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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)

Kathy Lyn (McGowen) Crewell, IHS 1973, age 62, passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. Kathy was born on October 22, 1954, the daughter of Marie (Hopper) McGowen the late Archibald McGowan. Raised and educated locally, she was a graduate of Ilion High School and continued her education by entering into the LPN Program at Herkimer County BOCES. On June 19, 1993, she was united in marriage to Ronald L. Crewell. Kathy was employed as an LPN for St. Luke's/Adirondack Community Physicians Group, retiring earlier this year. She was a past member of the Mohawk Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and was very instrumental in the planning stages of MOVAC Ambulance. She is survived by her husband, Ron; her mother, Marie McGowan of Ilion; her children, Shannon Bernier of Chadwicks , Shelli Yager of Herkimer and David and Melinda Culver of Mohawk; her step children, Christine and Carl Somers of Ballston Spa, Scott and Heather Crewell of Fort Plain, and Dustin and Kelly Crewell of Troy. She also leaves behind her cherished grandchildren, Sara, Kiley, Jordyn, Cameron, Colin, Brynne, Tyler, Syri, Brayden and Logan; her great grandson, Hunter; a special aunt and uncle, Robert and Mary Sterling and her canine companions that she loved so much, Lilly and Smiley. Family and friends are invited to attend visitation for Kathy on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Enea and Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort) 315-894-8000. Kathy's funeral service will commence at the conclusion of calling hours, beginning at 5:00 PM with Elder Ken Palmer, officiating. Interment will take place in Mohawk Cemetery later in the spring. Those wishing to make a memorial contribution in Kathy's memory may consider the Herkimer County Humane Society or 4PetSake Food Pantry; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia. (January 14, 2017)

Emily E. (Ward) Van Sickle, IHS Alumnus, age 93, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016 with her family by her side. Emily was born on August 16, 1923 in Ilion, the daughter of the late William Ward and Blanche (Griffin) Ward. She received her education in Ilion and on May 21, 1941 she was united in marriage to William C. Van Sickle. He passed away on June 20, 1997. Emily spent most of her life taking care of her home and enjoyed raising her children. Emily is survived by her son, Edward and his wife, Barbara Van Sickle of Norman, OK, her daughters and son-in-laws, Linda Burton, of SC, Betty and Lee Sterling, of Mohawk, NY, Karen and John Konik, of Little Falls, NY, a daughter-in-law, Mary Lou Van Sickle of Ilion, NY. Emily also leaves several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Emily was pre-deceased by a son, William, her brothers, William and Raymond Ward and a sister, Jayne Annosse. Emily's family wish to give special thanks to Patti Phelps Sohns and Mary VanSickle for always being there for her. Funeral services for Emily will be private and at the convenience of her family. Interment will take place in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion in the spring. Keeping with Emily's wishes there will be no public calling hours. To leave an online condolence or light a candle, please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (January 14, 2017)

Barbara Ann (McGowan) Sweeney, IHS 1943, age 90, passed away Saturday December 10, 2016. Barb was born in Ilion on February 19, 1926, the daughter of the late Archibald and Edna Brand McGowan. She received her education in Ilion and Cortland State and in August of 1978 she was united in marriage with John F. Sweeney, he passed away on September 18, 1994. Barbara was employed as a Physical Education Teacher at West Canada Valley Central School and Poland Elementary School. Prior to her teaching career, Barb was employed as a nurse's aide at the Ilion Hospital. She was a Master Basket Maker winning many awards, she also enjoyed knitting, gardening, watching birds, crossword puzzles and was a member of the Valley Bells. Barb is survived by two daughters, Susan (and husband Lynn Backus) of Richfield Springs, Debbie LaMondie of Ilion, and three sons, Richard Parkinson of Amherst, NY, Michael Parkinson of Folkston, GA and Timothy Parkinson of Houston, TX. She also leaves five grandchildren, two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Barb was predeceased by her brothers Archibald McGowan and two sisters Janet Irish and Jean Ford. A memorial service will take place Friday December 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Pastor Rick Riggle will officiate. Friends may call Friday from 4:00 PM until the time of the funeral. Friends are asked to consider memorial to the American Heart Association in Barb's memory, envelopes will be available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (December 17, 2016)

Major Paul Maurice Keddell, IHS 1969, age 65, born January 7, 1951, in Ilion, New York, passed away peacefully at his home on December 6, 2016 after a long and hard fought battle with Multiple Myeloma. Paul leaves behind his loving and precious wife of 44 Years, June Keddell; his beloved children, Kirstie (Brendan) O'Neil, Shauna (Tim) Cannella, Lindsay (Dave) Lockett, and Maj. Paul (Liz) Keddell II; cherished grandchildren, Declan, Finley, Luke, Elliott, David Paul, Whitney, Will, Jon, Owen, Abby, Makenna, Emma, Trenton, Aidan, Liam, Isabel, and Ariel; siblings, Lorita, Peg, Jean, Barb, Mary, Jim, Pete (Deb), and Kenny (Fran); in-laws, Judy, Linda (Vic), and Gary (Ellen); dozens of nieces and nephews that he adored; and many friends he considered family. He was preceded in death by his parents Francis and Ruth Keddell; father and mother in-law Roy and Joyce Backman; brother Daniel Keddell; son-in-law Kevin Phillips; and in-laws Tony Maneen, Pat Keddell, Sharon LeRoland, and Roy, Jon, and Erica Backman. Paul retired honorably as an Air Force Major and earned numerous medals including the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Korean Defense Service Medal. He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees with honors while being a father of four and working full-time. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and never met a stranger he didn't know. He was the bedrock of the family and always put his family in front of everything. He was a devoted husband who absolutely adored his wife; and June was a fierce advocate for him throughout his battle with cancer. Despite his own illness, he was a Eucharistic minister, ministered to the sick, and was an ambassador for Multiple Myeloma until the very end. He loved the Red Sox, Jeeping, RVing, story-telling, music, and his beer; was a sailing, clamming, computing, and jerry-rigging enthusiast; enjoyed wood-working, grilling, and gardening; and he took pride in everything especially his grandchildren. He was the past chair of the local Republican party, and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. The family will receive friends Friday, December 9, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times at the home. Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday, December 10, 1:30 PM, at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, Yorktown, presided by Father Bob Spencer, with a reception to immediately follow. Interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery with full Air Force honors. Contributions in the memory of Paul M. Keddell may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation at myeloma.org or 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA. 91607-3421. Condolences to claytorollins.com . (December 17, 2016)

Robert James Decker, IHS 1964, age 70, passed away Monday, December 5, 2016. Bob was born March 8, 1946 in Herkimer, the son of the late Raymond and Beatrice Coonradt Decker. He was a 1964 graduate of Ilion High School and in 1966 he graduated from MVCC. Bob joined the US Army in 1966 and served two years in Mannheim, Germany in a radar repair unit. He was honorably discharged in Oct., 1969. On May 25, 1974 he was united in marriage with Lesa Siver. Bob was employed for 18 years with MDS in Herkimer, and later as Ilion Codes Officer, a job he really loved. He was active in helping grow the local AYSO Region, refereeing and coaching and serving as Commissioner of the region before opening his soccer store, Soccer Central Plus in 1995. Bob really enjoyed interacting with all the customers who came in the store. If you thought Bob was a quiet man, you probably never got to talk to him about soccer, his precious grandchildren or his very favorite topic - Fantasy Football, winning the "family" league 3 times during the 5 years he played. He may even still win it this year. Bob is survived by his wife Lesa; 3 sons, Brian of Seattle, WA, Thomas and his partner Elizabeth Crawford of Utica and Gregory and his wife Jennifer of Beaufort, SC; his grandchildren Caroline and Milena of Seattle, WA and Jackson and Patrick of Beaufort, SC; three sisters, Nancy Alexander of Brownville, NY, Betty and Bill Rathbun of Ilion, NY and Debi and Steve Wood of Gig Harbor, WA; a brother in law James Siver of Herkimer, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends are invited to attend calling hours for Bob to be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, and funeral service to be held on Friday December 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Rick Riggle officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion A.Y.S.O in honor of Bob's great love of soccer and of the youth of Ilion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (December 17, 2016)

Benjamin H. 'Ben' Lawrence, IHS 1947, age 88, a longtime Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 5, 2016, at the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center. Born on July 22, 1928, Benjamin was the son of the late Henry and Frances (Rice) Lawrence. He was raised and educated locally, graduating from Ilion High School with the Class of 1947. Ben then went on to proudly serve his country with the United States Army during the Korean War Era. On December 1, 1951, he was joined in marriage to the former Joanne M. Powers, and the couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. A hard worker with old fashioned values, Ben's primary focus was on supporting his wife and children. He was employed for a time with Chicago Pneumatic, and later in life, with Doyle Security Systems as a Security Guard; most, however, would remember him as an auto body and fender specialist with Ben's Body Shop in Utica. Ben's life was centered around his family, friends, community and faith in God. He was a past member of the Frankfort Stamp Club and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ilion as a former deacon and Past President of the Men's Club. Ben made a firm commitment in receiving Jesus Christ by faith and knew that he was eternally saved. He leaves behind his beloved family, including his wife, Joanne; his daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and William Copp of Liverpool, Dianna "DeeDee" and Richard Maiolo of Ridgefield, CT, and Dawn and Robert Pilkington of Danbury, CT; his sons and daughters-in-law, David and Pam (Weller) Lawrence of Ilion and Dale and Lori (Brosemer) Lawrence of Davenport, Florida; his grandchildren, Michael LaTuga, Megan LaTuga, Jessica Copp, Billy Copp, Giovanna Maiolo, Samantha Maiolo, Sophia Maiolo, Matthew and Calin Lawrence, Timothy and Ashley Lawrence, Daniel and Zoey Lawrence, Melissa and Christopher Fehringer and Sarah Lawrence; nine great-grandchildren; his brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Donald and Kathy Lawrence; his sister-in-law, Iris Lawrence; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, William Lawrence. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Ben's visitation, which will be held from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Ben's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Thursday morning, December 8, 2016, at 11:00 AM at the funeral home, with Rev. John Partise, Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Ilion, officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, where Ben will be laid to rest with full military honors. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the First Baptist Church, 8 Second Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the many caregivers at Valley Health Services in Herkimer for their kindness and compassion, as well as the staff of the ER and ICU at St. Luke's Hospital for their support and care during Ben's final days. The Lawrence family has entrusted all service arrangements to Funeral Directors, Don Applegate and Martin Ciaccia. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ben, or to add to his online memorial, may visit www.applegateandday.com. (December 17, 2016)

David 'Dave' T. Sweeney, IHS Alumnus, age 62, of State Route 51 (Ilion Gorge), Town of Litchfield, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at home. He was born on August 4, 1954, in Ilion, the son of John F. and Arletta M. (Armstrong) Sweeney, and attended Ilion schools. On August 9, 1986, he was married to Donna Hayes, in Frankfort. Dave was the owner and operator of DTS Service for over 20 years, retiring in 1994. He donated much of his time to helping animals. The biggest part of Dave's life was spending time with his family. Surviving family members include his wife, Donna; his children, Ryan D. Sweeney and Kaitlyn M. Sweeney; three brothers, Kenneth Sweeney and his wife, T.J., of New Jersey, Terry Sweeney, of Vermont, and Jack Sweeney and his wife, Sandy, of Newport, NY; one sister, Deborah Tennant, of Piseco Lake, NY; his uncle, Loren Sweeney, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral services will be held on Monday, November 21, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., immediately following visitation at the funeral home on 102 West St., Ilion, with Father Paul Catena, Pastor of the Church of the Annunciation, officiating. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Dave, 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 Donna Sweeney, 1773 State Route 51, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. The Sweeney family entrusted Dave's service arrangements and supervision to their Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (November 24, 2016)

Ms. Bernadette Elizabeth "Liz" Bracken, IHS 1958, age 76, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 21, 2016 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare with her devoted family by her bedside. Born in Utica on October 15, 1940, Bernadette was the daughter of the late James Edward Bracken and Mary Honorah (Booth) Bracken. She was raised and educated in Ilion and was a 1958 graduate of Ilion High School. Upon completion of her education, Liz went right to work. Her career at Utica Mutual spanned a period of over 25 years until her retirement. Liz was an extremely spiritual woman who was devoted to the Catholic Church and its teachings. Her faith guided her throughout her lifetime and she spent many years involved with the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Although Liz never had any children of her own, she instilled her values to her beloved nieces and nephews and nothing gave her more enjoyment than her time spent with them. In her spare time she enjoyed crossword puzzles and old television shows. Liz is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Paul Grainger, of Ilion; her brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Carol Bracken, of Herkimer, and Robert and Gail Bracken, of Ilion; brother, William Bracken, of Waterford; sisters-in-law, Carol L. Bracken, Esther Bracken, and Linda Delfs; her twenty-seven nieces and nephews; as well as numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters, Mary Wood, Patricia Burm, Nancy Bracken and Barbara Whitfield and her brothers, James Bracken, III and Thomas Bracken. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West Street in Ilion. Liz's funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held at the funeral home at 4:30PM, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Memorial contributions in Bernadette's name can be made to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. A special thank you is extended to the staff of the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center for their kindness and concern shown to Liz throughout her years there. The Bracken family has entrusted all service arrangements to Don Applegate and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors.. (October 6, 2017)

Walter L. Smith, IHS 1957, age 80, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Folts Home, Herkimer. Walt was born on February 7, 1936 in Mohawk the son of the late Walter and Emma McClain Smith and graduated from Ilion High School. On April 12, 1957 he was united in marriage with Lillie Bacon, she passed away in 2012. Walt was a veteran of the U. S. Army and owned and operated Walt's Auto Repair in Ilion for many years, after retiring he was with Advanced Auto for almost ten years. He was a member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church and active in church affairs, he loved racing and worked many years at the Fonda Speedway where he was a Tech Inspector. Walt is survived by a daughter Pamela Latt of Mohawk, a son James Smith of Dunedin, FL, a brother Ronald Smith of Ilion and his daughter in law Judi Smith of Ilion also eight grandchildren: Courtney Witt (Lance Thompson), Dustin Jennette, Selina Latt, Thomas Walter Latt, Walter L. Smith III, Matthew Smith, Joleen Smith and Baliee Smith, also 2 great grandchildren Gavin and Christian Thompson, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son Walter Jr. in 2011. Funeral service for Walt will be Friday October 28, 22016 at 11:00 AM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion with interment to follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call from 4-6 PM Thursday at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to whiter-hendrix.com. (November 24, 2016)

Mrs. Gail L. (Lauer) Polus, IHS 1967, age 67, a lifelong Mohawk Valley resident, joined her husband in Heaven on Friday morning, October 14, 2016. She passed peacefully in the privacy and comfort of her home, with the love and support of her family by her bedside. Born on June 18, 1949, Gail was the daughter of the late Arthur and Pauline (Ennis) Lauer. She was raised and educated in Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School. On November 26, 1966, Gail was wed to Mr. Anthony Peter Polus, II, and the two shared in a blessed union of almost 47 years, until Peter's passing on April 22, 2014. This year would have marked their 50th wedding anniversary, and their children take great comfort and joy in the fact that Peter and Gail will be reunited for that occasion, together once again. Gail was steadfast and dedicated to her husband, who was the founder of Fiberdyne Labs in Frankfort, a company which she spent many years with as the Human Resource Manager. Gail was previously employed by Herkimer County Board of Elections; In her younger years, Gail generously served in the snack bar and Hospital Guild of the former Herkimer Hospital and was an avid supporter of the Herkimer County Humane Society to this day. She was a longtime parishioner of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, where she also taught Sunday school. Peter and Gail together, as long time Republican supporters, established the Ambassador Club for the Herkimer County Republican Party. Through all of her endeavors, Gail never forgot the importance of family, and her number one priority was always her children and grandchildren. She loved any time spent with them, and was especially fond of travelling to Key West, Florida. She will be dearly missed by those that she leaves behind. Gail is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Anthony Peter, III and Shaula Polus, and Chad and Jennifer Polus, her daughter and son-in-law, Heather and Mark Mosny; all of Herkimer; and her grandchildren, Zachary Zaborek, Maxwell Polus, Zachary Polus, Nathaniel Polus, Abigail Polus, Jillian Polus, Alexis Swieton, Justin Swieton, Meara Mosny and Peter Mosny. She also leaves her sister, Gwen Conroy and Bill Gahan of Ilion; her in-laws, James and Noreen Polus and Dean and Carole Ouderkirk; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; a special friend, Mary Bass, and her beloved puppies, Sami and Mandy. She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Bella Polus Mosny, and her sister-in-law, Rosemarie Ouderkirk, and nephew Kelly Ouderkirk. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Gail's visitation, which will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 4:00PM – 7:00PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home (F.K.A. Holleran Funeral Service) 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY (315) 866-1011. Gail's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Friday morning, Friday, October 21, 2016 at 11:00AM at the First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan Street, Ilion, with Rev. Rick Riggles, Pastor, officiating. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery where Gail's body will be laid to rest beside her husband. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 OR to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 NY-5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Polus family wishes to extend their gratitude to the nurses and staff of Hospice and Palliative Care and to Dr. Richard Mills, for the compassion provided to her throughout her last days. Gail's final arrangements have been entrusted to Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, funeral directors of the Enea Family Funeral Home, (F.K.A. Holleran Funeral Service) 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY (315) 866-1011. (October 22, 2016)

Dr. Linda-Jo (Caple) DeGroff, IHS 1964, age 67,died July 18, 2016. A native of Herkimer, New York, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Patricia Purdon Caple. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Brian DeGroff and brother, Brad Caple. Dr. DeGroff was employed at the University of Georgia for over twenty years and retired as a professor in the Department of Language Arts. She had a genuine love for teaching and reading. In recent years, she volunteered at the Athens Area Humane Society. No services are scheduled at this time. Survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Lorey and Chuck Pelto of Wixom, Michigan; four nieces and nephews; seven great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Athens Area Humane Society. Lord and Stephens, EAST, is in charge of arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com (Feb 26, 2017)

Carolyn (King) Remis, IHS 1959 - Our beloved Carolyn Remis, entered into the Lord's kingdom on October 5, 2016 with her loving family by her side, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 17, 1942 in Ilion the daughter of the late Lawrence and Clara Moore King. Educated in the Ilion School system graduating in 1959, on November 25,1961 she was united in marriage with James Remis, sharing 53 years prior to his passing. Carolyn's devotion to her family and friends was her greatest works, through the years she was employed with Chicago Pneumatic and Herkimer County Cheese; where she developed some of her most cherished friendships. Working with children at Head Start and Herkimer Elementary were some of her most rewarding memories. She was a lifelong member of The Church of The Annunciation, Ilion and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. Charitable giving and finding quiet ways to help others was her way to share Faith, Hope, and Love. Carolyn is survived by two sons and a daughter in law, Todd and Kathryn of Ilion and Shawn Remis of Jackson Hole, WY. A daughter and son in law Deborah and Richard Schoff of llion, her sisters Barbara Kieft and Diane Fikes of Ilion, three grandchildren Elizabeth Remis, Jacob and Claire Schoff all of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Monday, October 10, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, at the Church of The Annunciation. With interment to follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery. The family extends joyous gratitude to all who helped with Carolyn's care; most especially Kriss and Michele at Bassett. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Carolyn's favorite charity Operation Smile, P.O. Box 5017, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (October 22, 2016)

Mrs. Patricia 'Pat' A. (Willoughby) Bechard, IHS 1947, age 86, formerly of 91 N. Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Monday, October 3, 2016, at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion, with her family by her side. She was born on March 28, 1930, in Ilion, the daughter of Raymond and Marion (Fenwick) Willoughby, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1947. Pat was married to Leo R. 'Bob' Bechard on October 8, 1949, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. He died on January 1, 2005. In her early years, she was employed as a nurse's aide at Mohawk Valley General Hospital, Ilion, and later was employed at MDS. Most recently, she was employed at Herkimer County Dept. of Social Services as a data processor for over twenty years. Pat was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. In her early years, she enjoyed bowling and motorcycling with her husband, Bob, on their 1947 Indian Chief. She also enjoyed camping and swimming. Pat was on the board of Foothills Girl Scout Council and was a Hospice volunteer. She was very skilled in knitting and crocheting. Pat and Bob enjoyed spending winters at Myrtle Beach for many years. Pat was a dedicated homemaker and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving family members include five children, Cynthia 'Cindy' Speranza and her husband, Anthony, of Ilion, Gail Mount, of Oklahoma, Brad Bechard and companion, Carol, of Ilion, Dean Bechard and his wife, Carol, of Ilion, and Brooke Redmond and her husband, Steven, of Lee Center; her cherished grandchildren, Anthony Speranza and his wife, Megan, Amy (Mount) Bobo and her husband, Brad, Aaron and Sean Mount, Eric Bechard, Dean 'Rob' Bechard and his wife, Kerri, Jessica Martin, Steven, Elizabeth, Daniel and Dylan Redmond, and Michelle Santillo; great-grandchildren, Ryann and Bryce Bobo, Kianna, Isiah, Adrianna and Alanna Santillo, Cadence Speranza, Aubrey and Derek Martin, Kamryn Redmond, and Jackson Bechard; sisters-in-law, Ann Davis, of Rome, and Julia Soules, of Ilion; brother-in-law, Jay Goodman, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins, including special cousins, Ann Seymour and Betty and Fred Kenyon. She was predeceased by her husband, 'Bob', and brother, Robert Willoughby. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at the conclusion of calling hours at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Brian Engel, of the Mohawk Reformed Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Pat, 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 Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357, or the Mohawk Reformed Church, 20 S. Otsego St., Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. The Bechard family has entrusted Pat's service arrangements and supervision to Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (October 22, 2016)

Helen E. (Reese) DeVere, IHS Alumnus, age 89 of Ilion, passed away on Monday September 19, 2016 at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Helen was born on January 30 1927 in Herkimer, she was the daughter of the late William and Alma (Beauchamp) Reese. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and worked as a data processor for Remington Arms, until her retirement. Helen was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the VFW Post 502 Auxiliary, the America Legion Auxiliary and an associate member of the Herkimer County Marine Corp League. Helen is survived by two sons David of OR and Patrick and his wife Dawn of NC; a daughter Rebecca Daly of Ilion and a sister in law Sharon Bowers of FL. 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Robert Reese and a sister Geraldine Collard. In keeping with Helen's wishes there are no calling hours. A celebration of Helen's life will be held on Sunday October 2, 2016 from 1-4pm at the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, 302 Barringer Rd.in Ilion. 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. (September 29, 2016)

Sharon (Reynolds) Vorce, IHS 1971, passed away in MA on 9/4/2016 at the age of 63. She was born on 4/10/1953 in Ilion, NY. Sharon graduated from Ilion and Utica College. She was a Director at Emmaus House Women's Shelter, organist at Faith in Christ Fellowship, and Owner of Tax Services by Sharon Vorce. She lived her life full of passion for her family, friends, her faith, those in need, and her music. She is survived by her husband, Tom Vorce; two daughters; mother, Virginia Reynolds; and three siblings. She was predeceased by her father. A memorial service will take place 9/24/2016 at the First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan St, Ilion at 1 p.m. Online memorials at www.facebook.com/sharon.vorce. Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Sept. 18, 2016 (September 29, 2016)

Mrs. Elizabeth 'Liz' Thom Snedeker, IHS 1943, age 91, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Little Falls Hospital, Little Falls, NY. Liz was born in Ilion on December 1, 1924, the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (Voelcker) Thom, and was educated in the Ilion Central School District and graduated from the University Of Rochester School of nursing. On January 24, 1948 she was married to James E. Snedeker in Ilion. They spent many happy years together until his passing on January 7, 2015. Liz was a Registered Nurse and worked at the former Ilion Hospital and Herkimer Memorial Hospital until her retirement. Liz enjoyed sewing and was an avid quilter. Liz is survived by her 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, Timothy Snedeker of Brockport, NY, a brother, Warren Thom of Herkimer, NY, her grandchildren, Jessica and Josh Emery of Newtown, PA, Daniel Frank and Samantha Frank of Rochester, NY, Matthew and Shefali Snedeker and Michael Snedeker all from Chicago, IL and her great-grandchild, Morris Otto Emery. Liz is pre-deceased by three brothers, Frederick, Howard and Donald Thom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Annunciation in Ilion, NY with Fr. Paul Catena officiating. Interment will be in Jordanville Cemetery in Jordanville. In keeping with Liz's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY. Online Memorials may be left at www.whiter-hendrix.com. (September 29, 2016)

Mrs. Nancy A. (Draper) Mason, IHS Alumnus age 71, a lifelong Mohawk Valley resident, passed away on Tuesday morning, August 23, 2016, at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, surrounded by the love and support of her entire family by her bedside. Born on October 13, 1944, Nancy was the daughter of the late Mary (Burdick) Draper. She was raised and educated in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. For many years, Nancy worked as a Program Production Planner with MDS and then with GN Nettest in Utica, a position from which she retired. Nancy was blessed to share in a forty-year relationship with Lawrence 'Larry' Mason and the two were married on November 20, 1993. An inseparable couple with an unfailing bond, Nancy and Larry did everything together and were truly one another's best friend. Family was of the utmost importance in Nancy's life, and she enjoyed any time that was spent with them. She loved to cook and bake, and share her treats with others, and had a knack for arts and crafts. Truly selfless in nature, she was always willing to donate her time and efforts in order to help others. A vivacious woman with a charming personality, Nancy made friends no matter where she went and her positivity was contagious. Her determination and optimism were traits she maintained up until her very last moment, and she was truly an inspiration to her family and to those who knew her best. Nancy was of the Methodist faith and most recently attended services at the People's Undenominational Church of Cedarville. She leaves behind a legacy of love to her beloved husband, Larry; her daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Kevin Nellis, of St. Johnsville, and Diana and Bruce Cadwell, of Plainfield; her son, Donald Lowell, Jr., and Teresa Jordan, of Remsen; her stepdaughters and their spouses, Luann and Dennis Mowers, of Mohawk, and Barbara Mason and Robert Rando, of Herkimer; and her stepsons and their spouses, Patrick and Candy Mason, of Ancrumdale, NY, Wesley Mason and Nadine Meyerriecks, of Herkimer, and Lawrence Mason, Jr., of Litchfield. Always close to her heart was the memory of her stepson, Thomas Mason, who preceded her in death. Nancy is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and members of the Schuyler family in Wisconsin, with whom she shared a special bond. Besides her mother and stepson, Nancy was predeceased by her brother, Harold Burdick, and her Aunt, Katherine Johnston. Nancy's family bid their farewells in a private gathering and, in keeping with her wishes, there will be no public services. They ask that those who were touched by this beautiful woman's life, please consider becoming an organ donor, giving the gift of hope to the thousands of individuals awaiting organ transplants. A special thank you is extended to the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and to Dr. Gerald Weinhouse for the care and compassion shown to Nancy throughout her illness. Nancy's final wishes have been entrusted to her longtime friend, Don Applegate, and to Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357. (315) 895-7722. Expressions of sympathy can be offered at www.applegateandday.com. (October 22, 2016)

Thomas Bradley Bracken, IHS 1963, age 70, of Bluffton, SC and a longtime Mohawk Valley resident passed away on August 5 at home with this family after a courageous battle with cancer. Thomas was born on October 7, 1945 in Ilion, and was the ninth of eleven children of James Bracken, Jr and Mary (Booth) Bracken. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1963 and received his Bachelors Degree in Education from SUNY Brockport in 1967. He received his Masters Degree from SUNY Cortland. He married Carol L.(Chiarino) Bracken on February 10, 1968 at St. Bartholomew's Church in Norwich, NY. Tom was a sixth grade teacher at Reese Road Elementary in Frankfort for many years and a basketball coach. He loved coaching and teaching but loved the kids more. His dedication to his students and players remained long after the school year or basketball season ended and he enjoyed lifelong relationships with many of them. Sports played a major role in his life. He played basketball for many years and was proud to be a member of the Ilion High School basketball team that won back to back Section III championships. He was instrumental in founding a youth basketball league in Ilion in the early 1980s. Tom loved to play golf and participated in many leagues and tournaments. He enjoyed playing golf with friends and family at Mohawk Valley Country Club in Little Falls, NY and Pinecrest Golf Club in Bluffton, SC. Tom was an avid fan of Syracuse University football and basketball. He was active in his community, a member of the B.P.O.E. 1444 and Ilion Jaycees. Tom was always willing to lend a hand to any person or organization who needed him, but never wanted any attention for his deeds. He was a member of Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk. Tom was proud Irishman and will be remembered for quick smile, sharp wit and dry sense of humor. Thomas is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 48 years, Carol, and dedicated daughter and son-in-law Mary Lou and Gregory Notaro. He had two grandchildren, Patrick and Sara Notaro, to whom he was a devoted and adored Poppy. He is survived by two sisters, Bernadette Bracken and Suzanne Grainger and her husband Paul, of Ilion, and three brothers, George Bracken and his wife Carol of Herkimer, Robert Bracken and his wife Gail of Ilion, and William Bracken of Waterford. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Esther Bracken, Linda Delfs, Joanna Chiarino, and Mary Ann Taylor and her husband Radcliffe, and many nieces, nephews, godchildren and friends. He is predeceased by his parents, his sisters Mary Wood, Patricia Burm, Nancy Bracken, and Barbara Whitfield, and his brother James Bracken III. He was also predeceased by his father and mother in law, Louis and Mary Chiarino, and his brothers-in-law Adolph Chiarino, Jack Wood, Marvin Burm, and Lorenzo Whitfield. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, August 16 at 10am at Blessed Sacrament Church in Mohawk, which will celebrated by Reverend Mark Cunningham, assisted by Sister Mary Jo Tallman, Parish Life Director. Calling hours will be held on Monday, August 15 from 4pm to 7pm at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. In lieu of flowers, as an expression sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or Blessed Sacrament Church, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Tom never gave up, he just ran out of time. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (August 29, 2016)

John Edward Kaladjian, IHS Alumnus, age 85 passed away peacefully on Sunday evening July 31, 2016 in Homelife at Folts, Herkimer. He was born on June 2, 1931 in Ilion, son of the late John O. and Ida Teal Kaladjian. A lifelong area resident he was a graduate of Ilion High School. He furthered his education graduating from Schenectady Barber School. After barber school, he entered the US Army serving in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1953 attaining the rank of Corporal. On January 6, 1966 he was united in marriage to Helen DeParis in the Annunciation Church, Ilion. They first made their home in Mohawk and in 1978 moved to East Herkimer. Together they shared a loving and devoted union of thirty years until her passing on January 11, 1996. For many years Mr. Kaladjian owned and operated a barber shop next to Larry Paul's Gas Station in Mohawk and had cut hair at the Masonic Home in Utica. He also worked for UIVAC for twelve years and Mohawk Data Sciences for six years retiring in 1991. To those who knew him he was a kind, caring and generous man with a very strong will. In his leisure time he enjoyed woodworking and was known for the cut-outs that he made and donated to Folts Home, The House of Good Shepard and the Alpine Nursing Home at Christmas to decorate their tree. For the school children he made cut-outs of flowers for Mother's Day and Cars for Father's Day which the children enjoyed painting and decorating. John was a truly remarkable man and will be sadly missed. Surviving him are his dear friends and care givers Anna and Keith VanNort. Besides his parents and wife Helen, he was preceded in death by his sister Ruth Kaladjian. Calling hours for Mr. Kaladjian will be on Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street; Herkimer. A funeral service follow immediately after at 7:00 pm in the funeral home with the Reverend Ann Wicks officiating. Interment with military honors accorded by the US Army will be in the Cedarville Cemetery on Tuesday at 2:00 pm. The family would like to thank the Staff of Homelife at Folts for the care they gave John.(Octboer 22, 2016)

Donald Davis, IHS 1946, age 88 of 31 North Third Ave, Ilion passed away Wednesday July 27, 2016 at Folt's Home in Herkimer. Don was born on May 28, 1928 in Ilion the son of the late Charles A. and Delida C. Crouse Davis and received his education in the Ilion School System, while in high school Don played football under Coach Ken Patrick and later played with the Frankfort Semi Pro Team. In 1948 Don served his country in the US Air Force from 1948 to 1952 serving in Korea and Japan Don was Honorably Discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Upon his discharge Don was employed with Remington Arms in Ilion, and later employed at the Herkimer County Home in Herkimer until his retirement. Don was a loving father, husband and friend. Don is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Fay and two sons, Brett and Shawn, he also leaves seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. Don was predeceased by a daughter, Lendel in 2008. Don was also predeceased by his 6 brothers, Voris, George, Charles, Robert, Carl and Thomas Davis and a sister Vivian Davis. In keeping with Don's wishes there are no public calling hours, graveside services will be Friday, JULY 29, 2016, with family friend Ken Palmer officiating. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (August 29, 2016)

