Friday, May 27, 2016

Dana R.”Ronnie” Pickup, Jr.



Venice, FL and Wellsville, NY - Dana R.”Ronnie” Pickup, Jr., 73, of Wellsville, NY and Venice, FL, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Transitions Hospice Home in Raleigh, NC. He was surrounded by his family as his battle with multiple myeloma came to a peaceful conclusion. He was born February 7, 1943 in Savannah, GA, the son of the late Dana R. and Elizabeth (Jenks) Pickup.


Dana graduated from Wellsville High School 1961, lettering in three sports and serving as student council president his senior year.  A star quarterback in high school, he went on to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions, playing in the Gator Bowl in 1962.  While at Penn State, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, during which time he established many lifelong bonds with friends that continue to this day.  In 1966 he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, after which time he served with the U. S. Army in Korea.

After his return from overseas duty, he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant at his father’s family business in Wellsville. In 1980, he purchased Cuba Specialty Manufacturing Company of Fillmore, NY, a maker of minnow traps and other fishing tackle equipment.  He successfully ran and expanded the business until his retirement.  He served as president of the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association, an industry trade organization, from 1989-1990.  During his tenure, he had the opportunity to host a fishing trip with President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush at the Grand Teton National Park.  He also served on the President’s Advisory Board at Houghton College in Allegany County.

As a youth, he spent summers at Brentwood Camp, eventually serving as a counselor, and continued to support the camp for years after. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, golf, and was an avid hot air balloonist, piloting the Bloody Mary balloon over the skies of western New York.  He was a member of the Jaycees in Wellsville and enjoyed hosting clam bakes and organizing road rallies. He was a Rotarian and a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge. He had a strong faith and was a member of the Englewood United Methodist Church in Englewood, FL and the Presbyterian Church of Wellsville in Wellsville, NY.

Dana is survived by his wife Patti, his brother Bob and sister in law Linda of Gulfport, FL, son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Tresa Pickup of Raleigh, NC, daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Jimmy Leonida of Raleigh, NC, daughter and son-in-law Danielle and John Quiocho of Cary, NC, step-son and daughter-in-law Todd and Christy Willard of Greenville, DE, step-daughter Brittany Willard of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, grandchildren Alec and Collin Pickup, Kieron and Kennedy Leonida, Cooper and Maximilian Quiocho, Jack and Grace Willard, his goddaughter Caitlain Lewis Clary as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to visit the family on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, NY. The funeral will be Friday, June 3rd at 11:00 am in the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street in Wellsville, NY. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC (transitionslifecare.org/donate). To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Maureen D. Nagle

Wellsville, NY - Maureen D. Nagle, 90, a longtime resident of Wellsville, passed away on Friday, May 13, 2016 at Manor Hills. She was born August 27, 1925 in Bolivar, the daughter of the late John P. and Elizabeth (Crelly) Dougherty. On October 15, 1947 in Bolivar she married William W. Nagle who predeceased her April 22, 2004.

Maureen was raised in Bolivar and was a 1943 graduate of Bolivar High School. She was a Cadet Nurse and trained as a Registered Nurse at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, while attending Canisius College. She was employed as a nurse in Olean, Wellsville, Buffalo, and was particularly proud of her service to the V.A. Hospital in the Bronx during WWII. She was the first woman in 45 years to hold public office in Bolivar, as a Trustee on the Village Board. 

She is survived by four daughters, Crelly A. Nagle of Atlanta, GA, Mary John Nagle of Buffalo, Deirdre E. (Thomas) McElroy of Port Royal, PA and Maureen S. (Gary) Pickett of Atlanta, GA, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, John F. and Richard A. Dougherty and one sister, Elizabeth Kornreich.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 pm at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Bolivar. Please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Public Library or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, May 20, 2016

David M. Clark

Wellsville, NY - David M. Clark, 64, formerly of South Brooklyn Avenue, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Geneva General Hospital following a long illness. He was born March 5, 1952 in Wellsville, the son of the late Wesley and Rosemary (Gibalski) Clark.

Dave was raised in Wellsville and graduated from the Immaculate Conception School, Wellsville High School in 1970 and Corning Community College. He was formerly employed at Metalade in Rochester and was an over the road truck drive for many years. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and volunteered at the Catholic Charities Food Pantry in Wellsville.

He is survived by a daughter, Kelsey Clark of Wayland, two sisters, Rosemary Hurd of Wellsville and Kelley (Fred) Rowan of Henrietta, and one brother, Stephen (Donna) Clark of Dansville, four nieces & nephews, Andrew Hurd, Rosemary Hurd, Kathryn Rowan and Kevin Rowan, two great nephews, an aunt, Jane Parker of Wellsville and many cousins.  

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 25th at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at www.LBDA.org. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Mary Agnes Sullivan

Wellsville, NY - Mary Agnes Sullivan, 89, of 4192 A Bolivar Road, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born September 8, 1926 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Henry Joseph and Agnes (Forhan) Sullivan.

