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.
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