Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Joanne B. Mason

Belmont, NY - Joanne B. Mason, 84, of 5121 State Route 244, passed away on July 18, 2016 at Highland Park Healthcare Center following a long illness. She was born March 28, 1932 in Belmont, the daughter of the late Lyle and Helen (Cartwright) Benjamin. On December 21, 1957 in Binghamton, she married S. Douglas Mason who predeceased her on January 30, 2004.

Joanne was a 1949 graduate of Belmont Central School, and went on to pursue a degree in elementary education from Baptist Bible Seminary and later received a master’s degree from State University of New York at Cortland. She taught school in the Binghamton area, where she met and married Doug. The couple relocated to Merritt Island, Florida, where Joanne taught at the Mila Elementary School for over 40 years, retiring in 1997. She was often remembered as their favorite teacher by several of her students. Joanne moved back to Belmont in the fall of 2006. She enjoyed music, playing the piano and organ, and she especially enjoyed her beloved dogs. She was an active member of the Belmont First Baptist Church.

She is survived by a brother, Richard L. Benjamin, a sister-in-law, Shirley Benjamin, a sister, Bernita Comstock, all of Belmont, and several nieces & nephews and their families.

She was predeceased in addition to her husband and parents by three sisters, Esther Hammond, Phyllis Benjamin and Elaine Jewell, one brother, Harold “Keith” Benjamin, two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Hammond and George Jewell and one sister-in-law, Betty Benjamin.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Monday, July 25th at 3:00 pm at the Belmont First Baptist Church. A meal will follow the service. Burial will be in the Kattelville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

James Michael Hennessy

Wellsville, NY - James Michael Hennessy, 62, of Rowlett, TX, passed away on Friday, July 1, 2016 following a long illness. He was born February 28, 1954, in Wellsville, NY, the eldest (and bossiest) son of James M. and Mary Ellen (Driscoll) Hennessy.
                                                                                                              After growing tired of the frigid western New York winters, Jim moved south to Rowlett, TX. For several years he worked as a hospital administrator where he put his assertive nature and loud voice to good use. Later in life, he greatly helped his wife by managing her medical practice. He was a wonderful and caring father, always making sure to watch after his daughter so that he would never miss an opportunity to embarrass her in front of her friends. Jim was an avid reader of non-fiction and enjoyed annoying his wife and daughter with his repeated viewings of World War II programs on the History Channel. Despite his brash personality, Jim was a very caring soul. He was always the first one to lend a hand, offer a ride, or cook a meal when needed. His thoughtfulness will be greatly missed.

James is survived by his wife: Suzanne Smith of Rowlett, TX; daughter: Kathryn Hennessy of Irving, TX; brothers: Joseph (Laurie) Hennessy, Timothy (Patti) Hennessy and Michael (Ann Marie) Hennessy all of Wellsville, and Daniel (Kathleen) Hennessy of Jamestown, NY, as well as various nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles, and aunts. He was preceded in death by his parents and Brother, Patrick Hennessy.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Saturday, July 9, 2016 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am Saturday, following the visitation. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School or the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Leslie Joseph White

Wellsville, NY - Leslie Joseph White, age 59, of 230 North Main Street passed away on Friday July 1, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on January 12, 1957 at Mercy Hospital in Orchard Parkto Leon and Freda Goodwin White.

Leslie had been a former resident of Texas, where he worked in the oil fields, and North Carolina before returning to Wellsville. He enjoyed socializing with his friends over coffee and riding in Cars.

Leslie is survived by his significant other, Joy Sawdey of Wellsville; several children and grandchildren of North Carolina; his biological father, Leon White Sr. of Eldred, PA., 2 sisters, Linda Yaras of Emporium, PA., and Della Mulvey of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.

Leslie was predeceased his mother Freda and his step father Daniel Mulvey; 3 sisters, Luella, Lucy and Lila White; 2 brothers, Leon White Jr and Fred White.

A private burial will take place in Austin, Pennsylvania at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Leslie’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Barbara Layfield

Rochester, NY / Wellsville, NY - Barbara Layfield, age76, of the Stannards Road passed away on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. Barb was born on February 27, 1940 in Wellsville to Nelson A. and Gladys Harder Bierman.

Barb was a longtime resident of the Wellsville Area who moved to Webster to live with her sister. She graduated from Wellsville High as the Salutatorian of her class. Barb graduated from both Alfred State College and Empire State College with honors. She worked for the former First Trust Bank in Wellsville, for a time in Olean, prepared business tax returns and retired from Allegany ARC in 2011. Barb enjoyed researching ancestry, sewing clothing, reading and word search puzzles. She was a member and past treasurer of the DAR of this area and the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville.

Barb is survived by her beloved dog, “Honey”, her sister Carol (Ken) Prautzsch of Webster and many cousins throughout the country.

Barb was predeceased by her parents, Nelson and Gladys.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, July 1, 2016, from 10 to 11 am at the First United Methodist Church on Maple Avenue in Wellsville where her funeral service will take place at 11 am. Reverend Greg DeSalvator will preside and burial will take place in York’s Corners Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider donations the either the First United Methodist Church or to the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneral home.com.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Lawrence Richard Vossler

Wellsville, NY - Lawrence Richard Vossler, 86, of 76 Hills Street was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, June 25, 2016 with his family at his side. He was born November 30, 1929 in Wellsville, the son of the late Karl B. and Bertha (Brandes) Vossler. On August 30, 1958 in Amherst, he married Margery Louise Brand who survives.

Larry was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School and graduated from SUNY Alfred in 1981 with an AAS Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was first employed on the family dairy farm, in partnership with his father and brother Don. He later worked for Dresser-Rand in Wellsville from 1968 until he retired in 1993. He was a lifelong member of First Trinity Lutheran Church where he was an active member of the Couples Club, Choir, Board of Elders, and Men’s Club. He served as a Councilman on the Wellsville Town Board from 1973 to 1989, he was a member the Allegany County Fair Board and served as a Director from 1995 to 2009, a member of the Belmont and Wellsville Rotary Clubs, and was a merit badge counselor and troop committee member while his boys were members of the Boy Scout Troop 705.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 57 years are three children, Rev. Dr. L. Richard Vossler Jr. and his wife Coralyn of Livingston, NJ, Terry E. Vossler and wife Janet of Butler, PA and Karl S. Vossler and his wife Lori of Purcellville, VA, nine grandchildren, Christopher and Amy Vossler, Benjamin Vossler, Sara Vossler, Christopher and Shannon Schroeder, Heather and Maxwell Muska, Matthew and Sarah Schroeder, Katrina Vossler, Michael Vossler, and Elizabeth Vossler, three great grandchildren, Juliette Schroeder, Zachariah Schroeder, and Harper Muska. One sister, Marilyn V. Palmer and her husband Jack of Avon Park, FL, a brother-in-law, Peter T. Brand of Hamburg, as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter K. and Florence Vossler and Donald W. and Janice Vossler, along with a sister-in-law, Dorothy Brand.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 10:00 am till noon at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 North Main Street in Wellsville. A memorial service with follow the visitation at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, the Hart Comfort House, or the American Diabetes Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

John Joseph Cosgrove Jr. (“Jack”, J.J.)



Wellsville, NY - At 11:00 pm on Friday, June 24th, 2016, John Joseph Cosgrove Jr. (“Jack”, J.J.) succumbed to a long and arduous battle with both malignant melanoma and kidney cancer.  He was surrounded by family in the comfort of his daughter’s home in Buffalo N.Y, where he has been a resident for the past three months.


John was born on December 4th, 1943 in Buffalo, N.Y. to John J. Cosgrove Sr. and Mary G. R. Ayers.  He graduated from Bishop Timon High School in 1962 and then was an active member of in the U. S. Navy from 1962-1966.  He also attended The University of Buffalo and Alfred State College.  John graduated from the N.Y.S. Police Academy in 1967 and after serving 31 years as a N.Y.S. Trooper, he retired in 1998.  During his career, he mentored many new troopers.

On August 23rd, 1969, John married Carol E. Potter of Wellsville, N.Y. at St. Bonaventure University Chapel, in Olean, NY.

In addition to being a police officer, John also worked at the Wellsville Post Office, as a transport operator for Scio Central School and Randolph Academy, and he also worked as staff at Randolph Academy and On-Site Technical Services.  John was an active volunteer in the community.  He volunteered at the Immaculate Conception School/Church where he was a devout parishioner, he assisted at the Hart Bros. and Sons Memorials, he was a supporter of Wellsville High School Athletics and the Wellsville Women’s Slo-Pitch League. John and Carol were also the foster parents of 18 children in the community over the years.  They also had many “Rent-A-Kids.”
His hobbies included reading, building military model airplanes, and spending as much time with his family and grandchildren as possible.  He was a member of A.A.S.T., The American Legion, The Loyal Order of the Moose, the N.R.A., The V.F.W., and the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club.

He was predeceased by nephew Patrick A. Stanton, parents Mary and John Cosgrove Sr., and father-in-law Richard B. Potter.

John is survived by wife Carol, daughters Christine (Don) Marchese, Renee (Matthew) Menegay, Mary B. Cosgrove, Angela Cosgrove (Lonny Leffler), Molly (Arthur) Reed, son John R. Cosgrove, and 7 grandchildren, Jordin C. E. Stein, Trevor J. Marchese, Ian J. Reed, Christian D. Reed, Brendan C. Menegay, Gabriella C. Reed, and Anna E. Reed, also by siblings, Carol (Bob) Connors, Eleanor (John) Stanton, Colleen (David) Braun, and Dr. William (Dorothy) Cosgrove, mother-in-law Gladys D. Potter, sister-in-law Lisa Lewis, brother’s-in-law Richard (Sonny) Potter, Duane Potter, and Harvey Potter and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 29th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons F.H. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Thursday in the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville.

In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of John to the scholarship program of A.A.S.T. (American Association of State Troopers web address: www.statetroopers.org), The Hart Comfort House, The David A. Howe Public Library or any charity of your choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

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.