Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mortimer A. “Mort” Grisewood, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Mortimer A. Grisewood Jr. - Notice

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

Deborah Ann Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Charles Howard “Chuck” Gardner

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

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

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

Chuck was predeceased by his parents Howard and Geraldine.

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

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Linda Lee Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

Cheryl L. Perry

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

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

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

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

Barbara Raines


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

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

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

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the church with Pastor Patrick Cox presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorial suggestions include the First Trinity Lutheran Church, David A. Howe Public Library, Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Barbara Eileen Dillie Raybon

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

George E. Wagner

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lisa C. Sweet

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

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

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

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