In Memoriam

1940s

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"

1950s

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"

1960s

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"
Paul Wassenaar ’68
Paul Roy Wassenaar passed away peacefully on March 30, 2019, at his home in La Jolla, California, after a battle with cancer. Paul was born on March 29, 1946, in Holland, Michigan, to Lester and Ruth Wassenaar. He attended Hope College and the University of Michigan, he received his law degree in 1969, and a … Continue reading "Paul Wassenaar ’68"
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.

1970s

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"

1980s

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"

1990s

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"

2000s

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.

2010s

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"