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Phyllis (Griswold) Yardley, IHS 1949, formerly of Wampsville, Hamilton NY and Melbourne, FL, has left for her last RV Rally on May 2, 2022.Born in 1932 to Emmett and Rita Griswold, she grew up in Lake Luzerne and Ilion, NY, where she graduated from Ilion High School and attended Mohawk Valley Community College. Phyllis married Milford L. Yardley from Ilion, NY in May of 1950. They raised their three children in a close and loving neighborhood in Wampsville.She came from a long line of strong, independent women. As an only child and a solo grandchild, she absorbed their skills and determination. Always working outside of the home, she held together her active family’s school, sports, scouts, 4H camping in addition to managing the Madison County Highway office. Milford passed away in 1988 at the young age of 60. Phyllis went on to build a second act buying herself many RV’s, becoming a member of LOW’s (Loners on Wheels) - we called that group, “recycled teenagers”. She took up square dancing and playing a gutbucket bass; met a whole new community traveling across country by RV, towing her car. During Phyllis’s full life she was a committed volunteer to any community she lived in and was a life-long member of the Skenandoah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Village of Wampsville Board, St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Chenango Canal Committee.She will be remembered always by her son, Terry Yardley and wife Carolyn of Sherrill, NY; daughters, Leigh Yardley and husband Bruce Moseley of Hubbardsville, NY, Christine Littebrant and husbandCarl of Zebulon, NC; grandchildren, Kristi Miceli, Heather Littebrant, Lindsey Behan MD and John Bohrer-Yardley J.D.; great grandchildren Corey, Kelsey, Devin, Robert and Carter; great-great granddaughter Kalayah; great-great grandson, Isaac, and beloved pup Max who she said she rescued him and he rescued her.We want to thank the staff of Waterville Residential Care Center for their loving care over the last year. Caring for our most vulnerable family members during a pandemic is truly a selfless act.Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life for Phyllis at Camp Fiver Children’s Foundation 7464 Mill Street, Poolville, NY on Saturday, June 11th at 2:00 PM. Contributions, in her memory, may be made to Fivers Children’s Foundation (which operates a children camp in Poolville) 519 8th Avenue, 24th floor, New York, New York 10018.To leave a message of condolence, kindly visit www.campbell-dean.com. CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC. Oneida https://www.lastingmemories.com/phyllis-yardley. (May 15, 2022)

 

Christopher J. Monohan, IHS 1952, USAF, age 90, of Monohan Dr., passed away suddenly on Monday afternoon, May 2, 2022, in the peaceful comfort of his home. He was born on February 2, 1932 in Indianapolis, IN son of the late Christopher and Blanche (Getman) Monohan. He was educated in Ilion schools and graduated from Ilion High School, "Class of 1952". He entered into military service with the US Air Force in 1952 and served during the Vietnam conflict. He proudly served for twenty years and was honorably discharged, holding the rank of Tech Sgt in 1972. On June 28, 1980, he was united in marriage with Nancy L. Bower in Ilion; a devoted union of 44 years. Following his time with the US Air Force, Christopher was employed with the Herkimer Motel for 32 years. Christopher loved cooking. He enjoyed being outdoors, camping and boating. For several years, he and his wife Nancy spent many wonderful times wintering in Florida. Above all else, Christopher truly found his greatest pleasure in being with his cherished family members. To Christopher's credit, all of his endeavors were accomplished through self-motivation and determination. He was always supervising and "bringing the boss to all" which gained him the nickname "Sarge" as his family affectionately called him. He was a source of strength, and a foundation for his children and grandchildren in every way. He found gratitude in his heart by helping others. Christopher managed to put family first, no matter what and will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known him. Survivors include his large and loving family; his wife Nancy at home; his two children from his previous wife, Betty Monohan, Cyndy Monohan of Ilion and Randy Monohan (Julie) of Washington, DC; his children with his wife Nancy, Daniel Noffer (Dawn) of Little Falls, Diane Dicob of Mohawk, Timothy Noffer (Christie) of Ilion, and Susan Ball (Delbert) of Herkimer; his brother, Richard Monohan of Herkimer; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Michael Noffer, who passed away in 2007; a son in law, Donald Dicob in 2014; his three siblings, Tom, Francis and John. Irespecting his wishes, there are no calling hours or public funeral service. A celebration of his life will take place at the convenience of the family, at a later date. Arrangements for cremation are under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (corner of Bidleman Rd.), Little Falls, 315-508-5131, the area's official Veteran and Family Care Provider. (May 12, 2022)

 

Mrs. Annabelle (Knewasser) Ball, "Iyi", IHS 1944, age 96, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Alpine Rehab & Nursing with family at her side. Annabelle was born in Ilion, on November 29, 1925, to the late Carl and Ruth (Eldred) Knewasser. She was a 1944 graduate of Ilion High School. Ann married the late Leslie Ball, on October 20,1944 and remained his devoted wife until his passing in 1976. Throughout her adult life, she was a wife and mother, an exceptional grandmother and great-grandmother, the world's best and only Iyi, and an active member of the congregation, board, ladies auxiliary and Sunday School Administrator of the People's Undenominational Church of Cedarville. She held skilled positions at Remington Rand and GE before attending college in 1977. She later worked at Faxton Hospital as a Supervisor in Central Supply until her retirement. Annabelle enjoyed music, played in a Bell Choir and had a green thumb most couldn't help but envy. She was a loving caretaker for many throughout her life and exhibited compassion for all. She had unwavering faith and devotion to God and undying love and commitment to family. Ann/Iyi was strong, smart, independent, giving and exceptionally witty. At the age of 90, she could still outshoot the boys (with a rubber band gun). She was an incredibly talented arm-chair football coach and a loyal Yankees fan. The 1990-94 Mt. Markham Girl's Soccer team may remember her as a staunch supporter who brought homemade cookies - win or lose. Besides her parents, Annabelle was predeceased by her husband, Leslie and her 3 brothers, Clifton "Chick" Knewasser, David Knewasser and Albert Knewasser. Ann is survived by her 3 children (who she's very proud of), Cathy (Paul) Ferguson, of Cedarville, David (Cynthia) Ball, of West Winfield and Jared (Angelene) Ball, of Canajoharie; her grandchildren, Beth Schloicka, Roseann (Michael) Jaquay, Joshua Ball, Amber (Brian Hammes) Ball and Hilary (Derrick) Snell; and great-grandchildren, Connor Schloicka, Delaney and Gavin Beardsley, Colton Jaquay, and Milo and Isla Snell. She will be loved and missed for eternity. The family would like to thank the staff at Alpine Rehab & Nursing for their care of our loved one for the past 9 months. She was happy with you and that means SO much. Family and friends are invited to join us at calling hours, at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort), on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Then, a Funeral Service will take place at the funeral home, at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday afternoon with Reverend David Schlaegel, officiating. Committal services are scheduled for the following day, Friday morning, May 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at Crown Hill Memorial Park, Clinton, New York. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or the Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Flowers/bouquets/plants for her services can be sent to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, who the family has entrusted with helping us say goodbye, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea & Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. Online condolences may be left at www.eneafamily.com (May 12, 2022)

 

Mrs. Annabelle (Knewasser) Ball, "Iyi", IHS 1944, age 96, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 29, 2022, at Alpine Rehab & Nursing with family at her side. Annabelle was born in Ilion, on November 29, 1925, to the late Carl and Ruth (Eldred) Knewasser. She was a 1944 graduate of Ilion High School. Ann married the late Leslie Ball, on October 20,1944 and remained his devoted wife until his passing in 1976. Throughout her adult life, she was a wife and mother, an exceptional grandmother and great-grandmother, the world's best and only Iyi, and an active member of the congregation, board, ladies auxiliary and Sunday School Administrator of the People's Undenominational Church of Cedarville. She held skilled positions at Remington Rand and GE before attending college in 1977. She later worked at Faxton Hospital as a Supervisor in Central Supply until her retirement. Annabelle enjoyed music, played in a Bell Choir and had a green thumb most couldn't help but envy. She was a loving caretaker for many throughout her life and exhibited compassion for all. She had unwavering faith and devotion to God and undying love and commitment to family. Ann/Iyi was strong, smart, independent, giving and exceptionally witty. At the age of 90, she could still outshoot the boys (with a rubber band gun). She was an incredibly talented arm-chair football coach and a loyal Yankees fan. The 1990-94 Mt. Markham Girl's Soccer team may remember her as a staunch supporter who brought homemade cookies - win or lose. Besides her parents, Annabelle was predeceased by her husband, Leslie and her 3 brothers, Clifton "Chick" Knewasser, David Knewasser and Albert Knewasser. Ann is survived by her 3 children (who she's very proud of), Cathy (Paul) Ferguson, of Cedarville, David (Cynthia) Ball, of West Winfield and Jared (Angelene) Ball, of Canajoharie; her grandchildren, Beth Schloicka, Roseann (Michael) Jaquay, Joshua Ball, Amber (Brian Hammes) Ball and Hilary (Derrick) Snell; and great-grandchildren, Connor Schloicka, Delaney and Gavin Beardsley, Colton Jaquay, and Milo and Isla Snell. She will be loved and missed for eternity. The family would like to thank the staff at Alpine Rehab & Nursing for their care of our loved one for the past 9 months. She was happy with you and that means SO much. Family and friends are invited to join us at calling hours, at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, New York (Town of Frankfort), on Thursday, May 5, 2022, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Then, a Funeral Service will take place at the funeral home, at 1:00 p.m., on Thursday afternoon with Reverend David Schlaegel, officiating. Committal services are scheduled for the following day, Friday morning, May 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at Crown Hill Memorial Park, Clinton, New York. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or the Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Flowers/bouquets/plants for her services can be sent to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, who the family has entrusted with helping us say goodbye, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea & Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 894-8000. Online condolences may be left at www.eneafamily.com (May 12, 2022)

