We gratefully acknowledge the donations given to Valley Christian Schools in memory of loved ones who have gone to be with the Lord. When you make a memorial gift please make the check payable to "VCS" and mail it to the Business Office. Please include the name of the person you wish to recognize with your gift.
Bernie Vander Weide
October 22, 1929
October 5, 2012
Bernie Vander Weide was called to heaven to be with the Lord on October 5 at the age of 79 in Lakewood, CA. Graduating from then Bellflower Christian High School in 1947, his class was the first to complete all 12 years at our school. His father Henry served on the school board during the school's first years.
Bernie is survived by his bride of 61 years, Grace Luth Vander Weide; son and his wife Gary and Robyn (both VC Class of 1972); granddaughters, Veronica and Victoria; sister and brother, Henrietta Visser and Sid Vander Weide.
Bernie served in the armed forces during the Korean War, and worked for the Dairy Employees Union for over 40 years.
Bernie was a dedicated Christian leader, serving as a deacon and elder at church, and in many ways at Valley Christian Schools, most often quietly behind the scenes, including:
- Member of the Superintendent's Advisory Council
- President of the Alumni Association
The family requests donations be made in memory of Bernie Vander Weide to the Valley Christian Elementary School air conditioning upgrade project. The elementary school in Bellflower was the site where Bernie attended our school in the 30s and 40s, so he and Grace have had a special interest in supporting upgrades at that campus. Mailing address: Valley Christian Schools, 10818 Artesia Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703.
Viewing - Thursday, October 11 from 4:30-8:00pm at First Christian Reformed Church of Bellflower (Bell One). Fellowship Hall. 17603 Ardmore Ave. Bellflower.
Graveside - Friday, October 12 at 10:00am at Artesia Cemetery (across the street from Gahr HS) 11142 Artesia Blvd. Cerritos.
Memorial Service - Friday, October 12 at 11:00am at First Christian Reformed Church of Bellflower (Bell One). 17603 Ardmore Ave. Bellflower.