Class of 1944 In Memoriam 


Arlene Woodcock-Riley

December 18, 1926 ~ December 29, 2010

Arlene E. Riley, 84, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 29, 2010) at her home, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis.  She was born in Shongo on Dec. 18, 1926, the daughter of S. Archie and Julie Woodcock. Arlene was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Class of 1944. On June 15, 1946, she was married to Thomas D. Riley, who predeceased her on Dec. 24, 2008.  A devoted homemaker, she also had worked on the family farm, Forest Allen’s Insurance Agency, as a baker in Umiker’s grocery and at the Park Plaza Liquors, all in Wellsville.  She attended the Stannards and Genesee United Methodist churches after the closing of the Shongo United Methodist church, of which she was a life member.  She was a devoted and much-loved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her joy of life was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She’ll be best remembered for her sense of humor, her love of baking and extending herself to all with “my home is your home” values.  She is survived by children, Edward (Darlene) Riley, John (Dawn) Riley, Janice Riley, Mary Lou (Robert) Willetts and Nancy Wilson, all of Wellsville; grandchildren, Ann (Robert) Grossman of Wendell, N.C., Debra Riley of Hornell, Katie Riley (Patrick Comstock) of Amherst, and Kris Riley of Wellsville; great-grandchildren, Justin, Brittany, Stephane, Katelyn, Cameron and Zachary; several nieces and nephews; and a sister, Genevive Perry of Shongo.  She was predeceased by her parents; husband; sisters, Mary Graves and Irene Robbins; a cousin, Edward Cook; and also her beloved pets, Licorice, Bailey, Lucky, Scamp and Mischeif.  A Celebration of Life was held Saturday (Jan. 1, 2011) at the American Legion Post 702 banquet room on Jefferson Street in Wellsville. Commital services will be held at the family’s convenience at a later date with the burial at Yorks Corners Cemetery in the town of Willing.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home of Wellsville.Those wishing may make memorial contributions to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, State Route 19, Wellsville, NY 14895, or the Immaculate Conception School 24 Maple Ave., Wellsville NY 14895.



Margaret Geffers-Benedict

December 22, 1926 ~ April 19, 2021

Margaret R. BENEDICT, 94, of Wellsville, NY, died Monday, April 19, 2021 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville.  Born December 22, 1926, in Olean, she was the daughter of Theodore J. and Ruth Brandes Geffers.  On September 11, 1948, in Wellsville, she married Blaine Benedict, who predeceased her on April 15, 2014.  A 1943 graduate of Wellsville High School, she attended Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Johnson City, TN.  She was employed by Turbodyne Co., Ruth Brown Real Estate, Wellsville Daily Reporter, and retired from Butler Larkin.  Margaret was a member of Crosstown Alliance Church in Wellsville, where she served as a deaconess, Sunday school teacher, vacation bible school teacher, and Pioneer Girls leader. Margaret enjoyed collecting seashells, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, playing board games, coloring, camping, and crocheting beautiful doilies. She and her husband resided in Bradenton, FL for many years after their retirement.  Surviving are:  two sons, James Alan (Terry) Benedict of New Bern, NC and Blaine David (Linda) Benedict of Ellenton, FL;  five grandchildren, Joshua David (Jessica) Benedict, Glen James Benedict, Aaron Steven (Dana) Benedict, Shana Gail (Ryan) Johnson, and Jamie (Chandler) Sharpe;  ten great-grandchildren;  three sisters, Nancy (Glenn) Schaefer of Redding, CA, Joanne Wilkins of Wellsville, and Janet (Robert) Pearse of Fort Mill, SC;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband of 66 years, she was predeceased by three brothers, E. Forrest Geffers, Dale C. Geffers, and Donald T. Geffers;  and a sister, Betty Jean Geffers.  A private graveside service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.  Memorials may be made to Wellsville Manor Hills, 4192-B Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY 14895 or Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 206, Wellsville, NY 14895.  



Ranchael Ann Pflager-Bellows

1926 ~ April 22, 2021

It is always difficult saying goodbye to someone we love and cherish. Family and friends must say goodbye to their beloved Rachael Ann Bellows in Highland, New York, born in Wellsville, New York, who passed away on April 22, 2021. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. You may also light a candle in honor of Rachael Ann Bellows.  She was predeceased by : her parents, Laurence Pflager and Sweetheart Wroten Pflager; her husband Richard W. Bellows; her great grandchild Katlyn Kernan; her great great grandchild Duane Kernan; and her sister Virginia Covill.  She is survived by : her daughters, Susan H. Allen of Wellsville, NY, Margaret A. Kernan of Watkins Glen, NY and Nancy J. Smith (Dale) of Wellsville, NY; and her niece Linda Young. She is also survived by six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church, 27 Fall St., Seneca Falls, NY, 13148 or National Memorial Day Museum, 31 E. Williams St., Waterloo, NY, 13165.



Doris M. Sweet-Nelson

March 20, 1926 ~ December 16, 2016



Elinor Anne Bliss-Wormer

May 14, 1927 ~ July 24, 2020

Elinor Anne (Bliss) Wormer, formerly of Portville, N.Y., Wellsville, N.Y., and Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., passed away peacefully on the 24th of July, 2020, in Canandaigua, at the age of 93. Born on May 14, 1927, in Syracuse, N.Y., Elinor was the daughter of Julia A. (Wahl) and Hubert D. Bliss of Wellsville. Elinor graduated in 1944 from Wellsville High School and in 1949 from the Ohio University School of Journalism. Post-college she was employed by Curtis Publishing Company in Cleveland, Ohio. On July 11, 1953, she married Dr. Donald A. Wormer of Portville. The Wormers resided in Buffalo, N.Y., while her husband attended medical school and completed his surgery residency. During this time, Elinor worked at the Osmose Wood Preserving Company to support the family. The Wormers returned to Portville in 1960 where they raised their four children and resided until 2011. During retirement, the Wormers resided primarily in Elinor’s favorite place, Daytona Beach Shores. Aside from her most valued roles as wife, homemaker, mother and grandmother, Elinor was active in many community organizations: the Portville Central School Board, the Greater Olean Camp Fire Girls Council (as president and member), Cub Scouts den mother, Camp Fire Girls group leader, the Portville Historical and Preservation Society Board, the Portville Marching Band Parents’ Club and the Portville School Boosters. A longtime member of Portville Presbyterian Church, she also taught Sunday school. Elinor viewed her greatest community contribution as being her role in co-founding and organizing the American Field Service (AFS) group to help send Portville students to other countries and assist in finding host families for foreign exchange students coming to Portville. In 1975, the Wormers were the first AFS host family, hosting Dieter Harl of Germany. In 1976, Elinor served as president of the Portville AFS, an organization she remained active in for years. In 2009, Elinor was inducted into the Portville Central School Hall of Fame, in recognition of her longtime service and contributions to the school and community. Elinor’s first love was for her family. Most of all, she enjoyed their get-togethers in Portville, Florida, the Chateau Woodlands in Halliburton, Ontario, Canada, Tall Timber in Pittsburg, N.H., her children’s homes and, in later years, at Ferris Hills in Canandaigua. Besides her parents, Hubert and Julia Bliss, Elinor was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald; and her sister, Roberta Valentine. Surviving are her brother, H. Mitchell Bliss of Janesville, Wisc.; children, Carol (Timothy) Inglis of Pittsburgh, Pa., Dr. Thomas (Melissa) Wormer of Canandaigua, Susan (Edward) Chippero of Williamson, N.Y., and Julie (Douglas) Wright of Boston, Mass.; loving grandchildren, Daniel (Olivia) Inglis, Bradley (Priscilla) Wright, Eric (Brittany) Wright, Andrew Inglis (Amy Boots), Steven Inglis, Matthew Wormer, Margaret (Nathan) Ripoli, Samuel Wormer, Sarah Wormer and Summer Montanaro; great-grandchildren, Benjamin Inglis, Isaac Ripoli, Giovanni Montanaro and Oliver Wright; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. The family had a private gathering with Elinor prior to her passing. A celebration of her life will take place at a future time. Interment will be with her husband in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Portville Historical & Preservation Society, PO Box 59, Portville, NY 14770; or Portville Free Library, 2 N. Main St., Portville, NY 14770.



Don Teater

December 9, 1925 ~ December 30, 2017

US Navy WW2

Donald M. Teater, 92, of 160 Greenhurst Village Drive, Jamestown, passed away at 7:51 am Saturday, December 30, 2017, in UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hospital.  An area resident for most of his life, he was born December 9, 1925 in Genesee, PA, a son of the late Clifford L. and Ruth Bishop Teater.  He was a graduate of Wellsville High School and was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving on a mine sweeper during World War II.  Before his retirement he was the President of Chautauqua Storage and Transfer, a family business that was started by his father-in-law.  Don was a member and past commander of the Lakewood Memorial Post 1286 American Legion, a life member of the Jamestown Moose Lodge, a member of the Jamestown Elks Lodge and the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club. He also enjoyed golfing and bowling in several leagues over the years. He will be remembered as one who loved being outdoors. He would take care of his neighbors homes by mowing their lawn or shoveling their driveway just to be outdoors and helping people.  Surviving are his four children, Donald L. (Sally) Teater, Sherry (Gary) Carnes all of Jamestown, Gary (Patric Achilles) Teater of Naples, Fl, Jon Teater, of Celoron, a step-son, Michael (Pam) Masters of Panama, nine grandchildren, Christina (Ryan) Parks, Laura Classon, Katie (Nick) Lucas all of Jamestown, Adam Carnes of Davenport, FL, Laurie Teater of Roanoke, VA, Kellie (Brandon) Lawson of Naples, FL, Natalie Byard of Atlanta, GA, Emily Anderson of Falconer, NY, Jon Teater, Jr. of Warren, PA and eight great grandchildren. He is also survived by his companion of many years Thelma Dowd of Greenhurst, NY.  Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine Dalrymple Teater, his second wife, Marjorie Masters Teater, a sister, Adelaide Gates, a brother, Benjamin Teater and a great granddaughter, Charlotte Elizabeth Parks.  A private family service will be held.  Friends will be received from 4-6 pm Thursday, January 4, 2018, in the Lind Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228 or to a veterans organization.




Lynn DeRoy Rogers Jr.

June 8, 1926 ~ June 18, 2016

US Navy WW2

Lynn DeRoy Rogers Jr.,age 90, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2016.  Lynn was born on June 8, 1926 in Wellsville, New York, son of Lynn and Reva Rogers. Lynn joined the US Navy during World War2. After his Navy duty, Lynn enrolled in and graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. It was in college where he met his future wife, Ruth Kingcaid. In 1948, they were married and remained so for 63 years until her death in in 2011. In 1967, Lynn moved his family from Pittsburgh, PA to Fullerton, CA. Lynn and his family joined the Fullerton First United Methodist Church soon upon arriving and he was a member until his passing. Lynn loved music. He sang in the church choir and played the violin in the Fullerton Civic Light Opera Orchestra for 13 years. He also served as President of Fullerton Friends of Music for many years. For his career, Lynn had a passion for the practice of medicine and held many senior positions in hospital administration, the last of which was Vice President of the Medical Staff at Pomona Valley Hospital.  Lynn was a man of faith and Christ was his Savior. Lynn was also a devout husband, father, and friend to many, who always had a genuine concern for others. Lynn had a deep love of his country and was generous with his support of charities and causes he believed in.  Lynn is survived by his four sons, Lynn DeWitt, Eric Douglas, Thomas Bradley and Timothy Dwight; five grandchildren, Erica, Kaitlin, Thomas Jr., Nolan and Calvin; and three great grandchildren, Marco, Arthur and Moses. A memorial service for Lynn will be held on Saturday, July 30, 3:00 PM at Fullerton First United Methodist Church with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Music Department at Fullerton First United Methodist Church.




