Class of 1960 In Memoriam



Robert W. Prior

January 1, 1942 ~ May 6, 2021

Robert W. Prior, 79, of 5844 State Route 417, passed away Thursday (May 6, 2021) at Jones Memorial Hospital, with family at his side. He was born Jan. 1, 1942, in Mount Claire, N.J., the son of Gordon M. and Sophia T. Chiera Prior. On Aug. 21, 1983, in Allentown, he married Linda L. Gerringer, who survives.  Bob was a graduate of the Wellsville High School, after which he served with the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1965.  Upon returning from serving his country, Bob helped on the family farm. In June of 1965, he began his career with Worthington Corporation, and after 39 years Bob retired from Dresser-Rand Corporation in 2004.  He devoted his life to helping others. He spent 52 years as a vital member of the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company, where he served many roles, including fire chief, and at the time of his passing he was the company treasurer.  In 2011 he felt a new calling and joined the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where at the age of 70 he achieved his very first EMT certification, a milemark in today’s society. Bob served many years on the Allegany County Fire Advisory Board and the EMS Council.  He loved planes, and spent much of his free time working with the War Plane Museum in Corning, and traveling with the historic B-17s. Surviving, in addition to his wife Linda, are seven children, Donna Prior, Scott (Cara) Prior, Robert (Amy) Prior Jr., Jeannie Prior, Kevin (Shawn) Rex, Michelle (Todd) Taylor and Leisa (Tom) Foley; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.  Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (May 11, 2021) at the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company. There will be a celebration of life at 1 p.m. Wednesday (May 12, 2021) at the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company, with a Luncheon to follow. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Allentown Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 82, Allentown, NY 14707; the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 206, Wellsville, NY 14895; or Allegany County Cancer Services, 100 S. Highland Avenue, Wellsville NY.



Alan Carlin

October 16, 1942 ~ March 22, 2021

Alan D. CARLIN, 78, of Wellsville, NY, died Monday, March 22, 2021 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Born October 16, 1942, in Wellsville, he was the son of Edward W. and Eleanor Ketchner Carlin.  On August 9, 1963, in Black Creek, he married the former Janet Marie Comstock, who survives.  A 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School, he studied at Alfred State College for two years.  Al was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville for 38 years.  Surviving besides his wife, Janet, are:  two children, Amy (Bill) Henry of Webster and Todd (Christy) Carlin of Bowling Green, KY;  two granddaughters, Morgan Henry and Anna Henry;  five siblings, Rebecca (Harry) Campbell of Arlington, TX, Lois (Joseph) Spinelli of Wellsville, Kathi (Dennis) Dunham of Wellsville, Roger (Cheryl) Carlin of Oak Ridge, TN, and Theresa (Patrick) Hickson of Bivalve, MD;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Jordan Henry.  Private services will be held at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Cremation, Crowell Chapel, 296 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY.  The Rev. Dr. Eric D. Ash will officiate.  Burial will be in Hallsport Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 470 North Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895 or the SPCA serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.  



Walter B. Sturdevant

March 20, 1942 ~ October 19, 2020

Walter B. STURDEVANT, 78, of Scio, NY, died Monday, October 19, 2020 in his home. Services will be held at the convenience of the family on a later date. Burial will be in Knights Creek Cemetery, Scio.



Jessie V. Stanford-Stark

December 31, 1942 ~ August 14, 2016

Jessie V. Stark (Stanford), 73, of 3271 Graves Road, Wellsville , N.Y., went home to her Lord on Sunday (Aug. 14, 2016) at the Hart Comfort House after a strong-willed battle with a debilitating illness.  She was born Dec. 31, 1942, in Springboro, Pa., to Homer Stanford and Helen (Stevens) Stanford. On Sept. 25, 1961, she married Paul E. Stark, formerly of Keyser, who predeceased her on Nov. 11, 2014.  Jessie was a sweet and talented lady who loved people and had many friends. She led a very full life. Jessie went back to school in midlife to become a hair dresser. She sold Mary Kay makeup along with operating her hair dresser shop in her home until her health no longer permitted her to cut hair. She was also a substitute teacher of cosmetology at BOCES in Olean. Prior to that, she had worked at Elmhurst Dairy, the Olean Tile factory, as a secretary at Herbert Cooper Company in Genesee, Pa., and a bank teller in Wellsville, N.Y.  She was active in the community, collecting donations for the Cancer Society, working at the election booths in Willing, was a certified EMT at the Wellsville Ambulance Corps for over 10 years, ministered to women in jail, and at the church booth at the county fair as well as being a member of the church choir. Jessie had many hobbies throughout her lifetime, including painting and drawing, music, gardening, canning, bird watching, knitting, sewing, bowling, running, collecting dolls and reading. She was a painter, a woodcarver, a musician who played violin and often sang as she worked. She had a special interest in nutrition and medicine as she was the primary caretaker of her juvenile diabetic daughter for 21 years.  Paul was the love of her life for over 50 years and in their retirement years they spent a lot of time traveling to play music and working together on home improvements including beautifully colored ornate ceilings throughout their home.  Jessie was also predeceased by a daughter, Alayna Stark; a brother, Paul Gordon; and three sisters, Irene Launderman, Alice New and Bonnita Flint; and two nephews, Rusty and Larry Flint.  Jessie is survived by two children, a son, Victor (Leslie) Stark of Pendleton, Ind., and a daughter, Tracey (Tom) Coyle of Genesee, Pa.; a brother, Alton (Olive) (Augie)) Stanford of Danville, Pa.; a sister, Norma Jean Fritz of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Tom Stark and wife Debbie of Keyser; a niece, Venus Nickerson of Wellsville, N.Y.; eight grandchildren, Brooke Ray, Joshua Stark, Jacob Stark, Sydney and Sawyer Sorrell, Heather (Gary Bowers) Coyle, Stephanie (Matt) Cornell and Elizabeth Coyle; also by four greatgrandchildren, Ethan, Dylan, Cadan, and Courtney Cornell; and many special friends of note, Mary and Frank Grom, Virginia Vossler, Joanne Allen, John and Audrey Wood, Fran and Al Zapar; along with special pets Sparky, her Border Collie Dog, and therapy dog, Beagle-Beagle.  Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 18, at the First United Methodist Church in Wellsville, with the Rev. Greg DeSalvatore officiating.  On Monday, Aug. 22, visitation will be in the Mt. Zion Methodist Church at 2445 Mt. Zion Road, Swanton, Md., from 11 to noon, when funeral and committal services will be held.  Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.




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:

I don’t need to stand up here and tell you what kind of a man Don was. The fact that you are all here is a testament to the many lives he has touched. He lived, He laughed, He loved to the highest degree. He has blessed my life in so many ways and has helped prepare me for the next part of my journey. Although it may appear as though I’m traveling solo, know that I will not be. We will always be a team and I have all the love and support imaginable to guide me. God blessed my life with a special man and provided the opportunity for us to share our hearts and souls for 50 beautiful years. For that I will be forever grateful. Throughout this whole ordeal I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum. On one end was heartbreak and despair. On the other joy and many learning occasions. As they say, “when the student is ready, the teacher appears”. So many beautiful stories have been shared and I sometimes found myself thanking God for sparing us and not allowing us to go through even more profound experiences that others are going through or have gone through.  Don has left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of our two wonderful sons Danny and Tony. He has taught them life lessons only a father can teach. They’ve had first-hand knowledge of how to be a great husband, father, grandfather because they have seen it displayed. No lectures or discussions needed. All they had to do was watch. He left behind a powerful legacy for each of his  grandchildren Cassie, Katie, Alex, And Elliana so that many years from now as they reflect over their own lives they can proudly exclaim, “THAT was my Grandpa Don”, a man of character, integrity, and a heart full of love.  Yes, my heart is broken but I realize that so many people have endured and risen above worse situations than I have. Amidst all the chaos and hatred going on around us I feel as though I have been insulated and so very blessed. I’ve experienced such an outpouring of love and compassion that I did not even know existed in today’s world. As I pick up the pieces and begin to put my shattered world back together, I thank each and every one of you for the love and honor you have bestowed upon Don. He left this world knowing he was loved and will always be remembered in a positive light. Anyone who disagrees is attending the wrong celebration of life.



Patricia Ann Ross-Seaver-Pratt-Baker

February 14, 1942 ~ December 23, 2019

Patricia Ann Ross, Seaver, Pratt, Baker passed away Monday, December 23, with family at her side following a long battle with cancer.  Pat was born on Feb. 14, 1942 in Wellsville, the daughter of Clair and Pearl (Robbins) Ross. She attended Wellsville High School. In March 1960 she married John H. Seaver and moved with him to Colorado before he was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in Fort Worth, Texas. In the mid-60s she was married to Keith R. Pratt in Fort Worth. She returned home to Wellsville with her five children in 1970.  Over the years Pat worked a variety of jobs including woodworking, dispatching and taxi driving and at Neu Tech Document Retrieval, all while raising her five children as a single parent. In the early 80s she co-owned and operated, with her mother, the Lone Star Café in Wellsville and in her later years she was co-founder and bookkeeper for RJB Trucking. In her 30s and 40s Pat coached girls’ softball. She also enjoyed bowling and helped her team win many local and state tournaments. Civic minded, in the mid-90s she joined the Great Wellsville Hot Air Balloon Rally Committee and worked in the Rally store, eventually running it. She also designed and decorated the committee’s floats for the annual Rally parade for many years.  She co-founded Music on the Lawn in 1997 and for 17 summers she worked each week providing and selling refreshments, and helped organize fundraisers on its behalf during the rest of the year.  Pat worked tirelessly on her 50th Class Reunion celebration for the Class of 1960. She volunteered and helped organize the Wellsville Bi-Centennial celebration in 2007. She was happy to play Mrs. Santa Claus in the village’s first modern day Christmas Parade. She also delivered Meals on Wheels to area residents.  On Oct. 30, 2003 she married her high school sweetheart, Ronald Baker, who predeceased her in December 2016.  In her later years, Gramma Pat enjoyed and proudly attended her great grandson Ty’s baseball games and tournaments and her great-granddaughter Raegan’s softball games.  Pat is survived by four children, her daughter Michele of Wellsville; sons, John (Suzanne) Seaver of Covelo, Calif., Ross (Deborah Ramsey) Seaver of Wellsville and Greg Pratt of Wellsville; 11 grandchildren, Christopher Seaver, Heather Vogel, Jes Seaver, April House, Bobbi Wilber and Jake Seaver, Skylar and Chandler Pratt, Douglas Cook, Cody and Samantha (Hanbach) Pratt; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Kathryn Ross and several cousins and friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, a son, Keith R. Pratt, and her husband Ron.  Pat will be remembered as a cheerful person, who was always ready to lend a helping hand and who never turned anyone away from her door or hesitated to speak her mind.  A service in memory of her life will be held at the convenience of the family at a date and time to be announced.  Memorials in the name of Patricia Pratt/Baker should be directed to Allegany County Cancer Services, 100 South Highland, Wellsville, N.Y., 14895, to Music on the Lawn or to a charity of the donor’s choice.




Jean Marie Rapan-Rushmore

November 26, 1941 ~ 2017

Jean Rushmore, 75, of Clark Street, Wellsville, died at home.  She was born Nov. 26, 1941, daughter of Raymond and Ella (Walsh) Rapan. On July 11, 1970, she married Gary W. Rushmore, who died Aug. 11, 2011. She was employed at Mary’s Nursing Home, Trinity Lutheran Church and cleaned many homes for local people in Wellsville.  She is survived by 2 sons, Matthew (Adrienne) of Wellsville, Keith (Tabitha) of Venice, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jake, Ryan, Ellie and Kyle. Also surviving are a sister, Linda Smith of Old Fort, N.C.; 2 brothers, Tom of North Carolina, and Lee of Wales, Fla.; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband; three brothers, William, Robert and Frederick; one nephew, Paul Rapan.  There will be no visitation. Burial will be at Woodland Cemetery at the convenience of the family.



Dr. Karl Jonathan Schoonover

September 6, 1942 ~ December 13, 2019

Dr. Karl Jonathan Schoonover, 77, or Oneonta went home to be with the Lord on December 13, 2019. After a 5-year battle with pulmonary fibrosis, he peacefully passed away with his family by his side.  Karl was born on September 6, 1942, the son of Rose and Karl Schoonover. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1960. Karl received a BS in Chemistry in 1964 and graduated from Indiana University School of Optometry in 1967, where he received his Doctorate.  In 1967, Karl came to Oneonta where he worked for a short time with Dr. Lusk. Karl then opened his own optometric practice, which came to be known as Schoonover Eye Care. He retired on July 1, 2011 after 44 years of serving the community.  On September 1, 2001, Karl married Sherry Mellott Hanson in Laurens, NY.  Karl was a member and Deacon of the West Oneonta Baptist Church; a past member of The American Optometric Association; served on the Laurens Central School Board for 10 years; served on the Practical Bible College Training School Board; and served on the Otsego County Board of Representatives, District 3, for 15+ years.  Karl is survived by his wife, Sherry Schoonover; 2 sons, Kris and Rhonda Schoonover & Kent and Megan Schoonover; 2 step sons, Erik and Jennifer Hanson & Kris Hanson; 8 grandchildren, Kane & Klayton Schoonover, Kolton, Kwin, Kaleb & Kamryn Schoonover, Mikeeli and Natalie Hanson; 2 siblings, Sharon Overman and Philip Schoonover, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and 2 brothers, David and Dennis Schoonover.  A service to celebrate the life of Dr. Schoonover will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the West Oneonta Baptist Church with the Rev. Aamir Din officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the West Oneonta Baptist Church, PO Box 224, West Oneonta, NY 13861 in loving memory of Dr. Karl Jonathan Schoonover.




Dorothy Juengling-Roeske

July 8, 1942 ~ October 25, 2019

Dorothy J. (Juengling) Roeske, of Annisquam, originally from New York, passed away on October 25, after a long battle with cancer.  Throughout her illness she was an inspiration to us all. Dorothy was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved nothing more than her family. She was beautiful woman known and cherished for her love, support, and generosity.  Dottie was the beloved wife of Conrad, cherished mother of Kelly (husband Dr. Anthony) Chieffalo of Pomfret, Conn., and Brett (spouse James Sheridan) of Gloucester, Mass. She was the treasured grandmother of Pasquale Chieffalo (wife Abby) of New Jersey, Anthony (wife Nicole) Chieffalo of Rhode Island, and Marco Chieffalo of New York. She is survived by her three siblings, Elaine (husband Wayne, deceased) Johnson of Florida, Charles (wife Carolyn) Juengling of Kentucky, and Edward (wife Dorene) Juengling of Arizona. She is survived by five nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother, Carl F. Juengling III of Florida, and by her parents, Marjorie and Carl F. Juengling Jr. of Florida. The family wishes to thank Dr. Rebecca Heist and all staff at MGH Cancer Center, who attended Dorothy through her journey. Each of them helped her smile and appreciate life through her illness.  Following a private family funeral service, please join friends and family in a Celebration of Dorothy’s life at Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966, Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 1 to 3 p.m. Donations in memory of Dorothy may be made MGH Development Office, ATTN: Cancer Center, 125 Nashua Street, Boston, MA 02114.




John Nick Baldini

April 19, 1943 ~ February 24, 1998




Marcia Briggs-McEnroe

October 15, 1943 ~ March 16, 2017

Marcia Briggs McEnroe, 73, of Englewood, Fla., passed away on Thursday (March 16, 2017) after a brave fight with cancer. She passed in her sleep with family beside her. Marcia was born Oct. 15, 1943, in Albany, N.Y., and grew up in Wellsville, N.Y. After graduating from Wellsville Central High School, she continued her education at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Marcia and her beloved husband Phil raised their family in Tonawanda, N.Y., and Pembroke Pines, Fla., before settling in Englewood, Fla., in 2001.  Marcia was an active and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and community member. She was a leader in the Parent-Teacher Association in Tonawanda and an involved member of Englewood United Methodist Church where she was past president of United Methodist Women, chairman of Home Communion Services Committee and on the board of Foundations preschool.  Marcia is deeply missed by her husband of 54 years, Phil; daughter, Jennifer (David) McEnroe Tarr of Winnetka, Ill.; sons, William Philip McEnroe Jr. of Englewood and Edward B. (Sharon) McEnroe of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; sister, Gale Carey of Chesapeake, Va.; grandchildren, Alexandra and Elizabeth Tarr and MacKenzie Jane and William Briggs McEnroe. 
She was preceded in death by her brother, Edward William “Wardie” Briggs, and parents, Evelyn “Lonnie” and Dr. Edward Briggs, Jr., of Wellsville.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Englewood United Methodist Church General Fund, 700 E. Dearborn St, Englewood, FL 34224.




Barbara Jane Howe-Wilson

August 26, 1942 ~ July 24, 2011


Nellie Ann Geer-Herbert

November 15, 1941 ~ February 15, 2017

Nellie Ann Hebert, age 75, of 8703 Route 16, passed away Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017) at Olean General Hospital. She was born Nov. 15, 1941, in Olean, to Raymond and Lanora Fanton Geer. Nellie Ann married Douglas Meeboer Sr., who predeceased her, and later married Russell Hebert, who also predeceased her.  Nellie Ann was a longtime resident of Franklinville and at one time was an EMT in Flint, Mich. She enjoyed crafts and loved animals.Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ellen Porter of Tampa, Fla.; a son, Douglas Meeboer Jr. of Franklinville; a granddaughter, Ashley Porter of Tampa; three brothers, Elwin (Elsie) Geer of Rexville, Ronald (Billie Jo) Geer of Sumterville, Fla., and Carl Geer of Sumterville and several nieces and nephews. Nellie Ann was predeceased by her two husbands. There will be no prior visitation or services. Memorials in her name may be made to Trans Am Ambulance Co. of Olean.



Douwayne Carl Cumpston

1940 ~ September 2, 1966



Lewis Lawrence Nye

October 27, 1941 ~ February 2015



David H. Barney

May 25, 1941 ~ May 21, 2018

David H. Barney, 76, a lifelong resident of Hallsport, NY, died Monday, May 21, 2018 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY. Born May 25, 1941 in Wellsville he was the son of Harold C. and Marian E. Foster Barney. David was a dairy farmer and produced maple syrup with his father and his brothers on the family farm. He was an avid arrowhead collector and enjoyed local history. Surviving are: four brothers, Walter Barney of Hallsport, Wallace (Connie) Barney of Andover, William (Cheryl) Barney and Lavant (Carol) Barney, both of Wellsville; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Janet Ruth Barney. Services will be private.



Nancy Lee Smith-McDowell

November 15, 1942 ~ August 3, 2003



George Buckhout

1943 ~ September 25, 2017

George A. September 25, 2017 of East Aurora, NY. Beloved husband of Janice (nee Taber); dearest father of Michael (Kaye) and Gregory (Peggy) Buckhout; cherished grandfather of Grace, Lucy and George Buckhout; dear brother of Wilbur (Beverly) Dawson and the late Joyce (Leo) Eaton and Connie (late Anthony) Walsh; also survived by several nieces and nephews. Friends received on Thursday from 9-11AM at the WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 784 Main St., East Aurora where services will be at 11AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 10 Lives Club, 3741 Lake Shore Rd, Blasdell, NY 14219. 



Joyce Fanton-Reynolds

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

Betty L. Sheared, 74 of 4192A Bolivar Road passed away on Thursday, June 08, 2017 at Jones Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was born June 24, 1942 in Wellsville, the daughter of the later Fred and Dorothy (Granger) Curry. On September 4, 1966 in Wellsville she married Roy E. Sheared who predeceased her on March 27, 2005.  Betty was a 1960 graduate of Wellsville High School and was a long time resident of Rochester. She was formerly employed at Lakeshore Nursing Home and Via Health Home Care 2, both in the Rochester area. She has resided in Wellsville for the past 10 years.  She is survived by a step-daughter, Wanda Cooper and a step-son, Mark (Grace) Sheared both of Rochester, four grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a sister, Marilyn Sworthout of Brooksville, Florida, a brother, Kenneth Curry of Wellsville, a sister-in-law, Lila Curry of Genesee, PA, and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her parents and husband by two brothers, Richard and Edward Curry and two sisters, Marjorie Mitchel and Joyce Darling.  Friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with her nephew, Jeff Curry presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the National Kidney Foundation.



Delores Amadon-Ackerman

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



Delores Armstrong




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



Francis Coyle

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




James Wesley Peck

September 17, 1942 ~ September 17, 1999





Necia K. Ebeling

January 31, 1942 ~ May 10, 2002




Betty Ann Phillips-Guadagnino

May 29, 1942 ~ September 19, 2008

Betty Ann Guadagnino, Born: May 29, 1942, Died: September 19, 2008  Webster: Friday, September 19,2008. Predeceased by her husband, Samuel L. Guadagnino; brother, Frederick E. Phillip Jr. and sister , DonnaMae Phillips. She is survived by her brother, Ronald (Carroll) Phillips of Canandaigua, NY ; sister,Bonita (Daniel) Manion of Fruitland, Fl. many nieces and nephews. Betty was an employee of the Rochester City School Dist. for 30 years, a member of American Legion Auxillary Post 942 and the Red Hat Society. Her family will receive friends SUNDAY 1-4 PM at the funeral home. On Monday, please join her family at Holy Spirit Church (1355 Hatch Rd. Webster) for her Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions may be sent to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center 2652 Ridgeway Ave. Rochester, NY 14626 or American Legion Post 942 818 Ridge Rd. Webster, NY 14580 in her memory.


Robert Stevens

March 26, 1941 ~ June 16, 2004



Karen Aiken-Nye

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.



Carolyn Aicher-Sherwood

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


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



Joanne Pfuntner-Redel-Young-Kersher

September 18, 1942 ~ June 23, 2006



Beatrice Palmatier Ensel

September 9, 1942 ~ June 3, 2006

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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



Kay Frances Sprague-Lee

August 2, 1942 ~ September 29, 2000




 James Harold Scott

April 6, 1941 ~ December 18, 1998



Wallace Donald Wilson

October 21, 1942 ~ January 28, 2002



Linda Clark-Garber

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.



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.



Joyce Marie Christina Curtis-Waldon

April 7, 1941 ~ September 16, 2010

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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.



Diane Pfuntner-Baker

April 23, 1943 ~ September 15, 2012

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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.



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