Saturday, April 18, 2015

Dawn A. White

Scio, NY - Dawn A. White, 58, of 5932 Fish Road passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015 at home with her family at her side. She was born June 20, 1956 in Cuba, the daughter of the late Dan and Anna Mae (Coyle) Hughes.

Dawn was a foster mother and care giver to a number of children and adults for many years. She was a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion Auxiliary and the Legion Riders.

She is survived by her husband, Frank White, two daughters, Tracy (Randy) Beckman and Chrissy White, one son, Frank White II, a stepson, Sam Wood, three grandchildren, Marc, Hunter and Frank III, five sisters, Linda Jones, Debbie Dees, Cherly (Jon) Elliott, Raina (Tony) Windus and Wendy (Scott) Harris, two brothers, George (Becky) Webster and Robert Webster, a brother-in-law, Russ White, two sisters-in-law, Lois Wagner and Roxanne (Roger) Friend, her maternal grandmother, Rose Brown, one aunt, Joyce (Dave) Reynolds and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by her beloved stepfather, Donald Webster, two brothers, Danny Webster and Dave Johnson, one sister, Robin Smith and one uncle, Steve Hughes.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 21st from 10:00 am to 12 noon and 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Tuesday at 4:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Carl Kemp presiding. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Children’s Hospital in Buffalo. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Marcella Marie Richardson

Wellsville, NY - Marcella Marie Richardson, 86, a resident of Manor Hills, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Jones Memorial Hospital, with her family at her side. She was born March 29, 1929 in Hammond, Indiana the daughter of James P. and Florence A. (Moylan) McGinnis. On September 23, 1950 in Wellsville she married Francis E. Richardson who predeceased her on July 22, 1982.

Marcella moved to Wellsville with her family in 1934, when her father began working at Sinclair Oil Refinery. She attended the Immaculate Conception School through 10th grade and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947. After high school, Marcella was employed as an operator for New York Telephone. She was an active member and daily communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church for many years.  She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, the Lord’s Housekeepers and the Fun Fair Committee. She initiated Eucharistic Adoration at her parish and shuttled priests to the area nursing homes for the weekly communion services. She was a volunteer at Immaculate Conception School and was awarded the “Lay Award of St. Joseph” by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec on April 26, 2009 for meritorious service rendered to Immaculate Conception Parish.

She is survived by four sons, John (Denise) Richardson of Wellsville, Mark (Elainey) Richardson of Englewood, Florida, James (Debora) Richardson of Wellsville and Daniel (Debra) Richardson of Victor, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother, James (Betty) McGinnis of Houston, Texas and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband, by a son, Francis, who died at birth, one brother, Raymond McGinnis and two sisters, Anna May Arnold and Florence Durkee. 

The Rosary will be recited on Saturday, April 18th at 11:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or the Immaculate Conception School, % 17 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Katherine Costello

Wellsville, NY  - Katherine Costello, age 97, a former long time resident of East State Street passed away on Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on September 13, 1917 in the Town of Willing on the Stone Dam Road to Mathew and Daisy Jordan Costello.

Katherine was employed by the former J and M Restaurant in Wellsville who enjoyed watching pro wrestling on TV. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Katherine was the last of her of her 12 brothers and sisters and is survived by a brother in law Paul Michalegko of Erie, Pennsylvania, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 15, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Thursday a prayer service will be held 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. Katherine’s burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in her name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Margaret T. Prescott

Wellsville, NY - Margaret T. Prescott, 88, of 2766 Miller Road passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born August 23, 1926 in Olean the daughter of the late Clifton Joseph and Mary Genevieve (Sweeney) Foster. On June 6, 1959 in Wellsville she married Robert N. Prescott who predeceased her on March 13, 1989.

Margaret was a 1944 graduate of Friendship High School. She was employed by New York Telephone in Wellsville, Salamanca, Poughkeepsie, Newburg, NY and Greenwich, CT, from 1946 to 1966. She was also a home healthcare provider for 35 years.  She was a Cub Scout leader and the mother of three Eagle Scouts. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting and gardening. She was a former member of the Allegany County Garden Club, and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Mercy Associates, the Altar & Rosary Society and the Fun Fair Committee.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Prescott of Wellsville and David (Nicole) Prescott of Angelica, a step daughter, Linda (Ben) Saxbury of Loveland, CO, two grandsons, Robert David and Colton Joseph Prescott, two step granddaughters, one step great granddaughter, one step great grandson, three sisters, Elizabeth Storm of Friendship, Ellen Enloe of Arcadia, CA and Regina Park of Sun City West, AZ, two brothers, Robert (Diane) Foster and Raymond (Pamela) Foster both of Friendship, two sisters-in-law, Bette Foster of Apex, NC and Dorothy Foster of Dover, DE, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband and parents, by a son, John, a daughter, Barbara Jean, three brothers, Richard, James and Gerald Foster, and three brothers-in-law, Hurford Storm, John Park and Donald Enloe, and a sister-in-law, Nora Lee Foster.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 7th from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and Wednesday, April 8th from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Elizabeth Hennessy “Betty” Searle

Wellsville, NY - Elizabeth Hennessy “Betty” Searle of 249 North Main Street passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on March 4, 1924 in Friendship to James and Catherine Connor Hennessy. On June 1, 1946 at St. Joseph’s Church in Scio she married James E. Searle who predeceased her on August 2, 1997.

