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

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Jerome J. Hart, Service Announcement

Wellsville, NY - Jerome J. Hart

The friends and family of Jerome Hart are invited to celebrate his life on Friday, August 6, 2021, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 7, at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. 

Jerome passed away on May 2, 2020. To leave online condolences, or read the complete obituary, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, July 12, 2021

Eileen Marie Kane, 64

Scio, NY: Eileen Marie Kane, 64, of 3821 Dry Brook Road passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville with her family at her side. She was born September 11, 1956 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late George M. and Betty Jean (Barnes) Lynch. On December 14, 1974  in Belmont she married Dale “Tex” Kane who survives. 

Eileen was raised in Wellsville, and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was formerly employed at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville Manor, Manor Hills, where she was a member of the original staff, the Allegany County Office for the Aging, and most recently as a cafeteria staff member at Wellsville Central School. She was a member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702 Auxiliary, a former member of the Frank B. Church VFW Post 2530 Auxiliary, and volunteered for a variety of community services activities. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Nancy Jean Kane of Orlando, FL, Jonathon F. Kane of Wellsville, and Tracey (Jim) Carlson of Las Vegas, Nevada, seven grandchildren, Kayson, Kaleb, Bradley, Jacquelyn, Krysta, Triston, and Lelynn, a great-granddaughter, Vivian, seven siblings, Rose Mary Bennett, Terry (Reita) Lynch, Robert Lynch, Doug (Judy) Lynch, Monica Lynch, Jeanine (Art) Neuman, and Mary (Mike) Fisk, a brother-in-law, Donny Kane, as well as several nieces and nephews. 

The family would like to thank Liz and the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps crew, John Waide, Doctor Yasin, nurses Christine and Annette, as well as the ICU Staff at Jones Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 15, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 16, at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Luther D. Washer, 65

Allentown, NY - Luther D. Washer, 65, of 6173 Drum Road, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at home with his family at his side. He was born March 14, 1956 in Wellsville the son of  Wilfred and Etta Ann (Chapman) Washer Jr. On September 14, 1979 in Hamburg he married Sharon B. Kuebler, who survives. 

Lue was raised in Allentown, and was a 1974 graduate of Scio Central School. He was formerly employed at Friendship Dairies, Stroehmann Bakeries, co-owner and operator of Washer & Washer Contracting; and most recently a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Alma, retiring in 2017. He was a member of the Bolivar Country Club, Sons of the American Legion Squadron #702, Bolivar F & AM Lodge #258, and the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering, and most of all spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a good friend to many. 

In addition to his wife Sharon, he is survived by: a daughter, Bethany (Troy) Geisel of Allentown; three grandchildren, Gabriel, Briar Lue, and Sawyer; his mother, Etta Ann Chapman, two brothers Wilfred “Michael” (Becky) Washer of Jamestown, and Joseph E. Washer of Leicester; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by: his son, Dustin Lue Washer in 1997; his father, Junior Washer; and stepmother, Betty Jean Washer.  

Friends are invited to call on Friday, July 9, 2021 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. There will be a graveside service on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 10:00 am in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to The Dustin Washer Scholarship Fund, %ALCO, 2859 Lindy Lane, Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, July 5, 2021

Christopher Emerson, Service Announcement

Wellsville, NY: Christopher E. Emerson 

The friends of Christopher Emerson are invited to attend a graveside memorial service in his memory this Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:00 am in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. A luncheon will be held afterwards at the Wellsville VFW Frank B. Church Post 2530. Chris passed away on January 3, 2021. To read the complete obituary or to leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Marjorie L. Finn- Service Announcement

Wellsville, NY: Marjorie L. Finn

The friends of Marjorie L. Finn are invited to attend a Mass in her memory on Sunday, July 11, 2021 at 9:45 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 am in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Marjorie died April 9, 2020, to read the complete obituary or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Lois S. Flurschutz, 95

Wellsville, NY - Lois S. Flurschutz, 95, of Fassett Lane, entered into eternal rest Saturday, July 3 , 2021, at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born January 23, 1926, the daughter of the late Milford C. and Lydia (Fleischman) Sweet. On November 15, 1946 at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, she married her high school sweetheart, Edward Flurschutz, who survives. 

Following graduation from Wellsville High School (Class of 1943), Lois was employed by Empire Gas and Fuel Company. After raising a family, she worked at David A. Howe Library where she enjoyed interacting with the public. 

She was a life member of Trinity Lutheran Church and its Dorcas Guild and Ladies Aid Society. She was involved in many other areas of church life including Sunday school, choir, and wherever help was needed. Lois also expressed her faith in compassion and kindness to others: caring for family members, visiting shut-ins and delivering books to them, and volunteering for Jones Memorial Hospital, Meals on Wheels, and the American Cancer Society. She enjoyed reading, cooking, crocheting and craft projects, and working on the NY Times crossword. Above all, Lois will be fondly remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and “Gigi,” with an endearing smile for all. 

In addition to her husband, Edward, she is survived by a daughter, Kay (Michael) McCulloch of Wellsville; two sons, John (Carol) Flurschutz and Dan (Cindy) Flurschutz of Wellsville; seven grandchildren, Eric (Ashley) Stuck; Kate (Sam) Weir, Sarah (Josh) Van Dyke, Tim (Jessie) Flurschutz; and Greg (Logan) Flurschutz, Kyle Flurschutz, and Ian Flurschutz; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gladys Sweet, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son-in law, Glenn “Skip” Stuck; an infant granddaughter, Stacie Flurschutz; and her brothers, Robert C. Sweet and Paul M. Sweet, all of Wellsville.

Friends are invited to call from 10:30 am to 12 pm on Tuesday, July 6 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wellsville. A funeral service will follow at 12 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Eric Ash Sr. presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or David A. Howe Public Library, 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, June 28, 2021

Ann L. Cronin, 85

Wellsville, NY - Ann L. Cronin, 85, of Madison St, Wellsville, passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Ann was born on March 8, 1936 to the late Lee and Doris (Whitney) Marvel. On December 1, 1956, at the Blessed Sacrament church in Andover, she married William Cronin who predeceased her on November 30, 2018.

Ann graduated from business school in Rochester and worked for Haloid (Xerox), the Accounting Department at the Erie Railroad in Hornell,  a part-time bookkeeper for the Western Auto in Wellsville, and sold Century 21 Real Estate.  In addition, she was a volunteer for the Mercy Associates and was a 50 year member of the Father Brown Mission Club. In her younger years she volunteered at Immaculate Conception School and enjoyed square dancing and camping.

