Class of 1947 In Memoriam



Beverly Ann VanStone-Gaskill

December 6, 1930 ~ July 29, 2020

Beverly Ann VanStone Gaskill, 89, of Fairfield, died 29 July 2020 at Bennett Hills Rehab and Care Center in Gooding.  She was born in Shongo, New York on 6 December 1930, the only child of Herbert and Marjorie Johnston VanStone.   She graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947 and was immediately employed by The First National Trust Company where she worked for more than 7 years.  In 1955 she met and married John L. Gaskill in Shongo and the honeymoon was spent traveling to Fairfield, Idaho where they made their home.  Their only child, Roxane, was born later that year.  Bev was house wife and mother until 1968 when she went to work as Clerk for the Camas Co. School District.  Anyone who knew her knows that she really enjoyed (most of the time!) that job.  She loved being around the kids, young and old.  So much so that after a hemorrhagic stroke prevented her from doing the office work after 24 years, she still continued to volunteer in the school office for several more years.  She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge for some time.  She also served on the library board starting in 1976 for 10 years.  She and John manned the Caboose Tourist Info Center as well in past years.  Beverly loved beer, reading, pizza, wrestling, baseball and cats, not necessarily in that order.  Friends often contributed to her cat addiction as is evidenced by her famous collection of cat mugs.  One learned to not call or try to make conversation on Monday nights when wrestling was on TV.  And as for reading, she often said if you had a book, you were never alone.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son in law, Mel Olson.  She is survived by her daughter, her three house cats (Mr. Favor, Sammy and Smudge), numerous semi feral cats who she has fed forever, and her current grand dogs (Rowan and Franny)  Thanks to her caregivers…those who helped her at home for several years and those who have cared for her during the last year.  In lieu of flowers please consider donating to an animal charity or charity of your choice. There will be a short service of some music and memories at the grave site.  Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Gooding at 11:00 am on Thursday the 6 August 2020.  Per Beverly’s request, there will be no public viewing. 



Sophis Marie Kozlowski-Britton

May 11, 1929 ~ January 4, 2021

Sophie Marie Kozlowski Britton, 91, passed away January 4, 2021 in Woodstock, Ga. She was born on May 11, 1929 to Matthew and Frances (Wilkosz) Kozlowski. She attended Immaculate Conception School, graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947 and married Richard Britton in 1948 in Wellsville, NY.  Sophie and Richard lived in Marietta Georgia where she worked for many years as a kindergarten teacher at St. Joseph’s School. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Mary Britton of Kennesaw, GA, a sister, Frances Babcock of Wellsville, NY, two brothers, John Kozlowski of Cortland, NY and George Kozlowski of Camillus, NY and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Richard Britton and her brothers, William Kozlowski, Henry Kozlowski and Stanley Kozlowski.  Burial was in Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, GA on January 14, 2021. 



Rheba Lamar Vincent-Rigas

July 3, 1929 ~ December 25, 2020

Rheba Lamar Vincent Rigas, 91, passed away peacefully at home on Christmas day, 2020.  She was born on July 3, 1929, the daughter of Hugh and Leona (Coyle) Vincent.  Rheba attended Saint Elizabeth’s Motherhouse Private School in Allegany, New York and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947 where she made many friends.  Rheba enjoyed working at Bell Telephone in Wellsville until she married.   On November 25, 1951, Rheba married Constantine (Gus) Rigas in Wellsville and together they raised five children.  In addition, she selflessly cared for many of her aging relatives and was always looking out for others.  Rheba had a heart of gold and made sure that her children’s friends were always welcomed into their home.   In 1981, Rheba and Gus moved to Florida and opened the Green Onion Restaurant.  Rheba was an avid golfer and belonged to the Wellsville, Imperial, Quail Creek, and Naples Country Clubs.  As a member of those clubs, Rheba organized many social gatherings and events and made many lifelong friends. She also enjoyed supporting Gus, who was the Chairman of the Allegany County Democratic Committee, by hosting parties for many local, regional and national democratic candidates.  She most enjoyed hosting get-togethers for her family and friends, especially during the holidays.  Rheba had a very special bond with her “bridge club gang” and their families, creating remarkable lifelong memories.  Rheba was an active volunteer throughout her life and started Meals-On-Wheels in Allegany County.   She meticulously maintained four properties, two in New York and two in Florida.  Rheba loved doing yardwork and spent countless hours weeding and planting flowers.  She always remembered special occasions, birthdays, and anniversaries of her family and many friends.   Rheba is pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Gus, her sisters-in-law Mary Hastas and Doris Rigas, brothers-in-law James Hastas and William Pallas, and her daughter-in-law Aileen Rigas.   Rheba was very proud of and loved to talk about her very large family, especially since she was raised an only child.  She is survived by her two step-sisters, Sandra (Sid) Cleveland and Marilyn (Louie) Gordon, step-brother Roger Vincent, brother-in-law John J. Rigas, sister-in-law Katherine R. Pallas, and children, son James R. Rigas, daughter Diana R. (Steven) Pease, son John C. (Cheryl) Rigas, daughter Katherine C. (Philip) Chin, and son Christopher C. (Elizabeth) Rigas, and grandsons Andrew, James, Timothy, Alexander, William, Jamie, Paul and Nial, granddaughters Jennifer, Liz, Kerry, Sara, Erica, Katie, Anne, Eleni and Dina, and great-grandchildren Travis, Andrew, Kelsey, Mia, Shirlyn, Felicity, Lexi, Hendrick, Shiree, Natalie, Adam, Angela, Luke, Ellington, Brayson, Theo, Maddox and Sophie.   There will be a private burial service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Scio.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wellsville Central School Gus Rigas Scholarship Fund, to be presented each year to a Wellsville High School graduate. 




Rachel McAllister-Jones

July 10, 1928 ~ March 31, 2020

Rachel J. Jones, 91 of Wellsville, passed away March 31, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a short illness.  Rachel was born July 10, 1928 in Genesee, PA to the late Charles and Agnes Waterman McAllister.  In April 1947 she married Robert Jones of Wellsville, who predeceased her.  Rachel was a graduate of Wellsville Central School in 1947.  She enjoyed sewing and cooking and spending time with her large family. Rachel owned and operated The Brunswick Coffee Shop in the seventies.  She also cooked at local restaurants including The Shamrock, Keifer’s Restaurant and the Texas Hot. Rachel was well known for “cow palace potatoes” when she worked at the Cow Palace Restaurant, which was once located in Whitesville.  After spending time cooking, Rachel decided to change careers and went into sewing.  She opened her own shop called Rachel’s Alteration in Wellsville.  She later became employed by Argentieri Brothers in Wellsville where she continued to do alterations until she finally put the needle in the pin cushion one last time late in 2017.  Rachel is survived by six children: Nancy Payne of Northfork, Pa; Jack Jones, Susan Cornish, Deborah Button, Becky (Victor) Torpey all of Wellsville; Tom (Lisa) Jones of Olean. Three brothers: Donald McAllister of Pea Ridge Arkansas, Ronald (Lois) McAllister of Olean, Eugene (Ann) McAllister of Homestead Florida.  Seventeen grandchildren: Patrick (Sarah) Jones, David Jones, Jamie (Kim) Jones, Sonny (Melissa) Payne, Tommy (Lindsey) Payne,  Benji (Rita) Payne, Lisa (Larry) Hurler, Melanie (Randy) Doerr, Melinda (Jason) Dunham, Steven (Ruby) Jones, Bruce Button, Brian Button, Danielle (Andrew) Glover, Rachelle Vanbrocklin, Marcus Jones, Christopher Torpey, Melissa (Steven)Malatesta; forty two great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and husband Rachel was predeceased by her son David, her daughter Linda, her grandsons Billy and Jeffery, her brother Wayne and her sisters Phyllis and Peggy.  Honoring her wishes, there will be no service. Burial and a gathering to celebrate Rachel’s life will be determined at a later date.  Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice. 





John Rendall Braddon

October 19 1929 ~ December 11, 2009

US  Marine, Major, Vietnam 

HOME OF RECORD:  Wellsville, New York


Silver Star

DURING Vietnam War

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Major

Division: 1st Marine Aircraft Wing



The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major John Rendall Braddon (MCSN: 0-57518), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as leader of a section of helicopters, attached to and serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, charged with rescue and maintenance relative to downed aircraft as the result of enemy action on 27 April 1964. On that date, the entire squadron was committed to the mission of landing over four hundred troops of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in an offensive action against the insurgent communist guerrillas (Viet Cong). In the course of the initial assault lift into the contested zone, one of the aircraft was fatally hit and crash landed into the zone. Major Braddon, without hesitation, departed from his position and flew into the direct opposition of the gun that had just downed the crew he was determined to rescue. In doing so, he had to fly into the contested area as a single target allowing all of the enemy automatic weapons to concentrate their fire on him. Major Braddon’s aircraft was hit and seriously damaged by .50 caliber fire. This did not deter him in his mission as he landed near the dismounted crew. Subsequently, Major Braddon once again flew his aircraft into the face of enemy fire to land and evacuate the crew of another helicopter which was badly damaged and crash landed in the same area. By his selfless and daring actions and his loyal devotion to duty in the face of great personal risk, Major Braddon upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Legion of Merit

DURING Vietnam War

Service: Marine Corps



The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat “V” to Lieutenant Colonel John Rendall Braddon (MCSN: 0-57518), United States Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as Operations Officer of Marine Aircraft Group THIRTEEN, and subsequently as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR, Marine Aircraft Group THIRTEEN, FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam, from 30 January 1969 to 1 September 1969. Throughout this period Lieutenant Colonel Braddon exhibited superior professionalism and outstanding leadership in the performance of his demanding duties. Initially assigned as Group Operations Officer, he displayed exceptional organizational ability in successfully managing and directing the combat operational efforts of the Air Group to meet a constant 1.48 sortie rate with an average of approximately 100 sorties, and 200 tons of ordnance per day and at the same time maintain the capability and flexibility of responding to surges demanded by the daily frag orders. He also insured through proper planning and coordination, a smooth integration of a squadron newly joined from CONUS. This was accomplished without derogation of combat capability while at the same time insuring rapid but judicious exposure of the squadron to combat action. All this Lieutenant Colonel Braddon accomplished while working tirelessly and with meticulous attention to detail. He also planned and organized a Wing Missile Shoot at NAS Cubi Point, F.I. This was a complex undertaking involving two separate Air Groups, five aircraft squadrons, and a Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron. Although faced with tremendous coordination problems with Navy, U.S. Air Force, and Marine Corps units, he missile shoot was successfully conducted without requiring a reduction of combat operations. Assuming command of the squadron in July 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Braddon led his squadron in combat, and at the same time prepared it for deployment out of country when directed. Both endeavors he accomplished in an exceptionally outstanding manner. Under his dynamic leadership, his aircrews executed hundreds of sorties and delivered tons of ordnance against heavily-defended targets with maximum effectiveness. His remarkable ability to evaluate operational requirements and initiate appropriate actions earned the respect and admiration of all who served with him and contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his unit’s mission. By his leadership, professional acumen, and unwavering devotion to duty, Lieutenant Colonel Braddon rendered distinguished service to his country and thereby upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. (Lieutenant Colonel Braddon is authorized to wear the Combat “V”.)

