Friday, June 10, 2022

Michael E. Faber, 59

Olean, NY – Michael E. Faber, 59, of 132 North Union Street, unexpectedly died at home. He was born in Wellsville on January 22, 1963 the son of James R. Sr. and Katherine E. (Gordnier) Faber. 

Michael was a 1981 graduate of Andover Central Schools. He worked in the healthcare industry as a Home Health Aide for most of his career. He enjoyed spending time with and interacting with his “folks”. Outside of work he liked to cook, hunting, fishing, watching movies, walks with his dog Buster, and was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan – sporting head-to-toe gear on game days. 

He is survived by: two sons, Adam Faber and Jon Faber, both of Wellsville; a grandson, Braylon Faber of Angelica; his mother, Katherine E. Frantz of Olean; a brother, James R. (Kim) Faber of Honeoye Falls; a sister, Robin K. (Thomas) Bowser of Olean; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by: his father, James; and a grandson, Andre Faber. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 from 1 – 3 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY, 14895. A memorial service will follow at 3 PM. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County, 5440 State Rt 19 North, Belmont, NY 14813; or to the Epilepsy Foundation, 3540 Crain Highway Ste 675, Bowie, MD 20716. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Francis “Fran” L. Lanphier, 88

Wellsville, NY -  Francis “Fran” L. Lanphier, 88, of 249 N. Main Street passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born May 19, 1934 in Bath, the son of the late Dallas and Viva (Austin) Lanphier. On November 26, 1958 in Scio he married the love of his life Joan Marie Tucker who predeceased him on December 29, 1998.

Fran was raised in Wellsville and was a 1952 Graduate of Wellsville High School. He began his career with the G. LaRue Sears Insurance Company in Belmont and was employed later by C.E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville. He then became a salesman for J T’s General Store in Wellsville and was eventually promoted to manager. He also owned and operated Lanphier Enterprises for many years in Wellsville.

Fran was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville, a 25 year member of the McEwen Hose Company #4, a past vice president and coach of the Wellsville Little League, and a former boy scout leader. He was also an associate member of the Morrison Hayes Post # 702 American Legion in Wellsville, and enjoyed his daily visits with the Coffee Club at McDonalds.

Fran is survived by: a son Ronald (Barb) Lanphier of Wellsville, a daughter in law Lana of Lakewood, NY; three grandchildren Jenn Lanphier of Wellsville, Scott Lanphier of Scio, and Kelly (Mike) Schifano of Lakewood, NY. Five great-grandchildren; Hailey, Abigail, and Kennedy Lanphier and Mia and Cooper Schifano. A brother in law Russell (Susan) Tucker of Scio, Sister in Law Corinne Tucker of Grand Praire, TX. Niece Angela (Jayson) Chandler of Scio, NY, Nephews, Jason (Dawn) Tucker of Hinsdale, NY, and Ryan Tucker of Scio. Great Nieces Mackenzie and Alyshia Chandler of Scio and Kendall Tucker of Hinsdale, NY. In addition to his parents and love of his life, Fran was predeceased by a son Michael Lanphier in 1997, his sister Margaret “Peggy” Converse and a brother in law Larry Tucker.

Friends are invited to celebrate Fran’s life on Monday, June 13, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 W. State Street) and on Tuesday, June 14, from 10:00 -11:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 11:00 am in church with Reverend Dr. Eric Ash Sr. presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

James J. McAndrew, 90

Wellsville, NY – James J. McAndrew, 90, of 28 Orchard Place, passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in the Town of Ward on October 29, 1931 the son of the late George P. and Carroltta (Corwin) McAndrews. On December 22, 1956 in Andover, he married his wife of sixty-five years, Carolyn Arnold, who survives. 

Jim was raised in Ward, he was a 1951 graduate of Alfred Almond Central School. He was a United States Navy Veteran, serving from 1955-1957 on the USS Shakori AFT 162 and the USS Preserver ARS 8. After his honorable discharge, he was employed by Dresser Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 38 years, working his way from a Test Floor Electrician to a Section Manager, and retired in June of 1995. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. He enjoyed Drag Racing where he won numerous races in various classes, loved anything with an engine, playing golf, and horse shoes. 

In addition to his wife, Carolyn, he is survived by: two sons, Gregory (Cheryl) McAndrew of Wellsville, and Brian (Kathy) McAndrews of Friendship; five grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: six brothers, Louis R., Francis C., Howard C., Vincent L., and George F. McAndrews and Edward J. Dougherty; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth (McAndrew) Holenbeck. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and on Thursday, June 9, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. The funeral will follow visitation Thursday at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Mary Catherine Linza, 92

Wellsville, NY – Mary Catherine Linza, 92, of State Route 19S, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born February 18, 1930 in Wellsville the daughter of the late John and Florence (Logue) Bastian. On August 30, 1947 in Shongo, she married her husband of 66 years, Donald R. Linza, who predeceased her on December 1, 2013. 

Mary Kay was raised in Shongo, and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. Upon graduation she entered the work force and was employed by the Kaiser Glove Factory in Wellsville. A hard worker throughout her life, she made rolls for the Linza Meat Market for many years, as well as a multitude of home based employment, and loving family activities. She was a member of the Shongo Ladies Aid, and the former Shongo United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by: three sons, Don (Donita) Linza of Wellsville, Stephen (Judy) Linza of Whitesville, and Todd (Sharla) Linza of Enid, OK; a daughter, Vicki (Charles) White of Wellsville; six grandchildren, Michelle Denhoff, Richard (Stephanie) Linza, Mark (Janine) Linza, Cullen Linza, Evan Linza, and Nicole White; nine great-grandchildren, with one on the way; two sisters, Shirley Bush of Holly, and Juanita Bastian of Rochester; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: a daughter, Marilyn Ruth Linza; a grandson, Aaron J. White; and siblings, Larue Conner, Paul Bastian, and Thelma Cott. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville, 34 W. State Street. The funeral will follow at 7:30 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to: The SPCA serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813;or the Northern Potter Children’s Home, 4309 State Route 49 W, Harrison Valley, PA 16927. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Austin Thomas O’Grady, 82

Wellsville, NY – Austin Thomas O’Grady, 82, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022 at the Hart Comfort House surrounded by his loving family. Tom, as he was known to his friends and family, was born August 11, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri to Austin C. and Doris (Prentice) O’Grady. On December 28, 1963 he married Roseanna Collins who survives. 

Tom was raised in Cuba, NY where he enjoyed scouting as a boy and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Cuba Central School where he became interested in art and began honing his lifelong passion of painting. Upon graduation from Cuba Central School, Tom enrolled in Buffalo State College majoring in Art Education where he graduated in 1961. Upon graduation from Buffalo State, he began his career in teaching with Allegany County BOCES teaching art in grades K-6 at Rushford Central School and grades 7-12 at Scio Central School. In 1962 he joined the Scio faculty full-time to establish a grade 7-12 art program. He earned his Master of Science degree in 1967 from Alfred University. Tom taught art at Scio for 34 years and grew the program to include photography, mechanical and architectural drafting, in addition to art. He was the founding chair of the art department at Scio and served in that role until 1995 when he was named K-12 principal; a role he held until he retired in 2000 after nearly 40 years of service.

As many people in the local community know, in addition to being an educator, Tom was also an accomplished artist specializing in watercolor as his preferred medium. He received many awards and recognitions for his paintings both nationally and internationally. His work has been on exhibit in the New York State Governor’s mansion, the Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. the United States Embassies in Rome, Italy and Canberra, Australia. He has also exhibited his work in galleries across the country to include the J. Barret Galleries in Toledo, Ohio, the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and the MGM Grand Gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1975, he was commissioned by Allegany County to design and sculpt the Allegany County Bicentennial Medallion, of which two thousand limited addition medallions were minted. Over the years his artwork has been admired by many and he amassed quite a following with many private collectors including former President, Jimmy Carter.

Tom was also an avid member of the community participating in many activities and contributing in any way he could. He was the charter president of the Wellsville Art Association, a charter member of the Allegany County Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Sons of the American Legion, a charter member of the Genesee Valley Chorus, and a charter member of the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally Committee where he was a fixture, and served as chair in 1989. For 25 years his famous balloon poster paintings highlighted the Wellsville area landscape. He was also an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wellsville and served on the parish council and on the board of trustees of the Immaculate Conception regional school of Allegany County. His philanthropy included the donation of countless works of art over the years to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations.

In addition to his wife, Roseanna, he is survived by; three sons, Sean (Cyndi) of Edgewater, Florida, Brendan (Julie) of Overland Park, Kansas, and Timothy (Barbie) of Wellsville; eight grandchildren, Gabrielle (Travis) Mountain, Ryan O’Grady, Colleen (Cody) Girvan, Austin O’Grady, Mary Grace O’Grady, Kathleen O’Grady, Keegan O’Grady, and Kavan O’Grady; three great grandchildren; and his sister, Ann (O’Grady) Kubiniec of Cazenovia, New York, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers in law; Dr. Conrad Kubiniec, Dr. Byron Collins, and Leon (Patsy) Collins and a sister in law Marlene Collins.

Friends and Family are invited to call on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 11 AM in the Immaculate Conception Church, 6 Maple Avenue, Wellsville. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, NY. Please consider memorial donations to: The Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895; Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895; Immaculate Conception Church, 6 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895; or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Nanci Jane Rogers (nee Wilson), Announcement

Menifee, CA – Friends are invited to a graveside service on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 2 PM to York’s Corners Cemetery to celebrate the life of of Nanci Jane Rogers (nee Wilson). Nanci passed away on May 7, 2022 in Menifee, CA. To read the complete obituary, please visit evans-brownmortuary.com ( https://www.evans-brownmortuary.com/tributes/Nancy-Rogers-1 ), local arrangements are under the direction of J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home.

Friday, May 27, 2022

David Lavern Palmiter, Announcement

Wellsville, NY – The friends and family of David Lavern Palmiter are invited to call on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 7 – 8 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street. At 8 PM the Masonic Lodge 230 and Order of the Eastern Star will conduct their services. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 1 PM in the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, 100 Crescent Drive, Wellsville, New York, with President Jeffry Moore presiding. David passed on December 26, 2021. To read the complete obituary, or to leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.