May 19, 1938 ~ January 20, 2021
Lee Gridley, 82, passed away on Wednesday (Jan. 20, 2021) at Highland Hospital in Rochester, following a long battle with illness. She was born in Buffalo, on May 19, 1938, the daughter of the late Daniel and Cynthia Fassett Gridley. Lee was a lifelong resident of Wellsville, and was a 1956 graduate from Wellsville High School. In 1960, she graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Md., with her bachelor degree. She later earned her master’s in education from Alfred University. She taught history at Richburg Central School, for the majority of her career, before retiring. History was not only a subject to teach, but a passion. Lee was a very active member in the Allegany County community. Highlights from her very long resume of service include the Allegany County Planning Board, where at different times she has held the positions of member, secretary, vice chairman and chairman; the Woman of Distinction Award from the New York State Senate, awarded to her on April 25, 2003; an original and current member of the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Group; a founding member of Genesee River Wilds, where she also served as secretary for years; one of the original members of the Greater Allegany Chamber of Commerce, also serving as secretary for a number of years; a member of the Allegany County Development Advisory Board; and a member of Allegany County Republican Party, where she served as committeeman and female vice chairman. She was also a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. She is survived by a sister, Samantha (Clinton) Gilkey of Wellsville; a nephew, Christopher (Mary) Minges of West Henrietta; a niece, Sheila (Kevin) Murphy of Wellsville; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Jenna Minges, Ryan Minges, Daniel Murphy and Shawn Murphy. At this time, Lee’s family is planning a memorial service for a later date, due to COVID restrictions. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends are asked to please consider memorial donations to Jones Memorial Hospital Foundation or David A. Howe Library.
January 1, 1937 ~ January 24, 2021
Kenneth A. Curry, 84, of Fuller Valley Road, passed away on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on January 1, 1937 in Wellsville, the son of the late Fred D. and Dorothy Marie (Granger) Curry. Ken was raised in Wellsville and was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was first employed at Jones Memorial Hospital before moving on to the Wellsville Police Department where he served as a Radio Patrol Officer. He then became a Machinist for Bausch & Lomb in Rochester where he worked for many years. He was an avid gardener, hunter, fisherman, and operated his own sugar shack. He is survived by: five children, Steven Curry of LeRoy, Jeff (Mary Alice) Curry of NH, Andrew (Wendy) Curry of Palmyra, Collette Curry of Wellsville, and Tammy (Allan) Rice of Spencerport; fourteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; a sister, Marilyn Swartout; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: a daughter, Patricia Clark; and five siblings. At Kenneth’s request, there will be no services. Please consider memorial donations to Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
April 4, 1938 ~ October 17, 2020
February 22, 1938 ~ February 24, 2019
Roger W. Marsh, 81, of 19 Pine St., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at home. He was born Feb. 22, 1938 in Wellsville, the son of the late Wayne and Sarah (Wheaton) Marsh. Roger was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High School, and was a former member of the Christian Temple. He served with U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. He was formerly employed by Foss Brothers, and Burrous Furniture in Wellsville, Ensign-Brickford in Connecticut, and Collective Bank in New Jersey. He retired in 1996 and enjoyed visiting with his friends and watching television. He is survived by a sister, Susan Brague of DeLand, Fla.; a brother-in-law, James Darrin of Wellsville; two nieces, Kathy Porr of DeLand, Fla., and Julie Darrin of Cheektowaga; four nephews, Kirk Brague of Greenville, R.I., Scott Brague of Grand Junction, Colo., Allen Darrin of Wellsville, and David Darrin of Dover, Fla. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a sister, Lois Darrin; and a brother-in-law, Dick Brague. A graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery is being planned, and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House.
August 9, 1938 ~ February 5, 2006
June 28, 1938 ~ October 20, 2011
March 24, 1938 ~ June 20, 2006
September 2, 1937 ~ April 2, 2014
Ronnie D. Robbins, 76, of 13 Schuyler Street, passed away on Wednesday (April 2, 2014)?in the Monroe County Community Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., following a long illness. He was born in Wellsville, N.Y., on Sept. 2, 1937, the son of Claude and Erma Robbins. He was raised by his mother, Erma, and stepfather, George Robbins. He was an Army veteran, serving from 1961 to 1963, and was a member of the Belmont American Legion Post #808.He was a graduate of the Wellsville High School and was employed for 12 years at the Scoville Brown Grocery Co. and later at Dresser-Rand Corp., both in Wellsville. He enjoyed bowling, fishing and time spent with his family. He had spent 24 years with his companion, the late Barbara Crawford. Also surviving are sons, Timothy Robbins of North Carolina, Randall Robbins of North Carolina; brother, Clyde Robbins of North Carolina; stepchildren, Cindy Slone, Betty (Sonny)?White, Naomi “Kitty”Beasley, Doug (Marcy)?Crawford, Tony (Karin)?Crawford, Sheilah (Terry) Apkins; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by parents; son, Bradley; and sisters, Lois Densmore and Virginia Moore; brother, Robert Robbins. Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Saturday (April 5, 2014) from 1 until 2:30 p.m., at which time services will be held with Rev. Glenn Layfield of the Scio Church of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.
