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

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

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

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

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,

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 To leave online condolences, please visit

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

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