Vivian Aileen (McElhattan) Rensel (1936 - 2015)

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Vivian Aileen McElhattan Rensel, 79, died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at Christ the King Manor.
Aileen was born in Vandergrift, Pa., March 28, 1936, to Marvin and V. Imogene Culbertson McElhattan; grandparents were Frank Ellsworth and Iva Hunter McElhattan and William V. and Jessie Carmichael Culbertson.
Aileen graduated from Clairton High School in 1955 and Waynesburg College in 1959.
She married William Donald "Bill" Rensel on April 15, 1956. He preceded her in death Feb. 17, 2003.
Aileen taught English classes at DuBois Business College until 1974; the rest of her teaching career was spent in the DuBois Junior and Senior High. She truly loved her students.
In her spare time, she led youth and women's Bible studies in her home, wrote and directed Christmas plays for the Home Camp United Methodist Church and ran a table at craft shows with her husband, Bill.
A brain injury from a fall on ice precipitated her retirement from teaching and a slow decline that eventually led to her final years at Christ the King Manor.
Aileen is survived by her brothers, Victor McElhattan of Enola and Richard McElhattan of Clairton; daughter, Sue Shaffner and husband Denny of Spruce Hill; and son, Eric Rensel and wife Suzann of Home Camp; grandchildren Paul Shaffner and wife Kate, Luke Shaffner, and Ember, Sawyer and Sylvia Rensel; and great-grandchildren, Anna and Lucy Shaffner.
There will be no public visitation.
Aileen was buried at Morningside Cemetery beside her husband Bill.
A memorial service will be held at the Home Camp United Methodist Church in January.
Memorial donations may be made to the .
Peace and joy be to her memory.
Online condolences can be made at
The Adamson Funeral Chapel, DuBois, was in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Courier Express on Dec. 8, 2015