Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Daniel P. Dolan

Wellsville, NY - Daniel P. Dolan, age 64, of East Fassett Street passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 10, 1953 in Wellsville to Robert and Madalene Merry Dolan.

Dan graduated from Scio Central High School, SUNY Geneseo with a B.S. in Biology, and from Paul Smith College with an A.A.S. in Forestry/ Surveying. He was a long time resident of the Wellsville /Scio Area who was a surveyor for Mark Wells Surveying in Hinsdale. Dan loved all aspects of the outdoors including hunting, fishing, and woodcarving. Dan was a Ham Radio Operator with a general license with a call sign of N2PDY. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League, St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Scio, and had attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.

Survivors include 2 brothers, Robert (Barbara) Dolan of Mt. Pleasant, PA., and John (Mary Beth Sootheran) Dolan of Wellsville; 2 sisters, Madalene Adele (Robert) Black of Wheatfield, and Mary (Gary) Dunham of Howard; 3 nieces and 2 nephews; several grand nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dan was predeceased by his parents, John and Madalene.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6-8 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 am in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Knights Creek Cemetery. Memorials in Dan’s name may be made to the Father Brown Mission Club. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Shauna M. Brent

Belmont, NY - Shauna M. Brent, age 28, of County Route 48 passed away at home after a short illness. She was born on March 13, 1988 in Olean to Paul and Marjorie Schoonover Brent Sr.

Shauna graduated from Olean High School and had worked for PWI in Wellsville. She enjoyed spending time at the Highland Day Services and enjoyed animals especially her mother’s dogs. She will be remembered as a very social person who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her Father Paul of Smyrna, TN.; her mother Marjorie of Belmont; 3 brothers, Paul (Becca) Brent Jr. of Akron, Lewis (Tammy) Brent of Friendship, and John Outman of Friendship; a sister, Emma (Eric) McDowell of Wellsville; 3 nieces, 2 nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Shauna was predeceased by a sister, DeeDee Brent; paternal grandparents, Henry and Emma Brent; maternal grandparents, Lewis and Doris Schoonover.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 2-3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm at the conclusion of the calling hour. Memorials in Shauna’s name may be made to either the ARC of Allegany County or to the Highland Day Services. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

James Alfred Brush

Wellsville, NY - James Alfred Brush, 79, of 91 Jefferson Street, Wellsville NY passed away Sunday February 19 at Strong Memorial Hospital.  He was born January 1, 1938 in Hornell, New York, the son of H. Alfred and Catherine (Donovan) Brush. On June 9th, 1962 he married Julia Hart at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, New York.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard, his brothers-in-law, Gerald and William Hart, sisters-in-law Jean Hart Hanks, Esther Hart Adams, and Mary Ellen Hart.  He is survived by his wife Julia, son Kevin (Amy) Brush, daughter Mary Elizabeth Brush, brother Thomas (Agnes) Brush, brother-in-law Clinton Adams, two grandchildren Matthew and Jeffrey Brush, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins and lifelong friends. 

Jim was raised in Canisteo, New York and moved to Scio, New York when he entered high school.  Jim participated in soccer, baseball, and basketball for Hall of Fame coach Roger Rigby before graduating in 1956. In 1960, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in Business Administration, and forevermore bleeding brown and white.  He held season tickets to Bonaventure basketball for 50 years. After graduation, he briefly worked at Acme Electric before enlisting in the Army Reserves in 1960, reporting to Fort Dix and becoming active during that time.   He remained a member of the Army Reserve until 1966 as a member of the 98th Training Division. 

In 1963 his career moved in a new direction as he began work in the accounting department at Air Preheater in Wellsville, New York until his retirement in 2000, maintaining many lifelong friendships. 

Jim loved athletics.  He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Wellsville Country Club, serving as club president in 1982.  He served many years at WCC as Mens’ Golf Association treasurer. Upon stepping down from that post, he was honored with a bench dedicated to his service to the club.  He proudly claimed three holes-in-one to his credit.  

Many in Allegany County will remember Jim as a referee and was a member of IAABO Board 50 from 1963 to 2000.  He was the longtime secretary-treasurer and interpreter for the Board.  In 1981 he officiated in the New York State Basketball Finals. In 2009 he was elected to the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame.  His coaching career began in 1963 when he was the volunteer basketball coach at Immaculate Conception School.  Additionally, he taught phys. ed. classes at ICS on his lunch hour.  This initial coaching tenure spanned 19 years.  When he stepped down from coaching the boys’ team, he coached the girls’ team for one year and then continued to help by officiating, scheduling, and assigning officials.  Then, after his retirement from Air Preheater he resumed coaching until 2012.  Though he retired from coaching, he was a visible presence at ICS running the clock, organizing fundraisers to sustain the program, and offering individual help to anyone who asked.  

Jim was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, where he served as an usher.  He was a former member of the Lions Club and an active member of Elks Lodge 1495, American Legion Post 702, a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Wellsville and volunteered for many years with the local Special Olympics. Jim also enjoyed many good times with the ‘ABB Lunch Club’ and ‘Secret Club’. He enjoyed socializing and could be found most mornings at the Mini Mart drinking coffee, chatting and reviewing sports scores, with particular attention given to his beloved Buffalo Bills and Bonaventure Bonnies.

After his retirement, he and Judy found immense joy in providing care to his two beloved grandsons, taking them on ‘adventures’ to parks,  museums, historical sites, all the while teaching them family history along the way.  

On Friday February 24th at 2:30 pm the Rosary will be recited and visitation hours will follow at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 3pm to 7pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY on Saturday February 25th at 11:00 am, immediately followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville, NY.  The family would like to invite Jim’s former basketball players to stand honor guard outside the church to welcome Jim home. 

In lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be made to Immaculate Conception School or to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, NY.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Barbara A. “Toots” “Babs” Shelley

Andover, NY - Barbara A. “Toots” “Babs” Shelley, age 76, of 511 Route 417 passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on January 26, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA. She is survived by her husband of 17 years David Kemmer Sr.

Barbara was a former resident of Maryland who retired from Merry Maids in 2000 and moved to Andover in 2002. She had been a member of the VFW Post 2530 Woman’s Auxiliary, The America Legion Post 702 Auxiliary and  Woman of the Moose all of Wellsville. Barbara enjoyed time with her family, especially around a bon fire, and playing Criminal Case on her smart phone.

Survivors include 6 daughters, Debbie (John) Linkous, Lauranne (Stephen) Victor, Freda Cavallaro (Becky Spencer), Toni Vogel, Barbara Cavallaro, Kathleen (Rick (Whitesell; a son, Robert (Jennifer) Roach Jr.; step children, David (Debbie) Kemmer Jr., Pam (Mike) Jenkins, and Patty Kemmer; a daughter in law, Karen Roach; a brother, Chip (Sandy) Milner, a sister in-law, Jeanne Wolf Kemmer; a brother in-law Roy (Joanne) Kemmer; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, a great grandson;  several nieces and nephews.

Barbara was predeceased by 2 brother in-laws; 2 sister in-laws; a sister; 2 grandchildren.

There will be no prior visitation or services. Memorial contributions he her name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rose Marie Davis

Belmont, NY - Rose Marie Davis, age 61, of State Route 19 passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at home. She was born on February 15, 1956 in Wellsville to James and Alice Brewer Davis.

Rose graduated from Wellsville High School as a member the Class of 1974. She had been a long time Belmont resident who had been an EMT with the Amity Rescue Squad. In her mid-30’s Rose obtained her LPN license and had worked at Jones Memorial Hospital, Highland Park Rehabilitation Center, ARC on Dyke Street, and last she worked at Wellsville Manor Care Center. Rose was an artist who enjoyed all arts and crafts. She will be remembered for her painting including store fronts and especially lawn decorations. Rose enjoyed cooking especially for her family. She will be remembered to many as an unselfish woman that made sure others were taken care of.

Survivors include 3 sons, Jim (Amanda) Baker, Phillip (Chrissy) Baker, and Leland Baker; 3 daughters, Christina (Chad) Allen, Stephanie (Alyn) MacDonell, and Alisha (William) La Forge; a proud grandmother to 19, Jimmy, Trevor, Raymond, Julie, Destiny, Dalton, Breanna, Stephanie, Austin, Jonathan, Makala, Kira, Kaleigh, Aidan, Alex, Phil, Jordan, Merriam, and Stanley; a great grandson and two more great grandchildren on the way; a brother, Charles (Sandy) Davis; 4 sisters, Lucy (Dick) Pierce, Doris (Steve) Meitzler, Sara Moran, and Edith Coyne; her faithful and constant companion, Little Lady.

Rose was predeceased by her parents and her infant brother, James.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6-8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. On Friday friends are invited to call from 10 am to 11am in the First United Methodist Church of Belmont where a funeral service will be held at 11am following the calling hour. Pastor Timothy Gleason will preside and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Amity Rescue Squad of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sandra Lee Reynolds

Wellsville, NY - Sandra Lee Reynolds, age 72, of 340 South Main Street passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born in Buffalo on July 3, 1944 to Lester and Hazel Hibbard Reynolds.

