Thursday, June 23, 2016

Floyd Mallory

Wellsville, NY - Floyd Mallory, age 95, of Florida Avenue passed away on Wednesday June 22, 2016 at the Bath V. A. Center in Bath, New York. He was born on January 18, 1921 in Mellenville to Roy and Mary Robbins Mallory. On November 23, 1946 in Wellsville he married Doris Swarthout who survives him.

Floyd was a longtime resident of Wellsville who joined the United States Marine Corps in 1940. He proudly served with the First Marine Division in the Pacific Theater participating in the landings on Tuagi, Guadal Canal, Cape Gloucaster and Peleliu. He was awarded the Purple Heart and when he left the service he had earned the rank of Sargent. Floyd worked for the former Wellsville Burial Case and later worked for Air Preheater as a machinist from where he retired in 1987 after 37 years. In his earlier years Floyd enjoyed riding motorcycles and later took up flying his own air planes from the Wellsville Air Port. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry, helping his family and being with them. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702 and the First Trinity Lutheran Church both of Wellsville.

Surviving besides his wife Doris are 2 sons, Glenn [Debra] Mallory of Grand Junction, CO., Roger [Pat George] Mallory of Wellsville; 2 daughters, Peggy Stallworth of Mumford and Mary [Kelly] Monroe of Wellsville; 4 grandchildren.

Floyd was predeceased by his parents and his 2 sisters, Dorothy and Alice.

There will be no prior visitation with a memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. Memorials in Floyd’s name may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Robert L. Chaffee

Wellsville, NY - Robert L. Chaffee, 78, of 263 South Main Street, passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital with his family at his side. He was born October 30, 1937 in Olean, the son of the late DeForest and Rose Anne (Jones) Chaffee. On June 21, 1958 in Olean he Married Lorraine Lindamer who survives.

Bob was raised in Portville and was a 1955 graduate of Portville High School. He graduated from Alfred State College in 1957. He received a bachelor’s degree from Alfred University in 1975 and became a licensed Professional Engineer. He was employed at Clark Brothers in Olean from 1957 to 1964 and C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville from 1974 to 1979. In 1979 he founded Chaffee Engineering and operated his company until 1989, when he accepted the position of Director of Public Works for the Village of Wellsville. He retired in 2003. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and a life member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company # 3. He was the founder of the Wellsville Whittlers Club, a member of the Southwestern Carving Club and was a member of the Allegany Artisans from its inception. He was a member of the Village of Wellsville Planning Board, the Zoning Review Board and was instrumental in the Village of Wellsville receiving the Tree City USA designation. He was a former Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball coach.

Surviving in addition to his wife are five children, Jolene (George) Cretekos of Farmington, Mark (Bonnie) Chaffee of Ferrisburgh, VT, Steve Chaffee of Wellsville, Ann Davidson of Mendon, and Michael (Tammy) Chaffee of Wellsville, a daughter-in-law, Shelley Chaffee, 11 grandchildren, James Cretekos, Terry Cretekos, Kelsey Chaffee, Ashley (Adam) Harriger, Laura Chaffee, Jordan Davidson, Madison Davidson, Jack Davidson, Dakota Chaffee, Mikala Chaffee and Noah Chaffee, one great granddaughter, Amelia Harriger, four step grandchildren, Mandy York, Hilary (Senesac) Becker, Hayden Senesac and Harrison Senesac, a brother, Donald (Linda) Chaffee of Newington, CT, a sister, Janet (Jerry) Emerson of Rew, PA, as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William Chaffee.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 16th at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Anna C. Babcock

Wellsville, NY - Anna C. Babcock, 101, formerly of 15 Hamilton Street passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016 at Highland Park Healthcare Center following a brief illness. She was born February 12, 1915 in Silver Springs, NY the daughter of Michael Kovka and Anna (Kicza) Cook. On January 8, 1938 in Portageville she married William Babcock who predeceased her on September 4, 1984.

Anna was a 1935 graduate of Geneseo Normal School. She moved to Wellsville in 1946 where she and Bill owned and operated the Wellsville Dry Cleaners for many years. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, traveling with the senior citizens. She has resided at Manor Hills for the past four years.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Gail Moynihan and her husband Michael, Sally Faugh and her husband Ronald, J. Michael Cook and his wife Gail, Brian Cook, Kathy Cook and her husband Mark, Alan Cook and Craig Cook, 10 great nieces and nephews, one great-great niece and a sister-in-law, Lois Nunweiler. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a sister, Mary Goff, two brothers, Frank and Michael Cook and a niece.

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery in Portageville. Please consider memorial donation to the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company # 3 or the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfunerlahome.com.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Raymond L. Keenan Jr.



Belmont, NY - Raymond L. Keenan Jr. passed away this spring, 2016, at the age of 77 years. 


Ray was born in Warsaw, N.Y., raised in Belmont, N.Y. and graduated from what was then Belmont Central High School in 1955. He received his B.A. in history from St Bonaventure University where he graduated with honors and was also in ROTC.  Following graduation, Ray served a four year tour of duty in the Army while stationed in Korea and Germany. Following his discharge and a year of travel in Europe and Asia he returned to New York and taught Junior High School for a year and a half in Scio N.Y. Ray then moved to California to spend two summer sessions at Stanford studying the Chinese language. He next transferred to San Francisco State University where he used his natural interest in linguistics and word origins to earn an M.A. Degree with a major in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).  Ray's adventures in teaching abroad began in 1972 when he flew to Tokyo, Japan, to work at an English Language Specialty School.  He also became a part time English instructor at Waseda University.  Ray went on to teach for 37 years, retiring from the English Specialty School in 2004 and Waseda University in 2007.  Following a five year retirement period in Tokyo, Ray returned to California due to poor health and was cared for by his brother, Francis "Skip" Keenan, for a two and one half year period before his death due to cancer this spring.  

Ray was a scholar with a special interest in history and classical music.  He traveled throughout the world, but especially in Asia.  Ray was regarded as a true Renaissance man by all who knew him.

Ray is survived by his brothers, Francis "Skip" Keenan of Tehachapi, California, and Richard Keenan of Valencia, California, sister, Linda McCann of Rochester, NY, and various nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Raymond and Alice Keenan of Belmont, NY. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 11:00 am at Holy Family Church (formerly St. Mary's) in Belmont, NY. Interment with military honors, will follow at St Mary's Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Wilbur M. Button

Olean, NY - Wilbur M. Button, age 63, of 429 9th Street passed away on June 5, 2016 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born on September 8, 1952 to Wilbur and Thelma Rice Button Sr. On March 12, 1993 in Bolivar he married Susan Kelly who survives.

Wilbur was a lifelong resident of the area who had moved to Olean in 2015 and had attended the Gospel Fellowship Church in Belmont. He enjoyed watching cowboy movies, playing the guitar and listening to country music including Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.

Survivors include his wife of Olean and her children and grandchildren; 3 brothers, Robert Button of Wellsboro, PA., Leon David (Pat) Button of Bolivar and Stanley (Sue) Button of Richburg; 5 sisters, Bertha Button of Galton, PA., Susan (George) Benson of Almond, Judy (Chuck) Heap of Tennessee, Marie (Larry) Green of Fulton and Janet (Greg) Jackson of Shinglehouse, PA.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wilbur was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Eugene Button.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 10 am to 11 am at the Gospel Fellowship Church at 4996 Hood Road in Belmont. His funeral service will be held at 11 am with Pastor Patrick Lyons presiding. Burial will take place in Knights Creek Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Arlene M. Palmer

Wellsville, NY - Arlene M. Palmer, age 56, of Second Street passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. She was born on February 26, 1960 in Lusk, Wyoming to Robert and Sammie Bayne Scott.

Arlene grew up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska where she graduated from Scottsbluff High School in 1978. In 1990 she move to Belmont and began working for Tractor Supply in Wellsville where she eventually became the Manager. Arlene enjoyed cooking, baking, being outside and spending time with her loved ones.

Arlene is survived by a son Timothy Scott (Roxanne Clark) Brunner of Lincoln, Nebraska;  a daughter Arieanna Palmer of Rochester; two brothers, Robert (Linda) Scott of Windsor, Colorado and Shane Scott of Casper, Wyoming; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Arlene was predeceased by her parents; a brother Kevin Scott and a sister Kelly Scott Rose.

A family service will be held June 26, 2016 at 11am at the Scott Family Ranch in Lusk, Wyoming. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Leonard A. (“Lenny”) Lewis


Wellsville, NY - Leonard A. (“Lenny”) Lewis, 90, of 4200 Fassett Lane,passed away unexpectedly on June 1, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.  Lenny was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather; a loyal friend to many; a proud World War II Navy veteran; a talented carpenter, and an avid motorcycle, electronics, and gadgets enthusiast. He was also an active and giving member of his community all of his life, honored just two days before his passing as the Grand Marshal of the Memorial Day Parade in Wellsville.

The son of Leonard Leroy Lewis and Lucy Mae (Johnston) Lewis, Lenny was born on October 4, 1925, in Nunda, NY. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy as a teen during WWII, Lenny was trained at Sampson Naval Base on Seneca Lake in N.Y., then was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, and served as a ship signalman aboard the seaplane tender, U.S.S. Albemarle, from 1942 to 1945. Lenny spent most of his service at sea – his tours of duty taking him to places such as Reykjavik, Iceland; Trinidad; across the Equator; and through the Panama Canal. After his service, Lenny was a carpenter by trade and attended college. He worked for over 33 years as an Industrial Engineer at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, retiring in 1987.

On December 5, 1944 at the Immaculate Conception Church Rectory in Wellsville, Lenny married the true love of his life, Mary Arlene Burns, whom he met at the Funland Roller Skating Rink when they were teens. The couple settled in Wellsville. They had two children, both born in Wellsville – a son, Thomas James Lewis, who predeceased them on July 25, 1991, and a daughter, Connie Ann Lewis. After celebrating 65 years of marriage, Mary predeceased her husband on August 25, 2010. A testament to their love is that Lenny visited his wife’s grave and kept a candle lit there every day in her memory from the day of her death until his own death 6 years later.

Surviving family members are: sister, Jean Hibbard (Robert) of Whitney Point, NY; daughter, Connie Ann (Lewis) Kirk (Kenneth) of Corning, NY; daughter-in-law, Connie A. (Russell) Lewis of Scio, NY; grandchildren: Benjamin Lewis Kirk (Emily Nester); Johnathan Patrick Kirk; Andrew Scott Lewis; Christopher Todd Lewis; and Sarah Elizabeth Wyre; great-grandchildren: Hunter Lewis and Jaxson Wyre; niece, Marcella Sweet; and several other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Throughout his long life, Lenny was a leader and active member of several civic, professional, and veteran organizations. These included but are not limited to: Post 702 of the American Legion; former Chaplain of the American Legion Riders Club in Wellsville; VFW; the Patriot Guard; Society of Manufacturing Engineers; Officer of Kiwanis Club; volunteer firefighter with the McEwen Fire Department; 32nd Degree of Freemasonry; and a participant in various bowling and golfing leagues. Lenny, who volunteered many times to visit veterans in hospitals and in other related projects, was honored by the local American Legion post when he was asked to place a wreath in their name at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. in 2013.

In his later years, Lenny was known for his sole caretaking of his wife who was ill for 6 years; his continued devotion to her after her passing; his vitality and clear enjoyment of riding his motorcycle around town and the countryside on into his 90s; his warm, friendly, and welcoming spirit to everyone he met; and the deep enjoyment, pride, and love he had for his family.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, June 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville followed by an Honor Guard and burial service at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville and a luncheon at the American Legion. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in Lenny’s name are welcome to give to the American Legion Riders, Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street, Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.