Friday, December 30, 2011

Ruth H. Barber

Scio, NY - Ruth H. Barber, 81, of 3536 Riverside Drive died Friday, December 30, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born April 21, 1930 in Rochester the daughter of Frederick Edward and Constance (Henry) Peeler. On September 8, 1950 in Conesus she married Hugh F. Barber who predeceased her on March 31, 1997.

She is survived by eight daughters, Vicki (Dennis) Rumfelt of Scio, Carol (Gene) Abbey of Scio, Sally (Martin) Parkhurst of Scio, Cindy Mulvaney of Rochester, Stacy (Delmas) Tenney of Andover, Kelly (Greg) Bole of Hubert, NC, Laura Bratcher of Dansville and Susan Gardner of Victor, one son, Alan (Leslie) Barber of Andover, 27 grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren, three brothers, Roger Kornbau, Joseph Kornbau and Peter Kern, one sister, Linda Sargent of Rochester as well several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Betty McPherren and a brother, LaVerne Peeler.

Friends are invited to call Tuesday, January 3, 2012 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 Wednesday at 11:00 am at the Andover First Baptist Church with Pastor Frank Troutman presiding. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. Memorial donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project.org or the Jones Memorial Hospital Memorial Fund. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Esther M. "Peggy

Wellsville, NY - Esther M. "Peggy" Costello, 82, of 2776 Brimmer Brook Road died on Thursday, December 29, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born December 23, 1929 in Wellsville the daughter of Charles and Marcella (Gibbons) Tait. On February 9, 1946 in Wellsville she married Robert W. Costello who predeceased her June 17, 1999.

Peggy was a lifelong resident of Wellsville and attended Wellsville High School. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed reading and loved her dogs.

She is survived by two sons, Robert M. (Betty) Costello of Wellsville, William A. Costello of Columbus, Ohio, five daughters, Sandra J. Carlin of Rushford, Carolyn A. Costello of Charleston, SC, Donna J. Baker of Pennfield, Barbara J. (Gary) Jordan and Cynthia L. Costello both of Wellsville, 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, Richard Tait and two sisters, Florence Schrlau and Louise Cole.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 2, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Tuesday 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 Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

John J. Robarts

Wellsville, NY - John J. Robarts, 79, of 85 Early Street died at home on Wednesday, December 28, 2011surrounded by his family. He was born May 10, 1932 in Wellsville the son of the late Harrison Ross and Gay (Holder) Robarts. On August 19, 1978 at the Christian Temple in Wellsville he married Martha Kemp who survives.

John was a graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Alfred University. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army during the Korean War; attaining the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. He was employed at the former Empire Gas Company, Cannon's Clothing Store and Wellsville Realty. He later purchased Wellsville Realty and after a name change, he operated Robarts Realty for many years until his recent retirement. For many years he was also employed as a gas station attendant and sold tickets at Tuller Field for the Pony League baseball games. He was a former high school basketball referee and a member a member of the I.A.A.B.O. Board of Basketball Officials. He was a past president of the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce, former director of the Wellsville United Fund and had served on the Wellsville Water and Light Board. He was a member of the Elks Lodge # 1495, the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, Frank B. Church Post # 2530 VFW and the Western Steuben-Allegany Association of Realtors.

Surviving in addition to his wife, is a son, Ross (Brenda) Robarts of Wellsville, a daughter, Barbara Ceglia of Houston, TX, four step-children, Elizabeth (Damon) Lawrence, Cathy (Chris) Weinman, Kenneth Kemp and Daniel Kemp, five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, a sister, Roxanne Harris of Glen Mills, PA, his former wife Bette Robarts of Wellsville as well as several several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two half -brothers, Gene Robarts and Harrison "Bud" Robarts.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 2, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation on Monday at 7:30 pm in the Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Interment with Military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Patricia K. Reisman

Wellsville, NY - Patricia K. Reisman of Fords Brook South Branch went to be with her Lord on Thursday, December 23, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on May 19, 1932 in Wellsville to Alvin W. and Mildred Dodson Edwards. On May 31, 1952 she married James K. Reisman who predeceased her on May 23, 1993.

Patricia resided in Wellsville and Elm Valley all her life and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1949. She was employed by Grants, Grand City and then K-Mart for over 40 years. She was an avid horsewoman who was a member of the Southern Tier Horse Riders Club and she also participated in the Ridge Walk as an aid station attendant. Patricia was a member of the York's Corners Mennonite Church where she had taught Sunday School for 10 years and was involved with many of the Churches children's activities.

Survivors include: 2 daughters, Janet K. (John Fleischman) Reisman of Wellsville and Jaclyn (Robert) Cummins of Friendship; 2 sons, Jim K. (LuAnne) Reisman Jr. of Jasper and Jeffrey (Marie) Reisman of Kendall; 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; her faithful companion, Andy; 8 sisters in law, Darla Edwards of Wellsville, Patricia Hulse of Harrisonburg, VA., Alecia Branson of Summerville, SC., Mary (Donald) Waters of Whitesville, Florence (Richard) Dodson of Scio, Barbara Reisman of Wellsville, Barbara Reisman of Bradenton, FL. and Joyce Streyle of Scotts Bluff, NE; several nieces and nephews; a special friend Gloria Meiss of Scio.

She was predeceased by a brother Theodore Edwards, a granddaughter Amanda Mae Irish as well as several brothers and sisters in law.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, December 28, 2011, at the York's Corners Mennonite Church from 10 to 12 noon and then from 1 to 2 pm. Her funeral service will be held at 2pm in the church with Pastor Gene Miller presiding. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Andover and memorials may be made to either the York's Corner's Mennonite Church or to: Help the Healing, in care of Bud Dodson, 1024 White Hill Road, Bolivar, New York, 14715. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Stephan Paradzsik

Wellsville, NY - Stephan Paradzsik of Early Street passed away in Rochester on Thursday, December 22, 2001. He was born on December 8, 1924 in Siklos, Hungary to Andres and Teresa Madenszioler Paradzsik. On October 10, 1945 he married Hilda Gast who predeceased him September 23, 1992. He later married Elaine Butts who predeceased him on March 4, 2005.

Stephan worked for Worthington and retired from the then Dresser Rand as a supervisor. He was a long time member of the First Congregational Church in Wellsville and a life member and Past Governor of the Moose Lodge # 601 in Wellsville. Stephan was a Past Priest of Wellsville RAM # 143, a member of the Wellsville, Andover, Alfred and Coudersport F&AM. He was a 32 degree Mason, a member of the Ismailia Shrine of Buffalo and the Allegany Shriners Cart Corp. He was a New York State F&AM Grand Steward and a past Commander of the Knights Templar.

Survivors include: a daughter, Trudy (Larry) DeMarte of Rochester; 2 grandsons, Eric (Jodi) DeMarte and David DeMarte and his fiancée Jessica Piercon; 2 great grandsons, Jake and Zach; a sister, Ilonka Sipos of Siklos, Hungary ; a brother, Laslo Paradzsik of Queensland, Australia.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 26, from 6-8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am in the funeral home with Rev. Bill Jones presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials may be made to either the National Kidney Foundation or the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Cecil J. Pierce

Belmont, NY - Cecil J. Pierce of 160 Seneca Street passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2011, at Highland Park in Wellsville. He was born on August 23, 1918 in the Town of Alfred to Edson and Lelia Saunders Pierce. In January of 1938 he married Lucy Quant who predeceased him on September 7, 1980. In 1981 he married Irene Mosher who survives.

Cecil was a long time resident of the area. He graduated from Alfred High School and served in the US Army during WWII. Cecil was proud that he had participated in the Battle of the Bulge where he earned a bronze star. After the war he worked for the former Worthington in Wellsville and retired from there ( Dresser) after 39 years of years of service. Cecil was an avid hunter who especially enjoyed raccoon hunting. His memberships include both the Friendship and Belmont American Legions and a 65 year member of the IAM local 1580 of Wellsville.

Survivors include: 2 sons, Keith (Veronica) Pierce of Valatie and Kenneth (Cynthia) Pierce of Belmont; 4 daughters, Sharon Foster of Olean, Cecilia (Albert Wilmart) Peterson of Birdsall, Lelia (David Voit) Hadsell of West Seneca and Lynn (Dennis) Nunn of Allentown; 21 grandchildren, 22 great Grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Ethelyn Eason of New Hudson, FL. and Lillian Taylor of Harrisonburg, VA.; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Theodore; 3 brothers, Lyle, Eldon and Kenneth Pierce; 2 sisters, Florence Beeton and Mary Tucker.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 27, from 11 am to 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. His funeral service will follow at 1 pm in the funeral home. Pastor Dick Helms will preside with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials in Cecil's name may be made to the American Legion Post 808 in Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Richard W. Ohlson

Wellsville, NY - Richard W. Ohlson, 63, of 3168 Riverside Drive died Thursday, December 15, 2011 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born June 30, 1948 in New York City the son of the late John and Evelyn (Bidwell) Ohlson. On June 28, 1969 in Rochester he married Jeanne Bahamonde who survives.

Richard was raised in Monroe and was a graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School. He received his BS and JD degrees from the University of Buffalo. He began his career in Law as a clerk for the Bankruptcy Court in Rochester. He later served as an attorney in Buffalo for Phillips & Lytle and Saperston and Day. He founded his own law firm in Buffalo and continued his law practice after moving to Wellsville in 1998. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting. He was a devoted father, a skilled carpenter, a brilliant writer and debater and a loyal Buffalo Bills Fan. He will be remembered as a humanitarian who had tremendous sensitivity for the dignity and respect of all people.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Danielle Ohlson of Canandaigua, a brother, John (Carolyn) Ohlson of Buffalo, a sister, Virginia (Richard) Wadeson of Warwick as well as several nieces & nephews.

A private service will be planned for a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Patricia Elaine Winterhalter

Belmont, NY - Patricia Elaine Winterhalter, a former resident of Belmont, of Rochester passed away on Wednesday (Dec. 7, 2011) at the University of Rochester Medical Center after a short illness.

She was born on Sept. 8, 1925, in Port Allegany, Pa., to Irvin and Alice Yaw Acre. Patricia was predeceased by her husbands, Dean Thornton and Ernest Winterhalter, who died in 2007 after 33 years of marriage.

Patricia was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Belmont and was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 808 of Belmont before moving to Rochester in 2007.

Patricia is survived by three children, Phillip Thornton of Batavia, Connie Gross of Rochester, and David (Joanne) Thornton of Varysburg. She is also survived by a sister, Phyllis Cala of Jamestown as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Steven Thornton; two brothers, Howard Acre and Robert; and two sisters, Serobab Belardo and Shirley McLeod.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday (Dec. 11, 2011), from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc., in Belmont. Her funeral service will be a private family service on Monday with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding, with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Pauline E. Miller

Belmont, NY - Pauline E. Miller, 97, of 77 South Street passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Highland Park in Wellsville. She was born November 3, 1914 in Belmont, the daughter of Roland and Ruby (Macintie) Bigelow. In 1938 she married William I. Travis who predeceased her on August 12, 1985. On February 13, 1988 in Belmont she married Ronald Miller who survives.

Pauline was a member of the M. Eva Williams Chapter # 192 Order of the Eastern Star in Belmont, Rebekah Lodge # 367 in Belmont and St. Philips Episcopal Church in Belmont.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a sister, Thelma Pierson of Florida, a sister-in-law, Betty Bigelow of Bath, a special nephew, Thomas (Jean) Colegrove of Wellsville, a beloved niece, Shirley Lyon-Bentley of Wellsville as well as several other nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters, Josphine Seeley, Bernice Benjamin, Evelyn Sizer and Lena Brooks, and one brother, John Bigelow.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, December, 9, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow in church at 2:00 pm with Rev. Cole Gruberth presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Memorials may be made to St. Philip's Church or the Belmont Free Library. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Donald S. Rice Jr.

Wellsville, NY - Donald S. Rice Jr. of 68 Pine Street passed away on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 12, 1971 in Hornell to Donald and Barbara Miller Rice Sr. On May 20, 2000 in Hornell he married Jennifer Whitesell who survives.

Donald was a former resident of Hornell. He graduated from High School in Hornell and worked for Allie Van Lines in Rochester. He was a wonderful husband and enjoyed being with his friends.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Ryan James Lewis of Romulus; his mother Barbara Miller of Hornell; a brother, Damion Rice of Wayland; 2 sisters, Rae Rice of Hornell and Angela Jackson of Hornell; several half brother and sisters; several nieces and nephews.

Donald was predeceased by his Father Donald Sr.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Friday, December 9, 2011, at 2 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, in Wellsville with Pastor Dick Helms officiating. Memorials in Donald's name may be given to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Robert E. Fagan

Belmont, NY - Robert E. Fagan of 5 Wells Lane passed away on Monday, December 5, 2011, at the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born on June 3, 1926 in Buffalo to Herbert and Agnes Fredricey Fagan. He was married to Idalean Morford who predeceased him on October 23, 2006.

Robert was a former resident of Buffalo and Arcade who moved to Belmont five years ago. He was a machine operator for Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna where he worked for 28 years. While Robert resided in Buffalo he was a member of the Buffalo Special Police. He enjoyed big band music and collected 78 rpm records of that era.

Survivors include: a son, Robert K. (Andrea) Fagan of Shongo; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Robert was predeceased by: a brother William; 3 sisters, Hazel, Betty and Viola.

Friends are invited to a memorial service to be held on Friday, December 9, 2011, at 11 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville with Rev. Lewis Mericle presiding. Memorials in Robert's name may be made to the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Georgia M. (Lewis) Sherman

Wellsville, NY - Georgia M. (Lewis) Sherman, 80, of 191 Rauber Street passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at Wellsville Manor Care Center with her family at her side. She was born October 8, 1931 in Whitesville the daughter of Leon and Florence (Gould) Lewis. On October 15, 1949 in Stannards she married Herbert "Gerry" Sherman who predeceased her on July 1, 2010.

