Monday, November 12, 2018

Daniel L. Dempsey

WHITESVILLE, NY - Daniel L. Dempsey, 69, departed this life with family by his side on Friday, November 9, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. Born on October 24, 1949 in Buffalo, he was the son of John Robert (Rip) and Ethelmarie Lambrix Dempsey and grew up in Bennington, NY. On March 17, 1990 he married the former Susan Hillman in Whitesville where they made their home. Dan was a graduate of Attica High School and SUNY at Fredonia and earned a master’s degree from Alfred University.

As a young man, he enjoyed living in several different places in the United States and worked on residential carpentry crews, bridge construction crews, in retail positions and as a self employed firewood provider. After moving to Shongo in 1986, he established himself as a chainsaw artist who worked on commission and exhibited both wood and stone sculptures at juried art shows in western New York with his favorite being the Allentown Art Festival. He also worked as a substitute teacher in area schools, was an adjunct instructor of English at Alfred State for seven years and taught math and science at Immaculate Conception School for a year. He retired in 2011.

Dan greatly enjoyed family gatherings and was happiest when sharing time with his son Ryan. He enjoyed taking long walks, swimming, skiing, reading about and discussing current events, yakking with his siblings and working on house and yard projects. With hundreds of plantings of trees, bushes and flowers and basic homeowner carpentry and masonry skills, he turned a former pasture into a comfortable home for his family.

Left to greatly miss his constant jokes, improvised songs and goofy sayings (“I hardly ever eat sweets”) are his wife Sue and their son Ryan Dempsey of Rolla, Missouri. Also surviving are siblings Jim Dempsey of San Diego, CA, Terry (Pam) Dempsey of Manassas, VA, Tim Dempsey of Coldwater, MI, John (Zhi) Dempsey of Pittsford, NY, Sheila (Mike Buja) Dempsey of Atlanta, GA, Moira (Jerry) Lichen of Boca Raton, FL and Dan’s twin sister Kathy (John) Maryak of Columbia, MD. He will also be missed by his in-laws Patricia Miller of Angelica and Mike and Eva Hillman of Belfast and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings Tom Dempsey and Mary Ellen Spurgeon.

Friends are invited to join the family for a casual remembrance luncheon to be held from noon to 2 PM on Saturday, November 17th at the Whitesville Fire Hall. 

Memorials made to the Golisano Hope Lodge, 1120 S. Goodman Street, Rochester, NY 14620 or Home Care & Hospice would be greatly appreciated by the family. To leave online condolences, please visit

Sunday, November 4, 2018

C. Ruby Anderson

Bergen, NY - C. Ruby Anderson, age 81, of the Sackett Road passed away on Friday November 2, 2018, in the Premier Genesee Center of Batavia. She was born on July 15, 1937 in Wellsville to the former Louis and Velma Davis Freeman. On April 23, 1977 in LeRoy she married Harold James Anderson Jr. who predeceased her on May 28, 2018

Ruby was a graduate of the Wellsville Central High School who was a former resident of Churchville before making her home in Bergen. She was a self employed beautician who traveled to her customers homes. She enjoyed baking and making candy for her family at Christmas time.

Ruby is survived by a brother, Ronald (June) Freeman of Andover; a sister, Bonita Freeman of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Ruby was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a brother Douglas Freeman, and a sister Shirley Hamilton.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont from 1 pm until 2 pm. The funeral service will take place at 2 pm with Reverend Gene Miller presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in Ruby's name may be made to the Disabled Veterans of America. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, November 2, 2018

Donald “Chris” Haggerty

Wellsville, NY - Donald “Chris” Haggerty of Little Valley, formerly of Wellsville. It is with great sadness that the family of Donald “Chris” Haggerty announces his unexpected passing October 31, 2018. He was born in Libertyville, Illinois on December 27, 1962 to the late Donald W. and Mary C. (Nord) Haggerty. Upon graduating from Lake Forest High School he moved to Jamestown NY.  There he met the love of his life and best friend, Linda Flint. They were married in Jamestown, NY on May 31, 1991.

Chris was a 1989 graduate of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Massachusetts with an AS in Turf Management.  In 1991 he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BS in Integrated Pest Management, a program that was developed especially for him and an accomplishment that he was particularly proud of. 

Chris was a devoted family man, passionate golf course superintendent and loved outdoor activities. Chris’ favorite times were the time he spent with his family on their numerous trips around the country, and the time they spent together camping, boating, skiing and golfing. He was a sports fan who enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears and Cubs,and was always there to support his children as they competed in a multitude of sports, including little league, wrestling and marching band.

From a young age he found a talent working with tools and machinery. From boats, motorcycles, and heavy equipment to woodworking, electronics, and construction, there wasn’t a project he couldn’t complete. He loved a challenge and would never replace something that could be fixed.This served him well in his long career as a Golf Course Superintendent. At the time of his passing he was employed at Elkdale Country Club. He was dedicated to providing an excellent course for them because he felt so welcomed and supported there. Chris was a member of the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America and former member of the Western NY Superintendent’s Association.

In addition to his beloved wife Linda and mother Mary, Chris is survived by his daughter Sarah (Cece Roche) of Colorado, and sons Bradley of Rochester, Scott, Quintin and Ryan of Wellsville. He is also survived by his brother Steven (Caroline) Haggerty of FL, sisters Suzy (PJ) Carroll of IL,and Dana Haggerty of AR, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sister M. Nord Haggerty, brother W. Quint Haggerty and infant daughter Scotti Haggerty. Chris was a man of incredible integrity and he will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Haggerty Children College Fund care of Community Bank Bolivar Road Wellsville or the Sierra Club.

Friends may visit the family at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home on Saturday, November 3rd from 6 pm until 8 pm in Wellsville, NY. A Memorial service will be held at Crosstown Alliance Church Wellsville Campus Sunday, November 4th at 2 pm. To leave online condolances please visit

Judy Hoberg

Belmont, NY - Judy Hoberg of Belmont, NY and Kingsport, TN, joined her loved ones in heaven as her life here on earth ended, and her eternal life in heaven began on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loved ones and family, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on August 21, 1953 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late David and Josephine (Pettinato) Hollister. 
                                                                                                                                                                    Judy was raised in Belmont, NY. She graduated from Belmont Central School, then began a lifelong career in nursing when she obtained her LPN License from B.O.C.E.S. in Belmont, she then obtained her RN from S.U.N.Y Alfred, and later, her Bachelor’s degree from Alfred University. On December 30, 1972 she married Larry Cline, who predeceased her on August 31, 1974. On July 12, 1975 she married Raymond W. Hoberg Jr. who predeceased her on June 7, 2010.  

She is survived by her children; Terri (Steven) Maxwell of Cuba, Darci Hoberg of Belmont, Joseph (Tracy) Hoberg of Angelica, stepson Raymond W. Hoberg III of Lake Charles, LA, and stepdaughter, Karen (Walter) Lauderdale of Carson, CA. grandchildren; Sabrina Marvin-Dougherty of Belmont, Krista (Aaron) Thomas of Reynoldsville, PA, Bryce (Hannah Formanek) Marvin of Curwensville, PA, Ryan Maxwell of Cuba, Christian King, Aubrey and Makenzie Hoberg, of Angelica, Odessa (David) Velez of Cartersville, GA, Jason Hoberg of Galveston, TX, Erik Hoberg of Mentor On The Lake, OH, great grandchildren; Alexia Dougherty, Lakelynn Thomas, and Addilynn Thomas, and was eagerly anticipating the arrival of Sadie Rose Marvin, a half sister, Geraldine Schillinger of Bradford, PA, sisters Margie Dunford of Belmont, Donna Hollister of Greenville, SC, Nancy Ruhl of Wellsville, and Kathy (Dan) Allen of West Clarksville, a sister in law Nancy (Jim) Jarmuz, a brother in law, Dean (Cherry) Perry, sisters in Law, Linda Smith, Lucille (Tim) Callaghan, brother in law, Lynn Cline, sisters in Law, Lois (Ricky) Whitney, Luanne Cline, a former son-in-law, David (Kim) Marvin, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by her husbands, Larrry and Ray, her sisters, Debbie Hollister, and Vicki Hollister-Perry, her brother, David Hollister Jr., her stepson Timothy Hoberg and her in-laws, Raymond and Stella Hoberg, and Wayne and Marge Cline.

Upon her retirement in 2011, she moved to Kingsport, TN, she returned to Belmont, New York.

in July 2018. She volunteered for many organizations throughout the years, she was a nurse for Camp Daydreams/NaCOAra for over 28 years, volunteering her time, talents and many skills to help children enjoy a week away from home, and to see what nature had to offer. She loved spending time with her family, and she shared her love of camping, baking, traveling, and scrap booking. She especially enjoyed camping at Breezy Point Campground, with her dear friend, Charlene Stiles every summer, escaping the Tennessee heat! She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, for over 30 years in Northeastern TN, and Western NY, serving on many mission relief trips after natural disasters struck. She graciously served the Lord on several committees at both the United Methodist Church of Belmont, and Cassidy United Methodist Church in Kingsport, TN where she was an active member until her illness overcame her. She was a member of the Belmont American Legion Auxiliary, Post 808, and a former member of Amity Rescue Squad, as well as several other organizations. She was a true child of God with a servant's heart, helping those in need whenever she was able to, she never met a stranger, and no one ever went away hungry. In her final act of selfless giving, she donated her body to the University of Buffalo for research, and her eyes to the Eye Bank For Sight. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Camp Daydreams Inc 500 Genesee Street Rochester, NY 14611, or the American Red Cross.

The family would like to thank Suzan Alley for her help with many trips to Winston-Salem S.C. for treatment, and to the 2nd floor nurses at Jones Memorial for their wonderful care in Mom's last days here on earth. Memorial donations can be made to Camp Daydreams or the American Red Cross. 

Friends are invited to a celebration of life on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Belmont Methodist Church, 7 Park Circle in Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Shirley A. Benjamin

Belmont, NY - Shirley A. Benjamin, 81, of 4822 Back River Road passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Olean General Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 12, 1936 in Belmont the daughter of the late Gerald and Lillian (Clair) Clark. On July 9, 1955 in Belmont, she married Richard Benjamin who survives.

Shirley was a 1955 graduate of Belmont Central School, and a 1973 graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing. She was a licensed practical nurse at Cuba Memorial Hospital for many years, and later was employed as a bus driver at Genesee Valley Central School from 1993 to 1999. She was also very active with “Dick's Bees” her husband's honey business, which he founded in 1975.

Surviving in addition to her husband is one son, James (Kim) Benjamin of Baker, Florida, two daughters, Vicki (Jeff) Baker of Friendship, and Debra Wilmot of Union Springs, NY 10 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, one brother, Norman Clark of Flower Mound, Texas, a sisters-in-law, Genevieve Clark of Friendship, and as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a two brothers, Raymond and Edward Clark, a son-in-law, Anthony Wilmot, and a sister-in-law, Gloria Clark

Friends are invited to call from on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the Belmont United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in church with Rev. Clara Wilder presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the Belmont United Methodist Church, or Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Marjorie A. Hand

Penn Yan, NY - Marjorie A. Hand, age 89, formerly of Wellsville passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Homestead in Penn Yan. She was born on February 1, 1929 in Batavia to Elmer H. and Myrtle J. Baehre Hunt. She was married to James Hand who predeceased her.

Marjorie was a long time resident of Pleasant Street and later the Wellsville Manor Hills on the Bolivar Road. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School who had worked for Dresser Rand, Air Preheater, and for a time she lived and worked in Arizona. Marjorie was also a self employed florist.  She was raised in the Trinity Lutheran Church and later she attended the former Christian Temple Church. Marjorie was a member of the the American Legion Post #702 Auxiliary of Wellsville who loved playing cards, including bridge, and enjoyed painting at Manor Hills.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Susan D. Hand of Cornville, Arizona, and Nancy (Danny)  Brooks of Penn Yan; a daughter in law, Deb Owen of Wellsville; 4 grandchildren, Tjay (Ruthann)  Mott, Brent Perkins, Kristen (Mark)  Bechara, and Mark Owen; 3 great grand children, Gabrielle, Elias, and Isabella; a brother, Allen Hunt of Wellsville; a sister in law Linda Boundy as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her long time companion, Robert “Bob” Owen, her 2 sons, Ronald and Mark Hand; 2 brothers, Jackie and Raymond Hunt; a sister, June Enos.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Grace United Church on North Main Street in Wellsville on Monday November 5, 2018 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers memorials in Marjorie's name may be made to either the Grace United Church of Wellsville or to the Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 205 North Avenue, Penn Yan, NY.  14527. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Martha “Marty” K. Tezak

Wellsville, NY - Martha “Marty” K. Tezak, 75, of 450 N. Main St, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on Thursday, 18 October 2018 at her home.  She was born in Baltimore, MD, on 11 August 1943 to Martha and James Leyko.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame HS in 1961 and from Villa Julie Junior College in Baltimore in 1964.  She was employed by the Miles & Stockbridge law firm in Baltimore, MD, Chandler & Company investments in Beverly Hills, CA, and served as the Executive Secretary of the Constitution Island Assn at West Point. In addition to her years at Marine Midland Bank and USP&IRA (the military investment company (now known as First Command) in Highland Falls, NY she was Assistant Editor for the Association of Graduates’ (West Point) alumni magazine, Assembly.  She was secretary for the Mohawk Valley Business Women’s Network in Utica, NY.

Her main athletics were annual bowling leagues where her high game and series were 233 and 616, and golfing which included Pinehurst, Pebble Beach and St Andrews in Scotland as well as the annual Member-Guest Tournaments with her daughter Chris sponsored by the Ladies Golf Association of the Wellsville Country Club. She enjoyed skiing at Killington, Lake Placid, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge.  She was also an avid reader and social bridge player.

Marty was Publicity Chairperson for the Monday Club, a women’s interest group, and Treasurer for Hemlock Twig of Jones Memorial Hospital. She was a member of a quilting group affectionately known as the Old Crows, was involved with the Immaculate Conception Church Alter Guild and as the Social Chairperson for the Wellsville Country Club.  At West Point she was a member of the Officers’ Wives Club, worked the Blood Bank and received the Red Cross Volunteer Award.
She traveled all over the United States accompanying her husband to various educational conferences.

She created, owned and operated her own company, MLT Monogramming & Gifts at West Point, Utica and Wellsville NY.  That was her pride and joy for 28 years.  She is survived by her husband Ed, of 52 years, her daughter Christine (Chuck Quinley) and her son Scott (Anne). She was the devoted grandmother of Michael.

Visitation will take place at the J.W. Embser & Sons Funeral Home between 2 and 4 PM and 7 and 9 PM on Thursday, October 25, 2018.  Marty was a devout practicing catholic who took her religion seriously.  Funeral Mass will take place at 11:00 AM Friday, October 26, 2018 in Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.  

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either the Hemlock Twig, Jones Memorial Auxiliary, c/o Caren Gibson, P.O. Box 186, Whitesville, NY 14897 or the Ladies Golf Association Scholarship Fund, Wellsville Country Club, c/o Cindy Haas, 3006 State Route 19, Wellsville NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit,