Saturday, October 20, 2018

Martha “Marty” K. Tezak

Wellsville, NY - Martha “Marty” K. Tezak, 75, of 450 N. Main St, passed away peacefully and unexpectedly on Thursday, 18 October 2018 at her home.  She was born in Baltimore, MD, on 11 August 1943 to Martha and James Leyko.  She is a graduate of the Institute of Notre Dame HS in 1961 and from Villa Julie Junior College in Baltimore in 1964.  She was employed by the Miles & Stockbridge law firm in Baltimore, MD, Chandler & Company investments in Beverly Hills, CA, and served as the Executive Secretary of the Constitution Island Assn at West Point. In addition to her years at Marine Midland Bank and USP&IRA (the military investment company (now known as First Command) in Highland Falls, NY she was Assistant Editor for the Association of Graduates’ (West Point) alumni magazine, Assembly.  She was secretary for the Mohawk Valley Business Women’s Network in Utica, NY.

Her main athletics were annual bowling leagues where her high game and series were 233 and 616, and golfing which included Pinehurst, Pebble Beach and St Andrews in Scotland as well as the annual Member-Guest Tournaments with her daughter Chris sponsored by the Ladies Golf Association of the Wellsville Country Club. She enjoyed skiing at Killington, Lake Placid, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge.  She was also an avid reader and social bridge player.

Marty was Publicity Chairperson for the Monday Club, a women’s interest group, and Treasurer for Hemlock Twig of Jones Memorial Hospital. She was a member of a quilting group affectionately known as the Old Crows, was involved with the Immaculate Conception Church Alter Guild and as the Social Chairperson for the Wellsville Country Club.  At West Point she was a member of the Officers’ Wives Club, worked the Blood Bank and received the Red Cross Volunteer Award.
She traveled all over the United States accompanying her husband to various educational conferences.

She created, owned and operated her own company, MLT Monogramming & Gifts at West Point, Utica and Wellsville NY.  That was her pride and joy for 28 years.  She is survived by her husband Ed, of 52 years, her daughter Christine (Chuck Quinley) and her son Scott (Anne). She was the devoted grandmother of Michael.

Visitation will take place at the J.W. Embser & Sons Funeral Home between 2 and 4 PM and 7 and 9 PM on Thursday, October 25, 2018.  Marty was a devout practicing catholic who took her religion seriously.  Funeral Mass will take place at 11:00 AM Friday, October 26, 2018 in Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.  

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either the Hemlock Twig, Jones Memorial Auxiliary, c/o Caren Gibson, P.O. Box 186, Whitesville, NY 14897 or the Ladies Golf Association Scholarship Fund, Wellsville Country Club, c/o Cindy Haas, 3006 State Route 19, Wellsville NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com, 

Friday, October 19, 2018

Donald W. Mong



Scio, NY - Donald W. Mong, 70, of 2754 County Road 9, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at home. He was born on June 9, 1948 in Wellsville the son of Jay D. and Mabel S. (Wheaton) Mong. On July 3, 1971 in Salamanca he married Judith Kielaszek who survives.


Don was a 1966 graduate of Wellsville High School, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He began his career with Worthington Corporation in Wellsville, and for 38 years he was employed by Alstom Air Preheater Company in Wellsville, retiring in 2010. He was a former member of the Scio Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Ducks Unlimited, and Genesis Bible Church in Scio.   

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Theron (Jennifer) Mong of Williamsville, a daughter, Adrianne (Jeff) Donaldson of Plano, TX, three grandchildren, Helena and Gavin Mong, and Savannah Donaldson, his mother, Mabel Mong of Wellsville, a brother, Robert (Nancy) Mong of Epping, NH, a sister, Brenda Szabo of Wellsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 form 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be on Wednesday, October 24, at 11:00 am at the Genesis Bible Church in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Jones Memorial Hospital Memorial Fund, Genesis Bible Church, Allegany County Office for the Aging, or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Geraldine Betty Bogle

Wellsville, NY - Geraldine Betty Bogle, 84, of 3983 Fords Brook Road South Branch passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born October 16, 1934 in the Town of Willing, the daughter of the late Rev. William A. and Rev. Ruth L. (Morland) Brownell. On March 17, 1963 in West Bingham, Pennsylvania she married Thomas C. Bogle Sr. who survives.

“Gerry” was raised on Fords Brook Road South Branch and attended Wellsville High School. She was employed by ACES at the Wellsville Campus of Alfred State College, and later at the Central Dinning Hall on the Alfred Campus. She retired in 1997. She was a devoted Christian, and a caring, and loving mother and wife. She formerly attended the Riverside Assemble of God, and the Wellsville Full Gospel Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a son, Gary (Mary) Dunham of Howard, a daughter, Roxanne Maxcy of Andover, three granddaughters, one grandson, eight great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a son Thomas C. Bogle Jr. on April 23, 1998, two brothers, Robert and William Brownell, and one sister, Helen Green.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at the Wellsville Full Gospel Church, 2221 Hanover Hill Road, Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in church with Pastor Jessie Tanner presiding. Burial will be in York Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Full Gospel Church or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Howard E. Lamphier

Wellsville, NY - Howard E. Lamphier, 85, passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2018. He was born in Wellsville, the son of the late Elmer and Eva (Chandler) Lamphier.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Lamphier, a daughter, Marcia Lamphier (Marshall Hammond), a sister Freida Ballerstein, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a son, Gene Lamphier.

At Howard's request, a private celebration of his life is being planned for a later date. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Marian E. (Brandes) Graves

Daytona Beach, Florida - Marian E. (Brandes) Graves, 90, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Carlton Shores Nursing Home in Daytona Beach, Florida. 

She was born on March 11, 1928, the daughter of Melvin and Marie (Pohl) Brandes, who had resided on Beach Hill in the Town of Willing. On July 28, 1946 she married Richard Graves who predeceased her on July 1, 2018.

Marian was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School, and worked throughout her life, retiring at the age of 82.   

She is survived by a son, Ronald (Vicki) Graves of Oregon, and a daughter, Linda Graves of Florida, three grandchildren,Sarah Graves of Oregon, Alicia (Ben) Port of Oregon, and Dr. Jason (Anna) Graves of England, five great grandchildren, Shelby, Carter, and Olly Port of Oregon, and Zofia, and Justav Graves of England, four sisters, Marette Pace of California, Myrtle (Louie) Smith of Wellsville, Marcella Graves of Scio, and Margaret (Carl) Cross of Wellsville, one brother, Melvin (June) Brandes of Wellsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband of 71 years, by a son, Stephen, and an infant daughter, Susan.

Internment will be in the the Graves Family Cemetery in Shongo at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Virginia Foster Bassett

Alfred, NY - Virginia Foster Bassett, 101, passed away peacefully at Jones Memorial Hospital on September 23, 2018 after a brief illness. 

Virginia resided at Manor Hills Assisted Living Facility in Wellsville, NY for the past three years. Previously, she made her home on West University Street in Alfred, NY for eighty-three years, having lived on both sides of the same street from her teenage years into her late nineties.  

