Rev. Bernard Woudenberg

  • Born: February 16, 1931
  • Died: November 17, 2020
  • Location: Jenison, Michigan

Yntema Funeral Home

251 S State St
Zeeland, MI 49464
Tel. (616) 772-2173

Tribute & Message From The Family

Rev. Bernard Woudenberg, age 89, of Jenison, passed away and went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Tuesday, November 17, 2020. He was born in Grand Rapids on February 16, 1931, to Bernard and Lucy (Hanko) Woudenberg.

Bernie was widowed 12 days previous when his wife of 67 years, Frances (Kerkstra) Woudenberg passed away on November 5, 2020. Rev. Woudenberg and Fran are survived by their children: Philip and Cindy Woudenberg of Arizona, and Luanne and Phillip Warnicke of Kalamazoo; grandchildren: Josh Warnicke, David Warnicke, Aubrey (Shane) Higgins, Mike Woudenberg and Dan Woudenberg; Bernie's brother Herm Woudenberg.

Rev. Bernard Woudenberg served the Protestant Reformed denomination as a minister in Grand Rapids, Edgerton, MN, Lynden, WA, Kalamazoo, and they retired in 1996. They retired to the Hudsonville/Jenison area and became members of Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church. They often went on mission trips together to Jamaica, Tasmania, and Romania.

A joint family funeral service for both Bernard and Frances will be held at Yntema Funeral Home on November 18, 2020. Memorials may be made to Georgetown Protestant Reformed Church. Graveside services and burial will be in Georgetown Cemetery. Arrangements by the Yntema Funeral Home, 251 S. State Street, Zeeland MI 49464.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I'm sorry for your lost but smile to think of Jesus and my dad (Tim)welcoming Bernie and Fran to Heaven! They were such unique and special couple with a passion for the stranger and foreigner. They will be missed.

Posted by Courtney (Jon) Eldersveld - Zeeland, MI - Friend   December 20, 2020

Reverend Woudenberg made a significant impact on my life and I'm in his debt for all the attention and effort that he made to ensure that I grew up to be a person that could be relied on. He was a pivotal presence and my only regret is that I did not express my gratitude to him in person. He will be revered in my memory as the person that saved my life. Thank you Reverend.

Posted by Peter Post - Columbus, OH - Family Friend   November 21, 2020

Our condolences with prayers of comfort and peace
From the Family McKelvey of Hope PRC Redlands CA

Posted by Heike McKelvey - Redlands, CA   November 19, 2020

We loved Rev and Fran very much, will miss them! For I reckon the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 (this text was used for his last sermon as a full time pastor, at Kalamazoo PRC, September 27, 1996) Love, Jeff and Barb Steenholdt

Posted by Jeff & Barb Steenholdt - Kalamazoo, MI - Family Friend   November 17, 2020

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