In Memoriam


Nancy Boynton ’42 Prindle
Nancy B. Prindle, 102, of Harwich, passed away at home Wednesday, February 8th. Born in Mohawk, NY to her minister father, Arthur Boynton, and English mother, Hannah Elizabeth (Bell) Boynton, she grew up primarily in Harlem, NYC. Graduating early from HS, she claims she really started to live when she attended her beloved Hope College … Continue reading "Nancy Boynton ’42 Prindle"
Frances Colenbrander ’44 Vermeer
Frances “Fritz” Ruth Vermeer was born July 4, 1922, the daughter of Rev. Henry and Fannie (Kooiker) Colenbrander in Orange City, Iowa. She was raised in Orange City along with her 3 siblings. Education was her calling, so she attended Northwestern College for two years before continuing her education at Hope College in Holland, Michigan for … Continue reading "Frances Colenbrander ’44 Vermeer"
Suzanne Leestma ’46 Pettinga
Suzanne (Elizabeth) Pettinga, nee Leestma, age 97, peacefully passed away on Monday, October 10, surrounded by family. Sue was a loving, joyful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who made everyone feel they mattered, that their story was important because each was a fellow image-bearer of God. The lives she’s touched with love are countless and … Continue reading "Suzanne Leestma ’46 Pettinga"
Louise TerBeek ’47 Claver
Claver, Louise 9/4/1925 – 1/27/2023 Of Grand Rapids, died on January 27, 2023 at 97 years of age. Louise will be lovingly remembered by her son David (Suzin) Claver, grandsons Petr and Mikhail and special nephews Dan and Allen TerBeek. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles and brother Norman TerBeek. Louise received … Continue reading "Louise TerBeek ’47 Claver"
Lois Hospers ’48 Jalving
Lois ( Hospers) Jalving, age 97, of Holland, passed away Friday, January 13, 2023, at the Village at Appledorn. Lois was born October 13 ,1925 to Gerrit and Anna ( Ameele) Hospers in Ontario Center, NY. She graduated from Hope College in 1948, and marriedMarvin Jalving on June 23, 1951. She taught school for several … Continue reading "Lois Hospers ’48 Jalving"


William Boelkins ’50
Boelkins, William James “Bill” “Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have.” Philippians 4:11 Bill Boelkins, 93, a man who lived a faithful, joyful, and contented life, died peacefully Thursday, February 2, 2023. He was born June 11, 1929, in Muskegon Heights, Michigan … Continue reading "William Boelkins ’50"
Donald Harling ’50
Don Harling, 94, was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, November 19, 2022, in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Don was born April 25, 1928, in Kaltungo, Nigeria to Harry and Frances Harling, missionaries with SIM.  Being raised in a Christian family, Don learned at an early age about the Lord Jesus and what He … Continue reading "Donald Harling ’50"
Canute Vander Meer ’50
He was born and grew up in Xiamen, China to missionary parents William and Alma (Mathiesen) VanderMeer. He enjoyed his childhood despite the wars going on around him and being held in a Japanese concentration camp in Shanghai in 1942, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Canute and his family boarded the Italian ship S.S. … Continue reading "Canute Vander Meer ’50"
Robert Erickson ’51
Robert G Erickson, age 93, of Nashua, NH, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 12, 2023.  He was the beloved husband of Jane Erickson for 57 years.  Bob was born June 29, 1929, in Saugatuck, Michigan to the late Axel and Lillian (Bryan) Erickson. He graduated (BS) from Hope … Continue reading "Robert Erickson ’51"
Wayne Fieldhouse ’51
Wayne Jay Fieldhouse, age 93, of Bradenton, Florida passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
Craig Leslie ’51
Craig Leslie passed away peacefully Dec 1st, 2022 at the age of 95. He was born in Schenectady, New York on November 7, 1927 to his parents William and Frances Leslie. Craig was preceded in death by his wife Shirley K Leslie and had celebrated 60 years of marriage before her death. He attended Hope … Continue reading "Craig Leslie ’51"
Lillian Stegenga ’51 Rooks
Lillian was born in North Holland to Dick andMaggie (Deur) Stegenga. She metWendell Rooks while attending Hope College and they were married for 73 years. They enjoyed many years of retirement in Conyers, GA before returning to Holland. Lillian was a member of Graafschap CRC, and formerly a member of Prospect Park CRC and Smyrna … Continue reading "Lillian Stegenga ’51 Rooks"
Wendell Rooks ’51
Wendell was born in Holland, MI to William and Anna Barense Rooks. After graduation fromHollandHigh School in 1945, he served in the US Army. He graduated from Hope College and began his 39 year career in education at a four-room schoolhouse in theVan Raalte School District. He went on to spend 21 years at the … Continue reading "Wendell Rooks ’51"
Genevieve “Jackie” Gore ’52 Visser
Genevieve Gore Visser (“Jackie”) of Virginia Beach and Boynton Beach, passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on December 1, 2022, at the age of 91, less than two months after losing the love of her life, Roger Leonard Visser. Jackie is survived by her son Scott Visser and wife, Melodye Visser … Continue reading "Genevieve “Jackie” Gore ’52 Visser"
Elaine Groustra ’52 Boers
Elaine Ruth (Groustra) Boers was taken to her eternal home on September 25, 2022. Born in Roseland, IL (Chicago) on October 19, 1930, Elaine and her husband, Al, marked 71 years of marriage earlier this month. Elaine attended Hope College but didn’t complete her degree there until moving to Holland in 1966, with 4 children … Continue reading "Elaine Groustra ’52 Boers"
Roger Visser ’52
Roger Leonard Visser of Virginia Beach and Boynton Beach, born January 28, 1930, departed this life in an uncharacteristically quiet way on the morning of October 8, 2022, at 92. Roger is survived by his wife, Genevieve Gore Visser ’52 (“Jackie”), his son, Scott Visser and wife, Melodye Visser, of Wilmington, North Carolina, his daughter, … Continue reading "Roger Visser ’52"
Randall Bosch ’53
Randall Bayles, Rev. Dr., of Bayville, NY, on January 17, 2023, age 91. Beloved husband of Caroline Jaeger and the late Carol Jacobs. Loving father of Philip ’77 (Mary), Katie ’78  Baeverstad (Mark ’78), Paul  ’81 (Pamela) and Stephen ’85. Proud grandfather of seven. Special great-grandfather of one. Dear brother of Marthena, the late Mary, … Continue reading "Randall Bosch ’53"
Kenneth Raak ’53
Kenneth Wayne Raak, age 90 of Worthington, MN passed away October 20, 2022 at Ecumen Meadows. Kenneth Wayne Raak was born February 25, 1932 in Sioux Center, IA to Dick and Minnie (Vander Ploeg) Raak. He grew up on the farm and attended country school through the eighth grade, attended ninth grade at Northwestern Academy … Continue reading "Kenneth Raak ’53"
Warren Sinke ’53
Sinke, Warren J. Bay City, Michigan Warren J. Sinke, devoted and loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and mentor left this Earth on November 9, 2022, with his cherished wife holding his hand. Warren was born to the late Peter John and Evelyn Jeanette (Bouwens) Sinke on November 24, 1930 in Holland, Michigan. Warren … Continue reading "Warren Sinke ’53"
John Brannock ’54
As the clock struck midnight at the end of October 13, 2022, the world lost a bit of its charm. For the first time in almost 91 years, the terrestrial world turned on its axis without John Brannock as a passenger. John passed away peacefully at his home in Sun City Florida, kindly waiting for … Continue reading "John Brannock ’54"
John Corry ’54
John Corry, a former culture news reporter and television critic for The New York Times whose investigative articles helped clear a young man wrongly convicted of killing his mother and disputed plagiarism allegations against the best-selling author Jerzy Kosinski, died on Saturday in his home in Manhattan. He was 89.Mr. Corry’s daughter Colette Corry Dahlberg … Continue reading "John Corry ’54"
Norman Schuiling ’54
Schuiling, Norman 10/21/1932 – 6/18/2022 Grand Rapids Norman Wesley Schuiling went home to be with his Lord and Savior on June 18, 2022. Norm taught mathematics and coached basketball and golf at Wyoming Park High School where he was better known as Mr. Schu. Norm is survived by his wife, Terry; their children Kurt & … Continue reading "Norman Schuiling ’54"
Muriel Elzinga ’55 Bolhuis
Muriel Bolhuis, 89 Heaven has gained another organist for their choir of Angels! With earthly sorrow and much love, we mourn the passing of Muriel Bolhuis. Her musical talent brought joy to all throughout her life. Muriel was born March 24, 1933 in Hamilton, Michigan to John and Grace Elzinga. She attended the Little Red … Continue reading "Muriel Elzinga ’55 Bolhuis"
Betty Schepers ’55 Scholten
On Sunday, October 30, Betty Lou Scholten took her last breath in this world at the Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. She was eighty-eight years old. Betty, also known by her Buddhist name Reiyu, was preceded in death by her husband of forty years, John, and sister-in-law, Nancy. She is survived by her … Continue reading "Betty Schepers ’55 Scholten"
John Adams ’56
Hampton – John J. Adams, 88, of Hampton, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 18, 2022. He was born in Toledo Ohio on March 9, 1934 to Katherine and Frank Adams. His Father worked for General Motors in Toledo and was transferred to Saginaw, Michigan where John grew up. He attended Saginaw public schools. John’s … Continue reading "John Adams ’56"
Gerard Marsh ’56
Gerard E. Marsh passed away Friday, January 27, 2023, at the age of 90. He was born October 11, 1932, in Kalamazoo, MI to the late Edison G. and Anne (Heidanus) Marsh. Gerard was employed by the State of Michigan as an auditor for over 26 years, and worked at Industrial State Bank for 9 … Continue reading "Gerard Marsh ’56"
Jerrald Redeker ’56
Jerrald Hale Redeker, born on October 5, 1934, left this life to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Jerry grew up in Waupun, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Waupun High School, and enjoyed working in his father’s clothing store and on his uncle’s farm. He graduated from Hope College in 1956 … Continue reading "Jerrald Redeker ’56"
John Hamelink ’57
Hamelink, Jon 6/26/1935 – 9/29/2022 Jon D Hamelink, age 87, of DeTour Village, Michigan passed away peacefully in his sleep from natural causes on September 29, 2022. Jon was born June 26, 1935, and raised in Holland, Michigan. He graduated from Holland High School, then went on to obtain B.S. degrees from Hope College and … Continue reading "John Hamelink ’57"
Harry Mencarelli ’57
Harry Mencarelli’s passing on Monday, October 24, 2022 has been publicly announced by Ofield Funeral Home in Kentwood, MI.
Suzanne Underwood ’57 TenHoeve
Suzanne TenHoeve was born September 5, 1935, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, to Rhea and James Underwood. She attended Dickinson Elementary School, Burton Junior High, and South High School. While there, she and friends established a noon hour Bible Club. As a youth she attended Griggs Street E.U.B Church where she sang … Continue reading "Suzanne Underwood ’57 TenHoeve"
A. Dorothy Benes ’57 Weiss
Mrs. Dorothy Weiss, age 87, of Orange City, went to be with Jesus on Thursday, October 20, 2022, at the Prairie Ridge Care Center in Orange City. A visitation with the family present will be held on Sunday, October 23, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. A prayer service … Continue reading "A. Dorothy Benes ’57 Weiss"
Carol McCahan ’58 Bradford
On Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2022, Carol M. Bradford, 86, departed this Earth. Carol was born April 16, 1936, in Poughkeepsie, NY, to the late Chester E. and Edith May (VanNess) McCahan. She graduated from Red Hook Central High School in 1954, attended Plattsburgh State University from 1954-1955 and graduated from Hope College in Holland, … Continue reading "Carol McCahan ’58 Bradford"
James Cooper ’58
James “Jim” H. Cooper passed away three days shy of his 86th birthday with his wife and daughter by his side. He was born on October 26, 1936, in Grand Rapids. He graduated from Central High School and went on to Hope College where he met Darlene Elzinga of Chicago. They both graduated with education … Continue reading "James Cooper ’58"
John Docherty III ’58
ohn W. “Jack”, “Doc” Docherty III, a long time resident of Millersville, MD passed away on February 11 at age 87. He was born January 11, 1936 to the late John W. Docherty Jr. and Helen N. Docherty in Somerville, NJ, where he attended the public schools. He played drums in Somerville High School’s Marching … Continue reading "John Docherty III ’58"
John Griep ’58
John Arthur Griep went to be with our Lord on September 13, 2022. One of four children born to Abe and Gertrude Griep, John was an intelligent and inquisitive child. John determined that hard work and focus were needed for one to be successful and self-sufficient. He also believed education would provide opportunity. These realizations … Continue reading "John Griep ’58"
Edward Vander Kooy ’58
Edward James Vander Kooy, age 90, of Holland, passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2022, in Holland, Michigan. Born on October 10, 1931, in Clinton, Iowa he went on to graduate from Illiana Christian High School, Lansing, Illinois in 1950. Thereafter he served two years in the United States Army, primarily at Fort Leonard Wood … Continue reading "Edward Vander Kooy ’58"
Roger Winkels ’58
Roger Winkels, of Holland, passed away on February 12, 2023, at the age of 89. He was born on April 20, 1933, to John and Mabel Winkels (Redder). He graduated from Zeeland High School and Hope College and attended Northwestern University. He received his master’s degree from Western Michigan University. He also served in the … Continue reading "Roger Winkels ’58"
Sue Huizenga ’59 Kanis
Suzanne Kanis (Huizenga), age 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, October 19, 2022. Sue lived her life with the twin objectives of loving God and loving her family and those she was privileged to know. She seemed to accomplish it with effortless ease practicing unparalleled hospitality. From her … Continue reading "Sue Huizenga ’59 Kanis"
Arthur Olson ’59
Arthur L. Olson, 90, of Jenison died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, at Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods in Byron Center.
Donald Paarlberg ’59
Dr. Donald Paarlberg, M.D., 85, of Coldwater, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2022 at ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 24, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Coldwater with Rev. Susan Reichenberg officiating. Visitation will be held Friday, September 23, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at … Continue reading "Donald Paarlberg ’59"


George Bitner ’60
George Phillip Bitner, age 85, of Spring Lake passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023, at American House in Spring Lake. He was born April 27, 1937, in Spokane, Wash., to William H. and Helen M. (Wood) Bitner. George married Eunice M. Stenberg on February 28, 1986, in Spring Lake. George graduated from Sturgis High School … Continue reading "George Bitner ’60"
James Kranendonk ’60
James Mark Kranendonk died Sunday, February 5, 2023, at the Charlton Manor Rest Home at the age of 89. He leaves a son, Michael Kranendonk and his wife Patricia, of Columbia S.C.; daughter Sylvia Juron and her husband David, of Charlton, Mass.; and son Brian Kranendonk of Malta, N.Y. He also leaves his beloved grandchildren, … Continue reading "James Kranendonk ’60"
Bruce Parsil ’61
Bruce Parsil passed away peacefully at home with Christy and friend attending under hospice care on the evening of Wednesday, May 25. He had turned 85 on May 5. Bruce and Christy’s 40th wedding anniversary would have been in December of this year. He will be deeply missed by Christy, his family, and his many … Continue reading "Bruce Parsil ’61"
Lois Garber ’62 Cary
Lois Kathryn Cary (Garber), age 82 of East Lansing, Michigan and a former resident of Sturgis passed away Friday, December 23, 2022 at the Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. She was born in Manhattan, New York, on June 6, 1940, the daughter of the late Dr. Kathryn Small Garber and Dr. Clarence Zent Garber. Lois’ … Continue reading "Lois Garber ’62 Cary"
Margo Kahler ’62
Peggy Ann went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 29,2023 peacefully in her sleep at 12:38 at‘Comforts of Home Senior Care’. She was born at Abington Hospital in Abington PA. in Montgomery County growing up on Willow Brook Farm, as the only daughter of Margaret H. White and Harry Lewis Kahler PhD.(chemistry) … Continue reading "Margo Kahler ’62"
David Needham ’62
David Charles Needham April 17, 1936 – December 11, 2022 David Charles Needham entered the Church Triumphant on December 11, 2022 at the age of 86. He began his life in Plainfield, New Jersey on April 17, 1936, the eldest of four children born to Lt. Col. (Ret.) John A. Needham, Sr. and Alice Freeman … Continue reading "David Needham ’62"
Johanna Van Lente ’62 Vandrey
Dr. Johanna Van Lente taught German at NIU for 33 years. She was born in Carbondale, Illinois, where her father was a Professor of Chemistry. Jo attended Hope College for two years before returning to SIU where she earned her B.A. Johanna then was accepted into the graduate program for German at Northwestern University where … Continue reading "Johanna Van Lente ’62 Vandrey"
Janet Riemersma ’62 Woods
Daughter (Clifford and Helen Riemersma), midwestern girl (Alma, Michigan), sister, wife, teacher (DPS-George Washington H.S. English), loyal friend. In the early 1960’s she went west to take a teaching job in Denver, Colorado. The Centennial State became her forever home. Small in stature. Huge in intellect and memory. Janet favored hummingbirds and fine simple clothes, … Continue reading "Janet Riemersma ’62 Woods"
James Esther ’63
The Rev. Esther was born Sept. 23, 1941, in Buffalo, N.Y. He was proud to begin his career at the First Reformed Church in Rochester, N.Y., where he and his wife, Alison, began their family. They made close friends with members of the congregation, who introduced them to what became their favorite place to spend … Continue reading "James Esther ’63"
Richard McFall ’63
Richard McFall, Hope graduate 1963, died Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 3:30am Pacific Time at home. He is survived by his sons: Ryan, Hope ’93 and Computer Science professor, and Kelly McFall, daughter-in-law Leanne (VandeBuntel) Mc Fall ’93, 5 grandchildren including Nathaniel McFall ’25.
Gerald Schneider ’63
Gerald C. Schneider, age 80, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022. Gerald was raised in New Jersey and attended Hope College. He loved music and was a DJ for a time in Grand Haven, MI and Reno, NV. He loved the Reno area where he lived for several years. He started several small businesses, … Continue reading "Gerald Schneider ’63"
Marcia Osterink ’64 Immink
Marcia Immink, age 80, passed away on Saturday, January 21st. Marcia was born to Harold “Hud” and Lucinda Osterink on February 23, 1942. She graduated from Holland High School and Hope College, received her Master’s degree from MSU and taught at Bauer Elementary in Hudsonville. Marcia is survived by her husband Earle; children Melissa ’96 … Continue reading "Marcia Osterink ’64 Immink"
Arthur Kramer ’64
Arthur (Art) J. Kramer lived a rich life full of people that he loved, adventures that he embraced, and kindness that he shared. He was an amazing storyteller, athlete, woodworker and family man. Perhaps his greatest impact was that he was an incredible educator and mentor. He could easily connect with anyone, and had an … Continue reading "Arthur Kramer ’64"
Robert Mackay ’64
Robert Mackay, 80, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of St. Joseph passed away on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in Novi, Mich. A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel and Cremation Service, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph with Pastor Dan Colthorp officiating. Friends may visit … Continue reading "Robert Mackay ’64"
Stephen Nordstrom ’64
NORDSTROM, Stephen A. – of Clio, age 80, died peacefully on Wednesday, December 21, 2022, at Cranberry Park in Clio. Funeral services will be held at 2PM Friday, December 30, 2022, at the O’Guinn Family Funeral Home in Clio. Pastor Tyler Sauer officiating. Private burial will be held in West Vienna Twp. Cemetery. The family … Continue reading "Stephen Nordstrom ’64"
Nancy Loewy ’64 Polen
Polen, Nancy Anne Linden – Age 81, passed away Friday, December 16, 2022. Nancy was born October 27, 1941, the daughter of Samuel and Annette (Hulsebos) Loewy. She was a 1959 graduate of Amundsen High School in Chicago, IL and she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Hope College in Holland, MI. She had resided in … Continue reading "Nancy Loewy ’64 Polen"
Beulah Daniel ’65 Derks
Beulah (Bea) Derks, age 81, of Holland, Michigan, passed away peacefully on December 21, 2022. Bea was born to Chester and Venna Daniel on March 6, 1941, in Kenvir, Kentucky. She graduated from Battle Creek Central High School in 1958. She attended Bronson School of Nursing in Kalamazoo, Michigan, graduating in 1961, achieving licensure as … Continue reading "Beulah Daniel ’65 Derks"
Marjorie Gouwens ’65 Hudgins
Marjorie Gouwens Hudgins passed away at Stonecroft Health Campus on November 6th, 2022. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 25th, 1943 to William and Dorothy Gouwens. As a young adult, Marjorie earned her B.A. in German Literature from Hope College, her M.A. in Germanic Languages from Indiana University, and her PhD in Germanic … Continue reading "Marjorie Gouwens ’65 Hudgins"
David Von Ins ’65
David Lee Von Ins (DVI to everyone who knew him) died peacefully, surrounded by his family on the morning of December 22, 2022 at the age of 80. He is survived by the love of his life and great beauty Jan; his exceptional children Nicholas, Nancy (John Tolley), and David III; two dynamite grandchildren, Maggie … Continue reading "David Von Ins ’65"
Jacklyn Benninger ’66
Jacklyn “Jackie” Pauline Benninger, 78, passed away Nov. 16 in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota with her family by her side. Born June 18, 1944, in Muskegon, Michigan, she is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Frank Benninger; by her two children Jon (Gina) Benninger and Shannon (Jason) Jemelka; and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded … Continue reading "Jacklyn Benninger ’66"
John Tanis ’67
Tanis, Dr. John A., Ph.D St. Joseph, MI Formerly of Kalamazoo Passed away Monday October 3, 2022 in St. Joseph, MI. John was born November 18, 1945 in Holland, MI the son of Purlin and Eleanor (Folkert) Tanis. John attended Zeeland High School and received his BA from Hope College. He earned a Masters at … Continue reading "John Tanis ’67"
Arlene Schutt ’67 Tenckinck
Arlene Tenckinck of Bedminster, NJ (formerly of Warwick, NY) passed away unexpectedly on January 29, 2023. She was 78 years old. Born in Holland, MI on December 22, 1944, she was the daughter of Harry and Helene (Michielsen) Schutt. Arlene attended Calvin College and worked as a nurse for Holland Hospital. She returned to college … Continue reading "Arlene Schutt ’67 Tenckinck"
Jon Dykema ’68
Jon William Dykema, age 77 of Holland, MI, passed away on Friday, January 27, 2023, in his home with his wife of 44 years, Carol, at his side. He was born on November 30, 1945, in Kalamazoo, MI to Bill and Lois Dykema. Jon attended Loy Norrix High School, then Howe Military School, and graduated … Continue reading "Jon Dykema ’68"
Walter Reed ’69
Walter A. Reed III, 75, of Jackson, NJ peacefully died on October 24, 2022 at Ocean University Medical Center. He was born in Hastings, MI and grew up in Lake Odessa, MI. Walter graduated from Hope College, Holland, MI in 1969 and then moved to New Jersey; he was a 37-year resident of Jackson Twp. … Continue reading "Walter Reed ’69"
James Shalek Jr. ’69
James A. Shalek, of Winfield, IL, son of James A. and Evelyn Shalek passed away on December 2, 2022 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jim was born in Chicago, IL. He later moved to Ingleside, IL where he spent his childhood. Jim was a graduate of Grant High School and obtained his Bachelor’s Degree at Hope … Continue reading "James Shalek Jr. ’69"
Robert Vanden Bos ’69
After watching an amazing fall sunset, Robert”Bob” L. VandenBos, age 75 of Grand Haven, MI, passed away peacefully in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 5, 2022. Bob was born onMarch 22, 1947 in Holland, MI to Benjamin and Ethel ( Wildschut) VandenBos. Following his graduation from high school, he attended the University ofMichigan … Continue reading "Robert Vanden Bos ’69"


Diane Hymans ’70
Diane Joy Hymans died peacefully at Ohio-Living Westminster Thurber Retirement Community on October 28, 2022. A significant stroke in July, 2017 started her decline in health. Diane was born on February 11, 1948, in Hull, Iowa, the daughter of Dowie James and Dorothy Jean Hymans. She spent her childhood years in Hull, a small, rural … Continue reading "Diane Hymans ’70"
Robert Kidd Jr. ’70
Robert Alexander “Sandy” Kidd, Jr., 73, of Raleigh, NC, died unexpectedly on August 31st, 2022. He was the son of the late Robert Alexander (CDR, USN) and Frances Kidd. Growing up as a military “brat”, Sandy lived all over the US and abroad until his family settled in Northern VA. He was a gifted athlete. … Continue reading "Robert Kidd Jr. ’70"
Robert Vanderberg ’70
Bob Vanderberg was known for many things during nearly 37 years at the Chicago Tribune. A kind, generous and funny colleague who could light up a room despite his soft-spoken demeanor. A talented writer and strong, well-organized editor. A spot-on Harry Caray impersonator. A high school sports expert. And a Chicago White Sox fan and … Continue reading "Robert Vanderberg ’70"
Fern Frank ’71 Sterk
We received word of the death of Fern Frank ’71 Sterk. She is survived by her two children, Aimee ’97 and Ryan
Joyce Lambert ’72 Kievit
Joyce Ann Kievit, PhD, of League City, Texas and formerly of the greater Columbus, Ohio area passed away, December 9, 2022 at UTMB Health in League City. Joyce was born on August 12, 1950 to the late Berta and Goldie Lambert. Joyce earned her PhD in American Indian History and Nineteenth Century American History at … Continue reading "Joyce Lambert ’72 Kievit"
Janet Cioffi ’73 Workman
Janet Cioffi Workman, 71, of Tucson passed away on December 31st, 2022 after complications from a stroke. Janet was born on November 29th, 1951 to Joseph Vincent Cioffi and Marian Ferreira Cioffi at Englewood Hospital in Bergen County, New Jersey. After Janet graduated from Cresskill High School in 1969, she attended Hope College in Michigan, … Continue reading "Janet Cioffi ’73 Workman"
Robert Jones ’74
Robert Edward Jones, 80, Ocean Isle Beach, NC died peacefully on November 14, 2022. He was born in Albany, NY on October 11, 1942, a son of the late Robert and Jane (Roberts) Jones. Bob was a U.S. Navy veteran serving a tour of duty on the River Assault Squadron in Vietnam. He obtained his Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology, worked … Continue reading "Robert Jones ’74"
Marjorie DeKam ’75 Boerman
Marjorie DeKam Boerman, age 69, previously of Holland MI, passed away October 8, 2022 in Tinton Falls NJ. Marjorie was born in Kalamazoo MI on September 21, 1953 to John and Ann ( Everts) DeKam. She graduated from Portage Central High School and Hope College. Marjorie started her broadcast career in 1976 at WHTC (Holland … Continue reading "Marjorie DeKam ’75 Boerman"
Stephen Donnelly ’75
Stephen Joseph Donnelly, age 69, of Falls Church, Virginia passed away on Thursday, January 12, 2023. He was born on April 21, 1953, in Holland, Michigan to Bernard and Virginia Donnelly. Stephen grew up in the small town of Holland, Michigan, in a large family with many nearby relatives. He was the youngest of seven … Continue reading "Stephen Donnelly ’75"
Carol Nykerk ’76
Carol Sue Nykerk, 68, of Holland, MI passed away on December 11, 2022 at her home in Holland. Carol was born in Holland to Harry and Leona Nykerk on October 21, 1954. She attended West Ottawa schools, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work from Hope College, followed by a master’s … Continue reading "Carol Nykerk ’76"
Tharlo Klaver ’78
Klaver, Tharlo 12/6/1955 – 1/7/2023 Tharlo “Thar” Klaver, age 67 of Wyoming, went to his eternal home on January 7, 2023 and is now wrapped in the arms of Jesus. He attended Wyoming Park High School and Hope College where he excelled both academically and athletically. It was at Wyoming Park that Thar met (and … Continue reading "Tharlo Klaver ’78"
Paul Osburn ’78
On the morning of December 16, 2022, just shy of his 67th birthday, Paul Osburn went to be with Jesus. He had been diagnosed with AML Leukemia just one week earlier and passed in peace surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. Paul was born in Grand Rapids, MI to parents Alvin and Betty Osburn. … Continue reading "Paul Osburn ’78"


Alan Kieda ’80
Kieda, Alan D. Alan D. Kieda, age 67, of Cedar Springs, MI, died too soon on Friday, October 21, 2022. Although he’s bodily no longer with us, he’s now worry-free in his Lord and Savior’s arms. Alan was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on December 14, 1954. On December 23, 1978, he married Alyson Blue … Continue reading "Alan Kieda ’80"
Deborah Warnaar ’81
Deborah Lynn Warnaar (Debbie) died on October 15, 2022, at her home in Rockingham County, Virginia, after living with a rare cancer for five years. She was born on October 22, 1959 in Michigan and grew up in Grand Haven, on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Her parents Donald and Gail (Leonard) Warnaar instilled a … Continue reading "Deborah Warnaar ’81"
Andrew Bloemers ’86
Andrew “Andy” John Bloemers, age 60, of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away Sunday, November 13, 2022, at home, surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer. Andy was born October 9, 1962, to Roger and Marie (Storkan) Bloemers in Grand Haven, MI. After graduation from Grand Haven High School in 1981, he … Continue reading "Andrew Bloemers ’86"
Linda Ruiter ’87 Verellen
erellen, Linda 6/15/1965 – 2/8/2023 Traverse City, MI The world is dimmer now as we announce the peaceful passing of our Lovely Linda. Linda was born on May 15, 1965 in Blue Earth County, Minnesota. She and younger brother John grew up in Spring Lake, MI raised by parents Jane and Allen Ruiter. Her work … Continue reading "Linda Ruiter ’87 Verellen"


Amy Haveman ’92 DeKruyter
Heaven welcomed Amy Jo DeKruyter into her eternal home, age 52, of Holland, MI, on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. A beautiful mother, wife, sister, and daughter, she died after a year-long journey with multiforme glioblastoma. Amy’s unforgettable smile, sparkling eyes, listening ear, and warm welcome marked a life of love, service, and deep Christian faith. … Continue reading "Amy Haveman ’92 DeKruyter"
Janet Grant ’95
Grant, Janet Mary Spring Lake, MI Janet Mary (Hylen) Grant, 79 passed away on Sunday January 15, 2023 surrounded by her family. She was born in Muskegon Michigan on February 3, 1943 to James and Dorothy (Dahlstrand) Hylen and married William Grant on August 29, 1964. They shared 58 years of devoted love. Jan was … Continue reading "Janet Grant ’95"
Julie Jaasma ’96 Slezak
Julie Ann Slezak, age 47, of Hudsonville, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 30, 2022, after a relentless battle with a chronic illness. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 25 years, Scott Slezak ’97; children, Carl Slezak, Anne Slezak, Aurelia Slezak; parents, George and Marjorie Jaasma; brother, Michael and … Continue reading "Julie Jaasma ’96 Slezak"


Clayton Trapp ’02
CLAYTON ALBERT TRAPP, 42, of Grand Rapids, Michigan was born July 8, 1980 and passed away on February 20, 2023 in Golden, Colorado. Clay graduated from Forest Hills Central and was a All-State Linebacker (along with his brother Clint). Clay graduated from Hope College, Holland MI with a business degree. Finally settling in Golden, Colorado … Continue reading "Clayton Trapp ’02"

Sympathy to

Kathy Lundy
Kathy Joy Lundy, age 64, passed away on Monday October 24th, 2022 surrounded by family. Kathy was born on December 13th, 1957 to Jake and Carol Terpstra in Zeeland, MI. Kathy met the love of her life Lon and was married for 45 years. Kathy enjoyed exploring and traveling to new places with Lon. She … Continue reading "Kathy Lundy"
G. Larry Penrose
As a scholar he explored the fabled history of our world. As a professor at Hope College, he inspired the eager minds of generations. As a naturalist, you could often find him stream-side in the splendor of a fly hatch. It is with sadness that we report that G. Larry Penrose passed away peacefully on … Continue reading "G. Larry Penrose"
Leslie Wessman
Leslie Wessman, age 84, of Holland, Michigan died after a prolonged illness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Marjorie Parsons, and her husband, Robert Wessman. She is survived by her sister Lucy Butcher, brother Jeff Parsons, son Dylan Wessman, and granddaughters Katie and Lily Wessman. Leslie graduated from Natrona County High … Continue reading "Leslie Wessman"