June 24, 1954 ~ October 27, 2019
David W. Helmer, Sr. was unexpectedly called home by the Lord on Sunday, October 27, 2019. David was born in Wellsville, NY on June 24, 1954, son of Gilbert W. and C. June Brandes Helmer. David graduated from Wellsville High School in 1972, and from Alfred State College with a degree in HVAC Technology in 1974. After college, David worked alongside his Uncle, George E. Lehman at George’s business, K&L Appliance Repair Service in Wellsville. Following George’s death in 1999, David went on to work for higher end appliance companies, such as Sub Zero, Dacor and Kuppersbusch. His work relocated him to Rochester, Delaware, and the New Jersey Shore, before coming back home to settle in Wellsville. David followed in the footsteps of his father, Gib, joining the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department, McEwen Hose Company #4 in June of 1972. David was quickly put to work as Hurricane Agnes brought heavy flooding to the area. He joined in on rescue efforts and filling sandbags, working tirelessly through the days alongside his brother firefighters. During his 47 years in the Fire Department, David held the office of Captain and was most recently the department representative to the Allegany County Fire Advisory Board. David was also a long-time member of the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps., where he loved to drive ambulance. David was also an avid lover of antique vehicles. He loved to attend car shows, and eventually acquired two classics of his own. First, a 1961 Corvair Rampside, and then a 1957 Willy’s Jeep. David took these vehicles to car shows in New Jersey, and various other shows in the Allegany County area, where the two classics won multiple awards. More recently, one of his favorite shows to attend was Cruise Night in Angelica. As often as he could, he and his son, David Helmer, Jr. would take one and sometimes both vehicles to these cruise nights. David loved getting together with friends anytime he could. He enjoyed gathering together, knocking a few back, while entertaining others with his stories about his work, the Fire Department and Ambulance Corps., and his participation in Drum and Bugle Corps. Previously having been a member of the Blue Devils, the Mighty St. Joe’s, and the Yankee Rebels. David is survived by his mother, C. June Helmer of Wellsville, a daughter, Nicole (Jeffrey Ormsby) Helmer of Wellsville, a son, David “DJ” W. (Becky Sutton) Helmer, Jr. of Wellsville and Allison (Jeffrey) Culbertson, also of Wellsville. David was predeceased by his father, Gilbert W. Helmer, his Aunt Edna (George) Lehman, and Uncle Kenneth “Kenny” (Barbara) Brandes. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 31, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at J. W. Embser Funeral Home in Wellsville. Friends are also invited to call on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main St., Wellsville, NY, from11a.m. to 12p.m., with the funeral service to follow at noon. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Wellsville Fire Company, Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps., or Trinity Lutheran Church.
February 4, 1953 ~ September 17, 2019
Patrick Steven Lester
September 20, 1952 ~ February 7, 2019
Patrick Steven Lester, age 64, of 95 East Pearl Street passed away on Thursday, February 7, 2019, at the Comfort House of Allegany County in Wellsville. He was born on September 20, 1954 in Wellsville to Donald and Nancy White Lester. On January 27, 1979 in Hanover, New Hampshire he married Nancy Alt who survives. Pat grew up in Wellsville and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1972. He graduated from Alfred State College and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northwood Institute in Midland, MI. In 1979 he joined his father at Don Lester Chevrolet in Wellsville as a salesman and later he became a long time employee of Wellsville Ford were he currently worked. He loved the game of golf and was a long standing member of the Wellsville Country Club. He was a 43 year member of the Wellsville Elks Lodge, and was a member of the Sons Of the American Legion in Wellsville. Pat grew up attending St. John’s Episcopal Church where attended services faithfully with his friend Billy Geoppner. He will be remembered for his love of cars, as a Green Bay Packers fan, and his love of Dean Martin music. Pat is survived by his mother Nancy of Ellicott, MD; his two sons, Kyle Lester of Seattle, WA., and Ryan Lester of Austin, TX.; his life partner Judy Winterhalter of Wellsville; his brother Michael Lester[Anne Marie] of Flat Rock,NC; his sisters, Sue Fahy of the Villages,FL., and Chris O’Brien [Richard] of Ellicott, MD.; his cousins, Paul Lester Jr., and Shelly Delaney; several nieces and nephews; and his best pal Ceaser. Pat was predeceased by his father Donald and his Uncle Paul Lester Sr. Friends are invited to attend an Elks Lodge of Sorrow on Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 1 pm in the Wellsville Elks Lodge followed by a Celebration of his life until 4 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to either the Comfort House of Allegany County or to the Wellsville Elks Lodge 1495.
Lou Ann Klein-Emerson
~ December 15, 2017
Lou Anne Klein, of Buffalo, NY, passed away Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Dearest mother of Thomas T. Vroman (Kerri D. Osgood) and Bret A. Lounsberry; grandmother of Kyra, Bret Jr. and Blake Lounsberry; daughter of the late Thomas A. and Ardath B. (Phillipson) Klein; sister of Deanna A. Reddy; also survived by nephews. There will be no prior visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of Erie County. Arrangements made by Erie County Cremation Service, 873 Abbott Road in Buffalo.
Stanley R. Weinhauer
April 23, 1954 ~ August 14, 2017
James Michael Hennessy
February 28, 1954 ~ July 1, 2016
Dorothy Jean “Dotsie” Wyckoff Lewis Guinnip, 61, of 5936 Fish Road gave up her fight with ALS at home on Thursday, November 20, 2014. She was born on April 18, 1953 in Wellsville, the daughter of Edward and Esther (Jackson) Wyckoff. On August 20, 1977 in Petrolia she married Bruce D. Guinnip who survives.
Dotsie was employed as a production coordinator for the Nutrition Department of Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville until her diagnosis with ALS in 2011.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two beautiful daughters, Tara-Jean Guinnip of Scioand Sandy (Dan) Friday of Rochester, two grandchildren, Evan and Taylor-Grace Friday, her mother, Esther Moultrup of Scio, three sisters, Betty (Rick) Moultrup of Allentown, Patty (Bob) Standard of Scio and Gina Elliott of Wellsville, two brothers, Edward H.Wyckoff Jr. of Bolivar and Jason (Ashley) Moultrup of Scio as well as several nieces & nephews. She was also affectionately known as “Grandma Dots” to Carly and Emma Moultrup. She was predeceased by her father, her step father, Norman Moultrup and her first husband, Richard Lewis.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 2:00 pm Saturday in the funeral home with her nephew, David Greene presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Hearts for ALS NY % 1899 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620. For more information on ALS, please visit als.net. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.