In Memory of




Obituary for Clara E. Vredenburg

Clara Eileen (Crandall) Vredenburg, was born April 13, 1918 in Cleveland, Ohio and left this world on April 23, 2023 at the age of 105 to join her lord, her beloved husband, Chuck, and all the other angels in heaven.

She was the youngest of William and Clara (Woods) Crandall's four children. She led a life filled to the brim with love, positive contribution and unfettered faith. Throughout her life, she optimistically found the good in those around her, even when it wasn't easy to do. She was one of the original "Rosie the Riveters", working in an armament factory during World War II and often commented that the comaraderie that those women created was the sustenance that got them through the war until their loved ones returned home. She worked for many companies during her long career: General Electric, small business in central New York, and retired as the assistant to the treasurer from Morris Machine Works in Baldwinsville, New York. She was a lifelong member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she held many offices. She and her loving husband, Chuck, traveled extensively throughout the United States and visited Europe and the Holy Land. Her greatest joys were her faith, her family, and the New York Yankees. She was an inspiration to everyone who met her.

She is survived by her four children: Charles "Bud" (Nancy) Vredenburg of North Tonawanda, Jerry (Linda) Vredenburg of LaFayette, NY, Jeanne (Ken) Hutton of Kennett Square, PA, and Vonnie Vredenburg of Springville; grandchildren: Mary (Bruce), Paul (Rhonda), Ann (Scott), Emily (Pancho), Curt (Catherine), Marc (Valerie), Bret (Elke), Christie (Dan), and Amy (Charles); as well as 23 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.

Her family celebrates her remarkable life with joy and gratitude and will lift a toast to her with the saying that she embodied: "Oh be Joyful".

Special thanks to the staff at Orchard Heights who loved her and so appreciated her upbeat attitude and generous spirit. Additionally, we are thankful to Hospice of Buffalo, who provided amazing compassionate care for her in her final days.

Friends may call on Saturday, May 13, 2023 from 10-11am at the First United Methodist Church, 474 E. Main St. Springville, NY 14141, where a Funeral Service will be held at 11am with Rev. Matthew French and Rev. Vonnie Vredenburg officiating. Final interment will take place at the First United Methodist Church Columbarium.

Flowers are gratefully declined. For anyone who would like to celebrate Clara, say a kind word to a stranger, plant a pansy or you may make a contribution in her name to Hospice of Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd. Buffalo, NY 14227, or to the First United Methodist Church, 474 E. Main St. Springville, NY 14141.