Ilion High School

Class of 1972

Alumni News

1976 Mirror Cover Ilion


Digitized Class Yearbook....

Mirror 72 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 1972 is at your published in the 1972 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1972", are available on the 1972 Class Roster page. (added February 23, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1972 (added February 12, 2020)


1972 - 50th Reunion Planning Update

IHS Class of 72 50th Reunion. Save the Dates!!! Columbus Day weekend. Fri. Oct 7 will be an informal get together at 7 pm at Cacciatore's Restaurant, Barringer Rd. Ilion. Food and drinks on your own. Tour of the High School on Sat at 1:00 pm. Sat. Evening, Reunion will be Sat. Oct. 8th at the VFW, Acme Rd. in Frankfort. Drinks and socializing start at 5 pm, followed by dinner at 6. Entertainment by John Seymour. (July 6, 2022)

Contact Darlene Doolen at 518-669-2776 or Barbara Beckwith at 402-880-5757 to join in the planning!!! We will also have a presence in the Ilion Days DOO Dah parade in July.

We are missing contact information on the following classmates. Please send your contact info or if you have contact info on another missing classmate, to Darlene or Barbara. Thanks!!

Pam Ashley, Jean Barton, Jim Burling, Doug Campell, Mike Ciochiola, Robin Cleveland, James Davis, Kim Delude, Dwight Dodge, Rhea Eaton, Robbin Gage, Richard Gardinier, Edward Griffin, Kathy Heintz, David Hendrickson, Kevin Heneka, Jim Irving, Norman Johnson, Christopher Jones, Richard Jones., Nick Korba, Robert Loftis, Patrick Lonergan, John Long, Diane Lytwynec, Lawrence Manion, Janet Maramarco, Karen Matthews, Shirley McConnell, Steven McGrath,Kevin McKinney, Gary Melnick, James Miller, Mark Morris, Judith Mower, Douglas Nichols, Patricia Rowland, Linda Sternberg, Debbie Travis, Barbara Weeks, Kathy Wilbert, Carol Wildey, Ron Wilson and Steven Winslow. (May 12, 2022)


1972 - 50th Reunion Planning

ATTENTION -IHS Class of 1972
Looking for IHS classmates from Class of 1972 to invite to our 50th high school reunion. If you are a classmate or know a 1972 classmate please respond to this Facebook post.
We want to get your address/email and phone number so we can invite you to our reunion on
Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the VFW in Frankfort.
Looking forward to seeing as many classmates as possible!!
You are welcome to PM me your information.
Thank you!!! Barb Kirchhoff (February 3, 2022)


1972 - 50th Reunion Planning

Next Class of '72 Reunion ZOOM Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 7 PM EST. Hope you can join and please feel free to extend the invitation to anyone else interested. Thank you (January 13, 2022)

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The Ilion High School class of 1972 is reaching out to find all classmates interested in a 50th reunion in 2022. Anyone interested in helping with the planning or has ideas to share, please contact Darlene Doolen Bauer at
Cell: 518 669 2776 or
She is also looking for contact information for yourself or anyone who might be interested, please send to her. (August 13, 2021)


1972 Classmate Running for as Democratic Candidate for Mayor - June 2022....

1972 Alumnus Ron Schoonmaker - Ilion Village Trustee Candidate

Ron Schoonmaker was endorsed by the Ilion Democratic Party to run for the position of Mayor in the 2022 June Village election.


The Democratic Candidate for Mayor of the Village of Ilion is Ron Schoonmaker. Get to know the person not just a name. Everyone is welcomed but please don't turn it into a debate. Ron will answer any and all legitimate questions to the best of his knowledge.

WHEN - JUNE 4TH, 2022
TIMES - SESSION 1- 12:00 TIL 2:00 AND
SESSION 2- 6:00 TIL 8:00.
!!!!!!! DONATIONS TO MY CAMPAIGN ACCEPTED!!!!! (May 12, 2022)


1972 Classmate Running for Election as Ilion Trustee....

1972 Alumnus Ron Schoonmaker - Ilion Village Trustee Candidate

Ron Schoonmaker was endorsed by the Ilion Democratic Party

U.S. Army Veteran

Board of Directors of the Herkimer County Hunger Coalition
Head Advisor for the Community Flood Advisory Group
American Cross Volunteer and Shelter Manager for Herkimer County Disaster Response
Herkimer Lions Club
Fallen Stars Memorial Mural Committee Member
Vice-Chair for the Ilion Democratic Committee
Oak Hill and Calvary Cemetery - Veterans Flags Memorial Day Project Leader

Born and raised in Ilion
IHS Graduate 1972

(June 2, 2018)


Ilion Alumnus Decorates Graves for Memorial Day

U.S. Army Veteran Ronald Schoonmaker, IHS 1972, of Ilion, led the effort to place flags on the grave sites of veterans in the Oak Hill and Calvary cemeteries. "Between the two cemeteries there are about 1200 veterans here in Oak Hill, and there's about 800 over in the Cavalry side. That's a lot of veterans."

Ron Schoonmaker, joins Fred Hartman IHS 1965 and Bridget Trevor McKinley IHS 1979 as the Democratic Party candidates for the 2018 Village June election. (June 2, 2018)


Mark Morris launches Photography Business....

Mark Morris High Peaks Photography - IHS 1972
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Ilion Alumnus, Mark Morris IHS 1972, is carrying on the family tradition. Mark's business, High Peaks Photography features many of the notable buildings and architectural landmarks in cities around the United States.

"My hope is to capture the history and great peaks in cities and towns across our great country. Hope you like us (yes, we’re on Facebook too!), and remember to always enjoy the view!"

Be sure to check out Mark's biography to learn the Morris family history in regards to photography in the Mohawk Valley. (June 28, 2015)


Nick Bonvino....

Nick Bonvino IHS 1972
Image courtesy of Greater Houston Healthconnect and

Ilion Alumnus, Nick Bonvino IHS 1972, is the new CEO of Greater Houston Healthconnect. The October 2014 announcement of his appointment stated, "Nick Bonvino is a seasoned health care executive with over 30 years in the information technology (IT) industry, applying IT-based products and services to enhance the financial, administrative, and clinical performance of health care organizations....He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and was selected to attend specialized programs at Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, IBM Sales & Marketing Education, and EDS Strategic Value Selling."

Congratulations to Nick Bonvino! (April 5, 2015)


1972 Impromptu 40th Reunion.....

Members of the Class of 1972 are encouraged to visit the Ilion Elks Club - Saturday, July 21, 2012 for a mini-reunion. Nick Bonvino wondered.....facebook.

"I (Nick Bonvino) will be in the weekend of Ilion Days. Maybe we could spread the word of a mini-reunion at the Elks that Saturday." (July 7, 2012)


1972 Alumnus - Inspirational Teacher featured on CBS The Early Show.....

Ilion Alumnus, Karen Cranney '72, was cited as an inspirational teacher, on the CBS Early Show, Thursday November 30th. Locally on Channel 5 - (7am - 9am) (November 30, 2006)



Frank Emmons Sheffield IV, IHS 1972, age 69, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on May 2, 2024. Born on May 29, 1954, in Ilion, NY, Frank was the beloved son of the late Betty Morton and Frank Emmons Sheffield III. A lifelong resident of Ilion, he married his devoted wife, Kelly, on September 13, 1986, in a beautiful ceremony that further rooted their lives in the community they loved. Frank dedicated 38 years of service to Remington Arms in Ilion, where he worked until his retirement in 2018. His co-workers remember him as a steadfast and reliable presence, always striving to maintain the highest levels of craftsmanship. An active member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, Frank's generosity and camaraderie were well-known within the group. His passion for music was profound and he was held in high esteem as one of the best left-handed guitarists in the Valley, much to the enjoyment of his friends and family. Frank also enjoyed surfing the web for interesting articles, cooking delicious meals and visiting places both new and familiar, always looking forward to the thought of travel. Frank is survived by his loving wife, Kelly, and son, Frank, both of Ilion. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Pickett of Ilion. Sister and Brother-In-Laws, Patricia and Richard Reynolds, William and Rhonda Trevor, Michael Trevor, Kevin Trevor and Wendy Kovac, Daniel and Linda Trevor, Bridget and Kevin McKinley and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Margaret Trevor-Davidson, and brother-in-law, Thomas Trevor. Frank's life will be honored at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, located at 100 Otsego St., Ilion, NY 13357, on May 9, 2024. Friends and family are invited to gather from 4 PM to 6 PM, with a funeral service to follow. His legacy of kindness, humor, and music will be celebrated by all who knew him. Memorial contributions can be made in Frank's name to the American Cancer Society, supporting the ongoing fight against cancer and honoring his compassionate spirit. Expressions of sympathy and fond remembrances can be shared online at Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (May 11, 2024)


Ilion High School Class of 1972 - Bill Morris

A Celebration of Live for Bill Morris will be held Sunday, November 26, 2023, from 1 pm - 5 pm, at the Ilion Elks Club. The event is being held by his son, Seth Morris. "We invite family and friends to please join us in celebrating the life of Bill Morris. Come share some memories, some laughs and a beer or two in honor of Bill, at the elks club just like he would want. We look forward to seeing everyone and reminiscing during this difficult time." The event is open to the public. (November 20, 2023)


Richard 'Bill' W. Morris, IHS 1972 affectionately remembered as 'Bill', an Ilion resident his entire life, passed away, November 15, 2023, unexpectedly, at his home in Ilion. He was born on October 17, 1954, in Herkimer, New York, a son of the late Richard and Martha (Davala) Morris. He attended Annunciation School and Ilion High School, class of 1972. He went on to attend SUNY Cobleskill. He enjoyed his family's camp at Sylvan Beach every summer. His work career was at Remington Arms as a Senior Test Lab Tech. Billy was a superior green thumb and worked at Mohawk Valley Florist over the years helping the Geloso family through holiday and deliveries. He enjoyed hunting and memberships with the Elks, and Ilion Fish and Game Club. He was the first one to offer to help friends and family. As for family, he was predeceased by his Mother, Martha Davala Morris; his father, Dick Morris; his brother, Steve Morris; and nephew, Michael Klupa. He is survived by his sister, Ann Elizabeth 'Betsy' Klupa; his daughter, Melissa DeTota and husband, Justin; his son, Seth Morris and his fiancee, Jessica Rice; his grandchildren, Keeleigh Nutt and Carson Morris; and many nieces and nephews, Scott Morris, Greg Morris, Brian Morris, Kelly Cave, Patrick Klupa, Mary Klupa and Kate Klupa and her husband, Justin. There are no services at this time. Arrangements for Richard have been entrusted to the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion, NY, Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. (November 18, 2023)


