Sunday, September 22, 2019

Oscar L. Buchholz

Wellsville, NY - Oscar L. Buchholz, age 82, of the Hallsport Road passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2019, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 17, 1937 at home in the Town of Willing to the late Harry and Florence Fanton Buchholz. On June 7, 1958 in Bergholz he married Dianne Stenzel who survives.

Oscar was a former resident of the North Tonawanda area who returned here in 1999 after his retirement from Stone Container after 43 years of service. Along with his friend, Kenny Curry, he shoveled snow at Air Preheater, made maple syrup and cut fire wood. Oscar enjoyed deer season and his many trips from North Tonawanda to his camp in Hallsport that he and Dianne eventually made their retirement home.. He was a member of the Whitesville Rod and Gun Club and will be remembered for his love of his family and his willingness to help anyone who needed it.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years and 3 months, Dianne; 3 daughters, Corinne (Ralph)  Maday of South Carolina, Brigette (James)  Grawe of North Tonawanda, and Donna (Duane)  Moderacki of North Tonawanda; 6 grandchildren, Adam, James, Jennifer, Jamie, Jozef and Brett; 11 great grand children, Olivia, Addison, Kendal, Carter, Ryan, Ella, Samuel, Brigette, Sophia, Leah and Allie; a brother, Pete (Liz)  Buchholz of Wellsville; 2 sisters, Jane (Archie)  Kernan of Lindley and Joyce (Larry)  Arbogast of Bolivar; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Oscar was predeceased by his parents and 7 brothers, Jim, Alwin, Erwin, Earl, Mark, Richard and Virgil.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 26, from 11 to 1 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, New York. A funeral service will take place at the conclusion of calling hours at 1 pm in the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Stannards Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials in Oscar's name may be made to your local SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Steven C. Allen

 Alfred Station, NY - On Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Steven C. Allen, of Alfred Station was called home to be with his Heavenly Father after a long battle with illness, he was only 66 years old.

Born in Wellsville on February 4th, 1953 to the late Lawrence ”Mike” and Barbara (Barnes)  Allen. Baptized at John's Episcopal in Wellsville, where he served as an alter boy. Steve was also a founder of LAB, LAB rules!! A 1972 graduate of Wellsville High School, and a  1974 graduate of Alfred State College with an associates degree in Applied Electronics. On the 17th of July 1976 he married the love of his life, Nan Hennard, at the Christian Temple in Wellsville. During and after college he worked his way up to partner with his late mentor, EJ Brown, at Jericho Audio. In 1982, after the death of his mentor, and while he Nan were expecting their son, Sean, he partnered with college friends to open The Sound Track of Alfred. After 9 years the decision was made to close the Sound Track, and started Early Security and Electronics, working closely with his wife and then with his son. After closing the store, Steve went to work at Dresser Rand in multiple capacities in the Wellsville and Olean offices until he retired early do to his ill health.


As a life long Boy Scout and Scout leader, Steve earned many awards and accolades, and helped many young men to earn their Eagle Scout award, including his son, Sean. He worked tirelessly as a district commissioner to train leaders in the Boy Scouts to better the scouting program in our rural area. As a Mason, among other offices, Steve served as master of the University Lodge in Almond, the District Deputy Grand Master, the Commander of, the now closed, Knights Templar DeMolay Commandry in Hornell. Through Steve's service to God and his community his legacy will live on for many generations to come.

Steve is survived by: the love of his life, best friend, and wife of 43 wonderful years Nan; His son, whom he was so proud, Sean (Stacy)  Allen of Scio; many “adopted” sons and daughters; his two dogs Fargo and Lucas; his two brothers James (Mary Ann)  Allen of Pennsylvania and David (Debbie)  Allen of Florida; and 8 nieces.

