November 13, 1956 ~ June 30, 2019
Nancy Marie Raykovitz Counterman, loving mother, wife, and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the age of 62. Born November 13, 1956 and raised in Wellsville NY, she is the daughter of Betty and the late Frank Raykovitz. Nancy leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Wayne whom she fell madly in love with at first site, and sons David and Damon who were her pride and joy. In addition she is survived by her mother, Betty Raykovitz (Silkman), sister and best friend Sally (William) Acker, five brothers: Jim, Frank (Candy), Dan (Heather), Tony (Mary Jo), and Chris (Marion); sister-in-laws Carolyn Mahone (Robert), Allison Raykovitz, and Judy Counterman; Brother-in-laws Paul Counterman (Barbara) Ray Counterman, and Craig Counterman, and all of her nieces and nephews and their babies whom she cared for very deeply and loved to hug on. Growing up, Nancy attended the Wellsville Immaculate Conception School and then went on to Wellsville High School graduating with the Class of 1975, forming many lifelong bonds along the way. She later went on to earn an associate’s degree in computer programming/accounting from Alfred State, all while raising her first child Damon at the same time. Being a single mother Nancy did everything in her power to make it work and provide for her family. Over the years she has worked for numerous accounting offices all over Allegany County including Jim Maxwell’s and the County Clerk’s office in Belmont, in December of 1987 Nancy married the love of her life Wayne and in 1990 stopped working for a number of years in order to give birth to her second son David and spend more time raising her family which meant the world to her. After a number of years she went back to work with Chisholms Tax Service’s in Wellsville where she worked for about 15 years; serving her final day last Tuesday, as the hard-working dedicated worker that she was. It wasn’t just a job for her it was a duty, not as a paid employee but as a hometown friend, though she had many clients, to her it was more than just a job or a paycheck. She loved the people she worked with and for and would go above and beyond to get the job done and done right! From start to finish Nancy was a family woman. She met and fell in love with Wayne around 1981, and knew from the moment she met him that he was the one that she wanted to be the father of her son, and husband to grow a family with. Her relentless pursuit paid off and she never looked back. This was the man that made all her dreams come true and she loved him dearly for close to 40 years. More than ever Nancy loved her two boy’s Damon and David, and took much pride in watching their achievements. She never missed an event and was always their number one fan, whether on the field, on the court, or on the stage; if her boys were playing, she was there and they didn’t have to look for them to know. More times than not she left the event without a voice because she loved to cheer on the team and rally the troops. “KSA, Lets Go Lions, Good Work Boys” we’re just a few of her favorite cheers. Nancy loved people, talking, and had a great big beautiful illuminating smile! If you had a story, she had the time. Throughout her life she formed many special bonds (Queee!), Anyone who met her was a friend for life. She was the type of person that would hang out and talk to anyone about anything for extended lengths of time just to talk. With her outgoing personality it’s no surprise that aside from family she had hundreds of close friends that she cared for deeply. Her 2nd home was seasonal camping, with 17 years at Highbanks Campgrounds and the previous 14 years at Homestead Campgrounds where she earned her nickname “The NightCrawler.” She loved socializing and standing next to a nice fire, getting her legs warmed up. She knew all the campers by name and really enjoyed her time with her friends especially loved watching the kids play. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, July 3, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A service for Nancy will be held at the conclusion of calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Or by enjoying your time with friends, warming up next to a fire, talking for hours, while spreading love to the people around you.
January 1, 1957 ~ October 18, 2019
Thomas C. Lee
September 11, 1956 ~ December 2, 2005
Kay Marie Baumgarten-Fisk
October 29, 1956 ~ November 2, 2017
Kay Marie Fisk, 61, of 102 2nd Street passed away on Thursday, November 02, 2017 at Olean General Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was born October 29, 1956 in Wellsville, the daughter of the Frederick and Loretta (Aldrich) Baumgarten. On November 8, 1987 she married Greg Fisk who survives. Kay was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with grandkids and family. She had a VERY special love for her dog “LUCY”!! She was employed at Heritage Cutlery in Bolivar for 23 years. Surviving in addition to her husband Greg, are two sons, Coddie (Meredith) Bissell and Dusty Bissell both of Bolivar, two daughters, Bambi (Shawn) Perry of Bolivar, and Heather (Richard) Clark of Virginia, 11 beloved grandkids, three sisters, Connie Zeager of Cuba, Nancy Baldwin of Richburg, Billie Jo Brownell of Bolivar, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Baumgarten Jr. Family and Friends are welcome to join us for a celebration of life, on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Bolivar Legion.
Mari Lou Brown-Lall
November 5, 1956 ~ September 29, 2017
Mari Lou Lall, 60, of 2609 Hallsport Road, passed away unexpectedly in Jones Memorial Hospital on Friday (Sept. 29, 2017). She was born in Wellsville on Nov. 5, 1956, the daughter of Roy R. and Anna I. Fanton Brown, Jr. A lifelong resident of the Wellsville area, she was a graduate of the Wellsville High School. She enjoyed her cats, being on the computer and her Native Indian Festive studies. She is survived by a daughter, Dr. Shelly C. (Jonathan C. Pawlak) Lall of Sutton Bay, MI; her mother, Anna F. Brown of Wellsville; and a sister, Joann Ives of Wellsville. She was predeceased by her father, Roy Brown, Jr.; brother, Rev. Roy Brown, III. Friends called at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home on Monday (Oct. 2, 2017) from 10 until noon, when services were held. Pastor Gene Miller of the Yorks Corners Mennonite Church officiated. Burial followed in the Hallsport Union Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County or to a local charity of the donor’s choice.
Dixie Graves Hyer, 56, of 116 Early Street passed away peacefully on Friday, May 03, 2013 at home following long illness. She was born January 26, 1957 in Tampa, Florida the daughter of the late Richard A. and Elaine (Bennett) Graves Jr. On August 1, 1981 in Wellsville she married Phillip Hyer who survives. Dixie was a 1975 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was formerly employed at WLSV Radio as a disk jockey, Shaner’s Jewelry Store in Wellsville, Certified Traffic Controllers of Andover, Skibecks Pipeline Company Inc. of Randolph, Better Days in Wellsville and at the Wellsville Elementary School cafeteria. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose Chapter 248, the Frank B. Church VFW Post # 2530 Auxiliary, past president of the Allegany County Players, and was a former coach for Wellsville Girls Softball Community League. She also enjoyed playing golf and loved gardening. Surviving in addition to her husband are four children, Jeremy Hyer of Wellsville, Kristen Hyer of Fayetteville, Erika (Shane) Hyer-Scott of Wellsville and Matthew Hyer of Buffalo, four grandchildren, Wyatt and Quinten Hyer and Pacey and Hendrick Scott, two sisters, Karen (Jeff) Briggs of New York City, Beth (Kris) Carlin of Scio, two brothers, Dan (Wanda) Graves of Wellsville and Dean (Saundra) Graves of Cumberland, MD as well as aunts, uncles, nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard A. Graves III. Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:00 am in the First Congregation Church, 289 N. Main Street in Wellsville with Rev. Patricia Bancroft presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany Count
Mark J. Schoenherr, 57, of 8 Meadowbrook Court passed away on Monday, July 14, 2014 at the Hart Comfort House following a battle with cancer. He was born October 28, 1956 in Wellsville, the son of the late Karl J. and Patricia (Wall) Schoenherr.
Mark was a 1971graduate of the Immaculate Conception School and a 1975 graduate of Archbishop Walsh High School in Olean. He attended Herkimer County Community College and was a 1987 graduate of Buffalo State College. He was employed at a number of restaurants in Wellsville and Olean, beginning with Pizza Hut and most recently for many years, at the Texas Hot in Wellsville. Mark was an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan and loved watching NASCAR and Notre Dame Football. He was a life member of the NRA, the Sons of the American Legion Post 702, and the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Rescue Squad. He was a former member of the Emerald Hook & Ladder Company # 3 and the Willing Volunteer Fire Department.
He is survived by three stepchildren, Ben Grover of Scio, Kelly Ertell of Cuba and Heather Bennett of Allegany, 12 grandchildren and a host of close friends. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a grandson, Cameron Fenti in 2012 and several aunts & uncles.
Friends are invited to a graveside service on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Sacred Heart Cemetery, 300 South Main Street in Wellsville. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Hart Comfort House or Lollypop Farm – Humane Society of Greater Rochester, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450. To leave online condolences, please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.