Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Robert E. Butler Jr.,

Williamsville/Wellsville, NY - Robert E. Butler Jr., age 63, of 196 South Union Road, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Hospice of Buffalo. He was born in Miami, Florida on April 18, 1954 to Robert E. and Alma Sanders Butler. In 1981 Bob married Mary Jo Baker, of Wellsville, in Las Vegas, Nevada who survives.

Bob was a structural steel iron worker and most recently was a computer aided draftsman. He looked forward to family events, enjoyed playing cards, long car rides, and annual trips to Las Vegas. Bob and Mary Jo recently purchased her family’s home in Wellsville where they enjoyed the peace and quiet. He was a veteran of the US Navy serving from 1972 until 1975.

Surviving besides his wife, Mary Jo, are a daughter, Lisa (Daniel) Postas; a grandson, Ethan C. Postas; a sister, Cindy (Joel) Valdez; several nieces and nephews; Mary Jo’s family, Terrence (Rebecca) Baker, William Baker, Veronica (Russell) Lyons and their children.

He was predeceased by his parents and Mother and Father in law, Archie ‘Mickey” and Jeannie Baker.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 18, from 11 am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville and a graveside committal service with military honors at 12:30 pm in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

William Scott Kehre

Scio, NY - William Scott Kehrer, age 60, of 4303 West Nickerson Avenue passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Lynwood, California to William G. and Gloria Williams Kehrer.

Scott was a former resident of Fairport who graduated from Fairport High School in 1975. He joined the US Air Force and earned an associate’s degree while serving his country. Scott started working for Grossmans in Rochester and later for H.E.P./North Main Lumber in Hornell. He started as the Hornell’s store Assistant Manager and worked his way up to District Sales Manager retiring this year due to ill health. Scott enjoyed with a passion fishing, from trout to bass, and golfing at all of the local courses. He dearly loved all of his dogs, especially “Skipper”.              

Scott is survived by his” better half” of 20 years, Lori Root; his mother, Gloria Kehrer of Fairport; 2 daughters, Teresa Sparatta of Wellsville, and Jennifer (Andrew) Cupicha of Corfu; a son, Ryan (Bridget) Kehrer of Scio; 10 grandchildren; his sister, Sharri (Bill) Jackson of Fairport; 2 nieces.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville, followed by a memorial service at 7pm. Memorials in Scott’s name may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Richard J. Allen

Belmont, NY - Richard J. Allen, 92, of 122 Greenwich Street, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center. He was born on January 30, 1925, in Buffalo the son of William D. and Marguerite (Denison) Allen. On June 21, 1947 he married Marie Doner who predeceased him in 1977.

Richard was raised on a farm in Whitesville and was a graduate of Whitesville Central High School. He was employed as a truck driver for the former Scoville Brown Company in Wellsville and later for Genesee Valley Nurseries, Inc. in Belmont. He was an active social member of the American Legion Post 808 in Belmont. He had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed telling stories of the old days, working on his garden, and hunting.                                     

He is survived by a daughter, Donna Baker of Belmont, a granddaughter, Michelle (David) Francisco of Belmont, a grandson, Kevin Baker of Belmont, several great grandchildren, two brothers, William (Shirley) Allen of Whitesville and Ronald (Carol) Allen of Wellsville, three sisters, Arlouine Seeley of Belmont, Phyllis (Bruce) Greene of Portville, and Sandra (James) Fitzpatrick of Whitesville, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his wife, by a sister, Rachel Lewis, and a son-in-law, Willis Baker.

Friends are invited to a graveside funeral service on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Forest Hills Cemetery of Belmont with Rev. John Francisco presiding. There will be no prior visitation. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Kay Marie Fisk

Bolivar, NY - Kay Marie Fisk, 61, of 102 2nd Street passed away on Thursday, November 02, 2017 at Olean General Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born October 29, 1956 in Wellsville, the daughter of the Frederick and Loretta (Aldrich) Baumgarten. On November 8, 1987 she married Greg Fisk who survives.

Kay was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with grandkids and family. She had a VERY special love for her dog “LUCY”!! She was employed at Heritage Cutlery in Bolivar for 23 years. 

Surviving in addition to her husband Greg, are two sons, Coddie (Meredith) Bissell and Dusty Bissell both of Bolivar, two daughters, Bambi (Shawn) Perry of Bolivar, and Heather (Richard) Clark of Virginia, 11 beloved grandkids, three sisters, Connie Zeager of Cuba, Nancy Baldwin of Richburg, Billie Jo Brownell of Bolivar, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Baumgarten Jr.

Family and Friends are welcome to join us for a celebration of life, on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Bolivar Legion. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.  

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bruce Leroy Burr



Wellsville, NY - Bruce Leroy Burr of Wellsville, NY, died on October 25, 2017 at the age of 85. He was born on April 13, 1932 in the family farmhouse located by the dam at Rushford Lake in the town of Caneadea, NY. He was the 6th of 10 children of the late Alanson Andrew Jackson Burr (born on June 25, 1897 in Burrville, NY) and Lucy Belle Patterson (born on April 4, 1902 in Caneadea, NY).


Bruce aka "Dreamy" graduated from Belfast High School Class of 1950, after graduation he served our country in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1954.  

