Ilion High School

Class of 1942

Alumni News

1942 Ilion Yearbook


Digitized Class Yearbook....

The Mirror for 1942 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 1942 is at your published in the 1942 Mirror Class History. Of special interest is the Yearbook Dedication, which honored all of the alumni who were serving in the armed forces in 1942. (modified April 16, 2014)


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror for 1942", are available on the 1942 Class Roster page. (added February 14, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1942 (added November 17, 2022)


Senior Pictures....

Senior Pictures, from the 1942 Mirror, are available on the links below. Images were provided by Paul McLaughlin, Class of 1941. (November 30, 2004)

In Memorium - David 'Rocky' Cramer

Allen - Bullis

Burke - Day

Dunworth - Griffith

Hamlin - Kelly

Kerber - Manion

Markley - Panarites

Parsons - Rice

Russell - Strong

Suhanchak - Torrey

Trapp - Whitcom

Wilcox - Zeh

Class Officers



Classmates Tribute

In November 2012, in honor of Veteran's Day, this site presented a World War II tribute: THE SONS OF SWARTHOUT-IN-SERVICE. Coach Swarthout's wrote poems in honor of his Ilion Baseball players who were serving during World War II.

Class of 1942 members were:

Joe Bates     Ray Bullis     Paul Momberger     Frank Marsden     Gerry Singleton


1942 Ilion - Charles Jarvis


Charles Arthur Jarvis - IHS 1942 - Physician

IHS 1942 alumnus, Dr. Charles Arthur Jarvis, 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 1942 Charles Arthur Jarvis, M. D. (April 23, 2021)


Revisit your High School Musical Production - The Pirates of Penzance Photos....

The History of Ilion High School Musical Productions has been updated. Thanks to Paul McLaughlin '41, for providing photographs from the 1942 production - "The Pirates of Penzance". (May 10, 1998 - modified December 11, 2020)


Class of 1939 - 70 Year Reunion Plans....

Oneita Bluett Bouchard '39 organized a 70th year reunion for the Class of 1939. A FREE Reunion was held on June 14, 2009 at the VFW Post 542. Members from the classes before 1939 and up to 1943 were invited. Contact person was Oneita Bluett Bouchard at 3 Warren Road, Mohawk, NY 13407 - (315) 866-6785. (Feb 27, 2009)


The 57th Reunion!!!

The Class of 1942 held a 57th Year Reunion at Dick's Restaurant,September 25, 1999.

Twenty-four class members attended the reunion. Those attending were: Martha Salvaggio Rossi, Willis Hitchcock and wife, Frank Marsden and wife, Bob Younglove, Paul Wagner and guest, Betty Brower Kenyon and husband, Joe and Lucy Bates, Eleanor LeClair Serow, Helen Lynch Griffith, Ray Pettengill and wife, Barney Murray and guest, Gladys Clive Donlin, Tom Scott and wife, Bob Tuttle and wife, Kate Panarites Brown and husband, Hilda Smithson Wright and Roger Harris. (October 9, 1999)


The 55th Reunion!!!

The Class of 1942 held a 55th Year Reunion at the K of C, on West St., Sept. 12, 13, and 14th. Friday evening a get together was held to reacquaint all who attended. Saturday evening a turkey or roast pork dinner was held and on Sunday morning a breakfast was served.

Twenty-four class members attended the reunion. Those attending were: Maybelle Burke Fernandez, Joe & Lucy Bates, Marjorie Bullis & Roger Bergeron, Roger Harris,Willis Hitchcock & wife, Nancy Ingro Decker, Helen Innes & Jack Stitt, Paula Lauer & Art Fury, Eleanor LeClaire Serow, Helen Lynch Griffith, Frank & Marie Marsden, Harold Mogenson, Bernard Murray and Linda Knight, Katherine Panarties Brown & husband, Ray & Jenny Pettengill, Martha Salvaggio & Frank Rossi, Thomas Scott & wife, Gerald Singleton, Ed & Betty Supplee Watson, Verna Taylor & Al Tresholavey, Robert & Jane Tutle, Judy Piper Steele and Art DeLaurier.

Classmate Addresses as of 1997

We are interested in any information on the class members so we can update our present records. You may send this information to

Betty Brower Kenyon,
14 Bushnell St.,
Mohawk, NY 13407.
Phone 315-866-2711


The 50th Reunion!!!

The Class of 1942 held a 50th reunion on September 19, 1992, at the Ilion Elks Club.

1942 50th Class Reunion Photo Album....

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Class of 1943 60th Reunion.....

The Ilion Class of 1943 held a 60th reunion September 13, 2003 at Ilion Knights of Columbus. Members of the Classes of 1941, 1942, and 1944 were invited to join for dinner at 6 pm. Reservations were handled by Margaret (Peg) Marley 894-9039 or Mary Clark 8940-0109. (July 19, 2003)


60th Year Class Reunion...

The Class of '42 held a 60th reunion in September 2002. Contact person was

Mrs. Betty (Brower) Kenyon
14 Bushnell St.,
Mohawk, NY 13407
Ph. (315)866 -2711. (October 23, 2002)


Katherine 'Katie' (Panarites) Brown, IHS 1942 and Keuka College.....

Katherine 'Katie' Panarites Brown
Katherine 'Katie' Panarites Brown - Photograph courtesy of Keuka College

Katherine 'Katie' (Panarites) Brown, IHS 1942 and Keuka College 1948 and her sister, Mary (Panarites) Gaspar IHS 1938 Keuka College 1942 were featured in the Keuka College web site article - The Panarites Sisters Left a Lasting Legacy at Keuka College. "Mary served as a trustee, and was the first alumna to be elected as trustee for two consecutive terms... Both Mary and Katie backed the College with more than just their words, as they each were consistent donors to the Keuka Fund, the Centennial Campaign, Bridge to Tomorrow campaign, the Campaign to Save Ball Hall, numerous memorial and scholarship funds, including the Panarites Sisters Scholarship Fund." Find out more by visiting this wonderful story about the Ilion Panarites sisters. (September 20, 2020 - modified February 14, 2002)


Alumni Donation...

The Ilion High School Class of 1942 made a $100 donation to the Ilion Free Public Library. The donation was presented by Helen Griffith, representing the Class of 1942 Reunion Committee. Other class of 1942 members responsible for the post-reunion donation included Joseph Bates, Betty Kenyon, Bernard Murray, Raymond Pettengill and Eleanor Snow. Ilion's Librarian, Christine Lozoski, said that some of the first books for the library were purchased by Ilion alumni. (January 7, 2000)


Native Dentist Retires....

Dr. Raymond Russell was feted at a retirement party, at the Ilion Knights of Columbus, at 4 pm, October 10, 1999.

Dr. Russell has practiced dentistry, in Ilion, for over 52 years. He is the son of a dentist and started his practice, with his father, in 1947. He practiced with his father for six or seven years. Dr. Russell graduated from Columbia University of Dentistry and Oral Surgery. He served with the Air Force, during the Korean War, and was discharged as a captain. In 1993, he was honored by the Oneida-Herkimer Dental Society for his outstanding service to dentistry and the community. He is also a former member of the Ilion Kiwanis, Elks Lodge, Little Theater Club, and the Ilion Planning Board. (October 7, 1999)


In Memorium....

The In Memorium page honors the memory of our deceased classmates. (August 3, 2004)



Willis Lansing Hitchcock, IHS 1942, passed away peacefully at 96 years old on October 7, 2020 at the Western Reserve Masonic Community in Medina, Ohio. He was the son of Catherine Hitchcock Goering and Willis Hitchcock, born February 11, 1924. Willis was adored by his paternal grandparents. He was raised in Ilion and attended Ilion High School. Willis served his country as a Combat Veteran in the 6th Marine Division during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Following his dedicated service, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York. Bill had a successful career in engineering retiring from B.F. Goodrich Corporation. Willis was also a Mason. He spent most of his adult life in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and later Medina, Ohio. Willis was predeceased by his wife of 60 years Marion Benedict Hitchcock, brothers Douglas and Robert Hitchcock and sisters, Jeanette Richway and Gertrude Tangora. He is survived by his loving daughter, Leslie, his brother Gerald (Deb) Hitchcock, his sisters, Barbara Noffer and Elisabeth (Lawrence) DelGrego, sister-in-law Irene Hitchcock and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his dear friends from the Medina Country Club who were in every way his Ohio family. Over the 96 years, there are many memories of Bill. We will reflect fondly on: our family historian, the man who took forever to make a decision, for always bringing donuts, his dry sense of humor, his love of the Adirondacks and his fondness for golf and the friendships formed at the club. A graveside service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 24, 2020 will be held At Armory Cemetery in Ilion, NY, where Willis will be laid to rest beside his wife Marion, under the care of Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Friends and family are welcome to gather there to pay their respects. Donations in his memory may be made to the Adirondack Council: Preserving Water, Air and Wildlands, 103 Hand Ave Suite 3 PO Box D-2 Elizabethtown NY 12932. (October 24, 2020)


Hilda Mae (Smithson) Wright, IHS 1942, age 98 of Ilion, passed away on Friday August 7, 2020 at The Grand in Ilion. Hilda was born on March 10, 1922 in Ilion, she was the daughter of, the late Clarence and Cora (Burns) Smithson. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and work at UNIVAC as an assembler, until her retirement. On April 10, 1948 she was united in marriage to Harry Wright, in the Ilion United Methodist Church. Harry passed away in February of 1975. She was and active member of the Ilion United Methodist Church and the Ilion Home Bureau. Hilda is survived by her two sons James and his significant other Lois Arndt of Mohawk and Dennis and his significant other Patty Hendrix of Ilion. Her grandchildren; Lisa and Jim Frank, Heather Lombardo, Holly and Jared Sipes, Preston Wright and Craig Wright and five great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brothers Milton, Arthur and George. Hilda's family would like to thank the staff of the third floor at The Grand for the care shown Hilda during her stay. Funeral services for Hilda will be held on Wednesday August 12, 2020 at 1 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Chaplin Kenneth Palmer will officiate. Friends and family may call from 11 am until the time of the funeral. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Those attending calling hours, or the service are required to wear a face covering to enter the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to (August 3, 2020)


Eleanor J. (LeClair) Bly Serow, IHS 1942, age 94, formerly of Ilion and Dolgeville, passed away on Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, 2019, at Folts Home, Herkimer. She was born on September 6, 1924, in Ilion, the daughter of Earl David LeClair and Marion L. (Williams) LeClair and graduated from Ilion High School. On May 12, 1946, she was married to Richard "Dick" Bly, in Maryland. He passed away in 1985. Eleanor was employed as an account clerk at the Herkimer County Treasurer's Office, in Herkimer, for over 30 years. Her greatest pleasures in life were her children, grandchildren and family. Eleanor believed in very strong family values and instilled them in all who knew and loved her. Her sense of humor will be remembered by many. Surviving family members include her children, Dick Bly, of Ilion, Jeff Bly and his wife, Kathy, of Tupper Lake, Beth Gagnon and her husband, Paul, of Daytona Beach, FL, Doug Bly and his wife, Rena, of Holden, MA, Peggy Bly and Tim, of Dolgeville, and Matt Bly and his wife, Bobbi, of Speculator; 19 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren; her sister, Verna Lang, of Myrtle Beach; her brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Hazel LeClair, of Clinton; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who were near and dear to her heart. She was predeceased by her oldest son, Donald Bly and his wife, Priscilla; her mother, Marion LeClair Smith and her father, Earl LeClair; 6 brothers, Tom, Dick, Jim, Jack, Ken and Gail LeClair; and her sister, Betty Nakoneczny. Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. Her funeral service will follow at 12:30 p.m., with Rev. Brian Engel, officiating. A special heartfelt thank you from the family to the nurses and staff at Folts Home. Also, a thank you to the Hospice staff for their love and compassion during Eleanor's final days. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Eleanor, or add to her online memorial, may go to In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Eleanor's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate.m. (March 23, 2019)


