Thursday, April 28, 2016

Richard L."Dick" Blouvet, Sr.

Wellsville, NY - Richard L."Dick" Blouvet, Sr. age 82, a former resident of Scio passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the Highland Park Health Care Center. He was born on April 16, 1934 in Wellsville to Howard L. and Lina M. Scott Blouvet. On May 18, 1954 in Scio he married Wilma Margeson who survives him.

Dick retired from the New York State Department of Transportation in 1989 as an equipment operator after 36 years of service. His hobbies included attending horse trading conventions, working stock car and go cart races at Drum Raceway, hunting at Allegany State Park, throwing horse shoes, camping and golfing with one golf club. Dick will be laid to rest in Knight Creek Cemetery with his best friend Paul Merry.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Wilma; 2 sons, Richard L. (Tina) Blouvet Jr. of Cuba; William L. (Kathleen) Blouvet of Scio; 3 daughters, Barbara M. (Jim) Fanton of Wellsville, Rebecca L. (Mike) Washer of Ellington and Roxanne L. Blouvet of Wellsville; 39 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Dick was predeceased by his 3 brothers, Cory, Howard J. and Harold Blouvet.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 29, in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. His funeral service will take place on Saturday in the Funeral Home at 12 noon with Reverend Diane Cox presiding. Burial will take place in Knights Creek Cemetery and in lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Highland Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Activities Department at 160 Seneca Street Wellsville, New York.  14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, April 25, 2016

John G. Armstrong

Wellsville, NY - John G. Armstrong, age 63, of 23 South Main Street passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 26, 1952 in Wellsville to Clarence and Helen Armstrong. 

John was a lifelong resident of Wellsville who enjoyed playing bingo and attending yard sales. He had worked for Giant Food Mart, was for a time a home health care aid and later was a custodian for Wellsville Central Schools.

John is survived by 2 sons, Terry Armstrong of Belmont and Jonathan Armstrong of Wellsville; 2 daughters, Lori Armstrong of Wellsville and Tracy (Richard) Ahrens of Wellsville; 2 brothers, Glen Armstrong and Neal Cline; 3 sisters, Vina Wheaton, Olive Armstrong and Helen Coy; longtime companion Diana Fisher and the mother of his children Deborah Johnson.

John was predeceased by 3 brothers, Chub, Roy and Gordy Armstrong; 2 sisters, Alice Brownell and Jenny Greenman.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 29, 2016, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 10 am to 11 am at which time his memorial service will start. Reverend Ralph Eastlack will preside the service and memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Park Health Care Center Activities Center, 160 Seneca Street, Wellsville, NY.  14895. To leave online condolences please visit 

Jeremy N. Hyer

Depew, NY - Jeremy N. Hyer, age 39, formerly of Wellsville passed away suddenly on April 24, 2016 in Buffalo. He was born on October 28, 1976 in Wellsville to Dixie Graves Hyer who predeceased him.

Jeremy was a member of the Wellsville High School class of 1994 and the past three years he has been working for The Food Truck Service in Buffalo. He enjoyed playing football for the Wellsville Lions and was an Avid fisherman. Jeremy enjoyed his family and especially spending time with his two sons Wyatt and Quinten.

Jeremy is survived by his step father Phillip Hyer of Wellsville; 2 sons, Wyatt Hyer and Quinten Hyer of Wellsville; a brother, Matthew (Brittney) Hyer of Phoenix, AZ. ; 2 sisters, Kristen Hyer of Syracuse and Erika (Shane) Hyer- Scott of Wellsville; 4 nephews, Pacey, Hendrick, Lennox and Emerson Scott; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jeremy was predeceased by his mom, Dixie and his uncle Dick Graves.

At the family’s request there will be no visitation or services and burial will take place at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Jeremy’s name may be made to the trust fund that has been set up for Wyatt and Quinten Hyer; In care of Erika Hyer-Scott, PO Box 1436, Wellsville, New York, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, April 18, 2016

Philip M. Barrett

Philip M. Barrett, 72, of 358 Fischer Road, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at home. He was born September 12, 1943 in Wellsville, the son of the late Gilbert and Alice (Fischer) Barrett.

Phil was a 1961 graduate of Andover High School. He owned and operated Phil Barrett Painting Plus and in 2008 became a NACE certified coating inspector. He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495 and the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601.  

He is survived by two children Martin Barrett of Glendale, Arizona and Stephanie (Javier) Gonzalez of Homedale, Idaho, two step daughters, Julie (Roger) Hoshal of Richburg and Cathy (David) Dawson of Scio, four grandchildren Skylin, Jessica, Ricco and Rachel, four great-grandchildren, Krystyna, Zander, Quinten, and Baylee, two step-grandchildren, Kristen (Anthony) Liguori  and Aaron Dawson, three step-great grandchildren, Kyle, Damon and Nolan, a brother, Gilbert (Carol) Barrett of Kingwood, TX, several, nieces & nephews and many close friends. He was predeceased by his wife Carol on March 25, 2009.

A celebration for Phil and Carol is being planned and will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY. To leave online condolences, please visit

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Roy W. “Red” Trask

Wellsville, NY - Roy W. “Red” Trask, 97, of 2235 Back River Road passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital with his family at his side. He was born December 5, 1917 in Wellsville the son of Vern and Mildred (Gena) Trask. On September 20. 1947 in the Town of Willing he married Rose E. Molin who predeceased him on March 6, 2011.

Roy was a veteran of WW II serving with the U. S. Army in the European Theater of Operation.
In 1953 he started working on an oil rig for Vince Helmhold. He later started his career as a deliveryman with Elmhurst Dairy, until his retirement. During retirement he worked as a caretaker for Shaner Development Corporation and for the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club. He was a life member of the Genesee Hose Company #5 and a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion. He loved his canine companion, Pepper, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, his years with the fire department and his daily trips to McDonalds with his grandson.  

He is survived by one son, Phillip (Catherine) Trask of Allegany; two daughters, Sharon Haney of Wellsville and Sheila (Kenneth) Molloy Jr. of Wellsville; 6 grandchildren, Stephanie Trask, Melanie (Mark) Jones, Kristopher Haney, Kenny (April) Molloy, Stephen Molloy and Heather Molloy, five great grandchildren, Jenna Trask, Bryan Jones, Nicholas Jones, Hailey Jones and Ethan Jones, as well as several nieces & nephews. Roy was predeceased by; 2 sons, Stephen T. Trask and John A. Trask.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, May 21st at 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Burial, with military honors will follow at  Stannards Cemetery. Please consider donations to the Genesee Hose Company # 5, the American Legion or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Archie Michael “Mickey” Bake

Wellsville, NY - Archie Michael “Mickey” Baker, 82, passed peacefully on Wednesday, April 13th at Hospice of Buffalo. Mickey was never seen without a hat and wore many in his life.  Mickey was born September 27, 1933 in Andover, New York to James J. and Florence (Cocoman) Baker Sr.

He graduated from Andover High School, worked construction then enlisted in the US Army 82nd Airborne Division and served from 1954 to 1956 as company clerk and loved to jump. Mickey returned home and went to work at C-E Air Preheater in Wellsville. His career there spanned twenty five years from the shop floor to plant manager. He met the love of his life, Jeannie O’Donnell there and enjoyed 47 years of marriage. In retirement, Mickey worked independently on many ventures, and particularly liked oil, gas and mineral rights. He was a member of the BPOE Elks Club, Oil Producers Association, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Immaculate Conception Parish.  His hobbies were socializing, playing cards, reading newspapers, country music, and being with family and friends. 

Mickey is survived by his sister Patricia Moore (Martin) of Rock Hill, SC,  his four children, Mary Jo (Robert) Butler of Williamsville, Terrence (Rebecca) Baker of Akron, William Baker of Steamboat Springs, CO and Veronica (Russell) Lyons of Rochester. The six grandchildren are Nicole, Stephanie, Cory, Morgan, Nick and Matt.  Mickey has thirteen nieces and nephews. Predeceased family includes his wife Jeannie, sister, Rosemary Burger, brothers James Jr. and John, nephews George Burger and JD Rife. 

Please join us in celebrating Mickey’s life. Visitations will be Thursday, April 21st and Friday, April 22nd from 4 to 8 pm. at J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 23rd at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Internment, with military honors will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hospice of Buffalo or Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, April 1, 2016

Donna Mary (Alig) Herberger

Wellsville, NY - Donna Mary (Alig) Herberger, 71, of 4781 Niles Hill Road passed away on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. She was born May 6, 1944 in Canton, IL, the daughter of Benno Lynn and Mary Lucinda (Humes) Alig. On August 20, 1966 in Canton, IL she married Niles John Herberger who survives.

 Donna and Niles started their family in Maryland and moved to Wellsville in 1973. She began volunteering at the Immaculate Conception School when her children were attending and continued to volunteer for the school for 35 years. She was a charter member of the   Immaculate Conception Parish Fun Fair Committee and played a vital role in the success of the fair from the beginning. She also served as the parish secretary for 20 years.

Donna was among one of the greatest gifts God has ever bestowed on this planet. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, twin daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, loyal friend, compassionate stranger and amazing chef. Her world revolved around those who came into contact with her.

Donna lived her life with a strong Catholic faith, passion and inspired others to be kind and generous. Her positive outlook and upbeat personality kept those close to her feeling happy and dearly loved and made strangers into new friends. Her best buddy was known to have said, she was the friendliest and most generous woman she had ever known.

Among the many things she loved to do, cooking good food for people was her most favorite activity. She was famously known, among all friends and community circles, for her cinnamon rolls and apple pie. She loved campfires with her family and friends and found great joy in assisting Niles with the gardens and all their bounty. Many in the community benefited from the fruits of their labors, as they shared the overflow with any and all who needed fresh, organic grown vegetables. Donna provided those she knew with the kind of love that comes from homemade, from scratch, cooking.

She loved to go fishing with her husband, over their almost 50 years of marriage.  She taught her grandchildren to fish and how to take a nap on a boat. She tirelessly and fiercely supported her four children in sports and school activities thru their high school and college years. She loved red roses, Maryland & Pacific Northwest Crab, puzzles, holiday decorating and reading day old newspapers, and a little coffee with her cream and sugar. Her unwavering faith and enduring love for her God was paramount in her life. Everything was done in the name of God, unselfishly and joyfully. Family. Friends. Faith. The cornerstones of her happy and simply beautiful life.

Surviving in addition to her husband is one son, Warren of Bloomington, IL, three daughters, Donnia of Bradford, PA, Wendy of Springfield, MO, and Vaneesa if Indianapolis, 10 grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one sister, Cora, three brothers, her twin, Don, Jim and Pat, as well as countless nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Lynn, Alan and Michael.

Friends are invited to visit the family on Wednesday, April 6th from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The Rosary will be recited on Wednesday at 4:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 7th at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit