Saturday, January 21, 2017

Jessica Ann Hanchet

Wellsville, NY - Jessica Ann Hanchett, 27, formerly of 3293 Proctor Road died on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 in Buffalo. She was born October 18, 1989 in Wellsville the daughter of Michael and Lisa (Forness) Ainsworth. 

Jessica was a 2007 graduate of Whitesville High School and attended Finger Lakes Community College. She was employed as a private duty healthcare aide in the Wellsville and Whitesville area for several years; until she moved to Buffalo a year ago. She loved playing softball, Basketball and Soccer for Whitesville while in high school and soccer for Fingerlakes. For the past several years she played with the Wellsville Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League. She enjoyed spending time with her family; who will miss her wonderful sense of humor.

Surviving in addition to her parents of Whitesville, are two sisters, Courtney Ainsworth and Serena Ainsworth both of Whitesville, one brother, Joshua Hanchett of Wellsville, maternal grandparents, Tom and Marilyn Forness of Wellsville, paternal grandparents, Bonnie and Terry Timmerman of Whitesville, aunts and uncles, Kelly and Dan Goodridge, Chris and Jamie Forness, Kara and Michael Bowers, and Kim Forness, two great grandmothers, Dot Lerch of Ulysses, PA and Ruth (Lemar) Solley of Zephyrhills, FL, as well several beloved cousins. She was predeceased by two uncles, Pat Forness and Dan Ainsworth. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 24th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral follow visitation at 7:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Women’s Slow Pitch Softball League. To leave online condolences, please visit  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Maxine E. Whitesell

Wellsville, NY- Maxine E. Whitesell, age 84, of the Stannards Road passed away on Thursday January 12, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 13, 1932 in Wellsville to Lowell and Mae Reynolds Morrison. On February 25, 1949 in Wellsville she married Alvin Whitesell who predeceased her on August 11, 2015.

Maxine was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville area who had worked for the former Towne Motel on the Bolivar Road. Every year she looked forward to the Wellsville Balloon Rally and the Andover Fourth of July celebration. She enjoyed traveling with her family and bowled in the Wellsville Woman’s Bowling League. Maxine was a long time member of the Brookside Wesleyan Church of Wellsville.

Maxine is survived by 4 sons, Gerald (Mary) Whitesell of Kodak, TN., Tom (Lottie) Whitesell of Johnsonburg, PA., Randy (Sylvia) Whitesell of Andover and Danny Whitesell of Ithaca; 2 daughters, Cindy (Gary) Smith of Akron, OH., and Kay (Thomas) Simkins of Wellsville; a sister, Ardell Krause of Tonawanda; 14 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Maxine was predeceased by her parents; her husband; 3 brothers, Andy, Ron and, Don Morrison as well as her sister Evelyn Dressig.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 16, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am in the funeral home with Reverend Robin George presiding. Memorials in Maxine’s name may be made to either the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Andover Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences please visit

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Harold Eugene Lehman

Bluffton, Ohio - Harold Eugene Lehman, age 84, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, Ohio, where he resided since December 2014.

Harold was born August 6, 1932 in Lancaster County, PA to Daniel and Ada (Hossler) Lehman who preceded him in death. On February 3, 1954, he married Beulah (Kinsey) Lehman who died August 5, 1998.  On November 18, 2000, he married Bonnie (Krantz) Lehman who survives.

Harold was a dearly loved brother, husband, Daddy, uncle, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and friend.  He worked as a farmer as well as a cost estimator at Air Preheater Company in Wellsville, NY.  Following his retirement he traveled the region to sell and install Taylor furnaces.  Harold loved Jesus and enjoyed people; often engaging with singing and story telling that he incorporated into his various roles as Sunday School worship leader and Bible School superintendent.  He delighted in playing with and interacting with children, doing tricks to teach a moral or lesson, working with his children on the farm and in the garden.  Many children and youth spent time in the Lehman home in foster care. Harold recorded memories of his growing-up years and the years of raising a family in his two-book series.

Harold is survived by eleven children: Vernon Lehman (wife Mary) of Cuba, NY; Louise Matthews (husband Lawrence) of Bluffton, Elaine Zello (husband Jim) of Canon City, CO, Wayne Lehman (wife Vicki) of Westfield, PA; Anita Eastlack (husband Karl) of Allentown, PA, Eugene Lehman of Fennville, MI; Mervin Lehman of Knoxville, TN; Alma Thompson (husband Brent) of Columbus, OH, Daryl Lehman (wife Virginia) of Jamestown, NY; Pauletta Schenck (husband Roger) of Landis, NC and Paul Lehman (wife Renee) of Buffalo Junction, VA; as well as 43 grandchildren and 30 great grand children.  Four siblings also survive: John Lehman (wife Elizabeth) of Westfield, PA; Betty Gerlach of Manheim, Verna Habecker (husband Chet) of Lititz, PA and Leroy Lehman (wife Nancy) of Manheim, PA.  Harold is also survived by his wife, Bonnie Krantz Lehman as well as three step-sons: Tim Krantz (wife Kim), Jeff Krantz (wife April) and Mike Krantz, as well as eight step-grandchildren, all of Clarence Center, NY.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Beulah, son Glenn Lehman and siblings Marlin Lehman and Mildred Pott.

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15 at Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, 3350 Co Rd 29, Wellsville, NY 14895. Burial will be at Yorks Corners Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-4:00 p.m. and 7-9:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14 at Embser Funeral Home at 34 West State Street in Wellsville, NY, 14895 and one hour before the funeral at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Penn-York Camp, 266 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948 or Mennonite Memorial Home, 410 West Elm Street, Bluffton, OH 45817. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Evelyn F. (Bartell) Reed

Wellsville, NY - Evelyn F. (Bartell) Reed, 99, of 160 Seneca Streetpassed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was born November 12, 1917 in Erie, PA, the daughter of the late Albert and Mary (Phillips) Bartell.


She was a 1935 graduate of Randolph High School in Guys Mills, PA. She made maintaining the family home and raising her children her highest priority. She was a member of the first LPN training course of Hamot Medical CenterLater, she worked as a private duty LPN, at the Sarah Reed Retirement Community, the Hamot Medical Center, and the Visiting Nurses Association of Erie County, where she retired from in 1967.  


Over the years she was a member of the Girard Presbyterian Church, the Calvary Christian Church of Erie and the Bethel Presbyterian Church of Cranesville, PA. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, exercise, walking, and was a member of the Nautilus Club of Erie, Curves of Northeast, PA, the Audubon Society of Sun City, FL., the Battered Women and Children’s Association of Ruskin, FLthe Hospice of Tampa, the Sun City Emergency Squad, and the Sun City Lawn Bowling Association.


She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia A. Carey of Walnut Creek, CA. and Martha“Marti” Cinque and her husband Donald of Wellsville, NY, a step-son, Fred W. Reed and his wife Sally of Erie, PA, two step-daughters, Sally Southard and her husband Jack of Oxford, OH, and Karen Prior and her husband Frank of Denver, CO, two sisters, Gail Trace of Meadville and Kathryn “Kay” Derrough of Omaha Falls, NE seven grandchildren, Scott, Christopher, and Todd Carey, Brian and James Eastman, Douglas Cinque, and Michelle Cinque-Guargliaand her husband Anthony, six great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Eastman; her second husband, Edwin Gray; her third husband, Fred A. Reed; a son, Edward J. Eastman, a step daughter, Nancy Ross, and three sisters, Virginia Kahlor, Edith Anderson, and Mary Turner  


Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 7, 2017, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Daniel R. Edder Funeral Home, 309 Main Street East, in Girard, Pennsylvania. A Memorial service will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm in the funeral Home. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Erie Pennsylvania. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, December 30, 2016

Wayne “Satch” Gary

Wellsville, NY - Wayne “Satch” Gary of 39 Sunset Avenue, Wellsville NY,  was born in Wellsville, NY on September 23, 1939 and died at Jones Memorial Hospital after a lengthy battle with lung cancer December 29, 2016. Wayne was the son Cleo Gary, Edith Sprague Gary and  Stepmother: Carolyn Gary. He was married to Therese Rose Fortner of Wellsville on April 11, 1964 at Immaculate Conception Church (52 years).

Survived by wife “TC” Gary, and daughters Gretchen Gary, Cynthia Gary (R. Christopher Kosciewicz), sister Rita (Gary) Lipsius, brother-in-law Joseph Fortner (Mary Joe), sister-in-law Sheila Gary, grandchildren Austin Johnson, Emily, Erin and Michael Kosciewicz.  He will be remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews.  Lifelong friends include Jack Emrick, Brian Padden, Tom O’Grady and Pat Hoover. Predeceased by parents Cleo Gary and Edith Sprague Gary; daughter Molly Marie Gary, and brother Dene Gary.

Wayne grew up and lived in Wellsville his entire life, graduating from Wellsville High School in 1957.  A graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport with a BS in Science. He took graduate courses from Alfred University and obtained a master’s of science degree from Union College.
Known as “Satch” by all, he taught high school science at Scio Central School for 33 years, named teacher of the year in 1993, retiring in 1995. He was an advisor to many senior classes and remembered by his students for his practical teaching of high school biology, chemistry and physics. He is best remembered as Scio’s baseball coach from 1970 to the early 80’s, loved by many who played for him, going to the sectional finals five times, winning two trophies. The Scio Tigers won over 100 games those 10 years. He was recognized for this achievement by his fellow coaches, referees and fans by being inducted into the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.  Satch enjoyed keeping Scio’s basketball clock as well.  

The nickname “Satch” came early in life during Wellsville Little League when his signature pitching resembled Satchel Paige, perhaps the best pitcher in baseball history in the mid 1900’s. Satch was known for his baseball achievements - as a pitcher in the Wellsville Little League, Babe Ruth, high school and as a catcher in his college years. Satch had a true love for his family, the outdoors, especially 3H Camp. Satch was both of his daughter’s biggest fan. He had a love for John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, family dogs and the game of baseball, especially his beloved NY Mets.

Calling hours will be held at the J W Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville, Tuesday, January 3 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm.  A catholic service will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church, 4 Maple Avenue, Wednesday, January 4 at 11 am.  Burial will be held at a later date. Memorials can be made to the Scio Central School Athletic Department, 3968 Washington St, Scio, NY 14880 in the name of Satch Gary. To send online condolances visit

Friday, December 23, 2016

William “Billy” Broughton

Wellsville, NY - William “Billy” Broughton, 55, of 110 O’Connor Street passed away on Wednesday. December 21, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital with his family at his side. He was born September 28, 1961 in Elmira the son of the late Robert and Beulah (Sick) Broughton. On October 1, 1983 in Wellsville he married Audrey Dash who survives.

Billy was a former employee of Key Bank, Allegany Arc and was a great help to his parents at the Wellsville Dry Cleaners. He was an ordained minister, an accomplished photographer, an avid fisherman and enjoyed his many animals over the years. He loved his nieces and nephews as if they were his own children, and presented them with interesting and unique gifts, to the horror of their parents. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sisters, Bonnie (Richard) Ives of Wellsville and Barbara (Mark) Tolbert of Horseheads, one brother, Bruce (Anne) Broughton of Painted Post, one bother-in-law, Jimmy Dash, three sisters-in-law, Gloria Dash, Carol (Ed) Mezger and Eileen (Jim) Marble, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by two nephews, Jeremy Ives and Thomas Dash. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 27th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Wednesday, December 28th from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow the visitation at 2:00 pm on Wednesday with Elva Cornell, Lay Minister at the Wellsville United Methodist Church, presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or the American Lung Association. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Terrance J. (Terry) Brown

Wellsville, NY - On the morning of Sunday, December 18, 2016, Terrance J. (Terry) Brown lost his year-long battle with cancer. After seeing his daughter Erin married the day before, Terry passed surrounded by the lights and love of his life-wife and three daughters. Terry was born on March 25, 1961 at Jones Memorial Hospital, to James and Joan (Bruckman) Brown. Growing up in Rochester, the family eventually moved back to Wellsville, where Terry graduated from Wellsville Central School in 1980. After graduation, Terry joined the U.S. Air Force. Upon completing his service at home and overseas, Terry returned home before spending several years working and living in several areas of the country. In 1993, Terry married his wife Shelley (Gach) Brown of Wellsville, NY - Terry is survived by his beloved wife Shelley and their three daughters, Gretchen, Erin (Sean Pummell), and Hannah. As well as his mother Joan, sisters Michelle (Gary Perkins), Patricia (Mark McIntosh), Kathleen (Craig Endres), Kelly (Tim Allison), and brother James (Elizabeth).

Terry was also loved by sister in laws Robin (Jon Davenport) Gach and Heidi (Scott) Kotla, several nieces and nephews, and Shawn Cronan and Cody Miller, boyfriends of Gretchen and Hannah, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Always full of energy and ever the protective older brother, Terry’s family was everything to him, and dedicated his life to providing for his wife and daughters.

Terry was predeceased by his father James, grandparents Harvey and Mary Brown, Fred and Almera Bruckman, as well as in-laws Francis and Joyce Gach.

In lieu of services a benefit/memorial to celebrate Terry’s life will be held on January 14, 2017, at the Wellsville Elks Lodge, beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon. More information on the event can be found at To leave online condolences please visit