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

Monday, June 18, 2018

Jeffrey T. Thompson




Wellsville, NY - Jeffrey T. Thompson, 89, of 17 E. Hanover Street passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital, with his family at his side. He was born on February 11, 1929 in Lodi, NY the son of the late Ray and Elsie (Berry) Thompson. On October 3, 1953 in Wellsville he married I. Joyce Taylor who predeceased him on January 12, 2012. In July of 2015 he reconnected with his 1st high school love, Margaret Buchholz, who was his companion until the end.  



Jeff was raised in Seneca Falls and moved to Wellsville in his late teens. He was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served with the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. He was formerly employed at the Modern Diner, and Capital Plastics in Wellsville, the U.S. Postal Service in Wellsville, and the New York State Department of Transportation; retiring in 1996. He was also a bartender for the VFW, Penn Valley, the Shamrock Inn, the Cameo Restaurant, and private parties for the Harris family. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion. He was a Drill Team member, and Past Captain of the McEwen Hose Company No. 4. He enjoyed coffee with the guys every morning at the Modern Diner, and coffee with the guys at Berger King every afternoon.


He is survived by two daughters, Ellen (Karl) Perkins of Andover, and Valerie Wells of Alden, four grandchildren, Trevor Perkins of Corning, Erica, Todd Jeffrey, and Vivica Wells all of Alden, two great grandsons, Kale Perkins, who he shared a birthday with, and Chase Perkins both of Corning. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 22, 2018 form 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wilmont Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Eleanor Theresa Rice

Windsor, Colorado - Eleanor Theresa Rice, 92, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 following a long illness.

She was born October 16, 1925 in Mattapan, MA the daughter of the late Paul R. and Mary M. (Moran) Murphy. On April 22, 1946 in Belmont she married Harry J. “Bud” Rice who predeceased her on January 22, 2008.

Eleanor was raised in the South Boston area, and formerly resided in Belmont and Avon Park, Florida. She was formerly employed at a Howard Johnsons Restaurant as a hostess, and was asked on a date by JFK. (Thank goodness she refused.) She later worked for Allegany County BOCES, with special needs children. She enjoyed bowling, playing golf, where she scored a “Hole in One,” and was an avid bingo player.  She was a member of the Herbert Delong Post 808 American Legion Auxiliary, St. Mary's Altar Society, and the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Lilac Twig. She loved dressing up for Halloween, and won many contests. She wrote and sang many skits while in Avon Park, and loved painting water colors.  

She is survived by, four children, Pauline Rice of Massachusetts, Michele (Edward) Fleishman, and  Michael Rice both of Colorado, and Mark (Elizabeth) Rice of Angelica, 13 grandchildren, Darcie (David) Hendrix, Drew (Tracy) Brooks, Darren (Margaret) Brooks Frederick (Emily) George III, Jennifer Lemos, Julie (Kirby) Loeck, Shane (Stacy) Rice, Carisa (Paul) Lane, Jamie (Terry) Gaylor, Shelby, Alex, Logan, and Liviya Rice, 17 great-grandchildren, Samantha and Trevor Hendrix, Elle, Zach, and Tori Brooks, Ethan, Corinna, and Quentin Brooks, Jacob and Lucas Gallegos and Maya Lemos, Delaney Loeck, Grace and Jeremy Rice, Brenna and Emma Lane, and Raegan Gaylor, a sister-in-law, Mildred (John) Barbaro, of Lancaster, a former daughter-in-law, Robin Bowser of Olean, 22 nieces and nephews, including Carol Jenison of Wellsville, as well as several great nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, June Driscoll, and Pauline Roeder and a brother, John Quinn.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 23, at 11:00 am at Holy Family Church in Belmont. Burial will be is St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to your local Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bruce Roy Schoenthal,



Wellsville, NY - Bruce Roy Schoenthal, 79, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at his home in Wellsville, NY. He was born February 27, 1938, the son of Lester and Adella Schoenthal of Wyoming, NY. He received his bachelors from Alfred University. During his sophomore year at Alfred, he became a member of the Christian Ministry of the National Parks. He was a resident minister, at the Chapel In The Valley in Yosemite National Park, for three summers. After graduating from Alfred University, he attended Wesley Theological Seminary. Bruce severed as assistant pastor at the Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C.. He was also a youth mentor to inner city D.C. youth and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. during this time. 


He next served in the U.S. Army and was trained as a laboratory technologist. He worked as an Army medical instructor and lecturer. In 1964, Bruce worked at Buffalo General Hospital as a technologist. He met Andrea there and was her instructor of medical technology. They married September 3, 1966. Bruce next served as a head resident in Bartlet Hall at Alfred University. He worked as an assistant instructor while he was a graduate student there. 

Bruce later worked at St. James Hospital in Hornell, NY. Next, he was a junior high school science teacher, and gave lectures at Scio Central Schools in Scio, NY. He then worked more than forty years as a laboratory technologist at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY. He retired there and served as a volunteer at Jones. Bruce zealously enjoyed taking his various watercraft out on area waterways. He shared his avid interest in local history and nature with family members, friends, and co-workers. He also shared his culinary talents with all. Bruce had a fabulous sense of humor and loved playing practical jokes. 

He is survived by his wife Andrea M.  (Lozinsky) Schoenthal, son Philip A. Schoenthal, daughter Dawn M. (Steven B. Foehner) Schoenthal, sister Sandra J. (Robert J.) Safford, and sister-in-law Johna M. Lozinsky. Please remember Bruce by donating to your local animal shelter. 

To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

David W. Karl

BELMONT - David W. Karl, of 4 McNinch Lane, Belmont, passed away Wednesday (June 6, 2018) at the Olean General Hospital, after a brief illness.

Born September 18, 1935 in Olean, he was the son of Bernard and Katherine Driscoll Karl. He later moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he met the love of his life, Audrey Serafini, who survives.

David was a graduate of Allegany High School and a star basketball and football player. He received his Bachelors degree from SUNY Brockport and played soccer on a National Championship team. After college, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, proudly serving from 1958-1962. David went on to receive his Master's in Education from St. Bonaventure University.

He was the Athletic Director for Richburg Central School for three years, and then for twenty-five years for Friendship Central School, where he coached basketball and soccer. He was the head women's soccer coach for St. Bonaventure University for six years. He moved to San Diego, CA, to enjoy his retirement for twenty years, and recently moved back to Belmont to be closer to his family. David enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, sports, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and his dogs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Bryan (Kristen) Karl of Belmont and Timothy (Michael Grundleger) Karl of Rome, Italy; one sister, Anne Pittman of Allegany; and his two dogs, Shadow and Baby.

He was predeceased by one sister, Kay Pittman. Friends will be received at the J.W. Embser Funeral Home, 19 Schuyler Street, Belmont on Sunday from 2-5 p.m., for a memorial visitation. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials if desired may be made to the Allegany County SPCA, 1374 NY-19, Wellsville, NY 14895.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Mary Gridley Van Arsdale

Bennington, VT - Mary Gridley Van Arsdale, 77, a resident of Bennington, VT passed away peacefully on Monday May 28, 2018 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation. She was born November 3, 1941, the daughter of  Lt. Col. Robert Reid and Leeta Marie (Packer) Gridley at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C.

She graduated from Wellsville, NY High School in 1959 and attended Elmira College for two years before graduating from Penn State University in 1963 with a B.A. Degree. Her early career in New York City was spent in Human Resource Management at Remington Rand, which later became the Sperry Rand Corporation. She returned to graduate school in 1972 and received a Masters’ Degree from Columbia University, Teachers College. She then worked in Human Resource Management at the United States Life Insurance Company in Manhattan. In 1963 Mary was recruited by an avant-guard boutique advertising company known as Carl Ally, Inc. it was to become a top- rated agency, changing its name to Ally and Gargano, Inc. and eventually Smith, Barney, Harris, Uppam Marketing Corporation of America in Manhattan.

In 1973, Ms. Van Arsdale married Malcolm G. Van Arsdale III at the Central Presbyterian Church in New York City. She soon retired to become the mother of her only child, Malcolm IV and became a watercolorist and business consultant. She was an active artist in the Ridgewood, NJ area from 1973 to 1978 having studied part time at the Art’s Student League in New York City. In this new career she authored “A Guide to Family Financial Counseling: Credit, Debt and Money Management (Dow Jones-Irwin 1982) and co-authored “Financial Planning for Bankers” (American Bankers Association, 1985). She spoke and lectured nationally on family finance. She also worked part time for the firm Van Kline and Davenport.