The family will receive visitors at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Tuesday, September 24th at 4 pm with Masonic and Christian services to follow at 6 pm. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for memorials in Steve's name to the New York State Vapor Association (www.nysva.org) ,  or to Elk Lick Scout Reserve general maintenance fund, Allegany Highlands Council, 50 Hough Hill Road, Falconer, NY.  14733. To leave on line condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Norman L. Davis

Webster, NY - Norman L. Davis, 85, of 355 Spinnaker Lane passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville, NY. He was born February 23, 1934 in Wellsville the son of the late Harold and Olive (Headley) Davis. On June 7, 1962, he married Jung Ja Choi who predeceased him on August 23, 2011.

Norman was raised in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville Central School.  He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U. S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He graduated from Alfred University with a Master Degree in Psychology. He was employed as psychologist for the Gananda Central School District, retiring July 1, 1996.   Norman was part of the Rochester, NY poetry scene and helped Pure Kona open mike, which began in 1993.  He was the main constituent of Haz Mat Review, a publication of local and national poets.  

He will be missed by many.

He is survived by a daughter, Lorraine Davis of Webster, two sons, Foster Davis of Webster, and Walter Davis of San Francisco, CA, and a granddaughter, Hana Kleppe.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the National Kidney Foundation.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Terry E. Wright



Wellsville, NY - Terry E. Wright, 76, of 37½ Pleasant Street passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira. He was born April 26, 1943 in Galeton, PA the son of the late Sylvester (Ai) and Eva (Putman) Wright. 


Terry was raised in Galeton and was a 1961 graduate of Galeton High School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving from 1961 to 1974. He was employed as a contractor and machinist for various companies in the area including Victory Steel in Angelica where he was a CNC Operator for 20 years, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Morison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, and the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW. 

He is survived by five children, Randy (Deb) Wright of Wellsville, Kim (Carl) Fanton of Wellsville, Tracey Williams of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Lisa (Foster) Latner of Wellsville, and Jeff Wright of Wellsville, 10 grandchildren, Cory, Tyler, Seth, Regina, Miranda, Mitchell, Mari-Kae. Tyler, Amber, and Jordan, 12 great grandchildren, a sister, June Foreman of Wellsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was pre deceased in addition to his parents by a grandson, Carl Fanton Jr., a son-in-law, Mark Williams, a brother, John Wright, and the love of his life, Karen.

Known for his humorous and animated story telling, Terry was known to be the life of every party. He loved reading, fishing, and enjoying cold ones while listening to and singing to the oldies.

Friends are invited to a reception on Tuesday, September, 17, from 3:00 to 11:00 pm at the home of Lisa and Foster Latner, 4323 Bolivar Road in Wellsville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to his children to cover the cost of funeral expenses. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Kimberly Marie (Field) Sharp

Glendale, AZ - Kimberly Marie (Field) Sharp, 43, of 8344 N. 67th Avenue passed away unexpectedly on Monday, September 9, 2019 at home. She was born July 22, 1976 in Wellsville the daughter of Dennis B. and Luanne (Ross) Field. 

Kimberly was raised in Scio and was a 1994 graduate of Scio Central School. She resided in the Scio area until 2007, when she moved to Florida. She moved to Arizona in 2009 and was a Certified Nursing Assistant for a number of facilities. At the time of her death, she was employed by Scottsdale Eye Surgery Center.

She is survived by her father of Bolivar, three sons, David M. Rahr of Alma, Graysen A. Sharp, and Kaden R. Sharp of Goodyear, AZ, her former husband, Jeremy Sharp of Goodyear, AZ, two sisters, Angela Field, and Pamela Field, both of Scio, a brother, Raymond Field of Scio, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her mother, by her paternal grandparents, Maurice and Kay Field, and her maternal grandparents, Richard and Bertha Jones.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-8 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A time of sharing memories and service will follow visitation on Tuesday at 8:00 pm. Please consider memorial donations to Dennis Field, 5785 McKee Road, Bolivar, NY 14715, to help cover the transportation cost associated with bringing Kim home.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, September 9, 2019

James Lloyd Swarthout

  

Wellsville, NY - James Lloyd Swarthout, 89, most recently of Yarmouth, Maine, on September 4, 2019 of natural causes. Jim was a life-long resident of Wellsville, NY until 2016 when he moved to Maine to be closer to family members.


Jim was born on September 24, 1929 in Scio, NY, son of Lloyd and Margaret (Link) Swarthout. He graduated from Allentown High School in 1948, and worked the oil fields of Allentown with his father and did road construction and roofing prior to being drafted into the Army. Jim was a proud Army veteran who served for 2 years during the Korean War – 1 year on the front lines with the US Army Signal Corp-Communications, attached to the 9th Corp. In addition, he enlisted in the Wellsville Army Reserve for 2 years in the 1970’s with the 98th Division.

After returning from his enlistment, he married the love of his life, Wilma (Whitney) Swarthout. Together they lovingly built a home on Fairview Ave in Wellsville and throughout their 59 years of marriage, welcomed many family, friends and neighbors there. Jim was a proud family man through and through, as well as a hands-on carpenter/mechanic/machinist/jack-of-all-trades.  He helped build or rebuild many homes of family members and friends in the Wellsville area.


After returning to Wellsville from his Army service he went to work for Air Preheater Company - first in Maintenance then as a Drill Press Operator.  He retired in 1991 with over 42 years of employment. Jim was also a volunteer of the McEwen Hose Company for 62 years, having joined in February 1954. True to his character, he always wanted to help others and was able to accomplish that desire by serving the people of Wellsville.  Some of the offices he held in the fire department were Chairman of the 100th Anniversary Committee, McEwen Company President as well as Captain of the McEwen’s.


Jim is survived by his only child, Wendy (Swarthout) Barrett and son-in-law Jeff. He was predeceased by his wife, Wilma, as well as his parents, sisters June (Swarthout) Gensamer and Doris (Swarthout) Mallory and brothers-in-law Floyd Mallory and Richard Gensamer. His sisters-in-law Gayle (Whitney) Schober and Reba (Whitney) (Frosini) Vassello and brother-in-law Jim Schober as well as many nieces and nephews and other extended family members will miss his gentle and calm demeanor, willingness to attend any social gathering or party and his infectious chuckle.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at J.W. Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville.  Funeral will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11 am at the funeral home and will conclude with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery immediately following. In lieu of flowers, Jim and his family request that donations be made to the Wellsville Fire Department or the Allegany County SPCA in Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Constance “Connie” Garvey

Orlando, FL - Constance “Connie” Garvey, 82, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born June 8, 1937 in Wellsville, NY to the late Bernard and Agnes (Casey) Gibbs. Connie was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School. On June 23, 1956 in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville she married William H. Garvey Jr. who predeceased her on July 31, 2019.

Connie is survived by her daughters Cynthia (Michael) Nicoloff of Orlando, FL; Diana (Michael) Jackson of Sebastian, FL and Sheila (Mark) Brandes of Titusville, FL, two  grandchildren, Casey (Christopher) Poulos of Orlando, FL and Chad (Cristina) Nicoloff of Smyrna, Ga; four great-grandchildren Addison and Nicholas Poulos and Noah and Emma Kate Nicoloff, as well as several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased  by her brothers, Bernard and Robert Gibbs and her sisters, Joanne Daniels and Patricia Graves,

She was an avid bridge player, golfer and a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority in both New York and Florida. In 1985, she and Bill moved to Orlando, Florida to be closer to their immediate family. In Orlando, Connie worked for the Orange County Clerk of Courts, Mental Health Division, retiring in 2000. 

Connie loved her grandchildren and following in her mom’s tradition loved being called Nanny. She enjoyed spending time with family and celebrated the holidays with special events for every gathering.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the  Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in church at 11:00am following visitation. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Onilee M. Bunnell

Belmont, NY - Onilee M. Bunnell, age 99, of Greenwich Street passed away on Sunday, September 1, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 21, 1920 in Howard to the late Bert and Ada Bernice Lyke Miller. On April 11, 1940 in Portsmouth , Virginia she married Carl A. Bunnell who predeceased her on October 3, 1997.

Onilee was a dedicated mother who took care of her family. She attended the First Baptist Church of Belmont and loved animals especially her cats.

Survivors include her son Dennis Bunnell of Belmont; a daughter, Evelyn Bunnell of Belmont; a grand daughter, Anna (Rich)  Claypool of Bolivar; 3 great grand children, Jillian, BriAna and Dakota; a great great grandson, Seth;  her sister, Esther Linneman; several nieces and nephews.

Onilee was predeceased by her parents, her husband and her brother, Orville Miller.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 11 am until 1 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. The funeral service will take place at the conclusion of the calling hours at 1 pm in the funeral home. Memorials in Onilee's name may be made to either the Home Care and Hospice or to the First Baptist Church of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Ruth J. Ritter

Wellsville, NY - Ruth J. Ritter passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 1, 2019, at home with her family by her side, after 87 active & loving years. She was born March 20, 1932 in Harrison Valley, Pennsylvania the daughter of the late Arling and Icyes (Sappenfield) Judd. On June 5, 1954 she married Russell R. Ritter who predeceased her on June 8, 1986.

Ruth was raised in Harrison Valley, and graduated from the Harrison Valley High School. She graduated from Mansfield University with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught at the Wellsville Central School for 36 years retiring in 1988. She was a member and organist at the Hallsport Christian Church, a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ulysses Chapter # 95. She was an avid league bowler in Wellsville for many years, and was a former volunteer at Jones Memorial Hospital. She very much enjoyed and will be missed by her many friends at the Jones Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehab.

She is survived by three sons, Kent (Jerri) Ritter of Wellsville, Kurt (Lois) Ritter of Knoxville, IA, and Kris (Ann) Ritter of North Bingham, PA, five grandchildren, Amber, Kyle, William, Sam, and Tyler four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Selina, Todd, Griffin, Sophie, and Connor Majewski. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by two brothers, Raymond, and Fred Judd.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 6, from 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville, and on Saturday, September 7, from 12 noon to 1 pm at the Hallsport Christian Church. A memorial service will follow visitation Saturday at 1 pm in Church with Pastor Michael Brady presiding. Burial will be in Hallsport Union Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Hallsport Christian Church, or Jones Memorial Hospital. To leave online condolences, Please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Carolyn Ann Elias

Whitesville,  NY - Carolyn Ann Elias, 80, of 691 Main Street died Friday, August 30, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, with her loving family at her side.  Born July 8, 1939, in Harrison Valley, PA, Carolyn was the youngest daughter of the late Lewis and Reva (Coats) Scoville.  On November 2, 1957, in Whitesville she married Richard Elias, who survives

Carolyn was a 1957 graduate of Whitesville Central School and attended Business School in Hornell.  She and her husband lived in Belmont, where they raised their family for 21 years before returning to her childhood home in Whitesville in 1986 to care for her father before his passing.  Carolyn raised her family and later worked as a Home Health Aide at Jan and Bev’s in Wellsville for 23 years.  Carolyn had a loving heart and was very proud of her work and her ability to help others.  
                                                                                                                                                          Carolyn was a member of the Whitesville Ladies Auxiliary and Current Events Club. She enjoyed bingo, crocheting, camping, fishing, going to listen to music, dancing, and supporting the Whitesville students at their sporting events and music performances.  Most of all Carolyn loved spending time with her family.  She cherished Sunday dinners at the family home, and family picnics at Stony Brook.  Carolyn was very proud of her large family and would happily share with anyone who asked about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  A highlight of Carolyn’s day was picking up two of her great-grandsons, Caleb and Gavin, from school each day and spending time with them. 

She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, eight children; Robert Elias of Belmont, David Elias, of Hornell, Beverly Elias of Wellsville, Patricia Elias of Whitesville, Melody Elias of Bolivar, Leo (Tracy) Elias of Wellsville, Jackie (Earl) Hadsell of Black Creek, and Richard (Tracey) Elias Jr. of Scio, 16 grandchildren, 29 great grand-children, 4 great-great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by two sisters, Susan Louise Cavanaugh and Isabelle Miller.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Carl Kemp presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Earl L. Davis

Wellsville, NY - Earl L. Davis, 74, of  the Stannards Road died on Friday, August 23, 2019 following a lengthy  illness. He was born January 9, 1945 in Wellsville. In 1999 he married Mary (Vroman) Harris who survives.

Earl was raised in the Wellsville, and resided with several relatives in his youth. He joined the U. S. Army at age 17 and served 20 years with the 101 Airborne. He was a member of the  Special Forces all over the world, and was honored as a Green Beret. He received many awards including a Purple Heart during the Vietnam War. He was employed for many years at Air Preheater Company in Wellsville. 

There will be no prior visitation, a celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Douglas E. Thompson

Elmira, NY - Douglas E. Thompson, 73, of 427 Balsam Street passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Arnot Ogden Hospital. He was born July 12, 1946 in Wellsville, NY, the son of the late Harold G. and Norma (Wightman) Thompson. In 2002 in North Carolina he married Susan Burr  who survives.

Doug was a former member of the Grant Duke Hose Co. No. 1, of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed his dogs, country music and Stephen King.  He helped bring country music to the Southern Tier as a DJ for WLSV Radio. He was studying to become a lay minister with the United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Daniel (Amy) Thompson of Conway, AR; a daughter, Nicole Ackerman of Little Rock, AR; two grandchildren, Matthew Thompson and Kira Ackerman, a brother, Robert (Priscilla) Thompson of Wellsville, as well as one niece, one nephew and several step-children.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Grant Duke Hose Company No. 1. To leave on line condolences, please visit  www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

James D. McConnell

Wellsville, NY - James D. McConnell, age 81, of the Hallsport Road passed away at the Highland Park Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. He was born on June 28, 1938 in Wellsville to David and Luella Cline McConnell. On June 3, 1958 in Wellsville he married the former Mary Kemp who predeceased him on July 14, 2017.

James was a machinist for Dresser Rand and had been a member of the Machinist Union. He was an avid fisherman who played lead guitar for several local bands including “Lenny Waite and the LBJs”.

Survivors include his daughter Kim M. Foster of Wellsville; 3 grandsons, Cory (Shauna)  McConnell of Wellsville, Derek Fagan of Wellsville and Levi (Amber) Fagan of Willey Lake, SC.; 2 great grand daughters, Ashlynn McConnell and Corianna McConnell;a great grandson ,Rylan Fagan; his twin sister Janet Lamphier of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews and his grand dog “Chevy”.

James was predeceased by a son James D. McConnell and a sister Carol Winans.

There will be no prior services and a private burial service by the family will take place in Stannards Cemetery. Memorials James's name may be made to the MS Foundation or to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Judith A. Barlow

Wellsville, NY - Judith A. Barlow, 75, of 2507 Ketchner Road passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born May 6, 1944 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Robert J. and Grace T. (Witter) Art.

Judy was a 1962 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Olean Business Institute She retired from Jones Memorial Hospital in 2000 and was employed by Jan & Bev’s Home Care Inc. for several years, retiring in 2006. Judy loved to cook, bake, spend time with her family, help the elderly, and anyone in need. When Judy wasn't cooking or baking, you could find her watching her favorite TV show, “The Andy Griffith Show”. She loved her sweet little Pomeranian “Brown Sugar” and was so thankful to Don & Kelly Clemons for that special gift that blessed her life. Our family would like to thank Manor Hills and Jones Memorial Hospital for their sincere care.

She is survived by a son, David (Lynda) Barlow of Knoxville, TN, a daughter, Tracy Barlow of Wellsville, two granddaughters, Hannah and Lauren Barlow, two sisters, Rosanne (Mike) Ketchner of Olean, Mary Kay (Dan) Artlip of Wellsville and a brother, Robert “Mike” Art of Abilene, TX, and a special family friend, Nancy Barlow of Wellsville. She was predecased in addition to her parents by a brother, Danny Art.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, August 19, 2019 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A graveside service will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Belfast. Please consider memorial donations to Manor Hills, Jones Memorial Hospital, or the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com,

Monday, August 12, 2019

William H. Garvey Jr.

