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Pastor Jacob Kuntz

Pastor Jacob Kuntz

Saturday, February 13th, 1926 - Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
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On November 3, 2019, at age 93, my dad, Jacob Kuntz, was gently carried from this life into the mystery of life completed in Christ.
Dad was born in Assen, the Netherlands on Feb 13, 1926, the second of five children. Dad felt the pull of the ministry from a young age, and threw himself into his studies with determination and much family encouragement. He went into hiding during the Nazi occupation, and after the war he served as a military chaplain.
He met Maria Biesheuvel, an evangelist working in Assen, in 1947, and after a 4 year engagement they married and together began their ministry. Dad called mom his “zon”—his sunshine. They were blessed with three children: Mathilda, Evelyn and Don.
Dad served congregations in Tzum (Friesland) and Schoonebeek (Drenthe) in the Netherlands before immigrating to Canada in 1958. Mom and dad wrestled with the call from Orillia, and finally laid out a “fleece” through which they understood the Lord to be inviting them to emigrate. In Canada they served congregations in Orillia, Owen Sound, New Westminster, St. Catharines and Kitchener, ending his ministry with several years as a chaplain at the Holland Christian Homes in Brampton.
Dad was by nature a cheerful man; yet he experienced profound grief. In 1977 Mathilda developed a rapid form of multiple sclerosis, and she passed away in 1981. Don experienced many ups and downs, and died of a heroin overdose in 2001. As dad would have said, these events left a deep stamp on their lives.
Dad dearly loved his three grandchildren, Joya, Justin and Adrian. Cottage vacations with the three generations were a treat. He taught them how to fish, and was not discouraged when his lessons did not progress beyond childhood. He enjoyed their loving phone calls right to the end, even though in his final weeks he could not communicate with clarity. He delighted in the opportunity to get to know his great grandson Lyric.
Dad kept a daily journal for almost his entire adult life. His final entries are barely legible scrawls. Frequently when we are sharing memories, someone will say, “let’s look it up in the journals,” and sure enough, his entries will correct our wobbly remembering. What a gift!
Dad loved his congregations with a pastor’s passion, and had a gift for connecting newcomers with others. He had a reputation for perfecting the fifteen minute pastoral visit: arriving unannounced, inviting himself for a bowl of soup (he loved food!), offering a pastoral prayer, and then continuing on his way. He especially had a heart for children, the lonely and those on the edge, those who were a minority in any way. He understood that human lives are often messy, and he practised a “freedom in Christ” that others often found liberating and non-judgmental. His graciousness extended to his sense of humour; for example, he loved to tell grooms that they should always thank God for their new bride’s faults, because without those faults the woman would have been able to marry a better man.
He loved to preach the grace of God—from the pulpit, or on the Dutch radio program Zingend Geloven. He was an encourager, ending every visit with a fervent raised- hands “Lift up your heart!” even during his final week.
We miss him deeply. We know that the grace and truth he embodied will continue to shape us all of our days, and we will remember him with rich gratitude and love.
Dad is survived by his daughter Evelyn and son-in-law Syd; grandchildren Joya (Igor), Justin (Trish), Adrian; and great grandson Lyric. He is also survived by his sister Anje Buma, brother Gerard Kuntz, and numerous relatives in Canada and the Netherlands.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Canadian Food Grain Bank
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  • Visitation

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    CrossPoint Christian Reformed
    Address
    444 Steeles Avenue West
    BRAMPTON, ON L6Y 0J3
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  • Service

    Friday, November 8th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    When
    Friday, November 8th, 2019 1:30pm
    Location
    CrossPoint Christian Reformed
    Address
    444 Steeles Avenue West
    BRAMPTON, ON L6Y 0J3
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  • Interment

    Location
    Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery
    Address
    1483 Lakeshore Rd RR 3
    NIAGARA ON THE LAKE, ON
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Grant Martens

Posted at 08:26pm
My condolences to you both Evelyn and Syd and family with the passing of you father and grandfather. I know your parents connection with my Opa and Oma Martens stems back to Holland as my Opa was also from Assen and my Oma from Westerbork. When my Oma turned 102 in September 2017, she had the honour of having a picture taken yet together with your father. She passed away very suddenly just a couple weeks after that. It's the good memories that we have to hold onto after we lose our loved ones as time goes on. Thinking of you as you carry on in the days ahead when you mourn and will miss you dad!
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Sandra Culley

Posted at 01:02pm
I met your father Jacob and mother Maria at the swimming pool across from Holland Christian Homes in Brampton. They were such a delight and a wonderful Christian couple. We shared our faith and I enjoyed chatting with them. Sadly, I lost touch with them over the years and often wondered about them. I know that I will see them both once again in Heaven.
So sorry for your loss.
Sandra Culley, Brampton.
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Geurt VandenDool

Posted at 06:55pm
Irma and I would like to extend our condolences with the loss of your father, father in law, grandfather and great grandfather.
We have wonderful memories of him serving our church in St.Catharines. In 1978 pastor Kuntz and pastor DeBolster did a series of sermons on the book of Revelation. We have printed copies of all those sermons, and right now I am working my way through them again. We pray for the peace and comfort that only our faithful God can provide
JT

Jackie Taylor

Posted at 10:36am
Jackie Taylor, Orillia
Dear Family: My sincere condolences in the loss of your wonderful father and Opa. What wonderful memories he has left for all of you. One of my favourite memories is when I stayed with you folks in the parsonage on Emily St. in Orillia. My Mom was in hospital for a period of time and your Mom and Dad took me in and looked after me for a week or so. I can still remember it being your Dad's birthday and him bounding, yes bounding down the stairs early in the morning singing 'Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday to Me, etc. with the biggest twinkle in his eye and your Mom just smiling lovingly and shaking her head and saying Jaap, you are not supposed to sing that to yourself! In the many years that followed, he would be one of few people who would call me 'Koosje' and get away with it. I had changed my name to Jackie at age 14, but he always insisted I would be Koosje in his books. I loved the man and always looked forward to seeing him when he was in the Orillia area. I thank God with you for the true and faithful servant he was and for the heart that had enough love to encompass anyone and everyone, irregardless of their position in life, or the baggage they carried, always ready to share of God's abounding love for them. May your memories continue to bring you comfort. (By the way, I was known as Koosje van der Boon, daughter of Jan and Aafke van der Boon)
DZ

Dianne & Len Zevenbergen

Posted at 09:13pm
Our condolences to all the family. My husband Len Zevenbergen, remembers his fifteen minute visits which were most enjoyable. Len's parents were Jacob and Arendje Zevenbergen who attended the Owen Sound First Christian Reformed Church when Pastor Jacob Kuntz served there. Jacob & Arendje owned a farm near Hepworth.
In Christian sympathy, Len & Dianne Zevenbergen .
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