Betty graduated from Scio Central School in 1942, from Rochester Business Institute in 1943 and was employed in Wellsville at Worthington Pump and Machinery Company as a secretary during World War II. After the war she became a homemaker, devoted wife and loving mother residing as the “Gatekeeper” of Meadowbrook Court for 61 years. She welcomed all who crossed the bridge and was a mother to many who grew up there.

Her love for works of charity came from her devotion to her Catholic Faith. She volunteered at Jones Memorial Hospital, Immaculate Conception School, she delivered for Meals on Wheels, was a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader, Past President of the Immaculate Conception Altar and Rosary Society and a life time member of Beta Sigma Phi.

Betty was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and local sports supporter. She could often be seen with her friends and family at high school football and basketball games cheering for the Wellsville Lions. She will be missed as a loyal friend and fun traveling companion.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Ann (William) Hendrick, Judith (Doug) Lynch and Jeanne (Kevin) Harris; a son Patrick (Jacqueline Dean) Searle; 3 sisters, Mary Ellen (Richard) Brunell, Cathleen (Frank) Linnecke and Agnes (Thomas) Brush; a brother, Thomas (Mary) Hennessy; a sister in law, Mary Lou Hennessy;10 grandchildren, Bridgette Norton, Andrew, Kathryn, Maureen and Daniel Harris, Kelly Elliot, George Lynch, Ryan, Lauren and Gretchen Searle; 7 great grandchildren, Allison and Grace Norton, Hunter, Kalin and Holden Elliott, Esmae Gardner Harris and Parker Harris; several nieces and nephews:

Betty was predeceased by her parents James and Catherine, her husband James; her brothers James and his wife Mary Ellen, William and his wife Corinne and John Hennessy; a grandson Donald Wilson; nephew Patrick Hennessy and a niece Lennae Beatty.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 2 to 5 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A rosary will be recited at 1:30 pm by the Altar and Rosary Society prior to visitation in the Funeral Home. On Monday, April 6, 2015, friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 am followed by a Prayer Service at 10:30am. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 11am in the Immaculate Conception Church with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House, Father Brown Mission Club, Immaculate Conception School, Immaculate Conception Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Deborah “Debbie” M. Allen

Wellsville, NY - Deborah “Debbie” M. Allen of the River Road passed away on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 15, 1952 in Wellsville to Thomas and Audrey Drake Middaugh. On May 24, 2008 in the Allentown United Methodist Church Debbie married her long time companion and best friend Eugene Allen who survives.

Debbie graduated from Belmont Central School in 1970. She was employed as a certified nursing assistant for Jan and Bev’s Home Health Care and later for Southern Tier Home Health. She later became the Activities Director for Manor Hills until her retirement. Debbie was a member of the Allentown Methodist Church who enjoyed gardening, photography, bird watching and spending time with her grandchildren.

Besides her husband Debbie is survived by 3 daughters Lorie (Joe) Ebert, Bev (Jeff Sawczyszyn) VanTreese and Nancy (John) Harrington; 3 sons Ronnie Cline, Eric (Chantel) Cline and Cory (Missy) Allen; 2 sisters Betty (Miguel) Hernandez, and Linda (Paul) Barker; a brother Jerry (Eileen) Middaugh; 22 grandchildren Shayna, Hailee, Sydney, Jacob, Veronica, Liam, Kasey, Kelsey, Danika, Zachary, Kevin, Liana, Jamie, Kylee, Jackson, Toryn, Jacobe, Adam, Lillian, Lauryn, Mehgan and JC; great grandchildren Audrey and Blake; several nieces and nephews.

Debbie was predeceased by her parents Thomas and Audrey and her sister Pricilla Perkins.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 27, from 6 to 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons funeral Home in Wellsville at which time her funeral service with be held with Reverend Diane Cox presiding. Burial will talk place in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont and memorials in Debbie’s name may be made to the Autism Society by visiting Autism-Society.org. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Gerald L. “Pee Wee” Keech Sr,

Allentown, NY - Gerald L. “Pee Wee” Keech Sr, age 67, of State Route 417 passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 7, 1947 to Charles and Lena Dorothy Stoddard Keech. He was married to Debra Slocum Keech of Franklinville who survives. 

Pee Wee grew up in Richburg and attended both Richburg and Bolivar Schools. He had worked for the former Friendship Foundry and later for various saw mills in the area. He enjoyed painting pictures, fishing, horses and motor cycles. Pee Wee also enjoyed working on cars and racing stock cars at Drum Raceway in Allentown.

Pee Wee is survived by a son Gerald “Gerry” Keech Jr. of Allentown; a grandson Gerald “J.J.” Keech III of Allentown; a brother Harold (Stephine) Keech of Friendship; 2 sisters Luella Keech Robbins of Bath and Darlene (Mike) Metatos of Angelica; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Charles and Lena Dorothy Stoddard Keech as well as 2 brothers Charles “Junior” Keech and Raymond Keech.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 28, from 1 to 3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville at which time his funeral service will be held. Burial will take place in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar and memorials in his name may be made to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.