Ilion High School

Class of 1962

Alumni News

1962 Ilion Yearbook


Digitized Class Yearbook....

Mirror 1962 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 1962 is at your published in the 1962 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1962", are available on the 1962 Class Roster page. (added February 20, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1962 (modified May 2, 2023)


Class of 1962 - 60th Reunion News July 23rd....

Saturday 2 - 6 PM
Elks Club
Email Dana Nelson at (phone/text 508 633 4508) for more info. (April 1, 2022)


Class of 1962 55th Reunion News July 21 and 22nd....

Saturday 1:00 Doty's for golfers $20.covers cart and golf.
5:30 Elks Meet-&-Greet Cocktails Cash Bar
6:30 Buffet Dinner & SHORT class meeting
7:30ish to 10:30 or so Music etc.
Per ticket cost $30.00.
Email Mike at (phone 315-868-4344) or Dana at (phone/text 508 633 4508) for more info. - Submitted by Dana Nelson (July 1, 2017)


Class of 1962 50th Reunion Plans....

"YES, we are havin' a 50th swaree' weekend this year, and, it's pretty firm for the Ilion Days weekend, 3rd wknd. in July. We have a "committee" (of sorts) plannin' the auspicious event & now that I am aware that this great site is available to spread the news, I - or Cindy - will update all y'all on a reg'lar basis. First mtg of committee is Tues., 17th, 1 PM at Applegate's Funeral Home on West Street, -- Ya, that's what I said -- Donnie's been gracious enough to lend us some space to kick off our MAJOR EVENT planning. All local Class of '62ers are cordially invited & encouraged to attend. We'll go on & up from there." Please contact Mike McCormack at 315-891-3451 (home) or email. (updated Jan 14, 2012)


Class of 1962 40th Reunion ....

WHERE WERE YOU IN '62??????!!!!!!!

Class of '62: CLASS OF '62 40TH REUNION COMMITTEE FORMING. FIRST MEETING JANUARY 24th THURS. AT 7PM. IN ILION ( where else ) MUNICIPAL BLDG. If interested in joining the Class of 1962 40th Year Reunion Committee, please contact Mike McCormack at 315-891-3451 (home) or at 315-895-7711 (office). or email Cynthia Engell McCormack, address email. (updated January 15, 2002)


Class of 1962 Contact Person....

Mike McCormack, email is now the Class Contact for the Class of 1962. (Jan 14, 2012)


Classmate Richard 'Dick' Adams Memorial Award

Ilion 1962 Richard Adams
Memorial Award

In 1965, a Memorial Award was established in memory of 1962 Homecoming King and classmate, Richard 'Dick' Adams. For almost fifty years, this award was presented to the student athlete who also showed exemplary citizenship skills. Recipients include West Point graduates, Daniel O'Brien and Robert Manion, father-son recipients, Brian Lytwynec and Andrew B. Lytwynec, faculty and staff sons, Thomas Cunnigham and Eric A. Collea, brothers, Thad and Kyle Luke, the first female recipient, Allison M. McClouskey (2004) and many more note-worthy graduates.

Ilion 1962 Richard Adams

Richard N. Adams died on August 24, 1964 following complications from surgery. He was 20 years old at the time of his death. He was the Ilion Summer Playground Director and a student at Cortland State College. He was a standout athlete at Ilion High School having earned varsity letters in five different sports. He also earned a Regents Scholarship. So sad was Dick's early death that the Vice-Principal, Charles Lang, was moved to tears when he presented this award at the Senior Assembly in Dick's memory. (November 22, 2014)


Homecoming King

Richard was Homecoming King in the Fall of 1961. Homecoming Queen was Elaine Volo.

Ilion 1962 Richard Adams
Dick Adams and Elaine Volo"

see - 1962 Homecoming King and Queen. (February 28, 1998)


Memoriam .....

Donna Katherine (Haslauer) Mulvey, IHS 1962, of Rochester, NY, died peacefully on March 31, 2023. Donna was born in Oneida, NY to Richard and Lucille Haslauer, along with her brothers Richard (deceased), Douglas, and Daniel. She married Robert Mulvey of Ilion NY, and they subsequently raised their children Robert, Richard, and Rebecca in Macedon, NY. Donna and Bob moved to Ocala Florida, where they spent many happy years together until his passing. Donna returned to Rochester in 2021 to reside at the Rochester Presbyterian Home. Our family extends their sincerest appreciation for the love, and kindness that she received in their care. She will be loved and missed by her family and friends for her humor and forthrightness. Donna never failed to show how much she loved her daughters-in-law Katy and Tammie, son-in-law Dave, grandchildren DJ, Jadon, Ben, Amanda, Jess, Parker Lily, and nieces and nephews. Donna will be remembered for sharing and appreciating life's simple pleasures. A private service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Rochester Presbyterian Home at 256 Thurston Road, Rochester, NY 14619. Funeral arrangements are by Rochester Cremation. (April 1, 2023)


