Ilion High School

Class of 1979

Alumni News

1979 Mirror Cover Ilion


Digitized Class Yearbook....

1979 Mirror 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 1979 is at your published in the 1979 Mirror Class History.


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1979", are available on the 1979 Class Roster page. (added March 1, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1979 (added March 10, 2023)


Class Pages/Reunions published via facebook.....

Ilion Jr. Sr. High School Class of '79 - Public Page, Admins - Anonymous


Class Homecoming

Click here for our class homecoming page, created in memory of our homecoming queen, Suzanne Marie Hendrix.



Jeff Lyman IHS 1979 was killed in an ATV accident on Sunday, February 21, 1999. Jeff, we'll miss you.


Jackie Stubley Thomas - Author .....

Classmate, Jackie (Stubley) Thomas, authored the book, How to Clean Your Holes , in 2019. The book is available from Below is the description from September 27, 2020

This book is a realistic view of trying to get children to clean up their act when it comes to hygiene. It's not polished and not fake, but it gets the point across to kids that make them listen in a lighthearted way to keep them clean. This is a funny book to read and to help kids know a little more. It's funny but not funny when you get a health problem. It's funny but not funny when you are afraid. It's funny but not funny when it hurts. It's funny but not funny when a doctor is needed. Educating kids on cleaning our bodies is something that we take for granted. We teach our kids every day. We forget to reteach because we think they got it drilled into their brain. In reality, as the experts would say, children's brains are like sponges. That's right. They go right back to their original, main form-the untaught, if not retaught, form or the form of youthfulness. So if you don't teach, reteach, and reteach again, they forget. So teach kids about our bodies that need to be kept clean so it doesn't rot!



Classmate Elected Village Trustee.....

Bridget Trevor-McKinley -
Elected Ilion Trustee (2 year Term)

Bridget Trevor-McKinley was endorsed by the Ilion Democratic Party.

Bridget won the two-year Trustee seat by a landslide. Congratulations Bridget!

RN (Registered Nurse Degree) from Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital
ANCC - Certified Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner

Central NY Psychiatric Center

Health Care Provider SUNY Oneonta
Urgent Care/Emergency Care
Primary Care
Occupational Health
Rheumatology and Education

Herkimer County Democratic Committee
Faxton-St. Luke's Heath Care Winning Diabetes Performance Team
Herkimer Humane Society Volunteer
American Red Cross
Great American Irish Festival
Boilermaker Road Race

Married to Kevin McKinley
2 adult children, Mark and Erin
IHS Graduate
(June 18, 2014)


Class of 1979 - 30th Class Reunion Planning From Joe Joy.....

There is a small group from the Class of '79 who would like to get the ball rolling on a 30-year reunion (seems that we all let "25" slip by!). We have been given - Friday, July 17, 2009 as the date for next year's "Doo-Dah Parade", Joe Joy, Dave Thomas and Mike Miller have booked the downstairs dining room at the Ilion Elk's Lodge for Saturday - July 18, 2009. The thought is to have our reunion the night after the "Doo-Dah Parade" which, is a very popular time for reunions anyway. There's always a lot of IHS Alumni in town that weekend anyway... For those who have never really is a good time!

So, Saturday - possibly a buffet with a DJ...nothing fancy...just plain fun. We're getting too old for a lot of pomp anyway!!

Obviously, at this point - the primary concern is getting in touch with everyone! Please send me an email when you can so that we can build a data base with everyone's contact info (address, email address, phone etc, as much or as little as you'd like...just so that you'll receive ALL of the details). Also, please pass this along to anyone that you have contact with. Lastly, anyone who'd like to help... that would be great!!! (Nov 24, 2008)

Joe Joy
Joe Joy email


20th Class Reunion

Reunion Update from Mike Miller

The class reunion has been set for 4th of July weekend.
Friday Evening Cocktails at the Elks - 8PM
Saturday Evening Dinner at the Crystal Chandelier - 6-12AM (Dinner @ 7:30 PM)
Sunday Afternoon Family Picnic in Russell Park - Noon till Dark

Classmate responses and interest in attending the reunion have been great! We even expect the turn-out to exceed the very successful 10 year!

We are attempting to organize a tour of the High School and a golf outing. One or both of these activities may be planned for Saturday morning or during the week before or after the reunion weekend. If you are interested in participating, please contact John.

The cost of the reunion is $80 per couple or $50 per classmate, which includes dinner and open bar Saturday night, plus all food and drink for the picnic. There will be a few extras as well! Please mail a check payable to "IHS Class of 79" to Bridget or Joe no later than June 1st.

There will be a DJ spinning 70s tunes Saturday night. Casual dress is OK. Please remember to bring your cameras - as well as lawn chairs (if possible) to the picnic.

As a special request, we are soliciting pictures from the 10 year, so we can construct a collage. Please help! Contact Vicki directly. Pictures will be returned.

We are also producing a classmate directory and biography. A request for information will be sent shortly. If you have any questions or ideas regarding the weekend events, please call one of us below. Also, please provide a current e-mail address if available. Many classmates are communicating over the internet.

