Friday, August 18, 2017

David William McQueen

Belmont, NY – David William McQueen, 46, passed away peacefully at home Aug. 18, 2017, following a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

David was born Oct. 26, 1970, in Wellsville, N.Y., the son of William and Margaret (Lanphere) McQueen. He was a 1988 graduate of Scio Central School. He began his career at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, and later worked for more than 16 years as a line technician for Verizon.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret (Ford) Easton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three sisters, Sheryl (Dave) McIntire of Harrison Valley, Pa.; Sandra McQueen, and Debra (Michael) Quinn, both of Wellsville, N.Y..; several aunts and uncles; nieces, nephews, and cousins; his loving companion Michelle Webster of Belmont, N.Y., her children, and their son Steven.

David was predeceased by his father, William A. McQueen in 1991; his sister Rhonda Burrous in 2007, a brother in law James Burrous in 2017; maternal grandparents, Emerson and Doris (Engberg) Lanphere; paternal grandparents, Claude and Dora (Black) McQueen; and aunt, Bonnie (McQueen) Haberly.

An avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, David traveled many places to pursue his passion, and was affectionately known by many nicknames, including “Queenie” and “Turkey Man” and “Fingers”.  All who knew David will remember his larger-than-life personality and unforgettable spirit. In his own words, he “lived life in full color”. He will be dearly missed by his family and many close friends.

A celebration of life for David will be held at Island Park in Wellsville (Lagoon Pavilion) on Sunday, Aug 20. Friends are invited to gather with the family starting at 12:30, with a service being held at 2:00. Picnic reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hearts For ALS NY at 1899 South Ave., Rochester, NY, 14620; or to HARK at hark-als.org. To leave online condolences please visit www,embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Stanley R. “Stan” Weinhauer

Wellsville, NY - Stanley R. “Stan” Weinhauer, age 63, of Vanness Lane passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017, at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Wellsville on April 23, 1954 in Wellsville to Frank and Rose Payne Weinhauer. On September 22, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada he married his soul mate, Karen Matteson, who survives.

Stan was a lifelong resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School in 1972. He had worked for the former Harris Supply Company and for 18 years he drove truck for Shorts Oil Company. In 2010 Stan became an owner operator of his own trucking company retiring in 2015 due to ill health. He will be remembered as a hardworking man who was a loving husband.

Survivors include his wife Karen; a sister, Susan (Keith) Knight of Andover; his in laws, Marion and Mary Matteson; brother in laws, Brian (Tammy) Matteson and Alan (Bonnie) Matteson all of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews; and his constant companion, Abby.

Stan was predeceased by his parents and a brother in law, Scott Matteson.

Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 12 noon to 2pm for celebration of his life. Memorials in Stan’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Devona L. Arnold

Wellsville, NY - Devona L. Arnold, age 81, of Pine Street passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017, surrounded by her family at the Highland Hospital in Rochester. On January 31, 1936 she was born in Eldred, Pennsylvania to Alford Dean and Alberta Onnolee Stull Cornelius.

Devona is survived by her 2 sons, Dean (Janet) and Dathan (Kim) Arnold both of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren, Tiffany (Eric) Miller, Damon Arnold, and Danika Arnold; 2 great grandsons, Preston and Anderson Miller; 2 brothers, Dale and Arden Cornelius as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation and a private burial service will held at the convenience of the family. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Robert J. Dougherty

Wellsville, NY - Robert J. Dougherty, 72, of 2760 Trapping Brook Road passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Hart Comfort House surrounded by his family. He was born on December 5, 1944 in Hornell, the son of the late Anthony and Florence (Danaher) Dougherty. On May 13, 1995, he married Sally A. Emerson who survives. 

He was a graduate of Andover High School, Alfred University and the Syracuse University, Graduate School of Management. He was formerly employed at Air Preheater Company in Wellsville for 21 years, Harris Supply Company in Wellsville for eight years and Hitachi Automotive Casting Products in Lawrenceville, PA for 10 years; all in Material Management positions. He was a former, coach, manager, and president of the Wellsville Little League, and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, landscaping, NASCAR and the Yankees.

Surviving in addition to his loving wife, Sally, is one son, James R. (Nikiis) Dougherty of Wellington, FL, five step-children, Steven (Chris) Nicot of Hilton, William Nicot of Charlotte, NC Melissa (Eric) Gottorff of Angola, Cory (Leslie) Graves of Springfield, VA, and Brent (Renee) Graves of Genesee, PA, 17 grandchildren, Micah, Matthew, Connor, Riley, and Zoe Dougherty; Ashley, Alycia, Bradley, Carly, Rebecca, Katie, Holly, Clair, Alison, and Daniel Nicot; and, Nolan and Griffin Graves, five great grandchildren, one brother, William (Mary) Dougherty of Elmira, a sister-in-law, Carolyn Dougherty of Andover, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by two brothers, Charles and John Dougherty and a nephew, Mark Dougherty.  

Friends are invited to call on Monday, August 7, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The Rosary will be recited on Monday at 8:00 pm in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 8th at 11:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com 

Phyllis J. Neal

Olean, NY - Phyllis J. Neal, 72, of 1841 Haskell Road passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo with her family at her side. She was born on June 16, 1945 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, the adopted daughter of the late Leon and Marjorie (Jackson) Brownell. On May 7, 1977 in Buffalo she married to Anthony Vitaro who predeceased her in 1980. In 1986 she married James Neal who predeceased her on May 1, 2017. 

She was raised in the Town of Alma and was a 1965 graduate of Wellsville High School. She formerly cleaned for Portville Central School, Key Bank, and 5 Star Bank in Olean. Phyllis enjoyed Bowling, horse shoes and bingo. 

She is survived by two daughters, Michelle (Anthony) Capak of Towson, MD, and Angela Vitaro of Olean, a grandson, Austin Vitaro, a sister, Laurel Roberts, two brothers, Lewis Sinsabaugh and Carl Whitesell, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by eight siblings, Betty and Samuel Ferguson, Donny, Dorita, Edward and Evelyn Shelley, Leroy Whitesell, and Donna Yeager, and her biological parents, Samuel and Florence (Jackson) Ferguson.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and on Wednesday, August 9th from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow the visitation on Wednesday at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Interment will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to SPCA Serving either Cattaraugus or Allegany Counties. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Richard C. “Dick” Deschler

Wellsville, NY - Richard C. “Dick” Deschler, age 94, of Williams Avenue passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Wellsville on July 27, 1923 to Henry and Amelia Weihoneig Deschler. On November 15, 1954 he married June Beckwith who survives.

 Dick graduated from the Immaculate Conception School as the class valedictorian and from Wellsville High School in 1941. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Alaska in the South Pacific. Dick worked for the US Postal Service in Wellsville for 30 years retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the American Legion Post #702, and the Elks Lodge # 1495 all of Wellsville.

Surviving besides his wife June are a son, Donald Deschler of Wellsville; a daughter, Susan (Brian) Robinson of Longs, South Carolina; 4 grandchildren, Christian, Aaron (Jennifer), and Andrew Robinson, and Brieanna (Sam) Sarcia; 4 great grandchildren, Lila, Landon, and Mason Robinson, and June Sarcia; a sister, Frances Deschler of Wellsville.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 2, from 6 to 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will held on Thursday at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to Celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville. Burial with Military Honors will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Dick’s name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Clair H. “Tuggy” Coyle



Wellsville, NY - Clair H. “Tuggy” Coyle, 76, a former longtime resident of 1978 Stannards Road, died on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Rochester General Hospital following a long illness. He was born March 22, 1941 in Wellsville, the son of the late Joseph and Flora (Brownell) Coyle. On June 16, 2000 in Lincolnton, NC, he married Esther “Marie” (Gavitt) Hurlburt, who predeceased him on September 17, 2013. 


Clair was a longtime resident of the Town of Willing, he attended school in Wellsville and served with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was first employed as a farm hand for the Charlie Hart and the Francis Joyce families. He later worked for Woodlawn Cemetery, the Gerald Hart, Crest Haven Vault Company, and the Wellsville Central School District, for 25 years, retiring in 1995. He was also an auxiliary policeman and crossing guard for the Village of Wellsville.

He was a former member of the Friendship and Wellsville Volunteer Fire Departments, and later joined the Willing Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as a dedicated fire policeman for many years. He was a member of the former Allegany County Civil Defense, the Salvation Army, and the Trinity Lutheran Church.

He is survived by a step-daughter, Deborah (John) Nielson of Lincolnton, NC, a step-son, Gene (Glenda) Hurlburt of Wellsville, and their families, a half-brother, George Kump of Wellsville and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife, by a brother, Howard Coyle, and a half-sister, Anna Mae Webster.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday, July 27th at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Willing Volunteer Fire Department or the Salvation Army in Wellsville. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.