John Boonstra

John David Boonstra

Sunday, August 14th, 1955 - Friday, November 29th, 2019
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John David Boonstra, age 64 of Cornelia, passed away Friday, November 29, 2019, at his residence after a valiant battle with cancer. 

Born on August 14, 1955 in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina, he was a son of Ann Natalie Boonstra of Houston, TX and the late Juan Samuel Boonstra. Mr. Boonstra was the owner and operator of several Subway restaurants. He was an elder and active member of First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia. In his spare time, Mr. Boonstra enjoyed watching sporting events with his family, grilling, golfing, reading, and working on his ’73 Ford Bronco. 

In addition to his mother, surviving are his wife of 38 years, Brenda Boonstra of Cornelia; children and spouses, John (JB) & Abby Boonstra of Orlando, FL, Christen Boonstra of Athens, Nicole & Clay Scott of Smyrna, Joseph Boonstra and Dylan Boonstra both of Cornelia; grandchildren, Juniper & Ezra Boonstra and Waylyn Scott; siblings and spouses, Ric & Marlene Boonstra of Chicago, IL, Peter & Mary Boonstra of Crete, IL, and Natalie & Mike Mantel of Houston, TX. 

Memorial services are 11:00 am Monday, December 9, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, with Rev. Andy S. Chambers and Rev. Blaine Walker officiating. 

The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday from 2-4 pm. 

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Presbyterian Church of Cornelia, PO Box 165, Cornelia, GA 30531.  Donations will be used to install a
freshwater well in an underserved community in Latin America, a cause that was significant to Mr. Boonstra.

An online guest register is available and may be viewed at

Habersham Crematory (678-617-2210) of Cornelia is in charge of arrangements. 
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Dennis Cagle

Posted at 11:36pm
I never spent a lot of time with Mr. Boonstra, but I did spend a significant amount of time with his sons Jo and Dylan. John was always there for his children and seldom missed a sports event. He took time to help coach and never gave his boys special treatment, but rather the opposite. He pushed them to become better men every day and you would be hard pressed to find better children than those of John and Brenda Boonstra. John was stalwart in his faith, working very hard to ensure his children received an education not only in traditional academics, but also one that sought after their spiritual well-being. Personally, my first opportunity to work in a soup kitchen came from spending time with the Boonstras, who all find it in their hearts to continuously give to others. John taught his children the meaning of words such as loyalty, honor, commitment. With these qualities everyone knew, if they ever needed a helping hand, a place to stay, or simply someone to help you through a tough lesson about life, one may always find it at the Boonstra home. His legacy lives on through his loving family, who will continue to spread the lessons John taught to them and we would all benefit greatly to live like this great man, who brought so much good to the world. I love you all, and though I am unable to attend the services for Mr. Boonstra, I want you, his family, to know that you always have been and always will be in my prayers. - Dennis Cagle

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