Born on March 14, 1917 in Shongo, NY to Archie and Fannie Clark Foster, Virginia was one of eight children. On April 4, 1946, she married Leon Bassett who predeceased her in 1973. 

Virginia met her husband while working as a telephone operator in her early career. She was later employed by Alfred University College of Ceramics and by Olive Watson, founder of Honey Pot Candy in Alfred.  Virginia purchased the business and moved the operation to 41 West University Street in Alfred in 1977. She created hand-dipped confections with the aid of her sister, Francelia McGraw. Honey Pot Chocolates remains a thriving business under the direction of Connie McGraw, Virginia's niece. 

Virginia was very community minded and enjoyed fellowship at the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Alfred. She was a loyal member of the Republican Party in Allegany County.  Both local and national causes benefited from Virginia's generous contributions of time and funds. Virginia was an avid reader, a fan of local history, and baked the only truly great molasses cookies that ever existed. 

Her parents, her siblings, William Foster, Dorotha Harris, Archie Edward Foster, Fannie McGill, Francelia McGraw, Loie Odell, Eugene Foster, their spouses, and a nephew, Dale Foster, all predeceased her. 

Virginia is survived by twelve nieces and nephews, several great-nieces and great-nephews and their offspring. Several cousins also survive. 
Strong-willed and incredibly resilient, Virginia will be missed for her generosity, sharp wit and endless resolve.  

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Seventh Day Baptist Church on Church St. in Alfred, NY.  Rev. Christian Mattison will officiate.  Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alfred/Alfred Station Community Chest at P.O. Box 603 in Alfred, NY 14802. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Raymond H. Wetherby

Belmont, NY - Raymond H. Wetherby, 88, of 6005 Feathers Creek Road passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Olean General Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on September 25, 1929 in Ischua, the son of Charles and Phoebe (Clayson) Wetherby. On November 8, 1985 in Frewsburg he married Delores G. Jordan who survives.

Raymond was a veteran of the Korean War, serving with U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953. He was employed by the former I.W. Miller & Son of Olean as a truck driver for 19 years, and more recently by Abbott Welding Supply Inc. as a driver and pumper; retiring on March 31, 1993. 

Surviving in addition to his wife Delores, are three sons, Dayrl “Buz” Wetherby of Hinsdale, Gary “Tim” Wetherby, and Randy Wetherby both of Ischua, three daughters, Rebecca “Becky” Wetherby of Ischua, Lisa K. Perry of Linestone, and Theresa R. Benjamin of Virginia, three step daughters, Virginia Cox of Little Genesee, Penny A. Shipman, and Cindy L. Jordan both of Belmont, three stepsons, Ricky D. Jordan, Gary L. Jordan, and Teddy E. Jordan all of Belmont, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, one sister, Geraldine Baham of Gainsville, FL, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Kendall N. Wetherby, two brothers, Kendall Wetherby, and Harold “Dean” Wetherby, and two sisters, Fannie Morgan, and Gwen Germain.

At Ray's request there will be no visitation or funeral. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery in Smethport, PA at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Angelica Ambulance Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Jean E. Tracy

Belmont, NY - Jean E. Tracy, 92, of 36½ Schuyler Street passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. She was born on March 15, 1926 in Warsaw the daughter of the late Ralph and Ethel (Kelly) Halstead. On August 18, 1945, on her parents lawn, she married Roger W. Tracy who predeceased her on February 21, 1990.

Jean graduated from Warsaw Central School, and went to Rochester, where she became a “Bomb Girl” making bombs for the war effort. It was there she met her future husband Roger. She later was employed as a cafeteria monitor at Belmont Central School, and eventually became the general manager of the cafeteria. She enjoyed being around all the school children, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed camping with her family, cooking, dancing, and loved to entertain for family gatherings. Of course her greatest joy was her family, and she was always there whenever they needed her.

Surviving are two children, Pamela (Bradley) Cooper of Belmont, and Steven (Susan) Tracy of Aberdeen, NC, 10 grandchildren, Jason (Laura) Cooper of Burlington, VT, Norai (Mark) Pisano of West Henrietta, Gwendolyn Cooper of Belmont, Alycia Tracy of Olean, Amanda (Ian) Burt of Clayton, Abagail (Josh) Grump of Riviera Beach, FL, Kristina (Ken) Male of Caneadea, Michael (Julia) Deming of Aberdeen, NC, Bryan (Beth) Deming of Cuba, and Casey Deming of Queen Creek, AZ, 14 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and her loving companion, Howard Nelson of Smethport, PA. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a sister, Marie Walker, two nieces, and one nephew. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 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 Thursday, September 27 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Carol Stewart presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Benson W. “Bill” Heller

Belmont, NY - Benson W. “Bill” Heller, 68, of 1 Park Place passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville following a brief illness. He was born on February 9, 1950 in North Hornell the son of the late Benson M. and Feroll E. “Fay” (Bowen) Heller.

Bill was a graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School, and attended Alfred State College. He was employed at the Central Dining Hall at Alfred State College and later by ACES at Alfred for 30 years. He was a long time resident of Almond, and moved to Belmont in 2004. Bill was always willing to help a friend in need. He loved music of all kinds, and gave generously to many organizations. He will be missed by his family and many friends, and will be remembered for his laugh, and his nickname, “Rockin Bill”.

He is survived by two sisters, Georgia A. (Arthur) Roberts Sr. of Avoca, and Rosemarie B. Heller of Belmont, two nephews, Arthur Lee (Kelly) Roberts Jr., and Eric A.(Tina) Roberts, five great nephews, two great-great nephews, and one great-great niece. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a niece, Megan K. Sciotti.

A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Barbara L. Roeske

Wellsville, NY - Barbara L. Roeske, 76, of 170 Stevens Street passed away at home on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 following a long illness. She was born on January 20, 1942 in Oswayo, PA, the daughter of the late Joseph and Dorris (Halladay) Burrows. On August 18, 1973 in Wellsville she married Frances “Ed” Roeske who predeceased her on August 3, 2012.

Barbara was raised in the Wellsville area and was first employed at the age of 16 by Galten Productions in Pennsylvania and later for Jan and Bev's Home Care, Inc. in Wellsville for 25 years, retiring in 2004.  She was a caring, loving, devoted, and beautiful wife and mother. 

She is survived by seven children, Pamela Cook, and her companion, Charlie Cooper of Poughkeepsie, Terry Dickerson and his companion, Tina Bruto of Bolivar, and Tracy Gerken of Esparto, CA, Cassie (Bill) Stodart of Gettysburg, PA, Matt Burkett of Ulysses, PA, Lance Roeske of Montanna, and Amy Nelson of Colorado, 12 grandchildren, Nicole, Ryan, James, Christopher, Amber, Cassandra, Melanie, Lance, Sawyer, Leif, Deirdre, and Brendan, nine great-grandchildren, Adrionna, Joey, Jimmy, Piper, Sammy, Callan, Ethan, Isabella, and Easton, five sisters, Arlene (Judd) Carlin, April Dailey, Judy (Neil) Storm,  Diane Beardsley, Cindy Burrows, and one brother, Dennis (Betty) Burrows, her beloved canine companion, Molly, and several nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Maria Harris. She was predeceased in addition to her husband and parents, by a son, Doug Dickerson, a grandson, Jeff Cook, and a stepdaughter, Jenifer Grant, as well as several brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 24, 2018 from  2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and Tuesday, September 25, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Tuesday at 1:00 pm in the funeral home with Kathie Timpano presiding. Burial will be in Hallsport Union Cemetery. Please consider  memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

George J. DeBarbieri

Wellsville, NY - George J. DeBarbieri, 91, of 3432 North Drive passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 13, 1927 in Wellsville the son of the late George J. and Helen (Fox) DeBarbieri Sr. On May 30, 1953 in Wellsville he married Jeanette Fanton who survives.

George attended Wellsville High School, and served with the Merchant Marines. He was first employed at the Sinclair Refinery, and the DeBarbieri Sporting Goods Store in Wellsville. He was later employed by Worthington Corporation in Wellsville for 37 years; retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, he enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee at McDonald's, and was an avid golfer. 

Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Michael (Susan) DeBarbieri of Portville, a daughter, Laurie A. DeBarbieri of Naples, Florida,  three grandchildren,  Amy (Michael) Pope, Joseph (Kate) DeBarbieri, and John DeBarbieri, five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Ellie, and Charlotte Pope, and Samuel and Maxwell DeBarbieri, one sister, Marguerite D. Graves of Pittsford, a sister-in-law, Marilyn Lampman of Tulsa, OK, as well as several several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a sister, Letitia Parron, two brothers, Louis, and Richard DeBarbieri, and two brothers-in-law, Harry Graves, and George Lampman. 

Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on  Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Bonnie J. Neal

Wellsville, NY - Bonnie J. Neal, age 86, of Rauber Street passed away at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. She was born on October 6, 1931 in Oil City, Pennsylvania to Charles and Frieda Wheeling Blackman. On October 11, 1952 in Wellsville she married Richard “Dick” Neal who predeceased her on August 15, 2008.

Bonnie was a long time resident of Wellsville who attended Wellsville Central Schools. She had worked as a waitress for over 60 years at the Penn Valley, Wellsville Country Club , and for the Beef Haus. She also worked for Wellsville Central School for 30 plus years in the Middle School and Elementary School cafeterias retiring at the age of 84 in 2016. Bonnie also helped her husband in operating Neal's Photography in Wellsville. For Bonnie family came first. She enjoyed outings with her girl friends, coffee hour with her niece Kandy, traveling, Yankees Baseball, walking, dancing, and roller skating. She had been a volunteer for Red Cross including yearly trips to the Bath VA. Hospital, a volunteer for Jones Memorial Hospital and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Keegan of Rodman; 3 sons, Charles (Suzanne Spicer)  Neal of Wellsville, Douglas Neal of Wellsville, and Thomas (Debbie Ireland)  Neal of Fort Ann; 7 grand children, Holli (Ben)  Polselli, Kristi (Alvin Leith)  Neal, Craig (Cursti)  Neal, Spencer Neal, Connor Neal, Kerri Keegan, and Mitchell Keegan; 3 great grandchildren, Nora, Rowan, and Logen; a sister, Mildred (Morris)  Lowrey of Pleasanton, CA.; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Richard, a son in law, Chip Keegan; 3 sisters, Anna Burchfield, Charlotte Ennis, and Dixie Duston.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 14, from 6 until 9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will take place on Saturday in the Funeral Home at 11 am. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Bonnie's memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main Street, Wellsville, New York  14895.   To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Charles H. Smith

Belmont, NY - Charles H. Smith, 78, of 9 Willard Street passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville, NY following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  He was born May 19, 1940 in Hobart, NY the son of  Eugene and Margaret (Rampe) Smith.

“Charlie” graduated from South Kortright Central High School in 1958.  He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from Oneonta State College in 1962, and a Master of Science Degree from Albany State College. He later received his administration degree from Albany State College.

He started his teaching career at Andes Central School in 1962 and after many years of teaching and coaching he became the principal there; a position he held until 1985.  He then moved to Belmont, New York where he was the Business Manager for Belmont Central School and later became the Superintendent of Schools. He retired in 1997 when the Angelica and Belmont schools merged.  He was in education for 35 years as a coach, teacher, principal and administrator.

Charlie was the Kortright town supervisor for several years and was the secretary of the Delaware County Republican committee.  He was very proud to have attended the inauguration of Ronald Reagan in both 1980 and 1984. In 2005, he was inducted into the Delaware County League Hall of Fame. Charlie served as the President of the Delaware County League from 1979-1985. While he lived in Delaware County, he was a member of the Bloomville Grange and the  Andes Grange, and received a 60 year pin from the Cuba Grange.

He received many awards and was recognized for his service to his communities. After his retirement, he volunteered with the Allegany County Office for  the Aging Tax program; something that he enjoyed very much. In 2000, he received  the AARP Tax Counselor of the Year. He attended  the Scio United Methodist Church, and was an active member of the Belmont Rotary Club, and received the Rotary Community Service Award, and was named a Paul Harris Fellow in 1999 and 2004. He was actively involved in the Allegany County Republican Committee and many other local, town and village political groups. 

Charlie was inducted into the Allegany County Hall of Fame in 2005.  He was also inducted into the Genesee Valley Hall of Fame in 2008. While in Belmont, he served on the Section V Executive Committee from 1988-1996. He was the treasurer of the Belmont Youth Board from 1985-2005. In 2010 he was awarded the Ronald Reagan Award. In 2013 he was the Belmont Betterment’s Association Outstanding Citizen of the year.  He was also recognized for having 15 years of service with the Allegany County Umpires Association.

His passion for his favorite sports teams; the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Cubs, and Los Angeles Dodgers, was never something that he hid and he was a proud fan for many years of all three teams. He avidly followed his three sons through their high school and college basketball careers.

“Charlie” is survived by his wife Maureen (Egan) Smith of Belmont; a daughter Colleen (Jeff) Koprevich of Owego; three sons, Gene of Rochester; Len (Michele) of Elmira; and Sean (Erin) of Rochester, four grandchildren whom he adored, and loved to have around, Kyle Koprevich, Connor, Brenna, and Anya Smith. He is also survived by a cousin, Joyce (Bert) Roberts of Amherst, New York.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. On Friday,September 14, friends may call from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the McArthur Funeral Home in Delhi, NY. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Bloomville, NY. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Belmont Betterment Association in Belmont, NY


Friday, September 7, 2018

Donna M. Abbott

Belmont, NY - Donna M. Abbott, age 89, formerly of Belmont, New York entered heaven’s gates on Thursday September 6, 2018 at Elderwood @ Hornell surrounded by her family.

