Duania B. Moreland
Duania B. Moreland, 79, formerly of 18 Trapping Brook Road, passed away on Wednesday June 8, 2005 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born September 20, 1925 in Bradford, PA the daughter of E. Jay and Helen (Munkes) Brownell. On June 15, 1946 in Wellsville she married Robert T. Moreland who predeceased her January 16, 2000. She was a 1942 graduate of Wellsville High School and received a scholarship to the School of the Arts in New York City. She graduated from Olean Business Institute and was first employed by Worthington Corp., later Rockwell Brothers in Wellsville from 1962-1965, and finally as a secretary for C. E. Air Preheater Co., retiring in 1987. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Duania is survived by a daughter, Cynthia (Larry) Hardy of Winder, GA, and a granddaughter, Kimberly (Mark) VanAllen of Loganville, GA. Friends are invited to call Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral service will be Wednesday, June 15th at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Dennis Mancuso presiding. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial suggestions include the American Cancer Society and the S.P.C.A. Serving Allegany County.
Edith Lou Witter
Edith Lou Witter, age 72, a former resident of Wellsville, passed away on June 16, 2005 in her home after a 4-year battle with cancer. She was born in Belmont on February 1, 1933 to Earl and Alberta Dixon. She married Ellery S. Witter who predeceased her on November 10, 2001.Edith enjoyed knitting, reading, collecting dolls and spending time with her family. Survivors include: 3 sons Douglas L. [Christine] Witter of Andover : Steven R. [late Deborah] Witter of Medina and Dale R. [Lise] Witter of North Carolina; 2 daughters Linda Sue [David] Lewis of Cattaraugus and Debra L. Clark of Angola; 9 grandchildren : 8 great grandchildren : a god son and a sister Beverly [Harold] Lamb.She was predeceased by a daughter Bonnie Lamoreaux. Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2-4 & 7-9 pm Monday in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 2 pm in the Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Brady presiding. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Andover and memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
James L, Sawyer
James L, Sawyer, of 1932 Stannards Road, passed away at Jones Memorial Hospital on Thursday June 16, 2005. He was born on January 6, 1945 in Wellsville to Francis and Helena O’Hara Sawyer. On July 8, 1972 in Wellsville he married the former Sandra Wright who survives. Jim was a loving son, father, husband and a friend to all. He was a life long resident of Stannards and Wellsville where he attended Immaculate Conception School and graduated from Wellsville High School in 1963. Jim had earned a business degree from Olean Business Institute and had worked in the office at Worthington and was a courier for Fleet Bank. In the late 1980’s he joined his father in real estate and became the primary broker and owner of Sawyer Realty. He retired in November of 2004 turning the business over to his son Patrick, the third generation of the family. Jim was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, the Educational Foundation of Alfred State College, Wellsville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005 and was recognized for outstanding service to the Chamber in 2005 and the Wellsville Elks Lodge. He had coached Harris Supply for the Wellsville Little League, was a four time marathon runner, enjoyed playing sports including basketball and softball, was a lifetime fan of the Boston Celtics and the Green Bay Packers and lived life for everyone around him. Surviving besides his wife include his parents of Stannards; his Son Patrick Sawyer of Cuba; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Friends are invited to call on Sunday June 19, 2005 in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. On Monday there will be a prayer service at 10 am in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:30 am in the Immaculate Conception Church with Rev. Dennis Wolf. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorials may be made to either the Immaculate Conception Church or School.
Margaret L. Witter
Margaret L. Witter, of McKinley Parkway and formerly of Allentown, passed a way on Monday June 20 at the Autumn View Rehabilitation Center in Hamburg. On June 22, 1927 she was born to Foster and Vira Johnston Trowbridge. She was married to LaVere D. Witter who predeceased her on March 11, 2001. Margaret had worked for Acme Electric and Fisher Price both in East Aurora. She had attended the FirstBaptistChurch in Belmont was a member of the Allentown Fireman’s Auxiliary and the Colden Home Bureau. Margaret enjoyed keeping busy with many hobbies and her family. She enjoyed collecting jewelry, sewing, reading, gardening, baking, cooking, fishing and bingo. Survivors include: a daughter Ginny [Bob] Pelc of Eden and a son George D. Witter of Wellsville : 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren : 4 sisters Dorothy Ahmed of Belfast; Barbara Stocum of Rochester; Larean Bliven of Arkport and Diane Murray of Bolivar several nieces and nephews Margaret was predeceased by 4 children: Kenny, Dickie, Leland and Cindy; a sister Marjorie Keiser; 3 brothers Robert, Donald, and Harold Trowbridge. Friends may call on Thursday from 7-9 pm only in the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday at 11 am in the Funeral Home with Pastor Vernon Dean presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery and memorials may be made to the Allentown Fire Department.
John H. Ellis
John H. Ellis, 82, of 2494 Stannards Road, passed away on Tuesday June 28, 2005 at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA. He was born on April 4, 1923 in Lawrenceville, PA the son of Glen and Ruby (Hyde) Ellis. On January 4, 1947 in Wellsville he married the former Nancy Frungillo who survives. John was raised in Millport, PA and moved to Wellsville in 1947. He attended the Crystal School and served with the U.S. Army Air Force and from 1942 to 1947 as a Medical Technician in North Africa and the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1947 to 1950. He was first employed by the Mingus Dairy in Stannards, then at Occidental Petroleum in North Tonawanda for 25 years. Later he was a Veterinary Technician with Dr. Michael Doty, DVM in Wellsville, retiring in 1993.Surviving in addition to his wife Nancy, is 1 daughter, Rose-Marie Florentine of Wellsville, 3 grandchildren, Bernadette (Garry) Hall of Northeast, PA, John (Pam) Florentine of Belmont, Timothy (Olivia) Florentine of Rochester, 5 great grandchildren, 1 sister, Ruth (Jim) Dailey of Millport, PA, 1 brother Robert Ellis of Mississippi and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and stepfather, Richard Van Buren. Friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 30th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, Inc. in Wellsville. Services will begin Friday, July 1st at 10:30 am with a prayer in the funeral home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville with Rev. Dennis Mancuso as celebrant. Burial with military honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery and memorial suggestions include the S.P.C.A. Serving Allegany County or the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY.
Edward J. Jelinek
Edward J. Jelinek, 80, of 1 Andover Road, passed away on Saturday July 2, 2005 at home. He was born May 1, 1925 in Chicago the son of Louis & Estel (Novotny) Jelinek. On May 31, 1947 in Chicago, IL. He married Elizabeth Marie Zindrick who predeceased him on June 23, 1992. He was raised in Chicago, moved to California in 1962 and came to Wellsville in 1992 after his wife passed away. He was Combat Vehicle Mechanic during WW II serving with the U.S. Army. While in California he was employed by the Prince Chrysler Dealership in Los Angeles for 25 years, retiring on February 21, 1992. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in LA and had a pleasant sense of humor and enjoyed making people smile.Edward is survived by 2 brothers, William Jelinek and Charles (Anne) Jelinek, 2 Stepsons, Kenneth (Lupie) Norman and John (Kim) Norman, 1 step daughter, Elizabeth (Thomas) Stoll of Wellsville, 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren. He was predeceased by 2 sons, William N. Jelinek on April 18, 1980 and Edward J. Jelinek Jr. on June 30, 1981 as well as 2 sisters, Cecile and Rose Jelinek.There will be no prior visitation; a graveside service at the Bath National Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to the David A Howe Library 155 N. Main Street Wellsville, NY 14895. Arrangements are under the direction of the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc
Sandra “Sandy” Prentice
Sandra “Sandy” Prentice, of Phillips Hill Road, passed away on Monday July 11, 2005 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born on March 30, 1965 in Olean to Richard ”Steve” and Joyce Ervin Watson. On June 2, 1988 in Little Genesee she married Adam Prentice who survives. Sandy attended Hinsdale High and enjoyed gardening and refinishing antiques. She was very fond of caring for the elderly, animals and the kids in Allentown. Surviving besides her husband are: two sons Seth and Cory Prentice at home; her parents Steve and Beth Watson of Hinsdale and Joyce Watson of Allentown; father in law Bernie Prentice of Allentown and mother-in-law Wilma Prentice of Wellsville; 2 brothers Rodney Watson of Olean and Jeffery Watson of Fort Walton Beach, FL.; 2 sisters Diane [Michael] McCaffery of Allegany and Terri [Daniel] Paiz of Oak Harbor, WA; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Friday July 15 only from 12 noon to 2 pm. A funeral service will take place at 2 pm at the conclusion of calling hours. Rev. Robin George will preside, burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery and memorials may be made to the SPCA serving Allegany County.
Ruth Gowdy Swarthout
Ruth Gowdy Swarthout, 96, of 4192 Bolivar Road, entered into rest on Thursday July 14, 2005 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. She was born February 10, 1909 in Petrolia, NY, the daughter of Clayton and Bertha (Brown) Gowdy. On July 3, 1931 in Wellsville she married Edward G. Swarthout who predeceased her on November 15, 2002. Ruth was a 1925 graduate of Wellsville High School and Meekers Business College of Elmira, NY in 1927. She was employed by Foss Brothers of Wellsville for several years and later by Wellsville Central School, retiring in 1973. She has formerly resided in Petrolia, Wellsville, Florida and Rushford Lake. For several years Ruth served as a volunteer for the Blind Association of Allegany County and was a member of the Christian Temple in Wellsville for 81 years.She is survived by 1 son, Philip E. (Gladys) Swarthout of Wellsville; a daughter, Joan (Joseph) Carlucci of Warsaw; four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Gail) Swarthout and Jill (William) Docherty of Macedon, Brian Carlucci of Hermosa Beach, CA., Karen (Daniel) Keating of Park City, Utah; six great grandchildren, Derek and Britney Swarthout, Fiona and Landon Docherty, Lousia and Harrison Keating, as well as several nieces & nephews. She was predeceased in addition to her husband by two sisters, Doris Depew and Florence Witter and one brother, Clair Gowdy. Ruth will be remembered as a loving and caring person by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, as well as all who knew her. Friends are invited to call on Friday July 22nd from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will follow visitation at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Anna Shirey presiding. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorial suggestions include the Christian Temple or a charity of the donor’s choice.