David C. Dunning, IHS 1962 age 79, of Otsego Street, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Sunday Dec. 18, 2022 at Little Falls Hospital. He was born Aug. 22, 1943, in Little Falls, son of the late Mary Margaret Block of Ilion and Howard Dunning, Sr., of Dolgeville. He was educated in Ilion schools and attended MVCC before working at Remington Arms, Ilion, retiring after 27 years of service. He was a veteran of the US Army. David was a gifted and talented artist. He was a communicant of Annunciation Church, Ilion. The most important things in David’s life were his family and his faith. Survivors include his wife, Audrey (Baron) Dunning, Esq. of Ilion, son, Travis J. Dunning of Ilion, two grandsons, Evan P. Dunning and Nicholas P. Dunning, step son, Jeffrey Buddenhagen, Jr. and wife Amie of Ilion and their children, Jeffrey, III and Isabelle and is also survived by his brother, Howard "Hiker" Dunning, of Herkimer. In respecting David's wishes, there are no calling hours. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 26, 2022, commencing at 10:30 am from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion with the Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor, officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends at the conclusion of the Mass in the church vestibule. Spring interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer, where military honors will be offered. Coordination of funeral services are under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. (December 22, 2022)


Sharon (Walsh) Applegate IHS 1962 - Surrounded by family, Sharon Applegate, age 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at Bayfront Health in St. Petersburg, FL. Sharon was born on March 19, 1944, in Johnson City, NY. She is the daughter of the late Eugene and Catherine (Gardner) Walsh. Sharon graduated from Ilion High School. She obtained an undergraduate degree in education and a Master of Science in Special Education from SUNY New Paltz. During her career as a teacher, Sharon taught every grade level—everything from kindergarten to seniors in high school. Sharon taught in Utica, Belmont, CA, Ilion, and Frankfort. Beyond the classroom, Sharon did "homebound" teaching for children who needed extra help. Sharon taught elementary religious education in St. Anthony St. Patrick Catholic Church in Chadwicks and St. Joseph Parochial School in Utica. In 1999, Sharon retired from the Utica City School District. As a teacher, Sharon loved the administrative staff, colleagues, and her students. Sharon was a member of the Retired Utica Teachers Association and the New York State Retired Teachers Association. Sharon enjoyed many seasons together with her family in Old Forge and Otter Lake. She devoted her time to family, enjoying time with them. In retirement, Sharon lived in lots of places to be near her loved ones, including, Ilion, New Hartford, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Missouri, and Florida. Sharon cared deeply for others and believed in the Aesop quote, "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Her actions of love and mercy touched the lives of many people in this world. Sharon will be dearly missed by her family, including her children: Jay Applegate and his wife Courtney of Boston, Justin Applegate of St. Petersburg, and Suzette Baker and her husband Scott of St. Louis; her grandchildren, Luke Baker, Marissa Baker, and Rachel Baker; her siblings, John Gardner and his wife Kathy, Mary June Wainman and her husband David, Mary Catherine Pasquariello and her husband Charles; many nieces and nephews in New Jersey, Old Forge, Rochester, and New Hartford. One brother, Jerry Walsh and his wife Carol of Ilion, preceded Sharon in death. Sharon's family would like to thank Bayfront Health and LifeLink Foundation. These institutions helped Sharon fulfill her final act of kindness in donating her organs to save the life of another. Remembrances in honor of Sharon may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited and may visit on Friday, December 9th, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at McGrath, Myslinski, Karboski & Nunn Funeral Directors, 470 French Rd, Utica. Funeral services from the funeral home will commence immediately following visitation at 10 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony St. Patrick Catholic Church, Chadwicks. Spring interment will take place at Riverview Cemetery in Old Forge. (November 28, 2022)


Gary J. Fauvelle IHS 1962, age 76, of Prospect Ave., Ilion, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 8, 2021, at St. Luke's Hospital, New Hartford. He was born on June 3, 1944, in Herkimer, the son of Alcid and Dorothy (Godfrey) Fauvelle. Gary attended Annunciation School and Ilion High School. On November 27, 1985, he was married to Sandra "Sandy" Forbes in Mohawk. Mr. Fauvelle was employed at the Union Fork & Hoe Co., Frankfort. He also worked as a machine operator and sub-assembler at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for many years. He was a member of the United Mine Workers. Gary enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving family members include his loving wife, Sandra; his sister, Sandra "Sandy" Engelbrecht and her husband, Richard, of Ilion; his brother-in-law, Robert Hart, of Herkimer; his sister-in-law, Carol Matthie, of Mohawk; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Richard Fauvelle; and his sister, Linda Hart. Gary's Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, with Father Paul Catena, Pastor, officiating. If you are planning on attending the Memorial Mass, please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Thank you for your understanding. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Gary, or add to his online memorial, may go to In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, 61 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 or Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the church before the Mass. Gary's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his long time friend, classmate and family's Funeral Director, Don Applegate, of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). (April 23, 2021)


Charlotte A. (Platts) Patterson, IHS 1962 age 76, formerly of E. River St., Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. She was born on March 25, 1944, in Ilion, the daughter of Charles W. and Esther (Senif) Platts. Charlotte graduated from Annunciation School, in 1958, Ilion High School, in 1962 and Herkimer Co. Community College. She was chairman for Ilion Days Beauty Pageant for several years, culminating her career as Chair of the 2005 Ilion Day's celebration "Hats off to Ilion" and was a former member of the D.A.R. Charlotte loved history, genealogy and was a Civil War buff. She also loved doing crafts. Surviving family members include her daughter, Christie Szpyrka, of Philadelphia, PA; her sons, Shawn Patterson, of Chadwicks and Scott Patterson and his wife, Carla, of Bridgewater; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; her brother, Hercules Platts; and several nieces nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brother, John Platts. Private graveside committal services will be held at the convenience of her children. A family celebration of Charlotte's life will be held at a later date. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Charlotte, or add to her online memorial, may go to Charlotte's service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Charlotte Patterson, please visit Tribute Store. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Charlotte Patterson. (July 5, 2020)


