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Mildred Berry

Mildred Berry
 Mildred Kathleen Berry of Houghton died on August 6, 2018 at home under Hospice care. She was born January 11, 1924, in Louisville, Kentucky, a daughter of the late William Henry and Sarah Elizabeth Ratliff Beatty. She married Howard Russell Berry who predeceased her.
 
On November 26, 1941 she married Howard and after World War II they moved from Kentucky to Long Island, and afterwards to the Washington, DC area where he pursued a career with various companies working as an art director, technical illustrator, and graphic artist.
 
In 1984 they retired to Floral Lakes Park in Florida and joined the ARP church of Bartow, singing in the church choir and participating in many church and community events. A woman of great faith and prayer, she and her husband left their family a legacy extending to generations.
 
Surviving is her son, Howard (Kimberly) Berry of Lake Forest Park, WA, her daughter, Donna (Philip) Stockin of Houghton, six married grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
 
In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by, two sisters, Henrietta Coons, Dorothy Marie French, and a brother, Robert Coleman Beatty, a daughter-in-law, Edith Locklin Berry, two nephews, a niece, a great-niece and a great-granddaughter.
 
A memorial service is planned for Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Houghton on October 2.
 
Memorials if desired to: Houghton Wesleyan Church to benefit the Bonnie Szymanski Children’s Library.

Hudson Hess

Hudson Hess
Rev. Hudson Smalley Hess a former resident of Houghton died Friday, April 13, 2018 in Lynchburg, VA. He was born on May 9, 1934 in Zamboanga City, Philippines, a son of the late Robert Reuel and Mary Viola Roth Hess. He married Lucy Mae Mears who survives.
 
Robert and Viola were missionaries to the Philippines with the Christian & Missionary Alliance. At age 7, Hudson and his family were captured by Japanese soldiers and held in internment camps in the Philippines for 2 ½ years before they were rescued by American soldiers on February 23, 1945. Details of the rescue are recorded in the History Channel documentary, “Rescue At Dawn: The Los Banos Raid” and in the children’s book, Captured by Arlene Hess Elkins (Hudson’s older sister).  Hudson met Lucy Mae Mears while they attended Houghton College, and they graduated together in 1955.
 
Wanting to see his former captors in a different light, and prompted by General Douglas MacArthur’s plea for missionaries, Hudson went to Japan with The Oriental Missionary Society and served two years on an Every Creature Crusade team, visiting households and distributing gospel literature. He returned to the US in 1958, married Lucy, and enrolled in electronics training at RCA Institutes in New York City to prepare for overseas radio ministry.
 
Rev. Hess was ordained in the Wesleyan Church and pastored a Wesleyan congregation in Lyndonville for two years before being commissioned for missionary service to Haiti in 1964. Hudson and Lucy served with OMS International in Haiti from 1964 to 1995, where he served as Director of Radio 4VEH, taught Bible and Electronics at Emmaus Vocational Bible School, and advised the national church.
 
He is known by many for his love of trees and plants, and for his grafting and reforestation projects. The Hesses’ service with OMS also included a brief term in France and an itinerant prayer ministry in the U.S.
 
Rev. Hess founded Family Life Outreach in Haiti in 1995 with a vision to equip Haitians with vocational skills, enabling them to support their families, churches, and communities. FLO’s projects included gardening, tree planting, and the translation of a Biblical Counseling manual into the Kreyol language.
Surviving in addition to his loving wife of nearly 60 years are their six children, Beth (Richard) Pocock of Swannanoa, North Carolina; Bonnie (Timothy) Tamura of Tokorozawa, Japan; Becky (David) Samuels of Charlotte, North Carolina; Beverly (Gary) Reddaway of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; Brenda (Craig) Osterhus of Lynchburg, Virginia; and Barbara (Christopher) Fraschetti of Houghton; 20 grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, his siblings, Arlene Elkins of Kansas City, Kansas; Bruce Hess of Houghton, Lois Yankowski of Apalachin, Victor Hess of Waxhaw, North Carolina; Philip Hess of Mankato, Minnesota and several nieces and nephews.  
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a grandchild.
 
Family and friends may gather from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N Genesee Street, Fillmore and from 10:00 to 11:00 am on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a funeral service will follow at 11:00 am. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.

ELLA WOOLSEY

Ella Woolsey
Ella Phelps Woolsey of Houghton died on Thursday, March 29, 2018 in the Absolut at Houghton Nursing Home. She was born on December 26, 1922 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Harvey and Viola Woolf Phelps. On August 23, 1946 in Indian Falls, New York she married Warren M. Woolsey, who recently preceded her in death. They were devoted, loving partners for 71 years.
Ella grew up on family farms operated by the Phelps brothers and their wives in Indian Falls. She attended high school in Akron, New York, then enrolled at Houghton College, graduating in 1943. After college she accepted a faculty position at Allen Home High School in Asheville, North Carolina, a boarding and day school for African-American women whose graduates include the renowned musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone. Teaching in what was then the deeply segregated South, Ella helped her students navigate the indignities and pain of blatant racial discrimination, also coaching the school’s basketball team which went to the state championship. As was always her way, she gave all the credit to the young women. 
After she married Warren Woolsey, recently returned from active service as an airman in World War II, the couple moved to New York City so that Warren could pursue a seminary education, which included a ministry practicum in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky where they worked together, often visiting people in the remote “hollows” on horseback. In 1950 they accepted a call to missionary service in Sierra Leone, West Africa; they ministered there until 1966. Ella especially loved her work with women and children, teaching the women to read, assisting nurses in dispensing medications and delivering babies, and supporting women’s institutes meant to foster spiritual formation and strong marriages.    
When they returned to the United States with their family in 1966 they settled in Houghton. Ella joined the faculty of Rushford Central School and was a much-beloved fourth grade teacher. Many former students still describe her as their favorite teacher ever. She was also an active member of Houghton Wesleyan Church, finding special joy working with children in the nursery and young women in Pioneer Girls. 
For almost 30 years while Warren taught at Houghton College Ella served as a kind, loving, wise counselor and mentor to generations of young women. She had a gift for hospitality and was an excellent cook and baker who often invited college students and campus guests to join the family for dinner. After retiring from teaching Ella was an active in-home visitor with the Allegany County hospice program. She loved to garden and took special delight in wildflowers, fall foliage, and the wooded hills and fields of western New York.
To the very end of her life Ella was devoted to her children and their spouses, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and also to a ministry of prayer. She never lost her kind, loving, positive outlook on life. Before his death in December 2017, looking back on decades of partnership with Ella in life and ministry, Warren declared, “we made a good team.” It is characteristic of Ella that among her very last words were “thank you” to those caring for her at Absolut. 
Surviving are the couple’s children, Stephen (Linda) Woolsey of Rushford, Matthew (Barbara) Woolsey of Houghton, Ruth (Stephen) Strand of Buffalo, a daughter-in-law Kathleen Woolsey of Connecticut, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
In addition to her parents, husband, and three siblings, Ella was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Daniel P. Woolsey, on October 21, 2017, and a grandchild, Molly Woolsey, in 2016.
Family and friends may gather from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore, and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Houghton Wesleyan Church, the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars program, c/o Student Scholarship Fund or the Child Education fund of World Hope International.

Gerry Alderman

 Geraldine “Gerry” H. Alderman of 9900 Luckey Drive went to be with her Lord on Friday, March 16th, 2018 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tampa, FL after a brief illness. She was born on August 11, 1934 in Fillmore, a daughter of the late Leroy R. and Marian J. Hall Howard. On March 28, 1953, in Nunda, she married Richard J. Alderman who survives.
Gerry was a graduate of Nunda High School, class of 1952, where she was President of the Student Council and was active in music and academics. After marriage, she joined her husband in Florida as an Air Force wife. 
She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and traveled extensively across the United States and Europe. She loved her family very much and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a loyal and loving friend to many. 
For the last 18 years, Gerry and her beloved husband split their time between Houghton and Brooksville, FL.
Surviving in addition to her husband, are four daughters, Karen (Bruce) Bossard of Farmington; Cheryl (Carlos) Martinez of Louisville, KY; Carol (George) Griesedieck of Houston, TX; Diane (Kevin Seaman) Alderman of Walworth, a son, Stephen (Kara) Alderman of Houston, TX, 14 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents she was predeceased by  a son, Mark Alderman in 2006 and a brother, Wendell Howard in 2005.
A memorial service to celebrate her beautiful life will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Houghton Wesleyan Church. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton. 
Memorials if desired to: The Gideons International, Box 92, Houghton, NY 14744 or to the Haskinville Scholarship at Houghton College, Houghton, NY.

Dr. Kay Lindley

Katherine Walberger Lindley of Woodstown, New Jersey, formerly of Houghton, passed away March 8, 2018. Born in Otisco, New York, on June 25, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Lillian Kinney Walberger. 
Katherine graduated from Houghton College in 1943. After teaching high school for two years, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin to pursue a M.A., then a Ph.D. in modern European history in 1949. While there, she met and married Kenneth Lindley, to whom she was married until his death in 2006.
Upon finishing their studies in Wisconsin, the family moved to Brookings, South Dakota, where they lived until 1963. At that time, they decided to move back to Houghton, New York, where Katherine taught European History and Political Science at Houghton College, her alma mater, for over 30 years. She also served as Chairman of the Division of History and Political Science for much of that time. She taught and mentored many students, where she was often referred to as a “firm but fair” teacher. She did not hesitate to use her red pen, and taught hundreds of students to write well and think critically. Her greatest joy was to see a colleague, student, friend or her family reaching for and exceeding their potential. Many credit her as a mentor and friend. She helped many women grow in strength, and helped the men around her see what capable women could do.
Surviving is one son and his wife, Mark Lindley and Sandy Talbott of Ann Arbor, Michigan; and three daughters and their husbands, Lois and John Jordan of Pilesgrove, New Jersey; Margaret and James Koch of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Eileen and Marshall Williams of Newark, Delaware, fourteen grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and her husband she was predeceased by three sisters, Marjorie Beak, Jennie Brown, Helen Walberger; and four brothers, William, Arthur, Ellis and Walter Walberger. 
Family and friends may gather from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N Genesee Street, Fillmore and from 9:00 to 10:00 am on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a funeral service will follow at 10:00 am. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton
Memorials if desired to: Houghton College.

Dr. Richard A. Gould

Dr. Richard Gould

Professor Richard A. Gould, age 78 of Belfast, NY and formerly of Dexter, NY, passed away January 5th shortly after his brother Thomas passed at Absolute at Houghton Nursing Care Facility.  He had been a patient there since August of 2014.

Richard was born August 22, 1939 in Watertown, the son of David and Esther Jolly Gould.  He graduated from Dexter High School as Valedictorian, Houghton College and received his PhD from Princeton University.

Richard was Emeritus Professor of Classics at Houghton College where he taught Greek and Latin from 1968 until his retirement in 2009. He also designed and taught courses in modern mythology, classics in translation, and English as a second language. A meticulous scholar, he was known for his thorough, detailed presentations.

He was a generous friend to colleagues and students, and he frequently hosted gourmet dinners featuring menus influenced by his travels in Great Britain, Italy, Greece, and China. He often traveled to visit his niece, Julie Gould, and nephew, David Gould in Lodi, Wisconsinto show them various tourist and historical sites around Southern Wisconsin. He is survived by his sister-in-law Sylvia Gould of Waunakee, Wisconsin and her children, Julie Repka (Gould) of Stoughton, Wisconsin, and David Gould of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. He was predeceased by a brother Paul Gould of Waunakee, Wisconsin in 2013, a sister Barbara Gould in 2006 and his brother Thomas two hours and 45 minutes prior to his death.

Friends in the Houghton area will be gathering at Houghton Wesleyan Church on the morning of April 27 to celebrate his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held April 28th from 12-2pm at the Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter, NY with a burial to follow at Dexter Cemetery. There will also be a brunch immediately after the burial with details to be announced later. There will be no calling hours.

Online condolences may be made to dexterfuneralhome.com.

Tom Gould

Tom Gould

Thomas D. Gould, 84 of Belfast, NY; formerly of Dexter, NY passed away January 4th, 2018 at 11:55 PM.  He was a patient at Absolute at Houghton Nursing Care Facility since August of 2017.

Thomas was born September 2, 1933 in Watertown, the son of David and Esther Jolly Gould.  He graduated from Dexter High School as Valedictorian, and received a BA degree from Cornell University.  He served in the US Army for 2 years.

Thomas taught high school at General Brown Central for three years; teaching Agricultural Shop.  He also owned and operated a dairy farm in Dexter. He milked 40-50 cows on his farm, and saw his profession of farmer as a vocation rather than just a job.

Tom was very active in his local Presbyterian Church, and was the Treasurer for many years.

His niece Julie Gould, and nephew, David Gould travelled with his brother Paul and wife Sylvia Gould from Lodi, Wisconsin annually for many years to visit Tom, and help on the farm. Throughout their childhood, Julie and David looked forward to this summer trip throughout the year.

Tom is survived by his sister-in-law Sylvia Gould of Waunakee, Wisconsin and her children, Julie Repka (Gould) of Stoughton, Wisconsin, and David Gould of Taos, New Mexico. Thomas was predeceased by a brother Paul Gould in 2013, a sister Barbara Gould in 2006 and his brother Richard A. Gould passed away 2 hours and 45 minutes after Thomas passed.

Friends in the Houghton area will be gathering at Houghton Wesleyan Church on the morning of April 27 to celebrate his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held April 28th from 12-2pm at the Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter, NY with a burial to follow at Dexter Cemetery. There will also be a brunch immediately after the burial with details to be announced later. There will be no calling hours.

Online condolences may be made to dexterfuneralhome.com.

WARREN M. WOOLSEY

Warrren M. Woolsey

Warren M. Woolsey of Houghton died Sunday, December 24, 2017 in the Absolute at Houghton Nursing Home. Family and friends may gather from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, Fillmore and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on December 27, 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 Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton. He was born on April 2, 1922 in Marion, Indiana, a son of the late Pierce and Mildred Morris Woolsey. On August 23, 1946 in Indian Falls he married Ella Phelps who survives.

As a young child Dr. Woolsey moved with his parents to Houghton, where he and his younger sister Martha (Wacker) grew up.  He attended Houghton College and became an Air Cadet in 1942.  He graduated in absentia in 1943 after he was called into training for active service in the Army Air Force.

Following extensive training as a bombardier he traveled by Liberty ship to Naples, Italy, then by truck to Grotagglie Army Air base in southern Italy.  Assigned to the 15th Air Force, 449th Bomb Group, 717th Squadron, he and his crew flew in large formations of four-engine B-24 heavy bombers on 30 missions.  Their targets included southern Germany and German-occupied Austria, as well as the Po River valley in northern Italy.  A Christmas day 1944 mission over the Brenner Pass between Italy and Germany almost proved fatal to the whole crew when their aircraft was hit by heavy flak.

After V-E Day Dr. Woolsey and his crew flew their aging bomber back to the United States. Following his discharge from service in October 1945 he briefly attended Columbia University, then Princeton and Biblical Seminaries, on the G.I. Bill.  Along with his wife and partner in mission Ella he ministered in the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky after graduating from seminary.  In 1950 they accepted a call to missionary service in Sierra Leone, West Africa, where they devoted themselves tirelessly to evangelism and Biblical education until 1966.  Dr. Woolsey was the first president of Sierra Leone Bible College, now the Evangelical College of Theology, near Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Upon his return to the United States with his family in 1966 Dr. Woolsey joined the faculty of Houghton College, where he taught highly regarded courses in New Testament and missiology until his retirement in 1992.  Generations of students described his classes as life-changing.  After retiring from Houghton College Dr. Woolsey taught for a year at Kingsley College in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Woolsey wrote Bible commentaries on First and Second Thessalonians, published by the Wesleyan Publishing House.  He was honored by the Houghton College Department of Religion and Philosophy with the establishment of the Woolsey Lecture series in Theology and Culture, an annual program featuring leading scholars exploring multiple connections between theology, mission, and global Christianity.

Surviving in addition to his wife are their children, Stephen (Linda) Woolsey of Rushford, Matthew (Barbara) Woolsey of Houghton, Ruth (Stephen) Strand of Buffalo, a daughter-in-law Kathleen Woolsey of Connecticut, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a son, Daniel P. Woolsey on October 21, 2017 and a granddaughter, Molly Woolsey in 2016.

Memorials if desired to: the Houghton Wesleyan Church, Global Partners, or the International Bible Society.

Storer Emmett

Dr. Storer Emmett

 Dr. Storer Emmett died Friday, August 25. Visitation will take place on Saturday, September 2, 4-7pm at Kopler-Williams Funeral Home in Fillmore, NY. The service will take place at the church on Sunday, September 3, at 2pm at Houghton Wesleyan Church.

Medical missionary and world traveler, Dr. Storer William Emmett, embarked on his final journey Friday, August 25, 2017. Storer, referring to himself as Tody Will, was born on September 9, 1932 in Crystal, Maine, a son of the late Stora and Elva Main Emmett. On September 1, 1956 in Old Town, Maine he married Wilma Monroe, who survives.

When he was still a young boy, the family moved to Old Town, Maine where Storer became very active in community and church life. He joined his first church choir at age 13.

High school accomplishments included being a track star, playing on the football team (resulting in becoming a champion church supper eater for necessary weight gain), participating as a valued member of the debate club, playing cello in the orchestra, and earning the top academic honor of his high school class. His greatest high school accomplishment, however, was courting his childhood sweetheart and bride to be, Wilma Monroe.

Storer was saved at a young age and felt God’s call to medical missions as a teen. With this focus in mind, he worked toward attending a good medical school and was accepted to Johns Hopkins in 1954 following his bachelor degree work at the University of Maine.

After completing advanced training in medicine and surgery, Storer and Wilma, along with their daughter, Bethany, left on their first missionary voyage to work at a mission hospital in Southern Rhodesia during the fall of 1960. Dr. Emmett also served as a medical officer for the government of Southern Rhodesia. Soon after arriving in Rhodesia, Storer was ordained by the Reformed Baptist Alliance of Canada to enhance his opportunities to administer to not only physical needs but also spiritual needs.

The next missionary voyage took Storer, Wilma, and their four children to Haiti in August 1968. He worked as a doctor and frequently performed emergency surgeries at the Wesleyan hospitals throughout Haiti. His other ministries included traveling and preaching the gospel to churches all over the country.

Dr. Emmett journeyed next to Houghton, NY where he spent 13 years as a family practitioner with the Northern Allegany Medical Group. During this time he also served as the physician for Houghton College. Always having a heart for missions, Storer, soon after arriving, established the Houghton Medical and Dental team returning to serve the people of rural Haiti on short term mission trips.

In 1988, Storer and Wilma, traveled to Sierra Leone on their third missionary journey. Dr. Emmett worked at the Kamakwie Hospital and ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of the people there for three years.

Storer’s final missionary journey as a full time worker for Wesleyan World Missions was to Zambia near Victoria Falls coming almost full circle to where he began his medical mission work.

During retirement, Dr. and Mrs. Emmett spent several months at a time serving in Haiti, Zambia, or Sierra Leone as needed. Storer also became the director of the Wesleyan Medical Fellowship to encourage and increase awareness of medical missions. His quarterly newsletters were always highly anticipated and enjoyed. In appreciation of his 16 years as director, the Wesleyan Church presented Dr. and Mrs. Emmett with a trip to Myanmar where he was able to visit and participate in yet another medical clinic for which he was instrumental in founding.

One of Dr. Emmett’s great loves was gardening. He had a garden and planted a tree everywhere he lived. Storer loved the beauty (despite his color blindness) and creative expression afforded by the hobby. This past summer saw hours of enjoyment of his flower garden at his new and final home in Cooperstown, NY.

Surviving in addition to his wife are their children, Bethany (Bob) Harter, Esther (Will) Slauson, Bill (Sandy) Emmett and Faith (John) Fisk; his grandchildren, Brittany Harter (Ben) Keith, William Slauson, Wesley Slauson, Kendra (Andrew) Emmett-Goldwasser, Rebekah (Philip Tumbaga) Harter, Kira Emmett (Tyler) Logan, Kasey Emmett, Christianna Fisk and Alexi Fisk; great grandchildren Caleb Keith and Seth Keith; nieces Cathy Emmett (Joe) Stewart, Stephanie Emmett (Johann) Paschalis, and nephew Joshua (Angie) Emmett and cousins.

Family and friends may gather from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Kopler- Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A funeral service will be at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant cemetery, Houghton.

Memorial if desired to: Global Partners, P.O. Box 50434, Indianapolis IN 46250.

Alyce Brown

Visitation at Houghton Wesleyan Church  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 07, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 07, 2017

Funeral Service at Houghton Wesleyan Church at 11:00 AM Tue., Aug. 08, 2017

Alyce K. Brown of 9845 Meadow Lane died, Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Absolut at Houghton Nursing Home. She was born on Mar 31, 1937 in Iowa City, Iowa, a daughter of the late Edwin and Margaret Dunkel Hawkins. On August 26, 1956 in Marengo, Iowa she married Jerry D. Brown who survives.

Alyce was a member of the Houghton Wesleyan Church, the P.E.O sisterhood and for many years the United Methodist Women. She loved being a pastor’s wife, her family and gardening.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Cindy (Wes) Oden of Houghton, Annette (Scott) Sayers of W. Union, Iowa, five grandchildren, Tiffany, Michelle, Jennifer, John and Andrew, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Annetta Grant of Iowa, Nancy Hall of Texas and several 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 Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Paul Shea will officiate. Burial will be in Edwards Cemetery in Oakville, Iowa on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

Memorials if desired to: Houghton Wesleyan Church, 9712 Route 19, Houghton, NY 14744 or www.hwchurch.org


Dr. John M. Andrews II

Dr. John Andrews

 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

Rev. Bob Miller

 

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

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

Blanche Weaver

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 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 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

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

Carol Ann McNiel

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

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

Vernelle Shannon

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

Roger Olsen

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 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

Alton Shea

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