In 1985 she divorced and moved to Bennington, VT starting a new career in admissions at Southern Vermont College. She started as Assistant Director of the Adult Program and then Acting Director of Admissions and finally Director of Admissions in 1990. She was Director of Admission at the International College of Hospitality Management in Washington, CT. This Swiss school is part of a seven college worldwide network. This new college eventually joined with Johnson and Wales College of Rhode Island. In 1995 she became Director of Admissions at Rosemont College in Philadelphia, PA and retired in 2009 from the Admissions Director at Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations.

She was a very active committee member at the colleges where she worked and equally active in associated professional organizations. She was a member of the Catamount Rotary Club of Bennington and a board member at the Old Castle Theatre Company. She enjoyed gardening, arm chair politics, art, painting and restoring old houses. She also enjoyed clothes, having always wished to be a fashion designer and most of all spending time with her friends.

Survivors include a son, Malcolm G. “Mac” Van Arsdale IV and his wife Jillian Van Arsdale(Gauthier) of Bennington. A grandson, Malcolm G. Van Arsdale V. A sister, Karen Gridley and her husband Wolfgang Ronnefeldt; a brother John Robert Gridley and his wife Anne, Three nieces and one nephew and their families.

A memorial service to celebrate Mary's life will be Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Grace United Church, 289 North Main Street in Wellsville, NY, with Rev. Carol Stewart presiding. The burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery, Ulysses, PA. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Clifford T. Goodliff

Wellsville, NY - Clifford T. Goodliff, 83, of 251 North Main Street passed away on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, PA. He was born February 16, 1935 in Wellsville, the son of the late Richard and Edith (Snyder) Goodliff.

Cliff was a graduate of Wellsville High School, and served with the U.S. Coast Guard for four years. He was an employee of the United States Postal Service in Wellsville for 35 years, retiring in 1998. He was a member, Past Governor, and bartender for the Wellsville Moose Lodge #601, a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, and the McEwen Hose Company #4. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and visiting with friends at the Modern Diner and Castaways Restaurant. 

He is survived by two daughters, Cindy Goodliff and Lisa Goodliff both of Wellsville, and one son, Richard (Chrissy) Goodliff II of Romulus, one grandson, Mario, one sister, Janet (Dave) Duffy of North Carolina, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by in addition to his parents by a sister and brother-in-law, Bonita and Paul Gavitt.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Burial with military honors will follow the visitation at   Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations, to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit wwww.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Wesley L. Cline


Belmont, NY - Wesley L. Cline, 80, of 5494 State Route 19 N passed away at home on Monday, June 4, 2018 with his family at his side. He was born September 18, 1937 in Cuba, the son of the late Victor G. and Gertrude (Gross) Cline. 

Wes was a graduate of Belmont High School, and served with U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War era. He was a Auctioneer in the Belmont area for most of his life. He was a member of the  Belmont Lodge 474 & Boliver-Macedonia Lodge 258 F & AM for over 50 years, the Ismailia Temple in Buffalo, the Morrison Hayes Post 808 American Legion in Belmont, and was a life member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. 


He is survived by three sons: Dana W. (Michele) Cline of Fort Myers, Florida; Jason V. (Tajma) Cline of Victor, New York; and Aaron W. (Charity) Cline of Belmont; 10 grandchildren: Alexis Cline. Joshua Cline, Kaleb Cline, Nicholas Cline, Emma Chilson-Cline, Christopher Chilson-Cline, Jacob Chilson-Cline, Amar Atwood, Brandon Cline, and Devin Cline.


Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 8, 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 Saturday, June 9, at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Home Care & Hospice. To leave online condolences. Please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Ashley Lynn Gelser

Belmont, NY - Ashley Lynn Gelser, age 32, of the Hills Road passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 1, 2018 at home. She was born to the proud parents Kenneth L. and Tammy L. Middaugh Gelser in Wellsville on December 1, 1985.

Ashley graduated from Genesee Valley School in 2004 and attended Alfred University where she played softball. She worked various jobs in the area and most recently for Alfred University at the equestrian center where she found comfort with all her homies. She was in her element and most at peace when she was enjoying her love of hunting, fishing, farming, hiking,4 wheeling, softball, watching musicals ,or singing. Ashley had a huge heart and an infectious smile and laugh. She also had a knack for forming special connections with her cousins and all the little people in her family. They all loved her, admired her, and looked up to her. It took courage to grow and become who she really was even when it was not easy or popular. Ashley did things her way!

She is survived by her parents Kenneth (Marsha Storms)  of Belmont and Tammy (Dick Young)  of Scio; 2 sisters, Heather (Alex Deboard)  of New Mexico and Courtney of Oregon; her grandmothers, Barb Taylor of Wellsville and Marleah Ritter of Wellsville; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends.

She was predeceased by her grandfathers, Orlo S. Gelser, George Ritter, and Maurice W. Middaugh; her aunt, Cindy Jeffereds; her uncle Ronald Gelser; and her fur baby, Duke.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 1 until 4 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 4 pm in the funeral home with Reverend John Francisco presiding. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family for expenses or to the Allegany County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Friday, June 1, 2018

James E. Gee

Whitesville,  NY  - James E. Gee, 82, of 905 Wildman Avenue passed away at home Thursday, May 31, 2018 following a brief illness. He was born September 3, 1935 in Wellsville the son of the late Douglas J. and Beatrice (Greenan) Gee. On May 20, 1961 in Whitesville, he married Marian Hallett who survives. 

Jim graduated from the Immaculate Conception School and was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1954 to 1958. He earned a degree in Diesel Mechanics from Penn Tech in Williamsport, PA. He was employed as an industrial electrician at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 33 years, retiring in 1998. He loved stock car racing and pitching horseshoes. He was a  member of the National Horseshoe Pitching Association, a former member of the Whitesville Central School Board of Education, and the St. John of the Cross Church Parish Council in Whitesville.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Eugene L. (Kim) Gee of Mooresville, IN. Mary K. Gee of Wellsville, and Alicia A. (Dan Steadman) Gee of Whitesville, 11 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, three brothers, Douglas W. (Anita) Gee of Wellsville, Gerry (Gail) Gee of Akron, and Roger (Debra) Gee of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Ann Gee of Wellsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a son, John D. Gee and a brother, Robert J. Gee.

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, with military honors to follow. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Whitesville. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Harold James Anderson Jr.

Bergen, NY - Harold James Anderson Jr., age 67, of Sackett Road in Bergen passed away on Monday May 28, 2018 in Brockport.  He was born on November 29, 1950 in Rochester to Harold and and Stephine Kusuda Anderson. On April 23, 1977 in LeRoy he married Ruby Freeman who survives.

Harold was a life long resident of Bergen who graduated from Byron Bergen Central School.

He retired from Kodak in 2006 after 34 years of service. He enjoyed motorcycles, tinkering on cars and working on antique clocks.

Besides his wife, Ruby, Harold is survived by 2 sisters, Marjorie Wallace of Bergen, and Carolyn Stimson of Chelsea, OK.;a brother in law, Ronald (June)  Freeman; a sister in law, Bonita Freeman; several nieces and nephews.

Harold was predeceased by his parents; 2 brothers, George Anderson, and John Anderson; a brother in law, Douglas Freeman; a sister in law, Shirley Hamilton.

Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, on Monday June 4, 2018, from 1 to 2 pm, at which time a funeral service will take place. Reverend John Boll will preside and burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. If desired, memorials made be made to the American Diabetes Association. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jeffrey West Sortore

Franklinville, NY - Jeffrey West Sortore, age 67, of Franklinville passed away on Sunday , May 26, 2018 at the Olean General Hospital. He was born on May 31, 1950 in Wellsville to John and Geanne Morey Sortore. On February 14, 1985 he married Anna Colunio who survives.

Jeff  grew up in Belmont from where he graduated from High School. In 1983 he earned a Bachelors Degree and in 1988 he earned his Masters Degree both from St. Bonaventure University. He started his teaching career with BOCES and retired from West Valley Central School after 33 years of teaching English. He kept busy during the summer months teaching Summer School at many different school districts and spent a few summers working at the Marina on Rushford Lake. In a recent article in the Olean Times Herald Thomas Randolph said  this,“He was a teacher all students would love to have, caring, funny, and teaching for all the right reasons. He also served as coach of the girls' soccer team and as advisor for the annual plays”. Jeff's love of all motor sports led him, along with Thomas Randolph, to start a newspaper dedicated to motor sports. Jeff later became a contributing writer of motor sports to the Olean Times Herald. He was a member of the West Valley Teacher's Union where he was a negotiator for the Union and was a volunteer for the Cattaraugus County SPCA.

Surviving beside his wife Anna are 2 sons, Kelly Tighe of Aberdeen, MD., and Christian (Donna)  Tighe of Ellicotville; 2 daughters, Emily Sortore of Chatham, VA., and Jennifer (Matt)  Bogumil of Ithaca; 4 grandchildren, Elisa, Tia, Olivia, and Cameron; a sister, Anne Sortore of Belmont. The family would like to thank all his friends for all they have done for Jeff especially Mike Tronetti, Leonard Presutti, and Thomas Randolph.

Friends are welcomed to call at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Belmont on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 10 to 11 am at which time a funeral service will be celebrated with his Friend, Deacon Frank Pasquale. Memorials if desired can be be made to the Cattaraugus County SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Lois G. Perkins

Wellsville, NY - Lois G. Perkins, age 86, of Trapping Brook Road passed away on Saturday May 26, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on July 24, 1931 in Belmont to the late Earl and Glada Mayo Hough. On February 27, 1954 she married Eugene Perkins who predeceased her in 2005.

Lois was a long time resident of Hallsport. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Bob)  Young of Wellsville; 2 sons, Michael Perkins of Wellsville , and Craig Perkins of Hallsport; 4 grandchildren, 11 grandchildren, and 2 nieces.

Lois was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her son Darrell Perkins, 3 brothers, and a sister.

In keeping with Lois's wishes there will be be no prior visitation and a private burial will take place in  the Hallsport Union Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Phyllis F. Perry

Allentown, NY - Phyllis F. Perry, 92, of 1948 Melvina Street passed away at home on Thursday, May 24, 2018. She was born on November 9, 1925 in Belmont, the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret M. (Nick) Hollister Sr. On December 7, 1944 in Greenwood, she married Clark W. Perry Sr. who predeceased her on June 16, 1999.

Phyllis was raised in Belmont and was a 1943 graduate of Belmont High School. She and Clark moved to Allentown in  July of 1950. She was a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601, and the Alma Rod and Gun Club. 

She is survived by five children, Clark W. (Deborah) Perry Jr. of Allentown, Roger L. (Pamela) Perry of Scio, Sheila D. Decker of Wellsville, Christine E. (Michael) Ward of Andover, and Charles H. (Cheryl) Perry of Bolivar, 14 grandchildren, many great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband, by a daughter, Dale Louise Hodge on January 16, 1999, and by a brother, David Arlow Hollister on July 16, 2004.

At her request, the visitation and funeral will be private. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Peter M. Schuyler

Wellsville, NY - Peter M. Schuyler age, 73, of East State Street, passed away on Monday May 7, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on September 12, 1944 in Wellsville to Horace and Lillian Schuyler who both predeceased him.

Peter graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1962. He attended Alfred State College and later enlisted in the US Coast Guard serving honorably from 1965 until late 1968. Peter later worked for CTC in Andover.

Peter is survive by an cousin and several friends.

Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Thursday May 24, 2018, with full military honors at 10 am in Woodlawn Cemetery of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Francis G. White

Hornell, NY - Francis G. White, age 83, of  Almond passed away on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at Elderwood of Hornell. He was born on June 14, 1934 in North Hornell to Glenn and Blanch Van Skiver White.

Francis retired from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and enjoyed farming.

A private burial service will be held at the Fremont Center Cemetery in Fremont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Gary E. Brownell



Wellsville, NY - Gary E. Brownell, 69, of 20 Clark Street passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born March 15, 1949 in Wellsville, the son of Hartrick and Virginia (Empson) Brownell Sr. 


Gary was a 1968 graduate of Wellsville High School, and was a veteran of the U. S. Army from 1970 to 1972. He was employed for many years at C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville and later for Kodak in Rochester. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling. 

He is survived by two daughters, Tammy Kelly of Florida and Terrina “Terry” Santiago of Illinois, one son, Gary E. Brownell of Wellsville, 14 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, three brothers, Butch Brownell and Larry Brownell both of Wellsville, and Mike Brownell of Winter Haven, Fl, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, who were affectionately known as Bud and Ginny, and by a daughter Monique Brownell. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc in Wellsville. A memorial service and military honors will follow the visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home. Please consider memorial donation to the Wellsville Manor Activities Center. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Frances C. Deschler

Wellsville, NY - Frances C. Deschler, 99, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born May 1, 1919 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Henry W. and Amelia (Weihoneig) Deschler.

Frances was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School, and a 1937 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was employed at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville for 47 years, retiring in 1984. She was a member to the Worthington Corporation, Management Club and the Immaculate Conception Church, Altar and Rosary Society.

She is survived by a nephew, Donald Deschler of Wellsville, and a niece, Susan (Brian) Robinson of Longs, SC, a great niece, Brieanna Sarcia, and three great nephews, Christian, Aaron, and Andrew Robinson. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and June Deschler, and her fiance` Edward Dorney, who was killed in action, at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or any charity of the donors choice. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Peter S. Gambino

Belmont, NY - Peter S. Gambino, age 80, of the Old State Road passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. He was born on December 30, 1937 in Hornell to the late Natale and Francesca Camaci Gambino. On October 5, 1966 in Genesee, PA. He married Jean O'Keefe who predeceased him on February 16, 2014.

Peter was a long time resident of the Belmont area. He graduated from St Ann's Catholic School in Hornell and from Hornell High School. For a time he worked for the Erie Lackawanna Rail Road in Hornell and retired in 1994 from the Alfred Sate College Public Safety after 28 years of service. He had been a member of the St. Ann's Church now Our Lady of the Valley Church in Hornell, the Hornell K of C, and the Hudson Valley Kiwanis Club. Peter's passion was gardening especially garlic. Along with his family he owned and operated Gambino Garlic Growers and sold garlic at many festivals and farmers markets. He was a huge college basketball fan, he especially enjoyed attending St. Bonaventure's home games. He was  a devoted family man who supported his children and grandchildren's sporting events and other special occasions. He will be remembered for Wisdom and his tremendous sense of humor.

Survivors include 3 sons, John (Ellen)  Donovan of Arkport, Daniel Gambino (Kari Manning)  of Frederick MD., and Peter (Nichole)  Gambino of Belmont; 3 daughters, Roberta (Ted)  Seeley of Belmont, Susan (James)  Rosenberger of Belmont, and Mary Frances (Douglas Eakins)  Gambino of North Palm Beach, FL.; 20 grandchildren, Deborah Roberts, Marcia Seeley, Theodore Seeley, Justin Seeley, Jamie Kud, Jennifer Kud,Patrick Kud, Sabra Donovan, Joseph Donovan, Jeannette Donovan, Brandy Rosenberger, Stacy Alsworth, Jill Ordiway, Natalie Gerber, Daniel Gerber, Jenna Gambino, Arielle Vargo, Sophia Gambino, Salvatore Gambino, and Michelle Millington; 13 great grandchildren; a brother, Matthew Gambino; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, a daughter and son in law, Elisabeth (James)  Kud, 2 grandsons, and a great grandson.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 11, 2108 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A prayer service will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday in the Funeral Home followed by a Service with a Deacon at 11 am at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Belmont. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials if desired may be made to the Amity Rescue Squad, or to the Belmont Fire Department, or to the Palliative Care Unit at the University of Rochester Medical Center. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Loretta Mae Lovel

Wellsville, NY - Loretta Mae Lovel entered into the joy of her Lord on May 4, 2018 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center surrounded by family. She received tender loving care from her extended family at the Wellsville Manor Care Center for the past 4 1/2 years. 

She was born in Westfield, PA on March 13, 1929 to Edith (Snyder) and Harold H Stone. 

Growing up in Harrison Valley, PA she graduated from the Harrison Valley High School, attended Lock Haven State Teacher College and Graduated from the Rochester Business Institute. 

On February 14, 1953 she married Arthur Lovel at her parent’s home in Harrison Valley and they made their family home in Wellsville, NY.

She attended and participated for many years in the Wellsville Christian Temple Church and became an active member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.

She cherished all the many happy times spent camping, playing the piano, and other activities with family and friends. She was active in the Family Campers and RVers organization, including the P.A.L.S., 39ers, and Top of the Hill Chapters. She painted many beautiful pictures that are presently displayed in the homes of many family and friends.

Surviving is her husband Arthur Lovel, daughter Connie (David) Ramsey, son Curtis (Mary Lou) Lovel and daughter Camille (Todd) Kenny and sister Geraldine (Stone) Wood.

Also surviving are grandchildren; Christopher (Megan) Ramsey, Kimberly (Nat) Wilson, Derek (Stephanie) Lovel, Brian (Miranda) Ramsey, Jordan Byrd, and Dustin (Emily) Kenny ;  great grandchildren Bennett Wilson, Isabella Wilson, Hailey Wilson and Hayes Ramsey. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, and cousins including Linda and Nyhl Austin.

Loretta’s family will receive Friends on Sunday May 6th, 2018 with visitation from 1:00 to 3:00 at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 State Street, Wellsville, NY.  Following visitation a funeral service will be held with Rev. Gregory  DeSalvatore  officiating with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials if desired can be made to either the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville or to the Alzheimers Association.  To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Laura A. Bess

Avoca, New York - Laura A. Bess, age 40, of Grant Street, passed away at home on May 1, 2018. She was born in Wellsville on November 24, 1977 to William and Sally Bliven Dodge. She was the loving wife of Donald Bess Sr. who survives her.

Laura attended Arkport Central School class of 1996. She enjoyed Nursing, music, laughter, life, and most of all her family and friends. Laura was employed at the Bath V.A. as a Registered Nurse. She was awarded an honorary master degree from the University of Binghamton, class of 2018, as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Laura is survived by her husband Donald; her son, Brett Ogden; her daughter, Skyler Partridge; her Mother and Father; her sister, Stacey Nieves; a brother, Jason Dodge; a niece, Emily; a nephew, Alex; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and very special friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, New York. Memorials if desired may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Marlene A. Lewis

Friendship, NY - Marlene A. Lewis, 74, of 6071 Byrnes Hill Road passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital with her family at her side. She was born July 16, 1943 in Richburg, the daughter of the late Ross and Inez (Butts) Shelley. On November 24, 1961 in Belmont she married Ronald L. Lewis who survives. 

Marlene was a 1961 graduate of Belmont High School. She was a long time employee of K-Mart in Wellsville, retiring in 1997. She was a faithful member of the Belmont First Baptist Church. She was a loving mother not only to her own children, but to many children in her extended family and community. 

Surviving in addition to her husband, are seven children, Alan Lewis of Friendship, Mark Lewis of Angelica, Gary (Joan) Lewis of Mineral Springs, NC, Ross (Kylene) Lewis of Moore, SC, Lisa (Eric) Jeske of Penrose, CO, Jennifer Presor of Prattville, AL, and Jessica (Dana) Hand of Bradford, NY, 17 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a brother, Greg Shelley, and his companion Mike Feldbauer of Belmont, two sisters, Barbara (Charles) Bliven of Can, and Donna Perkins of West Clarksville, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by  two brothers, Richard and Douglas Shelley, and one sister, Marilyn Shelley. 

At Marlene's Request, her funeral will be private. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial Donations to the Belmont First Baptist Church or the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Kelly Elizabeth Cooney

Whitesville, NY - Kelly Elizabeth Cooney, 45, of 885 Old Cryder Road passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. She was born on January 19, 1973 in Wellsville, the daughter of James Patrick and Charlotte Isabelle (Coleman) Cooney. 

Kelly was a 1991 graduate of Whitesville Central School. She was employed at Allegany Arc in Wellsville for 20 years. She enjoyed being a member of the Secret Pal Club for many years and loved Golden Retrievers.

She is survived by her father of Genesee and Wellsville, her mother of Whitesville, three brothers, Ronald (Candy) Cooney of Ulysses, John (Mary) Cooney of Manorville, NY, and Dennis (Alison) Cooney of Fullerton, CA, two sisters, Peggy Cooney of Syracuse, and Patricia Cooney of Belmont, as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and her Golden Retriever and best pal, Maggie.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 29, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 30, at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA, with Rev. Joseph Dougherty as celebrant. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Independence Emergency Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.