Jun 19, 1938 ~ April 28, 2011
Judy Louise Perkins, 72, of 3504 Knights Creek Road, died in her home on Thursday (April 28, 2011) after a brief illness. She was born June 19, 1938, in Andover, the daughter of Francis R. and Wilna E. Pinchen Krusen. On Aug. 18, 1956, in Wellsville, she was married to Lyle E. Perkins, who survives her. A lifelong resident of the area, she was a graduate of Wellsville Central School, Class of 1956. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Wellsville. She was a former employee at the Long Vue Restaurant in Wellsville and, for the past 12 years, delivered Meals on Wheels for the Office for the Aging. She was an avid bowler and had won several tournaments. She also enjoyed her dogs, horses and white-faced hereford cattle. Surviving are her husband, Lyle; sons, Bradley L. Perkins of West Salem, Ohio, Christopher Perkins of Bolivar, and Donald Perkins of North Carolina; a daughter, Kathy Perkins of Belmont; favorite grandsons, Brent Ward and Joshua Perkins; also other grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Barbara Crawford. At her request, there was no visitation and memorial services will be held at a later date. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.
April 5, 1937 ~ November 29, 2016
Robert C. Kinder, 79, of 3490 Baldwin Road, Wellsville, died Nov. 29, 2016, at Jones Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born April 5, 1937, in Penn Yann, N.Y., he was a son of Kiehl Kinder and Winifred Rapalee. Robert was a lifelong Wellsville-area resident. He lived in Ithaca for a short time following his military service. Robert worked at the Ithaca Gun Factory, then retired from Dresser-Rand. He was employed soon after his military service. He was a veteran of the Air Force. He was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High School. He is survived by a son, Christopher Kinder of Alfred Station, N.Y.; daughter, Marcy Egbert of Wellsville; grandchildren, Kristen Egbert of Olean and Shelby Egbert of Wellsville; longtime loving partner, Carol Sherwood; and special friends, Lon and Kathy Hamlin of Wellsville. He was predeceased by two brothers, Jack and Richard (Kathy) Kinder of Wellsville; nephews, Chad Kinder of Wellsville, Mike Kinder of Florida and Tom Kinder of Arizona. A private service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials may be made to the Hart Comfort House or to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.
February 10, 1938 ~ May 3, 2019
Carol (nee Doherty) Moore, age 81, of Tonawanda, died Friday, May 3, 2019 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst. Born February 10, 1938 in Andover, New York, she was the daughter of the late Luke and Itta (nee Loucks) Doherty. Carol was a resident of Tonawanda for the greater part of her life and was an active member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, where she was very involved with the Parish Outreach. She was the wife of the late Bobby G. Moore, who died February 26, 1993; mother of Robert (Lisa) Moore of Buffalo, Kathy (Oscar) Seefried of Bristol, Rhode Island, Michael (Sharon) Moore of Tonawanda, Mark (Stacey) Moore of Buffalo, Jennifer Moore Baker of Tonawanda, and the late Richard Moore; mother-in-law of Gale Moore of the Town of Tonawanda; sister of Edith Ennis of Holley, New York; and grandmother of Jessica, Adam, Valerie, Emily, Lucas, Joe, Sydney, Maxwell, Mara, Kyle, Neil, Kiera, Owen, Tyler, and Sam. Also surviving are many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 5-8 PM on Friday only at the HAMP FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 37 Adam Street at Seymour, Tonawanda. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 150 Broad Street at Clinton Park, Tonawanda; the Rev. Michael Uebler officiating. Friends invited. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda. If desired, memorials to St. Francis Outreach, 73 Adam Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150, are preferred by the family.
October 19, 1936 ~ October 19, 2018
Thomas E. “Tom” Cronin, 82, of Third Street passed away Friday evening October 19, at the Houghton Nursing & Rehab Facility in Houghton following an extended illness. Tom was born October 19, 1936 in Wellsville to the late Thomas F. and Mary C. (Dunigan) Cronin. On August 14, 1965 in Andover, he married the former Jane L. Joyce who survives and resides in Canisteo. Tom was a driver/deliveryman for UPS for 32 years, working out of the Arkport Facility. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army proudly serving our country from 1957-59. He was a member of the Hornell Knights of Columbus, Canisteo American Legion and a former member of the Hornell Lion’s Club. Tom also enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren.” Texas Hot Dates” were always a treat for his grandchildren. In addition to his wife of 53 years, Jane Cronin, Tom is survived by two daughters, Kelly Moore of Canisteo and Teresa (Patrick) Lyons of Lancaster, S.C. four wonderful grandchildren, Kevin and Emily Moore and Hanna and Danielle Lyons. He is also survived by two brothers, William (Ann) Cronin of Hornell and James (Loretta) Cronin of Wellsville as well as several nieces and nephews. Tom was predeceased by his step-mother Agnes Cronin and a sister, Lavina Voorhies. The family of Thomas E. “Tom” Cronin would like to invite family and friends to a Mass and Christian burial service Friday, October 26th at 11:00 am at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Hornell. Burial and committal services with military honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo. Memorial contributions in Tom’s name may be made to either Steuben Rural Ministries, West Main St. Canisteo, N.Y. 14823 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Rd. Rochester, N.Y. 14620.
June 15, 1938 ~ July 6, 2016
Dorothy “Dot” L. (Collins) Whitwood, 78, passed away peacefully on July 6, 2016. She was born June 15, 1938, a lifelong resident of Wellsville, NY and a 1956 Wellsville High School graduate. She was a stay-at-home mom to her five children and a “surrogate mom” to many neighborhood children. She was a devoted wife and mother. She loved her role as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Dorothy worked at Davies Department Store part-time, a job she dearly loved. She also helped her husband in their business, Whitwood Motors. She was a longtime active member of the Wellsville Fire Department Auxiliary. Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, William Whitwood, whom she married on December 1, 1956, and her five children, Victoria (John) Morris, Shelley Valentine, Bill Whitwood, Lisa Whitwood and Rick Whitwood. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Shannon (Jason) Young, Danica Morris and Adam Morris, all of North Carolina; Tracy Valentine, Katie (Dave) Faulkner and John Valentine of Wellsville; Casey (Pete) Harrison of Rexville, Amber (Kenny) White of Baltimore, Nicole (D’Angelo) Carey of Arkport, Rick (Jamie) Whitwood of Buffalo and Stella Whitwood of Wellsville; and 21 great-grandchildren, Kedian and Dezlyn Morris, Kamden Saunders, Lennox, Charleigh, Casyn and Merci Tillery; Niklas, Chloe, Gabriel and Rhett Young, Lola Sollinger, Ayla and Easton Faulkner, Gracie Long, Jarrett and Colten Billings, Annabella and Rosemary Harrison and Caden and Jace Carey. She was also survived by her beloved dog Gunner. Dorothy loved to attend all her children and grandchildren’s sporting events and other activities. She loved music, being surrounded by a very musical family. She also loved to do crossword puzzles and read, often reading several books a week. Dorothy was an avid patron of the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville and memorial donations can be made there. In keeping with Dorothy’s wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral service. The family will have a private celebration of her life at a later date.
November 17, 1938 ~ April, 13, 2019
Roselyn Lorraine Ballard Danner, 80, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 13, 2019 at her home, Yorkwood, in Houghton. She was born on November 27, 1938 in Tappan, a daughter of the late Mary Amanda Bomberger and Clayton Arthur Ballard. On June 18, 1960 she married Lieutenant Colonel Robert Fiske Danner, US Army, Retired, who survives, at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Pearl Street, Wellsville. Her early schooling through grade 8 was in Belmont where the Ballard family lived for a number of years. Roselyn is a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High school; a 1959 graduate of the West Suburban Hospital School of Nursing, Oak Park, IL; a 1961 graduate in nursing of Wheaton College, IL; and a 1984 graduate in art of Houghton College. As a Wellsville High School student, Roselyn played the flute in that school’s excellent musical groups and it is through her love of music that she and Bob met in the Wheaton College Concert Band. In the first 20 years of their marriage, Bob and Roselyn moved frequently due to Bob’s full Army career and they raised their four children. During an extended tour at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, Roselyn rediscovered her long interest in painting, studying with two “Art Students League of New York” painters. In 1982, after many years being a devoted full-time mother and superb homemaker, Roselyn enrolled again as a college student, this time at Houghton College as an art major. Upon graduation, she took over management of the college art display gallery program, contributing to that program through many years including being instrumental in the design of the Ortlip Family Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, opening in 2000. Concurrently, she began an inventory of the art collection, managing that collection until her retirement. In 2002, Roselyn was the “14th recipient of the President’s Advisory Board Award of individuals who have made significant contributions to Houghton College through time, talents and resources.” She is a long-time member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church where she served for many years on the Board of Trustees, the first woman to be elected to that board. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her four children: David Ballard Danner of Terre Haute, IN; Maribeth Hope Danner Jennings (Joseph) of Eden; Nathan Fiske Danner (Casda) of Houghton; Amy Ruth Danner Sperry (David) of Waxhaw, NC; her sister Marilyn Adele Ballard Hiler of Houghton; and a number of other relatives. The Danners have 13 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Family and friends may gather from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm on Friday, April 19, 2019 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore and from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Saturday, April 20, 2019 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a funeral will follow at 11:00 am. Rev. Dr. Wesley D. Oden will be officiant. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton. Memorials if desired, to the Houghton Wesleyan Church or to the Art Department at Houghton College.
July 9, 1937 ~ September 11, 1998
September 11, 1998; beloved wife of the late Amos L. Lawton Sr.; devoted mother of JoMarie (Wallace) Szymanski, Deborah (Michael) Campanella, Tamera J. (Frederick) Rovet and Amos L. Lawton Jr. (Deborah Benko); loving grandmother of Barbara Ann, Jennifer Marie, Robert, Christina, Matthew and Paul; daughter of Ethel (nee Patterson) and the late Donald Stout; sister of Charles (Mary) Stout and Elnora (Dale) Fanton. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 8:45 AM and from St. Leo the Great Church at 9:30 AM. Friends invited. If desired, contributions may be made to the Matt Campanella Scholarship Fund, C/O Sister’s Hospital, 2157 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214.
December 10, 1937 ~ August 16, 2018
Nancy E. Eberwein, 80, of Wellsville, died Thursday (Aug. 16, 2018) in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, Pa. She very happily resided at Manor Hills this past year and a half. Born Dec. 10, 1937, in Mills, Pa., she was the daughter of Harold Levi and Edith Mae Cornish Bartlett. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School and beauty school in Elmira. Nancy was employed as a ward clerk by Jones Memorial Hospital for 25 years. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wellsville. Surviving are two sons, Eric (Penny) Trimble of Wellsville and Rob (Sue) Trimble of Rexville, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Levi Trimble, Matthew Trimble, Isaac Harrison, Justus Harrison, and Nashara Repetto; four great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; a sister, Carol (John) Roberts of Newark, Calif.; a niece, Becky; and a nephew, Doug. Friends may call at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 from 2-4 p.m.,, with a Memorial Service and celebration of life following at 4 p.m. Pastor Chris Hufnagel will officiate. Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.
January 15, 1938 ~ April 13, 2018
Katherine H. Brown, 80, formerly of Belmont, NY, died Friday, April 13, 2018 in Hart Comfort House, Wellsville, NY. Born January 16, 1938, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Clarke D. and Minnie Jones Wilkins. On June 30, 1956, in Wellsville, she married George W. Brown, who predeceased her on August 4, 2007. She was a homemaker and a lifelong area resident and spent many years as a mental health advocate for those in need, leaving a legacy of unconditional love. Surviving are: a son, Clark E. (Lori) Brown of Belmont; four grandchildren, Sharon (Ben) Strait of Benton, KY, Rebecca (Josh) Jamison of Belmont, Brandon (Ashley) Brown of Fremont, NY, and Matthew (Tara) Brown of Lone Oak, KY; 13 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Wilma (Alan) Myers of Friendship NY, Crystal Higby of Kannapolis NC, and Carol (Ron) Allen of Wellsville; a brother, Carl Wilkins of Wellsville; and several nieces and nephews. Katherine was predeceased by her loving husband, George; her parents, Clarke and Minnie Wilkins; and a son, Michael Eugene Brown (June 1960-August 1960). Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., with Funeral Services following at 2:00 p.m. The Rev. Nelson D. McCall will officiate. Burial will be in Johnson Cemetery, Wellsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hart Comfort House, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.
April 24, 1937 ~ April 13, 2018
Richard A. Fanton, 80, of Scio, died Friday (April 13, 2018) in his home. Born April 24, 1937, in Wellsville, he was the son of Howard and Edith Harrington Fanton. On March 6, 1958, in Wellsville, he married the former Wanda G. Babbitt, who survives. He was employed by the L.C. Whitford Co. for 41 years as a local #66 union carpenter and supervisor before retiring. He and his wife owned and operated Dick’s Gun Shop for 32 years. Dick was an avid sportsman, life member of the Scio Rod & Gun Club, NRA, Turkey Federation and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. He most enjoyed spending time with his family and pets.
Surviving besides his wife, Wanda, are two children, Richard H. (Judith) Fanton and Cynthia (Arthur) Marion; seven grandchildren, Jason Marion, Jolene Marion, Thomas Fanton, Sara Root, Kyle Fanton, Jeff Crittenden and Jenny Goodridge; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gary (Donna) Fanton and Phil Fanton; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Timothy E. Fanton, on April 30, 2016. Friends may call from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday (April 19, 2018) at the Genesis Bible Church, with funeral services following at 4 p.m. The Rev. Marc Chamberlain will officiate. A luncheon and time of fellowship will follow the funeral. Memorials may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895, Genesis Bible Church, 4193 SR 19 S., Belmont, NY 14813, or the Scio Rod and Gun Club, 3978 CR 10, Scio, NY 14880.
May 9, 1937 ~ March 11, 2012
January 31, 1938 ~ March 20, 2014
Jeanne Finn Morris, 76, of 86 Hills Street passed away on Thursday (March 20, 2014) at Highland Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness. She was born Jan. 31, 1938, in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Bianco) Scarlato. She was first married on June 16, 1962, in Wellsville, to Michael P. Finn, who predeceased her on June 20, 1988. On Oct. 20, 1992, in Wellsville, she married Thomas Morris, who survives. Jeanne was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High School. She earned a nursing degree from Highland Hospital School of Nursing. She was formerly employed at Jones Memorial Hospital, Mary’s Nursing Home, Dr. Mohamed Youssef MD and The Style Shoppe. In 1982 Jeanne and Judy Brush purchased and were the proprietors of Silvers Mens Shop in Wellsville for many years. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, a life member of Gamma Pi Sorority and a former member of the Lady Elks. She enjoyed going to Curves, playing euchre and was an avid reader. She loved going on mother-daughter trips with her daughter, Michele and her good friend, Judy Brush and her daughter, Mary Beth Brush. Surviving in addition to her husband are two children, Michele A. Finn of Penfield, and Mark L. (Monica) Finn of Wellsville; 3 stepchildren, Mark (Clair) Morris of Cuba, Timothy Morris of Houston, Texas, and Elizabeth (Peter) Albertine of Loma Linda, Calif.; two grandchildren, Patrick and Connor Finn; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by two stepsons, Thomas and Robert Morris. Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The Rosary will be recited on Monday at 3:45 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday (March 25, 2014) at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the David A. Howe Public Library or the Wellsville Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund.
February 7, 1938 ~ June 20, 2010
July 9, 1938 ~ September 5, 2007
December 30, 1935 ~ September 4, 2000
1938 ~ August 21, 1957
February 11, 1938 ~ December 5, 2014
Lance Bennett, 76 of Batavia died Friday, December 5, 2014 at the New York State Veterans’ Home in Batavia with his family by his side. Mr. Bennett was born on February 11, 1938 in Wellsville, NY; the son of the late Eleanor Erhardt. He was a graduate of Wellsville High School, Mansfield University, and SUNY Brockport having earned two Masters Degrees-one in counseling and one in educational administration. He also attended SUNY Plattsburgh and Arizona State University. Mr. Bennett was a firm believer in the power of education and was an avid reader-always having a thirst for knowledge. He is the husband of Beverly Lanphear Bennett of Batavia, the father to Kelley Bennett (David Herbst) of Greece, Krista Gibbs (Eric Knapp) of Chili and Kurt (Amy) Bennett of Memphis, NY. He is the grandfather to Colin and Keira Bennett, Sarah and James Gibbs, and Austin, Erica, and Jacob Knapp. He is the cousin to Malcolm (Pat) Wormley of Batavia, Judy (Terry) Prindle of Chandler, Arizona, Betsy (George) Tobias of Lake George, Minnesota, Charlcie Walkoff of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and Fred Wormley of Kernersville, North Carolina. He is predeceased by his mother and stepfather, Eleanor and Joseph Erhardt, his aunt and uncle, Kathleen “Kat” and Edward Walchli, his brother, Robbin “Skip” Bennett, his mother-in-law, Eleanor Darmody, and his granddaughter, Molly Eva Gibbs. Mr. Bennett was a Vietnam War Army veteran where he spent most of his time stationed in Alaska and the Pacific. Throughout his career, he taught Earth Science in Geneseo, he was a guidance counselor in Albion, he was a vice principal at Notre Dame High School, and he coached varsity football while at Geneseo. He was also a board member for the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association, and he coached soccer for the Genesee Amateur Soccer Association. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He took annual trips to Canada with his son and friends. He was known for his dry humor and quick-witted comebacks. In high school, he played basketball, football, and bFriends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday. Burial, with military honors, will be held privately for the family in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. Please consider memorials in Lance’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association , Western New York Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite #6 Williamsville, New York 14221-7380 or to the New York State Veteran’s Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020.
June 6, 1938 ~ November 25, 2012
Lawrence Harris Fitch, 74, of 51 Depot St. passed away Sunday (Nov. 25, 2012) in Wellsville Manor Hills following a brief illness. He was born June 6, 1938, in Wellsville, a son of Harris Elmer and Marian Newland Fitch. He was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church and the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a member of the Olean Barbershop Chorus and sang with the Penny Arcade Quartet. He was a 33-degree Mason and a member of the Cuba-Friendship F&AM Lodge and the Corning Consistory. He also volunteered with the Meals on Wheels program. He had been employed with the Loblaw Store in Wellsville, Citizens Bank in Wellsville and Current Control in Wellsville in the purchasing department. He drove a bus for Friendship Central School and was manager and driver for the Allegany County Transit Co. Surviving are his wife, Sara Gowdy Fitch; his sons, Larry Fitch of Pittsburgh and Jeff (Cathy) Fitch of Carrollton, Va.; a daughter, Julie (Edward) Rutherford of Columbus, Ohio; his grandchildren, Alex Fitch and Eddie and Sara Rutherford; his mother, Marian Fitch of Wellsville; his sisters, Linda (Charles) Reed of South Carolina and Gloria Morehouse of New York; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Harris Elmer Fitch. There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in the Friendship United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Nowak officiating. Interment will be at the family’s convenience. Memorials may be made to the Friendship VFD.
September 4, 1938 ~ November 15, 2012
Jean B. Farwell, 74, of 3966 Main St., died Thursday (Nov. 15, 2012) in her home following a long illness. She was born Sept. 4, 1938, in Wellsville, the daughter of James Henry and Flossie Schram Brownell. On Oct. 4, 1958, in the Scio Church of Christ, she was married to Fred Floyd Farwell, who predeceased her on April 16, 2009. She was a graduate of the Wellsville High School and was a lifelong resident of the Wellsville-Scio area. She was telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Co. and, until her retirement, was employed at the Jones Memorial Hospital as a switchboard operator and receptionist. She was an avid bowler and a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. Surviving are daughters, Patricia (Stephen) Trask of Jamestown, and Deborah Kurschner of Scio; sons, Henry “Pete” (Kathy) Farwell of Scio, and Mark Farwell of Florida; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Phyllis Winborne of Texas; brothers, Hartwick “Bud” Brownell, Sr. of Wellsville, Jack Brownell of Utah, and James Brownell of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Frank Farwell; and a sister-in-law, Louise Farwell. She was also predeceased by her husband; parents; sisters, Rose Hunt and Joyce Jackson; brothers, Sam and Richard Brownell; brother-in-law, Murray Farwell; and sister-in-law, Rosemary Farwell. Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Tuesday (Nov. 20, 2012) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., where services will be held Wednesday (Nov. 21, 2012) at 11 a.m. with Rev. Robert Morris, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsville, officiating. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio.
August 1, 1936 ~ January 13, 2003
August 18, 1938 ~ January 24, 2010
May 24, 1938 ~ August 31, 2001
February 10, 1938 ~ August 24, 2007
September 12, 1937 ~ April 28, 2004
Gerald D. Lee, 66, residence, Fairview Twp, died, April 28, 2004. Husband of Joanne DiMarco Lee. Father of: Kelly Ann Lee Bryant, and her husband William James Lee Bryant, of Pittsburgh; and Gerald D. Lee III of Erie. Brother of Connie Shepherd and her husband, Paul of Hornell,, NY; Loretta Cronin and her husband, James of Wellsville, NY, Jacci Gardner and her husband, Bob of Saranac, NY; Robert Lee and his wife Pat, of Wellsville, NY; Tom Lee of Rochester, NY; and James Lee and his wife Zoe, of Castle Creek, NY. Grandfather of: David and Isabel Bryant. Many nieces and nephews also survive. Friends may call at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd, an Independent Care Group Affiliate, on Saturday from 2 to 5 and 7pm until the time of the service there at 8:00 pm. Private interment. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help establish a scholarship fund at St. Bonaventure University.
April 18, 1938 ~ June 20, 2009
Charles John Ransom, 71, of Sanford, N.C., died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at VA Medical Center in Durham. He was born in Wellsville, N.Y., on April 18, 1938, to the late Robert and Gertrude Robinson Ransom. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Special Forces, worked at Caterpillar Inc. in Sanford, attended Grace Chapel Church and was a former pastor of Christian Missionary Alliance Church. He is survived by his wife, Diana Stemp Ransom of the home; his sons, Thomas Ransom (Dawn) of Broadway, Patrick Ransom of Glens Falls, N.Y., John Ransom Jr. (Stephanie) of Crossville, Tenn. and James Knight of Morrisville, Tenn.; his daughters, Martina Redington (Dirk) of Hudson Falls, N.Y., Shandra Hayes (Gary) of South Glens Falls, N.Y., Kathleen Lyons (Richard) of Salinas, Calif. and Kimberly Robinson (Paul) of Glassboro, N.J.; sister, Noreen Briggs (Merlin) of Cuba, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A funeral will be held at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 4 p.m., with Dr. Rudy Holland and the Rev. Tim Murr officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday, June 25, 2009, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Bridges-Cameron Funeral Home and other times at 124 E. Weatherspoon St., Sanford, N.C. and 201 Vernon St., Broadway, N.C. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, DUMC 3828, Durham, NC 27710 or Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Atttion Gift Processing.
December 10, 1935 ~ October 28, 2007
September 19, 1938 ~ April 28, 2013
Marylou (Lou) Poling Shaw – Hilton Head Island, SC – Lou Shaw, age 74 passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013 at her home in Hilton Head, SC. Mrs. Shaw was born in Wellsville, NY on September 19, 1938 to Edwin Stuart “Pat” and Mary Elizabeth (Schen) Poling. Lou was an outstanding daughter, wife, mother, teacher, and athlete. She taught every level from first grade through college. During her 32-year tenure at Mansfield University of PA, she not only developed but also coached the women’s swim team. She also served as coach of the cheerleaders. Lou was cited by PA Governor Robert Casey as an outstanding volunteer in PA for her work with the American Red Cross. Upon retirement, she was voted Professor Emeritus by her peers. As an athlete, Lou won numerous league bowling championships, as well as the Moss Creek 9-holers golf championship in 2005. Lou was quite interested in crafts as well. She excelled at knitting everything from mittens to sweaters, hats, and more. Her last project was a very large, intricate latch hook rug. Left behind to cherish memories are her husband of 52 years Henry “Hank” Shaw, daughter Lisa Henry, son Stuart WadeShaw Sr. grandsons Aaron Paul Beaver and Stuart Wade Shaw Jr. Per Lou’s request there will be a celebration from 2 – 4 pm. Thursday at the Bostwick Pavilion, in Moss Creek Plantation. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Moss Creek Junior Golf Memorial Fund, Attn; Heidi Wright-Tennyson, 1523 Fording Island Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926; the Susan G. Komen Foundation; or the American Red Cross.
November 3, 1937 ~ January 1, 1956
July 30, 1938 ~ January 6, 2011
June Marie Kruger Meierjurgen went home to be with the Lord on January 6, 2011 from her home in Davenport, Florida, due to heart failure. She was born on July 30, 1938 in Wellsville, NY to Christian and Muriel Church Kruger. June was a graduate of Wellsville High School. June was most recently employed by an electrical mechanical contractor as an administrative assistant. She was an organist for many years at Peace Lutheran Church, Kissimmee, Florida. June is survived by her brothers, Alan (Maxine) Kruger and Glen (Brenda) Kruger, both of Wellsville, NY; daughter Cynthia (William) Lounsberry of Hinsdale, NY; sons Bruce Erdmann of Cherry Creek, NY, David (Ann) Erdmann of Wellsboro, PA, and Russ (Karin) Erdmann of Randolph, NY as well as nieces and a nephew, grandchildren and great grandchildren. June was predeceased by her husband, Robert Meierjurgen, in 2006. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, January 18 at Peace Lutheran Church in Kissimmee, Florida at 5:00 PM, and in western New York at the convenience of the family in the coming months.
June 18, 1936 ~ February 27, 2002
January 17, 1937 ~ January 3, 2015
July 16, 1938 ~ March 21, 2000
June 13, 1938 ~ December 28, 1999
Marach 14, 1939 ~ July 19, 2015
Gail Ann Harkness of Falmouth died July 19 at McCarthy Care Center in East Sandwich. She was 76. Dr. Harkness recently completed her third term as a member of the Falmouth Board of Health, where she had served as chairman. She had also been a member of the Falmouth Human Services Committee. She was born in Wellsville, New York, and graduated from high school there. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Rochester. She later studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she earned her doctorate in public health. Dr. Harkness was a nationally and internationally known professor of nursing in education and research. She served in faculty and leadership roles at Northern Illinois University, Boston University, University of New Hampshire and Boston College. She was a dean and a professor at Boston University School of Nursing. In 1997, she moved to Leeds, England, where she led the university’s amalgamation of five schools into the university and developed several new specialty programs. She was chosen as one of the first Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars and pursued post-doctoral study of infectious disease at the University of Rochester. In 1985, the foundation sponsored a series of lectures given by Dr. Harkness and a colleague in six cities throughout Japan. She was elected a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. She served many leadership positions in the American Nurses Association and contributed to the development of public policy and standards of nursing practice. Her research focused on hospital-acquired infections, and she published in many professional journals. In addition, she authored three nursing textbooks used by many students in the US and around the world. In 2006, she received a Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing for the text, “Epidemiology in Nursing Practice.” Dr. Harkness leaves her son, Dr. Michael Merrill, and his wife Melanie Merrill, of Buffalo, New York; her daughter, Karen Harkness, and her husband, William Lang, of Waquoit; and five grandchildren. She also leaves her half-brother, David Harkness of Oklahoma; her half-sister, Leslie Wortman of Virginia, and extended family. A memorial service is planned for Thursday, July 23, at 11 AM at Waquoit Congregational Church, Parsons Lane.
1936 ~ April 27, 1956
July 8, 1938 ~ September 6, 2007
Kay H. Capobianco, 69, of Kenosha, passed away Thursday, September 6th, 2007, at Brookside Care Center. Born July 8, 1938, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth and Alyce (Palmer) Hopkins. She attended elementary school and high school in Wellsville, NY. She also attended the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree and then the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she received her Masters Degree. In 1960 she came to Kenosha to make her home. On August 3, 1963, she married Leo Capobianco in Wellsville, NY. She was employed by the Kenosha Unified Schools as an elementary school counselor in various schools until her retirement in 1995. Kay was a member of the ESC Teachers Union Retirees, was on the board of Kinship, and also enjoyed reading, shopping, attending plays, and traveling to visit her children. Surviving is her husband, Leo of Kenosha; two sons, Neil (Dina) Capobianco of New York, NY, and Andy (Rachel) Capobianco of Kenosha; a daughter, Amy Capobianco of Miami, FL; a brother, Damon Hopkins of California; and seven grandchildren.Preceding her in death were two sisters, Joan Derezinski and Janet Kohl. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 9th, at the Proko Funeral Home at 4:00 pm. Interment will be private. Visitation will be held on Sunday at the Proko Funeral Home from 2:00 pm until the time of the service. Kay’s family would like to thank the staff at Brookside Care Center for the wonderful care they gave her.
April 1, 1936 ~ November 13, 2012
October 7, 1938 ~ September 6, 2014
Robert E. “Taters” Donovan, 75, of 116 N. Highland Avenue, passed away on Saturday (Sept. 6, 2014) at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa. He was born Oct. 7, 1938, in Wellsville, the son of Francis and Ella (Vogel) Donovan. “Taters” was a 1956 graduate of Allentown High School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army serving from 1962 to 1964. He was a 32 year employee of Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville; retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge #601, Morrison-Hayes Post #702 American Legion and the Thelma Rogers Genealogical and Historical Society. He enjoyed antiquing, reading and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Floy (Miller) Donovan, two daughters, Melissa Donovan of Wellsville, and Erin (Tom) Swimley of Knoxville, Pa.; five grandchildren, August, Magnus, Stevia, Gunnar and Larson Swimley; one sister, Doris Mingus of Wellsville; one brother, Donald (Carol) Donovan of Cuba; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Robert Donovan Jr. Friends are invited to a graveside service with military honors on Thursday (Sept. 11, 2014) at 11:00 in Woodlawn Cemetery, 276 N. Main Street in Wellsville. Memorial contributions are suggested to the David A. Howe Public Library or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
February 25, 1938 ~ July 8, 2006
July 25, 1938 ~ September 4, 1994
October 13, 1938 ~ December 30, 1998
July 4, 1938 ~ June 15, 1990
May 19, 1938 ~ December 20, 2001
February 3, 1939 ~ July 19, 2011
Gary L. Simmons, age 72 of Janesville, WI. passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at his home in Janesville. He was born February 3, 1939 in Wellsville New York, the son of Wayne and Doris (McGill) Simmons. After retiring from Standard Oil Refinery in Casper Wy., Gary worked as a Security Guard at Geneva National in Lake Geneva Wi. for many years untill his retirement. He was a member of the Congregational Church in Emerald Grove. He also was a Veteran, serving with the U.S. Army. Gary enjoyed playing golf in Hawaii while vacationing there with his family. Gary is survived by his brother, Keith (Dorothy) Simmons of Delavan WI. and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 1 niece and 1 nephew. Graveside Services for Gary will be 11:00am Tuesday August 2, 2011 at Emerald Grove Cemetery.
January 12, 1937 ~ January 4, 2011
Ronald Louis Meyers, 73, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 4, 2011) at Highland Healthcare Center in Wellsville. Mr. Meyers was born on Jan. 12, 1937, in Wellsville, to Frank Earl Meyers and Virginia (Davis) Meyers Peangatelli. He was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High School and later served in the US Air Force from 1956 – 1960. Ronald worked for Dresser-Rand in Wellsville for 36 years until his retirement in 1999. In his early years, he delivered papers for The Wellsville Daily Reporter and caddied at the Wellsville Country Club pro shop. Later, he worked at Ithaca Gun Company, the Modern Diner, Umiker’s Meat Market and even owned and operated Ron’s Diner. Ron is survived by a daughter, Lorrie Meyers (Adam) Chapman, and a son, Brian Jeffrey (Debbie) Meyers, both of Wellsville; two sisters, Sonoma (Tom) Hancock of Urbana, Ohio, and Debby (Dennis) Whelply of Watertown; two brothers, William Meyers of Philadelphia, and Tony (Rita) Peangatelli of Wellsville; four grandchildren, Siera Kristen Perry, Christopher Daniel Meyers, Colin James Meyers and Samantha Louise Pensyl; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, James Paul Meyers; a brother, Roger Meyers; and the love of his life, Anne (Buckley) Miller. Ron greatly enjoyed golfing and bowling. He was an avid outdoorsman where he loved to hunt, fish and camp. He spent a couple weeks of each summer fishing in Canada and in later years, fished Black Lake. He was a member of the Coops Troop square dancing club. Additionally, he was an active member of the Wellsville American Legion, Wellsville VFW and Wellsville Moose Club. A memorial service, with full military honors was held at Baker-Swan Funeral Home at 3256 Riverside Drive, Wellsville, New York with Rev. Marc Chamberlain of Genesis Bible Church in Scio officiating.
December 9, 1938 ~ May 6, 1984
March 2, 1938 ~ August 3, 2005
Allyne R. Sentner, 67, of 19 Pine Street, passed away on Wednesday August 3, 2005 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born March 2, 1938 in Wellsville, the daughter of Audrey Reynolds. On June 15, 1957 in Wellsville, she married Louis A. Sentner who survives. Allyne was a life long resident of Wellsville and was a 1956 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed as a switchboard operator for Fleet Bank in Wellsville for 16 years, retiring on November 27, 1992. She was also a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.Surviving in addition to her husband “Louie” is 1 son; Dennis C. (Judy) Sentner of Grand Canyon, AZ. Friends are invited to call on Friday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 11:00 am Saturday August 6th in the funeral home with Rev. Dennis Mancuso presiding. Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery and memorial suggestions include the SPCA serving Allegany County or the Immaculate Conception Church Memorial Fund.
July 10, 1936 ~ August 4, 2014
Charles C. “Chuck” Beebe, 78, passed away Monday (Aug. 4, 2014) at Wellsville Manor Care Center. Mr. Beebe was born on July 10, 1936, in Wellsville to John and Virginia (Dennis) Beebe. He was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville Central School and later served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956-60. On Sept. 5, 1959, he married Charlene Allen, who predeceased him July 3, 2014. Charles worked in custodial services for Wellsville Middle School from 1979 until his retirement in 1985. Previously, he worked for Butler Larkin in Angelica from 1970-79. Chuck is survived by a daughter, Denise Beebe of Wellsville; a son, Edward (Denise) Beebe of Rochester; four sisters, Barbara, Nancy, Delores and Elizabeth; two step-grandchildren, Kevin McIntire and Shawn McIntire; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Chuck was an avid student of World War II and actively read many books concerning the war. He enjoyed the simple things in life like mowing the yard, woodworking and solving word puzzles. He shared a lifelong love for animals with his wife, Charlene. He was a longtime member of CrossTown Alliance Church (Wellsville Christian & Missionary Alliance) and dedicated his life to supporting Charlene’s ministry service there. Friends may call on Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville. The memorial service with full military honors will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Cross Town Alliance Church with Rev. Robert Morris of the First Trinity Lutheran Church and Wellsville Manor Care Chaplain officiating. Memorial contributions in Chuck’s name may be made to SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.
December 3, 1938 ~ April 10, 2003
May 29, 1938 ~ November 15, 1990