Survivors include 2 sons: Joseph (Karen) Cronin of Fairport and Michael Cronin of Fairport; 2 daughters:  Michele (Jim) Nicoloff of Hornell and Kimberly Cronin of Oneonta; 9 grandchildren: Patrick and Michael Nicoloff, William, Kelly, Daniel, and Susan Bunchuck, Katie and Nicole Cronin, and Nicolas Cronin; a brother in law: James (Loretta) Cronin of Wellsville; a sister in law, Jane Cronin of Canisteo; and several nieces and nephews including Shelly [Edward] Callahan and Stacey Hungerford.

Ann was predeceased by her parents, and her husband, Bill.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, from 4 to 7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Thursday a prayer service will be held at 10:30am at the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11:00am at the Immaculate Conception Church with burial in  Sacred Heart Cemetery. Contributions in Ann's name may be made to either the Father Brown Mission Club or to Immaculate Conception Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, June 25, 2021

David A. Marsh, 63

Wellsville, NY - David A. Marsh, 63, of Rauber Street passed away on June 23, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. He was born in Wellsville on February 18, 1958 the son of the late Donald and Ruth (Buckout) Marsh. On August 31, 1999 at home in Wellsville he married his wife Karen Yetman who survives.

Dave was a life long resident of Wellsville. He was a 1976 graduate of Wellsville High School and a graduate from Alfred State Vocational School. He continued his education by earning an Associate's degree in Engineering from Alfred State College. Upon graduating, he began his career at Air-Preheater as a draftsman. He later moved on to Dresser-Rand, from where he retired after thirty-five years of service as a Machinist & Assembler. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists Moore Lodge #1580 of Wellsville. 

Outside of work, Dave enjoyed being outdoors, including hunting and fishing. Most of all he loved being at home, working in his vegetable garden, and building his own oasis. He also continued to pursue his life-long passion of restoring classic automobiles including his 1965 Impala SS convertible. He especially loved his family and being with them, even while ill he enjoyed family gatherings. Dave was also an avid Yankees and NASCAR fan.

In addition to his wife of twenty-one years Karen, he is survived by: six children, Joshua (Melanie) Marsh of Monroeville, PA, Jackie (Ed) Shea of Wellsville, Jeremy (Abby) Marsh of Belmont, Sarah (Chris) Beeghley of North Collins, Rachel (Brooke Gustin) Yetman of Wellsville, and Alanna (Brett McPeek) Yetman of Port Orange, FL; fourteen grandchildren; a brother Dan (Annette) Marsh of Scio; a niece; and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 5 – 7 pm and Wednesday, June 30 from 12 noon to 1pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 W. State St.). The funeral will follow on Wednesday at 1pm with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to The Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Amber Nicole Claire, 33

Wellsville, NY - Amber Nicole Claire, 33, of 689 Trapping Brook Road died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, June 20, 2021. She was born November 16, 1987 in Wellsville, the daughter of John P. and Amy L. (Cradduck) Layfield. On July 23, 2011 in Scio she married Jeffrey D. Claire who survives.

Amber was raised in Allentown, and was a 2006 graduate of Scio Central School. She also attended Jamestown Community College. She was a Stay at Home Mom for several years, and was currently employed as a Home Health Aide. She attended the Restoration Church of Christ in Scio, she loved fishing with her boys, and enjoyed helping her dad at the Allegany Memorial Speedway.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are two sons, Cohen and Austin Claire, her father, John Layfield of Allentown, her mother, Amy Layfield of Wellsville, six siblings, Lynne (Brad) Billings, Joshua (Sydnee) Slocum, Macey Hint, Caleb Swift, Johnny Layfield, and Job Layfield, four nieces, Myah, Leah, Abbie, and Zoe. She was predeceased by a sister Melissa Morris, and a nephew, Garrett Morris.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 24, 2021 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the Restoration Church of Christ, 4017 Main Street in Scio. The funeral will follow at 2:00 pm with Glen Layfield, Minister in Charge, presiding. Burial will in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar. Please consider memorial donations to Restoration Church of Christ. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


James R. Wenslow, 86

Wellsville, NY - James R. Wenslow, 86, of East State Street, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2021 at home surrounded by family. He was born at home in Nansen, PA on September 24, 1934 the son of the late Frank and Ida Mae (Rowlands) Wenslow. In 1958 he married the late Anne Braun of Rochester, with whom he had his first three children. After Anne and Jim went their separate ways, he married the former Ginny (Vossler) Adams on June 12, 1981, from whom he gained three children, and had two more.

Jim was raised in Leaper, and Kane, PA and was a 1952 graduate of Kane High School. Upon graduating he attended Mansfield University pursuing a double major in Math and Science while also working as a full time head cook. After graduating from Mansfield he continued his culinary career for several years before he began teaching Math. He taught at several schools in Western New York including Troopsburg, Angelica, and Alfred State - where he worked from 1959 to 1997, retiring after 38 years. During his time at Alfred he became known as a loose-cannon who fiercely advocated for students and mentored thousands as “Teach babe”. During his tenure at Alfred he earned his Masters from the University of Pittsburgh and SUNY Geneseo, and eventually was one credit shy of earning his PhD.

Outside of his career, Jim was a proud family man who dearly loved all of his children and grandchildren. He was also involved with several organizations such as the Boy Scouts, and Hornell Kiwanis club (for whom he cooked), he was a past member Bethel Lutheran Church of Portville, and a founding member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, he loved reading, gardening, poetry and playing chess.

He is survived by: his wife of forty years, Ginny; seven children, Michael (Jennifer Evans) Wenslow of Los Angeles, Cynthia (Stuart Yaniger) Wenslow of Gilbert, AZ, Amy (Jeff) Wenslow-Fretz of Pasadena, CA, Erik (Tracey) Adams, Valerie (Clay) Steadman, Richard (Wendy) Wenslow, and Frank (Sara) Wenslow, all of Wellsville; eighteen grandchildren, Jarrick, Liz, Joe, Katie, Buddy, Nate, Zeruviah, Lillian, Cordelia, Isabella, Gabriel, D’Artagnan, Zoey, Kirsten, Brooke, Christian, Rilea, and Nicki; a brother, Don (Nance) Wenslow of Blossburg, PA; a sister, Alberta (John) Campbell of Kansas City; a daughter-in-law, Linda Adams-Hilliard; a brother-in-law Dale Vossler; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by: an infant daughter, Susan Wenslow; a son, Dale Adams; his first wife, Anne Wenslow; and a brother, Ronald Wenslow.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 11am to 1 pm at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4229 Fassett Lane, Wellsville, NY 14895. A funeral service will follow at 1 PM with the Reverend Bill Wilson presiding. Please consider memorial donations to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Wellsville, or to a charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Carla M. Baldwin, 80

Wellsville, NY - Carla M. Baldwin, 80, of 2972 Trapping Brook Road, passed away on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born on May 22, 1941 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Raymond and Clara (Green) Fox.  On August 14, 1980 in Wellsville, she married Lewis J. “Louie” Baldwin who predeceased her on October 30, 2002.

