Friday, June 10, 2022

Michael E. Faber, 59

Olean, NY – Michael E. Faber, 59, of 132 North Union Street, unexpectedly died at home. He was born in Wellsville on January 22, 1963 the son of James R. Sr. and Katherine E. (Gordnier) Faber. 

Michael was a 1981 graduate of Andover Central Schools. He worked in the healthcare industry as a Home Health Aide for most of his career. He enjoyed spending time with and interacting with his “folks”. Outside of work he liked to cook, hunting, fishing, watching movies, walks with his dog Buster, and was a die-hard Buffalo Bills fan – sporting head-to-toe gear on game days. 

He is survived by: two sons, Adam Faber and Jon Faber, both of Wellsville; a grandson, Braylon Faber of Angelica; his mother, Katherine E. Frantz of Olean; a brother, James R. (Kim) Faber of Honeoye Falls; a sister, Robin K. (Thomas) Bowser of Olean; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by: his father, James; and a grandson, Andre Faber. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 from 1 – 3 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY, 14895. A memorial service will follow at 3 PM. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County, 5440 State Rt 19 North, Belmont, NY 14813; or to the Epilepsy Foundation, 3540 Crain Highway Ste 675, Bowie, MD 20716. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Francis “Fran” L. Lanphier, 88

Wellsville, NY -  Francis “Fran” L. Lanphier, 88, of 249 N. Main Street passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born May 19, 1934 in Bath, the son of the late Dallas and Viva (Austin) Lanphier. On November 26, 1958 in Scio he married the love of his life Joan Marie Tucker who predeceased him on December 29, 1998.

Fran was raised in Wellsville and was a 1952 Graduate of Wellsville High School. He began his career with the G. LaRue Sears Insurance Company in Belmont and was employed later by C.E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville. He then became a salesman for J T’s General Store in Wellsville and was eventually promoted to manager. He also owned and operated Lanphier Enterprises for many years in Wellsville.

Fran was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville, a 25 year member of the McEwen Hose Company #4, a past vice president and coach of the Wellsville Little League, and a former boy scout leader. He was also an associate member of the Morrison Hayes Post # 702 American Legion in Wellsville, and enjoyed his daily visits with the Coffee Club at McDonalds.

Fran is survived by: a son Ronald (Barb) Lanphier of Wellsville, a daughter in law Lana of Lakewood, NY; three grandchildren Jenn Lanphier of Wellsville, Scott Lanphier of Scio, and Kelly (Mike) Schifano of Lakewood, NY. Five great-grandchildren; Hailey, Abigail, and Kennedy Lanphier and Mia and Cooper Schifano. A brother in law Russell (Susan) Tucker of Scio, Sister in Law Corinne Tucker of Grand Praire, TX. Niece Angela (Jayson) Chandler of Scio, NY, Nephews, Jason (Dawn) Tucker of Hinsdale, NY, and Ryan Tucker of Scio. Great Nieces Mackenzie and Alyshia Chandler of Scio and Kendall Tucker of Hinsdale, NY. In addition to his parents and love of his life, Fran was predeceased by a son Michael Lanphier in 1997, his sister Margaret “Peggy” Converse and a brother in law Larry Tucker.

Friends are invited to celebrate Fran’s life on Monday, June 13, 2022, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 W. State Street) and on Tuesday, June 14, from 10:00 -11:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 11:00 am in church with Reverend Dr. Eric Ash Sr. presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

James J. McAndrew, 90

Wellsville, NY – James J. McAndrew, 90, of 28 Orchard Place, passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in the Town of Ward on October 29, 1931 the son of the late George P. and Carroltta (Corwin) McAndrews. On December 22, 1956 in Andover, he married his wife of sixty-five years, Carolyn Arnold, who survives. 

Jim was raised in Ward, he was a 1951 graduate of Alfred Almond Central School. He was a United States Navy Veteran, serving from 1955-1957 on the USS Shakori AFT 162 and the USS Preserver ARS 8. After his honorable discharge, he was employed by Dresser Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 38 years, working his way from a Test Floor Electrician to a Section Manager, and retired in June of 1995. He was a member of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover. He enjoyed Drag Racing where he won numerous races in various classes, loved anything with an engine, playing golf, and horse shoes. 

In addition to his wife, Carolyn, he is survived by: two sons, Gregory (Cheryl) McAndrew of Wellsville, and Brian (Kathy) McAndrews of Friendship; five grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: six brothers, Louis R., Francis C., Howard C., Vincent L., and George F. McAndrews and Edward J. Dougherty; and a sister, Mary Elizabeth (McAndrew) Holenbeck. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, and on Thursday, June 9, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. The funeral will follow visitation Thursday at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. 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.


Mary Catherine Linza, 92

Wellsville, NY – Mary Catherine Linza, 92, of State Route 19S, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born February 18, 1930 in Wellsville the daughter of the late John and Florence (Logue) Bastian. On August 30, 1947 in Shongo, she married her husband of 66 years, Donald R. Linza, who predeceased her on December 1, 2013. 

Mary Kay was raised in Shongo, and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. Upon graduation she entered the work force and was employed by the Kaiser Glove Factory in Wellsville. A hard worker throughout her life, she made rolls for the Linza Meat Market for many years, as well as a multitude of home based employment, and loving family activities. She was a member of the Shongo Ladies Aid, and the former Shongo United Methodist Church. 

She is survived by: three sons, Don (Donita) Linza of Wellsville, Stephen (Judy) Linza of Whitesville, and Todd (Sharla) Linza of Enid, OK; a daughter, Vicki (Charles) White of Wellsville; six grandchildren, Michelle Denhoff, Richard (Stephanie) Linza, Mark (Janine) Linza, Cullen Linza, Evan Linza, and Nicole White; nine great-grandchildren, with one on the way; two sisters, Shirley Bush of Holly, and Juanita Bastian of Rochester; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: a daughter, Marilyn Ruth Linza; a grandson, Aaron J. White; and siblings, Larue Conner, Paul Bastian, and Thelma Cott. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville, 34 W. State Street. The funeral will follow at 7:30 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to: The SPCA serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813;or the Northern Potter Children’s Home, 4309 State Route 49 W, Harrison Valley, PA 16927. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Austin Thomas O’Grady, 82

Wellsville, NY – Austin Thomas O’Grady, 82, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2022 at the Hart Comfort House surrounded by his loving family. Tom, as he was known to his friends and family, was born August 11, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri to Austin C. and Doris (Prentice) O’Grady. On December 28, 1963 he married Roseanna Collins who survives. 

