Ilion High School

Class of 1936

Alumni News

1936 Mirror Cover

Digitized Class Yearbook....

The Annual for 1936 from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 24, 2021)


Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1936 is at your published in the 1936 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Annual for 1936", are available on the 1936 Class Roster page. (added December 3, 2021).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1936 (added December 22, 2021)


Excerpts from "The Annual for 1936".....

Dr. Arthur Applegate loaned us his copy of "The ANNUAL for 1936" for these features.


Above cartoon of Ted Carney

Class Prophesy

The Senior Class History

Class Will

Faculty Close-Ups and Long Shots

Yearbook Dedication - Mrs. Vivian (Caygill) Wright

Alumni Site - The First "Guess The Graduate" Feature - September 1997


Senior Pictures....

Senior Pictures, from the 1936 Annual Yearbook, are available on the links below. Images were scanned by Aileen Carney Sweeney. (Feb 1, 2012)

1936 Yearbook Senior Pictures

Class Officers    Caswell, Angell, Brown, Fullem

Allen - Bleau

Bowers - Christiana

Christopher - Edwards

Fake - Hart

Heacock - Kennedy

Ketchum - Maury

McGowan - Nash

Nolan - Roelofs

Runyon - Tjeerdsma

Uertz - Yardley


Jack Caswell 1936 - 1936 Yearbook Art Editor....

Class of 1936 Ilion Alumnus, Jack Caswell, was featured on the February 2022 cover story. (June 1, 2022)



1936 Ilion Yearbook- Applegate

Arthur Applegate - IHS 1936 - Physician

IHS 1936 alumnus, Dr. Arthur Applegate, was among the graduates who pursued a career in medicine and was added to the feature Alumni Physicians. His education, career and family background were published as IHS Class of 1936 Arthur Applegate, M. D. (July 3, 2021)



1936 Ilion Yearbook- Carney

Theodore R. Carney - IHS 1936 - Physician

IHS 1936 alumnus, Dr. Theodore R. Carney, was among the graduates who pursued a career in medicine and was added to the feature Alumni Physicians. His education, career and family background were published as IHS Class of 1936 Theodore Robert Carney, M. D.. Included are newspaper articles that featured patients of Dr. Carney. (July 3, 2021)


Distinguished Alumnus Tribute

Dr. James S. Anderson is a member of the generation that Tom Brokaw named "The Greatest Generation". He was born and raised in Ilion. Dr. Anderson is still living in Ilion and golfing at Doty's Golf Course. The July 2014 Alumni cover story is a salute in honor of Distinguished Alumnus - Dr. James S. Anderson's unequaled service to his patients, church, country and community.


Village 'Wall of Fame' ...

Ilion 1935 Football Team
Ilion 1935 Football Team"

The village of Ilion's 'Wall of Fame' induction ceremony and plaque unveiling, honoring the Ilion High School Varsity Football team of 1935, will be held November 24, 2000 at 7:30 in the Ilion Municipal Building Auditorium. The 1935 Golden Bombers finished the season with a 9-0 record and outscored opponents 202-20. Team members included: Arthur Barnum, Kenneth Bleau, James Bowers, Sam Bubb, Frank Campbell, Jack Caswell, Richard Daily, James Foreman, Ted Leonard, Robert Long, John Mackin, Joseph Manion, John Morris and Konstantine 'Gus' Panarites. The team was coached by Joseph Bemis. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. See Full Team Image (modified May 30, 2002)



Mr. Theodore Robert Carney II, Class of 1981, dedicated his Village of Ilion 1997 Bloomin' Crazy beautification project, in memory of his father, Dr. Theodore R. Carney IHS 1936. Dr. Carney was the son of James Edward Carney, Class of 1905 and the grandson of Patrick J. Carney .



Tena (Spatol) Milazzo, IHS 1936, a passed away on November 28, 2021 at the age of 104. She was born in Ilion, NY on March 8, 1917 to Italian immigrants, Calogero (Carl) and Francesca (Castiglia) Spatola. Her given name was Congetta, but she was known by everyone as Tena. Tena was the wife of Valentine C. Milazzo and sister to Thomas, Anthony, Frank, James, Joseph, Rose, and Mamie Spatol, Margaret Payne, Mary Quayle, and Jen Quillen all of whom predeceased her. In 1936, Tena graduated from Ilion High School. After graduation she worked as an assembler at the Felt Shoe Company in Little Falls, NY and then worked at the Remington Arms Company in Ilion before moving to Sidney, NY during World War II. There she worked in the Scintilla Magneto Division of the Bendix Aviation Corporation initially working in the manufacturing facility filling engine coils for war planes with formaldehyde. She then secured a secretarial position within the company working closely with a team of engineers. In 1945, Tena returned to Ilion and rejoined the Remington Arms Company workforce. On September 28, 1946, she married Valentine Milazzo, formerly from Frankfort, NY, at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Shortly after their marriage, the newlyweds moved to Washington, DC. In the mid-1970s, after raising a family, Tena returned to the workforce and worked for several years as an executive secretary at the Woodward and Lothrop Department store headquarters in Washington, DC. Tena and Valentine remained in the DC area and were married for 50 years until Valentine's death in October 1996. Tena was a devout Catholic and a long time member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Forestville, MD. In addition to her many church friends and special neighbors, Tena is survived by three daughters; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, dear sister-in-law, Margarete, and several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Tena attributed her long life to good genes, her loving family, and her strong faith in God. Tena's final resting place is at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD. (December 13, 2021)


