Roger J. Gee
November 30, 1951 ~ June 20, 2020
Roger J. Gee, 68, of Trapping Brook Road, died peacefully Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Jones Memorial Hospital with his family by his side He was born November 30, 1951 in Wellsville, the son of the late Douglas J. and Beatrice (Greenan) Gee. On September 11, 1971 in Wellsville he married Deb Bailey who survives. He is also survived by his two children, Andy of Landis, N.C. and Ashley (Fred) Elias of Wellsville; two grandchildren, Brayden, and Bailey, two brothers, Douglas W. (Anita) Gee and Gerry (Gail) Gee, brothers-in-law, Charles (Lisa) Bailey, Timothy (Jodi) Bailey, Kelvin Bailey, Brent (Josie) Bailey, Barry (Cindy) Bailey; sisters-in-law, Laurie (Mike) Lang, Marian Gee and Ann Marie Gee; several nieces and nephews; his beloved Shih Tzu, Gabbie and his best friend, granddaughter, Bailey Elias. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by his father-in-law, Charles Bailey, mother-in-law Margaret Bailey, and two brothers; James and Robert Gee. A lifelong resident of Wellsville, Roger owned and operated Gee’s Repair and Used Cars on the Andover Road for 42 years before retiring in 2018.
While he may not always have expressed it, Roger received great satisfaction in being able to help his clients, especially his longtime customers. Roger was Dale Earnhardt Sr.’s biggest fan, in recent years transitioning his fandom to Kyle Busch and Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Throughout his life, he attended several NASCAR races camping with friends and family at numerous tracks. In February, Roger fulfilled a bucket-list item when he attended the Daytona 500. His love for racing included being a crew member and sponsor for local dirt track racers and close friends Fran Slocum and Mike Wonderling during their racing careers. A classic car enthusiast that owned several different vehicles throughout his lifetime, Roger’s most prized possession was the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle he and Deb enjoyed entering into car shows around the northeast. Their love for classic cars led them to becoming founding members of the Custom Express Car Club, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities through non-profit shows held at Island Park in Wellsville from 1983 to 2003. A lifelong Buffalo Bills fan, his rowdy outings with close friends in his younger years gave way to attending games with his son and daughter from the comfort of the Goal Line Club the last few seasons. He was an avid member of the local coffee club squad which met weekday mornings at the Sunoco, breakfast club at the Texas Hot on Saturday mornings and attended Hot Rod Church on Sundays. Those wishing to make a donation in Roger’s memory can do so to the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495, Scholarship Fund, where he was a longtime member and regular attendee of the Fantasy NASCAR League, scholarship breakfasts, and enjoyed belting out Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” alongside other members. There will be a public “drive by” at Gee’s Repair, 3376 Andover Road in Wellsville, on Friday, June 26, 2020, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. A private
graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.
~ December 20, 2020
Roger Neely, 67, of Wellsville, NY, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2020, at home after a brief illness. He was born in Wellsville, on January 10, 1953 the son of the late Richard and Velma (Gleason) Neely. Roger graduated from Wellsville High School, and SUNY Alfred. He served his country proudly and honorably in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era. A long-time resident of Wellsville, he was a member of the B.P.O.E Lodge 1495, American Legion Post 702, and a past Captain of the McEwen Hose Company. Roger worked for several local area businesses and retired from Lowe’s in Hornell, NY. He will be remembered as a loving family member, loyal friend, and a kind and helpful soul, with a great sense of humor. He is survived by: a son, Kevin Neely of Maine; siblings, Jerry (Linda) Neely of San Antonio, TX, and Lynne (Kevin) Burke of Mount Dora, FL; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by: a sister, Karen Harkenrider of Wellsville. At this time, a memorial service, with full military honors, is being planned for a later date. Memorials in Roger’s name should be made to the Wellsville Elks Lodge Scholarship Fund, American Legion Post 702, or the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
Mark E. Transki
June 27, 1953 ~ July 20, 2019
Mark E. Transki, 66, of 192 Alfred Station Road, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the Highland Park Healthcare Center following a one year battle with cancer. He was born June 27, 1953 in Wellsville, the son of the late Victor G. and Anna Marie (Fay) Transki. Mark was a 1971 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was employed in the maintenance department at Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville for 42 years; retiring as head of the department in 2018. His co-workers were friends who saw him as honest, hardworking, and knowledgeable, with a dry sense of humor. Mark wondered at the beauty of nature all his life, and enjoyed hiking and camping, He was an accomplished musician who played lead guitar and vocals for several bands in the 70’s and 80’s. He was a member of the former Genesee Hose Company No. 5. He is survived by two sons, Joseph Transki of Columbus, Ohio and Brian (Jamie) Transki of Zanesville, Ohio; two granddaughters, Ariana and Teegan Transki; two brothers, Victor G. (Barbara) Transki Jr. of Arlington, Texas, and John F. Transki of Chicago, Ill.; one sister, Linda Anne (Jon) Ebeling of Wellsville; a nephew, Jeffrey Transki; three nieces, Jillian (Darren) Kight, Jennifer Rowe, and Susan (Dan Helveston) Ebeling; and four great-nephews, Matthew and Benjamin Helveston, and Max and Kellen Rowe. A memorial service is being planned and will be announced at a later date. Please consider memorial donations to the Activities Department of the Highland Park Healthcare Center, 160 Seneca St., Wellsville, N.Y. 14895; or the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department
Ann L. Babcock
November 7, 1952 ~ February 24, 2019
Ann L. Babcock, age 66, of Wellsville, passed away Sunday (Feb. 24, 2019) at the Wellsville Manor Care Center, after a long illness. Ann, born Nov. 7, 1952, was the first child of James William and Frances Kozlowski Babcock. She was a graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and also of Wellsville High School, Class of 1970. She graduated from St. James Nursing School in Hornell and received her RN degree. During her career she worked at many hospitals and nursing homes, including a job as a pediatric nurse in pediatric home care. Ann enjoyed sharing her love of art with children and was active in the Children’s Ministry in several local churches. For many years, Ann enjoyed attending Bible study classes and was involved with church activities. She worked several summers as a camp nurse for the Boy Scouts of America.
She enjoyed gardening and especially liked spending time with her many nieces and nephews. Ann recently volunteered much of her time visiting and providing transportation for elderly friends. She is survived by her mother, Fran; her three sisters, Mary (Michael) Raven of Lakewood, Colo., Kathleen Ueblacker of Wellsville and Nancy (Gary) Hill of Corfu; her five brothers, James (Greg Brink) Babcock, Stephen (Jan Kerata) Babcock, Michael Babcock of White Salmon,Ore., Joseph Babcock of Glens Falls and Gerald (Shawna) Babcock of Willowick, Ohio; 13 nieces and nephews, Beth, John, Linda, Aurora, Gavin, Matthew, Sarah, William, Nathan, Andi, Adam, Shana and Jacob; three great-nephews; two great nieces; several aunts and uncles, including Francelia Hamlin; and her close friend, Carla Eisenhower. She was predeceased by her father, James; and her sister, Barbara Jo. A rosary will be said at 3:30 p.m. Friday (March 1, 2019) in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, followed by calling hours from 4 to 6 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday (March 2, 2019) in the Immaculate Conception Church, and burial will follow in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Ann’s name may be made to the Immaculate Conception School, to the Hart Comfort House or to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Gary Steven Kephart
1950 ~ January 14, 2018
Gary Steven Kephart, 64, passed away on Sunday (Jan. 14, 2018) in Knoxville, Tenn. He will be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather as well as a friend to all of those he met. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Jody Kephart; daughter, Julie Kephart and her husband, Alan; son, Brian Kephart and his wife Becca; four grandchildren, a sister, Brenda Baird and her husband Larry; a brother, Craig Kephart and his wife, Kathy; and a brother, Eric Kephart and his wife Melissa. The family will receive friends on Friday January 19, 2018 from 5 – 7 p.m. at West Park Baptist Church, 8833 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923 with a Celebration of Gary’s life to be held at 7 p.m. at the church.
November 18, 1953 ~ September 30, 2017
Lisa C. Sweet, 63, of 45 South Brooklyn Avenue passed away on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born November 18, 1953 in North Hornell, the daughter of the late Calvin B. and Louise (Dohring) Cook. Lisa was a 1971 graduate of Wellsville High School and received an Associate Degree in Business from Olean Business Institute. She was the Administrative Assistant to the CEO and CFO at Jones Memorial Hospital; where she had been employed for the past 36 years. She was a former member of the McEwen Hose Company # 4 in Wellsville and was a life member of the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. She is survived by one daughter, Beth (Greg) Day of Wellsville, two grandchildren, Kayla and Dylon Day, two sisters, Christel (James) Burm of Newark and Laurie Dawson and her companion James Clark of Winchester, VA, a brother-in-law, Thomas Barnett of Rushford, mother-in-law, Glady Sweet of Wellsville, sister-in-law, Kathy (Roger) Moyer of Wellsville, nine nieces and nephews, Danielle, PJ, Brendan, Molly, Kyle, Katie, Darren, Hillary and Hayley, six great nieces and nephews, Cheyenne, David, Brynlee, Liam, Blake and Jackson, and a very special friend, Roger Neely of Wellsville. She was predeceased in addition to her parents, by a sister, Corky Barnett and a nephew, Eric Barnett. Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and Saturday, October 7th from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow the visitation on Saturday at noon in the funeral home with Rev. David Potts presiding. Burial will be in Alfred Rural Cemetery at a later date. Please consider memorial donation to the American Kidney Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Amy L. Wilcox-Dickerson
September 30, 1953 ~ January 18, 2016
Amy L. (Wilcox) Dickerson, 62, of East Dyke Street passed away on Monday, January 18, 2016 at Highland Park Healthcare Center in Wellsville, following a battle with cancer. She was born September 30, 1953 in Wellsville, the daughter of Richard M. and Jean (Thornton) Wilcox. Amy was a 1971 graduate of Wellsville High School and attended Olean Business Institute. She was employed by National Fuel Gas. She was an avid reader and spent many Thanksgivings delivering dinners to those in need. She is survived by her mother, Jean Wilcox of Wellsville and her brother, Scott Wilcox of Meadville, PA. She was predeceased by her father, Richard on November 23, 1991. Friends are invited to call on Friday, January 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio at a later date. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the David A. Howe Public Library, 155 N. Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.
Richard A. Graves III
February 5, 1953 ~ February 26, 2011
Richard A. Graves III, 58, of 3455 Jack Bridge Road died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 26, 2011 shortly after arrival at Waccamaw Community Hospital in Murrells Inlet, SC. He was born February 5, 1953 in Wellsville the son of the late Richard and Elaine (Bennett) Graves. On August 29, 1998 in Scio he married Roxanne M. Tierney who survives. Dick was a lifelong resident of Wellsville and a 1971 graduate of Wellsville High School. He was formerly employed at Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville and Olean. He began his 25 year career at Wellsville Central School as assistant Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds and was the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds at the time of his death. He was a charter member and past president of Trout Unlimited where he was instrumental in the construction of the Genesee River handicapped access platform at Island Park in Wellsville. He was a former Wellsville Little League coach, a former member of the Wellsville rod and Gun Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving in addition to his wife, is one daughter, Jennifer (Bobby) Budinger and one son, Jesse (Magin) Graves both of Wellsville, three grandchildren, Emily and Annabelle Budinger and Riley Graves, two step grandchildren, Catherine Budinger and Autumn Bledsoe, three sisters, Dixie (Phil) Hyer of Wellsville, Karen (Jeff) Briggs of Andover and Beth (Kris) Carlin of Scio and two brothers, Dan Graves of Vaccaville, CA and Dean (Sondra) Graves of Mount Savage, MD, his former wife, Patty (Gary) Cook of Wellsville and several nieces & nephews. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 11:00 am in the First Congregational Church, 289 N. Main Street in Wellsville with Rev. Ralph Eastlack presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or to Trout Unlimited.
Debra D. Dahlgren-Mattison
August 21, 1953 ~ November 26, 2012
Marilyn E. Slingerland-Slavin
March 15, 1953 ~ August 22,2009
Edward John Peter Corcoran Jr.
September 19, 1953 ~ May 31, 2009
Edward John Peter Corcoran Jr. of North Franklin Street passed away Sunday (May 31, 2009) at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 19, 1953, in Wellsville, to Edward J. and Roberta Bartlett Corcoran. On Aug. 28, 2004, in Belmont, he married Kellee Osgood, who survives. Ed graduated from Wellsville High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the USS Mississinewa. He enjoyed working with his hands and was a machinist for RMT in Wellsville for 10 years. Prior to RMT, he had worked for the former Butler Larkin in Wellsville and also in construction. He was a longtime member of the Coven Motorcycle Club and the NRA. He will be remembered as a loyal friend, an understanding father and a loving husband. Surviving besides his wife were his mother, Roberta Corcoran of Wellsville; a daughter, Missy ”Lorie” (Andrew) Allbright of Warsaw; two grandchildren, Isis and Ashor; a brother, James Corcoran of Wellsville; two sisters, Roberta (Joe) Andrasic of Fredonia and Kathleen Corcoran of Everett, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father and a sister Teresa Corcoran. Friends are invited to call from 2-4 p.m. Thursday in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A funeral service, with military honors, will follow calling hours at 4 p.m. in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. Memorials in Ed’s name may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.