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John "Henry" Elzenga

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Elzenga, John "Henry"

Rochester: John "Henry" Elzenga passed away Monday, June 30, 2014. He was 91 years and 10 months of age. He lived a life that began on a farm in Iowa where he helped his father in the fields using teams of horses. In 1934, during the Dust Bowl, he and his parents returned to NYS and rented a farm in Henrietta, eventually purchasing a farm in Scottsville. He raised dairy cattle, pigs and beef cattle and farmed cash crops. In between he drove school bus; did snowplowing; sold seed corn, grain bins, barn and farm equipment, and was a general entrepreneur. His lifelong love of John Deere equipment began as a boy. In his later life he began collecting vintage pieces, many horse-drawn. He found most in old barns, hedgerows and woods. His hobby was restoring them and showing them at fairs and parades around NYS. His beloved grandson Tyler helped with the projects.

In 1950 he married Theresa Krenzer Elzenga (d 1975). They met at a square dance in Henrietta. They had two daughters, Eve Elzenga and Karyn Elzenga Gary.

In 1985 he married Nancy Oliver Mawson (d 1999) and they embarked on travel adventures in NY State and the US. He was predeceased by his parents: David Elzenga and Alice VanAppledorn Elzenga, Dutch immigrants; his wives; and infant son David.

He is survived by his daughters, their spouses: Annette Dragon and Lockrane Gary; his grandson Tyler Gary, wife Haley, two great grandchildren, Cullman and Chloe; sister Joyce Burns; Stepchildren: Karen Dolan and Scott Mawson, Stepgrandchildren: Jennifer Dolan Fox and J.T. Dolan, Kyra and Kayla Mawson; and many cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and dear friends. A special thank you to Frank Burns and Dennis Quigley for their dedication and service.

Henry was a wonderful husband, father, friend and mentor. His kindness, friendship, loyalty and honesty are his legacy.

A life celebration will be held at his home, August 23rd, 11AM. Gifts in Henry's name may be made to, a grassroots project honoring elders. For more information call 585-733-2579.

Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from July 6 to Aug. 17, 2014
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