Donald R. Polley, IHS 1936, age 103, of Otsego St., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 31, 2018, at his home. He was born on August 16, 1915, in Ilion, the son of Herbert and Gertrude (Coleman) Polley and graduated from Ilion High School. On June 8, 1938, he was married to Jane L. Gonyea at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. She died on May 16, 2014. Don was employed in the Target & Test Dept. at Remington Arms Co., Ilion for 40 years retiring in 1978. Mr. Polley was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and the Remington Arms 25 Year Club Don was also a former member of the Ilion Fish & Game Club, Ilion Moose Lodge and a former Scoutmaster for Pack 1010. Surviving family members include his sons and daughters-in-law, Donald F. and Linda Polley, of Ilion, and Ronald and Kathy Polley, of Sanduskey, Ohio; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane; his daughter, Gertrude Shaw; his sister, Dorothy Polley; and two brothers, Frank and Earl Polley. Calling hours will be held on Monday, September 3, 2018, from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. A Prayer service will follow the calling hours at 2:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Don's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2018, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at 12 noon, at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Don, or add to his online memorial, may go to In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West St., Ilion 13357, or Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Don's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his long time friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (October 25, 2018)


Dr. James S. Anderson - Ilion NY
Dr. James S. Anderson

James Samuel Anderson DDS, IHS 1936, age 99, of Ilion, passed away peacefully on April 5, 2017 at his daughter's home in Winchester, MA. He was born in Wilkes Barre, PA on March 27, 1918, the son of James S. and Charlotte Birk Anderson. He moved with his family to Ilion in 1935 and graduated from Ilion High School in 1936.

During World War II, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served with the Army Air Force as a flying officer in the Eighth Air Force. He was a navigator on a B-24 Liberator. After his plane was shot down over France, he was a prisoner of war in Paris for many months. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.

Following the war, Jim attended University of Buffalo for six years, graduating from its School of Dentistry with honors in 1951. While at the university, he met and later married Phyllis J. Decker, of Kenmore, NY, on July 9, 1949. He opened his dental office in Ilion in September of 1951 and continued his practice until his retirement in 1983.

In addition to his dental practice, Jim was involved in many professional and community organizations. He was a member of the American Dental Society and other dental societies in New York State. He was a director of The Manufacturers National Bank and the Ilion Savings and Loan Association. He served as a trustee and treasurer of the Cogar Foundation. He was a member of the Ilion Conversation Club. He was also a member of Church of the Annunciation in Ilion.

Jim served as a trustee of the Ilion Central School Board and as its President for two years during the rebuilding of Ilion High School and the construction of the new Barringer Road Elementary School. In 1966, he was appointed as a member of the Founding Board of Trustees of Herkimer County Community College and served as Board Chairman for twelve years. In 1999, he was one of nine people who were named the first recipients of the HCCC Torchbearer Awards. He was also named to the HCCC Emeritus Board of Directors. Recently, Jim was honored as one of eight inaugural inductees to the Central Valley School District Hall of Fame. He was also the subject of the July 2014 Alumni Site cover story.

Jim embraced life and daily dedicated himself to healthy living practices. He enjoyed his family and friends and a variety of sports including golfing, sailing, bicycling, hiking, and skiing. He was an avid reader and shared his love of reading with his wife, Phyllis, a retired librarian. He also enjoyed photography and travel.

Jim is survived by his wife, Phyllis, a daughter Laura Henry and her husband Douglas of Winchester, MA and their children James and Sarah, a son Philip Anderson and his wife Joni of Nevada City, CA and their children Teresa and Sean, and a daughter, Christine Anderson and her husband Michael Grady of Fort Bragg, CA. He is also survived by four nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Father William P. Anderson in 1963 and, Carl J. Anderson in 1998, his sister, Rita M. Tucker in 2006, and his niece, Kathryn A. Tucker in 2016.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 6, at 10:30am at Church of the Annunciation, 109 West Street, Ilion. A reception will be announced at the conclusion of the mass. Interment will take place privately at Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorial gifts to the General Scholarship Fund, Herkimer County College Foundation, Attn: Jan Fuhrer, 100 Reservoir Road, Herkimer, NY 13350 or Doctors Without Borders USA, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030. Envelopes will be available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion or at the Church of The Annunciation at Mass time. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to 17, 2017)


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


Anastasia 'Ann' Panarites Sprague - 1936

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

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


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


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


Margaret Mary (Kennedy) Clayton IHS 1936, Feb.6, 1918-Nov.11, 2010, age 92, passed away in Castro Valley on Veteran's Day. Margaret served in WWII as an army nurse in England and France. She was known for her positive outlook on life ("it couldn't be better") and her love of electronic gadgets ("The Gadget Queen"). Everyone who knew Margaret will miss her. Margaret is survived by four of her five daughters (Kathleen, Peggy, Patti, Teresa), two sons-in-law (Rick, John), eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, many nieces and nephews and dear friends. (Nov 28, 2010)


Harriett (Rockwell) Fitzer IHS 1936, age 90, of 134 Fitzer Dr. passed away on Wednesday January 13, 2010 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care. Harriett was born on April 24, 1919 in Ilion the daughter of the late Joseph L. and Marguerite (Jess) Rockwell. She was educated in Ilion schools and on June 28, 1942 she married John K. Fitzer he passed away on February 20, 1989. Harriett was employed as an Avon Lady in Ilion for over fifty years and was also President of Fitzer Homes Inc. in Ilion. She was a member of the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion, Catholic Daughters Court St. Bridget serving as Past Regent and State District Deputy; she was also a Eucharistic minister. Harriet was also active in the Annunciation School, the Ilion Council of Catholic Women serving as past President. She was also a member of Mohawk Valley Business Women. Harriett was always the happiest when surrounded by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Harriet is survived by two sons Jack and his wife Lynn Fitzer of Ilion and James Fitzer of Utica. A daughter Mary and her husband Steve Morse of Ilion a daughter in law Joann of Ilion. Her grandchildren; Tracy Casanova, Michael (Carole) Fitzer, Kathryn Morse, Jacqueline (Christopher) Bray, Jill (Andrew) Schrader, and Johnathan Morse. Her 12 great grandchildren; Andrew and Paige Fitzer; Jacob, Bailey, Marguerite and baby girl Bray born on January 13, 2010; Mattea and Will Schrader; April, Amber, Carli and Bree Casanova. Special nephew Wayne Darling and cousin Sam Jess. She was pre deceased by a brother Joseph Rockwell. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday January 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion. The Very Rev. Anthony Barratt and Deacon James Bower will officiate. Friends may call on Friday January 15, 2010 from 4-7 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at Mt. Oliviet Cemetery in Whitesboro. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to either the Ilion-Frankfort Food Bank or the Ilion Ambulance; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left and memorial candles lit by going to (Jan 18, 2010)


Arthur Applegate

Arthur H. Applegate, M.D., IHS 1936, a long-time resident of Ilion, New York, died November 21, 2009, in Granville, Ohio. He was born January 2, 1919, in Deansboro, N.Y., the son of Robert D. and Julia Alnetta Calhoun Applegate. Dr. Applegate was a graduate of Ilion High School class of 1936, and earned his bachelor's degree in French from Hamilton College, where he was a member of the Class of 1941. Shortly after graduation from college, and following a short stint at Harvard Business School, he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned to the 69th Infantry Div. Because of his fluency in French and German, he was chosen to serve with the Central Intelligence Corps in Europe, and was awarded two bronze stars. He was honorably discharged at the end of World War II.

Following the war and using the GI Bill, he re-enrolled at Hamilton College as a pre-med student. He gained admittance to the University of Rochester School of Medicine where he earned his medical degree in 1951. Dr. Applegate served an internship at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., and then returned to Rochester, N.Y., where he completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital. While enrolled in medical school, he married Betty Jane Weeden, in Frankfort, New York, on June 25, 1949. They enjoyed a loving relationship of 55 years, until her death in 2004. In 1954, Dr. Applegate returned to the Mohawk Valley where he established a medical practice with his brother-in-law, G. Roger Weeden Jr., M.D., on S. Otsego St. in Mohawk. He continued his medical practice at the London Bridge Medical Office in Ilion, until his retirement on February 1, 1984. He was on the staff of Mohawk Valley General Hospital. Dr. Applegate thoroughly enjoyed the challenges of practicing medicine, the many people he worked with over the years, and his patients. In addition to his practice, Dr. Applegate was involved in his community and in a number of organizations. He was a member of the Ilion School Board, a member and past president of the Central N.Y. Academy of Medicine, a member and vestryman of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, a member and past president of the Ilion Conversation Club, and a member of the Ilion Water Board. Dr. Applegate was a man of varied interests. He was an accomplished organist and pianist, and loved to sing. He had a passion for other places and cultures and he and his wife, Betty, traveled extensively. He loved to read and enjoyed gardening, basket weaving and did beautiful needlepoint. Despite the fact that Dr. Applegate never learned to swim, he loved the fact that his backyard swimming pool was the favorite summer destination for his grandchildren. He was devoted to his family. Dr. Applegate is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, the Rev. Stephen and Terry Applegate of Granville, Ohio, and Robert and Kathleen Applegate of West Winfield; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Brady Boyd of Ilion; ten grandchildren, Elizabeth Applegate, Peter Glenn-Applegate, Katie and Benjamin Applegate, William, Thomas, and Maggie Applegate, and Andrew, Philip, and Matthew Boyd; and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters, Mandana Chesebro and Kathryn Stockbridge, predeceased him. He will be remembered as extremely intelligent, exceedingly generous, and the true leader of our family. A Memorial Service for Dr. Applegate will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church on Second St. in Ilion, with the Rev. Stephen H. Applegate officiating. Interment will be in the Kinne Cemetery, Town of Litchfield. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Free Public Library or a charity of one's choice. Local arrangements are entrusted to Dr. Applegate's cousin, Don Applegate, Funeral Director. See Hamilton College - Necrology Arthur Holmes Applegate (Nov 24, 2009 - modified December 5, 2020)


John B. Morris IHS 1936, age 91, of 57 West St., Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown, NY. He was born on August 16, 1918, in Ilion, the son of Thomas R. and Margaret (Curley) Morris, and graduated from Ilion High School. John was a veteran of WW II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On August 8, 1940, he was married to Elizabeth 'Betty' Garvey at St. Francis De Sales Church, Herkimer. Betty and John have been married over 69 years. John was employed at Central New York Coach Lines in Utica for over 40 years, retiring as the Corporate Secretary in 1990. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation. Survivors include his wife, Betty; his children, Patricia 'Pam' O'Toole of Spring, TX, John Michael Morris and his wife, Jeanne, of Sharpsburg, GA, Christopher Morris of Ilion, Andrew Morris and his wife, Diane, of Kentucky, and Patrick Morris of Ilion; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Alfred Morris and his wife, Sue, of Ilion, James Morris, and Donald Morris and his wife, Maureen, all of Florida, Richard Morris of Utica, and Robert Morris and his wife, Ann, of Florida; his sister, Margaret 'Peg' Marley of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. John was predeceased by his son, Paul, in 1987; his brother, Thomas Morris and wife, Mary; and his brother, Edward Morris. In keeping with John's wishes, there are no public calling hours or services scheduled. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, c/o Central Fire Station, Central Ave., Ilion, NY 13357 or The Ilion Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund, c/o Ilion Elks Lodge, 8 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. The Morris family has entrusted all arrangements to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home (895-7722), Don Applegate, Funeral Director. (Oct 23, 2009)


Wanda (VanDerVoort) Runyon IHS 1936, 88, formerly of 20 Marshall Ave., Mohawk and formerly of Ilion died Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. She was born on August 4, 1919 in Fly Creek N.Y., the daughter of Guy and Ina (Scutt) VanDerVoort and attended Ilion schools. In August 1937, she was married to Richard 'Dick' E. Runyon in Ilion. He died on December 29, 2000. Wanda was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ilion and it's Women's Group. She was also a member of O.E.S. Survivors include her three sons and two daughters-in-law, Duane and Jean Runyon, Kenneth Runyon and his companion, Karen Ford, all of Ilion, Peter and Barbara Runyon of Arizona City, AZ; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter, Christine; her brother, Ken VanDerVoort and her sister, Marguerite Butterworth. In keeping with Wanda's wishes, there are no scheduled calling hours or funeral services at this time. Spring burial will be held at Mohawk Cemetery, at a time and date to be announced. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Wanda or add to her online memorial, may go to on the internet. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Ilion. The Runyon family has entrusted all arrangements to the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (Apr 13, 2008)


Bette (Limpert) Mayhew IHS 1936, formerly of Canton, NY, died January 10, 2008 in Sun City, AZ. The funeral will be January 21, 2008 at 11 AM, at the St. Christophers Episcopal Church, Sun City, AZ. Bette Catherine Limpert Mayhew was born February 16, 1918 in Ilion, NY, to Mathilde E. (Thaule) and Frederick L. Limpert and died January 10, 2008 in Sun City, AZ. She grew up in Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School in 1936. She attended Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she became a member of Psi Branch of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, graduating with a BS in 1940; she was also a member of mortarboard, an academic honorary society. She was an avid alumna her entire life, returning to the campus for her 65th reunion and serving in numerous ways over the decades. After graduating she became a Home Demonstration Agent with St. Lawrence County, traveling throughout the county assisting many of the families on farms with a variety of tasks. She and Karl M. Mayhew Jr. married on March 23, 1946 and lived in Canton, NY, about 40 years. Bette became Town Historian, involved in 4-H, worked tirelessly for the St. Lawrence Figure Skating Club from the mid 50s through the early 70s, was active in Grace Episcopal Church, the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Canton Garden Club. Over the years she hosted foreign exchange students and visitors to St. Lawrence University. Bette returned to school in the mid 1960s to complete her teaching degree and then taught Home Economics in the Madrid-Waddington School District until retiring in 1979. She spent summers in Canton and winters in Sun City until 2001. She was very active in Sun City as a long-time member of St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, local president for AAUW and Kappa, a lawn bowler, a traveler within AZ and to nearby states. She also enjoyed trips across the USA, to Mexico, Europe, South America and Thailand. Since June 12, 2004, she's been a beloved resident of Encore Senior Village at Peoria, a Specialized Alzheimer's Care Community. Bette is preceded in death by her husband Karl Mayhew Jr. and her brother Fred (Fritz) Limpert. She is survived by her children: Stella Ardire and significant other Dave Renn of Tolleson, AZ; Grayce Elizabethe Mayhew of Sun City, AZ; James and daughter-in-law Sharon Mayhew of Vancouver, WA; and Karl Mayhew III of Ogdensburg, NY; her granddaughters: Meredith and grandson-in-law Carl Poggi-Jenkins of Flagstaff, AZ; Amanda Mayhew of Highlands Ranch, CO; and Grace Mayhew of Peru, NY; her great-grandson Alden Rhys Poggi-Jenkins of Flagstaff, AZ; her cousin Marge W. Male of Tomball,TX; cousin-in-law Harriet Limpert of Piseco, NY; sister-in-law Marti Limpert of Sun City, AZ; brothers and sisters-in-law Kenneth Mayhew of Brantingham Lake, NY; Rita Mayhew of Canton, NY; Douglas and Hope Mayhew of Horseheads, NY; Donald and Joan Mayhew of Cooperstown, NY; and many nieces and nephews. Her memorial service is at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church,10233 W Peoria Ave, Sun City, on January 21 at 11 AM. Another service will be in the summer near her final resting place, with her beloved husband Karl, at Trinity Chapel Cemetery in Morley, NY; those arrangements will be made through Lawrence Funeral Home in Canton, NY. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Bette's name to the Employee Appreciation Fund of Encore Senior Village at Peoria, 9045 W Athens St, Peoria, AZ 85382, attention: Leah; St. Christopher's Episcopal Church (address above); Hospice Family Care Inpatient Unit, 9045 W Athens St, Bldg 1, Peoria, AZ 85382, attention: Nonie or an organization of your choice. (Dec 15, 2010)


Theodore E. Leonard IHS 1936, age 91,of Worcester passed away Monday, September 17th, 2007, in the Kindred Hospital after a brief illness. His wife of 54 years, Winifred (Webster) Leonard, passed away in 1996. Ted is survived by his children; Linda L. Lockwood of Cape May, N.J., Theodore E. Leonard, Jr. and his wife Esther of Greenbay, Wisconsin and Katherine L. Mercadante and her husband Kevin with whom he lived; eight grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel and his wife Sylvia, and Katie Lockwood, Kristopher and his wife Jamie Mercadante, Michelle Mercadante and her fiancée David Elworthy and Melissa Mercadante, Theodore E. Leonard, III and Nicholas Leonard; six great grandchildren, his companion of eleven years, Ann Marie "Mary" Ciani; a sister in law, Bettye Douglas, and her two sons, David and Cary in California, and a host of friends. Ted was born in Ilion, N.Y. the son of Dr. Frederick J. and Editha M. (Smith) Leonard. He earned his degree in Industrial Engineering from Colgate University in 1940, lived in such places as Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, Gloversville, Clinton, and Wells, N.Y., Cape May, N.J. and for the past 13 years Worcester. Ted was a U.S. Army Reserve officer over 25 years retiring as a Major. He was a World War, II and Korean War U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the 10th Armor Division under General George Patton, taking part in several battles in Eastern Europe including, the Battle of the Bulge, D-Day Invasion, Rhineland and the Ardennes. Ted also was one of the first U.S. soldiers who liberated Germany's Dachau Concentration Camp. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in battle. In civilian life, Ted worked as an Aerospace Industrial Engineer, more than 25 years for several corporations including Philco Ford, and General Electric in Pennsylvania and New York before retiring. Ted was one of the engineers who designed, tested and implemented the U.S. Cruise Missile system. He was a member of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, the Eastside Post 201, American Legion, the Mass and Cape May Retired Officers Associations. The Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and a 32nd degree Mason, of the South Jersey Lodge. Ted's funeral with Military honors will be held Saturday, September 22nd from the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL; 370 Plantation St. with a mass at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church, 24 Mulberry St. Entombment will follow in Notre Dame Mausoleum. A period of visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Kindred Care Hospital, Route 56, Rochdale, Mass or the American Heart Association, 22 Speen St. Framingham, Mass 01701. (May 8, 2012)


Lewis R. Watson IHS 1936, age 89, a resident of the Masonic Care Community, formerly of Guy Prindle Apartments, Mohawk and Fourth Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 26, 2006, at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Mr. Watson was born on March 12, 1917 in Ilion, the son of the late Emery and Mabel (Devine) Watson. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and was employed as a machinist with Chicago Pneumatic, retiring in 1979. On June 17, 1946, he was united in marriage with the former Anne Shedd, a union of 59 years. Mr. Watson was a WWII Army Veteran. He was a member of the Crowley Barnum Post American Legion, The Ilion Lodge # 591 F&AM, and the Ilion Presbyterian Church. He will always be remembered for his quiet ways and family pride. His happiest moments were spent at Camp Wildwood in the Central Adirondacks, where he enjoyed countless hours fishing, feeding white-tailed deer, and sitting on the front porch enjoying the scenery and contemplating his next project. Mr. Watson is survived by his beloved wife, Anne of Utica; two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry and Carolyn Watson and their children, Robert and Ryan of Ilion, Bruce and Karen Watson and their children, Brian and Mark of Richfield Springs; and a daughter and son-in- law, Lewanne and William Hughes and their children Katelyn and Eric of Gray, ME. He is also survived by a nephew, Robert Griffith and his wife, Jane of SC; as well as extended family members from the Shedd, DeCoursey, Kane, and Griffith families. He was predeceased by his sister, Mrs. Hugh (Margaret) Griffith of Sherrill in 1979. In keeping with Lewie's wishes, a brief memorial service will be held Friday, May 12, 2006, at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home in Ilion, beginning at 11:00 with a committal service immediately following in Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. There are no calling hours, however, the family will be present an hour prior to the service for those who wish to express condolences. Please omit floral arrangements. Those wishing may consider donations to: St. Olaf's Chapel, c/o Rolf Brynilsen, 8479 Turin Road, Rome, NY 13440, or The Williams Syndrome Association, P.O. Box 297, Clawson, MI 48017-0297. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. He was a devoted husband, dad and grandfather and will be greatly missed. (May 18, 2006)


Pauline A. (Burger) Mackin IHS 1936, age 87, currently of 80 E. North St., a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Pauline was born March 2, 1918 , in Ilion, daughter of William and Abigail (Foisy) Burger. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1936, and attended Crouse Irving School of Nursing in Syracuse. On May 24, 1936, Pauline was united in marriage to John J. Mackin in Ilion, a blessed union of over 39 years until Mr. Mackin's passing on Jan. 4, 1980. Pauline was employed as a nurse at the Mohawk Valley General Hospital in Ilion, retiring in 1980 with 25 years of dedicated service. She was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, and at one time served as a eucharistic minister. She was a charter member of the Beta Chi sorority at Ilion High School, past president of the Mothers Club, past vice grand regent Catholic Daughters Court St. Bridget, past president Ilion Council of Catholic Women, Ilion K of C Auxiliary and was past president of the London Towers Tenants Association. Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen 'Kathy' Coffin and her husband Bill, Gail Trosset and her husband Jon, all of Ilion; two sons and daughters-in-law, David Mackin and his wife Mary Ann of Ilion and John Michael Mackin and his wife Nancy of Jacksonville, Fla.; 12 cherished grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins, several great-grandchildren and many dear friends and neighbors.She was predeceased by her husband, John and brother, William 'Bill' Burger. Pauline's funeral service will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, commencing at 9:15 a.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where Father Anthony Barratt, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment in North Columbia Cemetery will take place later this spring at a date and time to be announced. Family and friends are invited to visitation Friday (today) from 4-7 p.m. at the Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Pauline's memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home Foundation. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. (Jan 7, 2006)


Raymond F. 'Pete' Bleau IHS 1936, age 87, of S. Otsego St., a longtime Mohawk resident, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, May 1, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Pete was born February 27, 1918 in Ilion, son of the late Louis and Bessie (Suters) Bleau. He was a graduate of Ilion High School. A veteran of WWII, Pete served with the US Army Air Corps in the European Theater of War. On June 25, 1942, he was united in marriage to Mildred "Millie" Anhel, a blessed union of 62 years. Pete was employed in the publication department at Sperry Rand-Univac in Ilion for 30 years. He was later employed by the Remington Arms Co., retiring in 1982. Pete was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, Ilion-Frankfort Masonic Lodge, and AARP. Survivors include his beloved wife, Mildred "Millie" Bleau; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Donna and Stephen Seifritz of Syracuse; one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Donna Bleau of Colorado; one sister, Betty Seymour of VA; one brother, Carl Bleau of Ilion; four cherished grandchildren, Christopher Bleau, Niccole Bleau, Caitlin Seifritz, Molly Seifritz; one great-grandson, Edison Bleau; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Pete was predeceased by his sisters, Ardel Lockyer and Dorothy Finnegan; two brothers, Kenneth Bleau and Louis Bleau. Family and friends are invited to Mr. Bleau's funeral service Thursday, May 5th, commencing at 2 p.m. at the Mohawk Reformed Church. Following the funeral service, a gathering will be held in the church hall for refreshments and fellowship. Interment will take place 4 p.m. (Thursday) at Armory Hill Cemetery. There are no public calling hours. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorial contributions in Pete's name to the Mohawk Reformed Church. Donation envelopes will be available at the church. To send a letter of condolence to the Bleau family, or to add to Pete's online memorial, please visit on the internet. All arrangements have been entrusted to the Graves-Applegate-Day Funeral Home, 48 E. Main St.,Mohawk. (May 28, 2005)


