Class of 1961 In Memoriam


William J. Cronauer

August 9, 1943 ~ July 22, 2021

William J. (Bill) Cronauer, 77, of Pinellas Park, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 22, 2021. He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Victoria R. Cronauer and his parents Frederick C. Cronauer (Fritz) and Estelle T. Cronauer, both of Wellsville, N.Y. He is survived by his daughter Lisa Marie Salem, son-in-law Brandon Salem and grandchildren Rylee Marie Salem, Logan Joseph Salem and Stella Rose Salem, all from Belchertown, Mass., as well as his dog, Hey Girl.   Bill grew up in Wellsville, N.Y., where he enjoyed playing little league baseball and tennis. His love of sports grew through high school and although he stood six foot four inches tall, he didn’t play basketball, a game that a short time later would go on to shape his career and life.  He graduated from Syracuse University and after graduation moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. to accept a position with the St. Petersburg Times as a sportswriter, and later became a Senior Page Designer and Editor in the newspaper’s award-winning sports department.  It was during this period that he developed and became editor of the B/C Scouting Service, which would become America’s foremost high school and junior college recruiting publication of its time.  In 1977, he became camp director and co-owner along with his partner, Bill Bolton, of B/C All Stars. What started as a single basketball camp in Milledgeville, Ga. would soon become one of the premier basketball camps in the nation attended by the top college players, many of whom would go on to become NBA players. The camp had an astounding 16 year run and saw the likes of Hall of Fame NBA players such as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon and many more.  Bill’s knowledge of basketball knew no boundaries. By memory, he could tell you what high school a player had attended. He could repeat statistics of players without hesitation, a game he loved playing with his good friend, Peter. He loved watching sports, especially his New York Yankees and Montreal Canadiens. Bill was a devout Catholic who attended Sacred Heart Catholic Church every Sunday for close to 30 years. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, dog lover and a great friend to many.  Visitation & Memorial Service: at Taylor Funeral Home on Friday, July 30th from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Interment: Private Burial on Saturday, July 31st at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Clearwater, Fla.

Melanie “Lani” Lee-O’Neal

April 10, 1943 ~ December 19, 2018

Melanie “Lani” Lee O’Neal died on June 7, 2017 in Baton Rouge, LA due to complications following ovarian cancer. She was 74.  Lani was born on April 10, 1943 in Wellsville, NY to her parents, Chet and June Lee. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School and Wellsville High School. She and her family moved to Corpus Christi, TX in 1958 where she attended W. B. Ray High School, graduating in 1961. After graduation, her family moved to Houston where she attended The University of Houston. She married Billie Don O’Neal in 1966. They moved to Midland, TX where Don worked for ExxonMobil, eventually returning to Houston. Among her jobs, Lani worked in a doctor’s office and for St. Luke’s Hospital, but her fondest memories were working as a flight attendant for Texas International Airlines. Later, she went on to earn her pilot’s license.  Lani was a dedicated and loving wife, daughter, sister and aunt. She was known to tirelessly serve others, making all who came in contact with her feel deeply loved and valued. For years, she was a committed volunteer for Family Outreach of NW Harris County. She was also a devoted animal lover who often took in cats who became members of the family.  Lani is survived by her twin sister, Melinda “Linda” Boudreaux; nephews, Scott Boudreaux (wife, Jenny), John Boudreaux (wife, Stephanie); niece, Kelly Horton (husband, Casey); and two step-sons, Barry O’Neal (wife, Linda, and their two children) and William O’Neal (wife, Susan, and their two children). Lani was also the proud “great aunt” to a dozen grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and June Lee; husband, Billie Don O’Neal, and step-son, Mike O’Neal.  A private memorial service will be held in Baton Rouge, LA. For those wishing to make donations in her memory, please contribute to The Woman’s Hospital Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA.


Janet Elaine Jones-Haas

November 7, 1943 ~ January 19, 2018

Janet Elaine Haas, a former Wellsville resident, passed away Friday, January 19, 2018, at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, CA.  A graduate of Arizona State University, she was an accomplished quilter and taught quilting classes for many years for Palomar College in both Ramona and Escondido, CA. She was a member of many quilting organizations including Ramona’s Back Country Quilters.  She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother for six grandchildren.  Janet was born on November 7, 1943 in Wellsville, New York. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Louise Jones.  She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert, a daughter, Amie L. Haas of San Carlos, CA, and three sons, Christopher P. Haas of Alameda, CA, Robin E. Haas of Bay St. Louis, MS, and Timothy J. Haas of Tempe, AZ.  Friends wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the American Heart Association.



