Friday, October 27, 2023

Ronald G. Broughton, service notice

The friends and family of Ron Broughton are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, November 3, 2023, at 11:00 am in the Sacred Heart Church, Genesee, PA. A reception will follow at the Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Avenue (rear door) in Wellsville. 

Ron passed away on Sunday, August 27, 2013, to read the complete obituary or leave online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Alan J Duke, 73

Andover, NY - We mournfully announce the passing of Alan J Duke, 73. Alan passed away peacefully on October 19th surrounded by his children after a hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis. 

Alan was born May 29th, 1950, in Wellsville, NY being the son of Douglas and Celia Duke (Jordan). Alan grew up in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville High School.  

After high school, Alan attended Corning Community College, hitchhiked to Woodstock, worked on a sailboat in the Caribbean, and lived in Florida and Nevada before returning to Wellsville in 1972. Upon returning to Wellsville, he worked at his friend’s bar “Buckwheat’s” before finally getting hired on the railroad in 1974.  

He started his career for Erie Lackawanna Railroad which was then purchased by Conrail and then in 1998 went on to work for CSX railroad after a merger. Alan worked across the east coast as an operator and eventually a foreman of a tie gang that traveled from Boston, Massachusetts down to Mobile, Alabama and every small town and big city in between. After 36 years he retired from the railroad in 2010. In 2011, he helped his son purchase Duke’s Main Street Pizza in Alfred, NY. His second career came as a maple syrup producer with his son, growing the operation to over 3,200 trees and making over 1,000 gallons of maple syrup a year.  

Alan was a true outdoorsman his entire life. From a young age he enjoyed fishing, hunting and hiking. He also loved dogs and had success with training bird dogs from a young age. Alan’s love of hunting wasn’t just the act of it, but also the fun he had with friends and family. For 30 years his house was a hunting camp where many people gathered for opening morning, where he loved sharing in the excitement from someone’s first doe to a large buck. He also loved building, which included his post and beam house and sugar house, both built with help from friends and family. He also had a large garden and later in life raised Guineafowl.  

Alan was predeceased by his father, Douglas Duke and mother, Celia Duke. 

Survived by his children, Alana (Mark) Chiarenza of Rochester, NY and Cameron (Megan) Duke of Hornell, NY. As well as the mother of his children, Lyn Muxworthy. He also loved his grandchildren Miles, Leo and Jagger more than anything. His brother Oak (Susan) Duke, nephews Oak (Shelley) Duke, Ethan (Dana) Duke and a great niece Ava. 

Alan will be dearly missed and always remembered.  

A celebration of life gathering will be held in Alan’s honor on October 28th from 1-4 for family and friends at the Wellsville Country Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the pulmonary fibrosis foundation. To leave online condolences please visit

William H. Slater, 56

Sloan, NY – William H. Slater, 56, of Griffith Street, passed away on October 12, 2023, at Buffalo General Hospital after experiencing chronic health problems. He was born February 16, 1967, in Erie, PA, the son of the late Larry and Betty (Riley) Slater. In 2016 he found his life partner, Kimberly Schopf, who survives. 

Bill was a previous resident of Wellsville, NY, Uniontown, PA, and currently resided in Sloan, NY. He was a past member of the Dyke Street Engine Company. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, motorcycles, and family dinners. He was anavid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and was an enthusiastic tattoo collector. He made people laugh and would talk to anybody; he made daily calls to his family and closest friends. 

He is survived by: four children, Billy Slater, Zach Slater, Kyle Slater, and Damian Dimpfl “Slater”; three grandchildren; siblings, Angel Larson and David (Rose) Slater; dear friends, Paul Golish, John Golish, Jack (Eunice) Nary, Scott Reed, Randy Fauchet, and Victor Henrick; as well as several nieces and nephews, especially, Brianna Slater, Heidi Slater, and Kalvin Slater. He was predeceased by his parents, Larry Slater and Betty Baldwin, and brother, Christopher Slater.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 12 noon to 4 pm at the Wellsville Fire Department, 40 South Main Street, Wellsville, NY. Please consider memorial donations to Wellsville Fire Department Dyke Hose Co. 2, 89 E. Hanover Street. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, October 23, 2023

Maria Elizabeth Mulligan, 83

Belmont, NY – Maria Elizabeth Mulligan, 83, formerly of Mulligan Road, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born May 3, 1940, in Michigan, the daughter of the late Elias and Martha (Kortez) Multila. On June 3, 1961, in Ithaca, NY she married John J. Mulligan Sr., who predeceased her April 21, 2001, after 39 years of marriage. 

Maria was a long-time resident of the Mulligan Road. She graduated from Cornell University before pursuing her career in teaching. She was a member of the Board of Elections, a 4H leader, volunteer for the Red Cross, member of the USDA Allegany County Committee, member of the Alter and Rosary Society, and was on the Board of Assessment Review. 

She is survived by: six children, Barbara (Dave) Benjamin, Joanne (Bryan) Burdick, Ron (Alinda) Mulligan, Diane (Dave) Chamberlain, and Susan (Jeffrey) Fontaine, all of Belmont, and John (Rae Rice) Mulligan Jr. of Hornell; 13 grandchildren, Hannah (Noah) Blanchard, Vanessa Lanterman, Bryan Burdick Jr., Jason Benjamin, Michele Shreve, Curtis Benjamin, Danielle Chamberlain, Kasey (Nate) Weld, Corrie (Nate Faulkner) Mulligan, Patrick Chamberlain, Kelsey (Charlie Hanulton) ClineJordan Fontaine and Jenna Fontaine; 10 great-grandchildren, Aaliyah, Ashlynn, Anthony, Chloe, Aspen, Wyatt, Kassidy, Emma, Elaina, and Emmett; sister, Helen (Neil) Riker of Ithaca; sister-in-law, Margaret Ingalls of Bolivar; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by: two sisters, Carol Schires and Agnes Hiltunen. 

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 26, 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, October 27, 2023, at 11 am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 5 Milton Street, Belmont. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery of Belmont. Please consider memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6400 Sheridan Drive, Suite 320, Amherst, NY; or to the Amity Rescue Squad, 5184 NY-244, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, October 16, 2023

Dale L. Lowrie, 68

Wellsville, NY – Dale L. Lowrie, 68, of 152 Pine Street passed away at home on Friday, October 13, 2023. He was born February 12, 1955, in Bath, NY, the son of the late Leroy J. and Gladys M. (Raub) Lowrie.

Dale was a 30-year resident of Oswayo, Pennsylvania, and a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, PA. He was formerly employed at Hennigh’s Trailer Sales in Shinglehouse. In 1995 he moved to Wellsville, and was employed by K-Arcy Corporation, Benjamin Smith Company, and Giant Food Mart. Dale was a long-time resident of 269 S. Main Street, and enjoyed swimming, hiking, winter sports, outdoor activities, and maintaining his home and lawn.

He is survived by several cousins including Shirley Mericle, Barbara Morabito, and Steve Raub all of Wellsville and friends, Lorraine Chaffee, and Ryan, and Joanne Stisser of Wellsville.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 19, 2023, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Ann Jenkins presiding. The burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, October 13, 2023

Linda Pullman, 75

Wellsville, NY – Linda Pullman, 75, of East Fassett Street, passed away on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at home peacefully in her sleep. She was born on October 26, 1947, in Hornell, the daughter of the late Dr. James and Johanna (Blaas) Pullman. 

Linda was raised in Hornell and was a 1965 graduate of Hornell High School. She continued her education at Elmira College and the University of Michigan where she earned her BA in Psychology, her RN degree from Alfred State College, Bachelor of Nursing from D’Youville University, and finally her master’s in nursing from the University of Buffalo in 1996. Throughout her education she pursued her medical career, starting with Jones Memorial Hospital in 1983 as an emergency room, floor, and primary care clinic nurse, and later found her focus as a Nurse Practitioner at Martin Street Medical, for 24 years, before retiring in 2019. Outside of her dedicated medical career, she was very involved with the local community as member of the Wellsville Tree Board, board member of the Allegany ARC, board member of Homecare & Hospice, and board member of the Hornell Campfire Girls, for many years. She was also passionate about architectural preservation, street trees, swimming, and gardening.

She is survived by: two sons, Tobias (Jennifer RuraLKay) Basiliko of Carnation, WA and Nathan (Dana Willson) Basiliko of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; daughter in law Joanna Dickinson of Grand Island, NY, seven grandchildren, Lukacz, Cleopatra, Persephone, Silas, Finn, Brooke, and Eli; three brothers, Joseph “Joe” (Ellen Ketchum) Pullman of Truxton, NY, John (Sue) Pullman of Cardwell, MT, and William “Bill” (Tamara) Pullman of Los Angeles, CA; two sisters, Helena (Paul) Bunker of Sinking Spring, PA, Johanna (David) Jaffer of San Jose, CA; sister-in-law, Terry Pullman of Arkport, NY; good friend, Christopher Depner M.D. of Wellsville; as well as several niece and nephews. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by: a son, Caleb Basiliko in 2018 and a brother, James Pullman. 

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, from 4 – 7 pm at the Grace United Church, 289 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. There will be a private graveside service at the family’s convenience. Burial will be in Hornell Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Tree Board c/o Board President Susan Duke, 222 Scott Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Mary Ann Hoffman, 79

Wellsville, NY – Mary Ann Hoffman, 79, of 103 Early Street passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at. Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born April 15, 1944, in Hornell, the daughter of the late Joseph J. and Rita M. (McPherson) Buona. On January 23, 1965, in Hornell she married her husband of 57 years, Harold Thomas Hoffman, who predeceased her earlier this year, on January 13. 

Mary Ann was a graduate of St. Ann’s School and was a 1962 graduate of Hornell High School. She first entered the workforce for her Family’s business, the Sunset Inn. She continued her career in food service for Wellsville Central Schools, working in the cafeterias for 17 years. Outside of work she was a Hobbyist, enjoying sewing, ceramics, knitting, and crocheting. 

She is survived by: two daughters, Bridget (Kevin) Lafler of Middlesex, and Lisa (Chris) McNinch of Rushville; four grandchildren, Lainey, Bennett, Jack, and Tristan; five great-grandchildren; Lainey, Bennett, Jack, Tristan, and Wesley, a brother, Peter Buono of Lutz, Florida; special niece, Rita (Gary) George of West Almond; Life-long friend Karen Wightman of Texas; Siblings-in-law, Willaim Hoffman, Mary Ann Sullivan, and Stephen Hoffman; as well as several additional nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by siblings, Ruth Cleveland, Catherine Buono, and Kenneth Buono; and siblings-in-law, JoAnn Hoffman, Carol Thompson, Margaret Thurston, and John Hoffman. 

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 11am to 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville, 34 West State Street. Her funeral will follow at 1 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Town ofFremont. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, October 9, 2023

William H. Gordon, 91

Wellsville, NY – William H. Gordon, 91, of 73 Hills Street, passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2023, at the Hart Comfort House with his family at his side. He was born October 28, 1931, in Wellsville, the son of the late Arthur J. and Carlotta (Coogan) Gordon. On June 9, 1973, in Belmont, he married Barbara Haney, who survives. 

Bill was a 1948 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was first employed at Bausch & Lomb in Wellsville, before enlisting with the United States Navy. He served in the Navy from 1951 to 1954 aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea. Upon his honorable discharge he began his career as a Senior Land Agent for Consolidated Gas Corporation of Westfield, PA for 33 years, retiring in 1989. He was a life member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, and the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion in Wellsville.

In addition to his wife Barb, he is survived by a son, Damon Davis and his fiancĂ©, Danielle Osgood, both of Wellsville, two granddaughters, Elaini and Margaret, great-grandson, Cooper, sister, Mary Moll of Macedon; a daughter-in-law, Dawn M. Avnet of Scio, as well as several nieces and nephews, including Peg Peet of Wellsville, who was very close to her uncle Bill over the years. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Gary Allen Davis, two brothers, Arthur and James Gordon, and a nephew, James Gordon. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 14, 2023, at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville.The burial with full military honors will be in Stannards Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, October 2, 2023

Otto “Jerry” Schoonover, 80

Wellsville, NY - Otto “Jerry” Schoonover, 80, of Schrader Road, passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born April 3, 1943, in Wellsville, the son of the late Otto and Grace (White) Schoonover. 

Jerry was raised in Angelica until his family moved to Pedrichtown, NJ and later Alloway, NJ where he would reside until moving back to Wellsville in 2002. While in New Jersey, he was employed as a truck driver for Vineland Concrete in Mount Holly, NJ for twenty years. He enjoyed maintaining his property on Schrader Road, and meeting his friends at McDonalds for morning coffee.

He is survived by a brother, David Schoonover of Colorado; a special friend, LuAnn Dixon of Wellsville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

At Jerry's request there will be no public services. Please consider memorial donations to the Jones Memorial Hospital Memorial Fund. To leave online condolences, please visit