Ilion High School

Class of 1943

Alumni News

1943 Ilion Yearbook


Digitized Class Yearbook....

The Mirror for 1943 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 1943 is at your published in the 1943 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror for 1943", are available on the 1943 Class Roster page. (modified November 1, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1943 (added November 1, 2022)


Senior Pictures....

The members of the Class have provided the Senior Pictures from the 1943 Mirror.

Alexander - Daily
Davis - Hawes
Hayes - Moore
Morris - Skinner
Smith - Watson
Wengert - Wright


1943 Class Album....

Thanks to John Gilmartin and Classmates for sharing some photographs from their photo album. Take a trip down memory lane with the Class of 1943. (August 7, 1999)

1943 Varsity Cheerleaders
1943 Varsity Cheerleaders
Baseball Team
1943 Student Senate Election Results
1943 Basketball Team
1943 Penguins Team
1943 Newspaper Class Picture
1943 Newspaper Class Picture Large version
Annunciation Graduating Class - 1939
Annunciation Graduating Class - 1939 Large version
Girls Football Game
1943 Commencement Article


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

Oneita Bluett Bouchard '39 organized a 70th year reunion for the Class of 1939. An event was planned for a FREE Reunion, 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 for more information. (Feb 27, 2009)


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. For reservations, contacts were Margaret (Peg) Marley 894-9039 or Mary Clark 8940-0109. (July 19, 2003)


The Class of 1943's 55th Reunion held in 1998.....

The Class of 1943 held its 55th reunion in the Fall of 1998. A total of 48 people attended the two-day event. Classmates traveled from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Illinois, Kentucky and Florida to attend the festivities. Reunion Photos are courtesy of John Gilmartin.

55th Reunion Class Group Photograph
(Added March 22, 1999)

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Those in attendence were:

Eleanor Austin Brown
Camilla Jarvis Caswell
Margaret Morris Marley
Eleanor Hayes Allen
Barbara Foppes Chesebrough
Marge Smith Brewer
Florence Wright Layaw
Ethel Lonis Stalloch
John Gilmartin
Nelson Pardee
Judy Piper Steele
Marion Taylor Bishton
June Watson Venema
Barbara McGowan Sweeney
Vi Hand Renaud
George Comins
Carl Couchman
Si Garnsey
Gil Patrei
Bob Bennett
Hiram Skinner
Louis Sheffield
Clayton Moore
Bill Billington
Jack Brewer


The Class of 1943's 50th Reunion held in 1993.....

The Class of 1943 held a 50th reunion. Photographs are courtesy of John Gilmartin.

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2002 Village Election Results.....

The Village of Ilion Election was held Tuesday, June 4, 2002. New-comers, Democratic candidates John Gilmartin - Mayoral Candidate and Lois Manley - Trustee candidate were elected. The Incumbent Democratic Trustee candidate, Tom Bechard, was also re-elected. John Gilmartin received 842 votes defeating Republican candidate Kevin Bluett who received 439 votes. Lois Manley was the high vote-getter with a total of 856 votes. Tom Bechard received 770 votes. Republican candidates for the four year trustee positions were Jan Burling - 534 votes and Charles 'Chuck' Lester - 380 votes. Congratulations to the winners and a big thank you to all the candidates for offering to serve their community. Polls were open from noon until 9 pm, at five locations: Municipal Building, Forge Hill Estates carriage house, the Herkimer County Marine Corps League building on Second Street, London Towers and Prindle Apartments.

John Gilmartin IHS '43 was the Democratic Party candidate for the mayoral position on the ballot. Former Village Trustee Kevin Bluett IHS '74 sought election to the four-year mayoral post on the Republican ballot.

Lois Murphy Manley IHS '55 was the Democratic candidate for a four-year Trustee seat. Incumbent Thomas Bechard IHS '72, who ran on the Democratic ticket in 2000, was re-elected. The Republican Committee selected Charles 'Chuck' Lester IHS '74 and Janice Forbes Burling IHS '71 to run for four-year trustee terms in June 2002. (June 4, 2002)


In Memorium....

The In Memorium page honors the memory of our deceased classmates. (March 22, 1999)



John Gilmartin Class Contact

John Gilmartin 1943 - Ilion NY
John Gilmartin
Class of 1943 - Ilion Mayor 2002-2006

John Gilmartin, IHS 1943, age 93, of Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, May 23, 2019. He was born on February 8, 1926, in Oneonta, NY and moved with his late parents, George E. and Marie Starring Gilmartin to Ilion when he was six months old. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1943; President of his class. He attended Siena College for one year before entering service in the U.S. Navy, in June 1944. He served aboard the USS Benevolence in the Pacific until reaching Tokyo Bay, where this hospital ship rescued and treated American prisoners of war. He was transferred to the USS New Jersey to become part of the Occupational and Surrender forces of Japan and was honorably discharged in June 1949. Upon his return he graduated from Siena College.

He married Jane Cronin, in Brant Lake, NY, in September, 1952 and that blessed union of 36 years ended with her early death, after battling cancer, in 1988. Together they were the proud parents of John Jr., Mary, Margaret and James. Love of family dominated their life together.

John's occupation in Laboratory Animal Research led him to become Director of Laboratory Animal Medicine, at Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine until his retirement in 1990. He was Vice President of Marmotech Corp. from 1990 – 1997.

He was a Charter Member and President of the Upstate NY Branch of AALAS (American Association of Laboratory Animal Science) and a Trustee of the National Association of AALAS. During his career he was Author or Co-Author of several scientific publications.

John returned to Ilion, in 1996 and served as Mayor of Ilion from 2002 – 2006. His home parish in Ilion was always the Church of the Annunciation where he was active in his youth as an altar boy and in later years, served on several committees and as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister

In May 2012, John and Jane Collins Carter were married at Annunciation Church following the death of her husband, Jack, in 2008. Jack, Jane and John had been life-long friends and the two families had close relationships. The new couple decided to "grow old together, the best is yet to be".

He is survived by his wife, Jane; his children, John Jr. and his wife, Stacey, Mary Musumeci, Margaret Kingsley and her husband, Les and James with his husband, Colin; nine beloved grandchildren, Courtney, Grace, Alex and Ted, Megan, Matthew, George, Sage and Aria; his "Uncle John"; nieces and nephews, Tom and David Morris, Susan Foltz, Michael and Greg Gilmartin, and Ann Mudgett; his "Uncle Gil"; nieces and nephews, Maureen Cronin Rossley and Michael and Pat Cronin; one brother-in-law, James Cronin, and his wife, Mary and family, Mark, Laurie, Tim, Claire and Bill; and 23 grand-nieces and nephews; the Carter family, John and his wife, Susan, Tim and his wife, Kathleen, Nancy Manion and her husband, Bob, Mary Toot and her husband, Walt and Matthew and his wife, Masako; and special friends Dr. Ed and Judy Casey.

John was pre-deceased by his father, George E. Gilmartin and his wife, Marie (Starring) Gilmartin; his sister, Mary Morris and her husband, Tom; his brother, George Gilmartin and his wife, Eleanor (Bickhart); and his brother, Gerald Gilmartin and his wives, Nancy (Burnham) and Helen (Matchett).

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019, at 10 a.m., at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Anthony Barratt. Burial will be at Brant Lake Cemetery, following the Mass.

Anyone wishing to share a memory of John, 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 Gilmartin Scholarship Fund", Central Valley Academy, 111 Frederick St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home.

The Gilmartin family has entrusted John's service arrangements and supervision to their Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (June 2, 2019)


Verna Ann (Whiter) Samson, IHS 1943 age 93, died at home at Balfour Residences, Louisville, CO, on Wednesday September 13, 2017. Born August 18, 1924 in Ilion NY, she lived in Tucson AZ, Richfield Springs NY, Ocala FL, Blairsville GA, Loveland CO, and Louisville CO. Vicki graduated from Ilion High School in 1943. While attending Rhode Island School of Design, she met and married Robert J. Samson on August 12, 1944. Vicki raised two sons at Birchbark Farms in Richfield Springs NY, worked at Bassett Medical Center, and taught art at Richfield Springs School System. She was an accomplished high school ice skater, a ranked women's amateur golfer, and a recognized artist. Survivors include her sons: Jeff (Sharon) Samson of Boulder CO and Jeremy (Kim) Samson of Akron OH; grandchildren Nicole, Jason, Tracy, Jessica, Shanna, and Jocelyn; ten great-grandchildren; and two nephews Len Hendrix of Ilion and Brian Hendrix of Long Island NY. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, father Roscoe, mother Annie, siblings Leona Whiter and Ermina Hendrix. After cremation, her ashes will be scattered in the Rocky Mountains. (September 16, 2017)


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


Mrs. Elizabeth 'Liz' Thom Snedeker, IHS 1943, 91, passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Little Falls Hospital, Little Falls, NY. Liz was born in Ilion on December 1, 1924, the daughter of the late Louis and Emma (Voelcker) Thom, and was educated in the Ilion Central School District and graduated from the University Of Rochester School of nursing. On January 24, 1948 she was married to James E. Snedeker in Ilion. They spent many happy years together until his passing on January 7, 2015. Liz was a Registered Nurse and worked at the former Ilion Hospital and Herkimer Memorial Hospital until her retirement. Liz enjoyed sewing and was an avid quilter. Liz is survived by her two daughters and a son-in-law, Janice and Robert Frank of Rochester, NY and Carol Jayne Snedeker of Rush, NY, two sons, Philip Snedeker of Woodridge, IL, Timothy Snedeker of Brockport, NY, a brother, Warren Thom of Herkimer, NY, her grandchildren, Jessica and Josh Emery of Newtown, PA, Daniel Frank and Samantha Frank of Rochester, NY, Matthew and Shefali Snedeker and Michael Snedeker all from Chicago, IL and her great-grandchild, Morris Otto Emery. Liz is pre-deceased by three brothers, Frederick, Howard and Donald Thom. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at The Church of Annunciation in Ilion, NY with Fr. Paul Catena officiating. Interment will be in Jordanville Cemetery in Jordanville. In keeping with Liz's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. Arrangements are with Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY. Online Memorials may be left at (September 11, 2016)


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


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


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


Veterans Day Tribute Hiram Skinner 1943
Hiram Skinner - 1943 Mirror

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Naomi 'Judy' (Piper) Steele IHS 1943, age 88, formerly of 164 Prospect Ave, Ilion passed away peacefully on December 9, 2013 at the Folt's Home. She was born May 21, 1925 in Ilion, daughter of the late Charles J. and Matilda E. Piper. She was educated in the Herkimer and Ilion school systems. In 1945, she married Raymond E. Steele, a blessed union of 50 years until his death in November, 1995. Mrs. Steele attended the Utica School of Commerce, worked for Remington Rand during WW II and for Northrup Supply Corporation for many years. She also worked for the Ilion Water Department for over 30 years, retiring in 1989. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Ilion for over 70 years. She was a long-time volunteer for many organizations including RSVP, Ilion Food Pantry, and Meals on Wheels and was recognized by the Herkimer County Office for the Aging for Outstanding Contribution for Community Service in 2006. She was a long time member of the Ilion Memorial Post 920 American Legion Auxiliary, the Order of Eastern Star Valley Chapter, Village of Ilion Republican Committee and also served as an Election Inspector for the Town of German Flatts and Village of Ilion for many years. Judy was the Queen Mum of the "Red Hat Dolls of the Mohawk Valley" Society and so enjoyed everything she did. She loved swimming, going to rummage and garage sales and to the casino. She truly loved people, being around people and helping others and had a passion for hats and jewelry. Mrs. Steele leaves two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Harriet Steele of Coeur d'Alene, ID and Jeffrey and Sarah Steele of Eaton, NY; and four grandchildren, Ezekiel and his wife Whitney (Kona, Hawaii); Maggie and her husband Rob Parkinson (Kent, UK), Carolyn (Montreal, Canada) and Andrew (Eaton, NY). She also leaves several very special nieces and nephews who were so kind and loving to her. She was predeceased by her husband and infant daughter, and brother and sister-in-law Stanley and Olive Piper. She considered herself fortunate to have such helpful and caring neighbors and friends who always looked out for her. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Judy on Monday, December 16 at noon at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Rev. Victor McKusick will officiate. Friends may call from 10 AM until the time of the service. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Judy's memory to further the work of one of the many organizations she supported. (November 8, 2014)


Paul Herbert Hansel, IHS 1943, age 87, a former innkeeper in Stowe, died peacefully at home with his family in Apple Valley, Calif., on Jan. 30, 2012. He was born in Ilion, N.Y., Jan. 4, 1925, son of Frederich Carl Hansel and Anna Marie Foesch Hansel. He was the first generation of Americans in his family. Paul served in the Army during World War II, along with his brother and sister, and was honorably discharged in 1945 as a private first class, 104 Quartermaster Company. He received the American Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Bronze Star. After his service in the Army, he attended Rochester Institute of Technology, Princeton University, St. Lawrence University and Syracuse University. He was a student engineer on development of the Tucker automobile. Paul married Barbara J. Alexander in Rochester, N.Y., in 1948 and they were married for 64 years. They lived in Syracuse, N.Y., for many years, as well as Zurich, Switzerland; Brussels, Belgium; Colts Neck, N.J.; Harrisonburg, Va.; Duncanville, Texas; Thousand Oaks, Calif.; and Stowe. They retired to Apple Valley, Calif. in 2001. After college, Paul joined Carrier Corp. as senior product design engineer, machinery and systems division. While living in Zurich, he was senior manufacturing consultant for Carrier International Ltd. for Europe and the Mediterranean area. He later became manager of manufacturing and engineering services for American Standard’s International Air Conditioning Division in Brussels. He also was operations manager of Singer Corp., corporate manager of Dunham-Bush Inc., and senior project manager of manufacturing for Arco Solar Inc. Paul and Barbara owned and operated the Bittersweet Inn in Stowe for 15 years before they retired. He was president of Stowe Rotary and president of the Prudential Committee and assistant chief engineer of Stowe Fire District No. 2. Paul always volunteered in the communities his family lived in. Paul and Barb were active members of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in North Syracuse, N.Y., and Paul was president of the Hamilton Park Swim Club in North Syracuse. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; his son, Kurt S. Hansel and wife Anne of Plaistow, N.H.; two daughters, Paula H. Newman and husband Douglas of Stowe, and Jan A.H. Oiestad and husband Chris of Acton, Calif.; his grandchildren Maggie Newman and Peter Newman; one sister, Annemarie K. Hansel of Pine Lake, N.Y.; a niece, Suzanne H. Loos of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; two nephews, Brad Hansel of Smithtown, Long Island, N.Y., and Clinton Hansel of New Milford, Conn.; and their extended families. His parents died earlier, as did his brother, Carl Hansel. Paul will be greatly missed by the Hansel, Hillers, Campbell and Owens Thanksgiving Clan who have celebrated Thanksgiving together for over 40 years. Memorial services and burial will be Feb. 13 at 11:45 a.m. at Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, Calif. An East Coast memorial service will be planned in the spring. Arlington Mortuary of Riverside is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Paul H. Hansel to the Visiting Nurse Association of Inland Counties, Victorville, Home and Hospice Services, in care of 42-600 Cook St., Suite 202, Palm Desert, CA 92211. (July 1, 2022)


Barbara (Foppes) Chesebrough IHS 1943, 86 formerly of 16 Concord Street Ilion, passed away Monday November 7, 2011 at Mohawk Valley Health Care, Ilion. Barb was born September 15, 1925 in Herkimer the daughter of the late John and Sara Bateman Foppes, and received her education in the Ilion School System and Utica School of Commerce. On August 10, 1946 she was united in marriage to David F. Chesebrough in Ilion, Dave passed away September 20, 1990. Barb was employed as an Accounting Supervisor with Mohawk Data Sciences in Herkimer until her retirement several years ago. Barb was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion, a charter member of Ilion Triangle, and a former member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 82 in Ilion. Barb is survived by a son David of Virginia, three daughters and their spouses Debra and Raymond Egland of Ilion, Denise Mc Graw of Ilion , Barbara and Jeffrey Kotary of Little Falls, and nine grand children. Friends are invited to attend a graveside services to be held on Saturday November 12, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Armory Hill Cemetery Ilion with Rev. Victor McKusick officiating. In keeping with Barb's wishes there are no calling hours. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society PO Box 73 Mohawk , New York 13407 or the American Cancer Herkimer/Oneida Branch Office 100 Lomond Court Utica, New York 13502 in Barb's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc 100 Otsego Street Ilion. To light a candle please go to www.whiter-hendrix,com (Dec 23, 2011)


Shirley Ann (Babcock) Lewis IHS 1943, 86, formerly of 80 E. North St. in Ilion, passed away on April 9, 2011 at Valley Health Services in Herkimer. Shirley was born on April 4, 1925 in Troy the daughter of the late Clarence and Cora Mae (Hillegas) Babcock. She was educated in Ilion, USC and Rochester Business Institute. Shirley worked as a legal secretary for Atty. Jack Bergan, retiring several years ago. On June 24, 1950 Shirley married Robert J. Lewis in Ilion, Bob passed away on August 1, 1987. Shirley is survived by her daughter Carol Lewis of Oakland Ca. In keeping with Shirley's wishes there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be at a date and time to be announced. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. On line expressions of sympathy may be left by going to (April 11, 2011)


