Ilion High School

Class of 1948

Alumni News

1948 Ilion Yearbook


Digitized Class Yearbook....

The Mirror 1948 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 1948 is at your published in the 1948 Mirror Class History. (February 19, 2002).


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1948", are available on the 1948 Class Roster page. (added February 16, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1948 (added December 11, 2022)



Class Doctor...

Joseph Anthony Leistyna was Valedictorian of the Class of 1948 and the son Ilion physician, Dr. Arthur Leistyna. He attended the University of Rochester and then went on to attend medical school. He has been added to the list of Alumni Physicians. His education, career and family background were published as IHS Class of 1948 Dr. Joseph Leistyna. (October 4, 2021)

Ilion Alumni Physician - Joseph Anthony Leistyna IHS 1948


Looking for Pictures....

"Hey, I was looking at the pics of the 1948 cheerleaders....that's really great...anyone have any pics of the football team that my father was on? I would really love to see his pic from the yearbook since I don't have a single pic of my father. Do you think they might have one that could be scanned and sent to me? It would be Howard E. Harrig aka Howie.I would be ever so grateful if you could find someone who could come up with that one. Let me know, willya?"

Mary Jane Harrig-Albright

Here are the pictures requested by Mary Jane Harrig-Alright.

1948 Yearbook Photos - Harrig (October 15, 2012)


Class of 1948 & 1949 - Joint Reunion in July 2003.....

The Class of 1948 and the Class of 1949 will hold a Joint Class Picnic Saturday, July 26, 2003 at VFW William Hemstead Post #502 between Ilion and Frankfort starting at 1:00 PM. The price is $10.00 and includes the usual picnic fare, hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, etc.

Any other class member of that era is welcome! Please contact Shirley Steiner Pearson '49 or Lydia Rudd '49 if you intend to come.(July 13, 2003)


Class of 1948 & 1949 - Joint Reunion Held in 2001.....

The Classes of '48 & '49 held a combined picnic on Saturday, August 25, 2001. The picnic was held at The VFW Post, Route 5s, between Ilion and Frankfort, starting at 1PM. The price was $10/person. Class of 1948 members could contact Shirley Steiner Pearson and 49's contacted Lydia Rudd. Everyone was welcome!! (June 21, 2001)


Class Directory.....

Thanks to Warren Steiner for sharing the 1948 Class Directory. (added December 5, 1998)


1948 Photo Album.....

Thanks to James and Dorothy Loopman Garnsey for sharing some photographs from their 1948 Ilion Varsity Cheerleaders photo album. Photo 1, Photo 2 and Photo 3. Take a trip down memory lane with the Class of 1948. (April 28, 1997)


50th Reunion ....

The IHS class of 1948 hosted the 50th reunion August 29, 1998 at the Crystal Chandelier on Route 28 North (Middleville Road). (Updated September 21, 1998)

A welcome get-together was held August 28, 1998 at the Knights of Columbus on West Street.

A guided tour of the Ilion High School began at 10 am, August 29. Participants met at the big bell behind the school.

On Saturday evening, a banquet was held at the Crystal Chandelier on Route 28 North( Middleville Road). The dinner was at 7 pm and was preceded by a social hour from 6-7. A group picture was taken at 7 pm.

Sunday morning, a good-bye breakfast was held at the Ilion Knights of Columbus.

Contact: Shirley Steiner Pearson, General Chairperson, 16 Sixth Avenue, Ilion, NY 13357. Telephone 315-894-4539. (Updated August 5, 1998)

Can anyone help us locate the following people:

Mary Campell Sorenson
Jane Everhart Compton
Carmen Heffner Federico
Clyde Hoyle
Richard Jones
Jack Smith



Mrs. Catherine (Cashman) Accattato, IHS 1948, age 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, January 23, 2022, at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Born in Meriden, Connecticut on July 7, 1929, Catherine was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Tomkievicz) Cashman. She was raised and educated locally and graduated from Ilion High School. As a young woman, Catherine met and fell in love with Dominick Accattato and the two were married on July 17, 1948 at Annunciation Church in Ilion. Together, they raised their family and spent over forty years in a loving union until Dominick's passing on January 20, 1989. Later in life, she was blessed with a second marriage to John "Jack" McGurk who also predeceased her. Over the years, Katie worked at Oneida National Bank as a teller, and was the owner and operator of the Cloverleaf Motel. Together with her husband, Dominick, and son, Jim, Katie was the co-owner of the original Streamside Manor until her retirement in 2007. At one time, she was a member of the St. Francis di Paola Society Ladies' Auxiliary as well as the American Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered her time with Hospice, was a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, and in her free time enjoyed shopping! Katie's life revolved around her family and she was a wonderful, loving, caring, generous and doting mother and grandmother. The Sunday dinners, as well as the Monday through Saturday dinners, will always be a special memory. There was always room at the table for whoever happened to stop by. She lived to be surrounded by her family and strived to make the lives of those she loved, especially her grandchildren, magical. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Catherine is survived by her daughters, Jeri Frederick and Judy Zipko; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Accattato; her eight grandchildren, Andrea and Dominick Bellino, Dominick Accattato and Brittany Barker, Katie and Dave D'Agostino, Steve and Sobia Frederick, DJ Frederick, Julie and Paul Irizarry, Joseph and Tammy Zipko and Jenna and Anthony Tripple; and her eleven great-grandchildren, Luciano Bellino, Adrianna Bellino, David D'Agostino, Joseph D'Agostino, Zahra Frederick, Alya Frederick, Mariana Irizarry, Paulie Irizarry, Latina Irizarry, Italia Irizarry and Adrianna Tripple. She also leaves her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Robert Luke of Ilion; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and extended family. Aside from her parents and husbands, Catherine was predeceased by her son, James Dominick Accattato in 2021; her sons-in-law, Steven J. Frederick in 2020 and George J. Zipko in 2017; by her siblings, John and Emily Cashman, Raymond and Beverly Cashman, Irene and Earl Polley and Florence and Ed Plunkett; and by her in-laws, Marceline and John Torchia, Gemma and Guy Tassino, Sarah and Michael LiBritz and Frank and Betty Accattato. A special thank you is extended to the staff and caregivers at Foltsbrook in Herkimer, where Catherine lived through these last few years of her life's journey; as well as to the nursing staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center for the attention given to her through these last days. Katie's family will gather privately to bid their farewells to her. Her earthly remains will be laid to rest in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frankfort in the spring of 2022. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Katie's final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (January 25, 2022)


Leo E. Boucher, Jr., IHS 1948, age 91, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his South 3rd Ave, Ilion home on Friday afternoon, August 6th, 2021, with his beloved wife and family by his bedside. He was born on March 28, 1930, in Claremont, NH, son of the late Leo E. and Lilla A. (Irving) Boucher, Sr. and graduated with the Ilion High School, "Class of 1948". Mr. Boucher answered the call of duty enlisting in 1948 with the US Navy during the Korean War Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1951. He was united in marriage with the former Nora Gour on March 21, 1952, in Ilion and the couple would have celebrated 70 years of marriage next year. Their union was a relationship filled with love, friendship, and loyalty. Mr. Boucher was employed with General Electric, Utica, retiring after 35 years of dedicated service. A steadfast and simple man, Leo made friends easily and kept them forever. He never let things bother him and was affectionately remembered by his family for his "If you say so" quote. In his leisure time he enjoyed woodworking. He was an avid fisherman and found enjoyment working in his vegetable garden. Mr. and Mrs. Boucher treasured the times when spending part of the year at their home in Florida and also loved to travel. Survivors include his beloved family; his wife of 69 years, Nora at home; Barbara Boucher of Dolgeville, Michele Borden and husband Frederick of VA, Leo Boucher III "Chip" and wife Gail of VA, Stephanie Boucher of Ilion, and Donna Ladelia and husband Salvatore of Rochester. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Mary Beth Boucher Spanfelner and infant son, James Charles Boucher. Also surviving is a brother, Robert Boucher and wife Alice of FL; ten cherished grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family offers their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and staff on the 3rd floor at Little Falls Hospital for their thoughtful concern and also to home health care aid, Laurel for her compassion. For those wishing, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Hospice Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413. Leo and his family's care has been placed in the trust of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, Little Falls (corner of Bidleman Road), 315-508-5131. The Boucher family will conduct a private memorial service at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Steven A. Scarcia, officiating and military honors will be offered by the US Navy. There are no calling hours. Burial will take place privately at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. (August 11, 2021)


