We Remember


On Thursday, June 20, 2024, John Boonstra, age 93, from Kelowna, BC, went to behold the face of The One he so boldly proclaimed his whole life. Three days before peacefully passing, and surrounded by his wife and several family members, John and Carolyn celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary together.

John and Carolyn, faithfully pastored churches in Brandon, Manitoba; Duncan, BC; Edmonton, Alberta; Maple Ridge, BC; and Kelowna, BC. In ‘retirement’, and because of their deep love for the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and its people, they also served as interim pastor in the following CRCs in North America: Penticton, BC; Thunder Bay, ON; Charlottetown, PEI; Conrad, Montana; Agassiz, BC; and Lethbridge, AB.

John and Carolyn loved Kelowna and settled here in 1991. John – husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather – had a dad sense of humor. He loved his wife and family, reading, studying, teaching, music, photography, gardening, orchards, people, the church, and Christ.

John’s family wishes to acknowledge the people of Kelowna CRC for their love and support not just in the last few weeks but since 1991. As well, we want to commend the staff at the Spring Valley Care Center and the Springfield Funeral Home for the care, compassion, and professionalism they have shown John and all of us.

John is predeceased by son-in-law Robert Herman and daughter Jacqueline Joy, and leaves behind his wife Carolyn; children Patricia, John (Susan), Deborah (Harvey), Peter (Patricia), and Daniel; 13 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of John’s life is scheduled for Tuesday, July 2, 2024 2:00 PM at the Kelowna Christian Reformed Church, 239 Snowsell Street N, Kelowna, BC. A livestream/recording can be found on the Kelowna CRC Youtube video channel: www.youtube.com/@kelownachristianreformedch108/streams

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Tuesday, July 2, 2024 2:00 PM

Kelowna Christian Reformed Church, 239 Snowsell Street N, Kelowna, BC

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