Sharon A. 'Sherry' (Finnegan) Seymour, IHS 1962, age 75, a true woman of faith and family, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, April 4, 2019, in the privacy and comfort of her home. At the time of her passing she was surrounded by the love and support of her devoted family at her bedside. Sherry was born on December 18, 1943, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Dorothy M. (Richburg) Finnegan. She was raised and educated locally and was a graduate of Ilion High School. She went on to further her education at SUNY Cobleskill where she earned her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. At one time, Sherry shared in a marriage with the late Kenneth Seymour, a relationship from which came the blessing of their three children. Kenneth passed away on November 1, 1996. Sherry spent her life caring for the needs and well-being of others. Throughout her working career, she spent time at the Saint Catherine's Infant Home in Albany, Panda's Express Nursery School in Gray, Maine, as a House Manager with the Oneida County ARC, and at Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, before retiring due to health reasons. She was a selfless and giving person who made it her life's work to look out for those less fortunate. Her Roman Catholic faith was the central focus of Sherry's life and she was committed to sharing it with those she loved, in the promise that someday they'd all be reunited in Heaven. She was an active and involved parishioner of Sts. Anthony & Joseph Church in Herkimer, serving on the Church Bereavement Team, the Christian Service Committee, the Liturgy Committee, and acting as a Eucharistic Minister, Extraordinary Minister and Lector. She was also involved with the Crafty Ladies and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Second only to her dedication to God was Sherry's dedication to her beloved family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her everything and nothing made her happier than being able to gather them together at cookouts, family gatherings and holidays. Lovingly known as "Grandma Muffy" she was a creative and interactive grandmother; hosting sleepovers, having campfires and playing Skip-Bo with her beloved grandchildren. She shared a special bond with her sister, Mary, and together they enjoyed trips, outings and weekly ceramics night. She also had a knack for crafts, reading, long phone conversations and especially camping! One of her favorite places to travel to was Maine, a place she's loved since her childhood, and she shared this love of the ocean and beach with her family. She is survived by her daughters, Joann Miller of Cold Brook and Cynthia Seymour of Frankfort; her son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Penny Seymour of Ilion; her "sis", Mary Jones and life companion, Bob Raux, Sr. of Ilion; her grandchildren, Natashia and Corey Fuller of Fairfield, Maegan Miller and Jason Randazzo of Remsen, Kassie Miller and fiancée, Andrew Schaffner of Little Falls, Taylor Seymour, Grant Seymour, Meaghan Ruppert and Blake Seymour, all of Ilion; and her great-grandchildren, Chase and Payton Fuller, Colton Randazzo, Lucas Hurteau, Abel Schaffner, and #6 on the way! She also leaves behind her dear friends, Beth and Ron, Joanne, Connie and Ann. Besides her parents and former husband, Sherry was predeceased by her special friend, Lois W. A special thank you is extended to Hospice and Palliative Care for making Sherry comfortable during her final journey. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation on Monday, April 8, 2019 from 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, Herkimer, NY (315) 866-1011. Sherry's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence on Tuesday morning, April 9, 2018 at 8:15AM at the funeral home and at 9:00AM at Sts. Anthony & Joseph Church in Herkimer, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be offered by Rev. Quy Vo, Pastor. Spring interment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the ARC Herkimer or to Sts. Anthony &Joseph Church. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Sherry's final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (May 24, 2019)


James 'Chip' DeJohn - Ilion NY
James 'Chip' DeJohn

James 'Chip' DeJohns IHS 1962 , 73, passed away Friday March 24, 2017 in his home with his family by his side. Chip was born in Ilion on October 21, 1943 the son of the late Deke and Grace (Cinquino) DeJohn, he attended Ilion Schools and on October 21, 1973 he was married to Lorraine (Brenda) Sweet, a union they shared for 43 years.

Chip was owner and operator of Chip's Service Station along with his brother Rick for 35 years. He was also a volunteer for Partner’s at Heart at Bassett Healthcare.

Chip loved Studebakers. His dream was to have a Golden Hawk. He loved football, car racing and playing cards with friends, cooking but most of all he loved his family. He was happiest when he was spending time with them especially his greatest treasure his grandchildren. He enjoyed hanging out in the yard where his friends would come over and spend time with him. Everybody loved Chip for his ability to make you laugh through his wit.

Chip is survived by his wife, his son Jamie of Ashville, NC, two daughters and a son in law Lori and Steven Gray of York, SC, and Coleen Seymour of Ilion, His four wonderful grandchildren Daniel (who he lovingly called ( Danielsan), Erin and Kyle Gray and Libby Seymour. His brother and best friend Rick and his wife Deb of Ilion, sister in laws Ceil DeJohn, Eleanor Stubba and her husband William, Prudence and Don Seamon, a brother in law James (Erkie) Sweet and his wife Nanette, also many cousins and nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends. He was predeceased by his parents Deke and Grace DeJohn, In laws Ward and Annie Sweet, brothers Francis (Bucky), Joseph (Skip) DeJohn , brother in law Charles Askham and sister in law Letha (Chubby) Cousins and Patricia Miller, nephew Zach Seamon and great nephew Joey DeJohn. A special thank you to Jamie's dog "Peanut" who provided comfort to Chip and never left his side. Chip will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Friends are invited to attend calling hours for Chip to be held on Tuesday March 28, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with funeral services to be held on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in the spring. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations in Chip’s memory to Hospice and Palliative Care Inc. 277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford 13413 or ones favorite charity. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. A special Thank You to Steve and Colleen Pardi and all the staff of the Ilion Medicine Shoppe for all their support and generosity. A special thanks to Julie Kaykoski of the Medicine Shoppe for going above and beyond to provide us with comfort and expertise at this sensitive time. To light a candle please go to 1, 2017)


Edward J. Capes - Ilion NY
Edward Capes
Photo submitted by Mike Capes

Edward J. Capes IHS 1962 age 71, formerly of Second Ave., Ilion, passed away on Thursday. September. 4, 2015 at his home in Port Hueneme, CA. He was born on August 26, 1944 in Ilion, the son of the late Frank E. "Bud" and Alice J. (McLaughlin) Capes. He graduated from Annunciation and Ilion HS, Class of 1962. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, on board the aircraft carriers USS Oriskany and USS Kitty Hawk in Heavy Attack Squadron Four, achieving rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class. Eddie was known for his easy going nature and witty humor. He was predeceased by his parents, stepmother Izetta Capes and older brother George of Rochester.

He is survived by his sisters Frances (Vincent) Pellegrino of Connecticut and Mary Ekstrom of California; brother Richard of North Carolina; sister-in-law Nila Capes of Rochester; nephews Thomas and Robert Pellegrino, Michael Capes, Lars, Noel and Thor Ekstrom; nieces Ellen and Sarah Pellegrino, Marlene Capes, Kathryn, Leighanne, and Shannon Capes, many cousins; and his dear friends and caretakers Terry and Sarah Fitch of California. Friends and relatives are invited to a graveside memorial service to be held 12 noon, Saturday, October 17, 2015, at the Armory Hill Cemetery, Benedict Ave., Ilion, NY, with full military honors.Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ed, or add to his online memorial, may go to: As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Cal Vet Veterans Home of California-Ventura, 10900 Telephone Road, Ventura, CA 93004 (website address Envelopes will be available at the graveside memorial service. Local service arrangements are entrusted to Ed’s childhood friend, Don Applegate, Funeral Director at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home’s newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). (modified October 17, 2015)


Robert R. Rose IHS 1962, 71 passed away after a valiant battle against cancer on Tuesday July 7, 2015 in Jamesville, NY surrounded by his loving family. Bob, son of Clark and Loretta Rude Rose, was born on January 28, 1944 in Ilion NY. He graduated from Ilion High School Class of 1962 and studied Civil Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College. He had a career of over 45 years in the construction industry, most recently as a Superintendent for the Bell and Pike Companies of Rochester. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Helen Tucker Rose, children Robert (Robin) of Rush, NY, Elizabeth (Brian) Clapper, Jamesville, NY and Eileen (Michael) Chappell of DeWitt, NY, his grandchildren, Cassidy Rose, Emily, Matthew and Abbey Clapper, and Nevin Chappell. Bob joyfully awaited the birth of his granddaughter, Charlotte Chappell, due any day! Bob is survived by his brother Floyd (Veronica) Rose of Ilion, Edward (Lillian) Rose of Cedarville and Mary Willis of Mexico, NY. Bob is also survived by many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Raymond, Charles, Beatrice and Dorothy Rose and Hazel Eaker. Bob is also survived by his in-laws John (Peggy) Tucker, Mary (Roger) Rommel, Marjorie Weeda, Nora (Charles) Borso and Catherine (Alex) Rosemyer. Bob was an active member of St. Francis de Sales Church, Scoutmaster of Troop 22 East Herkimer, and member of the EH Fire Department. Bob loved the outdoors; hunting, fishing, golfing, and most especially enjoyed time at his hunting camp with Bobby, Matthew and the guys. Bob cherished his grandchildren and family. His unique gift was to make each feel special and his favorite. Bob's funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 AM at St. Francis de Sales Church, Herkimer. Family will greet friends before Mass from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the entrance of the church. Internment will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort immediately following the service. Bob's family would like to extend special thanks to the medical staff at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, especially, Remona, and the other nursing staff on Thoracic Oncology. Their care and compassion was always reassuring to Bob and his family. In lieu of flowers expression of sympathy may be made to the St. Francis de Sales Regional School in Herkimer or the Golisano Children's Hospital, Syracuse. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Fenner Funeral Home Inc., Herkimer. (July 17, 2015)


