1933 ~ April 23, 2008
William D. Massey A most unforgettable person VICTOR – William D. Massey passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at the age of 75. He was predeceased by his son, George. He is survived by his wife, Annette; children, Linda (Gordon) Harris, Margaret (Robert) Ferrarone, Christi (Paul) Bravo and Cindy (Scott) Vadney; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister, Marylee James; and many other extended family members and friends. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lucey-VanVoorhis Funeral Home, 301 W. Main St., Victor. A service celebrating William’s life will begin Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the funeral home. Interment will be in Stannards Cemetery, Wellsville, N.Y. Gifts in his memory may be directed to Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance, P.O. Box 1537, Spring, VA 22151.
Leola F. Holmes-Strang
February 10, 1932 ~ June 21, 2018
Leola F. Strang, of 1056 Portville-Obi Road, Portville, passed away Thursday (June 21, 2018) at Pines Health and Rehabilitation Center in Olean. Born Feb. 10, 1932, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Glenn and Lillian Fanton Holmes. On Aug. 28, 1954, in Wellsville, she married Loren F. Strang, who predeceased her on June 30, 2012. Mrs. Strang was a graduate of Wellsville High School. She received her accounting degree from Olean Business Institute. She first went to work for the former VanderHorst Corp. and then for Marra Brothers Motor Co., both in Olean. She later worked for many years for Hamlin Bank in Eldred, Pa. Mrs. Strang was a member of the Portville Baptist Church; the Portville American Legion Auxiliary; and the Olean Elks Lodge 491; and was a past tiler. Surviving is a brother-in-law, Stewart (Beverly) Strang of Olean; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and husband. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday (June 30, 2018) at the Portville Baptist Church. The Rev. Robert Cook will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, at the convenience of the family. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Portville Baptist Church, 24 Temple St., Portville, NY 14770.
November 28, 1932 ~ September 11, 2017
Memorial Mass for Nancy Whitehouse, 84, of Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. She passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017 at her home. Nancy Jean Hazzard was born November 28, 1932 in Wellsville, NY, the daughter of Leon Howard Hazzard and Julia Anna Schulz Hazzard. She graduated Wellsville High School and attended college at the State University of New York at Albany, graduating with degrees in Mathematics and English, and taught afterward. On August 4, 1956, she married her husband of 61 years, Alan Brack Whitehouse, in Wellsville, NY. They enjoyed many happy (and extremely busy!) years together raising seven children. In later years, when her children were grown, Nancy returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher. She enjoyed an active circle of friendships and many hobbies, including sewing, reading, participating in several social clubs, and volunteering in various school, church and community activities. She was an avid Jayhawks basketball fan. Throughout retirement she devoted even more time to family, friends and hobbies, and enjoyed many years of attending concerts to hear Alan’s saxophone playing with several local bands, much as she did when she and Alan were dating during college. She will be lovingly remembered for her compassion, quick wit, and sense of humor. She was an exceptionally devoted wife, mother and Nana, and her family will remember her for making each one of them feel special and cherished. She was preceded in death by her brother, Noel and sister, Joanie. She is survived by her husband Alan and children, Barbara (Randy) Westerdale; Susan (Robert) Doss; Valerie Bartels; Richard (Jennifer) Whitehouse; Robert (Sabine) Whitehouse; Thomas (Heidi) Whitehouse; and Laurie (Gordon) Snyder; along with seventeen grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.
William J. Cronin
January 29, 1933 ~ November 30, 2018
William J. “Bill” Cronin of 146 Madison Street passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018, at Updykes Willow Ridge in Hornell. He was born on January 29, 1933 in Wellsville to the late Thomas F. and Mary C. [Dunigan] Cronin. On December 1, 1956 he married Ann Marvel who survives him. Bill was a lifelong resident of Wellsville who graduated from the Immaculate Conception School and from Wellsville High School in 1950. During the Korean Conflict he served in the US Army and was stationed in Germany. Bill started working for Worthington Corporation in Wellsville and later took a job with New York Telephone retiring from AT&T in 1992. After his retirement he started Cronin’s Communications where he continued repairing and trouble shooting phone service. Bill was a dedicated and faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Church. He served the church in many capacities including Trustee, Eucharistic Minister, and as a member of the Mercy Associates. Bill and Ann were 45 year members of the Wellsville Grand Squares that included Coops Troops and the Penny Promenades Camping Group. He was a member of the Pioneers Group and he also participated in the Fresh Air Program for many years. Bill will be remembered as dedicated and hard working man. Survivors include his wife, of 62 years, Ann; 2 sons, Joseph [Karen] Cronin of Fairport, and Michael Cronin of Fairport; 2 daughters, Michele [Jim] Nicoloff of Hornell , and Kimberly Cronin of Oneonta; 9 grandchildren, Patrick and Michael Nicoloff; William, Kelly, Daniel, and Susan Bunchuck; Katie, and Nicole Cronin; Nicolas Cronin; a brother, James [Loretta] Cronin of Wellsville; a sister in law, Jane Cronin of Canisteo; several nieces and nephews including Shelly Callahan and Stacey Hungerford. Bill was predeceased by his step mother Agnes Chapman; his brother Thomas Cronin; his sister Lavina Voorhies.Friends are invited to call on Monday, December 3, 2018, from 3-5 & 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Tuesday a prayer service will be held at 10:30 am in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place with military honors in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials in Bill’s name may be made to either the Father Brown Mission Club or to the Immaculate Conception Church.
Reva Mae Smith-Erickson
May 15, 1932 ~ September 8, 2017
Erickson, Reva (85) of Orlando, Fl passed away peacefully under the care of Lake Bennet Health and Vitas healthcare on Fri, Sept 8, 2017. Reva was born on May 15, 1932 in Wellsville, NY to the late Milon Smith and Lillian Alsworth Smith. She was the youngest of 4 children, including her twin sister, Rita. She graduated from Wellsville HS in 1950, worked as a telephone operator, and was united in holy matrimony to Einard ‘Ike’ D. Erickson on July 18, 1953. This union was blessed with 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren. Reva relocated with her family to Orlando, Fl in 1957, and was very active in First Baptist of Orlando and later with Powers Drive Baptist Church. She was a loving stay at home wife and mother for years, returning to work in later years as a PBX operator for Sunbank and Martin Marietta. After retirement, she worked as a Pink Lady and Volunteer Coordinator for Health Central Hospital until she experienced a stroke in 2001. She loved to bowl, golf, travel, read, do crosswords and most of all laugh. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband Einard D. Erickson; sister Betty Glover; and brother Ray Smith. Her beautiful, kind spirit will forever be cherished in the lives of her twin sister Rita (Glenn) Gibson of Ormond Beach, Fl: her daughters Brenda (Dennis) Berto of Orlando, Fl; Melinda (Jose) Baerga of Winter Garden, Fl; and Janet (Stan) Shipley of Clermont, Fl: her grandchildren Jennifer, Audrey, Christian, Daniel and Olivia; sister-in-law, Doris Erickson of Jamestown, NY; and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones. A viewing will be held on Fri, Sept 15, 2017 from 6-8pm. The funeral service will be held on Sat, Sept 16, 2017 at 11am with burial to follow. All services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery of Gotha, Fl.
Jean Ellen Gavitt-Bessey
October 20, 1931 ~ February 17, 2018
Jean Ellen Bessey, 86, of 4905 Maple Grove Road, passed away Saturday (Feb. 17, 2018) at Cuba Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born Oct. 20, 1931, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Russell and Vinah Heysham Gavitt. On July 3, 1949, in Wellsville, she married Bernard Burris “Toby” Bessey, who predeceased her on Feb. 7, 2018. Jean had resided all of her life in the Wellsville and Friendship area. She attended the Wellsville School District School. After her marriage to Toby, they moved to Inavale on Toby’s family farm. Later, for 25 years, she was employed at Acme Electric Corp. in Cuba as an assembler, retiring in 1992. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, baking, traveling and camping.
Her greatest joy was to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Jean was a member of the Friendship First United Methodist Church; Amity Friends #192 Order of the Eastern Star and past grand officer; Olean Court #19 Order of the Amaranth; Musical Library Club of Friendship; Allegany Co. Federation of Women’s Clubs; Friendship Crafty Belles and the Friendship Red Hats. Surviving are two sons, David A. (Keiko) Bessey of Newport News, Va. and Paul E. (Phyllis) Bessey of Friendship; a daughter, Roxanne K. Burdick of Friendship; seven grandchildren, Clinton Burdick, Vicky Bessey, David Bessey Jr., Teresa Bailey, Benjamin Burdick, Sarah Burdick and Amber Ramsey; great-grandchildren, Stephanie Mallory, Thomas Burdick, Gary Burdick, Joe Burdick, Robbie Burdick, Megan Bailey, Dylan Burdick, Dawson Bailey, Dustin Bailey, Lydia Bessey-Tolley and Emery Bessey- Tolley; several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents; a son, Bernard “Dean” Bessey; s son-in-law, Gary Burdick; two grandsons, Abraham Burdick and Noah Burdick; a stepbrother, Richard Hungerford; a twin sister, Jeanette Jones; and a sister, Gertrude Gavitt. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 22, 2018) at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday (Feb. 23, 2018) at the Friendship First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Clara Wilder, pastor will officiate. Burial will be in Dimmick Cemetery, town of Wirt. Memorials may be made to the Friendship First United Methodist Church or the Friendship or Amity Friends #192 Order of the Eastern Star.
