May 12, 1936 ~ August 22, 2021
January 9, 1937 ~ April 26, 2021
An internment ceremony was held at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst, Ohio on Saturday, June 26th for Ward L Hopkins 84, of Huntington WV, formerly of Wellsville, NY. Ward passed away on April 26, 2021, after suffering a stroke. Ward was born in Wellsville on January 9, 1937, to Albertine Fitch Hopkins and Ellis J. Hopkins, and became the younger brother of Miriam H. Dennis and James F Hopkins, all predeceasing him. He is survived by his partner Shirley Lumpkin of Huntington, W.V., brother-in-law Glenn S. Dennis of Charlottesville, VA, nephew Stephen H. Dennis (Nancy) of Houston, TX, niece Julie D. Mendelsohn (Mark) of Charlottesville, VA and great nieces and nephews Kirsten M. Jeschke (Kevin), Rebecca Mendelsohn, Debbie Ann H. Peck (Charles) and Stephen H. Dennis Jr. and good friend Tom Hayden of Wellsville, NY, Ward graduated from Wellsville High School, Dennison University, and The Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University. All three schools helped Ward develop into the uniquely capable man that he was. Ward strived to be a good, responsible citizen, that made informed decisions, most notably when voting, which he took pride in doing. He re-read the Constitution every year to re-discover the foundation of US principals. Ward believed that a well-educated citizenry was important to our democracy and gave generously to both Dennison and Syracuse Universities. While working for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Ward was charged with re-locating many families to build new highways. Ward used his education and experience to make sure that every family that was impacted had their quality of life increased from the experience. Ward sat in many dilapidated homes, assuring families of something better, and delivering on the promise. Some corrupt County Officials may have been exposed during this process; Ward was proud to do so. Ward enjoyed a good conversation, best over a meal and possibly a Canadian beer. Ward enjoyed travelling and visiting with family and friends. Summers at Keuka Lake in his youth and later with Shirley were where Ward was most at peace. Ward was a Syracuse Orange football, basketball, and lacrosse fan. During his time at Syracuse, he mentored a few athletes from the great 60’s football teams. Ward would never name drop, but he was close to, and favored Floyd Little over all the great Syracuse running backs. Proving that he rooted for the underdog, Ward was a Buffalo Bills fan through thick and thin. Ward was a fan of women’s lacrosse in Charlottesville, following his great-nieces play. Ward is fondly remembered by all that knew him. Ward would appreciate contributions be made to an institution of higher education of your choice.
June 13, 1937 ~ May 5, 2020
Sandra J. Roberts, 82, of Endicott, NY, entered peacefully into the arms of the Lord following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease on May 5, 2020, at her home. Sandra was a true fighter, in her life she overcame breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and lung cancer, only to be taken by this dreadful disease. She was born June 13, 1937. She is preceded by her loving husband of 51 years, Donald K. Roberts. Sandra is survived by her devoted daughters, Debra Roberts, Cheryl Greco (Martin), and three grandchildren, who were the light of her life, Brian (Ali), Collin (Erin), and Devin (Rebecca) Greco. She was blessed enough to be given 2 great-grandchildren, Aurora and Cole Greco, with a new great-grandchild due in November. And we cannot forget her beloved cat, Tiger Lee who remained by her side until the end. On November 24, 1956, she married the love of her life, Donald, and they began their journey through life together. They moved to Endicott, NY, in 1968, where they raised their family. She was committed to her daughters’ active lives heading up Girl Scout cookie drives and volunteering at their school. She was an amazing cook, and she could make a mean apple pie. In her free time, she was a passionate shopper and an avid bowler. She enjoyed teaching her grandsons how to bowl and even joined a league with them. In the summertime, Sandra and Don would travel with their camper to numerous fairs where they enjoyed the fair life and tractor pulls. She also spent many fun vacations with the grandkids in Florida. She lived her life for her family as a dedicated and loving wife, mother and grandmother. The family would like to thank the nurses from Hospice for making our mothers final days comfortable in her home. A private burial will take place at Hope Cemetery, Newark Valley. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lourdes Hospice, or St Judes Children Research Hospital, or please do a kind deed for someone in need in Sandra’s memory
January 5, 1937 ~ July 11, 2020
Joyce Roeske passed away peacefully at Sherman Home | Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ Thursday, June 11, 2020, surrounded by loved ones. Born January 5, 1937 in Wellsville, N.Y., Joyce was the daughter of Frank and Eleanor Clemens, both deceased. Joyce graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1955. She attended Alfred State College. On April 21, 1956 in Wellsville, she married Donald Roeske, who predeceased her June 21, 2005. Joyce is survived by four children, Kim Marie (Tim) Ketchner of San Antonio, Texas, Daniel Frank (Kelly) Roeske of Fleming Island, Fla., Anne Elizabeth (Ken) Splitt of Berger, MO and David Matthew (Jodi) Roeske of Phoenix, AZ. Joyce is also survived by nine beautiful grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Meinke, Ryan (Tana) Ketchner, Katie (Kayle) Ballew, Matt (Meli) Rehagen, Donald Roeske, Amanda (Austin) Bell, Hannah Roeske, Jacob Roeske and Nate Roeske; and six great-grandchildren she dearly loved, Madison Meinke, Natalie Connery, Beau Ketchner, Alex Ballew, Stella Ketchner and Oliver Ballew. She is also survived by special nephew, Mike (Sallyanne) Kinder; as well as many other nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was predeceased by one sister, Gretchen Jones; nephew, Tom Kinder; and several other extended family members. Don and Joyce spent their years together loving each other, being wonderful parents, playing cards, and getting into shenanigans with their many lifelong friends.The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Allegany County Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 26 Jefferson St., Wellsville, N.Y. 14895; or Sherman Home / Hospice of the Valley, 5801 E. Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85054; or any charity of the donor’s choice.
November 23, 1936 ~ April 6, 2020
Robert Lewis “Pisky” Piscitelli, 83, of 33 Herman Avenue passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020 at Jones Memorial Hospital with his family by his side, following a brief battle with cancer. He was born November 23, 1936 in Wellsville, the son of the late Glenn and Helen (Cardamone) Piscitelli. On September 20, 1958 in Wellsville he married Barbara J. Lanphear who survives. Bob was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School, and obtained his Barber License in Buffalo. He barbered in Wellsville for 63 years. He had served as President of the Wellsville Midget Football League, he coached the Wellsville, NY vs Wellsville, Ohio Midget League football game for many years, and was an Assistant Coach for the Wellsville Lions High School Football Team in the 1970’s. He was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills, the New York Yankees, and attended all the Wellsville High School games up until the time of his passing. He was a member of the Wellsville Country Club for many years, Past President of the Men’s Golf League, and a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, taking trips to the casino, watching, and attending many sporting events. He had a passion for horse racing and had the honor of having a horse named after him “Piscitelli” who ran in the Grey Goose Breeders Cup. Surviving in addition to his loving wife of 61 years, are three children, Debbie (Tom) Pinney, Lisa (Gary) Arnone, and Dean (Mary) Piscitelli, six beloved grandchildren, Kristin and Salvatore Arnone, Shawn (Jen) and Ryan (Randi) Pinney, Nate and Jon Piscitelli, six great grandchildren, Gabriella and Gianni Arnone, Parker and Beau Pinney and Bailey and Layla Tennis, a brother, William “Bill” Piscitelli, his in-laws, Beverly Bennett, Nancy (Dick) Mills, Judi (Bill) Wiemann and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a great grandson, Salvatore Arnone, and a brother-in-law, Lance Bennett. He was blessed with many, many close friends, neighbors, clients, and was a well-known pillar in the community. Friends are invited to “drive by” the family home on Saturday, April 11, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the “Joyce Family” Catholic Charities Food Pantry & Outreach, 67 E. Pearl Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.
September 10, 1936 ~ November 26, 1992
August 14, 1935 ~ January 27, 2020
Charles D. Stout, 84, of Whitesville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 27, 2020 in Highland Hospital, Rochester. Born Aug. 14, 1935, in Wellsville, he was the son of Donald C. and Ethel Patterson Stout. On April 15, 1989, in Dansville, he married the former Mary Plank, who survives. A 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School, he was active in FFA, serving as president his senior year. He graduated from Cornell University in 1959 with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education. Later on, he earned a master’s degree from Alfred University in Counseling. He was employed as a driver’s education instructor by Steuben/Allegany County BOCES, taught driver’s education in several local schools, and owned and operated DJ Driving School in Dansville for many years. He put his heart into teaching and had a student passing rate of 98 percent. Charlie was a member of the Dansville United Methodist Church, where he served as the evangelism chairman. He currently attended the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church. Charlie loved farm life, hunting, dancing to country music, and traveling. Surviving besides his wife, Mary, are a son, Derek (Christina) Stout of MA; two daughters, Jennifer (Robert) Gadson of SC and Rebecca (Torrence) Adams of CT; three step-sons, Patrick (Brenda) Harrison of Corning, Jeremy Harrison of Whitesville, and James (Angie) Harrison of Corning; a step-daughter, Amy (Travis Mitchell) Harrison of SC; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Elnora (Dale) Fanton of Wellsville; a brother-in-law, Jack (Pat) Plank of Campbell; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Saltzer of Prattsburg; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his stepfather, William Foster; a son, Gordon Stout; and a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Roy Lawton. Friends may call at Yorks Corners Mennonite Church on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 from 1-4 p.m., with Funeral Services following at 4 p.m. Rev. Gene Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Yorks Corners Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Yorks Corners Mennonite Church, 3350 CR 29, Wellsville, N.Y. 14895.
August 6, 1937 ~ November 7, 2005
December 2, 1936 ~ 2016
September 1, 1937 ~ May 14, 2010
Rosemary Lyon May 14, 2010 Rosemary Lyon of Erieville, died Friday, May 14, after a long battle with cancer. She was peaceful and surrounded by those who love her. Surviving are her husband, Raymond O. and her two sons, Daniel (Nina) and David. There will be a memorial service at a later date. She may be remembered by a donation to the American Cancer Society or CAVAC.
March 20, 1937 ~ August 22, 2019
April 12, 1937 ~ June 22, 2019
Diane Kay Converso, 82, of 173 East State Street passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center. She was born April 12, 1937 in Wellsville, the beloved daughter of the late Roland A. and Dorotha (Sadler) Fanton. Diane was a lifelong resident of Wellsville, and graduated from Wellsville High School. She was a member of Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW Auxiliary, the Wellsville Historical Society, the Allegany County Bird Club and the former Christian Temple, where she taught Sunday School. Diane was an avid New York Yankee and NASCAR fan, and lover of all things cats. She is survived by three daughters, Terri A. Slater and her husband Richard S. Crouse, of Boca Raton, Florida, Joya Serio of Bliss, NY and Becky Converso of Hornell, NY; two grandchildren, Sarah Ann Slater and Jason Serio, a sister-in-law; Barrie Fanton of Wellsville, and two nieces and one nephew, Lorraine Fanton of Boston, MA, Ian Fanton of Winchester, MA, and Molly Fanton of Wellsville. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by a brother, Roland Benjamin “Ben” Fanton, a son-in-law Randy Serio and a grandson Keegan Fleming. Funeral arrangements are private and interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville VFW Post 2530 or the SPCA Serving Allegany County.
June 26, 1937 ~ August 9, 2018
June 8, 1937 ~ August 27, 2019
May 26, 1937 ~ June 1, 2019
January 31, 1938 ~ March 6, 2019
December 10, 1937 ~ November 27, 2017
Daniel R. Sheridan, 79 of 84 East Main St. passed away Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Absolut of Houghton, following a lengthy illness. Born December 10, 1937 in Wellsville, he was the son of David L. and Mary Ella Sheridan. On June 2, 1962 in Wellsville he married the former Mary Ellen Wing, who survives. Daniel grew up in Wellsville with his eight brothers and sisters. He served with the Army in Korea from 1962 to 1964 as an artillery surveyor. He then began working for A&P Grocery Store, then Dresser Rand in Wellsville, retiring in 1996. Daniel enjoyed woodworking and watching the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. Most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. Surviving besides his wife Mary are: two sons, Michael Sheridan of Scio and Brian Sheridan of Wellsville; two daughters, Kimberly (Lawrence) Usiak of Tonawanda and Judy (David) Taylor of Friendship; 10 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with three more on the way. Daniel was predeceased by three brothers and five sisters. Please join the family in remembering Daniel on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Friendship Bingo Hall 6 East Main St. Friendship 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. The Morrison Hayes Wellsville Legion will hold a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. to honor Daniel
September 8, 1936 ~ December 23, 2018
Patricia Anne Reed, 82, a former resident of Wellsville, New York passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 23, 2018 in Sparks Nevada. She was born September 8, 1936 in Wellsville New York the daughter of John C and Frances Piney Mesler Jr. She was married to Roy Lamb for two years and later to Milford Reed for a few years. Patricia has resided in the Reno NV area for the past four years with and near her son Perry and his wife. She had formerly resided in Alma, Wellsville, Olean, and Bolivar, NY, Smethport and Port Allegany, PA and Casper WY. She attended grade school in Alma and graduated Wellsville High School in 1955. She was employed at Weston’s Shopper City, Olean Tile, the Jaguar Plant in Smethport, as well as numerous jobs in the Casper WY area. She was an avid member of the Baptist church. She enjoyed spending time with her children grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed motorcycles with her son. Her true passion was her teddy bear collection which was stunning. She is survived by her six children son Perry (Sue) Mesler of Reno NV, daughters, Tammy Edwards of Schenectady NY, Sherri (Wally) Wasik of McDonald PA, Diane Reed of Sturgeon PA, son, John (Karen) Reed of Port Allegany, PA and daughter Suzanne (Mike) Zimmerman of Newtown CT, 15 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two brothers Norm Mesler of Wellsville and Gary (Diane) Chandler of Casper WY, sister Shirley Green of Wellsville as well as 14 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her father John C Mesler Jr. and her mother Frances Pinney Gale Chandler, a brother-in-law Boyd Green Sr and a nephew Jeff Green. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, January 2, 2018 from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 PM at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday, January 3 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend William Matthews presiding. She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.
October 1, 1935 ~ March 15, 2018
Robert H. Sizer, 82, formerly of Wellsville, died Thursday, March 15, 2018, in St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell. Born October 1, 1935, in Wellsville, he was the son of Henry and Evelyn Bigelow Sizer. On June 30, 1960, in Wellsville, he married the former Hyla Mae Currier, who survives. He was employed by ABB Air Preheater for 42 years. Surviving besides his wife, Hyla, are, two children, Michael (Deborah) Sizer of Ithaca and Lori Ann (Thomas) Withers of Westlake, Ohio; two grandchildren, Amanda (Eric) Cherry of Norfolk, Va. and T.J. Withers of Westlake, Ohio; a sister, Joyce (Elton) Streyle of Scottsbluff, Neb.; a nephew and a niece. Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. with Funeral Services following at 8 p.m. The Rev. Carl Kemp will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, Pa. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
October 16, 1935 ~ December 27, 2017
N. Thomas “Tom” Barnes, age 82, of 2 Meadow Brook Court passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born in Wellsville on October 16, 1935 to Norton and Allena Jones Barnes. Tom was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville area who attended school in Petrolia and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1955. While in High School, Tom learned his lifelong trade of meat cutting at the former Scoville and Browns in Wellsville. After the closing of Scoville and Browns he became a meat cutter for White Hawk Meats in Eldred, Pennsylvania. Tom continued cutting meat while working full time at Air Preheater from where he retired as a Crane Follower. In his younger days Tom participated in amateur boxing, weight lifting, and he liked staying in shape. He enjoyed shooting pool with his good friend Jim Brown and pitching horse shoes in many area leagues. Tom had attended Church at the First Trinity Lutheran Church located in Wellsville. Survivors include, a son Jeffrey [Anne] Barnes of Bolivar; a daughter Cheryl [Eric Wohlers] Miles of Great Valley; four grandchildren, Jennifer Barnes, Heather Barnes, Courtney Barnes and Scott Miles; four great grandchildren, Koleston, Jordan, Addison, and Charlotte; an aunt, Rena Cowles; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his step mom, Rowena Barnes; a brother, Jon Barnes; three sisters, Betty Jean Lynch, Phyllis Rosell, and Beverly Hillibrin; a step brother, Bob Hinckley; a step sister, Sheila Rothschild. Friends are invited to call on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held on Saturday at the conclusion of Calling Hours with Reverend Larry Allen presiding. Burial will take place in Knights Creek Cemetery and Memorials in Tom’s name may be made to either the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville or to the .
May 30, 1937 ~ August 18, 1955
January 9, 1938 ~ January 26, 2006
January 18, 1935 ~ April 14, 2012
Harold F. Brown Jr. of the Stannards Road passed away after a brief illness on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Buffalo VA Center. He was born on January 18, 1935 in Wellsville to Harold F. and Helen Ruth (Willard) Brown Sr. On October 7, 1955 in Wellsville he married Louise E. LaPolt who survives. Harold was a long time resident of Wellsville who served in the US Air Force from 1955 till 1959 as a Staff Sergeant. He worked for 33 years at Acme Electric from where he retired in 1999. Harold was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville, The University Lodge number 230 of the Free and Accepted Masons, The Royal Arch Masons Lodge number 143 and the American Legion Post 702. After his retirement he and Louise enjoyed to travel. They traveled with their camper to 46 of the lower 48 states, enjoyed two trips to Alaska and a trip to England and Scotland. Harold was an avid outdoorsman who liked to hunt and fish. He especially enjoyed fly fishing in the Genesee River. After returning to Wellsville he built his own work shop next to his home and became known to his neighbors as someone who was always available to help build or repair most anything. He will be remembered to many as a world class handyman. Surviving besides his wife Louise: a son, Todd F. (Marylise) Brown of Virginia Beach, VA.; a grandson, William Brown of Virginia Beach, VA.; 3 sisters, Kathi Twombly of Danbury CT., Susan Willard of Olean and Dorothy (Robert) Gibson of Hornell; several nieces and nephews.
January 8, 1938 ~ March 27, 2017
Ann B. McKinley, 79, of 152 Pine St., died Monday (March 27, 2017) at Jones Memorial Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born Jan. 8, 1938 in Wellsville, a daughter of the late Harvey and Mary (Brown) Brown. On Aug. 22, 1959, in Wellsville she married James M. McKinley, who predeceased her Nov. 4, 1999. Ann was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School, was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended D’Youville College. She worked at various local businesses during her high school years and was employed by New York Telephone when she returned from college. After her family was grown, she owned and operated Frederick’s Grocery and Delicatessen in Wellsville. Ann lived for her family and loved the family gatherings at the cabin on Brown Road. She was a member and faithful servant of the Immaculate Conception Church and enjoyed helping with various annual community and church events, especially the food booth at Immaculate Conception Fun Fair. She is survived by five sons, Patrick McKinley, James (Tonya) McKinley and Michael McKinley, all of Wellsville, Dennis (Kathy) McKinley of Raleigh, N.C., and Timothy (Kim) McKinley of Anchorage, Alaska; four daughters, Mary George of Hornell and Maureen (Jason) Sibble, Margaret (Aaron) Whitehouse and Kate (James) Murphy, all of Wellsville; 21 grandchildren, Casey, Jaclyn, Keely, Brittany, Tessa, Michaeleen, Connor, Jimmy and Liam McKinley, Jill Speegle, Megan and Laura George, Jessica Bennett, Morgan, Mallory and Brooke Sibble, Sean and Jana Whitehouse, and Sarah, Richie and Gavin Murphy; seven great-grandchildren, with two on the way; three brothers, the Rev. William “Bill” Brown, OFM, of Peru, Michael (Mickey) Brown of Jamestown and Robert (Nancy) Brown of Arizona; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by a son, William “Billy” McKinley; a brother, James H. Brown; and a sister, Loretta McKean. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at noon Saturday (April 1, 2017) in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.
November 4, 1937 ~ March 4, 2014
Sue A. Evans, 76, of Fort Wayne, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014. She was born on November 4, 1937 in Wellsville, New York to the late Charles and Mabel (Wilcox) Simpson. She worked as a homemaker and greatly enjoyed being with her family and especially her grandchildren. Surviving family include her husband of 38 years, Lewis R. Evans, children, Butch, Rick, Connie, Michael, Cindy, David, Robert; 8 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren. Besides her parents, she was preceded in passing by her brothers, Don, Wesley, and Charles. A family gathering will be from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals, Fort Wayne.
April 20, 1937 ~ November 3, 2016
Beverly S. Raynor, age 79, of the Stannards Road, passed away on Thursday (Nov. 3, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 20, 1937, in Wellsville, to Carlos and Onolee Davidson Starr. On June 10, 1967, in the Stannards United Methodist Church, she married Charles Raynor, who predeceased her on Nov. 2, 2012. Bev was a graduate of the Wellsville High School class of 1955. She began her nursing education at Geneseo and University of Buffalo and then completed her Associates Degree in Nursing from Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York City. While working at Elmhurst Hospital she met Charlie whom she married and together they raised two sons in Queens. Bev and, Charlie later moved to Wellsville to take care of her parents, Carlos and Onolee. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and her cousin, Barb Kalamets, knitting, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the New York State Nursing Association and attended the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. Bev is survived by 2 sons, Charles Raynor II of Bartonsville, Pa., and Lawrence (Patricia) Raynor of Queens, New York City; 2 grandchildren, Rebecca Raynor and Kyle Raynor; several cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends are invited to call on Friday (Nov. 11, 2016) from noon to 2 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service will held at 2 p.m. following the visitation with Reverend Kurt Schultz, Pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church. Memorials, if desired, may be made to either the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the S.P.C.A.
December 7, 1938 ~ April 30, 2014
Mrs. Gretchen Gardner Ramsey, 76, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (April 30, 2014), at her home in Landrum, S.C. Born Dec. 7, 1938, in Wellsville, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Raymond E. Gardner and Mary M. Gardner. Gretchen is survived by her husband, S. Paul Ramsey of Landrum, S.C.; son, S. Craig Ramsey of Washington, N.C.; daughter, Elizabeth Ramsey Middour; son-in-law, Stephen L. Middour; and 2 grandchildren, Benjamin C. Middour and Ava A. Middour of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; a brother, Philip C. Gardner of Charleston, S.C.; sister, Cynthia G. Kidwell of Hampton, Va.; and many nieces and nephews. A lifelong learner, she was a graduate of Wells College, The Cleveland Institute of Art and Vermont College. She was a talented artist and was influential in the founding of the Art League of Hilton Head Island in 1971, serving as its first president. She taught art at Sea Pines Academy and served as the Dean of Students for several years. Other interests included gardening, yoga, reading, and quietly cultivating friendships. Her creative spirit and strong, yet gentle demeanor will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Memorial and burial will be private. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Art League of Hilton Head Island, P.O. Box 22834, Hilton Head Island, SC 29925.
May 6, 1937 ~ February 10, 2016
Betty Jean Yaw Layfield passed away Wednesday (Feb. 10, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following a lengthy and courageous battle with COPD. Betty was born May 6, 1937, a daughter of the late Glenn and Loretta Yaw, in Canandaigua. Betty spent her early youth living in Naples until her family moved to Wellsville in the 1940s. She was a 1955 graduate of Wellsville High School. In 1956, she married Wilson “Bill” Layfield, who predeceased her in 2005. Betty was the mother of three sons, Joel (Kimberly) of Bolivar, John of Allentown and Glen (July) of Scio. Although she would have considered herself a lifelong resident of the area, she did spend a few years in Louisiana, Alabama and Virginia. In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was predeceased by her only sister, Carol Williams; a granddaughter, Melissa; and a great-grandson, Garrett. In addition to her sons and daughters-in-law, Betty is survived by 12 other grandchildren, Dean (Hope), Kristen, Lynne (Brad), Amber (Jeff), Joshua, Macey, Johnny, Job, Glen (Heather), Guy, Craig (Cayla) and Kyle (Krystal); and nine other greatgrandchildren. Betty is also survived by several nieces, nephews, many friends and business associates. Countless others knew her as “Mom,” “Grandma” or “Aunt Bet.” She was an active volunteer for a variety of youth programs — Scouts, youth league sports and ministries for children. In addition to her role as wife and mother, Betty worked in various jobs throughout her years. She worked a short time in the office at Worthington Corp. She was a teacher’s aide briefly in Montgomery, Ala., and then obtained her Realtor’s license and worked in real estate in Alabama. Returning to Allegany County in the 1970s, she helped her husband start Bill’s Used Cars and continued to work in various other jobs. She again worked as a teacher’s aide in Allentown (Scio Central School) and Wellsville (Trinity Day Care) in New York. She worked as a car salesperson for Harrison Ford in Wellsville, but she spent most of her sales career selling maintenance and manufacturing supplies for Bowman Distributions and Lawson Products, retiring at age 75. She also continued Bill’s Used Cars with her son Joel and volunteered at her son John’s Allegany Memorial Speedway, selling tickets until her health no longer permitted it. Betty was a member of the Scio Church of Christ and was a passionate supporter of cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs at Jones Memorial Hospital. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Scio Church of Christ. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday (Feb. 15, 2016) at the church. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar. Her son, the Rev. Glen Layfield, will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Scio Church of Christ or a charity of the donor’s choice.
1937 ~ March 23, 2014
Ann Mumma Fleischer died Sunday (March 23, 2014) at Morrisville, Vt. She was the loving wife of the late Donald Fleischer and mother of Scott and Mike Fleischer (both deceased), Sarah Dunn of Morrisville, Vt., Elizabeth Pare’ of Attleboro, Mass. and sister of Carolyn Elliott, P.O. 6054, Raleigh, NC 27628 and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Roberta Mumma who ran the Fassett Hotel and WLSV Radio Station for many years.
June 21, 1937 ~ December 10, 2006
May 11, 11938 ~ December 23, 2008
June 14, 1936 ~ January 4, 2007
September 30, 1936 ~ October 24, 2008
October 3, 1937 ~ January 17, 2009
August 4, 1937 ~ November 3, 2012
Ella “Ellie” Hyslip Walker of 25 Coats Street passed away at home on Saturday, November 3, 2012 after a three year battle with breast cancer. She was born August 4, 1937 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Mark B. and Clara Jane (Cochran) Hyslip Jr. On August 31, 1957 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wellsville she married Richard E. Walker who survives. Ellie was a former long time resident of Meadowbrook Court in Wellsville and Rushford Lake. She wintered in Naples and Fort Myers Florida after retirement. She attended the Martin Street School in Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School; Greenbrier Junior College in Lewisburg, West Virginia and received her Master’s Degree from Alfred University. She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher at various schools in Allegany County until she was contracted by Scio Central School where she taught for 22 years, retiring in 1992. She was a life member of Bata Sigma Phi Sorority and a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge, the Wellsville Country Club and the Ladies Golf Association. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving in addition to her husband of 55 years are two sons, Robert C. (Voni) Walker and Richard M. (Tracy) Walker both of Wellsville, three granddaughters, Tricia (Bill) Smith of Elkridge, MD, Ashley Walker and Chelsea Walker both of Wellsville, two sisters-in-law, Barb Hyslip of Hart, FL and Marilyn Hyslip of Wellsville, a brother-in-law, Stanley Ruger of Florida and several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Mark B. Hyslip III and John K. C. (Jack) Hyslip. Friends are invited to call Wednesday, November 7, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow visitation at 8:30 pm Wednesday in the funeral home Rev. Cole Gruberth presiding. Memorial donation can be made to the David A. Howe Public Library or any charity of the donor’s choice.
June 6, 1937 ~ October 20, 2009
July 5, 1938 ~ February 21, 2000
MaryRuth (Mayer) Branigan, February 21, 2000, age 61, beloved wife of Dr. Thomas S. Branigan; dear mother of Lisa M. Branigan of Buffalo, NY, Thomas Branigan of New York, NY, Kevin Branigan of New York, NY and C. David (Kathleen) Branigan of Dallas, TX; daughter of the late Evangeline (Gordon) Pflager; dear stepdaughter of the late Lawrence J. Pflager. The family will be present Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 PM, at the (Amherst Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 5200 Sheridan Dr. (at Hopkins Rd.), where funeral services will be held Thursday at 8:45 AM and from St. Gregory the Great Church at 9:30 AM. Committal services will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville, NY, at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials to Roswell Park Memorial Institute. Published in the Buffalo News from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2000
June 4, 1937 ~ August 1985
January 4, 1935 ~ May 1981
August 19, 1937 ~ October 18, 1996
March 15, 1938 ~ September 27, 2004
Jean Marie O’Donnell Baker, of Weidrich Road, passed away on Monday September 27, 2004 in Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on March 15,1938 to Joseph A. and Mary Charlantini O’Donnell and on August 10,1957 in Wellsville she married A. Michael “Mickey”Baker who survives. Jean was a life long resident of Wellsville who graduated from the Immaculate Conception School and from Wellsville High School in 1955. After High School she was a secretary at Air Preheater and then took time to raise her family. She went to work for WLSV Radio and from 1991 to the present she was a secretary and receptionist for ARC in Wellsville. Jean had a strong zest for life and enjoyed looking after her children and grandchildren. She loved to cook, bake and play bridge with her friends. Jean was a life long member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Surviving besides her husband and mother of Wellsville:2 sons Terrence [Rebecca K.] Baker of Akron and William Baker of Rochester; 2 daughters Mary Jo [Robert] Butler of Williamsville and Veronica [Russell] Lyons of Charlotte; 6 grandchildren a brother Patrick O’Donnell of Andover as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 7-9 pm and on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. On Saturday a prayer service will be held in the Funeral Home at 10:30 am followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church with Father Dennis Wolf as Celebrant. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery and Memorials may be made to either the Allegany County ARC or the Immaculate Conception School.
August 6, 1937 ~ January 15, 1993
March 5, 1937 ~ August 14, 2014
Carol Jane Penner Swenson, 77, was united with her Lord on August 14, 2014. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road in Manassas, Virginia on August 27th, 2014. Carol was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and friend. She was an active member of All Saints Catholic Church for over 40 years. In this Parish, she was involved in The RCIA program and the Eucharistic Ministry program for many years. Carol enjoyed a long rewarding career as a medical assistant in various medical disciplines including allergy and nephrology. She will be fondly remembered by many patients and physicians for her genuine compassion and care. She is survived by her sister Alice Waymire, eldest daughter and husband: Monica and Jim Neighbors of Culpeper Virginia and her youngest daughter Alison Sullivan of Fredericksburg, Virginia; five stepchildren, Tina Yowell, Lisa Swenson, Jean Paramonte, Chris Swenson and Kevin Swenson, 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Carol is also survived by her loving friends Greg Shoemaker and his dear wife Kimberly of Bristow. Donations in Carol’s memory can be made to www.foodforthepoor.org.
October 24, 1937 ~ July 25, 1993
June 8, 1936 ~ April 8, 1995
October 26, 1935 ~ November 13, 2005
August 4, 1936 ~ March 20, 2008
December 8, 1936 ~ December 19, 2015
September 1, 1937 ~ June 6, 2011
November 7, 1938 ~ April 10, 2013
November 9, 1937 ~ October 4, 1991
August 9, 1937 ~ December 19, 1999
May 13, 1937 ~ June 28, 1994
August 9, 1937 ~ March 11, 1989
May 22, 1937 ~ October 2, 2013
David Harder Mitchell, 76, of Cordillera, formerly of New Canaan and Greenwich, Conn., passed away peacefully in his home Tuesday with Ellen, his loving wife of almost 21 years, and devoted dog, Hana, by his side. His passing was the final chapter in his courageous 14-year journey with multiple myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow. Those lucky enough to know Dave enjoyed his generosity, love of life, positive attitude and will sorely miss his wry sense of humor. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. Dave was the son of the late Montgomery Eveland Mitchell and Rebea Jean (Harder) Mitchell. Born May 22, 1937, in Wellsville, N.Y., Dave developed a love of sports and the great outdoors with his brother Dick, his best friend, mentor and companion in boyhood mischief. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1955, where he served as captain of the wrestling and football teams. With highest honors, Dave attained both a BS (Lehigh University, 1959) and MS (State University of New York — Syracuse) in mechanical engineering. At Lehigh, he was president of the Theta Chi Fraternity. He had a successful 34-year career at IBM Corporation, beginning as an engineer based in Endicott, N.Y., working on leading edge technology for the mainframe computers, before continuing in various management and executive positions. Upon retiring for IBM, Dave had a very successful consulting business for five years, assisting both private and public sector clients. Dave and his first wife, Susanne (Cantley) Cox, have three children, Pam, Brad and Ken, with whom they shared their love of skiing, tennis, the great outdoors and their grandchildren. While life took Dave and Sue down separate paths after their children were grown, they continued to share a strong, united commitment to their family. In 1992, Dave married Ellen Earley in Greenwich, Conn. As they finished their careers, they found the perfect retirement spot and built a home in Cordillera, moving in September 1999 at the same time Dave was first diagnosed. Despite this health challenge, Dave embraced life and his desire to give back to the community. For a decade, Dave and Ellen were mentors to two brothers in the Vail Valley. Dave was the chair of both the Cordillera Design Review Board and Vail Gondola Club among other community volunteer activities, where he focused on better protecting Cordillera’s beautiful environment. Throughout his life, Dave continually challenged himself through his love of the outdoors. He climbed Mount Rainier and The Grand in the Tetons, as well as nearly achieving the summit of the Matterhorn for his 50th birthday before weather forced him to abort the ascent. He was a proud finisher of 13 marathons including New York and Boston, as well as completing numerous century (100-mile) bike rides. After a 25-year hiatus, Dave again took up golf and enjoyed every minute he played with his Blue Tee group of friends. He was most proud that he skied for 73 consecutive years and passed on his love of the sport to his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Dr. Alexander Urquhart, Katie Jones and the staff at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center for all of their support, Lindsey Bolduc of Hospice of the Valley for her compassionate care and our dear friends at the Cordillera Metro District. Survivors include wife Ellen Mitchell, of Cordillera; daughter Pamela (Richard) Trainer, of Ludlow, Vt.; sons D. Bradley (Elizabeth) Mitchell, of Allentown, Pa., and Kenneth (Elizabeth) Mitchell, of Warwick, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Kathryn, Margaret and Elizabeth Mitchell, Myles and Quinn Trainer; former wife Susanne Mitchell Cox, of Bluffton, S.C.; and sister Constance Madera, of Moorestown, N.J. He was predeceased by his brothers, George Montgomery Mitchell and Richard L. Mitchell. A memorial service will be held at the Beaver Creek Chapel on Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be appreciated to: Shaw Regional Cancer Center, P.O. Box 2559, Edwards, CO 81632; Hospice of the Valley, P.O. Box 1474, Edwards, CO 81632; Richard L. and David H. Mitchell Scholarship- Lehigh University, 27 Memorial Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
December 7, 1937 ~ January 1983
December 27, 1936 ~ May 15, 2021
Dora G. Stewart of Yorkshire, NY passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Olean General Hospital at the age of 84. She was born December 27, 1936 in Milton, PA a daughter of the late Morris and Helen (McCaa) Graham. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Franklinville, NY. She worked at Motorola in Arcade and Elma for 29 years as a production line worker. She is survived by her children: Kelly McEvoy of Yorkshire, James Stewart of Chaffee and Jill (James) Lemen of North Port, Fl; her brother: Gary (Nona) Graham of Wellsville; one grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Dora is preceded in death by her parents and her brothers – Leo and Howell Graham. There will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Internment will be held in Yorkshire Cemetery.
March 24, 1936 ~ June 26, 1983