Mark Robert Valvo


On the morning of August 3, 2019, Mark Robert Valvo passed away at age of 41. Mark was born to Dale and Deborah (Sepich) Valvo on December 30, 1977 in Huntington, New York.

 Mark was passionate about others. He was a mentor, a brother and a protector. Mark was a friend to everyone and a life preserver to many. He had an impact on so many peoples lives. His infectious smile, prominent dimples, and contagious laugh will live forever in our hearts. Mark was a graduate of the Texas A&M University, where he studied Archaeology. He had a passion for history, hunting, fishing and making people laugh.

 Mark is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Ann Valvo, his father, Dale Robert Valvo, his mother Deborah Sepich (Charles Sepich), his sister Leigh Anne Valvo, his loving nieces and nephews, Brady, Bryce and Laine Sattler. He is also survived by numerous, cousins, aunts and uncles and countless friends who loved him.

 A Memorial Service was held privately by his family at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave.,Brocton, NY. with Father Romeo Honiveros of St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church of Brocton, NY. officiating. He was laid to rest in Portland Evergreen Cemetery.

Faye G. Kelley


 Faye G. Kelley, age 80, of Webster Road, Brocton,NY passed unexpectedly but peacefully, surrounded by her loved ones, on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville, NY following a brief illness.

 Faye was born in Lackawanna, NY to George and Doris (Goss) Ertell on November 11, 1938. She moved to Brocton, NY at the age 17 after meeting the love of her life and husband of 56 years, Ed (Tuffy) Kelley.

 Mrs. Kelley occasionally worked tying grapes, at the pickle factory and Luther Dean’s packing house for BINGO money, but her most rewarding roles were that of a wife, mother and grandmother.

 Faye is survived by her 6 children: Eileen Baldridge of Brocton, NY, Joanne Kohler  of Brocton,NY, Barbara Riewaldt of Westfield, NY, Cheryl (Charles “Chip”) Clutter of Enoree, SC, Edwin “Butch” Kelley and Michelle Kelley both of Brocton, NY, one sister Debbie (Fricano) Snider of Olean, NY and Janet (Fricano) Koustas of New Jersey; fourteen grandchildren: Jennifer, Kimberly, Jeramiah, Shannon, Christopher, Christy, John, Matthew, Danielle, David, Janelle, Stephanie, Logan and Connor, twenty-three great-grandchildren: Cora, Joseph, Lilijana, Makenzie, Nalani, Brianna, Morganne, Jimmie, Gracelyn, Ian, Kyleigh, Peyton, Ryan, Johnny, Leigha, Cael, Elizabeth, Grayson, Alyvia, Cayne, Larkin, Abram, Virgina, Mary-Jane, Elora and Ryder. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Edwin Kelley, one great-grandchild, Jayden Riewaldt, sisters Carol (Ertell) Joyce, Lois (Ertell) Cottone, and brothers George Ertell, Paul Ertell, Leonard Fricano.

 Faye loved her family with her whole heart and it showed with every smile, touch and every piece of advice she gave. Her smile was contagious, her laugh could light up a room and her hugs could cure a broken heart. She found joy in the little things in life, was quick with a joke, the first one to offer help, and knew the power of a kind word. She enjoyed crocheting, puzzles, drawing, lotto tickets, a good cup of coffee, dancing, going out to lunch/dinner, and traveling with her husband. Above all else, Mrs. Kelley was deeply devoted to her family and will be dearly missed. The family takes comfort that she has been reunited in death with her husband and that they are now together and touring the great campground in the sky.

Calling hours will be Saturday August 17th, 2019 from 4-7 p.m. at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave., Brocton, NYwhere funeral services willbe held Sunday, August 18th at 1:30 pm with Rev. Larry Morrison of the Brocton Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be private. A luncheon will follow at the John W. Dill American Legion Post 434, all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, 818 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203.

Hobart L Damico, Sr.

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Hobart L Damico, Sr. ,84 years old of Brocton, New York passed away on Saturday afternoon, August 10, 2019 at Hamot Medical Center in Erie Pa. after a brief illness. He was born in Sheridan, New York on August 11, 1934 the son of the late Dominic and Miriam (Parsons) Damico and has lived in this area his entire life.  After attending Brocton Central School, Hobart enlisted with the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict, serving two tours. After his honorable discharge, he continued his service in the Navy as a Reservist.  After proudly serving his country, he was employed by the New York State Thruway and took part in the construction of it.  Later, Hobart was employed by Crescent Tool for thirteen years in Jamestown, New York. Lastly, he worked as a maintenance mechanic at the former Ferranti Packard of Dunkirk, New York.

 He was a life member of the VFW Post 8647 of Mayville, New York and a member of the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton, New York.

 Hobart is survived by two wonderful sons; Hobart L.(Cindy) Damico of Brocton, New York and Bruce (the late Melinda) Damico also of Brocton, New York, six grandchildren; Jennifer (Joseph) Dawson, Penny (Britt) Bridges, Thomas (Liz) Haynes, Katherine (Chris) Dulmus, Hannah Damico and Kimberly Damico, Six cherished great- grandchildren; Sydney Daniels, Alex Daniels, Rhea Dulmus, Rylan Dulmus, Rielle Dulmus and Ronen Dulmus. He is further survived by his one brother, Theodore “Ted” Damico of California and one sister, Iva Dunn of Texas. In addition to his parents Hobart was preceded in death by the love of his life, Fae (Barnes) Damico whom he married on September 28, 1957 and who passed away on April 24, 2012.

Funeral Services will take place at 12 noon on Tuesday August 13, 2019 at the MorseFuneral Home, 51 Highland Ave, Brocton, New York with Pastor Hobart Damico Jr. of the Liberty Baptist Church of Brocton, New York officiating. There will be visiting hours from 10 am until the time of Funeral Services there. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, NY where full military honors will be accorded.Memorials in Hobart's memory may be made to VFW National Home For Children New York Homes, 3573 S.Waverly Rd., Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827

Frank E Nichols


Frank E Nichols, 90 years old of Portland, New York, left his earthly home for the greener pastures of life in Heaven on Sunday, July 21, 2019. He was born in Oil City Pa. on June 15, 1929 to Charles and Sara Tarr Nichols. Frank attended schools in Oil City, Pa and Brocton, NY. He served in the Army during World War II (1946-1947). Frank was then employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad until August of 1952 when he was appointed as a New York State Trooper. There he was assigned to Troop D in Oneida, NY where in his early career he served in the communications department where he was the assistant clerk and motor vehicle inspector. Frank was then in charge of the Troop D bloodhound detail and stayed there until his retirement. He retired as a State Trooper in 1973.

Together with his wife, Lorena, Frank owned and operated the Five Acres Restaurant in Canastota, NY. In 1979 Frank and Lorena moved to Seminole, Florida where he managed the Extra Closet Storage Warehouse until 1985 when he and Lorena retired to their home at Bear Creek Lodge, Forestport, NY. Frank and Lorena enjoyed motor home travel across the US making Franks dream trip to Alaska not once but twice. They spent their winters in Florida.  After the passing of Lorena, Frank moved back to his hometown in Portland, NY. and reconnected with his high school sweetheart, Shirley Skinner. They enjoyed summers by Lake Erie and winters in Florida.  Frank was a member of the Former Troopers Assn. and the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 of Brocton, NY. and the NRA.

Frank is survived by his daughter Sandy ( Jay) Duke of Summerville, South Carolina, stepson Don (Darcy) Rouse of Canastota, NY. Seven grandchildren, Cory, Kelly, Carrie Amber, Nicole, Ashley and D.J., three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents Charles and Sara he was predeceased by his wife of 31 years Lorena, three brothers Jim, Marvin, and John and four sisters Marion, Arienita, Alma and Ruth and his special pet Snoopy.

There will be no visitation. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 1 pm in the Tri-Church Parish, 35 East Main Street, Brocton, NY 14716. Frank's final resting place will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Chittenango, NY which will be announced at a later date. Donations in Frank's memory may be made to the Tri-Church Parish.

Funeral arrangements are being provided by the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, NY.

Esther Wilson Marsh

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Esther Wilson Marsh, 92, passed away December 6, 2018 following an extended illness. A former longtime resident and business woman in Brocton, NY, was born September 1, 1926 in her grandparents home in Poland, NY a daughter to the late John and Doris Wilson.

 Following graduation from Brocton Central School, Esther attended the Roberts Beauty Academy in Buffalo, NY where she received her cosmetology license and opened her first business, Esther’s Beauty Cove, in Brocton, NY.

  In June of 1948 she married the love of her life, Elwin Johnson Marsh. After the birth of their son the family relocated to Yuma, AZ where she was proprietor of Esther’s Magic Mirror Beauty Salon  which she operated for more than 30 years.

 Esther was a Past-Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, she was an active member of the Congregational Church of Portland, NY, the Yuma, AZ Sierra Vista United Presbyterian Church, and the Hi Jolly Chorus of Sweet Adelines.

 In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her brother Jack Wilson.

 She is survived by her son Tom, brother Donald, niece Tammy Wilson and nephews John and Robert Wilson.

 A Memorial service will be held at the Portland Congregational Church, 8649 Church Street, Portland, NY on Saturday, July 20 2019 at 11:00 am with a luncheon immediately following the services there. Interment will be held privately at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, NY.

 In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Esther’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

 Local Funeral arrangements have been handled by the Morse Funeral Home , 51 Highland Avenue,  Brocton, NY 14716.

Carol A. Schutt

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Carol A. Schutt, 61, of Benson, Az. formerly of Westfield, NY passed away unexpectedly, October 25th, 2018 at Tucson Medical Center.

 Carol was born December 22, 1956 in Tripoli, Africa to her late parents, Robert O'Bannon and Patricia (Macklin) O'Bannon.

 After graduating from  high school, Carol continued her education at Jamestown Community College earning her LPN degree in nursing. She had a passion for helping others an had been employed for nearly 25 years at Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY primarily in the Maternity Department. Carol had been credited for saving many lives.

 On April 6, 1985 Carol married the love of her life, Gordon P. Schutt. After retirement, she and Gordy relocated to Benson, Az. to be close to family.

 She is survived in addition to her husband by her children, Heather Watson of Benson, Az., Shawn Watson of Westfield, NY, step-daughters Roxanne Buxton of Mayville, NY, Rochelle Gray of Westfield, NY, and Cathy Cettell of Portland, NY. Carol is further survived by her 2 sisters ; Cathy Blake of Benson, Az., Cassandra Roy of Illinois, and her 2 brothers; Thomas O'Bannon of Tucson, Az., and Steven O'Bannon of San Diego, Ca.

 Friends and family will be received for an informal Memorial gathering from 6 - 8 pm, Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at the West Portland Baptist Church, 7081 E. Main Road, Westfield, NY. Private burial will be in Westfield Cemetery.

 In lieu of flowers, Carol's family would like memorial contributions to be made on her behalf to the Westfield Memorial Hospital, c/o Special Projects Committee, 189 East Main Street, Westfield, NY 14787.

 Funeral arrangements are being handled by the MORSE Funeral Home, 51 Highland Ave. Brocton, NY.

Margaret “Maggie” Rogers

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Margaret “Maggie” Rogers, 100, beloved mom, wife, and grandmother, of Brocton, New York died peacefully early Friday morning (June 21, 2019) at Absolut Care in Westfield. She was born December 8, 1918, in Brocton, one of four daughters to Salvatore and Rachel Masdeo. A lifelong Brocton resident, Margaret is survived by her only child, Rick Rogers, along with his wife, Pamela, and family including her two grandchildren, Ashley Rogers and Ryan Rogers. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Rogers, and her three sisters, Angeline Furman, Rose Curtis and Virginia Johnson. She was revered for her beautiful smile, great sense of humor and warm and caring ways. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Portland Evergreen Cemetery. Funeral arrangements have been provided by the Morse Funeral Home of Brocton, New York.

Erma J. Scott


Erma J. Scott, 88 years old of Westfield, NY passed away peacefully at the Chautauqua County Nursing and Rehab Facility of Dunkirk, New York late Tuesday evening, June 11, 2019 with her family by her side.

 She was born in South Dayton, New York on October 16, 1930 a daughter to the late George and Vera (Degolier) Deering. She had been a current resident of Westfield, New York coming there from Sinclairville, NY where she had made her home for many years.

After graduating from Brocton Central School in 1950, she was a hard worker her whole life . She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother to her 10 grandchildren. She loved flower gardening and enjoyed growing her own vegetables which she canned. She especially enjoyed helping other people.   Erma also loved the company of her three dogs, Bonnie, Tootie. And Shaina.

 She is survived by two children ; Rodney Scott of Jamestown, New York and Marrianne (Mark) Snyder of Brocton, New York and one brother Donald Deering of Falconer, New York. She is further survived by her 10 loving Grandchildren , Stephen & Alisha Mack, Amy Thorpe, Hannah Acevedo, Abbigail Snyder, Lindsay, Phillip, Joseph, Brandon and Alan Scott.

 In addition to her parents she was preceeded in death by her husband Gene Scott whom she married in 1951 and who passed away in 1979, a daughter , Suzanne Wickham who died in 1989 and a son; Daniel Scott who died in 1993, three brothers; George Deering , Gilbert Deering , and Robert Deering.

 A Memorial Service will be held at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 highland Ave., Brocton, New York on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 12:00 pm, the family will receive visitors at the Funeral Home at 11:00 am, one hour prior to the start of the Funeral Service. Rev. Larry Morrison will officiate. Interment will be private at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Fredonia, NY at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions on Erma's behalf can be made to the Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, 7540 N Gale St, Westfield, NY 14787 .

Patty L. Churray


Patty L. Churray, 74 years old, formerly of Portland, NY passed away peacefully, Monday, June 3, 2019 at the Chautauqua County Nursing and Rehab Facility-SNF in Dunkirk, NY.

 She was born in Washington, Pennsylvania June 28, 1944 a daughter to the late Harold J. Jones and Betty M. (Bane) Jones.

 After high school, Patty began her career as a housekeeper for the Colonial Squire and the Pines Motel, both of Ripley, New York than had been employed by several other motel/hotels in the County. She concluded her career as a Chamber Maid at the White Inn in Fredonia, New York.

 Patty was married to Robert J. Churray, Sr. whom preceded her in death on November 18, 2008.

 She truly enjoyed spending time with her family and playing cards and board games.

 She is survived by her son, Robert J. Churray, Jr. of Ohio and her nieces and nephews, Val Colt, Roy (Lisa) Colt, and Beth Colt.

 In addition to her parents and husband, Patty was preceded in death by a daughter, Arlene L. Colt in 1986, her sister Violet Colt , brother-in-law, Albert Colt and a nephew Albert "Tigger" Colt, Jr.

  Friends and family may call at the Morse Funeral Home, 51 Highland Avenue, Brocton, NY on Thursday, June, 6th, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm and again on Friday, June 7th, from 10:00 am until the time of services at the Funeral Home at 11:00 am. The Funeral will be officiated by the Rev. Larry Morrison of the Brocton Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, NY.

 Memorial contributions may be made in Patty's memory to the Portland Volunteer Fire Department, 6841 West Main St, Portland, NY 14769.

Lee C. Manzella


Lee C. Manzella, 49 years old of Westfield, NY passed away unexpectedly Wednesday evening, May 29, 2019 at TLC Lakeshore Hospital in Irving, NY.

Lee was born December 28, 1969 in Westfield Memorial Hospital, the son to the late Barbara (Groves) and Rick Manzella.

 After graduating from high school, Lee enjoyed spending his time working with his father on the Manzella family grape farm in Portland, NY where he had a passion for John Deer tractors.

 In his spare time, Lee was an accomplished artist who loved drawing and especially painting portraits of just about anything and giving them to friends and family which gave him peace and happiness.

 Lee is survived by his father Rick (Laura) Manzella of Portland, NY, his sister Susan Manzella of Fredonia, NY, his grandmother, Fredora Manzella, of Portland, NY, step-sisters Karen (Terry) Dellert and Kathie Lang and  his step-brother Kevin (Becky) Bremer. Several cousins, uncles and aunts further survive.

 In addition to his mother, Lee was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lee Manzella.

 A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at the MORSE Funeral Home 51 Highland Avenue, Brocton, NY at 2:00 pm with Rev. Gary Nutt officiating. Burial will be private at the Portland Evergreen Cemetery.

 In Lieu of flowers. Memorial contributions can be made to the Northern Chautauqua County Canine Rescue, 7540 N Gale St, Westfield, NY 14787.