Ernest James Brown
Ernest James Brown, known as Jim and Ernie by many, left this earth peacefully in his sleep at home in the early morning hours of Saturday (Nov. 8, 2014). He was 82 years old and stood courageously for many years against declining health. Although he slowed down in his later years, Jim pressed on daily with a positive attitude and a healthy sense of humor. A very active lifestyle defined Jim’s daily life, underscored by a strong work ethic at Air Preheater in Wellsville for 40 years as an assembler welder, retiring in 1991. While active in football and boxing, Jim was also an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman. He earned the Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America followed by active duty service in the U. S. Marine Corps in the 1950s; his service to his country resumed later, and for many years, in the U.S. Army Reserves at the Wellsville barracks. Jim’s love of the outdoors was not lost on the seat of a motorcycle, claiming Harley Davidson as the notable brand to ride. As the season changed to winter, his snowmobile displaced the motorcycle as the primary means of exploration. He was well-known for blazing trails through the woods from one destination to the next, many times in the blackness of night. Those were fond, high adventures with family and friends and will not be forgotten. Jim was a committed family man to his wife, Marsha and two sons, Mark and Jim, renovating and expanding an old farmhouse year-by-year to create a warm, welcome and loving home for their life journey. There is so much more to say in remembrance and celebration of Jim’s life; these stories shall be published elsewhere in time to come. The high water mark for Jim was every minute he spent with family and friends at Keuka Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. He learned to fish for lake trout from his close friend Harvey Decker and provisioned his own boat for years of fishing success. Jim was predeceased by his parents and his son, Mark Robert Brown, but is survived by his wife, Marsha; son, Jim (Donna) Brown of York, Pa.; granddaughters, Krisi (Kevin) Kremer of Stratford, Conn., Tricia Mitschele of York, Pa., Stephanie Mitschele of Boston, Mass; and great-granddaughter, Bella Natalia Diaz of York, Pa. There will be no calling per Jim’s request and a service may be held at a later date. He will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, next to his son, Mark Robert. Memorials may be offered to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, 1374 Route 19 South, Wellsville, N.Y., 14895.
1932 ~ April 8, 2017
Barbara L. (Stocum) Trowbridge passed away on April 8, 2017, after a short illness. Born in Wellsville, N.Y., in 1932, Barbara was the daughter of Vira and Foster Trowbridge. She lived most of her life in the Southern Tier, graduating from Wellsville High School in 1950, working in the Olean Tile Plant and raising her family. She lived the last 22 years in Honeoye Falls, N.Y. She is survived by her beloved children: son, Jack (Anne) Stocum, and daughters, Janet Haskell, Debbie (Tim) Miller, Darlene Stocum and Cindy (Dana) Harding; grandchildren, Kimberly, Angela, Kassandra, Eileen, Andrew, David and Alex; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Laurene Trowbridge and Dianne Murray; as well as many nieces and nephews. She will be buried at the Knights Creek Cemetery in Scio N.Y. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Mary G. “Mitzi” Gasdik-Stout
d. June 10, 2017
Mary G. “Mitzi” Stout, 85, formerly of Pine Street, passed away on Saturday, June 10, 2017 following a sudden illness. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Kathryn Gasdik. In 1951 she married Carlton Stout who predeceased her in 1966. Mitzi was a 1950 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed at Rite Aid and Woolworth’s in Wellsville and from 1975 to 2000 she was the Wellsville Town Clerk. She served as president of the Brooklyn School PTA, and was the registrar for the Girl Scouts. She was a member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Wellsville High School Alumni Association, a charter member of the Allegany County Young Republicans, and was an election inspector. She was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church, where she taught religious education, was a member of the choir, and was active with the annual Fun Fair. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority, Gamma Phi chapter. Her awards include Award of Excellence from the Wellsville Town Board in 1999. She is survived by three children, Louise (Rev. Lenny) Anderson of Vancouver, WA, Larry (Terry) Stout of North Tonawanda, and Laura (Jim) Cornell of Norman, OK, a granddaughter, Christine Stout, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by two brothers, Edward Gasdik and Joseph (Cis) Gasdik, and two sisters, Irene (James) Wasson and Virginia (Edward) Keneske. Mitzi felt blessed to have so many close friends and neighbors in the Wellsville community Friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 18th from 3pm to 6pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 19th at 11:00 AM in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the David A. Howe Public Library, the SPCA Serving Allegany County or any charity of the donor’s choice.
Robert W. Norton
February 13, 1932 ~ October 26, 2017
Robert W. “Dobro Bob” Norton, 85, of 2062 Route 248A, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at home. He was born February 13, 1932 in Jasper, NY, the son of the late Chester and Katherine (Mattison) Norton. On November 27, 1954 in Whitesville, he married Lucy Ray who predeceased him on December 26, 2000. Dobro was a 1950 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was initially employed at General Motors Corporation in Tonawanda and later for the Town of Willing. In 1966, he joined Dresser-Rand Corporation, where he was employed until his retirement in 1994. He was a lifelong member of the Southern Tier Bluegrass Association, and was well known for his Dobro and yodeling skills. He and his wife Lucy, hosted the infamous “Norton Leek Dinner” every spring for 50 years. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a caring, hardworking man who loved life, his family, and an occasional beer. He is survived by four children, Kitty Pratt and her husband Richard of Whitesville, Chester “Chet” Norton and his wife Susan of Whitesville, Michele Norton and her husband Steven Weisman of Williamstown, New Jersey and Lewis “Louie” Norton and his wife Karen of Whitesville, five beloved grandchildren, Xandria, Lily, Ian, Grace and Chloe Norton, three step-grandchildren, Jason and Matthew Burns and Richard Pratt III, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a brother, Hoyt Norton and two sisters, Lena Madison and Lila Johnston. Friends are invited to a Memorial Mass on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 11:00 am, at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA, with Rev. Joseph Dougherty as celebrant. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville, the Genesee Emergency Squad in Genesee, PA or the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial, 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103, or visit email@example.com.
Bruce N. Clark
September 27, 1932 ~ December 30 2016
Bruce N. Clark, 84, passed from this life on Friday (Dec. 30, 2016) to be at peace and without pain or stress. He was born Sept. 27, 1932, in Wellsville, N.Y., to Newton and Leah (Moon) Clark. He attended Wellsville Central School and resided on the family farm in Andover, N.Y., his entire life. A John Deere and country music enthusiast, he enjoyed the land and wildlife he so loved. He also enjoyed the companionship of his friends and neighbors and being included in their family get-togethers. After he retired from work at the NYS DOT, he was able to travel on many bus trips, always willing to explore new places and see and experience something new. He is predeceased by his parents and several aunts and uncles. Being a longtime friend and neighbor, he was “adopted” into many area families and, to him, his friends were his family. A more kind and good-hearted man could never be found. He was always there to help however he could in any situation, with the offer of a kind word and whatever he might have to help out. He is sorely missed by all who knew him. As he wished, burial will be private, but there will be a Celebration of His Life at a later date, where anyone can gather to share memories, remember and enjoy the many years we all were fortunate enough to have Bruce in our lives. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Andover Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 726, Andover, NY 14806 or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.
December 31, 1932 ~ October 29, 2016
September 13, 1932 ~ January 12, 2017
January 30, 1932 ~ January 18, 2016
Edith Jane Neu-Colligan
March 24, 1933 ~ January 5, 2011
Edith Jane (Neu) Colligan passed away on January 5, 2011, at Jones Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. Edith was born in Wellsville on March 24, 1933, to the late Raymond W. and Grace A. (Gordon) Neu. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School Class of 1950. On August 16, 1952; she married John F. “Jack” Colligan. Edith was associated with the former Public Loan Company, the Allegany Rehabilitation Associates, and the medical office of Dr. Hassan until her retirement. Edith is survived by a son, Timothy (Suzanne) Colligan of Wellsville, a grandson Christopher (Natalie) Ricci of Clermont, Fl; and a granddaughter Erin (Jeremy) Dahlgren, of Wellsville. In addition, she is survived by a sister Elaine (Dean) Congdon of Cuba, a brother Gordon ( Betty) Neu of Tacoma WA, a brother Stanley (Diane) Neu of Manlius, and great-grandchildren Christopher and Nicholas Ricci of Florida and Brooklyn and Wheeler Dahlgren of Wellsville; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, Edith was pre-deceased by a daughter, Denise (Colligan) Ricci in 1979, and a grandson Shane T. Colligan in 2003 as well as a brother Richard “Dick” (Shirley) Neu of Michigan in 2005. At Edith’s request, there will be no visitation and a grave-side service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser & Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the David A. Howe Public Library, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
John J. Robarts
May 10, 1932 ~ December 28, 2011
John J. Robarts, 79, of 85 Early Street died at home on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was born May 10, 1932 in Wellsville the son of the late Harrison Ross and Gay (Holder) Robarts. On August 19, 1978 at the Christian Temple in Wellsville he married Martha Kemp who survives. John was a graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Alfred University. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army during the Korean War; attaining the rank of Sergeant 1st Class. He was employed at the former Empire Gas Company, Cannon’s Clothing Store and Wellsville Realty. He later purchased Wellsville Realty and after a name change, he operated Robarts Realty for many years until his recent retirement. For many years he was also employed as a gas station attendant and sold tickets at Tuller Field for the Pony League baseball games. He was a former high school basketball referee and a member a member of the I.A.A.B.O. Board of Basketball Officials. He was a past president of the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce, former director of the Wellsville United Fund and had served on the Wellsville Water and Light Board. He was a member of the Elks Lodge # 1495, the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, Frank B. Church Post # 2530 VFW and the Western Steuben-Allegany Association of Realtors. Surviving in addition to his wife, is a son, Ross (Brenda) Robarts of Wellsville, a daughter, Barbara Ceglia of Houston, TX, four step-children, Elizabeth (Damon) Lawrence, Cathy (Chris) Weinman, Kenneth Kemp and Daniel Kemp, five grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, a sister, Roxanne Harris of Glen Mills, PA, his former wife Bette Robarts of Wellsville as well as several several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two half -brothers, Gene Robarts and Harrison “Bud” Robarts. Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 2, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation on Monday at 7:30 pm in the Funeral Home with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Interment with Military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the David A. Howe Public Library
Richard “Dick” T. Edwards
April 2, 1932 ~ February 25, 2015
Robert W. Merrick
November 26, 1931 ~ June 28, 2015
Robert W. Merrick, 83, a former resident of 395 S. Main Street passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center. He was born November, 26, 1931 in Wellsville, the son of Phillip and Katherine (Hanchett) Merrick. Bob was a 42 year employee of C. E. Air Preheater Company in Wellsville. He was a 50 year member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601 and a social member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702. He is survived by three daughters, Laurie Gross and her husband Duane, Kathy Goodnoe, and Michelle Gooch, one son, Mitchell Merrick, seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Friends are invited to a graveside service on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 11:00 am at Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main Street in Wellsville with Rev. Carol Schweigart presiding. The family suggest memorials donations be made to the Hart Comfort House.
