Ilion High School

Class of 1970

Alumni News

1970 Mirror Cover Ilion


Digitized Class Yearbook....

Ilion High School [1970] from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 25, 2021)


Class History....

Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1970 is at your published in the 1970 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1970", are available on the 1970 Class Roster page. (added February 23, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1970 (added February 9, 2020)



1970 Facebook Private Group Created....

A private facing Facebook Group was created for the Class of 1970 to share news. see Ilion High Class of 1970, administered by Kathy Burch Prior and Mary Fitzer Morse. (Feb 1, 2020)


Class of 1970 50th reunion Celebrated in 2021 .....

The IHS class of 1970 celebrated their 50th+1 (Postponed from 2020 due to Covid) reunion on July 24, 2021 at the VFW Post 502. In attendance were 45 classmates and 18 guests from AZ, FL, IL, MI, NC, NY (Bridgeport, Catskill, Clay, Eaton, Gansevoort, Herkimer, Ilion, Kinderhook, Mohawk, Poughkeepsie, Richfield Springs, Rochester, Waterville, and Yorkville), OK, SC, TX, and VA.

A social hour was held outside under the pavilion at 4 PM with local favorites including tomato pie, B & W heroes, and half moon cookies. Master of Ceremonies classmate Dan OBrien then began the program inside with introductions and recognition of veterans from the class who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Classmate Reverend Stephen Mitchell then provided a blessing of the food. Mrs. Peg Fahy Hyland, former Junior High English teacher, was introduced. We then heard a message from our class advisor Ralph Bell who was unable to attend. After a moment of silence, a memorial service conducted by Reverend Stephen Mitchell included the reading of our 27 deceased classmates names along with lighting a candle for each. Displays included a memorabilia table including our yearbook, class will, class prophecy, sorority sweaters, letterman sweaters and jackets, commencement program, programs from previous reunions, and Mary Fitzer Morses' gymsuit! Also on display were group class photos from the five (Annunciation, East Frankfort, North Street, Weber Ave and West Hill) elementary schools; photos from various high school activities and previous reunions. Music was provided by IHS alum John Seymour for our dancing pleasure. A group picture was taken as well as smaller groups from each elementary school.

On Sunday, July 25 at 11 AM an informal get together was held at Blessed Sacrament Church with light refreshments. On the 24th, prior to the activities at the VFW, 16 classmates gathered at the monument for deceased classmates and faculty at Armory Hill Cemetery for a moment of silence and prayer. This group then took a tour of the renovated Central Valley Academy (formerly Ilion Junior Senior High School). (submitted by JoAnn Capes Richards August 18, 2021)

1970 50th Class Reunion
IHS Class of 1970 50+1 (thanks to Covid) Class Reunion.
Seated left to right: Tom Bradle, Kathy Monohan Romano, Janet Bereza Yardley, Sharon Burke Jarrell, Pat Losier Albin, Diane Canning Finocchiaro, Jeanne Williams Bennett, Frank Barrett.
Second Row: Kathy Losier Williams, Michael Moore, Suzanne Southick Getman, Sue Sheffield Zaccaria, Mary Fitzer Morse, Karen Manno Bruneau, Deb Melnick Audley, Donna Colburn Wheat, Jean Nichols Pallone, Linda Moore Kasarda, Gail Bechard Mount, JoAnn Capes Richards.
Third Row: Dave Williams, Jim Richards, Ron Edick, Dan O'Brien, Santo Salvaggio, Jeff Steele, Kathy Burch Prior, Don Comes, Lynda Blaise Atkinson, Bob Yardley, Rob Bouck, Bill Albin, John Carter, Jere Blackwell, Deb Valentine Valaro, partially hidden Dan Branck and Larry Waite, Janet Harris Evans, Shelley Danforth Morris, Phil Snedeker, Barb Stubley Losano. Missing from photo: Bill Coupe, Steve Mitchell, Colleen Moran Schults.


Class of 1970 - 50th reunion in 2021 .....

The Ilion HS Class of 1970 is having its 50+1 Class Reunion on July 24th, 2021. We are also still looking for contact info on the following: Patrice Cacciatore, Judy Crocker, David Jensen, James Montgomery, Patricia Ward If you can find out their info, please let us know as well.