Jean Brand (McGowan) Ford IHS Salutatorian 1936, passed away on Sunday, July 25, at the age of 85. She died peacefully at Higgins Bay, on Piseco Lake, NY, with her family around her, in the place where she had spent many happy summers in her youth and throughout her life. Her given name was Jean, but she was known to everyone as Beam-the way her older sister, Janet, pronounced her name when they were toddlers. She was born in Ilion, NY, on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1919. Her parents were Archibald Kent McGowan and Edna Brand McGowan. Jean was the salutatorian at Ilion High School, and competed on the school team. She attended Adelphi College and graduated from St. Lawrence University, earning a B.S. in Chemistry. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and was elected vice president of the student body. She raced on the St. Lawrence women's downhill ski team-she made the team, she said because she was one of the few women students who owned skis. At one race at Lake Placid she was blown off the course by high winds and found herself trapped under an upturned tree. She was unhurt, but terrified, and that was the end of her racing career. During WWII she worked for the Remington Arms Co. as a metallurgist. And in 1944, she married Dexter Ford, of Middleville, NY, a long-time friend and fellow St. Lawrence graduate, who was on leave after winning his wings as a Naval Aviator. Beam and Dex, as they were known to their friends, first settled in Rochester, NY, moved to Wethersfield, CT, and later to Simsbury, CT. Along with raising their three children, Beam was active in those communities as a volunteer, was a member of Simsbury First Congregational Church, and served as president of the Simsbury Garden Club. After Dex retired from the Aetna Life & Casualty Co., the couple moved to Collinsville, CT, and later to Saratoga Springs, NY. They traveled the world, and spent their summers enjoying their cottage and lifelong friends on Higgins Bay. Jean was a loving wife, a warm friend and wonderful mother. Her intelligence, caring manner and wry sense of humor sparked the lives of everyone she met, and her spirit lives on in the hearts and laughter of her husband of 60 years, her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Dexter Ford; her children, David K. Ford of Brooklyn, NY, Dexter T. Ford of Manhattan Beach, CA, and Nancy E. Ford-Wallace of Wallingford, CT; and her grandchildren, Andrew Parker Ford, Nicholas Martin Ford and Tiffany Jane Ford. She is also survived by her sisters, Janet Irish of McCall, ID, and Barbara Sweeney of Ilion, NY. Jean was predeceased by her brother, Archibald McGowan. At Jean's request, there will be no calling hours or viewing. A graveside service will be held at Higgins Bay Cemetery in Piseco, the date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jean's memory to St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, or Mountain Valley Hospice, Gloversville, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway (888-584-5373 or (August 3, 2004) - Jean McGowan Ford's son, from Saratoga Springs, NY, can be reached via email.


Anne G. (Zimmer) Shepherd IHS 1936, age 85, of East North Street, Ilion, passed away Sunday, April 4, 2004 at home. She was born September 25, 1918 in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of the late Hugo and Anna Werner Zimmer. Mrs. Shepherd was a 1936 graduate of Ilion High School, and on November 23, 1940, she married Thomas Murray Shepherd in Ilion. He passed away on October 26, 1987. Mrs. Shepherd, along with her husband and family, operated Schesch the Florist in Ilion for many years. She retired several years ago. Mrs. Shepherd is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Cindy Shepherd of Ilion, George and Liz Shepherd of Syracuse, and John and Nancy Shepherd of Washingtonville, NY; her grandchildren, Tom, Dan, Michelle, Mike, Mark, Sam and Christine; and her great-grandchildren, Zach, Patrick, Branden, Akira, Magnus and Mickey; also a nephew, Bob Harvey. Funeral services for Mrs. Shepherd will be held on Wednesday, April 7, 2004 at 10 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Joseph Benintende officiating. Interment will be in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday, April 7 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Abraham House, 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY 13501 in Anne's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (April 8, 2004)


Mrs. Mary Geraldine Losier Harrill IHS 1936, age 82, a longtime resident of Forge Hill Estates in Ilion, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home in Ilion. Mary received wonderful care during her stay at Mohawk Valley and her family would especially like to acknowledge her caregivers on the third floor. She was born Jan. 6, 1919, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Omer and Loretta (Morris) Losier. Mary attended Ilion schools and had been a lifelong Ilion resident. She was united in marriage to Hugh E. Harrill on Aug. 19, 1955. Mr. Harrill passed away Aug. 11, 1968. She was a member of the church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Mrs. Bernard (Eileen) Losier of Ilion; and nieces and nephews, including John and Sharon Kowalczik of Ilion, David and Katherine Williams of Ilion, Patricia Petryk of Pompey, Paul and Linda Losier of East Herkimer and Thomas and Theresa Losier of New Jersey; 13 grand-nieces and nephews, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her brother, Mr. Bernard Losier on Dec. 2, 1998. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated from the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, with the Rev. Joseph Benintende, pastor, officiating. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer. Those wishing are asked to consider donations in memory of Mrs. Harrill to the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Envelopes may be obtained from the Enea Family Funeral Home. The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to the Enea Family Funeral Home, Main Street between Ilion and Frankfort (April 10, 2001)


Richard 'Dick' E. Runyon IHS 1936, 82, Mohawk, formerly of Ilion, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. He was born July 3, 1918, in Ilion, the son of Taylor B. and Marie Olds Runyon and graduated from Ilion High School. In August of 1937, he was married to Wanda VanDerVoort in Ilion. At one time, Dick worked at Remington Rand Co. and Remington Arms Co. of Ilion and General Electric Co. of Utica. Most recently, he was employed as the director of the personnel department of Olivetti Corp. of Harrisburg, Pa. for about 10 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of the Ilion Baptist Church and a former member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge and the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444. Survivors include his wife, Wanda; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Duane and Jean Runyon, of Mohawk, Kenneth Runyon and his companion Karen Ford and Peter and Barbara Runyon, all of Pennsylvania; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; his sister, Dorothy of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughter, Christine Schremp in July of 2000. Funeral services were held Jan. 3, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Baptist Church. (Jan 8, 2001)