Katherine 'Katie' (Panarites) Brown, IHS 1942, just shy of her 94th Birthday, (December 28), passed away on December 22, 2017, after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy, at the Charles Sitrin Rehabilitation facility, a mile from where she raised her family in Sherman Hills. Katie was the daughter of James and Helen Boosalis Panarites, and grew up in Ilion working in her parents restaurant, the Ilion Kandy Kitchen, later known as the J Panarites restaurant....affectionately known to generations of Ilionites as "the Greeks". Katie graduated from Ilion High School, received her Bachelors degree from Keuka College class of 1948, and completed her Masters at Syracuse University, and began her doctoral work at Syracuse, while working as one of the youngest Deans in the State College System at Potsdam State Teachers College. Katie married Crist J Brown on January 1954, in Grace Episcopal Church, with in a Greek Orthodox /Episcopalian officiated service and joined him in the operation of his family's multi generational business, Utica Floral Company, one of Utica's longest contiguously owned family retail businesses until the Browns retired in 1995. Katie worked tirelessly with Crist, in the floral business, and their various other family owned businesses that they were involved with, Herkimer Motel (Red Roof Inn), Georgian Courts/Woodside Apts., TV Facts. Possessed with an incredible work ethic, Katie, also enjoyed a wide range of activities, she learned to ski in Colorado in the 1940's, putting her own children on skis by 5 years old. she was a swimmer, a hiker, a tennis player, a gourmet cook, a history buff. Katie loved the Adirondacks, and for over 50 years savored time spent at the family compound on the South Shore of Fourth Lake, as well as her beloved home on Sanibel Island, Florida. Her ethnic pride in being Greek always came through, in the 1980's she was presented an award by the American Hellenic Educational and Professional Association for her lifetime efforts of promoting and organizing the small Greek American Population in Central New York, She was a former board member of Landmarks Society, AAUW, League of Women Voters, Ladies of Estia, and remained active in Keuka College's alumni association for decades. Katie was not only blessed with physical beauty as a young woman, but an inner goodness and " kooky " sense of humor that kept her grounded, and magnetic to a broad range of ages and personalities...paupers to princesses who all loved her. Katie is survived by Crist, her husband of 64 years, her children and their spouses John (Christopher) and James (Susan), three grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, Godchildren, also surviving are her special Godson, Gregory Savas (Joann)Herkimer, was identified as her 3rd son, and her Brother in law, Bela"Bill" Gaspar, Frankfort. Katie was pre deceased by her parents, her brother, Constantine (Gus) Panarites, Sisters, Anastasia Panarites Sprague, and Mary Panarites Gaspar, and most of her closest friends and family. Katie had an unusually close bond with her sister Mary, and sister in law, Angie, but always identified Catherine Francis Savas, Syracuse, June "Jerry" Murray Kiefer, Old Forge and "Betty" Marketos, New Hartford, (all deceased) as her lifelong best friends, there many others alive and many passed, that shared a special bond with Katie through the years. The past few years have been difficult for Katie, but she wanted to acknowledge the staff of Sitrin Rehabilitation, especially, Amy Land, R.N., for their kindness, attention, genuine kindness and love given. Greek Orthodox Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 11:00 AM at St. George Orthodox Church, 350 Higby Road, New Hartford. The family will receive friends from conclusion of the service until 2:30 PM at the church following the funeral. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Donations in memory of Katie may be made to Panarites Sisters Scholarship Fund of Keuka College, 141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, N.Y. 14478. Arrangements are with Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, New Hartford. (December 29, 2017)


Gladys C. (Wedemeyer) Hefner, IHS 1942, age 93, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Folts Home, Herkimer. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by the love and support of her family by her side. Born in Herkimer on September 23, 1924, Gladys was the daughter of the late John and Hazel (Elmer) Wedemeyer. She attended Frankfort and Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1942. A veteran of the United States Army, she honorably and proudly served her country from 1944-1945 during World War II. On June 22, 1945 Gladys was united in marriage to Harold Hefner, Sr, in Modesto, California and the couple lived in Arizona for 21 years before coming back to the Mohawk Valley. Mr. Hefner passed away in 1992. In her earlier years, Gladys was employed by UNIVAC as a key punch operator. She held life memberships in the following organizations: the Mohawk American Legion and was also a past Adjutant, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Herkimer, the DAV in Phoenix, AZ, the Herkimer Polish Community Home, and was a member of the Pearl Harbor Surviving Spouses Organization of Phoenix, AZ and the Royal Neighbors of America and past Oracle. Gladys was also a member of the Grace Episcopal Church, Mohawk. She is survived by her daughter, Linda VanDelinder of Herkimer; her grandchildren, Jeffrey and Barbara Kotary, Jon Adam and Danielle Kotary, Harold and Kimberly Hefner III, Jason Burton and Andrew and Shannon Burton; her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Karlee, Sara, Adena, Eva and Wolfgang and Sidney and her great-great-grandchild, Finlee. She also leaves her brother, Donald Wedemeyer of Mohawk; her sisters, Janice and Richard Normand of Connecticut, Sandra Murray of Kansas and Sharon and Spencer Bennett of Herkimer; her inlaws, Theresa Hefner of Rochester and Kenneth Marmet of Penn Yan; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her son, Harold Hefner, Jr.; her daughter, Lorine Marmet; her son-in-law, Carl VanDelinder; her great- grandson, Athens A. Kotary and several brothers and sisters. Funeral services have been rescheduled for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation from 10:00AM - 11:00AM at the original Enea Family Funeral Home (FKA Holleran Funeral Service), 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer (315) 866-1011. Gladys' Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00AM at the funeral home, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Procession will follow to Oak Hill Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions in Gladys' name to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements and supervision have been entrusted to funeral directors Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (November 11, 2017)


Mr. Stanley F. Van Alstyne, IHS 1942, age 95, currently of Utica and formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, April 30, 2017 at the St. Luke's Home in New Hartford. Born on March 7, 1922, Stanley was the son of the late Frank F. and Edna L. (Geiger) Van Alstyne. He was a graduate of Ilion High School with the Class of 1942, and soon thereafter enlisted with the United States Navy. He proudly served his country as a Machinist's Mate 3rd Class throughout World War II. For over 38 years, Stanley was employed as a cutter and grinder with the Remington Arms Company in Ilion, until his retirement in 1980. When he wasn't hard at work, Stanley was heavily involved with various organizations throughout the Mohawk Valley. He was a member of the Utica American Legion, Ilion VFW, Ilion Elks Lodge, Ilion Fish & Game Club, the Lake Pleasant, Salisbury and Indian Lake snowmobile clubs, and a former member of the Remington Arms 25 Year Club. Stanley was an avid snowmobiler, hunter and fisherman. He was proud to be one of the original founders of the Wilds Hunt Club in Gray, NY, and actively maintained the friendships he created there throughout his lifetime. Survivors include his sister, Beverly Hafele of Floyd; his nephews, William J. Hafele and Thomas E. Hafele, both of Floyd; and his great-niece, Lacy Stephens. He was predeceased by his parents, an infant brother, Thomas Van Alstyne, and a sister, Esther Van Alstyne. In keeping with Stanley's wishes, there will be no formal calling hours or funeral service. He will be cremated and his ashes will be brought to the hunting camp that he loved so dearly. All service arrangements have been entrusted to the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY 13357, Martin L. Ciaccia and Don Applegate, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy can be left at (June 6, 2017)


