Ilion High School

Class of 1977

Alumni News

1977 Mirror Cover Ilion High School


Digitized Class Yearbook....

The 1977 Yearbook 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 1977 is at your published in the 1977 Mirror Class History. (added March 16, 2014)


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1977", are available on the 1977 Class Roster page. (added February 25, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1977 (added March 6, 2023)


Class Links

  • News and Comments Page
  • 20th Class Reunion Page - Held in 1997

    1977 Facebook Public Page Created....

    A public facing Facebook Page was created for the Class of 1977 to share news. see Ilion High School Class of 1977 Page, administered by (September 20, 2020)


    1977 Facebook Public Group Created....

    A public facing Facebook Group was created for the Class of 1977 to share news. see Class of 1977 - Ilion High School - Official Page, administered by Tina Johnson. (Feb 1, 2020)


    2022 Save the date for 45th reunion.....

    Tina Johnson sent this save the date information for the 45th reunion. The dates are July 22, 23 and 24th in 2022. (Aug 1, 2020)

    The reunion is being co-ordinated using a private Facebook page - Class of 1977 - Ilion High School - From Remember to Reunion.


    Class of 1977 - 40th Year Reunion Planned.....

    Saturday, July 22 2017 at 5 PM
    Knights of Columbus

    Chat, dine and dance after 40 years, while we still can! Don't miss this opportunity to gather with friends, eat a fantastic meal and hear a NY premier band, "Bendher" featuring our very own Scott Fletcher! Cost: $33.00 per person, due no later than July 8. Make check or money order payable to "Ilion Class of 1977" and mail to Beth Brant, 60 Columbia St., Mohawk, NY 13407

    See full details and discussion on Public Facebook Group Ilion High School 40th Reunion, Class of 1977.

    (June 19, 2017)


    35th Year Reunion Planned.....

    Join classmates as we gather in our hometown of Ilion, New York October 5th-7th for our 35 high school reunion. Our main focus is Saturday evening, October 6th, when we'll gather at Francesca's Banquet Hall. Our evening together includes a delicious Italian Buffet dinner, short program, gifts and recognitions, music and dancing. Cost is $35 per person. Reservations are due September 1st.

    Please send reservations and payment to Beth Brant, 60 Columbia Street, Mohawk, NY 13407. Write Class of 77 in the memo line ' checks payable to Beth.

    We're also working on an informal gathering for Friday evening and a "Denny's Invasion" for Sunday brunch at Denny's in Herkimer. A block of rooms is being held at the Herkimer Motel under Ilion High School, Class of 77. Make your reservations soon to obtain the special rates being offered. Contact them at or 877-656-6835.

    Reunion Biography Booklet - Wendy Williams Mancuso is compiling a booklet for our reunion weekend. Classmates are invited to submit one 8x11 sheet (front and back if needed) with whatever information you'd like to share with classmates. You design your page with photos, contact information and your 'life story' in paragraph form. Wendy will print (in color) and bind to form a keepsake for everyone. If you can't attend the weekend, we encourage you to still submit a page. A booklet will be mailed to you after the event! Please submit in pdf format and send to Wendy at Please submit all bio's by August 31st!

    Ann Emerson can be reached at or by phone ' 810-334-5799 (cell); 810-327-6468 (home); 810-327-6272 (work).

    Help spread the word! THANKS! Hope to see you in October!(August 16, 2012)



    Eileen I. (King) Loomis, IHS 1977, age 66, 66, a longtime Ilion resident passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Little Falls Hospital, with her loving family by her side. She was born on February 5, 1957, in Herkimer, the daughter of the late Clyde and Isabelle (Vincent) King and was educated in Ilion Schools. Eileen was united in marriage to Grant Loomis on March 30, 1974. Mrs. Loomis was last employed at the Salvation Army Store in Ilion, NY. At one time she worked as a waitress at the Empire diner in Herkimer. She spent the remainder of her life as a homemaker and devoted multiple years with her husband raising three of their grandchildren whom she felt were like her own Michael, Samantha, and Christina Loomis. Eileen's life was centered around her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. Survivors include her husband, Grant; a daughter, Katrina Loomis; three sons, Jason Loomis, Jonathon Loomis and Christopher Loomis; a sister, Kathleen Pratt; two brothers, Donald King and Daniel King; her grandchildren, and several nieces, and nephews. She was pre-deceased by a brother, David King and 2 sisters, Noreen Looman and Shirley King. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 11:00 am at from the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to Hannaford Markets) 527 E. Albany St., Herkimer, NY. the family will be receiving relatives and friends from 10:00 am until the time of the services. (November 28, 2023)


    Martin J. "Marty" Nicolette, IHS 1977, age 63, passed away on February 20, 2023, peacefully into the arms of our Lord after his courageous fight with cancer. Born on June 19, 1959, Martin was the son of the late Salvatore and Annabelle Nicolette. He was raised and educated in Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School with the Class of 1977. He went on to continue his education at HCCC and SUNY Tech at Utica-Rome. He also proudly served his country as a veteran of the United States Navy. The latter years of Marty's career was spent with Turning Stone Casino where he held the title of Mechanical Systems Technician for sixteen years, retiring in July of 2022. Upon his retirement, he moved to Oklahoma where he enjoyed some time in the last months of his life. His number one passion in life, however, was always music and he could play any instrument he set his mind to. He was especially skilled on the drums, playing with local bands throughout the years, most recently with Rhythm & Muse and the group, Home Brew, which was based out of Chittenango. Marty wore his heart on his sleeve and was always available to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed time with his family and friends and will be dearly missed by those he leaves behind. He is survived by his girlfriend, Jean Travaglini Garro ; his former wife of twenty-one years and good friend, Mary Buckley; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Gerald and JoAnn Nicolette, James Nicolette and Debbie Reed, Douglas and Lori Nicolette; his sisters and brother-in-law, Carol Perez and Jean and Walter Scram; his girlfriend's daughter, Anna Garro; along with several special nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, godchildren and friends; and of course, his feline companion, Stella. He was predeceased by his parents; his in-laws, Edward and Edna Buckley; and his brothers-in-law, Michael Perez and Gene Dufresne. In keeping with Marty’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours or funeral service at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held this summer at a date and time to be decided. Online notes of sympathy for the Nicolette family may be made at Local arrangements entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home. (March 4, 2023)


