LYNETTE A. OLIVER
Montour Falls, NY
LYNETTE A. OLIVER, 93, formerly of 4455 River Road, Belmont, passed away Friday, March 11, 2005 at Seneca View Nursing Home in Montour Falls. She was born September 2, 1911 in Galeton, PA the daughter of Lewis P. and Nina May (Fenderson) Wilcox. On April 25, 1933 she married Franklyn L. Oliver, who predeceased her on March 17, 1996. Lynette was employed by the Kaiser Glove Factory in Wellsville, and also Dr. Harkness. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, making clothes for her family and picking blackberries. She was also very fond of both wild and domestic animals. She was former member of the United Church of Belmont. Lynette is survived by 2 daughters: Sharon Burke of Bath, Beverly [Paul] Oscanyons of Palmira; a son: Stanley [Mary] Oliver of Rathbone, 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Besides her husband she was predeceased by a great granddaughter Andrea N. Guiles. Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, March 15 from 11 am to 1:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 with Rev. Sandra Lasher presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Lloyd R. Robbins
Lloyd R. Robbins, 81, of 3875 Fords Brook Road, passed away Friday March 18, 2005 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born on June 13, 1923 in Allentown, NY, the son of Frank and Bertha (Potter) Robbins. On June 2, 1956 in Stannards he married Doris Saxton who survives. Lloyd attended the Allentown Union School and was a veteran of WW II serving with the U.S. Air Force in the Pacific Theater of Operation. He was a dairy farmer for 20 years and later owned & operated his own excavating business for over 30 years. He was a member of the Morrison-Hayes American Legion Post 702 in Wellsville and a life member of the VFW. He is survived by his wife Doris, 3 daughters; Sally Robbins of Rexville, Connie (James) Moser of Canisteo, Debra Robbins of Wellsville, 8 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Lloyd was predeceased by 4 brothers: George, Walter, Edward and Stephen Robbins and a sister: Mildred Carpenter. There will be no prior visitation and services will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial suggestions include the SPCA Serving Allegany County and the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville.
JAY B. KEMP
JAY B. KEMP, 89, of 45 Norton Street, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2005 at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville. He was born September 1, 1915 in Wellsville, the son of Floyd and Katie (Gardner) Kemp Sr. On April 18, 1936 in Bolivar he married Ruby Van Curen, who survives. Jay worked for many years in the oil fields of Allegany County, and later was employed by Sinclair Refinery in Wellsville and retired from the Town of Amity after 20 years of service. After his retirement, he maintained lawns for many Belmont residents and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Belmont. In addition to his wife Ruby, he is survived by 4 sons: Richard (Mary Lou) Kemp of Belvidere, Wayne (Sandra) Kemp of Brunswick, GA, Dale Kemp of Belmont, Rev. Carl (Linda) Kemp of Scio, 3 daughters: Beverly (Curtis) Brunell of Belmont, Lois Eck of Puryear, TN, Rosalie (Raymond) Taylor of Angelica and a brother: Clarence (Lucy) Kemp of Moravia, NY. Jay will be greatly missed by his 33 grandchildren, 72 great grandchildren, 28 great-great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter; Barbara Kemp, a grandson; Terry Eck, 2 great-great-grandchildren, 3 brothers; Herbert, Calvin and Floyd Kemp Jr. and 2 sisters; Adda Schosker and Minty Wilson. Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Belmont. The funeral will be Thursday, March 24th at 11:00 am in the First Baptist Church in Belmont with Rev. Nate Hayman and Rev. Byron Brooks presiding. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery, Belmont and memorial suggestions include the First Baptist Church 9 Willets Avenue Belmont, NY 14813.
Patricia A. Cregan
Patricia A. Cregan, age 72, of the Waters of Houghton Nursing Home, passed away on Saturday March 26, 2005 in the Nursing Home. She was born on September 5, 1932 in Hornell to John and Alice Nugent Cregan. Pat was a former resident of Wellsville. She had graduated from St. Anne’s in Hornell, Hornell High School, St. James School of Nursing in Hornell and earned a master degree in nursing from D’youville College in Buffalo.She taught nursing at Millard Fillmore Hospital, Alfred State College and retired as a public health nurse for SenecaCounty. Pat attended Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Survivors include: a brother John”Jack”Cregan of Florida and Loon Lake, NY. and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by: a sister Mary Elizabeth Graham; 4 brothers Paul, James, Thomas and William Cregan Friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 9:30 am to 10:30 am in the J.W. Embser Sons F.H. in Wellsville followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church at 11 am. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Dennis Mancuso and burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville or to St. Anne’s Church in Hornell.
Roy E. Sheared
Roy E. Sheared, formerly of 146 Wood Hill Drive, passed away on Sunday March 27 in the Hill Haven Nursing Home in Webster, NY. He was born on May 21, 1937 in Harrisburg, PA. to Roy L. and Mary [unknown] Sheared. He married Betty Curry on September 4, 1966 in Wellsville who survives him. Roy was a chef for Jay’s Diner and retired from the Parkway Family Restaurant both in Rochester. He enjoyed bowling and the Buffalo Bills. Surviving besides his wife: A son Mark [Grace] Sheared of Rochester; a daughter Wanda [Rodney] Cooper of Rochester; 3 grandsons and a granddaughter; 2 great grandsons as well as several nieces and nephews. There will be no prior visitation and the family will have a memorial service in Rochester at a later date. Burial will take place in Woodlawn Cemetery. Note: Betty and her family had a family visitation on Monday March 28, 2005 at 5:30 pm in the Funeral Home in Wellsville and his burial will be on Wednesday March 30, 2005.
WANDA R. WIGHTMAN
WANDA R. WIGHTMAN, 85, of 85 Johnson Street, Apt. 101, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at Jones Memorial Hospital. She was born November 28, 1919 in Oswayo, PA the daughter of Archie and Ada (Lent) Densmore. She first married James Osgood, then Glen Wightman, both of whom predeceased her. Wanda was a former resident of Richburg, and a former employee of the Acme Electric Company in Cuba, retiring in 1983 after 23 years of service. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Richburg. Wanda is survived by 2 sons: James (Bert) Osgood of Addison, NY, D. Jack (Carolyn) Osgood of Richburg, a daughter: Cindy (Jimmy) Dick of Richburg, 8 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, a brother: Gerald (Arlene) Densmore of Martin, GA; a sister: Naomi Williamson of Andover, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by 2 brothers: Anson “Erwin” Densmore, Archie “Rex” Densmore; and 3 sisters: Althea Hornburg, Erma Coykendall, and Dottie Lou Densmore.There will be no prior visitation and a memorial service will be at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Ford Hill Cemetery, Andrews Settlement, PA. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville.
MARY C. SHERMAN
MARY C. SHERMAN, 90, of 160 Seneca Street, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2005 at the WellsvilleHighland Health Care Center. She was born September 12, 1914 in Galeton, PA the daughter of Frank and Mary (Yilek) Karhan. On December 25, 1934 she married Claude W. “Bud” Sherman who predeceased her March 2, 1968. Mary was a graduate of Galeton High School, and with her husband was a dairy farmer in Potter County for 35 years, after which she owned and operated Cooks Motel in Wellsville from 1962 to 1974. Later she was a collector and dealer of antiques and was renowned for her knowledge of Depression Era glass. She also served on the Northern Potter Joint School Board, was a 4-H and Girl Scout leader in Potter County, was a member of the Wellsville country Club and the Jones Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; Hemlock Twig. She is survived by 2 daughters: Patricia M. Sherman of Florida, NY, Prudence Rae Sherman of Los Angeles, CA, 2 sons: Richard A. (Kathleen) Sherman of Scio, Gerald T. Sherman of State College, PA, 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son: James Sherman, 6 sisters: Margaret Smykowski, Anna Morrell, Genevieve Howland, Katherine Dunmore, Cecelia Calice, Martha Dumuhosky, and 4 brothers: Raymond, Francis, B. Paul, and Stephen Karhan. Friends are invited to a memorial service on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville, with Father Dennis Mancuso presiding. Following the service, burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the American Cancer Society.
Bernita Nye Johnston
Trinity, NC. / Belmont, NY
Bernita Nye Johnston, a former resident of Belmont, passed away on Monday March 21, 2005 in the Gray Brier Nursing and RetirementCenter in Trinity, NC. She was born on June 9, 1910 on Corbin Hill to Earl J. and Mary L. Hawks Nye On November 11, 1937 She married Laurence D. Johnston who predeceased her on August 18, 1980.Bernita was also formerly of Lancaster and East Aurora she spent 2 years with her daughter Cherie in North Carolina before entering the nursing home. She graduated from BelmontHigh School in 1929 and was the salutatorian of her class. She was a telephone operator from the late 1920’s to the early 1940’s. Bernita’s memberships include the Home Bureau, Belmont United Methodist Church, Lancaster Methodist Church and Baker Memorial Methodist Church in East Aurora. She was also docent of the Millard Fillmore House in East Aurora.She is survived by: 2 daughters Julianne [Robert] Preston of Williamsville and Cherie L. Johnston of Highpoint, NC.; A son David F. Johnston of Fort Lauderdale, FL.; 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.She was predeceased by 2 sisters: Laura A. Groff and Dorothy E. Lambertson: a half brother Stanton Wixon. Friends are invited to call in the United Methodist Church on Park Circle in Belmont on Friday April 1st from 2-3 pm at which time a funeral service will be held. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery and Memorials may be made to either the BelmontUnitedMethodistChurch or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are under the direction of the J.W. Embser & Sons Funeral Home in Belmont.
JOYCE A. HOLBROOK
JOYCE A. HOLBROOK, 73, of 6 S. Highland Avenue, passed away at home on Wednesday March 30, 2005. She was born August 19, 1931 in Livonia the daughter of Howard and Agnes (McCaughey) McClurg. On August 20, 1955 she married James E. Holbrook who survives. Joyce was a 1948 graduate of GeneseoHigh School and graduated from GeneseoTeachers College in 1952. She came to Wellsville and taught 2nd grade at the BrooklynSchool and later taught kindergarten at the WashingtonSchool. She retired in 1991 after 29 years of service to the Wellsville Central School District.She was a former Sunday school teacher at the Christian Temple, a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the A.A.U.W. and enjoyed playing golf as a member of the Wellsville Country Club. Surviving in addition to her husband Jim is 1 son; James (Sheryl) Holbrook of Cortland, 1 daughter; Christine Holbrook of Wellsville, 5 grandchildren; 2 brothers; Donald (Vena) McClurg of Leicester, Richard (Gerry) McClurg of Shortsville, 1 aunt; Betty (Sam) Sanderson of Groveland Station and 6 nieces & nephews. Friends are invited to call on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Sunday from noon to 2:00 pm, at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation Sunday at 2:00 pm in the funeral home with Rev. Anna Shirey presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorial suggestions include the Christian Temple, the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the American Cancer Society.