Monday, July 22, 2019

Mark E. Transki

Alfred Station, NY - Mark E. Transki, 66, of 192 Alfred Station Road, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center following a one year battle with cancer.  He was born June 27, 1953 in Wellsville, the son of the late Victor G. and Anna Marie (Fay) Transki.

Mark was a 1971 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was employed in the maintenance department at Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville for 42 years; retiring as head of the department in 2018. His co-workers were friends who saw him as honest, hardworking, and knowledgeable, with a dry sense of humor. Mark wondered at the beauty of nature all his life, and enjoyed hiking and camping, He was an accomplished musician who played lead guitar and vocals for several bands in the 70's and 80's. He was a member of the former Genesee Hose Company No. 5

 He is survived by two sons, Joseph Transki of Columbus, Ohio and Brian (Jamie) Transki of Zanesville, Ohio, two granddaughters, Ariana and Teegan Transki.  two brothers, Victor G. (Barbara) Transki Jr. of Arlington, TX, and John F. Transki of Chicago, IL, one sister, Linda Anne (Jon) Ebeling of Wellsville, a nephew, Jeffrey Transki, three nieces, Jillian (Darren) Kight, Jennifer Rowe, and Susan (Dan Helveston) Ebeling, and four great nephews, Matthew and Benjamin Helveston, and Max and Kellen Rowe. 

A  memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Activities Department of the Highland Park Healthcare Center, 160 Seneca Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Doris L. Cronk

Belmont, NY - Doris L. Cronk, 97, formerly of South Street, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at St. John's Home in Rochester. She was born May 15, 1922 in Belmont the daughter of the late Herbert and Mavis (Powers) Leilous. On August 31, 1940, in Friendship she married William B. Cronk, who predeceased her on August 31, 1990. 

Doris was a graduate of Belmont High School and attended Geneseo State Teachers College. She began her career building airplanes during WWII. She was the bookkeeper for her husband's service station in Belmont, a self-employed beautician for many years, and later was employed by the Allegany County Office for the Aging until retirement. She enjoyed traveling, knitting, crocheting, and crafts.

She is survived by two sons, William (Cecily) Cronk, and Herbert (Sandra) Cronk both of Rochester; one daughter, Amy (David) Johnston of Hilton, a daughter-in-law, Barbara Cronk of Belmont; 8 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her son Robert Cronk, her twin sister Dorothy Sortore and her granddaughter Lori Sanborn.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, July 27th at 1:00 pm at Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont with Rev. Marion Sortore presiding.  Please consider memorial donations to The Amity Rescue Squad, Belmont, NY. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Thomas E. Skye

Wellsville, NY - Thomas E. Skye, 78 of 80 Johnson Street died on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born February 6, 1941 in Buffalo the son of the late Edwin and Viola (Jones) Skye. 

In his younger years, Thomas operated a Karate school in Buffalo, and was formerly employed by the New York State Department of Transportation in Niagara County. He was a proud member of the Seneca Nation and was a member of the Kingsman Motorcycle Club of Lockport. He was a familiar sight around Wellsville, riding his bike and enjoying a meal at the Creative Arts Center, where a sandwich is named in his honor. He had many friends everywhere he went, and his neighbors the Colony Park Apartment were his second family.

He is survived by a loving daughter, Kristie Skye of Portageville, his former wife and friend, Scarlett Skye of  Portageville, two nieces, Margaret (Bruce) King of Santa Fe, NM and Denise Webster of Buffalo, and a nephew, Wesley (Sandy) Warrior of  Perrysburg. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by two sisters, Nancy and Elizabeth.

There will be no public memorial service, please raise a glass in remembrance of Skye! His cremains will be laid to rest on the Tonawanda Reservation. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Donald D. Aldrich



Wellsville, NY - Donald D. Aldrich, 56, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019. He was born in Wellsville on June 14, 1963 to the late Donald and Sandra Aldrich. 


In his younger years he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was honored with the Silver Beaver Award. After his schooling he enlisted in the U.S. Air force  and obtained the rank of Master Sergeant prior to retirement. Outside of his career, he continued on with the scouts and was a Troop leader for many years. Donald was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Cincinnati Reds. 

He is survived by two children,  Adriana and Sarah; and two siblings, Susan and Dennis. 

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 11:00am in the Brookside Wesleyan Church, 3469 Andover Road, Wellsville NY, with the Reverend Robin George presiding. Burial will be in the North Bingham Cemetery.

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

Friday, July 12, 2019

Lois Julia Baldwin

Wellsville, NY - Lois Julia Baldwin, 82, of 3112 North Hill Road died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at home. She was born July 25, 1936 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Harley H. and Dora B. (Travis) Baldwin. On July 1, 1955 in Wellsville she married Harold L. Reisman who predeceased her on August 4, 1963. 

Lois was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville High School. She attended St. Bonaventure University and Alfred State College. She was employed as a secretary for over 50 years, retiring in 2002 from New York State DDSO in Geneseo. 

She is survived by a daughter Tammy (Bill) Conrad of Perkinsville, a son, Thad A. (Tonya) Lorshbaugh of Wellsville, a sister, Donna (James) Mulholland of Wellsville, four beloved grandchildren, Matthew and Kurt Doty, and Jacob and Amy Lorshbaugh, four great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Brooke and Homer Doty and Elijah Currier, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by a son Daniel T. Reisman, five siblings, Anna Baldwin, Robert Baldwin, Reba Hurd, Regina Simms and her twin, Lewis Baldwin, and three granddaughters, Abbey, Alix, and Erin Lorshbaugh.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:00 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 South Main Street in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Public Library or to any charity of your choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Henry “John” Reuning IV


Wellsville, NY - Henry “John” Reuning IV, 72, of 27 School Street passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. He was born February 4, 1947 in Wellsville,  the son of  H. John “Jack” and Louella (Weirich) Reuning.

John was a 1966 graduate of Wellsville High School, and during his high school years, he worked at Reuning's Bakery in Wellsville; a family business that continued from 1890 to 1966. He attended the Rochester Business Institute, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was formerly employed by the Wellsville Daily Reporter, Worthington Corporation, the Wellsville Bake Shop, the Sears Catalog Store in Wellsville, and was a Steward for the Wellsville Elks Lodge for many years. In addition, he was a bus driver for the Wellsville Central School System, a bartender for the Wellsville Moose Lodge, a Certified NYS Escort Driver, and for 10 years, he drove an 18 wheeler for Covered Wagon Train of Hornell. Two childhood dreams were accomplished during his lifetime, driving an 18 wheeler and flying an airplane.

John was a 50 year member and Past Exalted Ruler of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, a 50 years member of the Morrison-Hayes Post 702, American Legion, a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601, and a member of the former First Congregational Church in Wellsville. John was a Big Band enthusiast, and had the pleasure of meeting Ray Eberle, who sang for the Glen Miller Orchestra.

He is survived by his mother, Louella Reuning of Wellsville and several cousins.

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the SPCA Serving Allegany County, or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave on-line condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Raymond W. Kailbourn



Wellsville, NY - Raymond W. Kailbourn, 96, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Wellsville. He was born on July 1, 1923, in Huntley, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Daniel and Blanche (Logue) Kailbourn. On October 21, 1978 in Alexandria, Virginia he was wed to Colleen Stevens who predeceased him on March 29, 2018.


Raymond is survived by a daughter Linda (John) Cook of Wellsville, three sons, Thomas (Roxane) Kailbourn, of Wellsville; Mark (Dee) Kailbourn, of Pineville, Missouri, and Brent Kailbourn, Portland, Oregon; a stepson Paul (Karen) Stevens, Arkport; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, and his wife Colleen; by three sisters, Vivian Ostos, Grace Buettner, and Katherine Rose; and four brothers, Carl Kailbourne, Erland Kailbourne, Donald Kailbourne, and Lloyd Kailbourne. Raymond had many close friends and was especially grateful for the friendship and kindnesses of Lois and Joe Spinelli.

Raymond lived most of his life in the Wellsville area. After graduating from Wellsville High School, he worked at the Curtiss-Wright Aircraft plant in Buffalo in the early 1940s. During World War II, he served for 40 months in the U.S. Army Air Forces, ultimately servicing engines for fighter planes at Base Air Depot 2, at Warton, England. Following the war, he was a building contractor by trade, constructing and remodeling scores of houses in the Wellsville area and in Boise, Idaho, for almost 50 years. Late in his career, he and his son-in-law John Cook were partners in K & C Builders for a decade. After retiring from contracting, he worked to make affordable housing available to citizens of Allegany County, both as an employee of Andover Historic Preservation and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. Throughout his life, he loved reading, fishing, camping, painting, wood carving, traveling, and spending time with his children, family, and friends.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Grace United Church, 289 North Main Street, Wellsville; The funeral will follow visitation at 11:00 am in church with his son, Rev. Mark Kailbourn presiding. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Donations in memory of Raymond W. Kailbourn may be made to the David A. Howe Public Library, The Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or to the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Nancy Marie Raykovitz Counterman

Wellsville, NY - Nancy Marie Raykovitz Counterman, loving Mother, Wife, and Friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, June 30th 2019 at the age of 62.  Born November 13, 1956 and raised in Wellsville NY, she is the Daughter of Betty and the late Frank Raykovitz.  

Nancy leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Wayne whom she fell madly in love with at first sight, and sons David and Damon who were her pride and joy.  

In addition she is survived by her Mother, Betty (Silkman) Raykovitz, sister and best friend Sally (William) Acker; 5 Brothers: Jim, Frank (Candy), Dan (Heather), Tony (Mary Jo), and Chris (Marion);  Sister-in-Laws Carolyn (Robert) Mahone, Allison Raykovitz, and Judy Counterman; Brothers-in-law Paul (Barbara) Counterman, Ray Counterman, and Craig Counterman; all of her nieces and nephews and their babies, whom she cared for very deeply and loved to hug on.  

Growing up, Nancy attended the Wellsville Immaculate Conception School and then went on to Wellsville High School graduating with the Class of 1975,  forming many lifelong bonds along the way.  She later went on to earn an associates degree in computer programming/accounting from Alfred State, all while raising her first child Damon at the same time.  Being a single mother Nancy did everything in her power to make it work and provide for her family.   Over the years she has worked for numerous accounting offices all over Allegany County, including Jim Maxwells and the County Clerks office in Belmont. In December of 1987 Nancy married the love of her life Wayne and in 1990 stopped working for a number of years in order to give birth to her 2nd son David (and spend more time raising her family which meant the world to her).  After a number of years she went back to work with Chisholms Tax Service’s in Wellsville where she worked for about 15 years; serving her final day last Tuesday, as the hard-working dedicated worker that she was.  It wasn’t just a job for her it was a duty, not as a paid employee but as a hometown friend, though she had many clients, to her it was more than just a job or a paycheck.  She loved the people she worked with and for and would go above and beyond to get the job done and, done right!

From start to finish Nancy was a family woman.  She met and fell in Love with Wayne around 1981, and knew from the moment she met him that he was the one that she wanted to be the father of her son, and husband to grow a family with.  Her relentless pursuit paid off and she never looked back.  This was the man that made all her dreams come true and she loved him dearly for close to 40 years.   

More than ever Nancy loved her two boys Damon and David, and took much pride in watching their achievements.  She never missed an event and was always their number one fan, whether on the field, on the court, or on the stage; if her boys were playing she was there and they didn’t have to look to know.   More times than not she left the event without a voice because she loved to cheer on the team and rally the troops.  “KSA, Lets Go Lions, Good Work Boys” were just a few of her favorite cheers. 

Nancy loved people, talking, and had a great big beautiful illuminating smile!  If you had a story, she had the time.  Throughout her life she formed many special bonds(Queee!),  Anyone who met her was a friend for life.  She was the type of person that would hang out and talk to anyone about anything for extended lengths of time just to talk. With her outgoing personality its no surprise that aside from family she had hundreds of close friends that she cared for deeply.  Her 2nd home was seasonal camping, with 17 years at Highbanks Campgrounds and the previous 14 years at Homestead Campgrounds where she earned her nickname “The NightCrawler.” She loved socializing and standing next to a nice fire, getting her legs warmed up.  She knew all the campers by name. She really enjoyed her time with her friends, and especially loved watching the kids play.  

 Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 3, from 6 until 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A service for Nancy will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society; or by enjoying your time with friends, warming up next to a fire, talking for hours, while spreading love to the people around you. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Irene L. Shine

Wellsville, NY - Irene L. Shine, 96, formerly of 122 Dyke Street passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was born January 30, 1923 in Buffalo the daughter of the late James and Irene (Dower) Lynch. On October 21, 1950 in Andover she married Walter B. Shine who predeceased her on June 2, 2005.

Irene was a 1940 graduate of Andover Central School and the Buffalo Business School. She was employed for 22 years at Air Preheater in Wellsville, retiring in 1981. Irene was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville.

She is survived by a daughter, Nancy (Kevin) Monroe of Wellsville, four grandchildren, Jarod Evans, Alex (Kelly) Coustenis, Briana Tronetti, and Nicole (Keith) Sauve, five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Coustenis, Jason Tronetti, Olivia Tronetti, Kruz Coustenis and Logan Sauve, a son-in-law, Steve Coustenis, a sister-in-law, Gert O'Brien, several nieces and nephews, and all the amazing care givers at Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was predeceased in addition to her parents  and husband, by an infant son, Patrick, a daughter, Mary Ann Coustenis, and her siblings Don, John, Ruth and Tommy.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm and Wednesday July 3, from 10:00 to 10:45 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, at 11:15 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Francis David "Dave" Hart



Wellsville, NY - Francis David "Dave" Hart, age 89, of Hanover Hill Road passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on December 3, 1929 in Greece, New York to the late Leon and Rosemary (Bauman)  Hart. In 1957 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover he married Lucille Smith who survives him.


