February 16, 1948 ~ May 31, 2018
Sheila Frances Whipple, born on February 15, 1948, to Dean and Virginia Whipple, passed away at Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville, NY, on Thursday, May 31, 2018; she had been a resident there for approximately 2 years. She graduated from Wellsville Central School in 1966, and attended college at Buffalo State College. She lived in Buffalo, NY, until returning to Wellsville to care for her elderly mother Virginia, who passed away in 2015. She was predeceased by her father, Dean Whipple, her step-mother, Sarah Poray Whipple; her mother Virginia Whipple Marsh, and her step-father, Robert Marsh. She is survived by her brother, John Whipple of Texas; her step-sister Patty; her half-sisters, Lisa Marsh and Lori Marsh; her step-brother Leslie Marsh; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and special cousins Patricia Pratt of Scio, NY, and Mike and Rosemary Stratton of the Buffalo area. At Sheila’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service for her. Her cremains will be interred with her mother Virginia in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville, NY, at the convenience of her family.
July 27, 1946 ~ August 19, 2013
Mae E. Crance, 67, of 60 Wellsville St, Bolivar, passed away Monday (August 19, 2013) at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. Born in Wellsville, July 27, 1946, the daughter of Edwin and Gloria Hann Crance, she had resided in Hornell for many years prior to moving to Bolivar about 9 years ago. Mae was a graduate of Wellsville High School, and had been employed as a waitress at both the Texas Hot in Wellsville and the Texas Café in Hornell. She was predeceased by her parents and her son, Walter “Jimmy” White. She is survived by her daughter, Maryanne Snyder of Hornell, 5 sons, Robert White, Victor (Margaret) White of Wellsville, Basil White of Canaseraga, William White of Bolivar, and Robert A (Tianna) Wilson Jr of Hornell, 21 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Mae’s memory, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director at Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Canisteo. There will be no calling hours. The family will be observing a graveside service at Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo on October 12, 2013 at 11 AM.
January 5, 1946 ~ November 1, 2016
A memorial service for Thelma M. Higday, 70, who passed away on Nov. 1, 2016 at Highland Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Wellsville will be held on Saturday (July 14, 2018) at 11 a.m. at the Andover First Baptist Church with Rev. Calvin Densmore, officiating. Mrs. Higday was born on Jan. 5, 1946 in Wellsville to Charles W. and Winnifred M. “Winnie” (Geffers) Jenison. Thelma is survived by one daughter, Loucinda (Douglas) Glover of Andover; two brothers, Cecil E. (Carol) Jenison of Wellsville and Lyle E. (Bonnie) Jenison of Gloucester, Va; two sisters, Carolynn R. Lycette of Andover and Sharon L. Morris of Wellsville; three grandchildren, Ashley Glover of New Berne, N.C., Alicia (Noah) Hodgson of Karlstad, Minn. and Douglas Glover, Jr. of Andover; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Thelma committed her life as a stay at home mom. She loved to knit and crochet, making countless sweaters and baby booties to give away to family and friends. She was an avid cat lover. Thelma enjoyed watching Western movies and cheering on her beloved Buffalo Bills. Two of her daughter’s favorite memories were watching Western movies with her mom and enjoying a fresh cup of hot cocoa she made especially for her after sledding, even though her mom was allergic to cocoa.
Donald W. Mong
June 9, 1948 ~ October 18, 2018
Donald W. Mong, 70, of 2754 County Road 9, passed away on Thursday (Oct. 18, 2018) at home. He was born on June 9, 1948, in Wellsville, the son of Jay D. and Mabel S. Wheaton Mong. On July 3, 1971, in Salamanca, he married Judith Kielaszek, who survives. Don was a 1966 graduate of Wellsville High School, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He began his career with Worthington Corporation, in Wellsville, and for 38 years he was employed by Alstom Air Preheater Company, in Wellsville, retiring in 2010. He was a former member of the Scio Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Ducks Unlimited, and Genesis Bible Church in Scio. Surviving in addition to his wife, is a son, Theron (Jennifer) Mong of Williamsville; a daughter, Adrianne (Jeff) Donaldson of Plano, Texas; three grandchildren, Helena and Gavin Mong and Savannah Donaldson; his mother, Mabel Mong of Wellsville; a brother, Robert (Nancy) Mong of Epping, N.H.; a sister, Brenda Szabo of Wellsville; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 23, 2018) at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., in Wellsville. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 24, 2018) at the Genesis Bible Church, in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the Jones Memorial Hospital Memorial Fund; Genesis Bible Church; Allegany County Office for the Aging.
John Arved Carlosh
September 5, 1948 ~ June 1, 2016
Funeral services for Mr. John Arved Carlosh, age 67, were held at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday (June 1, 2016) at Brown’s United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Brown’s United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Carlosh of Jackson, Tenn., died May 29, 2016 in the care of loving friends after a short illness. He was born Sept. 5, 1948, in Utica, N.Y., to the late John Carlosh and Dorothy Forrest Carlosh, who survives. John is also survived by his son, Jon Brent (Kristen Anne) Carlosh; grandson, Forrest Carlosh and granddaughter, Sylvia Anne Carlosh; sister, Nancy Muhan; nieces and nephews. John lived in several states before settling in Jackson, Tenn. He had many interest including reading, working on engines, bicycling, and growing plants. He was especially proud of being sober for 14 years. John was a mentor to many of his friends who appreciated his time and kindness. He had many close and loving friends. What John lacked in formal education, he made up for with his extremely high intelligence. He could do anything he put his mind to. He was a truly a great friend to all who took the time to know him. John will be missed and all who knew him are better people for having known him. Pallbearers for the services will be Steve Kirk, Brad Allen, Andrew Bonds, John Curry, John Carlosh, Jr. and Gill Little.
John Roger Wilson
July 10, 1948 ~ October 30, 2002
Daryl C. Stebbins
January 17, 1948 ~ July 17, 2005
PFC US ARMY VIETNAM
July 9, 1944 ~ June 24, 2003
Carole Susan Jones
1948 ~ May 7, 1965
March 16, 1947 ~ August 6, 1975
David L. Hyde, 28, of Yeadon died suddenly Aug. 6,1975. He was an electrician for the Brynmaur Memorial Hospital, Brynmaur, Pa. Mr. Hyde is survived by his wife, Deena McCormick Hyde, two daughters, Susan and Stephanie, all of Andover; and his father, Stanley R. Hyde, of Yeadon, Pa. Funeral services and burial were in Yeadon.
June 20, 1948 ~ June 6, 1996
December 12, 1946 ~ March 3, 2011
Anne Cline, 64, of Wellsville, passed away at her home March 3, 2011. She was born December 12,1946 to Ralph and Doris Haxton of Wellsville. Anne graduated from Wellsville Central School.She married David Cline (who survives) on October 8,1983 in the town of Wellsville. Anne liked playing bingo and spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her father and mother. She is survived by her son Roddy (Goldie) Cline of Wellsville, daughter Lisa Cline of Fort Atkinson, Wisc., seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, whom she loved very much and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. There will be no visitations and the memorial will be at the convenience of the family. Donations may be made to Gills Hills.
February 20, 1948 ~ March 15, 1998
1948 ~ October 1986
November 14, 1945 ~ May 7, 1966
Rand Steven Beckman Sr.
