Class of 1953 In Memoriam


Arlouine M. “Lou” Morris-Hutchinson

December 15, 1934 ~ May 18, 2002

Arlouine M. “Lou” HUTCHINSON, 85, of Scio, NY, died Monday, May 18, 2020 in her home surrounded by her loving family.  Born December 15, 1934, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Fayette and Mildred Beabout Morse.  On May 26, 1973, in the Christian Temple, Wellsville, she married Raymond W. Hutchinson, who predeceased her on August 21, 2014.  A graduate of Wellsville High School, she was employed by Alfred State College for 26 years as a secretary in many different departments.  Lou was a member of the Christian Temple and the Women of the Moose, Wellsville Chapter #248.  Surviving are:  four sons, Al (Betty) Hugar of Wellsville, Larry (Norma) Hugar of Scio, Tim Hugar of Scio, and Wesley Hutchinson of St. Petersburg, FL;  two daughters, Angela (Ricky) Freeman of Wellsville and Cynthia Hutchinson of Casper, WY;  21 grandchildren;  36 great-grandchildren;  a sister, Jeanie (Larry) Woodworth of Hornell;  nieces and nephews;  and her best friend, Ada Cavagna of Shongo.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by five siblings, Harold, Theo, Leo, Neva, and Robert.  Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory.  Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Allegany ARC Foundation, 50 Farnum St., Wellsville, NY 14895.  




Damon Palmer Hopkins

July 7, 1935 ~ October 17, 2020

Damon Palmer Hopkins was born on July 7, 1935, in New York, to Kenneth and Alice Hopkins. He passed away on October 17, 2020, in Hanford, California at the age of 85 years. He worked as a sales associate for a lumber company for over ten years. He is survived by one son, and two daughters and his grandchildren.




Dolores Jean “Dolly” Walsh-Winans

January 31, 1936 ~ October 28, 2020

Dolores Jean “Dolly” Winans, 84, of Fords Brook Road passed away on October 28, 2020 at Highland Park. She was born January 31, 1936 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Cornelius J. “Neil” and Helen M. (Downing) Walsh. On October 5, 1954 in Wellsville she married Lloyd D. Winans who predeceased her on May 10, 2006.  Dolly was a graduate of Immaculate Conception School and Wellsville High School. She was employed as an operator for New York Telephone and a key punch operator for Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Woman of the Moose Chapter #601, Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW Auxiliary, Wellsville Football Booster, and the Wellsville PTA. She was an avid shopper, a wonderful aunt, friend, neighbor, and mother to many. At one time for two years she lived with and cared for eight kids, three nieces and nephew, and babysat three neighbor kids. Every time you left the house Mom would give a hug followed by “watch out for deer and call when you get home”.  For those who knew her, Mom was a BIG personality, always offering a helping hand (whether needed or not) and quick with her wit and laughter. She had strength and toughness to handle every situation, always with a smile; she was always perpetually positive. She had joy, grace, and contentment that was contagious. For decades she was mom to all the kids in the neighborhood, triage nurse, teacher, cheerleader, snake & mouse handler, sports mom, taxi driver, peacekeeper, wooden spoon wielder, dad buffer, soft shoulder, hand holder, and occasionally life saver/changer. To quote Billy Graham, “Someday you will read or hear that Dolly Winans is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. She shall be more alive than she is now. She will just have changed her address. She will have gone into the presence of God”.  She is survived by: two daughters, Margaret “Peggy” (Tony) Kuras of Derby, and Vaughnda Bone of Florida; five sons, Steven (Fran) Winans of Florida, Lloyd (Sherry) Winans Jr. of Andover, Patrick (Zulie) Winans of Florida, Alan Winans of Syracuse, and Neil (Diane) Winans of Wellsville; sixteen grandchildren, Zachary Bone, Mary Lou (Jason) Cline, Jason (Brittany) Winans, Angela Winans, Christopher (Nathalie) Winans, Matthew (Michelle) Winans, Stevie (John) Garcia, Kyle (Erika) Winans, Amber (Christan) Madison, Tyler (Lauren) Winans, Patrick (Lynda) Winans, Christine Winans, Natalia Winans, Bradly Winans, Josh Winans, and Austin Winans; twenty-one great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by: a son, Michael Winans; and two brothers, Neil and Thomas Walsh.  Friends are invited to call on Monday, November 2, 2020 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville (34 West State Street). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 10am in Wellsville, at Immaculate Conception Church (36 Maple Avenue) with Reverend Robert Agbo presiding. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggest memorial donations to the Activity Department of Highland Park Care Center, 160 Seneca Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. 





Herbert Vaughn

July 1, 1935 ~ March 23, 2021

Herbert C. Vaughn, 86, of 3052 Madison Hill Road, passed away Tuesday (March 23, 2021) at Highland Park Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.  He was born July 1, 1934, in Wellsville, the son of the late Herbert M. and Mary Clark Vaughn. On Nov. 24, 1954, in Wellsville, he married Mary L. McCracken, who predeceased him Jan. 4, 2007.  Herb was raised in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a veteran serving with the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1958.  He was formerly employed at Carter’s Hardware in Wellsville and for many years with Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville.  He was a member of the Dyke Street Engine Company 2, the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702, the Wellsville First United Methodist Church and was a member and past president of WASPS (Wellsville Area Small Plane Society).  He is survived by a brother, Ralph (Jean) Vaughn of Scio; a sister, Patricia Mickle of Wellsville; a cousin, Gary Holland; as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by a brother-in-law, James Mickle in 1991; and a niece, Sharon Joy Vaughn in 1978.  Friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors at 11 a.m. Tuesday (March 30, 2021) at Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 S. Main St., in Wellsville.  Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.




Dr. Richard B. Pease

June 28, 1935 ~ October 5, 2020

Dr. Richard B. Pease entered into the presence of his Savior and Lord on Monday, October 5, 2020. Serving over 50 years with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Dick was a missionary to Japan for 24 years, pastored four churches in the United States including a Chinese Alliance Church. He was a professor at Nyack College, followed by becoming Academic Dean of the Alliance Theological Seminary. In his retirement years, he continued preaching, leading youth, serving as elder in The Village Church at Shell Point Retirement Community, and sharing his gift of playing the piano for church services. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, his children Rick and Sharry, their children, Ricky, Brandon, Rachel, Donald, and Caroline and many loving great grandchildren.   Immediate funeral ceremonies are private.





Sandra Ada Kellogg-Grievson

June 20, 1935 ~ May 15, 2020

Sandra Ada (Kellogg) Grievson, longtime resident of Wellsville, NY and Honeoye Falls, NY, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2020.  She was born in Corning, NY on June 20,1935, and moved to Wellsville when she was in high school. She lived in Wellsville and was active in the community until her children were grown.  She later moved to Honeoye Falls to marry her loving husband, Robert Grievson, who survives her.  Sandra was a faithful Catholic and parishioner of the Immaculate Conception parish in Wellsville and St. Paul of the Cross in Honeoye Falls, NY.  She was also a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, aunt, and sister; she loved her family passionately.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Robert (Robin) McNulty, and her daughter, Melody (Hungerford) Kellogg.  She is also survived by her stepchildren whom she adored, Kim (Bill) Years, Kevin A. (Martha) Grievson and Kurt A. Grievson; her sisters Barbara (Ken) Dunston, Georgia (Todd) Boring, Glenna (Tom) Greene; and her brother Bill (Lisa) Barlow; eleven grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, and her many nieces and nephews.   Sandra was predeceased by her beloved Mother and Stepfather, George and Mae Barlow; brothers Phillip Kellogg and Gary Kellogg, and her sisters Elaine (Phillip) Fling, Ronica Greene, and Marie Wilson.  A truly remarkable, vivacious, and classy woman who was ahead of her time in many ways; her feisty spirit will be missed.  May her spirit rest in peace, as she spreads her wings and learns to fly, up to the heights of our great God’s light.  Services will be held in Wellsville at a later date.






Joanne C. Herman-Brandes

December 23, 1934 ~ November 21, 2020

Joanne C. Brandes, 85, of Fassett Lane passed away on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born Joanne Catherine Herman on December 23, 1934, in Wellsville, the daughter of August and Catherine (Arnold) Herman. On Aug. 26, 1961, in Wellsville, she married   Karlton Brandes with whom she celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary prior to his passing on April 18, 2012.  Joanne was a 1953 graduate of Wellsville High School, a 1958 graduate of Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and a 1977 graduate of Alfred University with a master’s degree in Elementary Education. Joanne was a compassionate lifelong teacher who was employed by Wellsville Central Schools from 1977 to 1992, as a Reading Specialist. Prior to marriage, she taught in Chattanooga TN (1956-1957), Bristol CT (1958-1960) and Plainview Long Island (1960-1961).  After retirement, she enjoyed traveling, camping, canoeing, hiking, playing the violin, volunteering with the Allegany County Mental Health Association, delivering Allegany County Meals on Wheels, and helping Habitat for Humanity.  She was an active member of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, where she lovingly and joyfully served our Lord in many capacities.  She is survived by her children Mark (Sheila Garvey) Brandes of Titusville, FL., Paul (Anne Marie Hinkle) Brandes of Waynesboro PA., Christopher (Tamara Hile) Brandes of Sebastian FL., and Jonathan (Lori Cole) Brandes of Wellsville. Her precious grandchildren:  Morgan, Cassidy, Hannah, Abigail, Ava, Emily, Evelyn, Teagin and Tiernee Brandes, and a great granddaughter, Alice.  She will be also missed by her nieces, nephews and many special friends.  She was predeceased in addition to her parents, husband, by her brothers, Bruce and James Herman; and her sister, Janet Herman Lang. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church at a future date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Shepherd of the Valley Church, or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County. 




Floyd Ballow Spicer

1935 ~ June 11, 2019

Floyd B. SPICER, Jr., 84, of Frostproof, FL and Corning, NY, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Surviving are: three children, Floyd B. (Valerie Daniels) Spicer, III of Frostproof, FL, Dawn Wragg of Corning, and Scott Spicer of Corning; seven grandchildren, Rebecca (David) Allen, Joshua (Stephanie) Spicer, Kelsey Spicer, Seth Spicer, Claire Wragg, Alex Spicer, and Owen Spicer; and four great-grandchildren.  Private Funeral Services will be held in the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.




Joyce Simar-Bissell

1935 ~ October 28, 2019

Joyce E. (nee Simar) Bissell, 85, of Depew, formerly of Wellsville, N.Y., died Oct. 28, 2019.  Beloved wife of 65 years to Donald E. Bissell; dearest mother of Bryan (Lisa) Bissell, Sondra (late Leonard) Finch and Thomas (Dawn) Bissell; dear grandmother of Valere (Andrew) Hardy, Madeline, Jenna and Colin Bissell; great grandmother of Elianna; daughter of the late Martin and Gladys (nee Boyd) Simar; sister of Winifred (Robert) Lehman and Norma Holland; also survived by nieces and nephews. Private services where held at the convenience of the family




James L. Shields

February 18, 1934 ~ December 23, 2017

James L. “Jim” Shields, 83, of Alma, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 23, 2017 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean with his loving family by his side.  Born on February 18, 1934 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of Clyde L. and Iva M. Mesler Shields.  On March 7, 1953 in Shinglehouse, he married Roberta A. “Bobbie” Cone, who survives.  Jim was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Class of 1952.  He was employed for forty years by the former Dresser Clark in Olean, retiring in 1996.  Jim attended Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee.  He was an avid hunter.  He loved farming, the outdoors, camping, gardening, canning, crossword puzzles and Sudoku.  His greatest love was being with his family, especially his grandchildren.  Surviving besides his wife, whom he adored, are four children, Cindie D. (Christopher) Capito of Cuba, James J. “Jay” (Carolyn) Shields of Shinglehouse, Mary Beth (Steven) Eaton of Shinglehouse, and Laura Lee Fuller of Cuba; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two brothers, Francis “Baine” Shields of Portville and Robert Shields of Alma; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a son, William L. “Billy” Shields; a sister, Phyllis Dickerson; and two brothers, Lawrence “Larry” Shields and Richard “Dick” Shields.  Friends may call from 10am to 12:30pm on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 12:30pm with Pastor Ben Ramirez, of Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alma Fire Department, County Road 18, Alma, NY 14708.





George Warner Knight

October 18, 1935 ~ November 6, 2019

George W. Knight, 84, of Venice, Florida passed away on November 6. Originally from Wellsville, NY, George leaves behind his loving wife of 62 years, Mary Lou, also of Venice, a daughter Pamela (Paul) Pitman of Mechanicsburg, Pa., a son George M. (Lana) Knight of Peru, NY., a daughter Kristen (Liz) Knight of Livonia, MI, and 6 grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his parents, George and Bertina (Burdick) Knight, his brother Richard, and his grandson Eric.  George attended Wellsville High School where he was a three-sport athlete and is in their sports hall of fame. He also attended Mansfield Teachers College on an athletic scholarship. He retired after a 20-year career as a New York State Police Trooper and relocated in 1980 to Venice where he and Mary Lou ran the Florida Construction Report for many years. Finally, he served as a Security Guard for 15 years at the Venice Hospital.  He also faithfully served his country by enlisting and serving in the Marine Corp for 3 years, including duty stationed in Japan.  George enjoyed giving back to his community, serving with the Wellsville Fire Department and the Lions Club where he starred in the annual “Minstrel Show” production. He also enjoyed coaching baseball, softball and football for many years.  Not surprisingly, George spent his spare time playing softball and golf, even carding a hole in one at his home course, Venice Lakes.  He will be missed by many including his and Mary Lou’s McDonalds “Coffee Group” and his Venice Lakes playing buddies. No memorial service is planned and the family will celebrate his life privately.




Muriel Hills-Arnold

December 30, 1935 ~ January 11, 2018

Muriel Hills Arnold, 82, of Clearwater, passed away January 11, 2018 in Hudson, Florida. The family will greet friends at Moss Feaster Funeral Home on Belcher Road in Clearwater on Friday, January 19, at 6 pm, followed by a memorial service at 6:30.  A longtime resident of Clearwater, Muriel was born in Wellsville, New York to Marvin and Lela Hills on December 30, 1935. She attended high school in Wellsville and earned her Master’s degree in education, specializing in music and elementary vocal education at State University of New York at Fredonia.  After relocating to Clearwater in 1961, she began her career as a music educator in the Pinellas County school system. She taught elementary music at several schools throughout the county. Prior to her retirement in 1997 she especially enjoyed many years being specifically assigned to Skycrest Elementary.  Post retirement she extensively traveled internationally with the Clearwater Senior travel group. Her cruise experiences were legendary. At home she enjoyed music, playing bridge, going to movies, and spending time with her cats.  Muriel was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Lela Hills of Clearwater, and a brother Donald Hills. She is survived by her brother Lawrence Hills of Florida; son, David and daughter-in-law, Eileen Arnold of Land O Lakes, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society of Pinellas, 3040 FL-590, Clearwater, FL 33759.




Dorothy Deiseroth-Martin

1933 ~ 1973




Edwin L. Bower

December 12, 1934 ~ September 16, 2019

Edwin L. Bower, of 121 W. Main St., died Monday (Sept. 16, 2019) in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester.  He was born Dec. 12, 1934, in Munday, W.V., a son of the late Bernard and Mildred Wyer Bower. On May 12, 1956, in the Fillmore Methodist Church, he married Martha Preston, who survives.  Ed was a graduate of Wellsville Central School and a former employee of Fillmore Gas Company. He also was attending the Fillmore Wesleyan Church.  He enjoyed attending auctions and was a collector of all items.  Surviving, in addition to his wife, are their children, Gail (Steven) Beardsley of Perry, James Timothy “Tim” Bower of Fillmore and Thomas E. Bower of Fillmore; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna Bower of Fillmore; and several nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Bernard L. Bower and Robert L. Bower.  Family and friends may gather from 10 a.m. to noon Friday (Sept. 20, 2019) at the Fillmore Wesleyan Church, 20 E. Main St., Fillmore, where a funeral service will follow. Rob Engler, pastor of the Fillmore Wesleyan Church, and Joel Stroud, pastor of the Hume Baptist Church, will co-officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fillmore.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee St., Fillmore.  Memorials if desired may be made to a charity or organization of the donor’s choice.




Floyd Spicer

April 26, 1935 ~ June 11, 2019

Floyd B. Spicer, Jr., 84, of Frostproof, FL and Corning, NY, died Tuesday, June 11, 2019 in Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY.  Born April 26, 1935, in Stannards, he was the son of Floyd B. and Lena Griggs Spicer.  On January 3, 1959, he married the former Charlotte Waters, who predeceased him on May 10, 2006.  A graduate of Wellsville Central School, he served honorably with the US Marine Corps for four years.  He was employed as a guard at Monterey Correctional Facility, Monterey, NY.  Surviving are:  three children, Floyd B. (Valerie Daniels) Spicer, III of Frostproof, FL, Dawn Wragg of Corning, and Scott Spicer of Corning;  seven grandchildren, Rebecca (David) Allen, Joshua (Stephanie) Spicer, Kelsey Spicer, Seth Spicer, Claire Wragg, Alex Spicer, and Owen Spicer;  four great-grandchildren, Matthew, Marshall, Mickayla, and Jameson;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard L. Spicer; and two infant brothers.  Private Funeral Services will be held in the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of Morrison B. Hayes American Legion Post #702 in the funeral home.  Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at  






Richard Burrous

April 24, 1935 ~ December 8, 2019

Richard M. “Dick” Burrous, 84, passed away Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Brandon Health and Rehab Center. He was born April 24, 1935 in Wellsville, NY the son of the late C. Mat and Beryl (Lowe) Burrous. Dick was raised in Genesee, PA and was a 1953 graduate Wellsville High School. He attended Penn State University before transferring to Alfred University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After college, he enlisted in the U. S. Army where he spent 3 ½ years stationed at Fort Dix, Korea, Turkey and Germany. He was one of a select few to attend the inaugural flight of Pan Am 707 from Frankfurt to Istanbul. He spent the last year and a half of his military service stationed in Kassel, Germany during the building of the Berlin Wall and was honorably discharged in 1961.  Dick returned home to Genesee, PA to join his father in the family business, Chapman-Burrous Incorporated. On April 27, 1963 he married Connie (Wood) and settled in Wellsville. In 1964 Chapman-Burrous was dissolved and Burrous Furniture Incorporated was established in Wellsville. He owned and operated Burrous Furniture for 36 years, after which he closed the business and retired to Florida in 1999. He was an active participant and member of Immaculate Conception Church, in Wellsville and a member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Sun City Center FL.Dick is survived by his wife of 56 years, Connie, of Sun City Center, FL; one son Thomas Paul (Trina) Burrous and a daughter Karen Jill (Joseph) Cronin; five grandchildren, Sarah Emilie Burrous, Alexandra Lynn Burrous, Nicolas Mathew Burrous, Katherine Rose Cronin, Nicole Concetta Cronin; and one great grandson, Carter Allan Pearson; five nieces, Shaun (Smith) Hov, Lise’ (Trumbull) Brown, Susan (Trumbull) Biehl, Joni Neus, and Jeni Barnes one nephew, Kevin Smith, a sister-in-law, Nancy Quackenbush of Geneseo and several cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a son, James Mathew Burrous, a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Burrous, two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Wanda and David Trumbull, Barbara and Frank Smith and Terry Quackenbush.  Friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 15, 2019 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 11:00 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial, with military honors, will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Father Brown Mission Club, the Hart Comfort House or any charity of the donor’s choice. 




