Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Matthew J. Martinelli

Andover, NY - Matthew J. Martinelli, 24, of 2526 County Road 22 passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 03, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born January 15, 1986 in Blacksburg, VA the son of Steven J. and Joyce A. (Furey) Martinelli. He was a 2005 graduate of Wellsville High School and was attending St. Bonaventure University. He was employed by Allegany ARC in Wellsville.

He is survived by his Father and step mother, Steven and Mary Martinelli of Andover, his mother, Joyce A. Furey of Olean, two brothers, Steven R. Blaske of Olean and Vincent Ryan Martinelli of Andover, two sisters, Crystal (Jeff) Kloss of Bradford, PA and Ashley Furey of Olean, a step-sister, Nikki Pensyl and a step-brother, Richard Pensyl both of Whitesville his paternal grandparents, John and Margaret Martinelli of Olean, his maternal grandparents, John and Peggy Furey of Olean as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. On Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 9:00 am a prayer will be offered in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial that will be celebrated Saturday at 11:00 am in the St. Bonaventure University Chapel with Rev. F. Patrick Melfi as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or to St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. You are also invited to bring a single Christmas ornament that will be used to decorate a Christmas tree in memory of Matthew during the annual Downtown Wellsville Christmas celebration. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Steve, Mary and Ryan...

    So sorry for your loss. Even though I lost both my mom and dad recently, I can't even imagine losing a son and brother. If there is anything I can do for you folks, I am here for you.

    Jim Graham

  2. Steve and family: I was so sorry to hear that your son passed away. I am sure you will miss him. You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    (Sue Herr Conklin)

  3. Dear Martinelli Family:
    I'm Elise DeVido, a professor at Bonas, Matthew is my student in World History!!!I'm so shocked and sad to hear this news! I'm in North Carolina now so I cannot attend the services but will give a donation, and I have an Ornament for his memory!
    God Bless you and keep you in this awful time,

  4. Steve, We're very sorry to hear of the loss of your son. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Ron Halpenny
    Ann Hodkinson

  5. Steve and Family: I am so sorry to see that Matthew passed away. I can't imagine what you and your family are going through. Matthew will be missed by everyone. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Bob and Debi Brooks

  6. We are so very sorry to learn of the loss of your son. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Tomasi Family

  7. Steve,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Jo Ellen York

  8. Dear Mr. Martinelli,
    I only knew you son at a distance. Your boys and my son, who is a couple years older, had the same child care provider. Then I would see them at church. So I really didn’t know them. However I did know that both your sons were totally involved with living life totally to the fullest. You did a nice job seeing to that.
    You were right there ~ totally committed to them. It was beautiful to see. They were lucky to have you. I always admired you as a Father.
    It is hard to even imagine how much you will miss your son. My heart goes out to you and your family.
    Be well,
    Betty Wattenberg
    (Rolling beach chair)

  9. Steve,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    MaryAnn Weber

  10. Martinelli Family,

    I am sure that no amount of condolences can ease the sorrow your family is experiencing at this time. The best way I know how to grieve the loss of a loved one is to share some moments of happiness. I met Matt all the way back in Elementary school. He was always fun to be around and as we grew up in school together I always considered him to be my friend. I still have pictures of us proudly showing off our dolphin aquarium we made together in 3rd grade! As we grew older and moved on to Middle school and then High school Matt and I shared a love of reading and I always enjoyed the insight he shared in class. He also seemed to always have a wealth of sports knowledge that I never had much interest in! Pictures before Homecoming, Snowball or Prom will never fade and the moves he had even in his wheelchair will always impress. Matt never let any physical difficulties impede him from achieving his dreams. It is truly his unwavering spirit and infectious smile that I will never forget. My regret is that I lost touch with Matt over the last year and that I am unable to pay my respects in person. If there is anything at all that I can do please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

    Your family and Matt is in my thoughts and prayers,

    Samantha Elliott