Rita Rahr-Childs

April 27, 1926 ~ September 8, 2016

Rita C. Childs, 90, formerly of the Vandermark Road passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. She was born on April 27, 1926 in Wellsville to the late Henry and Mary Carmel (Smith) Rahr. On September 26, 1946 in Wellsville she married William Harold Childs how predeceased her on December 8, 2005.  Rita graduated from the Immaculate Conception School in 1943 and in 1945 she graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1945. She was a longtime resident of Scio who had moved to Bangor, Maine and returned to this area in 2014 to live in Wellsville. She had retired from Jones Memorial Hospital in 1986 and had previously worked at W.T. Grants, Loblaws and Super Duper all in Wellsville. Rita was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont, the Third Order of St. Francis, the Alter and Rosary Society, and the Father Brown Mission Club where she made rosaries. Rita was a Girl Scout Leader who enjoyed camping and bowling. Rita is survived by a son, William H. (Kathryn Eaton) Childs of Bangor, ME. And a daughter Carla Orosz of Wellsville. She has 10 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard Rahr of Scio, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Browning Rahr of Wellsville and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband, Rita was predeceased two daughters, Carla Ann Childs and Deborah Cunningham, a granddaughter, Catherine Cunningham, two sisters, Marion Moir, and Elizabeth Earl, a brother, Carl H. Rahr Sr., a sister-in-law, Donna Rahr, and two brothers-in-law, Dr. Thomas Moir and Robert Earl.  Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 12, from 2-4 and 7-9 at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville with the rosary to be said at 3:45 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Tuesday in the Holy Family Catholic Church of Belmont. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and please consider memorial donations to either the Hart Comfort House or to the Father Brown Mission Club c/o Immaculate Conception Church, Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY. 14895.




June Petri-LaForge

April 22, 1926 ~ August 13, 2016

June Audrey Petri LaForge, at the age of 90, went to be with her Lord and savior as the dawn broke on Saturday (Aug. 13, 2016). Due to failing health, she had resided the last few years at the Wellsville Manor Care Center.  June was born on April 22, 1926, at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo. She was the daughter of William P. and Merriam B. (Stone) Petri. On Aug. 18, 1951, she married F. Stanley LaForge in Belmont.  June graduated from Wellsville High School, Class of 1944. In 1948, she graduated from Albany State Teacher’s College (SUNY Albany). She obtained graduate degrees from Alfred University in education and from St. Bonaventure in counseling. She worked as an elementary teacher in the Scio and Wellsville school districts, and after raising her two sons she worked in several area districts as a substitute.  “June Bug,” her husband’s nickname for her, enjoyed antiques, genealogy and painting. She was a long time member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. Other affiliations include The American Association of University Women, the Jones Memorial Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, Allegany County Board of Elections Inspector, and a former member of the Past-Time Painters of the David A. Howe Library. She was an accomplished oil painter. Additionally, she served on numerous church committees throughout the years.  In her heyday, June was a real terror on the local auction and tag-sale circuits! It is true, there was no one like her. Always willing to offer her opinion and never shying away from confrontation. However, to her credit she had a very compassionate side, often donating time and resources to many local charities, most often behind the scenes. She was especially fond of animals, including her dogs Rocky, Amber, Lucy-Des and her cockatiel, Joshua.  June was predeceased by her husband, F. Stanley LaForge in 1992; her mother, Merriam Stone Petri in 1994; her father, William P. Petri in 1974; and infant granddaughter, Francine Marie LaForge in 1995.  June is survived by two sons, Kevin S. LaForge (Ginny) of Wellsville and William R. LaForge (Alisha) of Belmont; three grandchildren, Renee LaForge Johnson (Jeremy) of Wellsville, and Merriam and Stanley LaForge of Belmont; two brothers, William Arthur Petri (Ann) of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and Richard M. Petri (Delores) of Bellevue, Wash.; as well as several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and a great-grandnephew.  Arrangements are under the care of Embser’s Funeral Home. Calling hours will be at Ember’s of Wellsville, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. There will be visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 20, 2016) at the Wellsville First United Methodist Church at the corner of Maple and Madison streets. A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. at the church. A grave-side service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery. A lunch will follow in the church’s fellowship hall.  Memorials may be made to the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, the David A. Howe Library, or the Allegany County SPCA.




June Hunt-Enos

June 8, 1926 ~ June 20, 2018

June H. Enos, 92, of 9324 Beebe Hill Road, passed away on Wednesday (June 20, 2018) at the Cuba Memorial Hospital, following an illness.  June was born on June 8, 1926, in Cuba, and was the daughter of Elmer and Myrtle Baehre Hunt. On March 7, 1959, at the Christian Temple, in Wellsville, she married her husband of 48 years, Alvin A. Enos, who predeceased her on Dec. 12, 2007.  June was a 1944 graduate of Wellsville High School.  She worked at Wellsville Air Preheater, in the drafting department for a number of years and then as a receptionist at ACME. June also worked at the cookie factory and was a healthcare giver to a number of family members.  She was a member of the Cuba First Baptist Church for over 60 years, where she was an active volunteer. She was also a member of the Cuba American Legion Auxiliary 8-40, where she was also the historian.  June enjoyed traveling with her camping trailer and spent the winters in Florida. She had been to every state in the union except Alaska and Hawaii.  June is survived by a son, Daniel M. (Karen) Enos of Cuba; two grandsons, Jason Kellogg of Nashville, Tenn. and Jamie (Jenny) Kellogg of Almond; a brother, Allen (Sue) Hunt of Allentown/Wellsville; and a sister, Marjorie Hand of Wellsville.  Along with her loving husband, June was predeceased by two brothers, Jack Hunt in 1939 and Raymond Hunt in 2008.  Friends will be received from noon to 2 p.m. Monday (June 25, 2018) at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 24 Genesee Pkwy., Cuba, at which time funeral and committal services will be held. The Rev. Lynn Sullivan, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cuba, will officiate. Burial will be in the Cuba Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cuba, 17 South St., Cuba, NY 14727.




Edith Howden-Howard

January 12, 1928 ~ July 15, 2016

Edith M. Howard, 88, of Sartwell Creek Road, passed away Friday (July 15, 2016) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born Jan. 12, 1928, in Alma, N.Y., she was a daughter of William A. and Lola James Howden. She married Harold L. Howard on Sept. 22, 1945.  Edith graduated from Wellsville (N.Y.) High School, Class of 1944.  She was employed by the Potter County Board of Assistance as a caseworker before her retirement.  Mrs. Howard was a member of the Sartwell Creek Union Church of Burtville, past Matron of the Order of Eastern Star, Eulalia Chapter 148, Coudersport. She was a former member of the local, state, and national grange.  Surviving are three sons, H. Ray (Janet) Howard of Roulette, and Christian J. (Carol) Howard and Rodney W. (Judy) Howard, both of Port Allegany; a daughter, Tamara E. Lorenzo of New Stanton; seven grandchildren, Corinne, Ross and Chase Howard, Nathaniel and Nicholas Howard, Angelina Lorenzo and Cara Jo Dawson; a great-grandson, Maxon Howard; a sister, Helen H. Young of Belmont, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Timothy Howard; a sister, Gertrude Dickson; and two brothers, William and James Howden.  Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. LaVerne Howard and the Rev. Allen Long, pastors of the Sartwell Creek Union Church, co-officiating. Burial will be in Sartwell Creek Cemetery.  An Eastern Star service will be conducted in the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. today by Eulalia Chapter 148, Coudersport.  At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Sartwell Creek Union Church; Port Allegany Senior Center; or S.W. Smith Library.




Virginia Greene-Meehan

January 1, 1927 ~ March 4, 2019

Virginia M. Meehan, matriarch of the Meehan family, passed away peacefully Monday morning March 4, 2019 at her home at the age of 92.  Virginia was born January 1, 1927 in Bolivar to the late Clair C. and Isabelle (Willard) Greene. She was predeceased by her husband Francis James Meehan in Feb. of 2011, a son Ronald John Meehan in 2009, a daughter Theresa Moore in 2013 and two sisters, Donna Sherman and Patricia Bennett.  Virginia will be greatly missed by her family and remembered for her beautiful smile, the laughter in her eyes and her unending love for her sons and daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She was a graduate of Wellsville High School class of 1944. During her high school years, she worked at Jones Memorial Hospital, in Wellsville, as a kitchen helper.   Virginia married Francis J. Meehan on December 15, 1945 in Rexville at St. Mary’s Rectory House. Together they owned and operated” Frangin Farms” in Rexville, and while never envisioning a life in farming, Virginia had participated in just about every phase of the family dairy operation. Since 1953, they worked hard at breeding and marketing registered Holsteins throughout the world. They also participated as members and leaders in numerous agricultural associations and clubs.  Virginia enjoyed life to its fullest, like no other. She enjoyed the family get-togethers, traveling with her husband all over the world in their association with the Northeast Dairy Cooperative, NYS Holstein-Friesian Association, Allegany-Steuben Holstein Club, National Holstein Association and many other dairy club affiliations. Together she and her husband began one of the first 4-H Clubs in the Rexville area, “the Rexville Clovers”.  She was a life-long communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rexville and Our Lady of the Valley in Hornell. In 1995 she served on the committee to plan the St. Mary’s 150th Anniversary celebration. She was a member of the St. Mary’s Altar and Rosary Society and instrumental in the formation of St. Mary’s Hospitality Committee. She was also an influential member of the St. Mary’s Statue Committee in acquiring the statue of the Cross in St. Mary’s Churchyard Cemetery in Rexville and the maintaining of the floral decorations surrounding the Cross for many years. She enjoyed this project and took great pride in its accomplishment.  Virginia was the 2005 recipient of the NYS Woman of Distinction Award, presented by the NYS Senate. She was the West Union town clerk from 1984 to 2009 and had also served as an election officer for the town. Her tireless efforts for the betterment of society also included fundraising for various charities and assisting others in the community, i.e. the West Union Fire Dept., Greenwood Central School, West Union Ambulance Dept. and Whitesville Central School to name a few.  Virginia’s personal time was spent reading and scrapbooking the years of traveling with Francis over the years. She enjoyed attending her sons/daughters, and grandchildren’s sporting events, planting and attending her vegetable and flower gardens and canning/freezing the fruits of her labor, which she continued right up until her passing. She took great joy in relating family stories and antidotes passed on by generations. She loved to dance and generally was the first on the dance floor.  Virginia is survived by three sons: William (Nancy) Meehan, Donald (Amy) Meehan all of Rexville, Larry (Brenda) Meehan of FL. two daughters: Marlene (Daniel) Duguid of Williamsburg, MI. Barbara O’Brien of Greenwood, a daughter-in-law Jolene Meehan of Hornell, son-in-law Thomas Moore of Greenwood, 23 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and best friend “Samantha”. The family would also like to acknowledge a warm heartfelt thank you for Virginia’s kind and compassionate caregivers of the last three years.  The family will receive friends from 1-3 and 6-8 pm Thursday at the H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 East Main St. in Canisteo. A Mass and Christian burial will take place Friday at 2:00 pm at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rexville. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Churchyard Cemetery at the convenience of the family.




Joyce F. Gaylord

December 31, 1926 ~ March 2, 2018

Joyce Frances Gaylord, 91, of 9 South Street, passed away on Friday March 2, 2018 in her home. She was born on December 31, 1926 in Buffalo to Charles and Freda Richardson Gaylord.  Joyce was a longtime resident of Belmont who began her secretarial career in 1945 at the Allegany County Clerks Office. She later worked at the Sinclair Refinery, Citizens Bank, James Sekaras’s Law Office, Allegany Bituminous, and retired as the secretary to the Dean of Nursing at Alfred University in 1980. Joyce was a quiet person who kept to herself. She loved reading, birds, flowers, and her dog Susie.  Joyce is survived by a niece, Marjorie [Richard] Perkins of Andover; two nephews, Dale [Harriet] Gaylord of Andover, and Craig [Norma] Gaylord of Andover; several great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.  Joyce was predeceased by her parents; a brother, Richard [Florence] Gaylord, and a nephew, Bruce Charles Gaylord.  Friends are invited to call on Friday,  March 9, 2018 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. The funeral will take place at the conclusion of the calling at 11 am in the funeral home. Memorials in her name may be made to the . Burial will take place in North Collins Cemetery, North Collins New York.




Marcella Colburn-Sweet

December 17, 1925 ~ May 31, 2019

Marcella (Colburn) Sweet, 93, passed away on May 31st, 2019, at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, NY.  A lifelong resident of Wellsville, Marcella was born on December 17th, 1925, to William and Hazel (Burns) Colburn in Wellsville, NY.  She attended the Immaculate Conception School and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. After graduation, and while working at the First Trust Union Bank, she took a day trip to Rushford Lake with a friend and fell in love with a stretch of land on the North shore of Balcolm Beach in Rushford, NY. She went back to work the next day and told her manager, E.J. Brown, about the land, and he told her he would co-sign a loan for her so that she could buy the land. She was 20 years old. After purchasing the land, only then did she tell her father about it and he and her uncles went to work building a cottage where the family spent summers for the next 45 years. She also taught at the Immaculate Conception School and worked as a book keeper for Rockwell’s Department Store, the family run business in Wellsville.  Marcella met Paul at the Funland Roller Skating Rink in Wellsville, NY, just after his return from the service in WWII and they were married on April 20th, 1949. She and Paul were married for nearly 50 years and raised three sons on Fassett Lane, in Wellsville, NY, just a few houses away from her parents. Paul was the love of her life. Marcella and Paul enjoyed traveling and frequenting casinos.  She was a communicant of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, charged with keeping the church staffed during the week. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, a driver for the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps and an avid card player who enjoyed playing and hosting the local Bridge Club.  Marcella enjoyed anything that allowed her to socialize. She loved meeting new people, making new friends, and spending time with friends and family. She could make a new friend quite literally while standing in line at the grocery store and truly believed that a stranger was just a friend you hadn’t yet met. In later years she would travel around the county, sometimes four or five nights a week, to play BINGO in different towns with different groups of friends.  Marcella was pre-deceased by her husband Paul B. Sweet and her eldest son James P. Sweet. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Beverly (James) Sweet of Wellsville, sons Bill (Janet Kemp) Sweet of Wellsville, Douglas Sweet of McKinney, TX, and grandsons Brian Sweet of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Kevin Sweet of Las Vegas, NV, and several cousins.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 27 at 10 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Friends are invited to call at Church from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. prior to the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made in her name to the Hart House, the Immaculate Conception Church, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp




 Christian Braunschweiger

October 18, 1926 ~ March 20, 2018

Christian C. Braunschweiger, PhD, age 91, died peacefully on March 20, 2018, from complications of a stroke suffered in January.  Through it all, he never lost his notorious wit and sense of humor! Chris was born on 10/18/1926 in Wellsville, NY where he was a very proud member of the Class of 1944 and their “Undefeated and Untied” football team his senior year! After serving in the US Navy for two years, he graduated from Alfred University in 1950.  He went on to earn his PhD in Mathematics from the University of WI–Madison. There, he met and married the love of his life, H Patricia Kearns, who, after 60 years of marriage, predeceased him in 2013. While adding five children along the way, his academic career took them to Purdue University, University of DE, and ultimately, back to Wisconsin and a full professorship at Marquette University where “Dr. B” taught for over 27 years. He retired in 1993 and was named Professor Emeritus in 1994.  Chris and Pat were fortunate to have traveled extensively in the US and abroad. When health issues necessitated their move to The Highlands at Pittsford in 2009, they never lost contact with family and friends from every place they had ever called home; including cousins and friends in Germany where Chris and Pat had lived during two academic sabbaticals taken in 1964 and 1981.  He is survived by “his gang”, Michael (Lori Tanner) of Seneca, SC, Susan (Mark) Hickman of Bend, OR, Kathleen (Jorn Piel) of Carlton, GA, Steven (Mary Jo) of Penfield, NY and Mary Pat (Thomas) Hall of Loudon, TN; grandchildren, Charles, Justin (deceased) and Robert Braunschweiger, Stephen Hickman, Lauren (Christopher) Jenkins, Ashley (Robert) Pierce, Karen (Paul) Rufo, Kelly (Tracy) Meade and Molly Hall; great grandsons, Jackson Jenkins, Wyatt Pierce and William Braunschweiger. Chris is also survived by his sister, Alice (Robert) McEnroe of Wellsville, NY, sister-in-law, Kathleen (Jacob) Martens of Wausau, WI and many nieces, nephews and friends.  Dad would have wanted to say goodbye to his friends at the Highlands at Pittsford and to thank the staff at Aaron Manor in Fairport, NY for the compassion and care they gave him and his family during the last two months of his life. There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to join the family for a graveside service to be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville, NY on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, we suggest donations to the , or Marquette University.




Kenneth Bellows

November 28, 1926 ~ January 22, 2020

Kenneth O. Bellows, 93, of Wellsville, formerly of Scio, died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.  Born Nov. 28, 1926, in Knoxville, Pa., he was the son of Orren Wells and Luella Mary Clark Bellows. On Nov. 17, 1950, in the Nazarene Lutheran Church, Wilcox, Pa., he married the former Mary Margaret Eaton, who predeceased him on July 21, 2011.   A 1944 graduate of Wellsville Central School, he served honorably with the US Navy as a combat aircrewman during World War 2. For a number of years, he was associated with his father’s business, Bellows & Son Gunsmiths in Stannards, NY and Wilcox, Pa.  In 1964, he earned a degree in mathematics from St. Bonaventure University. He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville for 35 years. In 2001, he began working again as the Manager of Engineering Laboratories at Alfred University. In his employment, he worked as a machinist, tool and die maker, inventor, draftsman, designer, design engineer, field engineer, research and development engineer, design engineering supervisor, and engineering laboratories manager. He was the holder of seven U.S. patents.  In addition to Wellsville and Scio, he resided in Wilcox, Ridgway, Pa., and Jacksonville, Fla. Ken was a member of First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wellsville.   Surviving are five children, Jody Ray (Jenella) Bellows of Alfred, Douglas Wayne (Kathy) Bellows of Wellsville, Danny Arthur (Susan) Bellows of Lancaster, Marie Rene (David) Irving of Altamont, and David Orren (Vicky) Bellows of Hudson Falls; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a grandson, Aaron; and three brothers, Paul Bellows, Herbert Bellows, and Richard W. Bellows.   Friends may call at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wellsville on Saturday, April 18, 2020 from 9-11 a.m., with a Memorial Service following at 11 a.m. The Rev. William Willson will officiate. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery, where Military Rites will be accorded by members of Morrison B. Hayes American Legion Post #702. Memorials may be made to First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 470 North Main St., Wellsville, N.Y. 14895 



Margaret Baldwin-Booth

July 23, 1925 ~ December 4, 2019

Margaret “Peggy” Booth, 94, formerly of Brookside Community, West Henley Street, Olean, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2019) at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, following a brief illness.  Born July 23, 1925, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of William and Margaret Padden Baldwin. On June 28, 1947 in Wellsville, she married Frederick J. Booth, who predeceased her July 13, 1974.  Mrs. Booth was a graduate of Wellsville High School. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Olean.  She enjoyed taking care of her family, reading and her time at Brookside.  She is survived by a daughter, Marsha (Carl) Case of Allegany; three grandchildren, Amy (James) Himmelein of Hanover, Pa., Julie (Jeffrey) Gallo of Ijamsville, Md. and Christopher Case of Allegany; two great-grandchildren, Jimmy Himmelein and Lauren Gallo; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by five brothers, Ernest Baldwin, Edward “Pat” Baldwin, William “Mike” Baldwin, John Baldwin and Kenneth Baldwin; and three sisters, Teresa Crandall, Monica Rasmusson and Rosemary Guineau. Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville.Memorials if desired may be made to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.



Arthur Lewis Havens

April 13, 1926 ~ February 6, 2019

Arthur Lewis Havens, 92, of Wellsville, NY, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 in Wellsville Manor Care Center.  Born April 13, 1926, in Wellsville, he was the son of Mett and Lucy Swort Havens.  Art was a lifetime resident of Wellsville.   He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 74 years, Betty Halsey Havens; daughters, Glenn Louise (Jeffrey) Olsen of New Haven, IN, Genene Louise (Wayde) Wolbach of Virginia Beach, VA, and daughter-in-law, Darla Coats Havens of Wellsville; grandchildren, Andrew (Nikki) Havens, Jillian (Keith) Erwin, Anthony (Kelly) Havens, Melanie Wolbach, and Marvin Wolbach; seven great-grandchildren, Killian Groom, Greyson Havens, Destinee Power, Gary Havens II, Lydia Erwin, Katherine Erwin, and America Dodge.  In addition to his parents, Art was predeceased by his son, Gary Havens; a great-granddaughter, Andee Elaine Havens; and siblings, William Havens, Robert Havens, Jenny Crandall, Viola Winans, Lucietta Clark, Mildred Lowe, and Betty Jane Havens.  He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews who were important to him. He dearly loved his family!   Art worked many years at the Ford Garage which changed names four times. He retired from Dresser-Rand after 26 years and also drove school bus many years for Wellsville Central Schools.   He was a proud member of the Grant Duke Hose Company and this great love was passed down to his son, grandsons and granddaughters, and a great grandson. Betty reheated many a meal when Art returned from being at a fire. He was Fire Chief in 1972 during the flood caused by Hurricane Agnes. Art served on various committees at Trinity Lutheran and was always ready to lend a hand to anyone. He enjoyed working with wood and Betty would paint what he made. Always a team!   Friends may call at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 470 North Main St., Wellsville on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery on a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or the Grant Duke Hose Company.  The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Manor Hills where Art and Betty lived for 3½ years and also to the entire staff at Wellsville Manor where Art spent the last four months of his earthly life. These women and men showed love, compassion, and concern as well as professionalism. We also appreciate the visits by Pastor Willson and members of Trinity.



Edna Brandes-Lehman

March 11, 1927 ~ January 27, 2011




Charles Herbert Clark

June 15, 1926 ~ August 15, 1987




Anna Fanton-Brown

July 1, 1926 ~ October 3, 2017

Anna I. Brown, 91, of Hallsport Road, Wellsville, N.Y., died Tuesday (Oct. 3, 2017) in Wellsville Manor Care Center following a brief illness.  Born July 1, 1926, in the Town of Willing, N.Y., she was the daughter of Lewis A. and Mildred M. Buchholz Fanton. On Jan. 12, 1944, in Arlington, Va., she married Roy R. Brown, Jr., who predeceased her on July 21, 1990.   A graduate of Wellsville High School, she earned her LPN degree from Alfred State College. During World War II, she was employed by Worthington Turbine in Wellsville. She was employed as a waitress by the Texas Hot Restaurant and for many years as a LPN by Jones Memorial Hospital. In retirement, she worked as a home companion for area residents. Anna was a longtime member of the Willing Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary. She enjoyed time spent with her family and many friends.  Surviving are a daughter, Joann M. Ives of Wellsville; five grandchildren, Theresa M. (Wayne) Tedrow, Roy L. (Sue) Brown, Tammy I. (Scott) Stephens, Stacy (Jason) Ives, and Shelly C. (Jonathan Pawlak) Lall; 17 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Rev. Roy R. Brown, III; a daughter, Mari Lou Lall; sisters, Pauline Clestia Fanton and Luella Leona Fanton; and brothers, Robert Eugene Fanton and Ralph Lewis Fanton.  Friends may call Thursday (Oct. 5, 2017) from 7-9 p.m. at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, N.Y., where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. The Rev. Gene N. Miller, Pastor of the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Hallsport Union Cemetery, Town of Willing. Memorials may be made to the Willing Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary or a local charity of the donor’s choice.




Marion Jeanne Coats-Rice

October 3, 1927 ~ October 26, 2013




Marilyn Dickson-Liebenguth

June 1, 1926 ~ January 7, 2019

Marilyn “Mouse” Liebenguth a longtime resident of Larchmont passed away on January 7, 2019 at the age of 92. Beloved wife of the late Bud (Jacques). Loving mother of Catherine O’Keefe (William), John Liebenguth (Nancy), David Liebenguth (Margaret) and Mark Liebenguth. Cherished grandmother of Bonnie, Dana, Jack, Katey and Ginny. Dear sister of the late Jane Dickson Rathbone Hungerford. Memorial service Wednesday January 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church 4 Fountain Square Larchmont, New York 10538. Interment is private.  In lieu of flowers donations to Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation , 804 W. Diamond Ave. Suite 210 Gaithersburg, MD 20878




James Robert McGinnis

August 18, 1926 ~ February 23, 2017

James “Jim” Robert McGinnis, 90, of Houston, Texas, passed away, Thursday, February 23, 2017 surrounded by his family.  A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, March 3th, at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 3131 El Dorado Blvd, Houston, TX 77059. Burial will follow at Forest Park Cemetery in Webster, TX. Friends may visit from 6:00pm until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, March 2rd, at the Crowder Funeral Home, Webster, TX.  Jim was born August, 1926 in Hammond, Indiana to Florence and James McGinnis. Jim was raised in Wellsville, NY and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1944. Immediately upon graduation, Jim enlisted in the US Navy and served in both the Atlantic and Pacific.  Jim attended Fordham University and graduated in 1950. Upon graduation, he was recalled to serve in the Korean War.  Upon completion of his military service, Jim married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Ann Sullivan in New York City on February 22, 1952.  Jim and Betty moved to Houston, TX after their wedding where Jim started his career in the Petrochemical industry. Over the next 36 years, Jim worked in many roles during his career including Denka Chemical Co.  Jim retired in 1988 and became an avid golfer and loved his time on the golf course with friends.  Jim and Betty enjoyed travel during their retirement, including a trip to Dad’s beloved Ireland.  Jim also loved cooking and was always a wonderful host.  Jim’s love of Notre Dame football, sense of humor, sarcasm and generous heart will be missed by all who knew and loved him.  Jim and Betty raised five children and were very active and involved in the lives of their five grandchildren and one great grandchild. Some of the grandchildren’s favorite memories are of Jim dressing up as Santa Claus, swinging with Grandpa in the tree swings and their morning trips to the donut shop.  Jim is survived by his wife of 65 years, daughter, Nancy McGinnis, Sons, Brian, Kevin and Tim.  Daughter in law, Stephanie McGinnis and grandchildren and great grandchild, Jennifer, Jill Resendez, Audrey, Nathan, Sam and Mason Resendez.  Jim was preceded in death by his son Patrick McGinnis, parents, brother, Ray McGinnis and sisters, Anna Mae Arnold, Florence Durke, and Marcella Richardson.




Betty Hanchett-Windus

January 5, 1926 ~ October 13, 2017

Betty Jean Windus, 91, of Wellsville, N.Y., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday (Oct. 13, 2017) in Hart Comfort House, Wellsville.     Born Jan. 5, 1926, at home in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Clarence and Rhea Marsh Hanchett, Sr. On Feb. 26, 1949, in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church on Pearl Street in Wellsville, she married Donald C. Windus, who survives.  Betty Jean, or Jean as most knew her, was a 1944 graduate of Wellsville High School. She attended Robert Packer Hospital School of Nursing, Sayre, Pa. She was very proud to be in the last graduating class of the Nurse Cadet Corps in 1948. From 1949 through 1970, she was employed as a Registered Nurse by Jones Memorial Hospital in the surgical and maternity departments. Along with her husband, Donald, she was a member of the Riverside Assembly of God Church in Wellsville, where she enjoyed several years teaching Sunday school and leading Bible studies. Jean and Don resided for 50 plus years on the Back River Road in Belmont prior to moving to Wellsville in 2006. In addition to family gatherings, she enjoyed rummage sales, gardening, watching and feeding birds, and word find puzzles.  Surviving besides her husband of 68 years, Donald, are four children, Ellen Harris of Candor, N.Y., Kimberly (Warren) Dickerson of Belmont, Philip (Louise) Windus of Belmont, and Marjorie (Louie) Smith, Jr. of Scio; her youngest brother, Alan James Hanchett of Wellsville; nine grandchildren, Connee Dickerson, Joseph Dickerson, Marsha Windus, Craig (Tamera) Windus, Jody Chalker, Bronson Harris, Sara (Shawn) Mahoney, Erin (Dana) Willett, and Adam Trivisondoli; five great-grandchildren, Noah Windus, Evan Windus, Haley Windus, Wyatt Willett, and Madyson Mahoney; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her oldest brother, Clarence Hanchett, Jr. and his wife, Ursula Hanchett; and a sister-in-law, Doris Hanchett.  Friends may call at Riverside Assembly of God Church, Wellsville, N.Y., on Thursday (Oct. 19, 2017) from 1-3 p.m., with Funeral Services following at 3 p.m. Pastor Fred Francisco and Pastor John Francisco will co-officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hart Comfort House, 151 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.




Richard R. Babcock

January 11, 1926 ~ February 27, 2017

US Army Air Force WW2

Richard R. Babcock, Sr., 91, of Lancaster, died on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Pickering House. He was retired from Life of Virginia, a WW II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, a life member of the American Legion, a Kiwanian, and an active member of St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Richard is survived by his wife, Rebecca Babcock; daughter, Linda (Bruce) Tipton of Florida; sons, Richard (Kriss) Babcock, Jr. of Lancaster, Charles Babcock of New York, and John (Tanya) Babcock of Columbus; grandchildren, Amity (Jack) Lynch, Jeremy Tipton, and Ashley (Aaron) Baker; great grandchildren, E.J. and Oliver Lynch brothers, Charles Babcock and Dan (Nancy) Babcock; and sisters, Francelia Hamlin and Barbara Dunn.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mildred Babcock; and brothers, David Babcock and James Babcock. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 11th at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 134 N. Broad St, Lancaster, Ohio with Reverend William Pursley officiating. A reception will follow the service in the church undercroft. Caring Cremation through the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home, Lancaster and private burial in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.  Memorials may be given to St. John’s Episcopal Church or to a charity of the donors choice.




Bruce Reuning

April 7, 1926 ~ February 5, 2016

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Bruce W. Reuning, age 89, of 97 East Pearl Street passed away on Friday, February 5, 2016 at the Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Wellsville on April 7, 1926 to Henry J. and Mildred Reuning II. On August 4, 1948 he married the love of his life Virginia “Ginnie” Serio who predeceased him on August 14, 2005. Bruce was a lifelong resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville High School in 1944. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII serving as a belly gunner on B 17 flying fortresses. Bruce started working for his family at the former Reuning’s Bakery. When the bakery closed Bruce went to work for a short period of time for Turbodyne and later owned and operated the Sears Catalog store on Main Street. Bruce was a 69 year member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495 where he served as Exalted Ruler, long time secretary and faithful member of the Breakfast Crew. As an Elk Bruce went on to be District Deputy and New York State Vice President. Bruce, at the encouragement of his great friend Jim Cretekos, served a term as Village of Wellsville Trustee, a term as Allegany County Legislator and was an Election Commissioner for Allegany County. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, American Legion Post #702 and the L.O.P.E.s. Bruce will be missed by Gus Rigas and the Group at the morning meetings in the Texas Hot Restaurant and Tuesday Night dinner meetings with Art and Jim. Bruce and Ginnie enjoyed dancing and socializing with their many friends and especially golfing with Dar and Betty Barnes. Bruce was very proud of his German Heritage, the American flag and his Reuning baking tradition has been passed down to his son and grandchildren. Bruce was also proud that he and Jim Cretekos where able to venture to Europe on the Band of Brothers Tour. Bruce was never shy about sharing his opinion, the day before he passed he shared this with his son Tom “you have to make your spice cooks thinner and don’t bake them as long”. Survivors include his son Thomas (Nancy) Reuning of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren Jennifer, Kevin and Katherine as well as several nieces and nephews.   Bruce was predeceased by his parents, his step mother Ethel, his mother and father in law, Joseph and Josephine Serio, his wife Ginnie, his son James, his brother Jack and his 2 sisters Roberta Rugaber and Mary Ellen Gould Perry. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 11, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer Service will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Memorials may be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital or to the Elks Scholarships or to the David A. Howe Library. Burial with full military honors will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery.


 Lloyd “Sam” Lamphier

July 17, 1926 ~ January 17, 2016

Lloyd “Sam” Lamphier, 89, of 1852 Petrolia Hill Road, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2016 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 17, 1926 in Wellsville, the son of the late Elmer and Eva (Chandler) Lamphier. On June 25, 1955 in Fredonia he married Lois M. Winkelman who predeceased him on February 19, 2008.Sam was a veteran of WW II serving with the U. S. Army. He was employed as a Layout Man for C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville for 32 years; retiring in 1988. He was a founding member of the Petrolia Hose Company # 2. He enjoyed spending time outdoors with family and friends, fishing at his pond and visiting with his neighbors. He is survived by a son, Larry (Ellen) Lamphier of Wellsville, two daughters, Michelle (Tom) Dundar and Lanette (Dave) Pye, both of Wellsville, 10 grandchildren, Amanda (Nate) Mitchell, Ashley (Don) Sobon, Samuel Lamphier, Shane Dunbar, Dylan Dunbar, Danielle Lamphier, Samantha Lamphier, Ethan Lamphier, Joshua Pye and Jessica Pye, several great grandchildren, a sister, Freida Ballerstein of Wellsville, a brother, Howard Lamphier of Wellsville, and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters, Florence Gaylord, Helen Lamphier, Ruth McDowell and Ella Nicholson.Friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 24th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 3:00 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home with Diane Cox presiding. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Petrolia Hose Company # 2.




 Bette L. Morris-Burnside

October 15, 1925 ~ August 11, 2009

Bette L. Burnside of State Street passed away on Tuesday August 11, 2009 at the Robert Packer Medical Center. She was born on October 15, 1925 in Port Allegany, PA. to Ernest and Clara Van Ness Morris. In 1942 she married Bruce Burnside who predeceased her in January of 2003. Bette attended school in Mansfield, PA. and in Wellsville, NY. After her marriage she continued her education while her husband was in the service in Tullahoma, TN., Las Vegas, NV. and in Greensboro, NC. She was active in Sunday School, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Bette enjoyed gardening, Crocheting, embroidery, sewing and cooking and was a member of the Mills Union Church.   She is survived by: four children; nine grandchildren; nineteen grandchildren; two brothers, Ernest (Eloise) Morris Jr. of Westfield, PA. and Duane (Jean) Morris of Hemet, CA.; several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by two sisters Gloria Pratt and Stella Shutt.   Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held on Saturday August 15, 2009 in the Mills Union Church off of Route 49 in Mills, PA. with Rev. Lowell Watkins presiding. Memorials in Bette’s name may be made to either the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association.




Joseph R. Anderson

September 21, 1926 ~ June 11, 2012

US Navy – WW2


Joseph R. Anderson, 85, of 29 Crescent Drive died Monday, June 11, 2012 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born at home September 21, 1926 at 80 Dyke Street in Wellsville the son of the late Leo P. and Mary (Shine) Anderson. On June 3, 1950 in Friendship he married Marjorie Hewitt who survives.    He was a graduate on the Immaculate Conception School and Wellsville High School class of 1944. He was a veteran of WW II serving with the U. S. Navy aboard the USS Oyster Bay from December 19, 1944 to August 15, 1946. He was employed as a cable splicer for 39 years with New York Telephone, retiring in 1988. He was an active member of the Dyke Street Engine Company # 2 for 60 years, where he served as President and Captain. He was the Fire Chief of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department from 1973 to 1975, Past President of the Allegany County Fireman’s Association and Past President of the Southwestern Fireman’s Association. He was a member of Telephone Pioneers, the American Legion post 702, the VFW Post 2530 and the Wellsville Country Club.    While serving as 1st Assistant Fire Chief, during the Flood of 72, he helped rescue several people by boat and personally witnessed the wing of Jones Memorial Hospital fall into the Genesee River. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, golfing and was an avid Yankees fan. In 1962 he built his own house with the help of this cousin, Virgil Goodridge.    Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Denise (John) Richardson and Nancy (Jerome) Hart both of Wellsville, four grandchildren, Traci (Walter) Embser, Brian (Kim Rice) Richardson, Jerome Hart II and Elizabeth Hart, two great grandchildren, Eleanor Ann Embser and Zoe McKenna Richardson, one Sister, Eleanor Anderson Driscoll, in-laws, Wendell and Roxanne Hewitt as well as several nieces & nephews.    Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 15, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Sean DiMaria as Celebrant. Burial, with military honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Dyke Street Engine Company, Hart Comfort House or the Immaculate Conception School.




 Norma Jean Geiss-Geoppner-Gardner

July 28, 1926 ~ October 6, 2013

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Norma Jean Geoppner Gardner, 87, of 160 Seneca Street passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born July 28, 1926 in Youngstown, Ohio the daughter of the late John A. and Isabel J. (Guthrie) Geiss. On February 2, 1949 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wellsville, she married William John Geoppner Jr. who predeceased her on January 4, 1999. On October 18, 2000 she married Robert G. Gardner who predeceased her on February 16, 2005.Norma was a 1944 Graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Rider College in Trenton, NJ. She and Bill raised their family at 281 N. Main Street and she also resided at 153 W. State Street in Wellsville before moving to the Highland Health Care Center. She began her career at the First Trust Union Bank in Wellsville in 1964 and retired in 1984 as the Assistant Vice President for Student Loans and the Consumer Credit Department. She was a member of the Wellsville Country Club for over 30 years and St. John’s Episcopal Church.She is survived by two sons, Daniel (Rita) Geoppner of Wellsville and William (Sally) Geoppner of Angelica, four grandsons, Alex, Jason, Jeremy and Christopher Geoppner and one granddaughter, Anne Campbell, seven great grandchildren, three stepsons, Robert, Steve and Donald Gardner, three stepdaughters, Sherry Andrews, Sandy Macrone and Mary Ruch, and a devoted friend, Gail Wolcott of Scio. She was predeceased by a stepson. Brian Gardner on August 30, 2008.A private graveside ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery is being planned for a later date and there will be on prior visitation. Memorial donations in Norma’s memory are suggested to the David A. Howe Public Library or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.




 Marguerite A. Sekoll-Maxwell

February 12, 1927 ~ October 20, 2013

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Doris Hornburg-Burton

February 3, 1927 ~ October 24, 2013

Doris Hornburg Burton, age 86, of John Street passed away on Thursday, October 24, at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. She was born on February 3, 1927 in Wellsville to Walter and Ruth Hornburg. On October 10, 1958 she married Lou L. Burton Sr. who predeceased her on December 1, 1991.   Doris graduated from Wellsville High School and was employed as a secretary at the Wellsville High School until she left to start a family. She later was on the Allegany County Board of Elections. Doris enjoyed gardening and bird watching. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belmont and the Allegany County Bird Club.   Doris is survived by 2 sons, Michael L. Burton and Lisa Smyers off Wellsville and William C. (Valerie) Burton of Belmont; Her grandchildren, Erienne, Eric, Cassidy, Kendall, Will and Haley; Her sister Helen Hornburg Link; a nephew, Gary (Nancy) Link of Wellsville and a niece, Linda (Arnold) Hurd of Wellsville; special friends , Mary Jordan and Barbara and Bart Bartholamew.   Friends are invited to call on Monday, October 28, from 11 am to 1 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Her funeral service will take place at 1 pm following the calling hours with Reverend Richard Hurd presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Doris’s name may be made to either the Hart Comfort House or the SPCA of Allegany County.




Genevra Harder-Miller

1926 ~ November 6, 2008

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 Marilyn Kaiser-McCarthy

October 29, 1926 ~ September 14, 2008

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 Mary Rose Lauzze-Seely

January 5, 1925 ~ September 29, 2009

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 Robert E. Sick

February 14, 1926 ~ October 13, 2009

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 Richard E. Neal

July 23, 1926 ~ August 15, 2008

US Navy – WW2

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 Anna Pellicani-DeLucia

February 3, 1925 ~ February 6, 2015


Anna M. DeLucia, 90, of Bradford, passed away on Friday (Feb. 6, 2015) at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.  She was born on Feb. 3, 1925, in Driftwood, a daughter of the late Nicola and Maria LaMonica Pellicani.  She was a 1944 graduate of the Wellsville High School, Wellsville, N.Y.  On April 12, 1947, in the St. Bernard Catholic Church, she married Elmer F. DeLucia, who survives.  She was a member of the St. Bernard Catholic Church, the Catholic Women’s Club and a former member of the St. Bernard Resurrection Choir and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Choir. She was a former vice president of the Festa Italiana committee and former president of the Maceratese club. She volunteered at the Bradford Area Public Library, the Bradford Landmark Society, a literacy volunteer and she was a longtime Girl Scout troop leader.   In addition to her husband of 67 years, Elmer F. DeLucia of Bradford, she is also survived by one son, Nick (Patricia) DeLucia of Preston Park; three daughters, Joanne DeLucia of Placitas, N.M., Lisa (Lee Johnson) DeLucia of Leominster, Mass. and Christina DeLucia of Hamden, Conn.; two grandsons, Peter (Lori) DeLucia of Endwell, N.Y., and Paul Kruse of Chapel Hill, N.C.; one granddaughter, Maria (Peter) Evans of Knox, N.Y.; one great-grandson, Nicholas DeLucia of Endwell, N.Y.; two great-granddaughters, Myla Evans and Cora Evans, both of Knox, N.Y., and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by one brother, Alfonso Pellicani and one sister, Theresa Willits.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mascho Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at the St. Bernard Catholic Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata as celebrant.  Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Bradford Area Public Library, 67 West Washington St., Bradford, PA  16701; or the Bradford Landmark Society, 45 East Corydon St., Bradford, PA  16701.



 Bayard Cobb Tuller

September 14, 1926 ~ January 20, 1990




 Audrey Louise Cary-Robinson

May 21, 1926 ~ October 22, 2004




 Darwin Eldyn Lewis

May 5, 1923 ~ April 22, 2007





 Marilyn Walker-Ruger

1927 ~ October 15, 2010

Marilyn W. Ruger, 84, of Orange City, Fla.. and a longtime summer resident of Blue Hill, Maine, died on Friday (Oct. 15, 2010), following a long battle with the effects of major surgery.  Marilyn is survived by her husband, Stan; sons, John and partner Dee Knisley of Blue Hill, Maine, and Rod of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren, Charlie of Washington, D.C., and Katie of Beverly Hills, Mich.; and her brother and wife of Wellsville, Rick and Ellie Walker; and several nieces and nephews.  Marilyn and Stan had just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.  Marilyn was born in Wellsville graduated from high school there. She was a graduate of the University of Buffalo. During her life, she was first a devoted mother and wife, while belonging to many organizations, and both worked and volunteered with the New York State Health Department. Marilyn was both a tennis player and golfer and belonged to the Blue Hill CC and, for a time, to the Kollegewidgwok YC in Blue Hill. Memorial services will be arranged at a later date.




 Fern Cornelius-Graves

December 13, 1926 ~ February 20, 1992




 Leda Fanton-Dennis

April 14, 1926 ~ December 17, 1988




 Virginia M. Serio-Reuning

February 2, 1927 ~ August 14, 2005

Virginia “Ginnie” Reuning, of 97 East Pearl Street, passed away at Jones Memorial Hospital on Sunday August 14, 2005 after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was born February 3, 1927 in Wellsville to Joseph and Josephine Jordan Serio. On August 4, 1948 she married Bruce W. Reuning who survives. Ginnie was a life long resident of Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1944. She was a secretary for Worthington Corporation, Bob Fleischer, Donald Hauselt, Gus Rigas and retired from First Trust Union Bank. She was a faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Church and was past president of the Wellsville Lady Elks. Ginnie was a fun loving and compassionate person who loved her friends and especially her family. Her hobbies include gardening, flowers, crossword puzzles, cooking shows, her coffee group and socializing. Ginnie’s true passion and love was her family especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed any opportunity to entertain them, especially at Christmas, and no one left her house on Sunday with out a good meal and sound advice. She will be sadly missed by them and all who knew her. Surviving besides her husband are a son Thomas [Nancy] Reuning of Wellsville: 3 grandchildren Jennifer Reuning of Rochester, Kevin and Kate Reuning of Wellsville and a great granddaughter Angelena : 2 aunts : several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her son B. James Reuning.. Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Thursday there will be a prayer service at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home followed a Mass of Christian Burial to celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, American Cancer Society or to the donor’s choice.




 Rathbone Wells Stout

June 3, 1926 ~ February 10, 2004

R. WELLS STOUT, age 77 of Wellsville,NY and Green Valley, AZ passed away peacefully at home on February 10, 2004. He was born on June 3, 1926 in Wellsville, the son of Wayne and Mildred (Wells) Stout. On October 17, 1947 in Cuba, NY he married Jeanne Mullin, who predeceased him on March 18, 1988. He was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Dickinson Junior College, and Syracuse University. He served in the US Navy during World War II. After graduation he returned home to run Stout Insurance Agency, founded by his father. He later merged with Brown Insurance Agency retiring from Brown & Stout in 1987. He was a former Allegany County Republican Chairman and a New York State Election Commissioner. He also served as Wellsville Town Republican Chairman; Republican County Committeeman; Administrative Assistant to Assemblyman Frank Walkley; Assistant Sergeant of Arms to the New York State Assembly; Assistant to State Chairman at National Republican Convention in 1972; Delegate at Large to Republican National Convention in 1976 and a former Allegany County Election Commissioner. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, a Life Member of the Wellsville Lions Club with 50 years of perfect attendance, a member of the Elks Club, and a Thirty-Second Degree Mason. He also belonged to the American Legion, The Moose Club and the Wellsville Country Club. He is survived by his children Susan Stout of Wellsville, Sally (William) Orband of Binghamton, Kathryn (Thomas) Kennel of Rochester, Tracy (Roy) Sherman of Columbia, TN Steven (Donna) Stout of Wellsville and by his loving companion, Bonnie O’Hara and her children Deborah O’Hara and Jack O’Hara. He was a loving grandfather to Margaret Middaugh, Michael Middaugh, Jonathan Middaugh, Elizabeth Orband, Julie Orband, Megan Orband, Allison (John) Comeau, Geoffrey Gardner, Stephanie (Nick) Viglietta, Sara Stout, Kelly Stout, and Alice Rose Sherman, a granddaughter in-law, Rebecca Middaugh, and 7 great-grandchildren, his sisters Phyllis Stout of Ithaca, Hilda (Loyd) Thompson of Rochester, and Helen (Carl) Munro of Jackson Springs NC, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother: Carlton Stout and a grandson, Thomas Middaugh. Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The Wellsville Lions will conduct a service at 6:45pm and the Wellsville Elks Lodge will conduct a service at 8:45pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Eugene Ulrich at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville on Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 9:00 am. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. Donations may be made to Home Care & Hospice, Wellsville or to a charity of the donor’s choice.




 Gertrude Marie Atkins-Irvin

March 13, 1925 ~ September 24, 2007

Gertrude Marie Atkins Irvin, 82, of 407 N. Clark St. and a former Bolivar resident, passed away on Monday (Sept. 24, 2007) at home after a courageous battle with cancer.




 Bernice Jean Madison-Mann

February 13, 1927 ~ August 7, 2013

Bernice J. Mann, 86, of Main Street, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday (Aug. 7, 2013) shortly after arrival at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. Born in Belfast, Feb. 13, 1927, the daughter of Glen and Ida Dolph Madison, she had resided nearly all her life in the Wellsville, Hornell and Canisteo areas. Bernice was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Class of 1944, and had been employed as a clerk at the former Fishers Grocery, and Wilkinson’s 5 & 10 both in Canisteo. She was employed as a bookkeeper at the former Canisteo Furniture and Appliance as well as the former First State Bank in Canisteo. She was a member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church where she had served as treasurer for several years. She was a member and past matron of both the former Greenwood Chapter, Order of Eastern Star as well as the Jasper Chapter #652, Order Of Eastern Star, where she had also served as chapter treasurer. She was a member of the Canisteo Grange as well as the former South Hornell Grange, a trustee of the Greenwood Cemetery Association where she had also served as secretary/treasurer. She was active in the Greenwood Community, was former tax collector for the Town of Hartsville, as well as Tax Collector for the Greenwood School District. She was predeceased by 4 sisters, Infant Evva Mae Madison, Flora Lounsberry, Blanche Gulliver and Alice Layfield Herland; 2 brothers, Taylor Madison and William Madison; and her son, Donald Mann in 1995. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Lloyd Mann of Greenwood; 4 daughters, Connie Mann, Judy (Jim) Cheney of Utah, Laurie (John) Cheesman of West Bloomfield, and Carol Mann of Greenwood; 2 sons, David Mann of Greenwood and Terry (Patricia) Mann of Andover; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Honoring Bernice’s wishes, there will be no calling hours.. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday (Aug. 17, 2013) at the Greenwood United Methodist Church. Pastors Dan and Peggy Knopf will officiate. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Greenwood Ambulance Corp., the Greenwood United Methodist Church or to the charity of the donor’s choice in her memory.




 Edith Beatrice Knowles-Morgan

March 13, 1925 ~ November 24, 2006




 Albert “Bud” Couchenour

 December 25, 1926 ~ November 24, 2007

Albert H. ‘‘Bud’’ Couchenour, Jr., 80, of 142 Marion St., died at 6:25 p.m. Saturday November 24, 2007 in WCA Hospital.He was born December 25, 1926, in McKeesport, Pa., a son of Albert and Cora Baker Couchenour, Sr.  He was a US Navy veteran of WWII. Until 1959 he worked with his parents, who owned and  operated Benders Pancake
Shop and Motel. He was later employed by Quality Markets, Lakewood Super Duper as store manager and Stateside Motors as a salesman.He loved traveling, cooking, crossword puzzles, trout fishing and spending time with his family. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, the former Margaret Jean Steele, whom he married January 19, 1944; four children: Richard (Diane) Couchenour of Jamestown, Terence Couchenour of Busti, Patricia (David) Boardman of Frewsburg and Beth (Pete) Jones of Suwannee, Ga; nine grandchildren: Richard C. Couchenour of Charlotte, N.C., Terence Couchenour II of Jamestown, Christian Couchenour of Ashville, Mark Boardman of Frewsburg, Michelle McNeal of Jamestown, Dawn Strother of Lakewood, Debra Herbstsomer of Mt Airey, Md., Megan and Hannah Jones, both of Suwannee, Ga.; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Evelyn Northrup of Jamestown. He was preceded in death by a son, Craig R. Couchenour, and great grandchildren Corrina and Cassidy Boardman.  A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 4840 West Lake Rd., Mayville, 14757.




 Francis M. Jones

March 26, 1924 ~ May 1, 2004





 John J. Dorsey

March 10, 1928 ~ September 4, 2003

Of Burlington formerly of Wellsville, NY, September 4. Son of the late John and Lydia. Brother of the late Mildred. Funeral services will be held at the Edward V. Sullivan Funeral Home, 43 Winn Street, BURLINGTON (exit 34 off Rt. 128, Woburn side) Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1:30 p.m. Visiting hours will be Sunday from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in the Stannards Cemetery, Willing NY on Tues. Sept. 9. Please omit flowers. Memorials in John’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701. 




 Robert H. Baldwin

June 21, 1926 ~ July 18, 2004




 Marion Elliott-Harris

May 3, 1927 ~ November 18, 1979




 Albert A. Brown

December 4, 1924 ~ April 13, 2011

US Army – WW2

Albert A. Brown, 86, of Warren, PA. died Wednesday evening, April 13,2011 at St. Vincent Health Care Center, Erie, PA. He was born December 4, 1924 in Spring Mills, NY to the late Albert and Katherine Brown. He was a graduate of Wellsville High School,Wellsville, NY. He has resided in Warren since 1992 and was a former resident of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Albert had served with the U.S. Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant, Company “A” 68th Armored Infantry, 14th Armored Division. He had served under General Patton’s 3rd Army in Italy, Germany and France. He received a purple heart, Bronze Star, European Theater Ribbon. Albert had worked in the Oil Field of Bradley Producing Wells for 20 years. He owned and operated a lounge in Whitesville, NY for 12 years and also a lounge Portville, NY. He was employed with the Corp of Commissioners in Kingston, Ontario, Canada for 4 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and bowling. He was a member of the Wellsville V.F.W., Warren American Legion Post 135, Warren Moose Lodge 109 and the Warren Eagles Aerie Club. He is survived by his wife, Frances Falber Olowin Brown whom he married in 1992, 2 Daughters Bonnie McCullough of Georgia, Debbie Miller of Whitesville, NY, 6 Grandchildren, 2 Great Grandchildren, 1 Brother Clifford Brown of Wellsville, NY, 1 Stepson Kenneth Olowin (Jane) of  Erie, PA., 1 Stepdaughter  Renee Samuelson of Sheffield, PA., 6 Step grandchildren, 5 Stepgreat Grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Ellison Brown, 1 Sister Bertha Stevens, 1 Brother Donald Brown. Friends may call at St. Joseph R.C. Church, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue West, Warren, PA. on Saturday from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 P.M. when a memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted with Rev. Fr. Richard Toohey, Pastor, officiating. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through St.Joseph Church Educational Center Fund or a Charity of one’s choice.




Darwin K. Barnes

February 5, 1925 ~ May 9, 2005

Darwin K. Barnes, 80, of 65 Early Street, passed away on Monday May 9, 2005 at home. He was born February 5, 1925 in Scio the son of Homer and Anna (Norton) Barnes. He was a graduate of Wellsville High School, attended Manlius Military Academy, Alfred State College and served with the U.S. Navy. On November 13, 1948 in Wellsville he married Betty Hambridge who survives. He was employed most of his life in the construction business as a Superintendent and Estimator for Hornell Construction Company, A. L. Blades of Hornell, NY, L.C. Whitford Company of Wellsville and most recently Wayne Paving & Contracting of Shinglehouse, PA until his retirement in 2004. He was an avid sportsman and traveler, a member of St. John Episcopal Church in Wellsville, the Wellsville Elks Lodge # 1495, the Morrison Hayes America Legion Post # 702, the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW, the Six S Golf Club and the People to People Citizens Ambassador Program. Through this program he traveled to Russia, Sibera, the Republic of China, Australia and New Zealand. Surviving in addition to his wife Betty are 3 daughters, Ann O’Donnell of Farmington, Gail (Dan) Bell of Petaluma, CA and Nancy (Dale) Sherwood of Victor, NY. He is also survived by three grandsons, Jeffrey and Scott Sherwood, Matthew Bell, 2 sisters, Earsol Mattison and Rena Cowles of Wellsville, 2 sister in laws, Gertrude Barnes of Allegany and Rowena Barnes of Wellsville and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by 3 brothers, Norton, Arthur and Gerald Barnes, 2 sisters, Gladys Waldon and Evelyn Rhodes and his Step father Howard Trowbridge. Friends are invited to a memorial service on Thursday May 12th at 11:00 am at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wellsville with Rev. Dawn Barrett presiding. There will be no prior visitation, burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorial suggestions include a charity of the donor’s choice.




Betty Hambridge-Barnes

March 30, 1927 ~ October 11, 2011



Lois Margaret Alsworth-Travis

March 7, 1926 ~ August 16, 2008

Lois M. Travis, On August 16, 2008, age 82. Originally from Wellsville, NY, Lois eventually settled in Rochester where she worked for 20 years for the NYS Dept. of Taxation & Finance before retiring in 1991. Lois is survived by her six beloved children, Susan (Ronald) Kuehne, Patricia (Gus) Bouros of Toronto, Barbara Travis, David (Mary Lou) Travis, Daniel (Charlene) Travis of South Carolina and Tamara Jones; 12 grandchildren, Michele (Richard) Holcomb, Lisa (Ben) Arnold, South Carolina, Brian (Daniela) Kuehne of Florida, Christopher (Annette) Omeluch, Jon Bouros of Toronto, Traci Travis of South Carolina, Christine (Steve Vierra) Cruz, Michael (Ricki) Travis of Tennessee, Scott Kuehne of Florida, Vicki Bouros of Toronto, Sarah (Jeff Wight) and Andrew Travis. Also survived by 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Alsworth of Rushville; nieces, Dawn (Jim) Youmans of Wellsville and Linda (Gary) Vogel of Rushville. Predeceased by her brother, Hollister Alsworth and sister, Jane VonLotta.  Funeral Services were held August 20 at Cross Point Free Methodist Church, Hilton. Contributions can be made to the American Lung or American Heart Association in her memory.




Robert Flanagan

May 17, 1927 ~ December 5, 1994

robert flanagan 1944




Joan Frances Walther-Ryan

November 12, 1926 ~ October 3, 1992

joan walther 1944




Robert Voorhees

March 28, 1925 ~ July 21, 1996




Edgar Charles Hamlin

January 24, 1925 ~ October 8, 2014

Edgar C. Hamlin, 69, of South Broad Street, passed away Wednesday (Oct. 8, 2014) in Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, following a long illness.  He was born Jan. 24, 1925, in Canton, Ohio, a son of Sloat T. and Easther Walden Hamlin. In February 1947, he was married to Francelia Babcock, who survives him.  He was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville area and had attended Wellsville High School. He retired from Dresser-Rand Corp. in Wellsville after 39 1/2 years of service.  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville, Wellsville American Legion Post No. 702 and International Association of Machinist Local No. 1580 Lodge.  He enjoyed time spent with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as wells as gardening and taking his dogs for walks.  Surviving besides his wife are a daughter, Linda (John) Emerson of Bloomington, Ind.; two sons, William (Gloria) Hamlin and Timothy Hamlin, both of Wellsville; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Donald; and a sister-in-law, Maxine.  Friends may call Monday (Oct. 13, 2014) at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, from 1 to 3 p.m., at which time services will be held with the Rev. Greg DeSalvatore, officiating. Following will be full military rites rendered by members of Wellsville Post No. 702. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville or to a charity of the donor’s choice.



Dale Artemus Linza

March 9, 1926 ~ July 7, 1983




James Victor Fulmer

January 16, 1926 ~ September 21, 2003

US Navy – WW2, Korea

Mr. Fulmer, of Wellsville, a Navy veteran of WW II and Korea, was co-owner of Brown & Stout Insurance Agency. He was a son of Oliver & Helen Harder Tomlinson. He was a member of the 1943 Wellsville undefeated football team and person of the year for the Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife, Elaine Abercrombie Fulmer, whom he married Oct. 15, 1949 in Baltimore; 4 children, James (Marjorie) Fulmer, Janice (John) Shively, Lynn Fulmer and John (Lisa) Fulmer and 6 grandchildren.




Ingrid Kristina “Inky” Karlsson-Barnes

January 5, 1926 ~ February 17, 2014

Ingrid Kristina “Inky” Barnes, age 88, a native of Wellsville, NY and a resident of Daphne, AL, passed away Monday, February 17, 2014. Inky was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Daphne. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Wagner College, Staten Island, NY. Inky was also the church secretary at St. John’s Evangelist Catholic Church for 15 years. Mrs. Barnes was preceded in death by her husband Donald E. Barnes. She is survived by her daughter, Debra René (Joseph) Hemmerich of Sparta, WI; sons, Brian David Karlsson-Barnes of Boston, MA, Douglas Mark (Margie) Barnes of Loxley, AL; sisters, Maj Britt of Willow Street, PA, Inga Britt of New Berlin, NY; four grandchildren, Josh (Nikki) Hemmerich, Jessica (Kyle) Erickson, Kristina Barnes, Stephan Barnes; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. A celebration of life memorial service was held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 11:00 am. Interment will be in Jubilee Memorial Gardens at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.




John Frederick “Jack” Gardner

April 15, 1927 ~ March 28, 2008

John F. “Jack” Gardner, 81, of Indianapolis, Indiana, died on March 28, 2008, at his home in Indianapolis.  Mr. Gardner graduated from Wellsville High School in 1944, and from Alfred University in 1949. He played basketball in high school and college. Jack played a percussion instrument in a Dance Band during the 1940’s. He excelled in the game of golf and he was an avid IU and Cincinnati Reds fan.  He worked at Ingram-Richardson from 1955-1974 as a Ceramic Engineer. He then worked for C.C.C. in Florence, Kentucky as Plant Manager from 1978-1986. He retired from A.O. Smith in Research and Development in 1998. Jack was a member of Past President of Toast Masters, Former Scot Master, attended Florence and Southport United Methodist Churches. Jack was born April 15, 1926 in Wellsville, New York, and his parents were James M. and Marie Myers Gardner. He married Margaret F. Hamblin on July 10, 1953, and she preceded him in death on December 9. 2005. Survivors include one son, John R. “Jack” (Diana) Gardner of Marion, Indiana; and one daughter, Marilyn Jean (Tim) Cummins of Greenwood, Indiana; one sister, Jean Brady of Utah; four grandchildren, Tegan and Tyra Cummins and Eric and Ryan Gardner. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Burial will be in Bunnell Cemetery.




 Dolores Kathlyn Allen

April 17, 1924 ~ January 25, 1963




Richard F. Tompkins

August 14, 1926 ~ December 5, 2008

Age: 82 years, Son of Florence Tompkins, Husband of Ruth Anne (Canfield) Tompkins.  Town Justice, for the town of Willing for 49 years & the town of Independence.  Military Service:  F 1 U.S. NAVY – WORLD WAR II Pacific Theater of Operations aboard a destroyer escort U.S.S. Amesbury




Charles Truman Sanford

June 9, 1927 ~ October 10, 2007

US Army – WW2 Germany

Charles T. Sanford Loving Husband and Father Charles T. Sanford, 80, a resident of east Erie, died Wednesday afternoon, October 10, 2007, at the V.A. Medical Center after short illness. He was born in Lyndon, N.Y., June 9, 1927, son of the late Horace and Inez Jackson Sanford. He has lived in Erie since 1947. A member of Local 603, he was employed for 45 years as a construction laborer in the Erie area, working for several contractors, retiring in 1990 from Hardner – Doyle after 28 years. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army in Germany. He helped institute th S-5 section dealing with compiling reports from Displaced People Camps around Bavaria to Third Army Headquarters. He was on the Church council for 17 years while a member of the First Church of God on Pine Avenue. He was a member of Local 603 and enjoyed fishing, gardening and reading. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Josephine “Jo” Rounds Sanford, five daughters, Sheila Schroeder and her husband Eric of Anderson, Ind., Aimee Murphy and her husband Ian of Pittsburgh, Rebecca Ryan and her husband Richard of Waterford and Penny Sanford and Victoria Hoover both of Erie; one son, Michael Sanford of Erie. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Charles is preceded in death by one daughter, Jennifer Davis and four sisters, Sharley Roeske, Marjorie Baker, Mildred Freund and Doris Garrison. Friends may call Monday from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Russell C. Schmidt and Son Funeral Home, 5000 Wattsburg Road (corner of Pine Ave. and East Gore Road, I-90 Exit 29). A service will be held there Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Wintergreen Gorge Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Assn. of NW Pennsylvania, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501-1920, Sarah A. Reed Retirement Center, 2214 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502 or the Veteran’s Affair Medical Center, 135 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16504.



Evelyn Maree Herrington-Bogle-Passmore-Mascho-Bowser

February 6, 1926 ~ May 25, 2007




Frank Eugene Lunn

May 14, 1926 ~ January 4, 1994

F. E.(Frank) Lunn was the son of Simon W. and Caroline V. Press Lunn. Frank was the founder of Lunn Lumber Co. in Wellsville, NY. Frank was a very civic minded citizen and donated freely of his time and assets to better the village of Wellsville and surrounding area. Frank was a Mason as well.




Victor Edmond Stebbins

July 30, 1926 ~ June 17, 1994




Lois Eleanor Dence-Angood

April 4, 1927 ~ November 6, 1997




G. Walter Flanagan

July 8, 1924 ~ August 13, 2000

G. Walter Flanagan, 76, of 463 Heselton Rd., died Sunday (Aug. 13, 2000) in Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.  He was born July 8, 1924 in Wellsville, the son of George and Agnes Trahey Flanagan.  On Nov. 11, 1950 in Whitesville, he married the former Margaret Johnson who preceded him in death May 20, 1999.  Walter was a 1943 graduate of Wellsville High School and was a long time resident of the Town of Willing.  Before retiring in 1983, he was a dairy farmer for many years. He was a former member and past president of the Whitesville School Board and a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, Pa. Surviving are five daughters, Ann (Kenneth) Derr of Fabius, N.Y., Eileen (Philip) Kidney of Dansville. Kathleen (Leon) Grant of Damascus, Md., Theresa Palmatier of Genesee, Pa., and Laura Flanagan of Farmington, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; one sister, Margaret T. Flanagan of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Flanagan; and four sisters, Ruth Flanagan, Catherine Reed, Jane Englebaugh and Betty Flanagan.  Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16 in the Sacred Heart Church, Genesee, Pa. A prayer will precede the Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Rev. Thomas Brown will be celebrant. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery.  Memorials are suggested to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.




William Franklin Morris

February 5, 1927 ~ December 22, 1995




Robert J. Owen

October 5, 1925 ~ December 5, 2005

EM 3, U.S. Navy, WW II




 Phyllis Ailene Smith-Thompson-Patchin

November 15, 1926 ~ April 5, 1991




Mark Joseph Gonter

October 8, 1926 ~ July 22, 1996




Ruth Flanagan

1925 ~ 1956




Arthur Burdett Graves

July 4, 1926 ~ June 15, 1996




Earl Francis Schoonover

September 23, 1925 ~ February 18, 1999




 Elizabeth “Betty” Gething-Dedrick

1926 ~ June 9, 1914

Elizabeth G. “Betty” Dedrick died unexpectedly on Monday (June 9, 2014), at Elderwood at Hamburg, where she had resided since 2010.  Betty was a kind, compassionate woman who loved people. She was born in Canonsburg, Pa., in 1926, daughter of William D. Gething and Jean Coleman Gething, and lived in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Washington D.C. and New York during her lifetime. She graduated from Wellsville Junior-Senior High School in 1944. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a clerk stenographer for the FBI. After 2 years, she transferred to the Department of Agriculture and Farm Security Administration in Wellsville, where she stayed for 5 years.
Betty met her husband, Laurence Dedrick, who was the Allegany County 4-H club agent while working in Wellsville. They were married in May 1951, settling first in Wellsville, and then in Belfast, where they resided until 1989. Betty moved to Olean in 1989 and worked part-time for AM&A’s. She volunteered for 16 years in Olean for Interfaith Caregivers driving senior citizens to appointments. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Hawthorn Club and the Belfast Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school to kindergartners for 10 years. She led the annual fundraising campaigns in Belfast for the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society for several years.She is survived by her eldest daughter, Jean (Michael) Kramer, of Silverthorne, Colo.; and her youngest daughter, Mary Dedrick of Buffalo; and Brian Tytka and his daughters, Ginsey and Gilly of Hamburg, who she knew and loved for 13 years.She was predeceased by two twin sons, David Laurence and Daniel William; and her sister, Jane (Gething) Nelson.Memorials in her memory can be made to the American Heart Association.




Truman Harley Morris

June 23, 1924 ~ September 11, 1990




Edward August Harmes

December 28, 1926 ~ May 12, 1985




Lois A. Hanchett-Fleischman

April 12, 1926 ~ June 17, 2004

Lois H. Fleischman, 78 of 3490 Rauber Hill passed away Thursday, June 17, 2004 at home. She was born on April 12, 1926 in Wellsville, the daughter of Lloyd and Edna (Griggs) Hanchett. On September 21, 1946 in Wellsville she married Richard Fleischman, who predeceased her in 1990.  After high school, Lois was employed by the Sinclair Refinery and later by Rockwell Brothers until retiring in 1980. For many years she was known for cake baking for all occasions. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and a member of the Wellsville Fireman’s Auxiliary for over 50 years. She was also an active member of the Scio Senior Sunshine Club with which she traveled on several trips. Lois is survived by a son: John Fleischman of Scio; 2 daughters: Sharon (Jerry) Falletta of Groton, NY; Susan (Ronald) Thomas of Wellsville; 5 grandchildren; a sister: Jean Patrick of Andover; several nieces and nephews; and a loving companion: Robert J. Madden of Wellsville. She is predeceased by a grandson: Tommy Greene. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, June 21, 2004 in the funeral home with Rev. Robert Morris presiding.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. Memorial suggestions include Home Care and Hospice, First Trinity Lutheran Church, or a charity of the donor’s choice.




James L. House

August 24, 1927 ~ November 24, 2002

James H. House, 75, of Route 19, Shongo, died Sunday (Nov. 24, 2002) at home surrounded by his family. Born Aug. 24, 1927, in Cuba, he was a son of Fred H. and Ada Graves House. On July 18, 1946, in Red Bank, N.J., he married Margaret McNeil, who survives. Mr. House graduated from Wellsville High School in 1944 and entered the U.S. Army in 1946.  He had been employed by Air Preheater and later worked for the village of Wellsville, where he retired in 1989.  Mr. House was a member of Sacred Heart Church and enjoyed auctions and lawn sales. Surviving besides his wife are a son, Fredrick M. (Linda) House of West Seneca; four daughters, Candace (Darryl) MacTavish of Wellsville, Lorraine (Edward) Vossler of Brentwood, Tenn., Debra House of Tampa, Fla., and Teresa (Kevin) Graham of Odessa, Fla.; seven grandchildren; a brother, Thomas (Marie) House of Wysox, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Heather MacTavish. Friends called Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at.the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday (Nov. 27, 2002) at 11 a.m. in Sacred Heart Church, Genesee, Pa., with Father Brian Vossler as celebrant. Burial was in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Memorials maybe made to the American Cancer Society or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.




Jack A. McEnroe

August 8, 1926 ~ September 25, 2003

US Navy – WW2

Jack A. McEnroe, 77, of Rhinebeck, NY, died Thursday, September 25, 2003, at his home. Born in Wellsville, NY on August 8, 1926, he was the son of the late William and Mildred (Williams) McEnroe. On June 26, 1948 at Wellsville, NY, he married his wife of 55 years, the former Marianne Dreher. During World War II he served in the US Navy with the Seabees, stationed in Okinawa. Mr. McEnroe received his BA degree in 1950 from Alfred University in Alfred, NY, his MA degree from Syracuse University in 1952, and his Ph.D., also from Syracuse, in 1959. While at Syracuse University, he was an assistant instructor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs from 1954 – 1955. A local resident for 50 years, he worked at Central Hudson Gas & Electric from 1956 – 1970, and served as President, CEO, and a Director of Dutchess Bank & Trust Company in Poughkeepsie from 1970 – 1989. In 1989, he became vice chairman and a director of the First Hudson Valley Bank. Mr. McEnroe served on the board of directors of a number of area businesses including; Mechanical Construction Corporation, Poughkeepsie Savings Bank, Standard Gage Co., Shatz-Federal Manufacturing Co., A.C.Dutton Lumber Co., and A-One Oil, Inc. A consumate community volunteer, he had served as a Bard College Trustee, Marist College Trustee, a director of Friends of Hudson Valley, Area Fund of Dutchess County Trustee, Barrett House Advisory Committee member, Children(TM)s Home counsellor, and vice chair of the City of Poughkeepsie Partnership. He was also a Director of the Council of Governing Boards, a Director and past chair of the Dutchess County Economic Developement Corp., a director of the Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency, past president of the Dutchess County School Boards Association, a member of the ERH (Enhancing Racial Harmony) Steering Committee, the Greater Hudson Valley Coordinating Council, and was chair of the Hudson River Valley Association. He served as a member and chair of both the Hyde Park Central School District board and the Mid- Hudson Civic Center. Mr. McEnroe was also a member and past chair of the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce board, corporate chair of the Salute to Women and Industry in 1987, an advisory committee member for Grace Smith House, a member of the Taylor Law Study Committee of NYS Schools Boards Association, 1964 campaign chair, past president and director of the United Way of Dutchess County, and a trustee and past chair of both Vassar Brothers Hospital, and Vassar Brothers Hospital Foundation. Among the many awards Mr. McEnroe received were the Anti-Defamation League Americanism Award in 1986, the Marist College President(TM)s Award in 1986, the Poughkeepsie Journal Award of Excellence in 1984, the United Way Alexis De Toequeville Award in 1991, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Award in 1992. Mr. McEnroe is survived by his wife, Marianne of Rhinebeck, his son, a vascular surgeon, C. Scott McEnroe and his wife Elizabeth Gillick McEnroe of Virginia Beach, VA, a daughter, Vice President for Developement for National Geographic, Jacquie Holister, of Alexandria VA, three grandchildren, Andrew Suitor, William Hunter McEnroe, and Charles Gillick McEnroe, two step grandchildren, Robin Hall and David Holister, and two step great grandchildren, Alicia and Andrea Hall. A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at Marist College on Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 2:00 PM. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the William R. McEnroe Scholarship Fund, c/o Marist College Advancement Office, Fontaine Hall, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.




Barbara Barnes-Maxwell

July 25, 1926 ~ August 4, 1995



Reba Jean Dickinson-Rindal

February 20, 1927 ~ December 15, 2011




Josephine Marie Lee-Morgan

August 4, 1926 ~ February 5, 2006




Jean Marie Callaghan-Williams

January 4, 1927 ~ May 24, 1999




Edward J. Dean

April 4, 1927 ~ February 10, 2002

Devoted husband, father brother and grandfather Age 74 of Corning, passed away peacefully Sunday, February 10, 2002, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Elmira, NY. Ed was born April 4, 1927 in Wellsville, NY to the late Jerome and Catherine Baker Dean. He was predeceased by his brothers; William, Richard, and James. Ed is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Aurella Dean; daughters: Margaret Summerville and husband James of Vandergrift, PA, Kathleen Dean of Rochester, NY, and Karen Dean of Corning, NY; son; Edward Dean Jr., and fiancee Sandy Wrublesky. brothers: Francis Dean and wife Virginia of San Leandro, CA, John Dean and wife Wanda of Cuba Lake, NY, and Thomas Dean and wife Joann of Colorado Springs, CO; sisters Mary Catherine (James) Quinn, Margaret Lagonegro and husband Robert of Elmira, NY, and Helen Schneble and husband Jack of Wellsville, NY; one aunt Evelyn Devore of Wellsville, NY, granddaughters: Kathryn and Emily Summerville of Vandergrift, PA; several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. He was a member of All Saints Parish, attending St. Vincent de Paul Church. He served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. the U.S. Marine Corps, and the 11th Airborne Division. He attended St. Bonaventure Univercity and graduated from Brockport State University in 1955 with a BS in Education. He earned an MS in Education from Hartford University in 1962. He was employed by Corning, Inc. until his retirement in 1990. Following his retirement, he started College Prospects, a recruitment business which provided college scholarship opportunities for high school athletes. He loved sports and was an avid golfer. Ed was chairman of the Annual Lions Club Football Dinner for East and West High Schools for 21 years. Family and friends are invited to celebrate his wonderful life at Carpenter’s Funeral Home, 14 E. Pultney St., in Corning on Wednesday February 13, 2002 from 3:00 to 7:00 P.M. A prayer service will be held at Carpenter’s Funeral Home on Thursday, February 14, 2002 at 10:30 A.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church on February 14, 2002 at 11:00 A.M. Memorials may be made in Edward’s name to All Saints Academy, 158 State Street, Corning, NY, 14830 or Notre Dame High School, 1400 Maple Avenue, Elmira, NY, 14904.





Betty Lou Heist-Conley

April 27, 1926 ~ July 9, 2005




Donald Fredrick Marsh

July 31, 1924 ~ November 5, 1997




Allen James McAhon

April 10, 1926 ~ November 9, 1984




Dorothy June Worden-Smith-Brown

June 5, 1926 ~ March 26, 2004




William Connor Hennessy

December 19, 1926 ~ November 2, 2001

MM3 U.S. Navy – World War II

William C. Hennessy, Age 74, died suddenly Friday, November 2, 2001 at St. Peter’s Hospital. Born in Wellsville, NY, son of the late James Harrigan and Catherine Connor Hennessy, he graduated from Wellsville High School in 1944. Mr. Hennessy enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944 serving with the Seabees who built Tinian Airport for the Enola Gay. After his discharge, be began his working career as a Surveyor with the NYS Dept. of Transportation. Mr. Hennessy became a licensed Real Estate Appraiser and was transferred to Buffalo where he worked in the development of the NYS Thruway. In 1959, he was transferred to Albany in the Real Property Division where he directed the Land Acquisition Program for construction of the Empire State Plaza and the property Acquisition for the Southern Tier Expressway and I-88. Mr. Hennessy also directed the State Services for the Elmira area victims of Hurricane Agnes in 1972 and the Buffalo and Watertown areas during the blizzards of 1977. He earned the titles of ‘Peace Maker’ and ‘Blood Brother’ from the Seneca Indian Nation for his skills in negotiating access to Reservation lands in the construction of the Southern Tier Expressway. Bill became Assistant Commissioner for Operations in the Department of Transportation in 1972; Executive Deputy Commissioner in 1975 and Commissioner in 1977. As chairman of the NYS Disaster Preparedness Commission, he directed relief efforts to relocate hundreds of families in the Buffalo Love Canal areas. In 1980, Mr. Hennessy corrected the existing transportation system for the Lake Placid Olympics. Bill Hennessy ‘retired’ as Commissioner of DOT in 1982 to find an outlet for his gifts and energy in other fields, including a stint as Chairman of the State Democratic Party. In 1984, he was Chairman of the Mondale for President Campaign in NYS and in 1987, he became Chairman of the New York State Thruway Authority. He was Chairman of the Lake George Park Commission from 1988-1992. From 1985 to 1990 he was President of Hennessy Associates and from 1990 to 1994 he was President of Hennessy, Plummer and Griffin. He was Chairman of the Board of VESTA, Community Housing and Development from 1994 until his death. Mr. Hennessy was a Communicant of Blessed Sacrament Church in Bolton Landing. He was an avid fisherman and golfer who cherished his days at Lake George with his family and friends. He was the devoted husband of 50 years of Corinne Schwalb Hennessy; loving father of Edward Hennessy and his wife, Sandra of Hockessin, DE, Sheila Michaels and her husband, John of Queensbury, Susan Hennessy and her husband, Chris Brassard of Guilderland, Patricia Hennessy of Guilderland, William Connor Hennessy, Jr. and his wife, Carol of Voorheesville and Elizabeth Bennison and her husband, Patrick of Guilderland; dedicated brother of Elizabeth Searle of Wellsville, John J. Hennessy of Amity Lake, Mary Ellen Brunell of Wellsville, Cathleen Linnecke of Scio, Thomas Hennessy of Buffalo, Agnes Brush of Scio and the late James Michael Hennessy; marvelous grandfather of Patrick, Amy and Ann Hennessy of Wilmington, DE, Luke, Thomas and Katherine Michaels of Queensbury, Brendan and Caralyn Perlee and Jacqueline Brassard of Guilderland, Timothy and William Kemp of Guilderland, Casey, Michael, William Connor, III and Mary Hennessy of Voorheesville, Daniel, Meghan and Shannon Bennison of Guilderland; also survived by several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 10 AM in the Historic Church of St. Mary’s on Capitol Hill. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the DANIEL KEENAN FUNERAL HOME, 490 Delaware Ave. on Tuesday from 4-8 PM. Interment will take place in Wellsville, NY at a later date. All are invited to attend a reception at the Schuyler Inn, 540 Broadway, Menands immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may send donations to Peter G. Young Foundation, 134 Franklin St., Albany 12202.




Roxanne Isabel Roberts-Harris

1927 ~ September 2, 2013

Roxanne Isabel Robarts Harris, Age 85, died peacefully on September 2, 2013. Born in Wellsville, NY in 1927, she graduated from Alfred University in 1948 with a BS in Business. At Alfred she was a member of Alpha Chi sorority, where she made lifelong friends, joined the fencing team and worked on the school paper. She was employed by Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY as well as the Wellsville Reporter. Roxanne married John M. Harris in 1949. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage, mostly spent in Wilmington, DE, where she lived for 55 years before moving to Maris Grove, PA. Roxanne was a devoted mother of four children, grandmother of four and dedicated volunteer for many organizations. She treasured her many friends from high school, college and Wilmington. Roxanne was an active member of the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for over 50 years, serving as President from 1971 to 1973. She was especially proud of AAUW’s college scholarship program funded by an annual used book sale on which she always worked. She was on the Board of the Citizens’ Housing Alliance of Delaware (CHAD) in the 1970’s, a contact counselor for 10 years, a volunteer for Common Cause Delaware (President for one year), Read Aloud Delaware, Adopt-A-Family and served on the Pastoral Care Committee of the First Unitarian Church of Wilmington. She was an avid reader, interested in world affairs and loved exploring new topics. Roxanne was a member of the DuPont Country Club, playing tennis and golf. She also enjoyed bridge, badminton, playing the piano and swimming. Roxanne and John loved to travel, visiting many places in the US and abroad to see family and friends. Predeceased by her husband John, brother John Robarts and grandson Hank Harris, Roxanne is survived by her daughter Sue of Marblehead, MA; sons, Stephen and Paul of Wilmington, DE, Mark (Cherie) of Pasadena, CA; grandchildren, Matthew and Kristin Wetherbee of Boston, MA, and Bryan Harris of San Francisco, CA.  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the First Unitarian Church, 730 Halstead Road, Sharpley. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to AAUW Scholarship and Memorial Fund, 1800 Fairfax Boulevard, Wilmington, DE 19803.




Mary Ellen Strouse-Riley

April 12, 1926 ~ February 15, 1999

mary strouse 1944




Donald M. Willis

September 25, 1925 ~ June 4, 2002

Donald M Willis was a radio operator for the HQ Company, 97th Division, 387th Regiment, 3rd Battalion who were sent to the ETO in WWII

don willis 1944




Kenneth Johnson

November 28, 1925 ~ November 22, 2010




Roberta Lois Putzman-Ross

June 25, 1926 ~ February 5, 1993




Babara Jean Richardson-Owen

November 4, 1926 ~ April 8, 1989




Helen Beatrice Kemp-Morris

October 14, 1926 ~ April 6 1996




Patricia Mary Wall-Schoenherr

July 17, 1924 ~ December 28, 2003

Mary Patricia (Pat) Schoenherr, 79, of 8 Meadowbrook Court, died Sunday December 28, 2003 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a long illness. She was born July 28, 1924 in Wellsville, the daughter of Frank and Margaret (Graham) Wall. On July 18, 1953 in Wellsville she married Karl J. Schoenherr, who survives. She and Karl celebrated their anniversary this year.  Pat was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and a 1944 graduate of Wellsville Central School. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary in Richmond, VA. She also did graduate studies at Buffalo State, University of Buffalo and Geneseo State earning a Masters Degree in Art Education. She was employed as an art teacher in Addison, Richburg, Scio and the Immaculate Conception Schools. While at Scio Central School, she was instrumental in starting the art department.  She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Altar and Rosary Society, Wellsville Art Association, Business and Professional Woman’s Club, American Association of University Women, National Wood Carvers Association, South towns Wood Carvers Association of Buffalo and the Niagara Wood Carvers Association of Buffalo.  She was a self taught relief wood carver, exhibiting throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada, including the Allentown Art Festival in Buffalo. In 1974 she donated a wood carving depicting all the arts to the David A. Howe Library in memory of her Mother, who was a long time librarian in the 40’s and who had passed away in the spring of 1974.  Surviving in addition to her husband Karl, is one son, Mark of Wellsville, 3 grandchildren; Kelly, Ben and Heather, 4 great grandchildren; Dawson, Dillon, Hayleigh and Xander and several cousins; Martha Fisher of Wellsville, Georgia Sparler and Kathleen Ballestine, both of York, PA and Franny Duke of Mason Michigan.  Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Services will begin on Wednesday December 31, 2003 at 10:30 am with a prayer at the funeral home, followed be a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Rev. Dennis Wolf will be celebrant, interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville and memorial suggestion in lieu of flowers include the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Immaculate Conception School or to Our Lady of Victory Home in Lackawanna, NY.




Roberta Short-Martin

April 26, 1926 ~ February 5, 2005




Betty Jane Dickens-Meissner

July 20, 1926 ~ July 10, 2011

Graveside services for Betty Jane Meissner 85, of Grant St. Massena will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville, NY at a later date. Betty Jane passed away on October 7, 2011 at Massena Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband Donald, a son Donald of Redwood, NY; daughters Brenda Jackson of Massena, Mary and husband Charles Flint of Cumberland, VA; and Sue Meissner of Massena; Five grandchildren; Donnie, Scot Meissner, Kenny Jackson; Billy Flint and Betsy and Matt Canipe; seven great grandchildren, a sister Margaurite Perkins of CA. and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson Joseph P. Jackson, and a sister Doris Clark. Betty was born on July 20, 1926 in Wellsville, NY the daughter of Ray and Pearl(Ackerman) Dickens. She married Donald Meissner in 1944 in Wellsville. Betty has dedicated her life to her family.




Mary Jean Munkes-Fitzgerald

March 24, 1925 ~ October 6, 1998




Evelyn May Morrison-Dressig

June 19, 1927 ~ October 27, 1989