Louis Edward Sheffield IHS 1943, 83, of Ilion, New York passed away on Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center in New Hartford, New York after a courageous battle with cancer. His loving family was by his side. He was born June 26, 1926 in Ilion, New York son of the late Frank and Anne Sheffield. Lou was a 1943 graduate of Ilion High School. Like many boys his age, in 1944 he entered active service for his country during World War II. Louis E. Sheffield He served the United States in the 3010th Army Air Force Base Unit and was stationed in Kingman, Arizona and Camp Bullis, Texas where he trained as a waist gunner in the B-17 Flying Fortress, a plane he loved throughout his entire life. In 1946, Private First Class Louis Edward Sheffield left the United States Army at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was honored with the American Campaign Medal as well as the World War II Victory Medal for service to his country. Afterwards he went on to Valparaiso Technical Institute in Valparaiso, Indiana and graduated in 1948 with a degree in Radio Engineering. On October 9, 1948, Louis was married to Donna McPherson in Ilion, New York at the Church of the Annunciation. This was the first great building block in what eventually would become the extended Sheffield family and a marriage lasting 61 years. Lou's career began at General Electric in 1948 in Syracuse and then in 1950 he did troubleshooting on the relatively new televisions at Bill's Radio & TV in Ilion. In 1955 he rejoined General Electric, this time in Utica where he remained for the next 34 years, retiring in 1989. Lou was responsible for the electrical designs of several different walkie talkies, radios and stereo clock radios while at GE. His hobbies included a passion for ham radio (as 'K2LFL') golf, bowling, swing music (particularly Benny Goodman) and watching the New York Yankees on TV. Louis was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Anne Sheffield, his brother Frank, his sister Louise Young and a great granddaughter Lorrabelle DiMaria. He is survived by his greatly beloved wife of 61 years, Donna Maria Sheffield and his six treasured children and spouses - daughters Dalemarie & Frank DiMaria, Susan & Michael Zaccaria, and his sons Mark & Sonia Sheffield, Louis & Patricia Sheffield, Daniel & Sherry Sheffield and Matthew Sheffield. Lou and Donna were blessed with 14 grandchildren, Frank & Amy DiMaria, Carrie DiMaria, Catherine & Ben Hebert, Michael & Kim Zaccaria, Amy & Lou Diamond, Becky & Michael Knutson, Scott, Emily, Eric Sheffield, Elizabeth & Justin Tsuchida, Genevieve, Bernadette Dominique Sheffield, Gregory Sheffield and 12 great grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers-in-law who were very close to him - Vernon & Emily McPherson, Vaughn & Emily McPherson as well as lifelong friends Bill & Dorothy Slocum and Audrey Sorenson. Louis's family extend their most sincere appreciation to the attentive and dedicated nurses and staff at the Allen Calder Two west wing, Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Center, Dr. Kachare and the Ilion Fire Department for their efforts at the end of his life. Contributions may be made to the Ilion Fire Department and the American Cancer Society. Friends may call on Wednesday June 2, 2010 from 3-6pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday June 3, 2010 at 10 am AT THE FUNERAL HOME, with Fr, Ronald Gagnon officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Herkimer. On line condolences may be sent and memorial candles lit by going to (July 3, 2010)


Robert S. Eddy IHS 1943 and IHS 1946, 84, a lifelong Ilion resident, after a long illness, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2010 in St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford. Robert was born on May 1, 1925 in Ilion, a son of the late Vernon and Florence (Diehl) Eddy. He was educated in Ilion schools, and was scheduled to graduate with the class of 1943. He postponed his graduation to enlist in the Navy Seabees, serving in the Pacific Theatre for 2 years. After honorably serving his country during WW II, he returned and graduated from Ilion High School in 1946. During his tenure with the Navy, he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Area Ribbon (2 Stars), the WW II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. On June 12, 1954, Robert married Carmel D. Barberio in St. Anthony's Church, Herkimer. Together, they enjoyed a loving union of nearly 56 years. Mr. Eddy was a Senior Mechanical Engineer with Simmonds Precision (Goodrich) of Norwich, designing aerospace components for jet engines. In fact, he and his team designed and built the alternator for the B-1-B Bomber. Prior to this, he was employed at UNIVAC, also as a Mechanical Engineer. Robert was a 70 year member of the Ilion Fish & Game Club, and at one time, was a Herkimer County Game Protector. Robert is survived by his beloved wife, Carmel; two sons: Mark R. and his wife Leslie (Steele) Eddy of Ilion, and Robert J. Eddy of Queens; sisters-in-law: Louise Eddy of Ilion and Carm Eddy of Frankfort; nephews: Dale Lewis and his wife Charlene of Ilion, and their children: Eric, Kevin and Ryan; and Ray Eddy and his wife Joelle, of Auburn; nieces: Connie Ingersoll and her husband Tim of Frankfort; and Joan Rudy and her husband Frank of Belleville, NJ; and many cousins especially Gene Saunders and his wife Cathy of Ilion. Robert was predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Florence Eddy; brothers: Vernon, Albert, and Lewis; sisters: Irene Thomes and Virginia Eddy; and his favorite brother-in-law, Francis D. Barberio. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 from 5-8 pm at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000). Robert's funeral will commence on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 10 am with prayer at the funeral home. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Reverend Anthony Barratt, assisted by Deacon James Bower, at 10:30 am in Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Frankfort. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow in Calvary Cemetery, W. German Street, Herkimer. Robert's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of St. Luke's One West for the comfort and care provided, to Dr. Christopher Max for his special care, and to all the drivers who helped get Carm back and forth to the hospital. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider contributions in Robert's memory to Catholic Charities or the Herkimer County Humane Society. Donations may be made at the funeral home; envelopes will be available, as well. To add to Robert's online memorials, please visit our website at (April 25, 2010)


Nyna Jeanne (Warburton) Salsburg IHS 1943, 84, of Jacksonville, FL, formerly of New Hartford, NY, passed away on May 4, 2009. Jeanne was born in Ilion, NY, in 1925, the second child of Paul and Kathryn MacDonald Warburton. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1943. During World War II, she worked at Remington Rand, and then as a telephone operator. In 1947, Jeanne wed Glenn W. Salsburg and moved to Canton, NY, where he was a student at St. Lawrence University. They moved back to the Mohawk Valley in 1950 to Van Hornesville, then to Dolgeville in 1943. Jeanne and Glenn lived in New Hartford from 1965 until 1995, where she was a wonderful homemaker and caregiver for her parents and a member of the St. John the Evangelist Church and the American Legion Post 1376 Auxiliary, in addition to working at Sears Roebuck. In 1995, they moved to Florida to be closer to their son, Kurt. Jeanne was predeceased by her brothers, Paul and Charles. She is survived and sadly missed by Glenn, her husband; her daughter, Kevyn, and son-in-law, Steven Bass, of St. John, Virgin Islands; and her son, Kurt, of Jacksonville. She always saw the bright side of life, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was so very accommodating to her family and friends. Burial will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, 7 May 2009, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery. If anyone wishes to make a memorial donation, Jeanne requested them to the Alzheimer's Association or to the donor's favorite charity. Please visit our online Tribute at Services under the care and direction of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL. (May 23, 2009)


Silas 'Si' William Garnsey IHS 1943, 83, of Lynchburg, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2009, at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of the late Eleanor Travis Garnsey. Silas was born May 21, 1925, in Utica, N.Y. He was the son of the late Silas Dwight Garnsey and the late Anna Murphy Garnsey. Silas was retired from General Electric and a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Silas enjoyed singing with The Ageless Wonders. He is survived by two sons, Steven Garnsey of Tucson, Ariz., and Daniel Garnsey and wife Shari of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Patricia Lynch and husband Joe of Burke, Va., and Jane Mote of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, James Garnsey of Ilion, NY; 11 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; and his dearest friend, Mary Lee Johnson of Lynchburg. In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by his sister Ann Noffer. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A service will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church with the Rev. Richard Mooney officiating. The interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. Friends are welcome to join the family following the interment for a reception at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the D-Day Memorial, 816 Burks Hill Road, Bedford, Va. 24523. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, 434-237-9424. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting (Feb 22, 2009)


Mary Jane (Wheeler) Wilson IHS 1943 84, of Barringer Road, town of German Flatts, devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008, in the comfort of her home. She was born in Ilion, on Jan. 15, 1924, daughter of the late Harold and Margaret (Albin) Wheeler and was a proud graduate of Annunciation Catholic School, Ilion. Mrs. Wilson considered her job to be home and taking wonderful, thoughtful care of her loved ones. A job that she performed with dedication and pride. She was a lifelong communicant of the Annunciation Church, Ilion and held faith close to her heart. Besides her loving husband of over 66 years,Charlie of Ilion, she leaves her son, Charles 'Chuck' Wilson, Jr., of Springfield; a daughter, MaryAnn (Wilson) Scott of Las Vegas, Nev.; her cherished grandchildren, Kevin Scott and wife Andrea of Milton, Vt., Tammy Scott and companion Tony Wiggins of Santa Monica, Calif., and Chuck Wilson III; her adored great-grandchildren, Kyle Scott, Ashley Scott both of Vermont and Faith Wilson of Johnstown; many nieces and nephews inc luding JoAnne Collins and Colleen Loefler. She was predeceased by her son, Danny Wilson in 1995; her sisters, Margaret Loefler, Dorothy Tyson, Gladys Crimm and Doris Bacon; her brothers, Bobby, Charles, Luther, Harold and George Wheeler. In honoring Mrs. Wilson's wishes, there will be a private funeral service at the Enea Family Funeral Home, between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000. There are no calling hours. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to the Church of the Annunciation or to the Herkimer County Humane Society; envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. Interment will take place privately in Mohawk Cemetery. Those wishing to add to the online memorial may do so by going to on the Internet. (Oct 12, 2008)


John (Jack) Brewer IHS 1943, age 82, of 80 East North St., Ilion, beloved husband of Margie, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at St Luke's Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 17, 1925, in the town of Columbia, the son of the late Charles and Mae Patton Brewer. He received his education in the Ilion School System, and was a graduate of the Small Business Program sponsored by the N.Y.S. Department of Commerce. On Sept. 4, 1943, he married the former Marjorie Smith in Ilion. Jack was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Coast Guard receiving Asiatic Pacific and European Middle Eastern Campaigns Medals. After his return he was employed with the Freeman's Clothing and Department Store in Ilion and later was the owner of the Statia Specialty Shop in Ilion for many years. He then was employed as resident manager for Forge Hill Estates for 25 years. Mr. Brewer was a member of the Presbyterian Church, a Life member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 and was the 'Elk of the Year' in 1985, a member of the Lake Pleasant V.F.W, a Charter founder of the Ilion Midget League, where Charles 'Boots' Day played his first game for him, past Village of Ilion Trustee, past Herkimer County Legislator, and was active with the legislature in bring establishing Herkimer County Community College. He also enjoyed woodworking. Jack is survived by his wife Margie of Ilion, three sons and two daughters in law John Brewer Jr. and his wife Melanie of Speculator, N.Y., Douglas Brewer and his wife Carol of Wyndom, N.Y., and Terrance L. and his wife Betty Brewer of East Greenbush, N.Y.; a daughter and son in law Cynthia L. and Ed Myers of Little Falls, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Rachael, Johanna, Christina, Andrea, John III, Shane, Bub, Monica, Devon, Derek, Hilary, Geoffrey, Amanda and Melissa, also several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, a brother, Russ Brewer of Middleville, NY, and two sisters, Shirley Danielak of Ilion, and Pearl Hoke of Ilion. Funeral services will be held on Friday May 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Rev. Jon Noble of the Little Falls Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery Ilion. Friends may call Thursday, May 15, 2008, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance or the Presbyterian Church in Jack's memory, Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 will conduct services at 6:30 on Thursday, at the funeral home. (June 6, 2008)


Jack H. Carter IHS 1943, 83, of 14 Cross St., Ilion, died Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at home with his family by his side. He was born on Sept. 27, 1924, in Ilion, the son of Robert and Lywena (Hughes) Carter. Jack graduated from Ilion High School and Utica College of Syracuse University. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. Jack was awarded the Bronze Star with a V device for valor. His unit was at the liberation of the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in Austria. On May 5, 1951, he was married to Jane C. Collins in Frankfort. Mr. Carter was employed as superintendent in the planning department at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, retiring in 1981 after 30 years of employment. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation and at one time its Nocturnal Adoration Society. Jack was a member of the Ilion Board of Light Commissioners, Board of Directors of American Red Cross and organized many local blood drives. He was also active in the Council of Churches and the Boy Scouts. Survivors include his wife, Jane, two daughters; Nancy C. Manion and husband Robert of Ilion, and Mary C. Toot and Husband Walter of Rochester; three sons; John P. Carter and wife Susan of St. Clair, Michigan, Timothy G. Carter and wife Kathleen of Kennebuck, Maine, and Matthew J. Carter and wife Masako of Essex Junction, Vermont; 13 grandchildren; Kathleen Bugeya and husband Josh, M. Thomas Manion, Christopher Toot and wife Amanda, Daniel Toot, Shannon Toot, Maureen Boullard and husband Mike, Meredith Carter, Ellen Carter, Laura Shore, Kevin Keeley, Alexandra Carter, Evanne Carter, and Lisa Carter; 3 great grandchildren, Alex Dihrberg, Carter and Colin Boullard; his brother Robert Carter of Ilion, Several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Glenn. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008, at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor. Calling hours are Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Jack or add to his online memorial may go to on the Internet. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund or Hospice. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Mar 7, 2008)


Marian T. (Taylor) Bishton IHS 1943, age 82, a lifelong resident of Ilion, passed into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday evening, Nov. 6, 2007 at the Harding Nursing Home, Waterville, N.Y. where she had resided for the last three weeks. At the time of her passing, she had her family at her side. She was born in Ilion, N.Y. on Dec. 15, 1924, the daughter of the late John and Almeta Hughes Taylor of Ilion. She attended Ilion schools and graduated in 1943. She was joined in marriage with Robert R. Bishton, Jr., on April 8, 1950, a blessed and cherished union of nearly 49 years. Mr. Bishton predeceased her on March 8, 1999. Mrs. Bishton worked at the Ilion Sentinel after graduating from high school. Later, she worked at the Aeroball Pen Factory in Ilion which was owned by her father-in-law, Robert R. Bishton Sr. and the Folts Home in Herkimer as a nurses aide. Some of her best memories were traveling the country with her husband, Bob, in their RV. She also enjoyed the wonderful summers spent with family and friends and winters snowmobiling at their camp on Piseco Lake in the Adirondacks. Later in life, she loved spending winters in their home in Sarasota, Fla. One of her fondest memories was swimming across Big Moose Lake when she was a teenager. She also enjoyed carrying on the tradition of cheering for the Yankees after Bob's passing. She enjoyed bible studies with her close group of friends and attended New Life Church in Herkimer. On Sept. 5, 1975, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Her strong faith and love for the Lord brought her a deep peace and comfort and allowed her to lead others to know Him. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and her family will deeply miss and always remember the loving care, concern and wisdom she provided them. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert R. III, and Laurie Bishton of Waterville; her four cherished grandchildren, Elizabeth Bishton of Whitesboro, Adam Bishton of Madison, Taylor Bishton and Tanner Bishton of Waterville. She also leaves behind two sisters, Ethel Mehring, Zephyrhills, Fla. and Verna Tresohlavy, Melbourne, Fla.; her brothers, Donald Taylor of Ilion and Albert Taylor of Rocklin, Calif., many nieces and nephews, and dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Leona Hull of Herkimer and her brother, Robert Taylor of Canton. Visitation at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, will be on Friday, Nov. 9, from 4-7 p.m. Mrs. Bishton's funeral will commence at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, from New Life Ministries, 337 Protection Ave., Herkimer with the Rev. Joe Jansen, pastor, officiating. Procession will follow to Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer where she will be laid to rest. Marian's family extends their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Chabot and the wonderful staff of the Harding Nursing Home in Waterville, who treated her with such care and compassion. Memorial contributions can be made to New Life Church, Protection Ave. in Herkimer. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Those wishing to add to Mrs. Bishton's online memorial, please visit on the Internet (Nov 14, 2007)


George 'Shorty' Comins IHS 1943, age 80, of 342 Otsego St., Ilion, died Saturday, March 24, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on May 7, 1926 in E. Frankfort, NY, the son of Theodore and Mabel (Conkling) Comins, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1943. Shorty was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy. On September 4, 1948, he was married to Mary Smallwood at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. He was the owner and operator of Shorty's Amoco, W. Main St., Ilion, from 1956 - 1962 and Shorty's Chevron, E. Main St., Ilion from 1962 - 1980. He was the sponsor and avid fan of the Shorty's Chevron slo-pitch softball team for many years. Shorty was a very active bowler in the Herkimer Major League. He was also the #1 fan of the Syracuse University Basketball Team. Survivors include his wife, Mary; three sons, and daughters-in-law, William and Josephine Comins of Sayville, LI, NY, Thomas and Mary Comins of Ilion, James and Regan Comins of Fairpoint, NY; two daughters and one son-in-law, Margaret and James Lehah of Jordan, NY, Kathleen Matthews of Stratton, Maine; 20 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; his sister, Alice of Ridgewood, NJ; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; and his brother, Ted. Funeral services will be held 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2007, at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt, Pastor. Calling hours are Tuesday, March 27, 2007, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends and relatives wishing to share a memory of Shorty or add to his online memorial may go to on the Internet. Anyone needing a ride to the calling hours or services may call the funeral home at 895-7722 for complimentary transportation assistance. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Annunciation Memorial Fund. Special envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (Mar 26, 2007 modified March 20, 2016)


Rita Marie (Anderson) Tucker IHS 1943, 82, of New Hartford, passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2006, while at the Masonic Care Community. She was born on May 6, 1924, in Wilkes Barre, Pa., the only daughter of James S. and Charlotte Birk Anderson. Her family moved to Ilion, N.Y., when Rita was 10, and in 1943, she graduated from Ilion High School. After school, during World War II, she worked at Remington Arms Inc., then married Frederick Gordon Tucker, a decorated U.S. Army veteran, on Sept. 25, 1948. Together they built their house in Schuyler, where they resided for 42 years and on Nov. 8, 1954, their only child, Kathryn A. Tucker, was born. Rita chose to devote her full time and energy to raising their daughter. As Kathryn prepared for college, Rita returned to work, first as office manager at the Mohawk Valley Medical Center and then in the business office of Herkimer County Community College. Rita was predeceased by Gordon, her husband of 55 years, on Oct. 22, 2003, and is survived by her daughter, Kathryn, of Nantucket and New York and her eldest brother, Dr. James S. Anderson of Ilion. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Carl J. Anderson in 1998 and Father William P. Anderson in 1963. Rita leaves nieces and nephews on both the Anderson and Tucker family sides and many dear friends. As did Gordon, Rita chose to donate her body to medical research. A memorial Mass will be held at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford shortly after the first week in January 2007. Arrangements are under the direction of Nunn and McGrath Funeral Directors and an announcement will be made several days in advance of the service. Anyone wishing to remember Rita may make a contribution to the charity of their choice. (Dec 6, 2006)


Camilla J. (Jarvis) Caswell IHS 1943, 81, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away Monday, Sept. 18, 2006, at the Folts Homes, Herkimer. Camilla was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Ilion, daughter of Albert and Johanna (Bogle) Jarvis. She was a graduate of Ilion High School. On June 1, 1968, she was united in marriage to Jack Caswell in Amsterdam. They shared a special union of 22 years until Mr. Caswell's passing on May 31, 1990. At one time she was employed by Beechnut in Canajoharie and later worked as head teller at the Mohawk Valley Savings and Loan, retiring in 1985. She was a member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church. Camilla was devoted to her beloved family. Survivors include her two daughters, Cynthia 'Cindy' Susi of Tribes Hill, N.Y., and her fiance Frank Fattoruso, Lynne Miller and her husband Scott of Ilion; one son, Scott Lewis of Lakeworth, Fla.; five cherished grandchildren, Stephanie Gray of Niskayuna, Kayleigh and Joshua Miller of Ilion, Jeffrey Susi and his wife Julie of Rochester, and Jason Corapi and his wife Vickie of Johnstown; five great-grandchildren, Charles and Joseph Susi, Jackson Gray and Dakota and Dylan Corapi; one sister, Leona Cramer of Minnesota; one brother-in-law, Don Garlock of Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Jack, son Jarvis 'Jay' Lewis, infant sons, Scott M. and Victor Jon Lewis, and sisters, Edith McDaniels, Mary Shea, Wilma Danforth, and Roberta Garlock. Family and friends are invited to Camilla's memorial service Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, commencing at 10 a.m. at the Ilion First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Victor McKusick, pastor, officiating. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow the service. In keeping with Camilla's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. (Oct 3, 2006)


Marshall Victor (Vic) Lewis IHS 1943, age 76, of Palmetto, Fla., died Dec. 22, 2002, at Palmetto Hospice House, Palmetto, Fla.He was born Dec. 29, 1925, in Ilion and was in the Navy during World War II. He was a cabinetmaker. Marshall came to Manatee County, Fla., from Albany in 1984. He was a member of Tenth Street Baptist Church in Pametto, Loyal Order of Moose 2117 and American Legion Post 309, both of Palmetto. Survivors include his wife, Inga Lewis; daughters, Delores Davi, Fort Myers, Fla., Cynthia Susi, Tribes Hill, N.Y., Rebecca Rasmussen, Albany and Lynne Miller, Ilion; sons, Jarvis Lewis, West Palm Beach, Fla., Scott Lewis, West Palm Beach, Fla. and Lance Davi,South Bethlehem, N.Y. No service will be held. Kicliter Funeral Home, Palmetto, Fla., is in charge of arrangements. (December 29, 2002)


Eleanor (Austin) Brown IHS 1943, age 76, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2002 in Utica. Eleanor was born on September 3, 1925 in Sherburne, New York, the daughter of the late Harold and Lelia Sprague Austin. Eleanor was a graduate of Ilion High School and was employed in the school cafeteria until her retirement. On November 16, 1946 she was united in marriage to Richard Brown in Ilion. Eleanor was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ilion, the Valley Chapter #82 Order of Eastern Star for 50 years. She was also a member of Ilion Violet Rebekah Lodge #198. Eleanor is survived by her husband, Richard; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Kenneth of Ilion, Rodney and Diane of Herkimer, Timothy and Bertha of Little Falls, and Gregg of Albany; one brother, Robert Austin of Ilion. She also has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Mrs. Brown will be held Friday, June 28, 2002 at 11 AM from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mt. View Memorial Garden in the Town of Little Falls. Friends may call on Thursday June 27, 2002 from 7-9 PM and Friday June 28, 2002 from 10-11 AM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations in Eleanor's memory to the First United Methodist Church, Second Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (June 26, 2002)


Eleanor (Hayes) Allen IHS 1943, age 77, formerly a longtime resident of Litchfield St., Frankfort, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital Center. Eleanor was born July 1, 1924, in Ilion, daughter of Charles W. and Mae (Kibbee) Hayes. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On May 4, 1946, she was united in marriage to John H. Allen in Ilion, a blessed union of 50 years until Mr. Allen's passing May 15, 1996. Eleanor was last employed by the Frankfort-Schuyler School District, working in the cafeteria. Eleanor retired in 1985, after 26 years of dedicated service. At one time she enjoyed bowling in her league in Frankfort. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Eleanor's life was devoted to her beloved family. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Karen Allen of West Winfield; seven cherished grandchildren, Jeff and JoAnn Oriole, Kristen Oriole and Matt Stephens, Matt Oriole, Tina and Joseph Sudakow, Tracy and Tom Reesh, Teira Allen and Bob Davis and Teresa Allen and Randy Tennant; one great-granddaughter, Samantha Oriole; her son-in-law, Vic Oriole of Frankfort; one sister and brother-in-law, Katherine and Charles Vogel of Ilion; and her sister, Mary Lou Barton of Ilion; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a very special friend, Peg Bianchi. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Pam Oriole on March 1, 2001. Memorial contributions, in Eleanor's name, may be considered to the Central New York Association for the Blind. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (May 2, 2002)


Bruce A. Daily IHS 1943, age 76, of John St., passed away Friday, June 15, 2001, at home. He was born on October 22, 1924, in Ilion, the son of the late Cornelius and Grace Morgan Daily. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and Clarkson University and served with the Army-Air Corps during WW II. On April 10, 1954, Bruce married the former Teresa Izzo in Rochester. Mr. Daily was employed as an electrical engineer with General Electric in Utica, retiring several years ago. Mr. Daily was of the Catholic faith and a member of the Mohawk American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Teresa; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Andrea and Timothy O'Connell, of Mohegan Lak, NY, Mary Trueblood, of Wayland, MA, and Linda and Lee Gibbard, of Navan, Ontario, Canada; a sister, Nancy Moore, of Ship Bottom, NJ; four grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews. In keeping with Bruce's wishes, there will be no calling hours or public funeral service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Sue Campagna Hospice of Herkimer County. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (June 17, 2001)


Vernon Peters IHS 1943, age 73, died June 14, 1999, at his home in Ilion. He was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Malone, the son of the late Winfred and Elma King Peters. He was a member of the Ilion High School Class of 1943. He served in the South Pacific in the Navy during World War II. He married the former Eleanor F. Plumb, in 1950. His wife passed away in 1992. He was employed as a mill-wright worker with MDS. He is survived by a son, Timothy Peters of Plymouth, NH; a brother, Francis Peters of Ilion; a sister-in-law, Mary McEvoy of Ilion; two grandchildren, Lindsay and Kelly Peters of Plymouth, NH and several nieces and nephews. A mass of Christian Burial was held June 18 in the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion. Interment was in Armory Hill Cemetary, Ilion. Memorials in Vernon's name may be made to the Ilion Knights of Columbus. (July 5, 1999)


Mary (Platts) Harter IHS 1943, age 73, died May 20, 1999, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Mary was born August 12, 1925, in Frankfort, the daughter of Hercules F. and Katherine Farley Platts. She was a graduate of the Ilion High School Class of 1943. She married Frederick Hudson Harter on Feb. 4, 1945 in Ilion. Mr. Harter passed away June 28, 1998. Mary was primarily a homemaker and housewife. At one time, she was employed by the New York Telephone Co. and Grant's Department Store in Ilion. Survivors include her two sons, Frederick "Jerry" Harter of Frankfort, Peter Harter of Oregon; one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Lucynda and Herbert Nason of Cleveland, NY; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Fredetta Williams, Dorema and Joseph Zupkas; one brother and sister-in-law, Hercules J. Platts Sr, and his wife Helen Jean of Mohawk, five grandsons and one granddaughter; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her two brothers, John and Charles Platts and her niece, Della Marie Burns. Funeral services were Monday, May 24 at the Applegate Funeral home and the Church of the Annunciation. Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. Contributions may be made in Mary's name to the American Cancer Society. (May 24, 1999)


Mrs. Lydia Davis (Dibble) Shaughnessy IHS 1943 and Faculty Member, 72, a retired Ilion teacher passed away on July 16, 1998, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Mrs. Shaughnessy graduated from Ilion High School with IHS Class of 1943. She was also an English teacher at Ilion High School for approximately 20 years, retiring in 1970. She married Eldon W. Dibble on April 19, 1947. He passed away April 16, 1943. She later married Dr. Daniel C. Shaughnessy on November 4, 1977. Dr. Shaughnessy passed away on May 15, 1993. Mrs. Shaughnessy is survived by her two daughters, Sharon Halpin and A. Leigh Desens and their families. She is also survived by Dr. Shaughnessy's children and grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made in Lydia's name to the American Cancer Society or the Mohawk Homestead. (July 16, 1998)


Class of 1943 Contact Person....

John Gilmartin, President of the IHS Class of 1943, is the latest Class Editor to come on board. (modified January 13, 2002)


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Robert (Bob) Eddy 1943 (1946), from Ilion, NY registered. (Jan 18, 2010)

"Robert (Bob) Eddy enlisted in the Navy in 1943 at age 17, the year he was supposed to graduate. He then returned home and graduated in 1946. No record for either yearbook was ever logged due to certain information being omitted on returning veterans. He was a highly decorated Navy veteran and proud member of the Seabees. He earned varsity letters in 3 sports and held a school 880 yard track record 30 odd years until it was broken in the 70's. He grew up him on the North end of town on North St. He was a great amateur boxer too and fought small bouts on the 4th floor of the long Remington Arms building where there was a boxing ring. Bob spent 40 years in the computer and then aerospace industry until retiring in 1991."

Peggy Palmatier Markley, from Punta Gorda,Florida and in Columbus, NJ 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."


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