Ilion High School

Class of 1994

Alumni News

1994 Ilion Yearbook


Digitized Class Yearbook....

[9]4 Behind Closed Doors Mirror from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 26, 2021)


Class Roster....

Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1994", are available on the 1994 Class Roster page. (added September 25, 2022).



Mr. Todd J. Stephenson, "Swany", IHS 1994 47, of Ithaca and formerly of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 in Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. He was born in Ilion on February 25, 1975, the son of the late Jeffrey E. and Nancy Brown Stephenson. He attended and graduated from Ilion High School and went on to Herkimer Community College where he obtained his Degree in Business. Swany was Owner and Operator of his family business, Swan Pools for his entire career until his retirement in 2019. Swany was very dedicated to Swan Pools, the pool business, and everyone associated, past and present. The customers meant everything to him. Swany enjoyed going to Giants football games with his son. He enjoyed hiking and seeing waterfalls. He also enjoyed going to see his all time favorite band, "Phish" and being around friends and family. Swany will be dearly missed and in our hearts forever. He is survived by two sons, Colin "Swany" Stephenson of Ilion and Xavier Schafer of Maryland and one sister, Tonya Stephenson and Susan of Albany. He was predeceased by his infant sister, Lynn. Swany is also survived by a very special person in his life, Dana DiRienzo and his goddaughter, Taylor DiRienzo of Ilion. Swany's friends held a special place in his heart, Jeremy, Matt, Timmy, Billy and Rupert and other friends that meant the world to him. Calling hours for Swany will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 4-6 PM in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Interment will take place in Armory Hill Cemetery. To leave condolences for Swany's family, please visit (September 20, 2022)


Ilion High School Class of 1994 - Valedictorian Thomas Jennings

Thomas Michael Jennings, IHS Valedictorian 1994, age 45, passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021 after a courageous battle with cancer with the love and support of his family by his side. Born on August 27, 1976 in Rome, Thomas was the son of Thomasine (Zieno) Jennings and the late Frank W. Jennings. Thomas was the valedictorian of the Class of 1994 when he graduated from Ilion High School. He began his college education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1994-2000 where he received three Bachelors of Science degrees in Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science, all Summa Cum Laude as well as his Master of Science in Physics in May 2000. Thomas then went on to pursue his Doctorate in Physics at MIT in Cambridge, MA from 2000-2003. Prior to completion of his Doctorate at MIT, and after much self reflection,considering his true desires for his future career path, Tom made the difficult yet courageous decision to change his major and university. He worked hard for another 3 years, and in 2006, earned himself yet another Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana. In addition, he attended Ivy Tech State College earning a degree in welding. Thomas also had his Private Pilot's license, his FAA Mechanic Certificate with Air Frame and Power Plant ratings, which he had partly earned from MVCC. He also was current with his IA, Inspector Authorization from the FAA. He was a member of the Air Craft Electronics Association and also had been certificated in Machining. Thomas spent his career from 2007-present as a full time Professor at Mohawk Valley Community College in Rome in the Aviation Maintenance Technology department. He was a passionate, dedicated and inspiring educator and role model to all of his students, passing on his wealth of knowledge he had earned to so many throughout his career. On December 26, 2014 Thomas married the love of his life, Jacqueline Scranton. They raised three beautiful children together. In 2018, he finalized his step parent adoption of Rocco as his own son. Tyrus, whom Thomas lovingly stepped in to raise since birth, is at present awaiting finalization of the step parent adoption that Tom had initiated earlier this year. Upon learning of his serious diagnosis in August of this year, Tom, was passionate and determined. He placed nearly all of his focus on completing Tyrus' adoption before his passing. Although the process is still ongoing, Tom, being the most incredibly selfless man most will ever know, was afforded untold relief and immense peace of mind when earlier this month he learned that his passing would not cause the adoption proceedings to cease. Tom also had numerous hobbies that kept him busy. His personal aircraft, a 1977 Cessna 172N, was his most cherished long time project. He was actively studying and working toward a future side career in Avionics that he had envisioned someday starting at Griffiss. He often enjoyed visiting his childhood camp on Chenango Lake with his wife and children, as well as working on renovations to the camp. Tom also enjoyed running often and weight lifting and could always be found learning and implementing skills in areas such as electrical code, auto mechanics, construction and renovations. Tom was nothing short of brilliant with an astonishing talent for teaching everyone around him in ways that allowed so many to discover their own abilities to learn as they had never before. Tom will be sorely missed by his family, friends, beloved colleagues at MVCC as well as the many former students he was grateful to have taught. Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline; his three children whom he cherished, Rocco (14), Tyrus (7), and Viviana (5); his mother, Thomasine; sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth Jennings, DO and Thomas Dispenza,MD; as well as six nieces and three nephews. Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 21 from 2:00-4:00 at the Barry Funeral Home 807 W. Chestnut St. Rome, NY 13440, Internment will take place at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to and under the direction of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., llion. (November 19, 2021)


