Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Betty Ellen Etter

Wellsville, NY - Betty Ellen Etter, 84, of 12 Cummings Circle passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born on October 2, 1933 in Amityville, NY, the daughter of the late Paul and Muriel (Smith) Ketcham. Betty was first married to Frederick C. Culbertson who predeceased her on October 14, 1986. On November 9, 1988, while living in Florida she married Jack Etter who predeceased her in 2003. 

She was raised in Amityville, and graduated from Geneseo State Teachers College in 1955. She taught kindergarten and speech at Keshequa Central School District in Nunda, NY. She resided in West Sparta for many years before moving to Florida in 1988. She has resided in Wellsville since 2013.

She is survived by two sons, Gerald (Robin) Culbertson of Dade City, Florida and Jeffrey (June) Culbertson of Scio, five grandchildren, Jill (Craig) Vossler of Wellsville, Jaci Culbertson of Crossville, TN, Jeffrey (Allison) Culbertson, Joel Culbertson, and Josiah Culbertson all of Wellsville, seven great grandchildren, Izabel Culbertson, Morgan Culbertson, Rowan Vossler, Max Vossler, Patience Culbertson, Jeffrey Culbertson, and Haylee Peet, a brother, Paul (Carol) Ketcham of Amityville, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husbands by two great-granddaughters, Emma Peck and Olivia Vossler.  

At Betty’s request, there will be no prior visitation or service. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Richard A. Lentz

Wellsville, NY - Richard A. Lentz, 77, of 37 Williams Avenue passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018, at the Hart Comfort House following a brief illness. He was born on December 10, 1940 in York, PA, the son of Abraham N. and Mildred (Herman) Lentz. On November 5, 1960 in Corpus Christi, TX he married Sharon L. Pohl who predeceased him on June 1, 1998.

Richard was a graduate of York High School and was veteran of the U. S. Navy, from 1958 to 1967, serving aboard the USS. Saratoga. He moved to Wellsville in 1967 and was employed as a Manufacturing Engineer for Dresser-Rand Corporation. He was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, and the Wellsville Music Boosters. Richard enjoyed riding his scooter around town and for coffee in the morning at the Texas Hot.

He is survived by two sons, Gary W. (Meg) Lentz of Marietta, GA., and Ross A. (Yuan) Lentz of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren, Zach, Anna, and Emily Lentz; one sister, Amelita (Lee) Cunningham of York, PA.; a longtime companion and special friend, Nina Buchanan; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Sharon, and his parents, Abraham and Mildred.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 20, 2018, from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4229 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held the conclusion of calling, at 1 pm, with Pastor Carl Knitter presiding. Internment, with military honors, will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church or to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.emberfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rita Insley

Wellsville, NY - Rita Insley, 84, of 354 South Main Street passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 13, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born May 22, 1933 in Geneva, NY the daughter of Lester and Gertrude (Nilan) McGuire. On November 29, 1958 in Geneva she married A. Donald Insley who predeceased her on May 19, 2002.

Rita was a 1951 graduate of DeSales High School in Geneva and a 1955 graduate of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester. She was employed as an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital until she and Don moved to Morrisville in 1964. They moved to Wellsville in 1970 and she was a mother at home until she started her career as a Public Health Nurse in 1979, she retired in 1999. She was an avid sports fan who enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She also enjoyed knitting, reading, playing Bridge and bingo. She was a women of faith who served as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered at ICS.

She is survived by nine children, Diane Insley of San Marcos, Texas, Deb Insley of Wellsville, Karen (Bob) Carson of Canandaigua, Katie (Bob) Toney and Bob (Tracy) Insley, both of Wellsville, Doug (Amy) Insley of Rochester, Jim (Karen) Insley of Lime Lake, Jean (Jack) Sutherland and Tim (Krista) Insley both of Rochester, 23 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two brothers-in-law, Fred (Paige) Insley of Colorado Spring, CO and Ollie (Sally) Insley of Mount Morris and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a grandson Bryce Insley on January 24, 2001, a brother, Les, and two sisters, Mary Martha and Franny.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 17th at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester or the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Joyce D. Reynolds

Bradford, NY - Joyce D. Reynolds, 76, of 3300 Taylor Road passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira following a long illness. She embraced life with laughter and a smile. She was born December 31, 1941 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Norman and Neva (Whitney) Fanton. July 31, 1987 in Scio she married David B. Reynolds who survives. 

Joyce was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville Central School and attended Mansfield University.

She gave private art lessons while living in Wellsville. She was an active member of the Tyrone United Methodist Church and was a long time member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Wellsville Art Association, the Genesee Valley Chorus, a life member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Axillary, and founded the Allegany County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 
  
Surviving in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Felicia Jackson and her husband Ken of Fairbanks, AK, Katrina Savitcheff and her companion, Stephen Vossler of Wellsville, and Marla Nesbit-Greenman of Wellsville, nine grandchildren, Niko Greenman, Jarred Jackson, Tesla Greenman, Jaremy Jackson, Dominik Savitcheff, Trent Jackson, Dakotah Savitcheff, Terra Greenman and Marissa Murphy, one great granddaughter, Kiara Greenman, her mother-in-law, Ona Reynolds of Wellsville, three sisters-in-law, Donna Pilette and her husband Guy, Patty Munson and her husband Scott and Ruth Smith and her husband Steve, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by her step-father, Harold Horton.

There will a celebration of life on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. A second celebration will be on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Tyrone United Methodist Church. Internment will be in Stannards Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, the Wellsville First United Methodist or the Falck Cancer Center in Elmira, NY. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Norma W. Stuck

Wellsville, NY - Norma W. Stuck, age 78, formerly of 85 Johnson Street, died on Sunday January 7, 2018 at Wellsville Manor Care Center following a long illness of C.O.P.D.