A private facing Facebook Group was created for the Class of 1970 to share news. See Ilion High Class of 1970, administered by Kathy Burch Prior and Mary Fitzer Morse. (May 19, 2021)


Barry Babbitt - IHS 1970 - Pharmacists

Barry Babbitt - Pharmacist


IHS 1970 alumnus, Barry Babbitt, was among the graduates who pursued a career in pharmacy and is featured in the November 2020 Cover Story. See it here: Barry Clinton Babbitt Jr. - IHS 1970 - Pharmacist. (May 21, 2021)



Diane Marie (Sarmie) Grieco, IHS 1970 passed away peacefully April 1st, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Sarmie, and mother, Christine Catalina Sarmie. She is survived by her loving husband of over 40 years, David, daughter Jennifer, son Jonathan, daughter in law Cindy, granddaughter Cosima Alison, brother in law John Grieco, sister in law Linda Grieco Rosbrough, brother in law Michael Rosbrough plus a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends. She graduated from Ilion Central High School, Ilion, NY and then went to Monroe College in Rochester, NY. In her post college years Diane worked at Marine Midland Bank and Manufacturers Hanover Bank as a Corporate Loan Officer in Utica, NY. She also worked at Seneca Army Depot in Romulus, NY for many years. Diane touched everyone she came into contact with and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Her greatest pride was her children and granddaughter. She also adored her cats Precious, Alyes, Simba, Socks, and Bella. Diane made the most of every situation and ensured all of life's moments would be memorable. Arrangements were made by Woody Funeral Home, Midlothian, Va. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution to the ASPCA or American Heart Society. (May 4, 2023)


Mr. Donald M. Williams, IHS 1970, age 70, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 1, 2023, at the Grand Nursing and Rehab Center, Ilion. He was born on May 31, 1952 in the Ilion Hospital. He attended Ilion schools where he was an avid athlete, and then graduated in 1970. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. Don was at one time employed at Remington Arms, and also employed with other various occupations. He then went on to retire from Turning Stone Resort and Casino, as a poker dealer. Following retirement, he spent his days playing golf, playing poker and watching the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Vicky L. Williams, his brothers, David (Kathy) of Ilion, Mark (Missy) of Hartwick, Andy of Utica, and Little Dave (Mary) Strafel of North Carolina; he is also survived by his children, Shauna (Cory), Kyle (Leanne), and step children, Sheena (Andrew), JD (Allie) and Richelle (Richie), and his grandchildren, Reagan, Molly, baby girl Williams due to arrive in July, Ashton, Lailia, Antoni, Alxzandar, Audyn, Kyndall, Jarimyah, Bradyn, Kristy, Maylee, Madalyn, Wyatt and two great-grandchildren, Nora and Jaxson, also his two special little partners in crime, Brylynn and Richie. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Arlene Williams. There are no public calling hours or services, per Don’s wishes. Funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. (April 6, 2023)


Kathleen Gogol Mooney
Kathleen Gogol Mooney

Ms. Kathleen Ann (Gogol) Mooney, IHS 1970 - Suddenly, Friday, August 21, 2020 at age 67 went home to be with her parents, Ludwig and Betty Gogol; brother, Michael Gogol. She is survived by her loving husband of 24 years, Thomas Mooney; her devoted daughters, Kelly (Jack) Palmeri and Kassandra Maxim; pride and joy, grandchildren, Luciana, Brady, Alessandra and Maverick; siblings, Susan Chamberlin, Paul (Janet) Gogol and Arlene (Phil) White; many loving nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. Kathleen was a retiree of the Greece Central School District where she taught for 34 years. She taught kindergarten through sixth and loved her students as if they were her own. She enjoyed traveling, endless lunches and dinner dates with friends, book club, card club, casino trips, painting and being creative. Kathy’s greatest pride was her children but especially her grandchildren. There was nothing she loved more than spending time with them; reading, snuggling, and laughing. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Kathleen’s visitation will be held Wednesday, August 26th 4-8 PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson 1075 Long Pond Road. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, August 27th at 11:00 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Church. Live streaming for Kathy’s service will be available. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to IAC KIDS ( in her memory. For more information and to sign her online guestbook, visit *Face Masks and Social Distancing required at all times at Funeral Home and Our Mother of Sorrows Church. (September 5, 2020)


Charlene Ann (Abeline) Putch, IHS 1970 - age 66, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, February 22, 2019 in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Utica with the support and comfort of her family at her side. She was born on August 3, 1952, in Herkimer, a daughter of Shirley (Furcha) Abeline and the late Charles A. Abeline. A lifelong area resident, she attended Herkimer Elementary School. The family then moved to Ilion where she graduated high school with the class of 1970. She later continued her education at Herkimer County Community College, graduating with an Associate Degree. On September 20, 1975, she married James J. Putch in St. Joseph Church, Herkimer. Her working career started at MDS. When they closed, she went to work for Herkimer County Trust Company in the Marketing Department. Her last employment was with Con-Med in Utica in the Corporate Contracts Department, retiring in 2015. Char's talented creativity was apparent in the knitted and crocheted items that she lovingly created for her family through the years. Char was a true friend. When you met her you had the feeling you were the most important person in her life. She would listen, lend a helping hand when needed, always knowing the right thing to do say or do. She will be greatly missed. Her smile and twinkle in her eyes will live in in our hearts forever. Surviving are her loving husband of forty-three years James, her mother, Shirley of Clinton, two sisters, Judith McGrellis and her husband Kevin of Ilion, Teresa Carden and her husband Gary of Stittville, sister in law Mary and her husband Frank Tamburrino of East Herkimer. She is also survived by eleven cherished nieces and one nephew, several grand-nieces and nephews, and cousins. She leaves her long time best friend Carol Okusko. The funeral service will be held at Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer, on Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Herkimer will be later this spring at the convenience of the family. The family will be present in the funeral home to receive relatives and friends on Tuesday from 4:00 until 7:00 pm. Memorial Donation may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl, Memphis, TN 381059959 Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff of the ICU and SCU at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center for the outstanding care and love shown to Char. (March 24, 2019)


