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.     

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Marjorie L. Erdmann

Whitesville, NY - Marjorie L. Erdmann, 73, of 522 Main Street, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with her family at her side. She was born September 12, 1944, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Eugene and Lois (Harris) Bledsoe. On December 14, 1963 in Whitesville she married Larry W. Erdmann who survives.

Marjorie was a 1962 graduate of Whitesville High School and graduated as a licensed practical nurse from St. Francis School of Nursing in Olean. She was formerly employed at Mary's Nursing Home in Wellsville, and the Machias Nursing Home. The family moved back to Whitesville from Cattaraugus County in 1973 and she continued her career at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She drove  school bus for Whitesville Central School for many years. She was a co-leader of the Jay Gee's 4-H Club in Whitesville, and was very active with the Allegany County Fair for many years. She was a life member of the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as president, secretary, treasurer and historian , a member of the Yorks Corners Grange, the Independence Ambulance Corps, where she served as treasurer, the Whitesville Alumni Association where she served as treasurer, she was the founder of the Red Hat Chapter in Whitesville, and was named “Whitesville Citizen of the Year” in 1988. She enjoyed doing word search, Sunday night popcorn, camping, and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, is a daughter, Beth (Mike) Plaisted, three sons, Kevin (Ellen) Erdmann, Jeffrey (Stacey) Erdmann, and Dennis (Julie) Erdmann, all of Whitesville; eight grandchildren, Brock, Emily, Bryce, Ryan Plaisted, Karlee, Jacob, Jessica, and Lucas, 3 step-grandchildren, Michael Plaisted, Samantha (Douglas) George, and Kayla Plaisted, a sister, Vickie (Nate) Scott of Whitesville, a brother, Charles E. Bledsoe of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Diane Bledsoe of Rexville, brother-in-law Robert (Toni) Erdmann of Mansfield, NY; two uncles, cousins, several nieces and nephews, and many, many special friends.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 27, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and on Saturday April 28, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm Saturday in the funeral home with Pastor Dennis Munro presiding. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural 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, April 24, 2018

Terry W. Sweeney

Wellsville, NY - Terry W. Sweeney, 65, of 191 Williams Avenue, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. He was born August 12, 1952 in Wellsville, the son of the late Edward and Jean (Lavin) Sweeney. On September 4, 1976 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, he married Patricia Graham, who survives.

Terry was a 1970 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Alfred State College – School of Applied Technology in Wellsville. He was employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for many years, retiring in 2015. At the time of his death, he was employed by Fisher's Pharmacy in Wellsville. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 702 in Wellsville, the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601, and the Wellsville Country Club. He loved to golf, and was proud of his “hole in one,” he also enjoyed bowling and spending time at the lake. He really enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and treasured his time with his daughter Laura.  

Surviving in addition to his wife, is one daughter, Laura (Zach Hebda) Sweeney of West Chester, Ohio, a sister, Deborah (David) Raymer of Galeton, PA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by one niece, one nephew, and his mother and father-in-law, James and Mary Elizabeth Graham.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will be on Friday, April 27 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Norma J. Taylor

Allentown, NY - Norma J. Taylor, 79, of 1913 White Hill Road passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at home with her family at her side. She was born January 17, 1939 in Andover, the daughter of the Late Ronald and Bertha (Brown) Stephens. On February 1, 1958 in Alma she married Phillip A. Taylor who predeceased her on November 26, 2016.

Norma was raised in Allentown and was a graduate of the Allentown Union High School. She was formerly employed at the Allentown School, Valley Manor Proprietary Home in Allentown, and at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville for 25 years. She was a member of the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department and the Allentown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed traveling with Phil, playing bingo, and loved spending time with her family and their friends. 

She is survived by a son, Shaun (Ezura) Taylor of Allentown, a daughter, Molly Stirk of Wellsville, a grandson, Gregory (Jen) Taylor of Scio, a granddaughter, Ashley Taylor of Allentown, two sisters, Joyce Shields of Bolivar and Judy Stephens of Penfield, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 25th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Thursday April 26th from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Thursday at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Diane Cox presiding. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department or Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Jerry A. Renwand

Canaseraga, NY/ Boston, MA - Jerry A. Renwand, 58, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 in Boston. He was born December 2, 1959 in Hornell the son of James A. and Kathryn (Parker) Renwand Sr.

Jerry was raised in Canaseraga and attended Canaseraga Central School. He was a self employed carpenter in the Canaseraga area before moving to Boston. He was a Buffalo Bills fan and was a passionate and knowledgeable fan of Classic Rock. Jerry had a wonderful sense of humor and was loved by his family and many friends. 

