Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Gary K. Jordan, 72

Wellsville , NY - Gary K. Jordan, 72, of Bolivar Rd, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born on May 30, 1949 in Olean the son of the late Kieth and Marie (Tyler) Jordan. In Wellsville on June 1, 1968 he married his wife of fifty-three years, Barbara (Costello) Jordan – who survives. 

Gary was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville High School. In 1969 he began to serve in the United State Army, where he was a combat medic serving in Vietnam, he remained with the Army  until 1972. After discharging from the service, he began working for D&J Body, Worthington; and eventually he was self-employed, owning Wholesale Tire in Belmont. In his free time he enjoyed watching Jimmy Swagart; and was a member of the American Legion Post #702 in Wellsville.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: a son, Matthew (Rita) Jordan; a daughter, Carrie (Kenny) Fanton; four grandchildren, Kaleb Jordan, Haylee (Trevor) Coleman, Jacob (Hannah) Fanton, and Kollin (Sara) Fanton; two great-grandchildren, Ivan Jordan and Harper Fanton; a sister, Judy (Ike) Connor; a sister-in-law, Peggy Jordan; and several nieces and nephews. 
In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by: a son, Chad Jordan; and a brother, Eddy Jordan. 
A private graveside service will be conducted by the American Legion Post #702 with full military honors. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Ruth C. Tompkins, 95

 Stannards, NY - Ruth C. Tompkins, 95, of Stannards, passed away on October 12, 2021 at home. She was born in Willing on April 4, 1926 the daughter of the late Earl and Leona Canfield.

A private service was held on Friday, October 15, 2021.


Friday, October 15, 2021

Joanne Gifford Allen, Service Announcement

Wellsville, New York

The friends and family of Joanne Gifford Allen are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 10:30 am in the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville (79 Madison Street) with Reverend Craig Buelow presiding. A reception will follow in Island Park. Burial in Resthaven Cemetery in Phelps, NY will then be at 3:30 PM that same day. Joanne passed on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. To leave online condolences or to read the complete obituary please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Burton and Pidge Daily, Service Announcement

Wellsville, NY - Burton and Pidge Daily

We are grateful to our family and friends for all the beautiful ways that you expressed your love and sympathy for the loss of our parents, W. Burton Daily who died on August 6, 2021, and Joanne “Pidge” (Christman) Daily who died on December 17, 2019. We have waited patiently until we could gather again to say our final good-bye. We now invite you to join us for a Memorial Service on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:00 a.m at Grace United Church, 289 North Main Street, Wellsville, New York, with Reverend Dr. Karen Heil Borchert presiding. To read the complete obituaries, or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Jessie Rose Maidment Sekoll, 86

Wellsville, NY - Jessie Rose Maidment Sekoll, 86, of 35 Farnum Street, passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY with her family by her side. She was born on March 22, 1935 in Harcourt, Newfoundland, Canada the daughter of the late Stuart Kitchner and Emily Jane (Pelley) Maidment. She married her husband of thirty-four years, Richard Sekoll, on July 24, 1982. He predeceased her on February 10, 2017. 

Jessie was born in Newfoundland and moved to the state in the late 50's. She became a US citizen in May of 1972 and spent most of her life in Allegany county, especially in Whitesville, Stannards, and Wellsville. She was employed by several establishments, including the Cow Palace in Whitesville. She raised three children on her own. She made sure no one went without a meal, especially on holidays which is why there were always extra guests around the Thanksgiving dinner table (a tradition her son Charley would carry on until his own passing). After marrying Richard, she was a farmer for over thirty-five years and enjoyed her vegetable stand, which was an annual tradition until health concerns prevented its operation. While the stand was in business, Jessie made many friends, and often threw in an “extra” to all her orders. She also loved to make crafts; she crocheted over 400 hats for babies that were given to Strong Memorial Hospital and Oshia Children's Hospital. She had a heart of giving. She loved spending time with her family, notably her grandchildren, and friends. Jessie was also a member of the Whitesville Fireman's Auxiliary. 

Jessie is survived by: a daughter, Tracie Edwards of Bolivar; a son, Michael (Mary Bailey) Edwards of Whitesville; seven grandchildren, Jeremy (Leora) Hunt of Austin, TX, Seth Boehnke of Wellsville, Magin (Mike) Dunaway of Wellsville, Emily (Todd McClain) Edwards of Whitesville, Dylon (Felicia) Edwards of Buffalo, Jessica Edwards of Stannards, and Christopher (Heather) Strope of Pennsylvania; eleven great-grandchildren, Honor Harlow Hunt, Autumn (Phil) Bledsoe, Riley Graves, Emma Dunaway, Hannah Dunaway, Izzy Strope, Rylee Strope, Mackenzie Edwards, Layla Edwards, Jill McClain, and Brooke McClain; a brother, Harry (Grace) Maidment of Newfoundland; a sister-in-law, Maisie Maidment of Newfoundland; several Canadian nieces and nephews, including Gerald (Bea) Maidment of Ontario.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: a son, Stuart Wayne “Charley” (Carla) Edwards; a brother, Willie James Maidment; and a sister, Ada Millicent (Neil Bradley) Pelley. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 11 AM – 1 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home (34 West State Street) in Wellsville. A graveside service will follow at 1:30 PM with Reverend Dennis Munro presiding in Sacred Heart Cemetery (276 S. Main Street, Wellsville). In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Whitesville Ladies Auxiliary PO Box 82, Whitesville, NY 14897 or to the Hart House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Rita A. Carlin, 77

Friendship, NY - Rita A. Carlin, 77, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY following a brief illness. She was born on November 9, 1943 in Guilderland Center, NY the daughter of the late Lloyd and Louise (Priest) Kirkey. On October 2, 1960 in Massena, NY she married her high school sweetheart, Lonny M. Carlin, who survives.

Rita was raised in Massena, NY. In the early years of their marriage, Rita and Lonny lived in Friendship and Massena many times before finally settling in Allegany County. She worked in several different industries, including such places as: AVX Ceramics in Olean; Ames Department Store in Wellsville; and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, retiring in 2000. After retiring, she and Lonny wintered in Gulf Shores and Dolphin Island, AL. She enjoyed reading, fishing, crosswords, Sudoku, but most of all – she loved spending time with her family, whom she adored.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: three daughters, Amber (Dennis) Stocum of Friendship, Michelle (Mike) Stocum of Corning, and Cammi (Robert) Granato of Auburn; a son, Ronny (Karina) Carlin of Friendship; twelve grandchildren, Jared, Shannon, Serena, Ashley, Michael, Quinn, Raychel, Kaiyia, Ronny Jr., Fred, Amanda, Kyle, and Kaleb; forty-one great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; a special-sister-in-law Geraldine “Cookie” Kirkey of Illinois; a special niece, Michele (Fernando) Garcia of Oceanside, CA;several nieces and nephews; and her beagle companion, John.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by: a daughter, Kelly Sue Carlin; a brother, David Kirkey; a brother-in-law, Larry Carlin; and a beloved nephew, Kurt Kirkey.

As per Rita's request, there will be a private celebration of life with her family. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, October 4, 2021

Barbara Ann Bastian, Service Announcement

 

Wellsville, NY - Barbara Ann Bastian


The friends and family of Barbara Ann Bastian are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm, in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville.

Barbara passed away on June 25, 2021 in Huachuca City, Arizona. To read the complete obituary, or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Sunday, October 3, 2021

Leland H. Baker Jr., 67

Friendship, NY - Leland H. Baker Jr., age 67, of Friendship passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021, at the Comfort House of Allegany County. He was born on January 14, 1954 in Olean to the late Leland H. and Velma M. (Reed) Baker Sr.

Leland was a long time resident of Allegany County who had worked for the L.C. Whitford Company in Wellsville. He loved to hunt, fish and ride motorcycles.

He is survived by 9 children; several grand and great grandchildren; 2 brothers; a sister; several nieces and nephews as well as many close friends.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, a daughter, a brother and a sister.

There will be no prior services and a celebration of his life will be held by his family at a later date. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Sonya M. Hand, 78

Belmont,Y - Sonya M. Hand, 78, of Greenwich Street, passed away at home on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 surrounded by family. She was born in Elmira, NY on April 21, 1943 the daughter of the late Theodore Louis Seeley and Lillian Dorothy Hunsinger. On September 18, 1965 in Belmont, she married her husband of forty-four years, Richard L. Hand, who predeceased her on January 20, 2010.

After moving to Belmont at the age of six, Sonya became a lifetime resident of the Belmont area. She was a 1961 graduate of Belmont Central High School. Starting while she was in school, Sonya was a lifelong child-care provider, caring for many children in Belmont and from surrounding villages.  As a young adult, her first employment was at the Texas Hot in Wellsville. After she married, Sonya became the bartender at the Belmont American Legion for over thirty plus years until she retired in 2015.

She enjoyed golfing, bowling, card games, traveling, cooking and canning for her family and friends. Sonya was a competitive card player; she ran the Belmont Legion Euchre Tournament for many years. She loved to travel, especially to visit her children wherever they happened to live. Sonya liked to stay active and was recognized by the YMCA for self-improvement and encouragement. In 2011 she was awarded “The Most Improved Home” by the Belmont Betterment Association. She was community-minded and was a life member of the Belmont American Legion Post 808 Auxiliary, the Belmont Fire Department Auxiliary, The Order of the Eastern Star, Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, and the Wellsville Moose Lodge. She will be remembered as a devoted and loving mother who also adored her cats, Zoe and Lilly.

She is survived by: four children, Mark J. (Kelly) Hand of Belmont, Teresa M. (Greg) Turner of Colorado Spring, CO, Nicole L. Hand-Bryant (James Bryant) of Murray, KY, and Kristen E. Hand of Belmont; seven grandchildren, Emily J. Hand, Adam M. (Jessie) Hand, Megan N. Hand, Aspen N. Turner, Ella E. Bryant, Colin J. Bryant, and Xxander R. Hand; one great-granddaughter, Haylee C. Spinks; a brother, Theodore L. (Roberta) Seeley of Belmont; a sister-in-law, Marlee Schmitt of Angelica; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: her loving step-mother, Arlouine Seeley, who raised her; and her granddaughter, Manhattan G. Hand.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, October 4, 2021 from 11 am - 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont (17 Schuyler Street). Her funeral service will follow visitation at 1 PM with the Reverend John Francisco presiding; the American Legion Auxiliary Service will take place between visitation and the funeral. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to: The American Cancer society, Home and Hospice Care, Amity Rescue Squad, or The American Legion Post 808 Auxiliary Scholarship Fund. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, September 24, 2021

James Leroy Cline (Barney), 66

Belmont, NY - James Leroy Cline (Barney) went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Born January 2, 1955 in Cuba, NY to Norman Cline and Mabel Powell. James grew up in Belmont and since he was old enough to hold a wrench helped his Dad in the family business - Cline’s Garage and Salvage Yard.

A 1973 graduate of Belmont Central School, James married his high school sweetheart, Denise Marie Graham on July 10, 1976; they were happily married until his passing. James and Denise had two children David N. (Lyndsey) Cline of Belmont and Deanna J. (Jessie) Langworthy of Eldred, PA. Grandchildren James Baker, Skylar Langworthy, Jordan Cline, Steven Langworthy, Craigy Langworthy and Ella Cline. Great grandchildren Sadie Baker, Lena Langworthy, Haden Weimer and Amelia Langworthy. Nephew Shane Graham of Ohio and seventeen other nieces and nephews.

He was employed with Dresser-Rand from 1974 as a Machinist, Custodian, Naval Parts Inspector, and member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) until his retirement in 2012. James was an avid collector of beer cans, oil cans, antique toys, cars, trucks, and bullets. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, was a self taught musician - playing the drums and guitar, and a huge Moody Blues and ELO fan.

James was predeceased by his best friend, Ginger the family dog. James had a big heart and touched a lot of people’s lives. James didn't want a funeral. He wanted a Celebration of Life Gathering, that will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 3-6 PM at the American Legion Post 808 of Belmont, NY. James will be laid to rest at Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Margaret Louise “Peg” Viglietta, 65

Wellsville, NY – Margaret Louise “Peg” Viglietta, 65, of 179 E. Dyke Street passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born on December 26, 1955 in Olean, the daughter of the late Ellery and Marjorie (Rounds) Songster. On July 26, 1974 in Franklinville she married Danny A. Viglietta, who survives. 

Peg was raised in Franklinville and graduated from Ten Broect Academy and Franklinville Central High School. She has resided in: Franklinville; Austin, Texas; The Dalles, Oregon; and in 1980 she and Danny moved to Wellsville. She was formerly employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant, at the Cattaraugus County Nursing Home in Machias, and Wellsville Manor. She worked as a waitress in Texas and Oregon. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. She enjoyed collecting antique glassware, canning, gardening, bird watching, and making crafts. She loved to cook, travel, host large parties, family gatherings, and spending time with her grandchildren. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are: two children, Nicholas (Stephanie) Viglietta of Wellsville, and Dena Viglietta of Hornell; five grandchildren, Alyssa, Lauren, Kylie, Anthony, and Maggie; seven siblings, Patrick Songster, Barbara (David) Kottwitz, Judith Smith, Thomas (Sue) Songster, Mary Jane (Terry) Bogert, Jerry (Gretchen) Songster, Susan Weaver & her companion, Ted Chatterley; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by: a sister-in-law, Leila Songster; and a brother-in-law, Sam Weaver. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 West State Street, in Wellsville. A celebration of life will follow at the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club on Weidrick Road. Please consider memorial donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Monday, September 20, 2021

Nancy Jean Cooley Witter, 81

Wellsville, NY - Nancy Jean Cooley Witter of 3668 East State Street went to be with her Lord on Saturday, September 18, 2021. Mrs. Witter was born July 25, 1940 in Olean, NY to Harold and Doris (Green) Cooley. On May 31, 1958, she married Lester Neal Witter in Shinglehouse, PA. Lester preceded her in death after 44 years of marriage.

