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June 2007 Obituaries

Mildred Strabbing '39 Bartelmez (02/06/07)

David H. Bogie '53 (3/17/07)

Henry D. Bronkhorst '51 (2/19/07)

Robert Brower '51 (3/16/07)

Cornelius C. Bruggink (1/24/07)

Doris L. Bullers (2/22/07)

Marian Schroeder '49 Buteyn (5/5/07)

George C. Claver Jr. '44 (4/30/07)

James I. Cook '48 (5/1/07)

Francis G. Dahlke '58 (2/10/07)

William G. (Bill) De Witt Sr. (12/24/06)

Anne DeYoung '42 (2/20/07)

Paul Gottwald '42 (3/12/07)

William O. Grunden '53 (2/27/07)

Kathryn Stronks '39 Hansen (2/26/07)

Evelyn H. Hinkamp '32 (3/13/07)

Gladys Moerdyke '38 Hoffman (3/14/07)

Adrian J. Klaasen '57 (4/29/07)

Faye DeWitt '62 Knoper (3/15/07)

Robert G. Kropp '03 (4/17/07)

Jack K. Krum '44 (3/9/07)

Marion F. Labusohr '48 (2/9/07)

M. Irene Little '51 Malewitz (3/8/07)

Constance Brillhart '50 Miller (2/22/07)

David K. Monroe '57 (3/9/07)

Charles B. Newton '49 (3/11/07)

Margaret Nagy '42 Osterhaven (5/8/07)

Louise VanEvera '37 Person (3/21/07)

Luella Pyle '47 Rens (4/27/07)

Patricia Haskin '46 Roberts (2/23/07)

Raymond Shoemaker '32 (3/26/07)

Elaine Johnson '39 Swanson (3/19/07)

Sedie Elizabeth "Betty" Moir '27 TerLouw (3/20/07)

Kathy Beck '81 Tuttle (3/9/05)

Helen VanFarowe '51 Vandenberg (4/30/07)

Donald R. Vande Polder '55 (1/31/07)

Lyle Vander Werff '56 (4/23/07)

Julia Walvoord '34 Van Wyk (4/15/07)

Allison L. Van Zyl '50 (4/29/07)

George C. Wagner '62 (3/24/07)

Anna Ruth Poppen '45 Wiersema (12/9/06)

John Witte '54 (May 2007)

Henry P. "Hank" Young '56 (12/1/06)

 

Mildred Strabbing ’39 Bartelmez of Colma, Calif., died on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007. She was 89.

She was born in Hamilton, Mich., the third of four children, to Margaret and Henry Strabbing.

She met her husband, Theodore L. Bartelmez, on a sailboat off the coast of Maine, and they married in 1942. They moved to San Francisco in 1947, and she had lived in Colma since 1952.

Milly was a woman of ambition, wit, and humor, and a loving wife and parent. She was the first woman at her laboratory technicians training program to have graduated from college. She went on to work as a lab tech in New Hampshire and later in New York.

She kept a beautiful garden and became active in her local garden club, eventually leading the group and making many friends. She was also a talented and prolific painter, working mainly in oils and watercolor, as well as excelling in basketry and stained glass.

She also became a courageous first mate on a series of sailboats that the family owned.

When her husband was stricken with polio and almost died, Milly took charge and not only empowered Ted to eventually walk again (which was considered to be a miraculous event), but she stood by her children and gave them strength to go forward and succeed.

Milly and Ted were married for 49 years until Ted's death in 1991.

In the midst of her well-kept home and garden Milly continued to express her energy and creativity. A wonderful mother and friend, a lover of nature, an incredible gardener, and an avid Giants fan, she was quick-witted, astute, honest and hilarious. We loved her well.

Survivors include her sister, Dorothy Strabbing ’40 Schrotenboer of Seal Beach, Calif.; her three children, John Bartelmez of Denton, Md., Stephen Bartelmez of Gainesville, Fla., and Margaret Adie of Austin, Texas; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 

David H. Bogie ’53 of Manistee, Mich., died on Saturday, March 17, 2007. He was 79.

He was born June 15, 1927, in Manistee, the son of Dr. David and Hilda (Ekstrand) Bogie. He graduated from Manistee High School in 1945, after which he served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II.

Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended North Park College, Hope, and the University of Michigan, where he received his teaching certificate and a Bachelor of Science degree.

He taught high school chemistry in the Detroit area, retiring from Highland Park High School in 1976. He then returned to Manistee.

He was a member of Faith Covenant Church, where he served as treasurer and social secretary for many years. He was also an usher, and he played on the church’s dartball team.

He enjoyed deer hunting with his father, brother-in-law and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother-in-law, Lester Solberg.

Survivors include his sister, Phyllis Solberg, and four nephews and their spouses and children.

 

Henry D. Bronkhorst ’51 of Glendale Heights, Ill., died on Monday, Feb. 19, 2007. He was 78.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marcia Van Kuiken and Janet Kluth, and his brother, David Bronkhorst.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, LaVerne; his children, William (Carol) Bronkhorst, Lynda (Thomas) Packard, and Mark (Jill) Bronkhorst; seven grandchildren; one sister, Joann (Charles) Maceikis; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Robert Brower ’51 of Hudsonville, Mich., died on Friday, March 16, 2007. He was 89.

He was a veteran of World War II.

He graduated from Hope and from Chicago Vander Cook College of Music.

He was band director of Ortonville (Mich.) High School and Zeeland (Mich.) High School.

Survivors include his wife, Grace; his children, Robert (Cecelia) Brower and Leah Brower ’79 (Alan) Lough; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Clifford Cunningham and Ted Vander Ploeg; and sisters-in-law, Minnie Vander Ploeg and Cornelia Gras.

 

Cornelius C. Bruggink of Byron Center, Mich., died on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007.

Survivors include his wife, Berdene Bruggink; his daughter, Sue Bruggink ’73 Edema; his son, James ’78 (SuAnn Lenters ’81) Bruggink; five grandchildren, including Rebecca Edema ’99 Werdon and Todd Edema ’03; one great-grandson; and many other relatives.

 

Doris L. Bullers of Holland, Mich., died on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. She was 78.

She had worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company, retiring after 22 years of employment. She also worked in the housekeeping department of the college for more than 15 years.

Survivors include her children, Vernon (Jo Anne) Bullers of Wayland, Mich., Debra Calvert of Allegan, Mich., Teri Bullers of Holland, and Jeffery (Betty) Bullers of Holland; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; her brother, Krien VerBerkemoes of Grand Haven, Mich.; her sisters, Mary (Russell) Ten Hagen and Joyce (David) Fritz, both of Grand Haven; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Marian Schroeder ’49 Buteyn of Holland, Mich., died on Saturday, May 5, 2007, in the intensive care unit of Holland Hospital after a long period of ill health. She was 79.

She was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 15, 1927. From birth on she was involved with a family committed to the ministry and mission of the Church. Her great-grandparents and her great-great-grandparents were pioneer missionaries in Indonesia. Her grandfather served congregations in the Netherlands and, as a immigrant, in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Lower Michigan, both in the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and the Presbyterian Church. Her parents, the late Rev. Carl J. and Cassie Schroeder, served congregations in the RCA in Indianapolis, Ind., Chicago, Beaverdam, Mich., Peterson, N.J., and Exeter and Calgary, Canada. She shared the experience of growing up in church communities with her sister, Joan Wenke, and her brother, Rev. Carl J. Schroeder Jr. As her immigrant father had, she and her siblings attended Hope, where all three of them met their future spouses.

She married her husband, Rev. Donald Buteyn ’48, in 1949. Their shared journey in Christian ministry through their 58 years together included seminary internships at the Old North Church in Dumont, N.J., and the First Reformed Church of Waupun, Wis., and pastorates at Jamestown (Mich.) Reformed Church, Midland (Mich.) Reformed Church, and First Reformed Church of Kalamazoo, Mich. In 1964 her husband accepted a call to serve on the staff of The First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, Calif. They continued serving congregations of the United Presbyterian Church in California at Hollywood Presbyterian Church of Los Angeles, First Presbyterian Church of Bakersfield, and the Rancho Bernardo Presbyterian Church in San Diego. Their parish ministries were interspersed by times of service in the Presbytery of Seattle, Synod of Alaska Northwest and the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, Calif.

Marian was active as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Kent, Wash., and a leader in a variety of women’s ministries in both California and Washington. She received her M.A. degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1989. While there she served with her husband during his eight years on the faculty, including a term as dean. She was very active in her field of spiritual direction via the seminary’s Center for Christian Spiritual Disciplines and was a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She was also certified as a spiritual director by the Sisters of Mercy at Mercy Center in Burlingame, Calif. She was deeply involved in the training of numbers of women in the practice of spiritual direction and formation, which has begun to capture the attention of clergy and lay leaders in both Protestant and Roman Catholic ministries. Marian also served for several years on the administrative staff of the Marin County School District and also the staff of the Los Angeles Orphan Home Society.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years; her six children, Richard Buteyn, Joyce Garrett, Jean Amato, Carol Harris, Douglas Buteyn and Steven Buteyn; 10 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; a brother, Carl ’53 (Lucille VanHeest ’55) Schroeder; and a sister, Joan Schroeder ’60 (Lee ’60) Wenke.

 

George C. Claver Jr. ’44 of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, April 30, 2007. He was 85.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., he was a member of Third Reformed Church and the Century Club.

He earned a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, and retired from Monsanto Corp. as a research chemist.

The family of George Claver and his late wife, Dorothy Wichers ’44 Claver, established scholarships at Hope College in honor of each of them.

Survivors include his children, Robert ’69 (Elizabeth) Claver of Candia, N.H., and Judith (Allen) Keyes of Cheshire, Conn.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 

James I. Cook ’48 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, May 1, 2007, at his home. He was 82.

Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., he was the son of Cornelius and Cornelia Cook, and graduated from South High School.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in World War II.

In addition to graduating from Hope, he earned a master’s degree in English literature from Michigan State University, a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

He served as the pastor of Blawenburg Reformed Church in Blauwenburg, N.J., for 10 years.

From 1963 to 1995 he was the Anton Biemolt Professor of New Testament at Western Seminary, and he continued to teach at the seminary until 2004.

In 1982 he served the RCA General Synod as president and also as chair for the Commission on Theology.

He was preceded in death by a son, Paul Cook, in 1982.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Jean Rivenburgh ’50 Cook; his daughter, Carol Cook ’76 (Lynn Roberson); two sons, Mark ’73 (Janet Ross ’76) Cook and Timothy Cook, both of Holland; three grandchildren, including Anna Cook ’05 and current student Margaret Cook; and his brothers, Peter (Emajean) Cook of Grand Rapids, Mich., Robert Cook of Pineville, La., and Roger (Arlene) Cook of Wyoming, Mich.

 

Francis Gene Dahlke ’58 of Glendale, Ariz., died on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2007. He was 70.

Francis was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., and graduated from Lincoln High School.

He completed his pre-medical studies at Hope in three years.

He was accepted into medical school at the George Washington (GW) University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where he received his medical degree in 1961. His surgical internship and surgical residencies were at the GW University Hospital with sub-specialty training in thoracic and pediatric surgery at the District of Columbia Hospital and Children's Hospital under the auspices of the GW University surgical training. He was chief surgical resident in the department of general and thoracic surgery at the District of Columbia General Hospital, as well as chief surgical resident at the GW University Hospital. While at GW University Hospital, he performed surgery on a newborn, born with gastroschisis, and his case was the 13th case of survival in the world.

Following his surgical residencies, he completed two years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. During that time, he served as a staff member in the department of general and thoracic surgery at Elmendorf Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, and was chief of the thoracic section.

After discharge from the military, he practiced medicine and surgery in Wisconsin Rapids until 1973, when he joined the Doctors Clinic Ltd. in Two Rivers, Wis., in the practice of surgery. In 1981, he became a NATO consultant to the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Bitburg, Germany.

He was a distinguished member of The Royal Society of Health, The American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, The International Academy of Proctology, and The International Platform Association. He is listed in The Dictionary of International Biography, Wisconsin Men of Achievement and Personalities of the West and Midwest.

He was a private pilot with duel engine rating and he loved to travel and hunt. He had a passion for taking his family on grand trips throughout Europe, Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. These trips included skiing, visiting castles and tracing historic battlefields, giving his children a wide knowledge of the world.

He was an incredible Christian man who instilled Christian values in his children, to be passed on to their children.

His big game trophies, which include full mounts of a polar bear, Kodiak brown bear, mountain goat and a Dall sheep, are now displayed in the Bass Fishing Museum in Springfield, Mo.

Survivors include his loving wife, Bonnie; his daughter, Kim Dahlke ’83 (Robert) Helms of Glendale, Ariz.; his sons, Brian ’85 (Karen Hargrove ’87) Dahlke of San Diego, Calif., Bruce ’89 (Denise) Dahlke of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Kirk Dahlke ’92 of Miami, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Nicole, Amber and Bobby Helms; Dylan Dahlke; Luke Cassidy; and Garrett and Holden Dahlke.

 

William G. (Bill) De Witt Sr. of El Mirage, Ariz., formerly of Zeeland, Mich., died on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006. He was 93.

He was a co-founder of Bil-Mar Foods in 1938, retiring in 1987.

He was a member of Rusk Christian Reformed Church. While living in Arizona, he attended Orangewood Christian Reformed Church in Phoenix.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Martha Postma De Witt, in 1997.

Survivors include his wife, Milada Lottie Helms De Witt; his children, Julia (Jobe) Morrison, who is a former member of the college’s board of trustees, Shirley (Ronald) DeDoes, William (Mary) De Witt Jr., and Raymond De Witt; 14 grandchildren, including Dawn De Witt ’84 (Kurt ’83) Brinks, who is assistant professor of communication at Hope, Sandra De Witt ’87 (Jeffrey ’86) Kayes, Catherine Morrison ’89 (Robert ’89) Lane, Kelly ’91 (Kristin Kingma ’92) DeWitt, Kerri-Sue DeWitt ’94 (James ’96) Smits, and Michael R. De Witt ’00; 26 great-grandchildren; three step-children; his sister, Sena (John) Vugteveen; his brother, Marvin (Jerene) De Witt; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Anna Mae Postma, Elizabeth Postma, Kenneth and Beverly Postma, Helene Postma, Angela and Spencer Wenbourne, Evelyn Terry, Robert Boardman, Kathleen Ward, and Robert and Bonnie Olson.

 

Anne DeYoung ’42 of Rochester, N.Y., died on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. She was 90.

Her parents were Rev. Benjamin ’09 and Martha VanDyke DeYoung.

She was a worldwide registered nurse missionary with the Reformed Church in America.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, including Edward M. DeYoung ’44, and one sister, Edith DeYoung ’34 Conley.

She is survived by many family members.

 

Paul Gottwald ’42 of Columbus, Ohio, died on Monday, March 12, 2007. He was 88.

He was born Jan. 19, 1919, to Leopold and Gertrude Gottwald in Vienna, Austria, and immigrated to the United States in 1939.

After graduating from Hope, he earned master’s and doctorate degrees from The Ohio State University, where he retired from the department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Alice “Sally” Gottwald; his daughters, Anne McVey and Lisa (Mark) Argiro; a sister, Ingeborg Gottwald; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

 

William O. Grunden ’53 of Wimauma, Fla., died on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2007. He was 79.

 

Kathryn Stronks ’39 Hansen of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, Feb. 26, 2007. She was 88.

She was born in Kewanee, Ill. Her father was W.J. Stronks ’12.

She taught in the Scottsville and Ludington public schools in Michigan until retiring in 1977 and then moving to Holland.

She was a member of Community Church in Ludington.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Erving, in 1999.

Survivors include a daughter, Karin; a son, Warren (Charlene) Hansen of Big Rapids, Mich.; five grandchildren, including Theresa L. Hansen ’98 of Mount Pleasant, Mich.; and a brother, Willard (Lia) Stronks of Holland, Mich.

 

Evelyn M. Hinkamp ’32 of Waupun, Wis., died on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. She was 96.

The daughter of William and Johanna Kempers Hinkamp, she was born on Aug. 28, 1910, in Waupun.

She attended Waupun Schools and Hope College, and then graduated from Milwaukee Teacher’s College in 1931.

She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.

She was employed as a public school teacher, having taught elementary classes in Sheboygan, Wis., and Waupun for many years.

She belonged to the Waupun Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, which she had served as president. She was a member of the First Reformed Church, where she was active in the RCA Women’s Guild and led the youth in the Christian Endeavor Ministry.

She loved to travel and enjoyed many trips across most of the United States, including Alaska, and also traveled in Europe.

She was preceded in death by an infant sister and her brother and sister-in-law, Henry and Mildred Hinkamp.

Survivors include her cousins, Eloise Hinkamp ’51 (Gerard ’49) Van Heest of Holland, Mich., and Jonathan J. Hinkamp ’55 of Ticonderoga, N.Y.

 

Gladys Moerdyke ’38 Hoffman of Zeeland, Mich., died on Wednesday, March 14, 2007. She was 90.

She was a social worker in Detroit, Mich., for eight years before moving to Zeeland, Mich., and teaching in Zeeland Public Elementary School for several years.

She was a member of Second Reformed Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Hoffman, in 1997 and a daughter, Sharon Dyke, in 1987.

Survivors include her son, Brent Hoffman of Zeeland; in-laws, Alamanda Brown and Rhonda Lukitch, both of Pittsburgh, Pa., Tressa and Robert Surdick of Bethel Park, Pa., and Alberta Hoffman of Washington, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

 

Adrian J. Klaasen ’57 of Boca Raton, Fla., died on Sunday, April 29, 2007. He was 71.

He was the son of Ade and Florence Klaasen.

In addition to Hope College, he graduated from the University of Chicago Law School.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Dykhuizen ’60 Klaasen; his sons, John (Arlene) Klaasen and Bill (Sally) Klaasen; one grandson; and a brother, Thomas A. ’61 (Mary) Klaasen.

 

Faye DeWitt ’62 Knoper of Allendale, Mich., died on Thursday, March 15, 2007, after a battle with cancer. She was 65.

She was a graduate of Michigan State University Medical School and practice family medicine in Rockford, Mich., for five years.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Bekkering.

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Marvin Knoper; her children, Scott (Lori) Knoper of Zeeland, Mich., and Mike (Jill) Knoper and Ron and Lori Bekkering, all of Allendale; nine grandchildren; sisters, Beth DeWitt ’73 (Glenn) Kleinheksel of Hamilton, Mich., and Donna De Witt ’72 (Paul) Slominski of Wisconsin; and nieces and nephews.

 

Robert G. Kropp ’03 of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, April 17, 2007. He was 45.

He graduated from Olivet High School and Olivet College and received his master’s degree from Canyon College.

He was employed at West Ottawa High School as a security guard.

Survivors include his wife, Valerie Kropp; his son, Pvt. Alexander Kropp; stepchildren, Jared Russell and Hillary Russell of Holland; his parents, Robert and Maureen Kropp of Arcadia, Fla.; a sister, Nora (Robert) Fons of Pearland, Texas; his mother-in-law, Evelyn French of Holland; in-laws, Gary (Sherry) French of South Haven, Mich., Steve French of South Haven, Debbie (Wade) Slotman of Bay City, Texas, and Carole (Carl) Crawford of Cassopolis, Mich.; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

Jack K. Krum ’44 of Bonner Springs, Kan., died on Friday, March 9, 2007. He was 84.

He was born on March 17, 1922, to Clara Louise and Jean Krum of Kansan City, Mo. Upon his father’s death, he moved to Michigan, where he had his early schooling. He graduated from Holland (Mich.) High School.

After graduating from Hope, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, spending three years in the Pacific theater. Subsequently he returned to attend Michigan State University and the University of Massachusetts, where he earned a Ph.D. in food science.

He was employed by a variety of food manufacturers in their research and development departments, where he was always a hard and conscientious worker. He was a member of the Institute of Food Technologists. He was very active over the years as president of local chapters, and he was elected a Fellow of the institute.

In the late 1970s he founded Ingredients Techniques, providing ingredients to the food industry. He continued in this business until he was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was an enthusiastic golfer in the summer and a talented water color artist. He also did wood carving, creating hundreds of shore birds decoys for trophies for the Golden Retriever Club and the Flat Coated Retriever Society. He had been a member of the Heartland Art Guild since its inception.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Miriam Krum; four children, Meredith (Howard) Boardman, Mark (Linda) Krum, Eric (Paula) Krum, and Andrew (Mary) Krum; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

 

Marion F. Labusohr ’48 of Terre Du Lac, Mo., died on Friday, Feb. 9, 2007. She was 79.

She was born Oct. 26, 1927, in New York City to Arthur and Huldah (Robbins) Labusohr.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western University.

She worked as an occupational therapist for many years.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jean Labusohr.

She was quite passionate toward animals and nature, and she was an avid reader.

Survivors include five cousins and other relatives.

 

Mary Irene Little ’51 Malewitz of Lower Gwynedd, Pa., died on Thursday, March 8, 2007. She was 78.

She was born Aug. 18, 1928, in New York City, the daughter of David and Edith E. (Greer) Little.

A longtime resident of Willow Grove, Pa., she and her husband, Thomas Malewitz ’51, moved to Harleysville, Pa., in 1980. After his death, she moved to Springhouse Estates in 2001.

She was employed as a third-grade teacher by Upper Dublin (Pa.) School district for 30 years, teaching at the Jarrettown and Fort Washington elementary schools.

Survivors include her children, Debra Malewitz ’81 Guerry, Pamela Hunter and Thomas D. Malewitz; and seven grandchildren.

 

Word has been received of the death of Constance Brillhart ’50 Miller of Delmar, N.Y., who died on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2007. She was 78.

 

David K. Monroe ’57 of Manteno, Ill., died on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. He was 72.

He was born to Donald D. and Catherine (Sterken) Monroe on Feb. 23, 1935, and raised in Gary, Ind. He graduated from Lew Wallace High School. After attending Hope, he completed a bachelor’s degree in marketing a Indiana University.

He married Susan Lloyd on July 22, 1963.

He was an accountant who retired from C.N.A. in 1996.

His greatest loves were his wife, cars, and basketball.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Susan Monroe; two daughters, Annette and Michele Monroe ’91; one son-in-law; five grandchildren; one brother; two sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Charles Bud Newton ’49 of Ann Arbor, Mich., died on Sunday, March 11, 2007, at Arbor Hospice. He was 81.

He was born Dec. 31, 1925, in Traverse City, Mich., to Florence and William Newton, and graduated from Traverse City High School in 1944.

He was a veteran who served in the Army infantry in France during World War II.

He was a member of the Fraters Society while attending Hope.

In 1950 he graduated from the University of Michigan, where he majored in history and was a member of Phi Alpha Kappa Christian Fraternity.

He enjoyed a successful career in life insurance sales and earned the distinction of the College Life Underwriter designation.

He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir for several years. He also served on the Ecumenical Campus Center and on the board of the Ann Arbor YMCA.

He loved the game of golf, and in his later years, was a passionate bridge player.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Newton.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Janet Newton; two sons, David Newton and Mark (Patricia Rideout) Newton; three grandchildren; his brother, William Newton; a step-brother, Harold Wills ’67; and a sister-in-law, Jeanette Siderius ’52 Newton.

 

Margaret Nagy ’42 Osterhaven of Holland, Mich., died on Tuesday, May 8, 2007. She was 89.

She was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. She received the Dillingham Cup upon graduation from Union High School in 1936, and was elected to the Mortar Board at Hope. She worked as an office secretary before and during her college years.

She served on various committees at Hope College (1945-1952) and Western Theological Seminary (1950-1986), where her husband was employed, and on the youth committee of the Synod of the Great Lakes of the Reformed Church in America. She was also known as a gracious hostess and culinary artist.

The Margaret Nagy Osterhaven Scholarship Fund was established in her honor at Hope College.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M. Eugene Osterhaven ’37, in 2004 and a sister, Elizabeth Bush.

Survivors include her children, David (Jean) Osterhaven of Holland, Ellen Osterhaven ’67 (Roy ’66) Anker of Grand Rapids, Calvin ’68 (Robin) Osterhaven of Grand Ledge, Mich., and Janice Osterhaven ’75 of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; seven grandchildren, including Elizabeth Anker ’96; one great-grandson; her brother- and sister-in law, Arnold and Esther Sonneveldt; her sister-in-law, Wilma Tangenberg; and nieces and nephews.

 

Louise VanEvera ’37 Person of Washington, D.C., died on Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

Survivors include one daughter.

 

Luella Pyle ’47 Rens of Orange City, Iowa, died on Friday, April 27, 2007, at her home. She was 81.

She was the daughter of Henry and Lillian Pyle.

She was a school and piano teacher, and she served several churches with her first husband.

She was a member of Calvary Christian Reformed Church, and she was involved in Bible studies for prisoners and in THEOS.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold Kammeraad ’49, in 1981; her second husband, Reyer Rens, in 1999; a son, Bruce Kammeraad; and a step-daughter, Brendine Nyhof.

Survivors include her sons, William Kammeraad of Holyoake, Mass., Robert (Kathleen) Kammeraad of Gilford, N.H., and Gary (Natalie) Kammeraad of Bethel Park, Pa.; a stepson, Jacob (Sharon) Rens of Boring, Ore.; stepdaughters, Grace (Dick) Thomas of Pella, Iowa, Margaret (Bob) Schelling of Orange City, Barbara (Paul) Bettes of Sparta, Mich., Ruth (Ned) Weitgenant of Hills, Minn., and Carol (Jeff) De Young of Chenango Forks, N.Y.; step-son-in-law, Gordon Nyhof of Gresham, Ore.; one grandson; 17 step-grandchildren; 14 step-great-grandchildren; her sister, Shirley Pyle ’52 Troast of New Jersey; sister-in-law, Alice Van Dyke of Wisconsin; and nieces and nephews.

 

Patricia Haskin ’46 Roberts of Holland, Mich., died on Friday, Feb. 23, 2007. She was 82.

She was born in East Grand Rapids, Mich.

While at Hope she served as president of the Girls Glee Club and the Sibylline Sorority. As a senior, she was awarded the W. Curtis Snow Music Award.

She taught English at Grand Haven High School for several years.

She was a long time Camp Fire leader, cellist in the West Shore Symphony and a member of Beechwood Reformed Church.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Jean Roberts, in 1984, and a sister, Prudence Haskin ’50 Selover, in 2004.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Edward J. Roberts ’48; her children, Nancy (Dan) Bauer, David Roberts, and Laura (Dave) Simcik, all of Holland; seven grandchildren; a sister, Phyllis Haskin ’47 (Joseph ’49) De Neve of Port Sheldon, Mich.; in-laws, Carl Selover ’50 of Holland, Kenneth G. ’59 (Ruth) Roberts of Warsaw, Ind., and Jane and Whit Summers of Maryland; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

Raymond Shoemaker ’32 of Zeeland, Mich., died on Monday, March 26, 2007. He was 97.

He was a lifelong farmer in the Zeeland area.

He was a member of First Christian Reformed Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Shoemaker, in 2004 and by his brother, Jacob H. Shoemaker ’41.

Survivors include his children, Roger (Mary) Shoemaker of Middleville, Mich., Laverne (Elaine) Shoemaker of Hudsonville, Mich., Shirley Garlock of Hamilton, Mich., and Richard (Jane) Shoemaker of Kalamazoo, Mich.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Louise Vander Veer of Zeeland.

 

Elaine Johnson ’39 Swanson of Traverse City, Mich., died on Monday, March 19, 2007, with her family by her side. She was 88.

She was born on March 16, 1919, in Allegan, Mich., the daughter of Oscar and Elizabeth Johnson.

On May 22, 1943, she married Harold Swanson in Muskegon, Mich.

Following the death of her husband, Harold Swanson, in 1975, she moved back to Traverse City and worked as a business manager for a doctor for more than 10 years.

A gracious and warm lady, she generously welcomed all to her beautiful homestead on the Old Mission Peninsula. She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, where she was active in women’s work and held many leadership positions. She was also an active member of Church Women United for 25 years and served as treasurer during that time. In 1996 she was given the Valiant Woman of Honor award.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Sepher Johnson and Morton Johnson, and her sister, Linnea Slater.

Survivors include her daughters, Tani (Steve) Simons of Fort Worth, Texas, and Kim (Ed) Mende of Williamsburg, Mich.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 

Sedie Elizabeth “Betty” Moir ’27 TerLouw of Stone Island, Enterprise, Fla., died on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at her home. She was 103.

She was born on Jan. 31, 1904, in New York City, the daughter of George and Minnie (Esser) Moir.

After graduating with a B.A. in history from Hope, she earned an M.S. in biology at the University of Michigan in 1928.

She taught high school science in New York City before she married Adrian TerLouw and moved to Rochester, N.Y.

She enjoyed weaving and the teaching of weaving. She was officially known as the mentor of her guild, Weavers of Orlando. She donated to the guild the extensive library of her teaching notes, hundreds of hand-woven samples, and her books.

She was preceded in death by her husband and by her son, Peter TerLouw.

Survivors include her sons, Dierk TerLouw of Ithaca, New York, and Jan TerLouw, who attended Hope from 1959 to 1961, and his wife, Jane TerLouw, of Franklin Lakes, N.J.; five grandchildren, including Peter Dierk TerLouw ’87; and five great-grandchildren.

 

Word has been received of the death of Kathy Beck ’81 Tuttle of Evanston, Ill., who died on Wednesday, March 9, 2005. She was 45.

Survivors include her children, David Tuttle and Jonathan Taylor, and her sister, Wendy (Dennis) Moon.

 

Helen VanFarowe ’51 Vandenberg of Holland, Mich., died on Monday, April 30, 2007, at her home following a long battle with cancer. She was 79.

She was born in Beaverdam, Mich., the daughter of Henry and Wilhelmina VanFarowe.

After graduation from Zeeland (Mich.) High School and employment at Zeeland State Bank, she attended Hope and Western Michigan University.

She taught school for three years and then served with her husband, pastoring at four churches.

She taught piano lessons, led women’s Bible studies and children’s ministries, and assisted with the ministries at Lakeshore Vineyard Church.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Donald Vandenberg; her children, Jane Vandenberg ’76 (Richard) VanMaaren of Sheboygan, Wis., Mary Vandenberg ’77 (Dennis ’78) Cupery of Harbor Beach, Mich., Carol Vandenberg ’81 (Richard) Brook of Grand Haven, Mich., Daniel Vandenberg of Chicago, Ill., and Ruth (Jonathan) Pratt of Zeeland; 14 grandchildren, including Timothy Cupery ’01 and Stephen Cupery ’08; a sister-in-law, June VanFarowe of Hamilton, Mich.; and nieces and nephews.

 

Donald R. Vande Polder ’55 of Sarasota, Fla., died on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007. He was 72.

Early in his career in medicine, he established a clinic to treat people with epilepsy, which is now Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida. He had been chief of staff of Sarasota Memorial Hospital and a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.

He was a member of Bradenton Christian Reformed Church and had been president of the Bradenton Christian School Board and president of the Sarasota County Medical Society.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Vande Polder; his daughters, Claire Vande Polder of Boca Raton, Fla., Jane Lambers of Tampa, Fla., and Betsy La Grand of Shiremanstown, Pa.; his sons, Donald Vande Polder Jr. of Kansas City, Mo., and Robert Vande Polder of Sarasota, Fla.; his mother, Lilah Vande Polder, a sister, Brenda Pinkster, and a brother, Robert Vande Polder, all of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 11 grandchildren.

 

Lyle Vander Werff ’56 of Orange City, Iowa, died on Monday, April 23, 2007, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 72.

He was born July 12, 1944, to Evert and Mabel (Krutsch) Vander Werff. He was raised in Lynden, Wash., Denver, Colo., and on a farm in Stickney, Iowa, where he graduated from high school.

On Aug. 22, 1958, he married Alice Lovins ’60 in Grandville, Mich.

He graduated from Northwestern Junior College in 1954 and from Hope College two years later. In addition he earned a master of divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary, a master of theology degree from Princeton Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

He was an RCA pastor in Cloverhill, N.J., and then an RCA missionary in Kuwait. He retired in 1998 as professor of religion at Northwestern College, having served the college since 1967. He established the college’s first sister school relationship with an international college in 1980, and in 1985 he began the college’s Summer Institute for International Students. For 15 years he served as the director of international programs.

In 1985 he was named Northwestern’s “Teacher of the Year,” and in 1996 he was given an honorary doctorate from Keiwa College in Japan. He received the Christian Education Award from the School of Christ Foundation in Hong Kong in 1999. In 2004 he received the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service to Northwestern Award. He was also a member of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches.

He enjoyed fishing, photography, reading and writing.

He was preceded in death by his father, Evert Vander Werff, and two brothers, Floyd and Merlin.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Phyllis Lovins ’60 Vander Werff; his son, David (Beth) Vander Werff of Orange City; two daughters, Kathryn (Brad) Gabel of Pasadena, Calif., and Kristyn (Sean) Howe of Orange City; eight grandchildren; his mother, Mabel Vander Werff of Denver; three brothers, Alvin Vander Werff of Denver, Delmar Vander Werff of Curtis, Neb., and Leeland Vander Werff of Hastings, Neb.; and three sisters, Charlotte Muilenberg and Mavis Palmer, both of Denver, and Elaine Simon of Casas, Wash.

 

Julia Walvoord ’34 Van Wyk of Southampton, Pa., died on Sunday, April 15, 2007. She was 94.

