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.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Lee J. Merrick, 95

Wellsville, NY - Lee J. Merrick, 95, of Andover Road, passed away on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital, after a long illness. He was born the son of the late Lee H. and Ida Mae (Gibson) Merrick on May 1, 1925 in Wellsville. On October 25, 1947 he married his wife of seventy-three years, Ruth E. Allen, who predeceased him on February 4, 2021. 

Lee was a true character. He was a long time resident of Wellsville, who lived in Orlando, FL for a time before moving back to Wellsville for the last fifteen years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, and served from 1943 – 1946. He was also a member of the Cardinal Pistol Club, and a life member of the NRA. He won the NYS indoor Pistol championship two years in a row but also shot and won at Camp Perry. He owned and flew his own airplane at the Wellsville Municipal Airport on Bolivar Road. Professionally, Lee owned and operated Lee's Hodaka on the Andover Road, his store would later be called Lee's Guns and Ammo. He also worked as an Engineer at Air Preheater, he held many patents and worked on many government projects, including NASA, retiring in the early 1980s. In his early days he enjoyed driving and working on race cars, and raced on Fair Street, and in Cuba. He also enjoyed coin collecting, boating –  even owned several on Lake Erie and (later) in Florida. He was a member of the American Legion Post #702 and Wellsville Moose Lodge #601, and the Odd Fellows. 

He is survived by: four children, William Merrick of Wellsville, Sandra Merrick of Wellsville, Carol (Joseph) Schweigart of Bolivar, and Lisa (Paul) Rowe of Wellsville; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Charles (Susan) Allen of Lima, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by: three sisters; and two brothers. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Beatrice L. Cochran, 88

Belmont, NY - Beatrice L. Cochran, 88, formerly of Nobles Road, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville, NY. She was born the daughter of the late Otto and Beatrice (Scheible) Conrad on March 16. 1933 in Easton, Pennsylvania. She married Paul L. Cochran who predeceased her in February 2001. 

Beatrice, along with her family, migrated from Alexander Township, New Jersey to Belmont, New York in 1987 to get away from the city life, She later became a member of the Baptist Tabernacle Church on Plum Bottom Road.  Her family was very important to her and she enjoyed working the family farm, gardening, canning, and making afghans for them. 

She is survived by: a daughter, Barbara (Bruce) Snyder of Milford, NJ; three sons, Barry (Grace) Cochran of New Jersey, Randy Cochran, and Patrick Cochran, both of Belmont; six grandchildren, Jeremy (Jen) Snyder, Justin (Krystal) Snyder, Paul C. Cochran, Matthew (Trista) Cochran, Olivia C. Cochran, and Karlee R. Cochran; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Eddie Conrad and Delores Schuster; and several nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call at the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ; on Tuesday March 23, 2021 from 6 to 8pm. The funeral will be on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at the Funeral Home with interment to follow at the Upper Tinicum Cemetery, Upper Tinicum, PA.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc.  To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Marlene Janet (Pohl) Rose, “the Mudder”, 88

Wellsville, NY -  Marlene Janet (Pohl) Rose, “the Mudder”, 88, passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at Highland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by family. She was born on January 11, 1933 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Walter and Mabel (Meyn) Pohl. 

She was employed at Bradley producing in Wellsville as a cashier/receptionist. While she was a “stay at home mom” she volunteered to be a Brownie Troop Leader, as her children, Janet & Jeannine were active Brownie members. In 1971, she became employed at Jones Memorial Hospital, as a Ward Clerk, on the second floor. She worked at Jones for twenty-three years, retiring in 1994, due to her open heart surgery. 

On August 10, 1979 she married “the love of her life” James Paul Rose (Pa Bear). He had eight children, of which she treated and loved as if they were her own. Jim and Marlene spent the majority of their time traveling and camping together at Four Lakes and Breezy Point Campsite. On Saturday night, they would venture down to the Breezy Point Dance Hall with the grand kids, to square dance and enjoy a couple glasses of “Kickapoo Juice”. Oh, how that juice was potent! On May 27, 1988, (Memorial Day Weekend) Jim had a massive heart attack and died. There were only married for nine years. 

In the fall of 1989 she met a gentleman by the name of Lyle Addison Eymer (Old Fart). He certainly was a card! He was very humorous and fit into the family very well. They too enjoyed camping at Breezy Point Campsite. Later on, Lyle purchased a RV and they traveled to Florida frequently. In the summer, they camped the RV at Sampson State Park in Romulus, NY. They made many friends there and even found a stray kitty cat, of which they adopted and named him Boots. On October 23, 2012, Lyle passed away, he too had a heart attack. 

The Mudder was fortunate enough to travel on two Caribbean Cruises, of which she enjoyed immensely with her family and friends. She attended many craft shows with her daughter Janet, and her friend Mary Ann Sparatta. She was a superb cook, had a heart of gold, and loved her family. Her hobbies included crocheting, crosswords, jigsaw puzzles, and reading. She loved socializing on Facebook and watching her birds, especially her cardinals. She had a soft heart for stray kitties, adopting many in her lifetime. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, VFW Post #5647 Auxilary, and American Legion Post #702 Auxiliary. 

She is survived by: her daughters, Janet (Bill Sweet) Kemp, Jeannine (Will Smith) Weinhauer, both of Wellsville, Jayne (Fred Farris) Johnson of Phoenix, AZ, Sara (Howard) Razey of Smethport, PA, Zoelinda (Darryl) Main of Martinsville, VA; sons, Bob Rose of Ely, NV, Tom (Sherri) Rose of Akron, OH, and Tim (Kay) Rose of Seoul, South Korea; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce (Pohl) Stevens of Frankfort, KY; many nieces and nephews; cousins; and good friend, Mary Ann Sparatta of Wellsville. She is also survived by her “sweet and cute” Cockatiel, Pepper. 

In addition to her parents, and husband Jim, she was predeceased by: a son, Jim Rose Jr.; daughter, Nancy Haines; grandsons, Bryon Rose and Grant Kemp III; sister, Sharon (Pohl) Lentz; aunt, Alice Knox; and brothers-in-law, Richard Stevens, and Rick Lentz. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 6 to 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 West State Street). A private family service will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 11am, which will be available to the public via livestream on the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. Reverend Dr. Eric Ash will be presiding. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County (5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY, 14813). To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Roseanna B. Tait, 85

Belmont, NY - Roseanna B. Tait, 85, of 85 South Street, passed away on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by family. She was born October 4, 1935 in Belmont, the daughter of the late Carlo P. and Violet (Lewis) Biancuzzo. On September 10, 1955 in Wellsville she married Lawrence Tait, who predeceased her on October 6, 2005. 

She was raised in Belmont, graduated from Belmont Central School, and attended Bryant and Stratton Business Institute. She was formerly employed at Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation for 41 years, retiring in 1994. 

She is survived by: two sisters, Josephine and Felecia Biancuzzo of Belmont; a sister-in-law Deborah Biancuzzo of Wellsville, several nieces and nephews including, Catherine (K.J.) Spinks, Stephen (Lynn) Biancuzzo, Daniel Biancuzzo and Andrew (Adriane) Biancuzzo; two great-nieces, Andrea (Jeremy) Niece, and Alyssa (Brent) Cox; four great-nephews, Vinson Biancuzzo, Tobias and Joshua Spinks, and Parker Biancuzzo, several great-great nieces and nephews, several cousins; and special friends, John & Joan Rahr, Michael Whitney, and Richard Rahr. 

With much gratitude, the family thanks Roasanna's beloved caregivers; Cathy Kaiser, Jamie Learn, Cheri Wagner, Danielle Learn, Ilissa Panburn and Lisa Milne.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: a brother, John J. Biancuzzo,  a sister, Theresa Biancuzzo, a sister-in-law, Andrea Biancuzzo, and special friends, Victor and Dolores Whitney. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Son Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Wednesday, March 10, at 11:00 am in the funeral home, with Reverend Jon Francisco presiding. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Amity Rescue Squad, SPCA Serving Allegany County, or the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Betty (Eaton) Carroll, 89

Millport, PA - Betty (Eaton) Carroll, 89, of Eleven Mile Road, passed away on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the UPC Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport, PA. Betty was born at home in Genesee, PA, on June 30, 1931, the daughter of the late Elwin “Avery” and Zelma (Kuhn) Eaton. On October 16, 1951, in Sacred Heart Church of Genesee PA, she married, her husband of sixty-six years, Robert Carroll who survives.

She was a 1950 graduate from the former Genesee High School. She worked for a time at the J.J. Newberrys in Wellsville, before becoming a full-time mother. She was a member of St. Theresa's in Shinglehouse and attended mass at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. She enjoyed sewing, traveling, camping, and family. She will be remembered for her quilt and doll making. 

Surviving, in addition to her husband Robert, are: two daughters, Ann (Steven Lee) Carroll-Lee of Webster and Nancy (Bob) Weber of Coudersport; 2 granddaughters, Kim (Jeremy) Grossman of Gaines, PA, and Janel (Jay) Wilcox of Sykesville, MD; 2 great-grandchildren, Cole and Reed Grossman; a sister, Marjorie Guido; a sister-in-law, Audry Eaton; a brother-in-law, Max Stuckey; and several nieces and nephews.

Betty was predeceased in addition to her parents, by: three sisters, Pearl Baldwin, Gertrude Dunham, and Genieve Stuckey; and four brothers, Leo Eaton, Clifton Eaton, Elwin Eaton, and Richard Eaton.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 6, 2021 from 10am to 11am at St. Eulalia Church in Coudersport (6 Maple Street). A Mass of Christian burial to proceed at 11am with Rev. James Campbell presiding. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kinney, PA. Please consider memorial donations to a charity of your choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Burton D. “Burt” Evans

Wellsville, NY - Burton D. “Burt” Evans passed away on Friday, February 26, 2021 into the loving arms of his savior Jesus Christ at Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born in Canisteo, the son of the late Floyd E. and Mona (Northrup) Ashbaugh and stepfather Lawrence W. Ashbaugh. On January 15, 1966 in Webster, he married Sharon Northup who predeceased him on November 11, 2020.

Burt was raised in Canisteo and was a graduate of Canisteo Central School. He was formerly employed by Air Vent Aluminum in Arkport and was a self-employed contractor. In 1969 he was hired by Alfred State College, School of Vocational Studies in Wellsville, as a Professor of Building Trades until his retirement in 2002. He oversaw the building of many of the houses in Stannards and Wellsville. He also did many community services projects through Alfred State College in Belmont, Alfred, Wellsville and beyond.

In 1980, he moved to Wellsville where he was an active member of the Riverside Assembly of God. Burt served as a board member, elder and Sunday School teacher and oversaw the addition of the church in 1985. He loved woodworking and making crafts for friends and family. Burt’s solace was in his wood shop. He would go there to do projects and as a means of “therapy” as he loved to be busy. Burt’s workshop was his creative place. He built his own home after a house fire in 1994. He was so proud of the home he built for his family. He never met a stranger and had many friends and acquaintances. He loved to take his wife on long rides around the countryside to look at the sites. He also enjoyed going to Burger King and McDonald’s to meet friends for lunch.

If there was anything he wanted everyone to know is to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. He encouraged everyone to look to the Bible for guidance on their life. He was a loving husband, father and friend and always had a kind word for everyone. He will be remembered as a man of God. He will be missed dearly as his life exemplified Jesus and Jesus was his life.

He is survived by a daughter Susan Evans of Geneseo, an older brother and sister as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by his wife, and daughter.

A private Graveside service is being planned at Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Beverly J. Brown, 82

Scio, NY - Beverly J. Brown, 82, of 3921 County Road 10, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born on April 27, 1938 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Ernest and Agnes (Ost) Jackson. 

Beverly was raised in Scio and attended Allentown Union School. She found her career in waitressing and was formerly employed  at the Texas Hot, Modern Diner, and Castaways, retiring in 2008. Outside of working, she very much enjoyed bowling, bingo, and scratch off tickets. 

She is survived by: two children, Vicky (Brad) Shields of Scio, and Timothy Brown of Wellsville; four grandchildren, Cody (Lacee) Shields, Kaylynn Brown, Jacob Brown, and Renee Brown; three great-grandchildren, Ryker, Jax, and Tripp Shields; four siblings, Esther Moultrup of Scio, Sandra (Will) Duell of Shinglehouse, Linda Rix of of Scio, and Ronald (Sue) Jackson of Delevan; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased in addition to her parents by four sisters, Ernestine Haynes, Cora Kinnicutt, Audrey Jackson, and Betty Jackson, two brothers, Ernest Jackson Jr., and Robert Jackson, two grandchildren, Curtis Shields, and Angel Brown, and one great-grand(daughter), Raegyn Shields.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 27, 2021 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow at 4pm with Minister in Charge, Glen Layfield, presiding. Please consider memorial donations to the Scio Volunteer Fire Department or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Laura E. Osborn, 78

Whitesville, NY - Laura E. Osborn, 78, of 477 Main Street passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a unexpected illness. She was born July 19, 1942, in New Berlin, NY the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Harschbarger) Barnett. On June 23, 1989 in Indiana she married Virgil Osborn who predeceased her July 22, 2014.

Laura was raised in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. She enjoyed all things crafting, as well as Word Search, Dot to Dot, coloring, and brownies.

She is survived by a brother, John “Jack” (Sharon) Barnett of Andover, a sister, Betty (Phil) Runkle of Olean, beloved nieces and nephew, Alissa (Pat) Barnett and Corinne Barnett, Bethany, and John, great nieces and nephew, Brooke, Britney, Skylar, and Darien.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, February 12, 2021

Terrance “Terry” E. Schmelzer, 71

Belmont, NY - Terrance “Terry” E. Schmelzer, 71, of 40 Milton Street passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at home following a long illness. He was born August 19, 1949 in Hume, NY, the son of the late Edward and Dorothy A. (Strittmather) Schmelzer. In 1975 he married Gail Guilfoil in Arlington Heights, IL, with whom he had two sons; on May 17, 1993, he married Patricia Austin in Las Vegas, NV, and became the stepfather to three beloved daughters.

Terry was a 1967 graduate of Belmont Central School, and Murray State University in Kentucky. He received his Master's degree from Southeast Missouri State University. He was first employed as an accountant for the Wellsville Flood Project in 1973. He was a Physical Education and Health teacher in New Madrid, MO, and later taught at Belmont Central School. In 1985, he became a Probation Officer for the Allegany County Probation Department, where he was instrumental in developing the Electronic Home Monitoring Program. He retired in 2006.

He was involved in the Belmont Youth Sports Leagues, a member and past President of the Belmont Rotary Club, and a member and past President of the Belmont Central School Board, where he served during the merger of Belmont and Angelica schools into Genesee Valley Central School. He was a member of the Belmont Village Board and served as Mayor of Belmont for 19 years. He was an active member of Holy Family Church and the Allegany County Republican Party, from whom he received the Reagan Award in 2019. He played in the Wellsville Slow Pitch Softball League, the Poor Farmers’ Poker Club, and the Belmont Fantasy Football Leagues. He enjoyed golfing and traveling, winter vacations in Florida, and his time at the family home on Rushford Lake. He also enjoyed collecting and displaying his rock collection. He was an avid Buffalo Bills, San Francisco Giants, and St. Bonaventure Bonnies fan.

He is survived in addition to his wife, Patricia, by: two sons, Blair (Meghan) Schmelzer of Rochester, NY, and Lt. Colonel Bryan (Gopy) Schmelzer, serving in the United States Air Force, Las Vegas, NV; three stepdaughters, Alycia Tracy of Olean, NY, Amanda (Ian) Burt of Clayton, NY, and Abby (Josh) Grump of Jupiter, FL; six grandchildren, Lena, Rohan and Ellery Schmelzer, Olivia and Owen Burt, and Jackson Grump; two uncles, Albert (Peg) Strittmather of Belmont, NY, and Leo (Donna) Strittmather of Vermilion, OH; as well as several cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Timothy Schmelzer, in 2005. 

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Holy Family Church, Belmont. There will be no prior visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department or the Belmont Free Library. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Sally Jayne Murray, 61

Scio, NY - Sally Jayne Murray, 61, of Wadsworth Hill Road, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at home surrounded by family. She was born in Hornell on June 7, 1959 the daughter of the late James K. and Lorena (Eaton) Rahr. On November 3, 1978 in Friendship she married her husband of forty-two years, Garold “Jerry” E. Murray, who survives. 

Jayne was a 1978 graduate of Belmont Central School. She was first employed at the Red Fox  in Scio. In 1990 she began working at “The Store” in Scio as a deli and sales clerk, until January 16, 2021, when she stopped working due to ill health. She was a member of the Scio Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She collected wind chimes, and loved her dogs, and spending time with her family. Jayne's family would like to extend a special thank to Samantha Billings, and her son, Brian “Monkey” Hess for all their help with Jayne during her illness.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by: two sons, Gary Murray, and Christopher Murray both of Scio; a step-daughter, Laura Young of Wellsville; five grandchildren, Carley Young, Broderick Young, Ashley (Steve) Kear, Megan Murray, and Leah Murray; four great grandchildren, Abbie Lanphier, Alexis Kear, Madison Kear, and Easton Kear; as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: a sister, Patti Smith, and two brothers, Dale W. Smith, and Terry Smith.

Friends are invited to call, (following NYS Covid protocol), on Saturday, February 13, 2021 from 2pm – 4pm and 7pm – 9pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, in Wellsville (34 West State Street). The funeral will be private. Please consider memorial donations to SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Ruth Eleanor Merrick, 89

Wellsville, NY - Ruth Eleanor Merrick, 89, of 3050 Andover Road, Wellsville, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at home, surrounded by family following a long fight with cancer. She was born on March 3, 1931 in Rexville, the daughter of the late Maynard and Olive (Amidon) Allen. 

Ruth came to Wellsville from Rexville when she was eight years old.  On October 25, 1947, she married Lee Merrick Jr. who survives. She was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse by Jones Memorial Hospital, and later in Orlando, Florida (where she and Lee resided for fifteen years). She was a knowledgeable and avid gardener, and loved her cats, dogs, birds and fish. 

In addition to her husband Lee, Ruth is survived by: four children, William Merrick of Wellsville, Sandra Merrick of Wellsville, Carol (Joseph) Schweigart of Bolivar, and Lisa (Paul) Rowe of Wellsville; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; a brother, Charles (Susan) Allen of Lima, NY; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: twelve brothers and sisters. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Michael J. Moland

Wellsville, NY - It is with great sadness that the family of Michael J. Moland announces his passing on Friday, February 5, 2021. He was born in Wellsville, NY, and was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Alfred State College, and Houghton College. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and in his leisure-time enjoyed hunting and racing cars. A dedicated volunteer firefighter and respected past chief, he served with the Alma, Wellsville, and Willing Fire Departments. He spent his career of over forty years at Dresser-Rand/Siemans in a variety of positions and retired in 2019 as manager of Global Quality Processes. 

Forever remembered by his wife of 46 years, Kathy Paris Moland; daughter, Mendy (Jason) Varga; son, Michael; brothers: Don (Nancy) Moland and John (Jill) Moland; sister Dorothy (Larry) Murphy; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Milo Moland  and Genevieve Moland Greene.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from12 noon until 1 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow at 1:30 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery of Wellsville with full military honors. 

The family wishes to thank the members of the Wellsville Ambulance Corps for their expertise and dedication to the community. 

Donations in his name may be made to Wellsville Ambulance Corps, 37 South Main Street, Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Frank Lyle Snyder, 93

 Jack of all Trades, Master of Most

BATH, NY – Town of Alfred native Frank Lyle Snyder, 93, of McGibney Road, Belmont,breathed his last breath Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 at the Bath V.A. Hospital, following a long life well lived.

Born Dec. 2, 1927 on Rock Hill south of Alfred, current site of the Alfred University Equestrian Center, oldest son of Earnest M. and Ferne (Jacox) Snyder, he grew up on Edgewood Farm on Randolph Road, which his parents purchased in 1930. There, he watched in horror as fire destroyed the family home and barn in 1931. He witnessed his father rebuild it all, only to see the barn destroyed by fire again in 1939.