After raising her 7 children, Nancy attended the BOCES nursing program. As an LPN, she had a passion for caring for others and enjoyed a long career as a hospice nurse. Her loving personality and huge heart earned her many friends who will miss her greatly. She hosted friends daily for playing board games and simple fellowship. Among many interests, Nancy loved music and dancing. She was as talented as she was enthusiastic. She played several musical instruments. Though she played keyboard, piano, and organ, her favorite instrument seemed to be the accordion.  

Mrs. Witter was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Doris Cooley, her husband, Lester Witter, a brother, Grant Cooley, a daughter, Judy Witter Lehman, a daughter-in-law, Donna Marsh Witter, and a son, Daniel Witter. She is survived by a sister, Tina Baldwin, sons Earl (Joanne) Witter, David Witter, Tim Witter, Mike (Penny) Witter, and a daughter, Donna Witter (Ray) Lawrence. She was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren of whom she was extremely proud.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a celebration of Nancy’s life on Thursday, September 23rd from 6-8 PM at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 24th at 1 PM at Crosstown Alliance Church, 450 N. Highland Avenue in Wellsville, with Reverend Ken Chroniger presiding. Following the service, Nancy will be laid to rest with her late husband Lester in the Stannards Cemetery. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Senta D. Streeter, 88

Wellsville, NY - Senta D. Streeter, 88, of Wheeler Place died Friday, September 10, 2021 following a brief illness. Mrs. Streeter was born March 1, 1933 in Mt. Kisco to Stephen and Marguerite (Brocking) Dombrowsky. On October 13, 1962, in Port Henry, she married Alpheus R. Streeter, who predeceased her on October 27, 2012.

She was a 1950 regents degree graduate of Pleasantville High School in Pleasantville, N.Y. In 1954, she received her Bachelor of Education degree from SUNY Cortland, and she received her Master of Science degree in elementary administration and supervision from Columbia University in 1960.

Mrs. Streeter taught 5th and 6th Grade and was assistant principal at the Westmere Elementary School District in Guilderland from 1954-1960. In 1960, she became elementary supervisor for BOCES in Essex County. Alpheus and Senta lived and worked in Jamestown for two years before moving to Wellsville in 1965. 

In 1969 and 1970, Mrs. Streeter served as a substitute teacher for the Wellsville Central School District and was a member of the Wellsville Central School Board of Education from 1972-1980. During the 1975-1976 school board term, Mrs. Streeter became the first woman to serve as school board president. From 1975-1976, she served as president of the Allegany County School Boards Association and was a three-year member of the New York State School Board’s Legislative Network representing Allegany County. She was employed by Allegany County from 1972 until her retirement in December 1997 as senior youth counselor, running all youth employment training programs and teaching the on-the-road GED program for high school dropouts, aiding them in earning their high school equivalency diplomas. 

Mrs. Streeter was involved in several professional and civic organizations, including the New York State School Board Association, the Educational Advisory Committee for the 39th Congressional District, Kappa Delta Phi, Ladies of Kiwanis, Alfred State College Association of Women, the New York State Association of Continuing Community Education, the Allegany County Youth Board, the New York State Division for Youth Employment Advisory Council, Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County, and she served on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of America, New York State. Mrs. Streeter was a member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in White Plains and later joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. 

Senta enjoyed playing bridge, travel, and golf. She liked to cook, bake pies, cookies and the occasional wedding cake for friends and family. Her family and close friends were her fulfillment. 

Mrs. Streeter is survived by her six sons: John Streeter, of Hornell; Todd Streeter, of Spencerport; twin sons Darryle (Maria) Streeter, of Batavia, and Douglas (Teresa) Streeter of Rochester; Patrick Streeter of Kentucky; and Kyle (Melanie) Streeter of Wellsville; as well as her niece and goddaughter, Donna (Alfred) Perreca of Stoney Point; her nephew, Stephen Dombrowsky of Spring Valley; 14 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 24, 2021 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. On Saturday, September 25, there will be visitation from 11:00 am until 12 noon at the First Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow on Saturday at noon in Church with Rev. Dr. Eric D. Ash, Sr. presiding. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Trinity Lutheran Church, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 


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

Friday, September 17, 2021

H. Mason Sorensen, 76

Wellsville, NY - H. Mason Sorensen, 76, of Wellsville, NY, entered his eternal reward in his home, surrounded by his family on Thursday, September 16th, 2021. Mason, the son of Herbert V. Sorensen and C. Helen Mason, was born in 1945 in Seattle Washington and is predeceased by his son, Aaron Sorensen. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Joan, and his children, David (wife Christina), Anna, Stephen “Beave” (wife Ashley), and Daniel (wife Sheila); his sisters Jean Gronewald and Ane Chandler (husband Dale); and grandchildren, Kayla Sorensen, Seth Brisky, Jaykob Brisky and Dorothy Sorensen, along with 11 nieces and nephews. 

Mason married Joan in Cleveland in 1975 and for 46 years she was the love of his life, his inspiration, his rock, and, in his final days, his caretaker. Mason and Joan made their commitment to the Lord at a Billy Graham Crusade in 1976 at the Kingdome in Seattle.

In 1984, God called Mason and Joan to work with Teen Challenge in Washington, DC, where he was the Assistant Director and Director of Ministries from 1984-87. Mason then moved to Wellsville, where he was the senior pastor at the Wellsville Full Gospel Church for 28 years. Mason loved the people of Allegany County and was a fixture in the stands, audience, and sidelines and his booming voice could be heard after a great pitch, shot, dig, kill, or whenever a chord was struck. He passed on to his children a love of travel, geography, history, and reading, but most of all a love for all of God’s creatures, great and small. 

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 am on Thursday, September 23rd   with calling hours on Wednesday, September 22 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Wellsville Full Gospel Church. His service will be also available via live stream on the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Facebook page. Flowers and condolences may be sent to the Wellsville Full Gospel Church, 2221 Hanover Hill Rd, Wellsville, NY 14895. Mason will be interned at Woodlawn Cemetery and donations in memoriam may be sent to Rehema Home, Samaritan’s Purse, and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Janice W. Gustafson, 94

Wellsville, NY - Janice W. Gustafson, 94, of 32 Brooklyn Heights went to be with her Lord and Savior, on  Monday, September 13, 2021 shortly after arrival at River Hospital in Alexandra Bay, NY. She passed in the Thousand Islands an area she loved throughout her life. She was born December 7, 1926 in Perth Amboy, NJ, the daughter of the late Ray F. and Agnes I. (Lunn) Wilcox. On April 8, 1949 in Wellsville she married Carl O. Gustafson who predeceased her on October 18, 1991.

