Saturday, April 6, 2024

George Dean Witter, 68

Wellsville, NY – George Dean Witter, 68, of 70 Williams Avenue passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo. He was born May 26, 1955, in Buffalo, the son of the late Levere and Margaret (Trowbridge) Witter.

George was a 1974 graduate of Scio Central School, and a graduate of Alfred University. He was a long-time employee of Piece Work Industries in Wellsville.He was a 30-year member of Grant Duke Hose Company # 1 in Wellsville, where he served as Chaplain, and was a member of the Fire Police. He was also a proud member of the Silver Wheels Basketball Club and was the first person in Western New York to graduate from high school with his disability.

He is survived by a sister, Virginia (Robert) Pelc Sr. of Eden, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by three brothers, Kenneth, Leland, and Richard Witter and a sister, Cynthia Witter.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home. The burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Grant Duke Hose Company # 1, 80 Stevens Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Kay L. Dennis, 82

Greece/Rochester, NY – Kay L. Dennis, 82, a former resident of Wellsville, NY, passed away peacefully on April 4, 2024, surrounded by her family.She was born January 18, 1942, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Felix and Anita (Austin) Lippman. On August 25, 1960, in Gaffney, NC she married Raymond Dennis who predeceased her on May 31, 2016.

Kay was employed at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, where she worked as a supervisor in data processing in building 23. She was a member of the Red Hat Society of Rochester. She is survived by her son, Kevin E. (Dianna) Dennis of Rochester, a daughter, Kelly (Ken) Kozlowski of Rochester, brother and sister-In-law, Walter (Phyllis) Dennis of Brockport, grandchildren, Robert (Tara) Visca, Jill Visca, Trevor Dennis,and Celia Dennis, Great-Grandsons, Tommy and Patrick Visca.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The burial will follow at 12:00 noon inWoodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations in Kay's memory to the Aurora House, 2495 South Union Street, Spencerport, NY 14559. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, April 5, 2024

Jeffrey Christian “Chris” Rositzke, age 38

Wellsville, NY – Jeffrey Christian “Chris” Rositzke, age 38, passed away unexpectedly on April 2, 2024. He was born on March 3, 1986, in Wellsville the son Ernest and Lynn Rositzke who survive.

Chris attended Scio Central School and Houghton Academy, where he graduated from in 2004. He attended Wellsville Full Gospel Church as a youth.

Chris was a hard-working man who had many talents. He was mechanical and enjoyed working and creating with his hands and watching things grow.

He is survived by his parents Ernie and Lynn Rositzke; a brother Matt Rositzke; his daughter, Grace; 2 sons, Spencer and Silas, all of them he loved dearly. Aunts and uncles include Marshall [Carolyn]Picken, Kent [Maryjane]Picken, Barbara [Tom]MacLeod, Jeffrey [Dianne]Picken, Lee [Brett]Roberts, Christine[Lou]DeAngelo, Karen [David]Fink along with many cousins.

He will be missed daily and will dwell in our hearts forever.

I’ve learned that love not time heals all wounds, and that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand” A. Rooney.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 9, from 4 until 6 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Wellsville. A Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at 11am in the Funeral Home with Reverend David Williams presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorial contributions in Chris’s name may be made to either Well Spring Ministries in Angelica or to the David A. Home Library in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 1, 2024

Darren Fleeger, 60

Wellsville, NY – Darren Fleeger, 60, life-long resident of Wellsville, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at Highland on Michigan Ave of Buffalo following a battle with cancer. He was born on December 31, 1963, in San Francisco, CA the son of the late Ann Fleeger

Darren was a 1982 graduate of Wellsville High School; and he received his B.A. with a major in History from the University at Albany in 1985.

Darren was well known for owning and loving cats, and it was a favorite topic of his social media posts. In addition, Darren was an enthusiastic fan of the New York Yankees and enjoyed movies and reading and collecting books. Darren was a history buff regarding Wellsville and the surrounding communities in Allegany County and his further interests included science fiction, space exploitation, and trains.

Darren was an advocate for those afflicted with mental health issues and in recognition of his many contributions, Darren was inducted into the Allegany County Mental Health Hall of Fame in 2023. Darren was an active member of the Bahai faith community and followed its teachings and precepts.

Darren is survived by his sister Adina Fleeger of Orlando, Florida and his niece and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday April 2, 2024, from 11am to 12 noon at the JW Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, WellsvilleIn lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Public Library or to the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Marjorie “Margie” Christine Little, nee Armstrong, 75

Wellsville, NY – Marjorie “Margie” Christine Little, nee Armstrong, 75, of Valencia Avenue passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2024, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She began her earthly journey, on August 12, 1948, in Wellsville, NY, the daughter of the late Robert Howard and Marjorie Grace (McFadden) Armstrong. On August 16, 1969, in Weston Mills, she was united in marriage with Alan Richard Little, who survives.

Margie grew up in Willing, NY, on the family farm. She attended Wellsville School, graduating in 1967. She attended the Continental Beauty School of Olean, earning a Cosmetology certificate in 1968. After receiving her Beauticians License, she worked at a beauty salon, till she married. As her children were born, Margie eventually gave up her beautician’s license, and continued to enjoy cutting family and friends hair for special occasions.

Over the years Margie was a Browne Scout Leader, Child Advocate for the Wellsville school, ACCORD volunteer, babysitter, driver for families attending day care, church calls and helping at various activities. Margie’s focus in life was always on her family and offering a helping hand, meal, shoulder, or caring hug to all in need. One of Margie’s greatest gifts was her spirit of love. Seeing a little child crying, with her sweet little smile and sweet little voice, always brought tears to sweet little smiles. Throughout her life, many children adopted Margie as a special friend, if not a special grandma. She was a self-taught seamstress, having a passion for sewing children’s cloths, dolls and their clothing, care bears, stuff animals, Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, quilting and whatever else caught her eye and heart. She loved embroidering, cross stitching, reading, and crossword puzzles. She loved sharing her skills with family and friends.

For over 45 years, one of the greatest joys Margie shared with her family was making several thousand blankets for hospitals, fund raisers, and those in need. ‘Oh what fun’ her family had, planning, shopping, matching fronts and backs, pinning, trimming, sewing and giving. Margie was always excited to see a little one cuddling one of her special baby blankets.

In addition to her husband of fifty four years, Alan, she is survived by: four daughters Lisa Marie Brown of Corning; Jennifer Lyn (Paul) Gardner, Janine Christine Mosher and Tara Michelle Little, all of Wellsville; one son, Jon Little of Wellsvilleseveral grandchildren, Connor Little, Ashlyn and Brody Mosher, and Jacob Whitesell of Wellsville, Emily Little of Rochester, Kaylynn Brown of Scio, Logan and Zachary Brown of Corning; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and by children who had adopted her as their honorary grandma. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: a daughter, Racheal Ann Little in 1984; andsiblings, Robert Eugene Armstrong, Richard C. Armstrong, Roland H. RonnyArmstrong, James W. Armstrong, Vina Lee Armstrong and Roger Howard Armstrong.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Thursday, April 4, 2024, at 12 noon in Yorks Corners Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to: St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105;or the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Darold L. “Buddy” Getman Jr., 60

Hartsville, NY – It is with heavy hearts that we share that Darold L. “Buddy” Getman Jr., 60, of 5602 Crosby Creek Road passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2024, at Strong Memorial Hospital surrounded by his familyHe was born February 12, 1964, in Hornell, the son of the late Darold L. and Barbara Ann (Morey) Getman Sr. On October 12, 1985, in Canaseraga he married his high school sweetheart, Cynthia E. Renwand who survives.

Buddy was a 1983 graduate of Canaseraga High School and served with the National Guard. He was a long-time employee of Southern Tier Concrete of Alfred Station. He served six years as the Highway Superintendent for the Town of Hartsville. He was a member of the American Legion Post 846 in Canisteo. He was greatly loved by his extended family and many in the communityHe took great pride in his two sons, enjoyed hunting, farming, spending time at his shopwith friends, family, especially his little grandson.


Surviving in addition to his wife, Cindy, are two sons, Jeffrey (Jenevera) Embser-Getman, and Matthew (Courtney) Getman, a grandson, Niklaus, a sister, Kellie (John) Lockwood, a brother, Douglas (Delilah) Getman, a sister-in-law, Carla (Gerry) Brzezinski, a brother-in-law, Jim (Wendy) Renwand and several beloved nieces, nephew, aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by, a brother, Thomas Getman, a nephew, Casey Getman, two brothers-in-law, Joe and Jerry Renwand, and a sister-in-law, Carol Carpenter.  


Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 2, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Wednesday, April 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, NY. A time of sharing will be begin at 6:00 pm Wednesday in the funeral home. A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the American Stroke Association(stroke.org) To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, March 8, 2024

James J. Connor, 86

Wellsville, NY – James J. Connor, 86, passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024, in Ocala, Florida with his family at his sideHe was born March 7, 1937, in AndoverNY, the son of the late John A. and Monica R. (Padden) Connor. On April 22, 1961, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville he married Marlene Schettine who survives.

Jim was raised in Andover and was 1955 graduate of Andover High School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps, enlisting in 1955 and was honorably discharged in 1959. He was a graduate of Alfred State College. He was first employed as a Supervisor at the Rochester Button Company in Wellsville for over 20 years and continued his career as a Window Clerk for the United States Postal Service in Wellsville for 30 years. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702, Elks Lodge #1495, Wellsville Moose Lodge # 601, and the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club. 

Jim enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels and reading historical novels. He was a true fan of the Buffalo Bills. He had a great sense of humor and was always ready with a fun story to share. He was happiest when surrounded by family, especially his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildrenSince his retirement he and Marlene enjoyedspending winters in Florida.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Marlene, two daughters, Karen C. (David)Ayoub of Manlius, and Kelley A. Phillips (Steven Morasse) of Vista, CA, a son, James J. Connor Jr. of Ocala, FL, nine grandchildren, Nicole L. Phillips, Megan W. (Matthew) O’Carroll, Hannah R. Phillips, Kileigh G. Phillips (Daniela Larranaga Hetz), David A. Ayoub Jr., Grace A. Ayoub, Gretchen M. Ayoub, Elle K. Connor and James J. Connor III, two great grandchildren, Jordan R. O’Carroll and Faye P. O’Carroll. And numerous other extended family members that he loved wholeheartedly. Nothing was more important than his family

He was predeceased in addition to his parents by, two brothers, John L. Connor and Michael P. Connor, and a sister, Mary Ellen Hart.

A Mass of Christian Burial and a celebration of life is being planned for a later date in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.