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
Clifford D. Leonard
June 30, 1939 ~ June 3, 2010
Harold Laverne Snyder
June 24, 1939 ~ January 15, 1993
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
March 10, 1940 ~ March 23, 2003
July 9, 1938 ~ December 14, 1973
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
BMSN U.S. NAVY – WORLD WAR II
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
March 12, 1940 ~ February 29, 2004
James D. Layfield, 63 of 6051 Hall Hill Road,passed away peacefully Sunday (Feb.29, 2004) at his home. Born in Bradford,PA.,March 12, 1940,a son of Dean and Alice Madison Layfield, Jim came to reside in Canisteo early in his life, and returned to settle in Canisteo in 1986. He received a degree in ceramic engineering from Alfred University in 1964, and completed postgraduate work at Case Western Universityin Cleveland, Ohio.He was employed at the LaMont Geological Observatory(At Columbia University) in Research andDevelopment, the Air PreHeater in Wellsville; asAssistant Professor in Research at the University of Hawaii; Farro Corp., in Cleveland, Ohio; Baker Perkins in Michigan,and later at Morrison-Knudsen and Alstom in Hornellprior to his retirement in 2000. Jim was predeceased by his parents, 2 sister, Donna Layfield Dickinson and Betty LayfieldGlosser as well as his brother, Danny Layfield. Surviving are his wife, Nadine “Denie”Lain Layfieldof Canisteo, 4 daughters- Elaine “Kitten” Brown of Canisteo, Angela “Koco” Dunham of Canisteo, Anita “Pookie” Hall of Bath,
Teresa “Lani” Layfield of Florida, 1 Sister- Dorothy Layfield “Tio” Washburn of California, 3 Grandchildren Jason and James (Ashley) Christian, Jade Brown, 1 Great Grandson- Kayden Christian, Several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM, with Ms. Elaine Brown officiating. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Canisteo Ambulance Fund, % Gerald Bertram. 42 Fourth St., Canisteo,NY or to the Alfred University Observatory Fund, % Gift Processing, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802
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
“Hal” Kiefer, 64, of 477 S. Main Street, died Sunday (March 31, 2002) in Jones Memorial Hospital. Born Oct. 12, 1937, in Wellsville, he was a son of Alvin and Marie Robinson Kiefer. Mr. Kiefer was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He had worked for the former – Worthington Corp. and later for Garthwaite Torpedo in Wellsville. He retired from the Wellsville Police Department in 1998 after 25 years of service. Mr. Kiefer was a member of Elks Lodge 1495, Moose Lodge 601 and American Legion Post 702, all of Wellsville. Surviving are a daughter, Lisa (Dan) Cook of Wellsville; a brother, Kenneth (Suki) Kiefer of Pittsburgh, PA.; a sister, Phyllis (Dave) Morrow of Poway, Calif.; four nieces and four nephews. Friends called Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., Wellsville, where funeral services were held Wednesday (April 3, 2002) at 11 am. The Rev. Diana Cox officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville.
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 www.CatholicMedicalCenter.org.
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.
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
April 4, 1938 ~ February 16, 2005
Dale C. Geffers,66, of 6460 Gardner Road,Town of Wheeler,passed away Wednesday (February 16, 2005) in the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center in Bath. Born in Wellsville, April 4, 1938, the son of Theodore andRuth Brandes Geffers,he had resided in Wellsville, Scio and Andoverareas before moving to Canisteo in 1973 where he resided until moving to Bath in 1987. Dale was a graduate of the Wellsville High School,Class of 1957, and had been employed as an Assembler- Welder at the former C.E.Air Preheater Corporation in Wellsville.He had attended the Canisteo Wesleyan Church,was a 10 year member of the Canisteo Fire Dept., and a member of USTA (UnitedStates Trotting Association) . Dale will be remembered forhis love of animals, especially horses, and the unconditional love given to notonly his wife and family but everyone hemet. In 1996, he and his wife Alice renewed theirwedding vows at the Canisteo Wesleyan Church, on the occasion of their 40thWedding Anniversary, He was predeceased by his parents, his daughter, Karen Geffers, and his brother, Forest Geffers. He is survived by hiswife, Alice Lacy Geffers whom he married on June 30,1956, onedaughter: Cindy (Mark) Norton ofCanisteo; 2 sons, Michael (Gail) Geffers of Bath, and Bradley (Sandra) Geffersof Arkport; 5 sisters, Betty Geffers of Wellsville, Margaret (Blaine) Benedictof Florida, Nancy (Glenn) Schaefer of California, Joanne Wilkins of Wellsvilleand Janet (Robert) Pearse of South Carolina, one brother, Donald (Grace) Geffers of Belmont, 7 grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great nieces &nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Canisteo Welseyan Church( Greenwood Street) on Tuesday at 11:00 AM, Rev. Donald Maynard officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery,Wellsville. Friends may make memorial contributions to:TheBath Animal Shelter, Route 54, Bath,NY 14810 or to the Hornell Area Humane Society, PO Box 533, Hornell, NY 14843.
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.
June 5, 1939 ~ May 25, 1995
June 28, 1938 ~ February 4, 2009
William Dale Rahr, 70, of 1893 East Main St., Falconer passed away at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2009 in WCA Hospital. An area resident most of his life he was born June 28, 1938 in Wellsville, NY, the son of the late Donald D. and Iva Mae Gardner Rahr. Bill was a 1957 graduate of Wellsville High School and had served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1958. Prior to retirement he was employed by Valeo Cooling Inc. for 43 years as a Millwright retiring in 2001. Bill and his wife Rae Ann enjoyed spending time remodeling their home as well as helping their children remodel their homes. This was something the whole family enjoyed doing together. After losing Rae Ann Bill spent his time enjoying every day he could with his children and grandchildren. Surviving are three children; Dale (Karol) Rahr of Frewsburg, Alan (Teresa) Rahr of Falconer, Susan (Jim) Wile of Ellington, seven grandchildren; Kyle Rahr, Jena Rahr, Aaron Rahr, Steven Shelters, Scott Shelters, Jamie Rahr, Katie Rahr, five step grandchildren; Kristy Whippo, Justin Whippo, Christopher Young, Tiffany Whitehill, Brittany Whitehill, two step great grandchildren; Kaylee Young, Lyndsey Young, three brothers; Donald J. Rahr of Frewsburg, Richard Rahr of Grand Junction, Colorado, Robert Rahr of Nampa, Idaho and a sister Barbara Foster of Falconer. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Rae Ann Jensen Rahr whom he married July 18, 1959, who passed away May 3, 2003. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Falconer Funeral Home. Rev. Michael Breunig pastor of Falconer United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery. The family will received friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Memorials may be donated to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 4840 West Lake Rd., Mayville, NY 14757 or to the American Cancer Society, Western Regional Office, 101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst, NY 14228-1198.