Carl W. Ballerstein
December 21, 1931 ~ March 21, 2014
Carl W. Ballerstein, 82 went home to Our Lord on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Vero Beach, FL. He was born on December 21, 1931 in Wellsville, NY. He was a devoted husband and father, and beloved by his large close family. Carl served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from Alfred Tech College and was in Hospital Administration in Lockport, NY, East Liverpool, OH and Romney, W.V. He retired to Whitesville, NY and then to Vero Beach, FL in 1996. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Charlotte; daughters, Carol (Frank) of Federal Way, WA; Gail (Rich) of Vero Beach, FL; Karen (Anthony) of Crestview, FL; sons, Alan of Wellsville, OH; Kurt (Tracey) of Clyde, NY; stepson, Mark (Debbie) Bonner of Williamsville, NY; 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his only remaining sister, Ruth Stisser of Wellsville, NY and his friend Tammy. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Dorothea Ballerstein, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 11:00 AM at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 6th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960. The family request that memorial contributions be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 1850 6th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960 or VNA Hospice House, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960.
Keith F. Sturdevant
August 10, 1933 ~ October 16, 2008
Regina Elizabeth Baldwin-Simms
October 6, 1932 ~ February 18, 2010
May 3, 1932 ~ October 20, 2008
Ronald “Andy” Anderson
September 22, 1932 ~ April 25, 2008
Donald L. Pieri
August 31, 1932 ~ May 6, 1983
Betty Jean Barnes-Lynch
October 19, 1930 ~ May 14, 1996
James B. Marsh
July 1, 1932 ~ February 17, 1988
Francis O. Reesher
February 10, 1931 ~ February 24, 2015
Francis O. Reesher, 84, of 9450 Route 417, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2015) in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following a lengthy illness. Born Feb. 10, 1931, in Wellsville, he was the son of Otto and Winifred Collins Reesher. On Dec. 19, 1953, he married the former Ellen Anderson, who survives. Fran was a graduate of the Wellsville Central School class of 1949. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from 1951 to 1955. While in the Air Force, Fran competed in enter service boxing matches and was undefeated in more than 40 bouts. Fran started his banking career with Public Loan Co. in Olean, which later became Citizens National Bank and Key Bank. He worked in both Wellsville and Olean banks, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Southside Union Chapel in Olean and volunteered at Heritage AFlame Ministries. He was an amateur softball player and a volunteer softball coach at Bolivar Central School. Fran was also an avid hunter and golfer. Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Lynda Herne of Little Genesee, Kirk (Yvonne) Reesher of Bolivar and Shae (Jeff) Smith of Bolivar; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Teresa Mallery of Fairfield, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Reesher in 2008 and David Reesher in 2009. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 26, 2015) at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar. Funeral services will be conducted following visitation at 8 p.m. The Rev. David Herne of Heritage AFlame Ministries will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar. Memorials may be made to Heritage AFlame Ministries, 198 Salt Rising Road, Bolivar, NY 14715.
September 14, 1932 ~ June 19, 2008
Leon E. Smith
June 25, 1932 ~ January 21, 1995
Joyce A. Monroe
November 21, 1930 ~ September 20, 2014
Joyce A. Monroe, 83, and a former Wellsville and Portville resident, passed away in Olean General Hospital on Saturday (Sept. 20, 2014) following a brief illness. She was born in Wellsville on Nov. 21, 1930, the daughter of Harry L. and Mildred Dickinson Monroe. On June 23, 1957, in Olean, she was married to Leroy Horton, who predeceased her. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School Class of 1950, and also attended the Open Bible College in Iowa for 2 years. She had retired in 1986 from the Allegany County Motor Vehicle Department in Belmont. An avid animal lover, she was very fond of her many kittens and those of others. She enjoyed time spent reading her Bible. She is survived by a daughter, Marianne P. Horton of Portville; sister, Bernice Harris of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her parents; son, Jeffrey Monroe; sister, Phyllis Reed; and a brother, John D. “”Skip””?Monroe. Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Friday (Sept. 26, 2014)?from 1 until 3 p.m., when services will be held with Rev. David Herne, pastor of the Heritage?AFlame Ministries officiating. Burial is in the Stannards Cemetery in the Town of Willing. Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society in Jamestown.
