Monday, March 21, 2016

Obituary: Leona D. Wilson, 91, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE – Leona D. Wilson, 91, passed away Sunday (March 20, 2016) at Highland Health Care Center in Wellsville, surrounded by family.
Leona was born on April 8, 1924 in Angelica to Roy and Lillian (Bump) Mack.
Leona worked as a secretary for St. Bonaventure University in Olean for many years. Previously she worked for Wellsville Water and Light, Montgomery Wards, Cretekos, Fassett House and Village Café, all in Wellsville.
Leona is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Glenn) Thorp of Andover; a son, Robert Wilson of Wellsville; two sisters, Eleanor Murphy of Silver Lake and Jeane Bickford of Atlanta, Ga.; four grandchildren, Glenn (Suzanne) Thorp and Coleen Knepfler, both of Andover, Shari Lamb of Clermont, Fla. and Brian (Christine) Thorp of Ramsey, N.J.; seven great grandchildren, Nick Thorp, Tommy Thorp, Holly Baker, Tyler Lamb, Amanda Thorp, Jakob Thorp and Taylor Knepfler; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by two brothers, LaVerne Mack and Carl Mack.
Leona enjoyed music and found expression to that passion by playing the piano, going to concerts and attending theater productions. She was an avid fan of the Olean Community Theater. Leona was especially fond of Jazz and Big Band but she also liked good country music with such artist as Kenny Rogers and Willie Nelson. She was very happy with a good book, with novels and other works of fiction her favorites. When she wasn’t reading, she enjoyed creating something out of nothing. She liked to walk, both for the exercise and simply to look at things.
Leona loved people and developed many friends over the years. She missed Olean and all the many friendships she developed there. And finally, she had a big soft spot in her heart for animals and had many pets over the years.
Per Leona’s wishes, there will be no prior visitation. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Andover.Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at
Memorial contributions in Leona’s name may be made to SPCA of Allegany County, 1374 State Route 19 South, Wellsville, NY 14895.