Charles Mulder ’50

Charles Henry Mulder, 96, passed peacefully in hospice care, with his loving wife of 69 years, “Patty” by his side, February 24, 2022. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Della, brother Robert. Born in Grand Haven, he made his home in Grand Rapids and Howard City. He is survived by his life-long… Continue Reading →

Elizabeth Koch ’50 Robinson

Was born in New York City, March 8, 1929. She and her family moved to Summerville, NJ, where Betty grew up and became part of the Civil Air Patrol during WWII. Betty graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Hope College and her Master’s in Bacteriology from Rutgers University. She met her husband, Atlee Robinson, when… Continue Reading →

Carl Nelke ’51

Dr. Carl D. Nelke, a retired dentist, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2022. He was 92 years old. He was born on July 26, 1929 in Midland Park, New Jersey. He was a graduate of Pompton Lakes High School, attended Hope College, and graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry in June of 1954. He then… Continue Reading →

Charles Sligh III ’51

Charles Robert Sligh III, (Charlie) was born October 20, 1926, passed away at age 95 at Vista Springs care center on April 15, 2022. Charlie was born in Grand Rapids, MI to Charles R Sligh Jr and Charlotte Klumph Sligh. He moved with his family to Holland, MI in 1933 and grew up on the shore of Lake Macatawa. Charlie… Continue Reading →

Harriet Essenburg ’51 Van Reken

Harriet van Reken of Bloomfield Hills died May 22, 2022. She was 91 years old. Harriet was born December 19, 1930 in Atwood, Michigan to Jennie (nee Klooster) and Garrit Essenberg. A church organist and pianist, Harriet is now playing for the Lord. Preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Stanley R. van Reken, Harriet is survived by… Continue Reading →

Robert Dennison ’52

Robert Artson Dennison, age 93, passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Freedom Village in Holland, MI, where he had lived for the past 8 years. He was born on May 9, 1928 in Claremont, NH to Artson Vard and Marion (Archibald) Dennison.  He was a very proud descendant of Mayflower passenger John Alden, as well… Continue Reading →

Donald DeYoung ’52

Rev. Donald “Don” H. DeYoung passed away peacefully on March 30, 2022 while under hospice care in Kalamazoo, MI. Rev. Don was 91 years old and had his wife, Jackie, bedside when he went to be with his Lord. Don was born November 14, 1930 in Grand Rapids, MI to Mamie and Neil DeYoung. After graduating from Central… Continue Reading →

Jacqueline VanHeest ’52 DeYoung

Jacqueline “Jackie” DeYoung passed away peacefully on April 8, 2022 while under hospice care in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Jackie was 90 years old at the time of her passing and had been preceded in death by her husband (Rev. Donald H. DeYoung) just nine days earlier. Jackie was born Jacqueline VanHeest on July 9, 1931 in Catskill, New York… Continue Reading →

Erna Laing ’52

Erna C. Laing of Nashua, NH, widow of William Laing, passed away at the Hunt Community, Tuesday morning, July 6, 2022 on her 92nd birthday. Mrs. Laing was born in New York City on July 6, 1930 a daughter of the late Herbert and Margaret Piek. Erna resided on Long Island, NY and was a… Continue Reading →

Charles Wissink ’52

Charles Jay Wissink, 91, of Boca Raton, FL, departed this life on Friday, January 21, 2022.  Charles was the first child of the Reverend Charles B. and Geraldine Wissink, born on May 23, 1930, in Orange City, IA.  He spent his childhood in Iowa and Michigan, as the family moved among areas known well to… Continue Reading →

Russell Block ’53

Rev. Russell Block was born on November 12, 1930 to Charles and Ida Helzel Block in New York City and grew up in Cliffside Park, NJ, graduating from Weehawken High School. He attended the University of Chicago and Hope College before earning a Bachelor of Ministry degree in 1956 from Western Theological Seminary in Holland MI. That year he… Continue Reading →

Verlaine Brown ’53

Verlaine Ruth Siter Brown, 91, of Vernon Green, and longtime resident of Newfane, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday morning, July 21, 2022. She died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Verlaine was born in Hackensack, New Jersey on May 18, 1931, the daughter of George and Anna (Palmquist) Siter. She was a… Continue Reading →

Dorothy Moerdyk ’53 Hoekstra

Dorothy Ann “Dotty” Hoekstra, age 90 of Holland, Michigan, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Freedom Village. She was born on November 18, 1931, in Amarah, Iraq, to the late William and Cornelia (Leenhouts) Moerdyk. Dotty married Dr. George Hoekstra on September 3, 1954, in Holland, Michigan. He preceded her in death on… Continue Reading →

William Sailer ’53

William (Bill) Hall Sailer, 90, of Deal Island, MD passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in his home. He was born in New York City on September 30, 1931, to the late Robert J. Sailer and Katherine (Hall) Sailer of New York. Bill graduated from George Washington High School in 1949 where he received a full scholarship for swimming… Continue Reading →

Donald Shull ’54

Donald Monroe Shull of Portage, MI, died June 22, 2022, at Rose Arbor in Kalamazoo MI at the age of 88 where he left us now to be with his Savior and Lord. He was born on August 2, 1933, in Brooklyn NY to Leonard and Frances (Lehman) Shull. Don graduated from Ridgefield Park High… Continue Reading →

Glenn Straatsma ’54

Dr. Glen Wayne Straatsma, M.D. was born in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Sept. 21, 1931, to Elmer and Alice Mae Straatsma. Growing up in Sioux Center, Glen was active in church, school and civic affairs. He was an exceptional athlete participating in baseball, cross country and basketball, where he earned his nickname, “Stretch.” His family moved in… Continue Reading →

Harold Goldzung Sr. ’55

Harold J. Goldzung, Sr., 88, passed away peacefully on February 25, 2022 with his family by his side at Brookdale Senior Assisted Living in Attleboro. He was the beloved husband of Mary E. (Hesselink) Goldzung for 65 years, whom he married on August 18, 1956. Born on December 20, 1933 in Mineola, NY, he was… Continue Reading →

James Hutton ’55

James Strang Hutton, 89, entered into eternal peace on Sunday, May 8, 2022 with his family at his side, at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, NY. Born in Niskayuna on November 9, 1932, Jim was one of two children of Raymond and Ruth (Strang) Hutton. He was a proud graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady and… Continue Reading →

Ruth Pruis ’56 Boender

Mrs. Ruth Boender, age 89, of Sheldon, formerly of Boyden, passed away on Friday, March 11, 2022, at the Sanford Sheldon Medical Center. There will be a memorial service on Friday, March 18, at 2:30pm, at the First Reformed Church in Boyden. The Rev. Heath De Jong will officiate. Interment will be prior to the service… Continue Reading →