Ilion High School

Class of 1964

Alumni News

1964 Mirror Cover Ilion


Digitized Class Yearbook....

1964 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 1964 is at your published in the 1964 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1964", are available on the 1964 Class Roster page. (added February 20, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1964 (modified May 4, 2023)


Congratulations John David Kerr, IHS 1964, Veterans Hall of Fame 2023 nomination....

News from Mary Pat (Kerr) Smith's Facebook post - John David Kerr, U.S. Navy, Hospital Corpsman, Second Class, was nominated by Celine-Marie Pascal and Barbara Stahl to the Veterans Hall of Fame for 2023.

John served from 1966-1970. "John's former colleagues at the Canadaigua VA praised his compassion and dedication as a staff member and volunteer supporting veterans having touched many lives. Among his military honors, John received two Presidential Unit Citations."

Photo courtesy of Mary Pat Kerr Smith Facebook post
(added November 15, 2023)


Noreen Jones and Dipiazza Parole ....

Benedict X. DiPiazza was released to parole supervision on April 11, 2023. See link for Inmate Lookup - Benedict X. DiPiazza Enter DIPIAZZA for Last Name field. DIN (Department Identification Number) is 65B0023. (added November 6, 2023)

Noreen Jones - Dipiazza February 2022 Parole information email from Noreen's cousin, Allen Irons. (added February 16, 2022)


Noreen Jones ....

Noreen Jones Memorial 1946 - 1964


Medical bills support for Joe Maneen IHS 1996 - Go Fund Me Campaign....

Jeffrey Kowalczik is organizing this fund raiser for Jeff's childhood friend, Joe Maneen. Joe is battling sarcoma which has metastasized to both his lungs. "He is considered Stage 4, but the Doctor has some things up her sleeve."

The funds raised here will help the medical costs and travel expenses since the family (wife and 2 girls ages 8 and 10) will be split between the Panhandle and Tampa. Jeffrey Kowalczik kicked of the fund raising with a whopping $10,000 donation!

Joe Maneen is the son of Anthony Maneen, IHS 1964 and Jean Keddell Maneen, IHS 1965. Visit the fund raising page to learn how you can help Joe and his family. Medical bills support for Joe Maneen - Please help Joe Maneen. (January 26, 2021)


Anthony Maneen and William 'Bill' Lennox - IHS 1964 - Pharmacists

Anthony Maneen IHS 1964


William Lennox IHS 1964


William Wardle Wins Scholarship 1964


IHS 1964 alumni, Anthony Maneen, William 'Bill' Lennox and William Wardle, were among the graduates who pursued a career in pharmacy and were featured in the November 2020 Cover Story. Information about their education, career and Anthony's obituary were published as Anthony J. Maneen - IHS 1964 - Pharmacist and Lennox Pharmacistsand William Wardle - IHS 1964 - Pharmacist. (December 2, 2020)


Thomas Morris Recognized for Public Service ....

Attorney Thomas A. Morris Jr. was recognized by the Grayslake Village Board for his 15 years of public service on the Plan Commission & Zoning Board of Appeals. He worked on rezoning 42 properties and granted numerous zoning ordinance variances. He is an attorney at the firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in December 1996. He was a trial attorney at the U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division in Virginia. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and various service ribbons. (Dec 29, 2014)


Bill Lennox Running for New School Board

"I graduated in 1964, attended Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and was a partner in Lennox Bros, Pharmacy for 36 years. I was on the board of the YMCA, past president of AYSO, past president of the Ilion Central School Foundation, past president of the Ilion Community Club."

2013 Vote for Bill Lennox for School Board

"I am a fiscal conservative and the areas I want to work on are, improving discipline, improving graduation rates by targeting those students with classes that will keep them interested in learning. For example more vocational classes, classes to improve self esteem in young women, expanding the music and arts programs and life studies. I also want to see more advanced placement courses (very important on college apps). Lastly I would like to see student hall monitors to help control bullying. I am open to any positive suggestions to help this merger to be successful. This is a very exciting time for the Mohawk Valley and we have to ensure our students get the best possible education." - Bill Lennox (March 10, 2013)


IHS Combined Reunion Celebration Classes of 63 - 64 - 65 - 66 Reunion

IHS Combined Reunion
Ilion Days Theme "No Place Like Home" Classes of 63 - 64 - 65 - 66
Place: Francesca's Banquet Hall - 144 E. Main St., Ilion, NY
When: Saturday July 17, 2010
Time: 6 - 8 Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
8 - 11 Dancing with the original 'Boss V'

$15 Donation - Please RSVP with check by June 15th, 2010

'63 Fran Polley Retzloff, 7 Crescent St., Ilion, NY (315)895-763 email
Mary Rossi Caruso, 123 Country View, Frankfort, NY 13340(315)894-3264 email

'64 Lesa Decker, Montgomery St., Ilion, NY (315) 894-2358 email
Jennifer Bennett Haggerty, 131 S. Fourth Ave.,Ilion, NY (315-894-20500) email

'65 Jean Keddell Maneen, 174 W. State St., Ilion,(315)894-2034 email
Pat Runge Jones, Belle Iles Place, Booneville, NY 13309(315)942-5237 email

'66 Kathy Carney Donahue ,130 S. 5th Ave.,Ilion,NY13357(315)895-7905 email
Bill Remmers, 14 S. Fifth Ave., Ilion, NY,13357 (315)867-4481 email

(Apr 12, 2010)


40th Year Reunion Picture....

The Class of '64 had a 40th reunion. Joe Smith provided the link to the Joe Smith's Ilion Pictures. (modified Sept 9, 2014)


Ilion Days Reunion Plans 2003.....

Class Reunions for the classes of 1953 (50th), 1958 (45th) and 1968 (35th) will be the weekend of the July 25 - 27. These reunions coincide with Ilion Days and the Alumni JamFest 2003. Working in conjunction with The Ilion Days Committee, is the Special Events Committee and members of the Ilion High School Class of 1968, who wanted their 35th reunion to coincide with Ilion Days and a Jam Fest music event. The events committee scheduled the Jam Fest for Friday, July 25, following the annual Doo-Dah Parade, which gets under way at 6:30 p.m. from Remington Arms. For information on the event, contact Linda Whittemore at 894-6455. Whittemore wants to have classmates meet at the Jam Fest outside Eckerd's Mall where music will be provided from 8 to 9:30 p.m. by Boss V, last year's Mega Reunion band that will also play from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Ilion Elks. The Steve Rigo Band will play outside from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Disc jockey Ron Clive will be at the Knights of Columbus on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and Dale Edwards will perform in the evening at the Marine Corps League. Classmates will meet from 8-11 a.m. Sunday for breakfast at the Masonic Home on Otsego Street.

"The Special Events Committee joined us to bring back some of the memories of last year's Megan reunion," Whittemore said. "It was an exciting experience and we wanted to do it again this year and invite all former Ilion High School students to join us."

The committee will sponsor tours of the high school from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., July 26, and will raffle a "travel package" that includes a voucher from Liberty Travel, good for any travel, committee chairman Dick Bly said. Only 1,000 tickets at $5 each will be sold by local merchants and at the village offices. A winner will be drawn prior to the July 27 fireworks.

The raffle and a donation booth set at the mall during Ilion Days will help fund several projects the committee has undertaken, including erecting a memorial to deceased classmates in the school's new courtyard, the Veteran's Memorial Auditorium Project at the municipal building and the committee's efforts to save the Ilion Pool. (July 14, 2003)


Anthony Maneen approved as new legislature chairman

Anthony Maneen '64, (Dist. 4-Ilion), was nominated and unanimously approved by The Herkimer County Legislature to the position of chairman of the legislature. Maneen, a resident of Ilion, was appointed to the legislature in 1994 and sought the position of chairman two years ago. A part-time pharmacist, Maneen and his wife Jean Keddell Maneen, have three sons. As chairman, he is planning on trying to attract jobs to the area and wants to focus on both the "Pumpkin Patch" and the old drive-in theater in Schuyler for development. Also at the same meeting, Leonard Hendrix '61, R-Ilion, was nominated and approved as the vice-chairman of the legislature. (January 9, 2002)


Terrance J. Sweeney's Ilion Postcards

Terry Sweeney, has been collecting postcards featuring Ilion since 1982. He has accumulated over three hundred postcards and numerous other paper items dealing with Ilion and its history. Terry's collection is now featured on the Ilion branch of the Herkimer/Montgomery Counties GenWeb website. Enjoy Part I thru IV of Terry's postcard collection. (modified Apr 13, 2008)


Classmate News.....

Lesa Siver Decker email, completed another year - 1997, as the Ilion Days Chairperson. The residents of Ilion are very grateful to Lesa, for all of her hard work and dedication, in organizing this wonderful annual, Summer celebration! Lesa spent countless, volunteer hours working on this project and much of its success was due to her hard efforts. Great job, Lesa!!!!

Bill Lennox and Greg & Mary (Coffin Day), of Lennox & Day, entered the 1997 Ilion Days Bloomin' Crazy Contest, by planting flowers in front of the Ilion Police Station. Their efforts were dedicated in memory of the late Dr. Jeffrey Seymour, Class of 1983.



James Ward Sweet, IHS 1964, passed away peacefully, Monday, January 2nd, 2023, in Murfreesboro, TN. He was 76. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Sarah Beth Sweet, on December 6, 1979. A Graveside Service will be held at Cothran Cemetery in Unionville, TN on Saturday, January 7th. Pastor Mike Norris from Franklin Rd. Baptist Church in Murfreesboro will officiate, along with James' brother-in-law, Bill Stubba, a retired Methodist minister. Born, June 5, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Ilion, NY, James "Erkie" Ward Sweet was the third child, one of six children born to Annie Hogan Sweet and Ward Sweet. James served in the Navy from 1963-1968. He was a 2nd class Quartermaster/ Helmsman on a destroyer ship during the Vietnam War. During his early life he did contract work in the Electrical engineering (CAD) departments at Mcdonnell Douglas, Boeing, Raytheon, etc. He traveled with his family during his many contract jobs across the country to St. Louis, MO, Wichita, KS, Titusville, FL, Huntsville AL, Bristol, TN, which were some of the places they lived. For the past 20 years he was the graphics designer for a ministry in Murfreesboro, TN. He had an unbelievable sense of humor and his quick wit endeared him to many. Cartooning was a sideline and he also enjoyed photography, specializing in nature, weddings and birds, especially bluebirds. He leaves behind his devoted wife, of 49 years, Nanette (Swart) Sweet; two daughters, Vinchenza (Don) Sweet-Mikell and granddaughter, Lilli, from Huntsville, AL and Hannah Harshbarger and her three children, from Murfreesboro, TN; sisters, Eleanor "Snookie" (Bill) Stubba, in Eatonton, GA, Brenda DeJohn, in Ilion, NY and Prudence (Don) Seamon, in Lockport, NY; along with numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, family and friends. His playful spirit, creativity and sense of humor will be remembered and missed. (Jan 15, 2023)


Edward Anthony Pendergrass Sr., IHS 1964 age 73 of Mentor, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday June 6, 2020. The following he authored. Ed entered this world on October 6, 1946, in Little Falls, NY. He was the son of the late Raymond Edward (Foreman at Remington Arms) and Louise Sophia (nee Bladek) Pendergrass (Sales Clerk at W.T. Grant). Moving to Ilion, NY at 6 months Ed grew up in the affluent 50's at the former 46 West State Street. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1964. He then attended Syracuse University, In his Senior year he was a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon fraternity and the undefeated track team. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1968 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering. On June 17, 1968 General Electric hired Ed into their then Manufacturing Management Program with (3) 1-year assignments in Binghamton, NY, Tyler, TX and Utica, NY. He took an off program position at GE's Nela Park in Cleveland, OH where his career was either in Technology or Quality. In the course of his work he was granted (2) US Patents. After 33.5 years Ed accepted an early retirement offer the end of 2001 at 55. After spending an extended time in southern China he returned to Mentor, OH July 2014. Being doubled retired he enjoyed his time attending Bible Community Church, part-time teaching Consumer Math at Mentor Christian School, working around outside his home and church and training up his daughters, Vivian and Lilian. Ed's fatherhood began with Melanie Jill (11/1/70 NY) followed by Jennifer Jill (12/6/73 OH), Sarah Raye (10/6/77 OH) and Edward Jr. (6/11/82 OH) with former wife, Star; then resumed with Vivian Louise (4/29/09) and Lilian Li (9/13/11) both in Huizhou, PR China with wife Lijun (Lily) Li. God saved Ed from his sins on January 13, 1980 while at Maplegrove Christian & Missionary Alliance church in Willoughby Hills, OH. Before his major faux pas he served over 20 years in varied positions. His deeper walk in the Light came at Bible Community Church. Much indebtedness is owed to Pastors Mike and Denny, finally realizing that God controls every atom! His life verse was Galatians 2:20. He relished "his" SF Giants, LA Rams, LA Lakers and his college, 'Cuse. He became less enthralled with pro sports during his days in China. However, he greatly enjoyed ribbing followers of most teams, especially THE school in Columbus, OH! His sister, Pat, said he was a Type A person to wit Ed did displays a number of those traits. He liked ping-pong (3 sons-in-law never beat him [or quoted Scripture] for his daughters hands), card and board games, using chopsticks. He loved any 'chuz', his glider, surprising people. His wife, Lily, survives Ed along with his 6 children: Melanie Janka HD#1 (Dave; Olyvia, Grayce, Jennifer (Adam) Squires and David (Rachel) Janka) of Stow, OH, Jennifer Domenech HD#2 (Marc; Dallas, Taylor and Andrew) of Eastlake, OH, Sarah McMichael HD#3 (Julia {HGGS#1 Josiah} and Jacob) of Mentor, OH, Edward Pendergrass Jr HS#1 (Bianca) of Mentor, OH, Vivian and Lilian. His sister Patricia McElrath (Joe) plus niece Jodi and family, nephew Chris and family plus several cousins. All are invited to attend the calling hours for Ed to be held from 4:00-7:00 PM Monday, June 15th, 2020 at Bible Community Church, 8600 Lakeshore Blvd., Mentor. A Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 PM Monday at the church with Pastor Mike officiating. In lieu of flowers, you are asked to consider gifts to Bible Community Church. Envelopes will be available at the church. Praise the Lord and rejoice everyone, as Ed is in Heaven to spend eternity. Arrangements have been entrusted to Jeff Monreal Funeral and Cremation Services, 6330 Center Street, Mentor OH 44060. (July 5, 2020)


