Thursday, September 29, 2022

Gary M. Petrichick, 84

Belmont, NY – Gary M. Petrichick, 84, of 36 Willets Avenue passed away Sunday, September 25, 2022 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born December 17, 1937 in Lackawanna the son of the late Michael and Edna (Newell) Petrichick. On September 5, 1958 in Hamburg he married Nancy R. Hawkins who survives. 

Gary was raised in Hamburg, he was a graduate of Hamburg High School, and attended Syracuse University. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army from 1956 to 1957, and again from 1961 to 1962, and was honorably discharged from the United States Army Reserves on May 31, 1964.

He was a Planning Draftsman, Assistant Planner and Planner for the Erie County Department of Planning, in Buffalo from 1960 to 1969. He was the Director of the Allegany County Department of Planning in Belmont from 1969 to 1977. He also served as the Principal Planner for the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board in Corning from 1978 to 1992. He concluded his career as the Village of Belmont Zoning Enforcement Officer.

He was a former Director & Chairman of the American Red Cross in Blasdell, Advisor to the Explorer Post 548 BSA in Blasdell, member of the Town of Hamburg Republican Committee, Chairman of the Village of Blasdell Planning Board, Secretary of the Town of Hamburg Development Committee, Chairman of the Town of Hamburg Planning Board, Vice President of the Belmont PTA, Director the Amity Youth Council, President of the New York State Planners Association from 1974 & 1975, member of the Pittsburgh, Shawmut & Northern Railroad Historical Society, a member of the Village of Belmont Planning Board, Past President and Director of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association, Adjutant and Past Sergeant at Arms for the Belmont American Legion Post 808, member of the American Bowling Congress, the Olean Bowling Association, and Secretary of the Belmont Tuesday Night Men's Bowling League. 

He is survived in addition to his wife Nancy, by: four sons, Kevin Petrichick and his wife Cari, of Rochester, Glenn Petrichick of Henderson, NV, Seth Petrichick of Belmont, and Roy Petrichick and his wife Tracy, of Pittsford, NY; a daughter, Kirsten Salyer, and her husband, Dean, of Angelica; ten grandchildren, Sarah Petrichick, Evan Petrichick, Elise Petrichick, Emma Petrichick, Adam Salyer, and his wife, Marah Salyer, Alan Salyer, and his husband Antonio Miguel Menchaca, Jared Petrichick, Riley Petrichick, Thomas Petrichick, and Jett Brewer; and a great granddaughter, Kira Salyer. 

A celebration with military honors is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the American Legion Post 808, or the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit

Roger D. Raney, 65

Wellsville, NY – Roger D. Raney, 65, of 5563 Bolivar Road passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Olean General Hospital. He was born July 25, 1957 in Fresno, CA the son of the late Homer and Thelma (Neal) Raney. 

Roger worked many years as a mechanic in and around the Wellsville area. He thoroughly enjoyed fishing, and spending time with his children and grandchildren (He was very proud of his “Pa Pa” status). He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. 

He is survived by: his wife, Ann Raney; children, Jessica (Nikkie) Raney, Jayme Raney, Jennifer Raney, Roger Raney II; their mother, Anisa Raney; stepchildren, Melissa (Tony) Carlin, Nicholas (Amanda) Loomis, Brandon (Kirsten) Loomis; and several grandchildren. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave online condolences please visit

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Katherine J. Vaughn, 89

Wellsville, NY – Katherine J. Vaughn, 89, of 3052 Madison Hill Road, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born in Jacksonville, FL. on September 9, 1933 the daughter of the late Frederick and Pauline (Wimberly) Buttner Sr. On March 16, 1956 in Jacksonville, FL she married Ralph E. Vaughn Sr. who survives. 

Katherine was raised in Florida and was a graduate of Jacksonville High School. After graduation she was employed by the Kress Department Store in Florida. Ralph and Katherine lived in Hawaii while Ralph finished his tour with the U. S. Navy. In 1959, upon his discharge, they moved to Wellsville, and settled on Madison Hill. In 1964 they bought a farm and resided on the Sprague Road in Scio, until recently, when they moved back to Madison Hill. When the children were of School age, Katherine was hired by the  Alfred-Almond Central School and was the cafeteria cashier for many years. She was a member of the Wellsville Burton Chapter #129 Order of the Eastern Star, and attended the Alfred-Almond Bible Church. 

In addition to her husband of 67 years, she is survived by, a son Ralph E. Vaughn Jr., two grandchildren, Derek Vaughn, of Wellsville, and Britni Vaughn of Rochester; 2 brothers, Frederick Buttner and Luther Irwin, both of Jacksonville, FL, a sister, Joyce Murillo of Valdosta, GA; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: a daughter, Sharon Joy Vaughn; and a sister, June Buttner. 

A private graveside service and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Home Care and Hospice, 194 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, September 23, 2022

Bruce D. Guinnip, 73

Scio, NY – Bruce D. Guinnip, 73, of 5936 Fish Road died unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. He was born September 27, 1948 in Wellsville, the son of the late Glenn and Norma (Lanphear) Guinnip. On August 20, 1977 in Scio he married Dorothy “Dotsie” Wyckoff who predeceased him on November 20, 2014. 

Bruce was raised in Scio, and was a 1968 graduate of Scio Central School. He attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, before joining the U. S. Army where he served from August 25,1969 to April 6, 1972. He was formerly employed by Friendship Dairies, Worthington Corporation, and for over 25 years as a machinist for Air-Preheater Company, retiring in 2011. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, enjoyed hunting and loved spending time with his grandchildren. 

He is survived by: two daughters, Tara J. Guinnip of Scio, and Sandy M. (Daniel) Friday of Ontario, NY; two grandchildren, Evan Friday and Taylor-Grace Friday; three sisters, Lou Ann (Gerry) Slocum of Scio, Karen Jandrew of Alma, and Pam Giles of Rochester;  and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by: two brothers, Dale Guinnip and Richard Guinnip; and a sister, Linda Edwards. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 3 – 5 PM at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, in Wellsville. The funeral with military honors will follow at 5 PM with Glen Layfield presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery of Scio. Please consider memorial donations to Hearts for ALS, PO Box 10593, Rochester, NY 14610. To leave online condolences please visit

Donald B. Andrews, 75

Wellsville, NY - Donald B. Andrews, 75, of 6635 Phillips Hill Rd. Bolivar NY, passed away on Sept 13th at home after a lengthy illness with ALS. Don was able to be cared for at home for the 7-8 yrs of his illness. Donald was born on March 12, 1947, at Jones Memorial Hospital to John and Loula Burrows Andrews.

He attended Wellsville Central Schools through 6th grade and then went to Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, Fl returning to Wellsville NY to graduate high school as a Senior. A day after graduation he enlisted in the US Air Force along with 3 others in his High school class. Don served for four years in the service. He was in Air Traffic Control and Maintenance during his service time. 

His work history has been many varied jobs with Eastman Kodak in Rochester NY. and then returned to Wellsville to work as a bartender, Cameo Restaurant Food and Bar Manager.

At that time he married his wife of 54 years, Cheryl Gardner Andrews, on Christmas Eve 1969 at her parents home.

Continuing his education he enrolled at Alfred State College and majored in Business and Hotel/Motel Management, graduated and the attended Alfred Tech to receive a degree in Plumbing, Electrical and Heating.

Don worked in the plumbing business and owned a Roto Rooter franchise for a time. In 1978 Don, Cheryl and their son Andrew moved to St. Petersburg, FL and Don worked in Motel Management on St. Pete Beach. Several years later he worked for the USPS as a letter carrier in Tampa Florida for 25 years until retirement. He then moved back to Wellsville to be nearer to his family and help care for his sister Yvonne and her husband Gerald Merritt.

Don is survived by his wife Cheryl and son Andrew. All of Don’s immediate family are deceased including his father, mother, sister and special Aunt Carrie Burrows. He is predeceased by his mother and father in law Marie and Robert Gardner and brother-in-law Brian Gardner. Surviving also are siblings-in-law, Sandra LaCrone, Robert H. Gardner (Jacci); Mary Gardner Ruch (Jim); Stephen Gardner; Donald Gardner and many nieces, nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church October 21 at noon, memorials if desired can be sent to Hearts for ALS P.O. Box 10593 Rochester NY 14610 or St. Johns Episcopal Church 12 East Genesee St. Wellsville NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Eleanor R. Schwalb, 88

Wellsville, NY – Eleanor R. Schwalb, 88, of 33 Wheeler Place, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. She was born on April 16, 1934 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Edward & Margaret Ruth (Callan) Schwalb. 

Eleanor was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was employed by Fleet Bank in Wellsville for 16 years, retiring in 1989. 

Her interests included gardening, crafts, and genealogy. She was a supporter of the SPCA Serving Allegany County and an active participant in the Painted Hills Genealogy Society. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Mercy Associates, and the Legion of Mary. 

She is survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Mason of Palmyra, VA, and Judith Fisher of Charlotte, NC; son, Michael Joseph Dawson, two grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by three sisters, Margaret Ann Schwalb, Corinne S. Hennessy, Donna M. Caterino, and close friend Donald Weber. 

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Monday, October 3, 2022 at 12:00 noon, in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville. A memorial Mass and celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception Church, Immaculate Conception School, the SPCA Serving Allegany County or the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Nathan D. McMurray, 34

Wellsville, NY – Nathan D. McMurray, 34, of 3285 Riverside Drive passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 20, 2022. He was born September 21, 1987 in Wellsville.

Nate was a 2005 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was an avid fisherman, he loved working in his wood shop, kayaking with his friends, spending time with his cats, Marley and Axel, and was the life of the party!

He is survived by his high school sweetheart, and fiancé Tesla Greenman, his mother, Mary E. McMurray, three sisters, Rhiannon (Robert) Babbitt, Christy Samick, and Sharon Nye all of Wellsville, several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 26, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Lions Club “Trout Derby” or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit