Ilion High School

Class of 1985

Alumni News

1985 Mirror Cover Ilion


Digitized Class Yearbook....

85 IHS Mirror from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 25, 2021)


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1985", are available on the 1985 Class Roster page. (added March 5, 2022).


Class Historical Newspaper Articles....

     Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1985 (added March 5, 2020)


Reunion Plans for 1985.....

The plans for the 20th class reunion are underway. Mark your calendars!!! The reunion will be the weekend of July 22 - 24th, 2005. Details will be forthcoming....Doo Dah Parade, Ilion Days, Scavenger Hunt, Dinner with Entertainment and a family get together... The next meeting to plan this event is on March 26, 2005 at 11 AM at 151 Brook Street - Ilion (Debbie (Remis) Schoff's house). We need all hands on deck and look forward to having everyone help us plan this event. We are missing numerous addresses for our classmates. Please email or contact Rose Gage Greig '85 to ensure that I have your address. email or 315-894-2251. (Feb 22, 2005)



Paul D. Appley, IHS 1985, of Whitesboro, NY, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2023, with the ones he loved the most by his side. He fought a courageous battle with ALS. He was truly a Superman. Paul was very humble, patient, proud and kind. He loved very deeply. Paul was a devoted husband to the love of his life, Julie Sherlund Appley. They were joined in marriage July 3, 2016 on the beach in Cedarville, MI. He was the best father in the world to his two sons, Joshua (Meghan) Appley of Gaithersburg, MD and Daniel Appley (Emily Jory) of Ilion. Paul was the happiest in his final days spending time with his grandson, Kaden Appley, and puppies, Sam and Leo. Paul was born in Herkimer, NY on August 9, 1967, to Gordon Appley and the late Gayle Walker. He was raised and educated in Ilion, NY as a member of the class of 1985. After graduating from St. Luke’s School of Radiography in 1997, Paul worked at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center as a CAT Scan Supervisor until his retirement in 2018. Paul had an infectious smile and he lit up a room wherever he was, even on his hardest days. He amazed everyone with his strength, positive attitude, spirit and grit. Paul loved to travel, especially anywhere that had a beach. He & Julie traveled to Jamaica, Punta Cana, Florida, Washington DC, Myrtle Beach, Pearl Harbor, Maui and Aruba in their short time together. They joined friends in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and Detroit for a game. They attended weddings for family in Grand Rapids MI and Nashville KY. There wasn’t anywhere Paul would not go to see his son’s play. Paul’s favorite vacation was the annual trip to the Upper Pennisula of Michigan with his family. His favorite time of day was Sunset and he loved happy hour, especially at home on his deck. It was a party whenever he was present. Paul was an avid sports fan and loved his Red Sox, Cowboys, Orangemen, Lakers and Rangers. He loved watching Dan play football for SUNY Cortland and was lucky enough to watch the Red Dragons win their first National Championship title this year before he passed. Paul was an active participant of the Barringer Road Old Men’s Basketball League for many years. His greatest joy was coaching his boys and being the model Father. Paul renewed his love for golf when he met Julie and they enjoyed many rounds in many places together. Paul was most passionate about wrestling as he had a long career with the sport, first as a wrestler for Ilion and SUNY - Morrisville then as an official for over 30 years. Following his time as an active official on the mat, he continued to serve the association as the President of CNYWOA. He was inducted into the Section III Wrestling Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2022. Wrestling was the reason Paul & Julie met. Paul enjoyed to read, was an avid history buff, especially about native American tribes and World War II battles. He spent significant time reading the Bible, “I want to make myself right with God,” he said. He knew Jesus was waiting for him. Paul is survived by his loving wife, sons, and grandson. He is also survived by his bonus children, Matt (Kayla) Sowers of Marcy and Emily Sowers (Jon Raineri) of Syracuse. He leaves behind his dad, brother Darrin Appley, sisters Kristyn Silva and Sharra Appley. Paul was especially loved by his in-laws and Michigan family, Robert and Laura Sherlund and the entire crew. He left many nieces and nephews, and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his mom, his treasured pets Howie and Newman, his maternal grandmother, Grandma Walker and niece Harper Grace Sherlund. They all had a profound impact on his life. Equally important to Paul were his friendships, specifically, Brett Couchman, who showed him the way through life, marriage, and death, and Daniel Ploutz. The three of them were able to share a lifetime of memories together. Paul was a member of the Ilion Elk’s Lodge BPOE #1444 for over 30 years. In addition to the people above, the family would like to thank Dr. Young and her team from the Upstate Medical Center, Neurology & the ALS Clinic who guided Paul through life and death; Sandy Tucci, Paul & Tina Fiorini, Kathy Smith, and the CAT Scan Department of St. Elizabeth’s. The family would also like to send a huge thank you to the first responders, the ER and ICU staff at Wynn Hospital especially RNs Jessica, Andre’ and Tony. Julie is forever grateful to all of her kids, family, M&T Bank family and loyal friends for their support. Services will be held on Wednesday December 27, at Dimbleby Funeral Home, Inc. Friends are invited to call on the family from 3 PM to 6 PM with a service to follow immediately. Paul has chosen his final resting place to be in Cedarville, Michigan at a later date. This was his favorite vacation every year, where he fell in love and his family was blended. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please consider a donation to ALS of Utica or The ALS Association of Upstate New York. These two organizations helped this family when they needed it the most. Take care of him Grandma Walker, your boy is home.(December 31, 2023)


Timothy J. "Tim" Noffer, IHS 1985, age 55, of Avery Road, Ilion, loving husband of Christie (Blaise) Noffer, passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon, January 18, 2023 in the peace and comfort of his home. At the time of his passing, he had the love and support of his family, at his side, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Herkimer on March 22, 1967 son of the late James Noffer and Nancy and the late Christopher Monohan of Ilion. He received his education in Ilion schools graduating with the Class of 1985, Ilion High School. He was united in marriage with Christie Blaise on May 22, 2004 in Ilion; a loving union of 18 years. He has been employed with the Village of Ilion for 33 years and recently retired as Supervisor of the Department of Public Works. Tim also owned and operated his own concrete and plowing business, Noffer Enterprises, for over 28 years, which he began in 1994. Special thank you to Matt DeLong who helped operate the business throughout Tim's illness. Tim was an extremely hard worker and known for his dedication to the community. In his earlier years, Tim loved motorized toys, including his 67 Camaro, motorcycles, snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, boats and campers. Tim worked hard and played harder. He was happiest when camping and vacationing in Florida and Wildwood, NJ with his family. This past year he went to Alaska on a fishing trip, which he was very proud of. Some of his greatest times were at his annual Black Lake fishing trip with the guys. Tim was the proud organizer of the annual Noffer hog roast. He enjoyed his weekends at Brantingham Lake. Tim made a point to never miss a special event that meant something to his children. He was their biggest fan, always showing his love and support. A friend to everyone, he valued and showed loyalty, making sure to put in the time to nurture relationships always spending quality time with family and friends. Tim was a wonderful son, husband, father and brother, always putting his family before himself. He will be missed and live on in the hearts of all he knew including his wife, Christie of Ilion; his mother, Nancy of Ilion; his children, Cody, Bailey, Dylan, Kirsten and Jordan; his siblings, Daniel Noffer (Dawn) of Little Falls, Diane Dicob of Mohawk and Susie Ball (Delbert) of Herkimer; granddaughter, Genevieve; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; step mother, Barbara Noffer of Rome; in laws, Doug and Carrie Blaise of Ilion, Courtney Myers (Devo) of Frankfort, Tara Blaise (Bob) of Litchfield, Jill Blaise (Jesse) of Frankfort, Christine Noffer of Ilion and Bert Doolen (Tamara) of Frankfort. Also surviving is his canine companion, Teddy Bear. He was preceded in death by James Noffer and Christopher Monohan; brother, Michael Noffer; brother in law, Donald Dicob, and grandma, Jill Doolen. A special thank you is extended to Tim's many friends (too numerous to mention), all who were extremely supportive and there for Tim during his illness and untimely passing. In keeping with Tim's adamant wishes, there are no calling hours. A celebration of his life will take place in his garage on Avery Road, Ilion later in the spring at a time to be announced. Tim's family planned funeral arrangements with Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (between Little Falls and St. Johnsville), 315-508-5131. (Jan 17, 2023)


Timothy L. Darling IHS 1985, age 54, of South Fourth Avenue, a lifelong Ilion resident, passed away on Monday evening, May 3, 2021 at Albany Medical Center. He had the love and support of his children at his bedside, when his passing occurred. Tim was born on August 4, 1966 in Ilion, New York. He was the son of Carl Darling and Janet Johnson but was raised by his grandparents George and Dorothy Darling. He graduated from Ilion Jr/Sr High School in 1985. He was married to Cheryl March on May 21, 1988, with whom he shares three sons. He served as a Corrections Officer for New York State. He is survived by his three boys; Ethan and his wife Ashley (Stephens) Darling, Josh Darling and his fiancé Brittney Florian and Aaron Darling. He leaves behind four grandchildren; Reagan Darling, Braxton Darling, MaKenna Darling and Haislee Darling. Also surviving are his sisters, Pat Darling, Kim Javitz and Tammy Darling, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Passionate about many things, his interests including riding his Harley, boating and Go-Karting with his boys. He loved boating with his family and many friends on the St. Lawrence. From doing poker runs to para-sailing, his happy place was on the river. If he wasn't boating you would find him at the racetrack with Ethan, Josh and Aaron. He loved watching the boy's race. He was there, helping them and coaching them every weekend. Timothy and his family's care has been entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidleman Road), Little Falls, 315-508-5131. A celebration of Tim's life will take place Friday, May 14th from 4pm-6pm at the funeral home with a service commencing at 6pm, at MVFC. Burial will be private. (May 8, 2021)

Todd Thomas Hagan IHS 1985 age 39, passed away on September 28, 2006, in West Winfield, after a long battle with cancer. His loving family was by his side. Todd was born on October 19, 1966 in White Plains, NY,the son of Joyce and Thomas Hagan, and was a graduate of Ilion schools, where he was very active in sports. He attended HCCC and served in the US Marine Corps. Todd was employed as a boat builder with The Boston Whaler Co., in Fl. Todd enjoyed playing foosball and at one time placed fourth in a statewide tournament. Todd is survived by his mother, Joyce Hagan Rafferty of Ilion; a son, Todd Jeremy Pickett of Ilion; and a daughter, Alexis Mary Travis of Ilion; two brothers Timothy of Florida and Thomas and his wife, Patty of Texas; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Laura and Pat Dillon of Little Falls, Dawn and Todd Wheeler of Florida, Tammy and Joe Griffiths of West Winfield and Sherrie and Michael Rowland of West Winfield, a special friend, Wendi Travis; as well as several nieces and nephews. Todd was pre-deceased by his father, Thomas K. Hagan. The Class of 1985 will always remember Todd for his energetic, boyous personality and his willingness to always take on a challenge, even if it meant jumping out of a 2nd floor classroom. Our memories of Todd will remain forever part of our souls. Our thoughts and prayers extend to Todd and his family. (Oct 3, 2006)

Scott V. Durant IHS 1985, age 35, of Kent Blvd, Ilion, died on November 26, 2002. He was born on March 12, 1967 in Ilion, the son of Vincent and Barbara Utter Durant. Scott was a member of the Ilion High School Wrestling Team and graduated from Ilion High School in 1985. He was the owner and operator of Durant Plumbing and Heating of Ilion for about ten years. Scott enjoyed his camp at Kaiser Lake and was an avid rock music fan. He also enjoyed motorcycling, 4-wheelers, snowmobiling and boating. Survivors include his father and stepmother, Vincent and P. Donna Durant, of Ilion; three brothers and one sister-in-law, Michael, of Ilion, David of Schuyler, Christopher and Jaimie, of Ilion; two nieces, Kelsie and Kasandra Durant, of Ilion; two stepsisters, M. Gina Sciortino and her husband, Joseph, of Utica, Lauren Hunter, and her friend, Tom, of Utica; one niece, Sarah Sciortino, of Utica; paternal grandfather, George Durant, of Ilion; maternal grandmother, Wanda Utter, of Cobleskill; aunts and uncles, Ann (Durant) and Tom Shepard, of N.C., Faye and Frank Panza, of Niagara Falls, Careen Wall, of Howe Caves, NY, Merton Utter, of Schoharie, NY, Steve and Connie Utter, of Vero Beach, FL., Mark Utter, of S.C., Nanci and Jim Arvanete, of Catskill, NY, Kathie Ann Utter, of Cobleskill; several great-aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother, Barbara and his brother, Gregory in 1972, paternal grandmother, Mayme Durant, and maternal grandfather, Merton Utter. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 30, 2002 at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion and 11:30 a.m. at The Church of The Annunciation, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Joseph Benintende, Pastor. Calling hours are Friday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (December 4, 2002)


New Kids on the Block...

"Hello to everyone! Just want to announce the birth of our second child, Olivia Susanne, born July 11th, 2001, 6 pounds 14 ounces. She's a real cutie. Her older brother, Alek is almost 2 1/2 and is a very active, inquisitive kid! We moved from Knoxville, Tennessee to Oxford, Pennsylvania last year and are enjoying a much more rural life in the heart of Amish country. Andy is working for the US Army as a civilian research engineer in Aberdeen, Maryland and I am busy at home with the kids and work two nights a week at a local vet hospital. Would enjoy to hear from anyone." Leslie Rogers Wereszczak (August 4, 2001)

Andy and I proudly announce the arrival of our first child, Alek Andrew, April 15th. He was 8 pounds 3 ounces and is absolutely wonderful! Motherhood is incredible. We are still living in Knoxville, TN and like it very much. When I think about complaining of the heat, I remind myself of the Mohawk Valley winters. I would love to hear from anyone and if y'all ever mosey down yonder to our neck of the woods we'd be much obliged to give you'ins a warm Southern welcome..." Leslie Rogers Wereszczak

(August 19, 1999)


Bombers Buzz Website.....

Melissa Young Hacker, email, Ilion, Ny, registered. (Mar 24, 2012)

James Allen, email, Mohawk, NY, registered. (Nov 13, 2010)

"My Name Is Jim Allen. I graduated in 1985 as some of you know. I live in Mohawk with My wife Kim we have been together for 15 years and we have a son together we named Tim. We have four children three boys and one girl. I have worked for the same company for many years over 23 years of building water tanks. I still enjoy listening to or attending Ilion Football Games and I am very proud to say that two of my boys share my passion for the game. I have a very good life and a family I am forever thankful for! I am always glad to hear from my old class mates. We had many good times didn't we? Take Care"

Bob Powers, Bank of America-Vice President, email , from Charlotte, NC, re-registered. (July 13, 2008)

Kim Ames Sikora, email, registered. (Mar 24, 2007)

Steven Brigham, Chief Information Officer, email, from North Hampton, NH, registered. (June 20, 2005)

Don Crim, email, Ilion, NY, re-registered. (September 6, 2004)

Lynne Hendrix Roberts, CSR Quality/Mentor, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (May 18, 2004)

Jennifer Eldredge Marro, from Ilion, NY, email, sent news. (modified Jan 24, 2004)

"Hello Everyone! Gosh, it has been a long time since I have looked at this site and I thought it was time to update everyone on the Marro Family.

Let's see, Mike is still a CO at Marcy Correctional Facility. Still plays with Stevie Rigo when he can. He is looking forward to Little League Softball for our daughter and baseball for our son in the next few months. He volunteers his time with Little League and between us, we provide the music for the the Ilion Synchronized Swim Club every summer. That keeps us outside all summer long!

Amanda is almost 13. What a fun age this is!! LOL. She is in the seventh grade and can't understand why her parents keep getting lost in the new High School! She is loving Jr High so far and is also looking forward to spring and softball. She is still dancing at Dee's as well. She is loving the Jr High choir and sings her heart out. She is also teaching herself how to play the keyboards. Mike is trying to help, but keeps a distance because she is doing so well on her own.

Alexander is 6 and is still very busy! He wants to be a "baseballer like Derek Jeter" this spring! We'll see if he inherited any of Mike's sports talent. God knows if he has mine, he will be a splinter picker for life! He is very musically inclined, like his sister and father. He has a full drum set in the cellar and he sings like an angel. We'll see what happens with that in the future.

As for me, I am still a stay at home mother. I substitute teach when the mood hits me, but for the most part, I am just about always home. I underwent a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in August of 2003. I am really hoping that we will have a 20 year reunion next year because by then, I will look more like I did in High School, weight wise anyway! The pounds are just falling off of me and I am loving every minute of it.

So, that is the Marros of the class of 1985. Please email or call us any time and let us know how you are. All the Best!"

