Shirley J. Heysham
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.
Ronald G. Arnold
February 7, 1938 ~ June 20, 2010
July 9, 1938 ~ September 5, 2007
December 30, 1935 ~ September 4, 1985
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.
Edward J. Banta
March 23, 1937 ~ July 29, 2003
Lewis Chester Cicirello
August 1, 1936 ~ January 13, 2003
Thomas Neil Edgett
August 18, 1938 ~ January 24, 2010
May 24, 1938 ~ August 31, 2001
Roderick Perrin Emerson
February 10, 1938 ~ August 24, 2007
Gerald David Lee
September 12, 1937 ~ April 28, 2004
Charles John Ransom
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
Mary Lou Poling-Shaw
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.
Edward Forrest Geffers
June 18, 1936 ~ February 27, 2002
Frederick McGuire Houghtling
1937 ~ January 3, 2015
July 16, 1938 ~ March 21, 2000
June 13, 1938 ~ December 28, 1999
Dr. Gail Ann Harkness
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.
Ursula “Sue” Stuart-Hedges
February 25, 1938 ~ July 8, 2006
June Jolene Aiken
July 25, 1938 ~ September 4, 1994
Philip Zack Craven
October 13, 1938 ~ December 30, 1998
1938 ~ June 15, 1990
Maxon “Moose” Burdick
May 19, 1938 ~ December 20, 2001
Gary Lee Simmons
February 3, 1939 ~ July 19, 2011
Ronald Louis Meyers
January 12, 1937 ~ January 4, 2011
Richard Vernon Stevens
December 9, 1938 ~ May 6, 1984
Allyne Reynolds Sentner
March 2, 1938 ~ August 3, 2005
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 CrossTown 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.
Melisa Ann Marsh-Bacher
December 3, 1938 ~ April 10, 2003
Joan Delores McNulty-Forbes
July 7, 1938 ~ January 28, 2012