    Karen Lynn (Johnson) Cook IHS 1977 63, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. Karen was born on July 2, 1959, to Gretchen (Drake) and the late Henry Johnson in Gloversville, NY. She graduated from Ilion high school in 1977, where she was a member in many school clubs, the yearbook staff, chairman of the Senior Christmas Ball and was voted "Class Worker". Karen earned a BA from the State University of NY at Geneseo and a M.S.W. from San Diego State University. She resided in California, Maryland and Virginia before returning to the Albany area to be closer to family. Karen devoted her life to caring for people with a focus on cancer patients and was an important resource and advocate for the patient of the CR Wood Cancer Center at Glens falls Hospital since 2005. She was always willing to pitch in and help where she was needed. Stories shared of her beloved dogs through the years helped brighten the days of both patients and staff. She helped facilitate support groups, Cindy’s Retreat and Cindy’s Comfort Camp where she was affectionately known as Aunt Karen. Her light and love touched everyone around her. Karen is survived by her husband, Mark; mother, Gretchen (Drake) Johnson; brothers, Randy (Bonnie), Brian (Mary); in-laws Eddie Cook, Laurie (Tim) Cloud, Barbie Cook and many nieces and nephews: Jessica, Benjamin, Audrey, Rachel, Zachary, Amber, Brandy, Eddie, Joey, Tommy, Megan, Timmy and Katie. Karen will always be remembered for her profound love for her family, her pets and her friends. Funeral service will be held on Friday, November 25th from 11am -2pm at Gordon Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. (November 28, 2022)


    Patricia A. (DeCarr) Herrmann, IHS 1977 age 62. Patti's ALS journey ended September 1st at her home on Onondaga Hill. She was raised in a large and loving family in Ilion, NY before moving to Syracuse where she met and married her soulmate, Jim Herrmann. Together they raised their daughters, Jenna and Sarah, and many much loved and spoiled golden retrievers. In 2019, Patti retired after a career spent advocating for children with special needs and significant medical issues. Anyone who knew Patti was drawn to her warm personality and fun-loving free spirit. She was adored by her close circle of family and friends for whom she would do anything. Patti loved a good time and didn't pass up a chance to dance, travel with her great friends, or cook and bake for her loved ones. She was a true nature lover and appreciated every minute spent at her family's camp in the Adirondacks. Patti is survived by her loving husband, Jim, of 39 years, two daughters, Jenna and Sarah; her golden retriever, Molly; brothers Gary, Wayne and John DeCarr and sister, Sheila Emrich. Calling hours: 4 - 7 pm, Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Butler-Badman Funeral Home, 4504 W. Seneca Tpk., Syracuse, NY. Contributions in Patti's name may be made to the ALS Association. (September 20, 2022)


    Douglas "Doug" McKenzie Gay, IHS 1977, age 62, of Woodland Ave., Ilion, passed away unexpectedly, on Tuesday, November 30, 2021. He was born on May 7, 1959, in Ilion, the son of Raymond and Alice (Fean) Gay. Doug was a graduate of both Ilion High School and Albany College of Pharmacy and was a proud Eagle Scout. He married Carol Ann Houser, on June 2, 1984, in Frankfort, NY. They were married for 32 years before her passing. Doug was a Pharmacist at Walgreen's Pharmacy, formerly Rite Aid, for the entirety of his 40 year career. Doug was a former member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444, where he served as Exalted Ruler for a time. Doug enjoyed the outdoors and relaxing at his camp in the foothills of the Adirondacks. He also enjoyed painting, drawing, photography, reading and was a big history buff. Doug was famous for his endless stream of dad jokes and was a big fan of DISNEY! He had the ability to bring a smile to everyone's face, whether they knew him or not. Surviving family members include his daughters, Stephanie (Gay) Montgomery, of Ilion and her fiancé, Gerard McDonald, of Utica, Beth Gay and her wife, Dyan, of Clark Mills and Rebecca Ferguson and her husband, Robert, of Ilion; his grandchildren, Kylie and Kacey Ferguson, Elijah, Azaira and Cheyenne McDonald, Briana Fleming and Alonah Crolius; his great-grandchildren, Charlotte Pardee and Clarkson Crolius; his nephews, Aaron Houser and Scott and Brian Lane, of Florida; his sister-in-law, Melissa Lane; and his beloved canine companions, Chip and Dale. He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Alice Gay; his wife, Carol Ann; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Richard and Theresa Houser; and his brother-in-law David Houser. A private Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family, at the Millers Mills Cemetery. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Doug, or add to his online memorial, may go to In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Bailey's Karate School, 309 Miller Ave., Herkimer, NY 13350. Doug's service arrangements are entrusted to his Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate, of the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. (December 4, 2021)


    Mr. Keith D. Kolar, IHS 1977, 59, of 3 Church Street, Mohawk, NY, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes, on Friday evening, March 22, 2019, in Mohawk, NY. He was born on August 11, 1959, in Utica, NY, the son of John W. and Barbara (Brockway) Kolar. He has been a resident of the Ilion and Mohawk areas for many years. He attended and graduated from Ilion schools, Class of 1977. Throughout the years, Keith worked with MetLife in Oriskany call center, customer service. He served in the US Army for two years. He married Kimberley S. Hunt, in the park in Mohawk, on July 4, 1998, a union that lasted over 20 years. Keith had a great love for Kim, for his feline fur babies and for all New York Sports teams (especially the Giants and Knicks). He was a WWE wrestling fanatic and excitingly anticipated going to the event tonight at the Adirondack Bank Center with his brother. They watched and enjoyed a lot of events together. He was an avid reader, particularly favoriting Sci-Fi novels and excelled at golfing in his time. Keith is survived by his loving wife, Kim, at home; his parents, John and Barbara; a brother, Kevin Kolar, all of Ilion; his brothers – in - law and sisters – in – law, Mark and Kim Hunt, of North Dakota, Paul Hunt, of Mohawk and Randy and Renee Bayer, of Ilion. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents; and his mother – in – law, Rodena "Dee" Sauer. There are visiting hours on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 4:00 PM until 5:30 PM at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort). Soon after the conclusion of visitation, funeral services will be held at 5:30 PM with Lay Pastor Greg Sponburgh, of the Paines Hollow United Methodist Church, officiating. Spring interment will be held in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. The family arrangements are with Harry J. and Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors at The Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, (315) 894-8000. (March 31, 2019)


    Patrick J. "Dick Knowz" Sweeney, IHS 1977, 59 of Mohawk, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday January 5, 2019 after a brief illness. Pat was born on March 19, 1959 in Ilion, he was the son of the late Leo and Shirley (Miller) Sweeney. Pat was a 1977 graduate of Ilion schools and served in the US Air Force. He worked as an electronics technician working for GE, Lockheed Martin and Martin Marietta. On November 23, 1996 he married the former Kristie Broadwell in Mohawk. Pat was an active member of the Ilion Winter Club and was a social member of the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a proud step father to a US Marine. Pat is survived by his wife Kristie; a step-son John and his wife Nicole Green of Ilion; a step-daughter Sharon Green and her fiancé Christopher Burger of Auburn; two brothers Mike and Jeff and his wife Cassie Sweeney all of Mohawk; a sister Theresa Sweeney of Whitesboro; two granddaughters Chloe and Delaney of Ilion; his father in law Charles Broadwell of Sharon Springs; brother in laws Brian (Jamie) Broadwell of Cobleskill, Randy (Mary Lou) and Michael (Mari Jeanne) Broadwell of Carlisle; a sister in law Kelly (Stephen) of Cobleskill. He also leaves several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Pat was predeceased by his parents and his mother in law Anne Broadwell. Pat's family would like to thank his friends from the Ilion Winter Club and the Ilion Volunteer Fire Dept. for all their care and support during Pat's illness. In keeping with Pat's wishes there are no public calling hours or services. Friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to either the Ilion Winter Club 13 Pleasant Ave. Ilion, NY or the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department C/O Jack Fitzer, 101 Fitzer Dr. Ilion, NY. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to (January 11, 2019)


    Daniel J. Herkel IHS 1977, age 58, of Rockwell Dr., Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY. He was born on November 27, 1959, in Ilion, the son of Henry J. Herkel and Marilyn Avery Herkel and graduated from Ilion High School in 1977. He was married to Carol Bachorik. Dan was employed as manager at Michaels in New Hartford. He was also employed at Hannaford's, in New Hartford, and LePage Bakeries. Mr. Herkel was a major sports fan. He also loved music and liked to attend musical concerts. Grandpa Dan enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and all family events. Survivors include his mother, Marilyn Willems, with whom he resided; his wife, Carol Herkel; his daughter, DeAndra Macri and her husband, Nick Macri, Jr., of Herkimer; his sons, Marcus Herkel and his wife, Courtney, of Herkimer and John Rigo, of Herkimer; five grandchildren, Kaylee, Victor, Mia, Ty and Parker; his brothers, Brian Herkel, of Barneveld and Tim 'Buddy' Herkel, of Herkimer; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and a stepsister, Laurie. He was predeceased by his father, Henry Herkel and his stepfather, John Willems. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 12 noon at Litchfield Cemetery, Town of Litchfield. In keeping with Dan's wishes, there are no scheduled calling hours or funeral home services. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Dan, or add to his online memorial, may go to Service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). (September 2, 2018)


    Mr. Donald J. 'Don' Miller, Jr. IHS 1977, age 58, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, April 14, 2018, in the privacy and comfort of his home. Born on July 26, 1959, Donald is the son of Donald, Sr. and Linda (Swartfiguer) Miller. He was raised and educated locally, graduating with the Ilion High School Class of 1977. Throughout the years, Don was employed with various places throughout the Mohawk Valley, including Remington Arms, and the Betsy Ross Nursing Home in Rome, where he served as a CNA. Don's marriage to the former Carol LaPorta took place on April 20, 1990, and together they shared in a caring and devoted union, symbolized by mutual affection and a deep love for one another. They would have celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary this upcoming Friday. Don was a very kind-hearted individual who could brighten everyone else's day in a heartbeat. He was a very giving and selfless person, taking in others to his home and raising them like they were his own. He was extremely devoted to his Christian faith. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; his sons, Jamie and Mary Miller of Albany and Steve and Tasha LaPorta of Herkimer; his daughters, Melissa Miller and fiancé, Damien Hepner of Ilion and Jennifer Miller and fiancé, Joseph Lukaczyk of East Herkimer; his grandchildren, Lillian Hunt, Leanna Hepner, Dustin Pettengill, Brady LaPorta and Gabriel LaPorta; and his grand-kitties, Link, Sylvester, Oreo and Crowley. He also leaves his brothers, David Miller and companion, Heather Polley of Ilion and Dale Miller and wife, Elana and family of Japan; his sisters, Deanna Miller-Decker and husband, Ron of Schuyler and Darlene Ayala and husband, Gilbert of Florida; his nephews, Brett, Brian, TJ and Vincent, Jr.; his niece, Ericka; and his in-laws, Carl LaPorta of Ohio and Christine Madonia of Rome. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Gabriella LaPorta; his son, Randy Thomas LaPorta; his nephew, Brandon King; his great-niece, Peyton Fresco; his special aunt, Carol Jones; and his good friend, Sal Regonese. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Don's calling hours on Friday, April 20, 2018, from 10:00AM – 12 NOON at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Don's funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence at 12NOON, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, where he will be laid to rest. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to Don's family to help offset his funeral costs. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (May 20, 2018)


    George E. Gettle Jr. IHS 1977, 55, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. He was born in Ilion on September 15, 1959, the son of George and Shirley O'Driscoll Gettle and was a graduate if Ilion High School. George served in The US NAVY for over 21 years retiring at the rank of First Class Petty Officer, following his retirement he was employed as a delivery driver for Hummel's Office Plus in Herkimer. He was united in marriage with Tina Whitten on September 4, 2004. George is survived by his wife Tina, his mother Shirley of Ilion, his children Donna Lord, Holly, Penny and Barbie Brantigan, Tiffany Gettle, Raelyn Muldoon, Scott Marrott and Steven Jones. George is also survived by three sisters and brothers in law Helen and Keith Hutchison, Debra and Clyde Harie III, and Michele and William Conrad, his brother Philip and Liz Hines. He is also survived by also several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father George Sr. Friends are invited to attend funeral service and calling hours for George, at the Whiter­Hendrix Funeral Home Inc., 100 Otsego St., Ilion, to be held on Monday April 13, 2015 from 4­6 PM with the funeral service being held at 6:00 PM. His grandson Rhobea Price will be sharing thoughts on George's life. Friends may leave an online condolence and light a candle at www.whiter­ (April 18, 2015)


    Timothy 'Tim' Crain IHS 1977, 52 years young, took his journey into the next realm to find peace on Friday, July 13, 2012 at his home with his two faithful companions, Patches and Lancelot at his side. Too young for this journey to leave Earth, but in the last three years he has been fighting a very difficult battle with his heart condition. Before he passed, he managed to start working again; recently taking a job that he really enjoyed, working for the Major of Unadilla and driving, both very important parts of his personality and being. He leaves behind his spouse, Wanda and daughter (adopted granddaughter) Chyenne, who will miss him immensely. His parents, Mary Ann (Butts) and Richard Crain, along with one brother, Keith Crain welcome him to his new home as they have gone before. His brother Chris Crain of Plattsburgh, NY with his life partner and enduring friend, Linda Miller, and his sister, Wendy Tumolo of Rock Hill, SC with spouse Philip continue their journey on Earth. He has also left behind many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and granddaughters that will miss his enduring laugh and compassion. From his wife: "Dearest Timothy, My friend and companion, may you ride the highways above and find the perfect job with angel wings that are meant just for you. You will be missed always. With enduring love, Wanda." There will be no service for him as this was his wish. Condolences may be sent to the family online at Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney. (October 28, 2012)


    Lindsay A. Stagg IHS 1977, age 50, of Marion Street, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2009, in her home. She was born on April 19, 1959, in Herkimer, the daughter of the late Harry J. and Margaret 'Peggy' (Morris) Stagg, and graduated from Ilion High School. She furthered her education, attending nursing school at Mohawk Valley Community College. Lindsay earned a bachelor's degree and was last employed at Heritage Healthcare, Utica, as a registered nurse. She was also previously employed by various other nursing homes throughout the valley and taught in service nursing with BOCES. Lindsay was very involved with Herkimer County Public Health Nursing and also Hospice Care, Inc. Lindsay was a dedicated care giver and accomplished nurse with a successful career. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading and loved spending time with her feline companions, Chloe and Phoebe. She will be sadly missed by her family: two aunts, Rita Morrison, of Sun City, FL, and H. Elizabeth Stagg, of Syracuse; an uncle, William S. Tiel, of Ilion; and cousins, Marianne Lee and husband, Francis, of Sauquoit, John Michael Purcell, of Ilion, Timothy Purcell and wife, Lynne, of California, William Stagg, of Herkimer, Jayne Stagg, of Ilion, Lori Geise and husband, Thomas, of Ilion, James Morrison, of Ouluth, GA, Steven Morrison, Kathleen Morrison, and Ellen and Stephen Leger, all of Florida, and Mark Morris and wife, Melissa, of Ilion. Besides her parents, Lindsay was preceded in death by her aunts and uncles, Clinton Stagg, Anne Purcell Tiel, William Stagg, George 'Bud' Morris and James H.G. Morrison. There are no public calling hours. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Lindsay's Mass of Christian Burial, commencing at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, 2009, from the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion, with the Very Rev. Anthony Barratt, Pastor, officiating, assisted by Deacon James Bower. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where she will be laid to rest. Kindly consider memorial offerings to the Herkimer County Humane Society. Services are under the direct ion of the Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, between Ilion and Frankfort. To add to the online memorial, please go to on the Internet. The family would like to offer their heartfelt gratitude to those who responded to Lindsay's Home on Sunday evening and going above the call of duty, those being the Mohawk Police Department, Mohawk Fire Department and the Herkimer CountyCoroner. Also, a special thank you to Sandy Eysaman and family and Theresa Stevens for being loyal and dedicated friends to Lindsay. (Sept 27, 2009)


    David Paul Vandawalker IHS 1977, age 47, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 8,2006, at his home in Douglas, County Cork, Ireland. David was born in Ilion, N.Y., on June 30, 1959, the son of Virginia Daley Vandawalker and the late George A. Vandawalker. David attended Ilion schools. Upon his graduation from Ilion High School, he entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Capodanno (FF1093) out of Newport, R.I. After being discharged from the Navy, David resided inMassachusetts. David was joined in marriage to Charlene Corcoran of Plymouth, Mass. in October of 1993. Besides his wife and best friend Charlene, David leaves his stepchildren, Patrick, wife Missy and their daughter Ayla of Massachusetts, and Lindsey, who is presently a student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. David also leaves his mother, Virginia Vandawalker of Frankfort, N.Y.; brother, Timothy and his wife of Elizabeth of Hopedale, Mass., and brother Robert and his wife Michele of Ilion, N.Y.; his father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Ann Brady of Plymouth, Mass.; brothers-in-law, Brian and Terrance and their families. David also leaves many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles throughout the United States. David was preceded in death by his father, George A. Vandawalker, and a brother, George L. (Skip) Vandawalker. David leaves three very special lifelong friends, Pat Sweeney, Danny Herkel, Cheryl Netti and their families, all part of David's extended family. David was employed by Atlas Box and Crating, Inc., Sutton, Mass., as director of international operations. For the past three years David has been assigned to manage the European Headquarters in Little Island, County Cork, Ireland. His position gave David and Charlene the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Europe and Asia. One of David's true pleasures was working alongside his wife Charlene on their restored historical Shrewsbury, Mass., home. A memorial service will be held this week for friends in County Cork, Ireland. Funeral arrangements in the U.S. are incomplete at this time.(Oct 12, 2006)


    "Born without arms, Tim Bulson faced life daily against incredibly steep odds."

    Timothy S. Bulson IHS 1977, age 45, of 2461 Illinois Ave., Carbondale, Ill., passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at St. Louis University Hospital. Tim was born Sept. 5, 1959, in Ilion, the son of Robert and Sylvia Reed Bulson, and was a graduate of Ilion High School and South Illinois University, with a bachelor of science degree in Product Design. He received his master's degree in instructional design in 1999. Tim was self-employed as a computer animator. Tim had worked at the Resource Center for Independent Living in Utica from 1984-87, and then for a center in Berkeley, Calif. He also taught classes at South Illinois University in Computer Design. Tim loved music, computers and enjoyed his many friends, both here and in Illinois. Tim is survived by his mother and father, Sylvia and Robert Bulson of Leconto, Fla., and Caroga Lake; maternal grandmother, Alice Reed of Florida and Caroga Lake; his sisters, Robin and Steve Reardon of Clarkston, Mich., Michele and Paul Conigliaro of California, Md., and Patricia Johnson of Ilion; his aunts, Janice Lehowicz of Utica, Betty Sumner of Utica, Genevieve Lehowicz of Baltimore, Md., Mary Scheel of Brewerton, N.Y., Cathy Fuller of Bernards Bay; his Uncle Richard and Aunt Peggy Reed of Camden; five nieces and one nephew and several cousins, and friend and former brother-in-law, Brian Johnson. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 6, a 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation with Father AnthonyBarratt officiating. Interment will be in the Armory Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, April 5, from 6-8 p.m. at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Timothy S. Bulson Memorial Scholarship for Music at the Ilion High School. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (April 3, 2005)


