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, 

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, 

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