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.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Shirley A. (Colligan) Gostley

Wellsville, NY - Shirley A. (Colligan) Gostley, 81, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2017, at Fellowship Manor in Lehigh Valley, PA from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease.  Although her mind faded in recent years, Shirley’s heart remained strong and in it she held a lifetime of beautiful memories.

Shirley was born December 17, 1935 in the “Irish Patch” on Farnum Street in Wellsville, and treasured her childhood as the fourth of five children born to Charles and Marie (Dahill) Colligan. She attended Immaculate Conception School, and was grateful for the Catholic foundation she received there. She moved on to Wellsville High School where she continued her education with the same enthusiasm and spirit that defined her.

A certain stock car driver from the other side of the tracks caught her attention, and she married John Gostley in 1956. Their friendship and marriage was enviable, and their love and amusement for each other and their six children was compelling.  Shirley worked at the New York Telephone Company, and later she and John managed the Sears Roebuck store in Wellsville. She then worked at Air Preheater, and her last career was as a proud school bus driver for Wellsville Schools.  She was passionate about getting to know the children and families, and felt blessed to be a part of so many lives.

Shirley had a beautiful and faith-filled life in Wellsville, loved her Irish roots and upbringing, was devoted to her husband and family, and always had a suitcase packed in case anyone was available for a quick trip to Florida or Ireland.  Her kind heart, quick wit, gregarious style, and affable personality will never be forgotten.

Shirley adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and created unique memories with each of them.  She and John never fully recovered from losing their oldest daughter Teri in 1995, but they relied on their love for each other and their family and friends to help them. Because of her disease, Shirley was shielded from the unexpected passing of their son Patrick in 2016, but is rejoicing that they all are now together.

Shirley is survived by her children: Pam Reed of Wellsville, Greg Gostley of Wellsville, Laurie Hackett of Bethlehem, PA, and Holly Massengale and her husband Bruce of Kansas City;  her grandchildren Beth and Tim (Grace) Haaf, Christina (Brad) Ostrander, Laura (Ryan) Aylor, Danny Reed, Kaitlin and Jon Kyle Gostley, Cara and Grady Hackett,  and John and Brian Massengale,  great-grandchildren, Quinn, Ava, Zia, Sloane, and Hannah; her brother, Don (Brenda) Colligan, Brother-in-law, Jim (Carole) Gostley, several nieces and nephews and their families, Tim, Suzy and Erin Colligan, Ken, Mike and Ron Kensek, Heather, Mark, Tracie, and Kelly Colligan, and Leslie Gostley; and family friends, Jake Haaf, Tama Gray Morgan and Doug Reed.

She was predeceased by her husband John, children Teresa and Patrick; siblings Ken Colligan, Norma (Chet) Kensek, and Jack Colligan, a niece, Denise Ricci and great nephew, Shane Colligan.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.  Burial will in Stannards Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Ave, Wellsville NY 14895, or any charity of the donor’s choice. Another way to honor Shirley is to wake up every day determined to make a happy difference in someone’s life, just as she did. 

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Milford C. “Skip” Whitesell

Wellsville, NY - Milford C. “Skip” Whitesell, 67, of 90 Howard Street passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born on April 23, 1950 in Wellsville, the son of the late Irving and Edith (Latten) Whitesell. 

 Skip was raised on Davis Hill in the Town of Andover and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a farmer for many years and also cut, split and delivered firewood with his brother Dick. He was later employed at PWI in Wellsville. He loved watching wrestling on TV, practical jokes, telling stories, taking rides in the county and was a friend to all. 

He is survived by four children, Amanda Whitesell of Wellsville, Racheal Whitesell, Timothy Whitesell and Sarah Whitesell all of Andover, four grandchildren, Jayden Reed, Dawson Reed, Miakoda Reed and Abby Stoneham, four brothers, Richard (Shirley) Whitesell of Wellsville, Ronald (Linda) Whitesell of Independence, David Whitesell of Almond, and Joe “Donny” Whitesell of Genesee, two sisters, Betty Patrick and Darla Williams both of Wellsville, his former wife Kathleen Whitesell of Andover, his beloved companion, Mary Bunt of Wellsville, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Reed. 

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 5:00 pm Sunday, in the funeral home. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

James M Burrous

Ocean Springs, Mississippi - James M Burrous, 53, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi passed away on Saturday, April 29, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born April 9, 1964 in Olean, NY. He was raised in Wellsville and was a 1982 graduate of Wellsville High School. He attended Walsh College in Canton, Ohio and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1986. 

He pursued a career in sales and management at Burrous Furniture in Wellsville. He then moved to Fairport, NY in 2000 and joined the sales team at Hoselton Nissan. In 2004 he and his family relocated to Ocean Springs, Mississippi to pursue his career. 

 He is survived by a daughter Alexandra Lynn (Allan) Pearson of San Diego, California, a son Nicolas Mathew Burrous of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, a grandson, Carter Allan Pearson. His parents Richard and Concetta (Wood) Burrous of Sun City Center, FL, a brother Thomas (Trina) Burrous of Boston, MA, a sister Karen (Joseph) Cronin of Fairport, NY, three nieces Sarah Burrous, Katherine Cronin and Nicole Cronin, an aunt Nancy Quackenbush of Geneseo, NY, his girlfriend Rebecca Lynchard of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and several cousins, and close friends. He was predeceased by his wife Rhonda Burrous in 2007. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 pm in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. 

Please consider memorial donations to the Father Bill Brown Mission Club or the Immaculate Conception Church. A college fund has been set up for Nicolas, please send those donations % Joseph Cronin, 209 High Point Drive, Suite 100, Victor, NY 14564.

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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Michele A. Sibble

Wellsville, NY - Michele A. Sibble, 71, of 1716 Fulmer Valley Road passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born November 7, 1945 in Buffalo. On July 31, 1965 in Wellsville she married Donald W. “Bill” Sibble who survives.

Michele attended Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed at the Fassett House, Texas Hot, Wellsville High School, and for many years at A & M Bowling in Wellsville. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Andover. She enjoyed music and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Michele loved traveling with Bill, as he traveled for Air Preheater Company, with extended stays in Taiwan, Mexico and Florida. She loved the Ocean, especially watching the fishing boats come and go while they lived in Florida. She and Bill were regular customers and enjoyed visiting with the managers and clerks at A Plus in Wellsville.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Chad (Mandy) Sibble of Wellsville, Brandie (Steve) Dickerson of Alma and Shane Sibble of Bolivar, eight grandchildren, Trae, Trent, Teegan, Logan and Lexi Sibble and Dakota, Sierra and Cheyene Dickerson, two brothers, Stanley (Lois) Cwiklinski of Chaffee, Quentin (Deb) Sexton and Melany Sexton both of Olean, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother, Irene (Bednark) Sexton, a brother, Joseph Cwiklinski, and a sister, Marta Kullgren.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 4:00 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Helms presiding. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery will be at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Ronald McDonald House in Buffalo or Rochester, where Michele’s family stayed on several occasions. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, April 28, 2017

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.

Monday, April 24, 2017

David W. “Lefty” Caldwell

Belmont, NY - David W. “Lefty” Caldwell, age 81, of Maple Street passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on October 16, 1935 in Kane, PA. to Robert and Grace Clinger Caldwell.

Lefty was a lifelong resident of Belmont who had a zest for life and never forgot a name or a face. After High School he worked in the Borden Milk plant and later became a district distributor for the Buffalo Evening News Paper. Lefty retired in 2001 after 30 plus years as the Steward for the Hebert DeLong American Legion Post #808 in Belmont. He enjoyed bartending at the Legion as he loved being around people and was friends with everyone. In his younger days Lefty was a proud member of the Belmont Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a charter member of the Amity Rescue Squad, a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post # 808 where he held offices locally and in the state, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville. He will be fondly remembered by his siblings as the one who was first to forgive or to apologize. 

Lefty is survived by his 4 brothers, Robert C. Caldwell Jr. of Wellsville, Bruce Caldwell of Belmont, Bryan (Barbara) Caldwell of Belmont, and Darrell (Mary) Caldwell of Ashland, KY.; 2 sisters, Barbara Tompkins of Wellsville, and Sally (Phil) Wesche of Belmont; several nieces and Nephews.

Lefty was predeceased by his parents Robert and Grace.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 26, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. The funeral service will take place at 11 am on Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville with Pastor Greg DeSalvator presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in in his name may be made to either the Amity Rescue Squad or the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Arthur E. “Art” Gordon



Wellsville, NY - Arthur E. “Art” Gordon, age 92, of the Stannards Road passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Rochester on February 1, 1925 the son of Arthur and Carlotta Coogan Gordon. On July 17, 1947 at St. Joseph’s Church in Scio he married Margaret Irwin who predeceased him on July 11, 2004.


Art left High School to enlist in the U.S. Navy at age 17 during WWII. He was commissioned aboard the USS Cabot, an aircraft carrier, for 3 years. During the war, Art and the USS Cabot were stationed in the South Pacific. He and his ship mates served 405 straight days at sea and they received many honors and metals for their contribution during the war. His ship earned 9 battle stars and had been hit by 2 Japanese kamikaze Aircraft in one engagement. Famed World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle sailed with Cabot for 3 months where Art was able to share time with him. After the war Art was able to attend several Cabot reunions including one in New Orleans, LA., when the USS Cabot was returned to the United States from the country of Spain. Art retired from Air Preheater in 1985 as a Welding Supervisor and enjoyed traveling, hunting, and fishing. He loved to teach others his passion of fishing, hunting, and sports especially to his grandsons, Bryan and Connor. While Art was in high school he and his brothers helped build the family home in Stannards and played high school sports including football where he was elected captain. Art was honored as a graduate of the WHS Class of 2010, receiving his diploma from his fellow classmate and grandson Bryan. Art’s memberships include the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495, the American Legion Post #702 of Wellsville, the Cabot CVL 28 Association, and the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Margaret “Peg” (Gerald) Peet of Wellsville and Tracy (Robert) Insley of Wellsville; 2 grandsons, Bryan and Connor Insley of Wellsville; a brother Bill (Barb) Gordon of Wellsville; a sister, Mary Ellen Moll of Macedon; sister in law Audrey Irwin Hall of Florida, brother in law Gary (Lynne) Irwin of Webster and a sister in law Clara (Jules) Kordorsky of Rochester; several nieces and nephews including a special great nephew Jeff Gordon and nephew Jack Morrison.

Art was predeceased by his parents, his wife Margaret, his brother Jim Gordon, and his brother in law Larry Irwin.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home from 4 to 7 pm. On Monday a prayer service will be held 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. Memorials in Art’s name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Regina Mae Conklin

Wellsville, NY - Regina Mae Conklin, age 76, of York’s Corners passed away on Thursday, April 20,
2107, at the Fiddlers Green Nursing Home in Springville. She was born on April 26, 1940 in the Town of Willing to Claude and Edna Butler. Regina was married to Raymond Wilson Jr. then in 1973 in Hornell she married Fred C. Conklin who predeceased her in 2013.

Regina was a loving wife, companion, and mother. She loved to crochet, knit, garden, watch the geese and ducks on her pond, and cooking for family events and cookouts. Regina loved country and blue grass music, attending many local band functions and her favorite local band was Reunion. She was a member of the Canaseraga Ambulance Squad, and the Fireman’s Auxiliary for both Canaseraga and Willing, and was a volunteer for the Salvation Army. In 1982 she had the pleasure of receiving a phone call from President Ronald Regan regarding the funding for new water lines in the Village of Canaseraga. Regina’s biggest accomplishment was when she became Mayor of the Village of Canaseraga in 1993.

Regina is survived by 3 sons, Kevin Wilson of Wellsville, Philip Conklin of Bradford, PA., and Mike Conklin of Peoria, AZ.; 2 daughters, Sarah (Joe) Farren of Jamestown , and Cathy (Marty) Linder of Scottsville; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; also special friends, James and Marcy Thacher, and Jaylyn and brothers; her first husband, Raymond Wilson Jr.

Regina was predeceased by her parents and stepmother, Elva Butler; a daughter, Patricia Murphy; 2 brothers, Richard Butler and Leonard Butler; infant sister, Marilyn Butler; and a grandson.

At Regina’s request there will be no calling hours and a private service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in both Fred and Regina’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Elizabeth H. McNinch

Belmont, NY - Elizabeth H. McNinch, age 98, of Belmont passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Wellsville Manor Hills. She was born on July 25, 1918 at home in Mapleton. On July 19, 1941 in Fleming she married Robert H. McNinch who survives.

Elizabeth graduated from Union Springs High School and later from Buffalo State College with a degree in Home Economics. Her first teaching job was in Belmont where she met her future husband. She also worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4 H program, covering five counties in Western New York, later for the Department of Social Services, and returned part time to the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Elizabeth was a long time member of the Belmont Presbyterian Church/ United Church where she active in both the Presbyterian Guild and the United Methodist Women. Currently she is a member of the Andover Presbyterian Church where she served as an elder. Elizabeth was a former member of the Amity Rescue Squad in Belmont. She and her husband spent winters in Fort Meyers and later Lakeland Florida. Elizabeth attended 13 Elder Hostels from Key West, FL. To Vermont and spent a summer traveling the United States in a Motor Home.

Survivors include her husband, Robert; a daughter, Meredith (David) Chilson of Belmont; 2 granddaughters, Denise Chilson of Victor and Jennifer (Sean) McMahon of Penfield; 7 great grandchildren, Gates McMahon, Emma Elizabeth Chilson-Cline, Christopher Chilson-Cline, Aidan McMahon, Jacob Chilson-Cline, Faith McMahon and Maia McMahon; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister Carolyn; and brother, Ralph who died near Savo Island during WWII.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. The funeral service will take place in the funeral home, following the calling hours, at 2 pm with Pastor Christian Mattison of the Andover Presbyterian Church presiding. Memorials may be made to charity of the donor’s choice and burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Harold J. “Jim” Hickey

Wellsville, NY - Harold J. “Jim” Hickey, age 84, of 168 Trapping Brook Road was ushered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday April 9, 2017. He was born on January 30, 1933 in Wellsville to Harold and Evelyn Gleason Hickey. On January 27, 1957 in Wellsville Jim married the love of his life Anna “Kitty” Mayo who also went to meet her Savior on March 13, 2011. 

After Jim received Christ as his Lord and Savior he followed him the rest of life. For those who knew Jim, you would frequently find him sitting in his chair reading God’s word and loved to share with his family and friends. Jim also enjoyed mowing his lawn and when others needed help their lawn he would help mow that too.

Survivors include his 2 sisters, Patricia “Pat” Schriner of Lakewood, Co., and Darlene Chapman of Wellsville; 2 nephews, Stuart Schriner and his family of Lakewood, CO., and Joseph (Karen) Chapman and their sons, Vincent (Celeste) Hunter and Preston from Great Bend; 2 nieces, Michele Richard and family of Woodstock, GA., and Laurie Hickey of Wellsville.
    
Family and friends are welcomed to attend a memorial service to celebrate Jim’s life and his love for Jesus on Friday April 21, 2017 at 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Pastor Robert Cook will preside the service burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery. Jim was a dog lover so memorials in his name may be made to the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patricia A. “Patty” Burr

Wellsville, NY - Patricia A. “Patty” Burr, 73, of 340 South Main Street passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 21, 1943 in Fillmore to Gerald and Katherine Jerman Burr. 

Patty grew up on Air Top Farm in Houghton and graduated from Fillmore Central High School in 1962. She had been employed at Motorola in Arcade and later she worked for Allegany ARC PWI. Patty loved to read magazines and had a deep love for flowers and gardening. She lived with her care givers, Joyce Burns and family, for 25 years and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. With the help of Joan Gardner, Betty Searle, and later Beverly Sanchez she faithfully attended Saturday night Mass.

Survivors include 2 sisters, Sheila (Fred) Clause of Tyler, TX., and Martha (Mike) McElheny of the Villages, FL.; 2 nieces, Catherine Clause of Austin, TX., and Melinda (Amir) Jamil of Westmont, IL.; a nephew, Mark (Kelly) Clause of Fort Worth, TX.; 3 great nieces and 2 great nephews; her care giver, Joyce Burns of Wellsville. Patty was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Barbara.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at the conclusion of the calling hour. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fillmore and in lieu of flowers contributions in Patty’s name may be made to the Resident Council at Wellsville Manor Care Center. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Evelyn M. Voorhees

Wellsville, NY - Evelyn M. Voorhees, 88, formerly of 3254 First Street died on March 29, 2017 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a long illness. She was born on October 7, 1928 in Rexville, the daughter of the late John and Blanche (Waterman) Meehan. On October 2, 1948 in Hornell she married Robert J. Voorhees Sr. who predeceased her on July 21, 1996. 

“Evie” was a graduate of Hornell High School. She was employed for over 20 at the Style Shop in Wellsville. She was one of the first Eucharistic Ministers commissioned in 1971 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville and was a daily communicant for many years. She was a member of several church organizations including, ACCWA, Altar and Rosary Society, Fun Fair Committee, Prayer Network, Lord’s Housekeepers, Bishop’s Committee and was a Mercy Associates Funeral Dinner volunteer. She was a charter member and past president of the Wellsville Grand Squares and the Penn-NY Promenades. She was also a charter member of the Father Brown $1.00-a-Month Club, formed to support Father Bill Brown, who has been a missionary in Peru for over 50 years.       

Affectional known as “Mema” by her family she is survived by a son, Robert J. (Linda) Voorhees Jr. of Wellsville, two beloved granddaughters, Wendy (William) Williams and Jaimie Voorhees both of Trumansburg, 10 great-grandchildren, Anthony Barnhart, Cassidy Schroeder-Voorhees, Devon Barnhart, Gabe, Liam, Owen, Ian, Luke, Zia, and Han Williams, a sister, Dorothy Meehan of Hornell and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a daughter, Michele Voorhees, a granddaughter, Tricia Marie Voorhees and two brothers, Francis and Gerald Meehan. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Church in Rexville. The prayers of committal and burial will follow the Mass at 1:00 pm in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Father Brown Mission Club, PO Box 464, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Mary B. Burgess

Elm Valley, NY - Mary B. Burgess, 79, of 3596 County Road 12, died on Thursday March 30, 2017, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a brief illness. She was born on October 16, 1937 in Ulysses, PA, the daughter of Eddie and Maude (Patterson) Butler. On October 13, 1961 in Wellsville she married John A. Burgess who survives.

Mary was raised in Ulysses and was a graduate of Northern Potter High School.
She was employed as the office manager for Forrest Allen Insurance Company in Wellsville and later was a bookkeeper for Chapman’s Furniture in Genesee, PA. Mary and John owned and operated the Quaker State Gas Station in Genesee from 1977 to 1989.   
                                                                                                                                                        In 1989 the family moved to Florida, where Mary played a vital role in raising her grandchildren. She also volunteered at the Spruce Creek Elementary School in Port Orange, Florida. She and John returned to Elm Valley in 2000 and have been very involved in the lives of their great grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, birdwatching and raising exotic birds. 

Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, Andy Burgess of San Francisco, CA and a daughter, Patty Empson of Elm Valley, two grandchildren, Natasha (Jarod) Ott and Jennifer (Jacob) Kurk and two great grandchildren, Jacob J. Kurk Jr. and Destiny R. Empson.

A private memorial service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Andover Volunteer Ambulance Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ann B. McKinley

Wellsville, NY - Ann B. McKinley, 79, of 152 Pine Street died on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born January 8, 1938 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Harvey and Mary (Brown) Brown. On August 22, 1959 in Wellsville she married James M. McKinley who predeceased her on November 4, 1999. 

Ann was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School, was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended D’Youville College. She worked at various local businesses during her high school years and was employed by New York Telephone when she returned from college. After her family was grown, she owned and operated Frederick’s Grocery and Delicatessen in Wellsville. Ann lived for her family and loved the family gatherings at the cabin on Brown Road. She was a member and faithful servant of the Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed helping with various annual community and church events, especially the Food Booth at Immaculate Conception Fun Fair.     

She is survived by five sons, Patrick McKinley, James (Tonya) McKinley and Michael McKinley all of Wellsville, Dennis (Kathy) McKinley of Raleigh, NC and Timothy (Kim) McKinley of Anchorage, Alaska, four daughters, Mary George of Hornell, Maureen (Jason) Sibble, Margaret (Aaron) Whitehouse and Kate (James) Murphy all of Wellsville, 21 Grandchildren, Casey, Jaclyn, Keely, Brittany, Tessa, Michaeleen, Connor, Jimmy and Liam McKinley, Jill Speegle, Megan and Laura George, Jessica Bennett, Morgan, Mallory and Brooke Sibble, Sean and Jana Whitehouse and Sarah, Richie and Gavin Murphy, 7 Great grandchildren, with two on the way, three brothers, Rev. William “Bill” Brown OFM of Peru and Michael (Mickey) Brown of Jamestown and Robert (Nancy) Brown of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by a son, William “Billy” McKinley, a brother, James H. Brown and a sister, Loretta McKean. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 31, 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. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 12:00 noon in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Father Brown Mission Club or the Immaculate Conception Church or School. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Rebecca M. “Beckie” Rose

Belmont, NY - Rebecca M. “Beckie” Rose, age 51 of State Route 244 passed away on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was born on February 19, 1966 in Cuba to Donald and JoAnn Marsh Brown who survive. She was married on October 4, 1999 in Angelica to Harvey N. Rose who survives.

Beckie was a lifelong resident of the Belmont Area who attended Belmont Central School and graduated from the Belmont Christian Academy. She had worked as a nurse’s aide at the Wellsville Highland Park Nursing Home and at the Houghton Nursing Home. Beckie was later employed at Current Controls in Wellsville. She enjoyed quilting, making quilts for her nieces and nephews, and entered her work at the Allegany County Fair. Beckie had attended the First Baptist Church in Belmont and loved animals especially her dogs.

Survivors include her husband Harvey of Belmont; her parents Donald and JoAnn Marsh Brown of Belmont; 2 brothers, Philip (Annette) Brown of Belmont, and Daniel (Kara Guenther) of Olean; several nieces and nephews; her sister in law Ann Brown of Wellsville.

Beckie was predeceased by a brother, Steven Brown and a nephew Donald S. Brown.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 12 noon to 2 pm in the First Baptist Church of Belmont at which time a funeral service will take place. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Allegany County SPCA or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Friday, March 24, 2017

Fred C. Miles

Wellsville, NY - Fred C. Miles, age 93, formerly of the Stannards Road passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born in Machias on August 27, 1923 to Merle and Martha Buhr Miles. On December 28, 1945 he married Helen C. Howard who predeceased him on June 15, 2011.

Fred had lived on the Stannards Road for over 50 years. He had served his country during WWII in the US Army Air Corps in the China, Burma, and India Theater as an air craft mechanic. Fred retired from Dresser Rand in 1985 as a Service Technician only to return there as a consultant. Fred was a self-taught man. He started work as an electrician where he designed the panels for turbines and worked his way up to a Service Technician. He enjoyed working in his machine shop where he built many race cars in the 1950’s and 1960’s and after he retired he built a B modified sprint car. Fred also enjoyed building and flying remote control model airplanes. He was a life member of the American Legion Post #702 of Wellsville and had been a member of the Stannards United Methodist Church.

Fred is survived by 3 daughters, Carol (Jack) Cashmore of Florida, Diana (Paul) Winchell of Belmont , and Terry (George) Dash of Colorado; 7 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and 3 great great grandchildren;2 sisters, Katherine Keller, and Ruby Golley; a brother, Ernie Miles; several nieces and nephews.

Fred was predeceased by his wife, Helen; 3 brothers, Paul Miles, Darwin Miles, and Hank Miles; a sister Rosie Treat.

Friends are invited to attend a grave side service on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 11 am in the Cuba Cemetery with full military honors. Memorial contributions in Fred’s name may be made to the Allegany County SPCA or to the American Legion Post # 702 of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit wwwembserfuneralhome.com.

Linda Ann Hayes

Wellsville, NY - Linda Ann Hayes, age 61, of O’Connor Street passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the university of Rochester Medical Center. She was born on April 1, 1955 in Wellsville to William and Junietta Coy Sheridan. On August 20, 1983 at the Immaculate Conception Church she married John M. Hayes who survives.

Linda was a long time resident of the Wellsville was an LPN for many years at the Wellsville Manor Nursing Home and until 2015 at the Manor Hills. Linda enjoyed many trips to Disney World, Atlantic City, and to Seneca Allegany in Salamanca. She also enjoyed flower gardens and loved her family more than anything. She was a member of the Women of The Moose Chapter 248, and the Immaculate Conception Church both of Wellsville.

Linda is survived by her husband John; 2 sisters, Gail Sheridan of Rochester and Sandy (Gary) Ordway of Wellsville; 4 brothers, Pat (Sharon) Sheridan of Conesus, Dan Sheridan of Wellsville, Steve (Laura) Sheridan of Wellsville, and John (Michele) Sheridan of Wellsville; several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nepews;2 brother in laws, Terry Hayes and James Hayes.

Linda was predeceased by her mother and father and a daughter, Amy Elizabeth Sheridan.

Friends may call on Sunday, March 26, 2017, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Monday friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery and Memorial contributions in Linda’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Julie Presutti Congelli

BELMONT – Our beloved and beautiful Julie Presutti Congelli returned to her Heavenly family on Sunday, March 12, 2017 just weeks after her 100th birthday.  She was intensely and lovingly tended at home for the last four years of her life by her devoted granddaughter.  Dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, great aunt, and friend, she spent all of her days and all of her energy caring for those she loved.  She retained her wit, sparkling laugh and vibrant personality until her last days.

Julie was born in Olean, New York to Frank and Nancy (DeFiore) Presutti. She was the fourth of twelve children.  She graduated from Belmont High School, and in 1940 married Henry Congelli, a talented and dignified gentleman from Wellsville, New York where they lived for a short time before moving briefly to Buffalo then back to Belmont and then again to Buffalo.  From there it was on to Stamford, Connecticut for many years with a short interlude in Richmond, Virginia then again back to Connecticut to happily reunite with daughters and grandchildren.

She enjoyed several trips abroad with her husband, especially their two visits to the Vatican. She always remained close to her large family in the Southern Tier, traveling home often to see them.  Upon retirement Henry and Julie returned permanently to Belmont where they were blessed to share another era of life together with their many relatives and friends in this area.
A homemaker and cook extraordinaire, Julie lovingly crafted each residence into a beautiful home and is known for her exceptionally fine meals, especially her best-in-the-world apple pie. She was also a voracious reader and lifelong devout member of the Roman Catholic Church, spiritually reverent in the highest order.  Her generosity was ever notable in her family and her Church, and extended to many missions around the world.

Though small in stature she was gigantic in character. Her strong moral compass was the backbone of her family. With her heart and soul in every endeavor, she never lost sight of the right way to do things. Her support and guidance will be deeply missed.

Julie was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Henry Congelli, her parents, and ten of her siblings and their spouses: Joseph, Yolanda, Elvira, Louis and Lena, Amedeo (Ab) and Irma, Lenora and Samuel Vacante, Genevieve and M.J. (Bud) Creighton, E. Joseph, former Allegany County Clerk, Charles, and Leonard, former Mayor of Belmont, and his wife Waneta. Also, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Felix Congelli, Raymond and Rosie Congelli, John and Elsie Congelli, Tony and Helen Congelli, Joseph and Dena Congelli, Michael Congelli, Mary and Fran Ward. She was additionally predeceased by several nieces and nephews, among them Linda Creighton, Dana Presutti, Christopher Presutti, Matthew Presutti, William Presutti, Louis Presutti, Jr., Raymond Congelli, Jr., Carmen Congelli, and Karen Congelli.

Surviving are: daughters Carole Martin and Pamela Congelli, grandson, Jeffrey Martin and granddaughter, Spencer Martin, M.D. Also surviving, a brother, Peter Presutti, his wife, Rosamonde, sisters-in-law Lasca (Felix) Congelli and Linda (Charles) Presutti, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12 noon at the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Church in Belmont with Rev. Vincent Becker as celebrant and her great-nephew Zachariah Presutti SJ, assisting. The Rosary will be resided on Monday at 11:30 am in church, prior to the Mass.  Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Belmont.

Memorial donations may be made to The Salesian Missions http://www.salesianmissions.org; EWTN Global Catholic Network, http://www.ewtn.com; or a favorite charity.

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Riccardo “Rick” Ferraloro



Wellsville, NY - Riccardo “Rick” Ferraloro, 52, of 2834 Miller Road passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at home. He was born June 10, 1964 in Jamestown, the son of the late Carmelo and Maria (Boscia) Ferraloro Jr. On September 30, 1995 in Wellsville he married Tina Hager who survives. 


Rick was raised in Jamestown and was a graduate of Jamestown High School. He served four years with the US Marine Corps. He attended Jamestown Community College and graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology. He was employed by Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 25 years as an Electrical Engineer.

Rick was a devoted father who enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved attending his daughter, Rachael’s concerts, helping his son Michael, rebuild dirt bikes and watching his son Matthew, play baseball. He also enjoyed helping out with his son’s Little League Team. He was also an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife Tina, is one daughter, Rachael, two sons, Michael and Matthew, all who live at home in Wellsville, a sister, Gina (Lou) Hartzell and a brother, Carmen “Carl” (Janet) Ferraloro both of Jamestown, four nieces, Natalie and Kayla Hartzell and Rebecca Ferraloro of Jamestown and Melissa (Charles) Harrison of Olean, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins from the Jamestown area.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 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 Saturday, March 11th at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Ferraloro Children’s Education Fund, % Steuben Trust Company, 475 N. Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Wellsville Little League, % PO Box 343, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Gary T. Arnold



Alma, NY - Gary T. Arnold, 72, of 261 Pump Station Road passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center. He was born on July 15, 1944 in Wellsville, the son of the late Louis and Roberta (Young) Arnold. On September 19, 1964 in Wellsville he married Marilyn Perkins who survives.  

Gary attended Wellsville High School. He was a four year veteran of the U. S. Navy. He was formerly employed at C. E. Air Preheater in Wellsville for one year and Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 37 years. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion and enjoyed gabbing with his friends and family. He was an outdoorsman who loved driving his side by side.  

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Chad Arnold of Bradford, PA and Kerry Arnold and his companion, Christine Hurd of Alma, four grandchildren, Amanda (Corey) Yeoman, Nick, Kyle and Kailee Arnold, two great grandchildren, Harrison and Dunkin Yeoman, two sisters, Connie (James) McAndrews of Wellsville and Rosalie Ames of Franklinville, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by two sons, Jason and Victor Arnold and two brothers, Darwin and Ronnie Arnold.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 12 noon 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 Rev. David Potts presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rhonda J. Clark

Scio, NY - Rhonda J. Clark, 59, of 3893 Weinhauer Hill Road died on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on January 31, 1958 in Wellsville, the daughter of Ronald L. and Barbara Jo (Jackson) Morrison. On November 8, 1986 in Scio she married Donald K. Clark Sr. who survives.

Rhonda was a 1976 graduate of Scio Central High School. She was first employed by Fred’s Contract Cleaning Service and later by Scio Central School. She was a member of the Scio Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Woman of the Moose and attended the Shongo Country Chapel.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Donald K. (Christina) Clark Jr. of Lawton, OK and Ronald J. Clark of Scio, three brothers, Bradley (Colleen) Morrison of Andover, Calvin (Robin) Morrison of Wellsville and Matthew Morrison of Wellsville, one sister, Monica Morrison of Wellsville, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 5, 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 Monday, March 6th at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Ann Jenkins presiding. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Scio Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Daniel P. Dolan

Wellsville, NY - Daniel P. Dolan, age 64, of East Fassett Street passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 10, 1953 in Wellsville to Robert and Madalene Merry Dolan.

Dan graduated from Scio Central High School, SUNY Geneseo with a B.S. in Biology, and from Paul Smith College with an A.A.S. in Forestry/ Surveying. He was a long time resident of the Wellsville /Scio Area who was a surveyor for Mark Wells Surveying in Hinsdale. Dan loved all aspects of the outdoors including hunting, fishing, and woodcarving. Dan was a Ham Radio Operator with a general license with a call sign of N2PDY. He was a member of the American Radio Relay League, St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Scio, and had attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.

Survivors include 2 brothers, Robert (Barbara) Dolan of Mt. Pleasant, PA., and John (Mary Beth Sootheran) Dolan of Wellsville; 2 sisters, Madalene Adele (Robert) Black of Wheatfield, and Mary (Gary) Dunham of Howard; 3 nieces and 2 nephews; several grand nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dan was predeceased by his parents, John and Madalene.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6-8 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11 am in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with burial to follow in the Knights Creek Cemetery. Memorials in Dan’s name may be made to the Father Brown Mission Club. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Shauna M. Brent

Belmont, NY - Shauna M. Brent, age 28, of County Route 48 passed away at home after a short illness. She was born on March 13, 1988 in Olean to Paul and Marjorie Schoonover Brent Sr.

Shauna graduated from Olean High School and had worked for PWI in Wellsville. She enjoyed spending time at the Highland Day Services and enjoyed animals especially her mother’s dogs. She will be remembered as a very social person who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Survivors include her Father Paul of Smyrna, TN.; her mother Marjorie of Belmont; 3 brothers, Paul (Becca) Brent Jr. of Akron, Lewis (Tammy) Brent of Friendship, and John Outman of Friendship; a sister, Emma (Eric) McDowell of Wellsville; 3 nieces, 2 nephews; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Shauna was predeceased by a sister, DeeDee Brent; paternal grandparents, Henry and Emma Brent; maternal grandparents, Lewis and Doris Schoonover.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 24, 2017, from 2-3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A memorial service will be held at 3 pm at the conclusion of the calling hour. Memorials in Shauna’s name may be made to either the ARC of Allegany County or to the Highland Day Services. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

James Alfred Brush

Wellsville, NY - James Alfred Brush, 79, of 91 Jefferson Street, Wellsville NY passed away Sunday February 19 at Strong Memorial Hospital.  He was born January 1, 1938 in Hornell, New York, the son of H. Alfred and Catherine (Donovan) Brush. On June 9th, 1962 he married Julia Hart at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, New York.  He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Richard, his brothers-in-law, Gerald and William Hart, sisters-in-law Jean Hart Hanks, Esther Hart Adams, and Mary Ellen Hart.  He is survived by his wife Julia, son Kevin (Amy) Brush, daughter Mary Elizabeth Brush, brother Thomas (Agnes) Brush, brother-in-law Clinton Adams, two grandchildren Matthew and Jeffrey Brush, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins and lifelong friends. 

Jim was raised in Canisteo, New York and moved to Scio, New York when he entered high school.  Jim participated in soccer, baseball, and basketball for Hall of Fame coach Roger Rigby before graduating in 1956. In 1960, he graduated from St. Bonaventure University with a degree in Business Administration, and forevermore bleeding brown and white.  He held season tickets to Bonaventure basketball for 50 years. After graduation, he briefly worked at Acme Electric before enlisting in the Army Reserves in 1960, reporting to Fort Dix and becoming active during that time.   He remained a member of the Army Reserve until 1966 as a member of the 98th Training Division. 

In 1963 his career moved in a new direction as he began work in the accounting department at Air Preheater in Wellsville, New York until his retirement in 2000, maintaining many lifelong friendships. 

Jim loved athletics.  He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Wellsville Country Club, serving as club president in 1982.  He served many years at WCC as Mens’ Golf Association treasurer. Upon stepping down from that post, he was honored with a bench dedicated to his service to the club.  He proudly claimed three holes-in-one to his credit.  

Many in Allegany County will remember Jim as a referee and was a member of IAABO Board 50 from 1963 to 2000.  He was the longtime secretary-treasurer and interpreter for the Board.  In 1981 he officiated in the New York State Basketball Finals. In 2009 he was elected to the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame.  His coaching career began in 1963 when he was the volunteer basketball coach at Immaculate Conception School.  Additionally, he taught phys. ed. classes at ICS on his lunch hour.  This initial coaching tenure spanned 19 years.  When he stepped down from coaching the boys’ team, he coached the girls’ team for one year and then continued to help by officiating, scheduling, and assigning officials.  Then, after his retirement from Air Preheater he resumed coaching until 2012.  Though he retired from coaching, he was a visible presence at ICS running the clock, organizing fundraisers to sustain the program, and offering individual help to anyone who asked.  

Jim was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, where he served as an usher.  He was a former member of the Lions Club and an active member of Elks Lodge 1495, American Legion Post 702, a charter member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Wellsville and volunteered for many years with the local Special Olympics. Jim also enjoyed many good times with the ‘ABB Lunch Club’ and ‘Secret Club’. He enjoyed socializing and could be found most mornings at the Mini Mart drinking coffee, chatting and reviewing sports scores, with particular attention given to his beloved Buffalo Bills and Bonaventure Bonnies.

After his retirement, he and Judy found immense joy in providing care to his two beloved grandsons, taking them on ‘adventures’ to parks,  museums, historical sites, all the while teaching them family history along the way.  

On Friday February 24th at 2:30 pm the Rosary will be recited and visitation hours will follow at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 3pm to 7pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY on Saturday February 25th at 11:00 am, immediately followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville, NY.  The family would like to invite Jim’s former basketball players to stand honor guard outside the church to welcome Jim home. 

In lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be made to Immaculate Conception School or to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, NY.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Barbara A. “Toots” “Babs” Shelley

Andover, NY - Barbara A. “Toots” “Babs” Shelley, age 76, of 511 Route 417 passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on January 26, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA. She is survived by her husband of 17 years David Kemmer Sr.

Barbara was a former resident of Maryland who retired from Merry Maids in 2000 and moved to Andover in 2002. She had been a member of the VFW Post 2530 Woman’s Auxiliary, The America Legion Post 702 Auxiliary and  Woman of the Moose all of Wellsville. Barbara enjoyed time with her family, especially around a bon fire, and playing Criminal Case on her smart phone.

Survivors include 6 daughters, Debbie (John) Linkous, Lauranne (Stephen) Victor, Freda Cavallaro (Becky Spencer), Toni Vogel, Barbara Cavallaro, Kathleen (Rick (Whitesell; a son, Robert (Jennifer) Roach Jr.; step children, David (Debbie) Kemmer Jr., Pam (Mike) Jenkins, and Patty Kemmer; a daughter in law, Karen Roach; a brother, Chip (Sandy) Milner, a sister in-law, Jeanne Wolf Kemmer; a brother in-law Roy (Joanne) Kemmer; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, a great grandson;  several nieces and nephews.

Barbara was predeceased by 2 brother in-laws; 2 sister in-laws; a sister; 2 grandchildren.

There will be no prior visitation or services. Memorial contributions he her name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Rose Marie Davis

Belmont, NY - Rose Marie Davis, age 61, of State Route 19 passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at home. She was born on February 15, 1956 in Wellsville to James and Alice Brewer Davis.

Rose graduated from Wellsville High School as a member the Class of 1974. She had been a long time Belmont resident who had been an EMT with the Amity Rescue Squad. In her mid-30’s Rose obtained her LPN license and had worked at Jones Memorial Hospital, Highland Park Rehabilitation Center, ARC on Dyke Street, and last she worked at Wellsville Manor Care Center. Rose was an artist who enjoyed all arts and crafts. She will be remembered for her painting including store fronts and especially lawn decorations. Rose enjoyed cooking especially for her family. She will be remembered to many as an unselfish woman that made sure others were taken care of.

Survivors include 3 sons, Jim (Amanda) Baker, Phillip (Chrissy) Baker, and Leland Baker; 3 daughters, Christina (Chad) Allen, Stephanie (Alyn) MacDonell, and Alisha (William) La Forge; a proud grandmother to 19, Jimmy, Trevor, Raymond, Julie, Destiny, Dalton, Breanna, Stephanie, Austin, Jonathan, Makala, Kira, Kaleigh, Aidan, Alex, Phil, Jordan, Merriam, and Stanley; a great grandson and two more great grandchildren on the way; a brother, Charles (Sandy) Davis; 4 sisters, Lucy (Dick) Pierce, Doris (Steve) Meitzler, Sara Moran, and Edith Coyne; her faithful and constant companion, Little Lady.

Rose was predeceased by her parents and her infant brother, James.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 6-8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. On Friday friends are invited to call from 10 am to 11am in the First United Methodist Church of Belmont where a funeral service will be held at 11am following the calling hour. Pastor Timothy Gleason will preside and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Amity Rescue Squad of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sandra Lee Reynolds

Wellsville, NY - Sandra Lee Reynolds, age 72, of 340 South Main Street passed away on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born in Buffalo on July 3, 1944 to Lester and Hazel Hibbard Reynolds.

Sandy graduated from Kenmore West High School in 1963. She was a care giver for her parents and in 2007 she moved to Wellsville to live in the Burns Family Care Home. Sandy was a private woman who enjoyed writing and a quiet life. She attended the Knights Creek Evangelical Church in Scio and had many friends at the Highland Day Care Service in Wellsville.

Sandy is survived by a brother, Harry (Carol) Reynolds of Wayland and her care givers, Joyce and Steve Burns.

Sandy was predeceased by her parents, her brother Richard and her sister Betty Sanford.

There will be no prior visitation and friends are invited to a memorial service to be held at the Duke Hose Company on Stevens Street on Saturday February 25, 2017 at 1 pm. Memorials in Sandy’s name may be given the Wellsville Manor Care Center Activities Center. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Frank Earl Cady


FRANK CADY - LEGENDARY EDUCATOR, LEADER, COACH, AND LIFE-LONG MENTOR PASSES 


WELLSVILLE, NY – Frank Earl Cady, 82 of 93 Jefferson Street, passed away Monday morning (Feb13, 2017) at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville.


He was born on April 30, 1934 in Wellsville the son of the late Earl Forest and Pearl (Babcock) Cady of Allentown.  On June 21, 1958 he married Joan Marie McGuirl at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Scio, NY.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his older sister, Sweetie Cady, in 1939. 
Frank was raised in Allentown, NY. He was a graduate of Allentown Union Free School and St. Bonaventure University, having earned both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees there. Following a two-year tour in the US Army, he began a nearly four-decade long career in education.  He was a History, Latin, and English teacher from 1957-1984, serving two years at Friendship Central School, three years at Scio Central School and the remaining years at Wellsville Central School. He then became assistant principal of Wellsville High School and principal in 1986, retiring in June 1991.

Frank was a life-long accomplished athlete and coach in multiple sports, having ultimately been inducted into both the Allegany County Athletic Association and Wellsville Sports Halls of Fame. 

His athletic accomplishments started in high school where he earned varsity letters in five sports and was high scorer on the undefeated Allentown “Whiz Kids” basketball team, scoring 48 points against then Roger Rigby’s Scio Tigers. He vigorously competed in baseball, softball, and tennis throughout his adult life capturing countless team and individual awards along the way including, but not limited to: a Fort Dix Tennis Doubles championship; a St. Bonaventure Tennis Doubles championship; a St. Bonaventure Alumni singles championship; a St. Bonaventure Mixed Doubles championship; a Times Herald Men’s 45 Singles championship; and, both the USTF’s Florida State “60-plus” and “70-plus” doubles championships from his winter home at The Landings in Fort Myers, Florida.

Frank’s most noteworthy coaching accomplishments while Coach of the WHS Girls’ Varsity Softball team included: seven Section V championships in nine years; a NYS record of 58 consecutive wins - including the 1994 Azalea Championship; and, 7 Expressway Conference titles – including a streak of 41 consecutive wins. Several of his lady Fast Pitch athletes went on to the collegiate level including: 5 at Division I; 2 at Division II; and, 3 who earned Collegiate All-American status. 

Frank inspired community enthusiasm for WHS sports while coaching tennis, basketball and softball at all levels throughout his career.  In addition, he became a famous radio personality, conducting weekly broadcasts of local games at various levels of competition. The capstone of his sports career came when the Big 30 “Coach of the Year Award” was permanently named after Coach Cady.

Frank Cady was one of Allegany County’s most legendary citizens having served so unselfishly throughout his life as a teacher, coach, administrator, mentor and devout loyal friend to students, peers, friends, and above all, family. He loved playing cards, traveling, holiday celebrations with family and his daily “coffee clutch” at Dunkin Donuts.

His loving family includes not only his wife Joan, of 58 years, but also three children, Michael Earl (Carol) Cady, grandson’s Luke and Eli; Sheila Anne (Anthony, Jr.) Delmonte, granddaughter Abbigail, and grandson Dominick; Julie Anne (Dr. Douglas) Cady-Reh, granddaughters Isabel and Laney, and grandson Sam; and 12 nephews and 11 nieces. He loved his family with a vigor unlike any other.

On Sunday, March 5, 2017 beginning at 1:00 pm friends and family are invited to gather at the Wellsville High School Auditorium. A "Celebration of Life Service" will begin at 2:15 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Belmont. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in his memory with funds payable to either the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Frank Cady Memorial Athletic Fund online at: https://www.youcaring.com/frankcadymemorialathleticfund-758198 
Or through Community Bank, 113 North Main Street, Wellsville 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.