Now for the most important thing:

Please confirm your attendance no later than June 1st!

Look forward to seeing you!

Tim Daly - (315) 894-0120
Steve Esford - (315) 894-633
Joe Joy - (315) 894-391 - 1389 Barringer Rd., Ilion, NY 13357
Bridget (Trevor) McKinley - (315) 894-3602 - 187 Elm St., Ilion, NY 13357
Mike Miller - (315) (562) 433-4132
John Reese - (315)894-4355
Vicki (Patterson) Smithson - (315) 894-514

Of course, there will be much more communication to come. Please spread the word and let's get off to a strong start toward having a great 20 year reunion!!

Mike Miller
3811 E. Livingston Drive #102
Long Beach, Ca 90803
562-433-4132 (Home)
714-896-4606 (Work)



Scott S. Leon, IHS 1979 age 62, of Ilion, NY, went to be home with the Lord on Sunday, July 23, 2023. He was born on October 25, 1960, in Little Falls, NY to Charles and Eleanor Leon (Pettengill). In his early years, he resided in Stratford, NY and later moved to Ilion, NY where he graduated from Ilion High School. Throughout his career, Scott exhibited exceptional dedication and reliability, having worked for Daniel Greens, in Dolgeville and Cellect LLC, in St. Johnsville, before joining Remington Arms briefly. Subsequently, he found great fulfillment at Walmart Distribution Center, where he took great pride in his role and accomplished various notable achievements, earning recognition in the form of commendable t-shirts. Scott shared a profound and affectionate bond with Kathleen M. Ball, their relationship lasting for 24 loving years. Together, they made their home in Ilion, NY and he embraced the role of a caring stepfather to Delbert and Sue Ball (Noffer), JoEllen (Ball) and Mike Macrina, Regina Ball and Keith Fical, and Robert Ball and Kathy Girantino. His nurturing presence extended to his grandchildren, Megan Ball, Erika Ball, Michaela Macrina, David Macrina, Danielle Macrina, Mathew and Amanda McLean and Jacob Blovat, with whom he shared deep connections. He cherished the role of a gentle and compassionate great-grandfather to Brady McLean and Maya McLean. Scott is survived by his brothers, Charles and Robyn Leon, of Lakeland, FL and William and Crystal Leon, of Little Falls, NY; and his sister, Elaine Farley, of Yorkville, NY. Scott also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in death by his brother-in-law, Roger Farley; his parents, Charles and Eleanor Leon; nephew, Walter Leon; stepdaughter, JoEllen Macrina; family members, Ellen Ball, Linda Macri, Frank Macri, John Macri; and his beloved dog, Sammy. Remembered as a man of few words but immense character, Scott exemplified kindness, gentleness and unwavering support to those around him. He found joy in life's simple pleasures and readily extended assistance to anyone in need. Family gatherings, holidays, cookouts and attending his grandchildren's sporting events and musical performances brought him immense happiness. He also took pleasure in dining out, watching movies and participating in church activities. Scott's interests included football, particularly the Kansas City Chiefs, wrestling, listening to country music and dancing. Additionally, he had a profound love for sweet treats, often indulging in ice cream, candy and chocolate pies. His loss is deeply felt by numerous cherished family members, friends and acquaintances, who will greatly miss his presence. A Celebration of Life will be held in honor of Scott, on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at the Ilion Elks Club, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. During the Celebration of Life, the Mohawk Valley Church will conduct a memorial service and all are warmly encouraged to attend and share in commemorating his life. Scott's funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, at 4309 Acme Rd., in Frankfort, NY, Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. (August 7, 2023)


Michael Leo Sweeney, IHS 1979, age 62, of Casey Road, Mohawk, passed away on Tuesday evening, June 6, 2023, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born on April 15, 1961, in Ilion, son of the late Leo and Shirley (Miller) Sweeney and educated in Ilion schools. He was united in marriage with Tina Mary DesGrosielliers on July 28, 1990, in Ilion. Michael worked with Mondelez, Inc. (Nabisco) until 2019 and stopped working due to ill health. Michael loved to play horseshoes. He enjoyed the outdoors, his land and sitting by the fire. Most of all, he enjoyed being in the presence of his cherished family and friends. He loved sports, enjoyed watching baseball, especially the NY Mets and March madness. Michael was a member of the Ilion Winter Club. Survivors include his beloved family; his children, Jake Sweeney and Dani Engert of Frankfort, Abigail Sweeney and Austin Green of Mohawk and Mary Sweeney; siblings, Theresa Sweeney of Utica and Jeffrey Sweeney and Cassie of Mohawk; grand-puppies, Finley, Amaretto, Phoenix, Benny, Lola, Ellie (his soul-dog); many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and mother-in-law, Katherine DesGrosielliers; sisters in law, Tammy DesGrosielliers and Lisa Robinson and husband Steve. He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, Pat Sweeney. Memorial services will be held at a time to be announced. Kindly consider memorial offerings in his name to the Herkimer County Humane Society. Arrangements are under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. (June 17, 2023)