Mike Stephens, Manlius, NY, email, re-registered. (December 23, 2003)

Laurie Rose Murphy , Office Manager, email , from Mohawk, NY, registered. (September 29, 2003)

Timothy Darling, Corrections Officer, email, from Ilion, NY, re-registered. (July 27, 2003)

Mike Brinkerhoff, U.S. Army, email or Army email, from Hinesville, GA, re-registered. (July 13, 2003)

"It's been a long time since since I've tried to trace my past and came upon this register. Seeing some of the names of classmates on this register got me thinking of old times again. I'm very anxious to hear from anyone that would like to write to me. I am currently still in the military and stationed in Korea. I know the 20 year reunion is coming up and would like to see if I can be a part of it. I'm not the wild man like before and have changed my ways considerable. I am married(12 years now) and have one boy (13years). I will enclose 2 email address's and would love to hear from all of you." (July 13, 2003)

Deborah Remis Schoff, School Teacher, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (March 3, 2003)

Kimberly Moreau, teacher, email, Charlotte, NC, has a new email address. (March 3, 203)

Amy Greig Nunneker, mommy, email, Oneida, NY, re-registered. (January 16, 2003)

Leslie Rogers Wereszczak, Veterinary Technician, email, Oak Ridge, TN, re-registered. (January 13, 2003)

"Greetings to everyone. We have moved back to Tennessee after two years in Pennsylvania. Andy has taken his old job back after finding the US Army is not nearly as fun as the friends he worked with down here. It has been a good move for us and our kids are young enough to move and not have it matter. I am primarily a "stay at home mom" but we never stay at home running here and there carting the kids around. Alek is almost 4 and Olivia is 18 months. They sure keep me busy and are a lot of fun. I am working one evening a week at the veterinary college to keep my licensing requirements, but more importantly, to have a real adult conversation from time to time that doesn't include the phrases,"Get down from there!" or "Don't put that in your nose!" I would love to hear from anyone!"

Paul Appley, email , from Ilion, NY, is registered in the directory. (October 19, 2002)

Lisa Wieliczka Simpkins, email , from Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (October 2, 2002)

Kim Day DelGrego, email , Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 5, 2002)

Carmen Iagulli, email , from Winston-Salem, NC, re-registered. (August 13, 2002)

Bob Powers, email , from Charlotte, NC, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 8, 2002)

Kelly Prosser Schmidt, Occupational Therapist Asst, email , from Fulton, NY, re-registered. (July 5, 2002)

Kenneth Larson, Test Engineer, email , Mountain View, CA, re-registered. (June 13, 2002)

Denise Hazlett Conner, email , Wilmington, DE, is attending the mega-reunion. (May 24, 2002)

Jodi Denison Oakley, Claim Supervisor, email , Peoria, AZ, re-registered. (May 24, 2002)

Jennifer Eldredge Marro, from Ilion, NY, email , sent news. (modified August 15, 2001)

"I just wanted to send in a quick update of the Mike and Jenn Marro family. I got our yearbooks today...after explaining to our 11 year old daughter, Amanda, that we are not 'strange looking', I decided to get on the computer and update you all. Mike is still a NYSDOCS officer at the Marcy Facility. He still plays with Stevie Rigo. He is also practicing with Carmond Brickfield for the Jam Fest for reunion weekend. Mike is also coaching one of the Little League Girls Softball teams. Needless to say, he is just about always pretty busy. I have been lucky enough to be a stay at home mom for the past 2 years. I never thought I would like not being out there in the workforce, but this is the best job! I am very lucky! Amanda will be 11 on May 29. She is in 5th grade at Barringer Road. We can't believe that she will be graduating next year. She is into dance classes at Dee's, softball and has taken up the clarinet this year. Alexander will be 5 on August 8. He is graduating from the Universal Pre K program next month. He will be attending Barringer Road in the fall. He is just plain busy! All boy and we wouldn't have it any other way. Mike and I will be celebrating our 12th anniversary on May 26. Hard to believe we have been together since February 1985! 17 years! We are really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Mega Reunion. If anyone needs a place to stay, please don't hesitate to ask us! Take care and God Bless you all!" - Jenn

Lisa Wieliczka Simpkins, residence counselor, email , Ilion, NY, registered. (May 9, 2002)

Bethany Davis, email , Helsinki, Finland, signed the Guestbook. (May 9, 2002)

"Hi, everyone, and greetings from Finland! I am now working for Nokia on a two-year assignment based in Helsinki. I always wanted to love overseas but neverthought it would be here...but the country is beautiful and I am really enjoying it. If you find yourself in Finland (!) drop me a line! =) " - Beth

Dean Wilson, Supervisor, email , Ilion, NY, registered. (May 2, 2002)

J. Peter Thayer, reference librarian, email , from Williamstown, WV, sent news. (April 11, 2002)

"My wife and I just bought a house (our first) in Williamstown, West Virginia,right across the Ohio River from Marietta, Ohio (where we both work). Hope all you are doing well! Wish we could be at the reunion! I looked at the list of attendees and saw a lot of familiar names." - Peter

Renee Lyman, email , sent news. (March 25, 2002)

"hello. this is a pretty cool web site, i found it while looking for a real estate office to browse for a house in Ilion. I am a insurance agent, I work for a little Allstate agency in Utica. I got my property and casualty license about a year ago and I love it. I especially like the job security as we are all always going to need insurance. No, I did not party my life away, although occasionally i do love a good party. I have a son Jason, but everyone calls him Dewey and he is going to be 13 in June. I still hang out with Joanne Sickler who still lives in Ilion and has 2 kids of her own. At this point my email at home is, but the email at work is better because after working on a PC all day i don't ever go near the one at home. Anyhow, thats pretty much it, glad to see that a lot of people are doing well. see you at the reunion if not sooner around town."

Lynne Hendrix Robers, email , from Ilion, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 17, 2002)

Lori Madison Des Champs, email , from Virginia Beach, VA, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 9, 2002)

Debora Squire Cullen, email , from Rochester, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form. (March 3, 2002)

"Hi Everyone! Life is good in Rochester, NY! Anyone living in the area, give me a call! I'm happy to announce Peter and I adopted a beautiful little boy in January, 2001. His name is Matthew and he comes from Bogota, Colombia. We enjoyed two weeks in Bogota and are looking forward to going again. I am now a full time Mom after a brief stint as a second grade teacher. I hope to see you in October!" - Debora (March 3, 2002)

Connie Eddy Brown, email , Chadwicks, NY, registered. (February 21, 2002)

Robert Alexander, email , Ilion, NY, submitted the mega-reunion survey form.

(February 16, 2002)

Dana Schell, email , Ilion, Ny, registered. (February 7, 2002)

Suzanne Raux Treen, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, email , Ilion, NY, registered. (October 29, 2001)

Jennifer Eldredge Marro, from Ilion, NY, email , sent news. (modified August 15, 2001)

"Hello everyone! I just wanted to send you all an update of the Marro Family. Last September, the Census came to an end, and so did my career with them. :( It was the best job I have ever had, but now I am a stay at home mom and I love it! I just started a new career with Creative Memories. Between getting Amanda ready for 5th grade and Alexander ready for pre-K, scrap booking has become a new passion for me! If any of you are interested in scrap booking, drop me a line. Mike just had some minor surgery on his right carpal tunnel. He was injured at work last year and they finally fixed the nerve damage that was done to his hand last week. He was pretty worried that he would not be able to play again, but he says that his hand feels good enough to give it a try. Mike is featured on Stevie Rigo's latest CD. He wrote and plays keyboards on the CD. We are still on Barringer Road in good old Ilion and we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to call or stop in any time! We are in the book!." - Jenn

Dale Miller, Registered Nurse, from Longwood, FL., email , sent news

"Hi Everyone! We made the big move to Florida in January. It took a whole 2 hours to get offered several jobs. I currently manage a 60 bed sub-acute unit, with weekends off to hit the beach and relax! There's always something going on, no matter what day of the week it is. Orlando is just 15 minutes from me. Colleen works for the Hard Rock Corporation, and gets us free tickets to all the concerts, backstage passes too! I'm very happy to never shovel snow again!......" - Dale (modified July 1, 2001)

Todd Hagan , Florida, sent news. (May 30, 2001)

"Living in sunny Florida working in the fiberglass industry building boats and fiberglass parts. Fishing is great and beer is ice cold. Must be getting old because I work in my garden every day. Anyone coming to Fla. is more than welcome to get in touch with me if they would like to drink beer and catch big fish. Later."

Lisa Wieliczka Simpkins , res. councelor, email , Ilion, NY, registered. (April 27, 2001)

Kim Day DelGrego, Bookkeeper, email , Ilion, NY, registered. (modified July 14, 2001)

"Hi everyone. Larry & I are still living in Ilion and wouldn't be anywhere but!! We have been married now 11 years and have 3 children. Luke 10, Troy 7 and Paige 4. I work part time at Day & Scarafile Insurance in Ilion and Larry is an Ilion Fireman and runs the family owned gunsmithing business Larry DelGrego & Son. See you at the next reunion!!" - Kim

Patty Supry Cook, Speech Therapist, from Lake George, NY, sent news. (March 3, 2001)

" I'm alive and well with my four children and my husband Ron. I moved to the Lake George area in 83. Ron is a local boy that I married in 92. We have two daughters, Laura and Beth. We also have two sons, Justin and Jared. I'm currently working as a Speech Therapist, and am working on a Masters degree to be a Reading Specialist."

