Sunday, January 14, 2018

Rita Insley

Wellsville, NY - Rita Insley, 84, of 354 South Main Street passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 13, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was born May 22, 1933 in Geneva, NY the daughter of Lester and Gertrude (Nilan) McGuire. On November 29, 1958 in Geneva she married A. Donald Insley who predeceased her on May 19, 2002.

Rita was a 1951 graduate of DeSales High School in Geneva and a 1955 graduate of the St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester. She was employed as an RN at St. Mary’s Hospital until she and Don moved to Morrisville in 1964. They moved to Wellsville in 1970 and she was a mother at home until she started her career as a Public Health Nurse in 1979, she retired in 1999. She was an avid sports fan who enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. She also enjoyed knitting, reading, playing Bridge and bingo. She was a women of faith who served as a Eucharistic Minister and volunteered at ICS.

She is survived by nine children, Diane Insley of San Marcos, Texas, Deb Insley of Wellsville, Karen (Bob) Carson of Canandaigua, Katie (Bob) Toney and Bob (Tracy) Insley, both of Wellsville, Doug (Amy) Insley of Rochester, Jim (Karen) Insley of Lime Lake, Jean (Jack) Sutherland and Tim (Krista) Insley both of Rochester, 23 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two brothers-in-law, Fred (Paige) Insley of Colorado Spring, CO and Ollie (Sally) Insley of Mount Morris and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a grandson Bryce Insley on January 24, 2001, a brother, Les, and two sisters, Mary Martha and Franny.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 16th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 17th at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester or the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. I am very sorry to learn of the loss of Mrs. Insely. She raised some upstanding people both in and out of the Insley family; top notch family and people. May God be with her and her family always.

  2. Rita was a great lady. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma, nurse and friend. I shall ever remember her when we played bridge She would be playing cards, rocking a baby, smoking a cigarette, drinking a beer and carrying on a conversation. She was very skilled. My sympathies go to the Insley family and the loss of their mom and grandma. She will ever be a part of my fondest memories of Wellsville. May she rest in peace.

  3. Heaven has gained another beautiful Angel. Mrs. Insley was a terrific lady who raised some terrific children with her husband Don. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE YOU.

  4. Heaven gained another beautiful Angel. Mrs. Insley was a terrific lady who raised terrific children. Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

  5. Offering my deepest sympathy to the entire Insley family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.