Walter D. Bird IHS 1936, age 87, a former Ilion resident and more recently of Folts Homes, Herkimer, passed away Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at Little Falls Hospital. Walter was born Nov. 22, 1913, the son of the late William and Emma (Pearl) Bird. He received his education in Ilion and graduated with the class of 1936. On June 1, 1938, he was joined in marriage with his companion, Sarah. The couple's 62-year union was based upon their exemplary and remarkable dedication to each other. Mr. Bird's professional life spanned many years; he was last employed as an electronics assembler for Unisys in Ilion with 20 years of dedicated service. He also was a salesman for Stewarts Landscaping in New York City and at one time was employed by Bull Brothers. He was proud to serve our country with the U.S. Army. Walter had a number of special interests and activities: these interests centered around sports, especially his love for bowling. He was instrumental in starting the Ilion High School bowling team and also helped establish teams for students around the state. He also loved to attend the Ilion High School basketball and football games. He is survived by his family including his beloved wife, Sarah; two sons, James Bird and wife Patricia of Australia and Roger William Bird and wife Kathy of Syracuse; three daughters, Joyce Andrea Thurston and husband David of Deerfield, Sallie Ann Thomas and husband William of Las Vegas, Nev. and Marilyn Spriggs and husband David of Syracuse; one sister, Bernice Bird of Deerfield; 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his special brother-in-law, James Maclean and his sister-in-law, Eleanor MacGregor. A word of prayer and celebration of Walter's life will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 5, from the Jesus Christ Church of Latter Day Saints, Herkimer. Procession will follow to Oak Hill Cemetery where interment will take place. Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army. Walter's funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Enea Funeral Home, Frankfort/Ilion. (Decmeber 4, 2000)


Norma V. Winslow Letts IHS 1936, age 81, died March 21, 1999, at Palm Garden Vero Beach, FL, where she had resided since January. She was born September 26, 1917, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Harrison and Irene Haslam Winslow, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1936. Norma married Howard Letts on October 22, 1937. Howard Letts passed away Feb. 14, 1993. Norma was employed as a cashier with Loblaws and the P&C before her husband retired, in September of 1979. The Letts moved to Florida upon Howard's retirement. Surviving are her two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Barbara Letts, and Brian and Joyce Letts, all of Ft. Pierce; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Sam Leonis, Ilion, and Diana and Robert Dygert, of Portland, TN; one brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Mary Winslow, of Ormond Beach, FL; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter Karen Voirol, and her sister Gladys Winslow Bona. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lakewood Park United Methodist Church, Ft. Pierce, FL or the charity of one's choice. (April 18, 1999)


Erlau G. "Blacky" Carroll, IHS 1936, age 78, of Timberland Drive, Loudonville, died Saturday, July 15, 1995, at Albany Memorial Hospital. Mr. Carroll was born in Worcester, Otsego County. He was raised in Ilion, Herkimer County, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1936. He had been a resident of the Capital Region since 1952. He was initially a sales representative for the C.F. Mueller Co. and subsequently a sales representative for SOFCO Inc. of Scotia for 25 years before retiring in 1991. Mr. Carroll was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church of Colonie and its first vestry. He was an avid bowler and golfer. He coached junior bowling at the Bowlers Club during the late 1960s and the Tobin Packing Co. Little League team in Colonie during the late 1950s. He was a member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge 591 F & AM. He was an RSVP volunteer at the Town of Colonie Public Safety Building for the last two years. Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Cassidy Carroll; a son, Kevin R. Carroll of Schenectady; a daughter, Sheila Shudt of Waterford; two sisters, Mrs. Lee Luther of Ilion, Herkimer County, and Mrs. Earl Neiberger of Onaga, Kansas; and a grandson. Services will be held at 10:15 a.m. today in the Frederick Funeral Home, 16 Manning Square, Albany, and at 11 a.m. in St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 49 Killean Park, Colonie Burial will be in Memory's Garden in Colonie. [The Times Union (Albany, NY), July 18, 1995, Page: B7]. (October 13, 2023)


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Margaret Kennedy Clayton, lived in San Leandro, Ca with her daughter Kathleen. Her address was 358 Breed St. San Leandro CA. During WWII, Margaret was an Army Nurse serving in Europe. (June 23, 2002)

James W. Kennedy (Bill) was also in the class of 1936. Bill Kennedy died September 24, 1994. In WWII, Bill was in the 8th Air Force and a belly gunner on a B-17. He flew 32 missions over Europe.

"I met with Bill and Margaret in 1994. At the time, Bill had told me that he was about to take a trip to Europe to visit some of the cities bombed by his crew. Soon after returning home, Bill died from a heart attack. He was very highly respected and admired by the community. He was retired from G.E. and at the time, he and his wife, Doris, were living in San Lorenzo, CA. Doris still lives in San Lorenzo." (submitted by John (Barney)Conway IHS '50 - June 23, 2002)

William Myers, from Salem, VA, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)


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