 She was born on December 19, 1939 in Fillmore at the former Genesee Country Hospital located in the Township of Hume. She was born the daughter of Gordon and Violet (Hale) Stuck. Starting from when she was a baby she was raised by Herman and Florence Waters of Belmont.

She attended Belmont Central School. Norma lived in Belmont most of her life. She never drove a car, but that did not stop her from getting to where she wanted to go. She could be seen walking or riding her bicycle all over town for many years. She never had children, but was a wonderful fun aunt to many of her nieces and great nieces who joined her on her many walks about town. She liked to go to the park or wading or swimming in the mighty Genesee River.

While living in Belmont she worked for a time as a house keeper at the Highland Nursing Home. She also was a housekeeper and child care provider for several families in Belmont. She attended the Episcopal Church in Belmont and also enjoyed attending a local home Bible study.

She was faithful to Florence Waters at the end of Florence’s life, Norma was there to care for her as Florence had for Norma during her childhood. After this, Norma moved to the big city of Wellsville. She said she had “no wheels” and wanted to be able to get to K-Mart, The Modern Diner, and the Texas Hot. She did not want to depend on anyone else.

Norma enjoyed living in Wellsville. She made many friends at the apartment complex where she lived for many years. They enjoyed playing cards, bingo, and each other’s company. She had a cat most of her life and missed Garfield terribly when she had to leave her apartment.

Surviving are many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and foster parents; brothers Leo Stuck, Howard Stuck, and William (Bill) Stuck; sisters Millicent (Milly) King and Anna Stuck.

Norma made an anatomical gift of her body to the University of Buffalo. Following Norma’s wishes there will be no visitation of services. Burial will be at a later date at Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Memory of Norma are encouraged to donate to the SPCA 1374 State Route 19 South, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY. 14895, or a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rafaela A. McQueen

Wellsville, NY - Rafaela A. McQueen, 87, of 2847 Prospect Drive passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Highland Park Healthcare Center following a long illness. She was born on September 19, 1930 in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, the daughter of Ramon and Mariana (Arroyo) Perez. On July 9, 1954 in the romantic city of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, she married Raymond M. McQueen, who she met while he was serving with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Rafaela was raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Wellsville with Ray in 1958. She was a stay at home mom while Cindy was young and was employed at the Brooklyn School Cafeteria for 27 years, where she was loved by the students, faculty and staff. She retired as the cafeteria manager in 1996. She was a former member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was a devoted wife and mother and will remembered as “Nana” to her beloved grandchildren. After retirement, she and Ray spent the summers in Watkins Glen for 20 years. She loved Seneca Lake and her many friends in the Watkins Glen area. They celebrated their 25th anniversary in Hawaii, and enjoyed their many vacations in Puerto Rico.

She is survived by her husband Raymond, two daughters, Ana (Jorge) Ramos of Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Cindy (Rand) Rocchio of Wellsville, four grandsons, Georgie (Yadira) Ramos of Dover, DE, Joksan Ramos of Condado, Puerto Rico, Calvin Rocchio of Berkley, CA, and Mario Rocchio of Rochester, NY, two great granddaughters, Yadiana and Yanialis of Dover, DE, several half brothers and sisters residing in Puerto Rico, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being planned for the summer and will announced at a later date.   

Please consider memorial donations to the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund, %The American Red Cross, 786 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Robert H. Moran



Wellsville, NY - Robert H. Moran, age 89, formerly of Highland Avenue passed away on Wednesday January 3, 2018 at Olean General Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on October 7, 1928 in Wellsville, the son of late Robert T. and Anna (Casey) Moran. On February 11, 1956 he married Loraine D. Gleason who survives.


Robert was a lifetime resident of Wellsville who attended the Immaculate Conception School for 10 years and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947. He began working at Worthington in 1947 as a stock clerk. Robert joined the US Army in 1950, proudly served until 1952 as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Following the service He went back to work for Worthington and retiring from Dresser Rand in 1993 after 45 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Church where was involved in the Christian Family Movement and was a lector for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #702 of Wellsville and was an active member of the Scio Lions Club where he served as treasurer for many years. He also volunteered his time as a chaperone for the Fresh Air Fund and later he delivered for Meals on Wheels. Robert was a dedicated and loyal blood donor for the American Red Cross donating a life-time total of 20 gallons. He and his wife, Loraine, loved to square dance and for many years they were members of the Grand Square Dance Club. Robert enjoyed reading, working with stained glass, treasure hunting/metal detecting, and roller skating. Robert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and will be fondly remembered by his family as a hardworking, benevolent man who cherished time spent in the presence of family and friends. He will be greatly missed!

In addition to his wife, Loraine, survivors include, a son, Sean (Sandi) Moran of Oswego; 3 daughters, Robin (Gary) Ahrens of Olean, Tammy (Robert) Christman of Wellsville, and Kelly (Jesse) Case of Wellsville; 8 grandchildren, Robert (Jen) Ahrens, Kelsey (Matt) Quattrone, Michaela Moran, Liam Moran, Leah Christman, Bridget Christman, Samuel Case, and Simon Case; 4 great grandchildren, Maddox Guay, Ryker Quattrone, Colin Ahrens, and Donovan Ahrens; a brother and sister in-law, David and Barbara Gleason of Conroe, TX.; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, John M. Moran, and a grandson, Lee Ahrens.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 8, 2018, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A prayer service will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 am in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial with full military honors will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in his name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School or to the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.