Ilion High School

Class of 1949

Alumni News

1949 Mirror Cover


Digitized Class Yearbook....

1949 The Mirror 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 1949 is at your published in the 1949 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1949", are available on the 1949 Class Roster page. (added February 16, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1949 (added December 11, 2022)


Senior Pictures....

Senior Pictures, from the 1949 Annual Yearbook, are now available. The girls all wore the classic wrap and the boys wore jackets and ties. Here is an example of a classic, beautiful yearbook Senior Section. (May 6, 2013)

Page 1 - Class Officers - Garnsey and Pearson

Page 2 - Class Officers - Hiller and Boyle

Page 3 - Patricia Bergin       Mary Bracken       Ann Brooks

Page 4 - Elaine Brunette       Nancy Burnham       Edna Conboy

Page 5 - Margaret 'Peggy' Culver       John Fake       Joanna Fay

Page 6 - Constance Foster       Donald Gauding       Nora Greig

Page 7 - Phyllis Griswold       Donald Hathaway       Alda Hess

Page 8 - Dolores Hubbell       Jean Hunter       Patricia Ingraham

Page 9 - Barbara Kane       Leona Kibbe       Joan Krebs

Page 10 - William Lawrence      Anthony Lewicki       Alan Lowe

Page 11 - Janet March       Barbara Merchant      John Minon

Page 12 - John McKenna       Vaughn McPherson       Shirley Malotke

Page 13 - James Morath       Robert Morris      Joan Murphy

Page 14 - Wilmonte Nash       George Nile       Marilyn Noyes

Page 15 - Eva O'Dell       Richard Palmer       Eugene Parker

Page 16 - Carl Peterson       Barbara Phillips       Joann Phillips

Page 17 - David Pierce       Erma Prescott       Dominick Putch

Page 18 - Philip Randall       Roscoe Reed       Shirley Roche

Page 19 - Ann Rorke       Lydia Rudd       Beverly Shaut

Page 20 - Floyd Shoemaker       Paul Soules       Dolores Staley

Page 21 - Alfred Sutton       Shirley Swarthout       Beverly Van Alstyne

Page 22 - Constance Watson       Ann Wilfert       Alan Wood

Page 23 - Robert Zeh


James Garnsey - Ilion's Longest Serving Mayor.....

The Honorable James F. Garnsey Booklet

In 1988, Janet researched and created a history of the Village of Ilion elected officials. She dedicated and presented this booklet, which was titled, "The Honorable James F. Garnsey", to former mayor James Garnsey IHS '49.

Former Mayor Garnsey is Ilion's longest serving mayor. (August 30, 2014)


Class of 1949 Photo Album.....

Thanks to James and Dorothy Loopman Garnsey for sharing some photographs from their photo album. Take a trip down memory lane with the Class of 1949. (April 29, 1998)

1949 Varsity Cheerleaders

Group Photo - 50th Year Reunion


Class Directory.....

Your Classmate Addresses are now available. (current as of October 26, 1997


Class of 1949 - 60th Reunion Held in 2009.....

Class of 1949 held a 60 year reunion, Saturday, September 26, 2009 at the Mohawk Valley Country Club. Eighteen members of the class attended including all four officers along with eight guests. (Oct 23, 2009)


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)


50 Year Reunion.....

It's finally here... see the Group Photograph from the 50th Year Reunion Celebration. (June 6, 2000)

Plans are developing quickly for the Class of '49 50th year reunion to be held over the last week in September.

The weekend starts with an informal evening at the Ilion Knights of Columbus at 6:30 PM.

After 50 years, we have conducted a pretty successful search for all our friends and classmates. We were probably one of the smallest classes to come out of Ilion High, during the century.

Sadly, we have lost fifteen of our friends over the years. The In Memoriam page honors the memory of our deceased classmates.

Out of the 50 who remain, we have been able to locate all but two, Joan Krebs and Joann Phillips.

Twenty eight 49'ers will attend the dinner, along with wives and friends. Sixteen will not be able to get here and there has been no reply from four.

On Saturday, September 25th, the first event will be a tour of the Ilion High School, scheduled for 9 AM. A party boat cruise on the Erie Canal has been scheduled for the rest of the day, weather permitting. For those "landlubbers", Ilion plays Adirondack, at home, that day at 2 2 pm.

Saturday evening we're at the Crystal Chandelier Restaurant, with a cocktail party at 6:30 PM, followed by dinner at 7:30 pm.

It's back to the K of C Sunday morning for breakfast and to relax a bit before we head out for wherever home might be.

There's still time to join us and we would love to see you!!

(Updated September 4, 1998)


Communities 2000 Outreach Coordinator .....

James Garnsey IHS 1949, Ilion, has been appointed as Communities 2000 outreach coordinator at Herkimer County Community College. Jim will be available to bring the Communities 2000 strategic planning and visioning process to interested communities. Communities 2000 began at HCCC in 1992 as an effort to encourage local citizens to participate actively in public life. The key elements of Communities 2000 are a grassroots foundation among a community's residents, broad based participation, and a community visioning/planning effort that is strategic in nature. The college provides a neutral setting where communication is encouraged, everyone has an opportunity to participate, and the underlying rule is to be respectful of others and be open to new ideas. Jim Garnsey brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of Herkimer County communities to Communities 2000. He is a lifelong resident of Herkimer County and served as mayor of Ilion for 10 years. He has been active in community leadership through his service on the HCCC board of trustees, the Herkimer County ARC board of directors, the Village of Ilion Housing Authority, Mid-York Library board of directors and the HCC Foundation board. Communities 2000 is funded through a grant provided by the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties. For information about how your community can get involved in Communities 2000, call HCCC's Community Education Office at 866-0300, ext. 251. (July 21, 2001)


Village Elections - RESULTS June 6....

The Village of Ilion Election was held Tuesday, June 6. The Incumbant Democratic candidate, Norma Smith was re-elected with 743 votes. Mr. Nicholas Pannes, who recently retired as Ilion School District Athletic Director, was elected on the Democratic ticket. Tom Bechard was also elected on the Democratic ticket. Tom Bechard ran for the 2 year trustee position and defeated Republican candidate, Glenn Kasarda by 781 votes to 345 votes. Nick Pannes was the high vote-getter with a total of 881 votes. Republican candidates for the four year trustee positions were incumbent John Wright - 365 votes and Charles 'Chuck' Lester - 306 votes. Republican incumbent village justice, Mr. Don Pearson ran unopposed and received 753 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. (June 6, 2000)


Ilion Democrats Holding Rally! ....

Four former Ilion Mayors, Jack Manley, John Morris, Jim Garnsey and Joe Collea are hosting a rally at the Ilion Elks Club on Friday, June 2, 2000 at 6 pm. Come meet the Democratic Party candidates for Village Trustee positions: Norma Smith; incumbent Trustee, Tom Bechard; an enthusiastic newcomer and Nick Pannes; a proven administrator. The next time you can make a choice regarding the Village Board will not occur until the year 2002. The present board established four year trustee terms which means, that for the first time in village history, no annual village election will be held next year. Come meet the candidates, enjoy some refreshments and entertainment and be their guest. (May 22, 2000)


Village Election - Democratic Candidates

The village of Ilion Democratic Committee selected candidates for the June 6th village elections. The Democratic candidates were selected this week. Mr. Nicholas Pannes, who recently retired as Ilion School District Athletic Director, is seeking a four-year trustee position. Ms. Norma Smith, is the Democratic incumbent running for a four-year trustee position. Mr. Thomas Bechard '72 will run as the Democratic candidate for two year term vacated by Republican Mark Cushman, the current Village Administrator. On the Republican side, Glen Kasarda opposes Tom Bechard for the two-year term. Charles 'Chuck' Lester '74 and John Wright are seeking the four-year term trusteeships. The Democratic Party did not select a candidate for village justice. The Republican candidate for village justice is incumbent Mr. Donald Pearson '49. (April 18, 2000)



The In Memorium page honors the memory of our deceased classmates as of December 2011. (Dec 26, 2011)


James Francis Garnsey, IHS 1949, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle, passed away peacefully at the age of 92, on Friday, June 23, 2023, in the loving presence of his family, at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, in Ilion, New York after a brief illness.

He was born in Utica on May 6, 1931, the son of Anna Murphy and Silas J. Garnsey. Jim (known affectionately to friends and family as "Mort," a childhood nickname that stuck with him throughout his life) received his education in Utica and Ilion public schools, graduating from Ilion High School in 1949, where he was elected President of his senior class, beginning a lifetime of political involvement. Jim was an accomplished athlete and lettered in football, basketball and baseball.

After graduating, Jim enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country from 1949 to 1953. During his naval service, which occurred during the Korean War, he was stationed on the island of Guam in the Pacific where he serviced helicopters as a radio repairman. His time in Guam was an experience that he never forgot, and it fueled a lifelong interest in the history of the Navy in the Pacific War of 1941-45, a subject on which he amassed an impressive library.

After he was honorably discharged from the service, Jim returned to Ilion and was married to Dorothy Loopman on September 20, 1952 at the Church of the Annunciation, beginning a loving union of more than 70 years. At that time he began working for New York Telephone Company as an installer/repairman, retiring in 1989 after 37 years of climbing poles and fixing phones.

While working full-time and raising a family of five, Jim coached Little League baseball, and was especially proud of having coached future Major League player and fellow Ilion resident Charles "Boots" Day. He also became heavily involved in local politics with the Democratic Party. An early run for village office ended in defeat. Later, he was elected mayor of the Village of Ilion and went on to serve as mayor for the next ten years, having been re-elected four consecutive times as a Democrat despite a nearly 2 to 1 Republican advantage in enrollment. Among his many accomplishments as mayor was the implementation of the Urban Renewal program that had been initiated under his predecessor, and which revitalized and changed Ilion forever.

Jim's commitment to his community continued long into his retirement. He spent many hours serving on the boards of the Herkimer County ARC, the Ilion Public Library, the Board of Trustees of Herkimer County Community College, and the Little Falls Hospital Board of Trustees. He continued to work tirelessly with the Village of Ilion Democratic Committee to elect local candidates. His service to the Democratic Party in the Village of Ilion and in Herkimer County included the memorable occasion of driving Bobby Kennedy to a local campaign event. Jim also ran for the New York State Assembly in 1978 with the support and encouragement of the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, with whom he appeared at a joint campaign press conference, an experience that he treasured and never forgot.

In addition to public service, Jim loved woodworking, reading, golfing or just sitting on the back porch talking to everyone who passed by. He and his wife Dorothy also loved to travel and enjoyed many overseas trips with the Herkimer County Community College travel program, visiting Spain, Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, and Australia and taking cruises to the Caribbean, Mexico and Nova Scotia. Their trips to see their son Tom in Montana, daughter Sue in Vermont, and Jim's good friend Robert Luther in Arizona were annual events.

Jim is survived by his wife, Dorothy Garnsey of Ilion; his daughter, Margaret Burger and son-in-law Eric Burger of Ilion; his daughter, Susan Hillyard and son-in-law, Richard Hillyard, of Burlington, Vermont; his son, Thomas Garnsey and daughter-in-law Bridget Garnsey, of Bozeman, Montana; his son, Robert Garnsey, of Astoria, New York; his daughter-in-law, Georgeanne Garnsey, of Frankfort; and his brother-in-law, Donald Loopman, of Victor, New York. Also surviving are his beloved grandchildren: Courtney(Paul) Valasek, of Herkimer, Shannon (Phil)Buttacaroli, of Ilion, Heather (Steve)Maley, of Frankfort, Eric (Alison)Burger, of Ilion, Jeffrey(Erica) Burger, of Ilion, Kate (Dan)Phillips, of Burlington, Vermont, Michael (Haleigh) Hillyard, of Brooklyn, New York, Chad Garnsey, of Ilion, Camille (Carson) Garnsey, of Providence, Rhode Island, and AL Garnsey and Ryan Garnsey, of Bozeman, Montana. He is also survived by his beloved great-grandchildren: David Valasek, Jenna, Olivia and Anthony Buttacaroli, Avery and Riley Maley, Madison, Ireland, and Eric Burger, and Campbell, Noah and Benjamin Burger; and by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews whom he cherished.

Jim's home caregivers, Deb, Millie, Gina, and Georgeanne, loved him dearly and he loved them right back. They made his life comfortable and enjoyable. He eagerly awaited their visits.

Jim was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Ann Noffer and brother-in-law, Leslie Noffer; his brother, Silas Garnsey and sister-in-law, Eleanor Garnsey; his sister-in-law, Patricia Loopman; his beloved son, James Kevin Garnsey; and his grandsons, Evan Garnsey and Nicholas Garnsey.

The family extends its gratitude to the staff of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Ilion for their care and loving attention over the last two weeks. We also would like to thank Jim's many friends and neighbors who have looked after him and spent so much time with him over the later years of his life. Your kindness and attention and caring is very much appreciated by all of us.

Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Enea & Ciaccia family Funeral Home, at 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 9:45 a.m., at the chapel in the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home with prayer and a brief Military Ceremony. The funeral will commence at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, at 10:30 a.m., on Thursday, June 29, 2023, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be presided over by the Reverend Paul Catena. Interment will be at a later date.

Anyone wishing to share a memory of Jim, or add to his online memorial, may go to Those wishing to do so may consider a memorial donation to the Ilion Free Public Library Foundation, 78 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes for this purpose will be available at the funeral home. Jim's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. (July 1, 2023)


Phyllis (Griswold) Yardley, IHS 1949, formerly of Wampsville, Hamilton NY and Melbourne, FL, has left for her last RV Rally on May 2, 2022. Born in 1932 to Emmett and Rita Griswold, she grew up in Lake Luzerne and Ilion, NY, where she graduated from Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. Phyllis married Milford L. Yardley from Ilion, NY in May of 1950. They raised their three children in a close and loving neighborhood in Wampsville.She came from a long line of strong, independent women. As an only child and a solo grandchild, she absorbed their skills and determination. Always working outside of the home, she held together her active family’s school, sports, scouts, 4H camping in addition to managing the Madison County Highway office. Milford passed away in 1988 at the young age of 60. Phyllis went on to build a second act buying herself many RV’s, becoming a member of LOW’s (Loners on Wheels) - we called that group, “recycled teenagers”. She took up square dancing and playing a gutbucket bass; met a whole new community traveling across country by RV, towing her car. During Phyllis’s full life she was a committed volunteer to any community she lived in and was a life-long member of the Skenandoah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Village of Wampsville Board, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Chenango Canal Committee.She will be remembered always by her son, Terry Yardley and wife Carolyn of Sherrill, NY; daughters, Leigh Yardley and husband Bruce Moseley of Hubbardsville, NY, Christine Littebrant and husbandCarl of Zebulon, NC; grandchildren, Kristi Miceli, Heather Littebrant, Lindsey Behan MD and John Bohrer-Yardley J.D.; great grandchildren Corey, Kelsey, Devin, Robert and Carter; great-great granddaughter Kalayah; great-great grandson, Isaac, and beloved pup Max who she said she rescued him and he rescued her.We want to thank the staff of Waterville Residential Care Center for their loving care over the last year. Caring for our most vulnerable family members during a pandemic is truly a selfless act.Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life for Phyllis at Camp Fiver Children’s Foundation 7464 Mill Street, Poolville, NY on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00 PM. Contributions, in her memory, may be made to Fivers Children’s Foundation (which operates a children camp in Poolville) 519 8th Avenue, 24th floor, New York, New York 10018.To leave a message of condolence, kindly visit CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC. Oneida (May 15, 2022)


Margaret G. (Culver) Nemyier IHS 1949, age 90, of East Main Street, Ilion, New York, passed away suddenly, on Sunday, June 27, 2021, at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, in Utica, New York. She was born on December 23, 1930, in Herkimer, New York a daughter of the late Franklin C. and Reba (Jones) Culver and was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1949. She went on to attend and graduate from Oneonta State in 1953 and then attended Geneseo College where she received her master's degree in 1973. She was united in marriage to Charles Nemyier in the Ilion United Methodist Church, on July 22, 1978 and he passed away October 20, 2003. The couple had lived in Richfield Springs prior to moving to Ilion in 2000. Margaret was a teacher for 23 years, retiring in 1985, namely at the Webster Central Schools in Webster, New York, subsequently a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Ilion and at one time the financial secretary and a member of the Esther Circle, as well as Forever Young, Red Hat Society, active Democratic Party member in Ilion, Little Theatre Club of Ilion and the Young at Heart Seniors of Frankfort. We will miss Margaret as a member of our community where she did so much volunteer work particularly with the American Red Cross portraying Clara Barton, active with the General Herkimer Home and reach to recovery, of Rochester, New York. She was an Avon lady for over twenty years. She volunteered for Mount Hope Cemetery, in Rochester, for over five years and was in Who's Who in America and American Women for two years. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy West, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; nephews, Michael (Shawn) West and Anthony (Regina) West; and a great-nephew, Steven West. Funeral services will be held in the form of a graveside service, on Friday, July 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM, at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, New York. There will be no calling hours preceding the service. In honor of Margaret's wishes, please consider a donation in her memory to the World Wildlife Federation, 1401 19th Street, Huntsville, Texas 77340, or to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Margaret established all her arrangements with her friends at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. (July 2, 2021)