William L. Singer, Jr., IHS 1979 age 61 miraculous years, most recently of Little Falls, passed away on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, in Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown. He was born in Ilion, New York, on September 10, 1961, son of the late William L. Sr., and Phyllis (Jaquish) Singer. He was educated in Ilion schools and furthered his education in the culinary field. Bill was last employed as a chef with Chef Yeppi Presents, formerly Turbacks, Ithaca, New York. He was a life - long area resident. Mr. Singer was a caring, loving and generous man who was respected by all who knew him. One of his favorite hobbies was the casino and he also loved hunting deer, fishing and eagles. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Bill was a walking blessing as we all know his lifelong heart problems. He had an overwhelming faith in God to the point whereas at times it would actually 'frighten' his lifelong partner, Cheryl. It was ever so powerful. Survivors include his beloved family: his partner, Cheryl Martin; his children, Billy Singer, of Dolgeville, Bronson Singer, of Little Falls and Ashley Singer (Mainville), of Ithaca, New York. His grandchildren are Liam Singer, Michael Singer, Damen, Triston, Arhionna, Riley and Tucker. His brothers are Ricky Singer, of Richfield Springs and Mike Singer, of Ilion. There are also many other family members; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, on Thursday, November 10, 2022, from 5-7 p.m. Mr. Singer's funeral will commence immediately at 7 p.m. that evening from the chapel of the funeral home. Arrangements have been handled with Enea, Ciaccia and Applegate Funeral Directors (315) 866-1011. (November 5, 2022)


Steven M. Morris IHS 1979, 59, of Utica, passed away on Wednesday April 28, 2021, after a brief illness, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. Steve was born on May 3, 1961 in Ilion the son of Michael and Joann (Moreau) Morris. He was a graduate of Ilion Schools. Steve is survived by his father Mike of Ilion; three sisters Laurie Maurer, Michelle and her husband Steve Waite and Susan and her husband Greg Hook all of Ilion. He is predeceased by his mother Joann Savicki and a brother John. A memorial service for Steve will be held on Monday May 3, 2021 at 10 am with Deacon James Bower officiating. (May 8, 2021)


Timothy "Tim" A. Leon, IHS 1979, age 60, lifelong resident of Ilion, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020, in the loving comfort of his home with his family by his side, following indomitable battle with an illness from birth. Tim was born February 16, 1960, in Ilion, the son of the late Harold and June McNinney Leon. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of '79. Tim married his longtime companion, Susan Tracy on July 17, 2010 in Ilion. For most of his career, he worked as a painter for Pezzolanella Construction Company, Utica. Tim was of the Methodist faith. He was a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge #1444, the Ilion Knights of Columbus, the Ilion Fish and Game Club and back in the day the Crossway's Fishing Club. During his free time, he enjoyed golfing with his daughter, Tera, bowling on a league at State Bowl and was an outstanding pool shooter. Tim also had a great appreciation for the outdoors and nature by spending time fishing and hunting. Tim's most remarkable accomplishment besides his family, was his strength to live with what life had dealt him. He had a genetic disease called CMT which his perseverance and determination never held him from doing anything he put his mind too. Throughout his journey with this disease, led to a boundless amount of respect and love from the many friendships that formed. Tim's never quit persona was inspirational. He is survived by his wife, Susan Tracy; his daughter, Tera Leon-Tracy; his son, Derek Leon, his daughter, Janel Leon; his grandson, Thayne Francis Leon; his brothers and sister-in-law, David Leon of Deerfield and Harold and Sandy Leon of Frankfort; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sally and Mike Hayden; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Tim will be missed by his close friends, Roger Salvagni, Jim Lincourt, AJ Smith, and Rob Tubia and all those whom he considered his friend. In keeping Tim's wishes, cremation will occur. Tim's Celebration of Life will be 1 p.m., Saturday, June 20th, 2020 at the home of Jim and Barb Lincourt in Cedarville with Rev. Robert Wollaber of Morning Star United Methodist Church, Ilion, officiating. Officers and Members of Ilion Elks Lodge #1444 will be present to offer the Ritual for a Deceased Member to start the services. Services will be held outside and all the NYS guidelines for COVID will be followed. Donations, in Tim's memory, at the family's request may be offered to the St. Jude Children's Hospital by visiting their website at Tim and his family's care have been placed in the trust of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, Little Falls, corner of Bidleman Road. (315)508-5131. (July 22, 2020)


