Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Terry W. Sweeney

Wellsville, NY - Terry W. Sweeney, 65, of 191 Williams Avenue, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. He was born August 12, 1952 in Wellsville, the son of the late Edward and Jean (Lavin) Sweeney. On September 4, 1976 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, he married Patricia Graham, who survives.

Terry was a 1970 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Alfred State College – School of Applied Technology in Wellsville. He was employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for many years, retiring in 2015. At the time of his death, he was employed by Fisher's Pharmacy in Wellsville. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 702 in Wellsville, the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601, and the Wellsville Country Club. He loved to golf, and was proud of his “hole in one,” he also enjoyed bowling and spending time at the lake. He really enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and treasured his time with his daughter Laura.  

Surviving in addition to his wife, is one daughter, Laura (Zach Hebda) Sweeney of West Chester, Ohio, a sister, Deborah (David) Raymer of Galeton, PA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by one niece, one nephew, and his mother and father-in-law, James and Mary Elizabeth Graham.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will be on Friday, April 27 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Norma J. Taylor

Allentown, NY - Norma J. Taylor, 79, of 1913 White Hill Road passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at home with her family at her side. She was born January 17, 1939 in Andover, the daughter of the Late Ronald and Bertha (Brown) Stephens. On February 1, 1958 in Alma she married Phillip A. Taylor who predeceased her on November 26, 2016.

Norma was raised in Allentown and was a graduate of the Allentown Union High School. She was formerly employed at the Allentown School, Valley Manor Proprietary Home in Allentown, and at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville for 25 years. She was a member of the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department and the Allentown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling with Phil, playing bingo, and loved spending time with her family and their friends. 

She is survived by a son, Shaun (Ezura) Taylor of Allentown, a daughter, Molly Stirk of Wellsville, a grandson, Gregory (Jen) Taylor of Scio, a granddaughter, Ashley Taylor of Allentown, two sisters, Joyce Shields of Bolivar and Judy Stephens of Penfield, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Thursday April 26th from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Thursday at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Diane Cox presiding. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department or Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jerry A. Renwand

Canaseraga, NY/ Boston, MA - Jerry A. Renwand, 58, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 in Boston. He was born December 2, 1959 in Hornell the son of James A. and Kathryn (Parker) Renwand Sr.

Jerry was raised in Canaseraga and attended Canaseraga Central School. He was a self employed carpenter in the Canaseraga area before moving to Boston. He was a Buffalo Bills fan and was a passionate and knowledgeable fan of Classic Rock. Jerry had a wonderful sense of humor and was loved by his family and many friends. 

He is survived by a son, Daniel J. (Jessica) Renwand of Elmira, two grandchildren, Keagan and Kaylee Renwand, his mother, Kathryn Renwand of Alfred Station, one brother, James (Wendy) Renwand of Greenwood, two sisters, Carla (Gerry) Brzezinski of Livonia, and Cindy (Buddy) Getman of Alfred Station, one aunt, many beloved nieces, nephews, and several cousins. He was predeceased by his father, a brother, Joseph Renwand, and a sister Carol Carpenter.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday, April 27th from 9:00 to 9:45 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 27th at 11:00 am in St. Mary's Church in Canaseraga with Rev John Cullen as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Pine Street Inn (Homeless Center), Boston, MA 02118. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

Barbara J. Drumstra

Wellsville, NY - Barbara J. Drumstra

The friends of Barbara Drumstra are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. Barbara passed away on April 25, 2016.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Robert Hall McNinch

Belmont, NY - Robert Hall McNinch, age 99, passed away on Thursday, April 19 , 2018 at the Manor Hills in Wellsville. He was born on January 30, 1919 on the family farm in Belmont to Harry T. and Florence Hall McNinch. On July 19, 1941 in Fleming he married Elizabeth Huey who predeceased him one year ago to the day on April 19, 2017.

