Monday, May 21, 2018

Peter M. Schuyler

Wellsville, NY - Peter M. Schuyler age, 73, of East State Street, passed away on Monday May 7, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on September 12, 1944 in Wellsville to Horace and Lillian Schuyler who both predeceased him.

Peter graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1968. He attended Alfred State College and later enlisted in the US Coast Guard serving honorably from 1965 until late 1968. Peter later worked for CTC in Andover.

Peter is survive by an cousin and several friends.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday May 24, 2018, with full military honors at 10 am in Woodlawn Cemetery of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Francis G. White

Hornell, NY - Francis G. White, age 83, of  Almond passed away on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at Elderwood of Hornell. He was born on June 14, 1934 in North Hornell to Glenn and Blanch Van Skiver White.

Francis retired from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and enjoyed farming.

A private burial service will be held at the Fremont Center Cemetery in Fremont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gary E. Brownell



Wellsville, NY - Gary E. Brownell, 69, of 20 Clark Street passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born March 15, 1949 in Wellsville, the son of Hartrick and Virginia (Empson) Brownell Sr. 


Gary was a 1968 graduate of Wellsville High School, and was a veteran of the U. S. Army from 1970 to 1972. He was employed for many years at C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville and later for Kodak in Rochester. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling. 

He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Kelly of Florida and Terrina “Terry” Santiago of Illinois, one son, Gary E. Brownell of Wellsville, 14 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, three brothers, Butch Brownell and Larry Brownell both of Wellsville, and Mike Brownell of Winter Haven, Fl, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, who were affectionately known as Bud and Ginny, and by a daughter Monique Brownell. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc in Wellsville. A memorial service and military honors will follow the visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home. Please consider memorial donation to the Wellsville Manor Activities Center. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Frances C. Deschler

Wellsville, NY - Frances C. Deschler, 99, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born May 1, 1919 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Henry W. and Amelia (Weihoneig) Deschler.

Frances was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School, and a 1937 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was employed at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville for 47 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member to the Worthington Corporation, Management Club and the Immaculate Conception Church, Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by a nephew, Donald Deschler of Wellsville, and a niece, Susan (Brian) Robinson of Longs, SC, a great niece, Brieanna Sarcia, and three great nephews, Christian, Aaron, and Andrew Robinson. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and June Deschler, and her fiance` Edward Dorney, who was killed in action, at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or any charity of the donors choice. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Peter S. Gambino

Belmont, NY - Peter S. Gambino, age 80, of the Old State Road passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. He was born on December 30, 1937 in Hornell to the late Natale and Francesca Camaci Gambino. On October 5, 1966 in Genesee, PA. He married Jean O'Keefe who predeceased him on February 16, 2014.

Peter was a long time resident of the Belmont area. He graduated from St Ann's Catholic School in Hornell and from Hornell High School. For a time he worked for the Erie Lackawanna Rail Road in Hornell and retired in 1994 from the Alfred Sate College Public Safety after 28 years of service. He had been a member of the St. Ann's Church now Our Lady of the Valley Church in Hornell, the Hornell K of C, and the Hudson Valley Kiwanis Club. Peter's passion was gardening especially garlic. Along with his family he owned and operated Gambino Garlic Growers and sold garlic at many festivals and farmers markets. He was a huge college basketball fan, he especially enjoyed attending St. Bonaventure's home games. He was  a devoted family man who supported his children and grandchildren's sporting events and other special occasions. He will be remembered for Wisdom and his tremendous sense of humor.

Survivors include 3 sons, John (Ellen)  Donovan of Arkport, Daniel Gambino (Kari Manning)  of Frederick MD., and Peter (Nichole)  Gambino of Belmont; 3 daughters, Roberta (Ted)  Seeley of Belmont, Susan (James)  Rosenberger of Belmont, and Mary Frances (Douglas Eakins)  Gambino of North Palm Beach, FL.; 20 grandchildren, Deborah Roberts, Marcia Seeley, Theodore Seeley, Justin Seeley, Jamie Kud, Jennifer Kud,Patrick Kud, Sabra Donovan, Joseph Donovan, Jeannette Donovan, Brandy Rosenberger, Stacy Alsworth, Jill Ordiway, Natalie Gerber, Daniel Gerber, Jenna Gambino, Arielle Vargo, Sophia Gambino, Salvatore Gambino, and Michelle Millington; 13 great grandchildren; a brother, Matthew Gambino; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, a daughter and son in law, Elisabeth (James)  Kud, 2 grandsons, and a great grandson.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 11, 2108 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday in the Funeral Home followed by a Service with a Deacon at 11 am at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Belmont. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials if desired may be made to the Amity Rescue Squad, or to the Belmont Fire Department, or to the Palliative Care Unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Loretta Mae Lovel

Wellsville, NY - Loretta Mae Lovel entered into the joy of her Lord on May 4, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center surrounded by family. She received tender loving care from her extended family at the Wellsville Manor Care Center for the past 4 1/2 years. 

She was born in Westfield, PA on March 13, 1929 to Edith (Snyder) and Harold H Stone. 

Growing up in Harrison Valley, PA she graduated from the Harrison Valley High School, attended Lock Haven State Teacher College and Graduated from the Rochester Business Institute. 

On February 14, 1953 she married Arthur Lovel at her parent’s home in Harrison Valley and they made their family home in Wellsville, NY.

She attended and participated for many years in the Wellsville Christian Temple Church and became an active member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.

She cherished all the many happy times spent camping, playing the piano, and other activities with family and friends. She was active in the Family Campers and RVers organization, including the P.A.L.S., 39ers, and Top of the Hill Chapters. She painted many beautiful pictures that are presently displayed in the homes of many family and friends.

Surviving is her husband Arthur Lovel, daughter Connie (David) Ramsey, son Curtis (Mary Lou) Lovel and daughter Camille (Todd) Kenny and sister Geraldine (Stone) Wood.

Also surviving are grandchildren; Christopher (Megan) Ramsey, Kimberly (Nat) Wilson, Derek (Stephanie) Lovel, Brian (Miranda) Ramsey, Jordan Byrd, and Dustin (Emily) Kenny ;  great grandchildren Bennett Wilson, Isabella Wilson, Hailey Wilson and Hayes Ramsey. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins including Linda and Nyhl Austin.

Loretta’s family will receive Friends on Sunday May 6th, 2018 with visitation from 1:00 to 3:00 at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 State Street, Wellsville, NY.  Following visitation a funeral service will be held with Rev. Gregory  DeSalvatore  officiating with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials if desired can be made to either the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville or to the Alzheimers Association.  To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Laura A. Bess

Avoca, New York - Laura A. Bess, age 40, of Grant Street, passed away at home on May 1, 2018. She was born in Wellsville on November 24, 1977 to William and Sally Bliven Dodge. She was the loving wife of Donald Bess Sr. who survives her.

Laura attended Arkport Central School class of 1996. She enjoyed Nursing, music, laughter, life, and most of all her family and friends. Laura was employed at the Bath V.A. as a Registered Nurse. She was awarded an honorary master degree from the University of Binghamton, class of 2018, as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Laura is survived by her husband Donald; her son, Brett Ogden; her daughter, Skyler Partridge; her Mother and Father; her sister, Stacey Nieves; a brother, Jason Dodge; a niece, Emily; a nephew, Alex; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and very special friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, New York. Memorials if desired may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Marlene A. Lewis

Friendship, NY - Marlene A. Lewis, 74, of 6071 Byrnes Hill Road passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital with her family at her side. She was born July 16, 1943 in Richburg, the daughter of the late Ross and Inez (Butts) Shelley. On November 24, 1961 in Belmont she married Ronald L. Lewis who survives. 

Marlene was a 1961 graduate of Belmont High School. She was a long time employee of K-Mart in Wellsville, retiring in 1997. She was a faithful member of the Belmont First Baptist Church. She was a loving mother not only to her own children, but to many children in her extended family and community. 

Surviving in addition to her husband, are seven children, Alan Lewis of Friendship, Mark Lewis of Angelica, Gary (Joan) Lewis of Mineral Springs, NC, Ross (Kylene) Lewis of Moore, SC, Lisa (Eric) Jeske of Penrose, CO, Jennifer Presor of Prattville, AL, and Jessica (Dana) Hand of Bradford, NY, 17 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a brother, Greg Shelley, and his companion Mike Feldbauer of Belmont, two sisters, Barbara (Charles) Bliven of Can, and Donna Perkins of West Clarksville, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by  two brothers, Richard and Douglas Shelley, and one sister, Marilyn Shelley. 

At Marlene's Request, her funeral will be private. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial Donations to the Belmont First Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Kelly Elizabeth Cooney

Whitesville, NY - Kelly Elizabeth Cooney, 45, of 885 Old Cryder Road passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. She was born on January 19, 1973 in Wellsville, the daughter of James Patrick and Charlotte Isabelle (Coleman) Cooney. 

Kelly was a 1991 graduate of Whitesville Central School. She was employed at Allegany Arc in Wellsville for 20 years. She enjoyed being a member of the Secret Pal Club for many years and loved Golden Retrievers.

She is survived by her father of Genesee and Wellsville, her mother of Whitesville, three brothers, Ronald (Candy) Cooney of Ulysses, John (Mary) Cooney of Manorville, NY, and Dennis (Alison) Cooney of Fullerton, CA, two sisters, Peggy Cooney of Syracuse, and Patricia Cooney of Belmont, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and her Golden Retriever and best pal, Maggie.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 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 Monday, April 30, at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA, with Rev. Joseph Dougherty as celebrant. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Independence Emergency Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.     

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Marjorie L. Erdmann

Whitesville, NY - Marjorie L. Erdmann, 73, of 522 Main Street, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with her family at her side. She was born September 12, 1944, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Eugene and Lois (Harris) Bledsoe. On December 14, 1963 in Whitesville she married Larry W. Erdmann who survives.

Marjorie was a 1962 graduate of Whitesville High School and graduated as a licensed practical nurse from St. Francis School of Nursing in Olean. She was formerly employed at Mary's Nursing Home in Wellsville, and the Machias Nursing Home. The family moved back to Whitesville from Cattaraugus County in 1973 and she continued her career at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She drove  school bus for Whitesville Central School for many years. She was a co-leader of the Jay Gee's 4-H Club in Whitesville, and was very active with the Allegany County Fair for many years. She was a life member of the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as president, secretary, treasurer and historian , a member of the Yorks Corners Grange, the Independence Ambulance Corps, where she served as treasurer, the Whitesville Alumni Association where she served as treasurer, she was the founder of the Red Hat Chapter in Whitesville, and was named “Whitesville Citizen of the Year” in 1988. She enjoyed doing word search, Sunday night popcorn, camping, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, is a daughter, Beth (Mike) Plaisted, three sons, Kevin (Ellen) Erdmann, Jeffrey (Stacey) Erdmann, and Dennis (Julie) Erdmann, all of Whitesville; eight grandchildren, Brock, Emily, Bryce, Ryan Plaisted, Karlee, Jacob, Jessica, and Lucas, 3 step-grandchildren, Michael Plaisted, Samantha (Douglas) George, and Kayla Plaisted, a sister, Vickie (Nate) Scott of Whitesville, a brother, Charles E. Bledsoe of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Diane Bledsoe of Rexville, brother-in-law Robert (Toni) Erdmann of Mansfield, NY; two uncles, cousins, several nieces and nephews, and many, many special friends.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 27, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and on Saturday April 28, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Munro presiding. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery.  Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Terry W. Sweeney

Wellsville, NY - Terry W. Sweeney, 65, of 191 Williams Avenue, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. He was born August 12, 1952 in Wellsville, the son of the late Edward and Jean (Lavin) Sweeney. On September 4, 1976 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, he married Patricia Graham, who survives.

Terry was a 1970 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Alfred State College – School of Applied Technology in Wellsville. He was employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for many years, retiring in 2015. At the time of his death, he was employed by Fisher's Pharmacy in Wellsville. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 702 in Wellsville, the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601, and the Wellsville Country Club. He loved to golf, and was proud of his “hole in one,” he also enjoyed bowling and spending time at the lake. He really enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and treasured his time with his daughter Laura.  

Surviving in addition to his wife, is one daughter, Laura (Zach Hebda) Sweeney of West Chester, Ohio, a sister, Deborah (David) Raymer of Galeton, PA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by one niece, one nephew, and his mother and father-in-law, James and Mary Elizabeth Graham.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will be on Friday, April 27 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Norma J. Taylor

Allentown, NY - Norma J. Taylor, 79, of 1913 White Hill Road passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at home with her family at her side. She was born January 17, 1939 in Andover, the daughter of the Late Ronald and Bertha (Brown) Stephens. On February 1, 1958 in Alma she married Phillip A. Taylor who predeceased her on November 26, 2016.

Norma was raised in Allentown and was a graduate of the Allentown Union High School. She was formerly employed at the Allentown School, Valley Manor Proprietary Home in Allentown, and at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville for 25 years. She was a member of the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department and the Allentown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling with Phil, playing bingo, and loved spending time with her family and their friends. 

She is survived by a son, Shaun (Ezura) Taylor of Allentown, a daughter, Molly Stirk of Wellsville, a grandson, Gregory (Jen) Taylor of Scio, a granddaughter, Ashley Taylor of Allentown, two sisters, Joyce Shields of Bolivar and Judy Stephens of Penfield, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Thursday April 26th from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Thursday at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Diane Cox presiding. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department or Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jerry A. Renwand

Canaseraga, NY/ Boston, MA - Jerry A. Renwand, 58, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 in Boston. He was born December 2, 1959 in Hornell the son of James A. and Kathryn (Parker) Renwand Sr.

Jerry was raised in Canaseraga and attended Canaseraga Central School. He was a self employed carpenter in the Canaseraga area before moving to Boston. He was a Buffalo Bills fan and was a passionate and knowledgeable fan of Classic Rock. Jerry had a wonderful sense of humor and was loved by his family and many friends. 

He is survived by a son, Daniel J. (Jessica) Renwand of Elmira, two grandchildren, Keagan and Kaylee Renwand, his mother, Kathryn Renwand of Alfred Station, one brother, James (Wendy) Renwand of Greenwood, two sisters, Carla (Gerry) Brzezinski of Livonia, and Cindy (Buddy) Getman of Alfred Station, one aunt, many beloved nieces, nephews, and several cousins. He was predeceased by his father, a brother, Joseph Renwand, and a sister Carol Carpenter.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday, April 27th from 9:00 to 9:45 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 27th at 11:00 am in St. Mary's Church in Canaseraga with Rev John Cullen as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Pine Street Inn (Homeless Center), Boston, MA 02118. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

Barbara J. Drumstra

Wellsville, NY - Barbara J. Drumstra

The friends of Barbara Drumstra are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. Barbara passed away on April 25, 2016.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Robert Hall McNinch

Belmont, NY - Robert Hall McNinch, age 99, passed away on Thursday, April 19 , 2018 at the Manor Hills in Wellsville. He was born on January 30, 1919 on the family farm in Belmont to Harry T. and Florence Hall McNinch. On July 19, 1941 in Fleming he married Elizabeth Huey who predeceased him one year ago to the day on April 19, 2017.

Robert was born on the farm in Belmont where lived for 95 years. Along with his wife they wintered in Florida from 1975 until 2000 first in Fort Myers and later in Lakeland. He was a dairy and poultry farmer for 33 years and the took a job at the former Citizens National Bank as the Farm Loan Officer retiring from Key Bank as the Branch Manager in Belmont. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Belmont F&AM, charter member of the Belmont Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, Sons of the American Revolution, Dairyman's League, and the Andover Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder. In 1961 he was the recipient of the Hugh  D. Chamberlain Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year. He was a member of the former Belmont Presbyterian Church and as a member of the Men's Club that helped build the Parish Hall. He served as Justice of the Peace and Supervisor for the Town of Amity. He also served as a member of the first Allegany County Board of Legislators for 2 terms. He and his wife enjoyed traveling cross country in their motor home staying at 13 different Elder hostels. 

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

Robert was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, James T., John G.,Louis A., Harry T. , Jr.; sisters Louise A. Morris, and Mary I. Rhodes.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 22, from 1 until 3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. His funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 3 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Chris Mattison presiding. Memorials in Robert's name may be made to either the Belmont Library or to the charity of the donor's choice. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Deborah J. “Debbie” Johnson

Wellsville, NY - Deborah J. “Debbie” Johnson, age 60 of Seneca Street passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 8, 1957 in Wellsville to Richard and Clara Moore Johnson.

Debbie was a life long resident of Wellsville who had worked as a home health care aide, later as a CNA at Highland Health Care Center, and retired from there as supervisor of house keeping. For a time she had attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church and her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She is survived by a son Jonathan Armstrong; 2 daughters, Tracy (Richard)  Ahrens, and Lori (Carl Dandridge)  Armstrong all of Wellsville; 6 grandchildren, Justice Bremiller, Destiny Bremiller, Melody Ahrens, Pride Brantley, Harmony Brantley, and Patience Brantley; a brother, Michael Johnson of Kentucky; 2 sisters, Michele (John)  Sheridan of Wellsville, and Wanda Johnson of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Bruce Johnson;  a sister, Beverly Armstrong.

Friends are invite to call on Monday, April 23, from 1 to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home at the conclusion of the calling at 2 pm with Reverend Robin George presiding. Memorials in Deborah's name may be made to the Highland Health Care Center Activities Fund. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Myrna C. Petrelli

Wellsville, NY - Myrna C. Petrelli, 81, of 199 School Street passed away on Saturday April 14, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on November 24, 1936 in Hornell, the daughter of the late Ronald and Genevieve (Clark) Fairbrother. On November 18, 1967 at St. Ann's Church in Hornell she married Dominick Petrelli who survives. 

Myrna was raised in Hornell and was a 1955 graduate of Hornell High School. She was first employed at Corbin's Woodworking in Hornell, and later for Alfred State College. In August of 1967 she and Dominick moved to Wellsville, and she began her career at Wellsville Central School. She retired on August 4, 1999 as the Secretary to the Director of Pupil Personal Services. She was an avid flower gardener, and birdwatcher. She enjoyed  reading, watching the Buffalo Sabres, and the New York Yankees. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Roger (Jill) Petersen and Andrew Petrelli, both of Wellsville, three step-grandsons, Aaron (Mary) Hess, Dustin (Florina) Hess, and Christian Hess, two sisters-in-law, Santa (Walt) Cleveland, and Mary Petrelli, both of Hornell, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, Roger Petersen, and a son, Jeffrey A. Petersen.  

At Myrna's request; the memorial service will be private. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Edward J. Donovan

Wellsville, NY - Edward J. Donovan, 58, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at home from natural causes. He was born on April 12, 1959 in Hornell, the son of the late William F. and Catherine (Lynch) Donovan Sr.

Ed was a 1977 graduate of Wellsville High School and a graduate of the Electrician Program at  Alfred State College - School of Applied Technology in Wellsville. He was first employed  working construction for Harold Ford Inc., he later was the assistant manager at Rauber's Furniture Store in Wellsville for many years, and ended his career at Donovan's Eastern Supply in Olean. Ed was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, and a generous member and former “Elk of the Year” of the Wellsville Elks Lodge # 1495. 

He is survived by two brothers, William F. Donovan Jr. of Olean, and Charles P. (Julie) Donovan of Brentwood, TN, a sister, Mary O. (Mike) Rotolo of North Royalton, OH, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm, and on Saturday, April 21st from 12 noon to 12:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 pm in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School, or the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Gregory F. Bessette


Friendship, NY - Gregory F. Bessette, 60, of 7777 Searles Road passed away at home on Friday, March 23, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born December 24, 1957 in Cuba, the son of Howard and Barbara (Stark) Bessette.   

Greg was a 1977 graduate of the Belmont Central High School. While in High School he worked for the former Felix's Motors in Belmont, and upon graduating he entered the US Navy. He proudly served his country until his discharge in 1980. While in the service he attended Old Dominion University and holds three degrees from Alfred State College in the Automotive Trades. After graduating from Alfred he began a career in selling automotive parts in Wellsville and later in Jamestown. He retired from Advanced Auto Parts as a Supervising Manager after 20 years of service at various locations. He enjoyed camping with his friends and competing with the atlatl and doing flint knapping. Most of all he loved being surrounded by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and making everyone laugh.

He is survived by his loving companion, Linda Brundage, his mother, Barbara Cronk; his children, Elizabeth (Paul) Dimpfl, Suzzanah Bessette, Jennifer Jimmerson, Karen Finnemore, and Donald Brundage; his brothers and sisters, Beverly (Howard) Costley, Michael Bessette, James (Adenia) Bessette, Charles (Valerie) Bessette, Joseph (Lisa) Bessette, Mike (Jodi) Cronk, Melissa (Mike) Belden, Julie (Kevin) Borden, and Karen (Brett) Comstock; nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, his dog Baxter, and Clem his goat. He was predeceased by his father, Howard and his step father, Robert Cronk.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. Burial with military honors will follow the visitation at Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. There will be a reception at the American Legion Post 808 in Belmont following the burial. Please consider memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Regina Oleksiak

Wellsville, NY - Regina Oleksiak was born in Cheektowaga NY to Stephen and Agnes (Rogacki) Kwiatkowski. She was baptized and was a devout member of St John Gualbert's Roman Catholic Church. She graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in 1940 and went on to Bryant Business School graduating in 1942. Jean was a lifelong bookkeeper enjoying the certainty of numbers. When she passed away she was the office manager  for Genesee Metal Products of Wellsville,

In 1946 Jean married Richard F. Oleksiak and they eventually settled in Amherst, NY where they raised three children. Jean gave a great deal of her time to many local charities. They were able to travel extensively throughout the world and in doing so earned more than one Pan Am Circumnavigation award. Closer to home Jean was an avid and championship golfer at Brookfield Country Club. She was also a member of the golf courses, Bradford, PA and Wellsville, NY.

Jean moved to Wellsville in 1973 and eventually to Olean NY. In 2015 she moved into Manor Hills after a bad fall. She continued to work until 94, remarkably, and was loved by the customers and vendors of Genesee Metal, Inc. 

Jean was predeceased by her ex-husband . She is survived by three children Richard (Alison) Oleksiak of Toronto, Michael Oleksiak of Wellsville and Jan Oleksiak (Gregory Clarke) of Mertztown, PA, and her sister Christine Lisiecki of Little River, SC. There are five grandchildren and two great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of Manor Hills and Wellsville Manor for their exceptional care and kindness to our mother during her stay. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Martha Ann (Matt) Mueller

Alfred, NY - Martha Ann (Matt) Mueller, Associate Librarian Emerita - 1934 – 2018 Long time Librarian Retiree Martha Mueller passed away on April 4, 2018.  “Matt” as her friends knew her was a regular at many Alfred University functions and was a true Saxon supporter. She was an avid team trivia competitor and a supporter of all of the performing arts programs.   She joined the NYS College of Ceramics on March 1, 1969 and retired on August 31, 1994.  She was born and raised in Joplin, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Education and then received her MS in Library Science from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon) in 1958.  A world traveler, Matt visited over 20 foreign countries and all of the 48 lower states prior to joining the College of Ceramics.  She brought with her an interesting mix of experiences having worked as a Junior HS English Teacher, a Researcher/Librarian for an investment-banking firm on Wall Street, and as a College Librarian.  For two years, she lived and worked in Australia at the National Library of Australia in Canberra before returning to the United States and assuming a position as the Head of the Serial Department at the Kresge Library at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.  She was predeceased by her sister Jeanne Lewin and had no other living relatives.  At her request, no services are planned at this time.

Marjorie J. Cline

Hallsport, NY - Marjorie J. Cline, 91, formerly of 2183 Hallsport Road went to her heavenly home on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born on November 14, 1926 in the Town of Independence, the daughter of the late Milford and Florence (Cleveland) Kellogg. On October 4, 1946 in Wellsville she married Wayne O. Cline who predeceased her on October 28, 1999.
 
She is survived by four daughters, Linda Smith of Cuba, and her children, Pam (Travis) Pastorius of Belfast, and Jamie (Nikki) Cifersky of North Ridgeville, Ohio,  Luci (Tim) Callaghan of Ithaca, and their children, Brett (Thalisa) Callaghan of Encinitas, CA, Ryan Callaghan of Denver, CO, and Kevin Callaghan of Overland Park, KS, Lois (Rick) Whitney of Bolivar, Luanne J. Cline of Genesee, PA, a son, Lynn Cline of Hallsport, and his children, Katie (Thomas) Ubben of Lowell, AK, Tyler Cline of Williamsville, and Evan Cline of Buffalo, a daughter-in-law, Judy Hoberg of Kingsport, TN, and her daughter, Terri (Steven) Maxwell of Kingsport, TN, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and one on the way, three great-great grandchildren, three sisters-in-law, Evelyn Kellogg, Ruth (Harry) Carney, and Franny Gillan, two brothers-in-law, Lester (Lola) Cline, and Mike (Marie) Cline, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a son, Larry Cline, a son-in-law, Paul Smith, and four brothers, Richard, Bernard, Robert, and Dale Kellogg.

Marge dearly loved every one of her grandchildren, and enjoyed spending time with them all throughout the years. She enjoyed tending her flowers and garden. She took many walks and enjoyed making neighborhood visits on her scooter. She always looked forward to the extended family reunions, and hosted many of the Kellogg reunions. Her many family photos brought her much comfort at home, Manor Hills and Highland Park. She took satisfaction in working hard to care for her family, canning, freezing, and sewing. She was a member of the Hallsport Christian Church and the Cherry Circle Club in Whitesville. She could be heard in the mornings praying by her bedside for all her children.

Many thanks over the years to Manor Hills, Highland Park, and Jones Memorial Hospital for your kindness and compassion; it was greatly appreciated.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 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 Thursday April 12th at 1:00 pm in the Hallsport Christian Church with Pastor Rich Bendelewski presiding. Burial will be in Hallsport Union Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hallsport Christian Church or the Jones Memorial Hospital, Hospice Room. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Dorothy F. Carlosh

Whitesville, NY - Dorothy F. Carlosh, 96, of 853 Snow Road, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on October 22, 1921 in Poland, NY, the daughter of the late Fred and Bertha (Hines) Forrest. On June 23, 1946 in Poland she married John Carlosh who predeceased her on April 13, 1999.

Dorothy graduated from Poland Central School in 1939 and Plattsburg State Teachers College in 1943. She and John moved to Whitesville in 1952. Dorothy taught home economics at Whitesville Central School for many years, retiring in 1972. She enjoyed camping, square-dancing, visiting with friends and being an active member of the Whitesville community. She played the organ  for the Whitesville United Methodist Church for over 60 years.

Dorothy was a beloved mother, gramma, and great-gramma. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and great grandchildren, baking cookies, bread, and sharing stories over a piece of her favorite chocolate or while working on a puzzle. 

She will be greatly missed by her daughter, Nancy Meehan, her son-in-law William Meehan Sr.,   grandchildren, William (Margeurite) Meehan Jr., Wendy (Shawn) Swain, Joseph (Darleen) Meehan, Cheryl (Daniel) Brimmer, and John (Kristen) Carlosh, great-grandchildren, Forest, Amanda, Thomas, Dillon, Sylvia, and Madeline, step great-grandchildren, Nate and Mackenzie, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by a son, John A. Carlosh Jr., a sister, Helen Hampston, and a brother, Robert Forrest.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Whitesville United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow visitation on Saturday at 3:00 pm with Rev. Ruth Reppert presiding. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Whitesville United Methodist Church or the Whitesville Library. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Audine M. Ashline

Wellsville, NY - Audine M. Ashline, age 92 of State Route 19, passed away on Monday April 2, 2018 at the Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She was born on December 22, 1925 in Clarion County Pennsylvania to Leroy and Lela Lewis Say. On April 4, 1959 in Genesee Pennsylvania she married Eugene Ashline who survives.

Audine graduated from Genesee High School in 1943 and from the Elmira Business School. She worked at Worthington in Wellsville and retired from the First Trust Union Bank also of Wellsville. She and her husband where active long time members of the Stannards United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening and was always interested in her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Eugene, is a brother, Derwood (Rita) Say of Cuba; two sisters, Caryl (John) Vaklyes of Palmyra, PA, and Katy (David) Carrier of Little Valley, NY, two nieces, Kristi (Sean) Beggs of Pittsburgh, PA, and Erin Vaklyes of Palmyra, PA, a nephew, Ryan (Jennifer) English of Port Charlotte, Florida, five great nieces, Brittany, Anna, Danielle, Rachael, and Kylie.

There will be no prior visitation and a private graveside service will be held in the Genesee Cemetery in Genesee Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers memorials in Audine's name may be made the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

William A. “Bill” Edwards

Angelica, NY - William A. “Bill” Edwards, age 69, of the Homer Road passed away on Sunday, April 1,2018 at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. He was born on July 28, 1948 in Bradford Pennsylvania to Wayne and Agnes Cornelius Edwards. On November 17, 2001 in Willing he married Marilyn Skillman who survives.

Bill graduated from Limestone High School in 1967. After graduation he entered the US Army and served in Korea and in Vietnam until being discharged in 1970. He settled in the Denver Colorado area where he worked for several companies including the Timpte Corporation, and had also worked as a maintenance supervisor. In 2002 he was working in Rochester for the Farash Company maintaining their apartment complexes. In 2013 he and Marilyn made their home in Angelica. Bill had been a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard and had attended Bible Study at The Way Ministry in Wellsville and Rochester. He loved to fish and enjoyed woodworking, coin collecting and computer programming.

Survivors include: his wife;  step daughters, Amanda (Chad)  Sibble of Wellsville, and Samantha McGee of Greenhurst; 4 step grandchildren; a sister, Betty (Hugo)  Edwards-Sanchez of Houston, Texas; a brother, Carl (Criss)  Edwards of Limestone; several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation and friends are invited to attend a grave side service with military honors on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11 am in the McKeen Memorial Park in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Memorials in Bill's name may be to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Friday, March 30, 2018

Colleen O'Connor Kailbourn

Wellsville, NY - Colleen O'Connor Kailbourn, age 82, of Sunnydale Avenue passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born in Wellsville on July 21. 1935, the second child of Lawrence and Marion Plain O'Connor. In 1978 she married Raymond Kailbourn who survives.

Colleen attended and graduated from the Immaculate Conception School in 1951, and finished her high school education at the Wellsville Central School graduating in 1953. Before graduating from high school she started her career at the New York Telephone Company as a Telephone Operator. Colleen later joined the Contel/GTE Telephone Company and retired as the Western Area Service Office Supervisor. She and Ray enjoyed many years of traveling in search of antiques. Once retired they opened Kailbourn Antiques of Angelica and Wellsville. She remained interested in antiques until the day she died. Colleen was dedicated to her Roman Catholic faith and was a life long member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society, served many years on the Parish Council, was a member of the Lay Vicariate, and served on the Sanctuary Restoration Committee. Colleen also served on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Valley Habitat for Humanity for many years. She loved her family and friends and celebrated life. Everywhere she went she touched people's hearts. Her Irish smile and good nature will always be in our memory.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond; her son Paul W. (Karen)  Stevens; her step children, Linda (John)  Cook, Thomas (Roxie Schmidt)  Kailbourn, Mark (Dee)  Kailbourn, and Brent Kailbourn; 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; her sister in law Mary Margaret O'Connor; many dear good friends especially Loretta and Jim Cronin, Lois and Joe Spinelli, Pat Adderly Cotton, and John Weatherell.

She was predeceased by, her parents and her brother, Dr. George O'Connor.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, April 2, 2018, from 4 till 6 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Tuesday a Prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials in Colleen's name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Margaret E. Bailey

Wellsville, NY - Margaret E. Bailey, formerly of East State Street, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 with her family by her side at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 23, 1929 in Wellsville to Gus and Elva Broadbent Weber. On March 10,1951 she married Charles M. Bailey who predeceased her in 1981.

Margaret was a lifelong resident of Wellsville, she was a stay-at-home mother and provided daycare to many children. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and was at her happiest when she was spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her seven children, Debbie (Roger)  Gee of Wellsville, Charles (Lisa)  Bailey Jr. of Avon, Timothy (Jodi)  Bailey of Wellsville, Kelvin Bailey of Pineville, N.C., Brent (Josie)  Bailey of Wellsville, Barry (Cindy)  Bailey of Wellsville, and Laurie (Michael)  Lang of Sidney; a sister, Sandy Hunt; 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother , Harry Weber; and 1 grandchild.

There will be no prior visitation and a private burial service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery of Wellsville. Those wishing to make a donation in Margaret's memory can do so to the David A. Howe Library of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

June E. Deschler,

Wellsville, NY - June E. Deschler, age 88, of Williams Avenue passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Rochester General Hospital with family and friends at her side. She was born on October 12, 1929 in Hallsport to Floyd and Evelyn Doan Beckwith. On November 15, 1954 in Wellsville she married Richard Deschler who predeceased her on July 29, 2017.

June was a life long resident of the Wellsville Area who attended Wellsville Central Schools. She had worked at the former Bausch and Lomb Plant in Wellsville where they made eye glass frames. She later worked at the former Triangle Shoe Store in Wellsville, and last at the Park Plaza Liquor Store. In the early 1970's June was a bus chaperone for the former Blue Devil's Drum and Bugle Corps. She enjoyed spending winters in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where she could enjoy her family, the beach, fresh seafood, and shopping. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and the former Lady Elks both of Wellsville. June was full of life, a loving grandmother and great grandmother, and will be dearly missed by her family and many friends.

