Monday, September 14, 2020

Anthony F. “Tony” Fantauzzo, 56

Belmont, NY - Anthony F. “Tony” Fantauzzo, 56, of Paige Road, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born October 15, 1963 the son of Joseph F. and Angelina (Indivino) Fantauzzo. 
He was raised in Belmont, and was a 1982 graduate of Belmont Central School. After graduation, Tony worked in several local organizations including, Friendship Dairies, Bulk Tainers in Belmont, Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville, and then starting in the early 2000's he owned and operated a very successful welding business: Skyline Welding. He was a member of the Almond Rod and Gun Club, and The 4 Amigos - who attended 30+ Grateful Dead concerts together. 

He is survived by a daughter, Ashley Fantauzzo of Almond, four grandchildren, Ethan, Evan, Dana, and Elaina; his father, Joseph (Gail) Fantauzzo of Apopka, FL, several siblings, Susan Boyer of Belmont, Gena Benjamin of Cameron Mills, NY, Julie (Ken) Chan of Orlando, FL, and Shane (Jennifer) Fantauzzo of Baltimore, MD; as well as several nieces and nephews. Tony was predeceased by two brothers, his twin, Joseph Michael Fantauzzo, and Robert “Bob” Boyer; his mother, Angelina Boyer, and his step-father, Robert Boyer.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from 12 noon to 2pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A memorial service will follow at 2pm. Please consider memorial donations to Almond Rod and Gun Club. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Wayne Bidwell, 98

Belmont, NY - Wayne Bidwell, 98 of 4967 State Route 19 S. passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville with his family at his side. He was born May 23, 1922 in Friendship, the son of the late Eugene Talbert and Victoria Mae (Hall) Bidwell. On December 31, 1949 in Niagara Falls, NY he married Dorothy Regina Bolents who predeceased him in 2006.

Wayne was raised in Friendship and attended school in Friendship and Bolivar. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 as a teletype operator. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal. He was employed by the H. F. Darling Construction Company throughout the Niagara Frontier, including the Niagara Falls Power Project from 1957 to 1962. In 1963 he moved to Belmont where he and Dorothy opened and operated Bidwell's Grocery. In 1975 they open Bidwell's Deli in Fillmore, and from 1975 to 1992 he worked for the Maintenance Department at the Allegany County County Court House. He was a member of the Herbert W. DeLong American Legion Post 808. He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, and caring for his home and garden. 

He was a quiet man, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to family and friends. He loved his work and loved his pets.

He is survived by a son, Richard Wayne (Ellen) Bidwell of North Tonawanda, and a daughter Marta Lynn Whitney and her companion, Mark A. Latzer of Belmont, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by four brothers, two sisters and a number of nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm at the J. W, Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will follow visitation at 3:30 pm in the funeral home with Pastor Marc Chamberlain presiding. Burial with military honors will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF) P. O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Joan M. Ball, 66

Wellsville, NY - Joan M. Ball, 66, died on Monday, September 7, 2020, shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born December 12, in Wellsville NY. She was the daughter of Howard and Dorothy (Goldthwait) Herke. On September 2, 1978 in Wellsville she married Stephen T. Ball who survives.

Joan was raised in Scio and was a 1972 graduate of Wellsville High School. She graduated from Alfred State College with an Associate Degree, and Houghton College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She began her career at  Key Bank in Wellsville, followed by a position in Accounts Receivable at Dresser-Rand.  She then went to Five Star Bank in Warsaw as an auditor, and completed her career at Dresser-Rand Corporation as a buyer, retiring in April of 2020. She was a member of the Mayflower Society, the Old Crows Quilting Group, and the Dresser-Rand Management Club. She was a Premier Award Quilt maker. She loved to travel, camp, host gatherings for family and friends, quilt retreats, and especially spend time with her grandchildren. She hand sewed over 1000 Covid 19 face masks over the last few months.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 42 years is a son, Bradley H. Ball of Florida, a daughter, Elizabeth A. (Jeremy) Stearns of Alfred Station, five grandchildren, Taylor Hurd, Lucas Stearns, Morgan Ball, Dashel Ball, and Landis Stearns, her mother, Dorothy Herke of Wellsville, a sister, Janet (Terry) Vossler of Butler, PA, a brother-in-law, R. Michael (April) Ball, two sisters-in-law, Barbara (Ball) and Ed Teter, and Teresa (Ball) and Ron Vida, an aunt, Maxine Latham of Belmont, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved dogs Duddley and Lucy.


In addition to her to her father, she was predeceased by her father and mother-in-law, Richard and Patricia Ball,  a brother-in-law, Tom Ball, and a nephew, James M. Taylor. 


Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, and on Friday, September 11 from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral (Which will be limited to the NYS Covid protocol.) will follow visitation at noon on Friday in church with Rev. Dr. Eric D. Ash, Sr. presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Ladies Aid of Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Billie Jean Haxton, 65

Wellsville, NY - Billie Jean Haxton, age 65, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020, after a courageous battle with an illness at ECMC surrounded by her loving family. She was born on October 8,1954 to the late William and Susie Nelligan. She was married to Ralph Haxton who survives.

Billie made her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and personal care giver. She worked at Meridian Nursing Facility in LaPlata, Maryland for several years. When the family moved to Wellsville she worked at Highland Health Care Center as a CNA and at Wellsville Manor Hills as a PCA. She was well loved by the residents she cared for because of her gentle touch and compassionate heart. Billie's favorite things were crafts, baking and family gatherings. Her family meant the world to her. The sacrifices  she made as a mother always showed her love for her family and friends.

Left to mourn the passing of their devoted wife, mother, grand mother and sister are her husband Ralph; 3 sons, Charles (Heather) Bennett, Kenneth Bennett and Ralph E. Haxton II; a daughter Nichole (Darren) Haxton- Franklin; a step daughter Charlene (Floyd) Guthrie 9 grandchildren, Adam Cline, Raechel Guthrie, Austin Bennett, Tyler and Dakota Franklin, Noah Bennett, Siann Haxton,Annastasia Franklin and Logan Bennett; 3 great grandchildren; her sisters, Eugenia Nelligan and Kathy Sherwood; her brother in laws, Mike Murphy, Sherrie Bennett and Gary Sherwood; a sister in law Karen Nelligan; several nieces and nephews. She will be remembered and missed until we meet her again in the Kingdom of Heaven!

Billie will be welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven by the loving arms of her parents, her brothers Kenneth and James Nelligan, her sisters Beverly Greene and Mary Jeremy as well as other family members and friends.

A celebration of Life will held at a later date and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions maybe made to either Highland Heath Care Center or to Wellsville Manor Hills. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Mary Fleming Weber, 86

Brockport/Belmont, NY - Mary Fleming Weber, age 86, formerly of 12 Martin Street, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at her home in Brockport with her daughter by her side. She was born on October 12, 1933 in Kinney, PA., to the late Timothy and Ora (Clark) Fleming. On August 20, 1955 she married Roy E. Weber, Jr. who predeceased her on March 9, 1999.

Mary was a graduate of Angelica Central School and worked at the former W.T. Grant in Wellsville where she met her future husband Roy. She also had been a Real Estate Agent for Century 21 in Wellsville. She was a member of the St. Mary's Parish (now Holy Family) of Belmont where she was a long time Lector and member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Mary enjoyed volunteer work including Amity Rescue Squad, Belmont Central School, Jones Memorial Hospital and the Girl Scouts. She enjoyed playing cards, board games, golf and Scrabble.

She is survived by her 3 daughters Pamela (Michael) Krahe, Patricia Weber and MaryBeth (Andrew) Vrees; 6 grandchildren, Megan (Ashley) Steele-Krahe, Amanda (John Mullican) Haefner, Jeffery (Shannon) Krahe, Gregory Haefner, McKinley Vrees and Peter Vrees; a great grandchild, Lukas Krahe; 3 sisters-in-law, Dolores Fleming, Marion Fleming and Shirley Fleming; a brother in law Philip Brown; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; 5 brothers, James, Richard, Edward, Paul and Charles; 2 sisters, Helen Brown and Catherine Fleming.

Friends are invited to Celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at 12 noon at the Holy Family Church of Belmont with burial to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation to the American Diabetes Association, or to the Church of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (152 Main Street, Brockport, NY. 14420), or the Amity Rescue Squad or to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Betty J. Matthews, 91

Wellsville, NY - Betty J. Matthews, age 91, of Johnson Street passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at home after a short illness. She was born on April 21, 1929 in Hume to the late Charles H. and Elizabeth Orcutt Franklin. On August 12, 1954 she married Clyde Matthews who predeceased her.

with a large family and especially enjoyed her grandchildren, Great Grand Children and Great Great Grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Matison; her sister Beatrice Franklin Barnett; 5 grandchildren, Stanley(Danielle) Franklin Jr, Deborah Howard (John), James (Rae) Franklin, Johnny Matison and Angie Matison;

11 great grandchildren, Ashley (Matt) Jacobs, Matthew Franklin, Morgan Franklin, Tiffani Ray, Jared Preston, James Franklin Jr, Jacob Franklin, Corey Matison, Shain Matison, Carsen Matison and Cole Burkett; 7 Great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased by her son and daughter in law Stanley and Mary Franklin Sr; 4 brothers, James, Charles, Albert and Gene Franklin;a sister Arbutus Button;  a son in law David Matison.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 4, 2020, from 2 to 3 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville at which time her service will take place with Reverend Carl Kemp presiding. Friends are invited to view live on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JWembserfuneralhome/. Burial will take place in Knights Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider any memorial donations in Betty's name to the American Heart Association. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Gregory Eric Ott, 55

Wellsville, NY - Gregory Eric Ott, 55, of 3113 A. Wightman Road passed away on Friday, August 21, 2020 at the Hart Comfort House following a six month battle with cancer. He was born February 3, 1965 in Hornell the son of George W. and Mary Agnes (Hibbard) Ott. On June 20, 2015 in Mount Morris he married Jennifer Lynn Ludden who survives. 

Greg was a 1983 graduate of Wayland Central School; where he played varsity basketball and baseball. He also played Vince Lombardi Youth Football for several years. He was a New York State Corrections Officer for over 30 years. He began his career at Otisville Correctional Facility and later transferred to Groveland Correctional Facility. Greg took great pride in his career, and was a NYSCOPBA Union Steward for many years. 

He was a member of the Franklinville Snowmobile Club, and enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, and farming. He worked the Votypka Potato Farm in Wayland, and the Kan-B-Done Family Farm in Canaseraga. 

Greg was a hard worker and loved by everyone who knew him. His smile would light up the room, and  had many close friends, too many to mention.

Surviving in addition to his wife is a step-daughter, Cameron, a step-son, Christian (Rikki) Colon of Wellsville, two step grandchildren, his father and step-mother, George and Kate Ott of Wayland his mother, Mary Agnes Brennan of Geneseo, five siblings, Sally Thomas of Geneseo, Mike (Martha) Ott of Chula Vista, CA, Mark (Karen) Ott of Burke, VA, Ellen (Kevin) Wentworth of Allegany, Amy (Dean) DeGraff of Mount Morris, mother-in-law, Elizabeth Ludden, brother-in-law, Michael (Erica Hathaway) Ludden, several nieces and nephews, two great nieces, one great nephew, and his beloved dog, Otter. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, George and Margaret Hibbard and his paternal grandparents, George and Joan Ott. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday, August 24, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and Tuesday, August 25, from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, August 17, 2020

Jean-Louis (Stockin) Slocum

Almond, NY - Jean-Louis (Stockin) Slocum went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 16, 2020 in Canton, Ohio. Jean was raised in Arcade and Couriers, New York. After high school she went on to graduate from Millard Fillmore Hospital School of Nursing in 1953. She then worked briefly for the Visiting Nurses Association. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at General Motors in Tonawanda, NY until her retirement. It was there that she met the love of her life, Harold J. Slocum. They were married shortly there after, and resided in North Tonawanda where they raised their two children. They retired to West Almond, New York in the early 1980's, where they enjoyed the rest of their days together before Harold's passing in 2014. Jean enjoyed teaching Sunday School, gardening, sewing, walks in nature,  playing the piano, and spending time with her family. 

She is survived by one son, Gary Lee Slocum, a son-in-law, Arthur J. (June) Lowe, four grandchildren, Jason (Denise) Lowe, Michelle M. Lowe, Rachel (Ian) Wallace, and Tina Davis, eight great-grandchildren, Amber (Joe) Scott, Sydney Guerra, Elizabeth Lowe, Ethan Riley, Elise Marie Davis, Gabrielle Lowe, Samuel Lowe, and Willa Paige Davis, a great-great grandson, Drake, as well as several Nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased in addition to her husband by her parents, Leighton K. and Lillian (Morse) Stockin and her daughter, Linda (Slocum) Lowe who joined Jesus in Heaven in 2001.  

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11:00 am in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville, NY. Please consider memorial donations to The Angelica Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Elizabeth “Liz” Fenn, 78

Wellsville, NY - Elizabeth “Liz” Fenn, 78, passed away Friday, August 14, 2020. She was born on Long Island, and was a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School in Manhattan. She was employed in New York City until her marriage and was carried off to the Philadelphia suburbs for 10 years.   

Liz later became a working partner of a registered Holstein dairy farm in upstate New York. Eventually, she moved over to the Tug Hill Plateau amidst its glorious monumental snowings, living as curator within her 1885 one room school house museum that was open to the public. For her efforts on Tug Hill, she was presented with a New York State Senate citation. From there Liz advanced her writing career by freelancing a weekly newspaper column and writing ads for WKAL in Rome, NY. She also was published worldwide over 200 vignettes of near wilderness life as she experienced it among those persons she encounter and loved. For some of these she was given invitational reads at St. Lawrence University, Kingston, Ontario, Columbia University, NYC and Borders Books in Syracuse, NY.

In the summers Liz mentored creative writing within a tri-county program for advanced high school seniors. Liz is known further for having taught classical Haiku poems to students in public and private schools, as well as groups of adults via the Haiku Conservatory which she founded. Besides Liz’s love of travel on snowshoes, she also enjoyed solo hikes and forest camp-outs with her loving canine companion, Bobbie. She served for a time as secretary for the Creative Writers of the Southern Tier, and was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Wellsville.

Liz was predeceased by her parents, Leo and Clara (Mehltretter) Klarman, and a baby brother, Robert Charles. She leaves behind three sons, Scott Edward, Mark Andrew and his wife Kelly, Troy Joseph, and his wife Lisa, a daughter, Kirsten Theresa-Marie and her husband David, and four grands, Gregory Joseph, Steven Michael, Josephine Claire and Susannah Leigh.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Scio. In lieu of flowers, please share a donation to Aid for the Church in Need or Heifer International. “May God bless you all” To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Barbara (“Tootie”) Ann Potter

Barbara (“Tootie”) Ann Potter passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wellsville, New York.  Barb was born on April 13, 1920 in Canton, Ohio, and was the daughter of William and Maude Yerrick.  She is predeceased by her parents, husband Vernon Potter, infant son Philip Potter, teenage son Stephen Potter, and brother William Yerrick. 

Barb was raised and educated in Wellsville, a graduate of the Class of 1938.  She worked at Davie’s Department Store, Bradley Producing Company, The First Trust Bank, as well as the family contracting business R.S. Potter and Son.  Barb was an active community member, serving in many positions.  She was a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts, from scout to leader to Council President.  She was also very active in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Monday Club, Grand Squares dancing club, and Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.  Barb was a member of the United Methodist Church her entire life.  Most of all, she was a very present and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  Her family was her greatest pleasure; she got such a kick out of the young ones.

Barb married Vernon (“Punk”) Potter on October 16, 1944.  She is survived by her daughter Pamela Gould (Craig) of Saratoga Springs NY, her son James L. Potter (Judy Donovan, deceased) of Wellsville NY, her grandchildren Jenna Nafus (Matthew), Kimberly Leese (Michael), Taryn Burdge (Cory) and Adam Potter (Mary), as well as great grandchildren Max and Lily Nafus, Mia and Tegan Leese, Gavin Outman, Ronan Burdge, and Kaleb Bryan.  She also leaves several dear nieces and nephews.  The family extends its deepest gratitude to the angels at both Manor Hills Assisted Living and Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center for their care and support.  

 Family and friends may call on Wednesday August 12 from 10 am until 11 am in the J.W. Embser Sons F.H. in Wellsville at which time a funeral service will be held with Elva Cornell presiding. Friends are invited to view live on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JWembserfuneralhome/ Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to either The David A. Howe Public Library, 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or The First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.  To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Marilyn R. Cornelius, 83

Wellsville, NY - Marilyn R. Cornelius, 83, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center, with her family by her side. She was born March 25, 1937 in Niagara Falls, NY, the Daughter of the late Martin and Viola (Walck) Pfohl. On July 9, 1955 in Elm Valley she married Louis “Ben” Cornelius who predeceased her on December 19, 2018.

Throughout her life, Marilyn was employed in several professions, including a Telephone Operator for New York Telephone, being a waitress for The Coffee Pot, Long View, and Howard's, selling Avon, and working at the Allegany County Jail. However, Marilyn found her calling in nursing. She had been scheduled to be the valedictorian of her senior high school class but instead, opted to follow her heart and marry Ben before having the opportunity to graduate. At the age of 45 she began to pursue her dream and career, she obtained her GED and enrolled in the Alfred State College nursing program. She not only had perfect attendance, but earned high grades and the respect of the younger students. They loved her so much, they nominated her their class president. Upon graduating with an associates degree, Marilyn would work in both Olean General and Jones Memorial hospitals.

Marilyn and Ben were members of the Trinity Lutheran Church, and Marilyn was a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandma, aunt, nurse, and friend to many. Her work on Earth is done, and she is home with her Lord. 

Surviving are two sons, Louis “Ben” (Judith) Cornelius, and Bradley Cornelius both of Wellsville, a daughter, Karen Lane of Virginia Beach, VA; six grandchildren, Justin (Kari) Cornelius, Matthew (Diana Gowdy) Cornelius, Brian Lane, Kelly Lane, Joshua Cornelius, and Jacob Cornelius; a brother Delbert (Joanne) Phohl, and a sister Lorraine (Larry) Steingasser, both of Sanborn, NY; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by an infant daughter, Sharon, and brother Melvin. 

Private Services will be held for family to honor her memory and celebrate her life.  Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, in memory of Elmo. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, August 3, 2020

Gary Charles Allen, 74

Wellsville, NY - Gary Charles Allen, 74, of Wellsville, NY passed away peacefully at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, on August 1st, 2020, after a sudden brief illness.

Gary is survived by his children, Shane Allen and Holly (Allen) Perkins; son-in-law Christopher Perkins; his grandchildren, Alexander and Reegan Perkins; sister Suzanne (Allen) Rehler and wife Susan (Bellows) Allen. He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Elma (Ritter) Allen of Wellsville.

Gary was born on December 29, 1945. He graduated Wellsville High School class of 1963. Shortly after was drafted to the US Army to serve in the Vietnam War. After returning from active tour, he started his 42 year career working at (what is known today as) LJUNGSTRÖM, (Formally known as CE Air Preheater), where here he met and married Susan Bellows. While raising two children together with Susan, working full-time,  and lovingly providing for his family, Gary completed his bachelor's degree from SUNY Empire State College in Business Management and Economics. He founded and established Computer Solutions in Wellsville. Continuing work with Air Preheater, led him to establishing ABB ATT Tamar Consortium in Spain for the international manufacture of ABB products.

Later in life, Gary retired to Florida where he enjoyed building, machining, and restoring hit & miss engines. Gary was an avid wine maker, enjoyed hunting and actively played golf.

Throughout his life he was involved in several organizations: Past Master Order of DeMolay, a free and accepted Mason, he served as Chief of Willing Fire Department and was named Allegany County Fireman of the Year and was also a Past President and active member of the Wellsville Lions Club. 

With accordance to his wishes, no funeral or reception is scheduled and his body will be cremated. Please feel free to send any memorial donations, in Gary’s name, to the Wellsville Lions Club Charities Inc. at, PO Box 576, Wellsville, NY 14895.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers, hospital staff, and nurses at Jones Memorial Hospital for their efforts, care and dedication. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Samantha T. Hennessy, Announcement

Wellsville, NY - Samantha T. Hennessy - The friends and family of Samantha Hennessy are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 am at Crosstown Alliance Church, 450 N. Highland Avenue in Wellsville. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. 

Samantha died on March 26, 2020. To read the complete obituary or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Ginnie L. Davis

Wellsville, NY - Ginnie L. Davis, 60, of 3356 Andover Road passed away on Monday, July 27, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. She was born July 24, 1960 in Hornell, the daughter of Walter J. and Josephine (Bonham) Davis. 

Ginnie was raised in Wellsville and was a 1978 graduate of Wellsville High School. She formerly resided in Long Beach, CA, Andover, Hornell, Bolivar, and Harrison Valley, PA.

She started working at the Modern Diner in Wellsville while in high school and at various other times throughout her life. She also was employed at the Iron Kettle Restaurant in East Aurora, and Schoonover's Restaurant in Westfield, PA. In recent years she owned and operated, Rolling Hills Cafe in Bolivar. Ginnie was a very talented artist.  

She is survived by a son, Justin Davis of Wellsville, two brothers, James (Diane) Aldrich of Windsor and Martin Aldrich of Wellsville, two sisters, Roberta Prahler of Lockport, and Jo Anne (Mark Mattison) Fenske of Wellsville, a brother-in-law, James Bundschuh; 10 nieces and nephews, Jamie Lynn Prahler, James Aldrich Jr., Jessica Padua, Sara Leatso, Amanda Aldrich Payne, Donald Fenske, Dorothy Fenske, Brian Fenske, Dylan Davis and Tessa Bundschuh; two aunts, Betty (Carl) Neu of Hammondsport and Barbara McFall of Corning; and a special canine companion, Schooner. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a sister, Julia Davis-Bundschuh, and a niece Donna Jo Prahler. 

The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital for  their wonderful support over the last few days.

A private graveside service in Woodlawn Cemetery is being is planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Miranda M. Fanton

Almond, NY - Miranda M. Fanton age 38, of the Paige Road passed away quietly on Saturday July 25, at the University of Rochester Medical Center after an ongoing illness with complications. She was born on January 26, 1982 in Wellsville to Carl and Venus Flint Fanton.

Miranda graduated from Whitesville Central High School in 2001. She enjoyed listening to all kinds of music, especially the oldies, hunting, fishing, camping four wheeling and Double EE Rodeo Ranch. Miranda loved to play softball and couldn't say enough about her favorite  football team the Washington Redskins. She worked for ACES at Alfred State College as a supervisor in the cafeteria. She spoke fondly and often of “her kids” that worked under her and how much she loved working with them. Miranda especially enjoyed being with her friends and family on outings along with her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her fiance` Anthony Fantauzzo; her children Mirissa, Gary and Wyatt Bliss of Ulysses, PA., her mother Venus (Jeff Peet) Nickerson of Wellsville and her father Carl (Kim) Fanton of Wellsville; her siblings, Regina (Chris Peacock) Kemp of Wellsville, a brother Mitchell (Sabrina) Fanton of Germany, Mari-kae (Matt Martin) Fanton , Danielle (Jeremy) Cavagna and Khristy Nickerson all of Wellsville; many grand kids, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She also survived by her four legged companion “ Max “.

Miranda was predeceased by her brother Carl Fanton Jr.

Due to Covid-19 the family is planning a private funeral service at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. A celebration of life will held her at a later date to be announced, via Facebook, for all of her many friends and family. Please plan on attending with stories and memories that will be cherished for ever. Any memorial contributions may be made to her family members or directly to the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Eugene F. Coburn

Wellsville, NY – Eugene F. Coburn, age 82, passed away of a heart attack on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 26, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois.

Eugene graduated from Thornton Township High School in Harvey, IL. He has an Associate’s Degree from Purdue University in Indiana and was a member of the SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers).  He retired from Air Preheater in Wellsville as a Manufacturing Engineer and prior to that at Whiting Corporation in Illinois. He served in the military from 1958 to 1960 and was stationed in Germany, where he met his wife, Gabriele. Prior to moving to Wellsville in 1986, Eugene and his family lived in Glenwood, Illinois.  Eugene and his wife loved to travel and spend time with family and friends.  They also loved to work on projects in the house and in the yard.  

Survivors include his wife of 60 years Gabriele Coburn, two daughters Elizabeth and Cynthia, sister Louise of Florida, sister-in-law Willette of Alabama, and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by both of his parents and his brother Kenneth Coburn.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4 pm until 6 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Any donations can be made locally to support the Jones Memorial Hospital or the SPCA. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Cheryl Ann “Tea Ta” Toscano (Battaglia)

Wellsville, NY - Cheryl Ann “Tea Ta” Toscano (Battaglia), was called home on July 11, 2020 at the age of 72, after a long illness. She was predeceased by her parents, Michael and Gloria Battaglia, sister Francine. Cheryl is survived by her husband Thomas Toscano, sister Mary (Steven) McCann, sons Robert (Joanne) Schlafer IV and Thomas (Tammy) Toscano, daughter Terri Ann Toscano. Grandchildren Gage, Alex, Christopher and Gabrielle. Many nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends. She will be sadly missed and forever loved. All services for Cheryl will be held privately. Those wishing to make a donation in Cheryl's memory are asked to consider the Wellsville Manor Care Center, 4192 A, Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY.  14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Catherine “Cathy” Sorochin

Charlottesville, VA - Catherine “Cathy” Sorochin, 72, died July 6, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born  June 29, 1948 and raised in Niagara Falls, NY.

Cathy graduated from Stella Niagara Seminary High School in 1966, and  Alfred State College in 1991, with an Associates Degree in Accounting. She was formerly employed at Kodak Inc., Steuben Trust Company,  Allen Dygert & Hauser, Inc., Jones Memorial Hospital, and Ionian’s Associates.

She was an active member of the Genesee Valley Chorus, Amity Lake Association, MADD, and the Wellsville Lioness Club. Her greatest loves were her family and friends, her pets, and her time at Amity Lake. She loved bird watching and her beloved kitty, Cleo.

She is survived by two sons,  Adam (Jennifer) Sorochin of Wellsville, NY and Craig Sorochin of Barboursville, VA., a proud Grandmother to Michael and Megan Sorochin, Scott McMorris and Gabrielle Sorochin,  sister to, James Patrick (Marlene) Beazley, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald Sorochin in 2005.

Cathy had a beautiful spirit. She was known for her sweet disposition, her love of God, and tremendous emotional strength through all of her physical disabilities.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 11:00 am in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 300 South Main Street, in Wellsville, NY. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Carol K. Cline

Walworth, NY - Carol K. Cline, 75, of 1804 Plank Road passed away at home on Sunday, July 12, 2020 following a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born June 8, 1945 in Portland, ME, the daughter of the late Norman and Marjorie (Dow) Shear. On December 12, 1987, in Penfield, she married Dale O. Cline who survives.

Carol was raised in Wellsville and was a 1963 graduate of Wellsville High School. She resided in Oakdale, PA from 1971 to 1986, then moved to the Rochester area. She and Dale were members of HOG (Harley Owners Group) and the enjoyed boating and traveling, especially HOG rallies. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Terri (Bob) Barbour-Ducsay of Canonsburg, PA, Kelley Martin of Northampton, PA, and Michelle Evans of Jacksonville, FL, a step-son, Jeff (Jodi) Cline of Penfield, nine grandchildren, Christopher Barbour, RJ O'Leary Samantha Evans, Ryan O'Leary, Dr. Tyler Barbour, Brittney Ducsay, Meagan O'Leary, Joey Cline and Jordan Cline, a half-brother, Dan Kervin of North Kingstown, RI, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Kendall “Gary” Kervin.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Deb Yackel for the loving care she offered Carol over the years.

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 South Main Street in Wellsville, NY. Please consider memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

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 Café’ 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.