WEBSTER - Ella Mae Renckert was called home to be among the angels on May 19, 2013, at the age of 75. Her final days were spent surrounded by family. Ella was the beloved wife of the late Paul Frederick Renckert. She was the devoted mother of Ella (Kevin) Ames, Donald (Jo Ann) O' Brien, Jim (Diane) O'Brien, and Michael (Heather) O'Brien; step-mother of Deborah (Steven) and Cynthia (Zeigfried). Ella was the loving grandmother of Elizabeth (Michael) Starks, James Meder, Kevin Ames, Donald, Paul and Christopher O'Brien, Reilly, Tyler, and Kayla O'Brien, and Bo and Cosette Kasbo; and cherished G.G. of Ethan, Aiden, and Ella Starks.
Ella was born on July 10, 1937, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Her parents were the late Charles and Ella Reidenouer. She was the sister of Philip Reidenouer and Alice (Reidenouer) Napierski and the late Charles, James and Sandra Reidenouer. Ella is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Ella graduated from North Tonawanda Sr. High. She received a Bachelor of Science in education at SUNY of Buffalo and Master of Science, early childhood education from SUNY at Fredonia. Ella served as the director of the state regional office of the Office of Children and Family Services for 16 years. Previously, she was the director of the YWCA of Genesee County. Ella also filled many positions in the New York State Migrant Child Care Program. Ella developed policies and procedures to operate the organization and developed grants to support programs for women, children and families. As an adjunct professor at Roberts Wesleyan College, Ella provided classes in early childhood education. She also enjoyed providing workshops at local, state and national conferences.
Ella served on many not-for-profits boards locally and state wide, volunteering to assist people in the areas of social concern, child welfare, early childhood education and in her faith life. Boards served on included Food Link, Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center, Rochester Childfirst Network, Camp Pioneer, Chautauqua County Association for the Education of Young Chil-dren, Rochester Association for the Education of Young Children, and the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. Ella often played a leadership role within these organizations, serving as president and chairing many committees. As an active member in her church, Ella served on the church council, the Administrative Board of Elders, the Mission Board and the Faith Child Care and Nursery Board of Directors. Ella has received numerous awards exemplifying her dedication to young children, including the RAEYC Friend of Young Children Award, recently renamed the 'Ella Award.'
Ella's greatest joy was spending time with her children and their families.
Friends may call Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral chapel (1031 Ridge Road, Webster.) A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2576 Browncroft Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14625. Donations may be made in Ella's honor to Chautauqua Lake Child Care Center (a non-profit organization) 100 North Erie St., Mayville, NY 14757.
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