Dave graduated from Aquinas Institute and from Alfred State College. He served in the US Navy from 1947 until 1951 serving aboard both the USS Coral Sea and the USS Douglas H. Fox. He retired from Dresser Rand in Wellsville after 26 years as a machinist. He started the tradition of Hart's Ring Bologna, a family tradition that continues to this day after more than 50 years with his son Patrick. Dave enjoyed reading, woodworking and was a faithful member and Lector  at the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville.

Surviving besides his wife Lucille are three sons, Patrick (Julie)  Hart of Wellsville, John (Virginia)  Hart of Wellsville, and Daniel Hart of Wellsville; four daughters, Eileen (Tim)  Shea of Wellsville, Kathryn (Patrick)  Dempsey of Wellsville, Sarah Swisher of Wellsville and Josephine (Brent)  Bailey of Wellsville; a son in law Craig Burdick of Wellsville; 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; a brother, James (Mary)  Hart and a sister Patricia Reboltz as well as several cousins.

Dave was predeceased by his parents Leon and Rosemary; a son Michael Hart; a daughter Bridget Hart Burdick; a son in law William "Butch" Swisher; four brothers Edward, John, Thomas and Reverend Leon Hart C.S.B., a sister Rosemary McEntee.

Friends are invited to call on Friday July 5, 2019 from 4 until 7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will be held on Saturday in the Funeral Home at 9:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at the Immaculate Conception Church at 10 am. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in Dave's name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School or to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Diane Kay Converso

Wellsville, NY - Diane Kay Converso, 82, of 173 East State Street passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was born April 12, 1937 in Wellsville the beloved daughter of the late Roland A. and Dorotha (Sadler) Fanton. 

Diane was a lifelong resident of Wellsville, and graduated from Wellsville High School.  She was a member of Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW Auxiliary, the Wellsville Historical Society, the Allegany County Bird Club and the former Christian Temple, where she taught Sunday School.  Diane was an avid New York Yankee and NASCAR fan, and lover of all things cats.

She is survived by three daughters, Terri A. Slater and her husband Richard S. Crouse, of Boca Raton, Florida, Joya Serio of Bliss, NY and Becky Converso of Hornell, NY, two grandchildren, Sarah Ann Slater and Jason Serio, a sister-in-law, Barrie Fanton of Wellsville, and two nieces and one nephew, Lorraine Fanton of Boston, MA, Ian Fanton of Winchester, MA, and Molly Fanton of Wellsville.  She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a brother, Roland Benjamin “Ben” Fanton, a son-in-law Randy Serio and a grandson Keegan Fleming.  

Funeral arrangements are private and interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville VFW Post 2530 or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Evelyn Mae Bissell

Wellsville, NY - Evelyn Mae Bissell, 94, a resident of Manor Hills, when to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Hart Comfort House. She was born May 15, 1925 in Bolivar the daughter of the late Kilburn and Blanche (Tompkins) Cowles. On July 9, 1971 in Wellsville she married Paul R. Bissell who predeceased her on May 27, 1986. 

At the age of four, her family moved to Stannards. She attended the Stannards School, and Wellsville High School. She first worked pumping gas for Reuning's Service Station in Wellsville, the Eclipse Ammunition Plant in Elmira Heights during WW II, and Bausch and Lomb in Wellsville. For many years she was a waitress for the Modern Diner and the Coffee Pot Restaurants in Wellsville. In retirement, she worked as a courier for Security Norstar Bank. She and Paul were active members of  “Coops Troops” square dance group, which they enjoyed thoroughly. 

She is survived by her children,  Ronald (Bev) Nye of Wellsville, Carole Nye of Wellsville; Gerald (Sandra) Mascho of Fisherville, KY, Jean (Bob) Klumpp of Amherst, Dean (Brenda) Bissell of Allegany, Margaret ”Peggy” Calhoun of Alfred, Paul (Mareta) Bissell of Wellsville; Shirley (Dick) Whitesell of Wellsville, Brenda (Jim) Kavanaugh of Henrietta, a sister-in-law, Ruth  Ann Tompkins of Wellsville, 17 Grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and a long time friend, Joanne Elliot of Wellsville

In addition to her parents and her husband Paul, she was predeceased by two sons Gary K. Nye, and Alan R. Nye, two former husbands, Lyle Nye and Paul Mascho, three brothers, Arthur Cowles, Donald Cowles, and Richard Tompkins, four sisters, Lillian App, Bea Dunning, Nettie Stephens, and Doris Stone  

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 26 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. The Funeral will be on Thursday, June 27, at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hallsport Christian Church, or the Hart Comfort House. The family would like to thank the staff at the Hart Comfort House and the staff at Manor Hills for the wonderful care she received over the past year and a half. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Loraine D. Moran

Wellsville, NY - Loraine D. Moran, 86, a life-long resident of Wellsville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Bradford Manor in Bradford, PA; following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born January 3, 1933 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Ruby (Keeler) Gleason. On February 11, 1956 in Wellsville she married Robert H. Moran who predeceased her on January 3, 2018.

Loraine was a 1950 graduate of Wellsville High School.  Initially upon graduation she worked as a bookkeeper at Davie's Department Store and then for Mobil Gas Station in Wellsville. In later years she was employed at Casey Optical Company.
  
She was a long-time member of Immaculate Conception Church through which she was involved in the Altar and Rosary Society as well as the Christian Family Movement, which involved local mission projects. She also volunteered her time as a chaperone for The Fresh Air Fund.  Loraine and her husband, Robert, enjoyed square dancing and were long-time members of The Grand Squares dancing club. Because of her love of reading and all things literature, she was for many years, a tutor for Literacy Volunteers, which she enjoyed very much. Throughout her life she enjoyed many hobbies including sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking, baking, reading, as well as writing poems.   
  
Loraine was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who took great pride in caring for her family and home.  She cherished time in the presence of her beloved family and will forever be remembered as a classy, true lady, with a quick wit, and great sense of humor.   

Survivors include a son, Sean (Sandi) Moran of Oswego; three daughters, Robin (Gary) Ahrens of Olean, Tammy (Robert) Christman of Wellsville, and Kelly (Jesse) Case of Wellsville; eight grandchildren, Robert (Jen) Ahrens, Kelsey (Matt) Quattrone, Michaela Moran, Liam Moran, Leah Christman, Bridget Christman, Samuel Case, and Simon Case; five great grandchildren, Maddox Guay, Ryker Quattrone, Colin Ahrens, Donovan, and Jerrin Ahrens;  sister-in-law, Barbara Gleason of Conroe, TX.: and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her sister, Anita Keib, brother, David Gleason, and grandson, Lee Ahrens.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, June 24, 2019 from 4 to 7 pm  at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. The funeral will be Tuesday, June 25, at 11:00 am in the funeral home, with Rev. Robin George presiding. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Public Library.  To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Jennifer R. Crouch

Belmont, NY - Jennifer R. Crouch, 49, of 1 Maple Street, passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville, following a courageous battle with Lupus, and more recently, PAH. She was born January 16, 1970 in Hornell; the daughter of Richard J. and Kathleen (Horton) Rulison Jr. On May 23, 1998 in Belmont she married Kevin L. Crouch who survives.

Jennifer was raised in Belmont and was a 1988 graduate of Belmont High School. In 1994 she received an AAS Degree from Alfred State College. She was employed as a  waitress for many years at C & R Cafe in Belmont, Boomers in Scio, Coops Restaurant in Belmont, and Black Eyed Susan in Angelica.

She was a member of the Belmont American Legion Auxiliary Unit 808. She was an avid Buffalo Sabres fan, and enjoyed bowling at the Community Lanes in Belmont. She loved her cats, reading, and communicating with her friends on Facebook.

She is survived in addition to her husband, by her mother, Kathleen Rulison of Belmont; a sister, Valerie (Charley) Bessette of Bolivar, her father and mother-in-law, Raymond and Rita Crouch of Caneadea; a sister-in-law Carolyn (Frank) Robinson Jr. of Germantown, PA, a brother-in-law, Benjamin (Morgan) Crouch of Boston, MA, two nieces, Skylar Pratt, and Sam DuPree, a nephew, Chandler Pratt, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her father, Richard J. Rulison Jr., her maternal grandparents, Frank and Thelma Horton, and her paternal grandparents, Richard and Vera Rulison Sr.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 21, 2019 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Saturday, June 22, at 1:00 pm, in the funeral home with Rev. Marilyn Hale presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 808 in Belmont or the Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K Street NW, suite 200, Washington DC 20037. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Beverly 'Bev” B. Inferrera

Wellsville, NY - Beverly 'Bev” B. Inferrera, age 93, of Scott Avenue passed away on Sunday June 16, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born in Wellsville on September 11, 1925 to the late John and Mary Tarantine Boyd. On October 8, 1960 she married Basil Inferrera who predeceased her on April 8, 1976.

Bev was a life long resident of Wellsville who graduated from Immaculate Conception and Wellsville High School. She had attended RBI Business School and had worked for several local companies including New York Telephone, Air Preheater and Worthington. She also ran the family property rental business for many years. Bev was very active in the Wellsville Community where she was a Charter Member of the Wellsville Lioness Club, a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Chapter Preceptor Beta Upsilon Twig, the Investment Club and enjoyed playing poker with her many girl friends. She was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville.

Bev was a loving mother who raised five children, Rand (Connie)  Beckman of Belmont, Darcy (James)  Catino of Batavia, Joseph (Penny)  Inferrera of New Milford, CT., John Inferrera of Pittsford and James Inferrera of Wellsville; She was a loving grandmother to her 12 grandchildren and a great grandchild.; she was also survived by many cousins.

She was predeceased by her husband Basil, her parents John and Mary Boyd and her son Rand.

In keeping with Bev's wishes a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial gifts in her name may be made to either the Immaculate Conception Church or to the Father Brown Mission Club. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Winn

Belmont, NY - Elizabeth A. “Betty” Winn, age 70, of South Street passed away on Thursday June 13 at her son's home in Freedom. She was born on April 6, 1949 in Buffalo to Francis and Marcella McAllister Conway JR. On May 27, 2000 she married William Winn who predeceased her on September 5, 2005.

Betty was a former resident of Buffalo who move to the Belmont Area in 1972. She had attended the Blessed Trinity School in Buffalo and graduated from Alfred State College with an Associates Degree in Business. She held many jobs including working at the American Hotel, the Belmont Hotel, the Belmont American Legion, Harris Supply and she retired from Alfred State College as a dispatcher. Betty was proud of her 39 year membership in the American Legion Unit 808 Auxiliary of Belmont. She was and active member who served in many capacities for her Unit holding several offices including President. Betty was a member of the Amity rescue Squad from 1978 until 1988, enjoyed playing euchre and played softball for the Belmont Hotel Team that won their league 10 years in a row.

Survivors include: her parents, Francis and Marcella Conway Jr. of Batavia; 2 sons, Raymond M.(Angel)  Feness of Freedom and Scott C.(Stacy Hale)  Feness of Belmont; 4 step daughters, Kristy Apgar, Kathy Winn, Michele Golden and Kelley Winn; her brothers, James Conway, Patrick Conway and John Conway; her sisters, Eileen (Robert)  Kotarski, Leigh MacLeod,Maryann (Paul)  Kogut and Carol (Raymond)  Caton; 4 grandchildren, Joshua S. Feness, Austin M. Feness, Nicholas Feness and Alexander Feness; several step grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased by her husbands, Craig Feness and William Winn and her brother Francis Conway.

Friends are invited to attend a grave side service on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at 11 am in St. Mary's Cemetery of Belmont with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. A luncheon will follow the service at the Belmont American Legion Post 808. In lieu of flowers memorials in her name may be given to the American Legion Unit 808 Auxiliary of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Charles P. Ross

Bolivar, NY - Charles P. Ross, 46, of 102 Wellsville Street passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, June 8, 2019. He was born November 11, 1972 in Gates, the son of Anthony C. and Cynthia (Kirby) Ross. On April 10, 2010 in Olean he married Stacie Mascho who survives.

“Charlie” was raised in Gates-Chili, and was a 1991 graduate of Bolivar Central School.   He attended Alfred State College, and was formerly employed at Air-Preheater Company in Wellsville, the Gunlocke Company in Wayland, and Heritage Cutlery in Bolivar. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed comics and gardening. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Samantha (Joseph) Phillips of Bolivar, Rosemary (Ronnie) Rhodes of Perry, and Sylvia (Brennen) Sharp of Canisteo, a son, Wilbur (Brittany Spring) Fountain of Limestone, 13 grandchildren, his father and step-mother, Tony and Catherine Ross of Hornell, his father-in-law, Darwin Mascho of Bolivar, two brothers, Anthony “TJ” (Lena) Ross Jr. of Canisteo, and Peter (Jennifer) Ross of Hornell, one aunt, two uncles, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his mother, two sisters, April Carr, and Annette Ross, and his mother-in-law, Nancy Mascho. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Joanne Daily Horton

Wellsville, NY - Joanne Daily Horton returned to Our Heavenly Father on June 1, 2019.  Joanne was born to Seward and Gertrude Daily of Genesee, Pennsylvania on May 26, 1937 as the second oldest of four children.  Her parents have preceded her in death.  Joanne was the loving wife of Roger Baker Horton and the beloved mother of Matthew, Mark, and Mitchell.  Mark preceded his mother in death.  She is survived by Roger, who continues to reside at their longtime home in Stannards, New York.   Matthew resides in Round Rock, Texas, and Mitchell resides in Brunswick, Ohio.  She is also survived by her brothers: Russell Daily of Bush, LA; Donald Daily of Alexandria, VA; and Alan Daily of Darlington, PA.

Joanne enjoyed travel and the company of good friends.  She and her family traveled extensively while her children were young, towing a camper about the country every summer.  Over time, her family became widely dispersed about the country, and she enjoyed nothing more than having family visit at holidays other occasions.  

She was fond of meeting with friends on a regular basis to play bridge throughout her adult life.  In more recent years, Joanne was active with the Monday Morning Club while supporting activities and projects for the Wellsville Library.  She also found fellowship with the Red Hat Society, enjoying the organization's lively atmosphere, and she was also a member of the Wellsville United Methodist Church.

She picked up sewing at an early age and turned it into a long term commercial hobby, making clothes and alterations for her satisfied customers for many years.  Always eager to learn new things, she expanded her enterprise to custom embroidery after tackling the intricacies of the complex machines and the skills required to operate them.  In that portion of her business, she supported many local civic organizations and sports teams, relishing the special challenges.

Those special challenges of the sewing and embroidery business were the inspiration that yielded a friend, Darlene Smith, whom she considered a daughter.  Joanne and Darlene shared countless hours bonding while sharing their know-how and passion for the craft.

In a more traditional employment role, Joanne worked for twenty years in the admissions office for Alfred University where she worked as a secretary preparing application packages and managing the office.

A memorial will be held at in the future at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, Joanne's family suggests that donations be made to the Salvation Army.    To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Marcella (Colburn) Sweet

Wellsville, NY -    Marcella (Colburn) Sweet, 93, passed away on, May 31, 2019, at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, NY.  A lifelong resident of Wellsville, Marcella was born on, December 17, 1925, to William and Hazel (Burns) Colburn in Wellsville, NY. 

She attended the Immaculate Conception School and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. After graduation, and while working at the First Trust Union Bank, she took a day trip to Rushford Lake with a friend and fell in love with a stretch of land on the North shore of Balcolm Beach in Rushford, NY. She went back to work the next day and told her manager, E.J. Brown, about the land, and he told her he would co-sign a loan for her so that she could buy the land. She was 20 years old. After purchasing the land, only then did she tell her father about it and he and her uncles went to work building a cottage where the family spent summers for the next 45 years.  She also taught at the Immaculate Conception School and worked as a bookkeeper for Rockwell's Department Store, the family run business in Wellsville.

Marcella met Paul at the Funland Roller Skating Rink in Wellsville, NY, just after his return from the service in WWII and they were married on April 20th, 1949.  She and Paul were married for nearly 50 years and raised three sons on Fassett Lane, in Wellsville, NY, just a few houses away from her parents.  Paul was the love of her life.  Marcella & Paul enjoyed traveling and frequenting Casino’s.

She was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, charged with keeping the church staffed during the week.  She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a driver for the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp and an avid card player who enjoyed playing and hosting the local Bridge Club.

Marcella enjoyed anything that allowed her to socialize.  She loved meeting new people, making new friends, and spending time with friends and family.  She could make a new friend quite literally while standing in line at the grocery store and truly believed that a stranger was just a friend you hadn't yet met.  In later years she would travel around the county, sometimes 4 or 5 nights a week, to play BINGO in different towns with different groups of friends.
  
Marcella was pre-deceased by her husband Paul B. Sweet and her eldest son James P Sweet. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Beverly (James) Sweet of Wellsville, sons Bill (Janet Kemp) Sweet of Wellsville, Douglas Sweet of McKinney, TX, and grandsons Brian Sweet of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Kevin Sweet of Las Vegas, NV, and several cousins.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday July 27 at 10 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Friends are invited to call at Church from 9 am until 10 am prior to the Mass.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in her name to the Hart House, the Immaculate Conception Church, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp, or the donor’s choice.  To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Beverly Faye Middaugh

Belmont, NY - Beverly Faye Middaugh, 85, of 49 Willets Avenue passed away at home on Saturday, May 25, 2019, with her family at her side. She was born July 1, 1933 in Belmont, the daughter of the late Leo and Effie (Mayo) Graham. On February 6, 1953 in Belmont she married C. Richard “Dick” Middaugh who predeceased her on May 9, 1998.

Beverly was a lifelong resident of Belmont, and was a graduate of Belmont Central School. In the early years she was employed at W. T. Grant Co. and the Kaiser Glove Factory in Wellsville, and later kept the books for both her husband, Dick and son, Rick.

We were so lucky to have such a loving mother and grandmother. She was a great cook, an excellent housekeeper, had great organizational skills and beautiful penmanship. She enjoyed puzzles, Sudoku, going for walks, eating sweets, and going to to the casino with her son. She loved playing cards, and board games with her family, and was a Yankee fan. 

She is survived by a son, Rick (Katherine) Middaugh of Belmont, a sister, Bernice Robbins of Belmont, two grandsons, Nicholas Middaugh of Belmont, and Kyle (Jennifer) Middaugh of Lakeview, NY as well as several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by a daughter, Jacquelyn Val Middaugh.

Friends and family are invited to visit the family on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at the family home, 49 Willets Avenue, in Belmont. Interment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Home Care & Hospice or the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Samuel Nevling

Belmont, NY - Samuel Nevling, 75, of 3804 State Route 244, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019, following a long illness. He was born April 11, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the son of the late Joseph and Dolly (Hadden) Nevling. On July 18, 1981 in Angelica, he married Mary E. Farley who survives.

He was employed as a Deputy Sheriff for the Allegany County's Sheriff's Department for thirty-one years, retiring on November 13, 2006. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Timothy E. Nevling and Daniel L. Nevling both of Utah; three grandchildren, Angie, Daniel Jr., and Sydnee, five great grandchildren, Jacob, Evelyn, Luke, Brielle, and Gavin, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a brother Clayton Nevling, and a sister Patricia Landry.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2:00 pm in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Jacqueline L. “Jackie” Brundage

Belvidere- Jacqueline L. “Jackie” Brundage, age 60, of Trianna Road passed away on Friday, May 17, 2019, at  Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania. She was born on January 10, 1959 in Coudersport to the late John and Agnes Henry Wilson. On July 3, 1992 in Andover she married John Brundage Jr. who survives.

Jackie was a stay at home mother who touched the lives of many of her “adopted” kids and loved her cats and dogs.

She is survived by her husband John; a son Brandon Brownell of Wellsville; a sister Erma (Mark)  Kopp of Austin, PA.; a brother, James Wilson of Mont Vernon, NH.; her mother and father in law, John and Elaine Brundage Sr. of Wellsville; a sister in law, Roxanne (Matt)  Wagoner of Wellsville; a brother in law Paul Brundage of Niagara Falls; several nieces and nephews; and special friends and neighbors, Joshua and Michelle Barnes.

Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on  Saturday,July 6, 2019 from 4 pm until 8 pm at the Frank B. Church VFW Post  #2530 on Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Memorials in Jackie's name may be made to either the Alzheimer's Association or to Muscular Dystrophy. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Shirley Joan (Patterson) Allen

Whitesville, NY  - Shirley Joan (Patterson)  Allen, a long time resident of Whitesville, chose to join the Lord on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 8, 1935 in West Bingham, Pennsylvania to the late George “Edward” and Thelma (Skutt)  Patterson. On March 24, 1956 in Whitesville she married W. Duane Allen who survives.

Shirley was a member of the Genesee School class of 1953. In that same year she was selected by a popularity vote of her classmates at to attend the 12th annual Laurel Festival in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania to enter competition for the title of State Laurel Queen. In her early adulthood she worked for an ice cream parlor in Olean, Chapman and Burrows in Genesee, Pa., Sylvania in Galeton, Pa., and the glove factory in Wellsville. Shirley was well know for being a free hearted and giving person who enjoyed being around family and friends. She also enjoyed going to Salvation Army Stores, household sales, and rummage sales. Shirley will be remembered by her children as a tough but fair mother.

Surviving besides her husband are 3 children, Judy (Tommy)  Johanson of Wellsville, William “Bill” Allen of Whitesville, and Steven D. (Nancy Wyant)  of Jasper; 4 grandchildren which she doted on, Shawna Cwiklinski of Wellsville, Stanley “Josh” Cwiklinski of Whitesville, W. Daniel Allen of Whitesville, and Alyssa Allen of Canisteo; siblings, Norma (Donald)  Chapman of North Bingham, PA.,and Jack (Bessie)  Patterson of West Bingham, PA.. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews; in laws, Ronald (Carol)  Allen of Wellsville, Phyllis (Bruce)  Green of Portville, and Sandra (James)  Fitzpatrick of Whitesville.

Shirley was predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter, and a great granddaughter.

There will be no prior visitation and a private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in the North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Judith Ann Wakefield

Wellsville, NY - Judith Ann Wakefield, age 76, of South Main Street passed away at home on Thursday, May 2, 2019. She was born on January 22, 1943 in Wellsville to John "Jack" and Lila L. Quant McGinley. In Cuba she married Wesley Wakefield who predeceased her.
 
Judith graduated from Wellsville High School and the New Penn Beauty School in Olean with a degree in cosmetology. She worked for the Texas Hot, Basil Inferrera's Beauty Shop, and for Motorola in Arcade. Along with her husband Wesley "Red" they owned and operated the Cuba Lake Pavilion. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville and was currently a member of the Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church of Scio.
 
Survivors include a daughter Kelly Wakefield Wilber; four stepchildren, Steven [Doreen] Wakefield, Debbie [Curt] Hamilton, Randy Wakefield, and Kathy [Donald] Wakefield Sciotti; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Noel [Amy] Deuell Sr., June Deuell, Vincent Sciotti, Noel Deuell Jr.,Jody Hamilton, Jonathan Hamilton, Crystal Wakefield, Allen Wakefield, Kylee Wilber, Kelsey Wilber, Michael Wilber Jr., and Mitchell Wilber; two sisters, Kathleen [Jeff] Tingley, Pamela [Brent] Rohrabacher; two brothers, Richard [Laurie] Boyd, and Mark [Tracy] Boyd; Several nieces and nephews; A special long time friend and care giver, Joyce Burns.
 
She was predeceased by her parents and her step father, Mark M. Boyd.
 
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville from 10 am until 11 am. Her funeral service will take place at 11 am in the church with Reverend Greg DeSalvatore presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in her name may be given to the First United Methodist church of Wellsville, or to the Knights Creek Evangelical Church of Scio, or to the David A. Howe Library. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Monday, April 29, 2019

Harold & Dorothy Allen

Wellsville, NY - Harold & Dorothy Allen - A memorial service and celebration of the lives for Harold and Dorothy Allen will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville with Rev. Greg DeSalvatore presiding. Friends are invited to call prior to the service, at the funeral home from 11:00am until 12:30pm. Interment of Harold and Dorothy’s cremains will follow the service in Riverside Cemetery in Belfast, NY.

Harold and Dorothy were married on Dec. 8, 1951 in Belfast, NY. They moved to Wellsville in 1958 and lived on Dyke Street until they retired to Placida, Florida in 1985. In 2006, they moved to Lexington, OH to be closer to family. Harold passed peacefully on June 1, 2011. Dorothy passed peacefully on September 18, 2018.

Harold was born on August 15, 1922 in Mercer, PA. His younger years were spent in Portville, NY. He was employed at Air Preheater/Combustion Engineering in Wellsville for 32 years. Harold was a WWII veteran, a Mason, and a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, Dyke Street Engine Company #2.

Dorothy was born on June 10, 1921 in Belfast, NY where she lived until moving to Wellsville. She was a caring stay-at-home mom for many years before settling into working at Rockwell's Department Store for many years.

Harold and Dorothy enjoyed making many wonderful memories during their lives with their family and friends. They often spoke of those memories and many times with laughter.

Harold and Dorothy are survived by their children: Ken (Kathy) Howden of Brookings, OR; Jim Allen (Maria Williams) of Dyer, IN; Barb (Bob) Lee of Crestline, OH; and Gary(Doreen) Allen of Jackson, CA. They are also survived by six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Harold and Dorothy were proceeded in death by their parents, all of their siblings and a son, Robert Howden.

Please consider memorial donations to the Dyke Street Engine Company #2 or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Katherine R. Greenan

Wellsville, NY - Katherine R. Greenan, 85, of 2167 Greenan Road passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Wellsville Manor Care Center with her loving family at her side. She was born September 23, 1933 in Rochester the daughter of the late Reese E. and Doris H. (Farrell) Roberts. On April 7, 1956 in Andover she married Donald J. Greenan who predeceased her on May 31, 2000.

Kathy, or Ki as her family knew her, was a 1951 graduate of Macedon High School. She was formerly employed as a Comptrometer Operator for IBM, and later worked for O'Donnell's Grocery Store and Fay's Drug Store in Wellsville. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, bowling, playing cards, going to the casino, watching the Buffalo Bills, all the activities at the Wellsville Senior Center, and spending time with her family.  

She is survived by six children, Katherine (Douglas) McDowell of Wellsville, Nancy (Gary) Link of Wellsville, Donald (Carol Button) Greenan II of Olean, Rose Mary (Daniel) Vossler of Wellsville, Joseph (Meredith Carr) Greenan of Wellsville Theresa (Harold) Peterson of Virginia Beach, VA, 15 grandchildren, Heather, Joshua, Zachary, Laura, Brian, Donald III, Donivan, Justin, Kayla, Jamie, Jessica, Joseph, Ashley, Brittney, and Nathen, five great-granddaughters, Trista, Brianna, Emma, Zurie, and Paisley, four siblings, Beverly R. Snyder of Pittsford, Richard D. (Ruth) Roberts of Victor, John F. (Barbara) Roberts of Pensacola, Florida, and Doreen (Daniel) Ganoung of Fredericksburg, Virginia, as well as several nieces and nephews, and a special family friend, David Craft of Wellsville. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by a brother, Reese E. “Jim” Roberts II, and a sister, Mary Jane Young.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Thursday, May 2, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral  Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation Thursday at 1:00 pm in the funeral home. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany County Office for the Aging/Meals on Wheels, the Activities Department at Wellsville Manor, or the Hart Comfort house. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Teresa Emily Mallery

Cincinnati, Ohio - Teresa Emily Mallery, 86, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019. She was born July 3, 1932 in Wellsville, NY, the daughter of Otto and Winifred Reesher. On August 7, 1954 she married Malcom F. Mallery who predeceased her on January 6, 1965. 

Teresa was a blessing in our lives and will live on through all our hearts.  Her strong faith, love, kindness, and courage will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. The family thinks of what Billy Graham said, “she is just changing her address”. 

Teresa is survived by her children, Susan (Joe) Heeg, OH; Stephen (Velina) Mallery, OH; William (Lisa) Mallery, NY; and Teresa (David) Jordan, CO. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild. She was predeceased by her youngest child Kathleen Mallery.

A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville, NY on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception Church, 17 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY  14895. to leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Judith Dickerson Henry

Judith Dickerson Henry

4/6/1935-4/12/2019

Answer: Dedicated, loving, and welcoming wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, she was influential in the lives she touched.

Question: Who is Judith Dickerson Henry?

Judy Henry died on April 12, 2019 in Wellsville, N.Y. She was born in Uniontown, Pa., on April 6, 1935. She was the daughter of Vivian (Ted) Dickerson and Georgia (Jerry) Holyfield Dickerson Tarbox, and the stepdaughter of Lyle Tarbox.

She traveled and lived all over the country, including Alaska, while her husband Marion Downey Henry served in the U.S. Army. Despite moving frequently, she always made it an exciting new adventure for her family. After Marion's retirement, Judy returned to the area and lived in Wellsville, Ulysses, Brookland, and Shinglehouse.

Judy graduated from Ulysses High School (later known as Northern Potter) in 1953. She married Marion on Dec. 31, 1954, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland. He passed on Oct. 25, 1994.

One of Judy's legacies will be passing down knowledge and skills to her family. Whether it was an unparalleled fried chicken recipe, how to sew a dress, caring for animals, or celebrating holidays with cheer and appreciation for traditions, she left her mark. Judy had a talent for molding loved ones into intelligent, respectful ladies and gentlemen.

Judy, known for her spontaneity, had many talents and hobbies. She was an accomplished swimmer, artist, gardener, cook, and seamstress. She loved books—either on tape or in hand—and classic movies. She enjoyed history, trivia (Jeopardy!), listening to Bing Crosbyand Mario Lanza, and spending time with family (always made better with tea or butter pecan ice cream).  

Judy is survived by her children Yvonne (Dennis) Johnson of Rochester, Jolene Vallone of Columbia, S.C., Theodore (Ivette) Henry of Shinglehouse, brother Ted Dickerson of Ulysses, sister Janice (Dave) Graves of Wellsville, sister-in-law Ruthie Dickerson of Portville, grand children Ryan (Melody) Johnson, Kyle (Alexandra) Johnson, Yvonne Arnold, Diana (Alex) Arce, Maximino (Hannah) Peiz, and Theodore Henry, and five great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her brother Donald Dickerson.

As she said to end many visits, "See you later, alligator. After awhile, crocodile."    
Donations can be made to the Allegheny County SPCA in her memory. 

To leave on-line condolences, please see www.embserfuneralhome.com

Monday, April 15, 2019

Susan (Jacobs) Potter

Belmont, NY - Susan (Jacobs) Potter, 73, of 4545 State Route 19 S, died peacefully on April 15, 2019 at Hart Comfort House in Wellsville after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Jan. 16, 1946, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Leland “Yale” and Ruth (Wightman) Jacobs. On May 6, 1967, in Belmont, she married Lloyd Potter who predeceased her on April 20, 2014

Susan graduated from Belmont Central School in 1964, Alfred State College in 1966 with a degree in Executive Secretarial Sciences. She was formerly employed at Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES for 31 years. She was an active member of many Board of Directors including Genesee Valley Central School for six years, C-A BOCES for 10 years, Belmont Free Library for four years and the Office of the Aging for one year. She was an active member of the Belmont United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two children, Kerri Potter and Randy (Angelique) Potter, both of Belmont; three grandchildren, Forest Beauchamp, Ryan Dodge, Brook (Donny) Kane; two great grandchildren, Carsyn and Carmyn Kane; a sister, Audrey Filter of New Hampshire as well as several nieces and nephews and her faithful puppy, Pippy. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by two twin sisters and their husbands, Joan and Ed Sailor, and Jean and Bill Smith, and a brother-in-law, William Filter.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 19, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Belmont. The funeral will be Saturday (April 20, 2019) at 11 a.m. in the Belmont United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Hurd and Rev. Stephen Crowell presiding. Burial, will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Hart Comfort House Wellsville, NY @ www.hartcomforthouse.org,  the Belmont Free Library, 2 Willets Ave., Belmont, NY 14813 or the Belmont United Methodist Church, 7 Park Circle, Belmont, NY. To leave online condolences, please visit 

Anna Marie Transki

Wellsville, NY - Anna Marie Transki, 98, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side.  She was born January 31, 1921 in Smethport, PA the daughter of the late Michael Urben and Jessie J. (Carter) Fay. On October 13, 1938 in Smethport, PA  she married Victor G. Transki who predeceased her on April 11, 2002.

Anna was a 1938 graduate of Smethport High School. She operated a rooming house in Wellsville from 1953 to 1961. She then became the head of housekeeping and laundry at Jones Memorial Hospital from May 1963 to May 1970.  She enjoyed making wedding and birthday cakes and was an avid bowler, knitter, and crocheter.

In her lifetime Anna Marie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She lived a simple life on the land she loved, holding close her family and friends. She offered few complaints and found humor everywhere. She will be missed!

She is survived by three sons, Victor G. (Barbara) Transki Jr. of Arlington, TX, John F. Transki of Chicago, IL, and Mark E. Transki, of Alfred Station, one daughter, Linda Anne (Jon) Ebeling of Wellsville, three grandsons, Jeffrey Transki, Joseph Transki, and Brian (Jamie)Transki, three granddaughters, Jillian (Darren) Kight, Jennifer Rowe, and Susan (Dan Helveston) Ebeling, four great-grandsons, Matthew and Benjamin Helveston, and Max and Kellen Rowe, two great granddaughters, Ariana and Teegan Transki, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to parents by four brothers, Bernard E. Fay, John C. Fay, Michael Z. Fay, and Richard U. Fay, and a sister Margaret V. Bishop.

At Anna's request there will be no prior visitation. A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Reverend Vernon M. Dean



Belmont, NY - Reverend Vernon M. Dean, age 86, of Greenwich Street went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at his home. He was born in Buffalo on November 12, 1932 to the late Faxon and Mabel Tolsma Dean. On April 10, 1954 he married Lois Alice Kerr who predeceased him on December 11, 1983. On December 28, 1984 he married Marjorie Rose who survives him.


Vernon attended Fredonia State University and graduated from Clarks Summit Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He served in the US Army from 1953 until 1955 where he was a bugler and played the french horn. 

Early on he was a tool and dye maker who had worked for Chevrolet, General Electric, Ford, and IBM. In 1962 he accepted the Lord and served him the remainder of his life. He served several Baptist Pastorates and interim Pastorates including Dimock, PA., Liverpool, Belmont, Humphrey, and last in Yorks Corners. He served others in many ways including Chaplin to the Allegany Sheriffs Department, he was very involved in many capacities at the Belmont Christian Academy, and delivering Meals on Wheel from where he resigned the morning of his death. Vernon served on many councils and capacities with in the Baptist Church including the Tri-County Fellowship, the Empire State Baptist Seminary, and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Empire State Baptist Fellowship. Vernon and Marjorie spent winters in Zephyrhills, FL.,and were members of the Victory Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife Marjorie, 3 children, Robin (Garry)  Smith of Sayre, PA., Gary Dean of Kirkville, and Allison Scanlon of Depew; 2 step children, Louise (Garrry)  Jordan of Belmont, and William (Karen)  Rose of Dade City FL.; 12 grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren; a nephew, Aaron Dean.

Vernon was predeceased by his first wife Lois, his brother Allan Dean, a son in law Phillip Scanlon, and a step son Ernest Rose. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Belmont from 11 am until 1 pm at which time a funeral service will take place. Memorials in Vernon's name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Belmont or to Meals on Wheels. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Genevieve Helen Cooper

Wellsville, NY - Genevieve Helen Cooper, 89, of 1939 Stannards Road, passed away at home on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. She was born January 25, 1930 in Titusville, PA the daughter of the late Enjar and Amy (Beebower) Anderson. On May 30, 1963, in Townville, PA, she married Howard G. Cooper who predeceased her on September 7, 2014.

Genevieve graduated from Townville High School and Edinboro College. She was employed as a school teacher for many years in the Wellsville Central School System. She and Howard owned and operated the Style Shop on Main Street in Wellsville, and Herbert Cooper Company in Genesee, PA.

Genevieve is survived by four nephews Bob Anderson, Phil (Leora) Anderson, Bruce (Kathy) Steadman, and Rick Steadman, several great nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Kim Sheets and her family of Wellsville. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a sister, Carol L. Steadman, a brother Kenneth Anderson, and a brother-in-law Lawrence Steadman.

A private funeral was conducted on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville with Rev. Greg DeSalvatore presiding. Burial followed in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Helen P. Coy

Wellsville, NY - Helen P. Coy, age 69, of Scott Avenue passed away on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a long illness. She was born on December 10, 1949 in Wellsville to Clarence and Helen P. Haskins Armstrong. On February 16, 1965 in Chesterfield, SC. she married the love of her life, Arnold C. Coy who predeceased her on March 11, 2013.

Helen was a life long resident of Wellsville who attended Wellsville Central Schools. She dedicated her life to being a stay at home mom and care giver to her husband, her in laws, and anyone who needed her. She took great pride in her family, her home, and garden. She loved the outdoors especially hunting, fishing, and berry picking. Helen enjoyed playing bingo, Yahtzee, scrabble, ironing, baking, and spring cleaning. She loved family get togethers and Holidays were especially her favorite time of the year.

Survivors include a son, Matthew (Consuelo)  Coy of Wellsville; 3 daughters, Caroline (Jim)  Hubbard, Billie (Michael)  Howell and Angela (William)  Cunningham all of Wellsville; also close to her heart, Dawn Schoenthal of West Virginia; 10 loving grandchildren;4 great grandchildren; a sister; 2 brothers; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and several brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 12 noon till 2 pm. The funeral service will take place at 2 pm with Reverend Gene Miller presiding and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials in Helen's name may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 333 Westmoreland Drive, Rochester, NY. 14620. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tina J. Fanton

Wellsville, NY - Wellsville, NY - Tina J. Fanton, age 46, of the River Road passed away on Monday, March 19, 2019, at Jones Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was born on May 24, 1972 in Olean to Gene and Debra Kline Tarr. On July 12, 2014 in Wellsville she married Raymond “Ray” Fanton who survives.

Tina graduated from Bolivar Central High School in 1991. That same year she joined the Bolivar Central School's kitchen staff and had worked there for almost 28 years. She was a very dedicated staff member and enjoyed interacting with the students she served. Tina enjoyed dancing, fishing, going to the camp, watching stock car races and NASCAR, the New York Yankees, and watching wrestling  and soap operas on TV. She especially enjoyed family gatherings and she will be remembered for her love of her entire family.

Tina is survived by her husband Ray; her mother and father, Gene and Debra Tarr; her mother in law Sharon Wardner, and her mother in law and father in law Barb and Jim Fanton; her daughter Courtney Barnes; 2 step daughters, Emily Little and Renee' Fanton; a step son Andrew Fanton; a grandchild on the way; a brother, Jason Tarr; 2 sisters, Buffy (Leon)  Gardner Jr. and Kelly Snyder; several sisters and brothers in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 1 until 3 pm at the Cross Town Alliance Church on Highland Avenue in Wellsville. Her funeral service will take place at 3 pm following the calling hours. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions in Tina's name to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.