Yan, followed by burial in St. Michael's Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael's Church, 210 Keuka Street, Penn Yan, New York 14527. Barbara was born October 28, 1948, the daughter of Neil and Helen O'Connor Alexander. She loved spending time with her family, enjoyed bingo and traveling to Las Vegas, and was an avid Giants and Yankees fan. She also loved shopping. Barbara is survived by her husband of 45 years, Salvatore; children, Salvatore James (Anna) Coriale of Stanley, and Mrs. Christa (Tim Moniot) Coriale of Dresden; two grandchildren, Matthew and Leah; one brother, Robert (Carol) Alexander of Oneida; and a sister, Patricia Morey of Sherrill. She was predeceased by her parents, Neil and Helen Alexander. Friends may sign the guest book at www.WeldonFuneralHome.com. (July 10, 2015)

Walter Joseph Bucek IHS Alumnus, 93, of Litchfield, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2015 at the Lutheran Home in Clinton of renal failure. Walt was born on July 2, 1921 in Little Falls, NY, the son of the late Felix and Frances (Bialoch) Bucek. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. He owned a dairy farm for many years and later worked in the Remington Arms Company, retiring in 1983. Walt was a caring, loving husband and father. He was a hard worker and would help anyone. Walt had a love for hunting and animals. He was known as the 'Litchfield Legend' and was the oldest living Litchfield resident. He was a member of the Ilion Fish & Game Club, St. Francis Club in Frankfort and the Annunciation Church in Ilion. He married Doris Vineyard, of Mohawk on March 2, 1946. He is survived by his wife, Doris; daughters, Donna (Francis) Macrina, JoAnn (Gary) Rigo, Karen Bucek (Daniel) Jory, Christine (Randy) Shields; five grandchildren, Eric Macrina, Mindy Rigo and her boyfriend, Curt Kemp, Joseph (Pam) Macrina, Amanda Shields and her boyfriend, Jeff Albright, Brittney Jory and two great-grandchildren, Sophia and John Macrina. He also leaves his brother Stanley Bucek of Richfield Springs; in-laws, Virginia Dunn of New Hampshire, Jack Vineyard of Cooperstown and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, father, two brothers and four sisters. A special thanks to the neighbors, friends and medical staff that gave their loving care and support. Calling hours will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY. Funeral services will begin at 1:15 PM, Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at the funeral home, where prayers will be offered, and 2:00 PM at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. Procession will then follow to Litchfield Cemetery, Town of Litchfield where he will be laid to rest. Donations in Walt's memory can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 731 James Street #200, Syracuse, NY 13203 (Toll free 1.855.NKF.CARES (1.855.653.2273); envelopes will be available at the funeral home. His family has planned all funeral and burial arrangements with the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY, Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea (315) 894-8000. (June 28, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Herman 'Junior' Alejandro, Jr., IHS Alumnus, age 53, of W. Main St., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at home, with his family by his side. He was born on February 24, 1962, in New York City, the son of Herman and Cristina (Torres) Alejandro. He attended Ilion High School. Herman worked along side his oldest brother, Jose, as a home improvement technician for Maldonado General Contracting Co., Ilion, for over fifteen years. 'Junior' was known and admired for his kindness and humor. Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Jose Maldonado, of Ilion, Rosa Valdivia, of Mohawk, Richard Torres, of Ilion, Albert Torres, of Ilion, Carmen Torres, of North Carolina, Annette Torres, of Ohio, and Anabelle Falcon, of Bridgeport, CT; aunts and uncles, Dolores Torres and Anibal Torres, of Long Island, NY, Gloria Byrne, of Ilion, Maria Austin, of Ilion, and Francisco Torres, of Ilion; many nieces, nephews and cousins; Liz Skinner and her husband, Jim, who were considered family; close friend, Alice Colon; stepchildren, George and Gina Marquez; and two grandchildren, Malak and Angelo. He also leaves his favorite feline companion, Kimmie. He was predeceased by his mother and father. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are Monday, June 29, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger facility at 4309 Acme Rd. (old Main St.), between Ilion and Frankfort. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Herman 'Junior', or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. Herman's service arrangements are entrusted to his family's Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (June 28, 2015 modified March 20, 2106)

Patricia A. (Davis) Maddocks IHS Alumnus, 72 of 690 W. German Street, Herkimer passed away on Friday June 19, 2015 at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. Pat was born March 24, 1943 in Ilion N.Y., the daughter of the late George and Thelma Abeling Davis and was a graduate of the Ilion High School. She was employed as a secretary with the Harmony House in Herkimer, NY retiring several years ago and was a member of the Herkimer VFW Auxiliary. Pat is survived by a son Jim Maddocks of New York Mills, a daughter and son in law Crystal and Brett Nemeyer of Marcy, a brother and sister in law George and Niki Davis of San Angelo, TX, her step siblings Elva Abrams and Dave Davis, also several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends are invited to attend a graveside service for Patricia to be held on Tuesday June 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. In keeping with Pat's wishes there will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Whiter­Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (June 28, 2015)

Oneita L. (Bluett) Bouchard IHS 1939, 94, passed away at home with her family by her side onSaturday June 13, 2015. Oneita was born April 28, 1921 the daughter of the late Damon and Rose Levigne Bluett, she was a graduate of Ilion Schools with a perfect attendance record. On March 30, 1940 she was united in marriage with William G. Bouchard he passed away May 10, 1989. Oneita was employed at several local super markets as a cashier, meat and deli clerk, retiring from Great American in 1983. She was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 502 Auxiliary, a life member of the V.F.W. National Home For Children and an avid bowler. Oneita is survived by two daughters Linda Roemer and her companion Richard Ulin of Mohawk and Claudette and Bruce Williams of Ilion, six grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren, she is also survived by several nieces and nephews and several special friends, she also leaves her canine companion Chewie. Oneita was pre deceased by her son Gene and two brothers Ralph and Theodore. In keeping with Oneita's wishes there will be no public calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are with the Whiter­Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. In Lieu of flower friends are asked to consider memorials to their favorite charity. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.Whiter­Hendrix.com. (June 28, 2015)

Thomas Petty - Ilion NY
Thomas Petty
1988 - Music Teacher

Mr. Thomas Petty, IHS Faculty, 60, affectionately known by his students and friends as "T.P." and retired Music Department Director for Whitesboro High School, husband of Brenda, passed away on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, after a short illness, at SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse. He was born in Kenmore, N.Y., on Feb. 18, 1955, a son of Earl and Mary Gulino Petty. Tom grew up in Clarence, N.Y., where he graduated from high school, with the Class of 1973. Thereafter he attended Crane School of Music, Potsdam, graduating with the Class of 1977. Thereafter he began his career in music education at Cherry Valley School System and completed his master's degree studies in music performance at University of Oklahoma. On July 16, 1983, Tom was united in marriage with Brenda J. Olmsted at Church of Christ Uniting, Richfield Springs. This marriage was a blessed and happy union of 32 years. After their marriage, the couple lived in Herkimer for many years. From 1983 until 2000, Mr. Petty taught instrumental music at Ilion School System.

In 2000, he began teaching instrumental music for Whitesboro High School, retiring as director of music in 2010. T.P. had a brilliant career in music education; he was a very dedicated and beloved teacher, band director and musician who always went above and beyond the call of duty for every one of his students. He will be fondly remembered for his participation in sending his students for instrumental solo and band competitions at NYSSMA festivals (N.Y. State School Music Association). He also participated in conducting several All-County and Area All-State concerts. For many years he served as director for school marching bands, pep bands and jazz, concert and symphonic bands. T.P. also played in and directed the pit band for various area high school Broadway musicals. Tom greatly enjoyed his part-time employment for Big Apple Music of New Hartford, where he taught individual instrumental music lessons and traveled to area schools delivering various musical instruments and supplies.

In 2010, Tom and Brenda converted their camp at White Lake to their year-round home, where they greatly enjoyed Adirondack living, including construction of a hunting camp and the enjoyment of deer and turkey hunting, fishing in area lakes and snowmobiling. Tom was the quintessential repairman and handyman; he greatly enjoyed working on automobiles and all sorts of home-related projects. He was a member of Abundant Life Fellowship Church, Boonville. While teaching in Ilion, Mr. Petty served as choir director at Ilion United Methodist Church for a period of 17 years. Tom's Christian faith was a central part of his life. In addition to his wife, Brenda, Tom is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Darren Cardenas, Billerica, Mass.; one son, Mike Petty, Nashville, Tenn.; one beloved granddaughter, Tabitha Cardenas; one brother, John, Williamsville, N.Y. and Tom's nieces, Emily and Jessica; stepmother, Dolores Petty, Williamsville, and her children and grandchildren; and Tom's mother- and father-in-law, Bev and Les Olmsted, Richfield Springs, N.Y., and his sister-in-law, Marylee Olmsted, Herkimer, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents. Tom will be dearly missed by many people. He is also survived by a host of friends, colleagues and former students. Tom's family expresses a note of special thanks and heartfelt appreciation to his brother in Christ and very close friend, Pastor Daniel Tabolt, of Abundant Life Fellowship Church, and friends Kelly and George Powers and Marianne Mclaughlin for their support of Brenda at Tom's bedside at the time of his passing. Tom's funeral will be Tuesday, June 16, at noon at Abundant Life Fellowship Church, Rt. 12, Boonville, where visitation hours will be Monday, June 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. and on the funeral day from 10 a.m. until the funeral. Following cremation, his ashes will be scattered. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Abundant Life Fellowship Church, P.O. Box 22 Boonville, N.Y., 13309. His arrangements are in care of Trainor Funeral Home Inc., Boonville.For an online message of sympathy, please go to www.trainorfuneralhome.com. (June 13, 2015)

Richard Glen Leniek IHS 1969, passed away May 5, 2015 in Costa Rica, where he resided for the past three years. Richard was predeceased by his brother, John Leniek IHS 1971. Notice of Richard's death was provided by his brother, Charles 'Chuck' Leniek IHS 1965. (June 13, 2015)

Samuel Folsom Selwood IHS 1957, 76 of Penn Yan entered the gates of larger life, peacefully at home on June 3. This good man was born on January 16, 1939 in Ilion, NY to Helen Graham Selwood and S. Folsom Selwood. While at Union College he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and enjoyed the friendship of his brothers throughout the years. After graduating he began his career in insurance claims and eventually retired from Caliber (FedEx) in Akron, Ohio as the Risk Manager in 1997. He then moved to the house he had finished on Seneca Lake and began to pursue seriously his lifetime interests in archery and hunting, while continuing his woodworking. He especially enjoyed his ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) friends and working on the archery course at the Duck Club. He had truly enjoyed his 26 years in Penn Yan. In those years, he took pride in his work on the Torrey Town Planning Board and in helping to construct the columbarium at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where he will find his earthly resting place. He is survived by Pat, his wife of 53 years, daughter Michele Shaar, son-in-law, Tom, their two boys Hasan and Mark Shaar, his two sisters Joan Annutto(John) and Diane Williams (Steve Newton), as well as nieces and nephews. Samuel's funeral service will be held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 11:00am at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Penn Yan. Memorials may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, or Ontario-Yates Hospice. Both have given him and his family excellent and loving care in these last weeks. Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com. (June 13, 2015)

William Alan Fikes (Billy) IHS 1973, passed away on May 31, 2015. Billy was born in 1953 the son of the late Gordon and Ann Boland Fikes. He attended Ilion Schools, graduating in 1973. From there he went to his first employment at H.M. Quackenbush Co. in Herkimer, after several years, he moved on to work for Montgomery Wards for 16 years in the shipping and receiving dept. For many years Billy enjoyed hunting, fishing and the companionship of his dog "Skippy". Survivors include his two brothers and a sister in law Ronald Fikes of Ilion, and Rodney and Dolly Fikes of Mohawk, two sisters and a brother in law Karen and Jack Jewell of Ilion, and Kay Juteau of Herkimer, a daughter and son in law Annmarie and Bill Wormuth of Mohawk, two granddaughters Brianna and Hailey Wormuth of Mohawk, a son Michael Fikes of Mohawk, his former wife Sandra Fikes of Mohawk, a sister in law Kathleen Fikes of Schenectady and several nieces and nephews. Billy was predeceased by his oldest brother Richard Fikes of Schenectady. In keeping with Billy's wishes there are no calling hours and the funeral service will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society PO Box 73 Herkimer, NY 13350 in Billy's memory. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 13, 2015)

Donald G. Dack IHS 1961, 73 of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Sunday May 24, 2015 at Faxton'St. Luke's Health Care in New Hartford. Don was born on February 9, 1942 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Marion (Kennedy) Dack Sr. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and in 1961 joined the Air Force serving in Vietnam. On October 4, 1975 he married the former Adeline Bergin in Ilion. Don worked as a machinist at Union Fork and Hoe until his retirement. Don was an active member of the the Ilion Elks Lodge, Mohawk American Legion, and the St. Francis Club. Don is survived by his wife Addie of 40 years, a daughter Megan and her husband Anthony Dischiavi and grandson Dax of Deerfield, a brother Kenneth and his wife Kitty Dack Jr. of Ilion and a sister Linda and her husband David Iamele of Utica, his many neices and nephews and many friends. He is predeceased by his son Robert James Dack and his brothers Bill and Dick Dack. Don was a loving and devoted husband, father and friend to all. Don loved camping, fishing, watching NASCAR (go Jeff Gordon!) and watching the New York Giants and The Dodgers. He was also a loving companion to Chance and Riley. A special thank you to Dr Manzurul Sikder and staff, the staff of the 6th floor, ICOU and David, Brian, Michele and Lucy of Radiology at Faxton St. Luke's Heathcare for their loving care and support. A funeral service for Don will be held on Friday May 29, 2015 at 5pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Marianne Victor and family members will be sharing thoughts and memories. Friends may call on Friday from 2 pm until the time of the funeral. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. The Mohawk American Legion will be conducting services at 4pm and the Ilion Elks Lodge at 4:30 pm at the funeral home. Please consider a memoral dontation to the Herkimer Country Catholic Charities, 61 West St. Ilion NY 13357. To send an online condolence please go to www.Whiter-Hendrix.com. (June 13, 2015)

David J. Haggerty IHS 1983, 49, of West Rand Street, Ilion passed away at home on Monday, May 18, 2015 with his family by his side. Dave was born June 2, 1965, the son of Robert J. and Sheila (Christian) Haggerty. He was an Ilion graduate and graduated from SUNY Delhi in 1985. Dave worked for the James Jordan Associates Architects for several years before becoming an independent draftsman. On August 29, 1992 he married the former Deborah Rankins in Ilion. Dave was a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus and the Delhi Alumni Association. Dave is survived by his wife, Debbie, a daughter, Shannon, his mother, Sheila, all of Ilion. A brother, Thomas of Victor, NY. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many very close friends. Dave is pre-deceased by his father, Robert. Dave was a lifelong resident of Ilion. He loved life and enjoyed spending time with family, friends and listening to music. Special thank you to Mary Ellen and Elena from Hospice for their kindness. Funeral service for Dave will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, New York with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to www.Whiter-Hendrix.com.(May 31, 2015)

James A. (Jim) Noffer IHS 1951, 82, of Rome, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at his residence, after a long illness, with his loving family by his side. He was born October 18, 1932, in Ilion, NY, the son of Albert and Elizabeth VanValkenburgh Noffer. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, the class of 1951. On January 26, 1957, he married Nancy Bower, the mother of his children. He later married Barbara Pazdur Hojnacki in Rome on August 18, 1989. Jim was employed at Carparelli Brothers for over thirty years, retiring in 1994 as an Office Manager. He was also a part-time Police Officer for the Herkimer Police Department. Jim proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Transfiguration Church, American Legion, Teamsters Local 182, South Rome Senior Center, Rome Polish Home and the United Polka League. Jim loved to travel, hunt, fish, dance, play bingo and play cards. He will always be remembered for being a fun loving guy. Surviving besides his wife, Barbara, are two daughters and a son-in-law, Diane Dicob, of Mohawk, and Susan and Delbert Ball, of Herkimer; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Dawn, of Little Falls, and Timothy and Christie, of Ilion; one sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Richard Houck, of Florida; a daughter-in-law, Christine Noffer, of Newport; nine grandchildren, Brad Sherwood (Megan Tolman), Jennifer Dicob, Erika and Megan Ball, Jason (Catrina), Jordan, Kirsten, Cody, Bailey and Dylan Noffer; eight great-grandchildren, Taylor, Aryanna, Aubrie, Christina, Samantha, Isabella, Hazel and Keilan; and step-grandchildren, Joseph (Shauna) Moshier, Chuck Eaker and Michael Jackson. Also surviving are stepchildren, Debbie (Larry) Roberts, of Rome, and Joe (Andrea) Hojnacki, of Rome; sister-in-law, Barbara Pazdur; brother-in-law, Joe (Mary) Pazdur; step-grandchildren, R.J., Rachael and Robbie Hojnacki, and Barbara (Joe) Klis; and step-great-grandchildren, Jaydin and Joey. He was predeceased by his son, Michael; son-in-law, Donald Dicob; brother-in-law, Frank Pazdur; and sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Walt Siepiola. The family wishes to express their gratitude to their family, friends and neighbors during Jim's long illness for their wonderful love and support. Special thanks goes out to Kathy and Tom. Funeral will be held Wednesday at 10:15 a.m. at the Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George Street, Rome, and 11:00 a.m. at Transfiguration Church, where a Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Paul F. Angellichio. Family and friends may call at the funeral home Tuesday, 4-7 p.m. You may light a candle and send a message of sympathy at: www.nunnandharper.com. (May 31, 2015)

Ronald 'Ron' D. Abeling IHS 1962, age 71, of Utica, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully and went home to Jesus on Saturday, May 23, 2015, after a long illness. He was born on June 6, 1943, in Ilion, the son of Inman and Florence (Moore) Abeling, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1962. On September 18, 1969, he was married to Ruth Angle in Ilion. She died on August 7, 1999. He later married Zoraida Garcia in Utica. Ron was employed as a machinist at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for twenty-seven years, retiring in 1989. He was a former member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444. Surviving family members include his wife, Zoraida; his sons and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Jacky Abeling, of Ilion, and Roy Abeling; three sisters and brothers-in law, Karen and Thomas Cooper, of Savannah, GA, Janice and James Hall, of Lawton, OK, and Beverly and Jim Hutchinson, of Scio, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife; his parents; his brothers, Roy Abeling and Dennis Abeling; and his sister, Thelma Saj. Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Gregory Smellie officiating. Calling hours are Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 4:00 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 Ron, 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 Ron's church, that he was so devoted to for many years, First Apostolic Church, 320 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro, NY 13492. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Ron's service arrangements are entrusted to his long time friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (May 31, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Hugh R. Bouck IHS Alumnus, 71 of Pine Tree Dr. in Ilion passed away on Saturday May 16, 2015 at home, with his family by his side. Hugh was born on October 5, 1943 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Ralph and Mary (McSherry) Bouck. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and Utica School of Commerce and was employed as a sub assembler at Remington Arms Co. until retiring in 2007. On October 16, 1965, he married the former Nancy Eastwood at Annunciation Church in Ilion. Hugh is survived by his wife Nancy; a daughter Ellen all of Ilion; a son Robert and his wife Simone; two brothers Russell and his wife Diane of Raleigh, NC and James and his wife Rosemary of Frankfort; two sister in laws Joyce Batman of Fredonia and Ellen and her husband Winfred Arnold of Mohawk; his special grandson and great grandson Jake and Jaylon; as well as several nieces and nephews and a special feline granddaughter Galaxi. Hugh was and loving and devoted father. In keeping with Hugh's wishes, there are no calling hours and a graveside service will be held at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion at a date to be announced. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to either HOSPICE 4277 Middlesettlement Rd. New Hartford, NY 13413 or the Herkimer County Humane Society PO Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407, envelopes are also available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. "You are my rock, my friend, my devoted husband" To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 31, 2015)

Gordon R. Disotelle IHS 1957, 76, a long-time Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Folts Home, Herkimer with the love and support of his family. Born in Ilion, NY on May 15, 1938, he was the son of the late Raymond and Laura (Peters) Disotelle. Raised and educated in Ilion and Malone, Gordon was an Ilion High School graduate and honorably served his country by enlisting in the United States Army. On July 13, 1963 he was united in marriage to the former Florence Volo at Annunciation Church, Ilion. During his employment years, Gordon worked as a technician for Univac, was a supervisor at PAR Technology in New Hartford and was a manager at one time for the Ilion Elks Lodge. He was a fan of the New York Yankees, an avid golfer, and was a handyman, enjoying painting and wall papering as a side job. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge and Annunciation Parish of Ilion. He is survived by his wife Florence, his son, Michael Disotelle of Mohawk; his daughter, Shelly Disotelle of Columbia, MD; his sisters, Shirley LaValley and husband Bernie of East Herkimer, Esther Viparina, and Linda Edick and husband Allen all of Ilion. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mildred Volo of Mohawk; in-laws, Elaine and Jim LaPietra, Brian Volo, Bill Volo, Patty Volo and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to acknowledge Hospice and the staff of the Folts Home for the care and compassion given to Gordon during his time spent there. Those wishing to express an act of kindness may make a donation in Gordon's memory to Alzheimer's of Central NY, 441 W. Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204. There will be no public calling hours. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 1PM at the Folts Home Chapel 2nd Floor, 104 N. Washington Street, Herkimer, NY, officiated by Deacon James Bower. Interment will follow at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort) 315-894-8000 under the direction of Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors. (May 31, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Richard Charles Janis IHS 1966. If the world seems a little dimmer, it is because a dear soul has moved on from this earthly existence. Richard Charles Janis (DJ, Dick, Dicky Chuck, Ricky) exited on May 5th, 2015. He brought a lot of love and joy into the world, and more than a few laughs. His insight and compassion were evident in his various occupations. Always the teacher, DJ developed the freshman studies program at SUNY Morrisville and coordinated the HEOP program at Syracuse University, where he met the love of his life, Jane. A stint teaching English at Fowler High School was followed by 10 years at the NYS Division for Youth. He took a break from human services to form the Parkside Painting Company but returned five years later as a Crisis Counselor at Cayuga County BOCES. He will be missed by many, but mostly by Jane, his wife of 28 years, daughters Emily Klink (Dave) and Abigail, and son Joseph. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 16th . All are welcome. Contributions can be made to the Fresh Air Fund. (May 29, 2015)

Gary Keith Kidder IHS 1950, 83, of San Antonio, passed away on April 16, 2015. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Fort Sam Houston on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. Gary was born in Ilion, New York, to Keith and Ione Kidder on October 13, 1931. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950 and, at 18 years old, was signed to a professional baseball team, the Poughkeepsie Chiefs. He went on to serve in the Air Force, including Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1976 as Chief Master Sergeant. Gary led major military personnel automation initiatives for the Air Force and, afterwards, in corporate and civil service programs, retiring a second time from Federal Civilian Service in 1997. Gary is survived by his partner, Cheryl Fuller; his sons, Sam and Dale; daughters, Robin and Jackie; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Dorothy; and son, Steven. Though a true Yankee, Gary considered Texas his home, with over 50 years in the State and many personal and professional ties to Randolph Air Force Base. He will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Gratitude is extended for the exceptional care provided by Franklin Park, Sonterra, Assisted Living, and VITAS hospice caregivers. Please sign the guestbook at www.colonialuniversal.com. (April 28, 2015)

James S. Remis IHS 1957, 77 of Ilion passed away on Friday April 17 2015 at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Jim was born on August 25, 1937 in Ilion; he was the son of the late John and Rachael (Conover) Remis. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and served in the US Navy. On November 25, 1961 Jim married the former Carolyn King. Jim worked for 20 years as an installer for Martin Green and Sons and then for 19 years as Maintenance Director for the Ilion Housing Authority. Jim was a member of Annunciation Church, the Knights of Columbus joining at eighteen, received his 4th degree and was a life member, the Ilion Fish and Games Club and the IFD Company 1 for over fifty years, the IFD Rescue Squad where he participated in many compaticians. Jim's other passions were being a member of the Annunciation Bazaar Committee and was a co-chair of the Bazaar for several years. Jim is survived by his wife Carolyn; two sons Todd and his wife Kathryn of Ilion and Shawn of ; a daughter Debbie and her Husband Richard Schoff of Ilion; a brother John of MD and three grandchildren Jacob and Claire Schoff and Elizabeth "Lizzy" Remis all of Ilion. He is predeceased by a daughter Paula and two brothers Michael and Charles. A memorial mass for Jim will be celebrated on at at The Church of The Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Paul Catena officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on from to at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St in Ilion. Jim's family would like to thank the staff of the second floor at Mohawk Valley Health Care for all their care and compassion during his stay. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 18, 2015)

John Michael 'Mike' Purcell IHS 1967, age 67, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center. Born in Ilion on March 27, 1948, Mike was the son of the late John O. Purcell and Anne (Stagg) Purcell Tiel. He also knew the love and support of his stepfather, William Tiel. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Upon completion of his schooling, Mike went to work and spent the majority of his career as an auto mechanic, most recently with Orion Bus Industries in Oriskany. He also worked for a time alongside his stepfather as a member of a survey team. Mike was a man dedicated to his Catholic faith. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion and a former member of the Pastoral Council. He involved himself in his community through his membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge 1444 and was a past member of the United Auto Workers. In his spare time, he enjoyed watching sports and was an avid fan of the NY Yankees. Mike is survived by his sister, Marianne Shepherd Lee and her husband, Francis Lee of Sauquoit, and his family; his brother, Timothy J. Purcell and his wife, Lynne, of Alta Loma, CA; his nephews, Daniel J. Purcell, of CA, Sean Shepherd and Blythe Huestis, of Scottsdale, AZ, Ryan Shepherd and his wife, Nicole, of Buffalo, and Thomas Shepherd and his wife, Bree of Chandler, AZ; his great-niece, Taylor Shepherd; and his great-nephews, Sawyer Shepherd and Keane Shepherd. He also leaves his stepfather, William S. 'Bill'Tiel, of Oneonta; his stepsisters, Lynne Stone and her husband, John, and Mary Thuma and her husband, David; his aunts, H. Elizabeth Stagg, of Syracuse, and Rita Morrison, of Florida; along with numerous cousins in New York, New Jersey and Florida, with special mention of Lori Geise and her husband, Thomas, and Jayne Stagg, all of Ilion, and William Stagg, of Frankfort. It would be remiss not to mention Mike's long time friend, Tom Farnham, of NC, and all of his 'Buds' at JD's Lounge in Ilion. Besides his parents, Mike was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Thomas R. Shepherd, II, and a special cousin, Lindsay Stagg. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Mike's funeral service, which will be held at 8:30AM, Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, and at 9:30AM from the Church of the Annunciation, where his Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. Calling hours will be held on Friday evening, April 17, 2015, from 4:00PM -6:00PM at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. Members of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 will conduct their ritualistic service at 5:45 from the funeral home. Interment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Mike, or add to his online memorial, may visit www.applegateandday.com. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357 or to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Mike's funeral service and supervision were prearranged and entrusted to his family Funeral Director and long time friend, Don Applegate, and Funeral Director, Martin Ciaccia. (April 18, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

George E. Gettle Jr. IHS 1977, 55, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. He was born in Ilion on September 15, 1959, the son of George and Shirley O'Driscoll Gettle and was a graduate if Ilion High School. George served in The US NAVY for over 21 years retiring at the rank of First Class Petty Officer, following his retirement he was employed as a delivery driver for Hummel's Office Plus in Herkimer. He was united in marriage with Tina Whitten on September 4, 2004. George is survived by his wife Tina, his mother Shirley of Ilion, his children Donna Lord, Holly, Penny and Barbie Brantigan, Tiffany Gettle, Raelyn Muldoon, Scott Marrott and Steven Jones. George is also survived by three sisters and brothers in law Helen and Keith Hutchison , Debra and Clyde Harie 111, and Michele and William Conrad, his brother Philip and Liz Hines. He is also survived by also several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father George Sr. Friends are invited to attend funeral service and calling hours for George, at the Whiter­Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, to be held on Monday April 13, 2015 from 4�6 PM with the funeral service being held at 6:00 PM. His grandson Rhobea Price will be sharing thoughts on George's life. Friends may leave an online condolence and light a candle at www.Whiter-Hendrix.com. (April 18, 2015)

Janet (Hannahs) Remis IHS 1953 and Faculty Member, 79, beloved wife of John Joseph Remis, and a resident of Quinby, VA, formerly of Ilion, NY, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Born June 3, 1935 in Mohawk, NY, she was a daughter of the late John Clarence Hannahs and Mary Vincent Hannahs. Growing up in the neighboring small town of Ilion, Janet and John first met while still in grade school. Following high school, Janet attended and graduated from Cortland State Teacher's College. It was during this time that John and Janet's life-long relationship would begin. After two years spent teaching in Ballston Spa, Janet returned to Ilion to complete her twenty nine year vocation as an elementary school teacher. Alongside teaching, her greatest passions in life were God and family. A prior Eucharistic Minister, she attended both St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church and the Onley United Methodist Church, where she was active with their church choir. Janet was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. In addition to her husband of fifty-five years, survivors include six children, Martin Paul Remis and wife Parichat of Hawaii, Mary Elizabeth Maynard and husband William of Quinby, John Andrew Remis and wife Vanessa Triscari-Remis of Prince George, VA, David Brian Remis and wife Karen of Topsham, ME, Janet Rae Getman and husband Alan of Pensacola, FL, and Ryan Christopher Remis and wife Sarah of Sacramento, CA; a sister, Judith Allen and husband Duane of Saugerties, NY; fourteen grandchildren, Whitney, Robert, Victoria, Kelli, Stephen, Serena, Amanda, Michaela, Jeffrey, Alexandra, Garrett, Gwenyth, Jacob, and Clara; three great-grandchildren, Nathan, Nicholas and Douglas; and six nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, John Carroll Hannahs. Funeral services will be held at the Onley United Methodist Church on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., with the Reverend Charles W. Parks III officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Lawn Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Sunday, March 22, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Flowers will be accepted and memorial donations may be made to Riverside Shore Hospice, 608 Denbigh Blvd., Suite 700, Newport News, VA 23608. Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home. (April 16, 2015)

Herbert Spencer Mead IHS Alumnus, 93, a lifelong resident of Ilion, NY, and a career firefighter, answered his final alarm on Tuesday March 10, 2015 at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center in Ilion. Herb was born on February 9, 1922 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Howard and Ruby (Geary) Mead. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and worked briefly for Remington Arms prior to enlisting in the US Navy during World War II. He served with U.S. Fleet Hospital #111 as a Pharmacist's Mate, and was a Heavy Equipment Operator while stationed on the island of Guam, in the Pacific Theatre from 1942-1946. On July 22, 1950 he married the former Mary Elizabeth Garlock in Ilion. Mary predeceased him on November 25, 2013. Herbert was a career firefighter with the Ilion Fire Dept., serving as a deputy Chief and retiring as Acting Chief after 28 years of service. When not on duty at the firehouse, Herb drove bus for Guido Bus Service and CNY Coach Line. Prior to entering the fire service Herb worked for the Ilion DPW. His love for the brotherhood of firefighters was second only to his family, yet in retirement he was able to pursue his other passion, cars. For several years he owned and operated Mohawk Motors and served as the Dock Master at the Ilion Marina for many summers. Herb was a member of the Ilion Methodist Church, the Ilion Lodge 1444 BPOE, a former member of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, and served on the Village of Ilion's Zoning Board of Appeals. Over the years he enjoyed camping in the RV, the family camp at Piseco Lake, motorcycling and snowmobiling with his family. Herb is survived by his sons Gary Mead of Ilion, NY, and Joseph (Becky) Mead of Mohawk, NY, and his daughter Terri (Michael) Haley of Shortsville, NY, and two granddaughters, Mariah Haley and Sarah Haley and a sister Shirley Jones of Ilion. Herb was pre�deceased by his brothers, Howard Jr., Stanley, Ralph, and his sister, Frances. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service for Herbert on Monday March 16, 2015 at 1:30pm at the Whiter­Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. Friends may call on from 12:30 until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorial donations to: The Ilion Ambulance Fund 1 Central Ave. Ilion, NY 13357 or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send an on line condolence please got to www.Whiter-Hendrix.com. (April 18, 2015)

Brian J. Rex IHS Alumnus, age 54, of London Towers, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, with his family by his side. He was born on March 13, 1960, in Ilion, the son of Lyman and Carol (Smith) Rex, and attended Ilion schools. He was a veteran, serving in the US Army. At one time, he was married to Susan Gage. He later married Tammy Sanders. Most recently, he was married to Marie Streator. At one time, Brian was employed at Spohn's Disposal. Later, he was employed by the Village of Ilion Dept. of Public Works for ten years. Brian was a member of the Sons of the American Legion. Surviving family members include his wife, Marie; his mother, Carol Rex, of Ilion; his children, Cecilia Baumgartner and her husband, Lance, of Inlet, Michael Rex and his wife, Carrie, of Ilion, Timothy Rex, of Ilion, Cassandra Allen and her fiance, Tony Possemato, of St. Johnsville, and Eli Rex, of Mississippi; eight grandchildren, Gabrielle, Joshua, Samantha, Liam, Noelle, Zackary, Sophie and Mallory; two stepsons, Colon and Orrin Streator; his brother, David L. Rex and his partner, David Bunal, of Oriskany; his sisters, Sherry Krick, of Ilion, and Kathy Marlowe and her husband, Kim, of Ilion; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Deborah Dawn Sobolowski. He was predeceased by his father, Lyman Rex; his sister, Patricia (Rex) Charles; his granddaughter, Chyanne Allen; and his nephew, Robert Charles. Brian's Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Herkimer First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Prospect St., Herkimer, NY, with Rev. Janet Gleason, Pastor, officiating. Spring interment will be in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the Memorial Service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Brian, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. Brian's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (March 30, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Raymond Gordon Garlock IHS 1936, 97, of Mohawk, departed this life on March 1, 2015 and will be dearly missed by all his loving family and friends.Raymond was born in Ilion, on December 16, 1917; he was the son of the late Raymond A. Garlock and Meta V. (Mather) Garlock.Ray attended Ilion High School and enjoyed many sports mainly track and gymnastic and graduated in 1936 receiving a High School Diploma.In 1942 Raymond married Mildred Ann Whitcomb in Methodist Church Little Falls N.Y. They attended Paines Hollow Methodist Church. Raymond worked in Remington Rand and Univac in Ilion and Utica as a Process Engineer Foreman from 1936 to 1974 when he retired. He had also bought a small dairy farm in Paines Hollow with his wife Mildred and three children. Then on November 16, 1975 was married to Beverly Jane Shepard [Cole]. Raymond joined the United States Army 10th Mountain Infantry Division 87th Company I Ski Troop and was a World War II Vet. He entered the service on May 21, 1942. Served in the European and Pacific theaters of operation; at the Aleutian Islands, North Apennines and Po Valley, Italy with the headquarters, 10th Mountain Infantry Division and the 87th Mountain Infantry Division, Company I. Ray earned the Specialist Infantry Badge and was awarded the Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and lapel button issued. He was honorably discharged on September 29, 1945 in Fort Dix, NJ with rank of Technical Sergeant. Ray was a devoted husband and father and friend to all and known as a very honest and caring man. He converted the farm to raising White-Faced Polled Hereford beef cows. Ray over his lifetime enjoyed working on the farm growing crops and in the garden growing vegetables; working in the woods logging, cutting fire wood, hunting, and was an excellent skier. He worked 35 plus years in the antique business and named his business Log Cabin Antiques. Ray built a log cabin in 1974 outside of Mohawk NY where he lived. Ray is preceded in death by his two brothers Richard Garlock, Paul Garlock and his grand-daughter Davina Sue (McKenney) Stapleton. Raymond is remembered by his wife Beverly and his children: Sandra Jean (Garlock) McKenney and husband David of Sherburne NY; Gordon Kip Garlock and wife Patricia (Tripple) of Mohawk NY; Ellen Diane (Garlock) Goff and husband Gene of Vermontville NY; step-daughter Arlene B.(Cole) Miller and husband Greg of West Windfield; also 7 grandchildren; Cheryl McKenney, Jean McKenney, and Myra Beth (McKenney) Scott and husband Jay of Sherburne; Chad David Garlock of Little Falls NY; Sara (Goff) Glaneuski and husband Jason of Brockton, Mass.; Marla (Goff) Wolter and Husband Tim of Slingerland NY ; Bruce Goff and wife Maria of Little Rock, Arkansas; Ray's brother Donald Garlock of Florida and sister Barbara [Garlock] Pelton and husband Stewart of Florida; brother in law Tom Shephard and wife Anne of South Carolina; and 10 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. He is also remembered by many relatives including many nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews, also by two special little girls Delaney and Paisley and his many friends. Raymond also was a member of Masonic Lodge in Ilion from 1941 to present also a member of American Legion of Mohawk NY and Town of German Flatts Councilman from 1960-1984. Raymond will be interred in full military services in St. Johnsville Cemetery in the spring. Arrangements are entrusted to Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Ilion, NY. Ray's family thanks Dr.Wilcox and the nurses, aides and its staff at Masonic Care Community for the many acts of kindnesses and care of Ray during the late days of his life. Special thanks to close neighbors for all their help over the years. In lieu of flowers contributions to Cancer Research and Spinal Cord Research may be made. On line condolences may be sent by going to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 30, 2015)

Donald H. Fitch IHS 1967, 65, of Fredericksburg, VA, formerly of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 17, 2015. Don was born on October 18, 1949 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Harry and Ethel (Woodard) Fitch. He was a 1967 graduate of Ilion Schools. On August 8, 1971 he married the former Rosa Faga at St. Anthony's Church in Herkimer. In the spring of 1968 Don joined the Army, serving in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. Don left the Army in 1976, having reached the rank of 1st Sgt. Following his service he was General Manager for many bowling lanes owned by Brunswick Lanes in Corning, Watertown, NY and Lowell, MA. Don then worked for the DOD at Griffiss AFB as the General Manger of the Bowling Alley and then transferred to the Traffic Management Office where he worked until the base closed in 1995, he then transferred to the Traffic Management Office in Quantico MCB in VA, where he retired in 2012. For many years Don was a member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Dept., the Ilion Moose Lodge and the Ilion VFW. He was an avid golfer and bowler and enjoyed hunting, especially at his brother Bob's camp, where he had time with the boys. Don also enjoyed his yearly trek to the NASCAR race in Watkins Glenn with his family and friends. Don is survived by his wife Rosa, two daughters Michelle Fitch of Herkimer and Susan and her husband Jason Piaquadio of Rotterdam, NY, a son Brian and his wife Amy of Fredericksburg, VA, a beloved granddaughter Isabella Jewel Fitch of Fredericksburg, two brothers Bob and his wife Deb Fitch of Ilion and Larry and his wife Katharina of Newport, NY, a sister Betty Rende of Ilion, his mother in law Natalina Faga of Herkimer, sister-in-law Mary and her husband Rick Tyner of Germantown, MD, two brother in laws Joe and his wife Lina Faga of Naples Italy and Angelo and his wife MaryJane Faga of Nyskayuna, NY. He also leaves his lifelong friends Joe White, Sam DeRocco and Patty Moynihan, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and many friends and his faithful companion Carolina Justice. He is predeceased by his parents, his father-in-law Agostino Faga and lifelong friend Dick Nichols. Funeral services for Don will be held on Monday February 23, 2015 at 7 pm with Deacon James Bower officiating, interment will be in the spring in the Cedarville Cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 4 pm until the time of the funeral at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, and are asked to consider memorial donation to America's Greatest Heart Run and Walk, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 18, 2015)

Frances Jeanette (Pappin) Day IHS 1943, 90 of Hopewell, VA passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015 in Virginia. Born in Ilion; she was the daughter of the late George S. and Edna (Harvey) Pappin. Frances was a member of the Order of The Amaranth and Eastern Star #82. She is survived by her sons; David I. Day and Sherman W. Day of Mohawk, Mitchell E. Day of Dolgeville, Christopher H. Day of Hopewell, VA and Jeffrey G. Day of Boonville; a daughter Heather M. Bauer of Clayton and three grandchildren. Funeral services for Frances will be held on Saturday February 28, at 11am at the Whiter- Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. With Fr. John Bassett officiating. Friends may call on Saturday from 10am until the time of the funeral. (March 30, 2015)

Marie (Leonard ) Claffey IHS 1938, was born in Herkimer, New York, July 4th, 1920, and passed away February 12th, 2015, in Gilbert, Arizona. She was the daughter of Marjorie and Zeb Leonard of Herkimer, but lived and was raised by an Aunt and Uncle, Addie and Mortimer Wires, of Ilion, New York. She graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1938 and graduated from Utica School of Commerce in 1939. She worked at the Ilion Public Library, Acme Industries and Phoenix College Library in Arizona. She was married to Ellis L. Claffey of Lyons Falls, New York, on April 4th, 1944, in the Church of Annunciation, Ilion, New York. They were married for over 60 beautiful years. She had four children: Bruce Claffey of Hisperia, California; Diane Yoder of Chandler, Arizona; Brian Claffey of Prescott Valley, Arizona; and Colin Claffey of Rochester, New Hampshire. She leaves behind many grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a life member of the DAV auxilary, the 3rd Order of St Francis de Paulo, Herkimer, New York, and St. Martin's Church of Summersworth, New Hampshire. She was a wonderful, loving, devoted and caring mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and companion. She will be dearly missed. (June 28, 2015)

Carolyn G. (Wardle) Weiss IHS 1966, died peacefully in her home on February 10, 2015 at the age of 66. Born in Ilion NY, she was the daughter of Ernest Wardle and Betty Murray. Kay and her late husband Dennis moved to Western Massachusetts in 1973, where they raised their family. Carolyn worked at Smith & Wesson, Friendly's Ice Cream and The Hampden County Sheriff's Department before taking early retirement due to Dementia. Kay was an ambitious and strong woman who accomplished whatever she set her mind too. She was a dedicated mom who made her life all about her children. She loved to bake and always had a special homemade treat waiting for her kids when they got home from school. Kay's passion was her home, whether it was tearing holes through her wall to make a new entrance, putting in her own yard, or redoing flooring, she did it all and always on her own. Kay joins her beloved husband Dennis Weiss and parents Ernest Wardle and Betty (Mosher) Murray. She is survived by her devoted children Kelly (Weiss) Reyngold and her husband Boris and their children Jacob and Nicholas Reyngold, and Scott Weiss and his wife Cathy and their son Nicholas Rivet; her brother Raymond Wardle and his wife Joanne, her brother William and his wife Marie, her sister Barbara, and brother James and his wife Cathy; and her many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and dear friends. Visiting for Kay will be held on Sunday, Feb. 15th in Ludlow Funeral Home from 1:00-3:15pm concluding with a Celebration of Life Service at 3:30pm. Burial will be held privately by the family in Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association (alz.org) in honor of Kay. For additional information please visit www.ludlowfuneralhome.com. (Feburary 22, 2015)

