Congratulations and Condolences

Dr. John M. Andrews II

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John M. Andrews II of Houghton and Watchung, New Jersey died Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ. He was born on April 30, 1937 in Wellsville, NY, a son of the late John and Lila Scarborough Andrews. He married Gladys Wakkinen who survives. 
 
John, a Houghton College graduate, continued on to MIT earning his PhD in physics in 1964. He was a Research Scientist at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. He was a member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church.
 
John enjoyed hiking, camping, skiing, spelunking and snorkeling with his family. He was also in a photography club for many years which culminated in a collection of award winning photographs. As many may remember, he loved sharing his tenor voice in various church choirs and once had the experience of singing at Carnegie Hall which was quite a highlight for him.
 
Surviving in addition to his wife are their children, David Andrews of Sacramento, CA, Carolyn McKeon of Basking Ridge, NJ, James Andrews of Vine Grove, KY, eight grandchildren, a sister, Alice (Andrews) Wilkins of Laurinburg, NC, his two nieces of  NC and his cousin Kathleen Ranus of Plymouth, MI. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a son, John M. Andrews III.
 
Memorials if desired to: Houghton College, One Willard Avenue, PO Box 128, Houghton, NY 14744

Rev. Clair Day                                  Viewing: Friday, 4-7pm    Obituary

                                                           Funeral: Saturday, January 28, 2017,  10 a.m. at Mallory Wesleyan Church, 5 Baum St., Mallory, NY 13013

Rev. Bob Miller

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Rev. Robert F. Miller of Houghton died Saturday, December 31, 2016. He was born on August 24, 1925 in Napoleon, Ohio a son of the late Kenneth Emiheizer and Mabel Miller. He married Ruth Negley who survives.

Bob was a Navy veteran and served during World War II and also was a member of the American Legion Post No. 1155 of Fillmore.  He was a former employee of Houghton College serving as an electrician for over 30 years. Bob also served as a pastor for several churches in New York and Pennsylvania.

Surviving in addition to his wife are their children, Roger Miller of Houghton, David (Beatrice) Miller of Houghton, Cheryl (Samuel) Hollingshead of Holley, eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N Genesee Street, Fillmore. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Houghton Wesleyan Church. Al Gurley of Houghton will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorials if desired to: Buffalo City Mission, 100 E. Tupper Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

Dr. William Allen

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Dr. William Timberlake Allen of 9816 Seymour Street, died Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Olean General Hospital. He was born on June 2, 1926 in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the son of the late Walter J. and Jeannette T. Allen. On July 28, 1962 he married Jane McMahon Allen, who survives.

 At age 8 he started piano lessons and quickly began composing music. His classical training was influenced by contemporary sounds.  After graduating from Aberdeen Central High School (1944), he spent 2 years in the Army in Japan, later attended Northern State University, graduated from Northwestern University (BA 1951, MM 1952) and Eastman School of Music (PhD 1954).

 Bill taught 38 years at Houghton College. He was Professor of Piano and Theory, and later Composer in Residence. He wrote for orchestral instruments, piano, organ, voice, and chorus. His piano recitals frequently ended with a few minutes of improvisation. He especially enjoyed creating musical comedies based on campus life and cultural issues. In 1983 he wrote an opera, Young John Wesley, which was commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Houghton College. His many settings of hymns revealed his genuine Christian commitment.

 Bill loved to be creative with language, frequently making word-plays and puns. He also enjoyed writing letters and poems. He dearly loved his family and, most importantly, the Lord. He was a member of Houghton Wesleyan Church for more than 50 years. He sought to build relationships with everyone around him. He was a peacemaker who helped people feel loved and respected. While we celebrate his new life with Jesus, his presence will still be missed.

 Surviving in addition to his wife are their children Elisabeth (Elieser) Algarin, William A. (Kristen) Allen, and Rebecca (Jose M.) Reyes, grandchildren Emily, Katherine, and William R. Allen, Antonio Reyes, and step grandchildren Jose, Kevin, and Manuel Reyes.

 In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his three sisters Barbara Wegner, Harriet Andrews, and Joan Dunn.

 Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, January 6, 2017 and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church, where a funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.

Memorials if desired to: Houghton College, One Willard Avenue, Houghton, NY 14744, or Houghton Wesleyan Church, 9712 Route 19, Houghton, NY 14744.

Blanche A. Weaver

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Blanche A. Weaver of 7817 Tucker Hill Road went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at home. She was born on April 1, 1936 in Sutherland, Nebraska, a daughter of the late Oscar and Hazel Cather. She married Glenn O. Weaver who predeceased her on April 6, 2011.

Mrs. Weaver taught a range of school grades and subjects in Colorado, California, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and North Carolina. She was a member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Lorie) Weaver of Piscataway, NJ, Jon (Susan) Weaver of Fairview, NC, Gwen (David) Mercer of Houghton, Karen (Mitchell) Liddick of Fillmore, nine grandchildren, a brother, James Cather of Manitou Springs, CO and several nieces and nephews.

Jill Kingdon Tyson Memorial Service

                Jill Kingdon Tyson died Wednesday, August 31. 2016. A memorial service will take place Sunday, September 4 at 3:00 pm at the Houghton Wesleyan Church sanctuary.

Bruce Brenneman Obituary

Bruce Brenneman

Bruce Brenneman

Bruce N. Brenneman of 9790 Circle Drive went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 22, 2016 in his home. He was born on December 25, 1939 in New Castle, PA, a son of the late John and Geraldine Newton Brenneman. On August 20, 1965 he married Kathleen Wimer who survives.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church sanctuary where funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. The service will be live-streamed from the church website for those who are at a distance and will be archived for later viewing as well.
(http://www.hwchurch.org/sermons-and-worship-services/)

Memorials if desired to: Houghton Wesleyan Church or Houghton College

Albert Sadler Obituary

Albert Sadler

Albert Sadler

Albert Sadler of 7481 Centerville Road died Sunday, March 6, 2016 in the Absolut at Houghton nursing home. He was born on May 24, 1927 in Jamestown, a son of the late Walter and Ethel Fuller Sadler. On June 16, 1951 in the Rushford Baptist Church he married Bess Hall who predeceased him on March 11, 2003.  

Albert was a member of the Rushford Baptist Church and was a veteran of World War II. He was an avid learner, scripture scholar and farmer. Albert helped many individuals in the Rushford community with their computers and was actively involved in the Rushford Free Library.

 Albert obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Houghton College, three Master’s Degrees from Tennessee Temple University and was currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry.

Surviving are three children, S. Jeannette Sadler of Los Angeles, CA, Hamilton (Julie) Sadler of Wabash, IN, Sylvia (John) Christensen of Houghton, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Sadler of Cortland, Grace Elsea of Upland, CA and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Rushford Baptist Church. Pastor Jonathan Findley and Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will co-officiate. Burial will be in White Cemetery, Rushford.

Memorials if desired to: Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862

Horace Emmons Obituary

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Horace Nason Emmons

Horace Nason Emmons of 7753 Tucker Hill Road went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, December 19, 2015 in his home. He was born on July 22, 1919 in Lyman, Maine, the youngest son of the late Alfred and Carrie Nason Emmons. He married Mertice Wentworth who predeceased him on August 24, 1972. He then married Diane Lytle, on December 26, 1973, who survives.

After his father died Horace’s mother supported the family members by selling timber, raising Boston Terrier puppies, selling eggs, and taking in boarders. Horace attended a one-room schoolhouse until age 11 when he enrolled at Waterboro town school from which he graduated in 1937.

Horace met Mertice when she came from Rangely, Maine to teach Bible class in the area. After they were married Horace was drafted into the US Army and served in the Pacific during World War II. While Horace was overseas Mertice worked as a welder in a California shipyard. Following the war they settled back on the family farm in Maine. In October of 1947 a huge forest fire destroyed much of southern Maine and left a gaping hole where the Emmons’ farmhouse stood. While rebuilding their lives, Horace and Mertice drove school bus and managed the school lunch program to supplement Horace’s work as a night watchman and custom tractor driver. In 1960 they left Maine and moved their four children to Beverly, Massachusetts where Horace worked in food services at Gordon College.

The family once again moved in 1963 to Houghton where they managed East Hall Kitchen and Dining Hall at Houghton College. Each summer after the college closed, the Emmons family returned to New England to cook at various children’s camps. On August 24, 1972 as the family left the camp and traveled through an intersection in Hollis, Maine, their car was hit broadside by a driver who failed to stop at a stop sign. Mertice died at the scene of the accident. Forced to continue on without Mertice, Horace returned a week later to work at Houghton College where another major change awaited; the Campus Center opened that fall, permanently merging the kitchens of East Hall and Gayodeo.

He continued working in food service for Houghton College, Saga, and Pioneer Foods until his retirement in 1987. Together Horace and Diane built a home on Tucker Hill Road and enjoyed 30 trips back to Maine and all around the U.S.

Horace served as a member of the Houghton Fire Department, Fillmore American Legion, Post 1155, and the Houghton Wesleyan Church. He especially enjoyed training Boston Terriers, playing cribbage, and operating his John Deere tractor. Horace will be remembered for his unwavering faith in God’s provision for each new day along with his distinctive “Maine” humor and desire to help others experience the joy of living.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Robert (Harriet) Emmons of Cuba, Virginia (Leonard) Cross of Bennington, VT, Alfred (LeeAnn) Emmons of Russell, KS, Beth Emmons of Hibbing, MN, seven grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many special friends.

Family and friends may gather from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a medley of hymns will begin at 12:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.

Memorials if desired to: Houghton Wesleyan Church or Houghton College.

Carol McNiel Obituary

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Carol Ann McNiel of Rochester and a former resident of Fillmore, died Sunday, December 13, 2015 in her home. She was born on December 19, 1933 in Roanoke, VA, a daughter of the late Edward and Zella Halstead Laity. She married Harold E. McNiel who predeceased her on July 15, 2010.

Carol was a member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church and the church choir, a former teacher at Fillmore Central School and was involved in the finance department at Houghton College. She loved to needle point and play Sudoku.

Surviving are her children, Julie (Dan) McCollister of Ithaca, Sue McNiel of Fillmore, Laura McNiel of Rochester, Edith McNiel (Tom Kreuzer) of Buffalo, Richard (Sharon) McNiel of Rochester, Marian (Bill) McNiel Simms of Rochester, four grandchildren, Ben, Alyson, Derek, Brandon, one brother, Edward (Betty) Laity of Atlanta, GA, a sister, Jean Holton of Chesapeake, VA and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home 21 North Genesee Street, Fillmore. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Houghton Wesleyan Church. The Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden, pastor, will officiate and burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.

Ted Hopkins Obituary

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Theodore L. “Ted” Hopkins, 70, retired dairy farmer and Allegany County Legislator, died peacefully in his home, Saturday, November 21, 2015. A successful dairy farmer for 40 years, he also served his community and county as Hume Township Supervisor for 24 years and as Allegany County District 1 Legislator for 10 years. Born March 20, 1945, he lived his life by the Golden Rule and was a beloved and respected member of his community.

Ted’s lifelong goal was to be a dairy farmer. Growing up in East Aurora, he traveled each summer to Fillmore to learn farming from his grandfather. In sixth grade he traveled the 55-mile trip from East Aurora to Fillmore by bicycle, with nothing more than an odometer, 5 candy bars, and a rain slicker. He made it before lunch.

As a young man, Ted enrolled in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as an Agricultural Economics major at Cornell University, where he would meet Judith Dodds Hopkins, his devoted wife and constant friend. An active member of Alpha Zeta fraternity, Ted served as House Manager for two years. By the time he graduated, Ted had purchased the Fillmore farm from his grandparents Lester and Bernice (Smith) Rees.
Ted and Judy were married in 1968 and have made their home in Fillmore for 47 years. Now in its fifth generation, Riverland Dairy Farms, Inc, has been a continuously working farm for one hundred years.

In forty years of farming, Ted received numerous dairy production awards and was selected as the 1984 Young Dairyman of the Year and the 1976 Conservation Farmer of the Year. He was a 1991 graduate of LEAD NY, the Empire State agricultural leadership institute. He served on the Board of Directors of Farm Credit of Western New York for 25 years and the Farm Service Agency for 17 years.

Son of John and Josephine [nee Rees] Hopkins of East Aurora, NY, Ted and his family attended Baker Memorial United Methodist Church. Mr. Hopkins graduated in 1963 from Iroquois Central High school, where he was Junior and Senior Class Treasurer. As a high school athlete, he earned the prestigious distinction of being an 8-Letter Varsity Sports Athlete, recognizing achievement in eight separate varsity sports teams over four years. Ted was captain of several teams, including football, basketball, and baseball. He was a fierce competitor and proud teammate, remembered with admiration by lifelong friends.

Elected to the Allegany County Legislature in 2005, Mr. Hopkins served as Majority Leader as well as Chairman and Vice Chair for several committees including Ways & Means, Planning & Economic Development, Budget, Public Safety, Public Works, Court Facilities and County Space Needs, Compensation & Benefits, Court Facilities Financial Impact, and Planning Board, where he was charged with identifying the scope and format of the County’s Comprehensive Planning Process.

Prior to election to the Allegany County Board of Legislators, Mr. Hopkins was a member of the County Agricultural & Farmland Protection and Development Advisory Boards. As Legislator, he continued to serve on the Board of Directors for the Soil & Water Conservation District Board, as a member of the Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board, Allegany County Industrial Development Agency, Allegany County Industrial and Commercial Incentive Board, County Comprehensive Planning Committee, and the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Group.

Mr. Hopkins was a 2010 graduate of the NYS Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute, member of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Taxation & Finance Committee, member of the NYSAC Blue Ribbon Task Force. Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Board presented him with the Local Government Award and the Marden B. Cobb Award, which are given for outstanding service and support in achievement of regional goals.

In the early 80’s, Mr. Hopkins was elected Town Supervisor of Hume Township, an office he served for 24 years. Under his leadership, the Town of Hume and Village of Fillmore combined and centralized services to increase efficiency and reduce government costs.

Lifelong friend William Byrnes offered the following statement to explain why Ted was so loved and respected by all: “For a fairly complex man in some ways, it was the basic things about Ted which drew others to him.

“His honesty was absolute; he did not lie, or even shade the truth. He never spoke unkindly of others, even about those with whom he disagreed. His smile was captivating and his laughter was contagious.

“No matter how bad or good one might have felt, if you were around Ted, you felt better. His work ethic was truly remarkable. If something needed doing, Ted simply did it; quietly, expertly and without fanfare.

“Ted always had time for his friends even though making his family business a success often had him working well before sun up and well after sundown. Ted made and kept so many friends over so many decades because those who knew him were made better, simply because ‘we knew him’.”

Mr. Hopkins is survived by his wife and children, Matthew D. Hopkins (Cristin Winegard), Peter A. Hopkins (Amber Belford) of Fillmore, and Patricia M. Hopkins Hutchinson (Mark Hutchinson) of Ellicottville, NY.  Mr. Hopkins was especially proud of his eight grandchildren: Hunter, Dalton, Raena, Emma, Olivia, Ashley, Petey, Christian. He is also survived by his brother J. Stephen Hopkins, (Anne M.) of Hopkinton, NY, and extended family including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fillmore.

Memorials if desired to: the Houghton Wesleyan Church or Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo.

Obituary for Vernelle Shannon

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Vernelle S. Shannon of 1000 Maplewood Drive, Bridgeport, WV and a former resident of Houghton died November 21, 2015, in Bridgeport, WV, following a brief illness.  She was born Feb. 19, 1927, in Waynesburg, KY, the first of five daughters of H. Clifton Stonesifer and Elgie Singleton Stonesifer. On December 21, 1957 in Akron, OH she married Frederick D. Shannon who survives.

She was a graduate of Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) and the University of Akron.  She served 34 years as a public elementary school teacher, first in Akron, OH, later in Rushford and Fillmore, NY.  She and Fred lived in Houghton, NY, most of her adult life; the past few months she resided in Bridgeport, WV.

Vernelle was an active member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church and Sunday school.  She was also active in the Houghton Area Senior Citizens group and the Fillmore Central School retired teachers group.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband and they often traveled with friends or other family members to Ireland and many places in the U.S. and Canada.  She was an avid reader, with interests in history, theology, and biographies.  She was a keen observer and lover of nature, especially birds and wildflowers.  She loved to cook and entertain, offering gracious hospitality to hundreds of visitors to their home.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Dale (Robynn) Shannon of Buckhannon, WV, four younger sisters, Willena (John) Rawdon of Akron, OH, Agnes Marks of Akron, OH, Shirley (Phil) Rohrbough of Muskegon, MI, Waneta Alexander of Spring Lake, MI, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 27, 2015 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Houghton Wesleyan Church. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.

Memorial gifts if desired to: Houghton Academy, Houghton College, or Houghton Wesleyan Church.

Obituary for Roger Olsen

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Roger B. Olsen of 9823 School Farm Road went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in his home.  He was born on January 22, 1922 in Trappe, Maryland, a son of the late Henry and Mary Brown Olsen. In September of 1946 he married his beloved wife and life-partner, in all circumstances and adventures, Virginia Elizabeth Boel who predeceased him in 2009.

He was a member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church. Roger loved to read, sing, watch golf and tennis and talk with people.

Surviving are his children, Jo-Anne Young of Houghton, Christina (John) O’Neill of San Mateo, CA, Constance (John) Kennedy of Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada, David (Donna Lee) Olsen of Kennesaw, GA, nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and many friends.

In addition to his parents and wife he was predeceased by four brothers, Paul Olsen, Lt. Col. C.A. Olsen, Francis Olsen, Alvin Olsen and a sister, Mary Conklin.

A memorial service will be held the afternoon of September 5 at Houghton Wesleyan Church. Burial will be in Memory Gardens, Albany, NY.

Memorials if desired to: LATCOM Missions, 4133 Ellwood Road, New Castle, PA or Houghton Wesleyan Church Missions.

 

 

Memorial for Ruth Shea Willett

Ruth Shea Willett

Ruth Shea Willett

Ruth Shea Willett at the age of 95 in Dahlonega, Georgia, July 12, 2015, after a brief illness. A memorial service was held August 1 at Houghton Wesleyan Church.

She was known and loved by many for her creativity, her hospitality, her wry sense of humor, her nurturing and encouraging spirit, her listening ear, her Christian wisdom, and her gifts of teaching, both of the English language and of the Bible.

Born in Houghton, NY, on January 18, 1920, of Canadian parents, she grew up in Ottawa, Canada, Jersey City, NJ, and Syracuse, NY. Her father, the Rev. Adam Joseph Shea, and her mother, Maude Mary Whitney Shea, served pastorates in each city. She graduated from Houghton (NY) College in 1941. That same year, she married Edward J. Willett of Syracuse, NY, who served in World War II. Following 20 years in business, the family moved to Houghton, NY, where Edward became Professor of economics at the College from which both of them had graduated.

Four children were born to the family: Daniel Starbuck Willett, who married the former Karen Mikesell (now Mrs. Wally Lorimar) and worked for Syracuse University until his death at 47 in 1989; Thomas Leslie Willett, a linguist now based in Tucson, AZ, who with his wife, Elizabeth Remington Willett, has served with Wycliffe bible translators for 40 years; Rev. Christine W. Greenwald, assistant Pastor at the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, who came to Dahlonega in 1997 with her husband, the Rev. Gary Greenwald (now retired), upon his appointment to serve as Director/Manager at Camp Glisson; and Holly Beth Willett Gillette, who was a faithful pastor’s wife to the Rev. John R. Gillette (now pastor of the Mooers, NY, Wesleyan Church), until her death at age 41.

In addition to her parents, husband, son, and daughter, Ruth was also predeceased by her seven siblings: Pauline Shea Lusk, Gerald Whitney Shea, Mary Shea Robinson, George Beverly Shea, Alton James Shea, Lois Shea Wright, and Grace Shea Baker.

A sister-in-law, Karlene Shea, of Montreat, NC, eleven grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces survive.

Memorials may be sent to the Dahlonega United Methodist Church, or to the Daniel S. Willett scholarship fund, Houghton College, Houghton, NY 14744

Obituary for Gary Fiegl

Gary Fiegl

Gary Fiegl

GARY FIEGL FAMILY–VISITATION & FUNERAL SATURDAY (7-11) AT HOUGHTON WESLEYAN CHURCH
Gary Fiegl went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday July 7, 2015 in Hart Comfort Home in Wellsville. He was born on February 23, 1940 in the Town of Centerville, a son of the late Robert and Clydice Higgins Fiegl Sr. On August 13, 2005 in Island Pond, Vermont he married Linda Newman who survives.

Gary was a member of the Hume Baptist Church. Gary operated many forms of heavy equipment in the course of his career. He retired from Houghton College in 2001. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1961 to 1963.

He loved to read and spend time with his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Eric (Lynelle) Fiegl of Springwater, NY, Wade (Heather) Fiegl of Rapidan, VA, Ivy (Tedd) Rothfus of Lake Pleasant, NY, Holly (Jade) Fertich of Dillsburg, PA, Julia (Chris) Mills of Centerville, Peter (Jessica) Romance of Fillmore, 25 grandchildren, his brothers and sisters, Zane (Laura) Fiegl of Canisteo, Robert (Jane) Fiegl Jr. of Chesterfield, Va., Roberta (Dean) Barnett of Freedom, Claudia (Daniel) Kauffman of Fillmore, Dawn (Kenneth) Bateman of Nashua, NH and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may gather from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a funeral service will follow at 5:00 p.m. Joel Stroud, pastor of the Hume Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.

