Friday, September 15, 2017

Eric C. Avery

Wellsville, NY - Eric C. Avery, 57, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Wellsville Manor Care Center following a long illness. He was born on September 9, 1960, the son of the late Kenneth and Mildred Avery. 

Eric was a member of the Wellsville High School class of 1979. He was a self-employed carpenter, and was an avid volunteer for the Wellsville Salvation Army during the Christmas season. 

He is survived by five children, Eric Kenneth Avery Jr. of Washington, DC, Amanda Hand of Scio, April Kirch of Belfast, Deric Avery-Sadler of Wellsville, and Joshua Avery-Sadler of Friendship, five grandchildren, Marley, Joselin, Finn, Krinlyn and Azalea.

At Eric’s request there will no public funeral. Please consider memorial donation to the Salvation Army, 25 E. Pearl Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Raymond D. Bliven

Belmont, NY - Raymond D. Bliven, age 77, of the Baker Valley Road passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on September 15, 1939 in Wellsville to Lavern and Gertrude Gayhart Bliven. On December 31, 1960 in Belmont he married Barbara Gearhart who predeceased him in 1989.

Raymond was a lifelong resident of the Baker Valley Road who graduated from Belmont Central High School and from the Williamsport Technical School in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He began his career in 1960 as a draftsman for Worthington Corporation in Wellsville retiring from Dresser Rand in 2000. Raymond was a quiet, hardworking and handy man who built his own home. He also enjoyed many trips across the country with his faithful companion” Boris”.

Raymond is survived by a son, Mark (Deborah) Bliven of Belmont and a daughter, Rebecca (Derek) Smith of Ransomville; 7 grandchildren, John, Joshua, and Jamie Buzzard, Devin, Derick, and Nicole Ahrens, and Megan Bliven; 12 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Charles (Barbara) Bliven, and James (Judy) Bliven both of Belmont; a sister, Beverly Leilous of Belmont; a sister in law, Barbara Bliven of Portville; several nieces and nephews.

Raymond was predeceased by his wife Barbara; a daughter, Constance “Connie” Bliven; a brother, Donald Bliven; a brother in law, William Leilous.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 11, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Burial will take place following the calling hours in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in Raymond’s name may be made to the Belmont Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Mary C. Bogan

Belmont, NY - Mary C. Bogan, 89, of 23 Trianna Street, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 at Olean General Hospital with her family at her side. She was born on January 26, 1928 in Hornell, the daughter of John F. and Mary “Gertrude” (Brown) Canty. On August 25, 1951 at St. Mary’s Church in Belmont, she married Robert V. Bogan who predeceased her on March 8, 1999.

Mary was a graduate of Belmont Central School and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Empire State College and a Masters Degree in Education and Counseling from Alfred University. She was employed by both the Erie and Allegany County’s Department of Health, as a Public Health Nurse. She later became the School Nurse-Teacher for Belmont Central School for 27 years. After retirement, she became a Reservist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and responded to natural disasters in the U.S. and its Territories  

She is survived by two sons, William (Nanci) Bogan of Batavia, and John C. Bogan of Belmont, one daughter, Ellen McNinch of Belmont, six grandchildren, Jill (Timothy) Simko, Harry (Erica) McNinch IV, William Bogan II, Staci (Josh) Finn, Sara Bogan and Christopher (Rebecca) Bogan, eight great grandchildren, Jordan and Amelia Simko, Robert and Alyssa McNinch, William Bogan III, Madison and Morgan Finn and Lyndzi Jo Bogan, a sister-in-law, Patricia “Patsy” Kicher of Yorkville, IN, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four first cousins, Jane (Mullen) Walsh, Kathryn (Canty) Karst, Daniel Canty and John Brown Sr.  

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 6th at 11:00 am in Holy Family Church in Belmont. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dr. Charles “Sid” and Rita Gibson and Charlie Hull - Notice

Wellsville, NY - Dr. Charles “Sid” and Rita Gibson and Charlie Hull

A Mass will be offered on Friday, September 8, 2017, at 8:10 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, in memory of Rita and Sid Gibson and their family friend Charlie Hull. Please join their daughter, Peggy Gibson, in honoring her parents 70th Anniversary and her mother’s dedication to the Immaculate Conception Church.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Kathleen A. Steinfeldt

Wellsville, NY - Kathleen A. Steinfeldt, 67, a longtime resident of the STEL House, at 99 Madison Street, died on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Highland Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. She was born on December 1, 1949 in Rochester, the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Doyle) Steinfeldt. 

Kathy enjoyed a piece of pie and a diet Coke at the Texas Hot, and loved old musicals. She loved and was loved by everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by her friends at STEL, Compeer and the Highland Day Program.

She is survived by four brothers, Lawrence, Daniel, George Jr. and Douglas Steinfeldt, two sisters, Marilyn (Peter) Cimino and Alice Steinfeldt, several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Casey Henry, Sue Henry, and Deb Marshall. She was predeceased by a brother, William Steinfeldt.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date at the STEL House. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Dorothy S. Panzica

Wellsville, NY - Dorothy S. Panzica, 103, of 4192B Bolivar Road passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Manor Hills. She was born on September 13, 1913 in Summerville, MA, the daughter of William and Sarah (Schneider) Rose. She was predeceased by two husbands, Benjamin Solomon and Charles Panzica.

Dorothy was raised in Brooklyn and was employed by Loew’s Theaters throughout her career, beginning as an usherette, and retiring as the General Manager of Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn. She and Charles moved to Elm Valley in the mid 1970’s and after Charles passed away, she moved to Cummings Circle in Wellsville, where she resided for many years before moving to Manor Hills in 2011.

Dorothy was well known in the downtown Wellsville area for her kindness and generosity, and for giving away dollar bills folded like shirts to almost everyone she met.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Frances Rose of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and several nieces and nephews, including Jerry and Sonya Goodman of Pikesville, MD.

She will be buried next to her beloved husband, Charles, in the Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

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 To leave online condolences please visit www,