Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Donald Michael Gould, 75

Elmira, NY - Donald Michael Gould, 75, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born on December 14, 1945 in Penn Yan, NY the son of Michael and Edith (Harrison) Gould. 

Donald was raised in Penn Yan, and was a 1964 graduate of Corning East High School. He served with the United States Army from 1965 to 1968. Upon his discharge, he joined the Welding profession and worked for Schweizer Aircraft in Horseheads, NY. 

He is survived by: a sister, Judy Campanelli of Elmira; a brother, Michael (Dee) Campanelli of Medina, NY; and a nephew. He was predeceased by: his father, Michael Gould; and his mother Edith Campanelli. 

A private graveside service at Bath National Cemetery is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Robert J. Carroll, 91

Shinglehouse, PA - Robert J. Carroll, 91, of Eleven Mile Road, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at home surrounded by his family. He was born April 6, 1930 in Wellsville, NY the son of the late George and Florence (Cooney) Carroll. On October 16, 1954 in Genesee, PA he married Betty Eaton who predeceased him on March 3, 2021. 

Bob was a 1949 graduate of Shinglehouse High School, where he was a member of Future Farmers of America. He began his career with C.E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville in 1949 and retired in 1992. He was a member of St. Theresa's Church in Shinglehouse, and attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.

He is survived by: two daughters, Ann (Steven) Carroll-Lee of Webster, and Nancy (Robert) Weber of Coudersport; two granddaughters, Kim (Jeremy) Grossman of Gaines, PA, and Janel Weber of Coudersport; two great-grandsons, Cole and Reed Grossman; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Guido and Audrey Eaton; a brother-in-law, Max Stuckey Sr., as wells as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by: two brothers, Francis Carroll, and Paul Carroll; and a sister, Phillis Carroll. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at St. Eulalia  Church, 6 Maple Street in Coudersport, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. James Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Kinney, PA. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donors choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

David D. Chilson, 73

Belmont, NY: David D. Chilson, 73, of Baker Valley Road passed away on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. 2021 at the Buffalo VA Hospital. Dave was born April 10, 1948 in Hornell, the son of the late Ernest H. and Lena Mae (Burdick) Chilson. On December 26, 1968, in Belmont, he married the former Meredith McNinch, who survives.

Dave was a 1966 graduate of  Belmont Central High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1966 to 1972, and served in Viet Nam from 1967-1968. Following his military service, he began his career at Alfred State College in 1971, and retired as a Stationary Engineer in 2001. It was then he began working at the Wellsville Campus of Alfred State College as an HVAC Support Staff until 2002. He went back again to the School of Vocational Studies from 2003 until 2020. 

Dave was a member and Past Commander of the Herbert DeLong Post 808 American Legion in Belmont, a member of the Allegany County Viet Nam Veterans Organization, a life member of Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He was the Allegany County Demolition Derby Champ in 1973. “If you need it, he could make it; if you break it, he could fix it!”  

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Meredith, two daughters: Denise Chilson of Victor NY and Jennifer (Sean) McMahon of Penfield NY; seven grandchildren: Gates McMahon, Aidan McMahon, Faith McMahon, Maia McMahon, Emma Chilson-Cline, Christopher Chilson Cline, and Jacob Chilson Cline; and an honorary grandson, Va Thorn, three sisters: Marlene (Steve) Cartwright of Belmont, Diane Groves of Corning, and Carolyn (Dennis) Solo of Hornell; two brothers: Rick (Deborah) Chilson of Belmont and Brian (Renne) Chilson of Michigan; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and two beloved dogs, Nellie and Dulci

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and Thursday, June 3, from 11:00 am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A memorial service will follow visitation Thursday at noon in the funeral home with Pastor Chris Mattison presiding. Burial with full military honors will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Joseph Lynn Mead Sr., 85

Belmont, NY - Joseph Lynn Mead Sr., 85, of Noble Street, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness. He was born in Gainsville, NY in March of 1936, at home on the night of a horrible snowstorm, to the late Galusha Lynn and EllaPauline (Ennis) Mead. On April 19, 1957 in Orlando, FL he married Margaret “Maggie” R. Wilson, with whom he had three children. She predeceased him on August 25, 2014. On September 30, 1978, Joe married Kathleen M Buchheit who predeceased him on May 7, 1998. On June 14, 2003 Joe married the former Laura A. Zema of Hornell, who survives.

Joe started his schooling in a One-Room School House before attending Belmont High School, where he graduated in 1954. During his school years, Joe was active in extracurricular activities, especially the Boy Scouts; where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm, the Scouter's Key, the God and Country Award, and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served four years of active duty and four years in the reserves. While enlisted, he maintained his passion for singing by performing in several churches, clubs, and productions, including three lead roles in Gilbert & Sullivan Operas with the Orlando, FL Symphony Orchestra. He also traveled with the Air Force's “The Flight in Blue” Entertainment Group. After his time in the air force, Joe went to work in the Parts Marketing Department of Worthington Corporation in Wellsville and later the Purchasing Department. Ultimately, he worked for Dresser-Rand for thirty-one years. While working for Dresser-Rand he joined the Navy Reserve in Hornell, and then transferred to the Army Reserve in Wayland, keeping the rank of Staff Sargent (E6) which he had attained from his time in the Air Force. Joe attended Drill Instructor School, where he graduated with honors and was first and oldest in his class, meaning a promotion to Sargent First Class (E7). He was a Drill Sargent for twelve years. His final promotion was to Master Sargent (E8), upon retirement from the Academy, he had served in the Armed Forces a total of 30 years, both active duty and reserve. Outside of his very active careers, he enjoyed hunting, having been to ten different states, Mexico, Canada, and two trips to Africa, to do so. He was a cook at Wellspring Ministry, a Bass singer for the Genesee Valley Chorus, a member of the American Legion posts #702 and #808, the Belmont Rotary Club, The Players, a former member of the Amity Rescue Squad, and he performed in the Wellsville Lion's Club Minstrel Show several times.

Overall, Joe considered himself to have had “a pretty darn good life”. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be dearly missed.

In addition to his wife, Laurie Zema-Mead, Joe is survived by: two sons, Dwayne “Pete” Mead of Belmont, and Michael (Gaye Lea) A.E. Mead of Apopka, FL; a sister, Carol Ann “Sis” Mead of Scio; a mother-in-law Pamela Zema of Hornell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Linda (Fred) Zema-Cagnetto of Goshen, NY, Christopher (Lisa) Zema of St Petersburg, FL, Paul Zema of Nassau, NY and Rosemary (Jason) Waddle, of North Port, FL; five grandchildren, Christina Morris, Lauren Sizemore, Jessica Catapano, Shane Mead, and Sean Mead; three great-grandchildren, Kora Morris, Jeremiah Morris, and Ashley Sizemore; and his best K-9 riding buddy, “Bro Bro”. He was predeceased by a son, Joseph Lynn Mead Jr. on November 8, 2012. 

Friends are invited to call Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 6-8 PM and Friday, May 28, from 12-2 PM at the Belmont United Methodist Church, 7 Park Circle. The funeral will follow visitation Friday at 2PM. Interment with full military honors will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, American Legion Post 808, Belmont, or the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Love Lives On
A life well-lived doesn't end
anymore than music ends . . .
It echoes through time
with whispers of beauty and grace . . .
If we listen,
we can hear the encore
with our hearts,
for the song plays on,
just as love lives on.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Norman P. Miller, 84

Wellsville, NY - Norman P. Miller, 84, of 2852 Larchwood Drive, passed away May 18, 2021 at home with his family at his side. He was born in Olean on December 6, 1936, the son of the late Edwin P. and Beatrice (Jordan) Miller. On August 30, 1957 he married the former Wilda Scott, who survives.

Norm was raised in Portville, and was a 1955 graduate of Portville High School. He began his 35 year career at Air Preheater Company as a welder and retired in 1996 as the Plant Manager. During those years, he was also owner and operator Miller Masonry, where he designed and worked on several projects without the benefit of blueprints. He also helped design and build Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Wellsville Country Club, a former member of the Wellsville Lions Club, and was a passionate beekeeper.  

In addition to his wife, Wilda, he is survived by: a daughter, Mary Lou (Curtis) Lovel, of Chesapeake VA; two sons, Jody (Kathleen) Miller of East Aurora, and Norman “Scott” Miller of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Kimberly (Nat) Wilson, Derek (Stephanie) Lovel, Rachel (Brad) Krajewski, Sarah (Julius Peterson) Miller, Norman P. Miller II, Justin Cutten, and Nathan Cutten; seven great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Rod Cutten, a brother, William Miller; a sister, Carol (Bob) Kordish; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Miller, and Emily Jeanne Swartz; and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by: a daughter, Lisa Cutten on December 19, 2017, and a brother, Richard Miller. 

Friends are invited to call Thursday, May, 20, 2021 from 4-6 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11 AM in the Shepherd of the Valley Church, 4164 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to Shepherd of the Valley Church, or the Hart Comfort House (141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY). To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Monday, May 17, 2021

Scott Dallas Bruner, 62

Olean, NY - It saddens our hearts to announce the sudden passing of Scott Dallas Bruner on May 8, 2021 at age 62. Scott was born on April 10, 1959 in Olean, the son of Harry and Doris (Baldwin) Bruner.

Scott attended the Griffith Institute in Springville, and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He was a “Jack of all trades” and was an excellent salesperson, mostly because of infectious personality. Scott had a loving bond with his nieces and nephews, especially Kyle and Corrie Ahrens of Friendship, and Amber and Larry Snyder of Olean, as well as his many great nieces and nephews. He had no children of this own, but assisted with raising a young man named Brandon Skaggs from Pittsburgh, PA, who he loved like a son. He was also a pet parent to his cats, Frodo and Possum. He co-parented his sister's dog, Willow and his very good friend Ed's dog, Pupino.

He enjoyed spending time with family, working on his motorcycle, and very LOUD music that he shared with the neighborhood in the summer. He was humorous, sensitive, friendly and would take the shirt off his back if needed. We love you Scott.

He is survived by a brother Mark (Paula) Bruner of Bolivar, a sister, Cindy (Bob) Dickerson of Bolivar, two step brothers, Don Taylor of Wellsville, and Vinnie (Sissie) Taylor of Kentucky.

Friends are invited to a celebration and memorial on Sunday May 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Brookside Wesleyan Church, 3456 Andover Road in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit wwwembserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Marilyn Edwards, age 73

Wellsville, NY - Marilyn  Edwards, age 73, passed away on Wednesday May 12, 2021 at the Highland Health Care Center In Wellsville. She was born on December 31, 1947 in Wellsville to the late Franklin and Florence Earl Skillman. She predeceased by her her first husband David “Willie the Wizard” Hullihen on July 16, 1999 and her second husband William Edwards on April 1, 2018.

Marilyn was a life long resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School in 1965 and attended SUNY Geneseo. She was a stay at home mom during the day and worked at Peterson's Drug Store at night and later worked full time for Allegany Abstract. Every year she and her whole family would actively participated in the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally, hosting balloonists and crewing for them. She absolutely loved her grandchildren and enjoyed watching Hallmark movies and would give you the shirt off her back. Marilyn was a member of the “The Way” a religious organization in Rochester. It was through her strong faith that she was able to keep a positive outlook on life during her illness.

Marilyn is survive by 2 daughter, Amanda (Chad) Sibble of Wellsville and Samantha McGee of Jamestown; 4 grandchildren, Logan and Lexi Sibble and Hayden and Megan McGee; 5 sisters, Sheila (William) Greene of Wellsville, Linda Weinreber of Belmont, Sandy (Tim) Aiken of Wellsville, Kathy (Dale) Mills of Fort Edward and Carol Skillman of Belmont; a brother in law, Carl (Kris) Edwards of Limestone; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husbands she was predeceased by a brother Frank Skillman, a nephew Jesse Aaron Dodd and a brother in law Bruce Hullihen.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 14, from 6-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A graveside service with Pastor Dick Helms presiding will be held on Saturday, May 15, at 11 am in Woodlawn Cemetery. The service will be available via Facebook  live stream on the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to either the Allegany County SPCA, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY  14813: or to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.