Ilion High School

Class of 1994

Alumni News

1994 Ilion Yearbook



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, Pricilla 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, email address, is the Official Home Page Class Editor for the Class of 1994. Tom has moved the page to Please change your bookmarks and note Tom's new email address.. Please email Thomas Jennings at, with all your class news and updates.


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, Pensicola,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 maille 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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