Carol K. “Kato” Aldrich, 76, of 4557 Charles St., died Thursday (Sept. 20, 2012) shortly after arrival at St. Mary’s Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. He was born Feb. 14, 1936, in the Town of Alma, the son of the late Harry and Ida (Gowdy) Aldrich. On Dec. 26, 1964, in Wellsville, he married Carole Seaman, who survives.

Kato was a 1954 graduate of Wellsville High School. He served in the U.S. Army with the 7th Infantry Division from 1955 to 1958. He was employed as a mechanical engineer for Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville for 39 years, retiring in 1996. He also operated Kato’s Katering and provided private and charitable catering for many years. He was an active member of the First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wellsville and was voted “Gabby Hayes look-alike” at “Gabby Hayes Days” in Downtown Wellsville for many years. He also was the “right hand man” for the Scio Marching Band for many years.  

He loved God, Family and his many friends and enjoyed hunting, hospitality and farm life.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Stephen (Mary) Aldrich of Port Orange, Fla., and Ken (Amy) Aldrich of Sarasota, Fla.; three daughters, Pam Aldrich of Bolivar, Lisa (Jim) Mance of Churchville, and Melissa (James) Fuhry of Scio; 12 grandchildren, Charmaine Wade, Robert (Amber) Wade, Courtney Aldrich, Adam Aldrich, Andrew Aldrich, Aaron Mance, Jacob Mance, Eliza Mance, Hannah Mance, Noel Aldrich, Ben Aldrich and Molly Aldrich; two great-grandchildren, Eli and Izabell Wade; two brothers, Harley (Lynne) Aldrich of Tucson, Ariz., and Glenn (Diane) Aldrich of Penfield; two sisters, Maxine Jackson of Wellsville, and Peggy Aldrich of Buffalo; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Edward, Frank and Donald Aldrich; and five sisters, Josephine Griffin, Theresa Aldrich, Doris Brown, Betty Russell and Loretta Halliday.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 2-4:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the First Trinity Lutheran Church, 470 N. Main St. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Thursday (Sept. 27, 2012) at 3 p.m. in the church with Rev. Robert Morris presiding.

Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, Habitat for Humanity, Hart Comfort House or the SPCA Serving Allegany County. To leave online condolences, please visit

(from Wellsville Daily Reporter)