Ronald 'Ron' D. Abeling IHS 1962, age 71, of Utica, formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully and went home to Jesus on Saturday, May 23, 2015, after a long illness. He was born on June 6, 1943, in Ilion, the son of Inman and Florence (Moore) Abeling, and graduated from Ilion High School in 1962. On September 18, 1969, he was married to Ruth Angle in Ilion. She died on August 7, 1999. He later married Zoraida Garcia in Utica. Ron was employed as a machinist at Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for twenty-seven years, retiring in 1989. He was a former member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444. Surviving family members include his wife, Zoraida; his sons and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Jacky Abeling, of Ilion, and Roy Abeling; three sisters and brothers-in law, Karen and Thomas Cooper, of Savannah, GA, Janice and James Hall, of Lawton, OK, and Beverly and Jim Hutchinson, of Scio, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife; his parents; his brothers, Roy Abeling and Dennis Abeling; and his sister, Thelma Saj. Funeral services will be held 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's newly reopened home at 102 West St., Ilion, with Pastor Gregory Smellie officiating. Calling hours are Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. prior to the funeral home service at 102 West St., Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Ron, or add to his online memorial, may go to: In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Ron's church, that he was so devoted to for many years, First Apostolic Church, 320 Oriskany Blvd., Whitesboro, NY 13492. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Ron's service arrangements are entrusted to his long time friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (May 31, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)


Victor Lewis "Vic" Tjeerdsma IHS 1962, the beloved youngest son of Mr. Andrew G. and Mrs. Edith Jane (Caswell) Tjeerdsma passed away on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Vic was raised in Ilion, Herkimer County, New York. He is a 1962 graduate of Ilion High School where he participated as an active and valued member of several interscholastic sports teams. Vic proudly and honorably served his country in military service with the U.S. Marine Corps. Vic was a resident of Port Orange, Volusia County, Florida, USA at the time of his passing. His federal VA furnished military veteran grave marker is of the "Bronze Niche" type, this marker is typically installed on the faceplate of a columbarium meant to hold the deceased cremated remains. It is presently uncertain why a "Flat Type Marker" similar to brother Andy's marker was not ordered by the attending funeral director. (August 5, 2001)


Gary C. Vogel IHS 1962, age 66, of Ilion passed away, after a courageous battle with Measothelioma, on Thursday July 14, 2011 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care in New Hartford. Gary was born on October 5, 1944 in Ilion the son of the late Charles and Katherine (Hayes) Vogel. Gary was educated in Ilion schools and served in the US Navy following high school. He was employed as an assembler at Remington Arms Co., retiring in 2002. On August 5, 1967 he married Mary Ann Vivirito in Frankfort. He was a member of the Mohawk American Legion and the Ilion Moose Lodge #1010. Gary is survived by his wife Mary Ann; his sons Scott and his wife Kim of Jacksonville Beach FL and Brian and his wife Brandy of Ilion; sisters Linda Krick of Myrtle Beach and Kim Lien of Carthage; his precious grandchildren Jace, Tanner and Brody; brother in law Sam and his wife Colleen Vivirito of Frankfort and sister in law Janice and her husband Thomas Kinney of Frankfort; as well as several special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his mother and father in law Sam and Frances Vivirito and his brother in laws Raymond Krick and Kenneth Lien. Friends may call on Saturday July 16, 2011 from 3-6pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, a brief memorial service will follow the calling hours. Gary's family give special thanks to Dr. Sultana Razia and her staff as well as the staff on the 6th floor at Faxton-St. Luke's for all their kindness and compassion and to his sister in law Janice Kinney for being there for Gary and his family during their time of need. In lieu of flowers, Gary would ask his friends to do something kind and caring for someone or a favorite charity. Online condolences may be sent by going to (July 16, 2011)


William E. Reese, IHS 1962, age 66, passed away on February 2, 2010, at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care. He was born in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 1943, the son of the late William I. and Mary Toper Reese, and was a 1962 graduate of Ilion High School. Bill proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy and on July 15, 1967, was united in marriage with Betty Jane Yager in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. Prior to his retirement in 2004, Bill was employed at Special Metals in the rolling mill for 28 years. His memberships included the Knights of Columbus Council 518 in Ilion, New Hartford American Legion Post 1376 and N.Y. Mills V.F.W. Post 7393, and he was a faithful parishioner of the Church of the Annunciation in Clark Mills. Bill is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Betty; his sister, Patricia Ann McGowan, of VA; his father-in-law, Harold L. Yager, of Paris Station; his nieces and nephews, whom he considered his children, John J. Tucker, Kelly A. Torrey, Christopher W. Tucker, Harold L. Kitchen, Kim Curtis, Barbara Jasinski, Beth Peck, Cheryl Kinsey, Carolyn Yates and Arnold Kelley; his in-laws, Evelyn and Robert Newby, of Westmoreland, Francis Kitchen, of Clinton, and Lynn and Arnold Kelley, of Silver Springs, FL; his aunts and uncles, Frank and Marguerite Toper, Rosalie Toper, Mickey Toper, and a special aunt, Ruth Lewis, of Sauquoit; several cousins, with special mention of his cousin, Debbie Shannon; and 16 great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Betty Champ Yager, and his aunts and uncles, Douglas Reese, Estelle and Edward Shannon, Benjamin and Stella Toper, and Walter Toper. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 8, at 8:45 from the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St., Sauquoit, and at 10:00 at the Church of the Annunciation in Clark Mills. Interment with military honors will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park. Calling hours will be Sunday from 1-4 at funeral home. In Bill's memory, please consider donations to the Rising Stars Soccer Club of CNY, Inc., Rt. 233, Westmoreland, NY 13490. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To view Bill's online memorial please go to (Feb 10, 2011)


