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. 

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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 

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

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

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

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

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 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