Class of 1951 In Memoriam


David C. “Red” Mills

October 23, 1932 ~ August 2, 2021

David C. “Red” Mills, 88, formerly of E. Dyke St., passed away on Monday, August 2, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. He was born in Wellsville on October 23, 1932 the son of the late Clifford and Luray (Bovee) Mills. In Wellsville, on Christmas Eve of 1955 he married his wife of sixty-five year, Constance Allen, who survives.  Red was a life long resident of Wellsville. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951. Upon graduating he entered the workforce: from 1952 – 1983 he worked in the Grocery Store industry; then from 1983 – 1988 he owned and operated his D&C Moving in Wellsville; and then from 1988 until his retirement in 1995, he was employed for the Wellsville Central School Systems. Outside of work, he was an avid outdoors man, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He was also a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge #601.  In addition to his wife, Connie, he is survived by: a daughter, Debora M. (James) Richardson of Wellsville; a son, Dale C. (Kathy) Mills of Fort Edward; six grandchildren; three great-grandsons; a sister, Maureen Strauss of Indiana; three sisters-in-law, Dona Mills, Ann Gee, and Erma Allen; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: a son, Dennis A. Mills; a brother, Robert Mills; Brothers-in-law, Douglas Strauss, Robert Gee; as well as a brother and sister-in-law Elwood and Audrey Miller.  A private memorial graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, or any charity of the donor’s choice.

Marlene Pohl-Rose

January 11, 1933 ~ March 16, 2021

Marlene Janet Pohl Rose, “the Mudder,” 88, passed away Tuesday (March 16, 2021) at Highland Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by family.  She was born Jan. 11, 1933, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Walter and Mabel Meyn Pohl.  She was employed at Bradley Producing Co. in Wellsville as a cashier/receptionist. While she was a “stay at home mom,” she volunteered to be a Brownie Troop Leader, as her children Janet and Jeannine were active Brownie members.  In 1971, she became employed at Jones Memorial Hospital as a ward clerk on the second floor. She worked at Jones for 23 years, retiring in 1994 due to her open-heart surgery.  On Aug. 10, 1979, she married “the love of her life,” James Paul Rose (Pa Bear). He had eight children, which she treated and loved as if they were her own. Jim and Marlene spent the majority of their time traveling and camping together at Four Lakes and Breezy Point Campsite.  On Saturday night, they would venture down to the Breezy Point Dance Hall with the grandkids, to square dance and enjoy a couple glasses of “Kickapoo Juice.” Oh, how that juice was potent! On May 27, 1988, Memorial Day weekend, Jim had a massive heart attack and died. There were only married for nine years.  In the fall of 1989, she met a gentleman by the name of Lyle Addison Eymer (Old Fart). He certainly was a card! He was very humorous and fit into the family very well. They too enjoyed camping at Breezy Point Campsite. Later on, Lyle purchased an RV and they traveled to Florida frequently. In the summer, they camped the RV at Sampson State Park in Romulus. They made many friends there and even found a stray kitty cat, which they adopted and named Boots. On Oct. 23, 2012, Lyle passed away. He too had a heart attack.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, VFW Post 5647 Auxiliary and American Legion Post 702 Auxiliary.  The Mudder was fortunate enough to travel on two Caribbean cruises, which she enjoyed immensely with her family and friends. She attended many craft shows with her daughter Janet and her friend Mary Ann Sparatta.  She was a superb cook, had a heart of gold and loved her family. Her hobbies included crocheting, crosswords, jigsaw puzzles and reading. She loved socializing on Facebook and watching her birds, especially her cardinals. She had a soft heart for stray kitties, adopting many in her lifetime.  She is survived by her daughters, Janet (Bill Sweet) Kemp and Jeannine (Will Smith) Weinhauer, both of Wellsville, Jayne (Fred Farris) Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz., Sara (Howard) Razey of Smethport, Pa. and Zoelinda (Darryl) Main of Martinsville, Va.; sons, Bob Rose of Ely, Nev., Tom (Sherri) Rose of Akron, Ohio and Tim (Kay) Rose of Seoul, South Korea; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce (Pohl) Stevens of Frankfort, Ky.; many nieces and nephews; cousins; and good friend, Mary Ann Sparatta of Wellsville. She is also survived by her “sweet and cute” cockatiel, Pepper.  In addition to her parents and husband, Jim, she was predeceased by a son, Jim Rose Jr.; daughter, Nancy Haines; grandsons, Bryon Rose and Grant Kemp III; sister, Sharon (Pohl) Lentz; aunt, Alice Knox; and brothers-in-law, Richard Stevens and Rick Lentz.  Friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (March 19, 2021) at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A private family service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (March 20, 2021), which will be available to the public via livestream on the J.W. Embser Sons Facebook page. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.  Please consider memorial donations to the SPCA serving Allegany County.


Anna Ruth Dietze-Quick

March 24, 1934 ~ February 2, 2021

“Her children rise up and bless her, her husband, also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28
On February 2, 2021, at 8:01 PM, with open arms, her Lord & Savior welcomed Anne into His Heavenly Kingdom to live with Him forever and ever.  Anne was born on March 24, 1934, in Brooklyn, NY, to Rev. Kenneth Whitcomb Dietze & Paula Alma Grube Dietze. The oldest of five children, Anne grew up in Western NY & PA. An honor student, who excelled in her English classes, she enjoyed playing the cello in the high school orchestra. She would often accompany the worship services, by playing the piano & organ. Anne was successful in playing most every instrument that she ever picked up. Her love & appreciation of music could be attributed to her father & his parents, who were professional musicians in the New England area, and her great-grandfather, who was the co-founder & first director of the Riverside, CA, Symphony Orchestra. While in high school, Anne met her soul mate, Donald A. Quick. They were married in Shinglehouse, PA, on February 21, 1953. Anne & Don became the parents of five children, Dianne (Mark Wallace), Donald (Mary Lou VanderVeldt), David, Deborah (David Newton), and Daniel (Carey Gauer). Anne’s life was full of love for her 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, with a new blessing due this coming Spring. In addition to her husband, children, grand & great grandchildren, Anne leaves behind her sister, Marilyn, brother, Paul,  their spouses, many nieces & nephews & great nieces & nephews, and lifelong friends & prayer partners that the family met, while living in NY, PA, El Segundo & Corona, CA, Zanesville, OH, and Keller, Texas. After kneeling before Jesus, Anne will, no doubt, give loving hugs to her son, David, who died of cancer on his 16th birthday, her great grandson, Noah, her parents, sister (Elizabeth), brother (Kenneth), several nephews, and other loved ones & dear friends.  A prayer warrior, even in her final days, Anne continually prayed for her family, friends, our Nation, and this World! It has been said that Anne never met a stranger. AND there is no doubt that before one parted ways, Anne would have shared about God’s love and His salvation of everlasting life, through God’s Son, Jesus, our Lord! “Though our family grieves  our loss, we rejoice in knowing that one day, we will see Mom again, and we, too, will bow down before Jesus & thank Him for giving His life for us, at Calvary…then we will turn around, and run to Mom and give her a loving hug! But, be assured…”That Until Then, Our Hearts Will Go On Singing…” As her great grandson, Barron, said recently, “I want to see Grandma, before she goes POOF, and goes to live with Jesus!” The family will celebrate the life of Anne, during a private burial ceremony, per her wish. On behalf of Anne, the family kindly requests that you do not send flowers, but donate to your favorite charity.


Donald “Red” Burdick

November 16, 1932 ~ April 5, 2021

Donald R. “Red” BURDICK, 88, of Bradenton, FL and Wellsville, NY, died Monday, April 5, 2021 in Blake Medical Center, Bradenton. Born November 16, 1932, in Wellsville, he was the son of Donald E. and Doris Collins Burdick. On December 1, 1956, in Wellsville, he married the former Mary Lou Kruger, who predeceased him March 31, 2021. He served honorably with the U.S. Navy. A graduate of Wellsville High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University and a master’s degree from SUNY Cortland. Red was an elementary school principal in the Ithaca city school district. Surviving are: two children, Lori Burdick of Sarasota, FL and Robert “Bob” Burdick of Bradenton, FL; a brother, Mason (Sally) Burdick of Greenwood; a sister, Mildred Margeson of Scio; nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Maxon Burdick; and a sister, Eleanor “Bunny” Smith. A private graveside service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. The Rev. Dr. Eric D. Ash will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of Morrison B. Hayes American Legion Post #702. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or the Tidewell Hospice Foundation.


Bette R. Richardson-Robarts

October 28, 1933 ~ June 23, 2020

Bette R. Robarts, age 86, of Sunnydale Avenue passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at home surrounded by her family. She was born on October 28, 1933 in Wellsville to the late Leo and Elsie Cornell Richardson.  Bette graduated from Wellsville Central High School and worked for several attorneys including George Harris, Bill Grastorf, James Euken and Wayne Feeman. She also worked for Dr. Harvey Spencer Dentistry and later retired from Air Preheater. Bette spent her time volunteering at the David A. Howe Library and for Meals on Wheels, reading and loved tending to her flower gardens.  Survivors include her son Ross [Brenda] Robarts of Wellsville; her daughter Barbara Ceglia of Houston, TX.; five grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary, Jacob and Sarah Robarts and Chelsea [Korey] Mote; four great grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Abigail, Mason and Olivia; six nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, a sister Barbara Owen and her former husband John Robarts.  Friends are invited to call on Saturday from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held at 2 pm with the Reverend Robert Wheeler presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Bette’s name may be made to the David A. Howe Library.




John Frederic Cole

August 6, 1933 ~ May 4, 2020

John Frederic Cole, 86, of Manor Hills, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020, shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born August 6, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA the son of the late Lester Carl and Edith (Zeitler) Cole. On December 6, 1958 in Wellsville, he married the former Nitia McCracken who survives.  John was a 1951 graduate Wellsville High School and graduated from Alfred State College in 1955. He was a member of the US Army Reserves from 1953 through 1988, retiring at the rank of Sgt. Major. He enjoyed summers during his high school years working with friends on the Erie Railroad, and summers during his college years working at the Sinclair Refinery. He was employed by Meadowbrook Nursery, Air Preheater Company for 42 years, retiring in 1998.  He was a member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church, a 60-year member and past president of the Wellsville Lions Club, a member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club, the Wellsville Elks Lodge No. 1495, the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, and served on the Willing Town Board for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and loved spending time with friends, family and grandchildren.  Surviving in addition to his wife Nitia is a daughter, Julie Ann Cole of Westminster, CO; two sons: J. Jeffrey (Leanne) Cole of  Townsend, TN; and Jeremy J. (Mary Kate) Cole of Wellsville, five grandchildren, Holly Maxwell, Liz, Molly, and Sarah Cole, and Jack Cole, a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Nancy Stevens, and several beloved nieces and nephews including, Frank and Richard Ferry, James and Janice Stevens, and Amy Gowdy. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Suzanne Ferry and a grandson Jay Thomas Maxwell, two nephews, Bill Ferry and Jay Stevens, and a brother-in-law, Francis McCracken.  A private graveside service with military honors will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Lions Club, the David A. Howe Public Library, or the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.


William Kenneth Weber Jr.

May 17, 1933 ~ January 17, 2010

William “Bill” Weber, Jr., 76, of Brooksville, passed away on January 17, 2010. He was born in Wellsville, New York and came here in 1977 from Wisconsin.  He was a retired editor of the Sun Journal, served in the US Army from 1950-1953, and was a Korean War Veteran. He was a member of the United Church of God in Tampa, and the American Legion Post #702 in Wellsville, NY.  He is survived by his wife Susie; 3 daughters: Cindy and husband Raymond, Barb and husband Mike, Debbie and Darren; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Donald and Robert; and sister Marlyn.  Celebration of Life Service at the Brewer & Sons Funeral Home Brooksville Chapel followed by interment at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell with full military honors.

Reva 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.

Lois Greene-Wheaton

November 15, 1933 ~ March 13, 2018

Lois May Greene Wheaton, 85, passed away March 13, 2018 in the Wellsville, NY Nursing Home.   She was born on Nov. 15, 1933 to Clayton A. Greene and Ella P. Gordon Greene of Pikeville on A.J. Green’s farm in Pikeville. She was married to Jack Wheaton.  She worked at J.J. Newberrys early in her career, near the Texas Hot restaurant, and at Fisher’s Pharmacy for 42 years.  She is survived by one son, Jon C. Wheaton of Wellsville; three sisters, Evelyn A. Greene Folts of Fillmore, Joyce S.Wheaton of Stannards and Kathy Weimer of Florida; one brother, William G.Greene of Honeoye; and seven nephews, three nieces and many cousins.  She was predeceased by her husband, Jack in 1988; her parents; a sister-in-law, Pat Lockwood Greene; and a brother-in-law, Douglas Wheaton.  Memorials can be made to the Petrolia Fire Company, Alma Hill Road Route 18, Wellsville, NY, 14895.



William Garvey

June 4, 1933 ~ July 31, 2019

William H Garvey Jr, Age 86, Orlando, Fl passed away on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He was born to the late William H and Myrtle (Van Thof) Garvey Sr. He was preceded in death by his sibling Betty Herman and survived by two siblings, Beverly Harder (Naples, FL) and Joan Rosell (Wellsville, NY). Bill graduated from Wellsville High School and on June 23, 1956 he married the love of his life, Constance (Connie) Gibbs, at Immaculate Conception Catholic church.  He is survived by his wife Connie and his daughters Cynthia (Michael) Nicoloff, Orlando, FL; Diana (Michael) Jackson, Sebastian, FL and Sheila (Mark) Brandes, Titusville, FL. One grand-daughter Casey (Christopher) Poulos, Orlando, FL and grand-son Chad (Cristina) Nicoloff, Smyrna, Ga. Bill leaves behind four great-grandchildren Addison and Nicholas Poulos and Noah and Emma Kate Nicoloff.  He was a member of Wellsville Volunteer Fire Dept and was an active member of the Wellsville Lions Club. He started his work career at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville and then became owner/operator of Garvey’s Mobil Station on Main Street from 1960 – 1971 where he then purchased Bill Garvey Cadillac Olds, GMC trucks, which he sold in 1985, to move closer to his immediate family in Orlando, FL.  Bill was a member of the Wellsville Country Club and Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, FL where he was an avid golfer up until his phrase “I can’t remember if I did or was I gonna” became his reality. Christmas was always his favorite time of year and we had fond memories of him dressing up as Santa and reading the night before Christmas each year.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Carey Hand Colonial Funeral Home, Orlando, FL. A Mass will be held at 10:00am at St James Cathedral (215 N Orange Ave, Downtown Orlando, FL) on Saturday, August 10th.  In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at




Merle Jay Cook

February 13, 1932 ~ December 29, 2013

Services for Merle Jay Cook, 81, of Livingston, Texas, will be held at the Cochran Funeral Home in Livingston, Texas.  Interment will follow at Camp Ruby Cemetery in Livingston, Texas.  Military honors will be provided by VFW Honor Guard Post #8568.  Merle was born on February 13, 1932 in Bolivar, New York, to parents, Leighton M. and Margaret C. (Peck) Cook and passed away on December 29, 2013 in Livingston, Texas.  He is preceded in death by his parents; sons, Merle John Cook and Mark Andrew Cook; brother, Robert Dale Cook; granddaughter, Delana Denise Cottrell.  He is survived by his wife, Juanita Cook of Livingston, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Stave Ragsdale of Livingston, Texas; daughter, Delana Cottrell of Rosenberg, Texas; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Larry Burnett of Livingston, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Robbie Cook of Moscow, Texas; son, Kevin Cook of Livingston, Texas; grandchildren, Christina Ramirez, Christopher and LeAnn West, Michael and Shanna West, Tammy Cottrell, Merle Jacob Cook, Juanita Cook, Johnathan and Felicia Cook, Mark Cook, Mary and Mike Pitsky, Rose and Allan Meyer, David and Ashley Faver, Ariel Burnett, Laura and Kevin Lenox, Emily Cook, Kevin Cook II, Cheri Cook, Shelly Barrett; 38 great-grandchildren; along with numerous other relatives and friends.



Mary Jo Clair-Petrey

April 12, 1933 ~ April 17, 2014

Mrs. Mary Jo Petrey North Augusta, SC Mrs. Mary Jo Petrey, 81, wife of the late Harley Aiken and the late John Petrey, entered into rest on Sunday, April 27th, 2014. Born in Andover, NY, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Wilda Burdick Clair. She was a retired Registered Nurse. Mrs. Petrey came to North Augusta, SC, in April 2013. She attended Midland Valley Community Church of the Nazarene. Family members include daughters, Debbie Ewert, Pompano Beach, FL and Vicky Ostendorf, North Augusta, SC; step-daughter, Barbara Petrey, Charlotte, NC; grandchildren, Melody Kesselring and Candice Dancy and great-grandchildren, Rylee, Karlee, Braydn and Brody Kesselring and Olivia Dancy. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, at 11 oclock at Midland Valley Community Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Kyle Poole officiating. It has been requested that memorials be made to the Music Ministry at Midland Valley Community Church of the Nazarene. Friends will be greeted by the family following the service at the church on Wednesday.


Richard LeRoy Brague

January 21, 1933 ~ January 5, 2004



Betty Jean Barnes-Lynch

October 19, 1930 ~ May 14, 1996




Donald Walker

January 8, 1933 ~ May 15, 2019

Donald S. Walker, 86, of Stannards, NY, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in his home surrounded by his family.  Born January 8, 1933, in the Town of Willing, he was the son of Glen and Margaret Cornwell Walker.  On November 16, 1957, in Scio, he married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Jacobs, who survives.  He was a graduate of Wellsville Central School.  A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably in the US Army from January 9, 1953 to December 23, 1954.  He was employed as a pipe welder by Consolidated, now Dominion, at the Harrison Valley and Sabinsville, PA stations.  Surviving besides his wife, Elizabeth, are:  four daughters, Gale (Jerry) Varney of Dansville, Victoria Walker of Wellsville, Lynn Walker of Mooresville, NC, and Ellen (Lance) Cornelius of Wellsville; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a grandson, Kyle N. Walker on August 8, 1999; two sisters, Roberta Young and Reba Pendleton; and infant brother, James Walker.  Friends may call Friday, May 17, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Marty Reisman will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of Morrison B. Hayes American Legion Post #702.  Memorials may be made to Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Willing Volunteer Fire Department.



Norman Davis

February 23, 1934 ~ September 13, 2019

Norman L. Davis, 85, of 355 Spinnaker Lane passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019 at Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville, NY. He was born February 23, 1934 in Wellsville the son of the late Harold and Olive (Headley) Davis. On June 7, 1962, he married Jung Ja Choi who predeceased him on August 23, 2011.  Norman was raised in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville Central School.  He was a veteran of the Korean War serving with the U. S. Air Force from 1952 to 1956. He graduated from Alfred University with a Master Degree in Psychology. He was employed as psychologist for the Gananda Central School District, retiring July 1, 1996.   Norman was part of the Rochester, NY poetry scene and helped Pure Kona open mike, which began in 1993.  He was the main constituent of Haz Mat Review, a publication of local and national poets.  He will be missed by many.  He is survived by a daughter, Lorraine Davis of Webster, two sons, Foster Davis of Webster, and Walter Davis of San Francisco, CA, and a granddaughter, Hana Kleppe.  Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 19, 2019, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the National Kidney Foundation.




Donald Higgins

September 16, 1933 ~ September 29, 2019

Donald Towner Higgins, 86, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Mr. Higgins was born on September 16, 1933 in Wellsville to Howard and Arline (Towner) Higgins.  He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951.  On May 28, 1955 he married Georgianna Geary who survives him.  Donald is also survived by his three children, Daniel of Dallas, TX, Brian (Noreen) of Cape May Court House, NJ and Shelia Higgins (Richard) Gerrie of Macedon, NY;  four grandchildren Timothy (Sara) Higgins of San Francisco, CA, their two sons Stradbroke and Teague, Meaghan Higgins (Brian) Imszennik of Warrington, PA, their son Daniel, Patrick Gerrie of Buffalo, NY and Christopher Gerrie of Cleveland, OH;  sister-in-law Mary Geary McMullen of Winter Park, FL and brother-in-law Frank Geary of Denver, CO.  Donald worked his entire career of 44 years at the Air Preheater Company.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.  His hobby was woodworking.  Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 3 pm to 6 pm and on Saturday from 11am to 12 noon at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, NY. The funeral will follow visitation Saturday at noon in the Funeral Home.  The family requests no flowers.  Donations may be made in Donald’s memory to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, 1250 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA  90401, or to the David A. Howe Library, 155 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY  14895.



Robert J. Madden

June 28, 1933 ~ December 25, 2019

Robert J. Madden, 86, a former resident of 144 Trapping Brook Road passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at Manor Hills. He was born June 28, 1933 at Tullar Maternity Hospital in Wellsville, the son of the late Theodore and Catherine (Brennan) Madden. On September 23, 1961 at St. Joseph’s Church in Scio he married Catherine J. Baker who predeceased him on April 6, 1992. Bob was a 1949 graduate of the Immaculate Conception School, and Wellsville High School in 1951. He was employed at Worthington Corporation for 43 years, retiring as a pattern maker in 1994. He was an active member of the Dyke Street Engine Company Company No. 2, where he served as secretary for 58 years. He was a life member of the Volunteer Fireman’s Association of Allegany County and the Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman, a member of the the Fireman’s Association of New York State, a member past president of the Scio Senior Sunshine Club, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, where he served as an usher for many years.  Bob enjoyed living at Manor Hills were he resided since June of 2015. He also enjoyed woodworking, and collecting model firetrucks.  He is survived by his daughter Janet E. (Lori Niemi) Madden of Plymouth MA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife by a brother Edward Madden, and a sister, Marlene McDowell.  Friends are invited to call on Saturday, December 28, 2019 from 11:00 to 12:00 the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 12 noon following visitation. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Dyke Street Engine Company #2



Patricia Pieri-Law

December 20, 1933 ~ August 20, 2016

Patricia S. Law (nee Pieri), 82, passed away at her home in Vero Beach Florida on Saturday (Aug. 20, 2016). She was formerly of Wellsville, N.Y.  Pat graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951.  She married William J. Law on July 2, 1955. He predeceased her on June 19, 1975.  She was the loving mother of late Scott (late Beth) and Glenn (Sandra) of Depew, N.Y.  Pat was the grandmother of Brian (Erica), late Adam, Nicholas, Morgan, Matthew and Jonah and great-grandmother to Spencer and Sutton.  She was the sister to Genieve (late Alan) Ford, late Yolanda Pieri, late Mary Josephine Shirey, Lucille (late Chuck) Porter and late Donald Pieri.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Once Pat’s sons were enrolled in grade school she started working at Brooklyn Middle School, first as a lunch monitor and then as assistant librarian. She later worked as a travel agent.    A memorial service will be held on Saturday (Sept. 3, 2016) at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Christian Church, Vero Beach, with burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, N.Y. Oct. 1, 2016 at 1 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Vero Beach or to the Hart Comfort House, Wellsville, N.Y.


Charlotte Dickerson-Kellogg

September 30, 1932 ~ June 21, 2013

Charlotte M. Kellogg, 80, of Shinglehouse, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 in Absolut of Allegany, Allegany, NY after a long illness.   Born September 30, 1932 at home in Alma, NY, she was a daughter of Charles and Lina Harrington Dickerson. On December 24, 1958 in Pikeville, NY, she married Thomas John Kellogg, who passed away on September 28, 2010.  Mrs. Kellogg was a graduate of Wellsville High School, class of 1952. She had been employed as secretary to the Dean at St. Bonaventure University in the late 1950’s and the 1960’s.  She enjoyed gardening and being outside enjoying nature.  Surviving are a brother, Carl (Lucille) Dickerson of Belmont, NY; and several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Christine Carpenter (David) Conner of Allegany, NY.  In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Kellogg was predeceased by a sister, Ruby Burch; and three brothers, Earl Dickerson, Orville Dickerson, and Arvis Dickerson.  Friends may call at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA on Monday, June 24, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at which time funeral services will be held with the Rev. Chad E. Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Run Community Club, 308 Austin Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.



Bonnie Blackman-Neal

October 6, 1931 ~ September 11, 2018

Bonnie J. Neal, 86, of Rauber Street passed away at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.  She was born on October 6, 1931 in Oil City, Pennsylvania to Charles and Frieda Wheeling. On October 11, 1952 in Wellsville she married Richard “Dick” Neal who predeceased her on August 15, 2008.  Bonnie was a long time resident of Wellsville who attended Wellsville Central Schools. She had worked as a waitress for over 60 years at the Penn Valley, Wellsville Country Club, and for the Beef Haus. She also worked for Wellsville Central School for 30 plus years in the Middle School and Elementary School cafeterias retiring at the age of 84 in 2016. Bonnie also helped her husband in operating Neal’s Photography in Wellsville.For Bonnie family came first. She enjoyed outings with her girlfriends, coffee hour with her niece Kandy, traveling, Yankees baseball, walking, dancing, and roller skating. She had been a volunteer for Red Cross including yearly trips to the Bath VA Hospital, a volunteer for Jones Memorial Hospital and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville. Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Keegan of Rodman; three sons, Charles [Suzanne Spicer] Neal of Wellsville, Douglas Neal of Wellsville, and Thomas [Debbie Ireland] Neal of Fort Ann; seven grand children, Holli [Ben] Polselli, Kristi [Alvin Leith] Neal, Craig [Cursti] Neal, Spencer Neal, Connor Neal, Kerri Keegan, and Mitchell Keegan; three great grandchildren, Nora, Rowan, and Logen; a sister, Mildred [Morris] Lowrey of Pleasanton, CA; several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Richard, a son in law, Chip Keegan, and three sisters, Anna Burchfield, Charlotte Ennis and Dixie Duston.  Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 14, from 6 until 9 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will take place on Saturday in the Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Bonnie’s memory may be made to the Jones Memorial Hospital, 191 North Main Street, Wellsville, New York 14895.



Dolores M. Joyce-Goetschius

April 12, 1933 ~ October 11, 2012

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Dolores M. Goetschius, 79, of 3471 North Drive in Riverview Heights died on Thursday, October 11, 2012 surrounded by her family and friends. She was delivered by her grandma on April 12, 1933 at the home of her grandma and grandpa Graves in Graves Town, NY. She was the daughter of the late Francis and Mary (Graves) Joyce. On July 3, 1954 in Wellsville she married William K. Goetschius who survives.  Dolores had many fond memories of her childhood. When she was five years old, her dad walked her everyday to the county school on top of Meservey Hill; her teacher was Florence Harder Carpenter. She attended there for two years before attending the Fords Brook School and later the Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville. She was a 1951 graduate of Wellsville High School where she met her husband in the ninth grade and as he sat behind her, he tied the large bow of her pink dress to her to her chair! She ended up marrying him anyway, four years later. She also recalls that her dad gave her a cow, that she named Maudine, which she dearly loved. She was employed at a licensed teacher’s assistant at Wellsville Elementary School and she loved each and every child in her classroom. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She had a beautiful life and was loved by her family and many friends.   Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons William F. Goetschius of Wellsville; Brian (Dawnell) Goetschius of Texas City, TX; one daughter, Deborah A. Goetschius of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, Joseph Calvin, Jared Lee, Julia Teresa, Gabriel Jan, Gregory Brian, Mary Grace, Madeline Rose, Ryan (Missy) William and Brody Paul Goetschius, one Great Grandson, Tyler Fitzgerald, two sisters, Anita (Clifford) Cornell of Virginia Beach, VA; Mary Frances (Gordon) Burdick of Wellsville; several nieces & nephews and her former daughter-in-law, Julie (Joe) Tripodi; who along with the staff at Manor Hills were a great help to the family over the last two years. She was predeceased by a niece, Teresa M. Burdick.   Friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Monday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.



Lucille Helen Ludden-Lynch

June 26, 1932 ~ August 16, 1976



Richard E. Walker

May 16, 1933 ~ May 20, 2015

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Richard E. Walker (Rick) of 25 Coats Street passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 with his sons at his side.  He was born on May 16, 1933 in Wellsville to Robert and Thelma Walker.  On August 31, 1957 he married Ella (Ellie) Hyslip who predeceased him. Rick was a graduate of Wellsville Central High School in 1951.  He then attended Alfred State College, and from 1953-1955 served in the Army during the Korean War.  When he completed his tour of duty he was employed at Air Preheater for fourteen years.  He then decided to enter the world of family owned business working for Hyslip and Hyslip Insurance agency which was later purchased by Reidman Agency.  It was after working for Reidman Agency he decided to purchase the Fillmore Insurance Agency which is known now as Walker Insurance Agency where he retired in 1992.   Rick is a life member of the Elks Club, Wellsville American Legion and Past President of the Wellsville Lions Club in Wellsville.  He also served on the Wellsville Town Board for nine years. Although Wellsville was his home he and Ellie spent every summer at Rushford Lake and fulfilled their dream of owning that trailer park and naming it Rick and Ellie’s Summer Park.  They spent many years traveling in their motor home across the United States and living in it during the winter months in Florida. Rick will fondly be remembered by the court kids as the last man standing. Anyone who knew Rick knew his love of hunting and his camp on Helmhold Road that he and his sons built from the ground up. The camp location was chosen by Ellie. He would retreat there every afternoon to feed the fish and enjoy the peace and quiet. It was the mornings at the Texas Hot with his friends in the back booth that he cherished, which included lots of laughing and telling of many stories and tales.  He was also the driver in the fall to the home Alfred University Football games with these same friends who were some of Alfred’s biggest fans. Surviving are his sons, Robert “Bob” [Voni] Walker of Wellsville; Richard (Tracy) Walker of Wellsville, four grandchildren Jimmy Fanton, Tricia (Bill) Smith, Ashley (CJ) Loper, and Chelsea (Drew Tony), Walker and two great grandsons, Miles Loper and Ethan Smith, and his very special friend and companion Carolyn Hess of Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to his wife Ellie, he was predeceased by his sister Marilyn Ruger and his parents. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 2-4 and 7-9 in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Located at 34 West State Street in Wellsville. Rick’s funeral will be held on Friday at 11 am in the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials in Rick’s name may be made to the Hart Comfort House or the David A Howe Library.  Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery




Robert Thomas

August 10, 1933 ~ July 1990



Stanley Emile Kozlowski

May 21, 1933 ~ August 20, 2006

Stanley Emile Kozlowski, a dad to all, has gone to share his joy and laughter with his Heavenly Father, Sunday, August 20, 2006. Born May 21, 1933, in Wellsville, NY. Stan was a longtime servant and member of Holy Family Cathedral, humbly serving as an extraordinary Minister and assisting in the VBS. He was the personification of being loyal, loving, and dedicated in all areas of his life. He served his country in SAC, during the early Air Force days, receiving a Good Conduct Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, as well as the United Nations Medal. He was one of the founding members of St. Charles Boromeo Parish, in Oklahoma City. He was a Distinguished Toastmaster and past-president of the American Society of Technical & Manufacturing Engineers and was officially recognized by the United States Congress for all his service and achievements in the Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood Association and Tulsa Community Action Agency. Since his retirement, from McDonnell Douglas, he had served his community as a School crossing guard, a merry go round operator, and a train engineer for the zoo. Survivors include wife and soul mate of 50 years, Teresa Kozlowski; sons, Stan and Lawrence; daughters, Eva, Becky, Katy and Jennifer; brothers, Bill, John, and George; sisters, Soph and Fran; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Contributions in memory of Stan may be made to Holy Family School or Catholic Charities. Rosary 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 23, 2006, at Fitzgerald Ivy Chapel, with a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m., Thursday, August 24, 2006, at Holy Family Cathedral. Interment Calvary Cemetery.



J. Timothy Embser

May 11, 1933 ~ October 25, 2013

J. Timothy Embser, age 80, of North Main Street passed away on Friday, October 25, at the Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Wellsville on May 11, 1933 to Walter and Katherine O’Brien Embser. Tim married the former Marilyn Metzger on August 31, 1957 in Ithaca who survives. Tim graduated from Wellsville High School in 1951 and from Cornell University in 1956 with a degree in civil engineering. After serving in the US Army Tim graduated from Cornell University School of Law in 1960. He was admitted into the Bar Association in 1961, which began his 52 year career as a lawyer, and joined with Don Cummings to form the law office of Cummings and Embser. In 1974 Marc Woltag was hired and in 1980 joined the firm forming the partnership of Cummings, Embser and Woltag. After the retirement of Don Cummings, Tim and Marc became Embser and Woltag PC where he remained active until his death. Tim had been the Town Attorney for the towns of Wellsville, Whitesville, Scio and the Village of Alfred. He also had been the attorney of Wellsville and Whitesville Central School Districts. Tim currently was the administrator of the Allegany County Assigned Counsel Plan. He served on the David A. Howe Library Board as well as the First Trust Union Bank Board of Directors. He was a member of the New York State Bar Association, Estate Analysts of Western, New York, Past president of the Allegany County Bar Association, the American Arbitration Association, the Allegany Eye Foundation, the Wellsville Country Club, the 12 Man Dinner Club, Elks Lodge 1495 of Wellsville, the Cuba Lake Yacht Club, where he had been the Commodore and the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Tim enjoyed an active life with daily trips to the Texas Hot, watching sports including Cornell and Alfred Saxons Football, sailing and racing c scows on Cuba Lake, golfing and traveling with his family. Surviving besides his wife are 2 daughters, Susan Embser-Kay of Bury St. Edmonds, England and Kristen (Carl) Cadoff of Chagrin Falls, OH; 2 sons, James Timothy (Sarah Gulaga) Embser of Kuala Lanpur, Malaysia and Jon Richard (Karen) Embser of Arnold, MD.; grandchildren, Abigale and Molly Katherine Embser-Kay, Elizabeth Marie, Nicholas Brien and Katherine Amina Embser, Henry James and Isabel Annick Cadoff; His sister, Joan Gardner of Wellsville; many dear cousins and friends as well as several nieces and nephews. Tim was predeceased by his parents and his brother W. Joseph Embser. Friends are invited to call on Friday November 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street in Wellsville, New York. On Saturday a prayer service will be held at 10:15 am in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church with the Reverend Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial with full military honors will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville.



Mary Louise Haskins-Atkinson

February 18, 1933 ~ June 11, 2018

Regretfully, Mary Louise Haskins Atkinson passed away peacefully on June 11, 2018 surrounded by family. Mary leaves behind a legacy which includes a dedication to her family, love of music and compassion for others. She was born in Wellsville, NY on February 18, 1933 to the late Bayard and Victoria Haskins and graduated from Wellsville High School. She continued her education at the University of Rochester where she majored in Art History. Mary was active in the Covenant Methodist Church and the First Methodist Church, both of Evanston, IL and the First Methodist Church of Hertford, NC. She was an accomplished vocalist, pianist and percussionist. She shared these talents by participating in the church choir and playing the bells.  In her spare time, Mary gave back to her community, by playing the piano for patients at Evanston Hospital. She also was active in the Evanston Boys Hockey Association by purchasing the club’s first scoreboard and being its timer and score keeper. This was no easy task considering the rink was outdoors in frigid Evanston winters. In addition, Mary worked in the Northwestern University Admissions office.  Mary’s most important accomplishment was her dedication to her family as a wife and mother to three boys. She married her college sweetheart, the late John “Jack” F. Atkinson on April 15, 1954. They were devoted to each other for 64 years and had three sons, John, Mark and Dale. Together with her husband, she raised three very active children, born within 38 months of each other. Needless to say, this was a challenging full time career.  She is survived by her sons, John F. Atkinson, Jr. (Pamela) of Minneapolis, MN, Mark D. Atkinson (Heidi) of Campton Hills, IL. and Dale J. Atkinson (Teresa) of Glencoe, IL; one brother, David Haskins (Barbara) of Spring Hill, FL; six grandchildren, John F. Atkinson III, Jennifer S. Mendelsohn (Daniel) of Plymouth, MN, Christopher K. Atkinson (Lisa) of Morris, MN, Elizabeth M. Conway (Kevin) of Whitefish, MT, Alexandra N. Atkinson of Silver Springs, MD and Colby B. Atkinson of Ogden, UT; and five great grandchildren, Isla and Cameron Mendelsohn, Liam Atkinson, and Jack and Madelyn Conway.  In addition to her husband, she was preceeded in death by her parents, Bayard and Victoria Haskins and brother, Daniel Haskins.



William K. Goetschius

September 24, 1933 ~ July 14, 2014

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William K. Goetschius 80, formerly of 3471 North Drive in Riverview Heights died on Monday, July 14, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born September 24, 1933 in Nyack, NY the son of the late Harry and Florence (Kay) Goetschius. On July 3, 1954 in Wellsville he married Dolores M. Joyce who predeceased him in October 11, 2012. Bill joined the New York State Troopers on January 2, 1962. In 1966 he was promoted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). It was a career choice he truly loved. He has been described as a passionate, devoted and compassionate trooper and in simple words “a great investigator”. He was also known as an occasional prankster who brought a love for life and a smile to many people. He retired in 1988. He was a successful entrepreneur who owned a car detailing business called Tidy Car, a driveway sealing company, a parking lot cleaning business and a laundry mat. He was known as “Cowboy Bill” to many as he faithfully wore a cowboy hat. He was married to the love of his life Dolores for 58 years. He had three children who greatly loved and admired him. His grandchildren have found him to be a great grandfather always willing to listen and helpe them face life’s challenges with wisdom and laughter. Surviving are two sons William F. Goetschius of Wellsville; Brian (Dawnell) Goetschius of Texas City, TX; one daughter, Deborah A. Goetschius of Houston, TX; nine grandchildren, Joseph, Jared (Elizabeth), Julia, Gabriel, Gregory, Grace, Rose, Ryan (Missy) and Brody Goetschius, one Great Grandson, Tyler Fitzgerald, one brother, George K, Goetschius of Wellsville, several nieces & nephews and his former daughter-in-law, Julie (Joe) Tripodi; who along with the staff at Manor Hills were a great help to the family over the past five years. He was predeceased by a niece, Teresa M. Burdick and a brother, Charles Calvin Goetschius. Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday (July 18, 2014) at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial in Stannards Cemetery will be at a later date. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.



Junietta “June” Coy-Sheridan

April 14, 1933 ~ September 28, 2014

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Junietta “June” Coy-Sheridan, age 81, of the Trapping Brook Road passed away on Sunday, September 28 2014, in her home. She was born on April 14, 1933 in Wellsville to Walter and Edna (Walden) Coy. On June 26, 1954 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville she married William Sheridan who predeceased her in October of 1970. June lived in Rochester from 1954 until 1964 at which time she and her family moved to Leroy. In 1982 she returned to Wellsville and worked at the Wellsville Manor as a Certified Nursing Assistant. June later transferred to the activities department where she served as the assistant activities director and went on to become the director. In that capacity she belonged to the Southern Tier Activities Association and served as Vice President of that organization. June had been a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps where she held several offices. June was the matriarch of her family who was well respected by all who knew her. She was an avid reader who enjoyed playing the piano and singing. Survivors include: 4 sons, Patrick (Sharon) Sheridan of Lakeville, Daniel Sheridan of Wellsville, Stephen (Laura) Sheridan of Wellsville and John (Michele) Sheridan of Wellsville; 3 daughters, Linda (John) Hayes of Wellsville, Gail Sheridan Rochester and Sandra (Gary) Ordway of Wellsville; 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a brother Richard Coy of Arizona; a sister Sharon Balch of Wellsville and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband , her mom and dad, a granddaughter Amy Elizabeth Sheridan, her brothers Walter, Dale and Arnold Coy; her sister Dawn Coy. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday October 1, from 7-9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer Service will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be held at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in St. Francis Cemetery in Leroy and memorials in June’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.



Raymond J. Congelli Jr.

May 23, 1931 ~ August 2, 2009

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Doris Rahr-Eymer

June 24, 1933 ~ February 23, 1982


Gladys Johnson

1933 ~ December 19, 1991


Robert Paul Grossman

January 14, 1934 ~ March 12, 2004



James D. Laven

January 9, 1933 ~ May 17, 2007

James D. Laven, a math teacher at Iroquois Central High School who retired in 1992, died May 17, 2007. He was 74. Born Jan. 9, 1933 in Andover to the late Roland and Edith (Gee) Laven, he was a graduate of the State University of New York at Alfred, earning his master’s degree from Geneseo State College. He and his wife, the former Marie E. McDonald, were married in 1956. They moved to East Aurora in 1960 when he began his 32-year teaching career at Iroquois. Mrs. Laven died in 1992.  A gardener, he also enjoyed golf and reading.He is survived by his children, Barbara L. Fingar of Floyd Knobs, Ind., and John M. Laven of Buffalo; his sister, Mary E. DeCarlo of Springville, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held May 22 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in East Aurora. Arrangements were made by Kenneth Howe Funeral Home of East Aurora. Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice Foundation, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, NY 14227; or to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 43 Pine St., East Aurora, NY 14052.



Melvina Musto-Tyler

June 14, 1933 ~ May 14, 2009

Melvina Musto Tyler, 75, of 152 Pine St., passed away Thursday (May 14, 2009) at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville. She was born June 14, 1933 in Wellsville, the daughter of Melvin and Emily Herald Musto.  She graduated from the Wellsville High School with the Class of 1951. In 1958 she moved to Texas, where she worked as manager of several restaurants and also picked cotton. In 1976, she returned to New York State and back to her home town of Wellsville in 1984. In March of 1989, she received an Office Skills Training diploma from the State University of New York in Alfred and opened The Flying Fingers Typing and Answering Service as an in home business. She was instrumental in starting the Genesee Valley-Wellsville Chapter No. 4889 in Allegany County. She was a charter member and served as secretary and treasurer of the chapter for several years. She also has served served as a volunteer for the Family Violence Task Force and the Salvation Army.  She became a member of the Creative Writers of the Southern Tier in 1996 and served as secretary and editor of the CWST Newsletter. She also had several shirt stories and poems published and some of the poems were on the internet courtesy of Surviving are daughters, Sandra (Chester) Dasher of Pensacola, Fla., Rita Lempesis of Richmond Hill, Ga., Jessica (Nathan) Preston of Jackson, S.C., Emily Noonan of Rolla, Mo., and Corla Clark of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; sons, David (Kathy) Tyler of Wellsville, Dean Tyler of Houston, Texas, Edward Tyler of Wellsville, and Richardo (Jane) Tyler of Pensacola, Fla.; 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. There will be no services and she requested that her friends and family honor her memory by loving and caring for each other and by personally helping those they see in need in their own community.


