Saturday, October 27, 2018

Shirley A. Benjamin

Belmont, NY - Shirley A. Benjamin, 81, of 4822 Back River Road passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Olean General Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born December 12, 1936 in Belmont the daughter of the late Gerald and Lillian (Clair) Clark. On July 9, 1955 in Belmont, she married Richard Benjamin who survives.

Shirley was a 1955 graduate of Belmont Central School, and a 1973 graduate of St. Francis School of Nursing. She was a licensed practical nurse at Cuba Memorial Hospital for many years, and later was employed as a bus driver at Genesee Valley Central School from 1993 to 1999. She was also very active with “Dick's Bees” her husband's honey business, which he founded in 1975.

Surviving in addition to her husband is one son, James (Kim) Benjamin of Baker, Florida, two daughters, Vicki (Jeff) Baker of Friendship, and Debra Wilmot of Union Springs, NY 10 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, one brother, Norman Clark of Flower Mound, Texas, a sisters-in-law, Genevieve Clark of Friendship, and as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a two brothers, Raymond and Edward Clark, a son-in-law, Anthony Wilmot, and a sister-in-law, Gloria Clark

Friends are invited to call from on Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the Belmont United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in church with Rev. Clara Wilder presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the Belmont United Methodist Church, or Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Friday, October 26, 2018

Marjorie A. Hand

Penn Yan, NY - Marjorie A. Hand, age 89, formerly of Wellsville passed away on Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Homestead in Penn Yan. She was born on February 1, 1929 in Batavia to Elmer H. and Myrtle J. Baehre Hunt. She was married to James Hand who predeceased her.

Marjorie was a long time resident of Pleasant Street and later the Wellsville Manor Hills on the Bolivar Road. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School who had worked for Dresser Rand, Air Preheater, and for a time she lived and worked in Arizona. Marjorie was also a self employed florist.  She was raised in the Trinity Lutheran Church and later she attended the former Christian Temple Church. Marjorie was a member of the the American Legion Post #702 Auxiliary of Wellsville who loved playing cards, including bridge, and enjoyed painting at Manor Hills.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Susan D. Hand of Cornville, Arizona, and Nancy (Danny)  Brooks of Penn Yan; a daughter in law, Deb Owen of Wellsville; 4 grandchildren, Tjay (Ruthann)  Mott, Brent Perkins, Kristen (Mark)  Bechara, and Mark Owen; 3 great grand children, Gabrielle, Elias, and Isabella; a brother, Allen Hunt of Wellsville; a sister in law Linda Boundy as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her long time companion, Robert “Bob” Owen, her 2 sons, Ronald and Mark Hand; 2 brothers, Jackie and Raymond Hunt; a sister, June Enos.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Grace United Church on North Main Street in Wellsville on Monday November 5, 2018 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers memorials in Marjorie's name may be made to either the Grace United Church of Wellsville or to the Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance Corps at 205 North Avenue, Penn Yan, NY.  14527. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Martha “Marty” K. Tezak

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Donald W. Mong

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Geraldine Betty Bogle

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Howard E. Lamphier

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

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

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

Friday, October 5, 2018

Marian E. (Brandes) Graves

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

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

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

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

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