He is survived by a son, Daniel J. (Jessica) Renwand of Elmira, two grandchildren, Keagan and Kaylee Renwand, his mother, Kathryn Renwand of Alfred Station, one brother, James (Wendy) Renwand of Greenwood, two sisters, Carla (Gerry) Brzezinski of Livonia, and Cindy (Buddy) Getman of Alfred Station, one aunt, many beloved nieces, nephews, and several cousins. He was predeceased by his father, a brother, Joseph Renwand, and a sister Carol Carpenter.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday, April 27th from 9:00 to 9:45 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 27th at 11:00 am in St. Mary's Church in Canaseraga with Rev John Cullen as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Pine Street Inn (Homeless Center), Boston, MA 02118. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Friday, April 20, 2018

Barbara J. Drumstra

Wellsville, NY - Barbara J. Drumstra

The friends of Barbara Drumstra are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. Barbara passed away on April 25, 2016.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Robert Hall McNinch

Belmont, NY - Robert Hall McNinch, age 99, passed away on Thursday, April 19 , 2018 at the Manor Hills in Wellsville. He was born on January 30, 1919 on the family farm in Belmont to Harry T. and Florence Hall McNinch. On July 19, 1941 in Fleming he married Elizabeth Huey who predeceased him one year ago to the day on April 19, 2017.

Robert was born on the farm in Belmont where lived for 95 years. Along with his wife they wintered in Florida from 1975 until 2000 first in Fort Myers and later in Lakeland. He was a dairy and poultry farmer for 33 years and the took a job at the former Citizens National Bank as the Farm Loan Officer retiring from Key Bank as the Branch Manager in Belmont. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Belmont F&AM, charter member of the Belmont Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Archaeological Society of Ohio, Sons of the American Revolution, Dairyman's League, and the Andover Presbyterian Church where he served as Elder. In 1961 he was the recipient of the Hugh  D. Chamberlain Soil Conservation Farmer of the Year. He was a member of the former Belmont Presbyterian Church and as a member of the Men's Club that helped build the Parish Hall. He served as Justice of the Peace and Supervisor for the Town of Amity. He also served as a member of the first Allegany County Board of Legislators for 2 terms. He and his wife enjoyed traveling cross country in their motor home staying at 13 different Elder hostels. 

Survivors include a daughter, Meredith (David)  Chilson of Belmont; 2 granddaughters, Denise Chilson of Victor and Jennifer (Sean)  McMahon of  Penfield; 7 grandchildren, Gates Robert McMahon, Emma Chilson-Cline, Christopher Robert Chilson- Cline, Aidan McMahon, Jacob Chilson- Cline, Faith McMahon, and Maia McMahon; many nieces and nephews.

Robert was predeceased by his parents; his brothers, James T., John G.,Louis A., Harry T. , Jr.; sisters Louise A. Morris, and Mary I. Rhodes.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 22, from 1 until 3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. His funeral service will be held at the conclusion of the calling hours at 3 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Chris Mattison presiding. Memorials in Robert's name may be made to either the Belmont Library or to the charity of the donor's choice. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Deborah J. “Debbie” Johnson

Wellsville, NY - Deborah J. “Debbie” Johnson, age 60 of Seneca Street passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on May 8, 1957 in Wellsville to Richard and Clara Moore Johnson.

Debbie was a life long resident of Wellsville who had worked as a home health care aide, later as a CNA at Highland Health Care Center, and retired from there as supervisor of house keeping. For a time she had attended the Christian Missionary Alliance Church and her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She is survived by a son Jonathan Armstrong; 2 daughters, Tracy (Richard)  Ahrens, and Lori (Carl Dandridge)  Armstrong all of Wellsville; 6 grandchildren, Justice Bremiller, Destiny Bremiller, Melody Ahrens, Pride Brantley, Harmony Brantley, and Patience Brantley; a brother, Michael Johnson of Kentucky; 2 sisters, Michele (John)  Sheridan of Wellsville, and Wanda Johnson of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Bruce Johnson;  a sister, Beverly Armstrong.

Friends are invite to call on Monday, April 23, from 1 to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home at the conclusion of the calling at 2 pm with Reverend Robin George presiding. Memorials in Deborah's name may be made to the Highland Health Care Center Activities Fund. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Myrna C. Petrelli

Wellsville, NY - Myrna C. Petrelli, 81, of 199 School Street passed away on Saturday April 14, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on November 24, 1936 in Hornell, the daughter of the late Ronald and Genevieve (Clark) Fairbrother. On November 18, 1967 at St. Ann's Church in Hornell she married Dominick Petrelli who survives. 

Myrna was raised in Hornell and was a 1955 graduate of Hornell High School. She was first employed at Corbin's Woodworking in Hornell, and later for Alfred State College. In August of 1967 she and Dominick moved to Wellsville, and she began her career at Wellsville Central School. She retired on August 4, 1999 as the Secretary to the Director of Pupil Personal Services. She was an avid flower gardener, and birdwatcher. She enjoyed  reading, watching the Buffalo Sabres, and the New York Yankees. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Roger (Jill) Petersen and Andrew Petrelli, both of Wellsville, three step-grandsons, Aaron (Mary) Hess, Dustin (Florina) Hess, and Christian Hess, two sisters-in-law, Santa (Walt) Cleveland, and Mary Petrelli, both of Hornell, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her first husband, Roger Petersen, and a son, Jeffrey A. Petersen.  

At Myrna's request; the memorial service will be private. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Edward J. Donovan

Wellsville, NY - Edward J. Donovan, 58, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at home from natural causes. He was born on April 12, 1959 in Hornell, the son of the late William F. and Catherine (Lynch) Donovan Sr.

Ed was a 1977 graduate of Wellsville High School and a graduate of the Electrician Program at  Alfred State College - School of Applied Technology in Wellsville. He was first employed  working construction for Harold Ford Inc., he later was the assistant manager at Rauber's Furniture Store in Wellsville for many years, and ended his career at Donovan's Eastern Supply in Olean. Ed was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, and a generous member and former “Elk of the Year” of the Wellsville Elks Lodge # 1495. 

He is survived by two brothers, William F. Donovan Jr. of Olean, and Charles P. (Julie) Donovan of Brentwood, TN, a sister, Mary O. (Mike) Rotolo of North Royalton, OH, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 20, 2018 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm, and on Saturday, April 21st from 12 noon to 12:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on Saturday, April 21st at 1:00 pm in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School, or the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Gregory F. Bessette


Friendship, NY - Gregory F. Bessette, 60, of 7777 Searles Road passed away at home on Friday, March 23, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born December 24, 1957 in Cuba, the son of Howard and Barbara (Stark) Bessette.   

Greg was a 1977 graduate of the Belmont Central High School. While in High School he worked for the former Felix's Motors in Belmont, and upon graduating he entered the US Navy. He proudly served his country until his discharge in 1980. While in the service he attended Old Dominion University and holds three degrees from Alfred State College in the Automotive Trades. After graduating from Alfred he began a career in selling automotive parts in Wellsville and later in Jamestown. He retired from Advanced Auto Parts as a Supervising Manager after 20 years of service at various locations. He enjoyed camping with his friends and competing with the atlatl and doing flint knapping. Most of all he loved being surrounded by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and making everyone laugh.

He is survived by his loving companion, Linda Brundage, his mother, Barbara Cronk; his children, Elizabeth (Paul) Dimpfl, Suzzanah Bessette, Jennifer Jimmerson, Karen Finnemore, and Donald Brundage; his brothers and sisters, Beverly (Howard) Costley, Michael Bessette, James (Adenia) Bessette, Charles (Valerie) Bessette, Joseph (Lisa) Bessette, Mike (Jodi) Cronk, Melissa (Mike) Belden, Julie (Kevin) Borden, and Karen (Brett) Comstock; nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, his dog Baxter, and Clem his goat. He was predeceased by his father, Howard and his step father, Robert Cronk.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. Burial with military honors will follow the visitation at Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. There will be a reception at the American Legion Post 808 in Belmont following the burial. Please consider memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Regina Oleksiak

Wellsville, NY - Regina Oleksiak was born in Cheektowaga NY to Stephen and Agnes (Rogacki) Kwiatkowski. She was baptized and was a devout member of St John Gualbert's Roman Catholic Church. She graduated from Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy in 1940 and went on to Bryant Business School graduating in 1942. Jean was a lifelong bookkeeper enjoying the certainty of numbers. When she passed away she was the office manager  for Genesee Metal Products of Wellsville,

In 1946 Jean married Richard F. Oleksiak and they eventually settled in Amherst, NY where they raised three children. Jean gave a great deal of her time to many local charities. They were able to travel extensively throughout the world and in doing so earned more than one Pan Am Circumnavigation award. Closer to home Jean was an avid and championship golfer at Brookfield Country Club. She was also a member of the golf courses, Bradford, PA and Wellsville, NY.

Jean moved to Wellsville in 1973 and eventually to Olean NY. In 2015 she moved into Manor Hills after a bad fall. She continued to work until 94, remarkably, and was loved by the customers and vendors of Genesee Metal, Inc. 

Jean was predeceased by her ex-husband . She is survived by three children Richard (Alison) Oleksiak of Toronto, Michael Oleksiak of Wellsville and Jan Oleksiak (Gregory Clarke) of Mertztown, PA, and her sister Christine Lisiecki of Little River, SC. There are five grandchildren and two great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of Manor Hills and Wellsville Manor for their exceptional care and kindness to our mother during her stay. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Martha Ann (Matt) Mueller

Alfred, NY - Martha Ann (Matt) Mueller, Associate Librarian Emerita - 1934 – 2018 Long time Librarian Retiree Martha Mueller passed away on April 4, 2018.  “Matt” as her friends knew her was a regular at many Alfred University functions and was a true Saxon supporter. She was an avid team trivia competitor and a supporter of all of the performing arts programs.   She joined the NYS College of Ceramics on March 1, 1969 and retired on August 31, 1994.  She was born and raised in Joplin, MO and graduated from the University of Missouri with a BS in Education and then received her MS in Library Science from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon) in 1958.  A world traveler, Matt visited over 20 foreign countries and all of the 48 lower states prior to joining the College of Ceramics.  She brought with her an interesting mix of experiences having worked as a Junior HS English Teacher, a Researcher/Librarian for an investment-banking firm on Wall Street, and as a College Librarian.  For two years, she lived and worked in Australia at the National Library of Australia in Canberra before returning to the United States and assuming a position as the Head of the Serial Department at the Kresge Library at Oakland University in Rochester, MI.  She was predeceased by her sister Jeanne Lewin and had no other living relatives.  At her request, no services are planned at this time.