Warren Austin Steiner IHS 1948, 91,a life long resident of Mohawk, died peacefully at the Masonic Care Community, Utica on April 25, 2020. Warren was born on March 11, 1929 in Ilion the son of the late Fred and Clara (Santmire) Steiner. He was a graduate of Ilion High School Class of 1948 and received his BS Degree in 1952 from Michigan State University in Political Science. After graduation he went to work for the N.Y.S. Department of Transportation as a Safety Engineer in the Utica office for 30 years. On November 26, 1960 Warren was united in marriage with Mary Horton at the Ilion Methodist Church. They shared a devoted relationship until Mary's passing in March of 2007. Warren was an active member of the Methodist Church serving on several committees and teaching Sunday School, he was a life member of the Ilion Masons and was very active with the Shriner's where he served on the Shriner's Hospital Board in Springfield, Ma.for 10 years. He was a member of The Valley of Utica Consistory, The Ziyara Shrine, the Ilion 1444 BPOE and the Ilion Winter Club. Warren was an avid reader and was especially interested in history. He was a gentle man who was always ready to lend a helping hand to those who needed it and took much pride in working around his home on Vickerman Hill, Mohawk. He was kind and caring with a great scene of humor, if he was asked how he was his response always was"Top Shelf". Warren is survived by his daughter Barbara (Kevin) Davis, his cherished granddaughter Isabella and grandson Cayman of Hurricane, Utah; his sister Shirley Pearson, Ilion; a special niece Cynthia (David) Garrett of Barneveld; his nephews Doug (Ruth) Pearson and Dale Pearson of Ilion and his loving companion Delores McGraw of Ilion; also several other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother in law Donald Pearson. In keeping with recent N.Y.S and C.D.C guidelines a private service and burial will be conducted at this time, a public Memorial Service and Celebration of Warren's Life will be held at the Ilion United Methodist Church when allowed. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Friends wishing to do so are requested to consider memorials to Morning Star Ministries, 32 Second St., Ilion, The Olive Branch Masonic Lodge, 118 Morgan St., Ilion or The Shriner's Children's Hospital, 516 Carew St., Springfield, Ma. 01104. To leave an online condolence please go to (May 7, 2020)


Doris (Dunham) Gay, IHS 1948, age 88, formerly of the Town of Columbia, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown, NY. She was born on April 28,1930, in Ilion, the daughter of Dawes J. Dunham and Winifred (Scouten) Dunham and attended Ilion High School. On May 1,1948, she was united in marriage to Ernest "Ernie" M. Gay. He passed away on February 16, 1999. Doris was an active member of the Richfield Springs Bible Church for more than forty years. As part of her ministry, she sent out many cards on behalf of the church family over the years. Surviving family members include her daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Don Urtz, of Richfield Springs and Karen and William Schorer, of Millers Mills; her grandchildren, Wendy Urtz-Chapman and her husband, Bradlee, Melissa Hoage and Desiree Wentworth, William Shorer and his fiancée, Hillary; her great-grandchildren, Bambi Chapman, Rock Chapman, Lillian Hoage and Zachary Hoage; her sister and brother-in-law, June and Russell Hocking, of Ilion; her brother and sister-in-law, Daniel and Connie Dunham, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her son, David Gay; and her brothers, Richard and Dawes Dunham. Calling hours will be held Thursday, April 4, 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. The funeral service will follow at 6:00 p.m., at the funeral home, with her nephew, Rev. Dawes Dunham, officiating. The family would like to thank the staff at Valley Health Services for their excellent care and compassion given to Doris. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Doris, or add to her online memorial, may go to In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Richfield Springs Bible Church, 17 Church St., Richfield Springs, NY 13439. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. The family has entrusted all service arrangements and supervision to their long-time friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (May 24, 2019)


