Class of 1957 In Memoriam


Lester “Lucky” Mead

July 4, 1937 ~ May 24, 2021

Lester I. “Lucky” MEAD, 83, of Little Genesee, NY, formerly of Wellsville, died Monday, May 24, 2021 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville. Born July 4, 1937, in Wellsville, he was the son of Raymond C. and Alice L. Johnson Mead. A 1957 graduate of Wellsville High School, he served honorably with the US Army. He was employed by Rochester Button Company and then Kwik Fill for many years. Lucky was a member of Frank B. Church VFW Post #2530 in Wellsville. Surviving are: his companion of 16 years, Mary Ann Kenney of Little Genesee; a daughter, Dawn Perry of Wellsville; four grandsons, Tony Edwards, Gary Edwards, Troy Edwards, and Scott Edwards; two granddaughters, Emily Mead and Rosalee Mead; one great-granddaughter, Kaydence Edwards; a sister, Esther Kayes of Olean; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Kevin J. Mead, on December 8, 2019; three brothers, Raymond Mead, Richard Mead, and Robert Mead; and a sister, Wilola Jones. A memorial gathering will be held at the Wellsville VFW on Thursday, June 3, 2021 beginning at 3:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895.


David C. Fuller

July 29, 1937 ~ April 25, 2021

David C. FULLER, 83, of Wellsville, NY, died Sunday, April 25, 2021 in Cuba Memorial Hospital.  Born July 29, 1937, in Wellsville, he was the son of Charles D. and Betty McElheny Fuller.  A 1957 graduate of Wellsville High School, he was employed by DEC and Butler Larkin as a maintenance technician.  David was a social member of the Wellsville VFW.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.  Surviving are:  his twin brother, Daniel (Sharlet) Fuller of Wellsville;  two nephews, James Fuller of Wellsville and Charles (Valerie) Fuller of Towson, MD;  a niece Mary (James) Finocchiaro of Rochester;  and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents.  A private graveside service will be held in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.  Rev. Ronald Isaman will officiate.  Memorials may be made to Return a Gift to Wildlife Fund, Division of Fish and Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4751.


John E. Chartreau

September 1, 1936 ~ January 21, 2021

John E. Chartreau, 84, of 38 Lincoln Drive, Lewis Run, passed away Thursday (Jan. 21, 2021) at Bradford Ecumenical Home.  Born Sept. 1, 1936, in Bradford, he was a son of the late John M. and Clara Cicerello Chartreau. John attended Bradford schools until the 8th grade and graduated from Wellsville (N.Y.) High School in 1957. On May 1, 1965, in Lewis Run, he married Edith V. Mackey Chartreau, who survives.  John entered the United States Air Force shortly after graduating. He served 21 years and was honorably discharged in 1978. He achieved the rank of Master Sergeant.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Air Force Sergeant Association, the VFW Post 212, American Legion Post 108, and was a Life Member of the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department. Surviving in addition to his wife Edith of 55 years are two sons, David J. (Julie) Chartreau of Limestone, N.Y., and James M. (Dorothea) Chartreau of Willow Street; two grandchildren, Ethan Chartreau and Olivia Chartreau; two sisters, Donna Whitford of Bradford, and Sally McClinsey of North Tonawanda, N.Y.; one stepbrother, Robert (Sylvia) Hober of Wellsville, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Dorothy Chartreau; and one brother, James Chartreau.  Family will receive friends on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, at the First United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. to noon, followed by funeral services with Rev. Seth McClymonds Jr., pastor, officiating. Due to church policy, masks must be worn while in church. Full Military Honors by members of the United States Air Force and the Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 108 of Bradford will follow the service in McKean Memorial Park.  Memorial contributions if desired may be made to Parkinson Foundation of Western PA 6507 Wilkins Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217; the First United Methodist Church; or the Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department.


Mary Elizabeth Clancy-Wise

December 25, 1939 ~ January 28, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mary (Clancy) Wise (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania), who passed away on January 28, 2021, at the age of 81, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family. She was predeceased by : her husband Robert C. Wise; her parents, Irving and Laura; her siblings, Eddie, John and Theresa; her son Sean; and her grandson Bobby. She is survived by : her children, Robert C. Wise, II, Von P. Wise (Darla) and Maggie Wise Hope (Jonathan); her grandchildren, Jon Wise of Von Wise, II, Luke Wise, Stone Brush and Sierra Bertanzetti; her great grandchild Rowan; her sister Sally; and her niece Lisa.


