Harvey Heerspink ’49

Harvey Heerspink ’49 of Jenison, Michigan, visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., last year with more than 100 other World War II veterans from western Michigan. More than 1,000 veterans from all over America were there on that day. Continue Reading →

Elsie Ulmer ’41 Baehre

Elsie Ulmer ’41 Baehre age 96 passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Brookcrest in Grandville with her family at her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; sisters, Elizabeth Stevens and Coralie Hutfilz. She is survived by her children, Leon and Rosemary Baehre, Joanne Baehre, Arvin Baehre, 5 grandchildren;… Continue Reading →

Mildred Timmer ’43 Van Oostenburg

Mildred Timmer ’43 Van Oostenburg, born Sept. 10, 1921, of Grandville, passed away on Aug. 10, 2016. Mildred is preceded in death by her loving husband of 45 years, Gordon Leon Van Oostenburg ’46; her first daughter, Lynn Frances Van Oostenburg; her parents, Bert and Frances Timmer; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Willem and Lena Van… Continue Reading →

Genevieve Bussies ’44 Fenton

Genevieve Bussies ’44 Fenton of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016. Genevieve was born on November 21, 1921 in Holland, Michigan. She attended Holland School and graduated from Hope College with a degree in teaching. She taught school in Manton, Michigan. She is survived by her husband Kenneth of 69 years and… Continue Reading →

Margaret Karreman ’45 Boshoven

Margaret Karreman ’45 Boshoven, aged 93, was called home on May 30, 2016. She was preceded in death by her daughter Linda D. Schindlbeck, her mother and father, Marquerite and Rev. Anthony Karreman and her sisters, Jean Karreman and Kay Carr. She is survived by her beloved husband Fred Boshoven, four grandchildren, Amanda Waldron, Richard… Continue Reading →

Ethelyn Van Leeuwen ’46 Rezelman

Ethelyn Van Leeuwen ’46 Rezelman was born on June 20, 1922 in Jackson, Michigan and died on August 7, 2016 in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Hope college alumna (class or 1946) and breast cancer survivor (1981) taught in a number of elementary schools and lived in Lapeer, Michigan for more than 54 years. She was preceded… Continue Reading →

Rev. Dr. Chester Droog ’47

Rev. Dr. Chester Droog ’47, age 94, went home to his eternal rest on Feb. 5, 2016. Chet was a resident of the Assisted Living section of the Artesia Christian Home where he could visit and assist his beloved wife Jacqueline who lives in the facility’s Alzheimer unit.  This special marriage lasted over 71 years.… Continue Reading →

Robert Strabbing ’47

Robert Strabbing ’47, 92, completed his earthly service of his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 10, 2016. He was born on Aug. 19, 1923, in Graafschaap.  During his life he served in the United States Navy in World War II and as a teacher and administrator at Holland Christian Schools. For 23 years he… Continue Reading →

Harvey J. Buter ’48

Harvey J. Buter ’48, 92, of Holland, Michigan, died on Monday, June 20, 2016, at American House in Holland. He was born to Thomas and Jennie Buter in Holland in 1923 and was a lifelong Holland resident. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeane VerBurg ’48 Buter in 2003.  Harvey graduated from Hope… Continue Reading →

Nelis R. Bade ’49

Nelis R. Bade ’49, age 94, of Holland, passed away, Friday, September 9, 2016, in the Inn at Freedom Village. He was born in Holland on Nov. 4, 1921.  Nelis was a lifelong resident of the Holland area who led a very active and productive life.  He retired after many years as a contentious stockbroker.… Continue Reading →

Jean Snow ’49 Bloemendaal

Jean Snow ’49 Bloemendaal of Athens, Georgia, died peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family, on July 26, 2016 at the age of 89. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wilfred Curtis Snow ’35 and Esther Leone Mac Farlane ’41 Snow and her sister, Janet Snow ’49 Pontier. She is survived by… Continue Reading →

Thomas VanDahm ’48

Thomas VanDahm ’48 had his original composition chosen for publication in the spring issue of The American Recorder. The title is “Gugue” and it is for four-part recorder ensembles. Continue Reading →

Art Van Eck ’48 and Bea VanHeest ’53 Van Eck

Art Van Eck ’48 and Bea VanHeest ’53 Van Eck were honored at the meeting of board members of the Fife Lake Historical Society for years of dedicated service. In October, they went on a Canadian cruise with three of their children and spouses, one of whom is Barbara Van Eck ’72. Continue Reading →

Eloise Boynton ’41 Bosch

Eloise Boynton ’41 Bosch, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016 after a brief illness. She was a friend to so many and lived her retirement years in her beloved Oman with her late husband, Dr Donald Bosch. She spent her working life in Oman as a teacher… Continue Reading →

Donald Van Ark ’42

Donald J. Van Ark, age 96, passed away on January 27, 2017, to be united with his wife Lileeth in heaven. He is survived by his brother, Mike and Mae Van Ark ’51 of Holland; a nephew, Jon and Gwen (son Daniel) Van Ark of Chapel Hill, NC and a niece Elizabeth Van Ark of… Continue Reading →

Marjorie Borgman ’43 Hass

Marjorie “Marge” Hass, one day short of reaching 95, passed away on Tuesday, October 4 at Oliver Woods Assisted Living. A Celebration of Life service will be held at noon on Saturday, October 8 at the Watkins Brothers Funeral Homes, Jennings-Lyons Chapel. Reverend Alice Lewis will officiate with burial to follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.… Continue Reading →

Anna Parsons ’44 Smith

Anna Laura Parsons ’44 Smith, age 94, passed away Monday, September 26, 2016 at home with family by her side. Born March 24, 1922 in Durand, Michigan, Anna Laura grew up in Holland and later lived in East Lansing. She graduated from Hope College in 1944. Anna Laura met her future husband, Fred B. Smith, in… Continue Reading →