Mr. Roger J. Vandawalker, IHS 1964, age 73, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly on Monday morning, September 30, 2019. At the time of his passing, he had the support and dedication of his loving wife, Pam, at his side. Born on September 15, 1946, Roger was a son to the late Leon and Marion (Steele) Vandawalker. He was raised and educated locally, graduating with the Ilion High School Class of 1964. He then went on to further his education at Mohawk Valley Community College and at SUNY IT, before enlisting with United States Navy. Roger honorably served his country during the Vietnam Era, conducting goodwill tours and achieving the rank of Aviation Electronics Technician (ASW) Petty Officer Third Class and receiving his honorable discharge on October 3, 1969. Roger always remained a proud veteran and patriot of the United States. Upon return from his military service, Roger met and fell in love with the former Pamela A. Pokorny. On August 25, 1972, the two were wed and recently celebrated forty-seven years of a marriage filled with love, devotion, and respect for one another. Hardworking by nature, Roger was employed with Lockheed Martin (formerly Martin Marietta, formerly GE) for over twenty-five years as a Microelectronic Technician in the Engineering Lab. He was a jack of all trades at home as well and there wasn't much he couldn't fix, including a white 1977 MGB that he restored and enjoyed for years to come. Roger could best be described as the strong, silent type, and all-around cool guy. He was extremely intelligent and could be found doing puzzles and Sudoku daily to exercise his mind. He also enjoyed history, genealogy, and ancestry; going so far as to trace his family's roots back to the 17th Century. At the time of his death, he was actively looking for the lost Vandawalker cemetery in Western, NY. Golf was an outlet for Roger for relaxation, enjoyment, and a round of drinks with his friends. He regularly played the game whenever he could and once achieved every amateur golfer's dream: a hole-in-one, which occurred at Quail Creek Golf Club in Conway, SC on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. Besides golf, Roger was also an avid sports enthusiast, rooting for the Syracuse Orangemen, NY Giants, and never missing a NY Yankees ball game. Roger and Pam were extremely blessed with their children, grandchildren, and extended family; an extended family that did not stop at only relatives. They had a wonderful group of friends that they spent a lot of their time with. For the last nine years their winters in the south were spent with an amazing and supportive group of friends. These memories and the values that Roger instilled to his family will be his lasting legacy. Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Pam; his daughters, Rebecca Vandawalker and Shawn Bell of Liverpool and Melissa Vandawalker and Brian Bacheller of Waltham, MA; his son, Roger J. Vandawalker, II and wife, Katie of Alexandria, VA; and his grandchildren, Brendan Rice and Carson Rice, along with grandson #3, Baby Boy Vandawalker, on the way. He also leaves his sister, Virginia Vandawalker of Ilion; brother-in-law, Kenneth Pokorny of East Herkimer; sister-in-law, Kathie Vandawalker of Herkimer; his godchildren, Debra and Dave; along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and countless friends that he made throughout the years. Roger was predeceased by his brother, Ralph Vandawalker in 2001 and his sister, Jean Runyon in 2018. Friends and relatives are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Members of the Ilion Elks' Lodge are asked to gather at the funeral home at 4:45PM to perform their ritualistic service. Roger's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence at the funeral home at 5:00PM immediately upon the conclusion of visitation with Bishop Dan Herzog of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church officiating. Private interment will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery at the convenience of Roger's family. The family would like to thank the staff at the Veterans Affairs medical centers in Syracuse, Rome, Albany, and Charleston. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Fisher House, 113 Holland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Roger's final arrangements have been entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors of the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (October 5, 2019)


Terrance (Terry) John Sweeney, IHS 1964, 73, died on June 15, 2019 after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Terry was born in Ilion, NY on July 21, 1945 the son of John and Arletta (Armstrong) Sweeney. Terry graduated from Ilion High school in 1964 and attended The University of Houston on an Athletic scholarship. He served in the US Army here and in Germany. Terry traveled extensively as a field representative and as a technical writer for G.E./Lockheed Martin. Terry is survived by his sons, Kenneth & his wife Robin of Georgia, Kevin & his wife Wendy of Charlotte, as well as 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by his brothers Kenneth and John Jr. and his sister Deborah Tennant, all of NY, and by many nieces and nephews. Terry is also survived by Jeri Anderson, his girlfriend for the past 3 years. Also playing a large role in Terry and his children lives is their mother Christine Sweeney. We would like to thank all the wonderful and loving nurses and staff at the McClure Miller Respite House. In lieu of flowers please forward donations to UVM McClure Miller Respite House, 3113 Roosevelt Highway, Colchester, VT 05446. A finer facility will be hard to find. Services will be held at the Georgia Plain Baptist Church in Georgia Plains, VT on June 21, 2019 at 11 am. Burial will be in Ilion, NY at a later date. (July 4, 2019)


David H. Cole, IHS 1964, of Ilion, passed away on Sunday March 10, 2019 at St. Elizabeth's Medical center in Utica, with his loving family by his side. Dave was born on July 24, 1946 in Ilion. He was the son of Arlington Cole and Mary (Dayton) Beauchamp. He was a graduate of Ilion schools and following graduation, he served in the United States Marine Corp. Following his service in the Marines, Dave served as a New York State Trooper, retiring in 1990. Dave was a member of the Marine Corp League in Ilion, Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, St. Francis, Ilion Knights of Columbus, The Ilion American Legion and was a founding member of the West Hill Social Club. Dave is survived by the love of his life Judy Lennox; four children Deborah Mowers of Little Falls, David Jr. and his wife Sarah of Ilion, Jodi and her husband Alan Bard of Cedar Lake and Jenny McEvoy-Stack and her husband Tom Stack of Fairfield; a brother John Cole and his wife Kathy of Herkimer; sisters Denise and her husband David Bascom and Donna Beauchamp all of Herkimer; a step brother Mitchell Beauchamp and his wife Gail of Herkimer; grandchildren Jamie and Derek Mowers; Madeline, Jonah and Evan Bard; Trey, Alanna, James and Jasper Stack. Dave also leaves "The Boys" at JD's. A celebration of life for Dave will be on Friday March 15, 2019 at 6 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Friends may call on Friday from 4 pm until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to please consider donations to Sitrin Military Rehab 2050 Tilden Ave. Box 1000 New Hartford, NY 13413. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence, please go to (March 2, 2019)


Patricia (Alexander) Morey IHS 1964, age 71, of East Campbell Avenue, passed peacefully in her sleep, Friday evening, June 8, 2018, in her residence. Born in Ilion, on December 22, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Neil and Helen O'Connor Alexander. Raised and educated in Ilion, Patty was a graduate of Annunciation School, Ilion High School and Albany Business College. She was employed with the City of Oneida, in the Planning and Community Development Office. Patty was a communicant of St. Helena's Church, Sherrill, a member of the Old Erie Women's Golf League and the Oneida Community Women's Golf League, a member of the Oneida Community Golf Club and served on the Oneida County Board of Elections. She was a vibrant person, who lived life to the fullest, enjoying travel, playing golf in her best matching golf outfit and most of all, her family and everyone's company. Her family summed up her outlook on life, "...we are not here for a long time, but we are here for a good time." Surviving are her three daughters, Michelle Morey Kelley and her husband Jeffrey and their son, Brendan, all of Newburyport, MA, Suzanne Morey of Sherrill and Allison Morey Dail and her fiance, Jason Rust and her son, Ayden Dail, all of Wake Forest, NC; the father of their three daughters, Kenneth D. Morey of Sanford, NC; her brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Carol Alexander of Oneida; her brother-in-law, Sal Coriale of Penn Yan; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Barbara Coriale. Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Wednesday, from the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Paul Catena, pastor. Interment will be made in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call at the Campbell-Dean Funeral Home, Inc, 260 Main Street, Oneida, 3-7 PM, Tuesday. Contributions, in her memory, may be made to Special Olympics, 6315 Fly Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057. To leave a message of condolence, visit (June 21, 2018)


