Friday, July 17, 2015

Roberta H. Corcoran

Wellsville, NY - Roberta H. Corcoran of North Franklin Street passed away on March 1, 2015 at the Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville. She was born on June 30, 1931 in El Paso, Texas to Robert and Mildred Bartlett.

Roberta graduated from Wellsville High School in 1948. She worked for W.T. Grant in Wellsville as the head of their credit department. She later retired in 1993 from the Department of Motor Vehicles in Belmont as the Supervisor after over 20 years of service. Roberta was a founding member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She was a dedicated member who would also do the blood runs to Hornell when there was a need after an accident. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary who made and sold jams and jellies at the annual Country Fair and continued to support the Hospital thru her Relay for Life team named Grannie’s Gang. Roberta’s passion was writing and was a founding member of the Creative Writers of the Southern Tier. She wrote poetry, plays and personal narrative essays.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Roberta (Joseph) Corcoran Andrasik of Fredonia and Kathleen Corcoran of Everett, Washington; a son James Corcoran of Wellsville; 3 brothers, Richard Bartlett of Wellsville, Ronald (Lori) Bartlett of North Carolina and Raymond (Shirley) Bartlett of Ontario, Canada; 2 sisters, Mildred Hannigan of Wellsville and Barbara Weatherell of Friendship; several nieces and nephews.

Roberta was predeceased by a son Edward Corcoran; a daughter Teresa Decker and a brother, Roger Bartlett.

A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Walter “Mickey” Martelle

Wellsville, NY - Walter “Mickey” Martelle, who appreciated – and told – a good story, reached the end of his own on Thursday, July 9, 2015, following a lengthy illness and just weeks after his 80th birthday.

A native of Portland, Maine, Mickey liked to boast of having been “the best third baseman Cheverus High School ever had,” a claim offered without evidence, but with firm conviction. The son of a newspaperman (Walter E. Martelle) and a kindergarten teacher (Geraldine Carlson Martelle), Mickey worked as a linotype operator and then a reporter for the Portland Press Herald and, after moving his young family to Wellsville in 1965, as managing editor of the Wellsville Daily Reporter.

By 1968, Mickey was working as community relations director for the Air Preheater Co. In later years, he ran the Right Now Printing shop on North Main Street, and was executive director of the Allegany County Industrial Development Agency. An active Republican, he served as a Wellsville town justice of the peace and through his political and communications work, Mickey was key to the creation of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Wellsville Municipal Airport, and directed numerous economic development projects that created or saved scores of private-sector jobs across the county.

An avid gardener, Mickey co-founded the Saturday Morning Garden Club, which created and, for a time, operated the now-defunct Community Gardens on Chamberlain Street. He also organized the short-lived Gabby Hayes Days celebration in Wellsville and founded and directed the Wellsville Performing Arts Committee, which brought to Wellsville such major talents as singer William Warfield, the Romero Guitar Quartet, the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, and a wide range of jazz performers. He also was a longtime member of the Wee Players theater troupe in Alfred, and regularly delivered his “world-famous lobster talk” before local civic groups.

In a long life of hobbies, Mickey raced dirt-track stock cars, was a trained lifeguard, played tennis, hunted (rarely with success), and occasionally cooked (with slightly more success – ask one of his children about the time he barbecued chicken until it was charred to the bone).  An avid ship modeler, Mickey served with great pride as a director of the Nautical Research Guild, through which he organized annual conferences around the country. In his retirement, Mickey decided to satisfy a lifelong interest in the drums, which he played with more vigor than skill and to the strained amusement of his wife, Dorothy, who, unlike Mickey, does indeed have musical talent.

As his life neared its end, Mickey was closely supported by son Dan and his wife, Karen, and grandchildren Katie and Chris Martelle, who survive, as does Dorothy; Mickey’s passing came just three weeks before their 61st wedding anniversary. Mickey also is survived by children Scott (Margaret) Martelle of Irvine, Ca., Lisa (Joe) Harvey of Pasadena, Md., Craig (Tammy) Martelle of Conestoga, Pa., and Jen (Steve) Heicklen of Medford Lakes, N.J, sister-in-law Frances Coggins of Portland and brother-in-law George Morgan of Gorham; 19 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, a passel of nieces and nephews, his cousin Linda Fox of Chicago, and longtime friends Jean Richmond, Sylvia Masin and enough others to populate a good-sized village. He was predeceased by a son, Michael, and his brother, Bruce.

Visitation will be Monday, July 13, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, immediately followed by a brief memorial service.  In lieu of gifts, the family recommends you tell someone a good Mickey story, and perhaps make a donation in his name to the David A. Howe Public Library (155 N. Main St., Wellsville, N.Y., 14895), of which Mickey was a regular and long-time patron.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Maureen Ann Zenoski

Belmont, NY - Maureen Ann Zenoski, 75, of 2 Middaugh Street, passed away on July 6, 2015, surrounded by family at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on January 26, 1940, in Cuba, the daughter of the late Victor, and Teresa (Walsh) Monroe and Hilda (Frantz) Monroe who raised Maureen after her birth mother, Teresa, passed away. On May 20, 1961 she married the love of her life, Donald Zenoski, who predeceased her on September 20, 2004 after 43 years of marriage.

Maureen was a stay at home mom until her children were all in school. She was later employed at Suburban Propane, in Belmont, for 13 years and Nicholson Pharmacy, in Belmont, for 13 years, until her retirement in 1997. She and Don spent many years after retirement wintering in Myrtle Beach. There they formed many wonderful memories, made many new friends and always loved to have family and friends visit. Maureen enjoyed her beautiful flowers, a bright sunny morning, a winter snow storm, the smell of spring and the glorious God-given colors of fall. She was a communicant and served as a Eucharistic Minister at the Holy Family Parish (formerly St. Mary's) in Belmont. She belonged to the Altar Society and was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Lilac Twig. She and Don took many trips to visit their children and families in Colorado, Washington State, Ohio and North Carolina. She never missed an event for her children or grandchildren. There never was a better baseball, basketball, volleyball or soccer fan. She enjoyed cooking, making country crafts with Don and loved family gatherings, especially at the holidays.

Maureen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and is survived by five children, Jeffery (Christa) Zenoski of Belmont, Timothy (Kari) Zenoski of Bloomfield, Kelli Bartlett of Washington Courthouse, Ohio, Mark (Tammy) Zenoski of Waxhaw, NC, Joseph Zenoski of Hickory, NC, and a daughter-in-law, Stacey Zenoski of Denver, NC. Maureen is also survived by her 10 wonderful grandchildren including, Brennon, Allea, Riley, Madison, Katie, Emily, Ian, Anna, Maryn and Emma, a brother, Terry (Barb) Monroe of Loveland, CO and a sister-in-law, Leah Monroe of Renton, WA, several nieces and nephews, a devoted sister-in-law, Toni Witter, and a loyal friend and neighbor, James Kane. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by her brother, Ronald Monroe.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 9th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 10th at 11:00 am at Holy Family Church, 5 Milton Street in Belmont. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wilmont Cancer Center, % Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Robert W. Merrick

Wellsville, NY - Robert W. Merrick, 83, a former resident of 395 S. Main Street passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center. He was born November, 26, 1931 in Wellsville, the son of Phillip and Katherine (Hanchett) Merrick.

Bob was a 42 year employee of C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville. He was a 50 year member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601 and a social member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702.

He is survived by three daughters, Laurie Gross and her husband Duane, Kathy Goodnoe, and Michelle Gooch, one son, Mitchell Merrick, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville with Rev. Carol Schweigart presiding. The family suggest memorials donations be made to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Fred C. White

Wellsville, NY - Fred C. White, 57, of 3463 County Road 28, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2015, at home, with his family at his side. He was born May 4, 1958 in Cuba. On July 22, 1979 in Perryton, Texas he married Alice M. Gaines who survives.

Fred was a 1977 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was employed by Wellsville Central School during his high school years and for the Town of Wellsville in the summer months. He moved to Perryton, TX in 1978 to work in the oil fields; and returned to Wellsville in 1985. He later worked for Air Preheater Company in Wellsville. He attended Yorks Corners Mennonite Church. He loved nature, animals, flowers, birds and making children laugh.

Surviving in addition to his wife Alice, is one daughter, Tiffany (Timothy) Brechbill of Rocky Mount, NC, two sons, Daniel (Heidi) White of Palo Alto, CA and Dustin (Julie Eldridge) White of Wellsville, three grandchildren, Timothy and Naomi Brechbill and Chase White, one brother, Leslie White of Wellsville, a sister, Linda Yaras of Austin, PA, as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his mother, Freda (Goodwin) White Mulvey in 1987, one brother, Leon White Jr., and three sisters, Luella, Lucy, Lila White all in 1960.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, June 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville and on Tuesday, June 30th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm Tuesday at the Church. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Austin, PA. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or Penn-York Camp in Ulysses, PA. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Friday, June 26, 2015

William P. “Bill” Davenport

Scio, NY - The Lord above was given the wonderful soul of William P. “Bill” Davenport on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Bill passed at the University of Rochester medical Center with his family at his side. He was born July 13, 1939 in Belmont to the late Volney and Thelma (Stryker) Davenport. On October 1, 1966 in Hornell he married Susan Woodworth who survives.

 Bill was a 1958 graduate of Scio Central High School. He was employed for many years by the Burnes Dairy Farm in Hornell. He later moved his family to Texas to work for L.H. Builders as a carpenter. In 1991, with his wife and youngest daughter, he moved back to Scio. For several years he worked as a carpenter on several remodeling jobs, including, Rub-A-Dub Laundry, Hellenbac Apartments, Giant Food Mart and the Texas Hot Restaurant; he retired in 2000. Bill loved to hunt, fish and to be home with his family. He was a wonderful, loud, abrasive and wise cracking; yet caring person. When he loved something he did it with all his heart. Bill actively donated to charities each month. He will be fondly remembered by the wonderful people at Rite Aid, Steuben Trust and Highland Health Care Center.

Bill was close to all of his family; surviving in addition to his wife “SuzyQ”; is one son William P. (Cynthia) Davenport Jr. of Lockhart, Texas, two daughters, Andrea (Jay) O’Brien of New Memphis, Illinois and Julia Davenport of Scio, seven grandchildren, one great granddaughter, one brother, Volney Davenport Sr., of Scio; three sisters, Thelma Sadler of Friendship, Marion Rounds of Scio and Waneta Barr of Scio, three, sister-in-laws, Brenda Fredereksen, Mary Kay Van Skiver and Kimberlee Fitzgerald, special long time friends, Kenneth Bohm and the Miles Francisco family, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a sister, Kathryn Davenport, two brothers, Henry and Frank Davenport, a sister-in-law, Mary Davenport, a brother in law Donald Van Skiver and his father and mother-in-law, Seymor and Julia Woodworth.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville, and on Thursday, July 2nd from 11:00am to 1:00 pm at the Crosstown Alliance Church, 450 Highland Avenue in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm in church with Rev. Jeremy Gorham presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Memorial donations can be made to Allegany ARC, The M.S. Foundation or the Crosstown Alliance Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Gary Michael Hunt

Wellsville, NY - Gary Michael Hunt, 65, of 75 Johnson Street passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born May 3, 1950 in Wellsville the son of Ramond and Sylvia (Hurd) Hunt.

Gary drove a cab for ABC Cab Company in Wellsville for many years. He was an artist and has displayed his paintings at various locations in the Wellsville area. He was a former member of the Allegany Arts Association and was a loving caregiver to several friends and family over the years.  

He is survived by his mother of Wellsville, his step-mother, Linda Hunt (David) Boundy of Wellsville, two sisters, Kimberly (Dennis) Herr of Wellsville and Kathy Wittie of Andover, a step-sister, Darcy (Carson) Shutt of Galton, PA, four nieces & nephews, Brandon and Kristine Herr, Kyle (Stephanie) Wittie, and Kolton Wittie, a great niece, Kinsley Wittie, two step nephews, Ethan and Max Lanphere, and the children of Eva Willets; Brian, Laura, Cindy and Alice and their families. He was predeceased by his father, Ramond, a step-brother, Lars Lanphere, a brother-in-law, Karl “Knub” Wittie and his long time loving companion, Eva Willets.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow the visitation at 1:00 pm Friday in the funeral home with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.