August 16, 1948 ~ March 19, 2008
Barnes Raymond VanCuren
January 27, 1945 ~ October 3, 1999
February 20, 1947 ~ December 21, 1977
Eugene “Beanie” Lewis
May 20, 1947 ~ November 23, 2000
Gary Robert Allen
September 17, 1947 ~ March 6, 2015
Gary Robert Allen, 66, passed away Friday (March 6, 2015) after a courageous, five-year battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Frankie; sons, Eric and Jason; daughters-in-law, Debbi and Ginger; six grandchildren; brothers, Terry and Larry; and sisters-in-law, Cathy and Deana. Gary was born Sept. 17, 1948, in Wellsville, N.Y., to Vern and Barbara Allen. He grew up in Wellsville and was a star, three-sport athlete in basketball, football and baseball. He went on to graduate from the State University of New York (SUNY) – Albany in 1970. Subsequently, he returned to his hometown and embarked on what would become a 30-year career in banking. He began his career as a loan officer with Citizens National Bank in Wellsville and steadily rose through the ranks, culminating with his ascension to the position of Chairman, President and CEO of Key Bank, one of the largest banks in the country. He was named a distinguished alumni of both SUNY – Albany and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking. Gary retired from Key Bank in 1998 and moved to Colleton River Plantation in Bluffton, where he resided for 16 years with his loving wife and best friend, Frankie. Gary loved life and had many varied interests. Before the onset of his illness, he traveled extensively with his family and friends, particularly enjoying several trips to Mexico, Aruba and Italy. An avid golfer, he frequently played and engaged in spirited trash talk with his friends in the “mash group” at Colleton River. He loved sports, especially football, and while he was able to travel he would fly back to New York with his sons every year to attend a game in person and watch his beloved Buffalo Bills. Most of all, Gary loved his family. He took daily walks with Frankie, the love of his life, and attended soccer, football and basketball games, track meets, recitals, spelling bees, dance competitions and band concerts to watch his grandchildren, whom he adored: Zachary, Jack, Allie, Robby, Jimmy and Liza. He was so proud of them and relished in reciting their achievements. They were fortunate to spend many birthdays, Christmases, Thanksgivings and graduations with their beloved “Granddad” and they will miss him dearly. Gary dealt with cancer as he did with most challenges in life. While brave, determined and resolute, he never lost his sense of humor and continued to make family, friends and caregivers laugh throughout his long bout with cancer. Gary drew strength from his 16-year-old granddaughter Allie, who is herself battling brain cancer. He often called Allie his “hero” and was careful to never complain because, he said, she had a much more difficult journey. He also was a man of great faith and regularly attended the Presbyterian Church in Estill, S.C., and the Church of the Cross in Bluffton. A memorial service was held in Gary’s honor Monday (March 9, 2015) at the Church of the Cross at 110 Calhoun St. in Bluffton, S.C. at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the Allen family asks that donations be made to in Memphis, Tenn.
James R. Stein
April 23, 1948 ~ October 18, 2008
James R. Stein, 60, of 29 Stevens St., died Saturday (Oct. 18, 2008)?in Jones Memorial Hospital unexpectedly. He was born April 23, 1948, in Wellsville, the son of Royden W. and Jane Gavitt Stein. In Wellsville, on Sept. 22, 1973, he was married to Stephanie Erwin, who survives him. A lifelong resident of Wellsville, he was a 1966 graduate of Wellsville High School and in 1970 was a graduate of Syracuse University with a major in Elementary Education mathematics. While at Syracuse, he was a member of the swimming team, finishing as a state medalist. His first year of teaching was in the Solvay school system, then he joined the Wellsville Elementary staff. He was an employee of the Wellsville outdoor pool during the summers of 1967 through 1970. He also coached basketball, swimming, baseball and football in Wellsville and, for five years, the Lady Saxons swim team at Alfred University. He also started the American Athletic Union (AAU)swim program in Wellsville. He coached for over 23 years in Wellsville, where the teams won three individual Section V swimming championships, and he assisted with the baseball teams, winning three Section V championships. He was an avid golfer, played the drums in local dance bands and was well-known for his entertaining ways while bartending in local establishments. He was a life member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge and especially enjoyed the “Breakfast Crew” gathering at the lodge. He was elected the Educator of the Year in 2004, to the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, named by the Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year in 1981 and received many Excellence in Teaching Awards. Surviving besides his wife, Stephanie, are a son, Erik (Missy)Stein of Danville, Pa.; daughters, Jennifer (James) Tillotson of Rochester and Caryn (Jason Childs)Hand of Wellsville; mother, Jane Stein Harder of Wellsville; grandchildren, Jordin, Sydney and James Stein, Isabel Tillotson and Chloe Hand; brother, Leslie (Mary) Stein of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Royden W. Stein; and his stepfather, Hobart Harder. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville. Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Ward officiating. Burial will be at the family’s convenience. An Elks memorial service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home. Memorials may be made in his name to the Wellsville Elks Lodge or to the James Stein Scholarship at Wellsville Central School.
Michael J Martin
March 23, 1947 ~ February 7, 1998
CPL, US MARINE CORPS
David E. Schoonover (Rev)
April 1, 1948 ~ October 14, 1994
May 23, 1948 ~ February 27, 1995
James William Knox
January 14, 1947 ~ February 29, 2008
James William Knox, 61, of Shongo, NY, died Friday, February 29, 2008 in his home. Born January 14, 1947, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Clyde P. and Alice Meyn Knox. A 1965 graduate of Wellsville High School, he worked at Loblaws in Wellsville while attending school. A Vietnam Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1966 ? 1968 as a helicopter crew chief in the cowboy division, receiving several medals. On July 27, 1968, in the Shongo United Methodist Church, he married the former Darlene Foster, who survives. Upon discharge from the military, Jim worked for his brother, Ronald, driving dump truck and was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville from 1968 until his death. He was a lifelong member of the Wellsville Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was raised. He was an active associate member of the Genesee United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee and auditor; and a member of the Dresser-Rand Machinists Union. In addition to his love of family and life, he enjoyed woodworking and camping. Surviving besides his wife, Darlene, are: a daughter, Lori, and loving son-in-law, Timothy Good, of Wellsville, NY; a son, Jamie, and loving daughter-in-law, Melinda Freeman Knox, of Whitesville, NY; a special nephew, Ronald (Melinda) Knox, Jr. of Andover, NY, who was like a second son; three grandchildren, Christian Good, Alexander Good, and Cameron Knox; two brothers, David (Joyce) Knox of Wellsville and Paul (Nora) Knox of Wayland, NY; a sister, Linda (Howard) White of Wellsville; best buddy and brother-in-law, Daryle (Sharon) Foster of Ithaca, NY; an aunt, Georgia ?June? Cowles of Belmont, NY; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father in 1984, his mother in 1985, and a brother, Ronald in 1995. Friends may call Sunday, March 2, 2008 from 2:00 ? 4:00 & 7:00 ? 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Monday in the Genesee United Methodist Church, Genesee, PA, with the Rev. Deborah Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Wellsville. Memorials may be made to Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 362, Wellsville, NY 14895 or the Genesee United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 137, Genesee, PA 16923.
February 9, 1948 ~ February 22, 1998
David C. Schen
1948 ~ July 14, 2004
On the evening of July 14, 2004, my love and your friend, David C. Schen passed away at home. David’s sudden departure has created an empty space in each of our lives. However, we all know that what Dave would wish would be for us to remember the warmth and caring that he had for each of us, for animals, and most of all for all the trees of the world. David dedicated his career to the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands in the Department of Natural Resources for the State of Utah coordinating many federal forestry programs. He was also a respected wildland firefighter working presently with Sexton’s Type I Incident Management Team for the Great Basin or wherever he was needed. Dave was a devoted member of the Hostler’s Model Railroad Club in Ogden, UT and a life member of the Northern Utah Chapter of the Harley Owner’s Group. David was born August 2, 1948 in Olean, NY and was raised in Wellsville, NY graduating from Wellsville High School in 1966. Dave received an AS degree in Forestry from Paul Smith’s College in New York and a BS in Forestry from Utah State University. In June of 1971, he married JoAnn Couch. They were divorced in 2001. He is survived by his daughter, Greta (Mike) of Smithfield; his son, Peter of Logan; his father, Harold of Wellsville, NY; his sisters, Judy (Dan) of Provo and Julie (Jim) of Vancouver, WA and his brother Michael (Michelle) of Potomac, MD. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen, and infant daughter, Mary. At time of his death, Dave was enjoying a loving, fulfilled relationship with myself, Terri Sazama. Mass of the Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 7 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 210 So. Chapel Street, with Monsignor Victor Bonnell officiating. Friends and family may call Mon. from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road. Interment will be held August 5, 2004, in Dave’s home of Wellsville, NY. In lieu of lowers, please make donations to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation in the name of Dave Schen, 2049 Airport Way, Boise, ID 83705 or at www.wffoundation.org.
Thomas W. Davis
July 7, 1948 ~ October 18, 2005
SP4 US ARMY VIETNAM
Thomas W.Davis, of Vorhees Hill Road, passed away on Tuesday October 18 at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born in Wellsville to Woodrow and Beatrice Hardy Davis. Tom was a life long resident of Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School. He served 3 years in the US Army from 1966 to early 1969 including one tour in Vietnam. Returning home in 1969 he went to work for the former Worthington Corp. and retired from Dresser Rand do to ill health after 36 years of service. He was a member of the Moore Lodge #1580 and the American Legion Post # 702 both of Wellsville. Tom will be remembered for his love of cats, being a gentleman farmer and being a very caring person.Survivors include: His mother of Wellsville as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins He was predeceased by his father and 2 brothers Timothy and Terrence Davis. Friends are invited to call on Friday from 12 noon to 2 pm in the J.W. Embser & Sons F.H. in Wellsville. A funeral service will be held following calling hours at 2 pm in the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Stannards Cemetery. Ralph Eastlack will preside and memorials can be made to the S.P.C.A. serving Allegany County.
Mary Drusilla Plants-Dimant
July 18, 1948 ~ September 25, 1993
MRS. MURRAY DIMANT, PROVIDENCE. RI-Mrs. Mary Drusilla Plants Dimant of 100 Hazard Ave.. Providence, died Saturday (Sept. 25. 1993) in her home. Born July 18. 1948. in Wellsville. NY., she was a daughter of William J. and Veronica McHale Plants. On May 19.1978, in Boston, Mass., she married Dr. Murray Dimant, who survives. Mrs. Dimant was a graduate of Rochester (NY.) Business Institute, class of 1968. She had been employed as a respiratory therapist by Cuba (NY.) Memorial Hospital and by Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville before moving to Providence. Mrs. Dimant was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Church in Cuba. Surviving besides her husband are her parents of Cuba Lake; three daughters, Loranah Susan Dimant, Emily Dimant and Rebecca Dimant, all at home; two brothers, Peter J. Plants of South Wales. NY., and William J. Plants of Cuba Lake; lour sisters, Kathryn Craig of Newport. Mrs. Jon (Suzanne) Fundalinski of Buffalo. NY., Mrs. Timothy (Colette) Reardon of Allentown. Pa., and Mrs. Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Jubenville of Hoftey, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. Friend were received at the Letro-Mclntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., Nicholson Chapel, 24 Genesee Parkway, Cuba, Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services were held Wednesday (Sept. 29,1993) beginning with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am.
Charlotte Pearl “Penny” Clark-Horn
July 29, 1948 ~ June 6, 1996
December 21, 1947 ~ September 11, 2008
Mrs. Christina L. Williams passed away of cancer Thursday, 9/11/2008, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was 60. Born in Wellsville, New York on 12/21/1947, Mrs. Williams moved to Lakeland in 1968. She was an executive secretary for State Farm’s regional office. She loved the outdoors and traveling. She loved to hunt and she was a member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation and Women of the Outdoors. She attended Fellowship Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Lambert, and her step-son, Paul B. Williams. She is survived by her father, Charles Lambert; her step-mother, Shirley Lambert; her husband, Robert E. Williams, Sr.; her son, Michael (Veronica) Harder; her step-son, Robert (Vicky) Williams, Jr.; and 3 grandchildren. A visitation will be held in her honor on Tuesday, 9/16/2008 from 10-11am with funeral services following at 11am at Fellowship Baptist Church, 4625 Cleveland Heights Boulevard, Lakeland, with Pastor Richard Piatt officiating. Interment will follow at Auburndale Memorial Park in Auburndale.
Lillian Dorothy Heysham-Crawford
February 23, 1948 ~ September 30, 1996
December 4, 1947 ~ June 25, 2016
Claude L. Austin, Jr. of 161 Salt Rising Rd., passed away Saturday (June 25, 2016) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester after a brief illness. Born Dec. 4, 1947, in Wellsville, he was the son of Claude L. and Mabel Margeson Austin, Sr. On Aug. 23, 1967 in Edenton, N.C., he married Linda A. Geffers who survives. Claude was a graduate of Wellsville High School and was employed at Acme Electric Co. in Cuba for 38 years prior to his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, yard work and gardening. He also enjoyed camping at Sunny Hill campsite. He especially cherished his time with family. Surviving besides his wife are his dearly loved children Jeffery (Melanie) Austin of Bolivar, Kenny (Kelli) Austin of Converse, IN, Scott (Michelle) Austin of New Market, MD and Stephen (Erin) Austin of Cuba; 11 beloved grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and 2 sisters, Lois Jean White and Mary Predmore. The family will received friends for a memorial visitation on Tuesday (June 28, 2016) from 4-6 p.m. at the Schaffner Funeral Home, Inc. 554 South Main St. Bolivar. Private burial services will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery.