The daughter of the Reverend William C. 1908 and Jennie (Renskers) Walvoord, she was born in Byron Center, Mich., and grew up in Williamson, N.Y.

After graduating from Hope, she earned Master of Religious Education degree from New York Theological Seminary in 1937.

She held teaching certificates in Michigan and New York. In partnership with her late husband, Herbert Van Wyk, she ministered to congregations in Iowa, New York, New Jersey, Michigan and finally in Holland, Pa., where she lived for 41 years. She also did missionary work in Japan.

She was president of the Reformed Church Women from 1974 to 1977 and delegate to the Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1975. She served on the Board of Education of the RCA for 14 years and on the Board of Managers of the National Department of Women’s Work of the RCA from 1965 to 1973. She also served as a denominational representative to the North American Alliance of Reformed Churches from 1970 to 1976. Her co-authored study of Romans 1-8, “Gods Incredible Gift,” was published in 1979.

She had many gifts and hobbies, but her defining gift was the love and caring that she imparted to her family and friends.

In addition to her husband of 70 years, she was preceded in death by her son, Bruce M. Van Wyk; her twin brother, Christian H. ’34 (Marie Verduin ’34) Walvoord; and another brother, Jonathan D. Walvoord.

Survivors include her children, Paul H. ’60 (Pamela) Van Wyk of Greencastle, Ind., and Carl ’67 (Carol VanMiddlesworth ’67) Van Wyk of Tall Timbers, Md.; her daughter-in-law, Mikki Van Wyk of Potomac, Md.; one brother, Raymond Walvoord of Williamson, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

Allison L. Van Zyl ’50 of Lake Odessa, Mich., died on Sunday, April 29, 2007. He was 81.

He was born in Holland, Mich., the son of Gerrit ’18 and Bertha Brower ’17 Van Zyl. He graduated from Holland High School and Hope College.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

He graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School and practiced dentistry in Lake Odessa for 36 years.

He was a longtime member of the Lake Odessa Lion’s Club and served on the board of directors of Union Bank in Lake Odessa. He had been a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Lake Odessa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Prigge ’49 Van Zyl and a brother, Gyte Van Zyl ’52.

Survivors include his children, Debra (Steve) Steward, Bradly ’77 (Jill Nihart ’79) Van Zyl, Emmi Jo (Tim) Spitzley, and Craig ’85 (Angie) Van Zyl; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and a sister, Verna Van Zyl ’52 Post.

 

George C. Wagner ’62 of Palos Heights, Ill., died on Saturday, March 24, 2007, in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 66.

He was vice president of C.C. Wagner and Company (formerly Wagner Lumber).

Survivors include his wife, Norma Jean Vanderlaan ’65 Wagner; his children, John ’88 (Bonnie) Wagner, Donna Wagner ’91 (Robert) Juraka, and Lara Wagner ’98 (Clinton ’98) Moore; eight grandchildren; his brother, N. Jan ’57 (Carol Hondorp ’59) Wagner; sisters-in-law, Patricia Krueger and Joy (James) Johnson; brother-in-law, James Vanderlaan; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Anna Ruth Poppen ’45 Wiersema of Santa Ana, Calif., died on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2006. She was 82.

The daughter of Henry A. and Dorothy Poppen, she was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Feb. 17, 1924, while her mother was on maternity furlough from RCA mission work in China. At the age of 12, she and her two brothers and mother escaped the Chinese Communists. Her father was imprisoned and later released. She returned to the U.S. to be raised by relatives in Michigan while her parents continued their mission work in the Far East.

She earned a B.A. in music at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.A. in English at the University of Michigan.

After World War II she married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth N. Wiersema ’45. In 1963 they moved west and she earned her teaching credential at California State University of Fullerton. She was a junior high English, German and reading teacher in the Anaheim (Calif.) Union School District. During seven years of teaching, she worked on a master’s degree in English literature.

In her younger years, she devoted her extra time to charitable causes, served as organist for churches in the Lansing, Mich., area, and was active in the World Affairs Council of Lansing, Alpha Phi Sorority and AAUW. In later years, she volunteered as a charter docent and guild member for the Orange County Performing Arts Center. She was a member of Friends of the Library in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif., and contributed to other charitable causes.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years in 2001.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Stickler of Lake Forest, Calif., and Diana Lewelling of Corona del Mar, Calif.; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.

 

Word has been received of the death in May of John Witte ’54. More information will appear in the next issue.

 

Henry P. “Hank” Young ’56 of Sugar Grove, Ill., died on Friday, Dec. 1, 2006. He was 72.

He moved from Michigan to Illinois in 1963 and resided in Cary for 27 years.

He retired after 30 year as a systems analyst for IMC Global.

He enjoyed golfing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sandy Young; his children, Richard (Margaret) Young, Michael (Faith) Young, and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Young; two sisters, Clasina Young ’55 and Joann (Justin) Heetderks; eight grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Louise (David) Kempker and Katherine (David) Jiran; and many nieces and nephews.