Saturday, December 8, 2018

John C. Johnson

Alfred Station, NY - John C. Johnson, 70, of 6338 Shaw Road passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with his family at his side. He was born February 22, 1948 in Kane, PA the son of the late Paul W. and Pauline (Speedy) Johnson.

John was raised in Hazelhurst, PA and was a graduate of Smethport High School. He was first employed at L. C. Whitford Company in Wellsville, and later was a architectural lesion, involved with large scale improvement projects at Alfred State College and Alfred University. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially football. He loved hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors.

He is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth (Aaron) Partridge, Jennifer (Steven) Vogel, and Sarah (James) Crook, four grandchildren, Shelby Partridge, Tyler (Katelyn) Partridge, William  Partridge, and Sammy Crook, a brother, George “Zip” Speedy, a sister, Judith Shunk, a good friend, her children, and her grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

A private memorial service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Robert G. Wheaton

Belmont, NY - Robert G. Wheaton, 88, of 57 Greenwich Street passed away at home on Monday December 3, 2018, with his family at his side. He was born June 11, 1930 in Big Flats the son of William and Cora (Beers) Wheaton. On June 21, 1958 in Wellsville he married Patricia Knox who survives.

Bob was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He served with the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953, and was a veteran of the Korean War. He was longtime employee of Air Preheater Company in Wellsville. He was a life member and Past Commander of the Herbert DeLong America Legion Post 808 in Belmont, Past Commander of the Allegany County American Legion, a member of the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW in Wellsville, and an honorary member of the Amity Rescue Squad. He enjoyed dancing, reading, mowing the lawn, and loved country music. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, William Wheaton and Eugene Wheaton both of Belmont, a daughter, Kimberly (Donald) Zajicek of Belmont, three grandsons, Shawn (Megan) Zajicek, Dustin (Katelyn) Zajicek, and Justin (Miranda) Zajicek, all of Belmont, two great grandsons, Konner and Zachary Zajicek, a sister, Mabel Mong of Wellsville, several nieces and nephews, and his canine companion, Zoe. He was predeceased by a daughter, Pamela Wheaton, a brother, Roland Wheaton, a sister, Marion Jenson, and a brother-in-law, Terry Knox.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Friday, December 7, at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Burial with military honors will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad or Home Care and Hospice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, December 1, 2018

William J. “Bill” Cronin

Wellsville, NY - William  J. “Bill” Cronin of 146 Madison Street passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018, at Updykes Willow Ridge in Hornell. He was born on January 29, 1933 in Wellsville to the late Thomas F. and Mary C. (Dunigan)  Cronin. On December 1, 1956 he married  Ann Marvel who survives him.

Bill was a life long resident of Wellsville who graduated from the Immaculate Conception School and from Wellsville High School in 1950. During the Korean Conflict he served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. Bill started working for Worthington Corporation in Wellsville and later took a job with New York Telephone retiring from AT&T in 1992. After his retirement he started Cronin's Communications where he continued repairing and trouble shooting phone service. Bill was a dedicated and faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Church. He served the church in many capacities including Trustee, Eucharistic Minister, and as a member of the Mercy Associates. Bill and Ann were 45 year members of the Wellsville Grand Squares that included Coops Troops and the Penny Promenades Camping Group. He was a member of the Pioneers Group and he also participated in the Fresh Air Program for many years. Bill will be remembered as dedicated and hard working man.

Survivors include his wife, of 62 years, Ann; 2 sons, Joseph (Karen)  Cronin of Fairport, and Michael Cronin of Fairport; 2 daughters, Michele (Jim)  Nicoloff of Hornell , and Kimberly Cronin of Oneonta; 9 grandchildren, Patrick and Michael Nicoloff; William, Kelly, Daniel, and Susan Bunchuck; Katie, and Nicole Cronin; Nicolas Cronin; a brother, James (Loretta)  Cronin of Wellsville; a sister in law, Jane Cronin of Canisteo; several nieces and nephews including Shelly Callahan and Stacey Hungerford.

Bill was predeceased by his step mother Agnes Chapman; his brother Thomas Cronin;  his sister Lavina Voorhies.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 3, 2018, from 3-5 & 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Tuesday a prayer service will be held at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place with military honors in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Bill's name may be made to either the Father Brown Mission Club or to the Immaculate Conception Church. To leave online condolences please visit