Friday, February 12, 2016

Sharon L. Cartwright

Belmont, NY - Sharon L. Cartwright, age 63, of 5346 Farr Road, has passed away on Thursday February 11th, 2016 after a short stay at The Hart Comfort House. She was born in Wellsville on September 24, 1952 to Robert A. Abbott Sr and Donna Mae Baker. On April 14, 1972 she married the love of her life James S. Cartwright Sr. who survives.

Sharon was raised in Belmont and graduated from Belmont Central School in 1970 with her State certification from B.O.C.E.S Vocational School for Cosmetology. After school was an employee of Chris's Market; an employee at Motorola of Arcade, NY, for two years; she married her high school sweetheart at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Belmont, NY. From there she was employed at ACME Electric of Cuba, NY; After working at ACME she became a waitress for a short time at the Coffee Mill of Belmont, NY. After Raising two Children she returned to the work force as a bank teller at Key Bank and head teller at Steuben Trust Co. until retirement. After retirement, she became a caretaker of her mother, and had babysat for many children all of which she is very proud, and was the assistant Town Clerk of Belmont under Judy Hurd.

Along with being a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and great aunt, Sharon had been a member of the Eastern Star, was a Blue Star Mother with Robin Green and other friends, a member of the Legion Auxiliary of Troy Post 14 of Troy Pennsylvania, along with the American Legion Riders of Troy Pennsylvania with her husband, son brother and sister in law. 

Sharon volunteered for the March or Dimes. She was a troop leader for the Girl Scouts with her daughter and friend Mrs Yvonne Mills in Georgia while her husband was station there in the U.S. Navy. 

Sharon had many hobbies which include sewing, embroidering, and quilting with her cousin Carol Miller, Pogo games, riding motorcycle with her husband family and friends especially for vacations to see NASCAR races and Rolling Thunder in Washington D.C., sitting on the front porch drinking coffee, spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed her time with horses. 

Sharon was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the left adrenal gland in the summer of 2014. After surgery she was cancer free/in remission for about 6 months. In March of 2015 the cancer started to grow aggressively where she fought this long and painful disease. On February 10, 2016, she was moved to the Hart Comfort House where she was cared for with the presence of family including her husband, son, sister, nephew Kyle and daughter in law Keirsten throughout her stay, and had passed with her loving husband by her side.  

Survivors include her mother Donna Mae (Baker) Abbott of Hornell, NY, 1 Brother Robert A. (Susie) Abbott JR., 1 sister Kim M. (David) Waters , husband James S Cartwright SR., her daughter Michaela M. Cartwright (Chris Vazquez) of Palm Harbor, FL, and her son James S. Cartwright II (Keirsten L. Hoffman) of Belmont, NY; 1 granddaughter Tara Lynn Cartwright as well as several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Sharon was predeceased by her father Robert 'Bob' Abbott, her mother in law Florance E. Slater and father in law James P. Cartwright.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Church Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday at 10:00am at The Holy Family Church in Belmont.

Memorials may be made to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute of Buffalo or to The Hart Comfort House of Wellsville, NY.   Look for photo!!!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Bruce W. Reuning

Wellsville, NY - Bruce W. Reuning, age 89, of 97 East Pearl Street passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Wellsville on April 7, 1926 to Henry J. and Mildred Reuning II. On August 4, 1948 he married the love of his life Virginia “Ginnie” Serio who predeceased him on August 14, 2005.

Bruce was a lifelong resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School in 1944. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII serving as a belly gunner on B 17 flying fortresses. Bruce started working for his family at the former Reuning’s Bakery. When the bakery closed Bruce went to work for a short period of time for Turbodyne and later owned and operated the Sears Catalog store on Main Street. Bruce was a 69 year member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495 where he served as Exalted Ruler, long time secretary and faithful member of the Breakfast Crew. As an Elk Bruce went on to be District Deputy and New York State Vice President. Bruce, at the encouragement of his great friend Jim Cretekos, served a term as Village of Wellsville Trustee, a term as Allegany County Legislator and was an Election Commissioner for Allegany County. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, American Legion Post #702 and the L.O.P.E.s. Bruce will be missed by Gus Rigas and the Group at the morning meetings in the Texas Hot Restaurant and Tuesday Night dinner meetings with Art and Jim. Bruce and Ginnie enjoyed dancing and socializing with their many friends and especially golfing with Dar and Betty Barnes. Bruce was very proud of his German Heritage, the American flag and his Reuning baking tradition has been passed down to his son and grandchildren. Bruce was also proud that he and Jim Cretekos where able to venture to Europe on the Band of Brothers Tour. Bruce was never shy about sharing his opinion, the day before he passed he shared this with his son Tom “you have to make your spice cooks thinner and don’t bake them as long”.

Survivors include his son Thomas (Nancy) Reuning of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren Jennifer, Kevin and Katherine as well as several nieces and nephews.

Bruce was predeceased by his parents, his step mother Ethel, his mother and father in law, Joseph and Josephine Serio, his wife Ginnie, his son James, his brother Jack and his 2 sisters Roberta Rugaber and Mary Ellen Gould Perry.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer Service will be held on Friday at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Memorials may be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital or to the Elks Scholarships or to the David A. Howe Library. Burial with full military honors will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit

Thursday, February 4, 2016

James Herman Newark

Wellsville, NY - James Herman Newark, 96, of 6 Fairview Avenue passed away at home on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. He was born September 3, 1919 in Salamanca, the son of James B. and Iva (Weaver) Newark. On Dec. 27, 1941 in Salamanca he married Angeline “Nellie” Zeznick who predeceased him on May 27, 2008.

“Jim” was a graduate of Salamanca High School. He was a veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 in the South Pacific. He was an Electrician’s Mate First Class aboard the USS Canberra. The Canberra was in 18 major battles and Jim was awarded six Battle Stars, the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Star, Philippine Independence Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was employed by New York Telephone for 33 years; retiring in 1978. He was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, and the Wellsville Lions Club. He was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed Fishing, woodworking and hunting.

He is survived by three sons, James “Chip” (Sara) Newark of Belmont, George (Mary Ann) Newark of Elm Valley and Joseph (Sue Guichard) Newark of Wellsville, two daughters, Barbara (Glenn) Emery of Hallsville, MO and Nancy (Jeff) Orcutt of Cuba, six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Anna Riddle, June Skrok and Marion Pieklo, two brothers, Jack and Burton Newark.

Friends are invited to visit with the family on Sunday, February 7, 2016, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and Monday 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 Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial, with military honors, will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Immaculate Conception School or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cecilia “Cis” Mae (Harmon) Gasdik

Wellsville, NY - Cecilia “Cis” Mae (Harmon) Gasdik, 85, of Wellsville, NY passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, January 31, 2016.   She was born on October 30, 1930 in Gloucester, Massachusetts to Leo William and Gertrude Frances (Roach) Harmon.  On February 6, 1954 at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester, Massachusetts, she married Joseph Gasdik, who predeceased her on 6 December 1983.

Cis graduated from Gloucester High School in 1948 and met her beloved husband of 30 years in Washington D.C., where she worked as a lab technician and medical assistant.  Her husband worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 28 years…an occupation that brought the young couple and their new family to live in some of the world’s most exotic and distant countries.  Their first home was in Hua Hin and Bangkok, Thailand from 1954 to 1956.  After a brief stay in Arlington, VA, they were assigned to live in Cherat, West Pakistan in 1956.  Three years later, they were brought back to Arlington, VA for a few months of debriefing at the CIA.  The young couple, now with four children in tow, were sent for a brief stay in Miami, FL in 1960, where they survived the Category Five Hurricane Donna.  Later in 1960, they were reassigned to live in a little known corner of the world called Saigon, South Vietnam.  In March of 1964, as the Vietnam War continued to escalate, Cis and her six children were evacuated from Saigon.  They went to live with her mother in Cis’ hometown of Gloucester, MA until her husband returned from Saigon later that December.  After a brief stay in Silver Springs, MD the family was transferred to Tehran, Iran in July 1965.  The Gasdik family lived in Tehran for seven years, until July of 1972, when they moved to the United States permanently.  In January of 1973 they moved their family for the last time… to her husband’s hometown of Wellsville, NY.

Cis Gasdik was in every respect and possible expression of the word, a people person.  She was quick to laugh, and friends were truly meant to be cherished and loved for life.  She enjoyed being seated in restaurants where she could have a clear view of all of her friends as they came and left the restaurant.  It usually made for some long dinners in town.  Sundays in the fall were sacred… for watching football; especially her beloved New England Patriots and the Tehran American School Vikings.

While living in Tehran, Cis was known as “The Story Lady” on the Melvin the Clown Show, a children’s show on the AFRTS television network.  She also worked at the ARMISH-MAAG Library at Gulf District, owned and operated a Day Care Center with her long-time friends Delta Mansoor and Mina Sami-Sami.  She was a member of the American Women’s Club and the British Women’s Club in Tehran also.

In Wellsville, she worked as phlebotomist at Jones Memorial Hospital for 19 years.  She was also a member of the Wellsville Lioness Club, the Hemlock Twig, and an officer for the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville Altar and Rosary Society and the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Joseph’s Church in Scio.  She was a passionate bridge player, and above all else, she dearly loved spending time with all of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. 

Cecilia H. Gasdik is survived by her son, Nicholas (Kandis) Gasdik of Provo, UT; daughters Margaret (Paul) Salafia of Andover, MA, Madeleine Gasdik of Wellsville, Patricia Gasdik of Olean, Elizabeth Gasdik Reed of Eldred, PA, and Monti Gasdik (James) Crowley of Olean.  She is also survived by granddaughters Katherine Gasdik of Fredonia and Jocelyn Crowley of Olean; grandsons Lieutenant Patrick Hennessy, USMC,  Joshua Gasdik of Olean, Sean Hennessy of Melbourne, Australia, Luke Hennessy of Olean,  Joseph Reed of Eldred PA; and stepsons Paul (Kelly) Salafia of Andover, MA and David (Laura) Salafia of Newton, MA.  She is also survived by her great grandchildren Aylin Cecilia and Drew Pesicek of Fredonia, Kalem Gasdik of Olean, NY, and great step-grandchildren Sadie Grace, Gus, and Max Salafia of Andover, MA, and Jack and Danny Salafia of Newton, MA. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday (February 5, 2016) from 2-4 and from 7-9PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville.  The Altar and Rosary Society will gather to pray the rosary on Friday at 4PM at the funeral home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY at 11AM on Saturday (February 6, 2016).  Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville.  Memorials can be made to the Jones Memorial Auxiliary or a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Esther Elizabeth Vossler Childs

Wellsville, NY - Esther Elizabeth Vossler Childs, age 82, of Fairview Avenue passed away on Saturday January 30, 2016 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on January 14, 1934 in Wellsville to Martin and Sharley Hand Vossler.

Esther was a lifelong resident of this area who graduated from Scio Central High School She later graduated from Alfred State College’s Medical Stenographer program. She had worked for Jones Memorial Hospital, Olean General Hospital, Andover Medical Group and retired in 1999 from the Highland Health Care Center. Esther was a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church who enjoyed cooking, traveling and reading.

Esther is survived by 2 children, a son Jeffery (Beverly) Childs of The Woodlands, TX. And a daughter Valerie Willison of Hatboro, PA.; 5 grandchildren Nathan and Lindsey Childs, Connor, Cameron and Collin Willison; several cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and a brother Charles Vossler as well as her sister Sharley Johnson.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, February 5, 2016, at 3:30 pm at the Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the First Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsville. To leave on line condolences please visit

Monday, February 1, 2016

Charles D. “Chuck” White

Wellsville, NY - Charles D. “Chuck” White, age 84, of John Street passed away at home surrounded by his family. He was born on February 13, 1931 in Genesee, PA., to Lawrence and Eva Thomas White. On September 4, 1954 in Wellsville he married Jane Weinhauer who survives.

Chuck was a Marine Corps veteran serving from 1948 until his discharge in 1952 after serving in the Korean Conflict. He was employed by New York Telephone for 35 years and owned and operated White’s Mobile Home Park in Wellsville for 30 years. Chuck was a member of the American Legion Post #702 of Wellsville and long time active member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and its various organizations.

Chuck is survived by his wife Jane; a daughter Carrie W. (Leon) Smith of Horseheads; 2 sons Charles D. (Debora) White of Hartford and Bradley P. (Tracy) White of Wellsville; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Chuck was predeceased by his parents, a brother Lawrence and a sister Barbara Pauline Kisel.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 5, 2016, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours in church at 1 pm. Reverend Richard Pape will preside over the service assisted by Reverend Larry Gerdes. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Chuck’s name may be made to either the First Trinity Lutheran Church or to the David A. Howe Library. To leave on line condolences please visit www.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Nicholas N. Bremiller

Wellsville, NY - Nicholas N. Bremiller, age 40, of 39 Pine Street passed away at home on Thursday January 28 after a brief illness. He was born on April 11, 1975 in Springville to Ronald and Annette Luce Bremiller.

Nicholas was a former resident of Springville who had worked for the Lone Star Construction Company of Texas. His work took him all over the country building Kinder Care play grounds.
He enjoyed the construction work, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his father Ronald of East Concord; 2 sons Justice and Nicholas Bremiller; 2 daughters Angela and Destiny Bremiller; 2 sisters Rhonda Bremiller of West Palm Beach, FL. And Jean Bremiller of Rochester; 3 nieces; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Nicholas was predeceased by his mother Annette.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 12 noon to 2 pm at which time a funeral service will take place. Memorials in Nicholas’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit