Ilion High School

Class of 1969

Alumni News

1969 Mirror Cover Ilion


Digitized Class Yearbook....

69 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 1969 is at your published in the 1969 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1969", are available on the 1969 Class Roster page. (added February 22, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1969 (added February 7, 2020)


1969 Facebook Group for 50th Reunion....

IHS Class of 1969 Facebook Group.

1969 alumni and friends have an active group on Facebook called "Ilion High School Class Of 1969 Reunion". The class of 1969 is planning our 50 year reunion to be held at the Elks Club at 8 pm on Friday 7/19/19.

Note from John Menard Administrator of the Facebook group

"Hi members of the Class of 1969!!

As everyone is undoubtedly aware it has been almost 50 years since we all left good old Ilion High. We have gone in many directions but we will always share a common bond with the village, the teachers, the school and each other. Let's celebrate and reconnect with friends we may not have seen in a long time. Plans are being made for a 50th class reunion to be held on Friday July 19th- to be followed by what is being called a mini mega class reunion for the classes of 1963-1973 to be held the next day. Details to follow.

Please pass the word to any and all classmates you know - the bigger the turnout the more fun we will all have. This page is not only to keep everyone updated on the activities of the reunion but also to share with each other memories, photos, information on classmates and friends, and anything else of interest to the class.

As plans develop we will pass them on- it should be a wonderful weekend!! We can't wait to hear from you!!!
SAVE THE DATE - JULY 19-20. (March 31, 2019)


Distinguished Alumnus Tribute

Mary Erin (O'Connor) Blair is featured in the November 2016 Cover Story. During this historic year, take time to salute Ilion High School's Outstanding Women Veterans on Veterans Day.


Classmate looking for 1969 Yearbook....

"I graduated from Ilion High School in 1969. I'm looking for a 1969 yearbook or copies of the senior pictures from that year. (my senior yearbook seems to have come up missing.)" Harold Pierce, email. - Can anybody help?

Your class could set up a Google Account and one person could scan your Yearbook Senior Section pages. It's easy to do. See this article What is Google Photos? How to back up and share all of your photos for free. It's a great way to share lost yearbooks. (October 5, 2015)


'The Mersey Side V' - 50th Anniversary Tour....

Join classmate Rick DeJohn with Gary Rigo IHS 1967, Bruce Ward, Bill Mirgo and Rick Short as they kick of the 50th Anniversary Tour of the band, The Mersey Side 5. (May 31, 2015)

When: Saturday June 6
Where: Silverado Inn, Herkimer
Cost: $5 cover


40 Year Reunion Plans....

Rick DeJohn, email, wrote....

"This year will be the Class of '69's 40th class reunion. So far nothing has been planned which is no big surprise."

"On July 17th, Friday night, The Boss V reunion band will be playing at the Elk's Club following the 2009 Ilion Days Doo Dah Parade. This could be a prime time for those Class of '69 graduates to get together and have a drink or two, hang out, and see who comes."

"I don't know how many good years we have left, so we ought to take advantage of this. If any of you find the time, try to get in touch with fellow classmates and let them know and spread the word. Enjoy.............." (Feb 22, 2009)


Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training......

Petrina Keddell Hamm '91, sent news regarding the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training.

"Guess what? My husband, Jon, and I have decided to run a marathon! Yes, you are reading this right - on October 21, we're going to run the Nike Marathon in San Francisco. The good news is that you don't have to - but you can help! We've joined the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training to help raise funds for leukemia & lymphoma research. As a Team in Training member, we have accepted two important challenges- to prepare to endure a marathon and, more importantly, to support the fight against blood cancers by each raising $4000 to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society."

"By joining Team in Training, we have committed ourselves to a summer full of learning how to run and of raising money for a cause that we truly believe in. Personally, our race is inspired by an amazing individual who is currently battling cancer: Paul Keddell, Sr. (Petrina's uncle, a 1969 IHS graduate). As some of youknow, Paul was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May of 2006. [He has a website, made by his daughters: Please keep Paul in your prayers.] Knowing of the fight he is fighting -each and every day- and the tremendous spirit & courage that is carrying him is our motivation to run."

This run will be a labor of love for both of us. Please support us and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by sending a tax-deductible donation by August 1st. In doing so, you will be supporting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's vital mission to finding a cure. You can mail a donation to us at 600 Brickstone Drive, Apex, NC 27502. Please make sure checks are made payable to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Alternatively, you may donate by credit card at my You can also check this site for regular updates on our training and fundraising progress. Please keep in mind our fund raising deadline is August 1st.

If you or someone you know has had their life touched by cancer, please feel free to write their name on the enclosed donation form and and send it along with their donation. Or, if you're sending a donation using my website, feel free to email the name to me. We would be honored to write these names on individual ribbons and pin them to our jerseys on race day, running in tribute to their struggles, strength, hope and memory as well.

Thank you so much for your support. Feel free to forward this message to your family, friends and coworkers as well. You are making a real difference in the fight against blood cancer!" (July 5, 2007)


'The Boss V' - take a trip down memory lane.....

Revisit 60s & 70s bands with some photos provided by Joe Rossi '68. (March 27, 1999)

Band Links and Photos

Retro Band Photos -      Legends      The Corner Store       The Boss V


1969 Graduate receives the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal.....

IHS 1969 Graduate, Arthur 'Ozzie' Sterling, was presented the highest honor bestowed upon a veteran by the State of New York, the "New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal". Assemblyman Marc Butler presented the honor to Ozzie, on Friday, January 30, 1998. The State Legislature sanctioned the award in 1920, to reflect the state's pride and appreciation in the patriotic and heroic service of its citizens. Arthur "Ozzie" Sterling served with the U.S. Marine Corps from August 1969 to 1971, and was stationed with the First Battalion Fifth Marine Division. Ozzie's other awards include the Combat Action Ribbon for his combat service in Vietnam. Ozzie accepted the award in the presence of his wife Mary Bechard Sterling, Class of '75, and their three children. (February 1, 1998)


Rotary Club....

Ilion alumnus William H. Getman 1969 is serving as President 2000-2001, Waterville Rotary Club. Email Bill at email. (Feb 23, 2002)


Superintendent Terry Brewer

Terry Brewer is Superintendent of Schools of the East Greenbush Central School District. 5,000 pupils are enrolled in the seven schools in the district. Five neighborhood schools serve the K-5 population. Howard L. Goff Middle School serves students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Columbia High School serves approximately 1,400 students in grade 9-12. (March 24, 2001)


30th Reunion held....

Rick DeJohn sent a 30th Reunion Report, complete with pictures. (modified October 11, 2000)


1969 Alumnus Named Counselor of the Year....

Ilion alumnus Mary Erin O'Connor Blair 1969 has been named Counselor of the Year for the State Division of Veterans Affairs - Northeastern division. She provides benefits counseling and advocacy on behalf of veterans and their families in Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Mary Erin served 11 years on active duty in the Navy and 15 years in the Naval Reserves. She joined the Division of Veterans Affairs in 1994. (October 28, 1999)


Library Landscape site Adopted in memory of classmate.....

Frankfort Developmental Service Organization (DSO) Day Treatment Program has adopted the grounds of the Ilion Public Library, as part of Ilion Days beautification events. The group has dedicated their efforts in memory of classmate Gale Andrews Ahern, their 'much beloved librarian'. (September 27, 1999)



Douglas James Kornbrust, IHS 1969 - Douglas Kornbrust passed away on November 9, 2023. In October 2023, Doug caught a severe case of Covid. Doug was in the hospital with Covid pneumonia for a few weeks. Doug was 72 years old. Doug received his PhD in toxicology, and had a huge impact on the drug development world. He created a wide variety of amazing music and audio dramas, painted pictures and landscape designed. "Doug literally marched to the beat of his own drum!!" Of all his personal achievements, what he held most dear was his amazing marriage with his wife, Karen, and being a loving and supportive father to his son, Christopher, (aka CJ). (November 24, 2023)


Beverly (Capes) Sudakow, IHS 1969, age 72, of North Charleston, SC entered into eternal rest unexpectedly on July 11, 2022 at Trident Medical Center with her beloved daughter and son-in-law by her side. Beverly was born on July 6, 1950, to Seth and Gladys (McCoy) Capes in the peaceful valley of Ilion, NY where she was raised and educated along with her siblings Carolyn, Judy, Larry, twin sister Barbara, and JoAnn. Beverly was a 1969 graduate of Ilion High School. In 1971 she was united in marriage to Harold Sudakow and out of that loving union came her one and only daughter, Melissa Leigh. Although their marriage ended, they remained friends for their daughter. Melissa was her pride and joy, her everything. Beverly loved to create with her hands, many of her hobbies included gardening, quilting, crocheting, painting, pottery, ceramics, button art and baking. She enjoyed sharing her creations with family and friends. She was known for her delicious pies and never hesitated to make one when asked. She especially proud of her beautiful garden, and won yard of the month a few times over the years. Beverly was employed by Duofold for many years where she made several dear friends. She moved to South Carolina in 1997 to be closer to her daughter. She was employed by IHG Hotels and Resorts and retired from there in 2012. She made many close friendships and cherished her dear friends Sue (Coffin) Walsh, Ann Brownell, Veronica (Peak) Seaman, and Mary Ann Jory who preceded her in an untimely passing in 2021. She looked forward to her trips back to the valley to spend time with her sisters, cousins, and friends. She loved life and had an infectious laugh and smile. She was always up for a family gathering or a sister's trip to Virginia Beach. She was proud of her Irish heritage and loved to celebrate it by making Irish dishes with her daughter. She enjoyed tracking her family lineage and genealogy. She was honored to be a twin and loved spending many afternoons crafting with her dear sister, Barbara. Beverly was proud to be a member of VFW Post 3433 and attended DAR meetings with her daughter. Surviving her is her beloved daughter, Melissa Leigh and Brian Rogers of Goose Creek, SC; her cherished grand-dogs Charlie and Piper; her partner of many years Claude Bailey of North Charleston, SC; her siblings Carolyn (Danny) Beran of Ilion; Judy Bennett-Tinkler of Ilion; Larry (Nancy) Capes of Pine Bluffs, WY; Barbara Miller of Summerville, SC and JoAnn (Jim) Richards of Ilion. She was blessed with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Each one shared a special relationship with her and will all have their unique memories to hold on to and cherish. Preceding her in passing were her parents, Seth and Gladys Capes; brother in-law Ernie (Jr) Bennett; brother in-law Gregory Miller; brother in-law Jack Tinkler; nephew Gregory Miller Jr and great nephew Robert Dunn. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to either, the VFW Post 3433, 10154 Bell Wright Road, Summerville, SC or Herkimer Humane Society, 514 NY-5S, Mohawk, NY 13407. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Beverly's calling hours on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 10:00AM – 12NOON at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday at 12NOON immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Procession will follow to Mt. View Memorial Gardens in Little Falls where Beverly's earthly remains will be laid to rest. Arrangements have been entrusted to Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (July 19, 2022)


Richard J. "Dick" Lewis, IHS 1969, age 70, of Old Forge, NY, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2022 after a long illness while surrounded by his loving wife and family. Dick was born on August 13, 1951, to Merle and Mary Jane (Craigue) Lewis. He grew up in Ilion, NY, graduating with a degree in Education from the State University of New York at Oswego. After teaching for two years, he permanently moved to the Adirondacks, where he had spent many happy summers growing up. In 1977, he purchased The Lanterns Restaurant in Eagle Bay, NY, operating it for more than three decades. He was a talented chef and bartender, and no one ever went hungry or thirsty when he was around. He made many lifelong friends through the restaurant, still sharing (mostly appropriate) stories of their fun for years afterward. Dick loved sports, playing baseball while at Oswego, and was a former member of both Thendara and Inlet Golf Clubs. While his children were growing up, he took great pleasure in spectating at their sporting events, sometimes quite loudly. He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, and was an avid reader, often finishing several books each week. His favorite times were cooking for family and friends. His greatest love in life was his family. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Kate, children William Mellen, Manlius, NY, Christine (Brian) Morgan, Needham, MA, John (Jennifer) Mellen, Mayfield, NY, Sarah (John) Scouten, Port Leyden, NY, Richard (Brittany) Lewis, Jr., Boonville, NY, and Matthew Lewis, Port Leyden, NY; grandchildren Elizabeth, Bella, Gracelin, Tristan, Jackson, Rye, Avery, and one on the way who was already loved; sisters Mary Beth (Timothy) Brennan and Mary Ellen (Paul) Deceglie; mother-in-law Sarah Kelley; his niece and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his grandson Shepard. His family would like to thank Dr. Tom Socash, Laura Cooper, and the staff at the Health Center, as well as the staff at Faxton Dialysis Lab and St. Luke's Hospital Intensive Care Unit. Calling hours will be held on June 2 from 11am to 2pm at Dimbleby Funeral Home, 128 Fern Ave, Old Forge. A Celebration of Life will take place the same day from 4pm to 6pm at the Back Door Bar, 3092 Rt. 28, Old Forge. In lieu of flowers, those who wish can donate to the Town of Webb Historical Association, PO Box 513, Old Forge, NY or St. Bartholomew's Food Pantry, PO Box 236, Old Forge, NY. (June 18, 2022)


Marcia Radley Minehan, IHS 1969, age 70, the loving wife of John H. Minehan, passed away peacefully at home in Westport, on March 16, 2022 of a rare form of appendiceal cancer. Born in Rochester, NY in 1951 to the late Grover W. and Patricia Rheinhardt Radley, Jr., Marcia grew up in Ilion, NY and spent her summers at her family's camp on Lake Otsego near Cooperstown, NY. She was a graduate of Ilion High School (1969), Smith College (1973), and Albany Law School (1976). After graduating from Albany Law School, Marcia moved to New York City and worked in the Trust Department of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. where she met her future husband. She retired from Morgan Guaranty after the birth of her first child, Katherine (Katie) R. She went on to have two more daughters, Jane E., and Caroline A. and has resided in Westport for over 40 years. Despite the demands of raising three daughters, Marcia was always active in other endeavors. For many years she was a Trustee of Albany Law School as well as a Trustee of the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Marcia was an avid exercise enthusiast and made many friends at the Southport Racquet Club and the Saugatuck Rowing Club Marcia is survived by her husband, John Hull Minehan, her daughters Katherine Minehan Orce (Brian) of New York, NY, Jane Elizabeth Minehan of Seattle, WA, and Caroline Minehan Hanley (Matt) of Farmington, CT and one granddaughter, Zoe Olivia Hanley. She is also survived by her sister, Sarah Radley Stein (Robert) of Rockport, ME, her brothers Jeffrey Rheinhardt (Brenda) of Clinton, NY and Eric Rheinhardt of Cooperstown, NY and many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to greet her family on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to reminisce and celebrate her life at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: The National Organization for Rare Disorders, Attn: Department 5930, P.O. Box 4110, Woburn, MA 01888, (March 21, 2022)


Eric M. Kasper IHS 1969, age 69, of Little River, SC, passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Eric was born in Ilion on May 26, 1951. He was a 1969 graduate of Ilion High School. Shortly after high school, Eric enlisted in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He was honorably discharged in 1973. Upon returning to his hometown of Ilion, Eric started his career in the Fire Department. He worked in the Herkimer and Ilion Fire Departments, before having to retire in 1978 due to being injured in a motorcycle accident. After retiring, he decided to further his education. He was a 1984 graduate of Herkimer County Community College and a 1986 graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. After graduating, Eric started his career in Insurance. He was employed at WJ Cox in Williamsville, NY, Builders Mutual Insurance and then Stonewood Insurance, both in North Carolina. While retiring in Little River, SC, he still worked part time at the Mar Vista Grande in North Myrtle Beach. Eric was a very talented carpenter and took great pride in his work and all his projects that he was doing to make his house a home. When he wasn't working, chances are, you could find him out on the golf course doing what he loved to do most. Eric is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Erika and Ken Root and their daughters, Alexa and Makenna Root of Ilion. "His girls" were his pride and joy and it was obvious to anyone that knew him, that he loved them more than life itself; his brother Scott Kasper and wife Kimberly, of Florida; niece, Michelle Kasper of California; niece, Pamela Kasper and nephew Scott Kasper of Florida; brother, Mark Kasper; many friends, including those he was very close with: Mike Porter Sr. of Forestport, Chris Weeden of Cedar Lake, Jessica "RD" Elsass of Ohio and Cynthia Niner of Little River. He was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Pauline Kasper, his brother Larry and close friends, Dennis Prior and Clark Swinehart. Eric's family would like to thank his special friends from the Diamondback Golf Course and the staff at Loris Hospital for their valiant efforts in trying to save his life. In keeping with Eric's wishes, there will be no funeral services. There will be celebrations of his life in NY and in SC planned for a later date. (May 9, 2021)