Frankie "Frank" L. Crossett, IHS 1964, age 72, of W. Montgomery St., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 22, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on January 7, 1945, in Ilion, the son of Louis and Mabel (Evans) Crossett and graduated from Ilion Central High School in 1964. Frank was employed at the Village of Ilion for over 26 years and retired about 2007. Frank was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 and received the "Elk of the Year" award. Mr. Crossett was also a former member of the Ilion Moose Lodge. He was a former umpire for M.V. Umpire Assoc. Frank enjoyed golfing and going to football and baseball games. Surviving family members include his brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Karen Crossett, of Herkimer; two nieces, Heidi Hardy and Holli Long, both of Chittenango, NY; his aunt, Millie Gay, of Middleville; three great-nieces; two great-nephews; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; and his aunt, Florence Monroe. In keeping with Frank's wishes, there are no scheduled calling hours or funeral services. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Frank, or add to his online memorial, may go to Frank had requested that all his funeral arrangements be entrusted to his longtime friend and Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 (315-895-7722). (December 29, 2017)


Dr. Linda-Jo (Caple) DeGroff, IHS 1964 age 67,died July 18, 2016. A native of Herkimer, New York, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Patricia Purdon Caple. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Brian DeGroff and brother, Brad Caple. Dr. DeGroff was employed at the University of Georgia for over twenty years and retired as a professor in the Department of Language Arts. She had a genuine love for teaching and reading. In recent years, she volunteered at the Athens Area Humane Society. No services are scheduled at this time. Survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Lorey and Chuck Pelto of Wixom, Michigan; four nieces and nephews; seven great nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Athens Area Humane Society. Lord and Stephens, EAST, is in charge of arrangements. (Feb 26, 2017)


Robert James Decker, IHS 1964, 70, passed away Monday, December 5, 2016. Bob was born March 8, 1946 in Herkimer, the son of the late Raymond and Beatrice Coonradt Decker. He was a 1964 graduate of Ilion High School and in 1966 he graduated from MVCC. Bob joined the US Army in 1966 and served two years in Mannheim, Germany in a radar repair unit. He was honorably discharged in Oct., 1969. On May 25, 1974 he was united in marriage with Lesa Siver. Bob was employed for 18 years with MDS in Herkimer, and later as Ilion Codes Officer, a job he really loved. He was active in helping grow the local AYSO Region, refereeing and coaching and serving as Commissioner of the region before opening his soccer store, Soccer Central Plus in 1995. Bob really enjoyed interacting with all the customers who came in the store. If you thought Bob was a quiet man, you probably never got to talk to him about soccer, his precious grandchildren or his very favorite topic - Fantasy Football, winning the "family" league 3 times during the 5 years he played. He may even still win it this year. Bob is survived by his wife Lesa; 3 sons, Brian of Seattle, WA, Thomas and his partner Elizabeth Crawford of Utica and Gregory and his wife Jennifer of Beaufort, SC; his grandchildren Caroline and Milena of Seattle, WA and Jackson and Patrick of Beaufort, SC; three sisters, Nancy Alexander of Brownville, NY, Betty and Bill Rathbun of Ilion, NY and Debi and Steve Wood of Gig Harbor, WA; a brother in law James Siver of Herkimer, NY and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends are invited to attend calling hours for Bob to be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego Street, Ilion, and funeral service to be held on Friday December 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Rick Riggle officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion A.Y.S.O in honor of Bob's great love of soccer and of the youth of Ilion. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence please go to (December 17, 2016)


Carol Sue Adams, IHS 1964, 63 of Rand St. entered into eternal rest on Friday February 5,2010 at St. Luke's Hospital with her family at her side. She was born on April 12, 1946 in Ilion; daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Kamp) Adams. She worked as a Mental Hygiene Therapy Aide at Marcy Psychiatric Center. She graduated from Oneonta Teachers College with a Bachelors Degree. She taught briefly in the Little Falls School District. Carol Sue enjoyed the outdoors; especially nature, hiking and birds, She loved the ocean. She loved music; especially the Beatles. Her cat Goosie meant the world to her. Survivors include her life partner of 25 years Debra Kraeger of Ilion; her sisters Nancy Adams Pitluga of Ilion and Mary White and her husband James of Ilion; her brother Richard E. Adams and his wife Nancy of Jensen Beach, FL and her nieces, nephews and cousins. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of 3 East at St. Luke?s Hospital for the wonderful care they gave her. They would also like to thank Dr. Emile Wassel and Dr. Yekaterina Kashtanova. The family will receive relatives and friends on Monday, February 8,2010 from 2-4 & 6-8pm at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd. Ilion, NY. Her burial will take place in the spring at Armory Hill Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Carol Sue's name to Ilion Ambulance Committee. Envelopes may be obtained at the funeral home. (December 9, 2014)


Mary Elizabeth (Bowers ) Morton IHS 1964, 68, of Reston, Virginia, passed away peacefully on June 4, 2014, at her home, after a short battle with cancer. Ms. Morton was the fourth of five children, born May 13, 1946, to Albert and Elizabeth (Cranney) Bowers of Ilion. She graduated from Ilion High School in June 1964 and married John L. Morton on July 3, 1965. After raising her family in Mohawk, she returned to college to earn a BS and MS in psychology. Ms. Morton spent her professional career working with children in a vocation she loved. Her shining smile, heartfelt hello and intense interest in each child's development were her hallmarks. She is survived by her loving husband, John; daughters, Anne Morton of Reston, Virginia, and Christine (Mark) Zigadlo of Leesburg, Virginia; sons, James of Johnstown, William (Michelle) of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Brian Morton of Reston, Virigina; her seven grandchildren, Kevin, Victoria, Allison, Katherine, Jacob, Noah and Luke; her beloved brothers, Jack, Ed and Terry Bowers; and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Morton was predeceased by her son, John, and sister, Kathleen. A celebration of life memorial for Mrs. Morton will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 8 at Brown's Chapel (11300 Baron Cameron Ave.) in Reston, Virginia. Mrs. Morton's remains will be interred in upstate New York at a later date, after a private service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Mary's favorite charity: Cornerstones - The family wishes to thank the dedicated professionals at Inova Hospitals (Fairfax and Mount Vernon) and Reston Hospital Center for the wonderful care Mrs. Morton received as she fought the rapidly spreading cancer. The family would also like to thank the Optum Hospice team for their care and support; the team worked to ensure the last days of Mrs. Morton's life were pain free and comfortable. (July 5, 2014)


Fr. Edson Jerome Wood - Ilion NY
Fr. Edson Jerome Wood

Fr. Edson Jerome Wood, O.S.A. IHS 1964, was born on September 17, 1946, in Ilion, New York, the son of Edson J. and Marion K. (Young) Wood. He had two brothers. He was baptized on September 28, 1946, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, New York. He attended Annunciation Parish School, Ilion, New York (1951-1956) and Saint Joseph’s Parish School, Danbury, Connecticut, (1956-1960), for his primary education. He attended Central Catholic High School, Norwalk, Connecticut, (1960-1962), and Ilion High School, Ilion, New York, (1962-1964), for his secondary education. He was received into the Order as a novice on September 9, 1964, and after a year at Good Counsel Novitiate, New Hamburg, New York, he professed first vows on September 10, 1965. He then attended Villanova University and obtained a BA in Philosophy, (1965-1969). While in the Collegiate Seminary, he served as Master Organist for the Seminary and University, Director of the Seminary Choir, and Coordinator of the Seminary Dramatics Department. He then was assigned to Augustinian College, Washington, DC, where he studied theology at the Catholic University of America, where he received the STB and the STL, (1969-1973). He professed solemn vows on September 14, 1968.

While in the Theologate, he taught Theology at Archbishop Carroll High School and Latin at The Connelly School of the Holy Child in Potomac, Maryland. He served as keyboard accompanist at Carroll High School and at the Drama Department of Catholic University, and he assisted in preparing the Carroll High School Marching Band for international competition [Ireland and Rome] in 1972 and 1973. He also was instrumental in implementing a pilot program for Grounds and Building Maintenance Operations at Carroll. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 24, 1972, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion, New York, by Bishop Edward Maginn, Auxiliary Bishop of Albany, New York. From 1970 to 1979, he was assigned to Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, DC, where he taught theology and was Dean of Students. From 1979 to 1982, he worked as the Assistant to the President at Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. From 1982 to 1983, he taught Latin at Good Counsel High School, in Wheaton, Maryland. From 1983 to 1993, he was assigned to Malvern Preparatory School, where he taught theology, was Director of Student Activities and School Chaplain. In 1984, he accepted the position of Chairman of the Steering Committee for the decennial Middle States’ evaluation of Malvern Prep, and he successfully guided the school through the year of preparation for the Committee’s visit in 1985. He was also commissioned a Lieutenant in the Chaplain Corps of the United States Navy in 1985 [honorably discharged in 1991]. Beginning in 1993, he served first as Assistant Chaplain and then as Brigade Chaplain at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Fr. Wood was known for his ready smile, youth like enthusiasm, keen sense of humor and friendly personality. His entire religious life was spent in either teaching or ministering to the needs of students in high schools and higher educational institutions. The Rule of St. Augustine states that “Before all else, dear brothers, love God then your neighbor, because these are the chief commandments given to us.” Fr. Edson followed in the spirit of St. Augustine by his sincere love of God and dedicated service to the needs of others.

He suffered a stroke on Friday, March 21, 2014, was taken to Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York where he died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. May he rest in peace. In addition to his religious brothers, he is survived by his brothers Gary and Leonard Wood. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Church of St. Thomas of Villanova (Univ. Campus), Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA, on Monday, April 14, 2014, at 11:00 AM. A viewing will precede the Mass from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM. There will also be a viewing later on Monday from 6 to 9 PM and on Tuesday April 15th from 8 to 10 AM both at The Most Holy Trinity Catholic Chapel at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will then follow at 11 AM at The Cadet Chapel of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Interment will take place on Wednesday April 16, 11 AM in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, NY in the Wood family plot. In lieu of flowers, the Augustinian Community of which Father Wood was a beloved member wishes contributions to be made to The Augustinian Fund, Care of Sick and Elderly, c/o Augustinian Provincial Office, P.O. Box 340, Villanova, PA., 19085-0340. (April 25, 2014)


Albert 'Al' A. Pestar IHS 1964, age 67, of 9 Center St., Ilion, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on May 18, 1945, in Herkimer, the son of Henry and Dorothy (Trask) Pestar and was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. Al was a Navy veteran who served in the Mediterranean and Vietnam. On January 21, 1967, he was married to Pamela A. Small in Ilion. After his military service, he worked at various technical jobs at the Remington Arms Co., Ilion, for forty-two years, retiring in 2009. He was a communicant at the Church of the Annunciation and life member of the Ilion-Frankfort VFW #502. This loving, gentle, and most beloved husband and father leaves behind his wife, Pamela Mary Small Pestar; his son, Albert Arthur II and his fiancée, Bekki Jowett; his daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Eric Wiegand; his daughter, Rachael Ann Pestar; his loved sisters and brothers, Janet and Jerry Orendorf, Barb Jones, Brad and Pat Upson, Robert and Linda Small, and Russell and Kathryn Small; special nieces and nephews; grandnieces and nephews; and also his very special Godchildren, Patrick and Catherine Hagerty-Mattern. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Al's Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m., at the Church of the Annunciation, West St., Ilion, with Rev. Leo Potvin, officiating, assisted by Deacon James Bower. In keeping with Al's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. In Lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Herkimer Co. Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407, in Al's name. The Pestar family has entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to Al's friend and family Funeral Director, Don Applegate at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion (895-7722). (May 30, 2012 modified March 20, 2016)


Glendon L. 'Sandy' Kasarda IHS 1964, 64, of South Third Ave., passed away on Monday morning, March 22, 2010 peacefully in the comfort of his home, following a brief illness. He was born on April 20, 1945 in California, son of the late Francis X. Kasarda who passed away in 1988 and Marian (Farrington) Kasarda who resides in Ilion. He graduated with Ilion High School, Class of 1964 and also graduated from the Police Academy. On June 10, 1989 he was united in marriage with Linda Moore in the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion with the Rev. David Jones, officiating, celebrating 20 years of marriage in 2009. Mr. Kasarda entered into military service with the U.S. Airforce in 1964 and received an honorable discharge. He held the rank of Fuel Specialist and was stationed in Thailand. He was last employed with Craneville Concrete, Utica. From 1970-1980, Mr. Kasarda served the village of Ilion as a police officer with the Police Department. He also held two terms as a trustee with the village and belonged to the Ilion Republican Committee. Mr. Kasarda was a simple man who led a wonderful life. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his wife: Linda of Ilion; his mother, Marian also of Ilion; two daughters: Cindy Innella of Pennsylvania and Suzy McGraw and husband Shawn of Ilion; three stepchildren: Robert Huffman and fiancée Danielle of Ilion, Russell Huffman of Ilion and William Huffman also of Ilion; his sister: Kim Maley and husband Lee of Ilion; a brother: Edward Kasarda and wife Mary Kay of Newport; his grandchildren: Kyle, Ryan, Colin, Nicole, Jocelyn, Emma, Drew and a special grandchild, Braidin; many nieces and nephews including his godson, Christopher Maley of Ilion; an uncle: Ron Farrington of Herkimer; inlaws: Donald Ligoski of Mohawk, Joe Moore and wife Terri of Ilion, and Ellen Eysaman and husband Tom also of Ilion. He was preceded in death by his father, Francis and by his mother in law, Anita Ligoski. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort, 894-8000 on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from 4-8 p.m. and also invited to attend his funeral service commencing at 11 am on Thursday, March 25th from the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Victor W. McCusick of the First Presbyterian Church, Ilion, officiating. Interment will take place at a later date in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Kindly consider memorial offerings in his name to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Kidney Foundation; envelopes are available at the Enea Family Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the entire dialysis team in Herkimer who took wonderful and compassionate care of Glendon and his family. The family is being cared for by funeral director, Daniel J. Enea. (April 4, 2010)


David R. 'Peewee' Lozo IHS 1964, 63, of Ilion, passed away in Mohawk Valley Health Care on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. David was born in Ilion on August 12, 1946, a son of the late David R. and Florence (Blaise) Lozo. He was educated in Ilion schools, graduating with the class of 1964. He was last employed at Motronics in Little Falls. David is survived by his son: Todd Lozo and his wife Theresa of Ilion; daughters: Tracy Loomis and her husband Kevin of Chandler, AZ, and Melissa Burns and her husband Jon of Mohawk; a brother: Bill Lozo and his wife Mary of NJ; a sister: Beverly Sweeney and her companion Tom Matthews of Ilion; 8 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; his uncle: Gene Blaise and his wife Ruth of Herkimer; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 5-7 PM at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000). His funeral will be conducted by Deacon James Bower at the conclusion of calling hours, also at the funeral home. David will be interred in the spring at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. In lieu of floral offerings, kindly consider donations in David�s memory to Mohawk Valley Health Care, 99 Sixth Avenue, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. David�s family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Mohawk Valley Health Care for the kindness, love and care given to David during his stay. To add to David�s online memorials, please visit our website at on the internet. (Feb 3, 2010)


James B. Cormia IHS 1964, age 63 of 435 N. Bellinger St. Herkimer passed away on Sunday November 8, 2009 at home. Jim was born on April 8, 1946 in Ilion the son of the late Howard and Marion (Donovan) Cormia. He was educated in Ilion schools and attended MVCC. Jim was employed as a computer technician with UNIVAC, MDS, Hamilton Digital most recently Par Tech in Utica. On August 1, 1970 Jim married the former Barbara Osley. Jim was a member of The Church of The Annunciation in Ilion. He was a past member of the Ilion Elk's and a member of the Elk's bowling league. He was a Ham Radio Operator and was active with local radio clubs and MUFON. Jim was a soccer referee for AYSO and was instrumental in organizing soccer in this local area. He was a local musician playing with the Delphi's, The Villagers and Chapter Two as a vocalist and lead guitarist. Jim is survived by his former wife Barb, a son Brian Cormia and a daughter Michelle Cormier all of Ilion. He also leaves an Aunt Valerie Wachtman of Ilion and a niece Jennifer Paley of Rochester. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Cormia. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday November 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm at the Church of The Annunciation with the Very Rev. Anthony Barrett officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill cemetery at the convenience of the family. Friends may call on Saturday from 11am until 1pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Memorial donations in Jim's memory may be made to Catholic Charities or the Ilion Frankfort Food Pantry. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. (Nov 11, 2009)


Cheryl (Miller) Lesniak IHS 1964, of Thoroughbred Dr. passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at her home surrounded by her family, she was 63. Born on May 12, 1946 in Utica, NY, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Hilda Howell Miller. Cheryl attended Ilion Central High School, Ilion, NY, graduating in 1964. She then went on to receive a degree in Political Science from Briarcliff College in Briarcliff Manor, NY. For several years Cheryl worked for Saratoga Associates in Saratoga Springs. She also volunteered her time at the Hawley Foundation, Flower and Fruit Mission and Community Hospice of Saratoga. Survivors include her two daughters, Dana (Adam) Thibodeau of Westbrook, ME and Keri (Kurt) Solon of Houston, TX; her son, Kyle Lesniak and his fianc, Megan McDonald of Denver, CO; two sisters, Judith (Dr. Duane) Thurman of Berwyn, PA and Beverly (Dr. Hiram) Garber of Portland, ME; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 10amFriday, Aug. 14, 2009 in the Chapel of Christ Episcopal Church, Corner Rt. 50 and 67, Ballston Spa. A service will be celebrated at 10am in the church by the Rev. Derik Roy, pastor. Donations may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway (518-584-5373). Online remembrances may be made at: (August 19, 2009)


Mrs. Sherry L. Harter Cote IHS 1964, age 61, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2008, in Valley Health Services. She attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1964. She was married to Lawrence A. Cote on June 27, 1964, in Annunciation Church, Ilion. She was employed as a technician for MDS and later General Electric, Utica plant, for many years. Sherry is survived by her beloved husband, Lawrence A. Cote. (Apr 18, 2008)


David Wells IHS 1964, age 62, of Dewitt, NY, passed away Monday, December 17, 2007, at his home. David was born on October 11, 1945, in Ilion, NY. Dave was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 64. He was predeceased by his first wife, the former Sandra Santmire, who was also an Ilion graduate from the class of 65. Dave was a retired Chief with the Dewitt Fire Dept and retired from teaching at J-D Middle School in 2001. There was nothing that made David more proud than his eight grandchildren, who filled the house with happy noises that he loved so much. He was so courageous and capable that we believed we would have him forever. He found his faith most strongly with the congregation of the Abundant Life Community Church in Camden, NY. David taught us to be open to wonder, to look at the world and life as he did - a promise for adventure and fun, and to stay close to family and friends. He was blessed by so many of both and was deeply thankful for them. He is survived by his wife, the former Lynne Jones Murphy, who he married on October 12, 2003; a brother, Rob Wells; stepmother, Lucille Wells; children, Kimberly (Chris) LeBlanc and Michelle (Mike) Walsh; stepchildren, Shannon (Eric) Thayer, Staci (Keith) Lansley, and Erin and Amber Murphy; niece, Melissa Wells; nephew, Andrew Wells (Marissa); and grandchildren, Noelle and Emma LeBlanc, Ryan Walsh, Hannah and Lauryn Hollenbeck, Brennan and Alexander Wells, and Margaret Lansley. Service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Burns-Garfield Funeral Home with burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Dewitt, NY. Calling hours will be Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home, 3175 E. Genesee St. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to his family or one�s favorite charity. (Dec 20, 2007)


Sam Hyde IHS 1964, age 59, of 8th Street, Chadwicks, NY died suddenly Thursday, May 6, 2004, at his residence. Born in Ilion, he was son of the late Harry J. and Ada Waldron Hyde. He was a 1964 graduate of Ilion High School. Sam has been employed for the past 24 years as a senior stores clerk at the New York State Police Troop G Headquarters in Loudonville. He was uncle of Paula D. Carey and her husband Charlie of Yorkville, brother of the late Beulah E. Angle, and uncle of the late Ruth E. Abeling. Sam thought of his friends Brian and Ann Wright and their family as members of his family. (May 22, 2004)


Charles J. 'Chuck' Wheeler IHS 1964, age 57, of 156 Rockwell Drive, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Dec. 28, following a long illness. Chuck, who was affectionately called "Muggs" by his family, was born April 21, 1946, in Ilion, son of Charles A. and PearlF. (Swart) Wheeler. He attended Ilion schools. At one time he was married to Bonnie (Fink) Wheeler Moore, the mother of his children. Bonnie predeceased Chuck. Chuck was last employed by the village of Ilion, retiring from the Department of Public Works in 1998, after many years of dedicated service. Prior to that he worked at the Remington Arms, Union Tools and Hennesey's Cigarette Service. Chuck attended St. Augustine's Church; at one time he was a member of the Ilion Elks. One of his greatest pleasures was to be Santa and the Easter Bunny for the village children at events, and he volunteered his time going to the hospital and nursing home at Christmas and Easter. He enjoyed watching TV, movies and doing crossword puzzles. Years ago he was an avid card player and loved to shoot pool. Survivors include his three daughters, Dee and her husband Dan Sanders of Flint, Mich., Michele Wheeler of Prescott, Mich., and Renee Arnott of Millington, Mich.; six grandchildren, Charles, Caliegh, Justin, Tommy, Ashley and Adraina, all of Michigan; two sisters, Charlotte Wheeler and her friend Mark Kinsella of Ilion and Charlynne and her husband John Harter of Mohawk; three brothers, Tim Wheeler and his wife Susan of Ilion, Thomas Wheeler of Ilion and Terry Wheeler and his wife Jean of Mohawk; his very special friend, Leona Comes of Ilion, with whom he resided, and her family; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Pearl Wheeler in 1993, his son, Charles Jr. and his grandson, Josh Sanders. A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, Dec. 31, commencing at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine's Church, with Father Thomas Trees, rector, officiating. Interment will take place this spring on the Wheeler lot at North Columbia Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visitation Tuesday, Dec. 30, from 4-7 p.m. at the (January 4, 2004)


Anthony Maneen IHS 1964, age 57, of 174 West State St., passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2003, in University Hospital after a long and courageous battle with diabetes, kidney and heart disease. He was born in Ilion on June 22, 1946, the son of the late Samuel C. and Jennie Terzo Maneen. Anthony attended Ilion Schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the Class of 1964. He later attended and graduated from Albany School of Pharmacy with the Class of 1974. He was married to Jean Keddell on July 30, 1966 in Church Of The Annunciation, Ilion. Anthony served as the Supervising Pharmacist for the opening of Carl's Drugs, Herkimer, in 1976. He later was the owner and operator of Maneen's Village Pharmacy, Richfield Springs, and later of Maneen's Pharmacy, Newport, for many years. Following his retirement, he worked part time as a Pharmaceutical Consultant for local pharmacies in both the Herkimer and Oneida County areas. He had most recently worked with the Oneida County Correctional Facility in the Pharmacy. He was a Communicant of Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Church and a member of Knights of Columbus Council #518, Ilion, as a Third Degree Knight, Ilion Elks BPOE Lodge, Ilion Moose Lodge #1010 and the Mohawk Valley Pharmaceutical Association. He was a former member and Past President Ilion Little League, Jaycees, and served as an Umpire for Local Football games. He served with the Herkimer County Legislature since June of 1995 and was the Presiding Chairman since January of 2002. He was an avid Yankee fan and was very athletic while in high school and college playing football. While attending college, he played for Union College, Albany. Anthony is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Jean Maneen; three sons, Samuel C. Maneen of Woodbridge, VA, Francis A. Maneen of Rochester and Sgt. Joseph J. Maneen, serving with the USAF in Ramstein, Germany; one brother and sister-in-law, Nicholas and Linda Maneen of Greenville, SC; one sister and brother-in-law, Mayme and Gerald Fluharty of Frankfort; his cherished granddaughter, Briana Maneen; his mother-in-law, Ruth Keddell of Ilion; in-laws, Lorita Keddell, James and Pat Keddell, Sister Margaret Keddell, Barbara Griffin, Paul and June Keddell, Peter and Deb Keddell, Mary Patelos, Kenneth and Francine Keddell; his Godchildren, Daniel Fluharty, Erick Judson, Andrea Keddell-Heintz, Lindsay Lockett and Joseph DeStafano; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Francis Keddell; and brother-in-law, Dan Keddell. His funeral will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2003, at 10:15 a.m. fromthe V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave., Frankfort, and at 11 a.m. in Our Lady Queen Of Apostles Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. John Yanas, Pastor. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. Members of the Knights of Columbus will meet Friday evening at 7 p.m. at the funeral home for services. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Kidney, Diabetes, or Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. (July 17, 2003)

Tony and Jean were great supporters and organizers of the MegaReunion. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Jean and her family on their loss.) (July 17, 2003)


Edward G. 'Ted' Dack IHS 1964, age 53, formerly of 47 Sixth Ave., passed away, after a long illness, Nov. 30, 1999, at Little Falls Hospital. He was born in Ilion Sept. 10, 1946, the only son of George E. and Jennie "June" (Rankins) Dack. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1964, where he was active in golf, bowling and wrestling. He worked for several years as a mail carrier for the Ilion Post Office. He retired in 1976 due to ill health. He is survived by his mother, June, of Ilion, several aunts and cousins, including his very close cousin, Kenneth "Ken" Dack and his wife Kitty of Ilion, who have seen to Ted's special needs over the past several years. He was predeceased by his father, George E. Dack in 1990. Funeral services will be held Decmeber 2, at 11 a.m., at Applegate & Day Funeral Home. Interment will follow the funeral service in Armory Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in Ted's memory to the American Kidney Fund. (December 1, 1999)


Deepest sympathy is extended to Dave Wells, Class of 1964 on the death of his wife, Sandy Santmire Wells, Class of '65. Sandy died on 30 December, 1998, from breast cancer. (May 12, 1999)


Mr. Grant (Skip) Smalldone IHS 1964, age 53, a member of the IHS Class of 1964, passed away in his home, Monday, January 5, 1998. Skip is survived by his wife, Emily, who he married on June 30, 1973. He is also survived by his three sons and two daughters, his father, his brother, Robert and a granddaughter. Skip was employed as a corrections officer stationed at the Midstate Correctional Facility. He was president of AFSCME Council 82 local 2169, and Executive V.P. of Council 8h2. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 8, 1998, at the Ilion United Methodist Church. Corrections officers from around the state are expected at his funeral. Funeral arrangements are by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Prospect Volunteer Ambulence. (January 6, 1998)


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Donald Davidson, Attorney, email, and alternate email, DanaPoint, CA, registered. (July 13, 2003)

Kenneth Allen, Project Engineer, email, Utica, NY, registered. (May 28, 2003)

David Cole, retired, from Ilion, NY, email, re-registered. (May 28, 2003)

Marion (Mimi) Mills Hamilton, email, Mooresville, NC, re-registered. (January 12, 2003)

Dan McGrath, Lancaster, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 7, 2002)

Nancy Frosch McGrath, Lancaster, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 7, 2002)

Jennifer Bennett Haggerty, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)

Gary Conover, email, Yuba City, CA, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 2, 2002)

Pam Dauten Turnley, from Ocala, FL attending the mega-reunion. (August 29, 2002)

Larry Feuerstein, email, from Wildwood, MO, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 29, 2002)

Thomas Schoonmaker, email, Oneida, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 22, 2002)

Diana Lyn Casey Shoen, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 21, 2002)

Dan McGrath, School Administration Dir of PE & Athletics, email, Lancaster, NY, sent news. (August 18, 2002)

"Nance and I have made plans to attend [the megareunion]. I have a work conflict on Friday evening, however we will be in on Saturday. Our registrations are o ntheir way....Go Bombers!" - Dan

Janet Frezza Moran, from Liverpool, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 25, 2002)

Fred Supry, Consumer Affairs Specialist, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (June 19, 2002)

Mary Ann Hart Rutter, email, from Bradford, PA, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 7, 2002)

Bob Decker, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 3, 2002)

Lesa Siver Decker, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 3, 2002)

John Bacon, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (February 17, 2002)

Tony Maneen, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Terrance Sweeney, Fairfax, VT, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Thomas Schoonmaker, a systems engineer, email, Oneida, NY, re-registered. (May 15, 2002)

Dan McGrath, School Administration Dir of PE & Athletics, email, Lancaster, NY, re-registered. (April 13, 2002)

Joyce Watson Myers, email, from Liverpool, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 1, 2002)

Carole Bouck Natarelli, email, from Herkimer, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 1, 2002)

Bill Wardle, email, Loudon, TN, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 25, 2002)

Paul Congilaro, email, Pittsford, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 17, 2002)

Richard Moore, U.S. Navy (Retired), from Van Hornesville, NY, sumbitted the mega-reunion survey. (Feb 16, 2002)

Terrance Sweeney, Fairfax Vt. - In response to the Website pictures of Otsego Street, Terry wrote "... And speaking of that, my wife and I have been collecting postcards of Ilion for about ten years and our collection numbers over three hundred, with some dating back to the 1860's and 70's." (October 7, 2001)

Faith Richards Hawkins, email, Glens Falls, NY, registered. (May 20, 2001)

Bob Decker, Business Owner, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (March 30, 2001)

Diana Letts Dygert, email, Portland, TN, registered. (March 21, 2001)

James Sweet, graphics designer, email, from Rockvale, TN, registered. (November 2, 2000)

Nanette Swart Sweet, Bookstore Manager, email, from Rockvale, TN, registered. (November 2, 2000)

Allan Slocum, Manager, email, from Wake Forest, NC, registered. (October 13, 2000)

Pat Rapehske, email, from Gainseville, FL, registered. (August 3, 2000)

"hi from gainesville fl. contact me" - Pat

Robert "Smitty" Smith, Investment Client Manager, email, from Schenectady, NY, registered. (July 30, 2000)

Rick Crannell, Telecommunications Engineer, email, Stevensville, MD, registered. (April 2, 2000)

Joe Smith, email, from Chadwicks, NY, registered. (February 2, 2000)

Sandy Shaw Bennett, tried Guess the Graduate. (October 7, 1999)

Tom (Danny) Stilwell, grade school classmate, email, from Deerfield, NY, registered. (September 6, 1999)

"I went to Annunciation School up to about 4th grade, then to West Hill School until the end of 6th. From there, I started at the High School until the Spring of1959, when I moved to Albany, NY. for 6 months. I moved to Whitesboro LateSummer 1959. From then on, I completed my High School at Whitesboro ...." - Danny

Larry Feuerstein, Vice Pres. & Chief Information Officer, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), email, from Wildwood, MO, registered. (modified October 13, 2000)

Robert 'Dobber' Clive, Remington Arms-sub-assembler, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified May 3, 1999)

"Hi classmates of 1964. I know most of you remember me as the person who always has an excuse. Things have changed as I aged. I would have sent my e-mail address sooner but I didn't have an e-mail address. I'm still as tall as I was when we graduated. I have learned how to fish, bowl, be married, a father and a grandfather. I have also become a pet to my master a black lab & black cat. I would go on but I have to go. Best Wishes." - Dobber

Jack Fitzer, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (February 21, 1999)


Paul Congilaro, Engineering Manager, email, from Pittsford, NY, signed the Guest Book. (modified Jan 18, 2002)

"Just found this website. Aileen, you've created a great website. My latest great adventure was three years in Shanghai, China, building this cities first subway line. Living and working in China for three years was a wonderful experience. I hope to hear from some of my old classmate. Paul (Cong)"

Susan Gogol Chamberlin, Marketing - DuPont Co., email, from Wilmington, DE, registered in the directory. (December 27, 1998)

Corliss (CORKY) Masur Lulow, Administrative Assistant, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (November 3, 1998)

Gary Harris, Marketing/Advertising, email, from Jackson, MS, registered in the directory. (September 7, 1998)

Mary Carole Bentley Des Champs, Case Worker/Manager, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (August 23, 1998)

Mary Hart Rutter, an administrator, email, from Lockport, NY, registered in the directory. (modified Feb 8 2001)

Bill Wardle, Pharmacy Management, email, from Marietta, GA, registered in the directory. (July 18, 1998)

"Currently working as district manager for Owen Healthcare after spending 3 yrs. in Tenn. as director of a hospital pharmacy. Left the valley in 1994 and haven't looked back (golf all yr.round). 4 children (underwriter,lawyer,CPA,RPh.) broke from tuitions,3 granddaughters. Celebrated 30yrs.with Marie 7/13/98. Great site, nice job." - Bill

Kenneth Merkelbach, Medicaid Specialist, email, from Albany, NY, registered in the directory. (June 26, 1998)

Richard Moore, U.S. Navy (Retired), from Van Hornesville, NY, registered in the directory. (June 7, 1998)

"A Thank You and "Well Done" to site creator Aileen Carney Sweeney! This site is not just a great idea, but is excellent in content and scope. Having just moved back to the area after being gone for 32 years (retired from U.S. Navy w/22 years service in '88, and from Georgia Dep't of Human Resources in Feb '98) it's nice to have a source like this to catch up on IHS events & alumni. I've been browsing the site for over an hour, checking out the guestbook messages and other areas/links, and my mind's been flooded with many fond memories. I've located and contacted some former classmates as well. And a Thank You to Charlie Bennett (Class of '64) for leading me to this website - a place I'll return often. It's great to be back home!" - Richard

James Yule, employed by Raytheon, email, from Colonial Heights, VA, registered in the directory. (May 22, 1998)

"Hello fellow alums: Where have all the years gone?! I retired from the Army in 1991 as a Lt. Col. I currently work for Raytheon developing computer based training for clients. I am also an enrolled agent licensed to practise before the IRS (anyone need tax help?) I have been married to Betty Quayle (Mohawk 64) for 32 years and we have traveled the world just a few times. We have 3 kids- Heather 27, Vicky, 25, and Robert, 23. Just returned from a 3 week vacation to Japan to visit son, who is teaching English in a Japanese school. This is a great web site I learned a lot about many of you whom I have'nt seen since 1964. Hope even more alum will sign on and share their lives. Hope to return for a future reunion, meantime, you can find me in 'Ole Virginie'". - James

Gary Conover, Consultant, AND Co-Creater of the IHS Seal email, Yuba City, CA, registered in the directory. (May 4, 1998)

Fran Spatol Bato, Secretary/Bookkeeper, email, Rochester, NY, registered in the directory.

"How many people remember the wonderful strawberries from my Dad's farm, on Barringer Rd., across from Doty's Golf Course?" - Fran (March 18, 1998)

Tim McCormack, Manager at Remington Arms, email, Marcy, NY, registered in the directory. (March 13, 1998)

Robert "Marty" Wilson, email passed the Guess the Graduate Quiz. (November 13, 1997)

James Sweet, Rockvale, TN, graphics designer, email, the first alumnus from the Class of 1964 to register in the alumni directory.

Harold Mogenson III, Ilion, email, the 2nd alumnus from the Class of 1964 to register in the alumni directory. Harold is a retired Army Sergeant Major.

Lesa Siver Decker email, the 4th alumnus from the Class of 1964 to register in the alumni directory. Lesa is a "...Real Estate Salesperson among many others [occupations]. Call me (315-894-2358) if you DO want to move back to Ilion!"


Class of '64 Contact Person....

Thomas Morris, Senior Class Vice-President, email, from Grayslake, IL, is the latest Class Editor to come on board. (modified Mar 26, 2009)

"In the absence of another volunteer, you may put my name in nomination as the class contact for the Class of 1964.
My mailing address is: 503 Christy Circle, Grayslake, IL 60030.
My e-mail address is: email
Home fax number is: (847) 543-0449.
My home telephone number is: 847-223-2170.
I am an attorney in Chicago at
Hinshaw & Culbertson, 222 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60601
Telephone: (312) 704-3034. Fax: (312) 704-3001.

Please contact: Thomas Morris at email with all your class news.

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