Ilion High School
Class of 1950
Digitized Class Yearbook....
Mirror 1950 from the New York Heritage digital Ilion Free Public Library Yearbooks collection. Link opens in new browser tab. (added March 24, 2021)
Now everything you wanted to know about the IHS Class of 1950 is at your fingertips....as published in the 1950 Mirror Class History.
Class Roster, Officers and Honor Students, as published in the "The Mirror 1950", are available on the 1950 Class Roster page. (added February 17, 2022).
Class Historical Newspaper Articles....
Newspaper articles about the IHS Class of 1950 (added March 10, 2021)
Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of surviving members of the IHS Class of 1950 is in the Classmate Directory. (Modified October 3, 1999)
1950 Class Album....
Thank you to Jane Russell Nile for sharing some photographs from her photo album. Take a trip down memory lane with the Class of 1950. First Published (August 1, 1998) (Updated October 25, 2014)
Class of 1950's 63rd Reunion Sept 2013....
Jane Nile '50 sent reunion plans - We are having a 63rd REUNION Dinner On September 28,2013 at The Waterfront Grille - Herkimer NY.
Class of 1950 - Reunion September 2012....
'We gathered at the Waterfront Grille on the 29th. It was our 62nd and everyone seemed to enjoy seeing each other. The alumni who attended were Frank Callahan, Katherine Colliton Taylor, Terry Crandall, Marion Gettle Becker, Carol Hathaway Sweeney, Helen Pezdek Anthaume, Tom Pierce, Gloria Primmar Watts, Sylvia Reed Bulson, Jane Russell Nile, Fran Sanders Streeter, Maxine Smith Palczynski, JoAnn Wilson Nunneker and Verna Fifield Vandawalker. We had 14 and that was great along with around 10 spouses. The class of 1950 had 90 members, of which 40 are no longer with us. We read the list of those who have passed on and sang "Til We Meet Again and the IHS Alma Mater.' As reported by Jane Russell Nile (October 7, 2012)
Class of 1950 - 59th Reunion....
JoAnn Wilson Nunneker sent reunion plans
WE ARE HAVING A 59TH REUNION ON JULY 25TH AT THE HOME OF THOMAS PIERCE. CONTACTS are:
WE ARE LOOKING FOR --- DORIS WHEELER FAULKNER, ROBERT ANDREWS, THOMAS NELSON.
Class of 1950 commissions painting.....
The Class of 1950 commissioned local artist and Ilion Class of 1951 Alumnus, Jim Parker, to create a painting of Ilion High School as it would have appeared in 1950. The painting was commissioned for the 50th reunion of the Class of 1950. Depicted in the painting are period vehicles and each of the 82 classmates, appearing in clothing styles of the era. The high school band is also shown. Proceeds from sales of the print will benefit the reunion fund and a scholarship fund. (Updated October 25, 2014)
The Class 50th Year Reunion.....
It's finally here... see the Group Photograph from the 50th Year Reunion Celebration. (November 27, 2000)
The Class 50th Year Reunion Schedule....
Thursday September 28 there will be a beer and pizza blast at Thurston's in Frankfort at 7:00 PM for all those who wish to attend. Friday during the day we hope to play a little golf in the morning. A Remington Arms and High School tours are also planned for Friday. In the evening there will be the Cocktail party at the Ilion Little Theater Club. Saturday morning a little tennis is planned. Saturday afternoon, the plan will be to attend a Bombers football game. Due to league realignment the Ilion schedule is not yet known. Fran and Terry are in contact with Bob Turley, Ilion H S Athletic Director. Bob will advise them when the schedule is known. Saturday night the big event (Dinner-Dance) will be held at the Holiday Inn in New Hartford.
At this time we have heard from 46 classmates who plan to attend the reunion. Thirty-five classmates will be bringing their spouses. We have yet to hear from 11.
The cost of the reunion will be (Plan "A") $92.50 per person for those who would be attending the beer and pizza blast and (Plan "B") $85.00 per for those who would not be going to the blast. The cost would include the Dinner-Dance, Cocktail party, Ilion H.S. class of 1950 sweat shirt, a commemorative drinking glass and refreshments at the hospitality suite. The Beer and Pizza party would be optional, we understand some might not be able to attend.
Because we are in need up front money for deposit etc. we would appreciate sending in deposits as soon as possible. We are requesting $50.00 per person as a deposit and the balance to be paid by September 1, 2000. Make the check or money order out to Class of 1950 and mail it to Jo Ann Nunneker 61 John St. Ilion, NY 13357 with the registration form included with the newsletter.
John (Barney) Conway, Coordinator
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS (May 9, 2000)
50th Reunion in the Year 2000.....