Mary Ann (Smithson) Jory IHS 1969, age 71 of Ilion and Piseco Lake passed away April 1, 2021 with her loving family at her side. Mary Ann was a magnificent wife, mother, daughter, nana, sister, aunt and friend. Born February 11, 1950 in Ilion the daughter of the late Arthur and Virginia (Emrich) Smithson. She attended Ilion Schools with the Class of 1969. On May 7, 1971 she was united in marriage to Bernard Jory at the Church of the Annunciation. Mary Ann was employed by the Ilion Central School District at the former Remington Elementary School where she was very active in the PTO, retiring after 30 plus years of service. Mary Ann had a special place in her heart for the Adirondacks and her camp at Piseco Lake where she was the captain of her party barge, never letting anyone drive it but her granddaughters. A true matriarch of the family with a strong character always taking care of everyone before herself. Her unselfish ways and her unconditional love was a true inspiration to all who knew her. A great cook with dozens of recipes that will be surely missed. Mom was our rock and nothing made her happier than making Christmas special for her family. As a proud Nana she never missed a game or program as she was proud of her granddaughters' academic and sports achievements. She is survived by her husband Bernard, her sons Michael Jory and his wife Cheryl, Andrew Jory and his wife Martina, Matthew Jory and his friend Brian Senesac; four cherished granddaughters Chelsea Genevive Jory, Justine Mary Karin Jory, Emily Theresa Jory and Lauren Marie Jory; her in-laws Barbara Smithson, Jane Smithson, Jeanette and Bill Evans, Ann and Fred Joseph, Peggy and Bob Labuz, Paul and Christina Jory, Mary and James Crehan, Phil and Anne Jory, James Jory, Ed and Mary Lynne Jory; also several special nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was predeceased by her beloved parents Art and Virginia, her brothers James Emrich, Richard Smithson, Ronald Smithson, Robert Smithson; her sister in-law Ann Smithson and her father and mother-in-law, Arthur and Mildred Jory. Funeral services for Mary Ann will be private. Graveside services for Mary Ann will be held on Wednesday April 7, 2021 at 1:30 at the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, Deacon James Bower will officiate. Friends and family are asked to please consider memorial donations to the Piseco Lake Ambulance C/O Bernard Jory 148 E. North St. Ilion, NY 13357. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence, please go to (April 12, 2021)


James Michael Gollegly IHS 1969, age 69, a native of Ilion, New York, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 in Hobe Sound, Florida. He was born on June 9, 1951, in Ilion, a son of the late Emmett J. and Audrey (Stapp) Gollegly and was a graduate of Ilion High School. He had been a longtime resident of Daytona Beach, Florida, where he worked with Flav-o-Rich Milk Company and later Wal-Mart Produce Department in Ormond Beach. He was a man of Catholic faith who could complete any crossword puzzle handed his way. He loved sarcasm, bowling, coffee, and Old Westerns and will be dearly missed by his loving family. Surviving family members include his children: Jana Moore (Scott, Ky, Josiah, and Aniyah) and Melissa Gollegly, all of Seattle, WA; his siblings, Pamela Griffin, of Whitney Point, NY, Sherri Morris, of Ilion, NY, Kevin P. Gollegly and his wife, Marlene, of Herkimer and Renee Gollegly, of Herkimer; along with his Aunt Carol Gollegly, of Utica, NY; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held in the Summer of 2021, at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. There are no calling hours. Those wishing are asked to consider donations in his memory to the Ilion Ambulance Fund, Central Fire Station, Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Arrangements are with The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, Ilion, NY, Funeral Directors, Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia. (April 12, 2021)


Elaine Sue (Fischer) Luther, IHS 1969,68, of 14 McKinley Avenue, Dolgeville, NY, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, October 5, 2020, at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, with her family by her side, after an extended illness. She was born on October 6, 1951, in Ilion, NY and was the daughter of the late John (Jack) and Audrey (Jarvis) Fischer. Elaine was educated at Ilion High School and graduated with the Class of 1969. She attended Hudson Valley Community College. She was united in marriage to Gary C. Luther on July 9, 2011 at the United Lutheran Presbyterian Parish Church, Dolgeville, NY. Elaine formerly worked at the HARC, Herkimer, NY, for 10 years as a secretary and retiring several years ago. Elaine volunteered for numerous community groups, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts-Dolgeville Troop 18, the Dolgeville Food Pantry and Preschool Playhouse. Elaine loved her church and was a faithful member of the United Luther Presbyterian Parish, Dolgeville. Elaine enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will always be remembered for her smile and care for her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Elaine is survived by her beloved husband, Gary C. Luther, at home; two sons, Jason Woolver and his wife, Nancy, of Fairport, NY and Raymond Salek and his wife, Melissa, of Greece, NY; a daughter, Jennifer Thompson and her husband, Jim, of Edison, NJ; two stepsons, Hal Luther and his wife, Kristin, of Buffalo, NY and Ryan Luther and his fiance, Nikki Hancock, of Methuen, MA; her cherished grandchildren, Abby Thompson, Will Thompson, Jack Thompson, Max Woolver, Nate Woolver, Natalie Salek, Jax Luther, Ava Luther, Kendall Luther, Nadia Luther, Kyah Luther, Emelyn Luther and Colson Luther; two sisters, Linda Bilinski and her husband, Stanley, of Salisbury, NY and Corky Bull and her husband, Larry, of New Hartford, NY; a brother, David Fischer and his wife, Laurie, of Ilion, NY; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside interment service will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at Salisbury Rural Cemetery, Salisbury Center, NY, with Pastor Anthony Bradseth officiating. Family and friends are welcome to attend the service. The family is being cared for by family friend, Brian A. Roberts, of Roberts Funeral Home, 3 East Faville Avenue, Dolgeville, NY 13329. Please consider memorial contributions for the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 in memory of Elaine Sue Luther. (October 9, 2020)


Madeline M. (Ciociola) Webber IHS 1969, age 68, of Rome, passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Syracuse. Born in Ilion on December 1, 1951, she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Carmella (Salvaggio) Ciociola. On February 18, 1984 she was united in marriage to Gerald Webber. Madeline loved to help people and her home was always open to those who needed comfort or a home cooked meal. She loved spending time with her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving besides her beloved husband, Gerald, is a daughter, Michelle Campos; a son, James (Angela) Dye; two brothers, Michael (Karen) and Ralph Ciociola; five grandchildren, Courtney (Michael) Forester, Bethany Vaitkus, Emily Dye, Rio Boehl and Jillian (Greg) Morgan; four great-grandchildren, Zionah, Jahzara, Jahdava and Willow; her in-laws, Marion and Walter Webber; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 25th at 2:00 p.m. at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome. Interment will take place in Rome Cemetery in the spring. Family and friends are invited to call at the funeral home prior to the service on Saturday from 12-2:00 p.. (February 7, 2020)


Charles F. Allen, IHS 1969 - Charles "Charlie or Chuck" Frank Allen, Jr. passed away at Albany Medical Center on Friday, March 29, 2019, at the age of 68. Charlie was born on December 18, 1950, in New Hartford, NY, to Charles Sr. and Philomena "Fay" (Julian) Allen. He attended Ilion Central Schools, where he helped manage the Varsity Baseball Team, graduating in 1969. He attended Morrisville Community College for Culinary Arts. Charlie worked at Remington Arms, and was a resident at the Herkimer Area Resource Center, most recently living at Brookside in Mohawk, NY. Charlie was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the New York Giants, and he also enjoyed dogs and cats, family gatherings, and coffee; lots and lots of coffee. He had a great sense of humor, a contagious laugh, loved his independence, and everyone who knew him or worked with him talked about his charm. Charlie is survived by his sister Patricia Cofrancesco and husband James of Liverpool, NY, his brother Edward Allen and son Kenneth of Covington, Louisiana and son Edward of Herkimer; his niece Fay Cofrancesco (and Michael Ellison) of Lake Lure, North Carolina; his nephew Michael Yelle, Jr. of Ilion, NY; his nephew James Cofrancesco, wife Jena, and children Dominic, Zachary, and Skye, of Liverpool, NY; his Aunt Helen Buttiglieri; Aunt Connie Gigliotti; and many cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, and sister, Julianne Allen, and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A Celebration of Charlie's Life will be held at the Enea and Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000 on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 2:30PM – 5:00PM, with a funeral service commencing at 5:00PM, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Burial in Mt. View Memorial Gardens will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to HARC or the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Charlie'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)


Major Paul Maurice Keddell, IHS 1969, 65, born January 7, 1951, in Ilion, New York, passed away peacefully at his home on December 6, 2016 after a long and hard fought battle with Multiple Myeloma. Paul leaves behind his loving and precious wife of 44 Years, June Keddell; his beloved children, Kirstie (Brendan) O'Neil, Shauna (Tim) Cannella, Lindsay (Dave) Lockett, and Maj. Paul (Liz) Keddell II; cherished grandchildren, Declan, Finley, Luke, Elliott, David Paul, Whitney, Will, Jon, Owen, Abby, Makenna, Emma, Trenton, Aidan, Liam, Isabel, and Ariel; siblings, Lorita, Peg, Jean, Barb, Mary, Jim, Pete (Deb), and Kenny (Fran); in-laws, Judy, Linda (Vic), and Gary (Ellen); dozens of nieces and nephews that he adored; and many friends he considered family. He was preceded in death by his parents Francis and Ruth Keddell; father and mother in-law Roy and Joyce Backman; brother Daniel Keddell; son-in-law Kevin Phillips; and in-laws Tony Maneen, Pat Keddell, Sharon LeRoland, and Roy, Jon, and Erica Backman. Paul retired honorably as an Air Force Major and earned numerous medals including the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Korean Defense Service Medal. He received both his Bachelors and Masters degrees with honors while being a father of four and working full-time. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and never met a stranger he didn't know. He was the bedrock of the family and always put his family in front of everything. He was a devoted husband who absolutely adored his wife; and June was a fierce advocate for him throughout his battle with cancer. Despite his own illness, he was a Eucharistic minister, ministered to the sick, and was an ambassador for Multiple Myeloma until the very end. He loved the Red Sox, Jeeping, RVing, story-telling, music, and his beer; was a sailing, clamming, computing, and jerry-rigging enthusiast; enjoyed wood-working, grilling, and gardening; and he took pride in everything especially his grandchildren. He was the past chair of the local Republican party, and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus. The family will receive friends Friday, December 9, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and other times at the home. Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday, December 10, 1:30 PM, at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, Yorktown, presided by Father Bob Spencer, with a reception to immediately follow. Interment will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery with full Air Force honors. Contributions in the memory of Paul M. Keddell may be made to the International Myeloma Foundation at or 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA. 91607-3421. Condolences to . (December 17, 2016)


Richard Paul Frank IHS 1969 65, of Warren Road passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home late Tuesday night, November 10, 2015 surrounded by the love and warmth of his family. He was born in Ilion on January 14, 1950, the son of the late George Rocco and Theresa Marie DiPiazza Frank. He attended Annunciation Parochial School and later attended and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1969. While there, he met his soul mate, Barbara Bereza and they later married on November 20, 1971 in Annunciation Church, Ilion. Richard was the proud owner and operator of Frank's Body Repair, which was started by his father, George, in 1938. Together with his sons they also expanded to create Frank's Mohawk Motors. Richard and Thomas continue to carry on the legacy of both family businesses. Richard devotedly worshiped at St. Francis DeSales Church in Herkimer. Some of his favorite pastimes included his love for The Beatles, the New York Yankees, and being a passionate season ticket holder for the Syracuse Men's Basketball Program. Those who knew Rich know how important humor was in his life. He found true joy in making people laugh and was always the life of the party, be it through his jokes, stories, or taking center stage on the dance floor. He was a genuinely selfless man, always putting the needs and wants of others before his own and most importantly he loved his family more than anything else. His love was unwavering, and he took great pride in being a loving husband, father, and Poppie to his cherished grandchildren. Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Barbara Frank; two sons, Richard Frank and Thomas Frank both of Mohawk; two daughters and sons in law, Erika and Collin Miller of NH and Ashley and Matthew Simon of MA; two grandchildren, daughters of Richard, Gianna and Kamryn Frank and Baby Miller on the way; a sister and brother in law, Donna and Nicholas Yagey of Whitesboro; his uncle and aunt, Barry and Mary Frank of Amsterdam; his father in law and mother in law, Walter and Shirley Bereza of Herkimer; his in laws, Carol and Joseph Raymond of Richfield Springs, Janet and Robert Yardley of Herkimer, Steven and Diane Bereza of Ilion, William Bereza and his wife, Laurie Holzer of Saranac, and Julie Traglia of Vernon; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, lifelong friends Tom and Bunny Seymour, and numerous other close friends. His funeral will be held Monday morning at 8:30 am from the V.J.Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort and at 10:00 in St. Francis DeSales Church, N. Bellinger St. Herkimer where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Very Rev. Mark Cunningham. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frankfort. Calling hours will be Sunday 1-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Richard's many caretakers; Dr. Le, Dr. Sikder, Dr. Iyer, the care team at the Slocum Dickson Infusion Room, the Respiratory Therapists and 6th floor Oncology Unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Hospice and Palliative Care, and all other supporting staff and team members that contributed to his care and wellbeing. Donations and contributions in Richard's memory may be made to Amazing Gracie's Gift Foundation PO Box 134 Mohawk, NY 13407 or Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Richard's on line memorial page by going to (November 14, 2015)


Richard Glen Leniek IHS 1969, passed away May 5, 2015 in Costa Rica, where he resided for the past three years. Richard was predeceased by his brother, John Leniek IHS 1971. Notice of Richard's death was provided by his brother, Charles 'Chuck' Leniek IHS 1965. (June 13, 2015)


Brian M. Eller IHS 1969, 63, of Sun City, Florida, formerly of Paducah, Kentucky, died unexpectedly on Dec. 3, 2014, from cardiac complications. Brian was born Oct. 15, 1951, in Ilion to Connie L. and Mary Joan Eller, who both predeceased him. He was an Eagle Scout and graduated from Ilion High School in 1969 and Transylvania University in 1972. Brian taught for 27 years in Paducah, retiring in 1998. Brian enjoyed theater and wrote and directed several plays that enjoyed success in Chicago and New York. He is survived by his four children, Brian Thomas Eller, Matt Eller, Margaret Eller (John Clark) and Chrissy (Marcus) Rudd; four grandchildren, Lily Eller, Carley and Cooper Eller and Addison Rudd; four brothers, Christopher (Bobbie) Eller, Jack (Cyndy) Eller, Mike (Cyndi) Eller and Jeffrey Eller; and three sisters, Peggy (Warren) Farrington, Constance Juno and Maryjo (John) Kaler. His services were held Dec. 13 at Taylor Funeral Home in Pinellas Park, Florida. (December 22, 2014)


Stephen M. Morris IHS 1969, 63, of McGowan Rd., in Ilion, passed away on Thursday September 4, 2014, at home, with his family by his side. Steve was born on March 16, 1951, in Ilion the son of Richard and Martha (Davala) Morris. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools; Paul Smiths College and received his Bachelors Degree from Niagara University. Steve was Operations Manager at Remington Arms Co. in Ilion until his retirement. He was a member of Ilion Elks Lodge #1444, the Ilion Knights of Columbus, and The Church of The Annunciation. He was also an avid golfer, belonging to Mohawk Valley Country Club, enjoyed fishing, and was his grandkids number one sports fan. Steve is survived by his four children; Scott and (Michelle), Greg and (Megan), Brian and (Theresa) and Kelly and (Bill) Cave all of Ilion; his father Richard of MA; a brother Bill of Ilion and a sister Betsy Klupa of MA; seven grandchildren Caden, Jake, Luke and Tanner Morris and Collin, Madelyn and Gavin Cave. Steve also leaves the mother of his children Shelly Morris. He is predeceased by his mother Martha. A memorial mass for Steve will be celebrated on Tuesday September 9, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion, Fr. Paul Catena will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Monday September 8, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion and are asked to consider memorial donations to Hospice and Palliative Care; envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence, please go to (October 15, 2014)


Carol E Bartron IHS 1969, passed on to her heavenly home on August 18, 2013 after a lengthy illness. At the time of her death, Carol made her home with her sister, Mary, who was also her primary caregiver. Carol suffered from many of the complications from Type 1 Diabetes. She was on kidney dialysis at the time of her death. Carol was a retired Library Assistant at the time of her retirement in 2004. She left behind her beloved dogs, Snuggles Alot, Daisy Mae, and Abby Layne. She also left behind her beloved cat Sassy. (submitted by Mary Bartron - August 30, 2014)


Mrs. Mary Anne (DeLong) Barnum IHS 1969, 62, of W. Prospect Street, passed away in the comfort of her home, with her loving family by her side, on October 10, 2013. Mary Anne was born in Ilion on July 13, 1951, a daughter of the late Charles and Beverly (Murphy) DeLong. She was a lifelong Ilion resident, and received her education in Ilion Schools, graduating with the class of 1969. On July 10, 1971, she and John H. Barnum were married in the Ilion United Methodist Church. They shared 42 years of devoted commitment to each other. Mary Anne was employed as a secretary at Midtown Wings and Wheels in Ilion. Mary Anne derived her greatest pleasure from her family and home. She was a member of the Mohawk and Ilion American Legions and enjoyed her part-time bar tending job at both. She is survived by her devoted husband, John; her loving children: Malinda Lynch and her husband Ed of Ilion, Vicki Cusworth and her husband Dan of Mohawk, and Debra Dooley and Patrick Dooley of Ilion. She adored her grandchildren: Bryon and Jacob Lynch, Johna Cusworth, and Heylee and Hayden Dooley. She also leaves her siblings: Charles DeLong of Little Falls, Barbara Weeks and her husband John of Mohawk, Tom DeLong and his wife Marianne of North Carolina, Cathy Wiggins and her husband Terry of Mohawk, Susan Guyer and her husband Loren of Ilion, and Melissa Diehl of West Winfield; along with her in-laws: Paul and Barbara Barnum of Arizona, Tom and Sherry Panko, and Mike and Bernadette Mundorff of Mohawk; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, James DeLong. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 5:00 until 9:00 PM at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion (town of Frankfort) 894-8000. The Mohawk American Legion Auxiliary will meet at 7:00 PM to conduct their service. Mary Anne's funeral service will take place at the funeral home on Friday, October 18 at 11:00 AM, conducted by Reverend Robert Wollaber. Burial will take place in Mohawk II Cemetery, Vickerman Hill, at the convenience of the family. Mary Anne's family would like to thank Hospice, Dr. Sikder and his staff, and the staff of the Faxton-St. Luke's Outpatient Infusion Unit for the wonderful care and compassion extended to her during her illness. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit website Harry and Kevin Enea, and Donald J. Applegate, Funeral Directors, are caring for the family. (October 17, 2013 - modified March 20, 2016)


Pamela (Snow) Hinton IHS 1969, called "a female pioneer" in motor racing public relations, and for the past 28 years the wife of senior writer Ed Hinton, has died of cancer, according to family members. She was 59. "She was one of the great ladies of racing," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, former president of Speedway Motorsports Inc. "She was a pioneer whose attention to detail probably saved a bunch of us -- it certainly did me." Funeral information. Rites of Eucharist and burial for Pamela Snow Hinton are scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, the Rev. Canon George M. Maxwell Jr. officiating. Following the service, the family will receive guests in Child Hall (formerly the Hall of Bishops) in the Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to one of the following:

The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Ga., 30305. (The Cathedral also will receive flowers for those who do wish to send them.)

The American Cancer Society at

The Col. Arthur Forbis Chapter, NCSDAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), c/o Bettye Milligan, treasurer, 4307 Golden Eagle Way, Greensboro, N.C., 27410.

"I am so, so sorry," said Benoit Froger, former marketing director for the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. "For us this is very, very difficult." Known as "Snow" on both sides of the Atlantic, "she touched the lives of, and was loved by, hundreds of people," said her close friend Alexis Leras, former NASCAR public relations director. "She was a female pioneer," said Wheeler, with whom she worked at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the 1970s. "When she came into it, women weren't even allowed in the garage area. She persevered, and became one of the first women to walk through those gates. "She was one of the people who proved females would have a major part in NASCAR. That has certainly come true, because so many women play such important roles in racing now." "Snow was every bit as sweet, kind and wonderful as her name is beautiful," Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage said. "Her family and friends were blessed to have her and are glad that she is at peace now after such a long, difficult battle." "She had a warm, wonderful, welcoming personality," added Wheeler. "People would come in to investigate racing on behalf of corporations to see if they wanted to participate, and she was usually the first person they met." "The world is a considerably more drab and boring place without her," said Mike Harris, longtime chief motor sports writer for The Associated Press. A native of Ilion, N.Y., Snow Hinton initially worked in public relations efforts for drivers such as Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt and Benny Parsons. She moved to Atlanta after she and Hinton married in 1983. After their only child, Tyler, was born in 1988, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom. But she remained a community activist. "I have to reckon that God has a very special place in heaven for her, for putting up with old Ed all these years," Reuters motor sports writer Lewis Franck said. Rob Fleder, former executive editor of Sports Illustrated, where Ed Hinton worked in the 1990s, called her passing "terribly sad news." Snow Hinton was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War. She is survived by husband Ed; son Tyler of Birmingham, Ala.; two brothers, Dr. Steven C. White of Rockville, Md., and Jerome S. White of Utica, N.Y.; a stepbrother, Foster "Bud" Simmons of Arvada, Colo.; and two uncles, Dr. David White and the Rev. Wiley White, both of Tempe, Ariz.. (Sept 26, 2011)


Mark Vivyan
1995 - History

Mr. Mark Vivyan, IHS 1969 and Faculty Member, 59, of Ilion, passed away on January 8, 2011, at Faxton-St. Luke's, with his loving family by his side. Mark was born in Ilion on March 29, 1951, the son of Gordon (Jim) and Margaret (Wright) Vivyan. He was educated in Ilion Schools and was a graduate of Oneonta State Teacher's College. Mark was a social studies teacher in Ilion until his retirement in 2006. Mark was an avid sports fan who enjoyed both playing and coaching, especially baseball and basketball. Mark once played for the Milford Macs. Most recently, Mark enjoyed golfing and working at Hidden Valley Golf Club in Whitesboro, where he had many friends. Mark was also a member of the Ilion Elks #1444 and was co-owner of Treasures in Herkimer.

Mark is survived by his loving wife, Sue; his daughters, Michele, Jennifer and Krysten; his parents, Jim and Margaret Vivyan; his brothers and sisters, Kevin and Terri Vivyan, Robin Vivyan, Deborah and Joseph McCarthy, and Kelly Vivyan; his Aunt Pat and Uncle Bill White and their daughter, Paula; brothers and sisters-in-law, Judy Hartmann, Robert and Cathy Hartmann, and Dianne and Patrick McCuen; and his nieces and nephews, Wes, Emily, Joe, Kyle, Sara, Kevin, Emily, Jon, Katie, Jimmy, Matt, Lauren and Megan. Mark was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Charles and Marietta Wright, and his mother-in-law, Barbara Hartmann. A memorial mass for Mark will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Church of The Annunciation in Ilion. Friends may call on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, from 4-7 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., in Ilion. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Mark Vivyan Memorial Scholarship; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Mark's family extends thanks to Dr. Butala and his staff, along with the 6th floor staff at Faxton-St Luke's, for their care and compassion during his illness. Online condolences may be sent and memorial candles lit by going to (Jan 10, 2011)


Dennis W. Prior IHS 1969, 58 of 319 Otsego St. in Ilion, passed away on Saturday October 31, 2009 at the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Dennis was born on November 6, 1950 the son of the late William and Ferne (Oswald) Prior. Dennis was educated in Ilion schools and SUNY Delhi. Following school Dennis enlisted in the US Navy serving in the Seabees earning the rank of Chief. After serving for 21 years in the Navy he retired and was currently employed as a truck driver for Pacemaker Steel and Pipe co. On June 9, 1973 Dennis was united in marriage to the former Kathleen Burch. Dennis was an avid golfer and bowler having bowled 13 perfect 300 games. Dennis was of the Methodist faith. Dennis is survived by his wife Kathy, a son and his family Dennis Jr. his wife Rhonda and children Ashley, Alexandria and Brooke of Georgia. His two daughters and their families Heather Prior and her companion Pete Downs and son Dylan of Ilion. Sheri and her husband Brian Evans and their children Damian and Chase of Frankfort. Dennis also leaves several Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. He was pre deceased by a granddaughter Justine Nicole Prior. Funeral services for Dennis will be held on Thursday November 5, 2009 at 7 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Rev. Robert Wollaber will officiate. Interment will follow on Friday at 10;30 am in the Norwich Corners Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday from 4-7pm at the funeral home. Dennis' family wish to thank the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home, Joe Lawrence, Anna and Ralph Wellington and all their friends for their kindness and compassion during Dennis' illness. (Nov 11, 2009)


Mr. Thomas A. 'Tom' Urtz IHS 1969, 58, a lifelong Ilion resident (James/Elm Streets), most recently of Ocala, Florida, entered into eternal rest on Friday evening, June 5, 2009 in Tampa General Hospital. At the time of his passing he was surrounded with the love and support of his family. Tom was born in Ilion on July 5, 1950, a son of the late Richard and Peggy (Dwyer) Urtz and graduated from Ilion High School. In July of 1970, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in July of 1974. On April 2, 1977, he was united in marriage with Cecelia Jones, a marriage of 25 years until her passing on January 30, 2002. Tom found happiness again when he married Robin Schimborski on November 18, 2006 in Ocala, Florida. He was employed as a cutter grind operator at Remington Arms, Ilion retiring after 31 years of dedicated service and then worked for Sorrento's Pizza in Ilion part time. In his leisure time Tom enjoyed listening to music and bluegrass, playing guitar and especially the banjo. He also was an accomplished woodworker. Mr. Urtz treasured the time spent with his family and will be dearly missed by all who met him. Tom is survived by his beloved family; his sons: Jeffrey Urtz of Ilion and Christopher Urtz, and his wife Shannon of Frankfort; daughter: Lisa Urtz of Mohawk; two brothers: Steven Urtz and his wife Celena of Arizona and Robert Urtz of San Diego, Ca; a sister: Ann Cotter of Little Falls; his cherished grandchildren, Damian, Angelina, Olivia, and Anthony Urtz and one granddaughter on the way in October. He is also survived by his stepchildren: Joseph Thomas Schimborski, Jr. and wife Joy of Ocala, FL, David A. Schimborski and wife Jessica of Nashville, TN; step-grandchildren: Harold, Tia, Alyssa Beth, and Hayden; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (between Ilion and Frankfort), 894-8000, on Thursday, June 11, 2009 from 5 to 8 pm. His funeral will commence at 11am on Friday, June 12, 2009 from the chapel of the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort, with the Rev. Thomas Trees, officiating. Funeral procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery, Clinton where he will be laid to rest and full military honors will be offered by the United States Navy. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations in his memory to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 29119, Phoenix, AZ 85038-9119. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Tom's online memorial or add to the online photo gallery, please visit our website at on the Internet. (June 9, 2009)


Gary E. Hailston IHS 1969, 59, formerly of Ilion, passed away on April 27, 2009 at Highland Hospital, Rochester. Mr. Hailston was born on April 25, 1950 in Herkimer, a son of George "Roy" and the late Norma June (Yates) Hailston. Gary has resided in the Rochester area the last 15 years. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1969, and then attended the Air Force NCO Academy. Mr. Hailston was a member of the Air Force from 1971-1975 and 1977-1993, and attained the rank of Tech Sergeant, stationed at various Air Force bases internationally. Gary is a veteran of the Vietnam War and also served in support of Operation Desert Storm. He was previously employed as a courier for ACM Medical Laboratory in Rochester. Gary was a member of the Chili VFW Post and the ABATE motorcycle group. Gary is survived by his father, George 'Roy' Hailston of Ilion; a daughter, Laura Hailston and Derek Alexander of Mohawk; two sons: Kenneth Hailston of South Carolina and Steven Hailston and his wife Tiffany of Alabama; a brother Alan Hailston and his wife Marcia of Virginia Beach; his girlfriend Jean Kosiorek of Rochester; special cousins, the Upson family of Rochester; two nieces: Robyn and husband Steve Spencer and their children Abby and Noah, and Kristine Hailston of Virginia Beach; his former wife, Sharon Scanlon; and several cousins and extended family members. He was predeceased by his mother, Norma June. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort (894-8000). Committal will take place in Crown Hill Cemetery, New Hartford, directly following the service. There are no calling hours. Gary will be remembered for his love of the outdoors and many hobbies, including RC planes, his Harley, and making friends with everyone he met. To add to Gary's online memorials, please visit our website at on the Internet. (May 5, 2009)


John C. (Jack) Lonis IHS 1969, 54, of 9501 Sessions Road, Sauquoit, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005. He was born Dec. 15, 1950, in Ilion, the son of David and Betty Frankish Lonis. He was a 1969 graduate of Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. On Aug. 18, 1984, he was united in marriage with Danelle Miller in New Hartford. Jack was an entrepreneur, being involved in many businesses over the years. Jack was involved in several car clubs and had been a car buff since about 2 years old. He loved his animals, enjoyed Maine and the outer banks and everyone loved him for his energy and thoughtfulness. He was a very loving person and had a fantastic smile and he enjoyed his family, his in-laws, and his nieces and nephews. Jack is survived by his wife and life partner Danny, who was his best friend and he her Prince Charming; his parents, David and Betty of Ilion; two brothers, David of Connecticut and Mark of Ilion; his red golden retriever Holly; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his pet dog Babe in 1996. Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., at 6 p.m. with the Rev. David Kirkpatrick officiating. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of the service on Monday. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Humane Society of Rome, Inc., P.O. Box 4572, Rome, NY 13442-4572. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (August 8, 2005)


Ronald F. DeCarr Sr. IHS 1969, age 51, of Gretel Terrace, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, at his residence after a courageous battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Born in Ilion, Ron was the son of Julie Szewczyk DeCarr of Ilion and the late Francis DeCarr. Ron was a graduate of Ilion High School, Brockport University and later received his master's degree from SUNY Albany. Ron worked for the New York State Health Department as a health program administrator. He was the devoted husband and best friend to Kathleen Doremus DeCarr, whom he married Sept. 18, 1982. Ron enjoyed coaching his sons in sports and spending time with his family. Ron enjoyed being outdoors and most days could be found in the backyard swinging a bat, pitching a ball or shooting hoops with his children. Ron was a caring man with a quick wit and dry sense of humor. No one could ask for a better husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin or friend. Ron was the very proud father of Ronald Francis Jr., Jeffrey Albert and Lucas Michael. He is the beloved brother of Gary DeCarr of Pennellville, Richard DeCarr of Syracuse, Wayne DeCarr of Warners, Patti Herrmann of Syracuse, John DeCarr of Durhamville and Sheila Emrich of Ilion. Ron is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Ron understood the importance of medical research for this rare disease and donated his tissue in the hopes of helping future patients with ALS.The funeral for Ron will be held Friday morning at 9 a.m. from the Philip J. Brendese Funeral Home, 133 Broad St. (Route 32), Waterford and at 10 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Clifton Park, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Memory's Garden. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 p.m.Those who wish may make contributions in Ron's memory to the ALS Regional Center, 315 S. Manning Blvd., Albany 12208. (October 9, 2003)


Barb Deyle White - Ilion NY
Barb Deyle White
IHS Class 1969 - IHS Secretary

Barbara J. (Deyle) White, Class of 1969 and IHS Secretary, age 51, of 39 Montgomery St., Ilion, passed away Saturday, December 14, 2002, at Faxton Hospital, Utica. Barb was born January 26, 1951, in Ilion, the daughter of Frank E. and Winifred (Fritzie) Flock Deyle. On July 30, 1983, she married Joseph White in Ilion. Barb was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. She was employed as a secretary at the Ilion High School. Barb was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ilion, where she also taught Sunday School. She was active with her daughter in Girl Scouts and sports. Barb was an avid bowler in several leagues in the valley. Barb is survived by her husband, Joseph; her daughter, Kerri, of Ilion; a stepdaughter and her family, Theresa and Marc Kabot and their children, Cheyenna and Grace, of West Leyden; her brothers and their families, James and Annette Deyle and their daughter, Andrea, of Ilion, William and Dawn Deyle and their children, Kathy, William and Tom, of Ilion; a sister, Catherine Deyle, of Grayslake, IL, and her son, Tim; her mother-in-law, Helen White, of Ilion; also one aunt and three cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Frank Deyle, on July 19, 2001. Funeral services for Mrs. White will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2002, at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Otsego and Second St. Ilion, with Rev. Wesley Shipp officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday, December 18, 2002, from 4-8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Barbara J. White Memorial Scholarship, c/o the Ilion High School, Weber Ave., Ilion, NY. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (December 16, 2002)


Gale Andrews Ahern

Gale Andrews Ahern, IHS 1969, 47, died Friday, April 2, 1999, after a courageous battle with leukemia. Gale was born August 16, 1951, in Herkimer. She was the daughter of Edward and Shirley Gale Andrews. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1969. Gale earned a bachelor's degree in biblical education from Alaska Bible College in Glennallen, Alaska. She married John Ahern on April 7, 1979, in Little Falls, NY. She was a staff member at the Ilion Free Public Library. She is survived by her husband John; two sons, Ryan and Scott, a brother and sister-in-law, Mark and Rita Andrews of Anchorage, Alaska. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Edward in 1986 and by her mother, Shirley, in 1992. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the First Baptist Church, Little Falls, with interment in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Calling hours are 4-8 pm, on Monday, at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion. Our deepest condolences go out to her husband John, her sons, family and friends. Her lovely smile and cheerful disposition will be sorely missed by many residents and alumni who have come to know her over the years. (April 3, 1999)


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Patricia Geiger, IHS 1969, email, British Columbia, Canada, registered. (Sept 2, 2019)

Susan (Johnson) Akerley, IHS 1969, email, Suttan, MA, registered. (March 23, 2019)

Roseann (Snedeker) Cryer, IHS 1969, email, Retired, Mohawk, NY, registered. (October 23, 2016)

Harold Pierce, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered in the directory. (October 6, 2015)

Kirk White, retired, email, Syracuse, NY, re-registered. (April 1, 2015)

Sue Coffin Walsh from Albany, NY, email, re-registered. (Updated June 29, 2014)

Janet Sullivan Tillapaugh, email, Richfield Springs, NY, re-registered. (May 4, 2014)

Gary McPherson from Sumner, ME, Rocket Scientist, email email, re-registered. (Sept 1, 2011)

Susan Campbell Merrill, from Greensboro, NC, email, re-registered. (June 11, 2011)

Sandy Fauvelle Engelbrecht, Retired, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Mar 21, 2011)

Mary Erin O'Connor Blair, NYS Veteran Counselor, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Oct 3, 2010)

Cliff Lane, Accountant, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Dec 17, 2009)

Sally Smith Walker, email, Spring, TX, sent new. (July 11, 2009)

"Just wondering if anyone knows how to get in touch with Donna Kennedy, Class of '69 just to let her know about the Boss V reunion on 7/16/09 at the Elks Club.........."

Barbara Jones McGann, Engineer, email, Tucson, AZ, registered. (June 9, 2009)

"My sister just notified me of this site. WOW! I wish I had known of that mega-reunion a few years back. Now I won't miss the next one. I see a lot of familiar names; sad to see how many are gone. I got my BS in Medical Technology from Virginia Commonwealth University, and I work at the So AZ Veteran's Hospital lab here in Tucson. Divorced, no kids. Hi to everyone in Ilion and the Class of '69!!!!!!!!!!"

Edward Dygert, Engineer, email, Mohawk, NY, re-registered. (June 9, 2009)

Paula Kinney Rex, email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (Mar 26, 2009)

"In Ilion. Divorced mom of three, grandmother of 6, would love to hear from anyone in the class of '69."

Neil Merrick, "gad a bout", email , from Brooklyn, NY, registered. (Mar 26, 2009)

"Just found out about this site from a friend in Newport Rhode island! Go figure. Sad to read news of 1969 graduates who has passed away. Saying hello to all who see this!"

Rick DeJohn, email, has a new email address. (July 5, 2007)

Steven Dresner, Management/construction, email, from Desert Hot Springs, CA., registered. (June 26, 2007)

Beverly Capes Sudakow, Customer Service Reservation Agent, email, North Charleston, SC, sent news. (Dec 1, 2006)

"I have resided here in Charleston,SC for 9 years daughter Melissa Dodson resides not to far away...I am still working the our Corporate Office for Intercontinental Hotels Group...I enjoy my job tremendously and hope to retire from here in a few years...I'd love to here from former classmates...."

Linda Doolen Crisman, housewife, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Paul Keddell, retired, email , Poquoson, VA, is undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma. His sister Jean Keddell Maneen states he would love to hear from some of his classmates and he has a website, made by his daughers: Please keep Paul in yourprayers. (modified July 11, 2006)

Gary Cagwin, email from Bonita Springs, FL, re-registered. (July 14, 2006)

Arthur (Ozzie) Sterling, U S Postal Service, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Feb 20, 2005)

John Barrett, Business Owner, email, from Sarasota, FL, re-registered. (Jan 8, 2005)

Eric Kasper Dir. of Loss Control, email, from Jamestown, NC, re-registered. (November 13, 2003)

Mary Lois Scott Marotta , Clinical Social Worker, email, Tallahasee, FL, re-registered. (May 29, 2003)

Dan Hegeman, Medical Consultant, email, West Chester, OH, registered. (February 8, 2003)

Patricia Krawczyk Morse, Office Manager, email , Ilion, NY, re-registered. (December 30, 2002)

Deanna Wilkins Fischer, email Deanna, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (December 4, 2002)

Gretchen Hoffman, email, Schodack Landing, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 5, 2002)

Mary Murray Collis, Teacher Assistant, email, Harleysville, PA, registered. (August 24, 2002)

Susan Parkinson Backus, Asst. Manager-Aquatics, email, from Dandridge, TN, re-registered. (June 2, 2002)

Kevin McGrellis, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (modified June 23, 2002)

Paula Kinney Rex, Ilion, NY, sent news. (May 28, 2002)

"I am currently working at MetLife in the New Hartford Business Park. My three daughters are continuing to get older, thus I am realizing I am too. Carrie is 25, Terrie 23, and Maggie will soon be 15. Carrie and Terrie had their little ones in 2000 and 2001 Charity is Carrie's daughter, she is 17 months old and Terrie's daughter, Adah, is 10 months old. They are the cutest. We just currently moved back to Ilion and are very glad to be attending the Mega-reunion in October."

William Getman, Attorney, email, Waterville, NY, registered. (May 21, 2002)

Patricia Sheffield Pickett, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 14, 2002)

John and Christine Monohan Menard, dentist and registered nurse, email, from Clinton, NY, re-registered. (March 11, 2002)

David Miller, email, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

Michael Prior, email , Mohawk, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

Jim Venditte, Communications Project Manager, email, web site - LCC Telecommunications, from Little Rock, AR, registered in the directory. (modified February 9, 2002)

Patricia Krawczyk Morse, email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (February 1, 2002)

"Never strayed far from my hometown. I married a great guy (and I still think so after 26 years of marriage)from Mohawk, also class of '69. We have 6 children, Mandy 25, Brian 23, Brad 21, Mary 12, Segan 12 and Brittany 10. My husband, Gary Morse and I are also the proud grandparents of a four year old grandson, Keiffer and a 9 month old grandson, Alexander. Five of our children are still at home either attending college or our great public schools. Attending my children's' school functions brings back many memories of my years attending Ilion High. To walk the halls with my children makes me realize how times have changed but school spirit and school friends remain always. I'm Office Manager for a real estate investment and development company and actually enjoy my job, most of the time. We enjoy camping, having started out with a tent, progressed to pop up camper and now truly enjoy the experience in our motor home. We traveled to W. Virginia July 2001 and visited! a classmate of ours, Carol Bartron and her sister Mary. It was wonderful to see them and catch up on what was happening. Looking forward to the next reunion." (February 1, 2002)

Carol Bartron, Library Associate, Morgantown, WV, registered. (July 7, 2001)

"Greetings to my classmates. I'm still around. Sorry I missed the 30th reunion. I wasn't notified about it. I'd love to hear from any of you and especially Bev Capes Sudakow. Hope to see you all at the 35th or 40th." - Carol

Cecilia Smith Walker, Managed Care Contract Coordinator, email, from Spring, TX, registered. (March 16, 2000)

Michael Masur, email, Herkimer, NY, signed the Guest Book. (February 27, 2000)

"It is great to see this site. I have enjoyed looking at the old photographs. Keep up the good work. I am retired from the Ilion Fire Department, and currently work for a Construction Company. Still enjoying the "Valley" life." - Mike

Joan Palmer Spring, Educator, email, from Old Forge, NY, registered. (December 26, 1999)

Christopher Weeden, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (October 26, 1999)

"I married Patsy Richard from Herkimer. We have three children, Christopher,Jr., Kimberly and Nikkilyn. I am teaching Science at Frankfort-Schuyler Central School." - Chris

Kathy Baker Murphy, Elementary Teacher, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified March 27, 2000)

Kevin Cooke, Bell Atlantic Enhanced Svc.'s, email from Westminster, MD, registered. (May 2, 1999)

Terry Wildey, Engineering Manager, email,from Ithaca, NY, registered. (April 18, 1999)

Keith Dye, Machine Operator, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (April 13, 1999)

Tim Peters, Automotive Technology Teacher, email, from Plymouth, NH, registered in the directory. (modified March 26, 1999)

"I found this website about two weeks ago. Great idea! I am living in Ashland N.H. and teaching Auto Technology at Plymouth Regional Tech Center. I moved here right after graduating from Oswego State. I get to Ilion about three times a year to see my father and aunt. While I'm there I try to catch up with Earl Baker and Ron Clive, they fill me in on the latest news. Would like to hear from friends past." - Tim

Ann Cross Karabelas, Employment Specialist, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified May 20, 2001)

Pat Whalen, Teacher, email , from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (January 9, 1999)

Janet Sullivan Tillapaugh, 8th Grade English Teacher, from Richfield Springs, NY, registered in the directory. (modified February 5, 1999)

"HI! My brother,David who graduated in 1973 and is now living in texas, told me about the Web page. Great Job! Where are the 69'ers who are much finer than the juniors who WERE miners. Love to hear from anyone. Merry Christmas!" - Janet

Michael Miller, Remington Arms employee, email, from Cold Brook, NY, registered in the directory. (November 18, 1998)

Donna Kennedy, Paralegal/legal, email, from Albany, GA, registered in the directory. (October 9, 1998)

Elaine Schoonmaker Richardson, Food Service, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified August 7, 1998)

This is so great. I live back in Ilion again. I just became a Grandmother for the first time, it is so thrilling. I have two children Tammy Lynn, who married James Wheelock, Class Of 1996, Ilion High School, and Tracy Lee, who will be a Senior at Herkimer High School this coming school year. I keep myself very busy, beside holding a job I volunteer for Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corp. Mohawk, N.Y., I have been with them for 8 years. I have been an officer for 5 years. I am also an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for the state of New York. I hope to hear from some of you classmates out there. Class Of '69 forever." - Love ya, Schooney '69

Mary Vandawalker Murray, email , from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (June 27, 1998)

Mary Erin O'Connor Blair, Veteran Counselor, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (Updated August 22, 1998)

"On August 1, 1998 I retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve after 26 years of service. I served 11 years of active duty and retired as a Chief Petty Officer. During my time in the Naval Reserve I had the pleasure of serving with another member of the class of 1969, Mike "Prof" Porter. I am employed by New York State as a Veteran Counselor for both Oneida and Herkimer counties. My best wishes go out to all the members of the class of 1969." - Mary Erin

Victor Wood, Moorehead, NC, registered in the directory. (March 3, 1998)

Gary Backman, Venice , FL, registered in the directory. (March 3, 1998)

Paul Keddell, retired, email, Poquoson, VA, registered in the directory. (modified July 11, 2006)

Gary Cioch, email, tried the "Guess The Graduate" feature. (February 23, 1998)

Mike Porter, Mohawk, NY, email, signed the Guestbook. (modified March 4, 2018 - February 21, 1998)

"Hello to all. Things have been going along. I'm still with the Canal - Electrical Supvr. in the Utica section. Mike Jr. is in the Navy, and Pat has the rest of this year to go. Hope to see you all real soon. PROF 69"

Robert Service, email, from Mohawk, NY, Superintendent of the Mohawk Central School District, registered in the directory. (modified February 21, 1999)

Tim Potter,email, Anaheim, CA, left a note for the Class of 1969 in the Guestbook. (February 15, 1998)

"Hello Ilion, Well I didn't graduate from Ilion but I have two brothers that did. Mark Potter and Leigh Potter. I did go to North Street School in the early 60's and I also went to Ilion high school in 7th grade. I was just looking for some of my old classmates from my grade school. So if any of my old classmates see this, send me some e-mail. A little information about me. I am married have two children 17 year old son. 16 year old daughter. (I named my daughter after a girl I really liked in grade school Karen Goodman. My daughter is named Karen. So anyways contact me for more info. Love ya Ilion!!!!!!!!!" Tim

Donna Robbins Sciortino, email, from Herkimer, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 30, 1997)

"I just love this page. Every school should start one. I'll be in touch. E-mail me class of 69. I'm married to Michael Sciortino for 23 years. Four children: Lisa,17 Matt,16 Jessica,14 & Mikey,10. I really enjoyed visiting this website. Today was the first attempt at finding it. Every school should think about creating one to keep up with everyone."

Beverly Capes Sudakow, Customer Sales Rep, Charleston, SC, Class of 1969, writes "I was so thrilled to see this page,,, I'm a 1969 graduate and miss my home town, I live down here in SC and miss the snow come Christmas time. I can't wait for my 30th class reunion in 2 more years. Keep up the great work and hope to receive mail from former friends at IHS..!" (modified May 16, 1999)

Dale Reed Ritton, Ilion, NY, email, the third alumnus from the Class of 1969 to register in the alumni directory.

Sue Coffin Walsh Administrative Secretary Music Center College of Saint Rose, from Albany, NY, the 2nd alumnus from the Class of 1969 to register in the alumni directory. (Updated May 18, 1999)

Sue wrote "....I worked for Ilion PD for about 8 years and have been away for about 9 years. I don't get home as often as I want to's great to see Ilion on the web..I just got done talking with Tony Licari and said Ilion had a web I did some searching... My mom still lives on East North Street and my brother Jeffrey just moved to long island at Christmas time..hope to hear from you..I have to go back and check the hp because I want to be home for the Ilion days week-end! Oh by the way I'm not that far way just in Albany!! my best to all!!! Sue (Coffin) Walsh."

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