Shirley Thomas ’55 Hegewald

Shirley E. Hegewald, age 87, of Grand Rapids entered her heavenly home on January 3, 2021. Surviving are her husband, Cornelius; daughters Sarah (Jim) Breuker, Heidi (Jack) VanSledright, Tammi (David) Haaland; son Thomas Hegewald; grandchildren Benjamin (Amber), Aaron (Elida), Bonnie and Daniel VanSledright, Adam Breuker, Rachel (Nick) Reed, Micah (fiancée Elizabeth), Caleb, Jonathan, Eden and Faith Haaland;… Continue Reading →

Robert Hendrickson ’55

Robert Wayne Hendrickson went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, after struggling with dementia for several years. He is survived by his wife, Joan, and his four sons; David and Andrea, Dan ’78 and Colleen, Mark and Julie, and John ’85 and Mary. He has many grandchildren and great grandchildren who were the joy… Continue Reading →

Delvin Huisingh ’55

Delvin ” Del” Huisingh, age 88, of Zeeland, passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Royal Park Place with family by his side. Del was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a lifetime member of Borculo Christian Reformed Church and was known for his strong Christian faith. Del worked self-employed for… Continue Reading →

Louis Stempfly ’55

Louis John Stempfly III, age 88, passed away on Saturday, November 06, 2021. Louis taught for Hamilton Schools for over 20 years. He enjoyed his weekly participation in the Men’s Prayer breakfast everyWednesday. In summer months, he enjoyed sailing and, in the winter, he was an avid Hope College basketball fan. He will be dearly missed. He… Continue Reading →

John “Jack” De Pree ’56

On Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021, John Edward (Jack) DePree, loving husband to Sally DePree (deceased, March 6th, 2021), died peacefully under the care of Vitas Hospice, Cincinnati Ohio. Jack was born in Zeeland, Michigan on August 9th, 1934 to Stanley and Winifred DePree.  He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1956, attended University of Michigan on a Teaching Assistant scholarship in… Continue Reading →

Barbara Grasman ’56 Grootenhuis

Barbara Grootenhuis of Normal passed from this life on February 11, 2022. She was 87 years old. Barbara was born on September 28, 1934 in Coopersville, Michigan, to Charles and Alberta (Busman) Grasman. She grew up in a loving family and enjoyed aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister,… Continue Reading →

Esther Plumert ’56 Lampen

Ruth ( nee Huizenga) Post, born in Chicago, Illinois to Sam (Siert) Huizenga and Bertha ( nee Wezeman) Huizenga, passed away unexpectedly on November 7, 2021, in Holland, Michigan at the age of 91 years. Ruth is survived by her loving family: her four sons, Glen (Nina) Post of San Jose, New Mexico; Carl Post… Continue Reading →

Lynn Post ’56

Rev. Lynn I. Post, 91, passed away peacefully in Holland, Michigan on January 17, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Phyllis (DeWeerd ’54); their children Bill ( Ruth) Post, Matt ( Kris) Post, Jane Post ’91 ( Jon) Montgomery. He was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Lynn was born in Holland… Continue Reading →

George Herlein ’57

George L. Herlein, age 89 passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021. George was born on August 3, 1932 the son of Lammert and Caroline (Spooner). After high school he served in the military for two years from 1953 to 1955. George obtained a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Hope College and Masters Degree from Western Michigan University… Continue Reading →

Robert Vander Aarde ’58

The Reverend Robert L. “Bob” Vander Aarde, child of God, loving husband and father, retired pastor of Christ’s Church on the Hill, RCA, passed away at Peace Hospice on January 26, 2022. A funeral service will be held at Bethel Lutheran Church Great Falls at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 12, 2022, with burial at Highland Cemetery and… Continue Reading →

John Allen ’59

A beloved father, grandfather and husband, John Allen passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. He was 86 years old. Born in Rochester, New York, to Elizabeth and Charles Allen, he grew up in a tight-knit family with three siblings, David, Anne Allen ’64 Niday and Charles. He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan,… Continue Reading →

Jerry Boeve ’59

Jerry Boeve, born December 19, 1936, passed away on February 1, 2022, in Holland, Michigan, at age 85 after a long battle with diabetes. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur J. Boeve and Helen (Ensing) Boeve, brother Arthur (Jr.) and son Curtis Allen Boeve. Jerry graduated from Holland High School in 1955, and upon  graduation from Hope… Continue Reading →

Shirley Volkema ’59 Richardson

COMMUNITY LEADER AND PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER Shirley, of the Fox Run Senior Living Community in Novi, formerly of Farmington and Waterford, entered eternal life on Tuesday evening, January 11, 2022, 11 days following her beloved husband, John’s passing on New Year’s morning. She was 84 and in declining health for some time. Shirley was born July… Continue Reading →

Hank Visscher ’59

Henry Visscher, age 84, of Holland, passed away on Friday, February 4, 2022 at his home, surrounded by family, who loved and cared for him. Henry felt deep gratitude for his life, family, friends, and career. He was thankful for the opportunities to enjoy the beauty in this world and the moments to care for others.… Continue Reading →

Kenneth VanderBroek ’59

After living a good, long life, Rev. Kenneth E. VanderBroek, age 97, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the morning of December 6, 2021, following a short illness. He was born in Grand Rapids, MI, attended Central High School before enlisting in the Navy, serving in the Pacific on submarines in… Continue Reading →

Barry Whitsitt ’54

Barry Whitsitt ’54 reports that he and his wife Mary Ann are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this month. Their family has grown to 30 members and they held a family reunion at their cottage in Holland, Michigan, this summer. Continue Reading →

Phyllis Sherman ’50 Booi

Phyllis Jeanne (Sherman) Booi, age 93, of Holland, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at Appledorn Assisted Living Center. Phyllis was born in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Hope College where she met her husband-to-be, Duane, and they were married in Dimnent Chapel in 1950. They lived in Illinois and Pennsylvania where P.J., as… Continue Reading →

Henrietta Weener ’50 Bruggers

A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at 1:00 PM in La Chapelle de Martin & Castille in Lafayette for Henrietta W. Bruggers, 92, who died on Monday, April 25, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Reverend John Cannon, Senior Pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Lafayette, will conduct the funeral… Continue Reading →

John Dinger ’50

John Phillip Dinger, born October 7, 1927, passed away at age 94 at his home in Zeeland on April 10, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised there by his beloved grandmother, Johanna Dinger. We all enjoyed the many interesting recollections of his youth growing up in Brooklyn. After serving… Continue Reading →

Marilyn Wolbrink ’50 Koop

Marilyn Koop, 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children on March 22, 2022. Marilyn was born in Allendale on July 22, 1927 to Russell and Marjorie Wolbrink. She graduated from Coopersville High School and attended Hope College where she met Robert Koop. They were married in 1950. Marilyn was a school teacher and taught primary grades… Continue Reading →