Jenny Cole-Burdick

February 27, 1945 ~ August 26, 2016

Jenny L. Burdick, 71, of 79 King St., passed away on Friday (August 26, 2016) at the Highland Park Healthcare Center following a long illness.  She was born Feb. 27, 1945, in Wellsville, the daughter of Paul M. and Louise A. (Tait) Cole Sr. On June 25, 1966, in Wellsville, she married Donald R. Burdick, who predeceased her on Oct. 26, 2004.  Jenny attended school in Wellsville. She loved to read, make crafts, listen to country music and go out with friends to dance. She did a lot of babysitting in her younger years and was a Cub Scout den mother in the Bolivar and Richburg area for 10 years. She worked with the junior bowlers in Bolivar for many years. She was employed as a personal care aide for Jan & Bev’s Home Care, Southern Tier Home Health Care and Associated Home Care. She also provided home care for several friends and family members. She was a member of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary for many years.  She is survived by a son, Scott A. Burdick of Byron; a brother, Paul J. Cole Jr. of Wellsville; two sisters, Marguerite “Susie” (Maxwell) Halladay Sr. of Wellsville, and Linda M. Button of Richburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  Besides her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Michael T. Burdick, who passed away on Feb. 25, 2008; two brothers, William F. and Ronald E. Cole; a sister, Beverly J. Denning; and a sister-in-law, Gertrude Cole.  Friends are invited to call at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, (August 30, 2016). The funeral will follow visitation at 3 p.m. with the Rev. David Herne presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.  Please consider memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or St. Jude’s Children Hospital.



Judith McKinley-Wakefield

January 22, 1943 ~ May 2, 2019

Judith Ann Wakefield, age 76, of South Main Street passed away at home on Thursday, May 2, 2019. She was born on January 22, 1943 in Wellsville to John “Jack” and Lila L. Quant McKinley In Cuba she married Wesley Wakefield who predeceased her. Judith graduated from Wellsville High School and the New Penn Beauty School in Olean with a degree in cosmetology. She worked for the Texas Hot, Basil Inferrera’s Beauty Shop, The Cuba Lake Pavilion, and for Motorola in Arcade. She was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville and was currently a member of the Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church of Scio.  Survivors include a daughter Kelly Wakefield Wilber; four stepchildren, Steven [Doreen] Wakefield, Debbie [Curt] Hamilton, Randy Wakefield, and Kathy [Donald] Wakefield Sciotti; grandchildren and great grandchildren, Noel [Amy] Deuell Sr., June Deuell, Vincent Sciotti, Noel Deuell Jr.,Jody Hamilton, Jonathan Hamilton, Crystal Wakefield, Allen Wakefield, Kylee Wilber, Kelsey Wilber, Michael Wilber Jr., and Mitchell Wilber; two sisters, Kathleen [Jeff] Tingley, Pamela [Brent] Rohrabacher; two brothers, Richard [Laurie] Boyd, and Mark [Tracy] Boyd; Several nieces and nephews; A special long time friend and care giver, Joyce Burns.  She was predeceased by her parents and her step father, Mark M. Boyd.  Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church of Wellsville from 10 am until 11 am. Her funeral service will take place at 11 am in the church with Reverend Greg DeSalvatore presiding. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in her name may be given to the First United Methodist church of Wellsville, or to the Knights Creek Evangelical Church of Scio, or to the David A. Howe Library.




William Carlin

February 18, 1942 ~ December 2, 2019

William B. Carlin, 77, of 2231 Stannards Road passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, surrounded by his family at the Bath VA Medical Center following a long battle with cancer. He was born on February 18, 1942 in Wellsville the son of the late Bernard James and Mabel (Sortore) Carlin. Bill was a 1961 graduate of Wellsville High School. He is a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving from 1961 to 1966. During his enlistment he was stationed in Norfolk, VA. and Holy Lock, Scotland. Once discharged, Bill went to work at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville in April of 1966 and retired in 2002 from Dresser-Rand Corporation after 40 years of service. He was a member, Past Captain, and Past President of the McEwen Hose Company No. 4.  He was a member of the Allegany County Association of Volunteer Firemen, Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman. He was also a Life Member, and Past Commander, serving 3 terms, of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion in Wellsville.  He is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Chuck) Duesler of Little Genesee, two sons, Mark (Becky) Carlin of Palmerton, PA, and Kevin (Christa) Carlin of Richmond, KY, six grandchildren, Heather Jordan, Aric Jordan,  Krista Carlin,  Liam Carlin, Ira Carlin, and Noah Carlin, a brother, Thomas Paul Carlin of Scio and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by his brother, and sister-in-law, James F. and Carole Carlin.  Friends are invited to call on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 7, at 11:00 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial with military honors, will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, the American Legion Post 702, or the Prostrate Cancer Institute.


James Meehan

August 2, 1943 ~ February 2, 2019

James E. Meehan, 75, passed away on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Jones Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born August 2, 1943 in DuBois, PA, the son of the late Charles and Maxine (Leitzell) Meehan. On July 20, 1968 at Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, PA he married Betty L. Cimpritz who survives.  Jim was raised in Wellsville and was a1961 graduate of Wellsville High School. He attended the Erie County Technical Institute from 1963 to 1965, and Alfred State College from 1968 to 1971. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army beginning his basic training at Fort Dix, NJ in 1965. After his aircraft maintenance training he served in Vietnam from September 1965 to September 1966. From September 1966 to March of 1967 he served at Fort Bragg, NC. He also served with the U.S. Army Reserve from 1974 to 1985. He began his career at Turbodyne Corporation in Wellsville in 1967 as a detail draftsman, and retired as a senior designer in 2005, after 37 years of service.  He was a 49 year member of the McEwen Hose Company/Wellsville Fire Company; where he served as President, Captain, Trustee, and was the Chief of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department in 1993 and 1994. He was a member of the Allegany County Fireman’s Association, the  Southwestern Association of Volunteer Fireman, the New York State Fire Chiefs Association, and was a Fire Investigator for Allegany County. He was a member of the Morrison Hayes Post 702, American Legion, the Frank B. Church Post 2530 VFW, and the Wellsville Moose Lodge 601. He was an avid baseball fan and loved to take his grandson, Nicholas to Yankee games. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing golf and watching his grandson play baseball.  Surviving in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Lori (Brian) Meehan-McLymont of Brookfield, CT, and Sherri (Larry) Salvato of Rochester, a grandson, Nicholas James Tanner, three step grandchildren, Ryan, Lauren and Jordyn, a sister-in-law, Julie Morsman of Genesee, PA, several cousins, and nieces and nephews, including Joe, Kevin, and Bill Morsman, and their families. He was predeceased in addition to his parents by a beloved aunt, Helen Leitzell. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the  J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Wednesday, February 6, at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Joseph Dougherty presiding. Burial with military honors will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort house or the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department.


Melinda Lee-Bourdeaux

April 10, 1943 ~ December 19, 2018

Melinda “Linda” Lee Boudreaux passed away on December 19, 2018 in Baton Rouge, LA due to complications from cancer. She was 75. Linda was born on April 10, 1943 in Wellsville, NY to her parents, Chet and June Lee. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School and Wellsville High School. She and her family moved to Corpus Christi, TX in 1958 where she attended W. B. Ray High School. After graduation in 1961, her family moved to Houston where she attended The University of Houston. Her working life included employment as an executive assistant, apartment manager and a ladies’ locker room attendant at Raveneaux Country Club in Houston, TX-a position she enjoyed for over twenty years. Linda was known to be an avid shopper, loved time with family and friends, and thoroughly enjoyed trips back to her hometown of Wellsville, NY. Though life brought many challenges, her boundless optimism and love of life were infectious. Linda is survived by her children, Kelly Horton (Casey), son, Scott Boudreaux (Jenny), and son, John Boudreaux (Stephanie). Linda was also the proud “Grammie” to twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chet and June Lee; twin sister, Melanie “Lani” O’Neal and her twins, Michael and Michelle, shortly after their birth. Visitation will be at Rabenhorst Funeral Home Downtown, 825 Government Street, Baton Rouge, LA, on Saturday, December 29, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. until a memorial service to honor Linda’s life at 3:00 p.m.


Nancy Howden-Zeliff

June 7, 1943 ~ January 10, 2017

Nancy Jean Zeliff (Howden), resident of Pulaski County, former resident of Allegany County NY, passed from this life into the nearer presence of Jesus on Jan. 10, 2017.  Nancy was born on June 7, 1943, the second child of the late William and Eleanor (Shaw) Howden. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School with the class of 1961, and The Olean Business Institute. Nancy was an avid seamstress; she created many beautiful pieces such as gowns and tuxedos for proms, weddings, and Christenings.  Nancy served The Lord as a member of The Almond Union of Churches, Almond, NY. She served her community as a Sister of The Order of The Eastern Star and was a member of the New York State Grange. Mrs. Zeliff retired from the Alfred-Almond Central School District as the Secretary to the High School. She also contributed many years to the Allegany County Fair as the Front Office Manager.  Nancy is survived by her Brother and Sister-in-Law, William and Jackie Howden; Brother and Sister-in-Law, David and Mary Howden; Aunt, Helen Young; Daughter, Luann Bolden (Richmond); Daughter, Cindi Songster (Richmond); Son and Daughter-in-Law, Robert and Lynn Richmond; Son, Steven Zeliff; along with 17 Grandchildren, 12 Great-Grandchildren, and many Cousins, Nieces and Nephews.  Nancy enjoyed her retirement spending time with her Children, Grandchildren, and especially her Great-Grandchildren. She was loved and will be missed by many.  A Memorial Service, officiated by Michelle Ormsby, will be held at The Almond Union of Churches, 11 South Main Street, Almond NY, on Saturday (Jan. 21, 2017) at 1 p.m.


William Philip McEnroe

May 17, 1943 ~ May 28, 2018

William Philip McEnroe, 75, of Englewood, FL passed away on Monday May 28, 2018 under the comfortable care of JourneyCare Hospice as family was by his side. He was born to William R. McEnroe and Jane Van Dusen McEnroe on May 17, 1943 in Wellsville, NY where he grew up and attended Wellsville Central High School along with his love and future wife Marcia Briggs McEnroe. Phil graduated from the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the Rho Lambda chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon. Following graduation, Phil and his beloved wife Marcia raised their family in Tonawanda, NY where he began his career in investment banking at Buffalo Savings Bank. In 1983, Phil moved the family to Pembroke Pines, FL as the banking industry consolidated and opportunities for growth in South Florida developed. Following his retirement managing investments for Stuzin Family Partners, Phil and Marcia settled in Englewood, FL in 2001 where they enjoyed boating the flats of Lemon Bay and staying active within the Englewood United Methodist Church family.  Forever an OU Sooner, Phil was a devoted fan of his alma mater’s football team. Phil enjoyed cruising the world with Marcia and Phil Jr, sharing his fishing holes with family and friends, and any general activity that involved the presence of loved ones.  Phil is survived by his daughter Jennifer (David) McEnroe Tarr of Winnetka, IL; sons, William Philip McEnroe Jr of Englewood and Edward Briggs (Sharon) McEnroe of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; grandchildren, Alexandra and Elizabeth Tarr and MacKenzie Jane and William Briggs McEnroe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Susan McEnroe Win. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shore Community Services (, who works to improve quality of life for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.



Margaret Gail Embser

June 26, 1943 ~ January 1, 2018

Margaret “Gail” Embser, 74, of 4203 Sunscape Lane, Raleigh, NC passed away on Monday, January 1, 2018 at the North Carolina Heart and Vascular Hospital in Raleigh, NC following a brief illness. She was born June 26, 1943 in Wellsville, NY, the daughter of the late Richard J. and Louise M. (Dunn) Embser.  Gail was a 1961 graduate of Wellsville High School and graduated from Harcum College. As a young wife she worked as an administrative assistant to support her husband and herself as he pursued his college degree. As her family grew, she was a dedicated homemaker and full time mom. Becoming a single mother, she worked hard to nurture and provide for her children as an administrative assistant for groups where her organizational skills were of great benefit and she had a chance to make a positive impact on the community, including UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC, Woodlawn Memorial Gardens in Durham, NC, and finally at Borden Tolley Real Estate and Appraisal in Durham, NC where she worked until her retirement.  She enjoyed being active in the community, serving in various organizations such as Welcome Wagon and the Jaynecees. She enjoyed activities such as bridge, golf, racquetball, and skiing, but most of all loved to entertain her wide circle of friends.  She was a fiercely devoted mother and grandmother who considered her family the light of her life. She was always there to cheer on and celebrate her family’s triumphs and was always available when her love and advice was most needed. She was a member of The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, NC.  She is survived by three children, Lance (Tresa) Pickup, Shannon (Jimmy) Leonida, Danielle (John) Quiocho all of Raleigh, NC, six beloved grandchildren, Alec and Collin Pickup, Kieron and Kennedy Leonida and Cooper and Maximilian Quiocho, two sisters, Linda (George) Lewis of Salem, NY, and Susan Embser of Durham, NC, one brother, John (Diana) Embser of Wellsville, a brother-in-law, Mark Wattenberg of Wellsville, as well as several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and many friends, including Earl Rhoads of Raleigh, NC. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Embser and her former husband Dana Pickup.  Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 5, 2018, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 36 Maple Avenue in Wellsville. Inurnment will be in the Memorial Garden Columbarium at the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, NC.


James Dodds

August 28, 1943 ~ July 18, 2018

James B. Dodds, 74, of Vista, CA passed away peacefully on July 18 under hospice care at Ryan House in Phoenix, AZ following a seven-year tenacious battle against cancer.  Born August 28, 1943 in Wellsville, NY, he was a son of Robert B and Virginia Harder Dodds.  Mr. Dodds graduated from Wellsville High School in 1961 and attended college at the University of Oklahoma, studying Financial Marketing.  Following college Jim resided in New York City for a number of years working for Clairol and the NFL before relocating to San Diego.  From an early age Jim developed a passion for sailing which continued throughout his life. His happiest memories were of being on a sailboat with family and friends and taking nieces and nephews on sailing/camping trips up the St. Lawrence.  Surviving are a brother, Dr. William B. Dodds of Durango, CO and two sisters, Carol Dodds Collins of Columbus, OH and Linda Dodds Phillips of Greer, SC; 11 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.  The family is grateful to Kelley Phillips and Scott and Aimee Phillips for the love, attention and extraordinary support to Jim during his long battle with cancer. A celebration of Jim’s life is planned at Point Loma, CA at a future date.



Raymond E. Dennis

October 2, 1942 ~ May 31, 2016



Dana Pickup, Jr.

February 7, 1943 ~ May 24, 2016

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Dana R.”Ronnie” Pickup, Jr., 73, of Wellsville, NY and Venice, FL, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at Transitions Hospice Home in Raleigh, NC. He was surrounded by his family as his battle with multiple myeloma came to a peaceful conclusion. He was born February 7, 1943 in Savannah, GA, the son of the late Dana R. and Elizabeth (Jenks) Pickup. Dana graduated from Wellsville High School 1961, lettering in three sports and serving as student council president his senior year.  A star quarterback in high school, he went on to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions, playing in the Gator Bowl in 1962.  While at Penn State, he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, during which time he established many lifelong bonds with friends that continue to this day.  In 1966 he earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, after which time he served with the U. S. Army in Korea. After his return from overseas duty, he practiced as a Certified Public Accountant at his father’s family business in Wellsville. In 1980, he purchased Cuba Specialty Manufacturing Company of Fillmore, NY, a maker of minnow traps and other fishing tackle equipment.  He successfully ran and expanded the business until his retirement.  He served as president of the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association, an industry trade organization, from 1989-1990.  During his tenure, he had the opportunity to host a fishing trip with President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush at the Grand Teton National Park.  He also served on the President’s Advisory Board at Houghton College in Allegany County. As a youth, he spent summers at Brentwood Camp, eventually serving as a counselor, and continued to support the camp for years after. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, golf, and was an avid hot air balloonist, piloting the Bloody Mary balloon over the skies of western New York.  He was a member of the Jaycees in Wellsville and enjoyed hosting clam bakes and organizing road rallies. He was a Rotarian and a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge. He had a strong faith and was a member of the Englewood United Methodist Church in Englewood, FL and the Presbyterian Church of Wellsville in Wellsville, NY.  Dana is survived by his wife Patti, his brother Bob and sister in law Linda of Gulfport, FL, son and daughter-in-law, Lance and Tresa Pickup of Raleigh, NC, daughter and son-in-law Shannon and Jimmy Leonida of Raleigh, NC, daughter and son-in-law Danielle and John Quiocho of Cary, NC, step-son and daughter-in-law Todd and Christy Willard of Greenville, DE, step-daughter Brittany Willard of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, grandchildren Alec and Collin Pickup, Kieron and Kennedy Leonida, Cooper and Maximilian Quiocho, Jack and Grace Willard, his goddaughter Caitlain Lewis Clary as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Friends are invited to visit the family on Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville, NY. The funeral will be Friday, June 3rd at 11:00 am in the First United Methodist Church, 79 Madison Street in Wellsville, NY. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or to Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC


Phillip James Mesler

May 16, 1944 ~ May 2, 2016

 Phillip James Mesler, age 71, of Saint Peters, Mo., formerly of Wellsville, N.Y., passed away on Monday (May 2, 2016) at his home. He was born in Wellsville, N.Y., on May 16, 1944, a son of Willis and Ida Mesler (nee Covert). Phillip enlisted in the Air Force, served in Vietnam, and retired as Senior Master Sergeant after 20 years of service. He loved St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Dallas Cowboys Football. Phillip is survived by his sons, Todd C. (Karen) Mesler, Sr. of Saint Peters, Mo., Scott A. Mesler of Fenton, Mo., and Michael A. (Cynthia) Mesler of Overland, Mo.; sisters, Joan Booker and Faith Hovey, both of New York State; 6 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and a host of other family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elden and Duane Mesler;  three sisters, Virginia Harris, Pearl Mesler and Eleanor Rushmore.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday (May 4, 2016) at All Saints Catholic Church, 7 McMenamy Road, St. Peters, MO 63376 with Fr. Andrew Burkemper officiating. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church. Interment with Military Honors will be at 1:30 p.m. at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Alleluia Baskets, 148 Hollow Creek Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376.


Darryl Roy MacTavish

December 11, 1942 ~ July 20, 2003


 Betty Jeanne Layfield-Glosser

September 23, 1943 ~ February 11, 2003

Betty J. Glosser, 59 years of age, died at her residence in Antioch following a lengthy illness. Betty was a native of North Tonawanda, New York and has resided in Antioch since 1967. She was a graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Alfred University in N.Y., Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College. She graduated as a Lic. Vocational Nurse. She had been employed at Delta Mem. Hosp. and Kaiser Hospital as a nurse. She enjoyed trips to Yosemite, ceramics, gardening and reading. Betty is survived by Sons and Daughters-in-law, Raymond J. and Peg Glosser and Allyn D. Glosser all of Antioch and Loren P. and Shai Glosser of Oakley. Grandson: Evan Paul Glosser of Oakley. Brother: Jim Layfield, Canisteo, NY and Sister Dorothy Lucille Washburn of Antioch. Nieces and Nephews also survive. Betty was preceded in death by Brother: Danny Layfield and Sister Donna Dickinson.  Memorial services at Brentwood Funeral Home will be Saturday Feb. 22nd at 1:00pm. Donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society 150 Grand Ave. Oakland, CA 94612.


Terry Ray Quackenbush

October 21, 1943 ~ July 29, 1988

Oct. 21, 1965 – Oct. 21, 1966


Carol Yaw-Williams

November 1942 ~ April 17, 2012

Carol M. Williams, Age 69 of Horseheads, NY formerly of Painted Post, NY passed away on Thursday at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. Carol was born in Wellsville, NY in November 1942 the daughter of the late Glen and Loretta Yaw. She married her husband Eddie W. Williams in August 1962 and they would have celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary this year. Carol was a woman of many talents and was a former real estate agent. Carol was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who cherished the time she spent with her family. Carol is survived by her loving and devoted husband Eddie W. Williams; her loving daughters and sons-in-law: Laura & Christopher Oughterson of Elmira Heights, NY, Yvonne & Robert Drake of Horseheads, NY and Jennifer Williams of Horseheads, NY; beloved grandchildren: Katherine, Andrew, Eric, and Sara; sister: Betty Layfield of Allentown, NY; sister-in-law: Judith Matteson of Addison, NY; brother-in-law: Jerry Williams of Wellsville, NY; one aunt, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of caring friends. Carol’s Gravesite Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday April 25, 2012 at Maple Grove Cemetery 715 West Broad Street Horseheads, NY at 2 PM. Her nephew Glen Layfield Minister of The Scio Church of Christ and Rev. Patrick Holder will officiate. Those wishing may remember Carol through memorials to a charity of one’s choice.


Roland Benjamin “Ben” Fanton

March 25, 1943 ~ March 10, 2002


Jean Covel-Dart

December 3, 1943 ~ July 4, 2011

Jean M. Dart, 67, of the Gold Road, passed away peacefully at home, Monday (July 4, 2011). Born Dec. 3, 1943, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Glen and Mildred Covel. She was a 1961 graduate of Wellsville High School. On Aug. 20, 1986, she married Michael P. Dart, who survives. For several years, Jean was a tractor/trailer owner/operator. She was also employed by the United States Postal Service. She held many positions, including being a driver instructor and a contract technician for over 400 post offices. She retired from the USPS after 20 years of service. Jean enjoyed auctions, antiques, online shopping, reading, sewing and collecting teddy bears. She loved animals, especially horses and dogs. She enjoyed watching the horses run out in the pasture. Jean was also a frequent visitor to the SPCA. She adored her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, of which Ethan and Dylan Cornell gave her special joy to her heart. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, William (Theresa) Coyle and Thomas (Tracey) Coyle, both of Eleven Mile Road, Genesee, Pa.; five stepdaughters, Michelle Baker, Milanda Good, Missy Dart, Kimberly Dart and Ashley Grace Dart, all of Lancaster, Pa.; two brothers, William Covel of Friendship, and Robert (Phyllis) Covel of Canisteo; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Jim Covel. Friends called on Friday (July 8, 2011) from 3-5 p.m. at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville, where services were held at 5 p.m. with Rev. Ralph Eastlack officiating. Burial was in the Stannards Cemetery in the town of Willing. Memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.


Kathryn Anne Stark-Ligus

June 28, 1943 ~ December 18, 1991


John Nick Baldini

April 19, 1943 ~ February 24, 1998


Alan H. Stebbins

August 9, 1941 ~ September 28, 2015

 Alan H. Stebbins, 74, and formerly of 11 Pennsylvania Ave. and, for the past 8.5 years, a resident of the Wellsville Manor Care Center, passed away on Monday (Sept. 28, 2015) in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, following an extended illness. He was born in Wellsville on Aug. 9, 1941, the son of Herald W. and Helen McKinley Stebbins. He was a graduate of the Wellsville High School and then entered the U.S. Coast Guard, serving from 1961 until 1966. On April 12, 1969,in Belfast, N.Y., he married Sharron M. Butler, who survives him.  Until ill health forced his retirement in 1992, he was employed as a crane operator and last as time keeper with Dresser-Rand Corp. in Wellsville. While residing at the Wellsville Manor he was the Council president for several years. He had served on the Parish Council of the Sacred Heart Church in Friendship, was a member of the Friendship Volunteer Fire Department, the Friendship Ambulance Squad, the Friendship American Legion Post No. 1168 and as a member of the Friendship Rotary Club and was the recipient of a Paul Harris Service Award. Surviving besides his wife, Sharron, are daughters, Tisha (Raymond)?Young of Genesee, Pa., Melissa (Charles)?Lananger III of Bolivar, N.Y.; grandsons, Anthony Young of Genesee, Pa., Tyler and Dylan Lananger of Bolivar, N.Y.; granddaughter, Ashley Jordan of Bolivar, N.Y.; stepgranddaughter, Janelle Lananger of Bolivar, N.Y.; brother, Kenneth Stebbins of Olean, N.Y.; several nieces, nephews and fellow campers he met at the Deer Run Camp Grounds. He was also predeceased by his parents and a nephew, Russell Stebbins.  Visitation will be held on Saturday (Oct. 3, 2015)?in the Friendship American Legion Home from 1 until 3 p.m. At 3 p.m., a Celebration of Life Service will be held with Deacon Frank Pasquale the celebrant, followed by full military rites rendered by members of the Friendship?Legion Post and ending with a service by members of the Friendship Vol. Fire Dept. Burial will be at the family’s convenience in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Belfast, N.Y. Memorials may be made to Friendship Fire Dept., Friendship Rotary Club or the Friendship Legion Post, with the funds to be used for a community outdoor electric message board.


Dr. John David Hauser

June 8, 1943 ~ August 28, 2014

houser 1961

Dr. John David Hauser is survived by his wife, Linda, six children, ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. An only child, John was born June 8, 1943, to Harold and Louise Hauser in Wellsville, New York. In 1965, he earned his baccalaureate degree in economics and political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In 1972 he earned his Ph.D., majoring in history and philosophy from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. In 1972 John and his first wife (and life-long friend), Ann, moved to Astoria with their two children Lisa and Anna. John taught Western Civilization and World Religion and Philosophy at Clatsop Community College until he retired in 2005. John was a very popular teacher beloved by his students. His teaching was influenced by Joseph Campbell, the writings of Carlos Castaneda, and spirituality as expressed by Ram Doss. He was also a respected Faculty Association president for many years. A fierce competitor, John loved playing with the college faculty team.  In 1978 he met his second wife, Linda. She brought her young children into the family: Ted, Michael, Jenny, and Jeri Lyn. John was a passionate fly fisherman and fly tier. He, Linda and their children spent many happy summers fishing on the Locsha River, as well as many others in Idaho and Montana.  John’s other avocation was music. He had a successful rock and roll band in Pullman, Washington, and continued to play guitar for many years after moving to Astoria. His favorite bands were Jefferson Airplane, the Eagles and Santana. His other passions were the Cleveland Browns football team (Jim Brown and Otto Graham), and John was also an artist. In addition to his fly tied creations (little pieces of art), he enjoyed working with wood, especially No. 3 pine and cedar, to create fantastic wall art in his home. His favorite movies were “The Godfather,” “The Terminator,” “Rocky,” “Heaven Can Wait,” “A River Runs Through It,” and “Dirty Dancing.” Last summer, he spent two weeks fly fishing with his grandson Sean. In August, John and daughter Jeri had a great time camping and fishing at East Lake. John cherished spending time with his beloved grandson Dylan. They had many long, in-depth conversations about philosophy, religion, the importance of education, being frugal, not wasteful, the Golden Rule, protecting the Earth while enjoying nature, and of course, girls.


 Rose Marie Sheridan-Limbaugh-Griffin

April 23, 1943 ~ May 22, 1996


Richard Norton

September 23, 1942 ~ December 30, 2007

USAF 1962-1966; serviced jet aircraft, Griffiss Air Force Base, Rome


Roger Coyle

December 16, 1941 ~ February 2, 1984


Betty J. Miller-Deck

May 20, 1944 ~ August 20, 2012

Betty J. Deck, 68, of 2964 Truax Road, went to be with her Lord on Monday (Aug. 20, 2012) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester following a long illness. She was born May 20, 1944, in Wellsville, a daughter of Malcolm and Doris Campbell Miller. On June 12, 1976, in Victor, she was married to James W. Deck, who survives. She attended Wellsville High School and was employed at the Texas Hot Restaurant in Wellsville. She was a member of the Knights Creek Evangelical Methodist Church in Scio.  She enjoyed her flower gardens and camping with her family. Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Roxanne (Todd) Moyer Sabins of Wellsville; a grandson, William (Natasha) Cole Jr.; stepdaughters, Barbara and Brenda; three grandchildren; three sisters, Beverly (George) Krach of Baltimore, Alice Meyers of Andover and Diane Rosati of Belmont; several nieces and nephews; and two foster brothers, Paul Jones of Hornell and Paul Bailey of North Carolina. She was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Priscilla Miller Perry. Friends may call Saturday (Aug. 25, 2012) at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville from 1 until 3 p.m., when services will be held. The Rev. Carl Kemp will officiate. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville. Memorials may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corp. or to Mercy Flight, 100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo, NY 14225.


John David Greene

September 14, 1943 ~ August 16, 2002

US Vet serving 16 mos 1964-66 in Korea 55th MP Co



David August Vossler

May 7, 1943 ~ December 16, 1998



Joan Frances Regan

June 25, 1943 ~ December 22, 2003

JOAN FRANCES REGAN, of Takoma Towers, died Monday December 22, 2003 at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She was born June 25, 1943 in Wellsville, NY the daughter of Thomas F. and Gertrude (Dowling) Regan. Joan graduated from the Immaculate Conception School, Wellsville in 1958 and Wellsville High School in 1960. She received her BA degree from Marymount College in Terrytown, NY and her MA from Manhattenville College in Purchase, NY. She was a former school teacher at the Simsbury Public School System in Simsbury, CT.She is survived by 1 sister, Dr. Judy Regan Marcin of Columbia, MD. 3 nieces, Shelah Marcin, Sarah Tomalty, Susan Marcin, 1 nephew, Peter Marcin, 4 grand nieces and 3 grand nephews. Burial on December 27, 2003 at 1:00 pm. in the Immaculate Conception Church 24 Maple Avenue, Wellsville. Rev. Dennis Wolf will be celebrant, and interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Wellsville. There will be no prior visitation, memorial suggestion include the Immaculate Conception School or a charity of the donors choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville.  


Gwen Erle Grantier-Johnson

May 19, 1943 ~ January 4, 1993


Diana May Coats-Straight

May 3, 1943 ~ June 15, 1995


Marie Mae Kellogg-Wilson

April 5, 1943 ~ May 3, 1997


Morris Lee “Skeeter” Snyder

January 2, 1944 ~ February 5, 2010


Michael Jan Ludden

June 26, 1943 ~ June 10, 2001

Michael Jan Ludden of the Wightman Road passed away on Friday, June 10, 2001, at home. He was born on June 26, 1943 in Wellsville to Mark E. and Marguerite Dates Ludden. On July 24, 1966 in Genesee, Pa. he married Elizabeth “Beth” Dwyer who survives. Mike graduated from Wellsville High School in 1961 and worked for Dresser Rand as a machinist for 32 years retiring in 1995. He built and ran Ludden’s Car Wash on the Andover Road and also ran Ludden’s Septic Service. Mike enjoyed riding and working on motorcycles, 4 wheelers and snowmobiles. His friends always knew if they had a problem that they could turn to Mike for advice on how to fix them. He enjoyed traveling, especially to dirt track motorcycle races, swap meets in Mid, OH. and Carlisle, PA. as well as NASCAR. Mike loved his grandchildren and was a member of the American Motorcycle Association. Surviving besides his wife Beth include: a daughter Jennifer Baker of Wellsville; a son Michael (Myra) Ludden of Andover; 7 grandchildren, Christian Colon, Cameron Gordon, Brokton Ludden, Bryson Ludden, Covey Clancy, Caden Ludden and Lakin Ludden; a great granddaughter, Mercedes Douglas; an aunt, Eleanor Dates and a cousin, Ron Dates ; many cousins from the Ludden Family and a long time family friend “his second son” Lon Garwood.  Friends are invited to attend a memorial Mass on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 10 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Father Sean DiMaria as Celebrant. Memorials in Mike’s name may be given to either the Jones Memorial Hospital or to the SPCA serving Allegany County.



William M. Fleming

1943 ~ February 2, 2013

William M. Fleming, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.: 69, passed away February 2, 2013 at his home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in Wellsville, NY. After serving in the Air Force, he was employed by Kodak and IBM in Rochester, NY as a Computer Operator, before retiring. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward W. and Pearl (Moyer), his brother Tom and his wife, Terry. He is survived by his niece, Colleen (Van Gorder) and his nephew, Keegan. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Wellsville, NY on May 11, 2013 at noon, followed by Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Donations may be made to the American Heart Association


Ann Watkins-McCarthy

December 16, 1943 ~ December 7, 2008

Ann Watkins McCarthy 1961





Judith Spargur-Hardy

July 17, 1943 ~ September 13, 2009

Judith Spargur Hardy 1961



Dixie Elaine Williams-Stannard-Uhler

March 1, 1943 ~ May 1, 2014