Deborah J. Long IHS 1970 63 of New York Mills, passed away on Thursday October 15, 2015 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care. Debbie was born on January 16, 1952 in Ilion, the daughter of Richard and Gloria (Stroud) Long. She was a graduate of Ilion Schools and Colgate University, where she was a member of the first class to include woman. Deb was employed for a number of years by Syracuse University, later accepting an assignment to Utica College where she managed the College Bookstore. At the time of her passing she was employed as a Medical Claims Supervisor at United Health Care in Utica. Deborah is survived by her father Richard of Ilion; a brother Richard and his wife Debra of FL; three sisters, Laurel R. Voultsios of Syracuse, Alison M. Long and her husband Mark Baker of CT and Cynthia L. Long of Syracuse; she also leaves 11 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Gloria. Stroud Long. Debbie had two major interests throughout her life – her nieces and nephews, who she especially loved to read to and entertain as children, and books – for she was a voracious reader throughout her life. Collecting books was not her interest – reading them was, and she typically either gave them away, or recycled them. Upon her death, the entirety of her books have been donated to the Salvation Army. In the early years after graduating from Colgate, Deb enjoyed the outdoors, and spent time hiking including a portion of the Appalachian Trail. A memorial service for Deborah will be held on Saturday November 7th at the 1st Presbyterian Church in Ilion, NY with Rev. Ruth Kuo officiating. Calling hours will be 10:00 am to 11:00, with the service at 11:00 am. A friendship celebration will follow up the street from the church at the Ilion Masonic Temple. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, NY. To send an online condolence please go to (November 13, 2015)


Kevin Michael O'Connor IHS 1970, age 63, of Ilion, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, following a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. At the time of his passing he was surrounded by the love and support of his family at his bedside. Kevin is the son of Francis T. O'Connor and the late Anne (Hanretty) O'Connor. Raised in Ilion, he was a graduate of Ilion High School. Upon graduation, Kevin enlisted in the United States Navy. He attended the prestigious US Naval Great Lakes Training Center in Illinois and was educated in electrical engineering and graduated from the rigorous program. Kevin was a model Navy man and proudly served his country until being honorably discharged in 1974. For over twenty years he was a partner in a major electrical contracting business in Central New York. In his spare time, Kevin enjoyed many activities but especially enjoyed fishing the St. Lawrence River, taking part in his children's activities, discussing history and politics. Kevin leaves a long legacy of love for those who were blessed to have him in his life. He is survived by his beloved wife, Brenda; his father, Francis; former wife, Christine Francis the mother of his daughter Bridgette (Kevin) Birardi; his sons Kevin (Michelle) O'Connor, Matthew (Stacey) O'Connor, Robert (Marcy) O'Connor and Phillip (Akane) O'Connor. He also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Ryan, Justin, Colin, Allison, Sophie and Olivia; his step-daughters Amy (Maida) and Heather (Jeremy); and their children Caleb, Chloe and Claire. Survivors also include Kevin's siblings, Christine (Mitch) Wellenstein, Thomas O'Connor and Patrick O'Connor; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Kevin was predeceased by his mother, Anne, and three of his brothers Michael, Brian and Daniel O'Connor. In keeping with Kevin's wishes, his family honored his legacy in a private gathering. Anyone who would like to pay tribute to Kevin, are asked to make a memorial contribution to the Syracuse VA Medical Center, 800 Irving Ave, Syracuse, NY 13210. Kevin's family has entrusted his funeral arrangements and supervision to their family Funeral Director, Don Applegate and Funeral Director, Martin L. Ciaccia. (October 15, 2015)


Michael Coyle, On Saturday, Sept. 29, Michael Coyle passed away suddenly from a heart attack. He was participating in a Bike Race, a 24.32 mile bicycle race in Cooperstown. He was the son of the late Robert L. Coyle and Helena Hoffman of Ilion, born on Oct. 22, 1951, in Ilion. Mike was a member of the Oneonta Elks, Sons of American Legion, and the Oneonta VFW. Michael was an avid runner and participated annually in the Utica Boilermaker and the Memorial Pit Run. Michael and his son, Shawn, were most recently proud participants in the 500-mile RAGBRAI cycling event across the state of Iowa. Michael also thoroughly enjoyed adventures outdoors such as camping, hiking and fly fishing. He recently went fly fishing with his friend, Jeffrey Whittemore 'Whitt' in Montana. He was a longtime guitarist and very passionate about music. Mike was also an avid golfer. Over the years he enjoyed golfing with his friends and family. He participated in many golf leagues throughout the years with his wife, Hazel. Michael was also a longtime rider of Harley Davidson Motorcycles and enjoyed outings and long distance trips with his friends. He recently rode his motorcycle out to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and to Maine with his friend, John Bullis. Michael recently participated in his first triathlon, the 'Ratsnake' at Gilbert Lake. This accomplishment, among many others, made his family very proud. Michael was a proud blood donor to the American Red Cross Association and donated regularly towards the cause in which he passionately supported. Michael was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Ann (Pilley) Coyle. They married on April 24, 1976, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Together, they moved to Oneonta in 1977. Mike graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1979, with his B.A. degree and received his master's degree from SUNY Albany in 1982. Michael was currently working as a Migrant Educator at SUNY Oneonta. He leaves three children: son, Scott Michael of Quincy, Mass., son, Shawn Phillip of Oneonta, and daughter, Eileen Frances of Canton. He also is survived by his sister, Cynthia Cabrera and husband Rene Cabrera of Ithaca. He leaves two nieces, Shana McKillop-Cabrera of Alexandria, Va., and Elena Cabrera of Ithaca. Mike 'CoyDog' Coyle, will be greatly missed by all. He lived life to the fullest and was an inspiration to many. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at St. Mary's Church 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Bernard Ampong, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 101 Main St., Suite 5, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website at Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta. (Oct 5, 2012)


Arthur (Butch) W. Hall, 58 of Rochester formerly of Ilion, passed away on Monday May 3, 2010 in Rochester. Art was born on May 26, 1951 in Herkimer the son of the late Arthur Hall and the former Mary Martin, he was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended SUNY Delhi. He was employed as a shipping supervisor for Kodak in Rochester. Art was of the Methodist faith and enjoyed working on his house and in his yard, he also enjoyed photography having once won an award through the OD for a photo of a polar bears. Art is survived by his Mother Mary Ludlow of Ilion, three brothers and sister in laws Lon and Becky of Albert Lea, MN, Kevin and Sharon of Rochester and Randy and Debra of Ilion, two sisters and brother in laws Rosemary and William Yaw and Diane and Mike Palinski all of Ilion, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his step father Louis Ludlow. Funeral services for Art will be held on Saturday May 8, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion with The Rev. Robert Wollaber officiating, interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends may call on Friday May 7, 2010 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the funeral home. On line condolences may be sent and a memorial candle lit by going to (May 8, 2010)


James F. "Jesse" Deyle, age 56, of 56 Third St., Ilion, passed away suddenly on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, in Cape Cod, Mass., while mountain biking with his family and friends. He was born Jan. 22, 1952, in Ilion, N.Y., the son of Winifred "Fritzie Flock and the late Frank Deyle, and was educated in the Ilion School System. On Aug. 10, 1974, Jim married the former Annette Makohen inHerkimer. For over 30 years he worked with his father and then eventually owned and operated Deyle Vending. Jim also was employed withCrainsville Cement in Utica, and had driven bus for the Mohawk Valley Nursing Home. Jim was an active member of the National Ski Patrol, American White Water Association, Friends of Russell Park in Ilion, served as a member of the Park Board, he was an Eagle Scout, and was an avid rock climber, mountain climber, ice climber, mountain biker, kayaker and skier. Jim also participated in the 90-mile Adirondack Canoe Classic for 17 years. Jim is survived by his wife, Annette of Ilion, his daughter and son-in-law Andrea and Christopher Toher of Ilion; two grandchildren, Brady and Natalie; his mother, Winifred "Fritzie" Deyle of Ilion, a brother and sister-in-law, William and Dawn Deyle of Ilion; a sister, Catherine Deyle of Greylakes, Ill., his mother-in-law, Catherine Makohen of Herkimer, also several nieces, nephews and many close friends with whom he shared his love and knowledge of the outdoors. He was predeceased by a son, Jerimiah James in 1970, and a sister, Barbara White. Funeral services for Mr. Deyle will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, at 10 a.m. from the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with Fr. Anthony Ligato officiating, interment will follow in the Calvary Cemetery Herkimer. Friends may call on Wednesday Aug. 27, 2008, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends are asked to consider memorials to Sts. Anthony & Joseph Church Herkimer or the Snow Ridge Ski Patrol in Jim's memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. On line condolences may be left by going to (Sept 4, 2008)


George L. (Skip) Vandawalker, age 51, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Ormond Beach, Fla., on Feb. 7, 2004, after a long illness. Skip was the beloved son of Virginia Daley Vandawalker of Frankfort and the late George A. Vandawalker. Skip was born March 24, 1952, in Ilion and was educated in Ilion schools, graduating from Ilion High in 1970. He also graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College in 1972, and from SUNY at Fredonia, majoring in Art. He was employed at the Bendix Corp. and then LucasAerospace. Skip is survived by his beloved daughter and son, Amy Jacelyn Vandawalker of Astoria, N.Y., and Todd Steven Vandawalker of Ormond Beach, Fla. He is also survived by his mother, Virginia, of Frankfort; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Timothy and Elizabeth Vandawalker of Hopedale, Mass., Robert and Michele Vandawalker of Ilion and David and Charlene of Shrewsbury, Mass. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. Skip leaves special friends, Betty Moynihan of Glens Falls and Susan Reed of Schuyler. A special thanks to Nancy Winslow of Ormond Beach, Fla., Skip's former spouse, who was always there in his time of need and with whom a special bond always remained. Skip enjoyed art and was known by his family and friends for his drawings. Skip will also be remembered for his unique sense of humor. Skip's family would like to thank all those who helped Skip during his illness. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be announced at a later date when arrangements are complete. (February 19, 2004)


Ronald F. DeCarr Sr., age 51, of Ballston Lake, NY died Tuesday, October 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 a 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 September 18, 1982. Ron enjoyed coaching his sons in sports and spending time with his family. He enjoyed being outdoors and most days could be found in the backyard swinging a bat, pitching a ball or shooting hoops with his children. He was a caring man with a quick wit and a 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 Hermann of Syracuse, John DeCarr of Durhamville and Sheila Emerich 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. (May 18, 2004)


Karen Colburn Umber, age 50, passed away peacefully Nov. 25, 2002. Her beloved family surrounded her in her Scottsdale home when she lost her courageous battle with cancer. Karen was born Feb. 1, 1952, in Herkimer, N.Y., to Everett and Suzanne Colburn. Karen attended Ilion High School from 1967 to 1970, and Herkimer County Community College from 1970 to 1972. From 1974 through 1982, she worked at Syracuse Upstate Medical Center as executive secretary and administrative assistant in the Department of Medicine. Karen met her husband, Dennis, while she was vacationing in Arizona in 1981. After a two-year courtship that spanned between New York and Arizona, Karen and Dennis were married in 1984, and made Arizona their permanent residence. Karen worked for the Salt River Project from 1984 to 2000, and she most recently served as a medical staff assistant at Scottsdale Healthcare, Osborn and Shea campuses. Karen will be remembered for her compassion, everlasting happiness and her willingness to help others. Her personality exuded sunshine wherever she went. She valued her family most of all and she was a perfect wife and mother. Karen's interests included vocal music, the performing and visual arts, writing, the outdoors and aerobic exercising. She was a free spirit and would always jump at the opportunity to travel or take on a new experience. Karen loved all animals and especially her beloved Basenji, Snickers. Karen will be intensely missed, yet her memory and presence will always live on in all those who knew her. Karen is survived by her soul mate and husband, Dennis; her son, Blake; her mother, Suzanne Colburn of Ilion; her twin sister and brother-in-law, Donna C. and Brent D. Wheat and their daughters, Courtney and Gillian of Catskill; her sister, Patricia Colburn and her children, Amber and Abe of Ilion; her brother and sister-in-law, James E. and Judith Colburn and their children, Jenny and Josh of Murrieta, California; as well as three aunts, Ann Hildebrandt, Kristina Pollak and Marion Pollak; and several cousins and close friends in New York. She was preceded in death by her father, Everett Colburn of Ilion. Services were held at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. As a memorial, donations can be made in Karen's name to the Virginia Piper Cancer Center and mailed to Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, 10001 North 92nd St., Suite 121, Scottsdale, Ariz. 85258. (December 4, 2002)


Allen Starring, former Ilion Village Administrator, passed away Saturday, April 4, 1998 at Buffalo General Hospital. Allen had been transported by the Ilion Fire Department and the Adirondack Air Rescue agency, helicopter rescue squad, to Buffalo General Hospital for a double-lung transplant on Tuesday, February 3, 1997. Allen received the lung transplant due to pulmonary fibrosis and Nocarida disease. Allen resided in Ilion. Funeral arrangements were by the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (April 12, 1998)


Mary Fitzer Morse IHS 1970, Faces of Manufacturing....

Mary Fizer Morse IHS 1970 FuzeHub

Mary Fitzer Morse, was featured in FuzeHub - Faces of Manufacturing in New York State. Mary is the owner of Kwik-Kut Manufacturing of Mohawk, New York which produces high-quality, Made-in-the-USA kitchen gadgets like the Tooth Edge Food Chopper. The article provides the history of the 80 year old company. In 1989, Mary bought the business from her father. Mary Morse was named a New York State Woman of Distinction in 2011. The honor is bestowed by the New York State Senate. (April 1, 2017)



Carolyn Steele, daughter of Jeff Steele '70 and Sally Getman Steele '72, was selected an 'Observer Dispatch Teen All-Star'. Carolyn, age 17, is a senior at Clinton High School. She's an accomplished athlete and scholar. She also works as a volunteer by donating over 300 hours of her time to the Martin Luther Nursing Home. Carolyn will be attending Dartmouth College and will major in engineering.(June 4, 1999)

Carolyn Steele, daughter of Jeff Steele and Sally Getman Steele (class of 72), was named to the First Team All-American Field Hockey, by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. She will be attending Dartmouth College in the Fall.(Submitted by Zig Steele '67 - March 1, 1999)


Lou Patrei Retiring as School Superintendent....

