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

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

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 

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Elizabeth A. “Betty” Winn

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Charles P. Ross

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

Joanne Daily Horton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marcella (Colburn) Sweet

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

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

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

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

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

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