Ilion High School

Class of 1958

Alumni News

1958 Ilion Yearbook


Digitized Class Yearbook....

Mirror 1958 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 1958 is at your published in the 1958 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1958", are available on the 1958 Class Roster page. (added February 18, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1958 (added December 11, 2022)


In Memory of the Class of 1958 Contact....

Frank Jennings volunteered his efforts as the 1958 Class Home Page Editor. For many years he sent updates about classmates and verified the accuracy of information published here. He greatly assisted with the 2002 mega-reunion held on the campus of HCCC. Frank will be sorely missed. (January 31, 2016)


Frank W. Jennings, Jr. - Ilion NY
Frank W. Jennings
Photo courtesy of Jennings Family

Frank W. Jennings, Jr., IHS 1958 71, Professional Engineer passed away on Monday, January 11, 2016. Frank was born on July 14, 1940 in Ilion, the son of the late Frank W. and Helen Goodman Jennings and was a graduate of Ilion High School. After high school, Frank continued his education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics at Utica College. He immediately entered the United States Air Force and attended Air Force Officer Training School ( Class 62-G), being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in May of 1962. He was then assigned to Pennsylvania State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Upon receiving that degree, he was reassigned to Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana to provide weather forecast services to the Strategic Air Command. Frank served his country during the Vietnam War with the Air Force as a 1st Lieutenant at the Barksdale Forecast Center, providing weather forecast services to one-third of the Strategic Air Command in the United States. Barksdale was the first base to send B-52 bombers to Guam during the Vietnam Conflict. After early release from the Air Force in June 1965, Frank returned to school at the Georgia Institute of Technology, receiving a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree. He then worked for approximately 1 year for the Lane Construction Corporation. Frank then began an approximately 30 year career with the New York State Department of Transportation. During his 30 year career, Frank worked on many road and bridge projects including supervision of the New York State Canal System from early 1977 to early 1997 until that unit's transfer to the New York State Thruway Authority.

Upon retirement, Frank served as the Town of German Flatts Codes Enforcer, acting Village Engineer in Ilion, Engineering Consultant for the Ilion Water Commission, operated Hilltop Orchards for over 30 years, and currently Hilltop Orchards LLC- Property Management. He rebuilt the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch and over five miles of Route 28 from Richfield Springs to Schuyler Lake Village. He thoroughly enjoyed being Resident Engineer on the thruway interchange bridge replacement at Westmoreland and the two years spent doing State Mandated Grabler Law bridge inspections. As a young man, Frank worked for the Herkimer Bowling Center for over 8 years as a mechanic on automatic pinsetters during high school and college, and thoroughly enjoyed the sport of bowling. He was a member of the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion and the Mohawk Valley Towns Board Association Board of Directors from Spring 1991 to Spring 1992. Frank enjoyed working on the 3 million dollar renovation of the Rome Justice Center.

On October 4, 1975, Frank was united in marriage with Thomasine M. Zieno at St. John the Baptist church in Rome, NY. Frank is survived by his wife, his son Assistant Professor Thomas Michael and his wife Jackie Jennings of Rome, his daughter Dr. Elizabeth Jennings D.O. and her husband Dr. Thomas Dispenza, M.D., of Hummelstown, PA, and his brother-in-law, Dr. Salvatore Zieno, M.D., of Bellevue, NE. In keeping with Frank's wishes, there will be no public calling hours, immediate cremation has been held, and a memorial celebration of life mass to be held at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Paul Catena officiating. Frank's ashes will be interred per his final wishes at Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer next to his mother. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. Memorial gifts may be made to the Ilion Free Public Library Foundation. Envelopes are available at Whiter-Hendrix or the Library. (January 31, 2016 modified December 15, 2017)


45th Reunion Plans ....

Plans for the 45th reunion are in the making! The Reunion is scheduled to coincide with Ilion Days and the Alumni JamFest 2003, July 25-27, 2003 . The Knights of Columbus will be hosting our reunion dinner Saturday night, with entertainment provided by The Boss 5. We also have events scheduled at the Knights of Columbus, for Friday, after the Doo Dah Parade and a Sunday morning brunch.If anyone is able to put us in contact with missing classmates, would they please advise Frank Jennings, 119 Avery Road, Ilion, N.Y. 13357 e-mail or Mrs. Patricia Furrer-Esford, 1 Ward Street, Ilion, N.Y. 13357

The Ilion Days Committee has a number of the 1852-2002 booklets available. The cost is $2.50 plus $2.50 for shipping within the United States ( Note: Shipping for Wales is $7.65 and British Columbia is $3.10) If you would like one, it may be ordered from:

Ms. Joan Stollach
12 North Fifth Ave.
Ilion, N.Y. 13357

Please make checks payable to the Ilion Days Committee. If you are attending the 45th reunion, the booklet will be available (subject to prior sales) before the dinner on Saturday Night for $2.50. (June 1, 2003)



Joyce Dunn
Wilma Hogan
John Kelly




03/09/05        Patricia Aizas VanNort
01/04/98        Gary Bedworth			
10/11/99        Ronald Bentz			
01/09/97        Howard Bouck
10/21/16        Bernadette Elizabeth "Liz" Bracken
01/27/87        Donald Bridger
12/05/14        George F. Capes			
01/29/97        John Chnorsby
04/09/14        Sister Renee Marie (Sharon Cudhea) Cudhea	
09/21/08        Pauline Collette-Cummings		
07/22/90        Patricia Croop-Dederick	
12/02/08        Carlton Davis
05/07/02        Donald Edgett			
11/05/91        Margaret Geer-Russell	
10/22/15        William Fullem
07/29/20        Donna (Furman) Angelichio
11/25/15        Patricia Ann (Furrer) Esford 		
07/16/99        Gerald Haggerty	
10/15/05        Edward Harter
06/17/10        Burton Hawkes
01/11/10        Robert Henrickson	
05/15/03        John S. Hodom	
05/30/99        William Hool			
05/08/86        Frank Huffman
01/11/16        Frank Jennings, Jr.
02/12/14        Sandra (Kowalczik) McMahon			
05/1990         Wayne Kohli
04/07/09        Barbara Jones				
04/10/00        Judy Ladd-Lipinski		
08/12/20        Warren Lennox
05/10/71        Micheal List			
12/07/74        Jack Noll
12/13/04        Gary Price 
08/20/87        Theodore C. (Ted) Remonda	
10/11/20        Stanley Ruszala	
08/22/09        Lyle Seelbach		
11/01/96        Kenneth Seymour	
01/03/23        Dawn (Schorer) Shipman
10/18/22        Glenis (Shipman) Heiland	
09/28/10        Joan Walker		


Glenis (Shipman) Heiland, IHS 1958, age 83, of Cedarville, passed away, on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. She was born on April 12, 1939, in Corinth, NY, the daughter of Glendon Shipman and Ada (Colson) Shipman. She graduated from Ilion High School. On November 12, 1958, she was married to William R. "Bill" Heiland, at the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Ilion. He died on February 12, 2007. In her early years, she held several administrative positions, at UNIVAC and Duofold. Most recently, in the 1980’s, Glenis co-founded the Superior Home Healthcare, of Mohawk. She enjoyed quilting, crafts and traveling to the St. Lawrence and other trips, with her husband. Glenis had a deep love for animals. Surviving family members include her daughters, Tamara "Tami" Heiland and her fiancé, Steven LaValley, of Herkimer and Laurie Heiland-Crouch and her husband, James, of Ilion; her 5 grandchildren, Christina Pafumi and her husband, Larry, of Maine, William Bellstedt, of Herkimer, Janelle Crouch-Murray and her husband, Seamus, of Syracuse, Karl Rice, of Frankfort and Journey Crouch, of Ilion; her 4 great-grandchildren, Syd Williams, of Maine, Allison Bellstedt, of Kentucky, Dana Rice and Charlotte Rice, of Ilion; her sister, Luella Harper, of Ilion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Bill; her parents; her brothers, Bruce and George Shipman; and her sister, Annabelle Shipman. Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 6, 2023, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home"s original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. Funeral Services will be held 5:30 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Glenis, or add to her online memorial, may go to A special heart felt thank you to Jeana Shipman-Case for the love and compassion coordinating her care. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Glenis Heiland"s service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and entrusted to her Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (Jan 9, 2023)


Mrs. Dawn M. (Schorer) Shipman, IHS 1958 age 82, of Ilion, passed away peacefully in The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Ilion on October 18, 2022. Dawn was born in Ilion on May 30, 1940, the daughter of the late Caroline and Prosper Seelbach Schorer and she attended Ilion Central Schools. Dawn was married to the love of her life, Gerald, for 57 years until his passing on August 18, 2014. She was employed with MDS as a personnel secretary and later as a secretary with the Mt. Markham bus garage. Dawn was a member of an accordion band as a teenager in the 1950s. Dawn and her beloved Gerald were known as one of the best dance couples in the area, tearing up the rug dancing the jitterbug and other popular styles. Dawn is survived by her beloved children, Michael and Maria Shipman of Ilion, Jeffery Shipman of Mohawk, Cynthia A. Bennett of Ilion; six grandchildren, who were the apple of her eye, Michelle Johnson, Eric (Stefanie) Shipman, Deonna Shipman, Justin Bennett and fiancé Elizabeth Jaskolski, Bryan Bennett and Emma Doherty, Kari Bennett and fiancé Randy Schaffer Jr.; her beloved great-grandchildren, Iris and Oliver Shipman and Wyatt and Easton Schaffer; two brothers Steven (Shirley) Schorer Sr. and Ronald Schorer; Sister-In-Law Janice (Glenn) Holberton; Special friend Grace Travis, and Dawn’s beloved canine companion, Miss Daisy. Dawn was predeceased by her beloved husband Gerald; her brothers, Harold Schorer, Charles Schorer and John "Jack" Schorer and one sister, Evelyn Mateunas. Services will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion with Pastor Joelle Faulks officiating. Calling hours will be held on Sunday, October 23rd from 4-6 PM and Monday, October 24th from 10:00 AM until the time of services in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Please consider donating to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 NY-5S, Mohawk, NY 13407. To leave condolences for Dawn's family, please visit (October 20, 2022)


Theodore C. (Ted) Remonda, IHS 1958, age 80, passed away Sunday October 11, 2020 at his residence. Ted was born in Ilion on February 1, 1940 the son of the late Charles and Genevieve Ash Remonda and was a graduate of Ilion High School and MVCC. Ted served with the N. Y. State Police and after his retirement he held various positions with the ARC, FEMA, Herkimer County Sheriff's Department and taught security courses at BOCES. On June 22, 1996 he was united in marriage with Patricia Palmer. He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter in law Todd C. and Ashley and their children Dylan, Dallas and Creed of Cape Coral, Fl., his stepchildren Jason, Joshua and Chad Darrow, Gretchen Wilson and Megan Foote. He also leaves his step grandchildren Cameron, Lexi, Ricky, Jordan, Morgan, Connor, Kain, Lachlan and Ashton and a special sister in law Mary Palmer. Funeral services will be Friday, October 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM from the First Baptist Church, 555 Albany St. Little Falls with Pastor Christopher Wintermute officiating. Friends may call at the church from 3:00 PM until the time of the service. Interment will be in the Newport Cemetery at 10:00 AM Saturday. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Hospice and Palliative Care, 4977 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, N.Y. 13413. To leave an online condolence please go to (October 24, 2020)


Warren Lennox 1958
Warren Lennox
Class of 1958


Warren T. Lennox, IHS 1958, 80 of Ilion, passed away on Wednesday August 12, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, with his loving wife by his side. Warren was born on July 12, 1940 in Utica, the son of the late William and Elizabeth (Robertson) Lennox. Warren was a 1958 graduate of Ilion Schools and a 1962 graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy. On December 18, 1982, he married the former Sharon Stevenson in Ilion. In 1963, at the age of 22, he bought Horton's Drug Store in Ilion and merged with Mulvey's Pharmacy in 1969. In 1971, his brother Bill joined him to form Lennox Brothers Pharmacy in Ilion. Warren retired from the business in 2009. He was director of Mohawk Valley Savings and Loan, and a 25-year member of the Ilion Board of Education, serving as president for 20 years. He was a 50 plus year member and treasurer of the Armory Hill Cemetery, an elder and treasurer of the First Presbyterian Church in Ilion and a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge for over 50 years. Warren was an avid golfer and sports fan, always supporting his favorite teams, The New York Giants and Rangers, the Atlanta Braves and Syracuse University. Warren is survived by his loving wife Sharon; two daughters Dana Lennox-Tate of Greenville SC, Kristin Lennox-Fahey of Ilion; a stepson Steve Billings and his wife Amy of Dolgeville; two brothers David and his wife Patricia of Erie PA and William and Barbara of Ilion; five grandchildren Joshua and his wife Meghan Appley, Karlee Tate, Michael Fahey, Joseph Tate and Ainsley Billings. He also leaves his many close golf and poker buddies. He was predeceased by a brother Rodney. Funeral services for Warren are private. Friends and family may call on Wednesday August 19, 2020 from 3-6 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. A graveside service open to friends and family will be held on Thursday August 20, 2020 at 11 am at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to either the Armory Hill Cemetery, c/o 4 Sunset Ave Ilion, NY 13357 or the First Presbyterian Church, 90 Morgan St. in Ilion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Face coverings are required for entry into the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to (August 15, 2020)

Donna (Furman) Angelichio, IHS 1958 age 79, of Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany. She was born on February 1, 1941, in Ilion, the daughter of James and Beatrice (Crandall) Furman and graduated from Ilion High School in 1958. Donna was married to Anthony 'Doc' "Tony" Angelichio DMD, on June 28, 1973. He died on March 12, 2012. She enjoyed being a wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving family members include her son, Joseph Laura and his wife, Stacie and their children, Anthony, "AJ" and Jake, of Chester, NY; her stepson, Michael Angelichio and his wife, Elizabeth and their children, Emily and Jack, of Kennebunk, Maine; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and good friends, who were like 'her family'. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony; her daughter, Jamie Laura Carter; her stepson, Anthony Angelichio, Jr.; and her sister, Anne E. Day. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 7, 2020, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Anthony Barratt. Those who wish to attend are required to wear a mask in church and practice social distancing. There is also a limit to the number of people in church, according to NYS current Covid 19 restrictions. In keeping with Donna's wishes, there are no scheduled calling hours. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Donna, or add to her online memorial, may go to As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Church of the Annunciation, 109 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 or St. Jude Children's Hospital, Tribute Program, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or Community Hospice Foundation, Gift for the Hospice Inn, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12209. Envelopes will also be available at church before and after the Mass. Please omit flowers. Thank you. Donna prearranged and entrusted her funeral service arrangements and supervision to her long time family friend and former neighbor, Don Applegate, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). (August 1, 2020)