Max R. Eldridge

August 5, 1938 ~ February 13, 2020

Max R. Eldridge, 81, of Wellsville, NY, died Thursday, February 13, 2020 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.  Born August 5, 1938, in Wellsville, he was the son of Ward P. and Ethel I. Burdge Eldridge.  On August 7, 1965, in Wellsville, he married the former Mary F. Morrison, who predeceased him on March 27, 2018.  A graduate of Wellsville Central School, he served honorably with the US Army Reserves.  Max was employed as a machinist by Dresser Rand in Wellsville.  Surviving are: two children, Thomas Eldridge of Wellsville and Laurie (Nathan) Munley of Buffalo; four grandchildren, Julie (Dustin White) Eldridge, Cameron Munley, Eian Munley, and Lillian Munley; a great-grandson, Chase White; a brother, Dale (Joyce) Eldridge of Wellsville; nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Donna Geffers. Friends may call at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., with Funeral Services following at 5:00 p.m. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at




Donna Jean Canfield-Horton

March 31, 1938 ~ May 8, 2020

Donna Jean Horton, 82, passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at Jones  Memorial Hospital following brief illness. She was born March 31, 1938  in Wellsville the daughter of the late Gerald L. and Marie M. (Newland) Canfield. On July 16, 1966 in Wellsville she married Rodney L. Horton who survives.  Donna was a 1956 Graduate of Wellsville High School, and a graduate of  the Continental School of Beauty in Olean. She was formerly employed by  the Herbert Cooper Company in Genesee, PA, K-Mart in Wellsville, the  Wellsville Manor Care Center, as a nurses aide, and a home health aide.  She loved to collect cookbooks, and cook, and baking was her passion.  Surviving in addition to her husband Rodney, are two daughters, Kelly (Joseph) Griffith, and Patti Ball, two grandsons, Lance (Katie) Conley,  and Eric C. Conley, a great grandson, Jason M. Conley, two sisters, June  (Melvin) Brandes, and Connie (Clair) Armison, two brothers-in-law, Roger  Horton and Max Armison, as well as three nieces, and six nephews. She  was predeceased in addition to her parents by two sisters, Joyce A.  Canfield, and Bettty A. Armison, a sister-in-law, Joanne Horton, a  nephew, Mark Horton, and a son-in-law, who recently died, Daniel Ball.  A private funeral is being planned with Rev. Timothy Armstrong  presiding. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. In lieu of  flowers, please consider memorial donations to the Alzheimer’s  Association.





Monica Simpson-Goodreau

February 1, 1939 ~ January 25, 2019

Monica S.  Goodreau, age 79, a resident of Shelby Township since 2014 and previously from Spencerport, New York, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2019 at Fraser Villa Nursing Facility.  Monica was born February 1, 1939 in Jasper, New York, the daughter of Harley & Golda (Reynolds) Simpson.   She was sixth of eight  children.  Monica married Merle D. Goodreau on September 17, 1960 in Wellsville, New York. Monica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Sonyea State College in New York. Monica was a member of  the Faith Baptist Church in North Chili, New York for over 40 years.  Monica and Merle are current members of Faith Baptist Church of Warren , MI.  Her hobbies include designing/making porcelain dolls, sewing, quilting, making afghans and crocheting.  Monica is survived by her husband Merle, children: Dianne (Stephen) Shellhammer of Maryland, Stephen (Janet) Goodreau of Wheaton, IL., and Bruce (Sue) Goodreau of Bruce Township, Michigan.  Also survived by 8 grandchildren and was preceded in death by 2 brothers & 5 sisters.  Funeral services will take place on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2 PM at the Henry M. Malburg Funeral Home (11280 32 Mile Road, Romeo Michigan 48065) with Pastor Tim Berlin of Faith Baptist Church of Warren.  Burial will follow at the Bruce-Armada Cemetery in Bruce Township, Michigan.  Visitation will be on Wednesday from noon till 2 PM when services will start. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Sanctuary at Fraser Villa Nursing Facility . (33300 Utica Road, Fraser, Michigan 48026)


Rebea A. Walker-Pendleton

May 4, 1939 ~ August 14, 2016

Rebea A. Pendleton, 77, of CR 10, passed away in the Wellsville Manor Care Center on Sunday (Aug. 14, 2016) following a lengthy illness. She was born in Wellsville on May 4, 1939, the daughter of Glenn and Margaret Walker.She was a lifelong resident of the area and a graduate of the Wellsville Central School. On April 26, 1958, in Scio, she married Donald L. Pendleton, who predeceased her on Jan. 23, 2012. She is survived by daughters, Michele (Richard) Norton of Gainesville, Fla., Kimberly (Nathan) Converse of Troupsburg, N.Y.; 4 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald (Betty) Walker of Stannards, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and cousin.  She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Alberta Young.  There will be no visitation.  Friends are invited to attend the gravesite service in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio on Thursday (Aug. 18, 2016) at 1:30 p.m.  Memorials may be made to the cherity of the donor’s choice.


Richard Jack Sekoll

September 15, 1937 ~ February 10, 2017

Richard Jack Sekoll, age 79, of 1768 Stannards Road, passed away on Friday (Feb. 10, 2017) at the Highland Park Health Care Center. He was born on July 15, 1937, in Willing, to John H. and Frances E. Sekoll. On July 24, 1982, in the Whitesville Methodist Church, he married Jessie Rose Maidment Edwards who survives.  Dick graduated from Wellsville High School in 1957, where he was active in the FFA. He was a lifelong farmer on his family’s homestead and was a member of the Grange. Dick enjoyed trips to Newfoundland with Jessie where the loved to fish and hunt moose.  Survivors include his wife, Jessie; a stepson, Mike Edwards of Whitesville; a stepdaughter, Tracie Edwards of Bolivar; grandchildren, Jeremy Hunt of Austin, Texas, Seth Edwards of Rexville, Magin Edwards of Wellsville, Emily Edwards of Wellsville, Dylon Edwards of Whitesville, Jessica Edwards of Shinglehouse, Pa., and Christopher Strope of Wellsville; many great-grandchildren; 2 brothers, Ferd Sekoll and Carl Sekoll, both of Greenwood, and a sister, Ada Cavagna of Shongo; several nieces and nephews. Also surviving was a special lady, his God Daughter, Theresa (Doug) Carl.  Dick was predeceased by his parents; a brother, John Sekoll; a sister, Marguerite Maxwell; a stepson, Charlie Edwards.  Friends are invited to call on Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017) from 2-4 and 7-9 pm in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. His funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Memorials in Dick’s name may be made to charity of the donor’s choice. Burial will take place in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Wellsville.


Marlene Childress-Padden

June 18, 1939 ~ July 7, 2007



Thomas “Scotty” Wilson

November 25, 1939 ~ May 10, 2019

Thomas Wilson, Durham, North Carolina – Born November 25, 1939 in Wellsville, New York. Thomas passed away peacefully on May 10th at the age of 79, after a year long battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, MaryJane. Thomas is survived by his children, Keith, Scott (Jackie), Bryan (Kelly), and Tracy Thrall (Tom); 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  Tom was a proud Veteran, serving time in both the Navy and the Coast Guard. He was a passionate HAM Radio Operator for many years, KA2EER has signed off for the last time.  Married to Mary Jane Gibbons on July 2, 1966 in St. John’s Church in Olean, New York.  Thomas will be buried at Sea in a private ceremony with the Coast Guard at a later date.


Lavern Garner

1939 ~ October 23, 2019

Lavern Garner, LeRoy NY,  October 23, 2019 at age 80. Predeceased by his wife, Eva; daughter, Debra and son, Dwayne Garner; sister Donna and her husband Henry Blake. He is survived by his sons, Brian and Michael (Karen) Garner; grandchildren, Shawn, Christopher, Jeremy and Nicole; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Abbie, Jeremiah and Makayla; brother and sister-in-law, Virgil and Linda Garner, several nieces and nephews.  Family and friends are invited to attend his graveside service with Military Honors, 11 AM, Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Machpelah Cemetery, 71 North Street, LeRoy. Memorials in LaVerne’s name may be made to LeRoy Ambulance, 1 Tountas Ave., LeRoy, NY 14482.




Bonita Burch-Goodsell

August 4, 1938 ~ October 14, 2014



James McConnell

 June 28, 1938 ~ August 20, 2019

James D. McConnell, age 81, of the Hallsport Road passed away at the Highland Park Rehabilitation Center on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. He was born on June 28, 1938 in Wellsville to David and Luella Cline McConnell. On June 3, 1958 in Wellsville he married the former Mary Kemp who predeceased him on July 14, 2017.  James was a machinist for Dresser Rand and had been a member of the Machinist Union. He was an avid fisherman who played lead guitar for several local bands including “Lenny Waite and the LBJs”.  Survivors include his daughter Kim M. Foster of Wellsville; 3 grandsons, Cory (Shauna)  McConnell of Wellsville, Derek Fagan of Wellsville and Levi (Amber) Fagan of Willey Lake, SC.; 2 great grand daughters, Ashlynn McConnell and Corianna McConnell; a great grandson ,Rylan Fagan; his twin sister Janet Lamphier of Wellsville; several nieces and nephews and his grand dog “Chevy”.  James was predeceased by a son James D. McConnell and a sister Carol Winans.  There will be no prior services and a private burial service by the family will take place in Stannards Cemetery. Memorials James’s name may be made to the MS Foundation or to the charity of the donor’s choice



Francis David McCracken

March 6, 1939 ~ February 1, 2019

Francis David McCracken, 79, died on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 in Gloversville, after a lengthy illness. He was born on March 6, 1939 In Wellsville, the son of Francis W. and Velma (Rogers) McCracken.  Fran was a 1957 graduate of Wellsville High School and as a teenager worked at J. J. Newberry Company as a management trainee. This occupation took him to various locations in New York and Massachusetts and eventually to Britt’s and Argersinger’s Department Stores in Gloversville. As this type of employment changed over the years, he joined the staff at Fulton County as a carpenter in 1993, retiring in 2003. His true love was working with wood in his spare time. Over the years he remolded homes, kitchens and baths and made beautiful furniture and crafts that he sold at his business “The Pine Knot.”  He is survived by his sisters, Nitia (John) Cole and Nancy (James) Stevens, both of Wellsville; nieces, Julie Cole, Amy (Roz) Gowdy and Janice (Greg) Stevens; nephews, Jeffrey (Leanne) Cole, Jeremy (Mary Kate) Cole and James (Wendy) Stevens; and very special family friends, David (Marlene) Armstrong, Lynda (Tony) Ficili and their children, Jason (Laurie) Ficili, Kerry (Carlos) Molina, Jennifer (Jason) Glose and Dave (Melissa) Armstrong.  He was predeceased by his longtime companion, Norma Armstrong, in 2002; and a nephew, Jay Stevens in 2012.  At his request, there will be no visitation or funeral. There will be a graveside service in the Spring at Woodlawn Cemetery, where he will be buried with his parents.  As a 25-year survivor of various cancers, please consider memorial donations in his name to the or Mountain Valley Hospice, 108 Steele Ave., Gloversville, N.Y. 12078.

Maeneen Ann Dwyer-Hendrick

January 1,1939 ~ April 29, 2016

Maeneen Ann Dwyer Hendrick, a longtime resident of Breckenridge Avenue, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Friday (April 29, 2016) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center.  Maeneen came into this world as the New Year’s baby in 1939. Born to Robert and Mary Aide (Mendonsa) Dwyer at Jones Memorial Hospital, she would live her entire life in Wellsville. Maeneen attended Immaculate Conception School and Wellsville High School, where she was a member of the class of 1957. After a short career in banking, Maeneen started her family in 1961 with the birth of Lori Ann. Eventually three more children were added to the family, Linda, James and Brian. In addition to raising her four kids, Maeneen also worked to make ends meet by providing daycare to many families across Wellsville. She volunteered for various causes, although she most passionately worked on behalf of the Fresh Air Fund, every summer bringing hundreds of underprivileged NYC kids to Wellsville and Allegany County to enjoy a country vacation. Later in life, Maeneen enjoyed her role as beloved grandmother to Joseph and Katharyn Tronetti.  Maeneen is survived by her children, Lori Ann Hendrick, Linda (Michael) Tronetti, James (Christine) Hendrick, and Brian (Heidi) Hendrick; and two grandchildren, Joseph and Katharyn Tronetti; as well as many longtime friends, including Pierre and Ramona Akpo-Sani.  Maeneen was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Kathleen Dwyer Marble on April 14, 2016; and her aunt, Roberta “Bobbie” Mendonsa.  Friends are invited to attend a celebration of life Memorial Mass on Friday (May 6, 2016), at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church on Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Maeneen will be buried with her parents in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to either the Immaculate Conception School or to the Fresh Air Fund at


Michael Ralph Gleason

December 26, 1938 ~ January 10, 2019

Michael Ralph Gleason, 80 of Albany, died on January 10, 2019. Michael was born on December 26, 1938, in Rochester, and grew up in Wellsville, N.Y. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963. Michael was married to Rita Rhoades Gleason in 1964 until her death in 1999. Michael and Rita lived in Rochester, Oswego, Cortland, and Loudonville. Michael was a career public servant. During his 30 years advocating for consumers with the N.Y.S. Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud and Protection Bureau, he was responsible for starting consumer outreach programs utilizing AARP volunteers in many communities and at county fairs throughout the state. He was also responsible for recruiting, training, and supervising college interns in the mediation program. After his retirement, Michael completed a certificate in bereavement studies. Michael flourished in recent years as a resident ambassador at Atria Crossgates where he made many dear friends including Alvania Hill. We will remember Michael for fighting for the underdog, his deep compassion, and humor. He is survived by his son, Scott Gleason of New York City; his daughter Amy (Shawn), and grandsons, Brandon and Ryan Carroll of Sterling, Va. Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of life in the Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 1580 Central Ave, Albany, on Monday, March 4, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Association in memory of Michael and his late wife Rita.


Joyce Aileen Curry-Darling

September 4, 1939 ~ March 10, 2000



Donald E. Lehman

July 16, 1938 ~ January 23, 2012

Donald E. Lehman, 74, of 2507 Ketchner Road passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2012 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center with his family at his side. He was born July 16, 1938 in Wellsville the son of William C. and Lena (Strong) Lehman. He was a former employee of C. E. Air Preheater Company, Otis Eastern Corporation, L. C. Whitford Company and beginning March 9, 1964, he was with Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville, until his retirement on August 1, 2000. He attended Wellsville High School and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. He was also a life member and past captain of the Dyke Street Engine Company # 2. He enjoyed collecting flags and he loved his home. Donny’s friendly and outgoing personality will be missed by his family and many friends.  He is survived by two brothers, Robert J. (Winifred) Lehman of Wellsville and Edward B. Lehman of Belmont, two sisters-in-law, Doris Ann Lehman of Belmont and Arlene Lehman of Wellsville, as well as several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Nancy L. Kiefer in 2001 and two brothers, Terry L. Lehman and William R. Lehman both in 2009. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm and Monday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Thomas Roman as Celebrant. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donation be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or the Dyke Street Engine Company.



Susan M. Smith Henry

January 30, 1940 ~ April 21, 2014

Susan M Henry class of 57

Susan M. Smith Henry, 74, formerly of 192 Farnum Street passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Highland Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness. She was born on January 30, 1940 in Wellsville the daughter of the late Kenneth and Clara (Braun) Smith. Susan was a long time resident of Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1957. After graduation she moved to California and was employed there until 1971. She moved back to Wellsville and became the secretary for Jack Darcy Attorney at Law. In 1979 she became the secretary for the Superintendant of Schools in Andover, until her retirement in 2005. Susan attended the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. She enjoyed reading, shopping, traveling with her sisters, crocheting and sitting outdoors. She is survived by her daughter, Kelly (Scott) Brien of Wellsville and several nieces and nephews, including, Robin (James) Blake, Todd (David Monk) Burke, Molly (Lance) Carlin and Jennifer (DeNilson) Costa, several great nieces and nephews, Jaycie, Kori and Brody Carlin, Sulihana and Kenderson Costa and a close family friend and care giver Allison Neumann. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by two sisters Karen Burke and Nancy McDowell. A celebration of her life is being planned and will be announced at a later date. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.


Richard R. Kinder

July 25, 1939 ~ January 8, 2015

Richard Kinder Class 57

Richard R. Kinder, 75, of 84 E. Pearl Street passed away on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born on July 25, 1939 in Wellsville the son of the late Kiehl M. and Winifred (Rapalee) Kinder. Richard was a 1957 graduate of Wellsville High School. He owned & operated of the former Kinder’s Gulf Service Station in Wellsville. He later was employed at Kodak in Rochester and was a welder for Empire South West in Mesa, Arizona for many years. He returned to Wellsville in 2003 and was a member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club. He enjoyed car shows and working on classic cars. He is survived by his wife Kathleen (Litzburg) Kinder, three sons, Tom Kinder of Tucson, AZ, Michael Kinder of Tampa, FL and Chad Kinder of Wellsville, one brother, Robert Kinder of Wellsville, and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a brother, Jack Kinder and his first wife, Gretchen (Clemons) Jones. Friends & family are invited to call on Wednesday, January 14, 2014 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A time of remembrance will follow visitation at 6:00 pm in the funeral Home. The family suggests memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society or the SPCA Serving Allegany County.



Hugh William Elliott

September 18, 1939 ~ January 18, 2015

Hugh Elliott class 57
Hugh W. Elliott, age 75, of Crescent Drive, passed away at home on Sunday (Jan. 18, 2015) surrounded by his family. He was born in Wellsville on Sept. 18, 1939, to Howard and Erma Fortner Elliott. On Oct. 14, 1972, in Wellsville, he married Judy Dunshie, who survives.  After High School graduation, Hugh got a part time job at Air Preheater and in the fall enrolled at Clarkson College in New York State “Great North Country”. Hugh was not ready for college as he was at first expelled and later was told he could go back but on social and scholastic probation. He was able to get permanent work at Air Preheater as a clerk microfilming drawings, working in the file room and card file and was later promoted to draftsman. During this time Hugh sold tickets at the Tullar Field for a dollar an hour, tended bar and chased woman. After a few years he took advantage of free night classes at Alfred State College and in 4 years completed his associate degree in Mechanical Technology. He then enrolled in Alfred University in a night school program and spent the next 5 years earning a BA in Business Management. Hugh was very involved in the Wellsville Fast Pitch Softball League. He ran a team under the names of Shamrock Inn, Muldoon’s and Jolly Dee’s. He played until he was 50, having played in all 5 decades, when the slow pitch league started finishing as Tim Shea’s Plumbing and Heating. After many years Hugh finally ran down his life partner, Judy and he was married at age 33. They bought the house on Crescent Drive so that it was close to work for both him and for Judy who worked there also. In 1961 Hugh joined the Loyal Oder of Moose, Wellsville Lodge #601 and became Lodge Governor in 1964 at age 25. He enjoyed being Governor but began playing rummy and poker at the American Legion until he was asked to be the Jr. Past Governor for Larry Monroe. He ended up serving as governor again for the years 1983-1984 and 1984 to 1985. In 1987 Hugh was the recipient of the Pilgrim Degree of Merit at Moose Heart the highest degree in the Moose Organization. After nearly 47 years he retired for Air Preheater in February of 2005 having served as Checker, Drafting Squad Leader, and Manager of Drafting and for the final 15 years as an in house salesman for aftermarket sales. Hugh would have stayed longer but after turning down early retirement in 2004 he was given half of another man’s work load so retiring at age 65 and 4 months was then an easy decision. Hugh was a still active in the Moose Lodge and maintained memberships in the American Legion and the Elks Lodge. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Judy; daughters, Holly (Zac) Yousey of Greece, and Morgan (Demetrice Baker) Elliott of Atlanta, Ga.; 2 granddaughters, Catlin and Mackenzie of Greece; a brother, Eugene Elliott of Orlando, Fla.; and an aunt, Beverly Payne of Massachusetts; an uncle, David Thomas of Alma; and several cousins. Friends are invited to attend a Moose Service at 2 p.m. on Sunday (Jan. 25, 2015) at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Memorials in Hugh’s name may be made to either the Moose Hart School Building Fund or to the Hart Comfort House in Wellsville.


Wayne Gary

September 23, 1939 ~ December 29, 2016

Wayne “Satch” Gary, of 39 Sunset Ave., Wellsville, died Thursday (Dec. 29, 2016) at Jones Memorial Hospital after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.  Born on Sept. 23, 1939, in Wellsville, Wayne was a son of the late Cleo Gary and Edith Sprague Gary. He had a stepmother, Carolyn Gary. On April 11, 1964, he was married to Therese Rose Fortner, Wellsville, at Immaculate Conception Church. They were married for 52 years.  Wayne grew up and lived in Wellsville his entire life, graduating from Wellsville High School in 1957. He was graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport with a Bachelor of Science degree. He took graduate courses from Alfred University and obtained a Master of Science degree from Union College.  Known as “Satch” by all, he taught high school science at Scio Central School for 33 years, retiring in 1995. He was named teacher of the year in 1993. He was an adviser to many senior classes and remembered by his students for his practical teaching of high school biology, chemistry and physics. He is best remembered as Scio’s baseball coach from 1970 to the early 1980s. He was loved by many who played for him, going to the sectional finals five times and winning two trophies. The Scio Tigers won over 100 games those 10 years. He was recognized for this achievement by his fellow coaches, referees and fans by being inducted into the Allegany County Sports Hall of Fame in 2007. Satch enjoyed keeping Scio’s basketball clock as well. The nickname “Satch” came early in life during Wellsville Little League, when his signature pitching resembled Satchel Paige, perhaps the best pitcher in baseball history as of the mid-1900s. Satch was known for his baseball  achievements – as a pitcher in the Wellsville Little League, the Babe Ruth League and high school, and as a catcher in his college years.  Satch had a true love for his family and the outdoors, especially 3H Camp. Satch was both of his daughters’ biggest fan. He had a love for John Wayne; Waylon Jennings; family dogs; and the game of baseball, especially his beloved New York Mets.  He was survived by his wife, “TC” Gary; two daughters, Gretchen Gary and Cynthia (R. Christopher Kosciewicz) Gary; a sister, Rita (Gary) Lipsius; a brother-in-law, Joseph (Mary Joe) Fortner; a sister-in-law, Sheila Gary; and four grandchildren, Austin Johnson and Emily, Erin and Michael Kosciewicz. He will also be remembered fondly by many nieces and nephews. Lifelong friends include Jack Emrick, Brian Padden, Tom O’Grady and Pat Hoover.  Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Molly Marie Gary; and a brother, Dene Gary.  Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 W. State St. in Wellsville. A Catholic service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 4, 2017) at Immaculate Conception Church, 4 Maple Ave. Burial will be held at a later date.  Memorials can be made to the Scio Central School Athletic Department, 3968 Washington St., Scio, NY 14880, in the name of Satch Gary.


Clifford D. Leonard

June 30, 1939 ~ June 3, 2010

Clifford Leonard 1957



Harold Laverne Snyder

June 24, 1939 ~ January 15, 1993


Richard Spicer

April 12, 1939 ~ July 2, 2004



James Keith Clark

January 11, 1939 ~ July 17, 1971


Mary Kay Platts-Bolam

October 8, 1939 ~ December 17, 1989



Constance Marie Lee-Burdick-Moultrup

June 22, 1939 ~ August 24, 2007


Patricia Burns-Reilly-Wilson

March 10, 1940 ~ March 23, 2003


Earl Ludden

July 9, 1938 ~ December 14, 1973


David Marye

September 2, 1939 ~ April 29, 2007



Janet Rosalind LaForge-Allen

October 21, 1938 ~ February 2, 1982


William Artie Klang

January 20, 1939 ~ May 31, 1994



Harland Aldrich

May 29, 1938 ~ April 15, 2014

Harland (Harley) Aldrich, 75, of Tucson, Ariz., passed Tuesday (April 15, 2014), surrounded by his loving family.  He was preceded in death by his son Scott, four brothers and five sisters.  He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Lynn; his daughters, Carmen and Cheri; his son, Harley and daughter-in-law, Kathleen; along with five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters.  Harley was a graduate of Wellsville High School Class of 1957. A Memorial Service was held at Desert Sunset Funeral Home, Tucson, Ariz. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Desert Southwest Chapter.


Lewis Owen Gardner

August 27, 1939 ~ September 3, 2004


James Layfield

March 12, 1940 ~ February 29, 2004


Robert Ross Knapp

December 13, 1939 ~ November 9, 2011

Robert R. Knapp went to his Lord on November 9, 2011, He was born December 13,1939 in Kane, PA to Robert H. and Violet (Roberts) Knapp. He was married August 18,1968 to Helga Gottel Knapp who preceded him in death. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1957. Following graduation, he joined the army and retired with 20 years of service, including two terms in Vietnam. He retired as a Master Sergeant and was awarded the Bronze Star medal, 2 Meritorious Service medals, 2 Army Commendation medals. Following his army career, he earned his Associate Degree in Business Management. Robert was a great family man. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Jacqueline Denhoff, and brother-in-law Mike O’Connor. He was the proud father of five children: Jacqueline (Steve) Williams of Raleigh, NC, Robin Knapp of Fayetteville, NC, David Knapp of Richmond, VA, Sandra (Chris) Hall of Arvada CO, Martina (Hayes) Smith of Winston-Salem, NC; and 11 grandchildren. He also leaves siblings, Rita O’Connor of Wellsville, NY, Betty (Dan) Pickett of Buffalo, NY, Richard (Lani) Knapp of Wellsville, NY and many nephews and nieces. Friends may visit on Sunday, November 13, 2011 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Frank Vogler & Sons Reynolda Road Chapel. A Funeral Service will take place on Monday, November 14, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with a military graveside service to follow at Forsyth Memorial Park. The family would like to thank all the staff in neuro ICCU at Forsyth Medical Center for the wonderful care he received while he was there, and to the palliative care nurses who made us a part of their family.


Helen Joan Spargur-Witherell

October 10, 1939 ~ July 15, 1999



Harold E. Kiefer

October 12, 1937 ~ March 31, 2002


John Edward Lonsberry

July 21, 1939 ~ September 21, 1975


Rae Ann Jensen-Rahr

August 15, 1939 ~ May 5, 2003

 Rosemary Ann Baldwin-Guineau

June 28, 2939 ~ December 19, 2017

Rosemary A. (Baldwin) Guineau, 78, of Jaffrey, NH and formerly of Marlborough, MA died Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH after a brief illness. She was born, raised, and educated in Wellsville, NY the daughter of the late William and Margaret (Padden) Baldwin and was a 1957 graduate of Wellsville High School. She worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for over 20 years, retiring in 2001. After moving to Jaffrey, NH she enjoyed spending her time solving all the crossword puzzles she could gather and witnessing the antics of the wide variety of wildlife behind her favorite back porch. Rosemary was devoted to her family and close friends and loved spending time with them. She was known by many as having a sharp wit, keen sense of humor, incredibly generous spirit, and a warm and loving heart. She leaves a daughter Laura Macfarlane and her husband Patrick of Townsend, a son W. John Guineau and his wife Lisa of San Jose, CA; a brother Kenneth Baldwin and a sister Margaret “Peggy” Booth, both of Wellsville, NY; four grandchildren, Jessica Navin and her husband Sean of Marlborough, Casey Macfarlane of Townsend, Stephanie and Nicholas Guineau of San Jose; she was the mother of the late Leslie Guineau and Christy Guineau both of Marlborough. She was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.   ass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, December 28. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street, Marlborough. Donations in Rosemary’s name may be made to

Niles Patterson

July 19, 1939 ~ September 28, 2000


Donald Charles Sherwood

May 31, 1938 ~ May 7, 1998


Herbert George Willis

October 1, 1938 ~ March 5, 1996


Buford Thomas Johnson

November 29, 1939 ~ March 7, 2002



Beverly Diane Fisher-Cline

November 19, , 1938 ~ September 25, 2013

Beverly Diane Cline, age 74, of Lexington, Ky., and formerly of Addison, N.Y., passed away on Wednesday (Sept. 25, 2013) at The Willows At Hamburg in Lexington, Ky. Born in Salamanca, N.Y., she was the daughter of Joseph and Marion (Swan) Fisher. She married Vance M. Cline on Aug. 30, 1958. Diane was a day care provider in her home for over 30 years. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Addison and was a Girl Scout leader for many years. Diane is survived by her husband, Vance M. Cline of Lexington, Ky.; five daughters: Cindy Cline of Lexington, Ky., Karen (Tom) Soper-Cline of Lexington, Ky., Marcy (Ed) Swan of Painted Post, N.Y., Wendy (Chris) Cosgrove of Painted Post, N.Y., Terri Cline of Lexington, Ky.; sister, Brenda Marvin of Alfred, N.Y.; brother, Bruce Fisher of Wellsville, N.Y.; grandchildren, Mathew Swan of Painted Post, N.Y., Michael Swan of Addison, N.Y., Christin Cosgrove of Painted Post, N.Y., and Joshua Soper of Lexington, Ky. She was predeceased by a brother, Leslie Fisher. Family and friends may call at Carpenter-Flint Funeral Home, 10 Wall Street in Addison on Friday (Oct. 4, 2013) from 1-3 p.m., where a funeral service will immediately follow with Rev. Scott Greene officiating. Diane will be laid to rest at the family plot in Hartsville Center Cemetery, Canisteo, N.Y.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be directed to the First Baptist Church of Addison, 14 Baldwin Street, Addison, NY 14801; Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council, 300 Route 318, Phelps, NY, 14532-9315 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3005 Watkins Road, Horseheads, NY 14845.


Deanna Lee Day-McCracken

November 5, 1939 ~ January 25, 2006


Carlin Eugene Weinhauer

October 31, 1939 ~ April 19, 2014


Carlin Eugene Weinhauer was born October 31, 1939 to Frank and Thelma Weinhauer of Wellsville, New York. He graduated high school in 1957 at which time he attended a conference and gave his life to Christ, with the commitment to anywhere, at any time, at any cost. He attended Buffalo Bible Institute for one year, going on to Briercrest Bible Institute the fall of 1959 where he graduated from the pastor’s course, April 15, 1962. Carlin met Marcia Watne during one of the summers between college years where she was teaching in rural Montana under the American Sunday School Union. She joined him to study at Briercrest. They married on August 11, 1962. Carlin is survived by the love of his life, Marcia, his wife of 51 years, and his daughters, Cheri (Howard and children, Jodie, Camden and Brenna), Lynda (Allan and children, AJ, Joey and Trevor) and Rebekah (Brian and children Alex and Stuart). He also leaves behind his sister Carolyn of Lincoln, Nebraska.




Beverly Jane Palmatier-Best

September 29, 1939 ~ November 6, 1998


Dale Geffers

April 4, 1938 ~ February 16, 2005


Betty Lou Ransom-Jackson-Ordiway

February 24, 1939 ~ April 15, 1993


David Edwin Dare

October 6, 1939 ~ May 30, 1988


William J. Rapan

August 6, 1937 ~ November 25, 2012

William J. Rapan, 75, of 560 S. Main St. passed away Sunday (Nov. 25, 2012) in the Wellsville Manor Care Center following a brief illness.  Born Aug. 6, 1937, in Wellsville, he was a son of Raymond and Kathleen Walsh Rapan. He married the former Pauline Crandall on June 12, 1965, in Bolivar. Mrs. Rapan preceded him in death May 20, 1977. He later married Lucy Jordan on April 19, 1980; she preceded him in death April 10, 2002. Bill was a graduate of Wellsville Central School. He was employed by Acme Electric Co., Cuba, for many years prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Marys Church in Bolivar, where he served as a eucharistic minister. He was a life member, past president and captain of the ambulance squad of Bolivar Fire Department. He was also a member and past president of the Bolivar Lions Club. He volunteered as a driver for the Allegany County Office of the Aging, and he was a volunteer driver for the Allegany County Meals on Wheels program. He was also an instructor for the American Red Cross and served as the community Santa Claus for many years. Surviving are two children, Carolyn (Jay) Little of Orlando, Fla., and Michael (Kelly) Rapan of Bolivar; four grandchildren, Joshua Rapan, Brett Rapan, Ashley Rapan and Kyle Rapan; three brothers, Fred (Maxine) Rapan Taylor of South Carolina, Lee Rapan of Lake Whales, Fla., and Tom Rapan of Raleigh, N.C.; two sisters, Jeanne Rushmore of Wellsville and Linda Rapan Black of Mountain, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Rapan, on June 20, 1990; and a brother, Bob Rapan. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 1, 2012) in St. Marys Church in Bolivar. The Rev. Thomas Roman will be celebrant. Burial will be in St. Marys Cemetery, Bolivar. Memorials may be made to St. Marys Church, 111 Wellsville St., Bolivar, NY 14716; or to the Bolivar Fire Department Ambulance Fund, 460 Main St., Bolivar, NY 14715.


Patricia Burton-Allen

June 5, 1939 ~ May 25, 1995


William Rahr

June 28, 1938 ~ February 4, 2009