    Michele Marie Gargash IHS 1977, age 43, of Salt Lake City, Utah, formerly of the Utica area, passed away February 14, 2003 in Utah. Michele was born March 30, 1959 in Utica, the daughter of John and Josephine Yule Gargash. She was raised and educated in Ilion schools, was a graduate of Herkimer County Community College and while there was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the SUNY Institute of Technology. In Utah, Michele was a Systems Analyst for Siemens Health Services. While employed by Siemens, she was also an instructor for a number of medical groups in computer software. She was a member of St. Vincent's Church, Salt Lake City. An accomplished musician, Michele was taught the clarinet and was self-taught in the saxophone, piano and guitar. In her early years, she was a member of the B Sharp Club, theMohawk Valley Community College Orchestra, and the United States Collegiate Band, where in 1977 she toured Europe with Perdue University. While living in Syracuse, she played with many orchestras in a variety of musicals. Michele was also a technology enthusiast and enjoyed experimenting with new State-of-the-Art technologies. Michele is survived by her parents; one sister and brother-in-law, Lisa and Dr. Paul Perreault, of Burnt Hills, NY; one brother, John M. Gargash, of San Diego, CA; two nephews and a niece, Jonathan, Michael and Nicole Perreault; her paternal grandmother, Helen Gargash, of New York Mills; and aunts,uncles and cousins. Michele's funeral will be held Monday, February 24, 2003 at 10:00 from the Heintz Funeral Home, 1517 Whitesboro St. and at 10:30 from Our Lady of the Rosary Church, New Hartford, where her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Calling hours at the funeral home will be held Sunday afternoon from 2-5. Her burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery, Utica. Donations in Michele's memory would be appreciated to the American Cancer Society. (February 22, 2003)


    Patricia A. 'Pat' (Rex) Charles IHS 1977, 42, of 158 Otsego St., Ilion, passed away Monday, June 4, 2001, at St. Luke's-Memorial Hospital with her family by her side following a long battle with scleroderma disease. Patricia was born Dec. 12, 1958, in Ilion, daughter of Carol and the late Lyman Rex of Ilion. She attended Ilion schools and was a graduate of Ilion High School "Class of 1977." Pat was united in marriage to Conrad Charles in February 1977 at the Ilion United Methodist Church. Mr. Charles passed away a while ago. She was a member of the Ilion Methodist Church. At one time she was employed by the Herkimer County Cheese Factory and more recently worked for AFSA Data Corp. in Utica. Pat is survived by her mother, Carol Rex of Ilion; her three children, Raymond Charles and his companion Maria DeJesus of Utica, Robert Charles, formerly of Ilion, and Jacqueline Charles of Little Falls; one grandson, Trent; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Paula Rex of Frankfort, Brian and Tammy Rex of Mississippi; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Sherry and David Krick and Kathy and Millard Marlowe, all of Ilion; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ray Ann and Louie Natarelli of Mohawk and was loved by her many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Conrad, and her father, Lyman Rex. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service Saturday, June 9, commencing at 12:30 p.m. at the Ilion United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert Wollaber, pastor, officiating. There are no calling hours. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Pat's name may be made directly to the family, or to the Scleroderma Foundation. Donation envelopes are available at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, Ilion, or church. All arrangements have been entrusted to the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion. (June 8, 2001)


    Bombers Buzz Website.....

    Vickie Holtz Austin, 33 Catherine St., Ilion, NY, sent news. (Sept 4, 2012)

    "I'm hoping to attend the class reunion. I married John Austin from Ilion High School, my third marriage, john's 2nd. We got married on Valentines Day 2009. Between the two of us, we have 7 children and 8 grandchildren. We both work for Global Industrys. Hope to see old classmates soon"

    John Scott, Lead Mechanic, email, Beaver Falls, PA, registered. (Mar 24, 2012)

    Richard 'Chuck' Brooks, Retired, email, Aztec, NM, re-registered. (Jan 17, 2012)

    Sue Tracy-Leon, Senior Proof Operator, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Aug 28, 2011)

    Ann Lee Jeffreys, X-ray Technologist, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 24, 2011)

    Donna Raymond Subia, Nurse, from Houston, TX, email, re-registered. (Aug 29, 2010)

    Sean Conroy, CNC Machinist, email, Easley, SC, re-registered in the directory. (July 25, 2009)

    Gilbert Marquissee, Physicist, email, from Fort Wayne, IN, re-registered. (May 29, 2009)

    Tina Johnson from Binghamton, NY, email, sent news. (Mar 26, 2009)

    "I noticed on the Reunion page of this site that some others ('79 & '69) were attempting to draw an informal gathering of classmates to the Elk's Club that night to enjoy the sounds of The Boss V reunion band. Even tho' we are a couple of years late on the "9", it still sounds like a good time, and what difference does a couple years make at this point anyway? I'd be willing to make a drive to Ilion that night and see who shows up. Perhaps we can get some chatter about it."

    Mary Montgomery Fogerty, Insurance Case Manager, email, from Little Falls, NY, re-registered. (Feb 22, 2009)

    Mitchell Dye, NYS Security/ Vol. Firefighter, email, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (Dec 14, 2008)

    Julie Primmar Puckett, Teacher, email, from Lewisville, NC, re-registered. (Apr 13, 2008)

    "Hello, wow, it's been a long time since I have seen or spoken with most of you. It was interesting to read each of your updates, perhaps I'll make the next reunion and see some of you in person."

    "I married Kevin Puckett in 1987, we have been married for 20 years and been together for 25. We do not have any children, but do have two cats. I teach kids with learning problems and am working on my Master's in Library Science. I am also working on my credits for administration. I taught middle school for years and last year switched to high school. Two years ago I certified as a Dog Trainer and have a private training business that I do part-time called, "Canine Companion Training." I go to people's homes and train them (and then they train their dog), it's fun and I can control how much business I do. My friends call me the "dog whisper of Winston." My husband, Kevin, was a Geologist for a number of years and two years ago transitioned into teaching middle school science. It's great to have the summers off together because we get to travel. We've had the opportunity over the years to do a bit of travel (Guadalupe, Jamaica, Mexico, Cancun, Grand Cayman...we have a tropical theme going here!). I may be going to Bolivia on a research grant next January. We hope to travel this summer, but have not decided where. Kevin is a Spelunker, so I had the wonderful opportunity to go caving. His cousin owns Blue Springs Cave in TN (9th largest cave in U.S.) and we've been in it 10 times and a couple of caves in VA. It's such fun getting wet and muddy, like being a kid again! On our 15th wedding anniversary I thought we needed to do something really, we went skydiving! It was so much fun we've gone twice more! I have actually become more adventurous as I've gotten older, no sense in having regrets and wishing you had tried the Nike saying goes just 'Do it.' "

    "Kev and I usually get to NY once a year during the summer, but the last two years have been too busy to get there. I hope to make the next get together, I'd love to catch up with some of you. Well, I didn't plan on typing so much...I wish you all well and hope to see you sometime in the near future."

    Regards, Julie

    Jill Carney St. Pierre, email, Newport, RI, registered. (Dec 14, 2008)

    Tina Johnson from Binghamton, NY, email, re-registered. (Apr 13, 2008)

    Coral Golash McCord, Computer Support, from Leesville, SC, email, re-registered. (Sept 12, 2007)

    Brian Lamica, Retired Ilion Police Dept., email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Aug 10, 2007)

    Brian Bruce, Security Officer, email, from St. Petersburg, FL registered. (Feb 15, 2007)

    Nola Belfield Monohan, dental hygienist, email, from Bermuda re-registered. (Oct 12, 2006)

    "Hey, I'm trying to find out if there is anyone to contact for a 30 year reunion. Is there anyone out there? I know its early but i hoped to get something started if nothing is going on now. If you frequent this site, please email me with any info."

    Marc Burling, Founder/CEO -, email, from Largo, FL re-registered. (August 3, 2005)

    Martin (Ned) Lang, email, Las Vegas, NV, sent news. (April 3, 2005)

    "Moved to Vegas with family. Coaching Gymnastics.Sad to hear about Tim Bulson."

    John Manion, Teacher/Coach, email, from Oswego, NY, re-registered. (September 29, 2003)

    Tina Johnson from Pooler, GA, sent news. (July 23, 2003)

    "Sometimes life brings you back to the past. After many years away from the area and college, I'm now a student at HCCC, via the Internet Academy. It's great pursuing a long lost degree, while sitting at home in your Garfield slippers! Just consider me a woman of the USA. I work in SC, live in GA, and attend college in NY! My 9-yr old, Erik is a nice boy. Life is consumed by baseball All-Star teams, and baseball camp, where his abilities excel. I was impressed by the new construction at IHS, after touring in October during the Mega-Reunion!"

    Cyndie Long, from Syracuse, NY, email, sent news. (June 1, 2003)

    "Sorry I missed the Mega-Reunion. I was looking forward to seeing some of you. It's been a tough year but the little joys of life make the hard times worth living. After being diagnosed with lung cancer over a year ago, my mother, Gloria Long, passed away at home just after Christmas. I still can't believe such a strong and vibrant woman is gone. Thanks to all of those who sent their condolences. It really meant a lot. But as I said..the good times help. My oldest daughter, Kicia, will be attending Syracuse University in the fall...a dual major in secondary education and history. Looks like my mom's love for all things historical has passed on to another generation! She is a lovely girl and has made me very proud. Tara will be turning 16 this summer and begin....*gulp* driving. To all of those who know how I drive.....take me and multiple it by ten and you have Tara. Watch out world! My son, Rutger, is 13 and has begun burning DVDs of the movies he has been making for the past 4 years. Coming soon to a theater near you! As for me, I am still with my best guy, 4 years and going strong. Isn't it great you get a second chance at love...and it can be even greater than the first? We have a blast and are planning a trip to Italy next year. It's fun reading about all of you...Congrats Wendy on your new low rider. I know you'll love it. Next time we meet we'll have to show off each other's ink! LOL. Take care."

    Terri Houseknecht Ertner, Chemist, Procter and Gamble Pharmaceuticals, email, from Norwich, NY, re-registered. (March 10, 2003)

    Stephen Brown, Television Producer, email, from Los Angeles, CA, registered. (February 8, 2003)

    Debbie Ritton Warner, email, Ilion, NY, sent news. (December 8, 2002)

    "My son, Damien Warner, IHS class of '95 and his high school sweetheart, Sarah E. Delong, IHS class of '98, daughter of Richard and Victoria Delong of Ilion, wed in the Ilion annunciation church on June 8, 2002 with a reception at the Club Monarch in Utica. They honeymooned in Jamaica and returned to Omaha Nebraska where they have made their home for the past 4 years. Damien is earning an MBA while Sarah is earning a bachelor degree as a Child life Specialist, both at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Damien works at First Data Resources as Project manager in new product development. He earned a bachelors degree at Utica college in Economic Crime Investigation. Sarah works as assistant store manager in one of Omaha's many Hallmark stores."

    Patricia Doolen Ruller, Customer service, email, Oneida Castle, NY, sent news. (October 19, 2002)

    "hi fellowclassmates of 1977. It was great to see some of u at the 25th class reunion. I was really glad to attend it with my husband Marty and hope to keep in touch with some of u and keep up with the news on the website....which is impressive i might add....God Bless u all and your families....till we meet again!" Patty Doolen Ruller

    Susan Gamage Webber, email, Metaire, LA, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 7, 2002)

    Wendy Williams Mancuso, email, LeRoy, NY, sent news. (October 3, 2002)

    "I have finally gone to our class news site...better late than never is how I have always been. It was nice to read all of the stories. I thought I would drop a quick update...maybe this will be entered before I see many of you. I recently celebrated my 19th wedding anniversary to Dave...can't believe I am old enough for that yet. We were in my favorite place, Portland, ME. We have been working toward getting our Master Diver certification. We finished the Advanced certification last year. We figure if we can achieve this in low visibility at 50 degree water temperature, we can dive successfully almost anywhere. We still have 1 more class and a few more dives to go. I took a motorcycle class early this year...snowed all the time we were on the bikes in early spring. I got the big license and traded my little Buell in for a Harley Davidson Low doesn't get any better!! I quit my IT Managers position at Kodak 2 years ago; after a 17 year career. It had gotten consuming. 10 years ago, my husband and I started an ambulance billing business and it finally became large enough for me to manage it full time. It has been 2 years and no regrets at leaving the big corporate life!! Lots more free time...don't want to wait until retirement, it's just too far out. Did I mention I got ink?! See most of you soon and stay in touch if you can't make it to the reunion. Best wishes to all." Wendy

    Nancie Bowes Kenney, email, from Rockville, MD, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 19, 2002)

    David Eller, anthropologist, email, Denver, CO, registered and sent news. (September 6, 2002)

    "Hi, everyone, I have not seen most of you since graduation. Sorry I missed the 10th reunion,but I was in Australia at the time. Sorry I missed the 20th, but I was going through a career change in Denver. I promise I will be at the 30th.Since graduation, I have been to Australia twice, earned my Ph.D. in anthropology, started a teaching career, published a book on ethnic conflict ("From Culture to Ethnicity to Conflict"--you can see it on Amazon or on my teaching website,, ending a teaching career, started a computer networking career, ended a computer networking career, and re-started a teaching career. I have lived in Denver for over ten years and have not been back to NY since the early '90s when my mom died. I will try diligently to make it to the 30th reunion if we have it in 2007...assuming Bush does not blow up the world between now and then."