Paul E. March Sr., IHS 1948, age 88, passed away, Monday, September 4, 2017 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care, New Hartford. Paul was born in Ilion on March 18, 1929, the son of the late Harry and Vere Lindsey March. He was a graduate of Ilion and received his Bachelor's Degree from Utica College, his Masters in Psychology from Syracuse University and his teaching certification from Oneonta. Paul served with the U.S. Army in Japan during the Korean Conflict and was a proud member of General Douglas MacArthur's Honor Guard. At one time he was married to Addie Scouten the mother of his children. On June 29, 1986 he was united in marriage with Martha Dempsey in Norwich, NY. Paul was employed as a teacher at West Canada Valley Central School prior to his retirement. He was also a member of the Ilion First Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and an Elder. Paul was a member of DeMolay, was a Mason, and volunteered with Catholic Charites Domestic Violence Program. Paul is survived by his wife Marty, his sister Arlene Corsillo, his five sons Paul Jr. PhD. and his wife Kathy Takayama PhD. of MA, Arthur and Carol March of Albany, Walter and Sherry March of PA., Walter and Kelly Slentz of Baytown, TX and Daniel and Jessica Slentz of Ilion, his two daughters Paula and Doug Richardson of Clinton and Alice March PhD, and her husband Joe Marino, MD. of Arkansas. He also leaves several grandchildren, one great granddaughter, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Paul was predeceased by his siblings, Alice March, Helen Bruce, Vernetta Bouck, Esther Bower, Elizabeth Jones, Richard March, Nelson March, Howard March and Grant March. A Celebration of Paul's Life will be Friday at 12:00 AM from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St, Ilion, with Rev's. Rick Riggle and David Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion with full military honors. Friends may call Friday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Alzheimer's Association in Paul's memory; envelopes are available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to (September 16, 2017)


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


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


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


George W. Giddings IHS 1948, age 86, formerly of 39 N, Fourth Ave., Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. George was born on July 23, 1927, the son of the late Charles W. and Myrtle J. Bates Giddings and was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1948. For many years, George was the custodian at the Ilion Municipal Building, retiring several years ago. George was a member of the Ilion Winter Club, Ilion Elks Lodge No. 1444 and the Ilion Fish and Game Club. George is survived by his cousins, Suzanne and Niels Bates-Mortensen of Mohawk, Diane and John Bigg of Vails Gate, Terri Telesca, of Waterford Kathleen McNamara of Schenectady and Lorrie Godfred of Colonie. Friends are invited to attend the funeral service for George to be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at noon from Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. To light a candle, please go to (July 5, 2014)


Dr. Carlton E. Lints IHS 1948 79, of Keyser Lake Road, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at home. Carl was born on Dec. 31, 1930, in Ilion, the son of the late Wesley A. and Margaret (Parker) Lints. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and received his master's degree from Northwestern University and his doctorate from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He served as a professor at DeCalb University in Illinois until his retirement several years ago. Carl served his country during the Korean War, serving in the Navy. He was a member of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion. Carl is survived by his sister, Joyce Burnside, of Dolgeville; his brother, Wesley R. Lints, of Boulder, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Carl will be held on Friday, Dec, 10, 2010, at noon at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. The Rev. George B. Greene will officiate. Interment will follow in the Oak View Cemetery in Frankfort. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral and are asked to consider memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Hospital; envelopes are available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent and memorial candles lit by going to (Dec 11, 2010)


Bertrand 'Bert' Warner Jr. Senior Class President IHS 1948 age 78, of 27 Frog Pond Road, Otter Lake, formerly of Ilion, passed away Thursday, November 20, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Bert was born June 4, 1930 in Ilion, N.Y., the son of the late Bertrand and Florence Murphy Warner, and was a 1948 graduate of Ilion High school. After graduation Bert joined the military serving in the US Air Force. Bert was employed with Pennick and Ford, and Young Buick Cadillac until he purchased Fifield's Men's Shop in 1962 which later became Warner's Men's Shop in Ilion retiring in 1985. After his retirement Bert was employed with the Eldredge Agency in Old Forge, N.Y. Bert attended the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, was a member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, a former board member of the Ilion Savings and Loan and the Village of Ilion Water Commission, a member of the Ilion Community Club, Quiet Birdman, and the Adirondack Museum. In his time away from work Bert spent doing what he truly loved best: flying. Bert is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Glenn Rosenthal of Vienna; his grandchildren, Moira Jacobsen and her husband, Gregg, and Eric and Katherine Rosenthal; also one great-grand, son Samuel Warner Jacobsen. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Connick. Friends are invited to attend Bert's funeral service to be held on Saturday, November 22, 2008, at 2 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Barratt officiating. Interment will follow in the St. John's Cemetery, Newport. Friends may call on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Team Continuum Inc., 401 Fifth Avenue, Fourth Floor New York City, N.Y. 10016, or the Adirondack Museum, PO Box 99 Blue Lake, New York 12812 in Bert's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left by going to (Nov 24, 2008)


Ruth (Hjorth) Kopp IHS 1948, 78, of Fayetteville, passed away on Tuesday at Menorah Park Care Facility. Raised in Ilion, NY, she was the daughter of the late Holger and Lina Hjorth. Ruth graduated from Ilion High School and Syracuse University, where she received a degree in music. For a short time after graduation, she taught music in the Arkansas school system. Upon returning to Ilion, she worked as a church organist and vocalist and taught piano out of her home. She moved to Fayetteville with her husband and two children in 1967. Ruth was a nature lover and enjoyed spending summers at her family's cottage on Port Bay, NY. She spent much of her time in her greenhouse and participated in garden club. One of her favorite activities was tennis, which she continued to play until she was in her mid 70's. She will be greatly missed by her survivors: her husband of 49 years, Robert A. Kopp; two sons, Robert H. Kopp and his wife Nancy of Manlius, and Richard R. Kopp and his wife Judith of Cazenovia; five grandchildren, Juliette and Andrew Kopp, and Conrad, Peter and Tucker Kopp. Funeral Services: 4:00 pm Sunday at Eaton-Tubbs-Schepp Funeral Home. Private burial will be in Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, NY. Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2-4 pm at the funeral home, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. Contributions: The Foundation at Menorah Park (in care of the Employee Fund), Hodes Way, 4101 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, NY 13214. (added October 25, 2014)


Robert Fennell IHS 1948
From Dr. James Fennel email, "It is with deep regret that I announce the passing of my Brother Robert Fennell (class '48) on May 21, 2008 in Guntersville, Alabama." (Jun 6, 2008)


Donald Lang Sr.

Donald Lang Sr. IHS 1948, died Monday, Jan 22, while vacationing in Las Vegas. He was 77. He lived in Farmingdale for the past 44 years. He was an elementary schoolteacher in the Massapequa school district for 36 years. He retired in 1991 and spent his free time playing golf and bridge. Lang Sr., was inducted into the Massapequa Hall of Fame in 2006. He led Berner High School to Nassau County baseball championships in 1971 and 1977. He earned the Nassau County Coach of the Year four times, in 1965, '74, '76 and '77, and amassed 414 career wins. Lang was born in Ilion, NY in 1929. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1948, attended Brockport State and signed a professional baseball contract to play for the Dodgers for three years. He married Mary McCormack in 1962 and the couple was together for the past 45 years. Besides his wife and son, Donald Lang Jr., of Wantagh, he is survived by daughters Donna Simmons of Syosset, Debbie Greenblatt of Massapequa, and Diana Lang of Northport. Viewing hours were at McCourt and Trudden Funeral Home, 385 Main St., Farmingdale. A Mass was said Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Killian's Church on Conklin Street in Farmingdale. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Massapequa Hall of Fame scholarship fund. Checks can be sent to Massapequa High School, 4925 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, N.Y., 11758-6201. (Feb 15, 2007)


