Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lorraine Ann (House) Vossler

Brentwood, TN - Lorraine Ann (House) Vossler, 64, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Sunday, December 21, 2013. She is preceded in death by her parents, James and Margaret (McNeill) House; a brother-in-law, Darryl MacTavish; and a niece, Heather MacTavish. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Edward Vossler; three children, Jason Vossler, Adam (Jessica) Vossler, and Daniel (Maggie) Vossler; three grandchildren, Shelby, Lewis and Alivia Vossler; four siblings, Candace MacTavish, Fredrick "Rick" (Linda) House, Debra House, and Teresa (Kevin) Graham; and several nieces and nephews. Lorraine was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Her family was her life and she will be greatly missed. Visitation was held on Sunday and a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, December 23, 2013 in Brentwood. A memorial is being planned for next summer in the Wellsville area. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit www. embserfuneralhome.com

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Shirley Ann Ball

Wellsville, NY - Shirley Ann Ball, 57, of 25 Madison Street passed away at home on Sunday, December 15, 2013 following a long illness. She was born December 12. 1956 in Cuba the daughter of the late Orley Leon and Josephine Mary (Gervasi) Blakeslee Jr. On February 14, 1996 she married Robert L. Ball who predeceased her on January 3, 2013.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date at the convenience of the family. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Theodore F. "Ted" Phillips

Belmont, NY - Theodore F. "Ted" Phillips, age 71, of State Route 19 passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013 at the Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born on April 15, 1942 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania to Homer and Lucy Woodruff Phillips. On September 24, 1988 in Belmont he married Lana Bortle who survives.   

Ted work for many years as a vehicle body and fender repairman. He worked at several area garages including Pfuntners in Wellsville and for a time, in Franklinville, he owned and operated his own shop. Ted enjoyed playing the guitar and was a member of a country and western band. He also enjoyed mowing his lawn. Ted was a member of the Wellsville Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Tedi (Dave) Zielinski of Sinclairville; 3 grandchildren, Desiree, Hope and Zackary Zielinski; 2 stepsons, Denny (Maureen) Burdick of Penfield and Tim Burdick of Norfolk, VA.; a step daughter, Michelle Burdick of Belmont; two brothers, Dick (Gennie) Phillips of Tennessee and Harold Phillips of Port Allegany, PA.; a sister, Virginia (Gary) Augie of Franklinville; his mother in law, Mabel Partridge of Addison; several nieces and nephews.

Ted was predeceased by 5 brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 22, from 1 to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville New York. A funeral service with Elder Bart Landon presiding will take place at 2 pm at the conclusion of the calling hour. Memorials may be given the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Linda K. Versch

Alma, NY - Linda K. Versch, 56, of 5170 County Road 38 passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at home following a brief illness. She was born January 22, 1957 in Marion, Indiana the daughter of Joseph and Diana (Marden) Fagan.

Linda was raised in Lancaster, PA and attended Northern Lebanon School. She was formerly employed as a custodian at Wellsville High School for several years. She loved to fish and NASCAR; especially Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne.

She is survived by her companion of 15 years, Randy Cornelius of Alma and his extended family, her father of Manheim, PA, one sister, Kelly Gerhart of Lititz, PA as well as three nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, her husband Dave Versch and a sister, Peggy Ryan.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, December 20, 2013 from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Gene Miller presiding. Burial will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Frances G. Hurd

Pleasanton, TX - Frances G. Hurd, 92, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013 following a courageous battle with cancer at her home in Texas, surrounded by her family. She was born in September 14, 1921 in Angelica the daughter of the late Harry and Viola (Graham) Feldbauer. On April 13, 1940 in Angelica she married Lester M. Hurd who predeceased her on April 30, 1992.

Frances was a long time resident of Angelica before moving to Pleasanton, Texas 14 years ago. She was a 4-H leader for many years and a member Allegany County Home Bureau. She was formerly employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville; retiring in 1984. 

She is survived by three daughters, Carol Mead of Pleasanton, TX, Diane Dearing of Matthews, NC, and Kay (Larry) Williams of Odenton, MD, four grandchildren, Amy Dearing, Scott (Bridget) Dearing, Christine Garces, and Leslie (Wil) McPherson, eight great grandchildren, three brothers, Robert (Doris) Feldbauer, of Angelica, Harry (Skip) Feldbauer of Salamanca, and James Feldbauer of Belmont as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband of 52 years, by a brother, Jerome Feldbauer.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 19, 2013 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm and Friday from 9:00 to 9:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10:00 am in Holy Family Church in Belmont with Rev. Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Belmont. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Angelica Library, the Angelica Conservation Club or Home Care and Hospice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Carl N. Leave

Wellsville, NY - Carl N. Leave, 83, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville following a lengthy illness. He was born April 29, 1930 in Warren, PA the son of the late Carl A. and Laura Hotelling Leave. On August 23, 1952 in Meadville, PA he married Arlene Brown who survives.

Carl was a graduate of Warren High School and served with the U. S. Navy for four years. He graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville with a B. S. degree. He was formerly employed at United Refinery, Corry-Jamestown Manufacturing, Park Davis Drug Company and the Sinclair Refinery before moving to the Wellsville area in 1963. In Wellsville he began his career at Worthington Corporation and retired from Dresser-Rand in 1992, after 28 years of service. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church where he was active in the choir, couples club and held several offices within the congregation. He was a life member of the Duke Hose Company, a member of Gideons International, the Genesee Valley Choir and a charter member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  

Surviving in addition to his wife of 62 years are three daughters, Linda leave of Clive, IA, Vickie (Bruce) Hand of Wellsville and Margaret Stanford of Jamestown, six grandchildren, Timothy and Thomas Hand, Brent and Jay Spitzer and Aaron and Heather Stanford, one brother, Ronald (Patty) Leave of Tucson, AZ as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a sister; Virginia Pierce He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his cottage on Chautauqua Lake and he loved being with his grandchildren.   

Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 16, 2013 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm with Pastor Robert Morris presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a memorial donation may make their contribution to the Hart Comfort House, The Duke Hose Company, The Trinity Lutheran Church or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Waneta W. Presutti,

Belmont, NY - Waneta W. Presutti, 80, of 22 Willets Avenue passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at Olean General Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 10, 1933 in Portville the daughter of the late Gerald B. and Beatrice Winona (Campbell) Winchell. On April 19, 1952 at St. Mary's Church in Belmont she married Leonard V. Presutti who predeceased her on October 7, 1998.

Waneta was a 1951 graduate of Belmont Central School. She began her banking career with the State Bank of Belmont and retired from the Belmont branch of Key Bank. After retirement she wintered in Florida and summered at Rushford Lake. She was a long time member of the former St. Mary's Church in Belmont, St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society, the Red Hat Society in Florida and the Balcom Beach Card Players Club at Rushford Lake. She also enjoyed her monthly banker's luncheons.

She is survived by four sons, Michael F. (Barbara) Presutti, Steven G. (Patricia) Presutti and Mark A. (Linda) Presutti all of Belmont and Alan L. (Sharon) Presutti of Angelica, two daughters, Mary Kay Presutti of Belmont and Luanne C. (T.J.) Mead of Morris, OK, a daughter-in-law, Debora Presutti of Odessa,12 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother, Leland (Ruby Slocum) Winchell of Friendship, one sister, Wanda (Duane) Waid of Interlaken as well as many nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Dana L. Presutti and a brother, Phillip Winchell.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and Monday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Belmont. The Rosary will be recited Sunday at 8:30 pm in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11 am in the Holy Family Church in Belmont. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Belmont. Memorial donations are suggested to the New York Provence of the Society of Jesus, The Holy Family Roman Catholic Church of Belmont or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mabel M. Budinger

Belmont, NY - Mabel M. Budinger, 73, of 5739 Church Street passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. She was born August 30, 1940 in Corning the daughter of Jesse and Idabelle (Sutton) Horton. On April 22, 1977 in Belmont she married Harold R. Budinger who predeceased her on January 24, 2003.

Mabel was raised in the Campbell area. She was the owner and operator of Mabel's Place in Belvidere and for many years she was the bookkeeper for Budinger Wrecking. She loved spending time with her grandchildren; antiquing and playing the lottery.

She is survived by two sons, Ronald (Stacy) Budinger of Portville and Richard Budinger of Hornell, five grandchildren, Sienna, Halle, Gavin, Kirsten and Brooke, seven stepchildren, Harold (Monica) Budinger of Angelica, Lillian Budinger, Allen Budinger and Donna Budinger all of Friendship, Larry Budinger of Arkansas, Timothy Budinger and Betty-Jean (Dan) Smith both of Tennessee, several step grandchildren and great grandchildren, four brothers, Lawrence, Elmer, Charles and Richard Horton, five sisters, Josephine Tyler, Vera Morisman, Sarah Manning, Shirley Hollister and Sharon Daley as well as several nieces & nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Robert Budinger, two stepsons, Gerald and Aaron Budinger, two daughters-in-law, Paula and Barb Budinger and four brothers, Jesse, Ernie, Robert and Tom Horton.

The family visitation will be on Friday, December 13, 2013 beginning at 6:00 pm and friends are invited to call on Friday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The service will follow at 8:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Merritt Burdick presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Beverly Lillian Grantier

Beverly Lillian Grantier of 2794 Hallsport Road Wellsville, NY passed away unexpectedly as a result of a motor vehicle accident on Sunday November 24, 2013 in Chambersburg, PA at the age of seventy seven. Beverly lived a full life with tremendous love for family, friends and community. She will be remembered as an incredibly altruistic person who had a positive influence on many lives.

Beverly was born on October 21, 1936 in Akron, Ohio to the late Irene Beardshaw Molner and George Molner. She resided near Mogador, Ohio for most of her childhood nurtured by her extended family. In 1954 Beverly graduated from Franklin Academy in Malone, NY.

In 1957 Beverly earned her degree in nursing from Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY allowing her to fulfill her lifelong commitment to helping others. While in Nursing School, she met her future husband, Gordon Grantier, through a classmate. The couple established their friendship, romance grew and on November 27, 1958, Beverly married Gordon at the Stannards Methodist Church. The couple established their home in Wellsville where they raised their three children; Denise, Garth and Scott.

During Beverly's nursing career, she worked for Jones Memorial Hospital in addition to many local physicians' offices and in industry until her eventual transition to school nursing which allowed her to serve youth and children who were always so dear to her heart. After retiring from her nursing career, Beverly continued her passion for helping others as she served for many different programs and organizations with her unique and genuine selflessness. Beverly was a hardworking and devoted member of the Wellsville and Stannards United Methodist Church where she served in many supportive capacities and presented sermons occasionally as a Lay Speaker.

Beverly served as the secretary for the Stannards Cemetery for over thirty years. Another program dear to her heart was her volunteer work for the Allegany County Office of the Aging. She was passionate in helping the senior citizens of her community.

Beverly enjoyed many special friendships and shared her joyfulness, humor, wisdom and love. She deeply cherished the strong bonds within a sisterhood of her "Tea Party Ladies" consisting of Diane Chandler, Linda Fanton, Christina Wightman, Mary Embser and the late Sandy Dillie.

Beverly is survived by her husband Gordon; daughter Denise (Mark) Wilmot of Horseheads, NY; two sons, Garth Grantier of Alfred, NY; and Scott (Erica) Grantier of Belmont, NY. Beverly was the proud, loving grandmother of Marie Sherwood, Naomi (Eric) Johnston, Vanessa Sherwood, Owen Sherwood, Payton Grantier, Derick Grantier and Elizabeth Grantier. Of all Beverly's achievements in her life, her family was her crowning achievement.

Beverly is also survived by her dear cousins Lynne Taylor of Richmond Heights, Ohio and Phillip (Nancy) McKenna of Palmetto, Florida.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2014 in Wellsville, NY on a date to be announced by the family. Based on Beverly's dedication to helping our community's senior citizens and her dedication to the United Methodist Church, the family would respectfully request that donations in memoriam be given to the Allegany County Senior Foundation in care of Office For The Aging or the United Methodist Church of Wellsville.

The family of Beverly Grantier extends the greatest appreciation to all for the tremendous support, thoughts and prayers from our great community.

To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

E. Helen Link

Wellsville, NY - E. Helen Link, age 85, of the Meservey Hill Road passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at the Highland Park Health Care Center in Wellsville. She was born on April 1, 1928 in Wellsville to Walter C. and Ruth Breneke Hornburg. On February 3, 1951 in Wellsville she married Harold Link who predeceased her on December 6, 2002.

Helen graduated from Wellsville High School and worked for both the Woolworth and Grants Department stores in Wellsville. She later worked the farm with her husband and will be remembered for driving the team of horses during the hay season. She was a very determined and outgoing woman who enjoyed being outside and was devoted to her family. Helen was a devout Christian who would say a prayer anywhere and at any time. She was a life member of the Trinity Lutheran Church who taught Sunday school and had been a member of the couples club. Helen enjoyed birds and was a member of the Allegany County Bird Club as well as an active participant of the Wellsville Senior Center.

She is survived by a son Gary (Nancy) Link of Wellsville and a daughter Linda (Arnold) Hurd of Wellsville; 5 grandchildren, Jackie (Andre) Harris, Ann (Brad) Ball, Amy Hurd, Laura (Andy Hunt) Link and Brian Link; 5 great grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen was predeceased by a sister Doris Burton.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday from11 to 1 pm in the Trinity Lutheran Church with a funeral service to follow at 1 pm with Pastor Robert Morris presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials may be made to Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Donald C. Hough

Angelica, NY - Donald C. Hough, 87, formerly of 24 Railroad Avenue passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 8, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville with his family at his side. He was born January 9 1926 in Belmont, NY the son of the late Harry Earl and Glada (Mayo) Hough. Don lived most of his life in Angelica where he attended local schools. In his early years he was employed on freighter ships which took him to the Far East, the Mediterranean, Europe and other destinations. He was later employed by New York State as a painter for over 28 years in Rochester and Orangeburg, NY. When he retired, Don was a caregiver to his loving Mother and was never far away if other family members needed a helping hand. He was a devoted son, loving brother and a special uncle.

Don moved to Manor Hills in Wellsville in 2008 where he enjoyed visiting with his friends and watching football and baseball. Don was an avid New York Yankees fan. He loved his independence and up until a few weeks ago, he took daily walks to Burger King for breakfast and to Short's for lunch where he enjoyed talking with the folks. On extra nice days, he would walk to the drug store and to K Mart. A daily visit with his sister Lois was always most important.

Donald was the Mayo and Hough family "historian". Details of loved ones, past and present, were only a thought away in his sharp mind. He never forgot a birthday and enjoyed sending greeting cards. A simple "Love Don" meant so much to those who received Don's cards. His kindness and family values will be missed by all. Don will be remembered by his warm smile, big heart and his love of animals. Don's favorite animal was "Midnight", a big Husky dog that he brought back from his days on board the ships.

Donald is survived and will be deeply missed by his younger sister, Lois Perkins of Wellsville. Don was the epitome of an older brother watching out for his younger sister. "Uncle Don" will be sadly missed by his nieces Cheryl Young and her husband Bob of Wellsville and Sandra Riccaldo of Weston, FL. who shared a special bond with Don and were a phone call away for support or help. He is also survived by nephews Craig and Michael Perkins and eighteen great nieces and nephews. The entire family feels blessed to have had Don in their lives for so long and will cherish the memories of years of love. He is predeceased in addition to his parents by two brothers, Clarence and Clyde Hough, a Sister Lillian Anges and Nephew, Darrell Perkins.

Don's wishes of no viewing or funeral services will be honored and family members ask that any donations in his memory be made to the Angelica Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Corps, 1 Main Street, Angelica, NY 14709. Donald will be laid to rest in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Daniel P. English

Wellsville, NY - Mr. Daniel P. English, 76, passed away serenely this Saturday, December 7, 2013, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mr. and Mrs. Vincent English welcomed son Daniel into the world on February 21, 1937 in Buffalo.

Daniel attended and graduated from Buffalo's Kensington High School in 1955. He then worked a series of area jobs and concurrently served in the U.S. Army Reserve, attaining the rank of specialist. A degree in business administration from Erie Community College soon followed. In 1966 Daniel married Carol Schrader and thereafter moved to Wellsville. In 1971 their son Richard was born, currently a resident of Charleston, S.C. David followed in 1974, and currently resides in Ithaca. In Wellsville Mr. English steadfastly worked for over three decades as a postal carrier. Accordingly, he swiftly grew to prefer the friendly nature of his adopted small town.

A former city boy, Daniel enjoyed a lifelong affinity for Wellsville's pastoral charm. He keenly favored the tranquility of a spring time creek-bed fossil hunt. Most of all, Daniel developed a lifelong passion and expertise in local Native American arrowheads and culture. To him, a farmer's freshly ploughed field was an undiscovered countryside museum. Daniel loved and relished reading history, coin collecting, travel [unforgivable puns!], his pets, friends and his family.

His wife Carol, sons Richard [Lisa] and David, and Sister Marion[Phil] Fiorentine, of St. James survive him.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 10, from 2 to 3 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. A service of remembrance and celebration will be held in the Church at 3 pm with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials in Daniel's name may be given to the SPCA or Trinity Lutheran Church-Outreach.

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

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Robert L. Berg

Charlottesville, VA - Robert L. Berg, 89, of 250 Pantops Mountain Road passed away peacefully on Friday, November 29, 2013 in his home with his family at his side. He was born February 29, 1924 in Bellevue, PA the son of the late George and Amy (Matson) Berg. On January 31, 1959 in Wellsville, NY he married Phyllis Elaine Reuning who predeceased him on August 2, 2004. They were married for 45 glorious years and each adored the other. 

Bob resided in Oak Park, Illinois from 1926 to 1942. He entered Northwestern University after high school, but soon after enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served from 1943 to 1945 as a navigator on a B-29 in the 3rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. He bravely flew 23 combat missions over Japan and was awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to finish his education at Northwestern from 1946 to 1948 and obtained a B. S. Degree in Chemical Engineering. He was employed by Esso, and subsequently Exxon, for 35 years and for 10 of those years he was posted overseas in Venezuela, Brazil, England, and Singapore. He began his career as a chemical engineer and advanced to being an international marketing executive.

Bob was a wonderful husband and father who deeply valued time spent with his family. He shared his passion for skiing, golf, sailing and long walks outdoors with his sons. He had an adventurous spirit which was fueled by all of his international experiences that he loved to share with all of those around him. As a Leap Year baby, he celebrated some remarkable birthdays, including festive celebrations for his 16th, 18th and 21st birthdays. In his later years, he was fond of remarking that he was doing remarkably well despite his advancing age, and that as long as he ate well, slept well and could take a long walk that he was well satisfied. His positive outlook will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by two sons and their wives, Dr. Carl L. Berg and Dr. Martha L. Barnett of Charlottesville, VA and John A. and Lisa W. Berg of New York City, five grandchildren, Emily, Alison, Alexandra, Michael and Andrew, one sister, Frances Berg of San Francisco, CA as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Al Berg, whom he loved dearly. 

A private service is being planned for a later date. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville, NY. The family suggest memorial donations in lieu of flowers be made in his memory to Northwestern University or the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Monday, December 2, 2013

Donald R. Linza



Shongo, NY - Donald R. Linza, 91, of 469 Route 19 South passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2013 at home with his family and loving wife of 66 years at his side. He was born July 19, 1922 in the Town of Amity the son of the late Max and Faith (Withey) Linza. On August 30, 1947 in Shongo he married Mary Kay Bastian who survives. 


Don was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a veteran of WW II serving with the    U. S. Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945 in the European Theater of Operation. He was formerly employed at Hopkins Lumber in Wellsville; Chapman's Furniture in Genesee, PA and for many years was a self employed carpenter. He was a 50 year member of the former Shongo United Methodist Church. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Don (Donita) Linza of Wellsville Stephen (Judy) Linza of Whitesville and Todd (Sharla) Linza of Enid, OK, one daughter, Vicki (Charles) White of Wellsville, six grandchildren, Michelle Denhoff, Richard (Stephanie) Linza, Mark (Janine) Linza, Cullen Linza, Evan Linza and Nicole White, seven great-grandchildren, one sister, Marjorie Layton of Moravia, five brothers, Max (Jerry) Jr. of Houston, TX, Roger (Helen) Linza of Belmont, Raymond (Barbara) Linza of Jamestown, Harley (Phyllis) Linza of Westfield, PA and Gary (Connie) Linza of Wellsville as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Marilyn Ruth Linza, a grandson, Aaron J. White and three brothers, Merle, Ernest and Dale Linza.

At Don's request there will be no service or visitation. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Home Care & Hospice or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dorotha E. Harris

Whitesville, NY - Dorotha E. Harris, 95, of 839 Harris Road passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville following a brief illness. She was born July 9, 1918 in the Town of Willing the daughter of Archie R. and Fannie (Clark) Foster. On July 4, 1935 in Wellsville she married Lester W. Harris who predeceased her on June 22, 2005.

Dorotha attended the Whitesville United Methodist Church, was a member of the Whitesville Senior Citizens and the Whitesville Cheery Circle Club. She had been an active member of the Yorks Grange, the Independence Historical Society and was a former 4H leader and county officer. She and her husband will be remembered as maple syrup producers. She enjoyed making quilts for family and friends and was well known for her smile and laughter.

She is survived by two sons, Cecil (Maxine) Harris of Casper, WY and Elton (Kristine) Harris of Painted Post, five grandchildren, Tony, Brian, Craig, Dan and Chad Harris, several great- grandchildren, one sister, Virginia Bassett of Alfred as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, William, Archie Edward and Eugene Foster and three sisters, Francelia McGraw, Fannie McGill and Loie Odell.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the Whitesville United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow visitation at 2 pm in the church. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Hart Comfort House, the Independence Historical Society or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Venerino "Frank" Morabito



Alma, NY - Venerino "Frank" Morabito, 80, of 5595 County Road 38 passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with his family at his side. He was born June 10, 1933 in Rochester the son of Sebastiano and Rosaria "Sarah" (Palazzolo) Morabito. On August 17, 1957 in St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen he married Barbara J. Raub who survives. 


Frank was a 1952 graduate of Edison Technical and Industrial High School in Rochester. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Air Force. He was the owner & operator of V.F.M. Refrigeration in Rochester until moving to Wellsville in 1979, where was self employed until his retirement. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are five daughters, Catherine (Garrett) Smith of Atlanta, GA, Christine Morabito of Wellsville, Carolyn (John) Walsh and Barbara Morabito both of Rochester and Susan (Steve) Chakmakjian of Fort Collins, CO, 12 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one sister, Santina Traino of Webster as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Venerino Morabito, one sister, Giochinna Morabito and a son-in-law, Bret Farrow. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm and Wednesday from 10 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, December 4, 2013 at 11am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester. The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Paul Starr




Belmont, NY - Paul Starr, 74, of 4901 Hood Road passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville Florida with his wife at his side. He was born September 17, 1939 in New Britain, CT. the son of the late Stephen and Mary (Eastwood) Starr. On July 19, 1961 in Hornell he married Brenda Knickerbocker who survives.


 Paul was raised on a farm in Hartsville and attended Canisteo Central School. Paul enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1959 and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Upon completing his service to his country in 1964, he settled in Belmont NY. He later graduated from DeVry College with a degree in Electronics. He was employed as an electrician at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 38 years; retiring in 2003.

Paul was a natural teacher. He and his wife spent many hours and weekends teaching hunter safety courses, boy scouts, and swimming lessons. Those who received training from Paul knew him as a tough but thorough, and memorable teacher. He enjoyed skeet shooting with his family and friends as well as wood carving.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Paul (Tammy) Starr of Baldwinsville and Michael (Kimmysue) Starr of Scottsville, three daughters, Christine (Thomas) Zajicek of Big Flats, Valerie (William) Burton of Belmont, and Colleen (Steven) Cavagna of Andover, 12 grandchildren, one brother, Peter Starr of Altoona, PA as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Timothy, a grandson, Cory, three brothers, Joseph, Stephen and John and one sister, Lucille. He was a loving husband and father, who will deeply missed.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Interment with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Angelica Conservation Club/Youth Programs % Bob Jones, 249 East Main Street, Angelica, NY 14709. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Edna Sarah Best

Alma, NY - Edna Sarah Best, 79, of 166 Pump Station Road was reunited with the Lord on Sunday, November 17, 2013 with her loving family at her side. She was born August 2, 1934 in Clearfield, PA the daughter of the late Clyde and Bertha (Lucas) Welch. On July 12, 1952 in Clearfield she married Jesse Best III who survives.

Edna was formerly employed as a nurse's aid at Ransomville Hospital and Mt. View Nursing Care Facility in Lockport. She loved to play bingo, the lottery and scratch off tickets. She also enjoyed making crafts and sewing.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Garry Best of Williamsport, PA, Jesse Best IV of Ransomville and Paul (Cheryl) Best of Niagara Falls, three daughters, Sandra (Marvin) Buck of Carlsbad, NM, DeAnn (Richard) Burns of Ransomville and Christina (Helene) Cox of Getzville, 13 grandchildren, Deanna, Deneen, Jimmy John, Shauna, Jesse V, Daylean, Keith, Kevin, Miranda, Allan II, Christina, Sylvester and Michael, 27 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren, a twin sister, Edith Mihalko of Morrisdale, PA, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by one daughter, Randie Lee Doucette, a granddaughter, Jessica Curry, a daughter-in-law, Denise Best, five sisters, Mary, Theona, Gladis, Bertha and Eva and six brothers, Charlie, Carl, Floyd, Herb, Haskell and Elmer.

At Edna's request, there will be no service or visitation. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Charles Cole Hospital, Memorial Fund in Coudersport, PA. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Arlene M. Aaron

Wellsville, NY - Arlene M. Aaron, age 81, of Stevens Street passed away at home surrounded by her family on Friday, November 08, 2013. She was born on April 19, 1932 in Hornell to Henry  and Kathleen  Gibson Gottschall. On November 23, 1985 in Wellsville she married William S. "Bill" Aaron who predeceased her on October 21, 1999.

Arlene was raised in Hornell and had been a resident of Whitesville. She was employed by A.C.E.S. at Alfred State College for 21 years. Arlene was a former member of the Saint Ignatius Church in Hornell and currently was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Her memberships include the Women of the Moose Chapter #248 and the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702 Auxiliary both of Wellsville. Arlene took great pride in decorating her house during the holidays especially at Christmas time. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, playing euchre at the Community Center as well as cooking and baking for her large family. Arlene will be remembered as the matriarch of her family with a tender loving heart who kept her family together in good times and bad times.  

Arlene is survived by a son Gary (Sandy) Ordway of Wellsville; 5 daughters, Connie (Don Rodgers) White of Duryea, PA., Bonnie (Ed) Billings of Whitesville, Deborah Ordway Parker of Wellsville, Darlene (Larry) Fox of Whitesville and Sharon (Dan) Worden of Wellsville; her daughter in law, Pam Ordway of Meadville, PA; 3 sisters, Ruth Kendall of Hornell, Mary Lou Daniels of Arkport and Jeanne Babcock of Michigan; a sister in law, Fran Gottschall; 16 grandchildren as well as several great grand children, nieces, nephews and cousins.
  
Arlene was predeceased by a son, Lawrence R. Ordway; a brother, Richard Gottschall and a granddaughter, Kathleen Worden.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, November 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Arlene's funeral will be held on Tuesday at 11 am in the funeral home with Reverend Dennis Munro presiding. Burial will take place in Whitesville Rural Cemetery and memorials in her name may be given to Susan G. Koman "For the Cure" 5005 LBJ Freeway, Dallas Texas, 75244. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Marian Teresa "Tess" Tullar

WELLSVILLE - Marian Teresa "Tess" Tullar, 84, of 497 North Main St., passed away in her home on Thursday, (Nov. 7, 2013).

Teresa was born May 14, 1929, in Belmont, NY., the daughter of Leo and Marian Jadwin Hunt. In August 1949 she married Bayard C. Tullar who pre-deceased her in January, 1990.

She had resided in Wellsville for the past nine years having previously lived in Green Valley AZ. where she and her husband Bayard had retired to in 1980.

Teresa was a graduate of Belmont High School Class of 1947 and attended D'Youville College in Buffalo, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Wellsville.

Teresa was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family.  A special thanks is extended to the superb group of caregivers who lovingly attended to Mrs. Tullar's needs over the past eight years.

Surviving are sons Bayard C. Tullar IV of Alma, Thomas E. (Rhonda) Tullar of Rogue River, OR; daughters, Gwynneth T. (Richard) Shear of Wellsville, Patricia Tullar and Tamara Tullar both of Rogue River, OR.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Katie, Caleb,Teresa, Angie, Jake, Paige, Jennifer, Tiffany, and April, as well as great-grandchildren.  She was pre-deceased by her husband in 1990, a brother, Donald Hunt of Belmont, NY, a grandson, Bayard C. Tullar IV, and an infant grand-daughter, Jennifer Tullar.

There will be no visitation.  A private family service celebrating her life is planned for a later date. Burial will be at the family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville..

Memorials may be made to Jones Memorial Hospital (Emergency Room), 191 North Main St., Wellsville, NY  14895 or a charity of the donor's choice..

To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Laura Jean "Jeannie" Marsh

Belmont, NY - Laura Jean "Jeannie" Marsh, age 80, of County Route 48 passed away at home on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. She was born in Belmont to Clyde and Lottie Smith Hanchett. On April 23, 1955 in Belmont she married James Robert "Bob" Marsh who predeceased her on May 15, 2010.

Jeannie was a lifelong resident of Belmont who graduated from Belmont Central High School. She later graduated from the Doyle Beauty School in Buffalo and the Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City. She had her own beauty shop at Tuckers Corners and then taught cosmetology at BOCES for 23 years retiring in 1988. Jeanie was a member of the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association as well as a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Belmont. Jeannie's love was her church, family, work and community. She was an active member of the church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, Youth Club Leader, had been a deaconess and along with her husband Bob, volunteered for 12 years at the Baptist Bible College in Clark Summit, PA.

Survivors include, 2 sons, Gary (Sherry) Marsh of Belmont and Robert (Laurie) Marsh of Wilmington Delaware; a daughter, Gail (Michael) Higgins of Ranson, West Virginia; eight grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; a brother, Edward (Sally) Hanchett of Belmont.

Jeannie was predeceased by a brother, Donald Hanchett and a sister, Anna Mae Aylor.

Friends may attend a memorial service on Saturday, November 16 at 2 pm in the First Baptist Church in Belmont with reverend Roger Downer presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont and in lieu of flowers memorials in her name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Belmont . To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Geraldine B. Long

Wellsville, NY - Geraldine B. Long, 93, of 3895 Fordsbrook Road passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at the Highland Park Care Center following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born on February 4, 1920 in Elmira the daughter of Harry and Lucinda (Bellows) Wolf. On June 3, 1944 in Elmira she married Robert W. Long who predeceased her on June 4, 2011.

Geraldine was a resident of Elmira and Horseheads area for many years before moving to Wellsville in 1991. She was a former employee of the A & P Store in Elmira Heights; Bendix Corporation in Elmira and for many years was a beautician out of her home in Horseheads. She was a loving mother and grandmother, an accomplished seamstress and an avid swimmer. The family would like to thank the staff at Highland Park for their loving care of our mother over the past 11 years. 

She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Becz of Florida, NY, one son, Richard (Mary Anne) Long of Wellsville, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren as well as several nieces & nephews.

A private service is being planned for a later date. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mary Lou Fanton

Wellsville, NY - Mary Lou Fanton, 78, of 3355 Madison Hill passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born September 3, 1935 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Eugene and Catherine (Millburn) Horn. On May 16, 1954 in Wellsville she married Gene Fanton who survives.

Mary Lou was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was first employed at Air Pre-Heater Company in Wellsville and after moving to San Diego, California she worked at Sears in Chula Vista, California. When the family returned to Wellsville she was employed at the First Trust Union Bank and for many years at Burrows Furniture. She was a member of the Christian Temple, where she loved singing in the choir. She was also a Lady Elk and was an avid bowler with the Wellsville Woman's Bowling League.

Mary Lou had a distinctive laugh and a pleasant personality that brighten the day of everyone she met. In high school she was president of the Student Council, a cheerleader and the Prom Queen. She loved music and was a loving mother to her four boys. She never forgot to acknowledge her grandchildren and great grandchildren's birthdays.  

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Gene Fanton Jr., Carl (Kim) Fanton of Wellsville and Jim (Denise) Fanton of Belmont, 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, one sister, Shirley (John) Giopulos of Wellsville, two sisters-in-law, Dorothea Heers of Wellsville and Beverly Rahr of California as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Bill Fanton, a grandson, Carl Fanton Jr., a great grandson, Michael Fanton and a sister, Cate Horn Tomah.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Christian Temple in Wellsville with Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations, in lieu of flowers to the Christian Temple. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 28, 2013

J. Timothy Embser

Wellsville, NY - J. Timothy Embser, age 80, of North Main Street passed away on Friday, October 25, at the Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Wellsville on May 11, 1933 to Walter and Katherine O'Brien Embser. Tim married the former Marilyn Metzger on August 31, 1957 in Ithaca who survives.
  
Tim graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951 and from Cornell University in 1956 with a degree in civil engineering. After serving in the US Army Tim graduated from Cornell University School of Law in 1960. He was admitted into the Bar Association in 1961, which began his 52 year career as a lawyer, and joined with Don Cummings to form the law office of Cummings and Embser. In 1974 Marc Woltag was hired and in 1980 joined the firm forming the partnership of Cummings, Embser and Woltag. After the retirement of Don Cummings, Tim and Marc became Embser and Woltag PC where he remained active until his death. Tim had been the Town Attorney for the towns of Wellsville, Whitesville, Scio and the Village of Alfred. He also had been the attorney of Wellsville and Whitesville Central School Districts. Tim currently was the administrator of the Allegany County Assigned Counsel Plan. He served on the David A. Howe Library Board as well as the First Trust Union Bank Board of Directors. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association, Estate Analysts of Western, New York, Past president of the Allegany County Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the Allegany Eye Foundation, the Wellsville Country Club, the 12 Man Dinner Club, Elks Lodge 1495 of Wellsville, the Cuba Lake Yacht Club, where he had been the Commodore and the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Tim enjoyed an active life with daily trips to the Texas Hot, watching sports including Cornell and Alfred Saxons Football, sailing and racing c scows on Cuba Lake, golfing and traveling with his family.

Surviving besides his wife are 2 daughters, Susan Embser-Kay of Bury St. Edmonds, England and Kristen (Carl) Cadoff of Chagrin Falls, OH; 2 sons, James Timothy (Sarah Gulaga) Embser of Kuala Lanpur, Malaysia and Jon Richard (Karen) Embser of Arnold, MD.; grandchildren, Abigale and Molly Katherine Embser-Kay, Elizabeth Marie, Nicholas Brien and Katherine Amina Embser, Henry James and Isabel Annick Cadoff; His sister, Joan Gardner of Wellsville; many dear cousins and friends as well as several nieces and nephews.

Tim was predeceased by his parents and his brother W. Joseph Embser.

Friends are invited to call on Friday November 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville, New York. On Saturday a prayer service will be held at 10:15 am in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11  am in the Immaculate Conception Church with the Reverend Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial with full military honors will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Doris Hornburg Burton

Belmont, NY - Doris Hornburg Burton, age 86, of John Street passed away on Thursday, October 24, at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. She was born on February 3, 1927 in Wellsville to Walter and Ruth Hornburg. On October 10, 1958 she married Lou L. Burton Sr. who predeceased her on December 1, 1991.

Doris graduated from Wellsville High School and was employed as a secretary at the Wellsville High School until she left to start a family. She later was on the Allegany County Board of Elections. Doris enjoyed gardening and bird watching. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belmont and the Allegany County Bird Club.

Doris is survived by 2 sons, Michael L. Burton and Lisa Smyers off Wellsville and William C. (Valerie) Burton of Belmont; Her grandchildren, Erienne, Eric, Cassidy, Kendall, Will and Haley; Her sister Helen Hornburg Link; a nephew, Gary (Nancy) Link of Wellsville and a niece, Linda (Arnold) Hurd of Wellsville; special friends , Mary Jordan and Barbara and Bart Bartholamew.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, October 28, from 11 am to 1 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Her funeral service will take place at 1 pm following the calling hours with Reverend Richard Hurd presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Doris's name may be made to either the Hart Comfort House or the SPCA of Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneral home.com.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Marguerite A. Maxwell

Wellsville, NY - Marguerite A. Maxwell, 86, of 2003 Stannards Road passed away on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Hart Comfort House following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born February 12, 1927 in the Town of Willing the daughter of the late John and Frances (Barhight) Sekoll. On June 25, 1946 in Wellsville she married Joseph L. Maxwell Sr. who predeceased her on October 9, 1981.

Marguerite was a graduate of Wellsville High School. She was first employed at Scoville-Brown Grocery Store and later worked with her husband on their farm where they raised beef cattle, produced maple syrup and sold Christmas wreaths. She cared for her husband for several years prior to his death. In 1981 she began selling Avon and was awarded membership in the Avon Presidents Club for being the top seller on Avon products in the area. Many of her Avon customers became her best friends. She was independent woman who survived Breast Cancer; split her own firewood and collected antiques. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, growing roses, going to garage sales and vacationing with her family. She was a wonderful cook and loved her cats. 

She is survived by two sons, Joseph L. (Ruth) Maxwell and James N. (Debbie) Maxwell both of Wellsville, two daughters, Jeannie L. Mead and Marguerite J. (Bradley) Jadwin both of Wellsville, 11 grandchildren, Bradley Jadwin Jr., Katie Ford, Luke Jadwin, Joshua Jadwin, Christina Mead, James Mead III, Meghan Jadwin, Sarah Farrand, Joseph Maxwell III, Viennia Dunham and Jimmy Maxwell, eight great grandchildren, 1 sister, Ada Cavagna of Shongo, three brothers, Richard (Jessie) Sekoll of Wellsville and Ferd Sekoll and Carlton Sekoll both of Greenwood as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Johnny Sekoll.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and Friday from 12 noon until 12:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Edward L. Bastian,

Wellsville, NY - Edward L. Bastian, 75, of 135 N. Brooklyn Avenue passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with his family at his side. He was born April 23, 1938 in Wellsville the son of the late Edward C. and Dorothy E. (Hubertus) Bastian. On February 16, 1963 in Niagara Falls he married Barbara Ann Ganzhorn who survives.

Ed was a 1957 graduate of St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo and graduated from Williamsburg Technical Institute in 1969. He was employed by the New York State Department of Transportation in Hornell for 31 years. He was a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge # 601, the Kiwanis Club, and the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club; where he was a past vice president.  He was a member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company for 42 years; where he had served as president, vice president and fire police captain for eight years. On August 6, 2010 he was named "Fire Policeman of the Year" by the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman. He was a member of the Buffalo Club for the Deaf for 40 years and a member and past president of the Cochlear Implant Group of Buffalo. He was also an avid fisherman and hunter. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Terrance A. (Helen) Bastian of Huachuca City, AZ and William E. (Nancy) Bastian of Wellsville as well as eight grandchildren and one nephew. He was predeceased in addition to his parents are two brothers, Terry W. Bastian and Jan H. Bastian.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 7 to 9 pm and Friday from 9 to 10 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:30 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations to the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company # 3. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Alfred D. "Al" Anderton,



Wellsville, NY - Alfred D. "Al" Anderton, Age 85, of Early Street passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born on June 22, 1928 in Oil City, Pennsylvania to Joseph and Elizabeth Judy Anderton. In Oil City on June 9, 1951 he married Joan Barclay who survives. 


Al graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Oil City and served in the US Army stationed in Japan. Al brought his family to Wellsville in 1962 when he was transferred with Worthington Corporation. In 1993 Al retired from Dresser Rand after 31 years of service. He loved the outdoors, enjoying fishing and hunting and later it was metal detecting. For 28 years Al, along with Jim Fulmer, will be remembered for the countless hours they spent organizing and running the Wellsville Small Court Basketball program. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville and had been a member the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include 2 sons, Christopher Anderton of Wellsville and Jeff (Nancy) Anderton; a daughter, Jane (George) Sigler of Boynton Beach, FL.; 5 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Al was predeceased by 5 brothers, John, George, William, Don and Robert; 2 sisters, Audrey Anderton and Virginia Morkin

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 17, 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 to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Reverend Thomas Roman will be the celebrant with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Al's name may be made the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Marie M. Canfield

Rushford, NY - Marie M. Canfield, age 94, went to be with her lord whom she served for many years on Friday, October 11, 2013, at the Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville.

She was born on October 14, 1918 in Olean to Harold and Anna Furman Newland. On July 4 , 1936 in Wellsville she married Gerald Canfield who predeceased her on July 3, 1987.

Marie was a former resident of Hallsport and Stannards. She had taught Adult Education for over 30 years at the Hallsport Christian Church and also served as the church secretary. Marie later attended the Stannards United Methodist where she again served as the Adult Education Teacher and as the church secretary. She also served with Willing Fire Department Fireman's Auxiliary for 25 years. Marie loved children and had a full life babysitting her grandchildren and the children from the neighborhood.

Survivors include her 3 daughters, June (Melvin) Brandes of the Town of Willing, Donna (Rodney) Horton of Whitesville and Connie (Clair) Armison of Rushford; 10 grandchildren; 18 great grand children; and 2 great great grandchildren; A brother Donald Newland of Wellsville and a sister Marian Fitch of Rochester; several nieces and nephews; dear friends Sue Fuller and her family as well as Jim and June Eaton.

Marie was predeceased by 2 daughters Joyce Canfield and Betty Armison; a granddaughter Kimberly Armison; a brother Andrew Newland; 4 sisters, Elva Baker, Arla McKay, Florence Perkins and Helen McKay.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, October 14, from 12 noon to 2 pm in the Stannards United Methodist Church where her funeral service will take place at 2 pm with Pastor Kim Snyder and Kathleen Timpano. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Marie's name may be given to the Rushford Rescue Squad, PO Box Rushford, New York.  14777. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome .com.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Norma Jean Geoppner Gardner

Wellsville, NY - Norma Jean Geoppner Gardner, 87, of 160 Seneca Street passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born July 28, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio the daughter of the late John A. and Isabel J. (Guthrie) Geiss. On February 2, 1949 at St. John's Episcopal Church in Wellsville, she married William John Geoppner Jr. who predeceased her on January 4, 1999. On October 18, 2000 she married Robert G. Gardner who predeceased her on February 16, 2005.

Norma was a 1944 Graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Rider College in Trenton, NJ. She and Bill raised their family at 281 N. Main Street and she also resided at 153 W. State Street in Wellsville before moving to the Highland Health Care Center. She began her career at the First Trust Union Bank in Wellsville in 1964 and retired in 1984 as the Assistant Vice President for Student Loans and the Consumer Credit Department. She was a member of the Wellsville Country Club for over 30 years and St. John's Episcopal Church.

She is survived by two sons, Daniel (Rita) Geoppner of Wellsville and William (Sally) Geoppner of Angelica, four grandsons, Alex, Jason, Jeremy and Christopher Geoppner and one granddaughter, Anne Campbell, seven great grandchildren, three stepsons, Robert, Steve and Donald Gardner, three stepdaughters, Sherry Andrews, Sandy Macrone and Mary Ruch, and a devoted friend, Gail Wolcott of Scio. She was predeceased by a stepson. Brian Gardner on August 30, 2008.

A private graveside ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery is being planned for a later date and there will be on prior visitation. Memorial donations in Norma's memory are suggested to the David A. Howe Public Library or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

B. Roy Prentice

Wellsville, NY - B. Roy Prentice, 56, of 244 W. State Street passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at home. He was born May 19, 1958 in Neptune, NJ the son of Bernard A. and Wilma (Costigan) Prentice.

Roy was raised in Neptune and resided in St. Petersburg, Florida from 1979 to 1992 where he was employed by Maas Brothers Department Store. He moved to Wellsville in 1992 and has been an employee of Northern Lights Candle Company for the past 18 years.

He is survived by his mother of Wellsville, his father of Allentown, a brother, Adam Prentice of Allentown, several loving nieces & nephews, three beloved dogs and many good friends at Northern Lights. He was predeceased by a brother, Bill Prentice on October 23, 2011.

Friends are invited to call on Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Pastor Kevin Palmiter presiding. Burial will be in Whiteville Rural Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Robert F. Burdick

Wellsville, NY - Robert F. Burdick, 67, of 167 Maple Avenue passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born September 1, 1946 in Hornell, the son of Francis and Katherine (Wheeler) Burdick. On May 31, 1997 in Wellsville he married Maxine Dodge who survives.

Bob was raised in Greenwood and Wellsville and was 1964 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1966. He was employed as a pipe fitter at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 42 years; retiring August 31, 2008. He was a member of the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW, the Morrison-Hayes Post 702 American Legion and the Wellsville Moose Lodge # 601. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, woodworking and NASCAR. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are four children, Denny (Maureen) Burdick of Rochester, Timothy Burdick of Norfolk, VA, Michelle Burdick of Scio and Robert Burdick Jr. three stepchildren, Sherry (Chris) Schneider and Christine (Phil) Baker both of Scio and Jackie Harder and her fiancĂ© Jeremy Faulkner of Wellsville, seven grandchildren, four brothers, Kenny Burdick, John (Nancy) Burdick, Frank (Nancy) Burdick, Mike (Debbie Ward) Burdick all of Wellsville, two sisters, Lynn Marie Burdick and Marcie (Doug) Spence both of Wellsville as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday from 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Helms presiding. Burial with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lena Mae Burdick Chilson

Belmont, NY -  Lena Mae Burdick Chilson, age 84, of State Route 244 passed away on Thursday, September 26, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on August 2, 1929 in Belmont on what was known as the Crabtree Farm to Everitts and Gladys Brisbee Burdick. On August 9, 1947 in Belmont she married Ernest Harvey Chilson who predeceased her in 1981.

Lena Graduated from Belmont Central School, class of 1947. She was well known in the 1970's as the Avon Lady in Belmont and she also worked at the Wellsville Manor in the laundry when it first opened. Lena helped fight the good fight when Allegany County was threatened with a nuclear dump site. Her family members still remember her famous white "radiation suit". She was a member of the Church of Christ in Scio and in her earlier years Lena entered numerous poem and jingle writing contests and won an amazing number of them.

Survivors include her six children, David (Meredith) Chilson, Marlene (Gary) Wightman, Rick (Deb) Chilson, Diane Groves, Carolyn (Dennis) Solo and Brian (Renee') Chilson; 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great- great grandchild; her sister, Phyllis Wray as well as several nieces and nephews.

Lena was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister Helen Kemp and a brother Carl Burdick.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 29, from 2-4 and 7-9 at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Lena's funeral will be held on Monday at 1 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Glen Layfield presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in her name may be given to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Michael F. Kane

Scio, NY - Michael F. Kane, 65, of 3821 Dry Brook Road passed away on Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a brief illness. He was born October 8, 1947 in Dallas, TX the son of the late Francis and Nadine (Teel) Kane.

He is survived by two brothers, Dale (Eileen) Kane of Scio and Donald (Gertrude) Kane of Orlando, FL as well as several nieces & nephews. 

A private graveside service and interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Randall E. Bentley Sr.

Belmont, NY - Randall E. Bentley Sr., 65, of 4215 Plumbottom Road passed away on Thursday, September 19, 2013 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born April 27, 1948 in Wellsville the son of the late Edward and Geraldine (Treft) Bentley. On April 15, 1967 in Wellsville he married Lynn Green who survives.

"Randy" was raised in Belmont and was a graduate of Belmont High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving for nine years during the Viet Nam era. He first was employed on the family farm and later at Friendship Dairies for 30 years; retiring in 2008. He was a former member of Herbert Delong Post 808 American Legion. He was a football and NASCAR fan and enjoyed going to the local races almost every weekend.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Susan (Steve) Tilley of Portville and Jennifer (Mark) Cline of Belmont, two sons, William (Stacy) Bentley and Randall Bentley, both of Belmont, 11 grandchildren, one brother, Edward Bentley of Arcade, two sisters, Auverne (Bill) Knarr of Cheektowaga and Sharon (Larry) Boyce of Ohio as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Carol White in 2005 and a sister, Linda Cross in 1993.  

Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Duane Broadwell presiding. Burial, with military honors will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. The family suggests memorial donation be made to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Esther "Merie" Coyle

Wellsville, NY - Esther "Merie" Coyle, 80, of 1978 Stannards Road passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born May 18, 1933 in Hornell the daughter of the later Harold and Neva (Ebersol) Gavitt. She was first married to Harold "Ralph" Hurlburt who predeceased her on December 27, 1968. On June 16, 2001 she Married Clair H. "Tug" Coyle who survives.

Merie was raised in the Arkport/Canaseraga area and attended school in Canaseraga. She was formerly employed at Rochester Products, Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville and was a home health aide for Jan & Bev's Homecare in Wellsville, retiring in 1997. She was a member of the Willing Volunteer Fireman's Auxiliary and the Trinity Lutheran Church. She enjoyed growing flowers, gardening, puzzles and dancing. 

Surviving in addition to her husband is one daughter, Deborah (John) Nielson of Lincolnton, NC, one son, Gene (Glenda) Hurlburt of Wellsville, eight grandchildren, 22 great- grandchildren, two sisters, Helen Thomas of Fallbrook, CA and Margie (Mark) Taft of Campbell, one brother, Charles (Jenette) Gavitt of Jasper, two sons-in-law, Richard Stephens of Canaseraga and Richard Hamlin of Almond, a sister-in-law, Ann Irene (Robert) Johnson of Wellsville, two brothers-in-law, Lawrence (Bea) Hurlburt of Andover and Walter "James" Hurlburt of Bath as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Phyllis Hamlin and Lois Stephens.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Friday September 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Robert Morris presiding. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in the Town of Alfred. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Willing Volunteer Fire Department or the Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Mark E. Libertone Sr.


Wellsville, NY - Mark E. Libertone Sr., 65, of 222 Madison Street passed away on Monday, September 16, 2013 at home with his family at his side. He was born September 14, 1948 in Syracuse the son of the late Ernest and Ida (Demperio) Libertone. On August 23, 1969 in Solvay, NY he married Mary Elizabeth Torzon who survives.


Mark was a 1968 graduate of Solvay High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Art and a M.S. in Synaesthetic Education. He served with the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1972, achieving the rank of Specialist 5th Class. He moved his family to Wellsville in 1981and taught art at Wellsville High School till 1984.  

He was employed at Umiker Monument Works as a layout and design artist. In 1990 he began freelancing as a graphic artist and in 1999 began working in computer graphics. He was the official artist for the Greater Wellsville Trout Derby since its inception. He also had illustrations in Fly Fisherman Magazine and the Maine Sportsman Magazine.

Mark was avid outdoorsman, but was especially known for his love of fly-fishing. He wrote numerous articles for the Wellsville Daily Reporter as well as for online magazines. He was an international known fly tyer, often doing fly tying demonstrations. His fly patterns can be found on various web sites. He was a founding member and served as both President and Secretary of the Upper Genesee River Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He was a past member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club, where he served as a New York State Certified Hunter Education Instructor for 20 years. He was the Founder of Flymphforum.com; where you can learn and discuss flymphs, soft hackles and spiders. He was also co-founder of the International Brotherhood of the Flymph with his good friends, Jim Slattery & William Anderson.   

Surviving in addition to his wife is one son, Mark (Tammy) Libertone II of Wellsville, four daughters, Margaret (Doug) Dixon, Mary (Andrew) Dailey, Michelle (Bill) Libertone-Cook all of Wellsville and Melissa (Harley) Lamphier of Scio, one brother, Carl (Cheryl) Libertone of Solvay, 14 grandchildren, Cody, Caitlyn, Jessica & Maegan Dixon, Nathaniel Libertone, Austin Dailey, Mark Libertone III, Elinor Cook, Harley II, Gwendolyn and Lincoln Lamphier, Camille, Dustin & Colin Norton, great-grandson, Nathaniel Libertone Jr, three brothers-in-law, Tony (Carmela) Torzon of Liverpool, Frank (Pam) Torzon of Solvay and Joseph Torzon of Syracuse, three sisters-in-law, Virginia (Ray) Anthony, Betty (Kevin) Green  and Jeanette (Allan) Leonard all of Syracuse and his Godchildren, Kristopher & Kristen Green of Syracuse ; as well as several nieces nephews and his beloved Yorkie companion, Nellie.

He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by four grandchildren, Logan & Hunter Dixon and twins, Victor & Vincent Lamphier, his inlaws, Anthony and Virginia (DeGaetano) Torzon, brothers-in-law, John and Steve Torzon, grandmother, Margaret Rinaldo Moseuk and grandfather, Carmine D'Imperio. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm and Friday from 10 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, September 20, 2013 at 11:00 in St. Joseph's Church in Scio, NY with Rev. Sean DiMaria as Celebrant. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations to Home Care & Hospice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome .com.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Martha H. Perkins

Wellsville, NY - Martha H. Perkins, age 103, of North Drive passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on February 2, 1910 in Hornell to Alvin Eugene and Elizabeth Paul Miller. On August 1, 1935 in Canisteo she married Victor B. Perkins who predeceased her on December 25, 1978.

Martha was raised in Hornell where she graduated from high school and worked for the Hornell Hosiery. After her marriage to Victor they moved to Scio and then in 1964 they made Wellsville their home. She worked for Jones Memorial Hospital in the cleaning department and later she worked for the former Davies's Department Store in Wellsville. Martha was a member of the Christian Temple Church of Wellsville and it's sewing club and will be remembered for her clean house.

Survivors include a son Lyle Perkins of Scio and a daughter Marilyn (Gary) Arnold of Alma, 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. 

Martha was predeceased by a grandson Jason Arnold and also an infant grandson as well as a daughter in law Judy Perkins.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 13, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held at 2 pm following the calling hours with Rev. Ralph Wagner presiding. Burial will take place in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio and memorials in Martha's name may be given the Christian Temple Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Elsie M. White

Scio, NY - Elsie M. White, 92, of Middaugh Hill Road passed away on Friday, September 6, 2013 at the Highland Park Care Center in Wellsville. She was born September 26, 1920 in Austin, PA The daughter of the late David and Ella Mae (Smith) Miller. She was first married to Marion White Sr. who predeceased her on December 29, 1959 and later married Larry White who predeceased her on January 17, 1989.

Elsie was formerly employed in Wellsville, at the Button Factory and Jones Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors. 

She is survived by four children, Charles (Irene) Miller of Bolivar, Naomi Ruth White of Muskogee, OK, Carol (Fran) Slocum of Wellsville and Sonny (Geanie) White of Scio, a son-in-law, Tom Wallace of Scio, 12 grandsons, Larry Miller, Tommy Wallace, David Wallace, Schuyler Wallace, Scott Slocum, Joe White, Benji White, Josh White, Tige Hanes, JR Hanes, Eddie LePore and Frank LePore,11 Granddaughters, Faith Perkins, Rhonda Slocum, Sonya Ellis, Charlene DiBartolo, Sue Miller, Shirley Richardson, Vicky Morrison, Cathy Farrow, Robin Hanes, Sue Potter and Cathy Wilkins, several great and great-great grandchildren as well as several nieces & nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Sandy Wallace, a step daughter, Naomi "Tootie" LePore, a granddaughter, Shelley Slocum Benson, a grandson, Gary LePore and several brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the funeral home with Glen Layfield presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. The family suggests memorial donations to the Highland Park Care Center or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.