Donna Weaver-Moore

April 1, 1935 ~ June 18, 2018

Donna L. Moore, age 83, of Sunset Drive passed away on Monday, June 18, 2018, at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born in Warsaw on April 1, 1935 to Chester and Nellie Yencer Weaver. On November 10, 1990 she married William Moore who survives. Donna was a long time resident of Wellsville who graduated from Wellsville Central High School and Bryant and Stratton Business School. She worked for the Wellsville Central School System as a secretary and had retired as the Secretary to the Elementary Principal. Donna enjoyed being at home and spending time with family and special friends.  Survivors include her husband William of Wellsville; a son Robert “Tyke” Matta of Wellsville; a daughter, Lisa [Robert Orr] Der Cola of Brighton; 2 grand daughters, Heather [Shane] Vogel of Wellsville and Rachel Der Cola of Brighton; 2 great grandchildren, Tyler and Reagen Vogel; a sister, Sharon Hedrick-Ash of Wellsville; 2 nephews, Col. Townley [Mary Elizabeth] Hedrick of Fort Benning, GA., and Huntley [Patty] Hedrick of Pittsford. Donna was predeceased by her parents. In keeping with Donna’s wish her service will be a private burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials in Donna’s name may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.




Beverly  Whelpley-Schnell

January 19, 1935 ~  May 4, 2016

Beverly Whelpley Schnell, 81, of Hornell, passed away Wednesday (May 4, 2016) at her home after a short illness.  At Beverly’s request, there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service for the convenience of the immediate family and relatives will be held at a later date.




Claude Eugene Wyckoff

January 19, 1934 ~ October 16, 2008

 Claude E. Wyckoff. Thursday, October 16, 2008 at age 74. Claude was a retiree of The Gleason Works, an avid bird watcher and enjoyed gardening. He is predeceased by his parents, Harold J. and Ella M. Wyckoff; and his brothers, Edward and Donald. He is survived by his wife of 25 years Louise (Steele); stepdaughters, Claire (James Player) Vosburgh, and Susan (Stephen) Berger; his grandsons, Joshua, Christopher and Brian O’Reilly and Andrew Vosburgh; three sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law; several nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews & their children.  Friends and family are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 1:00 PM at Bethel Christian Fellowship, 321 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to RGH Dialysis Patient Aid Fund, 370 Ridge Rd. East, Roch., NY 14621.



Carlton Cleone Stebbins

February 13, 1934 ~ January 9, 2016

Carlton Cleone Stebbins was born on the 13th of February 1934 in Wellsville, New York. He was the son of two proud parents, Frank and Marie Stebbins. He was the younger brother to Kenneth, Lyle, and Frank Jr. Carl grew up in Wellsville, New York and attended Wellsville High School, graduating in 1953. Carl loved sports. In high school he was a member of the football team, Captain of the wrestling team, and a member of the track and field team (setting the state record for the one mile medley run). Carl liked to spend time with his family and friends, but wanted to serve in the military like his older brothers. Carl enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1954 and graduated enlisted boot camp at Sampson Air Force Base in Seneca, New York. He then transferred to Lowry Air Force Base in Aurora, Colorado, where he served as a Draftsman with the 3415th Technical Training Wing, Air Training Command. He attained the rank of Airman Second Class and was awarded the Air Force Good Conduct Medal after serving honorably for four years. It was then that Carl met and married the love of his life, Peggy Parton, on May 3rd, 1958 and they moved into their new house in Northglenn, Colorado in 1964, quickly making it a home. They had three beautiful children: Donna in June of 1962, Linda in November of 1966 and Scott in June of 1968. His children were the joy of his life. He enjoyed fly-fishing, collecting coins and coaching sports. His first job after the Air Force was working at Mountain Bell Telephone Company. He also worked at AT&T and retired after 30 plus years of loyal and dedicated service. However, the job he enjoyed the most was being a husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his family and seeing them grow. He was his grandchildren’s number one fan and attended all of their sporting events. Carl Stebbins fought a brave battle against Parkinson’s disease, but died on the 9th of January 2016. He was 81 years old. He is survived by his two children, Linda and Scott, seven grandchildren; Matt, Chad, Brittany, Andrew, Sophie, Sadie and Maggie, and great granddaughter Lilyana and two more great grandchildren on the way.  Carl leaves behind a legacy that will never be lost, for he touched so many. He played a different role in all of our lives: a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, an uncle and friend. Ask anyone and they’ll tell you the same. He brought us joy when we had pain. The strength and love of one man held all of us together, even more now than ever. He isn’t physically here, but we still feel him near in every step we take and every move we make. What he’s given to us, no one can ever replace. God bless him. Rest in peace, Carl. You are now reunited with the love of your life, your wife Peggy. We all love you and will miss you, but we will always remember you and keep you in our hearts.




Adelaide Stadlich-Norris

January 23, 1934 ~ January 19, 2014

Adelaide F. Norris, a former Fassett Lane resident, died on Sunday in the Mater Dei Rest Home in Scio following a long illness. Memorial services will be held on Friday in the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville at 11 a.m. with Revs. Robert Morris and Richard Helms officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.





Donald Geffers

February 4, 1934 ~ May 16, 2017

Donald T. Geffers, 83, of 1940 East Drive, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday (May 16, 2017), at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, N.Y.  He was born in Wellsville on Feb. 4, 1934, the son of Theodore J. and Ruth Brandes Geffers. On June 28, 1953 in Wellsville, he married Grace J. Pero, who survives.  He was a graduate of the Wellsville Central School, Class of 1953.  He had resided in Belmont, N.Y., prior to moving to Wellsville four years ago.  He retired on Jan. 1, 1996 as a welder with the AirPreheater Corp. in Wellsville.  He was a member for 50 years at the C&MA Church of Wellsville and most recently attended the Brookside Wesleyan Church of Wellsville. He had been a Lay Minister for 9 years and also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.  Surviving besides his wife, Grace, are two daughters, Sharon (Dennis) Snyder of Westfield, Pa., and Linda (Tom) Cook of Liverpool, N.Y.; two sons, Mark (Jan) Geffers of Nangdon, N.D., and Andy (Holly) Geffers of Plainville, Mass.; four sisters, Nancy (Glenn) Schaefer of Redding, Calif., Margaret Benedict of Bradenton, Fla., Joanne Wilkins of Wellsville, and Janet (Bobby) Pearse of Fort Mill, S.C.; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Betty Geffers; two brothers, Forest and Dale Geffers; a son, Timothy B. Geffers; and a great-grandson, Chance Daniel Snyder.  Friends may call at the Brookside Wesleyan Church in Wellsville on Friday (May 19, 2017) from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m., with the services following. Pastor Robin George will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.




