Irene B. VanRensselaer

Irene B. VanRensselaer, 93, of Pearl Street, Forestville, N.Y., passed away Friday (Jan. 11, 2013) in the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk, N.Y.

She was born April 13, 1919 on Ball Hill in Forestville, N.Y., the daughter of the late William and Bertha J. (West) Wilks. Mrs. VanRensselaer was a graduate of Forestville Central School, class of 1938.

Irene was the oldest member of the Forestville United Methodist Church where she was a former Sunday School Teacher. She was a past president of the Forestville United Methodist Women’s Association and past president of the Methodist Adult Group, Pioneer Social Club of Forestville. She had also served as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Membership Chairman of the PTA, past president of the of the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Unit 953 Women’s Auxiliary in Forestville, past member of the Forestville Grapevine Rebekah Lodge. She will always be remembered as a loving, wife, mother, grandmother who enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with her devoted family and friends.

Irene is survived by her three loving sons; David VanRensselaer of Brocton, Richard VanRensselaer, and Robert (Cindy) VanRensselaer of Forestville, N.Y., five grandchildren: Heather Hill, Heidi (Mark) Dashnow, Stephen VanRensselaer, Julie (Frank) Maneen and Brian (Melissa) VanRensselaer, and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde E. VanRensselaer; whom she married on September 28, 1940 and who preceded her on April 17, 2005, a grandson; Jeffrey VanRensselaer in 1977 and a sister; Wilma Keith.

The family will be present to receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 17, 2013) in the Forestville United Methodist where services will follow at 5 p.m. in the church. Rev. James Hankey will officiate. Burial will be in the Forestville Cemetery.

Arrangements are en-trusted to her nephews Howard Vernon and Howie T. VanRensselaer of VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church Street, Randolph, NY 14772. To leave a condolence, log onto Memorials may be sent to the Forestville UMC, 3 Park Street, Forestville, NY 14062 or to the Forestville Rescue Squad or Hospice of Chautauqua County.