Sunday, September 26, 2010

William M. Jackson

Wellsville, NY - William Merle "Bill" Jackson Jr., 78, of 4192A Bolivar Road died on Saturday, September, 25, 2010 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born June 25, 1932 in Scio the son of William "Merle" and Gladys (Ost) Jackson. In 1974 he married Angie Marie Burrows who predeceased him in April of 1988.

Bill was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a self employed general contractor locally and in Rochester. He enjoyed working on cars and tinkering. He enjoyed boxing while in the Army and continued to follow boxing for many years.

He is survived by two sons, Ken Shelley of Fillmore and Paul (Jill) Jackson of Stow, Ohio, three stepchildren, David Shelley of Andover, Teresa Shelley of Fillmore and Linda (John) Gibney of Whitesville, nine grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one brother, Les Jackson of Scio, four sisters, Midge (Bud) Smith of Scio, Hazel Jones of Bolivar, Phyllis (Bill) Jones of Auburn, KY and Louise Schrlau of Wellsville as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his wife by two brothers, Danny and Gene Jackson, a granddaughter, Nikki Jo Shelley a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Jackson and a brother-in-law, Elmer Jones.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday, September 30th at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Lewis Mericle presiding. Burial will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Berwyn J. Hauser

Wellsville, NY - Berwyn J. Hauser, 81, of 2898 Field Street died on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo. He was born October 11, 1928 at the Tullar Maternity Hospital in Wellsville the son of Carl Frederick and Edna (Waterman) Hauser. He was the life long companion of Shirley Neu who predeceased him on July 1, 2010.

Berwyn was a life long resident of Wellsville with the exception of a few months in Wellsboro, PA where he ran a local taxi service just prior to entering the Air Force. He served as a Military Policeman Officer with United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. It was during his military service that he was tapped as a "sign painter", which became his primary vocation. Many, if not all of the sign projects proposed, started out as sketches on napkins at the diner or the Texas Hot! He was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School and kept a detailed history of class reunions and class mates. The flexibility of this vocation allowed variety and expertise to his work life. He managed the Wellsville Skating Rink and was a bus driver for Wellsville Central School for many years. He owned and operated The Sign Shop in Wellsville from 1970 until his retirement in 1993. He helped organize the Wellsville Blue Devil Drum & Bugle Corps and supported the Modern Diner, Castaways and the Texas Hot in ways to numerous to mention. His tall frame and distinctive hat, his willingness and ability to help whenever and whomever asked, made his presence on Main Street notable. Coffee time anywhere in Wellsville will not be the same.

He is survived by a sister, Kathryn Hauser Genung of San Leandro, CA, two nieces, Marilyn Genung Khalaji of Fremont, CA, Irene "Rene" Genung of Rock Hill, SC, and one nephew, Wayne Genung of Rock Hill, SC as well as several great nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Art Genung, a nephew, Merton Genung and a niece, Nancy Lee.

The family is grateful to the many that have extended condolences. Friends are invited to a celebration of Berwyn's life on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Monday Club Room at the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main Street in Wellsville. We hope to hear stories and anticdotes as we gather to fondly remember a man who stood head and shoulders above most and who were so very glad to call him friend. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Ronald O. Gelser

Belmont, NY - Ronald O. Gelser of Schuyler Street passed away on Friday, September 17, 2010, at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born on April 11, 1952 in Wellsville to Orlo and Marleah James Gelser.

Ron graduated from Friendship Central High School and had been a member of the Laborers Union 621 since 1970. He was a social member of the Belmont American Legion Post 808 and a member of the National Rifle Association. Ron loved the outdoors including; fishing, hunting, gardening and when he was able he rode 4 wheelers with his family. He had built several log cabin homes including his own on the Byrnes Road.

Survivors include: his Father, Orlo (Donna) Gelser of Friendship and his mother, Marleah (George) Ritter of Belvidere; 3 daughters, Joanne Mahoney of Georgia, Sarah Daniels of Genesee, PA. and Haley Gelser of Belfast; 3 grandchildren, Logan, Shiah and Carter; 3 brothers, Duane (Terry) Gelser of Dalton, Ken (Marsha) Gelser of Belmont and Alan Gelser of Belmont; 3 sisters, Janet (Allen) Ives of Wellsville, Susan (Garry) Pollock of Portville and Laura (Rick) Jordan of Belmont; 18 nieces and nephews and 16 great nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 20, 2010, from 11 am to 2 pm in the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Ron's Funeral Service will take place in the Funeral Home at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 pm with Pastor Mel Ternes presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in Ron's name may be made to either the Home Care and Hospice in Wellsville or to the American Cancer Society. To leave on line condolences please visit

Joyce Marie Christina Curtis-Waldon

Wellsville, NY - Joyce Marie Christina Curtis-Waldon of Valencia Avenue passed away on Thursday, September 16, 2010, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on April 7, 1941 in Wellsville to William and Anna Mary Curtis. On October 21, 1967 in Wellsville she married Reginald Waldon who survives.

Joyce loved spending time with her family. She was a die hard Buffalo Bills Fan and loved Elvis and the Beatles. Joyce always enjoyed wildlife, particularly bird watching and was always happy with a piece of chocolate cake.

Survivors include: her husband, Reginald Sr.; a daughter, Beth McConkey (Mike Sili) of Indiana; 2 sons, Reginald Waldon Jr. (Cassandra Scott) of Whitesville and William Waldon (Rochelle Busby) of Almond; 2 sisters, Martha Burton of Wellsville and Dorothy Bliss of Olean; 8 grandchildren, Christopher, Nicholas, Nathan, Amanda, Anna, Walker, Hayden and Jackson; a great granddaughter Ariella.

There will be no prior visitation and a private service will take place at the convenience of the family with Monsignor Vincent Becker presiding. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nancy E. Merry

Wellsville, NY - Nancy E. Merry, 43, of 3026 Trapping Brook Road died on Sunday, September 12, 2010 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born June 15, 1967 in Wellsville, the daughter of Alfred and Mary (Coyle) Merry.

Nancy was raised in Scio and was a graduate of Scio Central Scio. She was formerly employed at McDonalds in Wellsville and was a childcare provider. She enjoyed shopping and loved her Boston terrier "Alley".

She is survived by her long time companion, Darryl Conley of Wellsville, her son, Brian Merry of Wellsville, her mother, Mary Merry of Wellsville, four brothers, Alfred (Isabelle) Merry of Rome, NY, Daniel Merry of Scio, Michael Merry and Thomas Merry both of Wellsville, and several aunts & uncles including, Ruth Radtke of Rochester, Sylvia Merry of Scio, Walter (Virginia) Coyle of Wellsville and Margaret Coyle Evans of Wellsville, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her father in 1984, a brother, Timothy Merry in 1997 and a nephew, Jeremy Merry in 2008.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 18th at 12:00 noon in St. Joseph's Church in Scio with Rev. Jerome Dissek as celebrant. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. Memorial donations are suggested to the National Kidney Foundation, % 300 Delaware Avenue, Suite 100, Buffalo, NY 14202-1807. To leave online condolences, please visit

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Geraldine L. “Geri” Harris

Amargosa Valley, Nevada - The friends of Geraldine Harris are invited to a memorial service on Friday, September 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm in the Stannards United Methodist Church with Rev. Stan Scoville presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. To read the complete obituary or to leave online condolences, please visit