February 2, 1952 ~ August 8, 2006
Drusilla Carter Harris of Edwards died Sunday at Vail Valley Medical Center after a brief illness. ‘Dru,’ as she was known, was born Feb. 2, 1952, in Dallas, the daughter of George B. and Elizabeth Carter Harris. After graduating from Wellsville High School in New York and attending St. Lawrence University, she studied and participated in theater in New York City for several years before moving to Colorado in 1975. In Vail, Harris was a ski instructor and an accomplished horsewoman. She won man Western States championships with her horse, Boomer. Harris traveled extensively t participate in equestrian activities around the world. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Betty and Bob Taylor of Hilton Head, S.C.; brothers George (Mary) of Alfred, N.Y., Donald (Joyce) of Aspen, Christopher of Boulder, and Jeffry (Leslie) of Greenwich, Conn.; her aunt, Elizabeth O. Harris of Wellsville, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A private service will be held in Vail this week and a memorial mass will be performed at 11 a.m., Thursday, at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, N.Y. Memorial suggestions include the charity of one’s choice or the SPCA.
December 8, 1951 ~ March 2, 2020
John “Jack” O’Hara, Jr., 68, a former Wellsville resident, passed away peacefully on March 2, 2020 at his home in Calabash, N.C., surrounded by his loved ones. Jack was born on December 8, 1951, in Wellsville, the son of the late John and Bonnie (Weihonig) O’Hara. Jack was a graduate of Wellsville High School. He worked as a painter with his father, and later for the Conrail and Norfolk and Southern Railroad for over 30 years. He enjoyed riding his Harley, his snowmobile and watching NASCAR. He was a member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495 for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife Olive; three daughters, Wendy Gorham, Jennifer (William) Thornbloom and Sarah (Tony) Horswill; three step-daughters, Lisa (Chris) Shwier, Tina (Brian) Harris and Barb (Mike) Straight; as well as many grandchildren. Jack was predeceased in addition to his parents, by a sister, Deborah O’Hara; and his dog, Stone. A Memorial Mass and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, in Wellsville. Those wishing to make a donation in Jack’s memory might consider the SPCA Serving Allegany County.
March 13, 1952 ~ March 1, 2019
Sheila Kay Oliver, 66, formerly of Wellsville, entered into the waiting arms of Jesus on Friday (March 1, 2019) following a courageous battle with cancer. Sheila was born on March 13, 1952 in Wellsville to Ralph and Geraldine “Geri” (Smith) Hills. She was a 1970 graduate of Wellsville Central School. On Nov, 28, 1972, in Las Vegas, N.V. she married the love of her life, Paul Oliver, who survives. Her spiritual journey began in 1973 through the impact of a movie, “A Thief in the Night” and culminated in her giving her heart to Jesus through the reading of the family Bible. Her husband joined her on that journey in 1977 through her witness and accepting her invitation to attend the church next door. Sheila devoted her life to the raising and homeschooling of her three children. She also played a very active role in church ministry. She was a worship leader for 35 years where she utilized her talents for the Lord in writing and composing worship songs. She co-pioneered with her husband the founding of Gavlin Hills Community Church in Gavlin, Calif., Beth Sincha Church in Riverside , Calif. and Shiloh Messianic Congregation Church in Crestline, Calif. and also in Cali Mesa, Calif. In addition to her husband, Paul, Sheila is survived by three children, Jesse Paul Oliver of Park City, Utah, Jolene (Jeremy) Burdick and Jonah (Brenda) Oliver, both of Flagstaff, Ariz.; her father, Ralph Hills of Wellsville; two sisters, Janet Wesche O’Loughlin and Carole Rich, both of Calif.; two brothers, Brian Hills and Alan Hills, both of Wellsville; five grandchildren, Ezra Grace Burdick , Noah Burdick, Sadie Oliver, Reese Oliver and Silas Oliver; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her mother, Geri Hills, she was predeceased by a brother, Kevin Hills. Sheila wasn’t afraid of anything. She was willing to attempt anything for the Lord and with her friendly outgoing personality, she easily made many friends. An example of this was the Christian Temple Coffee Hour she started years ago and continued for many, many years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday (April 20) at 3:00 p.m. at Grace United Church in Wellsville with Rev. Carol Stewart of the St. John’s Episcopal Church officiating. Local arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com. Memorial contributions in Sheila’s name may be made to Allegany County Cancer Services, Attn.: Lori Ballengee, 100 South Highland Ave., Wellsville, NY 14895 or to Grace United Church, 289 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY 14895.
October 6, 1951 ~ July 13, 2017
Sharon L. Greene of Pine Street passed away on Thursday, July 13, 2017, at the Comfort House of Allegany County. She was born on October 6, 1951 in Wellsville to Matthew and Gertrude Shine O’Brien. On January 15, 1972 she married Gregory Greene who predeceased her in 2007. Sharon was a member of the Wellsville High School class of 1970 and had also graduated from Alfred State College in 1972. She had been a resident of Lima where she had worked in the Lima High School Cafeteria for several years. Sharon later moved back to Wellsville where she worked in a Doctor’s office and later for the Giant Food Mart in the Deli Department. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church of Wellsville who enjoyed being on the go. Sharon loved to travel, especially with Sylvia LaChance and Lorraine DiSorbo who also helped during her long illness, bunco, and gardening. To Sharon family was everything and she will be remembered as a very prompt woman who enjoyed a spotless home. Sharon is survived by her mother, Gert of Wellsville; a daughter, Kelly (Sam) Buck of Mattydale; 2 sons, Greg (Angela) Greene serving in the U.S. Navy stationed in Norfolk, VA., and Jeremy (Carmen) Greene of Milwaukee, WI; 5 grandchildren, Zack, Chandler, Christopher, Colton, and Cataleya; a brother, John (Lisa) O’Brien of Ruidoso, NM.; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Sharon was predeceased by her husband Greg, her Father, Matt, her daughter, Kristen, and her sister, Sheila.Friends are invited to call on Monday, July 17, from 6 to 8 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Prayer service will be held on Tuesday, July 18, at 10:30 am in the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 11 am in the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials in Sharon’s name may be made to the Comfort House of Allegany County, East State Street, Wellsville, NY. 14895.
March 5, 1952 ~ May 18, 2016
December 15, 1951 ~ February 26, 2016
Mark James Hand, age 61, a former resident of Wellsville died May 2, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.
Mark spent a wonderful childhood in Wellsville with close cousins, neighborhood friends and where he graduated from High School. Mark was very active in the Boy Scouts, becoming an Eagle Scout and managing the Wolf Creek Camp. He attended Brockport State College and worked for various companies including Air Preheater, Marathon Steel, Arizona Electrical and Power as well as the PSP Company. Mark enjoyed antiquing, Native American culture, sailing, skiing, hiking, nature, good music, good food and the company of good friends.
Mark is survived by his mother Marjorie Hand of Wellsville and his step mother Joanie Hand of Wellsville; 2 sisters Nancy (Dan) Brooks of Penn Yan and Sue Hand of Wellsville; stepsister Kathy (Holgar) Kurschner of Wellsville; stepbrother Jeff (Beth) Marsh of Wellsville; nephews, Brent Perkins of Trumansburg, T Jay (Ruth) Mott of Goose Creek, SC. and Jeffrey Crowner of Wellsville; a great niece, Gabrielle Mott of South Carolina; special friends and care givers, Kyle Kimmel, Tuan Nyguan both of Phoenix, AZ., and Charles Davison of Superior AZ.; furry family members, Powder and Tulip.
Mark was predeceased by his Father James G. Hand; a brother Ronald J. Hand; step father Robert Owen and 2 uncles Robert Hand and Raymond Hunt.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday July 15 from 5-7 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Mark’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society. To leave online Condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.
August 12, 1952 ~ July 7, 2009