February 26, 1918 ~ August 2016
Oakley, Lois B. – Brighton: Passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the age of 98. Lois is predeceased by her husband, Wilbert “Bill” Oakley, Jr.; son, Richard “Dick” Oakley and sister, Ruth Bishop Petersen. She is survived by her children, Bill (Elaine) Oakley, Kathy Oakley Evans and Stephen (Mary Ann) Oakley; daughter-in-law, Deborah Reale Oakley; grandchildren, Bill (Meagan) Oakley, Jennifer Oakley, Richard (Chelsea) Oakley, Kaitlin (Matthew) De Franza, Meaghan (Timothy) Hanss, Benjamin Oakley; great-grandchildren, Molly, Karl, Thomas, Aidan, Elise, Owen, Easton and Cassandra. Her family would like friends to join them for a Memorial Visitation Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 2-4PM at Jennings, Nulton & Mattle Funeral Home, 1704 Penfield Rd., Penfield. In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association in memory of Richard P./Lois B. Oakley.
April 11, 1918 ~ March 10, 2009
Ruth M. Lehman, 90, a resident of Manor Hills died on Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born April 11, 1918 in Wellsville the daughter of Carl and Marie (Kruger) Fleischman. On August 2, 1941 in Wellsville she married Donald S. Reitz who predeceased her on August 31, 1972. On June 27, 1981 in Wellsville she married Robert A. Lehman who survives and who is a resident of the Wellsville Manor Care Center. Ruth was a 1935 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed at Chapman’s Furniture Store in Genesee, PA and Rockwell’s Department Store in Wellsville. She was a life member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville, a member of the Lutheran Fellowship Group; Ladies Aide, Altar Guild, Rehma Prayer Group, Friendship Bible Coffee and the Wellsville Senior Citizens. She also was a volunteer at Jones Memorial Hospital and the David A. Howe Public Library. Surviving in addition to her husband is a daughter, Donna (Bruce) DeForest of Millsboro, DE, two sons, Karl (Sherry) Reitz of Laconia, NH and Norman (Julie) Reitz of Rochester, NY, a step daughter, Kay (Thomas) Allen of Wellsville, 12 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard Fleischman in 1990 and a sister, Leona Rogers in 1965. Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 14th from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main Street, in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in church with Rev. Robert Morris presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
March 29, 1919 ~ February 13, 1956
US Navy WORLD WAR II – KOREA
Graduate USNA Class of 1940
Awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Hob Rockwell’s body found in wrecked jet, leaves five children. The body of Commander John Hobart Rockwell, Jr. has been removed from the wreckage of his crashed Navy jet plane in the snow covered mountains 30 miles north of Fallen, Nev. The crash happened Monday evening as Cmdr. Rockwell engaged in gunnery practice on the Black Rock range. “Hob”, as he was best known in Wellsville, was one of the Navy’s speed record holding jet pilots. He was born in Wellsville March 29, 1919 a son of J. Hobart Rockwell, Sr. and Mary Higgins Rockwell. He Was graduated from Wellsville High School in 1935 and from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1940. His father is also a graduate of the Naval Academy and is retired with the rank of captain. During World War II, “Hob” was awarded the Navy Cross and a gold star in lieu of a second Navy Cross, while he led a flight of carrier-based dive-bombers in the Pacific and Mediterranean. In 1942, he was commended for rescuing a seaman from drowning at Balboa in the Canal Zone. His parents now live in Rochester where Mr. Rockwell is an insurance executive. “Hob” was married Aug. 31, 1942 in Brooklyn to Phyllis Mary Butler of California. Mrs. Rockwell and her late husband were making their home in Alameda, Calif, with their five sons: John Hobart III’, Peter, Stephen, Gregory and Timothy who range from 14 months of age to 11 years. Other survivors are his parents and five brothers: Edward, of Rochester; Richard of Newark, N. Y.; Dr. Paul Rockwell of Wellsville, Lieut. James Rockwell of Ft. Bragg, N. Car. and Joseph who is stationed in Munich, Germany with the U. S. Army as a paratrooper. Dr. Rockwell is presently enroute to California to attend services. Each of the five brothers has been in military service and Lieut. James Rockwell is a graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point. The body is being taken to Alameda where a Funeral Mass will be said Monday morning. Burial will be in the National Cemetery at San Francisco.
July 13, 1917 ~ March 2, 2007
February 17, 1916 ~ January 15, 2007
April 4, 1917 ~ November 16, 2010
December 29, 1919 ~ November 21, 2014
Virginia E. Vossler Scott, age 94, formerly of Petrolia passed away on Friday November 21, 2014 at the Highland Health Care Center. She was born on December 29, 1919 in Wellsville to Johann and Armena (Kimble) Vossler. Virginia was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville area who graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1935. She retired from the Wellsville Daily Reporter in the early 1980’s as a proof reader. Virginia was a member the First Trinity Lutheran Church and the Dorcas Guild of Wellsville, The Business and Professional Women and was a life member of the Petrolia Fire Department Auxiliary. She loved animals and was an excellent cook who enjoyed entertaining with her delicious meals and scrumptious pies. Virginia delivered meals on wheels and did not hesitate to help her friends and neighbors. She was an asset her Petrolia Community and will be sadly missed. She is survived by 3 sons, Jerry E. Jensen of Arizona, Garry W. Scott of Wellsville and James D. (Susan) Scott of Bolivar; 3 grandchildren, Jody (Mike) Stone of Arizona, Marti Jensen of Arizona and Adam (Jennifer) Scott of Bolivar; 3 great grandchildren, Zachery Jensen of Arizona, Kennedy Scott of Bolivar and Isaac Scott of Bolivar; several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Josephine (Vossler) McPheters in 1971; a brother, Warren R. Vossler in 1995 and a granddaughter Angela Scott Pounds in 2008. At Virginia’s request there will be a private grave side service in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials in her name may be made to the Allegany County SPCA.
December 15, 1915 ~ ?
August 25, 1917 ~ October 27, 1987
January 22, 1918-June 26, 1911
June 12, 1914 ~ December 30, 1998
May 16, 1915 ~ September 13, 1983
January 2, 1918 ~ April 16, 2000
June 12, 1914 ~ December 30, 1998
October 19, 1916 ~ July 15, 1988
May 30, 2018 ~ ?
February 3, 1917 ~ September 1, 2007
Georgia E. Kane was a working professional in Allegany County long before it was common for women to have a career outside the home. As a registered nurse, she chose to spend more than half of her 39 year career caring for the poorest in the county. She died Saturday, September 1, 2007 after a lengthy illness, at the Wellsville Highland Healthcare Center. She was 90 years old. Georgia was the only child born to George & Iona Feller Lehman of Wellsville. After graduating from Wellsville High School, she attended nursing school at Buffalo General Hospital, where she graduated in 1938. After working for Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, she earned a certificate in public health, and in 1951 began her new vocation as a public health nurse with Allegany County Department of Health. In this capacity she distinguished herself with her service in working with the county’s poor, making routine home visits to new mothers and their infants and caring for the sick, injured and elderly who were homebound. Upon her retirement in 1977, Wellsville Mayor Robert Gardner declared January 18, 1978 “Georgia Kane Day” in the Village of Wellsville in appreciation of her years of service. The same year she graduated from nursing school, Georgia followed in the footsteps of other women in her family by joining the American Legion Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose (Lodge 601), both in Wellsville. She also was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Altar & Rosary Society of Immaculate Conception Church. In 1941 she married Wayne Michael Kane at Wellsville’s Immaculate Conception Church. They made their home on a farm on Meservey Hill. He predeceased her March 9, 1967. She is survivied by her only child, Stephen (Jennifer) Kane of Olean, four grandchildren, Richard (Elizabeth) Kane of Wellsville, Thomas (Julie) Kane of Olean, Audra Kane of Buffalo and Jerod Kane of Prescott, Arizonia, and five great-grandchildren.
January 12, 1917 ~ February 28, 2001
November 9, 1916 ~ June 23, 2005
Dorothy E. Bastian, formerly of Merriam Heights, passed away on June 23, 2005 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born on November 9, 1916 in Wellsville to Thomas and Jeanette Calbes Hubertus. On April 12, 1937 in Wellsville she was married to Edward C. Bastian who predeceased her in 1944. Dorothy was a life long resident of Wellsville. She attended Wellsville High School and enjoyed soccer, basketball and track while in school. She was employed by the Candy Kitchen, Pickup’s Hotel, Davies and retired from C.E. Air Preheater after 23 years of service. Dorothy loved to cook, bake pies and play cards and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. Survivors include: a son Edward [Barbara] Bastian of Wellsville; 3 grandsons MSGT Terry [Shawn] Bastian of McChord Air Force Base in Washington, William [Nancy] Bastian of Wellsville and Kennon Bastian of Minnesota; 2 step grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by 2 sons: Terry Bastian in 1963 and Jan Bastian in 1997; 4 brothers Franklin, Leslie, William and Roy Hubertus and sister Amelia Seager. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm in the J.W. Embser & Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer Service will be held on Monday at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home followed by Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church with Reverend Dennis Mancuso. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials may be made to the David A. Howe Library.