Donna was born on July 26, 1929 at her family home in Belvidere/ Angelica, New York to Henry D. Baker and Mae M. (Robbins) Baker. She attended and graduated the Belmont Central School.  On December 16, 1950 at The Presbyterian Church in Belmont, Donna married the love of her life, Robert A. Abbott, who predeceased her on January 7, 2003.

Together Mr. and Mrs. Abbott raised three children; Daughter Sharon (Steve) Cartwright, who predeceased her on February 11, 2016; A son, Robert (Susie) Abbott and Daughter, Kim (David) Waters who survive. Besides having six Grandchildren: Michaela, Bobbie Jo, James, Jody, Gabrielle, & Kyle, Mrs. Abbott had eight Great-Grandchild
ren whom she adored. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Donna’s family was her greatest joy.  The love and pride that she had for them was unmistakable. 

She was a longtime resident of Belmont and was active within the community.  Donna was happy to be a member of The United Methodist Church, The Belmont Fireman’s Auxiliary, The Amity Rescue Squad Auxiliary, and The Bowling League. 

Donna worked for some time at Motorola and as a Home Health Aide, but her calling and passion was being a homemaker.  She was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She loved her friends, neighbors, and acquaintances.  While living on Greenwich Street Donna was the place that the kids went to for "Fluffer Nutter" sandwiches.  Donna’s front door was the place that neighborhood children loved to hang their May baskets expecting a chase and kiss from her. Mrs. Abbott opened her heart and her home to many. Several people will remember Donna riding her scooter to and from her destinations, and joy riding with friends. 

During her recent years while residing in Hornell, some of Mrs. Abbott’s caregivers became her extended family.  She could always be found somewhere hugging staff, visitors, and friends; Always smiling, always complimenting others, and always giving her best wishes to all that she approached.
Even though spending time with those that she loved was her desire, Donna enjoyed attending church services, bowling, reading, playing cards/games, music and classic movies.

In addition to her Parents, Husband, and Daughter, Donna was predeceased by Brothers, Chester Baker, Leonard Baker, Victor Whitney, Kenneth Whitney, Sister Georgia Lincoln and a Niece

Friends are invited to call on Friday September 14, 2018 from 7pm-9pm and Saturday from 10am-11am.  at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont.  The funeral will be held on Saturday September 15th at 11am.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the donor’s choice.

A private burial will take place at The Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

William "Bill" Crandall Greene Jr.

Belmont, NY - William Crandall Greene Jr., 87, of 20 Willets Avenue passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville, following a long illness. He was born June 14, 1931 in Wellsville, the son of the late William and Elizabeth (Shourds) Greene Sr. 

Bill graduated from Belmont High School in 1949, Alfred State College in 1955, and Geneseo State College 1972. He was employed at Letchworth State Park, and for 13 years was the Allegany County Historian. For 20 years he wrote a weekly article for the Wellsville Daily Reporter, called “Genesee Reflections.” He co-wrote the Letchworth State Park Guidebook with his brother-in-law, William Hood, and later worked for Green Thumb. He loved to camp, and enjoyed genealogy, astronomy, painting, and making pottery. He also enjoyed making models of houses, local buildings, and boats. He was a member of the former United Church of Belmont, the Grange, and the County Historians Association. He was a former member and scout leader with the Boys Scouts of America,  he drove for Allegany County Medical Transport for 10 years. For many years, he portrayed Hamilton Ward at the Allegany County Fair, and he was a Ham Radio Operator, with the call letters; WA2JHD

He is survived by a brother, Robert John (Elestia) Greene of Acworth, GA, many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and a Goddaughter, Betty McCarthy of Belmont. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a two sisters, Barbara (William) Hood, and Betty (Lloyd) Brown, and a niece, Sharon Pham.

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Everett E. Rossman

Belmont, NY - Everett E. Rossman, 89, of 5000 State Route 19, passed away on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at home with his family at his side. He was born January 31, 1929 in Belmont, the son of the late Walter and Edith (Eymer) Rossman. On November 23, 1947 in Belmont he married Marian Brown who predeceased him on October 19, 2015. 

Everett was a lifelong resident of Belmont. He was first employed on local dairy farms, he delivered milk, and worked in advertising for local retail businesses. He later worked at Wheel Puller in Scio, the New York State Department of Conservation, and for 39 years he was a machinist at Worthington Corporation ~ Dresser-Rand in Wellsville.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and rebuilding Hit-and-miss engines. 

He is survived by two daughter, Debra (Tracy) Slaughter, and Dawn (Jeff) Stuck, both of Belmont, two grandchildren, Jeff (Crystal) Bogle and Brianne Bogle, three great-grandchildren, Kiri, Elijah, and Lillian Bogle, a brother, Lawrence Rossman of Bolivar, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a brother, Richard Rossman.

A private funeral is being planned for a later date. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Jon C. Manning



Scio, NY - Jon C. Manning, age 77, of Charles Street passed away on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 28, 1941 in Wellsville to Charles and Helen Steenworth Manning. On July 25, 1964 in Wellsville he married Mary Ellen Murray who survives.


Jon was a life long resident of the Scio- Belmont area who graduated from Belmont Central High School. He was a very good baseball pitcher who turned down a try out with the New York Yankees to serve his country. From 1959 until 1963 he served with the Seabees all through out the South Pacific and in Alaska. He was a machinist for Dresser Rand in Wellsville for 35 year retiring in 2003.For a time he and his wife owned and operated Manning's Grocery Store in Belmont. Jon was a member of the American Legion Post #808 of Belmont, a member of the National Rifle Association, and the American Trap Shooting Association. He was a dedicated trap shooter who shot in many local leagues with yearly trips to Elysburg, Pennsylvania, and several to the Ohio Grand. Jon was an avid outdoors man who enjoyed spending time with his dogs at his hunting cabin.

Surviving besides his wife of  54 years are 2 daughters, Julie (Tim)  Mitchell of Scio, and Barb (Don)  Dodge of Wellsville; 9 grandchildren, Caitlin Nolan, Connor Nolan, Justin Mitchell, Jessica Mitchell, Tawny Mitchell, Teal Davis, Kyle Guinnip, Ryan Dodge, and Adam Dodge; a great grandson, Joshua Dodge; a brother in law, Dave Mapes, 2 sisters in law Lynn Manning, and Sue( Ed)  Horn; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Robert Manning, and a sister Penny Mapes.

Friends are invited to attend a celebration of Jon's life on Sunday, August 26, from 1 until 4 pm at the Belmont American Legion Post #808. Memorial contributions may be made to the Home Care and Hospice, the SPCA, or the the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Robert Guy Sands

Avoca, NY - Robert Guy Sands, age 76, of Pinecrest Home for Adults, in Avoca, NY passed away peacefully on 20 August, 2018.  "Bob", the son of Milton and Elizabeth (Cassidy) Sands was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 17, 1942.  His early years were spent in Philadelphia, PA, Spring Lake, MI, and Doylestown, PA.  