Marion Holbrook-Kent

1933 ~ July 14, 2015

Marian Holbrook Kent, 81, of Montgomery, AL, passed away at home on July 14, 2015 after a battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Dr. Edwin Blue Kent. She is survived by her son, Brad (Barbee) Kent of Marietta; children, Richard (Kristin) and William; son, George (Tiara) Kent of Montgomery; children Olivia, Emily and Whitman; daughter, Mimi (Bruce) Alter of Montgomery children Bruce III, Elizabeth, Caroline, Matthew & Colton; son, Jeffrey (Pamela) of Fairhope children Wes and Sam; sister, Bets (Bruce) Bower; brother, George (Tara) Holbrook and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Referenced from Montgomery Advertiser Journal on Monday, July 7,1969: Marian Kent: Music has taken pianist Marian Kent around the world and to a private concert for Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia. In fact she can’t remember any part of her life without music. In early school days in her native Wellsville, N.Y., she accompanied a high school choir for four years. During two years at Ethel Walker preparatory school in Simsburg, Conn., she accompanied the choir there. Marian received a B.A. degree from Smith College with a major in music and again she was an accompanist, this time for the glee club. She also was a member of Alpha Society, an honorary arts group. In the mid-1950’s she was at the Yale Summer School of Music and toured North Atlantic Air Force bases as a pianist with a group of 25 college students in a show called “Kids From Home.” Stops were in Bermuda, the Azores, Scotland and Iceland. A year later she went to the 10 European countries with the Smith College Glee Club. A highlight of their travels from London to Istanbul was a private concert for Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia. Marian also studied piano in New York City before coming to Montgomery where she was immersed in music, including Little Theatre’s production of “Oliver!” She was a member of the Music Study Club, Dogwood Garden Club, Baptist Auxillary as orientation chairman, the Junior League of Montgomery, Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Montgomery County Medical Auxiliary and was pianist for the Capital City Kiwanis Club. -Judith Helms. She continued her love for music and the musical education of youth. In October 1983, she was the featured soloist with the Montgomery Symphony playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #3. Over the years she accompanied numerous musicians and touched many lives with her talents. A generous supporter of the MSO, our community, and other charities, her focus was on others and preferred to remain anonymous. In her last days she enjoyed the company of family and friends. She left this world quietly and peacefully and will be missed, but never forgotten. We, the family, pray she is playing in God’s symphony even now. In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that donations be made in honor of Marian to the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra or charity of your choice.


Veronica “Bonnie” Aldrich-James

1932 ~ December 9, 1985

Veronica ‘Bonnie’ James, 53, of 14 Church St., Nunda, died Monday (Dec. 9, 1985) at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. A native of Wellsville, she was a former nurse’s aide at the Nunda Community Home. She was a member of the Trinity Church in Nunda, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Wellsville, and a former member of the Nunda Ambulance Corps. Survivors include her husband, Francis James; a son, Todd of Nunda; a daughter, Michele Rawleigh of Winter Garden, Fla.; a stepson, Roger James of Hammondsport; a brother, Harvey Aldrich of Wellsville; two sisters, Eileen Schwartz of Stannards and Frances Gallefero of Dunkirk; and four grandchildren. A service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Mann Funeral Home in Nunda. The Rev. Judith Southerland will officiate. Burial will be in Hunts Hollow Cemetery, Hunt. Memorial contributions may be made to the Nunda Ambulance Corps or to Trinity Church in Nunda. (Genesee Country Express, December 12, 1985


Paul Kenneth Morton

April 1, 1933 ~ September 22, 2013


Paul Kenneth Morton, 80, of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 1, 1933 in Hornell, New York to the late Evelyn Mae Edwards. Paul served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military service  he worked as an R and D Machinist in California for 33 years. He was a member of the V.F.W. Ozark Post 3246 in Mountain Home. Paul loved and was an exceptional played of pool. He was preceded in death by his parents and his spouse, Pauline Morton. Survivors include three sons, Gary Morton of Anaheim, California, Paul Morton of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and David Morton of Riverside, California; a daughter, Sharon Carr of Post Falls, Idaho; two sisters and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.





Patricia Knox-Bergerson

January 14, 1934 ~ March 15, 2000


Glenn Henry Foster

January 29, 1932 ~ January 11, 2008


Beverly Anne Dahlgren-Pauletta

September 6, 1933 ~ October 1998


Maurice H. Gavitt

March 18, 1933 ~ December 12, 2008

Maurice H. Gavitt, 75, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, December 12, 2008 in his home. Born March 18, 1933, in Shinglehouse, PA, he was the son of George and Mildred Crum Gavitt. On April 22, 1961, in Wellsville, NY, he married the former Joyce A. Porter, who predeceased him on June 6, 2007. A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Air Force from 1951 – 1959. Maurice was employed by ABB Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY for 35 years. He was a member of the Hickox Union Church and the Wellsville VFW. Surviving are: four children, Debera (John) Stilson of Gold, PA, Jack (Penny) Gavitt of Coudersport, PA, Pamela (John) Polen of Harrison Valley, PA, and Fred (Kris) Gavitt of Dallas, TX; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Eleanor Stephans of Orlando, FL and Virginia Gavitt of Wellsville. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Earl Gavitt; and a sister, Audrey Dash. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 20, 2008 in the Hickox Union Church, with the Rev. Mel Ternes officiating. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be Genesee Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hickox Union Church, Genesee, PA 16923 or a charity of the donor’s choice.


David G. Howe

November 21, 1933 ~ March 20, 2008


Karol Elaine Sheridan

January 12, 1934 ~ January 25, 1972


Leroy F. Cornelius

December 28, 1931 ~ June 23, 1973


Jeanne Fortner-Zenger

February 7, 1934~ March 5, 2012

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Jeanne M. (Fortner) Zenger.  March 5, 2012; age 78 Beloved wife of the late George J. Zenger; dear mother of Rosemary (Jerome) Lojacano, David (Colleen Murphy), George (Monica), Joseph (Barbara), John (Lisa), Stephen (Julie) and Thomas (Kim) Zenger; dear grandmother of Kristin, Karen, Sarah, Matthew, Emily, Jessica, Julia and Robert Zenger, Mikayla, Jocelynn and Geonna Lojacono, Andrew, Zachary, Megan, Christopher, Alyssa, Peter, Nicholas, Lily, Mary, Jackson, Nathan, and Morgan Zenger; dear sister of Joseph (Mary Jo) Fortner, TC (Satch) Gary and the late Robert and Thomas (Joy) Fortner; sister-in -law of Mary (James) Kirkland; also survived by many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM. St. Mark RC Church, 401 Woodward Ave. If desired, memorials may be made to Buffalo Hearing and Speech, 50 E. North St., Buffalo, NY 14203.



Margaret Jean Armour-Smith

June 8, 1933 ~ September 6, 2004


Howard Pierotti

April 27, 1932 ~ January 30, 1960


Jean Ackerman-Mahoney-Fernandez

1933 ~ June 30, 2015

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Jean Mary (Fernandez) Mahoney, passed away June 30, 2015 at Suncoast Hospice after a sudden illness. A resident of St. Petersburg for the past 35 years, she was born in Wellsville, NY in 1933 to the late Raymond and Clarabelle Ackerman. Jean was a very successful Travel Consultant for the former Shouppe Travel Agency for over 20 years. She loved to travel around bringing her passion for life to many of the places she visited. A proud women who loved her family, understood the significance of being a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cherished every moment spent with them. Her glowing demeanor will be dearly missed by family and friends. She was married to the late John R. Mahoney of Wellsville, NY and survived by four children: Deborah (Charles) Zahn of St. Petersburg; John (Sandy) Mahoney of Taos, NM; Diane Phipps of Houston, TX; and Janet (John) Frinsko of Scottsdale, AZ; three sisters, six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service is pending in Greensburg, PA. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to South Eastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th Street, East Palmetto, FL 34221.