Andrew 'Andy' G. Bugal IHS 1962, age 66, formerly of North Ilion, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2010, in Australia, where he has resided with his family since 1970. He was born on February 28, 1944, in Ilion, the son of Michael and Dorothy (Dykeman) Bugal. Andy graduated from Ilion Central High School in 1962. He was a veteran of the Vietnam era, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was married to Merriel Carson on August 19, 1972, in Australia. He worked in his early years with his father, cutting trees and was an employee of MDS. Survivors include his wife, Merriel; three children, Aaron, Alisha and Yvette; one grandson, Sebastian; two brothers, Deveraux 'Dev' Bugal and wife, Carol, of Ilion, and Mike Bugal, of Indiana; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandy and Wayne Cowser, of Texas, and Linda and Tony Del Pino, of Tampa, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents. The funeral service to celebrate the life of Andrew George Bugal was held on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, at 3:30 p.m., at Weeroona Chapel, in Bunurong Memorial Park, Dandenong South, Australia. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Andy, or add to his online memorial, may go to on the Internet. The Bugal family entrusted local arrangements to their family friend and funeral director, Don Applegate, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Sept 21, 2010)


Thomas Laverne Hoffman IHS 1962, age 65, died Monday, December 7, 2009, in Veterans Administration Hospital Durham. He was born in Iowa, and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1962. He was a veteran of the Navy. He worked for Remington Arms and later MDS until becoming disabled. He moved to North Carolina to be near his family. Surviving are two sons: Thomas Hoffman of Hillsborough, and Christian Hoffman of Mebane; one grandson, Henry Hoffman; one granddaughter, Ashlynn Hoffman of Hillsborough;and five brothers: David Hoffman of NY, William Hoffman of NY, Michael Hoffman of Buffalo Junction, VA, Steve Hoffman of Ilion NY, and Dennis Hoffman of Ilion NY. A memorial service will be held 3 PM Friday December 11 at Walker's Funeral Home Chapel, by Father Tom Tully, Pastor, Holy Family Catholic Church. Walker's Funeral Home of Hillsborough, 204 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278 (919) 732-2121 is assisting the Hoffman family. (Dec 17, 2009)


Palmer E.(PG) Gregg IHS 1962 age 65, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2008, at Heritage Health Care, Utica. P.G. was born October 20, 1943, in Ilion, the son of the late Palmer and Janice (Eckler) Gregg. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended Cobleskill College. On September 6, 1975, he was united in marriage with Kathleen Halenar. He served with the Navy from 1968 through 1977, servicing submarines, upon his return he was employed with Niagara Mohawk, until his retirement in 1999. P.G. then worked at the Ilion Marina and also the Evening Telegram. P.G. was a long time member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department and for several years was secretary for the fire department ambulance committee. He was also a member and former officer of Moose Lodge 1010, and a member of American Legion Post 920. P.G. was an avid Giants and NASCAR fan. P.G. is survived by his wife, Kathy; three sons, Robert, Brian and Brad and his fiancée, Jenne Frank, of Kissimmee, FL; a granddaughter, Hailey Marie Gregg; his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Kyle, of Clearwater, FL; and several cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. He was predeceased by his parents; his mother and father-in-law, John and Ella Halenar; and a brother-in-law, James Halenar. In keeping with P.G.'s wishes cremation will take place and a memorial visitation and service will be held at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, at a time to be announced. The family would like to thank Dr. El Amir, Dr. V. Sharma, Dr. Yoss, Dr. Desai and the wonderful staff of the C.T. ICU unit at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Ambulance Fund and envelopes are available at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at (Nov 24, 2008 - modified February 22, 2022)


John (Jack) Brewer Jr. IHS 1962, age 63, of PO Box 436, Woodward Dr.,Speculator, NY, passed away Monday, June 9, 2008, at Nathan-Littaure Hospital, Gloversville, NY. He was born July 21, 1944, in Ilion, the son of John and Marjorie (Smith) Brewer. John was a graduate of Ilion High School and Cortland College with a Masters Degree in Education. John was employed as the Superintendent of the Lake Pleasant School District, retiring in August 2007. On November 8, 1986, he married the former Melanie Wilson. John was of the Methodist faith and a member of the New York State Council of School Superintendents. Surviving are his wife, Melanie; his mother, Marjorie, of Ilion; three sons and a daughter-in-law, John, of Speculator, Shane, of Scotia, and Bub and Candice, of Munnsville; five daughters and sons-in-law, Monica and Jon Swift, of Speculator, Andrea and Abdul Ballard, of Columbia, SC, Christina and Eric Hall, of Mohawk, Johonna and Andrew Pelletier, of Baldwinsville, and Rachel and Michael Stead, of Niskayuna; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Douglas and Carol Brewer, of Wyndom, and Terrance and Betty Brewer, of East Greenbush; a sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia and Ed Myers, of Little Falls; also 19 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his father, John, on May 13, 2008. Funeral services for Mr. Brewer will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, with Fr. Steven Scarcia officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday, June 11, 2008, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and are asked to consider memorials to the John Brewer Scholarship or the Speculator Vol. Ambulance Fund in John's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. On line condolence may be sent by going to: (June 10, 2008)


"To those of you from the class of 62 who knew my brother, Frank Smith IHS 1962, I want to let you know that Frank passed away tonight (June 7, 2006) at 9:15. He had battled health problems since his early twenties, but tonight, after a long struggle, cancer took him from us. He was 62." - Joe Smith 1964, brother, email, from Chadwicks, NY. (July 14, 2006)


