Monday, November 23, 2020

Louise M. Coates, 94

Scio, NY - Louise M. Coates, 94, of 4078 Pine Street passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital, one day shy of her 95th birthday. She was born November 22, 1925 in Rexville, NY the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Keegan) Birmingham. On November 18, 1948 in  Rexville she married Ralph Coates who predeceased her on February 22, 2013.

Louise has resided in Scio for several years, and was formerly employed by National Fuel Gas, retiring in 1987. She enjoyed walking, reading, watching the Buffalo Bills, and visiting with her many friends in the Scio community.

She is survived by her son, Gerry Coates of Solvang, California, two granddaughters, Megan (Brian) Ricci of Solvang, California, and Arin (Billy) Meade of Oakley, Utah, two great granddaughters, Brooklyn and Hannah Ricci, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by three sisters, Gertrude McCormick, Mary Francisco, and Helen Murphy, and three brothers, Donald, Robert,  and Lynn Birmingham.

A private graveside service is being planned for a later date at Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Scio Memorial Library, or Fairlawn Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit

James A. Colegrove, 78

Allegany, NY - James A. Colegrove, 78, of 4032 Mediterranean Drive passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Cuba Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born July 1, 1942 in Wellsville the son of Wendell X. and Adelene (Miller) Colegrove. On June 9, 1962 in Wellsville he married Gail E. Miller who survives.

Jim was raised in Wellsville, and was a 1959 graduate of Wellsville High School. He graduated from Alfred State College in 1962, and Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970. He was an engineer for Burroughs Corporation in Rochester for 1962 to 1974, and for Burroughs in Salisbury, MD from 1974 to 1982. He moved to Allegany in 1982, and worked for Dexter Corporation in Olean until his retirement in 2001. He was a great family man.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Terri (Dave) Randall of Ischua, and Jennifer (Tex) Crider of Shippenville, PA, a son, Richard (Betty) Colegrove of Warrenton, VA, four granddaughters, Ashley Hall, Kyla (Lance) Tronetti, Lauren Colegrove and Tessa Crider, three grandsons, Colin Crider, Andrew Colegrove, and Noah Randall, three great-grandchildren, Sophia and Vanessa Tronetti, and Adelaide Hall, four sisters, Patricia (Richard) Welch of Geneseo, Mary Hopkins of Columbia, SC, Marge McEnroe of Allentown, NY, and Barb (Kevin) Rowe of Australia, one brother, Thomas (Jean) Colegrove of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Maryann Colegrove of Porterville, CA, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a brother, Rol Colegrove in 2011.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany Fire Department and Allegany Rescue.  To leave online condolences, please visit

Joanne C. Brandes, 85

Wellsville, NY - Joanne C. Brandes, 85, of Fassett Lane passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born Joanne Catherine Herman on December 23, 1934, in Wellsville, the daughter of August and Catherine (Arnold) Herman. On Aug. 26, 1961, in Wellsville, she married  Karlton Brandes with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary prior to his passing on April 18, 2012.

Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School, a 1958 graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and a 1977 graduate of Alfred University with a master’s degree in Elementary Education.

Joanne was a compassionate lifelong teacher who was employed by Wellsville Central Schools from 1977 to 1992, as a Reading Specialist. Prior to marriage, she taught in Chattanooga TN (1956-1957), Bristol CT (1958-1960) and Plainview Long Island (1960-1961).  After retirement, she enjoyed traveling, camping, canoeing, hiking, playing the violin, volunteering with the Allegany County Mental Health Association, delivering Allegany County Meals on Wheels, and helping Habitat for Humanity.

She was an active member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, where she lovingly and joyfully served our Lord in many capacities.

She is survived by her children Mark (Sheila Garvey) Brandes of Titusville, FL., Paul (Anne Marie Hinkle) Brandes of Waynesboro PA., Christopher (Tamara Hile) Brandes of Sebastian FL., and Jonathan (Lori Cole) Brandes of Wellsville. Her precious grandchildren:  Morgan, Cassidy, Hannah, Abigail, Ava, Emily, Evelyn, Teagin and Tiernee Brandes, and a great granddaughter, Alice.  She will be also missed by her nieces, nephews and many special friends.

She was predeceased in addition to her parents, husband, by her brothers, Bruce and James Herman; and her sister, Janet Herman Lang.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Shepherd of the Valley Church, or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, November 20, 2020

Jack W. Bilby, 69

Wellsville, NY - Jack W. Bilby, 69, formerly of 3711 County Road 28, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Absolut of Houghton, with his loving friend Lauren at his side. He was born on May 4, 1951 in Wellsville, the son of the late Woodrow and Helen (Dixon) Bilby. On September 28, 1984 in Wellsville he married the former Sandra Gray who predeceased him on November 29, 2015. 

Jack was raised in Wellsville, and was formerly employed by Allegany Arc. He also was a handyman who enjoyed painting houses, and working for Papa Louie's Concessions during the summer months. 

Surviving  are two daughters, Michelle (Martin) Seamans of Olean and Helen Bilby of Wellsville; one granddaughter, Aubree Seamans; siblings, Robert (Tammy) Bilby, Lonnie (Nikki) Bilby, Clyde Bilby, Floyd (Donna) Bilby, Fred Bilby, Frank (Debra) Bilby, Lena Bilby, Mable (Bruce Weber); sister-in-law Joyce Bilby; and several nieces and nephews. 

Jack was predeceased in addition to his parents and his wife by three brothers John, William “Bill”, and Woodrow “Woody”.

A memorial service is being planned, and will be announced at a later date. Please  consider memorial donations to the Crosstown Alliance Church, 450 N. Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Gregory R. Winterhalter, 59

Belmont, NY - Gregory R. Winterhalter, 59, of 84 Greenwich Street, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on November 8, 1961 in Wellsville, NY the son of  John “Jack” and Helen (Whitney) Winterhalter. 

Greg was raised in Belmont and was a 1980 graduated of Belmont Central School. He was employed by the Laidlaw Shop in Belmont; Great Lakes Cheese in Cuba for twenty years; and most recently was a foreman for the Village of Belmont until his death. Greg was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 808, a life member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, and an avid hunter. 

He is survived by: his companion, Ellen Graham of Belmont; three sons, Joshua Winterhalter of Winter Park, FL, Josh Graham of Wellsville, and Jacob Winterhalter of Belmont; three grandchildren; his parents, Jack and Helen Winterhalter of Belmont; a sister, Mary Jo (Michael Trivisondoli) Healey of Angelica, a brother, Jeffery (Christa Zenoski) Winterhalter of Belmont; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and his beloved black lab Zoey. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be private and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to Amity Rescue or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit 

Friday, November 13, 2020

David C. Graves Sr., 85

Wellsville, NY - David C. Graves Sr., 85, of Wellsville, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020. He was born in Wellsville on October 8, 1935 the son of the late Richard and Eleanor Graves. In 1956 he married his wife, Ruth Henry. 

Dave was a 1954 Wellsville High School graduate. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United State Air Force; where he had an illustrious twenty-year career in which he earned the rank Senior Master Sargent. He loved serving his country and held many different assignments during his time in the service. He served in the Korean War and served two tours in Vietnam. He often talked about being assigned to the Air Commando's and his duty in Ethiopia training the local military. In fact, being station at McCord Air Force Base in Washington was how Dave met his wife Ruth. After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, Dave brought his family to his home, Allegany County – the place he loved. In February of 1977, he married Janice Dickerson. Dave then managed the Kwik Fill gas stations for twenty-six years. 

Dave is survived by: his daughter Vikki Kruger of Florida; his son Marty (Amy) Graves of South Dakota; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: His wife, Ruth; and his son Dave Jr. 

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, a graveside memorial service will be held at a later date. Dave will be buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Friendship, NY, next to his wife Ruth Graves. To leave online condolences please visit 

Sharon Northup Evans

Wellsville, NY - Sharon Northup Evans, formerly of the Stannards Road, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born in Hornell, the daughter of the late Kenneth W. and Dora E. (Miller) Northup. On January 15, 1966 in Webster, NY she married Burt Evans, who survives. 

Sharon was raised in Hornell and graduated from Arkport Central School. She was first employed at Day's Grocery in Hornell, and later as a nurse's aide at several nursing homes in the Hornell and Wellsville area. In 1980 she moved to Wellsville, and was an active member of the Riverside Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and meeting her friends for lunch at McDonald's and Burger King. 

She is survived by: her husband, Burt; a daughter, Susan L. Evans of Geneseo; a brother, James (Sharon) Northup of Wayne, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sharon was predeceased by: a daughter, Dorie Evans in 1988. 

A private Graveside service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo, NY.  To leave online condolences please visit