Carla was a life long resident of Wellsville, and a 1968 graduate of Wellsville High School. 

She is survived by a son, David Fanton of Wellsville; a daughter, Susan Sekoll of Scio, several grandchildren; a sister, Cecelia Romano of Winston, OR; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: a brother, Raymond Fox; and a sister, Barbara Ordiway. 

A private service is being planned at the family's convenience. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Donald Michael Gould, 75

Elmira, NY - Donald Michael Gould, 75, passed away on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born on December 14, 1945 in Penn Yan, NY the son of Michael and Edith (Harrison) Gould. 

Donald was raised in Penn Yan, and was a 1964 graduate of Corning East High School. He served with the United States Army from 1965 to 1968. Upon his discharge, he joined the Welding profession and worked for Schweizer Aircraft in Horseheads, NY. 

He is survived by: a sister, Judy Campanelli of Elmira; a brother, Michael (Dee) Campanelli of Medina, NY; and a nephew. He was predeceased by: his father, Michael Gould; and his mother Edith Campanelli. 

A private graveside service at Bath National Cemetery is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Robert J. Carroll, 91

Shinglehouse, PA - Robert J. Carroll, 91, of Eleven Mile Road, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at home surrounded by his family. He was born April 6, 1930 in Wellsville, NY the son of the late George and Florence (Cooney) Carroll. On October 16, 1954 in Genesee, PA he married Betty Eaton who predeceased him on March 3, 2021. 

Bob was a 1949 graduate of Shinglehouse High School, where he was a member of Future Farmers of America. He began his career with C.E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville in 1949 and retired in 1992. He was a member of St. Theresa's Church in Shinglehouse, and attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.

He is survived by: two daughters, Ann (Steven) Carroll-Lee of Webster, and Nancy (Robert) Weber of Coudersport; two granddaughters, Kim (Jeremy) Grossman of Gaines, PA, and Janel Weber of Coudersport; two great-grandsons, Cole and Reed Grossman; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Guido and Audrey Eaton; a brother-in-law, Max Stuckey Sr., as wells as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by: two brothers, Francis Carroll, and Paul Carroll; and a sister, Phillis Carroll. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at St. Eulalia  Church, 6 Maple Street in Coudersport, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am with Rev. James Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery in Kinney, PA. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donors choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

David D. Chilson, 73

Belmont, NY: David D. Chilson, 73, of Baker Valley Road passed away on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31. 2021 at the Buffalo VA Hospital. Dave was born April 10, 1948 in Hornell, the son of the late Ernest H. and Lena Mae (Burdick) Chilson. On December 26, 1968, in Belmont, he married the former Meredith McNinch, who survives.

Dave was a 1966 graduate of  Belmont Central High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1966 to 1972, and served in Viet Nam from 1967-1968. Following his military service, he began his career at Alfred State College in 1971, and retired as a Stationary Engineer in 2001. It was then he began working at the Wellsville Campus of Alfred State College as an HVAC Support Staff until 2002. He went back again to the School of Vocational Studies from 2003 until 2020. 

Dave was a member and Past Commander of the Herbert DeLong Post 808 American Legion in Belmont, a member of the Allegany County Viet Nam Veterans Organization, a life member of Belmont Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He was the Allegany County Demolition Derby Champ in 1973. “If you need it, he could make it; if you break it, he could fix it!”  

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Meredith, two daughters: Denise Chilson of Victor NY and Jennifer (Sean) McMahon of Penfield NY; seven grandchildren: Gates McMahon, Aidan McMahon, Faith McMahon, Maia McMahon, Emma Chilson-Cline, Christopher Chilson Cline, and Jacob Chilson Cline; and an honorary grandson, Va Thorn, three sisters: Marlene (Steve) Cartwright of Belmont, Diane Groves of Corning, and Carolyn (Dennis) Solo of Hornell; two brothers: Rick (Deborah) Chilson of Belmont and Brian (Renne) Chilson of Michigan; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and two beloved dogs, Nellie and Dulci

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and Thursday, June 3, from 11:00 am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. A memorial service will follow visitation Thursday at noon in the funeral home with Pastor Chris Mattison presiding. Burial with full military honors will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Joseph Lynn Mead Sr., 85

Belmont, NY - Joseph Lynn Mead Sr., 85, of Noble Street, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness. He was born in Gainsville, NY in March of 1936, at home on the night of a horrible snowstorm, to the late Galusha Lynn and EllaPauline (Ennis) Mead. On April 19, 1957 in Orlando, FL he married Margaret “Maggie” R. Wilson, with whom he had three children. She predeceased him on August 25, 2014. On September 30, 1978, Joe married Kathleen M Buchheit who predeceased him on May 7, 1998. On June 14, 2003 Joe married the former Laura A. Zema of Hornell, who survives.

Joe started his schooling in a One-Room School House before attending Belmont High School, where he graduated in 1954. During his school years, Joe was active in extracurricular activities, especially the Boy Scouts; where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm, the Scouter's Key, the God and Country Award, and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow. Upon graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served four years of active duty and four years in the reserves. While enlisted, he maintained his passion for singing by performing in several churches, clubs, and productions, including three lead roles in Gilbert & Sullivan Operas with the Orlando, FL Symphony Orchestra. He also traveled with the Air Force's “The Flight in Blue” Entertainment Group. After his time in the air force, Joe went to work in the Parts Marketing Department of Worthington Corporation in Wellsville and later the Purchasing Department. Ultimately, he worked for Dresser-Rand for thirty-one years. While working for Dresser-Rand he joined the Navy Reserve in Hornell, and then transferred to the Army Reserve in Wayland, keeping the rank of Staff Sargent (E6) which he had attained from his time in the Air Force. Joe attended Drill Instructor School, where he graduated with honors and was first and oldest in his class, meaning a promotion to Sargent First Class (E7). He was a Drill Sargent for twelve years. His final promotion was to Master Sargent (E8), upon retirement from the Academy, he had served in the Armed Forces a total of 30 years, both active duty and reserve. Outside of his very active careers, he enjoyed hunting, having been to ten different states, Mexico, Canada, and two trips to Africa, to do so. He was a cook at Wellspring Ministry, a Bass singer for the Genesee Valley Chorus, a member of the American Legion posts #702 and #808, the Belmont Rotary Club, The Players, a former member of the Amity Rescue Squad, and he performed in the Wellsville Lion's Club Minstrel Show several times.

Overall, Joe considered himself to have had “a pretty darn good life”. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who will be dearly missed.

In addition to his wife, Laurie Zema-Mead, Joe is survived by: two sons, Dwayne “Pete” Mead of Belmont, and Michael (Gaye Lea) A.E. Mead of Apopka, FL; a sister, Carol Ann “Sis” Mead of Scio; a mother-in-law Pamela Zema of Hornell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Linda (Fred) Zema-Cagnetto of Goshen, NY, Christopher (Lisa) Zema of St Petersburg, FL, Paul Zema of Nassau, NY and Rosemary (Jason) Waddle, of North Port, FL; five grandchildren, Christina Morris, Lauren Sizemore, Jessica Catapano, Shane Mead, and Sean Mead; three great-grandchildren, Kora Morris, Jeremiah Morris, and Ashley Sizemore; and his best K-9 riding buddy, “Bro Bro”. He was predeceased by a son, Joseph Lynn Mead Jr. on November 8, 2012. 

Friends are invited to call Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 6-8 PM and Friday, May 28, from 12-2 PM at the Belmont United Methodist Church, 7 Park Circle. The funeral will follow visitation Friday at 2PM. Interment with full military honors will be in Forest Hills Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, American Legion Post 808, Belmont, or the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Love Lives On
A life well-lived doesn't end
anymore than music ends . . .
It echoes through time
with whispers of beauty and grace . . .
If we listen,
we can hear the encore
with our hearts,
for the song plays on,
just as love lives on.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Norman P. Miller, 84

Wellsville, NY - Norman P. Miller, 84, of 2852 Larchwood Drive, passed away May 18, 2021 at home with his family at his side. He was born in Olean on December 6, 1936, the son of the late Edwin P. and Beatrice (Jordan) Miller. On August 30, 1957 he married the former Wilda Scott, who survives.

Norm was raised in Portville, and was a 1955 graduate of Portville High School. He began his 35 year career at Air Preheater Company as a welder and retired in 1996 as the Plant Manager. During those years, he was also owner and operator Miller Masonry, where he designed and worked on several projects without the benefit of blueprints. He also helped design and build Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Wellsville Country Club, a former member of the Wellsville Lions Club, and was a passionate beekeeper.  

In addition to his wife, Wilda, he is survived by: a daughter, Mary Lou (Curtis) Lovel, of Chesapeake VA; two sons, Jody (Kathleen) Miller of East Aurora, and Norman “Scott” Miller of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Kimberly (Nat) Wilson, Derek (Stephanie) Lovel, Rachel (Brad) Krajewski, Sarah (Julius Peterson) Miller, Norman P. Miller II, Justin Cutten, and Nathan Cutten; seven great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Rod Cutten, a brother, William Miller; a sister, Carol (Bob) Kordish; two sisters-in-law, Gladys Miller, and Emily Jeanne Swartz; and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by: a daughter, Lisa Cutten on December 19, 2017, and a brother, Richard Miller. 

Friends are invited to call Thursday, May, 20, 2021 from 4-6 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11 AM in the Shepherd of the Valley Church, 4164 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to Shepherd of the Valley Church, or the Hart Comfort House (141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY). To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Monday, May 17, 2021

Scott Dallas Bruner, 62

Olean, NY - It saddens our hearts to announce the sudden passing of Scott Dallas Bruner on May 8, 2021 at age 62. Scott was born on April 10, 1959 in Olean, the son of Harry and Doris (Baldwin) Bruner.

Scott attended the Griffith Institute in Springville, and was a veteran of the U. S. Navy. He was a “Jack of all trades” and was an excellent salesperson, mostly because of infectious personality. Scott had a loving bond with his nieces and nephews, especially Kyle and Corrie Ahrens of Friendship, and Amber and Larry Snyder of Olean, as well as his many great nieces and nephews. He had no children of this own, but assisted with raising a young man named Brandon Skaggs from Pittsburgh, PA, who he loved like a son. He was also a pet parent to his cats, Frodo and Possum. He co-parented his sister's dog, Willow and his very good friend Ed's dog, Pupino.

He enjoyed spending time with family, working on his motorcycle, and very LOUD music that he shared with the neighborhood in the summer. He was humorous, sensitive, friendly and would take the shirt off his back if needed. We love you Scott.

He is survived by a brother Mark (Paula) Bruner of Bolivar, a sister, Cindy (Bob) Dickerson of Bolivar, two step brothers, Don Taylor of Wellsville, and Vinnie (Sissie) Taylor of Kentucky.

Friends are invited to a celebration and memorial on Sunday May 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Brookside Wesleyan Church, 3456 Andover Road in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences, please visit wwwembserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Marilyn Edwards, age 73

Wellsville, NY - Marilyn  Edwards, age 73, passed away on Wednesday May 12, 2021 at the Highland Health Care Center In Wellsville. She was born on December 31, 1947 in Wellsville to the late Franklin and Florence Earl Skillman. She predeceased by her her first husband David “Willie the Wizard” Hullihen on July 16, 1999 and her second husband William Edwards on April 1, 2018.

Marilyn was a life long resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School in 1965 and attended SUNY Geneseo. She was a stay at home mom during the day and worked at Peterson's Drug Store at night and later worked full time for Allegany Abstract. Every year she and her whole family would actively participated in the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally, hosting balloonists and crewing for them. She absolutely loved her grandchildren and enjoyed watching Hallmark movies and would give you the shirt off her back. Marilyn was a member of the “The Way” a religious organization in Rochester. It was through her strong faith that she was able to keep a positive outlook on life during her illness.

Marilyn is survive by 2 daughter, Amanda (Chad) Sibble of Wellsville and Samantha McGee of Jamestown; 4 grandchildren, Logan and Lexi Sibble and Hayden and Megan McGee; 5 sisters, Sheila (William) Greene of Wellsville, Linda Weinreber of Belmont, Sandy (Tim) Aiken of Wellsville, Kathy (Dale) Mills of Fort Edward and Carol Skillman of Belmont; a brother in law, Carl (Kris) Edwards of Limestone; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents and husbands she was predeceased by a brother Frank Skillman, a nephew Jesse Aaron Dodd and a brother in law Bruce Hullihen.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 14, from 6-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A graveside service with Pastor Dick Helms presiding will be held on Saturday, May 15, at 11 am in Woodlawn Cemetery. The service will be available via Facebook  live stream on the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contributions to either the Allegany County SPCA, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY  14813: or to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Arthur M. Van Tyne, 95

Wellsville, NY - Arthur M. Van Tyne, 95, passed away on Monday, May 10, 2021, at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY, after a short illness. He was born on August 12, 1925 in Syracuse, NY, the son of the late Roy and Isabelle (Hoag) Van Tyne. He married his sweetheart Patricia (Boyd) Van Tyne, in Chicago on July 13, 1946. They were married for sixty-seven years before she passed away on February 24, 2014.

Art was raised in Syracuse, NY until his father, a steel-alloy chemist, moved the family to New Jersey to aid in the wartime steel effort. Upon graduating from high school at the age of 16 he worked in the steel mill for a year before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corp’s (now the U.S. Air Force) Cadet Program in September of 1943. After that he completed flight training at Michigan State University and military bases in Kansas and Texas, Art became a navigator aboard the Curtiss C-46 Commando Cargo aircraft. He was stationed at the 5th Air Force Headquarters in the Pacific theater, where he flew missions over Okinawa, Japan, southern China, and South Korea. Art was awarded several medals and honors, including the Navigator Badge, the Army of Occupation Medal with Japan bar, and several other achievement and commendation medals. Art was honorably discharged in 1947. He then joined the Air Force Reserve as a Military Operational Specialist. He retired from the reserves in 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 2013 Art was inducted into the New York State Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

After his military career, Art became a distinguished Petroleum Geologist and settled in Wellsville, NY. Throughout the years Art served the Wellsville community in numerous ways: Deputy Mayor for 12 years; Village Trustee; President of the local Rotary and a Paul Harris fellow; Chairman of the Board for Jones Memorial Hospital for many years; Chairman of the Allegany County Republican Party, President of local United Way; Vestryman of St. John’s Episcopal Church; a member the American Legion and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. On a state and national level, Art was President of the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York (2 terms), long time board member of the NY State Oil Producers Association, and Secretary of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (2 terms).

Known by all, Art was a true gentleman, community leader, pre-eminent geologist, and great father.

He is survived by four children: Judith Van Tyne of Manhattan, NY, Cynthia (Stephen) Ford of Lakewood, NY, Mark (Lonnie) Van Tyne of Canton, OH, and Peter Van Tyne of Wellsville, NY; six grandchildren, Christopher (Xochitl) Kairalla of San Carlos, CA, Daun (Bryan) Curry of Manhattan, NY, MaryAnne (David Humphreys) Van Tyne of Los Angeles, CA, Stephen (Emily) Ford of Lakewood, NY, Lauren and Brad Van Tyne of Canton, OH; three great-grandchildren, Lyla Curry, Dylan Kairalla and Annelise Ford; two nieces, Cheri (Randy) Shaw of Clayton, NY, and Patti (Tim Hennessy) Morrison of Wellsville; and grand-nephew Michael Shaw of Alexandria Bay, NY. He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn Morrison of Syracuse, NY.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 15th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville, NY. A graveside service with full military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, at 2:30 pm. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to: Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895; SPCA-Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813; or Pioneer Oil Museum, 395 Main St., Bolivar, NY 14715. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Sunday, May 9, 2021

Frank Thomas Barnhart Jr., 52

Wellsville, NY - Frank Thomas Barnhart Jr., 52, of 172 Maple Avenue passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 7, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born November 30, 1968 in Wellsville, the son of the late Frank Thomas and Faith (Messler) Barnhart Sr.

Frank was raised in Wellsville and was a 1987 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was employed by the Allegany County Chapter of the NYS Arc, Inc.

He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Taylor, his mother, Faith Hovey, three sisters, Connie, Kelly, and Linda, a brother, Raymond, and an uncle, Paul Barnhart, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 13, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Please consider memorial donation to the Allegany-Steuben Chapter NYS Arc, Inc. 240 O'Connor Street,  Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Robert W. Prior, 79

Allentown, NY - Robert W. Prior, 79, of 5844 State Route 417 passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital, with family at his side. He was born January 1, 1942 in Mount Claire, NJ, the son of Gordon M. and Sophia T. (Chiera) Prior. On August 21, 1983 in Allentown he married Linda L. Gerringer who Survives.

Bob was a graduate of the Wellsville High School, after which he served with the U.S Air Force from 1961 to 1965. Upon Returning from serving his country, Bob helped on the family farm. In June of 1965 he began his career with Worthington Corporation, after 39 years Bob retired from Dresser- Rand Corporation in 2004. He devoted his life to helping others, he spent 52 years as a vital member of the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company, where he served many roles including, Fire Chief, and at the time of his passing he was the company treasurer. In 2011 he felt a new calling and joined the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where at the age of 70 he achieved his very first EMT certification, a mile mark in today's society. Bob served many years on the Allegany County Fire Advisory Board and the EMS Council. He loved planes, and spent much of his free time working with the War Plane Museum in Corning, NY, and  traveling with the historic B-17's.

Surviving in addition to his wife Linda, are seven children, Donna Prior, Scott (Cara) Prior, Robert (Amy) Prior Jr, Jeannie Prior, Kevin (Shawn) Rex, Michelle (Todd) Taylor, Leisa (Tom) Foley, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 2:00 to 4:00pm and 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company. On Wednesday May 12 at 1:00 pm there will be a celebration of life at the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company with a Luncheon to follow. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover at a later date.

Please consider memorial donations to the  Allentown Volunteer Fire Company, PO Box 82, Allentown, NY 14707, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 206, Wellsville, NY 14895, or Allegany County Cancer Services, 100 S. Highland Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895

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


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Patrick J. “The Captain” McKinley, 60

Wellsville -, NY - Patrick J. “The Captain” McKinley, 60, of 152 Pine Street, passed away at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. He was born the son of the late James M. and Ann (Brown) McKinley in Hornell on June 17, 1960. 

He was a life long resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School in 1981. Pat was God's gift to his family, he loved Wellsville and the surrounding area. He had a heart of gold and was a friend to so many people. He was very involved in the community, he held various jobs but his favorite was driving people home safely. His nickname was “The Captain”. 

He was a member of the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company, The Elk's Lodge #1495, Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps., The Moose Lodge #601, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Sons of the American Legion Post #702, and Immaculate Conception Church. He received various community service rewards, but most recently was from Mayor Randy Shayler declaring April 12th  as “Pat 'The Captain' McKinley Day”. Pat loved everybody and everybody loved Pat! 

He is survived by: four brothers, Dennis (Kathy) McKinley of Raleigh, NC, Michael McKinley of Wellsville, Timothy (Kim) McKinley of Anchorage, AK, and James (Tonya) McKinley of Wellsville; four sisters, Mary George of Hornell, Maureen (Jason) Sibble of Wellsville, Margaret (Aaron) Whitehouse of Amherst, and Kate (Jim) Murphy of Wellsville; several loving nieces and nephews, Casey, Jaclyn, Keely, Brittany, Tessa, Miki, Connor, Jill, Megan, Laura, Jessica, Jimmy, Liam, Morgan, Mallory, Brooke, Sean, Jana, Sarah, Richie, and Gavin; several great-nieces and great-nephews, Nora, Lexine, Ella, Norma, Aubrey, Liam, Daxton, Rebel, Emery, Jayden, Alec, and Carley; and several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Pat was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by: a brother, William “Billy” McKinley. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, with Reverend James Hartwell presiding. The service will be available via Facebook live stream on the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Father Brown Mission Club, P.O. Box 464, Wellsville, NY, 14895, or the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company, in care of Timothy Colligan 54 Herman Avenue, Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Chad M. Jordan, 49

Wellsville, NY - Chad M. Jordan, 49, of 135 Pine Street, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021 at home. He was born October 31, 1971 in Hornell, the son of Gary K. and Barbara D. (Costello) Jordan.

