Ilion High School
Class of 1998
Digitized Class Yearbook....
Maybe 98 Maybe Not 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 and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror - Maybe 98 Maybe Not", are available on the 1998 Class Roster page. (added October 24, 2022).
Meet The Graduates.....
The list of 1998 graduates is now available.
1998 Mirror Dedication
The 1998 Mirror was dedicated in memory of 1997 IHS Alumnus, Jennifer Lynn Johnson. Jennifer passed away Tuesday, November 4, 1998, in Buffalo, as a result of injuries from an auto accident the Fall of 1997. Jennifer was born September 26, 1979, in Ilion, the daughter of Gene and Betty Fletcher Johnson. After her graduation from Ilion High School in June of 1998, Jennifer attended Herkimer County Community College.
Your class contact is Sarah (Delong) Warner - 14610 Meredith Ave, Omaha, NE 68116.
Class of 1998 - 10 Year Reunion Plans
The date of the class reunion has been set! The reunion will be held July 18-20. Events will begin Friday night and will run through Sunday afternoon. The formal dinner and dance will be held on Saturday July 19th. You can expect to receive your invitation/informational package in the March time frame. The packet will include and agenda for the weekend, prices, and response cards. I am still missing contact information for several of our classmates. If anyone can provide contact information and/or name changes for the people listed below please contact Sarah Delong Warner at email or 402-493-4581. Thank you for any help you can provide and I hope to see you all in July! Submitted by Sarah (Delong) Warner email. (Feb 9, 2008)
Billie-Jo Allen Katie Briggs Waltermire? Rob Charles Nate Clark Leo Crim Brad Darrow Chris Eckstrom Pat Ellis Brigette Harter Brian Hoyt Christy Janes Jeremy Jeck Leona Johnston Emir Kapo Carolinge Kennedy Lynnette Lynch Ed Mokhor Stephanie Sluyter Albert Smith Jason Thayer Michael Wildey
The Mark D. LaPoint - Memorial Scholarship was presented, in 2001 to Todd A. LaFountain.
The Brad Armstrong - Memorial Scholarship was presented, in 2001 to John C. Darrow.
Jeremy K Jeck IHS 1998, age 42, of Little Falls passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021 in Little Falls Hospital with his family by his side. He was born in Herkimer, New York on October 26, 1978, the son of the late Kenneth R. and Barbara Jean Osborn Jeck He attended Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1996. He was married to Danielle Patrick on November 1, 2015. Danielle passed away on May 26, 2019. Jeremy was employed the Parts Department at Carbone Auto Group for many years. He loved to fish, camp, be outside and going to car races with his children. Being a family man, he enjoyed being with his children and playing games or just hanging out with his kids as much as possible. Jeremy is survived by three sons, Kenneth Jeck of Vernon, Ryan Jeck of Cold Brook and Isiah Ackler of Herkimer; two daughters, Emily Jeck of Herkimer and Ionna Ackler of Little Falls; three brothers, Matthew Gushue of Ilion, Joshua Jeck of Syracuse and Derek DeRocco of Poland; two sisters, Heather Prior and her fiancé, Pete Downs of Cold Brook and Andrea Jones of Vernon; his paternal grandmother, Violet Jeck of Herkimer and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one daughter, Isabella Ackler on June 24, 2021. His funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, October 3, 2021 at 4:00 PM from the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort. Calling hours will be Sunday, October 3 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Jeremy's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (November 16, 2021- modified September 26,2022)
Jennifer R. Harris IHS 1998 40, of Herkimer, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday morning, April 30, 2020. She was Born to parents Gerald Edwin and Mary Jan (Hardy) Harris, on May 6, 1979, in Stoughton, Massachusetts. She was a graduate of Ilion High School, ‘Class of 1998'. After completing high school, she went on to graduate from Eastern Nazarene College, in Quincy, Massachusetts, later earning her Master's Degree in Special Education. She had worked at the House of Good Shepard for over nine years and most recently with Herkimer County BOCES as a Special Education Teacher, fulfilling her lifetime dream. Survivors include her mom and dad, Rev. Gerald and Jan Harris, of Ilion; her sisters, Barbara Fish (Bill) and Stephanie; her brother, Philip (Susan); her very special daughter, Natasha and she was mommy to Haidyn; her nieces, Abby, Angie, Scottia and Celia; nephew, Edwin; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. A private family funeral will be held at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort) and interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, in Herkimer, New York. The family would like to thank Dr. Kachare and Dr. Din for their compassion and care for Jennifer. Donations may be considered to Living Hope Church of the Nazarene, PO Box 366, Westmoreland, NY 13490 for Compassionate Ministries. An online memorial page has been established in honor of Jenn at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (315) 894-8000. There are no events scheduled. You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or planting a memorial tree in memory of Danielle Lawrence. (July 5, 2020)
Ilion Police Officer, Ryan Andrew Parks, husband of Leigh Ann (Bennett) Parks, was killed Saturday afternoon, July 10, 2004. Ryan's motorcycle was struck by a car operated by Deborah E. Rogers, age 41, of Richfield Springs. Rogers was driving without a license because of multiple drinking-and-driving convictions during the 1990s. Rogers failed to stop for a stop sign on Albany Road, swerved into Parks' lane and hit his motorcycle at about 3:45 p.m., on Saturday July 10. Rogers was charged with first-degree vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation. The DWI charge is a felony because Rogers had two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated, in 1995 and 1999.
Ryan Andrew Parks, age 35, of 177 Old Forge Road, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2004 at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. Ryan was born on January 14, 1969 in Herkimer, the son of Phillip and Merry Ann (Thompson) Parks. Ryan was a 1987 graduate of Herkimer High School and a 1989 graduate of Herkimer County Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice. On November 22, 2003, Ryan was united in marriage to the former Leigh Ann Bennett. Ryan was a police officer in Ilion for the past 10 years and was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church in Herkimer. Ryan was a DARE officer in Dolgeville and a member of the Ilion PBA. He was an avid boater, camper, snowmobiler and outdoors man. He enjoyed auto racing, especially the Indy 500, which he attended several times. He was active in catering dinners and fund raisers at the Ilion Elks and participated in The Relay for Life. Ryan loved and adored his family, especially his children. Ryan is survived by his loving wife, Leigh Ann, of Ilion; his mother and stepfather, Merry Ann and Larry Wright of Mohawk; his father, Phillip Parks of Herkimer; his son, Brandon Parks, and his daughter, Brianna Parks, both of Herkimer; a brother, P. Meade Parks and his wife Collette of Silverthorn, CO; two stepbrothers, David L. Wright and his wife Suzette of Ilion, and Daniel Wright of Mohawk; two sisters-in-law, Brooke and Nicole Bennett of Ilion; his mother-in-law, Cherri Hyer; his former wife and her husband, Sharon and Ron Edwards of Herkimer; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins, especially his Uncle Don, who was his inspiration for becoming a police officer. Ryan also leaves a multitude of friends and all his brothers in blue. Funeral services for Ryan will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 under the direction of Scott Hendrix and John Day at a time to be announced, with Father Paul Bailey and Father Walter Collins officiating. Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Enea Family Funeral Home, between Ilion and Frankfort. Local police agencies will gather at 6 p.m. at the funeral home to pay their respects. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the Ryan A. Parks Trust Fund, being established for his children. Arrangements are made by the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego Street, Ilion. (July 12, 2004)