Mary Agnes taught English at Andover High School for many years. She was an avid golfer and member of the Wellsville County Club, where she was Club Champion multiple times. She also enjoyed playing Bridge, bowling and was a dedicated volunteer for the American Red Cross.  Mary Agnes attended grammar school in Mexico, and High School in Cuba. She and her family returned to Wellsville when her father retired in the mid 1950’s.

She is survived by several nieces and Nephews, Kathi Sullivan and her husband Richard Nuanes, Timothy Sullivan and his wife Martha, Matthew Sullivan and his wife Susan, Peter Sullivan, John Sullivan and his wife Delissa, Maureen Egen and her husband David, Kathleen Doyle and her husband Richard Bavitch, Patricia Mahon and her husband Thomas Hayden, Gigi Mahon, Jim Mahon and his wife Katie, and Harry Mahon and his wife, Twig Murray, along with numerous grand nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a sister, Monica Mahon and a brother, Henry J. Sullivan.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Monday, May 23, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation at 11:00 am. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School or the American Red Cross. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Marie-Therese “Miette” Forhan

Wellsville, NY - Marie-Therese “Miette” Forhan, 95, of 5 Meadowbrook Court, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital with friends and family at her side. She was born March 21, 1921 in Lyon, France, the daughter of Marius and Margaruite Fournier-Perrin. On July 21, 1947 she married Eugene Timothy Forhan at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, who predeceased her on April 15, 1996.

Miette is survived by five children, Michael Forhan and his wife Karen of Baldwinsville, NY, Anne Andrianos and her husband Daniel of Syracuse, NY, Timothy Forhan and his wife Sheri of Pocatello, ID, Paul Forhan and his wife Ivelisse of Yorktown Heights, NY and Michelle Raptis and her husband Michael of Wellsville, 16 grandchildren, a great grandson, a niece, Cecile Scheurer and a great niece, Stephane Scheurer of St. Julien and Seysell, France respectively.

Miette was raised in a small village like Wellsville, called Seysell, in the Rhone Alps region of France, on the banks of the Rhone River. Like the Genesee, the Rhone flows thought the heart of Seysell.  She met Gene at a tea, arranged by her mother, for the officers of the U.S. Army Air Corps during the liberation of France. A War Bride, she arrived in New York City on June 30, 1947. 

A woman of high principles and great faith, she viewed motherhood as her sacred mission. She was a fearlessly devoted spouse and she instilled lasting values in her children. Her unwavering message was,”Love One Another” and “Forgive, Forget and Accept.” She brought the gift of French cuisine to Wellsville, to the delight of her family friends and neighbors. She was a nurse’s aide, who assisted many local families as a private duty nurse. She was an active volunteer as a Cub Scout Den Mother and a Girl Scout leader. After Gene retired from First Trust Union Bank, they moved to Bemus Point, where she founded an Alzheimer support group in Chautauqua County. She and Gene returned to Wellsville in 1988, and after Gene suffered a stroke in 1990, Miette cared for him tirelessly for six years. Miette was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church and a generous supporter of Catholic education.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21st at 1:00 pm in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Tuition Angels of the Immaculate Conception School, The Allegany County Association for the Blind, or the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.       

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

James P. Denning

Wellsville, NY - James P. Denning, 53 of 1060 Madison Street passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, May 8, 2016. He was born July 27, 1962 in Wellsville, the son of the late Robert and Beverly (Cole) Denning. James was raised in Bolivar and attended Bolivar High School. He was formerly employed at Wendy’s in Olean and did odd jobs in the Wellsville area.

He is survived by two sisters, Karen (John Ferrio) Denning of Cuba and Julie Denning of Hornell, three brothers, Terry (Ginny) Denning of Mississippi, Steve (Cindy) Denning of North Carolina and Jeff (Kim) Denning of Florida, as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Robbie Denning.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Dennis A. Mills

Rochester, NY - Dennis A. Mills, 51, formerly of Wellsville, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 16, 2016 after a long illness at Unity Hospital in Rochester.  He was born November 8, 1964 in Wellsville to David C. and Constance (Allen) Mills.  Known to most as “Denny”, he was a loving husband, son, father and brother.  He enjoyed the outdoors immensely and was an avid hunter and fisherman, and every spring you could find him somewhere in the woods picking leeks with his family.

 He is survived by his loving wife, Christine, his parents Dave and Connie Mills of Wellsville, his son and future daughter-in-law Kyle Mills (Kristen Perkins) of Wellsville, his daughter Morgan Mills of Ulysses, PA, his sister and brother-in-law Debora and James Richardson of Wellsville, his brother and sister-in-law Dale and Kathy Mills of Fort Edward, his stepchildren Andrea Blitzer, Joanie and Matt Bennett and Nicole Probst, his nieces Brandi, Mackenzie and Jennifer and his nephew Steven.

 Memorials can be made in his name to the Allegany County SPCA, 1374 State Route 19 South, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation, P.O. Box 1337, Midlothian, TX 76065.  Although Denny was not a veteran, he was touched by the men and women who served our country and came home disabled only to be helped by this foundation.

 Denny, even though you are gone from this Earth, we know you fly with the angels and you will always be loved.

 A private graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.