Wednesday, November 20, 2019

William A. Jordan

Rochester, NY - William A. Jordan, 27, of 131 Lynette Drive passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester due to complications from a six week battle with a heart infection. 

Will was born on November 12, 1992 in Johnson City, NY. He was a graduate of Johnson City High School and attended SUNY at Brockport. He was employed as a Regional Utility Manager for Crystal Clean, Inc. of Rochester, NY. 

He enjoyed traveling, and spending time with family and his many friends. He was a generous and thoughtful person who was always ready to take care of any friend in need. 

He is survived by his mother, Marilyn Jordan of Johnson City, two brothers, Jonathan Paxhia of Pavilion, and Anthony (Sarah) Paxhia of Macedon, an uncle, Jeffery Jordan of Belmont, two nephews, Jake and Vincent Paxhia, his partner, Gregory Toms of Rochester, and his best friend, Danielle D'Onofrio of Rochester.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont, NY. A celebration of Will's life will be held on Sunday, November 24, 2019 beginning at 12 noon at Signatures at The Humphrey House, 1785 Penfield Road, Penfield, NY.

Burial in St. Mary's Cemetery in Belmont will be at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the American Heart Association, or the Johnson City High School Music Boosters. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mary Ann Temple

Whitesville - Mary Ann Temple, 84, of 800 Kenyon Road, Whitesville, passed away on November 13, 2019 at the Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wellsville. She was born in Coudersport PA, on September 21, 1935 to the late Delbert and Alice (Perkins) Ellison.  On September 30, 1974, in Whitesville, she married Donald E. Temple who survives.

Mary Ann, formerly of Stannards, was a longtime resident of Whitesville. She graduated from the Whitesville Central High School.  She started her career at the First Trust Union Bank in 1963, retiring in 1993 as a loan officer.  She enjoyed the years traveling with her husband while he worked as a welding inspector and spending winters in Florida.

Surviving, in addition to her husband Donald are 2 sons: Bernhardt (Edie Jo)Seligman Jr, of Genesee PA and Bradley (Julie) Seligman of Monroe, NC; a daughter: Rhonda (Peter) Seligman-Salchow of Sarasota, Fl; one grandson: Aiden Seligman; 2 sisters: Nancy (Ed) Whitehead of Clermont, FL and Angela Dunbar of Genesee, PA; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased in addition to her parents by her first husband Bernhardt and 3 brothers: Russ, Bob, and Jim Ellison.

Friends will be received at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State St., Wellsville on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 12-2pm  A funeral service will follow at 2pm at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Whitesville Rural Cemetery. Memorial donations in Mary Ann's name, may be left to the charity of the donor's choice.  To leave an online condolence, please see www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Andrea Mary Schoenthal

Wellsville, NY - Andrea Mary Schoenthal, 76, of 4192 A Bolivar Road passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born October 18, 1943 in Buffalo, the daughter of the late John J. and Audrey (Fabian) Lozinsky. On September 3, 1966 in Buffalo she married Bruce R. Schoenthal who predeceased her on January 20, 2018.

Andrea was a graduate of Riverside High School in Buffalo, and received a B.S. from the University of Buffalo in Lab Technology. She is the founder of Creative Writers of the Southern Tier, a writers support group that lasted over 40 years. She was a published author of many fiction and non- fiction articles and short stories.

She was a long time member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, a former member of the Wellsville Central School PTA, and the AAUW.

She is survived by a son, Philip A. Schoenthal, a daughter, Dawn M. Schoenthal, and a Son-in-law, Steven B. Foehner all of Poca, WV, and a sister, Johna Lozinsky of Buffalo. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by her sister, Rebecca “Becky” Tulipane.

A private memorial is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to a local humane Society or animal Shelter. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Alice B. McEnroe,

Wellsville, NY - Alice B. McEnroe, age 89, of Wellsville passed away on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Hart Comfort House surrounded by her family. She was born in Wellsville on September 20, 1930 to Christian and Katherine Schlenker Braunschweiger. On December 30, 1950 Alice married the love of her life Robert “Bob” McEnroe who were together for 68 years before he predeceased her on November 24, 2018.

Alice was a life long resident of the Wellsville area who dedicated her life to building a family. Being Valedictorian of her class she gave up college because she wanted to start a family. She also began a career in banking as a teller at the Citizens National Bank and retired from Key Bank as a Vice President. Alice was a long time member of the St. John's Episcopal Church, the St. Ann's Guild and the Red Hat Society of Wellsville. She enjoyed playing Bridge, reading, gardening, traveling and most of all staying in touch with her many friends including co workers from the bank. Her travels across the country took her to almost  all of the National Parks and she traveled through out Europe. Because Alice was a nurturer she gave back to the community by volunteering when ever possible. She spent hours volunteering at Jones Memorial Hospital, gave blood to the Red Cross until she was 82, spent seven months in Atlanta caring for her daughter Katie and traveled the country with Bob to attend her families special events.

Survivors include her 2 sons Robert “Rob” (Elsie)  McEnroe Jr. of Grants Pass, OR., and  David (Christine)  McEnroe of Corning; 2 daughters Barbara (Temo)  McEnroe of Long Beach CA., and Amy (Thomas)  Moore of West Islip; a son in law Gregory Hollod of Blue Ridge, GA.; 11 grandchildren, Jeff, Scott, Christopher, Andrew,Nikaylin, Alejandro, Robert, Thomas, Jackson, Michael and Allora; 5 great grandchildren, Fisher, Riverlyn, Maya, Chloe and Rivers; several nieces and nephews.

Alice was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her daughter Kathryn Hollod, and her brother, Christian (Patricia)  Braunschweiger.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 14, 2109 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will take place on Friday  at 11;30 am at John's Episcopal Church with Reverend Carol Stewart presiding. Memorials in Alice's name may be made to either the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville or to the Jones Memorial Hospital. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Tonya A. Vancuren

Belmont, NY - Tonya A. Vancuren, age 39, of Belmont passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. She was born on December 19, 1979 in Wellsville to Raymond and Concetta “Tina” Delvechio Vancuren.

Tonya was a long time resident of the Wellsville area who attended Wellsville Central Schools. She worked for Burger King, Pic a Flic and at the Wellsville Pizza Hut. Tonya loved children and enjoyed baby sitting them. She was a member of the Frank B. Church Post #2530 Auxiliary  and loved animals especially her dog Junior. She loved her family and always supported her twin sister Sonya in their many adventures. She was an amazingly strong and determined woman who over came many of life's obstacles and was able to experience true love with her soul mate Stan Hunt. She will be missed and remembered as a loving daughter, sister and friend who never judged.

Tonya is survived by her mother Concetta “Tina” Vancuren of Wellsville; five brothers, Robert (Cindy)  Vancuren of Wellsville, Lance Garfield of Wellsville, Steven (Shelly)  Vancuren of Kansas City, MO, Bruce (Barb)  Garfield of Wellsville, and John (Tracey)  Garfield of Clemmons, NC.; her soulmate Stan Hunt and his family Richard (Jennifer)  Hunt of Belfast and David (Sherri)  Hunt of Caneadea; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends.

She was predeceased by father Raymond Vancuren and her twin sister Sonya A. Vancuren.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 12 noon until 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will take place at 2 pm in the funeral home with Reverend John Francisco presiding. Burial will take place in Knights Creek Cemetery and memorials in her name may be made the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Marjorie R. Anderson

Wellsville, NY - Marjorie R. Anderson, 89, passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. She was born July 2, 1930 in Portville the daughter of the late Clifford and Florence (Wilbur) Hewitt. On June 3, 1950 in Friendship she married Joseph R. Anderson who predeceased her on June 11, 2012.

Marjorie was raised in Portville and Friendship, graduating in 1948 from Friendship Central School. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She was a homemaker who enjoyed knitting, sewing, cooking, and baking. Her pies and cakes were loved by her whole family. Her happiest times were taking care of her children and grandchildren, and spending time with her family. She volunteered as a Girl Scout leader and for many years at the Jones Memorial Hospital Snack Bar and Information Desk.

She is survived by two daughters, Denise (John) Richardson of State College, PA, and Nancy (Jerome) Hart of Wellsville, four grandchildren, Traci Richardson, Brian (Kim Rice) Richardson, Jerome Hart II, and Elizabeth Hart, three great grandchildren, Eleanor Ann Embser, Evan Anderson Embser, and Zoe McKenna Richardson, two sisters-in-law, Eleanor Anderson Driscoll, and Roxanne Hewitt, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband, by four brothers, Doug, Bud, James, and Wendell “Ike” Hewitt.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 2, 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 Saturday at 11:00 am following visitation. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House or the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Bernice F. Robbins

Belmont NY - Bernice F. Robbins, 90 of 5134 Nobel Street, Belmont died on October 28, 2019 at the Olean General Hospital. She was born on July 30, 1929 to the late Leo and Effie (Mayo) Graham. On November 11, 1948, she married Robert A. Robbins who predeceased her in 2007.

Bernice was a lifelong resident of Belmont who graduated from Belmont High School and for many years she worked for the Belmont Central School cafeteria and library.  She later worked for the former State Bank of Belmont and retired from Steuben Trust Company in 1994.

She was an avid deer hunter who enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting, cooking and baking for her family. Later in life Bernice enjoyed bird watching at home and especially enjoyed seeing the hummingbirds.

Survivors include 3 sons: Robert “Dave” (Jan) Robbins of Katy TX; Steven (MiCha) Robbins of Hanover, MD; Gary Robbins of Scio; 8 grandchildren, Lindsey Klinefelter, Jeffery Robbins, Angela Huber, Andraya Huber, Aaron Robbins, and Mira Robbins; Logan Flurschutz and Chase Robbins; 2 great-grandchildren, Griffin Klinefelter and Anna Huber; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased in addition to her parents  and husband by a son Michael Robbins and a sister Beverly Middaugh.

Friends may call from 5 to 8pm on Monday, November 18, 2019 at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10 am in the funeral home.  Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont.

Memorials in Bernice's name may be made to the Ambulatory Unit of Olean General Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 28, 2019

David W. Helmer, Sr.



Wellsville, NY - David W. Helmer, Sr. was unexpectedly called home by the Lord on Sunday, October 27, 2019. David was born in Wellsville, NY on June 24, 1954, son of Gilbert W. and C. June Brandes Helmer. David graduated from Wellsville High School in 1972, and from Alfred State College with a degree in HVAC Technology in 1974. 

After college, David worked alongside his Uncle, George E. Lehman at George’s business, K&L Appliance Repair Service in Wellsville. Following George’s death in 1999, David went on to work for higher end appliance companies, such as Sub Zero, Dacor and Kuppersbusch. His work relocated him to Rochester, Delaware, and the New Jersey Shore, before coming back home to settle in Wellsville. 


David followed in the footsteps of his father, Gib, joining the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, McEwen Hose Company #4 in June of 1972. David was quickly put to work as Hurricane Agnes brought heavy flooding to the area. He joined in on rescue efforts and filling sandbags, working tirelessly through the days alongside his brother firefighters. During his 47 years in the Fire Department, David held the office of Captain and was most recently the department representative to the Allegany County Fire Advisory Board. David was also a long-time member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps., where he loved to drive ambulance. 


David was also an avid lover of antique vehicles. He loved to attend car shows, and eventually acquired two classics of his own. First, a 1961 Corvair Rampside, and then a 1957 Willy’s Jeep. David took these vehicles to car shows in New Jersey, and various other shows in the Allegany County area, where the two classics won multiple awards. More recently, one of his favorite shows to attend was Cruise Night in Angelica. As often as he could, he and his son, David Helmer, Jr. would take one and sometimes both vehicles to these cruise nights. 

David loved getting together with friends anytime he could. He enjoyed gathering together, knocking a few back while entertaining others with his stories about his work, the Fire Department and Ambulance Corps., and his participation in Drum and Bugle Corps. Previously having been a member of the Blue Devils, the Mighty St. Joe’s, and the Yankee Rebels. 

David is survived by his mother, C. June Helmer of Wellsville, a daughter, Nicole (Jeffrey Ormsby) Helmer of Wellsville, a son, David “DJ” W. (Becky Sutton) Helmer, Jr. of Wellsville and Allison (Jeffrey) Culbertson, also of Wellsville. David was predeceased by his father, Gilbert W. Helmer, his Aunt Edna (George) Lehman, and Uncle Kenneth “Kenny” (Barbara) Brandes. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at J. W. Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville. Friends are also invited to call on Friday, November 1,, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY, from 11am to 12pm, with the funeral service to follow at noon. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wellsville Fire Company, Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps., or Trinity Lutheran Church.

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

Friday, October 18, 2019

Earl Lansing Wright

Wellsville, NY - A memorial service for Earl Lansing Wright was held on October 12, 2019 at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Merrillsville, New York. The service was officiated by Pastor Katie Yahns from the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Verona, New York.  Immediate family attended.

Earl, age 90, passed away on September 10, 2019 at the Wellsville Manor, in Wellsville, New York

Earl was born on September 11, 1928 in Munnsville,  New York, the son of Harold Edward and Ethel (Hurd) Wright. He grew up on a farm, one of seven children. He graduated from the Stockbridge Valley High School in 1946 with a Regents diploma majoring in Math and Agriculture Technology.  Earl married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Ann (Allen) Wright on September 10, 1948 and they remained happily married until she died in 1996.

Earl had a long career in the agriculture field. He owned two dairy farms in Central New York.  During this time, he also worked for Curtiss Industries of Cary, IL.  Following moving to Scio, New York he became a Regional Manager for the nonprofit Northeast Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHI).  He retired in 1988. During his more than forty-five years in the agriculture field, he received numerous awards and recognition's for his work with his employees and support of the American Farmer. Following retirement, he volunteered for the Allegany County Office for the Aging and was later appointed the Properties Chairman for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville, New York.  Earl was very active in organizing class reunions for his 1946 graduating class from Stockbridge Valley High School.  He found great joy in meeting with his classmates year after year.

Earl's greatest joy was the love of his family.  He is survived by his three children:  Sandra Sawyer, Wellsville, New York; Douglas Wright (Cheryl), Mansfield, PA; and Pamela Burgio (David) Reno, NV. His grandchildren are Patrick Sawyer, Chad Wright, Afton Wright, Alan Burgio and Jonathon Burgio, a brother Adrian Wright and a dear friend, Maxine Gelfuso.

He was predeceased in death by his parents, his wife, Nancy Ann (Allen ) Wright, his daughter, Sharon Lee Wright and his son in law James Sawyer. His siblings: Cleon Wright, Elenor MacDonald, Eunice Wright, Ethel Bennett and Charles Wright.

It was Earl's wish for all memorial gifts to be sent to the Stockbridge Valley Central School, 6011 Williams Road, Munnsville, NY 13409  Attn: Ms. Kelly Johnson, for the purpose of a one-time FFA scholarship to a deserving senior entering the agriculture field of study.

The family of Earl Wright would like to say a sincere Thank You to our father's life long friends who kept him company through calls, cards, and visits until the end.  We would also like to say a special Thank You to Dr. Christopher Depner, Jones Memorial Hospital and Wellsville Manor, all in Wellsville, New York, for the superior care of our father during his time of medical need. Each of you went well beyond the typical standard of care and it was noticed and appreciated. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Daniel T. “Dan” Martel



Wellsville, NY - It took a long time – more than 18 years, in fact – but cancer finally got the best of Daniel T. “Dan” Martelle, who died October 18 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, N.Y., surrounded by his family. He was 62.



It's hard to briefly summarize such a full life. Dan, who was born in Scarborough, Me., and relocated with his family to Wellsville in 1965, was for decades a fixture among Wellsville’s brigades of first responders. He began with the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps at age 16 and remained involved with volunteer services until 2018.


Among his roles: President and first assistant rescue chief of the WVAC, member of the Genesee Hose Company/Wellsville Fire Company, trainer of emergency responders in rescue, and more recently a trainer for police departments in how to handle encounters with autistic people and others who may not be able to respond to their questions. He was joined in many of those volunteer efforts by his wife Karen (Curtis), making them a potent combination of selfless help to others. Dan also served a term on the Wellsville Central School District board of education and was a former member of the village zoning board.

But Dan’s most enjoyable volunteer role was as co-founder and CEO of Race Services Inc., which provided the rescue team and other volunteers at the Watkins Glen International race track, where he, Karen and a shifting posse of relatives and friends spent nearly every summer weekend camping at night – bonfire, anyone? – and directing all emergency services for race teams and fans during the day. Dan also traveled around the country to work as a firefighter/medic on Rescue 91 with the Sports Car Club of America’s pro series.

Of course, the nature of volunteer work means those passions went unpaid, at least in dollars, so Dan made his living through a series of jobs including a stint as a Wellsville village police officer, running his own business inspecting and charging fire extinguishers, working with his father, Mickey Martelle, at the family’s Right Now Printing on Wellsville’s Main Street, and, since 1993, as a cell-site technician, most recently for AT&T, a job that had him scrambling across hillsides in all manner of weather to keep cell towers alive.

But it was volunteer work that invigorated Dan, a manifestation of his defining spirit of generosity. A case in point: When he and Karen took guardianship of their autistic grandson, Ryan, they converted their backyard into a playscape which they made available to other families with special needs children.

In fact, Dan and Ryan developed an unusually deep bond despite the generational, and communications, divide, and in many ways each helped the other expand their worlds.   

Over the years, Dan assembled an extensive collection of tools in the workshop he built in the family’s backyard, and readily granted access to friends and neighbors who happened to have a little project that needed a router or a belt sander or a small drill press. He and Karen also hosted regular barbecues and informal gatherings around their backyard fire pit through which they fed and entertained a revolving group of family, neighbors and friends.

It was around the firepit, in fact, where firepit buff J.R. Rummel (Dan’s doctor, neighbor and fellow woodworker) teamed up with Dan to create the Martelle Marshmallow Institute, an uncredentialled school of lesser learning designed to craft exotic, and occasionally, high-octane S’mores. 

Dan for a time also was a semi-avid deer hunter, venturing out in the woods each fall with Mickey and his friends. But Dan and Mick were more interested in the camaraderie than in the hunting. In fact, Dan only dropped one deer during all those excursions – a small buck that ran right at him.

“I shot it in self-defense,” he said.

Over time, Dan and Mickey realized their favorite part of the outings was lunch afterward, so they dropped the hunting and just went to lunch. They reached the same conclusion about golf, eventually skipping the nature walks in search of lost balls to proceed directly to beef on weck. 

Dan enjoyed a wide circle of friends, including – in addition to the Rummel family – Jim, Susan, Scott and Jamie Cicirello; Sylvia Masin, Tom Kristoffersen and family, and far too many others to list.  

Dan is survived by his wife, Karen, whom he married August 20, 1976, and their children Becky of Horseheads, and Katie and Chris (Jeana) of Wellsville; grandchildren Ryan, Matthew, Tripp and Harlee, all of Wellsville; his mother, Dorothy Martelle of Wellsville; siblings Scott (Margaret) of Irvine, Ca., Lisa (Joe Harvey) of Pasadena, Md., Craig (Tammy) of Conestoga, Pa., and Jen (Steve) Heicklin of Medford Lakes, N.J.; sister-in-law Carol Howard of Virginia and Chuck (Joan) of Perkiomenville, Pa.; and a small village of nieces, nephews, and extended family in Maine.

Dan was predeceased by his father, Mickey, in 2015, and a brother, Michael, in 1956.

Visiting hours will be from 6-9 p.m. Friday (Oct. 25) at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home at 34 West State Street, Wellsville. The funeral will begin with visiting hours from 11 a.m.-noon Saturday (Oct. 26) at The Presbyterian Church of Wellsville, 68 North Main Street, followed by a memorial service at noon and then a reception. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wilmot Cancer Center in Rochester, the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, the Allegany Arc, or to an organization of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

David C. Sweet



Wellsville, NY - David C. Sweet, age 73, of Larchwood Drive passed away on Wednesday October 16, 2019, in North Chili. He was born on May 14, 1946 in Wellsville to Robert C. and Gladys Dickinson Sweet.  On July 1, 1995 in Wellsville he married Jacqueline Austin who survives.


David was a graduate of Wellsville High School in 1964.  He entered the U.S Air Force in 1966 where he served a tour in Vietnam stationed at at Bien Hoa Air Force Base as a sergeant in Transit Alert. David entered the US Army Reserve in 1972 and retired in 1992 as a First Sergeant. While in the service to his country he earned many awards including the Meritorious Service Award. He was a 54 year life member of the Fire Department and held many offices as a member of the McEwen Hose Company and later the Wellsville Fire Company. David served the Wellsville Fire Department as Chief 2003 until 2005and presently was a member of the Fire Police. He worked for his father and uncle from 1970 until 1990 at the former Rockwell Brothers Department Store and retired from Air Preheater in 2004. He was a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsville and its Saturday Bible Study and the Men's Club. David was a former member of the Wellsville Ambulance Corps.

Survivors include his Wife Jacqueline; his mother Gladys Sweet of Wellsville; his sons Matthew (Laura)  Sweet of Clayton, NC., and Mark Robert Sweet of Wellsville; a daughter Carrie Lynn (Robert)  Perez of Santa Clarita, CA.; 5 grandchildren Cory C. Sweet, Nathan C. Sweet,Kendall Hathaway, Lacey Green and Luke Green; his sister Kathryn (Roger)  Moyer of Wellsville; his mother in law Joanne Austin of Medina; sister in law Debra (Christopher)  Tompkins of Medina; several nieces and nephews; special friends Tom Slavin, and Belinda and Robert Butts.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 2 pm until 4 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will take place at 4 pm at the conclusion of the calling hours with Pastor Dick Helms presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery on Thursday October 24, at 10 am and memorials may be made to the Wellsville Fire Department, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the Hart House. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sylvia J. Hunt

Wellsville, NY - Sylvia J. Hunt, age 87, of the Bolivar Road passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 27, 1932 in Wellsville to the late Mirl and Elnora Knox Hurd. She was married to Ramond Hunt who predeceased her in 2008.

Sylvia moved her young family to California where Ramond was stationed while serving in the US Air Force. After his deployment ended they moved their growing family to Wellsville. In 1966 Ramond sought employment with Lockheed and they moved their family back to California and In 1975 she decided to return home to be near her family. She worked outside the the home but became a stay at home mom. She was a wonderful mother and grand mother who was the family seamstress. She enjoyed reading, crocheting,cooking, taking care of her family and will be remembered as a loving care giver. In her later years she enjoyed the interaction with the other  residents at the Wellsville Manor Care Center and appreciated the loving care the staff gave her.

Sylvia is survived by 2 daughters, Kathy Wittie of Andover and Kimberly (Dennis)  Herr of Wellsville; 4 grandchildren, Brandon and Kristine Herr both of Wellsville, Kyle (Stephanie)  Wittie of Brisbin, PA. and Kolton Wittie of Almond; 3 great grandchildren, Kinsley, Thorin and Rowan; several nieces and nephews.

Sylvia was predeceased by a son Gary; her 2 brothers Henry and Bruce Hurd;  a sister Velma Walker; a son in law Karl Wittie.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 11 am until 1 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will follow at 1 pm with Reverend Chris Mattison presiding with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either the Jones Memorial Hospital building fund or to the Wellsville Manor Care Center for patient care. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Danny E. Densmore



Friendship, NY - Danny E. Densmore, 72, of 73 E. Main Street passed away on Saturday October 12, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born February 9, 1947 in Wellsville,  the son of the late Carl Franklin and Lois Elaine (Robbins) Densmore Sr. On June 24, 1995 in Portville he married Carol G. Rednour who survives.


Danny was raised in Andover and was a graduate of Andover High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam, and at Fort Campbell, KY.  He was formerly employed at Mapes Furniture in Wellsville, the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, and retired from American-Olean Tile in Olean. He was a former member of the Portville VFW.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Amanda Densmore of Friendship, a son, Greg Densmore of Bradford, PA, 10 siblings, Carl F. Densmore, Calvin J. (Barbara) Densmore, Charles F. (Sherry) Densmore, Claude B. (Cindy) Densmore, Janice I. (Jerry) Colburn, Cleon G. (Joan) Densmore, Jeanette I. (Earl) Stonemetz, Cabot J. Densmore, Judy J. (Brian) Cole, and Cameron D. Densmore, a sister-in-law, Sherry Densmore,  several nieces and nephews, his loving dog, Lulu and his cat, Kali. He was predeceased by a brother, Clair W. Densmore.

Friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors on Monday, October 21, 2019 at 3:00 pm in Hallsport Union Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

James F. Feldbauer

Belmont, NY - James F. Feldbauer, 89, formerly of 7 Martin Street passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Wellsville Manor Care Center with family at his side. He was born January 11, 1930 in Angelica the son of the late Harry and Viola (Graham) Feldbauer. On October 13, 1951 in Angelica he married Josephine Maureen Sullivan who predeceased him on June 18, 1969 and on July 25, 1970 in Belmont he married Carolyn Mae Murray who predeceased him on February 8, 2010.

Jim graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College in June of 1952, and from St. Bonaventure University with a MSED Degree in 1961. He taught industrial arts in Bolivar from 1952 to 1959. He was the Superintendent of Schools in Woodhull from 1959 to 1962; Bradford, NY from 1962 to 1963 and Belmont Central from 1963 to 1985. Jim’s “second career” was Director of Physical Plant at Alfred University from 1988 to 1993.

Jim was also the former Director of the Bolivar Swimming Pool and Summer Recreation Program. He was a member of the E.P.T. a fraternity at Buffalo State, the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department, the Belmont Rotary Club and the Village of Belmont and Town of Amity GOP Club. His father, Harry, was a blacksmith on the Shawmut Railroad. Jim had a true passion for the history of the Pittsburgh Shawmut & Northern and was an active member in the historical group. He and his brother, Bob, enjoyed helping to restore the engine, car and caboose that are displayed at the Allegany County Fairgrounds.

Jim spent the last few years traveling to spend time with his children and the last two years he enjoyed his stay at Manor Hills, in Wellsville NY.  Jim is survived by his children, Michael Feldbauer (Greg Shelley) of Belmont, Mark (Lorie) Feldbauer of Phoenix, AZ, Martin “Tiger” (Mary) Feldbauer of Ulysses PA, Mary Jo (Jim) McNinch of Belmont, Kate Handy (John Nicholas) of Ithaca and Jim (Stephanie) Feldbauer of Stamford; a brother Harry (Skip) Feldbauer of Salamanca as well as his grandchildren, Brandon, Casey (Brandon Kulp), Kimmy, Loran, Matthew, Olivia and Grace; 2 great grandsons, Kache and Owen and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Matthew John Feldbauer; two brothers, Bob (Doris) Feldbauer and Jerome Feldbauer; and a sister, Frances (Lester) Hurd.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 17, 2019 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm and on Friday, October 18 from 10 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 am in Holy Family Church in Belmont. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Friendship. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the F. M. Strait Memorial Scholarship Fund % Genesee Valley Central School or to the William F. Farnsworth memorial Scholarship Fund % The Allegany County Area Foundation. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Robert C. Caldwell Jr.

Wellsville, NY - Robert C. Caldwell Jr., 90, of 2422 Stannards Road, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born May 18, 1929 in Kane PA, the son of  the late Robert C. and Grace (Olinger) Caldwell Sr. On June 24, 1950 in St. Mary's Church in Belmont, he married Marian A. Zangare who predeceased him on August 29, 1998.

Bob lived in Kane, PA before moving to Belmont and then to Wellsville in 1963. He was a 1947 graduate of the Belmont Central School and completed various banking courses.  He was a member of the National Guard. He was formerly employed at as a butcher at Scoville Brown in Wellsville, Borden's Dairy in Belmont; ACME Electric in Cuba and Hornell; Prudential Insurance Company in Wellsville; Worthington Corporation in Wellsville, and for many years, Norstar Bank in Wellsville.

He was a member of the National Rifle Association, the Herbert DeLong Post 808 American Legion in Belmont, and was a former member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club. Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was proud to help many families secure their first home or their first car, and that he never had any delinquent accounts.

He is survived by two sons: Robert C. (Lorraine) Caldwell III, of Wellsville and John C. (Pamela) Caldwell of Portville; 3 brothers: Bruce Caldwell of Belmont; Bryan (Barbra) Caldwell of Belmont; and Darrell (Mary) Caldwell of Ashland, KY, a sister, Sally (Phillip) Wesche of Belmont, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and his loving longtime companion, Quanita. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Barbra Tompkins and a brother, David Caldwell.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A graveside service will be conducted on Saturday at 11:00 am in St. Mary's Cemetery in Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to Home Care & Hospice, the Hart Comfort House or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave Online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Jonathan “Uncle Johnny” Russell Blamire



Whitesville, NY - Jonathan “Uncle Johnny” Russell Blamire the sweetest soul passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the age of 60. He was a wonderful son, father, brother and friend. John was born on June 17, 1959 in Worcester Massachusetts to Russell and Regina Blamire.


After graduating from high school in 1977 he joined the US Army and proudly served as an Air Traffic Controller. John completed his military service and settled in Orlando Florida where he worked as a landscaper. On March 16, 1991 John married  Jennifer Vidal who survives him. On March 28, 1995 he was blessed with his one and only child, Michelle Elizabeth Blamire, who was his whole life. John retired and relocated to Whitesville in 2012, after serious health concerns, to be with friends and family. He was happy to be home again where he loved the country and the people. On November 22, 2017 John's grandson, Jaxton Eugene Mathews, was born. John love all kinds of music and music trivia, he loved to read, fish and golf. John had a kind gentle heart, made friends easy and was loved by many.

John is survived by his mother Regina of Whitesville, his wife Jennifer; a daughter Michelle; a grandson Jaxton; his five siblings, Sherre, Craig, Jaimee, Peggie and Mary “Pickles”; along with “his tribe” 3 nieces,seven nephews, twelve great nieces and seven great nephews who he love spending as much time as possible.

He was predeceased by his father Russell, a bother Evan and his niece Gina.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 10 am till 1 pm at the Whitesville United Methodist Church with a service to follow at 1 pm. A lunch will be served in the church following the service. Memorials in John's name may be made to the Independence Emergency Squad. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Virginia S. "Ginger" Beiring

Belmont, NY - Virginia S. "Ginger" Beiring, age 47, of Park Circle passed away on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at Olean General Hospital. She was born on October 12, 1971 in Pascagoula, MS. To James and Sheila Esfeller Smith. In April of 2012 she married Richard A. Beiring who survives.

Ginger was a long time resident of this area who worked at the former Belvidere Truck Stop and for ten years she worked at Save-A-Lot in Wellsville. Ginger enjoyed playing games on her computer and will be remembered as a hard worker. She had a heart of gold and was always thinking of others especially those in need.

Ginger is survived by her husband Richard; her mother Sheila Smith of Alabama; her father and step mother James and Sharon Smith of Alabama; 2 sons, Jimmy Jackson and Nicholas Waldie; a daughter, Jamie Dowell, a step son, Brent Beirring ; several grandchildren; a sister, Mary Jane Smith.

She was predeceased by her daughter Gloria Fletcher.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 4, from 6 till 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Memorials in Ginger's name may be given to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Dave Edward Sekoll

Wellsville, NY - Dave Edward Sekoll, 67, of 3424 Carter Road, passed away at home on Monday, September 30, 2019, with his family at his side. He was born September, 26, 1952 in Wellsville the son of the late John and Frances (Perham) Sekoll.

Dave enjoyed fishing, working on cars, tinkering country music, cook outs, bon-fires,   professional wrestling, and life with his family.  He was a former resident of Georgia, Norristown PA, Elmira, Whitesville, and Friendship.

Dave is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Sekoll and Crystal Sekoll both of Wellsville, three sisters, Paula (John) Passmore of Mount Morris, Sherry Fletcher, and Cheryl (John) Smith of Norristown, PA, two brothers, Jerry (Mary) Sekoll and Irvin Lewis of Mount Morris, a son-in-law, Shawn Haberer, four grandchildren, Kayla Darden, Justin Darden, Xavier Darden, Nevaeh Sekoll; two step-children, Amy Danielson, and Sandy Colquitt, four step-grandchildren, Kevin and Jacki Cosper, and Tori and Samantha Hatch his former wife, Vicki Passmore of Georgia, a longtime friend, Bonnie Crowley, and her family, Tony, Robert, Jennifer, Jonathan, and Vicki LoBrutto, and Lisa (Dan) Portillo, as well as 23 nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dave was predeceased by a son. Jeffery Sekoll, and three brothers, Albert Howe, John Sekoll, and Larry Sekoll.

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 3:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville. Burial will be in the Whitesville Rural Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Willing Volunteer Fire Department.
To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Donald Towner Higgins



Wellsville, NY - Donald Towner Higgins, 86, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a long illness.


Mr. Higgins was born on September 16, 1933 in Wellsville to Howard and Arline (Towner) Higgins.  He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951.  On May 28, 1955 he married Georgianna Geary who survives him.

Donald is also survived by his three children, Daniel of Dallas, TX, Brian (Noreen) of Cape May Court House, NJ and Shelia Higgins (Richard) Gerrie of Macedon, NY;  four grandchildren Timothy (Sara) Higgins of San Francisco, CA, their two sons Stradbroke and Teague, Meaghan Higgins (Brian) Imszennik of Warrington, PA, their son Daniel, Patrick Gerrie of Buffalo, NY and Christopher Gerrie of Cleveland, OH;  sister-in-law Mary Geary McMullen of Winter Park, FL and brother-in-law Frank Geary of Denver, CO.

Donald worked his entire career of 44 years at the Air Preheater Company.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.  His hobby was woodworking.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 3 pm to 6 pm and on Saturday from 11am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY. The funeral will follow visitation Saturday at noon in the Funeral Home.

The family requests no flowers.  Donations may be made in Donald’s memory to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA  90401, or to the David A. Howe Library, 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY  14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Edward H. Wyckoff Jr.


Bolivar, NY - Edward H. Wyckoff Jr., 62, of 102 Friendship Street passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019 at home following a long illness. He was born December 7, 1956 in Wellsville the son of  Edward H. and Esther (Jackson) Wyckoff Sr. On May 23, 1981 in Alma he married Karen Evingham who survives.

Ed was raised in Petrolia and attended Scio Central School. He was employed for many years by the Village of Wellsville. He was a life member of the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department, and the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He enjoyed Go-Kart racing at Allegany Memorial Raceway in Allentown, hunting, fishing, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, softball, and playing Santa for his family members.

He is survived in addition to his wife by a son, Daniel (Angie) Wyckoff of Corning, a daughter, Laceanne Wyckoff of Bolivar, two grandchildren, Kayla and Cooper Wyckoff, and a grandchild  on the way, his mother, Esther Moultrup of Scio, three sisters, Betty (Rick) Moultrup of Allentown, Patricia (Robert) Stannard of Scio, and Virginia Elliott of Wellsville, a brother, Jason (Ashley) Moultrup of Belfast, a brother-in-law, Bruce Guinnip of Scio, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his father, by a sister, Dorothy Guinnip, his step-father, Norman Moultrup, and his devoted canine companion, Oddball.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, September, 29, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 3:00 pm in the funeral home with Glen Layfield presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Bolivar Volunteer Fire Department, 460 Main Street, Bolivar, NY 14715. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Arlouine L. Strassner

Wellsville, NY - Arlouine L. Strassner, age 100, of 296 Scott Avenue passed away on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on June 22, 1919, the daughter of German Immigrants, Henry and Rose Weihonig Liesegang.

Arlouine worked for many years in the Dietary Department of Jones Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed playing bingo and was a former member of the Wellsville Business and Professional Women's Club. She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Church and a former member of the Alter and Rosary Society.

Survivors include three nephews, Dale “Skip” (Barb)  Payne of  Largo, FL., David “Babe” Payne of Wellsville and Doug (Holly)  Payne of Brockport; several great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her Parents, her brother Walter Liesegang, her beloved sister Virginia “Ginny” Payne, 2 nephews Daniel and Gary Payne and a great nephew David Payne.

Friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to celebrated at 10 am on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

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.