Thursday, March 19, 2020

Corrine (Corky) Whitfield Mathern

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

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

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

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

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

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

Victor L. Whitney

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

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

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

Monday, March 16, 2020

David E. Evans

Richburg,  NY - David E. Evans, 76, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. David received amazing care at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville in the comfort care unit during his final days battling cancer. David was born on November 8, 1943 in Buffalo, NY to Elmer E. and Beatrice L. (Sherwood) Evans. He graduated from Richburg Central School in 1961. David served his country from 1961 to 1965 and was stationed in Germany.

David was predeceased by his daughter, Michelle Evans, his brother, Peter Evans Sr, his nephew, Peter Evans Jr. and his parents.

David is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gloria, his daughter, and son-in-law, Nicole and Bob Hubbard of Nichols, NY, his sister and brother-in-law, Alice and John Dunbar of Richburg, NY, his sister, Nancy Straight of Youngstown, OH, his brother, Lee Evans of Bolivar, NY, his grandchildren, Brandon Lewandowski of Belmont, NY, Evan and Edison Hubbard of Nichols, NY and many nieces and nephews.

David was a dedicated employee at Cooper Power Systems in Olean, NY for 37 years. David enjoyed fishing, stock car racing, and collecting model airplane engines. David also loved animals and had recently taken care of a stray cat that he named Big Nuisance.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 21st from 10 to 11 am at the First Baptist Church, Richburg, NY. Funeral services to follow. Donations in memory of David can be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit

William H. “Coach” Moore

Wellsville, NY - William H. “Coach” Moore, 82, of 3454 Sunset Drive, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born June 18, 1937 in Lockhaven, PA the son of the late Lester H. and Sarah (Hardy) Moore. On November 10, 1990, he married Donna Weaver who predeceased him on June 18, 2018.

Coach Moore was raised in Lockhaven, PA. He graduated from the Lockhaven High School and Lockhaven University. He first taught at Woodhull Central School and for many years he taught physical education, health, and swimming at Wellsville High School, where he was a beloved football, and wrestling coach. He was a hard worker, who owner and managed several apartment in the Wellsville area. He worked for Lloyd Robbins and coached football for Alfred University with Lou Molisani after retirement. 

He is survived by a daughter, Colleen Sechrist of Wellsville, a son, William L. Moore of Wellsville; a grandson, Charles Moore, 2 granddaughters, Kimberly Smith and Jessica Kinley; three great-granddaughters, Emily Smith, Ivory Kinley, and Desarae Moore; two great-grandsons, Dylan Latsha and Damien Moore. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife by an infant son.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville. Friends are also invited to a graveside service on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of donor's choice. To leave online online condolences, please visit

Lester V. Cline

Wellsville, NY - Lester V. Cline, 87, of 1974 Hallsport Road, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born March 8, 1933 in Wellsville the son of the late Floyd W. and Florence (Latten) Cline. On August 2, 1952, in Wellsville he married the former Lola Allen who predeceased him on December 9, 2019.

Lester was employed by M &W Tire Company of Wellsville and Sullivan & Murray Inc. of Olean. He established Cline Retreading Company, Inc. of Wellsville in 1983. He enjoyed hunting, local dirt track racing, turkey shoots, tinkering, and spending time with family.

Surviving are two sons, Thomas (Patricia) Cline and Kenneth (Teresa) Cline, a daughter, Debra (Guy) Jackson, all of Wellsville, 11 grandchildren, Tabitha (Mark) Jachlewski, Rachel (John) Wells, Nathanael (Erinnae) Cline, Deborah Cline, Timothy (Amy) Cline, Megan (Michael) Fanelli, Jerad Cline, Andrew (Ashleigh) Cline, Carissa Jackson, Jason Cline and Jennifer (Justin) Henry, 10 great grandchildren, Atley, Elizabeth, Isabelle, Brenda, Luca, Wrigley, Ripken, Logan, Braedyn, and Colin, a brother Milford Cline; a sister, Ruth Carney, a sister-in-law, Eleanor Harrison, as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by two brothers, Lyle and Wayne Cline, three sisters, Marion Cline, Mildred Lucas, and Genevieve Vaughn; and a Great Grandson, Salvatore Fanelli, and a brother-in-law, Harry Carney.

At Lester's request, there will be no visitation or service. Please consider memorial donations  to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences please visit

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

David D. “Babe” Payne

Wellsville, NY - David D. “Babe” Payne, escaped this mortal realm on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. He was 70. Babe was world renowned for his “tell-it-like-it-is“ attitude, his sarcastic disposition, and the giant black mug that traveled the world with him. He offered charm, wit, and an underlying love and loyalty to those who were his friends and family. He was an amazing person, part sinner and part saint,  all bundled up into one unique package. If you were fortunate to have met him and share a drink with him, you'd have liked him immediately and would have been considered a friend.

Babe was a respiratory therapist for over 30 years at Jones Memorial Hospital, where he was known to take smoke breaks on the loading dock after treating patients with breathing problems! He was a a member of the VFW, Moose and the American Legion, where he was a member of the Honor Guard. He was loyal to his bar stool every Friday.

He was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a Retired United States Marine. He loved sports and betting (maybe betting a bit more), and was a great coach during his children's school years. He was an avid bowler with the American Legion bowling team for many years.

He is survived by five children, Tracy (Brian) Ruprich of Naperville, IL, Steven (Stephanie) Payne of Sedley, VA, Joseph Payne, and Frank (Amanda) Payne of both of Wellsville, and Brittany Payne of Mesa, AZ, eight grandchildren, Ryan and Emily Ruprich, Chris Payne, Autem Payne, David Payne, Kalie Payne, Alyssa Payne, and Trent Payne, a great grandson, Kasen, two brothers, Doug (Holly) Payne of Brockport, and Skip (Barb) Payne of Clearwater, FL, Erik Payne and Breanna Payne and many more beloved nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Dale and Virginia (Liesegang) Payne, a son, David Payne, two brothers, Daniel and Gary Payne, and a crazy number of dogs and cats, who will surly be waiting for him at the gates.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 13, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 an in the funeral home with Rev. James Hartwell presiding. Please consider memorial donations to Toys for Tots at or the Wounded Warrior Project at To leave online condolences, please visit

Monday, March 2, 2020

Robert L. Burnett Sr.

Wellsville, NY - Robert L. Burnett Sr.,70, of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. Robert was born November 28, 1949 in Oil City PA the son of the late Douglas H. and Betty (Blum) Burnett.

“Bobby” enjoyed his friends, and the staff at both S.T.E.L. and Wellsville Manor. He was a pleasant person who was a pleasure to work with and loved watching the Buffalo Bills!

He is survived by four siblings, Rebecca Gayton, Jerrie (Dana) Strang and Clyde (Leslie) Mott all of Bradford, PA, and Cheri Main of Boilivar, three children, Douglas Burnett of Hinsdale, Tracy Burnett and Robert Burnett Jr. both of Allegany, several grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.  

At Robert's request, there will be no visitation or service. Please consider memorial donations to the Activities Department at Wellsville Manor. To leave online condolences, please visit

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

David Duke Haskins

SPRING HILL, FL - David Duke Haskins, age 95 of the Timber Pines Community passed away at the Trinity Medical Center, Sunday Feb 23, 2020. David was born the son of Bayard & Victoria Haskins on April 1, 1924 in Wellsville NY. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Barbara Smith Haskins, a loving wife and devoted and timeless caregiver for the many years Dave courageously battled cancer.

Also surviving are the couple’s five children; Nancy (Jay) Lazar of Bethlehem Pa., Thomas (Kristina) Haskins of Richmond Va., William (Robin) Haskins of Port St. Lucie, Fl., Anne Schettine of Bemus Point, NY, and Mark T. Haskins of Wellsville, NY, as well as 11 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Dave was predeceased by his parents and a brother Daniel Haskins, a sister Mary Atkinson and his Aunt, Bertha K. Haskins.

A Wellsville high school graduate, Dave then attended Columbia University before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in Europe as a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot.  A mighty plane for a mighty guy. Dave’s many accomplishments and achievements include; working closely with his family in the Oil Industry and held many positions at the Ebenezer Oil Co. Inc., including serving as an Officer and Director. Dave also served as an Officer and Director of the New York State Oil Producers Association, was a member of the Penn Grade Crude Association, a Director of the First Trust Company Bank, a Trustee of the David A. Howe Library and an elected Allegany County Legislator. He was also a past member of the Wellsville Lions Club where he entertained many Wellsville residents as an “End Man” in the Lions Variety Shows.

In his final days, Dave, the widely respected and loved “April Fool” even brought smiles to the faces of his nurses who stated that despite his age, infirmity and cancer he still made them smile.
Dave was a devoted family man and will be sadly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren. CAVU – Ceiling And Visibility Unlimited!

Friends may visit the family Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, Spring Hill Chapel from 2:00 to 3:00 with a memorial service to follow at the Chapel. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, NY, at a later date.

To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Allen G. Wood

Wellsville - Allen G. Wood, age 85, formerly of Friendship passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2020, at the  Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was the son of the late Leon F. and Mildred L. (Regan) Wood.

Allen was a Veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1953 until 1956 and was employed for many years by Redwing Trucking Company. Allen was an avid outdoorsman who had membership in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the NRA, the National Wild Turkey Federation and was a life member of the Scio Rod and Gun Club.

Allen is survived by a son, Allen Wood and several friends including Bill Hadsell of Friendship.

He was predceased by his parents and a his sister, Elma May.

A Celebration of Allen's Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the the direction of J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home. To leave on line condolences please visit

Monday, February 24, 2020

Marietta C. “Ria” Hurlburt

Wellsville, NY - Marietta C. “Ria” Hurlburt of the Bolivar Road passed away on Friday February 21, 2020 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on June 20, 1928 to the late Andrew and Edna Courtright in Westfield, PA. She was married to Lloyd Hurlbert who predeceased her on April 28,1992.

Marietta graduated from Westfield High School and had been a resident of Harrison Valley, PA. . She had worked for a variety store in Westfield and sang in the choir at the Methodist Church.

She is survived by several inlaws, nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Thursday February 27, 2020 at 10 am in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, New York. The Reverend Ron Isaman will preside and burial will take place in Champlin Cemetery, Westfield PA. To leave online condolences please visit

Cornelia McGinnis, 100

New York City, NY - Cornelia McGinnis, 100, was born April 9, 1919, to Martin B. and Elizabeth (Johnson) McGinnis at the Eleven Mile, PA, the youngest of three daughters.  Winters were difficult in the country and, during that time, Cornelia and her sisters moved into town, Genesee, PA, with family and friends, to attend school, graduating at fifteen.  Education was important and all three sisters graduated from college in the 1930s.  In addition to Genesee High School, Cornelia graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She pursued graduate studies at Syracuse, Columbia, and New York University.

Cornelia never married, which enabled her to focus over 100% of her energy on her professional life, which included Vice-President, Marvin Schluger, Inc., (a major supplier of precious jewelry to Tiffany, Cartier, and Neiman-Marcus) from which she retired in 1993;  Vice-President, The Diner’s Club,  both in New York City; and President/Owner, John Robert Powers Modeling School, and was a manager of the Arthur Murray Dancing School, both of Washington, DC.

However, there was always time for her true passion – acting and the Theater.  She studied under Wynn Handman, a well-known Acting Instructor and Director.  She was a member of The Snarks, Ltd., a social club, with a tradition of over 110 years in aspects of the theater---acting and production. Cornelia appeared in The Snarks productions and in Off-Off Broadway. She was featured in Life Magazine as she attended the 1953 Eisenhower Inauguration. In New York, she was a communicant at St. John the Evangelist Church.

She celebrated her 100th birthday last April surrounded by family and friends, long-time and new.  The walls were decorated with photos of her over the years.  Everyone was anticipating a Second Act for her 101st, but, sadly, she passed away in the early hours of February 21, 2020.    
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Mary McGinnis (Leo) Carroll, Wellsville, NY, Catherine L. McGinnis (Charles) Rockett, San Antonio, TX; nephews Robert Rockett and Joseph Rockett, San Antonio, TX.  She is survived by 4 nephews: Paul (Kathleen) Rockett, Sugar Land, TX; Patrick (Stephanie) Rockett, San Antonio, TX; Michael (Christine) Rockett, Santa Cruz, CA; and Charles Rockett, CA;  one niece, Marlee Carroll, Leawood, KS; and several great and great, great nieces and nephews, and her Goddaughter, Georgiana Weddington.

Cornelia’s family is honoring her request that her Final Act be without fanfare or visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Saturday, February 29, 2020, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 6 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY.  Interment will follow, where she will be laid to rest next to her beloved parents at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville, NY.

The family wishes to thank special friends:  Paula Peterson; John Tusa; Jerome Camiola; Catherine Butler, and Sheila Larbi.  Our hearts extend to her dear friend and weekly Rummikub challenger, Coco StClement; and close caretakers, Edith Amparo and Karrell Rumble, who all took shifts to ensure someone who cared about her was with her until the end, so she didn’t have to pass alone. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Richard “Dick” L. Brunell

Wellsville, NY - Richard “Dick” L. Brunell, age 94, of Hill Street passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, February 20, 2020. On June 30, 1925 in Allegany he was born to the late Howard and Neva Drake Brunell. In April of 1949 he married the former Mary Ellen Hennessy who survives.

Dick graduated from Bolivar Central High School in 1942 and later had attended classes at St. Bonaventure. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the US Navy during WWII and served on the USS Saratoga as a Radio Gunner in a TBM-3D Avenger. His Advenger had been tasked as a spotter for navel gun fire on Iwo Jima. As they flew off the Saratoga deck the ship was hit and sunk by Japanese kamikazes. His damaged Advenger eventually landed successfully on the Escort Carrier USS Bismark Sea and shortly after landing that ship was hit and sunk by a kamikaze. Forced to abandon ship Dick survived the night in the ocean and was picked up in the morning by the Destroyer Escort Edmonds. Dick was a 25 year employee of Air Preheater from where he retired.He was a member of the American Legion Post #702 and the Immaculate Conception Church both of Wellsville.He was a former member of the Wellsville Lions Club and was one of the founders of the annual Intertube Regatta. Dick enjoyed golfing and was a past member of the Wellsville Country Club.

He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen of 71 years; four daughters, Cathi (Roger Keener) Beatty, Christie (Daniel) Greene, Cindy (Mark) Armitage and Caren Brunell; four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Diana) Greene, Patrick Greene,Jacinda (Ledon) Green and Chelsea (Matthew) Mayer; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Howard (Janice) Brunell; four sisters, Betty Bender, Sally (Doug) Fancher, Kay (Hugh) Billhimer and Nancy Noble; in addition many loving nieces and nephews.

He was predeceded by his sister Jean Vossler.

There will be no prior visitation and a private memorial Mass will be held at a later date followed by burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials in Dick's name may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or to the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Gerald D. Peet

Wellsville, NY - Gerald D. Peet, 78, of 3543 Fordsbrook Road, passed away at home on Monday, February 17, 2020. He was born June 23, 1941 in Buffalo, the son of the late Leo F. and Mary Kathryn “Kay” (Puffinburger) Peet. On February 9, 1973 in Belmont he married Margaret L. “Peg” Gordon who survives.

“Jerry” was raised in Wellsville, and was a 1959 graduate of Wellsville High School; where he excelled in track and football. He was an alumni of Paul Smith College. He was first employed by Leo Peet Contracting, and later owned and operated Gerald D. Peet Contractor from 1982 to 2016. Jerry enjoyed, and took great pride in his maconary work, as expressed by his many statified customers over the years. He also had great respect for his employees and many of them expressed their appreciation as they stopped to visit with him over the years. He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, the Wellsville Lions Club, the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce, the Sons of the American Legion Squardernt 702, and a charter member of the Wellsville Jaycees. He was active with the Wellsville Fishing Derby from it's inception and the Lions Club Variety Show for many years. 

Surviving in addtion to his wife, Peg are two sons, Jeffrey (Venus Nickerson) Peet, of Wellsville, Bradley (Elizabeth Christopher) Peet of North Chili, a step-daughter, Paula (Robert) Wilson of Temple, TX, a sister, Linda (James) Karns, of Wellsville; a brother, James (Dalaine) Peet, of Wellsville; 2 sisters-in-law, Elke Peet, and Tracy (Bob) Insley, of Wellsville; 6 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews, and his beloved Shih-tuz, Buddy, who died February 12th. He was predecased in addition to his parents by a brother, John Peet.  

The family would like to extend special thanks to the Visisting Nurses Association, especially  Mindy Cross and Ginny Hart, his many caring neighbors, and his granddaughter, Jessica Ordiway, and her family.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Friday, February 21, at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Joseph Dougherty presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wellsville Lions Club Charities, P.O. Box 576, Wellsville, NY 14895, or to the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences, please visit

Monday, February 17, 2020

Maxine Simons

Wellsville, NY - Maxine Simons, age 88, of South Main Street passed away on Saturday February 15, 2020 in Wilmington, NC. She was born on January 25, 1932 in Erie, PA. to the late Max and Evalina Brown Filler. On July 22, 1950 she married Willam "Bill" Simons who predeceased her on September 17, 1993.

Maxine was a life long resident of the area who graduated from Andover Central High School. She was a stay at home mom who was involved in her husband's agricultural enterprises. In addition to raising six children they raised chickens, corn, beans and cabbage. Eventually they started Simons (known to the family as The Stand)on South Main Street where they sold fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers.To this day The Stand is still in operation as Bob's Market where Maxine could still be found helping out. She was a member of the former Wellsville Lioness Club and currently was a member of the Grace United Church of Wellsville. Maxine will be remembered as a loving and supportive mother and grandmother who was always happy with a positive outlook on everything.

Survivors include a long time companion, Bob Dunham; 2 sons, David (Beth) Simons of Orchard Park and Gary( Kristin) Simons of Dunwoody, GA.; 3 daughters, Carol (Bernie) Markwica of Elba, Joyce (Jim) Crittenden of Henrietta and Gail (Jeff) Swarthout of Penfield. 11 grandchildren, Jennifer, James,Steve, Tim, Joe, Kim, Emily, Derek, Britney, Michael and Anna; 9 great grandchildren; a brother, Carl Schoonover; 2 sisters, Barbara Velasquez and Corinne Tucker; several nieces and nephews; Bob's family, Yvonne, Ann, Laura, Bill, Rob and David; 16 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, her step father Carl Schoonover, 2 sons, James and Donnie and a daughter in law, Amy.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am in the Grace United Church of Wellsville with Reverand Diane Cox Presiding with burial in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorial donation's in  her name may be made to the Donald Simons Memorial Scholarship,Alfred State College Development Fund, Alfred State College, Alfred, NY 14802 or to the Grace United Church of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, February 15, 2020

George F. Dunbar

Wellsville, NY - George F. Dunbar, 87, formerly of 4601 Bolivar Road, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at the Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born November 12, 1932 in Brattleboro, VT, the son of the late Herbert H. and Lulu (Slicer) Dunbar. 

George moved to Wellsville from Connecticut in 1987 with the Ingersoll Rand. He was employed as an Export Coordinator for new and aftermarket units for Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville, retiring in 1995. He was an avid gardener and a wonderful cook.

George was educated at the University of Vermont. He was a concert pianist, professional soloist and choir member. In February of 1955 as a member of the famed Center Concert Choir from the U. S. Navel Training Station, in Bainbridge, Maryland, he sang for President and Mrs. Eisenhower. He also appeared on several television programs from New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, including Ed Sullivan's “Toast of the Town”. He sang in various churches including the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, and various churches in Connecticut. He was a member of the Simsbury Light Opera Company, the Solo Choir in Connecticut, and sang for the Hartford Festival of Music at Lincoln Center. He taught at the Hartford School of Music and the Hartford Conservatory of Music.

He is survived by one brother, Herbert H. Dunbar of West Glover, VT; and one sister: Shirley D. (Byron “Pete”) Moyer of Middletown Spring, VT; 12 nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a brother, Wayne Dunbar

A private service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to any  charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Woodrow “Woody” Bilby Jr.

Wellsville, NY - Woodrow “Woody” Bilby Jr., 62, of 80 East Dyke Street passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born May 2, 1957 in Wellsville the son of the late Woodrow and Helen (Dixon) Bilby. 

Woody was employed at the Casella Landfill for over 20 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping. He loved spending time with his family and friends, working on vehicles, collecting antiques, and John Deere Tractors, and was an avid 49ers fan.

Surviving are his five children, Candy, Tonya, David, Amanda, and Chendelle, eight grandchildren, Maddie, Haizen, Jasmine, Brooke, Joseph, Briana, Kendra, and Madison, Chendelle's fiance' Jim, Jim's children, Izzy and Abby, and one on the way, siblings, Robert (Tammy) Bilby, Lonnie (Nikki) Bilby, Clyde Bilby, Jack Bilby, Floyd (Donna) Bilby, Fred Bilby, Frank (Debra) Bilby, Lena Bilby, and Mable (Bruce) Weber, a sister-in-law, Joyce Bilby, a life long friend, Bobby Hogan, and several nieces and nephews, including, Jason, and a great nephew, JJ. 

He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by two brothers, John Bilby, and William “Bill” Bilby. a sister-in-law, Sandy Bilby, and a nephew, Robert Bilby Jr.  

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 12 noon until 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A reception and benefit will follow visitation at 2:00 pm at the VFW in Wellsville. Please bring a dish to pass. To leave online condolences, please visit

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Berniece (Kottwitz) Foley

Belfast, NY - Berniece (Kottwitz) Foley, a lifelong resident of Belfast, NY, passed away February 5, 2020 at Wellsville Manor at the age of 89. She and Francis W. Foley married in 1949 and a year later they started their family which grew to six children. 

Berniece, Frank and family moved to their dream home on South Main Street where the acres of pine trees they planted are still standing. They instilled a sense of responsibility and hard work in their children by having them care for farm animals and pets and doing the chores that came with them. Berniece was always busy cooking, cleaning, and canning, raising their family, planting flower beds and tending to their beautiful lawn; but she found time to take the kids down to the river bordering their property to swim and fish – she always caught the biggest fish. She and her husband traveled often during his retirement, her favorite places to visit were Letchworth State Park and Cape Cod. She attended Crafty Belles with her dear lady friends and the United Methodist Church with her lifelong friend, Monica Arnold.

As her children grew and left home she continued to keep busy with a variety of jobs around the area including waitressing at The Irish Kitchen; clerking at Magnano’s Pharmacy, the U.S. Postal Service, 1st Trust Union Bank in Belfast; Cafeteria Manager at Belfast Central School, serving as the Belfast Town Clerk, an election inspector, a School Board member and did clerical work at The Wellsville Country Club.

Berniece is survived by her children, Ronald Foley and wife Suzanne of Wellsville, NY; Thomas Foley of Aurora, CO; Joseph Foley of Belfast, NY; Alice Bergstrom and husband Kevin of Grand Junction, CO; Timothy Foley and wife Laura of Marion, NY; and Ann Tobias and husband, John of Hornell, NY. Her grandchildren, Becky, Shane, Carisa, Cory, Keara, Jaclin, Paige, Leah and Mitchell. Great-grandchildren, Grace, Jackson, Jeremy, Brenna, Liam, Emma and Murphy. Sister-in-law Joan Kottwitz and several nieces and nephews.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, Irvin and Mary Jane Kottwitz, her husband Francis Foley, sister Lois Gee, brothers Walter and Herman Daniel Kottwitz.

