Ellsworth N. Emmett
7/19/2007 - Ellsworth N. Emmett, a resident of Gulf Shores, Ala. died July 10, 2007, at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala.
He was born May 5, 1925, in Carbondale, Pa., the son of the late Arthur and Jane (Richards) Emmett. His early education, grades one thru eight, were in Oneonta, NY. Following his graduation from Carbondale’s Benjamin Franklin High School, he completed one year of college before entering the U. S. Navy for three years, serving in the Pacific Theater. He married the late Phyllis E. LeVan in June of 1946.
Returning to Oswego State Teachers, he received his B. S. Degree in 1948 and was elected to Epsilon Pi Tau, the National Industrial Arts Honorary Society. At Keene Central School, Keene Valley, NY, he taught Industrial Arts, Science 9, Mechanical Drawing and Biology. He moved to Brocton, in 1951 where he taught Industrial Arts, Mechanical Drawing and Earth Science at Brocton Central School until his retirement in 1981; he also was the Director of Adult Education and taught GED and Cabinetmaking adult classes.
He received his M.S. Degree in 1956. Transferring to a new teaching area, graduate studies were completed at Colgate University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and State University Colleges at Fredonia, Oneonta, Brockport and Edinboro (PA) for certification in the Earth Sciences. He served as a critic teacher for SUNY at Buffalo and Fredonia. He was a member of Phi Delta Kappa of Southwestern New York.
As a member of the Brocton Methodist Church, he served as a Sunday Schoolteacher and as Superintendent, Lay Leader, Certified Lay Speaker and Trustee, also as the Webelos Scout Leader. He was a Little League Coach for 4 years in Brocton, and served 6 years as Trustee of the local Village Board.
Following the death of his wife in 1980 and his retirement from teaching in 1981, he moved to Gulf Shores and married Carolyn Sue (Melton) Stewart in July of 1983. As a member of Swift Presbyterian Church, he served as teacher, Treasurer and Elder before transferring to the Foley Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Sue; two sons, Joel of Grand Island, N.Y. and Daphne, Ala. and Jeff of Sachse, Texas; two daughters, Jill Thomas of Wampsville, N.Y. and Jann Balsano of Westfield; four grandchildren; four sisters, Gladys McFee of Naples, Fla., Ann Nichols of Greene, N.Y., Ardis Humphrey of Carbondale, Pa. and Carol Peknik of Watertown, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Shannon Haywood of Birmingham, Ala. and Allyson Stewart of Daphne, Ala.; and two step-granddaughters.
Burial will be in Portland Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, NY, at a later date.
Arrangements are by the Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Home in Alabama.
Richard E. Deming
7/19/2007 - Richard E. Deming, age 71, of Central Avenue, Brocton died July 13, 2007 at home following a short illness.
Dick was born on July 2, 1936 in Olean, NY a son of the late John and Gladys (Deming) Weary.
He served in the Air Force from 1954 to 1956 during Korean war.
He enjoyed bingo, golf and his family. Dick had been employed by the Village of Mayville in the streets department and retired as a Security Guard at Bush Industries in Jamestown.
Mr. Deming was a member of First Ward Falcon Club and the Moniusko Club both of Dunkirk.
He is survived by his daughter: Lisa Colt and her husband Roy of Westfield and his two sons: Scott Deming and his wife Janet of Stockton, NY, and Lance Deming and his wife Linda of Jamestown as well as by his seven grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
Dick is also survived by his three brothers: John "Corky" Weary of Mayville, NY, Jerry Weary of Steadman, NY, and James Weary of South Carolina.
Friends and family are invited to attend the Graveside services to be held today, July 19th, at 11 a.m. in the Mayville Cemetery with Rev. Thomas Switaj officiating. A time of reunion and refreshment will follow at the home of Michael and Jenny Sterner, 4649 West Railroad Ave., Stockton, NY.
Memorials can be made to Dick’s family, c/o Scott and Janet Deming, PO BOX 202, Stockton, NY 14784.
Arrangements are by the MASON Funeral Home on Clinton St., Westfield.
Audrey M. Kay
7/19/2007 - Audrey M. Kay, 91, formerly of Mayville, Ellery Center, and Jamestown, died July 12, 2007 in Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Center.
Audrey was born Feb. 27, 1916 in Liverpool, England, the daughter of Vincent and Susan Pinington Owen. At age 5 she moved to New York City with her parents. She attended Brooklyn Girls High and while there won the New York Times poetry contest for the best poem written by a high school student. During World War II, while working for the British War Ministry in New York City and Washington, D.C., she met and married Edmund F. Kay, a Chief Engineer in the British Merchant Navy, who would be her husband until his death 59 years later.
Audrey qualified as a Certified Professional Secretary (CPS). In Jamestown she worked as an executive secretary at both Art Metal and American Locker, and in NYC as an administrative assistant for Brooklyn State Hospital and King’s County Research Laboratory administrators. She was active in the Jamestown and Brooklyn chapters of the National Professional Secretaries Association, and she was recognized as the Brooklyn Chapter’s Secretary of the Year in 1972. She was a former member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mayville and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown.
Although Audrey and her husband lived in several communities in New York State, they always considered their true home to be their farm in Ellery Center where they raised three children. Audrey’s interests were wide ranging and included travel, reading, quilting, camping, education, and politics. She was active in both the Grange and in 4H. Audrey was known for her active mind and imagination.
She is survived by a son, Peter Kay of Toledo, Ohio; two daughters, Susan Collander of Falconer and Audrey Dowling of Westfield; four grandchildren, Michael Collander of Las Vegas, Nev., Anna Miles of Falconer, Forest Dowling of New York City, and Joseph Dowling of Rochester; and a great grandson, Robert Miles of Falconer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edmund F. Kay, whom she married April 4, 1946, and who died March 23, 2005.
There will be no funeral service or visitation.
Powers, Present & Sixbey Funeral Home in Jamestown is handling arrangements.
Bertha Mae Neal
7/12/2007 - Bertha Mae Neal, 91, of Van Buren, Dunkirk, died July 7, 2007 in St. Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pa.
She was born Nov. 18, 1915 in Canton, Pa., the daughter of the late Earl and Helen (Williams) Kilmer.
A homemaker, Mrs. Neal lived in Van Buren most of her life.
A well-loved mother, she will be remembered as always offering a helping hand to all.
Survivors include three sons, Charles (Marion) Neal of Portland, N.Y., Ralph (Vickie) Neal of Wilson, N.C. and Jerry (Nancy) Neal of Fredonia; two daughters, Elaine (Robert) Moll of Cassadaga and Patricia Weekley of Avon, Ohio; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Neal; three brothers; one sister; and three grandchildren.
Eugene P. DeStevens
7/12/2007 - Eugene P. DeStevens, 77, of Redding Road, Clymer, died July 5, 2007, in the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mr. DeStevens was born Dec.19, 1929, in Hazel Hurst, Pa., son of the late John and Vincenza Conti DeStevens.
He was raised and educated in Coudersport, Pa. and graduated from Coudersport High School in 1948. Following graduation, he attended the University of Tennessee on a full football scholarship. He then transferred to St. Bonaventure College in Olean, N.Y. During the Korean conflict, Mr. DeStevens served with the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. After his discharge, he began employment with Tennessee Gas in Clymer. Mr. DeStevens was a technician operator and had worked for the company for 36 years. Mr. DeStevens was an avid fan of the New York Yankees baseball team and the New York Giants football team and enjoyed watching them play.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was a member of St. Matthias Roman Catholic Church in French Creek. He was a former member of the North East American Legion.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers: Seymour DeStevens, John DeStevens Jr. and Sylvester DeStevens. He was also preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Larry DelGrosso.
Mr. DeStevens is survived by his wife, Barbara Furman DeStevens, whom he married Aug. 25, 1951 in Coudersport, Pa. He is also survived by two daughters: Gina Baker and her husband, Steve of Olean, N.Y. and Ginger DeStevens of Jamestown, N.Y.; two sons: David DeStevens of Falconer, N.Y. and Robert DeStevens and his wife, Tricia of Clymer, N.Y.; a sister, Teresa DelGrosso of Galeton, Pa.; and two brothers: Merritt DeStevens and his wife, Maggie of Bradford, Pa. and Carmen DeStevens and his wife, Francy of Gaines, Pa. Mr. DeStevens is also survived by six grandchildren: Jason and Teresa DeStevens and Nicole Klice, all of Phoenix, Ariz., Michael DeStevens of Falconer, N.Y. and Alyssa and Matthew DeStevens of Clymer, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren: Tyler and Vanessa DeStevens of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 823 Filmore Ave., Erie, Pa., l6505 or to a charity of ones choice. Burial will be private.
The Bracken Funeral Home in Corry, Pa. is in charge of arrangements.
John W. Buchanan Sr.
6/28/2007 - John W. Buchanan Sr., 72, a resident of The Waters of Westfield, formerly of Dunkirk, died June 19, 2007 in Westfield Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 16, 1935 in Okolona, MS, the son of Lonnie and Leona (Ward) Buchanan.
He was married to his first wife Barbara (Armour-Hall) Buchanan July 31, 1962 in Dunkirk, who predeceased him in 1987. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing cards. He had owned and operated Lamb’s Club in Dunkirk for many years. Mr. Buchanan was a dedicated employee of Dunkirk Radiator for over 42 years retiring January 1, 1996.
His second wife Debra Faison; five sons Ingvue Buchanan of Dunkirk, John W. (Kimberly) Buchanan Jr. of Portland, Donald Buchanan of Dunkirk, Martinez Buchanan of Seneca, S.C., Melvin Jones of Seneca S.C.; four daughters, Gladys “Teen” Buchanan of Dunkirk, Geraldine Buchanan of Buffalo, Sonia (Ricky) Buchanan-Ruiz of Dunkirk and Connie Jones of Anderson S.C.; survive. 25 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two brothers Willie Earl Gillispie of Okolona, Miss., Johnny Gillispie of Tupelo, Miss., a sister Minnie Earl Gillispie of Shannon, Miss., and several nieces and nephews also survive.
His parents, his first wife and 8 brothers and sisters predeceased him.
Burial will be in Willowbrook Cemetery Dunkirk.
The Gardinier-Colletti Funeral Home in Dunkirk is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Scully Lydon
6/28/2007 - Mary Scully Lydon, mother of Katherine (Lydon) Wollaston died peacefully on June 19, 2007, as her immediate family gathered around her. She lived her last nine years with her daughter and son-in-law in Fredonia.
Mary was born in Eagle Valley, New York, to the late Edward J. and Charlotte (Knickerbocker) Scully on September 27, 1920. A resident of Suffern, NY nearly all of her life, Mary met and married the late Leo Lydon at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Suffern, on June 9, 1945. Leo and Mary were an inseparable couple until Leo was killed in the line of duty as a Captain of the Fire Police, when he was struck by a speeding car in 1969.
For 42 years, Mary worked at the Avon Products Production Plant, their sole manufacturing location in the entire country. Her many civic activities included a membership of more than 25 years in Suffern’s Ladies’ Fireman’s Auxiliary, serving as its president in 1965. Mary was a lifelong member of the Church of the Sacred Heart until her move to Fredonia when she became a member of the Church of Saint Anthony of Padua. She also belonged to the Sacred Heart, Suffern and Ramapo Seniors. She enjoyed sewing, knitting many, many afghans, crocheting, pinochle and bowling.
Mrs. Lydon is survived by her only child, Katherine, a retired teacher and principal of the Westfield School District, and her son-in-law Daniel Wollaston; her grandchildren, Kathleen Wise, Fred Wise, Gregory “Scott” Wollaston and David Culver; and great-grandchildren Kaitlin Trippy and Kristin Wise.
Also surviving are her brother Henry Scully of Atlanta, Ga. and her sisters, Charlotte Scully Wassmer of Haverstraw, N.Y. and Agnes Scully Newell of Suffern, N.Y. Many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews also survive.
Besides her parents and beloved husband Leo, Mary was predeceased by her brothers Edward, Robert, and John Scully and her sisters Katherine Scully and Veronica Scully Carden.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Chautauqua County Hospice Association of Mayville, NY.
The Fantauzzi Funeral Home Inc. of Westfield is in charge of local arrangements.
Audrey R. Ransom
6/28/2007 - Audrey R. Ransom of Dunkirk died June 21, 2007 at The Waters of Westfield, after a short illness.
She was born in Dunkirk on Feb. 24, 1927, the daughter of the late Casimir and Mary (Klocko) Fern Paprocki.
A lifelong resident of Dunkirk, Mrs. Ransom attended Dunkirk schools and had been employed at the Van Raalte Company. She was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Arthur Ransom; her daughter, Deborah (Philip) Cornell of Brocton; a son, Kevin Ransom of Jamestown; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Daniel, Edmund and Joseph; three sisters, Genevieve Fern, Mrs. Rita (Phil) Kaus and Mrs. Marie (Edward) Roman; and also by a niece, Noreen Faulkner.
A memorial mass will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Lakeshore Humane Society, P.O. Box 12, Fredonia, NY, 14063 or the Chautauqua County Humane Society, 2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY, 14701.
The McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joanne Bender Martin
6/28/2007 - Joanne Bender Martin (Weilacher) of Frewsburg, passed away June 24, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer at her home surrounded by family.
Joanne was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Oct. 6, 1933, the daughter of George and Lois Timmerman Bender.
Joanne enjoyed a 20-year career with the Southern Tier Penny Saver as a sales representative. She served many years in the Remocwen Club and was a member of the Zion Tabernacle Church, the Maplehurst Country Club and the Frewsburg Legion Auxiliary.
Joanne’s greatest joy was her family. They enjoyed many memories of the family camp in Cattauragus.
She was preceded in death by her first husband of 46 years, Hal Martin. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Donald Weilacher, whom she married May 3, 2003; her younger brother, Roger Bender of Lakewood; her children: Deborah Martin (Tom Kissinger) of Warren, Steven (Denise) Martin of Binghamton, N.Y., Rindy (Lanny) Barmore of Gerry and Michael Martin of Frewsburg; her grandchildren: Jamie Mathews of Bolingbrook, Ill., Kristy Hayes of Falconer, Lisa Polanco of Gainesville, Ga, Joseph Martin currently serving in the military in Germany; Erik Barmore of Gerry; and six great-grandchildren: Aidan, Margo and Caleb Mathews and Caitlyn and Kayla Hayes and Leilani Polanco; four stepchildren: Donald Weilacher Jr. of Lakewood, David Weilacher of Virginia Beach, Va., Robert Weilacher of Findley Lake and Bonnie Schwanke of Russell, Pa.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chautauqua County, the Frewsburg Fire Company or the Russell Fire Company.
The Peterson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.