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Elisabeth "Chic" (Hitchcock) DelGrego, IHS 1957, passed away, at home, on Friday, May 10, 2024 at, 85 years young. She was surrounded by her loving family who cared for her until the very end. Elisabeth is survived by her devoted children: her daughter, Tracy (Donna) DelGrego, of Webster, NY; her son, Lawrence (Kim) DelGrego, of Ilion, NY; her grandchildren, Luke (Alex) DelGrego, of Sauquoit, NY, Troy (Logan) DelGrego, of Ilion, NY, Paige (Mark) DelGrego, of Ilion, NY, Zach DelGrego, of Miami Beach, FL and Matt DelGrego and Kate DelGrego, of Webster, NY; and her great- granddaughter, Collins DelGrego. She is also survived by her sister, Barbara Noffer, of Ballston Spa, NY; her brother, Jerry (Debbie) Hitchcock, of Gainesville, GA; and her sister-in-law, Sherry DiTripano, of Sinking Springs, Pennsylvania. Chic also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Chic was predeceased by her adoring husband Lawrence “Babe” DelGrego; her parents, Willis Hitchcock and Catherine Williams Goering; her brothers, Willis (Marion) Hitchcock, Douglas (Irene) Hitchcock and Robert Hitchcock; her sisters, Jeanette Richway and Gertrude Tangora; and sister-in-law and brother in law, Sheila and Robert McFeeley. Born on May 6, 1939, she was a life-long resident of Ilion, graduating from Ilion High School, in 1957. Chic worked at Marine Midland Bank, in Ilion and Utica. Later she worked for the family business, DelGrego and Sons (Parker Gun Repair). After completing her accounting degree, she was employed by H&R Block. Her love for her hometown was evident. She dedicated over a decade on the Ilion school board. With her partner Babe, she spent many hours on the sidelines of Ilion sports: football, field hockey, wrestling and even truck pulls, loyally cheering for Lawrence and her grandchildren. Chic also served as a Deacon at the Presbyterian Church, in Ilion. Chic and Babe enjoyed many domestic and international trips with life long friends and family. Their love of grandchildren also took them to Webster to cheer from the pool deck and the sports field sidelines. They especially loved their time camping. A fierce competitor, Chic never turned down the opportunity to play cards or participate in her weekly mahjong games. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf. Chic loved to find the best bargains on her wonder "full" days shopping with Tracy and Barb. In Lieu of Flowers, please consider a donation to Ilion Fire Fighters, Local 1185, at 1 Central Ave, Ilion, NY 13357, in recognition of their years of support and caring, AND/OR "Babe DelGrego Student Athlete Fund", 9 Monroe Street, Ilion NY 13357, to continue Babe's legacy of assisting student athletes. Family and friends are invited to attend a calling hour, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., followed by a Prayer Service, at 12:00 p.m., at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Ilion, NY. Interment will immediately follow the Prayer Service, at the St. Agnes Cemetery, in North Ilion. The obituary will appear in the Times Telegram and Utica OD newspapers, on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, of this week and is in tribute form, at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. Elisabeth's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors (315-894-8000). (May 16, 2024)

 

Frank Emmons Sheffield IV, IHS 1972, age 69, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on May 2, 2024. Born on May 29, 1954, in Ilion, NY, Frank was the beloved son of the late Betty Morton and Frank Emmons Sheffield III. A lifelong resident of Ilion, he married his devoted wife, Kelly, on September 13, 1986, in a beautiful ceremony that further rooted their lives in the community they loved. Frank dedicated 38 years of service to Remington Arms in Ilion, where he worked until his retirement in 2018. His co-workers remember him as a steadfast and reliable presence, always striving to maintain the highest levels of craftsmanship. An active member of the Ilion Elks Lodge 1444, Frank's generosity and camaraderie were well-known within the group. His passion for music was profound and he was held in high esteem as one of the best left-handed guitarists in the Valley, much to the enjoyment of his friends and family. Frank also enjoyed surfing the web for interesting articles, cooking delicious meals and visiting places both new and familiar, always looking forward to the thought of travel. Frank is survived by his loving wife, Kelly, and son, Frank, both of Ilion. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Pickett of Ilion. Sister and Brother-In-Laws, Patricia and Richard Reynolds, William and Rhonda Trevor, Michael Trevor, Kevin Trevor and Wendy Kovac, Daniel and Linda Trevor, Bridget and Kevin McKinley and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Margaret Trevor-Davidson, and brother-in-law, Thomas Trevor. Frank's life will be honored at Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, located at 100 Otsego St., Ilion, NY 13357, on May 9, 2024. Friends and family are invited to gather from 4 PM to 6 PM, with a funeral service to follow. His legacy of kindness, humor, and music will be celebrated by all who knew him. Memorial contributions can be made in Frank's name to the American Cancer Society, supporting the ongoing fight against cancer and honoring his compassionate spirit. Expressions of sympathy and fond remembrances can be shared online at www.whiter-hendrix.com. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. (May 11, 2024)

 

Virginia (Ginny) L. (Oram) Wood, IHS Alumnus, of Ilion, passed into the hands of the Lord on Friday, April 26, 2024, in Ilion, NY. Ginny was born on March 20, 1937, in Ilion, the daughter of the late Carl E. and Anna M. (Frank) Oram. Ginny was educated in Ilion public schools. She started working at an early age due to her love of clothes. Beginning in the kitchen at the Ilion Hospital when she was young, then local factories and grocery stores for much of her life while raising her children. She also worked as a Home Health Care Aide and worked for her father in his taxi business. She retired to take care of her mother when she needed her most. She was married at one time to Jesse R. Wood and had their three beloved children. When Ginny was a teenager her family moved to Richfield Springs, on Canadarago Lake where she always referred to as home. She loved to roller skate and dance. She also loved to sing in her younger years and would frequently join in with the local bands for a song or two at New Charles and some of the other local establishments. Ginny had strong beliefs when it came to her Lord and Savior and hung onto those beliefs throughout her life. Her family were the blessings that were the light of her life. Saddened and heartbroken, she leaves behind a family that will forever have an emptiness in their hearts but who know that she is now holding her son and mother who she missed so dearly, along with all her loved ones who passed before. Surviving are her two daughters, Donna M. Wood of Mohawk and Connie L. Shepherd and son-in-law Lynn of Ilion; her adored grandchildren, Storm Wood and his fiancé, Sabrina of West Winfield, Ivan Wood and his mother Melissa, both of South Kortright and Madison Shepherd of Ilion, along with her children's brother, Joseph Martin. She also leaves her brother-in-law Keith Zabry. Ginny also leaves her great grandchildren, Caden, Ryker and Echoe, many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and her best friend from childhood, Nella Mae Harter and her friend Gina Viti of Ilion. She will be missed by all who knew her. Ginny was predeceased by her father and mother, Carl E. and Anna M. (Frank) Oram; her siblings Walter Oram, Carl Oram, Carol Foley, Shirley Zabry, Darlene Okusko and her beloved son, Jesse Wood. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at The Grand in Ilion. In keeping with mom's wishes there will be no calling hours or funeral service. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to the Vincent Enea Funeral Service (next to Hannaford Markets), 527 E. Albany St. Herkimer, NY. Her family plans to have Ginny's burial and celebration of life at a later date. Family and friends will be notified at that time. (May 11, 2024)

 

Helen F.(Finnegan/Finnigan) McLean, IHS 1945, age 95, formerly of Newport, NY and Kinderhook, NY, died on April 24, 2024 at the Masonic Care Community in Utica where she has resided for the past five years. Mrs. McLean was born on June 19, 1928 in Frankfort, NY, daughter to the late John and Mary (Vorel) Finnegan. She graduated from Ilion High School and was previously married to Ronald W. McLean. Helen assisted with the operation of McLean Pharmacy, formerly of Newport, until moving to Kinderhook in 1976. While residing in Newport, she was a member of St. John's Church, Newport Garden Club and the Honey Hill Golf Club. In 1976, her family relocated to Kinderhook, NY. Here she was an active member of the Columbia County Historical Society, the Kinderhook Garden Club, The Sweet Adeline's singing group, as well as a docent for the Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson, NY. She was interested in Native American history and took several classes at the College of St. Rose. Her interests were many and varied, spending time in her beautiful gardens and walking her obligatory 2 miles to stay spritely. In 2016, Helen relocated to Brookdale Senior Living in Clinton and in 2019, to the Masonic Care Community. Survivors include five children, Eric (Linda) McLean of Signal Mountain, TN, David (Valerie) McLean of Newport, Janice McLean of Utica, Jeffrey (Jill) McLean of Whitesboro, and Mary Ellen (Tim) Oles of Chatham; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by three sisters, Patricia Ferguson, Katherine Shields, and Mary Burroughs, and her former husband, Ronald McLean. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John's Church, Newport, on Friday, May 3 at 12:30 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Babiuch, Pastor, officiating. Interment will follow in St. John's Cemetery. There will be no public calling hours. Arrangements are entrusted to the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport. Memorial contributions may be made to an Alzheimer's Research association of your choice. (May 11, 2024)

 

Doris (Maxine) (Ward) Palczynski, IHS 1950, 90 years old, passed away on April 25, 2024, at Albany Medical Center, with her family at her side, as she left this world. She succumbed to injuries received in a motor vehicle accident while turning into her driveway. Maxine was born on June 21, 1933, in Laurel Hill (Scotland County) North Carolina, the daughter of Sarah Ammons and Barden Ward. She was united in marriage to the late Francis (Hank) Palczynski in Ilion United Methodist Church, on March 21, 1959. Hank passed away on November 25, 2018. Maxine graduated from Ilion High School, Elmira College (Bachelor's Degree) and received her Master's Degree from Syracuse University. She began her career in Utica as a Social Worker and transitioned to teaching and was a reading specialist for the Mohawk Central School District for 30+ years. She continued to enjoy giving the gift of reading to others throughout her life. Surviving Maxine are son, Francis Palczynski II and daughter-in-law, Letha, of Herkimer; daughter, Judy Palczynski and partner, Mike Shaul, of Whitefish, MT; granddaughter, Alexa Palczynski (Alexa-pie, Apple of My Eye); grandson, Francis (Trey) Palczynski III (Trey Boy); nieces, Julie Poetto and husband, Paul, Joan Guild and husband, Don, and Carol Venezio and husband, Jim, of Guilderland, NY; along with many great-nieces and nephews; teacher and high school friends, especially Georgette LaPorte, with whom she spent many hours each week. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters- in-law, Joseph and Ann Palczynski and John and Catherine Jackamorch. Maxine and Hank made traveling during their school vacations a priority, showing their children every corner of the United States and spending fun-filled times with their extended camping family, the Shauls, Dunns, Biasinis and Jesses. Maxine was a vibrant, feisty, determined and strong woman who was proud of her frugal Scottish heritage. When making purchases, she often noted it was "the Scot in me" when she chose the least expensive option. In contrast, she was extremely generous to her family and causes about which she cared.

Little known facts about Max:
She was a fencer and was a member of the National Champion fencing team at Elmira College.
She rode her exercise bike every day to the end.
She loved rainy gloomy days and MSNBC, endlessly. . .
She was a lapsed Republican who, much to her family's chagrin, became involved in local politics late in life.
She was an avid reader (just ask the library!) and lifelong learner.
She loved her weekly hair salon visits, monthly pedicures and the camaraderie at Revelations Salon and Spa.
She loved cooking for her family (with recipe in hand!)
She reluctantly started using an iPhone at age 85 and used it to track her daily steps and to call and message her family and friends, mostly intentionally.
She believed, "Flowers are good for the soul," and enjoyed her springtime ritual of "Flower Therapy" trips to the greenhouse to select plants for her garden.
She loved her church family and recently completed a Bible Study with her church group and was eagerly looking forward to the next session.


Maxine was a spiritual woman and enjoyed receiving and displaying angel ornaments and decorations in her home and now Maxine is an angel watching over all of us. The family extends their sincere gratitude for the compassionate emergency care of their mother to MOVAC, Bassett Little Falls Hospital, Albany Medical Center, NYS State Troopers, East Herkimer Fire Department, LifeNet Helicopter Medics, other first responders and the good Samaritans who stopped to assist at the accident scene. Calling hours are Saturday, May 4, 2024, at the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 North Washington Street, in Herkimer and relatives and friends are invited to attend from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. and will conclude with a Funeral Prayer Service. Private interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer. For those wishing to do so, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Herkimer / Little Falls First United Methodist Church, 127 N. Prospect St., Herkimer, NY 13350, or Mohawk Valley Ambulance Corp (MOVAC), 15 New York 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407-4700. Maxine's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors (315-866-1011). Online condolences may be left at www.eneafamily.com on the Internet. (May 11, 2024)

 

Arthur L. Patrei, IHS 1967, age 74 of Liverpool, NY passed away Thursday, April 11, 2024. Arthur was born in Ilion, NY on July 20, 1949, the son of the late Louis and Viola Patrei. He graduated from Ilion Central High School in 1967 and was a player on the varsity football team. He continued his education attending Albany Business College and Southern New Hampshire University, receiving a BA in business in 1971. After college, Art was employed at Marine Midland Bank in Syracuse, NY and eventually retired as an award-winning Regional Sales Manager for Primus, a division of Ford Motor Credit. After moving to Canastota, NY, Art was a Pop Warner football coach and was part of a Championship team. Art then became a high school football official. He continued to share his love of the sport with the youth of the community. It wasn't uncommon to see Art gathering the local kids for a weekend game in the snow. He had great appreciation and knowledge of the game. Art was a big fan of Syracuse University sports, especially football. From the NFL draft to the end of the season, he was an expert and loved all aspects of the game. Art enjoyed spending time with his family most, and always had a way to make them laugh. He loved his grandchildren dearly and was very proud of their accomplishments. His love, strength, advice and encouragement always motivated his children and grandchildren to succeed. Arthur will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved him. He is predeceased by his parents, Louis and Viola Patrei, brother, Samuel Patrei, and in-laws, William and Marian Howard. Arthur was previously married to the former Priscilla Byrnes of Ilion, NY. Arthur is survived by his wife, Karen, two daughters; Janine (Michael) Fitzgerald of Binghamton and Kassi (Derik) Tolone of Ridgeland, SC. his son, Ryan (Gina) Patrei of Rochester, his beloved grandchildren; Grace Fitzgerald, Maggie Fitzgerald, Ryan Samuel Patrei and Jake Patrei, his favorite dogs, Maggie and Rocky, a brother, Louis (Suzanne) Patrei of Clinton, NY and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at 11:00 am at Pope John Paul XXIII Roman Catholic Church, 8290 Soule Road, Liverpool, NY 13090. The Rite of Committal and burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Maurer Funeral Home Moyers Corners, Baldwinsville, NY. Please sign the Maurer Funeral Home on-line guest book for Arthur at www.maurerfuneralhome.com to express your condolences to his family. (May 11, 2024)

 

Marjorie (Reid) McAnuff, IHS 1965, 76, a resident of Ilion, NY, passed away peacefully on April 24, 2024, at Wynn Hospital in Utica, NY. Born to the late Irving L. and Florence Neil Reid, Marjorie's early life in Ilion shaped a lifetime of service and community engagement. Marjorie's career in the School Lunch Department exemplified her deep commitment to nurturing others. Her warmth and boundless generosity left an impactful mark on countless students and colleagues, enriching the community she so lovingly served. Marjorie is survived by her brother, David and his wife Priscilla Reid; her sisters, Faith Case and Sherry Mahoney. She was preceded in death by her cherished husband, Terence, and siblings Irving, Robert, Donald, Tommy, and Barbara, as well as her brother-in-law, Francis Case. A celebration of Marjorie's life will be held at the Ilion Community Church on May 4, 2024, at 2 PM, with Pastor Dean Mabry officiating. Expressions of sympathy and condolences can be shared with the family at (https://whiter-hendrix.com/). Funeral arrangements are under the care of Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St., Ilion, NY 13357. (April 27, 2024)

 

Katie M. (Briggs) Waltermire, IHS 1998, age 44, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. She had the love and support of her family at her side when her passing occurred. Katie was born in Ilion, NY on Sept. 18, 1979, daughter of Larry S. Briggs and Janet Stevens. Katie was educated in Ilion schools, graduating from Ilion High School, Class of 1998. She went on to graduate from Roberts Wesleyan University, Rochester, NY with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She was last employed at KabaFusion as a Registered Nurse. Katie's passion for Nursing lasted 20 years. She continued to work while receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments and would get frustrated anytime it was suggested that she should stop working. Her children meant the world to her and some of her most cherished time was spent being a mother, daughter, sister and aunt. Survivors include her devoted family; her parents, Larry (Patricia) Briggs of Ilion, Janet Stevens of Jordanville; her adored children, Ethan, Timothy, McKenzie Waltermire and the father of Katie's children, Daniel Waltermire; her loving sister, Joanna Marshall and husband Brian of Jordanville; niece and nephew, Brianna and Jaxson Marshall; uncle and aunt, Lynn Briggs, Sandra and James Mallory; many cousins and dear friends, including John Monette. She was preceded in death by her uncles, Clayton and Wayne Stevens; maternal grandparents, Arlowene and Gordon Stevens; and paternal grandparents, Sherwood and Pauline Briggs. The family will receive relatives and friends at Mohawk Reformed Church, 20 S. Otsego Street, Mohawk from 5-7 pm on Monday, April 22, 2024. Katie's funeral will commence at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 23 rd at Mohawk Reformed Church with the Rev. Brian Engel, pastor, officiating. A luncheon will follow the funeral service. Visitation will also be held on Tuesday prior to the service at the church from 11 am – 12 noon. Spring interment will take place in Van Hornesville Cemetery. Kindly consider contributions in Katie's name to the fund that will be established to assist her children's education or to the Upstate Medical Center's Verona Cancer Center. Envelopes will be available at church. The family would like to offer their deepest gratitude to the Oncology Nurses, Staff and Laura Senska, NP at the Verona Cancer Center for the caring compassion offered over the past three years. Arrangements are entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. (April 24, 2024)

 

Lorraine (Urtz) Covell, IHS 1955, age 88, a longtime resident of Fourth Street, Village of Ilion, passed away peacefully, on Saturday morning, April 20, 2024, in Ilion, New York. She was born on October 25, 1935, in Ilion, a daughter of the late Clarence C. and Bertha (Shutts) Urtz. She was a graduate of Ilion High School, 'Class of 1955.' For 34 years, she worked with the New York Telephone Company, Herkimer and Utica, as a telephone operator. She retired in January 1992. As a testimony to her dedicated work career, she was a member of the Telephone Company Pioneers. She was a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation, in Ilion. Lorraine spent the most comfortable and rewarding moments of her life with family and friends at the camp on Canadarago Lake. In her leisure time she always enjoyed the company of her cats. She is survived by her beloved family: her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Joyce Urtz, of Richfield Springs; her niece, Wendy (Urtz) Chapman and her husband, Bradley, of Richfield Springs; her nephew, Jeffrey Crutcher and his wife, Susan, of Poughkeepsie, New York; her great-niece and great-nephew, Bambi and Rock; and several cousins. Lorraine was predeceased by her parents, Clarence and Bertha; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Jane Urtz; and her nephew, David Urtz. Family and friends are invited to calling hours, on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., at the Applegate-Day and Enea Family Funeral Home's larger location, at 4309 Acme Road (old Main Street) between Ilion and Frankfort. Her Funeral Mass will be held after the calling hours, on Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Church of the Annunciation, West Street, Ilion. All are welcome to attend. Burial will follow after the Funeral Mass, at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frankfort. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Herkimer County Humane Society, 514 State Rte 5S, Mohawk, NY 13407. Lorraine's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to her long time friend and family Funeral Director, Don Applegate. (April 24, 2024)

 

Barbara Jean (Seaman) Hodom, IHS 1960, age 82, of Slingerlands, N.Y., passed away peacefully at home on April 13, 2024, surrounded by family, after a long battle with dementia. She was born on May 11, 1941, in Ilion, N.Y. She attended grade school at Annunciation Catholic School and graduated from Ilion High School in 1960. Barbara was pre-deceased by her father, Gordon Seaman; mother, Edith (McMillan) Seaman; and sister, Beverly Seaman. Her surviving siblings are Elizabeth Garlock, Lawrence Seaman, Bernice "Bunny" Seymour and Benita "Nita" Holley. Barbara married Michael Hodom in 1960 and proceeded to support him through his college education. They moved to Delmar, N.Y. in 1965, where they raised their family. Barbara went to work at the Town of Bethlehem in 1976 as an assistant court clerk. She served as the Justice Court Clerk from 1978 to 2008 when she retired. The town named the Town Courtroom after her upon her retirement. Barbara was also very involved in the New York State Magistrates and Court Clerk Association. She was president from 1987-1990 and she was named Court Clerk of the year in 1996. She retired from the association in 2013. Barbara also served as the Slingerlands Elementary School PTA president and was a member for the Bethlehem Hight School Booster Club. She was very involved in the St. Thomas the Apostle programs through the years and served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was a member of the Bethlehem Garden Club and enjoyed several years of wintering in Naples, Fla. In addition to her devoted husband, Michael; Barbara is survived by her children, Michael Hodom (Susan) of Delmar and Kathleen Paris (Michael) of Averill Park. She has six grandchildren, Shauna Paris, Jacob Hodom, Ryan Paris, Nicholas Hodom, Brianne Bermas and Michayla Mann; as well as six great-grandchildren, Brynn, Reese, Lilah, Jaxon, Keegan, and Ellison; and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Community Hospice and especially her dedicated care givers, Chi, Sue, Geri, Pam, Jarod, and Kim, as well as the Eddy Foundation and St. Thomas Church visitors: Marcia, MaryKay, Marie, Alice, Francine, Lorraine, Mary and Sandy. There will be a service at a later date as Barb has donated her remains to the Albany Medical College, Anatomical Gift Program. In lieu of flowers, as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to Albany County Community Hospice, 310 S. Manning Blvd., Albany, N.Y. 12208, or St. Thomas The Apostle Church, 35 Adam's Place, Delmar, N.Y. 12054. Published by Albany Times Union on Apr. 14, 2024. (April 14, 2024)

 

Carol A. (Krawczyk, Dibble) Burns, IHS 1963, passed away on April 8, 2024, at Valley Health Services in Herkimer, after courageously battling a prolonged illness, surrounded by her loving family. Carol was born on August 7, 1945, in Wenatchee, WA, to the late Ignatius Krawczyk and Dorothy (Roe) Krawczyk. She graduated from Ilion High School in 1963 and furthered her education at Utica School of Commerce. Carol's passions in life were as varied as they were vibrant. She found joy in watching movies, game shows, and the comedy of Jeff Dunham. Her love for the Hallmark Channel was unmatched, and she spent countless hours enjoying its heartwarming stories. However, it was in the kitchen where Carol truly flourished, sharing her baking expertise and creating cherished memories with her loved ones. Left to cherish her memory are her three children, Douglas R. Dibble Sr. and his wife, Christine of Frankfort, Randy Dibble and his wife, Elena of Ilion and Vicky C. and her husband Gary Palmer of South Glens Falls, NY. Carol is also survived by her two sisters, Estella and her husband, Allan Stinson and Patricia and her husband, Gary Morse, both of Ilion. Her legacy lives on through her two beloved granddaughters, Madison Dibble and Sophia Dibble as well as numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. In accordance with Carol's wishes, a private funeral service will be held to honor her life and memory. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the compassionate care of Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, located at 100 Otsego St., Ilion, NY 13357. For further assistance, please contact (315) 894-3781. Carol will be deeply missed but forever remembered for the love, laughter, and warmth she brought into the lives of all who knew her. May she rest in eternal peace. To leave condolences for Carol's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 14, 2024)

 

Eileen (Edick) Wengert McIntyre, IHS 1944, age 96 years old, of Lake Wales, Florida, passed away quietly in her sleep on February 21, 2024. Eileen was born in 1927 to Ralph and Marion Edick in Ilion, New York. After graduating with an Associate of Arts degree in Business from Keuka College, she returned to Ilion to begin working. In 1951, Eileen met and married Donald Wengert in Ilion, where they had four children, Bradd Alan, Denise Ellen, Kimberly Ann, and Shari Lynn. After becoming a widow in 1980, Eileen worked for Herkimer County motor vehicles department. She was active in the Eastern Star and Triangle organizations, was a poll worker for the elections for Herkimer County and was on the committee for her high school 40th reunion. It was at her high school reunion where she reconnected with a high school classmate Harold J. (Joe) McIntyre, and they married in the summer of 1985 in Ilion. In the years following their marriage they became "Snowbirds" in Frostproof, Florida. She taught clogging at Camp Inn until she turned 90 years old. She loved putting on talent shows, going on cruises, taking organ lessons, and traveling the country with her husband. Eileen was predeceased by both parents, her second and third husbands, along with her son Bradd. She is survived by Denise (Robert) Grier of Gibsonia, PA, Kimberly W. Montez of Frostproof, FL, and Shari Wengert of St. Cloud, FL., Susan (Jim) Chase of Booneville, NY, and Michael (Jackie) McIntyre of Cazenovia, NY; grandchildren Brian Grier, Steven Grier, Tabitha Montez Howard, Donald Montez, Andrew Chase, Katie Karney, Maureen Bush, Christopher Chase, Beth Merklinger, Patrick Chase, and Shelby Paddock and many great grandchildren. A "celebration of life" memorial for family members will be held at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. in Ilion on April 27, 2024 at 11:00 am with Pastor Joelle Faulks, officiating. Calling hours will take place from 10:00 am until the time of services in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Armory Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society, organizations Eileen felt strongly about. To leave condolences for Eileen's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 12, 2024)

 

Jon Christian Pedersen, IHS 1969, age 72, passed away on April 1, 2024 at the Wynn Hospital in Utica. Jon was born on April 23, 1951 in Herkimer, a son of the late Robert and Eleanor Dutcher Pedersen. He attended Ilion Schools and graduated from Ilion High School with the class of 1969 and he went on to obtain his Associate's Degree. He was employed as a Machine Operator with Remington Arms Co. in Ilion for many years. Jon was married to Sharon Dye on August 3, 1974. The two shared a blessed union until Sharon's passing in 2020. Jon is survived by his three sons; Alan Pedersen and wife, Sherry of New Hartford, NY, Thomas Pedersen of Ilion, NY and Robert Pedersen of Big Pine Key, FL; grandchildren, Nathen Pedersen and his wife, Amanda of Ilion, NY, Kayleigh Jouben and her husband, Joe, of Newport, NY, Trinity Pedersen, Taylor Pedersen and Tia Pedersen of Ilion, NY, Thomas, and Jonathon and Evan Pedersen of North Carolina; and great-grandchildren, Joey and Jett Jouben and Logan and Anyaleigh Pedersen, Jon is also survived by his sister, Roberta Mahlmeister and husband, Michael of The Villages, Florida; brothers in law, Keith Dye and his wife Barb and Ken Dye and several nieces and nephews. Jon was predeceased by his wife, Sharon, his parents Robert and Eleanor; brothers in law, Steven and Mitchell Dye and a sister in law, Coleen Dye. A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 2:00 pm in Armory Hill Cemetery in Ilion, where Jon will be laid to rest beside his beloved wife, Sharon. In keeping with Jon's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion, NY 13357. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jon's memory may be made to the Believe 271 Foundation, 9565 Main St. Holland Patent, NY 13354 or to the Ilion Ambulance Service, 1 Central Ave. Ilion, NY 13357. To leave condolences for Jon's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (April 6, 2024)

 

Ann (Urtz) Cotter, IHS 1966, age 76, of Little Falls, NY and formerly of Ilion, NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, March 28, 2024. Ann was born in Ilion on January 28, 1948, the daughter of the late Richard and Peggy (Dwyer) Urtz. Ann was a 1966 graduate of Ilion High School. She also graduated from Herkimer County Community College with an Associates Degree in accounting. On December 15, 1983, in Annunciation Church in Ilion, Ann was joined in marriage to the love of her life, James "Jimmy" Cotter, who predeceased her in 2002. Ann and Jimmy spent many summers at their camp at Half Moon Beach in Piseco where they developed many life-long friendships and memories. Ann was employed by Remington Arms for many years working in the business office. She also held employment with Utica Mutual Insurance at one time. Ann was a communicant of Holy Family Parish in Little Falls and a member of its Rosary Society. She also volunteered with the Red Cross and Piseco Lake Fire Department Auxiliary. Ann was an avid Syracuse Orange fan attending many home games. Ann is survived by her beloved family which includes her brother, Steven Urtz and wife Celenna of Fort Mohave, Az., her three sisters-in-law and their husbands, Noreen and Stan Zysk, Liz and Rod Pritchard, and Cathy and Dave Carpineti, all of Little Falls. She also leaves her beloved nieces and nephews, Jeff Urtz, Chris and Shannon Urtz, Lisa Urtz, Albert Scott and Katrina Kile, Andy and Sharon Zysk, Walt and Alicia Zysk, Shauna Cone, Laura and Manny Cruz, Ellen Cone, Bill Carpineti, Kait and Sean Regan, and Nora Sullivan. Survivors also include several great nieces and nephews, cousins, and close friends. Ann was predeceased by her husband Jimmy, her parents Richard and Peggy Urtz, her father- in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Helen Cotter, brothers, Tom and Robert Urtz, sister-in-law, Cecelia Urtz, brother-in-law, Eddie Cotter, nephews, Jimmy Zysk and Jason Sullivan. Per Ann's wishes, there will be no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Brian Slezak, pastor, at Holy Family Parish, corner of East Main and John Streets, Little Falls on Friday, April 5, 2024 a 11am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider and send donations in Ann's memory to Holy Family Parish, Little Falls or Rescue Mission, Utica. Committal service will be held later in the spring at St. Mary's Cemetery, Town of Herkimer. Arrangements for Ann are under the direction and care of the locally owned and operated Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. (April 6, 2024)

 

Mary (Hartman) Baggetta, IHS 1975, age 66, of Latham, passed away Saturday evening, March 30, 2024. Born in Ilion, NY on May 27, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Doris (Hartleb) Hartmann. Mary grew up in Ilion and was a 1975 graduate of Ilion High School. Following graduation she went on to further her education while earning a Bachelor's degree in biology from Niagara University and a nursing degree from Dutchess Community College. She worked as a Registered Nurse at both Northern Dutchess Hospital and Albany Medical Center. Mary then worked as a Quality Auditor for Anthem until her retirement in 2023. In her free time, Mary enjoyed tending to her garden, cooking for her family, trips to Florida beaches with her husband, and cheering on the Yankees and NY Giants. Mary had a love for all animals, especially dogs. While she found pleasure in the many little joys of this life, nothing made her happier than time spent with her family, especially her 3 beloved grandchildren. Mary is survived by her adoring husband, Joseph Baggetta, Jr. of Latham, their two children, Christina (Matthew) Biviano of Latham and Joseph (Gabrielle) Baggetta of Parrish, FL, her grandchildren; Ava and Nico Biviano, and Amelia Baggetta, her brother Kurt (Maureen) Hartmann of Baldwinsville, her in-laws Joseph Sr. and Catherine Baggetta of Herkimer, her sisters-in-law Lori (Bob) Kane of New Hartford, NY and Katherine (Jason Chakot) Dongsavanh of Clifton Park, and by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her brother Fred (Rose Marie survives) Hartmann. Mary's family would like to thank Dr. Yamamoto and the entire Albany Med Neuro ICU team for the special and heartfelt care that was provided to her. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, April 6 at Bowen and Parker Bros. Funeral Home, Latham. All are invited to visit with Mary's family before the service, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204 in Mary's memory and in remembrance of her love for animals. (April 3, 2024)

 

Steven P. Williams, IHS 1984, age 58, of West St., Utica, NY, passed away unexpectedly in his home on March 13, 2024, of natural causes. He was born on September 13, 1965, in Ilion, NY the son to the late Robert L. and Bonnie G. (Davis) Williams Sr. He was a graduate of Ilion High School class of 1984. Steve began his first career in skilled trades with installing flooring of all types. He then moved onto work for his sister at MedEx Billing, Inc. as a billing specialist. He was often the entertainment for the office so not much work got done when he was having his witty moments. He then took employment with Wyoming Community Hospital in the Maintenance Department where he later became a supervisor. Because of his love of animals, he had also worked at the Humane Society often tackling the cage cleaning of some difficult animals. He was a kindhearted, loving, and witty person. He would always come up with something that was sure to make us all laugh or question where he got that knowledge from. He also carried that wit through to any social setting or job he took on. He loved sports especially football and spent a lot of time watching games with his father. When his dad fell ill, he became a great companion and caregiver to him until his passing. He would then continue to watch football, especially the Buffalo Bills games, where he would text the tenuous moments with his sister, Wendy. When dad was a bit younger, he and Steve spent a lot of time fishing, which was one of their favorite hobbies. While living in LeRoy, NY he attained his scuba diving certification and loved going scuba diving with his sister exploring the beautiful underwater world. Steve had a creative spirit when it came to art, music, and cooking. He was a natural at the guitar, he could pick it up and play a riff he had heard from almost any rock song. His favorite guitarist was Yngwie Malmsteen, who many have not heard of. He was a great cook, which he got from his mother, and loved creating specialty pizzas along with delicious dishes of almost anything. Steve's family and friends have so many happy and cherished memories. We especially loved getting together at Christmas time as a family, most recently at Kenny and Todd's home, who always put on an amazing spread of food. Renee and Bobby would bring mom's famous broccoli casserole, Mike, Steve, and Wendy would come planning to stay a day or two as we were always in a food coma afterward. We played many games and had so many laughs with his nieces and nephew. Steve always brought his witty self, and we will miss him and his wit dearly. Survivors include a sister Wendy Mancuso of LeRoy, NY, three brothers Michael L. Williams of Utica, Kenneth P. Williams and husband Todd Blodget of Little Falls, and Robert L. Williams Jr. and wife Renee of Mohawk. Also, a niece Lauren Williams and her fiance Jonathan Duncan of Spring Hill, Fl, a nephew Tristen Williams of Mohawk, a niece Brianna Williams of Mohawk. Steve also leaves behind his feline companions Willy Boo and Scooby Boo who he loved very much. He was predeceased by his mother Bonnie G. Williams (Davis) and his father Robert L. Williams Sr. The family will be receiving relatives and friends on Friday, March 22, 2024, from 4-6 pm at the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service (next to Hannaford Markets), 527 E. Albany St. Herkimer, NY. A short prayer service will follow at 6:00 pm in the chapel of the funeral home. Burial will take place at Armory Hill Cemetery, at a later date. Steve will live on in our hearts, memories and will be loved forever and never forgotten. Psalm 4.8—In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. (March 16, 2024)

 