Donald L. Morrison
November 4, 1930 ~ September 21, 2003
Donald L. Morrison, of 17 McDowell Avenue died September 21, 2003 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born November 4, 1930 in Wellsville, the son of Lowell and May (Freelove) Morrison. On July 26, 1950 in Scio he married Ethel Kish who survives. Don was a 1950 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was employed as a printer for the Wellsville Daily Reporter for several years, he later a shop supervisor at McCulloch MITE-E-LITE Corp. in Wellsville and at the time of his death he was a guard at Alstom Power Inc. Air Preheated Company in Wellsville, advancing to the rank of Lieutenant. He was a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church and the McEwen Hose Company # 4 in Wellsville and had also served in the Fire Police. Surviving in addition to is wife, is one daughter, Darlene (Richard) Nydegger of Wellsville, 2 granddaughters, Vickie Nydegger of Wellsville and Becky (Chris) Foth of Andover, 2 great grandsons, 2 brothers, Andy (Pauline) Morrison of Wellsville, Ronald (Barbara) Morrison of Scio, 2 sisters, Maxine (Alvin) Whitesell of Wellsville, Ardele Crause of North Tonawanda and several nieces & nephews. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday September 25th. at 1:00 PM in the funeral home with Rev. Lee Williams presiding. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorial suggestions include any charity of the donors choice.
October 20, 1931 ~ February 10, 2008
Jeanette M. Jones, 76, of 54 Cedar St., passed away early Sunday afternoon (Feb. 10, 2008) at Hornell Gardens. Born in Wellsville on Oct. 20, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Vinah Heysham Gavitt. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her infant daughter, Patricia Jones, her four grandchildren, Wayne Lippincott, Shawn Jones, Carl Hills and Jedidiah Jones; her sister, Gertrude Moyer and her half brother, Richard Hungerford. A graduate of Wellsville High School, Jeanette has resided in Hornell for most of her life. She was employed as a cook for the former Big Elms Restaurant and the Hornell Country Club. She also tended bar at the former Downey’s and for Millie Flanagan’s also in Hornell. Later she was employed as an office manager for the Cole Construction Co. in Springville before she began her employment at the former Williams Inn in Hornell. Jeanette was a former member of the Women of the Moose, Hornell Lodge No.210 and the Hornell Association. When she was younger she enjoyed singing and presently she spent time doing various crafts. Her family was her main interest and she loved to bake for them. She will be remembered by her grandchildren, who loved her homemade butterscotch cookies and enjoyed spending time with her, as the #l Grandma. Jeanette also loved her cats. Her family includes her life partner of 30 years, Lawrence Terry of Hornell; her five children, Rhonda (David) Hills of Idaho, Pamela Lippincott and Sheila (Samuel) Jackson all of Hornell, Steven (Darlene) Jones of Ohio and Roberta (Dale) Dunham of Cohocton; her stepson, Shawn (Linda) Terry of Virginia; her 13 grandchildren, William Lippincott, Nathan Woodruff, Robert Jones, Derrick Smolos, Stephanie Jones, Christopher Jones, Patricia Drake, Robert Drake, Christopher (Cindy) Drake, Kyle Jackson, David (Bambi) Jackson, Sarah Jackson and Murray Dunham; her six great-grandchildren, Keegan Drake, Hunter Mosher, Sammy Drake, Kreyanna, Shynell and Joslynn Jackson; her twin sister, Jean (Bernard) Bessey of Friendship; also her nieces, nephews and cousins. Calling hours are from 2-4 p.m. Friday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell, where a funeral and committal service will be held following calling hours at 4 p.m. Friday, with Pastor Bob Schooley officiating. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to the Hornell Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 533, Hornell, NY 14843.
James M. Arnold
January 2, 1932 ~ October 26, 2010
James M. Arnold, 78, a former Pittsburgh resident for four decades, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Hellertown, Pa. Jim was born Jan. 2, 1932, in Wellsville, N.Y., to Hortense and Irving Arnold. He was a Navy/Marine pilot in the 1950s. Following graduation from Rochester Institute of Technology, he moved to Pittsburgh in the early 1960s, where he was employed with ABB Air Preheater. Jim was an avid golfer at Sewickley Heights Golf Club, a member of FOF and a long time Steelers season ticket holder. Jim will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Eva; his daughter, Carrie Fleckenstein; his son, Craig; and his nine grandchildren, Kali, Brady, Katrina, Caiden, Harrison, Maxwell, Avery, Paige and Cate.
October 2, 1932 ~ November 22, 2011
Robert Fortner, 79, of Ft. Loudon, PA died Tuesday. A US Army veteran, he was employed at Ingersoll-Rand. He is survived by his son, Brian, his wife Melissa and their children Cole and Ainslee of Penn Laird, VA; a brother, Joseph, 2 sisters, Jeanne Zenger and Therese Gary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Rose Fortner; a son, Mark; and a brother, Thomas. Services will be private. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center.
1931 ~ April 26, 2006
Barbara Burrows Smith, On Wednesday, April 26, 2006 of Arlington, VA. Beloved wife of the late Francis E. Smith; mother of Shaun K. Smith and Kevin P. Smith; sister of Richard M. Burrous; grandmother of Amanda Johnson, Allison, Emily and Matthew Smith. A Memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 6715 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA on Friday, April 28, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kennedy Center, Lombardi Cancer Center or Austism Society of America, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814-3067.
October 25, 1932 ~ May 8, 2004
James Edward Keib Sr.