Several members of the Class of 1950 have been trying to find the rest of the class, their current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses in preparation for the 50th reunion in 2000. Please send all correspondence to Jane Nile. (Updated July 14, 2004)
Can anyone help us locate the following people:
James Lee Schaepe - IHS 1950 - Physician
IHS 1950 alumnus, Dr. James Schaepe, was among the graduates who pursued a career in medicine and was added to the feature Alumni Physicians. His education, career and family background were published as IHS Class of 1950 James Lee Schaepe, M. D. (March 9, 2021)
Richard James LeFever - IHS 1950 - Pharmacist
IHS 1950 alumnus, Richard 'Dick' LeFever, was among the graduates who pursued a career in pharmacy and were featured in the November 2020 Cover Story. His education, career and obituary were published as Richard James LeFever - IHS 1950 - Pharmacist. (November 28, 2020)
Mary Katherine (Fay) May, IHS 1950, Mary F. May (Mary Katherine May) May 16, 1932 – February 3, 2021. Frankfort - Mary "Cotty" Fay May, 89, of Frankfort, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022, at Little Falls Hospital, surrounded by her family. Born May 16, 1932, in Ilion, NY to Elvin "Duke" Fay and Mary (Phillips) Fay. She married Calvin A. May, Jr on August 30th, 1952. She was a resident of the Mohawk Valley for the majority of her life. Mary was raised in a tight-knit family and community in Ilion, NY and started working at an early age at her Uncle Earl Phillip’s well-known restaurant in the Ilion Gorge, the Black and White. In her early years she was involved in the Girl Scouts, in her teens she became a sister of the Order of the Eastern Star Valley Chapter #82, in which she served over 70 years as a member. She married Calvin a few years after high school, when he returned home from his Army Service in Korea. In later years, she served alongside her husband in many community and volunteer programs. She moved into the senior community at Streamside Manor in Frankfort, NY, over 20 years ago and was valued and respected among the residents as a friend and neighbor. Mary focused much of her life on raising her family and caring for others, most often with her skills in cooking and crafting. She learned to knit when she was in the Girl Scouts and what started as a badge sparked a life-long love of crafting with thread, yarn, and many other mediums. She enjoyed creating for her family, friends, good causes, and countless babies throughout her life. She began cooking with her family as a young adult when her mother would work at the restaurant in the evenings, and that act of caring for her loved ones with food began a career in the kitchen. She worked at the Black and White until her marriage, then returned to the workforce when her children had grown, she worked in kitchens for a variety of institutions. She often cooked for her neighbors and friends in the apartment building. She kept recipes in her head, as well as scribbled on many scraps of paper, note pads, index cards, the backs of used envelopes, and even receipts. She was also a card shark and loved to pass the time with family and friends by playing card games of any kind, a favorite in recent years being a rummy- style 10-round game called 3-13. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, her brother John Fay, and son in law Jeffrey "Duff" Morey. She is survived by her children Jacqueline Morey of Fulton, NY; Kevin and wife Debbie May of Centreville, VA; Richard and wife Barbara May of Bennett, CO; Elvin "Duke" May and wife Susan of Dolgeville, NY; Christine Green and husband John of Napanoch, NY; her grandchildren Joshua May and wife Joela, David May and wife Kim, Chad Morey and wife Beth, Brandon Morey and wife Devon, Jessica Green and wife Meesh, Michael May and wife Emily, Matthew May and wife Michele, Erica Davies and husband Sam. She was a devoted and doting great grandmother to her 11 great grandchildren, Jocelyn, Jessica, Kane, Mac, Tessa, Eliana, Gage, Harmony, Colton, Jasper and Haydence. She is also survived by her sister Ernestine and husband Bob Johnson, her brothers-in-law Bob and wife MaryAnn May, and John and wife Ellen May, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 9-10:30 am in the Whiter- Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. An Eastern Star service will follow at 10:30 am, followed by a regular service at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Coffee and refreshments will be served immediately after services at the Masonic Temple. Masks are required at both locations. Interment will take place with her beloved husband later in the Spring in Mountain View Memorial Gardens in Little Falls. To leave condolences for Mary's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (February 8, 2022)
Mrs. Jo Ann (Wilson) Nunneker, IHS 1950, age 89, of Ilion, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2021 at her home with her loving family by her side. Jo Ann was born on June 4, 1932 in Utica, the daughter of the late Frank and Jean Roberts Wilson. She grew up in the West Hill area of Ilion, attended Ilion schools and graduated with the class of 1950. She was married to her high school sweetheart, Robert K. Nunneker on June 20, 1953 in Ilion. The two shared a blessed union until Robert's passing on October 29, 1987. She was employed as a teller with Marine Midland Bank in Ilion for many years until her retirement in 1994. She was a member of the Order of the Evening Star and the Mohawk American Legion. She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Ilion, taking leadership roles in the church choir, vestry, altar guild, harvest dinners and rummage sales. Jo Ann had a passion for travel, and during her retirement, enjoyed trips to France, England, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, and Hawaii. She documented her experiences by saving volumes of photographs, ticket stubs, itineraries, and other various souvenirs. She also took special pleasure in taking trips to local Adirondack Park destinations including Bald Mountain in Old Forge and Limekiln Lake State Park. A long time resident of John Street in Ilion, Jo Ann cherished the view from her front porch. She filled her garden with climbing roses, raspberries and Rose of Sharon, and kept the bird feeders full for her favorite cardinals and blue jays. She is survived by her four beloved children, Jill Marhaver of Apple Valley, MN, R. Cory and Rita Nunneker of Sharpsburg, GA, H. Scott and Tracie Nunneker of Charlotte, NC, and Mark W. and Heather Nunneker of Boonville, NY; one brother, Robert Martin and Elizabeth Wilson and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by two brothers, Edward A. Wilson and Barry J. Wilson and one sister, Carol Lane and her husband, Dale. A memorial service for Jo Ann will be held at St. Augustine's Church in the summer at a date to be announced. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. In keeping with her wishes, there will be no public calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Augustine's Church, 78 Second St. Ilion, NY 13357 or Hospice & Palliative Care Inc. 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. The Nunneker family would like to thank the Village of Ilion Fire Department, Catherine Wintle FNP, Herkimer, NY and Hospice & Palliative Care Inc. New Hartford, NY. To leave condolences for Jo Ann's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (December 13, 2021)
Jane (Russell) Nile, IHS 1950 - Earth's loss became heaven's gain on September 5, 2020, when Jane Russell Nile, 88, of Santa Cruz, California, went to be with the Lord! Jane was born on June 22,1932, in Ilion, New York, to Benjamin and Leila Russell. She was predeceased by her younger siblings, Peggy Daly Williamson and Benjamin A. Russell. Jane married her high school sweetheart, Samuel Herbert Nile, of Ilion, on May 16,1953. While raising three daughters, in 1967, she enrolled at Mohawk Valley Community College to study nursing and later graduated from Syracuse University, in 1976, with an M.S.N. degree. As a nurse, Jane worked at Mohawk Valley Hospital, co-founded Ilion's first nursing home, and taught nursing at Hartwick College, in Oneonta, New York. With her optimistic and vibrant personality, developmental fund raising was the next frontier. Jane began fund raising, at Hartwick, and later became Director of Development at Rochester Medical Center. She then transitioned to Albany Law School, where she raised over $11 million to build the new Albany Law School Library. Jane relocated to Santa Cruz, California, in 1991, to be near her three daughters and their families. There, she worked as a nurse case manager for several years, finally retiring at age 75. The love she had for life was only surpassed by her devotion to God and family. Jane wrote personalized songs for her grandchildren and sang each one to them the day they were born. She was very proud of her Welsh heritage, and loved to recite Welsh poems, sayings, and songs. Jane was a natural piano player and singer and shared it by teaching her children and grandchildren to make music. Tennis, bridge, travel and photography were among her many passions. She had a gift for making people feel special and loved, keeping in close contact with her friends and family all her life. Jane is survived by her children: Lynn M. Nile, MD (Gregory Linkowski, MD), Peggy N. Albrecht, MD (John) and Jane N. Keller (Michael); her grandchildren, who knew her as "Shannie," include Kara Nile Douglas (Andrew), David Gregory Linkowski (deceased in Oct., 2002), G. Samuel Linkowski, Benjamin Nile Albrecht, Jacob Russell Albrecht, and Katherine Jane Keller; Great-grandchildren include Andrew and Ella Douglas. There are also numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved. A celebration of life is currently unplanned until safer travels. Donations and contributions will be joyfully accepted to a charity of your choice. John 14:6. Arrangements in Ilion have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, at 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, New York, Funeral Directors, Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. An online memorial page has been established at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (October 26, 2020)
Frank G. Manion, IHS 1950 88 of Ilion NY passed away peacefully on Wednesday June 3, 2020 in Pittsburgh PA. Frank was born on May 22,1932 in Herkimer NY, the son of the late Martin and Genevieve (Knapp) Manion. On October 24, 1953 Frank married the love of his life, the former Eleanor June Pelletier at Fort Dix NJ. After serving in the United States Army and being stationed in Fort Benning, GA during the Korean War, they returned home to settle in Ilion NY. Frank received his primary education from St. Francis Parish, Herkimer NY and graduated from Ilion High School and received his teaching certificate from Utica College. Frank was employed by Loblaws, General Electric and as a data processing instructor retiring from Herkimer County BOCES in 1989. Frank is survived by what he referred to as his "Million Dollar Family": his wife June, two daughters Karen and her husband Steve Fogerty and Janet and her husband Don Crim all of Ilion and son Tom and his wife Patty of Greensburg, PA. Frank cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren as there was not a conversation had without one or more of them being mentioned and celebrated. Poppies' team is represented by: Meghan Appley and husband Josh, Becky Fogerty, Mike Fogerty and partner Hanna Collis, and Katie Fogerty; Lisa Sands, Kelly Ward, husband Taylor and daughters Reagan and Parker, Suzy Sands and son Reese as well as Grace Manion; Dan Crim, wife Lauren, daughter Kinleigh and son Abel, Emily Crim, partner Matt Stickles and son Beau. Frank is also survived by a brother-in-law Jack Winchester as well as sister-in-law Kathy Revior as well as several nieces and nephews and is predeceased by a son David, who he missed dearly; three brothers Martin, Jack and James, two sisters Genevieve Winchester and Marie Curie as well as his mother-in-law Grace Heath, father-in-law James Pelletier and brothers-in-law Don and Jim. Frank was a parishioner of the Annunciation Church, a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus, Council 518 serving for many years on the John D. Buckley committee and a charter member of Friends of the Town Park. Frank was an avid sports fan with loyalties to Notre Dame, Syracuse University, the NY Giants and Yankees. One of his favorite pass times was spending time rooting on his family whether it was at a sporting event or dance recital. He was extremely dedicated to his children and grandchildren and rarely missed an event, yet alone a practice. He always opened his home to all and was dearly loved and appreciated by the many extended family members and friends who were a part of his life. On Thursday, June 11, the family has set aside time for private viewing after which he will be laid to rest at 11:00 AM in the Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion NY. Frank's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the care, compassion and support provided by the staff of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Shadyside Hospital. We cannot be more thankful for how he was treated and cared for during his last days with us. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home Inc. 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To send an online condolence please go to www.whiter-hendrix.com. (July 5, 2020)
Frances M. (Sanders) Streeter, IHS 1950 age 85, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died in her sleep on Tuesday morning, June 27, 2017, in the privacy and comfort of her home. Her passing was the result of a long-term battle with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Born on November 16, 1931 in Frankfort, Frances was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Green) Sanders. She was raised and educated locally, graduating with the Ilion High School Class of 1950. On September 13, 1952, she was wed to Mr. Carl Streeter at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, and the couple shared in a blessed and fulfilling life together. Carl took great care of his dear Frances throughout every obstacle she faced, and was by her side up until the very end. They would be celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary this fall. Frances was a longtime stay-at-home wife and mother, concurrently owning and operating the Credit Bureau of Herkimer County for many years. She also held positions with Oneida National Bank and Mohawk Data Science. She was very active in the Ilion Alumni Association, and in her spare time enjoyed cryptic quotes and playing cards with her bridge club. She will be greatly missed by her loving husband of 65 years, Carl; her daughter, Deborah Bullis of Ilion; her sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Sue Streeter of Ilion, Tom and Teri Streeter of Carthage, and John and Maurene Streeter of Ticonderoga; her ten grandchildren, Adam Bullis, Erin and Jason Dempsey, Lauren and Jake Purington, Karen and Chad Southwick, David Streeter, Justin and Britney Streeter, Cody and Pamela Streeter, Samantha Streeter and Quentin Jones, Bridget and Thomas Haina, and Matthew Streeter. She deeply loved and was loved by her thirteen great-grandchildren, who held a special place in her heart. Additionally, she is survived by her brother-in-law, Sid Vivacqua, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins with whom she shared many happy experiences. Besides her parents, Frances was predeceased by her sister, Helen Vivacqua. Friends and relatives are invited to attend visitation which will take place on Friday, June 30, 2017, from 10:00AM – 12 NOON at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Frances' funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence at the funeral home on Friday at 12 NOON, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation, with Deacon James Bower officiating. Procession will follow to Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, where her earthly body will be laid to rest. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association, Central New York Chapter, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 OR to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018. The Streeter family has entrusted all funeral arrangements and supervision to Funeral Directors, Harry and Kevin Enea, and Martin L. Ciaccia. (July 7, 2017)
James Terry Crandall, IHS 1950 and Elementary Principal, age 84 passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning July 20, 2016 in Albany Medical Center. He had the support and comfort of his wife Barbara at his side. He was born on June 24, 1932 in Ilion, son of the late Arthur and Harriette Rasbach Crandall. A lifelong area resident he was a graduate of Ilion High School. In 1955 he enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1957. He then moved to Richfield Springs coming from Ilion. Mr. Crandall furthered his education at Oneonta State Teachers College where he received a Bachelor's Degree in education and Utica College where he received his Master's Degree. For seventeen years Mr. Crandall worked in School Administration. He served at Richfield Springs Central School, Barringer Road School in Ilion and the East Frankfort School. He retired in 1985. On July 19, 1975 he was united in marriage to the former Barbara Doig on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. Terry had a strong sense of community; he was a member of American Legion Post # 616 Richfield Springs, a member of the Canadrago Lake Association and had served as President of the Richfield Springs Lions Club. Mr. Crandall was an accomplished Scuba Diver. He at one time was President of the New York State Scuba Divers and a member of the Bateau Below Inc. at Lake George. To all who knew him he was a caring, energetic man with an exceptional intellect and an unforgettable smile. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Surviving are his devoted wife of forty –one years, Barbara, a daughter-in-law Joyce Crandall of Lafayette, LA, a brother-in-law Richard Doig and his wife Patricia, two nephews, Brandon, Kim, Wyatt and Derrick Doig all of Cape Neddick, ME, a cousin, Donna Angelichio of Ilion, and his faithful canine Brooke. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his son Mark Stuart Crandall. Calling hours for Mr. Crandall will be on Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James Street; Richfield Springs. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00am in front of the flag pole at the Richfield Springs Veterans Club on Lake Avenue, Richfield Springs with the Reverend Kenneth Dingman officiating. Military Honors provided the US Army will follow. Interment will take place in Calvary Cemetery Herkimer. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Herkimer County Humane Society or the Richfield Springs Lions Club. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (July 27, 2016 - Modified November 28, 2020)
Gary Keith Kidder IHS 1950, 83, of San Antonio, passed away on April 16, 2015. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at Fort Sam Houston on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:15 a.m. Gary was born in Ilion, New York, to Keith and Ione Kidder on October 13, 1931. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950 and, at 18 years old, was signed to a professional baseball team, the Poughkeepsie Chiefs. He went on to serve in the Air Force, including Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1976 as Chief Master Sergeant. Gary led major military personnel automation initiatives for the Air Force and, afterwards, in corporate and civil service programs, retiring a second time from Federal Civilian Service in 1997. Gary is survived by his partner, Cheryl Fuller; his sons, Sam and Dale; daughters, Robin and Jackie; nine grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Dorothy; and son, Steven. Though a true Yankee, Gary considered Texas his home, with over 50 years in the State and many personal and professional ties to Randolph Air Force Base. He will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Gratitude is extended for the exceptional care provided by Franklin Park, Sonterra, Assisted Living, and VITAS hospice caregivers. Please sign the guestbook at www.colonialuniversal.com. (April 28, 2015)
Marion Elsie (Gettle) Becker IHS 1950, age 80, of McKennan Road, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday morning September 1, 2013 in her home. She was born on September 15, 1932, in Ilion, daughter of the late Peter and Elsie Livingston Gettle. A lifelong area resident she was raised in Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. On October 6, 1950 she was united in marriage with Leon Becker in Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. They have made their home in Herkimer since that time. Mrs. Becker had a strong faith in God and was a devout member of Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer.In her leisure time she found joy and relaxation in doing ceramics. She was especially fond of her home, the warmth, friendship and cherished times she shared with her husband and their many friends. She will be truly missed. Surviving are her devoted husband of sixty-two years, Leon several nieces and nephews, great nieces and great-nephews. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her brother George Gettle, two brothers-in-law, Quentin Becker and his wife Janice, and Joseph Morse and wife Cynthia. Calling hours for Mrs. Becker will be on Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:00 pm in Fenner Funeral Home, Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday in Saint Francis deSales Church, Herkimer. The Very Reverend Mark Cunningham, pastor will officiate. Interment in Oak Hill Cemetery will take place at a later time. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Schuyler Volunteer Fire Department. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (September 5, 2013)
Lois M. (Bunce) Firsching IHS 1950 Lois M. Firsching, 80, of Deerfield, passed away November 30, 2011, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. She was born November 4, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of Irving and Mabel Rice Bunce. Lois was a graduate of Ilion High School and St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, class of 1954. She married Joseph A. Firsching, III, on February 5, 1955, in St. John the Evangelist Church, New Hartford. Lois gave up her nursing career to dedicate herself to her family. As a housewife and mother, she was active in supporting all of her children's activities as well as being a member of the PTA and many booster clubs. Mrs. Firsching was active in local politics and was a member of the Deerfield Republican Club. She is survived by her three children, Joyce Firsching Wirth and husband, Mark, of VA, Joseph A. Firsching, IV, of Utica, and Joanne E. Firsching Phelps and husband, Steven, of Deerfield; two grandchildren, Emma and Adam Phelps; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and her siblings, Louis Baum, Ruamy Spraker, Neil Baum, and twin brother, Glenn Bunce. Memorial services will be Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, Forty Main Street, Whitesboro. Calling hours are Tuesday (today) from 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to a charity very dear to Lois, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital . Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online expressions of sympathy may be left at: www.dfwefh.com. (Dec 26, 2011)
Carole Stilwell Mabeus IHS 1950, 79, went to her Heavenly Father on Jan. 14, 2011. Carole was born on Sept. 15, 1931, in Ilion, to Bertha Charbaneau Stilwell and Harry Stilwell. Carole graduated nursing school from Albany College in Albany. On Aug. 2, 1952, she married Arthur Mabeus, of Ilion, and together they raised ten children. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving children; son, Richard Mabeus and wife, Maria of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Robert Mabeus and wife, (Tammy) of Pewaukee, Wisc.; daughter, Cathy Gilman and husband, John of Stillwater; son, William Mabeus and wife, Dana of Wake Forest, N.C.; son, David Mabeus of Albany; daughter, Linda Hughes and husband, Michael of Mt. Airy, Md.; daughter, Patricia Mabeus of Auburn Hills, Mich.; son, Steven Mabeus and wife, Lori, of York, Pa.; and son, James Mabeus and wife, Mary, of Severna Park, Md.; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; and by her son, John Mabeus. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday morning, Jan. 17, 2011, in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St., Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-5811). In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607-6372, or St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 520 W. Holding Ave. Wake Forest, NC 27587. www.brightfunerals.com. (Jan 23, 2011)
Some update on deceased class members. They include:
Charles G. Squire Jr. IHS 1950 - On July 25, Charles G. Squire Jr., of Brooksville, Fla., formerly of Ilion, lost his courageous battle with cancer. He was 74. Chuck was educated in East Frankfort schools and graduated from Ilion High School, class of 1950. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and worked as a photographer. Upon returning to the states, he served many years in the Army Reserves. Chuck enjoyed a 34-year career at General Electric in Utica, working in photography and microfilm. As a youth, Chuck earned the rank of Eagle Scout and remained active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his lifetime. He was a Vigil Honor member and advisor to Kamargo Lodge, Order of the Arrow, Scoutmaster, active council member and Silver Beaver Recipient of the General Herkimer Council, BSA. Upon retirement, he and his wife Rosie served several years on the staff at Camp Russell on White Lake. He was also active in the Ilion Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, the Mohawk Drum and Bugle Corps, the American Legion and Amateur Radio Clubs of Herkimer N.Y. and Cloverleaf Community in Brooksville, Fla. Chuck is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Rosemarie (Thibault); his children, and grandchildren, Bob (Rachel), Jason, Kristen, Christopher, Gregory, Michael, Patrick, Cooper, Matthew and Laura. A celebration of his life is being planned for Aug. 23 in Ilion, N.Y., with details to be published at that time. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a contribution to the Charles G. Squire, Jr. Memorial Campership Fund C/O Revolutionary Trails Council, BSA, 1401 Genesee St., Utica, N.Y. 13501. (Aug 15, 2008)
Alan Joseph Momberger IHS 1950 died May 20, 2005 from unexpected complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Mr. Momberger was a graduate of West Point and served as a Captain in the Air Force. He served as an aeronautical engineer, project manager, and international liaison for Bendix Aviation, General Time Corporation, Lockheed Corporation, and ended his evolutionary career with Northrop Grumman Corporation. His full obituary is available at the United States Military Academy at Alan Joseph Momberger (July 11, 2008)
Alvin H. Bluett IHS 1950, 78, of 9 W. Montgomery St., Ilion, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford, N.Y.He was born on Sept. 15, 1929, in Herkimer, the son of LeRoy E. and Olive (Waterman) Bluett and was a graduate of Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Tech, Utica. He was a veteran of the Korean conflict, serving in the U.S. Army. On May 10, 1952, he was married to Barbara Allen at the First Baptist Church of Ilion. Mr. Bluett was employed at Griffiss AFB, Rome, as a draftsman from June 1954 to September 1986. He was a member, past trustee, and past deacon of the First Baptist Church of Ilion and was a member of the Ilion Masonic Lodge and Mohawk Valley Square Dancers. At one time Alvin was very active in Boy Scouts and was known by local children as 'the bicycle man.' He held his family very near and dear to him and his greatest enjoyment was to have them all home together. During the past 20 years he enjoyed his winter trips to Florida. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; four children, Lynn Bluett and his wife Denise of Rochester, Kevin Bluett and his wife Leslie of Ilion, David Bluett and his wife Maureen of Lockport, and Catherine Slowik and her husband Edward of Ilion; seven grandchildren, Kevin Jay Bluett II and his wife Cathy, Heather Goerlich and her husband Steven, Gretchen Spencer and her husband Patrick, Christopher Bluett and his fiance Erin Fasolilli, Jennifer Bluett, Andrew Slowick, Sarah Slowik; five great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was predeceased by his parents, one brother, Danford Bluett and three sisters, Frances Sullivan, Peggy Kingsley, and Eleanor Wilks.Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 102 West St., Ilion, with the Rev. Dr. Andrew D. Peloubet, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Ilion, officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-7 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home.Friends and relatives wishing to share a memory of Alvin or add to his online memorial may go to www.applegateandday.com on the Internet.Anyone needing a ride to visitation and/or services may call the funeral home at 895-7722 for complimentary transportation assistance. As an expression of sympathy memorial contributions may be made to Ilion Ambulance Corps or Herkimer County Humane Society. Envelopes are available at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, Ilion. (Dec 15, 2007)
Richard R. 'Dick' Townsend IHS 1950, age 73, of 10 Spruce St., Ilion, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2004, at Faxton Hospital with his beloved family by his side. Dick was born June 24, 1931 in Mohawk, son of the late H. Roy and Bertha (Beck) Townsend. He attended Ilion schools and graduated with the Class of 1950. Dick was a proud veteran, serving with the US Navy during the Korean War. On July 25, 1959 he was united in marriage to Sheryll O'Connell at St. Augestines Episcopal Church, a blessed union of 45 years. Dick was employed by Bendix Corp., Utica, retiring in 1993 with over 40 years of dedicated service. He was a member of the Ilion American Legion Post 920, Ilion fish and Game Club, Schuyler Senior Citizens, at one time United Steelworkers, and was an outdoors man, enjoying hunting and fishing. Dick especially enjoyed meeting with his good friends at McDonalds for his morning coffee and conversation. Survivors include his loving wife, Sheryll; one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Terri Townsend of Leominster, MA; two daughters and one son-in-law, Deborah Townsend of Syracuse, and Sandra and Bob Mersfelder of Syracuse; five cherished grandchildren, Christopher, Brian and Sarah Townsend, Luke and Austin Mersfelder; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Betty Nicastro. Dick's funeral service will be held Friday, August 13, 2004, commencing at 10 a.m. at the APPLEGATE & DAY FUNERAL HOME, 102 West St., Ilion. Procession to Armory Hill Cemetery for interment will follow. Family and friends are invited to visitation, Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the APPLEGATE & DAY FUNERAL HOME, Ilion. Dick's family wishes to thank the staff at Faxton/St. Luke's Cancer Center, especially Sister Maureen for the care and compassion shown to Dick and them during his illness. Memorial contributions in Dick's memory may be considered to Faxton/St. Lukes Regional Cancer Center, donation envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To express your condolences or add to Dick's online memorial go to www.applegateandday.com. (September 6, 2004)
William A. Best Jr. IHS 1950, of New London, N.H., passed away Saturday, April 24, 2004, after a short illness. Bill was born in Ilion Aug. 16,1932, the son of the late William A. and Corinne (Lockman) Best Sr. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950 and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from RPI, Troy, in Chemical Engineering. Bill's career working for Cal Tech Oil Co. included New York City, Madrid, Spain and Hong Kong. On Dec. 17, 1955, he married the former Marion Wendt in Lakewood, N.J. After his retirement in 1988, Bill and Marion moved to New London. N.H., where they could enjoy the mountains and continue the hiking and camping they loved. Bill is survived by his wife, Marion; daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Leslie and Byron Barnes, Austin, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Bill III and Lorraine Best of Montclair, N.J.; four grandchildren, Kathryn and David Barnes, Austin Texas and Andrew and Alex Best, Montclair, N.J. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Judie and Jim Conley of Schuyler; nephews, Jim Conley Jr. (Mary) and their children Lizzie and Zack Conley of Plano, Texas, Todd A. Conley (Maria) and son Federico of Arlington. Mass.; and niece, Paige Conley Rossman (Kent) and their children Alex and Olivia of Durham, N.C. There were no calling hours. Cremation took place at the Concord Crematorium, Concord N.H. A memorial service to "Celebrate Bill's Life" will be held in New London, N.H. Please consider donations in Bill's memory to the American Cancer Society. (May 22 2004)
Kenneth L. 'Moose' Miller IHS 1950, age 74, of 153 Kent Blvd., Ilion, passed away Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003 at his home. Ken was born on Sept. 5, 1929 in Ilion, the son of the late Lee Kenneth and Pauline (Unsinn) Miller. He was educated in Ilion and in 1952, he married the former Shirley Smith in Syracuse. Ken was employed in production control with General Electric in Utica, and also with UNIVAC and MDS. After his retirement, he drove the pre-K bus for Bernie Bus of Utica. Ken was of the Baptist faith. He was the founder of the Ilion Snow Drifters Snowmobile Club in 1970, he was a member of the Ilion Fish and Game Club and past member of its board of directors, a member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444 B.P.O.E. and the Canadarago Lake Association. Ken is survived by his wife Shirley and his children Scott and Lynne of Ilion, Bonnie of Barnesville, S.C., and Santos, of Barnesville, S.C.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Nancy Smith of 'The Villages,' Florida; an uncle and aunt, Ronald and Martha Unsinn of Ilion; and an aunt, Margaret Powell of Mohawk. Ken also leaves his grandchildren whom he loved and adored, Josh and Kayleigh; as well as several cousins; also, his close snowmobile buddies Jake Putch and R.A. Luke; and his many friends at Donna's Diner, Chet's in Herkimer and the Knight Spot in Frankfort. In keeping with Ken's wishes, the funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Friends may consider memorials to the Herkimer County Humane Society in Ken's memory. Arrangements are with the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. (December 10, 2003)
Robert M. Moolick IHS 1950, age 71, died suddenly Sunday, Nov. 10, 2002, following emergency surgery at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Born in Ilion Aug. 14, 1931, he was the son of Michael and Anna Clausen Moolick. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1950, after which he served four years in the United States Air Force. Following his military service, he went on to obtain a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Oneonta State University and a master's degree in elementary administration from Syracuse University. He served for 34 years as a teacher and principal in the Schenectady City School District. Bob's passions in life were his family and his home. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his antique business, which he pursued after his retirement and his many neighborhood friends. He is survived by his best friend and loving wife, Betty, of 46 years. He is also survived by his grateful and loving children, Michael Moolick of Altamont, Matthew Moolick of Middleburgh, Mrs. Jeffrey (Lisa) Harvey of Berne and Mrs. David (Lora) Morrow of East Berne. In addition, he was the proud grandfather of Michael, Kelly and Ben Moolick, Samantha and Elizabeth Harvey and Riley and David Morrow. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1911 Fairview Ave. in Schenectady. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St., Altamont. Interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Guilderland. Those who wish may make contributions in Robert's name to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1911 Fairview Ave., Schenectady 12306. (November 12, 2002)
Mary J. Williams IHS 1950, age 71, Ilion, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2002, in Pine Lake. Mary was born June 1, 1931, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Evan and Ina Mae Holt Williams. She was educated in Ilion schools and in 1951, she entered the United States Marine Corps, reaching the rank of first sergeant. She retired from the Marines in 1973, after 21 years of service. Mary was a member of the Marine Corps League in Ilion and the Valley Voices for Christ. Mary is survived by a brother, Walter of San Antonio, Texas as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Evan Jr., Frederick and Noel Williams; also a sister, Karen Brown. Full military funeral services for Miss Williams will be held Friday, July 19, at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, Ilion at a time to be announced. Pastor Ameen Aswad will officiate. Interment will follow in the Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Friends may call Thursday, July 18, from 2-6 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations in Mary's name may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 73 N. Main St., Gloversville, 12078. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (Mary planned on attending the MegaReunion being held in October 2002) (July 18, 2002)
Donald K. Crouch IHS 1950, age 70, of Addison Terrace, Ilion,passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was born Sept. 2, 1931, the son of James R. and Gertrude K. Crouch. He was a lifelong resident of Ilion. He was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1950 and on July 30, 1966, he married Donna L. Ecker in the Ilion Presbyterian Church. Don was employed at Beechnut-Lifesavers, the Masonic Home and for many years at the Remington Arms Co. He was affectionately called "Double D," by his co-workers at Remington. He served in the New York State National Guard and eight years in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Maine, Germany and Morocco. He was a member of the North Columbia Methodist Church. He enjoyed the hobby of miniature trains and was very knowledgeable in railroad history. He spent many pleasant hours at the Ilion Marina, socializing and watching the trains pass by. Don is survived by a daughter, Nadine Patterson and her fiancée Peter Nasypany of East Herkimer; his sister and brother-in-law, Hilda and James Parker Sr. of Ilion; his grandchildren, Kayla and Cody Patterson and former son-in-law, Donald Patterson of Frankfort; his niece, Lany Wolfe; nephews, Jim Parker Jr. of Sandwich, Mass., and Ben L. Parker of San Diego, Calif.; his aunts, Mrs. Edward Crouch of Rensselaer, Mrs. Robert Crouch of Albany and Miss Emily Klinkhart of New York City; his mother-in-law, Julia Lane of Ilion; a sister-in-law, Janice Massad of Mesa, Ariz.; and many cousins. Don was predeceased by his wife, his parents and his son, Donald Crouch Jr. A prayer service was held March 22, at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, with the Rev. Hans Drews officiating. A church service will be held at a time and date to be announced in the spring at the North Columbia Methodist Church, with interment in the North Columbia Cemetery. Friends are asked to consider memorials to the Ilion Marina in Don's memory. (March 23, 2002)
Richard J. LeFever IHS 1950, 67, of Manhattan Drive, Brewerton, died, Monday, August 9, 1999, at University Hospital. Born in Ilion, he lived in Central Square for 22 years and in Brewerton for 21 years. He was a supervising pharmacist for six years at P&C, Fulton. He owned and operated LeFever Pharmacy, Central Square, for more than 22 years. He was a member of Central Square Lodge 622 F&AM; Elks Lodge 2348, Liverpool; an honorary member of Central Square Volunteer Fire Company; an antiques dealer; and a member of National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors Inc. A son, Matthew, died in 1989. Survivors: His wife, the former Janice Shultz Perry; three daughters, Linda LeFever of Pittsburgh, Pa., Cynthia Davison of Brewerton and Stacy Perry of Syracuse; a son, Martin of Florida; a sister, Mildred Rogers of Ilion; two brothers, Robert of Rome and James of Orange City, Fla.; five grandchildren. Services: 11 a.m. Friday at Watson Funeral Home. Burial, Hillside Cemetery, Central Square. Calling hours, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, 631 S. Main St., Central Square. Masonic service, 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contributions: Hospice of CNY, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool 13088. The Syracuse Post-Standard August 11, 1999 obituary. "Dick and his wife Janice were parents of 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Dick and his wife had planned on attending the 50th Class reunion. Dick, who was friendly to everyone he met, will be missed." (October 24, 1999)
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Thomas Nelson, Retired, email, from Wisconsin Rapids, WI, registered. (Jan 20, 2009)
Maria Austin Lopez, email, from Ilion, NY, sent news. (December 1, 2004)
"Maria marched and twirled for her 3rd consecutive year in the Ilion Doo-Dah Parade. Maria marched to the tunes of 'When the Saints come Marching' and wore a patriotic ensemble of red, white and blue go-go shorts and boots. She looks forward to next years parade and will be practicing in many upcoming parades; especially at the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade in NYC. Please watch for her on NBC."
Gary Kidder, retired, San Antonio, TX, re-registered. (May 29, 2003)
Gloria Primmar Watts, from Ilion, NY, transferred her reunion registration to her daughter, Pam Weller Lawrence and will not be attending the reunion. (September 30, 2002)
Joe Duffy, Ilion, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (September 11, 2002)
James "Terry" Crandall, email, from Richfield Springs, NY, is attending the mega-reunion. (August 4, 2002)
Arthur Abeling, Kennesaw, GA, is attending the mega-reunion. (July 30, 2002)
Marion Fay Schmock, email, North Palm Beach , FL, re-registered. (April 13, 2002)
Mary Fay May, Retired Cook, email, from Frankfort, NY, re-registered. (March 25, 2002)
Helen Pezdek Anthaume, from Ilion sent news. (April 4, 2000)
"Still living in good ole' Ilion. I have three of the best children any mother could have...two beautiful girls (Sue in Atlanta and Sally in the Adirondacks) and a very handsome son (Jeff in Syracuse). In return, they have given me a total of four grandsons and a precious granddaughter. Over the years my travels have included trips to Louisiana, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and best of all London, England--thanks to a great son-in-law. I visit my daughter in Northville, N.Y. and never lack for things to do there. A high-light in my life was the day I went Parasailing. Life has been good and I am looking forward to seeing my classmates. I have no computer, though I can be e-mailed to my daughters' " - Helen
Marion Fay Schmock, from North Palm Beach, FL, signed the Guest book. (May 1, 1999)
"Retired from the newsprint business. Retired with the other zillion yankees down here! Married with two adult sons. Hope to make it to the 50th in October 2k." - Marion
Jo Wilson Nunneker, email, from Ilion, NY, registered. (modified July 14, 1999)
"Greetings from Ilion - I have just read the guest book and am surprised to find all entrys are rather current alumni - where are you girls that had cherry cokes at the Candy Kitchen??? Where are you guys that played "stalk" thru downtown Ilion?? Sign-in, please!!" - Jo
Katherine Colliton Taylor, email KatieTay60@aol.com, from Ilion, NY, registered. (April 10, 1999)
Robert Getman, CAPT.,USCG(Ret.), email, from Old Lyme, CT, registered in the directory. (January 7, 1999)
David Evans, email, from Palm Harbor, FL, registered in the directory. (October 27, 1998)
"I'm here in Palm Harbor, FL (Clearwater) and have been retired for the past 4 years. I enjoy playing golf and do a lot of beach walking! It's a great web site! I hope to see some of the 1950 graduates at the year 2000 reunion! Has anyone heard from Dick Hanley?" - Dave
Jane Russell Nile, email, from Aptos, CA, sent the following news: modified email (May 31, 2015) published (January 26, 1998)
"I live in California near my three daughters, Lynn Nile (psychiatrist), Peggy Albrecht (dermatologist) and Jane Keller (stay-at-home "mom:) I have six grandchildren, enjoy working at Albany Law School, playing tennis, traveling, taking many photos of the family, fund raising for the Myelin Organization and for Alzheimer's victims. I am in touch with several members of our class and look forward to seeing everyone for our 50th reunion in 2000."
My address is: 26l9 Willowbrook Ln. #96 Aptos, CA. 95003 and Telephone number is: (408)464-7046
John (Barney) Conway, Semi-retired, email, from Anaheim, CA, signed the Guestbook. (February 5, 1998)
"Finally hit the 65 so I can ski at Mammoth for 1/2 price!! Been in Anaheim 35 years. Semi-retired as I couldn't stand retirement and too young to golf. Been busy pasy years managing Pony and Colt leagues, proud to have several kids I've had go on to pro ball!! Have 2 daughters and 5 grandkids. In spare time we go to the beach, mountains and the Colorado River. Refuse to grown old!! Even roller blade and played softball with the youngin's for a couple of years. Teaching the grand kids to ski at Mammoth and attending their ballgames. Keeping busy and keeping young! If you plan a trip to CA look us up!"
Class Page Contact....
Jane Russell Nile from Aptos, CA, served as the Class Contact for the Class of 1950 for the past 23 years. Her contributions will be greatly missed. Jane passed away on September 5, 2020. Jane also contributed to the Ilion section of the Herkimer County genweb web site. She was the Salutatorian of the Class of 1950 and the mother of Lynn, Peggy and Janie Nile.
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