Chad was a 1990 graduate of Wellsville High School, and served in the U.S. Army from 1990  to 1992.  He was employed by Wholesale Tire of Belmont and was a former member of the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department.

In addition to his parents, Chad is survived by a brother: Matthew (Rita) Jordan of Wellsville; a sister: Carrie (Kenny) Fanton of Keystone Heights, Florida, as well as three nephews, one niece,  a great-nephew, and a great niece.

A private graveside service and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the SPCA  Serving Allegany County. To leave on-line condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Donald G. Collins, 88

Belfast, NY - Donald G. Collins, 88, of South Street, passed away on May 2, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family. He was born the son of the late Harold L. and Leona (Lewis) Collins on August 6, 1932 in Belfast. On April 9, 1955 he married Barbara A. Doner, who predeceased him, after fifty-nine years of marriage, on February 19, 2015. 

Donald spent his younger years growing up on the family farm in Friendship however, he spent the majority of his lifetime as a resident of the Belfast area. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict and was a member of the Seabees battalion in the Pacific theater. Upon his return, he became a 1964 graduate from Alfred State College of Agriculture. He was always working, including at Worthington Corp. in Wellsville, and the NYS DOT, from which he retired as Foreman on February 18, 1988. He also owned and operated a Case Dealership in Belfast, and was a self-employed contractor. He was an avid motorcyclist, at the age of seventy-five, he and his brother took a cross-country motorcycle ride. Beyond his careers, he was also a member of the Robert Howden American Legion Post 1504 of Belfast for over fifty years, and a member of the Honda Gold Wing Club. 

He is survived by: three daughters, Laurie (Wayne) Symonds, Janie (Mike) Harrington, and Amber (Jeff) Craig; nine grandchildren, Howard (Heather) Lyon, Kyle (Shannon) Lyon, Casey (Margaret) Symonds, Andrew (Alicia) Symonds, Kristen (Joseph) Burress, and Trevin, Corbin, Alexa, and Kira Craig; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Rodney (Louise) Collins of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by: a sister, Gladys Williams.

At this time a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery in Belmont, next to his wife. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Daniel J. Kemp, 62

Albany, NY - Daniel J. Kemp, 62, of Albany, NY, passed away suddenly on December 17, 2020. Dan was born on May 17, 1958 in Hornell, NY and was raised in Wellsville, NY. He graduated from Wellsville High School, Corning Community College, and Buffalo State, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He served as a police officer in Wellsville, a corrections officer at Danbury CT Federal Correctional Institution, and as a U.S. Marshall. After Dan left law enforcement, he co-founded the real estate firm of Kemp and Gallagher in Albany, NY, and later had successful careers in sales and property management.

“Danny” will be fondly remembered as a man that loved to laugh, with a personality as big as his smile. It was absolute and infectious. Dan was a kind and gentle person, who loved to tell funny stories – of which, he had many! Whether he was reflecting on time spent with family and friends (particularly in Wellsville and on Loon Lake) or making new memories in the moment, Dan held a distinctly special way of connecting with people.

More than anything else, he spent his time talking – to anyone who’d listen – about his two sons, Tim & Bill, whom he loved fiercely. Nothing made him happier than spending time with his boys, especially during the holidays. He most notably spent that time discussing his (alleged) scratch handicap, his most recent take on the Buffalo Bills and without fail, how “unbelievably proud” he was of each of them. 

Dan was predeceased by his father, Kenneth D. “Bud” Kemp; stepfather, John Robarts; brother-in-law, Damon Lawrence; sister-in-law, Karen Kemp. He is survived by his children, Timothy Kemp; William (Rachel) Kemp. He is also survived by his mother, Martha Robarts. Dan is survived by his siblings, Ken Kemp; Liz Lawrence; Cathy (Chris) Weinman. He also leaves behind the many members of the “Goober Club,” including nieces Sadie Dexter, Abby Lawrence, and Jehna Kemp; nephews Brandon Lawrence and Matt Kemp.

Friends of Dan are invited to a public graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville, NY on May 7, 2021, at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers or donations, his family asks those reading to reach out to your family, friends, or even a lost connection, simply to say hello. During a time where so many are searching for hope or joy, a phone call or letter may be exactly what they need. 

Cheers, Danny. You will be forever in our hearts.

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


Monday, May 3, 2021

Charles F. Van Gorder, 68

 Wellsville, NY - Charles F. Van Gorder, 68, of Maple Avenue, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born the son of the late Walden and Ruby (Clair) Van Gorder. 

Charles was born in Addison and was a graduate of the Addison High School. 

He is survived by: his sister, Sandra (John) Cleary of Pittsford; two nieces, Lee Ann Fish, and Janet Julien, both of Fairport. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the people who cared for him during his lifetime. A private graveside service in Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont, is being planned for a later time. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany ARC. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

David W. Walsh, 84

Wellsville, NY - David W. Walsh, 84, of 5696 Hog Brook Hill Road, passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021 in his home surrounded by family, following a long battle with cancer. He was born in Wellsville, on March 27, 1937 the son of the late Walter G. and Jennie A. (Hoyer) Walsh. On June 14, 1958 he married his loving wife of sixty-two years, Sandra E. Moreland – who survives. 

Dave was a graduate of Scio Central School, and continued his education at the State University of New York at Brockport. He was employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for thirty-five years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of the Scio Central School, Board of Education, and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. He was an avid outdoors-man. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, and especially hunting. One of his greatest joys was hunting with his grandsons Derek and Matt. Dave never missed any of his granddaughter Lacey's Go-Kart races. He loved his grandchildren so very much. 

He is survived, in addition to his wife Sandra, by: two sons, David C. (Melissa) Walsh, and G. Scott (Theresa) Walsh; a daughter, Jenae (Chris Shuttleworth) Austin; nine grandchildren, Jessica K. Walsh, Joshua D. Walsh, Heather A. Gaynor, Jermey C. Walsh, Katie J. Baldwin, Roy W. Astin, Derek M. Austin, Matthew D. Austin, and Lacey C. Shuttleworth; six great-grandchildren, Logan, Kenzell, Eleanor, Braddock, Quinton, and Griffin; a sister, Diana (Jerry) Hillard of Scio; a sister-in-law, Adele Walsh of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Dave was predeceased by: two brothers, John C. Walsh and James G. Walsh. 

