Friday, January 14, 2022

Daniel L. Gleason, 80

Crossville, TN – Daniel L. Gleason, 80, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2022 at Advent Health in Ocala, Florida following a brief illness. He was born in Bolivar, NY on July 31, 1941 the son of the late Burdette and Mary (Kalkhof) Gleason. On September 6, 1962 in Olean he married his wife of 49 years, Patricia Piper, who predeceased him on April 13, 2012. 

 Dan graduated from Wellsville high school in 1959. He was the plant manager for McCulloch Mite-E-Lite in Wellsville until it was sold to Black & Decker. He then founded Employee Services in 1983. The organization began as a program that assisted employees who were struggling with substance abuse to get proper treatment and retain their employment. In 1985, Employee Services was incorporated, increasing services to include assistance for behavioral health, mental health, substance abuse, and financial and legal problems. Under Dan’s leadership, the company grew while helping thousands of employees across the country and into Canada. Today, Employee Services helps tens of thousands of employees each year and is one of the nation's most comprehensive employee assistance programs.

Dan sold Employee Services Inc. and retired in 2001, splitting his time between Crossville, Tennessee and Ocala, Florida. An active athlete who also appreciated the arts. Dan enjoyed hiking, swimming, biking, playing cards with friends and attending plays at the Cumberland County Playhouse. He was also an avid pickle-ball player who loved competition.

He is survived by: a brother, William (Beverly) Gleason; a sister, Jane (Dan) Hartman; a son, Lance (Marlene) Gleason; two grandchildren, Amanda (Brian) Preston and Steven Frungillo Jr.; six great-grandchildren, Serena (Damien) DaHill, Collin, Benjamin, Alexis, Brynn & Lydia Preston; a son-in-law, Steven Frungillo Sr.; and a dear friend, Cara White. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by: a daughter, Melinda Frungillo; and a sister, Gail. 

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville, NY. A celebration of life is being planned, and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany Counsel on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, 3084 Trapping Brook Road, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

David H. Garwood, 71

Wellsville, NY – David H. Garwood, 71, left this Earth into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at his residence in Wellsville. He was born in Warsaw on Febraury 12, 1950 the son of the late Gerald A. Sr. and Faith (Oliver) Garwood. 

Upon graduating from Wellsville High School in 1968, Dave answered the call of duty witht eh United States Army. He began with his basic training at Fort Dix in New Jersey, and then infantry training school in Fort Benning of Georgia. Once his training was complete he was deployed to Vietnam where he served his tour with the 101st Airborne Division. On his last mission, David was leading point when his squad was ambushed, and during the ensuing firefight he was injured and subsequently evacuated back to the United States where he served out the remainder of his service at Ford Ord in California. Before his Honorable Discharge, he earned several awards including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with V Device 2 O/S Bars, the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle M16 distinction, the First Calss Gernade, and the Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle M14 distinction. 

Following his military service Dave worked in construction in Pennsylvania with his father, and later returned to his hometown of Wellsville, where he lived out the remainder of his life as a faithful friend to those who knew him, a familiar icon and face to residents around town where he took his daily walks. He will be missed by his family, friends, and many in the community. The family wishes to thank those who have come forward with condolences and their “Dave” stories. 

He is survived by: three brothers, Gerry (Kathleen) Garwood of Goleta, CA, Kevin (Kandra) Garwood of Placerville, CA, and Lon (Ji Young) Garwood of Seoul, South Korea; several nieces and nephews, Buzz (Heather) Garwood, Tom (Yetta) Garwood, Maggie (Chris) Graham, Abby (Aaron) Swaney, Jade (Matt) Monarski, Garrett (Lindsey) Garwood, Sharon (Brian) Robinson, and Jason Garwood; dozens of cousins, grand-nephews, and grand-nieces. He was predeceased by his parents. 

A graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery is being planned for the Spring with a reception to follow with family, friends, and acquaintances welcome to join and share stories. Details will be announced at a later date. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Philip A. “Sam” Wood, 69

Scio, NY - Philip A. “Sam” Wood, 69, formerly of the Fish Road, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born August 11, 1952 in Olean, the son of  the late Carlton and Isobel (Hurd) Wood. 

Sam was raised in Bolivar. He was formerly employed by Allegany Arc and the Rehabilitation Center in Allegany. He enjoyed camping, watching television, listening to his radio, and watching the local dirt track races. 

He is survived by: his step-mother, Geraldine Wood of Bolivar; three brothers, Dale Wood of Texas, Merle Wood of Colorado, and Bruce (Amy) Wood of Iowa; a sister, Brenda (Roger) Olmstead of Olean; two step-brothers, Jim (Kathy) Smith of Tennessee, and David (Kathi) Smith of New Jersey; three step-sisters, Linda (Skip) Benjamin of Bolivar, Carol Perrin of Florida and Nancy Borrino of Webster; a special adoptive family, Frank White, Linda Jones, along with Frank’s children Tracy Beckman, Crissy (Eric Spangenberg) White, and Frank (April) White, and his caregiver, Ashley Prince. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: a step brother, Tom Smith; and a special friend, Dawn White.

A celebration of life is being planned for at a later date. Burial will be in Maplelawn Cemetery in Bolivar. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany–Steuben Arc. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Ronald P. Conley, 47

Scio, NY – Ronald P. Conley, 47, of Snowball Hollow Road, passed away on Friday, January 7, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born in Hornell on January 21, 1974 the son of Gerrald Sr. and Linda Conley.

Ron grew up in Hornell and was a 22-year employee of Saputo Dairys in Friendship who was000 part of the local Teamsters Union. He had a great sense of humor, loving to pull pranks on his friends (especially at work) and getting a raise out of anyone. He was an avid Vikings fan, but enjoyed watching sports on both the Pro and College levels, even making bets with his friends. He was an outdoors-man who fished, but also particularly cared for bird watching and trying to out-smart the bears and squirrels. 

He is survived by: his fiance, Tessie Keller of Scio; two daughters, Alexis and Destiny Conley, both of Wellsville; his mother, of Scio; Tessie’s children, Tabitha Bledsoe, Andrew Bledsoe and Brian Green; three brothers, Kenneth (Jeanie) Conley of Pennsylvania, William (Beth) Conley of Friendship, and Tim (Emmy) Conley of Hornell; three sisters, Mary (Mike Buchholz) Slater of Rexville, Sharlene Conley of Rexville, and Jennifer Conley of Hornell; a sister-in-law, Robin Henry Conley of Arkport; many aunts, uncles, and cousins; several nieces and nephews, including Makenna Fanton and Alexa Carl; and Tonka, his constant, four-legged companion. He was predeceased by: his father, Gerrald; and a brother, Gerrald “Skip” Conley Jr. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 6 – 8 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, January 10, 2022

Michael “Kevin” Young, 63

Belmont – Michael “Kevin” Young, 63, of Milton Street, passed away on January 9, 2022 at Absolute Care in Houghton. He was born in Wellsville, on July 2, 1958 the son of Leon and Helen (Howden) Young. On October 19, 1996 in Belmont he married his wife of 25 years, Frances Griswood.

Kevin was a long-time resident of Belmont who graduated from Belmont Central High School. He worked for Jack Winterhalter at Laidlaw’s and helped on Jack’s farm. Kevin later went to work for the Village of Belmont as the sewer plant operator. In his younger years he spent a great deal of time on Amity Lake. He loved to fish there and worked with his Dad on many projects for Cliff Button. He was a long time active member of the Belmont Fire Department, and was a social member of the Belmont American Legion Post 808 where he could be found cooking chicken BBQs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and took several out-of-state hunting trips. Kevin will be remembered for his love of his grand and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by, in addition to his wife Fran: his mother, Helen; a daughter, Cass (Jason) Stone of Angelica; a step-daughter, Jennifer White of Belmont; six grandchildren, Mya White, Jordan White-Phipps, Madolyn Young, Carsen White-Phipps, Scarlett Stone, Jaxson White-Bartholomew; a great-grandson, Grayson Cline; two brothers, Dennis (Kristine) Young of Belmont, and Randy (Carrie) Young of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Leon, in 1996.


Friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 13, 2022 from 2 - 4 PM in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. His funeral will follow at 4 PM with Reverend Stephen Crowell presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Spring. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany Cancer Services, Amity Rescue Squad, or the Belmont Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Patricia Louise Elliott, 88

Alfred, NY - Patricia Louise Elliott, age 88, formerly of Ithaca, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at Highland Park rehabilitation in Wellsville, NY.  Pat was born October 12, 1933 in Elizabeth, NJ to the late Luther and Lydia Turner.  Pat was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Charles E. Elliott, her stepmother Ruth Turner, sister Karen Adornetto, and her brother William B. Turner

Pat married Charles in September of 1955, and she was a devoted wife and mother to her family.  She worked a variety of jobs after graduating from Juniata College with a degree in chemistry culminating in her work at Cornell University’s Molecular Biology and Genetics lab as a lab technician. 

Pat had an adventurous spirit.  She was a spelunker in college, traveled to India with her young family in the 60s and took flight lessons before her youngest son was born. Never one to be idle, she loved to garden, often harvesting and canning the fruits of her labor, baking amazing desserts, knitting Icelandic sweaters and reading, she even tried down hill skiing after her final child.  Every year she looked forward to planting her garden at the Cornell gardens and eventually served on the garden committee for several years. She also loved to raise exotic orchids.

She is survived by her children; daughter Katy and sons Chas (Carol) Elliott of Alfred Station, NY, Bill (Holly) Elliott of Graham WA and John (Beth) Elliott of Warrenton, VA.; her sister Ellen Nolan and, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Her family will hold a private celebration of life at a later date. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Thea Marie Ackerman, 68

Wellsville, NY - Thea Marie Ackerman, 68, of 145 East Genesee Street, passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her husband and pastor at her side. She was born March 2, 1953 in Hornell, the daughter of Melvin D. and Rose Marie (Skillman) Hubbard. On February 14, 1976 in Wellsville, she married her husband of 45 years, Charles Edward Ackerman, who survives.

Thea was raised in Scio and was a 1971 graduate of Scio Central School. She was also a graduate of CCBI in Syracuse, and the Elohim Bible Institute in Castile. As a teenager, she was employed as a secretary for Youth for Christ. She would later be employed by Robeson Cutlery in Perry, Jones Memorial Hospital as a secretary for 24 years, and Allegany Arc as a secretary for 11 years, retiring in 2015. She was a member of the Crosstown Alliance Church, (previously Christian Missionary Alliance), a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Mulberry Twig. She was a very loving and compassionate person who spent her time caring for others. Her memory will continue in the hearts of all who loved her.

In addition to Charles, she is survived by: a sister, Marlee Rose (Tony) Conti of Las Vegas, NV; two nephews, Scott and Thomas Young; and a large extended family on her mother’s side.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Crosstown Alliance Church in Wellsville. The funeral will follow at 1:00 pm in church with Pastor Jon Schink presiding. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Crosstown Alliance Church, 450 N. Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895 To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.