Miss Shirley Hoeschele, IHS 1942, Teacher, former School Board Member, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017. Shirley was born on February 7, 1925 in Utica, N.Y. daughter of the late Henry and Nell O'Hare Hoeschele. She was educated in Annunciation School in Ilion, N.Y. and graduated from Ilion High School in 1942. Shirley graduated from State University of N.Y. (SUNY) at Fredonia with a B.S. in Music and from SUNY Potsdam with a Master's Degree in Education. She retired from SUNY Potsdam as an Associate Professor of Education in 1989. She taught in Ilion, Scotia, Manchester, Utica and Clayton N.Y, and Colorado Springs, CO. Shirley had a great devotion to Mary, the Mother of God, as represented by the hundreds of Rosaries she made that were donated all over the world. She loved to knit and was very active in the knitting program at Catholic Charities. Shirley was also active in the N.Y. State Retired Teachers Association and was a past member of the Ilion School board. She took great pride in her work with the children in Remington School of Ilion, teaching several reading classes. Shirley is survived by one sister, Carolyn Normile, Buffalo, N.Y. as well as eighteen nieces and nephews, several grandnieces and nephews, great-grandnieces and nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her sister Agatha Sokol, Seattle, WA and her brother Leo Hoeschele, Rochester, N.Y. She will be greatly missed by all her relatives, friends, caregivers, church families and charitable groups. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM, from Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort. Interment will be private at Mt. Oliviet Cemetery, Whitesboro. Friends may call Wednesday from 3-6 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Catholic Charities, 61 West St., Ilion, NY, 13357; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to (April 1, 2017)


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

Frank Marsden IHS 1942, 90, formerly of Ilion, NY, Stanhope, NJ, Stroudsburg, PA, and presently of Greece, NY, left this earth to join his Savior on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. He was born on February 11, 1924, in Sheffield, England, the son of Leonard and Doris (Boot) Marsden. Frank was a WW II Veteran who served 2 1/2 years in the Army in Northern Africa and Italy. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and Canton A&T College. Frank played semi-pro baseball for the Cincinnati Reds in Watertown, NY, in 1947. He retired from Picatinny Arsenal, Dover, NJ, as a management analyst. He leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Marie Marsden, and two daughters, Beth (Anne E.) Murphy (James) and Mary Lynn Parsloe (Robert). He was predeceased by two sons, David L. Marsden, in 1951, and William E. Marsden, in 1992. He is also survived by several grandchildren, Kathryn Burns (Jeffrey), Adam D. Murphy, Melia Parsloe, Corinne Parsloe, Victoria Parsloe, Amanda Watson and Sarah Marsden, and several great-grandchildren. Family and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of his life to be held at St. Peter's Church, 105 E. Liberty St., Rome, NY, on September 20 at 10:30 a.m. The service will be followed by a luncheon at the Vescio's Franklin Hotel, 301 S. James St., Rome, NY. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent to St. Mark's Catholic Church, 54 Kuhn Rd., Rochester, NY 14612.(Dec 20, 2014)

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


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


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


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


Violet E. (Hand) Renaud IHS 1942, age 87, of New Jersey, formerly of Herkimer and Ilion, passed away on Dec. 11, 2013, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 1, 1926, in Norton Hill, the daughter of Ivan and Pearl (Mathews) Hand. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1943. She was employed at Decision Data Accounting in Pennsylvania for 20 years. She worked with Girl Scouts, VFW 4915 Auxiliary and Class of 1943 Reunion Committee. She enjoyed her family, knitting, baking and cooking.She is survived by her husband, John Paul Renaud, of 68 years; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Madelyn and Dominick Delucia; son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Kathy Renaud; son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Richard and Jane Marshall; grandchildren, Joanne and Tom Bisconti, TommyRenaud, Ricky Marshall and Erica Beaver, John Paul and Kimberly Marshall; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.She is predeceased by her sister, Irene Devere, daughter, Deborah Marshall, and brother, Barry Hand. Spring burial will be held at Mohawk Cemetery at a date and time to be announced.Anyone wishing to share a memory of Violet, or add to her online memorial, may go to lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to American Field Service AFS-USA, Inc., National Development Office, One Whitehall Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10004, or Compassionate Care Hospice, Inc., 9 Lamington Rd., Somerville, NJ 08876.Local arrangements are entrusted to Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened location at 102 West St., Ilion, Don Applegate, funeral director. (April 23, 2014 modified March 20, 2016)


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


Gerald 'Jerry' Singleton, IHS 1942 - Funeral services for Gerald "Jerry" Singleton, 89, of Kershaw will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Kershaw Second Baptist Church where he was a member. The Revs. Jamie Rogers, Randall Runion and Mr. Drew Dutton will officiate. Burial will follow in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Singleton died Sunday, September 16, in Lancaster Convalescent Center, Lancaster. Born in Glens Falls, New York, he was the son of the late Arthur and Ella Mae Black Singleton. He was a production and inventory control manager having worked for several companies before retiring from Duracell, Lancaster. Mr. Singleton was active in Midway and Kershaw Second Baptist Churches. He enjoyed the time he spent being involved with Andrew Jackson High School and Middle School girls' volleyball, softball, basketball and soccer teams. He was especially fond of any activities his granddaughters were involved with. Mr. Singleton was a avid Boston Red Sox fan and was most proud of his Irish heritage. He also served in the United States Army. He was widowed by his wife, Alma Taylor Singleton. Surviving are 3 daughters, Linda Roth of Clinton, Ohio, Donna Gouge (Steve) of North Canton, Ohio, Jeri Rogers (Johnny) of Kershaw; 2 granddaughters, Lauren Rogers and her fiance Jacob of Charlotte, N.C., Hannah Rogers of Kershaw; a sister, Eileen Richardson (Bob) of Galion, Ohio; 2 brothers, Ted Singleton (Cece) of Freemont, Ohio and Ray Singleton (Carol) of Groveport, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Bukszar and a brother, Jack Singleton. The family will receive friends, Tuesday, September 18 one hour prior to the service beginning at 3:00 p.m. in the church Family Life Center. Memorial contributions may be made to Andrew Jackson Booster Club for a Softball Scholarship for a Female Athlete, P.O. Box 182, Kershaw, S.C. 29067. (Nov 2, 2012)


Iris J. (Hoffman) Archer IHS 1942, age 88, of Prindle Apts., formerly of East Ave Frankfort, passed away Tuesday, September 25, 2012, in Folts Home. She was born in Ilion, on August 30, 1924, the daughter of the late Paul J. and Marjory Hoffman. She attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School. She was married to Russell J. Archer on April 4, 1945 in US Navy Chapel, Macon, GA. Russell passed away on April 3, 2008. Iris was a Restaurant Manager for Schuyler Thruway Rest Area, Schuyler until her retirement in 1986. Iris is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Cynthia and John Bonfardici, of Frankfort and Bonnie Shipman and her companion, Robert Small, of Brea, CA; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Sue Archer, of Ilion and Robert and Kim Archer, of Frankfort; her grandchildren, David, Kelly Archer, Daniel and his wife, Rhonda Archer, Paul Archer, Kimberly and her husband, Tyler Derby, Rebecca Archer, Amy Archer, Robin and her husband, Rashid Singano, John and his wife, April Bonfardici Jr., Jaime and her husband, Michael Coulhurst, Andrew Archer and his companion, Ida, Michele Johnson and Eric Shipman and his companion, Stephanie; her sister-in-law, Janet Hoffman of GA; special nephew, Lloyd "Rick" and his wife, Donna Bagg; thirty great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one brother, Paul Hoffman and two sisters, Joan Wilcox and Nancy Bagg. Her funeral will be held Tuesday at 12:00 noon in the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort with Rev. Robert Wollaber pastor of Frankfort United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Oak View Cemetery. Calling hours will be Monday (today) from 5-7 at V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc.. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Iris' online memorial page by going to (Oct 5, 2012)


Arthur 'Art' Kerber IHS 1942, age 87, formerly of Prindle Apts., Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, at Masonic Care Community, Utica, NY. He was born on April 16, 1924, in Ilion, the son of Walter and Hazel (Bastow) Kerber, and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Art was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On September 29, 1951, he was married to Edith Barnum at Calvary Church in Utica. She died on June 17, 2000. For thirty-three years, Mr. Kerber was a Produce Manager at Loblaws and later, Great American in Ilion. Art was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion and advisor of the Presbyterian Youth Group. He was also a member of the Olive Masonic Lodge #40, Scottish Rite of Utica, and was an advisor of the Ilion Demolay. Art enjoyed his annual vacations with his wife, and time spent with his family. Survivors include two daughters, Laurel Kerber, of Little Falls, and Susan Overacker, of Ilion; one son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Susan Kerber, of Ilion; six grandchildren, Jeremy Kerber and his wife, Francine, of Richmond, VA, Kelly Archer and her husband, David, of Ilion, Aaron Burkhart and his wife, Susan, of Herkimer, Heather Cloutier and her husband, John, of Ilion, Alyssa Kerber and her fiance, Kevin, of Ilion, and Roxanne Gutheinz, of Ilion; fourteen great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife; his son-in-law, Chris Overacker; his great-grandson, Chase Sterling; and his brother, Elton. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2012, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Rev. Victor McKusick, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Ilion, officiating. Burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The Masonic Olive Branch Lodge #40 service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Masonic Care Community, the Masonic Olive Branch Lodge #40, or the Herkimer Co. Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Kerber family has entrusted all service arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (Mar 3, 2012 - modified Mar 20, 2016)


Mabelle (Burke) Fernandez IHS 1942, age 87, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the home of Eric and Lynne Fernandez. Mabelle grew up on her family's farm in the Ilion Gorge, Ilion, NY. She was a graduate of Ilion High School '42, the University of Rochester School of Nursing, and completed graduate programs at both Columbia University and UNC Chapel Hill. Her careers included public health nursing, school nursing in the Mohawk School District, and teaching reading at St. John's School in San Juan. Mabelle had many interests, among them watercolor painting, reading, writing and playing bridge. She is survived by Steven Fernandez (son), Alex Fernandez (husband) and step-sons Eric (Lynne) and Alex (Wanda) Fernandez, all of San Juan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Irving and Elma Burke; two sisters, Clarice Meijer and Lynn Weeden; and a brother, Lewis Burke. (Jan 8, 2012)


Margaret M. (Miller) Bius IHS 1942, age 87, formerly of Second Ave. Ilion and presently of Richmond, VA passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 in HCR Manorcare Stratford Hall, Richmond, VA. She was born in Ilion on November 8, 1923, the daughter of the late William and Mary S. Miller. She attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1942. Margaret was married to Steve Bius on June 18, 1954 in Ilion. Mr. Bius passed away on August 11, 1998. She was employed as a Clerk for Remington Arms, Ilion until her retirement in 1982 after 40 years of dedicated service. Margaret is survived by several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sister, Edith Stacks. As was Margaret's wishes, the funeral will be held privately and at the discretion of the family. Interment will be in SS Peter and Paul Orthodox Cemetery. Her funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi, & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St. Herkimer. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Margaret's online memorial page by going to (July 9, 2011)


Dr. Raymond H. Russell IHS 1942, 86, formerly of 28 John St. in Ilion, passed away on Monday April 25, 2011 at Baptist Health Care in Scotia, NY. Ray was born on October 14, 1924 in Ilion the son of the late Homer and Marie (Wagner) Russell. He was educated in Ilion, Union College and graduated with a Doctorate in Dentistry from Columbia University. He practiced in Ilion until his retirement in 1998. Ray loved his patients and his work, he was always available for anyone day or night. Ray married the former Willma (Billy) Simmons in Westport, Connecticut on November 29, 1947. He also served in the US Air Force from 1949 - 51. Ray loved spending his summers at his family camp, Ledgewood on Piseco Lake, which he built in 1965. The camp was a great source of joy for himself and his family. Ray was a member of The Church of Annunciation in Ilion and served on the Ilion Planning Commission. He was an active member of the NYS Dental Society. He spent many years as a member of the Ilion Little Theater. Ray was a great tinkerer and loved his hobbies of carpentry, photography, and computers. Ray is survived by his loving wife Willma; his daughter Sharon (Steve) Peelor of Norman, OK, Dr. Michael Russell of Newberryport, MA; Pamela of Schenectady, NY and Stephen (Cynthia) of Schenectady; and Chip (Andrew Sekera) of Randalph, MA; his loving niece Susan(Jeff) Paine of South Lima NY; and his loving sister in-law Sylvina Simmons of Ilion, NY. His grandchildren; Christopher, William, Stephen, Mathew, Theresa, Dana, Victoria, and Evan. His great grandchildren; Dempsey, Hayden, Mason, Larkin, and Alaina. His great nieces; Colleen, Teresa, and Margi, and his dog "Ginger." He was predeceased by a sister Jean McKenna and his nephew Joseph McKenna. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday April 29, 2011 at 1:00 pm at Annunciation Church in Ilion, with the Rev. Leo Potvin officiating and Deacon James Bower assisting. Interment will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. On line condolences may be sent by going The family would like to thank the caregivers of Baptist Health Care System and Hospice of Schenectady. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Community Hospice of Schenectady 1411 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308. Envelopes will be available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (April 29, 2011)


Raymond Pettengill IHS 1942, age 85, formerly on Maple Lane, passed away peacefully on Thursday evening, October 8, 2009, in the Masonic Care Community, Utica. He had the comfort of his loving family at his side. He was born on July 7, 1924, in Ilion, son of the late Raymond, Sr., and Harriett Buckley Pettengill. A lifelong area resident, he was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On October 19, 1942, he enlisted in the US Navy. He served aboard the USS Housatonic in Casablanca, North Africa, Algeria and French Morocco. He was honorably discharged on March 15, 1946, attaining the rank of Machinist's Mate Second Class. On April 14, 1951, he was united in marriage with the former Jennie Abeline in Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. They first lived in Herkimer and moved to Ilion in 1987. Mr. Pettengill worked as a cutter grinder for the Remington Arms Company, Ilion, for forty years, retiring in 1982. He was a life member of both Michael S. Pliseck VFW Post #4915, Herkimer, and Crowley Barnum American Legion Post #25, Mohawk. He was a member of Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 B.P.O.E. and a former member of the Ilion Moose Club #1010. In his leisure time, he enjoyed music and dancing. Ray was happiest when he was surrounded by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed. Surviving are his devoted wife of 58 years, Jennie; two sons and their wives, William and Deborah Pettengill, of Herkimer, and Michael and20Mary Jean 'Bea' Pettengill, of Pittsford; four daughters, Christine Semit, of Herkimer, Patricia Scalise and her husband, Michael, of Herkimer, Susan Knapp and her husband, David, of Little Falls, and Michele Sweet and her husband, Michael, of Herkimer; two brothers, Richard Pettengill, of Ilion, and Alan Pettengill and his wife, Sharon, of Herkimer; a sister, Betty Casadonte, of Mohawk; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Mark Semit. Funeral service will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. His son-in-law, Pastor Michael Sweet, of the New Life Church and Ministry Center, will officiate. Interment with military honors accorded by the US Navy will be on Monday at 10:00 a.m. in Mountain View Memorial Gardens, town of Little Falls. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Sunday from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. Members of Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 B.P.O.E. are asked to meet at the funeral home at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday for ritualistic services. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the Alzheimer's Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Masonic Care Community and especially the Woodgate20 staff for all the wonderful care and compassion shown to the man affectionately known as 'Papa' during his stay. (Oct 23, 2009)


Harold P. Mogensen Jr. IHS 1942, 83, of 241 Otsego St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2007, at home. He was born Oct. 8, 1923, in Utica, N.Y., the son of the late Harold P. and Mary Dorn, and was educated in the Ilion school system. Mr. Mogensen was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. in Burma and Indo China. On June 30, 1945, he married the former Elizabeth J. Brennan. She passed away Dec. 21, 1984. Mr. Mogensen was employed with Sperry-Rand and then with Remington Arms, retiring as a foreman several years ago. Mr. Mogensen was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, member and past president of the Ilion Veterans of Foreign War, Ilion Moose Lodge 1010 and was an avid gardener. Harold is survived be three sons, Harold III of Ilion, Russell of Seattle, Wash., and Jay of Kansas City; a daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Johnny Leslie of Sari Vista, Ariz.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, William and Ona Mogensen of Ilion, and Joseph Mogensen of Ilion; a sister, Mary Rivard of Massachusetts; also six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Mark. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 12, at 10 a.m. from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Lamana, officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Monday, June 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Catholic Charities in Harold's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent to (June 27, 2007)


Lawrence M. Manion Sr. IHS 1942 84 of 126 West Street, Ilion, passed away Monday, April 23, 2007, at the Folts Home in Herkimer. Larry was born October 23, 1922 in Ilion, N.Y., the son of the late Dr. Edward and Margaret O'Conner Manion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended Niagara University. Larry served with the US Army's 99 Infantry in Europe during WWII. On July 28, 1951 he married the former Wilma Browning in Ilion. Wilma passed away November 18, 1996. Larry worked with the N.Y. Central Railroad during the late 1940's and early 1950's. He then went to work for the U.S. Postal Service retiring as Postmaster in the Mohawk Post Office. Larry was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, a life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, of which his father was a founding member, a member of the N.Y.S. Historical Society, Maple Crest Golf Course, and a classical music buff. Larry will always be remembered for his quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor and will be missed by all who knew him. Larry is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Dr. Lawrence Manion Jr. of Glenfield, NY, William Manion of Saratoga Springs, NY, and Daniel and Irene Manion of Burlington, VT; two daughters, Margaret Manion of Lowell, MA, and Sarah Steele and her companion, Mark Bisignani of Ilion; three grandchildren, Jessica and her husband, Brain Lampert of Newton, MA, Robert and Alicia Steele of Mohawk, NY, and Liam Manion of Burlington, VT; one great-grandchild, Aaron Steele of Mohawk, NY. He was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Margaret Manion; and two brothers, Joseph and Edward Manion. In keeping with Larry's wishes, he will be part of the S.U.N.Y. Science Center Anotomical Gift Program. The family will receive friends on Friday, April 27, 2007, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, and all are invited to attend a Memorial Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 28, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion P.B.A. or the Ilion Ambulance in Larry's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff of Folts Home in Herkimer for all their care and compassion given to Larry over the past year. (May 13, 2007)


Edward M. 'Ed' Champagne IHS 1942, 82, of Cedarville Road in the Town of Litchfield, a life long valley resident, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. Ed was born July 4, 1924, in Ilion, son of the late Roy and Frances (Morris) Champagne. He attended Ilion Schools. Ed was a proud veteran of War World II, serving with the U.S. Navy. Ed enlisted Sept. 2, 1942, and was honorably discharged Jan. 12, 1946, with the following honors; European, Asiatic-Pacific and American Theater Ribbons and the World War II Victory Medal. On Jan. 8, 1955, Ed was united in marriage to Patricia 'Pat' Thomas at St. Joseph's Church in West Winfield, a blessed union of 52 years. Ed retired from the Remington Arms Co. in 1985, and drove school bus for many years. He was owner/operator of Champagne's Market on Second Street for many years, closing in 1975. At one time he was co-owner of Maple Crest Golf Course. At one time he enjoyed bowling with his league, golfing, and fishing. Ed was a family man whose life was centered around his loved ones. He was a lifetime member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus, and the Ilion American Legion Post 920. He was of the Roman Catholic faith.Survivors include his wife Pat; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Szewczyk and her husband Peter, of Ilion, Therese Colwell and her husband Richard 'Skip,' of Herkimer, and Barbara Lincourt and her husband Jim, of Litchfield; two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Champagne and his wife Dana, of Herkimer, Christopher Champagne, of Cedarville, and Sandy Champagne of Ilion; his cherished grandchildren, Michael Taylor, Emily and Jason Champagne, Andrea Szewczyk, Jeremiah, Carley and Jamie Lincourt, Christopher, Benjamin, Abby and Jack Champagne; one great-grandchild, Brooke Champagne; two brothers-in-law, George and Mike Thomas of West Winfield; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his very special friend, Frank "Fran" Jenne of Florida. Ed was predeceased by his son John in 2002, and his sister, Therese Warburton. Ed's funeral service will be held Sunday, Feb. 25, commencing at 4 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Terrence Healey officiating. Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. The Ilion Knights of Columbus will pay respects at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of floral offerings, please consider memorials in Ed's name to the Frankfort/Ilion Food Pantry or the Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Corps. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. To share a memory, send a letter of condolence or add to Ed's online memorial, go to on the Internet. (Feb 26, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)


Joseph F. Bates IHS 1942, 81, of Otsego Street, Ilion, passed away Thursday, March 16, 2006, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. He was born April 14, 1924 in Rome, NY, the son of the late Leon A. and Mary Sullivan Bates, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1942. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the US Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1945. On May 3, 1952, he married the former Lucy Russo in Canastota, NY, at the St. Agatha Catholic Church with Fr. Charles Borgagnoni officiating. Joe served a N.Y.S. Apprenticeship as a tool and die maker and was employed with Remington Arms in Ilion, retiring in 1985. Joe was a member of the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, the Ilion K of C #518, the Ilion American Legion Post 920, an avid golfer, loved playing baseball and was proud of his skills and accomplishments as a player. Joe is survived by his wife, Lucy; five daughters and three sons-in-law, Diane and John Bigg of Vails Gate, NY, Suzanne and Niels Mortensen of Mohawk, Terry Telesca of Waterford, NY, Lorraine Godfrey of Colonie, NY, and Kathleen and Gary McNamara of Niskayuna, NY; six grandchildren, Paul, Marisa, Matthew Telesca, Adam McNamara, and Christopher and Mark Godfrey. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at 10:00 a.m. in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Tuesday, March 21, 2006, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The Ilion K of C Council 518 will conduct services at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance, the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, or the American Diabetes Association in Joe's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church. (April 4, 2006)


Constance 'Connie' (Smith) Morgan IHS Valedictorian 1942, age 79, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at the Abraham House in Utica. She was born August 19, 1924 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Harold and Grace Empey Smith. Connie was the valedictorian of the graduating class of 1942 at Ilion High School. Connie spent many years with her companion and friend, Walt Burrill. Mr. Burrill passed away in 1998. For many years, Connie was employed as secretary and office manager with various doctors in the valley, Dr. Applegate, Dr. Weeden, Dr. Davidson and Dr. Del Rosario, retiring in 1981 due to ill health. Connie was a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church, the Mohawk Chapter 319 Order of the Eastern Star, Post 25 Mohawk American Legion Aux., the Herkimer Zonta Club, the Herkimer Women of the Rotary, and the Better Breathers Club. She is survived by her son, Michael Morgan of Uncasville, CT; a grandson, Matthew of Uncasville, CT; a special cousin, Dorothea Boyle of Florida; and several other cousins. Funeral services for Mrs. Morgan will be held on Friday, July 30, 2004, at 1 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Rev. Paul Ackers officiating. Final interment will be in the Mohawk Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. From Connie, a special thanks to Mary and Francis Latreille, all the nice things they have done since we became neighbors. The family would like to thank hospice and the Abraham House for the care given and to all the other nice people who helped Connie for the last few months. Memorials in Connie's memory may be made to the Abraham House, 1203 Kemble Street, Utica, NY 13501. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (August 3, 2004)


Miss Margaret Maria (Suhanchak) Stephens IHS 1942, age 80, formerly of Route 5, Frankfort, passed away Friday, April 16, 2004, in Mohawk Valley Nursing Home after a long illness. She was born in Spinnerville, N.Y., on Oct. 6, 1923, the daughter of the late Stephen and Catherine Ostash Suhanchak. As a young girl the family moved from Spinnerville to Ilion. She attended Annunciation School and graduated from Ilion High School. She later attended nursing school and received her Nursing Degree from the Utica School of Practical Nurses and later received her Registered Nursing Degree from the University of the State of New York on Aug. 7, 1957. Miss Stephens was a Registered Nurse for Dr. Calman at the Rutger House, Utica, for many years. She was a communicant of St. Francis de Sales Church. Margaret loved to take care of young children and was well known for her hand crafting of dolls around the world. Margaret is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Stephen and Peggy Shane of De Land, Fla.; two sisters, Mary Weiderman of Mohawk and Ann Dawling of Utica; her nieces and nephews, Curtis and his wife Mathea Shane of Brunswick, Ga., Susan and her husband Larry Dykes, Matt and his wife, Donna Shane, Joseph and his wife Teresa Shane and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins. Her funeral will be held Monday morning at 10:30 from the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, 329 S. Washington St., Herkimer, and at 11 a.m. in St. Francis de Sales Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Cunningham, pastor. Interment will be in St. Mary's Ukranian Orthodox Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday from 5-7 p.m. at the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home. (May 22, 2004)


Bernard C. Murray IHS 1942 and Faculty Member, age 79, of George St., Ilion, passed away on December 7, 2003 at his home. Bernard was born on May 21, 1924 in Ilion, the son of the late Frank and Julia (O'Hara) Murray. He was raised in North Ilion and was a 1942 graduate of Ilion High School. Mr. Murray was married to the former Eloise Ford. During WW II, Mr. Murray was a member of the Army Air Corps, serving as a Staff Sgt. with the 434 Bomber Squadron in the BCI Theater. After returning from the war, he went to Utica College, where he earned his teaching degree. Bernard was employed as a teacher in the Ilion School System, retiring in 1979. He was also employed with the Ilion Board of Light. Mr. Murray was a long time member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 and the Ilion Knights of Columbus. Mr. Murray was also a former mayor and trustee of the Village of Ilion and a former town councilman for German Flatts. Bernard enjoyed hiking and the outdoors, especially his camp in Forrest Port. He also enjoyed working in his hobby shop and engaging in spirited conversation with his many friends. Bernard is survived by his long time companion, Linda Knight; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Brian and Deb Murray of Ilion, and Fran Murray of West Winfield; two daughters, Pam Murray and her fiance Sam Noti of Ilion, and Mary and Art Collis of Harleysville, PA; a sister-in-law, Helen Murray of Cincinnati, OH; seven adored grandchildren, Theresa, Janice, Gail, Nicole and Joe Murray, and Andrea and Catherine Collis; two cousins, Lonnie Jull of Utica, and June Ellen Kiefer of Old Forge. He was predeceased by two brothers, Fran and Allan Murray; and a cousin, Robert Murray. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 11, 2003 at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony and St. Joseph's Church with Fr. Robert Shinos officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (December 10, 2003)


Paul Ross Wagner IHS 1942, of Amarillo, died August 19, 2003. Mr. Wagner was born October 4, 1924 in Ilion, NY and married Elizabeth Hubrich on April 6, 1948. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1945 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and commissioned as Ensign, starting a career of 22 years in the Navy. In July of 1974 until January of 1985, he became area manager of the Amarillo Atomic Energy Commission, now the DOE. He served on the US Atomic Energy Commission from July 1974 until January 1975, then the US Energy Research and Development Administration January 1975 until October 1977 and the US Department of Energy from October 1977 until January 1985. In January of 1985, he retired from the US Civil Service as a member of the Senior Executive Service. Mr. Wagner was a devoted member of St. Luke Presbyterian Church, serving as Clerk of the the Session and a member of the choir. His wife and two daughters, Shirley A. Layne of Salem, OR and Charlotte Ross Stockdale of Bellevue, WA; a sister, Margaret Provin Jonni of Pittsburgh, PA; and four grandchildren, Matthew Wagner Layne and Alexa Elizabeth Layne, both of Portland, OR, Aaron Robert Stockdale and Adam Ross Stockdale, both of Bellevue, WA, survive him. Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 23, 2003 at St. Luke Presbyterian Church with Dr. Pat Kennedy officiating. Burial will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 27, 2003 in Cherry Valley Cemetery, Cherry Valley, NY. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount, Amarillo, TX. The family asks that memorials be to St. Luke Presbyterian Church, 3001 Bell, 79106 or Boys Ranch, PO Box 1890, Amarillo 791740-0001. (September 29, 2003)


Herbert Charles Senn IHS 1942, age 78, died at his Yarmouthport, MA, home on Aug. 13, 2003. Herbert Senn was born in Ilion, NY, on Oct. 9, 1924. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1942. He served as a medical technician in the Army. He graduated from Atlantic Union College. Senn enrolled, as a graduate student, in the design department at Columbia University in New York City, where he met Helen Pond, his life-long scenic design collaborator and partner. Mr. Senn was a theater scene designer for over 40 years. His Broadway designs included musicals, Shakespeare, Noel Coward plays and Theatre Guild productions. He was also responsible for the scenic design of Leonard Bernstein's Mass, which opened theKennedy Center in 1971. He joined the Cape Playhouse theatre, in Dennis, MA., in 1956 and did not retire from work until 1994. With his collaborator and partner, Helen Pond, he created more than 350 sets for the Playhouse's summer seasons. More of Mr. Senn's accomplishments are described in the Playbill page, Herbert Senn, Broadway and Cape Playhouse Set Designer, Is Dead at 78, and The Boston Globe article. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Yarmouth New Church Preservation Foundation, Inc., PO Box 237, Yarmouthport, MA 02675 or Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, 270 Communication Way, Bldg. #3, Hyannis, MA, 02601. (September 14, 2003 - modified August 15, 2020)


George L. Trapp IHS 1942, age 78, died May 6, 2002. He was born in Flushing, he lived in Cleveland 50 years and graduated from Syracuse University. He retired in 1989 as an engineer for General Electric after 48 years and was a member of its Elfun Society. He was a former member of Northshore Lions Club. He was an Army veteran of World War II. A son, Jeffrey, died in 1985. Survivors: His wife of 51 years, the former Henrietta Kultchar; a daughter, Susan Trapp of New York City and three grandchildren. Watson Funeral Home, Central Square, has arrangements. Contributions: Nature Conservancy, 1815 N. Lynn St., Arlington, VA 22209. (May 15, 2002)


Lt. Col. Retired Gertrude Mackin IHS 1942, 76, of 91 Otsego Street, Ilion, passed away Thursday, November 2, 2000, at home after a long illness. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Alfred La Manna officiating. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Town of Herkimer. Arrangements were in care of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. (November 14, 2000)


William J. 'Sarge' Kamp IHS 1942, 75, Ilion, passed away on August 9, 1999, in Faxton Hospital. He was born Sept. 25, 1923, in Ilion, son of Hugo and Mary Kamp. Bill graduated from Ilion High School class of 1942. He attended Riverside College and was a graduate of Arizona State University. He was a career military man, retiring in 1979, with 27 years of service.He was united in marriage to Jane Bronson, in Arizona, on Feb. 28 1954. He was member of numerous veterans organizations and, at one time, served in the House of Representatives of Arizona. Bill was also a former mayoral candidate in the village of Ilion. Survivors include his wife, Jane; five children, Terry Kamp of Ca., Melvin Kamp of Ca., Corrine Kamp of Ilion, Mary and Ron Ragantesi of Van Hornesville and Scott Kamp of Nevada; his grandchildren, one sister-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his two sons, Karl Kamp and Kerry Kamp; his sister, Mary Adams, and two brothers, Frederick Kamp and Hugo Kamp. Funeral services were under the care of Applegate & Day. Burial was in the Armory Hill Cemetery veterans section. (August 11, 1999)


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John Markley, from Punta Gorda,Florida and in Columbus, NJ and his wife, Peggy Palmatier Markley(Class of 1943), sent news. (Jan 26, 2008)

"Just a note to let you know that we are still alive and kicking spending 6 months a year at our home in Punta Gorda, Florida and 6 months at our home in Columbus, N. J. We seldom get back to Ilion but still remember friends from IHS fondly and believe it or not, when asked where we're from, we still will proudly say, Ilion, N. Y. We send our very best to you for a happy and healthy 2008."

Rober Tuttle, retired, email, from Austin, TX, registered. (modified September 24, 2001)

Mabelle Burke Fernandez, from Melbourne, FL, registered. (September 22, 1999)

Ralph Sutherland, Hemet, CA, is registered in the directory. (April 19, 1998)


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