Bernard Jacob Haven age 77 died peacefully on Wednesday, December 23, 2020. He was born in Hackensack and raised in Midland Park. As an adult he and his wife Ruth lived in Wyckoff, NJ and Lodi, NJ before moving to Prospect Park, NJ where he resided for the past 40 years.
Bernie was a member of the Abundant Life Reformed Church where he enjoyed worshiping, singing in the choir and the many food involved social get togethers.
He served in the United States Army between 1963-1964 after which he worked for Black Millwork in Midland Park for 25 years. He then spent years cleaning office buildings, banks and Dr’s offices and lastly as a custodian for the Abundant Life Reformed Church before retiring. Through all of these various jobs he made many friends and could always be found whistling while he worked.
Bernie enjoyed bowling, go-cart racing, church softball, fishing and going to car shows. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandpa and brother who enjoyed every minute spent with his family. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ruth Haven (nee Dansen). His children Jennifer and her husband Victor Villavicencio, James Haven and his wife Leah, Brenda VanderWall and Laurie and her husband Wayne Fieldhouse. Bernie was a loving grandfather to his 11 grandchildren: Ashley, Ryan, Tyler and Dylan Fieldhouse; Christopher and Samantha VanderWall; Alyssa and Jacob Haven and Jonathan, Olivia and Victor Villavicencio. He also leaves his sisters: Nelva Martin, Joyce Priestner, Elaine Dansen and Doris Zeeuw. He was predeceased by his parents John Haven, Eleanor and James TenKate, brother-in-law Dennis Priestner and son-in-law Scott VanderWall.
The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, 12/29/20, 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home (www.vpfh.com), 257 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff. Funeral services for family and friends only will be Wednesday, 12/30/20, 10:00am at the Abundant Life Reformed Church, for livestream, click http://https://abundantlifewyckoff.org/ 475 Lafayette Avenue, Wyckoff. The funeral services will also be available via live-stream on the churches website and facebook page. Entombment will be private at the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa.
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