Peter Paul Morris
February 1, 1948 ~ July 14, 2004
SSG US ARMY
Mary Rose “Molly” Sanford
1948 ~ April 22, 2012
Mary Rose Sanford (Molly) of Roxboro, N.C., died at Duke University Hospital, April 22, 2012, after a brief illness, with her son, John Sanford Friedrich, and John’s father, Mark, at her side. She was 63. Molly was born in Olean in 1948 to John W. and Rose Leary Sanford, both deceased, and is survived by her son, John Sanford Friedrich, of Greensboro, N.C., and her sister, Karen Rose Sanford of South Portland, Maine. She leaves a niece and nephew and a grand-niece and grand-nephew in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and an aunt and uncle and cousins in Vermont. The early part of her life was spent in western New York state where she graduated, salutatorian, from Wellsville High School in 1966. Her father, John Sanford, was editor of the Wellsville Daily Reporter during her time in Wellsville. Molly did undergraduate work at New College, Sarasota, Fla., and UNC-Chapel Hill, and received a Master in Anthropology degree at the University of Rochester. Molly worked as a newspaper journalist, a book editor, a poet and as a public-relations specialist at Duke University.
Molly was eloquent with words, both written and spoken, was a constant reader, a great gardener/farmer and cook, and was deeply loved by a wide circle of friends and family who appreciated her laughter, her tremendous wit and sharp intelligence, her unique observations, and her astounding, detailed memory of people and events, and of the daily frolicking of her beloved cats. She loved to give gifts and tell funny stories, but above all, the greatest joy of her life has been her son, John, who to her delight, has just earned his Master of Library Science degree, is politically active, and writes for several small newspapers in the Greensboro, N.C. area.
The following piece was written by Molly Sanford and published in “The Carleton Miscellany,” 1970.
One of my ancestors was a Mayflower pilgrim who was the only pilgrim who ever fell off the Mayflower and that is the absolute truth. He fell off because he wouldn’t listen to the captain who told all the pilgrims to stay in the cabin because there was a storm. But he went out on the deck, and God knows I understand why: I love storms too, and I don’t imagine a crowd of pilgrims was too much fun. Anyway he was washed overboard, but they saved him with ropes and prayers. Mostly ropes. So he lived and when they crashed on Plymouth Rock and decided to live there, he became a member of the Pilgrim Board of Supervisors, or whatever they called it. He married one Elizabeth Tillery, which sounds rather good, at least a lot better than an Abagail or Mercy. And his house is still standing. Ladies dressed like pilgrim ladies take people through and when we went, we got a private tour, and the ladies told my sister and me that we were eligible to join the D.A.R. Which is something we have not done.
February 6, 1947 ~ March 11, 2016
Elizabeth Embser Wattenberg, a social worker and health care organizer, who was the director of the Allegany County Office for the Aging and the founder of Rural Health Resources, a consultancy for regional medical networks, died on Friday, March 11, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a brief illness. She was 69. Elizabeth, known as Betty, devoted her career to improving the quality of life for residents of Western New York, largely through her efforts to establish or strengthen elder care, dental and mental health, and emergency services in rural areas. As the president of Rural Health Resources, founded in 1998, she focused on programs for volunteer personnel of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) teams. Working with the Southern Tier Health Care System and the New York State Department of Health, Betty traveled across the state to coordinate emergency care, enhance grant initiatives, and develop strategic partnerships in rural health. She retired in 2013. In the 1980s, Betty became the director of the Office for the Aging, where, together with her dedicated staff, she worked to identify needs and develop resources for aging populations and their families. Building upon many years of social work and advocacy, Betty then left county government to join the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she was a clinical instructor and coordinator of the Community Oriented Primary Care project based at Cuba Memorial Hospital. Betty was also an enthusiastic and outspoken member of the Boards of Wellsville Central School and Jones Memorial Hospital. During her tenure at the Department of Social Services of Allegany County, in the 1970s, Betty was an aging services specialist. She developed programs such as a training course at BOCES designed to teach students how to care for homebound elderly, which provided mentorship and career opportunities in the healthcare field. She also worked with her good friend and colleague, Dorothy Thomas, on several nonprofit projects—they were known locally as the “Dynamic Duo”—including the Wellsville Child Care Center and the Community Express, Allegany Country’s first public transportation service, which ran for eighteen years. In all of her work, Betty wanted to make things a little better, healthier, and easier for everyone. Elizabeth Jane Embser was born on February 6, 1947, to Richard and Louise Embser of Wellsville. An editor of the school newspaper and member of the speech team, she graduated from Wellsville High School in 1966. Betty studied at Trocaire College, in Buffalo, where she was Student Government president. She later earned a BA at SUNY College at Buffalo, a Masters in Community Service Administration from Alfred University, and a certificate in Health Care Development from Cornell University. A gracious host and a lively presence at any party, Betty had a deep curiosity about the world. In 1971, she lived for several months in Paris with her sister, Linda, intending to travel in Europe and volunteer at the 1972 Munich Olympics. When she returned home to Wellsville for a brief visit, her father said she had “better get a job.” He sent her to Angelica to work in social services. And that was where her career began. Betty married Mark H. Wattenberg in 1982 at the United Nations Chapel in New York City. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Brendan, of Brooklyn, New York; her sisters, Linda (Lewis), of Salem, New York; Gail, of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Susan, of Durham, North Carolina; her brother, John, of Wellsville; her godchildren Shannon (Pickup) Leonida, of Raleigh; Michael Lewis of North Attleboro, Massachusetts; and Jenevera Embser, of Rochester; close family friends Vincent and Carole Darden, of Syracuse; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Betty, who treasured the value of friendship, was also lucky to have shared many life adventures with her high school classmates Kathy Farnsworth, of Ellicott City, Maryland, and Peggy (Cronk) Towers, of North Salem, New York. Passionate about her work on behalf of the elderly, upon her retirement from the Office for the Aging, in 1992, Betty’s colleagues presented her with a clock, built by Wally Higgins, an Alfred artisan, inscribed, “Aging is for Everyone.” It was a motto Betty lived by.
Martin Louis Wesche
1948 ~ March 2, 2015
Army Corp of Engineers Vietnam
Martin Louis “Marty” Wesche, 67, of Grand Island, passed away Monday, March 2, 2015. He was born in Wellsville, New York and moved to Grand Island in 2009 from the Ithaca area, New York. Marty was a founding member of the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department, a member of Carpenters Union Local 66 and the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. He enjoyed gardening, remodeling homes and building furniture. He passed a great sense of humor, incredible work ethic and an outgoing personality to his children. His first order of priority was his family and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marilynn S. (Allen) Wesche; one son, Jeffrey M. (Lisa) Wesche of Ithaca, NY; one daughter, Colleen Pearl Wesche Reilly (Josh Jones) of Newfield, NY; 5 grandchildren, Erika Wesche, Emma Wesche, Scotia (Levi) Scott, Francis Reilly, and Daniel Reilly; two great-grandchildren, Kiera and Leah Scott, three brothers, Arthur (Diane) Wesche of Henrietta, Roger Wesche of Wellsville, Harold (Nena) Wesche of Wellsville; five brothers-in-law, Stephen, Dwight, James, Kevin and Gregory Allen; two sisters-in-law, Marcella Culbert and Agnes Allen; and several nieces & nephews. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Wednesday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.
Dennis Lee Freeman
July 26, 2010
May 23, 1947 ~ March 27, 2009
David L. Gena, 61, of 4278 Bolivar Road died unexpectedly on March 27, 2009 at home. He was born on May 23, 1947 in Wellsville the son of the late William and Gwynneth (Anderson) Gena. Dave was a 1966 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was formerly employed at Scoville-Brown & Company in Wellsville and for the Village of Wellsville, Department of Public Works. He was a member of the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He is survived by a brother, John (Pam) Gena of Wellsville and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, William Gena on April 7, 2007. A memorial service, under the direction of the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial suggestions include the David A. Howe Public Library or any charity of the donor’s choice.
Janet M. Ross-Topogna
November 10, 1948 ~ August 30, 2010