September 24, 1931 ~ May 25, 2002
Fred Allen Ward
July 21, 1931 ~ November 15, 1988
Lucille Helen Ludden-Lynch
June 26, 1932 ~ August 15, 1976
December 21, 1931 ~ September 9, 2002
Lois Ann Marsh-Darrin
May 2, 1932 ~ October 2, 1990
Mrs. Lois M. Darrin of 105 Hills St. died Tuesday (Oct. 2, 1990) in her home following a lenghty illness. Born May 2, 1932, in Independence, she was a daughter of Wayne and Sarah Wheaton Marsh. On Oct. 23, 1976, in Wellsville, she married James T. Darrin, who survives. A 1950 graduate of Wellsville High School, Mrs. Darrin graduated from the University of Buffalo, where she obtained her master’s degree. She was a resident of the Buffalo area for many years, where she was involved with social service work. She was also assistant director of the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers. Mrs. Darrin moved back to Wellsville several years ago and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and active in its school programs. Surviving besides her husband and mother of Wellsville are two stepsons, Allen Darrin of Sunnyvale, Calif., and David Darrin of Tampa, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Julia Darrin of Buffalo; a sister, Mrs. Richard (Susan) Brague of Cassia, Fla.; a brother, Roger Marsh of Absecon, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., Wellsville, Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., where a prayer service will be held Friday (Oct. 5, 1990) at 10 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. A Rosary will be recited at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception School.
December 1, 1932 ~ May 21, 2012
Janet Freeborn, 79, former editor of the Salmon River News in Pulaski, NY, and a social worker in Florida, passed away on May 21 at her home in Sandy Creek surrounded by her family. Janet was born on Dec. 1, 1932 in Olean, NY. She spent her early years in Olean, Wellsville, NY, and Shinglehouse, PA. She moved to Pulaski after high school. After many years as a stay-at-home mother, Janet worked for Oswego County Weeklies for 23 years as editor of the Salmon River News; she was author of the Around the Bandstand column and a book on Great Lakes fishing. Later, she lived in Atlanta and Hudson, FL. At age 69, Janet earned her associate’s degree in social work from Pascal-Hernando County Community College in Florida. She worked as a substance abuse counselor, focusing on women and more specifically pregnant women with substance abuse problems. Survivors include her husband, David Powell, and her six children: Michelle Krebs, West Bloomfield, MI, Sharon Krebs (David Dillabough), Pulaski, Denise Ridgeway (Dann Ridgeway), Liverpool, Richard Krebs (Lori), Sandy Creek, Robert Krebs (Sandi), Pulaski and Heidi Goodnough (Brian), Sandy Creek. She also leaves behind stepchildren, Karen Powell Atkinson of Atlanta, Mark Powell of Pulaski and James Powell of Warrenton, VA; several grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. No services are planned. Donations are encouraged to the donor’s favorite charity. Arrangements by Summerville Funeral Home.
Edythe S. “Peggy” Coats-Crittenden
August 14, 1932 ~ March 7, 2015
Edythe S. Crittenden (Peggy), age 82, of Stannards Rd, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday (March 7, 2015) at the Hart Comfort House. She was born Aug. 14, 1932, to Guy F. and Margaret L. Coats. On July 7, 1950, she married Malcolm A Crittenden who predeceased her on Dec. 11, 2005. She was also predeceased by her parents and 6 siblings. Edythe was survived by her 4 children, Marcia (Bob) Huguenal of Norfolk, Va., Nancy (Leo) Coleman of Whitesville, N.Y., Lori (Norbert) Michalak of Scio, N.Y., and Brad (Betty) Crittenden of Bradford, Pa.; also 14 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. A memorial service which is being planned for June will be announced later. Donations in her memory can be made to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville.
Dorr O. Corbin
July 21, 1932 ~ July 5, 1999
James F. Hopkins
June 1, 1932 ~ August 2, 2006
Patricia Jean Greene-Richmond
May 29, 1932 ~ May 15, 1983
Nancy Jane Gardner-Taggart
January 20, 1933 ~ March 20, 1994
Martina Cecelia Rauber-Fancher-Braley
July 24, 1932 ~ March 12, 1995
October 28, 1932 ~ July 11, 2013
Patricia A. Bliss, age 80, of Janesville, died on Thursday, July 11, 2013, at home after a long illness. She was born in Lockport, NY on Oct. 28, 1932, the only child of Augustus and Alice (Eckel) Hyland. She graduated from Wellsville, N.Y. High School in 1950, and married H. Mitchell “Mitch” Bliss on July 7, 1951, in Wellsville. They lived in Jamestown, NY where she was employed in the office of the Prudential Insurance Co. for several years. Together they moved to Janesville in November of 1957 when Mitch joined the Gazette news staff as a reporter. In Janesville Pat worked for Dr. Austin McSweeny, M.D., and for five years at Trinity Episcopal Church as a parish secretary. In 1984, she accepted employment with the State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Janesville office retiring from there after 20 years of service as a counselor. She was totally committed to her job. Pat earned her college education the hard way, pursuing it initially with the opening of U-Rock in the mid 1960’s. She doggedly took a course at a time while also working fulltime and raising a family. She realized her dream at the age of 55 when she received her associate’s degree from UW-Rock County, and then continued at UW-Whitewater where she received her bachelor’s degree in January of 1988, graduating with high honors. She was a member of Rock Prairie United Presbyterian Church and a former member of its choir. She was a weekly volunteer at Rotary Garden’s gift shop. She kept up all her activities until just recently. Pat was a loyal friend to many. In her earlier years, she enjoyed bicycling, golf, curling and was superb at refinishing old furniture acquired at household sales and auctions. Pat also canned many fruits and vegetables during the family’s years at the former home at 1121 E. Court Street. Pat was an avid bridge player all her adult life. She and Mitch belonged to duplicate bridge clubs in Jamestown and Janesville. She also for more than 50 yeas played social bridge with women friends three times monthly, plus monthly bridge at the Elks Club and The Woman’s Club. Pat was an entertaining storyteller and laughed easily. She always put others before herself. Pat had a great fondness for Scotch terrier dogs. She and Mitch owned six over a 60 years span, including Roxie, the latest who is a rescue dog. Pat is survived by her husband, Mitch Bliss; daughter, Dena Klug of Watertown, WI; 2 grandchildren, Salina Bliss and Christopher Blaser; and 3 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Per Pat’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army of Janesville or Rotary Gardens. The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the Mercy Health System oncology department headed by Dr. Emily Robinson and Linda Brethauer, P.A., and the entire staff of nurses and other support staff who so ably administered to Pat over the past eight years after her cancer was diagnosed. She had four major surgeries over the span, yet never complained over her plight. The family also thanks dear friend Kay for her incredible help in the final days.
Dr. Clyde Robbins
January 24, 1933 ~ August 16, 2015
Dr. Clyde DeVere Robbins passed away Sunday at his home in Valle Crucis. Dr. Robbins was a retired Navy Captain, and worked for 17 years at Appalachian State University as the Director of Design and Construction. He is survived by one daughter, Katherine Davidson of Indianapolis, Ind., granddaughters Mariah Sexton and husband Eric of Indianapolis, IN, Brandi Matthews of Indianapolis, Ind., and grandson Channing Matthews of Atlanta, Ga., and three great grandchildren, Mackenzie Matthews, Liam Sexton and Lanie Sexton, all of Indianapolis, Ind. “Doc” is survived by his Special Valle Crucis Family – Don and Marcia Lusk, Heidi Lusk Robertson and husband Brock, and Holly Lusk Powell and husband Seth all of Valle Crucis, NC. He is also survived by his most faithful and beloved dogs Misty and Mogli. He was preceded in death by his patents, Claude Robbins and his mother, Erma Marvin Robbins and one son, Scott Robbins.A Celebration of life service for Dr. Robbins will be held at the Inn at Crestwood on Thursday Aug 20 from 2 o’clock until 4 o’clock. Clydes favorite sweets and beverages will be served. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 130. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607 or to Medi Home Hospice, 400 Shadowline Drive, Suite 102, Boone, NC 28607.
Lawrence William Neu
February 19, 1932 ~ March 13, 2005
April 23, 1933 ~ April 6, 2010
Mark R. Buchholz, 76, died April 6, 2010, at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in?Coudersport, Pa. He was born April 23, 1933, in Wellsville, the son of Harry Buchholz and Florence (Fanton) Buchholz. He was an employee of ABB?Preheater in Wellsville, retiring after 26 years, and he worked in Bradford for 23 years. He was a member of the American Legion in Wellsville. He is survived by his wife, Pauline; his son, Dennis Buchholz of Harrisburg, Pa.; seven stepchildren, James Williams of Sabinsville, Pa., Beverly (Ricky) DiChristofaro of Florida, George (Ruth?Ann) Williams of Virginia, Robert (Alison) Williams of DuBois, Pa., Janet (Wade) Tubbs of Westfield, Pa., Thomas (Patsy)?Williams of Genesee, Pa., and Essie (Dave) West of Genesee, Pa.; brothers, Erwin (Margaret) Buchholz, Oscar (Dianne) Buchholz, Virgil (Marian) Buchholz and Galen “Pete” (Liz) Buchholz; sisters, Jane (Archie) Kernan and Joyce (Larry) Arbogast; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mark was predeceased by a daughter, Marcella, and brothers, Leonard, Alwin, Earl and Richard. Services will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Genesee Cemetery. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate.
Robert Donald “Lefty” Wonderling
July 13, 1930 ~ March 23, 2001
Milton L. Geer
August 30, 1933 ~ November 17, 2000
KOREA – Air Force – A2C
Wendell G. Cott
January 15, 1933 ~ August 26, 2004
May 25, 1933 ~ April 11, 2006
Sylvia Ann Temple-Marsh
June 14, 1932 ~ October 23, 1999
Jack Roland Rosell
November 30, 1932 ~ March 16, 2005
AIC AIR FORCE – KOREA
Harry Lowell Smith
July 6, 1932 ~ January 11, 1983
Rose Lelia Payne-Weinhauer
February 27, 1931 ~ March 15, 1998
November 3, 1932 ~ October 29, 1994
Gail Elizabeth Gardner-Kolson
January 2, 1933 ~ January 23, 1997