Janice was raised in Wellsville and was a 1945 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was first employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone, in Wellsville and Miami, Florida, for nine years. She was also a waitress for many years at the Fassett House and Longvue Restaurant, and loved all the people she served. In 1967 she and Carl purchased the Riverview Motel in Alexandria  Bay, a summer business they operated until 1978. For many years Janice worked for Wellsville Central School, holding a variety of positions as a cafeteria employee, retiring in 1982. At that point she joyfully began to care for her grandchildren and the children of several other local families, and was a loving grandmother figure to many. 

Janice was happiest when she was with her family. She enjoyed meeting new people, discussing current events, playing cards, sunsets, traveling, especially to Florida with Karen, and to the 1000 Islands with Kim and Cathy. She also loved the many events and celebrations of her large extended family. She was an active member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, serving in a variety of ministries, and a former member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.  

She is survived by three daughters, Karen (Norman) King of Bradenton, Fl, Cathy (John) Lewis of Wellsville, and Kimberly (John) Rees of Batavia,  a special “son” Michael (Ruth) Stanton, eight grandchildren, John (Mary Beth) King, Gregory (Lois) Lewis, Adam (Ai) King, Hilary (Matthew) Jones, Emily King Willard, Kelli (James) McClurg, Courtney (Michael) Marsh, and David Rees, 16 Great Grandchildren, four siblings, Edythe DeMarco, David, (Clair) Wilcox, Carole (Tony) Nero, and Rodger Wilcox and his companion, Lucy Andre, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by three brothers, Bruce, Herman, and Ray Wilcox.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville; and on Monday, September  20, from 12 noon until 1:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm Monday in Church with Rev. Dr. Roy Miller presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Children Section of the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Richard Maurice Petri

Bellevue, Washington - Richard Maurice Petri: Dick was born in Kenmore, NY to William Peter Petri, (building contractor and finish carpenter) and Merriam Stone Petri, (a school principal). During the Great Depression, they relocated to Wellsville, NY and purchased “The Home Diner”. Dick could often be found peeling potatoes and helping out when he was not in school.

Dick enjoyed his years in middle school – high school and could be found most days walking to and from with his best friends, Tubby and Steve. He especially had fun in school as the center of the undefeated 1943 WHS football team! After he graduated he held a few local jobs. He was a projector operator at the local theater, a butcher, and a dump truck driver, before enlisting in the Navy during WWII where he was stationed in Casablanca. He did construction for the mine sweepers, shore-side.

 After his discharge, he was an executive for IBM, taking on the challenge to live and work in Europe for 10 years; then several other cities throughout the US. He relocated to Seattle, where he owned and operated an apartment complex. He also worked for Johnson Controls as an executive project manager for a large job like the Kingdome in Seattle.

Dick was very active his entire life and his interests, diverse. He could be found collecting coins and stamps to golfing, dancing, playing bridge, international cruising, and world-wide travel. He was always most elated to share these adventures with his wife Delores, by his side. He adored her! Besides being a snappy dresser, he’s been an amazing husband, step-father, grandfather, and uncle!

All residing in the Seattle Washington area, Dick is survived by his wife, Delores Frink-Petri having spent 47 years together; two step-daughters Kathryn Marie Ferleman and Julie Ann (Glen) McBarron. Grandchildren: Daniel Clark, Andrew Ferleman, Jennifer Kolowinski, and Emily McBarron. He is survived by several nieces and nephews; Michelle (Dan) Petri-Goldman of Timonium, MD; William (Mary Ann) Petri of Charlottesville, VA; Elizabeth (Rob) Petri Henske of Cambridge, MA; Steven Richard (Sarah) Petri of FL; Kevin (Ginny) LaForge of Wellsville, NY; William Richard (Alisha) LaForge, of Belmont, NY and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law William Arthur and Ann Emmons Petri; his sister and brother-in-law June (Petri) and F. Stanley LaForge.

Dick took great pride in his military service and has supported numerous Veteran organizations throughout his lifetime. If you choose to make a memorial donation, please consider donating to your local VA Association.

To celebrate Dick’s life, a military graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, 1:00 PM at the Woodlawn Cemetery, South Main Street, Wellsville, NY. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

David C. Graves, Service Announcement

Wellsville, NY - The friends and family of David C. Graves are invited to a memorial graveside service with the United States Air Force and the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post #702 present to conduct full military honors. The service will be on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM in Mount Hope Cemetery, Moss Brooke Road, Friendship, NY. Dave passed away on November 12, 2020. To read the full obituary, or to leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Anna W. Hand, 77

Wellsville, NY - Anna W. Hand, 77, of 100 Johnson Street, passed away at home on Saturday, September 11, 2021, hoping to greeted by Elvis Presley at the heavenly gates. She was born on June 20, 1944 in Elkland, PA the daughter of  the late Doanld and Mary (Jeffers) Hand. 

Ann was a housewife, a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She was a dedicated fan of Elvis for many years, and loved listening to classic country music. She enjoyed going to the VFW in Wellsville, where she made many friends listening to the live music shows. She also enjoyed reading, spending time with family and friends, and had a passion for line dancing.

She is survived by: three daughters, Branda Davenport of Genesee, PA, Tammy Outman of Wellsville, and Christina (Ken) Fenstermacher of New Cumberland, PA; three sons, Harold Outman Jr. of Genesee PA, Johnny Outman of Smethport, PA, and Christopher Outman of Etters, PA; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and her best friends, Dale Burgess, and Joanne Wardner.

 She was predeceased in addition to her parents by her step-father, Herb Sullenburger, two grandchildren, Jason and Elizabeth, three brothers, Harold, Keith, and Gene Hand, a sister, Joyce Maine, and her companion, Bill Dickinson.

As per Anna's wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Please consider memorial donation to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Lynette May “Sally” Kaiser, 91

Wellsville, NY - Lynette May “Sally” Kaiser, 91, of 4192B Bolivar Road passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born May 6, 1930 in Whiting, IN the daughter of the late Joseph Roy and Ruth (McClelland) Kaiser.

Sally was a 1948 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was first employed by Bell Telephone as a telephone operator, and also worked in the business office. She was later employed by Jones Memorial Hospital as an admissions clerk. She was a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a niece, Candice K. McCarthy of Wellsville, a nephew, Michael (Marilyn) McCarthy of Woodlands, TX, their children, Kyle and Lindsay, a brother, Dr. James (Linda) Kaiser of England, and their daughter Charlotte.

 She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Robert McCarthy, and a brother, Bobby Kaiser.    

A private graveside service is being planned at Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, Jones Memorial Hospital, or the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Erma C. Allen, 85

Wellsville, NY - Erma C. Allen, 85, of Bolivar Road, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021. She was born on May 12, 1936 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Alfred and Zennia (Griswold) Allen.

Erma was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School. Upon graduation she entered the workforce, starting her career in the textile industry at Wellsville Glove Factory; later she continued on in her career with the Marion-Rohr Corporation in Hornell. Outside of work, she was a very quiet person who loved to get her hands dirty in her flower and vegetable gardens. Not only was she an animal lover, but also someone who loved to cook and bake for her friends and family. 

She is survived by: two sisters, Connie Mills of Wellsville, and Ann Gee of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: a sister, Audrey Miller; and 3 brothers-in-law, Elwood Miller, Bob Gee, and David “Red” Mills. 

Friends and family are invited to a graveside memorial service on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM in Woodlawn Cemetery (276 S. Main Street) with Reverend Dr. Karen Heil Borchert presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Homer R. Doty, 90

Belmont, NY: Homer R. Doty, 90, of Feathers Creek Road passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a brief illness.  He was born May 29, 1931 in Greenwood, the son of the late Ariel and Bertha Mae (Edwards) Doty. On October 5, 1951 in Belmont he married Karol Kurtz who survives. In October Homer and Karol would have celebrated their 70th anniversary.

Homer was raised in Greenwood until his family moved to Belmont in 1941. He was a graduate of Belmont Central School, and served two years with the U.S. Army. He was formerly employed at Acme Electric in Cuba, Borden Dairy in Belmont, and for 28 years for the U.S. Postal Service in Belmont, including 14 years as Postmaster. He retired in 1986. After retiring Homer and Karol spent 13 winters at their home in Lady Lake, Florida. He was a member of the Belmont First United Methodist Church, the Scio Rod and Gun Club, the Wellsville Moose Lodge #601, and the Federal and State Postmaster's Association. He was a member and Past Commander of the Herbert Delong American Legion Post 808 in Belmont, and a member and past treasurer of the Belmont Rotary Club for many years. Homer enjoyed gardening, hunting, and spending time watching wildlife from his cabin in the woods.

Surviving in addition to his wife, is a daughter Jane Spencer of Cummings, GA; son, Timothy (Roseann) Doty of Port Charlotte, FL; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Kurt Doty, two brothers, Francis and Herman Doty, and five sisters, Bertha Brown, Shirley Cannioto, Ruth Deats, his twins, Leah Nesbit and Lena Fuller.

At Homer's request there will be no visitation or memorial service. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Belmont Rotary Club or the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, August 16, 2021

Ruth Wood Marino, 75

Roanoke, VA - Ruth Wood Marino, 75, of Roanoke, VA, peacefully went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 13, 2021 after fighting a courageous battle with dementia. She was born May 17, 1946 in Wellsville, NY the daughter of the late Robert and Ernestine (Secor) Wood formerly of Whitesville, NY.

After graduating from Whitesville Central School, Ruth earned a Baccalaureate Degree in Music from Nyack College. She taught music at Whitesville Central School and later directed music at several churches, which was her true passion. Ruth enjoyed a career with Automatic Data Processing in New York City for 25 years.

She is survived by a daughter, Alice Ruth Marino; and a son, Paul Robert Marino both of NYC; two sisters, Elizabeth Shores of Roanoke, VA. and Cindy (James) Van Druff of Huntersville, NC, as well as two nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by a brother-in-law, Blake Shores.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Gospel Chapel, 441 Park Street in Whitesville, New York. The funeral will follow at 1:00 pm in church. Please consider memorial donations to Gospel Chapel. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, August 13, 2021

Gregory R. Winterhalter, Service Announcement

Belmont, NY - Gregory R. Winterhalter

The friends and family of Gregory R. Winterhalter are invited to celebrated his life on Saturday, August 21, 2021, from 2:00 – 6:00 PM, at the Herbert DeLong American Legion Post 808, 29 Schuyler Street, Belmont, NY, 14813.

Greg passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2020. To leave online condolences or to read the full obituary, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Dr. Peter J. Gianas, 65

Wellsville, NY - Dr. Peter J. Gianas, 65, of Starke, Florida passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2021, following a brief illness. He was born in January 8, 1956 in Wellsville, NY the son of the late John and Annette (Cretekos) Gianas. He grew up in Wellsville and graduated as the Class of 1974's Valedictorian.

Peter attended Johns Hopkins University and continued on to George Washington University for medical school, graduating in 1982. Dr. Gianas moved to Starke, Florida where he started his private practice and began work at Shands Hospital in 1983. He so loved the community of Starke, he stayed and practiced medicine for the rest of his life there.

Dr. Gianas served as the Medical Director for Alachua County Fire Rescue, Bradford County EMS, Bradford County Fire Rescue, Clay County Fire Rescue, Union County EMS, Gilchrist County Fire Rescue, Starke Fire Rescue, Santa Fe Community College EMS Programs, Florida Gateway EMS Training Programs, AHEC Board of Directors, International Trauma Life Support Board of Directors, and as an Emergency Medicine Educator in many capacities.

Pete had a brilliant mind and a compassionate soul. He loved practicing medicine because he loved caring for people. He was a lifelong learner and a gifted teacher. Bradford County Emergency Medical Service was known and respected around the world for its cutting edge delivery of service to the community of Northern Florida.

Pete had a wonderful sense of humor and was a master story teller. He was a generous, loyal, loving man whose influence was felt on all who knew him. Dr. Pete will be truly missed.

Dr. Gianas is survived by sisters Sophia Gianas and Cynthia Schroeder; two nieces, Christina Schroeder and Courtney (Brett) Stevens; two nephews, Timothy (Alicia) Schroeder and Michael Gianas; great nieces Makenzie Wheeler and Eryn Laskarzewski and a great nephew, Alex Laskarzewski; Aunt Shirley and Uncle John Giopulos, and their family; and longtime friend, Lynn Fulmer.

Visitation for family and friends will be  Saturday, August 21, 2021 from noon to 2:00 pm at the Grace United Church, 289 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm in church with Rev. Carol Stewart presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memoral donations to The Friends of the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, New York 14895. to leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

William Burton Daily, 96

Wellsville, NY - William Burton Daily, 96, of Riverside Drive passed a way peacefully on August 6 at his home. Burton, affectionately known as “Spike” to close friends and family, was born on December 6, 1924 in Wellsville to the late Louis and Hazel Crowell Daily. On November 7, 1953 he married the former Joanne “Pidge” Christman, who predeceased him on December 17, 2019.

He was raised in Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1942. Burton attended Alfred University for one semester before enlisting in the United States Navy. After completing Quartermaster School, Burton was assigned to the PT Boats. At this time he tested for the military's V12 program, passed and was sent to Yale University, where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after graduation, Burton joined Air Preheater and spent the next 40 years in their employ. He started out as a draftsman and retiring in 1988 as manager of customer service. He had served on the Wellsville School Board and was one of the founding members of L.O.P.E. Burton was currently the longest serving member (76 years) and Life Member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge No. 1495.  He was also a Life Member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702, American Legion of Wellsville.

Survivors include his two daughters, Lynn Brunette of West Suffield, CT. and Beverly “Chris” [Jason] McChesney of Morgantown, WV.; five grandchildren, Paul, Peter, Catherine, Ben, and Sarah; several nieces and a nephew; and his beloved care givers.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife and an infant brother, Robert.

A memorial service for both Burton and Pidge is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to either the Grace United Church or to the David A. Howe Library both of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Kay F. Whitsell, age 82

Wellsville, NY - Kay F. Whitsell, age 82, of East state Street passed away on Friday, August 6, 2021, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 10, 1932 in Harrison Valley, Pennsylvania to the late Derwood and Gladys Garner Hand. On June 9, 1975 in Canisteo she married Lawrence “Sam” Whitsell who survives.

Kay had been a former resident of Harrison Valley who later moved to Wellsville. She had worked for the former Galton Production and later for the Wellsville Manor Care Nursing Home for 16 years where she earned several awards for patient care as a Nurses Aide. Kay enjoyed knitting and crochetting.

Surviving besides her husband Sam are 2 sons, Lester [Kathy] Lampman of Leavittsburg, OH. And Larry [Kelly] Lampman of Warren, OH. ; a daughter Linda [Denny] Cowger of Niles, OH.; a step son, Thomas [Tracy] Whitsell of Friendship; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; 2 brothers, William Hervey [Patricia] Hand of Harrison Valley, PA., and Frank [Evelyne] Hand formerly of Harrison Valley, PA. Now Louisville, KY.; several nieces and nephews.

Kay was predeseased by her parents,a daughter, Patricia Lampman; 4 sisters, Onolee Van Trees, Audrey Lampman, Faye Meise and Mae Lewis.

In keeping with the families wishes there will be no prior visitation and graveside service will be held on Wednesday, August 25, at 12 noon. in the Brookfield Cemetery. Memorials in Kay's name may be made t the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Gladys Dickinson Sweet, 100

Wellsville, NY - Gladys Dickinson Sweet, 100, of 3244 Riverside Drive passed away Friday August 6, 2021, at the home of her daughter. She was born June 16, 1921 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Leon B. and Julia (Clark) Dickinson. On November 10, 1942 in Fayetteville, NC she married Robert C. Sweet who predeceased her on March 27, 2011.    

Gladys lived a full life in Wellsville, and enjoyed playing cards, bowling, spending time with friends, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and volunteered at the hospital for many years. She was also a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Katheryn S. (Roger) Moyer of Wellsville, six  grandchildren, Chris (Bev) Moyer, Todd (Tammy) Moyer, Matthew (Laura) Sweet, Carrie (Robert) Perez, Beth (Greg) Day and Mark Sweet, nine great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren a daughter-in-law, Jackie Sweet of Wellsville, a brother-in-law, Ed Flurschutz of Wellsville, several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Rae and Jim Franklin.

She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by a son, David C. Sweet and her second mother, Emily S. (Slater) Dickinson, sister-in-law, Lois Flurschutz, brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Marcella Sweet, and a daughter-in-law, Lisa Sweet. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery will be at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the First Trinity Lutheran Church, or the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, August 6, 2021

Roger Neely, Service announcement

 

Wellsville, NY - Roger Neely

The friends and family of Roger Neely are invited to a graveside service with military honors on Friday, August 13, 2021, at 2:00 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville. Following the graveside service, members of the Elks will conduct a memorial service at the Lodge, 77 East Pearl Street in Wellsville.

Roger passed away on December 10, 2020. To leave online condolences, or read the complete obituary, please visitwww.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

David C. “Red” Mills, 88

Wellsville, NY - David C. “Red” Mills, 88, formerly of E. Dyke St., passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. He was born in Wellsville on October 23, 1932 the son of the late Clifford and Luray (Bovee) Mills. In Wellsville, on Christmas Eve of 1955 he married his wife of sixty-five year, Constance Allen, who survives. 

Red was a life long resident of Wellsville. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951. Upon graduating he entered the workforce: from 1952 – 1983 he worked in the Grocery Store industry; then from 1983 – 1988 he owned and operated his D&C Moving in Wellsville; and then from 1988 until his retirement in 1995, he was employed for the Wellsville Central School Systems. Outside of work, he was an avid outdoors man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was also a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge #601. 

In addition to his wife, Connie, he is survived by: a daughter, Debora M. (James) Richardson of Wellsville; a son, Dale C. (Kathy) Mills of Fort Edward; six grandchildren; three great-grandsons; a sister, Maureen Strauss of Indiana; three sisters-in-law, Dona Mills, Ann Gee, and Erma Allen; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: a son, Dennis A. Mills; a brother, Robert Mills; Brothers-in-law, Douglas Strauss, Robert Gee; as well as a brother and sister-in-law Elwood and Audrey Miller. 

A private memorial graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, or any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Marcile and Julian Woelfel, Memorial Service

 

Marcile and Julian Woelfel, Memorial Service

Come celebrate the lives of Dr. and Mrs. Woelfel August 14 th , 10:30 am. We invite you to attend and share your stories about them at their Wellsville home, The Pink House, 193 W State St. Wear bright summer colors as the service will be held on the grounds of the house, or in case of rain, at the Wellsville, David A Howe Library Auditorium.

Seating is limited and, at Marcile’s request, ice cream will be served, so you must RSVP to Kristy Woelfel at 614 537 4235 ASAP. We’d hate to turn anyone away but that could happen.

Some family members attending are immune compromised so you must be vaccinated against Covid or wear a mask.

Your attendance is your gift to them and their family, but in lieu of flowers, donations are accepted to help an upcoming major repainting of Wellsville’s recently declared National Historic Place, The Pink House. Contact their son Jay Woelfel at the service, or at woelfeljay@aol.com.


Friday, July 30, 2021

Dr. Walter (Wladyslaw) A. Orlowski, 84

Scio, NY - Dr. Walter (Wladyslaw) A. Orlowski, age 84, of Scio, NY, passed away peacefully on July 27, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. He was born June 27, 1937 in Huta Pieniacka, Poland, the son of the late Jadwiga and Franciszek Orlowski.  

Walter and his family were deported to the Soviet Gulag in Siberia in February 1940 after Soviet forces raided his family’s village. There they suffered starvation, disease, extreme cold, and many other horrors. Miraculously, Walter, his sister Janina, and his parents all survived. As war refugees, the family journeyed southward from Siberia, then lived in Iran, Lebanon, and England. They immigrated to the US in 1951 and lived in New York City. Walter attended Seward Park High School, the City College of New York, and earned a D.D.S. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a Ph.D. in Oral Pathology from the University of Rochester. 

As a practicing oral pathologist and professor of dentistry, Walter taught and worked at three universities in the greater NYC area, culminating at NYU School of Dentistry. He dedicated his efforts in academia to teaching, research, and clinical work (directing the dental clinic and biopsy lab).