Brad Michael Armstrong, age 19, of 43 Maple Place, Ilion, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 1, 2000. He was born in Herkimer July 22, 1980, the beloved son of Richard L. and Cindy A. (Lewis) Armstrong, and the sole brother of Brian R. Armstrong. Brad graduated from Ilion High School in 1998. Survivors include his loving mother and father, Richard and Cindy Armstrong, at home; his only brother, Brian, attending school at Ithaca College; his paternal grandmother, Martha Armstrong of Frankfort; maternal grandparents, Marie Leonis Hameister, and Harold and June Lewis of Ilion; great-grandmother, Dorothy Patterson (and Patty) of Ilion; his aunts and uncles, Sharon and Ronald Pizer of North Ilion, Barbara and Donald Lowell of Virginia, Daniel and David Lewis, Robert and Julie Lewis, and Donna (Lewis) and Raymond "Putt" Watson; and his cousins, Russell Elthorp, Sheryl McCumber, Scott J. Pizer, Brigette Harter, Justin, Kelsey and Tayler Lewis, Alexandria Watson, Deborah Kimball and Kevin Elthorp. He was predeceased by his great-grandfather, Edward Patterson, and his grandfather, Leland H. Armstrong in 1983.Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. at Applegate & Day Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, and 10 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation, where Father Joseph Benintende, pastor, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a new memorial scholarship fund being established in Brad's name at the Ilion High School. Donation envelopes are available at the funeral home. (January 5, 2000)
Mark D. LaPoint, 19, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 1998 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica. Mark was a member of the Ilion High School Class of 1998. He was the son of Daniel and Theresa Lane LaPoint. He is survived by his mother, Theresa and her fiancée Bob Perry, his sister and brother-in-law, Sandra and Andrew Davis, his brother, Jesse Perry, and his girlfriend, Kerri Smith. He was predeceased by his father, Daniel Lapoint, in April 1982. Funeral arrangements were by the Applegate & Day Funeral Home. (August 30, 1998)
Golden Bombers Buzz WebSite.....
Holly (Domina) Yardley, email, from Mohawk, NY, sent news. (June 8, 2008)
"My husband, Michael Yardley (96) welcomed our third son, Blake David, on May 9, 2008. He joins his brothers, Michael, age 3 and Matthew, age 1 at home. We are thrilled that our family is now complete and look forward to visiting with everyone at the class reunion." (June 8, 2008)
Teira Allen Davis, Mom, email, from West Winfield, NY, registered. (Dec 14, 2007)
Kathryn Sparrin Stewart, email from Martinez, GA, sent news. (Aug 19, 2007)
"I guess better late than never! My husband, Matt and I welcomed our first child, Genevieve Isabelle, October 26, 2006. At the time we were living in AZ and are now back in the state of Georgia. We have recently decided that Matt will be separating from the Army. I am currently pursuing my MBA in Fraud and Economic Crime Management through Utica College. I just completed my second semester and will be graduating next summer. We're hoping to settled somewhere in the south, possibly Charlotte, NC. take care!" - Kate
Antonette DeRocco Balcom, Minneapolis, MN, email, Married June 5th, 2004. (June 30, 2007)
Holly Domina Yardley, email, from Mohawk, NY, sent news. (June 26, 2007)
"My husband, Michael Yardley (96) and I welcomed our second son, Matthew Robert Yardley, on April 4, 2007. He joins his brother, Michael Joseph, age 2 at home. " (June 26, 2007)
Kristin Satterlee Frawley, email, Rome, NY, re-registered.(Dec 1, 2006)
Thomas George, Lenox Assistant Manager, email, from Frenchtown, NJ, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)
Jaclyn White McDowell, Human Resources, email, from Liverpool, NY, registered. (Sept 14, 2006)
"Hello to everyone!!! I thought that I would write to say 'hi' to everyone. Also, to let you know that was recently married. October 1, 2005. I married Cory McDowell(96). We currently reside in Liverpool, NY. I hope that everyone is doing well!"
