Monday, June 29, 2020

William L. Schrader - Service announcement

Wellsville, NY - William L. Schrader - A “Celebration of Life” with full military honors for William L. Schrader, will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Allegany County Veterans Organization on the Hunt Road, off County Road 29 “Stone Dam Road” in the Town of Willing.

Bill died on May 10, 2020. To read the complete obituary or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Bette R. Robarts

Wellsville, NY - Bette R. Robarts , age 86, of Sunnydale Avenue passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on October 28, 1933 in Wellsville to the late Leo and Elsie Cornell Richardson.

Bette graduated from Wellsville Central High School and worked for several attorneys including George Harris, Bill Grastorf, James Euken and Wayne Feeman. She also work for Dr. Harvey Spencer Dentistry and later retired from Air Preheater. Bette spent her time volunteering at the David A. Howe Library and for Meals on Wheels, reading and loved tending to her flower gardens.

Survivors include her son Ross (Brenda) Robarts of Wellsville; her daughter Barbara Ceglia of Houston, TX.; five grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary, Jacob and Sarah Robarts and Chelsea (Korey) Mote; four great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Abigail, Mason and Olivia; six nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, a sister Barbara Owen and her former husband John Robarts.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday from 12 noon until 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm with the Reverend Robert Wheeler presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Bette's name may be made to the David A. Howe Library. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Roger J. Gee

Wellsville, NY - Roger J. Gee, 68, of Trapping Brook Road, died peacefully Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Jones Memorial Hospital with his family by his side  He was born November 30, 1951 in Wellsville, the son of the late Douglas J. and Beatrice (Greenan) Gee. On September 11, 1971 in Wellsville he married Deb Bailey who survives.

He is also survived by his two children, Andy of Landis, N.C. and Ashley (Fred) Elias of Wellsville; two grandchildren, Brayden, and Bailey, two brothers, Douglas W. (Anita) Gee and Gerry (Gail) Gee, brothers-in-law, Charles (Lisa) Bailey, Timothy (Jodi) Bailey, Kelvin Bailey, Brent (Josie) Bailey, Barry (Cindy) Bailey; sisters-in-law, Laurie (Mike) Lang, Marian Gee and Ann Marie Gee; several nieces and nephews; his beloved Shih Tzu, Gabbie and his best friend, granddaughter, Bailey Elias.

He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by his father-in-law, Charles Bailey, mother-in-law Margaret Bailey, and two brothers; James and Robert Gee

A lifelong resident of Wellsville, Roger owned and operated Gee’s Repair and Used Cars on the Andover Road for 42 years before retiring in 2018. While he may not always have expressed it, Roger received great satisfaction in being able to help his clients, especially his longtime customers.

Roger was Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s biggest fan, in recent years transitioning his fandom to Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports. Throughout his life, he attended several NASCAR races camping with friends and family at numerous tracks. In February, Roger fulfilled a bucket-list item when he attended the Daytona 500.  His love for racing included being a crew member and sponsor for local dirt track racers and close friends Fran Slocum and Mike Wonderling during their racing careers.

A classic car enthusiast that owned several different vehicles throughout his lifetime, Roger’s most prized possession was the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle he and Deb enjoyed entering into car shows around the northeast. Their love for classic cars led them to becoming founding members of the Custom Express Car Club, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities through non-profit shows held at Island Park in Wellsville from 1983 to 2003. 

A lifelong Buffalo Bills fan, his rowdy outings with close friends in his younger years gave way to attending games with his son and daughter from the comfort of the Goal Line Club the last few seasons. He was an avid member of the local coffee club squad which met weekday mornings at the Sunoco, breakfast club at the Texas Hot on Saturday mornings and attended Hot Rod Church on Sundays.

Those wishing to make a donation in Roger’s memory can do so to the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, Scholarship Fund, where he was a longtime member and regular attendee of the Fantasy NASCAR League, scholarship breakfasts, and enjoyed belting out Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” alongside other members. 

There will be a public “drive by” at Gee's Repair, 3376 Andover Road in Wellsville, on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. A private graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Kathryn (Kitty) Cretekos

Wellsville, NY - Kathryn Cretekos, a long-time resident of Wellsville, passed away Thursday the 18th of June surrounded by her children after a long and wonderful life. She was 91.

Kitty was born on September 10,1928 in Milford, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Peter and Helen (Costakas) Makris of Providence, R.I. She is preceded by her husband Steven Cretekos. It was October 3, 1948 that their love story began and grew for 60 years. It was at this time Kitty moved to Wellsville and became an integral part of the greater Wellsville community and the strong Greek community within. Kitty helped her husband make Easter and Christmas candy at the Cretekos Store in Wellsville shortly after moving here; this practice continued from their home for many years after selling the business in 1961. In 1958, she began her career in the TV cable industry joining the Rigas brothers in building one of the country’s first cable systems. Her involvement in the growth of this industry continued for the next 50 years. Having survived seven management changes, Kitty would become the first female Regional Manager covering the Central, Finger Lake and Southern Tier regions of New York. She retired from this position in 2001.

She was an avid golfer and spent her summers with friends on the course at the Wellsville Country Club. She was Ladies Club Champion three times, achieved three holes-in-one, and served on the Board of Directors of the club for thirteen years and as secretary for eight. Golfers paired with her in tournaments recognized her for her exceptionally proficient short game.

As a member of the Hemlock Twig Auxiliary, Kitty participated in numerous Jones Memorial Hospital Country Fairs. She was a former member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and served as President several times. She was also a member of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Jamestown, NY.

Kitty was generous in her love for her family and is survived by three children, Stephanie of Leland, N.C., George (Barbara) of Wellsville, and Peter (Mary) of Poughquag, NY. She was YiaYia to her grandchildren, Alexis (Mans) Casteborn of Lund, Sweden, Ellen (Peter) Sulcs of Seattle, WA, and Elizabeth(Dan) Widtfeldt of Dallas, TX. Her great-grandchildren include Axel and Ebba Casteborn and Joanna Widfeldt. Also surviving are many cousins, nieces and nephews; a close circle of friends including Kevin Harris and family, her Tuesday and Thursday night friends in Wellsville, and her Cross Creek community in Fort Myers, FL.

In addition to her husband and parents, Kitty was predeceased by her sister Tina, brothers-in-law Jack, James, Constantine “Gus” Cretekos, sister-in-law Katherine Toporas and her dearest friend Elizabeth Harris.

Because of the unprecedented times in which we live, there will be a graveside service only on at Monday, June 29, 2020 at 11:00 am in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. A celebration of Kitty’s life will be announced at a later date. Kitty was not only generous in her love but charitable in her heart and would wish any donations be made locally to support the Hart Comfort House, David A. Howe Public Library or Jones Memorial Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com

Friday, June 19, 2020

James A. Cicirello

  

Wellsville, NY - James A. Cicirello, 75, of 181 Stevens Street passed away at home on Thursday, June 18, 2020 with his family at his side. He was born October 14, 1944 in Wellsville, the son of the late Anthony Chester and Ruth (Mathern) Cicirello. On April 28, 1973 in Wellsville he married Susan Johnson who survives.


Jim was a 1962 graduate of Wellsville High school. He was first employed by Duff King Electrical Contractor and then Worthington Corporation in Wellsville for four years. He began his career at the Wellsville Police Department in 1970, and retired as Chief of the Department in 2005. He was a former member of the Genesee Hose Company # 5, co-founder of the Allegany County Rescue Squad, and a life-member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Rescue Squad. He was a proud Ham Radio Operator with the call letters KA2AJH, and in 1992 he erected and co-owned the C & S Communications Tower on Alma Hill. 


Surviving in addition to his wife, are two children, Scott A. (Jenise) Cicirello, and Jamie S. (Robert) Billings, eleven grandchildren, Lauren Cicirello, James A. Cicirello II, Quinn Cicirello, Craig Billings, Kyle (Jessica) Billings, Miranda (Aaron) Ervolino, Christopher (Payton) Billings, BaileaSue (David) Rounds, Erin Billings, Anthony Billings, and GracieSue Billings, seven great grandchildren, Aiden, and Elizabeth Ervolino, Corbin, Molly, Ryan, Gavin, and Lucas Billings, a sister-in-law, Judy A. Cicirello, several nieces nephews, and special friends. William and Kathy Nash, Scott Whitney, Karen Martelle, Michael Baldwin, Dan and Annette Marsh, Jim Brizzee, and Matt and Kristy Evans. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a brother, Lewis C. Cicirello, and uncle, James Mathern, and special friends, Dan Martelle, and Lois Brizzee. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 2:00 pm with Pastor Dennis Munro presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Helen G. Miess

Belmont, NY - Helen G. Miess, age 89, of Genesee street passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. She was born in Genesee, Pennsylvania to the late David and Carrie Marble Grover. On November 27, 1949 in Whitesville she married Richard Miess who survives.

Helen was a homemaker was an independent woman who enjoyed reading. She loved her grandchildren and was proud of them.
Surviving besides her husband Richard of 70 years are her three daughters, Leonora ‘Loni” (Thomas) Margeson of Belmont, Corrinne (Scott) Kushner of Liverpool and Noelle (Raymond) DeTine of Belmont; five grandchildren, Thomas Margeson, Adre Ann (Daniel) Barnhardt, Katrina (Erick) Hale, Zachary (Holly) DeTine and Aiden DeTine; five great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.

Helen was predeceased by her parents, a brother Guy Grover and a sister Marjorie Ball.

There will be no prior visitation and a private burial service will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery with Reverend Carol Stewart presiding. Memorials in Helen’s name may be made to the Belmont Free Library and Historical Society, Park Circle, Belmont, NY. 14813. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Joyce Donovan - Graveside service

Wellsville, NY - Joyce Donovan - A graveside service for Joyce Donovan is planned for Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 11:00 am in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. Joyce passed away on April 11, 2020 in Wellsville. To read the complete obituary or to leave condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Bonita L. “Bonnie” Freeman

Wellsville, NY - Bonita L. “Bonnie” Freeman, 74, of 152 Pine Street passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born December 30, 1945 in Wellsville the daughter of  the late Louis and Velma (Davis) Freeman.

Bonnie attended Wellsville Central School and graduated from Churchville High School. She resided in Bergen for many years before moving to Wellsville in 2018. She was formerly employed at Tops and enjoyed reading.

Bonnie is survived by a brother, Ronald (June) Freeman of Andover, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by a brother, Douglas Freeman, and two sisters, Shirley Hamilton, and C. Ruby Anderson.

Friends are invited to a graveside service at 3:00 pm on Friday, June 5, 2020 at Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont with Reverend Gene Miller presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Beryl Deegan Davis MacDuff

Wellsville, NY - Beryl Deegan Davis MacDuff formerly of Wellsville and Atlanta, GA. Passed away on Thursday May 21, 2020 at Cuba Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 23, 1924 in Sherwsbury, England to the former Douglas W. and Ethel Farriday Deegan. In 1943, in England, she married Darrel E. Davis and in 1969 she married Edward J. MacDuff both have predeceased her.

Beryl, a WWII war bride, graduated from Nursing School in London, England during the War. In 1945 she and her son, Darrell Davis Jr., sailed on the Queen Mary from England to Ellis Island to join her husband and became a US  Citizen. She worked at the former Citizens National Bank and the Air Preheater in Wellsville. She was certified by Cornell University as a Master Gardener, a member of the Wellsville Country Club and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville. Beryl volunteered for several organizations in Wellsville and has graciously donated her body to the University of Buffalo School of Medicine.

She is survived by a son, Darrell E. (Ruth) Davis Jr.; two daughters, Deirdre M. Roeske and Debra D. (Francis “Buzz”) Psathas; a niece, Nicki Carlson Siegenthaur; step daughters, Patty MacDuff and Susan (Kevin) Brown; 8 grandchildren, Darrell (Crystal) Davis III, Kelly (Chad) Cumpston, Thea Psathas, Pasha (Mark) Ackley, Kayle Psathas, Adam (Sarah) Brown, Collin (Christy) Brown, Sean (Melissa) Burlingame; 13 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; 16 great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Audary Deegan Georgadies; a great grand daughter, Chelsea E. Bierman; Step children, James and Lynn MacDuff; 2 sons in law, Edward J. Madden and Randy “Rocket” Roeske.

A Memorial Mass will be planned and announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations in her name to either the Cuba Memorial Hospital or to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Richard E. “Dick” DeLap. Service notice

Whitesville, NY - Richard E. “Dick” DeLap: A Mass of Christian Burial for Dick DeLap will be celebrated on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 9:30 am at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA. A graveside service with military honors will follow on Friday at 11:00 am in Whitesville Rural Cemetery.To read the entire obituary or to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

James W. Armstrong, Graveside service

Wellsville, NY - James W. Armstrong: The friends and family of James W. Armstrong are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 2:00 pm in Yorks Corners Cemetery. To read the complete obituary or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Frederick Ray Bayless

Wellsville, NY - Frederick Ray Bayless, 74, of 196 E. Dyke Street passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born June 15, 1945 in Elizabethtown, NY the son of the late Frederick William and Dorothy Vernon (Bowen) Bayless.

Fred attended the Alfred-Almond Central School and completed his studies in West Seneca. He was associated with Allegany Arc for over 50 years and will be sadly missed by the many staff members and friends he worked with over the years. He was a life member of the Almond Community Church, a fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, and the New York Yankees. He enjoyed politics and had definite opinions. He wished he were President. He was also a history buff, and especially enjoyed discussing the Civil War. He had many fond caregivers at Allegany Arc who enjoyed sharing his interests with him.

He is survived by an aunt, Jean Bayless of California and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.    
                                                                                                                                                                 The visitation will be private. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Cemetery in Almond, NY. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany Arc, 50 Farnum Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mary W. Kozesnik

Stannards, NY - Mary W. Kozesnik, age 75, of the Stannards Road passed away on Sunday May 17 in her home. She was born on February 23, 1945 in Scotland. She married William Kozesnik who predeceased her.

Mary worked in the shipyards in Scotland where she met and married Richard who was serving in the US Navy. They eventually moved to Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and later settled in New York. Mary had worked several jobs including a cashier at Giant Food Mart. She enjoyed being home and working in her yard.

She is survived by a son, Scott Kozesnik of Stannards and a daughter, Marion (Quinn) Hanchett  of Coudersport, PA.; three grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a sister and a brother.

Honoring Mary’s wishes there will be no services. Please consider any memorials in her name to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Joanne Gifford Allen

Wellsville, NY - Joanne Gifford Allen, age 84, of Rauber Street passed away on Wednesday May 13, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 11, 1935 in Clifton Springs to the late John Williamson and Ina Blanche (Peck) Gifford’

Joanne was raised in Phelps and was a 1953 graduate of Phelps Central School. In June of 1955 she graduated from SUNY Agriculture and Technical College at Alfred with an Associates Degree. In 2000 she earned a Baccalaureate Degree from Empire State College in Community Health. She was employed as an Executive Secretary for the Wellsville Central School District, for 40 years, retiring in 2005. Joanne was a census taker for the U.S. Census Bureau for 10 years until the Spring of 2018. She was an active woman who was a member of many organizations including the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, Allegany County Democratic Committee, Alfred State Alumni Association, Allegany County Art Association and the Allegany County Historical Society.

She is survived by her four sons, Curtis R. (Diana) Allen of Andover, Thomas J. (Teresa) Allen of Marietta, OH., Douglas G. (Renee) Allen of Rochester and David W. Allen of Cedar Park, TX; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Alice G. (Robert) Dowd of Rochester and Rebecca G. (Alan) Bennett of Montrose, PA.; a brother, John C. "Jack" (Jo) Gifford of Phelps as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be invited to a memorial service to be held at a later date at the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. Burial will be held in Resthaven Cemetery in Phelps. Please consider memorial donations to the charity of the donor's choice.To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

John “Jack” O’Hara, Jr.

Calabash, SC - John “Jack” O’Hara, Jr., 68, a former Wellsville resident, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2020 at his home in Calabash, NC, surrounded by his loved ones.  Jack was born on December 8, 1951, in Wellsville, the son of the late John and Bonnie (Weihonig) O’Hara. 

Jack was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He worked as a painter with his father, and later for the Conrail and Norfolk and Southern Railroad for over 30 years.  He enjoyed riding his Harley, his snowmobile and watching NASCAR. He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495 for over 40 years. 

He is survived by his wife Olive, three daughters, Wendy Gorham, Jennifer (William) Thornbloom and Sarah (Tony) Horswill, three stepdaughters, Lisa (Chris) Shwier, Tina (Brian) Harris and Barb (Mike) Straight, as well as many grandchildren.

Jack was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a sister, Deborah O’Hara, and his dog Stone.  

 A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, in Wellsville. Those wishing to make a donation in Jack’s memory might consider the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.mbserfuneralhome.com. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Josephine “Jo” Davis Keyser

Wellsville, NY - Josephine “Jo” Davis Keyser of the Andover Road passed away on Monday May 11, 2020 after a brief stay at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on December 17, 1934 In Woodhall to the late George W. and Dorothy Campbell Bonham.

Jo was a longtime resident of the Wellsville area. She was predeceased by her three husbands, Lester Aldrich, Walter J. Davis and Fredrick Keyser. Jo attended a one room schoolhouse in Woodhall and later earned her GED. She worked most of her life starting as a farmer’s wife, later as a waitress at the Texas CafĂ©’ in Hornell, then becoming owner operator of the Coffee Pot in Wellsville until she and Walter sold it to Jim Close. Jo then ran Rex’s Office Supply in Wellsville and last she was the Morning Bartender at PJ’s Pub also of Wellsville. She was a member of the Wellsville VFW Post #2530 Auxiliary. She loved to dance, was an avid reader and sewed beautiful clothing for her family.

Survivors include 2 sons, James (Diane) Aldrich of Windsor and Martin Aldrich of Wellsville; 3 daughters, Roberta Prahler of Lockport, Jo Anne (Mark Mattison) Fenske of Wellsville and Ginnie Davis of Wellsville; a son in law James Bundschuh 11 grandchildren, Jamie Lynn Prahler, James Aldrich Jr., Jessica Padua, Sara Letso, Amanda Aldrich Payne, Donald Fenske, Dorothy Fenske, Brian Fenske, Justin Davis, Dylan Davis and Tessa Bundschuh; two sisters, Betty (Carl) Neu of Hammondsport and Barbara McFall of Corning and a special companion Sparky.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Julia Davis-Bundschuh; three sisters, Virginia DeLap, Ellen Burrell and Meriam Clark; a granddaughter, Donna Jo Prahler.

A memorial service will be held at a later date with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials in Jo’s name may be made to either the SPCA or to any veteran’s organization. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

William L. Schrader



Alma, NY - William L. Schrader, 72, of 5777 County Road 18, passed away at home with his family at his side on Sunday, May 10, 2020 following a 10 month battle with cancer. He was born April 20, 1948 in Hornell, the son of the late Bernard and Florence (Mingus) Schrader. On August 5, 1983 in Wellsville he married Susan Adams who survives.


Bill was raised in the Wellsville area. He was proud member of the U. S. Marine Corps from 1967 to 1970, and served in Vietnam from 1968 through 1969. He was a member of the Marine Corps Reserves from 1970 to 1973. He was first employed as a logger, then worked for Tom James and JJ Power Tong. He later worked for Joyce Western Corporation, and Otis Eastern Services for 33 years as a mechanic, retiring in 2014. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, a founding member of the Allegany County Vietnam Veterans Organization, and was a member of the Marine Corps League. 

Bill was the oldest of five brothers, growing up in the 50's. He was self taught, and could fix anything, especially cars. He was a leek digger, horseshoe thrower, and bonfire builder. A man of few words, but when he spoke you listened. He was old school, made of true grit and “our hero”! He was a proud, humble and devoted family man who loved his dogs, and touched many lives. He often visited the Bath VA on holidays and especially on Christmas morning to wish Merry Christmas to all the veterans.  

Surviving in addition to his wife Sue are four children, Jenny (Luis) Greene, Sarah Greene, William “Cody” (Mackenzie) Schrader, and Travis Schrader, nine grandchildren, Ashley (Johnny) Carlin, Abby (Nolan) Hill, Troy Johnson, Alliya Jackson, Jaden Jackson, Spencer Schrader, Parker Black, Emma Schrader, and Brantley Schrader, two great grandchildren, Octavia, and Collin, a brother, James Schrader, several nieces and nephews, two good friends, Trey Tullar, and Gerry Babchak, and two beloved dogs, Austin and Brewster.  He was predeceased in addition to his parents by four brothers, Kim, Ken, Bernard “Doug” and Gordy Schrader. 

A “Celebration of Life” with military honors will be planned for a later date on the veterans land. Please consider memorial donations to the Bath VA or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, May 11, 2020

James W. Armstrong

Wellsville, NY - James W. Armstrong, 68, of 160 Seneca Street, passed away Monday, May 11, 2020 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born July 7, 1951, in Wellsville, the son of the late Robert and Marjorie (Ross) Armstrong. He formerly resided at 108 Farnum Street and was raised by Don and Anna Armstrong.

Jim was a 1972 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was formerly employed by Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville, the Wellsville Police Department, and  the Allegany County Sheriff's Department.

He was a former member of the Wellsville F&AM Lodge #230, and the Wellsville Ambulance Corps. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, and a social member of the Wellsville VFW Post #2530.

He is survived by two  sons, James “Matthew” Armstrong, and Brian Donald Armstrong both of Wellsville, a stepson, Ryan Tripp of Rochester, a grandson, two sisters, Marjorie (Alan) Little of Wellsville and Joyce Derx of Andover; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, and step-parents, by three brothers, Roger, Brian, and Donald Armstrong, and a sister, Dolores Armstrong.

A private graveside service and burial will be in the York's Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Activities Department of Highland Park Healthcare Center. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Donna Jean Horton

Whitesville, NY - Donna Jean Horton, 82, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital following brief illness. She was born March 31, 1938 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Gerald L. and Marie M. (Newland)
Canfield. On July 16, 1966 in Wellsville she married Rodney L. Horton who survives.

Donna was a 1956 Graduate of Wellsville High School, and a graduate of the Continental School of Beauty in Olean. She was formerly employed by the Herbert Cooper Company in Genesee, PA, K-Mart in Wellsville, the Wellsville Manor Care Center, as a nurses aide, and a home health aide. She loved to collect cookbooks, and cook, and baking was her passion.

Surviving in addition to her husband Rodney, are two daughters, Kelly (Joseph) Griffith, and Patti Ball, two grandsons, Lance (Katie) Conley, and Eric C. Conley, a great grandson, Jason M. Conley, two sisters, June (Melvin) Brandes, and Connie (Clair) Armison, two brothers-in-law, Roger Horton and Max Armison, as well as three nieces, and six nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by two sisters, Joyce A. Canfield, and Bettty A. Armison, a sister-in-law, Joanne Horton, a nephew, Mark Horton, and a son-in-law, who recently died, Daniel Ball.

A private funeral is being planned with Rev. Timothy Armstrong presiding. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolence, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Jennie J. Wendt

Rome NY - Jennie J. Wendt, 93, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital inWellsville, NY following a brief illness. She was born April 5, 1927 on the farm in Rome, NY, the daughter of the late John and Helen (Murczkiewicz) Kicinski. On Oct 11, 1947 in Rome, she married John Ernest Wendt who predeceased her on November 16, 2011.

Jennie has resided at Manor Hills in Wellsville for the past three years. Before that she lived in Greenway for 68 years. She was a 1944 graduate of Westmoreland High School. She was a secretary for various businesses before accepting a position in the business office of the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School. She later became the secretary for the Guidance Department for many years. She was a member of the Home Bureau, the ELCA Women, and was active with St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Verona, and Ascension Lutheran Church in Rome. She and Jack enjoyed traveling the USA in their camper, and attending her husband's veterans reunions.

She is survived by four children, Carol Stewart and her husband Buz of Wellsville, Brian Wendt and his wife, Ellen Woodbury of Loveland, CO, David Wendt of Walnut Creek, CA, and Barbara Gordon-Wendt and her husband Frank of Ewa Beach, HI, six grandchildren, Lisa (Tom) Kurilovitch, Kristin Clower, Mike Harris, Pam (Will) Barrett, Dominique Wendt, and Jessica Wendt, seven great grandchildren, Alex and Danielle Clower, Katya and Jake Kurilovitch, Billy and Louis Barrett, and Sully Mesler, and a beloved niece and nephew, Patricia Bartlett and Edward Labayewski. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by a brother, Michael Labayewski and a sister, Helen Hitt.

The family would like to express their gratitude to all those who helped Jennie through the years, especially her niece and nephew Patricia(Willis) Bartlett and Edward(Linda) Labayewski, her special caregiver, Amy Witzigman, her caring neighbors, Dean and Sherri Hilts and all the staff at Manor Hills.

A memorial service at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Verona will be planned at a later date. Burial will be in St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Verona. Please consider memorial donations to either St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 4897 Old Oneida Road, Verona, NY 13478, or Manor Hills, 4192B Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

James J. Corcoran

Wellsville, NY - James J. Corcoran IV, 57, of 135 North Franklin Street died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.  Jim was born on November 17, 1962 in Wellsville the son of the late Edward J. and Roberta (Bartlett) Corcoran.

Jim was a 1980 graduate of the Wellsville High School. His dogs, music, and friends fed his passions. He was never happier than when fishing from the banks of the Genesee, dogs at his side, or working through a new piece on his guitars, dogs at his feet.

Surviving are two sisters: Roberta (Joseph) Corcoran-Andrasik of Fredonia and Kathleen (KC) Corcoran of Everett, WA.;  four nephews Jason, Steven, Levi, Alex; and a niece Lorie (Missy); and his beloved pets, Riggs and Claire. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Edward, and a sister, Teresa.

At his request there will be no services. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, May 4, 2020

John Frederic Cole


Wellsville, NY - John Frederic Cole, 86, of Manor Hills, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020, shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born August 6, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA the son of  the late Lester Carl and Edith (Zeitler) Cole. On December 6, 1958 in Wellsville, he married the former Nitia McCracken who survives.

John was a 1951 graduate Wellsville High School and graduated from Alfred State College in 1955. He was a member of the US Army Reserves from 1953 through 1988, retiring at the rank of Sgt. Major. He enjoyed summers during his high school years working with friends on the Erie Railroad, and summers during his college years working at the Sinclair Refinery. He was employed by Meadowbrook Nursery, Air Preheater Company for 42 years, retiring in 1998. s


He was a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, a 60 year member and past president of the Wellsville Lions Club, a member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club, the Wellsville Elks Lodge No. 1495, the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, and served on the Willing Town Board for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and loved spending time with friends, family and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife Nitia is a daughter, Julie Ann Cole of Westminster, CO; two sons: J. Jeffrey (Leanne) Cole of  Townsend, TN; and Jeremy J. (Mary Kate) Cole of Wellsville, five grandchildren, Holly Maxwell, Liz, Molly, and Sarah Cole, and Jack Cole, a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Nancy Stevens, and several beloved nieces and nephews including, Frank and Richard Ferry, James and Janice Stevens, and Amy Gowdy. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Suzanne Ferry and a grandson Jay Thomas Maxwell, two nephews, Bill Ferry and Jay Stevens, and a brother-in-law, Francis McCracken.

A private graveside service with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Lions Club, the David A. Howe Public Library, or the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Jerome Joseph Hart




Wellsville, NY - Jerome Joseph Hart, 55, passed away on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Hart Comfort House following a hard fought three year battle with stage IV colon cancer. He was born February 9, 1965 in Wellsville, the son of the late Gerald Charles and Mary Ellen (Connor) Hart. On September 24, 1988 in Wellsville he married Nancy Anderson, who survives.


Jerome was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and a 1983 graduate of Wellsville High School. He graduated from Niagara University in May of 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology.  He was a member of the New York National Guard, 442nd  Aviation Black Heart Unit. He also served nine years in the United States Army Reserve, 98th Division, attaining the rank of Captain. He was a part-time dispatcher for the Wellsville Police Department prior to entering the New York State Police in 1988, where he retired as a BCI Investigator in 2009.  His previous assignments were in “B” Troop, SP Gouveneur; “A” Troop, SP Falconer, SP Wellsville, and SP Amity. Jerome was involved from an early age in the operations of Hart Memorials.  He became the owner in 2004 and continued to operate the business until his death. In addition, he co-owned “From The Hart” an Irish Imports and Gifts business in downtown Wellsville.


Jerome was a member, usher, and grounds chairman, of the Immaculate Conception Parish. He served on the Immaculate Conception School Board, taught Physical Education and Health at ICS in the spring of 1992, and was a recess monitor for 20 years. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 919, and the Olean Assembly 721, Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus. He was an active member of the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company # 3, for 35 years. He served as Fire Chief of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department from 2005 to 2007, and President of the Wellsville Fire Board. He was a Life Member of the Volunteer Firemen's Association of Allegany County and the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Firemen.


He was also a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702, American Legion; Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 702; American Legion Riders; Frank B. Church Post 2530, VFW; Allegany County Voiture 1006, 40/8; charter member and past president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495; Wellsville Moose Lodge 601; social member of the Greenwood American Legion Post 1425; member and past chairman of the Allegany County American Red Cross Board, life member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club, member of the Oswayo Valley, Andover, Whitesville, and Genesee Rod & Gun Clubs; the HM Hunting Club, St. Mary's Cemetery Association (Kinney, PA); Sacred Heart Cemetery Board, member and Past President of the Wellsville Rotary Club; American Association of State Troopers; and the Allegany Mountains Chapter of Former New York State Troopers.

Jerome was a beef farmer from 1991 to 2012. He was a strong supporter of the Hart Comfort  House, and many other charities. He loved hunting, fishing, the great outdoors, a good pig roast, time spent with family and friends, a hearty laugh, and a good joke.

In addition to his wife, Nancy, Jerome is survived by a son, Jerome J. Hart II, a daughter Elizabeth Ann Hart, five sisters, Ellen (Bob) Wartella, Oneida, NY, Kathleen (Pat) Godfrey, Lake Ridge, VA, Nora (Craig) Burdick and Gabrielle (Rich) Ewell of Wellsville; Margaret (Mark) Reuter, Denver, CO, and four brothers: Thomas (Cindy) Hart of Pittsburgh, PA, Colin Hart of Fredonia, NY; Jonathan  (Dawn) Hart of Grand Island NY; and Joseph (Christy) Hart of Wellsville, a sister and brother-in-law, Denise and John Richardson of Boalsburg, PA, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by his father and mother-in-law, Joseph and Marjorie Anderson.  

The New York State Police and the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company #3 will pay tribute to Jerome as they lead the funeral procession along Main Street in Wellsville on Saturday, May 9, 2020, beginning at 1:00 pm. A private graveside service with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A time of visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, the Immaculate Conception School, or the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company #3. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Jean P. Wilcox

Wellsville, NY - Jean P. Wilcox, age 95, of Pine Street passed away on Sunday April19, 2020 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born on July 24, 1924 in Caneadea to Eli and Jennie Rolfe Thornton. On October 6, 1946 in Elmira she married Richard Wilcox who predeceased her on November 23, 1991.

Jean graduated from High School in Tioga, Pennsylvania and had worked for the Gorton Coy Department Store in Elmira. In 1946 she moved to Wellsville where she was the cosmetic buyer and ran the cosmetic department for Rockwells for 32 years. She later became the manager for Gardner Heights and was past president of the Wellsville Art Association.

Survivors include her son Scott Wilcox of Meadville, PA.,

Jean was predeceased by her husband Richard, a daughter Amy Dickerson, two sisters Thelma Hass and Alice Magee and a brother Jack Thornton.

There will be no prior visitation and a memorial service will held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Library, 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY.  14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Leonard E. Osgood

  

Wellsville, NY - Leonard E. Osgood, 75, of 3524 Route 417, died on Monday, April 20, 2020, shorty after arrival at the Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born July 4, 1944 in Wellsville, the son of the late William and Margaret (Burch) Osgood. On March 29, 1986, in Wellsville, he married Ruth Anderson who survives.



Leonard was raised in Wellsville and was a 1963 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, 101st Airborne Division serving two tours in Vietnam between 1968 and 1970. He was formerly employed by Acme Electric in Cuba, Penn Yan Construction; welding bridges as I-86 was being constructed, Butler Larkin, CE Air Preheater, and retired from Dresser-Rand in1991. He was a member of Local 1580 IAM, an active member, Past President, and Board member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club, where he was instrumental in the relocation the trap field, now referred to as the “Leonard Osgood Trap Field”. He was a member and Past Commander of the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW, and a 45 Year Life Member of the Genesee Hose Co. No. 5. In addition, he was a NYS Hunting Instructor, a member of the Allegany County Pheasant Program, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and stocking streams.


Surviving, in addition to his wife Ruth, are two step-daughters: Linda Bierman (Jay Greene) of Genesee PA, and Connie Graham of Ooltewah, TN; a step-son, Dennis (Robin) Graham of Wellsville, eight siblings, Glenn (Mildred) Osgood, Richard (Anne) Osgood, Gloria (Norman) Smith, Kay Schrlau, Althea Smith, Geraldine Flower (Guy Nichols)  Marietta Palmer, and Dale (Kathleen) Osgood, as well as several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by two brothers, William and Frank Osgood, a grandson Chad Graham, great-granddaughter, Chelsea Bierman, a brothers-in-law, William Schrlau, a sister-in-law, Ruth Osgood, and a niece, Brenda Raught.

A private burial with full military honors, will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. A public memorial will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave on-line condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Joyce Donovan


Wellsville, NY - Joyce Donovan, 86 of 4462 Bolivar Road passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born May 31, 1933 in Kenmore, the daughter of the late Albert and Gladys (Hobart) Cater.



Joyce has resided in Wellsville since 1977, and was a member of the Knights Creek Church in Scio. She enjoyed taking care of her cats, and watching her favorite baseball team, The Boston Red Sox.


She is survived by a daughter, Anne (Michael) Gray of Paulsboro, NJ, a granddaughter, Rachel Bennett of Gloucester City, NJ, two great granddaughters, Charlotte McMahon and Peyton Moore, and her longtime companion, Irving Smith. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a son, Richard C. Donovan in 1976, and a Son-in-law, Andrew Bennett in 1995.

A graveside service is being planned for a later date. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Knights Creek Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Richard “Dick” E. DeLap



Whitesville, NY - Richard “Dick” E. DeLap, 95, of Park Street, died on Saturday, Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a brief illness. Richard was born June 10, 1924 in Hornell, the son of Merton S. and Ruth (DeVinney) DeLap. 


He attended Hornell public schools and proudly served in the United States Army with the 112th Cavalry from 1942 until 1946 including battles and campaigns in Luzon, New Guinea, Southern Philippines where he earned several medals including two bronze stars, WWII Victory Medal and Philippines Liberation Ribbon. His father, Merton, a WWI veteran, accompanied Richard the day after returning home, to join the Hornell VFW Post No. 2250, where he would later tend bar in the 1950s and continued to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow veterans for the next 70 plus years.

Richard regularly held two or three jobs as mechanic, bartender etc. in the Hornell area while pursuing his full-time career of 31 years with the Erie Lackawanna Railroad before retiring in 1973. 

Richard married the love of his life, Mary Louise Goodridge on July 10, 1972. They enjoyed traveling and fishing together on Keuka and Seneca Lakes, throughout the United States and Canada and never missed a major event for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren in New Hampshire. Richard was an avid hunter and fisherman who spent many hours playing cards and Euchre tournaments with Mary. He was a life member of the VFW Post 2530, and the American Legion Post 702, Wellsville and a member of the 40/8, Local #10.   

He is survived by his niece, Lois (Lewis) Tuma of Corning, NY; nephew Walter M. (Elaine) DeLap of  Vero Beach, FL; step-son, Paul Goodridge of Merrimack, NH; grandchildren Timothy (Starr) Goodridge of Merrimack, NH; Laurie (Finlay) Rothhaus of Merrimack, NH; Theresa (Patrick) Dougherty of Wellsville; Phil Kopp of Marietta, GA; Bridget (John) Burkett of Wickliffe, OH; Paula (Patrick) Walsh of Euclid, OH; Thomas (Alyssa Brown) Goodridge of Billerica, MA; Patrick (Bobbie) Goodridge of Sanbornton, NH; Dennis (Tegan) Goodridge of Dover, NH; Joseph (Karen Ray) Goodridge of Amherst, NH; twenty-seven great-grandchildren and eleven great-great grandchildren. 

Richard is predeceased by his wife, Mary (Chisholm, Goodridge) DeLap, brothers, Roy DeLap, Walter DeLap, Thomas DeLap; sisters, Mary DeLap; Marjorie Bromley; niece Peggy Anne DeLap, granddaughter Mary Katherine (Goodridge) Kopp and great-great grandson, Logan Burkett. 

A Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA and burial with military honors at Whitesville Rural Cemetery, will be planned in the upcoming months. Please consider memorial donations to Catholic Charities of Steuben or any Catholic Charities of your choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Leo W. Eaton



Wellsville, NY - Leo W. Eaton, 91, of 3253 First Street passed away at home on Sunday, April 12, 2020. He was born November 21, 1928 in Coudersport, PA, the son of the late Elwyn Avery and Zelma (Kuhn) Eaton. On March 25, 1949 in Wellsville, he married Joyce Mae Buckhout who predeceased him on November 10, 2016.


All his working life Leo was employed at C. E. Air Preheater Company, beginning in 1948 and retiring in 1991. He was a member McEwen Hose Company # 4. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and father-in-law, who dedicated his life to his family and God's creatures. He enjoyed traveling with his wife across the United States, camping, and watching wildlife.


He is survived by three daughters, Karen (Chris) Remick of Palmer, AK, Kathy (Howard) Warren of Purcell OK, and Laura (Dennis) Skluzacek of Palmer, AK, a son, James (June) Eaton of Wellsville, 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, two sisters, Betty (Robert) Carroll, and Marjorie Guido, a sister-in-law, Audrey Eaton, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife, by three brothers, Elwyn, Clifton, and Richard Eaton, and three sisters, Pearl Baldwin, Gertrude Dunham, and Genevieve Stuckey.


At Leo's request, there will be no public service. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 13, 2020

Marjorie L. Finn

Wellsville, NY - Marjorie L. Finn, 92, formerly of 147 South Broad Street, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born July 28, 1927 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Leo V. and Lillian (Trahey) Ludden. On September 30, 1950, she married Leo E. Finn who predeceased her on February 7, 1991.

Marjorie graduated from the Immaculate Conception School, St. Elizabeth's Academy in Allegany and from the Bryant & Stratton Institute in Buffalo. She was previously employed by Sinclair Refinery, Ludden Realty, and Ludden's Shoe Store all in Wellsville.

Marjorie was a Past President of the Altar & Rosary Society, taught religious education at the Immaculate Conception School, volunteered in the school cafeteria and the Immaculate Conception Church. She was a talented seamstress and a member of the School House Quilters. She enjoyed baking and taking care of her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Theresa (Dan) Kunis of Fort Collins, CO; and  Barbara (Roger) Ramsey of Wellsville; a son, Timothy Finn of Portland, OR; three sisters, Reginia McGinnis of Rochester, Lois Sullivan of Stokesdale, NC, and Ann (Terry) Margeson of Wellsville, three grandchildren, Gena (Austin) Bailey, Caitie (Joe) Whalen, and Wiley Finn, a great granddaughter, Rosemary Whalen, a daughter-in-law, Maggie Finn of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son Brian Finn, a brother, Donald Ludden; a sister, Helen Andrews, and three nieces: Jeri Thurston, Bridget Drum, and Kathy Graziano, and a nephew, Joseph Sullivan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Ethel Kish Morrison

Wellsville, NY - Ethel Kish Morrison, 88, of 17 McDowell Avenue passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center following a long illness. She was born January 26, 1932 in Galeton, PA the daughter of the late Frank and Elizabeth (Gazdag) Kish. On July 24, 1950 in Scio she married Donald L. Morrison who predeceased her on September 21, 2003. Ethel was raised and attended school in Ulysses, PA. She was a member of the Wellsville United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Darlene (Richard) Nydegger of Wellsville, two granddaughters, Vickie (Mark) Ketchner of Wellsville, and Becky (Chris) Foth of Rock Hill, SC, three great grandsons, Brayden Ketchner, Eric Foth, and his fiance` Gina Piscitelli, and Justin (Morgan) Foth all of  York, SC, a sister, Susie Weber of Spring Hill, FL, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by three brothers, Robert, John, and Frank Kish, and one sister, Agnes Burrell.  

A private service will be held at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Robert Lewis “Pisky” Piscitelli 83

Wellsville, NY - Robert Lewis “Pisky” Piscitelli, 83, of 33 Herman Avenue passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital with his family by his side, following a brief battle with cancer. He was born November 23, 1936 in Wellsville, the son of the late Glenn and Helen (Cardamone) Piscitelli. On September 20, 1958 in Wellsville he married Barbara J. Lanphear who survives. 

Bob was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School, and obtained his Barber License in Buffalo. He barbered in Wellsville for 63 years. 

He had served as President of the Wellsville Midget Football League, he coached the Wellsville, NY vs Wellsville, Ohio Midget League football game for many years, and was an Assistant Coach for the Wellsville Lions High School Football Team in the 1970's. He was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills, the New York Yankees, and attended all the Wellsville High School games up until the time of his passing. He was a member of the Wellsville Country Club for many years, Past President of the Men's Golf League, and a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, taking trips to the casino, watching, and attending many sporting events. He had a passion for horse racing and had the honor of having a horse named after him “Piscitelli” who ran in the Grey Goose Breeders Cup.  

Surviving in addition to his loving wife of 61 years, are three children, Debbie (Tom) Pinney, Lisa (Gary) Arnone, and Dean (Mary) Piscitelli, six beloved grandchildren, Kristin and Salvatore Arnone, Shawn (Jen) and Ryan (Randi) Pinney, Nate and Jon Piscitelli, six great grandchildren, Gabriella and Gianni Arnone, Parker and Beau Pinney and Bailey and Layla Tennis, a brother, William “Bill” Piscitelli, his in-laws, Beverly Bennett, Nancy (Dick) Mills, Judi (Bill) Wiemann and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a great grandson, Salvatore Arnone, and a brother-in-law, Lance Bennett. He was blessed with many, many close friends, neighbors, clients, and was a well known pillar in the community.

Friends are invited to “drive by” the family home on Saturday, April 11, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the “Joyce Family” Catholic Charities Food Pantry & Outreach, 67 E. Pearl Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Ruth Carol Weber (nee Weisenburg)

On Friday, April 3, 2020, our beloved mother, Ruth Carol Weber (nee Weisenburg), age 90, passed away at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY. 

Mom was a strong, independent woman, proven by her becoming the first female fore”man” of the night shift at Fisher Price Toys in East Aurora, and a role model to her four surviving children: sons Charles Jr. (Mary) and Noel T. and daughters Laura (Todd) Anderson and Christa (Darren) Thornley, as well as siblings: brother Bud (Gladice) and sisters Joan (Henry) Tiberi and Suzie (Paul) Catanzaro, and all of her many grand and great-grand children. 

For those who knew her, Mom was a BIG person trapped in a four-foot-something body, always offering a helping hand (whether needed or not) and quick with her smile and laughter – you know, that contagious wet-your-pants kind of laughter. For decades, she was Mom to all the kids in the neighborhood, triage nurse, teacher, cheerleader, horse handler, dance mom, taxi driver, peace-keeper, wooden spoon wielder, dad buffer, soft shoulder, hand holder and occasionally life saver/changer. Every night Mom would give a hug followed by “Goodnight, love you”. Now it’s time for you to get your everlasting beauty rest. You worked so hard for all of us, you deserve it. Goodnight Mom, we love you. 

Flowers are gratefully declined, and there will be no service. If you wish to honor Ruth, please consider giving to a charity supporting children or animals. To leave online condolances please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Rachel J Jones

Wellsville, NY - Rachel J Jones, 91 of Wellsville, passed away March 31, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a short illness.  Rachel was born July 10, 1928 in Genesee Pa to the late Charles and Agnes Waterman McAllister.  In April 1947 she married Robert Jones of Wellsville, who predeceased her.

Rachel was a graduate of Wellsville Central School in 1947.  She enjoyed sewing and cooking and spending time with her large family. Rachel owned and operated The Brunswick Coffee Shop in the seventies.  She also cooked at local restaurants including The Shamrock, Keifer's Restaurant and the Texas Hot. Rachel was well known for “cow palace potatoes” when she worked at the Cow Palace Restaurant, which was once located in Whitesville. 

After spending time cooking Rachel decided to change careers and went into sewing.  She opened her own shop called Rachel’s Alteration in Wellsville.  She later became employed by Argentieri Brothers in Wellsville where she continued to do alterations until she finally put the needle in the pin cushion one last time late in 2017.

Rachel is survived by six children: Nancy Payne of Northfork  Pa; Jack Jones, Susan  Cornish, Deborah Button, Becky (Victor) Torpey all of Wellsville; Tom (Lisa) Jones of Olean. Three brothers: Donald McAllister of Pea Ridge Arkansas, Ronald (Lois) McAllister of Olean, Eugene (Ann) McAllister of Homestead Florida.  Seventeen grandchildren: Patrick (Sarah)Jones, David Jones, Jamie (Kim)Jones, Sonny (Melissa)Payne, Tommy (Lindsey)Pyane,  Benji (Rita)Payne, Lisa (Larry)Hurler, Melanie (Randy)Doerr, Melinda (Jason)Dunham, Steven (Ruby)Jones, Bruce Button, Brian Button, Danielle (Andrew)Glover, Rachelle Vanbrocklin, Marcus Jones, Christopher Torpey, Melissa(Steven)Malatesta; forty two great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband Rachel was predeceased by her son David, her daughter Linda, her grandsons Billy and Jeffery, her brother Wayne and her sisters Phyllis and Peggy.

Honoring her wishes, there will be no service. Burial and a gathering to celebrate Rachel’s life will be determined at a later date. 

Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are under the direction of Embser Funeral home. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Samantha (Sam) Teagan Hennessy

Wellsville, NY - Samantha Teagan Hennessy, 21, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, March 26, 2020. 

She was born September 15, 1998 in Wellsville the daughter of Thomas J. and Kendra (Roberts) Hennessy. Sammy was a 2016 graduate of Wellsville Central School and attended Alfred State College. She was formerly employed at the Texas Hot, Sidelines in Bolivar, the Wellsville Country Club, and Jones Memorial Hospital. She was a substitute teacher at Wellsville and Scio Central Schools, and at the time of her death she was the bar manager at the Field House in Wellsville. She talked fondly of all her “regulars” at her many jobs.

Sammy Tea enjoyed painting, “muddin’” and loved her many friends. Her favorite thing to do was to make everyone around her laugh; whether, it was through a made up song, a silly voice or a goofy outburst. She radiated light and happiness to anyone she met. Samantha genuinely cared about people and their stories. She was a hard worker and had a servant’s heart. Although she worked many jobs, her primary focus was on kids. Sam babysat many area children and truly cared for each and every one of them. 

Surviving in addition to her parents are two sisters, Sarah and Shea Hennessy, maternal grandfather, Kenneth E. (Judy) Roberts Jr., maternal grandmother, Joyce (David) Knox, and several beloved aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, John J. and Mary Lou Hennessy, an uncle, Tyler Roberts, and an infant cousin, Ronan Smullin.

She leaves behind many friends who loved and cared for her. 

A private service for immediate family will take place at the discretion of the family, a public memorial service is being planned for a later date. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Corrine (Corky) Whitfield Mathern

Wellsville, NY - Corrine Whitfield Mathern, 92, formerly of 44 Fassett Lane passed away Monday, February 17, 2020, at the Cuba Memorial Hospital. She was born March 17, 1927 in Erie, PA, the daughter of the late Harold and Eva Marjorie (Barth) Hunt. On June 1, 1949 in Las Vegas, Nevada she married James H. Whitfield who predeceased her on August 3, 1974. On May 19, 1979 in Allentown, she married James Mathern who predeceased her on June 11, 2001.

“Corky” was raised in Tarrytown and Wellsville; and resided in California from 1945 to 1957. She then moved to Allentown and resided there from 1957 to 1979. She and Jim then moved to their home on Fassett Lane in Wellsville. In October of 2018, she moved to Manor Hills Assisted Living and in April 2019 she moved to Cuba Memorial Hospital until her death on February 17.

She assisted her sister Gertrude Palmer Peaslee at Palmer’s Grocery Store in Allentown for many years. She was a member of the Allentown United Methodist Church, and was very active with the Allentown Little League from 1961-1971. She was an avid sports fan, especially rooting on her Buffalo Bills. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, and attending classic car shows with their award-winning Volkswagen Karman Ghia. She also enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren and neighborhood friends.

Corky is survived by her son, William (Cathleen) Whitfield of Scio, four granddaughters, Jennifer (Steven) Turybury of Wellsville; Theresa (Rachel) Kelly of Ontario, Canada; Meghan (Tony) Washer of Wellsville; Caitlin Whitfield of Scio; 1 great grandson, Evan Turybury, 4 great granddaughters, Makenzie Turybury, Emma Washer, Madelyn Washer, Hannah Washer, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by a son James H. Whitfield Jr., six sisters and four brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Ken Thursam, Gertrude and Raymond Peaslee, Geraldine and Louis Morin, Helyne and Charles Remmel, twin sisters Dorothy and Rose Hunt (age 1); and a brother Harold Hunt, Jr.

The family is honoring Corky’s wish of no visitation.  A private burial service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Memorials in Corky’s name may be made to the Allentown United Methodist Church or to the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Victor L. Whitney


Belmont, NY - Victor L. Whitney, 86, passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at home in Belmont. He was born January 16, 1934, the son of the late Victor C. and Gladys (Beckwith) Whitney.


He is survived by a son, two brothers, his second wife, his step children, and step grandchildren. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by his first wife and a sister.

At Victor's request, there will be no prior visitation or service. A private burial, under the direction of the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Belmont will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.