Tom was raised in Cuba, NY where he enjoyed scouting as a boy and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Cuba Central School where he became interested in art and began honing his lifelong passion of painting. Upon graduation from Cuba Central School, Tom enrolled in Buffalo State College majoring in Art Education where he graduated in 1961. Upon graduation from Buffalo State, he began his career in teaching with Allegany County BOCES teaching art in grades K-6 at Rushford Central School and grades 7-12 at Scio Central School. In 1962 he joined the Scio faculty full-time to establish a grade 7-12 art program. He earned his Master of Science degree in 1967 from Alfred University. Tom taught art at Scio for 34 years and grew the program to include photography, mechanical and architectural drafting, in addition to art. He was the founding chair of the art department at Scio and served in that role until 1995 when he was named K-12 principal; a role he held until he retired in 2000 after nearly 40 years of service.

As many people in the local community know, in addition to being an educator, Tom was also an accomplished artist specializing in watercolor as his preferred medium. He received many awards and recognitions for his paintings both nationally and internationally. His work has been on exhibit in the New York State Governor’s mansion, the Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. the United States Embassies in Rome, Italy and Canberra, Australia. He has also exhibited his work in galleries across the country to include the J. Barret Galleries in Toledo, Ohio, the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, NY, and the MGM Grand Gallery in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1975, he was commissioned by Allegany County to design and sculpt the Allegany County Bicentennial Medallion, of which two thousand limited addition medallions were minted. Over the years his artwork has been admired by many and he amassed quite a following with many private collectors including former President, Jimmy Carter.

Tom was also an avid member of the community participating in many activities and contributing in any way he could. He was the charter president of the Wellsville Art Association, a charter member of the Allegany County Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), Sons of the American Legion, a charter member of the Genesee Valley Chorus, and a charter member of the Great Wellsville Balloon Rally Committee where he was a fixture, and served as chair in 1989. For 25 years his famous balloon poster paintings highlighted the Wellsville area landscape. He was also an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Wellsville and served on the parish council and on the board of trustees of the Immaculate Conception regional school of Allegany County. His philanthropy included the donation of countless works of art over the years to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations.

In addition to his wife, Roseanna, he is survived by; three sons, Sean (Cyndi) of Edgewater, Florida, Brendan (Julie) of Overland Park, Kansas, and Timothy (Barbie) of Wellsville; eight grandchildren, Gabrielle (Travis) Mountain, Ryan O’Grady, Colleen (Cody) Girvan, Austin O’Grady, Mary Grace O’Grady, Kathleen O’Grady, Keegan O’Grady, and Kavan O’Grady; three great grandchildren; and his sister, Ann (O’Grady) Kubiniec of Cazenovia, New York, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers in law; Dr. Conrad Kubiniec, Dr. Byron Collins, and Leon (Patsy) Collins and a sister in law Marlene Collins.

Friends and Family are invited to call on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at 11 AM in the Immaculate Conception Church, 6 Maple Avenue, Wellsville. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, NY. Please consider memorial donations to: The Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895; Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895; Immaculate Conception Church, 6 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895; or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Nanci Jane Rogers (nee Wilson), Announcement

Menifee, CA – Friends are invited to a graveside service on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 2 PM to York’s Corners Cemetery to celebrate the life of of Nanci Jane Rogers (nee Wilson). Nanci passed away on May 7, 2022 in Menifee, CA. To read the complete obituary, please visit evans-brownmortuary.com ( https://www.evans-brownmortuary.com/tributes/Nancy-Rogers-1 ), local arrangements are under the direction of J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home.

Friday, May 27, 2022

David Lavern Palmiter, Announcement

Wellsville, NY – The friends and family of David Lavern Palmiter are invited to call on Friday, June 3, 2022 from 7 – 8 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street. At 8 PM the Masonic Lodge 230 and Order of the Eastern Star will conduct their services. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 1 PM in the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints, 100 Crescent Drive, Wellsville, New York, with President Jeffry Moore presiding. David passed on December 26, 2021. To read the complete obituary, or to leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Robert P. Thurner, Announcement

Tenafly, NJ – A Mass of Christian Burial for Robert P. Thurner will be celebrated on Satruday, June 4, 2022 at 12 noon in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, NY (36 Maple Avenue). Burial with fully military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Bob passed on September 30, 2021. To read the complete obituary, or to leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Earl C. Robbins, Announcement

Wellsville, NY – The friends and family of Earl C. Robbins, are invited to a call on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 10 – 11 AM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. A Celebration of Life will follow in the funeral home at 11 am with burial being in North Bingham Cemetery in Pennsylvania. Earl passed on May 1, 2022. To read the complete obituary or to leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Carolyn M. Cronk, 79

Belmont, NY – Carolyn M. Cronk, 79, of Milton Street, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was born in Elkland on December 5, 1942 the daughter of Thaddeus and Stella (Zremski) Zdanowki. 

Carolyn was a long-time resident of Belmont. She was a 1960 graduate of Elkland High School. She continued her education at the Rochester Business Institute. She found her career working for Allegany County and retired after many years of service. She was a very active member of Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont. She served the church in many capacities, including the Altar Society. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, knitting, sewing, and crafting in general. 

She is survived by: a son, Michael (Jodi) Cronk of Hilton; three daughters, Melissa (Michael) Belden of Mansfield, CT, Julie (Kevin) Borden of Belfast, and Karen (Brett) Comstock of Wake Forest, NC; 11 grandchildren, Amanda, Gabby, Ben & Ryan Cronk, Justin, Michaela & Matt Belden, Kayli & Jessica Williams, Rylea & Kyle Comstock; coming soon to the family, a great-granddaughter, Avery; a brother, James (Eileen) Zdanowski of Troupsburg; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents.  