Walter met his wife, Barbara Kruze (Kruszynski) at a Polish cultural club in Rochester and married on December 17, 1966. He valued family, heritage, friendship, education, and nature. He was overjoyed at the arrival of his seven children and five grandchildren. Walter expressed his love for his family through action, always ready to help no matter how big or challenging the task, from carpentry to cooking. 

A natural orator and storyteller, Walter especially enjoyed a lively debate, always with a twinkle in his eyes. Family dinners were times to expound on history, politics, science, and family stories. A rebellious spirit he believed it was healthy to challenge authority at times and promoted the value of thinking independently. Walter kept his witty sense of humor to the very end, cracking jokes with a mischievous grin.

Walter had compassion for all animals great and small, and enjoyed his many rescues including cats, dogs and birds. In his later years, he fostered multiple farm animals such as horses, mules, and cows through the SPCA Serving Allegany County. 

Walter’s love and appreciation for his cultural heritage and history never waned. His personal mission was to ensure that the horror and trauma of war not be forgotten.  In his retirement Walter presented twenty three lectures titled “Survival in a Godless Land”—which detailed the experiences of his family and the horrors of World War II.

In addition to his wife Barbara, surviving are six children, Katherine (Andrew) Hubbard, Francis Orlowski, Krystyna Orlowski (Brian Harte), Marya (Jason) Fancey, Eva Orlowski (Sandor Kekesi), Thaddeus Orlowski (Jessica Schwartz), his grandchildren Viviane Harte, Lucas Harte, Henry Harte, Jason Orlowski, and Christopher Manfredo, his sister Janina Danilow and her children Elizabeth and Anthony, as well as additional nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by a son, Joseph Franck Orlowski.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be private. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Scio. A public memorial service is being planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Walter’s name be directed to SPCA Serving Allegany County or The Kresy-Siberia Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to researching, remembering and recognizing the Polish citizens deported, enslaved and killed during World War II; https://kresy-siberia.org/). To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Patricia J. (Middaugh) McGillivray, 66

Belfast, NY - Patricia J. (Middaugh) McGillivray, 66, of Belfast, NY went peacefully home to God on July 27,2021 at UR Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. 

Pat was born on January 26, 1955 to Frederick and Glenda (Brown) Middaugh and raised in Andover, NY where she graduated with the Class of 72. 

Patricia enjoyed more than anything her time with her grandchildren and baking. Her infamous, soft sugar cookies, which she hand-decorated for everyone in the family, will be sorely missed. She baked for her church and loved her church community. Pat hosted legendary feasts on holidays where everyone got their favorite dish, including her renowned Beef on Weck. Pat created amazing cakes for hundreds of people at no charge for countless occasions. 

Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Rushford Lake, and the sunny beaches of Florida were a sanctuary for Patricia. She was always at peace near water and found joy boating, swimming, or simply sitting near it. 

Pat held many jobs including nurse, private-school teacher, and perhaps most notably, her administrative duties for the National Red Cross in Washington, DC.  She enjoyed keeping up with the latest styles and never missed an opportunity to share what was on her mind.  Despite having a chronic illness that she battled for decades, she fought with courage and resilience to spend time being a grandmother and that is the job held most dear to her heart. It is as a loving and generous grandma that she will most be remembered. 

Patricia was met in heaven by her parents and grandson, Riley Powell. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dennis; children, Raymond (Lisa) and Rebecca; along with grandchildren, Seth, Ian, Mason, Isabella, Sage, Samantha, Marianna, and Rosalina; and her siblings, Rick (Dawn), Marcieanne (Wayne), Scott (Vicky), and Linda (David), countless nieces and nephews, and her dear feline companion, Pudder. 

A private service will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery for immediate family and close friends. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Anne Bornand Walchli, 93

Wellsville, NY - Anne Bornand Walchli, 93, passed away at home on July 17, 2021 after a brief illness. Anne Stephens Bornand was born October 14, 1927 in Westfield, New York, the daughter of Jeanette Stephens Cochrane and Max Arnold Bornand.

Mrs. Walchli graduated from Westfield Academy and High School in 1945. During high school she played clarinet in the school band, the cello in the orchestra, and accompanied both the boys and girls choirs on the piano. In addition, she was the substitute organist for the Presbyterian Church in Westfield. She also was a member of the National Honor Society and served as Class President her junior year and Class Vice-President her sophomore and senior years. Mrs. Walchli attended Elmira College and graduated in 1949 with a degree in math and music. Her senior piano recital was Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. After graduating from college, Mrs. Walchli taught geometry and algebra at Wellsville High School from 1949 to 1951.

On August 4, 1951, Mrs. Walchli married John William Walchli at her home in Westfield, New York. As a loving and enthusiastic mom, Mrs. Walchli baked hundreds of cookies and cupcakes for her children’s classes, helped with math homework and played the piano when music was needed in classes or with high school musicals. She loved to knit and produced mittens and sweaters with intricate patterns. She supported Warm the Children and when the program ended would knit scarfs and send them to the elementary school with warm clothing. She loved winter sports. Every Saturday in the winter she would wake everyone at the crack of dawn and start loading skis and poles in the car. When her children were small, she would build an ice-skating rink in the back yard.

Mrs. Walchli is survived by her children Barbara (Larry Seay), John Jr. (Lisa Clark) and Jim, and her grandsons Kyle (Brianna) and John Richard. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Phyllis Bornand and Lou Ann Walchli and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Walchli was predeceased by her parents, her husband John Sr., daughter Elizabeth (Betsy) and sister Jan Tarleton, brother Jim Bornand and brother-in-law Edward Walchli.

Mrs. Walchli has been a member of the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville since 1951 and taught Sunday school and vacation bible school for a number of years. Mrs. Walchli was active in Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, serving as a troop leader for both organizations. Mrs. Walchli was also a member of the Wellsville, NY branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) where she served in several officer positions.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellsville High School (Elizabeth Walchli Scholarship Fund),126 W. State Street, Wellsville, New York 14895 or to a charity close to your heart. Friends may call at J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville Thursday August 5 between 4:30 and 7 pm. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday August 6 at 10:30 am at the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville with the Rev. Craig Buelow and Rev. Donald Weaver presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Monday, July 26, 2021

Thomas W. Forness, Service Announcement


Wellsville, NY - The friends and family of Thomas W. Forness are invited to celebrate his life on Sunday, August 1, 2021, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville. 

Tom passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021. To leave online condolences, or read the complete obituary, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Robert “Ozzy” Ordway, 59

Andover, NY - Robert “Ozzy” Ordway, 59, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born in Wellsville's Jones Memorial Hospital on November 21, 1961 the son of Franklin and Ida Ordway. 

