Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Robert E. Butler Jr.,

Williamsville/Wellsville, NY - Robert E. Butler Jr., age 63, of 196 South Union Road, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Hospice of Buffalo. He was born in Miami, Florida on April 18, 1954 to Robert E. and Alma Sanders Butler. In 1981 Bob married Mary Jo Baker, of Wellsville, in Las Vegas, Nevada who survives.

Bob was a structural steel iron worker and most recently was a computer aided draftsman. He looked forward to family events, enjoyed playing cards, long car rides, and annual trips to Las Vegas. Bob and Mary Jo recently purchased her family’s home in Wellsville where they enjoyed the peace and quiet. He was a veteran of the US Navy serving from 1972 until 1975.

Surviving besides his wife, Mary Jo, are a daughter, Lisa (Daniel) Postas; a grandson, Ethan C. Postas; a sister, Cindy (Joel) Valdez; several nieces and nephews; Mary Jo’s family, Terrence (Rebecca) Baker, William Baker, Veronica (Russell) Lyons and their children.

He was predeceased by his parents and Mother and Father in law, Archie ‘Mickey” and Jeannie Baker.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 18, from 11 am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville and a graveside committal service with military honors at 12:30 pm in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

William Scott Kehre

Scio, NY - William Scott Kehrer, age 60, of 4303 West Nickerson Avenue passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Lynwood, California to William G. and Gloria Williams Kehrer.

Scott was a former resident of Fairport who graduated from Fairport High School in 1975. He joined the US Air Force and earned an associate’s degree while serving his country. Scott started working for Grossmans in Rochester and later for H.E.P./North Main Lumber in Hornell. He started as the Hornell’s store Assistant Manager and worked his way up to District Sales Manager retiring this year due to ill health. Scott enjoyed with a passion fishing, from trout to bass, and golfing at all of the local courses. He dearly loved all of his dogs, especially “Skipper”.              

Scott is survived by his” better half” of 20 years, Lori Root; his mother, Gloria Kehrer of Fairport; 2 daughters, Teresa Sparatta of Wellsville, and Jennifer (Andrew) Cupicha of Corfu; a son, Ryan (Bridget) Kehrer of Scio; 10 grandchildren; his sister, Sharri (Bill) Jackson of Fairport; 2 nieces.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, November 17, 2017, from 5 to 7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville, followed by a memorial service at 7pm. Memorials in Scott’s name may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Richard J. Allen

Belmont, NY - Richard J. Allen, 92, of 122 Greenwich Street, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center. He was born on January 30, 1925, in Buffalo the son of William D. and Marguerite (Denison) Allen. On June 21, 1947 he married Marie Doner who predeceased him in 1977.

Richard was raised on a farm in Whitesville and was a graduate of Whitesville Central High School. He was employed as a truck driver for the former Scoville Brown Company in Wellsville and later for Genesee Valley Nurseries, Inc. in Belmont. He was an active social member of the American Legion Post 808 in Belmont. He had a good sense of humor, and enjoyed telling stories of the old days, working on his garden, and hunting.                                     

He is survived by a daughter, Donna Baker of Belmont, a granddaughter, Michelle (David) Francisco of Belmont, a grandson, Kevin Baker of Belmont, several great grandchildren, two brothers, William (Shirley) Allen of Whitesville and Ronald (Carol) Allen of Wellsville, three sisters, Arlouine Seeley of Belmont, Phyllis (Bruce) Greene of Portville, and Sandra (James) Fitzpatrick of Whitesville, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his wife, by a sister, Rachel Lewis, and a son-in-law, Willis Baker.

Friends are invited to a graveside funeral service on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Forest Hills Cemetery of Belmont with Rev. John Francisco presiding. There will be no prior visitation. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Kay Marie Fisk

Bolivar, NY - Kay Marie Fisk, 61, of 102 2nd Street passed away on Thursday, November 02, 2017 at Olean General Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born October 29, 1956 in Wellsville, the daughter of the Frederick and Loretta (Aldrich) Baumgarten. On November 8, 1987 she married Greg Fisk who survives.

Kay was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with grandkids and family. She had a VERY special love for her dog “LUCY”!! She was employed at Heritage Cutlery in Bolivar for 23 years. 

Surviving in addition to her husband Greg, are two sons, Coddie (Meredith) Bissell and Dusty Bissell both of Bolivar, two daughters, Bambi (Shawn) Perry of Bolivar, and Heather (Richard) Clark of Virginia, 11 beloved grandkids, three sisters, Connie Zeager of Cuba, Nancy Baldwin of Richburg, Billie Jo Brownell of Bolivar, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Baumgarten Jr.

Family and Friends are welcome to join us for a celebration of life, on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Bolivar Legion. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.  

Friday, October 27, 2017

Bruce Leroy Burr



Wellsville, NY - Bruce Leroy Burr of Wellsville, NY, died on October 25, 2017 at the age of 85. He was born on April 13, 1932 in the family farmhouse located by the dam at Rushford Lake in the town of Caneadea, NY. He was the 6th of 10 children of the late Alanson Andrew Jackson Burr (born on June 25, 1897 in Burrville, NY) and Lucy Belle Patterson (born on April 4, 1902 in Caneadea, NY).


Bruce aka "Dreamy" graduated from Belfast High School Class of 1950, after graduation he served our country in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1954.  

For many years Bruce and his family owned and operated the Wellsville Bake Shop. Anyone who has ever enjoyed Salt Rising Bread can tip their hat to Bruce as he maintained the tradition through the 1960s and 70s before sharing the recipe with those who bake it now. His children fondly remember working in the bakery and the nightly ritual of "setting the salt".

Bruce loved all sports - the Yankees, Bills and Bonnie's, not necessarily in that order. Golfing with his brothers was one of his favorite pastimes.  Every August before the Burr Reunion a golf outing was held with his children and grandchildren at the Vanderview. He spent more time looking for wayward balls than Columbus did searching for the new world. There was never a lost ball, just one he had not found yet.

He loved to hunt and fish, in particular the time he spent in the woods with middle daughter Jewel, as well as his hunt for ginseng with oldest son Bruce. Jewel's pond at her Addison home hosted many family fishing derbies, stocked by her Dad with his catches from Allegany County.  His catches were handed off to Jewel in Greenwood (their meeting spot), about as smooth an exchange as any Pony Express rider ever made. The fish kept alive by an aerator powered off his car engine. Making due was one of his greatest talents.

He was a life long gardener, a tradition passed on from his early childhood. A visitor during the summer months never left without some of the fruits of his labor. Swiss Chard, tomatoes and of course his homemade jam. All his children have jars of his jams and preserves on their pantry shelves. It will be hard for them if and when they open the last jar.

No world traveler, he still managed to rack up the miles on his trusty VW, the majority of those coming from his many trips to the OTB in Hornell. Anyone who ever accompanied him on that ride can testify to his driving skills. Mario Andretti would have been proud. 

Preceding Bruce in death were brothers Alanson Andrew Jackson and Burton Jewette; sister Elizabeth Lillian; son Daniel Brian, second wife Shirley and granddaughter Naomi Emily.

Bruce lived a simple life, and did not want for much. Visits from friends and family were always tops on his list. As long as there was wood for the stove and the cable worked he was a happy man. So 85 years, more than many get, most of them good with a few hiccups in between. An ordinary life lived by an extraordinary man who will now be sorely missed and fondly remembered by many friends, neighbors, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Bruce's surviving siblings, Crystal Michel of Niagara Falls, NY, Myrtle Koleszar of Caneadea, NY, Grover Stewart of Caneadea, NY, Mary Mountain of Belfast, NY, Donald of Wellsville, NY and baby sister Judy Mills of Wiscoy, NY. They all shared a special bond through music, laughter and family stories. To quote Stew "we had a ball".

His children Kathy, Jewel, Bruce, Brenda and Rod send a tremendous heartfelt thanks to the nurses and doctors at Guthrie Troy Community Hospital in Troy, PA. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Burr Cemetery in Burrville, NY at a future date.

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

Robert W. “Dobro Bob” Norton

Whitesville, NY - Robert W. “Dobro Bob” Norton, 85, of 2062 Route 248A, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at home. He was born February 13, 1932 in Jasper, NY, the son of the late Chester and Katherine (Mattison) Norton. On November 27, 1954 in Whitesville, he married Lucy Ray who predeceased him on December 26, 2000.

Dobro was a 1950 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was initially employed at General Motors Corporation in Tonawanda and later for the Town of Willing. In 1966, he joined Dresser-Rand Corporation, where he was employed until his retirement in 1994. He was a lifelong member of the Southern Tier Bluegrass Association, and was well known for his Dobro and yodeling skills. He and his wife Lucy, hosted the infamous “Norton Leek Dinner” every spring for 50 years. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a caring, hardworking man who loved life, his family, and an occasional beer.

He is survived by four children, Kitty Pratt and her husband Richard of Whitesville, Chester “Chet” Norton and his wife Susan of Whitesville, Michele Norton and her husband Steven Weisman of Williamstown, New Jersey and Lewis “Louie” Norton and his wife Karen of Whitesville, five beloved grandchildren, Xandria, Lily, Ian, Grace and Chloe Norton, three step-grandchildren, Jason and Matthew Burns and Richard Pratt III, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a brother, Hoyt Norton and two sisters, Lena Madison and Lila Johnston.   

Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA, with Rev. Joseph Dougherty as celebrant. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, the Genesee Emergency Squad in Genesee, PA or the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103, or visit info@battleshipnewjersey.org. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Loretta M. Herrington

Scio, NY - Loretta M. Herrington, age 86, of Charles Street passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the Highland Health Care Center. She was born on August 6, 1931 in the Town of Willing to Charles and Julia Mae Gillitte Ost. On September 13, 1958 in Wellsville she married Robert Herrington who predeceased her on January 19, 2008.

Loretta graduated from Wellsville Central High School. She began working at the former American Novelty Company in Wellsville, later moving to Bath to work for Westinghouse where she met her future husband. She retired from Bath Central Schools in 1993 they moved to Scio. Loretta and Robert were inseparable and enjoyed traveling the United States in their retirement. Loretta enjoyed collecting Snow Babies and going out for dinner with friends and family. She will be remembered as a very organized and meticulous woman. 

Loretta is survived by 4 nephews, Jim, Doug, Tim Ost and Lewis Ackerman; 2 nieces, Dena Granger, and Kathryn Rockwood.

She was predeceased by 2 brothers, Richard and Charles Ost and a nephew Kenneth Ost.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 28, from 11 am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. The funeral service will be held at 12 noon with Reverend David Brown presiding followed by burial in Stannards Cemetery. Memorials in Loretta’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mortimer A. “Mort” Grisewood, Jr.

Belmont, NY - Mortimer A. “Mort” Grisewood, Jr., age 86, of Maple Street passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017, at Olean General Hospital. He was born on July 20, 1931 in Belmont to Mortimer and Marion Rulison Grisewood. On January 28, 1956 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church he married Margaret “Jo” Hosley who predeceased him on January 17, 1994.

Mort was a lifelong resident of Belmont who graduated from Belmont Central High School. In 1950 he joined the US Navy serving, during the Korean Conflict, until 1954. Returning to Belmont after his service, Mort began working at the former Friendship Foundry until starting his career as a machinist at Worthington Corporation. He retired from Dresser Rand in 1993 after 38 years of service. Mort was a member of the Holy Family Church of Belmont, Moose Lodge # 601 of Wellsville, I.A.M. local 1580 of Wellsville, life member of the Belmont Fire Department, the former Belmont Conservation Club, the 40 and 8, and Life Member of the American Legion Post#808 of Belmont, where he was a Past Commander. Mort enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, euchre, current events, reading two newspapers a day, and watching the wildlife around his home, especially the birds. Mort will be remembered as an avid gardener of both flowers and vegetables who enjoyed being with his family and sharing a meal.

Survivors include his 3 daughters, Mary Janet (David) Robbins of Caty, TX., Frances (Kevin) Young of Belmont, and Kathleen Grisewood of Belmont; 3 sons, John (Rebecca) Grisewood of Olean, Daniel Grisewood of Olean, and Anthony Grisewood of Wellsville; 14 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren; a brother in law (Donald (Marilyn) Hosley of Adams; several nieces and nephews.

Mort was predeceased by his 4 younger siblings: his brothers, Robert, Thomas, and Donald Grisewood; his sister, Virginia Flippen.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 19, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. On Friday there will be a prayer service at 10:30 am at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont. Burial with full military honors will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery and memorial wishes may be made to the Amity Rescue Squad, or to the American Cancer Society, or to the Kidney Foundation. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mortimer A. Grisewood Jr. - Notice

Belmont, NY - Mortimer A. Grisewood Jr., age 86, of Maple Street passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017, at the Olean General Hospital. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A Mass of Christian will be celebrated on Friday at 11 am in the Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont. A complete obituary will be posted on Thursday.

Deborah Ann Hunt

Belmont, NY - Deborah Ann Hunt, 61, a longtime resident of Belmont, died Friday, October 13, 2017 in her home after a long terminal illness. Deborah was born May 24, 1956, the oldest daughter of the late Leo “Don” and Sandra (Grastorf) Hunt. Deborah graduated with honors from Belmont Central School in 1974.

Deborah furthered her education, receiving an Associate’s Degree from Bryant & Stratton, where she was on the Dean’s list for excellence. She was a longtime member of the Amity Rescue Squad which led her to her second career as a paramedic in Buffalo NY. She returned to Allegany County and enrolled in RN program at SUNY Alfred and went on to achieve her BSN from Brockport University in nursing. Deborah was always on the Dean’s list for excellence while she attended college. She was an emergency room nurse at South Buffalo Mercy Hospital, Olean General Hospital, and Jones Memorial Hospital. Often, she worked two different jobs at the same time because she loved being a nurse and helping people in need. She ended her nursing career working for the Allegany County Health Department as a Public Health Nurse.

Deborah volunteered for the American Red Cross, Belmont Fire Company, Amity Rescue Squad, where she served on the Board of Directors. She was a member of the Belmont American Legion Auxiliary, and was a member of Saint Mary’s Church in Belmont where she was baptized and received her first holy communion.

Surviving Deborah is her daughter, Dr. Shaunna Szabo of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, siblings; Donald “Mike” (Cheryl) Hunt of Friendship NY, Daniel (Joy) Hunt, Denise Hart, Douglas “Pat” Hunt, Darrel “Joe” Hunt and Dennis (Billy Jo) Hunt all of Belmont, as well as several nieces and nephews, a great nephew and a great niece. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a brother, David Leo Hunt and a niece, Paige Hunt.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A time of remembrance will follow with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Belmont. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad in Belmont or to The American Red Cross. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Charles Howard “Chuck” Gardner

Wellsville, NY - Charles Howard “Chuck” Gardner, age 75, of 143 West State Street, passed away on Monday, October 16, 2017, at home. He was born on June 12, 1942 in Wellsville to Howard and Geraldine Daley Gardner. On September 21, 1994 in Scio he married Alysia Haxton who survives.

Chuck worked for Allegany ARC in many capacities including the janitor at the Madison Street Complex. He was an active member of the Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church, serving as a trustee, an usher, and assisted with Vacation Bible School. Chuck was a big sports fan that especially liked the New York Yankees and watching NASCAR. He will be remembered as a devoted caretaker for his mother and as a devoted companion and husband to Alysia.

Survivors include; his wife, Alysia of Wellsville; several sisters including Sheron Gardner (Bill Simmons) of Rochester and Patricia (Steven Shultz) Gardner of Hilton; his mother in law, Ella Mae Haxton of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.

Chuck was predeceased by his parents Howard and Geraldine.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held following the calling hours at 2pm in the funeral home with Reverend Carl Kemp presiding. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Belmont. Memorials in Chuck’s name may be made to the Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church, 2987 County Road 9, Scio, NY  14880. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Linda Lee Hunt

Wellsville, NY - Linda Lee Hunt, 76, of 152 Pine Street, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on June 11, 1941 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Harold and Rose (Brownell) Hunt. 

Linda attended Wellsville High School and was employed by the Texas Hot in Wellsville and Mitchell’s Tavern in Tonawanda, NY. She was a member of the VFW Post 2530 Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose Chapter 248.

Linda is survived by three sons, Harold (Ann) Dunn of Belmont, Clarence (Paula) Dunn of Cameron, NY, and William J. Elliott of Wellsville, two daughters, Robin (Rick) Nicoles of Jacksonville, TX, and Cindy (Brian) Ordway of McGregor, TX, 20 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren, three sisters, Beverly Clark of Inverness, FL, Norma Dennis, and Sandra Jackson both of Wellsville, several nieces and nephews, and many beloved friends at Gardner Heights. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by two brothers, Lester Hunt and Harold Hunt Jr. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice.

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

Cheryl L. Perry

Wellsville, NY - Cheryl L. Perry, 70, of 1912 Patrolia Road, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, October, 9, 2017 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital.  She was born August 16, 1947 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Robert Harold and Elizabeth Jean (Erwin) Perry. 

Cheryl was a 1965 graduate of Scio Central School. She was currently employed as the church administrator for the Wellsville Full Gospel Church. She was the founder and former owner of the “Daily Grind” a coffee and gift shop in Coudersport, PA. She was formerly employed as a graphic artist for the Potter Leader-Enterprise Newspaper in Coudersport, and was a commercial graphic artist for the Burroughs Corporation in Rochester. She was an active member of the Wellsville Full Gospel Church. She enjoyed art, reading, photography, and watching the birds and wildlife on her property.

She is survived by a sister, Nancy L. Nygard and her husband Gary of Carlisle, PA, and a brother, Dean R. Perry and his wife Cheryl of Wellsville, two nephews, Brent L. Nygard and his wife Pam and, Adam L. Nygard and his wife Jennifer, as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Friends may also call on Saturday, October 14th from 10:30 am to 11:00 am at the Wellsville Full Gospel Church, 2221 Hanover Hill Road. The funeral will follow visitation on Saturday at 11:00 am at the church with Pastor Jessie Tanner presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Full Gospel Church, in memory of Cheryl Perry. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Barbara Raines


Town of Willing, NY - Barbara Raines, 95, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville. She was born November 24, 1921 in Wellsville, NY the daughter of the late Richard and Margaret (Schrader) Umiker. On August 4, 1956, in the Chapel at Fort Myer, VA she married Lt. Colonel Raymond W. Raines who predeceased her in 1998.

 Barb was a graduate of Wellsville High School and the Rochester Business Institute. She formerly resided at Arlington, VA, Washington, DC, Ottawa, Canada, McLean, VA, Amherst, NH and Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She had been employed by the Empire Gas & Fuel Company, the Department of the Army at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the David A. Howe Public Library in Wellsville, NY. She is a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville.

She is survived by 6 cousins, Beverly (Dr. Roy) McTarnaghan of Bonita Springs, FL., Doris Hall of Cheektowaga, NY, Sally (Dr. Ralph) Stoll of Lake Bluff, IL., Pamela (George) Slack of Ontario, NY, Richard (Marlene) Schrader Jr. of Venetia, PA and Carl Schrader of Andover, NY, and several nieces, nephews and cousins including, Thomas (Charlene) Raines, and Suzanne (Michael) Allen; of Illinois, James Kneisler and Nancy Kneisler both of Wisconsin. She is also survived by 2 godchildren, Chad (Jessica) Emerson and Crystal Emerson and special friends, Stephen and Cathy Emerson of Shongo and Steven and Jacquelyn Antes of the Town of Willing. She was predeceased by an aunt & uncle, Richard and Sarah Schrader, a sister-in-law, Leona Raines, and a nephew Philip Raines.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1:00 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 in the church with Pastor Patrick Cox presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorial suggestions include the First Trinity Lutheran Church, David A. Howe Public Library, Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Barbara Eileen Dillie Raybon

Wellsville, NY - Barbara Eileen Dillie Raybon, age 54, of McDowell Avenue passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 11, 1963 in Wellsville to Donald and Sandra Lunn Dillie Sr. She had been married to Raymond Raybon of Florida who survives.

Barb graduated from Wellsville High School and had attended college in Florida. She lived and worked in Florida for many years returning to Wellsville in 2009. Barb had been a manager of several convenience stores and restaurants while in Florida. After returning to Wellsville she worked at Tops in the Deli Department and later for Sunoco.

Barb is survived by her son Sean Raybon of Florida; 3 grandchildren, Rosalea, Grayson, and Rocky; 2 sisters, Kerry (David) Mette of Waterloo, and Lorri (Claude) Nieman of New Milford, CT.; 2 brothers, Donald “Buzz” Dillie of Wellsville and Michael “Barney” Dillie of Wellsville; 2 Aunts, Roxanne (Ronald) Flurschutz of Rochester, and Kaaren Monroe of Wellsville; several nieces, and nephews.

Barb was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Dean Dillie.

Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 2 pm to 4 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Wellsville. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Barb’s name may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

George E. Wagner

Wellsville/Salamanca, NY - George E. Wagner, age 74, formerly of Wellsville, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2017, at Olean General Hospital. He was born on September 19, 1943 in Rochester to Harvey and Phyllis Cavanaugh. On March 9, 1969 in Wellsville he married Virginia Fay Button who predeceased him on March 2, 2015.

George was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville who, along with his wife Virginia, was very active in the Fun Fair from the beginning serving many years as Chairman. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #919.

Survivors include a son Joseph M. Wagner of Wellsville; 2 granddaughters, Chelsea Wagner and Ella Hill both of Wellsville; a step sister, Marleene Kouwe of Rochester and a half brother, Gary (Sandra) Wagner of Rochester; several nieces and nephews.

Besides his wife, Virginia, George was predeceased by his parents.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 10 am to 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 6 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, at which time a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to either the Immaculate Conception Church or to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lisa C. Sweet

Wellsville, NY - Lisa C. Sweet, 63, of 45 South Brooklyn Avenue passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born November 18, 1953 in North Hornell, the daughter of the late Calvin B. and Louise (Dohring) Cook. 

Lisa was a 1971 graduate of Wellsville High School and received an Associate Degree in Business form Olean Business Institute. She was the Administrative Assistant to the CEO and CFO at Jones Memorial Hospital; where she had been employed for the past 36 years. She was a former member of the McEwen Hose Company # 4 in Wellsville and was a life member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by one daughter, Beth (Greg) Day of Wellsville, two grandchildren, Kayla and Dylon Day, two sisters, Christel (James) Burm of Newark and Laurie Dawson and her companion James Clark of Winchester, VA, a brother-in-law, Thomas Barnett of Rushford, mother-in-law, Glady Sweet of Wellsville, sister-in-law, Kathy (Roger) Moyer of Wellsville, nine nieces and nephews, Danielle, PJ, Brendan, Molly, Kyle, Katie, Darren, Hillary and Hayley, six great nieces and nephews, Cheyenne, David, Brynlee, Liam, Blake and Jackson, and a very special friend, Roger Neely of Wellsville. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by a sister, Corky Barnett and a nephew, Eric Barnett.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 7th from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow the visitation on Saturday at noon in the funeral home with Rev. David Potts presiding. Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery at a later date.  Please consider memorial donation to the American Kidney Fund or the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Diana C. Sandle

Wellsville, NY - Diana C. Sandle, 70, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, September 23, 2017. She was born on November 4, 1946 in Wellsville, the only daughter of the late Oristus and Florence (Munger) Cline. Diana was a 1964 graduate of Wellsville High School and a member of the Pearl String Ensemble in Wellsville. She has been the Secretary and Treasurer of Sandle Custom Bearings for the past 30 years. 

She is survived by her husband, Eric William Sandle, whom she married on January 7, 1988; two daughters, Tracey Loughlin-Young and her husband Troy Young of Charlotte, NC and Heather Pettit and her husband Joseph of Wilton, CT; three grandchildren, Owen and Avery Pettit and Noah Loughlin-Young; two brothers, David Cline of Wellsville, NY and Dale Cline and his wife Carol of Walworth, NY; a special niece, Lisa Lindsay and her husband Michael of Wellsville; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and great friends who will miss her dearly.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with a reception to follow and all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Diana's name may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County at http://www.spcaallegany.org. To leave a personal condolence or remembrance, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

William (Bill) C. Paulman

HALIFAX, PA - William (Bill) C. Paulman, 86, of Halifax, PA was lifted into God's everlasting kingdom on Sept. 23, 2017 with his wife by his side.

Bill was born July 20, 1931 in Wellsville, NY to Edward W. Paulman and Louise E. Coombes Paulman Rosen. He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather Louis Rosen, his stepmother Beatrice Paulman, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Bill is survived by his wife Karen Mehlenbacher Paulman, step-son Jason L. Hallock (Angel) of Derby, KS, grandchildren Jonathan, Savannah and Harrison. He also leaves behind his very dear and devoted friends Charles Cain of Halifax, Daniel Warfel of Lewistown. Scott Thompson of Dauphin and Dale Klinger of Gratz, his mother-in-law Shirley Coobes of West Almond, NY; his brother-in-laws Bill Coombes (Stephanie) of Belmont, NY, Bob Ward (Theresa) of Ft. Lewis, WA; sisters-in-law Terry Allen (Tim) of Belfast, NY, Bonnie Nelson (Joe) of West Almond, NY and Donna Coombes of Angelica, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins Capt. Robert McCullough of Idylewild, CA, Jeanne Veno of Olean, NY, Jill Weaver (Dave) of Arkport, NY and Bill Coombes of Belmont, NY.

Bill graduated from Northside High School in Corning, NY class of 1948 and thoroughly enjoyed his class reunions. After graduation, Bill worked at his mother's supper club "The Turf Club" in Corning, NY until joining the US Navy in November 1948. Bill proudly served four years in the U.S. Navy, two of which he was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bill often said those years were two of the best years of his life. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Bill attended Paul Smith's College majoring in Hotel Management. 

Bill began working at Montgomery Wards as a sales manager for several years in Ithaca, NY, then Berwick, PA. In September of 1960 Bill began his career with Metropolitan Insurance Company beginning in the sales while attaining his CLU, then several management positions. Bill loved people, enjoyed visiting with prospective clients whether he made a sale or not. He was a member of Met's "Vet's Club" an honor given to employees with 20 years of service. After retiring from Metropolitan, Bill worked part time for Prudential Insurance, Lutheran Brotherhood, and the Cain Patch in Dauphin, PA.

Bill's true love were his dogs and bird hunting with his faithful companions Britta, Lady, Gretchen, Molly, Belle and Gunner. He missed being outdoors and in the woods with one of his dogs in later years when his health began to decline. He enjoyed sharing his stories of hunting with his dogs. In 2008 Bill was blessed to fulfill number one on his bucket list. He and his wife traveled to Ellisras, South Africa for an eleven day successful hunting safari. He treasured those memories dearly. Bill lived life to its' fullest and always with a loving heart to everyone he met. Please honor his memory by living yours the same, remembering these words from 1 Corinthians 16:14 "Let all that you do, be done in love. “Bill” was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Berrysburg and the NRA.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 29, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont, NY. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to Hospice for all Seasons for the wonderful, compassionate care given to Bill by their staff in his final days. Also a deep, heartfelt thank you to the staff at Anchor Enterprises, "In a Heartbeat 110" and C +OPD for their love, guidance and support. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice for all Seasons, 280 S. Hill Drive Grantville, PA 17028 or to St. John's Lutheran Church, PO Box 270, Berrysburg, PA 17005.

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Eric C. Avery

Wellsville, NY - Eric C. Avery, 57, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Wellsville Manor Care Center following a long illness. He was born on September 9, 1960, the son of the late Kenneth and Mildred Avery. 

Eric was a member of the Wellsville High School class of 1979. He was a self-employed carpenter, and was an avid volunteer for the Wellsville Salvation Army during the Christmas season. 

He is survived by five children, Eric Kenneth Avery Jr. of Washington, DC, Amanda Hand of Scio, April Kirch of Belfast, Deric Avery-Sadler of Wellsville, and Joshua Avery-Sadler of Friendship, five grandchildren, Marley, Joselin, Finn, Krinlyn and Azalea.

At Eric’s request there will no public funeral. Please consider memorial donation to the Salvation Army, 25 E. Pearl Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Raymond D. Bliven

Belmont, NY - Raymond D. Bliven, age 77, of the Baker Valley Road passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on September 15, 1939 in Wellsville to Lavern and Gertrude Gayhart Bliven. On December 31, 1960 in Belmont he married Barbara Gearhart who predeceased him in 1989.

Raymond was a lifelong resident of the Baker Valley Road who graduated from Belmont Central High School and from the Williamsport Technical School in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He began his career in 1960 as a draftsman for Worthington Corporation in Wellsville retiring from Dresser Rand in 2000. Raymond was a quiet, hardworking and handy man who built his own home. He also enjoyed many trips across the country with his faithful companion” Boris”.

Raymond is survived by a son, Mark (Deborah) Bliven of Belmont and a daughter, Rebecca (Derek) Smith of Ransomville; 7 grandchildren, John, Joshua, and Jamie Buzzard, Devin, Derick, and Nicole Ahrens, and Megan Bliven; 12 great grandchildren; 2 brothers, Charles (Barbara) Bliven, and James (Judy) Bliven both of Belmont; a sister, Beverly Leilous of Belmont; a sister in law, Barbara Bliven of Portville; several nieces and nephews.

Raymond was predeceased by his wife Barbara; a daughter, Constance “Connie” Bliven; a brother, Donald Bliven; a brother in law, William Leilous.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 11, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Burial will take place following the calling hours in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in Raymond’s name may be made to the Belmont Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Mary C. Bogan

Belmont, NY - Mary C. Bogan, 89, of 23 Trianna Street, passed away on Friday, September 1, 2017 at Olean General Hospital with her family at her side. She was born on January 26, 1928 in Hornell, the daughter of John F. and Mary “Gertrude” (Brown) Canty. On August 25, 1951 at St. Mary’s Church in Belmont, she married Robert V. Bogan who predeceased her on March 8, 1999.

Mary was a graduate of Belmont Central School and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Education from Empire State College and a Masters Degree in Education and Counseling from Alfred University. She was employed by both the Erie and Allegany County’s Department of Health, as a Public Health Nurse. She later became the School Nurse-Teacher for Belmont Central School for 27 years. After retirement, she became a Reservist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and responded to natural disasters in the U.S. and its Territories  

She is survived by two sons, William (Nanci) Bogan of Batavia, and John C. Bogan of Belmont, one daughter, Ellen McNinch of Belmont, six grandchildren, Jill (Timothy) Simko, Harry (Erica) McNinch IV, William Bogan II, Staci (Josh) Finn, Sara Bogan and Christopher (Rebecca) Bogan, eight great grandchildren, Jordan and Amelia Simko, Robert and Alyssa McNinch, William Bogan III, Madison and Morgan Finn and Lyndzi Jo Bogan, a sister-in-law, Patricia “Patsy” Kicher of Yorkville, IN, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four first cousins, Jane (Mullen) Walsh, Kathryn (Canty) Karst, Daniel Canty and John Brown Sr.  

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 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. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 6th at 11:00 am in Holy Family Church in Belmont. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Dr. Charles “Sid” and Rita Gibson and Charlie Hull - Notice

Wellsville, NY - Dr. Charles “Sid” and Rita Gibson and Charlie Hull

A Mass will be offered on Friday, September 8, 2017, at 8:10 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, in memory of Rita and Sid Gibson and their family friend Charlie Hull. Please join their daughter, Peggy Gibson, in honoring her parents 70th Anniversary and her mother’s dedication to the Immaculate Conception Church.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Kathleen A. Steinfeldt

Wellsville, NY - Kathleen A. Steinfeldt, 67, a longtime resident of the STEL House, at 99 Madison Street, died on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Highland Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. She was born on December 1, 1949 in Rochester, the daughter of the late George and Elizabeth (Doyle) Steinfeldt. 

Kathy enjoyed a piece of pie and a diet Coke at the Texas Hot, and loved old musicals. She loved and was loved by everyone she met. She will be dearly missed by her friends at STEL, Compeer and the Highland Day Program.

She is survived by four brothers, Lawrence, Daniel, George Jr. and Douglas Steinfeldt, two sisters, Marilyn (Peter) Cimino and Alice Steinfeldt, several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Casey Henry, Sue Henry, and Deb Marshall. She was predeceased by a brother, William Steinfeldt.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date at the STEL House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Dorothy S. Panzica

Wellsville, NY - Dorothy S. Panzica, 103, of 4192B Bolivar Road passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Manor Hills. She was born on September 13, 1913 in Summerville, MA, the daughter of William and Sarah (Schneider) Rose. She was predeceased by two husbands, Benjamin Solomon and Charles Panzica.

Dorothy was raised in Brooklyn and was employed by Loew’s Theaters throughout her career, beginning as an usherette, and retiring as the General Manager of Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn. She and Charles moved to Elm Valley in the mid 1970’s and after Charles passed away, she moved to Cummings Circle in Wellsville, where she resided for many years before moving to Manor Hills in 2011.

Dorothy was well known in the downtown Wellsville area for her kindness and generosity, and for giving away dollar bills folded like shirts to almost everyone she met.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Frances Rose of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and several nieces and nephews, including Jerry and Sonya Goodman of Pikesville, MD.

She will be buried next to her beloved husband, Charles, in the Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, August 18, 2017

David William McQueen

Belmont, NY – David William McQueen, 46, passed away peacefully at home Aug. 18, 2017, following a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

David was born Oct. 26, 1970, in Wellsville, N.Y., the son of William and Margaret (Lanphere) McQueen. He was a 1988 graduate of Scio Central School. He began his career at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville, and later worked for more than 16 years as a line technician for Verizon.

He is survived by his mother, Margaret (Ford) Easton of St. Petersburg, Fla.; three sisters, Sheryl (Dave) McIntire of Harrison Valley, Pa.; Sandra McQueen, and Debra (Michael) Quinn, both of Wellsville, N.Y..; several aunts and uncles; nieces, nephews, and cousins; his loving companion Michelle Webster of Belmont, N.Y., her children, and their son Steven.

David was predeceased by his father, William A. McQueen in 1991; his sister Rhonda Burrous in 2007, a brother in law James Burrous in 2017; maternal grandparents, Emerson and Doris (Engberg) Lanphere; paternal grandparents, Claude and Dora (Black) McQueen; and aunt, Bonnie (McQueen) Haberly.

An avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, David traveled many places to pursue his passion, and was affectionately known by many nicknames, including “Queenie” and “Turkey Man” and “Fingers”.  All who knew David will remember his larger-than-life personality and unforgettable spirit. In his own words, he “lived life in full color”. He will be dearly missed by his family and many close friends.

A celebration of life for David will be held at Island Park in Wellsville (Lagoon Pavilion) on Sunday, Aug 20. Friends are invited to gather with the family starting at 12:30, with a service being held at 2:00. Picnic reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hearts For ALS NY at 1899 South Ave., Rochester, NY, 14620; or to HARK at hark-als.org. To leave online condolences please visit www,embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Stanley R. “Stan” Weinhauer

Wellsville, NY - Stanley R. “Stan” Weinhauer, age 63, of Vanness Lane passed away on Monday, August 14, 2017, at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Wellsville on April 23, 1954 in Wellsville to Frank and Rose Payne Weinhauer. On September 22, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada he married his soul mate, Karen Matteson, who survives.

Stan was a lifelong resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School in 1972. He had worked for the former Harris Supply Company and for 18 years he drove truck for Shorts Oil Company. In 2010 Stan became an owner operator of his own trucking company retiring in 2015 due to ill health. He will be remembered as a hardworking man who was a loving husband.

Survivors include his wife Karen; a sister, Susan (Keith) Knight of Andover; his in laws, Marion and Mary Matteson; brother in laws, Brian (Tammy) Matteson and Alan (Bonnie) Matteson all of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews; and his constant companion, Abby.

Stan was predeceased by his parents and a brother in law, Scott Matteson.

Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 12 noon to 2pm for celebration of his life. Memorials in Stan’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Devona L. Arnold

Wellsville, NY - Devona L. Arnold, age 81, of Pine Street passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2017, surrounded by her family at the Highland Hospital in Rochester. On January 31, 1936 she was born in Eldred, Pennsylvania to Alford Dean and Alberta Onnolee Stull Cornelius.

Devona is survived by her 2 sons, Dean (Janet) and Dathan (Kim) Arnold both of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren, Tiffany (Eric) Miller, Damon Arnold, and Danika Arnold; 2 great grandsons, Preston and Anderson Miller; 2 brothers, Dale and Arden Cornelius as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation and a private burial service will held at the convenience of the family. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Robert J. Dougherty

Wellsville, NY - Robert J. Dougherty, 72, of 2760 Trapping Brook Road passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Hart Comfort House surrounded by his family. He was born on December 5, 1944 in Hornell, the son of the late Anthony and Florence (Danaher) Dougherty. On May 13, 1995, he married Sally A. Emerson who survives. 

He was a graduate of Andover High School, Alfred University and the Syracuse University, Graduate School of Management. He was formerly employed at Air Preheater Company in Wellsville for 21 years, Harris Supply Company in Wellsville for eight years and Hitachi Automotive Casting Products in Lawrenceville, PA for 10 years; all in Material Management positions. He was a former, coach, manager, and president of the Wellsville Little League, and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, landscaping, NASCAR and the Yankees.

Surviving in addition to his loving wife, Sally, is one son, James R. (Nikiis) Dougherty of Wellington, FL, five step-children, Steven (Chris) Nicot of Hilton, William Nicot of Charlotte, NC Melissa (Eric) Gottorff of Angola, Cory (Leslie) Graves of Springfield, VA, and Brent (Renee) Graves of Genesee, PA, 17 grandchildren, Micah, Matthew, Connor, Riley, and Zoe Dougherty; Ashley, Alycia, Bradley, Carly, Rebecca, Katie, Holly, Clair, Alison, and Daniel Nicot; and, Nolan and Griffin Graves, five great grandchildren, one brother, William (Mary) Dougherty of Elmira, a sister-in-law, Carolyn Dougherty of Andover, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by two brothers, Charles and John Dougherty and a nephew, Mark Dougherty.  

Friends are invited to call on Monday, August 7, 2017, 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 Rosary will be recited on Monday at 8:00 pm in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 8th at 11:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com 

Phyllis J. Neal

Olean, NY - Phyllis J. Neal, 72, of 1841 Haskell Road passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo with her family at her side. She was born on June 16, 1945 in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, the adopted daughter of the late Leon and Marjorie (Jackson) Brownell. On May 7, 1977 in Buffalo she married to Anthony Vitaro who predeceased her in 1980. In 1986 she married James Neal who predeceased her on May 1, 2017. 

She was raised in the Town of Alma and was a 1965 graduate of Wellsville High School. She formerly cleaned for Portville Central School, Key Bank, and 5 Star Bank in Olean. Phyllis enjoyed Bowling, horse shoes and bingo. 

She is survived by two daughters, Michelle (Anthony) Capak of Towson, MD, and Angela Vitaro of Olean, a grandson, Austin Vitaro, a sister, Laurel Roberts, two brothers, Lewis Sinsabaugh and Carl Whitesell, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by eight siblings, Betty and Samuel Ferguson, Donny, Dorita, Edward and Evelyn Shelley, Leroy Whitesell, and Donna Yeager, and her biological parents, Samuel and Florence (Jackson) Ferguson.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and on Wednesday, August 9th from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow the visitation on Wednesday at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Interment will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to SPCA Serving either Cattaraugus or Allegany Counties. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Monday, July 31, 2017

Richard C. “Dick” Deschler

Wellsville, NY - Richard C. “Dick” Deschler, age 94, of Williams Avenue passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Wellsville on July 27, 1923 to Henry and Amelia Weihoneig Deschler. On November 15, 1954 he married June Beckwith who survives.

 Dick graduated from the Immaculate Conception School as the class valedictorian and from Wellsville High School in 1941. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the US Navy aboard the USS Alaska in the South Pacific. Dick worked for the US Postal Service in Wellsville for 30 years retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the American Legion Post #702, and the Elks Lodge # 1495 all of Wellsville.

Surviving besides his wife June are a son, Donald Deschler of Wellsville; a daughter, Susan (Brian) Robinson of Longs, South Carolina; 4 grandchildren, Christian, Aaron (Jennifer), and Andrew Robinson, and Brieanna (Sam) Sarcia; 4 great grandchildren, Lila, Landon, and Mason Robinson, and June Sarcia; a sister, Frances Deschler of Wellsville.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 2, from 6 to 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will held on Thursday at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to Celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville. Burial with Military Honors will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Dick’s name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Clair H. “Tuggy” Coyle



Wellsville, NY - Clair H. “Tuggy” Coyle, 76, a former longtime resident of 1978 Stannards Road, died on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Rochester General Hospital following a long illness. He was born March 22, 1941 in Wellsville, the son of the late Joseph and Flora (Brownell) Coyle. On June 16, 2000 in Lincolnton, NC, he married Esther “Marie” (Gavitt) Hurlburt, who predeceased him on September 17, 2013. 


Clair was a longtime resident of the Town of Willing, he attended school in Wellsville and served with the U.S. Marine Corps. He was first employed as a farm hand for the Charlie Hart and the Francis Joyce families. He later worked for Woodlawn Cemetery, the Gerald Hart, Crest Haven Vault Company, and the Wellsville Central School District, for 25 years, retiring in 1995. He was also an auxiliary policeman and crossing guard for the Village of Wellsville.

He was a former member of the Friendship and Wellsville Volunteer Fire Departments, and later joined the Willing Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as a dedicated fire policeman for many years. He was a member of the former Allegany County Civil Defense, the Salvation Army, and the Trinity Lutheran Church.

He is survived by a step-daughter, Deborah (John) Nielson of Lincolnton, NC, a step-son, Gene (Glenda) Hurlburt of Wellsville, and their families, a half-brother, George Kump of Wellsville and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife, by a brother, Howard Coyle, and a half-sister, Anna Mae Webster.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday, July 27th at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Willing Volunteer Fire Department or the Salvation Army in Wellsville. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mary L. McConnell

Hallsport, NY - Mary L. McConnell of the Hallsport Road passed away on Friday, July 14, in her home. She was born on June 6, 1940 in Andover to Clarence and Hazel LaFever Kemp. In June of 1958 she married James McConnell who survives.

Mary was a long time resident of the Hallsport Area who spent her life looking after and taking care of others. Mary cleaned homes for several local families and loved animals including the family dog “Chevy”.

Mary is survived by her husband, James; her daughter Kim Foster of Hallsport; 3 grandsons, Cory (Shauna) McConnell of Hallsport, Derek Fagan of Hallsport, and Levi (Amber) Fagan of Altos, CA.; 2 granddaughters, Ashlynn and Coriana McConnell both of Hallsport; 2 sisters, Catherine Kemp of Wellsville, and Marie Enders of New Field; several nieces and nephews.

Mary was predeceased by 3 brothers, Delbert, Victor, and Grant Kemp; a sister, Annabelle Spencer.

 Mary’s wishes where that there will be no public services and burial will take place in Stannards Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Rita Virginia Yungbluth Gibson

Rita Virginia Yungbluth Gibson - Rita was born on Sunday February 29, 1920, not a new occurrence in the Yungbluth home as she was greeted by six older siblings and accomplished strong Roman Catholic parents.  Her early years included schooling at St. Rose of Lima in Buffalo, NY which was just down the street from the family home at 418 Parker Ave.  A home that the family had moved to after leaving Pittsburg, PA for a job promotion for her father, BJ.  

Her college years were spent in Detroit, MI where she attended Marygrove College and earned a bachelor’s degree.  Returning home to Buffalo and the family home in May 1942, Rita went to work at Linde Air Company supporting company leaders on the Manhattan Project.  

On September 8, 1947, Rita married Dr. Charles S. Gibson and moved to Wellsville, NY.  In 1952, Rita and Sid built their first home where they would raise their five children (John, Peggy, Mary Lou, Ann and Rob) and remained until 1985.  While in Wellsville, NY Rita was active in Immaculate Conception Church and guided its first renovation in the early 1970s.  Rita also enjoyed traveling and playing golf with Sid and tolerated skiing, swimming and other outdoor activities which Sid led the family into.

In September 1985, Rita and Sid moved to Monument, CO as two of their daughters had settled in Colorado and the rest would one-day follow. Rita was active in St. Peter Catholic Church and enjoyed many wonderful friendships in the Woodmoor Community where she and Sid resided together until his death in November 2003. Rita remained in Monument, CO until 2010, when she moved to a retirement resort in Windsor, CO.  In 2014 Rita moved to Grace Point Assisted Living in Greeley, CO, where she passed in peace in her sleep on July 14.

A Christian celebration of life will be held at 10:30 Tuesday July 18 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Windsor, Colorado.  Rita would have loved gifts to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wellsville in lieu of flowers.

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

Sharon L. Greene

Wellsville, NY - Sharon L. Greene of Pine Street passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Comfort House of Allegany County. She was born on October 6, 1951 in Wellsville to Matthew and Gertrude Shine O’Brien. On January 15, 1972 she married Gregory Greene who predeceased her in 2007.

Sharon was a member of the Wellsville High School class of 1970 and had also graduated from Alfred State College in 1972. She had been a resident of Lima where she had worked in the Lima High School Cafeteria for several years. Sharon later moved back to Wellsville where she worked in a Doctor’s office and later for the Giant Food Mart in the Deli Department. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville who enjoyed being on the go. Sharon loved to travel, especially with Sylvia LaChance and Lorraine DiSorbo who also helped during her long illness, bunco, and gardening. To Sharon family was everything and she will be remembered as a very prompt woman who enjoyed a spotless home.

Sharon is survived by her mother, Gert of Wellsville; a daughter, Kelly (Sam) Buck of Mattydale; 2 sons, Greg (Angela) Greene serving in the U.S. Navy stationed in Norfolk, VA., and Jeremy (Carmen) Greene of Milwaukee, WI; 5 grandchildren, Zack, Chandler, Christopher, Colton, and Cataleya; a brother, John (Lisa) O’Brien of Ruidoso, NM.; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Sharon was predeceased by her husband Greg, her Father, Matt, her daughter, Kristen, and her sister, Sheila.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, July 17, from 6 to 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 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. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in Sharon’s name may be made to the Comfort House of Allegany County, East State Street, Wellsville, NY.  14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Nila Ann “Toni” Burrell

Rotonda West, Florida - Nila Ann “Toni” Burrell, 78, of Rotonda West passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Englewood Community Hospital, Englewood, Florida.

Born on January 29, 1939 in Emporium, Pennsylvania to Frank and Beulah Layberger, she had been a resident of Charlotte County for five years coming from Fairview, Pennsylvania and Wellsville, New York.

A loving wife, mother and homemaker for her family she was a salesperson and accountant for her husband’s business, Burrell Enterprises.  She previously was an engineering secretary and purchasing clerk for C E – Air Preheater Company and C E - Elgin Electronics in Pennsylvania and New York State.

Toni loved going to the beach to collect sharks’ teeth and swimming in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.  She was an avid cross stitcher who loved spending time with her many grandchildren.   Her dogs were very important to her, Panda and Sophie and her dear cat, Lucy.

Survivors include her loving husband of forty years: Fred Burrell; two daughters: Voni Walker and Jill Petersen both of Wellsville, New York; one son: Mick Marshall of Bradford, Pennsylvania; one step-daughter: Tammy Kay Cooper of Englewood, Florida; three step-sons: Bradley S. Burrell of Rotonda West, Florida; Terence L. Burrell of Weeki Wachi, Florida; Kevin F. Burrell of Waterford, Pennsylvania; one sister: LoRee Saunders of Whitesville, New York; twenty-two grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Her sister, Caren Lewis predeceased her in 2012.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 2:00 pm with Rev. Kurt Schultz presiding. Receptions will immediately follow the memorial service at L’Italia Restaurant in Wellsville, from 3 - 5 pm and at Toni’s sister (LoRee Saunders’) home from 3 - ?? PM at 1068 Route 248, Whitesville, NY. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville on Monday, July 24th at 10 AM.

The funeral in Florida was conducted on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Englewood Community Funeral Home in Englewood, Florida with the Reverend Robert Firby of Christ Lutheran Church, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Sarasota, 3277-A Fruitville Road, #1, Sarasota, Florida 34237 in memory of Toni Burrell. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, July 10, 2017

Patricia M. George

Wellsville, NY - Patricia M. George, 67, of 215 E. Dyke Street, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 8, 2017 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 15, 1949 in Lockport, the daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy (Willie) Oswald.

Pat was a graduate of Lockport High School and Niagara Community College, where she received a degree in Art. She was formerly employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 25 years and Alfred University for 15 years; retiring on June 1, 2015. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She was a gifted artist and used her talent in her ink drawings, flower garden, quilting, sewing, and crafts. She enjoyed reading, walking; and loved traveling to South Carolina to visit her daughter and her family. She was a giving person who loved the Lord and studying the Bible.

She is survived by her longtime companion, Roger D. Mallory, her daughter, Christine (John) Ressler of Fort Mill, SC, two beloved grandchildren, JP and Brooke, two sisters, her twin, Phyllis Zielinski of Rock Hill, SC and Pamela (Gary) Craig of Wilson, NY, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a brother, Michael Oswald.

A private service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to Catholic Charities. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Raymond C. Cornelius

Scio, NY - Raymond C. Cornelius, 82, of 4849 Wadsworth Hill Road, died on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at his home. He was born March 23, 1935 in Wellsville, the son of Reginald B. and Charlotte (Millen) Cornelius.

Raymond was raised in the Wellsville area. He was formerly employed by Joyce Pipeline, James Dean Body Shop, and Dave Faulkner Construction. For a time owned and operated his own body shop in Scio and later retired from Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville. He was a member of the I.A.M. Moore Lodge Local 1580. He was an avid horseman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and farming.

He is survived by one son, Reginald K. (Sharon) Cornelius of Wellsville, two daughters, Sheila Udeski of Ulysses, PA and Andrea (Wayne) Thayer of Wellsville, four stepdaughters, Betty (Leon) Chalker of Scio, Bonnie Spenser of California, Marylou (Richard) Kemp of Friendship and Joann (Dennis) White of Scio, a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, one sister, Shirley Prevost of Woodbridge, VA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lelia Cornelius, a son, Michael Cornelius, a stepson, John Brown, and a brother, Leroy Cornelius.  

A private graveside service will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio on Monday, July 10, 2017. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Douglas O. Layman

Scio, NY - Douglas O. Layman, 52, of 5035 Snowball Hollow Road, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. He was born May 5, 1965 in Wellsville, the son of Thomas and Donna (Ward) Layman Sr. 

Doug was raised in Friendship and Scio and attended the Friendship Central School. He was a “Jack of All Trades” and for many years was employed as a mechanic for Wes Cline in Belmont. He was an outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his mother of Scio, two children, Mellissa Hugar of Rochester and Gregory Layman of Georgia, seven grandchildren, two sisters, Judith (Gordon Hadsell) Layman of Belmont and Darlene (Gary) Gilliland of Bolivar, three brothers, Thomas (Mary) Layman Jr. of Belfast, Robert Layman of Scio and Jeffery (Nicole) Layman of Cuba, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father in 2008.

A memorial service and burial in Knights Creek Cemetery is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Roswell Park Memorial Fund. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Herbert W. “Herb” Howe III

Belfast, NY - Herbert W. “Herb” Howe III, age 43, passed away on Monday, June, 26, 2017, at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester as a result of injuries sustained in a logging accident. He was born in Buffalo to Herbert W. “Sonny” and Gladys Jean Young Howe II. On July 15, 2012 he married Tara Howard who survives him.

Herb was a long time resident of the Belfast Area who had worked for Union Drilling which was bought out by Side Winder Drilling. He had always loved logging and later started his own company called “Second Time Around Logging”. Herb was a hardworking man who loved to spend one on one time with the kids. He had a deep voice with a booming laugh and was often the life of the party. Herb will be remembered as a man who had deep love for his family and especially for his wife Tara.

Survivors include his wife Tara, his mother Jean Snyder (Howe) of Belfast; 3 stepsons, David (Nikkie) Green of Wellsville, Joshua Howard of Belfast, and Nathan Hunt of Belfast; 2 step daughters, Daphne Hunt of Wellsville, and Joslin Hunt of Belfast; 3 step grandchildren; David Jr., Jayden, and Ashlyn Green; 2 brothers, Lance (Valerie) Snyder of Lancaster, and David (Jaime) Snyder of Dade City, FL.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Pat (Connie Ann) Argentieri of Alden, and Diane Howe of Buffalo; his mother in law Glenna (Jack) Clark of Andover and their families; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Herb was predeceased by his father, Herbert and his sister, Rose Marie.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Cross Town Alliance Church on Highland Avenue in Wellsville. The funeral service will take place following the calling hours at 2 pm in the church. Burial will follow in the Knights Creek Cemetery and memorials in Herb’s name may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Bertha B. Muench

Livonia, NY- Bertha B. Muench, a former resident of Scio, NY, passed away on June 24, 2017 at Conesus Lake Nursing Home.  She was born December 7, 1923, the daughter of the late John E. and Mildred I. (VanHorn) Buzzard, Sr.  In 1942, she married Ralph S. Muench, who predeceased her in 2002.

Bertha was born in Friendship, NY, where her father owned the Chevrolet dealership.  She had a keen mind and enjoyed reading, word challenges, and crossword puzzles.  She employed the dying art of letter writing and was known for her faithful remembrance of birthdays and special occasions. A person of varied talents, Bertha was seldom idle and regularly learned new skills, taking classes in quilting and even chair caning.  Bertha’s greatest joy came through her interactions with people.  She was a warm, social person whose capacity for love and friendship spanned both age and relation. Her smile was genuine and her arms were open. 

Bertha was a Nutrition Site Manager in Alfred, NY for many years with the Office for the Aging.  After raising her family of 8 children on Grand Island, NY, she retired to Scio, NY where she worked for the US Postal Service as a rural route deliverer.  She was a member of St. Joseph’s Altar & Rosary Society, the Schoolhouse Quilters guild, and the 20-20 Investment Group.  

She is survived by seven children, Albert H. (Linda) Muench of Friends Lake, NY; Mary T. “Tess” Hoyer of Belmont, NY; Frances A. Russell of Newton Falls, OH; Elizabeth M. Bill of Crystal Lake, IL; Dr. Jean Muench (Capt. Bruce Kinney) of Snellville, GA; Angela M. Dunham of Wellsville, NY; and Richard E. Muench (Susan) of Livonia, NY; a brother, Harry E. Buzzard of Rochester, NY; and three sisters, Viola B. Mix of Tallahassee, FL; Ruth E. Kensinger Jr. of Kissimmee, FL; and Mary Ann Fanton of Panama City, FL. She is also survived by her 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husband, Bertha was predeceased by her brother, John E. Buzzard Jr.; sister, Lois H. Stillman; son, Joseph E. Muench; and her granddaughter, Jenny Bill Mahaffey.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 29th from 5-8 PM at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, NY.  A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, June 30th at 11:00 AM at the St. Joseph’s Oratory in Scio, NY.  Bertha will be buried next to her son, Joseph, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  Memorial donations may be made to the Allegany County Office for the Aging or any charity of the donor’s choice.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com