He first attended Alfred Grade School, then the new Alfred-Almond Central School beginning in 1940, where he graduated with the Class of 1945. While farm work limited his involvement in fall and spring sports at A-A, he did excel on the basketball court during winter months. A free throw shooting whiz, he won the Allegany County Free Throw Shooting Contest in both 1945 and 1946, making 22 of 25, and 24 of 25, respectively. After A-A lost by a single point in the 1945 Section V Class B championship game, Coach Paul Powers persuaded Frank to take post-graduate classes and play another season of basketball in 1945-46, which he did, helping the Eagles win their first Section V championship.

Frank attended his first Alfred University football game with his father in September 1937, coinciding with Alex Yunevich’s coaching debut, and was hooked for life. One can count on one hand the number of home games he missed over nine decades.

He served with the U.S. Army for 13 months in 1946-47, stationed in Manila, Philippines, where among 5,000 troops, he was offered first dibs on his assignment and chose to run the post exchange, together with his A-A classmate Dave Ferry. “Born lucky,” he became “blessed” on Feb. 15, 1948 when he married Jean Marie Palmer, aka “The Tinkertown Charmer,” also a 1945 A-A grad, and daughter of Fred and Doris (Potter) Palmer. They first resided in a house he and his brothers helped his father build near the family farm on Randolph Road.

Frank worked with his father on Edgewood Farm until November 1948 when he rented Sunny Cove Farm from Alva Fitz Randolph, where he milked a Holstein dairy. He purchased the farm in 1950. The original farmhouse, deemed beyond repair, was replaced in 1953 with a prefabricated ranch house. There, Frank and Jean made their home with two daughters, soon thereafter adding two sons.

When milk prices dropped and the dairy farm proved unsustainable, Frank gradually sold off his Holstein herd and in 1958 purchased the Ford Gum vending machine franchise from John Gorton. He continued to make hay, pastured 65 head of beef cattle and boarded horses during the next 17 years. He sold the gumball vending business in 1975.

Early in their marriage, through the ministry of Rev. Hurley S. Warren, Frank professed faith in Jesus Christ, was baptized and joined the Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church, where he served as trustee, church president, and deacon.

A jack of all trades and master of most, in addition to farming and selling gumballs, Frank at one time installed phones for the local telephone company, served as a nighttime security guard at the College of Ceramics, was a substitute rural route mail carrier, operated the Main Street Gulf service station, served as an Alfred Town Assessor, and together with brothers Ken and Nelson purchased and developed real estate as Alfred Community Enterprises.

After purchasing his grandfather Clarence Jacox’s farm on Jericho Hill, Frank built what is now known as Snyder Road, where he sold building lots on the hillside overlooking Alfred.

Together with his son Jerry, in 1978 he reestablished Sunny Cove Farm as a dairy farm.

Upon Jerry’s marriage to Dotty Hotaling in 1983, Frank and Jean sold the farm to them and relocated to a farm on McGibney Road in the Town of Ward, which they bought from Frank’s brother, Ken. There, he remodeled the farmhouse, and, after selling the dairy in 1984, continued to harvest hay and cash crops. He later sold the farm to Chuck Deichmann, maintaining life use of the home, where he was primary caregiver of his wife during her five-year decline and subsequent passing in March 2007 due to Alzheimer’s.

A music lover, he marveled at the talent of Alfred University student instrumentalists, seldom missing a performance.

While inheriting his father’s stellar work ethic, Frank was not all work and no play. When the work was done, the play began. Basketball, volleyball, softball, ping pong, bowling, camping, swimming… there was little he didn’t enjoy. He was a real competitor in any game of cards, a trait that he passed to his offspring. For many years, he played pinochle with his pals (John Jacox, Bill Stopper, Herm Sicker, etal) at the Alfred fire hall and, later in life, was a regular with Alan Burdick’s poker posse. An avid bowler, he was a regular league bowler on the Squirrel’s Nest Motel team in the Tuesday 6:45 League at the former Tech Lanes in Alfred, also traveling with a Hornell area tournament team.

He also loved to travel. In 1966, after purchasing a commercial van for his gumball business, he led the family on a three-week camping adventure to California, visiting numerous friends and relatives along the way. He and Jean enjoyed travels to Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, New England, Florida and more. Later, he returned to the Philippines for a visit together with his daughter Susan.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by his brother Kenneth Snyder and twin grandsons.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Meacham and Barbara Welch; and two sons, Gerald Snyder (Dotty) and David Snyder (Beverly), all residing in the Alfred area; two brothers, Harold Snyder (Beverley), Nelson Snyder (Amanda); and two sisters, Kay Chapman of Alfred Station and Dorothy Goodridge (Lyn) of Dover, NH; a brother-in-law, Jim Palmer (Faith) and sister-in-law, Sue Palmer, all of Avon Park, Florida; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

At Frank’s request, there will be no calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were under the direction of J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Ernest “Earl” Jandrew, 88

Allentown, NY - Ernest “Earl” Jandrew, 88, of Phillips Hill Road, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at home surrounded by family. He was born on March 9, 1932, in Shinglehouse, PA the son of the late William H. and Argie (Calhoun) Jandrew. On September 5, 1951, in the Allentown Methodist Church he married his wife of sixty-two years, Aurelia Withey, who predeceased him on February 2, 2014. 

He served in the Korean War with the United States Marines Corps from 1951 -1954. From 1969 to 1990 he was employed by the Big N Department Store, and later for Ames Department Store, retiring in 2011. He also worked alongside his dad William Jandrew and Bud Glass in the family logging business. He was an avid hunter, and fisherman. He also enjoyed woodworking and making crafts for his family and loved spending time with his grandchildren. 

He is survived by three children, Dawn (Brian) Petrie of Mount Pleasant, NC, Brian Jandrew of Allentown, and Joy Fuller of Allentown; 11 grandchildren, Kara (James) Robbins, Kali (Brandon) Geffers, Andrew (Brittany) Fuller, Hope (Marcus) King, Jill (Mike) Dube, Marc (Frances) Petrie, Margo (Brad) Hills, Ross (DaiQ'uan Stephens) Jandrew, William (Malibu) Peelman, Anthony (Lisa) Fuller, and Sonya (Philip) McCormick; twenty-seven great grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; three sisters, Donna (Gary) Fanton of Holley, NY, Joanne Grover of Friendship, and Helen (Bill) Hutchinson of Scio; a sister-in-law Karen Jandrew of Bolivar, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by: a brother, Dale Jandrew; a sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Darwin Howry, a son-in-law, Edward Fuller; a brother-in-law, Richard Grover 

At Earl's request, there will be no services. Burial will be in Richburg Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Donna M. “Lil' Gramma” Swarthout, 84

Wellsville, NY - Donna M. “Lil' Gramma” Swarthout, 84 of 457 County Road 18, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a lingering illness. She was born February 5, 1936 in Olean, the daughter of the late Roland and Emma “Luella” (Hann) Kemp.

Donna was raised in Shinglehouse, PA and graduated from Shinglehouse High School. She was formerly employed at Trapping Brook House, Jolly D's, and Argentieri Brothers for many years. She loved dancing, shopping, playing bingo, making ceramics, playing cards, and spending time with friends and family.

She is survived by a daughter, Tammy Fields of Wellsville, a son, Timothy Swarthout of Buffalo, seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, a great-great-granddaughter, a sister, Sharon Waydelis of Brockport, a brother, Randy (Sue) Kemp of Wellsville, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by a brother, Roland “Tunk” Kemp Jr. and her long time companion, Myron Burdick.

Family and friends are invited to call, following NYS Covid protocol, on Friday, February, 5, 2021 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street, in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Alzheimer's Association. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Dale N. Bledsoe, 76

Belmont, NY - Dale N. Bledsoe, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away on January 27, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital from complications of COVID-19. He was born May 2, 1945 in Wellsville to the late Merle and Grace (Abbey) Bledsoe.

Dale served in the US Air Force, retired from Alstom and after retirement drove for Bokman. He was a member of the American Legion Post 808, HOG and Allegany County Veterans. Dale enjoyed traveling to visit family or just see the country.  He loved riding his Harley and spending time with family and friends.  He never met a stranger and will be missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years Joyce; children Angela (Guy) Humphrey, Alinda (Ron) Mulligan, Scott (Davina) Bledsoe; grandchildren Brian, Michele, Tabitha, Curtis, Corrie, Cynthia, Andrew, Carena; 8 great-granchildren; siblings Russell, Anita (Doug) Gee, Carlton; mother-in-law Joanne Rahr; brother-in-law Donovan (Deb) Rahr and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two sister-in-laws Lois and Marlene Bledsoe, two nieces Kelly and Sheri Bledsoe and his father-in-law Harold Rahr.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to Allegany County Vets or the Hart Comfort House. To leave online condolences please visit, www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Helen D. Thomas, 92

Belmont, NY - Helen D. Thomas, 92, of Old State Road, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at home with family by her side. She was born October 29, 1928 in Short Tract, the daughter of the late Walter and Louise (Baker) Deats. On December 20, 1947, in Freedom, she married Edward Thomas who predeceased her on April 19, 2006.

Helen grew up in Short Tract, and was a 1946 graduate of Fillmore Central School. She operated the Short Tract Telephone Company switchboard in Short Tract until 1958, and was employed by Dinion Coil Company and Perry Knitting Mill in Fillmore until 1966. She has resided in Belmont since 1963. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, square dancing, camping, and most of all - her grandchildren. 

She is survived by: two sons, Dale R. (Susan) Thomas Sr. of Belmont, and Robert “Fuzzie” (Susie) Thomas of Bath; two daughters, Terry (Duane) Gelser of Dalton, and Suzanne Thomas of Belmont; eight grandchildren, Becky, Cristy, Denise, Wendy, Kurt, Jeremy, Dale Jr., and Cheyenne; seventeen great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was predeceased by: a brother, Russell “Jake” Deats. 

A graveside service for Helen is being planned for the Spring of 2021 in Freedom Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Kenneth A. Curry, 84

 Wellsville, NY - Kenneth A. Curry, 84, of Fuller Valley Road, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on January 1, 1937 in Wellsville, the son of the late Fred D. and Dorothy Marie (Granger) Curry. 