Distinguished Flying Cross

DURING Vietnam War

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel



The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lieutenant Colonel John Rendall Braddon (MCSN: 0-57518), United States Marine Corps, for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight while serving as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUY (VFA-334), Marine Aircraft Group FIFTEEN, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 12 July 1969, Lieutenant Colonel Braddon launched as Section Leader of a flight of two F-4 Phantom aircraft assigned the mission of providing close air support for the emergency medical evacuation of casualties from a United States Army unit which was heavily engaged in combat with a large hostile force south of Hoi An in Quang Nam Province. Following a briefing on the ground situation by the Tactical Air Controller (Airborne), he quickly located an enemy machine gun emplacement and ignored the intense enemy fire directed at his aircraft as he skillfully maneuvered his Phantom on a strafing run which succeeded in silencing the fire from the hostile position. When the proximity of the enemy to the landing zone precluded the delivery of his heavier ordnance, Lieutenant Colonel Braddon resolutely braved the heavy volume of hostile fire as he boldly executed multiple simulated bombing and strafing runs which diverted the enemy fire to his flight while the transport helicopters entered the precarious zone and extracted casualties. When the extraction aircraft lifted out of the area, he then skillfully maneuvered his aircraft on repeated bombing runs and delivered his ordnance with such devastating effectiveness that four structures and one enemy machine gun were destroyed and the hostile force was routed. Lieutenant Colonel Braddon’s courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger were instrumental in accomplishing the hazardous mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Bronze Star

DURING Vietnam War

Service: Marine Corps

Battalion: Fighter Attack Squadron 334 (VFA-334)



The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” to Lieutenant Colonel John Rendall Braddon (MCSN: 0-57518), United States Marine Corps, for meritorious service during the period January to September 1969, while serving consecutively as Operations Officer of Marine Aircraft Group THIRTEEN and as Commanding Officer of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron THREE HUNDRED THIRTY FOUR (VFA-334), Marine Aircraft Group THIRTEEN, in connection with operations against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam. Initially assigned as Group Operations Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Braddon displayed exceptional organizational ability in successfully managing and directing the combat operational efforts of the Air Group. Assuming squadron command in July 1969, he skillfully led and directed his unit in carrying out hundreds of sorties and in delivering tons of ordnance against heavily-defended targets with maximum effectiveness. By his leadership, professional acumen, and unswerving devotion to duty, Lieutenant Colonel Braddon contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his unit’s mission, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. (Lieutenant Colonel Braddon is authorized to wear the Combat “V”.)




Robert Whelpley

November 5, 1929 ~ December 25, 2011

Robert J.G. Whelpley of Sun City West, was called to the Lord’s house on Sunday (Dec. 25, 2011) after a brief illness. His wife and daughter were with him at the time of his death.  Robert was born on Nov. 5, 1929 in Wellsville, to William and Marion (Senft) Whelpley. He graduated from Wellsville High School. On Nov. 11, 1950 he married Agatha Wasserloos (Bunny) who survives him.  Bob’s interest in agriculture and his hard work ethic led him to start farming on Voorhees Hill in Wellsville, while still in high school. Also, he was honored with many Future Farmer awards and was recognized national by the American Agriculturalist as “American Farmer of the Year.” After graduation, he became a dairy farmer on Trapping Brook Road in Andover, where he and Bunny would start a family. He went to work for Paul Culbert and Sons for several years and then purchased the John Deere dealership in 1958. He owned and operated Whelpley Implement Company in Wellsville until 1982 when he sold the business and retired. Mr. and Mrs. Whelpley officially relocated to Sun City West in 1988 and enjoyed many wonderful days with their new friends.  Bob was an individual who did not make public showings of his compassion but preferred to do his good deeds in private. He loaned people equipment and tools they needed in an emergency. He gave to individuals and organizations to help them, always without the desire for recognition.  Bob and Bunny attended church regularly, first at First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellsville, and for many years at the Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Sun City West, Ariz.  Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Bunny; sons, Dr. Robert (Joan) Whelpley of Almond, Dennis (Deborah) Whelpley of Sackets Harbor, John (Karen) Whelpley of Olean, and their daughter Dr. Janet Whelpley of Syracuse. Bob also has five grandchildren and four-great grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother, William Whelpley; and a son, David Whelpley.  There will be no visitation and a private family service will be scheduled for a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International or the Salvation Army.




Margaret Weber-Bailey

January 23, 1929 ~ March 21, 2018

Margaret E. Bailey, formerly of East State Street, died peacefully on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 with her family by her side at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on January 23, 1929 in Wellsville to Gus and Elva Broadbent Weber. On March 10,1951 she married Charles M. Bailey who predeceased her in 1981.  Margaret was a lifelong resident of Wellsville, she was a stay-at-home mother and provided daycare to many children. She enjoyed cooking and baking for her family and was at her happiest when she was spending time with her grandchildren.  She is survived by her seven children, Debbie (Roger)  Gee of Wellsville, Charles (Lisa)  Bailey Jr. of Avon, Timothy (Jodi)  Bailey of Wellsville, Kelvin Bailey of Pineville, N.C., Brent (Josie)  Bailey of Wellsville, Barry (Cindy)  Bailey of Wellsville, and Laurie (Michael)  Lang of Sidney; a sister, Sandy Hunt; 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her brother , Harry Weber; and 1 grandchild.  There will be no prior visitation and a private burial service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery of Wellsville. Those wishing to make a donation in Margaret’s memory can do so to the David A. Howe Library of Wellsville.




Frederick Schoen

October 1, 1929 ~ October 23,2010




Dorothy Neary-Gibbons

July 21, 1930 ~ September 12, 2019

Dorothy N. “Dodie” (Neary) Gibbons, 89, died peacefully on Thursday, September 12, 2019, after a lengthy illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Irving Herbert “Herb” Pomeroy III and her first husband Michael B. Gibbons. Born in Wellsville, N.Y. on July 21, 1930, she was daughter of the late Vincent and Loretta (Perry) Neary.  She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from SUNY Buffalo with a master’s degree in Counseling and with honors from Hilbert College, of Hamburg, N.Y., with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1975. She was named to the “Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges” for that year. She worked at Hilbert College and then Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. for a number of years until her retirement.  She loved the many facets of her life including her immediate and extended family. She was a devoted and adoring grandmother and great grandmother. She loved her jazz family, her many friends, the beach, music and poetry.  Surviving her are two daughters, Colleen Gibbons of Buffalo, N.Y. and Bridget Gibbons of Bronxville, N.Y.; her son Kevin Gibbons and his wife Eileen of Marblehead; her stepchildren Perry Pomeroy and her husband Joseph Musacchio of Hamilton; Eden Pomeroy and his wife Lisa of Lake Worth, Fla. She is also survived by her many adoring grandchildren, Greta Musacchio of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Max Musacchio of Portland, Maine; Cameron Pomeroy and his wife is Jenna from Boynton Beach, Fla. and Mason Shapiro of Lake Worth; Jakob Robbins of Delray Beach, Fla.; Abram Gibbons and his wife Jennifer of Charleston, S.C.; Sean, Kyle, and Katie Gibbons, of Marblehead; Liam Sapon, of Bronxville; and Tyler Gibbons of Pittsburg, Pa.. She is also survived by her great-grandson Nicholas Rodriguez of Charlotte, N.C., great-granddaughter Kaitlin Gibbons of Charleston, S.C. and great-grandson Jack Irving Pomeroy of Boynton Beach. She was also predeceased by three sons, Patrick, Timothy, Daniel Gibbons and a granddaughter, Brandi Rose Thompson.  A celebration of Dodie’s life will be held in the Campbell Funeral Home, 61 Middle Street, Gloucester on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:30 am. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Burial will be in Dolliver Cemetery in Gloucester. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Berklee College of Music’s Herb Pomeroy Scholarship Fund, 1140 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215.




Marie Anita Fleischman-Cornell

December 22, 1929 ~ January 1, 1917

Marie Anita Cornell, 87, passed away Sunday (Jan. 1, 2017) at Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Wellsville.  Mrs. Cornell was born on Dec. 22, 1929 in Wellsville to Paul and Isabel (Schneble) Fleischman. She was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville Central School. She served as a nurse in the United States Air Force from 1952-53. On Feb. 18, 1968, she married Clifton C. Cornell, who predeceased her on July 14, 1993.  Anita worked briefly as a nurse for Jones Memorial Hospital before her service in the Air Force. After her military service she continued her nursing career with Bethesda Hospital in Hornell until her retirement in 1975.  Anita is survived by four sons, Ron (Chris) Cornell and Steve (Colleen) Cornell, both of Andover, Bruce (Linda) Cornell of Almond, and Larry (Lois) Cornell of Greenwood; one daughter, Priscilla (Lavern) Clark of Alfred Station; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Robert Cornell and Russ Cornell and one daughter, Martha Cole.  Anita enjoyed watching a good movie and working the farm with her husband.  There will be a time of visitation on Wed from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The funeral service with full military honors will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home immediately following the visitation with Rev. Daniel Kenyon of the Wellsville Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anita’s name may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.




