In Memoriam


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"


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"


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"


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–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"


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"


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"


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"


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"


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 to

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"