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

Pauline Goldsmith King

Allentown, NY - Pauline Goldsmith King, 84, of 1624 White Hill Road died on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Manor Hills in Wellsville. She was born on July 29, 1932 in Rushford, the daughter of Paul H. and Mary L. (Luckey) James. On August 22, 1951 she married Kenneth R. Goldsmith who predeceased her. On February 14, 1998 in Allentown she married Donald E. King who survives.

Pauline was raised on a dairy farm in Rushford and was a 1950 graduate of Rushford Central School. She attended Buffalo State College and graduated from LaSalle University in Chicago with a degree in Interior Design. She was an interior designer in New York and Pennsylvania for 30 years. She also was an instructor of Interior Design at Niagara University. 

She enjoyed music and played the trombone for her high School band, and in 1944 she joined the Rushford Concert Band. She was a charter member of the Rushford Historical Society and in 2006 she founded the “Band Room” at the Historical Society Building in Rushford. She toured for 13 years with the Bergholz Blasapelle for October Fest all over the United States, Canada and Europe.

Surviving in addition to her husband are five children, Ann Celeste (Dane) Ererton of Watkins Glen, Vance (Bonnie) Goldsmith of Homosassa, Florida, Beth Goldsmith of Allegany, Paul “Jamie” Goldsmith and Lance “Ric” Goldsmith both of Arcade, seven grandchildren, Simon, Amber, Terra, Sophia, Neil, Madison and Jillian, two step daughters, Mary Liz (Steve) Lewis of Andover and Anne Marie King of Allentown, a brother, David James of Cookeville, Tennessee, as well as one niece and one nephew.  

A reception is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

UPDATE: Friends are invited to a memorial dinner on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at noon, at the Allentown United Methodist Church. A graveside service will follow at the family cemetery on White Hill. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Paul Michalegko

Eri, PA - Paul Michalegko, age 97, formerly of Genesee, PA, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at UPMC Hamot.   He was a resident of St. Mary’s at Asbury Ridge.  Paul was born November 16, 1919 in Betula/Keystone, McKean County, PA.  He was the third child of Demetrius and Anastasia (Holowczak) Michalegko. 

Paul graduated from Tionesta High School where he excelled in basketball and baseball.  Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940.  While stationed in Rhode Island, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.  After being transferred to the West Coast, he was deployed to the South Pacific where he served in World War II, and engaged in battles at Guadalcanal, Bougainville and New Caledonia.  He was honorably discharged with a rank of Sergeant.

Following his discharge, he relocated to Genesee, PA.  In 1948, he married his wife Barbara Costello of Wellsville, NY.  They were married for 58 years at the time of her passing on June 29, 2006.  Paul was retired from the Air Preheater/Combustion Engineering of Wellsville, NY.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Barbara, he is preceded  in death by brothers John, Peter and Charles, and two sisters Anna Cimpritz and Maria Michalegko. 

Paul is survived by seven children, Paula Michalegko (Charles Guagliardi), of Erie, Pamela, of Arlington, VA, Richard (Maria), of Lyndon Station, WI, David, Joseph (Cheryl), Susan (Bob Anderson), and Joan Todd (William), of Erie; eight grandchildren: Adam, Ian, Dino, Nicole, Timothy, Shannon, Kiaran and Alina; and nine great grandchildren: Julian, Vincent, Paulina, Alex, Mikayla, Keegan, Mira, Austin and Kiera. He is further survived by his brother Nicholas and his wife Judy of Safford, AZ. 

Paul was a life member of the Genesee Valley Rod and Gun Club as he enjoyed trout fishing. He was a member of the American Legion.  Paul was an active member of Sacred Heart Church for 65 years, where he served as an usher until the age of 94. 

The family would like to extend their deepest thanks and appreciation to the staff at St. Mary’s at Asbury Ridge, for their unfailing care and concern for Paul.  Special thanks to Kayla, who could always make him smile.

There will be no visitation per Paul’s request.   A funeral mass will be conducted at Sacred Heart Church, Genesee, PA on Saturday, June 24th at 10:00 a.m. followed by burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Erie Home for Children and Adults, 226 E. 27th, Erie, PA 16504. Local arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville.

Send condolences at www.Burtonfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gladys Marion Hornburg

Wellsville, NY - Gladys Marion Hornburg, 96, of 2938 Truax Road, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 while visiting her son in Kentucky. She was born on March 25, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Lottie (Freeman) Flint. On April 9, 1940 in Wellsville she married Glenn E. Hornburg who predeceased her on November 8, 2011. 

Gladys moved from Scio to Wellsville in 1938 and graduated from Wellsville High School. She was first employed at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville from 1940 to 1951, J. J. Newberry’s from 1951 to 1954, and later for the Brown and Stout Insurance Agency from 1961, to her retirement in 1982. She was affiliated with the Brookside Wesleyan Church in Wellsville. 

She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and reading, and loved (and was very good at) Rummikub and watching the Yankees. She was also very proud of the fact that after retirement, she and her husband worked together making wooden crafts in their shop.

She is survived by a son, Gary (Debbie) Hornburg of Ashland, KY, a daughter, Janice (George) Givens of Andover, three grandchildren, Maribeth (Shannon) Hausey, Ashland, KY, Dennis Givens and Christi Brewster both of Andover, three great grandchildren, Danielle Armfield, Michelle Schweigart and Marc Givens, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by her step-mother, Gertrude Graham Flint, two sisters, Dorothea Griffiths, and Irene (Ken) Washburn and one brother, Charles W. Flint.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Thursday, June 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Thursday at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Daniel Milroy of the Victory Baptist Church in Albion presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bernard E. “Bernie” Jackson

Wellsville, NY - Bernard E. “Bernie” Jackson, 81, of 323 E. Dyke Street, passed on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA with his family at his side. He was born July 21, 1935 in the Town of Willing, the son of the late Erwin and Bessie (Stickney) Jackson. On March 9, 1985 in Wellsville he married Sandra Carr who survives. 

Bernie was raised in the Town of Alma and was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was formerly employed at Rochester Products, Dresser-Rand Corporation, Allegany Arc, Harris Supply Company and retired in 2005 from North Main Lumber in Wellsville. He loved riding motorcycles, country music shows, and stock car racing.

Surviving in addition to his wife Sandy, are five children, Hope Jackson of Olean, Judy Jackson of Allegany, Sheila Miller of Virginia, Doug Jackson of Whitesville, and Aaron Jackson of Wellsville, four step-children, Natalie (Brent) Nugent of Syracuse, Kirk Walker of Rochester, Chis (Tisha) Walker of Texas and Karen Walker of West Seneca, eleven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a grandson, Marine CPL Jason L. Dunham, and four brothers.

There will be no public visitation or funeral. Interment will be in Stannards Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com 

Robert D. Peterson - Notice

Wellsville, NY - Robert D. Peterson, 72, of 38 King Street, died unexpectedly on Friday, June 9, 2017. Friends are invited to a graveside service at 2:00 pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 South Main Street in Wellsville. Arrangements are under the direction of the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. and a complete obituary will be published at a later date

Mary G. “Mitzi” Stout

Wellsville, NY - Mary G. “Mitzi” Stout, 85, formerly of Pine Street, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 following a sudden illness. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Kathryn Gasdik. In 1951 she married Carlton Stout who predeceased her in 1966.

Mitzi was a 1950 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed at Rite Aid and Woolworth’s in Wellsville and from 1975 to 2000 she was the Wellsville Town Clerk. She served as president of the Brooklyn School PTA, and was the registrar for the Girl Scouts. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Wellsville High School Alumni Association, a charter member of the Allegany County Young Republicans, and was an election inspector. She was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church, where she taught religious education, was a member of the choir, and was active with the annual Fun Fair. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Gamma Phi chapter. Her awards include Award of Excellence from the Wellsville Town Board in 1999.

She is survived by three children, Louise (Rev. Lenny) Anderson of Vancouver, WA, Larry (Terry) Stout of North Tonawanda, and Laura (Jim) Cornell of Norman, OK, a granddaughter, Christine Stout, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by two brothers, Edward Gasdik and Joseph (Cis) Gasdik, and two sisters, Irene (James) Wasson and Virginia (Edward) Keneske. Mitzi felt blessed to have so many close friends and neighbors in the Wellsville community

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 18th from 3pm to 6pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 19th at 11:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Public Library, the SPCA Serving Allegany County or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Betty L. Sheared

Wellsville, NY - Betty L. Sheared, 74 of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Thursday, June 08, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was born June 24, 1942 in Wellsville, the daughter of the later Fred and Dorothy (Granger) Curry. On September 4, 1966 in Wellsville she married Roy E. Sheared who predeceased her on March 27, 2005.

Betty was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School and was a long time resident of Rochester. She was formerly employed at Lakeshore Nursing Home and Via Health Home Care 2, both in the Rochester area. She has resided in Wellsville for the past 10 years.

She is survived by a step-daughter, Wanda Cooper and a step-son, Mark (Grace) Sheared both of Rochester, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister, Marilyn Sworthout of Brooksville, Florida, a brother, Kenneth Curry of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Lila Curry of Genesee, PA, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by two brothers, Richard and Edward Curry and two sisters, Marjorie Mitchel and Joyce Darling.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with her nephew, Jeff Curry presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the National Kidney Foundation. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Shirley Yvonne Haskins Foster

Whitesville, NY - Shirley Yvonne Haskins Foster of Whitesville, NY passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY on June 3, 2017 after a brief illness.

Shirley was born on October 31, 1935 to Dorothy (Duell) and Norval L. Haskins Sr., in Coudersport, PA. On October 13, 1956 in Westfield, PA, she married Eugene Foster.

Shirley was a graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School in 1954.

Prior to her marriage, she worked at Lincoln Rochester Bank in Corning, NY. In 1995, Shirley retired from First Federal Savings and Loan in Wellsville, NY.
Shirley was a past president of the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce, served on the Board of Directors for Allegany Country Cooperative Extension Services, was a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, and served as a member of the Shongo United Methodist Church in her earlier years.

Shirley was pre-deceased by her husband of 57 years and she passed away on what would have been his 85th birthday. Her parents and an infant daughter also pre-deceased her.

Surviving are her daughter Jane, of Shongo, her son, Doug, of Shongo, her grand-daughters, Tiffany (Eric) Miller of Andover, Liz Kellogg of Seattle, WA and Cait Kellogg of Washington, DC. Preston and Anderson Miller are her great-grandsons. Several nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Virginia Bassett, also survive.

Sewing, cooking, gardening, and social media were her hobbies.

Shirley will be missed as the anchor of her family, a friend and confidant, and an outspoken advocate of her beliefs.

A celebration of her life will take place at the Millstone Farm on 4160 Back River Road in Scio, NY on Wednesday, June 7 at 1pm. Friends and family are invited to attend. Interment of her ashes will be at a private ceremony at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home. 

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Boyd D. Green Sr.



Wellsville, NY - Boyd D. Green Sr., age 87, of Wightman Road passed away on Thursday, June, 1 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Olean to George B. and Mary Green. On February 21, 1953 in Alma he married Shirley Mesler who survives.


Boyd was a long time resident of the Wellsville area who was a veteran of the US Army serving in the Korean Conflict. He drove a truck for most of his life starting out driving for Keystone and later bought his own truck for hire. From 1980 until 1987 Boyd worked for L.C. Whitford Company in Wellsville and then he began driving for Bakers of Jerico Hill from where he retired in 1991. In 1994 he came out of retirement to drive for his son and daughter in law at B. and R. Green Trucking Company until his second retirement in 2011. Boyd was a life member of the Frank B. Church VFW Post 2530 of Wellsville who enjoyed traveling in his motor home. He and Shirley drove out West, to Canada, to Alaska, and spent 16 winters in Florida. Boyd loved car races including watching his son “JR” race and NASCAR. Boyd will be remembered as a hardworking man who had a great sense of humor, loved his pets, and had a sweet tooth.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Shirley; a daughter Kimberly McDowell of Belmont; a son Boyd D. “JR” (Robin) Green Jr. of Wellsville; 2 granddaughters, Sherrie (Paul) Allen of Painted Post, and Kasey McDowell of Belmont; several nieces and nephews; his care givers Lena and Felicia; his beloved dog, Babe.

Boyd was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey Green, 2 sisters, Naomi Baldwin, and Iola Dickerson; a brother, Donald Green.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, June 5, 2017, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am in the funeral home with Reverend Bill Sylor followed by a burial with full military honors in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials in Boyd’s name may be made to either the Allegany County SPCA or to the VFW Post 2530 of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Martin R. “Marty” Pisano



Wellsville, NY - Martin R. “Marty” Pisano, 74, of 250 School Street, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on December 10, 1942 in Olean the son of the late Martin G. and Mary E. (Rosetti) Pisano. On June 3, 1962 in Olean he married Alta “Jeane” Laxton who survives.


Marty was raised in Olean and was a graduate of Olean High School. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1966 and earned the Viet Nam Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. His military education included several leadership and management courses and Computer Programming at IBM Headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut. He later continued his education at Alfred State College. 

He was employed as the manager of Century Housewares in Olean for 11 years and was Vice President of Operations at Giant Food Mart in Wellsville from 1977 till 2001. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Wellsville Revitalization and Development Committee, the Chautauqua Consortium Private Industry Council, the Allegany County Private Industry Council, the Immaculate Conception School Board and the Wellsville Downtown Merchants Bureau. As an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish in Wellsville, he served as President of the Parish Council, Co-chairman of the Catholic Charities Appeal, Co-chairman of the Monte Carlo Night, a member of the Finance Committee and its Choir.  

Surviving in addition to his wife Jean, are two children, Michele Staple of Elmira and Mark Pisano of Rochester, 4 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a son, Martin M. Pisano, a sister, Marlene Goss and a brother, Ralph Pisano. 

The Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, May 31, at 3:15 pm followed by visitation from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, June 1, at 11 am in Saint Mary of Angels in Olean with Rev. Vincent Becker as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany. Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Eugene “Gene” J. Platts

Cuba, NY - Eugene “Gene” J. Platts, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Cuba Memorial Hospital. He was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania to Joseph and C. and Mary Miller Platts.

Gene graduated from Corning Free Academy and had attended both Syracuse University and Elmira College. Gene worked for Corning Glass and later for Xerox and Bausch and Lomb in Rochester. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the Navy from 1943 until honorably discharged in 1946. Gene enjoyed listening to and collecting big band music, writing poetry and making home movies.

Survivors include his sisters, Carol (Donald) Donovan of Cuba and Joyce Kane from California as well as 34 nieces and nephews.

Gene was predeceased by his parents, a sister Mary Kay Bolam and his brother Dennis Platts.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service in Sacred Heart Cemetery, on South Main Street, in Wellsville on Friday May 26 at 11 am where he will be buried next to his parents. Memorials in Gene’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice, to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Constantine James “Gus” Rigas

Wellsville, NY - Constantine James “Gus” Rigas, 87, passed away on May 19, 2017 surrounded by family at Jones Memorial Hospital, in Wellsville, NY. He was born in Wellsville on November 11, 1929, the son of James John and Helen (Brazas) Rigas.

On November 23, 1951, Gus married Rheba Lamar Vincent in Wellsville and together they raised five children. Gus attended Greek School in Wellsville with his siblings and the other Greek children from the community.  He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947, attended Alfred University, and graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1951 with a B.A. in Biology.

Gus ran the Texas Hot Restaurant in Wellsville with his partner James Raptis which they inherited from their fathers in 1951, until they transferred ownership to their sons. Gus, his brother John Rigas, and friend Dave Scoville, built housing complexes in Wellsville in the late 1960’s. Gus and John started the Wellsville T.V. Cable Company and built additional cable systems and franchises throughout New York and Pennsylvania. Together with his brother, Gus (Vice President), and John, (CEO), formed Adelphia Communications Corporation which grew to be one of the largest cable companies in the country.

In 1981 Gus left the cable business and moved to Bonita Beach, Florida where he opened the Green Onion Restaurant in Naples in 1983. While in Florida, Gus purchased real estate throughout the area and opened Tovar Farms with Eddie Hedlund and Chris Tovar. With the help of Steve Adams, Gus, Eddie, and Chris farmed strawberries, tomatoes, squash and peppers.

Gus was an avid golfer and belonged to the Wellsville, Imperial, Quail Creek, and Naples Country Clubs. He was also a member of the Naples Elks Club and Chairman of the Alleghany County Democratic Committee.

Gus loved music, movies, travel, and sports, especially attending St. Bonaventure University basketball and Alfred University football games with his many friends and family.  Gus enjoyed the social aspects of hunting and fishing, and loved the outdoors, especially tending to the property at “The Farm” in Andover, NY.  Gus spent countless hours feeding the fish in the ponds, and overseeing the mowing, planting and caring for the many acres surrounding the property. Gus and Rheba loved entertaining their countless family and friends, and their doors were always open.

Gus remembered everyone he met; his favorite pastime was reminiscing with old friends and getting to know new ones, and his smile would light up the room. Gus loved everyone; the entire Wellsville community, his friends and family, and the Texas Hot.  He could be seen in his favorite booth every morning having breakfast and was quick to greet and entertain generations of families with his sharp wit and wonderful stories. Above all else, Gus loved people.  His legacy will be preserved by the lives of so many that he touched.

Gus is pre-deceased by his parents, his sister, Mary Hastas, his brothers-in-law, James Hastas and Bill Pallas, and his sister-in-law Doris Rigas.

Gus is survived by his wife Rheba of 65 years, his brother John J. Rigas, sister Katherine R. Pallas, and children, son James R. (Aileen) Rigas, daughter Diana R. (Steven) Pease, son John C. (Cheryl) Rigas, daughter Katherine C. (Philip) Chin, and son Christopher C. (Elizabeth) Rigas,  grandsons Andrew, James, Timothy, Alexander, William, Jamie, Paul, and Nial, granddaughters Jennifer, Liz, Kerry, Sara, Erica, Katie, Anne, Eleni, and Dina, and fourteen great-grandchildren Travis, Andrew, Kelsey, Mia, Shirlyn, Felicity, Lexi, Hendrick, Shiree, Natalie, Adam, Angela, Luke, and Ellington. 

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday (May 23, 2017) at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.  There will be a private burial service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Scio.  The family invites you to share stories and celebrate the life of Gus at a reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm on Tuesday (May 23, 2017) at L’Italia in Wellsville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a Wellsville Central School Scholarship Fund established in Gus’s memory to be presented each year to a Wellsville graduate by one of Gus’s grandchildren or great-grandchildren. Donations can be made out to: Wellsville Central School Scholarship Fund (in memory of Gus Rigas) and mailed to: 126 West State Street Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Daniel J. Teach



Belmont, NY - Daniel J. Teach, 59, a former resident of Almond, NY, passed on January 3, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville after a long and diligent battle with cancer.  Daniel had currently resided in Wylie, Texas during the previous four and half years.  


     Daniel was born on February 2, 1957, he was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Rosella (Priesel) Teach and his brother, Larry of Phoenix, AZ.  He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Sherry (Tronetti) of  Belmont, NY,  four sons,  Jeremy Teach (Beca) of Russelville,  AK, Nathan Teach (Keisha) of Fayetteville, NC, Michael Metsch (Melissa) of Chandler,  AZ, and  Joseph Metsch (Heidi) of Layton, Utah, nine grandchildren, a sister, Janeen Graham of Prescott, AZ, and his Tronetti family in-laws. 

     Upon Daniel’s H.S. graduation from Washington High in Phoenix, AZ, he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1975 and served seven honorable years as a tactical aircraft maintenance technician having reached the rank of Staff Sergeant.  During his time of duty, Dan received several awards, including the Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Achievement.   After his military discharge and as a father of two young sons, Daniel studied as an undergraduate at the Arizona State University at Flagstaff, AZ., after which time he, his former wife (Sandra) and their sons relocated to the Southern Tier of Western NY. Daniel was employed by Morrison Knudson, Hornell, NY and High Tech Ceramics during the late 80’s and early 90’s prior to establishing himself as an independent contractor in the transit industry as a field service technician for Luminator Technology Group and Twin Vision, NA.  In 2001, Daniel accepted a full time field service/trainer position with Twin Vision, NA located in the Research Triangle in Raleigh/Durham, NC, where he and Sherry relocated to and resided for eleven years. In 2012, Twin Vision was acquired by Luminator Technology Group headquartered in Plano, Texas, with whom Dan was offered and accepted a transfer position.  

     Daniel met each professional and personal challenge with great enthusiasm and positive energy and was grateful for the many opportunities he was offered along his way in life professionally and personally, and he gave his all in return.   He lived his life fully and having traveled extensively these United States, whether for work or pleasure, he always put his right foot forward to enjoy the ride.  What he enjoyed most was being a husband, father, teacher, fixer, and the love and laughter in spending time with family and friends.  Dan enjoyed nature and was an enthusiastic sportsman, most particularly the sport and game of golf, in this his greatest accomplishment was beating his brother-in-law, Dana, and it didn’t matter it was only once. 

     Daniel’s last goal in his life was to settle his wife at home in Belmont, NY, which he did accomplish with great determination, love, grace  and integrity as well as with profound  gratitude to  his employer,  Luminator USA, and his colleagues  for their ongoing  professional and personal support. 
 
     Daniel’s final weeks will remain in the hearts and minds of all who knew him as a true testament of what is most important in life, love.  He is and will continue to be missed immensely.   

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm in St Mary’s Cemetery in Belmont.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dawn D. Williams

Belmont, NY - Dawn D. Williams, 80, of 6034 Baker Road passed away on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. She was born February 20, 1937 in Endicott the daughter of the late Clifford and Rosemary (VanSusan) Dombert. She was the companion of Chester “Don” Baker for over 50 year, who predeceased her on December 30, 2015.

She was formerly employed at Friendship Dairies and Radloph’s Restaurant in Belmont. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed camping, fishing, playing cards, crocheting, and knitting. She and Don wintered in Florida for many years.   

She is survived by three sons, Richard (Alice) Powell of Jacksonville, Florida, Stanley (Kim) Green of Peru, Indiana, and Nicholas Williams of Olean, five step children, Dianna Craig of Binghamton, Brian (Barb) Baker, Donald (Beth) Baker, and David (Ellen) Baker all of Belmont, and Judy (Mike) Ward of Cuba, a son-in-law, Alan Brewer of Belfast, 50 grandchildren and great grandchildren, a brother, Rick (Christelle) Sauer of Wellsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and Don by a stepdaughter, Joyce Brewer, a granddaughter, Dana Williams and a son-in-law, James Craig.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from noon to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will follow visitation on Sunday at 3:00 pm in the funeral home with Pastor David Ford presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad or the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dorothy A. Schmelzer

……I’D LIKE THE MEMORY OF ME 
          TO BE THE HAPPY ONE.
 I’D LIKE TO LEAVE AN AFTERGLOW 
          OF SMILES WHEN MY LIFE IS DONE….. 
                                          - DOROTHY A. SCHMELZER

Belmont, NY - Dorothy A. Schmelzer, age 89, formerly of McNinch Lane, passed away peacefully at Wellsville Manor Care Center on Sunday, May 14, 2017. She was born on March 24, 1928, in Pittsburg, PA., she was the oldest child of Leo and Catherine Perry Strittmather. She attended school in Pittsburgh and moved with her family after World War II to Belmont to join family there. She later met and married Edward Schmelzer, her husband for over 40 years, before his death in 1990.    

In the mid 50’s the family operated “Dot’s Place” a successful restaurant in Belmont.  Following the sale of the restaurant she worked for over fifteen years for the Allegany County Jail as a cook and Matron. She later worked as a teacher’s aide at BOCES and then enjoyed several years babysitting her 2 grandsons and other preschoolers in Belmont. Dorothy enjoyed traveling, including trips to Ireland, England, Italy, and France. She hosted several local bus trips but her favorite trips were junkets to Las Vegas.

Dorothy is survived by her son, Terry (Pat) Schmelzer of Belmont; grandsons, Blair (Meghan) Schmelzer of Rochester and Major Bryan (Gopy) Schmelzer serving in the Air Force. In addition she is survived by 3 step-granddaughters, Alycia Tracy of Olean, Amanda (Ian) Burt of Clayton, and Abby (Josh) Grump of Jupiter, FL.; her 2 younger brothers, Albert (Peg) Strittmather of Belmont and Leo (Donna) Strittmather of Vermilion, OH. Dorothy is also survived by 2 great grandchildren, Lena and Rohan Schmelzer, 3 step-great grandchildren, Olivia and Owen Burt, and Jackson Grump; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was predeceased by her husband Edward in 1990 and her son Timothy in 2005.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 2 to 6 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 am at the Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Holy Family Alter Society or to the Belmont Fire Department Building Fund. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Ruth Ann “Ruthie” McCarthy

Wellsville, NY - Ruth Ann “Ruthie” McCarthy, age 66, of East Pearl Street passed away on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the Highland Park Rehabilitation Center. She was born on February 3, 1951 in Philadelphia, PA. She was the daughter of Dale and Ruth Anna Eichman Linza. 

Ruthie graduated from Olean High School in 1969 and had worked for Rockwell’s Department Store in Wellsville. She later worked for Tracie’s Flowers in Wellsville and then for the Wetmore Funeral Home and Flower Shop in Ulysses, PA. Ruthie had later purchased Tracie’s Flowers where she changed the name to The Village Flower Shop and operated it until her retirement in 2009. Ruthie was an active board member of the Allegany ARC for over 22 years and enjoyed hunting. She enjoyed to sew and while in high school she earned spending money by making clothes for her teacher.

Survivors include her mother, Ruth Anna Maynard of Olean; her daughter, Daryl Fanton of Wellsville; a son Brett Fanton of Wellsville; a grandson, Griffin Bussard of Wellsville; her brothers, Dale, Perry, and Terry Linza; her constant companion, William Hendershot of Wellsville; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends are invited to a celebration of Ruthie’s life on Monday, May 15, 2017 from 3 to 6 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. In lieu of flowers memorials in Ruthie’s name may be made to the Allegany ARC, 240 O’Conner Street, Wellsville, NY.  14895.

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