Robert T. 'Skeeter' Morris IHS 1949, age 89, of Venice, FL, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. His beloved wife of 64 years, Antoinette (Anne), was by his side. The youngest of nine children, Robert was born in 1931 to Thomas and Margaret Morris in Ilion, NY. Education was a priority for him and strongly emphasized to his children and grandchildren. In high school, he won the Lever Cup, awarded for scholastic and athletic achievement, two years in a row. Robert was a standout in football, basketball and baseball and excelled in academics. He attended Hobart College on a football scholarship, choosing to leave to join the US Army after his freshman year. He later graduated from Utica College with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics. In 1957, he married Anne Mazzae, the love of his life and best friend. Early in his career, he served the US government in the Watertown and Binghamton IRS. Promoted to Group Manager, he led the Queensbury office for 18 years before retiring. In 1999, Robert and Anne moved to Florida. They spent summers at their camp in the Adirondacks, hosting family reunions every year. Children and grandchildren relaxed by the lake while catching up over a game of pitch or bean bag toss on the beach. Robert was the proud, generous and supportive father of Bob, Colleen, Donna, Gerry, Julie and Joe; and the delighted grandfather of nine. He was modest, patient and thoughtful to the end. A Celebration of Robert's Life will take place at 11 AM on Monday, July 26th at St. James Catholic Church, Lake Pleasant, NY. Donations can be made to Tidewell Foundation of Sarasota, FL at (April 7, 2021)


Beverly (Shaut) Koerner IHS 1949, age 87,formerly of Holland Patent and Bonita Springs, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by the love of her family on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the Presbyterian Home in New Hartford. She was born on October 19, 1930 in Little Falls the daughter of the late Leland H. and Francis (Phillips) Shaut. Bev graduated from Ilion High School and attended Edgewood Park School for Girls at Briar Cliff Manor, NY. Bev married "The Love of Her Life" George W. Koerner in Ilion on August 26, 1950. She assisted her husband in the operation of the George W. Koerner Funeral Home in Holland Patent, NY for 35 years. Bev was a member of the Ilion Little Theater Club and Garden Club. Past President of Leon R. Roberts Post 161 Auxiliary, of which she was a life time member. She also was a member of the Eastern Star Mappa Chapter and Past President of the Holland Patent Home Bureau, she was the Social Director of St. James Village Inc. and of the Eagles Auxilliary # 4002. She was a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary # 4254, in Bonita Springs, FL. Bev is survived by her daughters Alexius K. (Donald) Jones and Andrea K, (Douglas) Lillie; grandchildren, Ian (Brenda) Brucker of Holland Patent and Ashley K. (Joseph) Englehart of Canandaigua; great grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Ruby Brucker, Sage Englehart, Marlysa Galarneau and Jake Galarneau, great great grandson, Brady Rogers and by her precious cat Kitty. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband George Koerner, and her son Adam G. Koerner. Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The Leon R. Roberts Post 161 Ladies Auxiliary will have a service at the funeral home on Sunday at 2:30 PM. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 3:00 PM at the Dimbleby Funeral Homes Inc. 7944 Steuben St. in Holland Patent. Please join us at 16 Stones Holland Patent at 3:30. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Adam G. Koerner Fountain Fund c/o Holland Patent Cemetery. Holland Patent, NY 13354. For online expressions of sympathy please go to (May 29, 2018)


Shirley S. (Swarthout) Galle, IHS 1949, departed her earthly life on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. She was born to loving parents Elwyn and Genevieve (Elliott) Swarthout in Ilion, NY, on May 24, 1931. Education was important in Shirley's life. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech at Ithaca College, followed by a Master of Science in Speech, minoring in Philosophy, at Michigan State University. Her teaching career took her to Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, St. Joseph High School in St. Joseph, MI, and Alfred State College. Shirley was a Lecturer in Performing Arts at Alfred University from 1979 - 1982. Theatre was an area of special interest to Shirley. Her experiences included assisting the designer in Matunuck, RI, at the Theatre-by-the-Sea, and being the Designer-Technical Director in Sarasota, FL, for Palm Tree Playhouse. Additionally, she spent time with the Malden Bridge Playhouse in Malden Bridge, NY, as the Designer-Technical Director, and with the Rochester Arena Theatre as Designer. Shirley's phenomenal organizational and editorial skills made her other career choices logical. Long before the days of the computer, Shirley was typing theses for various individuals. She found one in particular involving the chrysanthemum to be especially enjoyable, and she could type with extreme accuracy and speed. Shirley was Office Manager for Northern Lights Candle Company in Wellsville, NY, for two years. After that she worked part-time at SUNY Cobleskill as Technical Assistant. Most recently she worked for Empire State College as Unit Secretary, and the Center for Lifelong Learning as Bookkeeper. She also faithfully supported her husband's teaching career for many years, organizing materials and keeping track of records. Shirley's work career did not end until 2014, which was a remarkable life accomplishment. Shirley's love of language was evident in her writing endeavors. She loved poetry, as did her parents, and she was working on a book which would compile her contribution to the art. From time to time she would contribute articles to the Alfred Sun. Shirley's design skills and artistic ability showed through in many of her daily activities. She greatly enjoyed word puzzles, and corresponded faithfully with friends. In 1965 she married the love of her life, becoming Mrs. Chester S. Galle. In June they would have been celebrating fifty years together. She is survived by Chester, her sister-in-law Betty, sons Stephen and his wife Neva (Johnson) of Marion, NC, and Kenneth and his wife Karen (Crassi) of Tamworth, NH, two step-granddaughters, Jasmine and Sonya, and a great-grandson, Jake. Shirley was devoted to her family, friends, cats, and peace. She supported The Cougar Fund for many years and was passionate about environmental issues. She proudly participated in promoting peace by standing vigil in Alfred every Wednesday. To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Shirley's memory, please visit The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director at Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Hornell, NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Alfred Fire and Ambulance. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. (July 21, 2023)


Donald V. Pearson IHS 1949 80 of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Thursday December 22, 2011 at Mohawk Valley Health Care in Ilion. Don was born on May 10, 1931 in Binghamton the son of the Late Carl and Marie (Leach) Pearson, he was a graduate of Ilion Schools. On August 9, 1952 Don married the former Shirley Steiner in Ilion. Don served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Following his service he joined the NY State Police, retiring as Sr. Investigator. Don was then employed as Security Supervisor at Remington Arms for 12years until becoming the Village of Ilion Justice for 20 years. Don was a member of the Ilion United Methodist Church and the American Legion. Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley; two sons Douglas and his wife Ruth of Ilion and Dale of Utica; a daughter Cynthia and her husband David Garrett of Barneveld; his grandchildren Danielle, Nathan, Kalynn, Amanda and Jessica and a great grandchild Althea; brother in law Warren and his wife Delores Steiner of Mohawk; nieces Barbara and her husband Kevin Davis of Scotland, Judith Hendrix of Jacksonville, NC, Patricia Hendrix and Dennis Wright of Ilion, Diane and her husband Talbot Bala of Herkimer and Ida and her husband Chad Dickinson of Okinawa. He was predeceased by his sisters Audrey Hendrix and Arlene Pearson. Funeral services for Don will be held on Monday December 26, 2011 at 6pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, at a later date. Friends may call on Monday December 26, 2011 from 3pm until the time of the funeral. Don's family wish to thank the 2nd and 4th floor staff at Mohawk Valley Health Care, the 6th floor staff at Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital and the Ilion Ambulance for the care given Don during his illness. Friends are asked to consider memorial contributions to either the Ilion Ambulance fund or the NYSP Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent by going to (Dec 26, 2011)


Mrs. Patricia Ann 'Pat' (Bergin) Murphy IHS 1949, 78 of Second St. Ext., passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, October 2, 2009 at her residence. She was born on April 12, 1931, daughter of the late John and Katherine (Fleucher) Bergin and educated in Ilion schools. She resided in East Herkimer at one time moving to Ilion in 1999. On May 1, 1954, she was united in marriage with Daniel Murphy at Annunciation Church, Ilion. Mr. Murphy passed away in 2005, following a union of 51 years. Pat was of the Catholic faith and was a devoted parishioner of St. Francis deSales Church in Herkimer. She married Chuck Earl On January 18, 2007 and would have celebrated three years of marriage in January. Pat assisted in the operation of Dan Murphy Optical in Herkimer for many years and was formerly employed by Congressman Donald Mitchell, Herkimer County Office Building and the New York Telephone Company. Mrs. Murphy always went above and beyond for those seeking her assistance and was always lending a helping hand and putting the needs of others before her own. Many wonderful memories were created at her summer camp on Lake Pleasant. She enjoyed traveling and enjoyed sports often attending sporting events. Pat took great pleasure in being with her grandchildren and watching them grow. She will be forever remembered by her family and friends for her generosity and willingness to help. Survivors include her beloved family; her husband Chuck; three sons, Timothy Murphy and his wife Brenda of West Palm Beach, FL, James Murphy and his wife Linda of East Herkimer, and Daniel Murphy and his girlfriend, Christina of Herkimer; one daughter, Patricia Gugliotta and her husband Robert of Syracuse; her siblings: Bernice Hennessey, Shirley Goodman of Florida, Jack Bergin and wife Doris of Ilion and Robert Bergin and wife Connie of Florida; five cherished grandchildren Katherine, Kristina, Michael, Lisa, and Robert Murphy; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws and of course many devoted friends. She was preceded in death by her sisters: Mellie Petrie, Eleanor Helmer and Martha Bergin. Relatives and friends are invited to visitation at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000,on Monday, October 5, 2009 from 4-7 p.m. Mrs. Murphy's funeral will commence on Tuesday morning, Oct. 6th at 10:15 a.m. from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home where prayer will be offered and at 11 a.m. at St. Francis deSales Church with the Rev. Mark Cunningham, Pastor officiating. Procession will follow to Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the St. Francis de Sales Church; envelopes are available at the funeral home. (Oct 23, 2009)


Donald S. Hathaway IHS 1949, 78, died November 28, 2008 in Ilion, NY. Mr. Hathaway graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1949. He served in the United State Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Chris Hathaway of Long Beach, his son Donnie and a sister Carol Sweeney of Clinton, NY. A graveside service will be held Monday, December 8, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. (Dec 14, 2008)


Nora J. (Greig) Scanlon IHS 1949, age 75, of Onondaga Hill, passed away Wednesday, July 18, at her home. Born in Ilion, she resided in the Syracuse area over 50 years. She was the widow of Robert and mother of the late Kevin Scanlon. Nora was a retired secretary for General Electric and was a communicant of St. Michael's Church. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Scanlon-Edgar of Syracuse; son-in-law, Kenneth Edgar of Syracuse; daughter-in-law, Rebecca Scanlon of Central Square; three grandchildren, Gwendolyn Scanlon, Abigail and Kevin Edgar; her sister, Nancy Marleau of Utica; and two brothers, Gary and Donald Greig of Ilion. Services are 9:15 a.m. Monday at Butler-Badman Funeral Home, Inc., 4504 W. Seneca Tpk., and 10 a.m. in St. Peter's Church, 3994 Split Rock Road, Camillus, NY. Interment is in St. Mary's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Contributions may be made to Hospice of CNY or St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Butler-Badman Funeral Home, Inc. ONONDAGA HILL Published in the Syracuse Post Standard on 7/20/2007. (August 19, 2007)


Carl W. Peterson Jr. Valedictorian IHS 1949, Venice, Florida, was the son of Judge Carl W. Peterson, and his wife, Anna Fisher Peterson. He attended Ilion (NY) public schools, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, and from Cornell Law School in Ithaca, NY. In 1957 Carl entered the U.S. Air Force and served three years in the Judge Advocate General's department. He became associated with the Syracuse law firm of Estabrook, Burns, Hancock and White in 1960, and later joined the legal department of the City of Syracuse where he became Corporation Counsel of the City in 1968. In 1970 he became a partner in the law firm of Hancock and Estabrook, where he remained until his retirement in 1997. Mr. Peterson participated in bar association and other civic activities. He served as Director and President of the Onondaga County Bar Association, Director and President of the Hiscock Legal Aid Society, and Chairman of the Fourth Department Attorney Grievance Committee. He was also a longtime Director and President of the Former Volunteer Center of Syracuse and an organizing Director of PEACE, the Syracuse anti-poverty organization. Mr. Peterson married Virginia Wood in 1957, who survives him. He is also survived by two sons, Carl W. Peterson, III, of Syracuse, David H. Peterson; a daughter-in-law, Julia M. Peterson; and two grandchildren, Spenser and Olivia, all of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Services will be held at 10:30 on Friday, February 11, 2005 at The Ewing Funeral Home, 140 E. Venice Ave, in Venice. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Association for Retarded Citizens, 600 South Wilbur Avenue, Syracuse, NY. (Feb 20, 2005)


Robert L. Zeh IHS 1949, age 73, died Friday, May 14, 2004, in a Jacksonville Beach hospital. Memorial services were held Tuesday, May 18, 2004, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Arlington Park Funeral Home, 6920 Lone Star Rd., with Rev. Al Hicks officiating. He was a veteran of the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Zeh was a Mason, a member of Sons of American Revolution and the Scottish Rite. He was retired from the St. John's River Power Park. Robert enjoyed playing golf in his leisure time. Survivors include his wife, Jean Zeh; two brothers, Dr. Frederick Zeh and Charles Zeh; two sisters, Muriel Zeitvogel and Dorothy Malone; and several nieces and nephews. Please the guest book at Local arrangements by Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (June 3, 2004)


Delores E. Hubbel IHS 1949, age 70, Frankfort, passed away Saturday, July 13, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. She was born July 14, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Fayette W. and Ruth Moyer Hubbel. She was educated in the Ilion School District. Delores was employed as program director secretary with WKTV for 35 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ilion. Dolores is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Patricia Hubbel of Ilion; an uncle and aunt, Robert and Marge Hubbel of Rome; a nephew and his wife, Eric and Alisa Hubbel of Little Falls; a niece, Heather Hubbel and her fiancŽ Donald Bishop III of Remsen; great-nieces, Miranda Nichol Hubbel, Jordyn Alexis Bishop, Jessica Ryan Bishop; great-nephews, Nicholas Robert Hubbel and Eric Todd Hubbel Jr.; two special friends, Audrey Sorenson of Ilion and Marjorie Niermeyer of Utica; and her loving cat, Joshua.Funeral services for Delores will be held Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Wesley Shipp officiating. Final interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the Frankfort Fire Department or the First Baptist Church, Ilion, in Delores' memory. (July 15, 2002)


John Fake - Ilion NY
John Fake Business Teacher

Mr. John W. Fake, Class of 1949 and Faculty Member, age 68, passed away on March 22, 2000 in South Carolina. He was born in Ilion, the son of the late Alonzo and Margaret Meehan Fake. He was a graduate of Ilion High School in 1949. He taught business courses at Ilion High School. He last resided in Myrtle Beach, SC. He is survived by his wife, Constance Foster Fake; a son, John of Seattle; daughters, Tracey Scalata of Carver, Mass., and Susan Hogan of the Netherlands; grandchildren, Ryan and Jamie Scalata; brothers, Leo Fake of Bethesda, MD and Lon Fake of Ilion; and sister, Jane Starring of Syracuse. A memorial Mass was held Saturday, March 25 at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Garden City Beach, SC. Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Building Fund, PO Box 2659 Murrells Inlet SC 29576. (March 26, 2000)

From Mrs. Constance (Connie Foster) Fake - "Many thanks to all who offered your condolences when John passed away. Ilion will always be our home and its nice to be remembered. Thx again" (April 28, 2000)


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Robert Morris, email, from Venice, FL, re-registered. (October 4, 2004)

Margaret Culver Nemyier, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

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

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

Patricia Ingraham Reed, semi-retired Registered Nurse, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 30, 2002)

Roscoe Reed, retired rural mail carrier, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 30, 2002)

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Harry Wood, email, Sebring, FL, sent news. (November 4, 2001)

"Being new to my computer, I am suprised at the work gone into the history of Ilion. My mother's maiden name was Laura Oliver and graduated Ilion high at the old Morgan st. school in about 1913 ...she became a teacher and taught in Millers Mills, Richfield Spa., and Russia Corners [One room school still standing]. My father purchased and ran Woods Tire service in 1928, and was in family till late 1990s." Harry

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"Just updating. Several things have happened to me since my last message. I couldn't stand being retired so have been appointed to serve on the Housing Authority of Salt Lake County Advisory Board and was recently elected to the Tenants' Association Board of the complex where I live. Will be traveling with my daughter, Susan and 1 of my granddaughters to New Mexico so attend ceremonies for my son, Lauren, who is retiring from the Air Force. I now have 2 great-grandsons, Dimitrius born October 8,1999 in Orlando, Fl and brandom born May 24,2000 in Gainesville, Fl.Not much more news so everyone just keep in touch." Alda

Donald Pearson, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified July 7, 2001)

Eugene Parker, Retired, email, from Temple City, CA, registered in the directory. (November 1, 1998)

Phyllis Griswold Yardley, email, or email, from W. Melbourne, FL, registered in the directory. (October 28, 1998)

James Garnsey, Ilion, NY, email, the first alumnus from the Class of 1949 to register in the alumni directory. (October 3, 1997)


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James Garnsey, from Ilion, NY, served as the Official 1949 Class Home Page Editor for the Classes of 1948 and 1949 for 25 years. Jim passed away on Friday, June 23, 2023. He will be greatly missed.


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