Robert L. Harder
October 8, 1922 ~ March 20, 2016
Robert L. Harder, 93, of the Stone Dam Road, Town of Alma, N.Y., passed away in his home on Sunday (March 20, 2016) following a long illness.
He was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Kibbeville, Pa., the son of Lee and Ethel Jones Harder. On Oct. 26, 1946, in Wellsville, he married Laura A. Hunt, who survives him. He operated his own farm and also was a machinist at the Dresser-Rand Corp. in Wellsville until his retirement. As an avid outdoorsman, he also enjoyed time spent with his family. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Laura A. Hunt Harder; a son, Willis Harder of Wellsville; daughters, Sharon (Stephen) Ritter of Friendship, N.Y., and Dawn Ordway of Wellsville; grandchildren, Robert J. (Karen) Harder of Cuba, N.Y., Janis (Steven) Hofbauer of Buffalo, N.Y., Steven Ritter of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Jeffrey Ritter of Olean, N.Y., Dennis Ordway of Wellsville, and Darla (Kevin) Petrinic of Alden, N.Y.; also many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by sisters and a brother, Dorothy (Thomas) Coyle, Marian (Kenneth) Knox, Winifred (Demerle) Knox, Olive (Harvey) Booth, Florence (William) Carpenter, Sydney (William) Rogers and Maurice (Lytie) Harder. Honoring his request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in the Yorks Corners Cemetery in the Town of Willing.
Walter J. Seth
June 5, 1919 ~ December 14, 2018
Walter J. Seth, 99, husband of the late Dorothy M. (Eichberg) Seth, peacefully passed away at the Sitrin Health Care Center (Chestnut House) in New Hartford, NY, on Friday, December 14, 2018, with his family at his side. Born in Erie, PA, on June 5, 1919, he was the son of Charles and Margaret (Malloy) Seth. After serving in the armed forces during World War II, he married Dorothy Eichberg, with whom he shared 68 wonderful years of marriage. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Buffalo in NY. In 1961, Walter and Dorothy moved, with their three children, from the Buffalo, NY, area to New Hartford, NY. Walter spent the majority of his professional career in the insurance industry working for a number of companies including Utica National Insurance and Alexander & Alexander. He was an avid walker, golfer and enjoyed the outdoors. He was a voracious reader and he also shared the joy of antiquing with his wife. He especially loved all of his dachshunds. Most of all, Walter loved his family, to whom he was devoted. He was predeceased by his devoted wife, Dorothy, in 2015, and is survived by their three children: a son, Michael and his wife, Soo-ok, of Virginia, his devoted daughter, Sharon Seth, of New Hartford, and a son, Kevin, and his wife, Faye, of Massachusetts; a grandson, William Seth, of New Hartford and his girlfriend, Adriane Hectus; a great-grandson, Dimitri Seth; and a great-granddaughter, Mara Seth. Walter was preceded in death by his two brothers, Paul Seth and Carroll Seth, both of New York; and two sisters, Rita Mae Lane and Genevieve Eberle. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. A Graveside Service was attended by his immediate family on Wednesday, December 19 at Green Lawn Cemetery in New Hartford.
Herman Henry Walchli
August 20, 1921 ~ March 18, 1991
March 21, 1922 ~ December 22, 2018
Evelyn Stevens Gorman of Village of Oak Creek, AZ joined her beloved husband Warren in the arms of Our Lord on December 22, 2018 in Cottonwood, AZ. Evelyn was born in Olean, NY to Edward C. and Grace A. Stevens and graduated from Alfred University, Magna Cum Laude, in 1943. She married Warren Gorman at the St. Bonaventure University chapel in 1949. She pursued her career as a librarian and earned her Master of Library Science degree from Syracuse University in 1967. She assumed her final position in 1971 as Director of the Health Sciences Library at St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, AZ and retired from there in 1987. She and Warren then moved to the Village of Oak Creek in 2007.
She is survived by son David E. Gorman, daughter-in-law Charlotte Bell Gorman and granddaughter Stephanie Y. Gorman, many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death her parents, and siblings Paul W. Stevens, Cecil C. Stevens, Richard H. Stevens, Margaret M. Stevens Rosen, and Mildred B. Stevens. Arrangements made by Westcott Funeral Home, Cottonwood. Memorial service at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St. Phoenix, Saturday, December 29 at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donation to the Arizona Humane Society.
Myron A. Miller
January 2, 1923 ~ February 16, 2015
The Lord’s good and faithful servant, Myron A. Miller, 92, passed on into glory on Feb. 16, 2015. Myron was a World War II?veteran and a longtime business owner. Myron was born to the late William and Louise Miller in Hornell, N.Y., on Jan. 2, 1923. Myron graduated from Wellsville Central School in 1939. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1943, he was stationed in North Ireland. In 1943, he installed the “Air Ministry Laboratory Bomb Teacher Mark IV”?(AML)?at over 5 Stations. During that time, he and 2 other officers developed the Automatic and PDI?Operation of AML Bombing Trainers for the AML, which increased the accuracy of the site bombing. He was commended by Brigadier Generals, receiving a medal and numerous letters. After VE?Day, he served in the Swabia and Bayern regions of Germany. In November of 1944 he began his journey home and was discharged on Dec. 19, 1944. On Sept. 8, 1946, he wed Onalee Mae Fisher in Wellsville, NY. Together, they built a life in the Wellsville area. Myron worked at Sinclair Refinery until 1946, when he began to his auto repair business. Recreational vehicles were added in the 1960’s. Shortly after this, their business grew, becoming Millers Garage and Trailers Sales and eventually the business became known as Millers Sales and Service. Myron and Onalee retired from the business in 1993. Myron is survived by his wife, Onalee Mae Fisher of 68 years; his sons, Roger (Karen)?Miller of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rodney (Sherie)?Miller of Creston, Ohio and daughter, Roxanne (Thomas)?Fisk of Lockport, New York. Grandchildren include Andrew (Nancy)?Fisk, Benjamin (Karen)?Fisk, Peter (Katie)?Fisk, Betsy (Todd)?Russell, and David (Laura)?Miller; Great-Grandchildren, Joshua and Matthew Miller, William, Rachel, Claudia, Charlotte, Ryan and Jillian Fisk and Zachary and Caleb Russell; Sisters, Elizabeth Burdick and Velma Guild. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Inc., in Wellsville, NY, on Friday (Feb. 20, 2015) from 1-2 p.m. There will be a service immediately following visitation. The Reverend Edward Bean will be officiating the service. Myron will be laid to rest at Woodland Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in honor of Myron.
April 14, 1920 ~ April 27, 2005
June 6, 1921 ~ December 9, 2017
Elizabeth Davie Burner Dickerson, 96, of Spring Hill, died peacefully on Saturday (Dec. 9, 2017). She was born June 6, 1921 to Paul and Beatrice (Smith ) Davie in Wellsville, NY where she lived into her seventies until she retired in Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Alvin Burner, her second husband Chester Dickerson, her sisters, Ruth (George) Smith, Eleanor (William) Yerrick, and a step daughter Christine Dickerson (Paul Turner). She is survived by her daughter, Constance (Ronald) Henry, three granddaughters, Laura (Elbert) Nieves, Rebecca Henry and Kristin Henry, and a great granddaughter Lily Nieves. She is also survived by three step children, Brian (Ninetta) Dickerson, Barbara Petraznik (Gary Edwards), and David (Patrice) Dickerson, and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a long time businesswoman in Wellsville, owning Davie’s Department Store. Davies was founded by her grandfather, Charles Eugene Davie and was originally located in Bolivar. Later it moved to Wellsville, where it was owned by her father, Paul Davie, and later by Elizabeth. As a women and children’s clothing merchant, she was active in the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Holly Twig and Professional Business Women’s Club. She was also a member of the Disciples of Christ Church. She enjoyed bridge and oil painting but especially enjoyed china painting. In her later life she took up counted cross stitch, producing over two dozen masterpieces.She enjoyed traveling, visiting five continents and many states in her lifetime. A memorial service will be held in Spring Hill in January and later in Wellsville.
Gladys Marion Flint-Hornburg
March 25, 1921 ~ June 16, 2017
Gladys Marion Hornburg, 96, of 2938 Truax Road, passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017 while visiting her son in Kentucky. She was born on March 25, 1921 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of the late Charles Edward and Lottie (Freeman) Flint. On April 9, 1940 in Wellsville she married Glenn E. Hornburg who predeceased her on November 8, 2011. Gladys moved from Scio to Wellsville in 1938 and graduated from Wellsville High School. She was first employed at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville from 1940 to 1951, J. J. Newberry’s from 1951 to 1954, and later for the Brown and Stout Insurance Agency from 1961, to her retirement in 1982. She was affiliated with the Brookside Wesleyan Church in Wellsville. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and reading, and loved (and was very good at) Rummikub and watching the Yankees. She was also very proud of the fact that after retirement, she and her husband worked together making wooden crafts in their shop. She is survived by a son, Gary (Debbie) Hornburg of Ashland, KY, a daughter, Janice (George) Givens of Andover, three grandchildren, Maribeth (Shannon) Hausey, Ashland, KY, Dennis Givens and Christi Brewster both of Andover, three great grandchildren, Danielle Armfield, Michelle Schweigart and Marc Givens, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by her step-mother, Gertrude Graham Flint, two sisters, Dorothea Griffiths, and Irene (Ken) Washburn and one brother, Charles W. Flint. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and on Thursday, June 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation on Thursday at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Daniel Milroy of the Victory Baptist Church in Albion presiding. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice.
d. March 21, 2017
A memorial service for Elizabeth “Betty” Burdick, 95, who passed away March 21, 2017, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday (May 7, 2017). The location has been changed from the Alfred Church Center in Alfred to the Alfred-Almond Bible Church (next to Alfred-Almond Central School) in Almond. Light refreshments will follow. Betty is survived by two daughters, Carol D. (James) Dombeck of Webster, NY and Dr. Brenda J.(Grant H.Waldref) Burdick of Guffey, CO.; one son, John F. Burdick of Manvel, TX.; one sister, Velma Wesche-Guild of Wellsville, NY; one daughter-in-law, Denise L. Burdick of Friendswood, TX.; and one sister-in-law, Onalee Miller of Clarence, NY. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Pamela (Chris) Devries, Aaron (Rossana) Dombeck, Alex Burdick, Bethany Burdick, Jaymes Burdick, Crystalyn Burdick, Benjamin Burdick and Blake Burdick, two “adopted granddaughters,” Meghan Snyder and Theresa Stearns, six great grandchildren, Jacob Devries, Nicholas Devries, Zachary Devries, Alanah Stearns, Lauryn Dombeck and Sarah Dombeck and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband of 57 years, she was predeceased by one brother, Myron A. Miller. Betty enjoyed many passions. As a Christian, she loved to read The Bible, share her faith and walk with the Lord. She was very active in the Hornell-Wellsville Christian Women’s Club and was elected the first Chairperson of the Hornell-Wellsville Christian Business and Professional Women’s Council in 1972.Until her recent relocation to Colorado she attended Alfred-Almond Bible Church for many years. Betty had a lifelong love for music, and played the harmonica, chromonica and cello. She was cellist for many local groups including The Wellsville Musical Club and The Wellsville Civic Symphony Orchestra. Betty was thrilled to attend Colorado Springs Philharmonic 90th Season Gala Concert with cellist Yo Yo Ma just a few weeks ago. Betty loved to correspond and encourage others by enclosing interesting newspaper articles in her thoughtful and sweet letters. She combined her love of nature, wildlife and exercise by enjoying daily walks. She enjoyed scenic drives and traveling with her family, taking vacations throughout much of the United States and Canada. Her family has many fond memories of these trips. Additionally, Betty was an active member of the Catherine Schuyler Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and was instrumental in her daughters and two granddaughters also joining. DAR dovetailed nicely with Betty’s passion for reading history and other non-fiction books. Per Betty’s wishes, there will be no prior visitation. A memorial service will be held at The Alfred Church Center on Sunday May 7, 2017 at 2 pm. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville, NY.
Priscilla Rosenkrans Lewis
August 8, 1921 ~ September 5, 2016
Priscilla (Rosenkrans) Lewis, of Mystic, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 3, 2016. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Aug. 8, 1921, to Paul Rosenkrans and Frances H. (Barkley) Rosenkrans. She grew up in Canton, Ohio, with her mother and aunt’s family. She then relocated with her mother to Wellsville, N.Y. in the 30’s. She was an honor student at Wellsville High School, graduating class poet and 2nd in her class in 1939. It was this time when she met the love of her life, Lester B. Lewis. They were married in Buffalo, N.Y.,, on June 10, 1943. Her husband was in the Navy, having joined in 1940. He returned to the Pacific Arena after they honeymooned in Boston, New York and Hornell. They moved to Mystic in 1952 with their two daughters, Susan Gail and Cynthia Jan. Priscilla was active in the community. She led a Brownie/Girl Scout Troop, contributing to many bake sales to raise money for the Broadway School and Stonington High School band boosters. She worked in the Stonington school system for eons. She was secretary to the principal at the Broadway School, Mystic Junior High, Stonington Education Department and then on to UConn Avery Point branch, Secretary to the Dean. After retiring from her secretarial career she worked at the Mystic Seaport for 40 years as an interpreter of exhibits. She was always cheerful and helpful to the visitors and remembered by museum staff as extremely knowledgeable and caring. She was predeceased by Lester B. Lewis in 1987, and her mother in 1990. She is survived by her daughters, Susan Gail Lewis and CJ Lewis; granddaughters, Stacey Dean and Kate Dean French; and three grandchildren, Steven Dean, Cheyenne Holliday and Cody Holliday. She was an avid reader. She shared her love of books and reading by delivering books to shut-ins on behalf of the Mystic Noank Library. A bench was donated to the library in 2001 with a plaque on it asking viewers to “Rest and be thankful” to honor Priscilla R. Lewis. It was a phrase she and her husband brought back with them from an area in Scotland, where they had lived for 5 years. Private burial will be at Elm Grove Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to any charity her friends deemed worthy.
Robert C. Baker
May 5, 1920 ~ March 16, 2016
Robert C. Baker, 95, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (March 16, 2016) at Clifton Springs Hospital. Friends may call at the DeVaney-Bennett Funeral Home, 181 N. Main St., Geneva, on Saturday (March 19) from 1 to 3 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery. Bob was born on May 5, 1920. He was the son of the late Alison and Olive Dickens Baker. He graduated from Wellsville High School. Bob married the love of his life, Florence G. “Teddy” Baker, on November 12, 1949. They settled in Canisteo, N.Y., and began raising their family. In 1956 they moved to Waterloo, N.Y. Bob drove truck for Esso, later known as Exxon, for over 25 years, retiring in 1976. He then worked for several years for Baker’s Exterminating with his son Jeff. He was a very talented musician playing the piano, organ, and guitar. He entertained at many locations including the piano bar, York Inn, and other venues. Bob was devoted to his family. He will be greatly missed by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his children Gary (Gayle) Baker of Geneva and Jeffrey Baker of Dundee; grandchildren Lisa (Len Clay) Simolo, Craig (Kara Bucklin) Baker, Courtney (Matthew) Horn, Chad (Jenise) Baker, Brett Baker, and Mark Baker; great-grandchildren Preston, Kierstyn, and Chad Baker, Richard Bruno, Thomas and Joseph Horn, Bryan Iannopollo, Brianna and Bella Baker; his sister Lasca Congelli; and several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Florence “Teddy” Baker, in 2001 and his daughter, Cynthia Turo, in 2005.
May 12, 1922 ~ July 6, 2009
Sarah R.”Sally” McNulty of Manor Hills adult Care Facility on Bolivar Road passed away on Monday July 6, 2009 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was a former resident of Farnum Street who was born in Buffalo on May 12, 1922 to Peter and Agnes Lawton Cole. On May 18, 1940 in Wellsville she married Richard P. McNulty who predeceased her on December 13, 1998. Sarah graduated from Wellsville High School in 1939. During WWII, while her husband was serving in the war, she was employed as a riveter” Rosie the Riveter” for Bel Aircraft in Buffalo and later became a cook for the Airlanes Restaurant. She and her family moved back to Wellsville in 1955 and she worked for Jones Memorial Hospital from where she retired. Sarah’s hobbies included sewing, afghan making and crocheting. She made clothes for her children and will be remembered for her doll making. Sarah loved to cook and bake for her family and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville. Survivors include: a daughter Jean [Sean] Franklin of Plainfield, IN.; three sons, Richard”Mick” [Carolyn] McNulty of Ocean Springs, MS., and Daniel [Jean] McNulty of Aiken, SC. And Timothy [Cindy] McNulty of Wellsville; thirteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews; and a spiritual care giver, Maureen Schmidt. She was also predeceased by a daughter Sister Nancy McNulty RSM and fourteen brothers and sisters. Friends are invited to call on Friday, July 10, 2009, from 10 am to 12 noon at the J.W.Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service with Monsignor Vincent Becker will follow the calling hours at 12 noon in the Funeral Home. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials may be made to either the Jones Memorial Hospital Building Fund or to the Manor Hills Activities Center.
July 19, 1921 ~ December 20, 2009
Celia E. Duke, 88, of 244 N. Main Street died on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a long illness. She was born July 19, 1921 in Belmont the daughter of Louis and Jennie (Presutti) Jordan. On May 2, 1944 in St. Louis, MO she married Douglas E. Duke who predeceased her on December 8, 2008.Celia was first employed as a legal secretary for Attorney Norman Fitzer in Wellsville and during WW II she was employed at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville. In 1962 she returned to Worthington Corporation as an executive secretary until her retirement. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and a former member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She had a true love of nature and wildlife; especially wild birds. She supported her boys and their friends in their many birding adventures. She enjoyed playing Bridge, reading and was an avid Boston Redsox and Cleveland Browns fan. She also had a wonderful memory for sport trivia.She is survived by two sons, Oak (Susan) Duke IV and Alan Duke both of Wellsville, four grandchildren, Oak Duke V, Ethan Duke, Alana Duke, Cameron Duke, a great granddaughter, Ava Grace Duke and two step granddaughters, Sarah Harris and Kathryn Moxley as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend Valerie Vreeland of Wellsville. She was predeceased by her father who was born in Forino, Italy and whose name was Luigi Giordano before coming to America; her mother who was born in Bugnara, Italy and whose name was Jemma Giovannina before coming to America; five brothers, Joseph, Louis, Max, John and James Jordan and three sisters, Josephine Serio and Amelia and Marian Jordan.Friends are invited to a graveside service on Saturday, January 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville with Pastor Dick Helms presiding. There will be no prior visitation. Memorial suggestions include the David A. Howe Public Library or any charity of the donor’s choice.
Francis L. Sawyer
December 24, 1919 ~ August 10, 2011
Francis L. Sawyer, 91, of 1984 Dutch Hill Road died on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with his family at his side. He was born December 24, 1919 in the Town of Willing the son of Lee and Myrtle (Keagle) Sawyer. On June 27, 1942 in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, he married Helena O’Hara who predeceased him on December 17, 2008. Fran was a graduate of Wellsville High School and was elected to the Wellsville Sports Hall of Fame for his many accomplishments in athletics. He served with the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater of Operation. He was employed at Worthington Corporation and Air Preheater Company in Wellsville, retiring in 1981. He was involved in the reality business for many years and founded “Sawyer Reality” in 1977. He was a life member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge # 1495, a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville; where he served as an usher and the Holy Name Society. He is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sandy Sawyer and a grandson, Patrick Sawyer both of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Phyllis Sawyer of Whitesville as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his son, James Sawyer and a brother, Robert Sawyer. A Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Sean DiMaria as Celebrant. There will be no prior visitation. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or the Hart Comfort House.
October 24, 1922 ~ March 3, 2012
Presvitera Irene Euphrosyne Raptis-Mentis
1921 ~ September 29, 2015
Presvitera Irene Euphrosyne (Raptis) Mentis, 94, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. She was born in Johnsonburg, PA the daughter of the late George and Angeliki (Vlahos) Raptis and was raised in Wellsville, NY. In September 1945, she married Reverend Father Elias Mentis who survives. Father Mentis and Irene lived and touched the hearts of many in Wellsville, Toronto, Rochester, Webster, Jamestown, Ithaca, Brandywine, MD, Sioux City, IA, Ocean City MD, Fairfax/Falls Church, VA and Fredericksburg, VA. Irene will be remembered for her love of others, generosity, kindness and faith. Surviving in addition to her husband is a daughter, Ann Mentis of Gulf Shores and Webster, NY; son, Peter, his wife Tina and their children, Elias, David and Euphrosyne of Fairfax, VA and their four grandchildren, Peter, Andreas, Alex and Lucas; son Charles, his wife Gail of Seneca Falls, NY and their two daughters, Elaine, her husband Michael and Ann Marie and one granddaughter, Mariana, sister, Leah of Rochester and a brother, James, and his wife Demmye of Wellsville, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Charles, killed in WW II.
Philip H. Duke
February 3, 1921 ~ September 28, 2013
Philip H. Duke, 92, passed away at home, Saturday (Sept. 28, 2013) surrounded by family following a fearless struggle with blood cancer. Phil, a life-long Wellsville resident, had a strong reputation for love of country and community as mirrored in his years of volunteer and military service. He had over 50 years with the Grant Duke Hose Company, serving as Captain during the late 1960s. Phil held every lay position at St. John’s Episcopal Church over seven decades. During his later years he delivered Meals On Wheels often to people much younger than himself. His interests included golf, fly fishing, sports (Go Bills and Sabres!), aviation, and his church. After graduating from WHS, class of 1939, he attended William and Mary College while waiting to be called up for service during WWII. He served as a tail-gunner on the B-17, Torchy Tess, under the command of the 351st Bomb Group in Polebrook, England. Of his multiple military ribbons he was most proud of his Air Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters. He married Virginia (Ginnie) Geuder in 1944 and began working the local oil fields with his father. This period of his life he often recalled as his favorite, reflecting his love of hard work coupled with a love of the outdoors. Many people remember Phil’s willingness to provide helpful advice when he was the general manager of the Wellsville Lumber Company. He sought to protect Allegany County by his civil disobedience and subsequent arrest protesting the 1989-90 effort by New York State to establish a local nuclear waste dump site. His efforts along with many others ultimately led to the state looking elsewhere for a dumping location. Phil is predeceased by his parents, Harold and Ruth Duke of Wellsville, and his wife of 51 years, Ginnie. He is survived by his son, Philip Bruce Duke of Eagle River, Alaska, and his daughter, Reita (Duke) Novkov of Canal Fulton, Ohio, and sister, Nancy (Duke) McEachern of Beaufort, S.C. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Patrick Duke and Lisa (Duke) Duelm, of San Antonio, Texas, and Alexandra Kendrick of Winter Park, Fla., and three great-grandchildren. Special thanks are offered by his family to Teese and Satch Gary, his neighbors and angels; The Reverend Carol Stewart; and the staff of Jones Memorial Hospital. Calling hours will be at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wednesday (Oct. 2, 2013) from 7-9 p.m. with a memorial service at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 1 p.m. on Thursday (Oct. 3, 2013). The family has requested donations be made in lieu of flowers to either the Duke Hose Fire Company or to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Rita H. Hurd-Taylor
October 27, 1921 ~ November 21, 2012
Rita H. Hurd Taylor, 91, died Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at the Wellsville Manor. Born October 27, 1921, in Bolivar, New York, she was the daughter of Myron H. and Pearl M. Hurd. A lifelong resident of Wellsville, New York, she graduated from Wellsville High School in 1939. A local historian and enthusiast of the Town of Wellsville, she actively researched the Hurd family genealogy and their contributions to the development of the town. She was an avid reader and enjoyed a myriad of interests in local western New York arts and crafts, including becoming a published authority on Glidden pottery. She especially loved all kinds of Teddy bears. As a teen she had worked at Stacy’s Ice Cream Parlor and still had her original ice cream scoop some 75 years later. She also worked for her mom and dad at the former Hurd’s Market on East State Street. She was a member of the Thelma Rogers G&H Society. She married Robert E. Taylor on August 9, 1962, and worked with her husband in his insurance business serving the citizens of Wellsville. Prior to that, she was married to Elmore Gibson Harkness, MD. She is survived by her one son: David B. Harkness and his wife Susan R. Harkness, two granddaughters: Lindsay G. Harkness, and Ashley R. Harkness of Edmond, Oklahoma; and two step-sons: Robert R Taylor and Richard L. Taylor and their respective families. In addition, she is also survived by two nieces and four nephews. Preceding her in death is her granddaughter, Heather L. Harkness, husband, Robert E. Taylor, her sisters, Arlene and Della and parents, Myron and Pearl Hurd. She had been a lifetime member of the Christian Temple Church of Wellsville. In consideration of her final wishes, she will be cremated and will not have a formal funeral service.
Douglas E. Duke
December 25, 1921 ~ December 8, 2008
John Walchli, Sr.
June 26, 1921 ~ May 29, 2010
Sherman L. Graves
November 10, 1921 ~ November 24, 2009
Paul Frederick Hungerford
December 27, 1919 ~ October 8, 2010
Evelyn Mary Ludden-Hyland
May 22, 1919 ~ January 22, 1990
George Edward Dunham
March 9, 1922 ~ April 12, 2000
Doris Lena Dickens-Clark
August 15, 1921 ~ April 24, 2009
Doris Lena Clark, 87, died peacefully in her sleep Friday (April 24, 2009) at home. Mrs. Clark was born Aug. 15, 1921, in Wellsville, the daughter of Ray Lawrence and Anna Pearl (Ackerman) Dickens, and was a lifelong resident of Willing and Wellsville. She graduated from Wellsville High School in 1939 with honors. On Nov. 20, 1941, at the Christian Temple in Wellsville, she married Kenneth M. Clark, who survives. In addition to her husband of 67 years, Doris is survived by a daughter, Jo Ann (Bill) Farrell of Cuba; a son, Dennis R. (Adele) Clark of Palm Springs; two sisters, Marguerite (Rollin) Perkins of Porterville, Calif. and Betty Jane (Donald) Meissner of Massena; a granddaughter, Holly Anna (Fred) Kunderman of Niagara Falls; two great-grandchildren, Cole Kunderman and Kierra Kunderman, also of Niagara Falls; and several nieces and nephews. Doris was a member of Stannards United Methodist Church. She was a woman of many interests and enjoyed taking classes in a variety of subjects. She enjoyed painting both in watercolor and oil and was active in sewing, card and thinking games and genealogical research. She was an avid gardener, square dancer, newspaper correspondent and traveler. She was a volunteer for the Jones Memorial Hospital Country Fair and an Allegany County Board of Elections inspector. Additionally, she was a warm and friendly neighbor and helped her husband in his hearing aid business. But more than these, she was a faithful and loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family very much. Funeral service took place at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville, with Rev. Matthew Kofahl of the Stannards United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in the Stannards Cemetery, Stannards, NY. Memorial contributions in Doris’ name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, State Route 19, Wellsville, NY 14895.
Virginia Clara Sweet-Beall
July 21, 1920 ~ February 11, 2007
June 18, 1922 ~ February 17, 1991
Alice Elizabeth Sutfin-Holly
August 11, 1921 ~ September 12, 2007
Jane Eleanor Flanagan-Englebaugh
March 5, 1921 ~ August 12, 1995
Donald Myron Lewis
August 29, 1921 ~ July 9, 1980
June 26, 1921 ~ January 13, 2001
Robert Farnum Brown
October 5, 1920 ~ March 3, 1967
AMM1 US NAVY WORLD WAR II
John Christopher Bierman
October 24, 1921 ~ July 27, 2003
Merle Charles Linza
September 27, 1920 ~ July 28, 2006
Son of Max Linza and Faith Withey, Married Anna Goodridge, 3 children
Vet US Army WWII European Theater
Mary Eleanor Peaslee-Marsh-Poray
July 8, 1921 ~ June 22, 1999
Lawrence Harrison Hawks
April 8, 1918 ~ November 4, 1913
Lawrence H. Hawks, 95 of Casper, Wyoming, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013 He was born to the late Harley and Metta Hawks April 8, 1918, in Whitesville, New York. He Attended Wellsville High School. He married Mildred Dickey on March 15, 1942 Lawrence was a mechanic most his life. He was working at Cities Service in Hornell, New York when Mildred stopped to ask if she could use the phone. He went on to work at Worthington Steam Turbine in Wellsville, New York and then went on to work at Acme Electric in Cuba, New York with Mildred during the war. He was Head Bus Mechanic at Whitesville Central School, 1950-1952. They then moved to Spring Hope, North Carolina. He worked at a Studebaker and Buick Dealership 1952-1957. The family returned to New York; he worked at Grave’s Automotive in Standards, New York. After moving to Dansville, New York he worked for Shay’s Trucking and Owen’s Trucking. After retiring they moved to Casper in 1982 to be near his older daughter and family. Lawrence was always fixing things up around the house, when not doing that he would be working in the vegetable garden or his flowers. He was always bringing Mildred in a fresh rose or a bright red strawberry. He enjoyed fishing in the Big Horns. They traveled a great deal visiting family and friends Lawrence is survived by his wife, Mildred, one Brother, Arnold Hawks, of Wellsville, NY and two Daughters; Maxine Harris (Cecil) of Casper, WY and Susan Young (David) of Dansville, NY. He also is survived by eight Grandchildren; Tony Harris (Lynda) of Casper, WY, Brain Harris (Jody Correll) of Casper, WY, Craig Harris (Sheila) of Evansville, WY, Danny Harris (Rose Stinson) of Casper, WY, Chad Harris (Lula) of Fort Collins, CO, Jeffery Young of Beyersville, NY, Graig Young (Karen) of Rochester, NY and Michael Young (Amy) of Dansville, NY. He also has 14 Great-Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harley and Metta Hawks; Sisters, Alice VanSchoick, Barbara Herman, Alta Snyder and Brother, Jason Hawks. Memorial services are at the First Church of the Nazarene, 2020 S. Jefferson Street, Casper, Wyoming at 11:00 am on Friday, November 8, 2013, with reception to follow.
William Stephen Ryan
January 27, 1921 ~ May 6, 1995
November 12, 1920 ~ April 29, 2001
Raymond Vernon Rogers
May 28, 1922 ~ August 6, 2012
Raymond Vernon Rogers, May 28, 1922 – August 6, 2012, Age 90, of Orchard St., Silver Springs, NY died at his home on Monday, August 6, 2012 following a lengthy illness. He was born May 28, 1922 in Whitesville, NY where he spent his youth. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1939. Raymond enlisted in the US Marine Corps in November 1942. He was a Private First Class and an aviation and power supply mechanic. He served in the southwest Pacific area from April 1943 to December 1944 during which time he participated in the capture and occupation of Bougainville, the consolidation of the northern Solomon Islands and defense of PIVA Yoke. He was honorably discharged in October 1945. For several years, Raymond worked in his brother’s store, Rogers Hardware in Silver Springs where he resided until his death. As a skilled builder, he did carpentry work in the area for many years. Ray enjoyed flower gardening, crossword puzzles and rooting for any team that beats the Yankees. Raymond was employed by the US Postal Service as a rural mail carrier for 22 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the Bates-Courtney American Legion Post in Silver Springs and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Surviving are his wife, Joan Schery Rogers whom he married on February 5, 1949; his sons, Brady Rogers of Greensboro, NC, Wade (Robin) Rogers of Plant City, FL; his daughters, Regina (Gary) Colgrove of Warsaw, Cherie (Sam) Gullo of Silver Lake, Kim Rogers of Clearwater, FL, Jill (Rick) Jeroski of Largo, FL; 14 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; his brother, Maynard (Carolyn) Rogers of Lockport; his sisters, Helen Hall of Greenwood, NY, June Stadelman of Winter Park, FL; many kind and caring neighbors and friends. He was the brother of the late Arlene Spicer and Doris Lewis. Friends may call Saturday, August 11 from 1 – 4 PM at Robinson & Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 N. Main St., Warsaw where an American Legion service will be held immediately following calling hours at 4 PM followed by his funeral service. Burial will be at a later date in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Silver Springs Rescue Squad, Silver Springs, NY 14550.
March 24, 1922 ~ August 21, 1993
July 14, 1921 ~ October 20, 2011
October 12, 1921 ~ November 2, 1991
July 24, 1921 ~ April 24, 2009
Catherine Mildred Trowbridge-Rice-Glover
July 17, 1920 ~ December 20, 1997
Charles Richard Thomas
April 13, 1921 ~ April 17, 1990
Alice Lily Grossman
July 4, 1919 ~ January 11, 1998
William Taylor Maddren
October 20, 1920 ~ March 4, 1992
Robert M. Chandler
July 23, 1922 ~ June 26, 2004
No services are planned for Casper resident Robert M. Chandler, 81, at the request of the deceased. Inurnment will be in Wyoming Memorial Gardens at a later date. He died June 26, 2004, at Central Wyoming Hospice Home in Casper. Born July 23, 1922, in Clarksville, N.Y., he was the son of Robert A. and Clara (Maulby) Chandler. He was raised and educated in Wellsville, N.Y., graduating high school in 1939. He enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers in December of 1941 and served with the Fifth Army in North Africa and Italy. He was honorably discharged in December of 1945. He spent his career life in the oil fields, working in New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, North Dakota and Wyoming. He retired in 1986. Survivors include his sons, Gary Chandler of Bar Nunn, and Philip Chandler of Hernando, Fla.; his daughters, Patricia Aldrich and Deborah McNeib, both of Buffalo, N.Y.; a stepson, Norman Mesler, of Bolivar, N.Y.; his stepdaughters, Shirley Green and Patricia Reed, both of Wellsville; his brothers, Richard Chandler of Wellsville, and Victor Chandler of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Joan Quick of North Carolina; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents. His wife, Francis, also preceded him in death on Dec. 20, 1993. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor can be made to Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 S. Wilson, Casper, WY 82601.
James H. Coyle
September 20, 1921 ~ July 12, 2004
James H. Coyle of San Diego, Ca. died Monday, July 12, 2004. Born in Wellsville, NY September 20, 1921. Survived by nephews: Daniel Patrick, Kevin, James, and John McCarthy nieces, Jean McCarthy Lyons, Marianne McCarthy, and Kathleen McCarthy, sister-in-law, Arlene Coyle, nephews, Kevin, Richard and Christopher Coyle and niece, Kathleen Coyle Dillon. Preceded by two sisters, Jean Coyle, Mary Catherine Coyle McCarthy, brother Richard Coyle.
Donated his body to University of Southern CA Medical Center at San Diego
Son of James P. & Marie A. Coyle.
U.S. ARMY – WORLD WAR II
193rd Field Art. European Theater
Betty Lucille Flanagan
November 19, 1922 ~ January 11, 1999
Benjamin Saxton Kelly
May 11, 1921 ~ December 13, 2009
Benjamin Saxton Kelley, of 471 N. Main?St., Wellsville, died Sunday (Dec. 13, 2009). Born May 11, 1921, in Troy, Pa., he was the only son of Ethel Kenyon and John?Harrison Kelley. On May 10, 1957, in Atlanta, Ga., he married Gladys Amelia Lunsford (Happy)?who survives. Mr. Kelley was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Class of 1939, where he was active in sports. He attended Cornell University and was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He was a graduate of New York University and the advanced management program of Harvard Business School. Mr. Kelley served in World War II attached to the Thermal Diffusion Division (SED) at Oak Ridge, Tenn. Mr. Kelley traveled extensively in charge of foreign and domestic sales for Air Preheater, a division of Combustion Engineering. He was a sales engineer in Chicago and the sales manager for the Southeastern U.S. at the Atlanta headquarters. In 1962, he returned to Wellsville as a sales manager and was later named vice president of sales, retiring in 1983. Mr. Kelley was a life member of ASME, the Georgia Engineering Society and the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. He was a past member of the Atlanta Athletic Club, the East Lake Country Club, the Wellsville Country Club and the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club. He was a past president of the United Way and treasurer of the advisory board of the Salvation Army. Mr. Kelley was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church in Wellsville. Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Susan (Richard)?Piekarski of Hudson, Ohio, Anne (Dennis)?Sobeck of Wellsville, and Sarah Newland Kelley of Downingtown, Pa.; five grandchildren, Richard, Garrett and Michael Piekarski and Benjamin and Elizabeth Sobeck; and a nephew, Michael C. Adelman of Ocean Pines, Md. He was predeceased by a sister, Amelia K. Signor of Wellsville. At his request, there will be no visitation. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church, with the Rev. Ralph Eastlack and Rev. William Jones officiating. Memorials in Mr. Kelley’s memory may be made to the David A. Howe Public Library or Jones Memorial Hospital.
Robert Napier Prescott
May 5, 1920 ~ March 13, 1989
Bruno J. Moline
February 7, 1920 ~ March 7, 2003
SFC US ARMY WW2 AND VIETNAM
Irene Virginia Schen-Rossi
May 10, 1921 ~ April 10, 1996
Marian Mead Reynolds-Williams
July 1, 1922 ~ May 2, 2004
Marguerite Ann Dates-Ludden-Cook
December 20, 1920 ~ January 29, 2000
Gertrude Cora Schoonover-Barney-Rogers
June 30, 1922 ~ November 25, 2003
Harriet Isabell Gauss-Smith
April 1, 1922 ~ October 3, 2004
Harriet Isabel Gauss-Smith
April 1, 1922 ~ October 3, 2004
Harriet G. Smith, 82, 4 Church Street, Canton, died on October 3, 2004 at her home in Canton. The funeral will be October 5, 2004 at 11:00 AM, at the First Presbyterian Church in Canton. A reception will follow at the church. There will be no calling hours. If friends desire contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund, First Presbyterian Church, Park Place, Canton, 13617. Surviving are her husband, Dr. Edwin B. Smith, DVM, two sons, Dr. Michael Smith, DVM and his wife, Claudine, Potsdam, Brian and his wife Jeanette, Aurora, Ohio, two daughters, Penny Austin and her husband Clemont, Erie, Pa., and Melinda Preston and her husband Ralph, Lake Placid, ten grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one brother, Randall Gauss, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and one sister Barbara Gauss, Wellsville. Born in Wellsville, on April 1, 1922, she was a daughter of Charles and Isabell Julia Wesche Gauss and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1939. Mrs. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1943. On May 14, 1944, she married Edwin B. Smith at the Sage Chapel at Cornell University in Ithaca. She and her husband owned and operated a Veterinary Practice on Church Street, for many years. Mrs.Smith was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton, and a former member of the St. Lawrence Wild Fowlers Carving Club and the St. Lawrence Golf and Country Club.
Nathan Hull Black
October 13, 1919 ~ August 5, 1991
Jack Clarence Miller
January 4, 1921 ~ April 3, 2012
|Jack Clarence Miller
Loving Father & Grumpy Grandfather
|Born on Jan. 4, 1921
in Wellsville, NY
Departed on April 3, 2012
and resided in Olean, NY
Jack C. Miller formerly of Aspen Tower passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012, the Pines Health and Rehab Center in Olean after a lengthy illness. Mr. Miller was born on Jan. 4, 1921 in Wellsville and is a son of Clarence L. and Lillian Hartung Miller. On Sept. 22, 1945 in the First Baptist Church of Olean he married Marion L. Guild who predeceased him.Mr. Miller was a graduate of Wellsville High School Class. He received Bachelor’s degree in business from St. Bonaventure in 1949. Mr. Miller served in the Air Force during World War II from Sept. 1, 1942 to Oct. 12, 1945. He and his family lived in a number of places including the eastern part of New York and Mobile Alabama. He worked for Billbrook Industries, an industrial auction comp,in Minneapolis, Minnesota for over 15 years retiring in 1990’s. They moved back o New York in 2002. He was a member of the Olean First Baptist Church and was also a member of the Olean American Legion. He enjoyed bowling, golfing and being outdoors but most of all he was true family man. Surviving Mr. Miller are two sons, Jeffrey G. (Nancy) Miller of Cumming, GA, and Stephen J. Miller of Costa Rica; a daughter, Marilyn G. (James) Lyons of Olean; seven grandchildren, Jimmy (Lori) Lyons, Kelley (Craig) Tarbox, Leahantte Frantz, Jennifer Mathias, Jeffrey (Debbie) Kalec, Stephen Miller, and Kimberly (Rodney) Reed; sixteen great grandchildren; one brother, Ronald Miller of Belmont; and one sister-in-Law, Norma Turner of Corpus Christi, TX. Mr. Miller was predeceased by three brothers, Kenneth, Malcolm, and James Miller; and two sisters, Barbara E. Arnold and Adeline M. Colegrove. Friends will be received in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc. # 646 East State Street, Olean on Thursday, April 5, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. Funeral and committal services will be held at 2:00 pm. The Rev. Daniel McDowell, Pastor of the Olean First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, N.Y. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Olean Public Library 132 North Second Street, Olean, New York 14760 or to the Friends of the Pines 2245 West State Street, Olean, New York 14760.
July 1, 1921 ~ January 10, 2008
US ARMY WW2
October 25, 1918 ~ June 5, 2007
Harry J. Graves Jr.
June 3, 1922 ~ March 13, 2011
October 26, 1920 ~ April 19, 1976
Alfred Clay Brooks Jr.
December 9, 1919 ~ January 21, 1988
June 16, 1920 ~ September 21, 1993
Alice M. Kruger
August 19, 1921 ~ May 18, 1982
Norma Marie Colligan-Kensek
December 14, 1921 ~ December 4, 2005
NormaM.Kensek, December 14, 2005. Of Wellsville, formerly of Buffalo. Survived by her husband Chester; three sons Kenneth (Shirley), Michael (Maryann) and Ronald Kensek; two brothers John and Donald (Brenda) Colligan); sister Shirley (John) Gostley; two grandsons and nieces and nephews. Calling Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM in the J.W. EMBSER SONS FUNERAL HOME in Wellsville. Funeral Mass Saturday at 10:30 AM in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville
William Edward Driscoll
September 30, 1919 ~ May 23, 1998
1922 ~ August 12, 2013
Robert A. Ball
February 26, 1920 ~ January 9, 2004
PFC. U.S. ARMY – WORLD WAR II
Yvonne Eloise Jones-Pelton
March 24, 1920 ~ December 19, 1988
June May Washburn Bowser
June 9, 1921 ~ January 27, 2004
Robert James Cook
May 15, 1921 ~ October 23, 1990
Louise Marie Coleman-Winterhalter
April 8, 1922 ~ March 1996
January 15, 1921 ~ July 1983
May 6, 1920 ~ June 8, 1991
Evelyn “Evie” Lorraine Sibble Slawson
January 4, 1923 ~ November 27, 2000
December 15, 1920 ~ September 22, 2001
Royden W. Stein
May 20, 1922 ~ December 7, 1967
Robert Peter Wasserloos
February 24, 1921 ~ September 4, 2011
June 12, 1919 ~ December 18, 2013
Elizabeth C. “Betty” Reuning
October 15, 1921 ~ October 28, 1994
Alberta Jane Sherwood-Handrahan
June 18, 1919 ~ May 27, 2001
Alberta S. Handrahan, 80, of 12 Johnson St.died Sunday (May 27, 2001) in Jones Memorial Hospital. Born June 18, 1920, in Wellsville, she was a daughter of Rodney R. and Malinda C. Welch Sherwood. On April 16 1947,. in Wellsville, she married Richard Handrahan, who survives. In the late 1940s and 1950s Mrs. Handrahan and Marg Boring ran the Wellsville Country Club kitchen. She was a member of the Lady E1ks, Women of the Moose, American Legion Auxiliary and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, all in Wellsville. In addition to her husband Mrs. Handrahan is survived by a son, Michael (Jeannie) Handrahan of Mesa, Ariz.; two daughters, D. Malinda (William) Dean of Palm Bay, Fla., and Mary Jane (David) Allen of Austin, Texas; eight grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
There was no prior visitation. A memorial service was held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the David A. Howe Library, the SPCA serving Allegany County, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
August 25, 1919 ~ August 13, 1974
Sgt. Army Air Force WW2
John Frederick Sherwood
September 3, 1921 ~ May 4, 1993
Howard Bernard McNulty
February 2, 1920 ~ September 2, 1980
Gertrude Aurelia Sherwood-Dorney
June 18, 1919 ~ April 17, 1998
January 28, 1921 ~ June 17, 1998
December 29, 1920 ~ March 23, 1996
Ernest Edmond Olsowsky
October 13, 1921 ~ February 22, 1990
Loring Quentin Hoagland
February 21, 1919 ~ May 16, 1952
Staff Sgt. 322nd Bomb Group WWII
Jean Elizabeth Baldwin Cuvelier
September 20, 1921 ~ June 22, 2013
Lloyd Richard McEachern
December 30, 1919 ~ February 21, 1979
April 25, 1921 ~ February 16, 2005
Robert G. Gardner, 83, of 153 W. State Street, passed away on Wednesday February 16, 2005 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on April 25, 1921 at the home of his grandparents on Harder Place in Wellsville, the son of James and Marie (Myers) Gardner. He was a 1939 graduate of Wellsville High School, a veteran of WW II serving from 1943 to 1946 in the U.S. Army, with the 253rd. Combat Engineers Battalion, Company C. in the European Theater of Operation. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1946 he returned to the Gardner Pattern Works in Wellsville as an apprenticed wood pattern maker. He learned the trade from his father, who operated the business until his death in 1966. Bob then operated the pattern shop until it closed in 1993 when he retired. Bob was a 52 year member of the B.P.O.E. Lodge # 1495, serving as Exalted Ruler in 1952. He joined the Grant Duke Hose Company # 1 in Wellsville in 1941 and after the war held every elected office within the hose company. In 1959 he was elected 2nd. Asst. Chief and in April of 1961 was elected chief of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department. He held the office of Town Councilman for 4 years and when he was elected Mayor of Wellsville in April of 1963; he was Fire Chief, Town Councilman and Mayor concurrently. He served as the Democrat Mayor of Wellsville for 29 years. During this period he held several positions with the NYS Conference of Mayors culminating with his election as President in June of 1974. In September of 1972 Mayor Gardner was appointed by Governor Nelson Rockefeller to the Intergovernmental Fiscal Advisory Board, representing more than 500 villages in New York State. He was a life member of the Morrison Hayes Post # 702 American Legion and the Frank B. Church Post # 2530 VFW for over 50 years. He was a proud member of his last man’s group the L.O.P.E.S. He was the Chamber of Commerce “Man of the Year” in 1987 and the “Elk of the Year” in 1992. He was a life long member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wellsville; baptized in 1923 and confirmed in 1934. He served on the Vestry of St. John’s for many years, held the office of Senior Warden for 2 terms and Junior Warden for 2 terms. He is survived by his wife, Norma Geoppner-Gardner, 7 children; Cheryl (Donald Andrews of St. Petersburg, FL, Sandra Le Crone of Amarillo, TX, Robert (Jackie) Gardner of Saranac Lake, NY, Stephen Gardner of San Francisco, CA, Donald Gardner of Amarillo, TX, Mary (James) Ruch of Almond, NY, Brian (Paula) Gardner of Wellsville, 2 stepsons, Dan (Rita) Geoppner of Wellsville, William (Sally) Geoppner of Angelica, 15 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren, a brother, John (Peggy) Gardner of Independence, KY, a sister, Jean (Charles) Brady of Wellsville and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, James Gardner on July 28, 2002. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville, the Elks service will follow visitation at 8:30 pm. The funeral will be Monday February 21st at 11:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wellsville, with Rev. James Curl as Celebrant. Military Honors will follow the service and Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include St. John’s Episcopal Church or the Wellsville Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund.
Lodee Rachel Boucher-Gleason-Risley
December 21, 1920 ~ April 23, 2004
Gertrude Pearl Elliot-Mesler
April 12, 1921 ~ February 12, 2002
November 21, 1920 ~ August 3, 2002
Willett Laverne Barnes
October 19, 1917 ~ April 6, 2002
Harold R. Scott
May 10, 1919 ~ September 7, 1973
December 12, 1921 ~ October 14, 2001
Mrs. Kathryn Stevens, 91, died Monday, October 14, 2013. She was born in Singlehouse, PA on December 12, 1921 to John and Dorothy Perry Buckhout, who preceded her in death along with her husband, George Sheldon Stevens. She is survived by her daughters, Star Stevens, Ooltewah, TN, and Jewel Tillotson, Grantham, NH; grandchildren, Mandy and Jesse Tillotson; great grandson, Wolf Tillotson. A private graveside service will be held at the Cumberland Heights Memorial Gardens in Coalmont, Tennessee
Fanny Jane Dickson-Rathbone-Hungerford
September 11, 1921 ~ February 3, 1996
Betty Lucille Boyce-Corbett
December 24, 1921 ~ October 6, 1967
Frank W. Pasquale
October 5, 1920 ~ December 21, 1973
SGT. ARMY AIR FORCE – WORLD WAR II
Leslie W. Hambridge
July 12, 1921 ~ December 23, 1944
1ST LT US MARINE CORPS WORLD WAR II
1919 ~ December 22, 2005