Class of 1945 In Memoriam



Janice A. Wilcox-Gustafson

December 7, 1926 ~ September 13, 2021

Janice W. Gustafson, 94, of 32 Brooklyn Heights went to be with her Lord and Savior, on Monday, September 13, 2021 shortly after arrival at River Hospital in Alexandra Bay, NY. She passed in the Thousand Islands an area she loved throughout her life. She was born December 7, 1926 in Perth Amboy, NJ, the daughter of the late Ray F. and Agnes I. (Lunn) Wilcox. On April 8, 1949 in Wellsville she married Carl O. Gustafson who predeceased her on October 18, 1991.  Janice was raised in Wellsville and was a 1945 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was first employed as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone, in Wellsville and Miami, Florida, for nine years. She was also a waitress for many years at the Fassett House and Longvue Restaurant, and loved all the people she served. In 1967 she and Carl purchased the Riverview Motel in Alexandria Bay, a summer business they operated until 1978. For many years Janice worked for Wellsville Central School, holding a variety of positions as a cafeteria employee, retiring in 1982. At that point she joyfully began to care for her grandchildren and the children of several other local families, and was a loving grandmother figure to many.  Janice was happiest when she was with her family. She enjoyed meeting new people, discussing current events, playing cards, sunsets, traveling, especially to Florida with Karen, and to the 1000 Islands with Kim and Cathy. She also loved the many events and celebrations of her large extended family. She was an active member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, serving in a variety of ministries, and a former member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary.  She is survived by three daughters, Karen (Norman) King of Bradenton, Fl, Cathy (John) Lewis of Wellsville, and Kimberly (John) Rees of Batavia, a special “son” Michael (Ruth) Stanton, eight grandchildren, John(Mary Beth) King, Gregory (Lois) Lewis, Adam (Ai) King, Hilary (Matthew) Jones, Emily King Willard, Kelli (James) McClurg, Courtney (Michael) Marsh, and David Rees, 16 Great Grandchildren, four siblings, Edythe DeMarco, David, (Clair) Wilcox, Carole (Tony) Nero, and Rodger Wilcox and his companion, Lucy Andre, as well as several beloved nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by three brothers, Bruce, Herman, and Ray Wilcox. Friends are invited to call on Sunday, September 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville; and on Monday, September 20, from 12 noon until 1:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1:00 pm Monday in Church with Rev. Dr. Roy Millerpresiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Children Section of the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, or to any charity of the donor’s choice.



Patricia A. Lindsay-Kailbourn

March 15, 1927 ~ November 5, 2020

Patricia A. Kailbourn, 93, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, November 5, 2020 in Manor Hills, Wellsville.  Born March 15, 1927, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Harlan Ronald and Ruby Marie Graves Lindsay. In March 1948, she married the late Raymond W. Kailbourn. A 1945 graduate of Wellsville Central School, she was employed by Sinclair Oil from 1945 – 1949, Shorts at Riverside from 1964 – 1968, and as purchasing clerk by Air Preheater from 1968 – 1993. She was a member of the Christian Temple, now Grace United Church. Pat sang in the choir at the Christian Temple for many years. She loved jigsaw puzzles, her cats, playing Scrabble with the grandchildren, traveling with her friend Bob, watching the Buffalo Bills, and attending Music on the Lawn.  Surviving are: a son, Thomas (Roxane Schmidt) Kailbourn of Wellsville; a daughter, Linda (John) Cook of Wellsville; two grandchildren, John (Chris) Cook and Kristin (Eric Neudeck) Tucker, both of Wellsville; five great-grandchildren, Breanna, Marissa, Andrea, Aiden, and Sarah; and many special friends. She was predeceased by her parents and a longtime friend, Robert McDowell. Private funeral services will be held at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.  Patricia’s family is especially grateful for the care and compassion she received at Manor Hills for the 11 months she resided there. Memorials may be made to David A. Howe Library, 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.


James Joseph Pasquale

August 13, 1926 ~ August 11, 2014

RM3 US Navy WW2



Marjorie Ludden-Finn

July 28, 1927 ~ April 9, 2020

Marjorie L. Finn, 92, formerly of 147 South Broad Street, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020, at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born July 28, 1927 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Leo V. and Lillian (Trahey) Ludden. On September 30, 1950, she married Leo E. Finn who predeceased her on February 7, 1991.  Marjorie graduated from the Immaculate Conception School, St. Elizabeth’s Academy in Allegany and from the Bryant & Stratton Institute in Buffalo. She was previously employed by Sinclair Refinery, Ludden Realty, and Ludden’s Shoe Store all in Wellsville.Marjorie was a Past President of the Altar & Rosary Society, taught religious education at the Immaculate Conception School, volunteered in the school cafeteria and the Immaculate Conception Church. She was a talented seamstress and a member of the School House Quilters. She enjoyed baking and taking care of her family.  Surviving are two daughters, Theresa (Dan) Kunis of Fort Collins, CO; and  Barbara (Roger) Ramsey of Wellsville; a son, Timothy Finn of Portland, OR; three sisters, Reginia McGinnis of Rochester, Lois Sullivan of Stokesdale, NC, and Ann (Terry) Margeson of Wellsville, three grandchildren, Gena (Austin) Bailey, Caitie (Joe) Whalen, and Wiley Finn, a great granddaughter, Rosemary Whalen, a daughter-in-law, Maggie Finn of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son Brian Finn, a brother, Donald Ludden; a sister, Helen Andrews, and three nieces: Jeri Thurston, Bridget Drum, and Kathy Graziano, and a nephew, Joseph Sullivan.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School. 


Paul Henry Brainard

April 18, 1928 ~ May 25, 2004



Edith Edwards-Ressler

April 10, 1027 ~ January 13, 2018

Edith F. Edwards-Ressler of Lancaster, NY. January 13, 2018. Beloved wife of 67 years to Ralph; loving mother of Diane (Bill Marshall), Janet (Randall) Grossman, Gary (Karen Loos), Ellen (John) Marrone; dearest grandmother of Rachel (Matthew) Galey, Anna, Connor, Edith, Amy, Alex, Kiaya, Esther, Elena and Patrick; great-grandmother of Nolan and Ethan; twin sister of the late Esther and sister of the late Richard. Edith and Esther graduated 2nd and 3rd in their class from Wellsville High School. After getting married and having four children, Edith went back to school to get her Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy and worked in the field for many years. She was an active member of her church and loved to talk and tell stories, especially to her family. She was a role model and a dear friend to many. 



Joan Marie Slough-Keagle

August 13, 1927 ~ May 2, 2016

Joan Marie Keagle, age 88 of Hendersonville died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at the Elizabeth House. She was born August 13th, 1927 in Nyack, New York; a daughter of the late, John Dayton Slough and Emma Rosina Schroeder Slough. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Richard “Dick” Keagle in 1995.  A graduate of Alfred University in Alfred, New York; Joan relocated to Hendersonville in 1995 and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.  Joan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and volunteer to many services and organizations. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She is survived by her two sons, Richard L. Keagle (Eva) of Harker Heights, TX, and Robert J. Keagle (Kelly) of Hendersonville; sister Jeanne Till of Gainesville, FL; five grandchildren – Todd Richard Keagle (Xochy)of Del Rio, TX, Jessica Jury (John) of Gilbert, AZ, Sarah Lewis (Ryan) of Chandler, AZ, Shannon Schott (Carl) of Gilbert, AZ and Leslie Ball (Joel) of Davenport, FL; thirteen great-grandchildren; special cousin, “Aunt Gerry” Schroeder of Palm City, FL; one niece; and two nephews.  The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Four Seasons Elizabeth House and Dr. Randy Tryon for their support in her final days.  A private memorial service will be held.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Joan’s memory be directed to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 South Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 or Zoe Ministries, C/O First United Methodist Church, 204 6th Ave West, Hendersonville NC 28792?




Betty Elaine Simpson-Patterson

June 14, 1928 ~ February 27, 2003



Mary Palmateer-Eaton

June 13, 1926 ~ June 25, 2007




Emelyn Drake-Olson

November 25, 1927 ~ July 4, 2018

Emelyn Anne (Drake) Olson, age 90, of North East, died on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, at her residence. She was born on November 25, 1927, in Wellsville, N.Y., the daughter of the late Paul Elery and Elva Jeannette (Sturtevant) Drake.  Emelyn graduated Wellsville High School in 1945 and Mansfield University, earning a B.A. in Music Education in 1949. She taught private music lessons in the North East community and was formerly a music teacher at Heard Memorial School. Emelyn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, D.A.R., North East Choral Club, Wednesday Musical, and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Throughout her years of worship at the First Presbyterian Church, she served as Bell Choir Director for forty years. She also established and directed the Junior Choir, sang in the senior choir, and served as an Elder. Emelyn enjoyed being outdoors, genealogy, Baroque music, reading, gardening, baking, and singing with the Erie Philharmonic Choir, Chautauqua Choir and Chautauqua Regional Choir.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hjalmar Albert Olson (on April 18, 2006); and a sister, Damaris Schulte.  Emelyn is survived by her children, Portia Harris (Mark) of Olean, N.Y. and John Olson (Debra) of Syracuse, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.   Private interment will be held at North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Erie City Mission 1023 French Street, Erie, PA 16512. A memorial service, at the First Presbyterian Church, will be announced by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, at a later date.




Joan Christman-Daily

January 24, 1927 ~ December 17, 2019

Joan C. “Pidge” Daily, 92, of 3140 Riverside drive passed away at home on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 following a long illness. She was born January 24, 1927 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Clarence and Alice (Gardner) Christman. On November 7, 1953 in Wellsville she married William Burton Daily who survives.  “Pidge” was raised in Wellsville and was a 1945 graduate of Wellsville High School. She later graduated from Cazenovia College and Alfred University. She was formerly employed at C. E. Air Preheater Company.  She was a member of Beta Sigma Pi, and Grace United Church.  Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Lynn Brunette of West Suffield, CT, and Beverly “Chris” (Jason) McChesney of Morgantown, WV, five grandchildren, Paul, Peter, Catherine, Ben, and Sarah, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved caregivers, Tina Shafer, Cynthia Norman, Crystal Hogan, Lori Bowker, Lynnie Bartoo, and Suky Faulkner. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by two sisters, Beverly Bradley, and Nancy Cotton. A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to Jones Memorial Hospital or  the David A. Howe Public Library.




Corinne Schwalb-Hennessy

September 11, 1927 ~ November 30, 2011

Corinne S. Hennessy, 84, passed Tuesday, November 30, 2011 at Teresian House Center in the comfort of her children. Corinne was born in Salamanca, N.Y., the daughter of the late Ruth Callan Schwalb and Edward Schwalb. Corinne graduated from Wellsville High School in 1945 and Sisters of Charity School of Nursing as a registered nurse in 1948. She married William C. Hennessy in 1951 and relocated to Albany in 1959. Active in development of Christ the King parish and school in Westmere, Corinne also worked for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany and was a torchbearer during the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. She was an accomplished quilter and enjoyed making quilts for her grandchildren. While residing in Green Valley, Ariz., she received numerous awards for her needlepoint creations. Corinne and Bill retired to Bolton Landing and devoted much of their time and energy to Blessed Sacrament Church. Corinne was predeceased by her devoted husband of 50 years, William C. Hennessy; loving mother of Edward Hennessy and his wife Sandra of Hockessin, Del., Sheila Michaels and her husband John of Bolton Landing, Susan Hennessy and her husband Mark Hopper of Guilderland, Patricia Hennessy of Guilderland, William Connor Hennessy Jr. and his wife Carol of New Scotland, and Elizabeth Bennison and her husband Patrick of Guilderland; dedicated sister to the late Donna Caterino, Miami, Mary Ann Mason of Palmyra, Va., Judy Fisher of Charlotte, N.C., and Eleanor Schwalb of Wellsville; grandmother of Patrick Hennessy, Amy Meyer, Ann Hennessy; Luke, Thomas and Katherine Michaels; Brendan and Caralyn Perlee and Jacqueline Brassard; Timothy and William Kemp; Daniel, Meghan and Shannon Bennison; Casey, Michael, Connor and Mary Hennessy; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Christ the King Church, Westmere, where a prayer service will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the church, 4 to 6 p.m., prior to the prayer service. Interment, Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville, N.Y., will take place Saturday, December 3, 2011. In lieu of flowers those who wish may send donations to Peter G. Young Foundation, 40 Eagle St., Albany, NY 12207 or the Teresian House, 200 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12203.




Betty R. Quick-Childs

December 1, 1927 ~ February 5, 2017

Betty R. Childs, of 25 N. Main St., Apt. 8, passed away Sunday (Feb. 5, 2017) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a short illness.  Betty was born Dec. 1, 1927, in Alma, and was a daughter of George and Florence “Flossy” Tret Quick. On Jan. 1, 1946, she married her husband of 57 years, George W. “Wesley” Childs, who predeceased her Dec. 15, 2003.  Betty graduated from Wellsville High School in 1945. She worked at several places, including ACME, Westons Shoppers City and Portville Central School for a period of time. Betty and her husband, George, were missionaries throughout their lives and then became full-time missionaries in 1985, continuing until their retirement in 1992. During that time they traveled to Columbia, South America and Florida.  Betty was best known for her elaborate wedding cake baking, which she did for about 20 years from the mid-1960s to 1985. She was a member of the Obi Community Church.  Betty is survived by two children, Mike C. (Katherine “Kit” Huebiner) Childs of Cuba and Nancy S. Marlett of Portville; three grandchildren, Scott A. (Heather) Carlson of Olean, Tania L. (Bill) Wingard of Clarion, Pa., and Kelly L. Simon of Portville; nine great-grandchildren; Sparky; and one sister, Lucille Dickerson of Belmont.  Along with her loving husband, Betty was predeceased by four sisters, Maggie, Joyce, Wanita and Mildred; and one brother, Julius.  Friends will be received from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 9, 2017). The Rev. David M. Cook, pastor of the Obi Community Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Obi Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Obi Community Church, 1948 Route 305, Cuba, NY 14727. 




Donald K. Meissner

February 23, 1923 ~ June 25, 2017

US Navy, Purple Heart

A graveside service for Donald K. Meissner, age 94, will be held at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, N.Y., with full Military Honors. Donald passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon (June 25, 2017) at the Massena Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. As per Donald’s wishes, there will be no public calling hours or services.  Donald was born to the late Herman A. and Dorothy (Kinney) Meissner on Feb. 23, 1923, in Wellsville, N.Y. He attended schools in Wellsville and enlisted into the US Navy in 1943. Donald served his country proudly receiving the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during his time, honorably discharged in 1945, Donald returned home and attended Delhi College and later Alfred State College. He married Betty Jane Dickens in Wellsville during the war in Wellsville, N.Y. They started a family and he began working at Bausch & Lomb and later for Capital Plastics in Wellsville as a chemist until relocating to the North Country in 1966.  He was employed by Kraft Foods in North Lawrence retiring in the late 1970’s.  Donald was a lover of all animals and enjoyed a lifetime of hunting and fishing, especially the times spent on the St. Lawrence on the boat he made, and named “The Betty Jane”, for the love of his life.  He is survived by his children: a son, Donald R. Meissner of Redwood, N.Y.; daughters, Brenda Jackson of Massena, Mary and husband Charles Flint of Cumberland, Va.; and Sue Meissner of Massena; five grandchildren, Donnie and Scot Meissner, Kenny Jackson, Billy Flint and Betsy and Matt Canipe; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Betty Jane in 2011; a grandson, Joseph P. Jackson; and brothers Paul E. and Phillip Meissner.  In memory and appreciation for the tremendous compassion and care that was entrusted to dad, the family would wish any memorial contributions to be directed to the Massena Memorial Hospital Foundation, 1 Hospital Drive, Massena, NY 13662.




Shirley Jean Knowles-Becker-Geer

June 21, 1927 ~ June 13, 2009

Shirley Jean Geer, a resident of Okmulgee, Okla., went to be with her Lord Saturday (June 13, 2009) at the age of 81 years, 11 months and 22 days. She was born Tuesday, June 21, 1927, to Alfred and Alice (Edwards) Knowles in Wellsville. She was an in-home heath care provider for many years in Okmulgee. She was a member of the St. Anthony Church in Okmulgee. Shirley was an avid reader and loved spending time with her family.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wilbert Parnell Geer; son, Daniel Lee Geer; and grandson, Drake Logan Geer.  Survivors include two sons, David Geer and wife, Kim, of Owasso, Okla. and Derrick Geer of Okmulgee, Okla.; two daughters, Duania Brock and husband, Patrick, of Carter Lake, Iowa and Debra Kastern and husband, Tony, of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Russell Knowles of Wellsville and Richard Knowles and wife, Kathy, of Troupsburg; three sisters, Beverly Abbott of Cuba, Helen Hubbard of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Norene Williams and husband, Robert, of Kempner, Texas.  Services took place at 10 a.m. today at the Shurden Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee, Okla. with Dr. Frank Lewis officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville with Father Vincent Becker officiating




Kenneth T. Baldwin

April 15, 1927 ~ April 6, 2018

US Navy – South Pacific

Kenneth T. Baldwin, of 125 N. Seventh St., Olean, passed away Friday (April 6. 2018) at Cuba Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility, after a brief illness.  Born April 15, 1927, in Wellsville, he was the son of William and Margaret Padden Baldwin. On Feb. 26, 1949, he married Irma E. Young, who predeceased him on Dec. 14, 2009.  Mr. Baldwin attended Wellsville High School.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific.   He later worked at Dresser Rand Industries, retiring in 1983.  Surviving are three sons, Kenneth L. (Kathy) Baldwin and Gary W. (Patty) Baldwin, both of Olean, and Michael A. Baldwin of Tampa, Fla.; one daughter, Debra K. Baldwin of Palm Harbor, Fla.; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Booth; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by one daughter, Darlene Preston; two sons, Gregory Baldwin and Jeffrey Baldwin; three brothers, John, Michael and Patrick; and three sisters, Sally Rasmosson, Teresa Crandall and Rosemary Guineau.  Friends will be received from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday (April 9, 2018) at Guenther Funeral Home Inc., 1303 E. State St., Olean, at which time funeral services will begin. The Very Rev. Gregory Dobson, pastor of St. Mary of the Angels Church, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery at a later date.




 Mildred Mae Atkins-Taylor-McNall

June 12, 1927 ~ June 12, 2018

Mildred Mae McNall passed away on her 91st birthday, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at her home surrounded by her loving family.  Born on June 12, 1927, in Wirt, she was the daughter of the late William and Susie (Greene) Atkins.  She was a 1945 graduate of Wellsville High School. She married Oliver B. Taylor after high school and they spent 45 years together until his passing in 1990. In 1997, she married Bruce E. McNall. They were married for nine years until his passing in 2006.  She was a member of the Wellsville Calvary Baptist and Bolivar Methodist churches.  She enjoyed sewing, and made over 100 quilts for family and organizations such as the South High Marathon Dance, SPCA and other animal shelters and agencies. For over 30 years she owned and operated Mickey’s Homemade Candies with her sister, Gert. She loved spending time with her extended family and friends. There were many fond memories made on grandma’s front porch.  In addition to her parents, Mildred was predeceased by her siblings, Herbert Atkins, Gertrude (Stewart) Irvin, Beatrice Connors, Dorothy Webb, Wayne Atkins and Betty Donovan; and her daughter, Linda Sue.  Left to cherish her memory includes her sister, Barbara Atkins of Rochester; her children, Diana Doyle (Roger) of South Glens Falls, Oliver “Red” (Billie) Taylor of Rush and Brenda (Ben) Barkley of Spencerport, and step-daughter, Sharon (Kevin) Stockman; her grandchildren, Fred (Heather) Bartlett, Mark Bartlett, Julieanne (William) Pliscofsky, Sherri (Thomas) McMillan, Travis James “T.J.” McMillan, Wendy Sexton, Charles Taylor, Sarah (Bruce) VanderWeit and Jennifer Barkley; her great-grandchildren, Fred, Rachael, Noach, Ayralynne, Bryanna, Alec, Isabella, Caleb, Nathan, Jordan, Amanda, Jaclyn and Stephen; her step-great-grandchildren, Kristopher, Heather, Kaleb, Niko; her great-great-grandchildren, Amelia, Jayden, and one on the way, Elizabeth; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  A funeral service with Loren Gage, pastor of the Kingsbury Wesleyan Church, officiating was held June 16, at M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 136 Main St., South Glens Falls, Burial will be at the convenience of the family in the Stannards Cemetery.   Memorial donations in Mildred’s memory can be made to the South Glens Falls Marathon Dance, 6 Bluebird Road, South Glens Falls, NY 12803; or to SPCA of Upstate New York, 588 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury, NY 12804.




Duane Juel “Bunny” Andersen

December 14, 1927 ~ March 26, 2018

Duane Juel “Bunny” Andersen, professor emerita of design at SUNY Buffalo State, died March 26 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. She was 90.  Born in Hornell, she was a graduate of Wellsville High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1949 and a master’s degree in art from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Ms. Andersen was an art teacher and art department chairman at Sewanaka and Elmont high schools on Long Island, then came in the late 1950s to Buffalo State, where she specialized in ceramics. She retired in 1986.  She began playing cello in grade school in Wellsville and was a musician all her life. She was a member of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra for more than 50 years and was a member of its board and its music committee. She designed the orchestra’s 25th anniversary memorial plate.  She also was a board member of the Buffalo Chamber Music Society. She particularly enjoyed playing with various quartets at weddings and other special events.  Active in the theater, she directed the Alfred University Summer Junior Theatre in 1958 and later worked with the Studio Arena Theatre. She designed the Studio Arena’s interior and was a scenic and costume designer.  She was active on the dog show circuit for nearly 40 years, winning American and Canadian championships with her Pembroke Welsh corgis. She was historian for the Kennel Club of Buffalo and served as secretary for its dog shows.  She visited local nursing homes with her corgis David and Bijoux for many years. As a member of Therapy Dogs International, she also assisting in comforting first responders following the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center in 2009.  In addition to her work in ceramics, she was a painter, weaver and sculptor.  Survivors include a sister, Carole Andersen Foy; a niece and a nephew.  Funeral services will be private.




Lyle Rahr

March 25, 1928 ~ December 15, 2018

Merchant Marines & US Army, Korea

Lyle D. Rahr , 90, of Franklin Street, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018, at the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville. He was born on March 25, 1928 in Wellsville to the late Harold and Ethel Tait Rahr. On March 6, 1954 in Wellsville he married Mary L. Eymer who predeceased him on December 4, 2008.  Lyle graduated from Wellsville High School and enlisted in the Merchant Marines in 1945 serving until 1948. He also served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict from 1950 until 1953. He started working at age 13 at Scoville Browns. In his early years he had worked for the Erie Railroad and for L.C. Whitford. He also worked as a meat cutter for several markets including the Nu-Way, and Super Duper. Lyle later retired from Air Preheater as a Expediter. He was a life time member of the American Legion Post #702 and was a proud member of the Military Color Guard. He was a Life Member of the VFW Post #2530, The Elks Lodge #1495, and was a former member of the the Moose lodge # 601. He enjoyed keeping his lawn mowed, gardening, playing cards , and playing Threes.  Survivors include his daughter, Dollie Ward of Scio; a son, Charles [Patti Haley] McAhon of South Carolina; 2 brothers, Kenneth [Patricia] Rahr of Hornell, and Jack [Joanie] Rahr of Belmont; a sister in law, Joanne Rahr of Belmont; 3 grand daughters, Kim[Randy] Smith, Robin McAhon, and Brandi [Ellis] Dunn; 8 great grandchildren; 7 great great grandchildren; a daughter in law, Carolyn Costello McAhon of South Carolina; several nieces and nephews; and his many good friends including Ron [Jan Hungerford] Tomah.  He was predeceased by his parents, 2 sisters, Doris Eymer and Myrtle Jackson; a brother, Harold “Tink” Rahr; a daughter in law Dodie McAhon; a son in law, Tim Ward. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 18, 2108, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday in the funeral home at 11 am with Reverend Carl Kemp presiding and burial with full military honors will be held in Forest Hills Cemetery. Memorials if desired may be made to any of the following, the Hart Comfort House, Allegany County SPCA, the David A. Howe Library, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.




Paul Bastian

June 19, 1928 ~ April 6, 2017

Merchant Marine & US Army

Paul L. Bastian, 88, of Shongo, N.Y., died Thursday (April 6, 2017) in Highland Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Wellsville, N.Y.  Born June 19, 1928, in Williamsport, Pa., he was the son of John Edward and Florence Logue Bastian. He was a 1945 graduate of Wellsville High School. On Dec. 29, 1948, in Wellsville, he married the former Betty Fisher, who survives.  A US Merchant Marine Veteran, he served honorably from 1945 – 1946. After his marriage, he served honorably the US Army from 1948 – 1951. He was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville in the engineering department for 40 years. Paul enjoyed his time camping with friends and attending blue grass festivals. He also enjoyed the home he built in Shongo, where the beautiful countryside and nature’s surroundings were where he truly found peace. He was very proud to have been a generous blood donor to the Red Cross.  Surviving besides his wife, Betty, are: four children, Barbara (Stephen) Clark, Bonnie (James) Wilson, Robert (Laurie) Bastian and John Bastian; nine grandchildren, Stephanie Clark Tanner, Adam Clark, Robert Shelley, Christopher Shelley, James Wilson, Shelly Bastian, Shandon Bastian Phillips, Lance Bastian and Paul Bastian;  13 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary K. Linza, Thelma Cott, Shirley Bush and Juanita Bastian; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, LaRue Connor.  In keeping with Paul’s wishes, there will be no visitation or service. Memorials may be made to the Red Cross, David A. Howe Library or the Alzheimer’s Association




Virginia Richardson-Comstock

August 21, 1928 ~ July 30, 2017

Virginia R. Comstock, 88, of Wellsville, died Sunday (July 30, 2017) in her home.  Born Aug. 21, 1928, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Harold and Vera Woodard Richardson. She was first married to Gregory Theoclitus, who predeceased her in 1953. She graduated from college in New Jersey and was employed as a medical secretary in Denver, Colo., and later in Wellsville by Dr. Kirk Zinner and Dr. Edwin Comstock. She retired from St. James Hospital in Hornell in 1992 after 11 years of service. Virginia enjoyed crafts, reading, and time spent with family.  Surviving are a daughter, Elizabeth “”Betsy”” (Carl) Whitesell of Wellsville; a grandson, Ricky (Stacie) Rouse of Wellsville; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Natalie Darrone of Delmar, N.Y., and Faye Sweet of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Craig Theoclitus. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday (Aug. 5, 2017) in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, N.Y., with Pastor Jeremy Gorham, of the Crosstown Alliance Church, officiating. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.




Thomas K. McGinnis

March 20, 1928 ~ December 26, 2013

Thomas “TK” McGinnis, 85, of 49 School St., passed away Thursday (Dec. 26, 2013) in Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Honoring his request, there will be no visitation or funeral services. Arrangements are by the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home of Wellsville.  Published in Wellsville Daily Reporter on Dec. 29, 2013




Donald Stephen LaForge

November 5, 1926 ~ December 9, 2010

Air Force – WW2

Donald Stephen LaForge, a long-time resident of Stannards, NY passed away on Thursday, December 9th 2010, after a brief illness. Born November 5th, 1926 in Nile, NY, Don was the first born to Fanny May (Rogers) LaForge and John Robert LaForge. On July 4th 1947 he married Gloria Maxson.  Don graduated from Wellsville High School in 1945, and was a proud member of the undefeated Wellsville High School Lions football team in 1943. Don entered the Air Force in January of 1945, serving as a Navigator in Squadron A-9.  Following WWII, Don returned to Wellsville, working at Sinclair Refining, but soon after went to work in the local automotive business, working at Hancock and Tomlinson, Hackett’s Cadillac, Schmidt’s and Pfunter’s. Don volunteered as Assistant Scout Master for Willing Troop #7 for 10 years, and treasured his time with his scouts. Don served as a long-time councilman for the Town of Willing, as well as deputy supervisor. In retirement, Don managed the Wellsville Office for the Aging Nutritional Site. A proud member and historian for Morrison B. Hayes American Legion, he was also a coordinator for the Alumni Association for a number of years. Don was also a past president and secretary of the Exchange Club, as well as the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club. He was active with the Thelma Rogers Historical Society, having served as president and vice president. His passion for local history and genealogy delighted us all. Don was also a devoted member of the Stannards Methodist Church. He is pre-deceased by his parents, brother Victor LaForge, sister Janet Allen, daughter Rebecca Dawn Razey, and in-laws Lou Vossler, Kenneth Maxson, Alice Allen, and James “Bubby” Maxson. He is survived by his wife, Gloria, daughter Roxie(Fred) Roliczek, sons Robert (Ronna) and Donald Jr. “Tink” (Joanne), and son-in-law Mark Razey. His family includes 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren whom he gave memories of Easter egg hunts, watermelon seed-spitting contests, camping, roasting marshmallows, and mountain pies.  Visiting hours are Monday December 13th from 2-4 pm and 7-9pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home. The funeral will be Tuesday December 14th at 11am at the Stannards United Methodist Church. Donations can be made in his honor to the Stannards United Methodist Church.




Gerald C. Hart

March 3, 1928 ~ August 19, 2011

US Army – Japan


Gerald C. Hart passed away peacefully at his home, Friday August 19, 2011, surrounded by his family and prayer. He was born in Wellsville, NY on March 3, 1928, son of the late Henry and Finola (Wiles) Hart. He was a 1943 graduate of Immaculate Conception School and a 1945 graduate of Wellsville High School. Upon graduation, Gerald was drafted into the US Army and served in the Army of Occupation of Japan as a Technical Sgt. in the 27th. Infantry Regiment “The Wolfhounds” of the 25th Infantry Division, he was stationed in Osaka, Japan. He attended Alfred State College on the GI Bill, where he earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration.. Additionally, he graduated from Buffalo Barber School in 1948. On January 22, 1955, he married Mary Ellen Connor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover; who predeceased him on August 15, 2009. Together they raised ten children: Ellen (Robert) Wartella, of Oneida, Kathleen (Patrick) Godfrey, of Woodbridge, VA, Thomas (Cindy Ewell) Hart of State College, PA, Colin (Theresa Dempsey) Hart of Fredonia, Nora (Craig) Burdick, Jerome (Nancy Anderson), Gabrielle (Rich) Ewell, and Joseph (Christy Forsberg), all of Wellsville, Margaret (Mark) Reuter of Superior, CO, Jonathan (Dawn Hennessey) Hart of Grand Island, and thirty-five grandchildren.  Raising ten children was not a small task for Gerald and Mary Ellen. Together they worked hard to ensure their children were cared for. During his well lived life, he farmed the land on South Hill where he raised beans and potatoes. He owned and operated Crest Haven Vault and Burial Company and Hart Memorials. Gerald was also employed at the US Postal Service for thirty-seven years. Gerald was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Emerald Hook and Ladder Co, American Legion, Moose Lodge, and was a 4th. Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. In addition to his children, he is survived by his sisters Jean Hanks and Judy (Jim) Brush, brothers-in-law, Clinton Adams, Jim (Marlene) Connor, John (Maurice) Connor, and Michael (Melinda) Connor, many nieces and nephews that he held very dear to his heart, and special friends Kevin and Nancy Kailbourne and Gordy Cook. He was predeceased by his brother, Billy Hart, a sister, Esther Adams and a nephew, Billy Hanks. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 pm and Wednesday 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 Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, with Rev. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial. with military honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Comfort House of Allegany County, or the Kelly Cooper Memorial Scholarship Fund % of the Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895.




Mary Arlene Burns-Lewis

October 28, 1925 ~ August 25, 2010

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 Robert E. McDowell

June 4, 1928 ~ September 20, 2010

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Carl Rahr

January 2, 1928 ~ June 1, 2007

US Army

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Carl H. Rahr Sr., 79, of North Highland Ave., passed away Friday (June 1, 2007) at Jones Memorial Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born Jan. 2, 1928, in Wellsville, to Henry and Carmel (Smith) Rahr. On Oct. 11, 1958, in Scio, he married the former Dorothy Browning, who survives. Carl attended the Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, served until his discharge in 1947, and graduated from Villanova University summa cum laude in 1952. He began working for Air Preheater and in 1994, he retired as a senior component application specialist after 42 years of service. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, serving as a lector, president of the Holy Name Society and was still active as the president of the finance committee. Carl was involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and was a Music on the Lawn volunteer. He was active in Wellsville youth baseball for many years, first with Little League and then for 17 years with Babe Ruth. He was instrumental in keeping Babe Ruth going and including Scio in the league. He was honored in 1995 by the Wellsville Baseball Boosters for his continued support to youth baseball and in 1997, he was honored by the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce for his significant contributions to the Wellsville area. Carl enjoyed watching his sons participate in sports. Surviving besides his wife are four sons and eight grandchildren, Stephen (Amy) Rahr and children, Kyle and Julie, of Cave Creek, Ariz, Jeffery (Ellen) Rahr and children, Justin and Allison, of Rockville, Md., David (Amie) Rahr and children Adele and Jordan, of Wellsville, and Carl “CJ” (Kathleen) Rahr Jr. and children Quinn and Brice, of Wellsville; his mother-in-law, Caroline Browning, of Scio; a brother, Richard (Donna) Rahr, of Scio; two sisters, Marion (Thomas William) Moir, of Cleveland, Ohio, and Rita Childs, of Bangor, Maine; as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Earl. A prayer service will take place 9 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated 9:30 a.m. with Monsignor Vincent Becker in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Parish.




Ruth Shirley Buckhout-Marsh

August 14, 1927 ~ March 11, 1989




Beverly Aleta Button-Erickson

January 15, 1928 ~ March 4, 2015

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Beverly Aleta (Button) Erickson “BABE” age 87, of Elmira Heights, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (March 4, 2015) following declining health. She was the only child born to the late Clifford and Ruth (Fuller) Button on January 15, 1928 in Wellsville, NY. Beverly enjoyed an idyllic childhood roller-skating around the streets of Wellsville as well as riding her horse High Tones Lady throughout the countryside. After graduating from Wellsville High School in 1945, she attended her parents Alma Mater, Alfred University. She was a member of Pi Alpha Pi Sorority where she formed many lifelong friends, all of whom she treasured until the end. In 1949, after graduating from AU with a Bachelor’s Degree she took a job teaching 7th grade science in a little village called Elmira Heights, NY. Her classroom happened to be across the hall from a handsome “local boy” who was the 7th grade Social Studies teacher.  Thus began a love affair that was united in marriage on June 28th, 1952 and lasted just shy of 63 wonderful years.  After “retiring” from teaching to focus on raising her growing family, Beverly remained active in the local community. She was a faithful member at Oakwood United Methodist Church where she coordinated the food pantry facilitating its growth from a holiday program for the needy year round. She devoted her time and talents to being a creative and entertaining troop leader for The Girl Scouts, was a member of The Home Bureau as well as coordinated read-a-thons at local schools for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.  Beverly’s interests were as numerous as they were varied. She felt most at peace outside taking in the splendor of nature, whether it was walking in the woods, lazing on the beach of her “Valhalla” on Lake Nosbonsing, Ontario, Canada or creating a masterpiece for all to see in her flower gardens. People would often remark, “Oh, you live in the red house with all of the flowers!” One of her greatest achievement was her impact she had in the lives of her family, friends and even strangers. Her outgoing “chatty” nature often inspired others to recognize their own potential for growth and inner talents. She was a strong willed independent woman who often said whatever she was thinking. Her scientific knowledge, creative mind, kind heart and the sparkle in her eyes inspired others to think outside the box. Her ultimate achievement and what she was most proud of was her legacy, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She left this world giving her family and friends the peace of knowing that they were loved and appreciated.   Beverly is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Kenneth J. Erickson; beloved children: Sheryl Capozzi of Liverpool, NY; Alan (Mary) Erickson of Elmira Heights, NY; Kevin (Norma) Erickson of Cuba, NY; Alyssa (Raymond) McGoldrick of Cooperstown, NY; “Deema”, to her adored grandchildren: Aubrey and Emily Capozzi; Joshua, Jonas (Amy) and Brian Erickson; Zachary Erickson, Sarah (Dave) Wing, Katie (Jared) Morgan; Aisling, Ciara, Fiona and Anya McGoldrick; much loved great-grandchildren: Adrianna, Angelyna and Jovanni; Olivia; Brayden and Logan; Matthew and Ava; Madison, Parker and Evelyn. Family and friends are invited to call at the Oakwood United Methodist Church, 212 Oakwood Avenue, Elmira Heights, NY on Thursday, March 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. or on Friday, March 13 from 10 to 11 a.m. A celebration of life will follow the Friday morning visitation. Pastors Fred Dyer and John McConnell will officiate. Interment will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The family would like to thank with heartfelt gratitude to those who cared for Beverly. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Border Buddies Ministries Inc. Team # 32 P.O. Box # 1254 Elmira, NY 14902



Rita Catherine Starkweather-Roeske

February 13, 1927 ~ December 12, 2007




Amos Litchard Dickinson

November 5, 1927 ~ December 14, 1996




William N. Fidler

December 28, 1927 ~ August 5, 2013

William N. Fidler, 85, of Wellsboro, Pa., passed away at home, Aug. 5, 2013. He was the husband of B. Joanne Learn, whom he married on June 7, 1950.  William was born Dec. 28, 1927, in Wellsville, N.Y., the son of the late Winifred and Howard Seager. William graduated from Wellsville High School with the class of 1945. He was employed at Corning Glass, Penn Wells Hotel and retired from Dresser Mfg. in 1989. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sue Fletcher of Wellsboro; son and daughter-in-law, William N. Fidler, Jr. (Lisa) of Wellsboro; sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Cliff Baish of Wellsville, N.Y.; sister, Beverly Kruger of Wellsville, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Terry White of Virginia Beach, Va., Nicholas Fidler and Christopher Fidler of Wellsboro; two great-grandchildren.  William was preceded in death of a daughter, Linda L. Stahl, on Aug. 28, 2011, and a sister and brother-in-law, Joan (Charles) Leonard.  Local arrangements are by Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home, Ltd., “A Life Celebration Home,” 139 Main St., Wellsboro, Pa. Family and friends are invited to a Graveside Service Thursday (Aug. 8, 2013) at 11 a.m. at the Wellsboro Cemetery with Rev. Robert Shuey officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in William’s name to Susquehanna Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901.



Roger R. Brague

July 19, 1926 ~ December 6, 2009



Gilbert W. Helmer

May 16, 1928 ~ October 8, 1999

US Army

Gilbert W. Helmer, 71, of 2893 Field St., died Friday (Oct. 8, 1999) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a long illness. Mr. Helmer, known by many of his friends as “Gib”, was son of the late Fred H. and Mable Debara Scott Helmer. He was born May 16, 1928 in Port Allegany, Penn.He was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Class of 1945. Mr. Helmer worked at the then  Worthing Co., after attending Alfred University. In 1947, he joined the U. S. Army, serving with the 520 Quartermaster’s Corps at Ft. Bragg, N.C. and in Germany. Upon returning to Wellsville, Mr. Helmer resumed his employment with Worthington Co.  He retired in 1990 as parts marketing supervisor of the Dresser Rand Corp., after 43 years of service. Mr. Helmer was a life long communicant member of First Trinity Lutheran Church, Wellsville, where he was  wed to C. June Brandes. on Sept. 19, 1953. He was a youth Sunday School teacher, an usher, and held several church offices including a term as  congregational president. He was also active in the Fellowship  Group and enjoyed singing in the adult choir.  Mr. Helmer was a dedicated active life member, past president and past Captain of the John McEwen Hose and Chemical Co. #4, of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Dept. He served with distinction in many offices and posts in the fire service. Most notable among them are four years as Assistant Chief and  two years as Chief of the Department. Chief Helmer’s tenure included the challenge of hurricane “Agnes” in 1972 and a severe water crisis in 1977. He inspired others through his unselfish leadership. Always up to the challenge, he sought innovations and procedures that were adopted and have been carried on by his successors, benefiting both the department and the community. Gib served on the Allegeny County Advisory Board for many years. He was Fire Investigator and Special Deputy of the Allegany Co. Sheriff’s Department, where he helped close several cases involving large arson fires. He also held the office as Assistant Fire Coordinator for all of Allegany County for many years. Chief Helmer was a life member of the Allegany County Firefighter’s Association and served as the group’s Chaplain for a number or years. He was a life member of the Southwestern New York Association of Volunteer Firefighters, Fireman’s Association of  the State of New York, International Association of Fire Chiefs. Gib attended many schools and courses in his years in fire service. He was honored in 1998 by his fellow McEwen Hose Company members with a  commendation and plaque for 50 year service. He remained an active and vital part of the fire volunteer service until the time of his death.   Mr. Helmer liked to travel and spent time in the South including Florida. He was an avid HO gauge railroad enthusiast. He is survived by his devoted wife, C. June Helmer; their son, David W. Helmer, Sr. of Wilmington, Del.; two grandchildren, Nicole and David W. Helmer, Jr.; a sister in law, Enda Lehman all of Wellsville and a brother-in-law, Kenneth (Barbara) Brandes of Hamburg, NY Funeral arrangements are under the direction of J. W. Embser Sons, West State St., Wellsville. The family will receive friends at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 North Main St., Wellsville, Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m., with the service following, conducted by Rev. Harold Kitzman, assisted by the Rev. Gerald Drum of Cohocton. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.  Memorials in his name can be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, the Wellsville Fire Department or the Wellsville Ambulance Corp.




Phyllis Arlene Case-Carlin

December 28, 1926 ~ May 9, 2007




George Montgomery Mitchell

May 3, 1928 ~ February 5, 2013

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George Montgomery “Monty” Mitchell, 84, of Lewisville, Texas and previously of Livingston, Texas passed away, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 in Highland Village, Texas. Monty was born May 3, 1928 in Wellsville, NY to Montgomery and Rebea Mitchell. He was the oldest of four children. Monty was preceded in death by his wife, Marion in September 2010; his parents; and a brother, Richard “Dick” Mitchell. Monty graduated from Penn State University in 1949 with a BS in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and moved to Texas to begin his career in the Oil and Gas industry working as a Field Production Engineer for Continental Oil Company. In 1953 he moved back to Pennsylvania and later to New Jersey where he began a rewarding career with Stone and Webster Management Consultants. In 1971 he returned to Texas to work for Transco Companies, Inc as President, CEO and Director until 1974. His career in the Oil and Gas Industry spanned 49 years working primarily as a management consultant, corporate executive, and serving on the Board of Directors of EnergySouth, Inc. and EnergyWest, Inc. In 1975 he was a recipient of the Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor bestowed by Penn State University. In 1950 Monty married Marion Hall and together they raised four children. Monty was active in a number of community and civic organizations including Boy Scouts of America, United Way, Memorial Point Utility District, and the Episcopal Church. He was quick to greet everyone with a genuinely friendly smile and warm handshake. He was a “jolly good fellow”. Monty is survived by his daughters, Nora Bergfield and her husband, Randy of Double Oak, TX and Karen Krauskopf and her husband, David of Leawood, Kansas; sons, Chuck Mitchell and his wife, Sally of Perth, Australia and Philip Mitchell of Volente, Texas; sister, Connie Madara and her husband, Sam of Moorestown, New Jersey; brother, David Mitchell and his wife, Ellen of Edwards, Colorado; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren; as well as many other relatives and friends. A service honoring and celebrating the life of Monty Mitchell will be held Saturday March 2 , 2013 beginning at 11 am at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 836 West Jones Street, Livingston, Texas.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church or the Four Diamonds Fund a childhood cancer-centered charitable organization.



John Richard Keagle

May 4, 1927 ~ November 17, 1995




Alice Ruth Beach-Padden

December 28, 1926 ~ September 9, 2010

Alice R. Padden, 83, of 32 Rochambeau Ave., died Thursday (Sept. 9, 2010)?in the Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville following a brief illness.  She was born Dec. 28, 1926, in the town of Lyndon, the daughter of Wesley W. and Martha A. Saunders Beach.  On Aug. 31, 1945, she was married to Edward T. Padden, who died on Dec. 11, 2000.  She was a graduate of Wellsville High School and had been a former member of the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville.  She had resided in Wellsville until moving to Andover in 2000.  She had been employed in the Wellsville school system cafeteria until her retirement.  She is survived by her mother, Martha A.Beach of Wellsville; daughters, Nancy Knight of California, and Jean (Kenneth)?Collins of Ulysses, Pa.; sons, Kenneth (Pamela)?Padden of Andover, Larry (Debbie) Padden of Andover, and Michael (Alberta)?Padden of Farmington; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a sister, Audrey Robbins of Little Valley; a brother, Harold (Theresa)?Beach of Colorado; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband and sisters, Gladys Brisbee and Betty Ellsessor.  Honoring her request, there will be no visitation.  Gravesite services, under the direction of the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ulysses, Pa. Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Helms officiating.  Memorials may be to a charity of the donor’s choice.




Kenneth H. Amidon

February 6, 1927 ~ May 26, 1993




Clyde Lawrence Shields

November 19, 1926 ~ August 14, 2007

US Navy

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C.  Lawrence Shields, 80 of 64 Jackson Ave, Bradford, PA passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 in Bradford RegionalMedical Center.  He was born on November 19, 1926 in Portville NY, the son of Clyde L. and Iva Mae (Mesler) Shields who precede him in death.  On February 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois he married Dorothy V. Holub who survives.  Mr. Shields attended a one room schoolhouse in Kibbyville, NY and later attended Wellsville Area Schools.He enlisted in the US Navy in November of 1944 where he received his electronics training at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago. He served on the USS Forester.  In 1949, he attended the American Television School. His education was continuous through self-taught studies in electrical engineering and any other subject that he needed to master. Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1947, he returned to his hometown of Alma, NY where he worked in the oil fields as a roustabout.In 1949, he moved to Chicago where he attended the American Television School while working nights at Cinch Manufacturing Company.  In 1950, he established Comet Television selling and servicing televisions in the Chicago area.  In 1953, returned to Alma and was electronic technician for Lee Laboratories working on the first computer transistors.In 1959, he founded Community Television Sales and Service in Wellsville, NY and Shinglehouse, PA where he installed the first television cable systems for what later became Adelphia. He also serviced equipment for the Wellsville, Bradford and Erie radio stations owned by Edwards, Satterwhite and Bromley.During this time, he also installed the first mutual aid radio towers and systems for volunteer fire departments in Allegany County, NY.In 1961, he was one of the founders of Bradford Electronics and began to design and manufacture radio-control systems for Farmers’ Engineering and Manufacturing Company (FEMCO) of Pittsburgh, Pa. as well as designing one of the first portable hand-held “walkie-talkie” radio communication systems.He then joined Allegheny Electronic Chemicals Co as an electronics design engineer and, in 1964 installed the first Control Chief Radio Control System. In 1971, he formed Control Chief Corporation when he purchased the Controls Division of Ventron Electronics.  He remained active at Control Chief as president and Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1992.  where he remained on the Board of Directors.  Upon retirement, he established Fiddlestix, a small woodworking operation that allowed him to devote time to his passion for woodworking.Mr. Shields was one of the organizers of the Citizen’s Minuteman Committee, established to help small businesses grow. It was through this association that lead to his involvement in the assessment of needs for a new water filtration system for the City of Bradford.For the past 25 years, he has served as the Chairman of the Bradford Water Authority.  In 1993 he was named “Decision Maker of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Rural Water Association representing over 600 water systems across PA.  He was also active in Bradford Landmark Society and the Crook Farm, where he raised the funds and constructed the replica of the original Bank that was in Bradford.He was the recipient of the “Man of the Year” by the Bradford Chamber of Commerce.   Supporter of the Grace Lutheran Church of Bradford. He was a member of the Bradford Club, Bradford Gun Club, and the former Valley Hunt Club.  At one time, he was a volunteer fireman and an avid private pilot, using the Harry Emory Airport as his home field.  He was also an active bridge player.Besides his wife he is survived by;  son, Patrick G. Shields of Leonardsville, NY,  daughter, Janine M. (Doug) Bell of  Bradford,  son, Daniel J. (Diane) Shields of Surfside Beach, SC,   ‘adopted’ son Thomas M. Mazza of Leonardsville,  four brothers; Francis (Marge) Shields of Portville,  NY, Richard (Joyce) Shields of Bolivar,  NY,  James (Roberta) Shields of Alma, NY, Robert (Nell) Shields of  Alma,  NY,  7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and is preceded in death by his parents, and 2 sisters, Virginia Shields and Phyllis Dickerson.Visitation will be on Thursday, August 16, 2007 from 3-5 PM and 6-8 PM at Koch Chatley Gaeto Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc where funeral services will be held on Friday August 17, 2007 at 1:00 PM  with Rev. John R. Shubert, Pastor of Grace Lutheran Church.  Entombment will be in St. Bernard Cemetery Mausoleum, Bradford, PA.Memorial Contributions can be made in his memory to the Tuna Valley Trails Association, GraceLutheran Church, or the charity of the donor’s choice.




Robert Francis Walsh

September 27, 1927 ~ June 22, 1994

US Navy WW2, Korea

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Margaret V. McNeil-House

September 29, 1927 ~ June 1, 2003




Norma Miller-Fox

November 29, 1927 ~ August 31, 2001




Donald Clark Aiken

April 1, 1927 ~ November 19, 2004

DONALD C. AIKEN, 77, of 2895 Truax Road passed away on Friday, November 19, 2004 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born April 1, 1927 in Corsica, PA the son of Clark G. and Rachel (Songor) Aiken. On June 10, 1950, in Wellsville he married Jane Ludden, who survives.  Don graduated with the Wellsville High School class of 1945 and was inducted into the Wellsville Sports Hall of Fame with the 1943 undefeated football team. During World War II he entered the U.S. Navy before graduation and received his diploma while in the service. He was employed by C.E. Air Preheater for 39 ½ years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, a member and past president of the Emerald Hook and Ladder Company #3 in Wellsville, a past Chief of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, and a Life Member of the American Legion Morrison Hayes Post # 702. He was a Wellsville Midget League Football coach for several years until 1974. He was affectionately known as PaPa by his grandchildren, and was very involved in their sports and activities. In addition to his wife, Don is survived by 2 sons: Timothy C. (Sandra) Aiken of Wellsville, David P. (Gail) Aiken of Henrietta; 2 daughters: Teresa (Terry) Chisholm of Coudersport, PA, Colleen (Steven) VanScott of Fairport, NY; 13 grandchildren: Brendan, Bryce, Alison, Kristen, Emily, Pat, and Amy Aiken; Shauna, Andrew, and Aaron Chisholm; AJ, Sarahjane, and Donnie VanScott; 2 aunts, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a special friend: Billy Braun. Don was predeceased by 3 sisters: Regina Aiken, Shirley Gavit, and June Aiken, and a brother: Harold “Harley” Aiken. There will be a rosary service held Sunday at 2:30 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville with visitation to follow from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Following a 10:30 am prayer service in the funeral home, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, November 22 in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville at 11:00 am with Father Dennis Wolf as Celebrant. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorial suggestions include the Immaculate Conception School, and the Jones Memorial Hospital Building Fund.




Basil Joseph Inferrera

January 16, 1926 ~ April 8, 1976




Leo Baldwin

September 4, 1926 ~ June 29, 2003

Leo Baldwin, a native of Wellsville, peacefully passed away at his daughter’s home in Jacksonville, FL. Sunday (June 29, 2003) after a short fight with cancer.




Wanda Jacquelyn Burrous-Trumbull

December 17, 1927 ~ March 26, 2004




Norman D. Clark

April 30, 1928 ~ July 20, 1997





Richard Mitchell Storms

September 11, 1927 ~ June 16 1995




Mary Katherine “MaryKay” Weber-Morris

December 8, 1927 ~ January 13, 2002

Mary Kay Morris, nee Weber, age 74, beloved wife of James A.; devoted mother of James (Nancy), Maureen (Michael Martinez), Larry, Paul (Anne), Ann (Nick Ayoub) and Terry; loving grandmother of Katie, Chris, Megan and Libby Martinez, Shannon, Kelsey and Paul Morris, Michael Ayoub, Nicole and Lindsey Morris; dear sister of Kathleen (George) Quinn and Frances (James) Geffers; fond aunt of many. Memorial visitation Thursday 3 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler-Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park. Memorial Mass Friday 9:30 a.m. at St. Edmund Church (please meet at church), 188 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL. Private interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Hillside, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association of Chicago are appreciated.




Kendall Wade Coats

February 14, 1928 ~ February 27, 2000

LTC, U.S. Army, WW II.




Esther Edwards-Elsenheimer

October 4, 1927 ~ April 5, 2010

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Esther Edwards Elsenheimer, 82, of 800 Kings Way Road, Martinsville, VA, King’s Grant Community, died Monday, April 5, 2010 at King’s Grant Health Care. She was born on October 4, 1927 in South Dansville, NY to the late Howard Edwards and Hazel L. Sick Edwards. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul J. Elsenheimer. Mrs. Elsenheimer was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville where she served as an elder, teacher, and worker in the ELI preschool program. She worked for the First Presbyterian Church of Rochester, NY from 1951 to 1959 and was a guide for The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI from 1975 to 1989. Mrs. Elsenheimer was a longtime volunteer at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, VA and will be remembered in the King’s Grant community for the numerous quilts that she made and donated. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Dr. Thomas White of Columbia, SC; sons and daughters-in-law, James Elsenheimer and Mary of Wexford, PA and Mark Elsenheimer and Jill of Brooklyn, NY; sister, Edith Ressler of Lancaster, NY; brother, Richard Edwards of Wellsville, NY and grandsons, Matthew White, Samuel White and Benjamin Elsenheimer. A memorial service will be held at 3:30PM on Monday, April 26, 2010 at Victory Chapel, King’s Grant with Chaplain Paul Johnson and Reverend Randy Stevens officiating. Inurnment will be in the First Presbyterian Church Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 3907, Martinsville, VA 24115 or to Habitat for Humanity, 932 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA 24112.




Clyde O. Greene

June 14, 1925 ~ August 1, 2003




Burdette Boyce Gleason

October 20, 1927 ~ May 16, 2007

US Navy WW2, US Marine Corps Korea

 Burdette B. “Vince” Gleason, After a full and wonderful life, Bud Gleason of Hampstead, NC and Wolf Lake, NY, died peacefully on Wednesday May 16th in Wilmington, NC. He took pride in his family and his service to his communities and country. Bud enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and, after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1950, was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and served during the Korean Conflict. In civilian life Bud was an educator for over thirty years working first as a teacher and then as an administrator in Westchester County, NY. He finished his career in education as superintendent of schools in his adopted hometown of Corning, New York. Bud’s second career was as a Vice President and member of the board of directors of John G. Ullman & Associates, a Corning financial management services firm. Bud was predeceased by his parents, Leland C. Gleason and Angie Boyce, and his sister Jean Gleason Witsil. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Janet Smith Gleason; his daughter Jean Ann of Boulder, CO and his sons James (Kathy) of Binghamton, NY, John of Hanover, NH, Joseph (Mary Margaret) of Clifton, VA, Steven (Jackie) of Laguna Niguel, CA, and Peter (Stephanie) of Potomac Falls, VA. Vince is also survived by his 13 grandchildren who were his pride and joy. Bud leaves behind many dear friends, “adopted sons”, golfing partners and martini aficionados in Corning, North Carolina and at Wolf Lake. His thoughtful advice, humanity and friendship will be missed by his family and friends alike. In keeping with Bud’s wishes a memorial service will be held at the United Methodist Church in Hampstead, NC on Monday May 21st at 1 pm. Despite Bud’s perennial green thumb, the family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers his friends consider donations to Oncology Research at the Duke University Medical Center at Durham, NC or the Burdette B. Gleason Scholarship Fund c/o Corning Painted-Post Area School District. Semper Fidelis




Max Coleman

December 24, 1926 ~ May 16,1987




Edward Schmelzer

December 22, 1925 ~ September 26, 1990




Howard Bergerson

April 16, 1927 ~ November 14, 1989




Jean Marie Haas-Norton

July 2, 1927 ~ July 14, 2001




Maxine Willis-Garman

September 4, 1927 ~ February 26, 2007




Warren Richard Vossler

November 27, 1927 ~ September 14, 1995




Grant Edwin Covill

March 27, 1927 ~ January 21, 2013

Grant Edwin Covill, 85, passed away peacefully (January 21, 2013) at the Homestead in Penn Yan, N.Y. Memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. He was born in Wellsville, N.Y. on March 27, 1927 to Charles and Hazel (Norton) Covill. He is a graduate of Wellsville High School and Alfred University. In 1950 he married Virginia “Ginger” Pflager, who predeceased him in 2003. They lived in Wellsville most of their lives until moving to Easton, Penn. in 1972. Grant was employed as a Service Engineer with Ingersoll Rand Corporation in Phillipsburg, N.J. and traveled throughout the world. In 1986 they moved to Keuka Lake to enjoy their retirement years. In his earlier years he worked at Norton Oil Company which was owned by his grandfather, Grant T. Norton and Covill’s Jewelry Store in Wellsville. A past member of the Willing fire Department, Order of the Free & Accepted Masons, 50 year member of the Corning Consistory, American Legion Post in Genera, St. John’s Episcopal Church, the Boy Scouts of America and the Nancy Howe Players. He joined the United States Navy in 1946 and did his basic training at Sampson Naval Training Base on Seneca Lake, N.Y. In the early 1990’s he helped organize the Sampson Naval Museum and served many years on the Board of Directors. He was a volunteer at the Curtis Museum in Hammondsport and worked part time at Bully Hill Winery in Hammondsport, N.Y. He enjoyed the outdoors by hunting, camping and canoe trips with the Boy Scouts. His hobbies included reading, coin collecting, tracing his ancestry back to the early 1200’s and Naval History. He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Marshall) Young of Hammondsport, N.Y.; a grandson, Blakeney (Katie) Hedrick; a great-granddaughter, Kailey of La Mesa, Calif.; a sister-in-law, Rachael Anne (Richard) Bellows of Waterloo, N.Y.; nieces, Susan Allen, Margaret Kernan, Nancy (Dale) Smith and several great-nieces and nephews.




Julia Alice Walker

June 19, 1927 ~ December 16, 2006




Mona Lucille Murphy-Iven

July 30, 1927 ~ December 11, 2004




Jack Mason

1927 ~ March 24, 2014

Jack Mason, 87, and a former resident of the Fulmer Valley Rd., Andover, passed away on Monday (March 24, 2014) in the Geneva (N.Y.) General Hospital following a brief illness. Honoring his request, there will be no visitation and private services will be at the family’s convenience.  Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.




Wallace William Rushmore

February 7, 1927 ~ October 5, 2005

US Army – Korea

Wallace W. “Bill” Rushmore Jr., 78, of 94  Street, passed away on Wednesday October 5, 2005 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born February 7, 1927 in Wellsville the son of Wallace W. and Gladys Mae (Marsh) Rushmore Sr. On March 25, 1989 in Wellsville he married Barbara Brooker Carl who survives. Bill was a life long resident of Wellsville and a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was first employed by the Railroad and later by the Village of Wellsville for many years retiring in 1985. He was a life member of the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW in Wellsville and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving in addition to his wife Barbara, is 1 son, Gregory Rushmore of Colorado, 1 daughter, Sherry (Bob) Clark of Wellsville, 6 step children, Judy (Dave) Mitchell of Bolivar, Douglas (Theresa) Carl, Brian (Della) Carl, and Donald Carl all of Wellsville, Jeffrey (Nicole) Carl of Andover, Caryn (Brad) Shaver of Laredo, TX, 20 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, 1 brother, Gary (Jean) Rushmore, 1 sister, Alice Carley of Texas and several nieces & nephews. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral with military honors will be Monday October 10th at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Duane Messler presiding. Memorial suggestions include the SPCA serving Allegany County.




Patricia Dennis-Baldwin

March 12, 1928 ~ August 22, 1987




Doris Regina Aldrich-Brown

March 16, 1927 ~ November 9, 1991




John A. “Jack” Broadhead

July 19, 1926 ~ December 6, 2009

US Army Air Corp

John “Jack” Alson Broadhead, 83, of Ticonderoga, passed away at his home on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009.   Jack was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 19, 1926, the son of David Taylor Broadhead and Alene Johnson Broadhead.  Jack spent his childhood years in Jamestown, N.Y. and then later in Wellsville, N.Y.  In 1943, Jack enlisted in the Army Air Corps while still a high school student. He was called to active duty in January of 1945. When peace was declared in July of 1945, Jack continued to serve his country stateside.  He graduated from Wellsville High School, Class of 1946, and enrolled in Sampson College. While attending Sampson, Jack met Peggy Raynor, a student at nearby Hobart and William Smith College (Geneva, N.Y.) They later eloped and were married in February of 1948. After he and Peg moved to Rochester, N.Y., Jack began a management training program with F.W. Woolworth Co.  In 1953, Jack, Peg and their young daughter, Cynthia moved to Ticonderoga, where Jack managed the Woolworth Store. They loved the scenic beauty of the Adirondacks and decided to make Ticonderoga their permanent home. Jack ended up changing careers, and went to work for International Paper Co. as part of the accounting department.  Jack spent many active years serving his community. He served as an Elder in the Congregational Church, was a member of the EMA Board, a longtime member of the Board of Directors at the Ticonderoga Country Club, and also served as commissioner and treasurer of the Ticonderoga Fire Department. His greatest love was playing tennis; he taught tennis at North Country Community College for many years. Jack was also an avid reader and Civil War buff. He excelled at swimming, and enjoyed canoeing, hunting, and hiking in his beloved Adirondack Mountains.  Jack’s retirement from International Paper Co. in 1985, coincided with the loss of his dearly loved dachshunds, Tristan and Isolde. His co-workers banded together and presented him with a beautiful dachshund puppy as a retirement gift. “Frank” became Jack’s constant companion through many of his retirement years.  Jack is survived by Peg Broadhead, his wife of 61 years; his daughter, Cynthia Ellison of Brandenburg, Ky.; and his granddaughter, Karris Villalba of Nashville, Tenn.  During his long illness, Jack received excellent and loving care at home from High Peaks Hospice. His family has expressed their wish that anyone who wants to remember Jack in a special way, send a gift in memory to High Peaks Hospice, P.O. Box 192, Port Henry, NY 12974.   At Jack’s request, there will be no calling hours or services.




Carolyn Anna Howe-DeGroff

December 8, 1927 ~ December 16, 2002




Betty Ruth Roeske-Buckley

August 22, 1925 ~ November 1986




Frank Lewis Hubbard

August 24, 1927 ~ September 23, 2007

US Air Force

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Frank L. Hubbard, 80, of Oklahoma City died 23 September 2007. Born 24 August 1927 in Andover, New York to Frank and Edna Hubbard. He was an eagle scout. He served in the Air Force and the Oklahoma Highway Department. He was a graduate of Howard Payne University. Survived by his wife, Helen; daughters, Pamela Bain of San Antonio and Heidi Schapansky of Tulsa; two sons, Thomas Hubbard of Norman and Michael Hubbard of Dallas; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Wednesday, September 26, 2007, at the Tinker Air Force Base Chapel. Interment will follow at Kolb Cemetery. Viewing will be at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. Published in The Oklahoman on Sept. 25, 2007



Gordon Miller

February 18, 1928 ~ March 14, 2015



Mary Mildred McGinnis-Dean-Thompson

September 6, 1926 ~ February 15, 1988




John Patrick “Jack” Bush

December 7, 1927 ~ April 9, 2012




Onalee H. Sweet-Bishop

August 10, 1926 ~ July 18, 2014

Onalee Bishop, August 10, 1926 – June 18, 2014, Plant City, Florida  Onalee Bishop was born August 10, 1926 in Wellsville, New York and passed away June 18, 2014 in Borger, Texas. Preceded in death by her husband, Muldrow. Cryptside service will be held Friday, June 20, 2014 at Restland Memorial Park, Whispering Waters Mausoleum.




Miriam C. Sullivan-Whitney

February 17, 1927 ~ December 13, 2000




Howard LaPolt

March 22, 1927 ~ April 2, 1994




Duwayne Wilson

July 21, 1926 ~ August 18, 2003