Colleen O’Connor-Kailbourn

July 21, 1935 ~ March 29, 2018

Colleen O’Connor Kailbourn, age 82, of Sunnydale Avenue passed away on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born in Wellsville on July 21. 1935, the second child of Lawrence and Marion Plain O’Connor. In 1978 she married Raymond Kailbourn who survives.  Colleen attended and graduated from the Immaculate Conception School in 1951, and finished her high school education at the Wellsville Central School graduating in 1953. Before graduating from high school she started her career at the New York Telephone Company as a Telephone Operator. Colleen later joined the Contel/GTE Telephone Company and retired as the Western Area Service Office Supervisor. She and Ray enjoyed many years of traveling in search of antiques. Once retired they opened Kailbourn Antiques of Angelica and Wellsville. She remained interested in antiques until the day she died. Colleen was dedicated to her Roman Catholic faith and was a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society, served many years on the Parish Council, was a member of the Lay Vicariate, and served on the Sanctuary Restoration Committee. Colleen also served on the Board of Directors for the Genesee Valley Habitat for Humanity for many years. She loved her family and friends and celebrated life. Everywhere she went she touched people’s hearts. Her Irish smile and good nature will always be in our memory.Survivors include her husband, Raymond; her son Paul W. [Karen] Stevens; her step children, Linda [John] Cook, Thomas [Roxie Schmidt] Kailbourn, Mark [Dee] Kailbourn, and Brent Kailbourn; 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren; her sister in law Mary Margaret O’Connor; many dear good friends especially Loretta and Jim Cronin, Lois and Joe Spinelli, Pat Adderly Cotton, and John Weatherell.  She was predeceased by, her parents and her brother, Dr. George O’Connor. Friends are invited to call on Monday, April 2, 2018, from 4 till 6 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Tuesday a Prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be Celebrated at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials in Colleen’s name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School.




Shirley A. Colligan-Gostley

December 17, 1935 ~ May 6, 2017

Shirley A. (Colligan) Gostley, 81, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2017, at Fellowship Manor in Lehigh Valley, PA from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease.  Although her mind faded in recent years, Shirley’s heart remained strong and in it she held a lifetime of beautiful memories.  Shirley was born December 17, 1935 in the “Irish Patch” on Farnum Street in Wellsville, and treasured her childhood as the fourth of five children born to Charles and Marie (Dahill) Colligan. She attended Immaculate Conception School, and was grateful for the Catholic foundation she received there. She moved on to Wellsville High School where she continued her education with the same enthusiasm and spirit that defined her.  A certain stock car driver from the other side of the tracks caught her attention, and she married John Gostley in 1956. Their friendship and marriage was enviable, and their love and amusement for each other and their six children was compelling.  Shirley worked at the New York Telephone Company, and later she and John managed the Sears Roebuck store in Wellsville. She then worked at Air Preheater, and her last career was as a proud school bus driver for Wellsville Schools.  She was passionate about getting to know the children and families, and felt blessed to be a part of so many lives.  Shirley had a beautiful and faith-filled life in Wellsville, loved her Irish roots and upbringing, was devoted to her husband and family, and always had a suitcase packed in case anyone was available for a quick trip to Florida or Ireland.  Her kind heart, quick wit, gregarious style, and affable personality will never be forgotten.  Shirley adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and created unique memories with each of them.  She and John never fully recovered from losing their oldest daughter Teri in 1995, but they relied on their love for each other and their family and friends to help them. Because of her disease, Shirley was shielded from the unexpected passing of their son Patrick in 2016, but is rejoicing that they all are now together.  Shirley is survived by her children: Pam Reed of Wellsville, Greg Gostley of Wellsville, Laurie Hackett of Bethlehem, PA, and Holly Massengale and her husband Bruce of Kansas City;  her grandchildren Beth and Tim (Grace) Haaf, Christina (Brad) Ostrander, Laura (Ryan) Aylor, Danny Reed, Kaitlin and Jon Kyle Gostley, Cara and Grady Hackett,  and John and Brian Massengale,  great-grandchildren, Quinn, Ava, Zia, Sloane, and Hannah; her brother, Don (Brenda) Colligan, Brother-in-law, Jim (Carole) Gostley, several nieces and nephews and their families, Tim, Suzy and Erin Colligan, Ken, Mike and Ron Kensek, Heather, Mark, Tracie, and Kelly Colligan, and Leslie Gostley; and family friends, Jake Haaf, Tama Gray Morgan and Doug Reed.  She was predeceased by her husband John, children Teresa and Patrick; siblings Ken Colligan, Norma (Chet) Kensek, and Jack Colligan, a niece, Denise Ricci and great nephew, Shane Colligan.  Friends are invited to call on Friday, May 12, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 11:00 am at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.  Burial will in Stannards Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Ave, Wellsville NY 14895, or any charity of the donor’s choice. Another way to honor Shirley is to wake up every day determined to make a happy difference in someone’s life, just as she did.




Gary W. Rushmore

July 27, 1934 ~ August 19, 2011

Gary W. Rushmore, 77, of Clark Street went to be with his lord on Friday, August 19, 2011, after a short illness at Highland Park. He was born in Wellsville on July 27, 1934 to Wallace and Gladys Marsh Rushmore. On July 11, 1970 he married his wife of 41 years, Jean Rapan Rushmore who survives. Gary graduated from Wellsville High School. He worked for Yanda’s Service Station, Acker’s Quaker State and later for Dean’s ARCO all in Wellsville. He was employed by Alfred State College for a time and retired from The Friendship Dairy in 1996 after 20 years of service. Gary enjoyed spending time with his family especially his grandsons. Surviving besides his wife includes: 2 sons, Matthew Rushmore of Wellsville and Keith (Tabitha) Rushmore of Bath; 2 grandsons, Jake and Ryan as well as several nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to celebrate Gary’s life on Tuesday, August 23 2011, at 11 am at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville.




Carol L. Hazzard-Carlin

June 27, 1935 ~ April 5, 2012


Carole L. Carlin, 76, of 2398 Stannards Road died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born June 27, 1935 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Glenn and Mildred (Etsler) Hazzard. On June 11, 1955 in Wellsville she married James F. Carlin who predeceased her on September 21, 2011.     Carole was raised in Wellsville and was graduate of the Immaculate Conception School in 1952 and Wellsville High School in 1954. She was active member of the Immaculate Conception Church where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, the Mercy Associates, the Fun Fair committee and volunteered at the Immaculate Conception School for many years.She is survived by two sons, David (Rosalina) Carlin of Las Vegas, NV and Timothy (Judy) Carlin of Wellsville, two daughters, Cynthia Carlin and Kathleen (C. J.) Rahr, both of Wellsville, 11 grandchildren, one sister, Gayle Bernard of Ashville, NY, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband by a son, Brian G. Carlin on July 3, 2000 and a sister, Sally Day in  2010. Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Tuesday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The Rosary will be recited Monday at 3:45 pm in the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, April 10th at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895.




Karlton August Brandes

August 26, 1961 ~ April 18, 2012


Karlton August Brandes, 77, of 4217 Fassett Lane passed away at home on April 18, 2012. He was born April 23, 1934 in Wellsville the son of the late Karl and Evelyn (Neu) Brandes. On August 26, 1961 in Wellsville he married Joanne Herman who survives. In 1953, Karlton graduated from Wellsville High School and was awarded the FFA Farmer of the Year. In 1982 he received the Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District Farmer of the Year Award, and in 1983 he received the Goodyear Conservation award for outstanding accomplishments in resource conservation. He also served as a committeeman for Agway and Dairylea, and was active in several other farm organizations. His partners in life and farming were his Lord and Savior, his wife and their sons. He operated a dairy farm until his barn burned, and then he raised beef cattle. For several years he was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church; where he lovingly and joyfully served his Lord in various capacities. He always had a humorous story for any occasion and enjoyed the camaraderie of his monthly pinochle club. Karlton and his wife enjoyed camping, hiking, biking and canoeing. Surviving in addition to his wife of 50 years, are his children and grandchildren, Mark and Sheila (Garvey) Brandes of Orlando, FL, Paul and Claudia (Bashaar) Brandes and their children Morgan, Cassidy, Hannah and Ava Marie of Waynesboro, PA, Christopher and Tamara (Hile) Brandes and their children, Emily and Evelyn of Sebastian, FL and Jonathan and Lori (Cole) Brandes and their children Teagin and Tiernee of Wellsville. He is also survived by his sister, Kathryn and Arnold Wienk of Sergeantsville, NJ and a brother-in-law, Bruce and Betty Herman of Spring Hill, FL, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends, including Tim and Penny McKee of Wellsville. He was predeceased by a brother-in-law, James Herman and a sister-in-law, Janet Herman Lang. Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 5, 2012 from 11:00 am to 12 noon to at the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 4229 Fassett Lane in Wellsville. A memorial celebration will be at 12 noon in church with Rev. Carl Knitter presiding. A reception will follow at 1:00 pm and burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or any charity of the donor’s choice.




Sandra Lunn-Dillie

April 3, 1935 ~ January 23, 2003

Sandra Lunn “Ma Dill” Dillie of McDowell Ave. passed away on Saturday January 23 at the Jones Memorial Hospital after a short battle with cancer. She was born on April 3, 1935 to Ralph Eugene and Barbara York Lunn. Sandy graduated from Wellsville High School and later went to work for the school system. She started as a teacher’s aid and went on to secretarial duties and then became attendance supervisor and truant officer for a total of 25 years of service. Sandy was also on the school board for nine years where she had served as president. Sandy developed her business sense as owner and CEO of Dillie Service and Supply Company. She was involved in the community by volunteering as a Cub Scout Den Leader, Jones Memorial Hospital Volunteer, member of the Wellsville Fire Department Auxiliary, Sunday school teacher at the Congregational Church and volleyball statistician for both the girls and the boy’s teams at Wellsville High School. She showed her creative talents through various talent endeavors such as costume designer and back stage coordinator at the Wellsville High School plays. Sandy will also be remembered as a sometimes involuntary participant of the Lions Club Minstrel Show. Many knew her for her cooking and baking such as “Grandmother York’s Cinnamon Buns” a recipe she mastered at age 13. Survivors include: two sons, Donald “Buzz” Dillie of Indian Rocks Beach, FL., and Michael “Barney” Dillie of Wellsville; three daughters, Kerry (David) Mette of Waterloo, Lori (Claude) Nieman of New Milford, CT., and Barbara Raybon of Wellsville; 6 grandchildren, Sarah and Karin Dillie; EN 1 Kenneth Dillie Nieman, Timothy and Benjamyn Nieman; and Sean Michael Raybon; 2 sisters, Roxanne (Ron) Flurschutz of Rochester and Kaaren Monroe of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a son Dean Garry Dillie. Friends are invited to call on Thursday January 28 from 7-9 pm and on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Her funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 am at the First Congregational Church on North Main Street in Wellsville with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Her burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to a scholarship established in Sandy’s name for “future teachers” at the Wellsville Central Schools in care of Dennis Dahlgren, 126 West State Street Wellsville, NY. 14895.




Mary Lou Horn-Fanton

September 3, 1935 ~ October 30, 2013

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Carol Ann McConnell-Winans

November 8, 1934 ~ October 8, 2014

Carol Ann Winans, age 79, of the Hallsport Road passed away on Wednesday, October 8 2014, at the Olean General Hospital. She was born on November 8, 1934 in Wellsville to David and Luella Cline McConnell. On June 26, 1954 in Wellsville she married James F. Winans who survives. Carol was a life lone resident of this area who graduated from Wellsville Central High School. She had a lifelong love of horses and along with her family maintained their own horse farm on the Hallsport Road. She was a member of the former Saddle Club and will be remembered for her ability to train a horse that no one else could. Carol was very talented as she enjoyed painting, especially outdoor themed painting, crocheting, quilting, gardening and fishing. She also loved to cook and bake for others and her family. Carol had many joys in her life but her true joy was her family and grandchildren. Carol is survived by her husband James of 60 years; a daughter Debra Sue (Donald) Hall of Wellsville; 3 grandchildren Melissa (Ronald) Gardner of Friendship, Cassie (David) Slawson Jr. of Wellsville and Curtis (Amanda Conklin) Hall of Wellsville; 11 great grandchildren; her twin brother and sister, James (Mary Lou) McConnell of Wellsville and Janet (Howard) Lanphier of Hallsport as well as several nieces and nephews. Carol was predeceased by her parents David and Luella McConnell. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 10 am to 11 am at which time a service will be held with Reverend Ralph Eastlack. Memorials in Carol’s name may be given to the Saddle Dusters Club.