Richard Larsen

January 1, 1934 ~ April 22, 2013

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Dr. Richard J. Larsen, 79, of Coudersport, PA, passed this life on Monday, April 22, 2013, following an enjoyable round of golf at the Coudersport Golf Club.  His only regret in life was that he missed his birdie putt on his final hole of golf.  However, he would have wanted it to be known to all his fellow golfers that he did make his par putt. Born the first baby of the New Year on January 1, 1934 in Muskegon, Michigan, he was the son of Dr. Emil C. Larsen and Dr. Kathryn Stevenson Larsen.  On October 30, 1965, at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, he married Mary Ann Halloran, who survives. Richard, known as Doc or Chum to all of his friends, was a 1951 graduate of Wellsville High School and a 1955 graduate of Alfred University.  After working as a chemist for General Electric, he decided to follow the career path taken by his parents and enrolled at The Palmer School of Chiropractic.  Richard worked for John Deere while in chiropractic school and he received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1960.  Richard practiced as a chiropractor for 48 years before passing his practice on to his son, Michael.  He truly enjoyed being a chiropractor and he loved both treating and visiting with his patients.  Patients were always reminded which of his eight children they were helping him to put through college. Richard was very generous with his family, friends and community.  Intelligent, fair, honest, and unabashed, Richard’s advice was sought by many.  He was politically active, and he served on a number of organizational boards, including Coudersport Public Library’s Board of Directors.  He enjoyed playing cards and reading.  He loved playing golf and was an avid Notre Dame fan.  After 25 years of persuasion from Monsignor W. R. Griffin, Richard joined the Roman Catholic faith.   Richard was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, the Coudersport Golf Club, the Knights of Columbus and other community organizations.  Richard was also the official walker of the Larsen family dogs, Onyx, Nina and Stanley.  Richard’s true passion and source of pride was his family.  In addition to his adoring wife, Mary, Richard is survived by eight loving children: Patrick (Karen) Larsen of Coudersport, Michael (Nicole) Larsen of Coudersport, Mary Kathryn (Robert Harby) Moscardelli of Fair Haven, NJ, Thomas (Heather) Larsen of Goshen, NY, Maureen Larsen of Seattle, WA, John (Amy) Larsen of Aspinwall, Kathleen Larsen of Seattle, WA, and Meghan (Timothy) Reidy of Mount Lebanon.  Richard is also survived by his grandchildren, Magdalen Larsen, Carly Larsen, Nicholas Moscardelli, Gabriella Moscardelli, Daniel Harby, Elizabeth Harby, Katherine Harby, Lucy Larsen, Charles Larsen, Andrew Larsen, Leah Larsen, Lilianna Larsen, and Ruth Reidy, all of whom knew Grampy was the easiest source of snacks, money or ice cream.   Richard was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Robert; and his sister, Jeanne; however, Richard leaves many other surviving family members, including two stepsisters; a stepbrother; many nieces and nephews; his sisters-in-law, Georgia Merrick and Corrine Larsen; and his brother-in-law, Jack Halloran. Richard passed on to the next life doing something he loved and without suffering or lengthy illness.  While he will be sadly missed by his family and friends, we are all grateful for the time that we spent with him and quite enriched by the wisdom and laughter that he shared with us. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport.  Father James C. Campbell, pastor, and Father Joseph V. Dougherty, pastor of St. Bibiana’s Catholic Church, Galeton, will be concelebrants.  Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport. Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to the Coudersport Golf Club, PO Box 446, Coudersport, PA 16915.


Shirley Marie Aiken-Gavitt

December 2, 1932 ~ December 30, 1991


Robert Avery

July 23, 1933 ~ March 18, 2002


Paul R. Smith

October 22, 1933 ~ April 28, 2000


Marjorie Jane Gardner-Russo

March 12, 1934 ~ August 8, 2005


Nancy Cline-McCurdy

1933 ~ May 3, 2009

Nancy C. McCurdy of Lake City, FL. died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at the E.T. York Haven Hospice in Gainesville following an extended illness. She was born in Wellsville, New York the daughter of the late Julianne and Earl Cline. She graduated from Wellsville High School, with a College Prep Diploma. Mrs. McCurdy attended Buffalo State Teachers College, Syracuse State, and Lake City Community College. She and her husband moved to Lake City in the late 1950’s. At the beginning of her career Mrs. McCurdy was a Third Grade Teacher at St. Mary’s School in Olean, New York and later taught Behavioral Science of Supervision and Management at Lake City Community College. She joined the Florida Department of Labor in 1962 as an Employment Interviewer and rose through the ranks to become Regional Director. She retired in May 1995. Her responsibilities included traveling extensively throughout Florida overseeing offices in nine counties, with a budget of approximately $10 million. She was considered an expert speaker and witness for employer/employee relations . During her business career Mrs. McCurdy was the recipient of numerous honors including the Central Florida Development Council Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Professional Practices, Lake City Woman of the Year, and was selected for the Lake City Leadership 2000 initial class of 20 participants. She was a Charter Member of the Committee of 100 in Lake City and was an American Legion Auxiliary Member. Mrs. McCurdy was predeceased by her husband John D. (Dan) McCurdy; her mother, Julianne Rogers; her father, Earl Cline; and her stepfather, Edward Rogers. Survivors include her sisters, Mary Ann Wright (Allen) of Jacksonville, FL.; and Sally Goforth (Alan) of Gainesville, FL.; niece, Tracy LaRocca (Tony); nephews, Brian Wright (Sandra), Lee Giles (Amy), Bruce Giles (Shannon), Doug Giles, Ben Giles (Stacy), and Travis Giles (Christy); and several great nieces and great nephews. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Joyce Riel, stepson, Joseph McCurdy, stepbrother, David Rogers (Linda), and stepsister, Sherry Carpenter. Mrs. McCurdy was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church in Lake City and often attended Holy Faith Catholic Church in Gainesville. Family was an integral part of Mrs. McCurdy’s life; and she also enjoyed playing bridge, watching Gator Football games, reading and discussing politics. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 7, 2009, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, May 8, 2009 at Epiphany Catholic Church with Father Dan Nelson officiating. Committal services will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the E.T. York Haven Hospice.


Dawn Gorton-Plaisted

1933 ~ 1983


Raymond Charles Umiker

April 4, 1933 ~ June 21, 1952


Barbara Gail Gambell-Yim

March 26, 1933 ~ October 20, 2005


Barbara Gail Gambell Yim, 72, of Honolulu, died Oct. 20, 2005. Born in New York. Survived by sons, Jeffrey, Stephen, Mark and Kelley; brothers, James Gambell; sister, Marriane Gregory; six grandchildren.







Donald Wyckoff

October 15, 1930 ~ March 18, 1982


Ernest James Brown

1932 ~ November 8, 2014

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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.


Nancy Jane Gardner-Taggart

January 20, 1933 ~ March 20, 1994


Edward Leonard

July 11, 1933 ~ September 11, 2006


Douglas Leroy Abbott

July 14, 1934 ~ November 13, 1997


Richard G. Graves

August 3, 1934 ~ February 26, 2011

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