August 15, 1917 ~ December 1, 1988
September 16, 1916 ~ September 24, 2006
May 20, 1917 ~ June 2, 1991
September 20, 1917 ~ August 17, 1996
May 4, 1918 ~ May 3, 2003
September 22, 1916 ~ August 16, 1945
May 15, 1918 ~ May 1992
December 6, 1917 ~ August 23, 2013
February 4, 1916 ~ February 19, 2004
J. CHARLES SHINE – Former Allegany County Legislator, 88, of Williams Ave. died Thursday, February 19, 2004. Born Feb. 4, 1916 in Wellsville, he was son of Timothy J. and Jennie (Murphy) Shine. On June 6, 1945, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., he married Kathleen Lomasney, who died March 26, 1999. He was a graduate of Wellsville High School, class of 1935. He attended Duquesne University and Alfred University. Mr. Shine enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1943 and was commissioned an officer in the 35th Infantry Division, Company 137. He served in combat in France in 1944, where he was seriously wounded. He received the Purple Heart and the Jubilee of Liberty Medal in recognition for his service during Operation Overlord. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1946. He was a self-employed businessman, owning and operation Shine’s Liquor Store in Wellsville from 1946 to 1976. He was later employed by the Joyce Pipeline Corp. of Andover. He was active in the Democratic Party in Allegany County and from 1970 to1990, he was an Allegany County Legislator. In 1961, with a small group of parents, Mr. Shine formed the local chapter of the Allegany Arc. He had a love of the Pittsburgh Steelers and his years at Duquesne and cultivated a friendship with former owner Art Rooney. With his interest in sports, he decided to generate fund-raising for the Allegany Arc with the development of a Sports Night, bringing sports personalities to Wellsville including Joe Louis, Billy Conn, Gale Sayers, “Mean” Joe Green, Alex Karras, Rocky Bleier, Reggie McKenzie, Bob Lanier, Earl Morrell, “Frenchie” Fuqua, Ray Mansfield and Mote Ledbetter. In appreciation of his efforts, the Allegany Arc founded the “Charlie Award in 1990 in Mr. Shine’s honor to recognize people’s service to the community. In 1995, Allegany Arc dedicated their Habilitation Center in his name. The Wellsville Elks Club named Mr. Shine “Man of the Year” in 1969. The Olean Times Herald recognized his efforts with the honor of Sports Man of the Year in 1977. Mr. Shine served on the Allegany State Park Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission from 1988 to 1999. He was appointed by the governor to the Board of Visitors of J.N. Adams Developmental Center, serving on the board for many years. He was a life-long member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was also a member of American Legion Post 703, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 2530, BPOE 1945, St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus. Surviving are six children, Timothy (Molly) Shine of Fairport, Gloria (David) Mack of Brockport, Kathleen Shine of Willoughby, Ohio, James Shine of Wellsville, David (Theresa) Shine of Wickliffe, Ohio and Eileen (Joseph) Schaffner of Bolivar; a brother in law, Joseph Quigley of Duluth, Minn.; three nephews, James Quigley and Thomas (Robin) Quigley both of Duluth, and Joseph (Patti) Quigley of Pittsburgh, PA., 10 grandchildren and many cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, William Richard; and two sisters in law, Winifred Lange and Eileen Quigley. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Funeral services will be held Monday, beginning with a prayer service in the funeral home at 11 a.m. and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. Monsignor Leo McCarthy will officiate. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville. Donations may be made to the Allegany Arc or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
January 20, 1918 ~ May 16, 2002
November 11, 1918 ~ October 19, 1998
May 2, 1918 ~ December 27, 2007
July 15, 1916 ~ August 11, 2000
March 20, 1915 ~ July 11, 1992
April 4, 1918 ~ February 2, 1998
March 24, 1917 ~ August 9, 2008
Juanita B. Stanley, 91, of Warren died at 10:35 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Imperial Skilled Care Center. She was born March 24, 1917, in Elmira, N.Y., the daughter of the late Frank F. and Ethel Mae Rushmore Buckholtz. Juanita was a homemaker. She formerly worked at Kautz Heating in Youngstown and also at Carlisle’s in Niles. She was a member of the Ali Baba Cauldron 31. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and sewing. Survivors include her daughters, Jo Ann (Glenn Sr.) Wilson of Bristolville and Karen (Carmen Sr.) Zone of Chino Hill, Calif.; six grandchildren, Melissa, Kevin and Carmen Jr. Zone, Randy (Amy), Norman (Terri) and Glenn M. Jr. Wilson; eight great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Thomas, Austin, Andrew and Samantha Zone, Kaylee Robinette, Ashley and Michael Wilson; a stepbrother, Bruce Reuning, and a stepsister, Mary Ellen Perry, both of Wellsville, N.Y. Other than her parents, Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, Richard E. Stanley, whom she married on Nov. 30, 1939. He preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1975; her stepfather, Henry Reuning and a stepbrother, H. J. ”Jack” Reuning Jr. and stepsister, Roberta Rugaber. Committal services will be private on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008, at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna. The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be sent to Bristolville United Methodist Church-for Hand Bell Choir at P.O. Box 234 Bristolville, Ohio 44402.
February 25, 1917 ~ March 20, 1986
September 3, 1917 ~ December 31, 1988
November 18, 1916 ~ July 7, 2002
August 4, 1917 ~ July 18, 1995
AC U.S. NAVY – WORLD WAR II
April 20, 1916 – April 24, 1998
October 29, 1917 ~ December 19, 2011
Ruth LaBerge, Flagstaff, AZ: Died peacefully on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at age 93 at The Peaks, Senior Living Community. Ruth survived her loving husband of 64 years. She is survived by her sons, Gary (Mary Beth) of Palmyra, NY & Peter (Sharon) of Riverside, CA; daughter Malene of Flagstaff, AZ; sister Lucille Frank of Wellsville, NY; 5 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren. Ruth was born October 29, 1917 in Wellsville, NY to Olin & Anita Jones. She was married to J.E. (Pete) LaBerge on July 4, 1942 in Wellsville, NY. She was a 55 year member of the Western Presbyterian Church of Palmyra, NY, where she lived after her marriage. She worked for 21 years for Exxon-Mobil as an executive secretary. In 1958, she & her husband founded LaBco of Palmyra, Inc. a metal fabricating business that continues to prosper under her eldest son, Gary, & where Ruth worked for many years handling the accounting. Private burial will be held in Wellsville. Donations in her memory may be directed to the Western Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 101 E. Main Street, Palmyra, NY 14522.
March 18, 1918 ~ December 5, 2008
May 26, 1914 ~ January 1, 1989
March 24, 1918 ~ August 25, 1995
June 2, 1917 ~ February 22, 2008
September 13, 1917 ~ May 3, 2007
Mary 15, 1915 ~ December 5, 1994
March 13, 1916 ~ June 26, 1994
June 17, 1916-July 8, 1999
December 7, 1917 ~ January 31, 2012
May 5, 1917 ~ March 24, 2015
October 7, 1917 ~ January 25, 1993
July 8, 1915 ~ January 13, 2003
February 7, 1918 ~ August 1991
April 20, 1915 ~ August 19, 2014
December 23, 1914 ~ April 4, 2003
December 22, 1917 ~ February 24, 2012
Genevieve Louise (Seth) Eberle 1917 – 2012 Genevieve passed away peacefully on February 24, 2012, in El Cajon, CA, at the age of 94.
October 30, 1915 ~ February 2, 2002
Hope Hulse, 86, of 16 East Ave., in Andover, died Saturday (Feb. 2, 2002) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born Oct. 30, 1915 in West Union, daughter of Leon and Hope Ward Horton. She was married to Willard Hulse, who predeceased her in 1976. Hope attended Wellsville High School and had lived most of her life in Greenwood. A homemaker, she was a member of the Andover Blessed Sacrament Church, the West Greenwood Grange, St. Mary’s Altar & Rosary Society of Rexville, the Andover Senior Citizens and Greenwood Senior Citizens. She is survived by son, Howard (Patricia) Hulse of Greenwood; son, Burdette (Patsy) Hulse of Greenwood; daughter, Barbara (Calvin) Graves of Wellsville, son, Leo (Patricia) Hulse of Hornell; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a sister, Mary (Roy) Krenzer of Olean. There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a memorial funeral mass at the Andover Blessed Sacrament Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m., with Rev. Gene Ulrich of St. Brendan’s Church of Almond officiating. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Andover Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, N.Y. 14806 or to the Blessed Sacrament Church, 1 Church St., Andover, N.Y. 14806.