Saturday, August 6, 2022

Reverend Carol Anne Schweigart, 66

Bolivar, NY – Reverend Carol Anne Schweigart, 66, of Bolivar passed away at home surrounded by her family on Friday, August 5, 2022. She was born on November 29, 1955 in Wellsville to the late Lee and Ruth (Allen) Merrick. On August 22, 1981 in the First Baptist Church of Andover she married Joseph Schweigart who survives.

Carol was a 1973 graduate of Andover Central School. Upon graduating, she began a career in medical office management, starting with the Rural Management Associates in Andover. She then became a stay at home mother to raise her family. She later returned to work in several local medical offices including Dr. Edmonston’s practice until 2018. Carol was an ordained minister of the Wesleyan Church in 2005 and served as Assistant Pastor to the Brookside Wesleyan Church of Wellsville. Carol started and ran the CafĂ© Jacob in Bolivar and retired due health Issues in March 2018.

Surviving besides her husband are 5 daughters, Jennifer (Jeremy Monz) Schiffer of Shohola, PA., Melissa (Raymond) Miller of St. Augustine, FL., Christie (Eric) Barton of Amherst, Elizabeth (Nicholas) Mesler of Cheektowaga and Sarah (Adam) Turner of Norfolk, VA.; a son Jon (Grace Franco) Schweigart of Los Angles, CA.; 2 sisters Sandra Merrick and Lisa (Paul) Rowe both of Wellsville and a brother William (Deb Hunt) Merrick of Wellsville; 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Carol was predeceased by both her mother and father.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, from 2-4 and 7-9 at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. Her funeral service will take place on Thursday at 11 in the Funeral Home with Reverend Chris Mattison presiding. Memorial suggestions in Carol’s memory include either the Brookside Wesleyan Church or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Marcine (Hovey) Delo, 67

Lakeville, MN – Marcine (Hovey) Delo, 67, of Lakeville, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022 in her home. Marcine was born in Olean, NY on October 23, 1954, the daughter of the late Madelyn Case and the late Leroy Hovey.

Marcine was a 1972 graduate of Belmont Central School; after which she enlisted in the U.S. Womens Army Corps in 1973, specializing in Image Interpretation. She later married the late Robert Delo, and together they relocated to Lakeville, Minnesota where they raised two children, Gregory and Danrae.

Marcine is survived by her two children, Gregory (Dareth Fischer) Delo of Farmington, MN and Danrae Delo, also of Farmington, MN; three brothers: Gregory (Barbara) Hovey of Belmont, NY; Jesse (Kelly) Case of Wellsville, NY; and Monty Case of Belmont, NY; two sisters: Tammy (Lyle) Popson of Houston, TX; and Tina (Ron) Wightman of Wellsville, NY; four grandchildren: Jacquelyn Delo of Farmington, MN, Jacob Delo of Farmington, MN, Lyric Hempler of Bloomington, MN; and Kayden Higgins of Farmington, MN; a great-grandchild, Vienna Delo; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Marcine was predeceased by her step-father, Walter Case.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life in her honor on Thursday August 11, 2022 from 7pm to 9pm at the home of Gregory and Barbara Hovey, 5115 Amity Lake Road, Belmont, New York. Memorial contributions in Marcine’s memory may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, located at 5440 State Route 19, Belmont, NY, by phone at 585-593-2200; email at spcaallegany@gmail.com; or by mail at SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Marc L. Johnson, 65

Wellsville, NY – Marc L. Johnson, 65, went to be with Christ on Sunday, July 31, 2022. He passed suddenly and sadly at Buffalo General Hospital. Marc was born on July 31, 1957 in Corry, Pennsylvania to Edward and the late Lila (Short) Johnson. On August 8, 1981 he married Anita Dickerson, who survives.

Marc grew up in Galeton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Galeton High School in 1976. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Houghton College in 1996. Marc loved to be active, he was an avid weight lifter and earned the title of “strong” grandpa. He spent many years upholstering furniture and restoring the interiors of classic cars. He loved the symbolism of restoration and often made reference to Christ restoring our souls. Marc had a career as a welder, retiring after 25 years of service, from Arvos in 2019. He loved being an active member of the Wellsville Bible Church where he served as an Elder of many years. After retirement he enjoyed taking RV adventures with his wife and spending quality time with his children and grandchildren. Marc lived an exemplary life modeling the love of Christ. He will be greatly missed!

Marc and Anita have 4 children together: Melissa Lynne Johnson who predeceased them, Jennifer Lynn Hinton, Sean Marc Johnson and Emily Ann Smith. He was the proud grandfather of 7 grandsons and 5 granddaughters. He is also survived by his dad Edward Johnson, 3 brothers, Kevin, Dave and Kent Johnson; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm to the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. His funeral will be held on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at 2 pm in the Wellsville Bible Church, 2896 Andover Road, with Reverend Dan Kenyon presiding. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Bible Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, July 22, 2022

Michael Maisonet, 40

Wellsville, NY - Michael Maisonet, 40, of Wellsville, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 18, 2022 due to complications of an intestinal disease that he battled for the last twelve years. He was born in Secaucus, NJ, on June 17, 1982 the son of Jose and J. Tammy (Alkema) Maisonet. In December 2001 he met the love of his life, Jennifer Brundage, who survives. 

Michael was raised in New Jersey, specifically in the Lodi and Paterson areas. Although, he lived in Western New York for the majority of his adult life, he always considered Jersey his home and visited as often as he could. 

Michael had many varied interests. He loved music, anything from Johnny Cash to Eminem, and would break out in song and dance at any given moment. He was a history buff that loved touring important historical sites such as Fort Niagara, the USS Intrepid, and Ellis Island. He was a sports enthusiast (NY Yankees of course!) and even admittedly became a Buffalo Bills fan. He loved to socialize, the stories of his mishaps, and “un-luck” of the Irish, providing countless hours of laughter and entertainment. He was most content when he could bring a smile to someone’s face. 

Above all else, Michael’s family and loved-ones were his priority. With his wife, Jennifer, he raised two daughters. He was a loving husband and protective father, but greater yet was the love and pride he had for his five grandchildren. He was a devoted son and son-in-law, a doting nephew, a wonderful brother, and loyal friend. His bond with his older brother was unmistakable, they tackled many of life’s battles side-by-side. He was inwardly proud of his only sister, though he outwardly antagonized her. His younger brothers were his pride and joy. He taught them how to drive, how to flirt, and how to shoot targets. He was the cool brother that brought all the nicest hand-me-downs, gave the best haircuts, and often kept secrets (many of which he has taken with him to the grave). 

In addition to his wife, Jennifer of Wellsville, he is survived by: daughters, Elizabeth Hint of Belfast, NY, and SkyAnne Carpenter of Wellsville; five grandchildren, Emmett Cole, Norva Cole, Kolson Burdick, JaeLynn Michael, and Matthew Michael; his father, Jose Maisonet Sr. of Olean, NY; his mother, and step-father, Tammy (Shephard Carmichael) Maisonet of Wellsville; six siblings, Jose Maisonet Jr., Dylan Maisonet, ShyAnn Perez, Brandon Carmichael, Anthony Carmichael, and Jacob Carmichael; an aunt, Nancy Rivera of Bronx, NY; and father-in-law, William Brundage of Wellsville. He was predeceased by: his paternal grandmother, Delila Maisonet; maternal grandparents, Peter and Joan (Delaney) Alkema; an aunt, Pamela “Bobbie” Louis; an uncle, Luis Maisonet; and mother-in-law, Linda Brundage. 

A private graveside service is being held at the convenience of the family. Please consider memorial donations towards the family to offset burial expenses, RE: Maisonet, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or to a charity of choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Julie K. Elias, 67

Wellsville, NY – Julie K. Elias, 67, of Trapping Brook Road, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022 with family by her side. She was at Jones Memorial Hospital on April 9, 1955 the daughter of the late Francis A. Sr. and Dorothy M. (Cornwell) Coyle. On March 21, 1975 she married Gerald L. Elias, who predeceased her on July 29, 2006. 

Julie was a 1974 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was a dedicated home maker who raised her four sons. Beginning in 2003, she was employed at the Cattaragus-Allegany BOCES as a one on one teacher’s aide, retiring in 2015. She was a very active and beloved member of the Hallsport Christian Church. 

She is survived by: fiance, Kevin Pier; four sons, Brandy Elias, Dusty Elias, and Darcy Elias, all of Wellsville, and Jeremy Elias of Alfred; three grandchildren, Breena Elias, Corbin Elias, and River Elias, all of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: three brothers, Francis A. Coyle Jr., Roger Coyle, and Gary Coyle; and a sister, Janet Sturdevant. 

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 11 am in the Hallsport Christian Church, 2182 Stout Road, Wellsville, with Reverend Michael Brady presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Cynthia Wenslow, 59

Alfred, NY – Monday, May 23, 2022 at 4:59 PM, the greatly beloved Cynthia Wenslow, 59 years old, breathed her last. She was peaceful, relieved of the pain, and bathed in the love of her beloved family. It was in the same hospital where she was born. Her family recalls, “The medical staff was crying as much as we were; we all knew how this was going to end, but that doesn’t help when it does. The recent time we’ve had with her was a miracle – the particular cancer which took her away from us is so virulent that average time from onset of symptoms to death is about a week. She was so strong and so determined that we managed to get over three months of life together after the diagnosis. Not anything close to what we wanted, but nonetheless a blessing.”