Louis Patrei, Superintendent of the Little Falls School District, will be retiring this year. Mr. Patrei has spent 36 years with the school district. His retirement will be effective August 14, 2015.

He earned his bachelor's degree, in psychology, from Utica College. He graduated with a master's degree and certification of advanced study from State University of New York in Oneonta. His administration certification was earned from SUNY Cortland.

Lou started his career with the Little Falls District as a guidance counselor. He served as principal of the Monroe Street Elementary School in 1983. He became high school principal in 2004 and was appointed Superintendent in 2008. Best wishes to Lou and his family on a well-earned retirement! (May 31, 2015)


Mary Barton....

Mary Barton will be the cover story of Worldwide Branding's ProFiles Magazine. There will also be a 1/2 page biography. Ms. Bartron has been honored numerous times by several organizations including Worldwide Branding for Excellence in Information Technology. (August 30, 2014)


Hershey Track & Field Youth Program Facebook Page....

Dave Williams has been active with the Hershey Track & Field Games. This year you can keep up with the news on the Hershey Track & Field Games Facebook Page. Please e-mail Dave Williams if you would be willing to assist in the planning and/or running of the meets. If you've helped out in the past, thanks again. If you're new to the event, "WELCOME". Volunteer's call Dave Williams, Class of '70 at 315-894-5636 or e-mail The youth track program is for children 9-14 (as of December 31st). Children 8 and under may participate at the local level only and DO NOT advance to the State Meet. (June 29, 2014)


Hershey Track & Field Youth Program 2008....

The 16th Annual Hershey's Track & Field Games will be held on May 31, 2008 at the Ilion High School Track, as well as the New York State West Finals, Saturday June 21. We need your help to make it a success. Please e-mail Dave Williams if you would be willing to assist in the planning and/or running of this year's meet. If you've helped out in the past, thanks again. If you're new to the event, "WELCOME". Volunteer's call Dave Williams, Class of '70 at 315-894-5636 or e-mail Interested children (ages 9-14, effective 12-31-08) may pick up entry forms at the Ilion Public Library, Mohawk YMCA, or the Physical Education office at your school. Entry forms must be mailed in ASAP. Registration Night at the Ilion Public Library is Tuesday, May 20 7:00-8:30 pm. (Jan 26, 2008)


Christopher Wirth....

Christopher Wirth has been named winemaker at Hunt Country Vineyards, a family farm and winery on Keuka Lake. (June 20, 2005)


Olympic Torch Relay.....

Ilion Dave Williams

Dave Williams '70 Olympic Torch Relay Run

Dave Williams, was nominated by Mrs. Hand (her son Tyler participated in the Hershey Program for 6 years) from Herkimer to participate in the Olympic Torch Relay. Dave was selected to to carry the Flame when it goes through Utica next Sunday, December 30th at 1:44 p.m. His particular segment will be on Genesee Street from Cottage Place to Tracy Street. He'd like to share this moment with all his friends, family and all everyone who has been involved in the Hershey Track & Field Youth Program, so your invited to come and cheer Dave on next Sunday. (December 24, 2001)


30 Year Reunion for Class of 1970.....

The Class of 1970 held an informal reunion gathering at the Elks Club on Sat., Nov. 25, from 6:00 till 9:00. At 9:00, John Seymour, former lead singer of the Boss 5, provided entertainment. See the Group Photograph from the 30th Year Reunion Celebration. (December 27, 2000)


1970 Grad's Web Site Selected OD Homepage of the Week ....

Congratulations to Dave Williams '70 on being selected for The Observer Dispatch Home Page of the Week. Dave's Official Web Site for the Mohawk Valley Hershey Track & Field Youth Program was selected the week of May 8, 2000. (May 12, 2000)


Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite.....

Jeffrey Steele IHS 1970, retired, email, Eaton, NY, re-registered. (November 16, 2021)

Barry Babbitt IHS 1970, retired pharmacist, email, St Petersburg, FL, registered. (May 21, 2021)

Ron Clive, retired, Lynchburg, Va, email, re-registered. (August 30, 2014)

Mary Bartron, Retired Information Systems Specialist, email, from Morgantown, WV, re-registered. (August 30, 2014)

Gary Miller, Landscape Architect, email, from Pleasantville, NY, registered. (June 29, 2014)

Marilyn Johnson, retired, email, from Dunedin, FL, registered. (June 30, 2013)

David Jensen, from Little Falls, NY email, registered. (April 21, 2013)

Mary Skowron Kelly, from The Villages, FL, email, is Director of Development at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. (April 21, 2012)

Jere Charles Blackwell, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Nov 7, 2011)

Gail Bechard Mount, Business Systems Analyst, email, Owasso, OK, re-registered. (Aug 29, 2010)

William Coupe, Senior Analyst, Business Intelligence, email, from Burlington, NC, re-registered. (Oct 23, 2009)

"The past couple of years have been amazing... I have my first grand daughter, who just lights up a room, and has us laughing the whole time she's here. Recently, professionally, I've started developing Business Intelligence Analytics for the Railroad industry. This information is being distilled from the largest repository of North American Freight Rail data world wide. Life is fun again! If anyone else is delving into the analytics realm, I'd love to hear from you!"

Donald Comes, Truck Driver, email, Sun City Center, FL, re-registered. (Sept 27, 2009)

Kathy Monohan Romano, Teacher, email, from Niskayuna, NY, re-registered. (July 11, 2009)

Karen Brewer Routhieaux, retired, email, has been living in Anderson, SC for the past 30 years. (May 5, 2009)

David Cuatt, Social Worker, email, website is, Poestenkill, NY, registered. (Nov 1, 2008)

Alison Frazier, Retired, from Venice, FL, email, registered. (June 6, 2008)

Timothy Murphy, Retired December 2007, email, from Ballston Lake, NY, re-registered. (Mar 6, 2008)

Frank Barrett, Floor Installer/Marketing Mgr. @ CMI Florida, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Feb 1, 2008)

Jan Fischer Smith, Cafeteria/Boces, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Dec 1, 2006)

Stephen Urtz, Cont. Tech., email, from Graeagle, CA, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Peter Keddell, email, from Raleigh, NC, re-registered. (Jan 18, 2006)

David Brewer, email, re-registered. (Jan 7, 2006)

Nanette Swart Sweet, Christian Publishing ministry, email, from Nashville, TN, re-registered. (May 28, 2005)

Shelley Danforth Morris, Registered Nurse, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (May 18, 2004)

Thomas Miller, Science Teacher, email, re-registered. (Jan 24, 2004)

Sherry Danielak Bala, email, Bedford, TX, re-registered. (February 8, 2003)

Jim Bala, email, Bedford, TX, re-registered. (January 9, 2003)

George Kornbrust, is attending the mega reunion. (October 9, 2002)

Diane Canning Urtz, from Yorkville, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (October 5, 2002)

Lynda Blaise Atkinson, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 6, 2002)

Jeanne Williams, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)

Dave Williams, and Kathy Losier Williams, Ilion, NY, have a new email address. (August 16, 2002)

Robert Bouck, from Frankfort, NY, registered is attending the mega-reunion. (August 6, 2002)

Michael Moore, from Richfield Springs, NY, registered. is attending the mega-reunion. (August 6, 2002)

Jeffrey Steele, Sales Representative, email, Clinton, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 30, 2002)

Everett (Lance) Purdon, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 26, 2002)

Cheryl (Sherry) Jennison Comes, Clay, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 30, 2002)

Tom Bradle, from Mohawk, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

Charlene Abeline Putch is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

Steve Rigo, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 28, 2002)

"Hello all,sorry if you could not reach me,i got ripped off by aol and then terminated! I am again looking forward to Playing at Ilion Days and also the mega reunion.It should be a great time with all the old Ilion rockers coming home to Jam. Rick Dejohn (class of 69) is doing a great job putting it together. Me and Rick are honored to be hosting this event. Email me if you have any comments or just wanna say hi. Visit our web site at - Looking forward to seeing and jamming with old friends. C ya, Stevie"

Regina McCann Derocco, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Kathy Burch Prior, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Suzanne Southwick Getman, Physical Therapist, email, Waterville, NY, registered. (May 21, 2002)

Donald Burnside, Construction, email, Virginia Beach, VA, registered. (May 15, 2002)

Veronica Healey Kuzio, email, from Clinton, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 20, 2002)

Charlene Abeline Putch, Marketing Specialist, from Ilion, NY, registered. (March 13, 2002)

Raymond Watson, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 3, 2002)

Kathy Gogol Mooney, email, Hilton, NY, registered. (February 22, 2002)

Pamela Russell, email, Schenectady, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 17, 2002)

Matthew Marley, Manager - Remington Arms, from Ilion, NY, email, submitted the mega-reunion survey. (Feb. 16, 2002)

Kristen Edwards Carrig, email, sends Greetings. "What a great job you have done with this site. Thank you for the hard work. Hello everyone!" (January 12, 2002)

BetteJo Hall Caldwell, Supervisor at Fleet Bank, email, Caribou, ME, registered. (December 28, 2001)

Bruce Purdon, Investigator, US Dept of Treasury, email, Portsmouth, NH, registered. (November 14, 2001)

"I would like to hear from any of you. I'm working as a Database Specialist for the West Virginia University Extension Service, Center for 4H and Youth, Family, and Adult Development. I would like to be notified when the 35th or 40th reunion is scheduled. Hope to see everyone there. " - Mary

Christine Hyer, Registered Nurse, email, from Frankfort, NY, registered.