Carl Bruce Munro

February 6, 1936 ~ July 28, 2009

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Patricia Vossler-Wainman-Zaumeyer-Lentrichia

April 16, 1935 ~ November 3, 1999




Charles Fred Wildman

April 13, 1935 ~ July 5, 2015

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Charles Fred Wildman 80, beloved husband of Nancy Sue (Nee Driscoll) died Sunday, July 5, 2015 at home surrounded by his family in Myrtle Beach, SC. Born in Whitesville, NY, Charles was the son of Charles (Dougal) and Elizabeth (Nee Roth) Wildman. A graduate of Wellsville High School and Alfred State, Charlie served in the US Army from April 1958 to April 1960. Returning to Wellsville, NY after his discharge he began a lifelong career with Air Preheater (Combustion Engineering) until he retired from the Sprout Bauer Division after 35 years of service. Charlie was a lifetime member of the Lions International with the bulk of his years of service in the Wellsville Lions Club. During his time he served as president and was always passionately involved in the Innertube Regatta and Minstrel show. He also served in the Oxford, OH Lions Club for 15 years and was an avid golfer, loved to read, do crossword puzzles and play cards. Charlie could often be found at the Wellsville Country Club or around the kitchen table playing euchre with friends and family. In the 50’s and 60’s he was very involved with the WLSV Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps. Annual spring break trips to Myrtle Beach led to Nancy and Charlie’s eventual move and retirement where they lived at the beach for the past 9 years. Charlie was preceded in death by a son, Charles L. Wildman in 1997. Survivors include his wife Nancy Wildman; 2 sons, Brian R and Timothy “Greg” Wildman; a beloved daughter-in-law, Jennifer L. (Nee Baer) Wildman; 4 beautiful grandchildren, Madison (18), Matthew (15), Paxton (11) and Parker (9); and numerous nieces and nephews; also surviving are sisters-in-law, Eleanor (Anderson) Driscoll of Wilmington, NC, Martha (Sikaras) Driscoll of Kennesaw GA and Helen (Driscoll) D’Arcy of Wellsville, NY. Funeral services will be held in Wellsville, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wellsville Lions Wildman Scholarship Fund, PO Box 576, Wellsville, NY 14895.




Diane Ruth Gardner-Cook-Roberts

August 1, 1935 ~ December 4, 2005




Marilyn Horn-Foster

June 12, 1935 ~ March 5, 2015

Marilyn D. Foster, 79, and a former Madison Hill resident, passed away on Thursday (March 5, 2015) in the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a long illness. She was born in Genesee, Pa., on June 12, 1935, the daughter of Seymour and Belva Burdge Horn. She was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from Wellsville High School. On Feb. 24, 1953, in Wellsville, she was married to Glenn H. Foster, Jr., who predeceased her in 2008. Marilyn was also predeceased by her parents; grandson, Stephen Foster, Jr.; a granddaughter, Kelly Hilliard; sister-in-law, Charlotte “”Penny”  Horn; and nephew, Scott Horn. She was employed by the Woolworth Dept. Store. Later, she worked in the Wellsville Elementary School Library and then was employed by Dr. John Wilcox as a receptionist.  Marilyn loved music and liked to play the piano and organ. She also enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren.  Surviving are a son, Stephen (Cathy)Foster, Sr. of Wellsville; daughter, Lynette (Robert)Hilliard of Scio; grandchildren, Shawn (Britny) Foster of Wellsville and Robyn Hilliard of Olean; great-grandchildren, Everyte and Harper Foster; and grandson Stephen’s wife, Pam Foster of Wellsville. Also surviving are her brother, Edward (Susie)?Horn of Belmont; brothers-in-law, Keith (Barb)?Foster of Falconer, N.Y. and Charles (Matilda) Foster of Nicholasville, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.Honoring her request, there was no visitation. A service was held Tuesday (March 10, 2015) at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville with the Rev. Glen Layfield officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.




Richard Louis Ahrens

September 19, 1933 ~ November 20, 2014


Richard Louis Ahrens Sr., 81, of 4206 Niles Hill Road, passed away Thursday (Nov. 20, 2014) at Olean General Hospital.  Born in Wellsville, N.Y., Sept. 19, 1933, the son of Walter and Nina Dudley Ahrens, he was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Class of 1953, and had resided in Wellsville all his life with the exception of the 20 years spent as a career service man in the United States Navy. Following his retirement from the Navy, Dick spent another 20 years as an operator of the Wellsville Water and Light Department. He was a longtime fireman with the Petrolia Hose Company and a member of Hornellsville Lodge #44, F& AM. Dick was an avid hunter and fisherman and especially enjoyed hunting on the Swale and spending time at Smith Pond.  He was predeceased by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Walter Johnson; his brother, Robert Ahrens; as well as his nephew, Kevin Johnson; and his beloved grandson, Lee Michael Ahrens in 1993. He was also predeceased by his best friend and brother-in-law, Neal Hallett.  He is survived by his wife, Shirley Hallett Ahrens to whom he was married Dec. 25, 1955; his daughter, Elizabeth Marie Ahrens of Wellsville; his three sons, Richard Lee Ahrens of Wellsville, Gary Lynn (Robin) Ahrens of Olean, and Michael David Ahrens of Tennessee; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and many other loved ones.




Donald Ewart

June 2, 1934 ~ November 1, 1968




Richard Eugene Ost

November 12, 1934 ~ August 30, 1974




Marvin Lanterman

October 29, 1935 ~ February 4, 1976




Peter Howell

November 26, 1934 ~ March 1, 1996




Joyce Brownell-Jackson

June 10, 1935 ~ November 10, 2005

Joyce B. Jackson, 70, of Fords Brook Road, passed away on November 10, 2005 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on June 10, 1935 in the Town of Willing to James H. and Florence “Flossie” Schram Brownell. On November 7, 1953 in Wellsville she married Millard U. Jackson who survives. Joyce was a graduate of Wellsville High School and helped her husband run the family farm. She was a member of the Penn York Camp and a life long member of the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church where she was a very active member. Joyce loved gardening, reading, walking, listening to the Family life Network Radio Station and spending time with her grandchildren. Surviving besides her husband: 3 sons Rick [Esther] Jackson of Lancaster, PA, Den [Debbie] Jackson of Scio and Andrew [Melissa] Jackson of Westby, WI.; a daughter Suzanne [Jim] Mix of Hornell; 7 grandchildren; 3 Brothers, Hartrick “Bud” Brownell of Wellsville, John “Jack” [Stella] Brownell of West Jordan, UT and James [Ruth] Brownell of Wellsville. 2 sisters, Phyllis Winborn of Houston,TX. and Jean [Fred] Farwell of Scio as well as several nieces and nephews. Joyce was predeceased by a son Raymond Jackson, a brother Richard Brownell, a half brother Leon “Sam” Brownell and a half sister Rose Hunt. Friends are invited to call on Saturday [Nov. 12] from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Funeral service will be held on Sunday in the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church at 2 pm with Rev. Eugene Miller presiding. Burial will be in the Yorks Corners Cemetery and memorials may be made to the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church or to the Penn York Camp.