Robert was born on the farm in Belmont where lived for 95 years. Along with his wife they wintered in Florida from 1975 until 2000 first in Fort Myers and later in Lakeland. He was a dairy and poultry farmer for 33 years and the took a job at the former Citizens National Bank as the Farm Loan Officer retiring from Key Bank as the Branch Manager in Belmont. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Belmont F&AM, charter member of the Belmont Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, Sons of the American Revolution, Dairyman's League, and the Andover Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder. In 1961 he was the recipient of the Hugh  D. Chamberlain Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year. He was a member of the former Belmont Presbyterian Church and as a member of the Men's Club that helped build the Parish Hall. He served as Justice of the Peace and Supervisor for the Town of Amity. He also served as a member of the first Allegany County Board of Legislators for 2 terms. He and his wife enjoyed traveling cross country in their motor home staying at 13 different Elder hostels. 

Survivors include a daughter, Meredith (David)  Chilson of Belmont; 2 granddaughters, Denise Chilson of Victor and Jennifer (Sean)  McMahon of  Penfield; 7 grandchildren, Gates Robert McMahon, Emma Chilson-Cline, Christopher Robert Chilson- Cline, Aidan McMahon, Jacob Chilson- Cline, Faith McMahon, and Maia McMahon; many nieces and nephews.

Robert was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, James T., John G.,Louis A., Harry T. , Jr.; sisters Louise A. Morris, and Mary I. Rhodes.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 22, from 1 until 3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. His funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 3 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Chris Mattison presiding. Memorials in Robert's name may be made to either the Belmont Library or to the charity of the donor's choice. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Deborah J. “Debbie” Johnson

Wellsville, NY - Deborah J. “Debbie” Johnson, age 60 of Seneca Street passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 8, 1957 in Wellsville to Richard and Clara Moore Johnson.

Debbie was a life long resident of Wellsville who had worked as a home health care aide, later as a CNA at Highland Health Care Center, and retired from there as supervisor of house keeping. For a time she had attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church and her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She is survived by a son Jonathan Armstrong; 2 daughters, Tracy (Richard)  Ahrens, and Lori (Carl Dandridge)  Armstrong all of Wellsville; 6 grandchildren, Justice Bremiller, Destiny Bremiller, Melody Ahrens, Pride Brantley, Harmony Brantley, and Patience Brantley; a brother, Michael Johnson of Kentucky; 2 sisters, Michele (John)  Sheridan of Wellsville, and Wanda Johnson of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Bruce Johnson;  a sister, Beverly Armstrong.

Friends are invite to call on Monday, April 23, from 1 to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home at the conclusion of the calling at 2 pm with Reverend Robin George presiding. Memorials in Deborah's name may be made to the Highland Health Care Center Activities Fund. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Myrna C. Petrelli

Wellsville, NY - Myrna C. Petrelli, 81, of 199 School Street passed away on Saturday April 14, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on November 24, 1936 in Hornell, the daughter of the late Ronald and Genevieve (Clark) Fairbrother. On November 18, 1967 at St. Ann's Church in Hornell she married Dominick Petrelli who survives. 

Myrna was raised in Hornell and was a 1955 graduate of Hornell High School. She was first employed at Corbin's Woodworking in Hornell, and later for Alfred State College. In August of 1967 she and Dominick moved to Wellsville, and she began her career at Wellsville Central School. She retired on August 4, 1999 as the Secretary to the Director of Pupil Personal Services. She was an avid flower gardener, and birdwatcher. She enjoyed  reading, watching the Buffalo Sabres, and the New York Yankees. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Roger (Jill) Petersen and Andrew Petrelli, both of Wellsville, three step-grandsons, Aaron (Mary) Hess, Dustin (Florina) Hess, and Christian Hess, two sisters-in-law, Santa (Walt) Cleveland, and Mary Petrelli, both of Hornell, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, Roger Petersen, and a son, Jeffrey A. Petersen.  

At Myrna's request; the memorial service will be private. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.