Monday, January 14, 2019

Arlouine E. Seeley

Belmont, NY - Arlouine E. Seeley, age 92, formerly of Schuyler Street passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 8, 1926 in Buffalo to the late William and Marguerite Denison Allen. On May 27, 1946 in Elmira she married Theodore L. Seeley who predeceased her on February 4, 1965.

Arlouine worked for many businesses including the Belmont Hotel, J.J. Newberrys, Acme Electric, and for ACES in Alfred. She enjoyed a good bingo game and enjoyed interacting and welcoming any new neighbors. She was a 60 year member of the American Legion Post #808 Auxiliary of Belmont and will be remembered as a very proud woman.

Survivors include her son, Theodore “Ted” (Roberta)  Seeley of Belmont; a daughter, Sonya Hand of Belmont; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; 2 sisters, Sandra (James)  Fitzpatrick of Whitesville, Phyllis (Bruce)  Green of Portville; 2 brothers, Ronald (Carol)  Allen of Wellsville, and Duane (Shirley)  Allen of Whitesville; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Ted; a son in law Richard Hand; a great grand daughter; a brother, Richard (Marie)  Allen; a sister, Rachel  (Roger)  Lewis; a brother in law Dennis Grantier; a sister in law Patricia Allen; several  nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arlouine will be buried with her husband in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in her name may be made to the SPCA. To leave on line condolences please visit

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Anna “Anita” M. Foote

 Belmont, NY - Anna “Anita” M. Foote, age 81, of South Street joined her family in Heaven on Friday January 11, 2019. She was born on September 14, 1937 in Trier Germany to the late Nikolaus and Caroline Toelkes Hettinger. On August 25,  1961 in Germany she married George B. Foote who predeceased her on December 17, 1998.

Anita had worked on a US Air Force Base in Germany where she met and later married Airman George  Foote who was stationed there. In 1962 they moved to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and later moved to several different Air Force Bases. After her husband retired from the Air Force they settled in Waldorf Maryland and in 1997 they moved to Belmont. Anita worked hard and was very proud of her US Citizenship and was a devoted military wife and a stay at home mom. When her children had grown she began working at Ames Department Store in Waldorf where she made many friends. While in Belmont she kept busy by bowling, traveling, reading, and entertaining family and her many good friends. Anita was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville and the Amity Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary. She will be remembered as a die hard Washington Redskins Fan!

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Sylvia (Dan Coleman)  McComb of Wellsville and Diana Falcone of Lusby, MD.; 7 grandchildren, George Buchler, Michael Buchler, Amanda Kelley, Mickey Buchler, Jennifer Marth, Katie Mills, and Danny G. Coleman; 12 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews in the United States and Germany including Rita Linton of Las Vegas, NV.; a brother in law Clifford Foote of Rochester and a sister in law Sylvia Hartman of Wellsville.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband George, and her 5 brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 from 6 till 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont and on Wednesday in the funeral home from 11 am till 12 noon at which time a funeral service will take place. The Reverend Bill Willson will preside and burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials in Anita's name may be made to your local SPCA or to the Amity Rescue Squad of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, December 28, 2018

Patricia Anne Reed

Wellsville, NY - Patricia Anne Reed, 82, a former resident of Wellsville, New York passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Sparks Nevada. She was born September 8, 1936 in Wellsville New York the daughter of John C and Frances Piney Mesler Jr. She was married to Roy Lamb for two years and later to Milford Reed for a few years. 

Patricia has resided in the Reno NV area for the past four years with and near her son Perry and his wife. She had formerly resided in Alma, Wellsville, Olean, and Bolivar, NY, Smethport and Port Allegany, PA and Casper WY. She attended grade school in Alma and graduated Wellsville High School in 1955. She was employed at Weston's Shopper City, Olean Tile, the Jaguar Plant in Smethport, as well as numerous jobs in the Casper WY area. 

She was an avid member of the Baptist church. She enjoyed spending time with her children grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed motorcycles with her son. Her true passion was her teddy bear collection which was stunning. 

She is survived by her six children son Perry (Sue) Mesler of Reno NV, daughters, Tammy Edwards of Schenectady NY,  Sherri (Wally) Wasik of McDonald PA, Diane Reed of Sturgeon PA, son, John (Karen) Reed of Port Allegany, PA and daughter Suzanne (Mike) Zimmerman of Newtown CT, 15 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two brothers Norm Mesler of Wellsville and Gary (Diane) Chandler of Casper WY, sister Shirley Green of Wellsville as well as 14 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father John C Mesler Jr. and her mother Frances Pinney Gale Chandler, a brother-in-law Boyd Green Sr and a nephew Jeff Green. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 2, 2018 from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday, January 3 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend William Matthews presiding. She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, December 24, 2018

Mary Lou Hennessy

Wellsville, NY - Mary Lou Hennessy, 91, formerly of Amity Lake passed away on Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Manor Hills in Wellsville with her family at her side, and where she received such loving and compassionate care. She was born February 13, 1927 in Wellsville the daughter of the late, Herbert E. and Helen M. (King) Brundage. On August 20, 1949 in St. Mary's Church in Bolivar she married John J. Hennessy who predeceased her on December 27, 2012. 

Mary Lou cherished her family and was a devoted wife and mother. She was a woman of deep faith, found the good in everyone, and always put others before herself. Throughout her 63 years of marriage to Jack, she was integral to his success hosting business clients both domestically and internationally. She was a strong women who helped keep her family together, hosting reunions and Christmas Eve parties, and putting so much love, care, and detail into everything she did. 
                                                                                                                                                          She is survived by two sons, John (Christine) Hennessy, and Thomas (Kendra) Hennessy,  three daughters, Margaret (Lyle) Nye, Mary (Joseph) Smullin, and Patricia (James) Sanford, 14 grandchildren, John (Malancha) Hennessy, Gregory, and Peter Hennessy, Sarah, Samantha, and Shea Hennessy, Nicole, Jessica, Marissa, and Kathryn Nye, Joshua Smullin, and Kelsey (Alyssa) Smullin, Andrew, and Shannon Sanford, a brother, Richard (Shirley) Brundage, brothers and sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen (Richard) Brunell, Cathleen (Frank) Linnecke, Thomas (Mary) Hennessy, and Agnes (Thomas) Brush, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased in addition to her parents, and husband, by two brothers, Donald, and Herbert Brundage, a sister, Barbara Shaner, brothers and sisters-in-law, Elizabeth (James) Searle, William (Corinne) Hennessy, and James (Mary Ellen) Hennessy

Friends are invited to call on Friday, December 28, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 29, at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the the Hart Comfort House, or the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, December 21, 2018

Louis “Ben” Cornelius

Wellsville, NY - Louis “Ben” Cornelius, 91, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with his family at his side. He was born December 14, 1927 in Alfred, the son of the late Lloyd and Lillian (Fanton) Cornelius. On July 9, 1955 in Elm Valley he married Marilyn Pfohl who survives.

Ben was raised in Alfred and was a 1946 graduate of Alfred-Almond High School. He was a veteran the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953, and served in Germany during the Korean War. He was first employed by the Alfred Telephone Company, and Alfred Atlas Sand and Gravel. In 1956 he began his career as a lineman for New York Telephone in Wellsville and later was an installer until his retirement in 1989. In his retirement he became a partner in East Dyke Depot in Wellsville. He was an avid railroad modeler, and enjoyed kit-bashing the Wellsville, Addison, and Galeton Railroad for his extensive layout.

He was a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW, the Wellsville Moose Lodge No.601, Elks Lodge No.1495, the Wellsville Lions Club, the Wellsville Country Club, and the Trinity Lutheran Church. He and Ron Tomah organized the annual “Indian Open Golf Tournament” at the Wellsville Country Club. In addition to railroad modeling, he enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, and hunting.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Louis “Ben” (Judith) Cornelius, and Bradley Cornelius both of Wellsville, a daughter, Karen Lane of Virginia Beach, VA, six grandchildren, Justin (Kari) Cornelius, Matthew (Diana Gowdy) Cornelius, Brian Lane, Kelly Lane, Joshua Cornelius, and Jacob Cornelius, a sister, Charlotte (Mac) Davis of Lehigh Acres, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a a infant daughter, Sharon, two brothers, Norman Frances, and Donald Cornelius, and a sister, Eleanor Hepworth. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 27, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Friday, December 28 at 10:00 am in the funeral home with Pastor Bill Wilson presiding. Burial with military honors will follow at Alfred Rural Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Lyle D. Rahr

Wellsville, NY - Lyle D. Rahr , age 90, of Franklin Street passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. He was born on March 25, 1928 in Wellsville to the late Harold and Ethel Tait Rahr. On March 6, 1954 in Wellsville he married Mary L. Eymer who predeceased him on December 4, 2008.

Lyle graduated from Wellsville High School and enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1945 serving until 1948. He also served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950 until 1953. He started working at age 13 at Scoville Browns. In his early years he had worked for the Erie Railroad and for L.C. Whitford. He also worked as a meat cutter for several markets including the Nu-Way, and Super Duper. Lyle later retired from Air Preheater as a Expediter. He was a life time member of the American Legion Post #702 and was a proud member of the Military Color Guard. He was a Life Member of the VFW Post #2530, The Elks Lodge #1495, and was a former member of the the Moose lodge # 601. He enjoyed keeping his lawn mowed, gardening, playing cards , and playing Threes.

Survivors include his daughter, Dollie Ward of Scio; a son, Charles (Patti Haley)  McAhon of South Carolina; 2 brothers, Kenneth (Patricia)  Rahr of Hornell, and Jack (Joanie)  Rahr of Belmont; a sister in law, Joanne Rahr of Belmont; 3 grand daughters, Kim(Randy)  Smith, Robin McAhon, and Brandi (Ellis)  Dunn; 8 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; a daughter in law, Carolyn Costello McAhon of South Carolina; several nieces and nephews; and his many good friends including Ron (Jan Hungerford)  Tomah.

He was predeceased by his parents, 2 sisters, Doris Eymer and Myrtle Jackson; a brother, Harold “Tink” Rahr; a daughter in law Dodie McAhon; a son in law, Tim Ward.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 18, 2108, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday in the funeral home at 11 am with Reverend Carl Kemp presiding and burial with full military honors will be held in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials if desired may be made to any of the following, the Hart Comfort House, Allegany County SPCA, the David A. Howe Library, or to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Leon G. Brown

Belmont, NY - Leon G. Brown, age 65, of Cemetery Hill passed away on December 7, 2018, at home. He was born on January 13, 1953 in Lackawanna to the late George and Ruth Odlin Brown.

Leon had lived In Malone and moved to Belmont with his family and graduated from Belmont Central High School. He a a veteran of the US Air Force who loved to hunt and had worked for Arc. Leon was a member of the Growing Stronger Group and was associated with the Office For the Aging. He will be remembered as a quiet man who frequented many Diners.

Leon is survived by several cousins and was predeceased by his parents.

There will be no calling hours or services' and memorials in Leon's name may be made to the Office For the Aging. To leave on line condolences please visit