Alberta E. Van Rensselaer

SILVER CREEK – Alberta E. Van Rensselaer, 92, of Old Main Road, Silver Creek, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at the Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk, following a short illness.

She was born in Stockton on Feb. 28, 1921, the daughter of the late Edward and Rosea (Palmer) Nickerson.

Mrs. Van Rensselaer owned and 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 Feb. 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, P.O. 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