Janet MacKay ’59 Kuyers

Janet Ann Kuyers, 85, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2022. She was born on December 31, 1936, in Jackson, Michigan, to Malcolm and Connie Mackay. Jan is survived by her husband of 64 years, David ’57; brother and sister-in-law Robert ’64 and Margaret ’66 Mackay; daughter, Susan Ledvina ’83; son, Mark ’87(Rhonda) Kuyers; five… Continue Reading →

William Heydorn ’55

William Heydorn ’55 reports that his book, Geronimo: The Rest of the Story, has been published by WestBow Press. The book features photos from 1900 and 1901 when his grandfather, Howard Rutsen Furbeck, joined three other seminary students from Rutgers College to “sing the Gospel” to settlers in the new towns forming along rail lines… Continue Reading →

William Boelkins ’50

Boelkins, William James “Bill” “Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have.” Philippians 4:11 Bill Boelkins, 93, a man who lived a faithful, joyful, and contented life, died peacefully Thursday, February 2, 2023. He was born June 11, 1929, in Muskegon Heights, Michigan… Continue Reading →

Donald Harling ’50

Don Harling, 94, was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Don was born April 25, 1928, in Kaltungo, Nigeria to Harry and Frances Harling, missionaries with SIM.  Being raised in a Christian family, Don learned at an early age about the Lord Jesus and what He… Continue Reading →

Canute Vander Meer ’50

He was born and grew up in Xiamen, China to missionary parents William and Alma (Mathiesen) VanderMeer. He enjoyed his childhood despite the wars going on around him and being held in a Japanese concentration camp in Shanghai in 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Canute and his family boarded the Italian ship S.S.… Continue Reading →

Robert Erickson ’51

Robert G Erickson, age 93, of Nashua, NH, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 12, 2023.  He was the beloved husband of Jane Erickson for 57 years.  Bob was born June 29, 1929, in Saugatuck, Michigan to the late Axel and Lillian (Bryan) Erickson. He graduated (BS) from Hope… Continue Reading →

Craig Leslie ’51

Craig Leslie passed away peacefully Dec 1st, 2022 at the age of 95. He was born in Schenectady, New York on November 7, 1927 to his parents William and Frances Leslie. Craig was preceded in death by his wife Shirley K Leslie and had celebrated 60 years of marriage before her death. He attended Hope… Continue Reading →

Lillian Stegenga ’51 Rooks

Lillian was born in North Holland to Dick andMaggie (Deur) Stegenga. She metWendell Rooks while attending Hope College and they were married for 73 years. They enjoyed many years of retirement in Conyers, GA before returning to Holland. Lillian was a member of Graafschap CRC, and formerly a member of Prospect Park CRC and Smyrna… Continue Reading →

Wendell Rooks ’51

Wendell was born in Holland, MI to William and Anna Barense Rooks. After graduation fromHollandHigh School in 1945, he served in the US Army. He graduated from Hope College and began his 39 year career in education at a four-room schoolhouse in theVan Raalte School District. He went on to spend 21 years at the… Continue Reading →

Genevieve “Jackie” Gore ’52 Visser

Genevieve Gore Visser (“Jackie”) of Virginia Beach and Boynton Beach, passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on December 1, 2022, at the age of 91, less than two months after losing the love of her life, Roger Leonard Visser. Jackie is survived by her son Scott Visser and wife, Melodye Visser… Continue Reading →

Elaine Groustra ’52 Boers

Elaine Ruth (Groustra) Boers was taken to her eternal home on September 25, 2022. Born in Roseland, IL (Chicago) on October 19, 1930, Elaine and her husband, Al, marked 71 years of marriage earlier this month. Elaine attended Hope College but didn’t complete her degree there until moving to Holland in 1966, with 4 children… Continue Reading →

Roger Visser ’52

Roger Leonard Visser of Virginia Beach and Boynton Beach, born January 28, 1930, departed this life in an uncharacteristically quiet way on the morning of October 8, 2022, at 92. Roger is survived by his wife, Genevieve Gore Visser ’52 (“Jackie”), his son, Scott Visser and wife, Melodye Visser, of Wilmington, North Carolina, his daughter,… Continue Reading →

Randall Bosch ’53

Randall Bayles, Rev. Dr., of Bayville, NY, on January 17, 2023, age 91. Beloved husband of Caroline Jaeger and the late Carol Jacobs. Loving father of Philip ’77 (Mary), Katie ’78  Baeverstad (Mark ’78), Paul  ’81 (Pamela) and Stephen ’85. Proud grandfather of seven. Special great-grandfather of one. Dear brother of Marthena, the late Mary,… Continue Reading →

Kenneth Raak ’53

Kenneth Wayne Raak, age 90 of Worthington, MN passed away October 20, 2022 at Ecumen Meadows. Kenneth Wayne Raak was born February 25, 1932 in Sioux Center, IA to Dick and Minnie (Vander Ploeg) Raak. He grew up on the farm and attended country school through the eighth grade, attended ninth grade at Northwestern Academy… Continue Reading →

Warren Sinke ’53

Sinke, Warren J. Bay City, Michigan Warren J. Sinke, devoted and loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and mentor left this Earth on November 9, 2022, with his cherished wife holding his hand. Warren was born to the late Peter John and Evelyn Jeanette (Bouwens) Sinke on November 24, 1930 in Holland, Michigan. Warren… Continue Reading →

John Brannock ’54

As the clock struck midnight at the end of October 13, 2022, the world lost a bit of its charm. For the first time in almost 91 years, the terrestrial world turned on its axis without John Brannock as a passenger. John passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City Florida, kindly waiting for… Continue Reading →

John Corry ’54

John Corry, a former culture news reporter and television critic for The New York Times whose investigative articles helped clear a young man wrongly convicted of killing his mother and disputed plagiarism allegations against the best-selling author Jerzy Kosinski, died on Saturday in his home in Manhattan. He was 89.Mr. Corry’s daughter Colette Corry Dahlberg… Continue Reading →

Norman Schuiling ’54

Schuiling, Norman 10/21/1932 – 6/18/2022 Grand Rapids Norman Wesley Schuiling went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 18, 2022. Norm taught mathematics and coached basketball and golf at Wyoming Park High School where he was better known as Mr. Schu. Norm is survived by his wife, Terry; their children Kurt &… Continue Reading →

Muriel Elzinga ’55 Bolhuis

Muriel Bolhuis, 89 Heaven has gained another organist for their choir of Angels! With earthly sorrow and much love, we mourn the passing of Muriel Bolhuis. Her musical talent brought joy to all throughout her life. Muriel was born March 24, 1933 in Hamilton, Michigan to John and Grace Elzinga. She attended the Little Red… Continue Reading →