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Dana Nelson, email, from Methuen, MA, registered. (Sept 1, 2013)

Ellen Greene Dewan, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Feb 16, 2013)

Donna Haslauer Mulvey, Retired, email, Ocala, FL, re-registered. (April 21, 2012)

Dennis Dodge , retired, email, Alexandria, NH, re-registered. (Mar 24, 2012)

Cheryl Dodge Fotia, Retired, email, from Ocala, FL, re-registered. (Jan 17, 2012)

Mike McCormack from Herkimer, NY, retired, email, registered. (Jan 14, 2012)

"Yo Y'All -- 50 years out of good ol' IHS & I only now find out about this great way of communicatin' with all y'all -- computers ain't high on my list of favorite things, so, ya gotta forgive me! YES, we are havin' a 50th swaree' weekend this year, and, it's pretty firm for the Ilion Days wknd., 3rd wknd. in July. We have a "committee" (of sorts) plannin' the auspicious event & now that I am aware that this great site is available to spread the news, I - or Cindy - will update all y'all on a reg'lar basis. First mtg of committee is Tues., 17th, 1 PM at Applegate's Funeral Home on West Street, -- Ya, that's what I said -- Donnie's been gracious enough to lend us some space to kick off our MAJOR EVENT planning. All local Class of '62ers are cordially invited & encouraged to attend. We'll go on & up from there. Cindy & I are great -- lovin' life & really lookin' forward to seein' everybody this summer. We are TRYIN to establish a Class of 62 e-mail list, so, if yer one of us & you want to be included in the prodigious proceedings of July of 2012, e-mail me at to be added to class list.-- Over & Out for now--Mike"

Harold Barthau Shelley, semi-retired, email, from McCormick, SC, re-registered. (June 22, 2011)

Linda Vernooy Cooke, Retired, email, Lake Kiowa, TX, re-registered. (Dec 22, 2009)

Roger Fortuna, Attorney, email, from Ashburn, VA, re-registered. (Feb 22, 2009)

Paul Maxfield, Retired, email, Raleigh, NC, re-registered. (Nov 24, 2002)

Dick Thomas, email, Leesburg, FL, re-registered. (July 13, 2008)

"My wife and I moved to Florida last April and have enjoyed the weather very much. We bought our retirement home, but the retirement date is still a year off. I am traveling the USA every week and still enjoy working, however, I am looking forward to spending more time on the golf course and less time on airplanes. Send an e-mail when you get the time." - Dick

Roseann DeJohn, Principal Subcontracts Manager, email, from Marion, IA, sent news. (Jan 26, 2008)

"Just wanted to update my info for the IHS Website. I tried emailing Marshall Applegate Mueller but the email address is no longer in use that is posted on the IHS Website. Now residing in Cedar Rapids, IA working at Rockwell Collins as a Principal Subcontracts Manager supporting Boeing Programs. Love the aerospace industry! After living in the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and West coast, I finally made it to the Heartland! The area reminds me very much of the Mohawk Valley, without the mountains! Guess this is where I'll stay until I retire. Then I'll probably look for a 'warmer' climate! Older son, Nick, is living in Cedar Park, TX with his wife and 2 children. Younger son, Sean, is out here in Cedar Raids. When's the next reunion? 2012? I might make it to that one....LOL."

Penny Seeley Homer, email, Ocala, FL, sent news. (Dec 14, 2007)

"My husband and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary on August in Ocala atTemple B'Nai Darom with a Omeg Shabbot..our sons Joesph and his wife Sara,and our youngest Aaronjoined us.We will be leaving in March on a Interfaith trip to The Holy Land for 12 days "

Pam Sherman Drake, Retired, email, Huntersville, NC, re-registered. (Nov 14, 2007)

Stan Kozenewski, Retired, from Churchville, MD, email, re-registered. (Dec 6, 2006)

Patricia Pellett Goodman, Retired Teacher, email, Rollinsford, NH, re-registered. (Nov 5, 2006)

Shirley Richards Scully, email, Plattsburg, NY, re-registered. (Nov 5, 2006)

Donald Urtz, retired, email from Richfield Springs, NY, registered. (Nov 5, 2006)

Brian Whittemore, Retired from CBS Radio, email , from Prior Lake, MN, re-registered in the directory. (Sept 14, 2006)

Michael Merson, email from Baltimore, MD, re-registered. (July 14, 2006)

"Working again, chair blue cross of md. del. and dc" - Michael

Beverly Dunckel Matusik, Retired, email, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (April 3, 2005)

Dexter Smith, Manager Mfg Eng, email, Binghamton, NY, re-registered. (October 31, 2004)

Sr. Margaret (Peg) Keddell, Health Care, email , from Albany, NY, registered. (September 29, 2003)

Germaine (Bo) Foisy, Project Engineering Mgr., email, from Penfield, NY, re-registered. (July 23, 2002)

Ronald Abeling, retired, from Ilion, NY, registered. (July 7, 2002)

William Drumm, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 15, 2002)

Karen McCarthy Drumm, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 15, 2002)

Pat Loftis Chappon, from Seattle, WA, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 13, 2002)

Ronald Farrington, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 7, 2002)

Robert Bracken, Retired Engineer, from Ilion, NY, email, is attending the mega-reunion. (modified May 24, 2002)

Sharon Finnegan Seymour, email, from Mohawk, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 4, 2002)

George Schloicka, Psychologist, email , Newton, NJ, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 20, 2002)

Jon Trosset, email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (January 26, 2002)


Richard March, Computer Tech, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (January 24, 2002)

Cynthia Engell McCormack, from Herkimer, NY, email, has a new email address. (modified December 28, 2001)

"To those who have done such a great job doing this home page. I salute you. I am sure it takes many hours to make it such a success.. I'm glad to have been a graduate from Ilion.. I am now an Orthopedic cast tech/x-ray tech. for 4 Orthopedic surgeons. It keeps me busy.. I have three grown children all on their own and one granddaughter.We reside now in Herkimer, N.Y.and sure am glad to have stayed in the valley.... Keep up the good work! PLEASE!! BEST TO YOU ALL." - CINDY

Pam Sherman Drake , email, Huntersville, NC, sent news. (May 5, 2001)

"Hi to all '62's! Bill and I now reside in the Charlotte NC area- all four kids, three of whom are married, and five grandchildren live in the Charlotte area also! Great website! Fun to see where everybody landed after all these years! Bill - Spanish teacher -"retired" from NYS and now teaches a couple of Spanish classes for a private school near Charlotte, where I'm the assistant to the headmaster. Would love to hear from y'all!"

David Lyman, USN Retired, email, from Hendersonville, NC, registerd. (July 22, 2000)

"Great Web Site!!!! Retired USN CWO. Former Half-way House Manager. Part-time Substance Abuse Counselor." - David

John Edwards, Semi - Retired, email, from Herkimer, NY, registered. (June 17, 2000)

Elwood, 'Bill' Miller, Computer Service, email , from Lancaster, MA, registered. (modified April 19, 2002)

Grace Watson Travis, Foster parent etc., email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (February 12, 2000)

Carol Greene, Interior Designer....Musician, email email, from Avon, NY, registered. (February 1, 2000)

Terrance McGrath, email email, registered. (January 5, 2000)

Sharon Bennett Carlesimo, Frankfort Village Clerk/Treasurer, from Frankfort, NY, registered. (October 14, 1999)

Regina Stefanishyn Nicolette, email, tried Guess the Graduate (September 26, 1999)

Linda Vernooy Cooke, Administrator for Realtors, from Plano, TX, sent news. (September 4, 1999)

"Have a new e-mail address and Ed and I are looking forward to hearing from you. This website is GREAT! Thanks for doing such a fantastic job. We're still in the Dallas area. Both our sons are married and live nearby. One grandson to spoil, Patrick, and we do our best! Write! " - Linda

Mary Seymour Hornett, Administrative Assistant Utica Teachers Association, email, from New Hartford, NY, registered in the directory. (March 12, 1999)

Sherry Finnegan Seymour, Residential Manager, c/o her daughter's email, from Herkimer, NY, registered in the directory. (January 30, 1999)

"I am currently working for the Oneida Co. a residential manager I reside in Herkimer and have 4 grandchildren ranging from 2-10....If you would like to get in touch w/me you can email me at my daughter's email address everyone is doing well...." Sherry

Marsha Applegate Muller, Self-employeed, email, from Spring, TX, registered in the directory. (modified October 7, 2001)

William Staskus, auto sales auctions, email, from Winter Haven, FL, registered in the directory. (July 6, 1998)

"Great to see the number of old friends on the guest page. I left Ilion in 1972 and have only been back a few times. Living in Florida the past 26 years. Still married to Rosemary, 2 sons much too old for a young dad. For those who remember, still can't sing a note. Love to hear from the 1962 class." - William

Ed Cooke, email, tried our Guess the Grads. (June 6, 1998)

Harry Shelley IHS 1962 and Barbara (Rogers) Shelley IHS 1963, from Fairfax Station, VA, sent news for fellow classmates. (March 28, 1998)

"Hello from Virginia! Harry (Class of 62) and I (Class of 63) send our compliments to Aileen Carney for a job well-done. Both of us deal with computers and we know how much work goes into an endeavor like this! We have two grown children..both living in Charlotte, NC. Our son is married and is a manager of a mortgage company. Our daughter graduated from Tech and is an engineer like her dad. We are enjoying our empty nest and have taken on life with a zest. We have taken up hiking, biking and golf. I also like to Rollerblade but Harry won't try it (yet). I am a teacher and Harry works for the government. My sister (Sandy Rogers Cowen) and Ken Cowen (Class of 63) left Ilion two years ago and are now living in Myrtle Beach. Would love to hear from alumnae!" - Barbara

Andy Bugal, from Mt. Waverley, Victoria, Australia, sent the following news:

"I do not believe I will ever get used to Christmas in Australia. This one was 35 degrees Celsius - over 100 degrees. It does solve the old problem - - like to see a white Christmas and wanting the snow to go away as soon as Christmas has passed." (December 28, 1997)

Marilyn Earl Rakowski, Retired, email, from Ithaca, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (modified November 16, 1999)

Judith Capes Bennett-Tinkler , Retired, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 23, 1997)

Gary Vogel, an Assembler with Remington Arms, Ilion, New York, the 3rd alumnus from the Class of 1962 to register in the alumni directory.

Andy Bugal, Melbourne, Australia, a CEO, the first alumnus from the Class of 1962 to register in the alumni directory.

Mail Mike McCormack, email with all of your Class of 1962 updates. Thanks Mike!


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