Sharon Anne Riddell, IHS 1979, age 62, died on March 12, 2024, after succumbing to the effects of a brain aneurysm. Her passing occurred with her dedicated and loving children by her side. Born on September 2, 1961, Sharon is the daughter of Margaret (Carr) Riddell and the late Richard A. Riddell, who welcomed her home to Heaven with open arms. She was raised and educated locally and graduated with the Ilion High School Class of 1979. At one time she shared a marriage with Paul Palumbo, a relationship from which came the blessings of their children. In her earlier years, Sharon's primary focus was on being a mother and raising her children and she was blessed to be able to stay home with them until they were teenagers. Her greatest joys in life came from the accomplishments of Ryan and Sarah and she never missed a milestone in their lives. Sharon was always their biggest fan and most avid supporter. When her children were grown, Sharon went to work for what is now the Central Valley School District. For seventeen years, she was a Teacher's Aide and through her position was able to share her motherly love and support with the countless children with whom she worked. She also formed lasting bonds and friendships amongst her co-workers. Faith played a large role throughout Sharon's life, and she leaned on God during trying times to help her through. For many years, she taught religious education at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Frankfort. To her very core, Sharon was nothing less than selfless and giving. She was full of compassion for others and constantly put everyone else's needs ahead of her own. When she did relax and wind down, she enjoyed nothing more than a glass of wine and a day of sunshine by the pool. She loved to curl up with a good book and had a fondness for her pet cats. Her beautiful smile and outgoing personality will be truly missed by those she leaves behind. Even though her life was cut short, Sharon was able to perform one final act of selflessness on the evening she died, with the donation of her organs. It is her family's hope that these gifts may restore life and hope for others. She leaves behind her children, Ryan Palumbo of Syracuse and Sarah Palumbo of Waterville; her mother, Margaret Riddell of Ilion; her brother and sister-in-law, Danny and Suzanne Riddell of Ilion; her nephews and niece, Matthew Riddell of Ilion, Stephen Palumbo of San Diego and Jaclyn Palumbo of San Francisco; her companion for the last five years, Dominick Deon of Frankfort; and her former in-laws, Paul and Mayme Palumbo of Frankfort. She also leaves many co-workers and friends, too numerous to mention. A special thank you is extended to the Wynn Hospital ICU doctors, nurses and staff for the heartfelt compassion and care shown to Sharon and her family during this difficult time. Friends and relatives are invited to attend Sharon's calling hours on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, Town of Frankfort, Ilion, NY (315) 894-8000. Her funeral service and Celebration of Life will commence at the funeral home at 6:00 PM, immediately upon the conclusion of visitation. Her earthly remains will be laid to rest beside her father at Litchfield Cemetery at the convenience of her family. For those wishing to do so, please consider memorial contributions to the Herkimer County Humane Society, PO Box 73, Mohawk, NY 13407. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Final arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (March 15, 2024)

 

Cynthia A. "Cindy" (Piacente) Rook, IHS 1976, age 66, of Ilion, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 6, 2024, at Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY. She was born on March 19, 1957, in Ilion, NY and was a graduate of Ilion High School. Cindy was last employed as a jewelry clerk for Wal-Mart Super Center in Fulton, NY. Survivors include her mother, Mary Moore; her fiancé, Richard W. (Rick) Trevor; a son, Lee Rook; a grandson, Steven Boyer and girlfriend, Jade; many grandchildren, a great grandchild; three sisters, Mary Stone and husband Brian, Cathy Williams and husband Ken and Dawn Edick; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. Cindy enjoyed bird watching, spending time with her family and thrift shopping for knick-knacks. Her favorite place to eat was Rudy's and her favorite snack was half-moon cookies. She was pre-deceased by her son, Larry Boyer on November 16, 2011. In keeping with Cindy'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 Hannaford Markets), 527 E. Albany St., Herkimer, NY. (March 14, 2024)

 

Brian "OLP" Whiter, IHS 1969, age 73, of Woolwich Maine, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2024, at Togus Springs VA Hospital in Augusta Maine. Brian was born in Utica, NY, on May 23, 1950, the son of the late Gerald Whiter and Ruth Frances Murray. He was raised in Ilion, NY. On January 21, 1969, Brian joined the United States Marine Corps where he earned several honors including a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and earned a Rifle Marksman Badge. In 1999 Brian moved to Woolwich Maine where he spent years as a welder at Bath Iron Works and officially retired in 2013. Brian could be found with a book in his hand or in his backyard "garden". He had a love for traveling and meeting new faces. He enjoyed his time with his friends at Maxwell's and visited NY often to see his family and his many friends. Survivors include two sons, Brian (Jennifer) Whiter II of Ilion, NY and Dakota Whiter of Latham, NY, One sister, Debbie Whiter of Ithaca, NY, six grandchildren, Mason, Dane, Trinity, Connor, Jackson and Charlie. Brian is also survived by the mother of his children Barbara Edwards. He is predeceased by his parents Gerald Whiter and Ruth Murray and a brother Vernon Whiter. To honor Brian's wishes, there will be no funeral service. Please celebrate Brian in your own way. As per Brian II and Dakota go have drink and a nap at Crossway's in his honor. Please remember how much he loved you all. Condolences may be expressed at www.funeralalternatives.net. (March 14, 2024)

 

Shawn Michael Patterson, IHS 1988 was called by his Lord on March 5th after a very brief illness. He was born September 21st, 1969 in Fort Worth, TX to Charlotte Ann (Platts) Patterson and Donald H. Patterson Sr. Shawn was a graduate of Ilion High School, class of 1988. Upon his graduation, he became a United States Marine at Parris Island, SC. He continued his training at Camp Lejeune, NC for motor T school and was assigned to MCAS El Torro, CA. While there, he supported Operation Just Cause (Panama) from El Torro as a refueler/defueler of aircraft. Shawn was deployed to Bahrain for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm where he also served as a refueler/defueler. He was a very proud Marine. Upon his completion of his Marine Corps service, Shawn traveled the country, settling in SC, WA state and VA for a time, working his way up to Foreman in construction and as a truck driver before eventually relocating back to New York. He was employed by JC Rendering at the time of his passing. Driving was his passion and he covered the 48 states many times. Shawn loved to tinker, especially with vehicles. There wasn't much he couldn't fix. His most favored and precious time was spent with his grandbabbies for game and movie nights. Shawn was a family man who loved to be by himself. He was preceeded in death by his parents, his beloved Uncle Chick & Aunt Janet (Patterson) and Uncle John (Platts). He is survived by his son, Patrick Allen and his wife, Jasmine of Clayville. His five grandbabbies who he loved spending time with; Kyla, Logan, Austin, Hunter and Judith. Siblings; Scott and his wife Carla Patterson of Gallup, NM, Christie Szpyrka and her partner, Anthony Britton of Philadelphia, PA, Veronica and her husband Todd Smithson of Ilion, Donald Jr and his wife Carol of Ilion, Thom-son of Lawrenceville, GA, Melissa and her husband Debony Maffett of Stockbridge, GA and Tracey and her husband Tim Glass of Lawrenceville, GA. Shawn also leaves his Uncle Hercules Platts of Vernon, Aunt Maria of NC, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that he loved very much. Per Shawn's request, he will be cremated and there will be a gathering of family and friends 'to drink a beer for me' at a later date. Arrangements for Shawn are under the direction and care of the locally/family owned and operated Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsville, 315-508-5131. (March 14, 2024)

 

Mrs. Linda (Drake) Laurin, IHS 1965 age 76, of Herkimer, passed away on March 8, 2024 at Valley Residential Services in Herkimer. Linda was born on November 3, 1947 in Ilion, a daughter of the late Dorothy Ellsworth and Daniel Drake. She attended Ilion schools and went on to obtain her Associate's Degree from Herkimer County Community College and her Bachelor's Degree from Syracuse University. She was employed with the New York State Thruway Authority as a Supervisor of their Toll Division for 42 years. After retirement, she kept busy by working for her local insurance agent, Allstate Northup Agency from 2006-2014. She was involved with the DAR, the Order of the Eastern Star, the New York State Canal Development Committee and the New York State Ombudsman Program. She was also a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church. Her hobbies included playing cards with friends, bingo with her grandchildren, taking casino trips, going out to dinner, camping and swimming at Donna's. Linda is survived by her beloved daughter, Dawn Thomas of Ilion; her grandchildren, Andrew and Amanda Thomas; one brother, Raymond Drake; two sisters, Donna Joynt and Patricia Copeland; her special friends, Sara Northup-Lynch and Laurie Lavine and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Robert Laurin; her infant son, Robert "Robbie" Laurin; her grandmother, Clara Miller and her sister, Peggy Schiering. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at 2:00 pm in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, with Rev. Brian Engel, officiating. Calling hours will take place from 1:00 pm until the time of services in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home. Interment will be held later in the Spring in Armory Hill Cemetery. To leave condolences for Linda's family, please visit www.whiter-hendrix.com. (March 13, 2024)

 

Frances J. De John, IHS Alumnus age 80, of Herkimer passed away peacefully Sunday, February 4, 2024 in Foltsbrook. She was born in Ilion, New York on April 16, 1943, the daughter of the late Francis "Bill" and Frances Kinney De John. She attended and graduated from Ilion High School. Frances worked for her father at De John's Remodeling Center, Ilion for many years. Fran was a devout catholic and a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church. Frances is survived by her cherished brother, William De John of Ilion; two nephews, William De John of Arizona and Travis De John of North Carolina and several cousins. She was predeceased by her mother and father. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery later this spring. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Avenue, Frankfort. A very special thank you to Deborah Sutton for always being there and and for being Franny's "step sister" for so many years. Fran's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of Foltsbrook especially Rose Burrows for their wonderful care and compassion shown to her during her long stay and passing. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Frances's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com .(March 7, 2024)

 

Beverly Ann Seaman, IHS 1961 age 81, of Fort Edward, NY, passed away peacefully, on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Glens Falls Hospital. She was born on June 1, 1942, in Ilion, the daughter of Gordon and Edith (McMillan) Seaman. She graduated from Annunciation Catholic School and Ilion High School, class of 1961. Bev was employed in the Engineering Dept. and was a Supervisor at Verizon, in Glens Falls, for over 30 years. She was a member of the Ilion Knights of Columbus Auxiliary and the Telephone Pioneers. Bev was an avid golfer and one of her joys in life was getting a Hole in One, at Queensbury Country Club! She was also an active bowler, in Ilion. Surviving family members include her sisters and brother, Barbara Hodom and her husband, Mike, of Delmar, NY, Elizabeth Garlock, of Valpariso, Indiana, Benita Holley, of Lake Placid, NY, Lawrence Seaman and his wife, Veronica, of Ilion and Bunny Seymour and her husband, Tom, of Ilion; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and very close friends, Diane Bement, Judy Nichols, Julie Finchtner and Jennie Lee Altizio. She was predeceased by her parents. Relatives and friends are invited to the Celebration of Beverly Ann Seaman's Life, at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Beamer's Pub, on South St., in Glens Falls, NY. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bev, or add to her online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. (March 3, 2024)

 

Ralph C. Bottini, Sr., IHS 1959 age 82, of Oneida, passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Oneida Health Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on November 7, 1941, in Utica, the son of Samuel and Angeline (Valenti) Bottini. He was a 1959 graduate of Ilion High School. On April 14, 1978, Ralph was united in marriage to Kathleen Kuroski in St. Joseph's St. Patrick's Church in Utica. Kathleen passed away on January 2, 2022. On March 15, 1960, Ralph proudly served his country as a member of the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge on December 2, 1963. He then went on to serve as a member of the United States Air National Guard until 1968. Ralph was employed at Remington Arms in Ilion from 1964 to 1985 as a process engineer. From there he became a sales engineer in the manufacturing industry. He most recently owned and operated Ralph C. Bottini Co. since 1998. Ralph and Kathy moved to Oneida in 1987 from Ilion. While in Ilion, Ralph was a founding member of the Ilion Angels Pop Warner organization. He was a long time Little League and Babe Ruth baseball coach in both Oneida and Ilion. He was a member of the Spirit of Hope Parish, attending St. Patrick's Church. He was a honorary life member of the E. Bart Hanifin Council 473 Knights of Columbus and the Edward A. McDowell 4th Degree Color Guard. He was an avid fan of the Syracuse Orange, NY Yankees, and NY Giants. He enjoyed being loving, caring, and generous to his family and friends. Surviving are his five children, Tammy Bottini, of Morrisville, Ralph C. (Laurie) Bottini, Jr., of Canton, GA, Angeline (Robert) Sayles, of Oneida, Steven (Jessica) Bottini, of New Canaan, CT, and Samuel Bottini (Jillian Zick), of Saratoga; nine grandchildren, Kaylee (Connor) Rhodes, Tori Bottini, Steven Sayles, Andrew Sayles, Joseph Sayles, Sophie Bottini, Vivienne Bottini, Graylan Bottini, and Gianna Bottini; two great-grandchildren, Rosalie Rhodes and Stella Rhodes; a brother, Samuel (Mary Ann) Bottini, of Utica, two sisters, Diane Crimmins, of Utica, Valarie Rose, of Schaumburg, IL; a brother in law, Michael Kuroski of Utica; a sister in law Patricia Austin of Utica; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, beginning with a prayer service at 9:30 AM at the Ironside Funeral Home, Inc., followed by his Mass of the Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Patrick's Church where the Rev. Christopher J. Ballard will officiate. Interment with Military Honors will take place in Calvary Cemetery. Family and friends are invited and may call on Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the funeral home, 342 Main St., Oneida. The Knights of Columbus will perform their ritual for a deceased brother on Thursday, February 28th at 3:30 PM at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made in Ralph's memory to ClearPath for Veterans, 1223 Salt Springs Rd., Chittenango, NY, 13037. (February 27, 2024)

 

Robert "Tiny" Lane, IHS 1973 Known by everyone as a kind man with a huge heart, Robert E. Lane joined his heavenly father on February 16, 2024. He cared about everyone and would love that persona and sentiment to live on through all of us. He was born on July 30, 1955, in Herkimer, the son of Clifford J. and Mildred (Forlano) Lane. Bob graduated from Ilion High School in 1973. He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1979, and was a proud Veteran. He rounded out his education with a Bachelors and Masters Degree from SUNY Tech Utica-Rome. He spent his career in public service with Herkimer Community College and SUNY Morrisville, as well as both Ilion and Frankfort Police Depts and various other jobs outside of his public service including Remington Arms Co., Heidelburg Bakery and Human Technology. He shared his love and knowledge of sports by coaching Pop Warner and track for many years. Surviving family members include his two sons, whom he shared with his previous wife of 20 years, Christine (Rowland) Lane, Robert E. Lane, II, of Glenmont NY, and Ryan Lane and his wife, Laura, of Dansville, NY; his brothers and sisters, Jackie Lane Foster and her husband, Sam, Carl Lane, Clifford Lane, Jr. and his wife, Donna, Theresa Lane Perry and her husband, Bob, Elaine Lane, Dorothy Lane Knapik and her husband, Paul, Marilyn Lane Kane and her husband, Ron, Anna Lane and Fred Beach, Tina Lane Dumaplin and her husband, Fred; his grandchildren, Nolan, Molly and Mason Lane; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. Like a second family, he also leaves behind his friends and community from Stewarts and The Valley. A Celebration of Bob's "Tiny's" Life, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m., at the Ilion Knights of Columbus, West St., Ilion. There will be a register book to sign at the entrance, keepsake prayer cards available for family members and friends, along with a box for cards and envelopes. Burial will be held later this spring, at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Bob "Tiny", or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com Bob's service arrangements and supervision are entrusted to his long-time friend and Family Funeral Director, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's original location, at 102 West St., Ilion, NY 13357 (315-895-7722). (February 24, 2024)

 

Eleanor 'Ellie' (Smith) Riddell, IHS Alumnus 1953, passed away Friday, February 16, 2024, at the Masonic Care Community in Utica, NY. Born Eleanor Marie Smith on August 10,1935, she was the eldest daughter of Edwin and Gladys Smith. She was predeceased by her parents; two brothers, Alfred and Francis; and three sisters, Ruth, Katherine, and Margery. Ellie is survived by her husband, Harold "Buck" Riddell; children, Judith (Darin) Schneider of St. Louis MO, Tracy (Robert) Miller of Fort Mill, SC, Scott (An) Riddell of Belmont NC, and Mary (David) Strafel of Charlotte NC; two cherished grandsons, John Miller of Georgia, and Luke Miller of Brooklyn, NY; a brother, Joseph Smith of Utica; many nieces and nephews, including two special nephews, Steve (Amy) Tines and Robert Tines; special friends, Carol Bors, Carol Gollegly, Margaret Riddell, John and Madeline Stephenson, and Steve and Loretta Szczygiel. Ellie dedicated many years of her life to her role as a banker at Marine Midland Bank, where she served with dedication and kindness, touching the lives of countless customers. She enjoyed spending time with her family, lunching with her girlfriends, wintering in Myrtle Beach, going on adventures with the Stephensons and Szczygiels, gardening, and contributing to her community through her work and volunteer efforts. Visitation and an 'Ellie-bration' will be held on Friday, June 7th, 2024 from 12pm - 2pm at the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home 100 Otsego St. Ilion, NY 13357. Special thanks to the staff at the Masonic Care Community for the loving care they provided. Donations in Ellie's memory may be made to The Alzheimer's Association 225 N Michigan Ave Floor 17, Chicago IL 60601 or to the Masonic Care Community 2150 Bleecker Street, Utica NY 13501. Ellie will forever be remembered for her sweet nature and contagious giggle. Rest well sweet Mom. We love you 'a bushel and a peck.' Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, 100 Otsego St. Ilion, NY 13357. (February 19, 2024)

 

Roy Scott Waldron, IHS Alumnus, age 59, of Ferguson Road, passed away peacefully, at home, on Thursday morning, February 15, 2024, with his loving wife, Sandy and family, by his side. He was born on January 9, 1965, in Ilion, the son of Joseph and Shirley (Truax) Waldron. Roy attended Ilion schools. He was a Veteran of our country, serving from 1983 until 1991, in the U.S. Army. On April 5, 1997, he was married to Sandra L. Budukiewicz, at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Ilion and enjoyed every moment of marriage with her. They have been attending New Life Church together, of Herkimer. Roy was employed in the Transportation Industry for well over thirty-five years, with his last place of employment at ERL Intermodal, Utica and other companies through the years. Roy's pleasant nature reflected upon all of us in an entirely positive manner. He always made us smile and would do just about anything to raise our levels of happiness. He was very patient, even when he did not have to be. One of the greatest memories ever bestowed upon us and especially to his grandchildren was his inventing of "The Cool Walk.":Surviving family members include his beloved wife, Sandy; his children, Amanda Marlowe, Christy Duncan, John Salek and Richard Salek (Jessica); nine grandchildren, Kay, Annalyse, Arabella, Logan, Lacey, Emma, Taraji, Reina and Skyler; his sister, Kimberly Klock (Jeff); his brother, Joseph Paul Waldron (Brenda J.); his half-sister, Kimberly Rosario; several uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; and his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carolyn and John Nownes. He was predeceased by his parents. Roy's Calling Hours and Funeral Service will be held Monday, February 19, 2024. Calling hours are 3:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., with Services to begin at 5:30 p.m., all to be held at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home's larger facility, at 4309 Acme Road, (old Main St.), between Ilion and Frankfort NY 13357 (315-895-7722). Spring interment with full military honors will be held at Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion. A Celebration of Life will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the New Life Church, 337 Protection Ave., Herkimer, NY. All are invited to attend, but please note, no alcohol is allowed. Arrangements were carefully thought through and established via prearranging by Roy and Sandy with their Family Funeral Director and friend, Don Applegate, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home. Anyone wishing to share a memory of Roy, or add to his online memorial, may go to www.applegateandday.com. (February 19, 2024)

 

Frances J. De John, IHS Alumnus, age 80, of Herkimer passed away peacefully Sunday, February 4, 2024 in Foltsbrook. She was born in Ilion, New York on April 16, 1943, the daughter of the late Francis "Bill" and Frances Kinney De John. She attended and graduated from Ilion High School. Frances worked for her father at De John's Remodeling Center, Ilion for many years. Fran was a devout catholic and a communicant of Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church. Frances is survived by her cherished brother, William De John of Ilion; two nephews, William De John of Arizona and Travis De John of North Carolina and several cousins. She was predeceased by her mother and father. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery later this spring. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Avenue, Frankfort. A very special thank you to Deborah Sutton for always being there and and for being Franny's "step sister" for so many years. Fran's family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of Foltsbrook especially Rose Burrows for their wonderful care and compassion shown to her during her long stay and passing. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Chirldrens Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Frances's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (February 18, 2024)

 

Patricia Ann (Runge) Jones, IHS 1965 passed away on Wednesday, February 7, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Johnson City, NY. Pat was born in Ilion, NY on August 27, 1947, the daughter of Dorothy and Robert Phoenix Runge. After graduating from Ilion High School in 1965, Pat headed to Ithaca College for her Bachelor's degree in Education. It was there that she met Robert Jones, whom she wed May 1, 1971, at St Augustine's Church in Ilion. Pat spent her career at South Lewis Central School as a Speech Therapist. In her time there, she proudly worked with many in Lewis County and surrounding areas, helping multiple generations of students and families. While attending Syracuse University for her Master's in Education, Pat also worked as a mentor for newer teachers and enjoyed showing them the ropes. Pat loved being a Speech Therapist, so much so she had a personalized license plate "Thpeech." Pat enjoyed creating, sewing, cooking, and painting. She found joy with her most recent focus, embroidery for loved ones to commemorate special events. A long-time resident of Belle-Iles Place in Boonville, Pat treasured her home on the dead-end street and enjoyed the closeness of her neighbors. Pat loved all animals and spent little of her life without a cat. She especially had a soft spot for black cats. She built long lasting friendships. From planning Ilion High School reunions and meetups with the "Golden Bomber Girls" to the Lunch Bunch, Pat loved her friends. She was honest, and quick witted; her door was always open for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and a chat. She is survived by her husband Robert Jones, children Lindsay (Andrew) Hausman of Trumansburg, NY, and Sydney Jones of Wells River, VT, as well as her sister Melissa (Judd) Worden of East Berne, NY. She has three grand cats and one grand dog. Pat would often remark, "my grands have fur." Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation hours on Friday, February 16, 2024, from 2-4 P.M. at Trainor Funeral Home, 143 Schuyler St. Boonville, where a service will be held, during the visitation hours, at 3:00 P.M. Donations in her memory can be made to the Lewis County Humane Society, P.O. Box #682, Lowville, New York 13367. (February 11, 2024)

 

Rev. Richard A. Waite, IHS 1970 age 72, a lifelong Ilion area resident, passed away suddenly on January 30, 2024 in the privacy and comfort of his home. Born on May 28, 1951, Richard was the son of the late Viola A. (Pfeifer) Waite. He was raised and educated locally. At one time he was married to the former Patricia Skelly. In 1982 he proudly enlisted with the United States Army and after his initial service, he joined the United States Naval Reserves and was a member of the Navy Seabees. He received his honorable discharge on November 6, 1998. Richard was a man of faith and proudly served as the Pastor of the People's Undenominational Church of Cedarville for many years. He is survived by a beloved son, Eric M. Waite, of Poland, NY. Cremation arrangements were entrusted to the Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. Online notes of sympathy may be left at www.eneafamily.com. (February 8, 2024)

 

Ruth R. Miller, IHS 1960 age 81, of North Street, Mohawk, passed away on February 5, 2024, at Wynn Hospital, with her devoted family at her side. She was born on May 11, 1942, in Herkimer, New York, a daughter of the late Fred and Millie (Stanley) Mix. She was a graduate of Ilion High School, Class of 1960. She was married to Ron Miller, Sr., on June 8, 1963 and he preceded her in death. Through the years, Ruth enjoyed gardening, bowling, camping, and Yahtzee. She was active in so many family functions and events and was an avid Wheel of Fortune watcher! She will be dearly missed. She is survived by her partner, Gary Snyder; her children, Sue Hale and her husband, Ralph, Ron Miller, Jr. and his wife, Karen and Rick Miller and his wife, Amy; her grandchildren, Rebecca, Dan, Nicky, Kaylee, Kenzie and Jake; her sister, Betty Johnson; her brother, Ed Briggs; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ron Miller, Sr.; her parents, Fred and Millie; and her sister, Marjorie Briggs. The family will be present for calling hours at the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Road, in Ilion, on Thursday, February 8, 2024, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the Funeral Prayer Service will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude the evening. The spring burial will be in Oriskany Cemetery. Flowers are very welcome to honor Ruth's memory as she loved them. Additionally, please consider the option to donate to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, at Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, New York 10163-4777. www.michaeljfox.org. Ruth's funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. (February 8, 2024)

 

Renee K. (Pierce) Grimes, IHS 1995 age 46, of Ilion passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 31, 2024 in Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital, Syracuse with her family by her side. She was born in Ilion, New York on February 25, 1977, the daughter of the late Jack and Becky Upson Pierce She attended Ilion schools and later attended John Paolo's Extreme Beauty Institute, Syracuse, NY. She was married to Paul Grimes on December 31, 2022 in Ilion, NY. Renee was the owner and operator of Bella Damas Salon in Ilion for many years. Renee is survived by her beloved husband, Paul; four sons and one daughter in law, Christopher and his wife, Elizabeth Pierce of Ilion, Alexander Matthews of Mohawk, Dante Grimes and his companion, Nikkiah Rios of Rome and John Scalise of Ilion; three daughters, Izzetta Matthews, Tara Matthews and Marissa Matthews all of Ilion; two brothers, Rob and his wife, Kim Pierce of Seneca SC and Scott and his wife, Linda Pierce of Ilion; one sister, Megan Pierce of Richmond, VA.; her cherished grandchildren, Sylvanas Pierce, Celaenas Pierce, Artimis Pierce, Asher Grimes and Sirius Pierce and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Jack Pierce, her mother and stepfather, Becky and Larry Kasper. Her funeral will be held Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 11:30 AM in the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc., 203 Second Ave. Frankfort where a funeral service will be celebrated by the Rev. Gary Wilcox. Calling hours will be Saturday, February 10 from 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the V. J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home, Inc. 203 Second Ave., Frankfort. Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Renee's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com. (February 5, 2024)

 

Robert "Bob" Boucher, IHS 1951 age 92, of Boca Raton Fl, formerly of Ilion New York passed away peacefully at home on January 13, 2024, surrounded by his family. Bob is survived by his loving wife of 67 years Alice Gour Boucher and daughter Ellen Middlebrooks (Joel) of Boca Raton. Bob is blessed with three grandsons; Nicholas of Virginia Beach, VA, Andrew of San Diego, CA, and Jonathan of Pensacola, Fl, sister in laws Nora Boucher of Ilion, NY, Joyce Collea of Utica and many special nieces and nephews. Bob is predeceased by his parents Leo Sr. and Lilla Boucher, and brother Leo Jr, of Ilion NY. He also leaves behind special friends of many years from the St. Lawrence River, Tom & Kay LaPuma, Frank & Ada Menapace & William Danale. Bob was born on August 26, 1931, in Claremont, New Hampshire. His family moved to Ilion, New York where he graduated from Ilion Central School System. He enlisted in the Navy in 1950 where he served as Radar Operator 2 on the USS Gainard and USS Stockham destroyers during the Korean War. As part of his service on the USS STOCKHAM, he completed an around the world cruise until his Honorable Discharged in 1954. He was united in marriage to Alice Gour, in 1956 and began his lifelong career in electronics, working for various national electronic manufacturers in central New York. Bob then pursued his passion for teaching Electronic Technology at Mohawk Valley Community College for 30 years and retired to Boca Raton in 1996. Bob and Alice have maintained their summer residence along the St Lawrence River in Chippewa Bay, New York and enjoyed many years of entertaining friends and family there. He spent much of his spare time restoring all types of vintage vehicles and watercrafts over the years. He was also committed to community service through years of active membership in Ilion's Junior Chamber of Commerce, and in VFW Post 502 in Ilion, and Post 10556 in Boca Raton. Bob, an avid boater, enjoyed his tenure in the Boca Raton Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-6. He was also a parishioner of Annunciation Church of Ilion, NY. Bob was always generous with his time to others, loved playing the guitar and harmonica at backyard parties, practical jokes and was a kind soul to all that were blessed to befriend him. He was deeply loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank Bobs' medical team; Dr. Nicolas Breuer, Dr. John Panos, Dr. Anthony Lee, Dr. John Motta, Dr. Debra Becker, Dr. Mark Block and the dedicated nursing staff at Boca Raton Regional Hospital for the compassionate care they've provided over the years. A Celebration of Life will be held at the South Florida National Cemetery on Friday, February 2nd, 2024, promptly at 09:30, Lane 3. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bobs' memory to: Southeast Florida Honor Flight at honorflightsefl.org OR Wounded Warrior Project at support.woundedwarriorproject.org. (February 5, 2024)

 

Nancy M. (Ingro) Decker, IHS 1942 age age 99, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2023. Born in Ilion on February 18, 1924, Nancy was the daughter of the late Paul and Theresa Ingro. She had four siblings who preceded her in death, Cessaro Ingro, Sam Ingro, Mary Winslow and Mayme Franco. Nancy was married to the late Robert W. Moody in 1942, with whom she was blessed with four children. She later married the late Bruce Decker and together they had one daughter. Nancy moved from Ilion,NY to Ormond Beach, FL in 1971 where she worked for the Volusia County School System and Mario's Restaurant. She owned and operated a ceramic studio in Ormond Beach. She loved to cook and played tennis well into her 70s. Nancy was predeceased by her children, John Moody, Robert W. Moody, Jr., Linda Moody and Marilyn Decker. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Burch, of Holly Hill, Florida; her daughter in-law, Joanne Moody; 6 grandchildren - Barbara Moody Adler and her husband Larry, Patricia Burch McDonnell and her husband Colm, Michael Burch, Jay Moody and fiancé Annie, Anthony Bonventre, and Heather Johnson; 4 great grandchildren, Kristin and her husband Carl, Brooke, Elliot, Lauren, Ross; and 1 great-great-grandchild - Olivia. A visitation for Nancy was held at the Pinello Funeral Home in Daytona Beach, Florida. Spring interment will take place in St. Agnes Cemetery, Ilion, where Nancy will be laid to rest with her children. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors. (January 30, 2024)

 

Richard William 'Dick' Capes, IHS 1971, 70, formerly of Ilion, NY passed away on January 24th, 2024 in Winston-Salem, NC, surrounded by his family. He was born April 8th, 1953 to Frank Capes and Alice (McLaughlin) Capes. He graduated from Ilion High School in 1971 and earned an Associate Degree from Herkimer County Community College. He retired in 2019 after working in the automotive industry for over 40 years, and he was always well-loved by his coworkers. An avid sports follower, he was an especially big fan of Wake Forest and Syracuse. He liked to spend his time working in the yard, building train sets, exploring state parks, and attending live music events. He visited his hometown of Ilion often, and while there he loved researching his family tree with his nephew Michael Capes and catching up with friends and family members at Ilion Days. He is survived by his daughters Kimberly Stenske, Kathryn Capes, Leighanne Capes, and Shannon Capes; grandchildren Malia Stenske, Sean Maggard, and Taylor Capes; sisters Frances Pellegrino, Mary Ekstrom, Mary Lupinski, and Verna Vandawalker; sister-in-law Nila Capes; and many nieces, nephews and cousins along with his beloved pets. He is predeceased by his parents; his step-mother Izetta Capes; his brothers George Capes, Edward Capes, and Jon Fifield; and brothers-in-law Vince Pellegrino, Michael Ekstrom, and Edward Vandawalker. The family wishes to thank the ICU staff at Forsyth Medical Center for their effort and compassion while he was in their care. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the American Stroke Association or your local humane society. In accordance with Richard's written wishes, no ceremony or memorial service will be held. A celebration of life will take place in Ilion, NY at a later date. (January 25, 2024 - modified February 27, 2024)

 

John Thomas "Vince" Lester, IHS 1971 age 70, of Trenton, FL, died on January 10, 2024 after months of battling cancer. John was born in Ilion, NY to the late Thomas and Carolyn (Eysaman) Lester on February 19, 1953. He attended Ilion High School, graduating in 1971. He was a member of the wrestling and cross country teams. He was a proud Air Force veteran, serving from 1972 until his honorable discharge in 1976. He was married to Diane Youngblut from 1977 until her death in 2006. In 2017 he married Jimilyn Pendon who survives him along with his daughter Victoria (Thomas) Parrish, son John T. Lester II, siblings Barbara Lester, Thomas (Cathleen) Lester, Charles (Marion) Lester, Carol (Keith) Swart, David (Pamela) Lester and many nieces, nephews and friends. A Requiem Mass was held on January 17 at St. Madeleine Catholic Church in High Springs, FL. Memorial donations may be made to Haven Hospice via the beyourhaven.org website. (January 26, 2024)

 

Donna Napoli, IHS 1971, passed away in January 2024, per Faceboook. (January 26, 2024)

 

Warren A. Reynolds, IHS 1953, age 90, passed away on January 5, 2024, at Brookdale Fillmore Pond in Bennington, VT. Born in Sangerfield, NY on August 31, 1933, he was the son of George B. Reynolds and Emma B. (nee Betszinger) Reynolds. He spent his early years at Raquette Lake, NY in the central Adirondack region. After his parents separated, Warren moved with his mother to Ilion, NY. Following graduation from Ilion High School, Warren enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. After completing 4 years of honorable service, he settled back in Ilion with his wife Charlotte (nee Gage) Reynolds where they raised their four children. Using The G.I. Bill, Warren pursued an engineering degree at Utica College, becoming both a mechanical and electrical engineer. His career included employment at General Electric, Cogar Corp., and PAR in Utica, and International Computers LTD, based both in Utica and Manchester, England. Although his professional career took him all over the world, Warren always longed to return to his beloved Raquette Lake. It was there, after deciding to leave the world of high-level engineering, that he and his second wife Elaine made a life. He established Reynolds Adirondack Maintenance (RAM) at Raquette providing plumbing, heating, and electrical contracting services to the many seasonal camps in the region. He also owned and managed several rental cottages on Raquette and Sagamore Lakes. He reveled in having his children and their families spend time at his Antler's cottage - free of charge. Once the snow got too deep in the Adirondacks, he retired to North Carolina to run a hobby shrimping and gillnet operation on Pamlico Sound. The constant theme throughout his life was a boat on some body of water. In his final years he and Elaine relocated to her hometown, Bennington, VT. Although Warren was an accomplished engineer having worked on projects such as the Gemini space program and complicated computing systems around the world, he was most comfortable in canvas pants and a wool shirt. He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman. His craftsmanship in woodworking, carpentry, plumbing, and any task where he could work with his hands, was renowned. Warren was predeceased by his parents George and Emma; his siblings George Reynolds, Mary Reynolds, Martha Bechard, and his first wife Charlotte Reynolds. In addition to his wife Elaine Sachau, he is survived by his children, Robert Michael Reynolds and wife Andrea of Manchester, ME; Joanne Reynolds-Bladek and husband Karl of Mohawk, NY; Karen Totaro-Reynolds and wife Tammy of Ilion, NY; Diane Reynolds-Yamano of Ilion, NY; Deborah Stanley of Raleigh, NC; Daniel Sachau of Glens Falls, NY; and Doreen Sachau of Bennington, VT. Grandchildren Jeremy Reynolds; Lindsey Dumais; Lelyned Bowley; Joki Wallace; Brianna Forbes-Silverstiein; Katie Marlowe; Gary Rende Jr.; Samantha Rende; Thomas Mayhew; Desire' Shiffer; Robert Stanley Jr.; and Jasmine Sachau. Warren is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Brookdale Fillmore Pond, Vermont Hospice, and In-Home Care Service for the wonderful way they treated Warren in his final days. They all went above and beyond and are very special people. Per Warren's request there will be no services. For those wishing to do something special in his memory: get out on the golf course, go hunting with a labrador retriever, wet a line fishing, run a trap line, take a crack at building some furniture, or simply sit on a back porch with a cocktail and watch as the sun sets after another beautiful day on this earth. (January 26, 2024)

 

Howard A. Archer II, IHS 1990, age 51 of Auburn and formerly Ilion, NY passed away, Wednesday, December 13, 2023, at his home, due to complications from alcohol use disorder. He was born in Ilion, NY the son of the late Howard and Janet (Palmer) Archer. He is survived by children, a son Aidan, daughter Ashlyn Archer and sister Amy. Before this disease took hold of him, Howie loved his family and his life. Out of respect for his children, there will no calling hours or services at this time. (January 4, 2024)

 

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