Thursday, April 1, 2021

Valerie J. Guardino, 88

 Little Genesee, NY - Valerie J. Guardino, 88, of Willow Brook Road, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on April 3, 1932 in Harrisburg, PA, the daughter of the late Reginald and Leone (Russell) Merritt.

Arrangements are under the direction of J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY. To leave online condolences please visit

Richard Maurice Walchli, 86

Warren, PA - Richard Maurice Walchli, 86, of Kinzua Road, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Hamot Trauma Center in Erie, PA. He was born April 11, 1934 in Warren the son of the late Hans Walter and Zada Estez (Brands) Walchli. On September 10, Richard Maurice Walchli, 861960 in Linthicum, MD he married Marlene Glatzel, who survives. 

Richard was a former resident of California, MD, Dayton, OH, New London, CT, Baltimore, MD, and Clarendon, PA. He was a 1952 graduate of Warren High School, a 1956 graduate of Penn State University, and earned a Master's Degree in Engineering from Connecticut College in 1964.  

Prior to being employed by the Department of the Navy, Richard worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau and also served a tour with the United States Air Force as a tactical fighter pilot. He flew the F86 and F84 fighter jets for the Maryland Air National Guard and the Ohio Air National Guard. 

In November 1970, he served as a Human Factors Project Engineer at the U. S. Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD, and in 1974, he became head of the Human Factors Section. In 1981, he became Chief Engineer of the Aircrew System Department. In 1984, he became the Human Factors Consultant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.  In 1991, he served as program manager for the Ground Proximity Warning System development for TACAIR aircraft. He retired from the Department of the Navy in 1993. 

October 1,1993, Richard began his full-time pleasures of fishing and boating in the Chesapeake Bay, and hunting and hiking from his log-cabin in the Allegheny National Forest - life was good! 

In addition to wife, Richard is survived by a brother, Harold E. Walchli of Gibsonia, PA, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: two brothers, Raymond W. Walchli, and Randall B. Walchli, and a sister, Elizabeth, Walchli. 

A private graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to The Toy Shoppe of Warren, % Penn Soil RC&D, 4000 Conewango Avenue, Warren, PA 16365, ATTN: Wes Ramsey To leave online condolences please visit 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Donald E. “Don” Temple, 80

Wellsville, NY - Donald E. “Don” Temple, 80, of Kenyon Road passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 8, 1940 in Wellsville at Jones Memorial, the son of the late H. Lyle and Ednamae (McHenry) Temple. On September 30, 1974 at St. John's Catholic Church in Whitesville he married Mary Ann Ellison, who predeceased him on November 13, 2019. 

Don was a former resident of Stannards and a longtime resident of Whitesville. He was a 1958 graduate from Wellsville High School, and then attended Washington Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. He was in a band called “The Don Temple Trio” which led to him meeting the love of his life, Mary Ann. He worked for Tennessee Gas in Coudersport, PA. After moving on from Tennessee Gas, he traveled with Mary Ann for fifteen years across the country in their fifth-wheel while also working as an independent third-party welding inspector on pipe lines. Once their travels had to end, he faithfully visited his wife daily in the nursing home until her passing. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing (especially in Florida winters for the last seventeen years). He also very much enjoyed gardening, having vegetable gardens around the house, and then strawberry and apple orchards in Whitesville. 

He is survived by: two sons, Bernie (Edie Jo) Seligman of Genesee, PA, and Bradley (Julie) Seligman of Monroe, NC; a daughter, Rhonda (Peter) Seligman-Salchow of Sarasota, FL; a grandson, Aidan Seligman; two sisters, Brenda (Dan) Gill, and Diane (Jim) Jones; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Don was predeceased by: a brother, David Temple; a sister, Sylvia Marsh; and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 11am to 1pm with a funeral service to follow, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 West State Street). Burial will take place in Whitesville Rural Cemetery with Celebrant Kathy Timpano presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Linda L. Mattison, 72

Wellsville, NY - Linda L. Mattison, 72, of 23 North Main Street died on Thursday, March 25, 2021 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born June 19, 1948 in Wellsville the daughter of Gerald and Dorothy (Reynolds) Mills. On August 15, 1992 in Wellsville she married Darius C. Mattison who survives.

Linda was raised in the Bolivar/Allentown area, and was a graduate of Bolivar High School. After raising her family, she became a Licensed Practical Nurse, and was formerly employed at Founders Pavilion in Corning, and later transitioned to a private home healthcare provider, a career she dearly loved. She also worked for Ulysses Woodcraft and the Allegany County Department of Social Services. She enjoyed playing Bingo and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Darius are four children, Darien (Robin) Mattison, Dawn Allen, Danny Mattison, and Dale (Anita) Mattison, nine grandchildren, Darien Shane Mattison, Mikayla Mattison, Nikki Lee Sortore, Anthony Mattison, Danny Mattison Jr., Ashley Mattison, Helen Newman Davis, Felicity Hunter Mattison, and Ayden Michael Mattison, 12 great grandchildren, a brother, Jerry Mills, a sister, Judy (Terry) Clark, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Darius Mattison, a brother, Roger Mills, and a sister, Audrey Mills.

A private celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Herbert C. Vaughn, 86

Wellsville, NY - Herbert C. Vaughn, 86, of 3052 Madison Hill Road passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Highland Park Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was born July 1, 1934 in Wellsville, the son of the late Herbert M. and Mary (Clark) Vaughn. On November 24, 1954 in Wellsville he married Mary L. McCracken who predeceased him on January 4, 2007.

Herb was raised in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a veteran serving with the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He was formerly employed at Carter's Hardware in Wellsville, and for many years with Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville. He was a member of the Dyke Street Engine Company # 2, the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702, the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, and was a member and past president of WASPS (Wellsville Area Small Plane Society).

He is survived by: a brother, Ralph (Jean) Vaughn of Scio; a sister, Patricia Mickle of Wellsville; a cousin, Gary Holland;as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by: a brother-in-law, James Mickle in 1991; and a niece, Sharon Joy Vaughn in 1978.

Friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Esther N. Wyckoff Moultrup, 92

Scio, NY - Esther N. Wyckoff Moultrup, 92, of Wolf Spring Road passed away peacefully at home on March 22, 2021,surrounded by her daughters. She was born July 29, 1928 in Scio, to Ernest and Agnes (Ost) Jackson.

Esther was a lifelong resident of Scio, and worked as a waitress at the Modern Diner and The Village Coffee Shop, as well as a bartender at Charlie’s Restaurant and Bierman’s. She was a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, and a member of the Scio Volunteer Fire Department, Hose Company # 2.

On August 21st, 2005, she married Norman H. Moultrup in an intimate ceremony full of celebration for the love they shared for over 20 years. Norman and Esther loved listening to music and going on dates to dance the night away with their many country music friends. Norman predeceased Esther in June of 2006 but was carried very closely in her heart every day since.

Esther is survived by: her three daughters, Betty Jo (Rick) Moultrup of Allentown, Patricia (Robert) Stannard of Scio, and Virginia Elliott of Wellsville; a son, Jason (Ashley) Moultrup of Belfast; a son-in-law Bruce Guinnip of Scio; and daughter-in-law Karen Wyckoff of Geneva. She was a grandmother to fourteen; Tara, Sandy, Rickie, Michael, Laceanne, Daniel, David, Andrew, Crystal, Reggie, Christopher, Samantha, Carly, and Emma. Her grandchildren were always a source of pride for Esther, she loved baking for her grandchildren as well as challenging them to a game of Rummy. She was proudly great-grandmother to eighteen.

Esther is survived by her brother Ronald (Sue) Jackson of Delevan, sisters Linda Rix of Scio, and Sandra (Willis) Duell of Singlehouse, PA. She was Aunt Esther to 46. Esther is predeceased by her daughter Dorothy Guinnip; and son, Edward Wyckoff. She was also predeceased by: two brothers, Ernest Jackson and Robert Jackson; as well as five sisters, Cora Kinnicut, Ernestine Haynes, Beverly Brown, Audrey Jean Jackson, and Betty Marie Jackson.

There was never a time you weren’t welcome at Esther and Norman’s home and you could be sure it would be decorated for the season. We are comforted that she is at peace and has joined the sides of her family, especially Norman, Dotsie and Eddie. She will be forever loved and will now be carried closely in all of our hearts.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 11:00 to 2:00 pm at J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will  follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Knight’s Creek Cemetery in Scio. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to: Hearts for ALS, PO Box 10593, Rochester, NY, or the Scio Fire Department Hose Company #2. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, March 19, 2021

Lee J. Merrick, 95

Wellsville, NY - Lee J. Merrick, 95, of Andover Road, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. He was born the son of the late Lee H. and Ida Mae (Gibson) Merrick on May 1, 1925 in Wellsville. On October 25, 1947 he married his wife of seventy-three years, Ruth E. Allen, who predeceased him on February 4, 2021. 

Lee was a true character. He was a long time resident of Wellsville, who lived in Orlando, FL for a time before moving back to Wellsville for the last fifteen years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and served from 1943 – 1946. He was also a member of the Cardinal Pistol Club, and a life member of the NRA. He won the NYS indoor Pistol championship two years in a row but also shot and won at Camp Perry. He owned and flew his own airplane at the Wellsville Municipal Airport on Bolivar Road. Professionally, Lee owned and operated Lee's Hodaka on the Andover Road, his store would later be called Lee's Guns and Ammo. He also worked as an Engineer at Air Preheater, he held many patents and worked on many government projects, including NASA, retiring in the early 1980s. In his early days he enjoyed driving and working on race cars, and raced on Fair Street, and in Cuba. He also enjoyed coin collecting, boating –  even owned several on Lake Erie and (later) in Florida. He was a member of the American Legion Post #702 and Wellsville Moose Lodge #601, and the Odd Fellows. 

He is survived by: four children, William Merrick of Wellsville, Sandra Merrick of Wellsville, Carol (Joseph) Schweigart of Bolivar, and Lisa (Paul) Rowe of Wellsville; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Charles (Susan) Allen of Lima, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by: three sisters; and two brothers. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit