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 Rane Hoesch; brother-in-law Bill and Susan Wolters; nieces and nephews: Kate ’01 and Troy De Wys, Tom ’04 and Kylie Hoesch, Karl ’07 and Tracey Forbes ’03 Hoesch, Hayley Hoesch, Sam Hoesch, TJ and Martha Jane Wolters, Megan and Tyler Thompson; aunts and uncles: Kathryn Rockwood, Rick and Donna Walter, Gary and Kathleen Walter.

Karla graduated from Hope College in 1973. She played in 13 varsity sports seasons, lettering in tennis, field hockey, basketball and volleyball. She received her Masters of Arts from Michigan State University in 1978. Karla taught and coached at Calvin College for 13 years before joining the Hope faculty where she taught and coached until her retirement in 2010.

Karla is among the most successful coaches in the history of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association with 20 conference championships in softball, volleyball and women’s basketball.

More on the career of Karla Wolters is available in the November 29, 2016 Hope College press release.

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