Joyce L. (Smith) Degenshein IHS 1948, 75, of Prindle Apartments, 80 E. North St., Ilion, formerly of Frankfort, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. She was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of Kenneth and Martha (Pierce) Smith, and graduated from Ilion High School. Joyce was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Air Force. In 1952, she was married to Irving Degenshein in Virginia. He died in 1976. Joyce was employed as a secretary at H.M. Quackenbush Co. of Herkimer for 20 years. She was an active member and current vice president of the Mohawk Valley Garden Club. Joyce was an active member and organist at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many years. Her church activities included children's primary organization with music, Family History Center worker and member of the church's Relief Society. Joyce was always working with the children in the church's annual talent shows. She taught the children different songs in English and some in German, and was always performing with her ventriloquist "friend," Penelope. Joyce was also very famous for her annual Christmas cookie party, baking hundreds of different kinds of cookies. Survivors include her daughter, Susan "Sue" Roeder of Uncasville, Conn.; her granddaughter, Rebekah Roeder; her grandson, Jared Roeder; her sister, Karen Sauer of Mohawk, several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Frances Goewey. Friends and relatives are invited to attend funeral services on Monday, April 17, at 11 .m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 317 Gros Blvd., East Herkimer. Dedication and interment will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 17, at the Graham Cemetery, Hubbardsville. Calling hours are Monday from 9-11 a.m. at the church prior to the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mohawk Valley Garden Club or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, or during the calling hours at the church on Monday. The family offers special thanks to the third floor staff at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home for the excellent care and kindness given to Joyce. Joyce's family has entrusted all funeral and burial arrangements to Don Applegate of the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion (895-7722). (Feb 28, 2007)


Dr. Joseph Anthony Leistyna Valedictorian IHS 1948, 74, peacefully passed on Jan. 6, 2006, after a long illness. A dedicated pediatrician, Dr. Leistyna worked tirelessly for 42 years as a champion for children and families at risk. Born Feb. 26, 1931, in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Dr. Arthur and Margaret (Maresch) Leistyna. Raised in Ilion,N.Y., he graduated Valedictorian from Ilion High School in 1948. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College in 1952 and earned an M.D. from the University of Rochester in 1956. Upon completion of a Pediatric Internship at Yale University School of Medicine in 1957, he enlisted as a captain in the United States Air Force and was Chief of Pediatric Services, Rhein Main Air Force Base in Germany. In 1960 he returned home to complete his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Medical Center, where he then served as Chief Resident from 1961-1962. He then received a Fellowship in Pediatric Endocrinology at Ohio State University. In 1963 he opened a private practice in pediatrics and was Chief of Pediatrics at Oneida City Hospital and Medical Director for the Madison County Physically Handicapped Program, New York State Department of Health. In 1972 he opened a pediatric practice in Culpeper, Va.; chaired the Department of Pediatrics & Family Medicine at the Culpeper Memorial Hospital; was Project Pediatrician, County Pediatric Screening Program, Virginia State Department of Health; and chaired the County Child Protection Team (the first community based team in Virginia). He was a member of the pediatric staff at the University of Connecticut Health Center and School of Medicine, Farmington, from 1975-79; director of the University of Connecticut Child Protection Program and Chairman of the UCONN Child Protection Team; project pediatrician, State of Connecticut Child Abuse & Neglect Demonstration Center; medical consultant, Governor's Case Incident Review for Child Abuse, Department of Children and Youth Services. From 1979-91, he was a member of the medical staff at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester. He also was on the medical Staffs of Monson Developmental Center and Belchertown State School, where he became Director of Emergency Medical Services and Medical Director. In 1988, he was Director of Medical Support Services, a staff physician for the Mental Retardation Unit, and medical consultant for Worcester State Hospital. In 1991, he went on to become the Medical Director at the Western Carolina Center in Morganton, NC. In 1998 he retired to Massachusetts from his long career in medicine. Surviving are his children Lori Leistyna of Hatfield, Mass., Tracy Carey of Hollywood, Md., Jeff of Hatfield, Mass., Pepi Leistyna of Scituate, Mass., and Kara Leistyna of Whately, Mass.; five grandchildren, Evan and Lyle Carey, Dylan and Katherine Merrill and Bebe Leistyna; his sister Sylvia (Leistyna) Lahvis and Dr. Frederick Lahvis and their sons, Garet and Matthew. His wife of 30 years, Rita (Geoffrion) Leistyna, died in 1988. Service was held at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, Smith College, Northampton, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006. Memorial service to be held in the spring Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at or call 800-272-3900. (Feb 28, 2006)


Robert E. Remmell IHS 1948, 73, of Utica, formerly of Ilion, died Tuesday, June 15, 2004 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on January 15, 1931 in Binghamton, NY, the son of John W. and Madeline (Brown) Remmell. Bob was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1948; Utica College in 1955; and Syracuse Law School in 1956. On June 26, 1954, he was married to Barbara Stucko at St. Joseph's Church, Utica. Bob was an attorney at Steates Remmell Steates & Dziekan of Utica since 1956. Mr. Remmell was a member of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Utica, the Yahnundasis Golf Club, Utica Knights of Columbus, Utica Elks, and the Utica American Legion Adrean Post. Bob was a member of the Board of Directors of CONMED Corporation and an avid golfer and gin player. Bob was a cherished and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Loved and respected by his family and friends, he is irreplaceable and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lou Ann and Paul Obernesser of Clifton Park, NY, Lori Ann and John Miano of Utica; five beloved grandchildren, Alexis and Sean Obernesser, Kaitlyn, Justin and Jack Miano; one brother and sister-in-law, John and Patricia Remmell of Orange County, CA; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Jane and Jesse Haley of Barryville, NY, Penelope and Paul Huening of Utica; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his long time law partner and friend, Francis C. Steates, with whom he held in high esteem. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004 at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, 2222 Genesee St., Utica, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Richard Stuczko (Barbara Remmell's cousin). Interment will be in St. George's Cemetery, Whitesboro. Calling hours are Friday, June 18, 2004 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Nunn & McGrath Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd., Utica. Fellow attorneys and members of the legal profession will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 19, 2004 in front of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes to form an honor guard for Mr. Remmell. Special thanks to all his friends who "held court" and supported him through his recent illness. Also, the family wishes to thank the nursing staff at St. Elizabeth Medical Center for the compassion and care given to Bob. Memorial contributions may be made to the Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation, Thoracic Research Fund, 600 S. Taylor, Suite 120, St. Louis, MO 63110, or The Resource Center for Independent Living, 409 Columbia St., Utica, NY 13502. Donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home during calling hours. All funeral and burial arrangements entrusted to Don Applegate of Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion (895-7722) (July 11, 2004)


Bombers Buzz....

Richard Bullis, retired, email, Rochester, NY, registered. (June 2, 2004)

Shirley VanAlstine Nalaskowski '48, Retired Computer programer, email, from Richfield Springs, NY, re-registered. (July 13, 2003)

Burt Werthman, Little Falls, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 5, 2002)

Harold Ferguson, Littleneck, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 27, 2002)

Dorothy Moore Doty, email, Little River, SC, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 25, 2002)

Marie D. Sweeney Hameister, email, from Richfield Springs, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 15, 2002)

Shirley Steiner Pearson, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

Warren Steiner, email, from Mohawk, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 5, 2002)

Donald Polsin, email, Liverpool, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 5, 2002)

Dorothy Loopman Garnsey, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 3, 2002)

Ida Powers Egelhoff, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Jay Wilson, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 2, 2002)

Richard Smallwood, retired, email, from Medford, MA, registered. (April 16, 2000)

Dorothy Moore Doty, Busy Retiree, email, from Little River, SC, registered. (December 29, 1999)

Lon Fake, Retired, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (August 4, 1999)

Donald Polsin, Retired, email, from Liverpool, NY, registered in the directory. (November 10, 1998)

Esther Chase Brown, email, from Richfield Springs, NY, registered in the directory. (January 11, 1998)

This news item is from family member Stephanie Boucher Buddenhagen '79, who wrote... "I have email address for all of my sisters and brother. Anyone interested in contacting any of them please email Steph and I will pass the message along." Stehp's address is email.

Leo Boucher, Class of 1948, Retired from General Electric and splits his time between Ilion and Florida with his wife Nora. (November 27, 1997)

Warren Steiner, Retired, email, from Mohawk, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (modified email Feb 15, 2002)


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