A private service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Leo Eugene Coleman, 65

Whitesville, NY - Leo Eugene Coleman, 65, of 652 Main Street, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital on Friday, April 23, 2021 following a brief illness. He was born the son of Leo and Barbara “Jean” (Ordway) Coleman in Wellsville on March 25, 1956. On August 30, 2008 in Whitesville he married Nancy Crittenden, who survives. 

He was raised in Rexville and graduated from Whitesville in 1974. He initially worked on the family farm but, began his career as a Natural Gas Driller for Union Drilling, and then Sidewinder Co., retiring in May 2015. 

In addition to his wife Nancy, he is survived by: His mother, Jean Coleman of Rexville; four children, Jason (Brandi Buckingham) Coleman of Wellsville, Justin (Alicia) Coleman of Whitesville, David (Melissa) Buchholz of Buffalo, and Scott (Jess) Buchholz of Rexville; seven grandchildren, Naomi Buchholz, Jordan Buchholz, Lucas Coleman, Olivia Buchholz, Allison Coleman, Lorelai Coleman, and Rhett Coleman; siblings, Shirley (Charlie) Criss of Rexville, Ruth (David) Slaght of Harrisburg, North Carolina, and his twin brother Lynn (Diane) Coleman of Rexville; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by: his father, Leo Coleman in 2019; and a son, Jared Coleman, in 2019. 

A private graveside service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Independence Emergency Squad. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Robert L. Webster, 60

Scio, NY - Robert L. Webster, 60, of 2575 Wolf Spring Road, died unexpectedly at home on Friday, April 23, 2021. He was born the son of the late Donald and Ann M. (Coyle) Webster on July 13, 1960 in Olean. 

Bob was raised in Allentown and Scio, and attended Scio Central School. Initially he worked for Machler Industries in Friendship. He then moved on to the New York State Department of Transportation in Friendship. 

He is survived by: his wife, Becky Webster of Friendship; two children, Melissa (Robert) Donlan of Wellsville, and Bobby Webster of Friendship; five grandchildren, Aubrey Cook, Arianna Cook, Kevin Donlan, Annie Donlan, and Blakelyann Stonemetz; four siblings, Linda Jones, George (Becky) Webster, Raina (Tony) Windus, and Wendy (Scott) Harris, all of Scio. In addition to his parents, Robert was predeceased by: a son, Chad Webster; and four siblings, Dawn White, Danny Webster, Debbie Dees, and Robin Smith. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 4 -6 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. Please consider memorial donations to Scio Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Margaret (Maggie) Carol Buchholz, 91

Ithaca, NY - Margaret Carol Buchholz, or Maggie, a resident of Brookdale Assisted Living for three years, passed away there on April 16, 2021. She was born on December 18, 1930 in Allentown, NY. She grew up in a new house built by the Ebenezer Oil Company in Hogs Brook Road. Her Father worked for the company for many years.

She was predeceased by her parents George and Lela Hardy, three brothers and two sisters, her husband, Erwin (Herb) Buchholz, by her daughter, Debbie Lou Allen, and a grandson, Chad Webster.

Surviving her are a daughter, Connie (Ken) Winters, two sons, Blair (Deb) Buchholz and George (Paula) Buchholz; eight grandchildren, Laura (Bernie) Salvaggio, Jack (Sarah) Buchholz, Allena Buchholz, Ashley Buchholz, Melissa Webster, Emily (Matt) Winters, Georgia (Quinton) Jackson and Felicia Diehl; and ten great grandchildren, Bernie, Henry & Zachary, Clayton & Layne, Aubrey, Arianna, Kevin, Annie and Blakey.

Margaret attended Allentown School and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947. She married Erwin Buchholz of Wellsville on August 30, 1950. They shared almost 61 years of married life at the family home on Hallsport Road in Wellsville before his passing in 2011.

She was deeply involved as a volunteer on the Wellsville Ambulance Corps, passing on her knowledge to others by teaching many first aid classes.

Margaret and Herb cut and split thousands of cord wood together and with family. They sold the wood from their home and were generous in giving wood to those who were in need.

She loved the outdoors, staying at their rustic camp on Stoney Lonesome Road with family and friends, hiking, hunting, and driving the tails in her jeep. At their sugar lean-to, they produced wonderful maple syrup over an open fire. She was the proud maker of of thousands of colorful scrubbers which she loved to give to friends and friends of friends. They will be sorely missed and may soon become collector's items.

Margaret was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early 1970's. She generously donated her body for scientific research on the long-term effects of that disease. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Margaret's name may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a cause very dear to her and her family. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

Valerie J. Guardino, 88

 Little Genesee, NY - Valerie J. Guardino, 88, of Willow Brook Road, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born on April 3, 1932 in Harrisburg, PA, the daughter of the late Reginald and Leone (Russell) Merritt.

Arrangements are under the direction of J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Richard Maurice Walchli, 86

Warren, PA - Richard Maurice Walchli, 86, of Kinzua Road, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Hamot Trauma Center in Erie, PA. He was born April 11, 1934 in Warren the son of the late Hans Walter and Zada Estez (Brands) Walchli. On September 10, Richard Maurice Walchli, 861960 in Linthicum, MD he married Marlene Glatzel, who survives. 

Richard was a former resident of California, MD, Dayton, OH, New London, CT, Baltimore, MD, and Clarendon, PA. He was a 1952 graduate of Warren High School, a 1956 graduate of Penn State University, and earned a Master's Degree in Engineering from Connecticut College in 1964.  

Prior to being employed by the Department of the Navy, Richard worked for the U.S. Weather Bureau and also served a tour with the United States Air Force as a tactical fighter pilot. He flew the F86 and F84 fighter jets for the Maryland Air National Guard and the Ohio Air National Guard. 

In November 1970, he served as a Human Factors Project Engineer at the U. S. Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, MD, and in 1974, he became head of the Human Factors Section. In 1981, he became Chief Engineer of the Aircrew System Department. In 1984, he became the Human Factors Consultant to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Norfolk, Va.  In 1991, he served as program manager for the Ground Proximity Warning System development for TACAIR aircraft. He retired from the Department of the Navy in 1993. 

October 1,1993, Richard began his full-time pleasures of fishing and boating in the Chesapeake Bay, and hunting and hiking from his log-cabin in the Allegheny National Forest - life was good! 

In addition to wife, Richard is survived by a brother, Harold E. Walchli of Gibsonia, PA, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: two brothers, Raymond W. Walchli, and Randall B. Walchli, and a sister, Elizabeth, Walchli. 

