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George P. Weissenburger, retired Holland Elementary School principal

Dec. 3, 1937 – Nov. 25, 2017

George P. Weissenburger, principal of Holland Elementary School for almost 30 years, died Saturday in his home in South Wales after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 79.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1954 graduate of East Aurora High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Canisius College in 1958. He went on to complete a master’s degree in education, with certification for superintendency, at Geneseo State College.

Mr. Weissenburger began at Holland in 1961 as a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher and went to the Honeoye Central Schools as an elementary school principal in 1966. He returned to Holland in 1969 to become principal of the elementary school. He served as interim school superintendent during the 1997-98 school year and retired in December 1998.

Upon his retirement, the main school campus driveway connecting the elementary school and high school was named Weissenburger Way. He was further honored in 2016 for “Leadership and Learning” with an award and plaque that is on permanent display in the high school.

“He was a very old-fashioned principal,” his daughter Lisa Marie Bissell said. “People loved him. He knew the teachers so well. Anything in their lives, they shared with him.”

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Holland, the Holland Rod and Gun Club and the Town of Holland Board of Ethics. He also was a eucharistic minister at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Holland.

In retirement, he traveled to Europe and the Caribbean and wintered in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Survivors also include his wife of 57 years, the former Gertrude “Trudy” Casazza; another daughter, Mary Ellen Thompson; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. Thursday in St. Joseph’s Church, 46 N. Main St., Holland.

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