June 18, 1939 ~ July 7, 2007
Harold Eugene Murray
October 24, 1939 ~ September 26, 2019
Harold Eugene Murray was born October 24th, 1939 in Wellsville, NY. Harold passed peacefully Thursday morning September 26th, 2019 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. His final days were spent joking and laughing surrounded by his family and pastor. He leaves behind his wife of 46 years, Carol Murray; his daughter Heather Gordon; his son, Grady Murray, his daughter-in-law, Major Erica Murray, M.D.; his five grandchildren, Collin and Zachary Gordon, Carly Gordon-Hines, Jacob and Aubrey Murray, and many other close family and friends. To those who knew him well he went by Hal. His favorite past time was spent playing golf at Jacksonville Beach Golf Course with his best friend Sarj. His claim to fame was his hole in one which became a permanent shrine in his living room. Hal wore so many hats during his life that you cannot put them into just one category. Just a few, he was a bat boy for a minor league team, and Manager of Woolworths in Puerto Rico. He taught dance at the Fred Astaire and Arthur Murray dance studios, and was a D.J. for WHBI radio station in NYC. He sold cars and became a dealership business manager. He retired as owner and broker of Murray Realty plus oversaw many divisions within a multi-million dollar company. He was also acknowledged by the Guilderland, NY Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to the community. He was an amazing husband and father who adored his grandchildren. He was a member of Crossroad United Methodist Church. Hal had an infectious sense of humor and would tease and joke around with just about anyone. His kind and generous spirit made people gravitate toward him. He played Santa Claus for the children in our community through his church and family. He was a good role model to his children, and grandchildren, and a strong supportive husband and provider to his family. Many family friends have called him “Dad” because he opened his heart to them. As he would say each night as a D.J.,” this is Hal Murray signing off for WHBI.”
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.
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.
August 4, 1938 ~ October 14, 2014
Deceased 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
January 17, 1940 ~ December 19, 2019
Russell D. Knowles, 79, of 4192 Bolivar Road passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness. He was born January 17, 1940 in Wellsville, the son of the late Alfred R. and Alice M. (Edwards) Knowles Sr. Russ was 1957 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was formerly employed by the Scoville Brown Company and later by Dresser-Rand Corporation, retiring in 2002. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #919, the Olean Assembly Forth Degree Knights of Columbus, the Mercy Associates, and a
founding member and President of the Father Brown Mission Club for many years. He is survived by two sisters, Helen Hubbard of Oklahoma City, OK; and Noreen (Robert) Williams of Copperas Cove, TX; a sister-in-law, Marjorie Knowles of Wellsville, several nieces and nephews; and a dear friend and caregiver, Maureen Cooper of Wellsville. He was predeceased addition to his parents by two brothers, Alfred Knowles Jr. and Richard Knowles, three sisters and brothers-in-law, Beverly and Richard Abbott, Shirley and Wilbur Geer and Edith and Frank Morgan, and a brother-in-law, Frank Hubbard. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Immaculate Conception Church, the Father Brown Mission Club, both % 17 Maple Avenue Wellsville, NY 14895, or the Kelley M. Cooper Scholarship Fund, % of the Immaculate Conception School, 24 Maple Avenue, Wellsville, NY 14895.
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.
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 freshair.org
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. 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