Class of 1946 In Memoriam


Velma Arlene Miller-Guild

July 21, 1929 ~ December 8, 2020

Velma Guild, age 91, formerly of Wellsville, passed from this life on Tuesday (December 8, 2020) at the Total Loving Care nursing home in New Caney, Texas surrounded by loving family.   Velma was born on July 31, 1929 in Hornell, NY the youngest daughter of William Barney Miller and Louise Marie (Roosa) Miller.  She was born with beautiful red hair, a color which she kept well into her 80’s.  Velma started school at Fulmer Valley School, later attended Allentown School, District 6 country school on Baldwin Rd., and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1946. She took a post graduate course at the high school and became a seamstress which was a life-long interest.  On October 9, 1949 she married Howard Wesche and moved to the Herman Wesche farm in Belmont, where they built a new home. Shortly after their two sons Mark and Neil were born they purchased an adjacent farm closer to Belmont.  After graduation Velma worked at the Wellsville glove factory for several years. In 1955 she became a substitute kindergarten teacher at Belmont Central School. During this time, she was president of the Belmont Parent-Teacher Association. She then worked for The Belmont Dispatch newspaper. In 1961 Velma took a Civil Service typing test, received top rating and started work with the Allegany County Board of Supervisors. In 1963 Velma started work as Account-Clerk Typist for the Allegany County Dept. of Highways which she performed for 19 years. She completed her 24-year career with the county working at the Treasurer’s Department until retirement in June of 1985. Later she worked part time for Amity Title Services, Monroe Abstract.  Velma was a lifetime member of The Order of Eastern Star. She was Matron of the Belmont M. Eva Williams chapter in 1959, 1974 and 1975. In 1976 she became District Deputy Grand Matron representing the Allegany District. Velma became a member of the Catherine Schuyler Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1955. She was also a member of the Belmont Grange, the Scio Senior Citizen’s Sunshine Club, Allegany District Matron’s and Patron’s Club (O.E.S.). Velma regularly attended the Gospel Tabernacle Church and the Presbyterian Church of Wellsville.  In her younger days, Velma liked to bike ride, run, roller skate and square dance. In later years she enjoyed playing cards, sewing and travel. In the winter months Velma and Howard Wesche would retreat to their home in Sarasota, Fla. returning each spring.  Surviving Velma are sons Mark Wesche of Rochester, and Neil Wesche (Alyson) of Kingwood, Texas. Velma has three grandchildren, Katrina Dohse (Shea), Thomas Wesche (Deirdre Hall), and Alyssa Wesche, all from Kingwood, Texas. She has two great-grandchildren, Connor Dohse and Colton Dohse of Kingwood, Texas, several nieces and nephews and many dear friends.   Velma is predeceased by parents William and Louise Miller, brother Myron Miller, and sister Elizabeth Burdick. She is also predeceased by her husband Howard Wesche, husband Howard Guild, and daughter-in-law Catie Stone-Ferraro.  ​Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Dr. in Wellsville. Viewing will be on Monday, January 4 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm with the funeral and graveside services immediately following.  Interment will be in the Woodland Cemetery in Wellsville.  



Vaughn Joel Phelps

June 3, 1929 ~ December 2, 2018

Vaughn J. Phelps, MSgt, USMC (retired), passed away on December 12th, 2018 at the age of 89 at the Ashton Living Center in Ashton, Idaho. Vaughn was born in Wellsville, New York to Vrooman James Phelps and Ardys Clark Phelps and was the eldest of three children having two younger sisters, Audrey and Carolyn. Upon graduation, Vaughn joined the US Marine Corps where he would spend a career of over 20 years serving his country through 3 wars. During his time in the Marine Corps, he met his first love Ruby Basden. They became parents of two sons, James and Orval.  After the Marine Corps, Vaughn was employed in many other professions including electrician, millwright, welder, pipefitter and carpenter with the family moving to Ashton in 1974. Vaughn volunteered and performed duties for many organizations thought his life. He was a scout leader at many levels for the Boy Scouts of America, a service officer and president of the American legion, member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a Certified Nurses Aid for the Ashton Living Center, a member of the Fremont County Ambulance Crew and a Mason. In 1988, he lost Ruby to emphysema.  In 1992, he married Claribell Stephens with whom he would spend the rest of his life. Vaughn and Claribell loved and took care of each other while they traveled to enjoy time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They volunteered with the Red Cross Blood drives, participated in Boys and Girls state, and assisted many other community organizations. Vaughn gave a lifetime of service to his country and community. When Vaughn’s health began to decline, he became a resident of Ashton Living Center, where he proceeded to keep the wonderful staff there on their toes until he drifted away on December 12.  Vaughn is survived by his wife Claribell, sisters Audrey Chouffi and Carolyn Cloud, sons James Phelps and Orval Phelps, step-children Kay Stephens, Mark Stephens, Bill Stephens, Tony Stephens, Joy Puckett and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date, and in lieu of flowers please donate to the American Legion, Red Cross, or Ashton Living Center. Vaughn will be greatly missed by all those who loved him.  Published in Idaho State Journal on Dec. 23, 2018


Betty Thompson-Jacobs

1928 ~ June 13, 1961



Donald Newland

February 14, 1929 ~ October 4, 2016

Donald H. Newland, age 87, of Wellsville, N.Y., passed away on Tuesday (Oct. 4, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on Feb. 14, 1929, in Port Allegany, Pa., to Harold and Anna (Firman) Newland. On Sept. 17, 1949, he married the love of his life, Norma Mallery, who predeceased him on Feb. 22, 2011.  Don graduated from Wellsville High School in 1946. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army until 1949. He was stationed in Fort Bliss, assigned to Battery B, First Guided Missile Regiment where he was selected to work on the Von Braun team to develop the guidance system (gyro) for the V2 Rocket that subsequently became part of the NASA Space Program. Don also served as a military escort for service personnel that were killed in WWII when their remains were repatriated to the United States. Following his service, Don was a Senior Development Engineer at Eastman Kodak and then hired as an Engineering Section Leader at General Dynamics in Rochester.  Along with his wife Norma, Don was owner and operator of Mallery Television for over 40 years.  The community of faith was a driving force in his life. He was a member of the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville where he served as a deacon, elder and an interim speaker. He also wrote and acted in The Players, a church drama group.  Don volunteered in the local community including delivering Meals on Wheels, assisting others through a volunteer driver program and initiating the first volunteer glass recycling program.  He was an avid golfer, fisherman, and at a young age became a die-hard NY Yankees fan.  Don is survived by a son, Dr. Guy (Cherie) Newland of Beavercreek, Ohio; three daughters, Jan Pratt of Wellsville, Carrie (Larry Peacock) Whitwood of Wellsville, and Andrea Hall of Tennessee; son-in-law, Brian Thomas of Georgia; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.  Don was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Norma; his daughter, Leslie Thomas; a brother, Andrew; and six sisters, Marie, Marion, Elva, Arla, Florence and Helen.  Calling hours will be held on Saturday (Nov. 12, 2016) at 1 p.m. at the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville, N.Y.; a Celebration of Life will follow at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leslie Newland Thomas Memorial Scholarship Fund, % Wellsville High School, 126 West State Street, New York, 14895. 



Lawrence Olin Mallory

October 14, 1928 ~ February 22, 2011



Onalee Mae Fisher-Miller

February 15, 1927 ~ January 3, 2020

Onalee Mae MILLER, 92, of Clarence, NY, formerly of Wellsville, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2020 at Brothers of Mercy, Clarence, NY.   Onalee’s passion was tending to the children at the church. She served with the church’s bus ministry, allowing neighborhood children to attend Sunday School. She took care of their needs behind the scenes.  Born February 15, 1927, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Edward and Dorothy Clark Fisher. Onalee attended Wellsville Central School.  She attended Brookside Wesleyan Church, Wellsville, where she served in the nursery for several years.  Onalee worked at The Button Factory, Jones Memorial Hospital, and Wellsville and Houghton nursing homes. She was a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps from 1973 to 1991 and also served as president in the early 1980’s.  On September 8, 1946, in Wellsville, she married Myron A. Miller, who predeceased her on February 16, 2015. Onalee worked alongside of her husband at their family business, Miller’s Garage and Trailer Sales, retiring in 1993.  Surviving are: three children, Roger (Karen) Miller of Columbus, OH, Rodney (Sherie) Miller of Creston, OH, and Roxanne (Thomas) Fisk of Lockport; five grandchildren, David (Laura) Miller, Betsy (Todd) Russell, Andrew (Nancy) Fisk, Benjamin (Karen) Fisk, and Peter (Katie) Fisk; ten great-grandchildren, Joshua (Danielle) Miller, Matthew Miller, Zachary Russell, Caleb Russell, William Fisk, Rachel Fisk, Charlotte Fisk, Claudia Fisk, Ryan Fisk, and Jillian Fisk; two sisters, Betty Bastian of Wellsville and Patricia Black of Wellsville; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Richard Fisher and Raymond Fisher.  Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 11, 2020 in the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY with no prior visitation. Rev. Robin George will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.  Memorials may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 206, Wellsville, NY 14895. 



Claude Ellsworth Jr.

October 29, 1927 ~ November 22, 2006




Lawrence Richard Vossler

November 30, 1929 ~ June 25, 2016

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Lawrence Richard Vossler, 86, of 76 Hills Street was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, June 25, 2016 with his family at his side. He was born November 30, 1929 in Wellsville, the son of the late Karl B. and Bertha (Brandes) Vossler. On August 30, 1958 in Amherst, he married Margery Louise Brand who survives. Larry was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School and graduated from SUNY Alfred in 1981 with an AAS Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was first employed on the family dairy farm, in partnership with his father and brother Don. He later worked for Dresser-Rand in Wellsville from 1968 until he retired in 1993. He was a lifelong member of First Trinity Lutheran Church where he was an active member of the Couples Club, Choir, Board of Elders, and Men’s Club. He served as a Councilman on the Wellsville Town Board from 1973 to 1989, he was a member the Allegany County Fair Board and served as a Director from 1995 to 2009, a member of the Belmont and Wellsville Rotary Clubs, and was a merit badge counselor and troop committee member while his boys were members of the Boy Scout Troop 705.  Surviving in addition to his wife of 57 years are three children, Rev. Dr. L. Richard Vossler Jr. and his wife Coralyn of Livingston, NJ, Terry E. Vossler and wife Janet of Butler, PA and Karl S. Vossler and his wife Lori of Purcellville, VA, nine grandchildren, Christopher and Amy Vossler, Benjamin Vossler, Sara Vossler, Christopher and Shannon Schroeder, Heather and Maxwell Muska, Matthew and Sarah Schroeder, Katrina Vossler, Michael Vossler, and Elizabeth Vossler, three great grandchildren, Juliette Schroeder, Zachariah Schroeder, and Harper Muska. One sister, Marilyn V. Palmer and her husband Jack of Avon Park, FL, a brother-in-law, Peter T. Brand of Hamburg, as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Walter K. and Florence Vossler and Donald W. and Janice Vossler, along with a sister-in-law, Dorothy Brand.  Friends are invited to visit with the family on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 10:00 am till noon at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 North Main Street in Wellsville. A memorial service with follow the visitation at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Trinity Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, the Hart Comfort House, or the American Diabetes Association.




Bruce Herman

June 2, 1928 ~ February 10, 2016

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Bruce E. Herman, 87, of Spring Hill, FL and Lakeville, N.Y. died on Feb. 10, 2016 at Bayfront Health Brooksville. Born on June 2, 1928, in Wellsville, N.Y., he was the son of August and Catherine Arnold Herman. On June 7, 1985, he married Betty Bennett Short, who survives.  Bruce was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School, a 1959 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and a 1974 graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the occupation of Japan after World War II and serving again during the Korean Conflict with the 301st Logistical Command.  He was employed in various positions and locations with The Air Preheater Company and Combustion Engineering, Inc. from 1953 to 1983. After early retirement, he formed B H Associates, a consulting business that assisted middle market companies interested in acquisitions and/or divestitures. At the time of his death, he was Chairman of the Board and a Director of P-G Industries of Anniston, AL. Among other activities he served as a Director on several Boards and was a past Director of the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation of Villa Grove, CO.  An active member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Geneseo, NY, he was project coordinator of construction of their new facility in 1997-1998 and served on many teams and committees, in recognition of his and his wife’s dedication to the building project, the congregation named the Fellowship room “Herman Hall”. He was a current associate member of Nativity Lutheran Church in Weeki Wachee, FL.  In addition to his wife survivors, include two sons, Daniel E. Herman of Detroit, MI and the Rev. Dr. John D. (Leslie) Herman of Greenbackville, VA; step-daughter, Diana (Mark) Sherwood of Lakeville, NY; four lovely granddaughters, Kristin Herman (Samuel) Langholz of Ankeny, IA, Catherine Herman (Scott) Hesh of Greenbackville, VA, Danielle Sherwood (Alex) Keogan of Buffalo, NY and Gabrielle Sherwood of Lakeville, NY; two grandsons, Javon Michael and Denauti Deshaun Herman of Detroit, MI; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew Robert and Adam John Langholz of Ankeny and Karla Joy Hesh of Greanbackville. Also surviving him is his sister, Joanne Herman Brandes of Wellsville, NY.  Bruce was predeceased by his parents; an infant son, David Bruce; his brother, James Herman; and his sister, Janet Herman Lang. There will be a memorial service at St. Timothy Lutheran Church in Geneseo, NY at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 5015 Lakeville Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454, or to the donor’s choice.




Eleanor Kruger-Cott

March 21, 1928 ~ November 5, 2010

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Eleanor Kruger Cott, 82, of the Petrolia Road died unexpectedly on Friday, November 5, 2010 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness. She was born March 21, 1928 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Henry and Amelia (Dornow) Kruger. On February 20, 1965 in Wellsville she married J. Bernard Cott who predeceased her on November 6, 1997.  Eleanor was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School; where she was on the staff and did all the art work for the first issue of the new yearbook “Sonnontouan”. She was formerly employed as a draftsman and computer programmer for C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville from 1946 until her retirement in 1984. Several organizations enjoyed her artistic talents and the donation of her time; including the Wellsville Art Association, Allegany Art Association, the Garden Club, the Thelma Roger Genealogical and Historical Society and the Jones Memorial Hospital; Hemlock Twig. She was a Hospice volunteer, served on the David A. Howe Public Library; Restoration Committee and was a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church; where she was active in the choir, Ladies Aid, Dorcas Guild as well as several other committees.     She is survived by a sister-in-law, Thelma Cott of Florida, a niece, Karen Cott Evans in Jacksonville, FL and two nephews James E. Cott in Gainesville, FL and David R. Cott in Jacksonvillle, FL. as well as several cousins, including, Lois Johnston of Canandaigua, Roy Krueger of Raleigh, NC, Harold Krueger of Rockford, IL, Robert “Kip” Krueger of Orchard Park, Glen W. Kruger and Kristen A. Kruger both of Wellsville. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband, by a sister, Alice Kruger on May 17, 1982.     The funeral will be Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 North Main Street in Wellsville, with Rev. Robert Morris presiding. Friends are invited to a reception in church from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm and visitation will be in church from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Houghton. Memorial donations are suggested to the First Trinity Lutheran Church, the David A. Howe Public Library or any charity of the donor’s choice.




 Norma Mallery-Newland

October 14, 1928 ~ February 22, 2011

Norma M. Newland of 65 O’Connor Street; her faith became sight on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born in Wellsville on October 14,1928 to Norman and Mary Stevens Mallery. On September 17, 1949 in Wellsville she married Donald Newland who survives. Norma graduated from Wellsville High School and along with her husband operated Mallery TV on the Bolivar Road. She loved music, family and friends and especially board games. Norma was a Literacy Volunteer of Allegany County and also a volunteer for hospice. She had great faith and was a long time active member of the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville. Surviving besides her husband: a son Guy (Cheryll) Newland of Beaver Creek, OH.; 3 daughters, Jan (John) Pratt of Wellsville, Carrie (Larry Peacock) Whitwood of Wellsville and Andrea (Mathew Mumper) of Portville ; a son in law Brian Thomas of Annapolis, MD.; 15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; a brother, Raymond Mallery of Belmont as well as several nieces and nephews. Norma was predeceased by a daughter, Leslie Thomas; 3 brothers, Malcolm, William and Lawrence Mallery and a sister, Margaret DeLang. Friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 26, 2011, from 12 noon to 1pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville. Her funeral service will take place at 1 pm in the funeral home with Ralph Eastlack presiding. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Leslie Newland Thomas Memorial Scholarship, 126 West State Street, Wellsville, New York 14895




Mary Catherine Deery-Ordiway

May 1, 1928 ~ December 20, 2004

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 Francis Patrick Dean

December 15, 1928 ~ January 9, 2013

Francis Patrick Dean, 84, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2013, with his beloved wife, Virginia, and his daughters at his side. Francis, son of the late Jerome J. and Catherine Baker Dean, was born in the Dean family home at 376 South Main Street, Wellsville, N.Y., on December 15, 1928. He married Virginia Seligman on July 21, 1956, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bath, N.Y. Francis was raised in Wellsville and was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church. He graduated from Immaculate Conception School and Wellsville High School, Class of 1946, and attended St. Bonaventure University. Francis served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. In 1955, he began his career in the automobile industry at Lester Chevrolet, later becoming part-owner of Hetzel-Dean Motors in Wellsville. The Dean family moved to California in 1970, and he was a parishioner of Assumption Catholic Church. Francis owned dealerships in Wellsville, San Leandro, Calif., Burlingame, Calif., and Pittsburgh, Pa. Francis was an avid sports fan and golfer, and he competed for many years in the Honda Pro-Am Golf Tournament. His community memberships included the Wellsville Lions Club, Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, and the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department’s Emerald Hook & Ladder Company No. 3. Francis is survived by Virginia, his loving wife of 56 years, and their five daughters, Francie (Ken) Kunaniec, Carol (Jerry) Kekos, Cathy (George) Cramer, Mary Dean (Stephen Hegel), and Teresa (Gene) Fynes, as well as eight grandchildren. Francis is also survived by his siblings, Mary Catherine Quinn, Margaret (Robert) Lagonegro, Helen (Jack) Schneble, John (Wanda) Dean and Tom (JoAnn) Dean; and his sister-in-law Aurella Dean. Francis was pre-deceased by his parents; four older brothers, William, James, Richard and Edward; and a brother-in-law, James Quinn. Francis also leaves many nieces, nephews and godchildren, in addition to longtime friends who have greatly enriched his life. Visitation is Friday, January 18, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville, with the Rev. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, N.Y. 14895; the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company No. 3, 40 South Main Street, Wellsville, N.Y., 14895; or to a charity of one’s choice.




Patricia Nye-McClure

February 20, 1928 ~ September 12, 2013

Patricia Nye McClure, 85, of St. Petersburg, Fla., passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 12, 2013.  She was born to the late Mabel and Lyle Nye, on Feb. 20, 1928 in Wellsville, N.Y. Pat graduated from Wellsville High School in 1946 with honors. She continued with her education in her late fifties and went on to graduate with her nursing certificate from St. Petersburg College in Florida. She married Raymond D. McClure in 1948 and they lived in St. Petersburg, Fla. In her youth she held the job of telephone operator in the town of Wellsville, N.Y. Later she was a floral designer, certified in Watkins Glen, N.Y. In middle age she managed the famous K.F.C. Franchise in Richmond, Va. She traveled to many places, including Beirut, Greece, Amsterdam, as well as the west coast of the United States and Alaska. She also owned and managed an Adult Congregate Living Facility for many elderly people. Pat was an artist in many ways; a master knitter of Afghans, baby blankets, sweaters; amazing seamstress, making outfits for her little girls and nieces. She loved children and she was a great Girl Scout leader, teaching basketry and how to be creative with anything found in nature. Pat was a great cook and baker and loved to collect recipes. She always had a great meal on the table and anyone was welcome. Her loving family includes her husband of 65 years, Raymond; her brother, Eugene Nye of Newberry S.C.; her four children, Daniel McClure (Antoinette) of Shortsville N.Y., Timothy McClure (predeceased), Kathee Sive of Wellsville N.Y., and Debbie McClure of Largo Fla.; her 3 grandchildren, Lonnie Childs of Watkins Glen N.Y., Kathleen Lovett (William) of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Zackary Sive of Wellsville N.Y.; her 5 great-grandchildren, Dalicia, Serena, Mia, Leah and Andrew Lovett; also her many nieces and nephews. Celebrating Patricia’s memorial will be in Wellsville, N.Y., at a future date. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to your local Hospice Organization.




E. Helen Hornburg-Link

April 1, 1928 ~ December 8, 2013

Helen Hornburg Link, 85, of the Meservey Hill Road passed away Sunday (Dec. 8, 2013) at the Highland Park Health Care Center in Wellsville. She was born April 1, 1928, in Wellsville, to Walter C. and Ruth Breneke Hornburg. On Feb. 3, 1951, in Wellsville, she married Harold Link, who predeceased her Dec. 6, 2002. Helen graduated from Wellsville High School and worked for the Woolworth and Grants department stores in Wellsville. She later worked on the farm with her husband and will be remembered for driving the team of horses during the hay season. She was a very determined and outgoing woman who enjoyed being outside and was devoted to her family. Helen was a devout Christian who would say a prayer anywhere and at any time. She was a life member of the Trinity Lutheran Church who taught Sunday school and had been a member of the couples’ club. Helen enjoyed birds, and was a member of the Allegany County Bird Club as well as an active participant of the Wellsville Senior Center. She is survived by a son, Gary (Nancy) Link of Wellsville; a daughter, Linda (Arnold) Hurd of Wellsville; five grandchildren, Jackie (Andre) Harris, Ann (Brad) Ball, Amy Hurd, Laura (Andy Hunt) Link and Brian Link; five great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was predeceased by a sister, Doris Burton.Friends are invited to call from 11 to 1 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 14 2013), in Trinity Lutheran Church, with a funeral service set to follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Robert Morris presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery.




Barbara Neal-Brown

October 26, 1928 ~ September 19, 2010

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Berwyn J. Hauser

October 11, 1928 ~ September 21, 2010

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George DeBarbieri

July 13, 1927 ~ September 13, 2018

George J. DeBarbieri, 91, of 3432 North Drive passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital.  He was born on July 13, 1927 in Wellsville, the son of the late George J. and Helen (Fox) DeBarbieri Sr. On May 30, 1953 in Wellsville he married Jeanette Fanton, who survives. George attended Wellsville High School, and served with the Merchant Marines. He was first employed at the Sinclair Refinery, and the DeBarbieri Sporting Goods Store in Wellsville. He was later employed by Worthington Corporation in Wellsville for 37 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, he enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee at McDonald’s, and was an avid golfer.  Surviving in addition to his wife is a son, Michael (Susan) DeBarbieri of Portville, a daughter, Laurie A. DeBarbieri of Naples, Florida, three grandchildren, Amy (Michael) Pope, Joseph (Kate) DeBarbieri, and John DeBarbieri, five great-grandchildren, Matthew, Ellie, and Charlotte Pope, and Samuel and Maxwell DeBarbieri, one sister, Marguerite D. Graves of Pittsford, a sister-in-law, Marilyn Lampman of Tulsa, OK, as well as several several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a sister, Letitia Parron, two brothers, Louis, and Richard DeBarbieri, and two brothers-in-law, Harry Graves, and George Lampman.  Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House.




James B. McClure

June 2, 1928 ~ October 11, 2010

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Jean Louise Hanchett-Patrick

May 24, 1928 ~ June 6, 2010

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Mary Jo Pieri-Shirey

September 6, 1927 ~ April 13, 1999




Marian Brandes-Graves

March 11, 1928 ~ September 12, 2018

Marian E. (Brandes) Graves, 90, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 at the Carlton Shores Nursing Home in Daytona Beach, Florida.  She was born on March 11, 1928, the daughter of Melvin and Marie (Pohl) Brandes, who had resided on Beach Hill in the Town of Willing. On July 28, 1946 she married Richard Graves, who predeceased her on July 1, 2018  Marian was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School, and worked throughout her life, retiring at the age of 82.  She is survived by a son, Ronald (Vicki) Graves of Oregon; and a daughter, Linda Graves of Florida; three grandchildren, Sarah Graves of Oregon, Alicia (Ben) Port of Oregon, and Dr. Jason (Anna) Graves of England; five great-grandchildren, Shelby, Carter, and Olly Port of Oregon, and Zofia, and Justav Graves of England; four sisters, Marette Pace of California, Myrtle (Louie) Smith of Wellsville, Marcella Graves of Scio, and Margaret (Carl) Cross of Wellsville; one brother, Melvin (June) Brandes of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband of 71 years, by a son, Stephen, and an infant daughter, Susan.   Internment will be in the the Graves Family Cemetery in Shongo at a later date.




Mary Lois Perkins-Perry

December 7, 1928 ~ November 13, 2008

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V. Ellis Stout

April 20, 1928 ~ October 12, 2008

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James G. Cretekos

January 6, 1928 ~ April 27, 2014

James G. Cretekos, age 86, died on April 27, 2014 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. He was a lifelong resident of Wellsville who was born on January 6, 1928, the son of George J. and Anastasia Paraskavopoulos Cretekos. On August 22, 1954 in Wellsville he married Ann Forman who predeceased him on December 30, 2003.  Jim was an Army veteran, earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Buffalo and his Masters Degree from St. Bonaventure University. He was a professor of Chemistry at SUNY Alfred and active in the United University Professions for many years before his retirement. Jim was very proud of his Greek heritage and visited the birthplace of his father in Sykia, Greece many times over the years with his family. He was a founding organizer of the Greek Open Golf Tournament in Wellsville, later named the Hellenic Invitational Golf Tournament held in Coudersport, Pennsylvania. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends and a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. His previous community contributions include election commissioner for Allegany County, Trustee of Jones Memorial Hospital, member of the Allegany County Legislature, Supervisor of the Town of Wellsville, Mayor of the Village of Wellsville, and an active member and past Exalted Ruler of the Wellsville BPOE.  Jim is survived by his five children, Stacey Cretekos , Cynthia (Doug) Young, George (Jolene) Cretekos, Greg Cretekos (Lydia Yawney), Karen Cretekos (Mark Buchalter) and ten grandchildren; Kyla, Niko and Lily Cretekos-Gross of Congers, NY, Jimmy Young of Troy, NY, Andy (Heidi) Young of North Greece, NY, Emily Young of Saratoga Springs, NY, Jimmy Cretekos of Rochester, NY, Terry Cretekos of Chicago, IL, Louis and Benjamin Buchalter of Seattle, WA., as well as Several nieces and nephews.  Jim was predeceased by his parents, his wife Ann, a sister Katherine Toporas, 3 brothers, Jack Cretekos, Dr. Constantine “Gus” Cretekos and Stephen Cretekos, a son in law, Michael Gross. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 1, 2014, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Greek Orthodox funeral service with Father George Zervos presiding will be held at 11:30 am on Friday at the St. John’s Episcopal Church on Main Street in Wellsville. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and donations in Jim’s name can be made to a Wellsville based organization of your choice.




Mary Jane Sibble-Greene

April 29, 1927 ~ September 1, 2014

Mary Jane Greene, 87, of 11 Lunn Court passed away on Monday, September 1, 2014 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a brief illness. She was born April 29, 1927 in Sugarcreek, PA, the daughter of the late Walter and Edith (Sloss) Sibble. On August 27, 1949 at the Wellsville United Methodist Church she married Robert Greene who survives.  Mary Jane was a graduate of Wellsville High School. She was employed as a switchboard operator for New York Telephone and Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville. She loved to cook for her family, crochet and sew. Surviving in addition to her husband is one son, Thomas A. (Glenna) Greene of Lakeland, Florida, six grandchildren, 11 Great Grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a son, John Greene, a brother Daniel and four sisters, Mabel, Ruth, Martha and Evelyn. Friends are invited to call on Friday (September 5, 2014) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 3:00 pm. with Pastor David Means presiding. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or the Hart Comfort House.




Alice Marie Ives-Flynn

January 17, 1929 ~ October 1, 1981

Alice Ives




Betty June Bailey-Jones-Healey-Palmer

August 23, 1929 ~ March 15, 1991

Betty Bailey-Palmer




Charles Robert Reuning

August 2, 1928 ~ June 29, 1999

Charles ReuningCharles R. Reuning, formerly of Wellsville, who died June 29, 1999, in South Carolina, will be reinterred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville on June 2, 2012. Friends are invited to a graveside service at 11 a.m. in the cemetery.




Ella Evelyn Lamphier-Nicholson

November 15, 1929 ~ January 14, 2003


Ella Lampher-Nicholson




Ellen Louise Mathers-McGinnis

June 5, 1928 ~ August 1, 2005

Ellen Mathers-McGinnis

Ellen Louise Mathers McGinnis, 77, of Whitney Avenue, Belmont, N.Y., formerly of Wellsville, N.Y., passed away Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at home, following declining health. Born June 5, 1928, in Towanda, she was the daughter of the late Francis Marion and Hila Louise Meredith Mathers.  Ellen was a graduate of Wellsville Central School, Class of 1946.  In earlier years Ellen was employed by the Sinclair Refinery in Wellsville, and by Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was later employed by the Alleghany County Personnel Department for a number of years.  Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Michael Wyrough of Rochester, N.Y.; two daughters, Susan McGinnis Brown of Chalfont, Pa., and Katherine McGinnis of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; two granddaughters, Kelly and Katherine Wyrough; and her sister-in-law, Agnes Adam Griffin of Wysox.  She was preceded in death by a brother, James Evan Mathers. A graveside service will be held at noon on Saturday at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Towanda, with the Rev. Maureen Hipple, rector of Christ Episcopal Church, Towanda, officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, Towanda.




Emma Lucille Dickinson-Perkins

June 1, 1928 ~ January 24, 2006

Emma Dickenson-Perkins




Donald Marvin Hills

March 2, 1929 ~ 2009



Esther Ann Fanton-Sherwood

November 25, 1927 ~ March 6, 2008

Ester Fanton-Sherwood

Esther Ann Sherwood, 80, of 359 Seneca Road, passed away Thursday (March 6, 2008) at her home.  Born in Stannards, Nov. 25, 1927, the daughter of Paul and Florence Teater Fanton, she had resided in Whitesville for 34 years prior to moving to North Hornell in 1986. She was a graduate of the Wellsville High School, Class of 1947, and had been employed at the former Loblaws in Wellsville and Hornell, Alfred State College, and, from 1995-2003, at the Hornell Wal-Mart.  She was predeceased by her parents; one brother, Lester Fanton; and her daughter, Terry L. Pritchard, on Jan. 31, 2008.
She is survived by her husband, Louis Sherwood of North Hornell, whom she married Nov. 27, 1947; three daughters, Sharon Ann (Patrick) Ainsworth of New Jersey, Judy (Thomas) Flamini of Alfred Station and Cheryl Sherwood of Tennessee; two sons, Lynn (Melinda) Sherwood and Paul (Karen) Sherwood, both of Kentucky; one sister, Ruth Fanton of Wellsville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.  Honoring Esther’s wishes, there will be no visiting hours. A private memorial service will take place for the family. Burial will be in Whitesville Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bender-Brown & Powers Funeral Home,




Florence Woodland-Akins-Potter

November 7, 1926 ~ January 21, 2006


Florence Woodland-Aikens




Francis E. Richardson

July 3, 1929 ~ July 22, 1982

Francis Richardson

F. E. Richardson, Oil Producer : Francis E. Richardson of Riverside Drive died on arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital Thursday (July 22, 1982). He was born July 3, 1929 in Wellsville, a son of John M. and Ethel Sloan Richardson. On Sept. 23, 1950, in Wellsville, he married Marcella M. McGinnis, who survives. He was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School and had attended the University of Oklahoma. He served on the Board of Directors of First Trust Union Bank and belonged to the Wellsville Lions Club and the Elks Lodge in Wellsville. He was president of Ebenezer Oil Company. He was a member and past officer of the New York State Independent Oil Producers Association and was a member of the Penn Grade Oil Producers Association. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his mother, of Wellsville; four sons, John M. James S, and Daniel G. Richardson, all of Wellsville, and Mark E. Richardson of Kendallville, Ind.; and four grandchildren. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Embser Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Wellsville.   Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.




Gean Dora Crichton-Thurner

December 22, 1928 ~ May 23, 1996


Gean Chrichton-Thurner




James Richard Brown

June 27, 1928 ~ June 16, 1982

J. Richard Brown




Jerome Francis Sullivan

May 8, 1928 ~ June 1979

Jerome Sullivan




Joanne Holmes Tefft-Bean

January 18, 1929 ~ December 18, 1998

Joanne Tefft-Bean




June L. Brehm-Hazzard

June 27, 1927 ~ February 19, 1970

June Brehm


june brehm 1946Mrs. June Hazzard, Olean, –Funeral services for Mrs. June Hazzard, 42, formerly of Olean, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Halwig Funeral Home. the Rev. Arnold Lundberg, minister of Trinity Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Allegany Cemetery. Mrs. Hazzard died in Helmuth, N.Y., Wednesday following a long illness. Surviving are a son, Buddy and a daughter, Barbara Hazzard, both of Whitesville; her father, Edward Brehm; a brother, Lester Brehm, both of Olean; and six sisters, Mrs. Donald Saunders of Wellsville, Mrs. Walter Vreeland of Kearny, N.J., Mrs. Edwad Saas of Paramount, Calif., Mrs. Chester Skiner of Ceres, Mrs. Lyons Shay of Allegany and Mrs. O. G. Robertson of Vandalia.








Lena Mae Walker-Nobel

May 14, 1928 ~ March 22, 2003

Lean Mae Walker-Noble




Lenora Elizabeth Dunstone-Johnson

August 13, 1928 ~ November 13, 1993

Lenora DUnstone-Johnson




Leola A. Hunt-Halladay

May 16, 1929 ~ March 11, 1998

Leola Hunt-HaladayLeola A. Halladay, 68, of t he Boyd Road, died Wednesday (March 11, 1998) at Strong Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born May 16,1929, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Willis and Grace Marshall Hunt. She was a life-long area resident and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. Mrs. Halladay had been employed at Mapes Woodworking in Whitesville, Gunlocke Furniture in Almond and with the housekeeping department of Jones Memorial Hospital Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn (Eugene) Payne of Oxford, Ala., Evelyn (Jerry) Morris of Whitesville, and Patricia (Jeff) Kailbourne of Andover; two sons, Allan (Julie) Kailbourne of Whitesville and Don Halladay of Andover; eight grandchildren; and two greatgrandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers, Lester Hunt and Leon Hunt, both of Wellsville; four sisters, Lytie Harder, Laura (Bob) Harder and Lena Reed, all of Wellsville, and Loretta Lewis of Whitesville; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Lawrence, Lyle and LaRue Hunt.






Leona Arlene Fanton-Fauzey

January 20, 1928 ~ August 9, 2000

Leona Fanton-Fauzzy




Leonard William Whitney

August 7, 1928 ~ March 23, 1993

Leonard Whitney




Lucille Schmelzer-Ennis-Mattis

June 26, 1927 ~ October 5, 1985

Lucy Smeltzer-Mattis




Mary E. Coyle-Merry

November 28, 1928 ~ March 17, 2011

Mary Coyle-Merry

Mary E. Merry a former resident of Morgan Hill Road in Scio passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at the Jones Memorial Hospital.  She was born on Nov. 28, 1928 in Wellsville to Leo and Miriam Byrnes Coyle.  On July 16, 1958 she married Alfred Merry who predeceased her on July 30, 1984. She was predeceased by: her husband Alfred, a son Timothy, a daughter Nancy, a grandson Jeremy and her parents Leo and Miriam.   Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery









Mary Johnson


Mary Johnson




Patricia Neary-Johnson

May 21, 1929 ~ September 28, 1987

Patricia Neary-Johnson




Thomas Harry Theoclitus

June 28, 1928 ~ October 1, 2000

Thomas Theoclitis

 LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Thomas (Tom) Theoclitus, 72, a Wellsville native, died Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000, at

Adelson Hospice of Las Vegas, Nev.




Virginia Mae Benjamin-Weber

February 6, 1928 ~ August 1989

Virginia Benjamin-Weber




Walter A. Pfuntner

May 22, 1928 ~ January 29, 2000

Walter PfuntnerMANASSAS, Va — Walter A. Pfuntner Sr., 71, of 9624 Bainbridge Court died Saturday (Jan. 29, 2000) in Prince William Hospital in  Manassas. Born May 22, 1928, in Coudersport, Pa., he was the son of Walter A. and Violet Mae Smith Pfuntner. On Oct. 4, 1952, in Hornell, N.Y, he married Margaret A venal Jankowski, who died on Oct. 28, 1980. On Nov. 2,1985, in Wellsville, he married Carol Corbin Ludden, who survives. A former longtime resident of Wellsville, N.Y., Mr. Pfuntner was a graduate of Wellsville High School and had attended Alfred State College . He was a veteran of World War II, serving with t h e U.S. Army Company L, 21st Infantry Regunent in Kumamoto, Japan. Mr. Pfuntner owned and operated Wellsville Electric Supply for many years. He was a member of  the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville and w a s a former member of  the Wellsville Central School Board of Education.  In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Walter A. (Nancy) Pfuntner Jr. of Scotia, N.Y., and John  Pfuntner of Apex, N.C; a daughter, LynnM. (Leigh) Egbert of Clarksville, Term.; a brother, Laurance (Jeanie) Pfuntner of Wellsville; a sister, Helene T. Pfuntner of Ithaca, N.Y.; a stepson, Kevin (Diane) Ludden of Chantilly, Va., a step-d a u g h t e r , Kathy (Domimck) Graziano of Manassas; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William E. Pfuntner, who died on June 14, 1996. Friends called on Wednesday (Feb. 2, 2000) from 2 to 4p.m. and 7 to 9p.m. in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., Wellsville, where funeral services were held on Thursday (Feb. 3, 2000) at 11 a.m. The Rev. Joseph Vatter officiated. Burial was in Sacred Heart  Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials may be made to the David A. Howe Library or the Wellsville Salvation Army.




William Joseph Hart

February 25, 1929 ~ July 7, 1951

William Hart




William Schreiner

May 12, 1928 ~ February 20, 1997

William Schreiner




Clifford Witty Worden

March 15, 1928 ~ March 28, 2010




Alvin A. Ives

December 24, 1926 ~ September 12, 2007

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Catherine A. Gardner

January 11, 1927 ~ January 1983




Jean M. Graves-Hawley

February 5, 1928 ~ July 28, 2004

JEAN M. HAWLEY, 76, of 60 North Brooklyn Avenue passed away July 28, 2004 after a lengthy illness. She was born February 5, 1928 in Wellsville, the daughter of Frederick and Edith (Smith) Graves. On August 27, 1953 in Wellsville she married Wilber Hawley who predeceased her December 13, 1998. She graduated from Wellsville High School in 1946. She was a member of the Christian Temple Church in Wellsville. Jean enjoyed walking, reading, crossword puzzles and cooking. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend who also loved her dog, Tex. Jean is survived by 2 sons: David (Tracie) Hawley of Wellsville, Brian (Kristi) Hawley of Arkport, 2 daughters: Cassandra Hawley of Wellsville, Marianne (Steve) Haltom of Houston, TX, 3 granddaughters: Alyssa, Cassidy, and Taylor, and 5 nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother: Frederick Graves.




Elaine Winifred Dalrymple-Teater

May 2, 1928 ~ April 20, 2011

Elaine W. Teater, 82, of 1177 Shadyside Rd. Jamestown passed away at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday (April 20, 2011) in W.C.A. Hospital. A lifelong area resident she was born May 2, 1928 in Jamestown, NY a daughter of the late Alton R. and Rose I. Gertsch Dalrymple. She was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School and a 1950 graduate of Syracuse University. Before her retirement she had owned and operated the Chautauqua Storage and Transfer Company in Jamestown and Celoron for 45 years. She was a member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church and a past president of the Lakewood Memorial Post 1286 American Legion Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Chautauqua Salon 649 County Chapeau of 8 & 40. Her other memberships include the Mt. Sinai-Mecca Chapter 132 Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, the Lakewood Golden Agers and the Women of the Moose. She will be remembered as a loving and caring mother and grandmother who loved to go camping at Rushford Lake. She also loved bowling in her different leagues and she really loved her time spent at the Lakewood American Legion and as auxiliary president. Surviving are three sons Donald L. (Sally) Teater of Jamestown, Gary L. Teater of Naples, FL, Jon L. Teater of Jamestown, a daughter Sherry L. (Gary) Carnes of Jamestown, nine grandchildren Christina Teater (Ryan) Parks, Laura (Dana) Classon, Emily Anderson all of Jamestown, Laurie Teater of Richmond, VA, Kellie (Brandon) Lawson, Katie Teater both of Naples, FL, Jon L. Teater, Jr. of Warren, PA, Adam Carnes of Orlando, FL, Natalie Byard of Atlanta, GA and a great grandson Brady Classon of Jamestown.  Besides her parents she was preceded in death by a brother Alton  R. “Buster” Dalrymple, Jr who died in 1932 and a great granddaughter Charlotte Elizabeth Parks who died March 3, 2011. The Rev. Violet A. Davidson, pastor of the Lakewood United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Sunset Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lakewood United Methodist Church, 164 Shadyside Ave. Lakewood, NY 14701.




Christine Chaffee-Rapoza

September 8, 1928 ~ January 25, 2016

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Christine Rapoza passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on January 25, 2016 at her home in Petaluma. Christine was born on September 8, 1928 in Wellsville, New York to Walter and Margaret Chaffee. Christine married John J. Rapoza on January 13, 1951 in Carmel, California. They were married 64 years until John’s passing in 2015. Christine is survived by her children Jerry (Susie) Rapoza, Tina (Rod) Souza, her grandchildren Jenaé (Tony) Ball, Jeanette Rapoza, John Souza, Donna (Joe) Duldulao, Benjamin Souza and her great-grandchildren Anson and Landon Ball. Her kind and compassionate nature led Christine to accomplish many things in her life. She spent several years as a bookkeeper at Hunt and Behrens Feed Mill in Petaluma and later found a passion as an activity director at Manzanita Manor in Cloverdale. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life. She will greatly be missed by many, especially her forever friend of 70 years, Vicky Rostron. The family wishes to thank Springfield Place, Dr. Saw Aye, Dr. Peter Brett, Sutter Regional Hospital Outpatient Care Unit and Hospice of Petaluma for their loving care. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Petaluma, 416 Payran Street, Petaluma, CA 94952. Private services will be held at a later date.





Nancy Towner-Rouse

February 28, 1928 ~ June 26, 2015

Nancy Towner Rouse, 87, passed away early Friday morning (June 26, 2015). Nancy was born Feb. 28, 1928, in Wellsville, the daughter of George and Margaret Wright Towner. On Aug. 19, 1949, she married Ashley T. Rouse. Nancy was a 1946 graduate of Wellsville High School and worked at the local gas company prior to starting her family. She then began a career in insurance with Hyslip & Hyslip in 1963 and retired from Reidman Insurance in 1990. Nancy enjoyed entertaining friends and family at her cottage at Rushford Lake. She was a regular fan at Scio Central School sporting events and enjoyed sewing, crafts, and making items for her family and for the holidays. Nancy enjoyed traveling and took numerous trips to all parts of the continental United States and Puerto Rico. She took pleasure in her novelty pig and Depression glassware collections, along with many other local collectables. Nancy always felt it was important to give back to her community. She spent 15 years volunteering with the Scio Central School breakfast program, delivered Meals on Wheels for Office of the Aging until 2011 and also served on the Allegany County Office of the Aging Advisory Board. She was a board member of the Scio Memorial Library and was especially proud of her monthly birthday calendars that she published. She was a member and past president of the Scio Sunshine Club, a member of the Wellsville Women’s Business and Professional Club, as well as a volunteer with the Jones Memorial Evergreen Twigs and a member of the Scio Methodist Church. She still found time to be the secretary/treasurer of the Knights Creek Cemetery Association. She is survived by her brother, Stephen (Marion) Towner of Scio; her son, James A. (Nancy) Rouse of Colleyville, Texas; and daughters, Debra A. (David) Root of Scio and Pamela A. (James) Demezas of Splendora, Texas. She is also survived by her grandchild, Christopher A. (Jaime) Root of Scio; and two great-grandchildren, Payson and Kinley Root. She was predeceased by both her parents and her husband. Please join Nancy’s family and friends for a celebration of life for her from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday (June 30, 2015) at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, where services will be held, with the Rev. Diane Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio.




Bruce R. Dunbar

December 28, 1928 ~ April 18, 2010

Bruce R. Dunbar, USNR, Capt., 81, of Sun City, AZ formerly of South Glens Falls, NY passed away April 18, 2010. He was born in Wellsville, NY December 28, 1928. Bruce served in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict and retired from the reserves as a Captain in 1978. He held a Master’s Degree in Public School Finance and Business Management from the University of the State of New York at Albany, and was the Business Manager of the South Glens Falls Central School District for 20 years. He was active in many community organizations and served as President of the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club in South Glens Falls, NY. He was also active in the NY State Association of School Business Officials. After retirement, he and his wife enjoyed traveling extensively in their motor home throughout the United States. He was active and held the office of President in the Arizona SMART Tumbleweeds, a military retirement travel club. They also had the opportunity to travel in Europe and Asia. He is survived by his wife Jean of 52 years, sons David and wife Vicki of Ward, AR, Darwin and wife Rose of Las Vegas, NV and Daniel and wife Lori of Rochester, MI. He has 5 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. There will be a small family memorial service held in the future.




Barbara Shear-Koschara

April 6, 1930 ~ June 29, 2015

Barbara M. Koschara, age 85 of 6781 Groveland Station Road, Groveland, died June 29, 2015 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw. She was born the daughter of the late Louis and Hazel (Tremaine) Shear on April 6, 1930 in Wellsville, N.Y. She was married on Sept. 9,1950, to William G. Koschara who predeceased her on Aug. 22, 2013. Prior to her retirement she had been employed at Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea and then for Fingerlakes DDSO retiring as a Community Psychiatric Social Worker. She was a long standing member of the Sparta First Presbyterian Church in Groveland where she was a member of the Choir and the church Women’s Society, a member of the Kathryn Skyler Chapter of the DAR in Allegany Co. along with the CAR, the Historical Society in Livingston and Allegany Counties, The Writers Club of Allegany Co. and the Retired Public Employees Association. She is survived by her 5 children, Adrian (Cheryl) Tremayne of Rochester, Fred Koschara of Boston, Mass., Stephen D. Koschara of Greensburg, Pa., Greg (Kathy) and Nathaniel (Cheryl) Koschara both of Groveland; 7 grandchildren, Debbie, Greg Jr., Will, Justin, Alicia, Travis and Jiordan; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Marianne B. Koschara in 2009; and her brother and sister-in-law, Raymond and Sylvia Shear. Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel Street, (Route 408), Mount Morris. Memorial services will be held Friday at 12 p.m. at the Sparta First Presbyterian Church in Groveland. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, N.Y. Memorials may be made to Sparta First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 82, Groveland, NY 14462.




Nancy King-Wandrisco

February 13, 1929 ~ September 4, 2011

Nancy K. Wandrisco, 82, of Greensburg, passed away Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, in the Select Specialty Hospital in Latrobe. She was born Feb. 13, 1929, in Greensburg, the daughter of the late M.A. King and Eleanor Church King. She had received her bachelor’s degree from the Connecticut College for Women. Nancy was a retired executive secretary for more than 30 years with the Timken Latrobe Steel Co. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Greensburg and a member and past worthy matron of Eastern Star Chapter No. 281 and was a member of the Latrobe Steel Retired Women’s Club, the Mystery Guild Book Club and the Crossword Puzzle Club. Surviving is her loving husband, Thomas A. Wandrisco; along with their faithful dog, Maggie; and several nieces and nephews.  Interment services will follow in the Unity Cemetery. If family and friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Excela Latrobe Hospital Foundation.




Raymond Charles Smith

October 12, 1928 ~ July 10, 2015

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Ray Charles Smith, 86 of Richmond, passed to his eternal rewards on July 10, 2015. He is survived by a son, Michael Dennis Smith of Richmond, Virginia. Ray was born in Penn Yann, New York on October 12, 1928 to Milon and Lillian Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Phyllis; and a sister, Betty Kennedy Glover of Tempe, Arizona. Ray attended Wellsville High School, Brockport State of New York and Georgia Tech of Atlanta, Georgia. A life member of TAPPI, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a 32nd Degree Mason. He will be missed by those associated with him over the years. Ray and his wife Phyllis will be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville, NY. Services will be private.










Carmen Anthony Congelli

November 29, 1928 ~ April 30, 1998




Stella Ellen Weatherbee-Schultz-Comstock

January 15, 1927 ~ June 30, 1995




Mary Eymer-Rahr

July 2, 1927 ~ December 4, 2008

The former Mary L. Eymer was the daughter of Lewis Eymer and Maggie Rossman Eymer. She married Lyle D. Rahr, becoming Mary L. Rahr, on 6 May 1954 in Wellsville, NY.




Wilma Sherwood-Robbins

October 6, 1927 ~ August 28, 1957




Robert William Costello

May 27, 1927 ~ June 17, 1999




James Oliver Wilson

June 29, 1928 ~ October 31, 2003

Mr. Wilson, a son of DuWayne & Vera Terwilliger Wilson was a retired design engineer from General Motors in Rochester. He also worked for Emhart Corp, Ford, Corning Glass and Ritter. He was the holder of 6 patents. He is survived by 5 daughters; Donna (Timothy) Shannon, Corrine (Thomas) Smithgall, Pamela (Frank) Sardina and Patricia (Paul) Parmiter; one son, James (Stacy) Wilson; 2 brothers, Chester (Joan) Wilson and George “Jack” (Rosemary) Wilson; 4 sisters, Vera Grillo, Ruby Palmer, Gertie Stuck and Shirley Arrington, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchildren. He was the husband of the late Patricia M. Ryan who died Jan. 20, 2003 and the brother of William, Charles and DuWayne Wilson.




Joyce Linn Duke-Lorefice

October 14, 1928 ~ February 5, 2004

Joyce L. Duke Lorefice, of Bay Shore, on February 5, 2004, surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of Charles. Devoted mother of “Cowboy Bill”, Grace Gross, Patty Winkle, Charlie, Mary Walker, and the late Raymond. Special Mom to Sammy, Joey, Christina and Lorraine. Cherished grandmother of 22 and great-grandmother of 11. Precious “Momma” and aunt to many who knew and loved her. Loving sister of Thomas Duke and the late Gladys, Aaron, Robert, William, Corbly, Raymond and Harold. Dedicated employee of 34 years at Pilgrim State Hospital, retired as Overall Nursing Supervisor. Mass of Christian Burial, Monday 11AM, St. Luke RC Church, Brentwood.




Dennis Elvin Wood

July 25, 1929 ~ April 9, 2004

DENNIS ELVIN WOOD, born July 25, 1929 in Wellsville, New York died Friday April 9, 2004 at the age of 74. He retired from the U. S. Postal Service and was an avid gardener. Dennis was preceded in death by his sister, Sally Wood. His loving family includes his wife, Mary Wood; son, Dean Wood and wife Erma Johnson; daughters, Sally Edwards and husband Roy; Julie Knutson; brother, Jimmy Wood and wife Pat, Harrah, Ok.; sisters, Doris Perkins, Wellsville, N.Y.; Gladys Swarthout and husband Phil, Wellsville, N.Y.; Joyce Lehman, Waco, Tx.; grandchildren, Ryan Johnson, Cameron Wood and Jacob Wood Caudill; numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 at Pasadena Funeral Chapel. A Celebration of Life will take place at 10:00 AM. on Thursday, April 15, 2004 at Pasadena Funeral Chapel with Bro. Mark Waltenbaugh officiating. Interment Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Charity of ones choice.




Kenneth Lawrence Atwood

December 3, 1928 ~ June 14,1981

S Sgt US Marine Corps WW II




Phyllis Lorene Badgley-Young

February 15, 1928 ~ August 18, 2009




Anna Hattie Schrader-Flamini

August 20, 1928 ~ April 14, 2007




Arthur Heinemann

December 12, 1928 ~ September 2, 2009

Arthur Heinemann, Jr. was born December 12, 1928 at Throop, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Arthur C. Heinemann, Sr. and Marie Held Heinemann. Known to all his friends as Mike, he passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 80 years of age.  Mike grew up in Wellsville, New York and attended Wellsville High School and graduated with the class of 1946. He then continued his education at Oklahoma University, earning a degree in Petroleum engineering and graduated with the class of 1952.  Mike Heinemann and Teresa Padden were united in marriage on June 21, 1952 at Wellsville, NY. They have celebrated 57 years of marriage. During that time, they have resided in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Mike was employed with Dowell Chemical and retired as Regional Manager after 31 years. Mike was a member of St. Benedicts Catholic Church in Broken Arrow. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, playing cards and traveling.  Mike was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters: Agnes and Ruth and one brother: Wilbur Heinemann.  Mike is survived by:  His beloved wife, Teresa of the home. two sons: Steven Arthur Heinemann and wife, Naiada of Troy, IL , Robert Alan Heinemann and wife, Marva of Idabel, OK. Two daughters:  Deborah Ann Heinemann of Barnegat, NJ. Kathleen Agnes Trolinger and husband, Michael Scott of Broken Arrow, OK, 12 grandchildren:  Joe, Mike, Gennae, Kaitlyn, Sarah, Lloyd, Jeff, Brett, Jessica, Renea, Mark & Rhino. 4 Great-Grandchildren  Lyla, Gabriel, Courtney & Faith



Monica Baldwin-Rasmussen

February 19, 1929 ~ March 18, 2009




Lewis Herman Wachter

September 22, 1927 ~ August 29, 2006