Ms. Bernadette Elizabeth "Liz" Bracken, IHS 1958, age 76, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 21, 2016 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare with her devoted family by her bedside. Born in Utica on October 15, 1940, Bernadette was the daughter of the late James Edward Bracken and Mary Honorah (Booth) Bracken. She was raised and educated in Ilion and was a 1958 graduate of Ilion High School. Upon completion of her education, Liz went right to work. Her career at Utica Mutual spanned a period of over 25 years until her retirement. Liz was an extremely spiritual woman who was devoted to the Catholic Church and its teachings. Her faith guided her throughout her lifetime and she spent many years involved with the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Although Liz never had any children of her own, she instilled her values to her beloved nieces and nephews and nothing gave her more enjoyment than her time spent with them. In her spare time she enjoyed crossword puzzles and old television shows. Liz is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Paul Grainger, of Ilion; her brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Carol Bracken, of Herkimer, and Robert and Gail Bracken, of Ilion; brother, William Bracken, of Waterford; sisters-in-law, Carol L. Bracken, Esther Bracken, and Linda Delfs; her twenty-seven nieces and nephews; as well as numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents, her sisters, Mary Wood, Patricia Burm, Nancy Bracken and Barbara Whitfield and her brothers, James Bracken, III and Thomas Bracken. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West Street in Ilion. Liz's funeral service and Celebration of Life will be held at the funeral home at 4:30PM, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Memorial contributions in Bernadette's name can be made to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West Street, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. A special thank you is extended to the staff of the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center for their kindness and concern shown to Liz throughout her years there. The Bracken family has entrusted all service arrangements to Don Applegate and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors.. (October 6, 2017)

Patricia Ann (Furrer) Esford IHS 1958 age 75, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, November 25, 2015, in Saint Joseph's Hospital, Syracuse. She had the support and comfort of her loving family at her side. She was born on August 26, 1940, in Little Falls, daughter of the late Henry Glen and Katherine Deyle Furrer. A lifelong Ilion resident, she graduated from Ilion High School with the "Class of 1958." She furthered her education at Utica College and graduated from the Faxton School of Nursing. On March 18, 1961, she was united in marriage with Timothy Esford at Saint Augustine's Episcopal Church, Ilion. They shared a devoted union of forty-three years until his passing on April 1, 2004. For thirty years Pat worked as a Registered Nurse in the Maternity Department of the Mohawk Valley General Hospital in Ilion. She retired in 1995.Mrs. Esford had a strong faith in God and was a member of the Paine's Hollow United Methodist Church where she had served as the church treasurer. She was proud of her fifty-seven year membership Order of the Eastern Star where she had served as Matron. In her leisure time she was an accomplished pianist. In her youth she played for the dance studio in Ilion. She later played for church services and Eastern Star meetings, as well as for friends and family. She found much relaxation in sewing and tailoring for local residents and businesses. She loved to knit and generously donated much of her knitting to the Lacota Indian children, a favorite charity. To her family, they will never forget the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen with her many baked goods. To her many friends, she will always be remembered as a kind, caring, and giving lady. She will be sadly missed. Surviving her are a son, Steven Esford and his wife Donna of Ilion, a daughter Terri Nichols and her husband Paul of Clinton, a sister, Audrey Sorenson of Ilion, two grandchildren, Kaitlin Esford and Tyler Esford both of Ilion. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins, along with a special companion of five years, Richard Empie of Schuyler who together with Pat ran the Empie Apple Orchard. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a beloved daughter, Leanne, and a brother, William Slocum. Calling hours for Mrs. Esford will be on Sunday, November 29th from 2:00 until 5:00 p.m. in the Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. Evening Valley Star Chapter #82 Order of the Eastern Star will conduct a service immediately following. A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 5th at 11:00 am in Armory Hill Cemetery. Expression of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Paine's Hollow United Methodist Church, 2352 State Highway # 167; Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Jan 1, 2016)

William "Bill" Fullem IHS 1958 75 of Ilion, passed away on Thursday October 22, 2015 at Alpine Rehab Center in Little Falls. Bill was born on August 17, 1940 in Ilion, he was the son of the late George and Virginia (Wheelock) Fullem. He was a 1958 graduate of Ilion and attended Utica College. Bill also served his country in the Army National Guard. Bill is survived by his brother Mike and his wife Marie of Rome and a sister Ginny Phelps of Ilion. In keeping with Bill's wishes funeral services will be private and at the convenience of his family and there are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to (November 13, 2015)

George F. Capes, IHS 1958, 74 yrs of age, Peacefully, Dec. 5, 2014 surrounded by family. Born 1940 in Ilion, NY son of Frank "Bud" & Alice (McLaughlin) Capes. After attending Annunciation, Ilion H.S., and Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps at Parris Island, NC. He started out as an Artillery Radio Operator, then he achieved the high honor of being selected to Marine Corps Embassy Security Group stationed at U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay, S.America. While there he met and married his wife Petronila Davalos. After returning home, he settled in Rochester to start a career in telecommunications, with Rochester Telephone, AT&T, and Marconi Communications, with a couple year stint in Albuquerque, NM with Mountain Bell, where he was assigned to Sandia National Laboratories on Kirkland AFB. While there he had the opportunity to meet then Pres. Jimmy Carter. Known for a dry sense of humor, easy going nature, meticulousness & recordkeeping; he enjoyed babysitting his grandkids, trips overseas and regionally, hosting guests from various countries, reading spy and military novels, watching International soccer & the Bills, Sabres and Syracuse Univ sports, gardening, growing a veggie patch, fighting with squirrels, concocting homemade chili or beans & greens, BBQing, playing FreeCell online, his wine cellar, listening to ham radio and various music, and a 40+ year passion for genealogical research tracing his families back to 1600's England and Ireland. He found that he descends from the Viscount Molyneux, the Earl of Sefton. He is predeceased by his parents, step-mother Izetta (Lonis-Fifield) Capes, mother-in-law Maria Librada Davalos-Bartomeu, brother-in-law Michael Ekstrom, sister & brother-in-law Arminda (Sperati) & Gaspar Ortiz, stepbrother Jon Fifield, stepbrother-in-law Edward Vandawalker. Survived by his wife of 51 years Nila, son Michael, daughter Marlene (Robert) Bettin, grandchildren: Robby, Julia, Christina, & Stevie Bettin all of Rochester. His sisters Frances (Vincent) Pellegrino of CT., Mary Ekstrom of CA., brothers Edward of CA. and Richard of NC., stepsisters Mary (Paul) Lupinski, Verna Vandawalker both of Ilion, many nephews, nieces & cousins, and close friends all over the USA, Paraguay and Europe. His family will receive friends Tuesday December 9, 3:00-7:00pm at the funeral home (570 Kings Hwy South, Rochester, NY 14617). A funeral mass will be held Wednesday 9:30am at St. Kateri at St. Margaret Mary Church (401 Rogers Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14617). Interment to follow at Holy Sepulchre. Please consider donations to the American Heart Association, Memorials may be directed to American Heart Association, PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220. To share a memory or send the family a condolence, please visit (June 28, 2015)

Sandra (Kowalczik) McMahon IHS 1958, of Liverpool, passed away on Wednesday February 12, 2014, at St. Josephs Hospital. She was born July 20, 1940, in Herkimer, the daughter of the late John and Mary Pozniak Kowalczik. Sandy graduated from Ilion High School, the class of 58. She then moved to Syracuse and worked for the State Courts Fifth Judicial District for over 30 years retiring in 1999. While working for New York State she met the love of her life, Joe McMahon. They married on November 27, 1982, a loving union until his passing in 1996. Sandy enjoyed traveling, cooking and visiting the Kowalcziks camp at Half Moon Beach. She lived her life with grace, class and utmost courage. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Besides Joe and her parents, Sandy is predeceased by infant sister, Maryann. Surviving are her brother and sister-in-law, John and Sharon Kowalczik, of Ilion and their children, whom she loved as her own, John, Charlotte, NC, Julie (Jeff) Steele, of Cicero, Jeff (Beth), Fort Mill, SC, Jamie (finance, Justina ONeil), Ilion; sister-in-law, Jeannie McMahon Coleman, Solvay; Uncle Joe Kowalczik, East Herkimer; and aunts Julia Kowalczik, Herkimer, and Betty Pozniak, Frankfort. Sandy also leaves many loving cousins and McMahon nieces and nephews along with best friends Lorry, Barb, Gaff, Phyllis, Carol, Donna and Kathryn The family would like to thank the staff of floors 3-1 and 1-5 at St. Joes along with her home health nurses as well as Dr. John Nicholson and Dr. Theresa Ruddy for the wonderful care and compassion given to Sandy over the years. Calling hours will be 2 to 5 p.m.Sunday February 16, 2014 at the Maurer FuneralHome Moyers Corners, 3541 State Route 31, Baldwinsville. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 3494 State Route 31, Baldwinsville. The Rite of Committal and burial will be in the spring in Oakhill Cemetery, Ilion. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Francis House, 108 Michaels Ave., Syracuse, NY 13208 or the SPCA. (February 21, 2014)

Burton E. Hawkes IHS 1958, 69, died of natural causes Thursday, June 17, 2010 at Faxton-St.Lukes Healthcare, New Hartford. He was born June 21, 1940 in Ilion, a son of Glenn and Anna List Hawks, Sr. He was educated in Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion Central High School in 1958. During his high school senior year he enlisted in the Naval Reserve and served on active duty with the Navy from 1958 to 1960. After Naval service he was briefly employed by Remington Arms and was later a dairy farmer. He attended SUNY-Delhi earning an Associates Degree and was last employed as a counselor at the Central New York Psychiatric Center, Utica. He was married to the former Joan S. Berberich on August 4,1961. Mr. Hawks is survived by his daughters: Robin and Terri; a brother Glenn I. Hawks and sister-in-law Kathy of Rome; a cousin Donna Day of Ilion; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Glenn in January 1988; wife Joan in March 1992 and his mother Anna in February 1996; a former sister-in-law Sharon Hingre in January 1997; aunts and uncles: Charles and Laura Day, Arthur and Mary List, Justin List; cousins: Michael and Robert List and Joseph Day. Cremation took place on June 21, 2010 at the Chenango Valley Crematory, Earlville with arrangements by the Heintz Funeral Service, Clinton. There were no calling hours or memorial services. The family wishes to thank Dr. Wade Hunt for his care over the last 10 years. (Dec 15, 2010)

Carlton Davis IHS 1958, 71, of 9 Tucker Ave., Ilion, passed away Tuesday, December 2, 2008, at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Ilion. Carl was born September 9, 1937, in Mohawk, NY, the son of the late Charles and Delida Crouse Davis, and was a graduate of the Ilion High School, and was a veteran of the US Air Force. On July 25, 1964, he was united in marriage with the former Pamela Barnes in Ilion. Carl was employed as an expeditor with Remington Arms in Ilion, retiring in March 1996. Carl was a member of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church in Herkimer and active in the Men's Prayer Breakfast Group. Carl is survived by his wife, Pam; a son, Blake and his wife, Beth Ann Davis, of Cincinnatus, NY; a daughter, Bethany and her husband, Ken Swanson, of Peekskill, NY; his grandchildren, Michael, Ryan and Essia Marie Davis and Ian Gabriel Swanson; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Fay Davis, of Ilion, and Robert and Mary Davis, of Herkimer; also several nieces and nephews. Funeral services for Mr. Davis will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2008, at 10:30 AM from the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church, German Street, Herkimer, with Pastor Tommy Dennis officiating. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call on Friday, December 5, 2008, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. The family would like to thank Dr. Desai and his staff and also all of Carl's friends and family who were so supportive during Carl's illness. Friend are asked to consider memorials to the local Food Pantry or one's favorite charity in Carl's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Friends may leave condolences at (Dec 8, 2008)

Edward T. Harter IHS 1958, 65, of Prospect Avenue, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 15, 2005, in his home. He was born July 2, 1940, in Herkimer, son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Roswell Harter. A lifelong Ilion resident, he was a graduate of Ilion High School with the class of 1958. He furthered his education, graduating from Mohawk Valley Community College. On Oct. 15, 1960, he married Gail Dolin in St. Paul's Church in Whitesboro. They have resided in Ilion ever since. Mr. Harter had first worked as an insurance agent. In 1972, he went to work for Kmart stores, where he managed the appliance departments in the Herkimer and New Hartford stores, retiring in 1989. He then worked for seven years at the Lexington Adult Care Home in Gloversville, retiring in 1996. Mr. Harter was a 40-year member of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010 and a life member of the Utica Bowling Association, where he served as secretary-treasurer. Ed enjoyed golf and shuffleboard, but his real love was bowling and the many years he spent as a member of the UBA. One of his proudest moments was when he was named to the Bowling Hall of Fame in Utica. Ed was a man who always put family first. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his many friends and family, especially his grandchildren. Surviving are his loving wife of 45 years, Gail; one son, Edward Raymond and his wife Lorrie Harter of Witherbee; two daughters and their husbands,Cindy Marie and Francis Grippe of Frankfort and Sally and Ben Juliano of Whitesboro; a sister, Marlene and her husband Dale Christie of Schuyler; eight grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Evelyn Dolin who was very special to Ed and Eileen and her husband Everett Burr of Sauquoit; one brother-in-law, Gary Dolin and his wife Patsy of Newport; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral service will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court St., Herkimer, with the Rev. Anthony Barrett, pastor of Annunciation Church, officiating. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Monday from 4-6:30 p.m. Members of the Ilion Moose Lodge 1010 are asked to meet at the funeral home today at 6:15 p.m. for ritualistic services. (Nov 14, 2005)

John S. Hodom IHS 1958, formerly of Ilion, N.Y., and recently of Melbourne, Fla., passed away on Thursday, May 15, 2003, at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla. He was born July 11, 1940, in Ilion, the son of John C. and Anne Dedla Hodom. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1958. John married Sophie J.Haponski, formerly of Little Falls, on May 8, 1976. Besides his loving wife, he leaves three brothers and their wives, Michael C. and Barbara Hodom, of Delmar, N.Y., Melvin and Joan Hodom of Utica and Ronald J. Hodom of Ilion; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 22, at Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home, 1010 E. Palmetto Ave., Melbourne, Florida. (May 28, 2003)

Judith K. Lipinski IHS 1958, age 59, of Utica, died on Monday, April 10, 2000 at the Masonic Home for C.N.Y. with her loving family at her side. She was born in Utica on November 6, 1940, the daughter of Robert and Evelyn Neale Ladd and graduated from Ilion High School in 1958. On October 27, 1963 she married Edward Lipinski in Utica. He died on December 29, 1996. Judy was formerly employed with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in Utica. Her survivors include her daughter, Helene and her husband Richard A. Fisher of Utica; a son, Edward J. Lipinski and his dear friend Karen Hobin of Utica; four brothers, Leland, Robert, Paul, and Gary Ladd; two sisters, Mary Paul and Linda Haller and a brother-in-law, Richard Lipinski and his wife Gail. (added March 9, 2001)

Ronald W. Bentz IHS 1958, age 59, of Frankfort, passed away October 11, 1999, in his home, with his family by his side. He was born in Ilion, Aug. 18, 1940, the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn Wilson Bentz. He was a 1958 graduate of Ilion High School and a 1966 graduate of Cortland State University. In 1967, he received a master's degree, in math, from Oneonta State College. Ron was married to Donna Mathews, June 19, 1965. He was employed as a math teacher, for the Mohawk School District, from 1967 until his retirement in 1999. He was also an adjunct professor, in math, at Mohawk Valley Community College, from 1980 until 1997. He is survived by his wife, Donna; four sons and daughter-in-law, Eric and Jill Bentz, Matthew Bentz, Ryan Bentz and Stephen Bentz, one daughter and son-in-law, Tanya and Tech Sgt. Peter Dahlberg, one brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Beverly Bentz of Ilion; his grandson, in-laws, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Interment was in Mount Olivet Cemetery and funeral arrangements were by V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Frankfort. Contributions in Mr. Bentz's memory may be made to Herkimer County Hospice or the Ronald W. Bentz Scholarship Fund. (October 14, 1999)

Gary R. Bedworth IHS 1958, 58, of Utica, a former member of the IHS Class of 1958, passed awaySunday, January 4, 1998. Gary was born June 1, 1939 and was the son of Raymond and Virginia Spedding Bedworth. After graduating from Ilion High School, he served with the U. S. Navy during the Vietnam war. He was employed as a tool, dye and model maker with Remington Arms and retired in 1993. He is survived by his parents of Ilion, a sister and brother-in-law, Gail and John Miller of Ilion, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Funeral arrangements are by the Whiter Hendrix Funeral Home. (January 7, 1998)

Kenneth Seymour Jr. IHS 1958, passed away November 1, 1996 after a long battle with cancer. He was born July 9, 1939, graduated from IHS, and served for four years in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. He returned and married his first wife, Sharon Finnegan Seymour (class of 1962). He worked at Remington Arms, retiring after 32 years of service. He was an active bowler and a member of Moose Lodge 1010, which he served as governor. He is loved and deeply missed by his family: wife Ann Sporer Seymour, children Joann Seymour Miller, Cindy Seymour, and Thomas Seymour, and grandchildren Grant Kenneth Seymour, Natashia, Maegan, Kassandra, Taylor Mae and a Step-Grand daughter Meaghan Rupert. "He could make anyone smile". (modified April 3, 2004)



The 1997 Bloomin' Crazy winning entry, in the large category, was planted by the Frankfort Developmental Service Organization (DSO) Day Treatment Program and dedicated in honor of Patrick 'Wayne' Murphy. (December 24, 1997)


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Nancy (Evans) Pratt, email, Mohawk, NY, registered. (April 16, 2016)

Patrick Murphy, Retired, email, from Ilion, NY., re-registered. (Jan 26, 2013)

Janice Conley Murphy, Retired, email, from Ilion, NY., re-registered. (Jan 26, 2013)

Ron Mroz, email , Whitesboro, NY, registered. (Oct 26, 2012)

Elaine Kerr Roberts, Retired-School Nurse, email, Fairfield, CT, registered. (Oct 3, 2010)

Carolyn Capes Beran, Housewife, email , from Ilion, NY, re-registered in the directory. (July 13, 2008)

Bill Hoffman, Ilion, NY, registered. (June 6, 2008)

Gary Greig, Retired, email , from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Mar 6, 2008)

Linda Connick Murphy, Public Administrator, email, from Olympia, WA, re-registered. (Mar 24, 2007)

Kathi Connors, email , from Tucson, Az. sent news. (Jan 8, 2005)

"Hi there - Just wanted to make a change in the high school directory as I have moved to Tucson, Az. and am enjoying my new place and life. New address is 2564 N. Ironwood Ridge Drive, Tucson, Az. 85745, and phone is 520-622-4336. Hope it's not too cold there and best wishes for the holidays." - Kathi

Elaine Kerr Roberts, School Nurse, email, from Fairfield, CT, re-registered. (July 27, 2003)

Marilyn Avery Willems, email, re-registered. (March 10, 2003)

Wayne Hammond, 797 East Ireland Court, Hernando, FL, 34442, registered. (March 10, 2003)

Edna Hardy Owens, a Missionary from Llangefni, Wales, email, registered. (February 8, 2003)

Nancy Denton Lovejoy, email, Cleveland, OH, registered. (modified April 10, 2003)

Elizabeth (Betty) Reape Manore, Customer Service Rep, email, Mountain View, CA, re-registered. (February 8, 2003)

Robert Henrickson, Retired Forest Ranger, email, Brantingham, NY, re-registered. (January 11, 2003)

Donna Furman Angelichio, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (January 11, 2003)

George Capes, Retired-Telecommunications, Rochester, NY, registered. (January 11, 2003)

Edna Harding Owens, from Wales, now visiting in Richfield Springs, called to say she wants to attend the mega-reunion. (October 9, 2002)

Norma Eldred Smith, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 2, 2002)

Jack Callahan, Retired, email, Loudon, TN, registered. (August 21, 2002)

Sam Jess, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 31, 2002)

Richard Darling, email, from Eclectic, AL, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 21, 2002)

Joan Walker, Retired, email, Old Saybrook, CT, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 30, 2002)

Carol Streeter May, email, Haines City, FL, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Kathleen Turley, Chancellor; Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, email, Albany, NY, registered. (May 19, 2002)

Joanne Short MacIntyre, email, Medford, NY, sent news. (May 12, 2002)

"My elder daughter, Major (USArmy) Kerry MacIntyre's husband, Jeff Henry (USAF) was recently promoted to Lt. Colonel. My second daughter, Kelly (teacher) and her husband, Major (USAF) William (Dollar) Brinley gave birth July 4, 2000 to my first granddaughter, Alexandra. My only son Scott and his wife, Frannie,have recently (March 19, 2002) given birth to my second granddaughter, Mikayla Deborah MacIntyre." (May 12, 2002)

Leslie Noffer, Self Employed, email, Yorkville, NY, registered. (April 19, 2002)

Joan Walker, Retired, email, Old Saybrook, CT, registered. (April 13, 2002)

Donald Lawrence, email, Penn Yan, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (April 2, 2002)

Richard Darling, Cartiographic Draftsman, email, from Eclectic, AL, has a new email address. (February 20, 2002)

Frank Jennings, Retired Civil Engineer, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (February 1, 2002)

Peggy Pierce Campbell, email, Hillsboro Beach, FL, registered. (July 14, 2001)

John Hodom, email, registered. (March 30, 2001)

Clark Rohmer, Retired, email, from Ormond Beach, FL, registered. (August 13, 2000)

Elaine Griswold, retired from telephone company, email, from New Hartford, NY, registered. (April 21, 2000)

Grace Hanson Zoller, email, from Melbourne, FL, registered. (February 1, 2000)

Elizabeth (Betty) Reape Manore, Home Health Aide, email, from Goleta, CA, registered. (December 4, 1999)

Marilyn Avery Willems, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (May 4, 1999)

Kathi Connors, registered. (modified September 9, 2001)

"Retired healthcare executive (retired with fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue). Currently writing book on healing from chronic illness and attempting first novel. Had a great time at our 40th reunion in July - all visitors welcome here in the valley of the sun." - Kathi

Sheryll O'Connell Townsend, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (March 7, 1998)

LeRoy Humphrey, Retired USDA Farm Service Agency - District Director, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (Modified May 30, 2001)

"As of January 2, 1999 I have retired from the USDA, Farm Service Agency after 38 1/2 years. We are still living in Ilion." LeRoy & Doris (Worden) Humphrey

Joanne Short MacIntyre 1958, from Medford, LI, New York, registered in the directory. (December 30, 1997) Joanne's brother, Joe Short '65, sent the following news:

"Joanne is working part-time at a hobby & craft shop and lives in Medford, Long Island, NY."


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