In Memoriam Archives

1930s

Lois Tysse ’38 Strom
Lois Tysse ’38 Strom, daughter of the late Rev. Gerrit Tysse (1894) and Eva Van Oostenbrugge, passed away on Thursday, July 14, 2016 in Holland at 99 years of age. The Tysse’s were longtime residents of Holland, residing on East 13th Street across from Western Theological Seminary from about 1918 into the 1960s. The Tysse … Continue reading "Lois Tysse ’38 Strom"
Gladys Van Lare ’39 Rohrer
Born on October 22nd, 1918 in New York, and entered into rest on October 8th, 2016 in Fremont, California at the age of 97. Survived by her sons, Fred Rohrer (Diana) of Pleasanton, CA, and Tom Rohrer (Ann) of Lafayette, CA; granddaughters Erin Alves (Joe) of Arroyo Grande, CA, and Carrie Rohrer of Tangier, Morocco; … Continue reading "Gladys Van Lare ’39 Rohrer"
Julia Bruischat ’32 Drost
Julia Bruischat ’32 Drost, 103, of Fillmore, peacefully passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Resthaven Care Center. Julia was born on March 12, 1914, in Holland to John and Dena Bruischat. She fondly remembered her days at Hope College/ High School and was proud to be a graduate of the Class of 1932. Throughout … Continue reading "Julia Bruischat ’32 Drost"
Ruth Muilenburg ’36 Jeffery
Ruth Muilenburg ’36 Jeffery died peacefully at the incredible age of 102. Born November 30, 1914, Ruth, also known Mom, Mud, Gma, and GG, saw and touched more in her lifetime than most. Ruth was a woman of many talents and passions. She taught 3rd grade for 23 years,was an accomplished cellist for 86 years, and … Continue reading "Ruth Muilenburg ’36 Jeffery"

1940s

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 "Elsie Ulmer ’41 Baehre"
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 "Mildred Timmer ’43 Van Oostenburg"
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 "Genevieve Bussies ’44 Fenton"
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 "Margaret Karreman ’45 Boshoven"
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 "Ethelyn Van Leeuwen ’46 Rezelman"
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 "Rev. Dr. Chester Droog ’47"
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 "Robert Strabbing ’47"
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 "Harvey J. Buter ’48"
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 "Nelis R. Bade ’49"
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 "Jean Snow ’49 Bloemendaal"
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 "Eloise Boynton ’41 Bosch"
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 "Donald Van Ark ’42"
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 "Marjorie Borgman ’43 Hass"
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 "Anna Parsons ’44 Smith"
Janet Bogart ’45 Wolbrink
Janet Bogart ’45 Wolbrink of Holland was born in Sea Cliff, NY, to Joseph H. and Ann E. Bogart. Her husband of 49 years, Robert Wolbrink; and her sister, M. Esther Bogart; preceded her in death. She moved to Holland in 1941 to attend Hope College, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. Shortly … Continue reading "Janet Bogart ’45 Wolbrink"
Elizabeth Romaine ’46 Hillegonds
Elizabeth Romaine ’46 Hillegonds passed away peacefully with her family and Holland Hospice at her side on Oct. 10, 2016, after a long and blessed life. She is survived by her grateful sons and their families, Paul and wife Nancy (Phillips), Timothy ’72 and wife Lynn ’72 (Klaasen); grandchildren, Sarah and husband Jeff Beauregard, Michael Hillegonds, … Continue reading "Elizabeth Romaine ’46 Hillegonds"
Arthur Kerle ’46
Arthur Kerle ’46 of Grayling, passed into Glory on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Born September 22, 1920 to Gustav and Elsie (Palubniak) Kerle in Passaic, NJ., his active life included achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in high school. Art married the love of his life, Helen Wilhelm Kerle, on June 12, 1947. They raised … Continue reading "Arthur Kerle ’46"
Vivian Dykema ’47 Krause
Vivian Dykema ’47 Krause of Westwood, MA, formerly of Dover, MA, died peacefully at home on November 3, 2016 at age 91. Beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Vivian is survived by her husband of 62 years Carl K. Krause, and children: Kathryn Krause of Millis, MA, Mary Recchia and husband Carl of Charlotte, VT, Paul … Continue reading "Vivian Dykema ’47 Krause"
M. Jean Meulendyke ’47 Millard
M. Jean Meulendyke ’47 Millard of Zeeland passed away on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Jean was a charter member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. She was a graduate of Hope College and taught high school before retiring to be a stay at home mom. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and … Continue reading "M. Jean Meulendyke ’47 Millard"
Carol Hermance ’48 Kennedy
Carol Hermance ’48 Kennedy of Saginaw, MI Devoted and beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, friend ,”Romper Room’s” Miss Carol, teacher to hundreds of children, actress, Carol Jean Hermance Kennedy passed away peacefully at the age of 90, December 20,2016 at the Cartwright Hospice Residence. Carol Jean was born in Hudson N.Y. December 5, 1926 … Continue reading "Carol Hermance ’48 Kennedy"
Rosemary Finlaw ’48 Commeret Penn
Rosemary Finlaw ’48 Commeret Penn went to be with her Lord. She was 91 years old. She resided at Brookcrest Christian Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rev. Raymond Commeret ’45 in 2003 and her second husband, Maury Penn, in 2011. She is survived by her four children, Timothy (Lelia) … Continue reading "Rosemary Finlaw ’48 Commeret Penn"
Carolyn Ingham ’49 Chandler
Carolyn Ingham ’49 Chandler a resident of Media for 55 years and a retired mathematics teacher from the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, died on September 23, 2016 at the age of 88. Born in Holland, Michigan, Carolyn was a graduate of Hope College in Holland and received her Master’s degree in Education from the University of … Continue reading "Carolyn Ingham ’49 Chandler"
Harold Dykstra ’49
Harold Dykstra ’49 died peacefully after an extended illness. He resided at a senior living facility in Chandler, Arizona. Rev. Dykstra was born in 1920 to parents Henry Dykstra and Florence Veldman Dykstra in Holland, Michigan. After service in the United States Army during WWII, he attended Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, both in … Continue reading "Harold Dykstra ’49"
William Dykstra ’49
William Dykstra ’49 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. He was 89. He had a very quick mind and dry sense of humor.  He had a passion for education which was fueled by great curiosity throughout his life. He was a true entrepreneur in every sense and had a gift of … Continue reading "William Dykstra ’49"
John “Jack” Jesser ’49
Word has been received of the death of John “Jack” Jesser ’49 of Sarasota, Florida, on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. He was 92.
Chester Schemper ’49
Chester Schemper ’49 of Oak Park, Illinois, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. Chester was born in Holland, to Harry and Edith (Kooyers) Schemper. He graduated from Hope College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He married Garrietta Petroelje in 1946. Chester served as a pastor in Christian Reformed Church congregations in Allendale, Chicago … Continue reading "Chester Schemper ’49"
James Hinkamp ’40
James Hinkamp ’40, 98, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2017. The son of Rev. Paul and Martha Hinkamp, “Jim” was born and raised in Holland and attended Holland High School. He graduated from Hope College, where he met his wife, Theodora “Teddy” Meulendyke. He then pursued graduate studies at The Ohio State University and … Continue reading "James Hinkamp ’40"
Harold Van Heuvelen ’40
Harold Van Heuvelen ’40 known as “Van” to his friends, was a musician, acclaimed music educator, retired U.S. Army Colonel and World War II veteran, and lay preacher. He passed away on April 26, 2017 in Kalamazoo, MI, at the age of 98. Van was born in Yakima, WA, on March 30, 1919, to Rev. … Continue reading "Harold Van Heuvelen ’40"
Hulda Rigterink ’41 Folkert
Hulda Rigterink ’41 Folkert, 97, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 3, 2017, at American House in Holland. Hulda was born in 1919 to Henry and Hattie Rigterink. She was a graduate of Hope College with a degree in education, was an active member of Overisel Reformed Church, served as a Sunday school teacher and … Continue reading "Hulda Rigterink ’41 Folkert"
June Baker ’42 Heasley
June Baker ’42 Heasley passed away peacefully the morning of April 28, 2017 just seven weeks short of her 96th birthday. June was born on June 12, 1921 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was the daughter of Theodore Baker and Laura (VanderVelden) Baker. June’s early life was spent in Grand Rapids, Holland and Hickory, North Carolina. … Continue reading "June Baker ’42 Heasley"
Kenneth Geelhood ’43
Kenneth Geelhood ’43 was born on August 10, 1920 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to his parents Abraham and Margaret Geelhood. He passed away on March 6, 2017 in Fort Myers, Florida at the age of 96. Ken is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Alice (Vandenberg) Geelhood; children Judy (Jeff) Sabin, Greg (Lindsay) … Continue reading "Kenneth Geelhood ’43"
Elsie Piersma ’43 Weeber
Elsie Piersma ’43 Weeber, 96, of Holland, went home to Glory on March 17, 2017. Elsie was born in Holland and was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a devoted mother of five children, and a registered nurse, spending most of her career working at Holland Hospital. She graduated from Butterworth Hospital School … Continue reading "Elsie Piersma ’43 Weeber"
Vivian Tardiff ’44 Cook
Vivian Tardiff ’44 Cook, 95, of Holland, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Resthaven Care Center Cottage. Vivian graduated from Holland High School and continued her education at Hope College receiving her BA degree. She was an English teacher at Zeeland High School for over 20 years. Her love of flowers prompted her to … Continue reading "Vivian Tardiff ’44 Cook"
N. Ione Strick ’44 Lemmen
N. Ione Strick ’44 Lemmen, age 94, went to be with her lord Saturday, April 15, 2017. She was born in Byron Center, Michigan on November 17, 1922 to Albertus & Stella (Haase) Strick and married Lloyd Lemmen on June 29, 1946. Mrs. Lemmen received a Bachelors Degree from Hope College and remained a generous supporter her … Continue reading "N. Ione Strick ’44 Lemmen"
Richard Hine ’45
Richard Hine ’45 passed away on December 14, 2016 at the age of 92. He is survived by his wife Barbara (Tazelaar) ’46, children Judy Strom ’71, Rick ’72, and Beth Frost ’77, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. After graduation from New Brunswick Seminary, Rev. Hine served Reformed Churches in Walkill, New York, Clifton, New Jersey, Schnectady, … Continue reading "Richard Hine ’45"
Harriet Stegeman ’46 Van Donkelaar
Harriet Stegeman ’46 Van Donkelaar, age 92, passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Christian Haven Home in Grand Haven. She was born on January 19, 1925 in Lucas, MI to Rev. James and Ella (Atwood) Stegeman and resided her entire life in the area. Harriet was a teacher for both Muskegon Heights and … Continue reading "Harriet Stegeman ’46 Van Donkelaar"
Lowell Heneveld ’47
Lowell Heneveld ’47  passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 24, 2017, after a short illness. Born in 1923 in Muskegon, Michigan, the family moved to Wyckoff, New Jersey when he was two years old, where his father served as minister in the Reformed Church in America for 25 years. One of three children, he is survived … Continue reading "Lowell Heneveld ’47"
Earl Holkeboer ’48
Earl Holkeboer ’48, age 93, went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in New York City, his home in recent years. Born in Holland, MI., Earl attended Midshipman School, Northwestern University (Chicago) and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, including the final campaign at Okinawa; he graduated from … Continue reading "Earl Holkeboer ’48"
Wallace Van Liere ’43
Wallace Van Liere ’43 of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, passed away August 2, 2017 at the age of 95. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Betty. Survived by children, Sandy Elfstrom (Steve), Kent (Jennifer), Keith (Cheryl) and Ross; also survived by grandchildren, Adam, Alicia, Kiera, Briana and Jocelyn; and great-grandchildren, Reichen, Audrey … Continue reading "Wallace Van Liere ’43"
Elaine Venekasen ’43 Van Zoeren
Elaine Venekasen ’43 Van Zoeren of Zeeland, Michigan, died on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. She is survived by her children, Barbara and Gary Blaukamp, Jane and Richard Michmerhuizen and Mary and Jim Dornbos; in addition to 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, Chuck and Karen Blaukamp (Maggie and Maisie Blaukamp), Cyndie and Paul Morley (Adam and … Continue reading "Elaine Venekasen ’43 Van Zoeren"
Norman Davis ’45
Norman Davis ’45 of Jamestown, New York, died on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. He was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Frewsburg, the son of Hollis J. and Mary Thompson Davis. He was a Frewsburg High School alumnus and was a graduate of Hope College, a graduate of University of Michigan Medical School, and … Continue reading "Norman Davis ’45"
Dale Drew ’46
Dale Drew ’46 of White Lake, Michigan, died on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. He was 90. Beloved husband of the late Betty. Dear father of Laura D. Malczewski (Larry), John R. Drew(Karen), Thomas R. Drew (Donna), and James B. Drew (Julie). Cherished grandfather of Jeffrey, Lindsay, Kristi, Lauren, Reilly, Flynn, Sienna, and Brooke. Great-grandfather of Eli and Blake. Family will … Continue reading "Dale Drew ’46"
Max De Pree ’48
Max De Pree ’48 of Holland, Michigan, an internationally respected corporate leader who helped shape Hope across 12 years on the college’s Board of Trustees, died on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, at age 92. De Pree, who was chairman emeritus of Herman Miller Inc., was a member of the college’s board from 1983 to 1995 and chair from … Continue reading "Max De Pree ’48"
Gerard DeLoof ’49
Gerard DeLoof ’49 of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at Avera McKennan Hospital. Gerard DeLoof was born at Kalamazoo, MI, on December 6, 1921 the son of Gerard Sr. and Gertrude (Brunsting) DeLoof. When he was a senior in high school he joined the US Army. He served under General George Patton in … Continue reading "Gerard DeLoof ’49"
Robert Snow ’49
Robert Snow ’49 of Holland, Michigan, died on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 at the Inn of Freedom Village. The Snow family moved to Holland in 1929, when Curtis and later Esther joined the Music faculty of Hope College. Bob graduated from Hope in 1949 after serving as a combat engineer in World War II. Bob met Rita Pool, … Continue reading "Robert Snow ’49"
Durward “Dewey” Bakker ’52
Durward “Dewey” Bakker ’52 of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Butterworth Hospital with his family at his side. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Jacqueline, in 2014. Dewey is survived by his children, David Jon Bakker, Nancy Lynn (Jeff) Droge, and Marc Thomas (Jayne) Bakker; grandchildren, Naomi … Continue reading "Durward “Dewey” Bakker ’52"
Florence Dykema ’43 Morgan
Florence Jean Dykema Morgan, 96, passed away December 25, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Stone Presbyterian Church, South Park Row, Clinton. There will be no public calling hours. Her burial will be in the spring at Sunset Hill Cemetery in Clinton. Arrangements by Owens-Pavlot & … Continue reading "Florence Dykema ’43 Morgan"
Irene Lundie ’45 Rypstra
Irene Lundie Rypstra (1923-2017) of Hamilton, OH passed away on October 27, 2017. Irene is survived by her daughter, Ann L. Rypstra of Oxford, OH, and her brother and sister-in-law, Watson and Sandra Lundie, long-term residents of Holland, MI that recently relocated to Grand Rapids. She also has many nieces and nephews spread around the … Continue reading "Irene Lundie ’45 Rypstra"
Mary Lou Hemmes ’46 Koop
Mary Lou Hemmes Koop, 93, of Hamilton, loved people, had a multitude of friends, and lived her life in the power and strength of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born March 19, 1924, in Grand Rapids to Rudolph and Mary Riekse Hemmes, Mary Lou graduated from Central High School and Hope College, where she … Continue reading "Mary Lou Hemmes ’46 Koop"
Marian Dame ’47 Hoekstra
Marian L. Hoekstra of Kalamazoo went to be with her Lord, Monday afternoon, Oct. 23, 2017. Marian was born in the Trinity Reformed Church parsonage in Holland Oct 19, 1925, the daughter of Rev. Clarence “CP” and Anna (DeHerder) Dame. She was a graduate of Grand Rapids Central High School in 1943 and Hope College … Continue reading "Marian Dame ’47 Hoekstra"
Arlene Eilanded ’48 Ligtvoet
Arlene Ligtvoet, age 91, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017. Arlene was born in Holland, MI on November 3, 1926 and was a graduate of Hope College. Early in life she was a teacher until she and her husband John started their family. She was a wonderful mother and faithful wife. In retirement, they … Continue reading "Arlene Eilanded ’48 Ligtvoet"
Dorothy Curtis ’42 Dykema
Dorothy Curtis ’42 Dykema, 97, of St. Charles, Mich., passed away on March 16, 2018, at Hoyt Nursing Home, Saginaw after a brief illness. She was born January 2, 1921, in New London, CT, to Stanley and Lena Curtis. Dorothy grew up in Holland, Michigan, where she graduated from Holland High School in 1938 and … Continue reading "Dorothy Curtis ’42 Dykema"
Ruth Williams ’42 Vrieling
Ruth Williams ’42 Vrieling, passed away on January 30, 2018. She was born on March 18, 1921 in Holland, Michigan to Bertha (Hesse) Williams and Benjamin Harrison Williams. Ruth married her high school sweetheart Russell Vrieling on September 14, 1943, shortly before he went overseas to fight in World War II. Upon Russell’s return from … Continue reading "Ruth Williams ’42 Vrieling"
Robert Heasley ’43
Robert Heasley ’43 passed away peacefully the morning of May 22, 2018, just one month short of his 97th birthday. Bob was born on June 26, 1921 in Zeeland, Michigan. He was the son of Roy M. Heasley and Alyda (Veneklassen) Heasley. Bob’s childhood was spent in Holland, Michigan. After graduating from Holland High School, he attended Hope College, Michigan … Continue reading "Robert Heasley ’43"
Dorothy DeValois ’44 Wynia
Dorothy DeValois ’44 Wynia passed away May 17, 2018, at Bethany Manor in Story City, IA. A celebration of life will be held in Rock Valley, IA, at a later date. Dorothy was born Oct. 10, 1922 on a farm south of Boyden to Anna Scholten and Edgar DeValois. Her father was killed in a farm … Continue reading "Dorothy DeValois ’44 Wynia"
Dorothy Cross ’45 Braat
Dorothy Cross ’45 Braat died peacefully on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Rivercourt Residences in Groton, MA. She was born on June 17, 1923 in Hamilton, Ontario. She was a graduate of the Niagara Falls, New York High School and Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She started post-graduate work in Physiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana … Continue reading "Dorothy Cross ’45 Braat"
Edith Wolbrink ’46 McMullin
Edith Wolbrink ’46 McMullin, age 93, of Allendale, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on February 22, 2018. She was born July 11, 1924 in Coopersville, and was a lifetime resident of Allendale. She graduated from Coopersville High School, Hope College, and did graduate work at Western Michigan University. On June 1, 1945, … Continue reading "Edith Wolbrink ’46 McMullin"
Marian Reus ’47 Jacobson
Marian Reus ’47 Jacobson, long time resident of Mesa County, passed away recently at the age of 92. She was born on October 9, 1925, in the west Michigan village of Jamestown where her father was the General Practitioner/MD. She graduated from Zeeland High School (near Jamestown) and subsequently attended Hope College, the University of Michigan … Continue reading "Marian Reus ’47 Jacobson"
Barbara Bilkert ’47 Mulder and Donald Mulder ’48
Barbara Bilkert ’47 Mulder and Donald Mulder ’48 Donald Mulder Born in Hospers, Iowa, his family later moved to Blissfield, Michigan, where his father, Cornelius, had taken a position as School Superintendent. Early on, Don began to display a great love for athletics and friendly competition that would last throughout his life. He lettered in several … Continue reading "Barbara Bilkert ’47 Mulder and Donald Mulder ’48"
Lois Austin ’48 Horne
Lois Austin ’48 Horne, age 91, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018. Lois was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from West Side High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Michigan, where she met her future husband Eugene (Gene) and did graduate work at Florida Atlantic University after moving to … Continue reading "Lois Austin ’48 Horne"
Ronald Korver ’48
Surrounded by his wife and children, Ronald (Ron) George Korver, 92, died peacefully on May 8, 2018, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Ron was born in Orange City, Iowa, second of nine children, to the late William George Korver and the late Anna Birdella (DeCook). He spent most of his life in Japan as a career missionary with the … Continue reading "Ronald Korver ’48"
Olga Kilian ’49 DeKok
Olga Kilian ’49 DeKok , 90, of Appledorn Living Center, died Sunday after a long illness. She was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., on Sept. 5, 1927, to John L. and Olga Kilian, and grew up in Creston, Keokuk and Dubuque, Iowa. Her father, a foreman for Swift & Co., was transferred in 1945 to … Continue reading "Olga Kilian ’49 DeKok"
Anna Tallman ’49 Miedema
Anna Tallman ’49 Miedema, age 90, of St. Anne passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at her home. She was born September 17, 1927, in Wichert, the daughter of John & Christine Blankestyn Tallman. Anna Marie married Elwood Miedema, her devoted husband of 67 years, on August 9, 1950, in Wichert. He preceded her in … Continue reading "Anna Tallman ’49 Miedema"
Arlyne De Vries ’43 Ten Clay
Mrs. Arlyne Ten Clay, age 95, of Orange City, passed away on Friday, May 18, 2018, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. There will be a funeral service on Saturday, May 26, at 11:00am, at the American Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Michael Hardeman and the Rev. Elizabeth Hardeman will … Continue reading "Arlyne De Vries ’43 Ten Clay"
Elizabeth McCann ’44 Hartsema
Elizabeth M. “Boots” Hartsema, age 95, of Muskegon, Michigan, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018. She was born October 8, 1922 in Muskegon to William and Flora (Spyke) McCann and had been a life resident of the area. Boots graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and was a member of the DELTA PHI … Continue reading "Elizabeth McCann ’44 Hartsema"
Shirley Lemmen ’45 Kammeraad
Shirley Anne Kammeraad, age 94, of Holland died August 6, 2018, at Resthaven Care Center. Shirley was a charter member of Christ Memorial Church where she served in the choir. She graduated from Hope College with a teaching degree. Because Shirley adored children her dream in life was to have a lovely family. She was … Continue reading "Shirley Lemmen ’45 Kammeraad"
Neil Cocker ’48
Neil Cocker ’48 of Huntsville, Tennessee, died on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. He was 93. He served in the United States Navy. He worked for TVA until his retirement. Survivors include his children, Timothy Cocker, Susan McBarron and Thomas Cocker; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
James Yuk ’48
James Yuk ’48 age 93, of Henrico, Virginia, peacefully passed away June 23, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Jennie Yuk; and brother, Richard K. Yuk, all of Grand Haven, Michigan; as well as brother, Carl T. Yuk of Spring Lake, Michigan. He is survived by his wife of 64 … Continue reading "James Yuk ’48"
Donald DeKraker ’40
Donald DeKraker, 100, late of Orland Park, IL, formerly of Saugatuck and Holland, MI. Beloved husband of the late Lorraine (nee Hoelle); devoted father of Linda (Jack) Connors, Robert (Eileen) DeKraker, and Laura (Morris) Threewitt; loving grandfather of Jay Connors, Holly (Gregg) Hall, Scott (Lynn), Andy (Cherise), and Jeff (Katie) Threewitt; cherished great-grandfather of Quinn, Lilah, Jackson, … Continue reading "Donald DeKraker ’40"
Marion VanDyke ’43 Clark
Marion VanDyke ’43 Clark of Wheaton, Illinois, formerly of Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect, Illinois, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 5, 2018. Mary was born on November 10, 1921 to Rev. Dr. Henry and Jeanette Van Dyke in a suburb of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mary’s family came to live in Holland, … Continue reading "Marion VanDyke ’43 Clark"
Gradus Shoemaker ’44
Gradus Shoemaker ’44 of Louisville, KY, passed away peacefully in his sleep, December 24, 2018, after living a fascinating and extremely productive life of nearly 98 years. Gradus L. Shoemaker was born on January 18, 1921, in Zeeland, Michigan to Corey and Hattie ( Lubbers) Shoemaker. Gradus graduated from Zeeland High School in 1939 and attended … Continue reading "Gradus Shoemaker ’44"
Constance Scholten ’45 Bawinkel
Constance M. Bawinkel, age 95, of Holland died Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at Resthaven Care Center. Connie let her light of Jesus shine through her, her whole life. She was always kind and compassionate. She loved to travel with her family, care for children and sing. She graduated from Hope College in 1945 and taught … Continue reading "Constance Scholten ’45 Bawinkel"
Lorraine VerMeulen ’45 Bisbee
Lorraine Bisbee (nee Ver Meulen), age 95, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods in Byron Center, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon; parents, Chester and Jeanette (Hoekstra) Ver Meulen; sister, Nona Brace; sisters-in-law, Helen Bisbee, and Esther Clauter; and brothers-in-law, Thomas Bisbee, and … Continue reading "Lorraine VerMeulen ’45 Bisbee"
R. James Bos ’46
The Rev. R. James Bos, age 92, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI., where he had been hospitalized the past week. He was born April 26, 1925 in Muskegon to William B. and Minnie (Herlein) Bos. Following graduation from Muskegon High School, he attended Dartmouth and Hope Colleges; … Continue reading "R. James Bos ’46"
Maynard “Mike” DeYoung ’46
On August 14, Dr. Mike DeYoung passed into glory surrounded by his loving family. Born on November 4, 1924 in Chicago, IL while his father was in medical school, he was raised and lived in Sparta, MI. He was an active high school football player, president of his senior class, and worked his father’s dairy … Continue reading "Maynard “Mike” DeYoung ’46"
Edna VanTatenhove ’47 Haworth
Edna “”Eddie”” Mae Haworth, 94, of Holland, peacefully passed away February 4, 2019 at The Inn at Freedom Village. She was born in Holland to Richard and Jennie Van Tatenhove. Edna worked as an English teacher in Grand Rapids, Holland and Saugatuck schools and was also a counselor and assistant principal at Holland High School. … Continue reading "Edna VanTatenhove ’47 Haworth"
Donald Bocks ’48
Donald Bocks, age 96, passed away on Saturday, January 26, 2019. Donald was born in Holland, Michigan, and graduated from Holland High School and Hope College. He continued his education at Michigan State University where he earned his Master of Engineering degree. Before Don started his career as an engineer for the state highway department, … Continue reading "Donald Bocks ’48"
Robert Boelkins ’48
Dr. Robert N. Boelkins, DDS, 91, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018. He leaves behind his beloved wife Ingeborg; his three children, Ann (Rick) Raley, Dr. Mark (Peggy) Boelkins, and Eric (Melissa) Boelkins; grandchildren, Kristin (Jared) Rinehimer, Kevin (Sheida) Raley, Kimberly (Dr. Jonathan) Hekman, Dr. Bradley Boelkins, Mikaela and Maija Boelkins; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and … Continue reading "Robert Boelkins ’48"
Raymond Miller ’48
Raymond “Ray” LeFevre Miller, 95, passed from this mortal life into life eternal with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on the Oct. 20, 2018. He died at home in Jamestown, N.Y. Ray was born May 5, 1923, in Newburgh, N.Y. He graduated from New Paltz, N.Y. High School in 1941. He entered Hope College in Holland, … Continue reading "Raymond Miller ’48"
Geraldine Scheerens ’48
Geraldine Hope (Gerry) Scheerens, 91, of Battle Creek, died October 4, 2018. Gerry was born June 24, 1927 in Rochester, NY to Jacob and Jenny (Cambier) Scheerens. She received her Master’s Degree in teaching at Hope College. Gerry taught in Venezuela for one year, a short time in South Haven and spent the majority of her … Continue reading "Geraldine Scheerens ’48"
Joyce Sibley ’48 Van Ry
JOYCE S. VAN RY, 93, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Born June 22, 1925, in Amsterdam, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Rev. L.A. and Mary Sibley. Joyce was a 1944 graduate of Hope College and retired from DeKalb Central Schools after 21 years of teaching. She was a Jubilee … Continue reading "Joyce Sibley ’48 Van Ry"
Eunice Gross ’49 Van Regenmorter
Eunice VanRegenmorter, 91, of Fruitland Park, Florida, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2018. Eunice was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, Ken. She is survived by her daughter, Beth (Lucky) Schwenneker of Marathon, granddaughter Lindsay (Judson) McNamara of Apopka, 2 nephews and 1 niece.
Lois Kronemeyer ’41
Lois Kronemeyer, age 99, of Holland, died March 15, 2019 at Freedom Village. She is now rejoicing in the presence of her Savior whome she loved and served. She is survived by her nephew, Ronald (Marilyn) Kronemeyer of Saugatuck; great nieces and nephews, Heidi (Rob) Kolean, Derek (Melissa) Kronemeyer, Aaron (Jennifer) Kronemeyer, Aleah (Keith) Horstman … Continue reading "Lois Kronemeyer ’41"
Elaine Mensinger ’46 Boersma
Elaine May Boersma, 94, of Iowa City, died Tuesday, April 16, at Oaknoll Retirement Residence surrounded by family. Elaine was born April 24, 1924, in St. Joseph, MI, the daughter of Fred and May (Bays) Mensinger. Elaine was raised in Baroda, MI. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI, where she met Wendell (Dell) Boersma. … Continue reading "Elaine Mensinger ’46 Boersma"
Elaine Bielefeld ’46 Walchenbach
Elaine Bielefeld Walchenbach, 94, has entered the presence of the living God. Her life was well lived, marked by faithfulness, prayer and a grateful heart. Jesus welcomed her home on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  Elaine’s life was a beautiful example of a life lived for Jesus and others. She was a fantastic mother and a … Continue reading "Elaine Bielefeld ’46 Walchenbach"
Doris Opie ’47 Fish
Doris Marie Fish passed away at age 92 with family by her side, May 17, 2019. She was born on November 16, 1926 in Neshanic Station, NJ. She graduated from Hope College, MI. She assisted her husband in their laundry and dry cleaning business and was a Social Worker for Ventura County for 12 years. She … Continue reading "Doris Opie ’47 Fish"
Kathryn Lock ’47 Kornoelje
Kathryn J. Kornoelje, age 93, of Grand Rapids, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, May 4, 2019. She is survived by her children Joanne Kornoelje of Montclair, NJ; Carol and John Boruta of Mason, MI; and Sheryl and Jose Santos of Holland, MI; grandchildren Sarah, David and Andrea Boruta; and great grandchildren Mackenzie … Continue reading "Kathryn Lock ’47 Kornoelje"
Jeanella Ten Have ’47
Jeanella TenHave, age 94, of Jamestown, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, April 28, 2019. Jeanella graduated from Zeeland High School before attending Hope College. She was an active member of Jamestown Reformed Church prior to her last years spent living at Royal Atrium and Vista Springs. Preceding retirement, she loved … Continue reading "Jeanella Ten Have ’47"
Gertrude Maassen ’47 Vander Haar
Gertrude “Trudy” Maassen Vander Haar, 94, passed away on February 19, 2019. Trudy was born November 12, 1924 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She was the third of five children born to Rev. Herman and Jannetta (Kleinjan) Maassen. She spent much of her childhood in North Holland, Michigan. She graduated from Hope College in 1947. In the … Continue reading "Gertrude Maassen ’47 Vander Haar"
Gerrit Hospers ’49
Gerrit H. Hospers III entered into rest on (Thursday) March 28, 2019 at age 94. Predeceased by his parents: Gerrit and Anne (Ameele) Hospers; sister: Eunice Sjolin; brother: Eugene Hospers. Gerrit proudly served our country in the United States Army . He was in the 17th Airborne Division, 194th Glider Infantry and attained rank of … Continue reading "Gerrit Hospers ’49"
Verna Mason ’49 Krudys
Verna M. Krudys, 93, of Jamestown, passed away Monday, April 22, 2019 at Heritage Park Rehab & Skilled Nursing. She was the widow of Walter B. Krudys whom she married March 29, 1952 and who died March 29, 1993. Verna was born in Jamestown on April 1, 1926, the daughter of the late Lynn and … Continue reading "Verna Mason ’49 Krudys"
Cornelius Lampen ’49
Cornelius “Neil” Earl Lampen, age 95, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, February 12, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 71 years Marilyn; his children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren: Steve and Marcia Lampen (Russ and Jill Lampen [Annika, Greta]), (Dan and Kieko Lampen [Kazuma]), (Katie and Joe Hettinga [Allison, Dean]); … Continue reading "Cornelius Lampen ’49"
John De Vries ’41
John E De Vries ‘41 of Palo Alto, California, died on July 1. 2019.  He was 99.  He was born and raised in Newton, Illinois.  He grew up working in his family’s country store alongside his parents, Eva and Jacob, and his brother and three sisters. In Newton, he attended a one room school for his … Continue reading "John De Vries ’41"
Edna Blom ’43 Roggen
Mrs. Edna Roggen, age 96, of Edmond, Oklahoma, formerly of Orange City, went home to her Savior on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Veraden Senior Living in Edmond. Edna Mae was born on October 21, 1922, on a farm south of Newkirk, the daughter of John and Tillie (Van Es) Blom. She was raised on … Continue reading "Edna Blom ’43 Roggen"
Marian Vande Bunte ’44
Marian Ruth Vande Bunte, loving aunt to many, passed away peacefully at the age of 97. Marian was a sweet, gracious and independent woman. A woman of faith who loved her lord and was not afraid to live her life for him. In spite of her declining sight and hearing she continued to live life … Continue reading "Marian Vande Bunte ’44"
Bertha Hellenga ’47 Woudwyk
Bertha Elaine Woudwyk has experienced the realization of her faith of so many years and is now in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She was the beloved mother of four, grandmother of 24, and great-grandmother of 29. Bertha passed away at the age of 98 in her home in Byron Center … Continue reading "Bertha Hellenga ’47 Woudwyk"
Genevieve Duiser ’49 Bos
Genevieve “Gen” Pearl Bos, age 92, passed away Sunday morning, June 30, 2019, in Holland. She was born October 20, 1926, in Muskegon to Nicholas and Hattie (Dykema) Duiser. Gen graduated from Hope College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and on June 22, 1949, married Rev. R. James Bos in Muskegon. Jim preceded her in … Continue reading "Genevieve Duiser ’49 Bos"
Marguerite Prins ’49 De Haan
Peggy DeHaan, 91, of Holland, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, with family by her side. She was born Marguerite Jean Prins to Peter N. and Marguerite Meyer Prins on August 28, 1927, in the City. She graduated from Holland High School in 1945 and received a B.A. in English from Hope College in … Continue reading "Marguerite Prins ’49 De Haan"
Wallace Stoepker ’43
On December 13, 2019, the Reverend Wallace (Wally) Robert Stoepker, a lifelong servant of God and loving husband to Dorothy Mae Stoepker for over 73 years, entered into fellowship with all the saints and with Christ, our Saviour. Wally was born on June 21st, 1921 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Seward and Mary … Continue reading "Wallace Stoepker ’43"
Nellie Ritsema ’47 Vriesman
Nellie Mae Vriesman, age 93 of Lynden, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Nellie was born in Saint Anne, Illinois on March 30, 1926 to parents Albert and Susie (Tallma) Ritsema. Nellie graduated from Hope College with a teaching degree and went on to teach high school English for five … Continue reading "Nellie Ritsema ’47 Vriesman"
Phyllis Dietrich ’48 Cornell
We are sad to announce that on December 6, 2019 we had to say goodbye to Phyllis Cornell (Dearborn, Michigan). Family and friends can light a candle as a loving gesture for their loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family in the guestbook on this memorial page of Phyllis Cornell to show support. … Continue reading "Phyllis Dietrich ’48 Cornell"
Christian “Chris” Den Herder ’48
Christian Jacob DenHerder was born on June 26, 1925, to Harmon Matthew and Della Cornelia (Hospers) DenHerder of Zeeland, Michigan, and passed away January 22, 2020, in Zephyrhills, Florida.  Growing up near the shores of Lake Michigan, Chris enjoyed boating and outdoor sports of all kinds. Chris enlisted in the U. S. Navy in May … Continue reading "Christian “Chris” Den Herder ’48"
Joan DeYoung ’48 Hinkamp
Joan A. Hinkamp passed away in Portland, Ore. on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019 from pneumonia. She was a treasured wife, mother, nurse and friend. Joan was born to Dr. Thies and Aletta (Wyngarden) DeYoung on Sept. 7, 1923 in Grand Rapids, and was the oldest of five children. She attended a one-room grade school in … Continue reading "Joan DeYoung ’48 Hinkamp"
Eugene Vis ’48
Eugene Vis ’48 of Penn Yan, New York, died on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. He was 95.
Genevieve Duiser ’49 Bos
Genevieve Duiser ’49 Bos of Holland, formerly of Muskegon, Michigan, died on Sunday, June 30, 2019. She was 92. Survivors include her children, Mary Bos ’73 (Robert ’74) Van Voorst, Charlene Bos ’75 (David) Alexander and Robert (Tamala) Bos ’80; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Theresa Staal ’49 Coleman
Theresa “Tess” Staal-Coleman, age 91, of Holland, MI went to be with her Lord and Savior, Wednesday, December 4, 2019. Tess was preceded in death by her husband James Coleman; sister Kay Teerman; brothers, Peter, Dr. Harvey, Marvin and Rev. John Staal. She will be lovingly missed by her sister, Anna Mae England and special … Continue reading "Theresa Staal ’49 Coleman"
Gerald “Jerry” Bax ’42
Gerald “Jerry” Bax ’42 Having sung in church choirs all his life in Holland, Pontiac and Grand Rapids, Gerald has now joined the heavenly choir after passing away on May 27, 2020. Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor; his sisters Ruth (Tony) Kempker; Phyllis Swierenga; and brother-in-law John (Arlene) Ligtvoet. Jerry is … Continue reading "Gerald “Jerry” Bax ’42"
Ted Boeve ’49
Ted Edgar Boeve died Sunday, March 22, in Holland, MI. Born in Akron, Ohio he spent most of his youth in Zeeland. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Marie Boeve; sister, Delores Cliffman and in- laws, John and Mary Vande Wege. He is survived by his wife Mary Juliann (“ Muncie”) … Continue reading "Ted Boeve ’49"
Roger Rietberg ’47
Roger J. Rietberg was united with his loved ones on Tuesday, May 19—the postlude to 97 years of service on earth and prelude to eternity. Born in 1922 to Jay and Katherine Rietberg of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Roger was the oldest of four children (Eleonor and Verna, who predeceased him, and Warren, who lives in … Continue reading "Roger Rietberg ’47"
Hazel Kragt ’49
Hazel (VanderWoude) Kragt of Spring Lake, Michigan, passed away peacefully on the morning of her 92nd birthday, May 20, 2020. Hazel was born in Missaukee County, Michigan on May 20, 1928 as the only child of Janet (Abbring/Buikema) and Harold Vander Woude. Hazel graduated from McBain high school as the valedictorian of her class and … Continue reading "Hazel Kragt ’49"
Emilia “Mimi” Moncada ’43 Knooihuizen
Emilia Giovanna “Mimi” Knooihuizen passed away on June 12, 2020 at her home in Hudson, OH while surrounded by family members. She is preceded in death by her daughter Margaret Marie, her parents, the Reverend Pietro S and Emma Plavan Moncada, sister Clelia (Tom) Smith and brother Valdo (Mary). Mimi was born in 1923 and … Continue reading "Emilia “Mimi” Moncada ’43 Knooihuizen"
Seymour Padnos ’43
Seymour Padnos, much loved husband, father and grandfather, successful businessman and generous philanthropist passed away at his home in Holland, MI at the age of 99 on July 9, 2020. Throughout his life, Seymour was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed nothing more than feeling the wind in his face and sun on his back – whether … Continue reading "Seymour Padnos ’43"
Verladyne Saunders ’45 DeLoof
Verladyne DeLoof, 96, of Sioux Falls, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 at the Avera Prince of Peace Nursing Home, Sioux Falls. She was born in 1924 in Michigan and attended West Michigan University and then graduated from Hope College with an education degree. She married Rev. Gerard “Jerry” DeLoof in 1950. The couple worked in … Continue reading "Verladyne Saunders ’45 DeLoof"
Jane Smies ’45 De Witt
Jane Ruth Smies De Witt of Joliet IL, aged 96, passed away on Friday August 2, 2019. Raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, she then attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she met and married William A. De Witt. They moved to Joliet in 1953. In 2010 she moved from her home on Western Ave to … Continue reading "Jane Smies ’45 De Witt"
Karl “KP” Wildermuth ’46
Karl Paul “KP” Wildermuth, 95, left this world peacefully December 1st, 2019 in his MaderiaBeach Florida home. Karl was born November 4th, 1924, in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin to Beata and Herbert Wildermuth.  Karl is preceded in death by his father Herbert, his mother Beata, and his brother Herbert Junior.  He is survived by his loving wife, Beverly HottWildermuth.  His four children, Terri (Yan Lin), … Continue reading "Karl “KP” Wildermuth ’46"
Thelma Oonk ’47 Brower
Thelma Brower, 95, of Urbandale, died on June 21, 2020, at Calvin Community. Private family graveside service was held in Lindenwood Cemetery near Geneva, Iowa. A public celebration of Thelma’s Life will be at a later date at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. Arrangements are under the direction of Iles Funeral Home in Des … Continue reading "Thelma Oonk ’47 Brower"
Edith Herlein ’47 Maassen
Word has been received of the death of Edith Herlein ’47 Maassen of Zeeland, Michigan. She was 96. Survivors include her children, Ruth, Peter ’77 and Lois ’78; their partners Tom Tamlyn, Kay Gouwens ’77 and Chris Wiers ’81; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Marion Maurer ’48 Bostian
Marion Maurer ’48 Bostian of Cincinnati, Ohio, died on Monday, March 23, 2020.
Joseph Palmer Jr. ’48
Joe Palmer Jr. was born June 26, 1924 to Marian and Joseph Sr. of Grand Haven. He enjoyed spending summers at the family cottage on the Potawatomi Bayou off the Grand River with his sisters, Sarah and Mary. He was active in the Boy Scouts and graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1942. He … Continue reading "Joseph Palmer Jr. ’48"
George Zuidema ’49
On July 6, 2020 George D. Zuidema MD passed on to his eternal reward after battling a rare blood disorder. He was 92 years of age. George was the son of Jacob and Reka Zuidema. He was born in Holland, MI and graduated from Holland High School and Hope College, where he graduated with honors. … Continue reading "George Zuidema ’49"
Delbert Knooihuizen ’42
Delbert Knooihuizen ’42 of Hudson, Ohio, died on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. He was 99. He is preceded in death by his wife of 73 year (Emilia “Mimi”), his daughter Margaret Marie, his parents Ray and Edna Knooihuizen, and brother Charles Knooihuizen of Holland Michigan. Del grew up in Jenison and Holland, Michigan. Upon graduation … Continue reading "Delbert Knooihuizen ’42"
Wilbur Brandli ’46
Wilbur Brandli ’46 of White Pigeon, Michigan, died on Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. He was 103. Survivors include his spouse, Gloria Brandli; and two children.
Agnes Finlaw ’46 Green
Agnes “Ronnie” Green, 97, of Jenison, formerly of Traverse City, passed away peacefully Friday, October 23, at Sunset Manor, Jenison, with her family by her side. Ronnie was born on July 16, 1923, in Brooklyn, New York, to the late William Finlaw and Violet Dewhurst Finlaw. She attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn. In … Continue reading "Agnes Finlaw ’46 Green"
Marvin Jalving ’46
Marvin was born November 16, 1924, in Holland, to Clarence and Elsie (Van Dyken) Jalving. He graduated from Holland High School in 1943. Marvin joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943. He was a ball turret gunner on a B17 bomber for 23 missions from England over occupied territory. Marv went to College of Advanced Transportation in Chicago … Continue reading "Marvin Jalving ’46"
Calvin Malefyt ’46
We mourn the passing of Dr. Calvin S. de Waal Malefyt on February 3, 2021 a resident of Cypress Glen retirement center in Greenville, N.C. He leaves behind a deep impact on family, friends and colleagues as an engaged pastor, mentor, and spiritual leader. His legacy for helping others is profound. Dr. Malefyt was born, … Continue reading "Calvin Malefyt ’46"
Richard Fuller ’48
Richard Harlow Fuller, 93, of Frankfort, went home to be with his Savior on October 21, 2020 at Wesley Manor Retirement Community. He was born on June 10, 1927 in Syracuse, NY to Harlow Mercer and Mildred (Stewart) Fuller. He married Lillian (Petzinger) Fuller on July 1, 1950. Lillian passed away on December 24, 2018. Richard graduated from Valley High School in … Continue reading "Richard Fuller ’48"
Constance “Connie” Hinga ’49 Boersma
Constance “Connie” Hinga ’49 Boersma of Holland, Michigan, died on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. She was 93. Among other involvement with Hope, she was a past president of the Women’s League for Hope College, and with her husband, Max ’46, created the endowment for the Hinga-Boersma Dean of the Chapel. She and Max, who died … Continue reading "Constance “Connie” Hinga ’49 Boersma"
Richard Glerum ’49
Richard Z. Glerum Richard Z. Glerum, age 95, passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the New York State Veterans’ home in Oxford NY. At his request there will be no funeral service. Richard was born in 1925 at Rochester NY. He was predeceased by his parents, Milton and Lucille (Zimmer) Glerum, his wife Frances Root Glerum and a brother, … Continue reading "Richard Glerum ’49"
Vernon Boersma ’44
Dr. Vernon L. Boersma died peacefully in his sleep at his home on June 19, 2021. He was born the son of Henry and Grace Boersma on January 17, 1922 in Holland, Michigan. He married Lois Mary Hinkamp in 1945 and they recently celebrated their 75th anniversary. He was graduated from Holland Christian High School, … Continue reading "Vernon Boersma ’44"
Pauline Stegenga ’48 Breen
Pauline Mildred (Stegenga) Breen, 94, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 5, 2021. She was born on the farm of her parents, Dirk and Maggie (Deur) Stegenga, in North Holland, Michigan, in 1926. Pauline was the granddaughter of some of the first Dutch immigrants to western Michigan. She attended East … Continue reading "Pauline Stegenga ’48 Breen"
Emily “Jackie” Boerman ’48 Stark
Stark, E. Jacquelyn “Jackie” Muskegon Mrs. Emily Jacquelyn “Jackie” Stark, 93, passed away August 27, 2020 in Muskegon. She was born May 5, 1927 to Jacob and Catherine (VanderWall) Boerman in Hudsonville, and lived in the Muskegon area for most of her life. Jackie graduated from Hackley School of Nursing and worked as a Registered … Continue reading "Emily “Jackie” Boerman ’48 Stark"
Alida Keizer ’49 Vande Bunte
Alida R. VandeBunte, 94 of Grand Rapids, Michigan moved to heaven on Sunday, March 7, 2021. She is preceded in death by her loving husband Howard J. VandeBunte, parents James and Angeline Keizer, and brother Ronald Keizer. She is survived by her children David and Barbara VandeBunte, Lee and Nancy Vande Bunte, Jane and Todd … Continue reading "Alida Keizer ’49 Vande Bunte"
Eunice Potter ’45 Coffman
Eunice R. Coffman, a long-time Bloomfield Hills resident, died Sunday, June 13, 2021 at Samaritas Senior Living Center in Bloomfield Hills. She was 98. Eunice was born February 2, 1923, in Highland, Wisconsin, the youngest of five children of the Rev. Herman J. and Guizena Potter. As a child and teenager she lived in Highland, … Continue reading "Eunice Potter ’45 Coffman"
Sylvio Scorza ’45
The Rev. Dr. Sylvio J. Scorza, age 98, passed away on August 1, 2021, in Orange City, Iowa, after a brief illness. He was a professor emeritus at Northwestern College. Sylvio Joseph was born on March 21, 1923, in Zurich, Switzerland, the son of Rev. Joseph P. and Helena (Kopp) Scorza. He came to the … Continue reading "Sylvio Scorza ’45"
Phyllis Voss ’47 Bruggers
Phyllis Bruggers was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and child of God. Phyllis was born to John and Cornelia (DeYoung) Voss in South Holland, Illinois on October 2, 1924. She was the middle child; her sisters Marjorie Stephens and Dorothy Voss have preceded her in death. Phyllis attended Thornton TownshipHigh School in Illinois and … Continue reading "Phyllis Voss ’47 Bruggers"
Betty VandeWege ’49 VanDenBerg
Betty Irene VanDenBerg August 15, 1927 – August 5, 2021 Surrounded by family, our beloved Mother, Grandma and Aunt passed away peacefully on August 5, 2021. Betty (VanDeWege) VanDenBerg, daughter of John and Amanda VanDeWege, grew up in Holland, Michigan. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in teaching from Hope College (1949) where she was … Continue reading "Betty VandeWege ’49 VanDenBerg"
Estella (Dolly) Kamps ’42 Kronemeyer
Estella M. (Dolly) Kronemeyer was born February 12, 1921 and died November 5, 2021. She was born in Zeeland, Michigan to John and Effie (Workman) Kamps. At age 4 the family moved to Grand Rapids. She was a graduate of Grand Rapids Central High School and Hope College class of 1942. She also attended Grand Rapids … Continue reading "Estella (Dolly) Kamps ’42 Kronemeyer"
Frances VanLeeuwen ’47 Douma
Frances G. Douma, 98 of Holland, MI passed away on January 12, 2022, at Lakeside Vista in Holland. Fran was born and raised in Holland, where she learned how to drive on a tractor, enjoyed playing softball, and was a Dutch Dancer at Tulip Time. She graduated from Holland High and Hope College with her Bachelor’s … Continue reading "Frances VanLeeuwen ’47 Douma"
Vada Efird ’47 Hartje
Vada Efird ’47 Hartje  of Glen Cove, NY on January 30, 2021 age 95. Beloved wife of the late Kenneth. Loving mother of Diane  Hartje ’75 Rivas (Juan), Karen Hartje ’78  Austin, Paul (Mariann) Hartje ’80 and Linda Kingsley (Andrew). Proud grandmother of 8 and special great-grandmother of 10. Dear sister of Mary Ann Higgins … Continue reading "Vada Efird ’47 Hartje"
Bette VanDyke ’47 Metzler
Bette I. Metzler, 96, of Holland, Mich., (formerly Bay City, Mich.) passed away on Nov. 16, 2021. She was born May 1, 1925, to Otto and Anna Van Dyke and grew up on Lagoon Beach, near Bay City. She was the beloved wife to James Metzler for 68 years, and they are now reunited after his passing in … Continue reading "Bette VanDyke ’47 Metzler"
Beverly Stout ’48 Downs
Beverly Jeane Downs reposed peacefully in the Lord on February 21, 2022 at the age of 95. She was born in Los Angeles to Harry and Gladys Stout and went to high school in Beverly Hills with all the movie stars. As a teenager she encountered Christ at a Holy Friday service and the experience changed her … Continue reading "Beverly Stout ’48 Downs"
Katherine Steketee ’48 MacKenzie
Katherine J. MacKenzie, age 94, of Holland died Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at Holland Hospital. She was preceded in death by her son, Stuart MacKenzie, sisters, Evelyn Upjohn, Margaret Brunson and Marie Bostick. Katherine was born and raised in Holland and graduated from Holland High School and Hope College. For 18 years she owned and … Continue reading "Katherine Steketee ’48 MacKenzie"
Kenneth Weller ’48
Kenneth Jay Weller, 96, was born November 22, 1925, in Holland, Michigan. He was the only child of Gertrude Verhey Weller and Arie Weller, an immigrant from Boskoop, South Holland, the Netherlands. Ken died in Pella, Iowa, on March 18, 2022, satisfied with what he called “a good life” spanning almost a century. A life devoted to love of … Continue reading "Kenneth Weller ’48"
Joan Sheel ’49 Dekker
Joan Allene Dekker, age 93, of Worthington, passed away on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda, MN. She was born on September 18, 1928, the only child of Charles F. and Clara S. Sheel. Joan attended the Hospers, Iowa public schools, graduating as valedictorian. She then graduated from Hope College in Holland, … Continue reading "Joan Sheel ’49 Dekker"
David Hoogerhyde ’49
A respected and beloved father, grandfather and “G.G.”, David M. Hoogerhyde, age 97, entered into his heavenly home on November 6, 2021. The son of Rosetta and David Hoogerhyde Sr., David was born on June 23, 1924, and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from South High School and enrolled in Hope College. His tenure at Hope was interrupted by a call … Continue reading "David Hoogerhyde ’49"
Howard DeMaster ’48
Howard L. DeMaster, age 96 of Shawano, formerly of Breed, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 at his home at The Cottages in Shawano. Howie was born on October 30, 1925 in Sheboygan County. He grew up in Cedar Grove, WI. He was a proud Navy veteran with lots of stories to tell. While … Continue reading "Howard DeMaster ’48"
Mary Brower ’48 Post
Mary E. Post slipped from this life on March 15, 2022, with her children at her side. She died at Westminster Woods where she had been a resident for twenty-seven years. Mary Ellen was born to the Reverend Bert Brower and wife Susanna (Hamelink) in Grand Rapids, Michigan where her father pastored the Home Acres Reformed … Continue reading "Mary Brower ’48 Post"
James Den Herder ’49
After a long struggle with declining health, James M. Den Herder has found eternal peace. He died March 7, 2022, at the age of 97, in Naples, FL. Jim was born on December 22, 1924. He was raised by parents Jay and Ruth Den Herder in Holland, Michigan, where he graduated from Holland High School and Hope College. During World War … Continue reading "James Den Herder ’49"
Mary Hepp ’49 Dunning
Mary Louise Dunning of Westerville OH, age 94, passed away peacefully at home and in the presence of family members on July 8, 2022. Born in 1928 to a Brooklyn (New York City) couple of modest means, Mary was orphaned young and raised with a cousin by an aunt—a single mother working in the garment … Continue reading "Mary Hepp ’49 Dunning"
Judith Mulder ’49 Van Zanten
Beloved wife for 53 years of the late, S. Craig VanZanten. Loving mother of Pamela E. (Ted), S. Craig ’77 (Kate), John B. ’78 (the late Mariann), T. Hugh, and Dacia L. Van Zanten ’85 (Peter ’83). Proud grandmother and step- grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of 4. Judy filled her life with family and … Continue reading "Judith Mulder ’49 Van Zanten"

1950s

Ellen Beuker ’50 Froelich
Ellen Beuker ’50 Froelich went into the Light of God on September 2, 2016. She was 88. Nan was born in Grand Rapids on August 7, 1028 to Margaret Evelyn Trompen ’24 and Dr. Herman Beuker ‘22. Her family moved to Marshall, Michigan, when Nan was a year old, where her father began his medical … Continue reading "Ellen Beuker ’50 Froelich"
Dr. William W. Jellema ’50
Dr. William W. Jellema ’50, born in Ridgeland, Wis., June 25, 1927, died Aug. 8, 2016, in Mount Pleasant, S.C. While he was beset in the last years by challenges to his mind and memory, he retained until the last day his irrepressibly positive approach to life, sharp sense of humor, warm smile, and everlasting … Continue reading "Dr. William W. Jellema ’50"
Rev. Paul L. Lupkes ’50
Rev. Paul L. Lupkes ’50, 89, passed away at Bella Vista Nursing Home on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. A resident of Rapid City for 39 years, he was well-known in Rapid City and West River as a minister, professor, chaplain. He was born Jan. 21, 1927 on a farm in Iowa to John and Grace … Continue reading "Rev. Paul L. Lupkes ’50"
Eugene S. Marcus ’50
Eugene S. Marcus ’50, 87, of North Canton passed away peacefully after a long illness on Sunday, July 31, 2016. He was born December 22, 1928 in Holland, Michigan, to the late Tien and Lena Marcus. Gene served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve from 1951 to 1957. … Continue reading "Eugene S. Marcus ’50"
Dr. Daniel L. Paul ’50
Dr. Daniel L. Paul ’50, 89, of Sunny Hills, Florida, summer resident of Mankato, Minnesota, and former resident of Holland, Michigan and Orange City, Iowa, passed away Thursday, August 25, at the Mankato Mayo Clinic Hospital. Dan was born December 15, 1926 to Daniel A. and Helen (Kern) Paul in Brooklyn, New York. There, Dan … Continue reading "Dr. Daniel L. Paul ’50"
Wilma Ford ’51 Sullivan
Wilma A. Sullivan, 86, Orlando, Florida, died Thursday, January 21, 2016.
Dr. William Michael Bocks ’52
Dr. William Michael Bocks, 86 of Holland, passed away at home on Saturday, June 25, 2016, with his loving family by his side. Bill attended Holland Public Schools, graduated from Hope College, received his Masters Degree from Western Michigan University and Doctorate in Education from Michigan State University. His life was dedicated to education. He … Continue reading "Dr. William Michael Bocks ’52"
Paul Roger Kromann ’52
Paul Roger Kromann, of Warner Robins, GA, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2016 at the age of 85. Paul was born in Racine, Wisconsin. Following high school, he continued his education, majoring in chemistry, at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He later received his Phd in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. … Continue reading "Paul Roger Kromann ’52"
Jean Cloetingh ’53 Smith
Jean Cloetingh ’53 Smith of Champaign, Ill died on Friday, June 17, 2016.  She was 84.   She was preceded in death by her husband, William Charles Smith ’51 in 1976.  Her survivors include her children Barbara Smith ’76 Bussema (Dan ’76),  Norman Smith (Patti),  Melissa (Scott) Mongreig, Cheryl (Joe) Thulin (Joe), 8 grandchildren and 8 … Continue reading "Jean Cloetingh ’53 Smith"
Donald A. Lubbers ’54
Donald A. Lubbers ’54 , Holt, Michigan. Just One Week After Attending His Grandson’s High School Graduation In Raleigh, North Carolina, “Lubby” Passed Away Unexpectedly From An Aggressive Form Of Leukemia On June 21, 2016. He Was Preceded In Death By His Father, Clarence Lubbers ’24; Mother, Thelma; And Wife, Nancie Carpenter ’54 Lubbers. He … Continue reading "Donald A. Lubbers ’54"
Harold Bazan ’55
Harold Bazan, age 84 of Vriesland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday, June 4, 2016. He was a man of deep faith, who infused everything he did with his unique sense of humor, showing kindness to everyone he met. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Betty; children: Sue … Continue reading "Harold Bazan ’55"
Rev. Jonathan James Hinkamp ’55
Rev. Jonathan James Hinkamp, 81, of Ticonderoga, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at the Moses-Ludington Hospital of Ticonderoga. Born in Niskayuna, New York, January 22, 1935, he was the son of the late Franklin and Edith (Dings) Hinkamp. Rev. Hinkamp was a man of God. He was a retired Minister of the Reformed Church of America, and … Continue reading "Rev. Jonathan James Hinkamp ’55"
Robert W. Muilenburg ’55
Robert W. Muilenburg, 83, of Boonton Twp., NJ, formerly of Randolph, NJ, passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 18th at 11:00am in the Codey & Mackey Funeral Home, 107 Essex Avenue, Boonton, NJ 07005. Memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. … Continue reading "Robert W. Muilenburg ’55"
Marjorie Bruns ’55 Schilling
Marjorie Bruns Schilling ~ 82 Vancouver, Washington December 3, 1933 ~ July 14, 2016. Survivors include her sister, Marlene Bruns ’55 Robberts and husband, Kenneth Robberts. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Bruno Bruns ’27 and Regina Buss ’28 Bornn and brother Leonard E. Bruns ’53
Barbara Bennema ’58 Dawdy
Barbara Bennema Dawdy of Freedom Village in Holland went to be with her savior Thursday, July 7, 2016, after succumbing to complications of Alzheimer’s. Barbara was born June 30, 1934 in DeMotte Ind. She graduated from Hope College BS ( 56⁄58) and Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing RN (57). Barbara was married to the late Arthur Dawdy … Continue reading "Barbara Bennema ’58 Dawdy"
Elmer Kanengieter ’58
Elmer Kanengieter, age 86 of Little Rock, IA died Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Sibley Specialty Care Center in Sibley, IA. Elmer H. Kanengieter was born July 16, 1929 on the family farm southwest of Little Rock, Iowa, the son of Andrew and Grace (Dreesen) Kanengieter. He attended country school and helped with the daily … Continue reading "Elmer Kanengieter ’58"
Robert Becksfort ’50
Robert Becksfort ’50 88, of Niles passed away peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at Woodland Terrace. He was born April 16, 1928, to the late Henry and Johanna (DeYoung) Becksfort in Holland. On June 16, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Bedell ’50 who preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2001, following their … Continue reading "Robert Becksfort ’50"
Annette Cousins ’50 Bonzelaar
Annette Cousins ’50 Bonzelaar, age 92, of Holland, passed away peacefully in the arms of her Savior on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin ’45; a son, Robert; and a sister, Katherine Gast. Annette was a member of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, graduated from Hope College, and … Continue reading "Annette Cousins ’50 Bonzelaar"
Howard Bruggers ’50
Howard Bruggers ’50 of Lafayette, Louisiana, died on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 66 years Henrietta Weener ’50 Bruggers; his son, Dr. Barry Bruggers (Linda); his daughters, Dr. Karen Bruggers (Dr. Mark Odom), Kathy Moses (Dr. Michael Moses), and Kristy Thompson; his seven grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer Bruggers, Jessica … Continue reading "Howard Bruggers ’50"
Clair De Mull ’50
Clair De Mull ’50 age 90, of Holland, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve in 2013, a son-in-law, Dennis Huisman in 2005, and a great grandson. Clair was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church and taught and coached in Allegan and West Ottawa … Continue reading "Clair De Mull ’50"
Robert DeYoung ’50
Robert DeYoung ’50 of Kalamazoo, MI passed away on Tuesday afternoon, December 27, 2016 at the age of 91. Bob, the son of Peter and Minnie (Smith) DeYoung, was born in Holland MI on April 30, 1925. He graduated from Holland High School in 1943. He served in the US Navy in the South Pacific … Continue reading "Robert DeYoung ’50"
Bernard D. Hakken Jr. ’50
Bernard D. Hakken Jr. ’50 age 89, went to be with his Lord, Saturday, December 24, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Elda Hakken and his brother, James Hakken ’51. Bernard will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Donna  Hoogerhyde ’56 Hakken; his children, Ruth Hakken ’78 (Douglas) Roosien, … Continue reading "Bernard D. Hakken Jr. ’50"
Donn Lindeman ’50
Donn Lindeman ’50 of Saint Cloud, Florida, son of Marvin and Nelle Lindeman, passed away on Dec. 3, 2016. He was born on Dec. 6, 1926. Donn graduated from Holland High in 1942 and served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. He is survived by his wife, Pam (Weeks) of 35 years; children, David Lindeman … Continue reading "Donn Lindeman ’50"
Isla Streur ’50 Schipper
Isla Schipper, 88, of Holland, died on Jan. 22, 2017. She was born in Holland on Oct. 18, 1928, to Gordon and Emma Streur. Isla was a graduate of Holland High School ‘46 and Hope College ‘50. She was married to Vern Schipper ’51 for 56 years, who predeceased her. Isla is survived by her … Continue reading "Isla Streur ’50 Schipper"
Maurice Boon ’51
Maurice Boon ’51 age 90 of Grand Haven passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Moon was born June 1, 1926 to Dirk and Mary (Ruster) Boon in Grand Haven. After graduating from Grand Haven High School, Moon proudly served his country in the US Navy during WW II. He attended Hope … Continue reading "Maurice Boon ’51"
Kenneth Etterbeek ’51
Kenneth Etterbeek ’51, , age 87, of Holland died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at Appledorn North in Holland. Ken was born in Zeeland, raised in Holland and graduated from Holland High School. He attended Hope College for two years before transferring to Michigan State and graduating in 1951. Ken was a member of Christ Memorial Church … Continue reading "Kenneth Etterbeek ’51"
Nancylee Corp ’51 Marema
Nancylee Corp ’51 Marema, a choirmaster, organist and educator who for six decades helped congregations, students and family make a joyful noise unto the Lord, died Oct. 26, 2016. She was 87. Nancy was born in 1929 in Auburn, N.Y. Her father, Clarence Corp, was a pharmacist, and her mother, Alpha Monteith Corp, operated an antique … Continue reading "Nancylee Corp ’51 Marema"
Russell VanDyke ’51
Russell VanDyke ’51, 86, of Rochester, MN. passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Hospital – St. Marys Campus in Rochester. Russell was born on February 8, 1930 in Rochester, NY to Russell H. and Mary Geneva (Austin) VanDyke. He graduated from high school in Rochester, NY and attended Hope College and … Continue reading "Russell VanDyke ’51"
John Willits ’51
John Willits ’51 of Naples, Florida, age 88, passed away at the home of his daughter Debra, husband Michael Hoefling and daughter Lisa Hoefling on December 8, 2016 in Naples, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents: Dr. Paul and Alice Willits; his son, Michael Voigt Willits, his brother Paul Willits Jr and … Continue reading "John Willits ’51"
Annette Siderius ’52 DeWolf
Annette Siderius ’52 DeWolf passed away gently and gracefully on Sunday, July 17, 2016. She follows her loving husband of 62 years, John E. DeWolf Jr. ’51, who passed in January of this year. She is survived by 4 children, John (Sue) DeWolf III; Leigh Ann DeWolf ’79 (Mark ’79), Frederik (Margaret Gallo) and Ivonne DeWolf … Continue reading "Annette Siderius ’52 DeWolf"
Richard Reinemann ’53
Richard Reinemann ’53 a Medfield resident since 1965, died on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was 85 years old. Born in Oradell, New Jersey to the late Louis and Henrietta (Arnold) Reinemann, he was raised and educated in the Oradell Public Schools, graduated with the class of 1949, … Continue reading "Richard Reinemann ’53"
Stanley Vander Aarde ’53
Stanley Vander Aarde ’53, age 85, of Orange City, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016, at the Orange City Area Health System. Stanley Bernard was born on September 26, 1931, in Orange City, the son of Bernard John and Christina (Luchtenburg) Vander Aarde. He attended the public school and the Northwestern Academy and Junior … Continue reading "Stanley Vander Aarde ’53"
Frederick Bauer ’54
Frederick Bauer ’54  died unexpectedly at his home in Swannanoa. Born in Queens, New York, he was a graduate of Hope College, Holland, Michigan. Following his graduation he completed his military duty in the US Army. He worked in New York City until retiring to Western North Carolina in 1996. He is survived by his beloved … Continue reading "Frederick Bauer ’54"
Lois Huizenga ’54
Lois Huizenga ’54, age 87, of Holland, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016, at the Inn at Freedom Village. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth ( Grit) Huizenga; brothers, Raymond ’47 and Anne ( Dethmers) Huizenga and Jonathan Huizenga; and an infant sister. Survivors include a brother, Clarence Huizenga ’56 … Continue reading "Lois Huizenga ’54"
Joyce Kobes ’54 Proechel
Joyce Kobes ’54 Proechel, 84, of Holland, passed away on Dec 30, 2016. She was preceded in death by previous husbands, Hardy Ensing ’52 and Bill McQueen; and her brother, Ronald Kobes. She is survived by her husband, Donald Proechel; her four children, Gregory (Kelly) Ensing, Diane (Mike) Butcher, David (Gretchen) Ensing, and Michael ’91 … Continue reading "Joyce Kobes ’54 Proechel"
Carolyn Lange ’54 VanderWoude
Carolyn Lange ’54 VanderWoude of Albert Lea, Minnesota, died Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the ThorneCrest Retirement Center in Albert Lea. She was 86 years of age. Carolyn was born November 27, 1929 in Pipestone, MN, the daughter of Walter and Cecelia (Meyer) Lange. She graduated from Pipestone High School in 1948, attended Hamline University, … Continue reading "Carolyn Lange ’54 VanderWoude"
Donald Baird ’55
Donald Baird ’55, 82, passed away on Dec. 7, 2016 at Scotia Village. Born on December 11, 1933 in Hudson County, New Jersey, he was the son of the late John MacGregor Baird, Jr. and Beatrice Lucretia Sprague. He is survived by his wife Charlene Swears Baird and his sister  Janet Baird ’58 (Richard ’54) … Continue reading "Donald Baird ’55"
Mary Yeomans ’56 Hobeck
Mary Yeomans ’56 Hobeck, age 82, of Holland, passed away peacefully Monday, October 24, 2016 at Maple Leaf Health Care Center in Manchester, New Hampshire after living with Parkinson’s for 10 years. Mary graduated from Holland High School and attended both Hope College in Holland and National Teacher’s College in Evanston. She was an elementary … Continue reading "Mary Yeomans ’56 Hobeck"
Ethel Peelen ’57 Van Istendal
Ethel Peelen ’57 Van Istendal 81, of Louisville, KY went home to be with her Lord on November 29, 2016. She was so happy to be with her family in Holland, Mi. for the last month of her life. Her perseverance, strong hope in Jesus, amazing attitude of gratitude enabled her to endure nine cancers. Ethel … Continue reading "Ethel Peelen ’57 Van Istendal"
Thomas Harris, Jr. ’58
Thomas Harris, Jr. ’58 was born on September 23, 1932, to Thomas James Harris, Sr. and Elizabeth Gillespie Harris, in the small coal mining town of Blakely, Pennsylvania. His father was a coal miner, and his mother was a homemaker. Tom’s family relocated to Philadelphia when he was a child. That is where he and his … Continue reading "Thomas Harris, Jr. ’58"
Gerald Boerman ’50
Gerald Boerman ’50, 87, of Green Valley, Arizona, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. Jerry passed away peacefully at Northwest Hospital surrounded by many of his loved ones. Jerry was born in Grand Rapids, MI, to Rev. Jacob and Catherine Boerman. He was preceded in death by his dear … Continue reading "Gerald Boerman ’50"
Albert Cronheim ’50
Albert Cronheim ’50, aged 94, of Norton Shores, formerly of Grandville, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, November 19, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara and his stillborn child, Fredrick. Surviving are his children, Paula and David Lickfeldt, Tamara and Michael Fleckenstein, Rebecca and Peter Gawkowski, Pete and Miranda … Continue reading "Albert Cronheim ’50"
Clair DeMull ’50
Clair DeMull ’50, age 90, of Holland, died Friday, November 25, 2016 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve in 2013; a son-in-law, Dennis Huisman in 2005; and a great grandson. Clair was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church and taught and coached in Allegan and West Ottawa … Continue reading "Clair DeMull ’50"
Lorraine Drake ’50 Gramm
Lorraine Drake ’50 Gramm, 88, of Saint Petersburg, FL passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Westminster Palms. Born in Rochester, NY, on November 15, 1928 to the late Hugh B. Drake and the late Anna C. Kesel. She was married for over 50 years to Charles F. Gramm, who preceded her in death. … Continue reading "Lorraine Drake ’50 Gramm"
Donald Lee ’50
Donald Lee ’50 of Aquebogue died April 4, 2017 at Southampton Hospital. He was 89 years old. He was born in Flushing on January 7, 1928 to Harold and Grace (Milne) Lee. He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. On April 24,1965 he married Carol Bird in Manhattan. … Continue reading "Donald Lee ’50"
Howard Millard ’50
Howard Millard ’50, 88, of Zeeland, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017. Howard was born in Brunswick on April 20, 1928, to Alvie and Hazel (Brouwer) Millard. Howard graduated from high school and went to college. He married the love of his life, Jean Meulendyke in 1950, and they raised their family in Zeeland. Howard … Continue reading "Howard Millard ’50"
Duane Clark Sutfin ’50
Duane Clark Sutfin ’50 died February 3, 2017 at Porter Hospice Johnson Center. Survived by daughters Pamela (Mike) Guthrie, Cynthia Sutfin, sons Mark (Roberta) and Paul Sutfin, five grandchildren, and brothers Roger of Wheaton IL and Frank of Naperville IL. Preceded in death by his wife, Lillian “Billie” Martinez Sutfin .
Norma Hungerink ’50 Westerhoff
Norma Hungerink ’50, 88, of Largo, passed away May 10, 2017. She is survived by her husband, Robert and loving family.
William Hinga ’51
William Hinga ’51 of Pella died in his sleep at Jefferson Place in the early morning hours of May 9, 2017. He was 88. Bill was born Feb. 20, 1929, in Holland to Gladys Kendrick Hinga and Milton “ Bud” Hinga. Their second child, he grew up under the watchful eye of his sister, Connie, who … Continue reading "William Hinga ’51"
Edward Kerle ’51
Edward Kerle ’51, 87, of Granville, at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, June 3, 2017 in Heritage Hall at First Presbyterian Church, 110 W. Broadway, Granville. Ed died Thursday, May 4, 2017 at his home in Granville. He was born in Passaic, New Jersey to the late Gustav and Elsie (Palubniak) Kerle July 5, 1929. After graduation from Passaic High … Continue reading "Edward Kerle ’51"
Howard Van Dahm ’52
Howard Van Dahm ’52, age 86, passed away Monday evening, February 20, 2017 in Illinois. He was born November 19, 1930 in Chicago, IL to Thomas and Sarah (Toren) Van Dahm. Howard attended Hope College and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had worked for Shaw Walker for over 40 years … Continue reading "Howard Van Dahm ’52"
Mary Jo Geerlings ’53 Bergstrom
Mary Jo Geerlings ’53 Bergstrom, age 85, of Bel Air, MD passed away on March 17, 2017 at Awakenings Assisted Living in Bel Air. Born in Lowville, NY, she was the daughter of Clyde Henry and Ardean (Van Arendonk) Geerlings and was the wife of the late Robert Loyal Bergstrom. In 1953, she earned a … Continue reading "Mary Jo Geerlings ’53 Bergstrom"
Stanley McClure ’53
Stanley McClure ’53 and Florence Passed away of natural causes within hours of each other over the weekend at Spectrum Health of Ludington. They were married for over 66 years. Florence was born January 16, 1931 in Muskegon. She was a housewife, and the daughter of William & Josephine (Sadlejia) King. She attended Muskegon Heights High … Continue reading "Stanley McClure ’53"
Edward Viening ’53
Edward Viening ’53, 87, of Jenison, was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 13, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Anne. Ed was a former pastor who served the Dunningville Reformed Church for many years and then at Zondervan Publishing Company until … Continue reading "Edward Viening ’53"
Carolyn Lange ’54 VanderWoude
Carolyn Lange ’54 VanderWoude Carolyn was born November 27, 1929 in Pipestone, MN, the daughter of Walter and Cecelia (Meyer) Lange. She graduated from Pipestone High School in 1948, attended Hamline University, the University of Utah, and received her BA in music from Hope College in Holland, MI. In 1987 she received her Master’s degree … Continue reading "Carolyn Lange ’54 VanderWoude"
Phyllis Wierenga ’55 Muilenburg
Phyllis Wierenga ’55 Muilenburg quietly left this earth on Sunday, April 2, 2017, to be with her loving husband, Bob. Phyllis was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Ella and Raymond Wierenga. She attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., where she met the love of her life, Robert William Muilenburg. They were married for 66 years, until … Continue reading "Phyllis Wierenga ’55 Muilenburg"
William Bouwer ’56
William Bouwer ’56, 82, of Oostburg, passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Pine Haven Christian Homes. William was born on May 27, 1934 in Grand Rapids Michigan to Claude and Katherine (Ossewaarde) Bouwer. Following his graduation at Grand Rapids Christian High School, he studied at Hope College. He completed his education after receiving … Continue reading "William Bouwer ’56"
Harvey Mulder ’56
Harvey Mulder ’56, 85, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at University Hospital Conneaut. The son of Dick Henry and Irene Dorothy (Brakesma) Mulder, Harvey was born on Feb. 2, 1931, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A proud Veteran of the United States Army and having served in Germany during the Korean Conflict, he was … Continue reading "Harvey Mulder ’56"
David Markusse ’57
David Markusse ’57 of Kalamazoo, David Markusse, age 81 died on Friday, February 10, 2017. He was born on November 10, 1935 in Kalamazoo, the son of Jacob and Lena (Marker) Markusse and grew up in the Milwood neighborhood where he formed many lifelong friendships and learned the value of hard work with his paper route. … Continue reading "David Markusse ’57"
Lawrence Su ’59
Lawrence Su ’59, 80 of Okemos, died November 17, 2016. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; sons, Lawrence (Angela) Su, William (Mary) Su, John (Cindy) Su and Robert (Laura) Su.
Albert Edgar Lampen ’50
Albert Edgar Lampen “ Ed”, 90, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Born and raised in Holland. Ed proudly served our country in the U. S. Navy during WWII, worked 38.5 years at Holland Board of Public Works, was a lifelong member of Third Reformed Church and a member of Holland Elks … Continue reading "Albert Edgar Lampen ’50"
Dorothy TenBrink ’52 Bauman
Dorothy TenBrink ’52 Bauman of Zeeland, Michigan, died on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods. Born Jan. 14, 1930, in Holland, she went on to marry the love of her life Ken, who she was married to for 66 years. She was a graduate of Hope College, taught in Holland Public Schools for over … Continue reading "Dorothy TenBrink ’52 Bauman"
Irwin Brink ’52
Irwin Brink ’52 of Holland, Michigan, not only was a graduate of the college’s chemistry program but spent his career contributing to its success. Brink, who died on Friday, June 23, 2017, at age 86, was a member of the chemistry faculty from 1957 until retiring in 1996. In addition to receiving multiple research awards and mentoring students, he chaired of the … Continue reading "Irwin Brink ’52"
Marcia Berghorst ’53 Davis
Marcia Berghorst ’53 Davis of Knoxville, Tennessee, died on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. She was born in Zeeland, Michigan on May 13, 1931 and graduated from Hope College. Marcia was a second grade teacher until she became a full time homemaker. She enjoyed making chocolate chip cookies, needle work, writing funny poems, playing games with her grandchildren, … Continue reading "Marcia Berghorst ’53 Davis"
Donald Prentice ’53
Donald Prentice ’53 of Parachute, Colorado, died on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the CO Veterans Living Center, Rifle, from complications with Parkinson’s. Don was the oldest of three born August 21, 1931 to David and Inez W (Clark) Prentice in Detroit, MI. Don married Roberta Carroll “Bobbi” Harding in 1969 and together they had two children, Keith David … Continue reading "Donald Prentice ’53"
Julius Brandt ’54
Julius Brandt ’54 of Lynden, Washington, died on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. He was 95. He was born on June 30, 1922 to Otto and Jeanette (DeVries) Brandt in Holland, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and served as a member of the Army Signal Corp in India and Burma until his discharge in 1946. On … Continue reading "Julius Brandt ’54"
Jean Wierenga ’54 Otto
Jean Wierenga ’54 Otto of South Haven, Michigan, died on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. She was 85. Jean was born on April 7, 1932 in South Haven to Alonzo and Zera Wierenga.  She was a graduate of South Haven High School and Hope College. Post graduate work was completed at Western Michigan University and the University of … Continue reading "Jean Wierenga ’54 Otto"
Emma “Lucille” Meek ’56 Goding
Emma “Lucille” Meek ’56 Goding of Las Cruces, New Mexico, died on Friday, June 30, 2017. She was 83. Lucille is survived by her brother, David Meek of Ruidoso, New Mexico; Children Stephany Benaway of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Clark Goding of Tuscon, Arizona; Heather Spencer of Englewood, Colorado; two granddaughters and a grandson. She is preceded in death … Continue reading "Emma “Lucille” Meek ’56 Goding"
Lois Taylor ’57 De Zeeuw
Lois Taylor ’57 De Zeeuw of McBain, Michigan, died on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017.  She was 82. Lois was born January 30, 1935, to Weller and Clara (VanderVlucht) Taylor at the Taylor family home. She married Peter DeZeeuw on November 29, 1957, at the Lucas Rehoboth Reformed Church. Lois was a homemaker her entire life and took pride in taking good care … Continue reading "Lois Taylor ’57 De Zeeuw"
Gordon Meeusen ’57
Gordon Meeusen ’57 of Guilderland Center, New York, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, having spent most of that day with his entire immediate family.  Gordon was born June 18, 1930 in Holland, Michigan to Simon and Gertrude Meeusen and attended Holland High School where he graduated with Honors … Continue reading "Gordon Meeusen ’57"
John Brouwer ’59
John Brouwer ’59 of Osseo, Wisconsin, died on Monday, April 3, 2017at Regions Hospital, St. Paul MN, due to complications related to burn injuries. John was born in Inwood, IA on September 7, 1934, the son of Jorienus and Artie (Brands) Brouwer. In 1946 he moved to Edgerton, MN with his family. John married the sweetest girl … Continue reading "John Brouwer ’59"
Paul Alderink ’50
Rev. Paul J. Alderink ‘Preacher’, age 91, died Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Born in Holland, Nov. 5, 1926. Graduate of Central High School, Hope College and Western Theological Seminary. Married Doris Jean Prins in 1950. Married for 67 years, they have 5 children Enlisted in the Navy 1944, served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater during … Continue reading "Paul Alderink ’50"
Maxine Waalkes ’50 Paesens
Maxine Joyce Paesens,  age 89; went to her heavenly home on August 24, 2017 with her beloved family surrounding her. Maxinewas born on July 13, 1928 to parents Peter and Gertrude (Everars) Waalkes in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The doctors told her parents that she had a weak heart and wouldn’t live long. Later she was told not to … Continue reading "Maxine Waalkes ’50 Paesens"
Shirley Nienhuis ’50 Proctor
Shirley Dean Nienhuis Proctor, 89, died peacefully with family by her side Jan. 7, 2018. Shirley was born and grew up in Holland. She attended Hope College and Western Michigan University, married Jim Proctor, and came to Indianapolis some 60 years ago. Shirley Proctor was a member of First Friends Meeting, rug hooking groups, volunteer … Continue reading "Shirley Nienhuis ’50 Proctor"
Lois Timmer ’51 Appledorn
Lois Appledorn, Beverly Hills, CA – Age 89 January 5, 2018. Beloved wife of the late William Appledorn, Jr. Beloved mother of Steven (Karen) Appledorn, James (Denise) Appledorn, and Martha (Peter) Littrup. Cherished grandmother of Ann (Bradley), Kate, Thomas (Kristen), Rebecca, William, Gerrit, and Gunnar. Great-grandmother of Ellora and Charlotte. Sister of Albert Timmer, II, the late Chester Timmer, … Continue reading "Lois Timmer ’51 Appledorn"
Harold Cupery ’52
Cupery, Harold & Verna 1/19/2018 Kalamazoo Harold S. (age 87) and Verna J. (age 86) Cupery went to be with their Lord on January 19, 2018. Both were born near Friesland, WI and graduated from Cambria High School. After graduating from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, Harold was ordained as a minister in the … Continue reading "Harold Cupery ’52"
Donald Lokker ’52
Donald ( Curly) R. Lokker, 87, of Holland, died Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017 at his home following a lengthy illness. Born in Holland, Don graduated from Holland High School and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was employed as an accountant for Dunn Manufacturing and was a long time member … Continue reading "Donald Lokker ’52"
Elizabeth Dowd ’52 Smouse
Elizabeth Anne “Betty” Smouse, 87 years old, passed away Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at home with her family at her side after a long illness. Betty was born April 4, 1930 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to the late Leslie W. and Ruth Ann (nee Minar) Dowd. She attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she met Ken … Continue reading "Elizabeth Dowd ’52 Smouse"
Kenneth Bauman ’53
Kenneth “Fuzz” Bauman, 88, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at Holland Hospital. Born March 23, 1929, in Holland, he went on to marry the love of his life Dorothy, who he was married to for 66 years. He was a graduate of Hope College, and received his Master’s degree from University of … Continue reading "Kenneth Bauman ’53"
Jacquelyn Ferris ’53 Beerthuis
Jackie Beerthuis, 87, went home to be with her Savior on Jan. 4, 2018. She was born in Allegan. Her claim to fame was starting a restaurant in Holland which she named Jackie’s Place. She lovingly called herself “ the original Jackie.” Jackie had a lifelong dream of living in Florida and that dream came true … Continue reading "Jacquelyn Ferris ’53 Beerthuis"
Jack DeWaard ’53
Word has been received of the death of Jack DeWaard ’53 of Mesa, Arizona, who died on Monday, June 5, 2017. He was 86. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Jones ’55 DeWaard
Robert Perkins Jr. ’53
Robert N. Perkins, Jr. was born in New York, NY on April 6, 1928. He was the son of Robert N. Perkins and Katherine Milham Perkins. Most of his childhood was spent in upstate New York. A move to Arlington, VA was where he spent his teen years. Following high school, Bob joined the U.S. … Continue reading "Robert Perkins Jr. ’53"
John DeWeert ’54
John DeWeert, 85, of Holland, died peacefully Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. He was born and raised in Holland on 17th St., graduated from Holland High School in 1950 and Hope College in 1954. John married his high school sweetheart, Jean Cook, who he was happily married to for 64 years. He served his country in … Continue reading "John DeWeert ’54"
David Kempker ’54
It is with sadness and joy that we announce the peaceful passing of David LeRoy Kempker on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. He was a wonderful brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. Wherever he went, he brought a smile and a word of advice or encouragement. Dave grew up in Holland, and attended the Holland Public … Continue reading "David Kempker ’54"
Jeananne Bondhouse ’54 Thomas
Jeananne K.Thomas,  Kalamazoo Went to be with the Lord, Tuesday morning, November 28, 2017. Jeananne was born November 11, 1931 in Kalamazoo, the daughter of the late Harry and Anna (Mullie) Bondhouse and had been a lifelong resident in the Kalamazoo area. She was a lifetime member of Bethany Reformed Church where she was active … Continue reading "Jeananne Bondhouse ’54 Thomas"
Avis South ’55 Boelkins
AVIS BOELKINS, 84 “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.” I John 3:1 Avis Irene Boelkins, a child of God, died Friday, December 22, 2017 surrounded by her family. Born January 29, 1933, in her grandparents’ farmhouse in Vriesland to … Continue reading "Avis South ’55 Boelkins"
Barbara Lowing ’56 Brink
Barbara Jean (Lowing) Brink, 86, of Holland, entered her heavenly home on Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Barbara was born October 25, 1931 in Jenison, Michigan to Harold and Doris (DeNef) Lowing. She graduated from Hudsonville High in 1950. Upon graduation she worked for the high school for several years … Continue reading "Barbara Lowing ’56 Brink"
Audrey Nienhouse ’56 Fritts
Audrey Mae Nienhouse Fritts was born November 6, 1934 to Edward and Gladys Nienhouse in Oak Park, IL. From an early age, she loved music and pushed to start piano lessons at the age of seven. Audrey attended Oak Park River Forest High School. In her senior year, she met the love of her life, Bob Fritts, when … Continue reading "Audrey Nienhouse ’56 Fritts"
Evon Dalman ’56 Pluister
Evon Pluister of Boyne City passed away December 9, 2017 at the Georgia House in Charlevoix. She was born April 28, 1933 in Holland, MI the fourth daughter of Ben & Eunice Dalman. She attendedHope College in Holland and later the Butterworth School of Nursing in Grand Rapids. She dearly loved her family, her Church, her … Continue reading "Evon Dalman ’56 Pluister"
Bernard “Bunk” Van Ark ’56
Bernard “Bunk” Van Ark, 83, passed peacefully into the everlasting arms of Jesus on Friday, October 6, 2017 with his family by his side. Bunk is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Norma; sisters Gloria Slagter and Sandy (Bob) Katsma; daughters Cindy (Jim) Kessel, Jill (Kelly) Paffhausen; grandchildren Josh (Brandy) Zoet, Shannon (Mike) … Continue reading "Bernard “Bunk” Van Ark ’56"
Elsie Lower ’57 Hamrick
Elsie Hamrick went home to be with her heavenly father on December 13, 2017. She was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and graduated from Hope College with a BA Degree in Elementary Education. She taught at schools in Michigan and Florida for 34 years. Her loving husband, Dr. Wallace Hamrick, passed away in January 2010. They have three … Continue reading "Elsie Lower ’57 Hamrick"
Charles Lindahl ’57
Charles E. Lindahl died November 17, 2017 at age 82 from complications of melanoma. Charles is survived by beloved wife, Patricia Dunphy Lindahl; children, Kristin (Neena Malik) Lindahl, Soren (Stephanie) Lindahl, Colin Lindahl; grandchildren Austin, Jesse, Conor, Hannah, Liam; sister-in-law Bonnie Lindahl; brother-in-law Edward Dunphy; seven nieces and nephews. Friends may call Sunday, November 26, 2-5 … Continue reading "Charles Lindahl ’57"
Georgia McCormick ’58 Brookstra
A memorial service for Georgia L. Brookstra, 83, of Davenport will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 15th at First Presbyterian Church, Davenport. The family will greet friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Private family inurnment will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date. … Continue reading "Georgia McCormick ’58 Brookstra"
Marie Cossin ’58 Hansen
Marie Lois Cossin Bakker Hansen lived a full life and was loved by many. She was born in Detroit, MI to Helga (Bostrom) and Hursle Cossin with brothers David Cossin and Russell Cossin. She passed gracefully from this life to her new eternal home with her Lord on December 10, 2017. This year she will … Continue reading "Marie Cossin ’58 Hansen"
David Woodcock ’58
David L. Woodcock passed on January 4, 2018, from old age. He was born to Ray and Pauline (Oakes) Woodcock on April 27, 1935. He attended Holy Family Grade School and St. Mary’s High School in Saginaw, MI. David graduated from St. Mary’s on June 6, 1953. While at St. Mary’s, he was a member … Continue reading "David Woodcock ’58"
Austin Aardema ’59
Dr. Austin A. Aardema, M.D. of Fort Myers, Florida, passed away peacefully on October 19, 2017 after a brief illness. He was 80. Austin was originally from Muskegon, Michigan. He graduated from Hope College in 1959, and earned his medical degree in 1963 from Wayne State University. He was a family physician for over 50 years, practicing … Continue reading "Austin Aardema ’59"
Paul Benes ’59
Reverend Paul A. Benes HIGH FALLS- Reverend Paul A. Benes of High Falls, N.Y., passed away quietly and peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at 80 years of age with his wife and five daughters at his side. Paul was born on April 15, 1937 in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was the youngest of four … Continue reading "Paul Benes ’59"
James Patterson ’50
James Patterson ’50, age 92, of Manhattan since 1962, passed away peacefully at his home with family at his side on Sunday, April 29, 2018. He is survived by his loving children; Craig (Cheri) Patterson of South Carolina, Kathy (Lonnie) McCollum of Manhattan, and Karen (Joe-deceased, 2018) Boseo of Manhattan, his granddaughters; Corie (Brandon) Delimata, … Continue reading "James Patterson ’50"
Joan TenHoeve ’50 Paul
Joan TenHoeve ’50 Paul Joan was born on January 6, 1930, to Thomas and Adeline TenHoeve in Brooklyn, NY. There, she met her future husband, Daniel Paul, as members of the New Brooklyn Reformed Church, where Joan’s father was the pastor. While in high school, she performed with the select ensemble on NY All City Chorus. In … Continue reading "Joan TenHoeve ’50 Paul"
Elaine Brower ’51 Bouman
Elaine Brower ’51 Bouman, age 89, of Holland went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. Elaine grew up in Holland and graduated from Holland High School, Class of 1946. She attended Hope College with an interest in nursing. She was … Continue reading "Elaine Brower ’51 Bouman"
Jane Ver Meulen ’51 Buter
Jane Ver Meulen ’51 Buter, 88, died March 6, 2018 in St. Louis, MO. Jane was born January 24, 1930 in Grand Rapids, MI. She graduated from Central High School in 1948 and went on to Hope College before transferring to the National College of Education in Evanston, IL, graduating in 1952 with a BA in Education. … Continue reading "Jane Ver Meulen ’51 Buter"
Ruth Kroes ’51 De Young Cupery
Ruth Kroes ’51 De Young Cupery, of Waupun, WI, formerly of Friesland, died on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at The Christian Home in Waupun. A celebration of life service, with Rev. Carl Boersma officiating, will be held at First Reformed Church in Friesland on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation with the family … Continue reading "Ruth Kroes ’51 De Young Cupery"
Elaine Bolthouse ’52
Elaine Bolthouse ’52, age 87, of Spring Lake passed away Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Grand Pines Assisted Living Center. She was born August 20, 1930, in Spring Lake to Adrian and Nellie (Geerling) Bolthouse. Elaine had resided at Grand Pines for the last four years and previously lived 83 years in Spring Lake. She … Continue reading "Elaine Bolthouse ’52"
Owen Christensen ’52
Owen Christensen ’52 90, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, with his loving family at his side. Owen was born in the Bronx, New York in 1927. He was the son of the late Ove and Helmi (Torppa) Christensen. He grew up in Flushing, Queens, New York and graduated from Flushing High … Continue reading "Owen Christensen ’52"
O. Betty Cross ’52
Word has been received of the death of O. Betty Cross ’52 of Gaylord, Michigan, who died on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. She was 90.
Randy Vande Water ’52
Randy Vande Water ’52 , age 88, of Holland, passed away Friday, June 22, 2018. Born March 5, 1930 in Zeeland, MI to William H. and Kathryn ( Kitty Van Ry) Vande Water, Randy and his family moved to Holland in 1937. He graduated from Holland High School in 1948. A 1952 Hope College alumnus, Vande … Continue reading "Randy Vande Water ’52"
M. Patricia Moran ’53 Schwarz
M. Patricia Moran ’53 Schwarz, 86, of West Milford, NJ passed away on May 30, 2018. She was raised in Teaneck, NJ and graduated Hope College, Holland, MI with a degree in Sociology and Psychology. She lived in Glen Rock, NJ, Punta Gorda Isles, FL and Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. She worked at Hudson City Savings Bank, … Continue reading "M. Patricia Moran ’53 Schwarz"
Harris Verkaik ’55
Harris Verkaik ’55, died Thursday, April 5, 2018. He was the son of the late Harry and Ann Verkaik of Yucaipa, CA. He received his BA degree from Hope College and MDiv degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, and a doctorate degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He served as vice president for … Continue reading "Harris Verkaik ’55"
Sammie Pas ’56 Birdsall
The family of Sammie Jane (Pas) Birdsall announces she went to be with the Lord and Savior April, 4 , 2018. She will join her husband of 55 years, Fredric Raymon Birdsall. Sammie was a resident of Freedom Village. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Holland. Sammie was born July, 14 1934 … Continue reading "Sammie Pas ’56 Birdsall"
John Winter ’57
John Winter ’57 John was born November 10, 1931 to Hartger and Katherine Winter in Allegan, Michigan. He graduated from Allegan High School in 1949 and from Hope College in 1957. John served from October 1952 to September 1954 in Korea in the U.S. Army. He married Emelyn Mae Curlee on June 7, 1958 in … Continue reading "John Winter ’57"
William Noorlag III ’59
William Noorlag III ’59 passed peacefully in his sleep February 8, 2018 at the age of 79. Bill was born on March 17, 1938 in Chicago to Bertha and William Noorlag Jr. He attended Chicago Christian High School, where he developed his love of music with a trio called the “Hillfloppers”. His love of music was … Continue reading "William Noorlag III ’59"
Adrian Vander Sluis ’50
Adrian Vander Sluis ’50, age 93 of Holland, passed away on June 4, 2018 at Resthaven Care Center in Holland, MI. He was born on September 12, 1924 to Leonard and Jennie VanderSluis in Holland. Ade served his Country in the United States Army during WWII, from 1943 to 1946, where he was a Staff … Continue reading "Adrian Vander Sluis ’50"
Kenneth Decker ’51
Kenneth Decker ’51 was born February 3, 1928 in Danforth Illinois, the son of George Eddward Decker and Angie W. Booi Decker. He passed away Sunday June 17, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee Illinois. He married Eleanor Louise Moore on September 15, 1950. She passed away February 5, 1997. He was also proceeded … Continue reading "Kenneth Decker ’51"
LaVerne Sikkema ’51
LaVerne Sikkema ’51, age 91, of Holland passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Lorraine Van Farowe. LaVerne was born near Morrison, Il on April 7, 1927. He graduated from Hope College and Cornell University. Later he attended Western Michigan University to obtain aviation training. Together … Continue reading "LaVerne Sikkema ’51"
William Oakes Sr. ’53
William Oakes Sr. ’53, 95, of New Port Richey, Florida, formerly of Grand Haven, passed away August 1, 2018. He was born August 17, 1922, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He served in World War II in the Army, fought in the Pacific Theater and earned the Victory Medal, three Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and many … Continue reading "William Oakes Sr. ’53"
James Dyke van Putten Jr. ’55
Dr. James Dyke van Putten Jr. ’55, 84, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018. For those who knew Jim well, they will remember a person who challenged his own paradigms, continually asking “ How do you know?” He resisted any one way of thinking. They will not remember him belittling people or calling them names or … Continue reading "James Dyke van Putten Jr. ’55"
Thomas Carey ’56
Thomas Carey ’56, 85, of Holland, Michigan, passed away August 16, 2018. Tom was born May 4, 1933, in Bravo, Michigan, to Hazel and John Carey and attended Holland Public Schools. After a year of playing football at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado his love for the lovely Julie Smith, now his wife of 61 … Continue reading "Thomas Carey ’56"
Roger Garvelink ’58
Roger Garvelink ’58, 82, of Douglas, died on July 3, 2018 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He grew up in Holland, MI, attended Hope College and began his career as a math teacher at Zeeland High School. He became the principal of both junior and senior high schools in the Detroit area. After earning a … Continue reading "Roger Garvelink ’58"
Donald Boss ’50
Donald Boss, age 92, passed away on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Waupun Memorial Hospital with family at his side. Don was born on August 6, 1926 in Charlevoix, Michigan, a son of John and Jennie (Drenth) Boss. He entered into service with the U.S. Navy and served from 1944-1946. On June 30, 1949, he … Continue reading "Donald Boss ’50"
Lamont Dirkse ’50
On January 30, 2019, Lamont Dirkse passed away at the age of 92. Lamont was born in Hingham, Wisconsin, graduated from Oostburg High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving as a Hospital Corpsman. Lamont graduated from Hope College in 1950, obtained a Master’s degree from Northwestern University and a Doctorate from Michigan … Continue reading "Lamont Dirkse ’50"
Richard Downs ’50
Richard C. Downs left this earthly life December 7, 2018 at the age of 92. He was born and raised in Redwood City, CA to Perry and Edna Downs. He put his trust in his Heavenly Father while a student at Cal, Berkeley. Shortly after he met and married his beloved Jeane. Richard served in … Continue reading "Richard Downs ’50"
M. Samuel Noordhoff ’50
Dr. Sam, aged 91, died in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. Sam was born in Orange City, Iowa, the only child of Henry and Cynthia Noordhoff.  He attended Northwestern College, Hope College (BA), and University of Iowa (MD).  Sam also served two years in the US … Continue reading "M. Samuel Noordhoff ’50"
Barbara Eilander ’50 Stockman
Barbara Jeanne Stockman a native of Holland, MI, and longtime resident of Grand Haven, MI, passed away on January 7, 2019. Born in 1928, Barbara was the youngest child of George and Ruth (VanPutten) Eilander, and lived her youthful days in the Washington Square district of Holland. Barbara graduated from Holland High School, Hope College and Michigan State University with a Bachelor … Continue reading "Barbara Eilander ’50 Stockman"
Ernest Haight ’51
Word has been received of the death of Ernest Haight ’51 of New Smyrna, Florida. He was 93.
Dolores Freyling ’51 Hertel
Dolores Freyling Campbell Hertel, much loved wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma and friend was welcomed into heaven on January 9, 2019. Dolores was born on October 24, 1929, in Holland, Michigan to Arend (Bub) and Hermina DeKoning Freyling. She grew up in Grand Rapids and graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School and Hope College … Continue reading "Dolores Freyling ’51 Hertel"
Luella Rozeboom ’51 Mulder
Luella Beth Rozeboom was born to Bertha Hennrietta and Gerrit John Rozeboom in Grand Rapids, MI on August 27, 1929. She was the oldest of four children, Luella, Mary Lee, Claryce (deceased) and Jim. She attended Hope College for three years, but met Edwin Mulder, the love of her life, and husband of 66 years, … Continue reading "Luella Rozeboom ’51 Mulder"
John Staal ’51
John Staal, Class of 1951, passed away on January 29, 2019 in Bradenton FL. John lead Reformed Church parishes in Slayton MN, Otley IA, Eagan MN, Marion NY, Sibley IA, Belmond IA, and Flat Rock MI.  Following that he was the hospital chaplin at Hackley Hospital (now Mercy) in Muskegon MI and managed that department … Continue reading "John Staal ’51"
Marcia VanDuzer ’51 Van Skiver
Mrs. Marcia L (Van Duzer) Van Skiver, born on March 4, 1929 in Auburn, New York, to the late Persis (Peacock) and Howard Van Duzer, passed away at age 89 on August 27, 2018 in her home in Broomfield, Colorado. Mrs. Van Skiver graduated from East High School, Auburn, NY. She continued her education at Hope … Continue reading "Marcia VanDuzer ’51 Van Skiver"
Louise Van Bronkhorst ’52 Bennett
Louise Bennett died peacefully on November 20, 2018 at the age of 89. Louise was born July 25, 1929 in Conrad, Montana where she lived her early childhood until her family moved to Washington State in the early 40’s. She graduated from Nooksack Valley High School in 1947 and then continued her studies at Hope … Continue reading "Louise Van Bronkhorst ’52 Bennett"
Mary Van Harn ’52
Mary A. Van Harn, age 88, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2018, with her family by her side. COL Van Harn is originally from Zeeland, MI, and went to the U.S. Army School of Physical Therapy at Brooke Army Medical Center, TX. She graduated from Hope College in Michigan and then earned her MS … Continue reading "Mary Van Harn ’52"
Cornelius Van Heest ’52
On Friday afternoon, November 23, Neil ran straight into the arms of his Lord. Under Hospice care at his Lakeside Vista residence, he was surrounded by the bedside gathering of 20 family members. He ran his race well throughout his 86 years. His high school and Hope College athletic prowess included varsity letters in Cross … Continue reading "Cornelius Van Heest ’52"
David Wilson ’52
David P. Wilson, a longtime resident of the area passed away at Sapphire Nursing Facility in Goshen on Thursday October 11, 2018. He was 88. The son of the late Norman Hall Wilson and Emily Palir Wilson, he was born on June 13, 1930 in New York City. Survivors include his wife of 63 years … Continue reading "David Wilson ’52"
Phyllis Luidens ’53 Reed
Word has been received of the death of Phyllis Luidens ’53 Reed of Montclair, New Jersey on Sunday, July 8, 2018. She was 86. Survivors include her sister, Marilyn Luidens ’57 Timmer.
Constance VanZylen ’53 Ryskamp Schipper
Constance “Connie” (Van Zylen) Ryskamp-Schipper, age 87, of Holland died Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at The Inn at Freedom Village in Holland and was welcomed by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Connie was born July 9, 1931, in Holland, Michigan to Charles and Emma (Post) Van Zylen. Connie graduated from Holland High School in … Continue reading "Constance VanZylen ’53 Ryskamp Schipper"
John Roundhouse ’54
John Roundhouse passed away on February 4th at the age of 88. Born April 12, 1930. Growing up in Kalamazoo, John was educated in the public schools. In his spare time, he earned a little money with a paper route and swam in the nearby lakes; he also enjoyed spending the summers at his grandfather’s … Continue reading "John Roundhouse ’54"
Norma Tabb ’55 Hine
NORMA TABB HINE ’55N DIED ON TUESDAY AUGUST 14 2018 IN MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA. .SHE WAS 84 YEARS OLD BEFORE RETIREMENT,SHE WAS THE FOOD SERVICE DIRECTOR AT THE SPENCER VANETTEN SCHOOL DISTRICT IN SPENCER NY.SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER HUSBAND GLENN HINE;HER CHILDREN LAURIE (MICHAEL)MEYERS AND JEFFREY (DOLORES)HINE.WITH 2 GRAND CHILDREN AND 4 GREAT GRAND CHILDREN.
Robert Nykamp ’55 
Rev. Robert “Bob” Nykamp, age 85, of Holland, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018. During his career, Bob taught at Western Seminary, was a Chaplain at Pine Rest, and pastored at Ross Reformed Church in Gary, IN; Hope Reformed Church in Chicago, IL; and Bayshore Gardens Reformed Church in Bradenton, FL. Robert was a member of … Continue reading "Robert Nykamp ’55 "
Ted De Vries ’56
ed D. DeVries, 84, passed away October 31, 2018, at the Heritage Center in Evansville. Ted was born in Hammond, Indiana, on May 27, 1934, to the late Tunis and Evelyn (Swanson) DeVries. Ted was a graduate of Hope College in 1956. He received his Masters of Education from Ball State University and his Doctorate in Education … Continue reading "Ted De Vries ’56"
LaVerne Lampen ’56
Laverne Lampen, age 89, of Holland passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Laverne is survived by his wife, Esther, of 62 years; his children and grandchildren: Lowell and Trudy Lampen (Duffy, Meggi and George) of Wisconsin, Andrea Ivarsson (Gunnar and Oskar) of California, honorary daughter Leslie Lampen of Holland; brother: Neil and Marilyn Lampen; … Continue reading "LaVerne Lampen ’56"
Jane Jarvis ’56 Pettengill
Jane Pettengill, daughter, wife, mother, aunt, great aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend passed away on Saturday, December 15 at the age of 84 at her home in Sarasota, Florida. Jane is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles Pettengill, children; Doty Hall (Steve), Amy Pettengill and Todd Pettengill (Carrie); grandchildren; Nathaniel Hall (Aimee), Amanda … Continue reading "Jane Jarvis ’56 Pettengill"
Dwight Riemersma ’56
Dwight L. Riemersma, 83, of St. Joseph passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at his home. Dwight was born Jan. 6, 1935, to Benjamin and Mildred (Mollhagen) Riemersma. He served his country in the Army National Guard. Dwight graduated from Hope College with a bachelor’s degree and was a school teacher for St. Joseph Public … Continue reading "Dwight Riemersma ’56"
Gene Zoet ’56
Gene Zoet, age 86, passed away, Sunday, December 9, 2018. He was born and raised in Holland and Graduated from Holland High School. Mr. Zoet served his country honorably in the United States Army. He graduated from Hope College after his time in service. Gene was a devout Michigan fan and lifelong salesman for Sackner … Continue reading "Gene Zoet ’56"
Carl De Vree ’57
Carl DeVree, age 89, of Holland, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Holland Community Hospital. He was born in Hudsonville, MI, on February 5, 1929. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marilyn (Glupker) DeVree; son, Jeffrey (Janis) DeVree of Grandville MI; daughter, Susan (Brian) Kane of Fennville MI; granddaughter,Jennifer DeVree of Milwaukee … Continue reading "Carl De Vree ’57"
John de Witt ’57
Dr. John R. de Witt, former senior minister of First Presbyterian Church and former Moderator of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian General Synod, passed into glory on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The service will be held Wednesday, October 3rd at 2:00 in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC. Burial will be in the Churchyard followed by visitation … Continue reading "John de Witt ’57"
Maurice Loomans ’57
Maurice E Loomans of Green Township, age 85, Servant of the Lord, passed away on November 5, 2018. Maurice was born in Arpin, Wisconsin to Garrett Loomans and Esther Loomans. Maurice married Lorraine Tuinstra in Racine, Wisconsin on July 13, 1957, which lasted 61 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Donald … Continue reading "Maurice Loomans ’57"
V. Dale Maxam ’57
Mr. Victor “Dale” Maxam, age 83 passed away peacefully on Friday, November 9, 2018. He was born on June 20, 1935 to Victor and Janet (Karsten) Maxam in Holland, MI. Dale proudly served his country during the Korean Conflict while in the United States Army. He married the former Alice Warren on January 23, 1960, … Continue reading "V. Dale Maxam ’57"
Alma Straatsma ’57 Wilson
Alma Lorrain Straatsma Wilson, a long time resident of the area passed away at Orange Regional Medical Center on November 9, 2018 with her daughter, Victoria, by her side. The daughter of the late Elmer and Alice Straatsma, Alma was born on July 6 1935 in Sioux Center, Iowa. She devoted her life to her children and husband.  The … Continue reading "Alma Straatsma ’57 Wilson"
Anne DePree ’59 Reisig
Anne Depree-Reisig, age 81, of River Forest/Oak Park IL, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Sienna Meadows in Oregon, WI. She was born on Aug. 26, 1937, and spent her formative years in Zeeland, MI. The daughter of Stanley and Winifred (Mills) DePree, Anne met her husband Carl Reisig at Hope College and … Continue reading "Anne DePree ’59 Reisig"
John Van Dam ’59
John Van Dam, 81, passed away Monday, October 15, 2018. John was born in Zeeland on July 18, 1937, to John and Janet (Van Gelderen) Van Dam. He graduated from Zeeland High School in 1955. He went on to Hope College, where he was an OKE “fratter” and graduated in 1959. John became a teacher for few years, until his father’s untimely death, when John entered the family … Continue reading "John Van Dam ’59"
Carol Elston ’50 De Mull
On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Carol Joyce DeMull passed away. She was born on April 26,1928 in Chicago Illinois to Daniel and Nella Elston (Kammeraad). She attended Hope College, married and raised a family. Returning to work, she became a respiratory therapist and worked for many years at Metro Hospital, a job she truly enjoyed. Carol … Continue reading "Carol Elston ’50 De Mull"
Alice MacMillan ’50 Moll
Alice Moll (MacMillan) died peacefully in Hospice on 5/18/2019 in Raleigh, NC at the age of 89. Alice is survived by her brother Douglas MacMillan and children; Gregory Robert Moll, Glenn Douglas Mill and Sandra Moll Price. She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Harry Moll, son, John Allan Moll. Alice was born … Continue reading "Alice MacMillan ’50 Moll"
Carol MacLeod ’50 Timmerman
Carol MacLeod ’50 Timmerman of Marco Island, Florida, died on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. She was 91. She worked in Michigan and Illinois as a teacher and principal in the area of gifted education on the state and national levels. Survivors include her husband of 70 years, Gordon Timmerman ’50; sons, David (Pat) Timmerman ’84 … Continue reading "Carol MacLeod ’50 Timmerman"
Warren Burgess ’51
Rev. Warren D. Burgess, 91, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 with his family who adored him by his side. Warren was born on December 16, 1927, in Grand Rapids, the son of Arthur and Alice Burgess. He was brought up on the family farm on 100th street, attended Caledonia High … Continue reading "Warren Burgess ’51"
Eugene Bont ’52
Dr. Eugene Bont of Cavendish, a much-loved physician and long-serving member of area school boards, died on Saturday, April 13. He was 88. Born in 1931 in Grand Rapids, Mich., Dr. Eugene Merlin Bont attended Northwestern Medical School. He married Phyllis Flynn, whom he met in kindergarten. Phyllis, a nurse, became one of the first … Continue reading "Eugene Bont ’52"
Jack Kammeraad ’53
Jack was born to the late Bessie (Sneller) and Bernie Kammeraad. Jack graduated from Holland High School in 1942. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army after serving in WWII Combat Engineers Battalion in IeShima, Okinawa and various islands in the Pacific. Following his discharge he graduated from Hope College and Western Michigan University and obtained … Continue reading "Jack Kammeraad ’53"
D. Jean Veldt ’54 Burns
D. Jean Burns left to go be with her Lord and Savior on May 13th, 2019. She passed peacefully at her home surrounded by her loved ones. Jean was born in Cooper Township to Jennie (Timmerman) and Harm Veldt, Sr. on March 1, 1932, the 7th of 8 children. She grew up in Texas Township … Continue reading "D. Jean Veldt ’54 Burns"
Donald Kroes ’56
Donald Kroes ’56 of Gainesville, Florida, died on Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019. He was 84. Survivorsinclude his wife of 60 years, Mary Anne DeFouw Kroes; children, Gregory (Kimberly) Kroes, Nancy Kroes ( J.T.) Newman and Stephen Kroes; five grandchildren, Michelle Kroes Gaskins, Smanatha Kroes Nicole Kroes Bahr, Victory Newman and Nicholas Newman ; one great-grandson, … Continue reading "Donald Kroes ’56"
George Worden ’59
George J. Worden, 83, of Elyria, Ohio, passed away March 12, 2019. He was born March 2, 1936 in Cadillac, Michigan and was a graduate of Cadillac High School. He went on to receive his BA from Hope College. George’s career path led him to fund development opportunities to support students, faculty and institutional endeavors for … Continue reading "George Worden ’59"
Arnold Funckes ’50
Dr. Arnold Jay Funckes, beloved father, grandfather, great- grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully on August 11, 2019, at home in Tucson. Arnold was born November 11, 1926, in Holland, Michigan, where he met and married the love of his life, Marjorie Keane. They were married for 55 years until her death in … Continue reading "Arnold Funckes ’50"
Corwin Otte ’51
Corwin Otte ’51 of Payson, Arizona, died on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. He was 92.
Catherine Rabey ’52 Kloote
Catherine A. Kloote was born in Brooklyn New York in 1930. She graduated from Bayside High School in Long Island where she won awards for academic excellence and participated in Synchronized Swimming. She attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where she was in the Spanish Club and met her college sweetheart, William J. Kloote, Jr. They were … Continue reading "Catherine Rabey ’52 Kloote"
William Forth ’54
Dr. William E. Forth of Baldwinsville, New York, and Vail, Colorado, passed away on July 4, 2019, at the age of 86, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born to Emery and Susie Forth in Syracuse, New York, on August 12, 1932. He was predeceased by his sister, Pauline Burr. Bill was a … Continue reading "William Forth ’54"
Joyce Bierens ’54 French
Joyce Marie Bierens French was born in Kalamazoo on August 25, 1932 to Cornelius W. Bierens Jr. of Kalamazoo and Janet M. Dornbos of Grand Haven. She moved to Grand Rapids at age 7, graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1950, attended Calvin College and graduated from Hope College in 1954 where she was a … Continue reading "Joyce Bierens ’54 French"
Ronald Handy ’54
Ronald Wayne Handy, age 88 of Hudson passed away Tuesday, August 27, 2019. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Florence (nee Wollett) Handy. He is survived by his beloved wife Elly (nee Miller) of 66 years; two daughters, Susan (Derran) Wimer and Carol Jackson; grandchildren, Andrew (Jillian) Wimer and Bradley Wimer … Continue reading "Ronald Handy ’54"
S. Thom Scholten ’54
The Reverend S. Thoms Scholten, 86, died peacefully at Daughters of Sarah Nursing Home in the early morning hours of Sunday August 11, 2019, surrounded by his three children who had been celebrating his birthday with him. Thom was the youngest of six children born to the Reverend Walter A. and Frances (Thoms) Scholten on … Continue reading "S. Thom Scholten ’54"
Mary Lou Richards ’54 VanHeest
On Saturday afternoon, September 14, Mary Lou slipped away into the arms of her Lord. Under Hospice care for many months at her Lakeside Vista residence, she was regularly visited by children and grandchildren. Her beloved husband Neil died November 23, 2018 and has now been reunited with Mary Lou. Farm, Faith, Family. Mary Lou … Continue reading "Mary Lou Richards ’54 VanHeest"
Donald Heyboer ’55
Dr. Donald J. Heyboer of Moss Creek Plantation passed away on September 3, 2019, surrounded by his family. Dr. Heyboer was born November 14, 1933, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of the late Cornelius and Blanche Heyboer.  He moved to Hilton Head in 1992 from Dublin, Georgia. He graduated from Hope College in 1955 … Continue reading "Donald Heyboer ’55"
Marla Lindsay ’55
Marla Joy Lindsay, age 85, of Holland, passed away on Friday, September 13, 2019. Marla was a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church, where she served as an elder and was active in the Dorcus Society. Marla loved Tulip Time and was a longtime volunteer and guide for the annual festival. Marla was a loving … Continue reading "Marla Lindsay ’55"
Donald Northuis ’55
Donald Gene Northuis, 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 25, 2019. He was born in Holland, Michigan, to Almer and Betty (DeFouw) Northuis on March 11, 1932; and married Eunice Schipper of Zeeland, Michigan, on June 24, 1953. Don attended Holland High School, Hope College and Western Michigan University. After … Continue reading "Donald Northuis ’55"
Robert Riekse ’55
Dr. Robert James Riekse, age 86, surrounded by his family, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 30, 2019. He was born May 9, 1933, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Gilbert and Esther Riekse during the depths of the Great Depression. He was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Marian and … Continue reading "Robert Riekse ’55"
James Galer ’56
James Floyd Galer, “Mr. Lucky,” surrounded by his family, took his final ride on the 20th Century Limited to be with his Lord on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at age 84.  He was born on November 10, 1934, in Troy, New York to DeForest Irvin and Elizabeth (Hallock) Galer during the height of the Great … Continue reading "James Galer ’56"
Richard Defreese ’57
Richard Eugene Defreese went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 2, 2019, at age 84. Dick practiced a humble and steadfast love of Jesus Christ, and was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and uncle. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on February 1, 1935 to the late George … Continue reading "Richard Defreese ’57"
Paul Northuis ’59
Paul Edwin Northuis, age 82, loving and devoted husband of the late Marsha Borr Northuis, passed away after a courageous battle with renal cancer. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Bessie (DeFouw) Northuis and brothers Kenn, Rodger, and Donald. Paul was born in Holland, Michigan. He graduated from Holland High School … Continue reading "Paul Northuis ’59"
Elton Bruins ’50
Elton John Bruins, age 92, peacefully passed away on March 23, 2020. Elton was raised on a farm in Fond Du Lac County, Wisconsin, as the second of five siblings. After a WW2 stint as a Navy recruiter in Chicago, Elton enrolled at Hope College. After graduating in 1950, Elton entered Western Theological Seminary receiving … Continue reading "Elton Bruins ’50"
Eleanor Van Dahm ’50 Hoffman
Eleanor Hoffman, 91, of Holland, went to be with her Lord, Thursday, November 21, 2019, at The Inn at Freedom Village. She was a longtime member of Third Reformed Church and a former member of Trinity Reformed Church in Holland. Eleanor was a graduate of Holland High School, class of 1946. She attended Hope College … Continue reading "Eleanor Van Dahm ’50 Hoffman"
Eugene (Gene) Scholten ’50
Eugene (Gene) Scholten ’50 of Holland, Michigan, died on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. He was 91. Survivors include his children, John Scholten ’78, David (Beth) Scholten and Nancy Scholten ’82 (Todd ’83) Kamstra; five grandchildren; brothers, Leon Scholten and Allen (Carole) Scholten; and sister, Bea Scholten.
Dorothy Van Voorst ’50 Van Dort
Dorothy Van Voorst Van Dort died November 27, 2019, safe in the arms of God.  Dorothy lived in Zeeland most of her life and the past year resided at Meridian Acres in Sanford, Michigan near her family.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and her grandson Jeffrey Mark Van Dort.  She is … Continue reading "Dorothy Van Voorst ’50 Van Dort"
Joyce Post ’51 Schipper
Joyce Schipper, of Holland, Michigan, passed away the morning of December 27 in Holland, resting peacefully in her bed. She was 90. The former Joyce Post was a Holland native, and a 1951 Hope College (Mich.) graduate. While at a summer camp she met a fellow Hope student, Ron Schipper. They both graduated from Hope College, and in 1951 they … Continue reading "Joyce Post ’51 Schipper"
Robert Van Dyke ’51
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Robert Van Dyke (Rock Hill, South Carolina), who passed away on January 11, 2020, at the age of 90, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.
Donald Brinks ’52
Donald Brinks ’52 of Portage, Michigan, died on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. He was 89. Dad loved and served the Lord all the days of his life.  He loved Hope College; he was a graduate, all 5 of his children are graduates and 5 of his 13 grandchildren are graduates.  He loved Western Seminary, as … Continue reading "Donald Brinks ’52"
Ruth Brinkman ’52 Lenderink
Mrs. Ruth Lenderink, age 90, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at the Orange City Area Health System. Ruth Leone was born on January 28, 1929, at home in Matlock, the daughter of Gerrit and Ruth (Kreulen) Brinkman. She was raised at Matlock, where she attended the elementary school. She graduated … Continue reading "Ruth Brinkman ’52 Lenderink"
James Nordhoff ’52
James Ira Nordhoff, D.D.S. passed away on January 7, 2020. He was born in Muskegon, Michigan on August 17, 1930 to Ira Nordhoff D.D.S. and Connie (Top) Nordhoff. He grew up loving spending summers at Lake Michigan and climbing Pigeon Hill. Jim spent many happy summers at Camp Pendalouan where he was an honor camper … Continue reading "James Nordhoff ’52"
Ethel Fasch ’52 Salamone
Ethel M. (Fasch) Salamone of New Brunswick, New Jersey, age 89, beloved church member, dedicated community soup kitchen volunteer, theological seminary library volunteer, teacher, cook and baker extraordinaire passed into the nearer presence of God on January 13, 2020. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Ethel earned a B.A. from Hope College (Holland, Michigan). Professionally, Ethel was … Continue reading "Ethel Fasch ’52 Salamone"
Fredrick Yonkman ’52
Fredrick Albers Yonkman passed away peacefully on January 9, 2020. He was 89 years old and a resident of the Riverside Cottages in St. Augustine, Florida.  Fredrick Albers Yonkman was born August 22nd, 1930, in Holland, Michigan. His family moved to Massachusetts and then to New Jersey where he attended high school. He went to … Continue reading "Fredrick Yonkman ’52"
Anthony “Sheridan” Bolthouse ’53
Anthony Sheridan Bolthouse, Wilkes-Barre, formerly of Clarks Summit died Tuesday evening at his home.  His widow is the former Ellen Ferguson. The couple married in 1956. Born in Muskegon, Michigan, he was the son of the late Anthony Samuel and Lorene Dorothy Forberg Bolthouse.  Upon his early retirement from IBM, he was able to fulfill his … Continue reading "Anthony “Sheridan” Bolthouse ’53"
Roberta VanGilder ’53 Kaye
Roberta VanGilder ’53 Kaye of Surprise, Arizona, died on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. She was 90.
Donald (Doug) Monroe ’53
Donald (Doug) Monroe ’53 of Romeo, Michigan, died on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. He was 91. Survivors include his wife Eleanor (Nan) Johnson ’54 Monroe; children, Martha White, Mary (Mark) McMinn, Matt (Debbie) Monroe and Mae (Woody) Lawson; 14 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.
Walter de Vries ’54
Walter Dale de Vries, 90, of Wilmington, N.C., died November 27, 2019, at his home. He was born in Holland, Michigan, on November 13, 1929, and was the oldest son ( of seven) of the late Martin and Catherine ( VanderLeek) de Vries, immigrants from The Netherlands. He was preceded in death by his beloved … Continue reading "Walter de Vries ’54"
Joyce Hofman ’54 McHugh
Joyce Hofman McHugh, age 87, passed from this life on Monday, December 2nd, 2019 at her home in Grand Rapids after a short illness. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Harriet Hofman and the wife of the late John McHugh. Joyce attended Lee High School in Wyoming, Michigan and graduated from Hope … Continue reading "Joyce Hofman ’54 McHugh"
Shirley Hand ’55
Predeceased by parents “Roy” & Ruth Hand. Survived by sister, “Betty” (Clark-deceased) Miller, and brother Ronald (Kathryn) Hand, beloved niece Karon (Walt) Simoni, five nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins. She was a life-long member of the RCA. Special thanks to Lifetime Care and Strong’s Palliative Care Unit 4-1200. Heartfelt thanks to Oksana Robinson for her … Continue reading "Shirley Hand ’55"
Marjory MacEwan ’55 Kempers
On September 21, 2019, Marjory Jean MacEwan Kempers died peacefully in her home in Grand Rapids, Michigan surrounded by family members. Marjory was born in Keyport, New Jersey to John Archibald and Elizabeth Smith MacEwan on November 14, 1933.  Marjory was an energetic, bright young student who played numerous sports, acted in plays and was … Continue reading "Marjory MacEwan ’55 Kempers"
Ernestine Brummeler ’55 Richardson
Ernie was born April 9, 1934 in Redlands, California, the third of four girls born to Ernest and Elizabeth Brummeler. She attended Redlands High School, and Hope College in Holland, Michigan, the first in her family to attend college. Following graduation in 1955, she returned to Redlands where she was a teacher at Cope Middle … Continue reading "Ernestine Brummeler ’55 Richardson"
Hope Schutmaat ’56 Hamilton
Hope Hamilton, 84 of Phoenix, passed away on September 23, 2019. Hope was born Dec 24, 1934 in Lake Odessa, Michigan. She was delivered by her uncle, a doctor. His delivery fee, a cup of coffee. She grew up in Hamilton, Michigan and moved to Holland where she attended High School and two years at … Continue reading "Hope Schutmaat ’56 Hamilton"
Clarence “Bud” Huizenga ’56
Bud Huizenga, age 84, of Sherman Oaks, CA, passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019 following a brief illness. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, William and Elizabeth (Grit) Huizenga, brothers Raymond and Anne (Dethmers) Huizenga and Jonathon Huizenga, sister Lois Huizenga and an infant sister. Survivors include a niece, Rae & Mike Reed … Continue reading "Clarence “Bud” Huizenga ’56"
Marlin VanderWilt ’57
Marlin Anthon VanderWilt, age 83, died on January 25. 2020, at the Resthaven Care Center. He was predeceased by his parents, Adrian and Jennie Vander Wilt, and his brother, Jack Vander Wilt. Marlin graduated from Hope College with a major in biology and from McCormick Seminary with a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in … Continue reading "Marlin VanderWilt ’57"
Adele Cramer ’58 Bozeman
Adele Bozeman was born in Muskegon Michigan on January 25, 1937. She was greeted by Jesus her savior in Heaven on September 21, 2019 at age 82. Adele was the eldest daughter of Arend F. and Della (Zuidema) Cramer, who are deceased. Her loving sisters are Jean (Paul Becker) and Coreen (Craig Porter). She graduated … Continue reading "Adele Cramer ’58 Bozeman"
Richard Kelly ’58
Richard “Dick” John Kelly, 83, went home to glory on Monday July 29, 2019, at his home in Malta, N.Y. Dick was born January 10, 1936 the son of the late Sylvanus John and Hazel Marcella Kelly. He grew up in Schenectady and graduated from Mont Pleasant High School. Dick earned his BA in Sociology … Continue reading "Richard Kelly ’58"
Donald Bulthuis ’50
Donald Bulthuis, age 93, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Donald served in the US Army in WWII. He was a graduate of Hope College and University of Michigan where he earned his Master’s in Education. He was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church, former member of … Continue reading "Donald Bulthuis ’50"
Ruth Vander Ploeg ’50 Carson
Ruth Elaine (Vander Ploeg) Carson, 91, passed away June 3, 2020 at her home. She was born to Theodore Leslie and Pearl Johanna (Tanis) Vander Ploeg in Grand Rapids Michigan on September 2nd, 1928. A 1946 graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, Ruth went on to complete her undergraduate work at Hope College and graduate work at Michigan State University where she met the … Continue reading "Ruth Vander Ploeg ’50 Carson"
Myron “Zeb” Hermance Jr. ’50
“The song is ended but the melody lingers on” – Myron E.Hermance, Jr. joined the heavenly choir on January 28th when his soul returned to his Maker. His demise at Ellis Hospital was due to 2 strokes, leaving him unable to recover. “Deep River” He was born in Hudson, NY on May 7, 1928, the … Continue reading "Myron “Zeb” Hermance Jr. ’50"
Caryl Paarlberg ’50 Koopman
Caryl Anne (Paarlberg) Koopman passed into eternal rest on May 9, 2020. Caryl was born on February 2, 1928 in South Holland, Illinois, to Cornelius P. and Mary ( Veld) Paarlberg. While attending Hope College in 1946 she began dating Don Koopman. Their courtship continued through her nurses training in Chicago. Don and Caryl were … Continue reading "Caryl Paarlberg ’50 Koopman"
Barbara VanNeuren ’51 Taylor
Barbara Ann (Van Neuren) Taylor died peacefully Wednesday, March 25, 2020, after nearly 91 fruitful and happy years on this earth. Barb was born on April 5, 1929, in Grand Rapids, MI, the daughter of John and Henrietta VanNeuren. While she grew up during the Depression, her father always made the days seem special, and … Continue reading "Barbara VanNeuren ’51 Taylor"
Glenn Petroelje ’52
After a brief illness, Dr. Glenn E. Petroelje, 88, of Holland, MI passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Blodgett Hospital surrounded by his children. Glenn was born on February 23, 1932 in Zeeland to Gerrit and Georgianna Petroelje and was the second of their 5 sons. Glenn attended Holland Christian High School. While there, … Continue reading "Glenn Petroelje ’52"
Douglas van Gessel ’52
Douglas van Gessel ’52 of Artesia, California, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019. He was 89. Survivors include his daughter, Jerrianna Kimmons ’76 van Gessel
George Hoekstra ’53
Dr. George J. Hoekstra, age 88, of Holland (formerly of Kalamazoo and West Olive), passed away on Monday, February 17, 2020. He was born on December 18, 1931, in Chicago, IL, to Louis and Lena (Bosch) Hoekstra. George graduated from Holland Christian High School, attended Hope College for three years, and then went on to … Continue reading "George Hoekstra ’53"
Robert Langwig ’53
Robert F. Langwig March 21, 1932 May 30, 2020 Bob Langwig was born in Albany, New York, on March 21, 1932 and entered into life eternal on May 30, 2020. His life’s calling was to the pastoral ministry and he attended Hope College and New Brunswick Theological Seminary. He served the Presbyterian Church through pastorates in Michigan, … Continue reading "Robert Langwig ’53"
Donald Miller ’53
Don Miller passed away peacefully in Bellevue, Washington on February 6 at age 88, surrounded by his loving children, grandchildren and wife of 67 years. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 30, 1931, the only child of C. Edgar and Erma Miller. The family of three later settled in Michigan where Don attended … Continue reading "Donald Miller ’53"
Joseph Muyskens ’53
Reverend Joseph B. Muyskens of Homewood passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife Jean (nee Harmelink); his children Karen (Tom Ryan), Paul (Holly), Ruth (Philip Postlewaite), and JoAnne; and his grandchildren Jeffrey, Nikki (Greg Birdsall), Kate (Ray Hsiao), and Matthew. Joseph was born to … Continue reading "Joseph Muyskens ’53"
Robert Nelsen ’53
Robert J. Nelsen, on December 20, 2019, of Rutherford, NJ, age 92.  Robert was born in Union City, NJ and was a WWII Army Veteran.  Before retiring, he had worked as a teacher for the Rutherford Board of Education.
Laverne “Vern” Barkel ’54
Laverne “Vern” Barkel, 88, of Holland, Michigan passed away on April 19, 2020. Vern, a devout husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to countless others was taken by the COVID-19 virus and he is home with his Lord and Savior. He was eternally devoted to his wife of 62 years, Marjorie, family and extended family. Vern … Continue reading "Laverne “Vern” Barkel ’54"
Gerald Jacobson ’54
Gerald Jacobson ’54 of Whitehall, Michigan, passed away peacefully April 19, 2020. He was born April 29, 1931, in Muskegon, the son of Helen and Jacob Jacobson. Gerald grew up in Muskegon Heights and attended Muskegon Heights Public School System. Gerald’s athletic legacy began playing ball for the “Tigers” as well as the “City League.” … Continue reading "Gerald Jacobson ’54"
Richard Weisiger ’54
Richard Weisiger, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Richard was born in Brooklyn, NY. He served in the US Army from 1951-53 in Leipheim, Germany as an instructor at NCO Academy. He graduated from Hope College with his education degree. He was a school principal for most of his career at Coolidge … Continue reading "Richard Weisiger ’54"
Donald Maxam ’55
Don Maxam, a 1955 graduate of Hope college passed away at home on June 3, 2020. He is survived by his wife Elsie Maxam of Silver Spring Maryland, daughter Leslie Maxam and grandson Luka of Kensington Maryland and his son Daniel Maxam of Grandville Michigan. Dr. Maxam was a sociology professor at Central College In … Continue reading "Donald Maxam ’55"
Donald Barkel ’56
Donald J. Barkel, age 86, of Holland, died Friday, May 29, 2020, at Vista Springs Holland Meadows. Don was a graduate of Holland High and attended Hope College. He graduated from Michigan Technical University with a BSME, MSME and Western Michigan University with an MBA. He was a lifelong member of First Reformed Church in … Continue reading "Donald Barkel ’56"
Donald Brookstra ’56
Mr. Brookstra passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Manor Care in Davenport. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Donald Lee Brookstra was born on August 1, 1934 in Chicago, IL, the son of Clarence and Gertrude (Norlag) Brookstra. He married Georgia Lee McCormick on June 8, 1956 in … Continue reading "Donald Brookstra ’56"
Mary Hospers ’56 Kopp
Mary H. Kopp, 85, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020. Born in Utica, NY on March 28, 1934, she was the daughter of Henry and Evelyn Hospers. Following her graduation from Hope College in Michigan, she taught Junior High science in Willow Run and Hamilton, Michigan for several years. She then moved to Schenectady, New York, … Continue reading "Mary Hospers ’56 Kopp"
Janet Kinney ’56 Ortquist
Janet M. Ortquist, 87, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, February 21, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was the second of three daughters born to loving parents Reverend Delbert and Clara Kinney. She graduated from Clifton High School in Clifton, NJ, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Hope College … Continue reading "Janet Kinney ’56 Ortquist"
John Spaulding ’56
Reverend Dr. John Henry Spaulding was born on October 30, 1933 in Delray, Michigan, to Ivabel and Henry (Daddy Hank) Spaulding. He passed away on Friday, February 14, 2020. His older brothers were Robert Bruce Spaulding (Margaret) and James Mason Spaulding (Jean), now deceased. He grew up in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from Hope College, Holland, … Continue reading "John Spaulding ’56"
Robert DeWilde ’57
Robert DeWilde, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Robert was a loving and supportive father and grandfather. Grandpa was a great storyteller and enjoyed sharing memories of his youth and adventures eventually ending with the entire family laughing. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was … Continue reading "Robert DeWilde ’57"
Richard Rhem ’57
Richard A. Rhem, age 85, passed into Life Eternal at his home on the shore of Lake Michigan on February 23, 2020. Richard was born on February 11, 1935 in Kalamazoo, MI earmarked for ministry from the womb through his father’s prayer for a son. Richard excelled in education at all levels, being honored as … Continue reading "Richard Rhem ’57"
Roger Roelofs ’57
Roger Gordon Roelofs, age 83, of Grand Rapids, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, March 21, 2020. He was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, John Meengs and Richard Campbell; and sister-in-law, Florence Campbell. Roger will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Marilyn (Campbell) Roelofs, children, David … Continue reading "Roger Roelofs ’57"
Ray Beckering Jr. ’58
Dedicated husband, father, grandfather, and friend Dr. Raymond E. Beckering, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 3, 2020. Ray was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Rev. Raymond and Harriet (Hasper) Beckering. Ray graduated from Calumet High School in 1954 and then attended Hope College on a scholarship from the Pullman Educational Foundation. … Continue reading "Ray Beckering Jr. ’58"
Virginia “Jini” Vanderborgh ’58 De Vries
Virginia De Vries, passed away suddenly on March 29, 2020 from a cardiac event while she was live-streaming church service of Valley Community Presbyterian Church Virginia De Vries, passed away suddenly on March 29, 2020 from a cardiac event while she was live-streaming church service of Valley Community Presbyterian Church from self-isolation at home with … Continue reading "Virginia “Jini” Vanderborgh ’58 De Vries"
Joanne Van Lierop ’58 Izenbart
Joanne Izenbart, age 84, of Zeeland, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Joanne was born in Ghent, Belgium, to missionary parents on Jan. 2, 1936. Her family had to come back to the Holland area because of the dangers of World War II. They moved to Detroit, Michigan for her grade … Continue reading "Joanne Van Lierop ’58 Izenbart"
Ronald Sisson ’58
Ron Sisson, 84, ended his battle with Parkinson’s disease on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. He was born on December 11, 1935, to Darford and Mabel Van Lente Sisson. He grew up in St. Joseph, MI, where he was very active in all sports and the National Honor Society. He attended Hope College where he played … Continue reading "Ronald Sisson ’58"
Jay Veldman ’58
Jay Veldman of Coopersville went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 25, 2020. Jay was born on May 29, 1935 to Clifford and Marian (Busman) Veldman who preceded him in death. Jay was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Bert Schipper, sister Marilyn and brother-in-law Cal Meindertsma, and sister Sharon Young. Jay is … Continue reading "Jay Veldman ’58"
Theodore Du Mez ’59
Theodore A. Du Mez, 06/27/1937- 05/15/2020, of Holland, Michigan died unexpectedly and comfortably on Friday, May 15, 2020. An accomplished and talented youth, he earned his Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts and graduated from Holland High School. After completing his undergraduate degree at Hope College, he went on to earn his master’s degree … Continue reading "Theodore Du Mez ’59"
Abraham deVries ’50
The Reverend Abraham deVries, of Canton, Michigan, passed away on Monday April 20th, 2020 at age of 93, due to complications associated with Covid-19. Abe was born December 21st in Maurice, Iowa to Gabe and Corneli (Van Ketel) deVries. He was inducted into the U.S Army serving as a medic until 1946. He attended Hope College where he … Continue reading "Abraham deVries ’50"
Kenneth Ruys ’50
Kenneth Ruys was born in Holland, Michigan to Mabel and Andrew Ruys. He is preceded in death by his wife Jonnie Ruys and two sons Kenneth Brickey (Brick) and John Anthony (Tony). He served in the Navy on The Eurayle in WW2 in the South Pacific. He met his wife, Jonnie, in Johnson City, TN and they were married in June 1949 … Continue reading "Kenneth Ruys ’50"
Mabel Eleanor Robinson ’51 Zoellner
Mabel Eleanor Zoellner died on August 25, 2020 in Scottsdale, AZ. She was born in Sparkill, NY, the daughter of loving parents Mary Elizabeth (Roemer), and George Robinson. Eleanor graduated from Tappan Zee High School N.Y. and then went to Scudder Secretarial School in New York City for two years. Upon graduation she worked as … Continue reading "Mabel Eleanor Robinson ’51 Zoellner"
Richard “Dick” Kruizenga ’52
Richard Kruizenga died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday August 16th. A Husband, Father, Executive and Philanthropist, Richard was born in Spring Lake, Michigan, in 1930 and died 25 miles away in Holland, Michigan, just short of his 90th birthday. But he traveled many miles in between and affected a great many people along the way. The son of Richard and … Continue reading "Richard “Dick” Kruizenga ’52"
Thomas Ritter ’52
Thomas F. Ritter, 90, of Alpena passed away Friday, Sept. 25, 2020 at Sally’s Care Home. Tom was born on Jan. 16, 1930 to Reuben and Harriett (Clark) Ritter in Gaylord, Michigan. Tom was a graduate of Petoskey High School. He attended Hope College, where he played college football and later received his master’s degree … Continue reading "Thomas Ritter ’52"
Gordon Thomas ’53
Gordon Thomas ’53 of Kalamazoo, Michigan, went to be with the Lord, Friday morning, June 12, 2020. Gordon was born November 14, 1930 in Chicago, IL a twin son of the late Arthur and Effie Thomas. He grew up in Saugatuck, MI, attended Hope College where he met Jeananne Bondhouse. They were married on April … Continue reading "Gordon Thomas ’53"
Marjorie Dykema ’53 Visscher
Marjorie (Marge) A. Visscher moved on to her heavenly home on August 20th, 2020, and will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Marjorie passed away in Holland, MI at the age of 89. Marjorie was born in Muskegon MI, on August 19, 1931. Marjorie is preceded in death by her father and mother, … Continue reading "Marjorie Dykema ’53 Visscher"
H. Wayne Berens ’54
Wayne Berens, Hope College class of 1954 passed away Saturday, September 19, 2020.  The son of the Reverend George Berens (Hope College, 1932) and his wife, Doris.  Brother to Evelyn Losee (Hope college, 1956).  Wayne graduated from Greenwich Central High School, Greenwich, NY.  After graduating from Hope College, Wayne served in the United States Army … Continue reading "H. Wayne Berens ’54"
Kathryn Phillips ’54 Cook
Word has been received of the death of Kathryn Phillips ’54 Cook of Zephyrhills, Florida. She was 89. Survivors include her husband, James Cook.
Donald VanderToll ’55
Dr. Donald J. VanderToll passed away on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 following an illness with Alzheimer’s. Don was born on November 15, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to John Vandertoll and Martina Snip Vandertoll. The family lived in Chicago and then Elgin, Illinois until 1948 when they moved to Louisville, Kentucky and resided at 2550 Ransdall … Continue reading "Donald VanderToll ’55"
Alyce Weener ’57 Osborn
Alyce Arlene Osborn (Weener) passed away on July 11, 2020, at the age of 84. She was born in Kalamazoo to Egbert and Elsie Weener. Alyce married her beloved husband, Glenn Osborn in 1957. She was a proud Hope College graduate and taught for 40 years in the Kalamazoo Public School System. She was preceded in death … Continue reading "Alyce Weener ’57 Osborn"
Donald Schreur ’58
Donald Wayne Schreur passed away on July 28, 2020, after faithfully serving his Lord and Savior for almost 91 years. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. Following his wishes, cremation has taken place. Interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Gardens where a private committal service will be held. No visitation is planned. … Continue reading "Donald Schreur ’58"
Emelyn Curlee ’58 Winter
Emelyn M. Winter February 13, 1936 August 16, 2020 Emelyn will be laid to rest next to John in Grand Haven Lake Forest Cemetery.  Age 84, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Emelyn was born in Detroit on February 13, 1936, the daughter of Charles C. and Ruth M. (Long) Curlee. She grew up … Continue reading "Emelyn Curlee ’58 Winter"
Alex Ebneth ’50
Alex Ebneth, 96 of Crossville, passed away at Good Samaritan Society of Fairfield Glade Dec. 21, 2020. Alex was born in Catskill, NY, the son of Andrew and Johanna Ebneth. After completing high school in 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army. He completed basic training in upstate New York and was called to duty during … Continue reading "Alex Ebneth ’50"
Kenneth Kleis ’50
Kenneth James Kleis was born on April 24, 1925, and went to live with his Lord and Savior on January 2, 2021. He was raised on 17th street in Holland with his parents and siblings Gerald (deceased in WW2), Stanley, Roger and Charlotte (Van Haitsma). Some of his childhood memories include selling vegetables door to … Continue reading "Kenneth Kleis ’50"
Harvey Laman ’50
Harvey M. Laman, 96, of Holland, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2020, at his home in Holland. Harvey was born o n J u n e 14, 1924, in Kalamazoo Michigan to Hazel (Mouw) and Benjamin Laman. He was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Maxine ( Gerritsen) Laman. Harvey’s early years were spent living with his family in the … Continue reading "Harvey Laman ’50"
Shirley DeBoer ’50 Sharpe
Shirley A. Sharpe, 91, of Mt. Bethel, PA, formerly of Irvington, NJ, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 30th, at Westminster Village at Allentown. Shirley was born in Detroit, MI on July 6, 1929, a daughter of the late Andrew and Anna (DeVriest) DeBoer. She was the wife of the late Rev. John H. Sharpe, … Continue reading "Shirley DeBoer ’50 Sharpe"
Wynetta Devore ’51
Professor Emerita Wynetta Devore passed away peacefully on December 19, 2020 at the Bishop Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. The daughter of the late Jessie and Sallie Bell Devore, she was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on December 1, 1929 and was raised in Metuchen, New Jersey. Dr. Devore received her undergraduate degree in 1951 from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. She … Continue reading "Wynetta Devore ’51"
Harold Kooyers ’51
Harold Clinton Kooyers peacefully passed away at the age of 90 on October 19, 2020. Harold was born November 16, 1929 in Grand Rapids, MI, the only child of Henry and Dagmar Kooyers. Harold was raised on the NE side of Grand Rapids, attended Bethel Reformed Church, graduated from Creston High School and went on to complete his degree in Economics at Hope … Continue reading "Harold Kooyers ’51"
Donald Lenderink ’51
The Rev. Donald Lenderink, age 90, of Orange City, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at the Orange City Area Health System. Donald Roger was born on November 14, 1929, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Arend K. and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Byle) Lenderink. He was raised in Grand Rapids, where he graduated from Central High School in … Continue reading "Donald Lenderink ’51"
Joan DeBlock ’51 Mulder
J o a n E l i z a b e t h (DeBlock) Mulder, age 90, of New Era, MI, passed away in Mesa, AZ, Sunday morning, December 20, surrounded by her family. She was rejoicing knowing that her Savior Jesus Christ was waiting, and her son, David, who preceded her in death. Joan is survived … Continue reading "Joan DeBlock ’51 Mulder"
Ann Holstege-Schutt ’53
Ann was a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church for many years and for the last 10 years a member at Intersection Ministries. She taught 5th grade at Hudsonville Christian School for three years and at Holland Christian Maplewood School for 37 years. Ann was an avid reader, nature lover and a woman of faith who enjoyed family … Continue reading "Ann Holstege-Schutt ’53"
Ruth Metten ’53 Moe-McNitt
Ruth Christine Moe age 90, of Ravenna, Michigan died Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Christian Care Nursing Center in Muskegon, Michigan. Ruth was born on June 14, 1930 in Polkton Township, MI to the late Jacob and Christine (Schmidt) Metten. She married Glen Moe on April 17, 1953, and he preceded her in death on February 7, 1985. … Continue reading "Ruth Metten ’53 Moe-McNitt"
Jack Kalee ’54
Kalee, Jack 9/26/1932 12/25/2020 Jenison Early on Christmas morning Jack was taken home to meet his Savior face to face. He was the son of John and Gertrude Kalee. He will be forever loved and missed by his wife of 66 years, Merilyn, his children Linda and Scott Kacos, Sue and Ken Prins and Doug and Paula Kalee. He was Grampy … Continue reading "Jack Kalee ’54"
Robert Langenberg ’54
Robert James Langenberg, age 91, of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away on December 11, 2020, in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born on April 28, 1929, in Grand Rapids, MI, and adopted by Henry and Jenny Langenberg. He graduated from Grandville High School in 1947 and went on to Hope College where he pursued a chemistry degree. On … Continue reading "Robert Langenberg ’54"
Ralph “Mac” MacLachlan Jr. ’54
Ralph W. MacLachlan, Jr. “Mac”, age 92, of Glen, NY, a retired General Electric Company Manager, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father on November 4, 2020. He passed away peacefully with family by his side. Born in Fonda, NY, on March 16, 1928 to Ralph W. MacLachlan, Sr. and Margaret L. (Lotridge) MacLachlan. He was … Continue reading "Ralph “Mac” MacLachlan Jr. ’54"
Ruth Kuit ’54 Paul
Ruth Adele Kuit Paul, longtime resident of Western Springs, Illinois, died peacefully in Chelsea, Michigan on October 11, 2020, surrounded by family. Born in Zeeland, Michigan November 7, 1932 to parents Mabel Coburn Kuit and Henry Kuit, D.D.S., Ruth grew up surrounded by extended family. A valedictorian at Zeeland High School, she attended Hope College for two years, then completed training at Presbyterian Hospital School … Continue reading "Ruth Kuit ’54 Paul"
Eugene Schoeneich ’54
Eugene Schoeneich ’54 of Douglas, Michigan, died on Thursday, March 19, 2020. He was 91. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Dee Schoeneich; daughters, Suzanne (Michael) Daley, Delia (Bill) Marietti and Katherine Schoeneich; and three grandchildren. Eugene Allen Schoeneich ’54 of Douglas, Michigan, passed away on March 19, 2020. He was 91.  He is survived … Continue reading "Eugene Schoeneich ’54"
Paul Vander Meer ’54
Paul Vander Meer November 6, 1932 – September 26, 2020 Vancouver, Washington – Paul Vander Meer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, California State University (CSU), Fresno died in his sleep on September 26, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Carol, sons, William and Gregory Vander Meer, brother and his wife, Canute and Joyce Vander Meer, nieces, Kemry Butler, Tamsen Christensen, step-daughter-in-law, Roslynn Casterline and her … Continue reading "Paul Vander Meer ’54"
Ruth Bogaaard ’54 Van Voorhis
Iowa City – Ruth Jean Van Voorhis, formerly of Sioux City, passed away in Iowa City, IA, on January 30, 2021. Ruth was surrounded by her four loving children and their spouses throughout the time of her death. Though her family grieves her passing, they know that she lived a full and joyful life. A celebration of her life … Continue reading "Ruth Bogaaard ’54 Van Voorhis"
Benjamin Le Fevre ’55
Benjamin Le Fevre, age 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Saratoga Hospital. He was born on May 31, 1933, in Weedsport, New York, son of the late Irving LeFevre and Grace Gifford. Ben graduated from Dumont High School in 1951 as Valedictorian of his class. Ben then went on to attend Hope College in Holland, … Continue reading "Benjamin Le Fevre ’55"
Eugene Stoddard ’55
Eugene M. Stoddard, 87, of Hatch Street, Corry, Pa., died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at Corry Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 5, 1933, in Clymer, N.Y., a son of the late Melvin P. and Bernice S. Bensink Stoddard. Following his graduation from Corry Area High School in 1950, Gene then went to Hope College. In 1956, he … Continue reading "Eugene Stoddard ’55"
Nancy Gailkema ’56 Bedingfield
Nancy entered the “rest prepared for the faithful” on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at Scotia Village, Laurinburg, NC. Born on March 1, 1934 in Grand Rapids, MI, to Dr. Everett W. and Pearl Gaikema, she was raised and educated in Western Michigan. A graduate of Hope College, Holland MI, with a degree in Elementary Education, she taught … Continue reading "Nancy Gailkema ’56 Bedingfield"
Sally Sieber ’56 Honkanen
Sally Brey Honkanen, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, went to be with her Lord April 17, 2020. She was born April 23, 1934, to Floyd and Mabel Sieber. Sally is the beloved wife of Clarence for 61 years; mother of Stephen, Christian, Mark (Lynley) and Matthew; and grandmother of Samuel, Sophia, Aaron, Jacob, Noah, Grace, Natalie, Kelsey (Eric) … Continue reading "Sally Sieber ’56 Honkanen"
John Helmus ’57
John J. Helmus Jefferson, IA Date of Death: December 6, 2020 Private family memorial services for John J. Helmus, 89, of Jefferson, will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Central Christian Church in Jefferson. John (Johan) Jacob Helmus was born on September 24, 1931 to Dirk Helmus and Jantze Bakker Helmus at Middlestum, the Netherlands. He entered his heavenly home on December 6, 2020 at … Continue reading "John Helmus ’57"
Merwin Van Doornik ’57
Reverend Merwin “Mike” Van Doornik of Holland, Michigan, died on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. He was 85 years old. Mike was born in Holland Michigan, attended Holland High School, Hope College and Western Seminary leading to a completion of his dream of becoming a pastor with the Reformed Church of America. Mike served in many churches in New York, New … Continue reading "Merwin Van Doornik ’57"
Robert Andree ’58
Bob Andree, of Holland, Michigan, passed away peacefully on January 25 at the age of 85 with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary K. Diephuis Andree; their children, Mark and Brenda Andree, Katherine (Katie) Blue, Elizabeth (Betsy) and Bob Bruins; nine grandchildren (Jake, Molly, Elizabeth and Victoria Blue, Noah … Continue reading "Robert Andree ’58"
Kenneth Kole ’58
Kenneth W. Kole, aged 88, of Wyoming, left this life and entered the arms of Jesus Christ his Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 17, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna Kole, and eleven of his siblings. Kenneth is survived by his sons, Marc (Colleen) Kole, and Eric Kole of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Erin, Hope, and … Continue reading "Kenneth Kole ’58"
Everett “Ev” Nienhouse ’58
Everett James Nienhouse, 84, of Carlsbad, California, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2020. Ev was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Edward and Gladys Nienhouse. Ev attended Oak Park High School where he was a national champion hurdler. He graduated from Hope College with B.S in Chemistry, a M.Sc. from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. … Continue reading "Everett “Ev” Nienhouse ’58"
Lynn Carol Van’t Hof ’58 Rutter
Lynn Carol Rutter Lynn, of Menomonee Falls, WI, peacefully entered Eternal Life on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the age of 83 after several weeks of a courageous struggle following emergent heart surgery. The family was able to have a memorable and joyous final goodbye with Lynn a few days before her peaceful passing in Hospice as she was … Continue reading "Lynn Carol Van’t Hof ’58 Rutter"
Gus Feenstra ’59
Gus Feenstra, age 90, of Holland, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Lakeside Vista. Gus was born in Prospect Park, NJ, on August 5, 1930, to Hendrik (Henry) and Jantje (Jennie) (Smit) Feenstra. He graduated from Hope College in 1959 and did his post- graduate work at Michigan State University, where he received his Master’s Degree … Continue reading "Gus Feenstra ’59"
Robert “Bob” Kessler ’59
Robert S. Kessler, 82, of Mayfield, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Monday, November 30, 2020 at Mountain Valley Hospice in Gloversville. Born in Weedsport, NY, he was the son of the late John and Mary (Putnam) Kessler. Bob attended Hope College in the hopes of becoming a Pastor, but later turned his attention to architecture … Continue reading "Robert “Bob” Kessler ’59"
George Magee ’59
George Magee, age 83, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, October 30, 2020. He was known to others as friend, counselor, handyman, and a fisherman. His family experienced him as gentle and loving. His joy was being a reliable servant and lover of God. He lived his life for God and others … Continue reading "George Magee ’59"
Charles Skinner ’59
Charles E. Skinner, Jr., 83, of West Hurley, NY, passed away at home. He was born April 10, 1937, son of the late Charles E. Skinner, Sr. and Cora Skinner. He was a graduate of Bayside High School in Queens. He later received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Hope College and his Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University. He worked … Continue reading "Charles Skinner ’59"
James Stevens ’59
ames Henry Stevens, 83, of Pentwater, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2020. He was born November 17, 1936, in Hart, the son of Henry and Anne (Doezma) Stevens. James graduated from Hart High School (1955) and attended Calvin and then Hope College.  He received his Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary.   He spent many years in the ministry … Continue reading "James Stevens ’59"
Helen Dykstra ’50 DeLoy
Helen Mae DeLoy of Lancaster, SC passed away peacefully and without pain on Saturday, February 13, 2021 after living a glorious 93 years. She was born September 21, 1927 in Muskegon, Michigan the second oldest of 7 children to Joseph and Helen (Fanny) Dykstra and is preceded in death by her parents; brother Harold (Joyce), … Continue reading "Helen Dykstra ’50 DeLoy"
Marion Reichert ’50 Fairbanks
Marion Reichert ’50 Fairbanks of Huntington, Connecticut, died on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. She was 97. Survivors include her children, Carol (Terry) Fairbanks and Robert (Tracey) Fairbanks; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Marcia Den Herder ’50 Kempers
Marcia Ann (Den Herder) Kempers, 92, went to be with her Lord on April 6, 2021, at Charter House, Rochester, Minnesota. Born in Grand Rapids on August 24, 1928, to Harmon and Della (Hospers) Den Herder, she grew up in Zeeland and graduated from Zeeland High School. She attended Hope College where she was a … Continue reading "Marcia Den Herder ’50 Kempers"
Laurence Masse ’50
Laurence R. Masse passed away on February 13, 2021, at JourneyCare of Barrington, IL. Born in Holland, MI, July 27, 1926, Larry is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Pamela; his four children, Laurel Masse, Babette (Christopher) Brown, Heather (Gene) Tipton and Edward Reavey; also three grandchildren, Charlotte Hodgson, Alexander Brown and Peter … Continue reading "Laurence Masse ’50"
Robert Westerhoff ’50
Dr. Robert Jay Westerhoff passed, peacefully on May 3, 2021 in Springdale, AR after 94 years of adventure and caring. Born September 29, 1926 in Chicago, IL to Jacob and Helen (Westerveld) Westerhoff, he was the first of 3 sons. His mother signaled his arrival for family and friends with newspapers over the kitchen windows. … Continue reading "Robert Westerhoff ’50"
Russell Korver ’51
Russell Lee Korver passed away in peace at home on Monday, December 14th, 2020. He was born in Orange City, Iowa to parents William and Anna Birdella (DeCook) Korver and had eight brothers and sisters. He has many stories that he enjoyed reminiscing about with friends and family and his hospice care takers, or anyone that would listen. He attended … Continue reading "Russell Korver ’51"
Thomas McCloud ’51
Tom McCloud, third-generation owner of McCloud Services, South Elgin, Ill., died Jan. 8, 2021 at age 93 at a nursing home in the Kansas City, Kan., area. He is remembered by his colleagues and family as a compassionate industry leader with strong ties to the National Pest Management Association and Copesan Services, an alliance of … Continue reading "Thomas McCloud ’51"
Beth Thomson ’51 Murley
Beth T. Murley, 92, of Adrian formerly of Lansing, died Tuesday afternoon April 27, 2021 at Brookdale of Adrian with her daughters by her side, while under the care of Hospice of Lenawee and the Brookdale staff.Born March 21, 1929 in Middlebush, NJ, she was the daughter of Ralph C. and Mabel (Stryker) Thomson. Following … Continue reading "Beth Thomson ’51 Murley"
John Van Eenenaam ’51
John Phillip Van Eenenaam, 91, passed away peacefully on Easter morning, April 4, 2021, after a brave fight against cancer, at Heartwood Lodge, Hospice House, in Spring Lake. He lived an active 91 years infused with family, faith, fun and lasting friendships. A man full of life and love, John gave generously to his family … Continue reading "John Van Eenenaam ’51"
Nancy Vyverberg ’51 Van Hall
Nancy H. Van Hall, 91, went to be with her Savior and Lord Jesus on Saturday May 29th 2021, at Mid-Michigan Medical Center. Nancy was born in Rochester, New York and has lived all her adult life in Michigan after graduating from Hope college in 1991 with an A.B. degree in biology and secondary education.She … Continue reading "Nancy Vyverberg ’51 Van Hall"
Raymond Bishop ’52
Raymond Culver Bishop, Jr., of Old Bridge, NJ and formerly Park Ridge, NJ passed away peacefully with his devoted daughter at his side on Monday, October 26, 2020. He was 91 years old. Beloved husband of the late Sherrill for 47 years. Devoted father of Beth Ann Romano and her husband Thomas. And Scott M. … Continue reading "Raymond Bishop ’52"
Michael Romano ’52
n Saturday, March 27, 2021 Chaplain, Lt. Colonel (USAF ret.) Michael (Mike) Romano, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 93. Mike was born on May 5, 1927 in Harrison, NJ, the only child of Guy and Mary Gailey Romano. Mike’s mother died at an early age and he … Continue reading "Michael Romano ’52"
Sally Ann Palen ’53 Pontier
Sally Ann Palen ’53 Pontier of Hillsboro, Oregon, died on Thursday, March 4, 2021. She was 89.
Roger Vander Meulen ’53
Roger D. Vander Meulen age 83, of Holland, died Saturday, June 5, 2021 at his home. He was the son of Rhine and Cornelia Vander Meulen and was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon in 2003. Rog was a member of Christ Memorial Church, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956-1958. … Continue reading "Roger Vander Meulen ’53"
Warren Westerhoff ’53
Warren Westerhoff ’53 of El Cajon, California, died on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. He was 89. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Westerhoff; children, Lisa, Eric, Shawn and Dana; and brother, Robert Westerhoff ’50.
John Busman ’54
John E. Busman, age 89 of Grand Haven, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 11, 2021. He was born September 13, 1931 in Coopersville, MI to the late Jacob and Minnie (Veeneman) Busman, and was the second-youngest of ten children. John graduated from Hope College and Western Theological Seminary in Holland and began his 40-year … Continue reading "John Busman ’54"
Joseph Fowler ’54
Joseph Fowler ’54 of White Lake, New York, died on Saturday, May 22, 2021. He was 88. Survivors include his wife of nearly 67 years, Bernice Keizer ’54 Fowler; children, Aleta (David), Nicholas (Sheila), Jane (Denise), and Timothy (Suzanne); three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
John “Jack” Lamb ’54
John “Jack” Colfax Lamb, age 89 of Holland, Michigan, passed away on June 10, 2021. He was happily married to Lois Lamb for 45 years. Jack enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and loved golfing and fishing. Jack was a National Champion pole vaulter in the Senior Olympics. His competitive spirit and giving … Continue reading "John “Jack” Lamb ’54"
Carole Estroe ’55 Bakker
Carole (Estroe) Bakker, age 87, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2021. Born and raised in New Jersey, to Richard Estroe and Alice (Luetzow) Estroe. She attended Hope College in Holland MI, where she received a degree in teaching. She eventually settled in Barkhamsted CT where she raised her family and still lived independently. Carole had an … Continue reading "Carole Estroe ’55 Bakker"
William Siderius ’55
William Peter Siderius, age 87, of Elmhurst, IL, native of Lansing, IL, passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving family after courageously living the past 17 years with the effects of a stroke. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Lee, nee Rice, of 35 years. Bill graduated from the University of … Continue reading "William Siderius ’55"
Richard Spieldenner ’55
Richard Franklin Spieldenner passed to his heavenly home on May 13, 2021. He died peacefully at home in his own bed an hour after returning home from two days in the hospital. Richard was born May 26, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Lewis and Margaret Spieldenner, joining an older brother, Robert, as part of the … Continue reading "Richard Spieldenner ’55"
Donald De Braal ’56
Donald De Braal ’56 of Glendora, California, died on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. He was 88.
Barbara Larsen ’56 Klett
With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Barbara Klett (New York, New York), who passed away on January 28, 2021. Family and friends can send flowers and condolences in memory of the loved one. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Barbara Klett to pay them a last tribute.  
Marjorie Newton ’56 Lanier
Marjorie A. Lanier, of East Glenville, NY, died March 19, 2021 at Albany Medical Center from complications of Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome. She was born June 22, 1934 in Palisades, NY, a daughter of William and Florence (Walden) Newton. On June 30, 1962, in Old Tappan, NJ, she married W. Terrell Lanier, who predeceased her on … Continue reading "Marjorie Newton ’56 Lanier"
Richard Ortquist ’56
Richard Theodore “Dick” Richard Theodore Ortquist, Jr., “Dick” passed away on March 23, 2021, in Baytown, Texas, in the company of those who loved him. He had enjoyed a DQ hot fudge sundae earlier in the day.Dick was born on December 22, 1933, in Muskegon, Michigan, to Beatrice Ortquist nee Bushman and Richard Theodore Ortquist, … Continue reading "Richard Ortquist ’56"
Karl Vander Laan ’56
VanderLaan, Karl Edwin 8/24/1934 – 5/6/2021 Ada age 86, died in the early hours of May 6, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19 after suffering a stroke two years prior. Karl was born on August 24, 1934 to the late Helen and Sieger VanderLaan. He was the second of four boys, Richard, Robert, and Ronald … Continue reading "Karl Vander Laan ’56"
Lois Vandelinder ’56 Wright
Lois Joan (VanDelinder) Wright died Monday, February 1, 2021 after a lengthy battle with dementia. Services are pending. Arrangements and cremation are by Rector Funeral Home Osage Chapel, 2800 S. Osage. Her light will be missed by her family and friends, as she could light up a room with her presence. Born to Melvin and … Continue reading "Lois Vandelinder ’56 Wright"
Joan Fendt ’57 Souder
Joan E. Souder, age 86, of Holland, passed away Sunday, June 6, 2021, at her home. Joan graduated from Holland High School and Hope College and was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church, where she was very involved. Joan loved animals and her “little acre in the woods”, and was selfless and adored … Continue reading "Joan Fendt ’57 Souder"
George Vande Woude Jr. ’57
George F. Vande Woude Jr. was born on December 25, 1935 to Alice Leudesdorff VandeWoude and George F. Vande Woude Sr. in Brooklyn, NY. He spent his childhood in Queens Village, NY, just a few blocks from Dorothy “Dot” Stapel, who became his wife in 1959. By all accounts George was a mischievous and inquisitive … Continue reading "George Vande Woude Jr. ’57"
James Cook ’59
James Michael Cook, 84, of Apopka, Florida, passed away February 03, 2021. He was born March 24, 1936 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Cook is survived by his loving wife Nancy Lynne Cook; children Wendy (Tom) Lyons, Mary (Jim) McGee and Amy Cook; sister Elsie Kloote; grandchildren Jennifer, Jaclynne, Tyler, Katy, and Molly as well … Continue reading "James Cook ’59"
Carol Hondorp ’59 Wagner
Carol Hondorp Wagner, age 83, passed away peacefully on April 8, 2021. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jan Wagner and children Ken (Jill) Wagner, Bob (Sandy) Wagner, and Jeanne (Pat) Kellner; grandchildren Marc, Matthew, Erin, Ben, Samantha, Carlyn, Alyson and Madelyn; great-grandchildren Jack, Olivia, Eli and Rory; brother Gordon (Lou) Hondorp … Continue reading "Carol Hondorp ’59 Wagner"
Warren De Witt ’50
Warren Duane DeWitt, 92, of Holland, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 9, 2021. Warren was born in Grand Rapids to Martin and Judith DeWitt, a graduate of South High School and Hope College, and served as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, flying off aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean. Warren was a devoted husband to … Continue reading "Warren De Witt ’50"
Herbert Maatman ’50
Herbert J. Maatman, age 95, walked into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, late Friday evening July 9, following a short illness. Herb served in the US Army Air Corps during WWII. He graduated from Hope College and received his Masters in Education from Western Michigan University. He taught Physical Education and … Continue reading "Herbert Maatman ’50"
Barbara Modders ’50 Murray
Barbara Modders ’50 Murray of Cedarville, Michigan, died on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. She was 93. Survivors include her children, Margaret Murray ’72 (Richard ’71) Patmos and Michael (Deborah) Murray ’78; grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Donald Van Ry ’50
Donald Van Ry, age 93, of Holland, died on Friday, July 30, 2021 following a heroic 7 year battle with cancer. Donald was born to Lillian and Franklin Van Ry on June 12, 1928, in Chicago, IL. When he was 3 years old his family moved to Holland and Don attended Holland Schools and later … Continue reading "Donald Van Ry ’50"
Thomas McCloud ’51
Tom McCloud, third-generation owner of McCloud Services, South Elgin, Ill., died Jan. 8 at age 93 at a nursing home in the Kansas City, Kan., area. He is remembered by his colleagues and family as a compassionate industry leader with strong ties to the National Pest Management Association and Copesan Services, an alliance of regional … Continue reading "Thomas McCloud ’51"
Carolyn Robinson ’52 Ward
Carolyn Elizabeth Ward died on Aug. 23, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska, from Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. She was 92 years old. Carolyn was born in Sparkill, N.Y., on June 11, 1929, to Mary and George Robinson. She graduated from Tappan Zee High School, attended NYU and later graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich. Carolyn … Continue reading "Carolyn Robinson ’52 Ward"
Daniel De Graaf ’53
Daniel Lee De Graaf (89) passed away peacefully on June 14, 2021 at Resthaven Care Center in Holland, Michigan. He was born in Holland on January 22, 1932, to Clarence and Marie (Coppers) De Graaf and married Myra Saunders on August 16, 1956. He is survived by his sister Ruth Dirkse of Holland, a daughter … Continue reading "Daniel De Graaf ’53"
Jean Harmelink ’53 Muyskens
Jean H. Muyskens (nee Harmelink), a long-time resident of Homewood, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 at the age of 90. She is survived by her children Karen (Tom Ryan), Paul (Holly), Ruth (Philip Postlewaite), and JoAnne; and her grandchildren Nikki (Greg Birdsall), Kate (Ray Hsiao), and Matthew. One grandchild, Jeffrey Ardizzone, predeceased her. Jean … Continue reading "Jean Harmelink ’53 Muyskens"
Jane VanderVelde ’54 Smith
Jane Smith, age 89, passed away on Monday, September 13, 2021. Jane was born on August 26, 1932, in Zeeland, MI to Joe and Kate (Van Dyke) Vander Velde. After graduation from Zeeland High School, she attended Hope College where she graduated in 1954 with degrees in elementary education and music. She taught school in Kalamazoo for 2 years. She … Continue reading "Jane VanderVelde ’54 Smith"
John Bos ’55
John A. Bos, 87, of Palm Desert, California, passed away on June 11, 2021 at his home with his family at his bedside. He was born in Holland, Michigan on November 6, 1933 and graduated from Holland Christian High School class of 1951, attended Hope College and finished his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of … Continue reading "John Bos ’55"
Donald Bussies ’55
Donald Bussies, age 87, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 5, 2021, after a long battle with dementia. Don was born August 22, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Justin and Minnie Bussies. He graduated from Hope College. It was at Hope where he met Jocelyn Fryling and they were blessed … Continue reading "Donald Bussies ’55"
John Schrier ’55
John Christian Schrier, age 88, passed away Monday, October 4, 2021 at Seminole Shores Assisted Living Center. He was born July 23, 1933 in Muskegon, MI to Chris and Ida (Trap) Schrier. He graduated from Muskegon High School in 1951 and earned his B.A. degree from Hope College in 1955. John was a veteran of … Continue reading "John Schrier ’55"
Donna Hoogerhyde ’56 Hakken
Donna R. Hakken, age 88, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, August 15, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Bernard D. Hakken. She will be lovingly remembered by her children Ruth (Douglas) Roosien, John (Susan) Hakken, Daniel (Lynda) Hakken, Timothy (Kellie) Hakken, Matthew (Amy) Hakken, Mary (Seishi) Okamoto, … Continue reading "Donna Hoogerhyde ’56 Hakken"
Charmaine VanderMyde ’56 Stegenga
Charmaine Rae Vandermyde Stegenga September 12, 2021 On Sunday, September 12, Charmaine Rae Vandermyde Stegenga went to rest with God. She was 86 years old She is survived by her loving husband Rev. Henry Stegenga of Newport News, VA and her children Karl (Priscilla) Stegenga of Falls Church, Virginia; Lynn (Bear)Watkins of Newport News; Matt … Continue reading "Charmaine VanderMyde ’56 Stegenga"
Arthur Hielkema ’57
Mr. Arthur Hielkema ‘57, age 88, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, August 12, 2021, at the Orange City Area Health System. Arthur Gerald was born on October 18, 1932, in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota, the son of Henry and Nettie (Houtsma) Hielkema. He was raised in Pease, Minnesota, and later San Antonio, Texas, … Continue reading "Arthur Hielkema ’57"
Phyllis Bursma ’58
Phyllis B. Bursma Obituary Phyllis Brink Bursma, 85, of Brewster, formerly of Sudbury, passed away peacefully on September 7th, 2021. She was born in Holland, MI to John and Amy Brink and was raised in Hamilton, MI. She was a graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI where she met her husband Albert Bursma Jr. who predeceased … Continue reading "Phyllis Bursma ’58"
James Clark ’58
“James Clark, Hope class of 1958, U of Michigan PhD 1966 in English Literature, died of complications of Parkinson’s disease on June 23, 2021.  Dr. Clark spent his final year in the house he and his wife owned on the island of Paros, Greece.  After a long career of teaching English composition and literature in the USA, in … Continue reading "James Clark ’58"
Alton Kooyers ’58
Alton Dale Kooyers sailed off to meet his Lord early in the morning on July 29, 2021. He was 85, an experienced sailor who delighted in being outdoors and praising the beauty of God’s creation. Alton was born December 3, 1935 in Cabin John, Maryland and grew up in Holland, Michigan, where he graduated Holland … Continue reading "Alton Kooyers ’58"
Dwayne “Tiger” Teusink ’58
On Monday, September 6, 2021, Dwayne “Tiger” Teusink, age 84 of Holland, passed away peacefully from this life to the next, where he has been reunited with his son, Scott who predeceased him. Tiger was born in Holland, Michigan September 9, 1936 to Russell and Helen Teusink. He graduated from Hope College in 1958 and … Continue reading "Dwayne “Tiger” Teusink ’58"
Allen Grube ’59
Allen Ward Grube, age 84, of DeMotte, Indiana went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 20, 2021. Allen was born on August 8, 1937 to Vernon and Jacoba (nee DeKock) Grube. He graduated from DeMotte High School in 1955 and Hope College in 1959. Al married his high school sweetheart, Arlene Kingma, on … Continue reading "Allen Grube ’59"
Victor Heasley ’59
Victor Heasley ’59 of San Diego, California, died on Monday, July 26, 2021. He was 84. Survivors include his wife, Carol Heasley; and brother, Gene (Donna) Heasley ’55. Vic and his brother Gene are both Hope alums and after graduating from Hope studied chemistry under Cal Vanderwerf at Kansas. Vic has a notable career at … Continue reading "Victor Heasley ’59"
Mary Oosting ’59 Hoffman
Mary Jane Hoffman was born in Dayton, Ohio, the oldest child of Melvin and Julia Oosting. She attended Hope College and became a medical technologist. She served in the mission field in South India, working for the Reformed Church in America at the Scudder Memorial Hospital, where she was head of the hospital laboratory, modernizing … Continue reading "Mary Oosting ’59 Hoffman"
Paul Vander Maat ’59
Paul Vander Maat passed away August 10, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, children, Tatia and Kevin and 17 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Kirk. He worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 30 years as a theoretical physicist. He was a born again believer in Jesus Christ and is in … Continue reading "Paul Vander Maat ’59"
Dolores Bennett ’50 Day
Dolores Day passed away in her Colorado Springs, CO, home surrounded by family on December 20, 2021. She was 94 years of age. Dolores was born August 31, 1927 in Milwaukee, WI. She attended Hope College in Holland, MI (1947-48) as an English major. Young Robert Day, an acquaintance from high school and church was the apple … Continue reading "Dolores Bennett ’50 Day"
Frederick DesAutels ’50
Frederick DesAutels ’50 Aug. 12, 2021, Lancaster, South Carolina
Paul Hendrickson ’50
Paul Hendrickson, age 94 beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend realized the promise of eternal life in Christ on Saturday, November 20, 2021. Paul was born to Marinus “Jack” and Wilhelmina “Minnie” Hendrickson and was raised on the northeast side of Grand Rapids. He graduated from Central High School and continued his education at Hope College in Holland, … Continue reading "Paul Hendrickson ’50"
Gertrude “Trudy” Kloosterman ’50 Smith
Gertrude (“Trudy”) N. Smith, age 93, a resident of Holland, Michigan, passed away on January 26, 2022. She was born May 15, 1928, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the only child of Tom and Winifred (nee Hilmert) Kloosterman. She was a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School and Hope College. In the Spring of her senior year at … Continue reading "Gertrude “Trudy” Kloosterman ’50 Smith"
David Ter Beest ’50
Rev. David Ter Beest, age 94, of Orange City, passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. There will be a memorial service on Monday, December 27, at 11:00 am, at the First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Mark Haverdink will officiate. Private family interment will be … Continue reading "David Ter Beest ’50"
Casper Ultee ’50
Casper Jan Ultee , PhD, of Granby, CT and a long-time resident of Glastonbury, died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 93 on August 25, 2021. Casper was born on April 5, 1928 in Noordwyk, the Netherlands to Alida and Jan Arnoldus Ultee of Hillegom, the Netherlands. Few of his friends and colleagues would know that … Continue reading "Casper Ultee ’50"
Frederick Van Den Bosch ’50
FrederickVan Den Bosch, 94, passed from life into life on November 28 at the home he shared with his wife Carol ( Venhuizen) Van Den Bosch for over 62 years. Fred was the eighth child of John A. and Frederika Van Den Bosch and was the last surviving member of their eleven children. Born May … Continue reading "Frederick Van Den Bosch ’50"
Paul Warnshuis
Paul R. Warnshuis, age 95 of Greenville, passed away Tuesday, October 26, 2021. He was born in Allegan, MI December 9, 1925, the son of Henry W. and Alida (Prins) Warnshuis. A graduate of Ionia High School, he served his country in the US Navy in WWII and was a graduate of Hope College. He married Dolores Thomas … Continue reading "Paul Warnshuis"
Howard Newton ’51
The Reverend Howard E. Newton, of Port Orange, passed away on June 10, 2021, in Port Orange. Howard was born in Readsboro, VT, to Bill and Florence Newton in 1929 and grew up in Old Tappan, NJ. He graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI, in 1951 and went on to receive a Master of Divinity degree from New Brunswick … Continue reading "Howard Newton ’51"
Nancy Andrews ’52 Brown
Nancy Andrews Brown (previously Schuiteman), age 90, passed away peacefully at her care home in Vista, CA. She battled Alzheimer’s for over 10 years. Laughing was a trademark of Nancy’s, known for her practical jokes and silly stories. Her mantra was, “Be thoughtful, kind, and loving.” Nancy loved to travel, paint, golf, read, walk on the beach, … Continue reading "Nancy Andrews ’52 Brown"
Jack Hunt ’52
Dr. Jack Hunt passed away in his home on Sunday, January 9, 2022. Mary Lou Krieger, his high school sweetheart, and wife of sixty-nine years was with him on that final day as were his four children: John ’78 (Edita), James (Jan), Mary Katherine, and Thomas (Lisa). Jack Hunt was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan on August … Continue reading "Jack Hunt ’52"
Ivan Huyser ’52
Ivan (Ike) Reginald Huyser (91) died on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, in San Diego, California. Born in Holland, Michigan, to Russell and Marie Huyser, Ike graduated in 1948 from Holland High School and studied at Hope College. There he met and married Jacquelyn Medendorp. Huyser joined the Air Force and was stationed at Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico … Continue reading "Ivan Huyser ’52"
Theodore Johnson ’52
Theodore Starks (Ted) Johnson passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at the age of 96. He was born May 17, 1925, the son of Theodore and Lillie (Starks) Johnson in Ensley Center, MI. He graduated from Howard City High School, Spring Arbor Junior College, Hope College, and did graduate work at … Continue reading "Theodore Johnson ’52"
Mary Buttles ’52 Jordan
Mary Jordan, age 91 passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Freedom Village, Holland, MI. Mary was a retired teacher with the Fremont Public schools. She taught 1st and 2nd grades for many years. After retirement she loved and enjoyed being back in Holland residing on Lake Michigan. She had a great passion for golf … Continue reading "Mary Buttles ’52 Jordan"
John Tien ’52
John Wesley Tien, aged 91 was born on June 2, 1930. He died this last October 12th after having lived a long and fulfilled life. John was preceded in death by his parents, John H. Tien and Ruth (Mulder)Tien, and his brother-in-law, John Billett. John leaves behind his beloved wife, Yvonne DeLoof ’52 Tien having shared 69 years of marriage; his precious and devoted sister, Sandra Tien ’58 Billett; … Continue reading "John Tien ’52"
Shirley Pyle ’52 Troast
Shirley Troast, 91 years of age, died peacefully on January 5, 2022. She was born in Overisel, MI on November 2, 1930 and moved to Paterson, NJ as a high school Junior. While at Eastside High School, she was a member of the New Jersey All State High School Choir. After graduation in 1948, she attended … Continue reading "Shirley Pyle ’52 Troast"
Robert Benson ’53
Robert “Bob” Norman Benson, 89, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away on December 19, 2021, at Legacy Circle of Life Hospice. He was born October 10, 1932, in New York City, N.Y., to Robert Austen Benson and Clara Thomas Benson. He graduated from the New York School of Music and Art in 1949 and Hope College, Holland, Mich., in … Continue reading "Robert Benson ’53"
Donald Howard ’53
Howard, Donald C. September 14, 2021 Age 91. Beloved husband of Gina (nee Mele) (Turowski) Howard of 38 years and the late Catherine Howard. Loving father of Julie (Malcolm) McGartland, Janice (Norman) Compton, Douglas (Margaret) Howard, Bruce (Kate) Howard, Donald Turowski, Deborah (William) Bowen and David (Stephanie) Turowski. Grandfather of 19 and Great-grandfather of 3. Dear brother of the late … Continue reading "Donald Howard ’53"
John Zack Jr. ’53
John Frank Zack Jr (90) passed away peacefully on February 16, 2022 at home in Nipomo, CA. He was born in Muskegon on February 2, 1932 to John and Verna (Sweet) Zack. John is a graduate of Muskegon High, Hope College with a BA in Chemistry. He received his Ph.D. In Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois … Continue reading "John Zack Jr. ’53"
Byron Aldrich ’54
Aldrich, Byron V. Ypsilanti, MI Age 88, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at home under hospice care. He was born March 7, 1933 in Berwyn, IL, the son of William M. and Gladys (Howell) Aldrich. Byron graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI, majoring in math and physics. Joining the U.S. Army, he served from … Continue reading "Byron Aldrich ’54"
Anne Finlaw ’54 Holmlund
Anne (Finlaw) Holmlund, 89, beloved by her family and so many others, passed away peacefully in her home with her husband of 66 years by her side. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, the youngest of four children. The childhood stories she told included how much she adored her family, her upstate New York … Continue reading "Anne Finlaw ’54 Holmlund"
Barbara Slagh ’54 Vos
Vos, Barbara A. (Slagh) age 89, went Home on February 5, 2022. Barbara was a devoted volunteer, family woman, and Christian. Barbara is survived by her husband, Bob, and their 2 children; Kathy (Bill) Crawford of Torrance, CA, and Deb (Dave) Nafziger of Archbold, OH; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by … Continue reading "Barbara Slagh ’54 Vos"
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 the son of George Goldzung and … Continue reading "Harold Goldzung, Sr. ’55"
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 "Shirley Thomas ’55 Hegewald"
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 "Robert Hendrickson ’55"
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 "Delvin Huisingh ’55"
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 "Louis Stempfly ’55"
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 "John “Jack” De Pree ’56"
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 "Barbara Grasman ’56 Grootenhuis"
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 "Esther Plumert ’56 Lampen"
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 "Lynn Post ’56"
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 "George Herlein ’57"
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 "Robert Vander Aarde ’58"
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 "John Allen ’59"
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 "Jerry Boeve ’59"
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 "Shirley Volkema ’59 Richardson"
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 "Hank Visscher ’59"
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 "Kenneth VanderBroek ’59"
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 "Phyllis Sherman ’50 Booi"
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 "Henrietta Weener ’50 Bruggers"
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 "John Dinger ’50"
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 "Marilyn Wolbrink ’50 Koop"
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 "Charles Mulder ’50"
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 "Elizabeth Koch ’50 Robinson"
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 "Carl Nelke ’51"
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 "Charles Sligh III ’51"
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 "Harriet Essenburg ’51 Van Reken"
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 "Robert Dennison ’52"
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 "Donald DeYoung ’52"
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 "Jacqueline VanHeest ’52 DeYoung"
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 "Erna Laing ’52"
Hendrik Parson ’52
Hendrik Parson ’52 March 21, 2022, Gardnerville, Nevada Survivors include his spouse, Georgia Parson
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 "Charles Wissink ’52"
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 "Russell Block ’53"
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 "Verlaine Brown ’53"
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 "Dorothy Moerdyk ’53 Hoekstra"
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 "William Sailer ’53"
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 "Donald Shull ’54"
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 "Glenn Straatsma ’54"
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 "Harold Goldzung Sr. ’55"
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 "James Hutton ’55"
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 "Ruth Pruis ’56 Boender"
Robert N. DeYoung ’56
Robert “Bob” DeYoung of Holland passed away Monday, August 1, 2022, three months shy of his 90th birthday. The son of Henry and Nell (DeBruyn) DeYoung and younger brother to Doretta (Zandstra), Milt and Vern all who preceded him in death. Bob met the love of his life, Marcia Smith while a student/athlete at Hope … Continue reading "Robert N. DeYoung ’56"
Marcia Veldman ’56 Thompson
Marcia Ann (Veldman) Thompson, 88, passed away peacefully on April 29, 2022 in Ann Arbor, MI. She was born in Grand Rapids, MI on March 29,1934 to Dr. Harold and Pearl Veldman, joining her older brother, Don, to complete the family. As a girl, she especially enjoyed summer trips to the family cottage at Whitefish Lake. … Continue reading "Marcia Veldman ’56 Thompson"
Warren Buitendorp ’57
Warren Roger Buitendorp, 86, of Berlin, MD peacefully passed away on May 13, 2021, right after a  gorgeous sunset. He was with family, who will miss him, under the care of Coastal Hospice. After a  very sudden and unexpected return of cancer, he moved to be with his family and even up until  his last … Continue reading "Warren Buitendorp ’57"
Janet Tuttle ’57 Faulstich
Jan Faulstich passed away Feb. 4, 2022. She grew up in Hawthorne, N.Y. and attended Briarcliff High School and Hope College in Michigan, taking a year-and-a-half “gap year” in the middle to study and travel in Europe. After college she worked in the inner-city Protestant parishes in Cleveland and Harlem, serving youth in those communities, before attending … Continue reading "Janet Tuttle ’57 Faulstich"
David Kinkema ’57
David Roger Kinkema, age 87, of North Canton, passed away on June 9, 2022. David was born on March 9, 1935 in Albany, New York to the late Reverend and Mrs. Percy Kinkema. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. After he graduated, he served two years in the Army, … Continue reading "David Kinkema ’57"
Dawn Phillips ’58 Heyer
Dawn Fay Heyer, 85, of Holland, passed away Thursday March 24, 2022. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert (Bob) H. Heyer; a son, Jonathan; her parents, Ben and Thelma Nelson Phillips; brother-in-law, Don Heyer; sisters-in-law, Joyce Heyer and Norma Girod. She is survived by her three sons, Eric, Thom, and Kurt; brother-in-law, Roger Heyer; sister-in-law, Elaine Heyer along with several nieces and … Continue reading "Dawn Phillips ’58 Heyer"
Wayne Nyboer ’58
Wayne Nyboer, age 90, of Holland died Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Wayne was an elementary school principal with the West Ottawa Schools for many years. He was always involved in church activities at both Rose Park Reformed and Central Park Reformed Churches. He enjoyed antiques, had a passion for studying history and spent many years … Continue reading "Wayne Nyboer ’58"
Corwin Bredeweg ’59
Corwin Jay Bredeweg, age 84, was called home to be with Jesus on March 25th. He was born on December 9, 1937 in the small community of Dorr, Michigan. He graduated from Hope College and then attended University of Kansas where he earned his PhD in both Chemistry and Mathematics. While at KU, he met and fell in … Continue reading "Corwin Bredeweg ’59"
Franklin McCarthy ’59
Dr. Franklin L McCarthy, 84, of O’Hara Township, passed away on Tuesday March 8, 2022. He was born on October 5, 1937, in Holland, Michigan, the son of the late Leslie and Nellie (Kongkrya) McCarthy. Dr. Franklin is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; his children, Heather (Brandon) and John (Anne). He is also survived by his … Continue reading "Franklin McCarthy ’59"

1960s

Myrna R. Schalekamp ’60 Kreykes
Myrna R. Kreykes was born to Bill and Grace (Reinders) Schalekamp on April 10, 1938, in Orange City. She graduated from Orange City High School in 1956 and went on to get her undergraduate degree in English education from Hope College in 1960. Myrna married Gary Kreykes on July 1, 1960. She spent several years … Continue reading "Myrna R. Schalekamp ’60 Kreykes"
Robert B. Reid ’62
Robert B. Reid, 75, of Mansfield, Ohio passed away Monday, July 18, 2016, in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. He was born August 2, 1940, in Buffalo, New York, to the late Gerald and Phyllis (Wood) Reid. He graduated from Hope College in Holland, Michigan where he lettered in baseball and basketball. In 1964, he moved … Continue reading "Robert B. Reid ’62"
David W. Waanders ’62
David W. Waanders, age 75, died at home on May 23, 2016. David was a long-time resident of Piscataway, NJ. and member of First Reformed Church in New Brunswick. He was born in Iowa and raised in Western Michigan. He earned degrees from Hope College, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, and Princeton Seminary. He was an … Continue reading "David W. Waanders ’62"
Patricia Inardi ’62 Yuill
Patricia I. Yuill, 75, of Harpursville,died peacefully March 28, 2016 at her home, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born in Fiume, Italy, daughter of Angelo and Thelma (Molina) Inardi. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, James A. Yuill, her son Allan Yuill (Fatima Gadson), three precious grandchildren Trinity, Jabari … Continue reading "Patricia Inardi ’62 Yuill"
Rev. Bernard D. “Bernie” Ekema ’63
Rev. Bernard D. “Bernie” Ekema of  Paw Paw, Michigan, went to be with his Lord and Savior Thursday morning, September 1, 2016. Bernie was born June 23, 1930 in Kalamazoo the son of Harry and Cora (DeBoer) Ekema. He was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Bernie was a graduate … Continue reading "Rev. Bernard D. “Bernie” Ekema ’63"
Karen June VanderWerf ’63 Ver Hulst
Karen June Ver Hulst, 74, of Wyoming, went to be home with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Marge Vander Werf; and her sister, Virginia Vander Werf. Karen graduated from Hope College in 1963. She was a good … Continue reading "Karen June VanderWerf ’63 Ver Hulst"
Allan Lebbin ’64
Word has been received of the death of Allan Lebbin ’64 of South Bend, Indiana, on Monday, March 14, 2016.
Pastor Richard J. Vander Borgh ’64
Pastor Richard J., of Westwood (formerly of Dumont) was born May 12, 1942 in Bay Shore, NY to Andrew Vander Borgh and Gertrude Veryzer Vander Borgh, and entered into eternal life on Saturday, July 16, 2016. He received his formal education by attending four years at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Pastor Vander Borgh then … Continue reading "Pastor Richard J. Vander Borgh ’64"
Wenche Nilsen ’65 Haverkamp
Wenche Nilsen Haverkamp died on Sunday, July 24, of apparent complications from treatments for non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She was born on November 7, 1942 in Horten, Norway, the daughter of Murray and Ingrid (Karlsen) Nilsen. At age six, she immigrated with her family to the United States, moving to Jersey City, N.J., where she lived until … Continue reading "Wenche Nilsen ’65 Haverkamp"
David L. Anderson ’67
David L. Anderson, 71, of Portland, passed away suddenly on June 29, 2016. He was born in Schenectady, NY, the son of Carl and Blanche (Lepper) Anderson. He graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School, where he met his wife, Karen. He earned a B.A. from Hope College in Holland, MI and was awarded a Ph.D. in … Continue reading "David L. Anderson ’67"
Dixon “Dick” Lee Kuipers ’67
Dixon “Dick” Lee Kuipers, 81, of Onekama, died Sunday, July 3, 2016, at Munson Hospice House in Traverse City. He was born October 10, 1934, in Grand Rapids, the son of Bernard “Ben” and Adrianna (Leonhardt) Kuipers. Dick received his B.S. from Hope College and his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin. He went on … Continue reading "Dixon “Dick” Lee Kuipers ’67"
Bruce Brink ’60
Bruce Brink ’60 M.D., 78, died peacefully Nov. 27, 2016, in the Palliative Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital. His wife Patty was by his side. Bruce was born in Holland, on Jan. 22, 1938, to parents Amy (Voorhorst) Brink and John Brink Jr. Bruce is survived by his loving wife, Priscilla (Patty) DeJong ’63 Brink. They … Continue reading "Bruce Brink ’60"
William Holleman ’62
William Holleman ’62, Ph.D., ended his journey on this earth sooner than expected, the result of injuries suffered in a car accident. Born August 18, 1940, at Wilhilnor Farm on Byron Road to Hilbert and Norma (Freeman) Holleman, his life was a product of the American soil. Although he pursued 22 years of formal education … Continue reading "William Holleman ’62"
Margo Meengs ’62 Johnson
Margo Meengs ’62 Johnson, 76, transitioned into her new life in heaven on Oct. 19, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born and raised in Holland and graduated from Holland Public Schools and Hope College. Margo was a member of First Presbyterian Church for 54 years. She was a teacher … Continue reading "Margo Meengs ’62 Johnson"
Judith Hoffman ’63 Ganeff
Judith Hoffman ’63 Ganeff, age 75, passed away Monday, October 31, 2016, following a short illness. Judith was born August 24, 1941 in Muskegon to Herman and Edna (Medema) Hoffman. She received her B.A. degree in history from Hope College, and later received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Judy … Continue reading "Judith Hoffman ’63 Ganeff"
Wayne Kiel ’63
Wayne Kiel ’63, 87, died peacefully at his home on Dec. 19, 2016. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Donna; and by his children, Dan ’77, Scott ’79 (Caroline), Beth (Scott) MacGregor; grandchildren, Katie ’07 (Joe) Pitcher, Ross (Courtney) MacGregor, Abigail Kiel, Maxwell (Arianna) Kiel, Megan (Ryan) Lane, Andrew (MacKenzie) Kiel, … Continue reading "Wayne Kiel ’63"
James Wiegerink Jr. ’63
James Wiegerink Jr. ’63, 79 of, Honey Brook, PA, died Thursday October 18, 2016 in the Crozer-Keystone Hospice, Ridley Park, PA. Born in Columbus, OH, he was the son of the late James G ’33 and the late Frieda (Vander Schore ’34)Wiegerink,Sr. Jim was a resident of Honey Brook for the past 10 years coming … Continue reading "James Wiegerink Jr. ’63"
Sally Kooistra ’65 Ransford
Sally Kooistra ’65 Ransford passed from this life at home in the early hours of January 10, 2017. Mourning her loss but celebrating her life and future are her husband of 51 years, Paul ’65; her three daughters and their spouses, Kristin ’91 and Hans  ’89 Hiemstra of Chapel Hill, Becca and Lee Champion of Charlotte, … Continue reading "Sally Kooistra ’65 Ransford"
Linda VerMeer ’65 Van Dam
Linda VerMeer ’65 Van Dam passed away in Portland, Oregon, on December 4, 2016, after battling a rare debilitating muscular disease for many years. She was 73. Linda was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on November 11, 1943, to Henry and Leona Peelen Vermeer. Her family moved to the village of Forest Grove, Michigan, when she … Continue reading "Linda VerMeer ’65 Van Dam"
Phyllis Baker ’66 Sharpe
Phyllis Baker ’66 Sharpe of Ocala, Fla., died Sept. 24, 2016, after a courageous ten month battle with Amyloidosis. She died peacefully surrounded by her loving family. She was born at home to Margaret and Paul Baker and raised in Holland. She graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1962. She attended Hope College and Northwestern … Continue reading "Phyllis Baker ’66 Sharpe"
Lawrence Cain ’67
Lawrence Cain ’67 , age 72, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016, at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX where he had been receiving treatment for Leukemia since June 23, 2016. Larry was born July 31, 1944, in Chicago, IL to Merle Belmont Cain and Doris Viola Johnson Cain. He graduated from Hope College … Continue reading "Lawrence Cain ’67"
Ann Christensen ’67 Olendorf
Ann Christensen ’67 Olendorf, 72, died on Nov. 20, 2016, in Grand Rapids, following a Hemorrhagic Stroke. Mrs. Olendorf was born on Sept. 25, 1944, in South Haven, to her parents, Leonard and Neva Christensen. She graduated from Hope College in 1969 and acquired a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University in 2005. She married … Continue reading "Ann Christensen ’67 Olendorf"
Thomas Working ’69
Thomas Working ’69, of Zeeland, passed away on Friday, January 13, 2017, at his home. Thom was born in 1947 and raised in Holland, graduating from Holland High School in 1965. Thom received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Music Education from Hope College in 1969 and received a Masters of Music Degree in Performance … Continue reading "Thomas Working ’69"
Patricia Lang ’69 Young
Patricia Lang ’69 Young of Davidsonville, Maryland passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Pat was a mathematician with the Department of Defense at Ft. Meade, MD from 1971 until 2013. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in 1969, her Master of Science from the University of Illinois in 1971 and her … Continue reading "Patricia Lang ’69 Young"
Norma Wallace ’60 Allen
Norma Wallace ’60 Allen, age 78, of Little Silver, NJ passed away on March 17, 2017. She was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and was a graduate of Hope College, Holland, MI with a degree in education. As a beloved mother and nurturing nanny she instilled a love of learning and creativity. She loved children, nature, drawing, … Continue reading "Norma Wallace ’60 Allen"
Thomas Moore ’60
Thomas Moore ’60, 83, of Swannanoa, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017. Mr. Moore was born August 29, 1934 in upstate New York to the late Robert and Margaret Moore. He served in the Armed Forces before obtaining his bachelor’s degree from Hope College, and went on to earn an MBA. He moved to the Swannanoa … Continue reading "Thomas Moore ’60"
Howard Plaggemars ’60
Howard Plaggemars ’60, 79, of Holland, died Friday, Feb. 17. Born in Holland, he had many years of experience pertaining to fine art and oriental carpets. He served in the Army and was a graduate of Culver Military Academy and Hope College, with post graduate studies at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, as well … Continue reading "Howard Plaggemars ’60"
Lorraine Hellenga ’60 Toji
Lorraine Hellenga ’60 Toji was a member of the chemistry faculty at Hope College from 1961-65.  In 1964 she received the prestigious Danforth Teacher Grant and took leave to begin her studies at Stanford University.  Following her marriage to Dr. Masuo Toji and the completion of her PhD in biochemical pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania, she joined … Continue reading "Lorraine Hellenga ’60 Toji"
Priscilla Estell ’61
Priscilla Estell ’61, 85, of Holland, died Thursday, March 16, 2017
Carol Yonkers ’61 Johnson
Carol Yonkers ’61 Johnson died December 16.2016.  She was preceded in death by her husband Gary Johnson, her parents Clifford and Inez Yonkers, and her brother Russell C. Yonkers ’59 who died in December 2013.  She is survived by her two sons, Ronald and Michael Johnson and their wives, daughter Cyndee Johnson, five grandchildren one … Continue reading "Carol Yonkers ’61 Johnson"
Carl Benes ’62
Carl Benes ‘62,76, peacefully went to be with his Lord on February 25, 2017 at his home surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his parents (Angie & James) and Step-mother (Virginia). He is survived by Sandy, his soul-mate and devoted wife of 39 years. He is also survived by a large family … Continue reading "Carl Benes ’62"
Carol Buteyn ’62 Berberian
Carol Buteyn ’62 Berberian, of Englewood (formerly of Demarest) passed away on January 25, 2017. Loving mother of Cathy Berberian-Strandes and her husband Peter, Mark and his wife Lauren. Dear sister of Jack Buteyn and his wife Linda. Loving Grammy of P.J., Nicholas, Michael, and Zachary. Dear fiance of Paul Olsen. Beloved aunt of Leslie … Continue reading "Carol Buteyn ’62 Berberian"
David Bringedahl ’63
David Bringedahl ’63, age 75, passed away on Monday, February 20, 2017. He was born on August 9, 1941 to Theodore and Gladys (Shriver) Bringedahl in Muskegon. Dave graduated from Muskegon Heights High School and then went on to receive his Education degree from Hope College, followed by his Master’s from Antioch. Dave spent two years … Continue reading "David Bringedahl ’63"
Jack Cooper ’63
Jack Cooper ’63 , age 87, of Grand Rapids, formerly of Amsterdam, NY and Glenmont, NY was called to his heavenly home on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Jack graduated from South High School in Grand Rapids and served as an instructor in the Naval Reserves before graduating from Hope College and Western Seminary. As a Reformed Church minister, … Continue reading "Jack Cooper ’63"
Leonids “John” Riters ’63
Leonids “John” Riters ’63 formerly of Muskegon Mr. Leonids (John) Riters, age 77 & husband of Denise (Olsen) Riters, went home to be with his Lord, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Carol Cronk ’64 Dalman
Carol Cronk ’64 Dalman, 74, died unexpectedly on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at her home in Holland. She was born May 18, 1942, in Paterson, N.J., and graduated from Passaic Valley High School in Little Falls, N.J., and Hope College in Holland. She taught first grade in Warren for four years then lived in St. … Continue reading "Carol Cronk ’64 Dalman"
Gilbert Ogonji ’64
Gilbert Ogonji ’64 of Silver Spring, Maryland, died on Monday, March 13, 2017.  He was 77.  He was a professor of biology and chair of Coppin State University’s Department of Natural Sciences. See full obituary from The Baltimore Sun.
Mary Jo Suydam ’66 Willis
Mary Jo Suydam ’66 Willis, 72, of Fairview, IL, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. She was born on November 16, 1944, to Clifton Davies and Jessie L. (Burnett) Suydam in Fulton County, Illinois, at Graham Hospital in Canton, Illinois. She was raised in Fairview, Illinois, … Continue reading "Mary Jo Suydam ’66 Willis"
Richard Wolters ’66
Richard Wolters ’66, 72, passed away, Saturday, February 04, 2017. He was born October 24, 1944, in St. Louis, Mo., to Mark J. Wolters and Anne Melegh Wolters. He had a B.A. in philosophy from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst Mass. He was professor of … Continue reading "Richard Wolters ’66"
Judith Pell ’67 Conn
Judith Pell ’67 Conn Mrs. Conn was born on July 25, 1945, and passed away on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Mrs. Conn was a resident of Fremont, Michigan, at the time of her passing. She was married to Michael.
Edward Ericson Jr. ’61
Edward Ericson Jr. ’61 Longtime Calvin English professor Edward Ericson once described himself as a man who “aimed to be a high school English teacher and missed.” Instead, he spent his entire career in higher education, teaching in the English departments of Hope College, Westmont College, Northwestern College and ultimately Calvin, where he would spend … Continue reading "Edward Ericson Jr. ’61"
Patricia Lang ’69 Young
Patricia Lang ’69 Young of Davidsonville, Maryland passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Pat was a mathematician with the Department of Defense at Ft. Meade, MD from 1971 until 2013. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in 1969, her Master of Science from the University of Illinois in 1971 and her Master of … Continue reading "Patricia Lang ’69 Young"
Mary Wiersema ’61 Vermeulen
Mary Wiersema ’61 Vermeulen of Waynesboro, Virginia, died on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. She was 77. Mary was born a farmer’s daughter on the 15th of November, 1939, in Morrison, Illinois, and lived on the family farm in Whiteside County with her parents Peter and Alice (Aggen) Wiersema and her older brother Robert. She attended a one-room … Continue reading "Mary Wiersema ’61 Vermeulen"
William Vandenberg III ’62
William Vandenberg III ’62 of Holland, Michigan, died on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 peacefully in his sleep at the Vista Springs in Wyoming on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017.  He was 83 Bill graduated from Culver Military Academy. After a year at Southern Methodist University he enlisted in the Marine Corp. He graduated from Hope College and was … Continue reading "William Vandenberg III ’62"
Sally Tellman ’62 Wallace
Word has been received of the death of Sally Tellman ’62 Wallace of Lake Lansing, Michigan, on Monday, April 18, 2016, due to leukemia. She had a love of the outdoors especially walking her dogs on the North Trails. Please adopt an animal in her honor. Sally made her family promise that they wouldn’t embellish this obituary, … Continue reading "Sally Tellman ’62 Wallace"
Kenneth Sebens ’63
Kenneth Sebens ’63 of Oak Harbor, Washington, died on Monday, June 5, 2017. He was 75.  Ken was born in Bellingham in 1941. He was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Hope College, Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. He spent the majority of his working life as a clinical social … Continue reading "Kenneth Sebens ’63"
Franklin Spoolstra ’63
Franklin Spoolstra ’63 of Rockford, Michigan, died on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. He was 85. He was born the tenth of eleven children to Martin and Ella (Beckering) Spoolstra on August 2, 1932, in Chicago, Illinois. Franklin graduated from Hope College with a BA in Psychology in 1963, a BD and M. of Div. from Western Theological Seminary in 1971, … Continue reading "Franklin Spoolstra ’63"
Terry Mc Gilvra ’65
Terry Mc Gilvra ’65 of Des Moines, Iowa, died on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017 at Taylor House Hospice from complications of a bleeding ulcer.  He was 74. Terry married Debbie Cosner on May 17, 1968 in Princeton, Missouri. Terry attended Hope College and Iowa State University where he graduated with a BA in accounting. He was an auditor for … Continue reading "Terry Mc Gilvra ’65"
John Buteyn Jr. ’66
John Buteyn Jr. ’66 of Plano, Texas, died on Thursday, July 20, 2017. He was 73.  lost his battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on July 20th at 1:55 PM, surrounded by his family. Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Skeels Buteyn; father, Reverend John Edward Buteyn, Sr.; and sister, Carol Berberian. He is survived by … Continue reading "John Buteyn Jr. ’66"
Gail Bumford ’68 Paterik
Gail Bumford ’68 Paterik of Detroit, Michigan, died on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. She was a full-time and substitute teacher for many years in the Chicago area.  Since moving back to Detroit she has been a care-giver for the elderly.  Survivors include her husband of 48 years, David Paterik ’69; sister Janet Bumford ’70 Flier, brother James Bumford, mother … Continue reading "Gail Bumford ’68 Paterik"
Sheryl Medendorp ’69 Styf
Sheryl Medendorp ’69 Styf of Sarasota, Florida, died on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. She was 70. She was known by many as Sherry, was born and raised in Muskegon. She raised her family in Hastings and retired to Sarasota, FL and Wyoming, MI. Sheryl was born on March 25, 1947 in Muskegon to John and Doris Medendorp. … Continue reading "Sheryl Medendorp ’69 Styf"
Wayne Platzer ’60
Wayne D. Platzer, born at Albany Medical Center in 1939, died on Saturday, October 14, 2017. He taught biology at Niskayuna High School for 26 years. A graduate ofHope College, Holland, Mich., he completed a master’s degree at Syracuse University in 1961 and was awarded three NSF graduate study awards in bacteriology, genetics and cytology, … Continue reading "Wayne Platzer ’60"
Robert Bronk ’60
Robert Bronk, ‘61, of Fuquay-Varina, NC, died August 22, 2017. He was 80. He worked in many capacities throughout secondary and higher education in New York State. He also served in the U.S. Army and received an advanced degree from Syracuse University. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Susan Bronk, children Juli LaDue and … Continue reading "Robert Bronk ’60"
Bill Kutzing ’61
Word has been received of the death of Bill Kutzing ’61 of Playa Vista, California, who died on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. He was 78.
Ronald Snyder ’61
Ron Snyder was supposed to be in class on Wednesday morning. He got a call from Western Washington University telling him he had missed the class he was auditing. Sunday night, when sitting with friends at his dinner table, he said, “I love to learn. I like taking classes. I like learning new things.” At … Continue reading "Ronald Snyder ’61"
Sara Vande Poel ’62 Van Hekken
Sara L. (VandePoel) VanHekken, 77, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. She inspired many as she fought multiple battles with cancer with Dutch determination and graceful resolve. Sara was born Sept. 15, 1940, to Russell and Olive VandePoel in Holland. She graduated from Holland High School and Hope … Continue reading "Sara Vande Poel ’62 Van Hekken"
Bruce Roe ’63
Bruce A Roe January 01, 1942 November 09, 2017 Bruce Allan Roe, age 75, of Grantsburg, WI, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Saint Paul, MN. Bruce was born on January 1, 1942 in New York, NY, to Sanford and Ann (La Marca) Roe.  An Eagle Scout who never lost a love of the outdoors, Bruce was a 1960 graduate of New Hyde Park … Continue reading "Bruce Roe ’63"
Roger Mulder ’64
Roger John Mulder, 75, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, surrounded by his family at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids due to complications from a fall. Roger is a graduate of Hope College and Western Seminary. Following retirement, he worked in maintenance at Camp Geneva for 16 years. He had a passion for people and … Continue reading "Roger Mulder ’64"
Larry TenPas ’64
Larry Walter TenPas, 75, of Sheboygan, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017, at Pine Haven Christian Home in Sheboygan FallsLarry was born on April 9, 1942, in Sheboygan, to Edwin and Johanna (Van De Wege) TenPas. He was a graduate of Central High School and continued his education at Hope College. Larry owned and operated … Continue reading "Larry TenPas ’64"
Charlene Leong ’66 Axelrod
Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Charlene Axelrod, of Plymouth, Michigan, died May 20 and May 14, 2017, respectively; both of cancer. Dr. Axelrod was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Jack and Bessie Axelrod. In his lifelong pursuit of knowledge he earned degrees in mathematics, chemistry, medicine, and business from the University of Michigan, the University of … Continue reading "Charlene Leong ’66 Axelrod"
Thomas Cook ’67
Thomas Michael Cook age 72, of Cascade, Michigan, joined his parents in heaven peacefully Wednesday morning, January 24, 2018 after a nine-month battle with brain cancer. He was a 1963 graduate of Grand Rapids Christian High and received his BA from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1967. While at Hope he enjoyed playing sports and was … Continue reading "Thomas Cook ’67"
Sharon Pluister ’67 Vaughn
Sharon Anne Vaughn, 74, of Allegan, MI passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Allegan County Medical Care Community.  Born October 25, 1943 in Zeeland, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Neil Pluister and June Applegate.  Ms. Vaughn was a graduate of Zeeland High School and Hope College.  She had worked over 25 … Continue reading "Sharon Pluister ’67 Vaughn"
Marcia Baldwin ’60 De Jong
Marcia Baldwin ’60 De Jong passed peacefully into heaven at age 80 on March 30, surrounded by loving family and tremendous support staff at Brookhaven Estates. Beloved wife of Richard Hoskey, and the late Peter DeJong, Marcia loved her family and wide circle of friends. She touched many lives as a career educator, holding positions … Continue reading "Marcia Baldwin ’60 De Jong"
Peter Huizenga ’60
Peter Huizenga ’60, age 79, of Oak Brook, Illinois, died on Wednesday, May 2, and was received into glory by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was the loving husband of his cherished wife, Heidi of 50 years. Peter loved his children; Betsy (Dave) Bradley, Greta Huizenga, Peter Jr. (Abby) Huizenga, and Tim Huizenga. … Continue reading "Peter Huizenga ’60"
Nancy Long ’60 Huntley
Nancy Long ’60 Huntley, daughter of Frank and Blanche Long, died on May 8, 2018 at the age of 79. She grew up on the Long farm in the New Kingston Valley in upstate NY, graduated from Margaretville High School and studied for two years at Hope College in Michigan before settling in Northampton, Massachusetts for her … Continue reading "Nancy Long ’60 Huntley"
Frank Love ’61
Frank Love ’61 of Cheney, Washington passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018 at his home in Cheney, WA. Frank was born on December 14, 1933 in Arkansas City, Kansas to Doris Hamilton. Frank was a member of the Omaha Tribe of Macy, Nebraska and his given Indian name was Sau-Su, meaning half and half. Frank … Continue reading "Frank Love ’61"
Doris McCrea ’61 Schember
Doris McCrea ’61 Schember, 100 years old, left this world on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, after a long and full life through the colorful decades of the twentieth century. Born on October 3, 1917 in Muskegon during the First World War, she came to Grand Haven at the age of three with her parents, Frederick … Continue reading "Doris McCrea ’61 Schember"
Dianna Deems ’62 Smith
Dianna Deems ’62 Smith, 76, passed away on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, surrounded by her husband and two daughters, in the comfort of her own home, and supported by CHANS Home Health & Hospice. She led a fulfilling and fascinating life, having lived 15 years of her life abroad. She left this life with dignity … Continue reading "Dianna Deems ’62 Smith"
David Wyma ’62
David Wyma ’62, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2018, at Trillium Hospice. Dave was born on August 17, 1940, to John and Josephine Wyma of Grand Haven, MI. After graduating from Grand Haven High School, he graduated from both Hope College and Western Michigan University. He impacted the lives of many as an elementary … Continue reading "David Wyma ’62"
Kurt Van Genderen ’63
Kurt Van Genderen ’63, age 76, of Holland, died suddenly from cardiac arrest on April 15, 2018, while spending the night in Williamsburg, KY, as he and his wife Beverly were traveling to Michigan from wintering in Florida. He was born in Denver, Colorado and loved to ski but truly appreciated the values and lifestyle … Continue reading "Kurt Van Genderen ’63"
Georgia McCormick ’58 Brookstra
Georgia McCormick ’58 Brookstra was born on October 10, 1934 in Joplin, MO, the daughter of William and Lou (Woodruff) McCormick. Following high school, she attended Bradley University and Hope College, earning her bachelor’s degree in general studies. She was an independent interior designer for 55 years. She owned and operated “Interior and Bath Designs”, … Continue reading "Georgia McCormick ’58 Brookstra"
Peggy Buteyn ’65
Peggy Buteyn ’65, of Sheboygan, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.  Peggy was born March 22, 1925 in Kohler, WI to Cornelius and Cornella (Minnard) Buteyn. In her younger years, she enjoyed growing up on the land of the Kohler Stables where her father worked with the horses. … Continue reading "Peggy Buteyn ’65"
George Hubbard ’65
George Hubbard ’65, age 74 passed away on Saturday (April 7, 2018) at Strong Memorial Hospital.Friends may call Sunday (April 22) from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Spa Apartments Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 3 p.m.In lieu of flowers friends may contribute to their favorite charity in George’s memory.George was born in Rochester, June 13, 1943 … Continue reading "George Hubbard ’65"
David Lane ’65
David Lane ’65 died March 9, 2018 at Harbor Point in Centerville after a long illness. Born in New Jersey on November 3, 1943, he was the son of Cecile and Norman Lane. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, his Master of Arts from Texas Tech, and his Master of … Continue reading "David Lane ’65"
Donald Battjes Jr. ’67
Donald Battjes Jr. ’67 of Pasadena, CA, former Chief of Operations at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, died unexpectedly May 15 while on an extended visit to his home in Seillans, France. He was 73 years old. Donald was born in 1944, in Battle Creek, MI, to Donald I. Battjes, Sr., and Maxine Van Zylen … Continue reading "Donald Battjes Jr. ’67"
James Poppink ’67
James Poppink ’67 of Raleigh, North Carolina, died on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. He was 73. He owned his own business. Survivors include his sisters, Grace Poppink ’63 Hodgson and Sue Poppink ’75.
Richard Formsma ’68
Richard Formsma ’68 We mourn the loss of our wonderful husband, father and grandfather, Richard Formsma. Dick entered heaven on February 10, 2018 at the age of 72, after a very brief battle with a serious fungal infection. We have joy and comfort knowing of his faith and trust in his Savior, the Lord Jesus … Continue reading "Richard Formsma ’68"
Robert Trimmer ’60
Robert Trimmer ’60, 80, of Granger, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm. Born in Binghamton, NY to Charles and Dorothy Trimmer, he was raised in Schenectady and lived most of his life in Elkhart and Granger, Indiana.Robert graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI with a chemistry major and biology minor. … Continue reading "Robert Trimmer ’60"
Thomas Leupen ’62
Thomas Leupen ’62, alias “Abe Snake”, passed away on Sept 29, 2018.  His Home-Going Celebration Service will be Sat, Oct 13th (10am) at Victorious Life Assembly of God in Lewisville, Tx.  The Viewing will take place on Fri, Oct 12th (7pm) at Mulkey-Mason Funeral Home in Lewisville, Tx. Tom was born Feb 9, 1940 in … Continue reading "Thomas Leupen ’62"
Daniel Ogden ’64
Daniel Ogden ’64, age 76, husband of Sharon Ogden, of Phoenixville, PA, entered eternal life on Monday, September 17, 2018 in Paoli Hospital. Born on January 23, 1942 in Dumont, NJ, he was a son of the late Daniel and Eva (Lawrence) Ogden. The Rev. Dr. Daniel Ogden graduated in 1960 from Dumont High School, … Continue reading "Daniel Ogden ’64"
Pamela Eaton ’67 Brown
Word has been received of the death of Pamela Eaton ’67 Brown of Bloomington, Indiana, who died on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Survivors include her husband, Stephen Brown; and children, Eric Vogas ’94 and Kristen Vogas
Ellen Kulp ’69 Buchanan
Ellen Kulp ’69 Buchanan died on July 11, 2018, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ellen was born on April 22, 1947 in New Jersey to Helen and J. Laurence Kulp. Growing up, she lived in Demarest, NJ and Ridgewood, NJ, and spent a year in Oxford, UK. In her youth, Ellen was an accomplished violinist, and … Continue reading "Ellen Kulp ’69 Buchanan"
Stephen Lundquist ’69
Stephen Lundquist ’69 passed away Friday, August 3, 2018. Steve was born June 1, 1947, in New York, New York, to James and Helen Lundquist. He graduated from East Rutherford High School and was a long time resident of Carlstadt, New Jersey. Stephen received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He was a civics … Continue reading "Stephen Lundquist ’69"
Leif Jacobsen Jr. ’60
It is with great sadness that the family of Leif Jacobsen announces his passing at Sarasota Memorial Hospital with his family by his side. Leif was born and raised in Douglaston, New York. He is survived by his wife, Anna-May, daughters Kirsten Sibilia (Patrick), Keely Loveys (Ralph) and Kim Hollenkamp and sisters Greta Jacobsen and … Continue reading "Leif Jacobsen Jr. ’60"
Kenneth Baker ’61
Kenneth Baker ’61 of Houston, Texas, died on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. He was 79.
James Betke ’61
James E. Betke, 78, a 35-year resident of Oak Park, died at home on Oct. 1, 2018. After graduating from Hope College, he moved on to the University of Chicago where he earned degrees in Psychology (1963) and a Juris Doctor in 1966. After 35 years at the law firm McDermott, Will and Emery, he … Continue reading "James Betke ’61"
Ilene Pastoor ’61 Magee
Ilene R. Magee, age 79, of Grand Rapids, MI, passed away on Monday, October 22, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband John Magee, her parents William and Joan Pastoor, and her brother, Bill Pastoor. She is survived by sisters-in-law, Vangi DeMaster of Mt. Vernon, WA and Evelyn Pastoor of Grand Rapids, MI. … Continue reading "Ilene Pastoor ’61 Magee"
Ronald VanEenenaam ’61
Ronald Van Eenenaam, age 79, of Holland, died Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Ron was preceded in death by his son Michael in 1988. He was a member of Christ Memorial Church and worked as a chemist for 34 years retiring from what was eventually Pfizer of Holland. Ron is survived by his children, Rick and … Continue reading "Ronald VanEenenaam ’61"
Sandra Kragt ’63 Elfring
The Rev. Sandra J. Elfring, 77, passed away December 2nd, 2018 following a recent and aggressive cancer diagnosis. Sandy’s life of giving began in Holland, Michigan, on January 15, 1941 as the first of 5 children born to Theodore and Janet (Tibbe) Kragt. Growing up amongst the blueberry farms outside of town, she gained an … Continue reading "Sandra Kragt ’63 Elfring"
Margaret deVelder ’63 Hougen
Margaret Jesse deVelder Hougen, born January 2nd, 1942 died peacefully in her own bed, at home in Northampton, MA, on Friday, February 22nd, with family nearby and in the care of Hospice. She was 77 years old. Margaret, the daughter of missionary parents, Walter and Harriet DeVelder, was born in Zhangzhow, Fujian Province in South China. She lived in … Continue reading "Margaret deVelder ’63 Hougen"
James De Vries ’64
Dr. James Edwin DeVries, 76, of Monroe, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018, with his family by his side. James was born on November 26, 1941 in East Chicago, Indiana, the son of Tunis and Evelyn Viola (Swanson) DeVries. He graduated from Hammond High School in 1960 in Hammond, Indiana. He received his Bachelor … Continue reading "James De Vries ’64"
Kenneth Dulow ’64
Kenneth E. Dulow, 76, of Sarasota, Fl, formerly of Somerset, NJ passed away peacefully on January 31, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. Ken was born in Paterson, NJ on May 28, 1942 to Marion and Kenneth Dulow. He was a graduate of Bloomfield High School, obtained his bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Michigan and his master’s degree … Continue reading "Kenneth Dulow ’64"
Virginia Huizenga ’64 Jurries
Virginia “Ginger” Jurries, age 76, of Holland, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, January 26, 2019. She passed away at her home in Florida. Ginger graduated from Timothy Christian School and Hope College and attended Western Theological Seminary. She was fun loving, caring, a good listener and had many friends. She was a … Continue reading "Virginia Huizenga ’64 Jurries"
Glenn Pietenpol ’64
Glenn William Pietenpol, 76, of South Haven, passed away Monday, February 11, 2019 at the Rose Arbor Hospice in Kalamazoo. He was born March 6, 1942 to Archie and Irene (TenHaken) Pietenpol in Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Glenn earned his B.A. from Hope College, his master’s in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, and his … Continue reading "Glenn Pietenpol ’64"
Roger Smant ’64
Roger “Rog” Lee Smant, age 79 of Grand Haven, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Harbor Hospice’s Poppen House Residence. He was born on December 25, 1939 to the late Gerald and Connie (Kamp) Smant in Grand Haven, MI. Rog married Gail DeBoer on September 7, 1963 at the First Baptist Church in Spring … Continue reading "Roger Smant ’64"
Willard Rens ’65
Willard “Bill” Rens (‘65) passed away peacefully at home at age 76 surrounded by family in Tucson, AZ.  Bill was born in Fond du Lac, WI, on May 11, 1942, the firstborn child of Willard (’37) and Marjorie (’38) Rens.  On May 1, 1964 Bill married his high school sweetheart Everly Westra. The wedding had … Continue reading "Willard Rens ’65"
Richard Shattuck ’65
Richard W. Shattuck passed away at Rose Arbor Hospice on October 17, 2018 at the age of 76. Dick was born on June 11, 1942 in Bay City, Michigan. He was the son of the late Jack and Mary (Orris) Shattuck. Dick is survived by Cindy Lou Shattuck, his best friend and loving wife of … Continue reading "Richard Shattuck ’65"
Kay Larison ’65 Szymanski
When reflecting on the life of Kay Szymanski, it is easy to see that there was no higher calling in her life than to be a mother and grandmother. She lived to selflessly give and then give some more, all while expecting nothing in return. Kay was hardworking and made everything she did seem effortless, … Continue reading "Kay Larison ’65 Szymanski"
Daniel Bakker ’67
Daniel George Bakker, age 73, passed away December 23rd, 2018 at PHSW Medical Center. Daniel was born on May 14th, 1945 in Holland Michigan to John and Lena Bakker.  He was the youngest of 4 children: Dewey, Cathy, Bill. Daniel graduated from Holland Christian High with furthering his education at Hope College. Daniel was drafted to serve … Continue reading "Daniel Bakker ’67"
Cynthia Clark ’67
Cynthia Kay Clark, age 73, a resident of Belen passed away on June 24, 2018. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Belen Optimist, La Merced Moose, Crafty Ladies of Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church, a teacher with Denver Public Schools, and former Executive Director of Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce. Cynthia … Continue reading "Cynthia Clark ’67"
Bruce Ming ’68
Bruce Jarvis Ming, 88, of Holland, died peacefully in his earthly home and was welcomed into his eternal home on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. He was born in Holland, Michigan on November 20, 1929, to Margaret (Kraai) and Oscar Jarvis Ming, who both preceded him in death. He was the youngest of three siblings and … Continue reading "Bruce Ming ’68"
Warren Van Kampen ’69
Warren Bruce VanKampen, born May 16, 1947, died peacefully at his home in Saugatuck on Thursday, October 18, 2018. His parents Warren and Ruth Van Kampen preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved daughters, Lisa Johnson and her husband Michael, Jackie Rivas and her husband Shawn; grandchildren Kirstie Shashaguay, Ben Shashaguay, Ayla … Continue reading "Warren Van Kampen ’69"
Terry VandeWater ’60
Terry VandeWater, age 82, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2019, at Appledorn Living Center. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy; children Tom VandeWater (Wendy), Douglas Kuyers (Ayde) and Patti Bing (Ken); seven grandchildren; Todd Bing (Jen), Tyler Bing (Becky), Angela Rastetter (Jeremy), Emily Kuyers (Chris Prevette), Ben VandeWater (Natalie), Sam … Continue reading "Terry VandeWater ’60"
Darryl Wiersma ’60
Darryl Jay (Doc) Wiersma was born into this world on February 14, 1938 and was born into eternal life on February 3, 2019 at the age of 80 He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Sandra Brown Wiersma; his children,Linda (Wiersma) Brown, Lisa Anne Wiersma and Michael (Abbi) Wiersma. His grandchildren; Michelle … Continue reading "Darryl Wiersma ’60"
Stuart Wilson ’60
Stuart Melvin Wilson of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away on April 10, 2019. He was born on March 1, 1938, to the late Melvin and Luella Wilson in Detroit, Michigan. Stuart graduated from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, MI. He received his B.A. from Hope College, where he later worked as an English instructor after completing … Continue reading "Stuart Wilson ’60"
Gordon MacKay ’61
Gordon MacKay, Hope College class of 1961 passed away on May 1, 2019, in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Gordon was born on July 8, 1938 in Elmhurst, New York to Malcolm and Margaret MacKay. Following graduation from Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, New York, he enrolled in Hope College graduating with a degree in Education. He … Continue reading "Gordon MacKay ’61"
Carl Tidd ’62
Carl M. Tidd age 80, of Hamilton, went to be with His Lord on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Carl was born on October 15, 1938, to Carl and Marietta (Rigterink) Tidd in Holland, MI. He graduated from Holland High School, attended Michigan State University, graduated from Hope College, and received … Continue reading "Carl Tidd ’62"
Ronald Hartgerink ’64
RONALD HARTGERINK, 77, March 21, 1942-June 12, 2019 His tireless life’s mission to help solve wide ranging issues of business, science, and community concluded, Ronald LeeHartgerink passed away peacefully at home in South Haven, MI, on June 12, 2019, following a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born March 21, 1942, to Margaret and Elmer Hartgerink in Zeeland, MI. His family ancestry … Continue reading "Ronald Hartgerink ’64"
David Stryker ’65
David P. Stryker 76, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2019, after a long bout with cancer. He is survived by his brother John Stryker (Mary) of Hershey PA, sister-in-law, Ellie Stryker of Romeo, MI, and Mei Moore, longtime companion from Sierra Vista, Arizona. He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; his brother Bill, and his … Continue reading "David Stryker ’65"
Gloria Mooi ’66 Richter
Gloria Lee Richter passed away on May 16, 2019 in Spokane, WA at the age of 75 after a long battle with lung cancer. Gloria was born in Battle Creek Michigan to Dr. Henry Roy Mooi and Marriette (Coffman) Mooi on January 7, 1944. She attended Wayland Academy in Wisconsin graduating high school in 1962. … Continue reading "Gloria Mooi ’66 Richter"
Carol Roden ’68 Van’t Hof
Carole Sue Van’t Hof (Roden), age 72, of Grand Rapids passed away peacefully surrounded by family the evening of April 24, 2019. Born in Chicago, Illinois on November 27, 1946, Carole is the daughter of Edward Thomas Roden and Grace Hoekstra Roden Voit. She attended Thornridge High School, class of 1964, where she excelled as … Continue reading "Carol Roden ’68 Van’t Hof"
Karon Armstrong ’69
The dearly beloved wife of Martin and a much loved mum of Holly and Alex. Loving daughter of Jim and Yvonne, dear sister to Kirk. A loved daughter-in-law of Susan, sister-in-law of Margaret and will be a sadly missed auntie, niece, cousin and friend.
William Byrne ’63
William “Bill” Easton Byrne, age 78, of Hastings, went to be with the Lord on September 18, 2019 after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Bill was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 28, 1941. He was a 1959 graduate of Holland High School and attended Hope College, graduating in 1963, where he played football … Continue reading "William Byrne ’63"
Jan Nienhuis ’63
Mr. Jan Wesley Nienhuis, 78, of Zeeland, passed away Sunday, September 15, 2019, at his home. Jan was born July 26, 1941, in Holland, to Leon G. and Leona (Veldheer) Nienhuis. Leon shipped out to war in February of 1944, to the European Theater and was killed in action on March 15, 1944. Jan was … Continue reading "Jan Nienhuis ’63"
David Renkes ’66
David V. Renkes, 75, of Rock Island, IL, died Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Generations At Rock Island. Per his wishes, cremation rites were accorded.  No services are planned at this time. David was born in Clinton, IA, on August 16, 1943, to Vernon and Jeanette (Dykemma) Renkes. He married Linda L. Chicarelli, who survives.  … Continue reading "David Renkes ’66"
Lewis Vander Naald ’68
Reverend Lewis James Vander Naald (Lew) passed away under hospice care in his home on June 12, 2019, just shy of his 74th birthday and what would have been his 39th Father’s Day. After an unforgiving experience with Parkinson’s Disease, his body surrendered quickly and peacefully, thanks to the loving energy of family near and … Continue reading "Lewis Vander Naald ’68"
Edna Wagner ’60 Kelly
Edna Mae Kelly, 83, went home to glory on Sunday, October 13, 2019. Edna was born in Waldwick, NJ, the daughter of the late Ada and Alfred Philip Wagner. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Hope College, where she met her husband, Richard Kelly, who passed away July 29 of this year. Edna worked as a … Continue reading "Edna Wagner ’60 Kelly"
Albert Timmer II ’62
Albert Timmer II ’62 of Beaver Valley, Ontario, Canada, died on Thursday, July 19, 2019. He was 82. Survivors include his nieces, Janet (Phil) Seaman-Mc Donald ’77 and Julia (Daniel) Drier ’75. He was formerly of Beaver Valley, Ontario.  Al was previously a psychologist in the mental health area.  Later, he ran a successful Apple … Continue reading "Albert Timmer II ’62"
Vincent Kleyla III ’63
Vincent Robert Kleyla III born May,16 1941 passed away peacefully on February 6, 2020. He was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia in 2017 but rose to the challenge, keeping as active and engaged as was possible every step of the way. He wanted to make a difference and participated in a Lewy Body biomarkers study … Continue reading "Vincent Kleyla III ’63"
Lewis Scudder Jr. ’63
Lewis Scudder Jr. ’63 of Limassol, Cyprus, died on Nov. 1, 2017. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Scudder; children; and grandchildren. RCA newsletter
Gilmer Peterson ’63
Gilmer M. Peterson was born in Grand Haven Michigan March 7, 1941. He was an Alumni of Hope College, B.A. Degree, and Michigan State University Grad School, M.F.A. Degree & received the Herman Miller Award for sculpture in 1965. His Sculpture was shown in local galleries as well as the Crocker Kingsley 1988. Gil passed away May … Continue reading "Gilmer Peterson ’63"
Lois Breederland ’64 Skibins
Lois Breederland ’64 Skibins of Warren, Michigan, died on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. She was 79. Survivors include her sons, Steven and Andrew; and siblings, Marian McTavish, Raymond Breederland and Arthur Breederland. Preceded in death by her brother Henry Breederland.
Nancy Rypma ’64 Van Dam
Nancy J. Van Dam, age 77, of Grand Haven passed away November 9, 2019, at Mercy Hospital. She was born in Holland on January 7, 1942, to the late Donald and Julia (Seif) Rypma. Nancy married James A. Van Dam on January 25, 1963, in Holland and shortly thereafter they moved to Grand Haven. She … Continue reading "Nancy Rypma ’64 Van Dam"
Linda Bramwell ’65 Brooks
Linda Brooks, 76, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2020.  Linda was a well-known and respected business owner and beloved in the local communities. She is preceded in death by her husband Louie Brooks and survived by her daughter Maria Miller, son-in-law Kevin Miller and 3 grandchildren.  Linda was an integral part of Saugatuck, having … Continue reading "Linda Bramwell ’65 Brooks"
Michael McNeal ’65
Michael “Mike” Herrington McNeal passed at the Syracuse Veterans Medical Center on July 9, 2019. He was 77 years old. Mike was born on June 3, 1942 in Schenectady, NY to his parents, Harold and Viola McNeal. He graduated from Hope College and married Marie Wigfield in 1965. After serving in the Army, Mike owned … Continue reading "Michael McNeal ’65"
Rodney Broman ’66
A devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, Rodney Lee Broman, Ph.D., 75, of Grand Rapids, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020. He grew up in Spring Lake, MI and attended and graduated from St. John’s Military Academy in Delafield, WI where he was awarded medals of honor as a Cadet Captain. He went … Continue reading "Rodney Broman ’66"
Jeanne Ann Frissel ’66
Jeanne Ann Frissel ’66 of Hudsonville, Michigan, died on Thursday, May 2, 2019. She was 74. Survivors include her daughter, Keely Van Til ’95; and sister, Paula Frissel ’70 (Lawrence ’69) Bone.
Laura Manasek ’67 Cain
Laura Cain of Venice, Florida, formerly of Plano, Texas, passed away peacefully on December 17, 2019 at her Venice Florida home. She was blessed to be surrounded by her family during the last weeks of her journey. Born August 12, 1945, daughter of Lillian and Rudolph Manasek, Laura was raised on the east side of … Continue reading "Laura Manasek ’67 Cain"
Marilynn Hoffman ’67
Marilynn Hoffman, age 74, of Sylvania, passed away on September 27, 2019. She was born on April 21, 1945 to Herman and Edna Hoffman in Muskegon, MI. Marilynn attended Hope College and the University of Toledo where she received her master’s degree. She was a teacher for the Sylvania School System, retiring after 35 dedicated years. Marilynn … Continue reading "Marilynn Hoffman ’67"
Blanchard De Merchant ’68
Dr. Blanchard L. De Merchant of St. Charles, Missouri passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019 at the age of 76.  Husband of 51 years to Phillis K. De Merchant (who preceded him in death), son of the late Roy and Mereda; father of Sonya De Merchant and Nicole (Ramiro Pacheco) De Merchant; cherished grandfather of Nicolas Rivera; brother … Continue reading "Blanchard De Merchant ’68"
John “Jack” Waterman ’68
John “Jack” Waterman, age 74, of Ypsilanti, Michigan, formerly of Chicago and Boston, passed away Friday, August 23, 2019 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital after an extended illness. Jack was born on May 30, 1945 to the late Harold and Myra (Cleaveland) Waterman in Mobile, Alabama. Survived by his children Sarah (John) Henseler, Kathy (Sean) … Continue reading "John “Jack” Waterman ’68"
Carol Sikkenga ’60 Garthwaite
Carol Ann Garthwaite of Kalamazoo, Michigan, age 81, passed away Tuesday morning, March 3, 2020, following a lengthy illness. Carol was born in Muskegon, Michigan, on April 1, 1938, the daughter of Carl E. and Pauline Sikkenga. Carol was very well-known as an accomplished artist and had a true talent for painting. She had an … Continue reading "Carol Sikkenga ’60 Garthwaite"
Gary Baas ’61
Gary L. Baas, age 81, passed away peacefully on March 16, 2020, in Grand Haven, Michigan. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 27, 1938, to the late Edward M. and Margaret (Dornbos) Baas. Gary and his wife, Paula, have resided in Grand Haven for over 50 years. After moving to Grand Haven … Continue reading "Gary Baas ’61"
Ralph Cook ’61
Ralph Richard Cook, MD, MPHOf Dexter, formerly of Detroit, Midland, Ann Arbor, Trout Lake, age 81, died peacefully at home of natural causes on June 8, 2020. He was born Feb. 21, 1939 in Detroit, the son of George R. & Florence Irene (Armstrong) Cook. Ralph graduated from Hope College and Wayne State University Medical School. He … Continue reading "Ralph Cook ’61"
Karen Abell ’61 Marlin
On April 10, 2020, Karen Elizabeth Abell Marlin passed away and became an angel to her children and grandchildren.Karen was a friend to everyone she met. People would always remark about her pretty, sparkling eyes and her smile. She had the gift of being able to connect with everyone. In her first year of high … Continue reading "Karen Abell ’61 Marlin"
John Teusink ’62
Teusink, John Tillman, Age 79 of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, February 29, 2020 at his home and leaped into the arms of his Lord and Saviour.  John was born May 3, 1940 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Dr. J. Harvey and Dorothy (Bower) Teusink. John graduated from Cedar Springs High School in … Continue reading "John Teusink ’62"
Ralph Houston ’63
Rev. Ralph S. Houston, age 78, of Holland died Saturday, May 2, 2020 at his home. Ralph was a faithful servant of Jesus serving in the ministry for 53 years. He pastored at the Doster Reformed Church in Michigan, the Forreston Reformed Church in Illinois and the Fennville Immanuel Reformed Church for 27 years. Ralph … Continue reading "Ralph Houston ’63"
John Jenner ’63
The Rev. John Herbert Jenner, ‘Jack’ to so many, was called home on Monday, June 1, 2020,” his family wrote in a tribute. He was 78. He was born in Gloversville, New York on Dec. 9, 1941 to Richard and Dorothy Jenner. His mother was the long-time school nurse at Guilderland High School, starting in … Continue reading "John Jenner ’63"
Barbara Kemme ’63
Barbara Kemme, age 78, of Coopersville, formerly of Zeeland and Hamilton, passed away Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Barbara taught Jr. High Science at Hamilton Schools for many years and traveled the world during the summers. She was a member of Faith Reformed Church in Zeeland. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and … Continue reading "Barbara Kemme ’63"
Linda Lindblade ’65 Hendricks
Linda Hendricks, age 76, a resident of Carol Stream, IL, passed away on March 31, 2020 at Central DuPage Hospital due to complications from a major surgery. She was born on July 17, 1943 in Davenport, IA to Lester Lindblade and Merle Meyers. Linda grew up in Moline, IL and attended Augustana College and Hope College. … Continue reading "Linda Lindblade ’65 Hendricks"
Barbara Momeyer ’66
Barbara Momeyer ’66 of Las Vegas, Nevada, died on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. She was 84.
Susan Sentman ’68 Owens
Susan Sentman ’68 Owens of Lansing, Michigan, died on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. She was 73.
Larry Dykstra ’60
Larry Dale Dykstra, born July 18, 1938, to Jack and Kay Dykstra, passed away on October 10, 2020, at the age of 82. He attended Holland Christian High School and graduated from Hope College; grew up at 14th St and Faith CRC in Holland and later directed choir at Maplewood Church. In 1966, he became … Continue reading "Larry Dykstra ’60"
Lois Griffes ’60 Kortering
Lois Emorene (Griffes) Kortering, age 85, passed away from natural causes on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Tarpon Springs, Florida. She was born on July 7, 1934 in Muskegon Heights, MI to Orlon and Olive Griffes (McDonald). She graduated from Muskegon Heights High School in 1952. Her rendition of “Hot Canary” on the fiddle for … Continue reading "Lois Griffes ’60 Kortering"
Ivan “Ike” VanderKolk ’60
Vander Kolk, Ivan “Ike” Ivan “Ike” Vander Kolk, age 81, went home to his Lord and Savior on August 14, 2020, where he was joyfully reunited with his son Brent. Ike was preceded in death by parents, Nelson and Marian, son Brent, and brother Roger. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 … Continue reading "Ivan “Ike” VanderKolk ’60"
Thomas Bos ’61
Thomas G. Bos, husband, father, step-father, grandfather, businessman, Rotarian and captain passed away at his home in Malibu, California at the age of 81 on July 27, 2020. Thomas was born on March 8, 1939 in Holland, Michigan and married the love of his life, Jane, on August 16, 1991. Thomas brightened the day of … Continue reading "Thomas Bos ’61"
Sally Lou Houtman ‘61 Shimp
Sally Lou Shimp, age 81, of Holland, moved to heaven on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Born and raised in Holland, to Neal and Dorothy Houtman, Sally attended Holland High School and Eastern Michigan University. Sally worked at U of M Medical Center and in St. Joseph as a Psych OT. Growing up, Sally attended First … Continue reading "Sally Lou Houtman ‘61 Shimp"
Elmer Veldheer ’61
Elmer Veldheer, 90, died peacefully in his sleep on June 10, 2020 after a long battle with dementia at American House of Holland. Elmer was a retired 5th grade teacher who loved kids and Wheel of Fortune. After retiring he returned to his passions for farming, hunting, and fixing things. Elmer never passed up a … Continue reading "Elmer Veldheer ’61"
Peter Hsu ’62
Peter M. Hsu, Age 81, passed away July 30, 2020. Born July 20, 1939 in Xiamen (Amoy), China, he graduated from The Diocesan Boys’ School in 1958 in Hong Kong. He emigrated from Hong Kong to the United States in 1958. Peter earned his BA from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 1962. After earning … Continue reading "Peter Hsu ’62"
Jeffrey Jones ’62
Jeffrey J Jones, 79, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, with his wife Susan at his side in their Log Harbor, Lake Home in Okeechobee, Florida. Jeff was born on July 23, 1940 to Raymond and Sarah (Fowler) Jones in Warren, OH. He graduated from Charles F. Brush High School in 1958 and earned … Continue reading "Jeffrey Jones ’62"
Karen Coster ’62 Marter
Karen Marter, age 80, passed away peacefully August 2020 due to cancer. Karen was a member of the SYV Hiking Group for 16 years. She was also a gourmet cook, a dog lover, a hostess extraordinaire and a gardener with a ‘bright green thumb”. Karen was born in Holland Michigan; graduated from Lyndonville CHS in … Continue reading "Karen Coster ’62 Marter"
James Staple ’64
Staple, James Allan 78, passed away peacefully in his home in Holland, MI on August 22. He is survived by his wife Louise (Garter); children Rebecca (Matthew) McFarland, Elizabeth McKenzie, David (Marta) Staple, former son-in-law Robert McKenzie; grandchildren Rachel and Maggie McFarland, Lilly McKenzie, Ramona and James Staple; sisters Jeanne (Frank) Klobucher, Joanne (Mike) Prince, … Continue reading "James Staple ’64"
Thompson “Bill” “Smitty” Smith ’65
T. William Smith February 1, 1943 August 5, 2020 Thompson William Smith (a.k.a. “Smitty” and “Bill Smith”) was born on February 1, 1943 in Flushing, New York. He was a musician, teacher, wood worker, adventurer, sailor, husband, and friend. At the age of 77, he died on August 5, 2020. As the youngest of three … Continue reading "Thompson “Bill” “Smitty” Smith ’65"
Karen Ward ’66 Jechoutek
Karen Margaret Jechoutek, of Midland, passed away June 23, 2020, in Austria. She was born May 19, 1944, in Marquette, Mich. to Gilbert and Alice (Peterson) Ward, and soon after moved to Midland with her family. Early on, she accompanied her family on trips to Europe to visit Swedish and British relatives. She attended Hope College, … Continue reading "Karen Ward ’66 Jechoutek"
Sandy Timmer ’66 Plakke
Sandra Kay Plakke, “ Sandy,” maiden name Timmer, was born July 6, 1943, died August 2, 2020, of Lewy body dementia. She was 77 years old. Sandy was born in Ypsilanti, MI, while her father was working at the Willow Run Bomber Plant. After the war, her family moved back to their home town of … Continue reading "Sandy Timmer ’66 Plakke"
Melvin Smith ’68
Melvin D. Smith, 73, of Granger, Indiana, passed away suddenly at home on Aug. 3, 2020. Mr. Smith was born on Sept. 20, 1946, in Hicksville, Ohio, to the late Virgil and Pauline (Warstler) Smith. Mel married his loving wife, Jane (Powell) Smith, on April 20, 1974, in South Bend. She survives in Granger. In addition to his wife of 46 … Continue reading "Melvin Smith ’68"
Richard “Doug” Dixon ’69
Doug was born in Tulsa, OK, and raised in Falls Church, VA. He attended McLean High School and Hope College in Holland, MI. He lived in Silver Spring, MD for 30 years and the time of his death was a resident of North Beach, MD. Prior to retirement he had a career in computer sales Doug was always helpful to … Continue reading "Richard “Doug” Dixon ’69"
Loren “Jack” Ligtenberg ’69
Jack Ligtenberg passed on to glory on September 27th, 2020. Born on February 17th, 1947 in Holland, Michigan, to the late Fred and Beatrice (Bosscher) Ligtenberg. He graduated from Three Oaks High School in Three Oaks, Michigan. He received a B.A. from Hope College and an M.S from Western Michigan University. Most of his working career was … Continue reading "Loren “Jack” Ligtenberg ’69"
Ardith Brower ’60 DaFoe
Ardith Jeanne DaFoe, aged 82, passed away on December 5, 2020. She was born on November 11, 1938, to Clarence and Ann Brower in Allegan County, Zeeland. Ardith graduated from Holland Christian High School in 1956 and from Hope College in 1960. Her first job was with the Lansing Police Department as a police officer. … Continue reading "Ardith Brower ’60 DaFoe"
Jan Leestma ’60
Jan Leestma ’60 of San Rafael, California, died on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. He was 82. Survivors include his wife, Louise Marsilje ’61 Leetsma; and sibling-in-law, Edward (Diana Hellenga ’64) Marsilje ’64.
Sandra Postema ’60 Sunde
On January 10, 2021, Sande Sunde of Louisville, Colorado went home to heaven at the age of 82Sandra Lee Postema was born on April 25, 1938 in the Dutch community of New Era, Michigan to Mavis and Arnold Postema. She had an older brother, Dennis, and a younger sister, Christine. She spent her early years swimming or ice … Continue reading "Sandra Postema ’60 Sunde"
Susan Walcott ’60
Walcott, Susan Susan L. Walcott, age 82, passed away on December 23, 2020 at Pilgrim Manor. Susan was born on May 13, 1938 in Muskegon, MI to LeRoy(Lee) and Elnora B. Morse. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Kline of Portage, MI, her nephews, Mike (Diane) Field of Buffalo, NY, Tim(Kristi) Field of Grand Rapids, her cousins, Jim(Linda) Schwass … Continue reading "Susan Walcott ’60"
Janet Koopman ’62 Van Dyke
Janet Elaine Van Dyke, age 80, a resident of Beacon Hill Retirement Community, Grand Rapids passed away at her home December 23, 2020. Janet was born May 2, 1940 in Willow Lake, South Dakota to the Reverend August Koopman and Jeanette Koopman, who both have preceded her in death. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College in 1962, she worked … Continue reading "Janet Koopman ’62 Van Dyke"
Carol Wagner ’64 Carr
Carol Carr, Age 78, of Lynwood, Illinois, died on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Visitation and funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 30, 2020 at Hillside Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Highland, Indiana. She was a retired teacher from Lake Station Community School. She attended Hammond High and graduated from Hope College. She was preceded in death … Continue reading "Carol Wagner ’64 Carr"
Hope Beckering ’65 Brandsma
Hope Beckering ’65 Brandsma of Rocklin, California, died on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. She was 77. Survivors include her husband, Richard Brandsma; and brother-in-law, Raymond Beckering ’58. Hope College was notified, by her husband Richard Brandsma, of the death of Hope Brandsma via the Alumni New Information Update form on the website: “Hope passed away on October 19th following a … Continue reading "Hope Beckering ’65 Brandsma"
Robert Dahl ’66
Robert Dahl ’66 of Holland, Michigan, died on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. He was 76. Survivors include his wife, Christi Dahl; and children, Matthew (Joelle Rossback ’95) Dahl ’91 and Rachel (Brian Gootee) Dahl ’95. Rev. Robert Dahl, age 76 of Holland, passed away, January 25, 2021. No services or visitations are scheduled. Memorial contributions may be … Continue reading "Robert Dahl ’66"
David Noel ’67
David Martin Noel was called to his Lord on Friday, October 23, 2020. He transitioned over while in Blake Hospital, Bradenton, Florida. He was 75 years of age. He was born August 15, 1945 in Coldwater, Michigan to Jesse G. and Marvel D. Noel. A 1963 graduate of Coldwater (Michigan) High School, he subsequently attended Hope College, Holland, Michigan, … Continue reading "David Noel ’67"
Theodore Oegema Jr. ’67
On November 2, 2020, Dr. Oegema, age 75, passed away and went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ted is the proud and loving father of two children: Dr. Karen Oegema (Dr. Arshad Desai) and Jeffrey Oegema (Dr. Christina Eugster). He has three wonderful grandchildren, Khalil and Ayla Desai and Franka Oegema. He will be dearly missed by … Continue reading "Theodore Oegema Jr. ’67"
Delwyn Sneller ’67
Delwyn “Del” Lee Sneller, 75, of Lake Ann, Michigan passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at his home. Del was born on March 21, 1945 in Holland, Michigan to the late Bernard and Charlotte (Vander Schaaf) Sneller. He graduated from Hope College and Michigan State University with a Ph.D. in American Literature. He was a professor, … Continue reading "Delwyn Sneller ’67"
Mark Menning ’68
Mark Menning ’68 died peacefully on November 10, 2020 at the University of Michigan hospital. He was 73. Mark was born in California on November 11, 1946 to his late parents Ralph and Irene Menning, who preceded him in death.  Along with his brothers the late Charles ’64, Bruce ’66 (Vicky Fris ’68) and Roger (Elizabeth), he lived the … Continue reading "Mark Menning ’68"
Ruth Welscott ’69
Ruth Ann Welscott passed away on Friday, Jan 22, 2021, at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, AZ, the result of Covid-19. She was born May 24, 1947, to Harold and Pearl (Hesse) Welscott in Grand Haven, MI. She graduated from Spring Lake High School in 1965, and from Hope College in 1969 with a Secondary Education Degree. She … Continue reading "Ruth Welscott ’69"
Thorval Hansen ’60
Thorval A. Hansen, age 83, of Jenison, was called to his heavenly father on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline; daughter, Kerri; sisters, Judy Moore, and Joyce LeValley. He will be lovingly remembered by his children; Peggi (Bob) DeGraff, Kristi (Mark) McKamey; grandchildren, Tom (Lindsey), Andy (Shelby), Brad … Continue reading "Thorval Hansen ’60"
Jack Kraai ’60
Jack A. Kraai, beloved husband and best friend for 58 years of the late Patti McAnully Kraai, cherished dad of Karin (Bill Dusz), Kelli (Pete Markuson and the late Scott Mitchell) and Kristin (Kevin Keely); adored papa of Derek, Kevin, Gillian, Katie, Gabby and Caroline. Revered big brother of Margie (Don VanderMeeden) and the late … Continue reading "Jack Kraai ’60"
Gretta Bouman ’61 Xander
Gretta Bouman ’61 Xander of Vienna, Virginia, died on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. She was 81. Survivors include her husband, Tom Xander.
Roger Achterhof ’62
Roger Dale Achterhof, 80, Rochester, MN, formerly of Sioux Center, died peacefully at his home Monday, April 26, 2021, enveloped in the love of family and caregivers from Visiting Angels and Mayo Clinic Hospice. Tipping the scales at 12.5 pounds, he was born at home, July 18, 1940, in Sioux Center, IA, to L.W. (Lawrence) … Continue reading "Roger Achterhof ’62"
Harold “Shorty” Brown ’62
On November 3, 2020 Harold Edwin Brown, “Shorty” to most, went to be with the Lord. He was met by those who had gone before, family, friends and people whose lives he had touched. Shorty was born to John and Bertha Brown on August 25, 1939 on Mott Road in Canton Township, Michigan. He was … Continue reading "Harold “Shorty” Brown ’62"
Ingrid vonReitzenstein ’62 Claussner
Ingrid was baptized by her maternal grandfather Maximilian Pohl who was a Lutheran Pastor, in August 1938- A BLESSING! In December 1944 her father was drafted into WWII; he did not return from Russia until spring 1947. Mother, older brother Rainer and younger sister Ulrike (Rickie) were displaced forcibly in August 1946; they were moved … Continue reading "Ingrid vonReitzenstein ’62 Claussner"
Dale Church ’62 Paarlberg
DALE CHURCH PAARLBERG ’62 of JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, DIED MAY 6, 2021. SHE WAS 80 YEARS OLD AND THE CREATOR OF THE FRENCH LANGUAGE PROGRAM IN LAKESHORE SCHOOL IN STEVENSVILLE MICHIGAN. SURVIVORS INCLUDE HER HUSBAND P. JOHN PAARLBERG ’61 OF 60 YEARS, HER CHILDREN PHILIP JOHN III (ANGELA) PAARLBERG, JESSICA DALE (DAN) MATHEWS, JONATHAN WILL (JESSI) … Continue reading "Dale Church ’62 Paarlberg"
Mary Jane Dykstra ’63 Havlicek
Mary Jane Dykstra Havlicek, 79, of Pahoa died May 28 at her home. Born in Michigan, she graduated from Hope College, received a master’s degree in chemistry from Ohio State University, and doctorate in chemistry from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, was president and founder of Central Coast Analytical Services, a senior research chemist … Continue reading "Mary Jane Dykstra ’63 Havlicek"
John Oosterbaan ’63
Obituary Thankful for his family’s deep love and his abundant life, John Oosterbaan passed away in his home on February 15, 2021. Born October 7, 1941, he was the beloved son of John Oosterbaan, an immigrant from the Netherlands, and Henrietta DeNooyer. Blessed by a large extended family, John and his sister, Irene, knew a … Continue reading "John Oosterbaan ’63"
Thomas Van Kley ’63
Thomas J. Van Kley, 79, of Zeeland, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, after a long battle with cancer. Tom is survived by his wife, Rosalie (Rosie), his children: Brian Van Kley, Jennifer (Joshua) Wise, Matthew and Rhonda Van Kley; his step-children: Travis (Tonya) Barber, Michael Barber, Katherine … Continue reading "Thomas Van Kley ’63"
Paul Welwood ’63
Paul R. Welwood, 80, of Phillipsburg, NJ, passed away peacefully at his home on June 7, 2021. Born on February 14, 1941 in Kingston, NY, he was the son of the late John Foster Welwood and Anita Wainwright Johnson Welwood. He was a salesman for School Specialty for 37 years. He attended Hope College in … Continue reading "Paul Welwood ’63"
Anne Hutchinson ’65 Bao
Anne Hutchinson Bao, age 77, of Roswell, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2021. She was born to Jeanne and Hughes Hutchinson of Fennville, Michigan. She was the younger sister of her late brother Clark. Anne graduated from Fennville High School and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from Hope College in Holland, … Continue reading "Anne Hutchinson ’65 Bao"
Rebecca Allen ’65 Hintze
Rebecca Allen Hintze April 20,1943- April 7, 2021 Resident of Pleasanton, CABecky lost her battle with heart and kidney disease on April 7, 2021. She was born April 20, 1943 to Charles and Gwendolyn Allen in South Haven Michigan. She was preceded in death by her sister Dorothy, brothers Don and Bill. She is survived … Continue reading "Rebecca Allen ’65 Hintze"
Suzanne Radliff ’65 Sather
August 01, 1943 May 02, 2021 Memorial Donation Suzanne Patricia Radliff Sather, born August 7, 1943, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on May 2, 2021, of leukemia. She is survived by her husband, Lawrence Arne Sather, beloved daughters Charlotte Sather Davis and Victoria Rebecca Sather, cherished granddaughter Bellatrix Amelia Davis, … Continue reading "Suzanne Radliff ’65 Sather"
Maria Rodriguez ’65 Toy
Maria C. Toy, age 95, of Spring Lake, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at Robbinswood Assisted Living. She was born on April 9, 1925 in Miami, AZ to the late Marcelino and Catarina (Garcia) Rodriguez. Maria married Dr. Charles M. Toy, M.D., on December 28, 1953 and he preceded her in death in … Continue reading "Maria Rodriguez ’65 Toy"
Mary Handlogten ’67
Mary Handlogten Gainesville Mary Handlogten, 76, passed away on February 7, 2021 in Gainesville, Florida. She was born on January 6, 1945 in Coopersville. Michigan to Harvey and Mae (Bolthouse) Handlogten. She graduated from Coopersville High School in 1963 and Hope College in 1967. She earned her Masters Degree in Biological Chemistry while working at … Continue reading "Mary Handlogten ’67"
Carol Jacobusse ’68 Hahnfeld
HAHNFELD, Carol Jacobuuse of Milton, Massachusetts, passed away on March 2, 2021. The cause was non-Covid pneumonia. Carol grew up in Holland, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan and Hope College. She married John Hahnfeld in 1968, and moved to Milton. She worked as a research technician at M.I.T. until her daughter was born … Continue reading "Carol Jacobusse ’68 Hahnfeld"
Norman Schwab ’68
Norman “Norm” Schwab, 75, of Sanford, passed away Wednesday (03/31/21) at his home. Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, Norman managed his illness with strength and grace, and wanted to spend as much time with loved ones as possible. On his final day, he was surrounded by his wife and children, who … Continue reading "Norman Schwab ’68"
Mary Alice Marosy ’69 Berlino
Berlino, Mary Alice TROY Mary Alice Berlino, 73 of River Road in the Town of Schaghticoke, died on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the loving care of her husband Joe. She was born in Perth Amboy, N.J., the daughter of the late Stephen and Marie Clancy Marosy. Mary Alice was a graduate of Hope College … Continue reading "Mary Alice Marosy ’69 Berlino"
Raymond Fylstra ’69
Raymond A. Fylstra, age 73, of Hinsdale, died February 25, 2021. Beloved husband of Charlotte Fylstra, nee Buis, for 52 years; devoted father to Helen Fylstra, Margaret (David) Jaglowski, Henry (Stacy) Fylstra; loving grandfather to Penelope & Florence Jaglowski; dearest brother to Daniel (Hilary) Fylstra, David (Shirley) Fylstra, and Mary (Cameron) Artigue; loved by many … Continue reading "Raymond Fylstra ’69"
Loren Reynolds ’69 McCaleb
Loren Meredith McCaleb (Reynolds), age 74, of Fennville, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 12, 2021. She was a graduate of Muskegon Heights High School in 1965 and received her BA from Hope College in 1969. Loren spent many years as a research librarian in Douglas, where her love of reading dovetailed with her dogged … Continue reading "Loren Reynolds ’69 McCaleb"
Suzanne Evans ’60 Neckers
Suzanne Evans Neckers, a teacher whose classroom ease translated well to her volunteer work as a docent in the galleries of the Toledo Museum of Art, died Thursday in her Perrysburg Township home. She was 82. She had Parkinson’s Disease, a condition diagnosed in 2007, said her husband, Douglas C. Neckers, a distinguished professor emeritus … Continue reading "Suzanne Evans ’60 Neckers"
Daryl Siedentop ’60
It is with sadness that we share the news that Professor Daryl Siedentop passed away July 15, 2021. Our friend and colleague Daryl Siedentop was born on July 28, 1938. The love of his life Roberta (Bobbie) Siedentop was a primary physical education teacher whom Daryl met while she was studying at Ohio State. They … Continue reading "Daryl Siedentop ’60"
James Larsen ’60
Jim was born August 9, 1937 to Walter and Hazel (Schoenberg) Larsen. He grew up with them and his sister, Linda, in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. They have all preceded him in death. On August 14, 1957 he married his BMW (beautiful, magnificent wife) Mary Jean (Rokos). He earned a B.A. from Hope College then he and Mary … Continue reading "James Larsen ’60"
Janet Rietveld ’62 Fishbain
Janet (Rietveld) Fishbain, 80, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021, after a short battle with pneumonia, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born Jan. 18, 1941, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to Isaac and Elizabeth (Bardwick) Rietveld, Janet spent her youth on the family farm riding her horse, participating in 4H, and spending time with her extended Rietveld family. … Continue reading "Janet Rietveld ’62 Fishbain"
Janet Rietveld ’62 Fishbain
Janet (Rietveld) Fishbain, 80, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, June 26, 2021, after a short battle with pneumonia, at St. Mary’s Hospital. Born Jan. 18, 1941, in Chicago Heights, Ill., to Isaac and Elizabeth (Bardwick) Rietveld, Janet spent her youth on the family farm riding her horse, participating in 4H, and spending time with her extended Rietveld family. … Continue reading "Janet Rietveld ’62 Fishbain"
Kristin Blank ’63 Lucas
Kristin E. Lucas Hillsdale Dec. 22, 1941 July 12, 2021 Kristin E. Lucas, age 79, of Hillsdale, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Hospice of Lenawee in Adrian. She was born December 22, 1941, in Three Rivers, Michigan to Edmund and Blanche (Bauserman) Blank. Kristin married Paul Lucas on June 15, 1963, … Continue reading "Kristin Blank ’63 Lucas"
Arlen Tenpas ’63
Arlen Bruce Tenpas, 79, of Waupun, passed on to Eternity early morning on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, after a year-long battle with lymphoma. Arlen was born on Dec. 15, 1941, in Fond du Lac, Wis. He is the son of Willard and Doris (Rens) Tenpas and the brother of Ronald Tenpas. He is survived by … Continue reading "Arlen Tenpas ’63"
Sharon Dykema ’64 Habben
Sharon Jane Habben of Morrison, IL, died Sunday June 27, 2021 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded. Sharon was born January 25, 1942, in Morrison, IL, to Clayton and Thelma (Renkes) Dykema. She graduated from Morrison High School in 1960 and in 1964 she graduated from Hope College … Continue reading "Sharon Dykema ’64 Habben"
Leslie Van Beveren ’64
Les (Leslie) Van Beveren of Chicago, IL, Holland, Okemos and East Lansing, MI and Estero, FL, passed away in his home surrounded by close family on July 30, 2021. He was born in Chicago, Il, to Marten and Ann (Horak) Van Beveren. Les is survived by his wife Carol of 68 years, daughters Lynn Heline, … Continue reading "Leslie Van Beveren ’64"
Christian Van Lonkhuyzen ’64
Christiaan Van Lonkhuyzen, 79, of Central Lake and Spring Arbor, passed away on July 31, 2021 at Munson Medical Center. Chris was born on March 9, 1942, in Arnhem, Netherlands, the son of Gerrit and Jacoba (Riksen) Van Lonkhuyzen. In 1955, he immigrated to the USA when he was 13 years old, the oldest of … Continue reading "Christian Van Lonkhuyzen ’64"
John Elliott ’65
The Rev. John D. Elliott Jr. (Jack), former pastor of Greenville Community Church and longtime resident of Edgemont, passed away on June 30. He was 80 years old. His wife Ruth, of 58 years, children and grandchildren were by his side. Born on April 20, 1941, in Detroit Michigan, to John D. Elliott Sr. and … Continue reading "John Elliott ’65"
Patricia Helder ’67 Nordstrom
Patricia Helder Nordstrom of Ponce Inlet, Florida, passed away on August 23, 2021 after a long struggle with respiratory disease. Pat was born on May 4, 1945 in Holland, Michigan. She was the eldest of a brother, Bill, and later a sister, Mary Anne (Bunce). She attended Lincoln Elementary School, Washington Elementary School, E.E. Fell … Continue reading "Patricia Helder ’67 Nordstrom"
Carol Bultman ’68 Van De Hoef
Carol Bultman ’68 Van De Hoef of Libertyville, Illinois, died on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. She was 74.She was born December 2, 1946, in Harvey, IL and passed away peacefully Thursday September 16, 2021 at Journey Care of Barrington. Carol graduated from Hope College in 1968. She owned and operated Lemstone in Hawthorn Mall for … Continue reading "Carol Bultman ’68 Van De Hoef"
William Van Eck ’68
William “Bill” Van Eck, age 74 of Rockford, passed peacefully from this life into the waiting arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 8, 2021. Bill was born to parents Marian (Vander Jagt) and William C. Van Eck. He is survived by his wife Jan, his children W. Todd (Jennifer) Van Eck, Kim … Continue reading "William Van Eck ’68"
Charles Felix ’69
Charles Ray Felix passed away on September 17th, 2021 after a strong and challenging fight with cancer. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on July 18, 1947 and adopted and raised by loving parents, Ray and Ruth Felix. Chuck was a high school graduate of Grand Rapids Christian, where he was a devoted member … Continue reading "Charles Felix ’69"
Harriet Wissink ’60 Engbers
On January 12, 2022, Harriet Millicent Engbers (Wissink) passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her loving family. Harriet was born in Muskegon, Michigan on June 20, 1938, to Reverend Charles and Geraldine Wissink. As a preacher’s kid, she moved between the west Michigan area and Wisconsin, graduating from Washington High School in Milwaukee. While in high … Continue reading "Harriet Wissink ’60 Engbers"
Roger Kleinheksel ’60
Rev. Dr. Roger Edwin Kleinheksel, age 83, of Holland, was called home into the arms of Jesus the morning of January 7, 2022. Roger passed away peacefully at home as a result of complications from Pulmonary Fibrosis.Roger was a member of First Reformed Church of Zeeland where he also served as an administrative pastor for 17 … Continue reading "Roger Kleinheksel ’60"
James Mohr ’60
James Mohr, of Hudsonville, passed away January 31, 2022. He lived a long, fulfilling life surrounded by loving family and friends. James graduated from Hudsonville High School and Hope College. Over his career, James worked in banking, and then for the State of Michigan teaching computer programming to adults with disabilities. After he retired, James fulfilled … Continue reading "James Mohr ’60"
Robert Thomson ’60
Robert James “Bob” Thomson, 86, St. Augustine, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on December 6, 2021. He was born in Detroit, MI and had been a resident of St. Augustine since 1969, moving here from Miami. Bob lost his hearing at the age of 7. However, he remarkably continued his education at … Continue reading "Robert Thomson ’60"
Sandra Ekster ’61 Bixel
Sandra J. Bixel, age 81, of Jenison, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lambert and Catherine Ekster. She will be dearly missed by her husband of almost 60 years, David Bixel; children, Paul (Teri) Bixel ’84, Carolyn (Michael) Garrett, Kimberly (Steven) Lauber; 9 grandchildren, Kaitlyn … Continue reading "Sandra Ekster ’61 Bixel"
Robert Brouwer ’61
Robert (Bob) Dale Brouwer, MD, age 81, died Thursday, Feb 17, 2022, in Kalamazoo, Michigan after a wonderful day of reminiscing, joking, and laughing with his daughters and his wife of 55 years, Sharon Brouwer at his hospital bedside. Bob was born in Zeeland, Michigan on October 14, 1940, to his late parents Jeanette (Everts) Brouwer and John L. “Jack” Brouwer and … Continue reading "Robert Brouwer ’61"
Douglas De Jong ’61
Douglas Wells De Jong passed away at Advent health on Thursday, September 9, 2021. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Douglas Wells De Jong please visit our Sympathy Store.
Jack Millard ’61
The Rev. Jack H. Millard, age 83 of Zeeland, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2022 at American House of Holland with his wife June (Veldheer) at his side. Jack was born in Plainfield, New Jersey March 22, 1938 to Arthur and Dorothy (Bird) Millard. He attended Rutgers University for 2 years, transferring to Hope College, Holland from … Continue reading "Jack Millard ’61"
Richard Taubald ’61
Beloved husband, father, and son Richard passed away peacefully on December 18, after a 10 year battle with Multiple Myeloma surrounded by people who loved him dearly. Richard was born in West New York, New Jersey to Erna and Otto Taubald on November 7, 1938. He attended Memorial High School and then went on to Hope College, … Continue reading "Richard Taubald ’61"
William Tom ’61
William “Bill” Tom Sonoma native passed away suddenly in the home he had lived in for nearly 85 years. William “Bill” Tom collapsed from a heart attack while working on one of his many home improvement projects. Bill would have been 85 this month. He lived all his life (with the exception of college and military service) in the … Continue reading "William Tom ’61"
Richard Buckley ’62
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Richard J. Buckley of Alexandria, Pennsylvania, born in Grand Ledge, Michigan, who passed away on August 8, 2021, at the age of 78, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with … Continue reading "Richard Buckley ’62"
Andrew Sens ’62
Andrew Sens passed away on September 28, 2021. He was a retired Foreign Service Officer and long-time resident of the Cleveland Park neighborhood in Washington, DC. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Sens, and son, Drew Sens. Andrew enjoyed travel, cooking, reading and spending time with his family. No services will be held. We will miss him.
Ervin Bolks ’64
Ervin Jay Bolks, age 80, of Minocqua, WI was called home by his Heavenly Father on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Ervin was born in Allegan, Michigan on October 14, 1941 to parents Myron and Juella Bolks. He grew up on the family farm in Dunningville, Michigan, attended a one-room schoolhouse through 8th grade, and graduated from Allegan … Continue reading "Ervin Bolks ’64"
Susan Pfleeger ’64 Bolks
Susan Eileen (Pfleeger) Bolks, age 79, of Minocqua, Wisconsin died peacefully with family by her side and entered into the arms of her Abba Father on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 2:55 am. Susan was born in Geneva, Illinois on November 28, 1942 to George and Margaret (Andersen) Pfleeger. She grew up in Batavia, Illinois, … Continue reading "Susan Pfleeger ’64 Bolks"
Lenora VandenBerg ’64 Koelbel
Lenora VandenBerg ‘64 Koelbel passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021 after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Known to most as Norie, she was a kind, caring Christian with energy and passion for global education, understanding the past, and the power of the written word. Norie was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1942. In high school, she visited … Continue reading "Lenora VandenBerg ’64 Koelbel"
Thomas Cousineau ’65
Thomas Cousineau, age 79 of Spring Lake, passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at Hospice of Heartwood Lodge, surrounded by loved ones. Tom was born in 1942 in Muskegon, Michigan, to Charles H. and Treva Cousineau. Tom graduated from North Muskegon High School, and attended the University of Idaho on a football scholarship. He continued to … Continue reading "Thomas Cousineau ’65"
Paul DeSocio ’65
Paul DeSocio, age 79, of Largo, passed away unexpectedly surrounded by family on October 29th, 2021. He was born and raised in Union City, New Jersey. He met the love of his life, Ann Marie DePasquale, when she attended a rival high school. They became high school sweethearts and married in 1964. Paul played semi-pro … Continue reading "Paul DeSocio ’65"
Paul Ransford ’65
Rev. Paul Ransford, Jr., was summoned home by our Lord on December 9, 2021. His service spanned over 50 years, ranging from a preacher at Covenant Presbyterian in Decatur, Alabama, to Director of Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort, Illinois, to Director of Outdoor Ministries for New Hope Presbytery, to Youth Minister and Associate Pastor at Westminster … Continue reading "Paul Ransford ’65"
Peter Theune ’65
The Rev. Peter James Theune, 78, of Spring Lake, passed away suddenly on the morning of Sunday, October 10, 2021, while vacationing with his wife Judy in northern Michigan. Peter was born to Elmer and Gertrude Theune on August 8, 1943. Along with his older sister, Caroline, he grew up in the small town of Oostburg, Wisconsin, next door to his family’s church. … Continue reading "Peter Theune ’65"
Roger Dietch ’68
Mr. Roger F. Dietch, age 75 years, of Homosassa, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2021 in Brooksville. He was born April 29, 1946 in Paterson, New Jersey to Francis and Ruth Danskin Dietch and came to Homosassa 6 months ago from Clearwater where he moved five years ago from Manhattan, New York. Mr. Dietch was a hedge fund investment broker … Continue reading "Roger Dietch ’68"
LaMar Hankamp ’69
“Jim” James Hankamp II, age 75, of Saline, MI passed away peacefully at home with family at his side on Monday, November 8, 2021. He was born December 21, 1945 in Bellingham, WA the son of Dr. LaMar James Hankamp and Ellen Hankamp. Happily married to Sherri  Chapman ’67 Hankamp for 52 years, they enjoyed family … Continue reading "LaMar Hankamp ’69"
Dudley Holmes ’69
Holmes, Dudley K. II, Chelsea, Michigan “You can achieve anything regardless of what obstacles come your way. Understand that you should always do what is right because in the long run, that’s what matters.” ~Dudley K Holmes II Dudley died peacefully on Friday, March 4, 2022 at his home with his family by his side. He was … Continue reading "Dudley Holmes ’69"
Walter Johnson ’60
Walter Johnson, a food industry executive and long-time peace activist, died May 12 in Hollywood, Calif. after a long battle with Altzheimer’s disease. He was 83. Johnson was a presence in every room. Six-feet tall, handsome, boisterous and perpetually smiling, he would rush to strangers and reach out with an eubulant handshake: “Hi, I’m Walter Johnson!” On the … Continue reading "Walter Johnson ’60"
Gary Raterink ’60
Gary Junior Raterink, age 86 of Grand Rapids, Michigan went to his Eternal home on Saturday, July 16, 2022.  Born September 4th,1935 in Zeeland MI he is survived by his sons Jim (Tammy) and Steve (Alyssa) and his 7 grandchildren, Brandon, Sam, Amanda (Goins), Hope, Isabelle, Marielle & Alexis Raterink; sisters Lorraine Becksfort, Betty Morren and brother … Continue reading "Gary Raterink ’60"
Bruce Vander Mel ’60
Bruce Paul (“Tim”) Vander Mel passed away peacefully on April 5, 2022, surrounded by family.   Tim was the beloved husband of Lucy C. Vander Mel to whom he was married for 60 years, devoted father to his two sons, and loving grandfather to his four grandchildren.  He cared deeply about his entire extended family … Continue reading "Bruce Vander Mel ’60"
Lee Henry Wenke ’60
Lee Henry Wenke entered into eternal rest on June 30, 2022. He leaves his wife Joan ’60, of 61 and a half years, and three children: Curtis Wenke, Joni Foster (Shawn), Donna Jones (Mark) and four grandchildren: Taylor, Kalyn, Joel Jones and James Kelly. Lee leaves his sister, Lois Sulka (Gary); sisters-in-law, Lucille Schroeder ’55 … Continue reading "Lee Henry Wenke ’60"
Bruce Beimers ’62
Bruce Beimers, 88 went home to be with his Lord and Savior on March 18. He is survived by wife Delores, the love of his life for 63 years. He also leaves behind son Brett and Mary (Schat) daughter Darla (Shangle) and 3 grandchildren, Boone, Dory, Jade. Bruce was a Sergeant in the United States Army … Continue reading "Bruce Beimers ’62"
Nancy Guldenschuh ’62 Zimmer
Nancy Ann Zimmer, age 81 passed away on Thursday, March 24th 2022. Nancy was born in Canandaigua, NY August 16, 1940 to Carl and Marian Guldenschuh. She grew up in Brighton, graduated from Penfield high school and continued her education at Hope College in Michigan. On August 15,1964, she married George Zimmer and together they raised 2 children. They were … Continue reading "Nancy Guldenschuh ’62 Zimmer"
Sharon VanEerfen ’63 Bos
Sharon Joy ( Van Eerden) Bos of Holland, Michigan, 82, passed away peacefully on March 3, 2022. A lifelong native of Holland, Sharon was born December 11, 1939 to John and Marie Van Eerden. She graduated from Holland High School in 1959 and studied at Hope College before settling into raising her family. She worked in retail … Continue reading "Sharon VanEerfen ’63 Bos"
Roberta Brookmann ’63 Looman
Roberta “Robin” Looman (nee Brookmann), of Webster Groves, MO, passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at the age of 81. Loving wife of 58 years to Gary Looman ’60; beloved daughter of the late Martin and Rigmor Brookmann; loving mother of Sue Kristin Looman ’89 (Russell ’91) Dittmar, Karen Beth Looman ’91, and Ann Looman ’96 (Dave) Hunter; … Continue reading "Roberta Brookmann ’63 Looman"
J. Paul Teusink ’64
Dr J . Paul Teusink, MD died on December 11, 2021 in New York City, New York. Paul is survived by his wife, Dr Cheryl Seaman, and daughters, Laura Teusink , Marcia Teusink and his brother, Ken Teusink, class of 1967. Paul was the son of Rev. Howard Teusink and Anna May Teusink who were also both Hope Graduates. Paul earned his MD degree at … Continue reading "J. Paul Teusink ’64"
Margie Otto ’65 Meyer
Margie “Marj” Lynne Meyer, age 79 of Spring Lake, passed away the morning of Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at home. She was born on January 5, 1943, in Sturgis, Michigan, the daughter of Edward and Waneta (Lantz) Otto. Margie graduated from Sturgis High School, Class of 1961, and in 1965 she graduated with a B.A. from … Continue reading "Margie Otto ’65 Meyer"
John Ver Steeg ’65
John H. VerSteeg, of Kalamazoo, went to be with his Heavenly Father on June 10, 2022. John was born March 9, 1943 in Sheldon, Iowa, son of Melvin A. Sr. and Eunice M. (DeBruin) VerSteeg. He had resided in the Kalamazoo area since graduating from Hope College in 1965. He served in the Air Force National Guard … Continue reading "John Ver Steeg ’65"
Gregory DePree ’66
Gregory DePree was born the twelfth of April, 1944 in Columbus, Ohio; the oldest of three brothers born to Hugh and Ruth DePree. Growing up in Zeeland, Michigan, Greg attended Zeeland High School, where he excelled in golf and football. Greg was a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan and earned his graduate degree from American University in Washington, … Continue reading "Gregory DePree ’66"
Henry Dykema ’67
James Dykema, age 76, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2022. Henry was born to Frederick & Elizabeth Dykema on November 12, 1945. Henry grew up in Grant, MI, studied chemistry in college and then became a teacher at Grant Public Schools. He was initially a 5th grade teacher for a short time, then he became a high … Continue reading "Henry Dykema ’67"
Calvin Kempker ’68
Calvin (Cal) Kempker, age 77, passed away unexpectedly on April 7, 2022. Cal was a man of many loves. He enjoyed gardening, biking, and a good walk downtown Holland. He was an avid reader and visited the library often. He was passionate about travel, especially by train internationally. He loved his dog; Piper and he will … Continue reading "Calvin Kempker ’68"
Lenora DeBoer ’69 Ridder
In her own writing, Lenora stated, “The Lord always had a plan for me. It was good, very good, and a hope for the future.” Lenora (De Boer) Ridder was raised in South Holland, Illinois on July 8, 1927 by Peter and Lena De Boer. She was encouraged to attend Calvin College by her pastor, and by … Continue reading "Lenora DeBoer ’69 Ridder"
David Ross ’69
David was the son of the late Clara Gouger Ross and William Myron Ross. David grew up in the Winton Road / Main Street area of Rochester, New York. He graduated from East High School in 1965 and received his undergraduate degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He received his Master of Education degree from Wayne State University. David … Continue reading "David Ross ’69"
David Styf ’69
David Styf, age 75, passed away Monday, July 11, 2022. Dave was born and raised in Zeeland, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sherry. Dave and Sherry raised their three children in Hastings, MI and retired to Sarasota, FL and Wyoming, MI, before Dave moved to Marietta, GA in 2021. Dave was … Continue reading "David Styf ’69"
Stephen VanderWeele ’69
Stephen F VanderWeele passed away May 2022 in Ft. Worth TX after a long illness. He is survived by 2 children , Christopher VanderWeele and Carrie Grace, and 2 grandsons. No obituary. His ashes were brought back to Michigan.

1970s

Mark Vande Brake ’71
Mark was born March 3, 1949, and passed away the morning of July 11, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family, after a difficult and long battle with cancer. Mark earned a Bachelors and Master of Arts degree from Hope College and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville respectively. He specialized in print making. He … Continue reading "Mark Vande Brake ’71"
Karla Hoesch ’73 Wolters
Karla Wolters, age 65 of Zeeland passed away Monday, November 28, 2016 after a two year struggle with multiple myeloma. Karla was preceded in death by her parents Tex and Alyce Hoesch and brother Tom Hoesch. She is survived by her husband of 38 years Tom ’73; brothers: Ken Hoesch ’75, and Tim ’85 and … Continue reading "Karla Hoesch ’73 Wolters"
Christina Lee Hansen ’75
Christina Lee Hansen, of Flint, MI, died peacefully at home on June 13 surrounded by friends and family, after a long struggle with cancer. Chris was born on June 9, 1953 in Grand Rapids, MI, daughter of Marc and Vadra (Windette) Hansen. She was a graduate of Kalamazoo Central High School; earned a Bachelor’s Degree … Continue reading "Christina Lee Hansen ’75"
Dale Van Dahm ’78
Dale Van Dahm – Class of ’78 – of Irvine, California passed away on Saturday, July 30, 2016.  He was 60. He was a Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank running teams in the commercial real estate and workout divisions until his retirement. He is survived by his wife Paula; sister Cindy Vander Naald … Continue reading "Dale Van Dahm ’78"
Rose Bursey ’72 Guthrie
Rose Bursey ’72 Guthrie of Boone, North Carolina, born April 25, 1947 was promoted to glory in her home in Boone NC, Wednesday October 19, 2016. Rose was a native of Muskegon, Michigan, and moved to the Highlands in the 90s. She was preceded in death by her dear husband William G. Guthrie III, parents … Continue reading "Rose Bursey ’72 Guthrie"
Norman Hamm ’74
Norman Hamm ’74 was called home to be with his Lord and Savior, Sunday, December 18, 2016. Norman Charles Hamm was born March 12, 1952 at Samaritan Hospital in Troy, New York. He grew up on the farm on Burgoyne Road and graduated from Schuylerville Central School in 1970. He earned a Bachelor of Arts … Continue reading "Norman Hamm ’74"
Loren Kleis ’77
Loren Kleis ’77, age 61, of Holland, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, knowing the hope of the resurrection in Jesus Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Adelaide (Lezman) Kleis; and was a member of Maplewood Reformed Church for many years. This kind and gentle … Continue reading "Loren Kleis ’77"
Cynthia Wray ’70 Dannenberg
Cynthia Wray ’70 Dannenberg, 68, former Holland resident recently residing in Hiram, Ga., went to be with her Lord on April 17, 2017, after a battle with cancer. Cindy loved the Lord, His Word, prayer and world missions. After graduating Hope College and Columbia Graduate School of Bible & Missions, Cindy entered the mission field … Continue reading "Cynthia Wray ’70 Dannenberg"
William Wolters ’72
William Wolters ’72 passed away on May 9, 2017 in Deland, Florida. He was born in Muskegon, MI, March 26, 1950. He leaves behind his wife of 45 years Pamela (Hurst), his two daughters Alicia (David Petry) and Linnea, seven grandchildren, his sisters Mary Jo (Brent) and Paula (Alan VanDuinen), his brother Philip, and many nieces … Continue reading "William Wolters ’72"
Leigh Ann DeWolf ’79 Eriks
Leigh Ann DeWolf ’79 Eriks, age 59, from Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away on April 12, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. Leigh was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Annette De Wolf. She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Mark, her children, Lauren and Lauren’s husband Kyle, Martin and Matthew, … Continue reading "Leigh Ann DeWolf ’79 Eriks"
Roy Welton ’70
Roy Welton ’70 of Holland, Michigan, died on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. He was 69 and will be missed by his loving wife, large extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Welton; and is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Cindi Welton. He was an inspirational father to … Continue reading "Roy Welton ’70"
Raymond Schofield ’71
Raymond Schofield ’71 of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, died on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 peacefully at Virtua Medical Center in Mount Holly on September 20th following a courageous battle with cancer.  He was 70. Mr. Schofield was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Pompton Lakes, NJ attending Pompton Lakes High School.  He was an avid participant in the Lakeland … Continue reading "Raymond Schofield ’71"
Thomas Page ’72
Thomas Page ’72 of Holland, Michigan, died on Thursday, June 15, 2017. He was 68. In Heaven, he joins his beloved wife Karen, father Edward, and mother Helen. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Karyl Garbow of Phoenix, and brother-in-law, Tim Garbow of Montana. There will be no service and ashes will be spread at a … Continue reading "Thomas Page ’72"
Maryjan “Jan” Wydra ’73
Maryjan “Jan” Wydra ’73 of Wells, Maine, died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. at home in the loving care of his family after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. Jan was born May 12, 1946 in Germany, the son of Jan and Else (Recht) Wydra. His family immigrated to the United States when Jan … Continue reading "Maryjan “Jan” Wydra ’73"
Virginia Reed ’74 Kruisenga
Virginia Reed ’74 Kruisenga of Hudsonville, Michigan, died on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. She was 64. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter Jr. and Helen Reed; brother Tom (Nancy) Reed; parents-in-law Marvin and Marie Kruisenga. She will be lovingly missed by her husband Robert Kruisenga; children Rob (Laura) Kruisenga, Cindy (Mike) Rankens, Karen Kruisenga Cornelius; six … Continue reading "Virginia Reed ’74 Kruisenga"
Ruth Wolting ’75 Prince
Ruth Wolting ’75 Prince of New Era, Michigan, died on Monday, July 3, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan following a lengthy illness. She was 64. She was born May 18, 1953 in Shelby, the daughter of Joseph and Doris Wolting. She graduated from Hope College in Holland. She married her best friend and love of her life, Ken Prince, on August … Continue reading "Ruth Wolting ’75 Prince"
Catherine Creet ’76 De Jonge
Catherine Creet ’76 De Jonge of Holland, Michigan, died on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. She was 63. Cathy graduated from Hope College and was employed at Life Savers for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents William and Edna Creet. She is survived by her sister: Ginny Rinaldi of Oxford, NJ, 3 nephews and 6 grandnieces … Continue reading "Catherine Creet ’76 De Jonge"
Mary Flanagan ’79 Danielson
Mary Flanagan ’79 Danielson of Alto, Michigan, died on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was 59. She will be deeply missed by her husband of 35 years, Mike; her daughters Amanda (Jordan) McElroy and Laura Danielson; her granddaughter Emma McElroy; her mother, Joyce Flanagan; her siblings Linda (Al) Smith, Beth (Craig) Plante, … Continue reading "Mary Flanagan ’79 Danielson"
Janice DeBoer ’70 Currie
Janice Lynn Currie passed away in her home in Grand Rapids, MI on Monday, October 30, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on April 1, 1948 in Paterson, NJ to John and Florence DeBoer. Janice is survived by her husband, Bill; her four children, Mike (Missy), of Grand Rapids, and their … Continue reading "Janice DeBoer ’70 Currie"
Cecile Gaillard ’70 Spitters
Cecile Marie Kalamazoo Cecile passed into the presence of Jesus, her Lord and Savior, on October 13, 2017. She was born March 7, 1948, the daughter of Rev. Gerard and Janet (Bareman) Gaillard. Cec was employed by Gull Lake High School for close to 24 years and loved being around the young students every day. … Continue reading "Cecile Gaillard ’70 Spitters"
Larry Smith ’71
Larry Smith, age 68, of Hudsonville, was welcomed home into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, November 16, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Smith; children, Jennifer (Curt) Day, Jason (Michelle) Smith of Winnipeg, MB, Jillian (Steve) Branderhorst, Jaclyn Smith, Justin Smith and fiance Sara Burgess, Joshua Smith, Jordan Smith of Plymouth, MI; … Continue reading "Larry Smith ’71"
Dale Merrick ’71 Hillermeier
Dale Hillermeir , of Ridgefield Park, formally of Dumont, age 68 entered into eternal life peacefully  on December 7, 2017. Dale was a graduate of Hope College. Until her illness Dale was an active member of the Old Reformed Church of Dumont, where she was in the senior choir and a Deacon. She was also a … Continue reading "Dale Merrick ’71 Hillermeier"
James Watters ’71
James A. Watters, age 69, of Friesland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 1, 2018, at his home in Friesland. Jim was born on October 1, 1948, to Joseph and Kathryn (DeYoung) Watters. Jim graduated from Cambria-Friesland High School as valedictorian of his class in 1966. He was also … Continue reading "James Watters ’71"
Mary VanRegenmorter ’71 Welton
Mary Judith Welton born May 25, 1939, in Muskegon, to Leonard and Bonnie VanRegenmorter. Mary passed away in Holland surrounded by her family on Jan. 19, 2018. Mary was a loved member of the Holland community who was well known for opening her heart, humor and home to not only friends of her children but also others in need. She … Continue reading "Mary VanRegenmorter ’71 Welton"
William Smith ’74
William “Bill” Smith died peacefully on Wednesday evening, December 13 surrounded by his family and friends. Bill never saw a vegetable he didn’t like or couldn’t grow, and without being cliché, he loved long walks on the beach – usually accompanied by one of his dogs, Luca or Fredo. Bill was the Lance Armstrong of … Continue reading "William Smith ’74"
Mark Mc Cullough ’76
Mark E. McCullough, a former Glen Rock councilman known for his sense of humor and commitment to his hometown, died Oct. 25 after a battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church, Hawthorne, with visiting Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Vander … Continue reading "Mark Mc Cullough ’76"
Jan Ergenzinger ’79
Dr. Jan Ergenzinger December 12, 1956 to October 25, 2017 With love and gratitude we have to say goodbye to my son, father, brother, brother-in-law and uncle. Heidi Ergenzinger Claus Ergenzinger Ulrike Regenzinger Dr. Kathrin Ergenzinger-Bergeest and husband, Dr. Thomas Bergeest (and their children, Liv, Lu and Lale Bergeest) Dr. Manuela Schuller and Angehorige The … Continue reading "Jan Ergenzinger ’79"
John White ’73
John White ’73 passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 22, 2018. Born September 19, 1951 in Brooklyn, NY to Agnes (Aitken) White and Robert Gordon White, he graduated from Hope College and received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University, where he studied statistics, logic, and philosophy. He enjoyed a career in human resources, rising to Vice … Continue reading "John White ’73"
David Kieffer ’76
David Kieffer ’76, 63, of Broomfield, Colorado, with courage and resolve, went home to God on March 17, 2018. He was continuously surrounded by his family and loved ones; he has never been alone. Born in Dearborn, Michigan, to parents Bob and Iris Kieffer, David attended parochial school throughout high school. He attended Hope College … Continue reading "David Kieffer ’76"
Dale Quackenbush ’79
Dale Quackenbush ’79, 62, formerly of Warwick, NY passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018 at his home in Holland, MI after a long battle with chronic kidney disease. Dale was born December 8, 1955 in Middletown, NY. He was the son of the late Wallace and Marion (Shorter) Quackenbush of Warwick, NY. Dale was … Continue reading "Dale Quackenbush ’79"
Linda Bos ’77
Linda Bos ’77 of Rogers City, Michigan, died on Monday, July 30, 2018. Linda was blessed in her career, loving her 3 major occupations. She served as a house parent at Parkview Adult Foster Care Home from 1977-1985; Associate Minister from 1985-1992 (The Crystal Cathedral Congregation in Garden Grove, CA); and Hospice Chaplain from 1992-2011 … Continue reading "Linda Bos ’77"
James Buter ’71
Jim Buter, age 69, of Holland, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on February 10, 2019. Jim is a Hope College graduate and he also took graduate classes at MSU. He made his career in the Contract Office Furniture Industry with Steelcase, Westinghouse, Herman Miller and Knoll. During this time he served as … Continue reading "James Buter ’71"
Donald Viel ’71
Donald J. Viel, 69, of DeWitt, Iowa, died early Monday morning, January 28, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Don was born October 15, 1949, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Harold J. and Adrianna E. (DenBoer) Viel.  He graduated from Kalamazoo Christian Schools and attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan.  On September 1, 1973, he married … Continue reading "Donald Viel ’71"
Pat VanderBie ’72 Lampen
Pat Lampen, age 68, of Zeeland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, December 8, 2018, after a 3-month battle with brain cancer. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Larry; her children and grandchildren: Mike Lampen (Riley and Cody), Chip Lampen (Jager, Trent, Kenedy and Taylor), Julie and Zac … Continue reading "Pat VanderBie ’72 Lampen"
David Jensen ’74
David Albert Jensen, 67, of Pensacola, Florida, peacefully passed away Friday, December 7, 2018, at his home. David was born October 5, 1951, in Hackensack, NJ, to John & Bette (Memmott) Jensen. He graduated from Glen Rock High School in 1969, from Hope College in 1974 and received his MSW from Columbia University in 1987. … Continue reading "David Jensen ’74"
Patricia Kiser ’75 Popenoe
Patricia Ann Popenoe died peacefully at home on January 11, 2019, surrounded by family and friends. She was born Patricia Ann Kiser in Baltimore, Maryland. Her parents were Chester and Mary Ruth Kiser. Pat was the youngest of three children. She spent her grade school years in Baltimore. During middle school, they moved to Palo … Continue reading "Patricia Kiser ’75 Popenoe"
Stephen Bergmann ’76
Stephen P Bergmann, 64, formerly of Croghan and most recently of Prescott, AZ, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2018. He was born on Aug. 3, 1954, in Canton, NY, the son of Bernard and Lena Bergmann. He graduated from Beaver River Central School in 1972 and from Hope College, MI, in 1976, with a … Continue reading "Stephen Bergmann ’76"
Heather Jacob ’88 Schaap
Heather J. Schaap died on October 29, 2018 of glioblastoma. Heather was born on June 8, 1966, in Holland, Michigan to Barbara C. and George F. Jacob. She was a graduate of Grandville High School (’84) and Hope College (’88). She is survived by her husband, Todd Schaap; children, Zoey, Emma, Eli, and Zachary; her … Continue reading "Heather Jacob ’88 Schaap"
Prudence Tower ’70 Leveillee
Prudence “Prudy” Bower Tower Leveillee was born in Greenville Michigan on September 10, 1948 to Susan F. Bower and Ray J. Tower II. She was the stepdaughter of Mary G Tower. Prudy graduated from Greenville High School in 1966 and earned a BFA in Music from Hope College in 1970. She taught Elementary Music in Fort Wayne, … Continue reading "Prudence Tower ’70 Leveillee"
Reed Brown ’71
Former WHTC news director Reed Brown, a 1971 Hope College graduate, has died in San Francisco, where he’d been retired for some time. He was 69, according to a note emailed to WHTC from his brother, Gary Brown. In a 2011 note to Hope College’s alumni magazine, Reed Brown reported enjoying retirement and that he … Continue reading "Reed Brown ’71"
Eric De Witt ’71
Eric De Witt, 75, of Overisel, passed away May 9, 2019. Eric was born in Wyandotte, Michigan, on November 25, 1943, to Melvin and Margaret De Witt. He graduated from Fremont High School and from Hope College with a degree in biology as well as a math and chemistry degree. He married Linda Kaye Westfield … Continue reading "Eric De Witt ’71"
Leslye Herchenroder ’72 Stone
Leslye Stone, 69, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, with her family by her side, after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Leslye was born on January 27, 1950, in Albany and was raised in Guilderland Center. She was the daughter of Shirley Herchenroder and the late Russell Herchenroder. She is survived by … Continue reading "Leslye Herchenroder ’72 Stone"
David Van Pernis ’74
David Van Pernis, 66 of Rockford, Illinois, died peacefully in Mercy Hospital on Monday, March 10th. Born June 2, 1952, David attended Jackson School and Lincoln Middle School. He enjoyed athletics in high school participating on both football and swim teams before graduating from Guilford in 1970. He attended Hope college earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree. … Continue reading "David Van Pernis ’74"
Deb Cleason ’78 Oegema
OEGEMA, Mrs. Debra L. of Lawton, MI, died Sunday evening January 20, 2019 at age 62. Debra was born May 3, 1956 in Holland, Michigan a daughter of Donald and Esther (Lorenz) Cleason. She had been a Kalamazoo area resident for over 40 years. Debra taught elementary music with the Lawton Community Schools for 14 years, … Continue reading "Deb Cleason ’78 Oegema"
Gwendolyn Nystrom ’79 Cartier
It is with great sadness that the family of Gwendolyn H. Cartier (Bocks) announces her passing after battling Alzheimer’s, on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at the age of 77. Gwen was born in Cadillac, MI. A gifted vocalist, she attended Alma College on a vocal scholarship and performed as a soloist and in choruses for … Continue reading "Gwendolyn Nystrom ’79 Cartier"
Donald Williams ’79
Dr. Donald Edward Williams, 61, of Rochester, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019. Donald was born Oct. 2, 1957, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Edward and Joan (Held) Williams. In 1972, he moved with his family to Minnesota, where he was a graduate of Wayzata High School. Donald went on to receive his bachelor’s degree … Continue reading "Donald Williams ’79"
Deanna Burke ’70 Hansen
Deanna Marie ( Burke) Hansen, age 70, of Spring Lake, MI, formerly of Holland, MI, passed away on August 9, 2019, after suffering an unexpected heart attack mid-July. She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Arthur Hansen, in 2000. She is survived by her parents, Patricia and Walter Burke, her sisters Pamela Burke, … Continue reading "Deanna Burke ’70 Hansen"
Keith Jones ’70
Keith O. Jones passed away September 8, 2019 at River Pines Long Term Care Facility. He is finally at peace after a long illness of Parkinsons with Lewy Body Dementia. Keith was born April 13, 1939 in Montreal, Canada, to Barbara and Arthur Jones. At age one the family moved to Staten Island, N.Y., where … Continue reading "Keith Jones ’70"
Barbara Sickels ’70 Zenno
Family and friends are mourning the loss of their beloved Barbara J. Zenno (Phoenix, Arizona), who passed away Aug. 12, 2019 at the age of 71. She leaves behind her husband John Zenno, her three sons Jeffery Zenno (Robin Zenno), Gregory Zenno and Timothy Zenno (Kelly Armstrong), her sister Kathy Penza (Joe Penza), her brother … Continue reading "Barbara Sickels ’70 Zenno"
Karen Schamper ’71 Schra
Karen Joy Schra, 80, of Holland, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Zeeland Hospital. Karen was a graduate of Zeeland High School, Hope College ( BA) and the University of Michigan ( masters degree) and taught at Fennville Public Schools for 20 years. She was a member of First Reformed Church of Holland. Karen … Continue reading "Karen Schamper ’71 Schra"
Steven Klingenberg ’73
Steven E. Klingenberg, age 67, of Saugatuck, MI, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, died peacefully Wednesday, August 7, 2019, at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. Born in Holland, Steve graduated from Holland High School class of 1969. He was co-owner of Major Brands Oil and Performance Plus Oil Changes. He is survived by his sons, … Continue reading "Steven Klingenberg ’73"
James Ticknor ’73
James C. Ticknor, or Tick to his close friends, died peacefully Monday morning in Jackson, MI after a long and brave battle with cancer. Jim grew up in St. Joseph, MI and graduated from SJHS and then Hope College. He moved to Ann Arbor, MI in 1973, and began a 35 year career teaching elementary school … Continue reading "James Ticknor ’73"
Laura Wheatley ’75 Smith
Laura Lynne Smith, 66, loving wife, committed mother and adoring grandmother, left this world on July 11, 2019 – taken to a new home on the wings of angels. A long-time resident of Middleville, Laura truly resided in the hearts and souls of her family. Born in Wyandotte on June 3, 1953 to parents Lenny … Continue reading "Laura Wheatley ’75 Smith"
Beverly Glas ’70 Pace
Beverly Glas Pace, MD; beloved wife of John B. Pace, MD; loving mother of Randall F. Pace, Lauren M. Pace, DO, Rebecca L. (John) Tolle; grandmother of Blaise Baker, Samuel and Flynn Tolle; dear daughter of the late Charles and Dorothy Glas, and sister of the late Charles Glas. Beverly grew up in Calumet Park, … Continue reading "Beverly Glas ’70 Pace"
Robert Douglass ’72
Robert Owen Douglass (March 29, 1951- April 5, 2019)- peacefully, after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma. Beloved husband of Teresa, loving father of Elizabeth (Michael) Espinoza and Andrew (Kathryn).  Cherished grandfather of Drew, Zachary, Anna, Norah and Greta.  Devoted brother to Susan (Martin) Sandstrom, Wylie (Ardyth), John (Emily), David (Susan) and the … Continue reading "Robert Douglass ’72"
Rosetta Manus ’73
Rosetta Manus, M.Ed., age 68, of Erie, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at LECOM Senior Living. She was born in Erie, on March 21, 1951, a daughter of the late John Reed Manus, Sr. and Mary Lester Manus Sanford. Rosetta received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College in New Holland, Michigan and her Master’s and … Continue reading "Rosetta Manus ’73"
Daniel Case ’74
Daniel Thomas Case passed away peacefully on the evening of Christmas, 2019, at the Stonecroft Health Campus in Bloomington. Born to Raymond and Carolyn Case in Battle Creek, Michigan, Dan grew up all around the lower peninsula as his father relocated often for his career at A&P. He was the eldest of four siblings and … Continue reading "Daniel Case ’74"
Paul Hendricks ’75
Paul Hendricks, 66, passed Thursday, January 23, 2020 in Grand Rapids, MI after a 20+ year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Paul was born June 30, 1953 in Cadillac, MI to Roger & Barbara Hendricks, who preceded him in death. His childhood was spent traveling around Michigan to the communities that Pastor Roger served. Paul graduated … Continue reading "Paul Hendricks ’75"
Nancy Foster ’78
Nancy Foster passed away peacefully at home January 6, 2020, with family members around her. Nancy was born on September 21, 1956, in Dearborn, MI, to Wirt Wallace and Clara (McDowell) Johnson. Nancy graduated from Dearborn High School and attended Hope College, majoring in English and earning a Business/Accounting degree. Nancy sat for the CPA … Continue reading "Nancy Foster ’78"
Thomas Henderson ’70
Tom was born January 5th 1949 in Dayton Ohio at Good Samaritan Hospital. Tom grew up in Dearborn Michigan and attended Hope College in Holland Michigan where he received a Bachelor’s of Science majoring in Chemistry in 1970. Tom then attended the University of Michigan medical school and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1974. It … Continue reading "Thomas Henderson ’70"
Lon Aussicker ’71
Lon Aussicker ’71 of Gulf Breeze, Florida, died on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. He was 72. Survivors include his brother, David Aussicker ’72.
Steven Post ’71
Steven Post ’71 of Adairsville, Georgia,  passed away unexpectedly at his home in Adairsville, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stuart and Helena Post of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is survived by his sister Kathryn Post, of Las Cruces, New Mexico and his brother Jim Post, of Riverview, Florida, nephew Scott Rosenthal … Continue reading "Steven Post ’71"
Louise Boogard ’72 Farrell
Louise “Lou” Kay Farrell, age 69, of Comstock Park, passed away peacefully in her sleep and went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Lou leaves behind and will be deeply missed by her loving and caring husband, David Farrell; daughters and sons-in-law, Stacey and Troy Hill, Carrie and James Hoffman; her … Continue reading "Louise Boogard ’72 Farrell"
Lynda Weener ’73 Wierenga
Lynda Marie Wierenga, 69, of Portland, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Middlesex Health Care Center. Born in Grand Haven, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Marian (Verolme) Wierenga. Lynda lived in Portland for over fifteen years moving from Deep River. She received a BA from Hope College in Michigan and … Continue reading "Lynda Weener ’73 Wierenga"
Gregg A. Mast ’74
The Reverend Gregg Alan Mast, Ph.D., president emeritus of New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS) and General Synod Professor emeritus of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), died on Monday afternoon, April 27, at Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, New York, after being ill with the COVID-19 virus for several weeks. Gregg Mast was born on … Continue reading "Gregg A. Mast ’74"
Jeffrey Waterstone ’77
of Lamoni, Iowa, the son of Alan Richard and Mary Lou (Weber) Waterstone, was born in Detroit, Michigan on June 25, 1955. Jeff entered into eternal rest on April 14, 2020, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Jeff attended Franklin High School and enjoyed playing baseball. Jeff graduated from high school in … Continue reading "Jeffrey Waterstone ’77"
Stephen Van Pelt ’71
On June 11, 2020, Steve passed away at St. Helena Hospital, St. Helena, California. He died of long term complications resulting from prior cancer surgeries. Steve was 71 years old and is survived by his wife, Susan Gearey Van Pelt, his sister, Susan F. Van Pelt of Palm Beach, Florida, his mother in law Jeanne … Continue reading "Stephen Van Pelt ’71"
William Hill-Alto ’72
William L. Hill-Alto of Roswell, Georgia, passed away peacefully at home on June 25, 2020. Bill was born on Jan. 24, 1950, in Putnam, Connecticut, to Viola (Honkanen) and John Alto. Bill graduated in 1968 from Roy C. Ketcham High School in Wappingers Falls, New York, and in 1972 from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. … Continue reading "William Hill-Alto ’72"
Lawrence Smith ’74
Dr. Lawrence R. Smith, 68, of West Olive passed away July 9, 2020 at his home. Larry graduated from Wadsworth High School in Ohio. He served his undergraduate at Hope College in Holland, MI before returning to Ohio to attend The Ohio State University Medical School. Larry completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine … Continue reading "Lawrence Smith ’74"
August “Gus” Lukow Jr ’76
August “Gus” Louis Lukow Jr. died on August 18, 2020, in Frederick, MD, at the age of 66 after an eighteen-month battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Janet Lynne Lukow (nee Lupkes); his daughter and son-in-law, Robyn Anne and Michael John Monaco; and his beloved grandson, Thomas Michael Monaco of Frederick, MD. Gus … Continue reading "August “Gus” Lukow Jr ’76"
Charity Priest ’77 Johnson
Charity Louise Johnson, 65, of Grant, formerly of Elkhart and Goshen, Indiana, passed away suddenly on September 11, 2020 at home. She was born on April 26, 1955 to Peter and Janice (Hamilton) Priest in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from North Vigo High School, Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1973 and attended Hope College, Indiana University … Continue reading "Charity Priest ’77 Johnson"
Robert Alexander ’70
Robert Alexander, 78, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020, at his home. He was born In Dearborn, Michigan, on October 17, 1942. He was a Holland resident since 1958 when his family moved from Detroit and was a graduate of both Holland High School and Hope College. So many people in the area knew him … Continue reading "Robert Alexander ’70"
Jane Kasmersky ’70 Greller
Jane Kasmersky Greller, affectionately known as “Janeo” by many who knew her, died at her home, the aptly named, “Last Resort”, in Newberg, Oregon, on October 17, 2020. Jane was born to Chester and Mary Kasmersky on December 1, 1948, in Columbus, Ohio. Along with her three sisters and one brother, she was raised as a Buckeye in Franklin County, Ohio … Continue reading "Jane Kasmersky ’70 Greller"
David Jipping ’72
David “Doc” Jipping, 71 of Valparaiso, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, after a battle with cancer. He was born April 14, 1949 in Lansing, MI to James and Katherine Jipping. Doc graduated from Hope College and made his career as a Car Salesman at several dealerships in Northwest Indiana, before retiring … Continue reading "David Jipping ’72"
Ellen TenHoor ’72 Fitch
Ellen Sue ( ten Hoor) Fitch, 70, died suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Laketown Township on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Ellen was a mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Ellen was born February 25, 1950, in Holland, Michigan, to Henry and Beatrice ( Visser) ten Hoor. She graduated from … Continue reading "Ellen TenHoor ’72 Fitch"
Randall Zomermaand ’72
Randall “Randy” D. Zomermaand, 70, passed away peacefully at home on December 24, 2020 in Tampa, FL with his family by his side. Randy was preceded in death by his loving and faithful parents John and Gertrude Zomermaand, brother-in-law Mark Briggs, and nephew John Garth Zomermaand. Randy is survived by his wife Debbie Zomermaand and three children; Caroline Zomermaand and Jacques and Adam … Continue reading "Randall Zomermaand ’72"
Larry Levey ’73
Larry W. Levey, age 70, of Holland died Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Holland Hospital. Larry attended Hope College and played on the Hope College basketball team. He was one of the founding agents at Woodland Commercial Real Estate in Holland. In 1991 an opportunity was presented to Larry and he moved to Santa Clarita, … Continue reading "Larry Levey ’73"
Jeanette Gaige ’75 Davidson
Jeanette M. Davidson, 68, of Hooksett, died on January 10, 2021, at Elliot Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY, on July 29, 1953, she was the daughter of the late George E. and Pauline B. (Stevens) Gaige. Jeanette was a graduate of Berne Knox-Westerlo School, earned her BA Hope College in Michigan, and MA … Continue reading "Jeanette Gaige ’75 Davidson"
Barbara Herbek ’76 Bruggers
Barbara Herbek ’76 Bruggers of Davidson, North Carolina, died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. She was 66. Survivors include her husband, Stephen Bruggers ’76.
Russell Kupfrian ’77
Born in Waldwick NJ, I’m the son of a man of German descent, Laurance Backer Kupfrian, and a first generation Italian woman whose maiden name is Isabella Coletti. I graduated from Waldwick High School in 1971. I decided to follow in my eldest sibling’ footsteps, my sister Laura Constance, and next eldest, Laurance Baker II, and … Continue reading "Russell Kupfrian ’77"
Karen Chase ’70 Edyvean
Karen Chase Edyvean of Schenectady passed away peacefully on Monday April 6, 2021. She was the daughter of the late Dorothea and Arthur Chase. She was the beloved wife of David Edyvean. She was a graduate of Draper High School and attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan and Russell Sage College. Karen was a teacher … Continue reading "Karen Chase ’70 Edyvean"
Bonita “Bonnie” Everts ’70
Bonita “Bonnie” Everts, 73, formerly of Westfield, N.Y., passed away peacefully Thursday, May 6, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minn., with her loving family and friends at her side. Bonnie was born March 19, 1948 in Westfield, N.Y ., the first of four children, born to the late Marshall Everts and Patricia “Pat” Halstead Everts. From early on Bonnie had a … Continue reading "Bonita “Bonnie” Everts ’70"
Robert De Vries ’72
DeVries, Robert Peter 2/10/1947 – 7/28/2020 Traverse City Robert DeVries passed away very suddenly from a pulmonary embolism on July 28th. Bob was a loyal husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. Per his wishes, cremation has taken place.
Karl Esmark ’72
Rev. Dr. Karl Reed Esmark, died on Friday, December 18, 2021 from Covid-19 in Syracuse, NY.  My husband received his Master of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Education from Rutgers.  He served in several churches throughout his life, and retired from ministry due to ill health in 2017.  He also … Continue reading "Karl Esmark ’72"
Ellen ten Hoor ’72 Fitch
Ellen Sue (ten Hoor) Fitch, 70, died suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Laketown Township on Tuesday, December 22, 2020. Ellen was a mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Ellen was born February 25, 1950 in Holland, Michigan to Henry and Beatrice (Visser) … Continue reading "Ellen ten Hoor ’72 Fitch"
Carl Gomes II ’72
Carl II was born Dec. 29, 1950 in Springfield, Illinois, to Lois Ruth and Carl Wilbert Gomes. Carl, an Eagle Boy Scout and former enlistee of the Air National Guard during the Vietnam era, was a graduate of Oakmont High School, Oakmont, PA and earned a BS in Biology from Hope College, a BS and a … Continue reading "Carl Gomes II ’72"
Thomas Kapral ’74
Thomas Andrew Kapral, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the age of 68. He passed at his home in Pearland, Texas, in the care of his wife and family. Thomas  was born on January 13, 1953 in Abington, Pennsylvania to Sonia (Vaught) Kapral  and Joseph Kapral. He grew … Continue reading "Thomas Kapral ’74"
Frederick “Rick” Stevens ’74
Frederick “Rick” Stevens ’74 of Tucson, Arizona, died on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021. He was 69. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Stevens.
Rudell “Rudy” Broekhuis ’75
Rudy Broekhuis, age 67, of Fennville, unexpectedly passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at Holland Hospital. Rudy was a member of Christ Memorial Church and former member of Park Christian Reformed Church. He worked at Herman-Miller for 19 years in various capacities and was an international traveler and businessman as well as co-founder and Vice … Continue reading "Rudell “Rudy” Broekhuis ’75"
Jodi Japinga ’75 Syens
Jodi Sue Syens, 67, passed away peacefully in her home on February 5, 2021 after a valiant battle with cancer. Jodi was born on July 20, 1953 in Holland, Michigan to Norman “ Bunko” and Shirley Japinga. Keeping in line with the family passion for Hope College, Jodi earned her B.A. in Political Science from … Continue reading "Jodi Japinga ’75 Syens"
Janette Vandenberg ’79 Aardema
Janette Vandenberg Aardema (Jan), age 63, of East Grand Rapids passed away on Monday, May 17 after a fearless battle with cancer. Jan was born and raised in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from East Grand Rapids High School and Hope College in Holland, Michigan with a Business Degree. She spent 10 years as … Continue reading "Janette Vandenberg ’79 Aardema"
James DeHorn ’70
James L. DeHorn, age 73, of Hudsonville, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. James proudly served our country as a member of the United States Marine Corp as a Staff Sergeant. James taught at Allendale High School for 40 years as an English teacher, coached football for 25 … Continue reading "James DeHorn ’70"
Susan Steiner ’71 Bolhouse
Susan Steiner Bolhouse passed away suddenly, at home in Flint, on Friday, August 6. Susan was born in Bad Nauheim, Germany on July 30, 1949, the daughter of B. Franklin Steiner, a U.S. diplomat, and Dr. Hedda Janata Steiner. She had one older brother who predeceased her. The family was of Czech extraction. She attended … Continue reading "Susan Steiner ’71 Bolhouse"
Robert Garmirian ’71
Robert (Bob) Edwin Garmirian of Amherst, MA died at his home on August 25, 2021 after a 2 -year battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. The son of Rachel and Edwin Garmirian, Bob was born in New York City on March 27, 1949. He lived in Bayside and Douglaston, Queens until 1972 … Continue reading "Robert Garmirian ’71"
Craig Neckers ’71
Craig Steven Neckers, age 71, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, October 7, 2021 after a valiant battle against ALS. Craig was born on October 27, 1949 in Erie, Pennsylvania to Doris and Carlyle Neckers.  He was raised in New York, spending his childhood in the Town of Clymer … Continue reading "Craig Neckers ’71"
Dolores Schaefer ’71 Smith
Dolores ( Dee) Smith left time spent on earth with family and friends on July 22, 2021, for eternity with her Savior Jesus Christ. Dee was born on April 25th, 1930, in Columbus Ohio to Charles G. and Dorothy W Schaefer. After graduation from the Columbus School for girls, Dee attended Bryn Mawr College, but … Continue reading "Dolores Schaefer ’71 Smith"
Phyllis DeVries ’72 Everett
Phyllis Kay (DeVries) Everett of DeMotte, age 70, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on June 29, 2021. Phyllis was born to Kenneth and Lois (Hoffman) DeVries on July 17, 1950 in Rensselaer, Indiana. Phyllis graduated from DeMotte High School, class of 1968. She then went on to graduate from Hope College in … Continue reading "Phyllis DeVries ’72 Everett"
Maryl Hage ’72 Ritsema
Maryl Jean Ritsema, age 71, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2021. She was born May 4, 1950 in Muskegon to Russ and Ruth (Dame) Hage. On May 27, 1972, she married David Ritsema at Lake Harbor Baptist Church in Muskegon. Maryl was an adored preschool teacher who taught for Muskegon Christian School for 44 years … Continue reading "Maryl Hage ’72 Ritsema"
Philip Slagboom ’72
Philip Slagboom ’72 passed away peacefully at his home on August 5, 2021. Phil was born April 11, 1945 to the late Gerard and Dora (Van Beers) Slagboom, Sr. in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Phil was a fun-loving and devoted husband, brother and uncle who made friends easily with his beautiful smile and a twinkle in his … Continue reading "Philip Slagboom ’72"
Jon Burg ’73
Jon Lewis Burg, 70, of Benton Harbor passed away Aug. 19, 2021, at Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph. Jon was born July 13, 1951 in Detroit, to Gerald and Mildred (Beaudette) Burg. He lived most of his life in Benton Harbor graduating from Benton Harbor High School in 1969. He continued his … Continue reading "Jon Burg ’73"
Robin Pearce ’73 Ramey
Robin P. Ramey of East Brunswick, NJ passed away on June 14, 2021, peacefully at her home. She was 69 years old. Born in New Brunswick, she grew up in East Brunswick and from an early age her knew she wanted to be a teacher. After graduation from East Brunswick High School, she attended Hope … Continue reading "Robin Pearce ’73 Ramey"
Sheila Cerny ’73 Sila
Sheila Anne (Cerny) Sila, 70, of South Haven passed away Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at her home following a courageous battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. She was born Feb. 5, 1951, to Frank and Doris (Albers) Cerny in South Haven. Sheila graduated from L.C. Mohr High School with the Class of 1969. She later attended … Continue reading "Sheila Cerny ’73 Sila"
Janet Boger ’74 Mignano
Janet Louise Boger Mignano was born May 1, 1952. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 27, 2021. Following a childhood in New Jersey and Michigan, she graduated from Seaholm High School, before attending Hope College, where she majored in business administration. After college, she became a manager at a Kmart store … Continue reading "Janet Boger ’74 Mignano"
Barbara Basnett ’74 Inman
Barbara Inman, age 68, of Holland, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. Ms. Inman was born to John and Elinore Basnett in Rochester, New York on September 19, 1952. Barb graduated from Hope College in 1974. She was a lifelong physical education teacher having taught for Zeeland Public Schools for 31 … Continue reading "Barbara Basnett ’74 Inman"
Willa Lemken ’74
Willa Lemken passed away Thursday, July 22, 2021. Willa was born to Evelyn M. Lemken (nee Timmerman) and Russell K. Lemken, Sr. in Queens, NY on April 16, 1951. Willa spent her girlhood in New York enjoying her dad’s wry wit, her mom’s home cooking, outings with her sisters Alison and Hilary for a beverage … Continue reading "Willa Lemken ’74"
L. James Lemmen Jr. ’76
Lloyd James Lemmen, “Jim,” age 66, went home to be with his Lord August 16, 2021, holding his beloved wife, Darlene’s hand. Together, they fought a courageous battle with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma for nearly five years. Born in Ann Arbor, MI to Dr. Lloyd and Ione Lemmen, who preceded him in death, it became obvious Jim … Continue reading "L. James Lemmen Jr. ’76"
John Stoppels ’77
John Webb Stoppels June 8, 1954 July 10, 2021 John Stoppels John Webb Stoppels was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 8th, 1954, and died in Seattle, Washington, on July 10th, 2021, after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer. John attended Hope College and graduated with a B.A. degree in philosophy from Northeastern University. … Continue reading "John Stoppels ’77"
Gary Oster ’78
GARY OSTER was born in 1956 into a U.S. Navy family in Newport, Rhode Island. His brother Dan was born a year later. Soon, his father became a naval reservist and the Osters returned to their native Michigan. Gary grew up in Kentwood, near Grand Rapids. Gary and his brother Dan were raised in the … Continue reading "Gary Oster ’78"
Andrew Begley ’78
Andrew “Andy” John Begley, 66, of Traverse City, passed away Aug. 21, 2021. He was born in Holland, June 28, 1955 to parents Phillip and Anne (Gary) Begley. Andy graduated from Traverse City Central High School, class of 1973. Andy was extremely athletic, being a member of TC Central’s first wrestling team. He was driven … Continue reading "Andrew Begley ’78"
Jill Clegg ’79
ill Lee Clegg, age 64, passed away September 6, 2021. She passed suddenly, but peacefully, at home. She is survived by her Father and Mother, Duane and Donna Clegg; her brothers, Chris (Catherine) Clegg; Scott (Kotomi) Clegg; Todd (Andrea) Clegg; nieces and nephews, Lane (Jacob) Current and Paige (Andrew) Klooster; Alex and Lauren Clegg; Kyle … Continue reading "Jill Clegg ’79"
George Baxter ’70
George William Baxter, IV George (Bud) was born on June 6, 1948, and passed away peacefully on October 16, 2021 at his home in Saginaw, Michigan of kidney failure, at the age of 73. Bud’s interest in science led him to study Chemistry at Hope College, where he achieved his bachelor’s degree in 1970. Following college, he … Continue reading "George Baxter ’70"
Matthew Mescher ’70
Matthew F. Mescher, an icon of Immunology at the University of Minnesota, died on December 21, 2021, of cancer. Matt was born on March 22, 1948, in South Haven, MI to George and Dixie Mescher. He earned a B.A. in chemistry from Hope College in Holland, MI and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard … Continue reading "Matthew Mescher ’70"
Joyce Medema ’70 Stancill
Joyce Ann Stancill passed away on Dec. 3, 2021. She was 74. She will be missed by her three sons Stephen (Denise) Stancill of Holland, Jeremy Stancill of North Las Vegas, Nevada, and Matthew (Lori) Stancill of North Las Vegas; and brother Herm (Shirley) Medema of Grandville. Joyce also has two grandchildren Hayden and Olivia Stancill. Joyce was born and raised in Holland. She … Continue reading "Joyce Medema ’70 Stancill"
Daniel Bird ’72
Dr. Daniel F. Bird, 77, of Vero Beach, Florida, passed away February 19, 2021.  Although born in Alameda, California, he and his late parents, George and Frances Bird, made Greenville, Michigan, their home. Daniel graduated from Belding High School and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College, a Master’s degree in education and a … Continue reading "Daniel Bird ’72"
Lorraine Price ’72
https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/santa-fe-school-board-member-price–dies-at-72/article_985deba6-02af-11ec-ad22-23e30cffcf9d.html When Lorraine Price hammered down the gavel as president of the Santa Fe school board, you knew it was time to end the discussion. Whether she was serving as president or in some other capacity on the board, Price adopted a no-nonsense, let’s-get-to-the-point attitude that stressed efficiency in getting the job done. “She didn’t suffer bull crap – … Continue reading "Lorraine Price ’72"
Noranne Yeager ’72
Hope College received written notification of Noranne’s passing on October 10, 2021, in Kalispell, Montana. Survivors include Phyllis Yeager ’63 Hoekman 9031 95 Street NW In-Law Basement Apartment Suite Edmonton, AB  T6C 3W7 Charyle Yeager ’66 Chiles (and Charles Chiles) 1297 Horizon Ridge El Cajon, CA  92020-7786
George Johnson ’73
Dr. George Metcalfe Johnson, 70, passed away peacefully Jan. 6, 2022, at his home in Peoria, Illinois, with his loving wife, Colleen Otto Johnson, at his side. George was a pediatric infectious disease specialist who cared deeply for his patients. He was shown that same love and care by his wife Colleen, her son David, and David’s … Continue reading "George Johnson ’73"
Martha Farley ’77
Martha Farley of Huntington Beach, California died in November 2021.  Survivors include her siblings, Richard Farley ’83 (Christine) and Ann Farley ’85.
Gaye Rudis ’78 Rollins
Rollins, Gaye age 65, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2021 with family at her side. She was born in Muskegon on July 20, 1956 to Richard (Dick) and Joanne Rudis. She graduated from Muskegon High School, and Hope College with a Bachelor in Music Education. She taught at White Lake Christian School for 7 … Continue reading "Gaye Rudis ’78 Rollins"
Laura Boyd ’70
Laura Jean (Peters) Boyd passed away on July 8, 2022. Laura was born on September 5, 1948 in Chicago, IL to James and Mona (Stresenreuter) Peters. The family later moved from Chicago’s South Side to Homewood, IL where she grew up. Her life was forever changed when her father, a WW2 Purple Heart recipient, passed away when … Continue reading "Laura Boyd ’70"
Brian Gibson ’71
Brian Curtis Gibson, 74, of Holland Michigan passed away on June 14. Born in LaGrange, Illinois, near Chicago, he was the youngest of four brothers. Brian is remembered tenderly as a warmhearted, loving man. He worked for many years inHolland and Grand Rapids in social service, helping the poor and underserved. Brian served faithfully for years … Continue reading "Brian Gibson ’71"
Dale Muyskens ’71
Dale Edward Muyskens, 72, of Athens passed away, after a brief illness, on Tuesday March 1, 2022 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 11:00am to 1:00pm with a Memorial Service immediately following at the First Congregational UCC, 410 N. Broadway St., Union City, with Pastor Don … Continue reading "Dale Muyskens ’71"
Thomas De Cair ’72
Tom DeCair, 77, of St. Pete Beach, Florida, died June 12, 2022 following a brief illness. DeCair came to the Holland Sentinel in 1965 as an intern from Kalamazoo College and later served as the Sentinel’s sports editor. After service in the U.S. Army he returned to Holland to attend Hope College where he received his B.A. in … Continue reading "Thomas De Cair ’72"
Robert Hoffman ’72
Mr. Robert Lee Hoffman, age 71, passed away with his family by his side on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. He was born in Muskegon on June 5, 1950, to Herman and Edna (Medema) Hoffman. He attended Muskegon Public Schools and then Hope College where he received a bachelor’s degree. On June 10, 1972, Bob married the former … Continue reading "Robert Hoffman ’72"
Laurel Dekker ’72 Kempkers
After a four year battle with ALS, Laurel Beth VanHaitsma Kempkers, aged 71, of Hamilton, formerly of Scottville, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior on Friday, April 1, 2022. Laurel was born on Aug. 28, 1950 in Chicago, the daughter of Eugene and Adriana (Cook) Dekker and graduated from Homewood-Flossmoor High School with … Continue reading "Laurel Dekker ’72 Kempkers"
Ronald Deenik ’73
Dr. Ronald Wayne Deenik, age 70, passed away at home on July 15 following an unexpected and quick bout with cancer. Dr. Deenik was a lifelong learner, teacher and mentor. Raised in South Holland, Illinois, Dr. Deenik graduated from Thornridge High School. He continued his education earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Hope College and a Doctor of Dental … Continue reading "Ronald Deenik ’73"
Justine Emerson ’74
Justine Beth Emerson was born January 18, 1953 in Newark, New Jersey to Harold and Norma (Crawford) Emerson. Her family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania when she was 3 years old. She graduated from McDowell High School in 1970 and was renowned in high school as an athlete and a scholar. She played tennis, was on the gymnastics team, … Continue reading "Justine Emerson ’74"
Greg Gronwall ’74
Age 70, of Lawrenceburg, IN, passed away unexpectedly Sunday May 1, 2022. Greg was born in Tonawanda, NY on April 4, 1952, to John C. and Twila M. (Berger) Gronwall. He went to schools in Tonawanda and graduated class of 1970, and in 1974 graduated from Hope College, Holland, MI. After college, Greg became a Regional … Continue reading "Greg Gronwall ’74"
Wes Wilhelmsen ’74
Wesley Carl Wilhelmsen, 68, an area resident since 1999 and formerly of Lake Dutchess in Holmes, died peacefully at his home on December 14, 2020. Born in Brooklyn on March 1, 1952, he was the son of Willy and Liv (Sunde) Wilhelmsen. Wesley received his Masters’ Degrees from Western Connecticut State University and Lehman College. He was employed as a … Continue reading "Wes Wilhelmsen ’74"
Mary Vande Bunte ’76 Ross
Mary Elizabeth (VandeBunte) Ross, of Bath, MI passed away surrounded by family on March 26, 2022, after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Mary’s childhood was shaped by the small neighborhood she grew up in, in Holland MI where she helped care for the children close by. She grew up surrounded by music and played Viola and … Continue reading "Mary Vande Bunte ’76 Ross"
Robert Baker II ’79
Robert J. Baker, II Obituary Robert J. Baker, II 1/23/1957 ~ 4/21/2022 Born in Lansing, Michigan to Robert J. Baker and Donna E. High Baker. Bob is survived by sisters, Deborah (Mark) VanDeventer and Marian Baker and brother Michael (Elaine) Baker along with several nieces and nephews. Bob graduated from Harry Hill High School in Lansing, Michigan and graduated from Hope College in Holland Michigan. His … Continue reading "Robert Baker II ’79"
Harold Delhagen ’79
Rev. Dr. Harold M. Delhagen passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the age of 64, after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. Born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Harold was a graduate of Hope College (1979), New Brunswick Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Divinity (1982), and McCormick Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry … Continue reading "Harold Delhagen ’79"

1980s

Robin Joy Berens ’82
Robin Joy Berens, 56, passed away unexpectedly Oct. 7, 2016. Robin was the daughter of Hessel and Lucille Berens. She graduated from Holland High School and Hope College, and she worked for USF Holland. Robin is survived by her sisters, Sandy (Jason) Wolters, Soni VanDam, Kerri (Tom) Gebben; nieces and nephews, Alex Gebben, Madison Gebben, Ryan … Continue reading "Robin Joy Berens ’82"
Noreen Decker ’82 Goodbody
Noreen Decker ’82 Goodbody of Hermosa Beach, California, on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Survivors include her mother, Anite Mann ’54 Decker-Steenbergen; and sister, Ramelle Decker ’77 DeVries.
Kent Alexander Smith ’84
Kent Alexander Smith, age 55, and a graduate of Albion High School Class of 1979, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at his home in Newbury Township. Kent was born January 14, 1961, to Ken and Susan (McPherson) Smith. He was very active in United Methodist Church youth programs, Boy Scouts, and the Albion school … Continue reading "Kent Alexander Smith ’84"
Barry Weller ’88
From the cynical Jaques in “As You Like It” to the romantic Mr. Darcy in “Pride and Prejudice,” from a flamboyant drag queen in “Dirty Blonde” to a sober British scholar in “Shadowlands,” from a genial child molester in “Lonesome Hollow” to a suave drama critic in “The Nerd” — was there any role beyond … Continue reading "Barry Weller ’88"
Robin Berens ’82
Robin Berens ’82, 56, passed away unexpectedly on October 7, 2016. Robin was the daughter of Hessel and Lucille Berens. She graduated from Holland High School and Hope College, and she worked for USF Holland. Robin is survived by her sisters, Sandy (Jason) Wolters, Soni VanDam, Kerri (Tom) Gebben; nieces and nephews, Alex Gebben, Madison … Continue reading "Robin Berens ’82"
Kristine Berndt ’83 Heeren
Kristine Berndt ’83 Heeren went to her heavenly home on January 13, 2017 at the age of 54. In November of 2013, Kris was diagnosed with colon cancer. She valiantly lived the following three years through multiple treatment and surgeries. In December 2016 she moved into the Avera Dougherty Hospice House. Kris was born May … Continue reading "Kristine Berndt ’83 Heeren"
Nancy Sward ’89 D’Angelo
Nancy Sward ’89 D’Angelo, age 48, a  resident of Naperville, IL since 1999, formerly of Skokie, IL, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, October 24, 2016. She was born October 26, 1967 in Chicago, IL. Beloved mother of John F. and Isabel S. D’Angelo, loving daughter of John and Mary Sward, adored sister of Karen (Kenneth) … Continue reading "Nancy Sward ’89 D’Angelo"
Jeffrey Krehbiel ’82
Jeffrey Krehbiel ’82 died at home on Thursday, April 27, 2017 with family by his side. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he studied political science at Hope College where he met his wife of 35 years, Cheryl. Together they moved to Chicago where Jeff earned his Master of Divinity from McCormick Seminary in 1986. A … Continue reading "Jeffrey Krehbiel ’82"
Lafon Joy Kortman ’83
Lafon Joy Kortman ’83, 56, of Yale, past away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 while in hospice care. She was born and raised in Holland, Michigan to Harris and Joyce Kortman. She was a longtime resident of Toledo, OH and of Yale, MI. She is survived by two adored children, Joshua J. Rutt and Kathryn J. … Continue reading "Lafon Joy Kortman ’83"
Dale Beukema ’84
Dale Beukema ’84, 54, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2017 in his home in San Mateo, California while surrounded by family. Dale earned his bachelor’s degree at Hope College. He worked for the State of Michigan as a Disability Examiner for 20 years before moving to California to be with family members. Dale loved … Continue reading "Dale Beukema ’84"
Paul Hospers ’80
Paul Hospers ’80 of Rochester, Minnesota, died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was 59. Paul was born in Sodus, NY, on December 8, 1957.  He graduated from Grand Haven High School, in Grand Haven, MI, and received a Bachelors of Business Administration degree, specializing in computer science, from Hope College in Holland, MI. Paul worked for IBM … Continue reading "Paul Hospers ’80"
Leslie Piaget ’89
Leslie Piaget ’89 of Holland, Michigan, died on Sunday, July 9, 2017. She was 50. She is preceded in death by her father, Thomas Piaget. She is survived by her mother, Barb; siblings, Tom Piaget, Susan and Mark Faga, Chris and Jim Trujillo and 12 beloved nieces and nephews. A memorial service is planned for 2 p. m. … Continue reading "Leslie Piaget ’89"
Sara Renkes ’84 Neevel
Sara Neevel, 55, of Zeeland, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, after a six-month battle with cancer. Born in Morrison, Ill., to Phil and Alice (Maisie) Renkes, Sara graduated from Hope College, where she met her husband, Ken. She worked at Haworth for 20 years, and later for MacMillan Publishing, primarily on psychology textbooks with … Continue reading "Sara Renkes ’84 Neevel"
Sharon Walburg ’87 Fales
Sharon D Fales, age 52, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Sharon was born in Grand Rapids to Jack and Mary (Burmania) Walburg and was the oldest of three children. She had a fond love for gardening and going on motorcycle rides with her husband. After graduating high … Continue reading "Sharon Walburg ’87 Fales"
Kristine Barnes ’85 Bradfield
Kristine Ann Bradfield, age 55 of Holland, died at her home Tuesday June 26, 2018 following a short illness. Kristine was born in Lansing, Mi., and graduated from Hope College in 1985. She was formerly employed by Jo Ann Fabrics, a teacher’s aid at Holland Public Schools, Sheldon Cleaners and Macatawa Bank on Lakewood Blvd. … Continue reading "Kristine Barnes ’85 Bradfield"
John Tousley ’81
John Tousley ’81, age 59, of Waupun, WI, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at his home. John was born on December 19, 1958, in Royal Oak, MI, the son of John Clifford and Barbara Joan (Ridall) Tousley. John graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hope College in MI in 1981 with a BA in Religion. … Continue reading "John Tousley ’81"
Jeffrey Muiderman ’83
Jeffrey Muiderman ’83 Our beautiful husband, brother, son, uncle and friend Jeff Muiderman died in a vehicle accident, due to a medically related event, on October 1, 2018. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 23, 1961, Jeff moved to Oregon in 1984, planning to attend law school and become an environmental lawyer. He loved … Continue reading "Jeffrey Muiderman ’83"
Marsha Usiak ’86 Lillich
Marsha Usiak ’86 Lillich went to her heavenly home on September 18, 2018. She was born in Hart, MI on April 5, 1964 to Paul and Barbara Usiak. She graduated from Shelby High School and later Hope College. Marsha married Rick Lillich in 1993 and they shared 25 years of marriage, having two children; Lauren and … Continue reading "Marsha Usiak ’86 Lillich"
Lisanne Leech ’84
Lisanne Ellen Leech, 56, of Northbrook, passed away October 24, 2018. She was the beloved daughter of Marilyn and the late Paul Leech; cherished sister of Lynda (Garry) Baker; and loving aunt of Ryan and the late Joshua. Lisanne was a graduate of Hope College where she received her degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of Grace … Continue reading "Lisanne Leech ’84"
Mary Jan Weber ’89
Mary Jane Weber, Age 84, of Nashville, TN, passed away on November 7, 2018. Born in 1934 in Pittsfield, MA, Mary Jane graduated from Portsmouth (OH) High School in 1952 and received a B.S. in Education from Hope College in Holland, MI in 1989. She met John A. Weber while attending Miami University in Oxford, … Continue reading "Mary Jan Weber ’89"
Paul Paarlberg ’83
Paul Ronald Paarlberg , age 58, passed away Monday, February 18, 2019. Paul is survived by his wife Cynthia Sue Paarlberg, nee Boomsma, his son Nicholas Paul Paarlberg, and his mother Diane Paarlberg, nee Vos. Preceded in death by his father I. Ronald Paarlberg and his birth mother Rose Paarlberg, nee Kamstra. Paul was a … Continue reading "Paul Paarlberg ’83"
Steven Zeldenrust ’85
Steven R. Zeldenrust, age 56, of Rochester, MN passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. He found great comfort and encouragement throughout his life from his faith in Christ. Family brought him his greatest enjoyment and fulfillment. Steve was a respected colleague, teacher and lifelong learner. Steve is survived … Continue reading "Steven Zeldenrust ’85"
Anne Lindeman ’87 Heaphy
Anne Elisabet (Lindeman) Heaphy, a resident of Holland since 1977, passed away in Holland on April 7, 2019. Anne was born in Detroit, Michigan, on September 16, 1942. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Marie Lindeman, and sister, Mary Haab. Anne attended Detroit Public Schools, graduating from Redford High School in … Continue reading "Anne Lindeman ’87 Heaphy"
Susan Kempker ’87 Westrate
After a brief, unexpected illness, Susan Lynn Westrate passed away surrounded by her loving family in the early hours of March 19, 2019. Sue grew up in Holland, attending Holland Public Schools, where she was captain of the state championship gymnastics team. She received her bachelor’s degree in Dance and Business from Hope College. She spent most of her … Continue reading "Susan Kempker ’87 Westrate"
Douglas Morton ’80
Douglas Charles Morton was born June 12, 1958, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Charles Frederick Morton and Susan Jane Fricker Morton.  He was the second of five children.  He died unexpectedly on August 20, 2019, at home in Denver, Colorado. He grew up in Ann Arbor through 8th grade.  He was active in Cub Scouts … Continue reading "Douglas Morton ’80"
Tony Peterson ’81
Anthony Carl Peterson finished his fight with cancer and passed away peacefully Sunday evening, June 30, 2019, with family members at his side.  He was born on May 27, 1959, in Kirksville, MO, the second child of Richard and Suzanne Peterson.  He graduated from New Trier East in 1977 where he was the captain of … Continue reading "Tony Peterson ’81"
Wendy Mari Hanson ’83
Wendy Mari Hanson passed from this life on July 27, 2019. She was born November 28, 1961, in the Summit, NJ, hospital. She was the beloved wife of Randy Doughty who survives in State College. She is also survived by her parents, Helen H. and David P. Hanson of Boalsburg, and by her sister, Lora … Continue reading "Wendy Mari Hanson ’83"
Robert Snyder ’86
Robert W. Snyder Jr., age 65, of Holland passed away September 11, 2019, at his home.  Bob was a Holland High School graduate class of 1971 and went on to attend Northwood Institute where he spent some of his time as a disc jockey under the name of Von Ryan. He worked for R. E. … Continue reading "Robert Snyder ’86"
Thurland Cole Jr. ’85
Thurland F. Cole  Jr., 56 of Belding passed away Friday November 29, 2019 at Spectrum health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids. Thurland was born on December 28, 1962 in Belding the son of Thurland F. and Carol (Peterman) Cole Sr. He graduated from Belding High School with the Class of 1981 and later graduated from Hope College with a BA Degree. He had worked … Continue reading "Thurland Cole Jr. ’85"
Lon McCollum ’88
Lon Eric McCollum, 54, passed away on November 22, 2019 after a short fight against melanoma. He was born on March 11, 1965, in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Lonny Stuart and Marian Alice (Nelson) McCollum. Lon was a man of the world; he spent his life exploring the planet and bringing people light along his … Continue reading "Lon McCollum ’88"
Faith VerLee ’81 Shives
Faith Joanne VerLee Shives passed from this life to her heavenly home on May 30, 2020 at home. She was born to Dr. James and Mary VerLee on January 8th, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She grew up in Niger Republic, West Africa where her parents were missionaries with SIM (then Sudan Interior Mission) and … Continue reading "Faith VerLee ’81 Shives"
James Vande Guchte ’83
James Vande Guchte, 59, of Hamilton, died Sunday, February 16, 2020. Jim was a loving father and grandfather, and an avid sports fan. He was born October 4, 1960, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Rev. Howard and Virginia Vande Guchte. Jim grew up in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and graduated from Hope College. He … Continue reading "James Vande Guchte ’83"
Scott Amrhein ’84
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Scott Amrhein on March 30, 2020.Scott was the most doting and adored husband for 35 years to Karen Amrhein, a loving father to Lauren and Justin Amrhein and four-legged Pinky, beloved brother to Sheryl Kiscadden and cherished son of Carolyn Smith and the late … Continue reading "Scott Amrhein ’84"
Lois Van Harn ’87 Groteler
Lois Jean Groteler, 74, passed away Friday, April 17, 2020, following a long and courageous battle with Breast Cancer. She was born on April 15, 1946, to The Rev. John and Jeanette VanHarn. She was a graduate of Holland Christian High School and Hope College. She attended Fellowship Reformed Church and was a member of … Continue reading "Lois Van Harn ’87 Groteler"
Joseph Welch ’80
Joseph Francis Welch September 13, 1957 September 18, 2020 Traverse City, Michigan.  Joseph Francis Welch passed away peacefully on September 18, 2020 in Traverse City, Michigan, surrounded by his loving family. “Today is full of memories of a brother laid to rest. And every single one of them is filled with happiness.” Joe Welch was … Continue reading "Joseph Welch ’80"
Jay Lindell ’81
Jay Roger Lindell graduated into glory on July 8, 2020, following a 19- month journey with brain cancer. Jay was born in Naperville, IL to Donna and Gerald Lindell. Jay graduated from Naperville Central in 1977, and went on to attend Hope College, graduating in 1981. He later went to Western Theological Seminary, graduating with … Continue reading "Jay Lindell ’81"
Connie Isley ’80
Connie Jo Isley, age 63, of Comstock Park and formerly of Shelby, passed away Friday, November 20, 2020 in Shelby following a very brief illness. Connie was born July 3, 1957 in Shelby, the daughter of Robert L. Isley and Betty L. (Leutzinger) Isley. She graduated from Shelby High School in 1975. Connie received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College. She was employed at Shaw-Walker … Continue reading "Connie Isley ’80"
Donald “Clark” Kuipers ’80
Donald Clark Kuipers was born June 25, 1955 to Judith Rae Kuipers and Donald Ernest Kuipers. He courageously fought against his ALS diagnosis for the past 3 years and passed away at home on October 9, 2020 surrounded by his family. He married his true love Barbara Ingham on June 13, 1981 in Holland, Michigan … Continue reading "Donald “Clark” Kuipers ’80"
Jordon Loch ’80
Obituary for Jordon James Loch Jordon James Loch, a resident of Highland, MI, died on December 31, 2020. He was 63 years old. Jordon was an Kitchen Designer for Home Depot and always had a home improvement project going. He loved playing basketball with all of his friends and Gus Macker tournaments were definitely a … Continue reading "Jordon Loch ’80"
Susan Markusse ’81 Peterson
Sue Peterson, 61, was reunited with her soulmate, Rob, on Monday, December 14, 2020, at her home in Weslaco, surrounded by family. On September 2, 1959, Sue was born to David Markusse and Dorothy Hiscock Markusse in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sue married Rob Peterson in 1982, and they relocated to Weslaco, where they raised their two … Continue reading "Susan Markusse ’81 Peterson"
Brian Baker ’84
Brian “BB” Baker, 58, of Wyckoff, went to eternal rest on Saturday, October 10, 2020. He was a devoted loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and loyal friend. Brian is survived by his wife Patricia, his children, Kimberley Grace and Zachary Gibson, and his sister, Nancy, and her husband, Robert Milnamow, and his nieces and nephews, … Continue reading "Brian Baker ’84"
Daniel Fead ’86
Daniel Bingham Fead passed away on September 11th due to complications from a heart attack. A Colorado native, Dan was loved by many in the community. An accomplished real estate broker, avid car collector, entertainer, and animal lover, Dan will be remembered as kind, generous, fun-loving and impeccably stylish. He is survived by his mother … Continue reading "Daniel Fead ’86"
Mark Van Dahm ’86
Mark Van Dahm, age 56, passed suddenly. Beloved husband of Laurie, nee Garelli; loving father of Jodi, Kelli, Jacki; Dear son of the late Fred (the late Lena) Van Dahm; Fond brother of Cindy (Herman) VanderNaald, Lori (Gerrit) Wieringa, the late Fred (Kim) Van Dahm, and the late Dale (Paula) Van Dahm; uncle to many … Continue reading "Mark Van Dahm ’86"
Michael Geib ’83
Michael L. Geib, age 59, of Holland died Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Resthaven Care Center. Michael was a former member of Beechwood Church and Community Church of Douglas. He was employed at Haworth and Industrial Wood working. Michael loved to golf and enjoyed reading. He is survived by his parents Jim and Dorri Geib; … Continue reading "Michael Geib ’83"
Scott Baar ’84
Our hearts are heavy having said goodbye to an incredible man on Saturday, May 8, 2021. Scott Randall Baar, steadfast in his love for his family and friends, led a quiet life grounded in honesty and integrity. His passion for sailing, creating a successful business partnership with Ron, always putting others first, and stepping back … Continue reading "Scott Baar ’84"
Brent Deters ’86
Brent J. Deters, age 57, of Zeeland, unexpectedly passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Brent was a 1986 Hope College graduate and a 34 year employee of Applied Industrial Technologies. He was also a ZHSMB volunteer and supporter, and a CMU dad. In addition to being a “Joyful Dancer,” Brent was … Continue reading "Brent Deters ’86"
Bret Sunnerville ’89
Bret passed away Monday, May 10, 2021 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. He was born June 1, 1964 in Plainwell, the son of Ernest and Jerrilyn (Pell) Sunnerville. Bret was raised on the family dairy farm where he loved to ride horses and had a special bond with every dog he ever owned. He … Continue reading "Bret Sunnerville ’89"
Imelda Martinez ’80 Ramirez
It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Imelda (Martinez) Ramirez, beloved wife, step-mother, sister and aunt. Imelda died peacefully on July 9, 2021 with her husband, Nick Ramirez, and family by her side. On Nov 18, 2017 she was united in marriage to her loving husband, Ignatius (Nick) Ramirez, who survives, … Continue reading "Imelda Martinez ’80 Ramirez"
Stephen Attanasio ’81
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Stephen Anthony Attanasio of West Islip, New York, who passed away on April 22, 2021, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family.
James Pratt ’81
James Michael Pratt Jr.”Jamie,” 61 of Zeeland, passed away on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at his home. Jamie was born October 4, 1959, in St. Louis, Missouri, to James Sr. and Helen ” Betty” ( Cook) Pratt. Jamie grew up in Lansing, Michigan and went to Hope College. He majored in Biology and met Paula … Continue reading "James Pratt ’81"
Lawrence Nyboer ’82
Lawrence ” Larry” Nyboer, age 61 of Holland, passed away Thursday, July 8, 2021. Larry was born in Holland, graduated fromWest Ottawa High School, and Hope College. He taught social studies for many years in the Holland Public Schools. Larry was a history buff, an avid reader, and loved watching Jeopardy. Larry was preceded in … Continue reading "Lawrence Nyboer ’82"
Deborah Brookstra ’82 Orendorf
Deborah Lynn Brookstra Orendorff, 61, of Bettendorf, Iowa, died Friday, August 27, 2021, at home. Deborah Lynn Brookstra was born November 3, 1959, at the Great Lakes Naval Base, the daughter of Donald and Georgia Brookstra of Davenport, Iowa. She graduated from Davenport West High School in 1978, and went on to attend Hope College … Continue reading "Deborah Brookstra ’82 Orendorf"
Brenda Grevel ’83 Griswold
Brenda Kay Griswold, age 60 of Grand Haven, passed away on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Mercy Hospital. She was born on December 11, 1960 in Grand Haven, MI to Allan and Marilyn (Dyksterhouse) Grevel. Brenda graduated from Grand Haven High School in 1979 and then Hope College in 1983 with her BA in Business … Continue reading "Brenda Grevel ’83 Griswold"
Martha LaMaire VanLonkhuyzen ’83 Hules
Martha Joanne Hules, loving wife, mother, stepmother and grandmother, died July 23, 2021 unexpectedly after a health complication. Born August 7, 1949 to Martin & Johanna LaMaire, in Oak Park IL, sibling Paul followed 3 years later. Martha grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and was active in theater and the high school band. … Continue reading "Martha LaMaire VanLonkhuyzen ’83 Hules"
David Bast ’88
David John Bast, aged 55, of Holland, MI, passed away from cancer on July 8, 2021. He was born on April 9, 1966 in Orange City, Iowa to Robert and Janet (Wessels) Bast. His family moved to Chicago and then Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in 1984. He graduated … Continue reading "David Bast ’88"
Elizabeth Northrup ’81
Elizabeth G. Northrup, 61, of Mears, passed away Friday, March 19, 2021. In accordance to her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services will be held at this time. Beacon Cremation & Funeral Service, King-Hart Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Edward Cain ’82
(Ed) Cain Jr, age 61, was called home by his heavenly father on October 26, 2021 due to health complications. He was born in Minot, North Dakota. Graduated from Coopersville High School in 1978. From there he went on to Hope College. He was an amazing athlete both in high school and college. In fact, for Hope … Continue reading "Edward Cain ’82"
Bradley Huss ’88
On December 7, Bradley Reed Huss passed peacefully in his home at the age of 55. He was born on June 13, 1966 in Detroit, MI to Robert and Patricia Huss. Loyal friend, dedicated coach, passionate educator, loving father. Brad made an impact on the lives of everyone he met. From teaching math in the classroom, to coaching … Continue reading "Bradley Huss ’88"
Jack Oonk ’86
Jack Chester Oonk ( 64) of Holland, MI passed away peacefully in his home on May 7th, 2022. Jack was a man of many talents and a big heart. A member of the Holland Community Theater for his whole adult life, his most memorable role being that of Fagan in the theatre’s production of Oliver. Jack was … Continue reading "Jack Oonk ’86"
Kimberly Taylor ’87 Simons
Kimberly Joan Simons, 56, of Westfield passed away April 21, 2022.  She was born October 8, 1965, in Buchanan, MI, the daughter of Charles A. Taylor and Pat (Coleman) Breitkreuz.  She married Larry J. Simons on October 8, 1988. After high school, Kim went on to play volleyball at Hope College where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree … Continue reading "Kimberly Taylor ’87 Simons"

1990s

Bretton Allyn Folkert ’93
Bretton Allyn Folkert, age 45 of Ada, Michigan finished his race on earth and crossed the finish line into Heaven on August 28, 2016. He was born in Zeeland, Michigan in 1970. He leaves (for now) his best friend and the love of his life, Julie Bos ’93 Folkert, to whom he was married for … Continue reading "Bretton Allyn Folkert ’93"
Brent Henry Buckingham ’97
Brent Henry Buckingham of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, passed away on June 4, 2016 at age 41. He was born in Eaton Rapids, on December 31, 1974. Brent graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 1993 and received a BA from Hope College in 1997. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Brent … Continue reading "Brent Henry Buckingham ’97"
Kerri Rutgers ’92 DenBleyker
Kerri Rutgers ’92 DenBleyker, of Hamilton, passed from this earth to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and attended Hope College and GRCC. She was a stay at home mom, enjoying volunteer work at her children’s elementary school. She leaves behind her husband, Richard; son, … Continue reading "Kerri Rutgers ’92 DenBleyker"
Robert Starr ’92
Robert Starr ’92 Rob was born in Angola Indiana to Robert and Kathleen (Martin) Starr. He left this Earth at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital after a lengthy illness. He graduated from Romeo High School and Hope College, Holland. Rob was a talented artist and graphic designer. He volunteered for the Macomb Literary Partners teaching English … Continue reading "Robert Starr ’92"
Bonita “Bonnie” Hopp ’92 Postma
Bonita “Bonnie” Hopp ’92 Postma lost her hard fought battle against cancer the morning of Saturday, March 25, 2017, in the loving arms of her husband Dave. They were the love of each other’s lives for more than 43 years. She is now planting a wonderful garden in heaven with her father James. Bonnie had more … Continue reading "Bonita “Bonnie” Hopp ’92 Postma"
Scott Werley ’94
Scott Werley ’94, 51, passed away peacefully with family by his side Friday, May 26, 2017. Scott was born in Las Vegas, raised in Holland, and resided in San Antonio, Texas. A graduate of Holland High School, he attended Hope College, and worked for JCI for over 30 years. He enjoyed baseball, golf, football, and … Continue reading "Scott Werley ’94"
Shannon Laursen ’97
Shannon Laursen ’97 , age 41, wife, mother, daughter, and dear friend, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 10, 2017. Shannon was a passionate, caring and fun-loving woman that adored her family and friends, and whole-heartedly embraced being a wonderful mother for her three children. Shannon met her college sweetheart, adventure partner and soul mate, Travis … Continue reading "Shannon Laursen ’97"
Brenda Hutson ’90 Popek
Brenda Hutson ’90 Popek of Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan, died on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. She was 48. She was born Sept. 17, 1968, in Sayre, Okla., and formerly lived in Ohio. Brenda graduated from Hope College and Cooley Law School. She was the chief council for U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms, Detroit office. A member of the … Continue reading "Brenda Hutson ’90 Popek"
Kimberly Krofft ’91 Lease
Kimberly Krofft ’91 Lease of Indianapolis, Indiana, died on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. She was 48. A graduate of Carmel High School and Hope College (Holland, MI), Kim was a case manager for Indiana Professional Management Group. She was a devoted advocate for individuals who are developmentally disabled and for their families, and she was an activist for the … Continue reading "Kimberly Krofft ’91 Lease"
Samuel Middleton ’94
Samuel Middleton ’94 of Byron Center, Michigan, died on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. He was 46. He was preceded in death by his father Jeffrey J. Middleton.  Sam is survived by his wife, Jennifer, his two children, Olivia and Owen Middleton, three step children, Jake, Clare and Grant Newhall, his mother Sherry Middleton, brother Joe Middleton, sister Brandy (John Thomas) Todd, … Continue reading "Samuel Middleton ’94"
Holly LeBlanc ’96
Holly LeBlanc ’96 of Holland, Michigan, exchanged her wheels for wings on Friday, July 21, 2017. She was born Dec. 31, 1972. She graduated from Holland High School in 1991 (Go Dutch!) where she acquired a love of theater, a passion for people and a tribe of friends that became family. She was the youngest of … Continue reading "Holly LeBlanc ’96"
Anna Demshuk ’99
Anna Demshuk ’99 of Holland, Michigan, died on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. She was 40. Anna was born July 3, 1977, daughter of Thomas and Carol Demshuk. After high school, Anna attended Hope College and Eastern Michigan University where she graduated with a master’s degree in social work. Anna is survived by her parents, Thomas and Carol Demshuk; … Continue reading "Anna Demshuk ’99"
Mary Heering ’91 Hoats
Mary Annah ( Heering) Hoats, 86, died on January 3, 2018, after a battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Orlando and Lily Ann ( Penney) Heering; her brother, David Penney Heering ( Joanne), and her former husband, Claude L. Hoats. Surviving are her children, Jacqueline Shields ( Gary), Charles Hoats ( Holly), and Betsy Hoats; grandchildren … Continue reading "Mary Heering ’91 Hoats"
Kerstin Byorni ’92 Manley
Kerstin Waltraud Byorni Manley, beloved Latin teacher who inspired hundreds of students, passed away Jan. 6, 2018. She was 47. Kerstin helped found two Arizona schools during her 21-year teaching career, Tempe Preparatory Academy and Scottsdale Preparatory Academy. She joined John B. Connally High School in 2016 in Austin, Texas. A valedictorian of Trinity High … Continue reading "Kerstin Byorni ’92 Manley"
Geoffrey Legg ’94
Geoffrey D. Legg, age 45, of Holland, passed away Friday, December 15, 2017, at his home, ending a courageous battle with cancer. Geoff worked at Holland Public Schools in many different positions; technology was his favorite. He loved the outdoors and biking and especially enjoyed being involved in his children’s sports. Geoff is survived by … Continue reading "Geoffrey Legg ’94"
Brent Williams ’96
Brent (“B-Dub,” “Brentley”) Williams, 43, died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home early on the morning of Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Arlington, MA. Born on January 4, 1974, he grew up in Fruitport, MI, and was a graduate of Fruitport High School. Brent earned a BS in Chemistry and Biology at Hope College in Holland, MI, … Continue reading "Brent Williams ’96"
Christopher VanderSlice ’99
Chris VanderSlice, age 40, of Grandville, left his broken and battered body to run into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Chris is finally free of the cancer that he suffered from for the past four years, and the paralysis that held him back for the past two years. … Continue reading "Christopher VanderSlice ’99"
Sonya Hamm ’92 Brown
Sonya Hamm ’92 Brown, age 50, passed away May 17, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her family. Sonya was born December 23, 1967 to James and Helga (Kluge) Hamm II in Muskegon. She attended Mona Shores High School and was a Young American for two years following her graduation. She also traveled to, and … Continue reading "Sonya Hamm ’92 Brown"
Jason Eshuis ’97
Jason Eshuis, of Kalamazoo, MI, passed away Wednesday, November 7, 2018. He was born November 17, 1974 in Kalamazoo to John and Joan (Dyksterhouse) Eshuis. Jason was a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian High School and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College. For over 20 years he was employed by PNC Bank. Jason is survived by … Continue reading "Jason Eshuis ’97"
Lauren Baron ’93
Lauren Ray Baron, age 59, peacefully went into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus Christ, at Faith Hospice at Trillium Woods in Byron Center, MI, on Monday, June 10, 2019, after a long, courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma cancer.  He was born on December 2, 1959, in Platte, South Dakota, to Harvey and Gertrude … Continue reading "Lauren Baron ’93"
Megan Beatty ’99 Currie
Currie, Megan 9/27/1977 – 3/17/2019 Encinitas, CA Early Sunday morning, March 17th, 2019, Megan Janine Currie (Beatty), loving wife and mother of four children passed away at the age of 41 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Megan was born on September 27, 1977 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Charles John Beatty and Debra … Continue reading "Megan Beatty ’99 Currie"
Christopher Michels ’97
Christopher Brian Michels, 44, of Dowagiac, Michigan, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019, at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis surrounded by his loving family. Christopher was born June 27, 1974, in Dowagiac, to Terry and Barbara (Langley) Michels, He graduated from Dowagiac High School in 1993; he then went on to earn a degree … Continue reading "Christopher Michels ’97"
William Van Faasen ’94
Bill Van Faasen, 54, of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 25. He was born in Holland, Michigan, and graduated from Holland High School and Hope College. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul, in 2015, and is survived by his wife Susan, his mother Jan, his brother Carl (Pamela), his … Continue reading "William Van Faasen ’94"
Alyson Robertson ’96
Alyson Robertson of Chicago, Illinois took her last breath surrounded by family and loved ones on March 11, 2020 at 3:45 PM. Born in Madison, Wisconsin in December 1974, Chicago became her home in 1984. Her love for swimming began with the South Shore Swim team and continued at Kenwood High School and then Hope College. … Continue reading "Alyson Robertson ’96"
Rhonda Mullins ’91 Brewer
Rhonda Kay Brewer, age 51, passed away at home of Metastatic Breast Cancer on August 25, 2020. Rhonda was born on March 1, 1969, in DeKalb, Illinois. She graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 1987, and went on to graduate from Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she was an active member of … Continue reading "Rhonda Mullins ’91 Brewer"
Michelle “Shelly” Kramer ’91 Cornelius
Michelle “Shelly” Kramer Cornelius, age 51, passed away Sunday, September 27, 2020 in Wisconsin where she lived. She was a graduate of Reeths-Puffer High School and Hope College. Shelly enjoyed spending time at the beach, golfing and time with her family. SURVIVORS include her husband, Dave; two children, Carly and Cody Cornelius; mother, Marsha (Terry) Rutherford; … Continue reading "Michelle “Shelly” Kramer ’91 Cornelius"
Kristen Kingma ’92 DeWitt
Kristen DeWitt, age 49, of Holland, died by suicide after a yearlong battle with severe depression on Saturday, October 3, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Kelly; her children, Katelyn, Ryan, and Nathan; her mother, Joyce Kingma; her siblings, Craig and Beth Kingma, Dave and Lisa Kingma, Lynn and Kevin Cole, … Continue reading "Kristen Kingma ’92 DeWitt"
Mary Ann Pilon ’95 Dutmers
Mary Ann Dutmers, devout Christian, devoted wife, wonderful mother, dedicated educator, died Thursday, February 13, 2020 at her home in Greenville at the age of 48. She was born January 10, 1972 in Flint, the daughter of James and Ann (Stevenson) Pilon.  On December 28, 1996, she married David Dutmers.  Mary Ann taught at Greenville Middle School for more than 24 years.  She loved … Continue reading "Mary Ann Pilon ’95 Dutmers"
Jason Currie ’96
Jason Saunders Currie, a loving father, son, brother, uncle, loyal friend, and life warrior, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 2, 2020. To those who knew him, Jason was strong, funny, enthusiastic, compassionate and extremely kindhearted. He made an impact on every person he met and will be greatly missed. Jason’s heart was immense, and his … Continue reading "Jason Currie ’96"
Bryan Dewey ’95
Passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020 in Ann Arbor. Bryan was born June 18, 1972 in Kalamazoo, MI the son of Donald and Carol (Alford) Dewey. He graduated from Hackett Catholic High School in 1991 and received a Bachelor’s degree from Hope College in 1995. As an athlete, Bryan had a passion for soccer and … Continue reading "Bryan Dewey ’95"
Chad Storey ’97
It is with heavy heart that the family of Chad Douglas Storey, 44, of Highland Village, Texas, announce his passing on Wednesday, August 05, 2020. Chad was born to Douglas and Sharron Storey, August 12, 1975 and enjoyed his childhood in Holland, Michigan. Chad graduated from West Ottawa High School in 1993 and continued his … Continue reading "Chad Storey ’97"
Scott Voshel ’98
Scott Voshel ’98 of Holland, Michigan, died on Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. He was 44. Survivors include his wife, Heather FowlerVoshel ’02; and son, Carson.
Dana “Max” DeVries ’93
Dana DeVries, also known as Max to his family, passed away Friday, May 21 at Holland Hospital. He was born September 25, 1970 in East Grand Rapids, and spent his early years in Pennsylvania before moving back to East Grand Rapids. He attended Hope College where he met his wife Lisa. After graduation, he spent … Continue reading "Dana “Max” DeVries ’93"
Matthew Erickson ’94
Matthew E. Erickson, 49, a doctor of chiropractic and owner of Body Right Chiropractic, died Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at Mease Countryside Hospital. Dr. Matt grew up in Maple City, MI and attended Glen Lake Schools where he graduated from high school in 1990.  He then attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan where he obtained … Continue reading "Matthew Erickson ’94"
Joshua Watkin ’94
Joshua David Watkin, certified arborist and owner of Watkin Tree Pro in Holland, MI, passed away while on the job on Monday afternoon, August 16th, 2021. Joshua was 50 years old and is survived by his beloved wife of 28 years, Amy, and their six children, Joshua and his wife Tiffany, Anna, Alexa, Micah, Elizabeth, … Continue reading "Joshua Watkin ’94"
Susan Veldhof ’95
Susan Veldhof, age 48 of Holland, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021. Susan was born in Holland February 10, 1973 to Roger and Carol (Mouw) Veldhof. She graduated fromHolland Christian High School and earned a Bachelors Degree from Hope College. Susan was a member of Graafschap Christian Reformed Church and worked for Nelis Imports ( … Continue reading "Susan Veldhof ’95"
Jovo Filips ’91
Jovo Filips, of Holland, MI passed away Thursday, February 24, 2022. He was 54. Jovo is survived by his wife of 10 years, Shelly; his children and grandson: Charlie ’14 and Leah (Lebarge ’13) Gies, and grandson Graham, Carson Filips, and Alexandra Filips; his parents Stojko and Mirjana Filipovich; his siblings: Pauline and Goran Petrovski and … Continue reading "Jovo Filips ’91"
Tyler VanLonkhuyzen ’97
Tyler Andrew VanLonkhuyzen was born October 21, 1974 in LaGrange, Illinois to Mary Lou Muhs and Curtis Van Lonkhuyzen. On November 25, 2021, Tyler unexpectedly died in his home while doing what he loved, running on his treadmill and waiting for Thanksgiving festivities to start with his family. As a child, Tyler spent many summers in Sheboygan, Wisconsin playing … Continue reading "Tyler VanLonkhuyzen ’97"
Lara Plewka ’98 MacGregor
Louisville – It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness we share the passing of Lara MacGregor, 45, of Louisville Kentucky. She was and will continue to be an inspiration to all who knew and loved her. She touched the lives of many with her passion, caring, determination and courage during her too brief time … Continue reading "Lara Plewka ’98 MacGregor"
Karen Zienert ’90
Karen Diane Zienert, 53, of Niles passed away in the early hours of March 18, 2022. Cherished daughter of Kathleen Zienert and the late William Zienert, beloved sister of Richard Zienert, darling aunt to Megan, Raven, Jason and Hannah. She is also survived by many aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and first cousins once removed. In addition to her grandparents, … Continue reading "Karen Zienert ’90"
Christopher Collins ’92
Christopher Michael Collins, age 52, passed away unexpectedly on April 21, 2022. Chris was a beloved father, husband, son, brother, teacher and coach and will be remembered for the dedication, support and inspiration that he provided to so many family members, students and players. Chris was born on Jan. 16, 1970 in Ann Arbor to Dr. … Continue reading "Christopher Collins ’92"
Jennifer Donnelly ’92
Jennifer Donnelly was born Jennifer Spangler on January 31, 1966, in Lansing, Michigan. Her parents were the late Bud Spangler of Oakland, California and Monica Donnelly of Holland, Michigan. She was a graduate of Hope College. She died June 10, 2022. She is survived by her daughter, Emma Donnelly-Sironen; son, Miles Donnelly-Krol, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ami Goding ’93
Ami Lavonne Goding (Nykamp), age 55 of Holland, unexpectedly entered the arms of God on June 20, 2022. Ami, the oldest of five children, was born in Holland on January 16, 1967, and grew up in Hamilton. Ami attended Hamilton High School, and after graduating in 1985, she attended Hope College to earn a degree in … Continue reading "Ami Goding ’93"
Kathleen Corcoran ’96 Varboncoeur
Kathleen Ann (Corcoran) Varboncoeur, age 47, passed away unexpectedly as the result of an automobile accident on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. She was born to Nancy (Curthoys) Corcoran and the late Laurence Corcoran in Roosevelt Park, MI on June 11, 1974. Kathleen attended Muskegon Catholic Schools and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education with honors … Continue reading "Kathleen Corcoran ’96 Varboncoeur"
Matthew Tailford ’97
William Matthews, born William Matthew Tailford, 53, of Valparaiso, passed away unexpectedly due to a cardiac condition on Friday, May 20, 2022. He will be deeply missed by his wife of nearly 15 years, Kimberly (Baker) and his two children, Gideon (10) and Amelia (8). He is preceded in death by his father William Tailford. He is … Continue reading "Matthew Tailford ’97"

2000s

Mark Tracy Wheeler ’08
Mark Tracy Wheeler,48, of South Haven, Michigan passed away on Saturday July 2, 2016 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Mark was born September 14, 1967 to James Wheeler and Bernice Mayberry in Chicago, IL. Mark and his parents moved to Lacota, MI in May 1968. He graduated from Fennville High School in 1985. … Continue reading "Mark Tracy Wheeler ’08"
Sara Kauffman ’05 Pappenheimer
Sara Kauffman ’05 Pappenheimer, beloved mother, daughter, sister and friend, joined her heavenly father Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, after a heroic battle with cancer. Born Nov. 21, 1981, Sara spent the last 34 years spreading joy through her memorable laugh, brilliant smile and fun-loving spirit. With Sara, it only took a moment for a stranger … Continue reading "Sara Kauffman ’05 Pappenheimer"
Ross Baldwin ’00
Ross Baldwin ’00 was born April 26, 1978 in Lansing, the son of Frank and Kathleen (Fast) Baldwin, and passed away on May 17, 2017 at the age of 39. Ross loved being a St. Thomas Tartan, LCHS Cougar, and Hope College Flying Dutchman. He lettered all 4 years with the Hope College football team. Ross was passionate about teaching … Continue reading "Ross Baldwin ’00"
Shannon Dykema ’04 Schamback
Shannon Dykema ’04 Schamback, age 33, went home on March 3, 2017. Shannon lived a life of abundant generosity–she gave wholly of her time, talents, resources, and heart to her family, friends, and patients. Shannon obtained her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Michigan in 2014. She worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner … Continue reading "Shannon Dykema ’04 Schamback"
Stephen Gonthier ’06
Stephen Gonthier ’06, 35, of Holland, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. John graduated from Hope College majoring in computer science. He enjoyed camping, canoeing, playing pool and spending time outdoors. John loved to make friends with anybody and everybody from children to older people; he could always make them happy and laugh because he was … Continue reading "Stephen Gonthier ’06"
Bethany White ’03 Schklar
Bethany Dawn Schklar joined her parents, Patty Avery and John White, in 1981 in a small Illinois town where Heath bars are made. Waiting for her was her big brother Sean White, who, seeing her smile, shortly thereafter decided all babies’ middle names should be Dawn. At two, she boarded a plane for London, and … Continue reading "Bethany White ’03 Schklar"
Matthew Worden ’05
Matthew Orvel Worden, 38, of Holland, Michigan and formerly of Port Huron, died Friday, November 16, 2018. He was born May 20, 1980 in Port Huron, to the late Terry and Cindy Worden. Matthew was a 1999 graduate of Port Huron Northern High School, where he excelled in football. He also attended Northwood University, where … Continue reading "Matthew Worden ’05"
Katrin Seid ’00 Abbott
Katrin Marie Seid Abbott passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on May 24, 2019, at Mercy Health-Saint Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Kate was born on February 17, 1977, in Shelby to William Gordon and Mary Lynn (Wolting) Seid and married her best friend and love … Continue reading "Katrin Seid ’00 Abbott"
Rebekah Hinkle ’04 Pratt
The Reverend Rebekah A. Pratt, age 36 years, passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at her home in Stanton, NJ.  Born in Philadelphia, PA, July 29, 1982, she was the daughter of Howard and Grace Gimmi Hinkle of Greenville, MI.  Becky received her BA in Psychology from Hope College, her Master of Divinity from … Continue reading "Rebekah Hinkle ’04 Pratt"
Joshua Green ’08
Beloved husband of Autumn (nee Hunt). Proud and Loving father of Ethan and Brooks. Dearest son of Russ & Lynn. Dear brother of Carly (Lucas) Coffman.
Kevin Van Timmeren ’01
Van Timmeren, Kevin R. age 42, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 7, 2019. He is survived by his parents, Bob and Grace Van Timmeren; brothers, Chris and Gina Van Timmeren and Scott and Jennifer Van Timmeren; nieces, Brynn, Elle, Maya, and River; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
Michael Poublon II ’06
Michael Poublon II ’06 Poublon, passed away peacefully Tuesday evening January 7, 2020 after a three-year courageous battle with consecutive cancers. Mike was born June 22, 1984 in Houston, TX the son of Michael and Sheryl (Streu) Poublon. He spent most of his childhood in Midland, MI where he earned his Eagle Scout. Mike graduated … Continue reading "Michael Poublon II ’06"
Matthew Handzo ’00
HANDZO, MATTHEW SCOTT, ascended to be in his mother’s arms again July 17, 2020. He was 42 years of age living in Savannah, Georgia. Born on November 4, 1977 in Rochester, Michigan to Richard and the Late Judy Handzo (nee Tazza); proud father of Isabelle; dearest brother of Derek (Erin) Handzo; loving uncle of Liam … Continue reading "Matthew Handzo ’00"
Brent Zendler ’08
Brent Michael Zendler December 14, 1985 August 03, 2020 ZENDLER, Brent Michael With deepest sorrow, we announce that Brent Zendler, age 34, passed away unexpectedly Monday, August 3, 2020 at his home in Salt Lake City. Those who knew Brent, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. Brent will be missed … Continue reading "Brent Zendler ’08"
Matthew Workman ’03
Matthew R. Workman, age 40, passed from this life unto the next in the “Big House” with God on Thursday, March 11, 2021. He was born August 2, 1980 in Lansing, MI to H. John and Kathleen L. (Clark) Workman and lived most of his life in Norton Shores. He was a generous, loving soul … Continue reading "Matthew Workman ’03"
Bradley Bechard ’09
A beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend, Bradley Joseph Bechard left this world on May 30, 2021. He was born in Lansing, Michigan on July 22,1987, and brought happiness and laughter to all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mildred Bechard, and grandfather, Joe Bechard. He is survived … Continue reading "Bradley Bechard ’09"
Steven Van Beek ’04
Steven “Steve” Mark Van Beek, age 39, of Royal Oak, passed away on October 10, 2021. Steve was born on November 11, 1981, in Holland, Michigan. Steve embraced life with a passion and commitment that shone through in his devotion as a father to Henry and Anna and as a husband to Erin. Steve was most at … Continue reading "Steven Van Beek ’04"
Brady Wilson ’06
Brady Ingram Wilson, age 38, our beloved husband, son, brother, uncle, cousin, grandson and friend, left this world to begin his life in Heaven on Friday, December 10, 2021. He had a smile and laugh that could light up a room and is now lighting up Heaven. Brady was an outstanding athlete all of his life. … Continue reading "Brady Wilson ’06"
Samantha Hyde ’04 Knight
Age 40, died on April 9, 2022. Samantha was born December 4, 1981 in Kalamazoo to Earl and Nancy ( Averill) Hyde. Samantha was preceded in death by her grandparents: Glenn ( Anita) Averill and Earl ( Faye) Hyde. Surviving are her husband: Adam; children: Keaton and Greyson; parents: Earl and Nancy Hyde; brother: Ben … Continue reading "Samantha Hyde ’04 Knight"

2010s

Ruth Upadhyaya ’20
Ruth Elise Upadhyaya ’20 was born November 26, 1997, and passed away unexpectedly March 8, 2017. She was the dear daughter of Raj and Jill (nee Sampe); fond sister of Julie; loving granddaughter of Fred Sampe and Jane Sampe. A freshman at Hope College in Holland, MI, she will be missed by many friends and … Continue reading "Ruth Upadhyaya ’20"
Andrew Carmody ’11
Andrew Carmody ’11, 27, of St. Joseph, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. Drew was born October 24, 1989 in Grand Rapids the son of Kevin Raymond and Mary Lynn (Syswerda) Carmody. On July 30, 2016 Andrew married Julia Danielle La Bounty. He graduated from … Continue reading "Andrew Carmody ’11"
John Stathakis ’14
John Stathakis ’14 Praise God who granted John life to enjoy among us and eternal life that he now shares with all the saints in heaven. John was born into his loving family on Sunday, August 4, 1991, reborn through water and God’s Word in baptism the next day, confirmed in the Christian faith as … Continue reading "John Stathakis ’14"
Brittany Buchholz ’16
Brittany Buchholz ’16 of Owosso, Michigan, died on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at her home after her long battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Monday, September 11, 2017 at Owosso First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Mike McDonald officiating. She was 23. Burial will follow at Fremont Cemetery. The family will receive friends and … Continue reading "Brittany Buchholz ’16"
Nancy Ramirez ’17
Nancy Ramirez ’17 of Dallas, Texas, died on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. She was 22. Survivors include her parents, Martin (Leticia) Ramirez; sisters, Veronica, Sirah and Irina Ramirez; brother, Martin Joshua Ramirez; and grandparents, Jesus Gonzalez and Teresa Rodriguez.
Dorothy Contant ’50 Hendrickson
Dorothy Contant ’50 Hendrickson , age 90 years.  Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother experienced the promise of eternal life on July 27, 2018.  She was born and raised in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey daughter of Peter and May Contant.   After graduating from Hasbrouck Heights High School, Dorothy boarded a train to Hope College in Holland, … Continue reading "Dorothy Contant ’50 Hendrickson"
Blake Johnson ’18
Blake Charles Johnson, 23, of Houston, TX, left this world for his heavenly home around 8pm on Friday, January 18th. Surviving are his parents Eric and Tamara Johnson, sister Paige Johnson, brother Mason Johnson, and the love of his life, fiancée Katrin Kelley, all of Houston, Texas. Also surviving are his grandparents Dave and Patt … Continue reading "Blake Johnson ’18"
Jacob Sandy ’18
Jacob Richard Sandy of South Bend, Indiana died on May 18th, 2019 at 23 years old. His death was the result of a kayaking accident on Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park. Jacob was born on September 20, 1995 in Royal Oak, Michigan. Jacob grew up in Birmingham, Michigan and graduated with honors from … Continue reading "Jacob Sandy ’18"
Alice (Peter) Anderson ’17
Alice Joy Anderson left us on June 11, 2019. Our hearts are broken, but we are trying to find solace in the joy she brought us during her short life. Alice, whom many of you knew as Peter, was born on September 4, 1993, in Holland, Michigan. Starting at a very young age, she displayed … Continue reading "Alice (Peter) Anderson ’17"
Blake Parmer ’18
Blake Parmer ’18 of Holland, Michigan, died on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. He was 23. Survivors include his parents, Vicki and John Parmer. As some of you may know, Blake went home to meet his Heavenly Father yesterday unexpectedly in his sleep. Our hearts are deeply broken with the loss of a dear brother, son, and friend. … Continue reading "Blake Parmer ’18"
Daniel Sullivan ’17
Daniel William Sullivan died at 27 years young on January 27, 2022 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. A lifelong swimmer, he suffered a sudden cardiopulmonary attack while working out at a local pool. His final act was doing exactly what he loved, and he passed holding the hand of the love his life, Callahan Noelle … Continue reading "Daniel Sullivan ’17"
Anna Mulder ’10 Nieboer
With extreme sadness, we announce the death of Anna Marie Nieboer of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Who passed away on May 21, 2022, leaving her family and friends heartbroken. Anna was a thoughtful friend, beloved wife, daughter, and sister, foster parent, holistic midwife, and fierce advocate for the health of all women. Visitation will be held on Friday, May … Continue reading "Anna Mulder ’10 Nieboer"

2020s

Matthew Zandstra ’21
Matthew James Zandstra, age 23, of Holland, MI went home to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.  Beloved son of Chuck and Linda Zandstra.  Loving brother of Michelle (Steven) Hoeflich and Jonathan Zandstra.  Cherished uncle of Clara and Lydia Hoeflich.  His Beloved and precious Mady VanderZwaag.  Devoted grandson of Arlene and the … Continue reading "Matthew Zandstra ’21"
Daniel Foy ’20
Daniel Patrick Foy Daniel Patrick Foy, 26, of the City of Grosse Pointe, passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. He was born Sept. 2, 1995, in Ann Arbor, to David and Mary Foy. Daniel graduated from Grosse Pointe South High School in 2014. In 2019, he graduated with honors from Hope College, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication … Continue reading "Daniel Foy ’20"

Sympathy tos

The family of Charles C. Aschbrenner
Charles C. Aschbrenner, age 79, of Holland, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. Charles, an Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Music, taught for 53 years at Hope College. He has lectured and adjudicated in addition to performing both as soloist and collaborative pianist throughout Michigan and the Midwest as well as in Mexico, Portugal, France and Russia. … Continue reading "The family of Charles C. Aschbrenner"
The family of Hazel Brummel
Hazel Brummel, age 93, of Holland, passed away peacefully Saturday August 27 at Resthaven Boersma Cottage with family by her side. Hazel was born November 23, 1922 in Overisel, MI, to Ray and Anna Maatman. She started her career as a seamstress, making navy coats during WWII and after raising her family she worked at … Continue reading "The family of Hazel Brummel"
The family of Maria Elena Collazo
Maria Elena Collazo, 79, of Tucson, Ariz., went home to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, June 8, 2016. She is survived by her children, Maria Isabel DuQue, Maria Cristina Collazo, Sarah Sanchez, Israel Collazo, Daniel Collazo, and Rosa Elsess; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandson; sister; Cruz Martinez, Josefina Castro, Rosa Castorena, … Continue reading "The family of Maria Elena Collazo"
The family of Donald Cronkite
Dr. Donald Cronkite, 72, of Holland, passed away on March 15, 2017, after many years of living with Parkinson’s disease. Professor Cronkite taught at Hope College for 32 years, offering classes in cell biology; embryology; genetics; introductory biology; evolution; history of biology; science and human values. He was also known as the Academic Director of the … Continue reading "The family of Donald Cronkite"
The family of Donald Cronkite
Dr. Donald Cronkite, 72, of Holland, passed away on March 15, 2017, after many years of living with Parkinson’s disease. Professor Cronkite taught at Hope College for 32 years, offering classes in cell biology; embryology; genetics; introductory biology; evolution; history of biology; science and human values. He was also known as the Academic Director of the … Continue reading "The family of Donald Cronkite"
The family of Norman James Norton
Norman James Norton died on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia, S.C. He was born in Du Quoin, on April 26, 1933, the oldest son of James Harlan Norton and Helen Riley Norton. He grew up in Cutler, where his family ran Norton’s Store – a family owned general store … Continue reading "The family of Norman James Norton"
Helen DeVos
Helen DeVos, who died on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 90, will be remembered enduringly at Hope College for her transformative impact on the campus and students’ education. Hometown and visiting fans experience it every time they enjoy a game or other event at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse, or a concert in the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical … Continue reading "Helen DeVos"
Betty Groenewoud
The family of Betty Groenewoud of Holland, Michigan, who died on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. She was 83. Betty worked for Hope College for 25 years and was a member of Noordeloos CRC. She was preceded in death by her parents,Charles and Alice Harrington. Betty is survived by her husband of 66 years, John Groenewoud; four daughters, Jean (Keith) … Continue reading "Betty Groenewoud"
Bonnie Rietman
The family of Bonnie Rietman of Zeeland, Michigan, who died on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. She was 68. Bonnie retired after 25 years as a custodian at Hope College. Bonnie is survived by her children: Tim Rietman, Tammy (Andrew) Middleton, Dennis (Stacey) Rietman, Darin (Laura) Rietman; 13 grandchildren; brother: Larry (Arlene) Nienhuis; sisters: Sharon (Phillip) Lemmen, Merry (Russ) Bartels, Debra Riemersma; in-laws: Phyllis … Continue reading "Bonnie Rietman"
Donald Boeve
The family of Donald Boeve of Holland, Michigan, who died on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2017. He was 83. He was the son of Lester and Alyda Boeve, and was preceded in death by a brother, Arnold. He was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church and was a veteran of the Army, serving in the post-Korea era. He … Continue reading "Donald Boeve"
Ion Agheana
The family of Ion Agheana of Holland, Michigan who died on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. He was 80. He was a member of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages from 1979 until retiring as professor emeritus of Romance languages in 2014. He taught primarily Spanish but also French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. He joined … Continue reading "Ion Agheana"
Landrum Bolling
The family of Landrum Bolling of Arlington, Virginia, who died on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. He was 104. His career included serving as president of Earlham College from 1958 to 1973. While at Earlham, he played a leadership role in the 1961 creation of the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA), of which Hope is among … Continue reading "Landrum Bolling"
Harry Boonstra
Harry entered his final home on October 23rd, following a brief illness. Harry was a beloved husband, father, Opa, brother, uncle and friend. We deeply mourn our loss and sadly release the natural ties to him, but we anticipate with holy joy the resurrection reunion with him and all who have gone before him, and … Continue reading "Harry Boonstra"
Ann Farley
The family of Ann Farley of Huntington Beach, California, who died on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. She was 89. She was an administrative assistant to the dean for fine and performing arts and arts and humanities at Hope for 25 years. Survivors include her children, Martha Farley ’77, Ann Farley ’85 and Richard Farley ’83. … Continue reading "Ann Farley"
Ruth Van Kampen
Ruth Van Kampen, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017 at Lakeside Vista of Holland. She was born in Diamond Springs, Michigan on August 4, 1926. She attended Holland Public Schools and graduated in 1944. While in high school Ruth met the love of her life, Warren Van Kampen and … Continue reading "Ruth Van Kampen"
Wayne Boulton
Wayne Granberry Boulton, 77, died at home of pancreatic cancer on Feb 1, 2019, in Indianapolis, IN. Wayne was a devoted and beloved husband, father, teacher and friend, always putting others at ease with warmth and good humor.  He loved the fierce, wide-open landscapes of Scotland and Montana; walking and hiking in solitude; swimming the … Continue reading "Wayne Boulton"
John Dykstra
John Junior Dykstra, of Park Township, formerly of Columbia, Md., and Hingham, Wis., passed away on January 29, 2019, following a long illness. A native of Hingham, John was stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany and Trabzon, Turkey with the United States Air Force before completing his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. He then … Continue reading "John Dykstra"
John E.N. Howard
Dr. John E.N. Howard, age 99, of Holland, passed away Friday, November 16, 2018, at Holland Hospital. John served in the US Army during WWII and was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. Robert and Hettie Howard; son, Steven John Howard, in 1983; and wife, Lillian J. (nee Vander Heuvel) Howard, in 1981; as … Continue reading "John E.N. Howard"
Marlene Reus
Marlene Reus, age 73, of Zeeland passed away Sunday, February 10, 2019. Marlene was born and raised in Holland. She graduated from Holland High School in 1964. She worked for 29 years at Hope College in the Physical Plant. Following her retirement, she was known to bake cookies for her church, shut ins, family, and … Continue reading "Marlene Reus"
Stephen Keith Taylor
Stephen Keith Taylor, 74, of Holland, entered the presence of Christ at Lakeside Vista in Holland on January 17, 2019. Stephen was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 28, 1944, the son of Jolly and Inez Taylor. He graduated from Eagle Rock High School in Los Angeles in 1962 and served in the U.S. … Continue reading "Stephen Keith Taylor"
Shirley Beckman
Shirley Beckman, 83, of Holland, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019. Shirley and her husband Stanley had been members of Grace Reformed Church.  She worked in the public safety department at Hope College until her retirement after over 20 years of service. In their retirement, Shirley and Stanley enjoyed spending time at their summer … Continue reading "Shirley Beckman"
Sophia Hamberg
Sophia M. Hamberg, age 89, of Holland, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020, at Vista Springs Assisted Living Center. Sophia retired after 23 years as the Secretary in the Counseling and Placement Center at Hope College. Her joys were sailing with her husband and cooking for her family. She was a member of Maranatha Christian … Continue reading "Sophia Hamberg"
John Nordstrom
John Nordstrom, age 88, went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 17, 2020. Those who knew John Nordstrom knew he was a big man, both figuratively and literally. He loved big ideas, big pieces of peach pie (with crumbly topping), and the big sound of pipe organs. He had a big heart … Continue reading "John Nordstrom"
Marvin Stadt
Marvin Stadt, entered his heavenly home on Thursday, January 2, 2020. Marvin was born on March 28, 1932, the only child of John and Allie Stadt of East Saugatuck. Marvin graduated from Holland High School in 1950, and married the love of his life, Julia Becksvoort, June 5, 1953. Marvin was a member of Graafschap … Continue reading "Marvin Stadt"
Sandy Tasma
The family of Sandy Tasma, of Holland, Michigan, who died on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. She was 65. She worked at Hope College for more than 40 years prior to retiring as office manager in the development and alumni engagement office. Survivors include her siblings, Cindy (Steve) DeWeerd and Rob (Nancy Bartels ’91) Tasma; and … Continue reading "Sandy Tasma"
William Cohen
Born in Los Angeles, at age 10 William (Bill) Cohen moved with his mother and younger sister to New York City, and thereafter always considered himself a New Yorker. As a youth, his mother sent him to communist youth camps (notably WoChiCa, Workers’ Children’s Camp), and he went on to become part of the Communist … Continue reading "William Cohen"
Dianna Machiela
She was a graduate of Allegan High School and worked for over 20 years as a Payroll Coordinator for Hope College. Dianna loved the outdoors and spent much of her time biking, kayaking, gardening, camping, and traveling. She and her husband Brian just celebrated 38 years of marriage on July 31st. She is survived by … Continue reading "Dianna Machiela"
Donna Van Hoven
Donna May (Brumels) Van Hoven, age 87, peacefully went home to be with her Savior early in the morning on Tuesday, June 16 at American House of Holland. She was born at home on July 23, 1932 in Grand Rapids to Bill and Stella Brumels. On June 18, 1954 she married Ron Van Hoven. They … Continue reading "Donna Van Hoven"
Carolyn Bareman
Carolyn Beth Bareman age 95, of Holland, completed her earthly life on Friday, October 9, and now lives eternally in Heaven with her faithful Savior Jesus Christ. She joins her family who preceded her in death, parents, Leonard and Cora Bareman and Sister, Esther, with whom she had shared her home all her life. Carolyn … Continue reading "Carolyn Bareman"
Myra Kohsel
Myra J. Kohsel, age 78 of Holland, passed away Monday, February 22, 2021. Myra was born and raised in Holland, and was a lifelong resident of the area.  She worked for Hope College for over 32 years in a variety of positions, and was a member of Harlem Church.  Myra enjoyed gardening, reading, experimenting with new recipes, but above all … Continue reading "Myra Kohsel"
Lloyd Meeuwsen
Lloyd Meeuwsen, age 89, of Zeeland, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, November 30, 2020. He is survived by his children, Paul and Karie Meeuwsen, Pat and Reed Navis, Jayne and Del Ritsema, Tom and Sherri Meeuwsen, and Dave and Stacey Meeuwsen; 15 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren; … Continue reading "Lloyd Meeuwsen"
Robert Palma
The family of Robert Palma of Holland, Michigan, who died on Oct. 17, 2020. He was 86. He retired from the Hope College faculty in 1994 as a professor emeritus of religion after teaching at the college since 1966. His courses during his last semester at Hope included Basic Christian Thought, Perspectives on Christ, and … Continue reading "Robert Palma"
Florence Vuurens
Florence “Flo” M. Vuurens, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. She was born on January 21, 1933, to Frederick and Minnie (Maatman) VanDyke in Holland, MI. Florence worked for several years as a secretary at Hope College and went on to work at Twin Lake United Methodist Church helping with office duties … Continue reading "Florence Vuurens"
F. Sheldon Wettack
The family of F. Sheldon Wettack, who died on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. He was 82. His time as a chemistry faculty member at Hope ran across seven decades, initially as a professor and later dean from 1967 to 1982, and since 2004 as a visiting professor. In between, his career included serving as dean … Continue reading "F. Sheldon Wettack"
Emery Blanksma
Emery Blanksma, Jr. age 83, of Holland, passed to his God’s glory on Monday, May 31, 2021. Emery was the son of Emery and Lottie (Delange) Blanksma. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Thelma Blanksma and Walter and Susan Blanksma and brother-in-law, David Krebs. He was a member … Continue reading "Emery Blanksma"
Anne E. Irwin
Anne E. Irwin of Fennville, Michigan, died on Saturday, April 3. She was 79. She was a professor emerita of kinesiology at Hope, having joined the faculty in 1976 and retiring in 2003, and was the college’s first director of women’s athletics. During her time at Hope, the women’s teams grew to 10 — and … Continue reading "Anne E. Irwin"
Elliot A. Tanis
The family of Elliot A. Tanis of Holland, Michigan, who died on Thursday, July 22, 2021. He was 87. A specialist in statistics, he retired from the Hope faculty in 2000 as a professor emeritus of mathematics after teaching at the college since 1965. His tenure included serving interim dean for the natural sciences in … Continue reading "Elliot A. Tanis"
Kate Veldink
The family of Kate Veldink of Holland, Michigan, who died on Monday, May 31, 2021. She was 23. Kate graduated from Ready For Life in 2020 and had participated in the 2019 Celebration of Undergraduate Research at Hope and was an honorary member of the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. Survivors include her parents, … Continue reading "Kate Veldink"
Robert Gentenaar
Dr. Robert Gentenaar, who retired as an associate professor of economics emeritus in 2000 after 23 years at the college, died on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. He was 82. He joined the Hope faculty in 1977, and taught courses in macroeconomics, international economics, money and banking, principles of economics, corporate finance and econometrics.  In 1984, … Continue reading "Robert Gentenaar"
Karen Barber-Gibson
Karen J. Barber- Gibson, age 77 of Holland, passed away after a long battle with cancer on October 14, 2021 in her home surrounded by her family. Karen worked at Hope College for over 25 years in the Modern and Classical Languages Department as an office manager. She was an avid reader, aMaster gardener, and … Continue reading "Karen Barber-Gibson"
Eldon D. Greij
Dr. Eldon D. Greij of Holland, Michigan, a professor emeritus of biology and ornithologist who was also the founding editor and publisher of Birder’s World magazine, died on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021. He was 84. Greij served as a member of the Hope biology faculty from 1962 to 2003. He was named the inaugural recipient … Continue reading "Eldon D. Greij"
Tony Muiderman
Tony Muiderman, a professor emeritus of business administration at Hope College who led development of the college’s George F. Baker Scholars Program and advised the group for more than three decades, died on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. He was 94. Muiderman, who was living in Eugene, Oregon, in retirement, joined the faculty in 1977 and retired … Continue reading "Tony Muiderman"
Rodney F. Boyer
Rodney Frederick Boyer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 25, 1942 to Raymond and Alta Boyer (nee Spader). The family lived in several small towns in Nebraska as his father, a United Methodist minister, moved to different parishes. For several years his parents would take their children to a camping vacation in Estes Park, Colorado. It was there that … Continue reading "Rodney F. Boyer"
Ann Mason
AnnMarieMason, age 85, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021, in her home in Holland, MI, after a short battle with cancer. She was an avid reader, gardener and enjoyed challenging crossword puzzles at every opportunity. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be deeply missed by all that knew her. Ann worked … Continue reading "Ann Mason"
Fred Stoller Tessler
Fred Stoller Tessler was born November 8, 1961, in Denver and died March 8 in Colorado Springs. A friend wrote, “Life was ‘a banquet’ (a cabaret too!) for our friend Fred. Passionate, witty, razor-sharp, and flamboyant, Fred brought something just a little more elegant to every rehearsal, opening night, daytrip, dinner or cocktail party. I … Continue reading "Fred Stoller Tessler"
James Becksvoort
James Becksvoort age 85, of Holland, died Friday, April 15, 2022 at an area care center. He was preceded in death by his sons, Jamie and Brian. He was a member of Grace Community Church. James was a charter member of Grace Church IntersectionMinistries and retired from the maintenance department of Hope College. James is survived by … Continue reading "James Becksvoort"
Connie Brummel
Connie Brummel July 19, 2022, Holland, Michigan Connie Brummel was a former director of the Hope College CASA Program.
Leonard Ericks
Leonard Ericks June 21, 2022, Holland, Michigan Leonard Ericks retired from Hope College Creative Dining.
Bryant Hichwa
Bryant Hichwa April 30, 2022, The Sea Ranch, California Bryant Hichwa was a faculty member of the Hope College Department of Physics from 1975 to 1985.
Jon Huisken
Jon Huisken April 21, 2022, Jenison, Michigan Jon Huisken retired from Hope in 2011 after more than 40 years as the Hope College registrar.
Marjorie Maas
Marjorie Joyce Maas was called home to her heavenly Father July 17, 2022, at the age of 93. She leaves behind an incredible legacy of love, generosity, kindness, and wisdom. She was the wife to her late husband, Leonard, for 57 years and mother to their two sons, Thomas and Steven Maas. Marjorie was born … Continue reading "Marjorie Maas"