There will be private burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Belfast. Memorial Service and visitation will be held at a later date under the direction of JW Embser Sons Funeral Home of Belmont, NY.

In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to donate to the Belfast Volunteer Fire Department. Online condolences may be made at

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

William "Duane" Allen

Whitesville, NY - William "Duane" Allen, 88, a long time resident of Whitesville, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville following a brief illness. He was born  March 4, 1931 in North Hornell to the late William D. & Marguerite (Dennison) Allen.  On March 24, 1956 Duane and Shirley Patterson were married in Whitesville.  He had dearly missed the love of his life since her passing in May.  He was a kind, generous man and was loved by many and will be missed by all.

He was raised on the farm in West Union.  He walked to the one room school house in West Union before to going to school in Whitesville.  He went into the US Army in 1952 during the Korean War.  He served in the 1st Calvary Division, 27th Ord., M Co., until 1954.

In the 1950's Duane could be seen in Wellsville working at Burdicks Garage and driving the ambulance or hearse for Embser's. Duane worked for Heart's Delight as a truck driver, and in construction for Dalrymple's. He attended Breeden's School of Welding in Genesee, PA, and worked at both Air Preheater and Worthington Corporations in Wellsville.  In the 70's Duane changed his profession and worked as an owner-operator, transporting eggs for Fitzpatrick Poultry. He later purchased a tractor trailer and hauled Quaker State oil products until his retirement.

He is survived by three children, Judy (Tommy) Johanson of Wellsville, William “Bill”  Allen  (Patti) of Whitesville, and Steven D. Allen (Nancy Wyant) of Jasper; 4 grandchildren, Shawna Cwiklinski of Wellsville, Stanley “Josh” Cwiklinski of Whitesville, W. Daniel Allen of Whitesville and Alyssa Allen of Derrick City, PA; three siblings: Ronald (Carol) Allen of Wellsville; Phyllis (Bruce) Green of Portville and Sandra (James) Fitzpatrick of Whitesville, in-laws: Norma (Donald) Chapman of North Bingham, PA and Jack (Bessie) Patterson of West Bingham, PA; as well as several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins also a multitude of friends.

He was predeceased in addtion to his parents by two sisters, Rachel Lewis of Tulsa, OK and Arlouine Seeley of Belmont, NY and a brother, Richard Allen of Belmont, a granddaughter and a great granddaughter.

A private funeral is being planned and there will be no prior visitation. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House or to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Molly Y. (Taylor) Stirk

Wellsville, NY - Molly Y. (Taylor) Stirk, 60, of 302 Farnum Street passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. She was born May 19, 1959 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Phillip A. and Norma J. (Stephens) Taylor. Molly was raised in Allentown, and was a 1977 graduate of Scio Central School.

She is survived by a brother, Shaun (Ezura) Taylor, a nephew, Gregory Taylor, a niece, Ashley Taylor, all of Allentown, four aunts, Judy Stephens of Penfield, Joyce Shields of Bolivar, Betty (James) Grossman of Andover, and Eleanor Stephens of Orlando, FL, one uncle, Bill Pacetti of St. Augustine, FL, several cousins, and a very special friend, Jalea Flewellyn. 

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or  to Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit

Monday, January 20, 2020

Richard E. “Luke” Keib

Wellsville, NY - Richard E. “Luke” Keib, 86, of 97 Williams Avenue passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020 at home. He was born July 25, 1933 in Wellsville, the son of the late John Edward and Frances (Gavitt) Keib. On February 8, 1986 in Belfast he married Nancy L. Williams who survives.

Luke was raised in Wellsville, and was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U. S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He also served with the Army Reserves from 1955 until 1961. He was employed by Dresser-Rand Corporation from 1957 until his retirement in 1994. He was a 60 year life member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion. He was a noted baseball player in his youth and played fast pitch softball for the Legion in the 1960's and 70's. He enjoyed crossword puzzles, watching the New York Yankees and playing golf.

Surviving in addition to his wife Nancy, is a son, Daniel (Sharon) Keib of Wellsville, and a daughter, Kandra (Kevin) Garwood of Placerville, CA, three step children, Greg Hunt of Gray Court, SC, Terri (Bill) Richardson of Livonia, and Keith Hunt of Rochester, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and two nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a son Joseph Keib on October 30, 2015, and a brother, James Keib.

A private graveside service at Sacred Heart Cemetery is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House or the David A. Howe Public Library. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Sandra M. Veley

Belmont NY - Sandra M. Veley, 77, of 2996 State Route 244 passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Absolut Care of Houghton. She was born on May 8, 1942 in Friendship, the daughter of the late Marlin “Bill” and Mabel (Roper) Smith. She was first married to Albert H. Denning who predeceased her. On February 8, 1977 in Florida she married James E. “Ed” Veley who predeceased her on April 25, 2012.

“Sandy” was formerly employed at Friendship Dairies, and later was a Home Health Aide for Southern Tier Home Health Services, Inc.

She is survived by two sons, William (Pam) Denning of Dansville and Frank (Betty) Denning of Clarendon; two daughters, Crystal (Don) Halbert of Angelica and Kim (Mark) Wilcox of Fillmore,  16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; two brothers; Ernie (Joan) Roper, and Roger Roper, one sister, Jean Thompson, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by a brother, Ronnie Roper, and a sister, Pat Pendleton. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 12 Noon till 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Naysim Simon presiding. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio. A reception will follow the burial at the Phillips Creek Mennonite Church. Please consider memorial donations to the Phillips Creek Mennonite Church. To leave online condolences please visit

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Maureen (Mary) Egan Smith

Belmont, NY - Maureen (Mary)  Egan Smith, age 78, of Willard Street passed away on January 12, 2020 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville after a lengthy illness. Born on March 9, 1941 in Ireland, she was the daughter of Joseph and Anne McCann Egan. Maureen married Charles Smith on July 16, 1966 and moved to Bloomville, New York.

Maureen was educated in Ireland and came to America in 1959. She lived with her Aunt and Uncle Celia and William Hyde in East Orange, NJ. She worked for Litton Industries in Orange, NJ., until July of 1966 and later for the Department of Social services in Delhi until the birth of her daughter in 1970. While raising her children, she took care of many children in her homes both in Delaware County and Allegany County. Maureen is still close to many of those children who are now adults.

Maureen was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont where she was a member of the Alter and Rosary Society and had taught Church School. She was a Eucharistic Minister who took communion to many shut ins once a week and enjoyed visiting with the older members of the church. She was also a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

Maureen is survived by her 4 children, Colleen (Jeff)  Koprevich of Owego, Gene Smith of Rochester, Sean (Erin)  Smith of Rochester and Len (Michele)  Smith of Elmira; her 4 grandchildren, Kyle Koprevich, Connor, Anya and Brenna Smith; her sister, Birdie (Tom)  Jordan of Claremorris, Ireland; 3 brothers, Noel (Maureen)  Egan of Birmingham, England, Tony Egan of Castlerea, Ireland and Frank (Kitty)  Egan of Louth, Ireland; her Aunt Celia Hyde of New Jersey; cousins Mary (Doug)  Pfister of Livingston, NJ. And Kathy (Mike)  Walsh of Glen Garden, NJ.; as well as several very special nieces, nephews and cousins here in America, Ireland and England.

Maureen was predeceased by her husband Charles on September 11, 2018.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 15, from 4 until 7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am in the Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont. Friends are also invited to call on Monday, January 20, from 1 -3 pm at the MacArthur Funeral Home in Delhi. Please consider memorial donations in Maureen's name to the Hart Comfort House at 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY.  14895. To leave on line condolences please visit

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Lynn L. Manning

Belmont, NY - Lynn L. Manning, 63 of Belmont NY passed away January 8, 2020 with her family by her side at Roswell Park Cancer Institute following a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born August 17, 1956, in Hornell NY, the daughter of the late Clifford and Marie (Coleman) Winterhalter.  On May 23, 1978, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., she married Robert R. Manning who predeceased her. 

Lynn was a 1974 graduate from Belmont Central School.  She worked for a number of places including Allegany County Planning Department, Allegany County Department of Social Services, Allegany County BOCES, Angelica Central and later Genesee Valley Central Schools retiring from her position of District Treasurer in 2014 after 30 years of service. 

Lynn was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for more than 51 years.  She was a past president of the Legion Auxiliary Post 808, and past secretary and finance officer for Post 702, a member of the Belmont Fire Department Auxiliary, and a member of the NYS Association of School Business Officials. She enjoyed reading, bowling, riding motorcycles, camping, and traveling with her family and friends for many years. 

Lynn is survived by her daughter Erin Graham and her husband Chris of Belmont, N.Y.; step-son James and his wife Julie Manning of Blandon, P.A. and step-daughter Kari Manning (Dan Gambino) of Frederick, M.D.; six grandchildren, Gracyn and Hadleigh Graham, Jami (Chad) Stauffer, Ryan Manning, Riley (Chance) Sullivan, Madison Zenoski; two great-grandchildren J.D. and Carter Stauffer; one sister Sue Underwood and her husband Tom of Corfu, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.   She was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Robert Manning and nephew Jordan Underwood.  

Please join the family for a celebration of her life on Friday January 17, 2020 beginning at 4 p.m. at the American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville NY.  Interment will be in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont at the convenience of the family. Please consider memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to Allegany County Cancer Services 100 South Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, January 10, 2020

Patrick P. “Pat” Padden

Wellsville, NY - Patrick P. “Pat” Padden, age 81, of the Trapping Brook Road passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Wellsville on November 15, 1938 and was the son of Sarah O'Dell Padden. On May 20, 1960 in Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover he married the former Marlene Childress who predeceased him on July 7, 2007.

Pat was raised in Andover where he graduated from High School. He was a long time employee of Air Preheater in Wellsville from where he retired after many years of service as an inspector. He was a life member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder of Wellsville, a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge and a member of the AOH Division #1 of Allegany County. Pat was a devout Catholic who was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church but enjoyed attending Mass at Blessed Sacrament in Andover, the Parish of his youth. He enjoyed camping, Hunting, NASCAR and especially his grandchildren. Pat combined his love of camping and NASCAR with his family on annual camping to trips to the Poconos Mountains to watch races, camping and deer hunting, he bagged his first eight piont buck this passed season, with friends and family at the Pondarosa and week long camping trips to Watkins Glen for the Bud at the Glen. Pat made it priority to attend his grandchildren's events whether it was sporting or academic he was always in attendance. He will be remembered as someone who was always willing to help others especially by plowing their driveways and faithfully visiting his wife's grave to water her flowers.

Pat is survivied by: 2 sons, Jeffrey (Sharon)  Padden of Wellsville, Dennis (Patricia)  Padden of Fillmore; 2 daughters, Amy Padden of Alfred Station and Michele (Brent)  Platt Jr. of Belmont; 9 grandchildren, Aaron Padden, Ryan (Alexis)  Padden, Patrick (Debbie)  Padden, Heather Padden, Shelby Allen, Elizabeth Allen, LindseyAllen, Kyle Platt and Cody Platt; a great grandaughter Roselinn Padden; a brother Jim Padden of Syracuse; 2 sisters, Teresa Heinemann of Tulsa OK. and Ruthie Culbert of Scio; brother and sister in law Tom (Darlene)  Cashera and a sister in law Arlene Lehman;  nieces and nephews; special friends Louella “Lou” Culbert and Zeus as well as Seth “Skweeks” Wright.

He was predeceased by his mother Sarah, a son Steven, his beloved wife Marlene and 7 brothers and sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 13, from 2-4 and 7-9 at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Tuesday a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am in the Blessed Sacrament Church of Andover. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in Pat's name may be made to either the Hart  Comfort House, Blessed Sacrament Church or to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, January 3, 2020

John Joseph Bradstreet

Andover, NY - John Joseph Bradstreet died peacefully, after a short illness, surrounded by his family on December 28, 2019 in Andover, NY at the age of 60.  John was brave in his journey and faced his challenges with courage.

John was born on December 13, 1959 in Syracuse, NY. He graduated from Southern Cayuga High School in 1978.  He loved basketball and soccer while in school. He also developed some life-long friendships in Southern Cayuga. John was an accomplished chef throughout his life and began his love of cooking working for Joe Russo at Fisherman’s Pier Auburn, NY.  He would later work in Richmond, VA, and throughout Colorado.  He spent many happy years working as a chef at Chateau Morrisette Winery in Floyd, VA. John was most recently employed at Radford University in Radford, VA, which he enjoyed for the past 19 years. John was a mentor to many when he found out that they had a real love of cooking. He shared his knowledge freely and guided those he was able to work with. 

John is survived by his mother Mary C. Bradstreet, and his siblings Arthur Bradstreet (Nancy), Thomas Bradstreet (Chiara), Anne Marie McCormick (Terry), Paul Bradstreet (Kim), David Bradstreet (Heather), and Ellen Bradstreet (Patrick Willdigg). His nieces and nephews Amanda, Nathan, Christopher, Keegan, Alex, Mikela, Kaiden, and Jack also survive him. He is predeceased by his father Arthur James Bradstreet (2009) and his sister Mary Bradstreet (1960). He was also very appreciative of the friendships he developed in Virginia and spoke fondly of Barb, Chris, Karen and Sarah. His family wishes to convey their gratitude for those who looked out for him and cared to make a difference in his life. 

The family would like to give a sincere thank you to Dr. Sahasrabudhe, Dr. Michael Cummings, Dr. Jason Zittel and staff (especially Kim and Natalie) at the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Hospital in Rochester, NY. They would also like to thank the compassionate staff at CareFirst of Steuben County for their hospice services. The family would also like to thank Anne and Terry McCormick for opening their home to John and giving him comfort and love during his final months.

A service of remembrance will take place at a later date. If you wish to make a remembrance, please donate to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center or to your local hospice services. 

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