Irene B. VanRensselaer


Irene B. VanRensselaer,

93, of Pearl Street, Forest-

ville, N.Y., passed away Fri-

day, 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 Willi-

am and Bertha J. (West)

Wilks. Mrs. VanRensselaer

was a graduate of Forest-

ville 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 Metho-

dist 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 chair-

man of the PTA, past

president of the of the J.

Carter Knapp American Le-

gion Unit 953 Women?s

Auxiliary in Forestville and

past member of the Forest-

ville Grapevine Rebekah

Lodge. She will always be

remembered as a loving,

wife, mother and grand-

mother who enjoyed travel-

ing, camping and spending

time with her devoted fami-

ly and friends.

Irene is survived by her

three loving sons: David

VanRensselaer of Brocton,

Richard VanRensselaer and

Robert VanRensselaer and

wife Cindy of Forestville,

N.Y.; and five grandchil-

dren: Heather Hill, Heidi

Dashnow and husband

Mark, Stephen VanRensse-

laer, Julie Maneen and hus-

band Frank, and Brian Van-

Rensselaer and wife Melis-

sa; and six great-grandchil-


She was preceded in

death by her husband

Clyde E. VanRensselaer,

whom she married on Sept.

28, 1940, and who preced-

ed her on April 17, 2005; a

grandson; Jeffrey Van-

Rensselaer 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 Metho-

dist where services will fol-

low at 5 p.m. in the church.

The Rev. James Hankey

will officiate. Burial will be

in the Forestville Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted

to her nephews, Howard

Vernon and Howie T. Van-

Rensselaer of VanRensse-

laer & Son Funeral Home,

14 Church St., Randolph,

NY 14772 and will be an-

nounced. To leave a con-

dolence, log onto Memori-

als may be sent to the

Forestville UMC, 3 Park

St., Forestville, NY 14062

or to the Forestville Rescue

Squad or Hospice of Chau-

tauqua County.