Friday, January 8, 2021

Joyce E. Watson, 81

Allentown, NY - Joyce E. Watson, 81, of Melvina Street, Allentown passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was born in Olean on November 13, 1939 the daughter of the late Fredrick and Rose (James) Ervin. Though she was born in Olean, after a bit of moving, Joyce settled in Allentown, which is where she considered home. 

For a time, Joyce worked for Eastman Kodak, however, she found her career at Jones Memorial Hospital. For seventeen years Joyce served the community in Jones' house keeping department. Joyce loved bingo, animals (especially her dog “Bo”), and collecting coin banks; she always very much looked forward to The Ham and Leek dinner at the Richburg Fire Department, cook-outs with her family, sitting around the campfire cooking s'mores, and senior center trips to casinos. She was a beloved member of the Brookside Weslyan Church of Wellsville. 

Joyce is survived by: two sons, Rodney Watson of Olean and Jeffrey Watson of Fort Walton Beach, FL; a daughter, Terri Paiz of Oak Harbor, WA; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Gene Schram of Allentown; a sister-in-law Joyce Ervin of FL; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend Robert Mitchell. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by: two daughters, Diane McCaffery and Sandra Prentice; a great grandchild, Sarah Paiz; a brother, Thomas Ervin; and a sister Mary Schram. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 11, 2021 to the J.W. Embser Son Funeral Home in Wellsville, NY (34 West State Street) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Joyce's funeral service will follow visitation at 1:00pm with Rev. William Lawson presiding. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will also be live streamed to the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. Burial will take place in Maple Lawn Cemetery, in Bolivar. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to The SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit, www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Donald G. Weber, 92

 Wellsville, NY - Donald G. Weber, 92, of South Main Street, Wellsville, passed away at home on Monday, January 4, 2021. He was born in Wellsville on October 5, 1928 the son of the late William K. and Florence (Barlow) Weber. On December 28, 1946 he married his wife, Virginia Loring Benjamin, who predeceased him on August 30, 1989. 

 He was a long time employee of Air Preheater, he began his career there in 1947 and retired in 1986. 

Don is survived by: Three children, Melody Weber, Thomas Weber, and Ralph Weber; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Tillotson, Michelle Vogeli, Curran Weber, Lauren Sedler, Elise Weber, Alicia Weber, and Tessa Weber; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Weber; and several nieces and nephews. 

Don was predeceased by his parents, his wife of forty-three years Virginia, a brother William Weber and, a sister Marilyn Perkins.

  In keeping with Don's wishes there will be no services and burial will take place in Hillside Cemetery in Andover. Memorial's in Don's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit, www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Christopher E. Emerson, 72

Wellsville, NY - Christopher E. Emerson, 72, of South Brooklyn Avenue passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Wellsville, NY, on March 18, 1948 the son of  the late Eslie L. and Carla (Anderson) Emerson.

Chris was a 1966 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a longtime employee at the Allegany Arc where he worked as a purchasing agent and supervisor, and retired in 2018. Chris was involved in his community: he was a lifetime member and past governor of The Wellsville Moose Lodge 601; a life member of the Frank B. Church VFW 2530 Auxiliary; and a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 702. He enjoyed golfing, was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Christopher is survived by: his nephew, Alan (Yvonne) Emerson of Shongo; great-nieces, Nora Emerson of Shongo, and Grace Emerson serving with the United State Air Force; sister-in-law Doris Emerson of Genesee, PA; and many beloved friends. He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by: two brothers, Lee and Van Emerson. 

A graveside service and celebration of life for Christopher is being planned for the Spring of 2021. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. In lieu of flowers,  please consider memorial donations to The Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Raymond Martin McQueen, 86

Wellsville, NY - Raymond Martin McQueen, 86, resident of Manor Hills, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Highland Park Health Care Center after a two month battle with Covid. He was born on August 29, 1934 in Scio, the son (and only child of) Martin and Genevieve McQueen. 

Ray grew up in Scio, and attended Scio Central School. While in school he played soccer and basketball. After graduating, in January of 1953, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he was stationed at Ramey Air Force Base in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. That was where he met his future wife, Rafaela and step-daughter Ana. They were married in the beautiful and romantic city of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. While stationed in Puerto Rice, they had a daughter – Cindy. Ray continued to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard until October of 1961. 

After his honorable discharge, Ray and his family relocated to Scio, and then moved to Wellsville. Ray temporarily drove trucks for Benjamin Smith until he began his career with the Wellsville Police Department in 1961. In May of 1972, Ray enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve and was assigned to be the local U.S. Navy Recruiter for the Wellsville area, where he recruited several young men. In 1984 he reenlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard out of Hornell Armory and served for six years. In the Summer of 1986, he retired from Wellsville P.D. after twenty-five years of service where had been known and loved by many. After his retirement, Ray then went to work as a courier for Fleet Bank, and served as a parking attendant for Jones Memorial Hospital. 

Once Rafaela retired, they began spending summers at Clute Park on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen, NY. They spent over twenty summers there enjoying the company of their family and many friends. Their grandsons recall many of their childhood memories with “Nana” and “Papa” in Watkins Glen. Their deck was also the spot to gather for morning coffee and a laugh or two to start the day. Ray had a great sense of humor and was always good for a joke. The couple also spent some winter months in Puerto Rico where they enjoyed many happy times with family and friends. 

Ray was a member of the American Legion, and of the Elks in Wellsville and Watkins Glen. In earlier years he had been a member of Duke Hose Co. He loved turkey and deer hunting and also loved fishing at Sandy Pond on Lake Ontario. He was a true Bills and Sabres fan; he also loved baseball and enjoyed routing for any team that was playing the Yankees! Ray and Rafaela loved watching their grandsons, Calvin and Mario, play hockey for the Olean Arrows and never missed a game as the boys' biggest fans. 

Ray is survived by: two daughters, Cindy (Rand) Rocchio of Wellsville, and Ana (Jorge) Ramos of Carolina, Puerto Rico; four grandsons, Georgie (Yadira) Ramos of Dover, DE, Joksan Ramos of Condado, Puerto Rico, Calvin Rocchio of Berkeley, CA, and Mario Rocchio of Rochester, NY; two great-grandaughters, Yadiana and Yanialis of Dover, DE; and several cousins. Ray will remain in our hearts as a very devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. 

A memorial service is not being planned at this time due to Covid restrictions and the distance of family, although one may be announced at a future date. Please consider memorial donations to the Bath V.A. Voluntary Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tammy Thomas

Lockport NY - Tammy Thomas, formally of Lockport New York, passed away December 17th 2020. 

She was a 1986 graduate of Newfane High School. After moving to Birmingham, Alabama she obtained her paramedic license from University of Alabama and worked as a paramedic, dispatcher, and also a field instructor for the EMT program. She later earned her nursing degree from Jefferson State College. Tammy is survived by her parents James and Doris Thomas, husband Dennis Long, brother Richard, and sister Barbara; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews.

Tammy’s natural gift as a health care worker was evident as early as high school while working at the Odd Fellow Rebekah Nursing home where she would visit with residents outside of her shifts, and even had been known to bring residents home for the holidays if they did not have family close by. She shined as a paramedic with her ability to remain calm and calm others in emergency situations. Her co-workers remember her not just as a great paramedic but a dedicated team leader and instructor. Later as a nurse she was recognized as being conscientious in serving her patients with dignity, respect, and true compassion and was the source of strength not just for her patients, but for their families. She will be truly missed.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Direct Relief Fund to support COVID front line health care workers. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, December 28, 2020

Rheba Lamar Vincent Rigas, 91

Wellsville, NY - Rheba Lamar Vincent Rigas, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Christmas day, 2020.

She was born on July 3, 1929, the daughter of Hugh and Leona (Coyle) Vincent.

Rheba attended Saint Elizabeth’s Motherhouse Private School in Allegheny New York and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947 where she made many friends.  Rheba enjoyed working at Bell Telephone in Wellsville until she married.  

On November 25, 1951, Rheba married Constantine (Gus) Rigas in Wellsville and together they raised five children.  In addition, she selflessly cared for many of her aging relatives and was always looking out for others.  Rheba had a heart of gold and made sure that her children’s friends were always welcomed into their home.   

In 1981, Rheba and Gus moved to Florida and opened the Green Onion Restaurant.  Rheba was an avid golfer and belonged to the Wellsville, Imperial, Quail Creek, and Naples Country Clubs.  As a member of those clubs, Rheba organized many social gatherings and events and made many lifelong friends. She also enjoyed supporting Gus, who was the Chairman of the Allegany County Democratic Committee, by hosting parties for many local, regional and national democratic candidates.  She most enjoyed hosting get-togethers for her family and friends, especially during the holidays.  Rheba had a very special bond with her “bridge club gang” and their families, creating remarkable lifelong memories.

Rheba was an active volunteer throughout her life and started Meals-On-Wheels in Allegany County.   She meticulously maintained four properties, two in New York and two in Florida.  Rheba loved doing yardwork and spent countless hours weeding and planting flowers.  She always remembered special occasions, birthdays, and anniversaries of her family and many friends. 

Rheba is pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Gus, her sisters-in-law Mary Hastas and Doris Rigas, brothers-in-law James Hastas and William Pallas, and her daughter-in-law Aileen Rigas.

Rheba was very proud of and loved to talk about her very large family, especially since she was raised an only child.  She is survived by her two step-sisters, Sandra (Sid) Cleveland and Marilyn (Louie) Gordon, step-brother Roger Vincent, brother-in-law John J. Rigas, sister-in-law Katherine R. Pallas, and children, son James R. Rigas, daughter Diana R. (Steven) Pease, son John C. (Cheryl) Rigas, daughter Katherine C. (Philip) Chin, and son Christopher C. (Elizabeth) Rigas, and grandsons Andrew, James, Timothy, Alexander, William, Jamie, Paul and Nial, granddaughters Jennifer, Liz, Kerry, Sara, Erica, Katie, Anne, Eleni and Dina, and great-grandchildren Travis, Andrew, Kelsey, Mia, Shirlyn, Felicity, Lexi, Hendrick, Shiree, Natalie, Adam, Angela, Luke, Ellington, Brayson, Theo, Maddox and Sophie.

There will be a private burial service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Scio.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wellsville Central School Gus Rigas Scholarship Fund, to be presented each year to a Wellsville High School graduate.To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, December 26, 2020

Eugene E. Cedruly, 91

Wellsville, NY - Eugene E. Cedruly, 91, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2020 at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY. He was born on January 16, 1929 in Harrisburg, PA the son of the late Harry Ernesto and Eva (Spina) Cedruly. On December 30, 1950, in Wellsville, he married Norma Crowner who survives. 

Gene was a 1946 graduate of Orchard Park High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and honorably served his country in Korea. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree, and with a Master’s degree from Alfred University. He was employed by the Hornell City School District as a science teacher and guidance counselor for 31 years, retiring in 1991. 

In addition to his wife Norma, he is survived by: a brother, Raymond Cedruly of Rochester, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his daughter, Regina Ann in 1978. 

A private graveside service and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church, 17 Maple Avenue Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.