 

Marie 'Cookie' Anjani Cirillo, IHS 1963 - It is impossible to think about the Sebastian Clambake and not remember Anjani Cirillo, whose drive popularized the annual November festival, drawing attention to the importance of the Indian River Lagoon. Cirillo, 76, died April 28, 2022, after a long fight with cancer. She is remembered for raising millions of dollars for local nonprofits through the annual clambake and lagoon festival. "She was the face and the center of the clambake for 20 years," said Sebastian resident and friend Teddy Hulse, the current vice president of the Sebastian Clambake Foundation. "Anjani gave her heart and soul to the clambake 365 days a year right up to the end." A native New Yorker, Cirillo grew up in upstate Illion, graduating from SUNY Brockport in 1967. She spent several years in the Peace Corps traveling across Asia, and later worked as a recruiter for the Peace Corps in New York City. An early supporter of the feminist movement, Cirillo helped raise awareness for women, working alongside other political activists and feminists including Gloria Steinem and Shirley Chisholm. In 1975, Cirillo had a spiritual awakening and connected with Ma Jaya Bhagavati, the founder of Kashi Ashram on Roseland Road in Sebastian. Ma Jaya's teachings of service and kindness would become a powerful force in Cirillo's life and in 1979, she moved to Sebastian to live at Kashi Ashram. She served as principal of the River School at Kashi until retirement, and then joined the Kashi staff as community relations director, becoming a Swami and teacher in 2005. When the Sebastian Clambake began in 2002, Cirillo volunteered for the community event, working alongside Clambake founder Rich Stringer. Three years later, Cirillo became president of the Sebastian Clambake Foundation and served for more than a decade. In 2009, she was recognized as TCPalm/Sebastian Sun's Woman of the Year for her outstanding contributions to life in Sebastian. Cirillo is survived by her sister Pat Brooks, nieces Peyton Preslar and Shalon Olesko, and nephew Louie Bertino, and three great-nephews and one great-niece. Her parents, Mike and Louise Cirillo, died earlier. She is grateful for the love and support of her friend and partner Usha Quiyou who cared for her throughout her illness. A Celebration of Life will be planned for a future date. In her memory - Before her death, Cirillo said she was grateful for her amazing life and wants people to be kind to each other and take care of the earth in her memory. She encouraged contributions to Sacred Kashi, the 45-acre spiritual center that Cirillo called home for more than four decades. To support Kashi in Cirillo's memory, go to www.kashi.org/giving. (May 12, 2022)

 

Anne Shirley (Dougherty) Boyle, IHS 1954, age 85, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 21, 2022. She was born to John and Beatrice Harkins Dougherty on January 29, 1937 in Pennsylvania. Anne was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She is preceded in death by her husband; Peter Boyle, and children; Erin Avery, Daniel Boyle and Mary Beth Boyle. Left to cherish the memory of Anne are her daughters; Linda Barnes, Colleen Morton and Cynthia Boyle, 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11am. (May 12, 2022)

 

Richard "Dick" Friis, IHS 1959, age 80, of Bowie, MD passed away on April 13, 2022. He was born in Utica, NY on December 17, 1941 to George and Margaret Friis. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in graphic arts and photography and was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He had a long career in the printing industry from which he retired in 2000. Dick always enjoyed hunting and fishing but after retirement, he embraced the art/sport of fly fishing which takes great skill, patience, determination, and knowledge. He tied his own flies and took both national and international trips which he thoroughly enjoyed. He became a member of the Free State Fly Fishers where he got to share his passion with other members. He also enjoyed home improvements where his detailed craftsmanship showed in all of his projects. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Friis, his daughter, Dana Friis, his son, Ryan Friis (Erin Derosa), and his granddaughter, Rory Friis. He always put his family first and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. There are no services planned at this time. (April 20, 2022)

 

Mr. R. Frederick "Fred" Rowland, IHS 1955, age 85, of Armory Street, Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Sunday, April 10, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, with his loving family by his side. Fred was born on June 1, 1936, in Ilion. He was the son of Raymond and Frances (Hammond) Rowland. He was a proud graduate of Ilion Central High School, class of 1955 and Utica College of Syracuse University, in 1977. Fred was also a proud and dedicated member of the U.S. Navy and served from 1957 to 1961. Fred married the love of his life, Ellen Perry, on July 22, 1961, at the Church of the Annunciation, Ilion and shared a blessed union of over 52 years until Ellen's passing on June 30, 2014. Fred worked for General Electric, Utica, in the Aero-space division as a Program Analyst for over 31 years. During this time, he also served his community as a Herkimer County Legislature for 21 dedicated years and Chairman of the Board for two years. Fred later continued as Director of the Herkimer County Veterans Service Agency retiring in 1998. Mr. Rowland was an active parishioner of the Church of the Annunciation and proud supporter of Amvets. Fred was a true gentleman in every sense of the word; humble, respectful and devoted in all ways. He gave of himself to his family, friends and community in a truly selfless way. Fred loved the outdoors and spent many years enjoying it at his family camp on Canadarago Lake in Richfield Springs, NY where he spent time boating, fishing and enjoying special friends. Fred's true passion however was always spending time with his family and his very special 4-legged friend, Olive. Surviving family members include his daughters and sons-in-law, Jayne and Bruce Morgan, of Ilion and Beth and Brett Hively, of Atlanta, GA; his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Michele Rowland and Joel and Kelly Rowland, all residents of Ilion; his grandchildren, David Morgan (MacKenzie Sherlock), Jacob Morgan and his wife, Mallory, Matthew Hively, Megan Hively, Cory Rowland, Paige Rowland and her fiancé, Austin Brady, Tria Rowland and Iley Beth Rowland. Fred was also the proud great-grandfather of Benjamin Morgan and soon to arrive, great-granddaughter. He also had two special nieces, Barb Presley and Christine Keough; and several wonderful cousins, in particular, Pam Eargle and Gail Risinger; as well as very special neighbors, Paul, Joe and George. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Ellen; and his sister, Mildred Kirkland. Fred's family will celebrate his life in a private Graveside Ceremony, at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. For those wishing to honor his memory, please consider a donation to the Ilion Free Public Library Foundation, 78 West St., Ilion, NY 13357, the American Cancer Society, PO Box 42040, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123, or a Mass card in his memory to the Church of the Annunciation, 109 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Fred, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. Fred's service arrangements and supervision were prearranged and are entrusted to his Family Funeral Director and long-time friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY (315-895-7722). (April 16, 2022)

 

Mr. Lawrence "Larry" Robert Paul, Jr., IHS 1955, age 84, of Mohawk, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2022 in St. Elizabeth's Medical Center with his family by his side. He was born in Ilion on May 6, 1937, the son of the late Helen Nehr and Lawrence Paul, Sr. He attended Ilion High School, graduating with the class of 1955. He went on to attend Colgate University, graduating with the class of 1959, then graduated from RPI obtaining his Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering. He was married to Barbara Kennell on August 6, 1960, at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. The two shared a blessed union of over 30 years until Barbara's passing from cancer on June 18, 1993. Larry was at one time employed with General Electric and Lockheed Martin before taking over Paul's Tank Car when his father got sick. He ran the gas station and fuel oil business for many years until his retirement. He was a lifetime athlete and inspiration to his children as he enjoyed running, bicycling, and golfing. He ran numerous local road races, including the Boilermaker. He was also passionate about gardening, traveling, and going to camp. Larry spent as much time as he could at camp and even after his stroke, he insisted on mowing the camp lawn. He was a loyal Colgate alumni and took pleasure in attending home football games. He was a problem solver which led to some creative inventions including putting a toggle switch in his wife's car to fix the air conditioning, which she could only reach by using a stick .Larry loved to have a good time and can be remembered at day's end relaxing with a big smile and a scotch in his hand. He was an active member of the Kiwanis/Mohawk Community Club and enjoyed the camaraderie he had there with his many friends. Larry is survived by two sons, David (Patty) Paul of Mohawk and Eric (Kelly) Paul of Rome; two daughters, Jennifer (Brian) Herkel of Barneveld and Leisa (Dan) Murphy of Newport; his beloved grandchildren; Kayla, Lawrence, Barbara, Avery, Mason, Abbegail, Brianne, Madelynn, Christina, Shea, Braden, Devin and Kiera; his great-grandchildren, Tatyana, Jacob and Oliver; special nieces and nephews; Courtney, Deb, Sue, Mark, Mike and Paul. He also had a very special friend, Betty Riesel, who gave him loving attention until the end. His funeral will be held Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 1:00 PM in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion with Pastor Rick Riggle, officiating. Calling hours will be Saturday from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Canadarago Lake Association, PO Box 682, Richfield Springs, NY 13439, which supports conservation of the lake he loved. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave condolences for Larry's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com (April 16, 2022)

 

Alice M. (Haponski ) Cawley, IHS Alumnus, age 93, of Ilion, passed away, Friday, April 8, 2022 at Foltsbrook Center with her loving family by her side. She was born on May 1, 1928 in Ilion, the daughter of the late Lloyd and Pearl Haggerty Haponski and she attended Ilion schools. After High School, she attended Nursing College and was employed as a Nurse at Ilion Hospital for many years. She is survived by one son and daughter in law, Steven and Dawn Cawley of Ilion; one son in law, Tom Geisinger; two grandsons, Gary Hempling and Shawn Hempling and two brothers, Bill and Sandra Haponski of Villages, FL, and Donald and Marcelle Haponski of Ilion. She was predeceased by one daughter, Karin Geisinger and one brother, Jim Haponski. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion, NY 13357. In keeping with Alice's wishes, there will be no public services. She will be laid to rest in Florida National Cemetery. To leave condolences for Alice's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com (April 16, 2022)

 

Mrs. Lorraine M. (Pavese) Fernalld, IHS 1951, age 88, of Clinton, passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Lorraine was born in Mohawk, NY, on October 21, 1933, the daughter of Gus and Anna (Capraro) Denapole and step-daughter of Lawrence and Louise Pavese. She was raised in Chadwick's and Ilion and was a graduate of Ilion High School. At one time, Lorraine was married to Charles Hughes. She later married Harry Fernalld on September 30, 1983, and the couple shared 13 wonderful years together, until Harry's death in 1996. For many years, Lorraine was employed as a payroll clerk with the Savings Bank of Utica. She enjoyed cooking, and music, especially playing the piano and organ. Lorraine's greatest joy was spending time with her beloved family who were the light of her life. She was a parishioner of the Church of Annunciation in Clark Mills. Mrs. Fernalld is survived by two daughters and one son-in-law, Linda Hughes of Clinton and Julie Hughes Massotti and her husband Robert of GA; Four sons and three daughters-in-law, Michael and Alexandra Hughes of FL, Larry and Cindy Hughes of NJ, Charles Hughes of FL and Robert and Irene Hughes of North Bay, NY; one sister and two brothers-in-law, Joanne and Edward Kibbe of SC and James Smith of FL, as well as 13 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also anxiously awaiting the birth of two additional great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Smith. Mrs. Fernalld's funeral will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of Annunciation, 7616 E. South St., Clark Mills, NY. She will be laid to rest with her beloved Harry, in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Whitesboro. Visitation for family and friends is Wednesday, April 13th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica. Those wishing to make a donation in Lorraine's memory, please consider the American heart Association. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Messages of sympathy may be shared at www.heintzfuneralservice.net (April 16, 2022)

 

JoAnn L. (Sweeney) Bliss, IHS 1972, age age 68, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, March 30, 2022, at the MVHS St. Elizabeth Campus in Utica. Born on October 20, 1953, JoAnn was the daughter of the late Robert J. Sweeney and Charlotte J. Cuda. She was raised and educated in Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School with the Class of 1972. She then went on to continue her education at Utica Beauty School where she became a licensed Cosmetologist. At one time, JoAnn was married to Thomas Vibbard, Sr., a relationship from which came the blessing of two sons. On December 24, 1998, JoAnn was again wed to Mr. Bernard "Bernie" Bliss and together they shared in a loving and devoted union of over ten years, until Bernie's untimely passing on December 6, 2009. JoAnn was an extremely hard working woman. For many years, she worked alongside her mother at Charlotte's Beauty Salon in Mohawk. She also held positions at Duofold and Agway. Many may remember JoAnn from her years of employment with Herb Philipson's in Herkimer as the Store Manager. JoAnn, along with her husband, Bernie, not only operated the Herkimer Family and Farm Center, but kept horses as well; she was a lover of all animals. She had a kind heart and always made the best of any situation. She was the life of the party, had an amazing sense of humor, and was renowned for her joke about having "dog jaw"! Above all else, JoAnn was the strongest and most courageous person one could ever have the honor of knowing. She was the best sister and mother you could ask for, sharing an unbreakable bond with her two sons. Any time spent with family at holidays or gatherings were amongst her happiest, and her presence will forever live on in the hearts of those she leaves behind. She is survived by her sons, Cory Vibbard and his wife, Arlene, of Ilion and Thomas Vibbard, Jr. of Herkimer; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Robin and John Tripple of Frankfort and Melissa and Charles Elthorp of Ilion; her brother-in-law, Todd Harper of Columbia Center; her nieces and nephews, Chelsea Tripple, Rochelle, Harper, John Tripple, Anthony Tripple, Edward Mosher, Robert Mosher, Michael Amadon, TJ Harper and their families; along with numerous cousins, friends and her pride and joy, her dog, Mia. Aside from her parents and husband, Bernie, JoAnn was predeceased by her sister, Kelly Harper; her maternal grandparents, Josephine and Thomas Cuda; her paternal grandparents, Anne and John Sweeney; and her aunts, Antoinette Grogan, Bernice Wright, Kathleen Toher, Marie Hamiester and Lucille Matthews. In keeping with JoAnn's wishes, there will be no formal funeral services at this time. Her family has entrusted her arrangements to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea, Martin L. Ciaccia and Don Applegate, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (April 16, 2022)

 

Janice D. (Parker) Caiola, IHS Alumnus, age 73, of West Blvd, Los Angeles (formerly of Ilion, NY and Apopka, FL) passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on March 22, 2022 following a courageous 2-year battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. Janice was born on May 11, 1948, daughter of the late Mary M. Storino and John C. Parker of Watertown, NY. Janice attended Ilion High School and graduated with her associates degree in travel and tourism from Herkimer County Community College. On July 26, 1969, Janice was united in marriage to her best friend Peter H. "Butch" Caiola at Annunciation Church in Ilion, NY. Befitting her energy and spirit, Janice was always on the move, she loved her days riding a motorcycle and her time driving an "18-wheeler" across the United States. She was also fond of sewing, was an avid reader, but loved most of all surrounding herself with family and loved ones. And still Janice is perhaps best known for the legendary Italian Christmas cookies she baked for family and friends every year. To think of Janice is to recall her infectious laughter, appreciation of and zest for life, and most importantly her endless and selfless acts of love. A mama bear in the highest form of the phrase, Janice was equal parts loyal, protective, and loving; she could let you know in an instant exactly what she was thinking, with a furrowing of her brow or her radiant smile. Janice spent her lifetime caring for and raising many family members; from sisters, her brother, and especially her two grandchildren, Kevin, and Jaylyn. Janice is survived by her former husband and best friend of over 60 years, Peter H. Caiola; their three beautiful children, daughter Jenise Caiola of Los Angeles, CA, daughter Krista Caiola of Herkimer, NY, son Peter Caiola of Los Angeles, CA, and bonus daughter Linda (Vishal) Saugh of Montverde, FL; grandchildren Kira (Robby) Hight of Herkimer, NY, Kevin Gregory of Herkimer, NY, Jaylyn Gregory of Los Angeles, CA, Anthony, Giovanni, and Saraya Saugh of Montverde, FL; great-grandchildren Levi and Lenox Hight of Herkimer, NY; and her feline "fur-baby" of 14 years, Moonie. She is further survived by her sister Joann (Brad) Darrow of Ilion, NY, brother Peter Parker of Clinton, NY, and sister Mary (Karl) Braunlich of Poland, NY; as well as many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Janice was predeceased by her sister Nina Marie Parker of Ilion, NY, sister Carla Lawson of Deltona, FL, and brother-in-law Robert Parker of Clinton, NY. Janice's family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the Reverend Coco Stewart of Agape International Spiritual Center, Beverly Hills, CA; the phenomenal medical staff at the Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL and the UCLA Bowyer Oncology Center, Los Angeles, CA; as well as the amazing 230+ family and friends across the United States who have shared encouraging words of support on the "Janice Caiola aka Glammie J!" Facebook page over the course of her two-year journey. In honor of Janice's wishes (and befitting the many people and places she loved and called home), there will be a "Trifecta" of celebrations of life in Herkimer, NY, Orlando, FL, and Los Angeles, CA for family and friends, to be announced at future times and dates. (April 1, 2022)

 

Charles Edward Thibault, IHS 1953, age 86, of Sarasota, Florida, died Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota, Florida. Charles was born January 27, 1936 in Clinton, NY, the son of Lucien and Adrienne Thibault. He attended Annunciation and Ilion Central Schools, graduating in 1953. He attended NYU at Albany, NY after graduation. He was a parishioner at Annunciation Church in Ilion, NY while there and a very active member at St. Thomas More in Sarasota until his passing. As a young man, Charles was very active in the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. He received the Order of the Arrow. He was a Bugler and staff member at Camp Russell, BSA. Later, Charles belonged to many civic and professional organizations throughout his life and served on many boards. On June 4, 1955, Charles was united in marriage to Joyce Hungerford at Annunciation Church in Ilion, NY. They shared 56 years of loving marriage. Charles was employed with Valley Electric in Mohawk, NY. In January of 1977, he started Utica Valley Electric Supply Company in Yorkville, NY and was President of the company until retiring in 1998 to Sarasota, FL with his wife, Joyce. Charles was an avid golfer and spent a lot of his retired time on the golf course in the Mohawk Valley at Cedar Lake Country Club and at TPC Prestancia in Sarasota. He was a longtime member of both Cedar Lake and TPC Prestancia. He had many friends that he loved spending time with, either on the golf course, traveling, cruises or fun gatherings. But what he loved most was being with his children and grandchildren, and spending time with his wife in their homes in Ilion, NY and Sarasota, FL. Charles lost his loving wife, Joyce on July 4, 2011. On November 2, 2013, Charles married Nancy O. Joyce of Lakewood Ranch, FL. They settled at the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch in Sarasota FL and enjoyed six happy years there together until Nancy's passing on July 2, 2019. Charles is survived by his beloved twin brother Larry and wife Jeanne of Roanoke, TX and his sister Rosemarie Squire of Herkimer, NY; three children, Larry (Terry) Thibault of Clayville, NY, Paul (Christine) Thibault of Ilion, NY, and Kathy Buckley, also of Ilion; eight wonderful grandchildren, Donna (Nathan) Flesher of Montara, CA, Matthew Thibault of Frankfort, NY, Stacey (Steven) Brandes of Gibsonton, FL. Ashley (Ken) Schorer of Ilion, Charlie Buckley of Ilion, Rene' (Bogdan) Pyrda of Marcy, NY, Cassandra Thibault, and Nickee Thibault of Ilion; eleven cherished great grandchildren, Lila, Brooks, Addyson, Grayson, Leo, Kyra, Ellianna, Emilia, Zoey, Ewa and Dominic; and several treasured nieces and nephews. Charles is also survived by three stepchildren, Mike (Vicki) Joyce, Rick (Harmony) Joyce, and Susan Joyce. He was pre-deceased by brother-in-law Charles Squire and son-in-law Michael Buckley. Charles… Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, was an exceptional man and a pillar of the family. The Thibault family would like to thank the wonderful nurses, CNA's and staff, who gave so much of themselves for the love and care of Charles at the Carroll Center at The Glenridge the past few years. Funeral services and burial will be at a later date in Ilion, NY.(April 1, 2022)

 

Anne Marie Getman, IHS 1980 The world lost a bright star when Anne Marie Getman passed away peacefully, at her home, in Barneveld, after a brief illness, on March 24, 2022. Born in Ilion, NY, on September 27, 1962, Anne graduated from St. Lawrence University and Cornell Law School. She dedicated her law career to helping families through the Lewis, Herkimer and Oneida County family court systems. However, her most cherished role was as a mother and she took great pride in celebrating the many talents and accomplishments of her three children, Colin, Kathryn and Meaghen Baldwin. Anne loved baking and cooking and enjoyed discovering and experimenting with new recipes and sharing them with others. Anne also had a passion for running, completing over 25 Boilermakers, numerous local races and the Marine Corps Marathon. She had an inquisitive mind and enjoyed meeting new people and exploring new places. Her genuine interest in and compassion for others shined through in these encounters. Anne also loved traditions and many enjoyed the delicious samples from the annual holiday cookie exchange she hosted for many years. She particularly enjoyed the family's annual treks to Maine. Anne was the daughter of the late George and Hazel Ross Getman and leaves behind her husband, Robert Baldwin and their three children, Colin, Kathryn and Meaghen Baldwin. She also leaves eight brothers and sisters and their families, G. Stephen (Suzanne) Getman, Ilion, Susan Cadwallader, Bristol, VA, Margaret Getman, St. Paul, MN, William (Suzanne) Getman, Waterville, Sarah (Jeffrey) Steele, Eaton, Carole (Howard) Halpin, So. Windsor, CT, Ross (Maureen) Getman, Syracuse and Gail (Joel) Prosser, Cape Coral, FL. A Celebration of Anne's Life will be held later this spring. A memorial site has been established at https://www.forevermissed.com/anne-marie-getman. Anne's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion/Frankfort, NY, Funeral Directors Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315-894-8000). (March 29, 2022)

 

Carol J. (Burns) Salvagni, IHS 1971, age 68, beloved wife of Robert Salvagni, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 20, 2022, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, NY. She was born July 8, 1953 in Ilion, NY the daughter of the late Ernest J. and Violet (Harter) Burns. Carol was a graduate of Ilion High School and later attended Herkimer County Community College. On April 6, 1974, Carol was united in marriage to Robert Salvagni at the Ilion Methodist Church. Carol was last employed at the former Evening Telegram newspaper in Herkimer. Prior to that she worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hartford. She also worked for the Schools Out Day Care and after School Program in Herkimer. Carol devoted herself to be a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. She always put the needs and concerns of her loved ones first. She was the happiest when she was surrounded by her grandchildren. In her leisure, she along with her husband Bob, enjoyed testing their luck at the local casinos. Carol enjoyed talking with everyone she ran into and especially having coffee talks on the porch with her sisters. Survivors include her devoted husband of 47 years, Robert; a daughter, Jennifer Salvagni; sons, Jason (Jessica) Salvagni and Jonathan Salvagni; sisters, Beverly (Joseph) Lopata, Linda O'Keefe and Colleen Burns; a brother, Jerry Burns; three cherished grandchildren, Dominick, Jordan and Isabelle Salvagni; in-laws, Barbara and Dominick Stagliano and MaryAnn and Gary Jones; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her sisters, Katherine Nitka and Donna Kent and a brother, Ernest Burns. In keeping with Carol's wishes funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank), 527 E. Albany St., Herkimer, NY. (March 25, 2022)

 

Mrs. Margaret Sylvia "Peg" (Ferris) Stafford, IHS Faculty, age 81, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at MVHS - St. Luke's Campus with her loving family by her side. She was born in Endicott, NY on July 30, 1940, Peg was the daughter of the late Herbert C. and Mildred G. Light Ferris. She was a graduate of Vestal Central School District in 1958. She continued her education at SUNY Buffalo where she received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in 1962. She attended Syracuse University at Utica College to receive her Master's Degree in education. She went on to work at Ilion Jr./Sr. High School as an Art Teacher, retiring in 1990. She married Richard Stafford in 1964 and they shared a blessed union until his passing in 2010. Peg is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Jewel Stafford of Ilion and Doug and Pam Stafford of Glenville; her beloved grandchildren, Andrew and Chelsea Stafford of Ilion, Amanda Stafford of Mechanicville, Cherisse and Sean Small of Ilion and Cordell and Shaina Stafford of Ilion; her great-grandchildren, Kendra, Katherine, Emilia, Jackson, and Alexis; one brother and sister-in-law, Ronald E. and Carol Ferris of Aiken, SC and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Calling hours will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, from 1:00-3:00 pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. A Memorial Service will follow at the conclusion of visitation with Deacon James Bower, officiating. Inurnment will take place in New Berlin Cemetery at the convenience of her family. To leave condolences for Peg's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 21, 2022)

 

Marcia Radley Minehan, IHS 1969, age 70, the loving wife of John H. Minehan, passed away peacefully at home in Westport, on March 16, 2022 of a rare form of appendiceal cancer. Born in Rochester, NY in 1951 to the late Grover W. and Patricia Rheinhardt Radley, Jr., Marcia grew up in Ilion, NY and spent her summers at her family's camp on Lake Otsego near Cooperstown, NY. She was a graduate of Ilion High School (1969), Smith College (1973), and Albany Law School (1976). After graduating from Albany Law School, Marcia moved to New York City and worked in the Trust Department of Morgan Guaranty Trust Co. where she met her future husband. She retired from Morgan Guaranty after the birth of her first child, Katherine (Katie) R. She went on to have two more daughters, Jane E., and Caroline A. and has resided in Westport for over 40 years. Despite the demands of raising three daughters, Marcia was always active in other endeavors. For many years she was a Trustee of Albany Law School as well as a Trustee of the Norwalk Youth Symphony. Marcia was an avid exercise enthusiast and made many friends at the Southport Racquet Club and the Saugatuck Rowing Club Marcia is survived by her husband, John Hull Minehan, her daughters Katherine Minehan Orce (Brian) of New York, NY, Jane Elizabeth Minehan of Seattle, WA, and Caroline Minehan Hanley (Matt) of Farmington, CT and one granddaughter, Zoe Olivia Hanley. She is also survived by her sister, Sarah Radley Stein (Robert) of Rockport, ME, her brothers Jeffrey Rheinhardt (Brenda) of Clinton, NY and Eric Rheinhardt of Cooperstown, NY and many nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to greet her family on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to reminisce and celebrate her life at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Road in Fairfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to: The National Organization for Rare Disorders, Attn: Department 5930, P.O. Box 4110, Woburn, MA 01888, https://rarediseases.org/donate/. (March 21, 2022)

 

Janet K. (Bowen) Kelsey, IHS 1960, passed away peacefully on her 80th birthday, March 15, 2022. She was born March 15, 1942, in Ilion, the daughter of the late John and Cora (LeFever) Bowen. Janet was a graduate of Ilion High School. After working at the former Hess Department Store in New Hartford, Janet continued her education and graduated from the USC (Utica School of Commerce) The Business College. She was married to David A. Morgan who preceded her in death. Janet was last employed at the USC Business College where she held the position of Administrative Secretary. Prior to that she was a manager for the former Hess Department Store at Sangertown Mall. At one time Janet was a member of the Valley Chapter # 82 (Order of the Eastern Star), Ilion. Janet was a devoted mother and grandmother, who always put the needs and concerns of her loved ones first. She enjoyed visiting with her friends and especially stopping at her brother, John's place of business, Bowen's Powers Sports. Janet had a special place in her heart for her canine companions. Survivors include her children, Kevin Morgan of Tennessee, Bruce Morgan and wife Jayne of Ilion, and Colleen Morgan of Ilion; her grandchildren, David Morgan and girlfriend Mackenzie Sherlock, Jacob Morgan and wife Mallory, Allison Morgan, and Brianna Morgan; a great grandson, Benjamin Morgan; a brother, John Bowen and wife Mary of Ilion; nieces and nephews, Wendy (Dan) Loughlin, David (Lynn) Craska, Paul Bowen and Kimberly Bowen and significant other, Todd; two great nieces, Audrey and Avery and several cousins. She was pre-deceased by an infant daughter, Cynthia Morgan, sister, Carolyn Craska, and her companion of many years, George (Bud) Morris. In keeping with Janet's wishes funeral services and burial at Cedarville Cemetery will be private and held at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank), 527 E. Albany St., Herkimer, NY. (April 27, 2022)

 

James Edward McEvoy (Jamie), IHS 1986, went to be with the Lord after a brief illness on Saturday March 12, 2022. Jamie was born on March 22,1967 in Newburyport, MA to the late Edward and Sara (Skinner) McEvoy. He was happily married to his love, Katrina, since March 17, 2001. They married on their favorite holiday, St. Patrick's Day. Jamie graduated from Ilion High School, Class of 1986, where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and baseball. Jamie's love of the outdoors brought him to Florida and a career in landscaping and lawncare. Jamie was a family man and had a very large family and group of friends. Anyone who knew Jamie loved him. Jamie loved his sports and the New England sport teams- The Boston Red Sox, NE Patriots, and the Boston Celtics. He loved the ocean, fishing, the beach and life in general. He was an excellent poker and chess player, taught by Fletch. Jamie was predeceased by his parents and his big brother, Chris McEvoy. He is survived by his loving wife Katrina and his siblings, Maureen McEvoy Webster (Ron), of Ilion, NY, Anne McEvoy Andersen (Lou) in Omaha, NE, Mary McEvoy Bittick (Jolly), of Sequim, WA, Lisa McEvoy Bernier (Walt), of Frankfort, NY, David McEvoy of Edgewater, FL, Zachary McEvoy, Daniel McEvoy (Courtney), and Kate McEvoy Edmonston (Blake) of Tennessee, Aimee Aloisio Cotto (Walter) of Ilion, NY, and his beloved step mother, Christine McEvoy. He is also survived by his loving mother-in-law Margie Harvey and her late husband Jimmy, brother's in law Joshua Barnum and Jessie Harvey of Painesville, OH. He was Uncle Jamie to his 26 nieces and nephews whom he adored. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. Growing up Jamie was fortunate to have 2 life mentors, Fletch and Goldie, he loved them so much and thank you for the love and guidance you provided throughout his life. He had very special friends in FL, Joe and Donna Thompson and their family, the Hagan family and so many other friends, too many to mention. He loved you ALL! For his Florida friends and family there will be calling hours on March 22,2022 at Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home, 1 North Causeway, New Smyrna Beach, from 4:00-6:00 pm. For his home family and friends Jamie will be going home for his final rest in New York. Services there will be announced at a later date. Baldwin Brothers New Smyrna Beach and Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Little Falls, NY have been entrusted. (March 18, 2022)

 

Jerome D. Alsante, IHS 1981, age age 59, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Jerome Alsante was an intellect, with a wonderful sense of humor, who had the ability to light up a room with his antics and contagious laughter. Jerome genuinely enjoyed living in our beautiful Upstate New York and spent countless hours hunting, fishing and working on his home and Lakehouse. The "Jer" had a special relationship with all of his friends and there was this comfort and familiarity among them that laid the foundation for so many special and supportive friendships. Born on December 18, 1962, Jerome was the youngest child of Jerome and Rose Marie Alsante. He spent his youth in Ilion, N.Y. where he attended Ilion High School. Jerome graduated from Suny IT at Utica Rome University and spent his long and fulfilling work career with The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. Alsante leaves behind his significant other, Deborah Streeter, who he loved, adored and deeply respected. Deborah Streeter's two children Adam Bullis and Erin Dempsy and her husband, Jason were always dear to Jerome and an integral, important part of his life. Jerome also leaves behind his three sisters: Deborah Alsante and her husband, Edward Pena, Donna Alsante Murphy and her husband, Bill Murphy, and Dawn Alsante Calhoun and her husband, Ron Calhoun; and several nieces and nephews: Jennifer Murphy, Avery Murphy, Melissa Goff and her husband, Jared Goff, Kyle Murphy, Jack Alamond, Dominick Calhoun and his wife, Chelsea and Salvatore Calhoun and his wife, Alejandra. A special thank you is extended to the staff at St. Luke's Hospital and especially Alek for their outstanding care and compassion during this difficult journey. We are incredibly lucky to have you in the Valley. The Alsante family extends a heartfelt thank you to our family, friends and neighbors, for their tireless support on our journey with Jerome. Calling hours will be from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, at 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, N.Y. 13357. Spring interment will be in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Jerome's funeral arrangements are entrusted to Funeral Directors, Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315-894-8000).. (March 15, 2022)

 

Raymond F. Bentzl, IHS 1957, age 84, of Ilion, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2022 in The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Ilion with his loving family by his side. He was born in Ilion on February 20, 1938, the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn Wilson Bentz and he graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1957. He was married to Beverly Tennant on August 29, 1957 in the Church of the Annunciation. He was employed as a Computer Board Etcher with MDS in Herkimer for many years. He was also a proud Volunteer Firefighter with the Ilion Fire Department with 50 years of service. Ray is survived by his beloved wife, Beverly; two sons, Scott Bentz of Ilion and Gregg Bentz and his wife, Betsi of Watertown; two daughters, Susan Bentz of Herkimer and Roberta Drescher and her husband, Peter of Hilton, NY; his grandchildren, Bradley Bentz of Virginia Beach, Kyle and Regan Bentz of Virginia Beach, Kirstin Drescher of Hilton, NY, Heather Drescher of Rochester, NY and Kayla Bentz of Watertown, NY; his great-grandchildren, Arayiah Bentz, Greyson Bentz, Stella Bentz; his sister-in-law, Donna Barrett and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was Predeceased by one brother, Ronald Bentz. Calling hours will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM with a service to follow in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. Interment will take place in the spring in Armory Hill Cemetery. To leave condolences for Ray's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 15, 2022)

 

Jeffrey S. Riesel, IHS 1991, age 50, of Ilion, of Ilion, Passed away unexpectedly from natural causes on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. He was born on October 18, 1971, in New Hartford, NY, the son of Daniel Riesel and Constance (Hadsell) Birdsall. Jeff was a graduate of Ilion High School. He is married to the former Melissa Stanek. Jeff worked in the construction trade for many years. Survivors include his mother, Constance (Bill) Birdsall; his father, Daniel (Mary) Riesel; his wife Melissa Riesel; his sons, Jeffrey Riesel, Daniel Riesel and Brent Riesel; two brothers, Peter Riesel and Christopher Lucas; and several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Jeff's life will take place at Crossways in Ilion on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at 1 pm. Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service (next to NBT Bank), 527 E. Albany St., Herkimer, NY. (February 28, 2022)

 

Charles G. McHarg, Jr., IHS 1952, age 87, currently of New Hartford, NY and formerly of Saratoga Springs, NY, died peacefully on February 18, 2022, after a 26-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born on October 7, 1934, he was the son of the late Charles and Katherine (King) McHarg, Sr. of Mohawk, NY. Charles graduated from Ilion High School, Ilion, New York, and then from Albany State University, Albany, New York with a Bachelor's of Secondary Education and Masters of Guidance Counseling and School Administration. His career was spent in education and he retired after 38 years. He was Principal of Saratoga Springs Junior High and Assistant Superintendent of schools when he retired. He was the Vice-President Suburban Council-Secondary Administrator, Regional Chairman for the New York State Secondary Administrators Association, a member of St Clements Church and past president of the Parish Council, Eucharistic Minister, Liturgy of the Word Minister, President of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club and served on the Board for several years, Board Member Saratoga Spring "Y", member of the Salvation Army Board, Volunteer – Habitat for Humanity for 14 years-construction (Florida). He also belonged to the Boy Scouts of America, as a Vigil Honor member in the Order of the Arrow. Survivors include his four children, David McHarg (Julie) of Castorland, New York, Theresa Agel of Chicago, Illinois, Kathleen Russo (Thomas) of Hudson,Ohio, and Michele Muller of Hudson Falls, New York; his 10 grandchildren, Steven McHarg, Zachary Agel, Nicholas Agel, Brandon Russo(his fiancé Emily), Kelsey Russo, Jacob Russo, Zoe Muller, Remy Muller, Marcellus Muller and Isabella Muller; and his sister,Helen, and Brother-in-Law, Ben May of Leesburgh, Florida. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Doris; his brother, John McHarg; and his sister and brother-in-law, Ann and James Venditte. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10:30AM at the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion, NY, officiated by Rev. Paul Catena, Pastor. Procession will follow to St. Mary's Cemetery in East Herkimer, where Charles' earthly remains will be laid to rest. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the American Parkinson Disease Association, PO Box 61420, Staten Island, New York 10306. Website: www.apdaparksinson.org. The McHarg family has entrusted final arrangements to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY 13357, Harry and Kevin Enea, Martin L. Ciaccia and Don Applegate, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (February 28, 2022)

 

Barbara Elsie (Broat) Noll, IHS 1955, age 84, of Ilion, passed away peacefully in her sleep, on Sunday, February 20, 2022. She was born on June 7, 1937, in Herkimer, the daughter of Kenneth and Elsie (Potter) Broat. She lived in Mohawk until she was five and then resided in Ilion for the next seventy-nine years. Barbara graduated from Ilion High School and Central City Business Institute (CCBI), Syracuse. On August 22, 1959, she was married to "the love of her life", Charles "Charlie" A. Noll, in Annunciation Church, Ilion. Charlie died on September 8, 2012. Prior and in addition to raising her three children, Barbara held several jobs, including private secretary, medical secretary, canteen/café manager and teacher's assistant. Barbara greatly enjoyed caring for her various dogs, (Jingles, Pepper, Bandit and Squeakers), cooking, traveling and camping with Charlie, tending to her flowers and most of all, spending time with her children and grandchildren. Barbara is survived by her three children: Laura Bay and her husband, James, Eric Noll and his wife, Marianne, and Brett Noll and his wife, Elizabeth Mahler Noll; eight grandchildren: DeAnna Bay and her fiancé, Jason Markins, Michael Bay and his wife, Natalie, Kenneth Noll and his wife, Alicia, Kathryn (Noll) Ward and her husband, Sam and Kelsey, Joseph, Isaac and Allison Noll; and three great-grandchildren: Riley, Archer and Aurora. Barbara will be remembered as very strong of character and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her "halfway house" was always open and babysitting was "free of charge". Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion. A Celebration of Barbara's Life and Prayer Service will follow at 3:00 p.m., at the funeral home. If you are planning on attending the visitation and/or service, please wear a mask to protect the family and others. Thank you for your understanding. Burial will be held later this spring, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, next to her husband, Charlie. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Barbara, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home. Barbara's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to her Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (February 23, 2022)

 

Patricia A. Seymour, IHS Cafeteria Staff, Frankfort - Patricia A. Seymour, 88, of Herkimer, passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2022 in Valley Health Services with her loving family by her side. She was born in Frankfort on January 11, 1934, the daughter of the late Lester and Beryl Irons Lints and she attended Frankfort Schools. She was married to Alfred Seymour on November 7, 1953 in the Church of the Annunciation in Ilion. The two shared a blessed union of over 60 years until Alfred's passing on March 15, 2014. Pat was at one time employed with UNIVAC and was subsequently employed in the cafeteria for Ilion Central School District. She remained at the Ilion Central School District for over 20 years until her retirement. She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Auxiliary in Ilion and was the Eastern Star Queen in Frankfort as a young adult. Pat enjoyed playing pitch, shuffleboard, and she loved lottery tickets and listening to country music. Patricia is survived by one son, Tim Seymour and his fiance, Christina Cain of Ilion; one daughter and son in law, Lisa and Jason Adamek of Herkimer; five grandchildren, Erica Seymour, Daniel Adamek, Libby Seymour, Mackenzie Adamek and Cole Seymour; three great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Haylie and Sadie; one brother, Edward Lints of Delaware; one daughter-in-law, Dr. Pina Sanelli; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one son, Dr. Jeff Seymour; and three brothers, Lester Lints, Jr., Robert Lints, and John Lints. Calling hours will be held Tuesday, February 15, 2022 from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion. Deacon James Bower will conduct a service at the closing of calling hours. Interment will take place in the Spring in Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion. Pat's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of Valley Health Services, especially Missy, for the kindness shown to Pat during her residence there. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that donations be made to the Valley Health Services Recreation Department; envelopes will be available at the funeral home. To leave condolences for Pat's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (February 12, 2022)

 

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)

 

Judith (Best) Conley, IHS 1956, age 83, of Schuyler, New York, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 30, 2022, at St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Judie was born on June 14, 1938, in Ilion, New York, to William and Corinne Best. She graduated from Ilion High School and Cazenovia College. On August 9, 1958, she married James Conley and was blessed to share 63 wonderful years together. Judie was employed with several medical offices in the Utica area. She was known for her generosity and compassion. Judie volunteered for many organizations supporting women, children, and animals throughout her life. She was an avid traveler who adored her cats, enjoyed reading, and loved tending to her plants and flowers. Above all, she cherished time spent with her grandchildren. Judie is survived by her husband James, her children, James Conley Jr. (Mary), Todd Conley, and Paige Rossman (Kent). Also surviving her are six grandchildren, Zack and Lizzie Conley, Fede and Esme Conley, Alex and Livy Rossman. She was predeceased by her parents, William and Corinne Best, and her older brother, Bill. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to St. Luke's Hospital staff for their extraordinary care.In keeping with Judie's wishes, there will be no calling hours. There will be a celebration of her life at a later date. Please consider donations to Anita's Stevens Swan Humane Society (www.anitas-sshs.org), where Judie was a long-time volunteer. (February 7, 2022)

 

Lillian Jane (Barger) Gaherty, IHS 1946 Class Contact, age 92, of Mohawk, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, Jan. 27, 2022 at Valley Health Services, Herkimer. She was born on June 1, 1929, daughter of the late Clifford and Alice (Bacher) Barger and educated in Ilion schools, graduating with the Ilion High School, "Class of 1946". She was joined in marriage with John "Bud" Gaherty on Oct. 29, 1949 in Mohawk; a blessed union of 58 years until the passing of Mr. Gaherty on Oct. 22, 2007. Lillian was last employed with Utica College and was also the historian for the village of Mohawk for over 50 years. Lillian loved to collect salt dips. She also was very interested in the history of the Mohawk Valley and loved to share her local wealth of knowledge with all. Lillian was a avid NY Yankees fan and was a founding member of the Mohawk Fire Department Auxilliary, where she was involved for over 50 years. Survivors include her sister, Susan Barger and Bill Nichols of Ilion; her daughters, Jayne LeClair and husband Tommy of Mohawk, Barbara Korce and husband Thomas of Mohawk and Sally Gaherty and Jerry Thomas of Mohawk; son, Dan Gaherty and wife Dixi of Orlando, FL; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband John; a son, Jackie Gaherty; a brother, Cliff and by many aunts and uncles. A celebration of life will take place at the Mohawk American Legion at a time to be announced in the spring of 2022. There are no calling hours. Kindly consider and send contributions in her name to Herkimer County Historical Society or to the future Mohawk History Center. The Gaherty family would like to offer their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff at Valley Health Services, Herkimer, for their kindness and compassion. (January 29, 2022)

 

Sister Jane C., RSM (formerly Sister Bernard Mary), IHS 1956, died January 19, 2022 at Saint Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Albany. Born in Ilion, NY, she was the daughter of the late Bernard Leach and Marjorie Ackley Leach. She had been a Sister of Mercy for 65 years. Sister earned a Bachelor's degree from Siena College, Loudonville. She ministered as a teacher at St. Mary's, Oneonta; St. Joseph's, Rensselaer; St. Patrick's, Johnstown; Blessed Sacrament, Albany; St. Agnes, Cohoes; and Waterford Central School. Sister Jane spent several years as school secretary at Holy Cross School, Albany, where she also did outreach work in the parish. Contemplative by nature, Sister Jane was grateful for the opportunity to spend three years at Our Lady of Grace Dominican Monastery in Guilford, Connecticut, living the vowed life according to the monastic tradition. Upon returning to the Albany Diocese, she served as a receptionist at St. Peter's Home Care. Quiet and unassuming, Jane reached out in kindness to the staff; they loved her and appreciated her warm smile and the service she offered them. Sister Jane enjoyed a simple lifestyle; she loved nature, especially birds and plants. She could readily identify multiple species of both and was in her glory when she could spend time at Five Rivers or at the ocean. Reflective of her commitment to protect the environment, she maintained current memberships in the Sierra Club, Earth Justice and Nature Conservancy. Jane was a voracious reader, devouring the printed word from cover to cover, whether newspapers, books on spirituality, history, science fiction or a good novel. She loved to knit and welcomed the dual opportunity to engage in an activity she enjoyed while creating practical gifts to offer to those in need. Sister Jane's final, and perhaps her favorite ministry, was as support staff in the Office of the Registrar at Maria College, Albany. It was a perfect fit, for Sister Jane, for the registrars, and for the students, and she became a loyal friend. Her willingness to manage the office when needed freed the registrars to attend meetings they might otherwise have missed. She was amazingly open to learning new data bases and technology. Although shy and somewhat reticent, Sister Jane had a keen sense of humor which endeared her to others. It was not uncommon for students to stop in at the office not because they had business to take care of with the registrars but simply to visit with Sister Jane. The schedule showed Jane working four mornings a week, but she was flexible enough to add a fifth when needed. When she was no longer able to live independently, Sister Jane graciously accepted that it was time for her to move to the nursing home. Although she herself was a resident, she took it upon herself to watch out for the needs of other residents less able than she, making certain they had received meals and essential services, and inviting them to join with others to watch television or engage in other activities. She had special devotion to the Eucharist and welcomed the opportunity to receive Communion as often as possible. Sister Jane maintained strong bonds with her family, despite the fact that in Sister's later years, most of her relatives lived at a distance. In addition to her parents, Sister Jane was predeceased by her brother Bernard (Reiko) of Buffalo. She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Hebert (the late Kenneth) of Connecticut; her brother, William (Minyo) of Georgia, and several nieces and nephews as well as by her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates. A reception of Sister's body will be held Monday, January 24, 2022 at 9 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, 607 Central Avenue, Albany, followed immediately by a wake. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Masks must be worn and social distancing observed. Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Greenbush. The Sisters of Mercy wish to express our gratitude to the staff of the Convent of Mercy, Albany, and St. Peter's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the great tenderness with which they cared for our Sister. Contributions may be made in Sister Jane's memory to the Sisters of Mercy, 634 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York 12208. (January 25, 2022)

 

Mrs. Catherine (Cashman) Accattato, IHS 1948, age 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday evening, January 23, 2022, at the St. Elizabeth Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Born in Meriden, Connecticut on July 7, 1929, Catherine was the daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Tomkievicz) Cashman. She was raised and educated locally and graduated from Ilion High School. As a young woman, Catherine met and fell in love with Dominick Accattato and the two were married on July 17, 1948 at Annunciation Church in Ilion. Together, they raised their family and spent over forty years in a loving union until Dominick's passing on January 20, 1989. Later in life, she was blessed with a second marriage to John "Jack" McGurk who also predeceased her. Over the years, Katie worked at Oneida National Bank as a teller, and was the owner and operator of the Cloverleaf Motel. Together with her husband, Dominick, and son, Jim, Katie was the co-owner of the original Streamside Manor until her retirement in 2007. At one time, she was a member of the St. Francis di Paola Society Ladies' Auxiliary as well as the American Legion Auxiliary. She volunteered her time with Hospice, was a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, and in her free time enjoyed shopping! Katie's life revolved around her family and she was a wonderful, loving, caring, generous and doting mother and grandmother. The Sunday dinners, as well as the Monday through Saturday dinners, will always be a special memory. There was always room at the table for whoever happened to stop by. She lived to be surrounded by her family and strived to make the lives of those she loved, especially her grandchildren, magical. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Catherine is survived by her daughters, Jeri Frederick and Judy Zipko; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Accattato; her eight grandchildren, Andrea and Dominick Bellino, Dominick Accattato and Brittany Barker, Katie and Dave D'Agostino, Steve and Sobia Frederick, DJ Frederick, Julie and Paul Irizarry, Joseph and Tammy Zipko and Jenna and Anthony Tripple; and her eleven great-grandchildren, Luciano Bellino, Adrianna Bellino, David D'Agostino, Joseph D'Agostino, Zahra Frederick, Alya Frederick, Mariana Irizarry, Paulie Irizarry, Latina Irizarry, Italia Irizarry and Adrianna Tripple. She also leaves her sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Robert Luke of Ilion; along with numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and extended family. Aside from her parents and husbands, Catherine was predeceased by her son, James Dominick Accattato in 2021; her sons-in-law, Steven J. Frederick in 2020 and George J. Zipko in 2017; by her siblings, John and Emily Cashman, Raymond and Beverly Cashman, Irene and Earl Polley and Florence and Ed Plunkett; and by her in-laws, Marceline and John Torchia, Gemma and Guy Tassino, Sarah and Michael LiBritz and Frank and Betty Accattato. A special thank you is extended to the staff and caregivers at Foltsbrook in Herkimer, where Catherine lived through these last few years of her life's journey; as well as to the nursing staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center for the attention given to her through these last days. Katie's family will gather privately to bid their farewells to her. Her earthly remains will be laid to rest in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Frankfort in the spring of 2022. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413. Katie's final wishes were pre-arranged and entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000, Harry and Kevin Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia, Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (January 25, 2022)

 

Rebecca Michele Stockton, IHS 1986, 53, of Ilion, passed away on Friday, January 21, 2022 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford. She was born on February 4, 1968 in New Hartford, the daughter of Bonnie Charland and the late Peter A. Stockton, Sr. and she attended Ilion Schools. She was employed as a Developmental Aide with the New York State DDSO in Utica for many years. She is survived by her mother, Bonnie Charland of Ilion; one sister, Kathleen and Ervin Hoskins of Florida; one brother, Peter and Michelle Bishop Stockton of Liverpool; two nephews, JD Brooks and Justin Brooks and one great-niece, Blair Brooks, all of Florida. Services for Becky will be held at a later date to be announced. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. To leave condolences for Becky's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (January 25, 2022)

 

Robert Morton Conover, IHS 1960, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away, peacefully, at home, on January 15, 2022, surrounded by his children, and listening to big band music. Born January 30, 1942 to David and Marion (Morton) Conover, in Ilion, NY. Bob was raised in the Mohawk/Ilion/Frankfort area. He was a 1960 graduate of Ilion Central High School. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in December of 1960. After finishing his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Bob completed electronic equipment repair school at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS in June 1961. Bob was ultimately stationed in Germany, where he served in the 7030th Combat Support Wing, on special assignment, at the U.S. Army Sembach Airfield, in Bremerhaven. Bob married Linda Kornbrust in 1962. Linda joined Bob in Germany and their first child, Tracy Alane, was born later that year. The family rented rooms, off base, from Herr & Frau Schneider. Bob learned a lot of Deutsch while living with the Schneiders and seemingly never forgot any of it. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Bob went to work for Sperry Rand/Univac, in Ilion and Utica, NY, in electronics and computer programming. He also became a lifetime member of the American Legion, Mohawk chapter. Robert Scott was born in 1967. In 1971, Univac transferred the family to Streamwood, IL. Bob and Linda divorced in 1977. Bob married Linda Elwess, in 1982. Their daughter, Valerie Marie, was born in 1984. In 1989 Univac/Unisys transferred the Conover family to Bluebell, PA and a year later, transferred them again, to Sylvania, OH. Bob retired from Unisys in 2000. Sadly, Linda lost her battle with breast cancer, six months later. Growing up in a musical family, Bob loved everything music and the arts. In high school, he played percussion in the school's Dance Band, Concert Band, and Orchestra, as well as singing in the Choir. While in the Airforce, Bob became a charter member of the Sembach Base Orchestra. During and after high school, Bob and his father participated in the Black Hawks Drum and Bugle Corps of Utica, NY, where Bob was part of the drumline. While living in Illinois, Bob rekindled his love of drum corps, playing with the Chicago Connection, the Spirit of '76 (of Racine, WI) and the Chicago Vanguard. Bob was an accomplished percussionist, but also played the trumpet, for his "own amazement". After moving to Ohio, Bob played tympany/percussion with the JCC Orchestra, the Maumee Community Band, and sang with the Lourdes College Choir, (where Valerie eventually joined him), and its Good Company Ensemble. Later, he sang with the Sylvania Senior Center Choir, and participated in their annual Follies, but, nearest and dearest to his heart, was singing bass with the Toledo Choral Society. Bob's life was filled with good friends, music, and dining at his two favorite places, Classic Cafe and Mayberry Diner. For over 10 years, friends fed him and drove him to restaurants and rehearsals. When COVID took most of that away, he was hit hard by the isolation. During this time, his small circle of close, dedicated friends, who had already adopted him into their families, provided meals, transportation, groceries, companionship – you name it, they were there. They never left him. It was through their dedication, that Bob was able to remain in his home, until the end. Bob's family thanks you all, from the bottom of their hearts. you know who you are. Bob is survived by his Aunt Barb (Morton) Tibbits, brother Gary (Carmon) Conover; his three children, Tracy (Curt) Conover-Beck, Robert S. Conover, and Valerie (Sam) Conover; four grandchildren, Curtis & Daniel Beck, Shelby & Ben Conover; and one great granddaughter Calianna Miles. Viewing will be Sunday, January 23rd from 2 to 6 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:00 p.m., at Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania, OH. The Memorial service will be live streamed on Reeb's Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Toledo Choral Society (toledochoralsociety.org) or Ohio Living Health and Hospice (giving@ohioliving.org or call (800) 686 7800). Online condolence to reebfuneralhome.com. (January 21, 2022)

 

Edwina L. "Eddie" Anderson, Barringer Road Faculty member, age 75, formerly of Mohawk and Ilion, NY, died peacefully at her home in Bluffton with family by her side on January 7, 2022. Edwina "Eddie" was born in Queens, NY in 1946 to the late Edward and Helen Kleese and grew up in Islip, Long Island. Edwina earned a Master's degree in Elementary Education from SUNY-Oneonta and went on to teach elementary education for 33 years at Barringer Road Elementary School in Ilion, NY. She was extremely involved in the New York State United Teachers Association, and it was there she met the love of her life, Bernard Anderson. They married in 1977 and continued to build their circle of family and friends in the Mohawk Valley. They were both very active in the Ilion Little Theater, both onstage and off. Together they retired to Sun City in Bluffton, SC in 2005, enjoying life and activities with family and friends, old and new. They continued their love of theater with the Sun City Theater Club. Bernie predeceased her in 2008. Eddie is survived by her son, Lawrence (Kristin) in Bluffton, SC; and her "daughters", Kathryn (James) Barickman (Underhill, VT), Mary Anderson (Bluffton, SC) and Bernadette (Charles Clottin) Posato (Rochester, NY and Umatilla, FL). Her greatest joy in life was being Oma to her "angels", Benjamin and Grace. Edwina also leaves her beloved siblings, Elaine (Conrad) Koehler (Hilton Head, SC) and Bruce (Frances) Kleese (Edmond, OK) as well as many nieces and nephews (and cousins?). She will also be greatly missed by her many "sisters of the heart" from her teaching days and her recent years in Sun City. She will forever be remembered by all who knew her for her huge heart and endless generosity. She gave so much of her time and herself to family and friends- and if she loved you, you were family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made in Edwina's name to Bluffton Self Help or St. Jude's Children's Hospital to continue her legacy of love and helping others. Funeral arrangements are by Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton, SC. A funeral liturgy will take place in South Carolina at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton. A memorial service will be held June, 2022 in Chestertown, NY. (January 13, 2022)

 

Brian F. Dzimitrowicz, Sr., IHS 1976, age 65, of Ilion (Town of Columbia), passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, from natural causes at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. He was born on November 19, 1956 in Herkimer the son of the late Anthony J. and Marion D. (Waite) Dzimitrowicz and was educated in Ilion schools. On August 14, 2021, Brian was united in marriage to the love of his life and longtime companion, Nancy (Hitchcock) Nabinger at their home in the Town of Columbia. Brian was last employed at Steet - Ponte Chevrolet in Herkimer, in the body repair department. Prior to that, he worked for Safelite Auto Glass for over 18 years. Brian was a man devoted to his family. He was a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Brian enjoyed helping his friends and family with their projects and was always the first to lend a helping hand. He had a great sense of humor and no matter what kind of day you were having, Brian could make you smile. Survivors include his loving wife Nancy; a daughter, Jessica Dzimitrowicz and Matt; a son, Brian F. Dzimitrwoicz, Jr. and his mother, Jill Dzimitrowicz; two step-sons; Mathew Stegich and wife Suzanne and Andrew Owen and wife Renee; two sisters, Beverly and James Kemper and Susan and William Ozog; three brothers, James, Thomas, and Richard Dzimitrowicz and Claudia; a grandson, Casey; several nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Andy(Amish) Ozog; and numerous friends with special mention of his best friends, Jeremy Polley and Jen, and Eddie Devins. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Anthony Dzimitrowicz; nephew, James Kemper and a step-son, Jonathan Nabinger. A celebration of Brian's life will take place on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 6:00 pm from the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to NBT Bank), 527 E. Albany St., Herkimer, NY 315-866-1500. The family will be receiving relatives and friends on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 4:00 pm until the time of the services at 6:00 pm. In keeping with New York State Mandate, facemask and social distancing is required. In lieu of flowers, please make all memorial contributions to either, St. Jude's Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Herkimer Humane Society, 514 State Route 5s, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. (January 7, 2022)

 

John Jerome "Dude" Stanley Sr., IHS Alumnus - On Jan 3, 2022, John Jerome Stanley Sr., known to all as Dude, passed away at age 83 in his home in Ilion, NY, surrounded by family. John was born on Jan. 29, 1938, in Herkimer, NY, to Jerome and Gertrude (Weakley) Stanley, John was the oldest of three children. His brothers, Bernard and Bruce, predeceased John. John's extended family included his stepfather Galen and stepsisters, Ginger and Bernice. John attended Ilion Schools and ended up completing his degree while enlisted in the US Navy. He served in the Navy from 1955-1958, He was an avid fisherman, hunter, traveler, and family man. He took great pride in his gardens, watching birds, and going for rides with his wife Janette, John was a selfless man who would do anything for anyone-in­cluding cooking amazing meals and amusing with his clever one-liners. John was employed at Remington Firearms in Ilion, NY, for 38 years. He retired in 2002. On April 29, 1961, John married the love of his life, Janette Wells, in Ilion, NY, He is survived by his wife, Janette in Ilion, son, John Jr, and wife Elaine Stanley of Palmer, AK, daughter, Susan Llewellyn and Gary Seddon of Warwick, RI, and James and wife Tina Stan­ley in Salisbury, NC. In addition to his children, John was honored to have 12 grandchildren: Nancy, John, Mark, Kimberly, Courtney, Kyle, Derek, Frank, Shane, Matthew, James Jr, and Katrina, in addition, he is survived by his great-grandchildren, Brianna, Robert, Isiah, Samuel, Kyralynn, Jayden, Jace, Moira, and Noah. John was predeceased by his parents and by his daughter, Lori Ann Getchell and great-grandson John Jerome Stanley IV. John and his family's care has been entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, Little Falls (corner of Bidleman Road), 315-508-5131. There are no calling hours. There will be a celebration of John's life on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at the Marine Corps League located at 178 Second St., Ilion, NY from 1pm - 4 pm. Burial will be private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent Hospice & Palliative Care of New Hartford, 4277 Middle Settlement Rd, New Hartford, NY 13413 in Dude's name. (January 13, 2022)

 

William "Bugs" Moran, IHS 1981, age age 58 of Westfield, WI, passed away on Thursday, December 30, 2021, in his home in Westfield, WI, of natural causes beside his faithful dog, Skidgey. Most likely, he immediately started Heaven's largest party when reuniting with his parents Teresa and Eugene "Skidge" Moran, brother Terry Moran, nephew Ryan Schults, and other friends who left us far too soon. Bugs, Bugsy, Bill, Billy, Uncle Billy, Big Round Head…he went by many names, but was more notorious for nicknaming everyone around him. Born in Ilion, NY on June 11, 1963, Bugs graduated from Ilion High School and soon after enlisted in the United States Air Force. The Air Force took Bugsy to many locations, including England, Germany, Louisiana, and Las Vegas. In his late 20s, Bugs moved to Milwaukee, WI where he tended bar with close friends, and met Nikki Lorenz. Together Bugs and Nikki raised their daughter, Cailey, in West Allis, WI, where Bugs resided until late 2020. Bugs then moved to Westfield with Skidgey, where he was welcomed with open arms by many new friends. Bugs spent a large majority of his life enlisted in the military, between his active duty in the Air Force and his involvement in the Air National Guard. In addition to being employed by the ANG for many years, he eagerly deployed to locations like England, Guam, Hawaii, Turkey, and even Kuwait. He was most proud of his time spent as a First Sergeant. Bugs retired and was honorably discharged from the Air National Guard in 2014. Aside from his dedicated military career, Bugs dreamed of a career in acting. He succeeded in landing a number of memorable local commercials, as well as a few national ads along the way. He also dedicated a lot of his time to singing and songwriting, even recording a CD of some of his original songs. Mostly, he enjoyed "laughing and joking and drinking all the way" with his countless friends all over the world. In WI, Bugs was survived by his daughter, Cailey Moran; stepdaughter, Beth Kochinski and her husband Otto Rammer; grandchildren, Otto and Vivian; and longtime partner, Nikki Lorenz. In NY, Bugs was survived by his sister Colleen and her husband Robert Schults, sister Mary and her husband John Reitz, and niece Colleen and her husband Mark Olivella. More information to follow on where and when his family and many friends can gather to celebrate Bugs' life.Please take a moment to view the online Tribute Wall. Send your condolences or share a memory of Bugs with his family & friends. (January 11, 2022)

 

Mary Jane (Haggerty) Guile, IHS 1960, age 79, of Ilion, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at home. She was born in Ilion on May 31, 1942 the daughter of the late Edward and Marian Chrisman Haggerty. She attended Annunciation grade school and graduated from Ilion High School. She was employed as a Teacher's Aide at Barringer Road Elementary School for many years where she developed many great friendships. She was married to Charles Guile on July 27, 1963 in the Church of the Annunciation. Chuck passed away on October 28th of this year. Mary Jane is survived by one son, Dan Guile and his companion, Sally of Ilion; one daughter and son in law, Wendy and Jim Putnam of Frankfort; her beloved grandchildren, Daniel Guile (Kendra), Jimmy Putnam, Josh Putnam and Allison Putnam; her great-grandchildren, Carson, Lorenzo and Atreyu Guile; one sister in law, Shiela Haggerty of Ilion and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She also met many great friends that she kept close with throughout her retirement, especially Phyllis Metz. She was predeceased by three brothers and one sister. Calling hours will be held on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion. A funeral service will follow at 6:00 pm in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home with Deacon James Bower, officiating. 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 Jane's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (January 7, 2022)

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