Monday, November 23, 2020

Louise M. Coates, 94

Scio, NY - Louise M. Coates, 94, of 4078 Pine Street passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital, one day shy of her 95th birthday. She was born November 22, 1925 in Rexville, NY the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Keegan) Birmingham. On November 18, 1948 in  Rexville she married Ralph Coates who predeceased her on February 22, 2013.

Louise has resided in Scio for several years, and was formerly employed by National Fuel Gas, retiring in 1987. She enjoyed walking, reading, watching the Buffalo Bills, and visiting with her many friends in the Scio community.

She is survived by her son, Gerry Coates of Solvang, California, two granddaughters, Megan (Brian) Ricci of Solvang, California, and Arin (Billy) Meade of Oakley, Utah, two great granddaughters, Brooklyn and Hannah Ricci, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by three sisters, Gertrude McCormick, Mary Francisco, and Helen Murphy, and three brothers, Donald, Robert,  and Lynn Birmingham.

A private graveside service is being planned for a later date at Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Scio Memorial Library, or Fairlawn Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


James A. Colegrove, 78

Allegany, NY - James A. Colegrove, 78, of 4032 Mediterranean Drive passed away on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Cuba Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born July 1, 1942 in Wellsville the son of Wendell X. and Adelene (Miller) Colegrove. On June 9, 1962 in Wellsville he married Gail E. Miller who survives.

Jim was raised in Wellsville, and was a 1959 graduate of Wellsville High School. He graduated from Alfred State College in 1962, and Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970. He was an engineer for Burroughs Corporation in Rochester for 1962 to 1974, and for Burroughs in Salisbury, MD from 1974 to 1982. He moved to Allegany in 1982, and worked for Dexter Corporation in Olean until his retirement in 2001. He was a great family man.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Terri (Dave) Randall of Ischua, and Jennifer (Tex) Crider of Shippenville, PA, a son, Richard (Betty) Colegrove of Warrenton, VA, four granddaughters, Ashley Hall, Kyla (Lance) Tronetti, Lauren Colegrove and Tessa Crider, three grandsons, Colin Crider, Andrew Colegrove, and Noah Randall, three great-grandchildren, Sophia and Vanessa Tronetti, and Adelaide Hall, four sisters, Patricia (Richard) Welch of Geneseo, Mary Hopkins of Columbia, SC, Marge McEnroe of Allentown, NY, and Barb (Kevin) Rowe of Australia, one brother, Thomas (Jean) Colegrove of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Maryann Colegrove of Porterville, CA, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a brother, Rol Colegrove in 2011.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany Fire Department and Allegany Rescue.  To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Joanne C. Brandes, 85

Wellsville, NY - Joanne C. Brandes, 85, of Fassett Lane passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born Joanne Catherine Herman on December 23, 1934, in Wellsville, the daughter of August and Catherine (Arnold) Herman. On Aug. 26, 1961, in Wellsville, she married  Karlton Brandes with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary prior to his passing on April 18, 2012.

Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School, a 1958 graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and a 1977 graduate of Alfred University with a master’s degree in Elementary Education.

Joanne was a compassionate lifelong teacher who was employed by Wellsville Central Schools from 1977 to 1992, as a Reading Specialist. Prior to marriage, she taught in Chattanooga TN (1956-1957), Bristol CT (1958-1960) and Plainview Long Island (1960-1961).  After retirement, she enjoyed traveling, camping, canoeing, hiking, playing the violin, volunteering with the Allegany County Mental Health Association, delivering Allegany County Meals on Wheels, and helping Habitat for Humanity.

She was an active member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, where she lovingly and joyfully served our Lord in many capacities.

She is survived by her children Mark (Sheila Garvey) Brandes of Titusville, FL., Paul (Anne Marie Hinkle) Brandes of Waynesboro PA., Christopher (Tamara Hile) Brandes of Sebastian FL., and Jonathan (Lori Cole) Brandes of Wellsville. Her precious grandchildren:  Morgan, Cassidy, Hannah, Abigail, Ava, Emily, Evelyn, Teagin and Tiernee Brandes, and a great granddaughter, Alice.  She will be also missed by her nieces, nephews and many special friends.

She was predeceased in addition to her parents, husband, by her brothers, Bruce and James Herman; and her sister, Janet Herman Lang.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Shepherd of the Valley Church, or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Jack W. Bilby, 69

Wellsville, NY - Jack W. Bilby, 69, formerly of 3711 County Road 28, passed away on Monday, November 16, 2020 at Absolut of Houghton, with his loving friend Lauren at his side. He was born on May 4, 1951 in Wellsville, the son of the late Woodrow and Helen (Dixon) Bilby. On September 28, 1984 in Wellsville he married the former Sandra Gray who predeceased him on November 29, 2015. 

Jack was raised in Wellsville, and was formerly employed by Allegany Arc. He also was a handyman who enjoyed painting houses, and working for Papa Louie's Concessions during the summer months. 

Surviving  are two daughters, Michelle (Martin) Seamans of Olean and Helen Bilby of Wellsville; one granddaughter, Aubree Seamans; siblings, Robert (Tammy) Bilby, Lonnie (Nikki) Bilby, Clyde Bilby, Floyd (Donna) Bilby, Fred Bilby, Frank (Debra) Bilby, Lena Bilby, Mable (Bruce Weber); sister-in-law Joyce Bilby; and several nieces and nephews. 

Jack was predeceased in addition to his parents and his wife by three brothers John, William “Bill”, and Woodrow “Woody”.

A memorial service is being planned, and will be announced at a later date. Please  consider memorial donations to the Crosstown Alliance Church, 450 N. Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Gregory R. Winterhalter, 59

Belmont, NY - Gregory R. Winterhalter, 59, of 84 Greenwich Street, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on November 8, 1961 in Wellsville, NY the son of  John “Jack” and Helen (Whitney) Winterhalter. 

Greg was raised in Belmont and was a 1980 graduated of Belmont Central School. He was employed by the Laidlaw Shop in Belmont; Great Lakes Cheese in Cuba for twenty years; and most recently was a foreman for the Village of Belmont until his death. Greg was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 808, a life member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, and an avid hunter. 

He is survived by: his companion, Ellen Graham of Belmont; three sons, Joshua Winterhalter of Winter Park, FL, Josh Graham of Wellsville, and Jacob Winterhalter of Belmont; three grandchildren; his parents, Jack and Helen Winterhalter of Belmont; a sister, Mary Jo (Michael Trivisondoli) Healey of Angelica, a brother, Jeffery (Christa Zenoski) Winterhalter of Belmont; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and his beloved black lab Zoey. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be private and burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to Amity Rescue or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

David C. Graves Sr., 85

Wellsville, NY - David C. Graves Sr., 85, of Wellsville, passed away on Thursday, November 12, 2020. He was born in Wellsville on October 8, 1935 the son of the late Richard and Eleanor Graves. In 1956 he married his wife, Ruth Henry. 

Dave was a 1954 Wellsville High School graduate. Upon graduation he enlisted in the United State Air Force; where he had an illustrious twenty-year career in which he earned the rank Senior Master Sargent. He loved serving his country and held many different assignments during his time in the service. He served in the Korean War and served two tours in Vietnam. He often talked about being assigned to the Air Commando's and his duty in Ethiopia training the local military. In fact, being station at McCord Air Force Base in Washington was how Dave met his wife Ruth. After retiring from the Air Force in 1974, Dave brought his family to his home, Allegany County – the place he loved. In February of 1977, he married Janice Dickerson. Dave then managed the Kwik Fill gas stations for twenty-six years. 

Dave is survived by: his daughter Vikki Kruger of Florida; his son Marty (Amy) Graves of South Dakota; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: His wife, Ruth; and his son Dave Jr. 

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, a graveside memorial service will be held at a later date. Dave will be buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery of Friendship, NY, next to his wife Ruth Graves. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Sharon Northup Evans

Wellsville, NY - Sharon Northup Evans, formerly of the Stannards Road, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born in Hornell, the daughter of the late Kenneth W. and Dora E. (Miller) Northup. On January 15, 1966 in Webster, NY she married Burt Evans, who survives. 

Sharon was raised in Hornell and graduated from Arkport Central School. She was first employed at Day's Grocery in Hornell, and later as a nurse's aide at several nursing homes in the Hornell and Wellsville area. In 1980 she moved to Wellsville, and was an active member of the Riverside Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and meeting her friends for lunch at McDonald's and Burger King. 

She is survived by: her husband, Burt; a daughter, Susan L. Evans of Geneseo; a brother, James (Sharon) Northup of Wayne, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sharon was predeceased by: a daughter, Dorie Evans in 1988. 

A private Graveside service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo, NY.  To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Carlton Clifford Sekoll

Greenwood, NY - Carlton Clifford Sekoll, 80, of Banks Hollow Road, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by his family. He was born on November 4, 1940 in the family farm house in the town of Willing, NY the son of the late John H. and Frances (Barhight) Sekoll. He was married to Priscilla Duell who predeceased him on August 18, 2007. 

Carlton was a long time resident of Greenwood, he graduated from Immaculate Conception School and Wellsville Central High School. He was a self-employed dairy farmer who also made maple syrup and maple candy. He also harvested ash tree bolts and sold them to Portville Handle Company for tool handles. For a time he was employed by Corning Glass. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and FFA. Carlton loved farming, maple syrup, hunting, fishing, spending time with his kids, grandchildren, and whoever would listen. 

He is survived by: five sons, Clifford (Heather) Johnson of Crawford, FL, Michael Johnson of Greenwood, Timothy (Sadie Mast) Sekoll of Greenwood, John Sekoll of Greenwood, and Carl (Angela Sherman) Sekoll of Greenwood; two daughters Lisa (Roger Smith) Elharem of Pittsburgh, PA, and Frances Sekoll of Greenwood and her four children; several granchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother Fred Sekoll of Greenwood; a sister Ada Cavagna of Shongo; a sister-in-law Linda Miller of Fillmoe and Jessie Sekoll of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Priscilla, Carlton was predeceased by: two daughters, Skyler Sekoll and Eva Sekoll; two brothers, John Sekoll, and Richard Sekoll; a sister Margaret Maxwell; a special brother-in-law and best friend, Roger Miller. 

Friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Monday, November 16, at 10:00am at the family Cemetery off of Banks Hollow Road. The family would like to give special thanks to his caregivers, Angie Sherman, and Sadie Mast. Please consider memorials donations to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Richard H. Miess, 93

Belmont, NY - Richard H. Miess, 93, passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born in Wellsville on February 18, 1927 the son of the late Harry G. and Leonora (Flisher) Miess. On November 27, 1949, in Whitesville, he married Helen Grover, who predeceased him on June 11, 2020.

Richard was raised in Belmont, and was a 1944 graduate of Belmont High School. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the United States Navy where he earned the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. He was a life member of Sampson WWII Navy Veterans, Inc. and was the District Representative for the organization. Richard returned to Allegany County where he led a full and community oriented life. From 1951 to 1969 he was employed by the Allegany County Highway Department of Engineers; he then became a Surveying Instructor for Alfred State College from 1969 until 1988. Outside of his employment, he was; a radio announcer for WLSV Radio in Wellsville; a life member, past president, and Captain of the Fire Police of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, where he dedicated 56 years of service; he was Past Master of  the Belmont Masonic Lodge during their 100 year celebration of the Lodge Charter; a member of Herbert DeLong American Legion Post #808 where he held office of Adjutant; a member of the Amity Rescue Squad; and a part time Police Officer for the Village of Belmont. He served as the Amity Town Justice from 1961 to 1969, Town Supervisor from 1969 to 1989, Allegany County Legislator from 1989 to 1993, and was an Honoree of the Town of Amity/Village of Belmont Republican Club. 

Richard is survived by: three daughters, Leonora “Lonnie” (Thomas) Margeson, Corrinne (Scott) Kushner, and Noelle (Ray) DeTine; five grandchildren, Thomas Margeson, AdreAnn (D.J.) Barnhardt, Katrina (Erik) Hale, Zachary (Holly) DeTine, and Aidan (Sydney Keesler) DeTine; five great-grandchildren, Eliana Margeson, Cameron Barnhardt, Austin Barnhardt, Elliott Hale, and Charlotte Hale; a sister-in-law, Gloria Miess; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and his wife of 70 years, he was predeceased by, a brother, David Miess. 

A private Graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Please consider memorial donations to The Belmont Free Library, the Amity Rescue Squad, or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  


Wanda M. (King) Norris, 88

Wellsville, NY - Wanda M. (King) Norris, 88, of 3420 Baldwin Road Wellsville, died in Houghton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Houghton on Monday November 9, 2020.

She was born September 25, 1932 in Wellsville New York, the daughter of Donald and Bernice (Peet) King.

Growing up, Wanda was an accomplished skater at Funland Skating Rink.  She graduated from Wellsville School and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict where she was an instrument mechanic at Mather Air Force Base.  She also attended Alfred State Agricultural and Technical College.  During her lifetime, she worked at the Fassett House, Motorola in Arcade, and worked many years at Jones Memorial Hospital as a lab technician, retiring in May 1995. 

Wanda was an active member in community activities while raising her boys.  She was a longtime member of the Wellsville American Legion Post #702 where, in the past, she was Commander twice, and also served as 1st Vice Commander and Membership Chairman, as well as 2nd Vice Commander and 3rd Vice Commander during her membership with the Post.  She was recognized in 2014 by Legion Post # 702 for her forty-six years of service with Post #702.

She loved camping and traveling and enjoyed time spent with friends and relatives. Wanda's personality was larger than life and her presence in the room was always immense.  There was never a dull moment when “Wicked Wanda” was around –  a nickname which fit her personality to a “T”.  Wanda was exceptionally proud of her accomplishments in life (she wrote the majority of this obituary herself!) and of her family.

She is survived by two sons, Donald (Svetlana) Norris of Casper, WY and Scott Norris of Wellsville, as well as one granddaughter, Janelle (Joseph) Young and three great-grandsons, Noah Windus, Evan Windus and Cooper Young, all of Angelica.  Also surviving are several aunts and cousins.  A very important part of her life for many years was Lewis Jackson, and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, a son Terry Norris, her longtime companion Lewis A. Jackson, and her beloved pet Luci.

Memorials may be made to Wellsville American Legion Post #702, or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Service arrangements are for a Graveside Service with full military honors with the American Legion Post #702 Honor Guard, on Monday, November 16, 2020 in Woodlawn Cemetery (276 S. Main Street, Wellsville, NY), at 10:00am. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, November 9, 2020

Louella M. Reuning, 93

Wellsville, NY - Louella M. Reuning, 93, formerly of 27 School Street passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Highland Park Rehabatation and Nursing Center from complications of Covid. She was born on January 26, 1927 in Brockway, PA, the daughter of Wade and Edna (Dull) Weirich. On July 13, 1946, in Wellsville, she married H. John “Jack” Reuning who predeceased her on June 22, 2004.

Louella was a graduate of Brockway High School. She was formerly employed at  Worthington Corporation, Reuning's Bakery, and was a beloved Lunch Lady at the Wellsville Elementary School  cafeteria for 20 years, retiring in 1995.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: her son, John Reuning IV; her siblings, Frances Lynady, Albert “Bud” Weirich, Charles “Jim” Weirich, Erma Smith, and Donald “Pete” Weirich. 

Friends are invited to a Graveside Service on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 10:00 am in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street, in Wellsville with Rev. Carol Stewart presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the SPCA Serving Allegany County, or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Iris Bahamonde, 86

Wellsville, NY - Iris Bahamonde died after a courageous, albeit short battle with COVID-19. She is pre-deceased by her youngest son Samuel Perez and by her first and beloved husband Pedro Perez. She is survived by her eldest son Pedro Perez & his wife; her grandchildren Yasmine Perez, and Aramis Bahamonde Perez and his wife; her great grandchild Alejandro Nelson Perez.

This valiant women lifted herself and her two boys out of poverty through her amazing fortitude and resilience. That effort allowed her grandchildren and great grandchildren not to face the trauma of poverty.

She was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1934; arrived in New York City in 1949, after being essentially homeless in Puerto Rico because her mother died when Iris was only two years old. Her father, who was a merchant Marine was nearly always at sea. When her merchant marine father remarried more than a decade later, she went to live with him in Spanish Harlem.

Soon, she was nearly homeless again with two sons after divorcing. Determined to have a better life she earned her GED, then an associate degree in nursing becoming a LPN. She went on to earn a Baccalaureate degree in nursing becoming a registered nurse, and before retiring she had earned a Master’s degree and worked as an administrator of nursing at a large NYC hospital.

She was an accomplished martial artist; highly skilled in the “Art of the Flying Chancleta.” No matter where in the neighborhood me or my brother were misbehaving that slipper would find us; whack us, and boomerang back to my mom’s foot. She had ESP and a great sense of humor, laughing as we rubbed our heads where the slipper landed.

She loved gardening and had a wonderful garden of flowers and vegetables adorning her small front and back yards. She traveled to China; where she participated in a nursing forum. She was a foster parent to many children. She was paying forward the gifts she had received; helping others to succeed.


She was always impeccably quaffed; often wearing colorful hats to top off her beautiful outfits.


The family will hold a private grave side service. Family suggests memorial donations to  BrightFocus Foundation-supporting scientists in their search for a cure for Alzheimer’s. To leave on-line condolences, go to www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Hark”, “Big Guy”, Harkenrider, 70

Wellsville, NY - David A. “Hark”, “Big Guy”, Harkenrider, 70, of Niles Hill Rd, died on November 4, 2020 at home. He was born May 4, 1950 in Wellsville, the son of the late Arling “Shot” and Daisy (Sherman) Harkenrider. On July 16, 1994, in Wellsville, he married Karen R. Neely who predeceased him in 2009.

Dave was raised in Wellsville and was a 1969 graduate of Wellsville High School, and a graduate of Alfred State College. He was employed by First Trust Union Bank of Wellsville, Casey Optical, and Bokman’s of Wellsville for many years, retiring in 2020.

Hark enjoyed bowling, golf, and watching college baseball. He also served many years on the board for Allegany Arc including the position of board president. He was recently inducted into the Twin Tiers USBC Association Hall of Fame and a member of the 40-year club.

Dave is survived by cherished friends Beth Ludden, Barb & Ron Lanphier, and Jim Marble. Big Guy was loved by his niece, Jenn Lanphier, her daughter Hailey, his nephew, Scott (Kendra) Lanphier, their children Abbie, Hunter, and Kennedy, and his “Assistant Coach” Michael (Melissa) Stawski of Texas. 

He is also survived by two step-children: Melissa (Joseph) Blaicher of Oakland, TN; and Bradley (Christina) Ostrander, and their daughter, Sloane, of Wellsville. He enjoyed many cherished friendships, including his faithful dog Stanley. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his beloved son, Mark Christopher in 2006.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, November 6, 2020 from 4pm-8pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 11am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Please consider Memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Wilma P. Blouvet, 84

Wellsville, NY - Wilma P. Blouvet, 84, formerly of Scio, passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the Highland Park Care Center in Wellsville. She was born in Wellsville, on April 5, 1936 the daughter of the late William and Ruby E. (Rogers) Margeson. On May 18, 1954, in Scio, she married Richard L. Blouvet Sr, who predeceased her in 2016. 

Wilma was raised in Scio and attended Scio Central Schools. She was employed at ACME Electric in Hinsdale,and Wellsville Manor Care Center. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, cooking, baking, and watching both the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabers . 

She is survived by: two sons Richard L. (Tina) Blouvet Jr. of Cuba, and William L. (Kathy) Blouvet of Scio; three daughters, Barbara M. (Jim) Fanton, of Wellsville, Rebecca L. (Mike) Washer of Ellington, NY, and Roxanne L. Blouvet of Wellsville; twenty-one grandchildren; forty-seven great-grandchildren; eleven great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Margeson of Lake Norman, NC, and John Margeson, of Washington; two sisters, Barbara Lee of Minnesota, and Donna Howe of Maryland; as well as several neices and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: a sister, Dorthea Austin; and four brothers, Baby Margeson, George Margeson, and the twins, Donald and Ronald Margeson. 

Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 3:00pm in the Knights Creek Cemetery, 2987 Co. Rd. 9, Scio, NY, with Rev. Elva Cornell presiding. In lieu of flowers please consider donations be made to the Highland Park Recreation Fund, 160 Seneca Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Edward B. Lehman, age 88

Belmont, NY - Edward B. Lehman, age 88, of the State Route 244 passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at the Highland Park Heath Care Center. He was born on July 30, 1932 in Wellsville to the late William and Lena (Strong) Lehman. On March 22, 1952 he married Mary Helen James who predeceased him on February 26, 2009.

Ed was a long time resident of Belmont who attended Wellsville Central Schools. He served honorably in the US Navy from 1951 until 1955. Afterwords he was employed by C.E. Air prheater where he retired from after 30 years. He was a long time active member of the First Baptist Church of Belmont where he served as a Deacon and rang the church bell. He loved to fish,especially fly fishing, and was a former member of the Amity Rescue Squad. Ed loved spending time with his family, reminiscing and telling stories.

He is survived by 4 sons; Jim (Shirley) Lehman of Ashland, OH., Leo (Judy) Lehman of Ashland, OH., Jeffery Lehman of Ashland, OH., Jerry Lehman of Belmont; 2 daughters, Jane (Brian) Baker of Savanna, OH., and Julie Lehman of Belmont; 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren; a brother Robert ( Winnie) Lehman of Wellsville; 2 sisters in law, Arlene Lehman and Doris Ann Lehman; several nieces and nephews.

Ed was predeceased by his parents; his wife Mary Helen; 3 brothers, Terry, Donny, and Bill; a sister, Nancy Kiefer.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 2-4 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Ed's funeral service will be a private family service at the First Baptist Church of Belmont with Pastor Duane Broadwell presiding. His burial with full military honors will be held in Forest Hills Cemetery of Belmont. Memorials in Ed's name may be made to the First Baptist Church of Belmont. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, October 30, 2020

Terry L. Haxton Jr. 50

Sumter, SC - Terry L. Haxton Jr. 50, of 3050 Old Spring Road passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. He was born April 6, 1970 in Wellsville, NY, the son of Terry L. and Alice I. (Griswold) Haxton Sr. On November 24, 2004 in Sumter he married Sue A. Sibert who survives.Terry was raised in Scio and was a 1988 graduate of Scio Central School. In 1989 he joined the U. S. Air Force and served with the 79th Maintenance Squadron as a Lead Production Superintendent until he was honorably discharged in 2013. He then moved to the United Arab Emirates and became a contractor for the Abu Dhabi Air Force for two years. He moved back to Sumter and enjoyed, hunting, fishing, woodworking and traveling the United States with his loving wife. He was a member of Aldersgate Methodist Church in Sumter. Terry's family would like to thank the 816 ICU Team at Strong Memorial Hospital for their loving care.

He is survived by his wife Sue; his children: Matthew Haxton, and Samantha (Nick) Haxton Frederick; his mother, Alice Haxton; siblings: Rebecca Haxton and Thaddeus Haxton; his grandmother, Ella Mae Haxton; his mother-in-law, Mary T. Sibert; a sister-in-law, Ronda Gosney and her family; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Terry on October 4, 2020; his grandfather, Lawrence Haxton; and his beloved bonus dad, Sonny Huffman.  

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Aldersgate Methodist Church in Sumter, SC, with Rev. Marcus Johnson presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Aldersgate Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive Sumter, SC 29150. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Dolores Jean “Dolly” Winans, 84

Wellsville, NY - Dolores Jean “Dolly” Winans, 84, of 3800 Fords Brook Road passed away October 28, 2020. She was born January 31, 1936 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Cornelius J. “Neil” and Helen M. (Downing) Walsh. On October 5, 1954 in Wellsville she married Lloyd D. Winans who predeceased her on May 10, 2006.

Dolly was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and Wellsville High School. She was employed as an operator for New York Telephone and a key punch operator for Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Woman of the Moose Chapter # 601, Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW Auxiliary, Wellsville Football Booster and the Wellsville PTA. She was an avid shopper and a wonderful aunt, friend, neighbor, and mother to many.  

She is survived by: two daughters, Margaret “Peggy” (Tony) Kuras of Derby, and Vaughnda Bone of Florida; five sons, Steven (Fran) Winans of Florida, Lloyd (Sherry) Winans Jr. of Andover, Patrick (Zulie) Winans of Florida, Alan Winans of Syracuse, and Neil (Diane) Winans of Wellsville; sixteen grandchildren, Zachary Bone, Mary Lou (Jason) Cline, Jason (Brittany) Winans, Angela Winans, Christopher (Nathalie) Winans, Matthew (Michelle) Winans, Stevie (John) Garcia, Kyle (Erika) Winans, Amber (Christan) Madison, Tyler (Lauren) Winans, Patrick (Lynda) Winans, Christine Winans, Natalia Winans, Bradly Winans, Josh Winans, and Austin Winans; twenty-one great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by: a son, Michael Winans; and two brothers, Neil and Thomas Walsh.

For those who knew her, Mom was a BIG person always offering a helping hand (whether needed or not) and quick with her wit and laughter.  For decades, she was mom to all the kids in the neighborhood; triage nurse; teacher; cheerleader; snake and mouse handler; sports mom; taxi driver; peacekeeper; wooden spoon wielder; dad buffer; soft shoulder; hand holder; and occasionally life saver/changer.  At one time for two years she lived with and cared for 8 kids, 3 nieces and nephews and babysat 3 neighbor kids.  Every time you left the house Mom would give a hug followed by "Watch out for deer and call when you get home”.  

Mom was a compassionate, loving, gentle, generous, giving, patient, woman of faith. She was such a hard worker, and had a strength and toughness to handle every situation, always with a smile. She never complained, rather she pushed through even with her own health issues, until the very end. She was a loving wife, mother, friend, sister, aunt and grandmother. A woman you could always trust and count on. Her love was unconditional and uncompromising. She was a proud woman, but without an ounce of vanity. She was philosophical yet immensely practical. She was a free spirit, a problem solver, and a provider. She was an amazing woman, generous beyond belief. Though she came from modest times, she gave more to others, even strangers, than she ever did for herself. Many called her mom. She was always perpetually positive. She had joy, grace, and contentment that was contagious. "Always put yourself in someone else's shoes" she would say. It is remarkable that one woman had so many exceptional qualities, her fierce spirit, love of life, and love of others; qualities that will live on in the hearts of her children, grandchildren and others. She will be missed by many, and remembered by those who were lucky enough to have been blessed with her presence in their life. Special and unique were her ways, with family and others who needed her most on a daily basis. With a heart of an angel, Mom was the very best with a love we will never outgrow. Mom is more than a word; she is a gift from God. A feeling of warmth and love that neither time, nor distance, can diminish.. You will be deeply loved and missed mom. Your life will live on forever in the hearts of your family. Our mom is alive and thriving at home now, literally walking with Jesus. We hope the angels know what they have. You made it mom, until we all shall meet again. 

What the mind doesn’t remember, the heart never forgets.

To her family: "I'm Fine."  You got it right this time momma. This time you couldn't be more right…made perfect with our Lord.  Although it is so very difficult to imagine her gone from us, it is with joy to know that we will see her again. As always, we place this into God's loving hands until the time comes when He says we will be together. "Now it's time for you to get your everlasting beauty rest. You worked so hard for all of us, you deserve it. Mom, we love you.

To quote Billy Graham, “Someday you will read or hear that Dolly Winans is dead.  Don’t you believe a word of it.  She shall be more alive than she is now.  She will just have changed her address.  She will have gone into the presence of God.”  

"Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus, those who have fallen asleep in him." 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 West State Street). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10am in Wellsville, at Immaculate Conception Church (36 Maple Avenue) with Reverend Robert Agbo presiding. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggest memorial donations to the Activity Department of Highland Park Care Center, 160 Seneca Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Michael J. Kalamets, 79

Wellsville, NY - Michael J. Kalamets, 79, of Rauber Street passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a long battle with Alzheimers. He was born on October 4, 1941 in Grindstone, PA to the late Michael and Mary Anne (Martonick) Kalamets. On August 1, 1987 in Wellsville he married Barbara Shelley, who survives. 

Michael began his career as a pressman and worked for such papers as The Washington Post, The Buffalo Courier-Express, and the Buffalo News. He was an avid outdoors-man and very much enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #601. Though most of all, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. 

He is survived by: his wife, Barbara; two children, Melanie (Allen Jenkins) Kalamets, Craig (Patty) Kalamets; three stepchildren, Richard (Ricci) Burdick, William Burdick, and Nicole (Tom) Lee; ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Richard (Liz) Kalamets, Joe Kalamets, and George (Karen) Kalamets; and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 2-4pm & 7-8pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 West State Street) with a funeral service to follow at 8:00pm. The service will be live streamed to the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Facebook page. Memorials in Michael's name may be made to Alzheimer's Association of WNY. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Rita G. Winterhalter, age 100

Houghton, NY - Rita G. Winterhalter, age 100, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at the Absolut Care of Houghton. She was born in Rushford on August 17, 1920 to the late Earl and Anna (Burke) Shaffer. She was married to John Johnson who predeceased her in 1960 and later to Fredrick Winterhalter who predeceased her in 1993.

Rita was a former resident of Belmont and Belfast. She and her husband Fred had owned and operated the Belfast Hotel for many years. She was a devout Catholic and member of the former St. Mary's  Church in Belmont.

Survivors include a daughter, Rita (Thomas) Higley; a son, Dale (Karen) Johnson; daughter-in-law, Jane Koener; son-in-law, Roy Benjamin, a step son, Bill Winterhalter; a step daughter, Sister Christine Winterhalter of the Sister's of St. Francis; 11 grandchildren, Lacie, Tonya, Kevin, Jill, Jenny, Randy, Luke, Angel, Michael, Joanna, and Kerri.

She was predeceased by a son, Ronald Johnson; 2 daughters, Kathleen Johnson and Carol Benjamin; a step son, Roger Winterhalter.

There will be no prior services and a private graveside service will held in St. Patrick's Cemetery of  Belfast. Memorial donation in Rita's name may be made to the Belfast Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Monday, October 19, 2020

Norman C. Mesler, 93

Wellsville, NY - Norman C. Mesler of the Bolivar Road passed away on Sunday October 18, 2020 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Alma on July 16, 1927 to the late John and Frances Pinney Mesler Jr. He was married to the former Mary Lou Bush who predeceased him on July 31. 2014.

Norman attended grade school in Alma and later attended Wellsville Central High School. He was employed in the local oil and gas fields and played baseball for the Alma Comets in the early 1950's. It was said that no one could hit a baseball further than Norman! He later became a self employed contractor and had his shop in the former Shawmut Train Depot in Bolivar; and  also owned and operated the Mesler Quaker State in Bolivar. Norman was an avid shooter who was a member of many local Rod and Gun Clubs, he enjoyed riding snowmobiles, was a life member of the Bolivar Fire Department and a member of the Oil Producers Association.

He is survived by 4 sons, Timothy Mesler of White Plains, Michael (Kathy) Mesler of Bolivar, John ( Kevin Morse) Mesler of Little Genesee, and Christopher Mesler of North Carolina; 4 daughters, Mary Ellen Mesler of Olean, Martha (Stephen) Shannon of Bolivar, Maureen (Robert) Brewer of Bolivar, and Mindy (Jamie) Herman of Wellsville; a daughter in law, Rosemary Mesler of Bolivar; several grand children, great grand children, and great great grand children; a sister, Shirley Green of Wellsville; a brother, Gary (Diane) Chandler of Casper WY; several nieces and nephews.

Norman was predeceased by his parents; 2 sons, Martin and Daniel Mesler; 3 grand sons, Chad Brewer, Jason Mesler and Joseph Herman; a brother in law, Boyd Green; a sister Patricia Reed , and a nephew Jeff Green.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 21, from 6-8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral  Home in Wellsville. A private family service will be held in the Funeral Home on Thursday at 11:00am, which will be available to the public via live stream on the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Norman's name can be made to the Bolivar Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Friday, October 16, 2020

Gabriele “Gaby” G. Coburn, 80

Wellsville, NY - Gabriele “Gaby” G. Coburn, age 80, passed away at home on October 16, 2020, surrounded by her family after battling pancreatic cancer. She was born on March 24, 1940 in Schnaitheim-Heidenheim, Germany to Johannes and Franziska (Neubauer) Liebert.  

In her teenage years, Gabriele was a Photo Lab Technician.  She moved to the United States in 1960 after meeting her husband Gene, while he was in the Army and stationed in Germany.  Prior to moving to Wellsville in 1986, Gabriele and her family lived in Glenwood, Illinois.  She was an avid tennis and racquetball player and worked at Olympian Court Club in Olympia Fields, IL.  Gabriele and her husband also loved to travel and spend time with family and friends. 

Survivors include two daughters Elizabeth and Cynthia, sisters Else in Germany and Charlotte in Missouri, sisters-in-law Louise in Florida and Willette in Alabama, also many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years and both of her parents.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, October 19, 2020 from 5 pm until 7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street.  Any donations can be made locally to support the ASPCA of Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Darleene A. Keesler, 78

Belmont, NY - Darleene A. Keesler, 78, of Rt. 19 North, passed away peacefully on October 15, 2020. She was born on June 6, 1942 in Cuba to the late Paul and Vivian (Whittaker) Spencer. On November 27, 1963 in Black Creek, NY she married Ralph Keesler, who survives. 

She graduated in 1960 from Cuba Central, however, she was a long time resident of the Belmont area. After she and Ralph were married, she was a dedicated farmer's wife, and devoted mother. Once her children had all grown, she worked for Tracie’s in Wellsville, and later for Nicholson's Pharmacy in Belmont. She was a very active member of the United Methodist church in Belmont, so much so that she was even on the board of trustees. Darleene loved being around the farm, mowing the lawn, and tending to her flower garden. Most of all, she loved her family, being a caregiver, and making everyone happy. Her family, and her church, were her life. 

She is survived, in addition to her husband Ralph, by: a son, Darin Keesler of New York City; two daughters, Kelly (Todd) Bruhnsen of Webster, and Marcie (Jeff) Goater of Sudbury, MA; five grandchildren, Matthew, Sarah, Emma, Henry, and Jack; a sister, Judy (Neil) Sundal of Franklinville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Darleene was predeceased by her brother Robert Spencer. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 to J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street, for calling hours from 11:00 am until 12 noon, with a memorial service to follow with Rev. John Francisco presiding. Memorial donations may be considered for the Amity Rescue Squad, and the Alzheimer's Association of WNY. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. To virtually attend, the service will be live streamed to the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page at the above time listed. 


Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Terry L. Haxton, 67

Boliver, NY - Terry L. Haxton, 67, of Phillips Hill Road, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Highland Park in Wellsville. He was born on June 15, 1953 in Wellsville the son of Lawrence and Ella Mae (Smith) Haxton. On July 12, 1969 in Wellsville he married Alice I. Griswold who survives. 

Terry was raised in Wellsville, and attended Wellsville High School. He was a dedicated employee of the Town of Scio, Highway Department for 34 years. Outside of work, he enjoyed working on cars, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a member of Knights Creek Church. 

He is survived by: his wife Alice; three children, Terry (Sue) Haxton, Rebecca Haxton, and Thaddeus (Kim) Haxton; seven grandchildren, Matthew Haxton, Samantha (Nick) Frederick, Brett (Samantha) Burgess, Judith Haxton, Tristan Haxton, Tristen Abbott, and Caden Haxton; and two great-grandchildren, Tony and Arya Burgess; his mother, Ella Mae; four brothers, Lawerence Haxton Jr., Timothy Haxton, Ralph Haxton, and Ron Weeks; two sisters, Alysia Gardner and Donna Gapa. He was predeceased by his father, Lawrence, and three sisters, Claudia, Gracie, and Marsha.

Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Knights Creek Church in Scio, with Reverend Carl Kemp presiding. A reception will follow at the Knights Creek Church. Please consider memorial donations to Knights Creek Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Saturday, October 3, 2020

Furn M. Smock, 84

 Wellsville, NY - Furn M. Smock, 84, passed away on October 1, 2020 in Mt. Morris, NY. She was born on October 1, 1936 in Corry, PA to the late Burton and Alice (Rauscher) Smock. 

Furn was raised in Wellsville, and graduated from Wellsville High School in the early 1950s. After graduating, Furn went on to have a very successful career in banking. Initially she worked at the First Trust company of Allegany County in their Trust Department. By the mid-1960s though, Furn left First Trust to advance her career and become the first female trust examiner for The Comptroller of the Currency (Department of the Treasury) in the second Federal Reserve District in New York City. By the close of 1969, Furn returned to Wellsville to lead First Trust's Commercial Loan Credit Department and was named Assistant Vice President of the bank. In 1974 she advanced yet again within the bank and became Executive Assistant to the President of the Bank. In 1981 she moved to Rochester, NY to yet again advance her career and held the title of Executive Assistant to the President of Security Trust Co. of Rochester and Security New York State Corporation (a multi-bank holding company in Upstate New York). Similar to her Rochester move, in 1987, Furn moved to Buffalo, NY as Executive Assistant to the President of Norstar Bank (formerly Liberty Bank & Trust Co.). Finally, in 1992 she moved to Albany, NY as Executive Assistant to Chairman and CEO of Fleet Bank of New York (predecessor to Bank of America). Fleet bank of New York had branches located statewide from Long Island to Buffalo – with principle offices in New York City, Kingston, Albany, Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo. Furn retired from her wondrous career in 1998; throughout her time in the banking industry she was recognized several times for exceptional service to the institutions that employed her. Outside of her vocation, Furn loved animals – especially her dogs, with Pomeranians being her favorite.  

Furn was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by her Aunt and Uncle – Bessie and Vern Kelly. 

She is survived by: two brothers, Thomas (Cindi) Smock of Pittsburgh, PA and Robert (Nancy) Kelly of Geneseo; one sister Ruth Neely of Falmouth, ME; several nieces and nephews; several cousins; and special friends, Bea Weber of Albany and Erland “Erkie” (Pauline) Kailbourne of Mendon. 

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY,. Please consider memorial donations to the ASPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit, www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Monday, September 28, 2020

Helen Elizabeth Dean Schneble

Melbourne, FL - Helen Elizabeth Dean Schneble, 84,  passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 5, 2020.

Helen was born on Dec. 24, 1935 in Wellsville, N.Y. where she grew up and met her husband, Elmer Johnson Schneble (Jack). Helen was predeceased by her husband and is survived by her children, Anne Egan (Douglas), Dean (Phyllis), John (Elizabeth) and loving grandchildren Hannah, Connor, Olivia, Sam, Finn, Jack, Alexandra and Caroline.

Helen lived a full life, she and Jack lived and raised their family in many locations across the United States throughout Jack's Army career. She had a passion for helping others, volunteering throughout her life with numerous organizations. She was a devout Catholic, attended mass regularly and served as an Eucharistic Minister. Helen enjoyed traveling with friends and family, attending Super Bowls with her siblings and loved her large family. She will be missed by her family, countless friends, nieces and nephew's.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 at 1 pm. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 2399 Holder Road, Mims, Fla., followed by internment at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery, 5525 US Highway 1 North, Mims, Fla. 32754. 

To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

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.