John Van Den Berghe



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John, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at home. Johannes ‘John’ was born on January 30, 1923 to Thomas and Alida(Waning) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His family immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1930. He graduated from the University of Utah and later received a PhD in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He was a WWII veteran. John married the love of his life, Lois Jean ‘Chris’ Cross on June 12, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple. He loved and cherished her for fifty seven wonderful years. Together they raised four sons and five daughters. John worked as a research chemist for Eastman Kodak. He had a zest for learning throughout his life. He and Chris loved hiking and playing tennis. John was a devoted and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS) and held many callings throughout his life, most recently as a patriach. He and Chris also served as temple workers at the Palmyra Temple. He is survived by his wife, Chris; his children, Deirdre(Robert)Bachman, Michael(Deborah), Blaine(Kaye), Robin(Jim)Forsberg, Reed(Amy), Claire Van Den Berghe, Amy(David)Odione, Kyle(Lee), Nona(Byron)Holdiman; 29 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Tom(Lila) and Harold(Rebecca);sister, Hendrika(Wayne)Nelson. Family and friends are welcome to call Sunday, August 5 from 4-8PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long Pond Rd., Rochester, NY 14626. Services will be held Monday, August 6 at 11:00AM in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1250 English Road. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Alzheimers Research or to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Missionary Fund in his memory


  1. Hendrika Maria Van Eikelenborg on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Fam. From Bali I send you our condoleances,also from my husband Ludo.You know me from the Netherlands and the time we lived in Amerika. We loved your parents and we will miss John.Your cousin Henny

  2. Brian H. Frisby on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am sorry to see that Bro. VanDenBerghe passed away. He was a very special person and a great influence in my life. His children were like brothers and sisters to me growing up! God bless each of you and of course we are assured that we can all be together in the eternities. Love Brian and Prudy Frisby 35313 N. 30th ave. Phoenix, AZ

  3. Michael T. Graves on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My sincere condolences to the entire Van Den Berghe family and particularly to the wonderful children who I knew as students in my years at Arcadia. They are a fitting tribute to their dad, and mom of course. I always looked forward to another Van Den Berghe coming through my classroom door.

  4. Jean Jessmer on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My sympathy goes out to Chris and the family. John Van Den Berghe was a wonderful person. He was very down to earth, very smart, and humorous at the same time. We will miss him on Sundays as he always had a smile on his face when he was at Church. I am a very timid person, but he always made a person feel very comfortable. My heart goes out to Chris. It has been truly a wonderful blessing to get to know Chris and John more since I have been in the second ward. We will miss him, but know he is in a better place now. Love from Don and Jean Jessmer

  5. Paul & Jean Baker on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of John. We have fond memories of John. Paul remembers a time when John came over to our apartment to call him to a position in the priesthood. And Jean remembers John when he worked with the youth on road shows back in the the 60’s, while on Highland Ave.

  6. Pixie Calderwood on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This is a nice write up. I think of you often. Love ya, Pixie

  7. Michael P. Lustyk on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To the whole Van Den Berghe family, I would like to extend my sympathy for the loss of your Dad and Husband. I will always remember the great family and closness that you all shared. I first met Brother VanDenBerghe and the family while investigating the church, and always remember the great family you were and are. I remember your Dad and was always amazed that with all the kids, he seemed so calm. May our Heavenly Father keep you all well. Michael Lustyk

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