    Ivan Goldberg, email, from Jersey City, NJ, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)

    Cornelius 'Carny' Cooper, email, from Mohawk, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 4, 2002)

    Thomas Brown, BIO-MED Technician, email, from Clinton, NY, re-registered. (September 1, 2002)

    Daniel Annutto, Correction Officer, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 26, 2002)

    Keith Letts, Store Support Manager, email, from Powder Springs, GA, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 25, 2002)

    Karen Johnson Cook, from Rexford, NY., email, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 25, 2002)

    Larry Vandawalker, Construction Project Manager, email, Youngsville, NC, registered. (June 22, 2002)

    Patti Robinson Piegdon, email, from Elmira, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 16, 2002)

    Joann Salvaggio, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 13, 2002)

    Douglas Gay, email, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

    Patti DeCarr Herrmann, email, Syracuse, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 12, 2002)

    Donn Reile, email, Gloversville, NY, registered. (June 11, 2002)

    Andrea Hoffman Swift, email, Middlebury, VT, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 7, 2002)

    Cathy Redmond Deasy, email, from Utica, NY, signed the Guestbook. (June 7, 2002)

    Tammie Lang, Pharmaceutical Education/Research, email, from Slingerlands, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

    Mark Overacker, Account Manager, email, Akron, OH, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

    Wendy Williams Mancuso, email, LeRoy, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

    Cheryl Millar Netti an Accountant, from Herkimer, NY, email, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

    Larry Laymon, email, Ilion, NY, sent reunion news. (May 19, 2002)

    "On Friday, October 11, 2002, the Class of 1977 will be holding their 25th Class Reunion at the Ilion Elks. Cocktail hour will begin at 6:00 pm, with dinner being held at 7:00 pm. The Flipside Band, featuring classmates Dan Annutto and Marty Nicolette, will be the entertainment. The band will begin at 9:00. If anybody has any ideas or information on any classmates, please contact Larry Laymon at (315)895-7844, or Beth LaValley Brant at (315)866-2805. Hope to see you all there! More information to follow.... "

    Danny Riddell, Technical Planner, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (May 15, 2002)

    Cathy Redmond Deasy, RN student, email, Utica, NY, registered. (April 19, 2002)

    Michael Gressel, Director Diagnostic Services, email, Fremont, NH, re-registered. (April 19, 2002)

    Dr. James M. Callahan, is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and the Sub-board of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. He currently holds a position as Assistant Professor at SUNY Upstate Medical Center. (March 31, 2002)

    Keith Letts, Store Support Manager, email, from Powder Springs , GA, registered. (March 28, 2002)

    Margaret Hammond Staulters, from Broadalbin, NY, registered and submitted the reunion survey. (March 19, 2002)

    Douglas Pearson, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (Feb 27, 2002)

    Tracy Smith, email, Saratoga Springs, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 20, 2002)

    Martin (Ned) Lang, re-registered. (Modified February 18, 2002)

    "How's everybody doing? I was hoping to get back to a 25 year reunion when it comes up. I haven't looked at any pictures yet, but I'm sure it's fun to look back to see what we looked like when we were all skinny!!!? I'm still out here in Utah and love the weather and the mountains. I got married April 1999 and we have a daughter born 7/30/2000. She will be bilingual Spanish speaking, so I am trying to become more and more fluent with my Spanish. Now that I have tapped the website I will be visiting more often, and would love to hear from each one of you. I am working with American Express Financial Advisors and still coaching competitive gymnastics. Dare to email me!" Ned (March 30, 2001)

    Jon Clements, a truck driver from Ilion, NY, email, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

    Larry Laymon, Contractor, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

    Jan Barnard Fuhrer, email, Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

    Russell Jones, Program/Budget Analyst, email, from Manassass, VA, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 16, 2002)

    Jolee Rogers Dawidowicz,Pharmacy Operations Manager, Faxton-St. Luke's Health Care, living in East Herkimer, NY, email, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 12, 2002)

    Thomas Brown, email, Clinton, NY, registered. (February 10, 2002)

    Brian Lytwynec , email, Ilion, NY, registered. (February 9, 2002)

    Patti Robinson Piegdon, email, from Elmira, NY, sent news and submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (February 8, 2002)

    "I just found this site as I was getting info for the ALL-Class reunion coming up in October! It's great to hear about everyone, and it sure looks like I missed a good time at the 20th reunion! We were actually planning on coming until that very day when my husband came down with the flu! Hopefully, I will catch up with many of you in October! Convenient that it coincides with our 25th! I am living in Elmira with my husband and 2 boys, ages 14 and 4. I work for a Pediatric Cardiologist doing pediatric echoes (ultrasounds of the heart). After having lost a 3rd son (born between my other 2 boys) from a heart defect at 3 1/2 months of age, I feel I am able to offer a personal touch to my job as well. One thing I'd like to know - how is it that Ross Getman looks the same age as when we graduated? Or was it the picture? Wish I could be so lucky!! Hope to see many of you in October!" (February 8, 2002)

    Larry Springer, was named "The Recorder's" All-Area Baseball Coach of the Year - 1999 (Jan. 12, 2002)

    Kathy Comins Matthews, a Administrative Assistant, from Stratton, ME, email, sent news. (October 24, 2001)

    "Hi there....Haven't written in a few years. Sorry I missed the 20th reunion, but Chuck Brooks provided me with a video of it all. Looks like I missed a fun time. Looking forward to the 25th. I'll be sure to make that one. I'm still in Maine working as an Administrative Assistant, divorced, with three children, Kelly, Kate & Kyle. I also have a new "Karaoke" business that I recently started. Between the two jobs and kids, I live a pretty busy life. Would love to hear from one of my old classmates."

    Jeffrey Maxson , Boiler Inspector, email, Irmo, SC, registered. (October 7, 2001)

    Cyndie Long, from Syracuse, NY, Marketing/Webmaster/Student, sent news. (July 7, 2001)

    "This will hopefully replace my old email address so peeps can get in touch with me. Things in Syracuse are going oldest just learned how to drive and lucky for you...she DOESN'T drive like her mother! I stay busy with my goth/poet daughter Tara and my budding film director son, Rutger. Stay tuned for this kid to be the next Spielberg! I am still happily dating my Mitch...the best guy I could have ever asked for. Despite our age and height differences (I am 5'2"..he's 6'6") we have been together for 2 and a half years now and it's been great. Hopefully you will all meet him at the next reunion!! Still driving the cheetah print Toyota and have taken up some new hobbies...just got back from camping in the Adirondacks..don't think I could ever live far from them. Please drop me a line if you have a chance. I would like to hear from anyone".

    Keith Kolar, Customer Service Representative, email, Mohawk, NY, registered. (June 21, 2001)

    Mark Overacker, Account Manager, email, Akron, OH, registered. (April 27, 2001)

    Tami Steele Edick, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (December 16, 2000)

    Andrea Hoffman Swift, email, from Middlebury, VT, registered. (September 17, 2000)

    Rus Jones, email, from Manassas, VA, signed the Guest Book. (July 22, 2000)

    "I enjoy this site...see folks I remember...and having lived outside of Ilion for the past 23 years it is good to keep in touch. Still work for the government and watch over some of your tax $...much fun!!!! I still have family in Ilion, my brother has the old homestead on James Street... so I am always easy to find...not to mention that John McGraw and I still visit and talk, along with a few of the other folks. Drop a line, I am slow in response at times, but will respond. Take Care." Rus

    Francis O'Rourke Lombardo, Nurse, email, from NYC, NY, registered. (April 26, 2000)

    Shawn Carney, Deputy Chief - Ilion Fire Department, from Ilion, NY, registered. (March 14, 2000)

    Douglas Pearsson, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (March 8, 2000)

    Mary Montgomery Fogerty, Banking, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (February 23, 2000)

    Tina DeRocco Riesel, email, from Orlando, FL, registered. (February 10, 2000)

    Matthew Bouck, Superintendent NASA construction, email, from W.Melbourne, FL, registered. (modified October 13, 2000)

    "Thought I would update my address, Matthew Bouck superintendent of new construction at Kennedy space center, Shuttle landing facility. Been in Florida about twenty years know,me and the family the air boat and the gators, it's all fun but reading this sight and seeing the pictures, sure brings back some nice memories. Well maybe I'll make the twenty-fifth reunion. Hay Tammy Steele, you look like you were having fun in those pictures."

    Darrell Burdick, Machinest at Remington Arms, email, from Mohawk, NY, registered. (March 17, 1999)

    Patricia Houseknecht Ashton, Scientist-research/development Pharmaceutical Co.,email, from Saranac Lake, NY, registered in the directory. (January 2, 1999)

    Donna Alsante Murphy, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified June 17, 1998)

    Daniel Annutto, a Correction Officer email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the alumni directory. (December 24, 1997)

    Dean Bechard, a Meatcutter, from Ilion, NY, email,registered in the alumni directory. (modified Feb 23, 2000)

    David Bluett, a Physical Therapist from Lockport, NY, the fourth alumnus from the Class of 1977 to register in the alumni directory. (September 20, 1997)

    Thomas Brown , a Q.A. Supervisor from Clinton, NY, email, registered in the alumni directory. (December 3, 1997)

    Tim Crain, an Accountant, from Rock Hill, SC, registered in the directory. (December 9, 1998)

    Ann Emerson, a Deacon with the United Methodist Church, serving as Director of Lake Huron Retreat Center in Lakeport, Michigan sent news.

    "Dear Friends - I enjoy seeing familiar names on our web page as I check in from time to time. I enjoy my work here along the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. We are a year-round facility, reaching out to adults and families throughout the state of Michigan and beyond. I have grown to love living by the water and enjoy watching the large freighters on the horizon. God is good - all the time - and I'm content in what I do. Write anytime! Would enjoy hearing from you!" email (modified April 10, 2001)

    Scott Fletcher, Biologist/Chemist, from Solana Beach, CA, email, registered in the Directory. (modified May 12, 1998)

    Ivan Goldberg, Record Producer / DJ /Audio Engineer, - Miracle Mastering Studios - email, from Jersey City, NJ, registered in the directory. (modified May 1, 2000)

    Mike Hall, antique dealer-ebay power seller, from Ilion, NY, email, registered in the Directory. (modified February 1, 2002)

    Mary Harrig, from Phippsburg, ME, registered in the directory. (modified May 30, 2000)

    Terri Houseknecht Ertner, Scientist-research and development Pharmaceutical company, email, Norwich, NY, registered in the directory. (February 21, 1998)

    Joseph Lamanna, employed by Utica Valley Electric, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (January 11, 1998)

    Beth LaValley Brant, Mohawk, NY, email, the third alumnus from the Class of 1977 to register in the alumni directory. (Modified Nov 28, 2010)

    Gil Marquissee, Forrest, Va, email, the first alumnus from the Class of 1977 to register in the alumni directory.

    Dale Miller a Human Services Planner, from Herkimer, NY., registered in the alumni directory. (December 8, 1997)

    Marty Nicolette a power plant operator/student from Herkimer, NY., email, registered in the alumni directory.

    Debbie Nichols Pett, a homemaker, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (January 21, 1998)

    Danny Reynolds, email, from Miami Beach, FL, registered in the directory. (February 2, 1998)

    Robert Squire, a NYS Correctional Officer, living in Ilion, NY, email, registered in the directory. (February 15, 1999)


    World Trade Center - Gund Bear Project

    Ilion Police Officer Brian Lamica IHS 1977, with his wife Nora, volunteered on a project to assist the children of victims of the World Trade Center disaster. Brian and Nora Lamica solicited donations, both locally and nationally, and were able to purchase and deliver 242 Gund-brand teddy bears. Assisted by students from Ilion's Remington Elementary School, they raised enough funds to donate 26 Gund bears (one each from the Remington School classrooms) to the children of victims of the World Trade Center disaster. Remington students and staff raised $441.74 to send the 26 bears to the unfortunate children affected by this tragedy. 146 bears were donated on October 30, 2001: 20 to children of NYPD - one for each child who lost a parent, 55 to children of Port Authority Police - one for each child who lost a parent and 71 to children of FDNY. employees. An additional 96 bears were delivered to New York City on December 12, 2001. Others who contributed with the project include Herkimer BOCES Career Tech Center students and Trico Elementary School in Campbell Hill, Illinois. (January 27, 2002)

    Shown in photo (above) are Brian & Nora Lamica, Firefighter Egan holding one of the bears, and Andrew Lamica. This photo was taken in front of a memorial to the fallen firefighters, located in front of the station. Firefighter Egan's brother is a member of Engine 4 Ladder 15, and is still missing.


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