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Wayne B. Currier

June 5, 1949 ~ July 22, 2016

Wayne CURRIER 1967Wayne B. Currier, 67, of Ellisburg, PA, died Friday, July 22, 2016 in his home. Born June 5, 1949, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Bert A. and Agnes I. Matteson Currier. He was employed as a custodian by Wellsville Central School for 20 years. Wayne was known for being a helping hand to family, friends, and neighbors. Surviving are: his mother, Agnes Currier of Wellsville, NY; a brother, Gerald (Bonnie) Currier of Alma, NY; a sister, Karry (Malcolm) Davison of Cuba, NY; a sister-in-law, Kathie Currier of Ellisburg; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his father; and a brother, Larry G. Currier.Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM. The Rev. Roy Ward will officiate. Burial will be in Andrews Settlement Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Lynnet Dodson-Witherell

March 26, 1949 ~ May 3, 2016

Lynnet Dodson Witherell, age 67, of Seneca Street passed away on Tuesday (May 3, 2016), at the Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville. She was born on March 26, 1949, in Cuba, to LeRoy and Beatrice Leal Dodson. Lynnet was a member of the Wellsville High School Class of 1967. She attended Corning Community College and graduated from the Alfred State College Nursing program in 1991. She began working for Jones Memorial Hospital as a Ward Clerk and worked part time for Doctor Salmon. She began her nursing career at Jones Memorial Hospital in 1991 as an RN. Lynnet later moved to Albany to take the position of Quality Control Manager at the Albany Trauma Center. In the mid 1990’s she became the Infection Control Officer at Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath and retired in 2012 from the CSEA as an OSHA Specialist in Syracuse. Lynnet maintained her seat on the NYS Board of Health until early in 2015. She was very talented and enjoyed playing the piano, singing, drawing, sketching and taking pictures of her family. Lynnet also enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting donating many items to the maternity ward at Jones Memorial Hospital. Lynnet enjoyed traveling, taking vacations, beaches, canoeing, kayaking, merry go round horses and listening to Barbara Streisand.  Lynnet is survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Greg) Teeter of Elba and Michelle (William) Day Jr. of Wellsville; a son, Brian Witherell of Prattsburgh; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; an uncle; 4 nephews; several cousins; her close friends, Dianna Fleming and Debbie Buchholz. Lynnet was predeceased by her parents; her two sisters, Phyllis Piraino and Mary Jane Dodson; a nephew, Ross Piraino. Friends are invited to call on Thursday (May 12, 2016), from 1-3 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. The funeral service will take place at 3 p.m. with Frank and Paul Piraino presiding. Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery and please consider donations to either the David A. Howe Library or to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

 

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Rose-Marie Ellis-Florentine

February 11, 1948 ~ February 29, 2016

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Rose-Marie A. Florentine, 68, of 56 E. State Street passed away on Monday, February 29, 2016 at Jones Memorial Hospital with her loving family at her side. She was born on February 11, 1948 in Wellsville, the daughter of John H. and Nancy (Frungillo) Ellis. On August 22, 1970 in Lackawanda she married Jack S. Florentine who survives. Rose-Marie was raised in Wellsville and was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville High School. She also graduated from Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo. She was a well know employee at the Wellsville Veterinarian Hospital for 40 years; retiring in 2015. Rose-Marie was loved, respected and a true friend to many. Surviving in addition to her husband are three children, Bernadette (Gary) Hall of Erie, PA, John Florentine and Timothy Florentine both of Wellsville, four grandchildren, Rachael Florentine, John Florentine Jr., Camryn Hall and Cassidy Hall, a niece, Jill (Michael) Haney, a great niece, Tiffany, a great nephew, Kody. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 3rd from 3:00 to 5:00 & 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday, March 4th from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County.

 

 

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Michael A. DeMarte

March 23, 1949 ~ November 24, 2015

Michael A. DeMarte, age 66, of Palm Bay, Florida passed away in his home on November 24, 2015. He was born on March 24, 1949 in Wellsville to Ralph and Wilma Brundage DeMarte. Michael was a graduate of the Wellsville Central High School in 1967 and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Following the service Michael worked at Dresser Rand for a time and later moved to Palm Bay, Florida. While in Florida he worked for and retired from Harris Communication. Michael was a member of the American Legion Post #117 in Palm Bay where he served as Chaplin, post commander, and was a member of the Patriot Guard. Friends of Michael may join the family in honoring him at his Mother’s Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday January 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville.

 

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Elaine Smith 1967

Elaine Smith

d. 2015

 

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Dennis Frederick Wightman

July 21, 1948 ~ March 21, 2015

Dennis Frederick Wightman, 66, of 2088 County Road 18, passed away on Saturday (March 21, 2015) at the Buffalo VA Medical Center following a brief Illness. He was born July 21, 1948, in Wellsville, the son of the late Frederick and Delphine (Moyer) Wightman.    Dennis was a graduate of Wellsville High School and received an Associate Degree from Alfred State College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1970 to 1972. He was employed as a Bus Driver for Allegany County Transit. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, repairing cars, stock car racing and was a NASCAR fan.Surviving are three daughters, Tracy Elias of Wellsville, Terry Wightman of Rochester, Carrie (Ben) Freeling of Hornell; one son, Sgt. Richard (Mikala) Wightman of Spring Lake, N.C., son-in-law and great friend, Leo Elias of Wellsville; three grandchildren, Alex, Arianna and Jayden; two sisters, Ann Clark of Canisteo and Susie Wightman of Wellsville; one aunt, Mae Thompson of Wellsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a sister, Judy Austin.     Friends are invited to call on Thursday (March 26, 2015) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. A memorial service will follow the visitation on Thursday at 3 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Richard Helms presiding. Burial, with military honors will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to VA WNY Health Care System; Willow Lodge 9A, 3495 Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14215 (Memo-Willow Lodge 9A/GPS 1860).

 

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john blackJohn Black

April 1, 1949 ~ September 10, 2005

Black, John

 

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Phillip Bledsoe

January 18, 1949 ~ May 24, 2002

Bledsoe, Phillip

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Mary E. Breadon

June 25, 1948 ~ October 2, ?

Breadon, Mary E.

 

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Eileen Brown-Alvord

Eileen F. Alvord

November 23, 1948 ~ March 12, 2012

Eileen Alvord, 63, of 73 E. Hanover St., died Monday (March 12, 2012) in Jones Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Wellsville on Nov. 23, 1948, the daughter of Frederick and Helen Hull Brown.She was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and the Wellsville High School.She had been employed for 14 years at Fay’s Drug Store in Wellsville and also worked as a CNA at the Wellsville Manor Care Center.On Nov. 13, 1999, she was married to Norman J. Alvord, who survives her.  She was a life member of the Wellsville VFW Post Auxiliary, enjoyed time spent with her family and special friends, also time spent at Waneta Lake and going to the casinos.  She was known for her large collection of owls.  Surviving, besides her husband, are daughters, Tammy (Christopher) Golish of Spencerport, and Bridget (Mike Bierman) Helverston of Andover; grandchildren, Mirianda, Bradley, Maggie, Kera, Bella, Carter and Brighton; stepchildren, Cynthia, Kevin and William; brothers, Pat Brown of Idaho, Bobby Brown of Rochester, Gary Brown of Andover, and Tim Brown of Andover; sisters, Mary Morton of Buffalo, and Shelia Gleason of Wellsville; also several nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by her parents; stepfather, Kenneth Stebbins; brother, Merle Brown; and sisters, Dolores Babcock and Jane Billings.  Friends may call at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville on Thursday (March 15, 2012) from 6-8 p.m., where services will be held Friday (March 16, 2012) at 11 a.m. with Pastor Troutman of the Andover First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Hillside Cemetery in Andover.Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

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 JoAnn Clark-Farrell

September 22, 1949 ~ September 19, 2013

 Clark, JoannJo Ann Clark-Farrell of 4681 Rt. 305, Cuba, New York passed away peacefully today, 9/19/2013, at the Olean General Hospital from complications associated her long and courageous battle with diabetes. She was in the company of her husband and daughter. Born on September 22nd, 1949 in Wellsville, New York, she was the daughter  of Kenneth M. and Doris L. Clark. Jo Ann graduated from Wellsville Central  High School with the Class of 1967. She went on to Mansfield State College  to obtain here Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Graduated in 1972. Her graduate studies were completed at St. Bonaventure University and SUNY at Geneseo.  On August 24th, 1974, she and her husband, Bill were united in marriage at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Wellsville, New York. In the same year, Jo Ann and her Husband began their life together Cuba,  New York where they lived throughout most of their thirty-nine years of  Marriage. They have one child, Holly. Jo Ann was an Elementary Teacher at the Friendship Central School for Twenty-Seven years and retired in June 2000. She was a highly creative and  dedicated teacher who loved children and gave generously to help them in  their journey through their education. In addition to her career, Jo Ann was a wonderful homemaker and very active mother. She loved to host all the family gatherings and did them with great flare. Jo Ann also found time to be an active member of the Cuba Community. She was a long-time member of the Cuba Hospital Auxiliary and was very active the “Show-Time” plays which were large fund-raisers for the Auxiliary. Through-out the years her contributions to Cuba Community were numerous. On March 7th. 1987, she was recognized with the Cuba Chamber of Commerce’s Community Service Award. Jo Ann and her huband, enjoyed many happy years as members of the Cuba Lake Yacht Club. Jo Ann was blessed with many friends. She loved social events and being with everyone. Being so creative, she loved to decorate the floats for the Cuba Fireman’s June Dairy Week Parade. Her more recent and unusual creations could be found in a specially built display window in front of  her home. Each display included the use of mannequins in a seasonally festive setting. She was a happy person who never let her physical difficulties get in the way of living life to the fullest. She is survived by her husband Bill, daughter Holly Kunderman of Amherst, New York, two grandchildren, Cole and Kierra Kunderman and a brother Dennis Clark and his wife Adele, of Palm Springs California. She was predeceased by her parents in 2009. The family will receive friends at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street Cuba, on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. where funeral services will be held on Monday, September 23, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. The Rev. Timothy Gleason, pastor of Cuba United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Standards Cemetery, Standards, New York. Memorials if desired may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County, Rte. 19 Wellsville, NY 14895.

 

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Juanita E. Graves

December 13, 1947 ~ March 24, 1994

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 Coyle, Gary

Gary Joseph Coyle

September 30, 1948 ~ February 7, 1969

Army Private First Class, Vietnam

 

 

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Dixon, SandraSandra Dixon

November 24, 1947 ~ July 1. 2003   Age 56

 

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Emerson, Lee

Lee Emerson

June 28, 1949 ~ October 21, 1995

 

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 Knox, TerryTerry Knox

d. April 6, 2007

 

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Rebecca LaForge-Razey

March 12, 1949 ~ June 16, 2001

LaForge, RebeccaLaForge-Razey, Rebecca Dawn

 

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Loucks, David

DAVID M. LOUCKS

November 8, 1949 ~ October 28, 2001

David M. Loucks, 50, of Janesville, formerly of Wellsville, passed away Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at Mercy Hospital, Janesville. He was born in Salamanca on Nov. 8, 1949, the son of Lester and Betty Lou (Morton) Loucks. On Dec. 22, 1984, in Craig, Iowa, he married JoAnn L. Moller, who survives. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, David M. Loucks, Jr., and Justin L. Loucks, both of Mexico, Mo.; his parents, Lester and Betty Lou Loucks of Williamsville; a sister, Pamela (Patrick) McNey of Conesus, N.Y.; four brothers, Douglas (Dianne) Loucks of Walworth, N.Y., Terry (Laura) Loucks of Wellsville, Christopher (Sue) Loucks of Tonawanda, N.Y., and Brian (Libby) Loucks of Cuba, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, in-laws and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Kenmore United Methodist Church, Kenmore, N.Y.,

 

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McLaughlin, DanielDaniel McLaughlin

February 1, 1950 ~ September 13, 2006

 

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Karen Neely-Harkenrider

January 12, 1950 ~ May 7, 2009

Neely-Harkenrider, Karen

Karen R. Neely, 59, of 4237 Niles Hill Road, died unexpectedly Thursday (May 7, 2009) shortly after arrival at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born Jan. 12, 1950, in Wellsville, the daughter of Richard and Velma (Gleason) Neely. On July 16, 1994, in Wellsville, she married David Harkenrider, who survives. Karen was a 1968 graduate of Wellsville High School and had attended Alfred State College. She was formerly employed at Serra & Fogarty Law Office of Belmont and Adelphia in Coudersport, Pa. She was currently the chief surrogate court clerk for the state of New York Court System in Belmont. She was a member and past president of the Wellsville Woman’s Bowling Association and had been active with the Allegany County Nitros for many years. She was a former member of the Women of the Moose and was a former Lady Elk. Surviving in addition to her husband is one daughter, Melissa (Joseph) Blaicher of Memphis, Tenn.; one son, Bradley (Christina Reed) Ostrander of Wellsville; two brothers, Jerald (Linda) Neely of San Antonio, Texas and Roger Neely of Wellsville; one sister, Lynne (Kevin) Burke of Fairport; one niece and four nephews. Friends are invited to call from 1:30-4 and 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc, 34 W. State St. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home with Rev. Patrick O’Keefe presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial suggestions, in lieu of flowers, include the SPCA Serving Allegany County, The Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department or any charity of the donor’s choice.

 

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Deborah O’Hara

March 11, 1949 ~ December 11, 2008

 Deborah2O’Hara, Deborah M., 59, owner of the Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, peacefully passed away at her home in Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, December 11, 2008. Deborah was born in Wellsville, NY, on March 11, 1949 the daughter of John and Bonnie O’Hara. She was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville Central High School and Mt. Ida College, in Newton Centre, MA. Deborah worked and lived in the New England area for nine years, residing in Boston, Warwick, RI and Manchester NH. It was at this time that she began to lay the foundation that would ultimately lead her to a successful career in business and as an important leadership role in the community. Deborah served in Marketing for Hastech and this position took her to many countries around the globe and fostered her love of foreign places. In 1982, she accepted a position with Gilman, a British company, and was honored to be the first American hired for their Hong Kong office. She served with them for several years before moving on to open up the first Apple computer office in Hong Kong. She later began to focus on business training and development and after gaining experience in this field; she was able to fulfill a dream and opened her own consulting business, Connective Management. Deborah lived abroad for eighteen years. In 1996 Debbie married Calvin Puckett of Hong Kong and Martha’s Vineyard. In 1998 they returned to the States and settled in Scottdale AZ. where they opened Galerie L’Asietique, an Asian art and antique gallery. Cal died suddenly in October 2002. In his honor Deborah completed Cal’s vision and dream of building the Calvin Charles Gallery on Marshall Way in Scottsdale. She established the gallery as a world reknown destination for international art. While in Hong Kong Deborah served as a Honoray Council to Kiribati (now known as Millenium Island) She also was inducted as a member of the board of directors of the American Club in Hong Kong. In Arizona, Deborah was very involved in the growth of Scottsdale and the waterfront district. She was a graduating member of the Scottsdale Leadership Council and also served on their board. She was a member of the Scottsdale Gallery Association, and the Marshall Way Art District Association. She was a Friend of the Crisis Nursery and served as a board member of the Foundation for Blind Children. Deborah’s philanthropic endeavors also included donating her gallery space for numerous charity events. Deborah is preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband Calvin Puckett. She is survived by one brother John (Olive) O’Hara, three neices, Wendy Gorham of Coudersport, Pa. Jennifer O’Hara (Chris Hackett) of Green Valley Az and Sarah O’Hara of Green Valley Az, two step daughter Julie Puckett (Antonieo Bullion) of Cambride Ma. and Jennifer (James) Newman of Ca. and four grandchildren, two great nieces and two great nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life to honor Deborah on Saturday, January 10 at 1:00 pm at the Calvin Charles Gallery. 4201 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Please RSVP to Veronica at 480.421.1818. Donations can be made in honor of Deborah O’Hara to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix Az

O’Hara, Deborah M.59, owner of the Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, peacefully passed away at her home in Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, December 11, 2008. Deborah was born in Wellsville, NY, on March 11, 1949 the daughter of John and Bonnie O’Hara. She was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville Central High School and Mt. Ida College, in Newton Centre, MA. Deborah worked and lived in the New England area for nine years, residing in Boston, Warwick, RI and Manchester NH. It was at this time that she began to lay the foundation that would ultimately lead her to a successful career in business and as an important leadership role in the community. Deborah served in Marketing for Hastech and this position took her to many countries around the globe and fostered her love of foreign places. In 1982, she accepted a position with Gilman, a British company, and was honored to be the first American hired for their Hong Kong office. She served with them for several years before moving on to open up the first Apple computer office in Hong Kong. She later began to focus on business training and development and after gaining experience in this field; she was able to fulfill a dream and opened her own consulting business, Connective Management. Deborah lived abroad for eighteen years. In 1996 Debbie married Calvin Puckett of Hong Kong and Martha’s Vineyard. In 1998 they returned to the States and settled in Scottdale AZ. where they opened Galerie L’Asietique, an Asian art and antique gallery. Cal died suddenly in October 2002. In his honor Deborah completed Cal’s vision and dream of building the Calvin Charles Gallery on Marshall Way in Scottsdale. She established the gallery as a world reknown destination for international art. While in Hong Kong Deborah served as a Honoray Council to Kiribati (now known as Millenium Island) She also was inducted as a member of the board of directors of the American Club in Hong Kong. In Arizona, Deborah was very involved in the growth of Scottsdale and the waterfront district. She was a graduating member of the Scottsdale Leadership Council and also served on their board. She was a member of the Scottsdale Gallery Association, and the Marshall Way Art District Association. She was a Friend of the Crisis Nursery and served as a board member of the Foundation for Blind Children. Deborah’s philanthropic endeavors also included donating her gallery space for numerous charity events. Deborah is preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband Calvin Puckett. She is survived by one brother John (Olive) O’Hara, three neices, Wendy Gorham of Coudersport, Pa. Jennifer O’Hara (Chris Hackett) of Green Valley Az and Sarah O’Hara of Green Valley Az, two step daughter Julie Puckett (Antonieo Bullion) of Cambride Ma. and Jennifer (James) Newman of Ca. and four grandchildren, two great nieces and two great nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life to honor Deborah on Saturday, January 10 at 1:00 pm at the Calvin Charles Gallery. 4201 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Please RSVP to Veronica at 480.421.1818. Donations can be made in honor of Deborah O’Hara to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix Az. – See more at: www.legacy.com/obituaries/azcentral/obituary.aspx?n=deborah-m-ohara&pid=122151934#sthash.lWwmUBF5.dpuf
O’Hara, Deborah M.59, owner of the Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, peacefully passed away at her home in Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, December 11, 2008. Deborah was born in Wellsville, NY, on March 11, 1949 the daughter of John and Bonnie O’Hara. She was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville Central High School and Mt. Ida College, in Newton Centre, MA. Deborah worked and lived in the New England area for nine years, residing in Boston, Warwick, RI and Manchester NH. It was at this time that she began to lay the foundation that would ultimately lead her to a successful career in business and as an important leadership role in the community. Deborah served in Marketing for Hastech and this position took her to many countries around the globe and fostered her love of foreign places. In 1982, she accepted a position with Gilman, a British company, and was honored to be the first American hired for their Hong Kong office. She served with them for several years before moving on to open up the first Apple computer office in Hong Kong. She later began to focus on business training and development and after gaining experience in this field; she was able to fulfill a dream and opened her own consulting business, Connective Management. Deborah lived abroad for eighteen years. In 1996 Debbie married Calvin Puckett of Hong Kong and Martha’s Vineyard. In 1998 they returned to the States and settled in Scottdale AZ. where they opened Galerie L’Asietique, an Asian art and antique gallery. Cal died suddenly in October 2002. In his honor Deborah completed Cal’s vision and dream of building the Calvin Charles Gallery on Marshall Way in Scottsdale. She established the gallery as a world reknown destination for international art. While in Hong Kong Deborah served as a Honoray Council to Kiribati (now known as Millenium Island) She also was inducted as a member of the board of directors of the American Club in Hong Kong. In Arizona, Deborah was very involved in the growth of Scottsdale and the waterfront district. She was a graduating member of the Scottsdale Leadership Council and also served on their board. She was a member of the Scottsdale Gallery Association, and the Marshall Way Art District Association. She was a Friend of the Crisis Nursery and served as a board member of the Foundation for Blind Children. Deborah’s philanthropic endeavors also included donating her gallery space for numerous charity events. Deborah is preceded in death by her parents and beloved husband Calvin Puckett. She is survived by one brother John (Olive) O’Hara, three neices, Wendy Gorham of Coudersport, Pa. Jennifer O’Hara (Chris Hackett) of Green Valley Az and Sarah O’Hara of Green Valley Az, two step daughter Julie Puckett (Antonieo Bullion) of Cambride Ma. and Jennifer (James) Newman of Ca. and four grandchildren, two great nieces and two great nephews. There will be a Celebration of Life to honor Deborah on Saturday, January 10 at 1:00 pm at the Calvin Charles Gallery. 4201 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale. Please RSVP to Veronica at 480.421.1818. Donations can be made in honor of Deborah O’Hara to Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix Az. 1934#sthash.lWwmUBF5.dpuf

 

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Bert Purga

September 25, 1949 ~ August 9, 2012

Purga, Adelbert J.

Dr. Adelbert J. Purga, 62, passed away Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Cape Canaveral Hospital. He was born in Wellsville, NY and came to Brevard in 1989 from Clinton, IA.  He was the Vice President of Brevard Community College and President of Palm Bay Community College.  Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Margaret; son, Jonathan; cousin and lifelong friend, Nickolas DiCerbo and his wife Ann; numerous neces, nephews, and family.  He was predeceased by his mother and father, Susan and Adelbert Purga. Besides being Administrator of several colleges, he was a consultant for many other colleges around the country as a member and leader of the Council for Academic Accreditation of Community Colleges. He was widely published in his field of higher education and received numerous accolades in his professional capacity.  Calling hours will be from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, Monday, August 13, 2012. A short celebration of life from 6:30 to 7:00 pm at Wylie-Baxley Merritt Island Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, August 14th at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Merritt Island, to celebrate his life.   Donations may be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society in Edgewater, FL.

 

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Reynolds, Stephen

Stephen Reynolds

August 20, 1948 ~ July 21, 2011

Stephen J. Reynolds, 62, died peacefully in his sleep while in his home on July 21, 2011. Born on Aug. 20, 1948, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., he was proudly adopted two days later by Martin E. Reynolds and Felicia Serio Reynolds and grew up and lived in Wellsville. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1967 and went on to attend Alfred Ag-Tech College. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1968 and served until July 1971 in Germany and attained the rank of sergeant.  Stephen came to Florida and worked as a plumber and was later hired by Lee County, where he obtained his Class A water treatment operator’s license. He then attended the Fort Myers Criminal Justice Academy and became a certified corrections officer and worked for Hendry Correctional Institution, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office and the Moore Haven Correctional Facility. He was also an auxiliary deputy for Hendry County and proud to be a member of the Dana Weekly American Legion Post #130 in LaBelle, Fla.  He is survived by his wife, Tricia K. Reynolds of LaBelle, Fla.; sons, John Thomas (Mary) Reynolds of Lehigh, and Nicholas Alan (Julie) Reynolds of LaBelle, Fla.; his sister, Ursula (Brian) Reynolds Gray of Wellsville; his ex-wife, Janet K. Reynolds of Lehigh, Fla.; several nephews and a niece; his wife’s parents, Karl and Beverly Wendorf of Port Orange, Fla.; as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law.  He was predeceased by his father, Martin Reynolds, in February 1987, and his mother, Felicia Reynolds, in October 1996.  Arrangements for cremation have been made by the Akin-Davis Funeral Home of LaBelle, Fla. The family suggests that any memorials be made in the form of a contribution to the charity of the donor’s choice.  A memorial service will be held on Stephen’s birthday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the American Legion Post, LaBelle, Fla., at 10:30 a.m. and a luncheon will follow. Please come to help celebrate his life!

 

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Kenneth Schrader

August 28, 1948 ~ April 11, 1990

 

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Donald L. Simpson

August 23, 1949 ~ July 30, 2010

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Mr. Donald L. Simpson, 60, of La Porte, Indiana, died Friday July 30, 2010 at Golden Living Center Fountainview in La Porte, IN. He was born August 24, 1949 in Wellsville, New York, the son of Charles W. Simpson and Mabel (Wilcox) Simpson. Donald was a Captain in the Salvation Army for 3 years before moving to La Porte in 1973. He worked as a Truck Driver for over 30 years and retired from Lay Trucking Co. in 2002. He was a member of LaGrange, IN Jaycees and the Scipio Township Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and had a good time making people laugh. On June 29, 1974, in La Porte, IN, he married Deborah S. Stearns Simpson who survives. He is also survived by his sister – Sue (Dick) Evans of Ft. Wayne, IN; brother – Wesley (Sharon) Simpson of LaGrange, IN; many nieces and nephews; and he had the honorary title of Dad with many young adults in the Northern Indiana area. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother Charles Simpson. Arrangements are being handled by Haverstock Funeral Home, 602 Maple Ave., La Porte, Ind. where the family will receive friends Tuesday, August 3, 2010 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm & 6:00 – 8:00 pm & Wednesday, August 4, 2010 from 10:00 am until time of the service. Services will be held at Haverstock Funeral Home, Inc., Wednesday August 4, 2010 at 11:00 AM. Cremation will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Scipio Township Volunteer Fire Department.

 

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Virginia Stannard-Beechum

January 3, 1950 ~ April 30, 1997

Stannard, VirginaStannard-Beacham, Virginia

 

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Dennis L. Winship

March 13, 1948 ~ January 9, 2012

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Dennis L. Winship, 63, of 3186 Route 417 died on Monday, January 9, 2012 at home. He was born March 13, 1948 in Wellsville the son of the late George R. and Viola (Chapel) Winship. He was a 1967 graduate of Wellsville High School, received an Associate Degree from Alfred State College, a Bachelor of Science Degree from the State University of New York at Potsdam and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Alfred University. Dennis was formerly employed Jones Memorial Hospital, Harris Supply Company, the Wellsville County Club and Kerton’s Florist & Greenhouse.  He is survived by three brothers, Caryl Winship of Olean, Martin Winship of Allegany and Roger Winship of Ogdensburg, two sisters, Georgia Winship of Little Genesee and Roberta Hall of Nottingham, PA as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. At Dennis’s request there will be no visitation or funeral. Memorial donations may be made to the David A. Howe Public Library.

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Karen Tarantine

March 20, 1949 ~ January 2015

 

 Karen Tarantine 67Mas Karen Lee Tarantine was born March 20, 1949 in Wellsville NY. She attended Immaculate Conception School for grades K-8 and Wellsville High School 9-12, graduating in June 1967. She attended SUNY Brockport graduating in 1971 with a degree in Teaching English. She later took business courses at Alfred University and worked on an MBA at St Bonaventure and then Wilkes University when she moved to PA. Karen worked at CE Air Preheater from 1972 to 1987, at CE Sprout Bauer in Muncy, PA from 1987-1988 and 1991-1992. In between she was Materials Manager at CE Sprout Bauer in Brantford Ontario Canada. She worked at Anchor Darling Valve in Williamsport Pa. from 1991 to 1994 and Berwick Industries in Berwick Pa. from 1994 to 1997. In 1997, she moved to Ithaca NY and started working at Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed. She left there in 2012 as a Supplier Manager. Karen loved her family and marveled at their closeness as she grew up. Until she went to college she didn’t really understand that not all families spent every holiday together. As an adult she appreciated growing up in a town and in an era when house and cars could be left unlocked and it was safe to accept a ride when one was offered. She thought that Wellsville was a great town to grow up in. Family was an important part of Karen’s life. She was honored beyond words when her niece was born and named Karen Margaret. She loved the family picnics her sister started and went to all of them. After moving to Ithaca, Karen and Barb became closer than they had ever been and she often told her friends that she had won the sister lottery. She was always proud of her friends from her closest friends in high school and college to the newest friends she made in Ithaca. She was thrilled that she and her college roommates have stayed so very close since they graduated in 1971. They would get together for a “Maxon St.” reunion every year. They were always there when she started having heart problems. If she was in a hospital in Rochester they would visit and they would call when they couldn’t visit. She made some great friends in Ithaca and they helped her through some of the hard times. They did all kinds of things for her like mowing, shoveling, carrying heavy loads and in her mind the most important thing making sure her cats were taken care of when she was away. Karen started horseback riding when she was 10. It was a friend’s birthday and they went to a farm and rented ponies for an hour. That started a lifelong obsession. During high school she took hunter/jumper lessons at Brentwood Camp and in the summer she and her friends would rent horses for an hour or for a whole day ($3.50) at a farm in Andover. Over the years Karen took many riding lessons and participated in riding clinics and finally fell in love with dressage. At 35 she finally purchased her own horse “Shane’s Foxy Lady” and Lady moved everywhere that Karen did. She had Lady until the spring of 2010 when one sunny morning she laid down in the field and peacefully died at the age of 33. Karen passion wasn’t just for horses but for all animals. She often said she should have grown up on Noah’s Ark. Starting in 2000 she volunteered at the Tompkins County SPCA. There she made many friends two and four legged ones. She worked with the dogs and learned about behavior modification and positive reinforcement and just plain loving them and having fun. Over time she was given three different awards for her volunteer work. Karen was also dedicated to her job. She stopped working because she could no longer give the 110% that had always been so easy for her in the past. She held a number of different positions over the years but loved her last job as a Supplier Manager at Mettler-Toledo Hi-Speed. She felt that over the years she had been blessed with good bosses who all taught her something. Karen will be glad to be reunited with her parents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who went before her and she promises to keep all of you in her thoughts and prayers and asked that you do the same for her. She’ll be pleased if any donations you’d like to make went to Fr. Bill Brown Mission Fund, PO Box 464, Wellsville, NY 14895 (Fr, Brown has always been a close friend of the Tarantine family and we are pleased to support his missionary work) , the Tompkins County SPCA, or your local animal rescue group. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday January 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church with Fr. Joseph Marcoux. Burial will be delayed until spring. Bangs Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.