(modified February 11, 2002)

"Have one son, Michael, age 21. I work as a Registered Nurse at Herkimer County Public Health. I specialize in Prenatal care and newborn and postpartum assessments. I have worked there for the last eight years." Chris

Steve Rigo, Musician, email, from Ilion , NY, signed the Guest Book. (March 23, 2000)

"Hi All, Kewl site!!! Well I am still in the music business and have been since Jr. High. I have toured throughout the states and Canada over the years. Still call Ilion my home. Been back in the area for a good while doing various music venues. It is a peaceful place to write music. I have a new cd coming out very soon and have a web site,, which isn't done, but you can hear clips of some of my songs and sign my guest book. When the cd is released, I will be talking the show on the road to promote it. There is another guy from Ilion High, named Mike Sklarz, who is an important person in the biz, and will be helping me with my new adventure. Remember Dale Edwards from the class of 70? He is in the group also. We are very serious about this project and we have the right people behind us. We have a nice base of fans rite around the valley area. We sold over three thousand copies of our last album rite here in the valley. Now it's time to go world wide!!! E-mail me for any info, and I would be glad to answer any questions. Hope to hear from some old friends and some new ones!!! C YA" ... Stevie (modified May 28, 2002)

Cynthia Kane Sears, School Teacher, from Ilion, NY, registered. (December 4, 1999)

Dennis Wright, email, tried Guess the Graduate. (September 26, 1999)

Tom Bradle, Inventory Control Clerk, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (September 9, 1999)

Daniel O'Brien, Engineer, Retired Army Engineer Officer, email, from Cornwall, NY, registered. (September 1, 1999)

William Robertson, Plant Utilities Eng. II, email, from Cortland, NY, registered in the directory. (March 9, 1999)

Thomas Moore, Systems Engineer, email, from Winchester, OR, registered in the directory. (August 27, 1998)

Timothy Rockwell, from Mohawk, NY, registered in the directory. (July 6, 1998)

Nanette Swart Sweet, signed the Guest Book. (July 7, 1998)

"Manager-Christian Bookstore/ I've done much travel in the country for the past yrs but now have settled down in a small community. I became a Christian in 76' which changed my life forever for the best..Been watchin' this site for several mo. every time I check in Aileen, you've found some other way to improve it..can't believe it-Excellent job!" - Nanette

John Carter, email, from St. Clair, MI, signed the Guest Book. (June 25, 1998)

"After many stops along the way, I live now in Michigan with my three daughters. I work for an energy services company dealing mostly with the federal government. I have to tell you I'm very impressed with this website. I wouldn't have thought that there was this much information about Ilion." - John

Rev. Steve Mitchell, Pastor, from Pelham, AL, registered in the directory. (May 27, 1998)

Jim Richards, working in sales, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (April 26, 1998)

Ellen Morse Backman, Venice, FL, registered in the directory. (April 19, 1998)

Deb Chesebrough Egland, email, tried the "Guess The Graduate" feature. (March 10, 1998)

JoAnn Capes Richards, 4-H Youth Development Program Assistant, email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified February 24, 1998)

Bill Goldsmith, a Lab Manager, email, or email, from Gloversville, NY, registered in the directory. (January 26, 1998)

Suzanne Harrig Roth, a Bookeeper and Reflexologist, from Bedford, NY, registered in the directory. (January 3, 1998)

John Warner, a Service Technician, email, registered in the directory. (modified July 9, 1998)

Karen Bouck Vennera, Quality Control/Toshiba, email, from Lowman, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 30, 1997)

John Fletcher, Maintenance Supervisor, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 30, 1997)

Gene Bullis, Supervisor - Remington Arms, email, from Herkimer, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 28, 1997)

Harry Stubbs from Jackson, NJ, email, registered in the alumni directory. (December13, 1997)

Mary Fitzer Morse, Ilion, NY, email, the first alumnus from the Class of 1970 to register in the alumni directory.

Dave Williams, Ilion, NY, email, the second alumnus from the Class of 1970 to register in the alumni directory.

Kathy Losier Williams, Ilion, NY, email, the third alumnus from the Class of 1970 to register in the alumni directory. Dave and Kathy have a son who is a budding web designer, in their house too. Amy Williams, daughter of Dave and Kathy Williams, is a student at Niagara University. Amy Williams '96, has recently returned from her study abroad experience through Niagara University. Amy spent two months studying at Schiller International University in Engelberg, Switzerland. During her stay she studied Hotel/Restaurant Management and visited Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. Amy will be a second semester sophomore at Niagara University this fall. At Niagara, Amy is a member of the Honors Program, Niagara University Travel, Hotel and Restaurant Association (NUTHRA), and the Dance Team (NU Danceline), she was also on the Dean's List her first two semesters.

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