For many years Bruce and his family owned and operated the Wellsville Bake Shop. Anyone who has ever enjoyed Salt Rising Bread can tip their hat to Bruce as he maintained the tradition through the 1960s and 70s before sharing the recipe with those who bake it now. His children fondly remember working in the bakery and the nightly ritual of "setting the salt".

Bruce loved all sports - the Yankees, Bills and Bonnie's, not necessarily in that order. Golfing with his brothers was one of his favorite pastimes.  Every August before the Burr Reunion a golf outing was held with his children and grandchildren at the Vanderview. He spent more time looking for wayward balls than Columbus did searching for the new world. There was never a lost ball, just one he had not found yet.

He loved to hunt and fish, in particular the time he spent in the woods with middle daughter Jewel, as well as his hunt for ginseng with oldest son Bruce. Jewel's pond at her Addison home hosted many family fishing derbies, stocked by her Dad with his catches from Allegany County.  His catches were handed off to Jewel in Greenwood (their meeting spot), about as smooth an exchange as any Pony Express rider ever made. The fish kept alive by an aerator powered off his car engine. Making due was one of his greatest talents.

He was a life long gardener, a tradition passed on from his early childhood. A visitor during the summer months never left without some of the fruits of his labor. Swiss Chard, tomatoes and of course his homemade jam. All his children have jars of his jams and preserves on their pantry shelves. It will be hard for them if and when they open the last jar.

No world traveler, he still managed to rack up the miles on his trusty VW, the majority of those coming from his many trips to the OTB in Hornell. Anyone who ever accompanied him on that ride can testify to his driving skills. Mario Andretti would have been proud. 

Preceding Bruce in death were brothers Alanson Andrew Jackson and Burton Jewette; sister Elizabeth Lillian; son Daniel Brian, second wife Shirley and granddaughter Naomi Emily.

Bruce lived a simple life, and did not want for much. Visits from friends and family were always tops on his list. As long as there was wood for the stove and the cable worked he was a happy man. So 85 years, more than many get, most of them good with a few hiccups in between. An ordinary life lived by an extraordinary man who will now be sorely missed and fondly remembered by many friends, neighbors, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Bruce's surviving siblings, Crystal Michel of Niagara Falls, NY, Myrtle Koleszar of Caneadea, NY, Grover Stewart of Caneadea, NY, Mary Mountain of Belfast, NY, Donald of Wellsville, NY and baby sister Judy Mills of Wiscoy, NY. They all shared a special bond through music, laughter and family stories. To quote Stew "we had a ball".

His children Kathy, Jewel, Bruce, Brenda and Rod send a tremendous heartfelt thanks to the nurses and doctors at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital in Troy, PA. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Burr Cemetery in Burrville, NY at a future date.

To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Robert W. “Dobro Bob” Norton

Whitesville, NY - Robert W. “Dobro Bob” Norton, 85, of 2062 Route 248A, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at home. He was born February 13, 1932 in Jasper, NY, the son of the late Chester and Katherine (Mattison) Norton. On November 27, 1954 in Whitesville, he married Lucy Ray who predeceased him on December 26, 2000.

Dobro was a 1950 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was initially employed at General Motors Corporation in Tonawanda and later for the Town of Willing. In 1966, he joined Dresser-Rand Corporation, where he was employed until his retirement in 1994. He was a lifelong member of the Southern Tier Bluegrass Association, and was well known for his Dobro and yodeling skills. He and his wife Lucy, hosted the infamous “Norton Leek Dinner” every spring for 50 years. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a caring, hardworking man who loved life, his family, and an occasional beer.

He is survived by four children, Kitty Pratt and her husband Richard of Whitesville, Chester “Chet” Norton and his wife Susan of Whitesville, Michele Norton and her husband Steven Weisman of Williamstown, New Jersey and Lewis “Louie” Norton and his wife Karen of Whitesville, five beloved grandchildren, Xandria, Lily, Ian, Grace and Chloe Norton, three step-grandchildren, Jason and Matthew Burns and Richard Pratt III, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a brother, Hoyt Norton and two sisters, Lena Madison and Lila Johnston.   

Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA, with Rev. Joseph Dougherty as celebrant. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, the Genesee Emergency Squad in Genesee, PA or the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103, or visit info@battleshipnewjersey.org. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Loretta M. Herrington

Scio, NY - Loretta M. Herrington, age 86, of Charles Street passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the Highland Health Care Center. She was born on August 6, 1931 in the Town of Willing to Charles and Julia Mae Gillitte Ost. On September 13, 1958 in Wellsville she married Robert Herrington who predeceased her on January 19, 2008.

Loretta graduated from Wellsville Central High School. She began working at the former American Novelty Company in Wellsville, later moving to Bath to work for Westinghouse where she met her future husband. She retired from Bath Central Schools in 1993 they moved to Scio. Loretta and Robert were inseparable and enjoyed traveling the United States in their retirement. Loretta enjoyed collecting Snow Babies and going out for dinner with friends and family. She will be remembered as a very organized and meticulous woman. 

Loretta is survived by 4 nephews, Jim, Doug, Tim Ost and Lewis Ackerman; 2 nieces, Dena Granger, and Kathryn Rockwood.

She was predeceased by 2 brothers, Richard and Charles Ost and a nephew Kenneth Ost.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 28, from 11 am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held at 12 noon with Reverend David Brown presiding followed by burial in Stannards Cemetery. Memorials in Loretta’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.