Friday, July 23, 2021

Robert “Ozzy” Ordway, 59

Andover, NY - Robert “Ozzy” Ordway, 59, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born in Wellsville's Jones Memorial Hospital on November 21, 1961 the son of Franklin and Ida Ordway. 

He was a life-long Wellsville area resident (including Alma and Andover). He held many jobs in the area, the two longest were at Bells grocery store and Hornell TV Cable. Other short-term jobs were at Save-a-Lot, Alfred Cable TV System, maintenance for an area motel, and some landscaping work. 

As a young person, he could be seen driving his sports car with the ragtop down and the radio loud. He loved working on cars or being in the outdoors. Whenever possible, he would be fishing, hunting, or camping with family. At home, you would find him in the pool or barbecuing dinner on the porch year round. Friends were drawn to his hospitality and sense of humor. 

Bob was predeceased by a brother, two sisters, and his father. He is survived by his mother, Ida Ordway of Andover, his sister Linda Sootheran of Andover, his son James Ordway of Alma & Wellsville, four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

There will be no visitation hours or funeral service. His cremains will be scattered in the woods where he was the happiest. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Barbara Ann Bastian, 80

Wellsville, NY - Barbara Ann Bastian, 80, formerly of 135 N. Brooklyn Avenue, Wellsville, passed away on Saturday (Jun. 25, 2021) in Huachuca City, Arizona, following a brief illness. She passed peacefully at home with her family at her side. She was born January 12, 1941, in Niagara Falls, the daughter of the late Wilbur F. and Esther H. (LaRock) Ganzhorn. On Feb. 16, 1963, in Niagara Falls, she married Edward L. Bastian, who preceded her in 2013.

Barb was a graduate of St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo and also a graduate of Roberts Cosmetology School. She was a member of the Buffalo Club for the Deaf for 40 years, and a homemaker.

Surviving her are two sons, Terrance A. (Helen S.) Bastian of Huachuca City, Arizona, and William E. (Nancy J.) Bastian of Wellsville, as well as eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Patrica M. (Edward L.) Walker of Lewiston, NY. She was predeceased by, in addition to her parents and husband, her brother Barry A. (Sharon L.) Ganzhorn of Caledonia, NY.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday (Oct. 9, 2021) at 3:00 p.m. for a graveside service in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations to the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company #3. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Charles E. Anderson. 49

Bronx, NY - Charles E. Anderson of Bronx, NY, passed away at home on Monday, May 31, 2021. He was 49 years old. Charles was born on March 7, 1972 at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY. He was the son of Catherine (LoCicero) and the late Russell R. Anderson.

Charles is survived by his mother, Catherine LoCicero Anderson of Wellsville, NY,  brothers: John R. Anderson of Wellsville & Tyler, TX, Michael (Antoinette) Anderson of Hoboken, NJ, nephew Brendan (Jordan Washburn) Anderson and their children, Ryder, Oaklee and Everlee of Scio, NY, nephew and Godson Nick Anderson of Los Angeles, CA, and niece Rayanna Anderson of Los Angeles, CA & Wellsville, NY, his beloved Aunt Barbara Judd and Uncle Joe and Aunt Clare LoCicero and several dear cousins.

Charles was predeceased by his father, Russell Anderson, his Uncle Malcolm Judd and was named after his grandfather, Salvatore Charlie LoCicero.

After graduation from Rush-Henrietta and Monroe Community College in Rochester, where he played lacrosse, Charles worked for Xerox with his father, who designed copy machines and the first Xerox fax machine.

Charles then moved to Atlanta where he lived downtown and worked in the Buckhead Finance department in the Buckhead Finance District, creating various computer networks and information technology (IT) with Medaphis.

From 1999 to 2001, he was part of a team for IFG that prepared networks in New York City to stay online during Y2K, a position he stayed with after 2000 to make sure nothing failed.

He was certified by Bill Gates on original Microsoft engineering systems and became a network administrator for Interwoven and an IT manager at ConsumerPowerline. During the pandemic, Charles was hospitalized twice, but continued to work in the New Jersey hospital system installing servers and setting up once-internal servers to allow doctors to work and see patients remotely until the time of his death.

Charles was a volunteer firefighter for the Duke Hose Fire Company in Wellsville. His hobbies included building computers, skateboarding, running the Boilermaker 15k, Marvel and DC comics and the action movies, helping others at Volunteers of America, watching Syracuse sports, the Yankees and Buffalo Bills and traveling to see his niece and nephews play sports or music.

An outdoor memorial service for all friends and family will be held on Saturday, July 24 at noon at the Anderson home on 540 North Main Street in Wellsville, NY, 14895 with a celebration of life immediately following.

A family burial will take place in Perinton, NY, where he will be laid to rest with his father. A memorial service will be held in Atlanta in August.

Online condolences can be sent to Catherine Anderson at rande@aol.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Volunteers of America in Charles' name on their website (www.voa-gny.org).

Thomas W. Forness, 82

Wellsville, NY - Thomas W. Forness, 82, of Proctor Road, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Highland Park Rehab and Nursing Center after a long illness. He was born in Olean on September 12, 1938 the son of the late Leo E. and Marie (Hassett) Forness. On October 17, 1959 in Portville he married his wife of sixty-one years, the former Marilyn K. Smith, who survives.

Tom was raised in Allegany and was a  1956 graduate of Allegany Central Schools, where he was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1956 – 1964. He was first employed by Wirthmore Feed Co, until he started his career with the Wellsville Police Department, as a Patrolman from 1971 – 1989, and a Dispatcher from 1970 until 2000. Additionally he was an Agent for the Prudential Insurance Company in Wellsville for 25 years. Tom later worked for Arnoys & Dye, and Carquest until February of 2020. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Dyke Street Engine Co. #2, and the Wellsville Country Club - where he was an avid golfer. He was a lifelong fan of all sports, from the local high school level to the professionals, especially the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees. 

He is survived by: his wife, Marilyn; three children, Christopher J. (Jamie) Forness of Wellsville, Kelly Goodridge of Wellsville, and Lisa Forness of Whitesville; a daughter-in-law, Kim Forness of Troy, Ohio; twelve grandchildren, Katelyn (Cory) Waters, Joshua (Courtney Buentello) Hanchett, Matthew Forness, Megan (Kade Hanchett) Goodridge, Courtney (C.J. Knight) Ainsworth, Kendra (Jerrod Gullett) Forness, Thomas W. Forness II, Gabrielle Forness, Grace Forness, Serena Ainsworth, Brennan Forness, and Camron Lyons; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward Forness and Ray Forness; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his Father Leo, his mother, Marie Rose, a son, Patrick Forness; a granddaughter, Jessica Hanchett; two sisters, Patricia Wilber, and Ann Pezzimenti 

A private graveside service with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. A public celebration is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, Allegany County Cancer Services, or the Dyke Street Engine Co. # 2. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Joanne C. Brandes, service announcement

Wellsville, NY

Joanne C. Brandes - The friends and family of Joanne Brandes are invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00 am in the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4229 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  

Joanne passed away on November 21, 2020. To leave online condolences, or to read the complete obituary please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Jerome J. Hart, Service Announcement

Wellsville, NY - Jerome J. Hart

The friends and family of Jerome Hart are invited to celebrate his life on Friday, August 6, 2021, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 7, at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. 

Jerome passed away on May 2, 2020. To leave online condolences, or read the complete obituary, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, July 12, 2021

Eileen Marie Kane, 64

Scio, NY: Eileen Marie Kane, 64, of 3821 Dry Brook Road passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville with her family at her side. She was born September 11, 1956 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late George M. and Betty Jean (Barnes) Lynch. On December 14, 1974  in Belmont she married Dale “Tex” Kane who survives. 

Eileen was raised in Wellsville, and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was formerly employed at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville Manor, Manor Hills, where she was a member of the original staff, the Allegany County Office for the Aging, and most recently as a cafeteria staff member at Wellsville Central School. She was a member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702 Auxiliary, a former member of the Frank B. Church VFW Post 2530 Auxiliary, and volunteered for a variety of community services activities. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Nancy Jean Kane of Orlando, FL, Jonathon F. Kane of Wellsville, and Tracey (Jim) Carlson of Las Vegas, Nevada, seven grandchildren, Kayson, Kaleb, Bradley, Jacquelyn, Krysta, Triston, and Lelynn, a great-granddaughter, Vivian, seven siblings, Rose Mary Bennett, Terry (Reita) Lynch, Robert Lynch, Doug (Judy) Lynch, Monica Lynch, Jeanine (Art) Neuman, and Mary (Mike) Fisk, a brother-in-law, Donny Kane, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to thank Liz and the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps crew, John Waide, Doctor Yasin, nurses Christine and Annette, as well as the ICU Staff at Jones Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 15, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 16, at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.