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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