Beverly Fanton-Rahr

May 4, 1929 ~ May 31, 2019

Beverly Mae (Fanton) Rahr, born May 4, 1929, passed into eternal slumber on May 31, 2019 in Yucaipa, California.  Born in Wellsville, N.Y. to Marion (Wells) and Raymond Fanton, “Bunny” was a Registered Nurse and graduated from The Rochester School of Nursing February 1951. In her early career she worked for Dr.’s Blaisdell, McCarty, Harkness, and Akman, and for the Wellsville Highland Nursing Home.  Bunny lived and worked in California for a brief time and after moving back to Wellsville, she trained Nursing Assistants for Alfred State College of Technology-State University of New York on the Wellsville campus. Bunny resumed her position as Administrator at the Wellsville Highland Nursing Home where she worked until her retirement in 1992.  Bunny was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Gene Fanton; son, Richard Scott Rahr; and daughter, Sue (Jerry) Howe.  She is survived by her sister, Dorthea (Dotty) Heers; children, Kim (Ron) Politte, Diana Lynn Rahr, Charles (Brenda Lee) Rahr, Tammy Rahr and Michael Glen Rahr; grandchildren, Allencia Fields, Leashia Lewis, Brian Politte, David Rahr, Veronica Rahr, David Matthew Rahr; many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews all of whom she loved dearly.  Donations may be made in her honor to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, New York and the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, N.Y.




Mary Dean-Quinn

April 18, 1930 ~ February 13, 2017

Mary Eleanor Quinn, 91, of Tompkins Rd., Jamestown, formerly of Peekskill, NY passed away Wednesday (March 7, 2012) in Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center, Gerry, NY. Mrs. Quinn was the wife of the late John J. Quinn Sr. whom she married May 2, 1943 in St. Simon Stock Roman Catholic Church, Bronx, NY who died October 16, 1978. She was born February 22, 1921 in New York, NY, the daughter of the late James F. and Anna O’Donnell Walsh. Mrs. Quinn was a member of Holy Apostles Parish in Jamestown and Assumption Roman Catholic Church, Peekskill, NY. Mrs. Quinn will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who enjoyed spending time with family. Surviving are her daughter Eileen E. (Bruce) Widen of Jamestown, NY; three grandchildren: Curtis (Kerry) Widen, Bradley (Julie) Widen, Gregory Widen (Stacey Povich); three great grandchildren: Carrson, Bruce and Madelyn Widen; two brothers: Charles Walsh of Lakewood, NY and Robert Walsh of Manchester, CT. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her son John J. Quinn Jr., two brothers: Henry and James Walsh and a sister Dorothea Ericsson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday in SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Holy Apostles Parish, Jamestown. Rev. Dennis Mende pastor of Holy Apostles Parish will be celebrant. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, Peekskill, NY. Friends will be received by the family from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Falconer Funeral Home. A Christian Wake service will be held at 1:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.




Richard Bartlett

March 8, 1930 ~ June 22, 2019

Richard O. Bartlett, 89, of Wellsville, NY, died Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Highland Hospital, Rochester. Born March 8, 1930, in Orlando, FL, he was the son of Robert and Mildred Bartlett. In 1952, he married the former Rose Allen, who predeceased him in 1993. Richard attended the Genesee High School and the Wellsville High School and served honorably with the US Army. He owned and operated Bartlett Decorating in Orlando. Richard was a member of the Wellsville Rod and Gun Club. Surviving are: long-time companion of 25 years, Joan B. Artlip; two daughters, Connie Tucker and Debbie Brinkmyer, both of FL; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Millie Hannigan of Wellsville; two brothers, Ron (Lori) Bartlett of Marion, NC and Ray (Shirley) Bartlett of Ontario, Canada; nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents and wife, Rose, he was predeceased by a brother, Roger Bartlett; and two sisters, Roberta Corcoran and Barbara Bartlett. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895. Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville.



Dorothy Dailey-Jackson

April 26, 1929 ~ September 21, 2017

Dorothy Dailey Jackson, age 88, of Midland, MI, passed away September 21, 2017 at, Candlestone Assisted Living and Memory Care. The daughter of the late D. Wellman Dailey and Hilda (Boyd) Dailey, Dorothy was born April 26, 1929 in Wellsville, NY. She married Robert W. Jackson in Wellsville, NY on June 17, 1950. After 34 years of marriage, Robert proceeded her in death on October 17, 1984.  Dorothy and her husband graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1951. They came to Midland where she taught Home Economics for Union High School, and later taught at Northwood University. She was a member of the First United Methodist of Midland where she contributed her time and talents. Her community was very important to her and she served it by being a Stephens Minister, working in the Hospital Auxiliary, and with The Citizens Probation Council.  Her greatest love were her children, Susan J. Heimke, of Collierville, TN; David R. Jackson, of Midland, MI; Ann Arthur Holloman, of Bend, OR, and Mary J. Miller, of Cape Coral, FL. Her grandchildren, Wesley and Ryan Heimke, Marilyn Jackson, Kyle and Tyler Arthur, and Christopher, Andrew, Carly, and Jennifer Miller, and her 8 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Dorothy was predeceased in death by her brother, Boyd Daily.  For the past year Dorothy had resided at Candlestone Assisted Living and Memory Care. The family expresses their thanks to the staff and residence for the outpouring of loving care and friendship they extended to our family and to our mother. We also extend our gratefulness to Hometown Health and Hospice Care for the incredible care and guidance they gave to all of us during this difficult time.  Per Dorothy’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of her life will be held on Monday September 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Susan Kingsley officiating. Visitation will be at the church on the day of the service from, 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Private inurnment will take place in the Midland City Cemetery.  Memorials in Dorothy D. Jackson’s name may be offered to the First United Methodist Church of Midland, Salvation Army, or Shelter House of Midland.




Betty Jean Geffers

December 29, 1929 ~ May 21, 2016

Betty Jean Geffers, 86, a former resident of 104 O’Connor St., passed away into the presence of her Lord on Saturday (May 21, 2016) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center after a long illness.  She was born Dec. 29, 1929, in the Village of Belmont, the daughter of Theodore and Ruth Brandes Geffers.  She was a graduate of Wellsville High School and as a bookkeeper had been employed in a number of local businesses, including Bausch & Lomb, First Trust Union Bank, Ebenezer Oil Co., Wellsville Christian School, Houghton Academy and the Woodlawn Cemetery.  She was a former member of the Belmont Baptist Taberna  Church and her special interests included knitting, reading and traveling and listening to traditional Christian music. As a member of the church she served as church treasurer, taught Sunday School and Junior Church and usually provided rides to children and adults. Surviving are a brother, Donald (Grace) Geffers of Wellsville; sisters, Margaret Benedict of Bradenton, Fla., Nancy (Glenn) Schaefer of Redding, Calif., Joanne Wilkins of Wellsville and Janet (Robert) Pearse of Fort Mill, S.C.; also several nieces, nephews and cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents and two brothers, Forest and Dale Geffers.  Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Saturday (May 28, 2016) from 1 to 3 p.m. when services will be held with Dr. Glenn Schaefer officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.  Memorials may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc., Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC, 28201.




Joanne Gibbs-Daniels

September 16, 1930 ~ April 1, 2016

Joanne M. Daniels, 85, of 345 Cleveland Ave., North Hornell, died Friday evening (April 1, 2016) at McAuley Manor where she had resided for the past seven months.  Born in Olean on Sept. 16, 1930, she was the daughter of Bernard and Mary Agnes (Casey) Gibbs.  Joanne resided in Bolivar and Wellsville before moving to Hornell. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School, St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Elmira, Nazareth College of Rochester and St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo., where she received a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education.  She did private duty nursing at St. Mary’s Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital, both in Rochester, and worked as Educational Director at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing and Assistant Administrator at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira. Joanne also served as staff nurse and Assistant Director of Nursing at Jones Memorial hospital in Wellsville. In 1966, she began teaching nursing at SUNY College of Technology at Alfred. In 1979, she was selected for inclusion in two reference journals, “The World Who’s Who of Women in Education” and “Notable Americans.” They each contained biographical information on achievements of prominent educators. Along with her co-author, Loretta Smith, she wrote a math text for nurses, “Clinical Calculation, A Unified Approach.” She retired in 1991.  Joanne was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and a communicant of St. Ann’s Church. She served on the St. Ann’s Parish Council; served on the Thanksgiving Appeal Committee; sang in the choir; assisted with sacristan duties; and volunteered her time with the basic upkeep and maintenance of the church. She loved golfing and was a member of Twin Hickory Golf Club.  She enjoyed volunteer work, especially delivering Meals-On-Wheels, traveling with her husband to Florida where she spent her winters with her family who lived there.  Joanne was married at Immaculate Conception church in Wellsville on April 16, 1966 to Angelo A. Daniels, who died Feb. 4, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Robert Gibbs and Bernard Gibbs; her sister, Patricia Gibbs Graves.  Surviving are her sister, Constance (William) Garvey of Orlando, Fla.; her nieces, Cynthia (Michael) Nicoloff, Diana (Michael) Jackson, Sheila (Mark) Brandes, all of Florida, LiLynn Graves, Kurt Graves, Jeffrey (Angie) Graves, Bernard Graves, Dennis (Debbie) Gibbs, Gail Quinn; several cousins and other nieces and nephews.  The family of Joanne M. Daniels will receive friends on Thursday from 4-7 p.m., at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, N.Y. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 10 a.m., at St. Ann’s Church with burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Joanne’s family request that memorial contributions in her name be made to St. Ann’s Church, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell, N.Y., 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.




Victor Lee Chandler

January 26, 1929 ~ May 5, 2011

Victor Lee Chandler, 82, passed away peacefully Thursday, May 5, 2011. His family and caregivers were at his side. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Elks Lodge 2114 in Arlington, where Vic was a lifetime member. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Lung Cancer Society or UT Southwestern Medical School. Vic was born at home in Pikeville, N.Y., just outside Wellsville, N.Y., on Jan. 26, 1929, to Clara and Robert Chandler. He was the third of four children. He attended school in Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947. He went on to attend the University of New York at Alfred, taking engineering classes. On Sept. 23, 1950, Vic married Patricia Marie McDonald, in a Catholic ceremony held in Rochester, N.Y.; they remained married for nearly 61 years until his passing. They set up home in Wellsville, N.Y., with Vic working for the Air Preheater Co. In 1966, they moved to Arlington. They built a new home on the Canals of Lakewood in 1967. Over the years, he had served in various roles of the homeowner’s association board. After working for over 45 years full time with ABB Air Preheater, three of those years as a vice president, he semi-retired and began consulting work for Preheater, in his area of erection, service and technical support. He always considered those he worked with and knew at Preheater, as part of his family. He was known around the neighborhood for his expertise in small engine repair and his meticulous yard. He was loved much and will be missed by many. Vic was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Clara Chandler, and brothers, Robert Jr. and Richard. Survivors: His wife, Patricia; daughter, Victoria Lauricella; grandsons, Nicholas and Ryan Morrow; son-in-law, Gene Lauricella; sister, Joan Quick; nephew, Gary Chandler; and nieces, Kim Kolacki and Carrie Blitz. He also leaves behind very special friends and neighbors.




William W. Church

November 20, 1929 ~ November 7, 2018

William W. “Bill” Church, 88, of Wellsville, NY, died Wednesday, November 7, 2018 in Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY.  Born November 20, 1929 in Wellsville, he was the son of Carroll A. and Mildred Whitney Church. He owned and operated a dairy farm for many years. Bill was a member of the former Christian Temple, now Grace United Church in Wellsville, the Farm Bureau, and a 50-year member of Dairylea.  Surviving are: a sister, Phyllis C. Moore of Wellsville; three nieces and three nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Esther Strawson.  Friends may call at Grace United Church, Wellsville on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, with a service following at 12 noon. Pastor Carol Stewart will officiate. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery.




Carol Louise Corbin-Ludden-Pfuntner

July 26, 1929 ~ February 3, 2018

MANASSAS, Va. – Surrounded by family, Carol Louise (Ludden) Pfuntner passed away peacefully at home Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.  Carol was born July 26, 1929 in Canisteo, NY, the daughter of Harold E. and Regis R. Corbin. She was a lifelong resident of Wellsville, NY, until moving to Virginia in 1998.  A graduate of Wellsville High School Class of 1947, Carol excelled at cello and continued to play into her 70’s. She played in several orchestras in the Wellsville area, as well as the NOVA Manassas Symphony in Virginia.  Carol worked several years as dental assistant to Dr. Charles Gibson in Wellsville. She went on to graduate from St. Francis School of Nursing in Olean, NY. She pursued nursing and was employed by Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville until her retirement.  On November 2, 1985, Carol married Walter A. Pfuntner of Wellsville.  Carol was a talented quilter and enjoyed sewing. She loved baseball and followed the Washington Nationals faithfully. Her favorite player was Ryan Zimmerman. Carol had a big heart, and was always willing to help those less fortunate. She enjoyed doing volunteer work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.  Carol is survived by her sister, Eileen Evans of Wellsville; a son, Kevin Ludden of Centreville, VA; and son-in-law Dominick Graziano of Black Mountain, NC. Carol’s pride and joy were her four grandsons, Dan Graziano, Nick Graziano (both of McLean, VA), Vince Ludden, and Matt Ludden (both of Chantilly, VA).  Carol was predeceased by her husband Walter, brother Dorr Corbin, and her daughter, Kathy Ludden-Graziano.  The family would like to thank the directors and staff at Arbor Terrace at Sudley Manor, and Vitas Hospice Care.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church, 10201 Hendley Road; Manassas, VA 20110. The family will greet guests beginning at 10:00 a.m., with the service following at 11:00. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church.




Marian Heuer-Hankins

May 20, 1929 ~ June 4, 2013

Marian A. Hankins, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013. She was 84.  Born May 20, 1929, in Erie, Pa., to the late Richard and Marion Heuer. Marian was preceded in death by her husband, of 46 years, Marvin Budd Hankins.  She is survived by her children, Steven Hankins (Christina) of Portsmouth, N.H., David Hankins of Newportville, Pa., Barbara Preedy (Robert) of Southampton; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and by her sister Joan Watson of Belmont, N.Y., and brother, Russell Heuer (Johanna) of Texas.  Marian was raised in western New York. Once married, Marian and Bud moved to Trenton, N.J., and later to Yardley, where they spent most of their life.  Marian was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star since 1952. As a member, and former president, of the Martha Washington Garden Club, she won many awards for her flower arrangements. Marian spent her entire lifetime proudly supporting her family. As a talented seamstress, Marian, enjoyed all forms of embroidery, sewing and knitting.  Marian especially looked forward to luncheons and time spent with her many friends, which were made at the Garden Club and the Pulmonary Rehab Support Group at St. Mary’s Hospital. Marian always enjoyed the company of her longtime neighbor and friend, Jack Haubert.




Paul L. Flurschutz

September 3, 1930 ~ May 27, 2017

Paul L. Flurschutz, 86 years of age, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Saturday (May 27, 2017).  Paul was born September 3, 1930, in Dansville, N.Y. He was the son of the late Glenn and Flossie Langdon Flurschutz.  Paul is survived by his brothers, Edward (Lois) Flurschutz of Wellsville, N.Y., and Ronald (Roxie) Flurschutz of Rochester, N.Y.; along with his nephews, John (Carol) Flurschutz, Dan (Cindy) Flurschutz, both of Wellsville, N.Y.; and nieces Kay (Mike) McCulloch of Wellsville, N.Y., Hollie Flurschutz Petrillo of Rochester, N.Y., and Heather Flurschutz Miller of Spencerport, N.Y.  Surviving is his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret “Margie” Flurschutz; his son, Mark (Sue) Flurschutz; and his four beautiful granddaughters, Taylor, Maggie, Marki and Lexie, whom he loved and was so very proud of the young ladies they have become and their accomplishments they have achieved. Paul, Margie and Mark spent many happy times both in their home and vacations in Wellsville and Florida. It was a loving relationship of trust, love and peace that blessed all of their days.  Paul was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Alfred University and Syracuse University. He met the love of his life and bride to be while attending Alfred. His career began in the US Air Force, in 1951. He was stationed in Texas and Alaska, where he was a Russian interpreter. After moving back to New York in 1952, his professional career began as a math teacher at Central High School. He was Asst. Principal at Weedsport High School and at East High School in Auburn. In September of 1970, as the Director of Guidance, he was instrumental in launching the new Auburn Comprehensive High School Program. His claim to fame was the implementation of the “Mod” system to coordinate the movement of class schedules. Eventually his career would swing to Cayuga Community College where he took on the role of Director of Admissions and Financial Aid finishing out his full time career as Dean of Student and Community Services at CCC. Until recently, he returned to his passion of mathematics as a part-time adjunct professor. Not a day goes by that one of Paul’s students doesn’t mention how their life was touched by Paul in so many ways. Paul enjoyed spending time with family. His granddaughters were the apple of his eye. They cherished the endless laughs between them, loved his hilarious sarcasm, humorous jokes, the “high fives” and receiving a dollar each time they visited him. He enjoyed annual visits back to his hometown of Wellsville, visiting his family, friends and to enjoy a hot dog at The Texas Hot.  He enjoyed playing golf and taught his son Mark the game of a lifetime at the age of four. He was the Choir Director / Reader at St Nicholas Orthodox Church. Each year he loved gardening and the challenge of growing the perfect tomato. Arrangements will be handled by the Plis Funeral Home. Calling hours were on Wednesday, May 31st, 4-7 p.m. at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church located at the corner of Cross and Cottage Streets, Auburn N.Y. A Celebration of Paul’s life was on Thursday, June 1st, 9:30 a.m. at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made in Paul’s memory to the Paul Flurschutz Memorial Scholarship Fund at Cayuga County Community College.  The family would like to thank all those who have sent kind messages or who have reached out to them in so many other ways.





Marjorie Eileen Greene-Casteel

July 5, 1929 ~ August 2, 1983




Jeffrey Thompson

February 11, 1929 ~ June 18, 2018

Jeffrey T. Thompson, 89, of 17 E. Hanover Street passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital, with his family at his side.   He was born on February 11, 1929 in Lodi, NY the son of the late Ray and Elsie (Berry) Thompson. On October 3, 1953 in Wellsville he married I. Joyce Taylor, who predeceased him on January 12, 2012. In July of 2015 he reconnected with his first high school love, Margaret Buchholz, who was his companion until the end.  Jeff was raised in Seneca Falls and moved to Wellsville in his late teens. He was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served with the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. He was formerly employed at the Modern Diner, and Capital Plastics in Wellsville, the U.S. Postal Service in Wellsville, and the New York State Department of Transportation; retiring in 1996. He was also a bartender for the VFW, Penn Valley, the Shamrock Inn, the Cameo Restaurant, and private parties for the Harris family. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion. He was a Drill Team member, and Past Captain of the McEwen Hose Company No. 4. He enjoyed coffee with the guys every morning at the Modern Diner, and coffee with the guys at Burger King every afternoon.  He is survived by two daughters, Ellen (Karl) Perkins of Andover, and Valerie Wells of Alden; four grandchildren, Trevor Perkins of Corning, Erica, Todd Jeffrey, and Vivica Wells, all of Alden; and two great grandsons, Kale Perkins, who he shared a birthday with, and Chase Perkins, both of Corning. Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wilmont Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642.



Robert Howard Pease

June 22, 1929 ~ February 3, 2009




Walter Leo Coyle

April 29, 1930 ~ December 29, 2017

Walter Leo Coyle, age 86, of 95 South Brooklyn Avenue passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017, at the Hart Comfort House.  He was born on April 29, 1930 in Wellsville to Leo and Miriam Byrnes Coyle. On November 15, 1955 in Buffalo he married Virginia Cumpston, who survives. Walter was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and from Wellsville High School in 1947. He had worked on his family’s farm and in the oil fields in Allentown and served in the US Army during the Korean War. Walter then moved to Buffalo and took a job at the Chevy Plant in Tonawanda. In 1959 he moved back to Wellsville to work for Dresser Rand from where he retired in 1992. He was a faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville, Life Member of the American Legion Post 702 of Wellsville, and was a former member of the VFW Post #2530 of Wellsville. Walter enjoyed hunting and visiting with his friends. Survivors include, his wife Virginia, a daughter, Susan [Steven] Mayne of Wendell, NC.; a son, Michael [Jamie] Coyle of Andover; grandchildren, Michael Kell, Sarah [Matt] Marlow, and Shannon Mayne of North Carolina, Patrick Coyle, and Spencer Coyle of Andover, Courtney [Whitney] Cornell of Virginia; a sister, Margaret Evans of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church with a Memorial Mass to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date and memorials in Walter’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville.



Robert H. Moran

October 7, 1928 ~ January 3, 2018

Robert H. Moran, age 89, formerly of Highland Avenue, passed away on Wednesday January 3, 2018 at Olean General Hospital following a brief illness.  He was born on October 7, 1928 in Wellsville, the son of late Robert T. and Anna [Casey] Moran. On February 11, 1956 he married Loraine D. Gleason, who survives.  Robert was a lifetime resident of Wellsville who attended the Immaculate Conception School for 10 years and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947. He began working at Worthington in 1947 as a stock clerk. Robert joined the US  Army in 1950, proudly served until 1952 as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division.  Following the service he went back to work for Worthington and retiring from Dresser Rand in 1993 after 45 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the Immaculate Conception Church where was involved in the Christian Family Movement and was a lector for many years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #702 of Wellsville and was an active member of the Scio Lions Club where he served as treasurer for many years. He also volunteered his time as a chaperone for the Fresh Air Fund and later he delivered for Meals on Wheels. Robert was a dedicated and loyal blood donor for the American Red Cross, donating a life-time total of 20 gallons. He and his wife, Loraine, loved to square dance and for many years they were members of the Grand Square Dance Club. Robert enjoyed reading, working with stained glass, treasure hunting/metal detecting, and roller skating. Robert was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and will be fondly remembered by his family as a hardworking, benevolent man who cherished time spent in the presence of family and friends. He will be greatly missed!  In addition to his wife, Loraine, survivors include, a son, Sean [Sandi] Moran of Oswego; 3 daughters, Robin [Gary] Ahrens of Olean, Tammy [Robert] Christman of Wellsville, and Kelly [Jesse] Case of Wellsville; 8 grandchildren, Robert [Jen] Ahrens, Kelsey [Matt] Quattrone, Michaela Moran, Liam Moran, Leah Christman, Bridget Christman, Samuel Case, and Simon Case; 4 great grandchildren, Maddox Guay, Ryker Quattrone, Colin Ahrens, and Donovan Ahrens; a brother and sister in-law, David and Barbara Gleason of Conroe, TX.; several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, John M. Moran, and a grandson, Lee Ahrens.  Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 8, 2018, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A prayer service will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial with full military honors will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in his name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School or to the Hart Comfort House of Allegany County.



Constantine James “Gus” Rigas

November 11, 1929 ~ May 19, 2017

Constantine James “Gus” Rigas, 87, passed away on May 19, 2017 surrounded by family at Jones Memorial Hospital, in Wellsville, NY. He was born in Wellsville on November 11, 1929, the son of James John and Helen (Brazas) Rigas. On November 23, 1951, Gus married Rheba Lamar Vincent in Wellsville and together they raised five children. Gus attended Greek School in Wellsville with his siblings and the other Greek children from the community.  He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947, attended Alfred University, and graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1951 with a B.A. in Biology. Gus ran the Texas Hot Restaurant in Wellsville with his partner James Raptis which they inherited from their fathers in 1951, until they transferred ownership to their sons. Gus, his brother John Rigas, and friend Dave Scoville, built housing complexes in Wellsville in the late 1960’s. Gus and John started the Wellsville T.V. Cable Company and built additional cable systems and franchises throughout New York and Pennsylvania. Together with his brother, Gus (Vice President), and John, (CEO), formed Adelphia Communications Corporation which grew to be one of the largest cable companies in the country.  In 1981 Gus left the cable business and moved to Bonita Beach, Florida where he opened the Green Onion Restaurant in Naples in 1983. While in Florida, Gus purchased real estate throughout the area and opened Tovar Farms with Eddie Hedlund and Chris Tovar. With the help of Steve Adams, Gus, Eddie, and Chris farmed strawberries, tomatoes, squash and peppers. Gus was an avid golfer and belonged to the Wellsville, Imperial, Quail Creek, and Naples Country Clubs. He was also a member of the Naples Elks Club and Chairman of the Alleghany County Democratic Committee.  Gus loved music, movies, travel, and sports, especially attending St. Bonaventure University basketball and Alfred University football games with his many friends and family.  Gus enjoyed the social aspects of hunting and fishing, and loved the outdoors, especially tending to the property at “The Farm” in Andover, NY.  Gus spent countless hours feeding the fish in the ponds, and overseeing the mowing, planting and caring for the many acres surrounding the property. Gus and Rheba loved entertaining their countless family and friends, and their doors were always open.  Gus remembered everyone he met; his favorite pastime was reminiscing with old friends and getting to know new ones, and his smile would light up the room. Gus loved everyone; the entire Wellsville community, his friends and family, and the Texas Hot.  He could be seen in his favorite booth every morning having breakfast and was quick to greet and entertain generations of families with his sharp wit and wonderful stories. Above all else, Gus loved people.  His legacy will be preserved by the lives of so many that he touched.  Gus is pre-deceased by his parents, his sister, Mary Hastas, his brothers-in-law, James Hastas and Bill Pallas, and his sister-in-law Doris Rigas.  Gus is survived by his wife Rheba of 65 years, his brother John J. Rigas, sister Katherine R. Pallas, and children, son James R. (Aileen) Rigas, daughter Diana R. (Steven) Pease, son John C. (Cheryl) Rigas, daughter Katherine C. (Philip) Chin, and son Christopher C. (Elizabeth) Rigas,  grandsons Andrew, James, Timothy, Alexander, William, Jamie, Paul, and Nial, granddaughters Jennifer, Liz, Kerry, Sara, Erica, Katie, Anne, Eleni, and Dina, and fourteen great-grandchildren Travis, Andrew, Kelsey, Mia, Shirlyn, Felicity, Lexi, Hendrick, Shiree, Natalie, Adam, Angela, Luke, and Ellington.  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday (May 23, 2017) at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.  There will be a private burial service at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Scio.  The family invites you to share stories and celebrate the life of Gus at a reception from 6:30 to 8:30pm on Tuesday (May 23, 2017) at L’Italia in Wellsville.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a Wellsville Central School Scholarship Fund established in Gus’s memory to be presented each year to a Wellsville graduate by one of Gus’s grandchildren or great-grandchildren. Donations can be made out to: Wellsville Central School Scholarship Fund (in memory of Gus Rigas) and mailed to: 126 West State Street Wellsville, NY, 14895.




Max Linza

March 20, 1930 ~ June 4, 2014

Max Junior Linza, 84 years old, died June 4th, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Born March 20th, 1930 to parents Max and Faith Linza in Wellsville, New York. Max was a veteran of the United States Air Force with 20 years of service as a Lieutenant Colonel, was the founder and owner of Linza Pool Maintenance for 20 years, attended Bayshore Baptist Church in La Porte for 22 years, and also graduated in 1964 from Pittsburg University in Pennsylvania with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Max loved his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, golf, crossword, baseball, bowling, and celebrated birthdays with Gerry traveling together to Las Vegas and on cruises. Preceded in death by brothers Merle Linza, Jimmy Linza, Donald Linza, and Dale Linza. Survivors include Wife of 38 years, (Gerry) Janet Linza, Children Robert Linza and Wife Jean, Linda Linza, Laura Linza and Wife Sue, Mark Pilsner Sr. and Wife Judy, Leroy Linza and Wife Gim, Sister Marjorie Layton, Brothers Harley Linza, Raymond Linza, Roger Linza, Gary Linza, Grandchildren Jessica, Mark Jr, Kristen, Jennifer, Christina, David, Jacob, Laura, Joy, Great-grandchildren Haley, Garren, Brayden, Tanner, Rylee, Hunter, Skylar, Noah, and Brynn.Visitation will be held Saturday June 7th, 2014 at Paul U. Lee Funeral Home from 1-3PM with a service to follow until 4pm and a reception from 4-6PM at Bayshore Baptist Church in La Porte.



Betty J. Minges-Mansfield

August 19, 1928 ~ December 21, 2015
Betty J. Mansfield, 87, of the Hallsport Road, went to be with her Lord in her home on Monday (Dec. 21, 2015) surrounded by her family.  She was born in the Town of Wellsville, N.Y., on Aug. 19, 1928, the daughter of Clair and Athelia Ackerman Minges. On Sept. 3, 1949, in the Stannards United Methodist Church, she was married to Ted R. Mansfield, who predeceased her on Sept. 28, 2004. A lifelong resident of the Wellsville-Scio area, she was a graduate of the Wellsville High School. She attended the Stannards United Methodist Church and for many years was active in the Willing Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed time spent with her family and also enjoyed doing cross-stitching needle work. Surviving are daughters, Patti Mansfield and Barb Mansfield, both of Wellsville; grandson, Scott Mansfield of Wellsville; brother, Jim (Marcia)?Minges of Canandaigua, N.Y.; brother-in-law, Jim Mansfield of Wellsville; special niece, Janet Raymond of Spencerport, N.Y.; special friends, Blair and Deb Buchholz, Marcia Sick and Margaret Wilson, all of Wellsville; also, other nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, husband and several nieces and nephews. Honoring her request, there will be no visitation. A Celebration of Life Service will be held later at the family’s convenience.


Erwin Amos Buchholz

July 6, 1929 ~ July 4, 2011

Erwin Amos Buchholz, a lifetime resident of Wellsville, passed away on Monday, July 4, 2011, at his home on the Hallsport Road. He was born on July 6, 1929, the third of eleven children born to Harry and Florence (Fanton) Buchholz. He was united in marriage with Margaret Carol Hardy on August 30, 1950, and then shared almost 61 years as husband and wife. Erwin, known to his family and friends as Herb, graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947 and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He worked for many years in the shipping department of Air Preheater, retiring in 1991. Since his retirement he worked part time for a number of years for McDonalds and afterwards for the Wellsville Country Club. He also served for a number of years on the Board for the Stannards Cemetery Association. Herb was an extremely generous and caring man. He and Margaret are well known for selling wood over many years, but they have also been known to give many cords to those in need. He was a wonderful and faithful husband, father, brother and friend, always seeking to meet the needs of others whenever he could. Survivors include his widow, Margaret, a daughter, Connie (Ken) Winters; 2 sons, Blair (Deb) Buchholz and George (Paula) Buchholz: 8 grandchildren, Laura (Berny) Salvaggio, Jack Buchholz, Ashley (Jason) Millard, Allena Buchholz, Melissa Webster, Emily Winters, Georgia Buchholz and Felicia Diehl: 5 great grandchildren, Aubrey, Arianna, Kevin, Annie and Blakey: 2 sisters, Jane (Jr.) Kernan and Joyce (Larry) Arbogast; 3 brothers, Oscar {Diane) Buchholz, Virgil (Marian) Buchholz and Galen “Pete” (Liz) Buchholz. Herb was predeceased by his parents, 5 brothers, Leonard “Jim”, Alwin, Richard, Mark and Earl Buchholz; His youngest child Debbie Lou Allen and a grandson Chad Webster. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends are welcomed to stop at the house to pay their respects to Margaret and the family. Memorials in Herb’s name may be made to either the American Cancer Society or the Multiple Sclerosis Society




Earsol Mae Barnes-Matteson

June 17, 1927 ~ August 4, 2011

Earsol Mae Mattison 4192 B Bolivar Road passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 17, 1927 in Wellsville to Homer and Anna Norton Barnes. She was retired from the State of Alaska and later returned to Wellsville. She is survived by a son Joseph Mattison of Wellsville. As per Earsol’s request no services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home.




Wilma Whitney-Swarthout

April 10, 1930 ~ April 19, 2012


Wilma W. Swarthout, 82, 5 Fairview Avenue passed away on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at Olean General Hospital following a courageous battle with many health issues. She was born April 10, 1930 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Edward and Pearl (Willett) Whitney. On March 10, 1953 in Wellsville she married James L. Swarthout who survives.  Wilma was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was first employed at Silvers Clothing Store and later by Worthington Corporation as Manager of the Tabulation Room. After the birth of her daughter she returned to work at First Trust Union Bank and Kailbourn Supply in Wellsville as a secretary and bookkeeper. She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed family gatherings, playing the piano, traveling, and the joy of winning at bingo and at the casino.    Surviving in addition to her devoted husband is a loving daughter, Wendy (Jeff) Barrett of Old Orchard Beach, ME, 2 sisters, Gayle (Jim) Schober of North Tonawanda, NY and Reba (Tony) Vassallo of Circleville, OH, two sister-in-laws, Doris (Floyd) Mallory of Wellsville and Carolyn Huffsteader of Blairsville, GA. Also surviving is the 1st niece, Terry Benedict of Wellsville as well as many other nieces, nephews and special friends, including, Bunny Rahr and Phyllis Marrow both of California. She was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Whitney and Leonard Whitney and a sister-in-law, June Gensamer.     Friends and relatives are invited to call on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial celebration will follow at 3:00 pm in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, the Christian Temple, the Trinity Lutheran Church or the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps




Eugene Nye

November 17, 1929 ~ March 20, 2015

Eugene Nye 1947

Eugene G. Nye, 85, passed away March 20, 2015 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness. He was born November 17, 1929, in Wellsville, the son of the late Lyle E. and Ethel M. (Gardner) Nye. On April 11, 1953, he married Veronica Ludden, who predeceased him on March 11, 2010.He was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served in the US Army for three years. For years he owned and operated Nye “Best Buy” Auto Sales in Wellsville. In later years he was employed by Palmer Airmotive in Wellsville; retiring in 1992. One of his many hobbies over the years was owning and maintaining his 1967 Amphicar. He loved spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband and loving father who also served his community as a member of the Scio Lions Club and the Wellsville American Legion. He was an avid golfer and was a long time member of the Wellsville Country Club. Surviving are three sons, Rodney (Diane) Nye of Chapin, SC, Daniel (Michele) Nye of Irmo, SC and Gregory (Laura) Nye of Newberry SC, one daughter, Suzanne (Lloyd) Bennett, of Olean, NY, 10 grandchildren, Chad (Ebony) Nye, Amanda Nye, Samantha (Glenn) Phillips, Jesse Nye, Danielle Nye, Tyler Nye, Jay (Alecia) Bennett, Shaun Bennett, Rick Nye, and Alexis Nye, four great-grandchildren, and a brother-in-law, Raymond McClure of St. Petersburg, Florida. He was also predeceased by his sister, Patricia McClure.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 25th at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Entombment with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the Catholic Charities Appeal or the American Cancer Society.




Marcella Marie McGinnis-Richardson

March 29, 1929 ~ April 16, 2015

Marcella McGinnis Richardson 1947

Marcella Marie Richardson, 86, a resident of Manor Hills, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Jones Memorial Hospital, with her family at her side. She was born March 29, 1929 in Hammond, Indiana the daughter of James P. and Florence A. (Moylan) McGinnis. On September 23, 1950 in Wellsville she married Francis E. Richardson who predeceased her on July 22, 1982. Marcella moved to Wellsville with her family in 1934, when her father began working at Sinclair Oil Refinery. She attended the Immaculate Conception School through 10th grade and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1947. After high school, Marcella was employed as an operator for New York Telephone. She was an active member and daily communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church for many years. She was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, the Lord’s Housekeepers and the Fun Fair Committee. She initiated Eucharistic Adoration at her parish and shuttled priests to the area nursing homes for the weekly communion services. She was a volunteer at Immaculate Conception School and was awarded the “Lay Award of St. Joseph” by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec on April 26, 2009 for meritorious service rendered to Immaculate Conception Parish. She is survived by four sons, John (Denise) Richardson of Wellsville, Mark (Elainey) Richardson of Englewood, Florida, James (Debora) Richardson of Wellsville and Daniel (Debra) Richardson of Victor, seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother, James (Betty) McGinnis of Houston, Texas and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband, by a son, Francis, who died at birth, one brother, Raymond McGinnis and two sisters, Anna May Arnold and Florence Durkee. The Rosary will be recited on Saturday, April 18th at 11:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 1:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or the Immaculate Conception School, % 17 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895.




James Holbrook

September 27, 1928 ~ May 21, 2015

James Holbrook 1947

James “Jim” Holbrook, age 86, of South Highland Avenue passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Cortland Park Nursing Home in Cortland. He was born on September 27, 1928 in Marysville, Ohio to Norman J. and Ruth Moore Holbrook. On August 20, 1955 he married Joyce McClurg who predeceased him on March 30, 2005. Jim was a long time resident of the Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1947. He worked for his father at McGinnis and Holbrook Oldsmobile on South Main Street and joined the US Army in 1950 and served until 1952 in the 82 Airborne Division. Jim worked at Sinclair Refinery in Wellsville and later began a career in retail sales on Main Street. He worked for Ludden Shoe Store, Hamilton Shoe Store and with Dick O’Brien they bought Harkness Clothing. In 1980 Jim sold the business and retired. He was an avid golfer who enjoyed snow skiing in the winter, and traveling on cruise ships. Jim was a sports fan who enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and the Buffalo Bills. He was a member of the Wellsville Country Club and the American Legion.  Survivors include his son, James (Sheryl) Holbrook of Cortland and his daughter Christine Holbrook of Wellsville; 5 grandchildren, Brett, Kayli, Chad, Matthew and Andrew; 5 great grand children, Ostin, Brayden, Parker, Rory and Amaya; several nieces and nephews.  Jim was predeceased by his parents and his wife Joyce. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 11 am to 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville with the funeral service to be held at 1 pm. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Jim’s name maybe made the charity of the donor’s choice.




Betty  May Garvey-Herman

May 28, 1929 ~ September 2, 2012

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John Henry Gostley

1930 ~ April 29, 2009

US Marines

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Herbert Gerald “Gerry” Sherman

August 17, 1928 ~July 1, 2010

Herbert Sherman 1947




Betty Lou Beach-Rawleigh-Dieter

March 28, 1929 ~ January 11, 2003

Betty Beach-Dieter

Betty L. Rawleigh-Dieter, 73, of 66 High St., passed away Saturday (Jan 11, 2003) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Born in Hillsdale, March 28, 1929, a daughter of Wesley and Martha Saunders Beach, she had spent her early life in the Wellsville-Scio area, abut 10 years in Victor, and made her home in Angelica the past 30 years.   She was a graduate of Wellsville High School.   She had been employed as a bookkeeper for the Allegany Counry Real Property Tax Service, and later for the Angelica American Legion Post.  She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of the Angelica American Legion Post #414. Betty was predeceased by her father, Wesley; her husbands, Laverne Rawleigh and Ted Dieter; as well as one sister, Gladys Brisbee; and her step-son Aaron Ellsessor. Surviving are her mother, Martha Beach of Wellsville; her husband, John Ellsessor of Angelica; two sons, Richard (Susan) Rawleigh of Scio and Carl(Trude) Rawleigh of Angelica; two sisters, Alice Padden of Andover and Audrey (Don) Robbins of Cattaraugus; one brother, Harold (Theresa) Beach of Colorado; step children, Shayne (Michelle) Ellsessor of Angelica, Brett (Heidi) Ellsessor of Belfast and Jennifer (Rick) Hunt of Angelica; grand-children, Michelle Rawleigh, Bethany Rawleigh, Carl Reynolds and Cindy Rawleig; two greatgrandchildre; 14 step-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Burial will follow in Until the Day Cemetery, Angelica




Beulah Sick-Broughton

August 17, 1928 ~ January 7, 2006

Beulah Sick-BroughtonBeulah H. Broughton, 77, of 321 Farnum Street, died Saturday January 7, 2006 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born August 17, 1928 in Wellsville the daughter of Herman and Hilda (Vossler) Sick. On July 4, 1953 in Wellsville she married Robert Broughton who survives. Beulah was a graduate of Wellsville High School, was formerly employed at Reuning’s Bakery in Wellsville and was a telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Company in Wellsville. She was also employed at One Hour Martinizing in Horseheads where she resided for 17 years prior to moving back to Wellsville in 1977. With her husband she owned & operated the Wellsville Dry Cleaners from 1977 to their retirement in 1996. She was a former member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, reading and shopping at yard sales. Surviving in addition to her husband Robert are 2 sons, Bruce (Anne) Broughton of Painted Post, William (Audrey) Broughton of Wellsville, 2 daughters, Bonnie (Richard) Ives of Wellsville, Barbara (Mark) Tolbert of Horseheads, 2 grandchildren, Rebecca (Craig) Player, Richard Ives, 1 great granddaughter, Hailey Player, 2 step grandchildren, 2 step great grandchildren, 1 brother, Robert (Rita) Sick of Wellsville and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by 1 grandson, Jeremy Ives, a sister, Dorothy Bacon and a twin brother, Bruce Sick. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Wednesday January 11th at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include any charity of the donor’s choice.


Bruce Herman Sick

August 17, 1928 ~ April 24, 1999

Bruce Sick




Catherine Horn-Whitney-Tomah

November 18, 1929 ~ October 2, 1995

Catherine Horn-Tomah




Milton Daniel Haskins

October 19, 1929 ~ August 28, 2003

Daniel Haskins




Dorothy Marie Ackerman-Baker

July 5, 1929 ~ May 10, 2002

Delorthy Ackerman-Baker




Edwin Comstock

April 22, 1929 ~ March 23, 2000





George Kimball Lampman

November 29, 1929 ~ April 30, 2006

George K. Lampman

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Howard Roland James

July 2, 1929 ~ August 4, 1999


Howard James




Joanne Wittmann-Edwards

January 7, 1930 ~ November 20, 2002

Joanne Wittman-Edwards

Joan L. Edwards, 72, of 110 Williams Ave. died Wednesday (Nov. 20, 2002) in St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell.  Born Jan. 7, 1930, in Detroit, Mich., she was a daughter of Walter and Margaret Keller Wittmann. On Nov. 8, 1952, in Wellsville, she married Richard “Dick” Edwards, who survives. Mrs. Edwards graduated from Wellsville High School and Bryant & Stratton in Buffalo. She worked for the former First Trust Union Bank and retired from Fleet Bank after 25 years of service.  She was active for many years in the Wellsville Women’s Bowling Association and was a Red Cross volunteer and served as a disaster chairman. She was a life member of the Wellsville Firemen’s Auxiliary and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Women of the Moose.  Surviving besides her husband of 50 years are a son, Michael (Linda) Edwards of Scio; two granddaughters, Vicki and Jaci Edwards; two sisters, Eleanor (Jack) Mann of Mt. Morris and Marjorie Phillips of Dayville, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.  Friends called at the J.W Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., Wellsville, Saturday (Nov. 23, 2002) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at which time funeral services were held. The Rev. Glen Layfield officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.
Memorials may be made to St. James Dialysis Unit, 411 Canisteo St., Hornell, NY




Lila Lonsberry-Packer

April 17, 1929 ~ April 3, 1995

Lila Lounsberry-Packer




Lois Janette Greene-Cotriss

March 24, 1929 ~ April 15, 1988

Lois Greene-Cotriss




Marian Leola Smith-Smith

December 12, 1929 ~ May 29, 1999

Marian Smith-Smith




Myrtle Ann Rahr-Jackson

October 22, 1929 ~ January 25, 1994

Myrtle Rahr-Jackson




Nellie Mae Eckenrode-Bellows

January 17, 1930 ~ May 18, 2002


Nellie Eckenrode-Bellows






Patricia Perrin-Robbins

March 25, 1930 ~ January 22, 2006

Patricia Perrin-RobbinsPatricia Perrin Robbins, 75, of 2879 Robbins Court, died on Sunday January 22, 2006 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born March 25, 1930 in Olean, the daughter of Benjamin and Edith (Robertson) Perrin. On March 27, 1948 in Wellsville she married Earl C. Robbins who survives. Pat was 1947 graduate of WellsvilleHigh School and for many years she knitted baby caps for the newborns at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was also a member of the pulmonary support group at Jones since 1994. Surviving in addition to her husband Earl, are 2 daughters, Denise (Michael) McKee of Girard, Ohio, Debra (Edward) Lancer of Hammondsport, a son, John E. Robbins of Fairport, a grandson, William (Karina) McKee and a beautiful great granddaughter, Megan Grace McKee of Columbia, Maryland, a sister, Ellen (Richard) Baker on Andover, a brother, Donald (Prudy) Perrin of Deland, FL, several nieces & nephews and special friends, Dean & Grace George and Jerry and Jan Woitas. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a brother, Benjamin Perrin and a sister, Shirley Hull.




Paul James Pero

May 21, 1928 ~ July 26, 1999

Paul Pero




Quentin Ingley Coats

February 6, 1930 ~ August 23, 1996

Quentin Coats




Richard D. Roeske

April 1, 1929 ~ May 27, 2003

Richard Roeske




Robert Stevenson Larsen

February 8, 1930 ~ October 26, 1993

Robert Larsen




Ruth Eva Lamphier-McDowell

April 29, 1928 ~ May 24, 1993

Ruth Lamphier-McDowell




Ruth Kathleen Polmateer-Didas

April 26, 1929 ~ July 24, 1975

Ruth Palmatier-Didas




Virginia “Ginger” Pflager-Covill

 October 21, 1929 ~ July 23, 2003

Virginia Pflager-Covill

Virginia L. Pflager “Ginger” Covill, 73, of Crystal Beach Road, Hammondsport, Keuka Lake passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 23, 2003 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.   Ginger was born Oct. 21, 1929 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Laurence and Sweetheart (Wroten) Pflager.  She married her husband, Grant Covill on Apr. 15, 1950.  Her surviving family includes her husband, Grant of Keuka Lake; Daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Marshall Young of Spencerport; Grandson, W. Blakeney Hedrick attending MCSU, NROTC in Raleigh, N.C.; Sister and brother-in-law, Rachael Anne and Richard Bellows of Waterloo; Three nieces, and several grand nieces and nephews and great-grand nieces and nephews.  Having graduated from Wellsville High school, Ginger earned her LPN and worked most of her life in various phases of the medical field.  Ginger was a Girl Scout Leader for 17 years and Camp Director for 4 years in Wellsville. A 50-year member of the Eastern Star, She was also past matron of Burton Chapter O.E.S.   Ginger was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and active in St. Ann’s Guild, Choir and Sunday School there until moving to Pennsylvania in 1972. After retiring in 1986, she and her husband moved back to their home on Keuka Lake.  Ginger was an active member of the Sampson WWII Navy Veterans   Auxiliary and president from 1997 through 1999. She was also a member of the Keukauna Women’s Club and served as president from 1999-2002.   Family and friends are invited to attend her memorial service to take place Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003 at 11 a.m. in The Chapel located within the Bath VA Medical Center, Veterans Ave. Bath.   As Ginger loved the lake so much, expressions of sympathy and remembrance may be directed in her memory to Keuka Lake Association P.O. Box 415 Hammondsport. N.Y. 14840.   In addition memorials may also be directed to Strong Memorial Hospital Friends of Strong 601 Elmwood Ave Box 660 Rochester, N.Y. 14642 or charity of ones’ choice.




William Francis Harder

August 19, 1929 ~ July 7, 2006

William Harder

William “Bill” Harder, 76, of 6 Howe Terrace in Wellsville and 6900 Dennis Circle in Naples, Fla., died Friday (July 7, 2006) shortly after arrival at Jones memorial Hospital in Wellsville.  He was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Wellsville, the son of Francis and D. Irene (Rennells) Harder.  On March 24, 1951, in the First Congregational Church in Wellsville, he married Beverly Garvey, who survives.Bill was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School, a 1951 graduate of Alfred State College and graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1963.  He was employed as an engineer for ABB Air Preheater Company in Wellsville, retiring in 1992 after 35 years of service.  He was an active member and past president of the Wellsville Lions Club, a 56-year member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495, a member of the First Congregational Church in Wellsville, where he had served in various positions and was an associate member of the Mayflower Congregational Church in Naples, Fla.  He was a former Small Court Basketball coach, enjoyed chaperoning Boy Scout trips and was an avid hunter. Surviving in addition to his wife of 55 years, Beverly, are three sons, William F. Harder Jr. of Tamarac, Fla., Stephen R. (Mary) Harder of Chalfont, Pa., and Brian J. (Susan) Harder of Baton Rouge, La; six beloved grandchildren, Scott, Kevin, Michele and Sarah Harder, Kimberly Callery and Kelly Machnik; and one great-granddaughter, Katelyn Machnik. He was preceded in death by two infant sisters. Friends are invited to call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville.  The funeral will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in the First Congregational Church, 289 N. Main St. in Wellsville, with Rev. William Jones presiding.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.  The Wellsville Lions Club service will be at 6:45 p.m. Monday and the Elks Lodge Memorial service will be at 8 p.m. Monday. Memorial suggestions include the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 206, Wellsville, NY 14895, or the First Congregational Church Memorial Fund.




William Albert Simons

April 28, 1928 ~ September 17, 1993

William Simons



Donna Marie Schwalb-Caterino

June 25, 1929 ~ January 10, 2008

CATERINO, DONNA MARIE, 78, died January 10, 2008 peacefully at home following a lengthy illness. Born in Salamanca, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Ruth Callan Schwalb. She graduated from Wellsville (NY) High School in 1947 and earned her Registered Nursing degree.




Phyllis Shields-Dickerson

February 29, 1928 ~ January 10, 2004

phyllis shields 1947

PHYLLIS M. DICKERSON, 75, of 38 N. Highland Avenue passed away on Saturday January 10, 2004 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. She was born February 29, 1928 in Alma the daughter of Lawrence “Clyde” and Iva (Messler) Shields. On September 7, 1946 in Alma she married Orville T. Dickerson who predeceased her on August 12, 1984. Phyllis was a long time resident of Alma and had attended school in Alma and Wellsville. She and her husband owned & operated the Alma Store in the 50’s and she was the first female bus driver for Wellsville Central School from 1957 to 1982. She also operated Phyllis’s House of Ceramics in Alma, taught cake decorating and candy making at BOCES in Belmont and was known for making specialty cakes. She was a very active member of the Alma United Methodist Church and was instrumental in keeping the church open. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family. She is survived by 6 children, Sally (David) Plants of Kittanning, PA, Sue (Glenn Clark) Winicki of Cuba, Steve (Karen) Dickerson Sr. of Alma, Sherry (Bill Sr.) Day of Wellsville, Sabra (Kurt) McCarty of Davenport, FL. and Sylvia (Steve) LaChance of Wellsville, 17 grandchildren. 17 great grandchildren, 5 brothers, Lawrence (Dorothy) Shields of Bradford, PA, Francis (Marge) Shields of Portville, Richard (Joyce) Shields of Bolivar, James (Bobbie) Shields of Alma and Robert (Nell) Shields of Alma as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by 1 sister, Virginia Shields in 1927. Burial will be in Sunnyside Cemetery in Alma and memorial suggestions include the Alma Volunteer Fire Company Steve Dickerson P.O. Box 1-4 Alma, NY. 14708




Stella Ellen Schultz-Comstock

January 15, 1927 ~ June 30, 1995




Donald B. Schrader

January 1, 1930 ~ December 24, 2014

don schrader 1947

Donald (Don) B. Schrader, 84, died suddenly on Christmas Eve after a period of declining health.  He is survived by his three children: Nancy Planalp of Bozeman, Lori Schrader of New York, New York, and Scott Schrader of Corvalis, Oregon; daughter-in-law Beth Schrader of Belgrade; and nine grandchildren. He also leaves behind his loving companion of many years, Ilene Brissonneaud of Bozeman.  Donald, a long-time Bozeman resident, was born in Wellsville, New York, on Jan. 1, 1930. His job on a seismic crew led him west, where he met and married his first wife and mother of his children, Marjorie Leuschen from Jordan, Montana. After settling in Montana, he began work as a newspaper typesetter and later joined the World Book Encyclopedia Corporation, where he ultimately became a regional manager. In the years that followed, Donald moved to Oregon, Nevada and Utah selling a variety of products along the way. He returned to Montana later in life and renewed a lifetime interest in painting. His portraits hang in private collections in New York, Maine, Oregon and Arizona. Don Schrader — salesman, charmer, artist, gentle soul – you will be missed.




Ray Wilcox

April 23, 1929 ~ October 11, 2011

Ray Wilcox, 82, of Palm Harbor, passed away peacefully on Oct. 11 surrounded by his family. He was born in Wellsville, NY on April 23, 1929 to Ray and Agnes Wilcox. In 1956, after receiving his Associates Degree from Alfred University, Ray accepted a job with Sandia Laboratories and moved with his wife and children to the “wild west” Albuquerque, NM. Not content to work for others, Ray risked everything to start his own company, Automated Control Systems (ACS) in 1973. He sold ACS and retired to Palm Harbor in 2003. Ray is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirlee Ann. He is also survived by his daughters, Jackie Payne (Gary) of Palm Harbor, Marlene Ware of St. Petersburg; and his son, Bud Wilcox (Debi) of Albuquerque; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; three brothers; three sisters; sister-in-law and her husband. The memorial service will be Nov. 12 at Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor with a celebration of his life afterwards at Tiffany’s, Ray’s favorite restaurant. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Suncoast Hospice or Presbyterian Church of Palm Harbor.




Anita Taylor-Rogers

November 2, 1929 ~ October 7, 2006




Marie Keough-Scott

March 5, 1929 ~ May 22, 2010




George John “Jack” Wilson

February 10, 1931 ~ May 2, 2005




Francis C. Houghtling

January 21, 1928 ~ November 23, 1994




Roland Smith

December 11, 1928 ~ May 1, 2011




Wanda Louise Matteson-Golden

June 4, 1930 ~ March 5, 2015

Wanda L. Golden, 84, of Spring Hill, Fla., passed away Thursday (March 5, 2015). She was born in Whitesville, N.Y., to Merle Harry Matteson and Zereta Bell Clark. She was of the Methodist church and will be dearly missed by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her loving husband, Col. Harold R. Golden (Ret.); son, Dennis M. Golden and wife, Susan; daughter, Denise M. Ingersoll and husband, Charles Ingersoll; 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; 2 sisters and brothers-in-law, Genevieve and Carl Weihoneig and Marian and Truman Burrell. As a loving wife of a Colonel, she dedicated 40 hours a week for Red Cross for years. When Harold retired, she worked at Sun Coast Hospital in administration for 10 years and retired. She then enjoyed golfing, bowling, bridge and was an active member of the Red Hat Ladies and also traveled all over the world.




Barbara Emerick-Montjoy

February 13, 1928 ~ January 3, 2010

Barbara Ann (Emerick) age 81, of Piqua, OH; formerly of Wellsville, NY passed away Sunday, January 3, 2010 at Koester Pavilion, Troy, OH. She was born February 13, 1928 in Wellsville, NY the daughter of the late Harry Emerick and Frances Maynard Emerick. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Sandy Montjoy of Saluda, VA and John and Marianne Montjoy of Dayton, OH; grandsons, Marty Montjoy of Conover, OH and Sean (Summer) Wyan of’ Troy, OH: six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and one very special niece, Tomala Caldwell of Troy, OH. Barbara was a member of the Church of God, Troy, Troy VFW Auxiliary, Troy Moose Lodge, and Covington Eagles. She was a former nurse’s aid at Johnson Nursing Home, Troy and held many positions in and around Troy over the years. Memorial service 1:00PM Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy. Friends may call from 12-1:00PM Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420.




Barbara Flammer-Brylinsky

September 20, 1929 ~ January 20, 2009

Barbara F. Brylinsky On January 20, 2009 (nee Flammer) of Cherry Hill, NJ. Age 79. Beloved wife for 54 years to the late Michael Brylinsky. Loving mother of Bonnie Chaney and her husband Greg of Juneau, AK; Scott Brylinsky and his wife Cleo of Sitka, AK; Gayle Miner of Medford, NJ; and Rad Brylinsky and his wife Sue of West Chester, PA. Devoted grandmother of Trisha Russo, Connor Chaney, Drew Miner and Nicholas Brylinsky.  In lieu of flowers contributions in her memory may be made to the American Indian College Fund, P.O. Box 172449, Denver, CO 80217. She will always be remembered by her friends at the card table.




Donald Rahr

June 10, 1928 ~ April 19, 2012

Donald J. Rahr, 83, formerly of Frewsburg Rest Home passed away Thursday (April 19, 2012) in the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center. He was born June 10, 1928 in Wellsville, NY, the son of the late Donald D. and Iva M. Gardner Rahr. Don was a 1947 graduate of Wellsville High School and had been employed at MRC-SKF Bearings as a bearing inspector for 46 years retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Falconer United Methodist Church. Don enjoyed spending time with family and friends and also enjoyed reading western novels, solving crossword puzzles and was an Atlanta Braves fan. Surviving is his sister Barbara (Keith) Foster of Falconer, two brothers: Richard (Charlotte) Rahr of Grand Junction, Colorado, Robert (Jean) Rahr of Nampa, Idaho and several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a brother William Rahr who died February 4, 2009 and his sister in law Rae Ann Rahr who died May 3, 2003. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Falconer Funeral Home. Rev. Chad Sayers pastor of Falconer United Methodist will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery. Friends will be received by the family from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the funeral service Sunday in the funeral home. Memorials may be donated to the Falconer United Methodist Church, 201 North Work Street, Falconer, NY 14733 or to the Falconer Public Library, 101 West Main St., Falconer, NY 14733.




Charles Brandon Chenault

October 10, 1929 ~ September 16, 2014

Charles Brandon, Chenault 1947

Charles Brandon Chenault, 84, gifted with a sense of adventure and scientific mind, died peacefully on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 surrounded by his wife of 57 years, Emilie Kyle Chenault and family after a brief hospitalization.  Brandon was born on October 10, 1929 in Wellsville, New York to Beaumont natives Clara and Blewett Chenault. His brothers would joke that his birth was so remarkable it caused the Wall Street Crash of 1929. From this auspicious beginning, it was clear Brandon had a bright future! He grew up in Wellsville, NY the youngest son in the family of three boys. He attended Cornell University, graduated from Hobart College and earned his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. After medical school, he served as a flight surgeon on an aircraft carrier in the U. S. Navy. When he was young, Brandon received a subscription to National Geographic Magazine and thus began his life-long love affair with world travel and nature. He spent the rest of his life exploring everything with scientific curiosity and hitting his personal goal of visiting every continent in the world, several more than once. The family spent many happy weeks at his favorite destination on Padre Island where he shared his fascination with nature and loved combing the beach. He had a deep commitment to the preservation of nature and our natural resources. The true essence of Brandon was in his work as an obstetrician/gynecologist. His private practice allowed him not only to treat patients, but also gave him the opportunity to conduct research to improve the reproductive health of women and work with infertile couples so they could experience the joy of parenthood. He was a founding member of one of the first free clinics in San Antonio where underserved women in the community received quality healthcare. He was also among the first obstetricians to allow fathers into the delivery room in San Antonio. Throughout his life, he worked tirelessly for Planned Parenthood and supported them in every way. Brandon had wide variety of interests that he approached with laughter and enthusiasm, taking his whole family along for the ride. He shared the thrill of snow skiing, talent for photography, appreciation of music and the arts, and dedication to the community through his active participation in organizations including Planned Parenthood, The Nature Conservancy, the Institutional Review Board at Methodist Hospital, The Archeological Society, San Antonio Rotary Club, and The Torch Club. Brandon was a gracious, generous and kind person. His passion for learning has inspired all of us. He was a philanthropist in the truest sense of the word and touched everyone who knew him. Above all, it was his family that held the dearest place in his heart. Many problems were solved while we worked on 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Emilie Kyle Chenault; daughter Christie Chenault Gonzalez, son-in-law Dr. Roy Gonzalez, Jr., grandsons R. Wesley and Samuel Wilkes Gonzalez; daughter Sybil Chenault, grandson Hunter Roderick Campbell; daughter Carol Chenault and son-in-law Donald ‘Shark’ Smith; son Brandon Brian Chenault, grandchildren Bayley and Cameron Chenault. He is also survived by his brother Bert Chenault and was preceded in death by his brother Blewett Chenault.  A graveside memorial service will be held at the Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. Reception following at the Beaumont Country Club.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Planned Parenthood South Texas 104 Babcock Rd. San Antonio, Texas 78201 or The Nature Conservancy of Texas 200 E. Grayson St. San Antonio, TX 78215.


Bernard Eugene Driscoll

October 28, 1929 ~ October 8, 1989

Lt. Col. Bernard Eugene “Gene” Driscoll, USMC retired of 3907 East Scots Place, Wilmington, NC, died Thursday, October 8, 1998 in the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center. He was born in Hornell, New York on October 28, 1929, the son of the late Lloyd and Martha Dunham Driscoll. Col. Driscoll a proud veteran of the USMC for many years until his retirement, also retired from ABB, General Refractory, was very active in the Wilmington community, a member of the BPO Elks Lodge #532, a graduate of Alfred University, Alfred, NY in 1952, a 1996 Adult Scholar Graduate at UNCW, a RSVP Volunteer at the Senior Center Volunteer Income Tax Assistance “Vita” Program, the Marine Corps Engineer Association a member of the Second Marine Division Association and most of all a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Anderson Driscoll of the home; three sons, Bernard Eugene Driscoll II and wife, Elizabeth of West Chester, PA, David Anderson Driscoll and wife, Cheryl of Leesburg, VA and Daniel Anderson Driscoll and wife, Elizabeth of Downingtown, PA; seven grandchildren, Maureen Driscoll, Kelly Driscoll, Ricky Driscoll, Luke Driscoll, Blake Driscoll, D.J. Driscoll, and Lauren Driscoll; four sisters, Marion Whitford of Wellsville, NY, Mary Alice Richardson of Andover, NY, Helen Darcy of Wellsville, NY and Nancy Wildman of Oxford, OH; a brother, Robert Driscoll of Marietta, GA; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday, October 12, 1998 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church by Rev. William F. Walsh, O.S.F. Interment will follow at a later date in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville, NY. The family will receive friends at their residence, 3907 E. Scots Place, Wilmington, NC 28412. Memorials may be made to, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 6650 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412.