John Van Lenten

John Van Lenten

Tuesday, November 13th, 1928 Saturday, January 30th, 2021

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Obituary for John Van Lenten


VAN LENTEN, John 92, of North Haledon. Absent from his body and at home with his Lord on January 30, 2021. Raised in Lodi and formerly of Hasbrouck Heights, he had lived in North Haledon for the past 4 years. Prior to his retirement, he was a foreman and carpenter with Lakeview Construction in Pompton Lakes. John proudly served his country in the United States Army National Guard during the Korean War. John loved his Lord and Savior and served Him at the Midland Park Christian Reformed Church where he had served as an Elder and on their building and prayer committees.

Predeceased by his loving wife, Gertrude (nee Heerspink) (2012), of 50 years. Survived by his four children; Thomas and wife Christine, Mark and wife Karen, Lynda Renick and John and wife Tauji. Devoted grandfather to Michelle, Sara, Daniel, Jenna, Heather, Jonathan, Rachel, Keri, Eric, Carson and Jaslyn and great-grandfather to Carrie Mae.

John is also survived by his brother Robert Van Lenten and wife Polly, Floyd Heerspink and wife Phyllis, and brother-in-law Frank Brummell

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be graciously accepted in John’s memory to benefit his Granddaughter and husband’s campus ministry (Yale Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship). To donate online:
Checks may be made payable to “US Missions” with “297076” on the MEMO line and mailed to:
General Counsel of the Assemblies of God
1445 Boonville Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802

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Janet Dusinger

Dear Van Lenten Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy in
this difficult time. I am saddened to learn of the home going of my dear old friend, John. I know he is with the Lord and that the heavenly choir will be sweeter with his dear voice added. He was so much a part of my church life at the First Reformed as I grew up. He and his family were pillars of the church and were beloved. I last saw John and Gert in 2009 at the church anniversary and , though many years had passed since last we met, the years evaporated and we enjoyed a wonderful visit. I’m so glad that we had that time, he touched so many lives and will live in our hearts.
He touched so many lives, he will live in our hearts.
Comment | Posted at 01:36pm via Condolence

Lynda Renick

Dear Janet, Thank you so much for sharing this note. It means so much to our family to read these wonderful memories. Best to you, Lynda
Posted at 06:18pm

Ron Vanden Dorpel

Comment | Posted at 08:51pm via Condolence

Ron Vanden Dorpel

Dear Van Lenten Family, I was terribly saddened to learn of John's going home to Glory, but I rejoice that he will be with our Lord and Savior. As a chlid and young man, I grew up in the old First Reformed Church of Lodi. John, Margaret and Bob and their parents were friends of my late parents, Neil and Jane Vanden Dorpel, and of my late uncle and aunt, Pete and Ada Vanden Dorpel. My dad and uncle both served in the consistory with John under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Cecil Martens. John was always a paragon of the Church and a kind and inspirational Christian role model for me and my brother, Roger. I hope in this difficult time that you will be comforted by your loving memories of him and by God's abiding good grace. With kindest regards and deepest sympathy, Ron Vanden Dorpel Rumford, Rhode Island
Posted at 09:06pm

Lynda Renick

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a heartfelt and honoring note. Dad, Mom, Aunt Marge, my grandparents, Neil, Jane and Pete and Ada are all together in heaven now reunited at The feet of their Savior. They had wonderful years at church serving and singing together. Our best to you, Lynda
Posted at 06:24pm


Dear Van Lenten Family,
Our deepest sympathy with the loss of your Father & Grandfather. What comfort to know that John is now with his Heavenly Father. Freed from all pain and discomfort. May our Lord comfort all of you with His presence and love.
The Lootsmas
Comment | Posted at 01:48pm via Condolence

Lynda Renick

Thank you so much. You were dear friends to Dad and he spoke so kindly of you often.
Posted at 05:49pm

Lynda Renick

Thank you for being such good, faithful friends to Dad and for writing this note. He always spoke so highly of you. Best, Lynda
Posted at 06:25pm

Dabney E. "Woody" Wooldridge

Van Lenten Family February 2, 2021
Christine and I were so sorry to hear about John Van Lenten's Homegoing. We have great memories of the Van Lenten Family from our time in Hackensack, NJ, from 1983-1989. We taught in Hackensack Christian School during this time and especially enjoyed knowing John and Lynda as well.
We remember John Sr. and his Son, John, who completely renovated our basement for us on their own after work. I knew they were tired but it was a great demonstration of their selflessness and charity which we will never forget. Also I fondly recall a dinner our family had with the Van Lenten's, where John Sr and I began laughing and we just couldn't stop! Tears were running down my face, I was laughing so hard! I can't wait to reunite with this Brother and his wife one day in Heaven! We will be rejoicing together again!
"The Joy of the LORD is my strength!" Nehemiah 8:10
Woody and Chris Wooldridge
Comment | Posted at 01:22pm via Condolence

Lynda Renick

Thank you so much for recalling these wonderful memories! You and my dad loved to laugh and had quite a similar work ethic! Heavenly reunions will be beautiful! Love to you all!
Posted at 05:54pm


VanLenten Family -
I know your dad and grandfather is with Jesus and now reunited with your mom. Your parents had a great impact on my life. Your dad had the best smile and was so kind. I am so glad I got to know him. I'll be praying for all of you.
Tracy Wooldridge
Comment | Posted at 10:01am via Condolence

Lynda Renick

Thanks Tracy...We had some very good times together!
Posted at 05:56pm

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