Robert Heinlein’s famous quote is apropos:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.” 

Cynthia could do all those things and more – she could literally create community, bathe others in a magical radiated love and calm, and bring out happiness and contentment in everyone around her. She had a unique talent of disarming people and putting them at ease: “People tell me everything.” And they did. And she always kept their confidences. She was a diverse, talented, and eclectic person with loves and interests that included American Indian history, British murder mysteries, Great Pyrs, pizza, baking, herbs, tomatoes, ravens, palindromes, and signs and portent.

Cynthia had a deep reverence for nature, and also had a deep spiritual connection with nature. To her, Nature, in all of its magnificence and mayhem, was an expression of God and the cosmos. Cynthia had a knack for finding tree spirits in the wild, and would continually communicate with plant spirits and the animals that would cross her path. Her love for nature was nearly matched by her disdain for injustice, intolerance, cilantro, pineapple on pizza, mayonnaise, and small talk.

She will always be remembered for her boundless kindness for others, her ability to do anything she set her mind to, and her ability to see the good in others, even (perhaps especially) when they didn’t see it themselves. She had the gift of believing in everyone more than they believed in themselves, and she had the power to unlock their potential.

Her daughter, Elizabeth Walsh, remembers, “When I was a child she first introduced me to meditation through Quaker meeting. She showed me the importance of quietude, for it is in the silence that your soul speaks. I was in my early teens when she introduced me to Qigong as a form of energy working. She taught me about the power of the mind to overcome physical challenges and how to align your body and mind.” It is this alignment that kept her going through the cancer battle that, by all accounts, should have taken her from us long before it did.

In her professional life, she was a paramedic/EMT, a COO, a CFO, an accomplished musician and visual artist, a photographer, a skilled coder and developer, a published poet, and a teacher. She could wire a house, run finances, bake bread, sew clothing, grow and can vegetables, dig gardens, save lives. “I’m not unfocused, I’m multifaceted.”

Her husband, Stuart Yaniger, recounts, “In our real life, I was a restless and itinerant person, which suits my profession. But we came to a point where we wanted to stop moving, find a place that suited us, and live our life the way we built it, very self-contained and centered on each other, in a wonderful and supportive community. And we found it, back in Alfred where she started. We knew that we’d live the rest of our life here, and in the end we did. Cynthia figured out how to pull it off and she made it happen with sheer will and determination.”

Cynthia is survived by her loving husband, Stuart Yaniger and daughter Elizabeth Walsh, both of Alfred, NY, her son Joseph Gray of Salamanca, NY, her second mother Virginia Wenslow, brothers Richard Wenslow and Frank Wenslow and Eric Adams and sister Valerie Steadman of Wellsville, NY, brother Michael Wenslow of Los Angeles, CA, and sister Amy Wenslow of Pasadena, CA. Her parents, James and Anne Wenslow, sister Susan Wenslow, and brother Dale Adams preceded her in death.

She wanted you to know that her last words were, “I have information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of Hillary Clinton.”

Cynthia’s Celebration of Life will be held at the Terra Cotta Coffee House beginning at 1pm on July 30th 2022. It is open to the public. All are welcome to attend. Food and drinks will be provided. Please consider memorial donations to the Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508, or to the Alfred Fire Department, 4 South Main Street, Alfred, NY 14802. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Anthony “Tony” Lagoda, 80

Wellsville, NY – Anthony “Tony” Lagoda, 80, of Jones Street, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022 at home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Wilkesbarre, PA on November 14, 1941 the son of the late Anthony and Josephine (Tomchalc) Lagoda. On September 15, 1964 in Buffalo he married his wife of 57 years, Judith Shaw, who survives. 

Tony was a longtime resident of Wellsville. He honorably served with the United State Air Force from 1960 to 1966. Tony moved to Wellsville due to his employment with Dresser-Rand, for whom he loyally worked his entire career (where he began in 1964), he retired as project manager in 2010. He was an active member of the Immaculate conception Church, where he was part of the Holy Name Society, served as a Lector, and was member of the Bereavement Committee; he was also a Past Exalted Ruler of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, and a member of the Andover Lions Club. 

In addition to his wife, Judith, he is survived by: a son, Mark E. (Rebecca) Lagoda of Bridgton, ME; grandchildren, Ruby & Blue Lagoda; a brother-in-law, Tom Wisniewski; a sister-in-law Kathleen Butler; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Ted; and a sister, Christine Wisniewski. 

Friends are invited on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10:30 AM to the Immaculate Conception Church for a Mass of Christian Burial with Father Robert Agbo presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.