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Norman Peter Leenhouts

August 24, 1935 ~ January 7, 2017 (age 81)
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Message from Arlene
January 18, 2017 11:44 PM

Here is the link for a video of Norm's memorial service

Message from Stephen Brisson
January 15, 2017 12:39 PM

My sincerest sympathy to the entire Leenhouts family. When I remember Norm I think of the word "immense". He was someone who had an immense love for his family, his church and those he came into contact with. He was a remarkable man who will be missed by many. He served others with great humility and modeled that servant leadership in his daily life before others. He, with his wife Arlene, touched countless lives in quiet ways that impacted those lives profoundly. I was honored to have known him.
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A candle was lit by Michael McCoy on January 15, 2017 12:11 PM
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A candle was lit by Paul Rogalski on January 15, 2017 9:04 AM
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A candle was lit by Rick and Mary Ann Halvorsen on January 15, 2017 6:53 AM
Message from Margaret Shantz
January 13, 2017 3:50 PM

Norm was one of the kindest, most thoughtful person I have ever known. The world is dimmer after his passing but heaven is brighter.

Peggy Shantz
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A GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was ordered on January 13, 2017

Message from Lorrie Cervello
January 12, 2017 8:52 PM

To Nelson and his families, gentle rest and peace for you for your brother. Although I never met your brother, Norman, but knowing you Nelson, when I lived in Gananda, the senior housing on Canadaigua Road, you were always welcoming to us apartment folks, and my families all enjoyed meeting you, as we trekked up the road to your upper hill garage, pond and log home, basking in the beauty of it all. I send gentle hugs to your daughter Cathy, and granddaughter, Sara, as their welcoming grace was just like yours, kind.
Message from reagan pratt
January 12, 2017 4:12 PM

Norman was an honorable and gentle soul in an industry too frequently filled with egomaniacs. He touched many. I will always remember being in early meetings with Norman when he was at Home Properties of New York. Amy would refer to "Dad" in the meetings. Only time that has ever happened in my professional career. Amy, very sorry for the loss of "Dad".
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A candle was lit by Amber Overholtzer on January 12, 2017 3:49 PM
Message from Kaye Gansz
January 12, 2017 12:30 PM

In the short time I was given to work with and get to know Norm, I became extremely impressed with his business acumen and compassion he had for life. He was a very driven, giving and genuine. He will continue to be an inspiration to me!

God Bless
Kaye Gansz
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A candle was lit by Ross & Kaye Gansz on January 12, 2017 12:24 PM
Message from Tess Weyant and Bonnie Ridge Staff
January 12, 2017 12:02 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with Norman's family. Unfortunately I never got the chance to meet Norman but I have spent my career working under and with a staff who continued his view on life and business. His way will live on each day through those he touched.
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A candle was lit by Andrea Johnson and the Village Square Team on January 12, 2017 11:20 AM
Message from Mark & Karen
January 11, 2017 7:18 PM

Arlene and Family, Thank you for sharing yourselves and Norm. He is a humble and great teacher. Having the privilege of being with him in different circumstances has been very rewarding. The one question he always told me to ask in any situation is: Am i doing ____ to win people for Jesus.This can be with a team of people or by myself. So he does continue to teach. In you and Norm I can see this resonate with passion. If there is anyway we can be there for your your family please let us know. Again, Thank you.
Love, Mark and Karen
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A candle was lit by Mark & Karen on January 11, 2017 7:00 PM
Message from Diane Livingston - Home Properties
January 11, 2017 4:54 PM

Such sad news. My deepest sympathies to all who loved Norman. Thank you Norman for your work ethic and the wonderful team you built at Home Properties. You will never know how much you have impacted so many lives of folks you never got to meet. We are all in your debt.
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A candle was lit by Anne Fink on January 11, 2017 2:46 PM
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A candle was lit by Linda and Elaine Tack Your in our prays on January 11, 2017 1:55 PM
Message from Aaron Satterfield
January 11, 2017 1:50 PM

My sympathies to the family, I never got to meet Norman but he has impact my life and a big way by starting HOME PROPERTIES and i just want to say Thank you!!
Message from frank
January 11, 2017 1:32 PM

Amy, sorry about your DAD, Did not know him well, but followed his accomplishments. Frank Mcalpin
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A candle was lit by Edward J. Rompala (Endwell, NY) on January 11, 2017 1:03 PM
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A candle was lit by Jan Dietz pelcher on January 11, 2017 1:01 PM
Message from Jan Dietz pelcher
January 11, 2017 12:55 PM

Arlene: so sorry to hear of Norman's passing. To you and your family my sincere sympathy. May God be with you during this difficult time.
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A candle was lit by Tamar Meadow and The Greens at Columbia, Home Properties on January 11, 2017 12:32 PM
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A candle was lit by Cindy Rojas on January 11, 2017 12:29 PM
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A candle was lit by Martha Burch, Baltimore Regional Office on January 11, 2017 12:23 PM
Message from Stacey Green-Home Properties employee
January 11, 2017 12:16 PM

I had the honor to work with Norman and Nelson for many years, what kind souls and I am thankful everyday for the opportunity Norman provided me at Home Properties. So sorry to hear of the loss.
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A candle was lit by Leslie J. Sambor on January 11, 2017 11:38 AM
Message from Leslie J Sambor
January 11, 2017 11:37 AM

Our brother in Christ, Norm, was an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Message from William (Bill) L. Brown
January 11, 2017 11:35 AM

It’s very difficult for me to write this, as I never thought this day would come. We’ve all lost loved ones, and even when the end is expected, it’s never easy for family and friends to accept the loss. I offer my condolences to all of Norman’s family and friends, and pray that Norman’s spirit will support us all through this sad time. That being said, I know that Norman would want us to carry on with life as usual, and not be sad. I’m sure those who met Norman for the first time, as I did back in 1998 when Home Properties acquired my former company, were immediately impressed with his demeanor, intelligence, and good nature. It was Norman and Nelson’s philosophy about how to run a business, and treat people, that made Home Properties a great public company, and a fantastic place to work. Because of that philosophy, every day at work, we always felt at “Home”, and strived to follow Norman’s leadership example. To say that Norman will be missed, is a gigantic understatement. God bless you Norman. I look forward to seeing you again someday.
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A candle was lit by Maureen and Sumati Ramsahai on January 10, 2017 8:03 PM
Message from Steve and Shirley Parks
January 10, 2017 4:55 PM

We were blessed to spend Thursday evenings with Norm and Arlene and Laurie at their beautiful home studying God's Word together. Those times will remain as very sweet memories to us always. We are praying for comfort for the Leenhouts family at this very difficult time.
Message from Richard Bergen and family
January 10, 2017 3:26 PM

We heard at church that Mr. Leenhouts had passed. He and his family had done a great many things in their life and our family was proud to know all of them at one point or another. It inspired us to go on to do our part in the community. It was also a pleasure to know such a nice person as we grew up around the neighborhood. May he rest in God's loving arms.
Message from Alan and CaroL Lowne
January 10, 2017 2:00 PM

Everyone who knew Norm came to admire and love him. So many have benefitted from his and Arlene's generosity and philanthropy.....but what we especially loved about Norm was his genuine interest and appreciation for He efforts of others. He was always so encouraging of the work he saw other people doing. He was a cheerleader for other businesses and for those engaging in missions or any other labor that was done for Jesus. Norm was a champion and encourager for others especially when they were experiencing life challenges. He lived his life by 'trusting in the Lord with all of his heart and he didn't rely solely on his own understanding. He acknowledged God in all he did and God did indeed direct his paths....' we are so sorry to say goodbye to our wonderful friend (for a short time) but Norm has entered into the joy that awaited him with the Lord He loves so much...we are confident that today he is restored and vibrant and fully engaged as a citizen of Heaven.
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A candle was lit by William L. and Johanna H. Brown on January 10, 2017 1:44 PM
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A candle was lit by MaryEllen on January 10, 2017 12:59 PM
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A candle was lit by John & Judy Simons on January 10, 2017 12:53 PM
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A TRADITIONAL FUNERAL BASKET was ordered on January 10, 2017

Message from Tessema & Tina
January 10, 2017 10:29 AM

Tessema's family is deeply saddened to hear the passing of Norman P. Leenhouts . We pray that God places him in heaven. We also like to pass our condolence to his wonderful families.

In Christ,

Edgewood Free Methodist Church.Family.
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A candle was lit by Don, Nan and Nathan Simons on January 10, 2017 7:02 AM
Message from Philippa McGuire
January 10, 2017 1:38 AM

Norm is a bright light in the kingdom. His love and kindness will be remembered for generations. May his legacy continue.
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A candle was lit by Alan and Carol Lowne on January 9, 2017 11:24 PM
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A candle was lit by Pat Schmitt on January 9, 2017 9:17 PM
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A candle was lit by Frank & Barb Adams on January 9, 2017 9:15 PM
Message from Barbara Savage
January 9, 2017 8:48 PM

I also lost my dad, Laurie, and I had cried so much, then God asked me,
"Are you remembering that old man?" and I sobbed, "Yes."
Then he showed me an image of my dad as God saw him. This
man looked about 20, had a full head of dark hair, and then I
gasped. Why, my dad looked more like my brother! Young
and handsome! I started laughing for joy while I was sobbing
for grief, what a hiccupy combination. Just to remind you, Norman
is not dead. He is more full of life at this point than he has ever been
here. He is simply missing. For a while. We will see him again, sooner
than we think. Your dad has done wonderfully well while on earth.
Thank God for Him, and for His love in Norman's life. To Norman's
family, I extend my heartfelt condolences. Barbara Savage
Message from Doug Finn ,Dga builders
January 9, 2017 8:20 PM

Very sad to hear of norm passing .Worked on five of their homes and two for their daughters .I remember him as a one in a million man .By that he was such a warm honest sincere gentelman who had a deep love for his family .He and Arlene were always a pleasure to work for and loved the vision and was always proud of our results together .My sincere condolences to Arlene and the entire family .Our prayers for all of you.Doug and Charlene Finn
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A candle was lit by Doug and Charlene finn on January 9, 2017 8:09 PM
Message from Peggy Beach-McLaughlin
January 9, 2017 6:47 PM

Dear Martha,
I feel very sad for you and your family with the passing of your brother. He was a special person in Ron's and my life many years ago.
Message from Peggy Beach-McLaughlin
January 9, 2017 5:33 PM

Dear Arlene and Nelson,
I am very sorry for the loss of your husband and brother. I have fond memories from years ago of the times Ron and I spent with you and Norm - rafting down the Colorado River; spending the weekend at your cabin hunting, eating, and sleeping (on cots upstairs lined in a row); game dinners; a bible study group; and many Christmas parties. I remember Norm as a kind, generous, humble man.
Love to you both!
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A candle was lit by Martha Leenhouts with love and thankfulness. on January 9, 2017 4:50 PM
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A candle was lit by Martha on January 9, 2017 4:46 PM
Message from Bob Barbato
January 9, 2017 12:59 PM

I only spent a few hours with Norman on a few occasions, but I was always struck by his character and kindness. Without mentioning his name, I have used him as a role model when teaching my students why good leaders are humble.

As John Donne says:
One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally
And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.
Message from Vera Graves, President, Town of Ontario Historical Society
January 9, 2017 12:18 PM

Our heartfelt sympathies to your family on the passing of Norm. He was a very good friend of the Historical Society and helped with the building of Heritage Square Museum. We were honored to consider him a friend and he will be sorely missed.
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A candle was lit by Members of The Town of Ontario Historical & Landmark Society on January 9, 2017 12:10 PM
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A candle was lit by Betty Simons on January 9, 2017 11:00 AM
Message from Jack Kreckel-UR
January 9, 2017 8:52 AM

The University of Rochester community could not be more proud to call Norm Leenhouts one of its own. His impressive professional accomplishments are only overshadowed by his exemplary strength of character. My sympathies to the family on Norm's passing.
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A candle was lit by Dick and Shirley Murphy, Ontario on January 8, 2017 7:31 PM
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