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FORESTVILLE:  Gail P. Rankin, 78, of Whitaker Road, Forestville, passed away, at her residence, Sunday, August 7th, 2016, surrounded by loved ones.  She was born in Dunkirk, on November 16, 1937, the daughter of the late Aloysius and Helen (Bankoski) Allenbrand.

She had owned a business and had been gainfully employed over the years.  Mrs. Rankin was the proud and caring mother to her five children.  She was also a devoted and loving grandmother to her six granddaughters, providing wisdom and love.  Mrs. Rankin has touched many lives and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her five children, Craig Rankin, of Forestville; Marla Carter, of Jamestown; Laura (Jeff) Ball, of Forestville; Sandy Hanley, of Panama; Keith Rankin, of Dunkirk; three sisters, Cecile Pacos, Dorothy Panveralla,Yvonne Karr and a brother, Tony (Diane) Allenbrand.  Also surviving are six granddaughters-Kimberly Hanley, Lisa Carter, Natalie Ball, Sara Carter, Angela Carter, Ashley Ball and several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her beloved husband Ronald E. Rankin, whom she married on October 19, 1957 and who died February 13, 2015 and her brother Dennis Allenbrand.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 1 PM on Saturday, August 27th at St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville.

Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to


1 Comment on Obituary Notice – Gail P. Rankin

  1. John Allenbrand says:

    To the Rankin and Allenbrand family,

    It has been a sad year, losing three members of our family; my father Dennis, my Uncle Chuck and now my Aunt Gail. I only hope that this loss will bring our families closer and make us realize that it is up to us to continue their legacies. Aunt Gail, I love ya, and I’m happy that you are at peace with your loving husband. You will be missed here on earth, but we will all see each other again eventually.

    Your Loving Nephew,
    John Allenbrand

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