Ilion High School

Class of 1959

Alumni News

1959 Mirror Cover


Digitized Class Yearbook....

1959 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 1959 is at your published in the 1959 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1959", are available on the 1959 Class Roster page. (added February 19, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1959 (added December 10, 2022)


Class Book....

Ron Brown has created a book for the following: "...whole yearbook, pictures of interest, a deceased list with many obits, and a message for classmates to contact me for Class personal info." Visit - Ron Brown - 1959 Google Book. (June 23, 2009)


Senior Leo Golicki 1959 Death Notices.

Ilion Class of 1959 - Leo Golicki - Yearbook In Memoriam
Ilion Class of 1959
Leo Golicki Yearbook Memoriam

The Class of 1959 dedicated their 1959 Mirror in memory of classmate Leo Golicki.

Members of the class have researched and shared obituaries.

The Central Valley School District (formerly Ilion High) still presents the Leo Golicki Memorial "Competitive Spirit Award" during the school's annual Athletic Awards ceremony.

This Ilion High Class of 1959 - Leo Golicki Memorial Page contains the newspaper notices about Leo Golicki's young death. The Ilion senior collapsed and died while playing basketball, in the Annunciation School Hall gymnasium. It was a sad January day for his classmates, family and fellow parishioners. (January 22, 2017)


Woman Seeks Help Finding Husband's Long-Lost Sister....

Ilion Class of 1959 - Diane Bouck Allen
Ilion Class of 1959 - Diane Bouck Allen

Kim Allen, Mohawk NY, spoke to reporters of "Oswego County Today", in hopes that she may help her husband, James Allen, locate his half-sister. His mother, Diane Bouck Allen, graduated from Ilion High School in 1959. Soon after graduation, she learned that she was pregnant. Per 1960s social norms, Diane was sent away to live with relatives, in the Oswego area, for the remainder of her pregnancy. The baby was born the following February. Diane never saw her baby and gave her daughter up for adoption right after the birth.

Diane later married William Allen and gave birth to two sons. John Allen was born in 1965 and James was born in 1966. Daughter-in-law, Kim Allen, added that "Diane Bouck Allen died in 2004 (see obit below) from a blood clot; her father had a stroke, high blood pressure and epilepsy...These are some health issues that my husband's half-sister may suffer."

"My husband's mother's name was Diane Bouck at the time she gave birth. Diane Bouck Allen died from a blood clot; her father had a stroke, high blood pressure and epilepsy. "These are some health issues that my husband's half-sister may suffer." Read the full story here - Woman Seeks Help Finding Husband's Long-Lost Sister. (July 27, 2016 - modified February 19, 2022)


Those Were The Days....

Annunciation Class Members as they appeared in 1955. (September 5, 1999)



Class of '59 - 50th Reunion July 17-19, 2009.....

Class of 1959 50th reunion

All Events in Ilion
K of C Hall West St 7:30 pm Friday 7-17-09 snacks-cash Bar
Francesca Banquet Hall Main St Buffet & Dancing Sat 7-18-09 6 pm cash bar
K of C Hall West St 10 am breakfast/lunch Sun 7-19-09
sign up & pay before June 21, 2009 call
Peggy Wood Casale
phone 1-315-894-4902

(Submitted by Ron Brown - email ) (Updated June 19, 2009)


Class of 1959 - 40th Reunion.....

Reunion Pictures ARE HERE!

Album 1
Album 2
Album 3
Album 4

40th Class Reunion Details - Notes December 1998
40th Reunion Plans Newsletter Page
40th Reunion Planning Committee
(November 3, 1999)


38th Year Class Reunion.....

The Class of 1959 held a 38th year class reunion July 5, 1997. Contact persons were Betty Bouck, Frank Geloso and Jane Smithson. Ron Brown submitted reunion photos, as well as a reunion report. (Updated November 10, 1997)




The In Memoriam page honors the memory of our deceased classmates. (December 15, 1998 - Updated June 30, 2024)


Mr. Floyd Allen Rose, IHS 1959, age 83, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, June 18, 2024 at his home on East North Street, Ilion, following a long illness. He had the love and support of his family at his side, when his passing occurred. He was born November 13, 1940, the son of the late Clark A. and Loretta (Rude) Rose and received his education in the Ilion school system, graduating in 1959. In 1961, he married the former Veronica J. Perkins. Floyd was employed as a master heavy fork roller in the forge room with the Union Fork and Hoe in Frankfort for 41 years, retiring August 10, 2000. Floyd is survived by his wife, Veronica, a daughter, Stephanie Schloicka (Herb) of Ilion, and a son, Paul Rose (Sue Overacker) of Ilion. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Helen Rose (Robert) and her children, Robert (Kim), Beth Clapper (Brian), Eileen Chappell (Michael) and a very special cousin, Laurence Rose. Floyd was the last surviving child of Clark and Loretta Rose. He was predeceased by brothers, Raymond (Lovetta), Edward (Lillian), Charles (Ida Mae) Robert. Sisters Mary Willis (Ken), Hazel Eaker (Cliff), and Beatrice Rose and sister, Dorothy who passed at birth and by his mother-in-law, Charlotte A. Perkins. Floyd's proudest moments included being sectional wrestling champion in high school, playing semi-professional football for the Frankfort Falcons and ofcourse the birth of his children, grandchildren: Jonathan Schloicka (Jacquelyn), Timothy Schloicka (Kelsi), Brittany Kuznitz (AJ) and Taylor Rose, and great grandchildren, Thaddaeus Schloicka, Arya Schloicka, and the newest great grandson that he is pictured with Jameson P. Kuznitz. A special thanks is offered to the entire Ilion Fire Department, Hospice and Palliative Care of New Hartford. In honoring Floyd's wishes, there are no services. Arrangements for cremation are under the direction and care of Daniel J. Enea, Director at Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, Little Falls, 315-508-5131. nea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors (315-866-1011). Online notes of sympathy may be left at on the Internet. (June 30, 2024)


Ralph C. Bottini, Sr., IHS 1959 age 82, of Oneida, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Oneida Health Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on November 7, 1941, in Utica, the son of Samuel and Angeline (Valenti) Bottini. He was a 1959 graduate of Ilion High School. On April 14, 1978, Ralph was united in marriage to Kathleen Kuroski in St. Joseph’s St. Patrick’s Church in Utica. Kathleen passed away on January 2, 2022. On March 15, 1960, Ralph proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge on December 2, 1963. He then went on to serve as a member of the United States Air National Guard until 1968. Ralph was employed at Remington Arms in Ilion from 1964 to 1985 as a process engineer. From there he became a sales engineer in the manufacturing industry. He most recently owned and operated Ralph C. Bottini Co. since 1998. Ralph and Kathy moved to Oneida in 1987 from Ilion. While in Ilion, Ralph was a founding member of the Ilion Angels Pop Warner organization. He was a long time Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach in both Oneida and Ilion. He was a member of the Spirit of Hope Parish, attending St. Patrick’s Church. He was a honorary life member of the E. Bart Hanifin Council 473 Knights of Columbus and the Edward A. McDowell 4th Degree Color Guard. He was an avid fan of the Syracuse Orange, NY Yankees, and NY Giants. He enjoyed being loving, caring, and generous to his family and friends. Surviving are his five children, Tammy Bottini, of Morrisville, Ralph C. (Laurie) Bottini, Jr., of Canton, GA, Angeline (Robert) Sayles, of Oneida, Steven (Jessica) Bottini, of New Canaan, CT, and Samuel Bottini (Jillian Zick), of Saratoga; nine grandchildren, Kaylee (Connor) Rhodes, Tori Bottini, Steven Sayles, Andrew Sayles, Joseph Sayles, Sophie Bottini, Vivienne Bottini, Graylan Bottini, and Gianna Bottini; two great-grandchildren, Rosalie Rhodes and Stella Rhodes; a brother, Samuel (Mary Ann) Bottini, of Utica, two sisters, Diane Crimmins, of Utica, Valarie Rose, of Schaumburg, IL; a brother in law, Michael Kuroski of Utica; a sister in law Patricia Austin of Utica; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, beginning with a prayer service at 9:30 AM at the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc., followed by his Mass of the Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Church where the Rev. Christopher J. Ballard will officiate. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends are invited and may call on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home, 342 Main St., Oneida. The Knights of Columbus will perform their ritual for a deceased brother on Thursday, February 28th at 3:30 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Ralph’s memory to ClearPath for Veterans, 1223 Salt Springs Rd., Chittenango, NY, 13037.. (February 27, 2024)


Sharron Grace Clive, IHS 1959, age 81, a Mohawk Valley native, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, December 4, 2023 at the Wynn Hospital, Utica. In respecting her wishes there are no services. Sharron was born in Herkimer on Jan. 14, 1942, daughter of the late Robert and Claribelle (Trombley) Clive. She had resided in South Carolina operating her own law firm for numerous years before returning to the valley. Survivors include her brothers, Robert "Dobber" Clive and wife Anne of Herkimer and Mark Morris and wife Melissa of Ilion, and her nieces and nephews. Her South Carolina family, Jo Ann and Tom DiFedele and their children. Also a special cousin, Karen Macrina, who took wonderful care of Sharron. She was predeceased by her longtime friend Sue Steadman. Her arrangements have been placed under the direction and care of the locally owned Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. (December 5 2023)


Mr. William D. Slaughter, IHS 1959, age 82, of Richfield Springs, formerly of Ilion, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2023 in the Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Oneonta. Bill was born in Utica on October 11, 1940, the son of the late Kenneth and Nellie Wainman Slaughter. He attended Richfield Springs and Ilion Schools and graduated from Ilion High School. He was married to Marilyn Shaw in Ilion on May 27, 1961. The two were married for 60 years prior to Marilyn's passing on September 26, 2021. Bill served in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany from 1960 until his Honorable Discharge in 1963. Bill was at one time employed with the Remington Arms Co. in Ilion. He also attended the NYS Police Academy in Albany which led to his career as a Trooper and Investigator with the New York State Police based in Herkimer until his retirement in 1994. He then spent a few years working for the Herkimer County Sheriff's Department. Once fully retired, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Canadarago Lake and in Ormond Beach, Florida. He is survived by his sons, Scott (Jim Batchelder) of Cape Cod, MA, Robert (Lori) of Ilion and Richard of Ilion; grandchildren, Michael, Jacob and Emily Slaughter and Steven (Rachael) Shepardson; two brothers in law, Kenneth (Gloria) Shaw and William Shaw; one sister in law, Sandra (Ray) Bennett and many nieces, nephews and cousins.A graveside service will take place on Tuesday, October 10, 2023 at 2:00 PM in Cedarville Cemetery with Military Honors. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY 13357. To leave condolences for Bill's family, please visit (September 27, 2023)


Jeanne P. (Bennett) Ganey, IHS 1959, age 82, formerly of E. North St., Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Thursday, July 13, 2023, at St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford, NY, with her family by her side. She was born on April 22, 1941, in Herkimer, the daughter of Robert and Virginia (Blaisdell) Bennett and graduated from Ilion High School, in 1959. At one time, she was married to William "Bill" Ganey, who died on March 23, 1988. Jeanne worked at Chicago Pneumatic Co., in Utica, W.T. Grant's, in Ilion, General Electric Co. and Baker's Greenhouse, Utica, NY. She enjoyed her time doing crafts, sewing, craft shows, fairs and farmer's markets. Surviving family members include her 2 daughters, Cookie Ganey, of Ilion and Jodi Ganey, of Somerville, MA; her son, William "Billy" Ganey, of Frankfort; her 2 sisters, Kathy Gardner and her husband, John, of Old Forge and Sharon Carlesimo, of Frankfort; her brother, Raymond Bennett and his wife, Sandy, of Schuyler; her sister-in-law, Liz Bennett, of E. Herkmer; her granddaughter, Allison Ganey, of Utica; several nieces, nephews and cousins. A special thanks to Michelle Trey, for all of her help and support over the years and also a thank you to several other friends and relatives of Jean for their support. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her sister, Bertha Bennett; her 2 brothers, Bobby and Earl Bennett; and her brother-in-law, Peter Carlesimo. A Celebration of Jean's Life and Graveside Committal Prayer Service will be held 12 noon, Friday, July 21, 2023, at Armory Hill Cemetery, Benedict Ave., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Jean, 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 Ilion Ambulance Fund, Ilion Central Fire Station, 1 Central Ave., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will also be available at the Cemetery Service, on Friday. Jean's service arrangements are entrusted to Funeral Directors Don Applegate, Marty Ciaccia and Kevin Enea, at Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Homes and Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Homes, of Ilion (315-894-8000). (July 21, 2023)


Mary "Jane" (Foisy) Smithson, IHS 1959 age 81, of Ilion, passed away, on Monday, April 17, 2023, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. In keeping with Jane's wishes, there will be no scheduled calling hours or services at this time. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Jane, or add to her online memorial, may go to Please omit flowers. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357, or the Herkimer Community Cat Project, c/o Lynne Orendorf, 7 Michigan Ave., Ilion, NY 13357. Jane's family has entrusted her arrangements to their Family Funeral Director and long time friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). (April 25, 2023)


Barry W. Johns, IHS 1959 age 81, a longtime resident of Little Falls, passed away on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022. He was born on October 12, 1941 in Little Falls, NY, son of the late Walter and Catherine (Reardon) Johns. Barry attended Ilion schools, graduated in 1959, and served in the US Army from 1959-1962. After being discharged from the military, he returned to Little Falls and met the love of his life, Katherine Zysk. They were united in marriage on November 26, 1966. Barry was employed by the US Postal Service for nearly 30 years. Throughout his career as a mailman, he got to know many of the residents in Little Falls, making numerous friends and memories along the way. Barry was known for his friendly, unassuming nature and quick wit. He was a legend on the tennis court, celebrated for both his skill at the game and his unparalleled creativity with profanity. Barry was dedicated to his family above all, and delighted in his children and grandchildren. As a father, he would routinely be seen pedaling around town with a toddler in a bicycle seat, and then as a grandfather, walking with a little one in his arms or pulling them on a sled. He was always present; he attended more games, matches, concerts, recitals, plays and school events than one could possibly count. The love he had for his children could only be matched by the love he had for his Kotchie, to whom he was married for 56 years. She will tell you the success of their union was owed to her strong will and wisdom. Barry would undoubtedly agree, "Yes, dear." Other than his parents, he was predeceased by his aunt Veronica Cline, his uncle, Francis "Coz" Reardon, both of whom helped raise him, his father-in-law, Stanley A. Zysk, Sr., his mother-in-law, Adele Zysk, and nephew, James Zysk. Barry is survived by his beloved wife, Katherine Johns; his 6 children: Celene (Edmund) Rogers, Little Falls, Keith Johns, Oshkosh, WI, Matthew (Michele) Johns, Camden, Luke (Toni-Anne) Johns, Little Falls, Blaise (Erin) Johns, Cooperstown, Katy (Aimee) Johns, New Hartford; his 12 loving grandchildren: Veronica, Eddie, Alexa, Ella, Seth, Sophia, Lucy, Will, Madelyn, Juliet, Alex and Vonny; his brothers- and sisters-in-law: Ann Zysk, Antoinette "Toni" Zaleski, Stan (Noreen) Zysk, Mark (Char) Zysk, along with many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (town of Manheim), 315-508-5131. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Barry's Mass of Christian Burial commencing at 11 am from Holy Family Parish, corner of E. Main and John Sts., Little Falls, on Saturday, January 14, 2022. Interment will take place in the spring of 2023 at St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. In respecting Barry's wishes, there are no calling hours. Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or to charity of one's choice. The family would like to thank the staff at The Grand in Rome for the wonderful care that Barry received in his last days. (December 20, 2022)


Richard "Dick" Friis, IHS 1959, age 80, of Bowie, MD passed away on April 13, 2022. He was born in Utica, NY on December 17, 1941 to George and Margaret Friis. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in graphic arts and photography and was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He had a long career in the printing industry from which he retired in 2000. Dick always enjoyed hunting and fishing but after retirement, he embraced the art/sport of fly fishing which takes great skill, patience, determination, and knowledge. He tied his own flies and took both national and international trips which he thoroughly enjoyed. He became a member of the Free State Fly Fishers where he got to share his passion with other members. He also enjoyed home improvements where his detailed craftsmanship showed in all of his projects. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Friis, his daughter, Dana Friis, his son, Ryan Friis (Erin Derosa), and his granddaughter, Rory Friis. He always put his family first and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. There are no services planned at this time. (April 20, 2022)


Karen Edith (Smith) Sauer IHS 1959, age 79, a longtime Mohawk resident, passed away early Sunday morning, October 24th, 2021 at Alpine Nursing and Rehab Center, Little Falls. Karen was born on Jan. 1st, 1942 in Cherry Valley, daughter of the late Kenneth and Martha (Pierce) Smith. She graduated from Ilion High school. Karen was a 31-year communication specialist/dispatcher with the New York State Police. She was very proud of her work for the Family Abuse Task Force and the New York State Police. For many years she and her husband resided on Church Street in Mohawk. She was united in marriage with John S. Sauer, a union of 37 years, until his passing on June 9, 2005. She was predeceased by her husbands, Robert Harrington and John Sauer. Survivors include three daughters, Jennie Harrington, Julia Twaddle, and Joanne Stephanie Sauer; one son, John Stephen Sauer; five grandsons, Roger and Kenneth Robinson and Alistair, Marshall, and Garion Twaddle; nieces, nephews and cousins. Survivors include three daughters, Jennie Harrington, Julia Twaddle, and Joanne Stephanie Sauer; one son, John Stephen Sauer; five grandsons, Roger and Kenneth Robinson and Alistair, Marshall, and Garion Twaddle; nieces, nephews and cousins. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, John Sauer, in a private family service. A private graveside service will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer at, the convenience of her family. In keeping with her wishes, there are no calling hours. Karen and her 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. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to a charity close to your heart. Mom liked Catholic Charities and ASPCA. The family can be reached at 4 Wagner Way, Hudson, NH 03051. (November 4, 2021)


Rev. Susan J (Blowers) Hoke IHS 1959, age 79, of Orlando, formerly of New York, passed away on Saturday May 1, 2021 in Orlando. Susan was born on August 30, 1941 in Ilion, the daughter of, the late, John and Hazel (Fitch) Blowers. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and has a degree in Theology from Emory University. In 1976 she was united in marriage to Bennett Hoke, he passed away in 1981. She is a retired and HOSPICE minister having worked for 20 years in Syracuse and 20 years in Florida. She was a member of the National Chaplin's Association, the American Association of University Women and embroiders guild. She is survived by a brother Edward and a sister Ann as well as several nieces and nephews. A graveside service for Susan will be held on Tuesday May 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm, Rev Robert Wollaber will officiate. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to (May 9, 2021)


Robert "Bob" J. Smithson, IHS 1959, age 80, of Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, December 19, 2020, at St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford. In keeping with the family's wishes, there will be no scheduled calling hours or services at this time, due to the current extreme COVID health risks. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bob, or add to his online memorial, may go to Please omit flowers. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Thank you. Bob's family has entrusted his arrangements to their Family Funeral Director and long time friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 (315-895-7722). To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Smithson, please visit Tribute Store. (December 31, 2020)


Lynne P. (Purple) Baker IHS 1959 - (1941 - 2020) Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away, quietly and comfortably at Noble Hospital, under the watchfulness of the nurses and doctors who provided kind and compassionate care throughout her stay, despite the relentless demands they face at this trying time, on April 15, 2020. Lynne was the 4th of 5 children born to George and Ella Purple. The Purples moved several times in Central New York State during her childhood, eventually settling in Hamilton, NY. After graduating from Ilion High School in 1959, Lynne matriculated to Middlebury College, where she graduated in 1963. At Middlebury, she met her first husband, Ted Buhl, of Batavia, NY. They were married in April of 1965. They had three children, Chris, Mickey and Amy. On September 1, 1977, Lynne married the love of her life, Dr. John (Jack) W. Baker, II. His daughters, Karen and Laura Baker, became Lynne's 4th and 5th children. The only steps in the Baker home were the staircases leading up or down. The Baker family resided together in Cornwall, NY for over 40 years. We often heard Lynne say that all she ever really wanted to be was a mother. She did that and did it wonderfully. None of her children can remember a night during our childhood that Lynne failed to have dinner for seven of us on the table at 6 p.m. sharp, or a day she and Jack didn't find a way to get all five of us to whatever practice, recital, game or event we were participating in throughout our school years. She did all that while also managing the myriad details of Jack's successful and ever expanding psychology and consulting practice for 35+ years. Lynne and Jack enjoyed travel, with their children and on their own, sports (particularly tennis) and music. More than anything else they valued family and were always sure to see that all the various grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins were an active part of the Baker family's life. As their children grew up and ventured out on their own, Lynne and Jack dove headlong into the roles of loving, doting grandparents to their (eventually) ten grandchildren. Many of Lynne's greatest joys and fondest memories were of times with her grandchildren as they grew. Lynne was predeceased by her parents, George and Ella Purple; her older brother, Rick Purple; and her granddaughter, Annie Buhl. She is survived by her husband, Dr. John (Jack) W. Baker, II; her children, Karen Baker Pinkham, Chris Buhl, Mickey Buhl, Laura Baker Green and Amy Buhl Conn; her sons-in-law, George Pinkham, Frank Green and Adam Conn; her daughters-in-law, Sarah Buhl and Stacy Buhl; her grandchildren, Trevor, Tristan and Trey Pinkham, Sam, Chloe and Robinson Buhl, Cody Green and Savannah and Soren Buhl. She is also survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Jo Purple; sister-in-law, Jere Purple; sister, Lee Bent; and sister, Les Purple; as well as by her nine nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces and nephews. A Memorial to Celebrate her Life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate face masks or shields to either Armbrook Senior Living Village, 551 N Rd., Westfield, MA 01085 (where Lynne resided the final five years of her life) or an assisted/senior living center of your choice. Those facilities are in great need of personal protective equipment at this time. Also, donations can be made in Lynne Baker's name to the Alzheimer's Association of the Hudson Valley, Orange/Sullivan Regional Office, 384 Crystal Run Road, Suite 102, Middletown, NY 10941-4103. Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Apr. 19 to Apr. 23, 2020. (April 26, 2020)


