Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Ronald G. Broughton, 89

Wellsville, NY – Ronald G. Broughton, 89, of South Highland, passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2023, at Highland Park. He was born February 17, 1934, in Wellsville, the son of the late George E. and Ruth (Pitts) Broughton. On November 6, 1954, in Wellsville he married his wife of 51 years, Elizabeth “Betty”, who predeceased him on May 26, 2006.

Ronald worked for Alfred College of Agriculture and Technology’s Wellsville campus for 30 years, retiring in April of 1995. He was an artist, a jack-of-all-trades, a sibling, a great-grandpa, a father, a craftsman, a hard-worker, a husband, a sailor, a cat-person, a gardener, an uncle, a homebody, a family-man, and tough as nails. He had a quiet kindness, a dry humor, a subtle wit, and most importantly – a heart full of love. His family feels blessed to have had him in their lives.

He is survived by: a daughter, Mary Broughton Kane of Wellsville; a son, Ronald (Polly) Broughton Jr. of Wellsville; five grandchildren, Ruth (Damien) McDonald, Elizabeth (Pavel) Kulikov both of Jacksonville, FL, Kay Broughton of Albany, NY, Paul (Gigi) Kane Jr. of Washington D.C., and Steven (Anna) Broughton of Orchard Park, NY; four great-grandchildren, Dylan McDonald, Edward McDonald, Constantine Kulikov, and Agatha Kulikov; siblings, James S. Broughton, Robert Broughton, Alice McGillivray, Eva Sinsebox, Maggie Green, and Velma Yankanich (Bill) Demming; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by, a grandson, Thomas Ronald Kane.

Friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service this Friday, September 1, 2023, at 11 am in Sacred Heart Cemetery of Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA with Father Joseph Doughtery presiding. Please consider memorial donations to a charity of your choosing. To leave online condolences please visit

Friday, August 25, 2023

Clifford E. Gooch, 91

Allentown, NY - Clifford E. Gooch, 91 of Allentown, passed away peacefully at Hart Comfort Home on August 23, 2023, surrounded physically and spiritually by both family and friends.

Cliff, "Gene" to his Buffalo family, was a 1949 graduate of Seneca Vocational High School. After graduation Cliff entered the US Navy in November 1949 and served to April 1953 primarily aboard the USS Philip, DDE-498, as a sonarman. After honorable discharge from the US Navy, Cliff worked for Bushes Delivery, Buffalo Slag, and became a fireman for the City of Buffalo.

On November 10, 1956 Clifford married Rita C. McGee at St. Agnes Church in Buffalo. Rita predeceased Cliff on April 16th, 2022 after a 66 year marriage.

Cliff joined the NYS Troopers in April 1963 and moved the family to Allentown in 1965, Along the way Cliff also: co- owned a Yamaha Motorcycle shop, worked with his good friend Al Ford, catered for Johnston & Gooch Catering, was a Town Justice in Scio NY, and delivered parts for Fred Roberts Auto Parts from where he reluctantly retired at the young age of 83.

Cliff committed much of his time, talent and energy to serving his community. He was a PROUD member of the Wellsville Lions Club for over 50 years - serving as an enthusiastic end-man at many Lions Club Minstrel shows, chicken BBQs for the Trout Derby, and spending hours filling gumball machines at numerous establishments. As Scio Town Justice he truly enjoyed officiating marriage ceremonies, often holding those nuptials in their front yard with the help of Rita or other locations like Letchworth Park and Syracuse University. Cliff was also an enthusiastic, long-standing member of the Association of Former NYS Troopers, Allegheny Chapter and a member of the Wellsville Elks Club.

Cliff is survived by: four children, MaryBeth (John) Thompsett of Scio, Jeffrey (Elaina) Gooch of Rochester, Lesley (Jon) Gooch-Christman of Wellsville, 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 Johnstn, and Clay (Brie Boxell) Johnston; two great-grandsons, Sonny and Carmen Christman-Perrelli, sister Betty Windover, as well as brothers-in-law Tom (Pat) Wozniak and Hank Gath.

In addition to his wife Rita, Cliff was predeceased by four brothers: David, Edward, Frank and Bobby, and three sisters: Shirley, Mary, and Joy.

Lastly Cliff was known for believing in second chances and his commitment to being fair, his incredible sense of humor, his ability to feed a crowd whatever the occasion (a talent he and Rita passed on to all his children!) , his love for playing cards, and most certainly a nice bottle of beer! Cliff liked nothing better than being together and enjoying life. He believed in the power of friendship and offered it freely to others.

Truly a life well-lived and well-shared!!!

Calling hours will be held at J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home 34 West State Street, Wellsville NY 14895 on Monday August 28th, 4pm - 7pm

Service will be held at J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home on Tuesday, August 29th, 11am, internment to follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Scio NY 14880

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Wellsville Lions Club, the David A. Howe Library or the Hart Comfort House.

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Monday, August 21, 2023

Darlene K. Caschera, 82

Wellsville, NY – Darlene K. Caschera, 82, of Stevens Street, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2023, at the Hart Comfort House surrounded by her family. She was born on May 13, 1941, in Warren, PA, the daughter of the late John and Pearl (Shepard) Childress. On June 10, 1960, inWellsville, she married her husband of 63 years, Thomas Caschera, who survives. 

Darlene was a life-long resident of Wellsville. After graduating from Wellsville High School, she was employed by Air Pre Heater of Wellsville, and along with her husband, owned and operated Pit Stop Tavern. She discovered her career as a Teacher’s Aide for Wellsville Central Schools, from where she retired. Outside of work she was a past member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary and was currently an active member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495, where she helped greatly with bereavement dinners and special events. Family was very important to her, especially cooking for family dinners. She also enjoyed weekly Wednesday Night Dinners with friends, bean bag tournaments, NASCAR, and Lifetime Movies.

In addition to her husband Tom, she is survived by: three sons, Kevin (Holly Burger) Caschera of Wellsville, Steve (Diana) Caschera of Oregon, and Kris (Lori) Caschera of Arizona; 10 grandchildren, Tom (Maureen) Caschera, Kyle Caschera, Anothony Caschera, Marc (Melene) Caschera, Adrianna Caschera, Jessica (Mike) Alverez, Teresa (JesseWoodall, Angie (Derek BrightCaschera, Jake Caschera, and Chase (Tiffany) Ashley; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Arlene Lehman; two brothers-in-law, Joe Caschera, and Mike Caschera; and several nieces, nephews, cousins (including Bill and Nancy Bostley), and very close friends, such as Barb, Lisa, Kathy, and Suzanne. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: two sisters and their husbands, Marlene (Pat) Padden, and Sharlene (Moose) Burdick; brother-in-law, Terry Lehman; and sister-in-law, Ann Caschera. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, August 25, 2023, from 11 am to 2 pm at the J.W. Embers Sons Funeral Home of Wellsville, 34 West State Street. Her funeral service will follow immediately at 2 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery of Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 (To whom Darlene’s family would like to offer special thanks for their dedicated care and to all the wonderful people there); or to the Wellsville Elks Club Scholarship Fund, 77 East Pearl Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Dale R. Thomas, 74

Belmont, NY – Dale R. Thomas, 74, of Noble Street, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2023, in his home surrounded by his family. He was born on October 13, 1948, in Cuba the son of the late Edward and Helen (Deats) Thomas. On September 9, 1967, in Friendship, he married Susan Lewis, who survives. 

Long-time resident of Belmont, Dale worked for several local companies, such as: Genesee Valley Nursery, Hetzel Motors, Adelphia Cable Company, and Preston’s Trucking. He retired from AL Blades. Outside of his employment he was heavily involved in the community, he was a lifelong member of the Belmont Fire Company, having been chief from 1984 to 1987, and president twice, from 1990 to 1994 and 2002 to 2004; He was a charter member of the Sons of the American Legion, starting on May 21, 1984, and was member of both the Belmont and Angelica branches. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed snowmobiling, watching NASCAR (especially Dale Earnhart), and watching westerns – his favorites being Gunsmoke and John Wayne. He dearly loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Susan, he is survived by: his children, Becky (Dan) Hanchett, Cristy (Shannon) McKinley, Denise (Roger) Baker, and Dale Thomas Jr.; grandchildren, Danielle (Ben) Smith, Sarah (Jon) Hanchett-Morse, Cara (Larry Woodworth) Hamilton, Kaylyn (Michael) Slawson, Shaun McKinley, Lindsey (Brandon Harris) Baker, Dalton (Lauryn Force) Baker, Zachary, Mason, and Brynn Thomas; great-grandchildren, Connor, Kylie, and Daniel Smith, Lyla Hanchett, Addyson Sekoll, Huntleigh and Carter Hamilton, Lincoln and Mason Harris; siblings, Terry (Duane) Gelser, Robert “Fuzzy” (Susie) Thomas and Suzanne Thomas; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his mother and father-in-law, Barbara and Carrel Charlie Lewis

Following Dale’s wishes, there will be no planned services. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Angelica Conservation Club, West Avenue, Angelica, NY. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, August 14, 2023

Jacquelyn Anne Manis, 77

Belmont, NY – Jacquelyn Anne Manis, 77, of Whitney Avenue, passed away on Sunday, August 13, 2023, at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born June 5, 1946, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Catherine Codispoti Manis. 

Jackie was raised in Belmont and was a 1964 graduate of Belmont High School. She continued her education at D’Youville College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1968; she then attended the University of Buffalo, graduating with a Master of Arts in American/Women’s Studies in 1984. She also took graduate level Counseling courses at Canisius College. For 20 years, she lived in Buffalo and was employed as a Youth Counselor at Baker Hall in Lackawanna, Connor Children’s Center in Buffalo, and the NYS Division for Youth Buffalo District Office. She was also a Foster Care worker before being promoted to Court Liaison Officer, working for the District 6 Western New York courts in placing youth in appropriate settings. While living in Buffalo, Jackie also taught Women’s Studies Courses at the University of Buffalo and Trocaire College. 

After returning to Allegany County in 1985, she was employed by the Allegany County Employment and Training Center for 23 years as Coordinator of Employment Services, developing programs for the unemployed and supervising 5 professional and administrative staff. She also taught courses in Human Service from 2007 to 2015 at Empire State College. Outside of her professional achievements, she served as Trustee for the Village of Belmont for 12 years and was on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Allegany County. In the 1980s she was the Amity Town Historian. She was an avid reader who loved to work in her garden. She was known for her wit, and ability to give voices/personalities to her many stuffed animals, and would provide a listening ear to everyone’s troubles. 

She is survived by her cousin’s family, Sylvia Baldini, Janice (Tim) Youles, and Andrew Youles, all of Fairport; and good friend of 60 years, Rusty Tobin of Belmont. In addition to her mother, Catherine, she was predeceased by her cousin, John Baldini. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 17, 2023, from 2 -4 pm and 7 -9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 18, 2023, at 11 am in Holy Family Catholic Church, 5 Milton Street, Belmont, NY. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany County Office for the Aging 6085 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14813; or to the Holy Family Altar Society, 5 Milton Street, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Charles “Bud” Romain Tronetti, 93

Belmont, NY – Charles “Bud” Romain Tronetti, 93, long-time resident of 25 Court Street and 5196 St. Rt. 244, passed away on Monday, August 7, 2023 at home surrounded by his family. He was born March 31, 1930, in Port Allegany, PA, the son of the late Joseph and Philomena (DeAngelis) Tronetti. On August 18, 1951, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, he married his high school sweetheart, Gloria Mae Linnecke, who predeceased him in 2010. 

Bud was the first president of the Student Council at Belmont Central School, graduating in 1949. Upon graduating he moved to Cleveland, OH to work. He joined the National Guard in his Junior Year of high school, and was drafted into the Army in 1951, where he spent one year in Germany. After his honorable discharge in 1953, he returned home where he worked several part-time jobs; some of which were at the Bordon Plant, Friendship Dairies, and a roofing company. He then worked as a salesman for a photography company and was transferred to Owego, NY to become the district manager. He returned to Belmont after the sudden death of his sister-in-law to help with her children. He started work at Acme Electric from 1955 to 1960. He then found his career at Dresser-Rand, for whom he worked from 1960 until his retirement in 1992, rising to the Manufacturing Engineering Department for his last ten years. Bud also worked as a realtor and broker for 30 plus years, retiring in 2010. 

He was a member of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church where he served as a trustee and Eucharistic minister and lector. He also served on the Parish Council. He was the Catholic Charities Chairman for the Buffalo Diocese for 20 years. He also served on the Cemetery Board with maintenance and records for many years. His community service included the Belmont Fire Department, Amity Rescue Squad, and he was a past Rotarian. Bud and Frank Pasquale Sr. started the Little League Program and helped build the Little League Field at Wilmac Park. He loved bowling at the Community Lanes for many years, he also enjoyed golf but was never able to beat his son-in-law Dana. He liked to play horseshoes and was a true champion. Bud also enjoyed his many dear friends, including the special bond with his poker pals over many years. 

Bud will be remembered for his kindness, empathy, strong faith, his generosity, and integrity he has shown all his life. His family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Picco, the Veterans Administration, and the U of R Medical Center in Wellsville for their wonderful care. 

He is survived by: four children, Charles “Bud” (Marci) Tronetti, Sherry Teach, Sue (Dana) Ross, all of Belmont, and John (Liz) Tronetti of Columbia, SC; 10 grandsons, Matthew Tronetti, Chad (Lisa) Tronetti, Lance (Kyla) Tronetti, Luke Tronetti, Michael (Melissa) Metsch, Joseph (Heidi) Metsch, Anthony (Johanna) Ross, Kristopher Ross, Nicholas Tronetti, and Patrick Tronetti; 16 great-grandchildren; special friend Carole Aldrich; and several beloved nieces, nephews, and treasured cousins. In addition to his parents and wife of 59 years, he was predeceased by: a brother, Joseph Tronetti; a sister, Barbara Munro; and son-in-law, Daniel Teach. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, August 10, 2023, from 5 – 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 11, 2023, at 11 am in Holy Family Catholic Church, 5 Milton Street, Belmont, NY. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery of Belmont. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to St. Mary’s Cemetery Fund, 5 Milton Street, Belmont, NY 14813; or to the Allegany County Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Marion L. Johnson, 98

Wellsville, NY – Marion L. Johnson, 98, formerly a 47-year resident of Whitesville, and more recently of Hills Street, in Wellsville, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born June 25, 1925, in the Town of Willing, the daughter of the late John E. and Ethel L. (Witter) Ludden. On August 7, 1951, in Port Allegany, PA, she married her husband of 56 years, Leo John Johnson, who predeceased her on June 20, 2008. 

Marion was raised on the Ludden Road in the Town of Willing. She was a 1940 graduate of Immaculate Conception School, and a 1942 graduate of Wellsville High School. She continued her education at Rochester Business Institute in Wellsville. At the age of 17, she began her 37 career at Citizens National Bank, and six “long” years at Key Bank, retiring in 1986. Outside of her profession, she was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, and Altar and Rosary Societythe Business and Professional Women’s Club, Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Olive Twig, was a charter member of the Independence Historical Society, the Whitesville Cherry Circle, Whitesville Senior Citizens, and was the treasurer of the Wellsville Area MS Walk forseven years. She was an Election Clerk, and the Whitesville School Tax Collector for many years. In their free time, she and Leo loved to travel the world.

She is survived by: two daughters, MaryAnn (Gus) Weber of Andover and Marlee (Brian) Cannon of Amity Lake; grandsons, Gus D. (Juleen) Weber II, Matthew J. (Annette) Cannon, and Ian (Tamara Muska) Cannon; great-grandchildren, Ardell Spinder, Leo John Cannon, John Edward Cannon, Eshne Mae Cannon, Lochlan John Cannon, and Oona Maple Cannon; beloved cousins, Jane Aiken, Ann Margeson, and Regina McGinnis, her “third daughter” Shallee (Paul) Lauzze; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by, a sister, Dorothy Cameron. The family would like to thank her loving care givers at the Wellsville Manor Care Center.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, August 7, 2023, from 2 – 4 and 7 -9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street. The Rosary will be recited at 8:15 pm on Monday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Independence Historical SocietyP. O. Box 121, Whitesville, NY 14897To leave online condolences please visit