He was a life-long Wellsville area resident (including Alma and Andover). He held many jobs in the area, the two longest were at Bells grocery store and Hornell TV Cable. Other short-term jobs were at Save-a-Lot, Alfred Cable TV System, maintenance for an area motel, and some landscaping work. 

As a young person, he could be seen driving his sports car with the ragtop down and the radio loud. He loved working on cars or being in the outdoors. Whenever possible, he would be fishing, hunting, or camping with family. At home, you would find him in the pool or barbecuing dinner on the porch year round. Friends were drawn to his hospitality and sense of humor. 

Bob was predeceased by a brother, two sisters, and his father. He is survived by his mother, Ida Ordway of Andover, his sister Linda Sootheran of Andover, his son James Ordway of Alma & Wellsville, four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

There will be no visitation hours or funeral service. His cremains will be scattered in the woods where he was the happiest. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Barbara Ann Bastian, 80

Wellsville, NY - Barbara Ann Bastian, 80, formerly of 135 N. Brooklyn Avenue, Wellsville, passed away on Saturday (Jun. 25, 2021) in Huachuca City, Arizona, following a brief illness. She passed peacefully at home with her family at her side. She was born January 12, 1941, in Niagara Falls, the daughter of the late Wilbur F. and Esther H. (LaRock) Ganzhorn. On Feb. 16, 1963, in Niagara Falls, she married Edward L. Bastian, who preceded her in 2013.

Barb was a graduate of St. Mary's School for the Deaf in Buffalo and also a graduate of Roberts Cosmetology School. She was a member of the Buffalo Club for the Deaf for 40 years, and a homemaker.

Surviving her are two sons, Terrance A. (Helen S.) Bastian of Huachuca City, Arizona, and William E. (Nancy J.) Bastian of Wellsville, as well as eight grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Patrica M. (Edward L.) Walker of Lewiston, NY. She was predeceased by, in addition to her parents and husband, her brother Barry A. (Sharon L.) Ganzhorn of Caledonia, NY.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday (Oct. 9, 2021) at 3:00 p.m. for a graveside service in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations to the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company #3. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Charles E. Anderson. 49

Bronx, NY - Charles E. Anderson of Bronx, NY, passed away at home on Monday, May 31, 2021. He was 49 years old. Charles was born on March 7, 1972 at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY. He was the son of Catherine (LoCicero) and the late Russell R. Anderson.

Charles is survived by his mother, Catherine LoCicero Anderson of Wellsville, NY,  brothers: John R. Anderson of Wellsville & Tyler, TX, Michael (Antoinette) Anderson of Hoboken, NJ, nephew Brendan (Jordan Washburn) Anderson and their children, Ryder, Oaklee and Everlee of Scio, NY, nephew and Godson Nick Anderson of Los Angeles, CA, and niece Rayanna Anderson of Los Angeles, CA & Wellsville, NY, his beloved Aunt Barbara Judd and Uncle Joe and Aunt Clare LoCicero and several dear cousins.

Charles was predeceased by his father, Russell Anderson, his Uncle Malcolm Judd and was named after his grandfather, Salvatore Charlie LoCicero.

After graduation from Rush-Henrietta and Monroe Community College in Rochester, where he played lacrosse, Charles worked for Xerox with his father, who designed copy machines and the first Xerox fax machine.

Charles then moved to Atlanta where he lived downtown and worked in the Buckhead Finance department in the Buckhead Finance District, creating various computer networks and information technology (IT) with Medaphis.

From 1999 to 2001, he was part of a team for IFG that prepared networks in New York City to stay online during Y2K, a position he stayed with after 2000 to make sure nothing failed.

He was certified by Bill Gates on original Microsoft engineering systems and became a network administrator for Interwoven and an IT manager at ConsumerPowerline. During the pandemic, Charles was hospitalized twice, but continued to work in the New Jersey hospital system installing servers and setting up once-internal servers to allow doctors to work and see patients remotely until the time of his death.

Charles was a volunteer firefighter for the Duke Hose Fire Company in Wellsville. His hobbies included building computers, skateboarding, running the Boilermaker 15k, Marvel and DC comics and the action movies, helping others at Volunteers of America, watching Syracuse sports, the Yankees and Buffalo Bills and traveling to see his niece and nephews play sports or music.

An outdoor memorial service for all friends and family will be held on Saturday, July 24 at noon at the Anderson home on 540 North Main Street in Wellsville, NY, 14895 with a celebration of life immediately following.

A family burial will take place in Perinton, NY, where he will be laid to rest with his father. A memorial service will be held in Atlanta in August.

Online condolences can be sent to Catherine Anderson at rande@aol.com. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Volunteers of America in Charles' name on their website (www.voa-gny.org).

Thomas W. Forness, 82

Wellsville, NY - Thomas W. Forness, 82, of Proctor Road, passed away on Monday, July 19, 2021 at Highland Park Rehab and Nursing Center after a long illness. He was born in Olean on September 12, 1938 the son of the late Leo E. and Marie (Hassett) Forness. On October 17, 1959 in Portville he married his wife of sixty-one years, the former Marilyn K. Smith, who survives.

Tom was raised in Allegany and was a  1956 graduate of Allegany Central Schools, where he was inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1956 – 1964. He was first employed by Wirthmore Feed Co, until he started his career with the Wellsville Police Department, as a Patrolman from 1971 – 1989, and a Dispatcher from 1970 until 2000. Additionally he was an Agent for the Prudential Insurance Company in Wellsville for 25 years. Tom later worked for Arnoys & Dye, and Carquest until February of 2020. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Dyke Street Engine Co. #2, and the Wellsville Country Club - where he was an avid golfer. He was a lifelong fan of all sports, from the local high school level to the professionals, especially the Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees. 

He is survived by: his wife, Marilyn; three children, Christopher J. (Jamie) Forness of Wellsville, Kelly Goodridge of Wellsville, and Lisa Forness of Whitesville; a daughter-in-law, Kim Forness of Troy, Ohio; twelve grandchildren, Katelyn (Cory) Waters, Joshua (Courtney Buentello) Hanchett, Matthew Forness, Megan (Kade Hanchett) Goodridge, Courtney (C.J. Knight) Ainsworth, Kendra (Jerrod Gullett) Forness, Thomas W. Forness II, Gabrielle Forness, Grace Forness, Serena Ainsworth, Brennan Forness, and Camron Lyons; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Edward Forness and Ray Forness; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his Father Leo, his mother, Marie Rose, a son, Patrick Forness; a granddaughter, Jessica Hanchett; two sisters, Patricia Wilber, and Ann Pezzimenti 

A private graveside service with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. A public celebration is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, Allegany County Cancer Services, or the Dyke Street Engine Co. # 2. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Joanne C. Brandes, service announcement

Wellsville, NY

Joanne C. Brandes - The friends and family of Joanne Brandes are invited to celebrate her life at a memorial service on Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 10:00 am in the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4229 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  

Joanne passed away on November 21, 2020. To leave online condolences, or to read the complete obituary please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com