Ken was raised in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was first employed at Jones Memorial Hospital before moving on to the Wellsville Police Department where he served as a Radio Patrol Officer. He then became a Machinist for Bausch & Lomb in Rochester where he worked for many years. He was an avid gardener, hunter, fisherman, and operated his own sugar shack. 

He is survived by: five children, Steven Curry of LeRoy, Jeff (Mary Alice) Curry of NH, Andrew (Wendy) Curry of Palmyra, Collette Curry of Wellsville, and Tammy (Allan) Rice of Spencerport; fourteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Swartout; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: a daughter, Patricia Clark; and five siblings. 

At Kenneth's request, there will be no services. Please consider memorial donations to Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Monday, January 25, 2021

Barbara C. Munro, 81

Wellsville, NY - Barbara C. Munro, 81, of Hillcrest Drive, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 at home, surrounded by family, following a brief battle with cancer. She was born on August 6, 1939, in Belmont, the daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (DeAngelis) Tronetti. On January 26, 1963 in St. Mary's Church in Belmont, she married her husband of twenty-seven years, Terry D. Munro, who predeceased her on June 15, 1990. 

Barb was raised in Belmont, and formerly resided in Newark, DE, before moving back to Wellsville in 1982. She was President of Release Coatings of New York, retiring in 2001. She was a member and past President of the Wellsville Rotary Club, and volunteered for the Allegany County Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

She is survived by, three daughters, Katherine (Peter) Kosciewicz of Garnet Valley, PA, Sandra (John Jr.) DiMaio of Bear, DE, and Ann (Neil) Lambiotte of Charlotte, NC; seven grandchildren, John III (Bridget), Emily, Sarah, Matthew, Andrew, Christopher, and Charlie; her first great-grandson, is on the way; a brother, Charles “Bud” Tronetti of Belmont; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Barb was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Tronetti.

A private Mass of Christian Burial is being planned, and burial will follow at  Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville. A public memorial will be planned for the Summer of 2021. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Rotary Club. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com. 

Friday, January 22, 2021

Helen Winterhalter, 84

Belmont, NY - Helen Winterhalter, 84, of Milton Street, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. She was born in Tuckers Corners on October 7, 1936 the daughter of Clifford and Tillie (Quant) Whitney. On October 12, 1957 in St. Mary's Church, Belmont she married her husband of sixty-three years, Jack Winterhalter. 

Helen is a longtime resident of Belmont. She graduated from Belmont Central School, St. James' school of Nursing, and from Pediatrics at Buffalo Children's Hospital. Helen loved being a nurse, she was employed as a Public Health Nurse for Allegany County, and eventually retired from Angelica Central School after being their school nurse for many years. She belonged to Holy Family (formerly St. Mary's), The American Legion Auxiliary 808, and enjoyed bowling at Community Lanes. Helen was also an avid golfer, flower gardener, loved driving her ghetto cruiser, and loved the Boxer dog breed. 

She is survived by: her husband, Jack; a daughter, Mary Jo (Mike Trivisondol) Healy of Angelica; a son, Jeff (Christa Zenoski) Winterhalter of Belmont; eleven grandchildren, David Graves III, Amber Waasdorp, Megan Healy, Devan Healy, Chandel, Derek Winterhalter, Dylan Winterhalter, Alex Winterhalter, Joshua Winterhalter, Josh Graham, and Jacob Winterhalter; several great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert Whitney and Clifford “Bud” (Carol) Whiteny; a sister, Gene (Fred) Mott; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Helen was predeceased by a son, Greg Winterhalter (who is survived by Ellen Graham). 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 5 from 4 -6 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. A private family Mass of Christian Burial will take place a later date with burial to follow in St. Marys Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Lee Gridley, 82

Wellsville, NY - Lee Gridley, 82, passed away on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY following a long battle with illness. She was born in Buffalo, NY on May 19, 1938 the daughter of the late Daniel and Cynthia (Fassett) Gridley. 

Lee was a lifelong resident of Wellsville; who was a 1956 graduate from Wellsville High School. In 1960 she graduated from Goucher College in Towson, MD with her Bachelor's degree. She later earned her Master's in Education from Alfred University. She taught history at Richburg Central School for the majority of her career before retiring. History was not only a subject to teach, but a passion. Lee was a very active member in the Allegany County community, highlights from her very long resume of service include: The Allegany County Planning Board, where at different times she has held the positions of member, secretary, vice chairman, and chairman; The Woman of Distinction Award from the New York State Senate, awarded to her on April 25, 2003; an original and current member of the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Group; a founding member of Genesee River Wilds, where she also served as secretary for years; one of the original members of the Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce, also serving as secretary for a number of years; a member of the Allegany County Development Advisory Board; and a member of Allegany County Republican Party where she served as committeeman and female vice chairman. She was also a member of St. John’s Episcopal church. 

She is survived by: a sister, Samantha (Clinton) Gilkey of Wellsville; a nephew, Christopher (Mary) Minges of West Henrietta; a niece, Sheila (Kevin) Murphy of Wellsville; and great nieces and nephews, Jenna Minges, Ryan Minges, Daniel Murphy, and Shawn Murphy. 

At this time Lee’s family is  planning a memorial service for a later date due to COVID restrictions. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to the Jones Memorial Hospital Foundation or The David A. Howe Library. To leave online condolences please visit, www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Edward M. Fuller, 58


Allentown, NY - Edward M. Fuller, 58, of  5818 Allen Street passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at home, following a long illness. He was born February 12, 1962 in Warsaw, the son of the late Matthew Jack Sr. and Lois M. (Monnin) Fuller. 

Ed was raised in Arcade, NY. He began his career in custodial services at Wellsville Manor Care Center before moving on to Scio Central School; where he was employed for many years. He was a former member of the Scio Rod & Gun Club, an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. 

He is survived by: his wife, Joy Fuller of Allentown; five children, Anthony (Lisa) Fuller of FL, Sonya (Philip) McCormick of FL, Kara (James) Robbins of Allentown, Kali (Brandon) Geffers of Scio, and Andrew (Brittany) Fuller of Allentown, seventeen grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; five siblings, Dawn (Norm) Truax of Silver Springs, Brenda (Tommy Anderson) White of Cuba, Allen (Mel) Fuller of Buffalo, Matthew Fuller of Cuba, and Mark (Danielle Rhude) Fuller of Belfast; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

At his request, there will be no services. Friends are asked to consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.  

Friday, January 8, 2021

Joyce E. Watson, 81

Allentown, NY - Joyce E. Watson, 81, of Melvina Street, Allentown passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was born in Olean on November 13, 1939 the daughter of the late Fredrick and Rose (James) Ervin. Though she was born in Olean, after a bit of moving, Joyce settled in Allentown, which is where she considered home. 

For a time, Joyce worked for Eastman Kodak, however, she found her career at Jones Memorial Hospital. For seventeen years Joyce served the community in Jones' house keeping department. Joyce loved bingo, animals (especially her dog “Bo”), and collecting coin banks; she always very much looked forward to The Ham and Leek dinner at the Richburg Fire Department, cook-outs with her family, sitting around the campfire cooking s'mores, and senior center trips to casinos. She was a beloved member of the Brookside Weslyan Church of Wellsville. 

Joyce is survived by: two sons, Rodney Watson of Olean and Jeffrey Watson of Fort Walton Beach, FL; a daughter, Terri Paiz of Oak Harbor, WA; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Gene Schram of Allentown; a sister-in-law Joyce Ervin of FL; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend Robert Mitchell. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by: two daughters, Diane McCaffery and Sandra Prentice; a great grandchild, Sarah Paiz; a brother, Thomas Ervin; and a sister Mary Schram. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 11, 2021 to the J.W. Embser Son Funeral Home in Wellsville, NY (34 West State Street) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Joyce's funeral service will follow visitation at 1:00pm with Rev. William Lawson presiding. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will also be live streamed to the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. Burial will take place in Maple Lawn Cemetery, in Bolivar. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to The SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences please visit, www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Donald G. Weber, 92

 Wellsville, NY - Donald G. Weber, 92, of South Main Street, Wellsville, passed away at home on Monday, January 4, 2021. He was born in Wellsville on October 5, 1928 the son of the late William K. and Florence (Barlow) Weber. On December 28, 1946 he married his wife, Virginia Loring Benjamin, who predeceased him on August 30, 1989. 

 He was a long time employee of Air Preheater, he began his career there in 1947 and retired in 1986. 

Don is survived by: Three children, Melody Weber, Thomas Weber, and Ralph Weber; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Tillotson, Michelle Vogeli, Curran Weber, Lauren Sedler, Elise Weber, Alicia Weber, and Tessa Weber; several great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Weber; and several nieces and nephews. 

Don was predeceased by his parents, his wife of forty-three years Virginia, a brother William Weber and, a sister Marilyn Perkins.

  In keeping with Don's wishes there will be no services and burial will take place in Hillside Cemetery in Andover. Memorial's in Don's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit, www.embserfuneralhome.com. 


Christopher E. Emerson, 72

Wellsville, NY - Christopher E. Emerson, 72, of South Brooklyn Avenue passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Wellsville, NY, on March 18, 1948 the son of  the late Eslie L. and Carla (Anderson) Emerson.

Chris was a 1966 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a longtime employee at the Allegany Arc where he worked as a purchasing agent and supervisor, and retired in 2018. Chris was involved in his community: he was a lifetime member and past governor of The Wellsville Moose Lodge 601; a life member of the Frank B. Church VFW 2530 Auxiliary; and a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 702. He enjoyed golfing, was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, and the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Christopher is survived by: his nephew, Alan (Yvonne) Emerson of Shongo; great-nieces, Nora Emerson of Shongo, and Grace Emerson serving with the United State Air Force; sister-in-law Doris Emerson of Genesee, PA; and many beloved friends. He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by: two brothers, Lee and Van Emerson. 

A graveside service and celebration of life for Christopher is being planned for the Spring of 2021. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. In lieu of flowers,  please consider memorial donations to The Allegany County Cancer Services. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.