Monday, October 10, 2016

Howard E. Slocum Sr.

Allentown, NY - Howard E. Slocum Sr. “Iron Man”, age 86, of the Hog Brook Road passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the University Of Rochester Medical Center. He was born October 29, 1929 in Scio to Carl and Esther Burton Slocum. On August 19, 1946 in Bolivar he married the love of his life Elizabeth Burgess who predeceased him on October 27, 2010.

Howard was a long time resident of the Allentown Area who started working for Air Preheater in 1951 and retired this year after 65 years of service. He was an avid stock car fan who raced the dirt track circuit for over 30 years. Howard was a devoted family man who was hard working, humble, honest, and a role model to everyone. He loved life and was beloved opening his home and his heart to anyone in need without seeking recognition. Howard enjoyed the out of doors and especially going to ham and leek dinners. One of his favorite quips was “I was born when the best ships were wooden but the men were iron men”

Howard is survived by 2 daughters, Ruth (Keith) Swift of Dansville and Janice Slocum of Allentown; 4 sons, Fran (Carol) Slocum of Wellsville, Charles Slocum of Allentown, Gerry (Louann) Slocum of Scio and Dennis (Debbie) Slocum of Wellsville; 15 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; 2 sisters in-law, Alice (Jim) Berry of Florida and Carol Slocum of Shinglehouse, PA.; a brother in law, Dale Burgess of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.

Howard was predeceased by a son, Howard Jr., a grandson, Jerry Slocum, a granddaughter, Shelley Benson, 2 brothers, Francis and Harry “Bud” Slocum, a sister in law Mary Slocum.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 1 to 4 pm at the J.W.Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Burial will take place in Stannards Cemetery and in lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to the S.P.C.A. of to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave on line condolences please visit

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Donald H. Newland

Wellsville, NY - Donald H. Newland, age 87, of Wellsville, New York passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital.  He was born on February 14, 1929 in Port Allegany, PA to Harold and Anna (Firman) Newland.  On September 17, 1949 he married the love of his life Norma Mallery who predeceased him on February 22, 2011.

Don graduated from Wellsville High School in 1946.  After graduation he served in the U.S. Army until 1949.  He was stationed in Fort Bliss, assigned to Battery B, First Guided Missile Regiment where he was selected to work on the Von Braun team to develop the guidance system (gyro) for the V2 Rocket that subsequently became part of the NASA Space Program.  Don also served as a military escort for service personnel that were killed in WWII when their remains were repatriated to the United States.  Following his service, Don was a Senior Development Engineer at Eastman Kodak and then hired as an Engineering Section Leader at General Dynamics in Rochester.  
Along with his wife Norma, Don was owner and operator of Mallery Television for over 40 years.  

The community of faith was a driving force in his life.  He was a member of the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville where he served as a deacon, elder, and an interim speaker.  He also wrote and acted in The Players, a church drama group.  

Don volunteered in the local community including delivering meals on wheels, assisting others through a volunteer driver program, and initiating the first volunteer glass recycling program.
He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and at a young age became a die-hard NY Yankees fan.

Don is survived by a son, Dr. Guy (Cherie) Newland of Beavercreek, Ohio; three daughters, Jan Pratt of Wellsville, Carrie (Larry Peacock) Whitwood of Wellsville, and Andrea Hall of Tennessee; son-in-law Brian Thomas of Georgia; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.  

Don was predeceased by his parents, his wife Norma, his daughter Leslie Thomas, a brother Andrew, and six sisters, Marie, Marion, Elva, Arla, Florence and Helen.  

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville, New York; a Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leslie Newland Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund, % Wellsville High School, 126 West State Street, New York, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Jeffrey Charles Densmore

Wellsville, NY - Jeffrey Charles Densmore, age 36, of Florida Avenue passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. He was born on February 12, 1980 in Wellsville to Charles and Sherry Cole Densmore who survive him.

Jeff was a lifelong resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School and obtained a welding certificate from the Alfred State College Vocational School. He was a welder by trade who had worked for Alstom in Wellsville and for several other manufacturing companies. Jeff was a Yankees Fan who enjoyed sports, especially football, basketball and baseball. He will be remembered as a hardworking man and father.

Survivors include his parents of Wellsville and his maternal grandfather, Paul Cole of Wellsville; 5 sons, Dylan Densmore of Wellsville, Noah Roberts of Newfane, Jace Densmore of Wellsville, Cole Densmore of Wellsville, and Kasey Densmore of Wellsville; a sister, Stacey Kamrowski of Scio; 2 nieces; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 12noon to 2pm. The funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 2 pm with burial will follow in the Hallsport Union Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to either the Wellsville Little League or to the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Gertrude Edith Palmer Peaslee

Allentown, NY - Gertrude Edith Palmer Peaslee, age 98, a longtime resident of Allentown passed away on Monday October 3, 2016 at the Wellsville Manor Hills. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Eva Marjorie Barth Hunt.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Edwin Palmer, and her second husband, Raymond Peaslee. She was also predeceased by 3 sisters, Betty, Geraldine and Helen; and a brother, Harold.

She is survived by her only child, Howard Palmer (Jean) of California; 2 grandsons, James (Lisa) and Richard (Lisa); 4 great grandchildren, Jarrod, Allison, Nathan, and Ryan; her sister Corrine Mathern of Wellsville.

Gert will be remembered by many as the smiling, cheerful proprietor of Palmer’s General Store in Allentown which see ran for more than 40 years.

Honoring her wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private family service is planned. A celebration of her life will held at a later date. Remembrance donations may be made to the Allentown Methodist Church or the Allentown Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, September 30, 2016

Theresa T. Biancuzzo

Belmont, NY - Theresa T. Biancuzzo, 82, of 22 Norton Street passed away on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the Hart Comfort House. She was born January 26, 1934 in Belmont, the daughter of the late Carlo and Violet (Lewis) Biancuzzo.

Theresa was a 1952 graduate of Belmont Central School. She graduated from St. James Mercy Hospital, School of Nursing in 1956. She attended Syracuse University while working at the University Hospital. She moved to Olean in 1959 and began her 27 year career as Nursing Supervisor at St. Francis Hospital, retiring in 1986. 
She is survived by three sisters, Roseanna Tait, Josephine Biancuzzo and Felecia Biancuzzo all of Belmont, a sister-in-law, Deborah Biancuzzo of Wellsville, three nephews, Stephen (Lynn) Biancuzzo, Daniel Biancuzzo and Andrew (Adriane) Biancuzzo, one niece, Cathy (KJ) Spinks, six great nieces and nephews, Toby (Emily) Spinks, Joshua Spinks, Andrea (Jeremy) Niece, Alyssa (Brent) Cox, Vinny Biancuzzo and Parker Biancuzzo, two great-great nephews, Brayton Niece and Fynn Niece and one great-great niece, Haylee Spinks. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, John Biancuzzo, a sister-in-law, Andrea Biancuzzo and a brother-in-law, Larry Tait. 

Friends are invited to call at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont on Monday, October 3rd from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Tuesday, October 4th from 10:00 to 11:00 am. The funeral will follow visitation Tuesday at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, the SPCA Serving Allegany County, the Amity Rescue Squad or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences, please visit  

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Norbert J. Michalak Sr.,

Bath, NY - Norbert J. Michalak Sr., 84, who resided at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2016 at the VA Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. He was born December 24, 1931 in Dunkirk, NY, the son of the late John and Emily (Sypniewski) Michalak. On June 27, 1953 at Holy Trinity Church in Dunkirk he married Lenora Theresa Ingavo who survives.

Norbert formerly resided in Dunkirk where he attended St. Hedwig’s Church. He was a graduate of Dunkirk High School and attended Roberts School of Barbering in Buffalo. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and served as a Seaman Apprentice. He was employed as a Technical Clerk at the American Locomotive Company. He also worked at his father’s barber shop on Doughty Street in Dunkirk. 

Surviving in addition to his wife of Wellsville, is one son, Norbert (Lori) Michalak of Scio, three grandchildren, Andrew, Steven and Kelly Michalak. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a daughter, Cynthia Michalak and a brother, Leonard Michalak. 

The funeral service will be private and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception Church, 17 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Monday, September 26, 2016

Jack W. Dufrin

Wellsville, NY - Jack W. Dufrin, 86, formerly of 1887 Stannards Road passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at the Veterans Memorial Hospital in Madison Wisconsin. He was born on June 4, 1930 in Garden City, Kansas the son of Ernest M. and Ruth H. (Dunham) Dufrin. On May 27, 1972 at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland he married Ruth V. Vaske who predeceased him on December 1, 2001.

Jack was a 1948 graduate of Canon City High School in Canon City Colorado. He was a 27 year veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean War from 1951 to 1952 and in the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1971. He retired from the military in 1974 as CWO2 QM Food Advisor and Instructor. Jack enjoyed working with his hands and was a self-taught woodworker

He is survived by two daughters, Ruthmari (Thomas) Andersen of Stoughton, WI., and JuneAn (Kevin) Lanigan of Portola Valley, CA, two stepdaughters, Dawn (John) Briggs of Baltimore, MD and Terri (Peter) Maslona of Scio, a stepson, Colby Smith of Aberdeen, MD, 4 grandchildren, Joshua (Greta) Andersen, Ashley (Nathan) Hessenthaler, Mackenzie Lanigan and Caitlyn Lanigan; 3 step grandchildren, Gabriella Brainard, Bobby (Patricia) Brainard and Hope (Richard) Wisniewski; 4 great grandchildren and 15 step great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Jack was also predeceased by his parents and his brother William.

Friends are invited to visit the family on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at noon in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit