May 6, 1944 ~ August 15, 2019
March 22, 1944 ~ February 16, 2018
Cheryl Anderson West Deptford, N.J. Cheryl Anderson (nee Bennett), age 73, of West Deptford, NJ, died unexpectedly on February 16, 2018 while surrounded by her family. Born and raised in Wellsville, NY, she graduated from Wellsville High School and from St. James Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Hornell, NY in 1965. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Underwood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury, NJ for 40 years, retiring in 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Ronald L. Anderson of West Deptford, NJ, her sister, Elaine Graves, her brother, Frederick Bennett Jr., and her parents, Linnie and Frederick Bennett Sr., all of Wellsville, NY. She is survived by her three children, Ronald Larry, Jr. of Raleigh, NC, Sheila (Rolf) Mikkelson of West Deptford, NJ, and Brian (Shannon) of West Deptford, sister Betty Herman of Lakeville, NY, and sister Joann Palmer of Las Vegas, NV. Cheryl dearly loved her four grandchildren, Justin Tyler, Nicklas Tomas, Hannah Jolie, and Emily Linnie. Friends may greet the family on Saturday, February 24 after 3:30pm in the Budd Funeral Home, 522 Salem Ave, Woodbury, NJ. A service celebrating Cheryl’s life will be at 4:30pm. Contributions may be made to the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Animal Welfare Association, 509 Centennial Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043.
John Robert Dervey II
August 10, 1944 ~ November 19, 2017
Mr. John Robert Dervay, 73, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at his home in Tega Cay. John was born to the late John Robert and Dorothy Lutz Dervay on Aug. 10, 1944. He grew up as the eldest of four in Binghamton, N.Y. and later graduated from Wellsville High School. John re-located to upstate New York to pursue college at the University of Buffalo where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.
John’s ambitious personality, intelligence and meticulous work ethic secured various chemical engineering executive positions with Air Preheater, Keene Corporation, Kaydon Corporation and Dollinger Corporation. John eventually moved to Tega Cay, S.C. in 1990 where he retired but continued to work by serving the city as a councilman for two terms. He loved his city and worked tirelessly to improve the economy and infrastructure. John was a HUGE Carolina Tar Heels basketball fan, loved technology/space/aviation, reading, the Buffalo Bills, City Chicken, Spiedies, and Pierogies. His dry sense of humor, caring and generous disposition will be greatly missed by all those who loved him. John is survived by his daughter, Shannon Dervay of Fort Mill. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Shawne F. Dervay; two brothers, Douglas and Dana Dervay; his sister, Shawne M. Dervay, many cousins, aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews. A celebration of John’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at Wolfe Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service.
September 1944 ~ May 7, 1918
Peter was born on September 12, 1944 and passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018. Peter was a resident of Wellsville, New York at the time of passing.
LaVerna Mae Chambers-Dibble
December 7, 1943 ~ November 8, 2016
LaVerna Mae Dibble, 72, of Woodstock, Ga., passed away on Nov. 8, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loved ones. LaVerna was born in Wellsville, N.Y., to Leo and Susan Chambers on Dec. 7, 1943. She married Gary Dibble in 1979 and spent close to 37 amazing years with him before her passing. LaVerna spent her early days lovingly raising her children and when they were grown, began work as a special needs teacher’s aide at the Wellsville High School. Later in life she enjoyed working at Hallmark and Cracker Barrel of Conyers, Ga., where she made many close friends. LaVerna was involved in the Red Hat Society of Covington, Ga., and was a member of Heritage Hills Baptist Church of Conyers, Ga. She had a passion for family above all, but had a love for the beach, bird watching, collecting Hallmark Christmas ornaments, quilting and making her famous molasses cookies for the holidays. She will be remembered as a loving, energetic, creative, strong, spunky and beautiful woman. She is preceded in death by her parents, Susan Cavanaugh and Leo Chambers; her sister, Retta Matteson; and her grandson, Justin Dibble. She is survived by her Husband, Gary Dibble; Sons, Vaughn (Christie) Cady, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Cady and Jeffrey (Connie) Dibble; Daughters, Heather Pape and Kelly Cady; Brother, Lewis Chambers; Sisters, Lois Duffy and Reva Swartout; and Grandchildren, Dalton Cady, Molly Cady, Dylan Pape and Adrian Pape. Life Celebration Services will be held Sunday (Nov. 20, 2016) at 3 p.m. with an hour of family visitation at 2 p.m. Pastor Doug Ferguson of Heritage Hills Baptist Church will be officiating.
Eleanor Julia Pendleton-Thomas
May 6, 1944 ~ February 5, 2015
Eleanor Julia Thomas, beloved wife and mother, died Thursday, February 5, 2015. A longtime resident of Gwinn, Eleanor was a voracious reader, loved flowers, enjoyed backyard wildlife, and was devoted to her family, friends and pets. Eleanor was born May 6, 1994 in Belmont, New York to Ivan and Florence Pendleton. It was in Belmont that she met and married her husband and partner for life, Terrance Thomas. Together they embraced the Air Force lifestyle, living in Colorado, Minnesota, and finally Michigan. Eleanor carved out a career for herself as a Visual Merchandiser with the Army and Air Force Exchange Services. Her career allowed her to combine her love of art and design with retail and she often traveled to other military bases to assist with grand opening preparations. She spent 17 years working at AAFES before retiring to work at Family Dollar in Gwinn. In more recent years, Eleanor has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, a bingo volunteer, and an enthusiastic grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a loving and generous woman. She left us in the middle of living for us and caring for us. She will be missed every second of every day. Eleanor is survived by her husband, Terrance Thomas; children, Jim Thomas, Terri Thomas and Marla Miller; granddaughter, Katina (David) Stauffer; great-grandson, Gabriel Stauffer; siblings, Lillian Serra, Cecil Pendleton and Linda Fenlon; and nephews, Art and Butch Serra. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Barbara and Alberta Pendleton, and a brother, Robert Pendleton. Honoring Eleanor’s wishes, there will be no services at this time. Memorial contributions can be made to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
Marilyn Kay Burns-Tucker-Knipp-Adams
January 25, 1945 ~ July 31, 2004
Edward L. Allen
July 3, 1943 ~ July 27, 2016
John K. Hoyer
September 17, 1942 ~ October 24, 2005
Camden A. “Butch” Meise
February 18, 1943 ~ March 23, 2016
Camden A. Meise Jr., 73, of Church St., passed away Tuesday (March 22, 2016) at his home. Born in Wellsville, Feb. 18, 1943, the son of Camden A. and Doris Barlow Meise Sr., he was a Hornell area resident. Camden served his country in the United States Navy and worked as a supervisor at Eldre Manufacturing in Henrietta. He was predeceased by his sister, Sharon Ransear. He is survived by his children, Brenda Meise, Chad Meise, and Kelly Meise; grandchildren, Zachery, Bradley, Miles, Elijah Meise, and Chad Meise Jr.; nieces and nephews.
John Edward Fagan
November 21, 1944 ~ March 19, 2015
John Edward Fagan, 70, of Concord, passed away Thursday (March 19, 2015) at the W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center. Born in Wellsville, N.Y., on Nov. 21, 1944, he was the son of the late Madeline T. Padden and Francis “Frank” Fagan. A veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Fagan worked as a machinist for IBM for 30 years and owned John Fagan Trucking Co. He was a member of St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Concord, N.C. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Fagan. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sandra L. Eicher, whom he married on Dec. 30, 1965; daughter, Teresa Fagan Hartsell (Mark); brother, David Fagan; sisters, Helen Le Bere (Lorne), Frances Baham, Mary Fagan, Susie Fagan; grandchildren, Amanda E. Miljenovic (Jared), Coty R. Hartsell, Marcus G. Hartsell, Tucker F. Hartsell and numerous loved nieces and nephews. Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday (March 27, 2015) at St. James the Greater Catholic Church, 139 Manor Ave. SW, Concord, North Carolina 28025. Burial will follow at St. James Catholic Cemetery, 2323 Gold Hill Rd., Concord, NC 28025 with military graveside rites. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hero Dogs – Service Dogs for Veterans, P.O. Box 64, Brookeville, MD 20833.
June 14, 1944 ~ July 16, 2008
Yvonne Andrews Merritt, 64, of 6625 Phillips Hill Road, died Wednesday (July 16, 2008) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born on June 14, 1944, in Wellsville, the daughter of John and Loula (Burrows) Andrews. On May 12, 1963, in Jacksonville, Fla., she married Gerald Merritt, who survives. Yvonne was a 1962 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Arnoys & Dye in Wellsville for many years. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wellsville. Surviving in addition to her husband of 45 years is her brother, Donald B. (Cheryl) Andrews of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a nephew, Andy Andrews of Bolivar; and a sister-in-law, Genelda (Wayne) Gray of Gainesville, Fla. She was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by a beloved aunt, Carrie Burrows. Friends are invited to call from 7-8 p.m. Monday at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 34 W. State St. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with Rev. Marian Schneider presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the Allegany County Office for the Aging.
Earnest (Mike) Burdick
October 18, 1945 ~ July 11, 2009
Ernest G. “Mike” Burdick, III, 63, passed away Saturday (July 11, 2009) at VA of WNY Healthcare Systems in Buffalo.Mr. Burdick was born Oct. 18, 1945, in Wellsville, to Ernest G. and Regina M. (Barton) Burdick Jr. He was a 1962 graduate of Wellsville Central School. Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1962 and served two years and re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served an additional 18 years, retiring from the service in 1986. Mike is survived by his mother, Regina M. Barton of Trenton, Fla.; a son, Michael Shawn Burdick of Martinsville, Ind.; two daughters, Maureen Burdick of Butler, N.J. and Marisa (David) Sessions of Trenton, Fla. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a son, Richard Burdick, who died in combat in Iraq, and a brother, also Richard Burdick. Mike served his country proudly and was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. There will be no prior visitation. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday in Hillside Cemetery in Andover, with full military honors. Memorial contributions in Mike’s name may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Springs, KY 41076.
Pamela Yvonne Clark-Spicer
August 24, 1943 ~ March 14, 1995
Fred Richard Cornelius
March 6, 1944 ~ October 24, 1995
January 24, 1944 ~ August 4, 2001
February 2, 1944 ~ October 1, 1998
April 1, 1943 ~ May 27, 1990
Kathy Ann Earl-Browning
September 9, 1945 ~ August 23, 1996
Theodore Daniel Edwards
December 15, 1943 ~ October 7, 2006
November 14, 1944 ~ May 30, 1989
Bernice Donna Gaus-Wereley
August 6, 1944 ~ December 9, 2011
Bernice Donna Gaus-Wereley 67, of 6878 Co. Rd. 20, passed away on Friday (Dec. 9, 2011) at her home. Born Aug. 6, 1944, in the Town of Allen, she was the daughter of Norman and Donna Gaus. On Dec. 10, 1988, she married Gordon “Bud” Wereley, who survives. Bernie grew up in the Short Tract, Fillmore and Wellsville areas. She was a graduate of Wellsville Central School, Class of 1962. She raised her family in Friendship and was employed as a bookkeeper for several years at Perkins Sales and Service in Belmont and later at Blumenthal’s Motor Cycle Shop in Olean. She enjoyed watching NASCAR and football. Her greatest love was spending time with her family. She especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. Bernice was a past member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Wellsville and past member of the Friendship Fireman’s Auxiliary. Surviving, in addition to her husband, Bud, are a son, Patrick (Susan) Herrick of Cuba; a stepson, David (Lisa) Wereley of Cincinnati, Ohio; two daughters, Terri (Matthew) Sanford of Hornell, and Kammi (Joel) Sanford of Bath; two stepdaughters, Becky (Bob) Webster of Scio, and Beth (Timothy) Burdick of Richburg; grandchildren, Aaron, Joshua, Alexis and Troy Sanford; Cory and Kelly Jo Sanford; Justice and Cole Herrick; Bobby Webster; Molly Young; Kristen Gray and Heather Burdick; a brother, Dennis Gaus of Buffalo; a nephew, Randy Gaus of Wellsville; and a mother-in-law, Jessie Wereley of Friendship. She was predeceased by her brother, Bernard (Sandi) Gaus. Friends may call at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, where funeral and committal services will be held Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2011) at 11 a.m. Pastor Jim Saunders of Hornell will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Friendship Free Library and the American Cancer Society.
Carol Jean Goff-Shields
August 11, 1944 ~ June 1977
Clyde Clayton Gowdy
May 7, 1943 ~ August 29, 2007
Senior Master Sgt. Clyde C. “Buck-O” Gowdy, U.S. Air Force retired, flew his last mission on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007. Clyde was born on May 7, 1943, in Wellsville, N.Y. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving 26½ years. Clyde spent 12 of those years as an IO with his comrades at the 16th SOS, Hurlburt Field, Fla. After retiring from the Air Force he earned his Masters of Science in management from Troy State University in 1993. Clyde joined the family of the Enlisted Widows Foundation in 2003 at Teresa Village and then moved to Bob Hope Village in 2005. He began serving in his current position as Deputy Director in 2006. Clyde was a Master Mason, a lifetime member of the Spectre Association, a member of the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, the American Legion, the Elks and the Playground Amateur Radio Club. He is survived by his wife of 42¾ years, Jeri; his daughter, Deetra Miller and husband Robert; and son, Clyde C. Gowdy II and wife Patricia; grandchildren, Trey Gowdy, Rob, KaDee and Cooper Miller; his older sisters, Virginia Schon and Roberta Sprague; and his nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, with a memorial service to follow at 7 p.m. at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, 113 Racetrack Road N.E. A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9 at Beal Memorial Cemetery.
February 14, 1944 ~ October 11, 2005
Fred D. McGee
August 30, 1943 ~ November 3, 2010
Wellsville, NY – Fred D. McGee, 67, of 20 Chamberlain Street died Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at his home following a long battle with cancer. He was born August 30, 1943 in Bradford, PA, the son of Fred and Kay (Knappenberger) McGee. He was raised in Andover under the care of Charlotte and Asa Gleason. Fred was a graduate of Wellsville High School and had attended Brockport State College. He was employed in the Quality Assurance Department of Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville, retiring in 1999. He was a member and Past Commander of the Sons of the Morrison Hayes Post 702 American Legion in Wellsville; he was also a member of the Wellsville Moose Lodge # 601 and the Frank B. Church Post # 2530 VFW in Wellsville. He is survived by three children, Michelle McGee of Burgaw, NC, Marc (Kim) McGee of Canandaigua and Penny (Juan) McGee DeJesus of Farmington, NY, a granddaughter, Sierra McGee and his fiancée, Kim Baldwin of Wellsville. Friends are invited to a celebration of Fred’s life, on Saturday, November, 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm in the American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street in Wellsville; there will be on prior visitation. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Legion Post 702, the American Cancer Society or any Charity of the donor’s choice.
Tom (Rev) Murray
January 18, 1943 ~ September 4, 2000
Susan J. Norris-Morris
June 22, 1944 ~ October 8, 2008
December 27, 1943 ~ October 18, 2007
John Frederick Peet
January 3, 1943 ~ August 21, 2001
Scott Christian Reinking
June 1, 1944 ~ May 30, 2004
David Daniel Sibble
June 10, 1944 ~ April 5, 1997
SGT US ARMY VIETNAM
September 26, 1944 ~ March 17, 2006
Karen A. Burke, 61, of 2818 Williams Grove Road, died unexpectedly on Friday March 17, 2006. She was born September 26, 1944 in Lackawanna, NY the daughter of Kenneth and Clara (Braun) Smith. She was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School, Wellsville High School class of 1962 and the Olean Business Institute. She was a former waitress at the Fassett Hotel in Wellsville, was the Wellsville Village Clerk from 1966 to 1979 and was the Business Manager and Clerk of the Board of Education for Andover Central School from 1979 to her retirement in 2005. She was a member of the Woman of the Moose and an avid shopper. A devoted mother, grandmother and sister, Karen is survived by 1 son, Todd J. Burke and his partner David S. Monks both of Los Angeles, CA, 2 daughters, Molly J. (Lance) Carlin on Andover and Jennifer J. Burke of Dunkirk, 2 granddaughters, Jaycie and Kori Carlin, 1 sister, Susan S. Henry of Wellsville, 2 nieces, Kelly (Scott) Brien of Wellsville and Robin (James) Blake of Titusville, FL, several aunts, uncles, cousins and will be missed by her many friends. She was predeceased by 1 sister, Nancy L. McDowell in 2003. Friends are invited to share in the celebration of her life on Saturday March 25th beginning at 2:00 pm at Andover Rod & Gun Club on Kilbane Road in Andover, NY. Memorial suggestions include St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital 501 St. Jude PlaceMemphis, TN38105-1942.
John F. ”Whiff” Sobek
November 7, 1943 ~ May 4, 2004
John F. ”Whiff” Sobek, of 4192B Bolivar Road, passed away on Tuesday May 4, 2004. He was born on November 7, 1943 in Wellsville to Steven and Christine DeVore Sobek. He was a life long resident of Wellsville where he graduated from High School. Whiff worked for many years at Dresser Rand in Wellsville and ran the Purple Penguin Sports Card Shop. He was a member of the Brookside Wesleyan Church and a former member of the Moose Lodge. Whiff’s hobbies included cooking, horse shoes, bowling, billiards and card games. His true love was sports. He enjoyed youth, high school, college and pro sports. Whiff volunteered his time for many years as the official score keeper for many youth, high school and community teams. Because of dedicated friends, the season nor weather mattered he was always at the game. His knowledge of sports was vast, but his favorite was the games of the Wellsville PONY League teams at Tullar Field. Survivors include a brother James [Carol] Sobek of Indianapolis, Indiana; aunts, uncles and cousins; Besides his parents he predeceased by his brother Joel Sobek. Friends may call on Thursday May 6, 2004 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm in the J.W. Embser & Sons Funeral in Wellsville where a Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 11 am with Rev. Robin George presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials may be made to the Wellsville Little League or any Wellsville youth sports program.