He was a 1963 graduate of Penn State University and the University of Detroit Law School in 1966.  He was employed as a public defender in the traffic court of  downtown Detroit, MI. and in February of 1967 entered the US Air Force Officer Training School, receiving a medical discharge later that year.  He was then employed by the Office of Economic Opportunity in Philadelphia, PA moving to Wellsville, NY and most recently the Pinecrest Home for Adults in Avoca, NY where he resided for the last 8 years.  

He is survived by a brother, Milton J. Sands Jr., MD  of Charleston, SC, 3 nephews and 1 niece.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on August 24, 2018 at 11AM at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY.  Internment will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, in Wellsville. 
The family would like to thank Ms. Nancy Stole and Teresa Gilbert of the Pinecrest Home for their attention and support over the years; Debbie Brinkhas for her continued spiritual council; and Muhammad Mirza, MD of Bath, NY for his excellent and continued medical care. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Rudolph C. “Rudy” Briggs

Yorks Corners, NY - Rudolph C. “Rudy” Briggs, age 87, of the Stannards Road passed away on Monday August 20, 2018, at Buffalo General after a short illness. He was born on August 10, 1931 in Wellsville to George and Rotha Hazlett Briggs. On May 22, 1959 in Shongo he married Delores Hilligas who survives.

Rudy was a life long resident of this area who graduated from Wellsville Central High School. He served with U.S. Army from 1951 until 1954 earning the Korean Service Medal with 4 bronze stars. He had worked for Air Preheater and later became a dairy farmer. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a member of the American Legion Post #702 in Wellsville.

Surviving besides his wife of 59 years are a son, Michael (Rebecca)  Briggs of Independence; a daughter, Julie (Brad)  Cunningham of Willing; 4 grandchildren, Shannon (Shane)  Dunbar, Ryott (Kait)  Briggs, Brittany (Captain Phillip)  Sutton, and 2nd Lieutenant Zackary (Mikela)  Cunningham; a great grandson, Sterling Briggs; a brother and sister in-law, Matt (Sandy)  Knehpler; 2 nieces, and a nephew.

A graveside service with full military honors will be held in Yorks Corners Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Please consider memorial donation's in Rudy's name to either the American Legion or to Jones Memorial Hospital. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Patty Lynn Cain

Belmont, NY - Patty Lynn Cain, 34, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, under the loving care of her grandma, and cousin, Darnise Cain. She was born on February 28, 1984 in Wellsville. She was a 2001 graduate of Tonawanda High School, and was formerly employed by Job Corps in Cassadaga, NY. She resided in Santa Cruz, California for 11 years, returning to the Wellsville area in May of this year.

She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Milissa (Cain) Carmona of Wellsville, her maternal grandmother, Patricia Dunning of Belmont, paternal grandmother, Linda Ramirez, and her husband, Jose Olmos-Hernandez of California, two sons, David Limage, and Hunter Carmona, three brothers, Lance (Lily) Malatka of California, David “Cru” Malatka of Wellsville, and Joseph Nolan Carmona of Wellsville, several aunts and uncles, including, Mary K. “Shu-Shu” (Steve) VanEtten, a niece, Arianna “Little Sissy” Malatka, a nephew, Lincoln Malatka, and several cousins. She was predeceased by her beloved maternal grandfather, David Frank Dunning.

A private family celebration of Patty's life is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donation to My Fathers House, % Linda Lampe, 910 Monterey Street, Suite 215A, Hollister, CA 95023. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Jody V. Glass

Wellsville, NY - Jody V. Glass, age 64, of South Main Street passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at his home. He was born on January 26, 1954 in Wellsville to Harold “Bud”and Shirley George Glass. On August 6, 1988 in Wellsville he married Bonnie Rouse who survives.

Jody grew up in Allentown where he attended school and graduated from Scio Central High School in 1971. He graduated from Genesee Community College in Batavia with a degree in Police Science, later from BOCES with an LPN degree, and finally from the Alfred State College School of Nursing as an RN. Jody held many jobs while in college to support himself and began his nursing career, as an RN, at the former St. Francis Hospital in Olean and later at Olean General Hospital. He moved to Paris, TN. where he worked for the Paris Health Care Center in the mental health unit. Several years ago he Bonnie returned to this area due to his ill health.

Surviving besides his wife are, a son Jody Glass of Florida; a daughter, Sara Sallazzo of Wellsville; 2 step daughters, Mary Ann Kemp of Wellsville, and Joan Kemp of Lexington, KY.; 3 grandchildren,including Derrick and Michael Sallazzo; 2 step grandchildren, Devan Kemp and Angel Prial; 3 sisters, Glenna (Jack)  Clark of Andover, Lou Anne Glass of Allentown, and Julie (Bob)  Wilkins of The Villages, FL.; 2 brothers, Terry (Vince)  Glass of Coloma, CA., and Randy (Debbie)  Glass of Whitesville; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Glass in 1951.

Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Monday, August 13, 2018 from 11 am until 1 pm. The service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours in the funeral home with Reverend Paul Barner presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and please consider memorial contributions either the Wellsville Manor Resident Council at 4192 A, Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY. , or to the SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Catherine I. Quant

Wellsville, NY - Catherine I. Quant, age 84, of Farnum Street passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the University of Rochester Medical Center surrounded by her family. She was born on April 28, 1934 in Scio to Floyd and Nettie Cornelius Fish. On October 3, 1952 in Scio she married James H. Quant who predeceased her in 2007.

Catherine was a long time resident of the Wellsville area who graduated from Scio Central High School in 1951. She was a member of the former Christian Union Church of Wellsville where she played the piano. She later joined the Riverside Assembly of God Church where she was an  active member.

She was a loving christian mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Survivors include 2 sons, James Quant II of Wellsville, and Thomas (Angela)  Quant of Norwood; 4 daughters, Bonnie (Jack)  Schettine of Wellsville, Kathryn Quant Brownell of Wellsville, Marilyn (Dennis)  Temple of Portland, OR., and Suzie Barner of Wellsville; 16 grandchildren, Rachel (DJ)  Dates, Melissa (Seth)  Blake, and Ryan Quant; Tisa (Derek)  Robbins, Tasha Schettine, Heather (Josh)  Francisco, and Ron Schettine; Matthew (Teah)  Brownell; Brandon (Christie)  Carter, Bradley (Kylie)  Carter, and Brianna (Jack)  Castelli; Emily (Jared)  Finnemore, and Zachary Barner; Thomas Quant Jr., James Quant, and Hunter Quant; 22 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Catherine was predeceased her mother and Father, her husband, her son in law John Barner, a bother, Floyd Fish, and 2 sisters, Marion Argenta and Hazel Reeves.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 9, 2018 from 2 until 4 pm at the Riverside Assembly of God Church at which time a funeral service will be held. Pastor John Francisco will preside the service and burial will take place in Knights Creek Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to Mercy Flight. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Bradley B. Field

Belmont, NY - Bradley B. Field, 35, of 4 Trianna Street, died at home on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

He was born on December 9, 1982 in Buffalo, the son of Loren S. Field and Kelley Blouvet. On July 27, 2013 in Belmont he married the love of his life, Tracy M. Ordway who survives.

Brad was raised in Scio and was a 2002 graduate of Scio Central School. He was first employed by Pro-cAir of Wellsville. He was currently employed as a correction officer at Groveland Correction Facility, a part time correction officer at the Allegany County Jail, a medic for E-5 Support Services / Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and a former part time employee for Medical Transport Service. He was a member, vice president, and EMS Captain of the Scio Fire Department, member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, assistant captain of the Amity Rescue Squad, member of the Friendship Ambulance Squad, a member of the Scio Rod and Gun Club, and a former member of the Allegany, NY Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed four wheeling, loved spending time with his children, and his second family, the Chandlers 

Surviving in addition to his beloved wife, Tracy, is his mother, Kelley Blouvet of Scio, his father, Loren Field of Buffalo, three sons, Steven, Haidyn, and Parker Field, and one daughter, Bailey Ordway, his mother-in-law, Monica Ordway of Whitesville, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his angel baby, Jackson, maternal grandparents, Roy and Myrna Burch, paternal grandparents, Maurice and Kay Field, and his father-in-law, Leon “Jack” Ordway. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and again on Saturday, August 11, from 12 noon to 1:00 pm at the Scio Central School Gymnasium. A memorial service will follow visitation at 1:00 pm with Pastor David Ford presiding. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations a trust fund being set up for his children, in care of  ALCO, 32 Greenwich Street, Belmont, NY 14813, or to any Ambulance Corps of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Eugene Leo Johannes

Almond, NY - Eugene Leo Johannes, DVM, 80, of 7772 Bishopville Road passed away at home on Saturday, August 4, 2018. He was born on December 9, 1937 in Wellsville, the son of the late Leo and Doris (Robinson) Johannes. On May 19,1961 in Whitney Point he married Gail E. Jones who predeceased him on June 2, 2002, following a four year battle with cancer.

Dr. Johannes was raised in Belmont and was very active in the 4-H with Jersey cattle. He was a graduate and the valedictorian of his Belmont High School class. He enrolled into the in the Per-Veterinarian Program at the New York State Agricultural Collage at Cornell. He then was accepted in the New York State Veterinary College at Cornell, and graduated in 1961. He was selected for membership in Alpha Zeta, (an honorary agriculture fraternity) and Alpha Psi. (a veterinarian fraternity)

Upon graduation he spent one year in practice with Dr. Thorington, in Rushford. He entered the U.S. Army in August of 1962 for a two year tour, attaining the rank of Captain. In August of 1964 he came to Almond and opened a veterinarian practice; which he operated until May of 2008. In addition to his practice, Dr. Johannes owned and operated two dairy farms in the Almond area. The home farm had Jersey cattle, which were shown at the local, state and national levels. Over the years, over 30 “Excellent” cows were bred and developed. (the highest receiving a score of 94) At one time the herd had an average score of 87.5 points. (90 being excellent) He was a member of the AUMA, WNYMA, NYSUMS, AABA, and the AARP. Over the years he and Gail enjoyed traveling in their motor home.

He is survived by two sons, Mark Johannes of Almond, and Ralph (Sara) Johannes of Belmont, three grandsons, Tyler, Zach, and Warren Johannes, and one granddaughter, Rochelle Johannes                                

At Dr. Johannes' request there will be no prior visitation or service. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Robert F. Eck



Wellsville, NY - Robert F. Eck, 80, of Manor Hills, passed away at home on, Monday, July 30, 2018 with his family at his side. He was born  on October 28, 1937 in Shinglehouse, PA  the son of the late Harry and Eva (Cook) Eck. 


Bob was raised in Shinglehouse, PA and Andover. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1955 to 1960. He began his career at Baldwin's Lumber Products throughout the 1960's, Seismograph Surveying Company during the 1970's, and later for Rochester Plastics in Wellsville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, horseshoes, Euchre, and was a member of the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW in Wellsville. 

He is survived by his wife, Lois Eck of Kuttawa, KY, two daughters, Cindy (Rick) Rouse of Wellsville, and Cheryl Eck of Pike, two sons, Robert (Jaymie) Eck of Tonawanda, and Sean (Amanda) Eck of Elmira, 14 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, a stepbrother, Dick Allen of Phoenix, AZ, a stepsister, Lola Cline of Wellsville, a half brother, Clyde Eck of Whitesville, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Terry Eck, two sisters, Lillian Allen, and Shirley Cox, a brother Gordon Eck, and a half-brother Cliff Eck. 
Friends are invited to a graveside service on Friday, August 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm in Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont, NY. Please consider memorial donations to the Manor Hills Activity Center, 4192B Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Thomas G. Geyer



Scio, NY - Thomas G. Geyer, 72, of 4056 State Route 19, went to be with our Lord on Friday, July 27, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 6, 1945 in Bath, the son of George and Lois (Divens) Geyer. On August 17, 1968 in Bath he married Deanna Lee Perkins who predeceased him on September 16, 2007.


Tom was a 1963 graduate of Haverling High School and enrolled at Corning Community College were he earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Drafting in 1965.  He earned a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred State College in 1993. 

In 1965, soon after being hired at ABB Air Preheater, Tom was called to serve his county in the U.S. Army, where he attended basic training in Fort Riley, Kansas, then Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where he received training as a Clinical Psychologist.  He then was deployed to the Vietnam War in 1967 where he remained until he was honorably discharged to return home.  
                                                                                                                                                                    He returned to ABB Air Preheater and once again met up with the love of his life Deanna, whom he originally met at age 12 at a friends Halloween party, introduced by his longtime childhood friend Gary Richardson.  As fate would have it;  and as their children are eternally grateful; shortly after coming home, they ran into each other at Club Valentine in Bath, NY and that is where the romance began, they were married six months later on August 17, 1968.  Their love for each other and the love they had for family and friends were surreal and continued throughout both of their lives, never wavering, even through death. 

Tom was dedicated to his work as an Engineer at ABB Air Preheater for 43 years where he retired in 2008, and for some years after, liked to return to join them for a lunchtime visit over Chinese cuisine.  

Tom was an avid “almost” scratch golfer, and loved to be outdoors having a few beers with friends.  He often played in tournaments and leagues with lifetime friends and brothers Larry Muscato and Chuck Wiser who knew him best and cherished their time with him as he became ill so early on in life.  He enjoyed the camp life at Deer Run campground and as kids we knew if we wanted to find our dad, we could look no further than the Frisbee Golf Course with his favorite purple Frisbee or in front of a campfire at our infamous “G” loop.

Although he never learned to master the technique, he loved to play guitar, he also loved to listen to music and sing and had a beautiful voice, but because he was shy only a few of us lucky ones got to here him sing his favorite songs.  He loved to listen to the oldies and found peace in music.  He loved to provide the local birds of a feather, along with the visiting chipmunks and squirrels meals for year round enjoyment and was insistent every bird feeder was full for his feathered friends.  He thoroughly enjoyed his tractor, and took great pride in yard maintenance and waving to passerbies.  He enjoyed sitting at his computer, and as of late, partook in some banter about recent “political” issues and was not afraid to share his views with others.  He enjoyed reading the paper, watching late night with Jimmy Kimmel and being knowledgeable about recent events.  No illness would keep him from attending any of his children’s or grandchildren’s sporting events.  He enjoyed watching Mike play soccer and hockey, Tyler play football, Tristen play basketball and Trace play soccer and could often be heard cheering and jeering the ref’s for a bad call.  

He could often, almost daily, be seen at the Modern Diner with his daughter and/or his long time friend and brother Bill Elliot, harassing the waitresses especially Tammy, Sharon and Morgan.  He loved it all so much and enjoyed getting a little back from them, as well as, Cheryl and Pat.    He loved running into friends and acquaintances and catching up on the here and now.  After a visit to the Modern Diner he could often be seen co-piloting Bill on a car ride site seeing.

He had a wonderful sense of humor, was a kind, gentle, and fair man, with the highest level of integrity, honesty, and intelligence and although his physical heart had been weak the majority of his life, his beautiful, caring soul was beyond reproach.  Although plagued with continued health ailments, he never complained about what was taken from him, he knew life continued to bless him with what he still had.  On January 10, 2014, he was given a second chance at life with the implantation of a Left Ventricular Assistance Devise (LVAD) and had been a patient at Strong Memorial Hospital since 1999. His family is eternally grateful for the highest care and commitment in health care advances they have ever seen.  We are humbled by the caring and compassion of all the medical staff we have been privileged to have been connected with.

He loved to collect logo golf balls, and classic die cast cars.  He was a longtime member of the Moose, VFW, and a lifetime member of the Elks in Bath. 

He can now rest in peace with our Lord Jesus, his beloved wife and family, where he will remain safe and comforted until the day we can all be together again.

He is survived by a son, Michael (Rachael) Geyer of Corning, a daughter, Stacie Woodruff of Scio, her companion, Brian Gates, three grandsons, Tyler Green, his fiance, Tamara Schweigart, Tristen Woodruff, and Trace Woodruff, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife by a sister, Lois “Betsy” Geyer.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home In Wellsville. The funeral will be on Thursday, August 2, at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the American Heart Association, Home Care & Hospice, or any charity of the donor's choice.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Leisha M. Smith

Wellsville, NY - Leisha M. Smith, 57, of 3174 Vossler Road died unexpectedly on Monday, July 23, 2018 on arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on September 20, 1960 in Hornell, the daughter of the late David and Ida May (Marsh) Bogle. On June 8, 1979 in Wellsville, she married Craig W. Smith who survives.

Leisha was raised in Wellsville and was a 1978 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was a devoted wife and mother, and loved all children. She formerly attended the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville.

Surviving in addition to her husband, is a son, Jeremy (Ashleigh) Smith of Wellsville, two beloved grandsons, Liam A. Smith and Bennett D. Smith, her mother-in-law, Melvena K. Smith of Wellsville, and several nieces and nephews, including, Robin (Billy) Roberts. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by a son Nicholas W. Smith on April 7, 2004, and her father-in-law, William H. Smith. 

At her request, there will be no prior visitation or funeral. Please consider memorial donations to any volunteer organization of the donor's choice. To leave online condolence, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Kathryn “Kay” Hauser Genung

Fremont, California - Kathryn “Kay” Hauser Genung, 97, passed away on October 17, 2017 in Fremont. She was born on April 12, 1920 in Loucks Mills, PA, the daughter of the late Carl Frederick and Edna Louisa (Waterman) Hauser. On July 25, 1941 in Buffalo, she marred  Arthur “Art” Genung who predeceased her in 1991.

Kathryn was a 1937 graduate of Wellsville High School, and a 1940 graduate of  Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, School of Nursing in Buffalo. She had a long and full nursing career spanning employment at Dr. Elmore G. Harkness' office in Wellsville, St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, she was the Administrator of Our Friendly Home in Canisteo, a Nurse at Hamilton College in Clinton, a New York State Public Health Nurse in Utica, and was a Nursing Supervisor at Beulah Home, and Matilda Brown Home in Oakland, CA. She retired in 1985, and she and Art traveled the lower 48 states visiting friends and family until Art's death in 1991. She later married to Edward Moscardini, who predeceased her in 2005. 

She is survived by three children, Marilyn Khalaji, Irene Genung, and Wayne (Cindy) Genung, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to parents and husbands, she was predeceased by two children, Nancy Lee in 1953, Merton in 2004, and her brother Berwyn J. Hauser of Wellsville in 2010.

A private graveside service is being planned at Valley Brook Cemetery in Andover, NY, with Pastor Christian Mattison presiding. To leave online condolences, please visit wwww.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Penelope A. Martin

Wellsville, NY - Penelope A. Martin, age 74, of he Bolivar Road passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on August 4, 1943 in Wellsville to Frederick J. and Sylvia Jean Lucas Carr.

Penelope was a long time resident of the Wellsville Area who had graduated from Nunda Central High School. She worked most of her life in retail sales including the shoe department at the Wellsville K-Mart. She later worked at the Texas Hot Restaurant from where she retired.

Survivors include 5 sisters, Sandy M. Jackson of Wellsville, Kay (Bill)  Bennett of Perry, Ellen (Joe)  Carr of Colorado, Melinda (Bob)  McMaster of Orchard Park, and Kim (Rube)  Jenkins of Hornell; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; 2 brothers, Kevin Richard Carr, and Frederick James Carr II; a sister, Nancy Jean Hayes.

There will be no prior visitation and a burial service will be held at the convenience of the family in Fairlawn Cemetery. Memorials in her name may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Michael R. Latham

Alma, NY - Michael R. Latham, 28, died unexpectedly at home of natural causes on Saturday, July 7, 2018. He was born on August 26, 1989 in Hornell, the son of James and Anne (Sheroshick) Latham. On September 10, 2016 in Scio he married Carla Reynolds who survives.

Mike was raised in Belmont and was a 2007 graduate of Alfred-Almond Central School. In high school he was a five year member of the FFA and served as president for two years. He graduated from Alfred State College,School of Applied Technology, Masonry Program in 2009. He enjoyed his masonry career beginning with Miller and Richard Masonry Inc. of Genesee, PA, and was currently employed by K.S. La Forge Excavating Inc. of Wellsville. He was an avid outdoors man, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and singing karaoke. There was no time more valuable than the time he spent with his children.  

Surviving in addition to his wife, are two sons, Christopher Woodworth and Westin Latham, one daughter Kyleigh Latham, his parents of Belmont, a sister, Theresa Latham of Hornell, his paternal grandmother, Maxine Latham of Belmont, his mother-in-law, Arleigh Reynolds of Alma, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Jason Latham in 2013, his paternal grandfather, Eugene Latham, his maternal grandparents, Louis and Ellen “Skip”  Sheroshick, and his father-in-law, Mike Reynolds.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday July 13, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Friday at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial will be Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to a fund being set up for his children's college education, % James and Anne Latham, 5938 Easton Road, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Patricia A. Shipley

Wellsville, NY - Patricia A. Shipley, 70, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on July 27, 1947 in Eldred, PA the daughter of the late Jack and Joanne (Mills) Larkin. On March 6, 1971 in Pontiac, MI she married Russell B. Shipley who predeceased her on November 17, 1973.

Pat was a 1965 graduate of Pontiac Northern High School. She was formerly employed as a security officer at Pontiac Motors in Michigan, as a housekeeper, and was a full time mother. She enjoyed motorcycle hill climbing, motorcycle racing, bowling, and playing baseball. She was an avid  Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Lions fan, and loved going to her sons football games. 

For the past eight years Pat's sister, Sandy Field has been her caregiver, and she was loved by the staff at Wellsville Manor. She loved her Rottweiler “Rocco” and has had a stuffed  Rottweiler that she held as if it was real, she died with it in her hands. 

She is survived by two sons, Russell (Cindy) Shipley and Robert Shipley, one daughter, Joanne Shipley, four dearly loved grandchildren, Russell Jacob Shipley, Shiah Shipley, Frankie Richmond, Jessica Richmond seven brothers, Jack “Butch” Larkin, David Larkin, Randy Larkin, Shane Larkin, Alfred “Loop” Larkin, William Larkin, and George Larkin four sisters, Sandra (Larry) Field, Marla Barnetson, Deborah Latimer, and Gay Larkin Gulick, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, especially, Mary Lou Kemp, who was a great help to Pat over the years. 

She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by two brothers, Robert “Pete” Larkin and Jeff Larkin, her beloved step mother, Linda Larkin, and a very special love in her life Bob Christian,

The funeral will be private. Please consider memorial donations to Alzheimer's research. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jo A. Hlavaty

Wellsville, NY - Jo A. Hlavaty, 75, of 3435 Center Drive passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at home. She was born October 8, 1942, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Robert “Bob” S. and Ruth L. (Hackett) Mulvey. On July 23, 1966, in Genesee, Pennsylvania, she married George E. Hlavaty, who predeceased her on May 28, 2003.

Jo started her primary education at the Martin Street School in Wellsville, and was a 1961 graduate of the Coudersport Area Schools. She graduated from Mansfield University in 1965. She taught for the Wellsville Central School District for 32 years, summer-school for Bolivar-Richburg, and Sunday School for the Hardstands United Methodist Church. She was named the Wellsville PTA “Teacher of the Year.” She was a member of the Wellsville Teacher's Association, the Catherine Schuyler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Association of University Women, and the Stannards Methodist Church. She enjoyed both American and Irish history, and genealogy. 

She is survived by one daughter Jennifer M. (Sean) McNally of Alexandria, Virginia, and one grandson, Patrick McNally. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by five uncles: Robert, Harry, Clair, Gerald, and Carlus Hackett, and two aunts: Marjorie (Therold) Furman and Mayfred (Reuben) Russell.  

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Sacred Hearts Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the David A. Howe Public Library, or the Willing Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences, please visit wwwww.embersfuneralhome.com.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Elizabeth Davie Burner Dickerson

SPRING HILL, FL -  Elizabeth Davie Burner Dickerson, 96, of Spring Hill, died peacefully on Saturday, December 9, 2017. She was born June 6, 1921 to Paul and Beatrice (Smith) Davie in Wellsville, NY where she lived into her seventies until she retired in Florida.

Elizabeth was a long time businesswoman in Wellsville, owning Davie's Department Store. Davies was founded by her grandfather, Charles Eugene Davie and was originally located in Bolivar. Later it moved to Wellsville, where it was owned by her father, Paul Davie, and later by Elizabeth. As a women and children's clothing merchant, she was active in the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Holly Twig and Professional Business Women's Club. She was also a member of the Disciples of Christ Church. She enjoyed bridge and oil painting but especially enjoyed china painting. In her later life she took up counted cross-stitch, producing over two dozen masterpieces. She enjoyed traveling, visiting five continents and many states in her lifetime.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie Burner Henry, three granddaughters, Laura (Elbert) Nieves, Rebecca Henry and Kristin Henry, and a great granddaughter Lily Nieves. She is also survived by three step children, Brian (Ninetta) Dickerson, Barbara Petraznik (Gary Edwards), and David (Patrice) Dickerson, and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her first husband, Alvin Burner, her second husband Chester Dickerson, her sisters, Ruth (George) Smith, Eleanor (William) Yerrick, and a step daughter Christine Dickerson (Paul Turner).

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 10:00 am in the Grace United Church, 289 N. Main Street in Wellsville, NY, with Rev. Carol Stewart presiding. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Rachel C. Gorham

Wellsville, NY - Rachel C. Gorham, age 62, of 152 Pine Street passed away at home on June 17, 2018. She was born on June 5, 1956 in Olean to Fordyce and Nell Mertins Gorham.

Rachel graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1974 and later earned a nursing degree. She was a member of the Allegany County Episcopal Church attending at St. John's in Wellsville. She was a veracious reader who enjoyed the David A. Howe Library. She enjoyed writing and to keep in touch became a pen pal to many of her friends and family.

Survivors include: her daughter, Emerald Meadow Murphy of Lafayette, Co.; her beloved dog, Festus; a brother, Charles Gorham; 3 sisters, Anne Williams, Sheila Gorham, and Elsie McEnroe; several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Rachel was predeceased by her parents and her sister Lucinda Gorham.


In lieu of a funeral service Rachel wanted her family and friends to visit a local SPCA or a local library to celebrate her memory. Memorial donations may be made to either the David A. Howe Library or to the SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Donna L. Moore

Wellsville, NY - Donna L. Moore, age 83, of Sunset Drive passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born in Warsaw on April 1, 1935 to Chester and Nellie Yencer Weaver. On November 10, 1990 she married William Moore who survives.

Donna was a long time resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville Central High School and Bryant and Stratton Business School. She worked for the Wellsville Central School System as a secretary and had retired as the Secretary to the Elementary Principal. Donna enjoyed being at home and spending time with family and special friends.

Survivors include her husband William of Wellsville; a son Robert “Tyke” Matta of Wellsville; a daughter, Lisa (Robert Orr)  Der Cola of Brighton; 2 grand daughters, Heather (Shane)  Vogel of Wellsville and Rachel Der Cola of Brighton; 2 great grandchildren, Tyler and Reagen Vogel; a sister, Sharon Hedrick-Ash of Wellsville; 2 nephews, Col. Townley (Mary Elizabeth)  Hedrick of Fort Benning, GA., and Huntley (Patty)  Hedrick of Pittsford.

Donna was predeceased by her parents.

In keeping with Donna's wish her service will be a private burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials in Donna's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit  www.embserfuneralhome.com