Julianne "Jules" Catherine Allen, IHS 1979, unexpectedly passed away of natural causes, in her home, on Monday, September 3, 2018 in Ilion, NY at the age of 57. Julianne was born on December 13, 1960 in New Hartford, NY to the late Charles Sr., and Philomena 'Fay' (Julian) Allen, who predeceased her. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1979, from MVCC with a degree in Advertising in 1991, and from Syracuse University with a degree in Public Relations and Business Administration in 1992. Julianne followed in the footsteps of her mother as a piano teacher. She recently began working for Allstate Insurance in Yorkville as a Licensed Sales Producer, following successful completion of several New York State licensing exams. Julianne was accomplished in theater productions and performed with the Ilion Little Theatre Club. She was a generous individual who cleaned up stray cats and cared for her brother following the passing of their parents. She was also an active American Diabetes Association Advocate, having battled juvenile onset diabetes since the young age of 8. Julianne loved Halloween, hosting memorable celebrations, had a contagious laugh and great sense of humor, and loved to bake for all occasions; and let us not forget her love for The Wizard of Oz! Julianne is survived by her son Michael Yelle, Jr.; her sister, Patricia Cofrancesco and husband, James of Liverpool, NY; her brothers, Charles Allen of Mohawk, NY, and Edward Allen and son Kenneth Allen of Covington, Louisiana and son Edward of Herkimer; her nephew, James Cofrancesco, wife Jena and children, Dominic, Zachary, and Skye, Liverpool, NY; her niece, Fay Cofrancesco and family of White Hall, MD; her Aunt Helen Buttiglieri, Aunt Connie Gigliotti, and Aunt Josephine Serour; many cousins, friends, and beloved pets. A Celebration of Julianne's Life will be held at the Enea and Ciaccia Family Funeral Home on 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY, from 3:00PM – 5:00PM on Monday, September 10, 2018, with a memorial service to be held at 5:00PM. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or to Julianne's Memorial Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (October 25, 2018)


Darlene M. (Entwistle) Russell IHS 1979, age 54, of Spohn Road, passed away suddenly on Friday September 4, 2015 at her home with her family there. Born in Ilion, NY on April 14, 1961, daughter to the late Joseph and Eleanor Entwistle. She went on to attend Ilion, NY schools. She was a graduate of Ilion High School and also attended nursing school. Her marriage to Larry E. Russell, Jr. took place August 8, 1981 in the town of Columbia. She worked at Folts Homes and Valley Health Services in Herkimer as an Licensed Practical Nurse. She is survived by her husband Larry, a son Larry E., III and wife Nicole, a daughter Heather and her husband Bill, four grandchildren, Chloe, Madison, Larry and Bella, her sisters, Donna Loomis and Sharon Entwistle, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and good friends Cindy and Dave Lowe. Funeral service will be held Thursday September 10, 2015 at 10:00 AM from The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Herkimer. Calling hour at the funeral home prior to the service on Thursday 9 until 10:00 AM. Funeral and burial arrangements have been planned with The Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road (Town of Frankfort), Ilion, NY. Funeral Directors Harry J. & Kevin E. Enea (315) 894-8000. To leave an online note of sympathy, please visit (September 9, 2015 modified March 20, 2016)


Matthew J. (Matt) Reile IHS 1979, age 50, of Herkimer, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. He was born Aug. 19, 1960, in Denver, Colo., the son of Donald J. and Mary A. (Flaherty) Reile. Matt was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1979, and also graduated from Herkimer County Community College with an associate's degree. His marriage to Linda Thomas took place on Nov. 17, 1982, in Florida. Matt was owner and operator of Reile's Contractors in Herkimer and was a mason by trade. With family as his foremost priority, Matt centered his life around his loved ones, proving to be a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. His favorite time was spent with his cherished grandchildren. An avid outdoors man, Matt found much comfort and relaxation fishing along the West Canada Creek. He was founder and creator of the 'Riff Raft.' Survivors include his loving wife of 28 years, Linda; his parents, Donald and Mary, of Ilion; two sons, Brian Reile and girlfriend, Lisa Rice, of Herkimer, and James Reile and wife, Ashley, of Charlotte, NC; a daughter, Mary Reile, of Herkimer; a brother, Donn S. Reile and girlfriend, Maureen, of Gloversville; his grandchildren, Brian G. Reile (Little B) and Traevian A. Reile Thom; his father and mother-in-law, Donald J. & Josephine Thomas, of Palm Bay, Fla.; sisters-in-law, Debbie Thomas, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Kathleen Arruda and husband, Bill, of Palm Bay, Fla.; brother-in-law, Donald J. Thomas, Jr., of Palm Bay, Fla.; aunts and uncles, Beverly and Ronald Reile, of Ilion, Patricia and Paul Reile, of Utica, Kathy Parker of New York Mills, and Gordon and Valerie Duncan, of Herkimer; four nieces, Rachel Reile, Jessica McCabe, Nicole Krause and Allison Arruda; nephew, Bradley Reile; a cousin, Julie Orilio, of Deerfield; and his best friend, Timothy Ploff, of Ilion. Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 25, 2011, at 11 a.m. from the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, 866-1500, with Reverend Laurie Percival Pauley officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. Friends and relatives may call at the funeral home on Sunday, July 24, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. All memorial contributions may be made to Limbs for Life Foundation, 218 E. Main St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To add to Matt's online memorial, please go to www.vincenteneafuneral on the Internet. (July 24, 2011)


Bombers Buzz Website.....