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 4 -6 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 11 AM in Holy Family Catholic Church, 5 Milton Street, Belmont, NY, 14813. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Dementia Society of America, via mail, PO Box 600 Doylestown, PA 18901, or online, dementiasociety.org. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Georgianna Higgins, Service Announcement

Wellsville, NY – The friends and family of Wellsville, NY – The friends and family of Georgianna Higgins, are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Georgi passed on March 10, 2022. To read the complete obituary, or leave online condolences, please visitwww.embserfuneralhome.com are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 11 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Georgi passed on March 10, 2022. To read the complete obituary, or leave online condolences, please visitwww.embserfuneralhome.com

Monday, May 9, 2022

David H. Garwood, service announcement

The friends and family of David H. Garwood are invited to attend a Graveside Service on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 1:30 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery. Dave, 71, left this Earth into the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, January 4, 2022 at his residence in Wellsville.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Jennifer S. White, 38

Belmont, NY – Jennifer S. White, 38, of 20 Milton Street, passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. She was born February 13, 1984 in Wellsville the daughter of Brian J. White and Frances Grisewood.

Jennifer attended Genesee Valley Central School. She was previously employed by the Wellsville Manor Care Center where she was trained as a CNA. While in school she enjoyed playing Soccer, and loved to watch her children participate in their many activities. She was a former member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 

She is survived by: her mother, Fran of Belmont; four children, Mya White, Jordan White-Phipps, & Carsen White-Phipps, all of Belmont, and Jaxson White-Bartholomew of Olean; a grandson, Grayson Cline; two sisters, Cass (Jason) Stone of Angelica, and Kami White of Wellsville; a brother, Joey White of Wellsville; as well as several beloved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 from 1- 3 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. A memorial service will follow at 3 PM with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Please consider memorial donations to C.A.R.E.S of Olean (201 South Union, Olean, NY, 14760), or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PO Box 206, Wellsville, NY 14895). To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Earl C. Robbins, 97

Wellsville, NY – Earl C. Robbins, 97, of Robbins Court passed away peacefully on May 1, 2022. He was born July 8, 1924 in Genesee PA the son of the late Earl S. and Katherine (Ransom) Robbins. On March 27, 1948 in Wellsville he married the former Patricia Perrin who predeceased him in January of 2006. 

Earl was a 1943 graduate of Wellsville High School. He excelled in sports including baseball and football. He was inducted into the Wellsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame with many of his former teammates from the class of 1943. He was the youngest of 11 children. In March 1943 he enlisted in the U. S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. During his service he took part in the D-Day invasion of Omaha Beach. He was employed by National Fuel Gas for many years, retiring in 1984.

He is survived by three children, Denise (Mike) McKee, Debra (Ed) Robbins, John (Dean) Robbins; a grandson, William (Karina) McKee, two great grandchildren, Megan McKee and Kate McKee, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife he was predeceased by 10 siblings.

The family wishes to thank Earl’s caregivers, Marie and Melissa Farley, for their six years of dedication. 

The family will welcome friends on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A celebration of life will follow at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial will follow at North Bingham Cemetery in Pennsylvania. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, May 2, 2022

Philip A. “Sam” Wood, Funeral announcement

Philip A. “Sam” Wood - Scio, NY – The friends of Sam Wood are invited to a graveside service on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 11:00 am in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bolivar, NY. A reception will follow at the home of Skip and Linda Benjamin, 6717 South Bolivar Road, Bolivar, NY.

Sam passed away on January 8, 2022, to read the complete obituary or leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, April 29, 2022

Daniel M. Shea, 79

Wellsville, NY – Daniel M. Shea, 79, of Hanover Hill, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born March 7, 1943 in Buffalo the son of the late Daniel M. and Mary Elizabeth (Purtill) Shea. In 1977 at Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville, he married his wife of forty-five years, Shirley Austin, who survives. 

Dan was a long-time resident of Wellsville, he was a 1961 graduate of Wellsville High School. At one time he was a Police Officer for the Village of Wellsville. After his time with the department, he became a long-haul truck driver who primarily drove for Western Auto. In 1990 Dan made a career shift and founded Dan Shea Septic Tank Service, which he still owned and operated. 

He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, the Wellsville Moose Lodge, and past member of the Emerald Hook and Ladder. Dan was a devout Catholic who prayed the rosary every day, he attended and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. His passion was music, especially country music, of which he was a “die hard fan”; he was in several bands, including The Genesee Valley Boys with Bob Norton. Overall, music was a big part of his life. Additionally, he was an avid hunter. Dan will be remembered as a wonderful man and father, who always had a good joke to tell.  The family would like to thank the Jones Memorial Hospital ICU staff, especially Val and Dylon.

In addition to his wife, Shirley, he is survived by: a daughter, Nancy (Randy) Schultz of Manassas, VA; two sons, Daniel Shea of Andover, and Donald (Barbara) Shea of San Antonio, TX; Nine grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Timothy (Eileen) Shea of Wellsville, and Brian (Laura) Shea of Hilton; four sisters, Kate (Doug) Knott & Jeanne (Pat) Purtill, both of Wellsville, and Patty (Douglas) Morley & Peggy (Stan) Atherholt, both of Gold, PA; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by: his parents; children, Dennis Shea and Wendy Schultz; and siblings, MaryAnn Manning and Michael Shea. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday, May 2, 2022 from 4 – 7 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11 AM in the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville, 36 Maple Avenue. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to St. Jude’s, which can be addressed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Attn: Memorial and Honors, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

James T. Darrin, 100

Wellsville, NY – James T. Darrin, 100, of Hills Street, passed away at home on Saturday, April 16, 2022 surrounded by family. He was born February 20, 1922 in Port Allegany, PA the son of the late Edwin and Caroline (Golden) Darrin. In 1951, in Kenmore, NY, he married Janet Becker Henkel, the mother of his children. She passed in 1987. In 1976 in Wellsville, he married Lois Marsh Darrin, who predeceased him in 1990. 