Georgia attended Wellsville High School. She sold Avon products and worked with her husband as a secretary at H. G. Sherman Tax Consulting in Wellsville for many years. She enjoyed playing golf and antiquing, and will be remembered for her flower gardens. She was a member of the Hallsport Christian Church.

She is survived by two sons, Terry (Nancy) Sherman of Glendale, AZ and Ronald (Kathy) Sherman of Wellsville, a granddaughter, Jenna Sherman of Glendale, AZ, a grandson, Greg Sherman of Old Town, FL as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Donald Lewis and a sister, Onalee Pakis.

Friends are invited to call Friday, December 2, 2011 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 Saturday at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Bendelewski presiding. Interment will be in Stannards Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the David A. Howe Public Library or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Corinne S. Hennessy

Albany, NY - Corinne S. Hennessy, 84, passed Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at Teresian House Center in the comfort of her children. Corinne was born in Salamanca, NY, the daughter of the late Ruth Callan Schwalb and Edward Schwalb.

Corinne graduated from Wellsville High School in 1945 and Sisters of Charity School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1948. She married William C. Hennessy in 1951 and relocated to Albany in 1959. Active in development of Christ the King parish and school in Westmere NY, Corinne also worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany and was a torchbearer during the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. She was an accomplished quilter and enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren. While residing in Green Valley, Arizona, she received numerous awards for her needlepoint creations. Corinne and Bill retired to Bolton Landing NY and devoted much of their time and energy to Blessed Sacrament Church.

Corinne was predeceased by her devoted husband of 50 years, William C. Hennessy; loving mother of Edward Hennessy and his wife, Sandra of Hockessin, DE, Sheila Michaels and her husband, John of Bolton Landing, Susan Hennessy and her husband, Mark Hopper of Guilderland, Patricia Hennessy of Guilderland, William Connor Hennessy Jr. and his wife, Carol of New Scotland, and Elizabeth Bennison and her husband, Patrick of Guilderland; dedicated sister to the late Donna Caterino, Miami, FL, Mary Ann Mason of Palmyra, VA, Judy Fisher of Charlotte, NC, and Eleanor Schwalb of Wellsville; grandmother of Patrick Hennessy, Amy Meyer, Ann Hennessy; Luke, Thomas and Katherine Michaels; Brendan and Caralyn Perlee and Jacqueline Brassard; Timothy and William Kemp; Daniel, Meghan and Shannon Bennison; Casey, Michael, Connor and Mary Hennessy; also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call Saturday, December 3, 2011from 9:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Interment will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers those who wish may send donations to Peter G. Young Foundation, 40 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207 or the Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203. To leave the family a special message on their guest book, obtain a prayer card or directions, or share a photo or E-card with them, please visit www.McveighFuneralHome.com.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sonya Kay Hurd

Erie, PA - Sonya Kay Hurd, a former resident of Scio, passed away on Thursday November 24 at the Hamot Medical Center in Erie following a lengthy illness. She was born on January 28, 1971 in Wellsville to Louis and Cynthia Crance Hurd.

Sonya Kay graduated from Scio Central High School in 1989. She worked as a bank teller in Illinois and later was a case worker in Erie PA. She enjoyed drawing, painting, reading, computer work and her friends. A great joy in her life was her cats, Zeke and Howie and her dog Jake.

She is survived by her father, Louis (Jane) Hurd of Belmont and her mother Cynthia Crance of Erie, PA. and her maternal grandmother, Helen Crance of Scio. Brothers, Jerome Hurd, Gary Brownell Jr. and Brent Platt; sisters Tammy Scharet, Terri Santiago, Monique Brownell, Tracy Platt Ledis and Alisha Sands; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, November 28, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Sonya Kay's funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday at 11am with Rev. Glen Layfield presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Judith D. "Judy" Austin

Wellsville, NY - Judith D. "Judy" Austin, 66, of 3031 Truax Road passed away on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at her home with her family at her side. She was born March 7, 1945 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Frederick and Delphine (Moyer) Wightman. On January 31, 1975 in Wellsville she married Roy W. Austin who predeceased her February 24, 2005.

Judy was raised in Wellsville and was a 1963 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed in Wellsville at Loblaws, Super Duper, and Big N and at the Housing Department of Alfred State College. She later owned and operated several rental properties and a trucking company with her husband. She was a member of Brookside Wesleyan Church, where she enjoyed teaching and working with children. She also enjoyed camping and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two step-daughters, Cheryl (William) Williams of Wellsville and Tara Austin of Liverpool, one step-son, William (Rebecca) Austin of Andover, two sisters, Ann M. Clark of Canisteo and Susie Wightman of Wellsville, one brother, Dennis Wightman of Wellsville as well as several grandchildren, aunts, nieces, nephews and a loving family friend, Melody Elias of Wellsville and a very special friend, Anne Williams of Wellsville. She was predeceased in addition to her husband of 30 years by a step-daughter, Debbie Spizzirri.

Friends are invited to call today, November 18, 2011 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 Saturday at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Robin George presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Brookside Wesleyan Church or the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Robert F. Osgood

Greenhurst, NY - Robert F. Osgood, 89, of 3023 Route 430 died on Monday, November 14, 2011 at the Heritage Green Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility. He was born December 17, 1921 in Belmont, NY the son of the late Arthur E. and Florence M. (Adams) Osgood.

Robert formerly resided in Belmont where he worked on the family farm for many years. He later moved to the Jamestown area and resided at Tanglewood Manor and the Union Gospel Mission before moving to Heritage Green. For many years he traveled to the Food Bank in Buffalo as a volunteer with the Mission Ministry.

He is survived by several cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by two half- sisters, Pauline VanCampen and Marion Hardy and one half-brother, Harold Osgood.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Friday, November 18, 2011 at 11:30 am at Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont, NY with Rev. Richard Hurd presiding. Memorial donations may be sent to Union Gospel Mission in Jamestown, NY. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Viola Beryl Watts

Belmont, NY - Viola Beryl Watts passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 12, 2011, at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Viola was born on October 4, 1933 in Minot, North Dakota to Melvin and Ione (Graves) Coad. She attended Minot State College and on March 7, 1953 she married Air Force Airman 1st Class George B. Watts who predeceased her.

In 1954 she and her husband moved to Abington Maryland where Mr. Watts was a self employed roofing contractor. In 1967 they moved to New York State where they operated dairy farms in Jasper and later in Belmont. Viola was a long time employee of ACME Electric in Cuba until her retirement in 1999 at the age of 67. She enjoyed bingo, playing cards and going to the casino. She was also an avid attendee of area flea markets where she bought and sold items. Viola especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

She was the proud mother of 5 children; Kathleen (Daniel Sr.) Ziolkowski of Edgewood, MD., Gregory Watts of Seattle, WA., Pamela (Stephen) Green of Friendship, Debora Watts of Fairbanks, AK., and Brenda (Timothy) Slade of Belmont. Viola is additionally survived by 2 brothers, 10 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews as well as her beloved and precious dog, Moe.

Viola was predeceased by her parents, Melvin and Ione, a sister Margene and her beloved husband, George.

A graveside service and burial will take place in Jappa, Maryland at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Dawn Elaine (Hargrave) Reagan

Wellsville, NY - Dawn Elaine (Hargrave) Reagan passed away on Friday, November 11, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She met the Lord in the presence of her husband David A. Reagan of 38 years as well as close family and friends.

Dawn was born August 10, 1951 in LeRoy, N.Y. to Earl and Gladys Hargrave. She was a 1969 graduate of Addison High School and a 1972 graduate of Saint Joseph's School of Nursing, Elmira, NY. She married David A. Reagan on July 28, 1973 at Saint Catherine's Church in Addison, N.Y.

Dawn's career in nursing has included jobs at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, NY, Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath, NY, Savona Central School, Steuben County Infirmary in Bath, NY, Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY, Allegany County Dept. of Health in Belmont, NY, and the Wellsville Elementary School in Wellsville, NY where she worked for the past 16 years preceding retirement due to health concerns.

Dawn was an avid lover of nature, seeing God's love and beauty in the birds, trees, flowers, and animals around her. Dawn was a talented artist and gifted poet, using her words to bring love and life to family and friends. Dawn will be remembered for the love and affection she had for her patients, young and old, in her capacity as the Wellsville Elementary school nurse. She had an uncanny ability to make bad days "all better". Some of the nurses who cared for Dawn in her final days recall being cared for by "Nurse Dawn" as young children.

In addition to her husband, David, she is survived by her son, Devon (Shaye) Reagan of Wellsville; Mary Katherine (Chris) Gaines of Blacksburg, VA; and son Timothy Reagan of Wellsville. She is predeceased by her father, Earl Hargrave and is survived by her mother, Gladys (Purcel) Hargrave. Surviving siblings include Thomas (Vicky) Hargrave, Deborah (Barry) Hoad, Terri (George) Farrand, Tina (Wally Bahomey) Hargrave, Tammy (Randy) Dunn, and Timothy (Lisa) Hargrave. She is predeceased by three brothers, James, Tracy, and Todd Hargrave. Numerous nieces and nephews are also recognized as survivors.

Dawn was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority where she held many offices over the years and attended several National Conventions. Dawn was on the Board of Directors of the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, NY.

Dawn's family will receive friends on Monday Nov. 14th at Embser's Funeral Home in Wellsville, NY from 6-9 PM., also on Tuesday Nov. 15th at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home in Addison, NY from 6-9 PM. Funeral Mass to be held at St Catherine's Church in Addison, NY on Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 11 A.M. Memorials can go to Comfort House of Allegany County, Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY, or to the charity of choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Glenn Edward Hornburg

Wellsville, NY - Glenn Edward Hornburg, 91, of 2938 Truax Road passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at Highland Park Rehabilitation Center. He was born on June 8, 1920 in Wellsville to Edward and A. Belle Behrens Hornburg. On April 9, 1940 in Wellsville he married Gladys M. Flint who survives.

Glenn graduated from Wellsville High School in 1937 and went to work at Moore Steam Turbine until he entered the US Army during World War II. After the war he owned and operated Hornburg's Meat Market with his father for 5 years. Glenn then returned to the then Worthington where he retired from in 1982 after 40 years of service. In his retirement Glenn enjoyed making wood crafts from his home work shop, cross word puzzles and the New York Yankee's. He was an affiliate of the Wellsville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Wellsville.

Surviving besides his wife; a son Gary (Debbie) Hornburg of Ashland, KY., and a daughter, Janice (George) Givens of Andover; 3 grandchildren, Maribeth (Shannon) Hausey of Ashland, KY., Dennis Givens of Andover and Christi Schweigart of Wellsville; 3 great grandchildren, Danielle Armfield, Michelle Schweigart and Marc Givens all of Andover. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Glenn was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Raymond T.J. Hornburg; 2 sisters, Beulah Stryker and Alma D. Hornburg.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 10, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and on Friday from noon to 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held at 1 pm on Friday in the Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Brady presiding. Burial will take place in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio and memorials made be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thelma D. Canfield

Tonawanda, NY - Thelma D. Canfield, 88, of 135 Syracuse Street passed away on Friday, November 4, 2011 at Kenmore Mercy Hospital following a brief illness. She was born May 2, 1923 in South Buffalo the daughter of Benjamin J. and Iva M. (Francis) Davies. On June 2, 1945 in Buffalo she married Wilton K. Canfield who predeceased her on November 18, 2001 after 56 years of marriage.

Thelma was raised in Buffalo and was a former long time resident of Belmont, NY and since December 5, 2001 she has resided in Tonawanda. She was a graduate of South Park High School and Syracuse University. She was formerly employed by Rochester Gas and Electric Company, Allegany BOCES and was a cashier and examiner for the Department of Motor Vehicles in Belmont. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Belmont and the Grace Baptist Church in Tonawanda. She was a woman of faith who embraced life to the fullest!

She is survived by a daughter, Twila (James) Vitthuhn of Tonawanda, a granddaughter, Joanne (Aaron) Mahoney of Buford, GA, a brother, Francis (Jessie) Davies of Naples, FL as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Philip Davies and three sisters, Ruth Bingert, Jean Klotzbach and Helen Thompson.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at the Grace Baptist Church, 2525 Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda, where a service will follow at 2:00 pm. On Wednesday friends may call from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at the First Baptist Church in Belmont, where a service to follow at 12:00 pm. Interment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Memorials donations can be made to either Grace Baptist Church in Tonawanda or First Baptist Church in Belmont. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Albert R. Fitch

Wellsville, NY - Albert R. Fitch, 94, of 3371 C Hallsport Road died unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Highland Park Rehabilitation Center in Wellsville. He was born August 3, 1917 in Port Allegany, PA the son of the late Glenn A. and Clella (Reed) Fitch. On May 14, 1959 in Youngstown, Ohio he married Alta C. Hill who predeceased him on July 16, 1989.

Albert moved to Buffalo, NY in 1921 where he graduated from Technical High School. He was a veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps in England and Europe from 1942 to 1945. In 1946 he was a civilian employee with the U. S. Air Force in the Philippine Islands. In 1947 he was employed as a surveyor for R. C. Howard Company, a civil engineering and land surveying firm in Wellsville, NY. He moved to Buffalo in 1954 and began a career with Nussbaumer and Clarke Inc. Consulting Engineers. Upon losing his eyesight in 1973, he retired and moved back to Wellsville.

He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Blind Veterans Association, a charter member of the Blind Association of Western New York; he was a volunteer for the Allegany County Office for the Aging and the Allegany County Association for the Blind and was an active member of the Wellsville Lions Club.

He is survived by two sons, Timothy G. (Debbie) Fitch of Sunnyvale, CA and Michael S. Fitch of West Hollywood, CA, a grandson, Christopher R. Fitch and several cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Mildred R. Healy.

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:30 am in the Stannards United Methodist Church with Rev. Rocky Mitchell presiding. Military honors will follow the service. A graveside service will be Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11:00 am at Acacia Park Cemetery, 4215 North Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda. Memorial donations can be made to the Allegany County Association of the Blind, The Allegany County Office for the Aging or the Southern Tier Youth for Christ. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Harland Robert Palmer

Wellsville, NY - Harland Robert Palmer of 15 Madison Street passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2011, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Olean to G. Ambrose and Helen Palmer and was predeceased by his wife Virginia Beebe Palmer. Harland retired from the Allegany County BOCES.

A grave side funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, in the Until the Day Dawn Cemetery with Rev. Mason Sorensen. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Orlo S. Gelser

Friendship, NY - Orlo S. Gelser of the Byrnes Hill Road passed away on Tuesday, October 25, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 19, 1926 in the Town of Grove to Arthur S. and Nora M. Dudley Gelser. On July 3, 1948 he married Marleah L. James who survives.

Orlo was a dairy farmer who later worked outside the farm. He worked for 10 years at the Farwell Feed Mill in Belmont, 8 years in the labor union and he retired from the Town of Friendship after working there for 13 years. Orlo enjoyed hunting and was a member of the local laborers union as well as a social member of both the Belmont and Friendship American Legion Posts.

Survivors include: 3 sons, Duane (Terry) Gelser of Dalton, Kenneth (Marsha) Gelser of Scio and Alan Gelser of Wellsville; 4 daughters, Janet (Allen) Ives of Wellsville, Susan (Garry) Pollock of Portville, Laura (Ricky) Jordan of Belmont and Christina (Mike) Christian of Holland; several grand and great grandchildren; his long time companion and friend, Donna Layman.

Orlo was predeceased by a son Ronald Gelser, a sister Alda Bryon and a nephew Marvin Byron.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 28, 2011, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Orlo's funeral will take place at 2 pm in the Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Kemp presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in Orlo's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 24, 2011

William C. "Bill" Prentice

Allentown, NY - William C. "Bill" Prentice, 51, of 6428 Pleasant Valley Road died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 23, 2011 at home. He was born September 27, 1960 in Neptune, NJ the son of Bernard and Wilma (Costigan) Prentice.

Bill was raised Neptune and had formerly resided in Whitesville and St. Petersburg, FL. He was employed as a logger for Baldwin's Forest Products of Wellsville, a mechanic for Bernie's Body Shop and Garage in Allentown and most recently for the Union Drilling Inc. of Fort Worth, TX. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Bolivar.

He is survived by four children, Charles Morales of San Diego, CA, Andrew Prentice of Wellsville, Rachel (William) Lundy of Richburg and Alexis Prentice of Hinsdale, two stepchildren, Renee Ray of Wellsville and Nicole Handmore of Allegany, five grandchildren, his father of Allentown, his mother of Wellsville, two brothers, Roy Prentice of Wellsville and Adam (Jeanie) Prentice of Allentown, two nephews, the mother of his children, Ixa Morales of Richburg and his girlfriend, Kate Dahill of the Town of Wirt. He was predeceased by a son, Ryan Prentice in 1978.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Friday, October 28, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev David Herne presiding. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Betty H. Barnes

Farmington, NY - Betty H. Barnes passed away unexpectedly on October 11th, 2011, surrounded by her loving family at the age of 84. Predeceased by her devoted husband, Darwin Barnes of 56 years, her parents Leonard and Elizabeth Hambridge and her brother Lt. Leslie Hambridge. Survived by her daughters Ann O'Donnell, Gail (Dan) Bell, Nancy (Dale) Sherwood, grandchildren Jeffrey (Kate) Sherwood, Scott (Jen) Sherwood, Matthew Bell, great-grandson Ayden Sherwood, and her special companion "Scooby". Betty graduated from Wellsville High School and Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing. She was the first Wellsville Elementary School nurse and finished her nursing career in 1979 as Director of Nursing at Wellsville Highland Nursing Home. She was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church and St. Ann's Guild.

In accordance with Betty's wishes, there are no prior calling hours and a private interment will occur at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, Wellsville, NY.

"Life can be the same after a trinket has been lost, but never after the loss of a treasure."

Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Richard "Dickie" Gilbert Verlie

Wellsville, NY - Richard "Dickie" Gilbert Verlie of Railroad Ave. passed away on Monday, October 10, 2011, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He was born on December 13, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio to Frank J. and Mary Sokol Verlie.

Dickie was a long time resident of Wellsville were he worked for the Moose Lodge and also for the Elks Lodge. He worked many odd jobs over the years and enjoyed fishing as well as shooting pool. Dickie was a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge and a former member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge.

Dickie is survived by a sister, Arlene Keefer and a brother, Edward Verlie; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior services and burial will take place in Cleveland Ohio. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. To leaver online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jonathan Andrew Dahlgren

Wellsville, NY - Jonathan Andrew Dahlgren, 26, formerly of 358 East Dyke Street died on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 in Verona from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle/pedestrian accident. He was born January 29, 1985 in Hornell the son of Denis and Colleen (Searles) Dahlgren.

Jon was a 2003 graduate of Wellsville High School and received a Bachelor's Degree from St. Bonaventure University. He was currently employed by Maine Source, Inc. of North Syracuse. He had recently moved to North Syracuse to reside with his grandmother.

Many will remember Jon as an avid sports fan, forever loyal to the Buffalo Bills. He played volleyball and tennis while in high school and enjoyed several wonderful vacations with his family on the water in Northern New York.

Surviving in addition to his parents is a brother, Christopher Dahlgren of Syracuse, a sister, Erin Dahlgren of Wellsville, his maternal grandmother, Dorothy (Record) Searles of North Syracuse, four aunts, Colette (Tony) Leonard of Bridgeport, Ann Searles on Minoa, Kathy Searles of Mattydale and Debra (Glenn) Mattison of Wellsville, two uncles, Donald (Janice) Dahlgren and Terry (Linda Sherman) Dahlgren both of Wellsville, as well several cousins, other relatives and special friends.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 9, 2011 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 Monday at 11:00 am at the First Congregational Church, 289 North Main Street in Wellsville with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Allegany County United Way.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Valerio J. "Larry" Lauzze

Wellsville, NY - Valerio J. "Larry" Lauzze formerly of East State Street passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at the Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 7, 1918 in Wellsville to Joseph and Philomina Serio Lauzze. On January 23, 1950 in Wellsville he married Paula Vossler who predeceased him in December of 2004.

Larry graduated from Wellsville High School in 1936. He worked for the family business, the Candy Kitchen, and attended an electrical trade school. In 1940 he enlisted in the US Navy. Larry spent WWII on various sub tenders as an electricians mate in the Atlantic Ocean and off of the Aleutian Islands. After the war Larry worked for a short time in New York City repairing elevators. Upon returning to Wellsville he began work as electrician for Air Preheater and later retired from Dresser Rand in the early 1980's. Larry learned to play the piano at an early age and enjoyed playing while visiting the nursing homes with the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Whenever possible Larry attended Masses said in Latin and he enjoyed socializing at the local service clubs.

His memberships include: The Immaculate Conception Church, Saint Vincent DePaul Society, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion, Elks and Moose all of Wellsville.

Survivors include: A son Paul (Shallee) Lauzze of Whitesville; a daughter, Valerie (Fred) Woodward of Clifton Park; 2 grandsons, Joseph and Nicholas Lauzze; several nieces and nephews.

Larry was predeceased by 2 brothers, Ralph and Anthony Lauzze; a sister, Mary Rose Seeley

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 2, 2011, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday at 10:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am at the Immaculate Conception Church with Father Sean DiMaria as the celebrant. Burial with full military honors will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School Memorial Fund, 6 Maple Ave., Wellsville, NY. 14895.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

James F. Carlin

Wellsville, NY - James F. Carlin, 76, of 2398 Stannards Road died unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. He was born May 17, 1935 in Wellsville, the son of the late Bernard and Mable (Sortore) Carlin. On June 11, 1955 in Wellsville he married Carole Hazzard who survives.

Jim was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was employed at C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville for 43 years, retiring in 1998. He was an active member of the Wellsville Community; serving as an Eucharistic Minister for the Immaculate Conception Church, Deputy Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus Council # 919, member of the Olean Assembly 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, member of the Mercy Associates, a member of the Immaculate Conception Community Fun Fair Committee and a life member of the Genesee Hose Company # 5.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, David (Rosealina) Carlin of Las Vegas, NV and Timothy (Judy) Carlin of Wellsville, two daughters, Cynthia Carlin and Kathleen (C.J.) Rahr both of Wellsville, 11 grandchildren, two brothers, Thomas Carlin of Scio and William Carlin of Wellsville as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Brian G. Carlin on July 3, 2000.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 25th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 and 9:00 pm and Monday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The Rosary will be recited Sunday at 3:45 pm in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Gerald Martin Merritt

Bolivar, NY - Gerald Martin Merritt, 73, of 6625 Phillips Hill Road died September 18, 2011 at his home in Bolivar. He was born September 21, 1937 in Ambrose, Georgia, the son of the late Marcillus and Ruby Lee (Taylor) Merritt. On May 12, 1963 in Gainesville, Florida he married Yvonne Andrews who predeceased him on July 16, 2008.

Gerald and Yvonne had formerly resided in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida and Wellsville, NY before moving to Bolivar. He operated a used car business most of his life. He was also employed at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville; retiring in 1999. He enjoyed racing stock cars, NASCAR, breakfast with his friends at Castaways and spending time with his dogs Nicky and Bandit.

He is survived by a sister, Nelda (Wayne) Gray of Gainesville, FL, a sister-in-law, Faye Merritt of Jacksonville, FL. a brother-in-law, Donald (Cheryl) Andrews of St. Petersburg, FL and Bolivar, NY and several nieces and nephews including, Andy Andrews of Bolivar.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 23, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 8:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Marian Schneider presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorial donations may be made to the Allegany County Office for the Aging. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Eleanor Knorr Lanphear Darmody

Huntsville, Texas - Eleanor Knorr Lanphear Darmody, age 90, a former resident of Wellsville passed away September 15, 2011 at the Ella Smither Geriatric Center in Huntsville, Texas. She was born in Brockway, Pennsylvania on May 12, 1921 to Harry and Fern Closser Knorr. She grew up in Angelica and graduated from Angelica High School in 1938.Eleanor held numerous jobs in Wellsville prior to moving to Houston, Texas in 1967. Eleanor moved to Huntsville, Texas in 2006.

Survivors include: 4 daughters, Barbara (Robert) Piscitelli of Wellsville, Beverly (Lance) Bennett of Batavia, Nancy (Dick) Mills of Huntsville, TX., and Judith (Bill) Wiemann of Houston, TX. Eleven grandchildren: Debbie Pinney, Lisa Arnone, Dean Piscitelli, Kelly Bennett, Krista Gibbs, Kurt Bennett, Dennis Mills, Doug Mills, Jackie Valastro, Gus Garza and Larry Manth: 16 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Eleanor was predeceased in death by her parents, Harry and Fern; her husband Bernard Darmody who died on January 7, 1981; her first husband and Father of their children, Alton Lanphear on August 20, 1982 and her brother, Earl Knorr who died on January 7, 2002

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 21, from 10 am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours in the Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will take place in Fairlawn Cemetery and memorials in Eleanor's name may be made to either the Comfort House of Allegany County at 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY. 14895, or to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Frank T. Barnhart

Keystone Heights, FL - Frank T. Barnhart, 65, passed away on September 2, 2011 at the Jacksonville Hospice Center. He was born December 13, 1945 in Wellsville the son of the late Raymond and Mary Grace (Radcliff) Barnhart.

Frank was a veteran of the U. S. Army from 1964 to 1968 and had served in Vietnam. He was a former long time resident on Greenwood. He moved to Sanford in the early 1980's where he was employed as painting contractor for over 20 years. He returned to New York and resided in Scio from 2007 until March of this year, when he moved to Keystone Heights, FL to live with his son Edward.

He is survived by three sons, Frank Barnhart Jr. and Raymond Dennis both of Wellsville, and Edward Barnhart of Keystone Heights, FL, three daughters, Connie Webster of Ovid, Kelly Madison of Wellsville and Skie Barnhart of Jacksonville, FL, one brother, Paul Barnhart of Wellsville, as well as eight grandchildren, one niece, one great nephew and several cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a sister, Ruth "Bonnie" Miller in 2003.

The American Legion Post 702 will honor Frank's military service on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Colony Park Community Room, 95 Johnson Street in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow with Pastor Dick Helms presiding. Burial will be in Florida National Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Greenwood Ambulance Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Vic W. Kemp

Scio, NY - Vic W. Kemp, 41, of 4397 Clark Street died on Friday, September 9, 2011 at home following a brief illness with cancer. He was born March 11, 1970 in Cuba the son of Carl and Linda (Hawks) Kemp Sr. On April 5, 1997 in Scio he married Kim L. Monahan who survives.

Vic was a 1990 graduate of Scio Central High School and had attended Alfred State College.

He was employed as a mechanic at Shuttleworth Auto Sales in Scio for the past seven years. He was formerly employed at Graves Auto Sales in Stannards, Bakers of Jericho Hill in Alfred and Certified Traffic Controllers in Andover.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents of Scio, is one son, Wayne M. Kemp of Scio, two brothers, Carl (Sue) Kemp Jr. of Leechburg, PA and Roy (Lori) Kemp of Hawkeye, Iowa, one sister, Louise (Jason) Roberson of Watertown, his paternal grandmother, Ruby Kemp of Wellsville, maternal grandparents, Arnold and Mary Hawks of Wellsville, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Jay Kemp of Belmont

Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 12th 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 Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church in Scio with Pastor Dale Kee presiding. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to Hope Lodge Hospitality House, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

David L. Jones

Wellsville, NY - David L. Jones, 76, of 167 Early Street died on Monday, September 05, 2011shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born November 11, 1934 in Morgantown, West Virginia the son of the late Lloyd and Theresa (Dower) Jones. On December 26, 1959 in Johnstown, PA he married Irene Davis who survives.

David was a 1952 graduate of State College, PA High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 and while serving in West Germany was named the Seventh Army's "Soldier of the Month" in November of 1957. He received a BA from Penn State University in 1956, a MS from Canisius College in Buffalo in 1961, a MA from the University of Kansas in 1964 and a PhD. from SUNY Binghamton in 1974. He began his teaching career at Southwestern Central High School in Lakewood, NY and later taught at Southwest Missouri State College in Springfield, Missouri. He moved to Wellsville in 1966 and taught History and Political Science at SUNY Alfred, retiring in 1994. While at Alfred, he served as President of the United University Professions from 1982 to 1985 and was Chairman of the Faculty Senate in 1979 and 1980.

He served as the Town of Wellsville Historian from 1973 to 1989, Chairman of the New York State Bicentennial Commission in Wellsville in 1975 and 1976, Past President of the Allegany County Stamp Club and a former member of the Wellsville Kiwanis Club.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, William David Jones and his wife Elizabeth of Myrtle Beach, SC; one daughter, Susan Irene Jones, and one granddaughter, Lauren Jones. He was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Jones.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 8th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the church with Rev. Daniel Kenyon presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Wellsville First United Methodist Church or the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Robert John Campbell

Andover, NY - Robert John Campbell of Indian Creek Road passed away on Monday, September 5, 2011, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on December 4, 1954 in Wellsville to Delburt and Margaret (Ransom) Campbell Sr. On November 6, 1976 in Wellsville he married Sandra Green who survives.

Robert John attended Wellsville Central School and retired in August from Air Preheater as a millwright after 24 years of service. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, Sons of the American Legion and a former social member of the VFW all in Wellsville. Robert John was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt ,fish and ride his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He enjoyed spending time at the Ponderosa and with his 2 dogs, Harley and Chelsea. Robert John will be remembered as a very loving family man.

Surviving besides his wife: 4 daughters, Alisa Campbell Swartz, Stacie Campbell, Stefanie (Ryan Preston) Campbell and Carrie Campbell all of Andover; 2 grandchildren, Gunner John Swartz and Raiyn Preston; a sister, Margaret (Milon) Ordiway of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews as well as several brothers and sisters in law.

He was predeceased by: his parents; 2 brothers, Delburt Campbell Jr. and Malcolm Campbell.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 am in the Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in his name may be made to either the Andover Volunteer Fire Department or the American Cancer Society.
To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Lucille M. Potter

Wellsville, NY - Lucille M. Potter, 94, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2011, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on April 29, 1917 in the Town of Ward to John C. and Catherine (Reynolds) Baker. On August 9, 1952, she married Arden E. Potter at the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. He predeceased her on November 3, 1983.

Lucille graduated from Alfred High School, moved to Wellsville and, over the years worked at several local businesses including: Creteko's Candy Store, Sandborn Drugstore, Cameo Restaurant and Loblaws. Lucille was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. She also was a member of the Community Center where she enjoyed playing bingo and cards. Lucille loved to bowl, but one of her greatest joys was music and dancing, especially at Breezy Point Campground. She will always be remembered for her liveliness.

Survivors include: a son John (Gwen) Potter of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren, Heather K.(Kevin) Hoffman of Chantilly, VA., Erik J. Potter and Ridge C. Potter, both of Wellsville; 2 great grandchildren, Isabella Potter and Xavier Potter as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband Arden, Lucille was predeceased by: a brother, Walter Baker; 3 sisters Florence Baker, Ruth Baker and Loretta (Robert) Baker.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 6, 2001, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will be held on Wednesday at the Funeral Home at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am at the Immaculate Conception Church. Father Thomas Roman will be the Celebrant and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Lucille's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lois Murdough Smith - Memorial Service

Lois Murdough Smith (100), mother, friend, librarian and involved citizen of Alfred, New York, died on July 11, 2011 at Wellsville Manor, in Wellsville, New York.

Lois was born in Boston on September 10, 1910. In 1940 she married C. Duryea Smith, III, Chairman of Alfred University's Department of Speech and Drama, and moved to Alfred, NY, where she resided for 67 years. Her husband died in 1977. They had two children, Charles Duryea Smith, IV and Jennifer Anne Smith Fajman, who both reside in Maryland.

In 1932, Lois graduated from Simmons College with a degree in Library Science and became a children's librarian at the New York City Public Library. She worked for Anne Carroll Moore, the founder of children's libraries in the United States. In 1937, she moved to Wellsville, NY to establish the Children's Library at the David A. Howe Public Library. After 34 years as a librarian with faculty status, she retired in 1974 from the State University of New York College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Lois was active in the Alfred community. During the time when her children were growing up, she became a Girl Scout leader and the President of the Alfred Almond Central School PTA in 1955. Lois was active in theater, working with the University's Footlight Club to support theater productions and being a strong participant in the Wee Playhouse. She was a founding member of the Reading Rots the Mind book club and was a principal founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Alfred Housing Committee. She was also a member of the Amadine Club. Lois was an active participant in the 1989 Nuclear Dump Fight ("Bump the Dump"), which was successful in stopping the plan to dispose of radioactive nuclear waste in Allegany County. In 2006, Lois received Alfred University's Honorary Alumnus Award, given annually to one person a year, for their interest, allegiance and service to the University and its alumni.

In 2007, Lois moved to Wellsville Manor in Wellsville, NY, because of her progressively worsening case of dementia. She resided there for her last four years and was often visited by her many friends and family. When Lois turned 100, her family and numerous friends from throughout the country attended her birthday party at the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville.

Lois is survived by her son Charles (Ruth) and her daughter Jennifer (Roger). She is also survived by her sister, Grace Murdough Chace of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and her nephews Bill, Paul and Jon Chace and Jimmy Murdough. She was predeceased by her husband, her four brothers and her parents.

Donations in Lois' memory may be made to Alfred University (Attn: The C. Duryea Smith III and Lois M. Smith Fund), Alfred, NY 14802. The Fund is used to support theater activities at the University. Alternatively, the family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to an organization of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at the Union University (Seventh Day Baptist) Church, 5 Church Street (near Main Street), Alfred, at 2:00 pm on September 10th. A reception will be held after the service at the Church Center across the street.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Eloise B. Scholes

Geneseo, NY - Eloise B. Scholes was born July 12, 1920, to Leon Burdette and Rachel (Burdick) Bassett in Winchendon, Massachusetts, and grew up in Milton, Wisconsin, and Alfred, New York. She graduated from Alfred High School and earned a BFA from Alfred University. Later she worked as a ceramic artist and teacher and housewife. On October 31, 1942, she married James B. Scholes of Alfred, son of Samuel Ray and Lois (Boren) Scholes.

Eloise was known for her unfailing kindness to both humans and animals. She died peacefully August 24, 2011, at Teresa House in Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents, younger brother William "Bill" Bassett, and grandparents William Henry Bassett, Myrta Stella (Bliss) Bassett, Rev. Clayton A. Burdick, and Harriet Heloise (Crandall) Burdick.

She leaves her husband of 68 years; stepmother Virginia (Foster) Bassett; daughter Sandra Henderson and husband, Harold; grandchildren Rachel (Henderson) Senter and husband Matthew, Robin K. Henderson and husband Marc Miles, and Samuel J. Henderson and wife Sara Davila; and great-granddaughter Alexandra Lynn Miles.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Interment will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo, NY 14454. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gerald Charles Hart


Wellsville, NY - Gerald C. Hart passed away peacefully at his home, Friday August 19, 2011, surrounded by his family and prayer.

He was born in Wellsville, NY on March 3, 1928, son of the late Henry and Finola (Wiles) Hart. He was a 1943 graduate of Immaculate Conception School and a 1945 graduate of Wellsville High School. Upon graduation, Gerald was drafted into the US Army and served in the Army of Occupation of Japan as a Technical Sgt. in the 27th. Infantry Regiment "The Wolfhounds" of the 25th Infantry Division, he was stationed in Osaka, Japan. He attended Alfred State College on the GI Bill, where he earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration.. Additionally, he graduated from Buffalo Barber School in 1948.

On January 22, 1955, he married Mary Ellen Connor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover; who predeceased him on August 15, 2009. Together they raised ten children: Ellen (Robert) Wartella, of Oneida, Kathleen (Patrick) Godfrey, of Woodbridge, VA, Thomas (Cindy Ewell) Hart of State College, PA, Colin (Theresa Dempsey) Hart of Fredonia, Nora (Craig) Burdick, Jerome (Nancy Anderson), Gabrielle (Rich) Ewell, and Joseph (Christy Forsberg), all of Wellsville, Margaret (Mark) Reuter of Superior, CO, Jonathan (Dawn Hennessey) Hart of Grand Island, and thirty-five grandchildren.

Raising ten children was not a small task for Gerald and Mary Ellen. Together they worked hard to ensure their children were cared for. During his well lived life, he farmed the land on South Hill where he raised beans and potatoes. He owned and operated Crest Haven Vault and Burial Company and Hart Memorials. Gerald was also employed at the US Postal Service for thirty-seven years.

Gerald was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Emerald Hook and Ladder Co, American Legion, Moose Lodge, and was a 4th. Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.
In addition to his children, he is survived by his sisters Jean Hanks and Judy (Jim) Brush, brothers-in-law, Clinton Adams, Jim (Marlene) Connor, John (Maurice) Connor, and Michael (Melinda) Connor, many nieces and nephews that he held very dear to his heart, and special friends Kevin and Nancy Kailbourne and Gordy Cook.

He was predeceased by his brother, Billy Hart, a sister, Esther Adams and a nephew, Billy Hanks.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 pm and Wednesday 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 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, with Rev. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial. with military honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Comfort House of Allegany County, or the Kelly Cooper Memorial Scholarship Fund % of the Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Gary W. Rushmore

Wellsville, NY - Gary W. Rushmore, 77, of Clark Street went to be with his lord on Friday, August 19, 2011, after a short illness at Highland Park. He was born in Wellsville on July 27, 1934 to Wallace and Gladys Marsh Rushmore. On July 11, 1970 he married his wife of 41 years, Jean Rapan Rushmore who survives.

Gary graduated from Wellsville High School. He worked for Yanda's Service Station, Acker's Quaker State and later for Dean's ARCO all in Wellsville. He was employed by Alfred State College for a time and retired from The Friendship Dairy in 1996 after 20 years of service. Gary enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandsons.

Surviving besides his wife includes: 2 sons, Matthew Rushmore of Wellsville and Keith (Tabitha) Rushmore of Bath; 2 grandsons, Jake and Ryan as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to celebrate Gary's life on Tuesday, August 23 2011, at 11 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Marion L. Bartlett

Wellsville, NY - Marion L. Bartlett formerly of White Hill in Allentown passed away on Monday, August 15, 2011, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on June 2, 1914 in Richburg to Glenn and Rosaida Young Woodard Sr. On June 2, 1931 in Richburg she married Edward E. Bartlett who predeceased her on June 26, 2007.

Marion was a long time resident of Allentown who attended the White Hill School, Richburg School and Allentown Union School. In 1940 she became a member of the Allentown United Methodist Church where she later taught Sunday school. Marion was a past president of the United Methodist Women in Allentown and later was a member of the United Methodist Women in Alma. She was also a past Nobel Grand for the Rebekah Lodge # 594 in Allentown.
Marion was very fond of flower gardens and crafts. She canned vegetables from her large garden and made maple syrup.

Survivors include: a son James E. (Norma) Bartlett of Wellsville; 4 daughters, Beverly (Cy) Dawson of Belmont, Thelia Swarthout of Belmont, Gloria (Melvin) Clark of Perry and Ann (Stephen) Austin of Dunnellon, FL.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; 3 cousins and several nieces and nephews:

Marion was predeceased by her parents and 3 brothers; Richard Woodard, Herbert Woodard and Glenn Woodard Jr.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 20, 2011, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Marion's Funeral service will be held on Sunday at 2 pm at the Allentown United Methodist Church with Pastor Vickie Hedlund presiding. Burial will take place in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar and memorials may be made to the Allentown United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Jessica A. Dennis

Wellsville, NY - Jessica A. Dennis of the Stannards Road passed away on Monday, August, 15, 2011, at Strong Memorial Hospital after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born on April 5, 1979 in Prince Fredrick, MD., To Richard W. Humphreys and Terry Prentice. On May 8, 2009 in Wellsville she married Russell Dennis who survives.

Jessica was a former resident of Bolivar who graduated from Bolivar - Richburg Central School in June of 1998. While in school she was a member of the band and marching band playing the clarinet and also ran cross country. In addition, Jessica graduated from BOCES in Belmont from the Medical Assisting Program in June of 1998. Jessica later attended JCC in Olean and worked for Tops Markets from 2000 to 2010. She enjoyed gardening, music, the outdoors, being with family and friends and assisting the Willing Fire Department as an auxiliary member.

Surviving besides her husband: her father, Richard Humphreys of St. Petersburg, FL.; her mother Terry Prentice Hall of Bolivar; maternal grandfather, Vernon Prentice of Georgia; 2 sons, Gabe L. Dennis at home and Wade L. Dennis of Friendship; 2 sisters, Kristy Humphreys-Lananger, Kimberly E. Hall and a brother, Henry R.D. Hall all of Bolivar; several nieces and nephews; 3 aunts and several cousins; special friends, Pamela and Tony Burdick of Bolivar, Beth and Johnny Common of Allentown and Dianne Murray of Bolivar.

Jessica was predeceased by her maternal grandmother Lois Prentice.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, August 19, 2011, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville at which time the service will take place with Rev. Merritt Burdick presiding. Burial will take place in Stannards Cemetery and memorials may be given to the Willing Firemen's Auxiliary. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mary C. Panada Rickicki

Wellsville, NY - Mary C. Panada Rickicki, 88, of 4192B Bolivar Road died on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born November 28, 1922 in Bradford, PA the daughter of the late Nicholas and Rosa Grandinetti.

Mary had resided at Manor Hills in Wellsville for many years; where she enjoyed happy hour, coffee socials, bingo, coloring, watching TV and spending time with her many friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Maurice Panada Sr., her son, Maurice Panada Jr. and four brothers, Joseph, Frederick, Frank and Lewis Grandinetti.

Friends are invited to a prayer service on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville, with Rev. Sean DiMaria presiding. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, NY. Memorials suggestions include the Activities Fund at Manor Hills, 4192B Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.