Elizabeth Ann Richards, IHS 1994, age 42 of Ilion passed away unexpectedly, on Wednesday November 15, 2017 at Faxton-St. Luke's in New Hartford. Elizabeth was born on July 23, 1975 in Ilion. She was the daughter of Robert and Sandra (Ames) Richards. She was a graduate of Ilion schools and worked as a teacher's aide at Barringer Rd. Elementary School in Ilion. Elizabeth was a member of Annunciation Church in Ilion. One of Elizabeth's joys was her nieces and nephews, who she always supported and was their biggest cheerleader. Elizabeth is survived by her mother Sandy, with whom she lived; a brother Robert and his wife Jennifer of Ilion; two sisters Kathy Richards-Roberts and her husband Joe of Frankfort and Karen Richards-Franco and her husband Anthony of Mohawk. She also leaves her 7 nieces and nephews Joshua and Kaylee Roberts, Derek, Anthony and LeeAnne Franco, Theresa Morris and Hailey Loucks-Richards. Her God parents Steve and Nancy Hoffman and God child Jason LaPorta, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves her K-9 companion Bella. Elizabeth is predeceased by her father Robert, who passed away on August 8, 1996. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday November 21, 2017 at 10:30 am at Annunciation Church in Ilion, Fr. Paul Catena will officiate, and interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Friends and family may call on Monday November 20 from 4 to 7 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Friend are asked to please consider memorial donations in Elizabeth's name to, either the Ilion Ambulance or the American Heart Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. To send an online condolence please go to (December 15, 2017)


Kelley Marie Crookes, IHS 1994, age 41 of Ilion, passed away on Saturday September 30, 2017 at Albany Medical Center, after a brief illness. Kelley was born on November 19, 1975, in Herkimer. She was the daughter of Albert "Skip" and Joan (Reed) Crookes. She was a 1994 graduate of Ilion Schools and she also attended Bryant and Stratton College and Jet Blue University. Kelley worked as a ticket agent and airline concierge for Jet Blue in Hyannas, MA. Prior to that she worked for 4 years for APAC as a HR receptionist. Kelley was one of the first female members of the Ilion Elks Lodge # 1444. Kelley is survived by her father Skip, her sister Kristin Ann Klein and her niece Olivia, all of Ilion. Aunts and uncles; Pearl Zagurski, Debbie Donahue, Dianne Reed, Priscilla and Jim Wildey, Donald and Donna Crookes and David and Maureen Crookes. She also leaves many beloved cousins and special friends. Kelley is predeceased by her grandparents and her mother Joan, who passed away in February. In keeping with Kelley's wishes there are no public calling hours or service. There will be a celebration of Kelley's life at Ilion Elks's Lodge #1444 on Sunday, October 29, 2017, at 2pm. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to (Octobr 6, 2017)


Class of 1994 - 20 Year Reunion ....

We will be holding our 20 year IHS Class Reunion on July 19, 2014 at Francesca's Banquet Hall in Ilion. This will also be the same weekend as the Doo Dah parade. Tickets can be purchsed online at - Please use PayPal when purchasing tickets.

For more information, classmates can visit our group on Facebook - Ilion High School Class of '94 or email (October 12, 2013)


1994 Facebook Group....

Note - This is a Closed Facebook group which means only someone with a Facebook account AND membership in the group can see the group, its members and their posts. You must have a Facebook account to join the group. Alumni without a Facebook account will not be able to see any of the posts.

Administrators of the group are Lisa Keddell Root, Gina Tyner Prego, and Kristen Simonette Messmore. (December 27, 2014)


Web Site News......

Thomas Jennings, was the Official Home Page Class Editor for the Class of 1994. Tom moved his version of the page to in 2005. Sadly, Tom passed away on Monday, November 15, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. His 1994 page, which was last updated on March 5, 2005, has been saved on our alumni site as a pdf file. Other links on that page have also been saved as pdf files. They include Memorium file and the 34 page memory book file. (November 19, 2021)


Class of 1994 - 10 Year Reunion ....

Laurie Beadle Erdmann and Kristen Simonette Messmore organized the Class of 1994 - 10 year reunion. If anyone has information regarding addresses of classmates they may email Kristen or call Kristen at 757-417-3960 or call Laurie at 315-668-9062. We'll post more information as it develops. (November 24, 2003)


Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite.....

Terra Moore, Sysop, from Ilion, NY, email, re-registered. (Oct 23, 2009)

Kimberly Williams Legg, Stay at home mom, email, Virginia Beach, VA, re-registered. (Aug 15, 2008)

"Hello everyone. I am married and currently living in Virginia beach. I have three handsome boys....Jimmy (10)..Tanner(7)....Bryce(4) My husband is a LtJG in the Navy and because of his job we have been to London England, Pensacola,Fl, Newport,RI, Brockport, NY and of course in VA."

Sabrina Beach, email, Webster, NY, re-registered. (Feb 15, 2007)

Michael Wright, Probation Officer, from North Syracuse, NY, email, re-registered. (Dec 6, 2006)

Kathryn Morse, Health Inspector, from Geneva, NY, email, re-registered. (Dec 6, 2006)

Heidi Austin Pettengill, Secretary, from Ilion, NY, email, registered. (July 14, 2006)

Corrie Carvin Carroll, Education, email, from Grady, AL, registered in the directory. (May 18, 2006)

Sabrina Beach, Rochester, NY, sent news. (Sept 10, 2005)

"Hello class of '94! Wow, has caught up in a big way! Olivia and I (you may have met her if you went to the reunion) are still going strong. We're in the market for a home (finally!) and should be buying in the next year. Work is going well. I returned to Frontier Communications and am now a Programmer Analyst. I work on both internal and external websites and get to work with a variety of technologies. We've lost two programmers in the past two months, so the rest of us who are left have been trying to manage the extra workload without going crazy. (Not happening!) To help with the stress, I've become a hooker. Seriously. No, not that kind of hooker. I started playing rugby again, and the position I play is called 'hooker.' Geez...get your minds out of the gutter! Sadly, I badly injured my back and have been in physical therapy since. I'm getting stronger every day, though, and plan to be back on the pitch (that's what we call our playing field) by the time we have our first home game in September. I also have my own small craft biz. I make chain mail goodies and just wrapped up my first (and, possibly, final!) season at the Renaissance Faire in Sterling, NY. I'll return if I can find another vendor to partner with, as I simply cannot afford the booth fees. And, um...that's life since November '04 in a nutshell. The word of the year is 'BUSY.' "

Ryan Lane, Corporate Sales Manager, email, from Coxsackie, NY, re-registered. (October 4, 2004)

Thomas M. Jennings - Class Home Page Editor, email, is once again maintaining the class site. Check out Tom's 1994 page for additional information on the Class of 1994. (June 3, 2004)

Tanya Bouck Ingraham, stay at home mom, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Jan 24, 2004)

"Hey! Everyone from the class of "94". I've been married about a year and a half to Duane Ingraham( Dewey). Yes, the same guy I've been with since 10th grade. We are very happy and we have 2 beautiful children, Ashley 9yrs old( I was 6 months pregnant when we all graduated)and Shiann who is 3yrs old. Hope all is well with everyone!"

Robert Gregg, runs the top alternative transportations company in the USA( Relay Transporttation Inc), email, Kissimmee, FL, re-registered. (Jan 5, 2004)

Kristen Simonette Messmore, email, from Virginia Beach, VA, re-registered. (November 13, 2003)

"My friends and I are also trying to figure out who is in charge, if anyone, of our 10 year class reunion which will happen next year. Is there anyway for me to find out this information?"

Stacey Case, from Jordanville, NY, email, sent news. (July 13, 2003)

"HI! I am living outside of Mohawk in the country, I am a stay at home mom raising my three beautiful children. Their Dad and I have been together for 8 wonderful (most of the time!)LOL years!! I am also attending college full time to finish up my degree to become a teacher!! How exciting!!" (June16, 2003)

Josh Freddoso, Project Manager, from Latham, NY, email, re-registered. (April 3, 2003)

John Springer, Manufacturing, Methods and Developmental Engineer, email, from Vernon, CT, re-registered. (March 3, 2003)

Julie Kowalczik, Doctor of Pharmacy, email, from Vernon, CT, registered in the directory. (September 30, 2002)

Mandy Morse Knowles, email, Ilion, NY, signed the guestbook. (September 6, 2002)

Tom Higgins, Engineer, email, Essex Junction, VT, re-registered. (September 4, 2002)

Wendy Everson, restaurant manager, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (July 18, 2002)


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