Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Virginia Fay Wagner

Cuba, NY - Virginia Fay Wagner, 71, of 5 Chapel Street passed away on Monday, March 02, 2015 at the home of her son in Wellsville, with her family at her side. She was born July 5, 1943 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Lawrence S. and Aileen (Fay) Button. On March 9, 1969 in Wellsville she married George E. Wagner who survives.

Virginia was a former resident of Wellsville and a 1962 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church and an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Fun Fair Committee. She was also a very active with the Boy Scouts of America for many years. On February 17, 1973 Virginia and George renewed their wedding vows at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.

A devoted wife and mother; Virginia is survived in addition to her husband by one son, Joseph M. Wagner of Wellsville, two granddaughters, Chelsea Rochelle Wagner and Ella Katherine Hill, one brother, James A. (Lori) Button of Wellsville, one niece, two nephews, one great niece and two great nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Howard L. Rosema

Penn Yan, NY - Howard L. Rosema, 66, of 1482 Route 14A passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 shortly after arrival at Soldiers & Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan. He was born September 20, 1948 in Geneva, Illinois, the son of Howard W. and Rosa L. (Mick) Rosema.

Howard was a graduate of Broadmoor Senior High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He joined the U. S. Navy on September 21, 1967 and served as a ship’s cook with Attack Squadron Sixty Six until his discharge on July 1, 1971. He then served with the U. S. Naval Reserve until May 17, 1973. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Navy Unit Commendation Medal for his military service. Howard was a former resident of Manor Hills in Wellsville and will be remembered for Peaceful and loving personality. Howard enjoyed traveling and playing his guitar.   

A graveside service is being planned for a later date at Bath National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Manor Hills Activities Fund or the Penn Yan United Methodist Church % Pastor Jeff Childs. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Richard "Dick" T. Edwards

Wellsville, NY - Richard "Dick" T. Edwards, age 82, of Williams Avenue passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2015 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. He was born in Elmira on April 2, 1932 the son of Edward and Hazel Sick Edwards. On November 8, 1952 in Wellsville he married Joan Wittmann who predeceased him on November 20, 2002.

Dick was lifelong resident of Wellsville and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1956 Dick began a 40 plus year career with CE Air Preheater as a Sub Assembler. He had been a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. Dick was an active member of the American Legion Post #702, the Moose Lodge #601 and the VF and W Post #2530 all of Wellsville. He was also an active 60 plus year member of the Dyke Street Engine Company where he was the steward and had served the Village of Wellsville as Chief of the Fire Department. Dick loved his family; he especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dick also loved his dog and constant companion for 14 years, Mr. Murphy. He enjoyed fishing at Black Lake with his many friends, sports and the Buffalo Bills. Dick will be remembered as a hard working man who loved a good joke. 

He is survived by a son Michael (Lori) Edwards of Las Vegas, NV.;2 granddaughters Vicki (David) Watkins of Canaseraga and Jaci (Jayson) Colvin of Angola; great grandchildren Emory Watkins and Jordyn Rae Colvin; a sister Edith (Ralph) Ressler of Lancaster; several nieces and nephews.

Dick was predeceased by his parents; his wife Joan; daughter in law Linda "Minnie" Edwards; a great grandson Mason Colvin and his sister Esther Elsenheimer.

Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 1 to 4 pm at which time a military service by the American Legion Post #702 will be held. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Dicks name may be made the SPCA, or the American Cancer Society or to the Wellsville Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit wwwembserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Barbara A. Collins

Belfast, NY - Barbara A. Collins, 80, of 81 South Street died Thursday, February 19, 2015 at home.  She was born on August 12, 1934 in Friendship: the daughter of Hugh Paul and Doris Pearl (Vosburg) Doner. 

On April 9, 1955, she married Donald Collins, who survives. 

Mrs. Collins had worked part-time at the Belfast Lumber Co. and at the Belfast Central School Cafeteria.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Belfast and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 1504 of Belfast. She enjoyed playing bingo and euchre.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her three daughters, Laurie (Wayne) Symonds, Janie (Mike) Harrington and Amber (Jeff) Craig; nine grandchildren, Howard (Heather) Lyon, Kyle (Shannon) Lyon, Casey (Margaret) Symonds, Andrew (Alicia) Symonds, Kristen (Joseph) Burress, Trevin, Corbin, Alexa, and Kira Craig; eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler St. in Belmont. The funeral will follow visitation at 3:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Dennis Mancuso presiding. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Belmont. Memorials may be made to St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church or the American Legion Auxiliary Post 1504. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Laszlo Szabo

Wellsville, NY - Laszlo Szabo, age 91, of Pine Street passed away on Monday February 16, 2015 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville.

Mr. Szabo was born in Nagyer, Hungary on August 6, 1923.  He was the youngest child in a family of seven.  He attended business school in Hungary, enlisted in a military academy, and served in the Hungarian Army.  During World War II, he defended Hungary from the invading Russian Army.  However, the German Army then incorporated the Hungarian Army and used it to spearhead offensives, causing enormous Hungarian casualties.  Laszlo and his group sought out American forces and surrendered to them.  As a POW, Laszlo was chosen to carry a backpack radio, which he carried under fire from the German Army.   He was detained in Munich and was scheduled to return to Hungary by train with other soldiers.  However, Laszlo escaped from the POW camp and avoided the train, which did not go to Hungary but instead went directly to a Siberian gulag for a lifetime of imprisonment.

In Munich, Laszlo found work with the International Refugee Organization in Germany, where he quickly became an officer and distributed supplies to refugee camps.  He married his wife, Yolanda, and developed an opportunity to emigrate to the US through the Church World Service.  In April 1951, Laszlo sailed aboard the U.S.S. Stewart, along with his wife, Yolanda, and two young sons, Zoltan and Emil.  After a brief stay in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he settled in Wellsville and began a 36-year career at Worthington Corporation, now Dresser Rand.  He was a dedicated employee and became President of the Local 1580 I.A.M.

Laszlo served the Wellsville community for half a century.  He coached the VFW Little League for eighteen years.  He was a life member of the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club.  He was active with the Kiwanis Club, Ducks Unlimited, and Trout Unlimited.  He was an avid bowler, fisherman, and hunter.  Most of all, Laszlo was a dedicated husband and caring father.  Laszlo is survived by his wife of 67 years, Yolanda Szabo, and six children - four sons (Zoltan, Emil, William, and James), two daughters (Eva and Kathleen), a special daughter-in-law, Brenda Szabo, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.  Laszlo, we love you and miss you.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 20, 2015, from 4 to 6 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Saturday a prayer service will be held in the Funeral Home at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to either the Hart Comfort House or to the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Roeske

Wellsville, NY - Mildred Roeske, age 95, of 100 Merriam Heights passed away on Tuesday February 10, 2015 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on July 15, 1919 in Wellsville to Floyd and Addie Finch Miller. On October 8, 1937 in Jasper she married Raymond Roeske who predeceased her on March 8, 1974.

Mildred had worked for the Wellsville Central Schools in the cafeteria. She also volunteered her time with the Allegany County Association of the Blind, Jones Memorial and at the Community Center. Mildred spent the last years of her life enjoying a community of friends at 100 Merriam Heights. Best known for her crocheting of afghans, she was an avid reader and enjoyed sharing her baked goods with family and friends. Mildred had been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville and several other community groups.

Mildred is survived by her two sons, Conrad (Dorothy) Roeske of Gloucester, MA and Kevin (Sandy) Roeske of Cattaraugus. She is also survived by a granddaughter Kelly (Dr. Anthony) Chieffalo of Pomfret, CT; and grandsons Brett Roeske of Gloucester, MA; John (Lindsey) Roeske of Norwich, CT; Robert (Amanda) Roeske of Cambridge; several great grandchildren; her sister Edith Miller of Wellsville and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband Mildred was predeceased by 3 brothers Earl, Lawrence and Raymond Miller and her 2 sisters Pauline Mourhess and Bernice Metzgar.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside funeral service on Monday February 23 at 11 am in the Woodlawn Cemetery on South Main Street in Wellsville. The reverend Greg DeSalvator will preside over the service and memorials in Mildred's name may be given to the David A. Howe Library. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

NOTICE: Due to the weather her service has been changed to 11 am in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sara M. "Sally" Rahr

Scio, NY - Sara M. "Sally" Rahr, age 72, of Church Street passed away on Monday, February 9, 2015, in her home. She was born on December 1, 1942 in New Port News, Virginia to Raymond and Betty Shean Hill. On January 17, 1981 in San Bernardino, California she married Charles "Chuck" Rahr who survives and had just celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary.

Sally had lived in Springfield, Missouri and various places in Southern California before moving to Scio in 1998.She graduated from Crafton Hills Community College in Yucaipa, California as a registered dietitian. She worked in many convalescent homes In Southern California as a dietary supervisor. When Sally moved to Scio she became a care giver for many women in the area until her health caused her to retire. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren as well as her many friends and family.

Sally is survived by her husband Chuck; 2 sons, David L. Hill of Crestline, California and Stephen P.(Katie) Freeman of Friendship; 2 daughters, Floydena "Dena" Freeman-McGee of Madison Wisconsin and Stephanie Shelton of Sun City California; a grandson, Silvan Fleming Jr. of Madison Wisconsin; 2 great grandsons, Anthony Broehm and Christopher C. Freeman; as well as many friends and family.

She was predeceased by her parents Raymond and Betty and a great granddaughter Hailey Marie Freeman.

There will be no prior visitation and memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials in Sally's name may be made to the Scio Fire Department and to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.