Jim was a 1940 graduate of Coudersport High School. Upon graduation he entered the workforce, and was employed in several jobs, including being a leather sorter for the Tannery in Coudersport. In 1943 he enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps where he worked his way from B24 Maintenance to B24 Flight Engineer serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After his honorable discharge, Jim attended and graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. By 1948 he had moved to Buffalo and began his career as a talented Graphic Artist for F.N. Burt of Buffalo and Cheektowaga, retiring in 1984. In 1988 he moved to Wellsville. He enjoyed working with his hands, wood carving, hunting in his earlier years, gardening, golfing, and traveling. He was a member of the American Legion Morrison Hayes Post 702 of Wellsville. 

Jim is survived by: two sons, Allen Darrin of Wellsville, and David (Laura) Darrin of Dover, FL; a daughter, Julia Darrin of Cheektowaga; and a grandson Travis Darrin. In addition to his parents, and wives, he was predeceased by: seven brothers, and seven sisters. 

A private graveside service will be held later this Spring. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, PBS, or the American Legion Post 702. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Marleah L. Ritter, 96

Belmont, NY – Marleah L. Ritter, 96, formerly of 13 Schuyler Street, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at Jones Memorial Hospital with family by her side. She was born November 2, 1925 in the Town of Allen, the daughter of  Leon D. and Florence (Van Guilder) James. On July 3, 1948 she married Orlo S. Gelser who predeceased her October 25, 2011. On May 11, 1991 in Cuba, she married George J. Ritter who predeceased her on May 23, 2015

Marleah was a 1944 graduate of Fillmore Central School. She spent the majority of her life residing in the Belmont area. While she primarily focused on raising her family, she was employed at Farnsworth Cookies in Cuba for 15 years. She enjoyed dancing, crocheting, bowling, family get-to-gathers, puzzles, Word Search books, and playing cards. 

She is survived by: three sons, Duane (Terry) Gelser of Dalton, Kenneth (Marsha) Gelser of Belmont, and Alan Gelser of Wellsville; three daughters, Janet (Allen) Ives of Wellsville, Susan (Garry) Pollock of Englewood, FL, and Laura (Ricky) Jordan of Belmont; five step-sons, Robert (Ronda) Ritter of Jacksonville, Fl, Jack (Kathy) Ritter of Fort Worth, TX, James Ritter of Olean, and George (Dessie) Ritter of Friendship; step-daughters, Paula (Ron) Hosley of Cuba and Beverly Ritter of Friendship; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by: a son, Ronald O. Gelser; six brothers, Francis “Dutch” James, Merlin “Tony” James, Hollis “Bill” James, Alvin “Mike” James, Kenneth “Ken” James and Earl “Jesse” James; two sisters, Lillian Carpenter, and Evelyn Hale; a granddaughter, Ashley Gelser; and a step-son, Ron Ritter. 

A private Graveside Service is being planned at Mount Hope Cemetery in Friendship, NY. Please consider memorial donations to the Amity Rescue Squad. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Alan R. Stuck, 75

Friendship, NY—Alan R. Stuck, 75, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2022 at the VA Medical Center in Bath, NY. He was born December 21, 1946 in Friendship, the son of the late Elba and Alice (Neff) Stuck.  

A lifelong resident of Friendship, Al served in the United States Air Force from 1966 to1972.  After serving in the Vietnam War, he returned to Friendship where he had a long career working for the United States Post Service and the Friendship Central School District. Residents on his route appreciated his unbridled commitment to their mail delivery through all kinds of weather conditions typical of Upstate New York.  He always had a bagful of dog treats in his mail truck that were graciously received by the numerous dogs waiting by the mailbox for Al’s delivery.

Al leaves behind a legacy of kindness, patriotism and passion for life. A man of large stature and few words, his easy smile and intense loyalty were treasured by those that knew him best. He was an active member of the Friendship American Legion Post 1168, keeping their books and records for many years, and was an avid bowler, horseshoe pitchman, hunter and golfer.

He is survived by two sisters, Shirley Neu and Jane Burr, and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a sister, Donna Focht, and two brothers John and Thomas Stuck.  

Friends are invited to a graveside service with full military honors on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 10:00am at Maple Grove Cemetery in Friendship, NY.  Following the service, friends are welcome to join the family at the American Legion in Friendship, 29 Depot Street for refreshments.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the American Legion in Friendship or the VA Medical Center, 76 Veterans Avenue, Bath, NY 14810. Al’s family would like to express special appreciation to Al’s many friends at the American Legion and to the nursing and professional staff at the Bath VA for the tremendous support and care he received the past few years. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, April 22, 2022

Richard J. “Murph” Murphy, 89

Wellsville, NY – Richard J. “Murph” Murphy, 89, passed away Thursday, April 21, 2022. He was born October 16, 1932, in Wellsville, the son of the late Robert and Helen (Weimer) Murphy. On June 7, 1958 in St. John’s Roman Catholic Church in Olean, he married the former Sally Lundy who predeceased him on April 21, 1990. On July 5, 1997 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, he married the former Gladys (Sherwood) Sobeck, who survives.

Dick was raised in South Bolivar. He was a 1951 graduate of Bolivar Central School, and attended Geneseo State College. He was drafted into the U. S. Army and served from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War, watching the 38th Parallel.

Murph worked as a Letter Carrier for the United States Postal Service in Wellsville from 1958 until his retirement in 1987. He knew almost everyone in town, he always waved and said “hello”. He was know for being able to recite the addresses and the families who lived at any house in the village; a skill he has retained throughout his life. Dick also sold real estate for several years for Ludden Realty and Wellsville Realty.

He spent may years in the early 1970’s as an “Emerald Green Elf” traveling with Santa Claus (Jack Colligan) to area children, nursing homes, hospitals, and shut ins at Christmas time.  Eventually, this tradition evolved to visiting the older folks, bringing a small gift of hand lotion, etc. often donated by the Emerald Hook & Ladder Co.