Survivors include, a son, Donald Deschler of Wellsville; a daughter, Susan (Brian)  Robinson of Longs, South Carolina; 4 grandchildren, Christian, Aaron( Jennifer)  and Andrew Robinson, and Brieanna (Sam)  Sarcia; 4 great grandchildren, Lila, Landon, and Mason Robinson, and June Sarcia; a sister in-law, Frances Deschler of Wellsville.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 22, from 6 till 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer Service will be held on Friday, March 23 at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Monday, March 19, 2018

Bertha Rose Button

Galeton, PA - Bertha Rose Button, 59, of 645 West Branch Road passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Galeton. She was born on April 10, 1958 in Potter Brook, PA the daughter of the late Wilbur and Velma (Rice) Button.

Bertha is survived by her companion, Jimmy Taylor of Galeton, a daughter, Kim Lenord of Bolivar, a son, Lawrence Lee (Velva) Button of Galeton, six grandchildren, Michael, Destiny, Gabriel, Riley, Adam, and Angel, four sisters, Susan (George) Benson of Almond, NY, Marie (Larry) Green of Fulton, NY, Judy (Chuck) Heap of Petersburg, TN, and Janet (Greg) Jackson of Shinglehouse, PA, three brothers, Leon (Pat) Button of Bolivar, Robert Button of Wellsboro, PA, and Stanley (Sue) Button of Richburg, two sisters-in-law, Sue Button and Carol Button, both of Olean, as well as several nieces and Nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by her husband, Archie Button, and two brothers, Wilbur “Maynard” Button, and Eugene Button. She enjoyed Gardening, family gatherings, collecting dolls, and watching westerns on TV. 

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Gospel Fellowship Church, on Hood Road in Belmont, NY Please consider memorial donations to The American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Richard C. Thurber

Wellsville, NY - Richard C. Thurber, 82, of 3265 First Street, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania following a brief illness.  He was born on May 19, 1935 in Brighton, NY.  On November 20, 1955 he married Beverly A. Griswold who predeceased him on September 28, 2001.

Richard was raised in North Rose, NY and later moved to Newark, NY where he lived until 1980.  He moved to Central Florida and eventually resided in Umatilla where he lived for   many years until moving to Wellsville, NY in 2017 to live with family.   He was employed by several packaging companies including Duffy-Motts in Williamson, NY; Mobil Chemical in Macedon, NY; and Astro Packaging in Orlando, FL.  He was a faithful member of the Community Wesleyan Church of Leesburg, FL.

He is survived by three children, Patricia (Robin) George of Wellsville, Richard C. (Jessie) Thurber Jr. of Belton, SC, and William (Nancy) Thurber of Leesburg, FL, seven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, one sister, Roberta Heltne of Beaverton, OR, as well as several nieces & nephews.  He was predeceased by his mother, Elberta Thurber Cleveland, and a sister, Lucille Boyce.

Interment will be in Lakeside Memorial Gardens in Eustis FL. Please consider memorial donations to the Community Wesleyan Church of Leesburg, FL or the Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NY).  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfunerlahome.com.  

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Peter William Presutti



Belmont, NY - Peter William Presutti, 94, a former long time resident of 6 McNinch Lane, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born Sept 18, 1923 in Belmont, the son of the late Frank and Nancy (DeFiore) Presutti. On June 18, 1949 at St Mary’s Church in Belmont NY, he married Rosamonde Clark who survives.


Peter has resided in Duke Center, PA for the past five years. He was a 1941 graduate of Belmont High School; and attended Buffalo State Teachers College. He began employment at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville (now Dresser Rand) as an apprentice in machine shop and assembly floor. Peter served three years in the Army Air force during World War II, in the European Theater of Operation, also known as the Second European War. He returned to Worthington after his discharge to work in the engineering department and retired in 1985, after 39 years of service. He was a communicant of St Mary’s Church and was involved with the records and maintenance of St Mary’s Cemetery. 

Peter was a loving husband and father and is survived in addition to his wife, Rosamonde, by his son, Peter of Duke Center, PA, two daughters, Judith (John) Barrett of Duke Center,PA and Joanie Frost of Lake Tahoe, NV, five grandchildren Elisabeth “Betsy” Presutti and her husband Christ, Nick Presutti, Dominick Presutti, Braden Barrett and Star Finch and her husband Mike, a great grandson Braxton, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a son, William M. Presutti, a granddaughter, Quinn Davis, who was his pride and joy, five sisters Julie Congelli, Jenieve Creighton, Lenora Vancante, and Yolanda and Elvira Presutti and his six brothers Louis, Charles, Leonard, Amedeo, Joseph, and an infant brother.

Peter was known for his famous chicken barbecue’s and had a passion for gardening, especially growing tomatoes and garlic which he shared with his friends and family. Peter also had a propensity for “fixing” everything and anything which he was often asked for assistance and more than happy to help.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. On Saturday, March 17, 2018, there will be a prayer at the funeral at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at Holy Family Church in Belmont. Burial, with military honors will be in St Mary’s cemetery in Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort Home in Wellsville, NY or Holy Family Catholic Church in Belmont, NY. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Nancy L. Haberer

Wellsville, NY - Nancy L. Haberer, 66, of 95 O'Connor Street passed away after a battle with cancer on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with her family at her side. She was born on March 24, 1951 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late John and Mildred (Herke) Potter.

Nancy was raised in Scio and was a 1969 graduate of Scio High School. She was employed as a home health aide for many years; most recently for Jan and Ben's Home Care Inc. of Wellsville.

She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, and enjoyed Sudoku, bingo, solitaire, scratch off tickets, and latch hood.

She is survived by three sons, Shawn Haberer, Scott Haberer, and his companion Brandy Gaylord, and Mark Haberer, and his companion Sara Johnson, all of Wellsville, and one daughter, Christine Haberer, and her companion, Tom Tompkins of Bolivar, seven grandchildren, several step grandchildren, one brother, Gary (Shelia) Potter of Arcade, and one sister, Shelia (Bob) Linnecke of Scio, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a brother, Donald Potter and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Haberer.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 3:00 pm in the funeralhome with Rev. Carl Kemp presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Sandra “Sandy” E. Sweet

Wellsville, NY - Sandra “Sandy” E. Sweet, age 77, of 32 Chestnut Street passed away on Friday March 10, 2018, at the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County. She was born on June 7, 1940 in Manhattan, New York and was the daughter of Ernest and Helen Hornburg Stewart. On May 9, 1970 in Wellsville she married Oliver C. Sweet Jr. who predeceased her on January 12, 2104.

Sandra was a life long resident of Wellsville. She was a secretary at Alfred University until she became a stay at home mom to raise her children. She was a member of the Cross Town Alliance Church of Wellsville who enjoyed senior bus trips, senior luncheons, reading, word games, reading the Bible, and socializing with people. Sandra liked to play the piano and had substituted at several local churches and last played at the Hart House a week before she passed away. After her children had grown she worked for the Green Thumb/ Traveling Teachers and later worked at McDonalds on the Bolivar Road. She loved her family and above all the Lord.

Survivors include a daughter, Ellen Sweet of Wellsville; 2 sons, Charles “Chuck” (Marilou)  Sweet of Olean and Edward “Eddie” Sweet of Belmont; one grandchild on the way; her step mother, Betty Stewart of Williamsport, PA.; 2 step sisters, Denise and Diane; several nieces , nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Friends are welcome to call on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 11 am till 1 pm at the Crosstown Alliance Church in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling at 1 pm with Pastor Jeremy Gorham and Campus Pastor Jon Schink presiding. Burial will take place in Stannards Cemetery and memorials maybe made to the Cross Town Alliance Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Dorothy Marie Willhoite

Wellsville, NY - Dorothy Marie Willhoite, 85, of Wellsville, NY, passed away on March 9, 2018, with her children at her side.

Dorothy was born in Miami County, KS, on October 18, 1932, to Fannie Leona (Alley) and Kenneth Anson Trewett.  She grew up on the family farm, where she learned the importance of hard work and common sense. Dorothy attended grade school at the Washington School in Miami County and high school in Drexel, MO. She was the salutatorian of the Drexel High School Class of 1950 and predicted by her classmates to be “the first woman President of the United States.” She attended college at the Ursuline Academy in Paola, KS.

Dorothy married the love of her life, Wilber Wayne Willhoite, on July 8, 1951. They farmed near Drexel before their family moved to Kansas City, MO, in 1965. Dorothy was a homemaker and stay-at-home mother while her children were young, but began working outside the home in 1969. Shortly thereafter, she started her career with Lynn Insurance Group (Universal Underwriters). She earned her Certified Property Casualty Underwriter credential and retired from Universal Underwriters in 1989 as a Regional Underwriting Manager. Dorothy and Wilber moved from Kansas City to Drexel in 1990, and in 2000 they moved to Wellsville to be near family. They enjoyed their retirement together and traveling to visit family and friends and to attend Wilber’s military reun
ions.

Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville where she had been active in the women’s Bible study group, jail ministry, and choir.  She loved people and helping others.  She enjoyed reading, solving puzzles, quilting, gardening, and baking.. She was a brilliant, intelligent woman who could accomplish anything that she decided to do.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved Wilber, who died on December 11, 2008, and by her brother, Kenneth Trewett. She is survived by three children, Rose Anna (Leonard) Ladage of Wellsville, NY, Patricia Lynn (Richard) Sooter of North Richland Hills, TX, and Terry Wayne (Linda) Willhoite of Keller, TX; three grandchildren, Kenneth Wayne (Yuriko) Sooter, Joshua William (Kelly) Sooter, and Angela Marie Willhoite; five great-grandchildren, Joshua “Tiger,” Reese, Madison, Connor, and Kyron; two sisters, Frances (John) McLaughlin and Evelyn Burton; and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family extends their gratitude to the staff at Manor Hills Assisted Living for their loving care for Dorothy.

A memorial service will be held at the J. W. Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville on Monday, March 12, at 5 p.m., with visitation from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  The funeral will be March 16 at the Mullinax Funeral Chapel in Drexel, MO.  Burial will follow in the Sharon Cemetery near Drexel.

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

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Joyce Frances Gaylord

Belmont, NY - Joyce Frances Gaylord, age 91, of 9 South Street, passed away on Friday March 2, 2018 in her home. She was born on December 31, 1926 in Buffalo to Charles and Freda Richardson Gaylord.

Joyce was along time resident of Belmont who began her secretarial career in 1945 at the Allegany County Clerks Office. She later worked at the Sinclair Refinery, Citizens Bank, James Sekaras's Law Office, Allegany Bituminous, and retired as the secretary to the Dean of Nursing at Alfred University in 1980. Joyce was a quiet person who kept to herself , she loved reading, birds, flowers, and her dog Susie.

Joyce is survived by a niece, Marjorie (Richard)  Perkins of Andover; 2 nephews, Dale (Harriet)  Gaylord of Andover, and Craig (Norma)  Gaylord of Andover; several great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Richard (Florence)  Gaylord, and a nephew, Bruce Charles Gaylord.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 10 to 11 am in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. The funeral will take place at the conclusion of the calling at 11 am in the funeral home. Memorials in her name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Burial will take place in North Collins Cemetery, North Collins New York. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Valentina E. Gardner

Wellsville, NY - Valentina E. Gardner, age 96, a former long time resident of Grand Island passed away at home on Breckenridge Avenue on Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born on January 30, 1922 in Harbin Manchuria, China to Evan and Vera Georgieva Scholokoff.

Valentina went to a school in Japan that was run by both English and French Nuns. She met her future husband, Henry Gardner, who was in the U. S. Army and landed in Yokohama, Japan where they married on November 24, 1946. Upon returning to the United States they settled in Grand Island and together they owned the Island Disposal Service. When they sold the business Henry became a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Grand Island and Valentina went to work for Kenmore Mercy Hospital. When they retired they moved to Wellsville. Valentina was a member of the VFW Post #2530 Ladies Auxiliary, American Legion Post #702 Ladies Auxiliary, and T.O.P.S. # 39 all of Wellsville. Valentina loved to fish and to paint.

She is survived by a son, John (Dorothy)  Gardner of Grand Island; 2 daughters, Suzanna (Fred)  Hoefler of Lawrenceville, GA., and Vera Gardner of Ulysses, PA.; 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren

She was predeceased by her parents and her husband of 64 years.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 12, 2018, from 12 noon to 2 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Wellsville. A service will be held at 2 pm in the funeral home following visitation with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Valentina's name may be made to the VFW Post #2530 Auxiliary, or to the American Legion Post #702 Auxiliary, or to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Robert H. “Bob” McCracken




Wellsville, NY - Robert H. “Bob” McCracken, 81, of 4192B Bolivar Road passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Manor Hills with his family at his side. He was born August 28, 1936 in Wellsville, the son of the late Kenneth and Elizabeth (Sprong) McCracken Sr. On July 5, 1958 in Wellsville he married Deanna Day who predeceased him in 2006.  


Bob was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was employed at the Ice House in Wellsville for one year prior to joining the U.S. Army, where he served from 1956 to 1957. Following his active duty he served with the Army Reserves for another six years. He later worked for Chapman-Burrous in Genesee, PA and Harriger’s Atlantic Service Station in Wellsville. He was a 35 years employee of C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville; retiring in 1995. During those years he was a part time Deputy for the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department for 33 years, a Patrolman for the Town of Willing for 17 years, and was an Instructor for the New York State Division of Fire Prevention and Control. 


He was a 64 year member of the Genesee Hose Company No.5; where he served as President, and Captain. He served as the Fire Chief of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department in 1980 and 1981. He was a life member of the Allegany County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman, a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and the Trinity Lutheran Church. 

He is survived by two daughters, Kelly (Mark) Brennan of Lancaster and Robin (Richard) Spychalski of Albion, three grandchildren, Kevin, and Amanda Brennan and Jessica (Connor) Abraham, one sister, Carole (Stephen) Wells of Wellsville, his companion for the past 10 years, Sina Hallett. and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and Kenneth McCracken Jr.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation at 3:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. William Wilson presiding. Interment with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Genesee Hose Company No. 5, Home Care and Hospice, or the Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Bruce R. Schoenthal

Wellsville, NY - Bruce R. Schoenthal, 79, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, January 20, 2018. He was born February 27, 1938. He is survived by his wife Andrea Schoenthal, a son, Philip A Schoenthal, a daughter, Dawn M. Schoenthal, her husband, Steven B. Foehner, a sister-in-law, Johna Lozinsky, and his faithful kitty, “Companion” Please consider a memorial donation to your local SPCA, in remembrance of Bruce.

Bruce Smalley

Belmont, NY - Bruce Smalley passed away on February 23rd at the Wellsville Manor after a long illness.  Bruce is survived by, Sally, his loving wife of 67 years,  4 children:  Fred (Julie) of Levan, UT; Bob (Laurie) of Houghton, NY; Percillah (Mark) Woodard of Brockport, NY; Carol (Bill) Tompkins of Belmont, NY, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 

Bruce was born in the Belgian Congo to his missionary parents, Ray and Ruth Smalley.  He served his country as a US Navy Corpsman and earned a BS Degree in Animal Husbandry at Michigan State University, where he met the love of his life, Sarah Ann Schaal.  Bruce and Sally married in 1951 and then attended the Hartford Seminary Foundation and the University of Arkansas to prepare for missionary service in the art and science of dry land farming.  

 Bruce and Sally served for 10 years in Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe Africa. While there Bruce helped introduce multiple programs to promote agricultural systems to improve the lives of the people they served.

They returned to the United States with their four children in 1963.  Bruce was hired by Cornell University as a 4H agent serving Erie County, NY, where he was initially tasked to develop the 4H Pilot Program in intercity Buffalo.
In 1972, Bruce and Sally relocated their family to Allegany County.  Here, Bruce served as the Cooperative Extension 4H Agent until his retirement in 1989. 

As an active member of the United Methodist Church in Belmont, Bruce was a dedicated servant of his Lord and Savior.   He was a loving family man with boundless interests.  He was an active leader, member or participant in the Belmont Rotary, Allegany County Bird Club, Compeer Program, Allegany County Fair Board and Youth Council Board.  Bruce was an avid outdoorsman, amateur ornithologist, woodworker and photographer.

Please join us to celebrate Bruce’s life with this family and friends at the United Methodist Church in Belmont on Saturday, March 10th at 11AM, with a reception to follow. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ruth Ella Stisser,

Wellsville, NY - Ruth Ella Stisser, 96, a former resident of 152 Pine Street, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. She was born on September 15, 1921 in Wellsville, the daughter of Charles W. and Dora (Wesche) Ballerstein. On September 28, 1945 in Shinglehouse, PA she married Howard G. Stisser who predeceased her on May 19, 1998. 

Ruth was a 1940 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was employed at the Eclipse Plant in Elmira during WW II. She was a bookkeeper at Citizen’s National Bank in Wellsville from June of 1944 to September of 1945. In February of 1954, Howard and Ruth opened Stisser’s Wallpaper and Paint Store, later renamed Stisser’s Decorators Inc. and moved to 168 N. Main Street. From August of 1981 to December of 1984, Ruth managed Stisser’s Christian Witness Bookstore on E. Fassett Street in Wellsville. 

She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville for most of her life. She also attended the Full Gospel Church in Wellsville for a number of years. She enjoyed knitting, writing poetry and spending time with her family. 

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia (John) Prete of Hornell, two sons, Gerry L. Stisser of Wellsville, and Rev. Lee (Christine) Stisser of Tampa, FL, 12 Grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers, Herman, Erwin, George, and Carl Ballerstein, and four sisters, Louise Coleman, Amanda Jones, Clara Stisser and Helen Short. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be on Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 pm in the Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville, with her son, Rev. Lee Stisser presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donation to the Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.   

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Marjorie G. Clark

Wellsville, NY - Marjorie G. Clark, age 90, of Merriam Heights, passed away peacefully, Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Comfort House of Allegany County after a short illness. She was born on December 8, 1927 in Inavale to Bert and Pearl Keech Burrell.

Marjorie had worked at the Texas Hot, Elmhurst Dairy and for many years she drove a school bus for Scio Central School. She enjoyed telling of the many good memories and stories involving the students.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Clark Donovan (Jim Potter) of Wellsville; a nephew, Jerry (Kathleen) Burrell of Mechanicville; her grandsons, Gregory (Laurie) Donovan and Patrick Donovan; her great grandchildren, Jacob, Olivia, and Nora.

She was predeceased by her longtime companion, Ralph “Bucky” Fanton and her grandson, Marc Donovan.

A private burial took place in Stannards Cemetery and in lieu of flowers please send memorial donations in her name to the Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State Street Wellsville, New York, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vivian Marie Shields

Wellsville, NY - Vivian Marie Shields, age 53, of the Wightman Road passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born in Wellsville on September 25, 1964 to Francis W. and Marge Guston Shields.

Vivian was a long time resident of Wellsville who had graduated from Portville Central High School in 1983. She had worked for the former Hills Department Store in Olean and then for the former Ames Department Store. She became a nurse’s aide and began working at Olean General Hospital then at Cuba Memorial Hospital and later for Highland Park Health Care Center in Wellsville. Vivian later returned to retail sales and worked for the Dollar General in Wellsville. She enjoyed dancing, roller skating, sewing, and crocheting. She had been a member of the Portville Fireman’s Auxiliary and had attended the Faith Bible Church. Vivian always said that her greatest accomplishment in life was her son, Andy.

Survivors include her son, Andy Barrett of Wellsville; her father, Francis W. “Baine” Shields of Portville; 3 brothers, Barry (Becky) Shields of Allegany, Ken (Laura) Shields of Alma, and Carey (Vickie) Shields of Obi; a sister, Bonnie (Mark) Lyman of Cuba; several nieces, nephews, and cousins including Sylvia LaChance who became a close friend and care giver.

She was predeceased by her mother, Marge Shields.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. The Funeral service will take place at the conclusion of calling hours at 2 pm with Pastor David Cook of the Obi Community Church presiding. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery of Portville and memorials in Vivian’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House at 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY. 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.