Edward S. Griffin, IHS 1972 age 68, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 after a brief illness with his loving family at his bedside. Born in Ilion on July 1, 1954, Ed was the son of Gail (Furlong) Griffin and the late Edward Griffin. A proud veteran, Ed was in the US Army for four years, stationed in Texas and Frankfurt, Germany. When he returned in 1976, he began working at Lucas Aerospace located in Griffiss Park in Rome, NY. He married the love of his life, Suzanne Kelley and they spent over 41 years together in a loving marriage. In his free time, Ed enjoyed biking, kayaking, golfing, fishing, and photography. Ed is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne Griffin; his mother, Gail Griffin and her companion, Dick Quackenbush; son, Tom and Victoria Chilluffo, Ilion; brothers, Brian and his wife Beverly Griffin, Little Falls, and Randy Griffin and his partner, Kristy, Ilion; his grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service with full military honors will be held on Wednesday, April 26 at 1:00 at Armory Hill Cemetery on Benedict Ave, Ilion. Arrangements have been entrusted to Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion.Those wishing to remember Ed in a special way are asked to consider a donation in his memory to the Herkimer Humane Society, 514 St. Rt. 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407. To leave condolences for Ed's family, please visit (May 2, 2023)


Ilion High School Class of 1972 - Sharon (Yardley) Richards

Sharon (Yardley) Richards, IHS 1972 of Ilion, NY passed away peacefully on November 29, 2022, in the comfort of her home with those she cherished the most always by her side. Sharon was born October 9, 1953, the daughter of Ann (Peg) and Roland Yardley and one of six siblings. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1972 where she spent her time as a lifeguard and member of the cheerleading squad. On February 23, 1973 she wed her soulmate and partner in life, John H. Richards, whom together they shared over 50 loving years. Together they had three beautiful girls who made her proud and above all were always making her laugh and smile. Sharon held family at the core of everything she did. Spending time with her sisters and brothers and their families provided a lifetime of love and memories. She enjoyed spending her time with them at Keyser Lake, Evergreen, and the St. Lawrence River. Family gatherings were a regular occurrence and Sharon was blessed to have her two sisters as her best friends and always by her side. Sharon was known to many as a dignified woman of beauty who always presented herself with kindness and grace. She held many jobs over her years creating memorable trips with her children as an airline receptionist for Piedmont Air until she became the backbone of a business her and her husband successfully ran for over 30 years. This was a true testament to the strong and beautiful marriage that John and Sharon shared. Family and friends fondly referred to Sharon as “Queenie” as she was always known to be someone to take charge, keep things in order, and take care of just about everything including caring for all those that she had loved. She was the matriarch of the Yardley Family, always putting the needs of her family above her own. Sharon enjoyed life's many great pleasures including spending time at the family "cottage" on the St. Lawrence River, a place where she found peace and solitude in her final years of her life. The River generated some of the most precious and cherished memories with her family and dearest friends floating in the River and spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. The many trips and adventures spent with her beloved River Rat friends, cruising on the river, visiting Las Vegas and the Caribbean, filled her heart with joy. Sharon was always her children's biggest cheerleader and an inspiration to them. She spent many years co-running and organizing the Ilion Synchronized Swim Club where her witty personality shone through in her quirky moves and choreography she created. She loved to sing and dance with her girls and later with her grandchildren. Sharon's grandchildren affectionately referred to her as "Garmer", a name fitting only to her. Her time spent with her grandchildren was precious to her. She always made sure their time was spent making memories, filled with laughter and joy, and always letting them know how much they were loved. Sharon was predeceased by her parents, Ann and Roland Yardley; sister, Patricia; brother, Roland; and grandson, Ryan John Zink. She is survived by her loving husband, John; three daughters, Patricia (Jerome) Zink of Ilion, Erin (Paul) Renaud of Carthage, and Kelly (Joel) Rowland of Ilion; five grandchildren whom she adored and loved spending time with,Tria and Iley Rowland, Mason Zink, and Margot and Walker Renaud; one brother, Robert (Janet) Yardley of Herkimer; two sisters, Gail (Shawn) Carney of Litchfield, and Lynne (Dave) Marhaver of Ilion; and a sister-in-law, Chris Yardley of Fairfax Station, VA. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, many cousins and dear friends who have many fond memories of Sharon throughout her years. Sharon's legacy will live on in the hearts of all that were blessed to have known her and she will forever remain "RIGHT HERE" in the hearts of her husband, children, and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family highly encourages you to please make a donation to Hospice and Palliative Care in Sharon's honor as they were truly a blessing in providing her care. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation for Sharon on Monday, December 5, 2022, from 11:00 AM – 01:00 PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Procession will then follow to Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, where Sharon's graveside service will commence at 1:30 PM with Rev. Leo Potvin, officiating. The Richards family has entrusted the care of their beloved wife and mother to the Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate funeral directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (December 2, 2022)


JoAnn L. (Sweeney) Bliss, IHS 1972, age 68, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, March 30, 2022, at the MVHS St. Elizabeth Campus in Utica. Born on October 20, 1953, JoAnn was the daughter of the late Robert J. Sweeney and Charlotte J. Cuda. She was raised and educated in Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School with the Class of 1972. She then went on to continue her education at Utica Beauty School where she became a licensed Cosmetologist. At one time, JoAnn was married to Thomas Vibbard, Sr., a relationship from which came the blessing of two sons. On December 24, 1998, JoAnn was again wed to Mr. Bernard "Bernie" Bliss and together they shared in a loving and devoted union of over ten years, until Bernie's untimely passing on December 6, 2009. JoAnn was an extremely hard working woman. For many years, she worked alongside her mother at Charlotte's Beauty Salon in Mohawk. She also held positions at Duofold and Agway. Many may remember JoAnn from her years of employment with Herb Philipson's in Herkimer as the Store Manager. JoAnn, along with her husband, Bernie, not only operated the Herkimer Family and Farm Center, but kept horses as well; she was a lover of all animals. She had a kind heart and always made the best of any situation. She was the life of the party, had an amazing sense of humor, and was renowned for her joke about having "dog jaw"! Above all else, JoAnn was the strongest and most courageous person one could ever have the honor of knowing. She was the best sister and mother you could ask for, sharing an unbreakable bond with her two sons. Any time spent with family at holidays or gatherings were amongst her happiest, and her presence will forever live on in the hearts of those she leaves behind. She is survived by her sons, Cory Vibbard and his wife, Arlene, of Ilion and Thomas Vibbard, Jr. of Herkimer; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Robin and John Tripple of Frankfort and Melissa and Charles Elthorp of Ilion; her brother-in-law, Todd Harper of Columbia Center; her nieces and nephews, Chelsea Tripple, Rochelle, Harper, John Tripple, Anthony Tripple, Edward Mosher, Robert Mosher, Michael Amadon, TJ Harper and their families; along with numerous cousins, friends and her pride and joy, her dog, Mia. Aside from her parents and husband, Bernie, JoAnn was predeceased by her sister, Kelly Harper; her maternal grandparents, Josephine and Thomas Cuda; her paternal grandparents, Anne and John Sweeney; and her aunts, Antoinette Grogan, Bernice Wright, Kathleen Toher, Marie Hamiester and Lucille Matthews. In keeping with JoAnn's wishes, there will be no formal funeral services at this time. Her family has entrusted her arrangements to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea, Martin L. Ciaccia and Don Applegate, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at (April 16, 2022)


Sally Tracy Hayden, IHS 1972, age 67, passed away on December 17, 2021, surrounded by her family. Sally was a devoted wife, mother and Nana. Sally was preceded in death by her parents, Rosemary and Joseph Tracy of Ilion, New York. Sally worked in Banking, Insurance and her favorite job as a school secretary at Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Anthony Catholic Church's. Sally is survived by her husband of 41 years, Mike; two daughters, Sara Hayden and Tracy (Zach) Schamel; grandchildren, Hayden and Stephen; a sister, Sue Tracy; a niece, Tera Leon-Tracy; and countless friends. Visitation will be at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 2253 West St. Joe Road, Sellersburg, Indiana 47172 on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm with Celebration of Life Mass to follow at 6:00 pm. A special thanks to the Brown Cancer Center, BMT Team MICU and the U of L Hospital, especially the Doctors, Nurses and Techs of 5E. WIthout their help, Sally would not have been able to fight as long as she did. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Be The Match ( Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hayden family.(December 22, 2021)


Charlene "Char" (LaDue) Salewski IHS 1972, age 68, of Ilion, New York, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, October 31, 2021, with her family by her side. Born in Utica, New York, on March 13, 1953, Char was the daughter of the late LeRoy and Josephine (Melia) LaDue. Char was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended Herkimer County Community College. On May 3, 1975, she married her high school sweetheart, Siegfried Salewski, where they enjoyed 44 loving years together. Charlene spent many years working as an at home daycare provider. She later became Director of the Utica and Rome Family Court Children's Center. Char had a passion for helping children and was recognized for her dedication and compassion. In 2007, she was nominated and honored with the YWCA Mohawk Valley Oreatha Bowen‘s award. This award is given to an employee who always goes above and beyond. She also received the Friend of the Child Care Coordinating Council, in 2013. After retiring, Char continued volunteering her time with her church and most recently with CareNet. Charlene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother (Nana), daughter, sister and friend. She was always there for her family and involved in all aspects of their lives, always having a smile on her face and making every situation positive. Char had an uplifting personality with so much joy and passion for life. Her happy demeanor and laughter was noticed and infectious anywhere she went. Char was an avid baker known for her monkey bread, working woman cookies and pepperoni bread, always made with "love and prayers". She was a very family-oriented person. Char loved her grandchildren dearly. She would attend all of their sporting events, enjoyed spending time with them, always entertaining them with crafts, swimming, cooking, playing Wii and especially board games and puzzles. Charlene would volunteer her time with many charities including ringing the holiday bell for Salvation Army, Relay for Life, Crop Walk, and Making Strides against Breast Cancer. She was an active member of Word Christian Center in Mohawk, volunteering all of her extra time and talents to the church. Charlene is survived by her daughters, Laura Nowosielski (Chris), of Albany and Kelly Salewski, of Ilion; her grandchildren, Sianna and Jackson Kenyon (Jack) and Lily and Olivia Nowosielski; her sister, Deb and Nick Galotti, of Cary, North Carolina with their children, Michelle and Andrew; her brother, Layne and JoAnn LaDue, of Herkimer, New York with their children Michael and Andria; her lifelong friend and neighbor, Eileen Kipper; along with several other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Siegfried Salewski; her parents, LeRoy and Josephine LaDue; and her aunt, June Getz, of Utica, New York. The family would like to give a special thank you to her Prayer Warriors as well as the hospital staffs of Albany Med and Bassett of Cooperstown. Her funeral arrangements have been established with the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort) and will consist of the following times: Calling hours at the funeral home are on Saturday, November 6th, 2021, from 1PM until 4PM. A Memorial Service offered by Eileen Kipper will begin Saturday afternoon, at 4PM, at the funeral home chapel. Those wishing to contribute in loving memory of Char are asked to consider donations to the CareNet @ 12 West Street, in Ilion, NY 13357 or to Word Christian Church at 27 East Main Street, in Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home for these purposes. Char's services were arranged with her friends and neighbors, Funeral Directors Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. To leave an online condolence, please visit on the Internet. (November 20, 2021 - modified October 9, 2022)


John Sorge IHS 1972, age 67, passed away on May 16, 2021. John was born on February 21, 1954, in Ilion, the son of Joseph and Mary Rose (Tyburski) Sorge. He was employed as a toolmaker with TECT Power, Whitestown. In keeping with John's wishes there will be no public visitation or funeral services. (May 19, 2021)


William 'Bill' D. Gahan IHS 1972 "Bill" also known as "Lipper", 66 of Ilion, passed away peacefully with his children by his side, leaving this Godly Earth too soon on Thursday April 30, 2020. Bill was at Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford, NY when he passed. Bill was born on September 22, 1953 in Ilion, NY. Bill's death was preceded by his Father Francis A. and Mother Cecelia D. (McNinney) Gahan. He was a graduate of Ilion High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. Bill worked as an Electrician at Remington Arms for 26 years. Following retirement from the Arms he was working at Fiberdyne Labs as an Electrician in Frankfort, NY. Bill was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444. He enjoyed spending time with his family at Piseco Lake camping and fishing, golfing and working on cars and engines. Bill was known by many as "Lipper", a High School nickname that continued throughout his life. Bill will always be remembered for enjoying good times with his family and friends. Bill is survived by his fiancée Gwen; three sons William Gahan and his fiancée Erica Branck, Andrew Gahan and his wife Jennifer (Gilbert) of Ilion, NY and Garrett Conroy and his fiancée Stephanie Caines of Syracuse, NY; four daughters Kristin Gilpin (Gahan) and her husband Joe of Fredericksburg, VA, Adrienne Lewis (Gahan) and her husband Dean of Port Saint Lucie, FL, Paula Dixon (Gahan) and her husband Merlin of Rome, NY, and Kayla Kineke (Conroy) and her husband Kevin of Pigeon Forge, TN; a brother Edward Gahan and his wife Sheila (Wiernicki) and their sons, 2 beloved nephews, Douglas and Eric Gahan of Ilion, NY; 22 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandson. In keeping with Bill's wishes there are no calling hours and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion, NY. Friends and family are asked to please consider memorial donations in Bill's name to the Ilion Firefighters Local 1185 1 Central Ave. Ilion NY 13357. To send an online condolence please go to (May 7, 2020)


David K. Waldo, IHS 1972, age 63, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Faxton-St.Luke's Health Care in New Hartford. Dave was born in Utica on December 21, 1953, the son of the late Richard and Marjorie Miller Waldo. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools and for most of his working career was employed as a mechanic with Phelps Repair in Ilion. On May 8, 1982 Dave was united in marriage with Paula Schuff. Dave is survived by his wife Paula a son Sean Fenton of New Hartford, a daughter and son in law Kim and Ray Judway of Sauquoit, two brothers and their wives Gerald and Barbara of Herkimer and Jon and Sherron of Ilion, a sister Cheryl Waldo of Frankfort and his grandchildren Megan, Alec, Kelsey, Ali and Kate. He is also survived by his mother in law Anne of Ilion and several nieces and nephews. Dave was predeceased by his son Kyle and his brother Paul Montalone. In keeping with Dave's wishes there will be no public services, a memorial service will be at the convienience of the family. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Sitrin Veterans Rehab Program in Dave's memory. To light a candle and leave an online condolence please go to (September 16, 2017)


Michael J. Kubica, IHS 1972, 62, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care Center after a long illness. Mike was born February 14, 1954 in Ilion the son of the late Daniel and Norma (Smith) Kubica. He was a graduate of Ilion Central School, class of 1972. Mike was married to Catherine Olsen on November 22, 1980 in Salisbury. He was employed at Remington Arms and was a landscaper and mason. He was a very active member of The Church of The Annunciation and he ran the Annunciation Fishing Derby for several years. He enjoyed golfing, and fishing with his son. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles and spending time with his animals. Mike is survived by his wife Cathy, his son Jeremiah of Ilion, his sister Donna Tallman of Farmington, N.Y. and four nieces and a nephew. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:30 am on January 28, 2017 at The Church of The Annunciation, Ilion, with Fr. Paul Catena officiating. Spring interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Herkimer. In keeping with Mike's wishes there are no calling hours. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Inc. 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society or The Church of The Annunciation. Envelopes will be available at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home and Annunciation Church. To leave an online condolence and light a candle please go to (Februay 26, 2017)


Timothy Abraham Stubley IHS 1972, age 58, of Ilion, passed away on Nov. 12, 2010, at Indian River Medical Center. Mr. Stubley was born and raised in Ilion and had been a resident of Melbourne, Fla. He was a carpenter, loved hunting, fishing and motorcycles, but most of all loved his family and truly loved his children, Abe and Amber, as well as Glenna. Survivors include his son, Abe Stubley, of Galloway, NJ; daughter, Amber Stubley, of Ilion; mother, Frances Stubley, of Ilion; sister, Robin Baker, of Plantation, Fla.; sister, Judy Cox, of Ilion; sister, Barbara Lozano, of Plano, Texas; sister, Jacqueline Thomas, of Northville; brother, Thomas Stubley, of Cedar Lake; brother, Charles Stubley, of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; brother, John Stubley, of Ilion; and two grandchildren, Hunter and Mason. Mr. Stubley was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Day, and his father, Herman (Ben) Stubley.The family welcomes everyone to attend a memorial service at the Knights of Columbus in Ilion on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Dec 11, 2010)


Kim Torbitt - 1972

Kim S. Torbitt IHS 1972, age 54, of 52 Franklin Ave., passed away unexpectedly on November 21, 2008 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was born in Ilion, the son of Shirlee Safford Torbitt and the late Robert M. Torbitt.Kim was a 1972 graduate of Ilion High School and was planning on going to Veterinary School when an automobile accident on September 8, 1972 left him a quadriplegic. While in high school, Kim excelled in baseball and wrestling, winning a number of awards in both sports. For a time, Kim was employed by the Mohawk Valley Hospital in Ilion as its computer technician before moving to Clinton. He was a wonderful person who could always make people laugh. He will be sadly missed

Kim is survived by his mother, Shirlee, of Clinton, his brother and sister in law; Todd and Laura Torbitt, of Remsen, his sister in law; Kathy Torbitt and his niece; Emily Rose Torbitt, of Utica, his niece; Leah Miller and his nephew; Jeffery Miller, of Ilion, his fiance; Beverly Clarey, of Clinton, his son in law and daughter in law; Andrew and Janet Cleary, his beloved grandchildren; Samuel, Donald, Rachel, Christie and Drew Michael Cleary and his brother in law; Donald Kiefer, of Stuart, FL. Kim was predeceased by his father, Robert M. Torbitt, his brother, MacFarland 'Mac' Torbitt and his sister in law, Shirley Ann Jones. In Kim's memory, please consider donations in his name to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, 5664 Horatio St., Utica, NY 13502. In keeping with Kim's wishes, his body was donated to the Anatomical Gift Program at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. (Nov 24, 2008)


Joseph A. 'Joey' DeRocco IHS 1972, age 52, of 6 Mauser Place, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 29, 2006, with his loving family by his side at University Medical Center, Syracuse, following a brief illness. Joey was born August 2, 1953, in Ilion, son of Alphonse and Grace (Onorato) DeRocco. He attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1972." Joe enlisted in the U.S. Navy proudly serving from 1972 to 1976, and then as a reservist until 1972. On June 13, 1980, he was united in marriage to Regina A. McCann in Ilion, a special union of 26 years. Joe was employed by Homogenous Metals Corporation for 29 years; currently he was the Pilot Plant Supervisor at the Clayville facility. Joe was a member of the Herkimer County Detachment Marine Corps League. Always a car buff, Joe enjoyed following NASCAR, tending his garden, and found the History Channel fascinating. A true family man and friend he was always willing to put others before himself.Survivors include his beloved mother, Grace DeRocco of Ilion; his wife Regina at home, two sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Joneane DeRocco of Md., Patrick and Sarra DeRocco of Frankfort; his cherished grandchildren, Joselyn, Joey, Jaylene, Jonathan, and Hannah DeRocco; his brothers, Samuel "Sam" DeRocco of Ilion, and Fred DeRocco of Fla.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Craig Gilker of Ga., and MaryAnn and John Wallace of R.I.; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Patrick and Sharon McCann of N.H., Anthony and MaryEllen Bonvino of Ilion, Russell and Teresa Linthicum of Ilion, Michael and Katherine McCann of Ilion, Robert "Bob" McCann of Ilion, James and Sally Kramas of Nevada, and Daniel and Laura McCann of Ilion. Also several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Joe was predeceased by his father, Alphonse, in 1955, mother-in-law Ann McCann and father-in-law. Family and friends are invited to visitation Thursday June 1, 2006 from 5-8 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Acme Rd. between Ilion and Frankfort. Joe's funeral service will be held Friday, June 2, commencing at 9 a.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion/Frankfort, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation where father Alfred Lammana will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment with full military honors will follow mass. In lieu of floral offerings please consider memorial contributions in Joe's name to the Herkimer County Detachment Marine Corps League "Holly Days" toy program. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home and church. All arrangements have been entrusted to John Day of Applegate and Day Funeral Home, Ilion. (September 7, 2006)


Charles L. 'Charlie' Flint IHS 1972, age 52, of Currier Rd., died suddenly after a brief illness on Thursday, November 10, 2005, at the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. He was born one of 11 children on April 22, 1953 in Lackawanna, NY, the son of Melvin and Arlene (Griffin) Flint. Charlie, as his family and friends knew him, was raised in Ilion, NY, and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1972. A longtime resident of NH, he has lived in Hill for the past 3 years. He had worked as a landscaper for New England Landscaping in Hopkinton, NH for about 20 years. He always loved doing landscaping. Even at home, he enjoyed landscaping and gardening. He was particularly proud of his roses! He also enjoyed tinkering as a mechanic. He was always helping his friends work on their cars, and could often be found at the River Edge Garage in Franklin, NH, helping his friend, John Sanborn. He leaves his best friend and his companion, Betty Clairmont of Hill, NH; his mother, Arlene Flint; and his uncle, Charlie, both of Cohcoton, NY; a son, Glendon Flint of Boscawen, NH; two daughters, Crystal Flint-Smith of Andover, NH, and Charity Cowley of NY; six brothers, George, Ray, Kenny, Paul, James, and Phil; four sisters, Carol, Rose, Joyce, and Pam; a grandson, Logan; three granddaughters, Skyler, Alyssa, and Ayla; and many nieces and nephews. There are no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at the convenience of the family. AFCS - Affordable Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc., is in charge of the arrangements. (Nov 14, 2005)


Frederick Allan 'Fred' Fischer IHS 1972, of Walnut Spring, Texas, formerly of Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Feb. 1, at his home. Fred was born Feb. 12, 1954, the son of the late John and Audrey Fischer. Fred is survived by three sisters, Linda and Stanley Bilinski of Salisbury Center, Larry and Corky Bull of Herkimer and Elaine Salek of Dolgeville; a brother, David and his wife Laurie of Ilion; and several nieces and nephews. As Fred wishes, he is to be buried in Texas. Fred was a free spirit who did his own thing, loved motorcycles and the open road. Fred will be missed by those who knew him and loved him. (Feb 6, 2005)


Dr. Michael Dekin IHS 1972, Medical Scientist/Writer - University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, died December 15, 1998. No further information is available at this time. (March 22, 2002)


Albert D. Albs DeForrest IHS 1972, age 46, of 172 West St., Ilion, passed away Thursday, Dec. 14, 2000, at home with his loving family by his side. Albert was born in Herkimer April 25, 1954, son of Daniel and Edna (McCoy) DeForrest Jr. He attended Ilion schools. He was a proud veteran serving with the U.S. Army and was a member of Ilion American Legion Post 920. On Dec. 17, 1977, he was united in marriage to Ginger L. Wellington in Ilion, a blessed union of 26 years. Albert was employed by Fiberdyne Labs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family and many friends. Albert and Ginger enjoyed socializing with friends at the Club BA, where he will be dearly missed. Survivors include his beloved wife, Ginger; three children, Shannon DeForrest and her friend Joe Lawrence, Rory DeForrest, and Virginia DeForrest and her friend Justin Estey of Little Falls; one grandson, Joseph Lawrence Jr.; his mother, Edna DeForrest of Ilion; his brothers and sisters, Daniel J. DeForrest and his wife Sandra of Trumbull, Conn., Theresa Herms and her husband Joseph of Naples, Fla., Edna Campione and her husband Frank of Little Falls, and Patrick DeForrest and his wife Ruthanne of Tampa, Fla.; his father-in-law Gerald Wellington of Ilion; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Sharon and Norman Penman of Cape Cod, Mass., Francis and Donna Wellington of Mohawk, and Donna Wellington of Little Falls; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He also leaves many close and special friends. Albert was predeceased by his father, Daniel J. DeForrest Jr.; his son, Eric Johnson; mothers-in-law, Virginia Wellington and Bernie Wellington; and his brother-in-law, Thomas Wellington. Albert's funeral service will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, commencing at 5 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. Family and friends are invited to visitation Sunday from 3-5 p.m. prior to the funeral service at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion. Interment with full military honors will take place this spring in Armory Hill Cemetery at a date and time to be announced. Memorial contributions may be considered in Albert's name to Herkimer County Hospice. (December 16, 2000)


Top Scholars of the IHS Class of 2002 ....

Janice Murray is the Valedictorian for the class of 2002. Janice is the daughter of Brian Murray '72 and Deb Trombley Murray '73 (April 13, 2002)


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Sarah (Getman) Steele IHS 1972, retired, email, Eaton, NY, re-registered. (November 16, 2021)

Kenneth Brink, Mechanic, email, Bellevue, NE, re-registered. (June 29, 2014)

Karen Fox-Talbot, Researcher, email, Aberdeen, MD, re-registered. (May 8, 2010)

Steve McGrath, Logistics Manager, email, Mount Pleasant, SC, re-registered. (Feb 19, 2010)

Dick Jones, Process Technician, Tessy Plastics, Elbridge, NY, email, Homer, NY, registered. (Oct 12, 2008)

Richard William Morris, Senior Test Lab Tech, Remington Arms Co, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Aug 13, 2008)

Penny Jones Beason, Retired Navy, email, from San Diego, CA, re-registered. (Mar 6, 2008)

Kenneth Smith, Lab Tech, email, from Little Falls, NY, re-registered. (Mar 6, 2008)

Darlene Doolen Bauer , GE Money, email, Guilderland, NY, re-registered. (April 13, 2007)

Patricia Fitzgibbons, Legal Management, email, Alexandria, VA, re-registered. (Feb 15, 2007)

William Falzareno, Manager, email, from Kingston, NY, sent news. (Nov 5, 2006)

"My wife Diane and myself just celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. As I like to say, I have been married for 30 longgggggggggggggggggggggggg happy years.

Both of us were laid off from the insurance industry and now I work for New York State Office Of Real Property, based out of Newburgh NY. I am a Real Property Analyst Trainee and enjoy my new career. Far less stress and I get to travel throughout the southern region from Greene County to Westchester, doing data collection and then valuating commercial, vacant land, and homes. We also work with assessors, providing information and determining municipality equalization rates. Diane works for the Sheriff at the jail and even was a plant where she carried drugs into the visitors area to test the drug dogs and let visitors see that she was "caught" with drugs so they won't be tempted to smuggle contraband into the jail.

I look forward to hearing from '72 Alumni and can be reached at email address. Put 72 alumni in your RE line so I will know it isn't junk mail."

Barbara Beckwith Kirchhoff, Estate Administrator / Event Coordinator, email, from Papillion, NE, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Frank Sheffield, Quality Assurance Gage Inspector, email email, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (May 18, 2006)

Jean Whittaker Ford, LPN, email, from Zephyrhills, FL, re-registered. (Oct 15, 2005)

Patti Meehan Carter, teacher, email, Andover, MA, registered. (October 22, 2004)

Brad Humphrey, Custom Motorcycle Builder,, email, from Stephentown, NY, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)

Karen Fox-Talbot, Aberdeen, MD, sent news. (July 13, 2003)

"Just had a paper published in 'Circulation', a journal of the American Heart Association.

Hearts From Rodents Exposed to Intermittent Hypoxia or Erythropoietin Are Protected Against Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury

Zheqing Cai, PhD*; Dominador J. Manalo, PhD*; Guo Wei, MD, PhD*; E. Rene Rodriguez, MD; Karen Fox-Talbot, MA; Huasheng Lu, MD, PhD; Jay L. Zweier, MD; Gregg L. Semenza, MD, PhD

From the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine (Z.C., D.J.M., G.L.S.), Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine (G.W., J.L.Z.), and Department of Pathology (E.R.R., K.F.-T.), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

Robert Bishton, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, email, from Waterville, NY, re-registered. (March 3, 2003)

Lorry Pratt Stubley, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 7, 2002)

Thomas Stubley, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 7, 2002)

Kathleen Coupe Aiello, email, Utica, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (October 5, 2002)

Christopher Coriale, from Penn Yan, NY, email, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 30, 2002)

Mary Kenealy Kline, School Administrator, email, Clinton, NY, registered in the directory. (September 27, 2002)

Karen Cranney, email, from Temecula, CA, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 20, 2002)

Patti Urtz Hoffman, Hillsborough, NC, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 20, 2002)

Micky McCann, Ilion, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 20, 2002)

Charles Venditte, Caseworker, email, from Batavia, NY, re-registered. (September 15, 2002)

Tom Falzareno, email, Georgetown, MA, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 9, 2002)

Kevin Gollegly, Herkimer, NY, will be attending the mega-reunion. (September 5, 2002)

Pamela Warner Rosenthal, email, from Vienna, VA, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)

Sue Garnsey Hillyard, email, from Burlington, VT, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 19, 2002)

Pamela Urtz Gydesen, from Mohawk, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 15, 2002)

Douglas Bowler, email, from San Bernardino, CA, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 15, 2002)

Karl Tripple sent news. (August 11, 2002)

"I would like to let you know that I will be attending the Mega Reunion with my wife."

James Burling, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 8, 2002)

Karen Doty Clark, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 1, 2002)

Sarah Getman Steele, Personnel Director, email, Clinton, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 30, 2002)

Diane Bates Bigg, from Cornwall, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 14, 2002)

Diane Polley McTiernan, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

Cynthia Pearson Garrett, Barneveld, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

Vinny Pugliese, email, Poland, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 13, 2002)

Susan Crocker Pilipczuk, Accountant, email, Clinton, NY, registered and is attending the mega-reunion. (June 1, 2002)

David Henrickson, email, Webster, TX, re-registered. (May 30, 2002)

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

William Gahan, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Donald Peterson, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Brian Murray, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Mark Morris, email, E. Amherst, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Kenneth Brink, Mechanic, Bellevue, NE, registered and is attending the mega-renion. (April 13, 2002)

"I get back to Ilion every now and then and remember the good times I had there. Sometimes I see some classmates when I am there. I miss the friends I had when I lived there. I am going to try and make it back for the reunion."

Steve Winslow, Press/Coin Operator @ Remington Arm's, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (April 11, 2002)

Ronald Schoonmaker, from Ilion, NY, registered. (March 25, 2002)

Nancy Burton Sparrin, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 8, 2002)

Mike Eller, email, from Poolesville, MD, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (Feb 28, 2002)

Dwight (Dusty) Dodge, email, Newport, NY, registered. (February 9, 2002)

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