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Obituary Notice- Alberta E. Van Rensselaer

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VanRenssealerAwebSILVER CREEK:  Alberta E. Van Rensselaer, 92, of Old Main Road, Silver Creek, died Thursday, September 19th, at the Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk, following a short illness.  She was born in Stockton, on February 28, 1921, the daughter of the late Edward and Rosea (Palmer) Nickerson.

Mrs. Van Rensselaer owned & operated a Grape Farm on Old Main Road, Silver Creek, for over 60 years and was also one of the oldest members of Welch’s Grape Co-op.  She was a member of the Pioneer Social Club, Forestville, where she was involved with many committees.  Mrs. Van Rensselaer also enjoyed doing crafts, baking & cooking.  She especially enjoyed her grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Rosella (Ken) Crabb Kozlowski, of Silver Creek, a son, Richard (Barbara) Van Rensselaer, of Silver Creek, 5 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  Also surviving are several nieces & nephews.  Besides her parents she was predeceased by her husband Ralph Van Rensselaer, whom she married on February 4, 1940, by 4 brothers Clyde, Lee, twin-Pete and infant- Norman Nickerson and by a sister Lottie Nickerson.

There will be no visitation observed.  Funeral Services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock from the Chapel of Glenwood Cemetery, Old Main Road, Silver Creek, with Rev. Michael Stitzel, pastor of the Forestville Baptist Church and Rev. Bruce Ellis, pastor of the Forestville Wesleyan Church, officiating.

The family suggests memorial donations may be made either to the Forestville Baptist Church, PO Box 67, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Silver Creek Fire Dept. Emergency & Rescue Squad, 162 Central Avenue, Silver Creek, NY 14136.

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


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  • Janice Hopkins
    Posted September 21, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Alberta was a lovely, sweet lady and I so enjoyed knowing her! May her family find comfort in treasured memories spent with her. With sincere sympathy, Janice Hopkins

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