Dawes L. Dunham, IHS 1953, age 81, a longtime Ilion resident, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, and his beloved wife, Doris, on Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the Faxton-St. Luke's Medical Center. Born on December 12, 1934, Dawes was the son of the late Dawes J. and Winifred (Scouten) Dunham. He was raised and educated in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On January 1, 1955, Dawes married the love of his life, the former Doris Hocking, and the two shared an inseparable union, spanning six decades, filled with love, laughter, devotion and companionship. As a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Dawes honorably served his country during the Korean Era. During his time of duty, he attained the rank of Corporal and was a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal. As provider for his family, Dawes was a hardworking man who spent over 26 years as a shotgun production planner at Remington Arms, until his retirement in 1992. Family was of the utmost priority throughout Dawes' life. Together with his wife, Doris, he dedicated himself to raising his children based on traditional values. As a man of God, he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior, and truly lived to serve Christ, his family, and those that he leaves on this earth. In his spare time, Dawes enjoyed being outdoors, whether it be fishing and camping with his family, golfing, or going for a nice run. While wintering in Florida, he would plan summer-long trips with his wife, and as a couple, they visited 49 out of the 50 states of the United States. Dawes was a life member of the Ilion American Legion, as well as the Herkimer County Marine Corps League. He was a longtime parishioner of the First Baptist Church of Little Falls. Survivors include his daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Scott "Skip" Stalloch, of Ilion, Jane and John Forbes, of Ilion, Linda and Leo Crim, of Ilion, and Darlene Bawolak, of Little Falls; his son and daughter-in-law, Pastor Dawes J. and Brenda Dunham, of Danville, PA; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his sisters and brother-in-law, Doris Gay, of Richfield Springs, and June and Russell Hocking, of Ilion; his brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Connie Dunham, of Ilion; his in-laws, James and Sandra Hocking, of Whitesboro; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Dick Dunham. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY, (315) 895-7722. Members of the Ilion American Legion are asked to gather at 5:30 PM and members of the Herkimer County Marine Corps League are asked to gather at 6:00 PM to conduct their ritualistic services. Dawes' funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday morning, July 27, 2016, at 10:30 AM at the funeral home, 102 West St., Ilion, with Reverend Chris J. Wintermute, of the First Baptist Church of Little Falls, officiating. Interment will follow in Mohawk Cemetery, where Dawes will be laid to rest beside his wife, Doris. The Dunham family would like to extend their appreciation to MOVAC and the staff of the ER at Faxton-St. Luke's, for their efforts and compassion on that difficult day. Those wishing to do so are asked to consider memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502-5949. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and entrusted to Dawes' family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, and Funeral Director, Martin L. Ciaccia. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Dawes, or add to his online memorial, may visit www.applegateandday.com. (July 27, 2016)

James Terry Crandall, IHS 1950 and Elementary Principal, age 84 passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning July 20, 2016 in Albany Medical Center. He had the support and comfort of his wife Barbara at his side. He was born on June 24, 1932 in Ilion, son of the late Arthur and Harriette Rasbach Crandall. A lifelong area resident he was a graduate of Ilion High School. In 1955 he enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1957. He then moved to Richfield Springs coming from Ilion. Mr. Crandall furthered his education at Oneonta State Teachers College where he received a Bachelor's Degree in education and Utica College where he received his Master's Degree. For seventeen years Mr. Crandall worked in School Administration. He served at Richfield Springs Central School, Barringer Road School in Ilion and the East Frankfort School. He retired in 1985. On July 19, 1975 he was united in marriage to the former Barbara Doig on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. Terry had a strong sense of community; he was a member of American Legion Post # 616 Richfield Springs, a member of the Canadrago Lake Association and had served as President of the Richfield Springs Lions Club. Mr. Crandall was an accomplished Scuba Diver. He at one time was President of the New York State Scuba Divers and a member of the Bateau Below Inc. at Lake George. To all who knew him he was a caring, energetic man with an exceptional intellect and an unforgettable smile. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Surviving are his devoted wife of forty –one years, Barbara, a daughter-in-law Joyce Crandall of Lafayette, LA, a brother-in-law Richard Doig and his wife Patricia, two nephews, Brandon, Kim, Wyatt and Derrick Doig all of Cape Neddick, ME, a cousin, Donna Angelichio of Ilion, and his faithful canine Brooke. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his son Mark Stuart Crandall. Calling hours for Mr. Crandall will be on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James Street; Richfield Springs. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00am in front of the flag pole at the Richfield Springs Veterans Club on Lake Avenue, Richfield Springs with the Reverend Kenneth Dingman officiating. Military Honors provided the US Army will follow. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery Herkimer. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the Richfield Springs Lions Club. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 27, 2016)

Mary H. (Thompson) Janicki, IHS 1947, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Mohawk Valley Heath Care Center, Ilion. Born in Ilion, Mary was the daughter of the late John and Hortense (Gregory) Thompson. Mary began her education at Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School in 1947. She was united in marriage to John J. Janicki in 1949. Mary was employed in the Business Office at Mohawk Valley General Hospital for many years. During her retirement, Mary enjoyed many activities including tending to her home, gardening, playing cards and baking for others. For many years Mary knit and gave away countless dishcloths to family and friends. Mary was a parishioner of The Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Mary is survived by her husband, John; her daughter, Jody and her companion, Rudy Gadziala. Mary was predeceased by her son, John; her sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Larry Kasper; and many other relatives and friends throughout the years. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Razia and her staff and the staff at MVHCC for the kindness and care they extended to Mary. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (Town of Frankfort), 315-894-8000. Mary's funeral service will take place immediately following calling hours at 12:00 PM at the funeral home. Procession will then follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where she will be laid to rest. In keeping with Mary's wishes and to honor her giving nature, please omit all floral offerings and consider a memorial contribution to a charity of one's choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea, Funeral Directors. (July 16, 2016)

Dale Anne Boudry, IHS 1975, age 58, of Little Falls, passed away unexpectedly on July 1, 2016; she was surrounded with her loving family and friends Dale was born on September 6, 1957 in Ilion, the daughter of Norman and Patricia (Sponburgh) Boudry. She was a 1975 graduate of Ilion Schools and SUNY Geneseo in 1979, she received her Masters from the College of St. Rose in 1998. Dale enjoyed spending any free time at her camp at Pine Lake. She would quite often entertain guests and was a very gracious host, always sending everyone home with leftovers from their delicious meal. She became a grandmother on July 1, 2015 and this was a role she had been waiting and ready for. Oma, as she was called, was looking forward to have a girl in the family, after raising two sons. Emerson better known as Emmy was the start of a new journey in her life, as a grandmother. Dale had given Emmy books to learn Spanish and German, convinced she would instill the love to learn foreign languages in her granddaughter; since it was not so successful with her sons. Dale had a gift for not only knowing what everyone in her life collected, liked, followed, etc; but constantly finding them and giving them as gifts or keepsakes. Dale truly had such wonderful friends, would stop what they were doing to help her sweep pine needles at camp, to take her on appointments, to share their love of music with her, and so many more. Dale worked as a Special Education Teacher at the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville School District. She enjoyed the challenges of teaching Special Education and learning every subject so she would be able to teach it. Dale developed special bonds with many students and their families that extended far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Prior to becoming a teacher, she was employed at Herkimer Area Resource Center. Dale was a veteran of the United States Army attained the rank of Sergeant and served overseas as part of her service to her country. She was a member of the Grandview Baptist Church; she had been baptized in the Ilion UMC, and she was also baptized at the Little Falls Baptist Church. Dale was also active with the New York Teachers Union Regional Conference, the OESJ Teachers Union, which she had served as treasurer. She became an avid hiker and joined the Tramp and Trail club; she looked forward to their hikes and would research them thoroughly before hand. Dale's favortie animal is the elephant and they say the elephant never forgets; let us not forget ou memories and experiences with her. Dale is survived by her mother Patricia Couchman sons Arthur Parmer and his companion Catherine Loomis of Utica and Patrick Parmer and his wife Crystal of Little Falls; a brother William of Utica; her granddaughter Emerson Groszek-Parmer her niece Angel Boudry of Utah; and her very close friends Judith Dopp, Shane LaPorta and Delores Haynes. She was predeceased by her father Norman. Memorial services for Dale will be held on Friday July 8, 2016 at 7pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Interment will be held on Saturday July 9 at 10:30am in Lakeview Cemetery in Richfield Springs, NY. Friends may call on Friday from 4pm until the time of the funeral. Memorial contributions may be made to Walk to End Alzheimer's or the Herkimer County Humane Society, envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 16, 2016)

Paul E. Thomas, IHS 1965, age 70, of 6 North St. passed away Tuesday June 14, 2016 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care. He was born January 9, 1946 in Kingston, N.Y. the son of the late Paul and Helen (Wells) Thomas. Paul was raised in Ilion and worked at Remington Arms for 46 years, retiring in 2012. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and coached Little League Baseball, where he was never shy about arguing a call by the umpire. Paul enjoyed going to the Casino, playing cards with his buddies on Friday nights, sitting on the porch in the summer, visiting with the neighbors and his high school reunions. He stayed in close touch with family and friends and was famous for his early Sunday morning phone calls. He loved sports, especially the NY Giants, NY Yankees and NY Rangers. Paul is survived by his wife, the former Tanis Mondrick, his son Scott and his wife Christine Thomas, his daughter Rachel and her husband Gary Eychner, a brother and sister in law; Richard and Carol Thomas two granddaughters; Emily and Madilyn Thomas. Paul is also survived by his stepson J. K. Mondrick, a step-granddaughter Korina Holt and four step-greatgrandchildren. Paul was predeceased by his sister Beth Ladd. In keeping with Paul's "explicit instructions" there will be no public calling or funeral service. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials in Paul's memory to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund Inc., 14 Technology Drive, Setauket, N. Y. 11773, in honor of his mother and sister. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 16, 2016)

Harvey W. Dunckel, Jr., IHS Alumnus, age 74, of Herkimer passed away unexpectedly on Saturday June 25, 2016. He was born June 28, 1941 in Little Falls the son of the late Harvey W. and Elizabeth (Leve) Dunckel, Sr. Harvey was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. He also attended SUNY Utica. Mr. Dunckel was a United States Army veteran during the Vietnam War, enlisting on October 3, 1961 and was honorably discharged on April 2, 1965 with the rank of SP4. His service to his country continued with him being a Drill Sergeant for the Army Reserves. Harvey was employed at Remington Arms in Ilion, NY for 34 years until his retirement in 1998. He was a life long member of the Michael Pliseck VFW Post #4915 in Herkimer. Harvey was also an active member of the Ilion Elks Lodge, #1444 and the Crowley Barnum American Legion Post #25 in Mohawk. A loving patriarch, Harvey truly cared for everyone in his circle of life, especially his granddaughters, Natalie & Gracie. In his younger years he enjoyed water skiing and always found much pleasure and tranquility in camping, hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife Marilyn; a daughter, Stephanie Schrader of Herkimer; two granddaughters, Natalie and Gracie Schrader both of Herkimer; two brothers, Arthur Dunckel of North Carolina and Martin Dunckel of Mohawk; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by a brother, David Dunckel and two sisters, Kathleen Farrell and Beverly Matusik. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service with full military honors accorded on Friday July 1, 2016 at 11:00 am at St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Herkimer, with Deacon James Bower, officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, new location, 527 East Albany St., Herkimer, NY 866-1500. The family would like to sincerely thank Robert Schrader and their neighbors Matt and Kara for all the compassion shown to the family at this difficult time. (July 16, 2016)

Paul E. Thomas IHS 1965, 70, of 6 North St. passed away Tuesday June 14, 2016 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care. He was born January 9, 1946 in Kingston, N.Y. the son of the late Paul and Helen (Wells) Thomas. Paul was raised in Ilion and worked at Remington Arms for 46 years, retiring in 2012. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and coached Little League Baseball, where he was never shy about arguing a call by the umpire. Paul enjoyed going to the Casino, playing cards with his buddies on Friday nights, sitting on the porch in the summer, visiting with the neighbors and his high school reunions. He stayed in close touch with family and friends and was famous for his early Sunday morning phone calls. He loved sports, especially the NY Giants, NY Yankees and NY Rangers. Paul is survived by his wife, the former Tanis Mondrick, his son Scott and his wife Christine Thomas, his daughter Rachel and her husband Gary Eychner, a brother and sister in law; Richard and Carol Thomas two granddaughters; Emily and Madilyn Thomas. Paul is also survived by his stepson J. K. Mondrick, a step-granddaughter Korina Holt and four step-greatgrandchildren. Paul was predeceased by his sister Beth Ladd. In keeping with Paul's "explicit instructions" there will be no public calling or funeral service. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials in Paul's memory to the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund Inc., 14 Technology Drive, Setauket, N. Y. 11773, in honor of his mother and sister. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (June 27, 2016)

Erminia M. "Mina" Hendrix IHS Alumnus, age 97, of Ilion passed away on Friday June 10, 2016 at Sitrin Healthcare in New Hartford. Mina was born on June 26, 1918 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Roscoe and Anna (Wenner) Whiter. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools. On August 3, 1940 she married Howard L. Hendrix, he passed away on December 28, 1967. Mina owned and operated the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home where she worked with her husband, son Len, and later her grandson Scott. She was a licensed funeral director for 70 years. Mina was the third generation of her family to operate the business. She retired several years ago. Mina was the most senior member of the Morning Star Methodist Church in Ilion where she was very active while she was able, she was a member of O.E.S. Valley Chapter #82 and the Order of The Amaranth. She enjoyed her family and spent many happy hours with all four generations. Mina is survived by two sons; Len and his wife, Sandy of Ilion and Brian and his wife, Leslie of Merrick, NY; a daughter in law, Mary Jean of Hamburg, NY; six grandchildren; Scott and his wife, Geri, Lynne and her husband, Rich Roberts both of Ilion, Jon and his wife, Amanda of West Seneca, NY, Ashley Hendrix and her Fiance, Chris Keane, Gretchen and her husband, David Carbone all of Buffalo, Rachel Hendrix and her fiance, Alex Mazzola of Charlotte, NC and Allison Hendrix of Merrick NY. Seven great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. A sister, Verna Samson of Denver CO. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. Mina is predeceased by a son, Wayne and a sister, Leona Whiter. Funeral services for Mina will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Monday, June 13 from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Mohawk Homestead Residents Fund and envelopes are available at the funeral home. (June 27, 2016)

John R. Wright IHS Alumnus, age 73, of Second St., Ilion, passed away at home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, with his loving family at his bedside. He was born October 31, 1942, in Ilion, the son of Richard L. and Bernice E. (Sweeney) Wright. John was a graduate of Ilion High School and received his Associate Degree at the Community College of the Air Force. Mr. Wright was a retired Command Chief Master Sergeant in the USAF, having served his country for thirty years from 1961 to 1991. On September 15, 1966, he was married to Heidelore (Findling) in Ilion. During his military career in the USAF he served at Lackland AFB - TX, Evreux AB - France, Rhein Main AB - Germany, Travis AFB - CA, Hancock Field - NY, Dyess AFB - TX, Scott AFB - IL, and was retired and discharged from McGuire AFB - NJ, as the Wing Senior Enlisted Advisor. His past community service includes Ilion Village Trustee for six years, Steward at K of C, Agent for K of C insurance, Administrator at Ilion Moose Club. Past memberships include the Marine Corps League, Winter Club, and Ilion Fish and Game Club. His current memberships include AF Sgt. Association. AF Association, American Legion (47 years), VFW, Ilion K of C since 1991, 4th Degree Knight (1993), and Fourth Degree Navigator, Ilion Moose Lodge member (47 years), and awarded its Pilgrim Degree in 2010, volunteer for the Ilion Fire Department since 1993 and AARP. He was also a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation. Survivors include his beloved wife, Heidi; one daughter and son-in-law, retired Lieutenant Colonel Andrea Rupp and her husband, retired Colonel William Rupp, of Delaware; son-in-law and faithful caregiver in residence, Francis Fresco; one sister and brother-in-law, Christine and Deacon Dennis Jones, of Ilion; one sister-in-law, Ulrike Findling, of Frankfurt, Germany; one uncle, Loren Sweeney, of Ilion; nieces and nephews, Eric Jones and his wife, Maura, of Stuyvescent Falls, Heather Gay, of Albany, Adam and Dawn Jones and their children, of Schenectady; several cousins; and his beloved dogs, Trixie and Layla. He was predeceased by his parents and his precious daughter, Michaela Wright - Fresco. Calling hours will be held on Friday (today), May 27, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion Moose Lodge Service of Tribute will be held 5:30 p.m., Friday (today), and the Ilion Knights of Columbus Prayer Service will be held 5:45 p.m., Friday (today), at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral services will be held 9:00 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016, at the Church of the Annunciation where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Paul Catena, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Graveside services and Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, with Full Military Honors by the United States Air Force. A special thank you to Dr. Mahesh Padmanabhan and Dr. Carolyn Jackson at the Donald J. Mitchell VA Clinic, Rome, and all members of the Home Base Primary Care Team. The Wright family also wishes to thank the staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital, the Hospice volunteers, and the Ilion Fire Dept. for their kindness, compassion and care. Anyone wishing to share a memory of John, 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 Feed the Vets of Utica, NY, P.O. box 1, New York Mills, NY 13417, or CNY Veterans Outreach Center, 726 Washington St., Utica, NY 13502, or Ilion Ambulance, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. John's funeral arrangements and supervision were prearranged and entrusted to his longtime friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (May 29, 2016)

Elizabeth (Betty) Elinor (Pettengill) Casadonte IHS 1946, of Ilion, formerly of Mohawk, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion. She was born in Ilion, NY, on April 6, 1929, the daughter of Raymond A. Pettengill, Sr. and Harriette Evelyn (Buckley) Pettengill. She was educated in Annunciation Catholic School and graduated from Ilion High School in 1946. On September 19, 1952, she married Anthony Climek. He died on January 7, 1965. On March 29, 1968, she married Pasquale (Putch/PJ) Casadonte. He predeceased her in March of 2001. She worked for UNIVAC for several years and, at one time, was a dental receptionist for Dr. Fred Dutton, DDS, in Mohawk. She worked for the Mohawk Municipal Commission, first as a clerk typist, then as an account clerk typist, retiring in 1984. Betty was appointed to the Mohawk Municipal Commission Board in 2001, to complete PJ's term as a Municipal Commissioner. She was reappointed to the board for the next ten years, retiring in 2011. Betty was an avid Bingo player, and she loved trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the Turning Stone. She was a long time member and past President of the Crowley-Barnum Legion Post #25 Auxiliary, having held several offices in that organization. She was also active in the Herkimer County Legion Auxiliary, having held several offices with that organization, including past President. She was also a past President of the NYS Legion Auxiliary, Fifth District, a former member of the Herkimer County Democratic Women, the local Zonta Club, the Ilion Women of the Moose, and past President of the Mohawk Seniors. She is survived by her daughter, Lynda Baum, of Mohawk; her son, David (Sandy) Climek, of Stittville; her brother, Alan Pettengill, of Herkimer; a stepdaughter, Mary (Fran) Pizzo, of San Diego, CA; a stepson, John (Shirley) Casadonte, of Mohawk; grandchildren, Ryan (Liz) Baum, of Canastota, Michael (Gina) Climek, of Baton Rouge, LA, Joseph Climek and his fiancee, Melody King, of Webster, NY, Christine Pizzo, of San Diego, CA, Fran Pizzo, Jr., of San Diego, CA, Melissa (Mark) Morris, of Ilion, Kelly (Gino) DeCarlo, of Saratoga, Amy (Rick) Miller, of Mohawk, David (Julina) Cefaly, of High Point, NC, and Joseph (Lindsay) Cefaly, of Boylston, MA; two sisters-in-law, Jennie Pettengill, of Herkimer, and Joan Casadonte, of Mohawk; twenty great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and friends, including Marion and Bernie White and her best friend, Albert Perry. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Climek; an infant daughter, Kyle Anne Climek; her husband, PJ Casadonte; two brothers, Raymond Pettengill, Jr., and Richard Pettengill; and two sisters-in-law, Theresa and Philomena Casadonte. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West St., Ilion. The Crowley-Barnum American Legion Auxiliary service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. The Women of the Moose service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2:45 p.m. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Betty, 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 Crowley-Barnum American Legion Auxiliary Post #25, 43 W. Main Street, Mohawk, New York 13407, or the Ilion Women of the Moose, 302 Barringer Rd., Ilion, New York 13357. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Betty's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (May 29, 2016)

Anthony (Simi) J. Simonette IHS Alumnus, age 73 of Chesapeake, Virginia, formerly of Frankfort, New York passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Georgian Manor in Chesapeake. Simi was born on May 16, 1942 in Frankfort, New York the son of the late Anthony and Nina Rappa Simonette. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and following graduation he entered the U.S. Air Force serving for four years. During his enlistment he was stationed in Korat, Thailand where he taught local children to speak English and how to play baseball. On February 15, 1969 he married his high school sweetheart, the former Linda Kerr in Ilion. She passed away in 1986. Simi worked for the New York State Thruway Authority retiring in 2002. He loved to drive and drove coach bus part time for many years. Simi enjoyed traveling and visited much of the U.S., Costa Rica, Switzerland, and Italy. He wintered in Virginia Beach and Florida with his RV for several years and was an avid golfer. Simi was a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus, VFW, and Ilion Elk's Lodge 1444. Simi is survived by two daughters, Regina and her husband, Rick Fureno of New Bern, North Carolina and Kristen and her husband, Mike Messmore of Virginia Beach, Virginia, two granddaughters, Julia and Jillian Messmore, two step grandchildren, Ryan and Shayla Fureno and several nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by two brothers, Gerald (Joe) Simonette and Benedetto (Babe) Simonette. Funeral services for Simi will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, New York with Deacon Dennis Jones officiating. Interment will follow at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral. The Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 will be offering a service at 12:30 PM. Please consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To leave an on-line condolence please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (May 29, 2016)

Mrs. Juline C. "Julie" (Lyon) Daley IHS 1948, age 86, a longtime Frankfort resident, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016, surrounded by the love of her family. Julie was born on January 12, 1930 in Vermontville, NY, a daughter to the late Gilbert and Ruth Lyon. She was a graduate of Ilion High School with the Class of 1948. On October 2nd of that same year, she was married to George E. Daley, and the two shared in a loving union of 55 years until George's death in 2003. Throughout the years, besides her duties of raising a family at home, Julie worked at several area stores as a cashier. She will always be remembered for her smile, her kindness and her beautiful heart. Julie leaves behind her three daughters to carry on her legacy: Lisa Daley and Tammy Zammiello and Anne Grates and Carl Trozzi, all of Frankfort, and Patricia Carcione of Herkimer. She held a special bond with her grandchildren, Scott and Kelly Grates of Frankfort, P.J. Grates and Hanna Yifru of Virginia, Amanda Davis and Jae Kimball of Ilion, Ashley Davis of Frankfort, Patrick Carcione, and Mark and Lauri Raffetto of California. She also leaves five great-grandchildren, her sister, Betty Jacques of Ticonderoga, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Julie's family would like to express their deep appreciation and gratitude to the staff and residents of Valley Residential Services in Herkimer for the care and compassion expressed to their family throughout Julie's time there. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Julie's funeral services, which will commence on Thursday morning, July 7, 2016, at 10:30AM from Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Frankfort, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Father Paul Catena, Pastor. Procession will follow to Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frankfort, where Julie will be laid to rest with her husband, George. It was Julie's wish that her body be donated to the Albany Medical College Anatomical Gift Program. This was her last selfless act, a unique and priceless gift, which provides the source of knowledge that is the foundation of medical education and research. Julie's family has entrusted her service arrangements to Martin L. Ciaccia, and Harry and Kevin Enea, Funeral Directors of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (Town of Frankfort), NY. "The world has lost a wonderful woman…and heaven has gained an angel." (July 16, 2016)

Glenn William Salsburg IHS 1941, age 92, of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of New Hartford, NY, passed away at home on April 24, 2016. He was born in Ilion, NY, on September 20, 1923, the second son of Ethelyn (Heldman) and William C. Salsburg, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1941. During World War II, Glenn was a member of the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion, the most decorated Engineering Battalion in WWII. The battalion's exploits, including those at the Battle of the Bulge, have been featured on History Channel specials, and written about in four books. On December 20, 1947, he married Nyna Jeanne Warburton (Jeanne). They moved to Canton, NY, where he graduated from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in 1949 and a Master's degree in education in 1956. They moved back to the Mohawk Valley in 1950 to Van Hornesville, then to Dolgeville in 1956, and New Hartford in 1965. Glenn's entire career was in education, first as a math and science teacher at Waddington and Owen D. Young central schools. He moved into guidance work with the Fulton County school system, and then served as a long time guidance director at Little Falls High School. In 1965, he became an evening counselor at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC), retiring in 1984 as the founding Dean Emeritus of MVCC's Rome campus. He and Jeanne were very active with New Hartford American Legion Post 1376, and he was elected as a member (and past president) of the New Hartford Board of Education. He was active as a committee member of the New Hartford Democratic Party and was the Democratic candidate for New Hartford Town Supervisor in 1979. In 1995, Glenn and Jeanne moved to Florida to be closer to their son, Kurt. Throughout his life he enjoyed many hobbies, including skiing, gardening, fishing (especially in Osceola, NY), reading, watching old movies on TV, following politics, solving crossword puzzles, playing (and winning) Bingo games in Cypress Village where he resided, gambling at Vernon Downs, and traveling, especially to the annual Army reunions with the soldiers of WWII and their families with whom he developed lifelong friendships. Most of all, Glenn loved his family and devoted his life to his children and his loving wife, Jeanne, who predeceased him on May 4, 2009. Glenn was predeceased in 1976 by his brother, Phil, of Ilion. He is survived and will sadly be missed by his daughter, Kevyn, and son-in-law, Dr. Steven C. Bass, of St. John, Virgin Islands; his son, Kurt, of Jacksonville, along with many friends and neighbors. Burial will be at 11:30 AM, Thursday, April 28, 2016, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. If anyone wishes to make a memorial donation, Glenn requested them to the Alzheimer's Association or to the donor's favorite charity. (April 30, 2016)

Dorcas (Satterlee) Conkling IHS 1941, age 92 of Ilion passed away on Wednesday April 13, 2016 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Utica with her family by her side. Dorcas was born on February 9, 1924 in St. Johnsville, NY. She was the daughter of the late Chris and Marjorie (Cross) Satterlee. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and Utica School of Commerce. On October 12, 1946 Dorcas married Alvin B. Conkling in St. Johnsville, he passed away November 6, 2000. Dorcas worked as a librarian's aid in Ilion Schools and was a member of the Order of The Eastern Star, Valley Chapter #82. She was also an avid New York Yankees and Syracuse University sports fan. Dorcas is survived by two daughters; Deborah and her husband Vincent Bonomo of Clinton and Cynthia Conkling of Ilion. Three grandchildren; Nick, Sara and Andrea and her boyfriend, Justin. She is predeceased by a sister and brother in law Helen and Richard Leek. Funeral services for Dorcas will be held on Monday April 18, 2016 at 11am the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Monday from 10 to 11 am at the funeral home and are asked to please consider memorial donations to either Ilion Ambulance Fund or Morningstar Methodist Church, envelopes are available at the funeral home. Dorcas's family wish to thank Tammy Loiacono for the care she gave Dorcas and Howard from Meals on Wheels for brightening her days. They would also like to thank the Presbyterian Home staff and St. Elizabeth's nurses for the excellent care and compassion given to Dorcas. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 16, 2016)

Timothy Laymon IHS 1980, age 54, of 249 South Main Street, passed away on Thursday March 31, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Tim was born on October 4, 1961 in Ilion the son of the late Daniel and Eltha Hodge Laymon, and was a 1980 graduate of Ilion High School. Tim was, at one time, employed with Union Fork and Hoe and later as a stock clerk with Walmart in Herkimer. Tim was an avid bowler and golfer, and was a daily supporter of "Denny's Coffee Group". Tim is survived by three brothers and sisters in laws Jerry and Elizabeth Laymon of Ilion, William and Phyllis Laymon of Malone and Larry and Rebecca Laymon of Ilion, two sisters Jean Haggerty and Donna Crim both of Herkimer, his brother in law Ronald Young of Herkimer and an aunt Edna Mitchell of Clinton, also several nieces, nephews and cousins. Tim was predeceased by two brothers Daniel (Butch) and Frank Laymon and 2 sisters Norma Young and Nancy Laymon. Friends are invited to attend calling hours for Tim to be held on Thursday April 7, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Tim's memorial service will be at 7:00pm following calling hours with Sister Mary Jo Tallman officiating. Interment in Armory Hill Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 16, 2016)

Mr. David L. Rex IHS 1974, age 60, of River St. passed away, Friday, March 18, 2016 at home with his loving family by his side. He was born in Ilion on February 15, 1956, the son of Carol Smith Rex and the late Lyman Rex and he attended Ilion Schools, graduating with the class of 1974. David was at one time employed with Martin Reel and Remington Arms and later was employed in Research and Development for Dupont, Troy, MI, for many years. David had a deep love for music which he shared with his husband, David Bunal. They enjoyed their weekends at their creekside camp in Jewel, NY and trips to antique shops where David put his antique eye skills to work. Nothing brought him more joy than time together with family and friends. He was their helper, protector and counselor, always willing to share his wisdom, kindness and inner strength with those he knew and loved. To know him was to love him. David is survived by his loving husband, David Bunal; his mother, Carol Rex of Ilion; three daughters and their families who affectionately called him Papa, Carrie Plows, her husband Jerry Plows and their children Charity, Chloe and Chelsy; Terrie Rex, her companion Charles Howard and their children Adah and Aaxavier, and Maggie Rex, her fiance Joshua Tucker and her child Paul, all of Ilion; their daughters' mother and David's previous spouse and lifelong friend Paula Kinney Rex; two sisters and brothers in law, Sherry and David Krick and Kathy and Kim Marlowe, all of Ilion; his step-children and their families, Deanna and Jason Procopio of Chittenango and Adam and Kim Bunal of Rome, his child Faith and their children, Paige, Liam, Zachariah and Lorelei; his In Laws, Stanley and Patricia Bunal, Joan and Tom Bowen and Mark and Elizabeth Bunal; his Godson and nephew, Shannon Marlowe; special cousin, Debbie Johnson and her husband, Scott; three women he affectionately called 'daughter', Eden Entwistle, Lashika Pierce Camara and Jolene Walker; his beloved canine, Molly and several aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Brian Rex; a sister, Patricia Charles; his nephew, Robert Charles and his granddaughter, Abigail Bunal. A memorial service will be held in David's memory on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 4 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 127 North Prospect St., Herkimer, NY. Fellowship immediately following. Arrangements are under the direction of the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Ave. Frankfort. In keeping with David's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. David's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Hospice Care, Dr. Amy Gorczynski and staff, Dr. Alicia Detraglia and staff, the Cancer Center of the Mohawk Valley Health System, Carrie Buchannan Rex and Nancy and Bill Anton for the kindness shown to him during his illness and passing. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on David's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (April 3, 2016)

James Philip Morris IHS 1939, age 95 of North Port, Florida died on March 12, 2016. Jim was born in Ilion, N.Y. on November 21, 1920 one of eight sons of Thomas and Margaret (Curley) Morris. He attended Cornell University where he studied Industrial Engineering. When World War II broke out Jim left school to enlist and was given a job stateside as a bombsite maintenance instructor. Anxious to go overseas he asked for a crew assignment and got the job as a ball-turret machine gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress with the 15th Air force, 301st bomb group. His squadron was stationed in Foggia, Italy. They flew 32 missions and crash landed twice.

James Morris IHS 1939 Ilion
James Morris
IHS Class of 1939

IHS 1939 Alumnus, James Morris, was recently featured in a newspaper article by The Buffalo News on January 17, 2016.

Veteran recalls going from 'bulletproof' job to dodging flak in a B-17 over Europe.

"After serving stateside instructing bombardiers, Jim Morris says, "I wanted a piece of the action," so he went on to 32 bombing missions in Europe."

When the war ended Jim returned to Cornell on the G.I. Bill and graduated in 1948. Upon graduation he worked at General Electric as a supervisor in Manufacturing Engineering. He went on to General Dynamics where, among other projects he helped to develop the guidance and control system for the reentry stage of the Minuteman III nuclear missile. Jim later worked at Bell Aerospace in Wheatville, N.Y. where he was a manager for mechanical process research and development. A proud accomplishment at Bell was working with a te am of engineers to develop the thrust chamber for the lift-off engines of the lunar modules for the Apollo missions. Jim was an active member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and also served as President of the Western N.Y. chapter. He retired from Bell in 1986 after 18 years of service. After retiring Jim moved to Harbor Cove with Gladys, his wife of 50 years. He stayed very busy. Among his accomplishments he served as: President of the Civic Association, Commodore of the Boat club and President of the Homeowners association. The Civic association awarded Jim their Father of the Year award and the Boat club named him Old Man of the River. He was instrumental in helping buy the Park from CWS. Jim was active in a wood working group and a proud and active member of the Harbor Cove Writers club.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gladys Rosinski. He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas, Edward, John and Richard Morris and his sister, Margaret (Peg) Morris Marley. Survivors include his children: Michele (Bill) of Akron, NY, Brian (Ann Marie) of Katy TX; brothers, Robert (Anne) Morris of Venice, Florida, Al (Sue) Morris of Ilion, and Don Morris of Pensacola, Florida; two grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Services were held on Mon. March 28th 10 am at St. Pedro's Catholic Church in North Port. Interment with military honors followed at Venice Memorial Gardens. Farley Funeral Home in North Port, Florida handled the arrangements. (April 3, 2016)

Carl F. Couchman IHS 1943, age 92 of Mohawk, passed away on Sunday February 28, 2016 at the Abraham House in Utica, with his loving family by his side. Carl was born on January 15, 1924 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Marie (Keno) Couchman. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and in 1943 he joined the Army Air Corp serving with the 489th Bomb Squadron, 57th Bomb Wing, as a tail gunner on a B-25, flying over 70 missions. On June 28, 1947 he married the former Betty Crist in Richfield Springs, NY. Carl worked at Univac, MDS and Remington Arms. He was a life member of the Herkimer VFW and the Mohawk American Legion. He also was a member of the 57th Bomb Wing and attended several reunions. Carl is survived by his wife Betty; 6 sons Mark A. and his wife Sarah of Binghamton, Dean E. and his wife Karen of Middleville, Tedd R. and his wife Cindy of Baldwinsville, Brett A. and his wife Melody of Herkimer and Joel D. and his wife Mary of Mohawk; a daughter Dawn O'Day of Canastota and a daughter in law Debbie and her husband Dave Bartlett of Mohawk; 19 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by a son Scott, 3 brothers and a sister. Funeral service for Carl will be held on Thursday March 3, 2016 at 5pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. with officiating, interment will be in the Dennison Corners Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call on Thursday from 3pm until the time of the funeral. Carl's family wish to thank the staff at the Abraham House for their outstanding care and compassion and ask that memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, be made to The Abraham House 1203 Utica, NY 13501, envelopes are available at the funeral home. To light a candle or send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 6, 2016)

Ron Sterling IHS 1967, age 67, of Ilion, NY, passed away peacefully, Friday, February 26, 2016 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, NY, with his family by his side.Ron was born on October 7, 1948, in Ilion, the son of late Gerald and Betty (Binney) Sterling and graduated from Ilion High School in 1967. He was one of 11 children. On October 6, 1973, he was united in marriage to Debbie (Travis) Sterling, in the town of German Flats. They shared a devoted union of 42 years.Ron was a proud veteran serving his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He retired from the Evening Telegram as the Circulation Manager. He was also an Ilion Police Officer, Owner of Sterlings Pic-N-Pay, part owner of Sterlings Market, Foreman for Academy Paving Road Construction and worked part time as a Fed-Ex driver. Ron's Legacy will be known best for the Holly Days Christmas For Children, Inc., program. His greatest passion was to make sure that every child had a Merry Christmas. This program was near and dear to his heart. Ron's heart and soul were found in his grandchildren. He loved spending time with them whenever possible. He will be greatly missed by Cayla, Carter, Mika, Jack, Derek, Ryan and Kyle. He will forever be known as "POD". He was an active member of The Rotary Club, American Legion Post 38, Administrator of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010, and one of the original members of the MCL. Ron also helped orchestrate the annual Veteran's Appreciation Day. Over the years, he has received several local and state awards. Survivors include his beloved wife, Debbie; his Son and Daughter-in-Law, Tony and Hope Sterling of Ilion,NY, his Daughter and Son-in-Law, Kimberly and Robert Pierce of Ilion, NY, his Daughter and Son-in-Law, Kelly and Michael Caporale of Ilion, NY, 7 Grandchildren, 5 Brothers Donald "Donnie" and Patti Sterling of Ilion, Arthur "Ozzie" and Mary Sterling of Ilion, Jack and MJ Sterling of Herkimer, Lee H (Peanut) and Betty Sterling of Ilion, Gerald "Jerry" and Sherry Sterling of Arizona; 2 Sisters, Lillian "Penny" and Claude Nelon of West Virginia and Geraldine "Cheeko" and David "Big D" Pettengill of Ilion; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his 3 Sisters, Dorothy "Dody" Hotaling, Christine "Chris" Champion and Catherine "Katy" Trask. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of the CT-ICU at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for their compassion and patience shown during this trying time. We would also like to thank the entire community for their outpouring of well wishes and support. As per Ron's wishes, there will be no formal funeral service or calling hours. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Ilion Moose Lodge on Sunday, March 6, 2016 beginning at 2pm. Memorial Contributions may be made to; Holly Days Christmas For Children, Inc. PO Box 207, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will also be available at his Celebration at the Ilion Moose Lodge, 302 Barringer Rd. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to family friends Harry J. and Kevin Enea, Funeral Directors of the Enea Family Funeral Home 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort) Ilion, NY (315)-894-8000. To share a memory or send condolences, go to www.eneafuneralhomes.com. (March 6, 2016)

Ellen Elizabeth (Moss) Hoage IHS 1976, age 58 of 99 Sixth Ave., passed away on Thursday February 25, 2016 at Little Falls Hospital. Ellen was born on September 23, 1957 in Herkimer, the daughter of Howard and Phyllis Goodman Moss, she was educated in Ilion High School and attended Herkimer County Community College. Ellen was a kind and loving person, and her family was her world. Ellen was a member of St. Augustine's Church in Ilion. Ellen is survived by her mother Phyllis of Cedarville, a son and daughter in law Jeremy and Missy Hoage of Bridgewater, NY, a daughter Carisa Hoage and her partner Matt Hall of Little Falls, NY, three brothers and sisters in law Howard and Kathy Moss Jr. of Ilion, Arthur and Mia-Wyen Moss of CA, and John and Theresa Moss of Cedarville, her grandchildren James and Jerrod Scanlon, Zachery and Lillian Hoage and Alexandrya and Ashlee Hall, 2 aunts and an uncle Bev, Florence and Earl, also several nieces and nephews and cousins, also very special friends Ronnie and Jackie, and Claude and Angel Bernier. Special thanks to the 2nd floor staff at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Ellen was predeceased by her father Howard and step father Raymond Prentice. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours and funeral service for Ellen to be held on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at 6 pm with Pastor David Green officiating. Interment will be in the Cedarville Cemetery in the spring. Friends may call from 4 pm until the time of the funeral service at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Mohawk Valley Health Care, 99 Sixth Ave., Ilion, N.Y. 13357. To light a candle or send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 6, 2016)

Lorraine (Parkinson) Rivers IHS Alumnus, age 86, formerly of Prindle Apartments, Ilion, died on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, Ilion. She was born on August 8, 1929, in Ilion, the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Parkinson) Rank, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 2, 1951, she was married to Donald Rivers, in Herkimer. He died on February 11, 1998. Lorraine was employed in the office at Duofold Co., Mohawk, retiring several years ago. She enjoyed camping and fishing at Indian Lake. Survivors include her daughter, Donna Maine, of Ilion; two grandchildren, Robert Acker and his wife, Tina, and Shane Acker; eight great-grandchildren, Nicole Acker, Brandon Acker, Shari Maine, George Maine, Michael Maine, Cody Maine, RoseMarie Acker, and Brayton Acker; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents and husband. A funeral prayer service will be held 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2016, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home�s newly reopened and renovated home at 102 West St., Ilion. Spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. Visitation will be Friday, February 26, 2016, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., just prior to the funeral home service at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Lorraine, 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 Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Court, Utica, NY 13502. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Rivers family has entrusted Lorraine�s service arrangements and supervision to their long time Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (March 6, 2016)

Joseph 'Joe' F. Urtz, IHS Alumnus, age 97, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Presbyterian Homes of C.N.Y., New Hartford. He was born on April 21, 1918, in Ilion, the son of Joseph and Julia (Sims) Urtz, and graduated from Ilion High School. Joe was a veteran of WW II, serving in the US Army. On January 15, 1946, Mr. Urtz was married to Myrtle J. Farmer at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Hartford, CT. She died on August 6, 2011. Joe was employed as a machinist at the Library Bureau, Herkimer, for 37 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, and a life member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Joe was kind, caring and always willing to lend a hand. Surviving family members include his daughters and sons-in-law, Joanne and Robert Privitera, of Mt. Morris, NY, and Patricia and Frank Maggiolino, of Whitesboro; his son and daughter-in-law, Brett and Debra Urtz, of Mohawk; seven grandchildren, Kelly and Dana Lonis, of Syracuse, David Lonis, of Washington, D.C., Peter Privitera and his wife, Sara, of Mt. Morris, Julie Privitera, of Orlando, FL, Robert Privitera, of Orlando, FL, Heather Urtz, of Frankfort, and Justin Urtz and his wife, Monica, of Ilion; nine great-grandchildren, Maddox Lonis, Avery Jayne Privitera, Reece Alexander Urtz, Penelope Mae Urtz, Freya Harper Urtz, Michael and Miriam Lonis, Evan Joseph Privitera, and Colts Jacobs Oxley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Myrtle; his sisters, Rita Wheelock and Lucy Joy; and his brothers, Clarence, Robert, Paul, Jerome and Thomas Urtz.Funeral services will be held 9:00 a.m., Thursday, February 25, 2016, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened and renovated home at 102 West St., Ilion, and 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Leo Potvin, assisted by Deacon Dennis Jones. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Calling hours are Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home at 102 West St., Ilion. The Ilion Knights of Columbus service will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. The Urtz family extends their gratitude to the staff of the Maple Unit at the Presbyterian Home for their care and compassion shown to Joe. May he rest in peace and be reunited with his beloved wife, Myrtle. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Joe, 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 Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675, or Ilion Knights of Columbus Benevolent Fund, 74 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. The Urtz family has entrusted Joe's service arrangements and supervision to their Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate. (March 6, 2016)

Craig Dolan IHS 1968, 65, passed away at home on February 15th after a long valiant battle with cancer. Born in Herkimer, N.Y., Craig was the son of Frank Dolan and was predeceased by his mother, Shirley, in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Linda, his dad Frank and his wife Betty, his daughter, Alexis, his son, Todd Kirton and his wife Mary, his five grandchildren, Ryan, Brighid, Julia, Luke and Lily Kirton and his brother Dennis and his wife Lori and their two children, Jennifer and Joel. Craig attended Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute from 1968-1972 and graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. He then served in the U. S. Navy from 1972-1976 and was assigned to an ammunition ship while in Vietnam. Craig then went on to practice his career as a civil/environmental engineer both in the public and private sector focusing on producing fertilizer from biosolids (waste water sludge) and employing biosolids to energy proprietary technology. Craig was curious about the world around him and never stopped learning. He loved family, friends, golf, and driving anywhere, preferably on the back roads. He enjoyed horse racing and any good bet, and was generous to a fault. Craig was larger than life, a one-of-a-kind man and he was dearly loved and respected by all his family and many friends and will remain in their hearts and minds always. The funeral will be held Monday, February 22nd, from the Avery-Storti Funeral Home in Wakefield, Rhode Island. There are visiting hours from 9 - 10:30 AM followed by a service at The Church of the Ascension. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the following: Office of Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. (Feb 20, 2016)

Lawrence A. Wentworth, Jr., IHS 1976, age 57, a lifelong resident of Ilion, died after a brief illness on Wednesday January 21, 2015 at Little Falls Hospital. He was born on July 31, 1957 in Ilion, a son of the late Lawrence A. Wentworth Sr. and Sandra (Pierce) Wentworth. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. His marriage to the former Virginia L. Flach "Ginny" took place on August 24, 1997 in West Winfield. He worked for many years with Remington Arms in Ilion and held Union membership. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and photography. A very special thank you goes out to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. He is survived by his wife, Ginny, children Bryan Wentworth, Brittany Wentworth, Daniel Swift, Robert Nedell, Michael Wentworth, and Joshua Wentworth, brothers, Michael & Richard Wentworth, sisters, Cathy Rouillier and Brenda Sabatino, 9 grandchildren, god - children Alexis and Paul Bailey, and in-laws, Jennifer Zalewski, Terry Snyder-Rowe, Allen Flach, James Flach, and Arnold Flach, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held on Sunday January 25th, 2015 at 4:00 PM from The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY, and will consist of a small prayer and reflection. Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours at the funeral home prior to the service on Sunday from 2:00 until 4:00 PM. The family is being served by Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea (315)894-8000. To leave an online note of sympathy please visit www.eneafamily.com. The family will gather in remembrance of Larry at the Ilion/Frankfort VFW Post (Acme Road) from 5 until 7 PM after the funeral home service on Sunday and all are welcome to attend. (Feb 18, 2016)

Everett G. "Bud" Trombley IHS 1938, age 95, of Utica, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Presbyterian Home for Central NY. He was born March 14, 1920, in Ilion, the son of the late Theodore J. and Grace B. Everett Trombley, and received his education in Ilion schools. Everett served in the US Army in the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns from 1944-1946. He was employed as a toolmaker at Remington-Dupont and later as a manufacturing engineer at UNIVAC and Hamilton Digital Controls. At one time, Everett was married to Dorothy Cosman. In May of 1978, he married Helen Travis. He is survived by his wife, Helen; four children from his first marriage, Thomas (Margot) Trombley of Spring Hill, FL, Everett, Jr. (Amelia) Trombley of Ilion, Sharron (Michael) Ferrara of New York Mills and Sandra (Edward) Carcione of Herkimer; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy; his son, Steven; two brothers, Theodore and Vincent; and his sister, Clarabelle. The funeral will be Wednesday at 5:00 pm at the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 13 Oxford Road, New Hartford, with Pastor Timothy Parisi officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. A calling hour will be held Wednesday from 4-5:00 pm, prior to the service. The family would like to thank the staff of the Presbyterian Residential Community, as well as the Presbyterian Home for their excellent care and kindness shown to Everett during his stay. (Feb 13, 2016)

Betty (Lester) Pozniak IHS 1941, age 93, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the Iroquois Nursing Home, Jamesville, N.Y. Betty was born in Detroit, Mich. on March 24, 1922 the daughter of the late Eliot and Frances VanDelinder Lester. Mrs. Pozniak was a 1941 graduate of Ilion High School, at one time she was married to Gordon Waffle then in 1969 she marries Charles Pozniak, he passed away in 2002, she was employed as an account clerk with UNIVAC retiring from the Utica site. Betty was a fifty plus year member of the Ilion First Baptist Church, a past member of OES Chapter 82. She enjoyed many years camping and fishing on the St. Lawrence, also reading and cooking. Betty is survived by Leola and George Streeter, Donna Miller and companion David Clayton,grandchildren Aaron and Stephanie Miller,Keene Valley N.Y, Thomas Sreeter and companion Tanya Belorit, Jason and fiance Debbie Courtney all of Ilion, and Marc and Pamela of Richmomd Va. Great grandchilden EmmaLeigh,Madison of Katy Tx, Tristen, San Diedo Ca.,Gabrielle Streeter and Olivia Miller. Stepchildren Carol Jones,Estero Fla,and Robert Pozniak, Clifton Park also several nieces and nephews. She was pre deceased by a sister and brother in law Leola and Robert Reynolds and a brother and sister in law Thomas and Carolyn Lester. Funeral services for Betty will be Thursday, January 21, 2016, from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion at 1:00 PM with Pastor Mitchell Lindquist of the Ilion First Baptist Church officiating, interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Thursday from 11:00AM until the time of the service. Betty's family would like to thank the staff at the Iroquois Nursing Home for all their kindness, compassion and care during her stay. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com.(Jan 31, 2016)

David F. Enjem Sr., IHS 1938, age 96, of Herkimer, passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at Folts Home, Herkimer. David was born on September 14, 1919 in Utica, the son of Francis and Matilda Hatem Enjem. He married Rose DeLorenzo on April 26, 1942 in Dolgeville. They shared a devoted union of 73 years. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1938. After graduation, he went into the family business, Enjem's Dry Goods Store, Inc. that had been run successfully by his widowed mother since 1924. He decided that he wanted to expand the store to include floor coverings. In 1939, he attended Armstrong Installation School in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Later that year he introduced floor coverings by Armstrong to the Mohawk Valley. The following year, he asked his brother, Joseph, to join him in the business. Enjem's outgrew three different locations in Ilion before it opened its Herkimer location. From there it added two more stores; one in Utica and one in Rome. In 1952, the Contract Division was introduced which further expanded the business to include floor and window treatments for commercial and public buildings as well as private homes in central New York. As the Contract Division continued to grow, they expanded throughout New York State and into Pennsylvania, Vermont and Connecticut. Many former employees went on to establish their own floor covering businesses after learning the trade at Enjem's. David was a member of the Annunciation Church in Ilion, St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford, the Knights of Columbus 518 Ilion, BPOE Lodge 1444, the Cedar Lake Golf Club, and The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. His favorite pastimes included golf, fishing, and spending the winter in Florida and the summer in Cedar Lake. Besides his beloved wife Rose, of Claxton Manor, he is survived by two daughters, Matilda E. Sagaas of Herkimer and Carol Toukatly and her husband, John of Vonore, TN, one son, David F. Enjem and his wife, Josephine of Laguna Woods, CA; seven grandchildren, Leif E. Sagaas and his wife, Maura, Albany, Christopher W. Sagaas and his wife, Ann, Albany, Corey Rose Sagaas, Utica, Joyce Jackson and her husband Craig, Utica, Roseann Billings, Utica, Eric Enjem and his wife, Katie, Long Beach, CA and Stefan Enjem and his wife, Molly, Long Beach, CA; nine great grandchildren, Maisie Rose McCann Sagaas, Pearse Martin Sagaas, Willie Cull, Monica Jackson, Craig Jackson, Jr., Madison Rose Billings, Tyler Christopher Billings, Mia Josephine Enjem and Olivia Rose Enjem. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. David was pre-deceased by his brother, Joseph F. Enjem, and son-in-law, Dennis R. Sagaas. The family would like to thank the staff at Folts Home for the loving, competent, and compassionate care given to Dave. The funeral will be on January 21, 2016 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 66 Oxford Rd., New Hartford, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, in the spring. Calling hours will be on January 20, 2016 from 4:00 - 7:00 at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Annunciation Church, St. John the Evangelist Church and the Folts Home Foundation. For online expression of sympathy go to www.dfwefh.com (Feb 13, 2016)

 

Frank W. Jennings, Jr. - Ilion NY
Frank W. Jennings
Photo courtesy of Jennings Family

Frank W. Jennings, Jr., IHS 1958 age 71, Professional Engineer passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016. Frank was born on July 14, 1940 in Ilion, the son of the late Frank W. and Helen Goodman Jennings and was a graduate of Ilion High School. After high school, Frank continued his education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics at Utica College. He immediately entered the United States Air Force and attended Air Force Officer Training School ( Class 62-G), being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 1962. He was then assigned to Pennsylvania State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Upon receiving that degree, he was reassigned to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana to provide weather forecast services to the Strategic Air Command. Frank served his country during the Vietnam War with the Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant at the Barksdale Forecast Center, providing weather forecast services to one-third of the Strategic Air Command in the United States. Barksdale was the first base to send B-52 bombers to Guam during the Vietnam Conflict. After early release from the Air Force in June 1965, Frank returned to school at the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. He then worked for approximately 1 year for the Lane Construction Corporation. Frank then began an approximately 30 year career with the New York State Department of Transportation. During his 30 year career, Frank worked on many road and bridge projects including supervision of the New York State Canal System from early 1977 to early 1997 until that unit's transfer to the New York State Thruway Authority.

Upon retirement, Frank served as the Town of German Flatts Codes Enforcer, acting Village Engineer in Ilion, Engineering Consultant for the Ilion Water Commission, operated Hilltop Orchards for over 30 years, and currently Hilltop Orchards LLC- Property Management. He rebuilt the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch and over five miles of Route 28 from Richfield Springs to Schuyler Lake Village. He thoroughly enjoyed being Resident Engineer on the thruway interchange bridge replacement at Westmorland and the two years spent doing State Mandated Grabler Law bridge inspections. As a young man, Frank worked for the Herkimer Bowling Center for over 8 years as a mechanic on automatic pinsetters during high school and college, and thoroughly enjoyed the sport of bowling. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion and the Mohawk Valley Towns Board Association Board of Directors from Spring 1991 to Spring 1992. Frank enjoyed working on the 3 million dollar renovation of the Rome Justice Center.

On October 4, 1975, Frank was united in marriage with Thomasine M. Zieno at St. John the Baptist church in Rome, NY. Frank is survived by his wife, his son Assistant Professor Thomas Michael and his wife Jackie Jennings of Rome, his daughter Dr. Elizabeth Jennings D.O. and her husband Dr. Thomas Dispenza, M.D., of Hummelstown, PA, and his brother-in-law, Dr. Salvatore Zieno, M.D., of Bellevue, NE. In keeping with Frank's wishes, there will be no public calling hours, immediate cremation has been held, and a memorial celebration of life mass to be held at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Paul Catena officiating. Frank's ashes will be interred per his final wishes at Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer next to his mother. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Memorial gifts may be made to the Ilion Free Public Library Foundation. Envelopes are available at Whiter-Hendrix or the Library. (January 31, 2016 modified December 15, 2017)

 

John P Murray, IHS Alumnus, age 50, of E. River St., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at home, with his family by his side, after a long illness. He was born on February 1, 1965, in Ilion, the son of Robert and Margery (Wohler) Murray, and attended Ilion schools. On January 6, 2016, he married June Buttignol in Ilion. John was employed as a fork lift operator at Precise Kit Promotions in Utica for over ten years, retiring in 2013. John was an avid hunter, bowler, golfer and enjoyed camping. Surviving family members include his wife, June; his mother, Margery Murray, of Ilion; his daughters, Christine Brant and Gennaleigh Austin and her husband, Andrew; his stepdaughters, Shauna Mosher and her husband, Joseph, Twyla Buttignol, and Kayla Buttignol and her fiance, Thomas Lawrence; ten grandchildren; three brothers, James Murray and his wife, Theresa, David Murray and his wife, Therese, and Roger Murray and his wife, Julia, all of Ilion; his sister, Linda Klink and her husband, Richard, of Columbia Center; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends; and his canine companion, Cooper. He was predeceased by his father.Friends and relatives are invited to attend John's Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, January 10, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at the State Bowling Center, 17 East State St., Ilion, NY. The family wishes to thank Hospice & Palliative Care for their compassion and excellent care of John. Anyone wishing to share a memory of John, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com.The Murray family has entrusted John's service arrangements to their Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened and renovated home at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (895-7722). (Jan 31, 2016)

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