Margie (Smith) Brewer IHS 1943, 89, formerly of Prindle Apartments Ilion, most recently of Claxton Manor, Herkimer passed away on Monday February 2, 2015 at Little Falls Hospital. Margie was born April 17, 1925 in Cincinnati, OH the daughter of the late Pryse and Julia King Smith, and received her education in the Ilion Central School District. On September 4, 1943 Margie was united in marriage to John 'Jack' Brewer in Ilion. Jack passed away on May 13, 2008. Margie was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past President of the Mohawk Valley General Hospital Guild, the Ilion Republican Club, The Herkimer County Republican Committee. Margie enjoyed playing bridge with her friends, her time spent at camp with her family and friends. She also enjoyed her time with friends at Prindle Apts. and Claxton Manor. Margie is survived by a son and daughter in law Terry and Betty Brewer of East Greenbush, NY, a daughter and son in law Cynthia and Edmund Myers of Little Falls, NY , two daughters in laws Carol Stevens Brewer of Windom, NY and Melanie Brewer of Speculator, NY, two sisters and a brother in law Juanita Burger of Ilion, and Joan and Doug Hall Old Orchard Beach, MA., her grandchildren Rachel and Mike, Johonna and Drew, Christina and Eric, Andrea, John lll, Shane, Bub and Candice, Monica and John, Deven and Rick, Derek, Hillary and Mike, Geoffrey, Amanda and Christopher and Melissa and Tim. She was predeceased by two sons Douglas, and John Jr. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday February 5, 2015 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, Margie's funeral service will be held on Friday February 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with Rev. Ruth Kuo, officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion in the spring. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Adamson and his staff and Claxton Manor for all the care and compassion shown to Margie while she was a resident. Memorials in Margie's memory can be made to the Ilion Ambulance 1 Central Ave. Ilion NY 13357, The Claxton Manor Foundation, 104 N. Washington St., Herkimer, N.Y. 13350 or one's favorite charity, Envelopes will be available at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, and NY 13357. To light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (February 22, 2015)

Sharon A. (White) Berberick IHS 1971, age 61, of Jordanville Rd., Ilion (Cedarville-Town of Columbia), passed away peacefully on Friday, January 30, 2015, at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY, after a long illness. She was born on September 14, 1953, in Ilion, the daughter of Clarence and Gladys (Oviete) White, and graduated from Ilion High School. On July 28, 1973, she was married to Cary R. Berberick in Ilion. She was the owner/operator and hairdresser at Sheer Delights Beauty Salon in Ilion. She was also a seamstress at Joseph Feiss Co., Utica, and worked at the Ilion True Value Hardware. Sharon enjoyed knitting and crafts. Surviving family members include her husband, Cary; her mother, Gladys White, of Ilion; her son and daughter-in-law, Cary Berberick, II, and Courtney; her granddaughter, Paige Berberick; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Clarence White, Jr., and Debbie, of Ilion, and Joseph White and Lynn, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In keeping with Sharon's wishes, there are no scheduled public calling hours or funeral service. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Sharon, 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 Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923; www.scleroderma.org (for online donations). The Berberick and White families have entrusted Sharon's arrangements to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 (895-7722). (February 22, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Robert 'Bob' W. Drumm, Jr. IHS 1978, age 53, of Folts Rd., E. Herkimer, NY, passed away unexpedtedly from natural causes on Thursday, January 29, 2015. He was born on December 19, 1961, in Ilion, the son of Robert W. and Lillian (Carney) Drumm. Bob graduated from Annunciation School and Ilion High School. He also played CYO basketball. Mr. Drumm was employed as a dredge captain at NYS Canal Corp. in Utica for over thirty years. Bob enjoyed his time at camp and cruising Kayuta Lake on his 1961 wooden boat and fly fishing. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 and the N. Utica American Legion Post 229. Survivors include his beloved mate of many years, Kimberley J. Harris, with whom he resided in E. Herkimer; his sister, Laurie Ann Franklin, of Mohawk; his niece, Alison H. Franklin and her companion, Nicholas Stasilli, of Ilion; his nephew, Paul R. Franklin, of Mohawk; several cousins; and his darling cocker spaniel, Denver Raye. He was predeceased by his mother, Lillian, in 2007, and his father, Robert W. Drumm, four days ago, on January 27, 2015. Friends and relatives are invited to attend funeral services on Monday, February, 2, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. In keeping with Bob's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bob, or add to his online memorial, may go to: www.applegateandday.com. Bob's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to the Drumm family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, NY. (February 22, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Duane R. Runyon IHS 1956, age 76, of Pelton Place, Ilion, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion, after an extended illness. He was born on July 18, 1938, in Ilion, NY, the son of Richard E. and Wanda (Vandervoort) Runyon. He was a veteran serving in the US Navy. Duane graduated from Ilion High School in 1956. He was married to Jean Vandawalker on November 5, 1960, in Ilion. Duane was employed at Sperry-Rand UNIVAC, Ilion. He later was a computer specialist at General Electric Co. in Bethesda, MD. Surviving family members include his wife, Jean; two sons, D. Alan Runyon and his wife, Christine, of Rockville, MD, and Eric Runyon, of Ilion; two daughters, Laurel Griffith, of Wilkesboro, NC, and Sheila Runyon and her companion, James Corn, of Waynesboro, PA; four grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Runyon and his companion, Karen Ford, of Ilion, and Peter Runyon and his wife, Barbara, of AZ; and several nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Christine. Graveside services will be held at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, at the convenience of the family. In keeping with Duane's wishes, there are no calling hours or service at this time. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Duane, 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 American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601. The Runyon family has entrusted Duane's service arrangements to Funeral Director Don Applegate at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion.(February 22, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)

Joyce (Williams) Robinson IHS 1953, 78, of Utica, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the St. Luke's Home. Joyce was born in Ilion, NY on November 20, 1936, a daughter of the late Norman and Lana (Abeling) Williams. She was a 1953 graduate of Ilion High School. Joyce married John "Jack" Robinson on November 23, 1957 at Annunciation Church in Ilion, a blessed union of 29 years until his death in 1986. For many years Joyce was employed with Verizon until her retirement in 1997. Joyce was a member of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church of Herkimer, NY. She was an avid NY Mets, NJ Devils and NY Knicks fan. Joyce received the most enjoyment from her pool parties, her annual pumpkin display and spending time with family and friends at her camp on Okara Lakes in the Adirondacks . Joyce was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose life centered around her family. To all who knew Joyce, they will always remember a kind, caring and generous lady with a beautiful smile. She will be truly missed and never forgotten by her many friends and family. Joyce is survived by her four children, Debra Contales and husband Joseph, of Utica, Diane D'Amore, of Whitesboro, Cheryl VanSlyke and husband James, of Westmoreland and John Robinson and wife Maureen, of Deansboro, her nine grandchildren, Bryon Pecorello, Cory Cantales, Nicholas Cantales, Jessica McGovern, John Robinson, Joe D'Amore, Chelsea D'Amore, Jamie VanSlyke and Kevin VanSlyke, a brother, Clifford Williams and wife Millie, of Ilion, a sister-in-law, Carol Okusko and husband Howard, of Vernon and several nieces and nephews. Joyce was predeceased by a brother Norman Williams. A funeral service for Mrs. Robinson will be held on Saturday evening, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm from the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., North Utica. A spring burial will take place in New Forest Cemetery, Utica. Calling hours at the funeral home are Saturday from 4-7. Those so wishing may make donations to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in Joyce's memory. The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to friends and neighbors who have assisted Joyce in recent years. (Feburary 22, 2015)

James Edward Snedeker IHS Alumnus, affectionately known as "Sned" was born on June 12, 1923 and passed away on January 7, 2015. He was predeceased by his parents Floyd Marin and Florence Ford Snedeker, he was one of 13 children. On January 24, 1948 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Thom, in Ilion. Edward is survived by his wife of 65 years Elizabeth, two daughters and a son in law Janice and Robert Frank of Rochester, NY, and Carol Jayne Snedeker of Rush, NY, two sons Philip Snedeker of Woodridge, IL, and Timothy Snedeker of Brockport, NY, his grandchildren Jessica and Joshua Emery of Newtown, PA, Daniel Frank of Rochester, NY, Samantha Frank of Rochester, NY, Matthew and Shefali Snedeker of Chicago, IL, and Michael Snedeker of Chicago, IL, a brother Guy Snedeker of Ilion, NY, four sisters and two brothers in law Barbara and Bruce Windecker of Fairfield, NY, Carolyn Kennedy of New Samara Beach, FL, Eileen Looman of Herkimer, NY, and Mary Frances and Al Aesch of Broadalbin, NY. Jim also leaves several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters Bertha Sokoloski, Agnes Jess Hageman, Gertrude Murray Salsburg, and Donna Okusko, and three brothers Richard, Robert and Raymond Snedeker. James was born Mohawk, raised in Ilion and attended the Ilion High School. During WWII James served in the European Theater. After the war he worked in security at Griffith Air Force in Rome. He then worked on the police force for the Village of Ilion, and then transferred to the Ilion Fire Department, where he retired as Deputy Chief. When he was not working at the Fire Dept. he served his community at the Ilion Moose Lodge, Ilion First United Methodist Church, and the Ilion Public Library, he also drove school bus. James also worked security at Utica Mutual Insurance in Utica. He also volunteered with Catholic Charities. For many years Sned worked with the Whiter­Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion serving many families. Edward had a small farm in Jordanville where he enjoyed gardening and where many groups would gather for outings and nature walks. These groups included the local Audubon Society, school groups and family members. Ed would often take produce from the farm to Prindle Apartments for the residents to enjoy. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and many acquaintance he made over the years. In keeping with the Jim's wishes there are no calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian burial on Saturday January 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Paul Catena officiating. Interment will be in the Highland Rural Cemetery in Jordanville in the spring. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, 1 Central Ave. Ilion. (February 22, 2015)

Donal R. 'Sam' Moynihan IHS Alumnus, 72, of 7 Bellevue Ave Ilion, passed away on Friday January 9, 2015 at home. He was born April 10, 1942 in Ilion, NY the son of the late Donal and Florence Lozo Moynihan, and received his education in the Ilion School System. Sam served in the US Army from July 13, 1961 to June 21, 1963, serving in Germany at the Berlin Wall. On May 22, 1993 Sam was united in marriage to Isabelle R. Sparks. Sam was employed as a Heavy Equipment Operator with the Village of Ilion for several years. Sam attended the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion and was a Life Member of the Ilion VFW Post 502, and a member of the Ilion American Legion Post 920. Sam is survived by his wife Isabelle, three sons and two daughters in law Donal and Tanya Moynihan of Ilion, Robert Moynihan of Newport, and Timothy and Karry Moynihan of Camden, NY, a step son and his wife James and Debra Van Buren of Bridgewater, NY two daughters and sons in law Sandy and Craig Waldron of Bainbridge, NY, and Roxanne and Brian Deel of Vass, NC, a step daughter and her husband Emma and Richard Healey of Mohawk, NY, two brothers and a sister in law David and Kathy Moynihan of Mohawk, NY, and William Moynihan of Mohawk, NY , four sisters and a brother in law Joyce and Nelson Johnson of Mohawk, NY, Joanne Matthews of Auburn, NY, Rose Brown of Brocton, MA, and Diane Bailey of Mohawk, NY, a sister in law Della Moynihan of Broadalbin, NY, also 17 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren also several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dog, Baby Doll and his two cats, Ginger and Belle. Sam was predeceased by a sister Eileen Krowicki, and a brother Mike Moynihan. Friends are invited to attend calling hours and funeral service for Sam to be held on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at 7:00 PM with Deacon Michael Carbone officiating. Interment will be in the Mohawk Cemetery in the spring with Full Military Honors. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 PM Wednesday at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The VFW Post 502 will conduct services on Wednesday January 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the funeral home, and the Ilion American Legion Post 920 will conduct services at 6:30 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. To light a candle, please go to www.Whiter-Hendrix.com. (February 11, 2015)

Jay Mogensen IHS Alumnus, 62 passed away January 2, 2015 at the Olathe Medical Center. Visitation with the family present will be from 10:00 AM until 2:15 PM, Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Belden Larkin Funeral Home. Military Graveside Services conducted by the United States Army will be at 2:30 PM at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Jay was born August 30, 1952 in Ilion, New York the son of Harold and Elizabeth (Brennan) Mogensen. He graduated from high school and entered the United States Army. He married Patricia Gill on June 23, 1973 in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. She preceded him in death on November 3, 2003. Jay was employed with Toys R Us in the maintenance department at the time of his death. He is survived by three daughters; Patricia Moore of Eureka, Kansas, Elizabeth Mogensen and her partner Jeffrey Morris of Overland Park, Kansas and Krystal Mogensen of Eureka, Kansas, three sons; Jay II, Stephen and Dudley Mogensen all of Olathe, Kansas, one grandchild; Skyler Moore and his wife Megan, and her sister Yolanda Escareno and her husband Devin, one sister Mary Leslie and her husband John of Arizona, two brothers Harold Mogensen III and Russell Mogensen both of Ilion, New York. Pallbearers will be Patricia Moore, Elizabeth Mogensen, Jay Mogensen, Stephen Mogensen, Dudley Mogensen, and Skyler Moore. Honorary Pallbearer will be Krystal Mogensen Memorials in his name may be directed to Belden Larkin Funeral Home, 707 South 6th Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048 n Legion Post 920 will conduct services at 6:30 PM Wednesday at the funeral home. To light a candle, please go to www.Whiter-Hendrix.com. (February 22, 2015)

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