OBITUARY

Clarence Edward Wuerfel

October 5, 1934January 4, 2021

Clarence (Clare) Edward Wuerfel, 86, of Orlando, FL passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, January 4, 2021. After suffering from Parkinson’s disease, his family takes comfort in knowing Clare is now healed, whole, and rejoicing with his son, Ken, in heaven.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm on Friday, April 9, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, 106 E Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801. The service will be streamed live and a link will be available afterward. Clare expressed his wish that those attending wear bright colors as a way to celebrate the vibrancy of life.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1934, he was the eldest son of the late Lester and Gertrude (Reamsma) Wuerfel. Clare grew up in Zeeland, Michigan and worked summers to put himself through Holland Christian High School. In June of 1955, he wed Joann (Den Braber) Wuerfel at Burton Heights Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They were blessed with a strong and happy marriage for 65 years.

Clare’s family has wonderful memories of Saturday Wuerfel-burgers on the grill, his own special twist on Caesar salad, and the sound of his trumpet, his hearty laugh, and his resonant baritone as he narrated cantatas or led songs at church on Sunday evenings. Clare was filled with a zest for life and had a flair for doing things with style. A classic example was to see his delight in water skiing around Michigan’s Big Star Lake, while the cigar jutting out of his wide grin never got wet. He also enjoyed working in the yard and on home improvement projects. Family was a high priority to Clare, so he was home for dinner at 6:00pm most evenings, before going back to the office or a meeting at church. His sharp wit and willingness to engage in thoughtful discourse made Clare a sought-after sounding board and conversationalist.

Devoted to his faith, Clare was most recently a member of First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, following his and Joann’s move to Orlando in 2014. Earlier memberships and leadership roles were at First Presbyterian Church, Zephyrhills, Florida (elder); Village Presbyterian Church, Tampa, FL (elder); First Presbyterian Church, Tampa (elder); South Bend Christian Reformed Church, South Bend, IN (elder); Oakwood Christian Reformed Church, Belding, MI (elder); Riverside Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI (deacon). He placed a high value on Christian education, which motivated him to help establish CSI Christian Schools in Belding, MI and South Bend, IN.

Clare’s former business and civic engagement leadership roles include the Lithographers Club of Grand Rapids, MI (president); Coldset Web Section of the Printing Industries of America (co-founder); Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, MI (president and vice president); Industrial Development Corporation of Greenville, MI (president) and Advertising Federation of Tampa Bay.

Clare’s comfort in life and in death was knowing: “That I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and He has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to Him, Christ, by His Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me whole-heartedly willing and ready from now on to live for Him.” (Lord’s Day One - The Heidelberg Catechism)

Clare is survived by his wife and best friend, Joann; daughters Karen (Mitchell) Hays, Barbara Steele, and Sandra (Morgan) Young; daughter-in-law Julie Wuerfel; grandchildren Jeremy Snell, Melissa (Coleton) Winston, Meghan Young, Austin (Christie) Steele, Slater (Alyssa) Young, Rosie Wuerfel, Taylor Young, and Christian Young; great-grandchildren Mia and Judah Young; brothers Norm (Donna) Wuerfel and Harvey (Marj) Wuerfel; and sisters-in-law Linda Wuerfel and Phyllis Van Andel. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Clare was preceded in death by his son, Ken Wuerfel; his siblings Don Wuerfel and Kathleen Weller; his sisters-in-law Dorothy Den Braber and Evelyn Den Braber; and his brothers-in-law Robert Den Braber, Carl Den Braber, and John Van Andel.

In lieu of flowers, suggested ways to honor Clare’s memory are donations to:

Compassion Corner ℅ First Presbyterian Church, 106 E Church St., #3341, Orlando, FL 32801 Clarence Wuerfel Compassion Corner memorial gift link: https://fpco.tpsdb.com/Give/generosity

AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida-Parkinson Outreach Center ℅ AdventHealth Parkinson Outreach Center, 601 East Rollins Street Box 47, Orlando, FL 32803 Parkinson Memorial Clarence Wuerfel link: https://bit.ly/3oHci0q

Music Mission Kiev ℅ Music Mission Kiev, 286 Wilshire Blvd, Casselberry, FL 32707 Clarence Wuerfel memorial gift link: https://www.musicmissionkiev.org/give

Services

9 April

Memorial Service

1:30 pm

First Presbyterian Church

106 E Church St
Orlando, Florida 32801

Clare expressed his wish that those attending wear bright colors as a way to celebrate the vibrancy of Life.