Robert Cook

May 9, 1934 ~ June 22, 2004

Robert D. Cook was born June 9, 1934 in Bolidar, NY, to Leighton and Margaret (Peck) Cook. Bob grew up and attended school in Wellsville, NY, graduating from Wellsville High School. Bob then went to work at his father’s T.V. and Radio repair shop.  Bob joined the Air Force on May 4, 1954; he was honorably discharged on December 10, 1957.  Bob met Shirley J. Belka and they were married January 4, 1958, at St. Paul Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE. Bob and Shirley made their home in Wellsville, NY. They moved to Sioux Falls, SD in 1965. Bob worked for Electric Construction and then went to work for Sears Roebuck and Co. in 1970. Bob worked for Sears for 33 years retiring in 2003.  Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting and golf.  Bob’s family was an important part of his life and will be dearly missed by them. Survivors include his wife, Shirley; daughter, Debbie (Mark) Pfeifer of Tulsa, OK; grandson, Matt Pfeifer of Tulsa, OK; brother, Merle (Juanita) of Livingston, TX.  Bob was preceded in death by his parents.  Funeral services for Robert will be held at 9:00 am Monday, June 28, 2004 at Miller Funeral Home with burial taking place at Riverside Cemetery in Crete, NE the following day.




Harold Austin

October 16, 1935 ~ March 5, 2014

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Harold C. “Hod” Austin, 78, of 25 Pleasant Street, passed away on Wednesday (March 5, 2014) at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Belfast, the son of Cash and Florence (Bledsoe) Austin. On July 24, 1965, in Washington DC, he married Jean Densmore, who survives. He was a 20-year veteran of the U. S. Air Force and had served in Vietnam. He was a longtime Club Pro at the Wellsville Country Club and was employed for many years at the New York State Department of Transportation.  Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Christine Dingman of Tampa, Fla., and her children, Karli and Tadd; a son, Darrell Austin of Tampa, Fla.; a daughter, Isabelle Thelen-Seifried of Speyer, Germany; two brothers, Dave Gordon of Long Island, and Steve Austin of Dunnellon, Fla.; one sister, Janet Hungerford of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Judy Ellsworth. The American Legion will honor his military service on Sunday (March 9, 2014) at 2 p.m. in the American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, American Legion Post 702, VFW Post 2530 or any  charity of the donor’s choice.




Matt Landon Graves

April 2, 1935 ~ September 30, 1971





David Louis Sheridan

November 3, 1935 ~ May 31, 2002




Ronald Harvey Ellis

November 9, 1933 ~ March 26, 1993




Susanne R. Gardner-Novakovic

January 6, 1935 ~ October 24, 2009




Robert G. Hile

January 2, 1935 ~ December 12, 2010




Felix Richey Lippman

August 8, 1935 ~ November 8, 1992




James Hewitt Magee

September 4, 1935 ~ October 31, 1998




 John Ordiway

February 2, 1934 ~ August 28, 1968



Blaine Eugene Austin

November 10, 1934 ~ September 12, 1994

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Roy Gorton

March 3, 1936 ~ August 26, 2010

 Roy E. Gorton, Age 74, passed away peacefully on August 26, 2010. He was born on March 3, 1936 in Wellsville, New York to Leslie Earl and Nellie Leonette Gorton. He graduated from Wellsville High School and spent two years in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Gorton received a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University. After two years of building kilns he spent forty years manufacturing ceramic tile. He was president of three tile companies during this period and also was owner and chairman of the board of a company that manufactured seismographic drilling rigs. He loved spending time with his family and he and his wife were both involved in Little League for many years. Gorton also coached his kids in YMCA football and basketball. He was a member of the Windcrest Optimist Club for five years, and the Windcrest Golf Club. Gorton was married to Margaret Cartwright Gorton for fifty-two years. He is survived by his wife Margaret (Peg) and three sons; Scott Leslie Gorton and his wife Terry of San Antonio, Texas, Roy Howard Gorton and his wife, Gloria of Canton, Ohio, and Patrick Levi Gorton and his wife Diane of Hendersonville, North Carolina. He is also survived by two grandchildren Sarah LeeAnn Gorton and Kelly Gorton and his wife Chrissie, and one great-granddaughter Kennedy Jade Gorton. Also surviving him are three sisters, Barbara Freeman of San Antonio, Jean Bianco of Rochester, NY, and sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Dave Vercruysse of Williamson, NY. A Memorial service will be held on Friday, September 3, 2010 at 11:00am at John Calvin Presbyterian Church at 8102 Midcrown Drive, San Antonio. There will be a greeting by the family after the service in the Church Hospitality Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, John Calvin Presbyterian Church, American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy, or charity of choice.




Julie Ellen Willette-Davis

March 20, 1935 ~ January 13, 2016

Julie Ellen Davis (Willette) 80, widow of Arnold Davis, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016 in Versailles, KY. A proud mother of six children and a retired purchasing agent, she was a former resident of Hudson, FL. No services planned.




David Eugene Foster

July 6, 1934 ~ January 15, 1994




Barbara Harkness-Weinman

January 9, 1935 ~ September 20, 2007

Barbara Harkness, of Huntington Station passed away September 20, 2007 following an extended illness. She was a beloved and devoted wife of James, loving mother of Dean, Gregg, and Brad. She is also survived by 11 wonderful grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by a devoted sister, Joan Williams of Stuart, FL. Donations may be made in Barbara’s memory to VNS Hospice of Suffolk, 101 Laurel Rd. East Northport, NY 11731. Arrangements entrusted to A.L. Jacobsen Funeral Home Inc. of Huntington Station.




Beverly Jean Main-Willard

March 28, 1933 ~ January 22, 2001




Joanne May Goodliff-Wyckoff-McIntyre-Cornolius-Jacobs

September 3, 1935 ~ December 29, 1997




Joseph Brandes

June 15, 1936 ~ February 27, 2012




Richard Lee Mitchell

December 18, 1934 ~ August 5, 1999




Gladys Kay Wilson-Roeske

July 24, 1935 ~ May 5, 2006




John Thompson D’Arcy

April 14, 1934 ~ May 28, 1995




Walter Boyd Dailey

April 14, 1934 ~ May 28, 1995

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Teresa Lillian Baldwin-Crandall

March 12, 1935 ~ February 8, 2010




Donald Aldrich

July 2, 1934 ~ August 22, 1995




Frederic Horn

July 3, 1935 ~ April 28, 1987