Rachel Visker Jorenby, 87, formerly of Crowley Street, Randolph, passed away Tuesday (April 30, 2013), in Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing, following a long battle with Parkinson's disease.
A lifelong area resident, she was born May 17, 1925, in East Randolph, N.Y., the daughter of the late Richard and Loretta Clees Visker.
Rachel was a graduate of Randolph Central School where she was recognized as a talented pianist.
Rachel Visker Jorenby
Rachel married the "love of her life," Henry "Hank" Jorenby on June 16, 1945. They celebrated 65 years before his death on Feb. 9, 2011.
Rachel graduated from cosmetology school and was a popular beautician and she had her own shop in Randolph for many years. She had been a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Randolph, a member of the Randolph American Legion Auxiliary Unit 181 and volunteered at the Lutheran Home in James-town.
She loved all nature - birds, animals, gardening and taking long walks with friends. Most of all she loved and enjoyed all of her grandchildren and her furry friends. She and Hank enjoyed many winters in Naples, Fla.
Rachel's "family" at Heritage Park lightened her struggle over the past four years and allowed her to face the disease with courage, grace and dignity. Her family will forever be grateful for the loving care given by the special people there.
She is survived by a son, Kris Jorenby and wife, Debbie, of Kennedy and their children: Jason, Tyler and Allyson; a daughter, Cherie Campagna and husband, Dominic, of Pittsford, N.Y. and their children: Tom and Amanda; and a daughter, Lori Cotton of Dansville, N.Y., and her daughter, Autumn; as well as five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded by her parents Richard and Loretta; husband, Hank; grandson, Cory Brown; brothers: Richard, Thomas and William Visker; and sisters: Jean Myers and Mary Searle.
At Rachel's request there will be no visitation or funeral services observed. In remembrance of her plant something in your garden that is purple and that will make you smile.
Arrangements are entrusted to the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. To leave a condolence, log on to wwwvanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com.