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Brian and Barb DeKraker

January 16, 2021

Dear Joanne, Karen, Barb, and Sandra, we were so sorry to hear of Clare’s passing. He (and all of you) have such a special place in our hearts and memories. It all began with you inviting us to your home for Sunday dinner on our first day attending Oakwood. And your gift of hospitality blossomed with us from there. To think that Clare’s positive and engaging spirit is no longer with us is sad. But we know that he is in God’s presence getting things ready for us to join him when it’s our turn. We are keeping you all in our prayers for healing and God’s grace during this difficult time.

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Biography

Clarence (Clare) Edward Wuerfel, 86, of Orlando, FL passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, January 4, 2021. After suffering from Parkinson’s disease, his family takes comfort in knowing Clare is now healed, whole, and rejoicing with his son, Ken, in heaven.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30pm on Friday, April 9, 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, 106 E Church Street, Orlando, FL 32801. The service will be streamed live and a link will be available afterward. Clare expressed his wish that those attending wear bright colors as a way to celebrate the vibrancy of life.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1934, he was the eldest son of the late Lester and Gertrude (Reamsma) Wuerfel. Clare grew up in Zeeland, Michigan and worked summers to put himself through Holland Christian High School. In June of 1955, he wed Joann (Den Braber) Wuerfel at Burton Heights Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They were blessed with a strong and happy marriage for 65 years.

Clare’s family has wonderful memories of Saturday Wuerfel-burgers on the grill, his own special twist on Caesar salad, and the sound of his trumpet, his hearty laugh, and his resonant baritone as he narrated cantatas or led songs at church on Sunday evenings. Clare was filled with a zest for life and had a flair for doing things with style. A classic example was to see his delight in water skiing around Michigan’s Big Star Lake, while the cigar jutting out of his wide grin never got wet. He also enjoyed working in the yard and on home improvement projects. Family was a high priority to Clare, so he was home for dinner at 6:00pm most evenings, before going back to the office or a meeting at church. His sharp wit and willingness to engage in thoughtful discourse made Clare a sought-after sounding board and conversationalist.

Devoted to his faith, Clare was most recently a member of First Presbyterian Church, Orlando, following his and Joann’s move to Orlando in 2014. Earlier memberships and leadership roles were at First Presbyterian Church, Zephyrhills, Florida (elder); Village Presbyterian Church, Tampa, FL (elder); First Presbyterian Church, Tampa (elder); South Bend Christian Reformed Church, South Bend, IN (elder); Oakwood Christian Reformed Church, Belding, MI (elder); Riverside Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, MI (deacon). He placed a high value on Christian education, which motivated him to help establish CSI Christian Schools in Belding, MI and South Bend, IN.

Clare’s former business and civic engagement leadership roles include the Lithographers Club of Grand Rapids, MI (president); Coldset Web Section of the Printing Industries of America (co-founder); Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, MI (president and vice president); Industrial Development Corporation of Greenville, MI (president) and Advertising Federation of Tampa Bay.

Clare’s comfort in life and in death was knowing: “That I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. He has fully paid for all my sins with His precious blood, and He has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven: in fact all things must work together for my salvation. Because I belong to Him, Christ, by His Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me whole-heartedly willing and ready from now on to live for Him.” (Lord’s Day One - The Heidelberg Catechism)

Clare is survived by his wife and best friend, Joann; daughters Karen (Mitchell) Hays, Barbara Steele, and Sandra (Morgan) Young; daughter-in-law Julie Wuerfel; grandchildren Jeremy Snell, Melissa (Coleton) Winston, Meghan Young, Austin (Christie) Steele, Slater (Alyssa) Young, Rosie Wuerfel, Taylor Young, and Christian Young; great-grandchildren Mia and Judah Young; brothers Norm (Donna) Wuerfel and Harvey (Marj) Wuerfel; and sisters-in-law Linda Wuerfel and Phyllis Van Andel. He also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Clare was preceded in death by his son, Ken Wuerfel; his siblings Don Wuerfel and Kathleen Weller; his sisters-in-law Dorothy Den Braber and Evelyn Den Braber; and his brothers-in-law Robert Den Braber, Carl Den Braber, and John Van Andel.

In lieu of flowers, suggested ways to honor Clare’s memory are donations to:

Compassion Corner
℅ First Presbyterian Church, 106 E Church St., #3341, Orlando, FL 32801
Clarence Wuerfel Compassion Corner memorial gift link: https://fpco.tpsdb.com/Give/generosity

AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida-Parkinson Outreach Center
℅ AdventHealth Parkinson Outreach Center, 601 East Rollins Street Box 47, Orlando, FL 32803
Parkinson Memorial Clarence Wuerfel link: https://bit.ly/3oHci0q

Music Mission Kiev
℅ Music Mission Kiev, 286 Wilshire Blvd, Casselberry, FL 32707
Clarence Wuerfel memorial gift link: https://www.musicmissionkiev.org/give