Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Elizabeth Hennessy “Betty” Searle

Wellsville, NY - Elizabeth Hennessy “Betty” Searle of 249 North Main Street passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on March 4, 1924 in Friendship to James and Catherine Connor Hennessy. On June 1, 1946 at St. Joseph’s Church in Scio she married James E. Searle who predeceased her on August 2, 1997.

Betty graduated from Scio Central School in 1942, from Rochester Business Institute in 1943 and was employed in Wellsville at Worthington Pump and Machinery Company as a secretary during World War II. After the war she became a homemaker, devoted wife and loving mother residing as the “Gatekeeper” of Meadowbrook Court for 61 years. She welcomed all who crossed the bridge and was a mother to many who grew up there.

Her love for works of charity came from her devotion to her Catholic Faith. She volunteered at Jones Memorial Hospital, Immaculate Conception School, she delivered for Meals on Wheels, was a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader, Past President of the Immaculate Conception Altar and Rosary Society and a life time member of Beta Sigma Phi.

Betty was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and local sports supporter. She could often be seen with her friends and family at high school football and basketball games cheering for the Wellsville Lions. She will be missed as a loyal friend and fun traveling companion.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Ann (William) Hendrick, Judith (Doug) Lynch and Jeanne (Kevin) Harris; a son Patrick (Jacqueline Dean) Searle; 3 sisters, Mary Ellen (Richard) Brunell, Cathleen (Frank) Linnecke and Agnes (Thomas) Brush; a brother, Thomas (Mary) Hennessy; a sister in law, Mary Lou Hennessy;10 grandchildren, Bridgette Norton, Andrew, Kathryn, Maureen and Daniel Harris, Kelly Elliot, George Lynch, Ryan, Lauren and Gretchen Searle; 7 great grandchildren, Allison and Grace Norton, Hunter, Kalin and Holden Elliott, Esmae Gardner Harris and Parker Harris; several nieces and nephews:

Betty was predeceased by her parents James and Catherine, her husband James; her brothers James and his wife Mary Ellen, William and his wife Corinne and John Hennessy; a grandson Donald Wilson; nephew Patrick Hennessy and a niece Lennae Beatty.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 2 to 5 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A rosary will be recited at 1:30 pm by the Altar and Rosary Society prior to visitation in the Funeral Home. On Monday, April 6, 2015, friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 9:30 to 10:30 am followed by a Prayer Service at 10:30am. A Mass of Christian Burial will then be celebrated at 11am in the Immaculate Conception Church with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Betty’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House, Father Brown Mission Club, Immaculate Conception School, Immaculate Conception Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. You were a class act, Betty. Thanks for raising 4 great kids.

  2. To the Family of Elizabeth Hennessy Searle. I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one, Betty. May the God of comfort heal your heart. The passing of someone you love can be a very hard thing to deal with. I hope you can find comfort in the promise of the resurrection mentioned in the Bible at John 5:28&29. Sincerely, Kristy jw.org

  3. I am so sorry to hear this. I just spoke with her two weeks ago. She was so sweet and kind

  4. We are very sorry for the loss of your Mother Betty. She was a wonderful lady and had her arms open to all. We will miss her warm smile that she would always give to anyone who met her. God will give you all the strength to continue knowing Betty is always watching over you all. We loved
    her dearly and will miss her as you do. Love Jim and Millie Horn

  5. Our sincere condolences to Betty's family. We are sorry to be away and not able to attend Betty's service. We always looked forward to seeing her on our visits to Wellsville over many years. A wonderful neighbor and friend. Love, Dick & Sandra McGavern

  6. What memories. Aunt Betty was such an important part of my childhood growing up in Meadow Brook Ct. Then we moved to Florida and did not get to see her as often but really looked forward too and enjoyed her Florida visits. You will be greatly missed Aunt Betty Love you�� Lisa (Sweet) Founrain