Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Mary Lou Fanton

Wellsville, NY - Mary Lou Fanton, 78, of 3355 Madison Hill passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born September 3, 1935 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Eugene and Catherine (Millburn) Horn. On May 16, 1954 in Wellsville she married Gene Fanton who survives.

Mary Lou was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was first employed at Air Pre-Heater Company in Wellsville and after moving to San Diego, California she worked at Sears in Chula Vista, California. When the family returned to Wellsville she was employed at the First Trust Union Bank and for many years at Burrows Furniture. She was a member of the Christian Temple, where she loved singing in the choir. She was also a Lady Elk and was an avid bowler with the Wellsville Woman's Bowling League.

Mary Lou had a distinctive laugh and a pleasant personality that brighten the day of everyone she met. In high school she was president of the Student Council, a cheerleader and the Prom Queen. She loved music and was a loving mother to her four boys. She never forgot to acknowledge her grandchildren and great grandchildren's birthdays.  

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Gene Fanton Jr., Carl (Kim) Fanton of Wellsville and Jim (Denise) Fanton of Belmont, 15 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, one sister, Shirley (John) Giopulos of Wellsville, two sisters-in-law, Dorothea Heers of Wellsville and Beverly Rahr of California as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Bill Fanton, a grandson, Carl Fanton Jr., a great grandson, Michael Fanton and a sister, Cate Horn Tomah.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Christian Temple in Wellsville with Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations, in lieu of flowers to the Christian Temple. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Carl..Kim.. & Family.... sorry for loss of your Mother, my condolences , prayers & thought with you.. Mary Lou & Family

  2. Very sorry to hear of another loss for your family. My condolences to you all.

  3. Mary Lou was one of the most wonderful & amazing woman I have ever had the honor of knowing...She was my rock thru many storms and I will always have her in a special place in my heart...Thank You Mom . Cathy

  4. I am very sorry for your loss, and, to the Rahr's as it is from them that I know what a wonderful Aunt she was.