Monday, September 24, 2012

Carol K. "Kato" Aldrich

Scio, NY - Carol K. "Kato" Aldrich, 76, of 4557 Charles Street died Thursday, September 20, 2012 shortly after arrival at St. Mary's Hospital in Tucson, Arizona. He was born February 14, 1936 in the Town of Alma, the son of the late Harry and Ida (Gowdy) Aldrich. On December 26, 1964 in Wellsville he married Carole Seaman who survives. 

Kato was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served in the U.S. Army with the 7th Infantry Division from 1955 to 1958. He was employed as a mechanical engineer for Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 39 years, retiring in 1996. He also operated Kato's Katering and provided private and charitable catering for many years. He was an active member of the First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellsville and was voted "Gabby Hayes look-alike" at "Gabby Hayes Days" in Downtown Wellsville for many years. He also was the "right hand man" for the Scio Marching Band for many years. He loved God, Family and his many friends and enjoyed hunting, hospitality and farm life.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Stephen (Mary) Aldrich of Port Orange, FL, Ken (Amy) Aldrich of Sarasota, FL, three daughters, Pam Aldrich of Bolivar, Lisa (Jim) Mance of Churchville and Melissa (James) Fuhry of Scio, 12 grandchildren, Charmaine Wade, Robert (Amber) Wade, Courtney Aldrich, Adam Aldrich, Andrew Aldrich, Aaron Mance, Jacob Mance, Eliza Mance, Hannah Mance, Noel Aldrich, Ben Aldrich and Molly Aldrich, two great grandchildren, Eli and Izabell Wade, two brothers, Harley (Lynne) Aldrich of Tucson, AZ and Glenn (Diane) Aldrich of Penfield, two sisters, Maxine Jackson of Wellsville and Peggy Aldrich of Buffalo as well as many nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Edward, Frank and Donald Aldrich and five sisters, Josephine Griffin, Theresa Aldrich, Doris Brown, Betty Russell and Loretta Halliday.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:30 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the church with Rev. Robert Morris presiding. Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity, Hart Comfort House or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Mrs. Aldrich and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of Mr. Aldrich passing. My prayers go out to you all. I won't be able to make the service, I'm having back surgery on the 26th. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Keri Bush (Mitchell) Class of 94.

  2. Carole, Steve, Lisa, Ken and Melissa -

    I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. For all the things that I was involved with at Scio, some of my fondest memories are of my time in band and marching band and your Dad was a huge part of those experiences. He was always in the background getting things done and never getting much credit, yet all of us who marched knew how important he was to the group and that he would do anything for any of us.

    You have a wonderful family and clearly he was a big part in creating that and helping you all become that wonderful people that you are. i am so sorry that I will not be able to be there to celebrate his life with you, but please know that I will be thinking about you all over the next few days.

    May God bless and look over you all during the difficult days ahead and help you remember what a wonderful person your dad is and how he lives on within each of you.

    I am truly sorry for your great loss.

    Tom Brush Jr.