Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Alan L. Lewis, 60

Friendship, NY – Alan L. Lewis, 60, of 20 South Street passed away on Monday February 19, 2024, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with family at his side. He was born June 12, 1963, in Cuba the son of Ronald L. and Marlene A. (Shelley) Lewis. On October 26, 2019, in Belvedere he married Jamie Lynn Kud who survives.

Alan was a 1981 graduate of Belmont High School. He was formerly employed by Acme Electric in Cuba, Current Control Company in Wellsville, and Friendship Diaries. Hewent back to Current Controls where he worked for many years until he recently retired due to ill health. He attended the Belmont First Baptist Church; he loved and owned many Dachshunds and rescued several dogs over the years. He enjoyed gardening, wild birds, woodworking, watching Looney Tunes and Animaniacs.

Surviving in addition to his wife Jamieis a daughter, Michelle Lewis of Pocatello, IDa son, Lee (Leigh) Lewis of Mechanicsville, PA, four grandchildren, Ethan, Shawn, Morgan, and Lucan, his father, Ron Lewis of Belmont, three brothers, Mark Lewis of Belmont, Gary (Joan) Lewis of Mineral SpringsNC, and Ross (Kylene) Lewis of MooreSC, three sisters, Lisa (Erik) Jeske of Sanford, NC, Jennifer (Jeff) Offhaus of Prattville, AL, and Jessica (Dana) Hand of Belmont, an uncle Greg Shelley and his companion Mike Feldbauer of Belmont, the mother of his children, Sue Lewis of Pocatello, ID, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Marlene Lewis, his paternal grandparents, Howard and Burnice Lewis and maternal grandparents, Ross and Inez Shelley.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Saturday, February 24, at 11:00 am at the Belmont First Baptist ChurchBurial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Mary Louise (Pettnot) Baker, 88

Friendship, NY  Mary Louise (Pettnot) Baker, 88, formerly of 39 E. Main Street passed awaypeacefully on Monday, February 19, 2024, at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born April 12, 1935, in Friendship, the daughter of the late John C. and Helen (Mondry)Pettnot. On June 11, 1966, at Sacred Heart R Church in Friendship, she married Charles R. Baker who preceded her in death on August 2, 2011.

Mary was a 1954 graduate of Friendship Central School. She was formerly employed by the Friendship Market Basket, and the Friendship Central School as teacher’s aide in computermathfrom December 9, 1980, until her retirement on June 30, 2003. She was a past treasurer of the Friendship Freedom Fair, an Election Inspector, past member of the Friendship Free Library Board of Directors, a member of the former Sacred Heart RC Church in Friendship, and was a member of Our Lady of the Angels RC Church in Cuba.

She is survived by her twin brother, Francis Pettnot of Belmont, a sister, Barbara Dourie of Wyomingsister-in-law, Grace McCrea of Richburg, brother-in-law, Tom (Marcia) Baker of Olean, countless nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews, as well as several cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was precededin death by a sister, Teresa Pettnot, sister-in-law, Patricia Pettnotbrother-in-law, James Dourie, and many deceased members of the Baker family.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 23, 2024, from 10:30 am until 12:30 pm athe J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home17 Schuyler Street in BelmontA Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 1:00 pm at Holy Family Church in BelmontBurial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Friendship. Please consider memorial donations to the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility Resident Activity Fund, 400 N. Main Street Warsaw, NY 14569. To leave online condolences, please visit

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Ruth Ann McCollough, 71

Alfred, NY – Ruth Ann McCollough, 71, 4791 County Road 12 passed away on Friday, February 9, 2024, at the Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Centerfollowing a long illness. She was born July 28, 1952, in Hornell, the daughter of the late Clinton J. and Beatrice (Stuck) Palmiter. On August 6, 1983, she married Kent McCollough who survives.

Ruth was raised in Hornell and Alfred and was a 1970 graduate of Alfred-Almond High School. She received an associate degree in Food Service from Alfred State College in 1972. She was first employed as the lead cook at Friendship Central School, and later was a cook at Alfred University for 26 years, until she retired due to ill health. She enjoyed traveling and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren. She loved to play Bingo and taking an occasional trip to the casino. 

She is survived in addition to her husband Kent by three children, Steven (Kolina) Nolan of Bolivar, Collette (Gary) Troutman of Vale, NC, and Erica McCollough of Wellsville, six grandchildren, one great granddaughter, two sisters, Joyce Plaisted of Friendship, and Jayne Palmiter of Alfred, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a granddaughter, Miranda Wright.

A private memorial service is being planned for a later dateThe burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Alfred Ambulance CorpsTo leave online condolences, please visit

Friday, February 9, 2024

Tage Nielsen, 80

Vero Beach, FL – Tage Nielsen80, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY following a brief illness. He was born on January 27, 1944, in Aalborg, Denmark the son of the late Frank and Marie Nielsen. He moved to the United States in 1950 and became a U.S. Citizen in 1958. On January 29, 1966, in Belmont, NY he married Jeanne Pierce, who survives.

Tage graduated from Charlotte High School and SUNY Brockport where he received a B.S. in English. He taught English at East High School and Spencerport Junior High School. He left teaching to work at Eastman Kodak where he retired in 1992. In 2000 he and his wife relocated to Vero Beach, Florida, where they lived for twenty-four years, returning to Rochester each year to spend the summer months.

Tage will be greatly missed by his wife of fifty-eight years, Jeanne Nielsen, and his two sons, Kirk (Kathleen) Nielsen of Greer, SC, and Karl Nielsen of Pittsford, NY, as well as his grandchildren, Alex and Erik of SC, and Katherine and David of NY, his two sisters, Ulla Christensen of Copenhagen, Denmark, and Tove (Rob) Dettori of The Villages, FL, twelve nieces and nephews, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Linda and Ron Bigelow of Orlando, FL, and a brother-in-law, Karl Pierce of Hornell, NY. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Rita DiMaggio, and a brother Erik Nielsen.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at 10 am to Faith Baptist Church of North Chili. His funeral will follow at 10:30 am. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery of Belmont, NY. Please consider memorial donations to a charity of donor’s choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Margaret Ann Day, 74

Belmont, NY -- Margaret Ann Day, 74, joined the Lord in heaven on Sunday, February 4, 2024.Peggy, as she was known by her family and friends, was born March 27, 1949, in Three Rivers, Massachusetts to the late Clarence Roland and Elida Margaret (Pimpare) Breault. One of six siblings, Peggy grew up with her family and her Catholic faith in Massachusetts and graduated from Saint Anne’s Academy in Marlboro

As the Breault family moved to Connecticut, Peggy settled in Torrington, where she worked for the Torrington Company and later served as the Assistant Credit Manager for O&G Industries. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. Astute with numbers, she went on to work for G. Fox and Company in Hartford until her retirement. In their retirement, she and her husband, Frank Day, settled in Belmont, New York in 1997 where she enjoyed taking care of their pets, farm animals, spending time with friends, and hosting family visits.

She is survived by her husband Frank, her daughter Stephanie Green (Scott) of Connecticut, her son Matthew Hudak (Melissa) of Texas, their father, Fred Hudak, her step-daughterJenifer Corral (Sal) of Florida, and step-son Ryan Day (Patti-Jo) of Hawaii. She is also survived by her sisters Celeste and Diane, her brother Clarence, and her twin-brother Eugene. Peggy was the proud grandmother of seven grandchildren, Sheldon, Hannah, Janessa, Nathan, Christoffer, Nicolas, and Katrina, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother Roger.

Always trusting in her faith, Peggy was an amazing mother, wife, and grandmother. Her faith guided her through her life and gave her strength through her numerous medical battles. As a member of her church choir, Peggy shared her faith with others. She will be deeply missed by her family and everyone that knew her as a friend and fellow parishioner.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 16, at 11:00 am at Holy Family Church in Belmont. A celebration of life/burial ceremony is being planned at the BarkhamstedCongregational Church and Barkhamsted Cemetery in Connecticut, later this spring. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations in Peggy’s memory to One More Dog Rescue, Inc. at To leave online condolences, please visit

Monday, February 5, 2024

Marylu E. Buck, 88

Wellsville, NY – Marylu E. Buck, 
88, formerly of East Genesee Street, passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was born on January 22, 1936, the daughter of the late William B. and Marguerite L. (Hanson) Buck. 

Marylu was a life-long resident of Wellsville, graduating from Wellsville High School in 1954She continued her education, earning her bachelor’s degree. She began her career in education but sacrificed her career to care for her parents. She was an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She will be remembered as a well-dressed, familiar, and friendly face around town. 

She is survived by her church family and several good friends.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 11 am, in St. John’s Episcopal, burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery of Wellsville, with Reverend Carol Stewart presiding. Please consider memorial donations to St. John’s Episcopal, 12 East Genesee Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences please visit

Monday, January 29, 2024

Ronald William Hall, 74

Independence, NY -- Ronald William Hall, 74, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2024, at homewith family at his side. He was born on September 4, 1949, in Wellsville, the son of the lateArchie Hall and Helen (Rogers) Hall. In 1976 he married Arlene Lewis, who predeceased him in 2006.

Ron graduated from Whitesville Central School in 1968, he then went to work for Joyce Pipeline Company. When that job came to an end, he started working for the Town of West Union plowing snow and doing road work. In 1971 he was offered a job one night when he was at the “Cow Palace” to become a “worm” for a drilling company that was drilling near home in Arkport, NY. This country boy took the leap, not knowing it would take him to multiple states, and often several hours from home. This decision was the beginning of an almost 50-year career in the oil and gas industry. Working for multiple companies, such as Delta Drilling, Fairman Drilling, Nabors, Lang Brothers, Union Drilling, East Resources, JKLM, and the Hall Group. He started as a worm and worked every position on the drilling rig. He hired many guys from his hometown area, several made a career out of it, and Ron always prided himself on opening doorsand helping others get their foot in the door.

In 1983 he purchased a farm in Whitesville. This was a prideful moment for Ron. He was a farmer at heart and valued his upbringing on a farm. He wanted his kids to have the same experience as he did. His parents and a couple of his beloved nephews spent a lot of time helping to build this dream Ronald had. He had a huge heart when it came to animals and was an excellent herdsman. He loved that his son continues to farm on the property and is raising his children there. Three generations of Hall’s on this farm felt like a huge accomplishment for Ron.

In 2019, Ronald retired as a consultant for the Hall Group and spent his days farming, hunting, driving around the countryside, often hauling the Amish, and spending time with family and friends, helping as many people as he could. Ronald spent most of his retirement playing a large role as a grandpa. He was “Bop Bop” to Vanessa, Gage, and Laura and “Big Papa” to Sulivan. Jake just called him “Ronnie.”. He was a devoted son, husband, dad, uncle, and grandfather. Ronald and Arlene opened their home to many people over the years, sometimes these stays added up to years and sometimes months, however long their home was needed or wanted there was a place to stay. Two of these long-term stayers are his relative Bruce Stevens and his granddaughter Christy Lee. Bruce and Christy and therefore their families, have had a special relationship with Ronald.

An avid hunter, throughout his childhood and adult years, he loved to hunt small and big game, but white tail deer and coyotes were his favorite. He loved watching college and professional football on tv and was a die-hard Bills fan. Known for his own basketball skills, when his playing days were over, he loved watching basketball. He instilled this love for basketball in both of his kids and for years watching college basketball on TV has been a bond they share. He was so proud to watch his granddaughter Vanessa in her first year of college basketball. He was an incredibly giving person, truly the type of guy that would give the shirt off his back to anyone. He loved adventure, spending time with people, had a great love for music, was a huge jokester who was always up for a fun time, and he always wanted to make life better for others.

He is survived by: two children, William (Jane) Hall and Hollie (Todd Nelson) Hall; four step-daughters, Diane (Kellogg) Bledsoe, Shirley (Kellogg) Cramer, Patricia (Kellogg) Johnson, and Nancy (Kellogg) WhatleyHe had 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; sister, Donna (Wayne) Stebbins; brother, Garry (Lynn) Hall; sister-in-law, Cindy Hall; as well as several close loved ones. In addition to his parents and wifehe was predeceased by: his brother Roger Hall, his sister Nancy (Hall) Coleman, brother-in-law Hugh Coleman, nephew Thomas Tommy Coleman, and great nephew David Stoddard.

The family will hold a celebration of life for Ronald at a later date. There is no doubt that the world lost a great man, and his family wants to take time to grieve before celebrating his life and who he was for so many people. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany County Cancer Services, P.O. Box 534, Wellsville, NY 14895and/or The Greenwood American Legion2642 Main Street, Greenwood, NY 14839. To leave online condolences please visit

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Robert L. Layman, 64

Scio, NY  Robert L. Layman, 64, of 5035 Snowball Hollow Road passed away on Friday, January 26, 2024, at home with his family at his side. He was born July 16, 1959, in Wellsville, the son of Thomas and Donna (Ward) Layman. On July 13, 2002, in Wellsville, he married Dawn Michella Hall who predeceased him October 27, 2012.

Robert was a 1978 graduate of Scio Central School. He began his career as a pipeline employee for Dan Deming of Andoverhe later was a logger for Mike Ward Logging of Andover, and a carpenter for Bill Lynch Andover Wood Products, until his medical retirementHe enjoyed tinkering in his garage and spending time with his siblings and extended family.

He is survived by his mother, Donna Layman of Scio, three daughters, Renee (Jeremiah Pizarro) Layman of Wellsville, Amelia Johnson and Crystal Johnson both of Andover, a son, John (Cara) Johnson of Wellsville, 10 grandchildren, Destiny, Naudia, Zander, Mylah, Aliza, Trinity, Adalynn, HoldenJasper. and Eliana, who will be arriving in June, a brother, Jeff (Tonya ArmstrongLayman ofScio, two sisters, Darlene (Gary) Gilliand of Bolivar and Judy (Gordon Hadsell) Layman of Belmont. as well as several nieces, nephews, and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Thomas Layman, and two brothers, Thomas, and Douglas Layman.

A celebration of life is being planned for a later date. The burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to Allegany County Cancer Services, PO Box 534, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Mary E. Benz, 93

Wellsville, NY – Mary E. Benz, 93, of 2608 County Road 18 passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at home with family at her side. She was born March 28, 1930, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Arthur W. and Lillian (McHale) Walsh. On May 4, 1968, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville she married Clarence H. “Clancy” Benz who predeceased her on December 18, 2010.

Mary was raised in Wellsville, and graduated from the Immaculate Conception School, Wellsville High School in 1947, and Geneseo State Teachers College in 1951. She began her teaching career in Endicott, and moved on to Corning, Wellsville, and retired from Scio Central School. She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish, a member of the Immaculate Conception Altar and Rosary Society, Co-founder, and long-time committee member of the Immaculate Conception Community Fun Fair. She was also a member of the Red Hat Club, Monday Club, and Garden Club. She delivered Meals on Wheels and enjoyed playing Bridge.

She is survived by four sons, William (Annie) Benz of Wellsville, Joseph (Roxanne) Benz of Durham, NC, Robert (Kimberly) Benz of Corning and Martin (Cristin) Benz of Springville, nine grandchildren, Haley, Gianna, Lilian, Terrence, Nathan, Emma, Alexander, and William Benz and Thomas Rogers, two sisters-in-law, Margaret Benz of Lancaster, and Shirley Benz of Hamburg, a brother-in-law, Richard Graffeo of West Seneca, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by two brothers, James (Patricia) Walsh and Robert (Jane) Walsh and several brothers and sisters-in-law. 

Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 26, 2024, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday, January 27, from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The Rosary will be recited Friday at 3:45 pm in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 27, at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. The burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to Sacred Heart Cemetery ℅ Immaculate Conception Church, 17 Maple Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895, or Preborn! (

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Dale R. Kemp, 77

Belmont, NY – Dale R. Kemp, 77, of Park Circle, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2023, at Jones Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born on December 30, 1945, in Wellsville, the son of the late Jay B. and Ruby (VanCuren) Kemp. 

Dale was raised in Belmont and attended Belmont Central School. He enlisted with the United State Navy and served in 1964. After his time in the service, he returned to Belmont and was employed in a myriad of places, including Worthington, the Village of Belmont, and owning & operating his own Lawn Care business. Outside of work, he enjoyed working on small engines and lawn mower repairs and loved to fish. He was a member of the American Legion Post 808 of Belmont. 

He is survived by six children, Trisha Kemp and Lori Henning, both of Lewis Run, PA and Steven D. Kemp of Rockhill, SC; siblings, Beverly (Curtis) Burnell, Richard (Marylou) Kemp, Lois Eck, Wayne (Sandra) Kemp, Rosalie Taylor, and Carl (Linda) Kemp. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Kemp. 

There will be a Memorial Service held on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 11 am at Knight’s Creek, 2987 County Road 9, Scio, NY 14880. Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Herbert DeLong American Legion Post 808, 23 Schuyler Street, Belmont, NY 14813. To leave online condolences please visit

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Ann C. ‘Maude’ Margeson, 86

Wellsville, NY - Ann C. ‘Maude’ Margeson, born on February 24, 1937, to Leo V. and Lillian (Trahey)
 Ludden, peacefully passed away on January 15, 2024. She was the cherished wife of Terry Margeson, and together they shared a life filled with love and companionship.

Ann Margeson was a proud alumna of Immaculate Conception School and the class of 1954 Wellsville High School. She dedicated numerous years to volunteering at Immaculate Conception School during her children and grandchildren’s time there. Ann also worked at the family-owned Ludden’s Shoe Store for many years. Her spirit was felt (and heard) in various organizations, including the Lioness Club, where she found great joy in preparation for the annual Minstrel Shows. Her passion for service extended to BPOE 1495, and Gamma Phi Sorority, where she formed lasting connections as a life member. Maude may be best remembered by her notorious laugh.

Ann leaves behind a legacy of family and her memory will forever be cherished by her devoted children: Stephen (Deb) Margeson, Linda Guido, Robert (Laura) Margeson, Susan (Kim) Margeson, and Mary (Dean) Piscitelli. Her grandchildren, Katy Ferguson, Kyle (Ashley) Margeson, Timothy (Jess) Margeson, Michael (Jenny) Guido, Robby (Chandra) Margeson, Sam (Hastee) Margeson, Kailey Flanders, Nathaniel (Grace) Piscitelli, and Jonathan Piscitelli, also a beloved great-grandmother to Leah, Carter, Camryn, Corbin, Adrian, Terrance, Micah, Rhiannon, and Jahnaan. Many special nieces and nephews whose lives were brightened by her warmth, wisdom, and affection.

Ann is also survived by her loving sister Regina McGinnis, Bob and Shirley Margeson and many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by Brother Donald Ludden, Helen Andrews, Lois (Jerome) Sullivan, Margorie (Leo) Finn.

Friends are invited to call from 5-7pm on Friday January 19, 2024, at J.W. Embser FuneralHome, 34 W State St. Wellsville, NY 14895. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held onSaturday, January 20, 2024, at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burialwill take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Wellsville BPOE 1495 Scholarship 77, E Pearl St. Wellsville, NY or Friends of the David A. Howe Library, reflecting Anns lifelong dedication to the Wellsville community. To leave online condolences please visit

May Maude rest in eternal peace, and may her family find solace in the beautiful memories and enduring love and laughter she shared with them.