Frank J. Geloso, IHS 1959, 47, passed away Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care, New Hartford after a long illness. She was born in Ilion on December, 78, a lifelong Ilion resident, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY with the love and support of family by his side. Born in Ilion on October 25, 1940 in Ilion, NY the son of the late Vincenzo and Anna (Terras) Geloso. He was raised and educated locally, a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1959 and a Golden Bomber through and through. After graduating he served with the US Air Force and went on to SUNY Cobleskill for an AAS Degree in Floriculture with a major in Ornamental Horticulture. In 1966, Frank and his brother's Sam and Joe opened Mohawk Valley Florist & Gift Shop, in Ilion, a staple business that is still operating today. He loved being a florist and would often tell stories about shenanigans at the shop. He was forced to retire as a florist in 2017, to face his battle with lung cancer. Other work throughout his life included Nextel, American Homes, Union, Fork & Hoe, Co., Library Bureau, Chicago Pneumatic, & Metropolitan Life. He was a member of the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion and St. Francis Club of Frankfort. At one time, he was vice president of the Little Falls Rotary Club and member of the B.P.O.E. in Little Falls, a member of the American Legion in Mohawk and Loyal Order of the Moose in Ilion. Frank was the proud Father of Ilion Softball, starting the league in 1983 after gathering his daughter Amy's friends to "travel" in 1982 in the Frankfort Girls Softball League. He initiated that first team, because there was nowhere for girls to play ball after aging out of Ilion Little League Baseball at age 12. Several community parents joined him to build Ilion Girls Softball to four teams in its first league season and eventually several more levels and teams for girls of all ages. His granddaughter currently benefits the fruit of his efforts in the Ilion Baseball/Softball league. In his last month of life, he still reminisced about his love for baseball and softball and loved to recite Casey at the Bat, just for the fun of it. His special accomplishments were raising his children of whom he was so proud and enjoying the many milestones, sports and events of his grandchildren. A man of simple means, he was knowledgeable, kind and patient- attributes that allowed everyone who knew him to love and respect him. He was a man of integrity, who never spoke a mean word about anyone. He lived a simple life, with no interest in brand new flashy things. Proud of his Italian heritage, he enjoyed learning about his ancestors from San Guiseppe Jato, Sicily, eating cuccidatis and Clancy's meals "from scratch" During his leisure time, he loved to garden, play bocce, spend time at Hart's Content, help his son with crazy projects, read the paper and watch Judy Judy. Frank is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Amy and Daniel D'Amato of Lancaster, NY, his son and daughter in-law David and Mary (LaPuma) Geloso, his loving companion of 25 years Maureen Clancy of Ilion, and her son and his wife Jason and Jennifer (Hecker) Darling of Albany, OR. His cherished grandchildren Daniel, Abigale, Mia, Olivia & Ava D'Amato, Dominick, Vincenzo & Angelina Geloso, Ethan and Jane Darling. He is also survived by his brother Salvatore (Dolores) Geloso of Ilion, sister Joan Conte of Ilion and sister Marion Gorman of Syracuse, his sisters-in-law Luella and Genevieve Geloso, hiis former wife Linda (Hart) Geloso and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers Enaus and Joseph, sisters Rose Fell and Julia Robel and brothers-in-law Robert Robell, Harvey Fell, James Gorman and Michael Conte. To celebrate Frank's life, family will receive friends on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 3:00-5:00pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Deacon James Bower officiating a ceremony to follow. Frank's funeral procession will commence Monday, September 30, 2019 at 9:30am, from the funeral home to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion where he will be laid to rest. Those wishing to do so are asked to consider memorials to The James Wilmot Cancer Center or The Golisano Hope Lodge Hospitality House, both of Rochester. To leave an online condolence please go to (October 5, 2019)


Carolyn (King) Remis, IHS 1959 - Our beloved Carolyn Remis, entered into the Lord's kingdom on October 5, 2016 with her loving family by her side, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 17, 1942 in Ilion the daughter of the late Lawrence and Clara Moore King. Educated in the Ilion School system graduating in 1959, on November 25,1961 she was united in marriage with James Remis, sharing 53 years prior to his passing. Carolyn's devotion to her family and friends was her greatest works, through the years she was employed with Chicago Pneumatic and Herkimer County Cheese; where she developed some of her most cherished friendships. Working with children at Head Start and Herkimer Elementary were some of her most rewarding memories. She was a lifelong member of The Church of The Annunciation, Ilion and the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary. Charitable giving and finding quiet ways to help others was her way to share Faith, Hope, and Love. Carolyn is survived by two sons and a daughter in law, Todd and Kathryn of Ilion and Shawn Remis of Jackson Hole, WY. A daughter and son in law Deborah and Richard Schoff of llion, her sisters Barbara Kieft and Diane Fikes of Ilion, three grandchildren Elizabeth Remis, Jacob and Claire Schoff all of Ilion; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Monday, October 10, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, at the Church of The Annunciation. With interment to follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery. The family extends joyous gratitude to all who helped with Carolyn's care; most especially Kriss and Michele at Bassett. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Carolyn's favorite charity Operation Smile, P.O. Box 5017, Hagerstown, MD 21741. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to (October 22, 2016)


Stanley "Stan" Thompson, 72, passed away on August 11, 2014. Stan was born in Ilion on December 13, 1941, the son of Seymour and Ruth (Lum) Thompson. He married Colleen Harris on February 15, 1969 in Paris, New York. Stan was a lifelong resident of Ilion, he was employed by Steffen Publishing Company, as well as various other advertising agencies. He was an active member of Valley Baptist Church in Frankfort, New York. Stan loved the outdoors, visiting the Adirondacks, and was an avid New York Giants fan. Stan is survived by his wife of 45 years, Colleen, his daughters and sons in laws, Tony and Tracey (Thompson) Coccitto of Spencerport and Michael and Kelly (Thompson) Getman of Webster, his beloved grandchildren: Olivia, Sophia, Madeline, and Michael: his brother in law, Todd (Donna) Harris, nieces and nephews and special neighbors. August 16 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St. Ilion, NY. A memorial service will follow at the First Baptist Church of Ilion, 8 Second St., Ilion, NY at 2:00 p.m. The family wishes to thank the staff at Lipson Cancer Center at Linden Oaks for providing exceptional care and compassion for Stan throughout his treatments. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to R.G.H. Foundation- Lipson Cancer Center, 100 King Highway St., Suite 2300, Rochester, N.Y. 14617 . Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and at church.To send an online condolence please go to 26, 2014)


Howard D. 'Toby' Fink, age 72 of Pleasant Avenue passed away peacefully on Thursday morning September 22, 2011 in his home after a short illness. He was born on March 13, 1939 in the town of Warren, son of the late John D. and Bertha Helmer Fink. A lifelong area resident he was raised in Ilion and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of "1959". Toby was blessed when he met a young lady by the name of Mary Frescatore at a friend's wedding. On November 8, 1963 they were united in marriage in the First Baptist Church, Ilion and in 1971 they moved from Frankfort to Ilion, where they have resided since. For thirty-four years Mr. Fink worked as an assembler for the Remington Arms Company in Ilion. He retired in 1997. Toby had a strong belief in God and was a member of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church in Herkimer. In his leisure time he was a chess player, an avid reader and found a special interest in reading old history books and his bible. He was an accomplished fly fisherman and particularly enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren. Mr. Fink will always be remembered as a loving, caring and wise gentleman. He was a strong willed man and any conversation with him was straight and to the point, but you always felt a warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family, especially his cherished grandchildren and great grandchild. Surviving him are his devoted wife of forty-seven years Mary, a daughter, Mary Cross of Little Falls, one brother, Raymond Fink of Flint, MI, a sister Pearl Kimble of Rome, five grandchildren, Rachael Cross and Michael Cross both of Utica, Kayla Cross, Andrew Cross and Stephen Cross all of Little Falls, one great-granddaughter, JaeLynn Brown of Utica, Several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friend Nancy Burton. Beside his parents he was preceded in death by his son Roy Scott Vernum, a brother, John "Roy" Fink, five sisters' Florence Crewell, Regina Evans, Marjorie Evans, Alice Griffin and Evelyn Kimble. The family will be present to receive relatives and friends in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court Street; Herkimer on Saturday morning from 9:00 am until 11:00 am, with a funeral service to begin at 11:00am. The Reverend Christopher Schumske, pastor of the Oak Ridge Free Methodist Church, Herkimer will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak View Cemetery, Frankfort. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Hospice Palliative Care Inc. or the Little Falls Hospital. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Sept 26, 2011)


"Diane P. (Bouck) Allen IHS 1959, age 63, of 32 Orchard St., Ilion, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2004, at Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. Diane was born Oct. 25, 1941, in Ilion, the daughter of Glenn and Ruth Myers Bouck. She was a 1959 graduate of Ilion High School and on May 2, 1964, she married William F. Allen in Ilion. Diane was employed as a secretary with Univac in Ilion and Utica several years ago and for the past two years, worked at Bimlic Kennels in Ilion. Diane is survived by her husband, Bill of Ilion; two sons and a daughter-in-law, James and Kim Allen of Mohawk and John Allen at home; a sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne and Michael Manore of Woodlands, Texas; four grandchildren, James and Justin Bouck, Shelby Phillips and Timothy Bouck; a cousin, Ruth Gray of Cooperstown; and a good friend, Jerry Zajac of Herkimer. Funeral services for Diane will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the American Heart Association in Diane's memory. (July 27, 2016)


"Donald Beach, passed on March 5th in Sommerville, SC. I was proud to be his brother, and will miss him." Submitted by Richard Beach. (May 5, 2009)


Ronald E. Hart, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2001 at home. He was born June 30, 1941, in Herkimer, the son of John F. and Blanche De Long Hart. He received his education in the Ilion schools, and on July 11, 1964 he married Carol Turley. She passed away in 1991. Mr. Hart was employed as a machinist with Remington Arms, Ilion, retiring in 1999. Mr. Hart is survived by his mother Blanche Skinner of Middleville; two sons, Ronald and William, both of Ilion; a daughter and son-in-law, Lory and Mark McElwain of Clayville; two brothers, Robert Hart of Herkimer and Roger Hart of Louisiana; a sister Linda Geloso of Buffalo, NY; three grandchildren, Jami, Shannon and Erin McElwain; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father John and a brother Richard. A memorial service for Mr. Hart was held on Friday, March 23, 2001 at 2:00 p.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion, with Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating. (April 10, 2001)


Bombers Buzz Website

Patricia Pendergrass McElrath, email, Rochester, NY, registered. (May 23, 2009)

Arlene Burns Doyle, Retired RN, email, from Kissimmee, FL, re-registered. (Apr 13, 2008)

Beverly Kelly Ames, retired, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Jan 8, 2005)

Jean Kennell Greig, housewife, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (October 5, 2003)

Carol Austin Williams, Retired, email, from Loganville, GA, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)

Charles Schmitt, Antique Dealer, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (February 8, 2003)

Elaine Stowell Pelletier, from Ilion, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (October 3, 2002)

Gloria Logar Murphy, RN State of Fl, , email, from Rockledge, FL, re-registered in the directory and is attending the mega-reunion. (September 29, 2002)

Carolyn Golicki Harvey, Insurance Executive , email, from Pittsford, NY, registered in the directory. (September 23, 2002)

Sally Siver Dennis, Disabled Nurse Assistant, email, from Herkimer, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 30, 2002)

"Hi...I didn't graduate from the class but I do have ties with a few of the classmates. I am a diabled CNA due to having knee replacements on both knees. I have five children: Carl Jr. & Ginny, who live in Florida, and have a son & daughter: Al & Brenda who live in Oneida and have a son & daughter, plus Al has 2 sons & daughter, by previous wife. Theresa & Larry, who live in Florida, have 4 children from previous spouses. Kathleen & Stacey live in Herkimer, have 3 daughters. Michael & Dawn who live in Mohawk & have 3 girls, 3 boys. So I am busy with all those grandchildren. I am active in my church in West Schuyler. I travel to Florida to see family. I would really love to see some of the people I went to school with. I love being online thanks, to my daughter Theresa, who set me up when she moved to Florida, so I could keep contact easier. I have also had contact with Carol Ostoski, who was a good friend to me, and also lived downstairs from me, when we were in school. I would love to come to some of the festivities, if possible."

Carol Peak Ostroski sent news.


Louise Boyle Abeling, from Essex Junction VT, email is attending the mega-reunion. (June 15, 2002)

Barbara Hitchcock Noffer, Balston Spa, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Evelyn Hodom Lyman, Retired, email, Palm Bay, FL, registered. (April 11, 2002)

Edward Rebeaud, Retired, email, from Poteet, TX, re-registered. (March 28, 2002)

Louise Boyle Abeling, email has a new email address. (February 22, 2002)

Ralph Bottini SR., email, Oneida, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 17, 2002)

Ronald Brown, email, or emai2l, magnetic resonance lab manager, Cranford, NJ, has a new email address. (February 22, 2002) - email modified June 29, 2020

"After working for Merck Laboratories for 37 & a half years, I decided to to take early retirement in February 2001. The first half of my career was spent doing bench chemistry as a scientist and senior scientist. I worked in many areas like birth control, antibiotics, & animal health. I managed the instrumentation for the Basic Chemistry department in the last half of my career. As the use of Magnetic Resonance grew through the 1980's & 1990's to identify the compounds synthesized in the labs, it became my primary responsibility. When I retired, I was managing 11 instruments in 8 labs. I have volunteered to help a local NJ college setup one of my old instruments and I may do some consulting work in the future. We are staying in the NJ area for the time being and are near our only grandson in ScotchPlains, NJ. My wife, Rhea, is still employed by the visiting nurses until June, 2001. Our NJ daughter runs a daycare for a large hospital & her sister manages a distribution center for Harris Teeter supermarkets in Charlotte, NC. My goals are: I have started to do volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity and a local assistance charity. We plan to take 3 trips a year and hopefully Alaska this year. I am trying to rekindle my passion for modern sculpture that I once had. I want to complete that 300 mile bicycle trip I had to postpone last year when I got hurt.I also hope to do some major renovation work on our cabin on a lake in the Deleware water gap area. I want to keep in touch with all my friends and classmate around the states." - Ron

Carol Peak Ostroski, Retired Teacher, email, from Lake Isabella, CA, registered. (modified Feb 15, 2001)

"I wanted to let friends know that we have retired and are now living in Lake Isabella, CA. We are in the mountains, above Bakersfield, CA, for those of you who might be familiar with CA. We have the 4 seasons, something that we have missed since moving to CA 34 years ago. We don't have the heavy snow like NY, but enough to satisfy the want. My sons are living in AZ and NC, so we have places to visit. We haven't as yet because for some reason we are busier now then when we worked. We are planning on visiting Don Beach in GA if we ever get to NC to see our eldest." - Carol

Karen Smith Sauer, Mohawk NY, registered. (July 27, 2001)

Edward Rebeaud, email, from Las Vegas, NV, registered. (July 17, 2000)

"Born in Ilion [1940] attended IHS 1953-54 as Freshman...Played freshman football...we lost only to Whitesboro...Retired Army warrant officer...Graduated Univ of Texas [Arlington]1974...Currently live in Las Vegas, NV with wife Elizabeth of 23 years...Planning to relocate on farm/ranch in southwest [San Antonio] Texas very soon...Great page! Very happy to see it...Would like to hear from anyone who are 58 to 61 who attended IHS in the 1953-54 time period." - Edward

Evelyn Hodom Lyman, retired, email, from Ilion, NY, and Palm Bay, FL registered. (September 17, 2000)

"I'm moving to Palm Bay, Fl in Sept.,'00. Bob and I brought land in Palm Bay, where our son lived. Bob passed away in Sept. '98. He worked for Remington Arms for 36 years. He had a variety of jobs, production, planner, Employee Relations and Supervisor. I also worked for Remington Arms. I also worked in production and the Arms Service Dept. as a clerk. We had four children. Leslie, our first daughter, who works for the State and is living in Albany; our son, Jeff, who worked on Construction, as a foreman. He had an ATV accident on Feb. 21, l999, and passed away. He left his wife, Vimon, and two children, Jami, 7 and a daughter, Amanda,3. Our second son, Keith, who joined the Sea Bees, and is retiring in Sept. '00, with twenty years service. He lives in Gulfport, MS. Keith is married. His wife's name is Judith and they have a son, Brian, 15, and a daughter, Andrea, 10. And our second daughter, Michelle. She lives in King George, Va, along with her husband, Blase and their two!" - Evelyn

Joan Selwood Annutto, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (May 6, 2000)

Carol Geragi DeBiase, email, tried Guess the Graduate. (March 10, 1999)

Maureen Mason Bortel, email, from Irmo, SC, registered in the directory. (modified September 9, 2001)

Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin, Professor Stanford University, email, from Palo Alto, CA, registered in the directory. (December 29, 1998)

Michael Hamilton, Photographer, Boston University, email, from Newton, MA, registered in the directory. (modified October 12, 1999)

Mayme Maneen Fluharty, a Receptionist, from Frankfort, NY, registered in the directory. (April 24, 1998)

Lorita Keddell, Retired School Librarian, email, Johnstown, NY, registered in the directory. (March 2, 1998)

Terence Bowers, Home Business(GENEALOGY), email, Milpitas, Ca, registered in the directory. (February 24, 1998)

Evelyn Hodom Lyman, Ilion, NY, paid a visit to the website. (February 16, 1998)

Sally Noffer Houck, an HARC resident counselor, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (February 6, 1998)

Frank Geloso, a florist from Ilion, email, registered in the directory (November 15, 1997)

Charlie Campione, formerly of Ilion and Frankfort, NY, email, signed the Guest Book. (September 28, 1999)

"Hi, I recently stumbled on to your site accidentally and was pleasantly surprised. Although I moved to Frankfort NY in 1956, I attended Annunciation School, graduating in 1955 with the likes of T-Bowers, Ben Leach and Frank Geloso. I was shocked to see the Annunciation School Class of '55 photo, posted on your site. As I grew up, lived (59 Pine Street), and went to school in Ilion during my impressionable years, I still know many people there. Can you imagine, living in Ilion until a sophomore, moving to Frankfort and then playing football, basketball and baseball against all your good friends. As for me, I graduated from Frankfort High School in '59, joined the Air Force with Ben Leach, serving as a crew member on Weather Recon aircraft for four years. After the Air Force, I worked for Antenna Vision in Ilion, until beginning a civilian career with the Federal Government, as a Television Technician in 1966, at Griffiss AFB. From there, I served overseas, providing American radio and television services to military bases, for about 23 years in Thailand, Philippines and Europe. I married a wonderful lady from South Dakota, in 1963, and we have two children, Scott in San Francisco and Tracy in Scottsdale Arizona. Presently, I live in Folsom CA, a suburb of Sacramento and work as the Deputy Director for the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service. I'm lining my ducks up to retire soon and just play golf....38 years is just enough. It was great to drop you a line. Keep up the good work and hopefully, some of my old friends in Ilion will e-mail me...." Charlie Campione

Ralph Bottini, Sales Engineer, email, from Oneida, NY, registered in the directory. (modified March 30, 2001)

"I finally jumped into the 21st century thanks to the urging of my children Angie and Ralph Jr. and got an e-mail address. This is a great idea ....Hope to hear from some of our old alumni."

"This web page is great. The e-mail address is my daughter Angie Sayles but I am going to jump into the 21st century and get my own soon. I did go to our 38th re-union but I was late because I still have two boys at home still in high school and they had a baseball game that day. Living here in Oneida is great and still go to Bomber territory for my sons Steve and Sam Baseball, Football and Basketball games. On the road selling every day but still find time to make my contribution to the casino here in town. Keep up the web site--great job." - Ralph (January 31, 1998)

Jean Bennet Ganey, entered the Ilion Days Bloomin' Crazy Contest, by planting flowers in the Pedestrian Mall. Her efforts and beautiful results were dedicated in honor of village beautification efforts. Jean adopted the Ilion Marina for the 1998 Ilion Days Bloomin' Crazy contest and won 1st Prize. (May 2, 1998)


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