Orlando, FL - William H. Garvey Jr., 86, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born the son of the late William H. and Myrtle (Van Thof) Garvey Sr. Bill graduated from Wellsville High School and on June 23, 1956 he married the love of his life, Constance “Connie” Gibbs, at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.

Bill is survived by his wife, Connie; three daughters, Cynthia (Michael) Nicoloff of Orlando, FL; Diana (Michael) Jackson of Sebastian, FL, and Sheila (Mark) Brandes of Titusville, FL; two grandchildren, Casey (Christopher) Poulos of Orlando, FL and Chad (Cristina) Nicoloff of Smyrna, Ga; four great-grandchildren, Addison and Nicholas Poulos and Noah and Emma Kate Nicoloff; two sisters, Beverly Harder of Naples, FL,  and Joan Rosell of Wellsville, as well as  several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister Betty Herman.

He started his professional career at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville and then became owner and operator of Garvey’s Mobil Station on Main Street in Wellsville from 1960 to 1971. He then purchased Bill Garvey Cadillac, Olds, GMC Trucks, which he sold in 1985, to move closer to his immediate family in Orlando, FL.

Bill was a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, an active member of the Wellsville Lions Club, the Wellsville Country Club and the Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, FL where he was an avid golfer up until his phrase “I can’t remember if I did or was I gonna” became his reality. Christmas was always his favorite time of year and we had fond memories of him dressing up as Santa and reading the night before Christmas each year.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at Embser Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville. A graveside service will follow at 11:15am in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association at Alz.org. To leave online condolences, please visit  www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sandra Jean Hotchkiss

Belmont, NY - Sandra Jean Hotchkiss passed into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. She was able to die at home with those she loved and surrounded by the beauty of God's creation. Throughout her 81 years she always generously and lovingly gave of her time and resources no matter what the task or who the person. She was a true caregiver at home as a wife, mother, grandmother, and hostess. In her many varied occupations, her love and true concern for the people she met was evident. Her love for family, friends, flowers and most importantly God has made her life a blessing to those she encountered and an example for those who follow her example.  

Sandra was born December 5, 1937 in Hornell and graduated from Belmont Central School at the age of 16.

She is survived by three children, Kevin Hotchkiss of Belmont, Matthews Hotchkiss of Belmont, and Amy Hotchkiss of Wellsville, four grandchildren, Courtney Hotchkiss, Amber (Mike) Edmund, Clayton Hotchkiss, and Rachel (Peter) Mangels, five great grandchildren, five siblings, Karole (Roger) Baker Freemont, NY, David (Nancy) Mitchell of Gainesville, FL, Paul (Pegg) Mitchell of Hornell, Dan Mitchell of Gainesville, FL, and Phil (Deb) Mitchell of Gainesville, FL, a step-sister, Marguerite (William) Plump of Milford, DE, several nieces and nephews, and very special “family” Sandy Melvin, Jae Simon, and Nick and Ann Nelson. She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd M. Hotchkiss, a son Eric Hotchkiss, and three sisters, Barbara Benjamin, Joyce Watson, and Doris Doty.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Philips Creek Mennonite School, c/o Lester Hess Jr. 2360 CR 22, Andover, NY 14806. To leave online condolences, please visit ww.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Howard W. “Bill” Schrlau Sr.


Wellsville, NY - Howard W. “Bill” Schrlau Sr., 70, of 238 East State Street, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 3, 2019 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born February 18, 1949 in Buffalo the son of the late Clifford and Louise (Ost) Schrlau. On March 19, 1967 in Wellsville he married the former Kathryn Osgood who survives.

Bill was a 1967 graduate of Scio Central School. He was first employed at the Outdoor Store in Wellsville, Lamaccia Ford in Hornell, and for the past 37 years, for Fred Robert Auto Parts in Wellsville. He continued at Fred Roberts into his retirement, until his death. He was a life member of the Genesee Hose Company # 5. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, love of life, and faith in God.


In addition to his wife, he is survived by, three children, Howard W. “Billy” (Wendy) Schrlau of Southington CT, Diane (William) Schrlau-Weller of Wellsville, and Michael (Angel) Schrlau of Wellsville, seven grandchildren, Nathan (Caitlin) Schrlau, Nicholas (Kristen Billings), Skyler, Jacob, Liam, Cody, and Lia Schrlau; four sisters, Onalee (Tom) Weaver of Bradford, PA, Mary Barrett of Rochester, Sandy (John Crawford) Sherwood of Wellsville, and Sherri (Tim Niccloy) Schrlau of Leroy, one brother, Edward (Anna Riley) Schrlau of Cuba, as well as several nieces and nephews.


Friends are invited to a memorial service on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:00am at the Brookside Wesleyan Church, 3469 Andover Road in Wellsville with Rev. Robin George presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Jerome H. Larson

Wellsville, NY - Jerome H. Larson, 64, of Pleasant Street, passed away on July 23, 2019 in Buffalo General Hospital. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, on March 14, 1955, to the late Laverne and Ethel (Stamm) Larson. 

He is survived by: two daughters, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.  

Arrangements are under the care of J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, and there will be no services. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

John M. Johnson Sr.

Wellsville, NY - John M. Johnson Sr.,  age 60, of  North Broad Street, passed away on Monday, July 29,2019, at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He was born on December 9, 1958, in Dansville, to George “Hum” and the late Joyce (Mastin) Johnson.  

John was a 1978 graduate of Scio Central High School, and later from Alfred State Vocational School for Building Trades. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville, an avid fisherman, hunter, and camper, and musician. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially at cookouts. John will be remembered as a local musician who played in many of his family's country and classic rock bands. 

 John is survived by: his father, George “Hum” Johnson of Wellsville; a son, John Johnson II of Wellsville; two daughters, Amelia (Jason) Workman and Crystal Johnson, both of Andover; 9 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Jeffery Johnson and Jason (Lisa)  Johnson both of Wellsville; a sister, Jean (Scott)  Hamar of Oceanside, CA.; several nieces, nephews and cousins;

John was predeceased by his mother Joyce, his first wife Dawn and a sister Julie.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, August 2, 2019, from 2-4 and 7-9 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 10 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery and memorials in John's name may be given to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Marion Bricker

Genesee, PA - Marion Bricker, 100, passed away on December 13, 2017. She was a long time resident of Genesee, where she maintained a farm with her daughter Elizabeth Anne. For the last 45 years they also had a dual residence in Northridge, California. 

Marion was predeceased by: her husband, William; her son, John William; her daughter, Elizabeth Anne; and brothers, August “Gus” and Angelo. She is survived by: her sister, Josephine Basile, and eight nieces and nephews. 

She will be remembered on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the 9:00 am Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kinney, PA. Please consider memorial donations to the Sacred Heart Church in Genesee. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com 

Elizabeth Anne Bricker

Genesee, PA - Elizabeth Anne Bricker, 78, passed away on September 19, 2017. She was a long time resident of Genesee, where she maintained a farm with her mother Marion Bricker. For the last 45 years, they also maintained a dual residence in Northridge, California. Elizabeth received her primary education in Genesee. After High School, Elizabeth attended Immaculata University where she received her Bachelor's degree, she then pursued her law degree from Fordham University. In California, Elizabeth was an attorney for the Veteran's Administration in Los Angeles. 

She predeceased by: her father, William; her brother, John William; and uncles, August “Gus” and Angelo. She is survived by: her aunt Josephine Basile, and eight cousins. 

She will be remembered on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the 9:00 am Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kinney, PA. Please consider memorial donations to the Sacred Heart Church in Genesee. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

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.