Shannon Karpiak, NWGSolutions, email, from Charlottesville, VA, re-registered. (Sept 14, 2006)
Sarah Delong Warner, email from Omaha, NE, re-registered. (July 14, 2006)
"Hi everybody. I forgot all about this website. I finally remembered what a great site it can be so I thought I would come on and give you all an update. I am still living in Omaha, Nebraska. My husband (of 4 years) Damien Warner and I have been living here for 7 years now. We absolutely love it but miss all our family and friends back in NY. We are expecting our first child on July 15. We decide to keep the sex of the baby a secret so we will keep you posted after he or she arrives. We are looking forward to our new bundle of joys arrival although we wish we were closer to home to enjoy it with our loved ones. I am planning on staying at home with the baby and can not wait. Damien continues to excel in his job with First Data Corporation. He also continues to coach select youth baseball. I enjoy going to the games as well, it keeps us busy. God forbid if this child does not like baseball. Well I just wanted to give everyone a quick update and say hello.!"
"Also,as many of you are probably starting to realize we will be having our 10 year class reunion coming up in less than two years. I wanted to start getting ideas from everyone and addresses put together. So if you have any ideas or input please email them to me. I am wondering what time of year is good for everyone, if it is easier around a holiday or not, if we are interested in having a one time one day event or maybe a weekend of fun events, and what events anyone is interested in (I know I personally would like a tour of the school as I have not seen it since all the changes and additions). I would also appreciate it if you could please send me email addresses or physical addresses for anyone in our class that you may still keep in contact with so that I can begin to compile a list for the invitations. Thanks for all your help. Hope everyone is doing well. Take care." Sarah
Sandy Dye Roberts, Math Teacher, email from Leonardsville, NY, re-registered. (July 14, 2006)
Casey Boulia Mayuri-Robles, Student/mother of 2, email registered. (July 14, 2006)
Michelle Cormia Cormier, Singer/Songwriter, email from Ilion, NY, registered. (July 14, 2006)
Jaime Schulze Teachout, student, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (Feb 28, 2006)
Kate Donahue, Speech-Language Pathologist, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (Jan 7, 2006)
Kyle Canipe, email, from Harrisonburg, VA, registered. (Jan 7, 2006)
Andrew Lamica, email, from Rockford, IL, sent news. (Sept 19, 2005)
"i was working loss prevention for Ron Jons surf shop and dillards dept stores in cocoa beach Florida but i left there to take a job with the t.j.max co. im working loss prevention in one of there dept stores called Marshells. i work in chicago,and rockford Illinois, also in Madison and milwaukee wisconsin. i deal with retail theft and internal theft. its a crazy job.. when u think you ve seen it all , something else happens that blows your mind. like where did these people come from. well hope all is well. take care and feel free to drop me an E-mail any time."
Jim Mergenthaler, Mortgage Broker/Realtor at www.overcmortgages.com, email, from Davenport, FL, registered. (Sept 10, 2005)
Amanda Bullis, Management, email, from Kew Gardens, NY re-registered. (August 3, 2005)
Holly Domina Yardley, email, from Mohawk, NY, sent news. (April 25, 2005)
"My husband Michael Yardley (96) and I welcomed our first child, Michael Joseph on February 18, 2005. He weighed 7 lbs. 4 1/2 ounces and was 21 inches at birth. We are all doing well and enjoying our beautiful little boy!" (April 25, 2005)
Rachel Noti Mathy, residence counsler, email, from Mohawk, NY, registered. (Feb 20, 2005)
Kathryn Sparrin Stewart, email, Fort Benning, GA, sent news. (December 1, 2004)
"I hope everything is going well, and everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. Things here are quite hectic in Georgia as my husband, Matt, is getting ready to spend 12+ months in Iraq sometime after the new year. Look forward to hearing from you all!"