Eileen Kilty Hamlin, CPA, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (December 31, 2000)

Dana Carney Madigan, Family Business, email , from Ilion, NY, registerd. (July 17, 2000)

Craig Hartmann, email , from Ilion, NY, registered. (April 12, 2000)

"Hi Everyone, Moved back to Ilion from Alabama in Jan. Was working for a financial consulting firm based in Texas now back at Fleet. Engaged to get married this September to Mary Beth Earl, Class of '84. I have a 9 1/2 year old son, Steven and Mary Beth has a 9 1/2 year old son, Kyle. We are all excited about our future as a family. Would love to hear from old friends and classmates!" - Craig

Rose Gage Greig, Bank Auditor, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (Updated Jan 21, 2000)

"Just wanted to send a quick update to everyone who no longer lives here, in New York. Tonight it's expected to get about 15 degrees below zero and with the wind chill it sure feels a lot worse!!!! You know the coldness which bites at your nose and sends thuds of pain through your ears? The kind of night to make sure that you gas tank is definitely not on empty!!! I really wanted everyone in my class, who has moved south to know why exactly they did it!!! I did finally pass my Certified Internal Auditor exam and finally have the three initials CIA after my name. Our daughter (5) has started kindergarten at Remington. She can have quite the attitude, I haven't figured out where she got that from!!! Our son (3) has developed a liking to bake goods and chocolate, and I definitely know where he got that from!!! Laugh a lot and stay young!!! " - Rose Ann

J. Peter Thayer, reference librarian, email , from Marietta, OH, sent news for the Class of '85. (modified October 24, 1998)

"Hi, everyone! I just got married on October 16, 1999 to Ann Clark. Ann is an analytical chemist and originally from Pittsburgh. My old friends from the Class of '85 -- Beth Davis, Don Perna, and Chris Lynch Schaelgel -- were able to come to my wedding. I'm still working at Marietta College in Marietta, OH and I now live just across the Ohio River in Parkersburg, WV." - Peter

Dawn Dixon Thomas, email , from Ilion, NY, signed the Guest book. (April 18, 1999)

"I think this is a great idea and would like to her from classmates! I have a 9 year old son who is a computer wiz and he would love to respond! I am also very proud of my 6 year old daughter who is very busy! I have a teaching job at a local school and I can't wait for summer!!" - Dawn

Heather Favreau Vanicek, email , from Vernon, NY, registered in the directory. (February 14, 1999)

"Hi! I think this is great especially since I missed our 10 year reunion due to the fact that I delivered my second son, Owen, on June 15, 1995. Well, as you've noticed I'm married and have been for 7 years. We have two blond haired blue eyed boys (they take after their father) named Kyle who is 6 and Owen who is 3. We live in New Jersey in a small town that reminds me a lot of Ilion. After working in NYC as an Accountant for 3 years I decided to become a stay at home mom when I gave birth to my first son. My husband still works in NYC and makes the 3 hour combined commute every day. I now run my own small business called HAV Bookkeeping out of my home office so that I can still stay at home with my children. I would love to hear how everyone is doing. E-mail me and say hello!" - Heather

Sheila Curtin, Sales, email , from New York, NY, registered in the directory. (December 8, 1998)

Michele Warner Vandawalker, email , from Herkimer, NY, sent news for Classmates. (December 5, 1998)

"I was so excited when my husband, Bob, told me about this website! It's great to see what former classmates/friends are up to these days. Myself, after graduating from Cortland State with a BS in Education, I moved back to the area. I currently reside in Herkimer with my husband and two children Jared (age 4) and Caitlyn (age 2). I am the Program Coordinator/Social Worker for mentally disabled adults at Lexington Day Treatment Center. I would love to hear from you all! Happy Holidays." - Michele

Dawn Dixon Thomas, Special Education Teacher, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (October 16, 1998)

Jodi Denison, Finance Consultant, email , from Surprise, AZ, registered in the directory. (October 9, 1998)

"Hi! Just a quick update...I'm getting married October 17th! My fiance's name is Dean Oakley and he grew up here in Phoenix, AZ. Been busy planning the wedding! I guess it's about time I settle down...! I sing with the Scottsdale Chorus of Sweet Adelines International. We competed at International Competition in Nashville this past November. We placed third in the world! We just competed at Regional Competition last weekend, and won! That qualifies us for International in Sept. 2000, to be held in Orlando, FL! Very exciting!! Skied Heavenly at Lake Tahoe in February! Wow! The views were spectacular! I never imagined it would be so beautiful! Would love to hear from fellow IHS classmates! E-mail me sometime!" - Jodi (April 1, 1999)

"Hi! My brother, Mike, showed me the Web Site! I'm doing great! We're both living in the Desert now. Both of us work for Saturn of Glendale (the Car Company.) Mike is a Sales Manager & I'm in Finance. I had a house built a year ago, but my boyfriend, Dean, and I now realize it's much too small. Ugh! We'll be house hunting again soon; hopefully for the last time. Our parents will be visiting during November for Mike's "wedding ceremony." (He's already married, but they eloped so they're renewing their vows.) I'm competing at International Competition in Nashville with the Scottsdale chapter of Sweet Adelines. It's a barbershop chorus organization for women. I'd love to hear from old friends! E-mail me if you get the chance!" - Jodie (October 9, 1998)

Debora Squire Cullen, teacher, email , from Rochester, NY, registered in the directory. (September 18, 1998)

Tricia Esford Wayman, email , registered in the directory. (September 6, 1998)

Leslie Rogers Wereszczak, from Knoxville, TN, signed the Guest Book. (modifed email August 4, 2001)

"Hello to everyone! I'm a Southerner now. I married Andy Wereszczak in 1994 and we love it here in Knoxville. Andy works for the Oak Ridge National Lab and for 7 years I worked at the University of TN Veterinary College as a Vet Tech. I now have moved quite literally to greener pastures and manage a horse farm where I also ride and compete 3-day event horses. It seems I never outgrew the horse thing. I would love to hear from anyone." - Leslie

Erik Smith, Senior Sr. Programmer/Analyst, email , from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified Jan 30, 2000)

Kelly Prosser Schmidt, from Fulton, NY, signed the Guestbook. (modified March 12, 1999)

"I lived in Ilion for many years after graduation...... I have two beautiful girls, and I will always be grateful for that. Both have red hair, (Now there's a surprise!) Brittany is 7 and Taylor is 21 months. The kids and I moved to Fulton, NY in 1997 and I am finally putting my HCCC degree to use as an Occupational Therapy Assistant in Home Health Care. Eric and I met shortly after I moved here and we were married this past Valentine's Day. I would love to hear from classmates and I think this site is Fantastic! I can be reached at" - Kelly

strong>Bryan Greig, Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (March 11, 1998)

Cathrine LaFountain, tried the "Guess The Graduate" feature. (February 21, 1998)

Robert Powers, from Charlotte, NC, registered in the directory. (February 11, 1998)

"Hello - To everyone that remembers me and those that don't. It is very interesting to see where the IHS Alumni have ended up. Enjoying the quality of life that Charlotte, NC provides. Golfing year round and almost ready to challenge Ryan Kelly."

Bethany Davis Director, Workplace Strategy, from Oak Park, IL., email , registered in the directory. (modified April 26, 1999)

"This is such a great way to connect with other alumni in cyberspace! I love it! I am living in Chicago and work for Andersen Worldwide Global Real Estate Management group in Workplace Strategy (we don't have titles, so I made one up)...actually using the degrees I got at Cornell is '89 and '91. I've been pathetic about reunions, because my job has me traveling almost constantly (22 countries at last count), but I do get back to Ilion for holidays. Every once in a while I have a memory flash about an event at IHS, and I think back fondly. Thanks to all the teachers who really made an impact of me when I was in school...we never appreciate it when we're in the middle of it! Happy holidays to one and all!"

Peter Thayer, a Reference Librarian at Marietta College, from Marietta, OH, email , registered in the alumni directory. (December 18, 1997)

Cathy Brewer Elthorp, a Travel Agency Manager, from Ilion, NY, email , registered in the alumni directory. (modified December 1, 1998)

David Strafel, NC email , the second alumnus from the Class of 1985, to register in the alumni directory.

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