A private graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to The Toy Shoppe of Warren, % Penn Soil RC&D, 4000 Conewango Avenue, Warren, PA 16365, ATTN: Wes Ramsey To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Donald E. “Don” Temple, 80

Wellsville, NY - Donald E. “Don” Temple, 80, of Kenyon Road passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 8, 1940 in Wellsville at Jones Memorial, the son of the late H. Lyle and Ednamae (McHenry) Temple. On September 30, 1974 at St. John's Catholic Church in Whitesville he married Mary Ann Ellison, who predeceased him on November 13, 2019. 

Don was a former resident of Stannards and a longtime resident of Whitesville. He was a 1958 graduate from Wellsville High School, and then attended Washington Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. He was in a band called “The Don Temple Trio” which led to him meeting the love of his life, Mary Ann. He worked for Tennessee Gas in Coudersport, PA. After moving on from Tennessee Gas, he traveled with Mary Ann for fifteen years across the country in their fifth-wheel while also working as an independent third-party welding inspector on pipe lines. Once their travels had to end, he faithfully visited his wife daily in the nursing home until her passing. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing (especially in Florida winters for the last seventeen years). He also very much enjoyed gardening, having vegetable gardens around the house, and then strawberry and apple orchards in Whitesville. 

He is survived by: two sons, Bernie (Edie Jo) Seligman of Genesee, PA, and Bradley (Julie) Seligman of Monroe, NC; a daughter, Rhonda (Peter) Seligman-Salchow of Sarasota, FL; a grandson, Aidan Seligman; two sisters, Brenda (Dan) Gill, and Diane (Jim) Jones; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, Don was predeceased by: a brother, David Temple; a sister, Sylvia Marsh; and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 3, 2021 from 11am to 1pm with a funeral service to follow, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 West State Street). Burial will take place in Whitesville Rural Cemetery with Celebrant Kathy Timpano presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, March 27, 2021

Linda L. Mattison, 72

Wellsville, NY - Linda L. Mattison, 72, of 23 North Main Street died on Thursday, March 25, 2021 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born June 19, 1948 in Wellsville the daughter of Gerald and Dorothy (Reynolds) Mills. On August 15, 1992 in Wellsville she married Darius C. Mattison who survives.

Linda was raised in the Bolivar/Allentown area, and was a graduate of Bolivar High School. After raising her family, she became a Licensed Practical Nurse, and was formerly employed at Founders Pavilion in Corning, and later transitioned to a private home healthcare provider, a career she dearly loved. She also worked for Ulysses Woodcraft and the Allegany County Department of Social Services. She enjoyed playing Bingo and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Darius are four children, Darien (Robin) Mattison, Dawn Allen, Danny Mattison, and Dale (Anita) Mattison, nine grandchildren, Darien Shane Mattison, Mikayla Mattison, Nikki Lee Sortore, Anthony Mattison, Danny Mattison Jr., Ashley Mattison, Helen Newman Davis, Felicity Hunter Mattison, and Ayden Michael Mattison, 12 great grandchildren, a brother, Jerry Mills, a sister, Judy (Terry) Clark, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Darius Mattison, a brother, Roger Mills, and a sister, Audrey Mills.

A private celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Herbert C. Vaughn, 86

Wellsville, NY - Herbert C. Vaughn, 86, of 3052 Madison Hill Road passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Highland Park Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. He was born July 1, 1934 in Wellsville, the son of the late Herbert M. and Mary (Clark) Vaughn. On November 24, 1954 in Wellsville he married Mary L. McCracken who predeceased him on January 4, 2007.

Herb was raised in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a veteran serving with the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958. He was formerly employed at Carter's Hardware in Wellsville, and for many years with Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville. He was a member of the Dyke Street Engine Company # 2, the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702, the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, and was a member and past president of WASPS (Wellsville Area Small Plane Society).

He is survived by: a brother, Ralph (Jean) Vaughn of Scio; a sister, Patricia Mickle of Wellsville; a cousin, Gary Holland;as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by: a brother-in-law, James Mickle in 1991; and a niece, Sharon Joy Vaughn in 1978.

Friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Esther N. Wyckoff Moultrup, 92

Scio, NY - Esther N. Wyckoff Moultrup, 92, of Wolf Spring Road passed away peacefully at home on March 22, 2021,surrounded by her daughters. She was born July 29, 1928 in Scio, to Ernest and Agnes (Ost) Jackson.

Esther was a lifelong resident of Scio, and worked as a waitress at the Modern Diner and The Village Coffee Shop, as well as a bartender at Charlie’s Restaurant and Bierman’s. She was a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, and a member of the Scio Volunteer Fire Department, Hose Company # 2.

On August 21st, 2005, she married Norman H. Moultrup in an intimate ceremony full of celebration for the love they shared for over 20 years. Norman and Esther loved listening to music and going on dates to dance the night away with their many country music friends. Norman predeceased Esther in June of 2006 but was carried very closely in her heart every day since.

Esther is survived by: her three daughters, Betty Jo (Rick) Moultrup of Allentown, Patricia (Robert) Stannard of Scio, and Virginia Elliott of Wellsville; a son, Jason (Ashley) Moultrup of Belfast; a son-in-law Bruce Guinnip of Scio; and daughter-in-law Karen Wyckoff of Geneva. She was a grandmother to fourteen; Tara, Sandy, Rickie, Michael, Laceanne, Daniel, David, Andrew, Crystal, Reggie, Christopher, Samantha, Carly, and Emma. Her grandchildren were always a source of pride for Esther, she loved baking for her grandchildren as well as challenging them to a game of Rummy. She was proudly great-grandmother to eighteen.

Esther is survived by her brother Ronald (Sue) Jackson of Delevan, sisters Linda Rix of Scio, and Sandra (Willis) Duell of Singlehouse, PA. She was Aunt Esther to 46. Esther is predeceased by her daughter Dorothy Guinnip; and son, Edward Wyckoff. She was also predeceased by: two brothers, Ernest Jackson and Robert Jackson; as well as five sisters, Cora Kinnicut, Ernestine Haynes, Beverly Brown, Audrey Jean Jackson, and Betty Marie Jackson.

There was never a time you weren’t welcome at Esther and Norman’s home and you could be sure it would be decorated for the season. We are comforted that she is at peace and has joined the sides of her family, especially Norman, Dotsie and Eddie. She will be forever loved and will now be carried closely in all of our hearts.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 11:00 to 2:00 pm at J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will  follow at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Knight’s Creek Cemetery in Scio. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to: Hearts for ALS, PO Box 10593, Rochester, NY, or the Scio Fire Department Hose Company #2. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.