Bernard Peter Goldenstein passed away May 17, 2013 at the age of 85. He was born in Merton Township, Steele County, Minnesota on July 22, 1927 to Harm B. and Altjeline R. Goldenstein. He spoke fluent Plattdeutsch (Low German) as a child.
Bernard was a veteran of the United States Army Air Corps. He worked as a machinist for Viking Pump of Cedar Falls, Iowa until his retirement , then went to work for a vitamin supplement manufacturing company, Hillstead Corporation of San Jose, CA where he was Plant Maintenance Superintendent until the late 1980's. In 1984, he became the apartment manager where he lived; and also was the caretaker at the Wesleyan Church-Livingword Fellowship where he was also a member.
Bernard married Dorothella Thompson on December 27, 1998 at the Wesleyan Church.
Bernard is survived by his wife, Dorothella; sons, Bruce Goldenstein of Leesburg, VA and Steve Goldenstein of Centralia, WA; step children, Mariella Yancey and Teresa Ohrt of Vancouver, WA, Marijean Metcalf of Gresham, OR, Sarah Hoyt of Spokane, WA, Esther Tschetter of Souix Falls, SD, John Thompson, Aletha Holdorf, William Thompson, Timothy Thompson all of Ridgefield, WA, Kathleen Gappa of Lakewood, CO, Mark Thompson of Portland, OR and Rebecca Barbo of Woodland, WA; six grandchildren and 25 step grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son Dennis Goldenstein.
Arrangements under the care of Vancouver Funeral Chapel.