Saturday, March 17, 2018

Richard C. Thurber

Wellsville, NY - Richard C. Thurber, 82, of 3265 First Street, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania following a brief illness.  He was born on May 19, 1935 in Brighton, NY.  On November 20, 1955 he married Beverly A. Griswold who predeceased him on September 28, 2001.

Richard was raised in North Rose, NY and later moved to Newark, NY where he lived until 1980.  He moved to Central Florida and eventually resided in Umatilla where he lived for   many years until moving to Wellsville, NY in 2017 to live with family.   He was employed by several packaging companies including Duffy-Motts in Williamson, NY; Mobil Chemical in Macedon, NY; and Astro Packaging in Orlando, FL.  He was a faithful member of the Community Wesleyan Church of Leesburg, FL.

He is survived by three children, Patricia (Robin) George of Wellsville, Richard C. (Jessie) Thurber Jr. of Belton, SC, and William (Nancy) Thurber of Leesburg, FL, seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one sister, Roberta Heltne of Beaverton, OR, as well as several nieces & nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Elberta Thurber Cleveland, and a sister, Lucille Boyce.

Interment will be in Lakeside Memorial Gardens in Eustis FL. Please consider memorial donations to the Community Wesleyan Church of Leesburg, FL or the Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NY).  To leave online condolences, please visit  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Peter William Presutti

Belmont, NY - Peter William Presutti, 94, a former long time resident of 6 McNinch Lane, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born Sept 18, 1923 in Belmont, the son of the late Frank and Nancy (DeFiore) Presutti. On June 18, 1949 at St Mary’s Church in Belmont NY, he married Rosamonde Clark who survives.

Peter has resided in Duke Center, PA for the past five years. He was a 1941 graduate of Belmont High School; and attended Buffalo State Teachers College. He began employment at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville (now Dresser Rand) as an apprentice in machine shop and assembly floor. Peter served three years in the Army Air force during World War II, in the European Theater of Operation, also known as the Second European War. He returned to Worthington after his discharge to work in the engineering department and retired in 1985, after 39 years of service. He was a communicant of St Mary’s Church and was involved with the records and maintenance of St Mary’s Cemetery. 

Peter was a loving husband and father and is survived in addition to his wife, Rosamonde, by his son, Peter of Duke Center, PA, two daughters, Judith (John) Barrett of Duke Center,PA and Joanie Frost of Lake Tahoe, NV, five grandchildren Elisabeth “Betsy” Presutti and her husband Christ, Nick Presutti, Dominick Presutti, Braden Barrett and Star Finch and her husband Mike, a great grandson Braxton, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a son, William M. Presutti, a granddaughter, Quinn Davis, who was his pride and joy, five sisters Julie Congelli, Jenieve Creighton, Lenora Vancante, and Yolanda and Elvira Presutti and his six brothers Louis, Charles, Leonard, Amedeo, Joseph, and an infant brother.

Peter was known for his famous chicken barbecue’s and had a passion for gardening, especially growing tomatoes and garlic which he shared with his friends and family. Peter also had a propensity for “fixing” everything and anything which he was often asked for assistance and more than happy to help.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. On Saturday, March 17, 2018, there will be a prayer at the funeral at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at Holy Family Church in Belmont. Burial, with military honors will be in St Mary’s cemetery in Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort Home in Wellsville, NY or Holy Family Catholic Church in Belmont, NY. To leave online condolences, please visit

Nancy L. Haberer

Wellsville, NY - Nancy L. Haberer, 66, of 95 O'Connor Street passed away after a battle with cancer on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with her family at her side. She was born on March 24, 1951 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late John and Mildred (Herke) Potter.

Nancy was raised in Scio and was a 1969 graduate of Scio High School. She was employed as a home health aide for many years; most recently for Jan and Ben's Home Care Inc. of Wellsville.

She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed Sudoku, bingo, solitaire, scratch off tickets, and latch hood.

She is survived by three sons, Shawn Haberer, Scott Haberer, and his companion Brandy Gaylord, and Mark Haberer, and his companion Sara Johnson, all of Wellsville, and one daughter, Christine Haberer, and her companion, Tom Tompkins of Bolivar, seven grandchildren, several step grandchildren, one brother, Gary (Shelia) Potter of Arcade, and one sister, Shelia (Bob) Linnecke of Scio, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a brother, Donald Potter and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Haberer.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 3:00 pm in the funeralhome with Rev. Carl Kemp presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sandra “Sandy” E. Sweet

Wellsville, NY - Sandra “Sandy” E. Sweet, age 77, of 32 Chestnut Street passed away on Friday March 10, 2018, at the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County. She was born on June 7, 1940 in Manhattan, New York and was the daughter of Ernest and Helen Hornburg Stewart. On May 9, 1970 in Wellsville she married Oliver C. Sweet Jr. who predeceased her on January 12, 2104.

Sandra was a life long resident of Wellsville. She was a secretary at Alfred University until she became a stay at home mom to raise her children. She was a member of the Cross Town Alliance Church of Wellsville who enjoyed senior bus trips, senior luncheons, reading, word games, reading the Bible, and socializing with people. Sandra liked to play the piano and had substituted at several local churches and last played at the Hart House a week before she passed away. After her children had grown she worked for the Green Thumb/ Traveling Teachers and later worked at McDonalds on the Bolivar Road. She loved her family and above all the Lord.

Survivors include a daughter, Ellen Sweet of Wellsville; 2 sons, Charles “Chuck” (Marilou)  Sweet of Olean and Edward “Eddie” Sweet of Belmont; one grandchild on the way; her step mother, Betty Stewart of Williamsport, PA.; 2 step sisters, Denise and Diane; several nieces , nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Friends are welcome to call on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 11 am till 1 pm at the Crosstown Alliance Church in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling at 1 pm with Pastor Jeremy Gorham and Campus Pastor Jon Schink presiding. Burial will take place in Stannards Cemetery and memorials maybe made to the Cross Town Alliance Church. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, March 9, 2018

Dorothy Marie Willhoite

Wellsville, NY - Dorothy Marie Willhoite, 85, of Wellsville, NY, passed away on March 9, 2018, with her children at her side.

Dorothy was born in Miami County, KS, on October 18, 1932, to Fannie Leona (Alley) and Kenneth Anson Trewett.  She grew up on the family farm, where she learned the importance of hard work and common sense. Dorothy attended grade school at the Washington School in Miami County and high school in Drexel, MO. She was the salutatorian of the Drexel High School Class of 1950 and predicted by her classmates to be “the first woman President of the United States.” She attended college at the Ursuline Academy in Paola, KS.

Dorothy married the love of her life, Wilber Wayne Willhoite, on July 8, 1951. They farmed near Drexel before their family moved to Kansas City, MO, in 1965. Dorothy was a homemaker and stay-at-home mother while her children were young, but began working outside the home in 1969. Shortly thereafter, she started her career with Lynn Insurance Group (Universal Underwriters). She earned her Certified Property Casualty Underwriter credential and retired from Universal Underwriters in 1989 as a Regional Underwriting Manager. Dorothy and Wilber moved from Kansas City to Drexel in 1990, and in 2000 they moved to Wellsville to be near family. They enjoyed their retirement together and traveling to visit family and friends and to attend Wilber’s military reun

Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville where she had been active in the women’s Bible study group, jail ministry, and choir.  She loved people and helping others.  She enjoyed reading, solving puzzles, quilting, gardening, and baking.. She was a brilliant, intelligent woman who could accomplish anything that she decided to do.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved Wilber, who died on December 11, 2008, and by her brother, Kenneth Trewett. She is survived by three children, Rose Anna (Leonard) Ladage of Wellsville, NY, Patricia Lynn (Richard) Sooter of North Richland Hills, TX, and Terry Wayne (Linda) Willhoite of Keller, TX; three grandchildren, Kenneth Wayne (Yuriko) Sooter, Joshua William (Kelly) Sooter, and Angela Marie Willhoite; five great-grandchildren, Joshua “Tiger,” Reese, Madison, Connor, and Kyron; two sisters, Frances (John) McLaughlin and Evelyn Burton; and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family extends their gratitude to the staff at Manor Hills Assisted Living for their loving care for Dorothy.

A memorial service will be held at the J. W. Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville on Monday, March 12, at 5 p.m., with visitation from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The funeral will be March 16 at the Mullinax Funeral Chapel in Drexel, MO.  Burial will follow in the Sharon Cemetery near Drexel.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Joyce Frances Gaylord

Belmont, NY - Joyce Frances Gaylord, age 91, of 9 South Street, passed away on Friday March 2, 2018 in her home. She was born on December 31, 1926 in Buffalo to Charles and Freda Richardson Gaylord.

Joyce was along time resident of Belmont who began her secretarial career in 1945 at the Allegany County Clerks Office. She later worked at the Sinclair Refinery, Citizens Bank, James Sekaras's Law Office, Allegany Bituminous, and retired as the secretary to the Dean of Nursing at Alfred University in 1980. Joyce was a quiet person who kept to herself , she loved reading, birds, flowers, and her dog Susie.

Joyce is survived by a niece, Marjorie (Richard)  Perkins of Andover; 2 nephews, Dale (Harriet)  Gaylord of Andover, and Craig (Norma)  Gaylord of Andover; several great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Richard (Florence)  Gaylord, and a nephew, Bruce Charles Gaylord.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 10 to 11 am in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. The funeral will take place at the conclusion of the calling at 11 am in the funeral home. Memorials in her name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Burial will take place in North Collins Cemetery, North Collins New York. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Valentina E. Gardner

Wellsville, NY - Valentina E. Gardner, age 96, a former long time resident of Grand Island passed away at home on Breckenridge Avenue on Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born on January 30, 1922 in Harbin Manchuria, China to Evan and Vera Georgieva Scholokoff.

Valentina went to a school in Japan that was run by both English and French Nuns. She met her future husband, Henry Gardner, who was in the U. S. Army and landed in Yokohama, Japan where they married on November 24, 1946. Upon returning to the United States they settled in Grand Island and together they owned the Island Disposal Service. When they sold the business Henry became a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Grand Island and Valentina went to work for Kenmore Mercy Hospital. When they retired they moved to Wellsville. Valentina was a member of the VFW Post #2530 Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post #702 Ladies Auxiliary, and T.O.P.S. # 39 all of Wellsville. Valentina loved to fish and to paint.

She is survived by a son, John (Dorothy)  Gardner of Grand Island; 2 daughters, Suzanna (Fred)  Hoefler of Lawrenceville, GA., and Vera Gardner of Ulysses, PA.; 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband of 64 years.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 12, 2018, from 12 noon to 2 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Wellsville. A service will be held at 2 pm in the funeral home following visitation with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Valentina's name may be made to the VFW Post #2530 Auxiliary, or to the American Legion Post #702 Auxiliary, or to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences please visit