John Stemmer, email, Herkimer, NY, sent news. (October 4, 2004)
"I regret to inform the company that I am no longer dating. :-( It is okay. However I met this awesome person from Australia. "Lovely Accent You Got there...NEW JERSEY?"-"Oh, Austria? Well...G'Day Mate! Throw another Shrimp on the barbie". Dumb and Dumber. Would you expect anything less from me? I mean seriously. I am still working at Wal-Mart. But look for a mail in survey in The Evening Telegram. Brandon Yero, Leo Crim and I are seriously considering opening up a comic book shop in the area. Hopefully we'll be able to make it. In other news I got a taste of the city...took a train trip down to NYC for the day. Dropped my lil bro off to College. I tell ya' I BELONG there. But, hey...I'm still young and I can wait...plus it is MAJOR LEAGUE expensive to live down there. But, once you take it all in. The hustle and the bustle...there is something that draws me into it. (And hey, I wouldn't really be a STAND-UP if I didn't live down there). Future...what does it hold for me? Any who, that's basically it from my side of the fence. Have a good day everybody!."
Stephanie Sluyter, CSR, email, Ilion, NY, registered. (September 6, 2004)
Carrie Stanek, email, Chicago, IL, re-registered. (Feb 19, 2004)
Antonette DeRocco, from North Colorado Springs, CO, sent news. (Jan 24,2004)
"Just wanted to check out this website and add my posting. I'm currently living in CO and am engaged to marry 1st LT David Balcom of Chicago, IL in June of 2004. I'm studying Biochemistry at the University of Colorado after graduating in 2000 from HCCC. David is a 2001 graduate of West Point(USMA)and is currently serving with the 1-8 INF in Iraq. If you would like to contact me, please do so at the email address provided."
Jason Champagne, military email, from Ft. Cambell, KY, registered. (November 24, 2003)
Holly Domina Yardley, email, from Mohawk, NY, re-registered. (November 13, 2003)
"I am currently teaching high school English at Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville. I was married to Mike Yardley (96) on August 3, 2002. We recently bought a house in Mohawk and got a puppy. We are looking forward to having a family in the future. I'd like to know who's interested in a 5 year reunion. Keep in touch." (November 13, 2003)
Cassandra Van Gorder, Phlebotomy, email, from Herkimer, NY, registered. (September 29, 2003)
Todd LaMondie, Direct Billing Coordinator, email, from Utica, NY, registered. (July 13, 2003)
Brian Miller, IT Director, from Parkton, MD, email, re-registered. (April 10, 2003)
Katie Briggs Waltermire, email, from North Chili, NY, sent news. (February 9, 2003)
"I just got married in October of 2002. I am currently working as a HHA and going to Roberts Wesleyann College to get my BA in Nursing."
Kathryn Sparrin Stewart, email, Columbus, GA, re-registered. (Jan 9, 2003)
Shauna Williams, grad student, email, from Alfred Station, NY, re-registered. (September 21, 2002)
Jennifer Harris, teacher, email, Durham, NC, registered. (August 27, 2002)
Rebecca King, web designer/editor, email, Utica, NY, is registered. (June 12, 2002)
Thomas Shepherd, Lexus Service Consultant, email, from Tempe, AZ, re-registered. (modified July 7, 2002)
Shannon Karpiak, from Ilion, NY, submitted the reunion survey. (March 20, 2002)
Scott Silverman, customer service, email, Albany, NY, registered. (February 1, 2002)
Brandon Crossway, Certified Nursing Assistant, email, Winchester/Harrisonburg VA, sent news. (September 17, 2001)
"Hello all, I'm about to work on my second CD with the band Mooch. I also work full time as a nursing assistant. Check out Moochsite.com!"
Rich Bowman, Pharmacy Technician, Student, email, Ilion NY, registered. (July 21, 2001)
Shauna Williams, student, email, from Alfred, NY, sent news. (June 21, 2001)
"Hi everyone! My brother is graduating this year and it's made made me reminiscent of high school. I'm still at Alfred University with one more year to go for my undergrad degree. I'm checking out grad schools and thinking about pursuing a Dr. degree! I'm still with Cory (3 yrs. in Sept.) and he'll be finishing school the same time as me. Feel free to drop me a line anytime!"
Kate Manion, Student, email, from Ilion, NY, sent news. (May 23, 2001)
"Hey class of 98, Hope you all are hanging in there. I'm currently attending MVCC to become an Elementary Teacher, I do a lot of substituting at our old high school which is weird since things are so different. I have a one year old son named Alex and I plan on moving down south when I finish college. Hope to see everyone again, keep it real."
Jim Mergenthaler, Entertainer, Orlando, FL, registered. (March 5, 2001)
"Hey y'all,just wanted to say hi to everybody. I'm currently continuing college down here in Orlando, while working for Disney, Universal Studios, and being a full-time Knight at Medieval Times. I also do stunts in TV and film, but nothing you would have heard of yet. I would love to hear from ya so write me...." - Merg
Katie Briggs, CNA/student, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (December 16, 2000)
Jaclyn White , Student, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (June 14, 2000)
Thomas Shepherd III, Student, Tempe, AZ, registered. (modified November 26, 2000)
"Hello everybody...I am in my 4th semester at HCCC...and graduating this May, and transferring to Arizona State University...I'm moving out to Tempe, AZ in July 2000. Well, Good Luck to you all...Peace!!!" Tom
John Pickett, Ft Bragg, NC, email, signed the Guest Book. (March 21, 2000)
"Just wanted to check in and say hello and for those who care the army life has done wonders for me. Currently i just got back from a 2 week trip to Europe and now I'm trying to get my sky diving certification. Well I wish everyone the best of luck and I hope to here from some of you soon." - John
Holly Domina, email, from Herkimer, NY, sent news. (modified March 3, 2000)
"Hi Everyone, I have exciting news that I wanted to share with all of you! I got engaged to Michael Yardley ('96) this past weekend(October 21)!!!!!! We are both very excited and looking forward to a wonderful future together. Mike and I have been living in Herkimer since July. We are planning to get married August 10, 2002 but that is not set in stone. I hope all is well with everyone. Can't wait to hear from all of you!! Love Ya Holls:)" (August 20, 2000)
Shannon Karpiak, Ilion, NY, signed the Guest Book. (February 3, 2000)
"HI EVERYBODY! This is a pretty cool site. Just to let the interested people know I'm still going strong and attending Oneonta State for English and Secondary Education. Maybe I'll be teaching your children someday. Scary thought for the people that know me! My door is always open out here. Feel free to get a hold of me. Let's everyone take care of themselves and realize that life is too precious to cut it short! Peace and Love to all!" - Shannon
Michelle Frye, Ilion, NY, email, signed the Guest Book. (November 4, 1999)
"I love this site!!! It's nice to see some pictures from the past and hear from all the old alumni!! Hello to all of my friends, I love you all." - Michelle
Libby Benson, Ilion, NY, email, signed the Guest Book. (November 4, 1999)
Timothy Moynihan, Student/DJ, from Herkimer, NY, registered. (June 7, 1999)
Heather Burger, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (November 27, 1998)
Sandra Dye, student, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified March 6, 2000)
Kristin Satterlee, student, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (October 27, 1998)
Kelly Fischer, student, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified Feb 12, 2000)
"Hello everyone. I hope everyone is doing well. I am currently going to HCCC for the rest of this year and then I will be going to St. Elizabeth's school of nursing in Fall 99. I wish everyone the best of luck keep in touch. Rachael McCaw gave birth to a beautiful baby boy on September 24, 1998. God Bless." - Kel
Jessica Steele, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (September 4, 1998)
Pete Short, email, from Rochester, NY, registered in the directory. (September 1, 1998)
Jason Denicola, GPN/LPN, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory. (modified July 14, 2001)
John Short, email, from Ilion, NY, registered in the directory.
"Hello everyone!" -John (modified July 27, 2001)