Sandy graduated from Kenmore West High School in 1963. She was a care giver for her parents and in 2007 she moved to Wellsville to live in the Burns Family Care Home. Sandy was a private woman who enjoyed writing and a quiet life. She attended the Knights Creek Evangelical Church in Scio and had many friends at the Highland Day Care Service in Wellsville.

Sandy is survived by a brother, Harry (Carol) Reynolds of Wayland and her care givers, Joyce and Steve Burns.

Sandy was predeceased by her parents, her brother Richard and her sister Betty Sanford.

There will be no prior visitation and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held at the Duke Hose Company on Stevens Street on Saturday February 25, 2017 at 1 pm. Memorials in Sandy’s name may be given the Wellsville Manor Care Center Activities Center. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Frank Earl Cady


WELLSVILLE, NY – Frank Earl Cady, 82 of 93 Jefferson Street, passed away Monday morning (Feb13, 2017) at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville.

He was born on April 30, 1934 in Wellsville the son of the late Earl Forest and Pearl (Babcock) Cady of Allentown.  On June 21, 1958 he married Joan Marie McGuirl at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Scio, NY.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his older sister, Sweetie Cady, in 1939. 
Frank was raised in Allentown, NY. He was a graduate of Allentown Union Free School and St. Bonaventure University, having earned both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees there. Following a two-year tour in the US Army, he began a nearly four-decade long career in education.  He was a History, Latin, and English teacher from 1957-1984, serving two years at Friendship Central School, three years at Scio Central School and the remaining years at Wellsville Central School. He then became assistant principal of Wellsville High School and principal in 1986, retiring in June 1991.

Frank was a life-long accomplished athlete and coach in multiple sports, having ultimately been inducted into both the Allegany County Athletic Association and Wellsville Sports Halls of Fame. 

His athletic accomplishments started in high school where he earned varsity letters in five sports and was high scorer on the undefeated Allentown “Whiz Kids” basketball team, scoring 48 points against then Roger Rigby’s Scio Tigers. He vigorously competed in baseball, softball, and tennis throughout his adult life capturing countless team and individual awards along the way including, but not limited to: a Fort Dix Tennis Doubles championship; a St. Bonaventure Tennis Doubles championship; a St. Bonaventure Alumni singles championship; a St. Bonaventure Mixed Doubles championship; a Times Herald Men’s 45 Singles championship; and, both the USTF’s Florida State “60-plus” and “70-plus” doubles championships from his winter home at The Landings in Fort Myers, Florida.

Frank’s most noteworthy coaching accomplishments while Coach of the WHS Girls’ Varsity Softball team included: seven Section V championships in nine years; a NYS record of 58 consecutive wins - including the 1994 Azalea Championship; and, 7 Expressway Conference titles – including a streak of 41 consecutive wins. Several of his lady Fast Pitch athletes went on to the collegiate level including: 5 at Division I; 2 at Division II; and, 3 who earned Collegiate All-American status. 

Frank inspired community enthusiasm for WHS sports while coaching tennis, basketball and softball at all levels throughout his career.  In addition, he became a famous radio personality, conducting weekly broadcasts of local games at various levels of competition. The capstone of his sports career came when the Big 30 “Coach of the Year Award” was permanently named after Coach Cady.

Frank Cady was one of Allegany County’s most legendary citizens having served so unselfishly throughout his life as a teacher, coach, administrator, mentor and devout loyal friend to students, peers, friends, and above all, family. He loved playing cards, traveling, holiday celebrations with family and his daily “coffee clutch” at Dunkin Donuts.

His loving family includes not only his wife Joan, of 58 years, but also three children, Michael Earl (Carol) Cady, grandson’s Luke and Eli; Sheila Anne (Anthony, Jr.) Delmonte, granddaughter Abbigail, and grandson Dominick; Julie Anne (Dr. Douglas) Cady-Reh, granddaughters Isabel and Laney, and grandson Sam; and 12 nephews and 11 nieces. He loved his family with a vigor unlike any other.

On Sunday, March 5, 2017 beginning at 1:00 pm friends and family are invited to gather at the Wellsville High School Auditorium. A "Celebration of Life Service" will begin at 2:15 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Belmont. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory with funds payable to either the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Frank Cady Memorial Athletic Fund online at: https://www.youcaring.com/frankcadymemorialathleticfund-758198 
Or through Community Bank, 113 North Main Street, Wellsville 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.