Thursday, May 28, 2020

Beryl Deegan Davis MacDuff

Wellsville, NY - Beryl Deegan Davis MacDuff formerly of Wellsville and Atlanta, GA. Passed away on Thursday May 21, 2020 at Cuba Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 23, 1924 in Sherwsbury, England to the former Douglas W. and Ethel Farriday Deegan. In 1943, in England, she married Darrel E. Davis and in 1969 she married Edward J. MacDuff both have predeceased her.

Beryl, a WWII war bride, graduated from Nursing School in London, England during the War. In 1945 she and her son, Darrell Davis Jr., sailed on the Queen Mary from England to Ellis Island to join her husband and became a US  Citizen. She worked at the former Citizens National Bank and the Air Preheater in Wellsville. She was certified by Cornell University as a Master Gardener, a member of the Wellsville Country Club and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville. Beryl volunteered for several organizations in Wellsville and has graciously donated her body to the University of Buffalo School of Medicine.

She is survived by a son, Darrell E. (Ruth) Davis Jr.; two daughters, Deirdre M. Roeske and Debra D. (Francis “Buzz”) Psathas; a niece, Nicki Carlson Siegenthaur; step daughters, Patty MacDuff and Susan (Kevin) Brown; 8 grandchildren, Darrell (Crystal) Davis III, Kelly (Chad) Cumpston, Thea Psathas, Pasha (Mark) Ackley, Kayle Psathas, Adam (Sarah) Brown, Collin (Christy) Brown, Sean (Melissa) Burlingame; 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; 16 great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Audary Deegan Georgadies; a great grand daughter, Chelsea E. Bierman; Step children, James and Lynn MacDuff; 2 sons in law, Edward J. Madden and Randy “Rocket” Roeske.

A Memorial Mass will be planned and announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations in her name to either the Cuba Memorial Hospital or to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Richard E. “Dick” DeLap. Service notice

Whitesville, NY - Richard E. “Dick” DeLap: A Mass of Christian Burial for Dick DeLap will be celebrated on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9:30 am at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA. A graveside service with military honors will follow on Friday at 11:00 am in Whitesville Rural Cemetery.To read the entire obituary or to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

James W. Armstrong, Graveside service

Wellsville, NY - James W. Armstrong: The friends and family of James W. Armstrong are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm in Yorks Corners Cemetery. To read the complete obituary or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Frederick Ray Bayless

Wellsville, NY - Frederick Ray Bayless, 74, of 196 E. Dyke Street passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born June 15, 1945 in Elizabethtown, NY the son of the late Frederick William and Dorothy Vernon (Bowen) Bayless.

Fred attended the Alfred-Almond Central School and completed his studies in West Seneca. He was associated with Allegany Arc for over 50 years and will be sadly missed by the many staff members and friends he worked with over the years. He was a life member of the Almond Community Church, a fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and the New York Yankees. He enjoyed politics and had definite opinions. He wished he were President. He was also a history buff, and especially enjoyed discussing the Civil War. He had many fond caregivers at Allegany Arc who enjoyed sharing his interests with him.

He is survived by an aunt, Jean Bayless of California and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.    
                                                                                                                                                                 The visitation will be private. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Cemetery in Almond, NY. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany Arc, 50 Farnum Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mary W. Kozesnik

Stannards, NY - Mary W. Kozesnik, age 75, of the Stannards Road passed away on Sunday May 17 in her home. She was born on February 23, 1945 in Scotland. She married William Kozesnik who predeceased her.

Mary worked in the shipyards in Scotland where she met and married Richard who was serving in the US Navy. They eventually moved to Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and later settled in New York. Mary had worked several jobs including a cashier at Giant Food Mart. She enjoyed being home and working in her yard.

She is survived by a son, Scott Kozesnik of Stannards and a daughter, Marion (Quinn) Hanchett  of Coudersport, PA.; three grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a sister and a brother.

Honoring Mary’s wishes there will be no services. Please consider any memorials in her name to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Joanne Gifford Allen

Wellsville, NY - Joanne Gifford Allen, age 84, of Rauber Street passed away on Wednesday May 13, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 11, 1935 in Clifton Springs to the late John Williamson and Ina Blanche (Peck) Gifford’

Joanne was raised in Phelps and was a 1953 graduate of Phelps Central School. In June of 1955 she graduated from SUNY Agriculture and Technical College at Alfred with an Associates Degree. In 2000 she earned a Baccalaureate Degree from Empire State College in Community Health. She was employed as an Executive Secretary for the Wellsville Central School District, for 40 years, retiring in 2005. Joanne was a census taker for the U.S. Census Bureau for 10 years until the Spring of 2018. She was an active woman who was a member of many organizations including the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, Allegany County Democratic Committee, Alfred State Alumni Association, Allegany County Art Association and the Allegany County Historical Society.

She is survived by her four sons, Curtis R. (Diana) Allen of Andover, Thomas J. (Teresa) Allen of Marietta, OH., Douglas G. (Renee) Allen of Rochester and David W. Allen of Cedar Park, TX; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Alice G. (Robert) Dowd of Rochester and Rebecca G. (Alan) Bennett of Montrose, PA.; a brother, John C. "Jack" (Jo) Gifford of Phelps as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be invited to a memorial service to be held at a later date at the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. Burial will be held in Resthaven Cemetery in Phelps. Please consider memorial donations to the charity of the donor's choice.To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

John “Jack” O’Hara, Jr.

Calabash, SC - John “Jack” O’Hara, Jr., 68, a former Wellsville resident, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2020 at his home in Calabash, NC, surrounded by his loved ones.  Jack was born on December 8, 1951, in Wellsville, the son of the late John and Bonnie (Weihonig) O’Hara. 

Jack was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He worked as a painter with his father, and later for the Conrail and Norfolk and Southern Railroad for over 30 years.  He enjoyed riding his Harley, his snowmobile and watching NASCAR. He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495 for over 40 years. 

He is survived by his wife Olive, three daughters, Wendy Gorham, Jennifer (William) Thornbloom and Sarah (Tony) Horswill, three stepdaughters, Lisa (Chris) Shwier, Tina (Brian) Harris and Barb (Mike) Straight, as well as many grandchildren.

Jack was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a sister, Deborah O’Hara, and his dog Stone.  

 A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, in Wellsville. Those wishing to make a donation in Jack’s memory might consider the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.mbserfuneralhome.com.