Betty Schepers ’55 Scholten

On Sunday, October 30, Betty Lou Scholten took her last breath in this world at the Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. She was eighty-eight years old. Betty, also known by her Buddhist name Reiyu, was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, John, and sister-in-law, Nancy. She is survived by her… Continue Reading →

John Adams ’56

Hampton – John J. Adams, 88, of Hampton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. He was born in Toledo Ohio on March 9, 1934 to Katherine and Frank Adams. His Father worked for General Motors in Toledo and was transferred to Saginaw, Michigan where John grew up. He attended Saginaw public schools. John’s… Continue Reading →

Gerard Marsh ’56

Gerard E. Marsh passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, at the age of 90. He was born October 11, 1932, in Kalamazoo, MI to the late Edison G. and Anne (Heidanus) Marsh. Gerard was employed by the State of Michigan as an auditor for over 26 years, and worked at Industrial State Bank for 9… Continue Reading →

Jerrald Redeker ’56

Jerrald Hale Redeker, born on October 5, 1934, left this life to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Jerry grew up in Waupun, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Waupun High School, and enjoyed working in his father’s clothing store and on his uncle’s farm. He graduated from Hope College in 1956… Continue Reading →

John Hamelink ’57

Hamelink, Jon 6/26/1935 – 9/29/2022 Jon D Hamelink, age 87, of DeTour Village, Michigan passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes on September 29, 2022. Jon was born June 26, 1935, and raised in Holland, Michigan. He graduated from Holland High School, then went on to obtain B.S. degrees from Hope College and… Continue Reading →

Suzanne Underwood ’57 TenHoeve

Suzanne TenHoeve was born September 5, 1935, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, to Rhea and James Underwood. She attended Dickinson Elementary School, Burton Junior High, and South High School. While there, she and friends established a noon hour Bible Club. As a youth she attended Griggs Street E.U.B Church where she sang… Continue Reading →

A. Dorothy Benes ’57 Weiss

Mrs. Dorothy Weiss, age 87, of Orange City, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. A visitation with the family present will be held on Sunday, October 23, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. A prayer service… Continue Reading →

Carol McCahan ’58 Bradford

On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2022, Carol M. Bradford, 86, departed this Earth. Carol was born April 16, 1936, in Poughkeepsie, NY, to the late Chester E. and Edith May (VanNess) McCahan. She graduated from Red Hook Central High School in 1954, attended Plattsburgh State University from 1954-1955 and graduated from Hope College in Holland,… Continue Reading →

James Cooper ’58

James “Jim” H. Cooper passed away three days shy of his 86th birthday with his wife and daughter by his side. He was born on October 26, 1936, in Grand Rapids. He graduated from Central High School and went on to Hope College where he met Darlene Elzinga of Chicago. They both graduated with education… Continue Reading →

John Docherty III ’58

ohn W. “Jack”, “Doc” Docherty III, a long time resident of Millersville, MD passed away on February 11 at age 87. He was born January 11, 1936 to the late John W. Docherty Jr. and Helen N. Docherty in Somerville, NJ, where he attended the public schools. He played drums in Somerville High School’s Marching… Continue Reading →

John Griep ’58

John Arthur Griep went to be with our Lord on September 13, 2022. One of four children born to Abe and Gertrude Griep, John was an intelligent and inquisitive child. John determined that hard work and focus were needed for one to be successful and self-sufficient. He also believed education would provide opportunity. These realizations… Continue Reading →

Edward Vander Kooy ’58

Edward James Vander Kooy, age 90, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2022, in Holland, Michigan. Born on October 10, 1931, in Clinton, Iowa he went on to graduate from Illiana Christian High School, Lansing, Illinois in 1950. Thereafter he served two years in the United States Army, primarily at Fort Leonard Wood… Continue Reading →

Roger Winkels ’58

Roger Winkels, of Holland, passed away on February 12, 2023, at the age of 89. He was born on April 20, 1933, to John and Mabel Winkels (Redder). He graduated from Zeeland High School and Hope College and attended Northwestern University. He received his master’s degree from Western Michigan University. He also served in the… Continue Reading →

Sue Huizenga ’59 Kanis

Suzanne Kanis (Huizenga), age 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Sue lived her life with the twin objectives of loving God and loving her family and those she was privileged to know. She seemed to accomplish it with effortless ease practicing unparalleled hospitality. From her… Continue Reading →

Donald Paarlberg ’59

Dr. Donald Paarlberg, M.D., 85, of Coldwater, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 at ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Coldwater with Rev. Susan Reichenberg officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, September 23, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at… Continue Reading →

Constance Hartman ’50 Formsma

Constance “Connie” Yvonne Formsma, 96, of Wyoming, MI formerly of Elkhart, IN, passed away Sunday June 11, 2023 at Rivertown Ridge Assisted Living in Wyoming, MI. She was born May 30, 1927 in Grand Rapids, MI to Don and Hazel Hartman. She married Gerald “Jerry” Formsma, her high school sweetheart, on September 9, 1949 at United Brethren… Continue Reading →

Canute Vander Meer ’50

Canute VanderMeer, 92, Geography Professor Emeritus, of The University of Vermont passed away February 20, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia where he resided. 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… Continue Reading →

Sandra Lanning ’51 Hemple

Sandra J. Hemple, age 93, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2023, at the American House Senior Living Center in Holland. Sandra graduated from Hope College in 1951 and taught kindergarten in West Ottawa Schools for 35 years. She was a cast member in 14 plays with the Holland Community Theater and a volunteer tour… Continue Reading →