Donna Konick Shampine, optometrist, email, Syracuse, NY, re-registered. (January 20, 2023)

Rosa Nieves Valdivia, Clinical Instructer Florida Technical College, email, Winter Haven, Fl, registered. (Nov 14, 2011)

Vicki Love Apton, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, email, Roseville, CA, registered. (Sept 27, 2009)

Lynne Hammond Brown, Manager, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 11, 2009)

Julianne Allen, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (May 23, 2009)

Kim Stannard Hughes, Accountant's Assistant, email, Gilbertsville, PA, registered. (May 5, 2009)

Allen Harrington, Dept. Manager, email, Little Falls, NY, registered. (May 5, 2009)

Helen Schafer Todora, IT Clinical Analyst/RN, email, Glenfield, NY, re-registerd. (May 5, 2009)

Erin Hyer, Speech Pathologist, email, from Charlotte, VT, re-registered. (Mar 26, 2009)

Colleen Burdick, email, from Orlando, FL, re-registered. (Feb 22, 2009)

Craig Cashman, Executive Director - nonprofit, email, Norwich, NY, re-registered. (Dec 14, 2008)

Susan Manley Homyk, Human Resources Manager, email, from Oak Hill, VA, re-registered. (Aug 15, 2008)

Pamela Smith Latt, email, re-registered. (Aug 13, 2008)

Donna Gay Burks, House Manager, email, from Herkimer, NY, re-registered. (Jan 26, 2008)

Carolyn Bigley Lee, manager, from Utica, NY, registered. (Dec 14, 2007)

Kerry Slater, Regional Service Manager, email, from Long Beach, NY, re-registered. (Aug 10, 2007)

Glenn Burt, Consultant, email, from Saratoga Springs, NY, re-registered. (Feb 15, 2007)

Loraine Smith Macrina, student, email, from Herkimer, NY, re-registered. (Jan 11, 2007)

"I am currently a full time student at St. Elizabeth's School of Radiography-Utica, NY, after managing a medical practice in Ilion for over 15 years. My oldest son, Michael, is 23-works for our local United Way. Jessica, age 19 is sophomore at Binghamton University. Nick, age 14, freshman in Herkimer High School. Happily married for over 25 years! Would love to hear from others!!!"

Kelly Vivyan, teacher, email from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)

Michael Durant, HVAC Tech., email from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 14, 2006)

Jeffrey Venditte, Globl Account Manager, email, from The Woodlands, TX, re-registered. (April 5, 2006)

Shawn Davis, Aerospace Technician, email, from Mohawk, NY, re-registered. (May 28, 2005)

Laura Schorer Volckaerts, email, Villers-Devont-Orval, Belgium, sent news. (updated email July 11, 2004)

"Hello to class of '79. I have finally retired in Jan 2003 after meeting the most wonderful man from beautiful Belgium. It's amazing what comes our way when we are not looking for it. I gained 5 step children and a great husband and father. I live with Alphonse and my two youngest boys in Belgium since we moved there in June of 2003. My youngest sons, Shean and Bradley, are learning French at an alarming rate while my eldest son, Ryan, is serving the military in downtown Bagdad. My daughter, Sonya, has provided me with two very beautiful grand-daughters and they all reside in Kentucky. Since my retirement, I have spent much of my time doing remodeling work on our homes. I have excelled in the areas of insulating, sheet rocking, ceramic tiling, refinishing woods, and more. I actively I look forward to the possibility of attending another reunion in the future, I thoroughly enjoyed the 20th."

Wendie Lang Gorton, email, Long Beach, NY, re-registered. (Jan 24, 2004)

Judith Riddell Messimer, email, from Crestwood, MO, re-registered. (October 5, 2003)

John Vincent, Medevac Flight Coordinator, email, Chugiak, AK, registered. (May 29, 2003)


Steven Zutter, Mechanic, email, Murdock, FL, re-registered. (February 8, 2003)

Dawn Kovac, email, Albany, NY, registered. (February 8, 2003)

Chris Clements, email, from Fayston, Vt, re-registered. (December 3, 2002)

Sheila Hoffman Glinski, from Saranac Lake, NY, email, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 30, 2002)

Michael Kelly, email, Saco, ME, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 5, 2002)

Diane Danielak Jones, email, from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 15, 2002)

Mark Stephenson, Project Manager, email, re-registered. (July 1, 2002)

Jan McTiernan Jehring, from S. Hamilton, MA, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 21, 2002)

Joseph Coupe, Network Systems Analyst, email, Bradenton, FL, re-registered. (June 21, 2002)

Wendie Lang Gorton, sent news. (June 14, 2002)

"Wendie Lang (1979) and her husband Tom Gorton are very happy to announce (though very late in doing so) the birth of their son -- Charles Thomas ("Charlie," affectionately known as "little Charlie" by his very proud Grandma!!) -- born May 2, 2001. We just celebrated Charlie's first birthday. We feel truly blessed with this little guy!!!"

Janet Jeffreys Rose, from S. Hamilton, MA, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 14, 2002)

Peggy Byrnes Annutto, from Concord, NH, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 11, 2002)

Joseph Annutto, email, from Concord, NH, -, is attending the mega-reunion. (modified October 3, 2002)

Carole Casey Graf, email, from Middleton, MA, is attending the mega-reunion. (June 11, 2002)

Timothy Mazzara, Attorney, email, Hauppauge, NY, registered. (May 19, 2002)

Wayne Redmond, Quality Assurance Rep, email, Baldwinsville, NY, registered. (April 19, 2002)

Donna Lewis Watson, from Ilion, NY, submitted the survey. (March 11, 2002)

Jackie Stubley Thomas, email, from Caroga Lake, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 8, 2002)

David Thomas, email, from Aurora, IL, registered. (March 7, 2002)

Ted Kozenewski, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered.

(March 6, 2002)

Joseph Joy, email, from Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form and re-registered. (March 6, 2002)

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


Pre-2002 - Classmate News.....

Ellen Boucher Middlebrooks, email, sent an update. Ellen writes, "Just an update for some old friends.........Just had our third boy on March 2, Jonathan Ross. Nicholas is now 6, Andrew is now 3 1/2 and we are all loving life in South Florida. Will be celebrating my big 4-0 this Sunday and 20 yrs in Florida next month. SOOOOOO glad I have these three sweet little kids to keep me young!!!! Hello to all and keep in touch! ( Would love to see our Class Homepage updated. Wish I knew more about computers to volunteer to do it.)" - Ellen (June 16, 2001)

Robyn Smithson Damron from Ilion, NY, registered. (Jan 27, 2001)

Phil Adams, from Ilion, email, signed the Guestbook. Phil is a Stock Clerk.

Joseph M. Annutto, email, was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center, at commencement ceremonies held May 17, 1997. He has a law office in Nashua, NH and has specialized in Family law, Bankruptcy law, and criminal defense since 11/97.

Gary "Fred" Beach, from Frankfurt, email, signed the Guestbook. Fred is in manufacturing.

Steph Boucher Buddenhagen graduated from Herkimer County Community College in 1981, and worked in radio from 1981 to 1985. She moved on to manage 2 convenience stores from 1985 to 1991. From there shewas hired at Herkimer County Trust as a teller, where she moved up the ladder and became a teller supervisor in 1994. This past June she was promoted to Deposit Account Specialist. She works with all of the deposit accounts in the bank, maintaining , helping to develop new products and writing procedures to implement new policies through out the bank. In 1994 Steph earned a General Banking Diploma from the American Institute of Banking. This past year she earned a Consumer Credit Diploma and has one more course to complete my study for a Commercial Diploma. "All this for someone who still cannot add in her head. Thank God for computers and calculators." Steph lives in Ilion with her husband Jeff and their two dogs. Her address is email

Sharon Brooks, email, is living in Waterveliet, NY, where she is an environmental economist.

Colleen Burdick, signed the Guestbook. Colleen writes, "Greetings!!! After graduation I spent some time in the service stationed at different posts in the U.S. In 1984 I moved to Orlando, FL and worked at Sea World till 1987 when I moved to Hartford, Ct. I worked in real estate property management for 5 years there. I moved back to Orlando in July of 1992 and continued working in that field. I am no longer in real estate, but I have enjoyed a job at Walt Disney World in security. I am excited about this web site and even more so about our upcoming reunion. I usually try to get up home once or twice a year,(usually in the summer), and I will be there for the festivities. I have not seen many people from our class since graduation. However I have run into Wes Maine here in Orlando. As far as I know he is doing well. I enjoy going to hockey and basketball games. I look forward to seeing you at the reunion! "

Doug Burdick, email, signed the Guestbook. Julieanne, who lives in Mohawk, is a claims analyst.

Margaret Byrnes Annutto and Joe Annutto live Concord, NH with their two sons: Joseph "Kyle" and "Alex" Michael. Kyle was born 7/31/86 and Alex was born on 2/18/99.

Steve Carter, from Ilion, email, signed the Guestbook. Steve is a Production Manager at Rawlings Sporting Goods/Adirondack Bat Division. Steve is working toward his certification in the American Production Inventory Control Society and the American Management Association. Steve also is a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge, where he was Exalted Ruler for the lodge year 96/97. Steve, who celebrated 15 years of marriage to Jamie Laura Carter, class of 1981 in 1998, left this message "....I THINK THIS IS A GREAT WEB SITE AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM FORMER CLASSMATES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!"

Carole Casey Graf, email, writes, "I have lived in Middletown MA for the past 7 years. My son Zachery is 4 years old and my husband Greg and I are expecting our second child at the end of June so I guess the 20th reunion is out for me. I would like to hear from members of the class of 1979.

John Coupe, email, has moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana. John is employed by ITT as an Electrical Engineer. He and his wife Gina have two daughters. John writes "I'm psyched for the 20th reunion next month. My wife Gina and I will both attend. It's been a while since my last entry. We're still in Ft. Wayne, IN, but our email address is now email, (write us). Still with ITT working on radio systems. Still just two daughters Amanda (5) and Monica (3) who think I'm just the greatest and I'm not telling them otherwise. I've backed away from basketball (knees) in favor of golf, but even that has taken a back seat lately to work, T-ball coaching, buildinng a new house, etc. Still love to play guitar and sing when I can. I should be staying in Ilion at my brother Steve's or my mom's (Peg Bocchino) on and off from June 24 through July 5 if you want to track me down. Look me up."

Joe Coupe is currently living on the West coast of Florida in the Sarasota/Bradenton area since 1990. Joe's first marriage(in 1983) was to Debbie Dunham (Class of 1980), which ended in divorce in 1993. Joe and Debbie had no children together. In 1995, Joe remarried a native Floridian named Jane Irons. Joe and Jane now have a son Austin Coupe. Joe is employed as a Computer Network Engineer for the School District of Manatee County in Bradenton, FL. Joe manages the implementation of a computer network in each of the 40 schools in the district, as well as connecting them all together via a wide area network (WAN). There are approximately 5 networked computers in every classroom of all 40 schools. When Joe graduated in 1979, the PC had not yet been on the market. So much has changed in a very short time. Joe's email.

Diane M. Danielak Jones resides in Ilion ("someone had to stay here to make sure life continued in this part of the country"). Diane is married to David (Chavo) Jones, and has two children, Nicholas (7 years and in second grade) and Stephanie (4 years and in her second year of pre-school). Diane is employed as a Legal Administrator at the law firm of Albert D. DiGiacomo & Associates. Diane wrote "I was very excited to find the Web page and have greatly enjoyed reading about several of our classmates. Hope to hear from one and all--my e-mail address is email."

Lorie Gage Richards, email is on the faculty at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City Kansas teaching Occupational Therapy and doing stroke-related research. Her husband, Tom Richards owns his own locksmith and decorative hardware business on the eastern part of the metro area.Tom and Lorie have 2 children: Alia is 7 and Ian is 3. Lorie says, " I miss the east coast!!! - especially the mountains and the ability to go for easy, quick day trips! But other than that, the Midwest is fine. Most of the people here are nice - although an awful lot of them talk funny! (Of course my kids are learning to talk like that - ugh!!!)"

Patti Houseknecht-Ashton, email, lives in Saranac Lake, NY with her husband Rick and her two children: Amy, 17 and Eric, 12. Amy is a Junior in High School and Eric is in 7th grade. Patti and Rick keep very busy with the children's schedules and their own work. Patti works at a company called American Management Association as an Electronic Payment Coordinator and her husband is the Grocery Manager for the local Grand Union. She would love to hear from anyone who would like to write.

Linda Humphrey Mishalanie is living in Utica NY. Linda, please email me again.When I reply to your email address, it comes back as unknown user.

David Jones, email, resides in Ilion with his wife, Diane (Danielak), and their two wonderful children, Nicholas, age 7, and Stephanie, age 4. David is a partner in a family construction business known as Bazooka Joe & Co. David "enjoyed reading about everybody's families, etc."

Joe Joy lives in Ilion with his wife Lori and 2 sons Patrick & Alex. Joe is a VP of Sales and Marketing. Joe writes, "We are looking forward to our 20 year class reunion - if it's half as good as the 10 year reunion was - it will be a must attend !"

Tim Kellogg, email, and his sons moved to the Colorado mountains last spring. They love their home,which is on a mountain overlooking the divide and several 14,000 foot peaks. The boys, who are also the sons of the late Sue Hendrix, are growing up fast! Shawn is 14, Ben is 10. The Kelloggs have two dogs and many deer, elk, mountain lions and bear in the back yard. Tim is Customer Service Manger for IBM in Boulder CO.

Ted Kozenewski lives and works in Ilion, where he is a water treatment operator. Ted can be reached at email (modified March 6, 2002)

Wendi Lang wrote in to say, "Well, I've spent far too much time perusing this site - figured it was time to sign in . . . I'm living in Manhattan and loving it! Happily married to a great guy my Dad would have loved (believe it or not!). Working as a legislative/regulatory analyst for an insurance company located in mid-town (across the street from Radio City Music Hall, for those of you who've visited NYC), and living in a great neighborhood on the Upper West Side about 30 blocks from work. I'm looking forward to our 20-year reunion this summer! So sorry to hear about Jeff Lyman . . ."

Steven Lennon of Herkimer, email signed the Guestbook. Steven is a contractor.

Mark Lockerby, email, lives in Ithaca, NY, where he is an accountant.

Julie Luke Lewislives in Ilion. Her address is email.

Jeff Lyman, has been living in Palm Bay, Florida since 1981. In 1984 he met his wife Vimon, whom he married on Feb. 23,1991. Jeff and Vimon have two children; Jami, who just turned seven, and Amanda, who will turn four in March. Jeff currently works as a supervisor for Ron Kendall Masonry, Inc. and has been employed there since 1984. Vimon is currently employed with Wal-Mart as a cake decorator in the new Palm Bay "Superstore." Jami is in the second grade and doing well. He enjoys jet-skiing and swimming at the beach, and he loves driving his go-kart through the woods, while "Mom and Dad" follow on their Polaris 4-wheelers. Amanda is a typical little girl. She loves playing House and having Tea Parties. She especially loves doing her hair and make-up. She loves singing, dancing, and music. Jeff and his family spend a lot of time outdoors .Every chance they get, Jeff and Vimon take the kids to the beach (the Atlantic Ocean) to play and ride the jet-skis. During the winter months they like to load up the go-kart and the 4-wheelers and hit the woods for some off road fun. Jeff admits, "I guess it's a little difficult to call it winter when the temperature seldom falls below 50 degrees, " and says, "Several of our classmates have met my wife, Vimon (pronounced Vee-mon). She is a beautiful Oriental girl from Thailand. Our children look a little like Mom and a little like Dad. Both are very cute, or so we are told. We purchased our first house a few years back, and remodeled the entire house, inside and out by ourselves. It took a couple of years to complete, and I still have one room to go: the Master Bedroom and Bath. It will be complete by Thanksgiving. We invested $20,000 into remodeling and have increased the value of our home by $40,000. We just recently purchased a Gateway PC, and are currently using our 100 free trial hours of internet time. We are both pretty green on the computer still, in fact our seven year old son seems to know his way around it better than we do. His favorite computer game is "Monster Truck Maddness 2", which can be played over the internet. So any of you MTM2 players looking for internet play, give him a call. There is a quick summary of my family. Anyone that wishes may drop us a line."

Susan Martin Venditte and husband, Jeff are living in The Woodlands, TX right now (outside of Houston). They have 2 children (Chrissy,11 years old in 6th grade, and Eileen, 3 months old! (born 9-11-98). Jeff now works at Compaq Computer Corp. He is a program manager. Susan teaches music to students & runs a youth choir at their church. Jeff has kept in touch with Craig & Maureen (Smith) Cashman> &Jan McTiernan Jering & her husband John. Susan writes, "Brian Reese lives here in Houston & Mike Durant & Rhonda Lynch are other Ilionites down here too. I hope to be at the 20 year reunion. The 10 year one was fun!"

Mike Miller wrote that he, Dave Thomas, Georgette Annutto, and Chris Zawalski still live in Southern California. They've been here between 10 and 15 years . . . but all still miss the East. Mike can be reached at email.

Stacy Nencetti Fett lives in Fort Myers, FL with her husband Rick and 5-year-old daughter Kayla. Stacy is in her 11th year of teaching; she currently teaches Physical Education and Health at North Fort Myers High School. She also coaches Cross Country and Track. Her address is email

Judith Riddell Messimer, from St. Louis, MO, signed the Guestbook. Judith is a producer in Mosby's Electronic Publishing Division, which hosts 16 full-text online periodicals. Watch for 4 more this year! She also is the Associate Web editor for Animal People, and is webmaster of a new website for the St. Louis Animal Rights Team. Needless to say, she is a committed animal rights activist and vegetarian. Judith "would welcome email from other Golden Bombers."

Sharon Riddell Palumbo, email. Sharon lives in Frankfurt, NY. She writes, "Hi,everyone. This is so cool! It is all new to me and I think I like it! It's a great way to keep in touch and let everyone know whats going on! I hear we are on for our 20th. Sure would be nice if all our classmates could make it."

Tony Rigo, email, lives in Richfield Springs, where he manages a meat department.

Loraine Smith Macrina signed the Guestbook. Lorraine writes, "Can't wait for reunion. Hope to see everyone there. I live in Herkimer with husband Mike, and two boys, ages 15 and 6, and one girl age 11. I have managed a medical practice in Ilion for the past 6 years. If you still live in the valley, stop in and see me at MVHC on Central Ave."

Pamela Smith Latt signed the Guestbook. Pam writes, "HELLO. I'm still around here. I have 2 children who attend Mt Markham School. My daughter is a Sophomore and my son is in 5th grade. Courtney is almost 16 and Dustin is 11. My husband, Tom, works at Little Falls Lumber. Hope to see as many old classmates t the reunion this summer. I'm working at AFSA Data Corp in the Processing Department as a SR. Processor for the Direct Loan Program."

Mark Stephenson and his wife Deb are home in Florida for the holidays. Their two children, Kathleen (5) and Gabriella (2) are growing. Gabriella is all curls, and Kathleen is in Kindergarten and is full of energy. Deb is working part time at a department store called Target. Debbie and Mark were in Ilion during July for weddings. Deb's sisters Cheryl and Missy got married the same day! Mark says "It was a beautiful day and a late night." Mark's address is email modified July 1, 2002.

Dave Thomas is living in Long Beach, CA, where he owns a landscaping company. Dave and his wife have two children: Natalie Kay 22 months, David Jr. 8 months, who keep Dave busy all the time.

Ed Trefzger, email, is living in Rochester, NY. After 14 years as an mechanical engineer with General Motors, he left the company in 1997 to work in an Internet development company, Yellow Dog Communications, Inc., that he started with a college buddy from RIT. Ed has been out of touch with most of our classmates, and looks forward to seeing them at reunion.


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