Penn Yan — Elsie Chapman Jensen, 89, of Penn Yan, died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester April 18, 2020.


Elsie was born Jan. 14, 1931 in Cohocton to Loraine and Nettie (Wheaton) Chapman.


She attended North Cohocton Atlanta School, and graduated from Cohocton Central School in 1948.


She received a BA from Keuka College in 1952, and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the New York State University at Geneseo in 1970.


Elsie was an elementary school librarian for 25 years in Penn Yan. During her tenure, she served as Director of Libraries as well as a faculty negotiator. Elsie retired in 1990.


Elsie was active in church as a Sunday School Teacher and chairperson of Vacation Bible School. She also participated in various church activities and programs. She was an avid reader, loved to bake and do craft projects.


Elsie is survived by her three children: Amy (Donald) Stewart of Penn Yan, Terry (Sallie) Jensen of Penn Yan, and Bart (Tammy) Jensen of Frewsburg. She also leaves behind several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Elsie was predeceased by Herbert Jensen, her husband of 54 years, in 2005.


Due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic, Elsie’s children and their spouses will hold a private graveside burial service. Once we are all able to gather together again, there will be a public Memorial Service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Penn Yan. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 135 Hamilton St., Yates County Genealogical and Historical Society at 107 Chapel Street, or Keuka Comfort Care Home at 35 Route 54. To leave a message of condolence, or to light a “Candle of Remembrance,” please visit townsendwoodzinger.com