Monday, July 16, 2018

Penelope A. Martin

Wellsville, NY - Penelope A. Martin, age 74, of he Bolivar Road passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on August 4, 1943 in Wellsville to Frederick J. and Sylvia Jean Lucas Carr.

Penelope was a long time resident of the Wellsville Area who had graduated from Nunda Central High School. She worked most of her life in retail sales including the shoe department at the Wellsville K-Mart. She later worked at the Texas Hot Restaurant from where she retired.

Survivors include 5 sisters, Sandy M. Jackson of Wellsville, Kay (Bill)  Bennett of Perry, Ellen (Joe)  Carr of Colorado, Melinda (Bob)  McMaster of Orchard Park, and Kim (Rube)  Jenkins of Hornell; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; 2 brothers, Kevin Richard Carr, and Frederick James Carr II; a sister, Nancy Jean Hayes.

There will be no prior visitation and a burial service will be held at the convenience of the family in Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Michael R. Latham

Alma, NY - Michael R. Latham, 28, died unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Saturday, July 7, 2018. He was born on August 26, 1989 in Hornell, the son of James and Anne (Sheroshick) Latham. On September 10, 2016 in Scio he married Carla Reynolds who survives.

Mike was raised in Belmont and was a 2007 graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School. In high school he was a five year member of the FFA and served as president for two years. He graduated from Alfred State College,School of Applied Technology, Masonry Program in 2009. He enjoyed his masonry career beginning with Miller and Richard Masonry Inc. of Genesee, PA, and was currently employed by K.S. La Forge Excavating Inc. of Wellsville. He was an avid outdoors man, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and singing karaoke. There was no time more valuable than the time he spent with his children.  

Surviving in addition to his wife, are two sons, Christopher Woodworth and Westin Latham, one daughter Kyleigh Latham, his parents of Belmont, a sister, Theresa Latham of Hornell, his paternal grandmother, Maxine Latham of Belmont, his mother-in-law, Arleigh Reynolds of Alma, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Jason Latham in 2013, his paternal grandfather, Eugene Latham, his maternal grandparents, Louis and Ellen “Skip”  Sheroshick, and his father-in-law, Mike Reynolds.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday July 13, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Friday at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial will be Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to a fund being set up for his children's college education, % James and Anne Latham, 5938 Easton Road, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences, please visit  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Patricia A. Shipley

Wellsville, NY - Patricia A. Shipley, 70, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on July 27, 1947 in Eldred, PA the daughter of the late Jack and Joanne (Mills) Larkin. On March 6, 1971 in Pontiac, MI she married Russell B. Shipley who predeceased her on November 17, 1973.

Pat was a 1965 graduate of Pontiac Northern High School. She was formerly employed as a security officer at Pontiac Motors in Michigan, as a housekeeper, and was a full time mother. She enjoyed motorcycle hill climbing, motorcycle racing, bowling, and playing baseball. She was an avid  Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions fan, and loved going to her sons football games. 

For the past eight years Pat's sister, Sandy Field has been her caregiver, and she was loved by the staff at Wellsville Manor. She loved her Rottweiler “Rocco” and has had a stuffed  Rottweiler that she held as if it was real, she died with it in her hands. 

She is survived by two sons, Russell (Cindy) Shipley and Robert Shipley, one daughter, Joanne Shipley, four dearly loved grandchildren, Russell Jacob Shipley, Shiah Shipley, Frankie Richmond, Jessica Richmond seven brothers, Jack “Butch” Larkin, David Larkin, Randy Larkin, Shane Larkin, Alfred “Loop” Larkin, William Larkin, and George Larkin four sisters, Sandra (Larry) Field, Marla Barnetson, Deborah Latimer, and Gay Larkin Gulick, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, especially, Mary Lou Kemp, who was a great help to Pat over the years. 

She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by two brothers, Robert “Pete” Larkin and Jeff Larkin, her beloved step mother, Linda Larkin, and a very special love in her life Bob Christian,

The funeral will be private. Please consider memorial donations to Alzheimer's research. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jo A. Hlavaty

Wellsville, NY - Jo A. Hlavaty, 75, of 3435 Center Drive passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at home. She was born October 8, 1942, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Robert “Bob” S. and Ruth L. (Hackett) Mulvey. On July 23, 1966, in Genesee, Pennsylvania, she married George E. Hlavaty, who predeceased her on May 28, 2003.

Jo started her primary education at the Martin Street School in Wellsville, and was a 1961 graduate of the Coudersport Area Schools. She graduated from Mansfield University in 1965. She taught for the Wellsville Central School District for 32 years, summer-school for Bolivar-Richburg, and Sunday School for the Hardstands United Methodist Church. She was named the Wellsville PTA “Teacher of the Year.” She was a member of the Wellsville Teacher's Association, the Catherine Schuyler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Association of University Women, and the Stannards Methodist Church. She enjoyed both American and Irish history, and genealogy. 

She is survived by one daughter Jennifer M. (Sean) McNally of Alexandria, Virginia, and one grandson, Patrick McNally. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by five uncles: Robert, Harry, Clair, Gerald, and Carlus Hackett, and two aunts: Marjorie (Therold) Furman and Mayfred (Reuben) Russell.  

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Sacred Hearts Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the David A. Howe Public Library, or the Willing Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences, please visit

Monday, June 25, 2018

Elizabeth Davie Burner Dickerson

SPRING HILL, FL -  Elizabeth Davie Burner Dickerson, 96, of Spring Hill, died peacefully on Saturday, December 9, 2017. She was born June 6, 1921 to Paul and Beatrice (Smith) Davie in Wellsville, NY where she lived into her seventies until she retired in Florida.

Elizabeth was a long time businesswoman in Wellsville, owning Davie's Department Store. Davies was founded by her grandfather, Charles Eugene Davie and was originally located in Bolivar. Later it moved to Wellsville, where it was owned by her father, Paul Davie, and later by Elizabeth. As a women and children's clothing merchant, she was active in the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Holly Twig and Professional Business Women's Club. She was also a member of the Disciples of Christ Church. She enjoyed bridge and oil painting but especially enjoyed china painting. In her later life she took up counted cross-stitch, producing over two dozen masterpieces. She enjoyed traveling, visiting five continents and many states in her lifetime.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie Burner Henry, three granddaughters, Laura (Elbert) Nieves, Rebecca Henry and Kristin Henry, and a great granddaughter Lily Nieves. She is also survived by three step children, Brian (Ninetta) Dickerson, Barbara Petraznik (Gary Edwards), and David (Patrice) Dickerson, and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband, Alvin Burner, her second husband Chester Dickerson, her sisters, Ruth (George) Smith, Eleanor (William) Yerrick, and a step daughter Christine Dickerson (Paul Turner).

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Grace United Church, 289 N. Main Street in Wellsville, NY, with Rev. Carol Stewart presiding. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Rachel C. Gorham

Wellsville, NY - Rachel C. Gorham, age 62, of 152 Pine Street passed away at home on June 17, 2018. She was born on June 5, 1956 in Olean to Fordyce and Nell Mertins Gorham.

Rachel graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1974 and later earned a nursing degree. She was a member of the Allegany County Episcopal Church attending at St. John's in Wellsville. She was a veracious reader who enjoyed the David A. Howe Library. She enjoyed writing and to keep in touch became a pen pal to many of her friends and family.

Survivors include: her daughter, Emerald Meadow Murphy of Lafayette, Co.; her beloved dog, Festus; a brother, Charles Gorham; 3 sisters, Anne Williams, Sheila Gorham, and Elsie McEnroe; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Rachel was predeceased by her parents and her sister Lucinda Gorham.

In lieu of a funeral service Rachel wanted her family and friends to visit a local SPCA or a local library to celebrate her memory. Memorial donations may be made to either the David A. Howe Library or to the SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Donna L. Moore

Wellsville, NY - Donna L. Moore, age 83, of Sunset Drive passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born in Warsaw on April 1, 1935 to Chester and Nellie Yencer Weaver. On November 10, 1990 she married William Moore who survives.

Donna was a long time resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville Central High School and Bryant and Stratton Business School. She worked for the Wellsville Central School System as a secretary and had retired as the Secretary to the Elementary Principal. Donna enjoyed being at home and spending time with family and special friends.

Survivors include her husband William of Wellsville; a son Robert “Tyke” Matta of Wellsville; a daughter, Lisa (Robert Orr)  Der Cola of Brighton; 2 grand daughters, Heather (Shane)  Vogel of Wellsville and Rachel Der Cola of Brighton; 2 great grandchildren, Tyler and Reagen Vogel; a sister, Sharon Hedrick-Ash of Wellsville; 2 nephews, Col. Townley (Mary Elizabeth)  Hedrick of Fort Benning, GA., and Huntley (Patty)  Hedrick of Pittsford.

Donna was predeceased by her parents.

In keeping with Donna's wish her service will be a private burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials in Donna's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit