Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dorotha E. Harris

Whitesville, NY - Dorotha E. Harris, 95, of 839 Harris Road passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville following a brief illness. She was born July 9, 1918 in the Town of Willing the daughter of Archie R. and Fannie (Clark) Foster. On July 4, 1935 in Wellsville she married Lester W. Harris who predeceased her on June 22, 2005.

Dorotha attended the Whitesville United Methodist Church, was a member of the Whitesville Senior Citizens and the Whitesville Cheery Circle Club. She had been an active member of the Yorks Grange, the Independence Historical Society and was a former 4H leader and county officer. She and her husband will be remembered as maple syrup producers. She enjoyed making quilts for family and friends and was well known for her smile and laughter.

She is survived by two sons, Cecil (Maxine) Harris of Casper, WY and Elton (Kristine) Harris of Painted Post, five grandchildren, Tony, Brian, Craig, Dan and Chad Harris, several great- grandchildren, one sister, Virginia Bassett of Alfred as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, William, Archie Edward and Eugene Foster and three sisters, Francelia McGraw, Fannie McGill and Loie Odell.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 12 noon to 2 pm at the Whitesville United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow visitation at 2 pm in the church. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Hart Comfort House, the Independence Historical Society or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Venerino "Frank" Morabito

Alma, NY - Venerino "Frank" Morabito, 80, of 5595 County Road 38 passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with his family at his side. He was born June 10, 1933 in Rochester the son of Sebastiano and Rosaria "Sarah" (Palazzolo) Morabito. On August 17, 1957 in St. Mary's of the Lake Church in Watkins Glen he married Barbara J. Raub who survives. 

Frank was a 1952 graduate of Edison Technical and Industrial High School in Rochester. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U.S. Air Force. He was the owner & operator of V.F.M. Refrigeration in Rochester until moving to Wellsville in 1979, where was self employed until his retirement. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are five daughters, Catherine (Garrett) Smith of Atlanta, GA, Christine Morabito of Wellsville, Carolyn (John) Walsh and Barbara Morabito both of Rochester and Susan (Steve) Chakmakjian of Fort Collins, CO, 12 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one sister, Santina Traino of Webster as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Venerino Morabito, one sister, Giochinna Morabito and a son-in-law, Bret Farrow. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, from 2-4 & 7-9 pm and Wednesday from 10 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester. The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Paul Starr

Belmont, NY - Paul Starr, 74, of 4901 Hood Road passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville Florida with his wife at his side. He was born September 17, 1939 in New Britain, CT. the son of the late Stephen and Mary (Eastwood) Starr. On July 19, 1961 in Hornell he married Brenda Knickerbocker who survives.

 Paul was raised on a farm in Hartsville and attended Canisteo Central School. Paul enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1959 and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Upon completing his service to his country in 1964, he settled in Belmont NY. He later graduated from DeVry College with a degree in Electronics. He was employed as an electrician at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 38 years; retiring in 2003.

Paul was a natural teacher. He and his wife spent many hours and weekends teaching hunter safety courses, boy scouts, and swimming lessons. Those who received training from Paul knew him as a tough but thorough, and memorable teacher. He enjoyed skeet shooting with his family and friends as well as wood carving.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Paul (Tammy) Starr of Baldwinsville and Michael (Kimmysue) Starr of Scottsville, three daughters, Christine (Thomas) Zajicek of Big Flats, Valerie (William) Burton of Belmont, and Colleen (Steven) Cavagna of Andover, 12 grandchildren, one brother, Peter Starr of Altoona, PA as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Timothy, a grandson, Cory, three brothers, Joseph, Stephen and John and one sister, Lucille. He was a loving husband and father, who will deeply missed.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Interment with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Angelica Conservation Club/Youth Programs % Bob Jones, 249 East Main Street, Angelica, NY 14709. To leave online condolences, please visit

Monday, November 18, 2013

Edna Sarah Best

Alma, NY - Edna Sarah Best, 79, of 166 Pump Station Road was reunited with the Lord on Sunday, November 17, 2013 with her loving family at her side. She was born August 2, 1934 in Clearfield, PA the daughter of the late Clyde and Bertha (Lucas) Welch. On July 12, 1952 in Clearfield she married Jesse Best III who survives.

Edna was formerly employed as a nurse's aid at Ransomville Hospital and Mt. View Nursing Care Facility in Lockport. She loved to play bingo, the lottery and scratch off tickets. She also enjoyed making crafts and sewing.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three sons, Garry Best of Williamsport, PA, Jesse Best IV of Ransomville and Paul (Cheryl) Best of Niagara Falls, three daughters, Sandra (Marvin) Buck of Carlsbad, NM, DeAnn (Richard) Burns of Ransomville and Christina (Helene) Cox of Getzville, 13 grandchildren, Deanna, Deneen, Jimmy John, Shauna, Jesse V, Daylean, Keith, Kevin, Miranda, Allan II, Christina, Sylvester and Michael, 27 great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren, a twin sister, Edith Mihalko of Morrisdale, PA, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by one daughter, Randie Lee Doucette, a granddaughter, Jessica Curry, a daughter-in-law, Denise Best, five sisters, Mary, Theona, Gladis, Bertha and Eva and six brothers, Charlie, Carl, Floyd, Herb, Haskell and Elmer.

At Edna's request, there will be no service or visitation. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Charles Cole Hospital, Memorial Fund in Coudersport, PA. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Arlene M. Aaron

Wellsville, NY - Arlene M. Aaron, age 81, of Stevens Street passed away at home surrounded by her family on Friday, November 08, 2013. She was born on April 19, 1932 in Hornell to Henry  and Kathleen  Gibson Gottschall. On November 23, 1985 in Wellsville she married William S. "Bill" Aaron who predeceased her on October 21, 1999.

Arlene was raised in Hornell and had been a resident of Whitesville. She was employed by A.C.E.S. at Alfred State College for 21 years. Arlene was a former member of the Saint Ignatius Church in Hornell and currently was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Her memberships include the Women of the Moose Chapter #248 and the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702 Auxiliary both of Wellsville. Arlene took great pride in decorating her house during the holidays especially at Christmas time. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, playing euchre at the Community Center as well as cooking and baking for her large family. Arlene will be remembered as the matriarch of her family with a tender loving heart who kept her family together in good times and bad times.  

Arlene is survived by a son Gary (Sandy) Ordway of Wellsville; 5 daughters, Connie (Don Rodgers) White of Duryea, PA., Bonnie (Ed) Billings of Whitesville, Deborah Ordway Parker of Wellsville, Darlene (Larry) Fox of Whitesville and Sharon (Dan) Worden of Wellsville; her daughter in law, Pam Ordway of Meadville, PA; 3 sisters, Ruth Kendall of Hornell, Mary Lou Daniels of Arkport and Jeanne Babcock of Michigan; a sister in law, Fran Gottschall; 16 grandchildren as well as several great grand children, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arlene was predeceased by a son, Lawrence R. Ordway; a brother, Richard Gottschall and a granddaughter, Kathleen Worden.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, November 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Arlene's funeral will be held on Tuesday at 11 am in the funeral home with Reverend Dennis Munro presiding. Burial will take place in Whitesville Rural Cemetery and memorials in her name may be given to Susan G. Koman "For the Cure" 5005 LBJ Freeway, Dallas Texas, 75244. To leave online condolences please visit

Marian Teresa "Tess" Tullar

WELLSVILLE - Marian Teresa "Tess" Tullar, 84, of 497 North Main St., passed away in her home on Thursday, (Nov. 7, 2013).

Teresa was born May 14, 1929, in Belmont, NY., the daughter of Leo and Marian Jadwin Hunt. In August 1949 she married Bayard C. Tullar who pre-deceased her in January, 1990.

She had resided in Wellsville for the past nine years having previously lived in Green Valley AZ. where she and her husband Bayard had retired to in 1980.

Teresa was a graduate of Belmont High School Class of 1947 and attended D'Youville College in Buffalo, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Wellsville.

Teresa was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family.  A special thanks is extended to the superb group of caregivers who lovingly attended to Mrs. Tullar's needs over the past eight years.

Surviving are sons Bayard C. Tullar IV of Alma, Thomas E. (Rhonda) Tullar of Rogue River, OR; daughters, Gwynneth T. (Richard) Shear of Wellsville, Patricia Tullar and Tamara Tullar both of Rogue River, OR.  Also surviving are grandchildren, Katie, Caleb,Teresa, Angie, Jake, Paige, Jennifer, Tiffany, and April, as well as great-grandchildren.  She was pre-deceased by her husband in 1990, a brother, Donald Hunt of Belmont, NY, a grandson, Bayard C. Tullar IV, and an infant grand-daughter, Jennifer Tullar.

There will be no visitation.  A private family service celebrating her life is planned for a later date. Burial will be at the family plot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville..

Memorials may be made to Jones Memorial Hospital (Emergency Room), 191 North Main St., Wellsville, NY  14895 or a charity of the donor's choice..

To leave online condolences please visit

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Laura Jean "Jeannie" Marsh

Belmont, NY - Laura Jean "Jeannie" Marsh, age 80, of County Route 48 passed away at home on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. She was born in Belmont to Clyde and Lottie Smith Hanchett. On April 23, 1955 in Belmont she married James Robert "Bob" Marsh who predeceased her on May 15, 2010.

Jeannie was a lifelong resident of Belmont who graduated from Belmont Central High School. She later graduated from the Doyle Beauty School in Buffalo and the Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City. She had her own beauty shop at Tuckers Corners and then taught cosmetology at BOCES for 23 years retiring in 1988. Jeanie was a member of the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association as well as a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Belmont. Jeannie's love was her church, family, work and community. She was an active member of the church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, Youth Club Leader, had been a deaconess and along with her husband Bob, volunteered for 12 years at the Baptist Bible College in Clark Summit, PA.

Survivors include, 2 sons, Gary (Sherry) Marsh of Belmont and Robert (Laurie) Marsh of Wilmington Delaware; a daughter, Gail (Michael) Higgins of Ranson, West Virginia; eight grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; a brother, Edward (Sally) Hanchett of Belmont.

Jeannie was predeceased by a brother, Donald Hanchett and a sister, Anna Mae Aylor.

Friends may attend a memorial service on Saturday, November 16 at 2 pm in the First Baptist Church in Belmont with reverend Roger Downer presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont and in lieu of flowers memorials in her name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Belmont . To leave online condolences please visit

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Geraldine B. Long

Wellsville, NY - Geraldine B. Long, 93, of 3895 Fordsbrook Road passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at the Highland Park Care Center following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born on February 4, 1920 in Elmira the daughter of Harry and Lucinda (Bellows) Wolf. On June 3, 1944 in Elmira she married Robert W. Long who predeceased her on June 4, 2011.

Geraldine was a resident of Elmira and Horseheads area for many years before moving to Wellsville in 1991. She was a former employee of the A & P Store in Elmira Heights; Bendix Corporation in Elmira and for many years was a beautician out of her home in Horseheads. She was a loving mother and grandmother, an accomplished seamstress and an avid swimmer. The family would like to thank the staff at Highland Park for their loving care of our mother over the past 11 years. 

She is survived by one daughter, Sharon Becz of Florida, NY, one son, Richard (Mary Anne) Long of Wellsville, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren as well as several nieces & nephews.

A private service is being planned for a later date. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences, please visit