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 more than 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 and 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; five grand-children; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Ralph Van Rensselaer, whom she married on Feb. 4, 1940; four 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 a.m. from the Chapel of Glenwood Cemetery, Old Main Road, Silver Creek, with the Rev. Michael Stitzel, pastor of the Forestville Baptist Church and the Rev. Bruce Ellis, pastor of the Forest-ville 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 Department Emergency and Rescue Squad, 162 Central Ave., Silver Creek, NY 14136.

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