Walter B. Sturdevant
March 20, 1942 ~ October 19, 2020
Donald C. Rogers
November 13, 1941 ~ June, 2020
Wellsville native Don Rogers passed away last week. There wasn’t a formal obituary, but these are words from his wife during his Memorial Service:
Douwayne Carl Cumpston
1940 ~ September 2, 1966
October 27, 1941 ~ February 2015
Nancy Lee Smith-McDowell
November 15, 1942 ~ August 3, 2003
1943 ~ September 25, 2017
December 31, 1941 ~ January 11, 2018
Joyce D. Reynolds, 76, of 3300 Taylor Road passed away on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Arnot-Ogden Medical Center in Elmira following a long illness. She embraced life with laughter and a smile. She was born December 31, 1941 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Norman and Neva (Whitney) Fanton. July 31, 1987 in Scio she married David B. Reynolds who survives. Joyce was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville Central School and attended Mansfield University.She gave private art lessons while living in Wellsville. She was an active member of the Tyrone United Methodist Church and was a long time member of the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Wellsville Art Association, the Genesee Valley Chorus, a life member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Axillary, and founded the Allegany County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Surviving in addition to her husband, are three daughters, Felicia Jackson and her husband Ken of Fairbanks, AK, Katrina Savitcheff and her companion, Stephen Vossler of Wellsville, and Marla Nesbit-Greenman of Wellsville, nine grandchildren, Niko Greenman, Jarred Jackson, Tesla Greenman, Jaremy Jackson, Dominik Savitcheff, Trent Jackson, Dakotah Savitcheff, Terra Greenman and Marissa Murphy, one great granddaughter, Kiara Greenman, her mother-in-law, Ona Reynolds of Wellsville, three sisters-in-law, Donna Pilette and her husband Guy, Patty Munson and her husband Scott and Ruth Smith and her husband Steve, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased in addition to her parents by her step-father, Harold Horton.There will a celebration of life on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Wellsville First United Methodist Church. A second celebration will be on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm at the Tyrone United Methodist Church. Internment will be in Stannards Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider memorial donations to the Tyrone United Methodist Church, the Wellsville First United Methodist or the Falck Cancer Center in Elmira, NY.
Michael William Hyer
September 2, 1942 ~ February 15, 2017
Betty L. Curry-Sheared
June 24, 1942 ~ June 08, 2017
May 29, 1942 ~ June 12, 2017
Delores D. Ackerman, 75, of State Rte. 19 South, Wellsville, passed away unexpectedly Monday (June 12, 2017) in her home. Born May 29, 1942, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of John K. and Ruth Easton Amidon. On December 29, 1962, in Wellsville, she married Robert C. Ackerman, who survives. A graduate of Wellsville Central School, she earned multiple degrees from Alfred State College, where she was employed in various positions for over 20 years. She was also employed by Carpet Town and with Allegany County Workmen’s Comp. In her spare time, she was twice president of the Wellsville Central and BOCES school boards, a member of NYS Rural Schools, as well as Area 3 Director of Western New York school boards. She had devoted over 25 years to education and was a current member of the Southern Tier Library Association. She was a member of the ARC board, and a former president and past member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, as well as a prior member of the Genesee Valley Chorus. She enjoyed spending time with her family, participating in her ladies card club, golfing, and working as the secretary for the Wellsville Balloon Rally for over nine years. Surviving, besides her husband, Bob, are her daughter, Dianna Ackerman of Wellsville; three sons, Robert of Olean, Thomas (Dawn) of Fuquay-Varina, NC, and David (Elizabeth) of Gilbert, AZ; her grandchildren, Ariana, Jillian, Jared, Robert Jr., Elyse, and Mitchell; her sister, Barbara; brothers, David Amidon of Wellsville and John (Carolyn) of Glendale, AZ; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents. Honoring her request, there will be no visitation or services. The interment will be at the family’s convenience. Memorials may be made to ARC, 50 Farnum St., Wellsville, NY 14895 or to the Delores Ackerman Memorial Scholarship Fund, the class of 1960, c/o Dennis Dahlgren, 6087 SR 19, Belmont, NY 14813.
Charles Leon Wolfe
March 18, 1942 ~ May 9, 1980
Nancy Carol McNulty
November 7, 1942 ~ May 6, 2005
Larry Arthur Peterson
January 4, 1942 ~ May 10, 1967
US Army 4th Armored Division
William Francis O’Connor III
October 22, 1942 ~ February 19, 2005
January 21, 1941 ~ June 2, 1995
Joan Marie McNulty-Brown
August 25, 1942 ~ June 16, 2002
Richard Alvin Sherwood
May 13, 1941 ~ November 11, 1995
Robbin Lee “Skip” Bennett
May 21, 1942 ~ October 16, 2010
Robbin Lee (Skip) Bennett, 68, of East Long-meadow, Mass, passed away October 16, 2010 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. He was born May, 21, 1942 in Wellsville, NY. He was the son of the late Eleanor Erhardt and Howard Bennett.
Robert Ernest Peck
May 8, 1941 ~ September 14, 1995
SFC U.S. ARMY – VIETNAM – PERSIAN GULF
James Wesley Peck
September 17, 1942 ~ September 17, 1999
AIC U.S. AIR FORCE – VIETNAM
April 23, 1943 ~ September 15, 2012
Diane Pfuntner Barker, 69, formerly of Ithaca, passed away September 15, 2012 in Murfreesboro, TN after a courageous 4 year battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents, Phoebe and Eugene Pfuntner of Wellsville, NY and her husband, Michael M. Barker of Ithaca. Diane was born on April 23, 1943 in Hornell, NY. She is survived by her daughters, Sue (Scott) Snyder of Austin, TX and Marcea (David) Enoch of Murfreesboro, TN and sons, Geoff (Sue) Barker of Carlsbad, CA and David (Andrea) Barker of Princeton, NJ. She was a loving grandmother to Kathryn and Matthew Snyder; Isabella and Luke Enoch; Madison Barker; and Emerson and Tenleigh Barker. A private memorial service was held in Murfreesboro and she will be buried in Canaseraga, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Necia K. Ebeling
January 31, 1942 ~ May 10, 2002
Betty Ann Phillips-Guadagnino
May 29, 1942 ~ September 19, 2008
March 26, 1941 ~ June 16, 2004
April 13, 1941 ~ August 7, 2005
Karen A. Nye, 64, of 3348 Hallsport Road, died unexpectedly on Sunday August 7, 2005 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born on April 13, 1941 in Wellsville, the daughter of Elmer D. and E. Pauline (Reynolds) Aiken. Karen was a life long resident of Wellsville and a 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed as a nurse’s aid in the area, most recently at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was a devoted mother and enjoyed caring for her granddaughter.She is survived by 2 sons; Michael (Suzanne) Nye of Wellsville and Christopher M. Nye of Massena, her mother, E. Pauline Aiken of Wellsville, her granddaughter, Shannon Nye at home, 2 sisters, Janice Rickey of Allegany and R. Kathleen Talbot of Tujunga, CA as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her father Elmer D. Aiken, a daughter, Tracy Lynn Nye in 1971 and a brother, Phillip Aiken in 1988. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday August 11th at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Regina Shaw presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps or a charity of the donor’s choice.
March 10, 1942 ~ November 27, 1998
Carolyn A . Sherwood, met her Lord and Savior, November 27, 1998, after a tragic one vehicle car accident. She was born March 10, 1942, at Wentzville, Missouri, to Benjamin and Dorothy Aicher. She married her longtime high school sweetheart, Richard Sherwood, on August 29, 1964, at Wellsville, New York. They made their home in Tulsa since 1965 before moving to Owasso in 1978. Carolyn was a devout Christian and devout Lutheran. She and her husband, Richard, were involved in numerous organizations at Faith Lutheran Church in Owasso where they were charter members. She was also involved with Lutheran Brotherhood. She had been employed by Warren Clinic in Owasso. Carolyn never met a person with whom she could not get along. Her distinct and special laugh as well as her gift of giving will be greatly missed by her family, friends and co-workers. Loving family members include: 2 sons and daughters-in-law, John and Kerri Sherwood of Highland Village, TX and Paul and Karen Sherwood of Tulsa; 2 sisters, Helen Krell of Davis, CA and Dorothy Aicher of Titusville, NJ; cousin, Ruth Reimschessel of Baltimore, MD. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Richard. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 3, 1998 at Faith Lutheran Church in Owasso. Serving as officiating minister will be Pastor Bill Diekelman. Interment will immediately follow at Graceland Memorial Park Cemetery in Owasso. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in the name of Carolyn A. Sherwood to Faith Lutheran Church, 9222 North Garnett Road, Owasso, 74055, or the American Cancer Society.
Shirley Jean Studer-Bridges-Cornelius
March 24, 1942 ~ August 1, 1989
Sandra Ann Craig-Aldrich
November 11, 1942 ~ September 28, 1981
Philip T. McClure
May 24, 1942 ~ July 1, 2002
PH2 US NAVY VIETNAM
Philip T. McClure, on July 12, 2002 at age 60. Survived by his son, Matthew McClure; daughter, Penny Mc-Clure and their mother, ‘Jean McClure; father, Theodore (Caroline) McClure; brother, David McClure; also several nieces and nephews. Philip was a member of the Masonic Fame Lodge 0722 and an avid fisherman. Friends are invited to call at Miller Funeral Homes, Inc., (3325 Winton Rd. South) on Friday 4-7 PM. Service and interment private. In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to the American Diabetes Association in his memory
Gene Erwin Monroe
January 4, 1942 ~ April 4, 2004
Charles William Simpson, Jr.
October 8, 1940 ~ April 7, 1991
Kendall Gary Kervin
January 29, 1942 ~ June 30, 2001
September 18, 1942 ~ June 23, 2006
Beatrice Palmatier Ensel
September 9, 1942 ~ June 3, 2006
Donald Eugene Starks
June 8, 1940 ~ September 17, 1978
James E. Morrison
January 7, 1942 ~ October 8, 2005
Mary Ann McAndrews-Miinte-Flynn-Mulder
October 16, 1942 ~ January 26, 1979
Carl E. Willetts
April 9, 1941 ~ July 27, 1984
Leslie Dean Fisher
May 7, 1942 ~ September 12, 1995
August 2, 1942 ~ September 29, 2000
James Harold Scott
April 6, 1941 ~ December 18, 1998
Wallace Donald Wilson
October 21, 1942 ~ January 28, 2002
1941 ~ December 2, 1998
Mrs. Linda Clark Garber, 56, of West Fulton Street Extension, Gloversville, died Monday at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital. Born in Springville, Erie County, Mrs. Garber was raised in Wellsville, Allegheny County and was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School.She was a nurse’s aide at Nathan Littauer Hospital during the mid to late 1960s and also at the Fulton County Infirmary from 1977 to 1986. She was a private duty nurse until 1994, when she retired due to the onset of illness. Mrs. Garber was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. Survivors include her husband, Richard A. Garber, whom she married Oct. 5, 1968; three sons, Francis D. “Butch” McCracken Jr. of Gloversville, Michael E. McCracken of Connecticut and Matthew R. Garber of Gloversville; a stepdaughter, Kathy J. Garber-Gibson of Gloversville; a stepson, Richard J. Garber of Gloversville; a sister, Garri Jeannene Fredrickson of Dansville; and seven grandchildren. A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Walrath & Bushouer Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St. Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 this afternoon and 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fonda. Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 23 Computer Drive East, Albany, NY 12205.
Dated: Wednesday, 02-Dec-1998
Sanford Lee Potter
March 14, 1942 ~ January 2, 2001
Jerrold W. Jackson
March 2, 1942 ~ February 25, 2009
Jerrold W. “Jerry” Jackson, 66, of 1875 Petrolia Hill Road died on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born March 2, 1942 in Scio the son of Millard and Viola (Sanford) Jackson. On October 27, 1962 in Whitesville he married Sandra Hunt who survives. Jerry was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1964 serving during the Vietnam and in Cuba, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville from 1964 until he retired in 1987 due to ill health. He was a life member of the Allentown Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Allegany County Volunteer Firemen’s Association, the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion, the Wellsville Moose Lodge # 601, the Moose Legion, the Whitesville Rod & Gun Club, the NRA, the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church and the Serenity Hills Golf Course in Friendship. He was a former member of the Alma Town Board and is a current member of the Town of Alma Assessment Board. He was also a 40 year member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1580.
Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Kenneth (Felicia) Jackson of Fairbanks, AK, Mary (David) Saunders of Whitesville and Melissa Blank of Rochester, six grandchildren, Marissa, Jarred, Jaremy and Trent Jackson and Phillip and Danielle Saunders, one great grandson, Blake Kitchens, one brother, Howard (Ginny) Jackson of Wellsville, two sisters, Martha Hall of Arcadia, FL and Claudia (Harold Rifenburg) Ackley of Andover, a brother-in-law, Ronald Morrison of Scio, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Jackson of Wellsville, a special aunt Maxine Jackson of Wellsville, several nieces and nephews, special friends, Basil and Dennis Shutt of Wellsville and his K9 sidekick and companion, Nugget. He was predeceased by three brothers, Royce, Millard Jr. and Alan Jackson and two sisters, Carol Clayson and Barbara Morrison. Friends are invited to call from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Saturday, February 28th at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Dale Beebee presiding. Burial with military honors will follow in York Corners Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include any charity of the donor’s choice.
Terry L. Lehman
July 1 7, 1941 ~ February 27, 2009
Terry L. Lehman, 67, of 4005 Niles Hill Road died on Friday, February 27, 2009 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on July 17, 1941 in Wellsville the son of the late William and Lena (Strong) Lehman. On June 16, 1962 in Wellsville he married Arlene Childress who survives.
Terry was first employed as the Charlie Chips driver and later by the Alfred State College, Vocational School in Wellsville, for 34 years. He retired from Alfred on June 29, 1998. He then worked for his son Shawn’s business; Lehman’s Lawn care and Landscaping. He was a life member of the Dyke Street Engine Company # 2 and was a member of the Elks Lodge # 1495 in Wellsville. He enjoyed hunting at the Pondarosa and riding through the hills of Allegany County. Surviving in addition to his wife are four children; Cherise Lehman of Wellsville, Rhonda (David) Lorshbaugh of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Lu Ann (Tim) Dixon and Shawn Lehman both of Wellsville, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, four brothers, William (Dorisann) Lehman and Edward Lehman both of Belmont, Robert J. (Winifred) Lehman and Donald Lehman both of Wellsville and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Nancy Keifer. Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the ALS Association or the Dyke Street Engine Company # 2.
John A. Melaro Jr.
July 20, 1941 ~ March 16, 2011
John A. Melaro, Jr., 69, of 53 Park Lane passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a courageous two year battle with cancer. He was born July 20, 1941 in Olean the son of the late John A. and Margaret (Joseph) Melaro, Sr. John had resided in Wellsville since 1942. He was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School; he received his B. S. in Social Studies and his Masters in Guidance & Counseling from Athens College in Athens, AL. He continued his graduate work at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He was employed by Allegany County BOCES as a special education teacher for 28 years, retiring in 1996. John was the golf coach at Wellsville High School for 38 years and was named the New York State Coach of the Year in 2001 by the New York State Coaches Association. He was a former volunteer for the LPGA Corning Classic and a member of their advisory board. He was the Allegany County Special Olympics Coordinator for 25 years. John was elected to the Wellsville Village Board for four terms and had served as Deputy Mayor. He was a former member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for 13 years, a member of Wellsville Country Club, the Elks Lodge # 1495 in Wellsville and a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.
He is survived by a sister, Victoria (John) Biondolillo of Mendon, a brother, William (Kathy) Melaro of Sharon, PA, an uncle, Lou (Adelle) Joseph of California, Brother-in-law, Walter Weirich of Rushford, five nephews, two nieces, five great nephews and two great nieces as well many close friends including, Toni Morreale of Rushford. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ann Weirich in 1999 and a special friend, Susan J. Graham in 2009. Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and Monday from 9:00 to 9:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 10:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Monsignor Vincent Becker as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Immaculate Conception School, New York State Special Olympics or any charity of the donor’s choice.
Robert E. Brandes
October 25, 1942 ~ April 26, 2015
Robert E. Brandes, age 72, of the Vorhees Hill Road passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. He was born on October 25, 1942 in Wellsville to Walter and Medora Lish Brandes. On June 10, 1967 in Wellsville he married Connie Meyn who survives. Bob graduated from Wellsville Central High School in 1960. He spent his life on Vorhees Hill on the family dairy farm and while in High School with the 4 H he judged vegetables across the United States. Bob had been a long time president of the Dairylea Milk Coop for Allegany County, a 12 year chairman of the Farm Service Agency in Belmont and in 1997 his farm was voted Conservation Farm of the Year by the Allegany County Soil and Water Conservation District. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville. Bob had a great sense of humor who enjoyed playing cards and board games. He will be remembered as a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather. Survivors include his wife Connie; a son Brian (Deb) Brandes of Wellsville; 2 daughters Stacy (Mark) Fanton of Cabot, Pennsylvania and Amy (Michael) Hunt of Wellsville; 10 grandchildren; a brother Richard (Pat) Brandes of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania; 2 sister Betty (Al) Gallmann of Little Valley and Judy (Richard) Reuning of Columbus Ohio; several nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by his parents and his brother Joe Brandes. Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Wellsville First United Methodist Church from 1 to 3 pm at which time a funeral service will take place with Reverend Greg DeSalvator presiding. In lieu of flowers memorials in Bob’s name may be made to either the Hart Comfort House or to the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.
April 7, 1941 ~ September 16, 2010
Bruce Duane Fisher
February 13, 1941 ~ January 23, 2014
Bruce Duane Fisher, 72, of 1795 Meservey Hill Road, passed away at home on Thursday (Jan., 23, 2014), following a brief illness. He was born Feb. 13, 1941, in Salamanca, the son of the late Joseph and Marian (Swan) Fisher. Bruce was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He was a 21-year veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1960 to 1981. On returning to Wellsville, he coached football and baseball and was employed by the Wellsville Central School as a bus driver. He is survived by one son, Jeffery (Natalie) Fisher of Waldheim, Saskatchewan; two granddaughters, Simarra of Waldheim, Saskatchewan, and Nastastia of Calgary, Alberta; one sister, Brenda Marvin of Alfred Station; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Leslie Fisher; and one sister, Diane Cline.
Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturda (Feb. 1, 2014), at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville, with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial with military honors will be in Stannards Cemetery.
April 23, 1943 ~ September 15, 2012
David D. Rogers
September 19, 1940 ~ December 28, 2014
David D. Rogers, 74, of 3382 Hallsport Road, passed away on Sunday (Dec. 28, 2014) at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following a long illness. He was born Sept. 19, 1940, in Wellsville, the son of Cary and Mary E. Rogers. On June 20, 1992, in the VFW Post No. 2530 club rooms, married Mary L. Davidson, who survives. He attended the Wellsville High School and was a U.S. Navy veteran. Until his retirement, he was employed at Alstom in Wellsville as a machinist. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed time spent hunting and fishing.
He was a member of the Wellsville VFW Post No. 2530 and a past commander. He also was a member of the Wellsville Legion Post No. 702. Surviving, besides his wife, Mary, are daughters, Pam (Steve) Allen of Andover, Patty Rogers of Wellsville and Tammy Rogers of Wellsville; a son, Jerry Rogers of Wellsville; a stepdaughter, Denise (Roy) Monahan of Portville; two stepsons, David (Becky) Brewster of Portville and Russell (Bobbi) Brewster of Orefield, Pa.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents. A celebration of life service, followed by a full military rites service, will be held in the VFW Post No. 2530 at a date and time to be announced later. Memorials may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp. or the Wellsville VFW Post No. 2530. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home,