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


  1. Dean and family, sorry for your loss. God Bless.

  2. Peggy, Thinking of you during this time. I lost my mama 2 yrs ago the 23rd.God speed peace to you and your family.