Monday, August 29, 2016

Beatrice J. Davis

Wellsville, NY - Beatrice J. Davis of 2327 Voorhees Hill, passed away on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Highland Park Healthcare Center following a brief illness. She was born October 3, 1928 in Salamanca, the daughter of Isaac and Lela Doris (Kervin) Hardy. On December 20, 1946 in Allentown she married W. Woodrow “Woody” Davis who predeceased her on August 19, 1984.

Beatrice was a graduate of the Allentown Union School. She owned and operated several businesses in the region, including the Modern Diner in Wellsville from 1956 untill 1969. She loved gardening and growing flowers. 

She is survived by a sister, Margaret Buchholz of Wellsville, several nieces & nephews and her beloved canine companion “Puppy”. She was predeceased in addition to her husband by three sons, Timothy, Terrence and Thomas Davis, three brothers, Robert Hardy and William and Harold Tingley, and one sister, Dorothy Mott.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service at Stannards Cemetery on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 11:00 am. Please consider memorial donations to Gil’s Hills, 2526 Brown Road, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Jenny L. Burdick

Wellsville, NY - Jenny L. Burdick, 71, of 79 King Street passed away on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center following a long illness. She was born February 27, 1945 in Wellsville, the daughter of Paul M. and Louise A. (Tait) Cole Sr. On June 25, 1966 in Wellsville she married Donald R. Burdick who predeceased her on October 26, 2004.

Jenny attended school in Wellsville. She loved to read, make crafts, listen to county music, and go out with friends to dance. She did a lot of baby sitting in her younger years and was a Cub Scout Den Mother in the Bolivar and Richburg area for 10 years. She worked with the junior bowlers in Bolivar for many years. She was employed as a personal care aide for Jan & Bev’s Home Care, Southern Tier Home Health Care and Associated Home Care. She also provided home care for several friends and family members. She was a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Axillary for many years.

She is survived by one son, Scott A. Burdick of Byron, NY, 1 brother, Paul J. Cole Jr. of Wellsville, two sisters, Marguerite “Susie” (Maxwell) Halladay Sr. of Wellsville and Linda M. Button of Richburg as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by one son, Michael T. Burdick who passed away on February 25, 2008, two brothers, William F. and Ronald E. Cole, one sister, Beverly J. Denning and a sister-in-law, Gertrude Cole.

Friends are invited to call at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The funeral will follow visitation at 3:00 pm with Rev. David Herne presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or St. Jude’s Children Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, August 26, 2016

Edward W. Carlin

Wellsville, NY - Edward W. Carlin, 98, of 2011 Meservey Hill passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center, following a brief illness. He was born April 9, 1918 in Scio, the son of Edward and Florence (Black) Carlin. October 2, 1941 in Wellsville he married Eleanor Ketchner who predeceased him on February 27, 2003.

Ed was a 1935 graduate of Scio Central School. He was employed as a machinist at Worthington Turbine from 1940 to 1980. He was a life member of the IAM Moore Lodge Local 1580. Ed was a very hard worker and was always willing to help family, neighbors, relatives and friends. He loved rebuilding steam engines and tinkering. 

He is survived by six children, Alan (Janet) Carlin of Wellsville, Rebecca (Harry) Campbell of Arlington, TX, Lois (Joseph) Spinelli of Wellsville, Kathi (Dennis) Dunham of Wellsville, Roger (Cheryl) Carlin of Wellsville and Theresa Willey of Tyaskin, MD, 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and his longtime caregiver, Tina Schrader. He was predeceased by three sisters, Gladys McBride, Doris Harms, and Leola Ketchner, one brother, Everett Carlin, and one great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Campbell.

Friends are invited to call at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville on Saturday, September 3rd from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The funeral will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm with Rev. Jesse Tanner presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607. To leave online condolences, please visit   

Monday, August 22, 2016

Lila Mayme Johnston

Wellsville, NY - Lila Mayme Johnston, 89, of Proctor Road passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was born on September 25, 1926, near Whitesville, the first born of Chester H. and Katherine Ann (Mattison) Norton. 

She attended school in West Jasper, Whitesville, Turtle Point, PA, Shongo and Wellsville. On May 14, 1943, on Beach Hill, Willing Township, she married Ervin E. Johnston, who predeceased her on June 20, 1998. After marriage, Lila and Ervin resided on Beach Hill and later on the McCurdy Road in Shongo for 51 years. For the last 22 years, she lived with her daughter on Proctor Road in Wellsville. Lila was first employed as a housekeeper, then worked at Mapes Woodworking Plant in Wellsville and finally she was a nurse’s aide at Highland Nursing Home for 15 years. She loved taking care of her family, cooking, canning, gardening, sewing, reading, and frequenting garage sales. Experimenting with new recipes was one of her delights, as well as collecting cookbooks. Lila took great pleasure in feeding a family of crows which her children dubbed, “Mama’s fat chickens.”

During the years in Shongo, Lila enjoyed attending the Shongo Community Club and served for many years as the secretary of the Shongo branch of the United Methodist Women. 

Survivors include three daughters, Katherine A. Grimmett of Toledo, OH, Phyllis E. Johnston of Wellsville and Marcia L. Hood of Rochester, five grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one great-great grandson, a brother, Robert W. Norton of Whitesville and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband by a grandson, Michael J. Grimmett, a sister, Lena J. Madison and a brother, Hoyt H. Norton.

A private funeral will be Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or to the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Mary Kathryn “Kay” Peet

Wellsville, NY - Mary Kathryn “Kay” Peet, age 93, of Peet Avenue passed away on Monday, August 15, at Manor Hills. She was born on August 19, 1922 in Points, WV. to Montary and Eva Elizabeth Graybel Puffinburger. On June 28, 1940 in Genesee, PA., she married Leo Peet who predeceased her on December 11, 1996.

Kay was a stay at home mom who raised her family and supported her husband’s contracting business. She was a member of the Stannards United Methodist Church and the Senior Center. She enjoyed playing euchre in the many Senior Center Tournaments and was playing euchre up to two weeks ago. Kay enjoyed gardening and will be remembered for her cooking and baking.

Kay is survived by 2 sons, Gerald ”Jerry” (Peg) Peet of Wellsville and James (Dalaine) Peet of Wellsville; a daughter, Linda (James) Karns of Wellsville; 9 grandchildren; several great and great great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Kay was also predeceased by her parents, her son John Peet and her 11 brothers and sisters.

Keeping with Kay’s wishes there will be a private family graveside service in Stannards Cemetery with Kathy Timpano presiding. Memorial wishes in Kay’s name may be made to either the Stannards United Methodist Church or to The American Cancer Society or to the Donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Charles J. White

Wellsville, NY - Charles J. White, age 88, of the Brandes Road passed away on Sunday, August 14, at the Highland Health Care Center. He was born on November 21, 1927 in Bradford, Pennsylvania to Shirley Egin and Madline Fisher White.

Charles graduated from Wellsville High School and was a veteran of the US Marine Corps serving from 1945 until 1946. He was a driller for Otis Eastern and drilled water wells with Louie Jackson. He was a life member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars both of Wellsville.

Charles is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Charles was predeceased by his longtime companion, Ruth Fanton; 2 sisters, Betty Palmitter and Molly Parson; a brother, Dean Egen White.

 A private Burial will take place in Stannards Cemetery and memorials in his name may be made to the Willing Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit

Sunday, August 14, 2016

June Audrey Petri LaForge

Wellsville, NY - June Audrey Petri LaForge, at the age of 90, went to be with her Lord and Savior as the dawn broke on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  Due to failing health, she had resided the last few years at the Wellsville Manor Care Center.  June was born on April 22, 1926, at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, NY.  She was the daughter of William P. and Merriam B. (Stone) Petri.  On August 18, 1951 she married F. Stanley LaForge in Belmont, NY.  

June graduated from Wellsville H.S. Class of 1944.  In 1948 she graduated from Albany State Teachers College (SUNY Albany).  She obtained graduate degrees from Alfred University in education, and from St. Bonaventure, in counseling.  She worked as an elementary teacher in the Scio and Wellsville School Districtsand after raising her two sons she worked in several area districts as a substitute.

June Bug”, (her husband’s nickname for her), enjoyed antiquesgenealogy, and painting.  She was a long time member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.  Other affiliations include:  The American Association of University Women, the Jones Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, Allegany County Board of ElectionsInspectorand a former member of the Past-Time Painters of the David A. Howe Library.  She was an accomplished oil painter.  Additionally, she served on numerous church committees throughout the years.  In her heyday, June was a real terror on the local auction and tag-sale circuits!  It is true – there was no one like her – always willing to offer her opinion – never shying away from confrontation.  However, to her credit she had a very compassionate side often donating time and resources to many local charities – most often behind the scenes.   She was especially fond of animals, including her dogs Rocky, Amber, Lucy-Deand her cockatiel, Joshua.

June was pre-deceased in 1992 by her husband, F. Stanley LaForge; her mother, Merriam Stone Petri 1994; her father, William P. Petri 1974, and infant granddaughter, Francine Marie LaForge 1995.  

June is survived by two sons; Kevin S. LaForge (Ginny) of Wellsville, NY, and William R. LaForge (Alisha) of Belmont, NY.  Also, three grandchildren Renee LaForge Johnson (Jeremy) of Wellsville, and Merriam and Stanley LaForge of Belmont, NY – still at home.  She is also survived by her two brothers:  William Arthur Petri (Ann) of Pompano Beach, FL; and Richard M. Petri (Delores) of Bellevue, WA, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and a great-great nephew.  

Arrangements are under the care of Embser’s Funeral Home.  Calling hours will be at Ember’s of Wellsville, on Friday, August 19, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.  On Saturday, August 20, at the Wellsville First United Methodist Church at the corner of Maple and Madison Streets, from 10-11 am there will be visitation.  A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 am at the church.   A grave-side service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.  A lunch will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.   

Memorials may be made to the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, the David A. Howe Library, or the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit