Thursday, January 19, 2012

M. Lois Elliott

Wellsville, NY - M. Lois Elliott of East Genesee Street passed on to her new life surrounded by her family on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at home. She was born in Geneva on January16, 1928 to Patrick and Gertrude O'Malley Hennessy. Lois married R. Wayne Elliott at Hempstead Long Island who predeceased her on February 24, 2006 after 54 years of marriage.

Lois graduated from St Francis de Sale High School in Geneva and later from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Elmira. She then served in the US Air Force as a second Lieutenant stationed at Mitchell Air Force Base, Hempstead Long Island. She and her husband lived in Port Allegany Pennsylvania for 20 years before moving to Rochester for 3 years and then to Wellsville for the last 25 years. Lois and Wayne worked together in Elliott's Bakery and Restaurant before she returned to professional nursing. She worked at the Port Allegany Hospital, Charles Cole Hospital, Sena' Kean Manor, Director of Nursing at Lakeshore Nursing Home in Rochester and then finished her nursing career at the Wellsville Manor. Her biggest interest in life was her family and she took great pride in watching them grow and become who they are today. Lois took a great interest in reading and at one time made quilts. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville the American Legion Post 702.

Survivors include: a daughter, Susan (Albert) Meyer; a daughter in law, Kathy Elliott; 3 sons, Mark (Linda) Elliott, Jonathan (Cheryl) Elliott and Gregory (Lori) Elliott; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; long time special and dear friends, Anne Walsh of Geneva and Betty Heffernan of Dayton, OH.

Besides her husband Lois was predeceased by her beloved son David in 2006 as well as her loving mentor Charles Kleinhenz; a sister, Helen Dwyer; 2 brothers, Jack and Alan Hennessy.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 22, 2012, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer Service will be held on Monday at 10 am in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 am in the Immaculate Conception Church with Father Sean DiMaria Celebrant. Burial with full military honors will take place in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the David A. Howe Library or to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

June C. Williams

Wellsville, NY - June C. Williams of 50 Johnson Street went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 18, 2012. She was born on February 12, 1923 in Eldred, PA. to Laverne F. and Eva Cook. In 1942 she married William J. Carpenter who predeceased her in 1978. In 1981, she married James D. Williams who predeceased her in 2008.

June was a graduate of Wellsville Central School and was employed by the former Citizens Bank and retired from the then Key Bank in 1981. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville.

June is survived by a daughter Sandra (David) Goodsell and a son Jerry (Alyce) Carpenter both of Wellsville. A step daughter, Jamie (Gary) Witmer of Virginia Beach and 2 stepsons, Sam (Lori) Williams of Kitty Hawk, NC. and Hal Williams of El Paso, TX. She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Brent Goodsell and Scott (Kim) Goodsell both of Clifton Springs, NY., Terra (Nick) Dustin of Hamburg and Megan Carpenter of Wellsville; 8 step grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. June was predeceased by a brother Therold "Terry" Cook.

There will be no visitation or service and burial will be held at the convenience of the family in the Stannards Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to either the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville or to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Ida "Joyce" Thompson

Wellsville, NY - Ida "Joyce" Thompson, 80, of 17 East Hanover Street passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born January 3, 1932 in Canisteo the daughter of the late Thomas and Alma (York) Taylor. On October 3, 1953 in Wellsville she married Jeffrey T. Thompson who survives.

Joyce resided in Canisteo and Greenwood until her family moved to Wellsville in 1940. She was a 1949 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed at Sanbourn Pharmacy and Coats Drug Store in Wellsville. She was a life member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Ellen (Karl) Perkins of Andover and Valerie Wells of Alden, four grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by one brother, Thomas D. Taylor and one sister, Marian Stephens.

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville with Rev. Stan Scoville presiding. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the David A. Howe Public Library or the Hospice Memorial Fund at Jones Memorial Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Dennis L. Winship

Wellsville, NY - Dennis L. Winship, 63, of 3186 Route 417 died on Monday, January 9, 2012 at home. He was born March 13, 1948 in Wellsville the son of the late George R. and Viola (Chapel) Winship. He was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville High School, received an Associate Degree from Alfred State College, a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Alfred University.

Dennis was formerly employed Jones Memorial Hospital, Harris Supply Company, the Wellsville County Club and Kerton's Florist & Greenhouse.

He is survived by three brothers, Caryl Winship of Olean, Martin Winship of Allegany and Roger Winship of Ogdensburg, two sisters, Georgia Winship of Little Genesee and Roberta Hall of Nottingham, PA as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

At Dennis's request there will be no visitation or funeral. Memorial donations may be made to the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Darlene Mae Irish

Wellsville - Darlene Mae Irish of Irish Avenue went to be with her Lord and Savior at home on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was born on November 4, 1934 in Alma to Elmer A. and Dorothy M. ( Jackson) Brownell Sr. On December 4, 1952 she married Cecil E. Irish who survives.

Darlene graduated from Wellsville High School in 1952. She was employed by Wellsville Central Schools as a baker where she retired after 17 years. Darlene devoted her time to caring for her home and family as well as reading and doing cross word puzzles. She was a member and served as an officer of the Shongo Country Chapel.

Surviving besides her husband are; a son, Cecil (Mary) Irish; 3 daughters, Vonda Frazier, Valerie ( Michael ) Macri and Darla (Pete Thorburn) Curtis; seven grandchildren, Jodi (John) Roney, CJ (Katie) Irish, Conner and Cooper Frazier, Danielle (William) Turk, Morgan and Rachel Curtis; 3 great grandchildren; a special niece Jeanna Brownell as well as several nieces and nephews.

Darlene was predeceased by her parents, a brother Elmer A. Brownell Jr. and a granddaughter Amanda Mae Irish

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 7, 2012, from 1 to 3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral will be held following the calling hours at 3 pm with Rev. Lewis Mericle presiding. Burial will be in the York's Corners Cemetery and memorials may be made the National Kidney Foundation at National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY. 10016.To leave online condolences please visit

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

John F. "Jack" Colligan

Wellsville, NY - John F. "Jack" Colligan passed away on Wednesday, January 04, 2012, at the Highland Park following a lengthy illness. He was born in Wellsville on November 23, 1931, the son of Charles Cornelius and Catherine Marie (Dahill) Colligan. On August 16, 1952 he married the former Edith Neu.

Jack was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and in 1949 from Wellsville High School. He attended Canisius College, but then enlisted in the United States Air Force to serve during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge, he graduated from Alfred State College. Jack was a Retail Accounts Manager for the McKesson Drug Company retiring in 1989 and was affiliated with Robart's Realty until his retirement from there in 2008. Jack was a former member of the Jones Memorial Board of Directors and served on the Wellsville Town Board from 1990 until 2006 serving as Councilman and Deputy Supervisor. In 2007, he assumed the position of Democratic Election Commissioner for Allegany County, retiring December 31, 2009.

Jack was a member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company, The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Loyal Order of Moose, and held several positions within the American Legion. He was Past Commander of Post 702, Past County Commander, and Past Chef deGare of Voiture #1006 of the La Societe Des 40 Hommes Et 8 Chevaux. Along with his family, Jack helped start the Wellsville Area Satellite for the Variety Club of Buffalo to serve the sick and handicapped children of Western New York. He was also a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Parish. In 2001, he was honored by the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce with the Spirit of Wellsville Award and in 2007, from the Variety Club of Buffalo for the Volunteer of the year. He was known for many years as the local Santa Claus, traveling with his elves, Dick Murphy and John Sweeney to visit area nursing homes and shut-ins during the holiday seasons.

Jack is survived by one son, Timothy (Suzanne) Colligan of Wellsville; a grandson, Christopher (Natalie) Ricci of Clermont, FL.; a granddaughter, Erin (Jeremy) Dahlgren of Wellsville; great grandchildren, Christopher and Nicholas Ricci of Clermont, FL. and Brooklyn and Wheeler Dahlgren of Wellsville; A sister, Shirley Gostley of Wellsville; a brother, Donald (Brenda) Colligan of Wake Forest, NC.; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by a daughter, Denise Elaine Ricci in 1979, a brother, Charles Kenneth Colligan in 1949, a sister, Norma Marie Kensek in 2005 and a grandson Shane Timothy Colligan.

Friends are invited to call on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will be held on Saturday at 10:30 am in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Father Sean DiMaria will serve as Celebrant and burial with full military honors will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the scholarship funds of the American Legion or the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks or to St. Bonaventure University/ Shane Colligan fund. Also donations may be made to the David A. Howe Public Library, the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company or the Variety Club of Buffalo.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Louise O. Schrlau

Wellsville, NY - Louise O. Schrlau, 82, formerly of 115 E. State Street went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, January 2, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born September 22, 1929 in Scio the daughter of the late Merle and Gladys (Ost) Jackson.

Louise was known for her love of God, family, friends, for her smile and her unique sense of humor. She has resided for the past eight years at Manor Hills and was a member of the Riverside Assembly of God Church.

She is survived by six children, Howard "Bill" (Kay) Schrlau of Wellsville, Onalee (Thomas) Weaver of Bradford, PA, Edward (Anna Riley) Schrlau of Smethport, Mary Barrett of Spencerport, Sandy (John Crawford) Sherwood of Wellsville and Sherrie (Timothy Niccloy) Schrlau of LeRoy, 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, one great granddaughter, three sisters, Mildred (Eugene) Smith of Scio, Hazel Jones of Bolivar and Phyllis (William) Jones of Bowling Green, KY, one brother, Leslie Jackson of Scio, a sister-in-law, Viva Jackson of Friendship and a devoted friend, Shirley Hosmer of Scio as well as several nieces & nephews.

She was predeceased by her two brothers, Millard and William Jackson, a brother-in-law, Elmer Jones, two sisters-in-law, Angie Jackson and Mary Lou Jackson, a great granddaughter, Azriel Butler and her former husband, Clifford Schrlau.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 5, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Friday at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. John Francisco presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Raymond L. Orvis

Wellsville, NY - Raymond L. Orvis passed away Saturday, December 31, 2011 at home in Wellsville, NY with his family by his side. He was born April 16, 1946 in North Hornell to the late Elbert and Lula Belle (Marvin) Orvis, the eldest of two sons and two daughters.

Ray proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1964-1968, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. On July 11, 1970, Ray married the love of his life, Helen L. Coats, in Wellsville, NY.

Ray was formerly employed as a route foreman for Elmhurst Dairy in Wellsville, a bar manager and assistant manager at the Cameo Restaurant in Wellsville and a lead man for Friendship Dairies.

He took great pride in his well-kept yard and enjoyed going to auctions, estate sales, garage sales, and going to McDonalds to read the paper and have coffee with his brother and good friends. He also enjoyed helping his wife with her day care business, as they watched and took care of many wonderful children in Wellsville, NY, all of whom they loved dearly.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He cherished the times he spent teaching his grandchildren how to fish at local ponds and the Genesee River, holiday meals with the entire family, and taking everyone to the Wellsville Balloon Rally.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Camille L. (Jeff) Ricupito, of Corona, CA, and Brandy Orvis, of Scio, a son-in-law, Jacob Beaton of Wellsville, three grandchildren, Jennifer Beaton and Jesse Beaton, and Ryan Ricupito, one brother, Robert Orvis and two sisters, Donna Orvis and Penny (Dale) Angood all of Wellsville, along with two nieces and a great niece.

The family wishes to express their gratitude for all of the support they received from friends during the last month as Ray battled his cancer courageously. Thanks also to Jacob, Sabrena and relatives for their bedside vigils.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 7, 2011 from 11:00 am to 12 noon at the Duke Hose Company, 80 Stevens Street in Wellsville. A memorial luncheon will follow visitation at 12 noon.

Memorial donations can be made to the Wellsville Little League in honor of Jesse Beaton or the Wellsville Marching Band in honor of Jennifer Beaton. To leave online condolences, please visit