Memorials if desired to: Hart Comfort House, 141 East State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895, Fillmore Rescue Squad or the Hume Baptist Church.

Committal Service for Priscilla Ries Waltz

will take place on July 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Houghton. Opportunity will be given for people to share memories of her.

 

Obituary for Alton Shea

Funeral Sunday, January 25 at Houghton Wesleyan Church

Funeral Sunday, January 25 at Houghton Wesleyan Church

Alton James Shea of 9876 Luckey Drive passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2015, just six days after his 101st birthday. He was born on January 11, 1914 in Winchester, Ontario, Canada, the third son of the late Adam Joseph Shea and Maude Whitney Shea. He married Aileen Ortlip who predeceased him in 2007.

Rev. Shea and artist wife, Aileen, served Christ’s Kingdom in a variety of ways and places for over 60 years. Rev. Shea graduated from Houghton College in 1936 and began further theological studies at Biblical Seminary in New York City. Alton and Aileen married in 1938 and commenced pastoral ministry at Gates Wesleyan Church, being ordained a minister in the Wesleyan Methodist denomination in 1940. Subsequently Pastor Shea served congregations in Painted Post, Canisteo, Houghton, Wellsville, Alfred, and Oramel, New York.

In 1970, after fourteen years of local church and weekly radio broadcast ministries in Wellsville, the Sheas traveled to Sierra Leone, West Africa to spend seven years in gospel radio production in several local languages for airing over Radio ELWA in Liberia. Their lifelong ministry embraced preaching, singing, and chalk-art as well as pastoral work. Rev. Shea had a life-long interest and prayer concern for God’s Kingdom at home and around the world. He desired everyone to experience God’s love and care through a relationship with Christ Jesus.

Surviving are three children: Jonathan (Pat) Shea of Rock Hill, SC, Eila Shea of Belmont, Paul (Debbie) of Houghton, 5 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a sister, Ruth Willett of Dahlonega, GA, and several nieces and nephews.

He was pre-deceased by siblings Pauline Lusk, Whitney Shea, Mary Robinson, George Beverly Shea, Lois Wright, and Grace Baker.

Family and friends may gather from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Houghton Wesleyan Church where a memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. Wes Oden will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.

Memorials if desired to: Wesleyan Christian College, Gbendembu, Sierra Leone through Houghton Wesleyan Church.

Congratulations

Amanda and Kelly Myers and big sister Maddalin on the birth of Zander Scott on February 10.

Mitch and Karen Liddick on the birth of Gavin Ryker on January 30. Brothers are Nicholas, Ethan, Justin, Booker, Colyn, and Dominic.

Buddy and Monica Bramer on the birth of Sierra Lydia on Dec 22nd. She joins big sisters Talon and Dakota

Souly and Kristen Sanasith on he birth of Cora Talay on Nov 29th. She joins big brothers Layton, Carson and Kallan

Nathan and Eileen Jacoby on the birth of Elizabeth Holbrook on Dec 2nd

Condolences ~ We send our love and sympathy to

The Family of Doris Wells; obituary is HERE

Jim and Karen Szymanski. Bonnie’s arrangements are HERE and the bulletin is HERE

Kristen Sanasith and her family at the death of her maternal grandfather George L. Branch, who died March 2 at the age of 93.

Carol Castor at the death of Steve Castor (September 27, 1930—January 2, 2014); the memorial service was held March 1 (10:00 AM); view/download the bulletin

The family of Ruth Hutton (February 10, 1922–February 14, 2014). Her obituary is HERE. Listen to funeral service HERE and view/download the bulletin.

The family of Isobel Alexander (November 16, 1921–January 31, 2014). Her obituary is HERE; listen to her funeral service and view/download the bulletin

Tammy (and Steve) Dunmire at the death of her grandparents, Dana and Ruth Brown who died on Jan 15th and Jan 17th

Bruce Brenneman and family at the death of his brother, Jarvis Brenneman, on Jan 10th

The family of Ruth Tucker; Ruth died on Dec 28th. Her January 4th funeral service and bulletin are posted on the church services page.

MaryAnn Horstmann and her family at the death of her daughter, Sara Marie Schoonmaker on Dec 8th. She is survived by her husband James and children, Gregory, Logan, Lilli and Noah