RENSSELAER, N.Y. – The victim of a house fire was remembered during a memorial.
The memorial was held Friday night for 70-year-old Gwendolyn Fowler, who lost her life in a house fire on Tuesday morning.
The fire broke out at 52 Walker Street around 4:47 a.m. Tuesday. Residents, including children, who escaped the flames, have been displaced, and one other occupant was hospitalized.
The memorial took place outside of the Walker Street home. It was organized by New Hope Family Life Center. Pastor Kenneth Newman Sr. said Fowler was his wife’s aunt, and she had an impact on many people.
“It’s a sudden and a very tragic loss,” he said. “She was a real integral part of this community.”
Newman said the memorial was the first step for friends and family to get though the difficult time.
“It just gives us an opportunity to not leave such a void or a burden, but that our hearts be filled with some great memories of someone that was really dear to this community,” he said.
Attendees lit candles in Fowler’s memory and reminisced on things Fowler was known for, including her cookouts.
“It was a time for the Walker Street community personally to come out and enjoy her fine cooking, so our family experienced it but the community experienced it as well,” Newman said.
Another memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Family Life Center on Broadway in Rensselaer. Group counselors will also be available at the church at 7 p.m. August 5.