Dick was a long-time member, Past Commander, and served with the Honor Guard of the Morrison Hayes Post 702  American Legion, a Life Member of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge #1495, a Life Member of the Emerald Hook & Ladder Co. No. 3, a 60 year member of the National Association of Letter Carriers, and a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife Gladys, are two sons: James (Kathleen) Murphy and Kevin (Sheila) Murphy; and one daughter, Geralyn (Kenneth) Gough; grandchildren: Daniel, Shawn, Sarah, Richie, and Gavin Murphy.  He is also survived by two step-sons: Robert (Brenda) Sobeck, Dennis (Anne) Sobeck, and step-daughter Reita (Terry) Lynch and step grand children: Meri (Ryan) Madison, Patrick (Jessica) Lynch, Lauren (Shawn) Graham, Benjamin Sobeck and Elizabeth Sobeck; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and first wife Sally, Dick was predeceased by a son, Matthew, three brothers: Jack (Betty) Murphy, Robert “Tubby” (Marian) Murphy, and Thomas (Roberta) Murphy; and sister Patricia (Richard) Scott.

As per Dick’s wishes, there will be no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Emerald Hook & Ladder, The American Legion Honor Guard, or the Elks Scholarship Fund. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Rita C. Gooch, 86

Allentown, NY – Rita C. Gooch, 86, of Allentown, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 16, 2022 with her family by her side after a long illness. She was born October 5, 1935 in Buffalo, the daughter of the late John R. and Florence (Canton) McGee. On November 10, 1956 in St. Agnes Church of Buffalo she married her husband of 65 years, Clifford Eugene Gooch, who survives. 

Rita was a 1953 graduate of Bishop Colton High School in Buffalo. She entered the work force, and was employed by Aetna Insurance as a secretary for a few years. In 1965 she and Cliff moved their family to Allentown, where they’ve lived ever since. They have created a warm, welcoming home for their children, grandchildren, and many visiting relatives and friends. Rita was a tireless advocate for children and education. She was a Girl Scout leader, a room mother at the Allentown school, and taught church school classes for the children of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Scio. She also proudly served on the Scio Central School Board for 20 years. 

Rita was very active in the community as a dedicated member of multiple organization, such as Beta Sigma Phi sorority, the St. Joseph’s Altar and rosary Society, Immaculate Conception Church and the American Red Cross. As a charter member of the Wellsville Lioness Club; along side her husband Cliff (a Lion’s member) organized and participated in many events and activities. In 2008 she was awarded the Robert Uplinger Distinguished Service Award. 

After her children had grown, Rita worked at the First Trust Bank in Wellsville, and co-ran a family catering business with Cliff for many years. She loved traveling, parties, dancing with her husband, golfing, walking, and dinners with friends at the Beef Haus. She was an excellent cook, whether it was for two or 200, and gladly made a spot at her table for anyone who stopped by. When she wasn’t busy serving her community, Rita loved spending time with her friends, family, and especially her grandchildren. She will forever be remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a loyal friend whose warmth and wit could bring a smile to anyone’s face. 

In addition to her husband, Cliff, she is survived by: four children, MaryBeth (John) Thompsett of Scio, Jeffrey (Elania) Gooch of Rochester, Lesley (Jon) Gooch-Christman of Wellsville, and Jennifer (David) Gooch-Johnston of Rochester; eight grandchildren, Emily (Lucas Jandrew) Thompsett, Hannah (Kevin Walsh) Thompsett, Abby (Justin Perrelli) Christman, Olivia [Stephen Hoffman]Christman, Ellyn Gooch, Graham Gooch, Noah Johnston, and Clay Johnston; and one great-grandson, Sonny Christman Perrelli; two brothers-in-law, Thomas (Pat) Wozniak and Hank Gath; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Reinig and Betty Windover; and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: three brothers, Robert (Eleanor), Thomas (Rose), and  and Eugene McGee; four sisters, Nancy McGee, Margaret (Clarence) Kremer, Jane Gath, and Kathleen Wozniak. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 4 until 7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 11 am in the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church of Scio, NY. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Library or to the Community Action Angels at ACCORD or to the Ukranian Relief. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Mikalah K, Roulo - Funeral Notic

Wellsville, NY - The friends of Mikalah K, Roulo, are invited to a celebration of life for her and her cousins, Raymond, Tristan, and Evan Erway  on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Darlene J. Sitler Auditorium, Northern Potter High School, 745 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Larry D. “Pops” Brownell Sr., 72

Wellsville, NY – Larry D. “Pops” Brownell Sr., 72, of 106 Road, passed away on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 in his son’s home with his sons by his side. He was born February 23, 1950 in Wellsville the son of the late Hartrick Sr. and Virginia (Empson) Brownell. 

Larry was a life-long resident of Wellsville, and was a 1968 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served honorably with the United State Army from 1972-1974. After his time with the armed forces, he was employed by several businesses such as, the Rochester button Factory of Wellsville, and National Fuel, from where he retired as a Station Operator. Outside of work he enjoyed bowling and pitching horseshoes, was an avid outdoorsman who reveled in, Fishing, and Hunting (especially Turkey and Archery). As he grew older, he liked casino trips, golfing, and adored his dog Rusty. He was a member of the American Legion Post #702 of Wellsville. 

He is survived by: two sons, Larry Brownell Jr. of Wellsville, and Matthew (Kimberly Zimmerman) Brownell of Cuba; their mothers, Cheryl Jackson Howland, and Kathy Quant Brownell; a grandson, Ziek Brownell; a great-granddaughter, Jayden Brownell; two brothers, Hartrick “Butch” (Patty) Brownell II, and Mike (Sherree) Brownell; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Bud and Ginny, he was predeceased by a brother, Gary Brownell. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY. A memorial service will follow immediately at 1 PM with Reverend Gene Miller presiding. Burial will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County and the Alma Rod & Gun Club. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Krysta Grace Kane, 16

Scio, NY – Krysta Grace Kane, 16, of Hazzard Road, tragically died on Monday, April 11, 2022 in a house fire with her significant other, Raymond Erway. She was born on July 19, 2005 in Olean, the daughter of Jonathon Kane and Jean Dunn.

Krysta attended elementary school in Bolivar-Richburg, and was currently a sophomore at Scio Central School. She was a member of 4H and was looking forward to showing goats at the Allegany County Fair with the Erway Family. She enjoyed the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, and especially riding her horse, spending time with her grandparents, sister Lelynn, and boyfriend Raymond. She will be remembered as a kind soul. 

She is survived by: her parents, Jean (Donald Webster) Dunn and Jonathon Kane; a sister, Lelynn Kane of Scio; paternal grandfather, Dale Kane of Scio; maternal grandparents, Sharon (Rex) Gross of Friendship, and Brian Ward of Friendship; three aunts, Melissa (Reuben) Stocking of Scio, Nancy Kane of Florida, Tracey (Jimmy) Carlson of Buffalo; two uncles, DJ Warner of Friendship and John Ward of Tennessee; and several cousins. She was predeceased by: her grandmother, Eileen Kane; her favorite horse, Diana; and her beloved dog, Oliver. 

Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 2:00pm at the home of her great-aunt, Brenda Dunn Washington, 4094 Moss Brook Road, Friendship, NY for all that would like to attend.  Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany County 4H program or send flowers to the above address. To leave online condolence please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Mikalah K. Roulo, 16

Wellsville, NY – Mikalah K. Roulo, 16, of Truax Road, died tragically as a result of a fire in Genesee, PA on Monday, April 11, 2022. She was born August 13, 2005 in Wellsville. 

Mikalah was a sophomore at Wellsville High School. She was a gifted artist, was involved with 4H, liked music of all kinds (especially Carrie Underwood), enjoyed bowling, but most of all was loved by all. Outside of school she was involved with her cousin’s soap business “Me & My Boys Soap” and both The Allegany and Potter County Fairs. 

She is survived by: her parents, Deb and Brian Salmonson of Wellsville; three brothers, Brandon Roulo, Anthony Button, and Noah Salmonson; a sister, Haylie Salmonson; maternal grandparents, Larry and Norma Hugar; paternal grandparents, Ron and Raelene Salmonson; an extensive extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins; and boyfriend, Aiden Meyers. 

A celebration of life for Mikalah is being planned and will be announced when her family can gather together. Please consider memorial donations to the 4H: Elm Valley Harvester, or the Fluffy Friends – both to 111 ½ West Pearl Street, Wellsville, NY, 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, April 4, 2022

Thomas Edward Allen, 72

Wellsville, NY – Thomas Edward Allen, 72, of Wellsville, died Tuesday, March 29, at Jones Memorial Hospital, as a result of injuries suffered in a tragic fire at his Pine Street home. He was born March 10, 1950, in Cuba, NY, the son of the late James H. “Red” and Marie (McMahon) Allen. On July 2, 1971, he was married to his wife of 50 years, Kay Lehman, who survives.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Zachary Thomas Allen, as a result of an industrial accident in Cuba in August 1998, along with three sisters, Janine Preston, and Pamela and Catherine Allen. Survivors include his wife Kay and daughter Betsy; a beloved granddaughter, Eliza; four siblings, Annie (David) Cummins and Raymond Allen, both of Statesville, NC, Timothy Allen of Belfast and Mary Suzanne (Ron) Trail of Canisteo, along with a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Tom was considered a part of the Friendship Central School Class of 1968 but officially received his diploma in Wisconsin. As a young man in Friendship and Appleton, WI, Tom had an interest in agriculture and farming and was active with the FFA. His love of photography parlayed into a business in the 1970s, 80s and 90s, shooting church directories and weddings. He had a wide range of interests and will be remembered for his deep knowledge about almost any subject and his ability to recall details, facts and figures. He was an avid reader all his life, and loved reading history, travel memoirs, and studying maps. A naturally curious person, he was fascinated by geography, glaciation and watersheds. Among his favorite writers were Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac.

Tom loved driving and had an impressive sense of direction without relying on GPS navigation. “It seemed like he knew every back road to get anyplace,” said his daughter. He would take anyone to an airport at the drop of a hat – even as far as Philadelphia or New York. He made several cross-country trips by various means of transportation, including train, bus and automobile. He made several trips to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and several to Alaska to visit his daughter, bringing her several automobiles via the Alaska Marine Highway, the ferry system stretching from Bellingham, WA to the Aleutian Islands. Tom was always ready to lend assistance to a stranded motorist, stopping to give assistance or provide a ride if needed.

When Zachary was young, Tom was involved in Boy Scout Troop 733 in Wellsville and they spent cherished summers together at Camp Gorton on Waneta Lake and Camp Barton on Cayuga Lake. He had an eclectic taste in music, and took his children to many concerts, including a trip to Asheville, NC for the farewell tour of George Clinton.

His employment history was far-ranging. He was always proud of having worked at the Friendship Foundry and Jones Chemical before they closed, and at Blumenthal’s photo shop in Olean. In more recent years, as his girth expanded and white beard grew longer, he worked professionally as Santa Claus, sitting for family portraits and sometimes posing with pets. He was flown first class to Anchorage, Alaska one Christmas season when there was a shortage of Santas up north. Some of his favorite stories involved children mistaking him for Santa at any time of year. He was once “sentenced” to appear as Santa at a Police Benevolent Association party as a result of a speeding ticket he received enroute to Buffalo. Last summer, Tom and his daughter enjoyed working together at her food trailer, Bub’s Grub. Tom’s favorite job was being grandfather to Eliza, who lovingly called him “Binka.” They loved cooking together, singing, and watching old westerns on TV.

The family is planning a celebration of life at a later date. Meantime, the family asks that in Tom’s memory, “pay it forward with a good deed for someone else – no matter how small!” To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Friday, April 1, 2022

Bonnie Joy Ring Enke, 81

Wellsville, NY – Bonnie Joy Ring Enke, 81, of Howe Terrace, passed away on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on May 12, 1940 in Goodhue County, MN the daughter of the late John and Ruth (Bergum) Ring. On June 11, 1963, in Dale Lutheran church of Kenyon, MN, she married Ernest Lewis Enke – who predeceased her on August 26, 2008. 

Bonnie was raised in Kenyon, MN. She was a 1962 graduate of Luther College in Decorah, IA, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She went on to teach Latin in Ames, IA, Urbana, IL, and Columbia, MO, where she also did graduate work at the University of Missouri. In 1973, Ernest and Bonnie moved to Wellsville, where Bonnie focused on her homemaking, caring for her four children, and involving herself in the Wellsville community. Bonnie was an active participant in the La Leche League, Sandbox Nursery School, the Monday Club, and volunteered with Hospice, the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Habitat for Humanity, and the American Heart Association. She was a lifelong Lutheran and a founding member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church. Bonnie cared deeply about the environment and international relief efforts. She was an avid seamstress and quilter. 

She is survived by a son, Evan (Jennifer) Enke of Alfred Station, NY; three daughters, Catherine (Joseph) Turcer and Elizabeth Enke, both of Dublin, OH and Kären (Eric) Telfeyan of Delanson, NY; five grandchildren, Laura Turcer, Emelia, Eagan, and Ellora Enke, and Jack Telfeyan; a brother, Wendell (Barbara) Ring of Grand Island, NE; two sisters, Roxanne (David) Olson of Osakis, MN, and Rita Harty of Kenyon, MN; a sister-in-law, Barbara Timm, of Melbourne, FL; and 14 nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Richard Ring. 

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 6-8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 11 am in the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4229 Fassett Lane, Wellsville, with Vicar Gerry Zimmerman presiding. Bonnie felt strongly that giving was an important part of her faith. She gave her time and money to many different causes. The family asks that any memorial donations be made to Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran church or your favorite charity. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Nitia Gail (McCracken) Cole, 85

Wellsville, NY—Nitia Gail (McCracken) Cole, 85, a former long time resident of Manor Hills passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.  She was born June 10, 1936 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Francis W. and Velma Elaine (Rogers) McCracken, On December 6, 1958 in Wellsville she married John Frederic Cole who predeceased her on May 4, 2020. 

Nitia was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville Central School, She was first employed by Travelers Insurance Company in Buffalo, and later in Wellsville by Empire Gas Company, First Trust Bank, Turbodyne, and Wellsville High School, retiring in 1998. She was a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, and Monday Club. She enjoyed hunting, gardening, painting, reading and traveling, spending lots of time with family

She is survived by two sons, J. Jeffrey (Leanne) Cole of Townsend, TN, Jeremy J. (Mary Kate) Cole of Wellsville, a daughter, Julie Ann Cole of Westminster, CO, five grandchildren, Holly Maxwell, Liz, Molly, and Sarah Cole, and Jack Cole, a sister, Nancy (James) Stevens of Wellsville, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews, including, Frank and Richard Ferry, Jim and Janice Stevens, and Amy Gowdy. 

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a grandson, Jay Thomas Maxwell, two nephews, Bill Ferry and Jay Stevens, and a brother, Francis McCracken.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 2 – 4 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 4, 2022 at 11 am in the Wellsville First United Methodist Church with Reverend Craig Buelow presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Jones Memorial Hospital, the David A. Howe Library, or the Wellsville United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Robert A. Ball Jr., 79

Wellsville, NY – Robert A. Ball Jr., 79, of Southdrive, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2022 at home. He was born in Wellsville on November 21, 1942 the son of the late Robert A. Sr. and Marjorie (Grover) Ball. On May 30, 1992 he married his wife of 30 years, Virginia “Ginny” Shores, who survives. 

Bob attended school in both Wellsville and Whitesville. Bob found his career in construction, for thirty years he drove the concrete mixer for Rinker Concrete Company of Lake Worth, Florida, from where he retired. Afterwards, he and Ginny returned to Wellsville, where they have attended the First United Methodist Church. Bob’s hobbies included oil painting and wood burning art; he gave away much of his artwork to his family and friends, but he also sold many pieces in the Craft Treasure Chest in Boyton, Florida. One of his greatest pleasures was to travel with his wife, they enjoyed spending winters in Florida. 

In addition to his wife Ginny, Bob is survived by: a daughter, Kim (Donny) Maxon of Royal Palm Beach, FL; a son, Robert D. (Jennifer) Ball of Lantana, FL; four grandchildren, Adam, Alex, Michael, and Corey; a brother, Charles (Peg) Ball of Leesburg, FL; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, and a brother and sister-in-law, James “Jim” & Joanne Ball. 

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, or to the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Monday, March 28, 2022

Rose Ann Dahar, 92

Wellsville, NY – Rose Ann Dahar, 92, of 162 School Street, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2022 at home surrounded by her eight children. She was born March 5, 1930 in Arcade, NY the daughter of the late Leopold and Julianna (Mickolic) Wesley. On May 21, 1955 in Olean she married Francis T. Dahar who predeceased her on October 28, 1973. 

Rose was a 1948 graduate of Olean High School; she continued her education at the Arnot Ogden School of Nursing, from where she graduated in 1951. During her 42 year career as an RN, her nursing roles included, bedside nursing, critical care nursing, and nursing supervision. At the time of retirement in 1993, she was the manager of the Maternity Department at Jones Memorial Hospital. She volunteered as a family advocate for Home Care & Hospice, and later transitioned to a clerical volunteer. Outside of work, she enjoyed: knitting and crocheting (she made afghans for all her children and grandchildren), gardening, puzzles, reading, singing in the church choir, and bowling. 

She is survived by: four sons, Michael (Elizabeth) Dahar, Francis (Lisa) Dahar, Gary Dahar, and Christopher (Krista) Dahar; four daughters, Julie Salvana, Jean Marie Russo, Theresa (Craig) Brocious, Katherine (Glenn) Amesbury; 28 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; and a brother, Joseph Wesley of Allegany, as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by  five brothers, Tony, Leo, John, Frank, and Louie Wesley; and two sisters, Emma Accurso and Mary Wolfe. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 2-4 pm, and 7-8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street in Wellsville. A family led time of remembrance will follow visitation at 8:00 pm Friday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 2, at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, with Reverend Robert Agbo as celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Tuition Angels c/o the Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Saturday, March 26, 2022

Kim Marie (Wilson) Perkins, 61

Wellsville, NY — Kim Marie (Wilson) Perkins, 61, of 215 Madison Street died unexpectedly at home on Friday, March 25, 2022. She was born November 30, 1960 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Wallace Donald and Marie Mae (Kellogg) Wilson. On May 21, 1983 in Wellsville she married Robin “Mike” Perkins who survives.

Kim was a 1978 graduate of Wellsville High School. She attended Alfred State College and Corning Community College. She was formerly employed at Giant Food Mart and the Beef Haus in Wellsville.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are two sons, David Perkins, and Andrew (Jennifer) Perkins both of Olean, a daughter, Aubrey (Mathew) Coast of Duke Center, PA, five grandchildren, Alexis, Colton, and Laney Perkins, and Tanner and Kendall Coast, two sisters, Cindy (Dan) Shipman of Orlando, FL, and Michelle (Kevin) Bennett of Wellsville, a half sister,  Christa Thompson of Waverly, three step sisters, Tammy Cattano of Bath, PA, Toni (Al) Barton, and Shannon Wittig both of Waverly, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will be Wednesday, March 30, at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

George Gardiner Probst, 87

Wellsville, NY—George Gardiner Probst, 87,  passed away at home on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.  He was born April 2, 1934 in Rochester, the son of the late George Richard and Hazel (Gardiner) Probst. He was also predeceased by one of his best friends, Wallace Copley. 

He was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School and a veteran of two branches of the U. S. Military.  George served in the United States Navy from 1954-1958 aboard aircraft carriers during his years of service.  He also served in the United States Air Force from 1963-1967 as an ECM Repairman. He continued his education at Simmons School of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1962 as a licensed Funeral Director. George maintained his license thru the years.

After returning home to Wellsville George started his career at Dresser-Rand Inc. (formerly Worthington Corporation) on the 2nd shift and retired after 30 years of service.  He also was a part-time Audio Visual Technician at Alfred State college.

George was proud to serve in two branches of the Armed Forces and was a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, which he readily explained to all his friends. George was also an accomplished photographer and enjoyed taking photos for IAM 1580 Turbo-Lines publication.  His love of the great outdoors was evident in the many hours he enjoyed canoeing at Pine Creek Grand Canyon with many friends. He also enjoyed hiking, backpacking, hunting, fishing and camping.  He was at home on a trail of God’s great creation with wildlife and nature. He enjoyed traveling thru Yosemite National Park, the Appalachian Trail, and West Branch Ball Mountain in Maine.

George was a member of the former Wellsville Lodge #230 F&AM, the Corning Consistory, a 47 year member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion in Wellsville, the Finger Lakes Trail Conference and Susquehannock Trail Club, the US Air Force Association, International Assoc. of Machinist and Aerospace Workers (IAM 1580), PA State Forest volunteer, and a former member of the  Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495.

George is survived by his twin sister, Gretchen Probst, who supported and assisted in his care during his final months.  He is also survived by his dear friend, Maureen Hauselt, whom he shared many happy times and wonderful memories.  He always reminisced with a smile about the many hikes, dinners and conversations they shared.  George was fond of his many friends with whom he enjoyed breakfast gatherings, hiking, traveling , and conversation. He was thankful for Rich Tidd and his family who always included him in their holiday gatherings, as well as Jim Peet and Kathy Hamlin for the friendship and support they gave him during his life. The kindness of Susan Bergeron, daughter of Wallace Copley, for also always including him in family events and outings.  

Friends are invited to call on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday, March 26, at 11:00 am in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Karen M. Ruch, née Jensen

Wellsville, NY - Karen M. Ruch, née Jensen, went to her eternal home on March 20, 2022. 

Karen was the beloved wife of the late James P. Ruch; daughter of the late Jacob and Jenny Jensen; sister of Paul (Loraine) Jensen, and the late Robert Jensen and Ruth (Julius) Kovach. Karen was the loving mother of Holly (Thomas) Ruch-Ross, John (Stefanie) Ruch, Suzanne (John) Garvey, and James (Mary) Ruch. Karen is also survived by her grandchildren, Matthew Ruch, Lisa (Gregory) Bugbee, Laura Smith, Karen (Andrew) Swanson, Amanda (Sasha) Khodorkovskaya, Erin (Michael) Matecki, Benjamin Ross, Adam (Allyssa) Garvey, Julia Ruch, and Sydney Ross. She was GG to 9 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  

Karen taught English for years at Iroquois High School. She loved painting and drawing, playing the piano, and singing. Karen moved to Wellsville and was welcomed into a loving community at Grace United Church. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Dianna F. Emrick, 67

Scio, NY – Dianna F. Emrick, 67, of 4607 Waughbrook Road, died unexpectedly on March 12, 2022 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born March 10, 1955 in Cuba, the daughter of the late James E. Sr. and Florence A. (Clark) Fleming. On December 2, 2002 she married Dr. F. Clifton Miller Jr. who predeceased her on October 26, 2015. On October 9, 2018 she married William T. Emrick, who survives. 

Dianna was raised in Angelica, and was a 1973 graduate of Angelica Central School. She continued her education at Alfred State College, where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in 1975. She began her 34 year career at Jones Memorial Hospital after gradating high school, and upon earning her degree, she worked as a registered nurse for Jones – primarily in the Maternity Ward. Additionally, she was the office nurse for Dr. Miller. Outside of her employment, she and her late husband bred Golden Retrievers for many years, she was a member of the Andover Presbyterian Church, former member of the Scio United Methodist Church, and a dedicated volunteer at Immaculate Conception School. 

In addition her her husband Bill, she is survived by: three children, Clifton Miller, Helena Miller, and Nathan Miller; three step-children, Heather Lanphere and her companion Tom Hayden, Lindsay Chamberlin, and Katie (Sean) Cauley; nine grandchildren, Ethan Lanphere, Max Lanphere, Jackson Shoughrue, Liam Chamberlin, Alex Cauley, Jack Cauley, Charlotte Chamberlin, Emily Chamberlin, and Henry Chamberlin; two brothers, James E. (Sharon) Fleming Jr. and Timothy J. (Lori) Fleming; step-mother, Shirley Windus; three close personal friends, Hilary Miller, Laura Kintner, and Dr. Lu-Ann Kaye; as well as several nieces and nephews. 

A private funeral is being planned at the Andover Presbyterian Church, and there will be no prior visitation. Please consider memorial donations to: The Dr. F. Clifton Miller Birthing Center & Trust Fund, 191 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895; The Andover Presbyterian Church, PO Box 773, Andover, NY 14806; or Lion Camp Badger, 725 Larue Road, Spencer, NY 14883. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.