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 in 2003, both received
Distinguished Alumni Awards and honorary
degrees from Hope, and friends and colleagues
established the “Max and Connie Boersma
Scholarship Fund” at the college in their honor.
Constance Hinga Boersma loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She loved and cared for His people.
Connie was born to Milton (Bud) Hinga and Gladys Kendrick Hinga on August 11, 1927. She attended Holland High School and graduated from Hope College.
She married the love of her life, Max D. Boersma, on August 4, 1949. They lived in Grand Rapids for 40 years and were active in the community, the Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Central Reformed Church, where Connie was one of its first female Elders.
After retiring to Holland in 1992, Connie and Max became very involved with Hope College, the community, and Christ Memorial Reformed Church. Connie and Max were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctoral degree at Hope College.
For over 25 years, Connie served Communion on Sunday evenings at Hope College’s The Gathering. She was grateful to be known by many Hope College students as “Grandma Boersma”.
Connie was preceded in death by her husband, Max, in 2003
Her beloved family consists of her three children and their spouses: Bill and Claire Boersma, Tom and Betsy Jasperse, Paul and Melody Boersma; her grandchildren: Bryan and Melissa Boersma, Ross and Rachel Dieleman, David and Tara Boersma, Brent and Caitlin Boersma, Aaron and Hannah Beth Boersma, Joel Boersma, Patrick and Emily Sanders, James Jasperse, Scott Jasperse; and 13 great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Rod and Shirley Boersma and cousin, Vern and Lois Boersma.